A council in Kent is getting ready to launch a bid for the 2025 UK City of Culture.Leader of Medway Council, Alan Jarrett (Con), has spoken highly of Medway's chances of succeeding Coventry in being awarded the prize, following in the footsteps of Cllr Vince Maple (Lab) and deputy chief executive Richard Hicks in publicly supporting an application.Speaking on Thursday night (April 4), he compared Medway to former winners of the title and said the authority’s ongoing regeneration programme will help improve the prospect of a successful bid.He added: “Why wouldn’t we bid for the UK City of Culture? We’ve got as much going for us as most places and more than most places.“We’ve got as much going for us as Coventry and Hull had, and I’d argue we’ve got more going for us actually. So, let’s get to it and work hard.“We’ve already started the process by talking to partners who might be able to support us and we’re … [Read more...] about Towns’ bid for City of Culture 2025
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Who’s on the move today? Finastra Finastra has announced the appointment of Sharon Doherty as chief people officer. Sharon joins from Vodafone, where she held the position of global organisation and people development director. In her new role at Finastra she will have global responsibility for making Finastra the most inclusive employer in the fintech industry. Based at Finastra’s headquarters in Paddington, London, she will be a member of the Finastra executive leadership team and will report directly to Finastra chief executive Simon Paris. Sharon was a driving force behind Vodafone’s award-winning diversity and inclusion agenda and was recognized in the 2018 Outstanding Leaders and Allies list. Her previous experience also includes chief of human resources at Laing O’Rourke and senior roles at BAA, General Electric, PwC and Kingfisher. Trustpilot Trustpilot, the leading independent platform for companies to build trust with consumers, today announces the … [Read more...] about City Moves for 3 April – who’s switching jobs at Finastra, Trustpilot and Softomotive?
Taxpayers face swingeing hikes in council tax from next week as households in England stare down the barrel of the second highest increase in the last decade. Local levies will rise by around five per cent for many families, with residents facing an average £78 extra bite into their already stretched budgets. Band D households face an average increase of 4.7% from £1,671 in 2018-19 to £1,750 in 2019-20. The increase is lower than the 5.1% hike last year but is still the second highest council tax rise in the last decade. Council taxpayers in England face eye-watering rises next month amid widespread hikes Households in Greater London will face the highest percentage increase in their total bills at 5.1%, with the average Band D council tax in the capital set to rise by £72 to £1,477 in 2019-20. But households in 'shire' council areas will continue to have the highest average Band D council tax of £1,826 in 2019-20, up from £1,749 in 2018-19. Band D … [Read more...] about Council tax to rise by an average of £78 from next month
A senior judge will issue new guidelines for journalists who want to overturn reporting restrictions in the family courts after a freelance journalist’s landmark Court of Appeal win last week. Louise Tickle (pictured) led a fight to lift reporting restrictions in a case last October that she described as a “real exemplar” of a local authority using “weak evidence” to put a child into adoptive care.TimelineFebruary 15, 2019BBC axes This Week as presenter Andrew Neil ‘bows out’ from late-night politics showFebruary 13, 2019BBC to cut News at Ten by ten minutes with national news running five minutes shorterFebruary 12, 2019BBC Radio 4 coverage since EU referendum 'not biased against Brexit', Ofcom rules She crowdfunded £2,300 to help towards the cost of the appeal and was given permission to proceed with it in December. The BBC joined the appeal the same month after its reporter Sanchia Berg spoke up in court against the original … [Read more...] about Judge to issue new guidelines on challenging reporting restrictions in family courts after journalist’s appeal win
0 Have your say Leeds could become the first ‘self-repairing city’ in the world by 2035 as robotics engineers work on developing drones that can prevent potholes. Chris Burn reports. Leeds, 2035. Moments after scanning a city road and identifying a crack in the surface around the size of a 50p piece on a night-time patrol, a drone navigates itself down to the site of the problem, lands and fills in the defect using a 3D asphalt printer. What could have eventually developed into a serious pothole is fixed instantly and the drone flies off to search for its next assignment. It is a scenario that, despite the increasing prominence of drones in daily life, still sounds like science-fiction. But for the past three years, a team of robotics engineers at the University of Leeds’s School of Mechanical Engineering have been making considerable progress on turning the concept into a reality as they work on a multi-million pound, Government-supported … [Read more...] about How army of drones and robots could make Leeds the world’s first self-repairing city