The diplomatic foreign relations of the United Kingdom are conducted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, headed by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. The Prime Minister and numerous other agencies play a role in setting policy, and many institutions and businesses have a voice and a role. Britain was the world's foremost power during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, most notably during the so-called "Pax Britannica"—a period of totally unrivaled supremacy and unprecedented international peace during the mid-to-late 1800s. The country continued to be widely considered a 'superpower' until the Suez crisis of 1956, and this embarrassing incident coupled with the loss of the empire left the UK's dominant role in global affairs to be gradually diminished. Nevertheless, the United Kingdom remains a great power and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a founding member of the G7, G8, G20, NATO, OECD, WTO, Council of Europe, … [Read more...] about Foreign relations of the United Kingdom
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Alexander Gabuev explains Kremlin's game plan. There will be many issues at play during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires. Alexander Gabuev offers insights into the Kremlin’s game plan.Is Russia worried about new rounds of U.S. sanctions?U.S. sanctions are becoming a permanent feature of Russian economic life. Following Congress’s near-unanimous vote on the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) in summer 2017, senior leaders in the Kremlin became convinced that Western sanctions are likely to stay in place forever. The economic toll is unpleasant, but not nearly as bad as the “maximum pressure” facing countries like Iran and North Korea. Still, sanctions have dampened economic growth, made Western investors more wary of putting their money in Russian businesses, and made it harder for Russians to tap Western capital markets.However, so far the regime has managed to weather the sanctions, and Putin’s political base has rallied … [Read more...] about What Does the Kremlin Want Out of the G20 Summit?
PUBLISHED: 18:02 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 18:02 13 November 2018 Megan Aldous Suffolk's most inspirational women Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector. Goldie Sayers , Team GB Javelin Thrower and one of Suffolk's 100 Inspiring Women speaking at the event Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe list was put together by a panel of judges this summer after we asked readers for their nominations. Here we celebrate the women who have make us proud to be from Suffolk.Jenna Ackerley, Events Under Canvas: A Felixstowe girl originally, 38-year-old Jenna now lives in East Bergholt with her husband and two young children, operating her business, Events Under Canvas, from Capel St Mary. While travelling in her 20s, Jenna began a recruitment … [Read more...] about Meet 100 of Suffolk’s most inspirational women
Murder, assault and fraud are among the crimes North East criminals were jailed for last month. ChronicleLive has rounded-up mug shots of some of the offenders given jail time by judges in October. Jason Fairbairn A deceitful South Shields businessman has been jailed for fraudulently selling a company’s belongings on eBay, causing the firm to go bust. Nine staff lost their jobs when Tyneport Coatings folded following Jason Fairbairn’s “despicable abuse of trust”, stealing company property to sell for his own personal gain. The former technical director abused his position, swindling thousands of pounds from the paint firm. North East criminals locked up in September 2018 View gallery Despite claiming innocence at Newcastle Crown Court , a jury found the 49-year-old guilty of four counts of fraud. Fairbairn, of Rowanwood Gardens, Gateshead , has now been jailed for three years. Steven Green A trusted mental health nurse has been jailed after he was … [Read more...] about 26 North East criminals locked up in October 2018
Wales’ fastest growing indigenous business can be revealed as ALS Managed Services. The innovative recruitment and staffing solutions firm, which recently moved from Pontypool to Caerphilly, tops this year’s Wales Fast Growth project, which ranks the 50 fastest growing indigenous businesses based on revenue growth over the past two years. ALS Managed Services, which works with some of the largest recycling and warehousing companies in the UK, and was recently acquired in a management buyout led by chief executive Steve Langian, achieved a staggering revenue growth of 4,237.6%, between 2015-17 with sales up from £250,264 to £10.85m. The annual list, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, was started by Professor Dylan Jones-Evans. Prof Jones-Evans said: "Every year the list identifies some incredible businesses that are making a significant difference to their sectors, markets and communities, and that this year was no exception." The largest sector this … [Read more...] about Wales Fast Growth 50,2018: These are the fastest growing companies in Wales