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Clashes with police for second night in Minneapolis

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Hundreds of protesters clashed with police overnight in a suburb of Minneapolis in defiance of a city-wide curfew, as outrage grew over the shooting of another black man in the city.

Daunte Wright (20) was shot dead by a police officer on Sunday after he was stopped for a traffic violation. The incident comes as the city is on edge as the trial into the murder of George Floyd continues for its third week.

Hours after the 7pm curfew came into force on Monday night, demonstrators were locked in a stand-off with police outside the police headquarters in Brooklyn Center, the suburb in northeastern Minneapolis where Mr Wright was shot dead on Sunday. Police used tear gas and stun guns on the crowds that had gathered; some protesters hurled bricks and water bottles over the police line. Several arrests were made as police moved protestors north, away from the heavily-fortified headquarters.

Daunte Wright (20) was shot dead by a police officer on Sunday after he was stopped for a traffic violation. Photograph: Katie Wright
Daunte Wright (20) was shot dead by a police officer on Sunday after he was stopped for a traffic violation. Photograph: Katie Wright

“You’re ordered to disperse to the north. Leave the area or you will be arrested,” police shouted to protesters through megaphones as the stand-off stretched late into the night.

Demonstrators shouted “Hands up, don’t shoot” as tensions rose.

Dozens of individuals broke into stores and began looting a Dollar Tree shop which was set alight. Several arrests were made.

The police officer who killed Mr Wright was named as Kimberley Potter, a 26-year veteran of the police force. At a press conference on Monday, the district’s police chief Tim Gannon said he believed that the officer had mistakenly fired her weapon instead of a taser gun.

Body cam footage released by the police chief shows Mr Wright being stopped by two police officers who approach each side of his car. As they try to handcuff Mr Wright outside the car he tries to re-enter the vehicle. A third police officer approaches him and shouts the word “Taser” several times, apparently as a warning. After she shoots him, Ms Potter can be heard saying, “Holy s**t, I shot him.” Following the shooting Mr Wright drove for a short time, struck another vehicle and was then found dead at the scene.

Mr Wright’s family have called for Ms Potter, who has been put on administrative lead, to be fired.

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The victim’s death was last night ruled to be a homicide by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. The mayor of Brooklyn Center fired the city manager of the district on Monday, who is responsible for the police service. The mayor has now assumed control over the police force.

President Joe Biden said he spoke to the governor of Minnesota and local officials on Monday and had watched the “fairly graphic” footage of the shooting. “The question is whether it was an accident or intentional? That remains to be determined,” he said.

He said that any protests should be peaceful, stating that there is “absolutely not justification for violence”.

“Peaceful protest is understandable. And the fact is that we do know that the anger, pain and trauma that exists in black community in that environment is real, serious and consequential. But that does not justify violence,” he said.

The renewed tensions in the Twin Cities area has shone a fresh spotlight on the issue of policing, as former police officer David Chauvin faces charges of murder over the death of African-American man George Floyd in the city last year. Mr Chauvin was filmed pressing his knee into the neck of Mr Floyd as he died. His trial is now in its third week, with the defence team due to begin their arguments on Tuesday.

Among those who took to the stand on Monday were Mr Floyd’s brother, Philonise, who recalled in emotional terms the impact his older brother had on his life.

Also on Monday, cardiologist Johnathan Rich said that Mr Floyd’s death was not caused by underlying heart conditions, one of the arguments of the defence team.

“Had he not been restrained in the way in which he was, I think he would have survived that day,” Mr Rich said, referring to Mr Floyd’s detention by Mr Chauvin. “I think he would have gone home or wherever he was going to go had he not been subjected to the prone and positional restraint that he was.”

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Hotel Indigo debuts in Austria

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Hotel Indigo opened its first hotel in Austria, Hotel Indigo Vienna – Naschmarkt. Located a short walk from the city’s historic center, the hotel offers 158 guest rooms, a rooftop garden resembling an urban jungle, a restaurant, and a lobby bar.

 

Taking inspiration from a famed local architect, Otto Wagner, a key member of the Secessionist movement, guests will find touches of gold used throughout the fixtures in the bathrooms as well as intricate patterns, made famous by Otto, woven into the carpet design in the hallway, and the tiles behind reception. Otto’s love for gold, Art Nouveau design, and ornate patterns can also be seen at famous local buildings such as the Majolikahaus, a short walk from the hotel. From ground level, the building looks innocuous, but as guests look skywards, they will see the top floors are decorated with exquisitely sumptuous floral motifs in brightly colored porcelain and gold leaf, a hallmark of the new style.

 

Stefanie Augustin, General Manager, Hotel Indigo Vienna – Naschmarkt, commented: “We are pleased to open our doors and accept our first guests into the first Hotel Indigo in Austria. We sit in the heart of the surrounding neighbourhood and strive to make all the locals proud, by helping to bring a bit of that external story in so guests can truly experience what Vienna has to offer.”

 

 

 

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Tolent secures Newcastle resi project (GB)

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Tolent will put up 135 ‘ultra-modern’ system-build homes, with designs selected from an architectural competition. Sunderland’s new Vaux neighborhood, being built on the site of an old brewery, will eventually have 1,000 homes, according to the plans, as part of a drive to double the number of people living in the city centre. The homes will stand alongside The Beam and City Hall – the latest development to rise from the ground at Riverside Sunderland. Construction work on the scheme is expected to start within weeks, forming the first of the new distinct neighbourhoods that will create city centre housing for up to 2,500 residents.

 

The properties are based on the winning designs in the Homes of 2030 competition, which was launched in March 2020, and managed by the Royal Institute of British Architects, to encourage the design of environmentally-friendly homes that support people in leading independent, fulfilling lives as society ages.? Construction work on the development is due to start this summer and the first tranche of homes should be completed by the end of 2023.

 

Sunderland City Council leader Graeme Miller said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have taken this final step to get work started on our flagship residential scheme at Riverside Sunderland. The housing developments on Riverside Sunderland will be world-class, and Tolent is an ideal partner to deliver them, based locally and capable of building these aspirational homes.”

 

Tolent chief executive Paul Webster said: “Vaux neighbourhood is an amazing project that showcases the strides being taken in Sunderland to modernise the city centre. The world-class houses being built will provide a community fit for the future and an archetype for sustainable housing. As a truly local business, we are proud to be involved in the project and to showcase our ability to meet and exceed the capabilities of national contractors on a local level. The project will complement a number of local landmarks that we have constructed including The Beam, Beacon of Light and Echo Building. We have been working closely with the entire team since being appointed preferred bidder back in September and we can’t wait to get started.”

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BlackRock acquires Dagenham urban logistics development (GB)

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A joint venture (JV) between Chancerygatea fund managed by Credit Suisse Asset Management, and Hines has forward sold a 172,000ft² urban logistics development in Dagenham to a fund managed by BlackRock for an undisclosed sum. Dagenham Council has approved plans to speculatively build 15 Grade A urban logistics and industrial units at the development which is called Zephyr Park. The units range from 5,490ft² to 34,670ft² and are available leasehold and freehold. Construction is due to commence in August this year. The six-acre site was previously owned by wholesale electrical distributor Rexel UKSituated on Rainham Road between the A12 and A13, Zephyr Park is located less than half a mile from Hackman Capital Partners and Dagenham Council’s proposed €348.5m (£300m) film and TV studios.

 

Chancerygate managing director, Richard Bains, said: “Zephyr Park will be an outstanding urban logistics development which will generate continued investment and job creation for Dagenham. Forward selling Zephyr Park to BlackRock shows the strength in urban logistics as an asset class. It is also a testament to the high specification, a sustainable product we build as it attracts businesses to locate to our developments ensuring they are best placed to continue to grow. We look forward to working with Hines and BlackRock to deliver Zephyr Park and expect to achieve practical completion in summer 2023.”

 

Greg Cooper, Hines managing director, industrial and logistics, added: “We are pleased to have executed this opportunity to recycle this asset, with the value generated illustrating the unabating demand for high-quality logistics developments. It is an asset class which remains a key focus for Hines in the UK, and we are continuing to explore opportunities to grow our portfolio of both big box and urban facilities.”

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