There was a moment during the Prime Minister’s highly anticipated environment speech when something quite unexpected happened. For the majority of the 25 minutes, Theresa May attempted to communicate the contents and commitments of the 151-page Environment Plan (PDF, 11MB). Emphasis was given to the recent progress in banning microbeads as well as the nine billion fewer plastic bags used following the introduction of the 5p charge in retail outlets across the UK. Yet, what stood out was not so much the bedazzling spread of content. Instead, it was a rare admission.Seeming to go momentarily off script, May described how commonly today ‘we look back in horror at some of the damage done to our environment in the past,’ citing the historical dumping of toxic chemical into rivers. ‘In years to come,’ she added, ‘I think people will be shocked at how today we allow so much plastic to be produced needlessly.’The PM could easily have been talking … [Read more...] about Does the UK government’s 25-Year Environment Plan go far enough? Featured
There was a moment during the Prime Minister’s highly anticipated environment speech when something quite unexpected happened. For the majority of the 25 minutes, Theresa May attempted to communicate the contents and commitments of the 151-page Environment Plan (PDF, 11MB). Emphasis was given to the recent progress in banning microbeads as well as the nine billion fewer plastic bags used following the introduction of the 5p charge in retail outlets across the UK. Yet, what stood out was not so much the bedazzling spread of content. Instead, it was a rare admission.Seeming to go momentarily off script, May described how commonly today ‘we look back in horror at some of the damage done to our environment in the past,’ citing the historical dumping of toxic chemical into rivers. ‘In years to come,’ she added, ‘I think people will be shocked at how today we allow so much plastic to be produced needlessly.’The PM could easily have been talking … [Read more...] about Does the UK government’s 25-Year Environment Plan go far enough?
The “Do Not Disturb” sign is a ubiquitous part of the hotel-stay experience. And many would argue that it’s essential to a restful stay. After all, who wants to come out of the shower to find a housekeeper tidying up your room? But beginning with three properties on the monorail line to Disney’s Magic Kingdom—the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and Contemporary resorts—the Disney company has begun replacing “Do Not Disturb” signs with “Room Occupied” signs. The big change, however, isn’t the wording on the hang tags; it’s the policy change that the new verbiage reflects. According to Walt Disney World News Today, “it will now be required that a Disney employee enter their hotel room at least once a day to ensure guest safety.” To that end, he hotels’ revised terms of service now include the following: Disney hasn’t explained the reasons for the new policy, but the prevailing theory is that … [Read more...] about New Disney Policy Puts Security Over Privacy
As car rental prices go on rising and making renting a car a costly process, leading car hire price comparison website Carrentals.co.uk is helping travellers with a range of advice on getting the best value for money by avoiding excessive extra costs. The website recently carried out a survey of 1,500 people and Carrentals.co.uk reported that over a quarter had been subject to high charges on car hire, and they blame a lack of transparency from the rental company for this. Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, comments: “Our poll revealed that car hirers feel there is a lack of transparency when renting a car, as well as the fact that many people have experienced high charges. Our intent is to help people relax when renting a car and enjoy a holiday without having to think too much about high charges on insurance and fuel.” Carrentals.co.uk has put together the below tips to help people avoid costly car hire excess charges:Credit Card Requirement – … [Read more...] about Carrentals.co.uk offers car hirers tips to avoid costly excess charges
“The UK has a great tradition of leadership in aviation. But any industry can only take so many knocks before the damage is permanent. I respect the UK for its historic role but to write a successful next chapter, we must say ’basta.’ The government’s policy pillars of excessive taxes, inefficient airport regulation and limiting growth will destroy the UK’s proud aviation legacy,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO in a speech to the Aviation Club in London. Bisignani noted that aviation supports about 1.5 million UK jobs along with GBP76 billion in economic activity. “Aviation provides critical global connectivity to this island nation. It is a great mystery to me why the government seems so intent on destroying its competitiveness with a policy agenda stuck in the past,” said Bisignani. To support aviation’s economic benefits, he called for urgent policy action in the following areas: Cost: The World … [Read more...] about UK policies “will destroy the proud legacy” of British aviation
Post Office Travel Insurance is reminding those planning to take a holiday this year to ensure they are adequately covered by their travel insurance policy before they set off for any destination. Having holiday insurance can help ensure holidaymakers do not have to shell out for any additional charges should they face unexpected cancellations or delays, or injuries or illness while they are away. Post Office Travel Insurance is also reminding frequent travellers that it is often wise to take out an annual travel insurance policy. An annual travel insurance policy can offer the best value for money for those taking several trips within a year, something which may be useful for those seeking to travel more in 2011. Meanwhile, the TripAdvisor survey also reveals that over a quarter (28 per cent) of UK holidaymakers admit they are more likely to buy travel insurance this year than they were in 2010, in a bid to safeguard themselves against any unforeseen travel problems that may arise. … [Read more...] about UK holidaymakers seeking to travel more in 2011
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Twelve years may have passed since the British and Irish Lions were last in New Zealand, but a friendly and long standing relationship has continued between all countries off the rugby field. While Auckland plays host city to the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017, with around 20,000 international visitors expected in the region, there's also lots of action off the rugby field as Auckland looks to attract visitors to work, study, invest and do business here. The UK and Ireland have always been important export markets for New Zealand. They have been inextricably entwined since the very first ship left New Zealand's shores in the 1800s laden with frozen meat. New Zealand shares deep personal and cultural links with Ireland with close cooperation on foreign policy issues such as climate change, disarmament and human rights. Around one in every six New Zealanders claim Irish descent and St Patrick's Day is widely celebrated throughout the country each year. A mutual … [Read more...] about UK and Irish companies boast strong growth in Auckland, New Zealand
The report, ‘Responding to a Changing Arctic’, states that without a specific Arctic representative, the UK is in danger of being ‘outmanoeuvred’ in the region by countries that do have them, leaving it powerless both in promoting its own interests in the Arctic (in sectors such as fossil fuel extraction and new shipping routes) and in decisions about conserving the region.It criticises the UK’s recent attempts at engagement with the region as being too hesitant and cautious, stating: ‘the UK’s approach needs to be more strategic, better coordinated and more self-confident and proactive, or the UK risks being outmanoeuvred by other states with less experience in the Arctic.’‘The Arctic is changing in front of our eyes. That change is momentous and unprecedented,’ declared Lord Teverson, chairman of the House of Lords Arctic Committee. ‘It will bring both difficulties and opportunities and it is vital that the UK takes … [Read more...] about Arctic ambassador advised for UK