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Theresa May ‘declares war on plastic’ in Government’s Environmental Plan – Sky News

A £61.4m war chest to fight the rising tide of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans has been announced by the Government.

Theresa May has set out plans to get rid of avoidable plastic waste within 25 years – as she also confirmed the 5p bag charge will be extended to all shops.

The Prime Minister said she wanted to “make ours the first generation to leave the natural environment in a better state than we found it”.

Unveiling her Environmental Plan in a speech in west London, she called plastic “one of the great environmental scourges of our time”.

Single-use plastic wasted every year in the UK would fill the Royal Albert Hall 1,000 times, the PM said.

Supermarkets will also be encouraged to have plastic-free aisles where items such as fruit and veg are loose rather than wrapped up in film.

Charges and taxes on single-use items, for example takeaway containers, will also be considered.

And the 5p plastic bag charge will now also be brought in for smaller shops, which were previously exempt.

But critics of the plan have called it a “missed opportunity” and say it should be underpinned by new laws in order to hold the Government and businesses to account.

Speaking at London’s Wetland Centre, Mrs May insisted that Brexit would not lead to lower environmental standards.

She said: “We will incorporate all existing EU environmental regulations into domestic legalisation when we leave.

“We will set out our plans for a new, world-leading independent statutory body to hold government to account and give the environment a voice.”

Other pledges include aid to help developing nations reduce plastic use and a new Northern Forest from Cheshire to Lancashire and Yorkshire.

There was no confirmation in the PM’s speech of a suggested 25p charge on the millions of disposable coffee cups used each year – of which only a tiny percentage get recycled.

Link here for the full article on the Sky News website

Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign encourages people to reduce their single-use plastics. You can find out more about the campaign and how to get involved at www.skyoceanrescue.com

Battle against plastic in world’s oceans gets £61.4m war chest – Sky News

by Ian Francis, Sky news Reporter

A £61.4m war chest to fight the rising tide of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans has been announced by the Government.

The fund was announced by Theresa May ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London next week.

The Prime Minister is due to ask all the 52 leaders at the meeting to sign up to the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance set up to help developing Commonwealth countries research and improve waste management.

So far four Commonwealth countries, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu and Ghana, have joined the UK in the alliance.

The Government said £25m of the fund is available to help researchers investigate the issue of marine plastic from a scientific, economic and social perspective.

Another £20m has been earmarked to curb plastic and other environmental pollution generated by manufacturing in developing countries and prevent it seeping into oceans.

That leaves £16.4m which will be spent on improving waste management at a national and city level to stop plastics entering the water. 

The Government pledged to match public donations to tackle plastic waste through the UK Aid Match up to a total of £5m.

The PM said: “This week we will look closely at how we can tackle the many threats to the health of the world’s oceans, including the scourge of marine plastic pollution.

“As one of the most significant environmental challenges facing the world today it is vital that we tackle this issue, so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.

“The UK public has shown passion and energy in the fight against plastic waste, and I believe the Commonwealth is uniquely placed to further this transformative action.

“It is a unique organisation with the strength and the commitment to make a difference.”

She added: “If we stand together, we have the opportunity to send not only a powerful message to the world, but also to effect real change.”

Britain, which is co-chairing the event with Vanuatu, will ask Commonwealth nations to follow the UK’s lead in banning microbeads and slashing the number of single use plastic bags.

WWF chief executive Tanya Steele said: “This alliance, and the leadership the UK Government is showing through the Commonwealth, demonstrates that we’re committed to being part of a global solution.

“Two billion people around the world lack access to effective waste collection, so much of the plastic they use ends up in our oceans.”

“Devoting UK international development money to help poor communities clean up and better manage their waste isn’t just good for nature, it’s good for people too.”

Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign encourages people to reduce their single-use plastics. You can find out more about the campaign and how to get involved at www.skyoceanrescue.com

How To Destroy A Nations Wealth

From the Daily Mirror

A nations wealth is its currency and tonight we have seen the pound collapse because of the stupidity of a politician who underestimated the intelligence of the British electorate, an electorate which has seen through her cynical ploy of calling an unnecessary election only two years after the last one. The nation voted in 2015 and two years later she is back again saying I want more, you did not give me enough last time and all  because she also completely misread the leader of the opposition whom she thought was so ineffective she could trounce him and destroy him and his party for a generation. How can a leader who got everything so wrong, whose judgement appears as if it may have been completely rejected by the electorate, remain in office.

That is how it seems from a distant Athens some 10 minutes before the results start rolling in. I am  now sat preparing to transfer, courtesy of Transferwise tranches of my hard earned pensions out of sterling and into Euros, as the night progresses. The mere thought of what may be about to happen has caused the pound to slump by 2 cents against the Euro before even a single result is.

Of course the exit polls may have got it completely wrong but is this going to be yet another election where the people have  turned on the establishment because it took its success for granted. Corbyn could have shown himself a much more skillful operator than the government gave him credit for. The Tory party has never been kind to a leader who got it so wrong and became a liability.  Mays head is now on the block.  – unless the polls are very very wrong. And with two minutes to go for the first result, we are now about to start finding out.


And now the outcome – a hung parliament –  is known and the Prime Minister without the slightest sense of embarassment, provides us with the real reason why the electorate behaved as it did. It is now incumbent on the Conservatives, she dares to claim,  to ensure that the country has that period of stability which it so needs. She who has created the greatest period of instability the country has seen for decades, managed to say that with a straight face and then added insult to injury by concluding that they the conservatives would do it, carefully omitting to acknowledge that but for her there would be no period of instability.

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Cloth Caps, Whippets and Forelocks

From the Daily Mirror

In the absence of very much company news, the main story this morning must be the Prime Minster’s sudden realisation that the working class is alive and kicking. So, she is actually off slumming it to the North East with the intention of finding it and meeting some of its members, so that she can explain that they have been deserted by Labour. No doubt sales of cloth caps will have boomed as these relics of Victorian times don appropriate dress, rehearse the long forgotten practice of forelock touching and stuff their best whippet down their trouser leg.  Reet lads whippets out and off back down the shipyards to check on the rust.

It just goes to show how mislead we have been about what was supposed to be a classless Britain. What a picture it portrays of our Prime Minister, her ignorance and her real attitude to the plebs. What an admission of how out of touch she is. She must be one of the few person in the country who believe that the working class not only still exists but votes Labour as well.

Has she has forgotten that Harold McMillan abolished  the working class some 60 years ago and in so doing created a new modern Tory party. Do those living in the Tory heartland really look down on those who earn a living by getting their hands dirty. Theresa May lis completely out of touch even with her own party. More idiocy like this and she will make Jeremy Corbin look competent and throw away her chances of remaining Prime Minster after the election.

And now for a bit of business news.

Hydrodec HYR revenue for the year to 31st December grew by over 100% as the Canton plant was fully recommissioned.  At the same time administrative expenses fell by 44%. The result was that in quarter 4 the group became EBITDA positive, a trend which is expected to continue throughout the current year. The overall loss for 2016 fell sharply from $31.1m to $7.8m

Filtronic FTC Fourth quarter trading has been ahead of management expectations and group revenue for the year to the 31st May is now expected to reach £35m.

Gemfields GEM admits to mixed results for the quarter to 31st March, in a market where demand for coloured gemstones continued to increase and the sector itself, strengthened. Exceptionally heavy rainfall was only partly to blame. Lower production at Kagem and Monetpuez was a problem. Production of ore and Beryl and Emerald stones in the March quarter was the lowest for nearly two years and lower even than Decembers figures.

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