London turns to social media to engage Iran

The European Central Bank signed a 350 billion yuan swap line this month. Hong Kong was the first to host a yuan clearing bank and currently has the largest offshore pool of deposits denominated in the currency, which climbed to a 20-year high today. China, the worlds second-largest economy, is seeking a greater role for the yuan in global trade and investment. The pound will be the fourth major currency to have direct trading links with the yuan, after the greenback, Japan s yen and Australia s dollar. Trading between the Australian and Chinese currencies started in April, while yuan-yen trades began in June 2012. Osborne didnt give a timeframe for pound-yuan trading to commence. Major Currency The deal with the U.K. is an important gesture showing the yuan has become a major currency, said Nathan Chow, a Hong Kong-based economist at DBS Group Holdings Ltd. Practically, direct trading will save transaction costs and eliminate fluctuations stemming from changes in the dollar. It also signals further expansion of yuan usage in Europe, through empowering London with more yuan capability. The daily value of yuan trading in London now stands at around $5 billion a day, double the daily volume of some $2.5 billion in 2012, Osborne said, citing data by HSBC Holdings Plc. HSBC forecast in March that the currency will be fully convertible within five years and a third of Chinas total trade will be settled in yuan by 2015, making it one of the top three global trade settlement currencies by volume. Yuan Investment Yuan investment activity is low in London partly because regulations favor investment services offered from Hong Kong, the City of London Corporation, which oversees the U.K.s main financial district, said in an e-mailed statement on June 12.

Rufus Norris to Lead London’s National Theater

Stage Troupe Punchdrunk to Bow Hollywood Fable Londons National Theater , the prominent government-subsidized legit company responsible for numerous Broadway transfers and an increasingly prominent series of HD cinemacasts, has tapped helmer Rufus Norris as the orgs new topper. Norris, whos been an associate director at the National since 2011, will step into the post in April 2015. He replaces Nicholas Hytner , who announced in April that hed be exiting in March 2015 after more than a decade on the job. Transition has been closely watched by Stateside legiters, given the international success of the National in recent years. Under Hytners auspices, the theater has produced a string of titlesthat have gone on to transatlantic success,including Tony faves The History Boys and War Horse.Over that time, the company also has launched its NT Live series of cinema programming, distributing performances of its shows (sometimes live) to theaters around the world. Norris, whose Broadway credits include Festen and the Roundabout Theater Companys 2008 revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, was widely considered one of the most logical candidates for the post in the run-up to the announcement. His recent National credits include James Baldwins The Amen Corner and Tanya Ronders Table. He was associate director at Londons Young Vic from 2002-07, and his first feature, Broken, bowed at Cannes in 2012. The National produces an average of 26 productions every year. Last year the org posted a total audience figure of 3.6 million and made a record-breaking 87 million ($140 million) despite a 4.4% reduction in its annual grant from Arts Council England. Attendances at the National accounted for more than a third of all playgoing in London.

You know about it, but dont think about it. The sleuth in you will want to solve those unsolved crimes when enlightened. Rags Daniels, an English author of thrillers, notes In the early hours of the 31st August 1888 a man is walking to work down a dark lane in Whitechapel, he sees a shapeless bundle lying on the ground near some gates; curious he goes over to investigate. His gruesome discovery of a murdered East End prostitute then started one of the most famous man hunts in the world. Thats the hunt for who was Jack the Ripper, going from one unsolved murder after another. Its not the only reason to visit vibrant London. However, when you go, recommended by Londoners is that you take one of the many walking tours. For visiting Ripperologist and Beatles followers, setup your tour before departing http://bit.ly/17qQ43G . Well youre in the East End of London stop at one of the pubs and have fish and chips http://bit.ly/17FpRxv . Another delightful experience is to cruise on the Thames and have dinner http://bit.ly/1gGOfqG . You know how to get to London. While youre there, its recommended by London taxi owner Danny Kemp, mystery author, to rent a taxi for the day and get a tour guide included. Lastly, check out monthly events prior to traveling: http://bit.ly/17qPYch .

David Belmar, man with knife, arrested outside London’s Buckingham Palace, UK police say

15, 2013 | 12:39 PM LONDON, Oct. 15 (UPI) — The British government said Tuesday it was reaching out to the Iranian people through social media to get around a diplomatic blockade. “Since the closure of our embassy in 2011, the U.K. has remained keen to stay in touch with Iranians,” the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement Tuesday. “Our social media channels have helped us to maintain contact online.” The FCO said it had three separate social media platforms set up to engage directly with Iranians. British Foreign Minister William Hague spoke last week by phone with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif. Hague said both sides agreed to appoint non-resident charge d’affaires and work toward establishing formal diplomatic ties. The British Embassy in Tehran closed in November 2011 following an attack the British government said was the work of “government-sponsored militias.” The Iranian Embassy in London closed as well. The British government said diplomatic ties were intact but at the lowest level necessary to maintain diplomatic relations. “We are always looking for ways to develop our social media presence across a range of channels to continue an open conversation with Iranians in the U.K. and elsewhere,” the FCO said. 2013 United Press International, Inc.

14, 2013. / AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis (CBS/AP) LONDON – David Belmar, a 44-year-old man in possession of a knife, was arrested after he tried to dart through a gate at Buckingham Palace in London on Monday, police said. The palace said Queen Elizabeth II was not in residence. Breaches of royal security are rare, but just a month ago police arrested two men over a suspected break-in at the palace. Police said Monday Belmar was apprehended as he tried to run through security at a palace gate that serves both pedestrians and vehicles. They searched him and found a knife. They arrested him and he was later charged with trespassing on a protected site and possession of a bladed/pointed article. The man is currently in custody at a London police station, the force added, stressing that the man was apprehended “immediately.” He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. That was not the case in September’s embarrassing breach, when an intruder was discovered prowling around the palace after scaling a fence, and an alleged accomplice was also arrested. That was judged one of the most serious incidents since Michael Fagan managed to sneak into the queen’s private chambers in 1982. 1