News story: More than £2 billion Brexit preparation funding awarded to departments for a successful EU exit

first_img BEIS will deliver business stability for company law and audit, in addition to developing options for a UK Global Navigation Satellite System. The PM’s deal is the only way to deliver on the referendum while protecting jobs, businesses and prosperity. I’ve worked with departments so they have the resources to prepare as we leave the European Union, including our borders, trade policies and support for businesses. But a responsible government prepares for all contingencies and that is why we’re stepping up no deal planning. The Treasury has provided more than £4.2 billion for Brexit preparations since 2016. We are now allocating over £2 billion from that fund to continue and step up this work in 2019-20 as we leave the EU. Home Office will use its funding to increase Border Force capability with hundreds of new officers, continue preparing the EU Settlement Scheme to offer settled status and prepare law enforcement national security preparations. More than £2 billion additional funding across 25 government departments for their Brexit preparations for all scenarios. DIT will use its allocation to securing post-Brexit continuity for around 40 trade agreements covering over 70 countries, accounting for 12% of the UK’s total trade. They will also use their funding for work on future trade agreements around the world. Funding is for 2019/20 priority areas including borders, trade and security. Including this announcement, since 2016 the Chancellor has provided £4.2 billion towards EU exit preparations.This consists of: The government is continuing to ramp up its plans for Brexit and has today (18 October 2018) allocated more than £2 billion for projects across departments.The money will support vital preparations including getting new border and customs operations ready, gearing up UK trade policy with existing and new international partners, and taking back control of our waters.More than 25 government departments and arms-length bodies have gone through a needs-based funding process to determine their specific allocation.Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said:center_img HMRC will employ over 3,000 customer service and compliance staff in operational roles to handle increases in customs activity, ensuring trade continues to flow and revenue is protected. HMRC will also use its funding to deliver new technology and IT requirements at the border to ensure trade is as frictionless as possible. £1.5 billion Brexit preparedness funding for 2018/2019, allocated at Spring Statement 2018. £412 million for DIT, FCO and DExEU at Autumn Budget 2016 and over £250 million across a number of departments in 2017-18. £2 billion Brexit preparedness funding for 2019/2020, allocated today. The Chancellor and Chief Secretary are making arrangements to ensure that departments and the Devolved Administrations can fund measures to address civil contingencies in a no deal scenario. Departments will be able to work with Cabinet Office, DExEU and Treasury to identify and fund contingencies to ensure the welfare, health, and security of UK citizens.The five biggest Brexit preparation allocations confirmed today are received by Home Office (£480m), Defra (£410m), HMRC (£375m), BEIS (£190m) and the Department for International Trade (£128m). All the funding covers 2019-20, and is for core Brexit activity including deal and no deal preparations. It follows an earlier £1.5 billion allocated at Spring Statement for the 2018-19 year. Projects include: In addition to taking back control of our waters, Defra will use its funding to deliver arrangements at the border and beyond to ensure uninterrupted trade in fish and fisheries products, chemicals, and agri-food.last_img read more

Polo: Blue Jacket Award Highlights Georgian Cup Centenary Celebration

first_imgBlue Jacket award winners pose with the Managing Director of First Bank Plc, Dr. Ademola Kazeem Adeduntan (centre), after their decoration, at the Gala Night of the Georgian Cup Centenary Polo Tournament in Kaduna Others include, Senator Hadi Sirika, Ibrahim Mohammed, Jamilu Mohammed, Babangida Hassan and the President of Kaduna Polo Club, Suleman Abubakar who has won the cup four times with three different teams. The Blue Jacket recipients were particularly elated about the award, urging Kaduna Polo Club to make the award ceremony an annual event as an encouragement that would propel upcoming and future generations to aspire to the top in their polo careers.In recognition of the centenary anniversary of the mythical Georgian Cup, Kaduna polo boss, Abubakar said: “I am proud and humbled to celebrate this wonderful landmark which would not have been possible without the efforts of our esteem sponsors like First Bank, and others, the polo fraternity and the public that supports us.“Through the last 100 years, what has remained consistent is the high standard of polo that we have witnessed being played at the club and the commitment of everybody involved. You have all exceeded expectations and have played a crucial role in our success.“I look forward to many more exciting years of polo and on building the mutual trust and friendship among the polo fraternity that we share,” Abubakar enthused in his closing remarks.Excitement started building for the awards a year ago when the countdown to the centenary of the oldest polo cup in the world was announced by Kaduna Polo Club.That countdown frenzy got to its peak early October, when five of Nigeria’s strongest high- teams and a record 35 medium and low-goal teams fortified with the best of Nigerian talents and their foreign counterparts stormed the foremost Murtala Mohammed Square in Kaduna for the historic celebration.From the glitters of the Georgian Cup Legend Award Gala, the magnificent Georgian Cup touch down by a helicopter on the final day, to the historic debut of  Jos  Malcomines, and the determined push by Lintex /Agad to clinch the 400 year-old polo title on first attempt.After nine days of epic battles, the thrills of the centenary was evenly shared by the winners, Kaduna Polo Club and the decorated Georgian Cup legends, with Rubicon and EL-Amin polo teams letting out the loudest roars.Rubicon because Senator Hadi Sirika and his Big Boys battled through a tense six chukkas final to secure a last minute victory against daring Lintex Agad to win the Georgian Cup Centenary edition, for their third Georgian Cup title.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The biggest off the pitch highlight of the celebration of the centenary of the oldest polo cup in the world, Georgian Cup, was the Legends Award Gala that paraded impressive awardees who were unanimously thrilled by the honours from both the Kaduna Polo Club and title sponsors, First Bank Plc.They were recognized for their immense contribution to the myth and the popularity of the Georgian Cup.Those decorated with the Blue Jackets on the night of legends include Nigeria’s top rated professional, Bello Buba who has won the Georgian Cup a record 18 times, Bala Shehu Shagari, Amani Idi, Mohammad Babangida, Kashim Bukar, Adamu Yaro and Dawule Baba.last_img read more

Alleged prosecutorial misconduct merits case dismissal, admissions scandal parents argue

first_imgThe defense argued that the government’s failure to submit proof that Singer’s claims were false suggests the allegations of coercion are true. “When Singer told the Government that he had informed Defendants that the payments were donations, not bribes, he was telling the Government that he had informed them that the payments were legitimate,” the reply read. According to a memorandum filed Friday by Nathaniel Gorton, one of the federal judges overseeing the case, the government responded to Singer’s allegations of eliciting false testimony by stating that the claims did not merit an investigation. “If the Government had any evidence to support its denials, it presumably would have filed it with its brief (as Defendants did),” the reply read. “Its utter failure to introduce anything from any of the relevant participants (all of whom are under Government control) speaks volumes.” “The Government now admits that ‘most of the defendants understood their money to be going to designated programs,’” the reply read. “But if Singer’s allegations are true, then (1) the calls have no evidentiary value, and (2) the Government engaged in the worst kind of official misconduct imaginable: fabricating evidence to secure a wrongful conviction.” In the reply, the defense argued that recordings of phone calls between scheme organizer William “Rick” Singer and the parents could not be used as evidence in the case, as Singer testified that prosecutors had told him to extract false statements from the parents on the calls. The reply also cited an email from Singer to one of the parents claiming the side door method was an acceptable and recognized way to gain admission to a university. According to the defense, the government knew before Singer’s wiretapped calls with the parents that Singer had told them their payments were legitimate donations rather than bribes but told Singer to lie about the misrepresentation. Parents in the college admissions scandal submitted a reply in court Friday asking that the case or evidentiary phone call recordings be thrown out in light of the prosecution’s alleged misconduct. The parents in the Operation Varsity Blues case continue to argue that their case should be dismissed after evidence surfaced insinuating that federal prosecutors instructed scandal mastermind William “Rick” Singer to bear false testimony about the bribes. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) Fourteen parents, including 11 with USC connections, have opted to plead not guilty and fight charges in the Operation Varsity Blues case. They will stand trial in Boston federal court in two groups beginning Oct. 5. “The Court considers the allegations … to be serious and disturbing,” the memorandum read. “While government agents are permitted to coach cooperating witnesses during the course of an investigation, they are not permitted to suborn the commission of a crime.”last_img read more

Abatayo adds to PH’s haul in lawn bowls with bronze

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo That hiked the Philippines’ lawn bowls collection to one gold, three silvers, and two bronze medals.Muhammad Soufi Rusli of host Malaysia won the gold medal in men’s singles, while Singapore’s Lee Yuan Min settled for silver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 50-0: Floyd Mayweather stops Conor McGregor in 10th round Elmer Abatayo continued the Philippines’ haul in the lawn bowls competition in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, bagging the bronze medal in men’s singles Sunday at the National Lawn Balls Centre in Kuala Lumpur.Abatayo outlasted Brunei’s Abd Rahman Omar, 21-20, in the battle for third place as the country gained its sixth medal in lawn balls.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View commentslast_img read more

CWG 2014: Jwala-Ashwini lose in women’s doubles final, take silver

first_imgJwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa with their silver medals at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photo: PTI.Indian shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost to Malaysian duo Vivian Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon in the women’s doubles final of the 20th Commonwealth Games on Sunday and had to settle for the silver medal.The Indian third seeds lost to the second seeded Malaysian duo in straight games 17-21, 21-23 in 41 minutes at the Emirates Arena.last_img

Morgue Full five more killed over weekend

first_imgWith two armed gunman approaching and shooting, a man said to be standing outside his home on Derby Road, Nassau did not stand a chance – the man died in the incident around 8pm last night and two ran off said to be armed with handguns in that case.   Add to this, two police officers were shot answering a domestic dispute in Eastern Nassau.  The suspect is now caught and the shot gun is recovered; ACP Dean said one of his officers was seriously shot, the other with some injury.   Both are said to be stable in hospital.  #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Murders and Manhunts is what the weekend looked like in the capital of the country, where the leading destination is called Paradise… and the surging problems, while said to be statistically down, are proving that indeed crime is not political because successive governments have drawn scathing reviews on getting a handle on the crime rate and recidivism.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 13, 2017 – Twice this month, in the news, there has been alarm expressed and promise made about the inadequacy of the morgue in Nassau.  Over the weekend, there is new concern that the morgue is full of bodies still being processed as a result of deadly crime.   The information comes as the country grapples with five more killings over the weekend, five more Bahamian males snuffed out including a young teenaged-boy.  While Assistant Commissioner of Police, Stephen Dean, in speaking to media promised that the culprits would be caught and some suspects have been, and he informed that suspects would see court action today; focus is more on the loss of life and grief coming to so many families.  The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The teenager was shot on Friday night on Dale Park in Peardale.  Two men shot at a night club on Saturday morning, one died on the scene on East and Lewis Streets.  Two men shot at a party on Saturday night on Dean’s Street, off Nassau Street; one died at hospital. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

South Eastern Railway introduces series of local trains to tackle Puja rush

first_imgKolkata: The South Eastern Railway is introducing a number of special local trains with effect from Sunday night to cater to the crowd during Durga Puja. The trains will continue to run till October 20.According to the sources in the SER, the trains will ply between Mecheda-Howrah, Kharagpur-Mecheda, Howrah-Kharagpur, Howrah–Panskura, Amta–Howrah and some other routes. “There is a huge rush of passengers during the Puja. These trains have been introduced to cater to this crowd travelling to and from the city,” a senior SER official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA train will be leaving Mecheda at 10.50 pm in the night and reach Howrah at 12.20 am. This train will run from Sunday till October 18. The special Howrah-Kharagpur local will leave Howrah at 12.50 am and reach Kharagpur at 3.50 am in the wee hours. This train will run from Monday late night till October 19. The special trains from Kharagpur to Mecheda and vice-versa will start from 4.15 pm on October 15 and will continue till October 19. A train from Panskura will leave at 11.10 pm and will reach Howrah at 1 am the following day. This train will be available from October 15 to 20. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA special train from Howrah to Panskura will also start operating from October 16 night and will run till October 20. Train services from Amta to Howrah will start from the night of October 14 at 11.30 pm and will run till October 19. In the reverse route, a train from Howrah will leave for Amta at 1.05 am and will reach its destination at 2.40 am. This service will start from October 15. The galloping trains like Midnapore-Howrah, Kharagpur-Santragachi, Ghatsila-Howrah will stop at all the stations till October 18.last_img read more