December 9, 2019

Brexit: EU and UK reach deal but DUP refuses support

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From BBC Boris Johnson and EU leaders have hailed the deal they have struck to take the UK out of the bloc on 31 October in an “orderly” fashion. The prime minister now faces a battle to get the deal through Parliament on Saturday, with the DUP opposing it. DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds accused […]

Vistra strengthens executive leadership team with appointments of new Chief Commercial Officer and Regional Managing Director of UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, and Middle East

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Hong Kong, 16 October 2019 – Vistra, a leading global trust, corporate services and fund administration provider, today announced two executive leadership appointments – William Douglas as Chief Commercial Officer, and Derek Kemp as Regional Managing Director of the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, and the Middle East, effectively immediately. William is responsible for the commercial management and development of Vistra’s business globally. […]

Brexit: ‘No deal tonight’, UK government source says

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From BBC A government source has told the BBC there will be “no deal tonight”, as officials continue to work on the technical details in Brussels. The UK and EU had been hoping to sign off a revised Brexit deal before Thursday’s crunch EU council meeting. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said it was not now […]

Harry Dunn crash: Donald Trump notes say US suspect ‘will not return to UK’

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From BBC A woman at the centre of a row over diplomatic immunity will not return to the UK, according to briefing notes held by US President Donald Trump. Anne Sacoolas is suspected of being involved in a car crash that killed British motorcyclist Harry Dunn, who died in Northamptonshire on 27 August. Mrs Sacoolas […]

How podcasts went from unlistenable to unmissable

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By Jamie Robertson From BBC One night 15 years ago journalist Ben Hammersley was on a deadline at the Guardian newspaper, writing a column on internet radio blogs. He filed the piece and then, just as he was packing up, got a last minute call from the subs desk (the team that give stories a […]

Saudi Arabia is admitting general tourists for the first time. Here are 20 things that could get you arrested or fined, like dabbing, carrying a Bible, or wearing shorts

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By Bill Bostosck From Business Insider The country is full of wonder, with five pristine UNESCO heritage sights, Red Sea beach resorts, and futuristic cities like Riyadh. But the kingdom’s laws are complicated, and tourists can easily fall foul of them and receive a hefty fine, or worse. Here’s what to look out for. Visit […]

UK: Judge dismisses no-deal Brexit court move

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From BBC A Scottish judge has dismissed a move to force Boris Johnson to comply with a law aimed at avoiding a no-deal Brexit. Campaigners had wanted to ensure that the prime minister would write to the EU to request an extension if no deal is in place by 19 October. They argued that statements […]

Millennials killed print. Will Gen Z revive it?

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Gen Z spends more time reading print than they do on digital platforms. Find out more about this generation and their attitudes towards print By Chaymae Samir From Reuters Community By now Gen Z needs no introduction. They grew up with social media and tech and have never known a world without it. They’re also […]

UK: Supreme Court – Suspending Parliament was unlawful, judges rule

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From BBC Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks was unlawful, the Supreme Court has ruled. Judges said it was wrong to stop MPs carrying out duties in the run-up to the Brexit deadline on 31 October. The PM, who has faced calls to resign, said he “profoundly disagreed” with the ruling but […]

Thomas Cook customers to fly home after firm collapses

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From BBC The first flights bringing Thomas Cook holidaymakers home to the UK have landed amid some reports of disruption. The government has said it will run a “shadow airline” for two weeks to repatriate the 155,000 UK tourists affected by the firm’s collapse. Transport secretary Grant Shapps said its response to the crisis was […]