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The Cycle of Violence Must End for Israelis and Palestinians Alike
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The Cycle of Violence Must End for Israelis and Palestinians Alike

Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, at the UNSC Open Debate on the situation in the Middle East Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE 16 May 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Mr President, the ongoing violence across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is deeply concerning and must stop. This week has seen the worst violence Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have experienced for several years. I repeat my Prime Minister’s call that both sides step back from the brink and show restraint. This cycle of violence must end. The UK offers our deepest condolences to the families of those civilians killed. Each one of those deaths is a tragedy. ...
Over 300,000 Homes Sold with Help to Buy
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Over 300,000 Homes Sold with Help to Buy

A young farmer from Leicestershire has become the 300,000th homeowner to use the Help to Buy: Equity Loan Scheme since its launch in 2013. Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP 13 May 2021 Sam Legg, 19, from Asfordby, bought the 300,000th Help to Buy home and is now urging others to join the government scheme. The official Help to Buy statistics released today (13 May 2021) reveal: 313,043 households have now bought a home with the support of the Help to Buy: Equity Loan Scheme since its launch in 2013 In the 3 months up to December 2020, there were 21,026 completions, the highest quarterly annual total ever and 40% higher than the same period in 2019 Most of the home purchases in the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme we...
Landmark Laws to Protect Children and Stop Abuse Online Published
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Landmark Laws to Protect Children and Stop Abuse Online Published

The draft Online Safety Bill will help safeguard young people and clamp down on racist abuse, while upholding democratic debate online. Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Iain Stewart MP, and The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP 12 May 2021 New internet laws will be published today [Wednesday 12 May 2021] in the draft Online Safety Bill to protect children online and tackle some of the worst abuses on social media, including racist hate crimes. Ministers have added landmark new measures to the Bill to safeguard freedom of expression and democracy, ensuring necessary online protections do not lead to unnecessary censorship. The draft Bill marks a milestone in the Government’s fight to make the internet safe. Despite the...
Embracing the Possibilities of our Green Future
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Embracing the Possibilities of our Green Future

Speech COP26 President-Designate addresses CEOs at Business 7 Summit, welcoming new sign-ups to Race to Zero campaign and urging others to follow their lead. Cabinet Office and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP 10 May 2021 Delivered on:10 May 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to speak at this Business Climate Leaders Summit. In the fight against climate change, it is vital that we have the innovation, the influence and the energy of the private sector on our side. And so I am really pleased to say that business has been stepping up to the plate. Through investments and innovations, companies are developing the solutions we need to make the transition to a low-carbon future. And momentum for real, meaningful cl...
£58,000 Invested in Fisheries in Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk
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£58,000 Invested in Fisheries in Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk

The Environment Agency invested over £1.3 million in projects in the last 12 months to enhance fisheries, boost fish stocks and make improvements for anglers. Environment Agency 10 May 2021 The FIP has helped 10 projects in Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. This financial year, over 170 projects were funded by the Environment Agency’s Fisheries Improvement Programme (FIP). The FIP funding has been matched by partners including local angling clubs and fisheries, resulting in a total estimated investment of over £3.2 million. The Environment Agency fisheries teams in Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk were assigned just over £58,000 to deliver local improvements which would benefit wildlife and anglers. In Essex £10,000 has been allocated to help set up a new fishery for military ...
Helping Communities Rebuild and Recover from Natural Disasters
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Helping Communities Rebuild and Recover from Natural Disasters

05 May 2021 Prime Minister, Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, Minister for the Environment The Morrison Government will establish a new national agency to help support local communities respond to large-scale natural disasters and undertake new initiatives to manage the impact of future events and the changing climate. The National Recovery and Resilience Agency will provide support to local communities during the relief and recovery phases following major disasters. The new Agency will also provide advice to Government on policies and programs to mitigate the impact of future major disaster events. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said $600 million would be invested in a new program of disaster preparation and mitigation, managed by th...
Care Homes Residents Allowed More Out-of-Home Visits
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Care Homes Residents Allowed More Out-of-Home Visits

Department of Health and Social Care 1 May 2021 Residents will be able to leave care homes for low-risk visits without needing to self-isolate on their return. Residents will be able to visit their family’s garden or take a walk with a care worker or named visitor Guidance updated as the data shows cases falling in the community All care home residents will be able to participate in more out-of-home visits without having to isolate on their return, the government has announced today. From Tuesday 4 May, residents will be able to leave their care homes to visit a friend or family member’s garden, or go on walks in places such as parks, public gardens and beaches. They will not have to self-isolate when they return. Residents must be accompanied by either a care worker...
Foreign Secretary Boosts BBC Funding to Fight Fake News
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Foreign Secretary Boosts BBC Funding to Fight Fake News

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP 1 May 2021 Foreign Secretary announces £8 million of funding for BBC World Service to tackle harmful disinformation, challenge inaccurate reporting around the world and improve digital engagement. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announces multi-million pound uplift for BBC World Service Funding will help to tackle harmful disinformation and inaccurate reporting around the world and enhance its digital offer This follows the UK Government’s Integrated Review, which underlined the need to fight disinformation to protect the UK against state threats Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has today (1 May) announced £8 million of new funding for BBC World Service projects to tackle harmful disinformation, ...
Writer chronicles how life on Mars Street in Oldham became an entirely different planet
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Writer chronicles how life on Mars Street in Oldham became an entirely different planet

An entrepreneur who swapped life in a Bangladeshi village surrounded by paddy fields for a daily dose of division and bricks through the windows in 1980’s Oldham, has now seen Britain become a place where he is able to thrive – and “give back”. In his first book, “The Gift of Giving”, Muzahid Khan charts a life filled with the strife of civil war in Asia, a huge readjustment in living conditions when his family came to Oldham and settled on Mars Street, a year-long fight against depression and now the joy of working in a diverse community. This has enabled him to raise family, and his charitable work has seen him return to Bangladesh to help build a health clinic in the village of Sylhet. “Much has been written and said about the Windrush generation and their stoicism and heroism in ...
Interface Unveils AI-based Autonomous Anti-Loitering System
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Interface Unveils AI-based Autonomous Anti-Loitering System

April 27, 2021 Interface Security Systems, a leading managed service provider delivering business security, managed network, UCaaS, and business intelligence solutions to distributed enterprises, today announced a new AI-based Anti-Loitering System designed to prevent intrusions before they happen. The system features an AI-based object detection system that can detect people or vehicles and trigger pre-recorded, scenario-specific voice messages to deter loitering. Designed to tackle after-hours perimeter control challenges such as vagrancy, intrusion, and vandalism, the Anti-Loitering System can be customized by loss prevention teams to play different warning and notification messages depending on location and dwell time. The messages played can be calibrated to first inform or educ...