I was delighted to speak to a packed room of businesspeople from across the district at the beautiful Easton Walled Gardens this week.Nothing new there, you may say. But what made it different is that this was the first of many events to be organised by our inward investment team, InvestSK.As well as hearing from me and finding out more about how InvestSK can help their businesses, we were delighted to be joined by Lewis Stringer from the British Business Bank who explained the funding that is available to micro and small businesses, and Jo Peck from Observer Solutions who spoke about cyber security – two issues that are high on businesses’ agendas.A new Business Showcase book was also launched at the event, which celebrates the superb quality and diversity of companies in our district.I never cease to be impressed by the businesses in South Kesteven, many of which are operating globally and leading their fields.If you’d like a copy of the showcase or have a great … [Read more...] about ‘Businesses are keen to move to our area’
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AN explosive "dirty dossier" on Donald Trump's alleged links to Russia has shocked the world after it was leaked before being verified.The unsubstantiated report contains deeply damaging material that could be used to blackmail the president-elect - and was released just days before his inauguration.But what exactly is the "dirty dossier" and how has Trump reacted to the allegations?It is a 35-page report consisting of memos compiled before and after the November 8 election.It was written by former British MI-6 intelligence agent Christopher Steele, 52, who fled his Surrey home soon before his identity was made public.He is apparently now in hiding after becoming “terrified for his safety” after he was named in the US.The 52-year-old's research which was initially funded by anti-Trump Republicans, and later by Democrats.He is the director of Orbis Business Intelligence, based in West London.A furious Trump let rip at a press conference following … [Read more...] about What is the Donald Trump dirty dossier, what are the allegations against him and what is fake news?
CHRISTOPHER Steele was named by US media as the former British spy believed to be behind the dossier filled with lurid allegations about Donald Trump.The 52-year-old reportedly fled his £1.4million Surrey home soon after his identity was made public and broke his silence in March.Former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, 52, has been identified in US media reports as the author of the "dirty dossier" that claims Russia collated a file of compromising information on Donald Trump - which has not been verified.Steele, an ex-MI6 agent, is said to have specialised in Russia and counterintelligence.Described as having a "good reputation" within the intelligence community, the former MI6 spy was stationed in Moscow in the early 1990s to provide covert surveillance of the crumbling Soviet government.Steele met his future wife Laura Hunt in April 1988 and after a whirlwind romance the pair were engaged the following … [Read more...] about Who is Christopher Steele? MI6 spy behind Donald Trump dirty dossier and Orbis Business Intelligent director
After more than three years of intensive lobbying, German news organizations appear to have convinced enough politicians in Berlin of the need for a law to protect the use of their content on the Internet and for a compulsory licensing scheme to use it. A bill is set to be put to a vote in the coming weeks. The German plan follows a move last year in neighboring Belgium where courts decided that Google was infringing on newspapers' copyrights by linking to stories. But the political coalition's new proposal goes further, observers say, and is causing heated debate in Germany. "For now, we are relying on the intelligence of the German parliament not to implement such nonsense," wrote Markus Beckedahl, the editor of Netzpolitik.org, in a blog post written on Sunday. Differing perspectives German newspapers have been grumbling for years that companies like Google have generated billions of euros in search advertising revenue by aggregating their news - now they want a cut of those … [Read more...] about German bill may force Google to pay for news snippets
The assailant who carried out a deadly attack outside Parliament on Wednesday was born in Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons Thursday. "What I can confirm is that the man was British-born and that some years ago he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism," she told lawmakers. "He was a peripheral figure," May said, adding that "he was not part of the current intelligence picture." The prime minister went on to say that there had been no prior intelligence of his plot to carry out an attack on the Westminster Bridge and Parliament. The militant "Islamic State" (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack later on Thursday, saying the attacker was one of its "soldiers," according to the IS Aamaq news agency. The British Parliament reopened on Thursday, one day after the deadly attack that took place outside the Palace of Westminster. MPs and police observed a somber minute of silence to remember the victims. … [Read more...] about PM May: London attack suspect was British-born, known to UK’s MI5 intelligence service