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LSE to sell Italy unit for €30m

first_img LSE to sell Italy unit for €30m Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’Sportsnaut’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Tuesday 5 April 2011 8:36 pm Share Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL THE London Stock Exchange, which is currently seeking to buy the owner of the Toronto Stock Exchange, said yesterday it had sold its non-core Italian unit Servizio Titoli to Computershare.The LSE said it would sell the unit for an initial amount of €30m (£26.2m). Servizio Titoli provides shareholder management services to listed companies in Italy. The LSE’s proposed C$3bn purchase of TMX Group, which runs the Toronto Stock Exchange, would create a $7bn transatlantic exchange doing $4 trillion in trading annually. whatsapp KCS-content whatsapplast_img read more

2 UK shares I’ve bought for the national lockdown

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. As the UK enters its third national lockdown in the space of a year, holders of UK shares face a tough choice. Lockdowns have a devastating effect on the economy, and picking stocks in this environment is extremely challenging. However, here at the Motley Fool, we believe in long-term investing. That means looking past short-term headwinds such as the coronavirus crisis and concentrating on individual businesses’ long-term potential. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…And with that in mind, there are two UK shares I’ve been buying ahead of the latest national lockdown. UK shares for the lockdownI’ve been using the last lockdown as a guide for finding investments that might do well this time around. While the UK economy recorded its largest slump in history during the first half of last year, some companies actually reported sales growth for the period. One of these was consumer goods giant Unilever (LSE: ULVR). This business hasn’t been able to escape the impact of the pandemic entirely. Sales of personal grooming products and some food items have declined.However, these declines have been more than offset by growth in other areas. Sales of cleaning and home cooking products, in particular, have jumped.As a result, overall sales across the organisation in the first half of last year increased 0.1%. The group then reported underlying sales growth of 4.4% in the third quarter. Based on these figures, I think it’s highly likely the business will be able to navigate the third national lockdown with ease. Unilever is helped by the fact that more than 50% of the group’s sales come from emerging markets. So its exposure to the UK is actually relatively limited. Despite these advantages, the stock is trading around 10% below its 2020 high watermark. That suggests to me the investment offers a wide margin of safety. The shares also support a dividend yield of 3.2%. These are some of the reasons I believe this is one of the best UK shares to own in the new national lockdown. Cleaning king Few UK shares have registered the sort of sales growth seen by Reckitt Benckiser (LSE: RB) over the past 12 months. The maker of top cleaning brands, including Dettol and Cillit Bang, has reported double-digit sales growth across many of its product lines during this period. For example, due to strong demand for disinfectant products, sales of Dettol-branded sprays, wipes and liquid jumped more than 50% year-on-year in the third quarter of last year. Based on this growth, City analysts expect the company to report a strong increase in earnings for 2020. But despite these tailwinds, shares in the company look cheap. They’re trading around 20% below their 2020 high watermark. The stock also offers a 2.6% dividend yield. This discount, as well as the company’s growth, are reasons why I think this is one of the best UK shares to buy for the year ahead. As the coronavirus crisis continues, I think Reckitt will continue to see a growing demand for its cleaning products. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address 2 UK shares I’ve bought for the national lockdown Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Rupert Hargreaves | Wednesday, 6th January, 2021 | More on: RKT ULVR center_img Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

RBS 6 Nations: Scotland analysis: Round 3

first_imgIt made little sense, but it worked.That is not to say that it was not taxing. The broken remains of Kelly Brown’s face tells you that laying down human speed bumps comes at the price of vanity. However, the reward for such selflessness is great. So for every knee-jarring jump for sloppy Irish lineout ball that Jim Hamilton put in, for every hit Geoff Cross absorbed, it allowed Scotland a chance to rebound.Learning: Jackson needs time to mature Scotland effectively curled up, taking the dull, thudding hits of a red faced assailant, before unfurling and throwing a few quick hits of their own. It was ugly, ungainly and is unlikely to yield the same results against any other opponent, but on that day in Edinburgh it worked.For Ireland they must now reassess. Without Sexton they lack a rudder. The right thing to do would be to stand by Jackson, because he is the future and can improve on kicking stats. Ronan O’Gara, on the other hand, appears to lack the fortitude to make use of his preposterously educated boot at the present time. His senseless lash into dead space in front of Scotland’s most dangerous players, in Ireland’s half, demonstrated this expertly.Many men are out injured and they have to expect big players will return, but they need to ensure they cannot be so wasteful again. Otherwise Declan Kidney is striding towards quicksand and the players are urging him on. Bloodied but unbowed: A battered and bruised Kelly Brown celebrates with fans after Scotland’s victory over IrelandBy Alan DymockON SUNDAY there were so many numbers being thrown around, but the shock of it all was that it was Ireland, rather than Scotland, whose number was up.Heads spun as percentages and figures swirled. Scotland conceded 16 penalties, had 29% possession and made no linebreaks. Ireland had 71% of the ball, only had to bend for 44 tackles and offered up four searing line breaks. Ireland were unquestionably on top, looking at the damned statistics, but still they ended up losing 12-8.Lineout legend: Hamilton put in a MotM performanceIt was a day to lock the boffins in the closet. No bookie could have predicted the outcome of that RBS 6 Nations match based on ugly maths. Everything came down to something more pure; something the common fan and experts alike pull out when they are at a loss to explain odds-defying results: heart.Scotland simply wanted to beat Ireland more than Ireland wanted not to be beaten, and despite a spinning Craig Gilroy try, the Scots were not to be defeated.Break after break came, with Paddy Jackson able to trot and cut with his teammates, safe in the knowledge that the Scots midfield were too busy flailing to hit. Luke Marshall twice darted through and Keith Earls treated himself to a rather wasteful journey into Scotland’s 22 before Sean O’Brien set up a score with his running. Ireland had the legs. What they temporarily lacked was composure and nous and it’s up to Declan Kidney to re-find it.Scotland repeatedly tightened on their line, sometimes willing to allow penalty kicks rather than tries, and with poor Paddy Jackson unable to match his promising link play with post-targeting punts those penalties were washed out. It felt like hit, hit, hit was followed by a silly penalty and a missed kick. EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Flyhalf Paddy Jackson of Ireland passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Mind you, perhaps a complete change would be good for Ireland. After all, few expected Scott Johnson to do much with an abused Scotland side after the grand plans of Andy Robinson, and the interim coach has cajoled them into 6 Nations contention.last_img read more

The Best Five Tries from Round three of the 2014 Junior World Championship

first_imgThursday Jun 12, 2014 The Best Five Tries from Round three of the 2014 Junior World Championship The semi-finals of the 2014 Junior World Championship take place this Sunday, with England taking on Ireland, and New Zealand hosting South Africa. Here’s a quick look at some of the best tries that were scored in round three of the tournament, currently taking place in and around Auckland.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Member of uighur minority sentenced to nine years in jail for trying to post “secessionist” articles

first_img Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures April 27, 2021 Find out more April 20, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Member of uighur minority sentenced to nine years in jail for trying to post “secessionist” articles Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News A court in Xingjian, north-west China has sentenced Ablikim Abdiriyim, the son of renowned Uigar activist, Rebiya Kadeer, to nine years in prison for posting “secessionist” articles online, in what Reporters Without Borders called a “travesty of a trial”. China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that the 17 April verdict indicated that the young activist had sent the offending articles to the webmaster of the Uighur service of ChinaAsia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information A court in Xingjian, north-west China has sentenced Ablikim Abdiriyim, the son of renowned Uigar activist, Rebiya Kadeer, to nine years in prison for posting “secessionist” articles online, in what Reporters Without Borders called a “travesty of a trial”.China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that the 17 April verdict indicated that the young activist had sent the offending articles to the webmaster of the Uighur service of However the US-run company does not have any content in that language.Abdiriyim, the third child of Rebiya Kadeer, who is living in exile in the United States, had “only expressed his opinion online”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The harshness of the sentence is disgraceful and is typical of the brutal repression suffered by the Uighur minority in China,” it added.The organisation contacted a member of the Yahoo! management on 18 April, who undertook to open an immediate inquiry into the case.According to Xinhua, Abdiriyim was charged with trying to post two articles: “Struggle toward independence” and “Issues to be aware of and prohibited in Jihad”, which he had downloaded from the Internet. It said that according to the verdict, these articles “distorted China’s human rights and ethnic policies”. The offending articles were then sent to the webmaster of the Uighur service of, the government-controlled news agency reported.Alaim Seytoff, who is close to the young activist’s mother, told Reporters Without Borders, “Yahoo! does not have pages in Uighur. We do not know anything about these articles and this case appears to us to be completely trumped-up.“Since his arrest, in June 2006, no-one has been able to see Ablikim and we have had no access to the charge sheet. It is possible that these articles do not even exist and that the Chinese authorities are simply trying to justify an unfair conviction. The sentence has one clear objective: to silence Rebiya Kadeer and stop him from carrying on any political activity.” Newscenter_img to go further News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation ———–Create your blog with Reporters Without Borders : www.rsfblog.orglast_img read more

Exclusive! T-Mobile Reveals Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton Origin Story with Adam Levine & Much…

first_img Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 7, 2021 Exclusive! T-Mobile Reveals Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton Origin Story with Adam Levine & Much More Pinterest BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 7, 2021– T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) just revealed in a Big Game spot that Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton’s fated pairing resulted from a spotty video call with former The Voice costar Adam Levine on a spotty Carrier connection. T-Mobile reunited Levine, Stefani and Shelton for the first time since The Voice, and today the Un-carrier unveiled documented footage revealing the SHOCKING TRUTH* about the unlikely couple: they were set up as a result of a garbled convo between Stefani and Levine. In the spot, Stefani tells Adam that she is “looking for someone cultured, maybe from another country, someone unafraid of a strong woman.” But the signal cuts out and Adam heard something completely different … so when Blake showed up for their date, Stefani was shocked. “I mean … spurs? Really? Who wears those to dinner?” “Who DOESN’T ride a horse to a first date,” responded Shelton. “All I know is, that’s the one time I was thankful for Gwen’s crappy phone signal. Glad we got together. And glad we got T-Mobile.” “Gwen’s video was cutting out, and I heard her say that she wanted someone uncultured, country and afraid of strong women,” explained Levine. “I thought it was odd, but I instantly knew her perfect match.” The iconic duo lucked out this time … but potentially life-changing convos shouldn’t be trusted to anything but the nation’s largest and fastest 5G network, and that’s T-Mobile’s. Rockstar 5G: The spot is part of T-Mobile’s “Misunderstandings” campaign, which includes a previously-released ad featuring two of the stars of today’s game. That “GOAT 5G” spot was banned from the Big Game due to the “protected telco rights deal,” but it was too good not to share with the world. And after being featured on The TODAY Show, the spot has garnered more than 30 million views – and counting – across Twitter and YouTube. The Anderson Bowl Golden Globe and nine-time Emmy nominee Anthony Anderson and his now-famous and ever-sassy Mama, Doris Bowman, make back-to-back appearances in the Big Game. In this fresh spot, the dynamic duo face off in an annual family football game while their family far and wide video calls in to watch … on 5G smartphones riding on T-Mobile 5G, of course, which … no big deal, just happens to be the nation’s largest and fastest. The teams seem evenly matched until Mama brings Anthony’s *distant cousin* and professional tight end Travis Kelce. Family Drama 5G: “Underdog no more, it’s time that everyone knows that T-Mobile now has the nation’s largest and fastest 5G network and America has a new network leader,” said Mike Sievert, CEO at T-Mobile. “We needed to tell our story loud and clear, so we brought in our friends Anthony and Doris, Gwen, Blake, Adam and more to help us spread the word on the country’s biggest stage.” Win a New Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G Smartphone To celebrate being the nation’s 5G leader, T-Mobile is giving away 300 Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G smartphones. Just follow @TMobile on Twitter and retweet the tweets featuring the spots with #Sweepstakes and #LeaderIn5G for your chance to win! Galaxy S21+ customers can tap into the ONLY nationwide standalone 5G network for more coverage than others and will be among the first to unleash 5G carrier aggregation for better performance, more speed and more 5G coverage for these smartphones. T-Mobile is America’s 5G leader, delivering the fastest 5G speeds in more places. With the first and largest nationwide 5G network, T-Mobile’s Extended Range 5G covers more than 280 million people across nearly 1.6 million square miles – offering 2.5x more geographic coverage than AT&T and nearly 4x more than Verizon. With Sprint now part of T-Mobile, the Un-carrier is widening its lead, using dedicated spectrum to bring customers with capable devices download speeds of around 300 Mbps and peak speeds up to 1 Gbps. The Un-carrier’s Ultra Capacity 5G already reaches more than 1,000 cities and towns and covers 106 million people, 50x more than Verizon covers with Ultra Wideband. Follow T-Mobile’s Official Twitter Newsroom @TMobileNews to stay up to date with the latest company news. Visit the T-Mobile Newsroom to download assets. *This didn’t actually happen. But it was fun to film. Credits: Agency: Panay Films Creative Leads: Andrew Panay, Brian Klugman, Nate Tuck Ultra Capacity 5G can include mid- and high-band 5G signals. Ultra Capacity 5G covers hundreds of cities and millions of people, with more added all the time. Sweepstakes: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends at 11:59 pm PT on 2/8/21. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. including D.C. and Puerto Rico ages 18 and older. Void where prohibited. For full rules and how to enter visit: (goes live on 2/7). Sponsored by T-Mobile. T-Mobile is America’s Largest 5G network & Opensignal Awards T-Mobile as America’s Fastest 5G network – USA: 5G User Experience Report January 2021, based on independent analysis of average speeds from mobile measurements recorded during the period September 16 – December 14, 2020 © 2021 Opensignal Limited. 5G: Some uses may require certain plan or feature; see About T-Mobile T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is America’s supercharged Un-carrier, delivering an advanced 4G LTE and transformative nationwide 5G network that will offer reliable connectivity for all. T-Mobile’s customers benefit from its unmatched combination of value and quality, unwavering obsession with offering them the best possible service experience and undisputable drive for disruption that creates competition and innovation in wireless and beyond. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint. For more information please visit: View source version on CONTACT: Media Contact T-Mobile US, Inc. Media Relations [email protected] Relations Contact T-Mobile US, Inc. [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA WASHINGTON INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPORTS HARDWARE FOOTBALL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY MOBILE/WIRELESS OTHER TECHNOLOGY SOURCE: T-Mobile Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Unions need a makeover to appeal to the masses

first_img Previous Article Next Article How much headway have the unions really made in reclaiming the workplace andpresenting themselves as a legitimate and authentic voice of all workers? The trend for employees to use no win no fee lawyers and employmentconsultants to represent them in tribunals suggests the unions are losingground, not gaining it. Their original raisons d’etre is under threat and there are other pressures looming.The escalating cost of pursuing legal action has made unions reluctant to takeon certain cases. And selling the benefits of union membership is much hardernow that new legislation allows staff to set up their own consultation methods.Command and control management continues to dominate many UK workplaces andyet there are still entire sectors and certain age groups that are alienatedfrom the union movement. Some 35 per cent of staff aged 50 and over are unionmembers compared to only 11 per cent aged 16-24 years. Last week, we reported a slight upturn in union membership for the firsttime in seven years. But overall numbers have fallen from 13 million to justseven million in the past 20 years, and less than 36 per cent of employees arecurrently covered by collective agreements. There has been a lot of noise about unions reinventing themselves byspeaking for all workers, irrespective of whether they are paying membershipcontributions. Staging a comeback is inevitably harder in a climate wherefairness at work is the new mantra, even though we all know employers andsectors that refuse to bite that bullet. Unions can undoubtedly be a progressive force for good in the modernworkplace. But they must be seen to be constructively making a difference. In health and safety and learning, union representatives have been doingjust that, but the marketing of these success stories could be so much better. The unions have a unique opportunity to reposition and re-brand themselves.But at the moment, the only image the public sees is that of union in-fighting,the rise of the ‘awkward squad’ and militant union leaders throwing downgauntlets to anyone who will listen. Responsible unions working with employers deserve to be embraced and nottreated like pariahs, but they have a major job to do in being equallyvociferous about the value they can bring. At the moment, that importantmessage isn’t ringing as loudly as it should. By Jane King, editor Unions need a makeover to appeal to the massesOn 20 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Mesozooplankton community structure across the Antarctic Circumpolar Current to the north of South Georgia: Southern Ocean

first_imgDuring four summer seasons mesozooplankton community composition and structure in relation to water mass distribution were investigated along a 735-km transect running across the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) to the north-west of the island of South Georgia, Southern Ocean. Samples were obtained each year during December-January from the top 200 m of the water column at 22 stations spaced 35 km apart. Cluster analysis revealed four station groupings that were geographically consistent with the different water masses identified on the basis of temperature and salinity properties along the transect. A Sub-Antarctic Zone (SAZ) community characterised by low overall plankton abundance was present at the northernmost end of the transect on three of the four cruises, separated from a Polar Frontal Zone (PFZ) community by the Sub-Antarctic Front (SAF). The PFZ community lay between the SAF and the Polar Front (PF) and was characterised by highest overall abundance and little interannual variability. Two Antarctic Zone (AAZ) communities were found south of the PF that, although taxonomically similar, differed in overall abundance. Although there were significant differences in nutrients (e.g. silicate) and phytoplankton (Chl a) between the different water masses, these factors only weakly correlated with plankton community structure. Copepods were the largest contributors to total abundance within all station groupings (median percentage 83-90% of total) and pteropods were also proportionately abundant in the PFZ (11%). With the exception of pteropods (less than or equal to11%) and ostracods (less than or equal to3%) all other non-copepod taxa contributed <1% to total abundance. All station groups were characterised by varying proportions of a relatively small subset of species, many of which were present throughout the transect, for example, Oithona similis, Ctenocalanus spp., Euchaeta antarctica, and Rhincalanus gigas. Others were particularly characteristic of different station groups, thus Neocalanus tonsus, Clausocalanus ingens, and Calocalanus spp. were characteristic of the SAZ with few in the PFZ and none in the AAZ. Microcalanus pygmaeus was particularly abundant in the AAZ compared to other regions, as was the polychaete, Pelagobia longicirrata. Other taxa, although widespread, tended to be typical of particular water masses, for example, Calanus simillimus and Limacina helicina in the PFZ, Calanoides acutus, appendicularians and P. longicirrata in the AAZ, and ostracods and chaetognaths in the SAZ. The close physical and biological coupling observed across the ACC confirms the frontal zones and particularly the PF as features across which community properties change in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean.last_img read more

Knight III leads S. Utah past Dixie State 85-78

first_img Tags: Dixie State Trailblazers Basketball/SUU Thunderbirds Basketball Written by December 17, 2020 /Sports News – Local Knight III leads S. Utah past Dixie State 85-78 Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — John Knight III had 22 points as Southern Utah defeated Dixie State 85-78.Cameron Gooden led the Trailblazers with 16 pointslast_img

Speech: Global Britain-supporting the Rules Based International System

first_imgDistinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining me on my first visit to the Philippines as UK Minister for Asia.More than 70 years after the bombs, artillery and guns of World War II fell silent, academics and historians continue to debate the number of people killed.Some put the number of deaths worldwide at 45 million. Others believe the number of Chinese casualties alone may have exceeded that number. The people of the Philippines undoubtedly paid a very dear price, with up to one million Filipinos killed – around 1 in every 16 people – considerably more than the losses we suffered in the UK.In the aftermath of such a devastating conflict, the instinctive response across much of the globe was to set about building a new set of rules and cooperative institutions, to reduce the risk of such large scale slaughter happening again.The United Nations was the clearest demonstration of the global will to do things differently – not only between states themselves, but also between states and their people.The Holocaust had made an absolutely compelling case for the need to strengthen the rights of individuals. But it was also understood that the vicious brutality meted out by the occupying forces in Europe and Asia was in part a consequence of regimes with unchecked power at home. It was understood that if a state did not respect the diversity of its people and their thoughts, beliefs and wishes, it was likely to be more unpredictable and dangerous beyond its borders.So countries came together at the United Nations not only to draw up the rules, and the checks and balances of international peace and security, but also the rights and freedoms of all people, and each state’s responsibility to guarantee those rights.Over the last 70 years that international rule book has been strengthened and broadened within the UN, and through an increasing range of multilateral and regional organisations.The global rule book now deals with so much more than the weapons we have and what happens when we misuse them. It deals with how we trade together, and what happens if we renege on those terms. It helps protect the assets that our countries share – our air, our water, our oceans. It helps protect our wildlife, and our national heritage – things that make our countries unique.This rules-based system would have been unimaginable just one hundred years ago, when war and forceful occupation were still considered a legitimate approach to foreign policy. Among other things, it has led to a reduction in the proportion of people living in poverty around the world from over 50% in the 1940s, to less than 10% today.It is a rule book that has protected the sovereignty of the Philippines after centuries of occupation and enabled you to grow as an independent country.Taken together, this Rules Based International System has had a hugely positive impact on global security and prosperity, protecting people and countries, and helping them to achieve their potential.This is why the United Kingdom is working so hard with its international partners to cherish and protect these rules. And this is why we regret that the Philippines has decided to leave the International Criminal Court – an institution that we consider to be a cornerstone of the Rules-Based International System, because it makes all people safer. We believe that it needs the support of the whole international community and we are sure that the Philippines could make a great contribution.Defending the Rules Based International SystemAnd it is why we want to work with countries to tackle global challenges and build a more prosperous and stable future for us all.Supporting and strengthening the Rules Based International System, so that countries and individuals have the freedom, security and mechanisms to prosper, is what drives our foreign policy. That is why we are the only one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council that spends both 2% of our GDP on defence and 0.7% of GNI on development.We take the responsibility of permanent membership incredibly seriously. That means being active across a huge range of issues. We have played a prominent role – through the UN and EU – in strengthening and enforcing sanctions against North Korea to stop its pursuit of nuclear weapons.We work to address crises, by providing humanitarian support for those caught up in them and by supporting efforts to end conflicts; we work with partners across the globe to tackle issues as diverse as violent extremism, sexual violence in conflict, human trafficking and modern slavery, and the illegal wildlife trade; and we campaign to promote girls’ education.In the past 5 years alone, UK aid has protected over 67 million children against a range of preventable diseases.If you look at the current humanitarian disasters – in Syria, South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Northeast Nigeria – you will find that the 3 biggest donors are the US, the UK, and the EU.We have led financial contributions to address the crisis facing the Rohingya people of Burma, with £129 million of aid given to date. I saw the real difference this is making on the ground when I visited Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh a few weeks ago.And you may not know that after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in 2013, the UK government’s £77 million contribution to the humanitarian support effort was greater than any other government in the world – representing 14% of global contributions. Perhaps more remarkably, that figure was topped by donations from the British public of nearly £100 million.Global Britain strengthening the Rules Based International SystemDespite this track record, some commentators have chosen to interpret the decision of the British people to leave the European Union as a sign of our retreat from our global role.This could not be further from the truth – being more internationalist is at the core of our vision for a post-Brexit Global Britain, and freeing ourselves of certain shackles that came with EU membership will enable us to realise our vision. Nowhere more so than in our approach to international trade. Increasing trade, economic activity and employment is the best way to improve the lives of the world’s poorest; just look how more that 500 million people have been lifted out of extreme poverty in China since the 1980s.No region is more exciting in terms of the potential to increase trade than here in the Indo-Pacific; you have a third of the global economy, and around two thirds of the global population.The Philippines is a good case-in-point, with 6.7% GDP growth last year, and the potential for more to come. That is why we are busily working to be more present, more active, and more engaged in this region.I have visited around 20 countries across the region in my first year as Minister. In each one I have made the case for closer links between our governments, our businesses, and our people. We want to be a partner and friend with good relations with all the countries of this region – not choosing between them.Our relationship with China is crucial now and it will be in the future. As will our deep and long-standing partnerships with Japan and India. And of course, those with Australia and New Zealand. But we need to do more.So I can say this morning that after leaving the EU, we will be seeking to strengthen our relationship with ASEAN as an institution, and we will endeavour to further strengthen our relationship with the Philippines, building on longstanding relations which date back to Sir Francis Drake’s landing in Mindanao in 1579.We want to work in partnership to uphold and strengthen the Rules-Based International System in Asia, as elsewhere.That is why we have stood shoulder to shoulder with Japan, South Korea and other countries in denouncing nuclear adventurism by North Korea. It is why we stand up for the rights of the people of Hong Kong and for the principle of ‘One country, two systems’.And it is why in the South China Sea we urge all parties to respect freedom of navigation and international law, including the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.It is critical for regional stability, and for the integrity of the Rules-Based International System, that disputes in the region are resolved, not through force, militarisation or coercion, but through dialogue and in accordance with international law.The UK is backing the Rules Based International System in Asia through our security cooperation as well as our humanitarian support and diplomacy. As one of the few countries able to deploy air power 7,000 miles from our shores, we recently sent our Typhoon fighter jets to train with Japan, South Korea, and Malaysia for the first time.We have also deployed two Royal Navy ships to the region – HMS Sutherland and Albion, and soon also HMS Argyll – meaning we will have an almost unbroken naval presence in the strategically critical Asia-Pacific this year.One of the first missions of our two vast new aircraft carriers will be to sail through the Straits of Malacca, the route that currently accommodates a quarter of global trade. Not because we have enemies in this region – but because we believe in upholding the rule of law.Challenges to the Rules Based International SystemThere are unfortunately some leaders who are intent on flouting and undermining the Rules Based International System.In recent years many countries have fallen victim to Russian state aggression, destabilisation or interference. There is no plausible alternative explanation than that the Russian state was responsible for the chemical attack against a former Russian spy in the English town of Salisbury in March, using Soviet-developed Novichok. It was the first time since the Second World War that a nerve agent had been deployed in continental Europe.The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons agreed a UK proposal last month, which should strengthen the ban on chemical weapons and prevent impunity for their use. We were grateful to the 82 countries that supported the measures to reinforce a key plank of the Rules Based International System. We were disappointed that the Philippines, and 23 other countries, were not among them.ConclusionThat brings me to my final point. The Rules Based International System is a network of agreements and institutions that requires our support if it is to continue to protect us and make us more prosperous.If we stand back – perhaps in the hope of some possible short term gain – we will all be worse off in the long run. The System is not the property of any one country or alliance of countries – but something that belongs to all of us. It has been built with the shared wisdom gleaned from our shared history.That history has taught us that too often people have been held back by repression, corruption or authoritarianism. They have not had the opportunities, freedoms and protections to make the most of their talents and hard work.In the future, as technology increasingly spreads opportunity, the societies that succeed will be the ones that enable all their citizens to fulfil their potential.The Rules Based International System is the best friend for any person or country with unfulfilled potential.It is the duty of all of us to defend it. It is what I will work for. It is what the UK will work for. We hope you will too.last_img read more