Mainhardt said the World Bank’s provision of assistance to the Guyanese government and general budget support allowed it to get around its pledge not to finance upstream oil and gas projects. The country’s rulers were then free to use the money to finance oil development directly, he said. … [Read more...] about Anger over World Bank’s $55m pledge to Guyana’s fossil fuel industry
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"To hold on to the UK's global lead in offshore wind, it's vital that we maintain this momentum. We must ensure that the crucial legislation going through Parliament right now - the Energy Bill - sets a rock-solid framework to encourage investment in renewables." … [Read more...] about London Array becomes world’s largest windfarm as last turbine comes online
Brighton & Hove city council is using all the additional powers it can to counter HMOs in the worst-affected parts of the city, with more proposals in the pipeline. For example, there will be a limit on HMOs by street, no sandwiching of family homes by HMOs, and a limit of 20% HMOs in wider areas. If the plan goes ahead “it would be the most rigorous policy country-wide”, said Councillor Hill. The council’s evidence from current HMO licensing “shows that almost 90% of properties required improvements to ensure they were fit and safe for occupation”. … [Read more...] about Town v gown: is the student boom wrecking communities?
The meeting saw ICA director Ekow Eshun explain that a staff bill of £2.5m will have to be reduced by £1m for the organisation to survive. Without a wholesale restructuring, he argued, the ICA could be the first major British cultural organisation to fall victim to the recession. … [Read more...] about ICA warns staff it could close by May
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