Monthly Archives: May 2015

“Between Debt and the Devil”: Adair Turner sets the record straight on the causes of the financial crisis

May 27, 2015

Lord Adair Turner is one of the world’s most influential experts on global economic trends, finance, and macro prudential regulation. A brilliant speaker, his forthcoming book – “Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance” (Princeton, October 2015) – presents a characteristically daring analysis of the realities behind the financial crisis, and

Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield help raise $1M in charity boxing match

May 26, 2015

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the ring at a charity boxing match in Salt Lake City. The black-tie affair raised money for the Utah-based organisation CharityVision, which helps doctors in developing countries perform surgeries to restore vision in people with curable blindness. The pair previously released

Justin Marozzi wins Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje prize for “Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood”

May 22, 2015

Justin Marozzi, expert commentator on ISIS and the Middle East, has won the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje prize for his book “Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood”. The £10,000 award goes to the book – fiction, non-fiction or poetry – that best evokes the “spirit of a place”. Praised by judges as a “truly monumental

UN Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh nominated for 2015 Observer Ethical Awards as “Campaigner of the Year”

May 20, 2015

Lewis Pugh, endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans, has been nominated for the 2015 Observer Ethical Awards as “Campaigner of the Year”. This category recognises the public-facing campaigner who has made the biggest difference to Observer readers, and put ethical issues on the global agenda. One of the world’s leading inspirational speakers, Lewis is a tireless

British explorer Tom Avery leads record-breaking Greenland crossing

May 19, 2015

A team of four British adventurers has broken the record for the fastest crossing of Greenland’s ice cap. Led by polar explorer Tom Avery, the team used snow kites to travel 350 miles coast-to-coast in a time of nine days, 19 hours and 40 minutes. In temperatures of -25C over rough terrain, they knocked more

Ocean advocate and adventurer Hanli Prinsloo visits Cocos Island to promote shark understanding and protection

May 18, 2015

Hanli Prinsloo, ocean adventurer and world champion freediver, took a trip to Cocos Island to promote shark understanding and protection. The purpose of this trip was to address the decision makers in Costa Rica, who have allowed for an exception to the law against fishing for sharks. Costa Rican authorities claim that if sharks were a

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