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UN News: Security Council extends support for African Union force in Somalia

UNITED NATIONS – In the resolution, unanimously adopted, the Council also recalled its earlier decision to authorize the AU to reduce the Mission’s level of uniformed personnel to 20,626 by 30 October this year from 22,126 now; but to include a minimum of 1,040 AMISOM police personnel, including five specialist Formed Police Units. It also … Continue reading UN News: Security Council extends support for African Union force in Somalia

UK News – Queen approves appointment of Suffragan See of Lancaster

The Queen has approved the appointment of Reverend Dr Jillian Duff as the next Suffragan Bishop of Lancaster LONDON, UK (STL.News) The Queen of England has approved the nomination of the Reverend Dr Jillian Louise Calland Duff, MA, Director of Mellitus College, North West, to the Suffragan See of Lancaster, in the Diocese of Blackburn. … Continue reading UK News – Queen approves appointment of Suffragan See of Lancaster

Toyota confirms new Auris will be built in the UK

United Kingdom (STL.News) International confidence in the UK’s automotive sector was bolstered today (Wednesday 28 February) as Toyota announced it will build its new generation Auris model at its Burnaston factory in Derbyshire. In a further vote of confidence for UK engineering expertise, the majority of engines for the new model will be sourced from … Continue reading Toyota confirms new Auris will be built in the UK

It’s time for UK citizens to start planning your royal wedding celebrations

Holding a street party is a great way to get together with your neighbours to celebrate this special day

London, UK (STL.News) With just 3 months to go until the royal wedding, it’s time to start thinking about how you can join in the celebrations on 19 May.

Holding a street party is a great way to get together with your neighbours to celebrate this special day and we’re providing a handy guide to organising one, including helpful tips and steps to take.

Our online guidance helps bust popular myths and provides a useful checklist and practical advice for what is needed to anyone planning their own street party.

Did you know for example that you don’t need a music licence if you want to play music at your street party? Or that you don’t need to buy expensive road signs – you can lend or hire them.

Many councils, from Bromley to Salford, have already announced that they are waiving charges for street party road closures, making it easier and cheaper than ever to hold celebrations. The government is urging other councils to follow suit.

When communities come together, acting in partnership with businesses and voluntary organisations, they can achieve amazing things. As past events like the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic Games have shown, these same communities can also throw hugely fun parties and this year’s celebrations look to be bigger and better than ever.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Jake Berry MP said:

We’ve made it easier than ever for local residents from all backgrounds to come together to celebrate the royal wedding and we hope councils will get into the spirit by helping people wishing to organise street parties.

With the FA Cup final taking place on the same day, there’s never been a better reason to hold a street party and our updated guidance makes clear the steps residents need to take to ensure an enjoyable and safe day is had by all.

The number one tip from our guidance is to plan early by getting in touch with your council at least 4-6 weeks in advance.

The guidance includes a simple form people can use to let their local council know about their plans and information on how to apply for a road closure as well as information on playing music, insurance and fund raising.

Further information

More helpful tips, advice and support for organising a successful event can be found on the Street Party website and The Big Lunch website.

If you are not be able to arrange a road closure for street party, you can still have an informal ‘street meet’ on a driveway, parking area, front garden or end of a cul-de-sac that does not require permission from the council as it is on private land. See further information on street meets.

See the guidance on holding a street party. It is due to be updated very shortly.

CBS published the following video on February 13, 2018 on YouTube.com.

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Welsh Secretary announces trade & investment visit to New York, New Jersey & Philadelphia

Wales-USA relationship celebrated through Secretary of State for Wales trade mission LONDON (STL.News) A three-day trade mission to New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, led by Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns, will begin today. With the aim of attracting American businesses to invest in Wales and build on a trading relationship already worth … Continue reading Welsh Secretary announces trade & investment visit to New York, New Jersey & Philadelphia

UK Foreign Secretary holds talks with Aung San Suu Kyi

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson held talks with Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on 11 February 2018 LONDON (STL.News) Lasting an hour, the talks focused on the Rohingya crisis and took place a day after the Foreign Secretary visited Cox’s Bazar where he saw first hand the scale of the humanitarian disaster. During … Continue reading UK Foreign Secretary holds talks with Aung San Suu Kyi

At African Union Summit, Guterres lauds strong AU-UN partnership, outlines areas for more cooperation

(STL.News) Hailing the partnership between Africa and the United Nations as “solid, and grounded on sound principles of human rights and good governance,” United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres told leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the African Union Summit, that with Africa in the lead, “we can and will do more” to bolster … Continue reading At African Union Summit, Guterres lauds strong AU-UN partnership, outlines areas for more cooperation