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British Airways and Mirror publisher become latest to signal home working switch

British Airways and Mirror publisher become latest to signal home working switch

Business
British Airways and the newspaper group behind the Daily Mirror have become the latest big companies to signal a major switch to working from home.BA said it was considering selling its headquarters near Heathrow because the shift means it may not need so much office space. Reach, the company behind the national Mirror and Express newspapers as well as more than 100 regional titles, said three-quarters of staff would now be entirely or mainly home-based. Image: Many firms have been forced to switch to home working during the pandemic Highly-regarded titles in places such as Leicester will no longer have their own offices.BA and Reach are the latest major employers who have decided to make permanent, at least in part, some of the chang...
Rocks: Drama starring schoolgirls wins British Independent Film Awards

Rocks: Drama starring schoolgirls wins British Independent Film Awards

Entertainment
Altitude FilmsA film that cast unknown east London schoolgirls in most of its main roles has been honoured with five prizes at the British Independent Film Awards.Rocks won best British independent film, and one of its stars, Kosar Ali, 17, was named both best supporting actress and most promising newcomer.Rocks got glowing reviews when it came out last year and is now on Netflix.Its other winners included D'Angelou Osei Kissiedu, who was just seven when he played little brother Emmanuel.He was named best supporting actor, with a seven-decade age gap between him and the winner of the best actor award - Sir Anthony Hopkins, 83, who was recognised for playing a man struggling with dementia in The Father.Altitude FilmsTo find the young stars of Rocks, director Sarah Gavron and casting directo...
Gene editing of British produce could hamper exports to the EU

Gene editing of British produce could hamper exports to the EU

Technology
The body representing food and drink manufacturing in the UK warns there could be "barriers" to exporting English farmed foods if gene editing is allowed. The government has launched a consultation on whether to green light the process, which it says could allow farmers to grow crops that perform better and reduce impact on the environment. The process is highly restricted in the EU, after the European Court of Justice ruled in 2018 that gene editing must come under the same strict rules as genetic modification.The Food and Drinks Federation (FDF) has welcomed the consultation - but told Sky News if gene editing is allowed in England, it could create hurdles for farmers exporting goods to the EU.Helen Munday, chief scientific officer of the FDF, said: "We feel positive there are some ...
PM woos British ‘unicorns’ in race for London listings

PM woos British ‘unicorns’ in race for London listings

Business
The bosses of some of Britain's best-known technology companies have been courted by Boris Johnson as they contemplate public flotations that would make them collectively worth tens of billions of pounds.Sky News has learnt that the prime minister held talks on Friday afternoon with executives from businesses including Deliveroo and Revolut, the digital banking and payments group, as part of a charm offensive aimed at persuading them to list their shares on the London Stock Exchange. Sources said the meeting was also attended by Darktrace, the cybersecurity company, and Trustpilot, the online reviews platform - both of which have hired investment banks to organise initial public offerings next year.Oxford Nanopore, the biotech group, and Transferwise, the fast-growing fintech, are understo...
British coroner lists pollution as cause of 9-year-old’s death in landmark ruling

British coroner lists pollution as cause of 9-year-old’s death in landmark ruling

World
Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A coroner in Britain cited air pollution as a cause of death of a 9-year-old girl who died of an asthma attack in a landmark ruling Wednesday. The Charites Asthma U.K. and the British Lung Foundation said Ella Kissi-Debrah was the first person to have air pollution listed as a cause of death on their death certificate. Advertisement Ella, who had severe asthma that caused episodes of cardiac and respiratory arrest, died in a hospital in February 2013 after experiencing cardiac arrest from which she couldn't be resuscitated, the coroner's report said. "Air pollution was a significant contributory factor to both the induction and exacerbation of her asthma," said assistant coroner Philip Barlow. Barlow added that Ella was exposed to levels of nitrogen dioxide and particula...