Simon Mayo on the ‘gap in the radio market’

“It’s fair to say I’m a lot calmer today than I was last Monday,” he laughs. “It’s fairly tough starting a new show, but when you’re starting a new show on a new station, that was something else. So last Monday was a scary place. “Even though I’ve been doing this for a while, that inner voice is always nagging saying, ‘What if you mess up the first link? What if there’s no-one listening?’” The presenter, who has launched his new programme three months after his departure from Radio 2, need not have worried. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jo Whiley, pictured at last month’s Brit Awards, joined Mayo as a co-host at Radio 2 “There was genuine pressure …

US added only 20,000 jobs last month fewest since September 2017

New York (CNN Business)The US economy added only 20,000 jobs in February, a surprisingly low number that bucked the trend of huge jobs gains in recent months. The numbers may be a sign that after 101 consecutive months of job growth, the economy is running out of available workers. There have been fewer unemployed people than open jobs since June 2018. It may also be more troubling evidence of a slowdown, which has been showing up in other economic data. Employers have been rocked in recent months by a volatile stock market, uncertain political environment and weakness overseas. However, it could also be a snowstorm-related fluke. “This is pretty much a weather story,” said Scott Brown, chief economist with the …

Brexit uncertainty ‘holds back house moves’

“[The survey] makes it pretty clear that the ongoing uncertainty around how Brexit will play out is the critical factor influencing both buyers and sellers,” said Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist at RICS. “With little sign that the issue will be resolved anytime soon, it could prove to be a challenging spring for the housing market and the wider economy.” However, surveyors were “broadly positive” about the outlook for the UK housing market in 12 months’ time, assuming that greater clarity would emerge in the Brexit process. Commentators have also argued that the Brexit effect was having a greater impact on London and the South East of England than many other regions. In his Spring Statement on Wednesday, Chancellor Philip Hammond …

10 ways you could be affected by no-deal Brexit

There have also been warnings about possible price rises for dairy goods. A no-deal Brexit could mean the UK charges tariffs, or taxes on products such as cheese and butter from the EU, but it is thought unlikely that retailers would pass all of this increase on to the customer. Or the UK could waive tariffs – but under WTO rules it would have to offer the same reductions to other countries as well. Government advice for the food and drink sector UK will apply food tariffs in case of no deal Could the UK drop tariffs to zero? If you are planning to make a journey to an EU member state after 29 March, the government is advising you …

The flower growers worried about Brexit

This is set by an interim arrangement, which Kenya secured through signing and ratifying the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the East African Community. The deal is temporary until the three other members in the regional group sign up so it can come into full effect. Other major Kenyan exports such as tea, fruit and vegetables enjoy the same terms. Why worry about Brexit? Kenya Flower Council chief executive Clement Tulezi said the infrastructure for handling flowers flown directly to the UK was not well developed, which left Amsterdam and Liege, in Belgium, as the most important entry points for flowers into Europe, So, Kenyan flower-sellers are hoping the UK signs a deal with the EU before officially …

Leonard: Workers ‘let down by the system’

Saturday will see policy debates on education, local government and equalities – with the latter now including a statement from the party executive about anti-Semitism after local party groups had been denied an emergency motion on the topic. Related Topics Scottish Labour Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Can Saudi Arabia turn its airline into a real rival to Emirates and Qatar?

Dubai (CNN Business)Saudi Arabia is hosting its first international air show as it seeks to turn its national airline into a global player. “Our brothers in the UAE and Qatar have worked so well to transform aviation in the Middle East … Saudi aviation companies should have a much greater share in the Middle East aviation market,” he said in an interview with Saudi state television in 2017. Shadow of Khashoggi killing Dozens of international companies are listed as exhibitors as the airshow, which kicks off Tuesday in Riyadh. Yet Boeing (BA), Airbus (EADSF), Raytheon (RTN) and Thales said they will be represented by regional staff at the event rather than global executives. Businesses have been hesitant to deepen their …

Democrats should restore capitalism’s promise, not abandon it for socialism

(CNN)I believe in market-based capitalism. It is the greatest job creation, productivity and innovation machine ever created. The genius of America is that we allowed capitalism to work its magic while also moderating it with appropriate regulation, tax policy, workers’ rights and the building of great societal infrastructure, including a safety net. According to a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released this week just 18% of Americans view the term socialism positively, while 50% see it in a negative light. For that reason, President Trump would love for the 2020 election to be about socialism, as its one of the few things in the country that has a lower approval rating than he does. Fresh off Congress roundly rejecting his demands …

Infamous Brexit promises haunt politicians as Britain faces crunch week

London (CNN)UK Prime Minister Theresa May is braced for what could be her biggest policy climbdown yet, after insisting for years that “no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal” and that her country would leave the European Union on March 29, 2019. The hubris and fantastical claims sold by many Brexit-supporting politicians — and indeed some remainers — are now facing their moment of truth as the deadline for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU looms large. As some companies jump ship, retailers stockpile products and fears of medicine shortages run high, one thing is becoming clear: The utopia that many of the 17.4 million Brexit voters dreamed of may be undeliverable. The sunlit uplands They initially …

As GM’s Lordstown plant idles, an iconic American job nears extinction

Lordstown, Ohio (CNN Business)When Felice Robinson was hired at General Motors’ Lordstown plant in 1995, she thought the rest of her life was taken care of. Read the letters kids wrote to save their town’s auto plant GM is getting rid of these 6 cars Without GM, Lordstown, Ohio, will never be the same “We understand that the decision that was made is very difficult for this community because it impacts people and families,” GM spokesman Daniel Flores told CNN Business. “Unfortunately, customers are not buying the product at a volume that would justify continued production. In the end, we made this decision at a point in time where we have the ability to offer opportunities to people who want …

Joe Biden’s Biggest 2020 Problem Is Joe Biden

As Democratic voters begin to consider who to make their standard-bearer in the 2020 election, Joe Biden has held an early, commanding lead to take on Donald Trump. The former vice president spent the closing weeks of the 2018 midterms in what Politico a “working class whisperer tour” to the midwestern states that Trump carried. Emphasizing his Scranton, Pennsylvania, roots, Biden styled himself in stop after stop as “Middle-Class Joe Feuding With Ted Kennedy Biden first came to the nation’s capital in 1973 as the junior senator from Delaware, one of the few bright spots for Democrats in a disastrous 1972 election. Like most new members of Congress, he exercised little influence in his early years. At 30, he was …

Elizabeth Warren’s call to disband tech giants is a step in the right direction

(CNN)Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren argued in a blog post on Friday that “it’s time to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook.” The reason, she says, is because they have become such large monopolies that they’re stifling competition from smaller startups and therefore impeding opportunities and innovation. Sen. Warren is right that the business monopolies these companies enjoy are bad for other American businesses and ultimately reduce the choices of consumers. But there’s another kind of power these tech companies all have that is an even bigger threat: their monopoly on information. Warren’s proposal doesn’t fully fix this larger problem. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Sen. Warren is on the right …

This vending machine can help save the environment — and save you money

In the battle against plastic pollution, Henry Pino has devised a weapon. He calls it the Ecopod, or as he likes to describe it: A vending machine with an environmental conscience. Creating a ‘circular economy’ EcoPod is built upon the circular economy model, which aims to reduce waste by prolonging the use of items like plastic containers by finding ways to refill or reuse them. “I’ve always been in love with the beautiful marine environment that surrounds my home city of Miami,” said Pino, 55. “With the circular economy [model], our goal is to help facilitate a more sustainable retail model that protects the health of our planet.” Susan Collins, president of California-based nonprofit Container Recycling Institute, thinks Ecopod has …

Tesla walks back its plan to close most showrooms

The $35,000 base Model 3 will still be available, but the company is raising prices by 3 percent on all other models. In a Monday filing with government regulators, Tesla now says it closed 10 percent of its stores, but a few of those will now remain open. Another 20 percent are being evaluated and some could remain open. The company gave no numbers, but said it would close only about half the stores that it had intended to. It has 378 stores and service centers worldwide and about 100 stores in the U.S. If the company closes 30 percent of the stores that would equal about 110. “As a result of keeping significantly more stores open, Tesla will need …

CNN 10 – March 11, 2019

March 11, 2019 TRANSCRIPT Click here to access the printable version of today’s CNN 10 transcript. CNN 10 serves a growing audience interested in compact on-demand news broadcasts ideal for explanation seekers on the go or in the classroom. The show’s priority is to identify stories of international significance and then clearly describe why they’re making news, who is affected, and how the events fit into a complex, international society. Thank you for using CNN 10 Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Formula E to make London return with ‘one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor’ track

(CNN)Formula E plans to stage a race in 2020 that will feature an indoor section as the sport returns to London. London previously held four editions of the electric car race between 2015 and 2016, with Sam Bird claiming glory on home soil in the second of the 2015 races. However, the Battersea Park Street Circuit used as the final event during Formula E’s first two years was scrapped after facing opposition, which accused the environmentally-focused series of harming the local green space area. Bird, who now has eight Formula E race wins to his name and 17 podiums, said that he was “delighted” by the news. He explained: “As a British driver and a previous London E-Prix winner, I’m …