Corner of Kent, England could replicate Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah islands

A huge lake in Ebbsfleet Garden City in the north of the English county is being touted for an island project. (Supplied: Ebbsfleet Development Corporation)
Updated 08 September 2018
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Corner of Kent, England could replicate Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah islands

  • A huge lake in Ebbsfleet Garden City in the north of the English county is being touted for an island project
  • The series of islands would all be linked by walkways and one of them would be become an arts and culture island

LONDON: Kent is set to host a series of man-made islands inspired by the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai in the UK’s first “Garden City” in 100 years.
A huge lake in Ebbsfleet Garden City in the north of the English county is being touted as an area where people would be able to grow and pick their own fruit and vegetables, visit an adventure playground for all ages or take part in sporting activities.
The series of islands would all be linked by walkways and one of them would be become an arts and culture island where open air productions and concerts could take place.
Floating hotel pods and an innovation area for start-up businesses would also be included as well as the Garden City’s very own beach.
And floating “eco islands” would encourage wildlife to live at the site in a series of insect hotels, bee hives and bat boxes.
The existing lake, which measures across 12 hectares, is currently inaccessible for the local community but could now be opened up and transformed.
The idea was the winning entry in an international landscape competition.
Called HALO, (Hives, Arcs, Links, Organics) the ambitious design would become one of the Garden City’s most prominent features.
Judges said HALO demonstrated exactly what they had hoped for — a design that was radical, but realisable. The panel was also excited by its possibilities, particularly because the design reflected the founder of the garden city movement, Ebenezer Howard’s concept of the best of town and country life.
Kevin McGeough, Director of Ebbsfleet Garden City’s Healthy New Towns project, said: “This exciting and inspiring design exceeded our expectations. We have been encouraged by the innovation and the wide variety of approaches in this scheme.
“The winning design could become one of the country’s most talked about and visited attractions.”


Iraqi police arrest man selling Saddam Hussein watches in Baghdad

Updated 22 April 2019
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Iraqi police arrest man selling Saddam Hussein watches in Baghdad

  • Since the fall of Hussein, promotion of the former leader, the regime or the Ba’ath party is prohibited
  • Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging on Dec, 30 2006

LONDON: Police in Iraq have arrested a man selling watches in central Baghdad with images of the country’s former dictator Saddam Hussein on their faces.
Since the fall of Hussein, promotion of the former leader, the regime or the Ba’ath party is prohibited.
Baghdad police department said in a statement that they acted after they had received a tip from a member of the public that someone was selling wristwatches with pictures of Saddam Hussein on them.
The statement did not give further details about the arrest.
Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging on Dec, 30 2006 after being convicted of crimes against humanity.
Iraq’s judiciary recently said no decision or law had been implemented to punish Saddam Hussein’s supporters and pointed out that any step in this regard should be first initiated by the Iraqi Parliament, despite the country’s constitution prohibiting the existence of the former Ba’ath party.
This statement came after a popular poet appeared in the southern province of Dhi Qar, delivering a poem that many saw as a tribute to Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq for decades, from 1979 until his fall in 2003.