Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara. They discussed a range of issues of bilateral importance including Syria. The Secretary welcomed the decision to return Pastor Andrew Brunson. The Secretary also expressed the United States’ concern over Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and reiterated the United States’ willingness to assist Turkey in its investigation.

Over A Thousand Companies Sign Up For New Counter Terrorism Training Course

ACT Awareness is an innovative hour-long course that could save lives

ACT Awareness is an innovative hour-long course that could save lives

ACT Awareness is an innovative hour-long course that could save lives

Over 1000 companies across the UK have signed up to an innovative one-hour training scheme that could help prevent terror attacks.

In just six months since the product was first made available, organisations as varied as John Lewis & Partners, the English National Opera and Manchester Cathedral have enrolled their staff.

Called ACT Awareness e-Learning, the training was developed in a ground-braking partnership between Counter Terrorism Policing and retail giant Marks & Spencer. It covers how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and what to do if an attack should take place.

Free to use, the course can be divided into short sections to suit business needs. However it takes just one hour in total to complete – an hour that could save lives.

John Frost, Head of Business Continuity from Marks and Spencer, helped lead the project. He says:

The feedback from the staff at M&S and the other organisation taking part has been very positive. Colleagues found the content informative and engaging and a second version of the product is now being planned to keep the training up to date with any emerging threats.

The digital format is proving popular with shopping, entertainment and sports venues with more companies applying to take part every day.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, national police lead for Protective Security, says:

All staff working in crowded places – not just those who have a security role – can follow the course and be in a stronger position to help protect themselves, colleagues and the public.

We are grateful to Marks and Spencer who entered into this collaboration with us. This is the type of joint working we want to see more of in the future across all sectors.

Our officers will still be available to deal with companies on a one-to-one level but this will lead to many more ‘eyes and ears’ available to help us that could potentially save lives.

Organisations wanting more information, or to apply for registration, should visit the National Counter Terrorism Security Office website’s ACT Awarenss page.

Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison Travel To Ukraine And Denmark To Advance Anti-Corruption Initiatives

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Kirsten D. Madison will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, and Copenhagen, Denmark, October 17-23, to participate in anti-corruption focused events and discussions.

While in Ukraine, Assistant Secretary Madison will meet with officials from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, the State Border Guard Service, and members of civil society to advance U.S.-supported justice sector reform in Ukraine. She will also give remarks at a graduation ceremony for the Patrol Police Academy, which the United States helped establish.

Following engagements in Ukraine, Assistant Secretary Madison will travel to Denmark to participate in the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) on October 22. Organized by Transparency International, the IACC is the world’s premier global forum for bringing together senior government officials, civil society, and the private sector to tackle the increasingly complex challenges posed by corruption.

The State Department, through INL, combats corruption worldwide by helping governments and civil society build transparent and accountable public institutions. These efforts support the strong, stable, and fair societies overseas that offer a level playing field for U.S. businesses, and counter the transnational crime and instability that threatens Americans’ security.

For more information, please contact INL-PAPD@state.gov, and follow the INL Bureau @StateINL on Twitter and Facebook.

Tenth U.S.-Vietnam Joint Committee Meeting On Science And Technology

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State will host the plenary session of the tenth U.S.-Vietnam Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology, in cooperation with the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology, to discuss opportunities for U.S.-Vietnam collaboration and ways to enhance science and technology cooperation on Wednesday, October 17, at the Department of State Annex located at 1800 G Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will provide opening remarks followed by Vice Minister Bui The Duy of the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology.

The opening plenary session remarks, gift exchange, and speaker photo are open to the press beginning at 8:45 am. Pre-set time for cameras is 8:00 a.m. from 1800 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20006. Final access time for writers and stills is 8:30 a.m. from 1800 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.

Media representatives may attend through an RSVP to OES-PA-DG@state.gov. The day of the event, participants are asked to please provide one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), or (2) an official photo identification card issued by their news organization, or (3) a letter from their employer on official letterhead verifying their current employment as a journalist.

Additionally, media must present an official government photo identification card for building access (i.e., U.S. driver’s license or passport).

For further information, please contact OES-PA-DG@state.gov.

ASA: Weekly Adjudications Published

Advertising Standards Authority

Advertising Standards Authority

ASA adjudications provide important guidance to advertisers on how the Advertising Codes are to be interpreted. They act as a transparent record of our policy for consumers, media, government, industry and society at large on what is and isn’t acceptable in advertising.

32Red Ltd
  • Not Upheld
  • Television
  • 17 October 2018

A TV ad for the online casino 32Red.com featured a voice-over which began “Enjoy ‘Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’ online slot game. Exclusively at 32red.com” and was followed by Ant McPartlin’s voice stating, “Welcome to ‘Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’”. The voice-over continued, “Featuring ‘Ant versus D…

Berkeley Weston Ltd t/a DIY Probate Pack
  • Upheld
  • Internet (on own site)
  • 17 October 2018

A website for DIY Probate Pack, www.diyprobateforms.co.uk, seen in late May 2018, stated “LIMITED OFFER – SAVE £68 TODAY… normally sells for £97 through ’offline’ retailers. As part of an online marketing test I am conducting, I am making the DIY Probate Pack available to you directly, cutting out the ‘middle man’… Don…

Collect My Debt Ltd
  • Not Upheld
  • Internet (on own site)
  • 17 October 2018

A website for Collect My Debt, https://collectmydebt.co.uk, seen on 28 July 2018, featured a page titled “Traveller and Squatter Evictions” with an image of caravans. Text on the page stated, “We can remove unwanted trespassers efficiently and effectively in most cases without any necessary solicitor instructions or co…

Dermalogica (UK) Ltd
  • Upheld
  • Internet (on own site)
  • 17 October 2018

A web page on the Dermalogica website www.dermalogica.co.uk, promoting the MediBac clearing product range, seen on 24 November 2017, stated “medibac clearing Clearer skin starts now: bring the four contributing factors of acne under control. The MediBac Clearing® system works to treat, clear and prevent adult acne whil…

Feelunique International Ltd t/a FeelUnique
  • Upheld
  • Internet (on own site)
  • 17 October 2018

Two ads for Feelunique, an online beauty products retailer, seen in November 2017:a. A paid-for Google ad stated “Acne Treatments”.b. A web page on www.feelunique.com stated, “Women’s Skincare For Acne & Problem Skin”. Further text stated “When it comes to problem skin treatments, we’ve as…

Hutchison 3G UK Ltd t/a Three
  • Upheld
  • Internet (on own site)
  • 17 October 2018

A website, www.three.co.uk, for a mobile phone network provider, featured text which stated “Go Roam. Go Roam the world in 71 destinations at no extra cost”. Further text stated “On holiday we reckon you should be able to top up your tan and your Instagram. That’s why we’re helping you to Go Roam around …

Johnson & Johnson Ltd
  • Upheld
  • Internet (on own site)
  • 17 October 2018

Three ads for Clean and Clear skin products, seen on www.cleanandclear.co.uk in January 2018:a. A product listing for Deep Action Cream Wash featured text stating, “Deep clean your skin to help prevent breakouts. This creamy wash containing menthol cleans deep into your pores to help prevent spots and leave you fe…

Laura Ashley Ltd
  • Upheld in part
  • E-mail
  • 17 October 2018

Four emails, received in January and February 2018:a. The first email, received on 3 January 2018, stated “Extra 10% Off ALL Home Sale”. Further text stated “SALE CONTINUES – UP TO 50% OFF* HOME + EXTRA 10% OFF*” and “UP TO 70% OFF* FASHION + FURTHER REDUCTIONS”. The asterisks did not link…

LeoVegas Gaming plc
  • Not Upheld
  • Television
  • 17 October 2018

A TV ad for www.21.co.uk, an online gambling site, seen on 25 June 2018, featured a man in a tuxedo sitting at a blackjack table. The ad played a heartbeat sound whilst the voice-over stated, “His heart is pounding. His body is still. He shuffles his chips as he thinks. Heart versus head. Emotion versus reason. He make…

MYA Cosmetic Surgery Ltd
  • Upheld
  • Television, VOD
  • 17 October 2018

A TV ad and a video-on-demand (VOD) ad for breast enlargement surgery at MYA Cosmetic Surgery: a. The TV ad, seen in May, June and July 2018, featured a voice-over which stated, “If you’ve been considering breast enlargements for a while, then visit mya.co.uk to book your free consultation”. The ad sho…

Nicoventures Trading Ltd t/a Vype
  • Upheld in part
  • Internet (on own site)
  • 17 October 2018

The website for Vype e-cigarettes www.govype.com, was seen on 2 January 2018.Throughout the website were claims relating to various e-cig products: “delivering rich vapour at the click of a button”; “The eLiquid inside our flavour Caps is made in the UK with quality ingredients, to give you a smooth, satisfying vape”; …

Oxon Transport Services Ltd t/a Royal Cars
  • Not Upheld
  • Radio
  • 17 October 2018

A radio ad for the taxi company Royal Cars, heard on radio station Jack FM Oxfordshire, on 1 December 2017. A child’s voice said, “I went to a party, mum, I went to a party, and remembered what you said, you told me not to drink, mum, so I had lemonade instead. I got into my car sure to get home in one piece I never kn…

Puressentiel UK Ltd
  • Upheld
  • Transport
  • 17 October 2018

A poster for Puressentiel, an aromatherapy and essential oils retailer, seen on 25 March 2018, on London Underground, featured an image of “REST & RELAX AIR SPRAY”. Text stated “Puressentiel REST &RELAX DREAMING OF GETTING A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP1? … 2 IMPROVES THE QUALITY AND DURATION OF SLEEP1”. Small text which…

RB UK Commercial Ltd
  • Upheld
  • Internet (on own site)
  • 17 October 2018

A website, www.clearasil.co.uk, seen on 15 November 2017 featured text that stated “Clearasil Rapid Action Treatment Cream When fighting breakouts, faster is better. Clearasil Rapid Action Treatment Cream is clinically proven to visibly reduce spot size and redness in as fast as 4 hours …”.

Smart Pension Ltd
  • Upheld in part
  • Direct mail
  • 17 October 2018

A letter for Smart Pension Ltd, received on 28 November 2017, was headed “GET COMPLIANT IN MINUTES”. The letter was headed “Failing to set up your workplace pension now could soon blow a serious hole in company finances”. The body of the letter included two paragraphs of information about workplace pensions. Below that…

Spotify Ltd
  • Upheld in part
  • Internet (video)
  • 17 October 2018

A pre-roll ad seen on YouTube in June 2018 for Spotify featured a number of scenes in quick succession and tense sound effects that imitated the style of a horror film. The ad opened with a shot of three characters having breakfast. One character said, “Can you play the wakeup playlist?” and they played a particular so…

Trendsignal Ltd
  • Upheld
  • E-mail
  • 17 October 2018

An email for Trendsignal, a financial markets trading education provider, dated 15 May 2018 included large text at the top of the email which stated “£3,198 profit in the first 2 weeks – Learn how to make consistent profits from trading”. Beneath, text stated “With the right strategy, you can make a huge income from tr…

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