News story: Government funds bus industry to improve air quality

first_img Coventry £2,517,500 131 Bristol £2,448,330 166 We are committed to driving down emissions across all modes of transport, and I’m delighted to see the bus industry putting itself at the forefront of this. This £25m investment will help the sector work towards the continued acceleration of low emission buses and a 100% low emission bus fleet in England and Wales. Liverpool £2,520,643 129 West Midlands £2,987,750 222 This boost will support the 2017 UK Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations, which sets out how councils with the worst levels of air pollution at busy road junctions and hotspots will take robust action.Transport Minister Jesse Norman said: Newcastle £379,600 23 Oxford £671,550 37 Local Authority Sum awarded Number of buses Manchester £2,994,000 176 Total £25,270,264.00 1817 Sheffield £3,000,000 160 Gateshead £230,750 13 West Yorkshire £2,975,875 179 Leicester £983,250 53 The government confirmed today that it will be supporting 14 local authorities through a £25 million funding boost to the Clean Bus Technology Fund. The fund, which was launched in 2017, looks to support projects to upgrade buses with technology to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions in areas with poor air quality.This extra cash injection follows last year’s £40 million grant to 20 local authorities, which allowed councils to work with bus companies and technology providers to bring buses up to low emission standards.Existing fund recipients were invited to apply for funding to extend their projects earlier this year, with all applicant bids successfully confirmed.Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: South Tyneside £133,952 8 Government is working closely with 61 English local authorities, and has placed legal duties on them – underpinned by £495 million in funding – to tackle their nitrogen dioxide exceedances.By the end of this year, all local authorities will have carried out studies and, where appropriate, developed or be developing bespoke plans tailored to the nature of the nitrogen dioxide problem in their own local area.Authorities supported Essex £387,064 20 I am delighted to announce a further £25 million to retrofit 1,817 buses through the Clean Bus Technology Fund. We all know that air pollution is the top environmental risk to health in the UK. Nitrogen dioxide emissions must be lowered if we want to ensure cleaner and healthier air across the country. Local authorities are the best placed to introduce systems that work for their areas, which is why we are working closely with them to ensure they have the appropriate funding and support. London £3,000,000 500last_img read more

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Louis van Gaal advises Matthijs de Ligt to snub Man Utd and sign for Barcelona or Man City

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Matthijs de Ligt is coveted by a number of Europe’s biggest clubs (Picture: REX)Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Matthijs de Ligt should sign for either Manchester City or Barcelona should he leave Ajax this summer.The 19-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s most coveted young players and enhanced his reputation with another solid showing at the heart of the Dutch side’s defence during last night’s 1-1 draw against Juventus.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to oversee a major overhaul of United’s first team squad this summer with defensive reinforcements likely to be his top priority.Van Gaal insists, however, it is imperative that De Ligt signs for a club where he is guaranteed to be playing regularly and believes Barcelona and City are his best two options.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Barcelona have already secured the signing of Frenkie de Jong (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘De Ligt at Juventus? I think De Ligt can play in any competition,’ he told Ziggo Sport .‘In Italy they are the masters of defense, so he can best develop there. If I had the chance I would go to Barcelona.‘They have central defenders who are not too good, so he will play there. Or I would go to Manchester City. I don’t think the central defenders are that great either, so he’ll play there too.’Barcelona have already committed to paying Ajax £72million for De Ligt’s teammate Frenkie de Jong and are expected to conduct a major clearout this summer which could see as many as 11 players depart.Arsenal have registered an interest in France international Samuel Umtiti, who has lost his place in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI to his compatriot Clement Lenglet.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Louis van Gaal advises Matthijs de Ligt to snub Man Utd and sign for Barcelona or Man City Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Apr 2019 10:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link163Shareslast_img read more

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How LA will become the ‘it’ city in sports with NBA All-Star Game announcement

first_imgThat was essentially guaranteed the moment the NFL green lighted the Rams move back to Los Angeles last January, and with it approval of the sports and entertainment mecca Rams owner Stan Kroenke is building in Inglewood.Calling the new Rams home a football stadium is like saying Staples Center is just a place fans gather to watch basketball games.Just like Staples Center – which is the anchor to the thriving LA Live entertainment complex – Kroenke’s stadium will be the focal point of a year-round sports and entertainment hub.And very soon after it opens in 2019, it will lure the Super Bowl back in the region that kicked it all off back in 1967.“What a potentially great location,” New York Giants owner Steve Tisch said.Tisch should know.In his other life, he’s a Hollywood producer – he gave us Risky Business, among other films – and he’s a long-time L.A. resident. Few in the NFL understand L.A. and the entertainment possibilities it offers better than Tisch, who has long contemplated how to incorporate some of the excitement and glamor of a venue like Staples Center into an NFL experience.“Can we ever, in an NFL stadium, create the excitement or the equivalent of Lakers floor seats, (New York) Knicks floor seats?” Tisch said. “I think we can. I think it’s doable.”Much like AEG’s Phil Anschutz did by turning a forgotten slice of downtown L.A. into one of Southern California’s premier attractions – Tisch believes Kroenke will figure out how to tap into the glamor elements of L.A. at his new football stadium and entertainment center. “I think Stan is going to capture all of that excitement,” Tisch said.The entertainment industry is catching on.Almost from the moment the Rams were approved for relocation, Tisch has fielded call after call from his movie industry friends and colleagues about how to get on board with L.A.’s newest toy.“There’s a tremendous amount of interest and enthusiasm and excitement within the entertainment business for the Rams and the NFL returning after 20 years,” said Tisch, who has been busy trying to connect friends and business associates with the Rams for tickets.But NFL football is just one part – albeit a huge one – of the Rams return to L.A. and potentially the Chargers or Raiders joining them in a year or so.Staples Center has been in business since 1999, and by 2018 it will have hosted three NBA All-Star games, the Grammy Awards, the NCAA basketball tournament regional, a Democratic Convention and countless concerts and big events.Get used to even bigger events coming to L.A. once the Rams christen their new stadium in Inglewood.By putting a roof on his venue, Kroenke hopes to bring the NCAA Basketball Finals, the National Championship football game and the World Cup to Los Angeles.It’ll be a steady stream of events – both at LA Live and Inglewood – that will keep L.A. as busy and entertained as ever.It city, indeed. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error And get used to it, L.A.We’re about to be the “it” city.The NHL All-Star is coming in 2017. Followed by the NBA’s yearly mid-February showcase in 2018. And the city seems whole-heartedly behind an Olympics 2024 bid.The Super Bowl will soon return to the city that originally gave birth to the biggest single sports event in the entire world.When National Football League owners gather two months from now in North Carolina, it’s a near certainty they will chose Los Angeles as the site of the 2020 or 2021 Super Bowls.center_img The greatest basketball stars in the world will return to Los Angeles in 2018 for their annual mid-season classic, and once again downtown L.A. will magically transform into one big giant NBA, entertainment industry and fan block party.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will make the official announcement Tuesday at Staples Center before the Lakers take the floor against the Memphis Grizzlies. It’ll be the glitz and glamor of Hollywood mixed with basketball’s royalty to create one of the great weekend spectacles in sports. Welcome back, NBA All-Star game.last_img read more

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Sanford kicks off GOP challenge of Trump

first_imgJOHNSTON — Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford announced today that he is challenging President Trump’s bid for reelection. Sanford said during a recent trip to Iowa that it’s time for a debate about what it means to be a Republican.“As a Republican Party, we’ve lost some of our ways,” Sanford said.Sanford questions Trump’s embrace of protectionism when it comes to trade and Sanford said Trump is leading the party to disregard scientific evidence that the climate is changing.“As to my primary beef, I think it is, in fact, the degree to which he has called himself ‘The King of Debt’ and has led the party in the wrong direction on debt and spending,” Sanford said.Sanford has been a long-time supporter of tougher immigration measures, including construction of a wall along the southern border and penalties against businesses who hire people who entered the country illegally. According to Sanford, Trump “is good at recognizing problems,” but tends to make situations worse.“And I think there are real questions of tone and humility and adherence to truth that I think cause people to doubt what he says next,” Sanford said, “which then undermines our standing in the world and domestically.”Sanford made his comments during this weekend’s “Iowa Press” program on Iowa Public Television. Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld have also said they intend to challenge Trump in GOP primaries and caucuses.last_img read more

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