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Government bans fax machines in the NHS

Image copyright Getty Images The NHS will be banned from buying fax machines from next month – and has been told by the government to phase out the machines entirely by 31 March 2020. In July, the Royal College of Surgeons revealed nearly 9,000 fax machines were in use across the NHS in England. The Department of Health said a change to more modern communication methods was needed to improve patient safety and cyber security. An RCS spokesman said they supported the government’s decision. In place of fax machines, the…

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Interserve: Major government contractor ‘seeks second rescue deal’

Image copyright Creative Commons Image caption Among the company’s contracts is for cleaning at Network Rail stations One of the UK’s largest providers of public services is seeking a rescue deal as it struggles with £500m of debt, according to the Financial Times. Interserve, which works in prisons, schools, hospitals and on the roads, said it might look for new investment or sell off part of the business. The company has tens of thousands of UK employees, including workers at the Foreign Office and the NHS. Its share price dropped…

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German 5G auction at risk if government demands roaming: FAZ

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German regulator has said the government’s auction of fifth-generation (5G) mobile licenses could be delayed if operators had to offer roaming in rural areas, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported on Thursday. FILE PHOTO – People speak before the first demonstration of the technology 5G in Lisbon, Portugal June 4, 2018. Picture taken June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante But the Transport Ministry said national roaming was not possible based on a European provision and so not planned. It said details in a letter cited by FAZ…

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China expresses concern over reported Japan government ban on Huawei, ZTE

FILE PHOTO – Visitors walk past Huawei’s booth during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it was seriously concerned over reports that Japan plans to ban government purchases of equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp. Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment at a daily news briefing in Beijing. Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Writing by Philip Wen; Editing by Darren Schuettler Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source link

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Japan to ban Huawei, ZTE from government contracts: sources

The Huawei logo is pictured outside their research facility in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 6, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan plans to ban government purchases of equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp to beef up its defenses against intelligence leaks and cyber attacks, sources told Reuters. The Yomiuri newspaper, which first reported the news earlier on Friday, said the government was expected to revise its internal rules on procurement as early as Monday. The government does not plan to specifically name Huawei and ZTE…

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Japan to ban Huawei, ZTE from government contracts: Yomiuri

The Huawei logo is pictured outside their research facility in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 6, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is set to effectively ban government purchases of telecommunications products from China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp over fears of intelligence leaks and cyber attacks, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Friday. The government is expected to revise its internal rules on procurement as early as Monday. It is unlikely to name the two companies, to avoid aggravating China, but Huawei and ZTE are to be subject…

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Canada PM says government played no role in Huawei executive’s arrest

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said his government had no involvement in the arrest of a top executive from Chinese technology giant Huawei, who was detained at Vancouver airport. Trudeau said Ottawa had been given a few days’ advance notice about the plan to arrest Meng Wanzhou, who faces extradition to the United States. He declined to give further details, given that Meng faces a bail hearing on Friday. The news pummeled stock markets already nervous about increased tension between the United States and China…

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France protests: Government fears ‘major violence’ in coming days

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The scene on Thursday in Nantes, as school students protested against education reforms The French government says it fears “major violence” in Paris on Saturday as the national “yellow vests” protest movement shows little sign of easing. The government said it was scrapping the fuel tax increases in the budget – the original spark for the protests. But discontent over government policy has spread, and protests have erupted over several other issues. On Thursday, more than 140 people were arrested at a single protest about…

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Brexit vote: Can the government avoid defeat in the Commons?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRadio 4’s The World at One asks: What will happen if Parliament rejects the Brexit plan? Is there a way for the government to avoid defeat on its deal when MPs vote next Tuesday? Unless there is a dramatic shift of opinion on the government’s backbenches before then, Theresa May’s plan looks set to be sunk by an alliance of Tory Brexiteers, Conservative supporters of another referendum and all the opposition parties. But it may be the House of Commons does not…

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UK government in Google bidding war with Brexit deal opponents

The government is paying to promote Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Google – but is facing a battle with opponents of the deal using very similar headlines. The Cabinet Office says it will reveal how much is being spent to push the government’s message to the top of the rankings when people search “what is the Brexit deal?”. However, we may not find out until after MPs vote on the deal next month. And the government ad keeps being knocked off the top spot by a campaign group called “Britain’s…

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