Swami Ramdev, who heads a global yoga empire, was detained Saturday at London’s Heathrow airport and questioned for six hours by British customs officials, the Press Trust of India reported.AFP/File NEW DELHI (AFP) Popular Indian guru Swami Ramdev, who heads a global yoga empire, was detained Saturday at London’s Heathrow airport and questioned for six hours by British customs officials, the Press Trust of India reported. Ramdev, a household name among Indian television viewers who tune in regularly to his yoga shows, was quizzed when he arrived at the airport on a visitor’s visa instead of on a business visa, PTI quoted sources as saying. His spokesman, S.K. Tejarawala, said the pony-tailed Ramdev was allowed into Britain after questioning. He dismissed as “baseless” reports the guru was questioned about carrying medicines. “It was not clear why the yoga guru was detained for over six hours at Heathrow. He was not carrying anything with him except a small bag of personal effects,” Tejarawala told PTI. “It is for the British authorities to explain why he was detained.” No immediate comment was available from British authorities. Ramdev, who is customarily dressed in saffron holy man robes, travelled to London to attend a function in the coming days organised by Patanjali Yogpeeth. Patanjali Yogpeeth is a flagship project of Ramdev and one of the largest yoga institutes in India. Ramdev, born in northern India to illiterate parents, is in charge of a huge yoga empire and owns an island off the coast of Scotland and a private jet. He combines spiritualism, yoga and social activism. Lately he has been prominent in India’s anti-corruption movement, promising to cleanse the country of graft, and he has been linked with the strongly Hindu nationalist movement, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Hundreds of thousands of devotees attend his yoga camps across India, North America and Europe each year.
David Adams, whose agency John Taylor specialises in marketing luxury homes with an average asking price of 15.5m, said it was getting harder to find homes at the very top of the market that met his clients’ exacting needs. Meanwhile, Noel De Keyzer, who heads the Sloane Street branch of Savills, which sells homes for up to 100m in Belgravia, said the number of properties on his books was half the level of five years ago. While Rightmove lists properties going for many millions including one “unmodernised” pad that can be yours for 65m, Adams said most super-prime properties would never appear in an estate agent’s window. “Buyers and sellers at the very top of the market are increasingly choosing to do their business away from the public gaze. Around 65% of our business is now conducted off-market.” One issue is security which is high on any super-prime buyer’s shopping list. They want bulletproof garage doors and iris-recognition door key technology and they don’t want the interior, exterior or floorplans of their home in the public domain. “Buyers don’t want homes that have appeared all over the internet for security reasons,” says Adams. Another is tax. “If the government were ever stupid enough to introduce a mansion tax, it would be hard for a buyer’s lawyer to deny a valuation, if that sum had appeared on the web.” He said vendors who don’t want the world to know they are selling up ask him, and a handful of other top agents, to quietly offer their multimillion pound homes to those who have the money Another high-end property agent, Henry Pryor, described how names of the top agents were usually passed between friends and acquaintances at dinner parties. “It’s how the market is right now,” he said. According to investment firm London Central Portfolio, there have only been nine properties sold for more than 20m in London so far this year, although these figures exclude those bought in the name of a company, a technique used by many overseas buyers.
Markets closed Grosvenor Square London Hotel’s Facebook Contest Offers Chance to Win Overnight Stay London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square Plans Pampering Stay for Lucky Winner Press Release: Marriott International 21 hours ago View Photo An upscale Mayfair hotel in London’s exciting West End is giving away an overnight stay to a lucky Facebook fan. The London Marriot Hotel Grosvenor Square is treating its Facebook fans with a chance to win the overnight stay at London’s best address by entering on their Facebook page. Click here for high-resolution version LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwired – Sep 20, 2013) – An upscale Mayfair hotel in London’s exciting West End is giving away an overnight stay to a lucky Facebook fan. The London Marriot Hotel Grosvenor Square is treating its Facebook fans with a chance to win the overnight stay at London’s best address where they can enjoy gracious accommodations and amenities from the hotel’s Club Lounge and The Luggage Room Bar. By simply visiting , “liking” the page, and then entering their email address, contestants have the chance to win the impressive overnight package which includes two drinks from the Luggage Room, access to the hotel’s exclusive Club Lounge for breakfast, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day and snacks at their leisure. The Luggage Room is a popular cocktail bar that captures the ambience and style of 1920s London, while providing its guests with an eclectic and inviting environment where Cups, cobblers, punches and martinis are among the many items served. The contest, which is now open, runs until Sept. 27, 2013 with the winner to be chosen from Facebook. Entering the contest presents an exciting opportunity for a chance to enjoy the Marriott’s renowned five-star luxuries and exceptional service in what was once a prominent London townhouse. Locatedjust seconds from Park Lane, Oxford Circus, Bond Street, Hyde Park and the world famous Selfridges, the options are limitless and the lucky winner can plan for fun and excitement, whether seeking a world-class shopping spree, a night at the theatre, fine dining or simply sightseeing in this vibrant neighbourhood filled with historic charms and endless attractions. For those who never want to leave the hotel, Gordon Ramsay restaurants offer fine dining, just steps from their door. French cuisine with an Asian twist is served for lunch and dinner at maze, where guests can order individually or create an innovative dining experience with a variety of smaller dishes. The maze Grill features expansive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus in a New York-style steakhouse atmosphere.
The Jacksonville Jaguars who have agreed to play a “home” game in London each season through 2016 and could be the main target if the NFL considers moving a team face the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 27. GOODELL: Speaks out on Goldson appeal Tickets for both games at Wembley Stadium, which holds 84,500 for American football, were virtual sellouts within two weeks, Parsons said. A restricted number of “season tickets” that gave fans tickets for both games were the first to go. “The data that we’ve collected over the past four years really has shown our fan base has grown exponentially,” said Parsons, a UK native who grew up listening to NFL games on Armed Forces Radio and has been working with the league for five years. “When we stack ourselves up against sports in the UK, depending on what metric you’re looking at, we’ve gone from well outside the top 10 to now inside the top 10 in terms of fan numbers and in terms of viewing figures.” Lester Bagley, the Vikings’ vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said data shows the fan base has doubled since 2007, with 11.3 million people in the UK (population: about 63.1 million as of the 2011 census) now identifying themselves as NFL fans. “There is a hardcore following,” said Bagley, who traveled with a group of Vikings officials for last year’s international series game between the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams. “They love the NFL, and they love the real thing not preseason games, not World League of American Football. They love the real, competitive, intense drama of NFL football.” Parsons offered a more conservative estimate. But he confirmed the number of UK fans is in the “multiple millions” even when excluding those who, for instance, only watch the Super Bowl. “We really target in on those,” Parsons said, “and there’s well over 2 million of those that we’ve identified in the UK, and we have a significant proportion of those in our NFL database and we communicate with them frequently. We know a significant portion of those will also watch the games week-in, week-out, and buy all of our products.” The league also has offices in Canada, Mexico and China, plus a significant presence in Japan.