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little c
 10 Dec '17  18:41 : 0 recs

Good evening to you all! We trust that you had a good weekend, despite the snow! The FT leads this week with some editorial comment that plastics are suffocating life within our oceans.

"Companies worldwide need incentives to find less harmful substitutes."
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little c
 10 Dec '17  18:41 : 0 recs

Good evening to you all! We trust that you had a good weekend, despite the snow! The FT leads this week with some editorial comment that plastics are suffocating life within our oceans.

"Companies worldwide need incentives to find less harmful substitutes."
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little c
 10 Dec '17  18:41 : 0 recs

Good evening to you all! We trust that you had a good weekend, despite the snow! The FT leads this week with some editorial comment that plastics are suffocating life within our oceans.

"Companies worldwide need incentives to find less harmful substitutes."
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little c
 10 Dec '17  18:41 : 0 recs

Good evening to you all! We trust that you had a good weekend, despite the snow! The FT leads this week with some editorial comment that plastics are suffocating life within our oceans.

"Companies worldwide need incentives to find less harmful substitutes."
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little c
 10 Dec '17  18:41 : 0 recs

Good evening to you all! We trust that you had a good weekend, despite the snow! The FT leads this week with some editorial comment that plastics are suffocating life within our oceans.

"Companies worldwide need incentives to find less harmful substitutes."
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little c
 10 Dec '17  18:41 : 0 recs

Good evening to you all! We trust that you had a good weekend, despite the snow! The FT leads this week with some editorial comment that plastics are suffocating life within our oceans.

"Companies worldwide need incentives to find less harmful substitutes."
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little c
 10 Dec '17  18:41 : 0 recs

Good evening to you all! We trust that you had a good weekend, despite the snow! The FT leads this week with some editorial comment that plastics are suffocating life within our oceans.

"Companies worldwide need incentives to find less harmful substitutes."
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little c
 07 Dec '17  07:43 : 0 recs

Science should be better taught at schools.
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little c
 06 Dec '17  05:33 : 0 recs

Good morning! The Telegraph leads today with some editorial on how Motability is the perfect example of how the private sector can deliver a public service:

"Forty years ago today, an idea was born that was to transform the lives of disabled people and their families. On December 6, 1977 David Ennals, then social services secretary in the Labour government, announced the formation of a new body to administer the mobility allowance paid to the disabled, to give them the flexibility that goes with owning a car rather than the unsafe, three-wheeler trikes previously used by disabled people. The idea was Motability. Today, the charity oversees the biggest car fleet in Europe, with 620,000 vehicles currently on the road, many of them specially adapted. Over the years it has provided some 4.5 million cars, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs and given users the opportunity to have a normal life. Motability was a cross-party venture established by the late Lord Goodman, a Labour lawyer, and Lord Sterling of Plaistow, a Conservative peer who remains active in the House of Lords ... "
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little c
 05 Dec '17  19:32 : 0 recs

Good evening to you all! We trust that all is well with all of you today. Alistair, Jason, Sydney, Guest and everyone else reading Charles4, thank you. The Guardian view on rail privatisation is that it is going off the tracks. Twenty years after rail privatisation was completed, passengers put up with late, expensive and frequently overcrowded services. The state should run a few train firms so private companies would be forced to up their game.

"There are few more annoying issues for the great British public than their railways. While some cities and towns have seen stations spruced up, the public suffer from often late, expensive and frequently overcrowded train services. While the cack-handed rollout of infrastructure improvements has led to cancellations and delays on the network, commuters saw ticket prices rise at twice the rate of their wages between 2010 and 2016. Tuesday’s news that rail passengers will be hit by the largest fare hikes in five years next month will do nothing but confirm the view that the public are being taken for a ride. The situation, it seems, is one where private companies reap the benefits, while passengers bear the costs.

Ministers shouldn’t allow this state of affairs to continue. The reason for their apparent inability to sort out the railways is that the Conservative party drove through the privatisation of British Rail two decades ago for largely ideological reasons. Ministers still believe that only competition and private sector fizz will make the railways profitable and customer-friendly. However, last week the transport secretary was forced to bail out a joint venture led by Stagecoach with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. Their franchise on the east coast mainline between London and Scotland had pledged to pay the Treasury around £3bn to run the service until 2023. Now it will be replaced by a “public-private partnership” in 2020, despite track upgrades and new rolling stock. In exiting early, the Stagecoach-Virgin venture could end up paying the taxpayer approximately £1bn – about a third of what it promised – and around the same amount the service earned when it was operated by a public sector firm. There is a good case to return more train operating companies to state hands. Three in four voters, disillusioned by high prices and poor service, back renationalising the railways. Many train lines in Britain are run by state-backed European rail firms. So why not in Britain? Ministers’ plans to make train operators and the state-owned Network Rail work together is a tacit recognition that splitting the management of trains from tracks in the 1990s was wrong. The dogma of free markets has been shaken by taxpayer-funded rescues. Nobel laureate Maurice Allais thought the state should run a few firms in each industry to make private companies up their game. It’d be a good time to test that thesis on Britain’s railways."
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little c
 28 Nov '17  20:31 : 0 recs

Where's my Jag', Jim?
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little c
 28 Nov '17  08:39 : 0 recs

Yes, yes and yes!
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little c
 27 Nov '17  15:27 : 0 recs

Yes!
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little c
 27 Nov '17  10:20 : 0 recs

How are you plannjng to transport these ideas into five year plans, Jason?
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Lord Byron
 26 Nov '17  07:57 : 0 recs

Amazing ideas and five year plans eh
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Slightly Optimistic
 25 Nov '17  07:02 : 0 recs

Ah, hopes of OBOR.
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Lord Byron
 24 Nov '17  19:07 : 0 recs

Always, always.
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Slightly Optimistic
 23 Nov '17  20:38 : 0 recs

Any other big ticket sales from the West?
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Lord Byron
 23 Nov '17  17:50 : 0 recs

You simply must buy me presents for inside intel old chap
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Slightly Optimistic
 23 Nov '17  17:39 : 0 recs

Big ticket sales in the global economy.

China ‘needs 6,100 passenger jets over next 20 years’
by 2036, the nation’s combined fleet of passenger jets will hit the 7,000 mark, from the current level of 2,818
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In 2016 Chinese airlines bought a total of 300 planes.

China is poised to overtake the United States as the world’s largest civil aviation market in two years’ time.

While on a spree buying planes from the two firms [*Boeing and Airbus], Beijing also aims to meet the buoyant demand with jets made at home. . . the nation’s first domestically made narrow-body passenger jet, is undergoing tests with the aim of entering commercial service within three to five years. Chinese airlines have placed more than 160 firm orders already.

Beijing is also joining hands with Moscow for the joint development of a wide-bodied model called the CR929, whose initial external design was unveiled last year.
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