London steps up Islamic finance ambitions

We had plague. We had disease. We had Bedlam. We had centuries of overcrowded city. So, yes, we have lots of bones. Bones. They are part of the mystery being churned up in the tunnels of Londons new Crossrail network, Europes largest ongoing construction project, upon which urban archaeologists are piggy-backing for one of the largest excavations into this storied citys oh-so-very-lurid past. Europe, after all, is a neighborhood steeped in soil and history. And in this neck of the global woods, nothing brings the light of discovery quite like the building of a transit system. In Rome, which makes London look like a rank newcomer, engineers building a subway line have hit major delays after tripping over the likes of a second-century auditorium just yards from the Forum. In Cologne, Germany, where a 21 / 2-mile railway is under construction, archaeologists found the remains of a 2,000-year-old Roman harbor. In the groaning earth under Istanbul, a new rail tunnel going under the Bosporus ran smack dab into a Byzantine shipwreck. In Thessaloniki, Greeces second-largest metropolis, excavations for a new rail project did not so much hit a brick wall as an entire lost city, some 1,800 years old. Today, in the dark recesses of London, much of the focus is on waking the dead. More than 100 archaeologists have fanned out at 40 excavation sites over the length of the $24billion Crossrail project, an ambitious line linking points east and west in what is already one of the worlds most dizzyingly vast transit systems.

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29. The Jacksonville Jaguars who have agreed to play a “home” game in London each season through 2016 and could be the main target if the NFL considers moving a team face the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 27. GOODELL: Speaks out on Goldson appeal Tickets for both games at Wembley Stadium, which holds 84,500 for American football, were virtual sellouts within two weeks, Parsons said. A restricted number of “season tickets” that gave fans tickets for both games were the first to go. “The data that we’ve collected over the past four years really has shown our fan base has grown exponentially,” said Parsons, a UK native who grew up listening to NFL games on Armed Forces Radio and has been working with the league for five years. “When we stack ourselves up against sports in the UK, depending on what metric you’re looking at, we’ve gone from well outside the top 10 to now inside the top 10 in terms of fan numbers and in terms of viewing figures.” Lester Bagley, the Vikings’ vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said data shows the fan base has doubled since 2007, with 11.3 million people in the UK (population: about 63.1 million as of the 2011 census) now identifying themselves as NFL fans. “There is a hardcore following,” said Bagley, who traveled with a group of Vikings officials for last year’s international series game between the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams. “They love the NFL, and they love the real thing not preseason games, not World League of American Football. They love the real, competitive, intense drama of NFL football.” Parsons offered a more conservative estimate.

Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. Associated Press reporters on the scene heard multiple blasts and a barrage of gunfire. Security forces have been attempting to rescue an unknown number of hostages inside the mall held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists.  (AP Photo/ Jerome Delay)

The book provides an insightful and practical demonstration of how character, expressed through attitudes, actions, and resilience, is the key to long-term success. Character: The Ultimate Success Factor is based on Dr. Londons personal, corporate, and military experiences, along with real-life examples. I decided to write about character because of its central role in our personal, professional, and organizational success, Dr. London says. Character is a unique set of moral and ethical qualities that define what we believe in, what we stand for, and what we expect of ourselves and others. While a variety of factors form our abilities and influence the events in our lives, how individuals and organizations act on these qualities determines how far they will go. Dr. London also explains that changing how success is perceived is the first step in achieving it consistently. An evolving process, success is uniquely defined by Dr. London as acting with honesty and integrity, performing to the best of ones abilities, and appreciating the people who helped along the way. According to Dr. London, Genuine success is never gained by unethical or unlawful means, for dubious purposes, or at great moral cost. Norman Augustine, the former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Lockheed Martin, penned the foreword for Character: The Ultimate Success Factor . The book also features endorsements from Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, former Vietnam prisoner of war Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr., USN (Ret.), and Colonel Lee Ellis, USAF (Ret.). All royalties will go to organizations supporting veterans with disabilities, for those who have bravely served our nation. Dr.

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LABOUR CONFERENCE 1750: One hundred and seven-year-old Hetty Bower, from north London, has “stolen the show” at a Labour Party fringe meeting with an impassioned speech against government cuts, reports Brian Wheeler in Brighton. BBC LONDON 94.9 1740: Helen Dyson, former girlfriend of F1 driver James Hunt, described to Jo Good earlier about being asked out by him when she was a 22-year-old art student working in a restaurant in Wimbledon. BBC LONDON NEWS 1730: On BBC One at 18:30 , the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan hears from a senior detective who says the 29-year-old was a member of a ‘violent gang’ involved in gun crime and dealing class A drugs. Plus, scientists at Imperial College claim they’re close to a universal vaccine which would protect people from every strain of flu. TRAVEL 1720: Fiona McKinnon BBC London No trains are running to or from Ramsgate following the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb near the station. Replacement buses may not be able to call at the station because of a 300m exclusion zone. Fiona McKinnon is helping you get home this evening with travel updates every 15 minutes . BBC LONDON 94.9 1656: Elsa Griffiths Producer, Drivetime On Drivetime with Jim Davis from 17:00 , we’ll have the latest on the ongoing terror attacks in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. A London MP claims drivers parking outside a charity shop are being fined over 100,000 a year, and Labour says more than 73,000 children in London would benefit from its plan to offer 25 hours per week of free childcare. BBC LONDON 94.9 1643: Reporter Anna O’Neill has been to a loading bay in front of a charity shop in Islington which a local MP claims has caught drivers out to the tune of 100,000 in fines in one year. IN THE PAPERS 1628: The Romford Recorder reports a heavily pregnant woman was hit by a moped outside a Romford primary school on Thursday. She was taken to Queen’s Hospital as a precaution. KENYA SHOOTING 1613: It is believed one of the four Britons killed in an attack by militants in Nairobi is 33-year-old architect Ross Langdon, who was apparently killed alongside his pregnant partner Elif Yavuz. He co-founded Langdon Reis Architects in London. CRICKET 1603: BBC London Sport tweets : Middlesex batsman Sam Robson called into the England Performance Programme for the winter.

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Aiming to build on London’s status as a leading exporter of financial services, Britain hopes to step up the challenge to Islamic finance centres such as Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. “We want to be the leading (Islamic) finance sector outside of the Muslim world,” deputy mayor of London Edward Lister said in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. Islamic finance follows religious principles such as bans on interest and gambling, and is playing an increasingly prominent role internationally as often oil and gas-rich investors from Islamic countries put more of their money to work overseas. Britain’s Islamic finance task force, established in March, is led by several ministers and industry figures as well as top executives from Gatehouse Bank and Oakstone Merchant Bank Ltd. It was launched ahead of London hosting the World Islamic Economic Forum in October and its mandate is to facilitate Islamic financial business, including investment in British infrastructure by Islamic sovereign wealth funds. The forum, which saw 28 billion ringgit ($8.6 billion) worth of deals inked last year, is being held outside an Islamic city for the first time. Islamic finance has already played a role in several major deals in London, with Qatari investors taking part in funding the city’s Shard tower, Harrod’s department store and the athletes’ village used for last year’s summer Olympics. A Malaysian consortium is also spearheading the redevelopment of London’s Battersea power station, after acquiring the site for 400 million pounds last year. Malaysia is the second largest investor in London’s real estate market behind the United States. “The task force has just started and its aim is to make it easier for banks in London to have Islamic products, which is still quite a new concept to any of them,” Lister said. “Only now people are beginning to understand what the products actually mean and how they comply … What you will see is a lot of companies introducing those products.” Maybank Islamic, an arm of Malaysia’s largest bank Malayan Banking Bhd, has launched a sterling-denominated and sharia-compliant mortgage product for high net-worth Malaysians looking to invest in London’s real estate market. Britain currently has 22 financial institutions, including five fully sharia-compliant banks, offering Islamic finance products.