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Sir Philip Green: 'There was only banter'

Sir Philip Green: 'There was only banter'

Business
Sir Philip Green has again denied allegations of harassment - saying there had only "been some banter" which had "never been offensive".Speaking to the Mail on Sunday from a spa in Arizona, he said he was happy to apologise if anything caused offence. The High Street tycoon spoke to the paper after a week where he was accused of sexual and racial harassment against former employees. He described it as "the worst week of my life". What has Sir Philip said? Sir Philip told the Mail on Sunday that he felt he was "being used as target practice when there is zero [evidence] that anyone has turned up with"."It's injuring my business, all the people potentially working in the business, and it's injuring me and my family," he add...
Green denies 'unlawful sexual or racist behaviour'

Green denies 'unlawful sexual or racist behaviour'

Business
Topshop owner Sir Philip Green has said he "categorically and wholly denies" allegations of "unlawful sexual or racist behaviour". In a statement released after he was named in parliament as the businessman behind an injunction against the Daily Telegraph, he said: "I am not commenting on anything that has happened in court or was said in Parliament today."To the extent that it is suggested that I have been guilty of unlawful sexual or racist behaviour, I categorically and wholly deny these allegations."Arcadia and I take accusations and grievances from employees very seriously and in the event that one is raised, it is thoroughly investigated."Arcadia employs more than 20,000 people and in common with many large businesses sometimes receives formal complaints from employee...
Climate researchers: More green space, less biofuel

Climate researchers: More green space, less biofuel

Science
Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The chorus of biofuel critics is getting louder. In an opinion article published this week in the journal PNAS, a pair climate scientists argued continued support for biofuel production will make it more difficult to protect the climate. John M. DeCicco, a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute, and William H. Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, want to see more conservation of the planet's natural resources. When burned, many low-carbon biofuels have a much smaller impact on the atmosphere than fossil fuels. But the development or conversion of land for the production of biofuel crops can negatively impact the environment. "Current policies advancing bioenergy contribute to the pressure to convert natura...
Copper nanoparticles, green laser light cost beneficial in circuitry printing

Copper nanoparticles, green laser light cost beneficial in circuitry printing

Science
Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Printing electronic circuitry with copper nanoparticle ink and green laser light can be more cost beneficial and efficient, according to a study. Researchers at Soonchunhyang University in South Korea studied the thin-film printing technique instead of the conventional methods, based on laser power, scanning speed, pre-baking conditions and film thickness effects. Their findings were published this week in the journal AIP Advances. Nanoparticles in metallic inks have an advantage over bulk metals because of their lower melting points in the circuitry manufacturing. Originally the researchers, led by Kye-Si Kwon, tested silver nanoparticle ink but found it is costlier. Then, they studied studied copper, which is derived from copper oxide. Although copper's melting point ...
Large-scale wind and solar power 'could green the Sahara'

Large-scale wind and solar power 'could green the Sahara'

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Installing huge numbers of solar panels and wind turbines in the Sahara desert would have a major impact on rainfall, vegetation and temperatures, researchers say.They found that the actions of wind turbines would double the amount of rain that would fall in the region.Solar panels have a similar impact although they act in a different way. The authors say their work reinforces the view that large-scale renewables could transform the Sahara region. The scientists modelled what would happen if 9 million sq km of the Sahara desert was covered in renewable energy sources. They focussed on this area because it is sparsely populated, and it is also exposed to significant amounts of sun and wind and is close to large energy markets in ...