(LONDON) Southwark Crown Court Report:A money launderer who conducted his business using an encrypted phone has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison following an investigation by the Organised Crime Partnership, a joint initiative between the National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.06: The sentence comes as a result of NCA’s Operation Venetic, a large scale crackdown on criminal use of encrypted communications platform Encrochat.

Five and a half years in jail for drug dealing money launderer: ‘Operation Venetic uncovered various conversations between Oliffe and other criminals facilitating the exchange of up to £50,000 at a time which Oliffe said that he would then launder through associates in Dubai’ over crackdown on EncroChat’

Picture of Richard Oliffe

‘The messages illustrated that the initial exchanges of £50,000 were done to build trust so that Oliffe could then begin laundering amounts between £200k and £500k………There was also discussion of a criminal associate who was looking for somebody to launder £4m for them’

Richard Oliffe, 34 of Beckenham, Kent had been using Encrochat to communicate with fellow criminals to arrange the laundering of criminal cash over a period of at least two months. He also used the platform to buy cocaine which he then sold on.

Oliffe appeared at Southwark Crown Court yesterday, 05 March, where he received the five years and six months sentence.

Messages also showed that Oliffe was engaged in the supply of cocaine.

On 25 September 2020, Oliffe was arrested at Euston Train Station in possession of a bag containing £34,960. He was later charged with money laundering by OCP officers.

Officers searching Oliffe’s house in Hayes, Kent and found small amounts of cocaine and a £1k of cash.

Oliffe pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and money laundering.

Matt McMillan OCP Operations Manager said “Richard Oliffe believed he could use an encrypted device to conduct his criminal activity under the radar, using it to launder large quantities and to supply cocaine: “ Cash is the lifeblood of organised crime, and money launderers like Oliffe provide an essential service, allowing criminal networks to benefit from their crime and invest in further criminality: “ Removing Oliffe from the chain will have dealt a blow to the criminal networks he worked for: “ This investigation shows the commitment of the NCA and Metropolitan Police to ensure money launderers and drug suppliers face justice.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.06: 2021:

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(WARWICKSHIRE) Leamington Justice Centre Report: A man has today (5 March) been jailed after previously pleading guilty to manslaughter after a man was killed in a Coventry in 2019 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.06: Richard Newing set fire to Malcolm Turner’s mobility scooter at his home on Jenner Street in the early hours of Tuesday 20 August. The blaze quickly took hold, filling the property with smoke, with the force of the flames blowing out the windows. Richrd Newing has been jailed for manslaughter:

Man jailed after fatal arson attack in Coventry: Watch the CCTV footage here and hear about the investigation.

5th March 2021:

Richard Newing

Mr Turner, who was heavily reliant on his scooter, was unable to leave the building as the fire was started at the only exit of his home.

Malcolm Turner

Newing, aged 43, then walked away, leaving the house in flames and 69-year-old Malcolm for dead. Fire crews were quick to attend, however due to the ferocity of the blaze, Malcolm sadly died at the scene. 

Newing, who was also charged with arson with intent to danger life, was caught on CCTV only moments later on Foleshill Road, where he was captured igniting a mattress on the front drive of a house. The property instantly lit up in flames, but fortunately the occupants were able to escape via a back exit. 

Detectives investigating Malcolm’s death and the subsequent arson attack, conducted a CCTV trawl of the area tracing Newing’s movements during both attacks. He was arrested two days later after officers spotted him in Coventry city centre.Malcolm Turner sadly died as a result of the fire

Although the motive to the attacks is still unclear, during police interview Newing confessed to knowing of Malcolm, after drinking at the same pub as him prior to the attack. 

Today he has been sentenced to 13 and a half years for manslaughter and six years for arson to run concurrently.

In a victim impact statement read in court, Malcolm’s sister said: “Malcolm was our brother, and our lives have changed forever, due to your actions. 

“We had the privilege of him being a much-loved son, brother, uncle, husband and father before he was so senselessly and cruelly taken from us and there will always be an emptiness inside of us due to his death at the hands of you, Richard Newing. 

“We, as a family, truly hope that each day you are locked up, you think of our brother and what you did, and that you see our brother’s face each time you light a match or see a flame and realise the pain and heartbreak that you have caused us.

“We can at least have the knowledge that whilst you are locked away, and I hope that is for a very long time, that you cannot put any other family through what you have put us through, and that this haunts until the end of your days.”

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro said: “I am very pleased that Newing has recognised what he has done and saved Malcolm’s family the trauma of a full trial: “ Newing was clearly obsessed with fire and tragically the consequences of his actions led to Malcolm’s death: “ Although the residents of Foleshill Road were fortunate enough to survive the fire, their home and belongings were destroyed, so I hope they also find some comfort knowing Newing will now face time in prison: “ I hope this case outlines the seriousness of starting fires and how quickly they can spread and devastate lives.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Mar.06: 2021:

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(DERRY, N.I.) JUST IN: Police report a suspected car bomb in Londonderry on Saturday according to MP for the area, Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion, condemns attack and says she believes no one has been injured #UK #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.19: Police in Northern Ireland reported a suspected car bombing in Londonderry on Saturday that local politicians said had caused no apparent injuries as people were urged to stay away from the area: An image released by police on Twitter showed what appeared to be a burning vehicle in Bishop Street in the center of the city: Two local politicians said the suspected blast occurred outside the city’s courthouse #AceNewsDesk reports

“This pointless act of terror must be condemned in the strongest terms: Grateful to our emergency services for their swift actions which helped ensure there have been no fatalities or injuries,” Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster said on Twitter: Her party colleague from the area, Gary Middleton, said police had confirmed to him that there were no injuries. He added that the vehicle was hijacked, without citing a source.

Northern Irish police gave no further details and said they were carrying out initial investigations:

An eyewitness told the BBC: “The remains of the car could still be seen burning in the middle of the road. 

“A cordon has been set up around the scene and police are evacuating more buildings on Bishop Street.”

In a statement issued on Facebook, the PSNI said: “As far as we know no one injured.”

However, they said that there is another car they “are not happy about” and are evacuating the area and advising residents in the area to make preparations to leave. 

At the scene, BBC reporter Dean McLaughlin


Businesses and other properties have been evacuated and the cordon on Bishop Street has been extended. 

One business owner said she heard a bang and was lucky to be inside at the time. She said she could have been on the street minutes later.

Bishop Street is within Derry’s famous city walls.

The PSNI has asked members of the public to stay away.

A 1998 peace deal mostly ended three decades of conflict that killed 3,600 people and was fought between mainly Protestant unionists who want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom and predominantly Catholic nationalists.

Some sporadic violence continues among small, splinter groups but car bombings are rare in the British-run province:

Reuters Reporting by Amanda Ferguson; Writing by William Schomberg and Padraic Halpin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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(MOSCOW, Russia.) Sergei & Yulia Skripal Poisoning: The Russian Foreign Ministry declared on Saturday 23 employees of the UK Embassy in Moscow personae non gratae in response to the similar move made by London, the ministry said in a statement #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Mar.17: “A total of 23 diplomatic employees of the UK Embassy in Moscow are declared personae non gratae and must leave [Russia] within a week,” the statement read: The ministry also revoked its agreement on opening and operation of the UK Consulate General in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, according to the statement ……A source in the ministry told Sputnik that the UK side would get the necessary time for closing the facility #AceNewsDesk reports

Officials in protective suits check their equipment before repositioning the forensic tent, covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found, in the centre of Salisbury, Britain, March 8, 2018
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UK’s ‘Spying Industry’ Is Main Beneficiary of Skripal Incident – Analyst

In addition, according to the statement, the activity of the British Council in Russia had been suspended over the lack of proper regulation, regarding its status.

“Since the legal status of the British Council in Russia has not been determined its operation is ceased,” the statement read.

The Foreign Ministry added that Moscow retained right to respond if the United Kingdom continued to take unfriendly steps against Russia.

The decision comes after earlier in the day the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned UK Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow.

#Russia expels 23 #UK diplomats, declaring them persona non grata https://t.co/KmMXInf9qXpic.twitter.com/2VTHKyship— Sputnik March 17, 2018: UK Ignores OPCW Commitment in Skripal Incident — Analyst

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BRUSSELS: ‘ MERKELS POINT OF NO RETURN FOR CAMERON IF UK RESTRICTS FREE MOVEMENT ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – November 03 – German chancellor Angela Merkel would reportedly prefer the UK to leave the EU than have Downing Street limit the free movement of people EUobserver reported. 

Unnamed sources in the German government told the German weekly Der Spiegel that if UK plans to place a cap on unskilled EU migrants would be a step too far for the German Chancellor.

“Should Cameron persist [in this plan], chancellor Angela Merkel would abandon her efforts to keep Britain in the EU. With that a point of no return would be reached,” the source said.

Merkel’s opposition to changing EU rules on free movement may have influenced another decision by the UK over the weekend to drop quotas on EU migrants and instead plan to impose a ban on those who do not have a job or cannot support themselves after three months.

The Sunday Times says prime minister David Cameron, in an upcoming speech, intends to lay out his anti-immigrant ideas that would instead stretch EU rules “to their limits” in order to appease Merkel.

Merkel’s “point of no return” admission is significant because it is the first time she has floated the idea of a possible UK exit from the EU.

The German chancellor is not opposed to placing restrictions on EU nationals who abuse another member state’s social system but is firmly opposed to the fundamental right of free movement of people being curtailed.

“Germany does not want to touch the basic principle of free movement of persons within the EU,” said one German official.

The welfare abuse restrictions already generated controversy last year when the then EU commission for justice Viviane Reding warned against “unfounded wrong perceptions” about welfare tourism. Under EU rules, member states can ask an EU national to leave if they become a “burden”.

UK politicians, including home secretary Theresa May and Ukip leader Nigel Farage, spoke out against potential mass migration in the run-up to lifting all restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian workers in January 2014.

#ANS2014

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LIBYA: ‘ UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO USE RESOLUTION 2174 TO APPLY INDIVIDUAL SANCTIONS ‘

#AceNewsServices – LIBYA(Benghazi) – October 19 – The governments of the US and four European allies – the UK, France, Germany and Italy – have called for an end to the ongoing violence in Libya that they “strongly condemn”.

Their joint statement, released on Saturday, said that there was “no military solution” to the crisis and, in accordance with a UN Security Council resolution 2174 on ceasefire in Libya, the countries “stand ready to use individual sanctions.”

Dozens of people have been killed recently during three days of conflict in the eastern city of Benghazi in fighting between Islamist militias and government forces. 

#ANS2014

#benghazi, #france, #germany, #italy, #libya, #uk, #us

CHINA: ‘ Surpasses US in Terms of Purchasing Power to become largest in the World ‘

#AceWorldNews – CHINA – October 12 – China has surpassed the US in terms of GDP based on purchasing power parity (PPP), becoming the largest in the world by this measure, International Monetary Fund estimates show.

' Chinese Purchasing Power Outstrips United States. Though United States has greater GDP'

‘ Chinese Purchasing Power Outstrips United States. Though United States has greater GDP’

In 2014 China reached $17.6 trillion or 16.48 percent of the world’s purchasing-power-adjusted GDP, while the US made slightly less, 16.28 percent or $17.4 trillion, the FT reported citing IMF data.

PPP is recognized as the best way to compare the size of economies rather than using volatile exchange rates, which rarely reflect the true cost of goods and services. Thus a trillion US dollars are worth a lot more in China than in the US.

On the purchasing power basis, China is overtaking the US right about now and becoming the world’s biggest economy, according to the forecast.

The US has been the global leader since overtaking the UK in 1872. Most economists previously thought China would pull ahead in 2019.

According to IMF estimates, in 2015 the gap between China and the US will increase to almost a trillion dollars: Chinese GDP PPP will amount to $19.23 trillion against $18.286 trillion in the US.

However in terms of a real GDP the United States remains the undisputed world leader with $16.8 trillion output, significantly outpacing China with $10.4 trillion.

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BRITAIN: ‘ UK Based Members of Anonymous Launch Operation Safe Winter ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – October 11 – UK-based members of Anonymous launched Operation Safe Winter in Britain on Friday.

 

The project is aimed at providing the homeless with life’s essentials, while raising awareness of the punishing effects of austerity and the UK’s housing crisis.

Launched to coincide with World Homeless Day, the initiative is a global outreach program. In an international effort to battle against homelessness, Anonymous branches around the world will work alongside social justice campaigns.

http://www.worldhomelessday.org/

http://www.worldhomelessday.org/

Officially founded in November of last year, the program evolved organically out of an array of charitable projects. In 2013, OpSafeWinter provided homeless support in 12 different countries. It was particularly active in Britain, America, and Brazil.

Britain’s East Coast Homeless Outreach (ECHO) project, currently up for a special award from the Lloyds Bank Foundation, originated from Anonymous UK’s efforts to support homeless Britons in 2013.

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BRITAIN: ‘ Demonstrations in London Against UK’s Part of the US-led Coalition Leading to Alan Henning’s Death ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (London) – October 04 – Several hundred people have staged a demonstration in Britain to express their resentment over the country’s involvement in the US-led air-strikes against positions of the ISIL Takfiri militants in Iraq.

'Supporters of the 'Stop the War” coalition and “Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament” march through central London on October 4, 2014, calling for the bombing of Iraq to stop'

‘Supporters of the ‘Stop the War” coalition and “Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament” march through central London on October 4, 2014, calling for the bombing of Iraq to stop’

The demonstrators marched in central London on Saturday, chanting slogans like “Hands off the Middle East, no justice, no peace.” They also held up placards reading “Stop bombing Iraq.”

The march came a day after ISIL terrorists released a grisly video purportedly showing the beheading of British hostage, Alan Henning.

Henning, an English taxi driver, was a member of a group of volunteers that traveled to Syria in December 2013 to distribute food and water to people affected by the country’s war.

According to his co-workers, he was abducted the day after Christmas by masked gunmen.

Britain launched its first air-strikes on positions and assets controlled by the ISIL on September 1; days after the UK parliament approved the use of air raids requested by the Iraqi government.

British anti-war campaigners are worried that the strikes may have a galvanizing effect on the ISIL’s recruitment.

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‘ International Team of Scientists Reconstruct the History of the HIV Pandemic Using Historical Records and DNA Samples of the Virus’

#AceNewsServices (Editors Choice) – October 03 – The HIV pandemic that has now infected 75 million people worldwide emerged in a “perfect storm” of bustling trade routes and migrant workers in central Africa in the 1920’s, researchers said in a study published in the Science journal.

An international team of scientists led by the University of Oxford in the UK and the University of Leuven in Belgium reconstructed the history of the HIV pandemic, using historical records and DNA samples of the virus, tracing it back to the city of Kinshasa, capital of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

' Map of Democratic Republic of Congo '

‘ Map of Democratic Republic of Congo ‘

Rapid social changes in the early 20th century, along with spreading prostitution and use of unsterilised needles in health clinics, resulted in transmission of the virus, which was also carried to distant parts of the Congo by millions of passengers who used the newly-built railway network, the study found.

' HIV Warning Poster '

‘ HIV Warning Poster ‘

This confluence of factors, including urban growth, extensive railway links during Belgian colonial rule and changes in sexual behaviour, combined to see HIV spread across the globe, the scientists said.

#ANS2014

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‘ David Cameron Says if EU is Not in Britain’s Interest I Would Not Argue to Stay ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – September 30 – Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain’s departure from the European Union would not leave him heartbroken, emphasizing that he feels “1,000 times more strongly about the UK than the EU.”

' The EU is “not working properly” for Britons at present, according to PM David Cameron. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor) '

‘ The EU is “not working properly” for Britons at present, according to PM David Cameron. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

Speaking on the BBC’s Today program, the PM said the union is “not working properly” for the British populace at present. Cameron suggested that the best solution for Britain is to secure a “reformed position in the EU,” because the British state is ultimately a trading nation. The Tory leader argued that the UK government does not just want access to EU markets, but also wishes to retain leverage over trade regulations that underpin those markets.

The state’s future membership of the EU is a “matter of important pragmatism,” Cameron said, rather than one of possible heartbreak – a phrase he issued prior to the Scottish independence referendum. While he acknowledged it “is going to be tough” to renegotiate the UK’s standing on the European stage, he said he was confident he would be successful in doing so.

Cameron emphasized that the widespread dissatisfaction across Europe – stemming from the manner in which the euro is driving integration throughout the region – would give Britain extra leverage in negotiating its EU membership status.

The PM’s efforts to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership terms drew extra support in May, following rising dissent against Brussels that surfaced during the European elections.

Cameron’s comments were issued just one day after John Redwood, a Conservative former cabinet minister, warned that high-ranking corporate executives who publicly back Britain’s EU membership will face a “very dear economic and financial price.”

Redwood, a prominent figure within the Conservative Party’s eurosceptic wing, warned UK-based firms to “keep out” of the debate, insisting they should beware of meddling in politics.

Speaking at a fringe gathering, Redwood suggested that eurosceptics would seek to destabilize pro-EU executives.

Redwood, a prominent figure within the Conservative Party’s eurosceptic wing, has warned UK-based firms to "keep out” of Britain's EU membership debate. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

Redwood, a prominent figure within the Conservative Party’s eurosceptic wing, has warned UK-based firms to “keep out” of Britain’s EU membership debate. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

“[We] will then make life difficult for them by making sure that their customers, their employees and their shareholders who disagree with them – and there will be a lot who disagree with them – will be expressing their views very forcefully and will be destabilizing their corporate governance,” he said.

Reflecting on his hawkish eurosceptic comments, Labour MP Barry Sheerman said that Redwood had “finally flipped.”

Katja Hall, deputy director-general of Britain’s most prolific business lobby CBI, also criticized Redwood’s comments.

“On an issue of such great importance to the UK’s economic future, business has both the right and duty to be involved in the debate. The vast majority of businesses are clear that Britain’s continued membership of a reformed EU is in the country’s interest,” she told RT.

Cameron has recently faced increasing pressure to harden his stance on Europe in the wake of a series of defections by eurosceptic Tories and Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party. The defectors collectively suggested the prime minister would be unlikely to retain his promise to hold an EU membership referendum in Britain in 2017, should the Tories manage to cling to their position of power in the aftermath of Britain’s upcoming general election.

Cameron indicated on Sunday that he has not entirely ruled out Britain’s departure from the EU. “If I thought that it was not in Britain’s interests to be in the European Union, I would not argue for us to be in it,” Cameron told BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show.

#ANS2014

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‘ Cameron Meeting Rouhani Possible Nuclear Trade-Off ‘

#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – September 23 – David Cameron is to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani BBC news reported. 

The New York meeting comes after the US and its allies began air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Syria, but the proposed nature of Iranian action is unclear.

It will be the first time a UK prime minister has met an Iranian president since the Iran’s revolution in 1979.

The UK government said it had not joined Syria strikes “yet”, but debate may begin in Parliament this week.

BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said there was a “very strong likelihood” that Parliament would be recalled from recess “within the next few days” to sanction any British military action.

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna said should Labour be asked to consider the case for action, it would apply the same criteria it did when asked about British military intervention against the Syrian regime, which was rejected by MPs last year.

But Mr Umunna told BBC Radio 4’s Today he thought the public made a distinction between the threat posed by IS and that of Syria.

“This is not a party political issue,” he said. “IS need to be eliminated. They are an evil organisation.

Mr Cameron and Mr Rouhani spoke by phone in November, but the talks later will be their first face-to-face meeting.

The PM was likely to set out “direction and options” during his speech at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, a government source told BBC News.

Nuclear ‘trade-off’

BBC correspondent Nick Bryant said relations between the UK and Iran had “thawed considerably” in recent months.

#ANS2014

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SCOTLAND: ‘ Day After YES Vote Says Nicola Sturgeon ‘

#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – SCOTLAND – September 16 – ‘The day we wake up after a yes vote the streets would not be paved on gold,’ noted Nicola Sturgeon, deputy first minister, this morning.

This expectation management is reasonable.

If Scotland votes for independence it will not suddenly become a disaster nor a Norwegian-model triumph.

For the next few years Scotland will simply be fine.

Certainly the extremes of ‘project fear’ are overwrought. Scotland might not have an impressive military, but UK and Ireland could not seriously let their neighbour be threatened or invaded.

Alex Salmond is very unlikely to default on his country’s national debt share, so he won’t enter the world stage as a fiscal pariah.

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NATO: ‘ Countries Start Military Exercise for Peacekeeping Though Kiev States Shipping Arms ‘

#AceNewsServices UKRAINE September 15  Nato countries have started an annual military exercise in west Ukraine, with Kiev saying some Nato states have also begun to ship weapons.

' Troops Depart for Rapid Trident 2014 '

‘ Troops Depart for Rapid Trident 2014 ‘

The exercise – “Rapid Trident” – began on Monday (15 September) in Yavoriv, near the Polish-Ukrainian border.

According to a Nato statement, the 11-day drill will practice “peacekeeping and stability operations”, including “countering improvised explosive devices, convoy operations, and patrolling”.

It includes 200 US soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Italy.

It also includes 1,100 troops from Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and the UK and from former Soviet republics Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine itself.

' Operation Maple Arch '

‘ Operation Maple Arch ‘

Rapid Trident is taking place at the same time as “Maple Arch” – another Nato drill involving Canandian, Lithuanian, and Polish soldiers in Poland.

' Partnership for Peace Programme '

‘ Partnership for Peace Programme ‘

Ukraine has taken part in similar events since 2006 under its “Partnership for Peace” programme with the Western alliance.

#ANS2014

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‘ Britain and Germany Not to Take Part in Air-Strikes in Syria Against Islamic State ‘

#AceWorldNews – September 11 – The foreign ministers of Germany and Britain said Thursday their states would not be taking part in air-strikes in Syria against the Islamic State militant group. Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Berlin: “To quite clear, we have not been asked to do so and neither will we do so.” Philip Hammond, in his turn, said Britainsupports entirely the US approach of developing an international coalition” against the Islamic State.

However, he said the UK will not be taking part in any airstrikes in Syria. “We have already had that discussion in our parliament last year and we won’t be revisiting that position,” Reuters quoted him as saying.

#ANS2014

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SCOTLAND: ‘ Calls From Party For Cameron to Resign if Referendum Lost ‘

#AceWorldNews – SCOTLAND – September 08 – Scotland is poised to vote Yes on leaving the UK after an opinion poll gave pro-independence campaigners a shock lead.

Just days before Scotland’s four million voters go to the polls on 18 September to decide whether to break the 300 year union with the United Kingdom, a survey by pollsters YouGov put the pro-independence ‘Yes’ campaign on 51 percent and pro-Union supporters on 49 percent.

The poll, which is the first to put pro-independence supporters in the lead, completes a stunning turnaround which has seen the ‘Yes’ campaign overturn a 22 percent lead held by the pro-Union Better Together just a month ago.

Last month, Salmond was widely perceived to have won the second televised debate with Labour politician Alistair Darling, the leader of Better Together, and the Scottish first minister.

Salmond has been able to trade on his reputation as Scotland’s most popular politician. Although most of Scotland’s MPs are held by the Labour party, the YouGov poll found that just one in three Scots have faith in arguments made by Labour politicians Darling and former prime minister Gordon Brown, the highest profile campaigners in the Better Together team.

Meanwhile, Salmond and his deputy Nicola Sturgeon enjoy a trust rating of over 40 percent among voters. British prime minister David Cameron, a Conservative, is trusted by just 23 percent of Scots.

Cameron has faced calls from his party that he would have to resign if the referendum is lost.

Contributions – EUobserver – BBC News – Guardian – YouGov 

 

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‘ Russia’s Defence Industry to Reduce Participation in Arms Exhibitions Following Denial of Visa’s’

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 14 – Russia’s defence industry will minimize its participation in arms exhibitions and aerospace shows in the UK, a high-placed source in the Russian defence and industrial sector told ITAR-TASS on Monday.

The decision comes after the UK denied visas to most managers of Russian defence companies that intended to participate in the UK’s Farnborough international Air Show opening on Monday.

“The unprecedented restrictions imposed this year by the British side on the participation of Russian specialists and journalists in the Farnborough 2014 international aerospace show, which has opened today in the London suburb, will get an adequate response from us,” the source said.

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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In All UK Public Schools

I don’t see this being a HUGE issue in Scotland but would be interested to know what English, Welsh and NI people think. For me School is no place for religion, it is something you either get at home or not at all. There is an argument to teach cultures and that is fine, but the line between teaching cultures and religion is a small one.

In what’s being heralded as a secular triumph, the UK government has banned the teaching of creationism as science in all existing and future academies and free schools.

The new clauses, which arrived with very little fanfare last week, state that the…

…requirement for every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school.

So, if an academy or free school teaches creationism as scientifically valid, it’s breaking the funding agreement to provide a “broad and balanced curriculum.” In the UK, state-funded academies are basically equivalent to charter schools in the United States, and are primarily comprised of high schools. Free schools, which were introduced in 2010, are non-profit making, independent, state-funded schools which are not controlled by a local authority, but are subject to the School Admissions Code. Free schools make it possible for parents, teachers, charities, and business to set up their own schools. In addition to the new clauses, the UK government clarified the meaning of creationism, reminding everyone that it’s a minority view even within the Church of England and the Catholic Church.

Back in 2012, the UK government banned all future free schools from teaching creationism as science, requiring them to teach natural selection. At the time, however, it didn’t extend those requirement to academies, nor did the changes apply to existing free schools. The new verbiage changes this, precluding all public-funded schools — present or future — from teaching creationism as evidence-based theory.

The new church academies clauses require that “pupils are taught about the theory of evolution, and prevent academy trusts from teaching ‘creationism’ as scientific fact.” And by “creationism” they mean:

[A]ny doctrine or theory which holds that natural biological processes cannot account for the history, diversity, and complexity of life on earth and therefore rejects the scientific theory of evolution. The parties acknowledge that creationism, in this sense, is rejected by most mainstream churches and religious traditions, including the major providers of state funded schools such as the [Anglican] [Catholic] Churches, as well as the scientific community. It does not accord with the scientific consensus or the very large body of established scientific evidence; nor does it accurately and consistently employ the scientific method, and as such it should not be presented to pupils at the Academy as a scientific theory.

And in regards to protecting religious beliefs, the clauses acknowledge that the funding agreement does…
…not prevent discussion of beliefs about the origins of the Earth and living things, such as creationism, in Religious Education, as long as it is not presented as a valid alternative to established scientific theory.
Seems fair and reasonable to me. The British Humanist Association, which has been advocating for the change since 2011 via its “Teach Evolution, Not Creationism” campaign, is celebrating the move.

“[We] believe that… the objectives of the campaign are largely met,” noted BHA Head of Public Affairs Pavan Dhaliwal in a statement. “We congratulate the Government on its robust stance on this issue.” He added: “However, there are other ongoing areas of concern, for example the large number of state financed creationist nurseries, or the inadequate inspection of private creationist schools, and continued vigilance is needed in the state-funded sector. We will continue to work for reform in the remaining areas, but are pleased that the vast majority of issues are now dealt with.”

This move by the UK government stands in stark contrast to what’s happening in the United States. In Missouri, for example, a proposed bill would require schools to “alert” parents when evolution is taught.

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