An outraged film producer has slammed British Airways after claiming her premium economy seats were covered in stains, crumbs and an old sock. Lucy Darwin says she spent a hefty £4,700 on return flights to New York with the airline for her and her husband. The couple were travelling to the Big Apple for the American Film Institute's annual festival, but said they found their seats filthy. They were covered in crumbs, stains and even someone else's clothes. The film producer tweeted an image of the seat which appears to be covered in crumbs and a sock Lucy Darwin (left) says she spent a hefty £4,700 on return flights to New York with the airline She said: 'British Airways just arrived at our premium economy seats to New York, costing £4,700, to be greeted by filth and someone's sock. 'Outraged doesn't quite cover it.' The film producer tweeted a photo, saying the service was a 'disgrace'. She then posted another photo which showed the tray table covered in dark stains … [Read more...] about Outraged film producer slams British Airways after finding her £4,700 premium economy seat to New York was stained, covered in crumbs and had a dirty sock on it
A raft of new measures comes into effect in Venezuela on Monday, in the latest attempt to deal with the country's growing economic crisis. President Nicolas Maduro announced on Friday that a major currency overhaul would take place on Monday, with Caracas set to issue new banknotes after chopping five zeroes off the beleaguered bolivar, which has been subject to spiraling hyperinflation. The other measures announced by Maduro (pictured above), a former union leader who came to power five years ago following the death of Hugo Chavez, include a massive hike of the country's minimum wage as well as new official exchange rate arrangements. Read more: Inflation-wracked Venezuela forced to end cheap oil and gas The reform plans are the latest attempt to halt the oil-rich country's ongoing economic collapse, caused by years of populist policies which have ultimately destabilized the country's economy. A chaotic scenario Analysts were initially skeptical about the possible benefits … [Read more...] about Drastic new measures for stricken Venezuelan economy
For Prof Dan Parsons, director of the energy and environment institute at Hull University, being based in one of the windiest areas in Britain is a major bonus. It’s where he’s set up a wind farm cluster called Aura, named after the Greek deity who could run as fast as the wind. He’s doubly fortunate because last week the government announced it would be investing in a major expansion of the offshore wind sector, in the hope that the renewable energy source will provide a third of Britain’s electricity by 2030. Parsons’s team, just down the road from the world’s largest wind farm on the Humber Estuary, will be at the heart of it. To make sure the university understands what the industry needs, Aura’s board brings together all the major business players with academic experts from Hull and elsewhere to identify gaps in research, innovation and skills. The new wind deal is set to triple jobs in this sector, with nearly 20,000 new highly skilled … [Read more...] about Do universities contribute enough to the UK economy?
Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin has launched a blistering attack on "up the spout" City rules arguing they have caused firms to go bust and pose a threat to the UK economy.The vocal anti-EU businessman was also scathing about shareholder advisers, who have told investors to vote against the company's annual report over the pub chain's spending £95,000 on pro-Brexit beer mats.In a lengthy trading update, Mr Martin then waded into one of the company's biggest shareholders, whose actions he said had destabilised the company.On the business itself, the stock market statement revealed sales were up 5.3% in the 13 weeks to 27 October on a like for-like basis, with one pub opened and four shut.It also said JD Wetherspoon aimed to open up to 15 pubs in the current financial year. Advertisement But Mr Martin mainly used the update to express his anger at the system of corporate governance (CG) and rules that say non-executives should only serve on boards for a maximum of nine … [Read more...] about Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin warns City rules threaten economy
Ethical holiday rental website Fairbnb.coop has launched its reservations system offering travellers a chance to book in at city apartments that support community projects. The site aims to be a marketplace for “authentic, fair and conscious tourism” and promises to donate 50% of its commission to social projects selected by local residents. “In Amsterdam the money will go to a community gardening project in the north and an urban agriculture project for migrant women in the south-east – both poorer parts of the city,” said Fairbnb.coop’s Spanish founder, Sito Veracruz. The site, which is in its beta phase, currently has a small number of properties (rooms and whole apartments) in five pilot cities: Valencia, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Bologna and Venice, though the plan is to add more properties and cities across Europe over the coming months. The Fairbnb.coop idea originated three years ago when Veracruz, who is based in Amsterdam, saw how the rapidly … [Read more...] about Fairbnb.coop launches, offering help for social projects