Shake Shack shares surge on debut

Shake Shack first started like a waitress or trolley in New Yorks Madison Square Park in 2001

Shares in US hamburger firm Shake Shack have increased greater than 130% on their own US stock exchange debut pricing the firm at greater than $18bn (£12bn)

Buying and selling underneath the symbol SHAK around the New You are able to Stock Market investor demand pressed Shake Shacks share cost up from $21 to around $50

Began like a waitress or trolley by restaurateur Danny Meyer in New You are able to City Shake Shack presently has 63 restaurants around the world

Mr Meyer is placed to internet $140m

Shake Shack has tips in the rise of so-known as fast casual restaurants like Chipotle and Panera which still offer customers food fast but prioritise sustainable elements as well as on-site preparing food

Additionally to hamburgers and concretes (Mr Meyers term for milkshakes) Shake Shacks offer wine beer along with a rotating offering of periodic special offers

SA apartheid assassin given parole

(BURSA) — Andrew Harding describes why Eugene p Kock continues to be given parole

South African apartheid-era dying squad commander Eugene p Kock continues to be granted parole after two decades in prison

He was nicknamed Prime Evil for his role within the killing and maiming of activists fighting whitened minority rule within the eighties and early the nineteen nineties

Justice Minister Michael Masutha stated P Kock could be launched within the interests of nation building

P Kock 66 was sentenced in 1996 to 2 existence terms imprisonment along with a further 212 years for that crimes he committed

Mr Masutha stated the place and time of P Kocks release wouldn’t be published

The justice minister stressed that his decision was led by South Africas metabolic rate

Sandra Mama widow of Glenack Mama who had been wiped out by P Kock in 1992 stated she thought the minister was in granting parole

She got the instructions in the top plus they got away with it

It will really close an instalment within our history because weve advanced significantly and i believe his release will just once more assist with the reconciliation process because theres still several things that we have to do like a country she told the BBC

The previous colonel was mind from the well known Vlakplaas police unit

He made an appearance prior to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that was established annually after South Africas first democratic elections in 1994

P Kock confessed to greater than 100 functions of murder torture and fraud taking full responsibility for that activities of his undercover unit

Eugene p Kock at glance

Has justice been offered?

Eugene p Kock: Profile of the apartheid assassin

He was granted amnesty for many offences however the TRC only had the energy to allow amnesty to human privileges violators whose crimes were associated with a political motive and who designed a full confession

Throughout the TRC proceedings he referred to the killings of numerous African National Congress (ANC) people in nations including Lesotho Swaziland Zimbabwe and Angola naming law enforcement commander above him in every situation

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who chaired the TRC stated the choice to let him out symbolized a milestone on South Africas route to reconciliation and healing

I pray that individuals whom he hurt individuals from whom he required family members will discover the energy within these to forgive him Forgiving is strengthening for that forgiver and also the pardoned – and for the people around them But we cant be glib about this it is not easy Archbishop Tutu stated

Ms Mama stated that in her own opinion P Kock have been held accountable for that orders of others

She got the instructions in the top plus they got away by using it Theyre living you realize theyre among us today and something guy takes the autumnInch she stated

Although imprisonment he did an invisible interview in 2007 accusing South Africas last whitened ruler FW p Klerk of getting hands “drenched in bloodstream” for ordering specific killings

The previous leader refused the accusations saying his conscience was obvious

P Kock also made connection with his sufferers families during jail requesting forgiveness

Eddie Makue who labored for that South African Council of Places of worship when its headquarters was bombed in 1988 stated he was ambivalent concerning the announcement

Its mixed feelings that is something weve become accustomed to as South Africans he told the Connected Press news agency

The justice minister also introduced he wasn’t granting parole on medical grounds to a different convict in prison for apartheid-era crimes

Mr Masutha stated former Mega pixel Clive Derby-Lewis who had been active in the murder in 1993 of Chris Hani – the most popular Communist Party politician and leader from the ANCs armed wing – hadn’t proven any real remorse

The murder sparked riots and fears for that transition to democracy in front of the 1994 elections

Abraham Lincoln hair fetches

(Escort Bursa) — The gathering such as the lock of hair at bottom elevated $803 889

An accumulation of Abraham Lincoln subsequently memorabilia continues to be offered in an auction in Dallas fetching greater than $800 000

A lock from the assassinated leader s hair selected $25 000 however a letter acknowledging the Civil War wasn’t running smoothly continued to be unsold

Instructions signed by his assassin John Wilkes Booth offered for $30 000 and the military arrest warrant made $21 250

The 300-item collection was begun in 1963 by Texas gallery owner Jesse Dow who died 5 years ago

His boy Greg stated the time had come for other enthusiasts to possess a opportunity to appreciate it

He stated his father had began collecting due to his curiosity about the Civil War and military history however he grew to become thinking about Lincoln subsequently and also the murder

The auction total of $803 889 involved two times the expected sum Eric Bradley from the Dallas-based Heritage Auctions stated

The lock of hair was removed by Surgeon General Frederick Barnes soon after Lincoln subsequently was assassinated on 14 April 1865

Don Ackerman from Heritage Auctions told the Connected Press the Booth letter had elevated more because the general public am disgusted by Booth s atrocity that many all letters signatures and documents mentioning him were destroyed after Lincoln subsequently s dying coming to a that survive 150 years later exceedingly rare and valuable

Also offered were two separate eyewitness accounts from the murder – for $27 500 and $14 375

The unsold Lincoln subsequently admission around the Civil War was at part of the letter he authored to some Baltimore lawyer in 1862

Backlash over police sniper training

(Escort Bursa) — North Miami Beach Police shot at suspect photographs in their training session

US police officers have been criticised for using mug shots of black suspects for target practice in Florida

The images used by North Miami Beach Police were discovered by a female soldier who used the firing range after a police training session

Sgt Valerie Deant recognised her brother as one of the target images according to NBC Miami

Police Chief J Scott Dennis said that his officers had used poor judgment but denied racial profiling

He told NBC that using real suspect images was an important part of training for his sniper team and that his officers had not violated any policies

There is no discipline forthcoming from the individuals who were involved with this he said

A police spokeswoman added on Friday that officers use targets of all races and genders in their training sessions

The six targets left behind by police were found last month by Sgt Deant a band member of the Florida Army National Guard

I was like why is my brother being used for target practice? she told NBC Miami on Friday

The photo of her brother Woody Deant had been taken after his arrest as a teenager for drag racing It had been shot several times

Mr Deant said he was speechless when he heard the news

Now Im being used as a target? Im not even living that life according to how they portrayed me as Im a father Im a husband Im a career man I work nine to five

Police Chief Dennis said they were very very concerned that one of the targets had been of a man who would be on the streets of North Miami Beach

He said that the department would no longer use images of suspects they had arrested

Nazi camp row over asylum homes

Germanys authorities are struggling to cope with growing numbers of asylum seekers

Refugee organisations have criticised plans to house asylum seekers in a former outpost of a Nazi concentration camp in western Germany

Authorities in Schwerte are planning to put up around 20 asylum seekers in barracks which once served as a satellite camp for Buchenwald

The authorities say they are under pressure to accommodate growing numbers of asylum seekers

But critics say the proposals are alarming and disconcerting

If the local authorities in Schwerte have their way asylum seekers will move later this week into one of the non-descript white barracks once overseen by the Buchenwald concentration camp where more than 50000 people died during World War Two

The barracks are situated on the grounds of a Nazi-era railway repair workshop and some 700 forced labourers worked there until the outpost was closed in 1945

Refugee groups say the plan as tasteless and historians describe the site as a place of exploitation oppression and violence

Local authority spokesman Carsten Morgenthal points out that communities in Germany are under increasing pressure to find accommodation for the growing stream of asylum seekers arriving in the country

In an interview with Der Spiegel website he said the building in question had never been used to accommodate forced labourers and had been put to various uses since the end of the war as a home for war wounded a storage site and more recently a kindergarten

Germany receives by far the highest number of asylum seekers within the EU expecting 200000 applications in 2014 alone Generally it is up to local authorities to find enough space

The increase in asylum numbers has also increased tensions in cities such as Dresden where a local hotel owner has reportedly pulled out of a deal with the authorities to put up more than 90 asylum seekers

German media say the owner had received threats via social media and anti-asylum slogans were sprayed on the hotels walls

Dresden is the home of the anti-Islamisation Pegida movement which has spawned weekly marches in several cities and prompted strong criticism from political leaders

Hong Kong reforms must be passed

Forbes magazine estimations Mr Lis wealth at $335bn

Hong Kongs wealthiest person Li Ka-shing has advised congress to pass through questionable reforms which will change the way the territorys leader is chosen

He stated the harm to Hong Kong might be immeasurable when they were blocked

The federal government wishes to pass reforms enabling public elections for that territorys leader in 2017 Underneath the reforms a committee will nominate candidates who’ll run for that publish

Professional-democracy congress have criticised the reforms and vowed to veto them

They reason that the reforms offer only citizens fake democracy

Late this past year 1000’s of activists held a 2-month protest from the suggested political reforms

Forbes magazine estimations Mr Lis wealth from his property energy retail ports and technology companies at $335bn (£221bn)

He earned his comments after announcing the re-organisation of his companies moving their base from Hong Kong towards the Caymans within the Caribbean

Damage might be immeasurable for Hong Kong when the constitutional reform stays where it’s and will not make any headway he stated

The constitutional reform needs to create a advance If not completely Hong Kong people including me is going to be large nonwinners You and me

I really hope the constitutional reform will pass under any circumstance This is actually the initial step If there is no initial step then where’s the 2nd step? Exactly how should we push forward democracy?

Chinas government has decided to public elections for Hong Kongs leader the very first time in 2017 but has ruled there must only be 2 to 3 candidates selected with a professional-Beijing committee

China government authorities ruling compelling mass professional-democracy protests in Hong Kong which came hundreds of 1000’s in their peak

To allow public elections in 2017 the Hong Kong government must pass a political reform package within the territorys legislative council

However professional-democracy congress hold enough seats for any veto and also have vowed to election lower any package that’s in line with the Chinese government authorities ruling They are saying the central government authorities needs restrict who are able to run for that publish

When the political reforms are chosen lower Hong Kongs current system in which the leader is selected by an election committee of 1200 individuals will continue

Ai Weiwei creates Blenheim art show

The exhibition will showcase more than 50 artworks by Ai Weiwei produced over the last 30 years

The UK’s biggest exhibition of works by Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has been put together at Blenheim Palace with the help of 3D technology

The BBC’s David Sillito goes behind the scenes at Blenheim Palace

One of the most visually striking pieces is He Xie (2010), which features 2,300 small porcelain crabs piled on the floor of a stately drawing room

The show features Marble Surveillance Camera (2010) and 55 photographs documenting Ai’s time spent in New York from 1983 to 1993

Mr Frahm said setting up the exhibition had involved a lot of trips to Beijing as well as emails and Skype conversations.

By integrating the works into the palace, we are trying to give an insight into how contemporary art can look in a 300-year old building he said.

Speaking to the BBC in Beijing, Ai Weiwei said his inability to leave China meant he had to prepare for the exhibition remotely.

I had to study a lot of materials, site plans and most of all the history he said.

The artist added that his background as an architect came to the fore with his project.

The Ai Weiwei show is the first major contemporary art exhibition to be presented at Blenheim Palace, which dates back to 1704.

The home of the Duke of Marlborough, it was famously the birth place of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill in 1874.

The duke’s son, Lord Edward Spencer Churchill, founder of the Blenheim Art Foundation, said the inaugural exhibition was the culmination of long-held dream

He told the BBC: One struggles to find a more profound or interesting artist than Ai Weiwei and we’re very honoured to have him here

He said exhibiting contemporary art was important to help Blenheim Palace retain its relevance

I think we’ve become a society which has become too typecast. Whether it’s mixing your friends or mixing art, it makes for a much more interesting dynamic when you take things from different backgrounds and put them together.”

He added: “This is not a revenue-generating exercise. Visitors are not being charged anything extra to come and see the Weiwei show. If it can widen our audience and our appeal, that will be great.”

An outspoken critic of the Chinese government, Ai Weiwei was detained for almost three months without charge in 2011. After he was released, he was accused of tax evasion and fined 15m yuan ($2.4m, £1.5m).

As part of his bail conditions, the Chinese authorities imposed a foreign travel ban on the artist.

Blenheim’s Ai Weiwei show comes at the same time as a major exhibition in Manchester showcasing the work of artists from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Harry Liu, editor-in-chief of contemporary art magazine Artzip, which operates in both the UK and China, said some visitors to Blenheim might struggle to understand the political messages in Ai’s work.

He also said there was more to Chinese contemporary art than just the work of Ai Weiwei.

“People also need to look at the new young generation of artists because they represent more interesting artwork and come from a different political situation.”

The Blenheim Palace exhibition opens to the public on 1 October.

Iran Happy dancers given 91 lashes

The participants were shown on state television saying they had been duped into taking part

Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams’ song Happy have been sentenced to up to one year in prison and 91 lashes, their lawyer says.

The sentences were suspended for three years, meaning they will not go to prison unless they reoffend, he adds.

The video shows three men and three unveiled women dancing on the streets and rooftops of Tehran.

In six months, it has been viewed by over one million people on YouTube.

The majority of people involved in the video were sentenced to six months in prison, with one member of the group given one year, lawyer Farshid Rofugaran was quoted by Iran Wire as saying.

The “Happy we are from Tehran” video was brought to the attention of the Iranian authorities in May, after receiving more than 150,000 views.

Members of the group behind the video were subsequently arrested by Iranian police for violating Islamic laws of the country, which prohibit dancing with members of the opposite sex and women from appearing without a headscarf

They later appeared on state-run TV saying they were actors who had been tricked into make the Happy video for an audition

The arrests drew condemnation from international rights groups and sparked a social media campaign calling for their release.

Williams, whose song was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year, also protested at the arrests.

“It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness,” he wrote on Facebook.

Strip Russia of World Cup – Clegg

Fifa president Sepp Blatter met Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the World Cup in Brazil

Russia should lose the right to host the 2018 World Cup as part of tougher sanctions following the plane crash in eastern Ukraine, Nick Clegg has said.

The UK deputy prime minister told the Sunday Times it was “unthinkable” that Russia should host the football event.

Pro-Russian separatist rebels have been accused of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet. Russia has suggested it could have been the Ukraine military.

World football governing body Fifa has rejected calls to change the 2018 host.

Responding this week after some German politicians called for Russia to be boycotted, Fifa said the 2018 tournament could be a “force for good”.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed in eastern Ukraine on 17 July, killing all 298 people on board.

Western nations have accused Russia of arming rebels who allegedly shot down the plane, which Moscow denies.

On Friday the EU extended its sanctions list targeting Russians linked to the separatist uprising, taking the number of individuals and entities subject to asset freezes and travel bans past 100.

Mr Clegg said a package of measures was needed to put pressure on Russia, but the threat of withdrawing the World Cup would be “a very potent political and symbolic sanction”.

“If there’s one thing that Vladimir Putin cares about, as far as I can see, it’s his sense of status,” he said.

“Maybe reminding him that you can’t retain the same status in the world if you ignore the rest of the world, maybe that will have some effect on his thinking.”

Mr Clegg said world leaders would look “so weak and so insincere” if the World Cup was allowed to go ahead in Russia without a change of course from President Putin.

“Vladimir Putin himself has to understand that he can’t have his cake and eat it,” the Liberal Democrat leader said.

“He can’t constantly… push the patience of the international community beyond breaking point, destabilise a neighbouring country, protect these armed separatists in the east of Ukraine and still have the privilege and honour of receiving all the accolades in 2018 for being the host nation of the World Cup.”

He added: “You can’t have this – the beautiful game marred by the ugly aggression of Russia on the Russian-Ukrainian border.”

Mr Clegg also said Russia should not host a Grand Prix in October, but Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has said it will go ahead as planned.

Mr Clegg did not rule out the UK as a potential alternative host for 2018 – saying the country had the required stadiums, infrastructure and “enthusiasm”.

But he said his call was not a “British land grab to snatch the World Cup from under Vladimir Putin’s nose”.

BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins said there was “no indication yet that the prime minister will echo Mr Clegg’s call”.

But the comments were “another example of increasingly strident diplomatic language, as Britain demands the Russian government use its influence to secure unfettered access for investigators to the wreckage of flight MH17”, our correspondent said.

Irishman shot dead in Spanish bar

The victim was shot dead by two men in a bar in Elviria near Marbella

( — A 45-year-old Irishman has been shot dead in a suspected gangland killing in a bar on the Costa del Sol in Spain.

Gerard Kavanagh, from Dublin, was shot several times in an Irish bar in the suburb of Elviria, near Marbella, on Saturday evening.

Two gunmen wearing balaclava masks walked into the bar and fired several shots at Mr Kavanagh.

Following the incident, the victim was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A burnt-out BMW was found nearby shortly after the shooting.

Spanish and Irish police and Interpol officers are investigating the killing