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Local communities around the world face a variety of problems both domestically and globally. As a result they are continuously looking for cost effective and efficient solutions whilst simultaneously ensuring sufficient accountability and transparency.
We have the first new consolidated Co-operatives Act in the UK for nearly fifty years. With our technical input, lobbying by co-ops and mutuals, ResPublica and the Conservative Co-operative Movement, plus support from across the political spectrum and preparatory work by the Law Commission, the Coalition Government has made UK a better place people who want to start and grow co-operaties.
The shortage of homes, in particular affordable housing, will be one of the key issues deciding the next General Election. Labour has already taken the initiative; Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds’s speech in Nottingham yesterday reaffirmed Labour’s commitment to house-building.
We’re all glad to see the summer and none more so than the university graduates of 2014; mortarboards on heads and scrolls in hand, for them it marks the end of struggling to stay awake in lectures, of facing the horror of a blank page perilously close to an essay deadline, of sitting another exam.
Alphen, Netherlands. 23 July. Predictably the EU fell apart yesterday over what to do about Russia. Naturally, they all pretended otherwise but the only winner yesterday was President Putin. There was a motley extension to the motley collection of asset freezes and travel bans and some talk of future sanctions covering the energy, financial services and defence sectors.
Much is being written about shale gas, both in its favour and against. The main controversies concern its impact on the local environmental. Like all big developments, shale gas exploration imposes costs, risks and disturbances on local communities.
Both UK and US legislators have highlighted a degradation in commercial ethics as a significant cause of financial crises since 2007. This might suggest that mathematics has a limited role in addressing the problems the crises have thrown up.
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.
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