The Carbon Trust adds loan boost

first_imgNew research by The Carbon Trust has revealed that lack of time and expertise to measure and reduce their carbon emissions is preventing the UK’s small and medium businesses from achieving business energy savings.While 63% of SME senior managers and directors surveyed realised they could reduce their carbon emissions through low- and no-cost energy-saving measures, more than two-thirds (69%) said their business had made no investment to reduce carbon emissions. Almost all (93%) of respondents said their company did not measure carbon emissions – citing lack of expertise as the key barrier.In response, it is launching an Energy Efficiency Loans campaign, which urges businesses to take action now and apply for an interest-free loan to replace or upgrade existing equipment to more energy-efficient versions. This year, The Carbon Trust has committed nearly £27 million to its Energy Efficiency Loans (EEL) scheme, almost double the amount available last year, to help SMEs reduce carbon emissions and cut costs.Michael Rea, Carbon Trust chief operating officer says this new research highlights the increasing awareness among SMEs of both the need to take action on climate change and the bottom-line opportunities available through making low-cost changes to their business. He says: “SMEs account for around 20% of the country’s overall emissions, so it is essential they are supported to act on climate change. We are significantly increasing our interest-free loans pool to help more businesses invest in new energy-efficient equipment, save money and cut their carbon footprint. We have also launched a range of new online tools, designed with SMEs in mind, to help them reduce their carbon emissions and cut costs.”The findings mirror the Federation of Small Business’ own research – that lack of resources and awareness remains a barrier to small businesses. “They know they have to do something, but are unclear about the next steps,” says John Holbrow, FSB environment and energy policy chairman.SMEs in England and Scotland or all businesses in Wales that have been trading for at least 12 months, could borrow from £5,000 to £100,000. Northern Ireland firms that have been trading for at least 12 months may be eligible to apply for an unsecured interest-free loan of up to £400,000.l For information visit: [http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/loans] or [http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/SME].last_img read more


Eberechi Eze dreams Arsenal move

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal QPR attacker Eberechi Eze would jump at any offer from Arsenal.Crystal Palace and West Ham have both been monitoring his progress and are set to battle it out for his services. However, reports claimed Eze will only be allowed to leave the club if a £20 million bid comes in.And if was down to the 22-year-old attacking midfielder himself his ‘dream’ would be to play for Arsenal – the team he grew up supporting and spent time at their youth set up.Last week Palace had an offer of around £12 million rejected by QPR for the player who netted 14 Championship goals last term.Tags: ArsenalEberechi EzeQueen’s Park Rangerslast_img read more


Raiders a smaller long shot to win Super Bowl 54 after news of Antonio Brown trade

first_img BENDER: AB can avoid a TO-like end to his career The city that will host the Raiders in the near future is changing its opinion of the 2019 edition of the squad after Sunday’s news that Antonio Brown will be joining the Silver and Black.Caesars Palace in Las Vegas dropped its odds of Oakland winning Super Bowl 54 from 75-1 to 50-1, Pro Football Talk and Bleacher Report reported.  The Raiders finished 4-12 last season under new/old coach Jon Gruden. PFT and B/R did not report on any change to the Steelers’ odds. Vegasinsider.com had Pittsburgh listed at 20-1 before the Brown trade was reported (it also had the Raiders at 100-1).The favorites in the futures market according to Vegasinsider.com are the Super Bowl champion Patriots and the Chiefs at 7-1 each.last_img read more


Filomeno also goes through the Espanyol crusher 2019-20

first_imgNeither the coronavirus crisis has given a truce to the cargo crushing machine that Espanyol has become thanks to Chen Yansheng. In fact, the health alert, having suspended LaLiga at least temporarily, has done is to accelerate a decision scheduled for the end of the season.Agustín Filomeno has ceased this Friday to be the commercial and marketing director of Espanyol, as advanced by Voz Perica and has been able to confirm AS, just 17 months after taking office, in October 2018, and after having signed the last subscription renewal campaign (in which the fall of members from the previous summer was repaired to some extent) and having tried to promote the Espanyol brand with, among other measures, the opening of a store on the Rambla in Barcelona. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 13, 2020 The figure of Filomeno was closely linked to that of Roger Guasch, who was fired as corporate general manager last December, and who signed him personally for the club after they carried out those same tasks together since 2014 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. José María Durán, the general director resulting from the departure of Guasch, has been the executor of this latest cessation of duties.At the end of 2019 he was also relegated from his functions as sports general director Óscar Perarnau, reinstated in the technical secretariat and giving all the power of the area to the director of professional football, Francisco Joaquín Pérez Rufete.Also, in this same season Chen Yansheng, president and owner of Espanyol, has disregarded two coaches, David Gallego and Pablo Machín. And all this, waiting whatever (whether it is played or not) of the outcome of LaLiga.last_img read more


Book explores intricacies of business model of IPL

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) The politician-cricket official dual role has hit the reputation of the game and the IPL and has also been the cause of many of the conflict of interest controversies thereby adversely impacting politicians as well as crickets overall health, says Delhi-based sports attorney Desh Gaurav Sekhri in his new book.”Conflict of interest has become the single most relevant term that is synonymous with Indian cricket in 2016. The conflict of interest phenomenon has shaped how ethics in cricket are to be determined,” he writes in “Not Out! The Incredible Story Of The Indian Premier League”, published by Penguin Books.The book explores the intricacies of the business model of the IPL, pinpointing what it got right and where it went wrong. It also looks closely at the spot-fixing scandal, the conflict of interest controversy, the issues that led to suspension of two champion teams and the complicated interplay between the BCCI and the IPL.According to the author, nothing has caused more grief to the BCCI-IPL than the conflict of interest controversy. He says the most likely to be damaging to the reputation of the BCCI-IPL in the future is the duality of roles performed by public officials who hold positions in the BCCI.”The Justice (R M) Lodha Committees recommendation was to exclude ministers and government officials from the boards administration. The current IPL chairman, Rajeev Shukla, is a politician. The secretary of the BCCI, Anurag Thakur, is a politician. A member of the present IPL governing council, Jyotiraditya Scindia, is a politician.advertisement”Former BCCI president and the current nominee for the ICC, if (Shashank) Manohar is unavailable, Sharad Pawar, is a politician. Many of the state associations presidents or board members are politicians,” Sekhri writes.”But the politician-cricket official dual role has caused concern to the judiciary, to the public at large, and to the reputation of cricket and the IPL. It has also been the cause of many of the conflict of interest controversies, adversely impacting the politicians as well as crickets overall health,” he goes on to say.For the IPL, the conflict of interest controversy took centre stage during the spot-fixing scandal, but the first great fiasco in the IPL happened much earlier than that, the book says. (MORE) PTI ZMN ANSlast_img read more


SC-AADHAAR 2 LAST

first_imgCalling the passage of the bill in this manner “a veryCalling the passage of the bill in this manner “a very dangerous trend”, Ramesh had said that the government tried to “bypass” Rajya Sabha by doing this.Insisting that a series of conditions are specified in Article 110 and that Article 110 uses the word “only” if those conditions are prevalent can a bill be declared a money bill, he had said that the Aadhaar bill, which was passed as a money bill “ignored five recommendations made by the Rajya Sabha.”It had many other provisions and most constitutional experts have given the view that the Aadhaar bill is not a money bill. While the prerogative of declaring a bill as a money bill or not is that of the Speaker and the Speakers decision is final but the recommendation to the Speaker to consider making it a money bill is that of the government.”It is the government that decides whether it is a money bill or not and the Speaker only certifies it as money bill,” Ramesh had said.Moving amendments in the Upper House during consideration of the bill, the former Union Minister had argued that every individual should have the freedom to opt out of Aadhaar and said the present bill does not give that space.Stating that he himself does not have an Aadhaar card, Ramesh had said a situation may arise when it may be needed even to book a flight or get a phone number.advertisementHe had also opposed another provision in the bill which he termed as “broad” and “amorphous” and could become the ground for misuse of the law as it gives “sweeping powers” on the grounds of national security.He had suggested that rather than national security, the terms “public emergency” or “public safety” could be used. He had said that an independent member like the CVC should be included in the panel that decides which information regarding a person can be shared.Ramesh had said any suo motu powers, “even to collect information” should not be given to the Aadhaar authority, for instance it could even direct collection of DNA.He had said there were concerns of privacy and the amendments moved by him were in line with the recommendation suggested by a commission headed by Justice (retd) A P Shah, which had been set by the Planning Commission to examine the matter. PTI SJK MNL RKS AG SClast_img read more