AMAZON LAUNCHES ITS MANCHESTER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT HQ
Amazon has declared that it is to open a new office in Manchester, additionally it will see investment in 1,000 research and development jobs in the UK.
Amazon's new Manchester office will open in 2020 and will be based in the Hanover Building in the city's Northern Quarter. It will become home to over 600 staff.
Amazons UK manager Douglas Gurr said:
"Manchester was at the heart of the industrial revolution and has a fantastic history of innovation."
"Our new office will be home to over 600 staff, many of whom will be focused on developing exciting new products and services used by Amazon customers around the world
"The city offers an incredibly talented workforce and a budding tech scene with some of the most exciting, fast-growing tech companies in the UK situated here."
Amazon said it has invested more than £9.3 billion ($12.2 billion) in the UK since 2010 and is on course to have over 27,500 employees on its books in the UK over the coming year.
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NO RISK! AFTER REPORTS OF SUSPECT PACKAGES FOUND ON BUSES AT PICCADILLY AND SALFORD QUAYS TURN OUT TO BE FALSE ALARMSBy KARL
Police responded to double incidents at both Manchester Piccadilly and Salford Quays earlier today after two suspicious packages were reported being found on two separate buses.
At around 1.15pm today (Saturday 5 September 2020), police were called to reports that a suspicious item had been found on a bus at Manchester Piccadilly bus station, not long after at around 2:25 police were called with a report of another incident of a similar nature at Salford Quays.
Police acted swiftly to evacuate and secure both scenes but after checks were made, both packages were deemed to be safe and there was no risk to the public.
Roads around both areas were temporarily closed but have now reopened.
During the incidents the police force deployed is aerial assets to monitor from above.
The speed of the response shows clearly that Greater Manchester Police has an extremely well rehearsed and co-ordinated action plan in place following the attack on Manchester Arena.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1452 of 05/09/2020, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Climate change campaigners 'Extinction Rebellion' have brought traffic to a standstill as they hold protests around Manchester throughout the day, with the main one focused in Peter Street which has been closed off to traffic between Oxford Street and Mount Street, where protestors have unfurled banners.
There is currently heavy traffic and congestion around the area.
Organisers say that there are planned events to happen during the coming week to raise awareness of the devastating effects of climate change. The activists continue their calls for MPs to back a climate emergency bill hold a national citizens’ assembly on the crisis.
The group will be carrying out similar actions in London and Cardiff.
XR coordinator, Anneka Sutcliffe said:
Chris Newman, a GP who founded the Doctors for XR group, said:
However, the protests have come under heavy condemnation online with some on social media claiming the protests to be a mockery and flouting of social distancing rules.
One commentator said:
If you are heading into central Manchester you may want to consider checking for potential traffic and travel disruption.
The groups are calling for workers from all across the region to join them at Manchester Central Library on Friday 20th of September as part of a Global Climate 'Strike'.
UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) is a group of mostly under 18s taking to the streets to protest the government’s lack of action on the Climate Crisis. They say that they aim to mobilise unprecedented numbers of students to create a strong movement and send a message that people are tired of being ignored.
The plans are said to be still in early stages of development and routes, details etc... have not currently been set.
The only concrete details currently known are that they are planning to meet at the Library at around 10am on the day.
A post made on Facebook read,
They are hoping that the numbers of those attending will be in their thousands and if they all turn up then it can expected that some routes will be blocked and traffic heavily congested throughout the heart of Manchester for the duration of the 'Strike'.
Greater Manchester Police will be ever present to facilitate a safe protest/strike. Anyone heading into Manchester on the day is advised to make arrangements for travel and expect some disruption to transport services.
For any more information, go to ukscn.org
Photo: Michael Kelly