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Vauxhall owner hands boost to Luton plant

Vauxhall owner hands boost to Luton plant

Business
The owner of Vauxhall says its Luton plant will make the new Opel and Vauxhall Vivaro vehicles in a decision that will safeguard 1,400 jobs.The new Vivaro van replaces the current model from 2019 and the plant's capacity is expected to increase to 100,000 vehicles a year.PSA Group, which owns the site, did not say how much money would be invested in the plant, describing it only as "substantial", but union Unite put the figure at £170m and that 450 jobs would be created.Carlos Tavares, chairman of PSA Group, said: "This is a major milestone for the future of the Luton plant and a key enabler to serve our ambitions in the commercial vehicle market."Business Secretary Greg Clark said the decision was a vote of confidence in Vauxhall's workforce and the UK's automotive sector."This investmen
Narendra Modi wants to boost formalisation. How is he faring?

Narendra Modi wants to boost formalisation. How is he faring?

Finance
WATCHING money drain from your bank account has never been so much fun. On WhatsApp, a messaging service ubiquitous in India, sending rupees is now as easy as posting a selfie. Set-up is a breeze, because all Indian banks have been corralled onto a common payment platform on which anyone, from Google and Samsung to local payment firms and banks themselves, can build their own user interface. Money zips instantly from one bank account to the other, without any need to set up a pesky digital wallet or download some new app. At least outside China, there is no simpler way to shift money today.WhatsApp’s offering is being rolled out gradually. The number of transactions routed through the Unified Payment Interface (UPI), the system on which WhatsApp and the rest are riding, has soared from alm
Rent-a-church spire plan to boost mobile phone coverage

Rent-a-church spire plan to boost mobile phone coverage

Technology
Church spires could be used to boost mobile and broadband coverage in rural areas under an agreement between the UK government and the Church of England.The government has committed to achieving good-quality mobile connectivity across the UK by 2022.While the agreement encourages churches to sign up, they will still have to negotiate the usual planning process.Digital analysts welcomed the development but said "the devil would be in the detail"."Getting access to suitable sites, particularly in rural areas, has been a real challenge for mobile operators, so any initiative aimed at improving this will be welcomed by the industry," said Matthew Howett, principal analyst at research firm Assembly.Local agreements"What's not clear, though, is what the commercial relationship looks like. There ...
Is Your Metabolism Working Against You? 6 Simple Ways to Boost It

Is Your Metabolism Working Against You? 6 Simple Ways to Boost It

Health
Throughout my years counseling clients I've seen many achieve fantastic weight loss results, including those who had not had success with other approaches, or thought they couldn't possibly lose weight due to various circumstances, like being injured and unable to exercise, or being post-menopausal.Based on my experience, I always believe that results are possible, but I've also learned that weight loss isn't predictable or easy and it certainly isn't as simple as a calories in versus calories out equation. A new study, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), illustrated this, and backs what I've seen in my own practice one person's metabolic response to eating less may not mimic another's, due to biological differences.NIH researchers studied a dozen obese men and women in a metabol...
Ford to boost investment in electric cars by 2022

Ford to boost investment in electric cars by 2022

Technology
Ford says it will boost its investment in electric vehicles to $ 11bn (£8bn) in the next five years, more than doubling a previous commitment. Chairman Bill Ford said the car maker would have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its range by 2022.It comes as countries around the world put more pressure on car makers to rein in carbon emissions.General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen have already outlined ambitious plans to offer more electric vehicles. Speaking at the Detroit Auto Show on Sunday, Mr Ford said the focus would be on electrifying existing Ford models without naming any specific cars. He said the firm would offer 16 fully electric vehicles by 2022 and 24 plug-in hybrids. Mr Ford told reporters: "We're all in on this and we're taking our mainstream vehicles, our most iconic v