England

Bids called for £35m Stonehenge dig

Highways England is advertising for archaeologists to carry out digs along the route of the planned £1.7bn Stonehenge tunnel in Wiltshire. While the upgrade of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down past Stonehenge has yet to receive development consent from the government, Highways England is in negotiations with three teams of contractors pitching to build eight miles of new dual carriageway and ...

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Plan to cap numbers at UK universities to go ahead

DfE in England rejects opposition from devolved administrations Students at Aberystwyth university in Wales after receiving their degrees in 2019. The UK government is going ahead with controversial plans to limit the number of students from England who can enrol at universities in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, rejecting opposition from the devolved administrations. Education ministers from Scotland and Wales angrily denounced the ...

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State-owned Chinese company bids to build second UK nuclear plant

London: A Chinese state-owned company blacklisted in the United States has applied to build a second nuclear plant in Britain amid growing concern in UK government’s ranks about Chinese investment in critical infrastructure. China General Nuclear Power Group’s application creates a new headache for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is already facing a backbench revolt over his approval of Chinese firm ...

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$1,000 to download a movie: Life in London’s broadband dead zones

Even inside city limits, there are spots with no access to broadband Internet Chris Rudi operates her mattress business from an area of Fanshawe Park Road with no broadband internet service. To avoid sky-high data charges, she takes her cellphone to a breakfast place with free WiFi. (Submitted by Chris Rudi) Londoner Jim Gillies would like to video chat with his ...

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Croydon BID’s new chair says town centre to reopen on June 1

Croydon BID, the town centre business “improvement” organisation, has appointed a former personnel manager for Gatwick Airport as its latest chair. Darren Hockaday: new BID chair, with a mastery of bullshit In his first statement as chair of Croydon BID, Darren Hockaday announced that his organisation and Croydon Council want to reopen the town’s shopping centres from the coronavirus lockdown ...

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England’s historic York bids to become first zero-emission city

The Roman-era city wants to be carbon neutral by 2030 For centuries the York Minster has dominated the ancient city of York in northern England. Alamy The cobbled streets date back to Roman times. AFP The city is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2030. AFP York is investing £2 billion to create a “new era” for cyclists and walking. ...

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Manchester school board to hear pitch for facilities study

MANCHESTER — School board members are scheduled to hear a proposal from one of the founders of Manchester Proud on ways to address overcrowding at some of the city’s 22 public schools, and underutilized space at others. In February, the Board of School Committee adopted the community group Manchester Proud’s blueprint for the school district, titled “Our Community’s Plan for ...

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LGPS Central taps 2 for emerging markets bonds

LGPS Central, Wolverhampton, England, hired M&G Investments and Amundi to manage a £900 million ($1.1 billion) active global emerging markets bond allocation, a spokesman said. M&G Investments and Amundi will each manage £450 million for the £45 billion pool of U.K. local government pension schemes. “We were looking for candidates which displayed a robust and disciplined investment process, full transparency, value for money and ...

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City Council moves ahead with fire services study

NORWICH – The City Council this week formally requested a study of the city’s fire services that some officials say is necessary in order to find efficiencies in a framework composed of a single career department and five volunteer ones. Members of the council, which has had a 4-3 Democratic majority since the last election, voted along party lines to ...

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Taunton town centre in line for £20 million boost if council wins funding bid

MORE than £20 million could be made available to regenerate Taunton town centre if a bid for central government funding is successful. Somerset West and Taunton Council has applied to the government’s future high streets fund, asking for money to support projects which will improve town centre footfall and make the area more attractive to visitors. If successful, the money will support the ...

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