By Jon Zimney – February 26, 2020 2 446 Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Chloe Wiegand’s grandfather changes plea Google+ IndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Family of Chloe Wiegand announces lawsuit against Royal Caribbean/ Photo courtesy of ABC 57 News The Michiana grandfather accused of dropping his granddaughter from a cruise ship window will change his plea to guilty. Salvatore Anello was previously charged with negligent homicide following the death of Chloe Wiegand back in July. ABC 57 News reports Anello decided to change his plea one day after declining his right to a jury trial.The family’s attorney says the decision was a difficult one for Anello and the family, but because the plea agreement includes no jail time and no admission of facts, it was decided the deal was in the best interest of the family so they can go back to focusing on mourning Chloe. Anello initially alleged that he did not know the window was open on the Royal Carribean ship when Wiegand was dropped from the 11th floor.The cruise line alleges that Anello leaned out the window before he picked up the little girl and lifted her over a railing. Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleIllinois recreational marijuana sales net $10M in tax revenue in 1st monthNext articleDriver accused in deadly crash in court today Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
Twitter Google+ By Jon Zimney – September 16, 2020 1 521 IndianaLocalNews Facebook Pinterest Police: Goshen man arrested after beating wife, firing gun at man WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleTeenage girl pulled from Lake Michigan at Weko Beach has diedNext articleUniversity Park Mall to be closed on Thanksgiving Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter Google+ Pinterest (“Police car lights” by Scott Davidson, Attribution 2.0 Generic) A Goshen man has been arrested after police say he beat his wife and fired a gun at another man.Officers were called late Tuesday afternoon, Sep. 15, to the 500 block of Dewey Avenue, after receiving a 911 call from somebody asking for police.Officers arrived to find three people roughed up from a fight.Jose Francisco Medina, 42, was arrested and taken to the Elkhart County Jail.The victims were treated for moderate bodily injury including contusions, lacerations and bruising. Facebook
Facebook Warsaw man arrested for child pornography possession Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Twitter Previous articleClick It or Ticket campaign kicks off in St. Joseph CountyNext articleRecord-setting warm temperatures expected this weekend in Indiana Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) A Warsaw man suspected of possessing child pornography is in jail.Detectives with the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 43-year-old George Vincent Glaser on four such counts.This, after police received a tip from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which led to a search warrant served at a home in the 3200 block of East Old Colony Road in Warsaw.The Indiana State Police issued the following release regarding the arrest:Kosciusko County- On November 5, 2020, detectives with the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested a Kosciusko County man on alleged charges of possession of child pornography.The Indiana State Police ICACTF received a Cyber Tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip ultimately led to a search warrant being served on a residence in the 3200 block of East Old Colony Road, Warsaw, IN by the Indiana State Police with assistance from the Warsaw Police Department.As a result of the investigation, George Vincent Glaser, 43, was arrested and transported to the Kosciusko County Jail on the following preliminary charges:Charges:Four Counts: Possession of Child Pornography, Level 6 FelonyAnyone having any information related to cyber-crimes against children are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency or visit the NCMEC website at http://www.missingkids.com/cybertipline.The Indiana ICACTF was assisted by the Warsaw Police Department and Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s office. By Jon Zimney – November 6, 2020 1 352 IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp
Pinterest Twitter By Jon Zimney – November 11, 2020 8 1775 (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) Governor Eric Holcomb has signed Executive Order 20-48 to implement pandemic requirements for all Hoosiers and targeted restrictions for counties that have high levels of COVID-19.Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.“We must do all we can to protect our hospital capacity, so our health care professionals can protect and care for patients,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Not only for those who have COVID, but for the cancer patient, the heart patient, and the other Hoosier patients who need care in our urban, rural, and suburban hospitals all across the state of Indiana.”The Indiana Department of Health has established a color-coded county map that measures weekly cases per 100,000 residents and the seven-day positivity rate for all tests completed. Each county is assigned a color based on the average of scores for the two metrics. Restrictions are assigned based on the map, which is updated each Wednesday at www.coronavirus.in.gov.Click here for an in-depth description of the requirements for all Hoosiers and targeted restrictions for counties: https://www.in.gov/gov/files/Coronavirus_Response_Requirements.pdfAmong the requirements are:Blue: The county has low community spread.Social gatherings of any kind, indoor or outdoor, are limited to 250 people.A special, seasonal or commercial event for which more than 250 people will be in attendance, must submit a plan to the local health department at least seven days in advance and receive approval before proceeding. This requirement is effective Nov. 22.Yellow: The county has moderate community spread.Social gatherings of any kind, indoor or outdoor, are limited to 100 people.A special, seasonal or commercial event for which more than 100 people will be in attendance, must submit a plan to the local health department at least seven days in advance and receive approval before proceeding. This requirement is effective Nov. 22.Orange: The county’s community spread is approaching high levels. These requirements are in effect when a county reaches the Orange metric and remain until a county moves to Yellow or Blue for two straight weeks.Social gatherings of any kind, indoor or outdoor, are limited to 50 people.A special, seasonal or commercial event for which more than 50 people will be in attendance, must submit a plan to the local health department at least seven days in advance and receive approval before proceeding. College and professional sports are included. This requirement is effective Nov. 22.Red: The county has very high positivity and community spread. When a county is in the Red metric, these requirements remain in effect until the metric has returned to Orange or lower for two weeks.Social gatherings of any kind, indoor or outdoor, are limited to 25 people.A special, seasonal or commercial event for which more than 25 people will be in attendance, must submit a plan to the local health department at least seven days in advance and receive approval before proceeding. College and professional sports are included. This requirement is effective Nov. 22.Regardless of a county’s color code, face coverings are required for all Hoosiers. Businesses of all types are required to place clearly visible signs at their public and employee entrances notifying all that face coverings are required.All customers in restaurants and bars are required to be seated. Tables, counters, or other seating arrangements must be spaced six feet apart.The executive order takes effect on Sunday, Nov. 15 and runs until at least Saturday, Dec. 12.Click here to see the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htmClick here to read the Governor’s remarks announcing the changes: https://www.in.gov/gov/governor-holcomb/newsroom/covid-19-county-metrics-and-requirments/ Twitter Google+ Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Back On Track plan derailed in favor of new localized, targeted restrictions WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Facebook Previous articleAll public meetings at Elkhart County Administration officers virtual, TFNNext articleTrump campaign files federal lawsuit in Michigan over Election result Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
Twitter GasBuddy’s DeHaan: Pump prices could go back up this week Facebook Pinterest By Network Indiana – April 12, 2021 1 123 Previous articleHelp for Michigan’s homebound: COVID vaccine outreach expandsNext articleOne person injured in shooting on Huey Street in South Bend Network Indiana Facebook Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp (“Gas Pump” by Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0) Gas prices have gone down slightly across Indiana and much of the country, but that could change as early as this week.The main factors that are driving that are the coronavirus, oil prices, and the supply of oil and gasoline.“On the supply side, OPEC did meet a couple of weeks ago. That’s where the supply is coming from. They are increasing production by 350,000 barrels per day starting in May. So that was a little bit of downward pressure on the price of oil. The other thing driving downward pressure is COVID-19 cases going up,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “Countries in Europe are locking down and cases in the U.S. are going up too.”In Indianapolis and much of Indiana, DeHaan said prices have not gone up in April yet. Oil prices went up by 82 cents Monday morning. Typically, when it’s been at least a week or so since a price increase, DeHaan said you can expect an increase to happen in the coming days. That appears to be the case this week.As of Monday, GasBuddy has the statewide average for gas at $2.75 per gallon. It’s $2.70 in Indianapolis, $2.71 in Fort Wayne, and $2.81 in Evansville.“There could be a hike later this week. If you’re sitting on empty or even if you’re at a half or three-quarters of a tank, it may not hurt to fill up, especially if you can find it for under $2.60. I would think that by Thursday, we could see an increase to about $2.79 or $2.89 per gallon unless there is some huge plummet in the price of oil,” said DeHaan.$3 per gallon gas prices are possible at some point this summer, but DeHaan doesn’t expect that anytime soon.“I don’t expect that to happen in April, but it still could happen in May, June, or July as we get into hurricane season,” said DeHaan. Google+ Pinterest Google+ IndianaLocalNews
Media enquiries We recently updated the public about the diversion of medicines onto the criminal market, said to be worth up to £200m. Our enforcement team is running 17 active investigations, and we are disrupting organised criminal networks diverting medicines from the legitimate supply chain onto the illegal market.44 arrests have been made thus far, for offences such as possession with intent to supply a controlled drug, and offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.Last year, Mohammed Urfan pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful supply of class C controlled drugs contrary to section 4(3) a Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and a suspended sentence of 18 months imprisonment was imposed on him, with a requirement that he carry out 260 hours of unpaid work.Alastair Jeffrey, MHRA Head of Enforcement, said: Our efforts to crack down on the diversion of Prescription-Only Medicines (POM) onto the black market are working, as recent figures highlight a drop in large scale orders of prescription medicine.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) analysed bulk orders of diverted medicines* between January – May 2017 compared to January – May 2016. The figures show: It is a serious criminal offence to sell medicines outside of the regulated supply chain and the latest figures show our unabated efforts to identify and prosecute criminals are having an effect. The criminals involved are exploiting people to make money and have no concern about the health and wellbeing of people who buy the medicines. We will work tirelessly to investigate and prosecute those breaking the law. trading of Diazapam is down by 64% trading of Nitrazepam is down by 24% trading of top strength Temazepam is down by 20% trading of Zolpidem is down by 14%. News centreMHRA10 South ColonnadeLondonE14 4PU Prescription only medicines are potent and should only be taken under medical supervision. During office hours: 020 3080 7651 (08:30 – 17:00) Out of office hours: 07770 446 189 (17:00 – 08:30) Email [email protected] Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm. For real-time updates including the latest press releases and news statements, see our Twitter channel at https://www.twitter.com/mhragovuk
Email [email protected] You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: YouTube Mr Mohammed Miah and Mrs Anwara Miah, were both directors of Murrayfield Developments Limited (MDL), which was incorporated in 2004 and traded as The Original Raj Hotel in Edinburgh.From January 2012, Mr and Mrs Miah were joint directors of MDL and the company ceased trading on 19 November 2015 and went into liquidation on 9 December 2015 owing creditors over £260,000.An investigation by the Insolvency Service, which followed the liquidation, led to a trial.The court heard that the Insolvency Service investigation found Mr and Mrs Miah failed to preserve or deliver up the accounting records for MDL to the liquidator, as they were required to by insolvency law. This meant it wasn’t possible to account for over £1 million paid out from the company’s bank account, including cheques written to cash after the commencement of winding up proceedings. This was aggravated by the directors’ failure to provide a statement of affairs to the liquidator.It was also found that Mr and Mrs Miah caused MDL to trade to the detriment of HMRC whilst insolvent from 1 January 2014 to the date of liquidation resulting in a tax debt of at least £228,920.In the absence of either Mohammed Miah or Anwara Miah at the court hearing, the Sheriff granted a disqualification order against both Mr and Mrs Miah.The disqualification commenced on 6 March 2018 and is effective until 6 March 2025.Robert Clarke, Head of Company Investigation at the Insolvency Service said: LinkedIn Directors have a duty to ensure that their companies maintain proper accounting records, and, following insolvency, deliver them to the office-holder in the interests of fairness and transparency. This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. Notes to editorsMurrayfield Developments Limited (Company number SC262655), was incorporated in 2004.Mr Mohammed Miah’s date of birth is March 1959. He was appointed as a director of MDL on 30 January 2012 and remained in office until the date of liquidation. Mrs Anwara Miah’s date of birth is June 1960. She was appointed as a director of MDL on 2 February 2004 and remained in office until the date of liquidation.A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot: Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Media Manager 0303 003 1743 Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.The Insolvency Service administers the insolvency regime, investigating all compulsory liquidations and individual insolvencies (bankruptcies) through the Official Receiver to establish why they became insolvent. It may also use powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK. In addition, the agency deals with disqualification of directors in corporate failures, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice. Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7674 6910 or 020 7596 6187 Press Office act as a director of a company take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership be a receiver of a company’s property Twitter Without a full account of transactions it is impossible to determine whether a director has discharged his duties properly, or is using a lack of documentation as a cloak for impropriety.
Of course, we need to do this in the right way, without compromising the security of our courts. To ensure this pilot is a success we are working closely with the legal profession. The Bar Council has worked hard with HMCTS to promote a scheme that enables barristers to avoid long delays and searches. A scheme allowing practising legal professionals direct entrance to courts without the need to be searched will be piloted by HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) in five courts, with registration beginning in August and fast-track entry from September.The Bar Council has led the development of an app for its members to use as ID, and Law Society members will benefit from the pilot, using approved photo ID.While tightened security procedures introduced during the last year will continue, the ‘Professional Entry Scheme’ intends to ease queues to get into court buildings and allow easier and swifter access for legal professionals who come to court regularly.The scheme will recognise the trusted status of legal professionals without compromising security and is supported by the judiciary.Justice Minister, Lucy Frazer, said: In advance of the pilot, practising legal professions will need to register with their local court, agree to conditions of entry (which continue to include a list of prohibited items) and meet secure ID authentication requirements when they attend court. This includes identifying themselves as a legal professional and showing photographic ID, which will be checked by a court security officer against a registration list.Random searches on a proportion of the participants in the pilot will be carried out to make sure the scheme is working as intended.Legal practitioners will be invited to register with their local court from today, with fast-track entries predicted to open in early September.If successful, the scheme will be extended nationally and could be grown to other professional groups. It will not be implemented at courts hearing terrorist or high security cases.Notes to editors Courts taking part in the pilot are Brighton Magistrates’ Court, Maidstone Combined Court; Southwark Crown Court, Tameside Magistrates’ Court and Wood Green Crown Court. A second strand of the pilot will allow some Solicitors’ Association members access to other courts with their existing professional ID, providing they are registered at the courts. It will be mandatory for professional bodies to verify and accredit the status of legal professionals. HMCTS will work with them to agree suitable and appropriate levels of ID are in place for entry to court. Both the Bar Council and Law Society will invite their members to register in advance of the pilot. Courts will also contact known local users. Chair of the Bar, Andrew Walker QC, said: Law Society President, Christina Blacklaws, said: There is no doubt that easier access will benefit our members and we welcome this sensible initiative. Courts and tribunals are the daily workplace for many trusted legal professionals. This pilot will make it easier for them to simply get on with their job. We have spoken to HMCTS officials about the delays practitioners can face in clearing security and we hope the pilot will pave the way for a permanent system of easier access. We are delighted that this has now led to a pilot of the Professional Entry Scheme. If the pilot is a success, then the new secure, easy to use ID app that we are developing should enable practising barristers to make the most of the scheme, wherever they practise.
Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. LinkedIn Suspicions should also be raised if you are promised high or guaranteed returns, unusual investments or complicated structures, high-pressure sales tactics, involvement of several parties, all taking a fee which significantly cuts into your pension pot, and long-term pension investments which could take years before you realise something is wrong. Omni and Imperial are currently the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) who are inviting members of HRBS and COPS to complete a questionnaire.Notes to editorsOn 21 January 2017 The Pension Regulator appointed Dalriada Trustees Ltd as trustee of HRBS and COPS. Work is still ongoing in relation to the status and value of individual members’ pensions.About the directorsStephen Michael TalbotDirector of Transeuro Worldwide Holdings Ltd (Company number: 103954) from Salford and DOB: Jan 1972On 6 July 2018, the Secretary of State accepted a disqualification undertaking from Stephen Michael Talbot, who whilst acting as a director of TWH despite not being formally appointed as such: Media Manager 0303 003 1743 You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: Email [email protected] You may have seen the current campaign by the Financial Conduct Authority, where they recommend that you reject unexpected offers, especially those originating from a cold call. You should check who you are dealing with, avoid being rushed or pressured into making decisions and seek out impartial advice before going ahead with any pension transfer. failed to ensure that Omni, as trustee of a retirement benefit scheme, had acted in the best interest of members. took the appointment as director despite lacking the relevant knowledge and understanding to manage a pension scheme, allowed a third party to make investment decisions, failing to ensure that the investments were sufficiently diverse. failed to take sufficient steps to safeguard returns on investments promised to members resulting in potential losses to the scheme of at least £560k. failed to take sufficient steps to prevent the transfer of £3.7 million of scheme assets to a third party outside the jurisdiction. His ban was effective from 25 July 2017 and lasts for 9 years.Stuart GrehanDirector of Sycamore Crown Ltd (Company number: 08023102) and Jackson Francis Ltd Company number: 07763545) from Salford Worcester and DOB: August 1981On 6 October 2016, the Secretary of State accepted a disqualification undertaking from Stuart Grehan, after he admitted: His ban was effective from 27 July 2018 and lasts for 9 years.Ian DunsfordDirector of Omni Trustees Ltd (Company number: 08175702) from Barnet, Hertfordshire and DOB: Jan 1974On 19 July 2017, the Secretary of State accepted a disqualification undertaking from Ian Dunsford, after he admitted that he: Twitter failed to ensure that Imperial, as trustee of a retirement benefit scheme, had acted in the best interest of members. took the appointment as director despite lacking the relevant knowledge and understanding to manage a pension scheme failed to ensure that adequate accounting records had been maintained (in particular relating to member transfers in of over £4 million when he was director) failed to ensure that over £9m investments were sufficiently diverse failed to take sufficient steps to safeguard returns on investments promised to members resulting in potential losses to the scheme of at least £1.6 million. This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. Press Office failed to ensure that TWH maintained or delivered up adequate accounting records. as a result of this it has not been possible to ascertain whether payments out of the bank account of over £37 million were for a purpose connected with the business, the reason over £740k was paid out to Mr Talbot, the reason why £7.5 million (net) was paid out to a Panamanian foundation for which Mr Talbot was protector, show commissions due to or received from the company, show the nature of receipts into the company or establish the presence of any claims for the liquidator to pursue. His ban was effective from 10 August 2017 and lasts for 7 years.Karl DunlopDirector of Imperial Trustee Services Ltd (Company number: 08133190) from Worcester and DOB: May 1965On 3 July 2017, the Secretary of State accepted a disqualification undertaking from Karl Dunlop, after he admitted that he: Karl Dunlop, Stuart Grehan and Ian Dunsford previously accepted disqualification undertakings for their management roles within the group of companies involved in the transfer of pension funds.Stuart Grehan, Director of Sycamore Crown Ltd and also known as Stuart Chapman-Clark, agreed to a 9-year voluntary ban as a result of false and misleading statements made to encourage investors to transfer their pension pots.Karl Dunlop (9 years), Director of Imperial Trustee Services Ltd, and Ian Dunsford (7 years), Director of Omni Trustees Ltd, agreed to voluntarily bans for failing to act in the best interests of pension members and subsequently failing to ensure investments were adequately diverse.And despite not formally being appointed a director of Transeuro Worldwide Holdings Ltd, Stephen Talbot recently accepted a 9-year disqualification undertaking for failing to explain what happened to millions pounds worth of assets.The investigation, led by the Insolvency Service, centred on the conduct of the directors connected with Transeuro Worldwide Holdings Ltd (TWH), who helped fund two introducer firms Sycamore Crown Ltd (Sycamore) and Jackson Francis Ltd (JF).The introducer firms cold-called members of the public, inviting them to transfer their pension pots into Self Invested Personal Pension plans (SIPPs) and pension schemes operated by Omni Trustees Ltd (Omni) and Imperial Trustee Services Ltd (Imperial), who provided trustee and administrator services for two occupational pension schemes – Henley Retirement Benefit Scheme (HRBS) and Capita Oak Pension Scheme (COPS).However, investigators found that the introducers from both Sycamore and Jackson Francis misled clients about their expertise and experience, offering ‘guaranteed’ returns designed to encourage them to transfer their existing pension funds.As a result, more than £39m was paid into SIPPs, over £10m into COPS and more than £8m to HRBS. Members’ funds were then largely invested in unregulated investments in storage units which ultimately did not yield the level of returns promised to members.Ken Beasley, Official Receiver for the Insolvency Service’s Public Interest Unit, said that unfortunately he has seen an increase in cases where members of the public have been persuaded to transfer their hard-earned pension pots into new schemes on the basis of unsubstantiated promises of higher returns which inevitably never materialise.He said: His ban was effective from 27 October 2016 and lasts for 9 years.DisqualificationsA disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot: Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings.Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.The Insolvency Service administers the insolvency regime, investigating all compulsory liquidations and individual insolvencies (bankruptcies) through the Official Receiver to establish why they became insolvent. It may also use powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK. In addition, the agency deals with disqualification of directors in corporate failures, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7674 6910 or 020 7596 6187 false and misleading claims had been made about Sycamore and JF’s level of expertise and experience to induce prospective investors to transfer their pension funds. claims were also made about the companies offering a range of investment products and ‘unbiased advice’ despite the only product actively promoted being unregulated investments in storage units which the companies had a vested interest in promoting due to the way in which they were funded. claims were made that a strict due diligence process was followed but there was no evidence that independent checks were carried out meaning so called ‘guaranteed’ returns were not received by pension members. 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innovative ideas that bring together world-class UK science, research and innovation to develop cutting edge products and services of the future have received an extra £1.7 billion making it the largest increase for 40 years (to £7 billion). That includes £210 million to develop new medical diagnostic tools and treatments, £90 million for the food and farming industry to embrace agri-tech and £184 million for 41 UK universities to train the next generation of world-class scientists and engineers 6 sector deals between government and industry have been published – from construction and automotive to nuclear and the creative industries, including £1.9 billion of investment in life sciences and £1 billion for artificial intelligence. They are not only about attracting investment and growth, but also ensuring we have the skilled, diverse workforce we need for the future plans for new technical qualifications (T-levels) and to transform the quality and quantity of apprenticeships furthered the connectivity of Britain’s towns, cities and rural areas, including the first allocations of the £190 million full-fibre challenge fund and £25 million for 6 5G testbeds across the UK opened the Transforming Cities Fund with billions of pounds ready to go to projects that drive productivity by improving connections within city regions opened the Faraday Institution in Oxford to keep the UK at the forefront of global battery manufacture announced plans for a new spaceport in Sutherland the UK now has the fastest growing infrastructure investment across the G7, providing £31 billion of additional capital spending to areas critical to improving productivity launched the £9 million Centre of Data Ethics and Innovation to act as an advisory body to government and regulators on ethics of data and its use, including for AI launched the Patient Capital Fund, which will invest £2.5 billion in our most innovative companies It is estimated there are over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans and every year one million birds and over 100,000 sea mammals die from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste. A recent report estimates that plastic in the sea is set to treble by 2025.The UK is recognised as best in the world for researching solutions to tackling plastic waste and bioscience, with £140 million already invested in sustainable plastics over the last three years.The UK government is committed to being a global leader in tackling the issue of plastic pollution, with a world-leading ban on microbeads and 5p charge on single-use plastic bags, which has seen distribution by major supermarkets drop by 86%. Earlier this year it also launched its plan to ban the distribution and sale of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds to protect our rivers and seas and pledged earlier this year to introduce a deposit return scheme do drive up recycling of single use drinks containers, subject to consultation.The UK government has also shown its global leadership by committing a £61.4 million package of funding to boost global research and help countries across the Commonwealth stop plastic waste from entering the oceans in the first place.The government is also looking at further ways to reduce avoidable waste and recycle more as part of its Resources and Waste Strategy to be published shortly.It has also been announced today, through the Strategic Priorities Fund, that a collaborative research programme will boost food security by countering diseases that threaten crop production and threaten plant health. ‘UK Animal and Plant Health: understanding and countering bacterial plant diseases will be managed by UK Research and Innovation and be delivered in phases.Clean Growth Grand ChallengeThe Industrial Strategy sets out 4 Grand Challenges, including Clean Growth, to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future, ensuring that the UK builds on its strengths and takes advantage of major global changes, improving people’s lives and the country’s productivity.We will maximise the advantages for UK industry from the global shift to clean growth – through leading the world in the development, manufacture and use of low carbon technologies, systems and services that cost less than high carbon alternatives. The move to cleaner economic growth – through low carbon technologies and the efficient use of resources – is one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time. By one estimate, the UK’s clean economy could grow at 4 times the rate of GDP. Whole new industries will be created and existing industries transformed as we move towards a low carbon, more resource-efficient economy.The Industrial StrategyThe Industrial Strategy, published last year, set out how the whole of the UK can build on its strengths, extend them into the future, and capitalise on new opportunities. Investing in science and research to keep us at the forefront of new technologies and the benefits they bring. Nurturing the talent of tomorrow – through more outstanding schools, world-leading universities and the technical skills that will drive our economy. And transforming the places where people live and work – the places where ideas and inspiration are born – by backing businesses and building infrastructure not just across every part of our country.It has been taken forward at pace over the last year: Notes to editors1. Up to £60 million of public funding will be available for the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging challenge, through the Industrial Strategy Challenge fund, depending on business case approval and securing appropriate industrial co-funding.2. The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is delivered by UK Research and Innovation. Businesses will be able to access this funding through UKRI managed competitions to meet the challenge of developing smart sustainable plastic packaging.This investment is subject to industry entering into partnership with government and providing significant co-investment to this challenge.To mark the investment in sustainable plastic packaging, the government today also announced a strategy to help boost bioeconomy. It sets out an ambition for world-leading standards for bio-based and biodegradable plastics, to create new sustainable materials and reduce the impact of plastics on the environment.Last year UK sales of packaging totalled around £11 billion and this new innovation funding could help to boost the sector by a further £500 million a year, with the use of packaging growing due to changing consumer behaviours like the increasing popularity of online shopping.A year since the government launched its landmark modern Industrial Strategy – the UK’s post-Brexit blueprint for the economy – this new strategy sets out a vision for the UK to build on its world leading science and research base to become a global leader in finding innovative alternatives to fossil fuel-based products, using sources ranging from the by-products of whisky production to seaweed. This would enhance the UK’s position as beacon for investment in the bioeconomy, supporting innovation and stimulating economic growth.Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said: Finding innovative solutions to tackle our use of harmful plastics which blight our land and seas is a major global challenge, and opportunity – one our nation of researchers and innovators is fit to seize. Today’s funding and sector strategy enhances our position as a global leader on improving our environment and tackling climate change. It will make us a beacon for design, manufacturing and exporting of sustainable plastics and environmentally-friendly replacements for polluting products as we move to a greener, cleaner economy – a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy. new forms of packaging and plastic – made from farming, food and industrial waste, like sugar beet, wood chippings and food waste – moving away from oil-based plastics smart packaging labels – which, alongside a smart bin, could tell consumers the right bin to put recycling into and revolutionise the way recycling is sorted in waste plants ‘live’ sell-by-date patch – a living sell-by-date which deteriorates at the same rate as produce to show consumers when their food is going off – cutting down on food waste reduce single use plastics – increase use of recycled plastic in new products Household food scraps could be transformed into environmentally-friendly plastic bags and cups, thanks to up to £60 million of new government funding.Innovators are being challenged to make the UK a world-leader in creating sustainable packaging and reduce the impact of harmful plastics on the environment, as the UK seizes the economic opportunity of the global shift to greener, cleaner economies – a key part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.The funding, to be bolstered by industry support, and delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund could help develop: UK to lead the world in development of sustainable packaging thanks to up to £60 million of new government funding, including food scraps potentially being transformed into environmentally-friendly plastic bags and cups smart labels on packaging could end confusion over what rubbish goes in which recycling bin and sustainable packaging with a living sell-by-date could show consumers when food is going off to reduce food waste new bioeconomy sector strategy and world-leading standards to help boost the bioeconomy as we move to a greener, cleaner economy – part of our modern Industrial Strategy launched almost a year ago