BP is putting its money where its mouth is.The oil and gas major has been widely derided since, a year ago this week, it announced it was seeking to go net zero by 2050.Shareholders have been sceptical that BP can achieve the same financial returns from renewable investments as it can from its traditional activities.Meanwhile some environmental campaigners have also been sceptical about BP's sincerity, even when it made clear later last year that its new priorities will even see it leaving some oil in the ground that would otherwise have been extracted.BP's seriousness about hitting this target was underlined today when it bid by far the most for the right to add to the UK's offshore wind capacity. Advertisement In the first auction of offshore wind licences to be carried out by the Crown Estate since 2010, BP and its German partner, Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg (EnBW), agreed to pay £924m for the option to develop two sites in the Irish Sea around 30km … [Read more...] about BP blows away bid rivals with big bet on wind farms
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No10 has admitted people in 'hotel quarantine' will only need permission from staff to go outside and exercise amid fears the scheme is already facing meltdown - with travellers still unable to book rooms just days before it is due to come into force. The government portal is still not live with less than 72 hours left to go until the first people are due to check in. A message on the website blames a 'minor technical issue' and admits it will not be available until 'later today'. Despite the chaos Home Secretary Priti Patel insisted this morning that the arrangements for arrivals from 'red list' countries will be 'up and running' on schedule, although she pointedly stressed it is the responsibility of Health Secretary Matt Hancock. The confusion came as Downing Street defended the fact that the rules are less strict than in other countries such as Australia, where 'red list' guests are not allowed out of their rooms and staff are tested daily to stop the spread of Covid … [Read more...] about No10 admits ‘quarantine hotel’ rules are looser than Australia and people only need permission from hotel staff to leave rooms for ‘gulp of fresh air’ or cigarette – while booking site is STILL offline just days before first UK arrivals are due to check in
A three-star Ibis will be among the hotels welcoming Heathrow arrivals as part of the government's travel quarantine programme, MailOnline can reveal. The three-star Ibis Styles London Heathrow East hotel opened in December 2019 and features brightly-coloured 1920s 'Art Deco-inspired' rooms behind a geometric red brick exterior. However, travellers won't be able to enjoy the spacious bar and dining areas as they will be confined to their rooms for the entire 10-day stay, with airline food left at the door. Guests at the 125-room hotel will have to change their own sheets and towels and be accompanied by security if they want fresh air or a cigarette outside. Arrivals will have to pay £1,750 per person - a rate set by the government. The hotel usually charges around £60 for a standard room including breakfast, which would normally work out at £660 for 11 nights – the length of the quarantine stay. The Ibis, which has 125 rooms and is a 12-minute drive from Terminals 2 and … [Read more...] about Welcome to Hotel Quarantine: Inside the $80-a-night Ibis where arrivals into Heathrow from 33 ‘red list’ countries will have to spend ten days in Covid isolation – without leaving their rooms – for $2,600
AS the vaccination programme continues at an astonishing pace, many see the jab as the first step towards being able to travel again. But as yet, there has been no global agreement on whether proof of vaccination will be needed to travel. Both Greece and Israel have indicated they will offer vaccinated travellers no restrictions and Spain is saying it WILL welcome Brits this summer. Over-50s travel specialist Saga has confirmed a vaccination will be needed to book any of their holidays or cruises. ???? Read our coronavirus liv e blog for the latest news & updates Despite some mixed messages, the Government is apparently now looking into the idea of a vaccine passport. According to the travel insurance provider Battleface, 65 per cent of Brits would be prepared to take a vaccine that has passed all necessary tests if it meant they could travel internationally. This increases to 74 per cent of those aged over 55. So are vaccine passports a good idea? Travel … [Read more...] about Do vaccine passports only work in fantasyland?
SUN RACING is back to give you some insight on big horses at even bigger prices. Here, we try to find the value bets which could net you a tasty return from a small stake. Longshot ANOTHER CRICK (1.50 Newbury) He looks a big price for a horse that was tipped for the top as a novice. He missed a season but looked his old self at Warwick last time and has improvement to come. Each way thief SEBASTOPOL (2.05 Kelso) He has yet to show last season’s hot form but he’s down the weights and has had a wind op since his fifth at Musselburgh last time. CHRISTOPHER WOOD (3.15 Kelso) He was an impressive winner last time and gets on well with 7lb claimer Angus Cheleda. This distance will suit and he can make another bold bid for Paul Nicholls. Most read in Horse Racing HOUSE OF ELLIOTT Net worth and personal life of racehorse trainer Gordon Elliott Promotion BET BOOST Doncaster: Get £60 in FREE BETS for six races … [Read more...] about Horse racing: After scoring with 11-1 winner we reveal 12-1 Newbury shot with top course form