UK Remb TM Sun, 28 Nov 2021 00:28:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 UK Remb TM 32 32 Bulgarian coalition government negotiations: quest for a foreign policy Sat, 27 Nov 2021 20:28:58 +0000

The latest in a series of negotiations between the four potential partners of a possible future Bulgarian coalition government ended on November 27 after nearly seven hours of foreign policy talks, which saw choppy waters in discussions on relations with Russia and North Macedonia.

Convened by the We Continue the Change (WCC) party and broadcast live, the negotiations also involved the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Slavi Trifonov’s ITN party and the democratic Bulgaria coalition. Together, they constitute the “WCC + 3” and between them have enough seats in the newly elected parliament vote for a government in power.

On North Macedonia, there were expressions of intention for constructive engagement, as well as the continuation of the life of the joint commission to resolve issues on common history, joint meetings of the governments of the two countries and the creation of new joint commissions.

On Russia, the BSP, as one would expect, pushed for more cordial relations. It was pointed out that Bulgaria’s relations with Russia exist in the context of EU-Russia relations, with BSP’s Kristian Vigenin saying this does not prevent Bulgaria from seeking to develop these relations on a bilateral basis.

The long discussions covered a wide range of issues, relations with the United States, a stronger voice in the European Union, Bulgaria’s role in NATO, relations with Africa, with Canada , with other countries of strategic importance, a commitment to Bulgaria pursuing membership in the Schengen visa area, the euro area, relations with countries from Ukraine to Moldova with emphasis on Bulgarian ethnic communities in these countries, continued emancipation of Bulgarian communities abroad, reform of personnel policy for career diplomats, good neighborly relations with Turkey, as well as policy areas – such as the issuance of visas – not necessarily in the context of foreign policy. The only thing missing was the Eurovision Song Contest.

At the meeting of the working group on foreign policy, the co-leaders of the WCC Kiril Petkov and Assen Vassilev – whose party, as the winner of the most seats in the newly elected National Assembly, will be empowered by the constitution to receive the first term to seek to form a government – worked hard to achieve consensus, with the aim of moving towards a comprehensive coalition government agreement.

It is expected that the consultations between the working groups on 18 policy areas will be followed by discussions between the leaders of the parties and coalitions, with a view to the signing of a coalition government agreement.

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Sara Cox furiously doubted the UK’s chances without the EU after Brexit: “Feather off cliff edge!” | Celebrity News | Show biz & TV Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Sara is one of the UK’s most requested presenters, having hosted a series of shows with the BBC. She currently hosts the Drivetime show on BBC Radio 2 and has also featured shows such as The Great Pottery Throw Down, Too Much TV and Back in Time For … This morning she appears as a special guest on Matt Tebbutts ‘Saturday Cuisine alongside chefs Niklas Ekstedt and Emily Scott.

Sara will probably be talking about her first novel which will be published next year, “Thrown: The Laugh-out-loud Debut of Friendship Heartbreak and Pottery for Beginners”.

The book explores the lives of a series of characters who live in the inventor’s housing estate: a single mother who is proud of her independence, a wife with a loving husband and beautiful children who “should feel more grateful”, a hard worker whose life “won’t give her the one thing she really wants”; and a wife whose nest is empty and her husband “seems distracted”.

Not one to stick with a clear and secure career path, Sara often strayed from her presentation niche and spoke on topics as intense and contested as British politics.

This was true when she appeared on The Jeremy Vine Show in 2019.

While a general election had yet to be called, whispers of a vote to break the Brexit deadlock were starting to be heard.

At the time, Jeremy Corbyn was still leader of the Labor Party and Theresa May was Prime Minister.

The country was in the process of negotiating a Brexit deal, with many Remainers still clinging to the possibility of a second referendum, known as the People’s Vote.

Sara said that while the prospect of “giving it back to the people fills me with joy,” she couldn’t see it moving forward and she was, of course, right.

She went on to criticize Mr Corbyn’s indecisive stance on the people’s vote and Brexit in general.

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She continued on the People’s Vote and Brexit: “I have to admit I was pretty excited that there might be a way out of this.

“Because right now I feel like my really uncool parents are showing up to a party to drag me and put me in a car, because that’s when they said we had to leave, even though the car has three wheels and two of them are flat and we’re going to tumble off the edge of a cliff.

“But still, they’re determined to leave.”

Many so-called “teething” problems arose in the months following the UK’s departure from the EU.

Small and medium-sized enterprises have been hit hard by costly new customs and administrative tasks.

The UK has also found itself grappling with France over fishing, the latter accusing the former of not issuing enough licenses to French fishing vessels.

And the most recent outbreak of bad relations between Britain and the bloc comes amid a new migrant crisis.

France on Friday uninvited Interior Minister Priti Patel from today’s meeting of European interior ministers and the European Commission with the aim of resolving the influx of migrants spreading across the Europe and attempting to cross the Channel.

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Three people jailed over £ 4.5million conspiracy to smuggle drugs locked in aquariums Fri, 26 Nov 2021 21:17:01 +0000

Three men have been jailed for a total of 40 years after being convicted of using a moving company as a screen for an international drug trafficking plot.

Mark Youell, 64, of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, was recorded telling Alfred Rumbold, 65, from Orpington, Kent, and 73-year-old moving driver Brian Wright “We’re going to hit the jackpot”, while plotting to import 55kg of Class A drugs with a market value of £ 4.5million into aquariums.

In a series of tapes made by the National Crime Agency (NCA), Youell also told the men that they were going to make a “f ****** mega dough” with the scheme.

According to the NCA, Wright, of Folkestone, Kent, made a “fictitious race” by driving to the Netherlands before implementing the real plan the following week.

But Wright was arrested after being found asleep in his truck just outside Utrecht. Youell and Rumbold were arrested at their home.

A total of 20.5 kilograms of heroin, 32 kilograms of cocaine and three kilograms of MDMA, which together are believed to have had a UK market value of around £ 4.5million, were sealed in aquariums and found by the Dutch police following a joint investigation with the NCA. .

Cell phones seized by police found messages, which the NCA attributed to Rumbold, in which he spoke with other criminals about the potential to move drugs across Europe using Wright’s company.

A total of 20.5 kilograms of heroin, 32 kilograms of cocaine and three kilograms of MDMA were found


At trial, Youell and Rumbold denied the drug importation charges, saying they were only seeking to smuggle alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco and cannabis.

Meanwhile, Wright, who was extradited from the Netherlands to the UK, denied any knowledge of the drug, saying he was only carrying furniture.

All three were convicted of conspiracy to import Class A drugs on November 19 following a trial at Isleworth Crown Court.

A judge on Friday sentenced Youell and Rumbold to 14 years in prison each, while Wright was sentenced to 12 years in prison, the NCA said.

NCA Regional Investigations Officer Peter Stevens said: “Today’s sentences show how seriously UK courts take drug trafficking offenses and I salute them.

“The Class A drugs seized in this investigation would all have ended up in the hands of British criminal gangs involved in violence and exploitation, and would have earned Youell, Rumbold and Wright a large salary.

“By their own admission, they thought they had ‘hit the jackpot’.

“But they weren’t counting on the tenacity and expertise of the NCA officers who, supported by our Dutch partners, monitored their every move – even at the height of the Covid shutdown in the UK.

“I hope others involved in this type of activity will take note – we are determined to do everything possible to disrupt and dismantle the organized criminal networks involved in the international drug supply.”

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Removed or reduced tariffs for allies Fri, 26 Nov 2021 16:00:00 +0000

A pact with Belize has opened possible bridges between Asia and the Caribbean, while Honduras and Paraguay also benefit from significant tariff reductions

A bill to lower import tariffs to zero on 234 items for three of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies – Belize, Honduras and Paraguay – was passed by the Legislative Yuan yesterday and is expected to expand economic and trade flows.

The amendment to the import tariff lowers tariffs either immediately or gradually, in accordance with the economic and trade cooperation agreements signed by Taiwan and the three allied countries.

Taiwan must lower tariffs on 199 items imported from Belize, including fish, pork, beef, chicken, vegetables, juices, wood products and cocoa products, while reducing tariffs on 25 items imported from Honduras, such as dairy products, fruits and vegetables.

In addition, 10 items imported from Paraguay, including sugar and rice products, will benefit from duty-free status.

Yesterday, the Legislative Yuan also unanimously ratified an economic cooperation agreement signed with Belize in September last year.

Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Yui said the deal is expected to create a win-win situation for Taiwan and Belize through reciprocal economic and trade exchanges.

Yui said the terms of the deal provide for the Caribbean ally to grant preferential tariff status to 33 Taiwanese exports, including starch-related products, bicycle tires, textiles, steel, hand tools, machine tools, automotive and motorcycle components and water sports equipment.

Taiwanese companies are expected to use Belize as a stepping stone to enter the Caribbean trading bloc, while the country will use Taiwan as a gateway to the Asian market, Yui said.

In addition, Belize has signed trade agreements with the EU, Canada and Colombia, while the Caribbean country has been granted preferential trade status by the United States, Canada and Japan, said Yui.

As Taiwan and Belize accelerate the recovery of their economies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the deal is expected to help countries strengthen their friendship and economic ties, he said.

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Croatia ready for Schengen – Fri, 26 Nov 2021 06:13:19 +0000

“Croatia is ready for Schengen, it has confirmed a strong organization and the ability to protect its borders, the Union’s external borders, in the fight against smuggling, and it has confirmed its ability to control its borders”, French President Emmanuel Macron said. said Thursday.

Croatia has signed an agreement with France for the purchase of 12 French Rafale fighter jets for its air force. Two Dassault Rafale F3R multipurpose jets flew over Zagreb after the two countries signed the agreement to celebrate the occasion.

In his speech, Macron also warned that the Schengen regime needed reform and that France would work on it in the first half of next year during its EU presidency.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said his country would contribute to the reform process as a future member of the Schengen area.

The European Commission estimated in October 2019 that Croatia fulfills the criteria for membership of the Schengen area.

“In March, we will talk about the EU’s strategic compass, it’s a strategic issue, of a Europe in which we want more sovereignty, which should be more united, keep its strength within NATO, but also to be able to ensure its own security. . The response will be European, but it will also be bilateral, which is why I really welcome this strategic partnership that we have just signed, which gives concrete form to our common vision and our desire to tackle major international relations. But also our economic ties. This will allow joint action in the Western Balkans and in the European Union, ”Macron said.

“The French vision is to build an area of ​​peace, stability and cooperation and to strengthen the flow of people. We want to make this region (the Western Balkans) a true European region, ”he added.

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Brexit: NI Firms Insist ‘Don’t Ditch Protocol’ As Dual Status Bonus | Politics | New Thu, 25 Nov 2021 16:33:00 +0000

Northern Ireland businesses have spoken out against the removal of the Brexit protocol. The UK government’s chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost has negotiated a deal with the EU on customs arrangements. In the absence of an agreement between London and Brussels, Boris Johnson could trigger Article 16 and cancel the protocol. However, Logistics UK policy manager Seamus Leheny stressed that the new customs arrangement offers Northern Ireland a “great opportunity”.

Mr Leheny told Euronews: “We have had regular meetings with the Canadian government and the US government.

“They said, you know, Northern Ireland has great potential because dual access to the EU and UK is unique in the world for that.

“And that’s why, as a business community, we haven’t said to the government, let’s get rid of, you know, the Northern Ireland protocol, invoke article 16.

“Let’s come to an agreement with the EU and make it work.”

It comes after former Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers rallied around the PM over the protocol and criticized Theresa May’s Brexit legacy.

Ms Villiers told GB News’s Darren McCaffrey that Mr Johnson “started at a disadvantage” because of the deal struck with Brussels by the former prime minister.

The Tory MP added that she believed Mr Johnson would never have wanted to adhere to the protocol, given the choice.

The former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland was asked: ‘Do you think this was a mistake during the referendum campaign and indeed, in fact, after in the negotiations that, frankly, the UK government, and in fact the European Union did not listen enough to the Unionists?

“But it was the best deal he could get given that he started out at a disadvantage due to the deal signed by his predecessor.

“But certainly I think we need to address the flaws in the protocol to address the concerns of many in Northern Ireland but especially the Unionist community.”

It comes after a former Irish diplomat alleged to that the Irish government was “very concerned” about threats from the UK to trigger Article 16.

Ray Bassett argued that this would leave Dublin in a “very, very bad position”.

Voice of Real Australia: Andrew Johns Parakeet Smugglers Perfect for Christmas | Flinders news Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:30:00 +0000

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Iconic: This pair of ‘immortal smugglers’ feature Andrew Johns in an iconic skateboarding photo after winning the 1997 Grand Final.

If you’re looking for some new clothes in time for summer, you could do worse than this pair of “Immortal Smugglers” starring none other than Andrew “Joey” Johns.

Featured in the Budgy Smugglers online store, the swimmers sport an iconic Mad Monday image – which the former Newcastle Knights apparently cannot remember – taken after the 1997 grand final victory over Manly.

The image shows Joey, beer in hand, skateboarding on a street in Newcastle in the Hunter region of NSW. It is also available on a bob and a feminine swimsuit.

Now that Joey is back at Newcastle as a Knights coach, it seems more appropriate to consider having a pair of these togs as a souvenir.

Joey promoted the togs on his Instagram, saying, “I can’t help but laugh at this effort by @budgysmuggler to capture this iconic Mad Monday moment (wish I could remember it) afterwards. the victory of the GF 97 “.

“Available in Men, Women and Bob. The first batch is sold out but they have already been restocked. All made in Australia.”

We went to and checked out the Immortal Smugglers, but the images were strangely blurry.

The first thing that came to my mind was if the company had encountered some sort of copyright issue with the image, which was taken from a famous photo.

So we asked the company and received this response from “smuggling general manager” Brenden Hartmann: “We just had to take a few steps with Maccas to showcase their logo, which is now sorted.”

“Thanks for the reminder, we can blur the picture. “


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US moves forward with administrative review to double Canada’s softwood lumber tariffs Thu, 25 Nov 2021 00:05:50 +0000

The United States Chamber of Commerce is moving forward with an administrative review to double tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber shipments to the United States to 17.9 percent from 9 percent.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) condemned the move, calling it “the worst time” to raise housing costs as the United States faces a nationwide housing affordability crisis.

“Home builders are grappling with bottlenecks in the supply chain for lumber and other building materials that drive up construction costs. And consumers are facing rising inflation that pushes mortgage interest rates up, ”said Chuck Fowke, president of the NAHB.

Fowke called on the White House to end tariffs and help restore price stability in the timber market.

According to a press release from the US Lumber Coalition, lumber producers south of the border are expected to have produced an additional 17.5 billion board feet of lumber through 2021, an average of 3 , 5 billion per year, thanks to the current tariffs.

British Columbia is Canada’s largest exporter of softwood lumber to the United States. get out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We remain steadfast in our common position with industry that British Columbia’s forest policies are trade-compliant, and these obligations continue to hurt BC’s forest sector and the thousands of hard-working families in industry, ”British Columbia Minister of Forests Katrine Conroy and Minister of Employment. Ravi Kahlon said in a joint press release.

Susan Yurkovich, chair of the BC Lumber Trade Council, said previous rounds of litigation proved that Canadian industry was not subsidized.

“Our firm hope is that the US industry will end this decades-long litigation and instead work with us to further increase the demand for the low-carbon wood products the world wants. Until then, we will continue to vigorously defend our industry against these baseless allegations, ”Yurkovich said.

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EIB to lend € 50 million to IDF to support green recovery in Montenegro Wed, 24 Nov 2021 15:08:34 +0000

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the bank of the European Union, will lend € 50 million to the Montenegro Investment and Development Fund (FID) to support the faster recovery of the local economy after the COVID-19 and help introduce practical energy saving among small businesses nationwide. The EIB loan signed today in an online ceremony creates a new, more affordable source of financing for Montenegrin companies operating in the sectors of infrastructure, industry, transport, innovation, l agriculture and tourism, some of the hardest hit sectors.

Funds will be made available on favorable terms to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) solve their liquidity problems, support employment, increase competitiveness and improve energy efficiency practices. The EIB loan is the latest in Team Europe’s support measures to accelerate the COVID-19 recovery of regional economies and effective climate action. It provides much needed funding for the climate and environmental sustainability of the Western Balkans to enable a faster transition to a sustainable, green and circular economy.

EIB Vice-President Lilyana Pavlova, who is responsible for operations in Montenegro, said: “This operation addresses the two most important global economic and social issues of our time: the recovery linked to COVID-19 and the climate action. As the EU’s climate bank, the EIB aims to ensure that Montenegro and the Western Balkans continue to benefit from access to affordable finance and technical assistance for climate and green investments. ensure that green investments fuel economic and social development, regional integration, cohesion and the EU accession process. We are actively seeking partners across the region to improve energy efficiency, reduce the carbon footprint and transform regional economies into more competitive economies and region and Europe. “

Irena Radović, Executive Director of the Montenegro Investment and Development Fund, said: “The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a source of uncertainty, but also offers an opportunity for Montenegro to ” ensure a resilient, inclusive and post-pandemic green recovery environment. The importance of our long-standing partnership with the EIB and today’s event cannot be overstated. As the National Financial Development Institution of Montenegro, we are proud and passionate to lead the green transition and economic transformation in close cooperation with the EIB and being the first signatory of such an operation for action climate in the Western Balkans. This operation will further boost the prospects for a faster green and inclusive recovery and help local small, medium and medium enterprises to improve their social impact on gender equality and youth employment, and encourage companies to employ people from society l groups. As such, the greening of Montenegro’s economy becomes a decisive factor in our competitiveness and our ability to attract international finance and investment. ”

Milojko Spajić, Minister of Finance and Social Protection of the Government of Montenegro, said: “We are doing everything possible in these difficult times to improve the standard of living of our people, including by strengthening micro, small and medium enterprises. 98% of all existing businesses and greatly contribute to stable economic development, creating the ideal conditions for Montenegro to become a new EU member state. Their development affects GDP growth and the creation of new jobs. At the same time, the greening of our economy is what could really increase the competitiveness of Montenegro, as a small country with great opportunities. This type of funding will help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises not only to make their businesses more sustainable after the COVID-19 crisis, but also to develop them further. I would like to express my gratitude to our partner – the EIB – who, by recognizing the importance of the transition to a green economy, helps us to provide better and healthier living conditions for young Montenegrins. ”

Oana Cristina Popa, EU Ambassador to Montenegro, said: “Small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of the Montenegrin economy, generating the majority of jobs and added value. The European Union has always supported the SME sector, in particular through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), helping them to meet the challenges and increase the overall competitiveness of the economy. We will continue our efforts to support small and medium-sized enterprises during IPA III (2021-2027). Combined with EU support for SMEs provided under the instrument, the EIB loan agreement will allow the recovery of the Montenegrin economy and will contribute to its green transition. ”

This is the second loan signed with the IDF since the start of the pandemic, after an investment of 50 million euros signed in September 2020 to support the COVID-19 recovery of more than 150 Montenegrin small and medium-sized businesses. Including the loan signed today, the EIB and the FDI have signed six operations so far, unlocking € 470 million in investments for the Montenegrin economy.

The latest operation will also help create new employment opportunities for young people through special loan conditions provided under the European Initiative for Youth Employment and Training in the Western Balkans (EYET). The French Development Agency also co-finances the IDF and provides technical assistance to help the fund develop a strategy, guidelines and resources for climate action investments.

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Post-Brexit talks will ‘probably’ continue next year – POLITICO Tue, 23 Nov 2021 22:24:29 +0000

Discussions between the EU and UK over Northern Ireland’s trade rules will “likely” continue next year, the European Commission’s Brexit official said on Tuesday.

Maroš Šefčovič told POLITICO in an interview he was “probably too ambitious” when he previously said discussions on customs and food controls or the role of the European Union Court of Justice could be concluded before Christmas.

“I think if there was a clear political will on the part of the UK these issues could be resolved,” he said. “But looking at how far we’ve come in the last four weeks, the level of detail that our UK partners want to discuss, I know we probably won’t be able to resolve everything before the end of the year.”

The two sides have been at odds for months on how to control trade between Britain and Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK but remains within the EU’s single market under the Brexit withdrawal agreement reached by both parties in 2019.

Šefčovič stressed that he hoped the UK and the EU could still make “decisive progress this week” on the issue of trade in medicines between Britain and Northern Ireland, which “would generate a positive momentum “for the remainder of the talks.

Medicines are an urgent issue as the grace period for border controls and regulatory approvals for medicines expire at the end of the year. Although the UK has decided to unilaterally extend this grace period, there is a risk of uncertainty and disruption to the drug trade if the two sides fail to reach an agreement by the end of January.

However, Šefčovič warned that the de facto deadline for reaching a deal was in fact this week, as the EU will need a few weeks to implement any potential solution.

He said the Commission is “very likely” to launch the necessary internal approval procedures by next week, suggesting that the window of opportunity to strike a drug deal is likely to close this week.

Šefčovič said he will travel to London on Thursday to meet with UK Brexit Minister David Frost for talks on Friday.