Environmental law firm ClientEarth said last September that dozens of councils were set to miss the government’s net-zero target for 2050 and warned of a collective failure by local authorities across England to plan adequately for climate change. Council climate pledges have to jostle with local development demands. Manchester city council’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2038, for example, has not only been criticised for being unambitious, but explicitly excludes Manchester Airport, which is part-owned by the council, and where a new £50m car park is being planned. … [Read more...] about English councils set to miss carbon emission targets
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Manchester United are starting to resemble a drunk singleton frantically chatting up anyone that catches their eye as they try to secure a striker this January. They’ve started boasting about how good their training ground is to former Leicester striker Islam Slimani and Watford old boy Odion Ighalo. That will stop fans walking out in protest at the way the club is being run at their next home match won’t it, Ed? Ben Chilwell would be a more eye-catching signing, though United will wait until the summer to make a move for the Leicester left-back. … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Thomas Lemar to join Arsenal?
6) Boufal needs to build on successful return When Southampton signed Sofiane Boufal for a then club-record £16m almost four years ago, the attacking midfielder was seen as a coup but the Moroccan has largely flattered to deceive. Boufal spent last season on loan with Celta Vigo but stepped off the bench against Spurs to rifle in his fifth Southampton goal and a first for 721 days. That equaliser earned Saints a replay and stirred memories of his wonderful solo strikes against West Brom, in October 2017, and Sunderland, a year earlier. Brilliant as those were, it is time for Boufal to deliver on a regular basis. “Even if he is not playing from the beginning, I know he can always have a good impact on the game,” said Ralph Hasenhüttl, Southampton’s manager. “Sofiane is an important player. If he understands what it is about, working 90 minutes against the ball, I think he would have more chances [to start].” Ben Fisher … [Read more...] about FA Cup fourth round: 10 talking points from the weekend action
The other week I was in a pub in Dalston where Gabriel Prokofiev’s Non Classical label was launching an EP. Craft beer and burgers, a young crowd, a bookish, cool, welcoming ambience to the pub and a gig – for that’s what it was – split into four 20-minute sets. There was animated chat before and after each, but silence during the music. It was a total, communal, experience that felt like it had a real value to everyone there. The music might have been new to most of the audience, but they engaged with it in a rapt, appreciative and respectful way. … [Read more...] about Don’t apologise for classical music’s complexity – that’s its strength
“None of the other parts of the Fairfax business are worth anything without the journalism and yet it is the journalism that Fairfax always cuts. The editorial staff are really angry. They think the company has made a terrible decision that is not in the best interests of the company, its audience or its staff.” … [Read more...] about Fairfax journalists go on strike for a week and plan to miss federal budget