OFAC Issues Updated Ransomware Advisory and Designates Virtual Currency Exchange

On September 21, 2021, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued an Updated Advisory on Potential Sanctions Risks for Facilitating Ransomware Payments (the “Updated Advisory”) superseding its earlier October 1, 2020 guidance on ransomware attacks and, for the first time, added a virtual currency exchange to the Specially …
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Twitter issues update on response to Euro 2020 final racist abuse

Support us and go ad-free Twitter removed more than 1,900 racist, abusive tweets in the wake of the Euro 2020 final, with the majority coming from accounts in the UK, the social media giant has said. Racism The platform said it identified and removed 1,622 tweets during the final and in the 24 hours after …
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NHS waiting list in England could soar to 14 million as staffing and pay issues persist

Support us and go ad-free The NHS waiting list in England could rise to 14 million by autumn 2022 and keep increasing, a new report warns. Millions of patients didn’t receive care during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic due to overwhelmed health services. If they return for medical attention, then the number joining the waiting list …
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CDC Issues 60-Day Eviction Moratorium After Progressives Pressured Biden & “Moved Mountains”

The Biden administration has issued a new two-month moratorium on evictions, covering much of the country, after facing public pressure from progressive lawmakers led by Congressmember Cori Bush of Missouri, who was once unhoused herself and slept on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in protest after the moratorium on evictions lapsed on July 31. …
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Rising helpline calls from workers in parliament reflect ‘systemic issues’

Support us and go ad-free The number of calls made to a 24/7 counselling helpline for workers in parliament and MPs’ employees has risen over the past year. Callers have raised issues such as bullying and sexual misconduct. A union leader said the helpline is only treating the symptoms of endemic issues in Westminster and …
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Pivotal moment for Johnson as Indie SAGE issues coronavirus emergency statement

The group of leading scientists known as Independent SAGE has issued an emergency statement via its weekly video briefing. The statement doesn’t hold back and advises that the final stage of the UK government’s roadmap to ease coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions should not proceed. A pivotal moment for the Johnson government looms. Emergency statement On 4 …
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Greta Thunberg issues a simple demand about how we tackle the climate crisis

Greta Thunberg has said the only way forward in the fight against climate change is to “treat the crisis like a crisis”. The Swedish climate and environmental activist was speaking ahead of the airing of the BBC series Greta Thunberg: A Year To Change The World, which follows her journey during a year off school …
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Charity issues warning that fuel poverty will kill terminally ill people quicker this winter

Fuel poverty will kill people quicker this winter as terminally ill people struggle to afford to heat their homes, a charity has warned. At risk High energy bills, delays in accessing benefits, and the other costs associated with their illness are leaving terminally ill people struggling to afford their heating costs, said end of life …
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Financial regulator issues warning notice against former government go-to Carillion

The UK’s financial regulatory body has issued a warning notice against Carillion, saying the collapsed engineering giant and relevant directors acted “recklessly”. Non-full disclosure The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said announcements made in December 2016 and in March and May 2017 did not accurately or fully disclose the financial performance of the company. The FCA …
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‘Time is running out’. Education union issues stark warning on coronavirus testing crisis.

The National Education Union (NEU) has called for immediate government action on the UK’s testing crisis. Leaders of the union wrote to the prime minister on 20 September to urge the adoption of emergency measures to maintain the safety of schools. General secretaries of the NEU, Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, asked that school …
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