“The true cost of achieving an optimal design for the children’s hospital is that it has hoovered up the budgets needed for other health facilities that will, as a result, be delayed for years.”

In all developed countries, major capital projects have a strong tendency to overrun their initial budgets. The new underground line in London, C(...)

People are rescued from flood waters from Hurricane Harvey on an air boat in Dickinson,Texas. Photo:  Reuters

The catastrophic Hurricane Harvey has been described as a “once in 500 years” weather event. That is little comfort to those affected, a the United St(...)

US president Donald Trump signs an executive order. He is a reality TV star before he is a politician and reality TV requires a diet of constant conflict. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

It is a bit of a stretch, but imagine if Donald Trump were a smart politician. What would his first 100 days have looked like? The answer is blindingl(...)

Eric Ruffin and Chloe Levine in ‘The Transfiguration’

Post-Twilight and True Blood, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that vampires need a little lie down in their coffins. Dead? Undead? We don’t care – th(...)

On the small island of Île á Vache, where many of Haven’s livelihood programmes are based, the problem is significantly exacerbated. Lying just off the south-west coast of Haiti, it found itself engulfed in the eye of the storm, submerged in up to four foot of flooding.

October 9th, 2016 It is now a week since Hurricane Matthew first commenced its brutal, destructive path through Haiti, and every day that passes bri(...)

Donald Trump and Jeb Bush participate in a debate of ten leading Republican presidential hopefuls at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The first question to Chris Christie was about the nine credit downgrades that New Jersey had suffered since he became its governor. Ben Carson was(...)

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, at a match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium in London, on Sunday. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

New Jersey governor Chris Christie on Sunday began a three-day trade mission to the UK. The trip is meant to bolster his state’s economic and cultura(...)

Hurricane Sandy: the most prevailing smell in the book is of the materials that householders use to repair damage. Photograph: Debra L Rothenberg/Getty

The incomparable Mississippian Richard Ford is a great writer, no question about that. More importantly, he is a great American writer. Throughout his(...)

Protestors fill Broadway in the Flood Wall Street rally. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

in New York Just a day after the huge People’s Climate March in Manhattan, which drew at least 300,000 participants, more radical activists “flooded”(...)

Demonstrators near Central Park during the People’s Climate March in New York yesterday. Photograph: Timothy Fadek/Bloomberg

Billed as “the biggest climate demonstration in history”, hundreds of thousands of people – activists, students, celebrities and even some environm(...)

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