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Sunshading is becoming a hot topic as it may help in the battle against carbon emissions. Similarly the Smoking Ban is also fueling sales and interest in awnings. Here's a round up of news from across the globe.

Roof terraces are an ideal place to get away from it all

 District planning officers have been told to renegotiate with a local shop over the design of their security shutters.
 Metal security shutters on shops and takeaways could be outlawed to stop Bolton "looking like Beirut" .

 Council bosses think the veranda-style shelter at the Barracuda Bar, which is in Scunthorpe, north Lincolnshire, may be more than 50% enclosed when the two side shutters are down .

 According to the BBC website a two-year-old girl has died after what police described as a "tragic accident" in her bedroom. It is understood that the girl had become tangled in a window blind cord at her home in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire.

 Newell Ltd, a blinds manufacturing business in Tamworth was bought by Israel-based Holis Metal Industries, which sought to transfer all its work to Israel. 

 France fears arrival of cigarette-smoking ban
Preston CitizenA Group of eco-friendly youngsters have designed window blinds which collect solar power - and they could win £20,000 worth of equipment for their school
 A smoke-free pub is a very empty place

Independent IrelandBuilders woo house buyers with 'golden hello' fit-outs.


Preston CitizenAlmost £500,000 is to be spent on the Harris Museum , Preston , Lancs in the next six months in a bid to attract some of the world's top works of art.

 US Company Konarka Technologies,  maker of nanotech-based solar materials, announced that it had secured $45 million in private funding intended to accelerate development and commercialisation of its organic photovoltaic products . These 'power plastics' can be used to power awnings.
 Exeter Express and Echo reports on First Great Western refurbishment plans including window blinds,  for their fleet of trains
Lancashire Evening PostThe Lancashire Evening Post report about urgent replacements and repairs required at the Harris Museum

 "A quarter of classrooms did not have blinds, and in half of those that did, blinds were either broken or at least one was missing" comments author of report on classroom glare

Glasgow Sunday Mail A blind-fitter who lost his job after donating a kidney to his pal has been offered work by Thomas Sanderson
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