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As the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made clear, we urgently need to change how we generate, use and think about energy. Pressures brought on by the need to mitigate climate change, increasing energy demands and energy security concerns require that we move towards a decarbonised and more efficient system.
In the 19th century four musicians could beautifully play a Beethoven string quartet for their audience. The same is of course true today. However, today the musicians will be paid much more for their time.
Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 of us during our lifetimes. The World Health Organisation estimates that around the world approximately five hundred million people are diagnosed with depression, anxiety and related disorders every year.
Identified by TIME Magazine as ‘one of the 10 Ideas that will change the world’, hailed by the Economist as a big trend with ‘immense potential’ and cited by Forbes as a new ‘disruptive economic force’; there’s no question that the Sharing Economy is making waves.
Medical tourism, when people travel to another country to obtain medical treatment, is not a new concept. The first record of medical tourism dates back thousands of years to when pilgrims travelled to the Saronic Gulf in Greece.
This year FRH Europe’s international conference is on the subject of rural historic churches, synagogues, chapels and other places of worship and their relevance to 21st Century communities. It’s an important time to be thinking about this because thousands of these buildings across Europe are at risk of being lost forever.
The nature of company ownership can be a murky business. Obscure structures and impenetrable trails of paperwork can often keep the public in the dark over who’s really in charge of the 3 million firms registered in the UK.
This week’s Queen’s Speech will see the Government finally announce their intention to bring forward for debate the long awaited Recall Bill. This should be an opportunity for the Government to propose a simple mechanism to empower voters with the right to recall an MP who no longer commands the majority of their constituents’ confidence.
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