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Concave skyscraper ‘melts’ parked car

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ENGLAND: The developers of a London skyscraper that reflects sunlight at such intense levels that it warped panels and melted mirrors on a parked car will not need to break the bank to fix the problem, a source said.

The Walkie Talkie tower in the city’s insurance district, which is being developed by Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities, was blamed for damaging a nearby Jaguar car this week.

The building’s concave design means developers can squeeze more money from its larger upper floors, where rents are higher.

However, the shape acts as a lens that reflects intense beams of sunlight for about two hours a day during two to three weeks of the year and developers are “evaluating long-term solutions”, they said.

“We’re not talking about major construction work,” the source said. “The options include things like films on some of the windows to disrupt the lens effect.”

Motorist Martin Lindsay told the BBC he had left his car for an hour opposite the building and returned to find the wing mirror, panels and Jaguar badge had “melted”.

“You can’t believe something like this would happen,” he said. “They’ve got to do something about it.”

It is not the first time a Vinoly building has been linked to intense rays of sunlight. The Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas allegedly produced intense areas of heat due to sunlight.

China bans officials from buying mooncakes with public funds

CHINA: Officials have been banned from using public funds to buy mooncakes, pastries offered as gifts during the Mid-Autumn Festival, as part of President Xi Jinping’s fight against corruption, the government said.

Officials cannot use public money to send mooncakes as gifts or to arrange banquets that are not related to official duties during the festival, which falls on Sept 19, the ruling Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has said.

“The Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day are approaching, we must resolutely put an end to using public funds,” the commission quoted Xi as saying, in reference to gifts, eating and drinking, tours, and extravagant waste.

Mooncakes are filled with ingredients such as lotus seed paste and salted duck egg yolk, and symbolise the moon. The festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is marked by family reunions.

Xi has made cutting back on extravagance and waste a main theme of his administration, seeking to assuage anger over corruption and restore faith in the party.

Ohio man who threatened police holds ‘idiot’ sign

USA: A man who threatened officers in Cleveland is making a court-ordered public apology by standing near a police station with a sign describing himself as an idiot.

A judge ordered 58-year-old Richard Dameron to stand outside a local station with a sign bearing an apology. He began the vigil on Monday and must stand outside for three hours each day this week. Dameron was convicted of threatening officers in 911 calls.

His public shaming is not the first of its kind in the city. The Cleveland judge who sentenced Dameron previously made a woman wear an “idiot” sign in public for driving around a school bus.

Woman wearing fake nose and moustache steals perfume

ENGLAND: Police want to speak to a woman who walked into a shop wearing a fake nose and moustache about a stolen bottle of perfume.

Police in Salisbury, Wiltshire, released a CCTV image of two women they want to speak to after the perfume was taken from a Boots store in the city. Two women entered the shop and one of them took a bottle of Chanel perfume — valued at £95 (€112) — before leaving without making any attempt to pay.

Police said the women met up with a man, and have appealed for witnesses.

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