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Foreign Ministers’ joint statement on arrests in Hong Kong
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Foreign Ministers’ joint statement on arrests in Hong Kong

Ottawa, Ontario (STL.News) Global Affairs Canada - “We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State, underscore our serious concern at the mass arrests of 55 politicians and activists in Hong Kong for subversion under the National Security Law. “The National Security Law is a clear breach of the Sino-British joint Declaration and undermines the 'One Country, Two Systems’ framework.  It has curtailed the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.  It is clear that the National Security Law is being used to eliminate dissent and opposing political views. “We call on the Hong Kong and Chinese central authorities to respect the legally guaranteed rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong without fear of...
U.S and Partners Promote Accountability for Corruption
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U.S and Partners Promote Accountability for Corruption

United States and Partners Promote Accountability for Corruption and Human Rights Abuse (STL.News) The United States imposed sanctions under the Global Magnitsky sanctions program on corrupt actors and human rights abusers worldwide.  These actions target actors across the globe who disregard individuals’ human rights and international standards to prevent and combat corruption. As we recognize International Anticorruption Day on December 9 and International Human Rights Day on December 10, the United States is using these sanctions along with the Department of State’s 7031(c) visa restriction authorities to promote accountability and deter human rights abuse and corruption globally.  Together, these actions address perpetrators of corruption and human rights abuses ranging from a corr...
UK: New coronavirus strains spread exponentially
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UK: New coronavirus strains spread exponentially

(STL.News) The British government on December 19 alerted the World Health Organization about a new variant of the coronavirus that the Prime Minister said maybe “up to 70 per cent” more transmissible than earlier strains. ? YouTube video provided courtesy of WION News STL.News References: YouTube
Joint Press Statement of US, the European Union, UK, & UN High Commissioner for Refugees
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Joint Press Statement of US, the European Union, UK, & UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Joint Press Statement of the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department Of State released the following statement: The following is the text of a joint press statement by the Government of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. International donor conference for urgent humanitarian support for Rohingya refugees US, UK, EU, and UN Refugee Agency will co-host a donor conference on October 22 to promote support for Rohingya refugees and host countries. There is a significant funding gap in the international response to the crisis this year, with contributions to date covering less than half of...
US Department of State: Assistant Secretary David Schenker’s Travel to Lebanon, Morocco & UK
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US Department of State: Assistant Secretary David Schenker’s Travel to Lebanon, Morocco & UK

Washingtion, DC (STL.News) The US Department Of State released the following statement: Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker will travel to Lebanon, Morocco, and the United Kingdom October 12 – October 21.  Hosted by UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis,  Assistant Secretary Schenker will facilitate the opening session of negotiations between the governments of Israel and Lebanon on their maritime boundary.  He will be joined by Ambassador John Desrocher, who will serve as the U.S. mediator for these negotiations.  As announced on October 1, the framework agreement to commence discussions on the maritime boundary is a vital step forward that offers the potential to yield greater stability, security, and prosperity for Lebanese and Israeli citizens a...
UK News: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What has changed
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UK News: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What has changed

The UK government has today announced further national measures to address rising cases of coronavirus in England UK (STL.News) The United Kingdom Government released the following statement: It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours: HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds. FACE - Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place. Face Coverings Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings (from 23 September). Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or ...
CMA stops Lloyds ‘bundling’ business accounts with loans
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CMA stops Lloyds ‘bundling’ business accounts with loans

The CMA has stopped Lloyds Banking Group forcing small business customers to open business current accounts when taking out Bounce Back Loans UK (STL.News) ‘Bundling’ is where a bank requires small business customers to open a business current account (BCA) with them when applying for a loan.  This restricts competition and limits choice because customers may want to hold an account with one provider while using a different bank for their loan. This action comes after Lloyds Banking Group (Lloyds), which includes Lloyds Bank and the Bank of Scotland, notified the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that it had not complied with certain aspects of legal undertakings designed to protect customers from these anti-competitive practices. The CMA found that Lloyds breached these undertakin...
Scotland’s tech sector going from strength to strength
Technology

Scotland’s tech sector going from strength to strength

Edinburgh and Glasgow now have more than a fifth of workforce in digital economy jobs Edinburgh has 23% of workforce in digital tech roles, while Glasgow has 22% Edinburgh’s median digital tech salary is at £44,938 – the second highest outside London more than 69,000 job openings in the tech sector were advertised in Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2019 UK (STL.News) New data analysed by Tech Nation for the Government’s Digital Economy Council ahead of London Tech Week reveals that 69,000 jobs in digital tech were advertised in Edinburgh and Glasgow during 2019, making the tech sector one of the biggest employers – more than a fifth of the workforce of each city is now employed in digital tech. Scotland’s tech sector has been one of the strongest in the country, outside London and the South East...
Applications for the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarships open for Argentine students
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Applications for the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarships open for Argentine students

UK (STL.News) Applications for Chevening Scholarships to study in the UK are open between 3 September and 3 November 2020, with applications to be submitted via www.chevening.org/apply. Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals who can demonstrate that they have the commitment and skills required to create positive change, and can show how a UK master’s degree will help them do that.  The scholarship offers full financial support for future leaders to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst also gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural experiences. Since the program was created in 1983, over 50,000 professionals have had the opportunity to develop in the UK through Chevening.  There are more than 1,500 scholarship...
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s words ahead of round 8 of EU negotiations
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s words ahead of round 8 of EU negotiations

UK (STL.News) We are now entering the final phase of our negotiations with the EU. The EU have been very clear about the timetable.  I am too.  There needs to be an agreement with our European friends by the time of the European Council on 15 October if it’s going to be in force by the end of the year.  So there is no sense in thinking about timelines that go beyond that point.  If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free trade agreement between us, and we should both accept that and move on. We will then have a trading arrangement with the EU like Australia’s.  I want to be absolutely clear that, as we have said right from the start, that would be a good outcome for the UK.  As a Government we are preparing, at our borders and at our ports, to be ready for it....
US Department of State: On China’s Continued Coercion of the United Kingdom
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US Department of State: On China’s Continued Coercion of the United Kingdom

Washington, DC (STL.News)  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of the US Department of State released the following statement: The United States is dismayed to learn that the Chinese Communist Party’s coercive bullying tactics against our friends in the United Kingdom continues.  In the latest example, British bank HSBC has reportedly prevented Hong Kong-based executives at Next Media, a well-known publisher of pro-democracy publications, from accessing their credit cards and personal bank accounts.  The bank is thus maintaining accounts for individuals who have been sanctioned for denying freedom for Hong Kongers, while shutting accounts for those seeking freedom. Only a few months ago, HSBC’s Asia-Pacific CEO signed a petition supporting Beijing’s decision to crush Hong’s Kong’s autonomy and ...
Pentair Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results
Business

Pentair Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

Second quarter sales of $713 million. Second quarter GAAP EPS of $0.44 and adjusted EPS of $0.59. The company remains confident in its liquidity position having ended the quarter with $91 million in cash, $1.01 billion of total debt, and $764 million available under its revolving credit facility. The company provides full year 2020 GAAP EPS guidance of approximately $1.70 to $1.90 and on an adjusted basis of approximately $2.00 to $2.20. LONDON (STL.News) Pentair plc (NYSE: PNR) today announced second quarter 2020 sales of $713 million. Sales were down 11 percent compared to sales for the same period last year.  Excluding currency translation, acquisitions and divestitures, core sales declined 10 percent in the second quarter.  Second quarter 2020 earnings per diluted share from continuing...
Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With U.K. Prime Minister Johnson
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With U.K. Prime Minister Johnson

Washington, DC (STL.News)  The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:? Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson today in London, England. Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Johnson discussed key global priorities, including secure 5G telecommunications and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Secretary and the Prime Minister also discussed ongoing negotiations on a U.S.-U.K. free trade agreement. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to the UK and Denmark
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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to the UK and Denmark

Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to London, UK, and Copenhagen, Denmark, July 20 to July 22. While in London, Secretary Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to discuss global priorities, including the COVID-19 economic recovery plans, issues related to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Hong Kong, and the U.S.-UK Free Trade Agreement negotiations. In Copenhagen on July 22, Secretary Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to discuss the pandemic, the PRC, and other matters.  The Secretary will also meet with Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod, Faroese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Education Jenis av Ran...
Huawei to be removed from UK 5G networks by 2027
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Huawei to be removed from UK 5G networks by 2027

Decision follows a technical review by the National Cyber Security Centre in response to US sanctions Buying new Huawei 5G equipment banned after 31 December 2020 All Huawei equipment to be removed from 5G networks by end of 2027 Existing ban on Huawei from most sensitive ‘core’ parts of 5G network remains Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said in a statement to the House of Commons: “By the time of the next election we will have implemented in law an irreversible path for the complete removal of Huawei equipment from our 5G networks”. UK (STL.News) HUAWEI will be completely removed from the UK’s 5G networks by the end of 2027, the government has announced, following new advice produced by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on the impact of US sanctions against the telecommunications ...