The UK government has rejected a petition calling for Donald Trump’s state visit invitation to be withdrawn.
It said it recognised the “strong views” expressed but looked forward to welcoming the US president once details have been arranged.
More than 1.8 million people signed the petition, which said a state visit would cause the Queen “embarrassment”.
A counter petition calling for the visit to go ahead attracted more than 309,000 signatures.
For more information on what happens during an official state visit, who decides who gets an invitation, and which other controversial world figures the Queen has hosted a state visit for, click here.
Sunday evening (12th Feb) saw the Grammy awards take place in LA and the BAFTA’s in London.
Beyoncé lead her peers with nine nominations while Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West were all tied with eight. But Adele had the biggest win, taking home 5 Grammy awards. Click here for a full list of winners.
Meanwhile, the BAFTAs heard plenty of different political opinions whilst stars excepted their awards. You can view the full list of winners here.
In construction news this week…
Worker loses leg in rebar horror. A steel reinforcing specialist has been fined £277,000 after a worker had a leg amputated after being crushed at its Canvey Island plant.
Laing O’Rourke construction MD Paul Sheffield quits. Chairman Ray O’Rourke said that the business plans to 2020 were now complete and the group’s vision to 2025 was well advanced and would be ratified in May this year. He said: “Paul and I feel that now is an appropriate time for him to step off and make way for others currently in the business with longer horizons”.
Plan for £49m Bristol music hall revamp. Bristol Music Trust has unveiled ambitious plans for the £49m revamp of the city’s Colston Hall into a world-class music hub.
In MECsafe news this week…
We still have plenty of availability on the following courses:
- Manual Handling / Working at Height / Abrasive Wheels – 17th Feb 2017 (attend one or all three courses)!
- Health & Safety Awareness – 21st Feb 2017 (Ask us about completing your CSCS test for the green Labourer card after the course)!
- Confined Space Awareness – 23rd Feb 2017
If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.