Brits enjoy cheap pints before second lockdown

first_imgA server wearing a face mask or covering due to the Covid-19 pandemic, pours a pint of Camden Pale Ale inside a pub in Mayfair, London on November 3, 2020.DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS | AFP | Getty Images A pub offering up to 50 percent off alcohol for drinkers in Soho, London, ahead of a national lockdown for England from Thursday.Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images Laura Martindale, manager of The Rocket public house in Whiston, pours away spoilt beer that has gone off after the pub was placed into tier three and now faces a four week lockdown ahead of a national lockdown for England from ThursdayPeter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images A sign outside a pub reads ‘ Never too late to pop in for the last pint before lockdown’ on November 4, 2020 in London, England. Non-essential businesses, including pubs and restaurants, will be forced to close from Thursday, Nov 5, following a new national lockdown in England.Peter Summers/Getty Images “Cask conditioned beer will not last, so any beer that will not have been sold by the time the pubs are shut will have to be thrown away, simple as that. And the logic is we’d be better off selling it than throwing it away,” he said.The British Beer and Pub Association, a trade association representing brewers and pubs in the U.K. (and there are over 47,000 pubs in the country), estimated back in May that during the U.K.’s first lockdown in March as many as 70 million pints of British beer would have been destroyed due to closures.The association described it at the time as “heart-breaking to see so much British beer, brewed with supreme skill and care, poured away rather than enjoyed in pubs across the U.K.” LONDON — Many Brits headed out to enjoy their last trip to a pub for at least a month on Wednesday, with some offering cut-price pints of beer before a second lockdown kicked in.Pubs across the country slashed the price of draught beer before lockdown began at 00:01 a.m. local time on Nov. 5. Some offered pints for as little as 95 or 99 pence ($1.28) in a bid to get rid of their stocks rather than pouring it down the drain, literally.Wetherspoons, the U.K.’s largest national pub chain and already known for its cheap drinks menu, was among those offering pints of ale for 99 pence in a bid to avoid wastage before the lockdown — which is forcing pubs, restaurants, leisure centers and gyms in England to close for a month. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Some brewers found other ways to use the beer including feed for anaerobic digesters to create organic fertilizer for farming, the association noted, as well as beer reused as animal feed.The second lockdown is due to last until Dec. 2, depending on how effective it is at lowering the country’s coronavirus infection rate. The U.K. currently has the third-highest infection count in Europe after France and Spain, with just over 1 million reported cases of Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data. On Oct. 31, U.K. government data showed the seven-day average number of cases stood at 22, 329.As infections started to rise in September, pubs, bars and restaurants were forced by the government to close at 10 p.m. and table service became obligatory.The British Beer and Pub Association is among industry groups calling for more support from the government, including requesting tax cuts for the hospitality sector, employment support and business grants.It has warned that almost a quarter of pub and hospitality industry members believe they could go out of business before the end of the year without government help.The Stonegate Pub Company owns over 700 pubs and bars nationwide in the U.K. and it also announced a three-day sale of all cask ale earlier this week, with pints for 95 pence across its venues.Managing Director Helen Charlesworth lambasted the government ahead of the English lockdown, issuing a statement that “once again, the hospitality industry is being told to bear the financial brunt of further regulations in the Government’s response to Covid-19.”“Given the short notice, this 95p pint sale is to ensure minimal wastage of product across our estate.” – Advertisement – The deal only applied to cask ales, not lager, ciders or wines which can keep, Wetherspoons’ spokesman Eddie Gershon told CNBC Wednesday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

IMO Members Agree on 50 Pct GHG Emissions Cut

first_imgCountries attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting in London agreed to require the shipping sector to reduce its emissions by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008.“Today’s commitment by governments to require international shipping to decarbonize and at least halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is a welcome and potentially game-changing development,” the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) has said.“But the lack of any clear plan of action to deliver the emissions reductions, including urgently needed short-term measures, is a major concern, according to the group of NGOs with observer status at the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO).”Specifically, the following objectives were agreed: to strengthen design requirements for each ship type, a relative reduction of 40 percent by 2030, and by 2050, global shipping shall reduce its CO2 emissions by at least 50 percent compared with 2008 and subsequently head for a complete phase-out.“Achieving these goals will be a major task and will require massive research and development efforts, as we will eventually have to use alternative fuels resulting in zero emissions at all. With the clear reduction target in mind, the shipping industry is ready to work towards the goal, and Danish Shipping will particularly engage in the development of alternative fuels,” says Maria Skipper Schwenn, Executive Director at Danish Shipping.The target falls short of the 70-100 pct cut by 2050 that is needed to align shipping with the goals of the Paris agreement.The CSC said progressive states must now use the words “at least” to keep the pressure on for full decarbonization by 2050 so as to avoid the catastrophic climate change that a temperature increase of more than 1.5°C would bring.“The IMO should and could have gone a lot further but for the dogmatic opposition of some countries led by Brazil, Panama, Saudi Arabia. Scant attention was paid to US opposition. So this decision puts shipping on a promising track. It has now officially bought into the concept of decarbonization and the need to deliver in-sector emission reductions, which is central to fulfilling the Paris agreement,” Bill Hemmings, shipping director at Transport & Environment, said.“We have an important agreement, and this level of ambition will ultimately require a sector-wide shift to new fuels and propulsion technologies, but what happens next is crucial. The IMO must move swiftly to introduce measures that will cut emissions deeply and quickly in the short-term. Without these the goals of the Paris agreement will remain out of reach,”John Maggs, president of the CSC and senior policy advisor at Seas At Risk, said.BIMCO, the world’s largest international shipping association, said it was very satisfied with the Green House Gas (GHG) strategy adopted by IMO today.“It is a landmark achievement in the effort to reduce emissions, and something that every other industry should look to for inspiration,” Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary-General and delegate at the IMO meeting, commented.“In BIMCO we believe that the industry can deliver on this target – even if we don’t exactly know how, yet.“Now we have to focus on the mid-to-long term. We have to find the technology and procedures that will drive us towards zero GHG emissions,” he added.  BIMCO sees zero carbon emissions as a realistic goal for the second half of this century, but investments in research and technology are required to get there.last_img read more

Brazil to become testing ground for coronavirus vaccine

first_imgCOVID-19 has already killed 65,000 people in Brazil, the second worst-hit nation after the United States. REUTERS The leaders for two of the most advanced vaccine projects – one from Oxford University, in partnership with AstraZeneca labs, and one from China’s Sinovac – will carry out Phase Three tests, the last one before the drug is approved, on thousands of Brazilian volunteers. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the Latin American nation – a situation underlined when President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive on Tuesday – creating the necessary conditions for testing a vaccine’s efficiency. RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil may be struggling in its battle against the coronavirus, but it is on the cutting edge of vaccine development with large-scale trials and the production of millions of doses on the horizon.center_img Brazil is renowned for its expertise in vaccines, which it produces on a large scale in public institutes. If the vaccine passes the clinical trials, Brazil will be entitled to produce 70 million additional doses at an estimated cost of $2.30 each. (AFP)last_img read more

DVD rental stations added to several dorms

first_imgStudents have started to check out movies from DVD Rental Stations in New/North and the Pardee Tower lobbies, as movies were put in the weekend before last.The stations, which were added over winter break, came as part of a USG initiative from USG President Chris Cheng’s platform. Movies cost $2 per night to rent and a credit card is required to check one out.Choices · Breanna Golin, an undeclared freshman, checks out a movie from the DVD rental station at Pardee Tower. Another kiosk is located in New/North lobby. – Gina Hernandez | Daily Trojan “It’s nice having it there because a lot of time we want to watch movies in the dorms, and it has a lot of brand new releases,” said Jessyka Linton, a freshman majoring in political science who lives in the South side. “I’m excited to start renting movies from it. Hopefully it’ll also start taking USC IDs instead of debit cards in the future, because that’d make it more convenient.”Tim Sae Koo, USG Director of Student Affairs, coordinated the effort with USC Housing.“Our President and Vice President [Nehi Ogbevoen] ran with the platform that was to put one in each side of campus — Southside, New/North, Parkside and the West side, Webb and Fluor — in central locations there to make them accessible to all students living on campus,” Sae Koo said.During the 2009-10 school year, there was a rental station in New/North, which was taken out last semester because of renovations.“During winter break, they installed one in Pardee and Marks and one in New/North,” Sae Koo said. “Right now, they are seeing how well the response is. If it’s positive, USC housing will go from there, based on student feedback, to put one in Parkside and one in the Westside.”Cheng said he was excited to see this part of his platform put into effect.“Our goal is always to make student life here convenient and enjoyable and to enhance the student experience,” Cheng said. “There are Redboxes at supermarkets —  there’s one at the Ralphs for students who live off-campus —  but there weren’t any convenient places for freshmen to go.”Sae Koo said that this was just one example of USG working with USC administration to improve student life.last_img read more