Six companies get equitisation plans approved in January-August

The Ministry of Finance also stressed that leaders of ministerial and central agencies and chairmen of provincial people’s committees must to work more actively to complete the Government’s equitisation plans and they must be accountable for the plan implementation progress. — VNS

The government’s plan for UK theatre is vague and demoralising – here’s what we need

It is vital that this helps fund the freelancers who form 70% of theatre’s workforce, a third of whom do not qualify for the Treasury’s income-support schemes. Many will have no option but to leave the theatre entirely and I can’t overstate that without their crucial talents all efforts to save our venues will be […]

Key workers and public services need more support, say UK unions

“If the government doesn’t act, we face a tsunami of job losses. So my message to the chancellor is this: we worked together once before. We are ready to work with you again – if you are serious about stopping the catastrophe of mass unemployment.

Investors that manage US$47tn demand world’s biggest polluters back plan for net-zero emissions

The voluntary guidelines, known as the climate measurement standards initiative, are designed to give banks and insurers consistent scientific advice on how to assess the risk of damage from events including bushfires, cyclones, floods, droughts and heatwaves.

‘Utter shambles’: GPs and medics decry NHS test-and-trace system

Family doctors are disadvantaged in the search for tests because, unlike hospitals, GP surgeries do not have occupational departments, which could organise a test for them. A female GP in Gloucester had to self-isolate for six days before she could get a test for her child. Another family doctor, who was told to go to […]

Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds says Sir David Attenborough’s show warning of mass extinction of wildlife left her in TEARS – as she pleads: ‘Everyone should watch this, it’s time to act’

We overload the land with nitrates and phosphates, overgraze it, burn it, overburden it with unsuitable varieties of crops, and spray it with pesticides so killing the soil invertebrates that bring it to life. Many soils are losing their topsoil and changing from rich ecosystems brimming with fungi, worms, specialist bacteria and a host of […]

How to Best Approach COVID-19 Research

It is often said that science is self-correcting.  Research is generally methodical and involves repetition, where the researcher does the same thing over and over again to make sure they get the same result each time, and replication, where other researchers try to reproduce your experiment to see if it holds up when performed by another […]

Extreme poverty ‘will double by Christmas’ in UK because of Covid-19

Analysis of food bank use since lockdown suggested families with children and people who identified as “black or black British” were disproportionately likely to have to use food banks. Only 4% of food bank users were furloughed – suggesting the scheme had had a positive impact on poverty levels.

Friends hold ‘a sprinkle of hope’ after 11 days at sea for missing man

READ MORE:’Absolutely desperate’: Parents of missing livestock herd manager plea for Government’s help in rescue effortsFamily ‘understands decision’ to scale back search of missing crewmenCaptain’s texts in final moments as capsized livestock ship sailed straight into eye of the typhoon Family of missing Southland man on capsized livestock boat remain hopeful he is still alive

‘Nomadland’ Star Frances McDormand Reveals Her Dream to Hit the Road at 65

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