Who’s on the move today? BBC Shirley Garrood will join the BBC board as a non-executive director and chair of the audit and risk committee in July. Shirley, former chief financial officer of Henderson Group, will replace Simon Burke when his term ends on 3 July. She joins on a four-year term. BBC chairman Sir David Clementi says: “I’m delighted that Shirley Garrood will be joining us on the board. Shirley brings with her a wealth of experience and I’m confident she’ll make a great contribution to the BBC. Shirley says: “I have always been a fan of BBC programmes, so I am thrilled to support the corporation as it aims to offer outstanding value for money in the digital age. I look forward to contributing to the future of the BBC as it informs, educates and entertains in ever changing times.” She was chief financial officer of Henderson, a FTSE 250 investment management company, from 2009 to 2013. She is senior independent director, deputy chair … [Read more...] about City Moves for 19 March – who’s switching jobs at the BBC, Hymans Robertson and Deezer?
In other news, recent developments in the proposed high-speed railway link between Helsinki and Tallinn have begun to gain traction in the international press, with particular attention being afforded to the fact that China’s state-owned companies are emerging as a major source of funding. Meanwhile, the revelation that self-driving buses will soon be hitting the street of Espoo and Helsinki was also the source of several pieces. Finland’s government just made its most popular move: to resign Bloomberg Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipila last week made the most popular decision of his four-year term: he resigned. A poll by the country’s biggest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, showed six in ten Finns backed his choice. That’s almost double the cabinet’s highest approval rating, 36 percent, attained shortly after it took office in 2015. Many of the government’s policies have been highly divisive: budget cuts, a labor pact to boost … [Read more...] about Government collapse, funding from China, and self-driving buses
Lisa Green Nerdwallet Published 6:00 AM EDT Mar 15, 2019 Michael Aminov-Tobin almost forgot a car insurance company was tracking his driving. He wasn’t paying extra attention to how fast he drove or how hard he hit his brakes. So he was astonished when the company offered to insure his 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo for $100 a month less than he’d been paying. “When it popped up with the price that it did, I was like, ‘Holy crap, that’s awesome!’” says Aminov-Tobin, 25, who operates a video production firm from his home near Columbus, Ohio. He benefited from a growing trend known as usage-based insurance, or UBI, in which auto insurance companies electronically monitor a customer’s driving and offer discounts in exchange. Where you get the best deals: Drivers in these states could see the biggest discount on car insurance if they switched Accident forgiveness: Why you should think twice before adding it onto your car insurance Such … [Read more...] about Car insurance safe driving discounts are cheaper but you lose privacy
Daniel Ricciardo's switch from Red Bull to Renault may have reduced his chances of a podium finish at the Australian Grand Prix, but isn't likely to diminish his support at the season-opening race. Australian Grand Prix chief executive Andrew Westacott said 100,000 fans could flock to the Albert Park circuit for Sunday's GP, and predicted a crowd exceeding 300,000 across four days. "The sales across corporate, grandstand and general admission are up about seven to eight percent on last year," Westacott said Wednesday at the F1 launch in downtown Melbourne, where thousands of people packed Federation Square for the introduction of the F1 teams and drivers for 2019. "Daniel makes a difference ... he's a hero. He's someone who people relate to." Ricciardo has played down his chances of challenging Mercedes and Ferrari after shifting to Renault this season but is promising to win fans with his driving. He narrowly missed out on becoming the first Australian driver to finish on the podium … [Read more...] about Formula 1: Ricciardo switch to Renault no deterrent for Aussie F1 fans
Steve Morris 16 March 2019 9:00 AM 16 March 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Toby Jones shuffles into the café in Clapham where we are meeting. He’s wearing a duffle coat and a hat and carrying a rucksack. He looks just like one of those unsung characters that he specialises in, the kind of person you don’t take much notice of unless you have to. Today we are talking about his new ‘vehicle’ (sorry), Don’t Forget the Driver. It’s an everyday tale of an everyday coach driver (Peter Green) from Bognor Regis, his daughter Kayla, who turns ennui into an artform, and mother Audrey, who’s going downhill fast with Alzheimer’s. It is going to twang the nation’s heartstrings. What makes it different is that it is Jones’s first go at writing a TV comedy — or co-writing one. He’s teamed up with Tim Crouch with whom, it turns out, he shares a love of coaches and … [Read more...] about Toby Jones on the allure of the everyman – and the glamour of coach-driving