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Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

Science
New homes in suburban England would need to be fitted with electric car charging points under a government proposal to cut emissions.Ministers also want new street lights to come with charge points wherever there's on-street parking.Details of a sales ban on new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040 are also expected to be set out.The strategy comes at a time when the government is facing criticism for failing to reduce carbon emissions.The government's target is to reduce the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. The proposals, announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, aim to make it easier to recharge an electric car rather than refuel petrol or diesel vehicles.They include: The need to assess if new homes a...
New sectors taking charge as market seeks to rebound

New sectors taking charge as market seeks to rebound

Finance
NEW DELHI: Even though the benchmark indices have largely recovered from their Januray lows, most sectors that led the charts between February 2016 and January 2018 – the phase during which Sensex rallied 58 per cent to 36,450 from 23,000 –are not finding favour with investors. They are now ruling at the bottom of the performance charts, making way for a comeback by those sectors which missed the earlier rally, data showed. The BSE Realty index has fallen 22 per cent since January, emerging best performer among all sectors between February 2016 and January 2018 with a 154 per cent surge. PSU stocks, too, have gone off investor radar. The BSE PSU index has slipped 21 per cent in the recent fall, compared with a 65 per cent rise over the preceding 29 months. The BSE Metal index, the third b
M&S closure plans trigger £300m charge

M&S closure plans trigger £300m charge

Business
Marks & Spencer is braced for a financial hit of up to £300m from an expanded store closure programme that reflects brutal trading conditions on the British high street. Sky News has learnt that the retailer will announce as part of its annual results on Wednesday a huge charge triggered by costs associated with its efforts to shrink underperforming parts of its store portfolio.A source close to M&S said the company was expected to include so-called adjusted‎ items worth approximately £500m in its 2017 results statement.Of that sum, between £200m and £300m is related to the company's plans to shut 100 UK shops by 2022 as well as a number of international outlets, a source said.Those costs include charges related to lease‎s, staff redundancy...
Colao to step down from Vodafone after 10 years in charge

Colao to step down from Vodafone after 10 years in charge

Business
Vodafone's chief executive Vittorio Colao will step down on October 1 after more than 10 years in charge of the world's second-largest mobile phone company. Nick Read, group chief financial officer, who will become chief executive designate from July 27, will replace Mr Colao.Under Mr Colao's tenure, Vodafone sold its joint venture with Verizon for $ 130bn and merged its business in India with Idea Cellular.Last week, Vodafone agreed to buy Liberty Global's cable operations in four European countries for £16.1bn as the mobile phone operator extends its reach to 110 million homes and businesses by offering fixed-line and TV services.Vodafone group chairman Gerard Kleisterlee said: "I would like to express our gratitude to Vittorio for an outstanding tenure."He has ...
Ant McPartlin WON'T appear in court tomorrow despite drink-drive charge

Ant McPartlin WON'T appear in court tomorrow despite drink-drive charge

Entertainment
The planned court hearing has been delayed.In a statement,Wimbledon Magistrates Court said: "A adjournment in this case has been agreed, therefore Ant McPartlin will not be appearing at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday 4th April 2018."The new date of hearing has not yet been confirmed."Last month, Ant, 42, was arrested after crashing his Mini into two cars as he headed home from walking his dog Hurley.PATROUBLED: Ant McPartlin is currently in rehabWENNDELAYED: Ant McPartlin's court hearing has been delayedAnt and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway's best moments See the funniest moments on the best loved show Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.WENN Ant and Dec perform with Kylie Minogue on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway “A adjourn