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- Lord Coe to stand for presidency of IAAF next year
• 2102 Olympic chief set to face Sergey Bubka in vote
• Lamine Diack, IAAF president since 1999, to stand down
Lord Coe, the double Olympic gold medallist who chaired the London 2012 organising committee, is to stand for the presidency of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) next year.
“Throughout all my sporting roles I have always put the interest of athletics first and been independent enough to do the right thing for our sport,” he said. “This will be my approach in the campaign and, in full partnership with the member federations, it will be the cornerstone of my presidency if granted the great honour of being elected IAAF president.” Continue reading...
- Is the Greek economy improving?
The Greek government is keen to trumpet the country’s improved economic outlook, as the country exits recession for the first time in six years. But is any improvement being felt by people on the ground?
After a six year slump, Greece finally came out of recession earlier this month. But are there any signs of an improving situation for Greek families, individuals and businesses? That’s what we hoped to find out by asking for readers’ views on the current state of the Greek economy. We received hundreds of responses, with only 12% of respondents saying they had seen signs the economy was on the mend.
The Guardian’s Greece correspondent, Helena Smith, is deeply sceptical about the heralded recovery having any real impact on the ground. Continue reading...
- World's most expensive medicine Glybera goes on sale with $1m price tag
Western world’s first gene therapy drug will cost nearly $1.4m per patient
The western world’s first gene therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany with a €1.1m ($1.4m) price tag, a new record for a medicine to treat a rare disease.
The sky-high cost of Glybera, from Dutch biotech firm UniQure and its unlisted Italian marketing partner Chiesi, shows how single curative therapies to fix faulty genes may upend the conventional pharmaceutical business model. Continue reading...
- Phillip Hughes dies: tributes pour in for Australian cricketer
Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died two days after being struck on the head by a short delivery during a Sheffield Shield match Continue reading...
Phillip Hughes: a very modern batsman who was heading for greatness
- Why Mumbai should get over its obsession with cars
There is no congestion charging, no bike-share scheme … no bus lanes even. Despite an estimated 91% of trips in the city being made on foot, bus or train, transport policy remains geared towards the car
Reclaiming the streets, Mumbai-style
London’s transport commissioner Sir Peter Hendy has suggested that without sustained investment over the next 30 years, the British capital “will have the kind of congestion you’re looking at in Mumbai”.
With its severe and growing problems with traffic jams, Mumbai certainly sets an international benchmark for what the Economist has labelled “traffic bedlam”. Yet are these sorts of descriptions guilty of relegating Mumbai to a dystopian world of congestion, informality and lack of development? Continue reading...
- British embassy vehicle hit in suicide attack in Kabul
Bomber riding a motorcycle blows up next to a vehicle belonging to British embassy in Afghanistan
Four people have been killed, including at least one foreigner, and dozens more injured in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul believed to have targeted a British diplomatic convoy, local police have said.
The bomber on a motorcycle is believed to have attacked what authorities said was a convoy of foreign troops in the east of the Afghan capital. Continue reading...