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UK: Wildlife campaigners demand legal right for equal access to nature

UK: Wildlife campaigners demand legal right for equal access to nature

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Wildlife campaigners in the UK will be reportedly urging the government to allow legal entitlement in equal accessibility to nature and green spaces across the country.

Under the plans set by over 60 nature, health, planning, and equality organizations, NGOs and communities will be able to take local authorities to court if they fail to provide healthy green spaces.

Organizations have argued that despite having strong evidence showing how accessible, nature-rich spaces can boost one's mental and physical being, and also reducing mortality, one out of three citizens in England are unable to access nature near their own homes.

Increasing threat of flash floods in London calls for immediate action

Increasing threat of flash floods in London calls for immediate action

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As the possibility of large flash floods reportedly grows in London as a result of climate change, there is now a serious threat of people drowning.

The threat is terribly severe, as per a report released by a London Councils taskforce this month, since there is no cohesive strategy or authority in place to deal with the city's growing flood threat.

The report claims that more than a month's worth of rain poured in London in an hour for several days during the citywide disruption that hit last July when heavy downpour swept through London on numerous instances.

On the 12th of July, for instan

Singapore approves merger between Korean Air and Asiana Airlines

Singapore approves merger between Korean Air and Asiana Airlines

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Korean Air Lines Co., South Korea’s largest flag carrier and airline, has announced that it has won regulatory approval from Singapore to move ahead with its merger with Asiana Airlines Inc., thereby expediting acquisition of its smaller domestic competitor.

Last year, Korean Air presented documents to antitrust regulators in 14 nations for evaluation of its business acquisition with Asiana.

As of today, the firm had obtained approval for collaboration from seven nations, namely Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Malaysia, along with the Philippines. Meanwhile, China, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, t

S Korea: Retail sales surged last year as people got ready to go out

S Korea: Retail sales surged last year as people got ready to go out

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Consumers in South Korea reportedly bought more clothes and bags in 2021, having spent mostly on home appliances, furniture, and cars in 2020 during the first year of the pandemic, as per Statistics Korea.

As COVID-19 persisted and kept people at home, furniture and home appliance businesses have been thriving in the past two years, while shoe shops continue seeing sluggish sales.

According to the latest statistics, the retail sales index grew by 5.5% in 2021, signifying that there was a 5.5% increase in the amount of goods sold to end consumers.

Sales of semi-durable products that are cheaper than d

Norway: Equinor LNG plant faces new delay in restarting production

Norway: Equinor LNG plant faces new delay in restarting production

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Norwegian state-owned energy company Equinor’s LNG plant in Hammerfest has reportedly faced a further delay to restart production. The production had stopped after a fire broke out at the plant in September 2020, raising concerns over safety practices.

According to reports, initially operations were scheduled to restart on March 31st. However, with the fresh delay, they are now expected to resume from May 17th, a delay of six weeks from the previous date.

Grete Haaland, Senior VP at Equinor, stated that the firm had been working systematically to ensure delivery of the established plan, but requires more time as per the challenges

UK: Private rents rise at record rate with high tenant demand in London

UK: Private rents rise at record rate with high tenant demand in London

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Private rents in Britain are reportedly rising at a record fast rate, adding further strain on households amid the cost-of-living crisis.

Rents in London are higher than what they were before the start of the pandemic, reaching an all-time high, having bounced back after a surge in demand as employees made a slow return to their workplaces and more International students looked for a place to live in the city.

Outside London as well, rent has increased by 9.9% from that of last year, according to real-estate website Rightmove, as tenants jostle for properties for their post-pandemic life.

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Uber forays further into Australia with Car Next Door acquisition

Uber forays further into Australia with Car Next Door acquisition

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Uber Technologies, Inc., the American mobility as a service provider, has reportedly announced that it has acquired Car Next Door, a Sydney based startup, for an unknown amount.

Car Next Door, launched 2012, is a car-sharing service that provides renters with quick access to cars while also generating income for vehicle owners, making it considerably easy to spin any car into a rented vehicle. The service is available throughout Australia, with cars listed in Brisbane, Sydney, Launceston, Melbourne, Cairns, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, and Newcastle.

Uber aims to provide Australians with a simple, cost-effective, as we

UK: Mastercard fined £31.5m for operating pre-paid card cartels

UK: Mastercard fined £31.5m for operating pre-paid card cartels

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UK regulator, Payment Systems Regulator (PSR), has reportedly fined five firms a total of £33 million ($44 million) for practicing in cartel-like behavior wherein they agreed not to compete or poach customers off each other for pre-paid cards.

Local authorities use pre-paid cards for distributing welfare payments to vulnerable people, such as the homeless, domestic violence victims, and asylum seekers.

Through its investigation, which was launched back in October 2017, PSR found that Mastercard, Advanced Payment Solutions (APS), allpay, Sulion, and Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) were breaking the competition law.

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Stellantis slashes electric MPV prices after axing ICE variants

Stellantis slashes electric MPV prices after axing ICE variants

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Automobile brands Citroën, Peugeot, and Vauxhall have reportedly cut prices of their electric MPVs, after having removed their more affordable combustion variants from their portfolio, to make the EV offerings appear more attractive to customers.

Part of the automotive corporation Stellantis, the three carmakers will be removing all ICE versions of MPVs from sale in Europe as part of the group’s shift towards all-electric power.

The decision was announced in separate statements by Peugeot, Citroën, and Vauxhall; with its sister brand Opel, which sell the technically identical MPV models; Combo, Berlingo, and Partner resp