Balfour Beatty, one of Britain's biggest construction groups, is lining up Lord Allen of Kensington, the former ITV chief executive, as its next chairman. Sky News has learnt that the FTSE-250 company, which is one of the main contractors on the HS2 high-speed rail link, is in advanced talks to appoint the Labour peer as Philip Aiken's successor. Sources said his appointment could be announced as soon as Balfour Beatty's annual meeting next week. If confirmed, it would mark an unexpected return after more than a decade to the boardroom of a London-listed company by one of Britain's most prominent businessmen-turned-parliamentarians. Lord Allen left ITV in 2006, having engineered the company's creation through the merger of Carlton Communications and Granada two years earlier. Advertisement He has not served on the board of a publicly traded British company since 2010, when he stepped down as a non-executive director of Tesco. The peer has, … [Read more...] about Former ITV chief Lord Allen passes screen test for Balfour Beatty chairmanship
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AFTER 14 years of Tartan Army domination, Scots voters will decide today whether to give Nicola Sturgeon still more power or put paid to her incessant demand for independence. Voters will weigh her devolved government’s mixed record on health, crime, schools and economic management against yet another push for divorce. Worryingly for the First Minister, her standing appears to have been tarnished by a tawdry row with predecessor Alex Salmond over dodgy conduct at the highest level of Holyrood politics. Salmond has added fuel to the fire by launching his own renegade party, Alba, in an act of sabotage against his old Scot Nat buddies. Ironically, that ploy looks like destroying Salmond himself, the man who singlehandedly breathed life into the Scot Nats and the campaign for Scottish independence. Opinion polls are all over the shop, with one indicating Sturgeon’s own seat was at risk. Two surveys by YouGov and Survation suggest her Scot Nats will bag extra seats, … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson was hate figure for Scots but now they’re wising up to Nicola Sturgeon
THIS is the moment the headteacher of a leading private school made education history this morning - as he told pupils he's gay and happily married. Nicholas Hewlett, who leads the £18,000-a-year St Dunstan’s College in Catford, southeast London , told students during a courageous online assembly this morning. It's thought to be the first time a headteacher has come out in front of pupils and staff. And Mr Hewlett admitted some nerves beforehand - but said he hoped the youngsters would 'cheer', wave rainbow flags or thread rainbow laces into their shoes. During the assembly, he told students to "have the courage to ultimately be true to yourself, and allow others to be true to themselves", before urging them to "keep an open mind" about their identity. And he urged them to "remember it's OK not to know who you are just yet" - and said: "Education is a wonderful journey of exploration. It's a journey, not an end point, and it's perfectly fine to wander down avenues of … [Read more...] about Brave moment headteacher reveals he is gay and happily married in ‘courageous’ announcement to £18k-a-year students
BASKING in the sun, Wally the walrus bellows and flashes his long white tusks and spiky whiskers. The sight of the blubbering 600lb beast bobbing up and down in the ocean could be straight from a David Attenborough documentary. But then I hear gulls squawking above and I snap back to reality — because Wally is not in his natural home of the Arctic. He is, in fact, the new celebrity of Tenby, in Pembrokeshire. It is a surreal sight that locals in the Southwest Wales resort could never have imagined they would see. But Wally’s surprise appearance 47 days ago has brought excitement and interest to the area after a year of lockdown misery. So much so that people from all over the country are travelling to catch a glimpse of the magnificent marine mammal. And locals tell me there are lots of tall stories circulating as to how Wally came to be in Tenby. 'COMPLETE GODSEND' John Mather, who runs The Nook Shop, is selling Wally cushions and merchandise and says: … [Read more...] about How Wally the walrus floated to Wales on an iceberg and melted a town’s heart
When Joe Biden boasted to world leaders last month that the US would halve its greenhouse emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels — urging his counterparts from countries like China and India to commit to stronger action — the US president left environmentalists unconvinced. The cuts are more ambitious than previous targets to burn less fossil fuel. But they will not stop the US from overshooting its fair share of the emissions that can be released to meet the 2015 Paris Agreement pledge to keep warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, and ideally 1.5C, according to independent research project Climate Action Tracker. This is a question of justice: The US has polluted the atmosphere more than any other economy on the planet and also has more money to deal with it. Factoring in those inequalities, Biden's pledge is "very close to or just within" the range of cuts needed to reach 2C, said Andreas Geiges, a researcher at Climate Analytics, which jointly runs the project. But it falls … [Read more...] about Climate justice: Do pledges ignore unequal emissions?