Book a break with character: literary-themed getaways

Roald Dahl Responsible for bringing us dysfunctional couple The Twits, eccentric dream maker Willy Wonka and child genius Matilda, Roald Dahl is undeniably one of the world’s most fantastic children’s authors. This year would have marked his 100th birthday and celebrations more marvellous than George’s medicine will be taking place nationwide.  The Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival runs from 10-21 February ( Highlights include a narration Read more [...]

CYBG: is the newly listed challenger bank cheap for a reason?

By Ian Smith , 10 February 2016 A year ago, demerging and floating your UK banking operations no doubt appeared a fairly safe prospect. The market was enjoying a strengthening domestic economy and looking forward to increases in interest rates. TSB had made steady progress since its flotation as challenger banks flourished. By March, TSB would be snapped up by Spanish lender Banco de Sabadell at a price equivalent to its book Read more [...]

Daily catch-up: Embarrassment in what could have been the Georgian Houses of Parliament

This is what the Houses of Parliament would have looked like if the 1733 plan had been built. Ian Mansfield of the IanVisits blog has a great “Unbuilt London” post on the plans for the Georgian Houses of Parliament in the Palladian style. Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister (at a time when the term was still an insult), commissioned William Kent to design a grand “edifice that may be made use of for the Reception of the Parliament” to replace the cluster of medieval buildings Read more [...]

Gross bad loans of 6 listed PSU banks more than double their market value

MUMBAI: The market value of half a dozen state-owned banks that declared their results fell to less than half of their gross bad loans — an indication that their worth is way below their obligation to recover loans and repay depositors. Traders sold bank stocks on Wednesday, taking the BSE Bankex index to a 21-month low of 16,519.15. The market value of the six listed banks that reported earnings was a combined Rs 37,119 crore, while their collective share of gross bad loans was more than double Read more [...]

West Main Street property to be listed for sale

Holding on to the West Main Street property has been a struggle for the Lancaster Community Development Corporation. The property, which sits on West Main Street between Central Avenue, Pleasant Avenue and North Aurora Street in the Village of Lancaster, has had trouble attracting developers and tenants alike as the property has been in need of several renovations. There are currently six tenants in the building, including a Save-A-Lot grocery store. Trustee Russell Sugg announced at Monday’s Read more [...]

Plainfield village board considers cap on number of special events

By Andrea Earnest | Enterprise Staff The number of special events in Plainfield has increased steadily in recent years, and some officials are recommending a cap be placed on the total amount allowed in a year. Police Chief John Konopek presented a report on 2015 special events to the Plainfield Village Board at its Feb. 1 meeting. He noted that the amount of special events increases each year, with the number amounting to almost one special event Read more [...]

Google adds to its Cloud Platform as vendors compete with AWS Lambda

Google has added to its public cloud infrastructure for developers, Cloud Platform, with a new service that allows app writers to set up functions that can be triggered in response to events. The new Google Cloud Functions has drawn comparison with the Lambda offering from Amazon Web Services (AWS). The service was not announced to the public, but news filtered out after documentation began to appear on Google’s web site, offering advice to developers. According to the briefing notes, Google Cloud Read more [...]

Room identical to Vincent Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles is listed on Airbnb

The position of the chairs and colour of the jug are identical to the paintingVibrant room is advertised online for just $10 (£6.80) a night for two peopleRental was created to promote the Institute's new exhibition in ChicagoBy Georgia Diebelius For Mailonline Published: 17:33 GMT, 10 February 2016 | Updated: 18:47 GMT, 10 February 2016 9 View comments Art Read more [...]

93% of US-listed companies ‘affected by climate risk’

Channels: Equity, Investors Companies: Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, SASB, Financial Stability Board People: Jean Rogers 10 February 2016 Climate risk affects 93% of the US equities market, according to a report. Climate Risk – a report by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) – found that material risks impact US-listed companies with a combined value of $27.5 trillion, equating to 93% of companies by market capitalisation. "Climate Read more [...]