Law Society Condemns Plans For Economic Crime Levy

Law360, London (October 14, 2020, 1:51 PM BST) — The government’s plans for a financial crime levy on law firms and other regulated businesses is “a special tax on the legal profession” that could make companies less willing to invest in Britain, an industry body warned on Wednesday. 

The Law Society, the professional body that represents more than 140,000 practicing solicitors in England and Wales, said the industry already devotes significant resources as it complies with its obligations to counter money laundering and financial crime.

Simon Davis, the society’s departing president, said that pushing up the cost of doing business would hit the competitiveness of the legal sector in the international market…

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U.K. Plans New Law to Undo Foreign Deals on Security Grounds

(Bloomberg) — Boris Johnson’s government is drawing up plans for a radical new law that would give ministers power to unravel foreign investments in U.K. companies — potentially casting major doubt on deals that have already been concluded — to stop hostile states gaining control over key assets.



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Pedestrians walk as the Tower Bridge stands beyond in London.

The National Security and Investment Bill is in the final stages of drafting and could be published later this month, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because the subject is sensitive.

It aims to cover deals in sectors such as defense and critical infrastructure, and will make provisions to protect sensitive intellectual property.

Among the most potentially controversial parts of the draft law is a proposal to allow the government to intervene retrospectively in circumstances where national security is an

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Conservation Society plans a scaled-down fundraiser next month at La Villita

In a year when Fiesta and every gala in the city were stamped as canceled by the coronavirus pandemic, the Conservation Society of San Antonio is trying to salvage some fun and fundraising in a socially distanced sort of way.

The three-hour evening Fall Heritage Festival — a scaled-down substitute for NIOSA, A Night In Old San Antonio — will have the feel of the hugely popular bash held during Fiesta each year to raise money for historic preservation and other programs.

The society, which has booked La Villita for the Nov. 6 event, increased the entry fee to $125 and restricted admission to 1,000 adults, who will have unlimited access to food and drinks served at booths, with two local bands providing entertainment.

To protect the safety of guests and volunteers from the virus, everyone will be required to maintain social distancing and wear a face covering,

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Manitowoc Historical Society plans fall stroll for mid-October, plus more local news

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Manitowoc County Historical Society to host Fall Stroll in mid-October



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Manitowoc County’s Pinecrest Historical Village, shown here in fall.

Manitowoc County Historical Society, 924 Pinecrest Road in Manitowoc, is offering a fall site stroll for guests to enjoy the natural beauty of the historic Pinecrest Village from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16-17.

The village is open for strolling amid the coronavirus pandemic, but all historic buildings are closed to the public. The McAllister House Welcome Center will be open for restrooms and the Museum Store. When people are indoors, masks are required. Restrooms are also available on the back of the General Store/Meat Market.

Pick-up will also be held during these times for those who have reserved an All Hallow’s Eve STEAM Pack. Packs will be available for pick-up

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Top India Court Asks Government to Outline Interest Waiver Plans

(Bloomberg) — India’s top court asked the government and banks how they plan to waive deferred interest on loans for small borrowers and whether similar relief measures could be provided to other sectors.



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A metro train travels along an elevated track as residential buildings stand in the background at night in the outskirts of New Delhi, India, on Sunday, July 7, 2019. India’s new Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman resisted calls for a fiscal boost to spur a weakening economy, sticking instead to a plan to narrow the budget deficit over time by keeping spending in check.

The Supreme Court on Monday asked lawyers from the government and Reserve Bank of India to submit information on the measures they plan to take on waiving some of the interest and recasting loans for stressed borrowers. The court will listen to this feedback on Oct. 13.

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Elmer historical society plans open house

The Greater Elmer Area Historical Society’s monthly open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, will feature a book signing by Ralph H. Thomas, local author of “WWII: 50 Objects That Helped Win the War.” Copies will be available for purchase.

The historical society also will be giving away copies of its most recent historical booklet, which spotlights military history and veterans from Elmer, Pittsgrove and Upper Pittsgrove. In the museum, an exhibit of artifacts relating to local military history will be on display.

The event will be held indoors and outdoors, with masks and social distancing required. No more than 12 people may be in the museum at a time, but a tent will set up outside. Anyone who feels ill or is particularly vulnerable is advised to stay home or call to arrange for curbside pickup.

Located at 117 Broad St. in Elmer, the

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New president of the Danville Historical Society plans to focus on its mission and inclusion

DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) – Just two weeks into her role as president of the Danville Historical Society, Kendall Ratliffe says they are working to promote inclusiveness and to build trust with the Black community to help tell all sides of Danville’s history.



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Danville Historical Society Responds To Controversy

Like other members of the Danville Historical Society, Ratliffe was left in complete shock when the former president had racist comments about confederate monuments posted through his Facebook profile in July.

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“Danville’s history, last capital of the confederacy, some really vile segregation and suppression here, awareness of that context made it a very stressful and upsetting situation.” said Ratliffe.

The former president, Mark Joyner, says a friend of his made the comments while using his phone.

Still, he resigned, leading to Ratliffe stepping in.

She says she is aware of the road ahead to repair

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New president of the Danville Historical Society plans to focus on their mission and inclusion

DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) – Just two weeks into her role as president of the Danville Historical Society, Kendall Ratliffe, says they are working to promote inclusiveness and to build trust with the black community to help tell all sides of Danville’s history.

Like other members of the Danville Historical Society, Kendall Ratliffe was left in complete shock when the former president had racist comments about confederate monuments posted through his Facebook profile in July.

“Danville’s history, last capital of the confederacy, some really vile segregation and suppression here, awareness of that context made it a very stressful and upsetting situation.” said Ratliffe.

The former president, Mark Joyner, says that a friend of his made the comments while using his phone.

Still, he resigned, leading to Ratliffe stepping in.

She says she is aware of the road ahead to repair the damage relationship between the organization and the community.

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The Guardian view on plans for civil society: the right direction



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The increased salience of what the economist Sir Paul Collier calls “spatial inequality” is recognised on both the right and left of politics. Where people are affects their life chances just as education and other factors do. Huge disparities in property values have made it harder, often impossible, to move. So it is good news that ministers are taking seriously the recommendations of a report by one of their backbenchers, Danny Kruger. It contains constructive suggestions about how they should go about fulfilling their promise to “level up” the UK – and bottle the spirit of mutual aid.

The topic is timely. Communities already struggling against the enormously harmful effects of austerity, and an increasingly insecure labour market, have been badly hit by the pandemic. More rough times lie ahead. Putting aside for now the government’s responsibility for this dire situation (through

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Germany Dilutes EU Rule-of-Law Plans With Virus Aid at Risk

(Bloomberg) — Germany proposed watering-down the conditions tying European Union funding to respect for the rule of law in what’s widely seen as a bid to reach a compromise to unlock the bloc’s landmark 750 billion-euro ($875 million) coronavirus recovery fund.



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LEDNICE, CZECH REPUBLIC – JUNE 11: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wearing facemask pose for photographers during for the Visegrad Group (V4) summit at Lednice Chateau on June 11, 2020 in Lednice, Czech Republic. The Visegrad Group (V4), which includes the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, met for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak caused many countries across Europe to close their borders and restrict international travel. (Photo by Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images)

Germany, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU, proposed a mechanism that could suspend payments to member states that are in breach of democratic values while making it harder

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