Video shows the EU's top official left standing at a meeting while her male counterparts sat on gilded chairs

Climate protests damage Barclays London HQ, seven arrested

  • Barclays HQ windows broken in Canary Wharf.
  • Extinction Rebellion says the bank is stoking climate change.
  • Police arrest seven activists.

Police arrested seven people outside the London headquarters of Barclays on Wednesday after climate change activists broke windows to protest the role of the financial sector in climate change.

The activists from the Extinction Rebellion group used hammers to break the windows and then pasted the message "In Case of Climate Emergency Break Glass" on the front of the bank's building.

The group said the action was part of its "Money Rebellion" against the capitalist system which used "nonviolent direct action, causing damage to property to prevent and draw attention to greater damage."

It accused the bank of "continued investments in activities that are directly contributing to the climate and ecological emergency."

Barclays could not be reached for immediate comment.

The group's move against Barclays in the Canary Wharf business district came after activists last week splashed black dye on the facade of the Bank of England in the historical financial center, the City of London.

"You may dislike our action today but I ask you to compare a crack in a window to funding wildfires and flooded homes," said Sophie Cowen, a 30-year-old campaigner from London.

Production-spec Volkswagen Taigun revealed

The Taigun is Volkswagen’s first product under its India 2.0 plan and embodies the German automaker’s new approach to the Indian market. VW states that the all-new SUV is built with 95 percent local content and engineered to suit Indian tastes and preferences.Based on the VW Group’s MQB-A0-IN platform, the car has a high level of indigenisation. The production-spec Taigun has a clean-cut design with understated lines.

The Taigun’s interior is quite spacious, which is to say there’s an abundance of legroom both in the front and rear, and headroom too is quite decent. The only downside is a lack of width, which makes sitting three abreast at the rear a bit of a squeeze.

The Taigun’s dashboard is clean and uncluttered, and it features a 10-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a bespoke My Volkswagen connect app. There’s also wireless charging too, USB Type-C ports, a full-digital instrument panel and ventilated seats.

The Taigun will come with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI turbo-petrol that makes 115hp and 175Nm as well as a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI turbo-petrol engine that is good for 150hp and 250Nm. A 6-speed manual gearbox will be available as standard with both engines..

Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine Shows 100% Efficacy In Late-stage Trial In Adolescents

Pfizer Inc. (PFE) and BioNTech’s (BNTX) COVID-19 vaccine BNT162b2 has demonstrated 100% efficacy and robust antibody responses in a phase III trial in adolescents 12 to 15 years of age with or without prior evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection, the companies said in a statement.

The trial enrolled 2,260 adolescents 12 to 15 years of age in the United States.

While 18 cases of COVID-19 were observed in the placebo group, there was none in the vaccinated group.

BNT162b2 is authorized or approved for emergency use in individuals 16 years of age and older in several countries around the world including the U.S., U.K., Bahrain, and Canada.

The companies plan to submit the adolescent trial data to the FDA and the European Medicines Agency to expand the vaccine’s use in adolescents 12-15 years of age as quickly as possible.

In related news, the companies have commenced dosing in 5 to 11 year-old cohort of their phase 1/2/3 seamless study of the vaccine in children 6 months to 11 years of age. Dosing in the 2 to 5 year-old cohort of the study is expected to be initiated next week.

Eurozone Inflation Accelerates In March

Eurozone consumer prices accelerated at a faster pace in March driven by a rebound in energy cost, flash data from Eurostat revealed on Wednesday.

Inflation advanced to 1.3 percent in March, in line with expectations, from 0.9 percent in February. This was the third consecutive rise in prices.

Meanwhile, core inflation that excludes energy, food, alcohol & tobacco, eased to 0.9 percent from 1.1 percent in February. Economists had forecast the rate to rise to 1.2 percent.

Inflation is likely to rise above 2 percent in the second half of the year, Jack Allen-Reynolds, an economist at Capital Economics, said. But this is largely due to temporary factors that are likely to fade in 2022 and fall back to 1 percent.

On a monthly basis, the harmonized index of consumer prices was up 0.9 percent. Final data is due on April 16.

Among components of HICP, energy prices showed the biggest annual growth of 4.3 percent. Food, alcohol and tobacco rose 1.1 percent and services cost climbed 1.3 percent. Non-energy industrial goods prices gained only 0.3 percent.

In March, harmonized inflation accelerated in Germany, France and Spain, while it eased in Italy to 0.6 percent from 1.0 percent in February.

Germany’s inflation advanced to 2 percent from 1.6 percent in February. Likewise, France’s inflation climbed to 1.4 percent from 0.8 percent. Spain inflation increased sharply to 1.2 percent from -0.1 percent in February.

Video shows the EU's top official left standing at a meeting while her male counterparts sat on gilded chairs

  • The head of the European Commission was left without a seat as her male counterparts had chairs.
  • Video shows Ursula von der Leyen looking unsure as the heads of Turkey and the European Council sat.
  • European Parliament members reacted angrily to the video.
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The European Union’s top official was left standing while her two male counterparts sat in gilded chairs during a meeting.

Video footage shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and European Council President Charles Michel sitting in chairs while European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was left standing, looking unsure.

She moved her right hand, indicating she wasn’t sure where to sit at the Tuesday meeting.

And then she was offered a seat on a couch. The Washington Post estimated it was around 12 feet away from the men.

She then sat there, and the men stayed in their chairs.

Watch the moment here:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/rbOKqUeJ83M

European parliament members reacted angrily to the footage.

An EU spokesperson later told Euronews reporter Shona Murray that von der Leyen “preferred” to give the seat to Michel, but added: “The president should have been seated exactly in the same manner” as the two men.