She added that the resources governance project “is aligned with the World Bank’s 2017 One Planet summit announcement that the [World Bank Group] will no longer finance upstream oil and gas, but will continue to help client countries strengthen transparency, governance, institutional capacity, and the energy regulatory environment, including oil and gas.” … [Read more...] about Anger over World Bank’s $55m pledge to Guyana’s fossil fuel industry
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Somersault (1999), his first novel after the Nobel, was published in UK paperback last year. Though it was begun before the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway by the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday group, there are deliberate parallels between Aum and the novel's apocalyptic cult, whose leader, Patron, has painfully disavowed his faith to avert a nuclear terrorist attack by followers. Some British reviewers thought the novel rambling at almost 600 pages, comparing it unfavourably with Haruki Murakami's non-fiction Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche (1997). But Fredric Jameson in the London Review of Books admired its "'late-style' simplicity, like the architectonics of a Bruckner symphony". Its translator Philip Gabriel, professor of modern Japanese literature at the University of Arizona, says Oë's exploration of a cult leader "living with the emotional consequences of renouncing his faith" resonates powerfully with the Japanese who lived through the war and … [Read more...] about In the forest of the soul
Replies came in from St Andrews; Aberdeen (“it is all but impossible for most sorts of retail to thrive” in student areas); Bath (very disappointed with lack of controls imposed by the local authority); Birmingham (HMOs should be shared by students and young professionals); Bournemouth (where student-resident relations, with the help of the students union, are far better than elsewhere); Brighton (the council wants to impose the strictest conditions in Britain on HMOs); Canterbury (lowest rate of owner occupation in the UK at 43%); Chester (furious about lack of residents’ representation on the issue); Coventry (where the university has grown so fast it has campuses in London and, 160 miles away, in Scarborough); Durham (where residents feel so hard done by they “often quote St Andrews as our future”); Leamington Spa (a huge rise in student numbers); Leeds (residents outnumbered two to one by students in Headingley); Manchester (barely believable … [Read more...] about Town v gown: is the student boom wrecking communities?
There are, in fact, plenty of eco-friendly options: Roar Gill's capsules are suitable for composting and cost about £17.50 for 40. Toast Coffee's are the same price and can be thrown in your garden waste. Lost Sheep capsules, £3.95 for ten pods, are made from bark. … [Read more...] about How George Clooney’s Nespresso coffee leaves a VERY bitter taste: JANE FRYER on the troubling aspects of the trendy brew from beans picked by child labour to capsules that are an eco-disaster