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UK government looking at conduct of Arcadia directors: PM Johnson
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday the conduct of directors of the collapsed fashion group Arcadia would be examined. “The secretary of state for business, enterprise and skills (Alok Sharma) has written to the Insolvency Service to look at the conduct of the Arcadia directors,” Johnson told parliament. “We will be doing everything we can to restore the high streets of this country,” Johnson added. Sharma said he had asked the regulator to review a report from Arcadia’s administrators as soon as they received it.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Toby Melville LONDON, , Alok Sharma, ” Johnson, Philip Green, Sharma, Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS, British, Insolvency Service, Arcadia Locations: London, Britain, Arcadia
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, jumping ahead of the United States and Europe to become the West’s first country to formally endorse a jab it said should reach the most vulnerable people early next week. “The vaccine will begin to be made available across the UK from next week. China has already given emergency approval for three experimental vaccines and has inoculated around 1 million people since July. Other frontrunners in the vaccine race include U.S. biotech firm Moderna, which has said its shot is 94% successful in late-stage clinical trials. AstraZeneca said last month its COVID-19 shot, which is based on traditional vaccine technology, was 70% effective in pivotal trials and could be up to 90% effective.
Persons: Pfizer’s, Dado, Boris Johnson, , ” Johnson, Albert Bourla, drugmaker, , Bourla, Andrew Hill, Ugur Sahin, Stephen Hahn, hadn’t, Johnson, Matt Hancock, AstraZeneca Organizations: Pfizer, REUTERS, Medicines, Healthcare, Agency, BioNTech, Sputnik, COVID, Pharmacology, University of Liverpool, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, European Medicines Agency, White, FDA, U.S, Moderna Locations: Britain, United States, Europe, Wuhan, China, Russia, U.S, BioNTech ., Belgium
“The vaccine will begin to be made available across the UK from next week. ‘NO CORNERS CUT’The U.S. drugmaker said Britain’s emergency use authorization marks a historic moment in the fight against COVID-19. Asked if Britain’s looming exit from the European Union’s orbit on Dec. 31 had any role, Raine said the fast-tracked vaccine approval was done under European law. “Age is by far the single most important factor in terms of risk from COVID-19,” said Wei Shen Lim, head of Britain’s COVID-19 vaccine committee. AstraZeneca said last month its COVID-19 shot, which is based on traditional vaccine technology, was 70% effective in pivotal trials and could be up to 90% effective.
Persons: Pfizer’s, Dado, Boris Johnson, ” Johnson, Albert Bourla, drugmaker, , Bourla, ” MHRA, Raine, Andrew Hill, Ugur Sahin, Romilly Greenhill, Wei Shen Lim, Britain’s, Lim, Johnson, Matt Hancock, AstraZeneca Organizations: Pfizer, REUTERS, Medicines, Healthcare, Agency, COVID, Downing, Pharmacology, University of Liverpool, The U.S . Food, Drug Administration, European Medicines Agency, ONE, Moderna Locations: Britain, United States, Europe, Wuhan, China, Brussels, The U.S, Belgium, COVID
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged lawmakers to support his new system of regional coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, arguing in the face of criticism from his party that the system was needed to keep the virus under control. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves as he leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain December 1, 2020. “With the spread of the epidemic varying across the country, there remains a compelling ... case for regional tiers in England,” Johnson told parliament, batting away criticism from several unhappy lawmakers. Travelling to or from top tier regions is not allowed and mixing indoors with other households is banned in the top two tiers. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all implement their own restrictions set by their devolved governments.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Downing, Henry Nicholls, ” Johnson, let’s, Johnson, , Dominic Cummings Organizations: British, Britain's, REUTERS, Johnson’s Conservative Party, Labour Party, DOS Locations: London, Britain, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
Only 42 percent of Americans said “yes” to whether they’d get a Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available, according to a YouGov poll released in August. Johnson and a team of researchers published a paper in Nature in May that suggested the anti-vaccination movement bore a big responsibility for such hesitancy. A report by the London-based nonprofit organization Center for Countering Digital Hate found that the anti-vaccination movement gained about 8 million followers since 2019. These include the 224,000-member Vaccination Re-education Discussion Forum, a private anti-vaccination group exclusively focused on Covid-19 vaccines. As such, banning accounts with large followings is unlikely to have much real impact on the larger anti-vaccination movement.
Persons: Neil Johnson, they’d, Johnson, ” Johnson, , Andrea Vallone, Del Bigtree, Bigtree, Larry Cook, Cook, Renee DiResta, , , Kolina Koltai, Koltai Organizations: Facebook, George Washington University, , Pew Research Center, Research, Center, YouTube, Network, Stanford Internet Observatory, University of Washington’s Center Locations: Covid, Nature, London, California
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union warned each other on Monday that time was running out to reach a Brexit trade deal, with big differences still to be bridged on state aid, enforcement and fishing. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is also tackling Europe’s worst official death toll from COVID-19, says a deal would be preferable but that Britain, which joined the EU in 1973, would flourish without one. A trade deal would not only safeguard trade but also buttress peace in British-ruled Northern Ireland, though some disruption is almost certain at the busiest EU-UK border points. Talks between EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and British chief negotiator David Frost continued on Monday. FILE PHOTO: A British Union Jack flag flutters outside the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 30, 2020.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Simon Coveney, Angela Merkel, , ” Johnson’s, Dominic Raab, Michel Barnier, David Frost, Francois Lenoir, Barnier, ” Coveney Organizations: LONDON, European Union, EU, Brexit, REUTERS, Newstalk Radio Locations: BRUSSELS, Britain, United Kingdom, COVID, London, EU, Northern Ireland, Europe, Jack, Brussels, Belgium
Ben Stansall/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - Britons will be encouraged to plant trees to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70th anniversary on the throne as part of a plan to create a greener country in honour of her seven decades of service. The 94-year-old, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, is due to mark her Platinum Jubilee in February 2022. The government is planning a four-day celebration that summer, featuring an extra day’s public holiday, with tree planting to be a feature of the milestone, according to an announcement on Sunday. “As we celebrate Her Majesty’s incredible 70 years of service, I encourage everyone to get behind this scheme and go ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee,’” Johnson said. Elizabeth, who is also the world’s current oldest and longest-reigning monarch, became queen on Feb. 6, 1952, following the death of her father King George VI.
Persons: Elizabeth, Ben Stansall, Boris Johnson, ’ ” Johnson, King George VI, Elizabeth’s, Prince Charles, Prince William Organizations: Defence Science, Technology, Queen, Woodland Trust Locations: Salisbury, Britain
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Downing Street, in London, Britain November 26, 2020. Jamie Lorriman/Pool via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said substantial and important differences remained with the European Union on a Brexit trade deal. “Clearly there are substantial and important differences still to be bridged but we’re getting on with it,” Johnson told reporters. “The likelihood of a deal is very much determined by our friends and partners in the EU - there’s a deal there to be done if they want to do it.”
Persons: Boris Johnson, Jamie Lorriman, ” Johnson, Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS LONDON, British, European Union Locations: London, Britain, EU
PM Johnson: Don't worry kids, COVID won't stop Father Christmas
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.59   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with veterans during the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on Whitehall amid the coronavirus pandemic in London, Britain November 8, 2020. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - The COVID-19 pandemic won’t stop Father Christmas delivering presents, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a letter published on Wednesday, citing medical experts who said there was no health risk to children if rules were followed. Johnson gave the reassurance to an 8 year-old child named Monti, who had written to him asking if Father Christmas would be able to deliver gifts this year. “I have put in a call to the North Pole and I can tell you Father Christmas is ready and raring to go, as are Rudolph and all of the other reindeer,” he said. Earlier this year, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took similar measure to reassure young citizens that the tooth fairy and Easter bunny would be classed as essential workers and still able to go about their business during the pandemic.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Chris Jackson, Johnson, Monti, ” Johnson, , Christmas, Rudolph, , Father Christmas, Jacinda Ardern Organizations: Britain's, National Service of, British, Twitter, Zealand Locations: Whitehall, London, Britain
REUTERSThe meme shows a picture of Johnson alongside the words: “HE SAID… ‘HERD IMMUNITY’, HE ALSO SAID HE HAD THE CORONAVIRUS. However, scientific consensus now believes that herd immunity to COVID-19 will only be achieved by mass vaccination. The WHO says: “Herd immunity is achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it. The fact Johnson discussed herd immunity, fell ill with COVID-19 and is now self-isolating is not grounds for suspicion. Scientists believe it is possible to be reinfected with coronavirus and mass vaccination is the only way to achieve herd immunity.
Persons: Boris Johnson’s, Johnson, , ” Johnson, Boris Johnson, Sir Patrick Vallance Vallance, , , ” Simon Clarke, Read Organizations: British, Social, World Health Organisation, WHO, , Reuters, Britain’s Reading University
Riding the CoronaCoaster of UK rules
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Steve Stecklow | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Half of the time I’m confused, to be honest with you.”Even before restrictions eased in early summer, “Stay at Home” became “Stay Alert.” July saw the introduction of “Wash Hands. The rules varied from town to town as authorities tried to target specific hot spots. In the North East, new rules mean you cannot meet people from different households in social settings indoors, including in pubs, restaurants and your home. Space.”The government also introduced a new three-tier alert system for England in which different places were assigned different rules based on infection rates. In Liverpool, which was designated the very high alert level, pubs and restaurants were ordered to close.
Persons: Phil Noble, Boris Johnson, , Joinal Abdin, Queen Anne, Johnson, ” Johnson, wasn’t Organizations: REUTERS, National Health, British, Bolton, Queens, , England, Scotland Locations: Bolton, Britain, British, United Kingdom, Oldham, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Bury, Queens, , , Liverpool, London
China launches mission to bring back material from moon
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
Chang’e 5 — named for the Chinese moon goddess — is the country’s boldest lunar mission yet. If successful, it would be a major advance for China’s space program, and some experts say it could pave the way for bringing samples back from Mars or even a crewed lunar mission. U.S. law however still prevents most collaborations with NASA, excluding China from partnering with the International Space Station. China’s space program has progressed cautiously, with relatively few setbacks in recent years. “China works very incrementally, developing building blocks for long-term use for a variety of missions,” Freese-Johnson said.
Persons: what’s, , Joan Johnson, Freese, Jonathan McDowell, ” McDowell, that’s, China’s, ” Freese, Johnson, ” Johnson Organizations: Spacecraft, NASA, U.S . Naval, College, Harvard - Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, China National Space Administration, European Space Agency, International Space Locations: China, Hainan, U.S, Russia, Mars, Japan, India
More English regions to face tougher COVID rules after lockdown ends
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
People walk through Waterloo station, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - England’s tiered system of regional COVID restrictions will be toughened up when a national lockdown ends on Dec. 2 and some areas will move into a higher alert level than the one they were in before, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday. “I’m sorry to say we expect that more regions will fall, at least temporarily, into higher levels than before,” Johnson said in a statement to parliament.
Persons: Henry Nicholls LONDON, Boris Johnson, , ” Johnson Organizations: REUTERS Locations: Waterloo, London, Britain
PM Johnson sets out new measures to replace COVID lockdown
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: 1 min
People walk through the Burlington Arcade adorned with Christmas decorations, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out new measures on Monday to replace a national lockdown to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in England on Dec. 2, strengthening a tiered regional approach to reflect differences in infection rates. “We’re not going to replace national measures with a free for all ... We’re going to go back instead to a regional, tiered approach, applying the toughest measures where COVID is most prevalent,” Johnson told parliament. “The scientific advice is ... that our tiers need to be made tougher.”
Persons: Henry Nicholls LONDON, Boris Johnson, “ We’re, ” Johnson Organizations: Burlington, REUTERS, British Locations: London, Britain, England
Reggaeton star Bad Bunny tests positive for coronavirus
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
SEE NEW POSTSReggaeton star Bad Bunny tests positive for coronavirus SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his representative said Monday. Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Martínez Ocasio, was scheduled to sing his hit, “Dákiti,” with Jhay Cortez at the event but canceled without explanation, leaving many fans disappointed. Publicist Sujeylee Solá told The Associated Press that Bad Bunny wasn’t showing any major symptoms as of Monday. The personnel, made up primarily of nurses, will be sent to civilian hospitals across the state to support the fight against the virus. Share this -Pandemic's toll on mental health accentuated in cities Covid-19 hasn't been the only catastrophe sweeping the country this year.
Persons: Bunny, , Bad Bunny, Benito Martínez Ocasio, , Jhay Cortez, Sujeylee Solá, Boris Johnson, Johnson, ” Johnson, Dr, Jerome Adams, Adams, Caligula, Andrew Cuomo, hasn't, Joshua Gordon Organizations: SAN JUAN, Associated Press, . Air Force, North, North Dakota U.S . Air Force, NBC News, Mexico, U.S, Surgeon, United, White, White House, for Disease Control, STOCKHOLM —, , New, Gov, National Institute of Mental Health Locations: Puerto Rico, North Dakota, British, England, United Kingdom, Mexico, MEXICO, Sweden, STOCKHOLM — Sweden, United States, New York, Astoria , Queens, Astoria, Covid
U.S. Air Force nurses deploy to North Dakota
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
SEE NEW POSTSU.S. Air Force nurses deploy to North Dakota U.S. Air Force medical personnel deployed to North Dakota over the weekend amid an uptick in new cases of Covid-19. The personnel, made up primarily of nurses, will be sent to civilian hospitals across the state to support the fight against the virus. North Dakota has seen more than 72,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and some 846 people there have died of complications from the virus, according to NBC News' running tally. “We must get through winter without the virus spreading out of control and squandering our hard-won gains,” he said. While the TSA has screened an average of 1 million people a day since March, Friday was just the second day over 1 million.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Johnson, , , ” Johnson, Dr, Jerome Adams, Adams, Caligula, Andrew Cuomo, hasn't, Joshua Gordon, Friday, Henry Walke, Spikes Organizations: . Air Force, North, North Dakota U.S . Air Force, NBC News, Mexico, U.S, Surgeon, United, White, White House, for Disease Control, STOCKHOLM —, , New, Gov, National Institute of Mental Health, TSA, CDC, Transportation Security Administration, Centers for Disease Control, Labor Locations: North Dakota, British, England, United Kingdom, Mexico, MEXICO, Sweden, STOCKHOLM — Sweden, United States, New York, Astoria , Queens, Astoria, Covid, U.S
British PM Boris Johnson says England lockdown will end Dec. 2
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
SEE NEW POSTSBritish PM Boris Johnson says England lockdown will end Dec. 2 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that England’s lockdown will end on Dec. 2 and people will be able to leave their homes for any reason. Share this -Pandemic's toll on mental health accentuated in cities Covid-19 hasn't been the only catastrophe sweeping the country this year. While the TSA has screened an average of 1 million people a day since March, Friday was just the second day over 1 million. Russia, which currently has the world's fifth-largest number of confirmed cases, has been swept by a rapid coronavirus resurgence since September. Despite this, authorities insist there are no plans to impose a second lockdown or to shut businesses nationwide.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Johnson, , , ” Johnson, Dr, Jerome Adams, Adams, Caligula, Andrew Cuomo, hasn't, Joshua Gordon, Friday, Henry Walke, Spikes, Pavel Golovkin Organizations: Mexico, U.S, Surgeon, United, White, White House, for Disease Control, STOCKHOLM —, , New, Gov, National Institute of Mental Health, TSA, CDC, Transportation Security Administration, Centers for Disease Control, Labor, MOSCOW — Daily Locations: England, United Kingdom, Mexico, MEXICO, Sweden, STOCKHOLM — Sweden, United States, New York, Astoria , Queens, Astoria, Covid, U.S, Russia, Moscow
SEE NEW POSTSNew York opening field hospital on Staten Island, first time emergency facility needed since spring New York state is opening a field hospital on Staten Island, where coronavirus has been spiking for weeks, officials said Monday. The temporary facility, next to Staten Island University Hospital, had been used in the spring during the initial action against the pandemic, authorities said. The increase would represent a near-doubling of current U.S. case totals, which stand at more than 12 million. North Dakota has seen more than 72,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and some 846 people there have died of complications from the virus, according to NBC News' running tally. Between the period of Nov. 9 and Nov. 22, the state saw roughly 18,379 new cases, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.
Persons: coronavirus, wHKLRnJQoc — Steven Bognar, Louis, , Raphael Thomadsen, , Bunny, Bad Bunny, Benito Martínez Ocasio, Jhay Cortez, Sujeylee Solá, Boris Johnson, Johnson, ” Johnson, Dr, Jerome Adams, Adams Organizations: Staten Island University Hospital, Washington University, National Academy of Sciences, Tyson, SAN JUAN, Associated Press, . Air Force, North, North Dakota U.S . Air Force, NBC News, Mexico, U.S, Surgeon, United, White, White House, for Disease Control Locations: York, Staten Island, New York, South Beach, U.S, St, United States of America, Puerto Rico, North Dakota, British, England, United Kingdom, Mexico, MEXICO
SEE NEW POSTSU.S. cases could nearly double to 20 million by Inauguration Day, WashU model predicts Covid-19 cases in the U.S. could hit 20 million by Inauguration Day, according to a modeling forecast from researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, published Monday in the journal Scientific Reports. The increase would represent a near-doubling of current U.S. case totals, which stand at more than 12 million. Share this -Meatpacking plants linked to 6-8 percent of U.S. Covid-19 cases, study finds Between 6-8 percent of U.S. Covid-19 cases and 3-4 percent of deaths through late July are tied to countywide outbreaks at meatpacking plants, according to a new study. North Dakota has seen more than 72,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and some 846 people there have died of complications from the virus, according to NBC News' running tally. Between the period of Nov. 9 and Nov. 22, the state saw roughly 18,379 new cases, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.
Persons: Louis, , Raphael Thomadsen, , Bunny, Bad Bunny, Benito Martínez Ocasio, Jhay Cortez, Sujeylee Solá, Boris Johnson, Johnson, ” Johnson, Dr, Jerome Adams, Adams Organizations: Washington University, National Academy of Sciences, Tyson, SAN JUAN, Associated Press, . Air Force, North, North Dakota U.S . Air Force, NBC News, Mexico, U.S, Surgeon, United, White, White House, for Disease Control Locations: U.S, St, United States of America, Puerto Rico, North Dakota, British, England, United Kingdom, Mexico, MEXICO
Inside the CDC: Battling politics and the pandemic
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
SEE NEW POSTSMeatpacking plants linked to 6-8 percent of U.S. Covid-19 cases, study finds Between 6-8 percent of U.S. Covid-19 cases and 3-4 percent of deaths through late July are tied to countywide outbreaks at meatpacking plants, according to a new study. This suggests the plants "may act as transmission vectors" that accelerate the spread of the virus. The study's authors said that the negative public health impacts of these facilities may be attributed to operating practices and labor conditions. “We must get through winter without the virus spreading out of control and squandering our hard-won gains,” he said. Beginning Tuesday, the number of people who can gather in public will be reduced from 50 to eight.
Persons: Bunny, , Bad Bunny, Benito Martínez Ocasio, , Jhay Cortez, Sujeylee Solá, Boris Johnson, Johnson, ” Johnson, Dr, Jerome Adams, Adams Organizations: National Academy of Sciences, Tyson, SAN JUAN, Associated Press, . Air Force, North, North Dakota U.S . Air Force, NBC News, Mexico, U.S, Surgeon, United, White, White House, for Disease Control, STOCKHOLM — Locations: U.S, United States of America, Puerto Rico, North Dakota, British, England, United Kingdom, Mexico, MEXICO, Sweden, STOCKHOLM — Sweden, United States
Cutting aid budget would hit UK influence, two former PMs say
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron attend a memorial service for Lord Paddy Ashdown at Westminster Abbey, in London, Britain September 10, 2019. “Abandoning the 0.7 target for aid would be a moral, strategic and political mistake,” Cameron, prime minister from 2010 to 2016 and a member of Johnson’s Conservative Party, said. The two former leaders argued that any move to cut spending on aid would undermine Britain’s position when it hosts the G7 summit in 2021. The decision comes as the country embarks on a new future outside the European Union. Blair, a Labour prime minister from 1997 to 2007 who introduced the 0.7% target, said the spending had tackled disease, boosted education and helped to increase living standards across large swathes of Africa.
Persons: Tony Blair, David Cameron, Paddy Ashdown, Chris J Ratcliffe, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Rishi Sunak, ” Cameron, Blair, , ” Johnson Organizations: Westminster Abbey, Telegraph, Johnson’s Conservative Party, European Union, Labour Locations: Westminster, London, Britain, British, Africa
A navy vessel approaches Gare Loch, in Scotland, Britain October 2, 2020. With repeated polls suggesting most people in Scotland now support independence, Johnson was keen to press the case for how England and Scotland can work together. This will illuminate “the benefits of the union in the white light of the ark welder’s torch,” Johnson told parliament. Johnson is particularly disliked in Scotland, where he is seen as patronizing and arrogant. The unpopularity of Johnson is the single biggest factor driving an upsurge in support for Scottish independence, a survey by the political consultancy JL Partners said last month.
Persons: Russell Cheyne, Boris Johnson, Johnson, ” Johnson, Brexit Organizations: Gare Loch, REUTERS, Royal Navy, Scottish National Party, Scottish, Partners Locations: Gare, Scotland, Britain, United Kingdom, England
This article about Parent Plus loans was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Jay and Tina Rife owe more than $100,000 in Parent Plus loans, including interest. The government makes money off Parent Plus loans, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Unlike student loans, parent loans offer no easy option for an income-based repayment plan. Even before the economy cratered this spring, reliance on Parent Plus loans was trapping a slice of middle-aged and older Americans in a debtor’s purgatory.
Persons: Jay, , , Tina, Bryan Lavietes, I’m, they’ve, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, “ We’ve, Justin Draeger, Stacy Johnson, aren’t, ” Johnson, Johnson, Grindl Weldon, Caitlin, Pell Grant, Meredith Kolodner, Weldon, she’d, Caitlin Weldon isn’t, Grindl, she’ll, Amy Laitinen, , it’s, Obama, Marcia Fudge, Biden, ” Weldon Organizations: Parent, NBC, Congressional, NBC News, National Association of Student Financial, Department of Education, An Education Department, Indiana University, University of Alabama, University of North, Auburn University, U.S . Department of Education, New America, Universities, Social Security Locations: Las Vegas, Indiana, America, Alabama, Huntsville, University of North Alabama, Ohio
Post-Brexit UK announces largest military investment since Cold War
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Andrew Macaskill | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.82   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question-time debate at the House of Commons in London, Britain, November 11, 2020. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - Britain has announced the biggest investment in its military since the end of the Cold War, despite the coronavirus crisis pummelling the economy, as the government seeks to define its post-Brexit role on the world stage. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to carve out a role for Britain as a swashbuckling leader of a new era of global cooperation and free trade, backed by cutting-edge modern military and cyber capabilities. The government said the increased military spending will cement the United Kingdom’s position as the largest defence spender in Europe, the second largest in NATO, and allow increased investment in areas such as cyber and space. The full conclusions of the defence and security review - a study of threats and capabilities - will be announced next year.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Jessica Taylor, Handout, Johnson, , ” Johnson, Donald Trump’s, spender Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS LONDON, Britain, European Union, NATO, National Cyber Force, Command Locations: London, Britain, China, Europe
Post-Brexit UK announces military spending boost
  + stars: | 2020-11-18 | by ( Andrew Macaskill | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain pledged to end the “era of retreat” by announcing a major increase in military spending, despite the coronavirus crisis pummelling the economy, as it seeks to define its post-Brexit role on the world stage. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERSPrime Minister Boris Johnson said the extra spending reflected the need to upgrade military capabilities, with plans for a new space command and artificial intelligence agency. The military spending announcement comes just a week after Johnson promised U.S. President-elect Joe Biden that Britain was determined to remain a valuable military ally. Christopher Miller, acting U.S. defense secretary in Trump’s outgoing administration, welcomed the extra spending. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the defence spending would not come at the expense of aid.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Jessica Taylor, Handout, Johnson, ” Johnson, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Britain, Christopher Miller, , spender, Ben Wallace, we’re, ” Wallace Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS, European Union, NATO, Labour’s Party, Conservative, Media, Sky News Locations: Britain, London, United States, Iraq, Afghanistan, France, China, Europe
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