News / UK and world by Press Association October 9, 2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter MPs are calling for tougher targets for cutting water leaks, after figures showed a “shocking” three billion litres are lost each day. Water industry targets to reduce leakage by 15% by 2025 are “not ambitious enough”, said the House of Commons Environment Committee. Pressure on companies to act should be increased by bringing forward from 2050 to 2040 the goal of halving the amount of water lost, said the committee in a report. The report also backed new powers for water companies to introduce compulsory metering, even though it could lead to “significant” bill increases in some areas. The cross-party committee warned that drought summers like 2018 are likely to happen more often in future, increasing the need for resilience in the system. And it highlighted recent figures from industry body … [Read more...] about Call for tougher water leak targets with three billion litres lost every day
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0 Have your say POLITICIANS may be dragging their feet, but all the arguments I see are in favour. This November, in a one-off coincidence, Remembrance Sunday and the centenary of the First World War coming to an end will fall on the same day. It’s worth reminding ourselves of the significance of this. The end of the First World War, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, is Armistice Day. However, Remembrance Sunday does not always fall on this date.More importantly, never again will we be able to mark the centenary of the conflict which pulled apart the world and put it back together again with all its scars.That’s why leading military chiefs – and a growing swell of the public – are calling for this date to be marked by a public holiday so shops, public amenities and businesses can close as a mark of respect.Holiday may be handy shorthand, but it’s the wrong word. It’s more of a national day of reflection to … [Read more...] about Jayne Dowle: Why shops should shut on Armistice Day
MANY people assume bank holidays in the UK are all the same. But actually each of the nations in the union has different dates of special significance to them. Here's how the Scottish and Northern Irish ones differ from the English and Welsh... What are bank holidays? Technically bank holidays are when banks, government offices and most business are closed. They are actually different to public holidays, although many people use the name interchangeably. The days were set out in the Bank Holidays Act of 1871. Christmas Day and Good Friday were considered days of rest and are deemed public holidays rather than bank holidays. When are 2018 English bank and public holidays? There are eight of them in England and Wales, and they are: New Year's Day: Monday 1 January Good Friday: Friday 30 March Easter Monday: Monday 2 April Early May bank holiday: Monday 7 May Spring bank holiday: Monday 28 May Summer bank holiday: Monday 27 August Christmas Day: Tuesday 25 December Boxing Day: … [Read more...] about What bank holidays are there in Scotland or Northern Ireland which England or Wales don’t have?
ON THIS DAY IN SPORT 1932: Yorkshire's Hedley Verity took all 10 Nottinghamshire wickets for just 10 runs at Headingley. 1969: Tony Jacklin became the first home winner of the Open since Max Faulkner in 1951. 1992: Dublin beat Louth on a scoreline on 0-15 to 1-9 in the Leinster SFC semi-final on their way to that year’s All-Ireland final, where they lost to Donegal. 1998: France beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup final with two goals from Zinedine Zidane and one from Emmanuel Petit. 2001: Argentina international Juan Sebastian Veron completed his £28.1million move from Lazio to Manchester United. 2005: Adam Gilchrist smashed 121 not out - his 11th one-day international century - as Australia hammered England by eight wickets to win the NatWest Challenge decider at The Oval. 2009: England drew the first Ashes Test against Australia in Cardiff after last-wicket pair James Anderson and Monty Panesar survived the last 69 deliveries. 2010: Celtic confirmed the signing of Joe Ledley … [Read more...] about On this Day, July 12 1998: France beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup final with two goals from Zinedine Zidane
By Ronald Blum Published 5:10 pm PDT, Monday, July 9, 2018 MOSCOW — Two wins from becoming the first foreign coach to win a World Cup, Roberto Martinez still will be known as Frankie to his former boss. “He reminded me of those wonderful what I call zoot-suited American vocalists, like Bobby Darin, Frankie Avalon, Frankie Valli,” Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said. “And I christened him Frankie from the first day I met him.” Martinez had more hair then. Now balding, the Spaniard has led Belgium to a World Cup semifinal against France on Tuesday, three days before his 45th birthday. All 20 previous World Cup-winning coaches were born in the nation they led to the title. “He’s a genius tactically,” said American goalkeeper Tim Howard, who spent three seasons with Martinez at Everton. “He always finds a weakness in the opponent. He prepares his teams to break down the opponent. No game is the same — he changes … [Read more...] about Belgium’s Roberto Martinez could be 1st coach to win for another nation