Activists from the Extinction Rebellion group unfurled banners with slogans such as "Climate Criminals" and dumped a load of blackened boulders in the road outside the Lloyd's building on Lime Street in the heart of the City of London. "Do not insure the West Cumbria coal mine," read a placard placed into the pile of boulders outside Lloyd's. Extinction Rebellion wants to prompt a wider revolt against the political, economic and social structures of the modern world to avert the worst scenarios of devastation outlined by scientists studying climate change.
Data compiler IHS Markit said its preliminary composite Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for April rose to 51.7 points from 50 in March, beating a consensus analyst forecast for 48.8 points. The flash PMI reading for France's dominant services sector rose to 50.4 points in April from 48.2 in March, also above a consensus analyst forecast for a reading of 46.5 points. The flash PMI for manufacturing stood at 59.2 in April, down slightly from 59.3 in March but above a forecast for 59.0 points.
(Bloomberg) -- Annalena Baerbock, the chancellor candidate for Germany’s Greens, was the surprising winner of a poll of the country’s business leaders, underscoring her early edge in the race to succeed Angela Merkel.In a survey of 1,500 managers, Baerbock -- a 40-year-old who has never held a government post -- beat Armin Laschet, the candidate from Merkel’s conservatives, as well as Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, who is running for the Social Democrats.Baerbock was supported by 26.5%, nearly double the 14.3% backing for Laschet. Christian Lindner from the pro-business Free Democrats, who isn’t officially a candidate, was second with 16.2%, while Scholz was fourth with 10.5%. Nearly a third of the respondents were undecided.The survey -- conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday by Civey for the WirtschaftsWoche magazine -- is the latest sign of Baerbock’s sudden emergence as the front-runner. Ahead of September’s election, Merkel’s bloc has been damaged by a bruising power struggle, while voters are also frustrated with the handling of the coronavirus pandemic by her government.Baerbock was nominated publicly on Monday in a well-orchestrated event, where she presented the Greens’ plans for an overhaul of the German economy with investment in sustainable technology. Laschet, by contrast, limped into the contest on Tuesday after a messy struggle that saw many of his Christian Democratic colleagues question his leadership abilities.A snap poll by Forsa for German broadcaster RTL published Tuesday showed the Greens jumped five percentage points to 28%, surging ahead of Merkel’s bloc, which slumped seven points to 21%. While the survey is currently an outlier, the momentum is in the Greens’ favor as Germany’s conservatives struggle to chart a path after two decades under Merkel, who will step down after the September vote.The support among business leaders is unusual because the Greens are campaigning for policies that would increase manufacturing costs by raising the cost of pollution and making energy more expensive. The party also wants to tighten regulations on the finance industry.But the Greens’ track record -- including 10 years running Baden-Wuerttemberg, an industrial powerhouse in southwest Germany -- has shown it will be pragmatic. What’s more, the country’s political structure promotes stability by forcing broad-based coalitions like the current alliance between Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc and the pro-labor Social Democrats.Under Baerbock and fellow co-leader Robert Habeck, the Greens have pushed into the political mainstream, bolstered by widespread German concern about global warming. The party has already indicated a willingness to compromise on some of its proposals and is more ready to invest to help companies transition to new technologies.(Recasts with more details)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Climate activists have dumped fake coal outside the headquarters of a major insurance company in London in protest against the fossil fuel industry. Members of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) group used a tipper truck to deposit the rubble outside Lloyds of London in the City at around 7am on Friday. Protesters placed safety barriers around the area and placed placards in the mound reading ‘stop Adani’, ‘we are the dead canaries’ and ‘do not insure the West Cumbria coal mine.’
Mining companies awarded blocks in Egypt's Eastern Desert are set to start exploring for gold under a legislative overhaul that seeks eventually to unlock vast untapped mineral resources. Despite plentiful reserves and a rich mining history that gave rise to elaborate Pharaonic gold jewellery, Egypt has just one commercial gold mine in operation. Now, the country is banking on high gold prices and amended mining laws that scrap red tape and a profit-sharing rule, unpopular in the industry, to lure interest.
Mascherine inutili tra i vaccinati contro Covid? "No, mi sembra proprio che non sia una buona idea, perché sappiamo che comunque tra le persone vaccinate il tasso trasmissione" del coronavirus pandemico "si riduce in maniera assolutamente molto sostanziale, ma non va a zero". Lo chiarisce Luca Richeldi, direttore di Pneumologia al Policlinico universitario Agostino Gemelli Irccs di Roma, intervenuto ad 'Agorà' su Rai3. Quanto al corpifuoco alle 22, "personalmente credo che, almeno in una prima fase" di allentamento delle misure anti-Covid, "questa cautela" di mantenere il coprifuoco alle 22 "sia giusta e saggia". "Un'ora in più è un'ora in più di potenziali interazioni sociali dopo i ristoranti", aggiunge l'esperto. Quella tra le 22 e le 23, avverte, "non è un'ora come tutte le altre". "Ancora oggi purtroppo, per una coda di ricoveri che abbiamo avuto e ancora abbiamo in ospedale, abbiamo centinaia di morti" per Covid al giorno, osserva Richeldi. "Per qualche settimana - dice - non credo che questo" del coprifuoco alle 22 o alle 23 "possa essere il problema" sul quale concentrarsi.
(Bloomberg) -- Bitcoin declined for the seventh time in eight days, extending losses after President Joe Biden was said to propose almost doubling the capital-gains tax for the wealthy.The slide pushed Bitcoin down as much as 6.1% to about $48,432 in Friday trading as it continued to lose momentum. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Tallbacken Capital Advisors LLC had recently warned there was potential for further downside after the largest cryptocurrency fell back from its record high of $64,870 on April 14 and took out key technical levels.“Bitcoin has slipped below the 50-day moving average support that it held sacrosanct through this rally,” said Pankaj Balani, CEO of Delta Exchange. “It looks like there is more downside here.”Read more: Wall Street Starts to See Weakness Emerge in Bitcoin ChartsTax concerns may be weighing, too -- as they did on American stocks Thursday. U.S. investors in the digital asset, which has advanced more than 70% this year despite its recent pullback, already face a capital gains tax if they sell the cryptocurrency after holding it for more than a year. But the coin’s been one of the best-performing assets in recent years -- anyone who bought a year ago is sitting on a nearly 550% gain. For investors who bought in April 2019, it’s roughly 800%.“One of the biggest things you have to worry about is that the things with the biggest gains are going to be most susceptible to selling,” said Matt Maley, chief market strategist for Miller Tabak + Co. “It doesn’t mean people will dump wholesale, dump 100% of their positions, but you have some people who have huge money in this and, therefore, a big jump in the capital gains tax, they’ll be leaving a lot of money on the table.”The IRS has stepped up enforcement of tax collection on crypto sales. The agency -- which began asking crypto users to disclose transactions on their 2019 individual tax returns -- asks taxpayers whether they “received, sold, sent, exchanged or otherwise acquired any financial interest in any digital currency.”Still, investors may need to buckle up for more volatility in the near-term.“People have been talking about the capital gains tax and U.S. stock-market selloff being the catalyst of this,” said Todd Morakis, co-founder of digital-finance product and service provider JST Capital. “If it is true we’ve moved too much -- but once Bitcoin gets a head of steam it is tough to stop unless you are at a technical area.(Updates prices and chart.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Recycling the FPSO Berge Helene in compliance with Hong Kong Convention BW Offshore has signed an agreement to dispose of the FPSO Berge Helene for environmentally safe demolition and recycling in compliance with the Hong Kong Convention at Priya Blue shipyard in India. The FPSO Berge Helene (IMO 7360083) is a floating storage/production unit of 274,333 deadweight-ton capacity built in France in 1976 and converted to an FPSO in Singapore in 2005. The vessel is 372 meters long, 52 meters wide and has a depth of 27.4 meters. It is flagged and registered in Singapore, classed by DNV GL and has been in lay-up in Singapore since August 2018. The vessel is sold for a cash consideration of approximately USD 16 million. The recycling yard is certified to ISO standards and has been issued with a Statement of Compliance by Class NK in accordance with the IMO Resolution MEPC.210(63) and the Hong Kong International Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships. The recycling yard will provide a Statement of Completion of the recycling in accordance with the Hong Kong Convention. The company has nominated Grieg Green as representatives to be on site at the recycling yard to monitor progress, compliance with environmental and safety regulations and that the ship recycling plan is being applied. A recycling plan has been prepared and provided by the yard in corporation with Grieg Green to ensure strict compliance with the above regulations. To ensure and incentivise safe recycling in this respect, the company will pay a safe recycling bonus upon completion. For further information, please contact:Ståle Andreassen, CFO, +65 97 27 86 47Anders S. Platou, Head of Corporate Finance, +47 99 50 47 40 IR@bwoffshore.com or www.bwoffshore.com About BW Offshore: BW Offshore engineers innovative floating production solutions. The Company has a fleet of 15 FPSOs with potential and ambition to grow. By leveraging four decades of offshore operations and project execution, the Company creates tailored offshore energy solutions for evolving markets world-wide. BW Offshore has around 2,000 employees and is publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to Section 5-12 the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.
A kitten has died after contracting Covid-19 from its owner, according to research by Glasgow University. The cats, of different breeds, were living in separate households and displayed mild to severe respiratory signs. Researchers believe both pets were infected by their owners, who had Covid-19 symptoms before the cats became unwell.
FirstGroup today sold its US yellow school buses business for a bumper £3.3 billion enabling it to repay its £300 million government Covid loan and hand £365 million to shareholders. The long-awaited deal comes despite the year of pandemic which has hit revenues as school campuses have been closed or operating on reduced numbers of students. FirstGroup is selling the First Student and First Transit divisions to EQT Infrastructure, the infrastructure investment arm of the Swedish EQT private equity group.
Al via "Professionista del Fitness", il primo servizio di consulenza dedicato ai professionisti del fitness, per aiutarli a sviluppare e far crescere la propria attività con il web. Milano, 23 Aprile 2021. Ha preso il via il nuovo progetto "Professionista del Fitness", il servizio di consulenza dedicato esclusivamente ai professionisti del fitness che vogliono utilizzare il web per far crescere la propria attività. Si tratta di un sistema dedicato esclusivamente ai professionisti del fitness che vogliono utilizzare il web per ottenere maggiore visibilità per aumentare le opportunità lavorative e crescere professionalmente. Scopo del servizio è semplificare e fare chiarezza tra le molteplici soluzioni generiche presenti sul mercato non specifiche per i professionisti del fitness. Affidarsi a un consulente esperto in Web Marketing per il settore fitness offre infatti il vantaggio di avere a disposizione soluzioni mirate e di maggiore efficacia. La possibilità di usufruire di una metodologia studiata come "Il Sistema F2F", esclusiva per i professionisti del fitness per lo sviluppo di una strategia digitale personalizzata, permette di crescere professionalmente utilizzando il web come strumento di business. "L'idea era quella di creare un servizio personalizzato dedicato esclusivamente ai professionisti del fitness che hanno l'obiettivo di proporsi online per sviluppare la propria attività", spiega Giuseppe Matozza, creatore del Sistema F2F. In questi mesi gli strumenti digitali si sono rivelati infatti fondamentali per i professionisti del fitness, per la gestione del proprio lavoro per venire incontro alle esigenze dei propri allievi che hanno modificato le proprie abitudini. La maggior problematica per i professionisti del fitness che si approcciano e valutano le soluzioni web, risulta essere infatti principalmente la mancanza della giusta informazione. Questo scenario penalizza sia esperti già attivi nel settore, sia chi vuole intraprendere questa attività ma parte scoraggiato di fronte a prospettive negative. Il web oggi è il principale canale per acquisire visibilità per PT, Istruttori, Palestre e Centri Fitness, e se utilizzato nel modo giusto rappresenta l’opportunità di sviluppare la propria attività fin da subito e crescere professionalmente negli anni a venire. L'obiettivo della consulenza strategica è quello di analizzare le vere esigenze e presentare la strategia ideale in base agli obiettivi specifici del professionista del fitness. Questo permette di elaborare soluzioni specifiche per i professionisti del fitness, che consentono di acquisire maggiore visibilità per accelerare la crescita professionale, aumentando le opportunità di entrare in contatto con nuovi potenziali clienti ed ottenere nuove opportunità lavorative, ovunque, non solo a livello locale, incrementando le entrate dell'attività con un maggior tasso di iscrizione e fidelizzazione dell'utenza. I professionisti del fitnes interessati a sviluppare la propria attività possono contattare Giuseppe Matozza tramite il sito internet www.professionistadelfitness.it, il telefono 320 192 7958 o l'email email@example.com. Riguardo Professionista del Fitness Professionista del Fitness è il primo servizio di consulenza dedicato esclusivamente ai professionisti del fitness che aiuta a sviluppare e far crescere la propria attività, ottenendo maggiore visibilità e contatti attraverso il web. Riguardo Giuseppe Matozza Giuseppe Matozza è un Consulente di Web Marketing specializzato in strategie digitali per il settore del fitness. È l'ideatore di Professionista del Fitness, il servizio di Consulenza Strategica personalizzato ideato per i professionisti del fitness che vogliono utilizzare il web per sviluppare la propria attività e crescere professionalmente. Giuseppe si occupa esclusivamente del settore fitness aiutando i professionisti di tale settore a creare, sviluppare e far crescere la propria attività attraverso il web, grazie a strategie digitali personalizzate. Per maggiori informazioni Contatti social: Facebook: www.facebook.com/professionistadelfitness Instagram: www.instagram.com/professionistadelfitness Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/giuseppematozza Sito web: https://www.professionistadelfitness.it/ Responsabilità editoriale: TiLinko.it - Img Solutions srl
Shares in Vivendi rose on Friday after the French media conglomerate, which is controlled by billionaire Vincent Bollore, posted higher first quarter sales. Vivendi's shares were up by 1.5% in early session trading, while the shares of Groupe Bollore also edged up 0.5%. Vivendi's sales were lifted by the prolonged strong performance of its music unit Universal (UMG) and a sales jump at its publishing division, which includes Editis.
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Company announcement no. 20/2021 April 23rd, 2021Søren Krogh Knudsen appointed new CEO of Columbus Company announcement Søren Krogh Knudsen will take up the position as President & CEO of Columbus. Søren joins from a position as Partner and Regional Head of PA Consulting Group in the Nordics as well as Global Head of Sales for PA Consulting Group. He is an experienced international leader within the management consultancy industry and has a very strong track record. Columbus’ Board of Directors has appointed Søren Krogh Knudsen as President & CEO of Columbus. Søren Krogh Knudsen will succeed Hans Henrik Thrane in his role as interim CEO since 27 August 2020. Hans Henrik Thrane will continue in his role as Corporate CFO in Columbus. “Søren Krogh Knudsen is an experienced international leader within the management consultancy industry with a very strong track record in transformational change and driving profitable growth. He is known for combining strong commercial credentials, management consultancy and an engaging, motivational leadership style. I look very much forward to working with Søren. It has taken almost a year to get the right CEO in place and during that time the management team as well as employees in Columbus have shown, as we can see from the results, a formidable effort in keeping Columbus on the right course, during the initial phases of Focus23 and that is very promising for the future cooperation in Columbus” says Ib Kunøe, Chairman of the Board of Directors in Columbus. Søren Krogh Knudsen, Columbus´ next CEO and President says: “All businesses are faced with a challenge to leverage the opportunity new technologies offer to improve customer experience, minimize environmental impact of services provided and maximize operational performance to win in the marketplace. Whilst technology is advancing at great pace, truly excelling at digital transformation is equally dependent on an organisation’s ability to absorb, implement and make sound use of technology. This is a market space where Columbus has a market leading position combined with an inspiring purpose, a strong client base, a strong financial foundation, and not least a talented and motivated global team. I am excited to join Columbus and contribute to the continued journey and success of the company. I have always strived to make a difference by creating work environments where people thrive and are able to develop and grow at pace towards their true passion and expertise. A big part of my motivation also comes from helping companies build a sustainable, growing, and profitable business. I see a very strong match between that and leading Columbus’ next journey with the goal of becoming the preferred digital trusted advisor for our customers”. Søren Krogh Knudsen joins Columbus after 13 years with PA Consulting Group most recently as Regional Head of the Nordics and Global Head of Sales. Prior to his tenure at PA Consulting Group, Søren spent 10 years with Verizon Communications based in Zurich and Copenhagen. During his tenure at PA Consulting Søren has advised multiple companies with a special focus on digital transformation, operating model design and strategy execution. He holds a degree as Academy Economist and an MBA. The appointment has no impact on Columbus’ financial outlook for 2021. Ib Kunøe Chairman of the Board For further information, please contact:Chairman of the Board, Ib Kunøe, +45 70 20 50 00 Attachment SE_20_2021_Søren_Krogh_Knudsen_appointed_new_CEO_of_Columbus
Covid spending pushes public sector net debt to 97.7 per cent of GDP
The 2019 World and European all-around champion, favourite for gold at this year's Tokyo Games, will have the element named after him -- 'The Nagornyy', the Olympic Channel said. Although Nagornyy picked up a 0.1 point penalty for stepping out of bounds on the floor exercise, he earned a score of 15.066 and tied for a share of the lead with compatriot Kirill Prokopev.
A YouGov/The Times poll revealed that Britons think the economy is the most pressing issue facing the government after the pandemic ends.
On Wednesday, in what advocates are saying is a significant step in the ongoing attempt to decriminalise sex work nationwide, the Manhattan district attorney’s office announced that it would no longer prosecute prostitution or unlicensed massage. Cyrus R. Vance. Jr., the district attorney, asked a judge to dismiss 914 open cases, as well as 5,080 cases charging people with loitering for the purpose of prostitution — many dating back to the 1970s and ’80s when “New York waged a war against prostitution in an effort to clean up its image as a center of iniquity and vice,” as reported by The New York Times. The request highlights a significant shift in how New York City law enforcement is approaching sex work. Last month, Chirlane McCray and her husband, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, demanded the end of state penalties for sex work “The communities hit hardest by the continued criminalisation of sex work and human trafficking are overwhelmingly LGBTQ, they are people of color, and they are undocumented immigrants,” McCray said. “Sex work is a means of survival for many in these marginalised groups.” But other advocates say that the request is lip service and that more must be done to fully decriminalise sex work and make sex and body work safer. While the district attorney will no longer prosecute prostitution cases, law enforcement can and will still “prosecute other crimes related to prostitution, including patronising sex workers, promoting prostitution and sex trafficking, and said that its policy would not stop it from bringing other charges that stem from prostitution-related arrests,” as reported by The Times. “This is a good first step as DA Vance is looking to dismiss 5,944 cases involving sex work,” Udi Ofer, the Deputy National Political Director of the ACLU and Director of the ACLU’s Justice Division, tweeted. “Now on to full decriminalisation. The police should not be arresting people in the first place. Sex work is work and must be decriminalised.” Currently, prostitution is illegal in all 50 states, except 10 counties in Nevada. Nine states have harsher penalties for those seeking sex work services, while two — Delaware and Minnesota — actually have harsher penalties for those who offer sex work. Until all states follow suit, and more is done in even the most progressive cities to decriminalise sex work, those who engage in consensual body work still face high rates of police abuse, harassment, and unsafe work conditions. By continuing to prosecute those who patronise sex workers, as well as those who promote sex work, those in positions of power lift up and perpetuate the narrative that those engaged in sex work do not choose it but are rather coerced or trafficked. That is hardly the case. A look into often regurgitated child sex trafficking statistics shows the numbers and information to be incredibly skewed or entirely false. It’s often reported that there are 100,000 to 300,000 children “locked in sex slavery in the US.” But in truth, that number comes from a 2001 study which actually refers to youths up to age 21 at risk of sexual exploitation — not trafficking. While trafficking is considered in that figure, it’s the least prevalent form of exploitation, according to The Washington Post. The person who conducted the study also said in 2011 that the number of minors trafficked was closer to “a few hundred.” Also, the majority of sex workers do not have pimps, nor do they “work the streets” as is often depicted in media. And if a sex worker does work with a pimp, that pimp often works as the sex worker’s employee — not the other way around. To truly make it safer for body workers to engage in consensual sex and massage work, advocates say complete decriminalisation is the only true path forward. Not only would decriminalising sex work make it that much harder for people to engage in sex trafficking — one 2008 study found that after New Zealand legalised sex work in 2003, there were “no incidents of trafficking” — it also protects sex workers from police officer harassment and abuse. A reported 30% of sex workers say they have been violently threatened by police officers, according to a report from the Sex Workers Project. A reported 27% actually experienced violence at the hands of law enforcement. “If our goal is to make it safer for all people in general, victims of trafficking an adult consensual sex workers, then prosecuting people who are seeking sex workers still makes it less safe,” Jill McCracken, co-direct of SWOP Behind Bars, told Rolling Stone. “It pushes sex work into the shadows, it discourages people from coming forward. It basically says this is an illegal act that should be criminalised and maintains all the stigma.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Students Are Turning To Sex Work To Pay RentThe New York Post Doxxed A Paramedic On OnlyFans<em>Godless </em>Makes An Excellent Point About Sex Work
The ONS said total retail sales in March beat pre-pandemic levels for the first time – up 1.6% compared with February 2020.
Scuola in presenza nell'Italia alle prese con l'emergenza coronavirus? La direzione di marcia è sempre stata quella di arrivare "al 100%". Lo ha detto il ministro dell'Istruzione Patrizio Bianchi, oggi a Radio 24."Credo che tutti concordino sulla necessità di riportare in presenza anche tutti i ragazzi delle scuole superiori, su questo tutti concordavamo, vi era una divergenza sul 60%; l'indicazione del governo lascia una ampia flessibilità per giungere al 100% nei tempi e nei modi che i territori potranno riconoscere. Non avevamo concordato il 60%, era stato definito in Conferenza questo margine 60-70% ma la direzione di marcia è sempre stata 100%. Il Cdm ha ritenuto di prevedere il 70% ma non c'è divergenza sull'idea che si debba raggiungere il 100%", ha spiegato il ministro. "E' stato fatto moltissimo nell'ultimo anno e saremmo ingrati verso il governo precedente nel non rilevare quello che ha fatto: sono state date alle scuole molte risorse per la sanificazione e l'edilizia leggera. E' evidente che per le scuole si sia fatto e si stia facendo e tutti i dirigenti scolastici sono presenti e attivi nel garantire la sicurezza a scuola", ha aggiunto. "Abbiamo affrontato temi come quello della numerosità delle classi, che richiede interventi anche in via duratura; e anche sui trasporti sarebbe ingrato non vedere il lavoro delle Regioni fatto in questo anno per aumentare la potenzialità del servizio. Non condivido l'idea del non si è fatto nulla", ha aggiunto Bianchi.