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September 4, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSunday 10 October 2010 10:33 pm whatsapp Share whatsapp Why Gatwick Airport’s new chief has Heathrow lined up in his sights SOME people need to have a lot on their plates if they are to thrive – and Stewart Wingate, Gatwick’s newish boss, is clearly one of these. The 39-year-old took up his post last December when the airport was bought by US investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) for £1.5bn from Ferrovial-owned airports operator BAA, which was forced to sell up for competition reasons.Wingate has £1bn to spend over five years to upgrade an airport that was opened by the Queen in 1958. His role is to quickly attract new airlines and passengers to prove to the Competition Commission, and more importantly to his US owners, that he can open up a market between London’s three major airports – Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick – which have been publicly- or monopoly-owned for the last four decades.Gatwick, the busiest single strip airport in the world, is projected to carry 32.5m passengers this year, similar to 2009. But this is still below its pre-slump 2007 peak when it carried 35m. And this is all a far cry from the target GIP has set for the airport, to carry 45m passengers by 2018.“We are here to compete,” says Wingate, a heavy-set ebullient Geordie, who previously worked at BAA for seven years, including stints as head of Budapest and Stansted airports. “Gatwick has suffered from being the second child in BAA’s family after Heathrow,” says Wingate. “But it was never treated half as well in terms of management time and resources. But for us Gatwick is our jewel in the crown, and we have big plans for it.”Wingate is speaking in a small meeting room in the firm’s on-site corporate block, which has floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides and offers magnificent views of the airstrip, its estate and the west Sussex countryside beyond.The Gatwick boss plans to boost passengers by a variety of methods.First, he believes the air traffic control technology he uses, which currently permits 52 aircraft take-offs or landings per hour at peak, can be upgraded “to slightly increase our numbers here.”Wingate also wants to improve the consistency of take-offs and landings throughout the day. Currently Gatwick has three peak periods: between 5am and 6am, between 10.30am and lunchtime, and between 3.30pm and 6pm.He wants to attract long haul carriers from the Middle East, the Far East and the Americas because “the times they are likely to fly into London will be in our quieter periods.” Currently only around 20 per cent of the airport’s flights are long haul. Also, the firm has just spent £45m on new stands to accommodate the Airbus A380 superjumbo that will carry more passengers. And Wingate adds many of the airlines that use his airport are testing new configurations that fit more seats into the plane.This is important for Gatwick because half of its revenues come from plane charges – for things like landing, parking and the number of passengers each aircraft carries. Most of the rest of the airport’s income comes from retailing and car park charging, with a small amount coming from rents from its property portfolio.In the year to March the airport posted £475m in sales and made an underlying profit of £169m. The Gatwick boss will not make forecasts for next year, but says the airline industry in beginning to pick up after a crippling slump and thinks passenger numbers at the airport will grow three per cent next year. But before Wingate can really begin to add passengers he knows he has to boost the airport’s reputation for customer service, which like Heathrow, has flagged in recent years.When the new Gatwick boss took up his post last December he inherited a £35m upgrade of the train shuttle service between its North and South Terminals, which was due to be completed in September.He says: “That was after the school holidays had finished, missing our busiest period of the year. We got the contractors together and convinced them to finish the job 10 weeks early in July.”Wingate adds: “In the past Gatwick has usually paid penalties to its airlines because of various customer service failures. But this year we were paid a bonus by our airlines because we did what we said we were going to do.”The airport is working on a number of new infrastructure projects such as building new stands and a baggage system worth £156m in the South Terminal and a £76m extension to the North Terminal, the first phase of which is due to open next summer.Some airlines that use the airport are impressed by the start Wingate’s team have made. British Airways’ general manager at Gatwick Alan Peever said: “We are encouraged by the improvements the new team has made on customer service areas at the airport, and we have started a strong working relationship with them.”But another airline general manager says Wingate’s plans for 45m passengers by 2018 are “overly ambitious” partly because of the “unique” status of Gatwick.No other major airport in the UK has the mix of airlines Gatwick has. Its largest customer is budget carrier easyJet, which carries 10m passengers, but it also is used by full service airlines like British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, as well as a range of charter airlines like Thomas Cook and TUI. By contrast, Heathrow has no budget airlines, while low cost carrier Ryanair provides Stansted with the majority of its passengers. “The different types of airlines at Gatwick require very different levels of service,” said the airline manager. “To satisfy all of them may prove difficult as well as costly.”So far only three airlines, including budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle, have left their old bases for Gatwick, but the airport says more will come once its customer service changes and infrastructure improvements begin to show through.Currently, 80 per cent of Gatwick’s passengers travel for leisure, leaving only a fifth as business flyers. But GIP’s other airport in the capital, London City Airport, is by contrast dominated by business travellers. Wingate says he and his opposite number Richard Gooding at London City do not have a particularly close working relationship.The Gatwick boss says: “We don’t operate as a group. We are two competing airports, although Richard has a unique business market and quick check-in offering.”But Wingate adds: “There is a lot of attention to detail employed at London City, which we are now using here.”So much so that Wingate poached Scott Stanley from the smaller airport and made him his chief operating officer.GIP has been busy clawing back some of its investment since it bought Gatwick last year. It sold a 15 per cent stake to Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, for around £125m and a 12 per cent stake to South Korea’s National Pension Service’s for about £100m in February. More recently in June it sold a further 12 per cent stake to California Public Employees’ Retirement System for £100m.And the US fund is reportedly in new talks to sell another stake in the business.But Wingate says: “GIP have said they will keep at least a 51 per cent stake in the business and that means they will retain control, which will allow them to push ahead with their plans.”When Wingate took over Gatwick he pledged to honour an existing agreement not to push for a second runway until 2019. But after this all bets are off. “We are capacity constrained at Gatwick. And we will never rule out the option of a second runway,” Wingate says.The coalition government has torn up the previous government’s aviation commitment to build a third runway at Heathrow and a second at Stansted. This suits Wingate because when the coalition government begins to draw up a new aviation policy in 12 to 18 months time he believes he will be on a level playing field to lobby for growth.But in the meantime Wingate is knee-deep in the everyday struggle to build customers back up to their 2007 levels, let alone the 10m-plus passengers the airport wants to put on in just eight short years. Long-suffering air travellers, meanwhile, will be hoping that Wingate’s welcome extra investment – and the first real competition ever in London airports – will soon start to make their lives a little easier.CV | STEWART WINGATEAge: 39Work: Began his career as a graduate apprentice in 1988 at Black & Decker, where he worked in a variety of posts in the UK, Germany and the Czech Republic. Joined BAA in 2004 and was chief executive of Budapest Airport and managing director of Stansted Airport. Recruited by GIP in 2009 to become chief executive of Gatwick Airport.Education: University of Northumbria and University of Newcastle upon Tyne, degree in electrical and electronic engineering and an MBAFamily: Married, two daughtersHobbies: Mountain biking, skiing and golf center_img Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Brave 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.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. 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September 4, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSunday 5 December 2010 11:16 pm whatsapp Read This NextFresh Fruit Sushi: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCreamy Pumpkin Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily Proof’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofA Once in 17 Years Cicada Event in Princeton, New JerseyFamily Proof KCS-content Share Tags: NULL whatsapp Show Comments ▼ UK and the Netherlands close to deal over Icesave The UK and the Netherlands are reportly within days of securing a deal with Iceland over the repayment of the money given to Landsbanki Icesave account holders after the bank collapsed in October 2008.A spokesperson for the UK treasury said yesterday that negotiations are continuing.The UK and the Netherlands shelled out more than $5bn (£3.2bn) to cover the losses of over 400,000 British and Dutch account holders in the bank’s online Icesave accounts after the Icelandic Financial Supervisory authority placed Landsbanki into receivership. They have been trying ever since to recover the money from recession-hit Iceland.The main points of the deal have been agreed, with money to be paid back with an interest rate of 2.78 per cent, according to weekend reports on Icelandic television.The Icelandic government will also have a nine-month moratorium on interest payments.A previous agreement proposing a repayment rate of 5.5 per cent was rejected by a referendum in March after 90 per cent of Icelandic voters protested against the proposals angered that taxpayers would have to pay for the mistakes of the banks.“In parliament there has been discussion of an interest rate around the level of the Dutch state’s funding cost, which is lower than 5.5 per cent, but not that low,” said a spokesperson for the Dutch finance ministry, referring to the 2.78 per cent rate.The draft agreement has been presented to the Confederation of Icelandic employers and officials from Landsvirkjun – the National Energy Company.Iceland’s finance ministry announced on November 16 that it was hopeful of securing a deal in the next few weeks.Last month Dutch Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager said a deal was close but full payment was required, news agency ANP reported.“The Netherlands does not accept anything less than the principal plus interest,” he said.At the time a spokesman at the ministry said it was still demanding “reasonable compensation” from Iceland over the length of time the loan was outstanding.Talks over the issue were last held in September. last_img read more

August 24, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Everi returns to profit as revenue reaches record $139.1m in first quarter Q1 results 2021 Revenue from the financial technology solutions segment reached $63.0m, up 12.5% from $56.0m in Q1 of last year. Breaking this down, $38.7m was attributed to financial access services, $17.7m to software and other sources, and $7.0m from hardware. 6th May 2021 | By Robert Fletcher AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Gaming revenue in Q1 of this year amounted to $76.1m, which was up 32.1% year-on-year. Gaming operations accounted for $58.1m of overall gaming revenue, a record for the sub-segment, with $2.4m attributed to digital. Regions: US The other $18.0m in gaming revenue came from gaming equipment and systems, with Everi having sold 943 units during the opening quarter of the year. Tags: Revenue Everi Holdings Profitcenter_img Read the full story on iGB North America. Consolidated revenue for the three months to March 31 was 33.0% up from $113.3m in the first quarter of last year, during which Everi was heavily impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). Topics: Finance Q1 results 2021 Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter For longer-term reference, Everi also provided comparisons between Q1 of the current year and in 2019, before the pandemic. Revenue was up 12.4% from $123.8m in Q1 of 2019. Gaming and financial technology business Everi Holdings said record revenue of $139.1m (£100.1m/€115.7m) in the first quarter of its financial year helped it return to profit during the period. Email Addresslast_img read more

July 12, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgJubilee Holdings Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Jubilee Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Jubilee Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Jubilee Holdings Limited (  2013 annual report.Company ProfileJubilee Holdings Limited is an investment holding company primarily operating in the insurance sector; with subsidiaries in Kenya, Burundi, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda and Pakistan. The company underwrites life and non-life insurance risks associated with death, disability, health, property and liability. Jubilee Holdings offers general insurance products which cover engineering, fire, marine, motor, personal accident, theft, workmen’s compensation and employer’s liability. The company also issues a portfolio of investment contracts to provide asset management solutions for savings and retirement funds. Other interests include fund management, property development and management, and power generation which includes providing fiber optic broadband cable connectivity services. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Jubilee Holdings Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

June 23, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Scott Williams starts at centre, replacing Jamie RobertsWALES HAVE named a side to play Australia in Brisbane this weekend showing four changes from that which sealed a 16-9 victory over France last March to be crowned Champions of Europe and achieve their third Grand Slam in seven seasons.In the front row Scarlets hooker Ken Owens replaces Matthew Rees and it’s all change in the second row with Bradley Davies (Blues) and Luke Charteris (Dragons) replacing Ian Evans – who joins the tour party immediately after his wedding this weekend – and Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), who moves to the bench.There is one change to the backline which remained together for the duration of the 2012 Six Nations clean sweep, with Scarlets centre Scott Williams replacing the injured Jamie Roberts (knee).That means 15 of the players who travelled to Brisbane early last week, and missed Wales’ 30-21 victory over the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, have been handed starting positions with the 16th, uncapped Ospreys centre Ashley Beck, providing cover from the bench.The rest of the replacements bench is made up of starters from the Baa-Baas victory, each of whom were involved in the match day 22 on Grand Slam day.Scarlets hooker Rees joins prop Paul James, lock Jones and back row Ryan Jones (all Ospreys) to provide cover for the forwards with Blues scrum-half Lloyd Williams and Perpignan pivot James Hook complete the line-up.“We are well prepared and looking forward to the challenge this weekend,” said Wales caretaker head coach Rob Howley. CARDIFF, WALES – DECEMBER 03: Scott Williams of Wales in action during the Test match between Wales and the Australian Wallabies at Millennium Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Australia will be disappointed after their defeat to Scotland, but that will make them all the more dangerous for us.“The Wallabies are still the second highest placed side in the world rankings and we are playing them in their own back yard.“We all appreciate the enormity of the task ahead of us, the long term stats don’t make happy reading for the Welsh against the Wallabies, but as recently as this season we have two losses racked up against Australian opposition and we are determined to stop that trend.“We have created some winning momentum, we have a recent home win against the Barbarians to take into this game and have built a certain amount of confidence within the squad.”Australia v WalesSaturday, 9th June 2012 at Suncorp Stadium, BrisbaneKick-off: 11:00 BST Starting XV:Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Scott Williams, George North; Rhys Priestland, Mike Phillips; Gethin Jenkins, Ken Owens, Adam Jones, Bradley Davies, Luke Charteris, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton (Captain), Toby FaletauReplacements:Matthew Rees, Paul James, Alun Wyn Jones, Ryan Jones, Lloyd Williams, James Hook, Ashley Becklast_img read more

June 23, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img European Champions Cup final likened to Test matchAfter Saracens had beaten Leinster 20-10 to win this year’s European Champions Cup, players described the match as “Test-match quality”.It was a hugely physical match at St James’ Park in Newcastle and Saracens’ dominance of the tight exchanges drew comparison with England’s Six Nations win over Ireland in Dublin.“They’re two extremely physical games,” said Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell. “They were probably played in a different way but the main comparison I’d say is you definitely feel it after the game. You know you’ve been in a tough game and this was a Test match-like game.”Closed down: Brad Barritt is tackled by Johnny Sexton and Sean O’Brien (Getty Images)There were more than 400 tackles made in the game, Man of the Match Brad Barritt topping the charts with 28 and his Saracens team-mate George Kruis not far behind on 27. Even Maro Itoje, who spent ten minutes in the sin-bin, put in 23 tackles.It was that defensive effort that limited Leinster to just two line breaks. And it wasn’t just the big men who defended so resolutely. When Leinster were attacking early in the second half, Liam Williams rushed out of the defensive line to close down Garry Ringrose and win a turnover. That moment was one of many that demonstrated the intensity of both teams. The Leinster contingent agreed with the assessment of the match as international quality. Saracens and Leinster players compare physicality in Newcastle to international rugby Saracens already have this trophy in their cabinet but there is more silverware up for grabs this season for both the English side and Leinster in terms of the Gallagher Premiership and Guinness Pro12 respectively.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. “It was ferocious Test-match stuff,” said Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton. “We knew it would be. And one thing I’d say is I’m unbelievably proud. We never took a backward step. There were times we weren’t missing any tackles but they’d make half a yard.“They’re very good at what they do and try to steamroller you and at times they did that very well.”Related: Saracens beat Leinster to be crowned European championsLeo Cullen pointed to the sheer size of the Saracens team and the inevitable impact that makes in a rugby match.Leinster’s director of rugby said: “They’re big, big men. Standing down in the tunnel, you see the size of Billy Vunipola, Maro Itoje and Will Skelton in particular. We don’t have access to many of that type of player and they wore us down for sure.“They squeezed the life out of us at times. They’re very comfortable defending and putting the squeeze on teams. They did that really well and strangled us in the last 20 minutes.”Impact sub: Vincent Koch makes a break against Leinster (Getty Images)As well as hailing Barritt’s influence in defence, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall paid tribute to replacement props Richard Barrington and Vincent Koch. The pair came on for the injured Mako Vunipola and Titi Lamositele after half an hour and impressed at the scrummage while Koch was a rampaging force in the loose.McCall said: “Richard Barrington was superb and is a really important player for the club, on the field and off the field. The way he played was fantastic and Vincent Koch produced his best game of the season.”center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: LeinsterSaracens Euro stars: Will Skelton leads Saracens’ celebrations (Getty Images) last_img read more

June 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMonday Apr 6, 2015 Mils Muliaina released on bail after post match arrest on Friday All Black legend Mils Muliaina has been released on bail following an awkward few days that started off with him being arrested directly after his team, Connacht, played Gloucester at Kingsholm. A statement has just confirmed that he has been released without charge. The arrest reportedly involves allegations of sexual assault that took place in Cardiff last month. South Wales Police are said to be continuing their investigation.Muliaina denies any wrong doing and reportedly felt that he was being hauled off for drug testing when the police seized him at Kingsholm in the full view of tv cameras.“When he got approached as he was walking off the pitch he thought he was getting drug tested – he just had no idea what was coming and was just shocked,” said manager Simon Porter, referring to what can be seen in this Vine video below.“I guess they’ve deemed that he was somehow a flight risk, given that he was living in Ireland, and they waited till he was back on British soil before they took any further steps. “He denies all allegations of wrongdoing and we’re sure that in time as all of it is processed we will clear his name.”Capped 100 times by New Zealand, the Connacht fullback recently signed a deal to move to Italian side Zebre in August. The World Cup winner is free to travel for now, but has been ordered to return to Wales in July.In the meantime police will investigate the claim made by a 19-year-old Cardiff female.“It’s just a matter of wait and see what happens next in to the police investigation,” said Porter.“He hasn’t been charged, they haven’t indicated whether he will be charged. He’s just agreed to return to Cardiff if and when required. There’s an ongoing police investigation and we’re just going to have to bide our time.”This evening’s release from Connacht stated:  Muliaina returned to Galway on Sunday April 5th having cooperated fully with police investigations. He denies any wrong doing and will meet with Connacht Rugby officials in the coming days to review the situation internally. As this remains a legal matter, Connacht Rugby can provide no further comment at this time.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

June 16, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgB&Q Foundation opens with grants of up to £5k available About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via B&Q has set up a new foundation, with grants of up to £5,000 available for local charities that support people experiencing bad housing or homelessness, as well as community projects looking to improve their spaces.The B&Q Foundation officially launched yesterday (5 October) with an initial fund of £500,000, raised this year to date by B&Q to support charities across the UK.It has already awarded its first grants and is now calling for charities to apply now for the next round of funding, which will be awarded before the end of the year.The Foundation awarded £175,000 in its first round of grants to 39 charities across the UK, ranging from homelessness and abuse charities, to children’s hospices and rehabilitation centres. The grants will be used for projects including creating community gardens, redecorating properties, and converting rooms at hostels to additional bedrooms.One of the first grants has been awarded to homelessness charity St Martins in Norwich (pictured), which supports vulnerable adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The £3,500 grant is being used to create a safe and welcoming outdoor area for clients to wait for appointments, and meet and socialise in without the fear of being moved on.Another charity, Herts Young Homeless charity in Hatfield, is using its £5,000 grant from the B&Q Foundation to help furnish accommodation for the vulnerable 16-24 year olds at risk of homelessness it supports.Catherine Burge, Transformation Director, B&Q and Chair, B&Q Foundation, said:“The B&Q Foundation was born out of a belief that anyone can improve where they live to make life better. We are committed to helping charities transform the environment around their clients, to have a positive impact on their physical and mental health. This year has been difficult for so many in different ways, with charities suffering the double whammy of falling donations and increased need for their services. It felt the right time to launch the Foundation and we look forward to supporting more charities and communities over the months and years to come.”The £500,000 raised this year to date was primarily from the sale of facemasks at B&Q, with all profits going to the B&Q Foundation. B&Q will continue to support the B&Q Foundation by launching further initiatives to raise funds in-store, as well as providing volunteers from its teams and donating products.  1,361 total views,  2 views today Tagged with: Funding grants Advertisement Melanie May | 6 October 2020 | News  1,362 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2last_img read more

June 15, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgRooftop solar water heaters are ubiquitous in China.It’s easy to feel gloomy when all your news input comes from the powerful media conglomerates controlling what most people in the U.S. see and hear. Their focus is on horror and violence, and there is plenty of that to go around.When it comes to the environment, we read about melting glaciers, deaths from sweltering heat, destructive storms and rising sea levels. We also hear about the Trump administration’s reactionary retreat from even the mildest government efforts to mitigate global warming. And, of course, all of this is true.But something else is going on in the world, and it’s very big. Yet, for obvious political reasons, we don’t hear much about it.You see, something CAN be done about global warming. And the country that is doing the most is one that just two generations ago was mired in poverty and underdevelopment: the People’s Republic of China.A report on how much new investment around the world was spent on renewable energy in 2017 was published this April 5 by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the sustainable energy finance center run by the United Nations Environment Programme, and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.This report got barely any attention from the powerful mass media in this country. To them, it wasn’t newsworthy that almost half of the world’s new investment in wind, solar and other renewables — not even counting large hydroelectric projects — came from China. For every dollar that the U.S. invested in renewables, China spent three!For China, it was a 30 percent increase over 2016. U.S. investment in this sector, however, actually dropped by 6 percent last year. The exact figures on new renewable energy investments in 2017 were China $126.6 billion, the U.S. $40.5 billion.More than two-thirds of China’s investment went into solar energy, adding some 53 gigawatts of capacity. Wind was second, at nearly a third of the total.This is not at all where China intends to be in the future, however, as renewables still account for only 20 percent of its total energy use. China has four times the population of the U.S. and has also become a huge factory for the world, so it uses a lot of energy.A planned economyWhat is important about these investment figures is that the Chinese government is carrying out an economic plan for the overall development of its economy — and that plan extends well into the future. It has consistently reached its goals, year after year. It has proven that rational planning on this scale is not only possible but absolutely necessary to bring its huge population up out of poverty — and to meet the challenge of global warming.The United States has no such plan. How could it? The economy here is owned by competing and colluding billionaires whose driving purpose is to make as much money as possible. The government has long been the tool of this billionaire class. Trump has only made its totally chaotic and venal character more obvious.Yes, there are capitalist enterprises in China. There are even billionaires. And that’s a real danger for a country building socialism. The Chinese Revolution has had great advances, but also great setbacks.But the state, created by a profound revolution of the masses of people and led by the Communist Party, has not been overthrown. The working class itself has grown enormously since the revolution. In 2015, there were 225 million registered rural migrants working in the big cities — in other words, 225 million former peasants who had recently become proletarians.And they are not passive. The power of the workers in China has been seen over the last decade in the hundreds — maybe even thousands — of strikes that have demanded better wages and working conditions, mainly against capitalist companies owned by foreigners.Global warming is not an inevitability. It is tightly linked to which social class is in power. The day when capitalist exploitation is finally abolished, and the means of production are liberated to serve the needs of humanity, will be the day that planning can truly begin on a world scale to heal the wounds inflicted on our mother Earth.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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first_img Receive email alerts July 24, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seven-year jail term for Saudi photographer News Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News News Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS “As Safar was convicted and sentenced for providing information, we call for his immediate and unconditional release and the quashing for his conviction,” said Reporters Without Borders assistant research director Virginie Dangles. “We are extremely concerned to see so many Saudi news and information providers being convicted and given very severe sentences. This violates Saudi Arabia’s international obligations.”Other recent victims of the crackdown include Waleed Abu Al-Khair, the founder of the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (MHRSA). A Riyadh court sentenced him on 6 July to 15 years in jail on charges of “preparing, storing and transmitting information that undermines public order,” inciting rebellion”, “publishing false information with the aim of harming the state, contempt of court” “and creating an NGO without permission”.According to Gulf Centre for Human Rights, Khair has also been the victim of mistreatment since his arrest.Well-known writer Mukhlif Al-Shammari’s five-year jail term was upheld on second appeal on 3 July. His sentence also includes a ban on writing for newspapers or websites or appearing in the media, and a ten-year ban on travelling abroad.Fawzan Al-Harbi, one of the founders of the Arabian Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), which monitors human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, was sentenced on 25 June to seven years in prison and a seven-year ban on foreign travel. The charges on which he was convicted included “preparing, storing and transmitting information that undermines public order” under cyber-crime law. Reporters Without Borders condemns the seven-year jail term that a Jeddah criminal court specializing in national security and terrorism passed on independent news photographer Jassim Mekki A’al Safar on 18 June. He was also sentenced to a seven-year ban on foreign travel after his release. Safar was accused of “posting photos and videos on YouTube that could discredit the kingdom,” “posting photos of prisoners in public places,” “creating a terrorist cell,” “chanting anti-government slogans at protests” and “meeting with foreign reporters.”He was one of a total of 11 activists who were given sentences ranging from four to 19 years in prison on 18 June on charges that including sedition and “demonstrating.” The sentencing ending a trial that began on 26 November. Three of the years that made up Safar’s seven-year term were imposed under the March 2007 cyber-crime law. RSF_en Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say According to the Arabic Network For Human Rights Information, Safar told the judge during the trial that he had been tortured and mistreated since his arrest, but the judge rejected his claims. Latest in a recent series of long jail terms for independent information providers June 8, 2021 Find out more March 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more