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Car industry issues fresh Brexit warning as one-year countdown looms

With one year to go until the UK departs the EU, the trade association for the car sector has issued a fresh ferocious Brexit warning, cautioning that a cliff edge – even after the agreed transition period – would be disastrous for one of Britain’s most important industries.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said on Wednesday that while the recently established transition deal between the UK and the EU “provides some welcome breathing space” the industry still needs to see rapid progress and clarity on many fronts.
The UK’s continued ability to trade freely with the EU – which is its largest trading partner – is essential, the SMMT said, but so are the local conditions under which manufacturers and developers operate.
Read more UK car production slides as Brexit erodes confidence “Business rates, capital allowances and energy costs, for instance, must all be globally competitive; training and skills for a productive workforce must focus on new technologies and..

UK employers become slightly more confident about hiring, survey shows

A survey conducted before the Brexit transition deal was struck shows 28 per cent of businesses felt more confident about hiring workers
UK employers turned slightly more confident about hiring staff between December and February, according to a survey conducted before Britain struck a Brexit transition deal between the European Union.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said 28 per cent of companies expected to become more confident about hiring workers, compared with 19 per cent who said less.
The survey of 600 companies was conducted between 24 November and 28 February.
Read more Number of EU workers actively searching for jobs drops since Brexit This month Brussels agreed a political, if not yet legal, deal to let Britain stay in the bloc’s single market – but without a vote – for 21 months after Brexit next March.
“The announcement that EU workers who arrive in the transition period can stay is a positive step, but businesses need to know what access they’ll..

Personal Health: Is It Time to Give Up on Fish Oil?

Supported by Well Is It Time to Give Up on Fish Oil? Photo Credit Paul Rogers About 15 years ago, when my cholesterol level began an inexplicable climb, I tried a slew of suggested dietary remedies that included eating more fish, along with a daily supplement of fish oil, which research at the time suggested would help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Alas, my body disdained my efforts and I finally had to take a statin. But I continued to follow a heart-healthy diet laden with vegetables and fish and took 1,200 milligrams of fish oil every night.
I now suspect that those thousands of gel-covered capsules I’ve swallowed over the years may have done little more than enrich the pockets of supplement producers and sellers. A number of extensive analyses have been conducted, some supporting and others refuting the value of fish oils to the cardiovascular system, along with studies of other purported health benefits that also have had mixed results.
The supplements contain omega-3 fa..

Global Health: Grindr App to Offer H.I.V. Test Reminders

Supported by Health Grindr App to Offer H.I.V. Test Reminders Photo Jack Harrison-Quintana, Grindr’s director for equality, said that the company hoped testing reminders would both slow H.I.V. transmission and reduce the stigma of being tested. Credit Mark Makela for The New York Times In an effort to shrink the global AIDS epidemic, the world’s largest gay dating app is changing its software this week to urge millions of users to get frequent H.I.V. tests.
Grindr, which claims to have 3.3 million daily users from every country in the world, will send men who opt into the service a reminder every three to six months, and simultaneously point them to the nearest testing site. It will also let clinics, gay community centers and other testing sites advertise for free.
The company is making the move to “reduce H.I.V. transmission and support our whole community — regardless of H.I.V. status — in living long and fulfilling lives,” said Jack Harrison-Quintana, Grindr’s director for equa..

Bank financing of extreme fossil fuel soars, according to damning report

Shareholders must press banks to stop financing projects that will long term harm their businesses, not to mention the planet and everyone on it
Through the projects they fund, banks are some of the most environmentally destructive businesses on the planet.
The annual report by a group of non profit organisations makes this very clear. “Banking on Climate Change,” has found that financing for extreme fossil fuels – in other words the really nasty stuff – surged to a staggering $115bn (£81bn) in 2017.
It’s all the more disappointing given that the previous year (2016 when the Paris Climate Agreement was signed) had seen progress with a fall to $104bn from $126bn.
Read more Oil prices open above $70 on heightened Middle East tensions Shell and Eni accused of 'serious negligence' on Nigerian oil spill Public listing of Saudi oil company may be delayed until 2019 According to the report “no bank has yet truly aligned its business plan with the Paris Climate Agreement, wh..