Daily Blog 06/12/2011

  • Bosses of a leisure chain fighting a council for ownership of a historic building claim there has never been a better time to convert it into a hotel.

    The former London Road fire station is at the heart of a 25-year row between Manchester council and owner Britannia Hotels.

    Council bosses say the firm has repeatedly failed to start transforming the building into a hotel – and they are now trying to force Britannia to sell up.

    tags: Manchester

  • Money laundering is the practice of disguising the origins of illegally-obtained money. Ultimately, it is the process by which the proceeds of crime are made to appear legitimate. The money involved can be generated by any number of criminal acts, including drug dealing, corruption, accounting and other types of fraud, and tax evasion.[1] The methods by which money may be laundered are varied and can range in sophistication from simple to complex.

    tags: money crime moneylaundering

  • The oldest trains on the London Underground network run on the Metropolitan line. They’re older than the trains on the Bakerloo line, which hit the tracks as recently as 1972. They’re older than the trains that trundle round the Circle line, which are merely in their early 40s. They’re older than the last surviving Victoria line trains, due to be phased out forever at the end of the month. Oh yes, the trains that run on the Metropolitan line are much older than that. Precisely fifty years old, as it turns out. Half a century old. Today.

    tags: underground transport london

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