Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University explains why bold market reform is needed to solve the problems of "basketcase Britain", before it is too late. He reflects on the success of the Commonwealth Games, held in Birmingham, particularly the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies and considers where the future of the Games – and the Commonwealth – might lie. And he shows how immigration is thriving in the wake of Brexit though points out that infrastructure planning must be tackled seriously and quickly.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office chart, with takings down 20% week-on-week. At #1 is tongue-in-cheek thriller Bullet Train, starring Brad Pitt, but it only took £2.9m in an extended weekend. With no other new films, James turned to streaming services. On Apple+ is Skydance Animation's Luck, with the voices of Simon Pegg and others. At times delightful, it ends up being a mixed bag, says James. He was more positive about Amazon Prime's 13 Lives in which director Ron Howard tells the true story of the cave rescue of a group of Thai schoolboys. Viggo Mortensen and Colin Farrell are among the cast.
Victoria Scholar of Interactive Investors explains why markets viewed the lastest US inflation numbers – softening to 8.5% – so positively. She discusses what might be expected from the UK's GDP figures. She explains why the current political uncertainty in the UK – with the two very different approaches espoused by the candidates – is making the country a difficult place to invest, suggesting that, for the time being, UK markets are in a holding pattern.
Steve Caplin tells Simon Rose of plans to create jet fuel from sunlight. Students have built an e-car that sucks CO2 from the air, there's a tech mattress to help with sleep, Google's new AR glasses, a way to use dead spiders to lift tiny objects, a wearable fitness tracker that detects Covid 2 days before symptoms appear and a faster, more efficient way to dig tunnels - with a big catch.
Opening the Lambeth Conference last week, Archbishop Justin drew his colleagues' attention to the ‘lions’ threatening humanity with attack, hostility, danger and uncertainty, summarising them as climate change, religious extremism, war and government oppression, economic injustice and poverty, and culture wars. His comments on science and technology were more circumspect, accepting their capacity to deliver solutions as well as to present challenges. It is, however, important to recognise how long-term and short-term motivations to tackle these challenges are so often in conflict. In a world where our actions today influence the long-term more acutely than at any time in history, we must re-balance our search for solutions in order to avoid the long-term being continually eclipsed by, and often sacrificed to, the short-term.
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The idea of the Bank of England raising base rate by 0.5% at the same time as warning about a long and painful recession would have been unthinkable a year ago. But things have dramatically changed and central banks are desperately trying to get a grip on runway inflation that just seems to keeo getting worse. Base rate has risen from 0.1% in December to 1.75% now and is set to keep climbing, but why trigger a recession to get inflation driven by outside forces under control. Georgie Frost, Tanya Jefferies and Simon Lambert discuss the rate rise and potential recession and what it means for borrowers, savers, the economy and our financial near future.
The U.S. private sector has added nearly 6 million jobs in the past year. Jason Moser and Matt Argersinger discuss the unemployment rate falling to 3.5%, demand for cold beverages driving Starbucks' latest quarter, PayPal getting back to basics, MercadoLibre's blowout earnings, and the latest from Cloudflare, Zillow, and Twilio. They then (19:45 mins in) analyse Amazon buying iRobot for $1.7 billion in cash, as well as Simon Property Group's latest results, Uber's record revenue in the 2nd quarter, eBay's surprisingly profitable business, and two stocks on their radar: Procore Technologies and Stanley Black & Decker. Sign up for Motley Fool's Stock Advisor at http://fool.com/foolfest and you’ll get a complimentary digital pass to their 2-day investing conference August 29 & 30 (If you're already a Motley Fool member looking for details on the conference, go here - http://foolfest.fool.com). Stocks discussed on the show: SBUX, PYPL, MELI, NET, Z, ZG, TWLO, AMZN, IRBT, SPG, UBER, EBAY, CMG, HD, PCOR, SWK. Host - Chris Hill; Guests - Jason Moser, Matt Argersinger
Our trilogy of smoking hypnosis programmes concludes with this brief episode, challenging the unconscious resort to a cigarette in stressful situations such as handling a difficult telephone call. It might help plant a seed for ideas to help cope with a variety of difficult times, and helps move those unconscious reactions into conscious choices for the better.
Eddie Alterman really likes cars. He is the Chief Brand Officer of Hearst Autos and was the editor-in-chief of Car & Driver. Alterman’s new podcast is called “Car Show! with Eddie Alterman”. He joined Ricky Mulvey to discuss why autonomous cars feel farther away today than in 2017, one way that Tesla could become the new Standard Oil, Ferrari’s strategy toward electric cars, why traditional carmakers may not get enough credit from investors, and Cadillacs with dry bars and LP record players. Host - Ricky Mulvey; Guest - Eddie Alterman
Adam Cox is joined by Robert Lyon, Managing Director of Playfair, to discuss the new law stating that landlords will legally need to provide a carbon monoxide alarm for their tenants from October 2022. Robert explains the dangers of carbon monoxide, and why it is so important to have an alarm, in addition to why a change in the law is being put into place. https://www.coalarmssavelives.com/
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