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Island tax haven firms own 23,000 UK properties

A quarter of property in England and Wales owned by overseas firms is held by entities registered in the British Virgin Islands, BBC analysis has found. The Caribbean archipelago is the official home of companies that own 23,000 properties – more than any other country. They are owned by 11,700 firms registered in the overseas territory. The finding emerged from BBC analysis conducted of Land Registry data on overseas property ownership. The research found there are around 97,000 properties in England and Wales held by overseas firms, as of January…

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Love Island women 'offered less money' for other work

One of Love Island’s female stars says she has been offered “substantially” less pay for the same jobs as the male contestants since leaving the ITV show. Olivia Attwood told the Victoria Derbyshire show this included jobs with her boyfriend Chris Hughes. The female contestants discovered the disparity after speaking to each other and “doing some digging”. She said when her management approached the clients to ask why, they immediately matched the payments. Ms Attwood said there was “a lot of panic” when her management team of “very strong women”…

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News: Fadel appointed general manager at St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Marriott International has appointed Marwan Fadel as the general manager of The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. A Lebanese national, Fadel has nearly two decades of hospitality experience across the Middle East. In his new role, he will oversee all management functions, hotel operations, and new innovations, aiming to achieve planned goals for the resort. “The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, was the first official debut of bespoke St. Regis hospitality in the region, making Abu Dhabi the first city in the…

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Why Americans Are Suddenly Flocking to This Gorgeous Caribbean Island

It’s Steeped in History. My growing realization that I had only scratched the surface of Martinique was confirmed when I visited the sites related to the island’s celebrity daughter, Josephine Bonaparte. The remains of her birthplace, Domaine de la Pagerie (Rte. 38, Les Trois-Îlets; 596-596-68-38-34), are lovingly preserved, with gardens that display the dahlias, hibiscus, and camellias she introduced to Europe as empress. Boat tours from Le François, on the eastern coast, include visits to La Baignoire de Joséphine — “Josephine’s Bathtub” — a shallow sandbar in the middle of…

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News: Overhaul for Reunion Ultimate Island branding

The Reunion Island Tourism Board is giving its Ultimate Island branding a facelift. After more than a year of coexistence between the destination’s old visual identity and the pictograms used in the Ultimate Experience signature, the tourist arm of the Reunion Region has chosen the beginning of 2018 to breathe new life into its communications. The new logo is central to the process of modernising and restructuring the image of the destination, while retaining the visual elements that sparked such keen interest around the return of the Ultimate Experience signature….

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Desert Island Discs: Black Mirror's Charlie Brooker on his 'goofy' persona

Charlie Brooker says people are surprised to meet him in real life – as he’s not the “horrible deadpan sarcastic monster” they see on TV. Satirist and writer Brooker revealed he’s “goofier and more awkward” than many people think. The Black Mirror creator told Kirsty Young on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that he adopts a “comic persona”. His song choices were influenced by his love of video games, his worries about the world and being an insomniac. ‘Less certain of opinions’ Appearing as a castaway on the long-running radio…

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Strictly's Bruno Tonioli in tears on Desert Island Discs

Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli has broken down in tears as he recalled losing his mother, as well as friends and relatives, as a young man. Speaking on the Christmas edition of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, he dedicated Rod Stewart’s version of the Beatles’ In My Life to his loved ones. He said: “They are still part of me… I’m getting emotional”. The star also told how he avoided Italian military service by telling a top official he was gay. Tonioli joined the BBC TV dance contest…

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