Go Home: United Kingdom Set To Send 267 Nigerian Prisoners Back Home
Markets close in 4 hrs 52 mins Stock Watch Cleantech Investment in United Kingdom Tops $36 Million in 3Q13 i3 Market Intelligence Platform Shows UKs Year-to-Date Investment Totals at $232 Million Press Release: Cleantech Group Inc. Wed, Oct 16, 2013 4:30 AM EDT Related Content SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Cleantech Group , provider of the i3 market intelligence platform and global consulting services, today released preliminary 3Q13 results from i3 . The firm reported that in the United Kingdom, clean technology venture investment during the quarter totaled $36 million, bringing the year-to-date total to $232 million. According to data in i3, United Kingdoms top deals and their investors were: Plaxica , an Advanced Materials company, raised $12.6 million from Imperial Innovations , NESTA , and Invesco Perpetual in a growth equity round Sefaira , an Energy Efficiency company, raised $9.2 million from Silicon Valley Bank , Braemar Energy Ventures , Chrysalix SET , and Hermes GPE in a debt & equity round Clean Air Power , a Transportation company, raised $7.8 million from Ervington Investments in a growth equity round Syrinix , a Water & Wastewater company, raised $3.1 million from Low Carbon Innovation Fund , Angel CoFund , and London Business Angel Network in a Series A round Synthace , an Advanced Materials company, raised $2 million from Sofinnova Partners in a seed round Efficiency continues to shine in 2013, leading the cleantech sector in terms of number of deals completed. Transportation saw considerable traction in Q3 2013, thanks in large part to Ubers $258 million funding round led by Google Ventures and TPG Capital, said Sheeraz Haji, Chief Executive Officer of Cleantech Group. Our i3 market intelligence platform reports that investor interest in software or cleanweb technologies is starting to scale, while the Agriculture and Advanced Materials sectors are making strong headway and are well-positioned to gain significant market traction in the years to come. i3 tracks the latest deals, trends, and insight into innovation, with data for over 22,000 companies across 18 sectors. The product also allows users to identify innovation clusters around the world, drill down into taxonomy for 18 sectors, and pursue company discovery. While the bulk of the data is only accessible by subscribers, a subset of data has recently been made available in i3. About Cleantech Group Inc. Cleantech Group helps clients accelerate sustainable innovation. The companys i3 market intelligence platform, which tracks over $7 billion of deal flow across 22,000 cleantech companies annually, allows subscribers to discover companies and explore resource technology trends strategically with proprietary real-time data. Cleantech Forums bring together thought leaders and innovators in the cleantech and sustainability ecosystem. The companys Advisory Services leverage expertise in designing and executing corporate strategies for sustainable growth and innovation sourcing. Details at www.cleantech.com Contact:
Punch reports that talks are continuing into reaching a compulsory prisoner transfer agreement, which could see more than half of the 534 criminals from Nigeria currently in UK jails repatriated. UK Prisons Minister, Jeremy Wright, told MailOnline how more foreign prisoners must serve their sentences in their own countries. Ministers have been ordered to step up efforts to end the scandal of more than one in eight prisoners being from overseas. British Prime Minister, David Cameron vowed to end the practice of the British taxpayer picking up the bill for criminals with no business in the UK. The Prime Minister said in 2010 that he would personally intervene to send more foreign criminals home. Britain has even made clear it would pay to build new prisons in countries like Nigeria to speed up the process of sending foreign criminals home. Up to 1m has been promised to upgrade Nigerian jails, including a new wing at Kirikiri Prison in Lagos. But to date little progress has been made. When the coalition was formed there were 11,135 foreign prisoners in UK jails, and this figure has fallen by just three per cent since to 10,786. Each felon costs an average of around 40,000 a year to keep inside. This post was written by
Prime Minister David Cameron: All of the United Kingdom should get behind England at World Cup
Take our poll here. Will you be cheering on Wayne Rooney in Rio? Getty Images David Cameron says he is sure the whole of the United Kingdom will get behind England at next year’s World Cup. The Prime Minister offered his congratulations to Roy Hodgson’s team after they secured their place at international football’s most prestigious competition with a 2-0 win against Poland last night. But Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all failed to progress from their qualifying groups, leaving England as the only home nation competing in Brazil next summer. Mr Cameron told MPs during Prime Minister’s Questions: “I’m sure the whole House will wish to join me in congratulating the England football team for their excellent win last night, ensuring they qualify for next year’s World Cup. “My commiserations to the other home nations, including Scotland, who had an impressive win over Croatia last night. “But I’m sure now that everyone in the United Kingdom will swing behind the English team.” Pausing while MPs cheered and laughed, Mr Cameron then added: “You can always dream and hope.” Will you be backing England in the 2014 World Cup? Error submitting your poll You can only vote once but click on the icons above at any stage to follow how the poll is progressing The Prime Minister was replying to the traditional first question of PMQs in which he is asked to list his official engagements. Questioner Labour’s Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central), to laughter among MPs, replied to Mr Cameron: “Can I certainly associate myself with the remarks made by you in relation to the English football team. I’m only hoping that Sheffield United will follow their lead.” Sheffield United are bottom of League One, the third tier of professional football in England, and recently sacked their manager David Weir. Labour leader Ed Miliband also offered his congratulations to England.