Recently, a very special surprise party was held in Cornwall Housing’s Wyndhurst Orchard sheltered housing scheme in Wadebridge. Mary Sleeman celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by her family, friends and other tenants from Wyndhurst Orchard.
Mary said of the surprise, “I had no idea I was having a party, it is such a surprise and so lovely to see everyone.”
Mary’s family and friends decorated the communal lounge with balloons, streamers and banners; and a surprised Mary was escorted into the lounge by her daughter with everyone singing happy birthday.
Amongst the guests attending to wish Mary well was Managing Director of Cornwall Housing, Jane Barlow who said, “I am delighted to have had this opportunity to wish Mary a happy birthday on what is a very special day.
“At the party many stories were shared about Mary, I particularly liked hearing about Mary and her commitment to skittle playing! It was clear from speaking with her friends and family that Mary is always doing things for others, and this has given those who think so well of Mary a chance to do something for her in return.”
The Mayor of Wadebridge, Councillor Pamela Starling, also popped by to see Mary on her special day and said, "I was delighted to spend time with Mrs. Sleeman on the occasion of her 100th birthday. So many friends and members of her family had gathered to share the day with a much loved lady."
Story posted 26 February 2016
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has promised that a new runway at Heathrow will generate better air transport links inside the UK.
Announcing the government's support for a new runway at the site in the House of Commons, Grayling said that the expanded airport will provide six more domestic routes across the UK by 2030, including to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
"We are very clear this expansion must including binding provision for links to those parts of the country. This has to be a benefit to the entire United Kingdom and it will be," he said.
Grayling added the government would take "all necessary steps" to ensure improved connectivity, including potentially ring-fencing of new slots.
The transport secretary also said that London's other airports would be boosted by improvements to the M25 and Thameslink services.
"There are things already happening to improve surface access links to our airports," he said.
Grayling also refused any claim that the progress on the runway had been delayed, with MPs unable to vote on the plan until winter 2017/18.
Heathrow will only be able to submit a detailed planning application after MPs are balloted.
In the meantime, Grayling said the plan would be subject to a “full and extensive” public consultation.
“I make no apologies for the fact that we have taken the time to get it right,” Grayling said.
The airport expansion decision has finally been made, with Heathrow getting the go-ahead after numerous delays.
And while many have welcomed the announcement, others haven't been quite so supportive. Here are some of the biggest winners and losers of the government's decision.WINNERS
It's been a tense wait for the airports involved, with plenty of back-and-forth digs. So, Heathrow finally getting the green light was welcome news for the airport. A spokesperson utilised the opportunity to crow that: "Expansion of Heathrow is the only option that will connect all of the UK to global growth, helping to build a stronger and fairer economy."
Firms across the UK have wanted a decision for a while now and criticised the government for delays to the announcement on numerous occasions. In June, over 50 business leaders called for an "urgent" decision.
Most reacted positively to the plans for Heathrow expansion - predominantly relieved a decision had been made at all. Some though, did stress the need for more expansion elsewhere.
Sir Howard Davies
As chair of the Airports Commission report which recommended Heathrow last year, Davies has had to wait a while for his advice to be taken. Aware of the opposition, Davies said last week he was "nervous about a situation which says we can't do something because people will protest". While MPs won't vote on the airport decision for another year, it's a step forward for Davies' wish to see Heathrow's expansion go ahead.
And other firms nearby to Heathrow...
The transport select committee
Chair Louise Ellman welcomed the announcement "after decades of dithering".
The committee has published several reports referencing airport expansion and has long felt Heathrow was the strongest proposal. Noting there would inevitably be opposition, Ellman added: "We recognise it won't be an easy journey and the government faces significant challenges. Guarantees will need to be met on noise and pollution. We urge the government to have the courage of their convictions and press ahead so that the timetable to deliver the additional capacity by 2030 can be delivered."
For now, Heathrow's rival misses out, though many have said greater airport expansion will inevitably be needed in the near future. Still, it's disappointing for the airport, which expects to run out of space in the next few years.
Having previously threatened to resign should Heathrow get the go-ahead, Goldsmith will prove he's a man of his word and resign today. While transport secretary Chris Grayling hailed the expansion as "truly momentous", Goldsmith deemed it "catastrophic". He will meet constituents later today before making a statement.
Something he and his former Mayoral rival for have in common. The London Mayor has been a vocal supporter of Gatwick getting a second runway and didn't mince his words in his reaction to the decision.
"This is the wrong decision for London and the whole of Britain," he said. "The government are running roughshod over Londoners' views – just five months ago I was elected as Mayor on a clear platform of opposing a new runway at Heathrow, a position that was shared by the Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Green and UKIP candidates in that election."
Khan isn't going down without a fight and confirmed he will be exploring how he can best be involved in any legal process over the coming months.
Opposed to Heathrow expansion since 2005, the London Assembly wasn't best pleased with the government's news.
Tony Arbour AM, chairman of the London Assembly said: "We are appalled that the government has decided to give the green light to expansion at Heathrow, despite the vast body of evidence to indicate this will expose Londoners to higher levels of deadly air pollution, intolerable noise and overwhelming congestion."
The London Assembly hasn't been convinced the government has provided enough clarity on whether investment on public transport will be delivered either.
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Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said a third runway at Heathrow is "undeliverable", after the government gave the airport's expansion plan the green light earlier today.
"I think it very likely it will be stopped," Johnson added.
The former London mayor has been set against expansion of the west London airport for years now. He previously advocated for a brand new four-runway airport in the Thames Estuary, although this plan was shot down in 2014.
Johnson will have the opportunity to set out his reasons for opposing the plan for a third runway at Heathrow - in an unusual turn of events, Downing Street has given MPs the chance to publicly protest the decision reached today.
The foreign secretary is not the only politician to voice his dismay at today's announcement - Zac Goldsmith, who previously threatened to quit if Heathrow got the nod, said this afternoon that he intends to resign and force a by-election in his Richmond Park and North Kingston constituency.
Meanwhile, current London mayor Sadiq Khan has slammed the government's decision, saying it's the wrong choice for London. “A new runway at Heathrow will be devastating for air quality across London – air pollution around the airport is already above legal levels of NO2," Khan said.
"An expanded Gatwick would have boosted our economy without causing these huge air and noise pollution problems and it could be built quicker and cheaper.
“I will continue to challenge this decision and I am exploring how I can best be involved in any legal process over the coming months."
Apple sales are expected to fall sharply and Twitter is planning another round of job cuts.
Here's what you need to know before the US market open at 2:30pm London time.
US futures are pointing higher ahead of the open, though only slightly. The S&P is up by 0.09 per cent, the Nasdaq is 0.14 per cent higher, and the Dow is up by 0.09 per cent. The US 10-year yield is unchanged at 1.77 per cent.
Across Europe markets are mostly rising in early trading after Asia ended the day with mixed results.
Traders are closing watching the pound for any sudden movements ahead of Bank of England governor Mark Carney's appearance before parliaments' economic committee.Is a bite about to be taken out of Apple?
Apple will announce its earnings for the fourth quarter night, ahead of a new MacBook launch later in the week.
Connor Campbell, financial analyst at SpreadEx, said the earnings report "is likely to reflect the first annual iPhone sales decline in the company's history".
Morgan Stanley analysts issued a note recently saying they are expecting Apple's revenue to fall year-on-year.
The company's revenues are cyclical, with spikes during the festive season. The analysts predicted Apple will have clocked up 44m iPhone sales in the fourth quarter - four million fewer than last year - the third quarterly fall in a row.Twitter could be axing more jobs
Twitter is preparing to unveil hundreds of jobs cuts prior to its third quarter earnings announcement on Thursday.
Up to 300 positions, or eight per cent of the work force, could be culled as the social media giant tries to stem losses that are currently running at $400m (£329m) per year.
The group, which has hired investment banks to run a potential sales process, has failed to garner significant interest from potential suitors. The consensus view is that, for many, Twitter’s current market cap of £10.4bn makes it a too expensive proposition.Stocks to watch
Italian bank Monte dei Paschi is planning to cut 2,600 jobs and close 500 branches as part of rescue plans aimed at building a "de-risked and well-capitalised bank".
Monte dei Paschi will cut the number of branches to 1,500 by 2019, from the 2,000 it currently owns. Meanwhile, the job cuts are expected to reduce personnel expenses by around nine per cent by 2019.
A managerial shake-up will also see the departure of finance chief Arturo Betunio, who steps down on 25 November.
The troubled bank's share price rocketed yesterday as investors waited to hear the recovery plan, and climbed over 23 per cent in this morning to hit €0.43.Companies reporting
More companies reporting third quarter earnings than you can shake a stick at.
Before the open we have numbers from car makers General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, JetBlue Airways, mobile carrier Sprint, industrial machine supplier Caterpillar, sportswear label Under Armour, engineering giant Lockheed Martin, consumer goods firm Procter & Gamble, big pharma Merck, oil services group Baker Hughes, and white goods manufacturer Whirlpool.
After markets wrap up for the day, Apple will be the headline company, alongside online music company Pandora Media, Mexican fast food joint Chipotle, pharma firm Express Scripts, consumer tech group iRobot, and causal dining chain Panera Bread.In economic news
Economic news is likely to get lost in the sea of corporate reports. The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index will be released just ahead of the market open and consumer confidence crosses the wires shortly after.
Philip Hammond has again moved to reassure the City that the government will prioritise financial services in the upcoming Brexit discussions with the European Union.
The chancellor told MPs in the Commons this morning that he understood the City's need to have continued access to the single market and to hire skilled people to work in its businesses.
He told parliament:
I certainly have been seeking to reassure financial services businesses that we will put their needs at the heart of the negotiation with the European Union.
We understand their needs for market access. We also understand their needs to be able to engage the right skilled people.
Last week the chancellor attempted to calm fears over Brexit after City A.M reported concerns of Whitehall indifference towards financial services.
Hammond was questioned over our front page by MPs on the Treasury select committee during a two-hour grilling.