London’s King’s Cross Station gets a makeover (PHOTOS)
tabloids. She had fraudulently obtained a South African passport in the name of Natalie Webb, according to yesterdays Interpol statement. Newspapers in Africa and Britain have speculated that Lewthwaite was involved in this weeks raid on a Kenyan mall in which at least 67 people and five attackers died. Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed told U.S. broadcaster PBS that a British woman who has done this many times before was involved in the attack. Theres been no official confirmation on Lewthwaites involvement. The Somali-based militia al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for Kenyas deadliest attack in 15 years, which began when gunmen stormed the upscale Westgate mall in Nairobi on Sept. 21, lobbing grenades and spraying gunfire. Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane warned of more bloodshed unless Kenya withdraws its forces from Somalia, where theyre deployed to combat the Islamist group. Johannesburg Homes Lewthwaite, the daughter of a British soldier, was married to Jamaica-born Germaine Lindsay, who like her was a Muslim convert. He was one of the four perpetrators of the July 7, 2005 attacks on Londons transport network — exploding a device on the Piccadilly Line between Kings Cross and Russell Square, killing 26 people. Using Webbs identity, Lewthwaite traveled in and out of South Africa between July 2008 and February 2011, when the passport was canceled, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor told reporters in Pretoria yesterday. Webbs U.K. family didnt immediately respond to telephone messages seeking comment. Lewthwaite rented a property in the Muslim-dominated area of Mayfair in Johannesburg, according to publicly available rental records.
Vikings players on a London team
ESPN’s Greg Garber examined the idea in a Hot Read piece on Wednesday, but to follow up on that, who better to ask than the Vikings players themselves? Much like the players quoted in Garber’s piece, the Vikings we talked to said they likely wouldn’t sign with a team here, mostly because of the travel issues involved with playing in London and having a transatlantic flight before and after every road game. “I think the fanbase could sustain it,” said Jared Allen, who came overseas to meet fans this spring on a promotional trip for the game. “But again, it’s a lot to ask for a player. Personally speaking, I probably wouldn’t sign over here because of the fact that every road trip is going to be three, four, five days away from your family. And then you start thinking, productivity-wise, about, ‘OK, now we’re going to play a West Coast game, and you’ve got an 11-hour plane ride.’ Logistically, it’s tough on players and family members and stuff like that, but obviously, it’d be fun as an experience, getting to hang out in Europe. But when you’re looking at a minimum of a six-hour flight every road trip, I don’t know.” Linebacker Chad Greenway also pointed out how difficult it would be to sign players in a salary-cap system, and that, ultimately, would be something I’d think the NFL would have to work out if it did put a team here. When teams in Texas and Florida are already able to tout their lack of state income tax in their meetings with free agents, how would a team in London compensate for higher taxes and the cost-of-living difference, especially if it had to pay players in dollars and ask them to spend their money in pounds? A team might be able to boost its bottom line thanks to the sizable difference between the two currencies, since it would be earning local revenues in pounds, but as much as that transaction would benefit an organization, it would hurt a player. As Garber writes, the march toward a team in London might be inevitable, especially with the interest in the game growing and the NFL running out of high-dollar U.S. markets that don’t have a team.
– [/] Photo Platform Gallery’s Chen Wei and one of his “Recovery Room” series at Liste Young Artist’s show. By the time the week was over he had sold more than 10 works, with prices ranging from $1,800 to nearly $3,000. – [/] A performance spectator admires some of the pieces at Basel Art. – [/] Photo A performance piece at Basel Scope, done by an unidentified nearly naked man who moved in slow motion up and down the aisles dressed like a Greek version of Mars, the god of war. – [/] Photo A performance piece at Scope. The man clutched a staff, on which a plastic container for motor oil with the BP logo was impaled. – [/] An installation piece at Basel Art. – [/] An installation piece with paper tubes at Basel Art. – [/] A gallery scene at the Scope Basel show. – [/] A sculpture of Sperone Westwater Gallery’s employee, Michael Short, by Evan Penny. – [/] Evan Penny’s sculpture of Michael Short. – [/] A woman views Jaume Plensa’s “Tel Aviv Man,” (Study) 2010, Galerie Lelong, Paris. – [/] Photo “Medusa marinara,” 1997 a photographic representation of the Medusa in spaghetti and tomato sauce by New York-based Brazilian artist, Vic Muniz. – [/] Children play around Ai Weiwei’s piece, “Field,” 2010.