More than hot air: hydrogen on the agenda at Davos

Share Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of Toyota added: “The Hydrogen Council will exhibit responsible leadership in showcasing hydrogen technology and its benefits to the world. It will seek collaboration, cooperation and understanding from governments, industry and most importantly, the public”.The “council” itself comprises the 13 CEOs or chairs of the businesses that form part of the new initiative, which is the first of its kind supporting the development of hydrogen power.Energy and climate change has been a major theme of sessions at the World Economic Forum for years. In the forum’s Opening Plenary, Chinese president Xi Jinping used his first address at Davos to mount a strong defence of both globalisation and the landmark Paris climate deal that China signed up to last year. More than hot air: hydrogen on the agenda at Davos A new initiative to place hydrogen at the top of the global energy agenda was launched yesterday by thirteen international businesses, including Toyota, BMW, Shell, Anglo American and Hyundai.Together the companies represent 1.72m employees globally and around €1.07 trillion in revenue. Plug-in battery powered hybrid and electric cars might be getting all the attention at the moment, but the new council is determined to see hydrogen fuel cells established as a mainstream CO2-free source of electricity.The “Hydrogen Council” had its first formal meeting during day one of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos. Businesses that signed up to the council pledged to commit further funds towards the development and commercialisation of hydrogen technologies.The new group told press and investors that hydrogen is a “versatile energy carrier” and the effectiveness of both hydrogen fuel cells and the infrastructure needed to support their use had improved significantly in recent years. Investment in hydrogen as an energy source currently runs at around €1.4 Bn/year, much of it put up by the companies that have formed the new council.Plug-in battery powered hybrid and electric cars might be getting all the attention at the moment, but the Hydrogen Council is determined to see hydrogen fuel cells become a key component of the future energy mix.“Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles offer the most natural solution for zero emission vehicles – emitting only water and requiring little change to the way we are all used to driving and refuelling our cars.” Mark Cutifani, CEO, Anglo American. Tuesday 17 January 2017 10:00 pm whatsapp Ashley Coates More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.com whatsapp read more

The Met Police has appointed its first female commissioner

Share Dick currently works at the Foreign Office, and her appointment had been widely expected.London mayor Sadiq Khan welcomed the news this afternoon. “(Cressida) has already had a long and distinguished career, and her experience and ability has shone throughout this process,” he said. “On behalf of all Londoners, I warmly welcome Cressida to the role and I very much look forward to keep[ing] our capital safe and protected.”He added: “This is a historic day for London and a proud day for me as mayor.” On behalf of all Londoners I warmly welcome Cressida Dick as the new Commissioner of @metpoliceuk. I look forward to working with her. pic.twitter.com/LE72TJqFBk— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) February 22, 2017Hogan-Howe announced his retirement from the role in September last year. He had been in the job for five years.During his time in office, Hogan-Howe oversaw the London 2012 Olympics and dealt with the aftermath of the Paris attacks, in which the number of armed officers patrolling the streets of the capital was increased. He was also in office for the 2013 murder of Lee Rigby. Caitlin Morrison Wednesday 22 February 2017 2:43 pm Cressida Dick has been appointed as commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, replacing Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.The appointment means the Met will be led by a woman for the first time in its 187-year history. The Met Police has appointed its first female commissioner whatsapp whatsapp More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com read more

Chancellor Philip Hammond unveils Midlands Engine strategy with £392m investment and plans to cut congestion

whatsapp Thursday 9 March 2017 2:17 pm The region is already the headquarters for a range of big businesses including Jaguar Land Rover, JCB and Rolls-Royce and home to more than 10m people with an economy worth £217.7bn, which is 13 per cent of the UK’s annual output.Read more: Midlands Engine shifts up a gear with progress on major regional schemesBut despite its strengths, the economy has fallen behind in recent years; in 2015 the productivity gap between the Midlands and the UK average was 15 per cent.A skill shortage, the fragmented nature of the region’s economy and a “lack of entrepreneurship and economic dynamism” were highlighted by the government as key issues that the Midlands Engine strategy would help to address.Karl Edge, Midlands regional chairman at KPMG, said: “The statistics don’t lie: the Midlands is the real heartland of automotive and manufacturing. Further investment in regional infrastructure will improve connectivity for residents and visitors, and help to attract foreign investment and bolster our connections with the rest of the world, which will be crucial as the UK exits the EU.” There are also transport and infrastructure plans to improve the Midlands, including a commitment that by 2018, all rail passengers in the Midlands will have the option to use a smart ticket on local rail services and investment in local transport improvements including £25m to tackle congestion in the Black Country.Read more: HS2 delays contract award to CH2M as Mace mulls legal action on losing outHammond said: “The Midlands Engine Strategy is an important milestone, setting out the concrete actions we are taking, where we are not only investing in what it does well but also tackling some of the long standing productivity barriers in the region including skills and connectivity.”There are developments in the works that should make a significant difference to the region, such as HS2 which will place the Midlands at the heart of England’s high speed rail network.The government looked to assuage any Brexit jitters, saying it was working with businesses and local government across the region to ensure the Midlands’ interests are “fully considered”. whatsapp Share Collaboration is key, and the government’s hands-on approach is reassuring, particularly at a time when uncertainty has caused some nervousness. Chancellor Philip Hammond unveils Midlands Engine strategy with £392m investment and plans to cut congestion Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled details of his Midlands Engine plans today, including £392m through the Local Growth fund to improve transport connections.This includes £151m for the West Midlands City region, the largest award for any area. Rebecca Smith Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likealldelish11 Anxiety Causing Foods To Stay Away FromalldelishUndoillusion.funUse These Warnings From Nature To Avoid Emergencies Or Disastersillusion.funUndoBreast Cancer | Search AdsWarning Signs of Metastatic Breast CancerBreast Cancer | Search AdsUndoAuto carTop 5 best super sports cars 2021 | AutocarAuto carUndoRelationshipsWhat do the words “I love you” mean at every stage of the relationship?RelationshipsUndoMortgage FanaticRemember The Waltons? Now We Know How The Revered Family Drama Was MadeMortgage FanaticUndoanymuscle.comDiabetes and kidney failureanymuscle.comUndoMedical Billing & Coding | Search AdsMedical Billing and Coding Courses May Get You A Job Sooner Than You ThinkMedical Billing & Coding | Search AdsUndoYourSportSpotAfter Céline Dion’s Weight Loss, She Revealed The True CauseYourSportSpotUndo read more

City of London Corporation votes in favour of revoking Aung San Suu Kyi honorary freedom award

first_img City of London Corporation councillors have voted in favour of removing the honorary freedom award granted to Aung San Suu Kyi over her failure to condemn atrocities committed against the Rohingya people in Myanmar.Today the Corporation’s prime legislative body, the court of common council, voted in favour of a motion proposed by Portsoken councillor Munsur Ali that would see the Corporation start the process of revoking the award. Thursday 10 January 2019 4:59 pm Alexandra Rogers whatsapp whatsapp Ali said Suu Kyi had “failed to speak out and acknowledge that genocide took place” and for that reason she was “unworthy” of the award.The City of London Corporation granted Suu Kyi the honorary freedom award in May 2017. At the time, it said the award – the highest honour the Corporation can bestow upon an individual – was given in “recognition of her non-violent struggle over many years for democracy and her steadfast dedication to create a society where people can live in peace, security and freedom”.Read more: City of London Corporation accused of ‘dragging feet’ over Aung San Suu Kyi awardHowever, a number of local councils including Oxford and Dublin have revoked the award on the grounds she has failed to speak out or condemn the atrocities committed by the country’s military against the Muslim Rohingya people in Rakhine state, where tens of thousands have died and hundreds of thousands have fled.At the meeting, councillor Jamie Ingham Clark, who spoke against the motion, said that while he sympathised with the plight of the Rohingya people, “we are an institution that takes the long view” and the Corporation should not become involved in “gesture politics”. Share City of London Corporation votes in favour of revoking Aung San Suu Kyi honorary freedom award Queenhithe councillor Brian Mooney said the Corporation had to “stand by the judgment we made at the time and the circumstances in which they were made”, adding: “I think it ill behoves us to jump to headline-grabbing decisions when we should take a long view.”However, deputy chair of the policy and resources committee Tom Sleigh said the Corporation should admit it “made a mistake” in granting Suu Kyi the award in the first place. “If this is gesture politics, what is giving the award in the first place?” he asked. A City of London Corporation spokesperson said: “At today’s court of common council, elected members voted in favour of beginning the process by which Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary freedom could be revoked.“The freedom applications committee will now write to Aung San Suu Kyi to inform her of the proposal to revoke the award and will consider her response before a final decision is made.“The City of London Corporation condemns the shocking humanitarian abuses carried out in Myanmar, and has already written to the ambassador for Burma to express its profound concern about the current situation in his country.” Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

US President Donald Trump says economy would ‘rocket’ if Fed cut rates

first_img US President Donald Trump said the Federal Reserve should cut interest rates, saying the economy would take off “like a rocket ship” if they did.Speaking following the release of US jobs data which showed a strong rebound in hiring in March, Trump said the US central bank “really slowed us down”, CNBC reported. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily Funny Share whatsapp Friday 5 April 2019 4:27 pm Trump told a press conference he thought the Fed “should drop rates and get rid of quantitative tightening”, the selling of bonds and securities bought to stimulate the economy after the financial crisis.The Fed, under the leadership of Trump nominee Jay Powell, raised interest rates four times in 2018.At its last meeting, the central bank decided to hold interest rates amid a gloomy global economy and trade wars with China.Today’s figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that wage growth slowed to 3.2 per cent in March compared to a year earlier, from 3.4 per cent in February, but new jobs increased by 196,000. The mixed data will be seen by many as justifying the Fed’s decision to hold rates.On Thursday Trump announced that he had recommended ally Herman Cain, former chief executive of pizza chain Godfather’s, for a position on the board of the Federal Reserve. center_img Harry Robertson More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com US President Donald Trump says economy would ‘rocket’ if Fed cut rates Tags: Trading Archive whatsapplast_img read more

City A.M.’s shadow MPC votes to hold interest rates despite recent sunnier data

first_imgWednesday 1 May 2019 4:58 pm Hold for now, despite the slew of stronger data. Some activity may have been brought forward ahead of the original Brexit date. Meanwhile, stronger pay growth has yet to show up in inflation.Simon Ward, Janus HendersonCut Money growth is too low to achieve the inflation target over the medium term. Brexit preparations have temporarily supported activity but payback is imminent. Labour market strength is ebbing.Jeavon Lolay, Lloyds BankHoldBased on UK data alone, the case for a rate hike has on balance strengthened since February. However, continuing uncertainty around the global and domestic outlook argues for caution at this juncture.Vicky Pryce, CEBRHoldPrecautionary stock-building, higher wages and good employment data are giving a temporary boost to growth but risk to inflation remains low while the Brexit extensions have increased business uncertainty.Tej Parikh, Institute of DirectorsHoldHigher wages and rising oil prices imply a pick-up in inflation is just around the corner but this has to be balanced against ongoing Brexit considerations, which make a rate rise risky.Mike Bell, JP Morgan Asset ManagementHoldWith the recent rise in productivity-adjusted labour costs the case for a rate rise is building, but it is worth waiting for more evidence that the global manufacturing slowdown is behind us.James Smith, INGHoldAside from decent wage growth, there are few reasons to raise rates right now. Lingering no deal Brexit concerns will continue to restrain economic activity in the near-term. Share Simon French, Panmure Gordon HoldThe UK economy is showing signs of a split personality. Consumers are carrying on largely unimpacted by Brexit developments. By contrast business investment and the UK’s trade performance remains weak. Until it becomes clearer which sentiment will win out, rates should be left on hold.Ruth Gregory, Capital Economics Hold City A.M.’s shadow MPC votes to hold interest rates despite recent sunnier data The Bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) will at midday tomorrow announce its latest interest rate decision, along with its inflation report, its first since Britain’s membership of the European Union was extended until 31 October.The committee will have digested recent positive signals from the economy in the run up to their decision over whether to change the 0.75 per cent headline rate. The economy grew at a decent clip in the first quarter, with employment rising 179,000 in the three months to February.With a no-deal Brexit averted for the time being and rising oil prices threatening to push up inflation, an interest rate hike by Threadneedle Street is a possibility – and something City A.M.’s shadow MPC guest chair, Kallum Pickering of Berenberg, calls for.Read more: Hammond kicks off search for new Bank of England governorHowever, seven shadow MPC members call once again for the Bank to keep rates on hold due to clouds of uncertainty still hanging over the economy.City A.M.’s shadow MPC whatsapp whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleUndoBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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Firstly, financial and economic participants’ inflation expectations are elevated and rising.Secondly, demand growth is far exceeding the rise in productive capacity linked to softness in private business investment.And thirdly, wage cost pressures are mounting as wage increases outpace productivity growth. The case to wait until after Brexit is resolved has weakened following the latest delay that could last six months. The risk of falling behind the curve now exceeds the risk from adding to current anxieties. 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Labour’s shadow justice minister quits amid party’s ‘lack of tolerance’

first_imgShadow chancellor John McDonnell labelled the decision as “disappointing”. De Piero did campaign to remain in the European Union despite holding a pro-Brexit seat but has not supported a second vote. Read more: Government launches review into Britain’s financial rules ahead of Brexit whatsapp She also spoke of abuse she has received on social media from people that want the referendum result overturned. Labour’s shadow justice minister Gloria De Piero has resigned from her role and decided she will not stand at the next general election. The MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire has said she is concerned by the party’s “lack of tolerance” amid “grim” online abuse. More From Our Partners Matt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com Tags: Brexit Labour’s shadow justice minister quits amid party’s ‘lack of tolerance’ whatsapp Speaking to fellow members of the opposition on Friday, De Piero said “a lack of tolerance for different viewpoints in the Labour Party frankly worries me”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has proposed the new Tory leader hold a second referendum. She has held the seat since 2010 but what was once a traditionally safe seat was only won by a few hundred votes in at the last election. Read more: Likelihood of no-deal Brexit is highest since October 2017 Michael Searles “And while I’m at it, and it doesn’t happen in Ashfield, but when I hear people being called right-wing in the Labour Party I find it utterly offensive. “We are all left-wingers in this party – that is why we joined the Labour Party.”  She continued: “This party is about a set of values not any individual and we would all do well to remember that. Saturday 20 July 2019 2:36 pm “We worked together as a team, [I’m] disappointed she’s standing down, but we’re a broad church in the Labour Party and we always will [be],” he said. “If there’s any evidence of intolerance, we’ve said to our MPs and members, let us know and we will take action.” “We have to have respect for each other, even if we disagree, because we are all part of this party,” she added. Share Almost 70 per cent of voters in her constituency voted to leave the EU. BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Shadow Minister For The Young Gloria De Piero speaks during a session entitled “Better Politics at Every Level” during the first day of the Labour Party Autumn Conference on September 27, 2015 in Brighton, England. The four day annual Labour Party Conference takes place in Brighton and is expected to attract thousands of delegates with keynote speeches from influential politicians and over 500 fringe events. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images) last_img read more

No business is an island in the fight against climate change

first_imgMonday 23 September 2019 5:23 am whatsapp Another good tactic is to incentivise more sustainable behaviour among your employees, and even reward them for coming up with fresh ideas. More than a thousand Amazon employees planned a walkout, and we saw the Trade Union Congress urge their members to support climate strikers. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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However, the opportunity for real change will be lost if businesses don’t move away from grand purpose statements towards activism, because only then can we drive systemic change that has a lasting impact. Our Responsible Business Tracker findings showed that 86 per cent of companies have stated their purpose, but as little as 17 per cent have a plan to make sure that it’s practised at every level of the organisation.  whatsapp We have a deadline of 10 years to at least halve carbon emissions, which may feel like a long time, but in reality, it is just two or three business planning cycles. The challenge can seem insurmountable, but by taking steps to move from purpose to activism, we have a real chance to meet that 10-year deadline. Businesses must do more and put aside competition with each other to work collectively and tackle this problem together.  As a start, businesses can be supportive of employees wanting to take part in strikes by allowing them to take a day’s annual leave if possible, giving them the opportunity to learn from their experience. LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Protesters hold banners as they attend the Global Climate Strike on September 20, 2019 in London, England. Millions of people are taking to the streets around the world to take part in protests inspired by the teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Students are preparing to walk out of lessons in what could be the largest climate protest in history. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Greta Thunberg woke us up to the fact that our house is on fire, but how many leaders have acknowledged that this means their business is also going up in flames?  Last Friday, adults joined forces with students to inspire a call to action on the Earth’s climate and ecological emergencies. And finally, cut your carbon emissions by minimising your use of fossil fuel and finding ways to purchase or generate renewable energy. Share Gudrun CartwrightGudrun Cartwright is environment director of Business in the Community.  And if they can’t, they must have an honest conversation with their employees, customers, shareholders, regulators, and the general public in order to answer the most difficult question of all: If not, why not? You can join 150 organisations in signing the Business in the Community’s Waste to Wealth Commitment, which is a way of companies collectively working to eliminate avoidable waste by 2030.   For many offices, there are lots of small changes that can be made to the way resources are used to make these spaces more sustainable. It’s also worth considering how your staff can operate in workspaces differently in order to eliminate waste. 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UK accuses Iran of violating international law for arresting ambassador

first_img Edward Thicknesse UK accuses Iran of violating international law for arresting ambassador Sunday 12 January 2020 12:04 pm “The Iranian government is at a cross-roads moment. It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to deescalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.” (AFP via Getty Images) The demonstrations began after Iranians took to the streets to show their anger at the regime, calling officials “liars” for initially denying having shot down the Ukrainian jet, which had 176 people on board, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Security minister Brandon Lewis backed up Raab’s statement, telling Sky News that the arrest, which happened after Macaire stopped for a haircut, was “totally unacceptable.” Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said that the missile attack was an “unforgivable mistake.” Yesterday Iran admitted to “unintentionally” shooting down the plane, after a raft of world leaders, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, blamed it for the tragedy. Under the terms of 1961’s Vienna Convention, it is illegal to detain diplomats. The Foreign Office will demand a full explanation. Read more: World leaders blame Iran for accidentally shooting down plane whatsapp He said: “Iran does need to step back from that kind of activity and play a proper part in working with partners to de-escalate.” center_img Tags: Iran by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndozenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoRest Wow68 Hollywood Stars Who Look Unrecognizable NowRest WowUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndo UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab issued a statement condemning the arrest. It said: “The arrest of our ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law. whatsapp Read more: Iran admits “unintentionally” shooting down Ukrainian plane There were four UK nationals aboard Wednesday’s flight, which was bound for Kiev. Rob Macaire was arrested after the vigil turned into a protest against the Iranian regime, which he was accused of helping to organise. Share The UK has accused Iran of a “flagrant violation of international law” after its ambassador was arrested returning from a vigil for those who died when the Islamic Republic shot down a passenger plane on Wednesday. Show Comments ▼ The mistake occurred shortly after Iran had launched ballistic missile strikes against US bases in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of Quds force commander Qassem Soleimani. The ambassador, who was released after about three hours, later tweeted that he “wasn’t taking part in any demonstrations.”last_img read more

HS2 is not just another transport project — it’s about the very bones of our economy.

first_img Digby JonesLord Digby Jones is a crossbench peer and former director general of the CBI. whatsapp Main image credit: Getty HS2 is also a critical part of the Northern Powerhouse Rail and Midlands Rail Hub projects, both of which promise even better commuter connections. Add to that the dozens of businesses that have moved to the region to be part of the HS2 supply chain, and the hundreds of apprentices that are already training at the National College for High Speed Rail, and you start to get a sense of the magnitude of the economic impact HS2 will make Over the coming weeks, the government will publish at last the Oakervee report into HS2. It currently takes over an hour to travel by train from Birmingham to Nottingham or Manchester, and nearly two hours to get to Leeds. Commuters in towns like Crewe, Darlington, Grantham and Nuneaton struggle with substandard train services because of an over-stretched Victorian rail system.  These opportunities and investments represent just a trickle. Building HS2 in full will unleash a flood of opportunity, jobs and prosperity for the Midlands and the north. Our failing rail network leaves talented entrepreneurs, ambitious students, and influential investors believing that they cannot rely on access to suppliers, customers, employees or opportunities. Investment falters, and jobs go elsewhere. HS2 is not just another transport project — it’s about the very bones of our economy. Show Comments ▼ Thursday 30 January 2020 6:10 am The real reason to build HS2 is to unleash productivity and prosperity across the country (AFP via Getty Images) Opinion Be in no doubt: our outdated and under-invested railway holds the economy of the north and the Midlands back, just as London’s super-connected transport network propels that city forward.  It need not be this way. What if a business owner in Birmingham could quickly and easily travel to Leeds or Manchester for a meeting? What if a major foreign investor chose Nottingham because it sat at the heart of a well-connected workforce of millions? What if a working mum could easily commute to a new job in Birmingham, without having to move her family home from the north west? And it’s not just people whizzing back and forth between major cities that benefit. Vast numbers of the real winners from HS2 may never use the new railway at all: over 70 stations are set to gain extra capacity and new connections because of space freed up on existing lines.  A host of major housing developments and regeneration schemes have been launched, including 4,000 new homes to be built right next to the new Curzon Street HS2 station. Peaky Blinders writer Stephen Knight has said that he wants to build a film studio there. Inward investors tell me time and again that they are choosing the Midlands because of the potential of HS2.center_img Each of these decisions and opportunities may be individually small, but replicated across dozens of towns, hundreds of investors, millions of people, it adds up to a tidal wave of prosperity. Only HS2 can make this possible. Halve the journey time between our major cities in the Midlands and the north, and you create economic possibilities that simply did not exist before. Share How can I be so sure that HS2 will have such a tremendous impact on these regions? Because it’s already working. Come to Birmingham, the city where I was born, a city where an economic revolution is underway because of HS2.  People in the Midlands and the north need this railway. For too long, they have been neglected and let down by a rail network that is not fit for purpose. You only need to look at the dismal experience of passengers on the Northern and Transpennine networks to see that. Capacity is crunched. Freight waits in queues on the motorways, spewing pollution. Commuters wait on crowded platforms and can’t get seats on trains. Airports are jammed up by super-short-haul UK flights, when the slots should be freed up for international journeys and global trade. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. whatsapp This is not just a railway project. It’s a tremendous economic intervention. So let’s take a deep breath, by all means take on board criticism where it can improve the scheme — and then get on and build it. We should pay due attention to these voices — any project, especially one as big as HS2, must be subject to rigorous public scrutiny. As always with any infrastructure project in the UK, expect howls of protest about the cost, impact, and expected benefits.  However, to assess HS2 in conventional terms, merely as a transport upgrade, is to miss the point. The real reason to build HS2 is to unleash productivity and prosperity across the country. This is about the very bones of our economy. The review looks likely to give the green light to this massive investment in the infrastructure of the north and the Midlands — and it’s certain that there will be an almighty row about it. But once the facts have been carefully considered, we should get on and damn well build the thing. 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