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International News Services archives articles supplied to clients one year or more after initial publication. These articles are protected by a password and not made available to readers without permission from clients. They are used as a background resource by agency journalists. Upon client requests, International News Services will remove such articles from the archive or not upload them in the first place. They are included to demonstrate the breadth of topics undertaken by the agency and also to help promote clients’ coverage.

BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP LEDGERS BEING CREATED – BUT NOT WITHOUT SERIOUS TEETHING TROUBLES



Britain’s open register of beneficial ownership was groundbreaking worldwide but its effectiveness as a bulwark against money laundering is being debated, even as both the European Union (EU) and the US move ahead at varying pace to replicate the system. The question of whether BO registers should be open or closed is one that is being discussed in countries around the world.…

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CANADIAN PARTS SECTOR COULD SUFFER FROM TRUMP IMMIGRATION TARIFFS ON MEXICO



THE CANADIAN auto parts sector is likely to suffer should the Trump administration go ahead with plans to impose escalating duties on Mexican exports to the USA to force Mexico to further restrict immigration into America.

With President Donald Trump yesterday (June 5) claiming talks with the Mexican government have been insufficiently productive, the US is poised to impose 5% duties on all imports from Mexico on June 10.

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FORMER INS CORRESPONDENT PUBLISHES MYANMAR MEMOIR

A FORMER correspondent for International News Services has published a memoir about the four years she lived in Myanmar.



Our Home in Myanmar is written by Australian journalist, Jessica Mudditt, who moved to Yangon with her Bangladeshi husband in 2012 to join The Myanmar Times. She also worked at the country’s state-run newspaper during the historic elections of 2015, and was a consultant for the United Nations and the British Embassy.…

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IMPLEMENTATION OF SOMALIA’S BIG HIGHER EDUCATION BLUEPRINT IS STALLING, EXPERTS WARN



A FAILURE to engage education actors, frequent leadership changes and a general lack of commitment is derailing implementation of a much-vaunted Education Sector Strategic Plan 2018-2020 (ESSP), Somali higher education experts are warning.

Last October (2018), Somalia’s ministry of education culture and higher education released the plan as a policy blueprint, outlining what ails the sector and what needs to be done to turn it around within three years.…

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PMI WARNS OF EXPANDING ILLICIT ONLINE SALES PLATFORMS

Philip Morris International (PMI) has warned that cigarette smugglers and counterfeiters are expanding the platforms they use to generate illicit sales during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A spokesperson said: “Covid-19 has accelerated the trend of illicit markets moving toward e-commerce and cyberspace, while also expanding the range of goods being sold online and on the dark web. This may redefine the route of illicit goods to market.”

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BIOFUEL RESEARCH GROUP CLAIMS AVIATION BIO-REFINERY FUEL CANNOT BE SCALED UP USING CURRENT FEEDSTOCK



A BIOFUEL research group has released a report that argues the feedstocks currently used by the world’s only refiner of bio-based aviation fuels cannot be increased to a large scale, and any significant increase would boost carbon emissions anyway. Biofuelwatch, a UK/US research and advocacy group assessing the impact of large-scale bioenergy, concludes that the model used by Paramount, California-based refinery, owned by Boston, USA-based World Energy, is “not scaleable”.…

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Streets of Lagos, Photo By Samuel Okocha

International News Services’ Nigeria correspondent explores Lagos city life in vivid photographic book

LAGOS is Nigeria and Africa’s most populous city - a fast-moving and changing metropolis that plays home to both the country’s super-rich and the super-poor. It’s Nigeria’s commercial capital. It is the hub of its dynamic music industry, growing arts scene and tech startups.

International News Services’ Nigeria correspondent, Samuel Okocha, has produced a photographic book showing a candid glimpse of the city. “It’s also a product of my strong interests in street photography which has been therapeutic for me,” Samuel said. “Street photography helps me slow down in a crazy fast moving city like Lagos.…

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International News Services is southern England ‘Media Company of the Year’

International News Services has won a prestigious business award for southern England – being named Media Company of the Year by the UK’s Southern Enterprise Awards for dynamic small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The agency was one of 5,000 businesses assessed by organiser SME News, Britain’s national publication for groundbreaking and innovative businesses.

SME News has the story about our agency – see Global News Agency Offers Specialist Media Outlets a Window on the World

Also see https://www.sme-news.co.uk/awards/uk-southern-business-awards/

The award panel said:

“20 years established, International News Services clearly owes its longevity and client reach within the industry to its highly experienced multilingual international team of reporters and editors, alongside its honest, upfront and trustworthy approach to its clients across the globe.

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SE ASIA BEAUTY SECTOR LOOKS TO ESCAPE COVID 19



THE PERSONAL care product sector in south-east Asia has been looking ahead to how it emerges from the Covid-19 crisis, which has hit this diverse region in differing ways.

According to Finland-based Global Research & Data Services, sales of personal care products in Malaysia’s 31.6 million people market last year (2019) were worth USD557 million, based on UN data.…

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NORDIC BEAUTY MARKET HIT BY COVID-19, BUT FUNDAMENTAL STRENGTHS REMAIN

THE NORDIC region’s beauty market has, like every other country, been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the stability of societies in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland has meant that their retail sectors have avoided some of the chaos linked to the health emergency that that has harmed other markets.

All five countries are also developed economies, whose consumers have money to keep their personal care product traders afloat.

According to Finland-based Global Research & Data Services, sales of personal care products in Norway’s 5.3 million people market last year (2019) were worth USD700 million, based on UN data.…

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