London daredevil scales The Shard — western Europe’s tallest tower

The Shard building, one of the tallest buildings in Europe, reaches up from the city of London, Monday, July, 8, 2019. A free climber, no name released by police, scaled The Shard without safety equipment, earlier Monday. (AP)
Updated 08 July 2019
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London daredevil scales The Shard — western Europe’s tallest tower

LONDON: An unknown daredevil on Monday scaled The Shard in London — currently ranked as the tallest building in the European Union — without the apparent assistance of a safety harness or ropes.

Footage of the stunt showed the man climbing near the very top of the narrow pyramid-shaped building on the banks of the River Thames.
“Police were called at 05:15 hours on Monday, 8 July following reports of a ‘free-climber’ on the Shard,” the police department said in a statement to AFP.
“Emergency services attended and the man is now with officers. He was not arrested.”
The property company overseeing the skyscraper said it could not “comment on the motive of the individual.”
One man who posted footage of the climb on Twitter said the daredevil managed to get all the way to the top before being taken in by the police.
“The guy’s got to the top and is being spoken to by the police,” witness Kevin Williams tweeted.
The 309.6-meter-tall (1,016-foot-tall) building owned by Qatar has been a favorite target of thrill-seekers and political campaigners out to raise awareness for their cause.
A group of Greenpeace activists scaled the building in 2013 to protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.
The last reported attempt was made in 2017 by a YouTube personality who posts video of his climbs.
The Shard secured a court injunction against Alain Robert — popularly known as the French Spiderman — to stop his planned attempt in 2012.
Robert’s representative told AFP that the Frenchman was currently in Bali.

 


Mo Salah’s wife: Egyptian women’s icon who shuns limelight

Updated 18 September 2019

Mo Salah’s wife: Egyptian women’s icon who shuns limelight

  • Salah prefers to keep his private life in general away from the glare of the media

CAIRO: Magi Sadeq, 25, is known for keeping a low profile in the media compared to the wives of other footballers. 

The wife of Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah has become something of a celebrity in her own right after appearing with her husband while maintaining a conservative look.

Salah prefers to keep his private life in general away from the glare of the media, but sometimes there is no escaping the spotlight for his wife and daughter.

Sadeq appeared with her husband at celebrations held by the Confederation of African Football when Salah won the African Player of the Year award. She also appeared with their daughter Makka during celebrations marking Salah’s winning of the Premier League Golden Boot award, and after Liverpool won the 2019 UEFA Champions League.

Sadeq was born and raised in Nagrig, a village in Gharbia where Salah was also born. It is the same place where they like to spend their holidays and special occasions whenever they have the chance.

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Sadeq appeared with her husband at celebrations held by the Confederation of African Football when Salah won the African Player of the Year award.

She has a twin sister, Mohab, and two other sisters, Mahy and Miram. Their parents were both teachers at Mohamed Eyad Al-Tantawi School, where she met the future Egyptian international.

Sadeq, who maintains a simple lifestyle, fell in love with Salah 10 years before they married. Their love story was the talk of the town where they lived.

They were married in 2013 as the player started taking his first steps in Europe with Swiss football club Basel. They married when he returned home for his first holiday.  

She keeps her husband connected to his rural roots. She doesn’t have any social media accounts, and unlike other footballer’s wives, she is not interested in appearance and makeup. She prefers to wear body-covering conservative clothes.

Sadeq and her twin sister both obtained their degrees in biotechnology from Alexandria University. She is responsible for her husband’s charity work in Egypt. Her neighbors say that she helps in buying the necessary home appliances and other needs of newly married couples. She also supervises charity work and regularly attends the special events staged by her village even though she has been made busier after her husband joined Liverpool.

Salah once said of his wife: “I am unfair to Magi as I give her the least of my time due to the nature of my work. I would like to thank her for her support and for being in my life.”