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Disability hate crime: Katie Price backed over online abuse by MPs

Image copyright PA Image caption Katie Price with her son Harvey Self-regulation of social media “has failed disabled people”, according to MPs who have backed a petition calling for new laws, led by model Katie Price. More than 220,000 people supported her demand to make online abuse a criminal offence after she flagged up trolling […]

Health secretary to meet NHS bosses over hospital pigeon infection

Image caption NHSGGC said an investigation was under way and control measures had been put in place Scotland’s health secretary will meet senior NHS officials to discuss the deaths of two patients who had an infection linked to pigeon droppings. Jeane Freeman will speak to the chief executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and […]

Davos billionaires keep getting richer – Independent Online

Davos billionaires keep getting richer – Independent Online

Bloomberg The global elite descending on Davos are richer than ever.  A decade after the financial crisis poured flat champagne on the World Economic Forum, gold-collar executives set to gather there this week have bounced back, and then some.  David Rubenstein has doubled his fortune since 2009. Jamie Dimon has more than tripled his net […]

Brexit: MPs put forward rival plans to May’s deal

Brexit: MPs put forward rival plans to May’s deal

Image copyright PA MPs have begun putting forward proposals to change the outcome of Brexit ahead of next week’s scheduled vote on Theresa May’s amended deal. Mrs May will meet her cabinet after telling MPs on Monday that she was focused on altering the Irish backstop. But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the prime minister […]

New internet laws pledged as social media firms snub talks

Media captionTech companies ignored invite to government meeting about online behaviour, says Matt Hancock The culture secretary has agreed he does not have enough power to police social media firms after admitting only four of 14 invited to talks showed up. Matt Hancock told the BBC it had given him “a big impetus” to introduce […]

China spends $36bn on coal-fired power despite emissions goals – Financial Times

China spends $36bn on coal-fired power despite emissions goals – Financial Times

China financed more than a quarter of all coal plants announced outside the country last year according to a new report, putting its clean energy image at risk as Chinese institutions fund coal-fired projects in emerging markets.  Chinese institutions last year provided $36bn of financing for coal plants outside the country, 26 per cent of […]

Brexit: Theresa May scraps £65 fee for EU citizens to stay in UK

Brexit: Theresa May scraps £65 fee for EU citizens to stay in UK

Media captionTheresa May says fees axed for EU citizens wanting to stay in UK Theresa May has scrapped the £65 fee millions of EU citizens were going to have to pay to secure the right to continue living in the UK after Brexit. She also vowed to seek changes to the Irish backstop from the […]

Helping financial sector to be more sustainable, Business News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Helping financial sector to be more sustainable, Business News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Financial institutions, non-governmental organisations and academics will work together under a new initiative to help businesses be more sustainable. The Asia Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI), which was launched yesterday at the Parkroyal on Pickering hotel, aims to help shift the region’s financial flows towards sustainable outcomes. It will bring together the finance industry, academia and […]

Patisserie Valerie locked in talks with banks – Financial Times

Patisserie Valerie locked in talks with banks – Financial Times

Patisserie Holdings, the parent company of café chain Patisserie Valerie, said it remained locked in talks with its bankers after revealing that its accounting problems were worse than originally feared. It gave no further details. The company has been the subject of speculation that it could be forced into administration after it said that accounting […]

Brexit: Theresa May scraps £65 fee for EU citizens

Media captionTheresa May says fees axed for EU citizens wanting to stay in UK Theresa May has scrapped the £65 fee millions of EU citizens were going to have to pay to secure the right to continue living in the UK after Brexit. She also vowed to seek changes to the Irish backstop from the […]