End of the road: Volkswagen will stop making iconic Beetle

first_img whatsapp End of the road: Volkswagen will stop making iconic Beetle Nicholas EarlNicholas Earl is a sports and business contributor. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndomoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdUndoCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverstUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteableyUndo The Beetle remains the best-selling vehicle of all time (Source: Getty)“The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” said Hinrich Woebcken, president and chief executive officer of Volkswagen Group of America.The car is seen as one of the most influential designs of the 20th century. Volkswagen has announced it is to stop making its iconic Beetle car next year, ending nearly seven decades of production.The American branch of the international car manufacturer has said that the Mexican manufacturing plant that makes the iconic vehicle will cease production of the Beetle in 2019. It was first commissioned by Adolf Hitler in 1933 but became a mainstay of the 1960s consumer market and post-war hippie culture.It also featured as a talking car called Herbie the Love Bug in a series of Disney films made across four decades. The car suffered a decline in popularity in later years as its utilitarian design drifted out of fashion before it enjoyed a highly successful revamp in the 1990s.Read more: Trial begins into €9bn investor lawsuit against VolkswagenVolkswagen has also suffered a series of setbacks from the so-called Dieselgate scandal, paying a $4.3bn (£3.28bn) penalty after pleading guilty in the US for its role in deceiving regulators over the emissions levels of their vehicles.Investors are now pursuing an £8.2bn court case against Volkswagen, which they accuse of misleading the market over the levels of diesel emissions from its cars. This move is part of a strategy to focus the brand on a narrower ranger of cars and to embrace future opportunities in electrification. Friday 14 September 2018 12:02 pm Two special editions of the car will be released next year to honour its legacy. The Beetle remains the best-selling car of all time, but numbers have flagged in recent years as people have shifted to more spacious family vehicles.Read more: The new Beetle is vastly improved whatsapp Share More From Our Partners Kansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comlast_img read more

McGivney’s Sports Bar coming to downtown

first_imgBusiness | Fisheries | Food | Juneau | MarijuanaMcGivney’s Sports Bar coming to downtownSeptember 25, 2015 by Elizabeth Jenkins Share: David McGivney and Tracy LaBarge sit outside their establishment Tracy’s King Crab Shack. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)One of  Juneau’s restaurant empires is continuing to expand, now with another downtown location, a Lemon Creek seafood processor and even a possible foray into marijuana.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2015/09/25MCGIVNEYS.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.When the Goldbelt Hotel was sold, the new owners didn’t want to take over the restaurant. So they approached seasoned restaurateurs Tracy LaBarge and David McGivney.The interior of Coho’s Bar and Grill has been completely gutted, and along with the changes, a fresh identity: McGivney’s.“It’s the name nobody can pronounce,” Tracy LaBarge says with a laugh. “It’s Dave’s last name.”If it sounds familiar, it’s because there’s already a McGivney’s in the valley. That location will remain open and the downtown branch will boast more of what those customers love: sports memorabilia and TVs to watch the game.“The good part for the downtown location is its bigger space,” said Dave McGivney. “One of the things we tend to hear continuously since we opened the valley location is there’s just not enough room, space-wise. So it’s actually triple the size.”Back when Floyd Mayweather boxed Manny Pacquiao in the fight of the century, the valley McGivney’s screened the match for 50 bucks a head and sold out. With a bigger location, the pub can host more events and it might fill a gap. Major League Soccer used to be shown at Silverbow but the bakery recently sold and it’s unclear if it’ll continue with the tradition. McGivney’s, however, has plans to screen the sport.“I played soccer for 10 years when I was younger,”McGivney said. “Our slogan is ‘Every game. Every day.’ And I try to hold true to that and if anybody ever comes in our location, McGivney’s Sports Bar and Grill, that game will be on.”The business partners say the food will feature an embellished McGivney’s menu with staples, like poutine and short ribs.“Shepherd’s pie is going to be there. Some of the old traditions. Burgers. Our gyros. But there will be more.” he said.The downtown McGivney’s will be triple the size of the valley location. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)They’re tight-lipped about what else they’ll be serving. The menu is being finalized and they might have increased ingredient options.The pair recently purchased a fish processor, Horst Seafood. Plans are in the works to supply their other restaurant, Salt, with hard-to-find items.“We will look into more exotic seafood, like sea cucumbers, geoduck and herring roe,” he said. “Different things that our chef Lionel likes to experiment with. Plus, we have some other products we want to try.”Between their string of restaurants, McGivney and LaBarge will employ about 160 people. They credit their success to taking calculated risks, a skill they’re interested in adapting for another growing industry in Alaska: marijuana.“You know at the end of the day, business is business. In regards to what product you’re selling, it doesn’t really matter,” he said.For now, that product is a sports pub.LaBarge and McGivney acknowledge other Juneau restaurant owners are doing the same: opening multiple locations and building their own empires.“I mean, there’s always a friendly competition, I think, but that’s never been what we’re about,” LaBarge said. “I think there’s room for everyone. I think there’s a lot in this community to offer and I’d like to see more businesses come out. Not just restaurants but other types of business because I think it brings more people out in the end.”McGivney’s Sports Bar and Grill is expected to open in the Goldbelt Hotel sometime in November.Share this story:last_img read more

Black Actors and Netflix Break Records at the 2020 Emmy Nominations

first_imgAwards WatchTVBlack Actors and Netflix Break Records at the 2020 Emmy NominationsSurprises, snubs, and more from the 2020 Emmy nominationsBy Merle Ginsberg – July 28, 2020410ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItBroadcast from an undisclosed L.A. studio with host Leslie Jones joined digitally by co-presenters Laverne Cox, Josh Gad, and Tatiana Maslany, the Emmy nominations looked a little different this year—but some things never change.Once again, it’s a battle between Netflix and HBO. After slipping behind HBO last year, the streamer was ascendant with an unprecedented 160 nominations across all categories. The premium cable giant, which no longer has Game of Thrones to reel in the noms, scored 107 nods, thanks in large part to Watchmen, which got 26 nods, including one for Regina King for Best Actress and Best Limited Series.Disney+ made history with 15 nominations, the most ever for any first-year network, thanks to The Mandalorian, which was among its very set first shows to debut last December. And once again, streaming services topped the networks in terms of total noms: in the limited series category, streamers took 41 noms (last year, 35); in drama, 197 (165 last year); and in comedy, 111, up from 108 last year.The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is already getting kudos for the diverse slate of nominees. Ramy Youssef’s eponymous Hulu sitcom became the first Muslim American nominated for an Emmy (Youssef was recognized in the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series category), and Kerry Washington made history with nominations for acting and her own production company. In all, 35 of the 102 acting nominees are Black, including Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Mahershala Ali, Isa Rae, Octavia Spencer, and Zendaya—were nominated. That stat—34.3 percent—constitutes a record, according to Variety.Before the nominations, academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma nodded to the current political moment, saying, “Television is seeing the greatest wave of social justice in fifty years…Television is a medium for change. This is the responsibility of television. It connects all of us.”Sadly, as Indie Wire points out, Latinx talent was woefully underrepresented.As usual, snubs abounded. Variety’s picks for the most egregious include FX’s Pose (though Billy Porter scored a nod), Reese Witherspoon for Apple+’s The Morning Show (Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell landed noms), and Little Fires Everywhere (although Washington got a nod for her role). Russell Crowe, who played Fox News founder Roger Ailes in Showtime’s The Loudest Voice, was passed over, as was Aaron Paul for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.Amid the pandemic, no in-person FYC events—lunches, screenings, dinners—were held this year, and that’ll probably be the case for the usual events in the run-up to the awards too. Members of the TV academy will be voting—but without all the good meals and cocktails.See nominees in the main categories below; for the full list, visit Emmys.com.Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesAnthony Anderson (Black-ish)Don Cheadle (Black Monday)Ted Danson (The Good Place)Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek)Ramy Youssef (Ramy)Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesChristina Applegate (Dead to Me)Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)Linda Cardellini (Dead to Me)Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek)Issa Rae (Insecure)Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)Best Variety Talk SeriesThe Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesJason Bateman (Ozark)Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)Steve Carell (The Morning Show)Brian Cox (Succession)Billy Porter (Pose)Jeremy Strong (Succession)Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesJennifer Aniston (The Morning Show)Olivia Colman (The Crown)Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)Laura Linney (Ozark)Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)Zendaya (Euphoria)Best Competition SeriesThe Masked SingerNailed ItRuPaul’s Drag RaceTop ChefThe VoiceOutstanding Actor in a Limited Series or a Television MovieJeremy Irons (Watchmen)Hugh Jackman (Bad Education)Paul Mescal (Normal People)Jeremy Pope (Hollywood)Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much Is True)Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or a Television MovieCate Blanchett (Mrs. America)Shira Haas (Unorthodox)Regina King (Watchmen)Octavia Spencer (Self Made)Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere)Best Limited SeriesLittle Fires Everywhere (Hulu)Mrs. America (FX on Hulu)Unbelievable (Netflix)Unorthodox (Netflix)Watchmen (HBO)Best Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)Dead to Me (Netflix)The Good Place (NBC)Insecure (HBO)The Kominsky Method (Netflix)The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)Schitt’s Creek (Pop)What We Do in the Shadows (FX)Best Drama SeriesBetter Call Saul (AMC)The Crown (Netflix)The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)Killing Eve (BBC America)The Mandalorian (Disney+)Ozark (Netflix)Stranger Things (Netflix)Succession (HBO)   TAGSAwards WatchEmmysTVPrevious articleWhen ICE Threatened International Students with Deportation, Their Peers Sprang into ActionNext articleKerry Washington and Other Nominees React to Their Emmy NodsGwynedd Stuart RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORWhy the Golden Globes Blew UpMeg Stalter’s Awkward Characters Were the Breakout Stars of a Weird YearEllen Is Ending Her Long-Running Talk Showlast_img read more

Eurozone needs more stimulus to see a revival

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Chris PapadopoullosChris Papadopoullos was City A.M.’s economics reporter until February 2016. He is an economist at OMFIF. whatsapp EUROPEAN officials need to boost their stimulus efforts to revive the Eurozone economy, an economic in­ter­national organisation has said.The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned that the currency union suffered from high public and private debt, tight credit conditions, high unemployment and falling inflation.“The ECB [European Central Bank] should further expand its monetary support, including through asset purchases,” the report said. The ECB has been purchasing private sector bonds. However, the market for them is small and the size of the programme has been disappointing compared with programmes seen in the US, UK and Japan.ECB president Mario Draghi caused European bond yields to dive after signalling it was more likely the central bank would start buying bonds. The OECD also said countries should take all available room under EU fiscal rules to avoid fiscal contraction. Germany, the Eurozone’s largest economy, had its GDP forecast sharply downgraded to 1.1 per cent since the last report in May which forecast 2.1 per cent growth.The economic outlook for the UK and US was much more positive, with the robust recoveries in both nations expected to continue.OECD GDP FORECASTS■ The Eurozone is expected to grow by 1.1 per cent in 2015 and 1.7 per cent in 2016.■ The UK’s recovery is forecast to carry on with 2.7 per cent growth in 2015.■ The US is expected to overtake the UK as the G7’s fastest growing economy with a forecast of 3.1 per cent 2015 GDP growth.■ The figures compare with OECD averages of 2.3 per cent in 2015 and 2.6 per cent in 2016. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive Supplement More From Our Partners Man on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.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.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgcenter_img Tags: NULL Tuesday 25 November 2014 8:48 pm Share Eurozone needs more stimulus to see a revival last_img read more

People / Luzius Wirth to head Swissport UK & Ireland as Tommy Watt retires

first_imgMr Wirth takes up his new duties in June, which will focus on regional expansion of Swissport.In taking on the role, he will replace Tommy Watt, who announced his retirement after four years with the company following its acquisition of Servisair in 2013 – where Mr Watt worked as chief operating officer.Over a 40-year career, Mr Watt held numerous positions in the ground handling sector.Eric Born, group president and chief executive of Swissport International, described the UK and Ireland as important markets for the ground handler.“We are committed to ensure a smooth transition and to continue to deliver services to our valued customers with reliability, consistency and quality,” added Mr Born.“We all wish Tommy only the best for his future.” By Alexander Whiteman 14/03/2017 Swissport has appointed Luzius Wirth (pictured above) chief executive of its UK and Ireland operations.Mr Wirth has agreed to pair his new role with his existing job of executive vice president group services for the ground handler.Mr Wirth’s career has seen him work as a consultant for both IBM and PwC before moving on to McKinsey, where he took responsibility for project management.He then moved to US chemical company NCH Europe as head of strategy and planning but less than a year later moved to Swissport, where he has spent the past five years.last_img read more

News / Logistics protests as Melbourne lockdown puts the brakes on supply chains

first_imgBy Sam Whelan 06/08/2020 The extraordinary lockdown measures imposed on the Australian state of Victoria are threatening to disrupt supply chains.The stage four Covid-19 restrictions came into effect today in Melbourne, for the next six weeks, and include laws restricting individual movement, as well as the shuttering of most businesses and industries not deemed essential.Transport and logistics is in a grey area. Warehousing and distribution centres, including those supplying groceries to supermarkets and providing last-mile deliveries, will be limited to two-thirds of the usual workforce onsite at one time.This has prompted concerns over the industry’s ability to meet delivery requirements at a time when demand has skyrocketed 40%, due to the lockdown.Peter Anderson, CEO of the Victorian Transport Association, said: “We cannot have a situation where supermarket distribution centres have their output reduced by a third because of workforce reductions. It will translate into food and grocery shortages in the supply chain.“We’re advocating the removal of this requirement for supermarket DCs, so people can have confidence shelves won’t be unnecessarily depleted.“Victoria is in crisis and, as we enter unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms and our ability to work, it is essential we come together to understand the challenges we face, and work in unison to stop the spread of coronavirus and the havoc it is wreaking across our state.”The Freight & Trade Alliance (F&TA) has also been lobbying the Victorian government, to clarify whether importers are permitted to receive containerised cargo.“It is critical that all imports are allowed to flow, otherwise we will have an estimated 300,000 containers over the next six weeks congesting our wharves and impeding the delivery of all goods, including food, PPE and medical,” warned Paul Zalai, the F&TA’s director and co-founder.“We also need these import containers to be unpacked and made available for our exporters, in particular to support a struggling agricultural sector expecting substantial crops this spring and desperate to reach overseas markets.”The port of Melbourne, Australia’s largest container gateway, said it would be operating as usual amid the new restrictions, but complicating matters are the ongoing strikes by the Maritime Union of Australia at DP World’s terminal.Airside, Qantas Freight was forced to close its Melbourne terminals this week in response to advice from the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services.“While we work to reopen our facilities as soon as possible, a small number of employees have been cleared to return to work to support a strictly limited domestic freighter network,” Qantas said today.Australia’s air cargo industry has been suffering a capacity crisis since the country’s border closure and subsequent grounding of passenger fleets wiped out some 90% of belly space, prompting the government to subsidise additional freighter flights.last_img read more

News / FMC may establish more advisory committees if NSAC is a success

first_imgBy Nick Savvides 16/06/2021 The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) could set up more advisory bodies if the National Shippers Advisory Committee (NSAC) proves a success.Speaking exclusively to The Loadstar, Commissioner Carl Bentzel said the NSAC was first mooted after the bankruptcy of South Korean carrier Hanjin Shipping in February 2017.“The NSAC will provide the model that will decide whether the FMC authorises the establishment of more advisory committees with marine terminal operators and carriers having both expressed an interest in such bodies,” explained Mr Bentzel.According to the commissioner, the FMC is authorised to set up advisory bodies, but there are regulations governing their operation. In the first instance, the committee must meet at least once a year, but its composition, as with the NSAC, would be requested by the FMC, which will then vet the applications before appointing committee members.They would then elect a chair and together discuss issues that are current and which the committee would like to raise with the FMC.“We are hoping the NSAC will come up with some concrete suggestions on how to make shipping better,” said Mr Bantzel.He added that the FMC was required to cover the travel expenses of the 24 committee members, but with the advent of online platforms, many of the meetings are expected to take place online, rather than in person.last_img read more

California could become first state to mandate biosecurity screening by mail-order DNA companies

first_img Adobe What is it? [email protected] What’s included? Log In | Learn More California lawmakers on Thursday will vote on a bill that would require the state’s growing gene synthesis industry to adopt screening protocols to keep dangerous DNA out of the hands of the wrong people. The proposed legislation would be the first in the nation to tackle the biosecurity risks that accompany cheap and easy DNA writing technologies.Scientists have been making synthetic genes for decades. The process involves moving minute amounts of liquid back and forth to add the right sugary building blocks — A, T, C, and G — in the right order. More recently, several companies have figured out ways to do this at scale — producing tens of thousands of custom-built genes every day, ready to ship off to academics experimenting with things like gene editing and pharmaceutical companies developing cell and gene therapies. When SARS-CoV-2 emerged, scientists around the world raced to synthesize pieces of the virus for use in developing diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines from the first publicly posted genome sequence. By Megan Molteni May 20, 2021 Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Megan Molteni Tags biotechnologygeneticspolicystatescenter_img Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED California could become first state to mandate biosecurity screening by mail-order DNA companies STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Politics Science Writer Megan Molteni is a science writer for STAT, covering genomic medicine, neuroscience, and reproductive tech. @MeganMolteni About the Author Reprints GET STARTEDlast_img read more

Homebuilder drives new home sales to decade high

first_imgHomebuilder drives new home sales to decade high Today’s Housing Industry Association (HIA) New Home Sales Report for November 2020 shows HomeBuilder is continuing deliver on its objective of generating residential construction demand to protect tradies’ jobs and drive our comeback from the COVID-19 recession.The Report showed new home sales have risen by a further 15.2 per over the month to set a new decade high, with sale in the three months to November 41.1 per cent higher than the same time last year.Every new home sale represents more work for our tradies and more economic activity as part of our comeback. HIA’s economist Angela Lillicrap said today;“The strength of New Home Sales is a positive sign that home building will support the broader economy as we enter 2021.”The HIA also found that new home sales in the three months to November 2020 were higher in all regions when compared with the same period in 2019:Western Australia (108.8 per cent), South Australia (57.6 per cent), Queensland (34.0 per cent), Victoria (22.2 per cent), andNew South Wales (20.7 per cent).First home buyers are leading the way in the housing comeback from the COVID-19 recession:According to the ABS, the number of loans to first home buyers reached the highest number in over a decade, accounting for 42 per cent of the total number of owner occupier loans issued in October.NAB lending to first home buyers increased by 21 per cent against their 12-month average, with regional areas across the nation recording a 44 per cent increase in first home buyer activity.Real Estate Institute of Australia reconfirmed that in their Housing Affordability report. First home ownership is at 10 year high.To maintain this momentum in Australia’s economic comeback, the Morrison Government has announced HomeBuilder will be extended until 31 March 2021.For all new build contracts signed between 1 January 2021 and 31 March 2021:Eligible owner-occupier purchasers will receive a $15,000 grant; andThe property price caps for new builds in New South Wales and Victoria will be increased to $950,000 and $850,000 respectively.In addition, the construction commencement deadline will be extended from three months to six months for all eligible contracts signed on or after 4 June 2020.The construction industry has said the extension of HomeBuilder will mean a steady pipeline of construction activity through to 2022, which will keep tradies on the tools. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ABS, affordability, AusPol, Australia, Australian Treasury, first home buyer, Government, home buyer, housing affordability, housing affordability report, Housing Industry Association, Morrison Government, NAB, New South Wales, Queensland, real estate, Real Estate Institute of Australia, South Australia, Western Australialast_img read more

How are universities planning to tackle emissions associated with food and flying?

first_imgHow are universities planning to tackle emissions associated with food and flying? New research from The University of Manchester has identified various ways in which UK higher education institutions are beginning to tackle emissions associated with business travel and catering. These are two substantial contributors to emissions in this sector, and difficult to decarbonise. The findings suggest need for further sector-wide efforts to tackle the planet’s most pressing issue.This new study, from The University of Manchester’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change and the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), analysed publicly available policies of 66 UK universities to identify strategies related to long-distance business travel and catering. For each university, documents including Carbon Management Plans and Annual Reports, Travel Plans and Sustainable Food Policies were downloaded, catalogued and reviewed.Long-distance business travel and catering (particularly meat-based meals) are substantial contributors to the carbon footprint of universities (and many other organisations), but are typically under-accounted for in carbon management planning. The collaborative research team set-out to understand the extent to which university plans and actions in these areas are commensurate with climate emergency declarations, and make recommendations to support setting sufficiently ambitious targets and actions.The research, published today in Climate Policy, demonstrates that action on climate change in universities is extending beyond the familiar focus on energy related emissions to engage in more complex workplace practices, including long-distance business travel and catering. However, increasing sector-wide effort is unavoidable if universities are to fulfil their climate emergency declarations and align emissions reduction strategies with the UK Government’s net zero ambitions.Lead author on the research paper Professor Claire Hoolohan, The University of Manchester said: “Many universities omit, or only partially account for, business travel and food within their carbon management reporting. However, the importance of emissions in these areas is widely recognised and there is evidence of pioneer institutions setting targets and taking action to reduce emissions in these areas.“Across the sector more action is required to reduce emissions. To support sector-wide action, this briefing note focusses on targets and actions that should be implemented to rapidly and substantially reduce emissions in these two areas, and contribute towards a low-carbon workplace culture.”The UK’s Committee on Climate Change recognises aviation and agriculture as sectors where it is very challenging to reduce emissions. Mobility scholars have shown that aeromobility is deeply embedded in the institutional culture of Higher Education, with individual career progression and institutional standing linked to international mobility.Similarly, for meat-eating, coordinated developments across production-consumption systems sustain meat-heavy diets, and this is no less true in workplace cafeterias and catering. Subsequently, reducing emissions requires the reconfiguration of professional practices and institutional policies to enable low-carbon transformation.The research finds many universities planning to reduce emissions in these areas, but few have robust targets to support decarbonisation. Further it is action, not plans or targets, that reduce emissions and few universities have actions in place to reduce emissions across both areas. That said, there were examples of good practice in both areas, and future action could focus on the following:Positive actions on flying and food for Universities:Review and define ‘essential travel’ to support staff in avoiding travel as much as possible.Maximise the number of engagements per trip, reduce the distance and frequency.Make train travel the default for journeys within a specified distance, with additional time and funding for long distance rail travelFocus on reducing trips of frequent fliers and recognise the differentiated travel needs of staff with children, care commitments and medical needs.Review University policies for contradictions that encourage flyingReduce meat, and replace with plant-based alternativesMake plant-based event catering the default to spark conversation and enable staff to try new meals.Experiment at sub-organisation level, then share learning and scale upProfessor Alice Larkin, Head of Engineering at The University of Manchester, said: “Higher education’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that rapid, deep and widespread changes are possible. The shifts in our academic activities that we’ve all experienced, as well as changes to how we’ve started to operate in new ways, present significant opportunities to establish alternative, more sustainable, practices.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. 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