Daily: 01/11/2021

Biden Opens Climate Talks with Set of New US Climate Commitments

U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday announced a range of American commitments aimed at curbing global warming, as leaders from more than 100 countries gathered in Glasgow for the U.N. Climate Change Conference. “The United States will be able to meet the ambitious target I set at the Leaders Summit on climate back in April, […]

Джерело: Вісті24

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Церемонія вручення Нобелівської премії миру відбудеться в Осло у грудні

Рішення про особисте вручення ухвалили після того, як такі церемонії інших Нобелівських премій було скасовано два роки поспіль через пандемію COVID-19

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Україна «намагається втягнути Росію в дипломатичний процес» – МЗС відповіло на заяву Лаврова

Українська сторона заявляє про готовність «до подальшої зустрічі в Нормандському форматі без передумов, аби рухатися далі»

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Розвідка не зафіксувала додаткового перекидання російських підрозділів до кордонів України – Міноборони

Раніше кілька джерел, у тому числі авторитетне американське видання The Washington Post, написали, що останніми тижнями Росія відновила переміщення техніки та військових до кордону з Україною

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Barclays CEO Staley Resigns After Epstein Probe

Barclays chief executive Jes Staley is leaving the bank after a dispute with British financial regulators over how he described his ties with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Staley will be replaced as CEO by Barclays’ head of global markets C.S. Venkatakrishnan, who on Monday pledged to continue his predecessor’s strategy.

Staley’s shock departure comes after Barclays was informed on Friday of the unpublished findings of a report by Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulatory Authority into Staley’s characterization of his relationship with Epstein, who killed himself in jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on federal charges related to sex trafficking.

“In view of those conclusions, and Mr Staley’s intention to contest them, the Board and Mr Staley have agreed that he will step down from his role as Group Chief Executive and as a director of Barclays,” the bank said.

“It should be noted that the investigation makes no findings that Mr Staley saw, or was aware of, any of Mr Epstein’s alleged crimes, which was the central question underpinning Barclays’ support for Mr Staley following the arrest of Mr Epstein in the summer of 2019.” 

Barclays shares fell 2% following the announcement.

‘I thought I knew him well’

Staley dealt with Epstein during his long career at JPMorgan, where Epstein was a major private banking client until 2013.

A college dropout who styled himself as a brilliant financier, Epstein socialized in elite circles, including former and future U.S. presidents. In 2008, he was registered as a sex offender but continued to maintain ties with powerful players in business and finance.

The New York Times reported in 2019 that Epstein had referred “dozens” of wealthy clients to Staley. It also reported that Staley visited Epstein in prison when he was serving a sentence between 2008-09 for soliciting prostitution from a minor, while Bloomberg reported he visited Epstein’s private island in 2015.

Staley told reporters last February that his relationship with Epstein had “tapered off significantly” after he left JPMorgan in 2013, and that he had not seen the disgraced financier since taking over Barclays in 2015.

“I thought I knew him well, and I didn’t. I’m sure with hindsight of what we all know now, I deeply regret having had any relationship with Jeffrey Epstein,” he said at the time.

Epstein’s links with prominent men have come back to haunt some of them. Leon Black, the billionaire investor, stepped down from Apollo Global Management, the private equity firm he co-founded, earlier this year after an outside review found he had paid Epstein $158 million for tax and estate planning.

Britain’s Prince Andrew has quit royal duties over his associations with Epstein, andnMicrosoft co-founder Bill Gates has said it was a “huge mistake” to spend time with him.

The FCA and PRA said in a statement they could not comment further on the Epstein investigation, which was launched after JPMorgan provided the regulators with emails between Epstein and Staley from Staley’s time as head of JPMorgan’s private bank, the Financial Times reported last year.

Right strategy

Staley told staff in an internal memo seen by Reuters that he did not want his ‘personal response’ to the investigations to be a distraction.

“Although I will not be with you for the next chapter of Barclays’ story, know that I will be cheering your success from the sidelines,” he said.

Staley has 28 days to formally notify the FCA that he is contesting its findings, after which an independent committee inside the watchdog will uphold or reject its conclusions, a source familiar with the process told Reuters.

If upheld, the probe passes to an independent Upper Tribunal which again can back or reject the findings, the source said, a process that could take months.

Venkatakrishnan, who followed Staley to Barclays from JPMorgan and is known as Venkat, told staff on Monday the strategy put in place by his predecessor was “the right one,” according to a separate memo also seen by Reuters.

Venkat added that he would announce changes to the organization of the investment bank in the coming days, likely to mean filling his previous role and any other resulting vacancies, sources at the bank said.

Barclay’s share price has fallen 9% since Staley’s tenure began six years ago, a period not without controversy.

His greatest success, insiders and analysts said, was to fight off a campaign launched by activist investor Edward Bramson in 2018 to have Staley removed on the grounds that Barclays’ investment bank was underperforming and should be cut back.

Bramson sold his stake earlier this year, and the bank’s recent results have seen the investment bank perform strongly.

Also in 2018, Britain’s financial regulators and Barclays fined Staley a combined $1.50 million after he tried to identify a whistleblower who sent letters criticizing a Barclays employee.

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Через аварію на трубопроводі в Болгарії зупинено постачання газу до Румунії, Сербії та Угорщини

Аварійні бригади, як очікується, мають все полагодити «в найкоротші терміни»

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У Польщі зафіксували понад 700 спроб нелегального перетину кордону з Білорусі

Польща, Литва та Латвія заявляють, що міграційна криза на кордоні є результатом організованої діяльності білоруської влади, яка таким чином прагне дестабілізувати ситуацію в ЄС

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Віцепрем’єр Резніков подав у відставку – представник уряду в Раді

«Відповідна заява зареєстрована в Апараті ВРУ»

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В Україні хочуть почати повномасштабне виробництво «Байрактарів» – посол

«Роботи ідуть досить швидкими темпами і це точно не роки, а місяці», – сказав посол України в Туреччині Василь Боднар

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У Росії хочуть зобов’язати трудових мігрантів здавати аналіз ДНК – ЗМІ

Бастрикін також запропонував «прописати всі форми міграції, а також норми, пов’язані з реєстрацією іноземців, із видачею квот на зайняття трудовою діяльністю»

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Прем’єр Північної Македонії оголосив про відставку

«Я беру на себе відповідальність за цей розвиток подій. Я йду у відставку з посади прем’єр-міністра і президента партії», – сказав Зоран Заєв

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G-20 Ends Without Agreement to Phase Out Coal

G-20 leaders concluded their two-day summit in Rome on Sunday with an agreement to work to reach carbon neutrality ‘by around mid-century’ and pledged to end financing for coal plants abroad. White House Bureau Chief Patsy Widakuswara as this report from Rome.

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North Macedonia PM Zaev Announces Resignation

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev announced his resignation late Sunday following the heavy defeat of his governing Social Democratic Union in North Macedonia’s local elections.

“The responsibility for this outcome is mine and I’m resigning as prime minister and as leader of the Social Democratic Union,” Zaev said at a news conference at party headquarters.

Zaev came out against early national elections. Instead, he will support a Social Democrat-led government under a new leader.

Although official results were not yet in from the local elections, Zaev conceded defeat in the most important contest — the mayor’s race in the capital, Skopje, with incumbent Petre Shilegov losing to center-right challenger Danela Arsovska.

Candidates supported by the main opposition party, the center-right VMRO-DPMNE, appeared set to win at least half of the country’s 80 municipalities, with the Social Democrats set to win fewer than 20.

At the last municipal elections, in 2017, the Social Democrats won 57 contests and VMRO-DPMNE only five.

 

 

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Відновлення ядерної угоди залежить від Ірану – держсекретар США

Тим часом міністр закордонних справ Ірану заявив, що для повернення Тегерана до угоди 2015 року достатньо «розпорядження» Байдена

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Грузія: опозиція анонсує багатотисячні протести через незгоду з результатами виборів

«Ми разом із вами не збираємося відступати назад і розгорнемо лінію фронту по всій країні», заявив лідер Єдиного національного руху

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Нацполіція загалом отримала 129 повідомлень щодо виборів народних депутатів та мера Харкова

Поліцейські зареєстрували чотири кримінальних провадження, склали три адміністративні протоколи

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ЦВК повідомила про підсумкову явку на двох округах, де обирали народних депутатів

«На момент закриття дільниць явка виборців склала 21,39 % в окрузі № 184 та 25,57 % в окрузі № 197»

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