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UK: Migration Statistics Quarterly Report, February 2015

March 3, 2015 14:20

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

From Key Figures:

Net long-term migration to the UK was estimated to be 298,000 in the year ending September 2014, a statistically significant increase from 210,000 in the previous 12 months, but below the peak of 320,000 in the year ending June 2005.

624,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending September 2014, a statistically significant increase from 530,000 in the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Asia - Business and economics - Documents in the news - Europe - Government and politics - Immigration - International - Labor - Social and cultural issues - United Kingdom

Views: 57 | Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)


Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

March 3, 2015 14:15

Source: U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services

From Cyber:

Cyber threats to US national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication and severity of impact. The ranges of cyber threat actors, methods of attach, targeted systems, and victims are also expanding. Overall, the unclassified information and communication technology (ICT) networks that support US government, military, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Asia - Business and economics - China - Crime - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - International - International Relations - Internet - Latin America and the Caribbean - Legal and law enforcement - Middle East - Military and defense - National security - Russia - Security - Technology - Telecommunications - North America - South America

Views: 33 | Source: U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services


Freedom of Thought 2014

March 3, 2015 14:10

Source: International Humanist and Ethical Union

From Press Release:

Non-religious people are being targeted by “hate campaigns” in countries around the world, as a distinct minority group, the latest edition of the Freedom of Thought Report has found.

The report claims that the “hate speech” against atheists does not come exclusively from reactionary or radical religious leaders, but ... <snip>

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Posted in: Crime - Government and politics - International - Legal and law enforcement - Religion and spirituality - Social and cultural issues

Views: 30 | Source: International Humanist and Ethical Union


EU: Energy Union Package

February 26, 2015 15:23

Source: European Commission

From Press Release:

Energy is used to heat and to cool buildings and homes, transport goods, and power the economy. But with ageing infrastructure, poorly integrated markets, and uncoordinated policies, our consumers, households and businesses do not benefit from increased choice or from lower energy prices. It is time to complete the single energy market in Europe...

The Energy Union means in ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Climate Change/Global Warming - Consumer issues - Energy - Environment - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - International - National security - Science - Technology - Transportation and travel - Emerging Economies

Views: 461 | Source: European Commission


Future of the BBC

February 26, 2015 10:53

Source: House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee (UK)

From Summary:

This inquiry is the first step in a wider process of examining the role and position of the BBC, as well as the way it has been managed, governed and held accountable, before the current Charter expires at the end of 2016. Over the last few years, at times, the BBC has been beset by mistakes of its own making but despite this many people judge the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Social and cultural issues - Sports, recreation and leisure - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Views: 466 | Source: House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee (UK)


Amnesty International Report 2014/15: The State of the World's Human Rights

February 26, 2015 10:49

Source: Amnesty International

The Amnesty International Report 2014/15 documents the state of human rights in 160 countries and territories during 2014. Some key events from 2013 are also reported. This report also celebrates those who stand up for human rights across the world, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances. It represents Amnesty International’s key concerns throughout the world, and is essential reading for ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Asia - Australia and New Zealand - Europe - Government and politics - Human rights - International - Latin America and the Caribbean - Legal and law enforcement - Mexico - Middle East - Military and defense - Social and cultural issues - Terrorism - United Kingdom - North America - South America - Central America

Views: 447 | Source: Amnesty International


Europe: Cyber Security

February 26, 2015 10:46

Source: Eurobarometer

From the Introduction:

This report brings together the results of the Special Eurobarometer public opinion survey on “Cyber security” in the 28 European Union countries.

Cybercrime is a borderless problem, consisting of criminal acts that are committed online by using electronic communications networks and information systems, including crimes specific to the Internet, online fraud and ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Crime - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - National security - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Views: 532 | Source: Eurobarometer


From Social Media Service to Advertising Network

February 26, 2015 10:40

Source: Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI)

From the Introduction:

Facebook’s revised Data Use Policy (DUP) is an extension of existing practices. This nevertheless raises concerns because Facebook’s data processing capabilities have increased both horizontally and vertically. By horizontal we refer to the increase of data gathered from different sources. Vertical refers to the deeper and more detailed ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Human rights - Industries - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom - North America - Regulation and compliance

Views: 211 | Source: Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI)


UK: Investing in Children's Mental Health

February 24, 2015 16:28

Source: Centre for Mental Health (UK)

From Press Release:

Investing in children's mental health services is excellent value for money and will bring a lifetime of benefits to young people, their families, communities and the economy as a whole...

Investing in children's mental health examines the costs and the benefits of a range of interventions to prevent or treat some of the most common mental health ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Children and families - Europe - Gender and sexuality - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - Investments - Mental health and substance abuse - Social and cultural issues - Taxation - United Kingdom

Views: 636 | Source: Centre for Mental Health (UK)


Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth [Warwick Commission]

February 24, 2015 16:24

Source: Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value (UK)

From the Introduction:

We can be proud that British fashion, architecture, publishing, craft and design, film and TV, video games and software, museums, theatre, dance, popular and classical music and visual arts are internationally recognised as world class. 1.7 million people work in these industries. Together they contribute almost £77bn in value added, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Arts and humanities - Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - Internet - Media and entertainment - Social and cultural issues - Taxation - Technology - United Kingdom

Views: 318 | Source: Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value (UK)


Future Trends in the Gulf

February 24, 2015 16:12

Source: Chatham House

From Executive Summary:

Politics in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states will be significantly transformed in the coming decade. Generational change, with 60 per cent of the population under the age of 30, is placing strain on traditional political structures. The revenues from energy resources are not sufficient to sustain the current political-economic bargain in the medium to long term: three of the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Business and economics - Energy - Government and politics - Industries - International - Internet - Middle East - Political process - Social and cultural issues - Technology

Views: 318 | Source: Chatham House


International Comparisons of Productivity - Final Estimates, 2013

February 20, 2015 13:35

Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

Key Points:

Output per hour in the UK was 17 percentage points below the average for the rest of the major G7 advanced economies in 2013, the widest productivity gap since 1992. On an output per worker basis, UK productivity was 19 percentage points below the average for the rest for the G7 in 2013.

Across the G7 as a whole, productivity as measured by output per hour and output ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Canada - Europe - Industries - International - Investments - Labor - Lists & Rankings - United Kingdom - North America - Japan

Views: 658 | Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)


Facing the Facts: The Truth about Ageing and Development

February 20, 2015 13:28

Source: Age International (UK)

From the Foreword:

We all know that we are living through a time of unprecedented global population growth. But less well-known is the fact that the world is also ageing; there are currently 868 million older people in the world and, by 2047, this will have reached more than 2 billion, with more people aged 60 and over than children under 16.

Yet to listen to most discussions about ... <snip>

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Posted in: Age and Aging - Children and families - Gender and sexuality - Health and healthcare - Human rights - International - Social and cultural issues - Emerging Economies

Views: 496 | Source: Age International (UK)


Make or Break: The UKs Digital Future

February 20, 2015 13:20

Source: House of Lords Digital Skills Committee (UK)

From Summary:

The world is being transformed by a series of profound technological changes dominated by digital—a ‘second machine age’. This is already having a significant impact on the UK; over the next two decades some economists have estimated that 35% of current jobs in the UK could become automated. Digital technology is changing all our lives, work, ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Government and politics - Industries - Internet - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - United Kingdom

Views: 1081 | Source: House of Lords Digital Skills Committee (UK)


The EU and Russia: Before and Beyond the Crisis in Ukraine

February 20, 2015 13:18

Source: House of Lords European Union Committee (UK)

From Summary:

The continuing crisis in Ukraine means that the EU’s relationship with Russia has reached a critical juncture, and that the EU and its Member States need fundamentally to reassess it.

In this report, we consider the factors that have contributed to the decline in the EU-Russia relationship, attempt to draw lessons for the future, and consider how the ... <snip>

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Posted in: Asia - Business and economics - Europe - Government and politics - International - International Relations - Military and defense - National security - Russia - United Kingdom

Views: 430 | Source: House of Lords European Union Committee (UK)


Digital, Social & Mobile in 2015

February 17, 2015 13:43

Source: We Are Social (Singapore)

From Press Release:

2014 was a landmark year for growth across all things digital, and We Are Social’s new Digital, Social and Mobile in 2015 report indicates that this year will see even more impressive numbers...

(M)obile increasingly dominates the digital world, and we’re confident that ‘ubiquitous connectivity’ will gather even more pace during 2015, as cheaper ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Asia - Australia and New Zealand - Business and economics - Consumer issues - Europe - Industries - International - Internet - Latin America and the Caribbean - Lists & Rankings - Media and entertainment - Middle East - Social and cultural issues - Technology - Telecommunications - North America - South America - Central America - Emerging Economies

Views: 607 | Source: We Are Social (Singapore)


Nigeria's Political Situation Before the Elections

February 17, 2015 13:40

Source: European Parliamentary Research Service

In 2014, Nigeria marked 100 years since unification between the Muslim north and the Christian south. The merger of the two protectorates was imposed by the British Empire in 1914 and laid the foundations of modern Nigeria. However, the country is still divided along multiple lines, with ethnic ideologies, religion and regionalism remaining strong factors in political life. On 28 March and ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Business and economics - Election - Ethnic - Europe - Government and politics - International - Military and defense - Political process - Religion and spirituality - Social and cultural issues - Terrorism

Views: 465 | Source: European Parliamentary Research Service


TTIP Impacts on European Energy Markets and Manufacturing Industries

February 17, 2015 13:37

Source: Directorate-General for Internal Policies (EU)

From Executive Summary:

The lack of transparency in the negotiations in combination with the uncertainties regarding the projected outcomes results in a large information gap surrounding the impacts of the TTIP. Therefore, the main purpose of this report is to fill this gap, in areas particularly relevant for the ITRE [Industry, Research and Energy] committee. This is done ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Energy - Environment - Europe - Globalization - Government and politics - Industries - International - International Relations - Investments - Labor - Legal and law enforcement - Science - North America

Views: 611 | Source: Directorate-General for Internal Policies (EU)


Report on the Audit of the Management of Ebola Funds, May to October 2014

February 17, 2015 13:26

Source: Audit Service Sierra Leone

From Executive Summary:

The audit was undertaken in order to ascertain whether allocations and donations received directly by the GoSL, in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease were utilised with due regard to economy and efficiency and that internal controls were observed accordingly....

There were inadequate controls over the disbursement of funds. For instance, payments which ... <snip>

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Posted in: Africa - Diseases and conditions - Documents in the news - Government and politics - Health and healthcare - International - Legal and law enforcement

Views: 459 | Source: Audit Service Sierra Leone


Report: The Advisory Council to Google on the Right to be Forgotten

February 13, 2015 23:14

Source: Google

From Press Release:

A May 2014 ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union found that European law gives people the right to ask search engines like Google to remove results for queries that include their name.

Since then, we’ve received removal requests for all sorts of content: serious criminal records, embarrassing photos, instances of online bullying and name-calling, decades-old ... <snip>

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Posted in: Business and economics - Consumer issues - Documents in the news - Europe - Government and politics - Human rights - Industries - International - Internet - Legal and law enforcement - Media and entertainment - Privacy - Security - Social and cultural issues - Technology - North America

Views: 602 | Source: Google



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