UK Remb TM Wed, 18 May 2022 16:05:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 UK Remb TM 32 32 How They’ll Affect Your Finances – Guide to Personal Finances Wed, 18 May 2022 16:05:29 +0000 Managing your money is a personal skill that benefits you throughout your life – and not one that everybody learns. With money coming in and going out, with due dates and finance loan charges and fees attached to invoices and bills and with the overall responsibility of making the right decisions about major purchases and investments consistently – it’s daunting.

You would think that because the stakes are so high that this would be a skill that gets taught in high school (or even before), but that’s not the case. Managing your own money requires a fundamental understanding of personal credit and a willingness to embrace personal responsibility. That is, you pay your bills in a timely manner and you don’t drown yourself in debt. You accept the fact that sometimes you have to sacrifice immediate demands and desires for long-term gain.

You budget. You save. You protect your savings. When you spend, you spend wisely. When you make big purchases, you do so for things that are worthwhile.

You understand the difference between good debt and bad debt. And you constantly pay attention to your overall portfolio — earnings, savings and investments. You also understand what you don’t know, and you ask for help when you need it.

To be financially literate means having the ability to not let money – or the lack of it – get in the way of your happiness as you work hard and build an American dream complete with a long and fulfilling retirement.

How to Manage Your Money

Handling your finances the right way should be a priority, and it should drive your daily spending and saving decisions. Personal finance experts advise taking the time to learn the basics, from how to manage a checking or debit account to how to pay your bills on time and build from there.

Managing your money demands constant attention to your spending and to your accounts and not living beyond your financial means.

Money in the Bank

Developing financial acumen starts with opening a bank account. Once you have a paycheck, set up direct deposit. This keeps your money secure and saves you from paying interest to cash advance companies which charge a percentage of your check.

Having a bank account provides convenience, access to a choice of benefits and safety. Checks and debit cards offer proof of payment so you have a record of transactions showing where your money goes. The FDIC insures money in a savings account for up to $250,000.

There are a number of options for the type of primary account for saving your paychecks. Most people choose a checking, debit or savings account or combination of those. These enable you to set up automatic payments for monthly bills and offer the ease of not having to carry cash around. Each option comes with certain benefits and disadvantages. Evaluate the various overdraft, monthly, withdrawal and other maintenance fees accompanying account options.

Experts recommend you have a savings account which you can use for handling unexpected financial expenses and emergencies, such as a broken arm, flat tire or hike in school tuition.

Choosing to only open a checking or savings account can be a poor choice, as having the two types of accounts separate helps distinguish between money available for immediate spending and reserves, intended to be kept for the long-term. Keeping all your money in a checking account means your savings are easily accessible and available to spend. You will miss out on interest generated by a savings account.

With money in an account, you can start spending. This is where you need discretion. Learn to differentiate between necessities and luxuries. For example, you need to pay for your yearly dental cleaning, but you want to afford the salon appointment. Take advantage of mobile banking to get updates on how much you are spending and how much remains in your account.

The best way to leverage the cash you have in your bank account will be to start budgeting immediately.


One of the first building blocks of a successful personal finance plan is the ability to budget. Although it’s easy to understand, it’s also difficult to do because it requires a hard look in the mirror and a willingness to see what really stares back at you.

Budgeting requires that you analyze and, likely, change your spending habits. Instead of your money controlling you, you control your money. Develop habits to save, avoid financial crisis and maintain peace of mind. A successful budget plan clearly defines:

  • How to follow a monthly spending plan
  • Ways for lowering your monthly bills
  • How to handle accrued debt
  • Debt pay-off options like the snowball and avalanche methods
  • How to distinguish between short-term, medium and long-term goals
  • A breakdown of family needs
Green to go…but EU ‘ignores’ proposed system Wed, 18 May 2022 06:25:00 +0000
Haulage trucks passed a sign at the Port of Belfast welcoming travelers to the port area.

The bill will propose separate ‘green’ and ‘red’ lanes for goods traveling between Britain and Northern Ireland, with those destined to remain in the UK being freed from EU-level controls.

There will be no crossing between the channels, of course, the goods filtering through one or the other, depending on their intended destination.

The News Letter has learned that a ‘data sharing’ system allowing European customs officials to monitor goods crossing the Irish Sea with their British counterparts has still not been discussed by the EU.

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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in the House of Commons in London, as she spells out her intention to introduce legislation within weeks scrapping parts of the post-Brexit deal on Northern Ireland. Picture date: Friday December 10, 2021.

The system was developed nine months ago as an alternative to mandatory universal checks on all goods from GB to NI.

However, it is understood that although the system has been made available to the EU, no one from the European Commission has yet reviewed it.

Ms Truss’ legislation is due in the ‘coming weeks’, ahead of the summer parliamentary recess and it had been heavily publicized that it was tabled at Westminster yesterday.

Speaking at Paddington Station in London yesterday, Boris Johnson said the Truss Bill involved the abandonment of ‘relatively minor barriers to trade’.

The Prime Minister added: “We need to resolve the protocol issues. I think there are good pragmatic and common sense solutions. We must work with our friends in the EU to achieve this.

The Foreign Secretary told the House of Commons that the bill will put in place the necessary measures to “relieve the burden of east-west trade and ensure that the people of Northern Ireland can access the same benefits as the people of Great Britain”.

‘The bill will ensure that goods moving and remaining in the UK are freed from unnecessary bureaucracy through our new green channel,’ she said.

“This respects Northern Ireland’s place in the UK, in its customs territory, and protects the UK internal market.

“At the same time, it ensures that goods destined for the EU undergo all checks and controls applied under EU law.”

This will be underpinned by “data sharing arrangements”, she said.

“This will protect both East-West trade and the EU’s single market while removing customs formalities for goods remaining in the UK,” she added.

Ms Truss went on to say that the bill will remove regulatory barriers to goods made to British standards being sold in Northern Ireland, with businesses able to choose between meeting British or EU standards in a new ‘dual regulatory regime’.

The legislation will also give the government the ability to decide tax and spending policies across the UK, she said.

This would relate to issues such as changes to VAT and would allow Northern Ireland to benefit from reductions in VAT rates from which the province has been excluded under EU rules.

Ms Truss added: “It will address governance issues, aligning the protocol with international standards.

“At the same time, it will take further steps to protect the EU’s single market by putting in place tough penalties for those who seek to abuse the new system.”

It is understood that the UK would withdraw the bill if all of its aims and objectives were met by the EU.

The option to invoke Article 16 will remain on the table.

More details should be communicated in the coming weeks. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has said he deeply regrets the decision to introduce the legislation which will unilaterally remove elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Mr Coveney said the UK government‘s decision “damaged trust and would only serve to make it more difficult to find solutions to the real concerns of Northern Irish people about the way the protocol is being implemented”.

Maros Sefcovic, vice-president of the European Commission and chief EU negotiator on the protocol, said the UK’s plan to override parts of the post-Brexit trade deal ‘raises serious concerns’ .

He warned that if Boris Johnson goes ahead the EU will respond “with all measures at its disposal”.

Labor MP Hilary Benn, who is co-chair of the UK Trade and Business Affairs Committee, said unilateral action would not help Northern Ireland overcome its problems with the protocol.

Mr Benn added: “Breaking our international agreement with the EU will undermine trust and send a clear message to other trading partners around the world that the UK cannot stick to the deals we sign. It could also , if the EU takes action in response, mean higher costs for already cash-strapped UK businesses and individuals.

Burien seafood broker sentenced to jail for smuggling ‘possibly contaminated’ clams to China Tue, 17 May 2022 21:42:58 +0000

A Burien seafood broker was sentenced to 90 days in jail for smuggling potentially contaminated clams from SeaTac to China.

According to US Attorney Nick Brown’s office, Jeffrey Olsen, 52, was sentenced on Tuesday to 90 days in prison and three years of probation. Olsen’s company, Absolute Seafoods, was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine.

Around February 20, 2019, Olsen purchased 2,500 pounds of geoduck from Alaskan divers and picked it up at Sea-Tac Airport. Olsen was going to have it trucked to Vancouver, British Columbia, and then shipped to Hong Kong.

Before it was exported, one of the divers alerted Alaska state officials that they had mistakenly harvested the geoduck in an area not tested for toxins. This could lead to the geoduck causing paralytic shellfish poisoning.

An Alaska Wildlife trooper told Olsen he had to destroy the shipment because the clams might be contaminated. Olsen said he would, but instead illegally shipped the geoduck to Hong Kong for consumption.

“Mr. Olsen chose to gamble with the lives of his clients around the world, putting them at risk of shellfish poisoning,” U.S. Attorney Brown said. “We’ll probably never know if any of the Chinese customers got sick from these clams, but a prison sentence is warranted by the danger of his conduct and his repeated lies to authorities that he destroyed the geoduck potentially dangerous.”

Olsen also shipped 10 crates of geoduck to a buyer in Oakland, Calif., and forged documents listing the contents of the crate as “fresh Yelloweye.”

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Olsen told Alaska officials he destroyed the geoduck shipment and gave them a bill from the King County Garbage Transfer Station as proof. But, investigators found surveillance video from the time of the receipt showing that he had only dumped a small amount of household trash.

They also found surveillance video showing Olsen personally delivering the crates of geoducks to be shipped to Oakland.

]]> Three ways the EU could retaliate if the UK drops the Northern Ireland protocol | Brexit Tue, 17 May 2022 13:46:00 +0000

The EU could impose tariffs on British fish and farm produce in just seven days if Boris Johnson pushes through with moves to scrap parts of the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol, experts have said legal.

According to Catherine Barnard, professor of European law at the University of Cambridge, the short and brutal shock is one of the three main weapons of retaliation available under the trade agreement.

1. The nuclear option – terminating the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) using Articles 770 and 779

These clauses allow the EU to terminate the entire trade deal, spelling out the end of two-way free trade as well as all other elements of the deal, including the 90-day visa-free holiday and fishing agreement.

This would essentially return the UK to a no-deal Brexit scenario, with adverse consequences including the suspension of police and security cooperation, a serious move with long-term consequences for EU-UK relations.

As this requires a year’s notice, this may not sit well with member states who want to show their teeth in the face of what they see as an act of bad faith by the UK.

2. Finger on button option – item 521

This would allow the EU to suspend the trade aspects of the TCA, leaving all other areas agreed last December, including visa-free leave and police cooperation, untouched.

Again, this option may not appeal to member states as it would not achieve the practical goals of demonstrating that the EU has teeth.

“It seems unlikely to me that they will because, frankly, if things have gotten so bad that the EU is talking about ending one part of the treaty, it seems unlikely that they will continue to cooperate in the others. domains,” says Barnard.

3. One-Week Trade War – Section 506(2)

This allows the EU to “suspend, in whole or in part”, access to its waters.

Such a response may have nothing to do with Northern Ireland, but Barnard says: “The advantage from an EU perspective is that you only have to give seven days’ notice ”, so that a trade war could be started in a week.

Additionally, Section 506 allows for broader retaliation if deemed necessary. If the EU considers a suspension of fishing around the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man “proportionate to the economic or societal impact of the UK’s alleged failure” to comply with the threat, it can suspend duty-free trade “in whole or in part”. in part”.

In other words, he could impose tariffs on fish and other goods within seven days.

But is it one situation or the other?

The treaty governing current trade agreements – the Trade and Cooperation Agreement – gives sweeping powers to each party to end the relationship. Barnard said, “They [the EU] could do them all at once, but they’re more likely to try to make things worse.

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That the EU is considering pushing the button on either option just 18 months after the UK left the bloc with a trade deal is remarkable in the history of trade disputes.

“If you look at the World Trade Organization, the number of state-to-state disputes is relatively low,” Barnard says. “The purpose of dispute settlement mechanisms is to resolve arguments, and that’s why you have these provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement and the ATT. But instead of talking about resolution, we’re talking about escalating arguments until to end the treaty. It’s extraordinary.

Brexit protocol dispute: What are the issues dividing the UK and the EU? | Brexit Mon, 16 May 2022 14:11:00 +0000

The UK says it will have to take unilateral action to roll back part of the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol unless the EU shows the “required flexibility”. The EU said it believed a deal could be reached, but only through negotiation.

So what are the differences between the two sides and is the latest dispute more about politics than substance?

Where are the negotiations?

Talks between officials have been ongoing since March 2021, when David Frost took the unilateral decision to extend the grace period for checks on goods, including supermarket food. They nearly collapsed in June and then November when Lord Frost repeatedly threatened to invoke Article 16 and walk away from the negotiating table.

He resigned in December with the baton handed over to Liz Truss, and talks continued with optimism that a new and less combative approach by the Foreign Secretary would yield results after a “constructive” first meeting in Chevening, the grace and favor of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Was there no hope of a deal after Frost left?

Yes, the UK took a new approach in December, conceding that a staggered deal was more practical to separate trade barrier issues from the more delicate issue of the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). He was considering an interim deal easing checks in the Irish Sea in March, before the start of the pre-election period in Northern Ireland.

But Russia invaded Ukraine and the talks, other than exchanges between officials, fell into disuse.

They were about to restart but are now mired in a row due to unilateral action. As one source put it: “It’s as if the UK has backtracked.”

What does the UK want?

Last week, Truss released a list of seven demands:

  • Abolition of customs declarations for postal parcels, which would mean the restoration of online shopping for some of the large retail chains which have stopped delivering to Northern Ireland.

  • Ability to control the VAT rate in Northern Ireland. Truss complained that the protocol means certain VAT reductions, including relief on energy bills, which apply in the rest of the UK, cannot be applied in Northern Ireland due of the protocol.

What does the EU offer?

Last October, the EU unveiled four documents covering what it described as “wide-ranging” proposals to address UK concerns.

  • He has proposed scrapping sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) checks on chilled meats with a new ‘national identity’ exemption for British sausages and other products destined for supermarkets in Northern Ireland. He offered a “tailor-made solution” which he said would remove 80% of SPS controls on foodstuffs. In exchange, the UK should complete the construction of border controls and ensure a new labeling system “for Northern Ireland”.

  • It offered an “enhanced” role for Stormont, businesses and civic stakeholders in the implementation of the protocol, including participation in meetings of the specialized committees responsible for overseeing the operation of the protocol.

Have any of these issues already been agreed upon?

Yes. In December, the EU announced changes, agreed with member states, allowing medicines, including new cancer treatments, to be authorized under UK national procedures. In June, he announced protocol changes to ensure live animals for breeding could move freely from GB to NI.

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What are the chances of an agreement? Is there a landing zone for both sides?

Sausages and deli meats

Chances look strong for an agreement on some SPS controls, ending controls on UK sausages and chilled meats.

There is little chance of reaching an agreement on composite foods such as “Thai green curry prepared dishes” which do not meet origin standards which require mainly European-sourced ingredients. And meat from outside the EU will be considered a disease control risk. However, as the UK has long agreed that the island of Ireland is an epidemiological unit, this latter request can be dropped in a compromise scenario.

Wider SPS controls

Compromise is needed here. The EU has said that if the UK agrees to align with EU rules on animal and plant products, controls could be scrapped. However, London had in the past ruled out this ‘Swiss-style’ deal because it would force the UK to follow EU rules. He also said it would be a barrier to future trade deals where the UK might want to deviate from standards for pesticides, antibiotics or hormones. The EU has even suggested a temporary agreement, subject to review if a big trade deal emerges.

Green and red lanes

A deal here is very likely, with the UK seeking green and red lanes at ports and the EU offering ‘express’ lanes.

Customs declarations and parcels

The EU has offered to cut red tape by 50%, but there appears to be disagreement over what that looks like, making a deal less likely. Before quitting, Frost said it was misleading because it was simply a 50% reduction in boxes on customs forms.

Governance and ECJ

The EU will not budge on the role of the ECJ. However, the UK softened its stance in December that the tribunal should be eliminated from dispute settlement entirely. Instead, he thinks an arbitration proposal in the wider Withdrawal Agreement – ​​which settles disputes in the political arena in the first place – could work in the Northern Ireland context. There is room for manoeuvre.

IMO adopts guidelines against wildlife smuggling Mon, 16 May 2022 06:21:07 +0000

The International Maritime Organization has reportedly adopted new guidelines to tackle criminal networks exploiting maritime supply chains for wildlife trafficking.

According to Traffic, an NGO targeting the wildlife trade, organized crime groups are exploiting weaknesses in supply chains to transport endangered species, live animals, animal products, plants and timber.

The new guidelines outline measures and procedures to prevent, detect and report wildlife trafficking within the maritime industry with an emphasis on cooperation between stakeholders throughout the supply chain.

the Guidelines for the prevention and suppression of wildlife smuggling on board vessels engaged in international maritime traffic were formally submitted by a large group of stakeholders.

The International Chamber of Shipping, the Intergovernmental Standing Committee on Shipping, the International Seaport and Airport Police Organization, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and WWF participated in the submission with Brazil , Colombia, Germany, Kenya and Tanzania.

WWF and Traffic said it was the first time the IMO had stepped in to tackle the exploitation of the shipping industry by the illegal wildlife trade.

Phillipa Dyson, Traffic’s coordinator for transport sector engagement, said the organization was delighted that IMO member states had committed to tackling illegal networks in the supply chain.

“These new guidelines…will provide a fundamental resource to help governments and the private sector take collaborative action against the illegal wildlife trade and conserve our global biodiversity,” she said.

According to reports, 72-90% of illicit wildlife volumes are trafficked via transnational shipping, and NGOs have said the industry has a responsibility to remedy the situation.

Margaret Kinnaird, global head of wildlife practice at WWF, described the guidelines as “a game-changer in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade”.

“With dedicated and expert support from Member States and IMO partners, government authorities and businesses can implement greater safeguards to protect their people, businesses and nature,” Ms Kinnaird said. .

She said these measures are essential to protect the integrity of maritime supply chains against operational, economic and security risks.

“The adoption of these guidelines will catalyze global cooperation in the maritime sector to combat the illegal wildlife trade.

“We are pleased to announce that our work will continue as we commit to supporting IMO parties and the maritime industry with the regional and national rollout of these guidelines.”

]]> Ladakh PDD proposes 14.66% hike in average tariff for current year – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism Sun, 15 May 2022 21:37:13 +0000

The income gap has been growing steadily in recent years

*AT&C, distribution losses are still a concern
Mohinder Verma

JAMMU, May 15: Ladakh’s Energy Development Department has proposed an average tariff hike of 14.66% in the current financial year, given the steadily widening revenue gap over the past few years. years. Moreover, the overall technical and commercial (AT&C) and distribution losses are always higher and are a matter of concern for the administration of the territory of the Union.
In a tariff petition filed before the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission for J&K and Ladakh UTs, the Ladakh UT Energy Development Department mentioned that there was a discrepancy of 4223, Rs 28 crore between overall revenue requirement and disposable revenue in the financial year. 2019-20 and this gap increased to Rs 9079.20 crore in the 2020-21 financial year when revenue of Rs 5020.20 crore was available against the overall revenue requirement of Rs 14099.40 crore.
The gap between overall revenue requirement and disposable income during the period 2021-2022 has further increased to Rs 10513.67 crore.
To bridge the revenue gap to some extent, the DP has proposed an average tariff hike of 14.66% mentioning that the projected revenue charged for the financial year 2022-23 at the proposed tariff is Rs 6539.19 lakh and that the proposed tariff would result in increased revenue. charged by Rs 7491.73 lakh.
At present, PDD charges Rs 1.69 per unit up to 100 units per month and Rs 2.20 per unit for between 101 and 200 units per month. However, he offered Rs 2 per unit for up to 200 units per month. Against Rs 3.30 per unit for units between 201 and 400 per month currently billed, the PDD proposed Rs 4 per unit for units between 201 and 400 while against Rs 3.52 per unit for units over 400 per month, the department has proposed Rs 5 per unit for units over 400 per month in the tariff petition. In addition, it has been proposed to increase the fixed charges from Rs 5.50 per month to Rs 15 per month.
For different categories of unmetered consumers, the PDD proposed an increase from Rs 99 per month to Rs 200 per month, from Rs 325 per month to Rs 400 per month, from Rs 490 per month to Rs 600 per month and from Rs 650 per month at Rs 800 per month.
For the non-domestic/commercial consumer category, the tariff for units up to 100 per month is currently Rs 2.81 per unit and Rs 2.97 per unit for units between 101 and 200 per month . However, it offered Rs 3.50 per unit for up to 200 units per month. Similarly, it offered Rs 5 per unit for units between 201 and 500 per month against Rs 2.97 per unit for units between 101 and 200 and Rs 4.29 per unit for units between 201 and 300 per month.
For units over 300 per month, DP currently charges Rs 4.62 per unit, but for units over
However, no substantial increase has been proposed for state/central government departments. At present the PDD charges Rs 6.88 per kWh for 11 KV supply and 33 KV supply and for the current financial year it has offered Rs 6.90, an increase of only two paisa .
According to the figures mentioned in the tariff petition, AT&C losses were 43.03% in 2019-20, 48.17% in 2020-21 and 49.04% in 2021-22 and the Department plans to reduce them to 42, 90% in the current financial year.
Distribution losses were 42% in 2019-20, 39% in 2020-21 and 41% in 2021-22 and the Department plans to reduce them to 35% in the current fiscal year.

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The attorney general’s office was worthy of respect. Suella the minion dishonors him | Nick Cohen Sat, 14 May 2022 18:18:00 +0000

IEarth was the scene of a Boris Johnson masterclass on deception. In the 2019 election, he fooled millions into thinking his “out of the box deal” was going to “Get Brexit Done!” and we need not worry about the warnings of John Major, Tony Blair and Theresa May about the threat to the colony of Northern Ireland. Johnson’s outright lie that his Withdrawal Agreement would not put a border in the Irish Sea – ‘over my corpse’ he shouted and yet the border is there and Johnson still lives – deceived the so-called hard-nosed Democratic Unionist Party. Finally, he tricked the European Union into believing he was a man of his word when he signed a treaty confirming the special status of Northern Ireland which he had no intention of honoring.

At every step, Attorney General Suella Braverman has her back covered. She dishonored herself, her office, her profession and her country.

The attorney general is one of many particularly British constitutional checks on arbitrary power that Johnson has swept aside. On the one hand, the AG is a politician. On the other hand, he or she must uphold the rule of law and act independently of government. Johnson realized that no one could stop him from naming a sycophant who would do whatever he wanted. Braverman was just the minion he needed.

“She’s here only because she’s a true faith Brexiter,” said a legal figure who, like all my contacts at the intersection of law and government, spoke on condition of anonymity. Johnson “searched for malleable legal figures who would do his bidding and found Suella,” a second said. “I was at a Brexit meeting she hosted and it was amazing to realize she didn’t understand any of the issues,” added a third. “I guess that’s why Johnson likes him.”

Braverman last week justified Johnson’s decision to ignore the majority of Northern Ireland voters as he tried to win back the trust of the Democratic Unionist Party politicians he had so spectacularly deceived by tearing up the international treaty. which he had so sincerely promised to honour. You didn’t have to be a lawyer to grasp the speciousness of his special pleading.

Braverman claimed that – “painfully” – it was necessary to cancel the deal because the EU had created “a trade barrier in the Irish Sea”. But it was Johnson who became prime minister by rejecting May’s plan to keep the whole of the UK close to the EU’s customs union and single market. Johnson has proposed putting a border in the Irish Sea so the rest of the UK can have a hard Brexit. Johnson took the idea to the EU, won a general election on it, had his officials draft a treaty that delivered and signed it into international law.

Braverman said the EU’s implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol was “unreasonable and disproportionate”. I challenge you to read the protocol and show me where the EU broke the deal Johnson wanted. She concluded by displaying contempt for her audience, and of course herself, saying “the trade is being hijacked”. Clearly, the trade is hijacked. Northern Ireland is part of the Single Market and Customs Union. His businesses are doing well. So good, indeed, that businesses in the rest of the UK may want to join.

Hannah Arendt was not only describing dictatorships when she said, “Totalitarianism in power invariably replaces all top-notch talent, regardless of sympathy, with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity is still the best guarantee of their loyalty.

Any hierarchical organization under authoritarian direction does the same. To understand how Braverman rose to a position that specifically requires the incumbent to display independent thinking, his bigotry and mediocrity must be balanced.

In 2020, I reported on the false narrative she made of her life. She won favor with readers of the ConservativeHome website by saying that when she started out as a lawyer in London: ‘I was the shy Tory in my ‘right-on’ human rights law firms ‘. Despite the social stigma, I was inspired by the conservative values ​​of freedom in the face of an interventionist state.

But the chambers she joined after leaving Cambridge University were anything but ‘fair’. She worked at 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square, which was filled with regular lawyers fighting disputes over licensing of pubs and betting shops, not human rights law. One of the alleged ‘right’ lefties was a former Tory MP.

The political advantages of posing as a victim of an arrogant liberal elite were obvious. But cynical careerism doesn’t explain every move. Vanity can matter just as much. Braverman had an ordinary career at the bar, which she tried to make grander than it was by claiming to have contributed to authoritative legal textbooks. Upon inspection, they bore no trace of his name.

Her bravado suggests that on some level she may feel that a dark liberal elite has hindered her rise in law.

Johnson offered her the chance for revenge when he made her the nation’s leading lawyer. Now she could show all those sneering liberals who believed in fanciful concepts like governments honoring their word abroad and telling their constituents the truth at home who was boss.

“A self-respecting attorney general would have resigned by now,” a former court officer told me. But Johnson chose well when he nominated Braverman. If he thought she would take a stand on principle, he would never have given her the job. Likewise, had he doubted for a moment that she hadn’t pledged to attack the EU, judicial review and the Human Rights Act, she would have remained an obscure backbencher. .

Its willingness to collude with a violation of international law seems like a small matter. Breaking the deal with the EU will threaten Western unity when we should be sticking together against Russia. The EU could react by starting a trade war, which will hit an economy already suffering from Brexit, inflation and the management of Covid.

In Northern Ireland, the British government’s decision to take an openly sectarian stance in favor of a die-hard Protestant minority could threaten the fragile peace.

However, the collapse of our institutions is still worth noting. For all its contradictions, the attorney general’s office once demanded respect. Now, that’s no better than being a consigliere for a petty crook.

Nick Cohen is an Observer columnist

]]> First person: “I have saved more than 1000 victims of trafficking” | Sat, 14 May 2022 13:31:04 +0000

“My position as head of the National Bureau for Investigation of Human Trafficking in Lithuania was very difficult, but also very interesting. I would lead and coordinate national and international police operations and investigations leading to the identification and rescue of victims.

We were receiving information that there was a potential case of exploitation involving Lithuanians at a certain location. We then contacted the forces of order of this country and organized a rescue operation.

We had to act very quickly and be ready to move from place to place. I had several days where my breakfast, lunch and dinner were in different countries.

damaged lives

Sometimes I worked undercover, so not wearing a police uniform. I remember having to chase after a victim in heels on a street in the UK. I had to be careful not to break my leg.

Lithuanian criminal groups were very active in human trafficking in the country and abroad at that time. They had very good relations with Albanian organized crime groups, which operated throughout Europe.

I calculated that during my career I had participated in the rescue of more than a thousand victims of trafficking. Then I stopped counting. There were so many damaged lives. I received a special award from the police for “Saved Lives”.

I retired from the police after serving 22 years after achieving the highest possible position in the field, so in 2020 it was time to step up to the international level and share the knowledge I had gained.

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Reda Sirgediene, UNODC Regional Advisor on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Central Asia.

Increasing knowledge on trafficking in Central Asia

My work term in Tashkent, Uzbekistan is different now. I don’t have the kind of power that I had as a national police officer, but I do have the power, on behalf of UNODC, to cooperate with the Central Asian authorities and provide technical assistance to increase the region’s capacity to detect and investigate cases of human trafficking.

I know a lot about this crime – how it is organized and the methods of the traffickers. But to succeed in my new role, that was not enough.

Once in Central Asia, I had to understand the particularities of the region and consider the cultural and legal context in the context of human trafficking.

I needed to know the different procedures and resources in the area to combat this crime and what investigative tools were available.

Today, I train and mentor officials who work in the law enforcement and justice sectors, advise non-governmental organizations that support victims of trafficking, and support the development of anti-trafficking legislation and procedures.

Whatever the need, I’m here to help.

Investigate all forms of trafficking

According to official data, the main destination countries for trafficked persons from Central Asia are Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan and South Korea.

Apart from Kazakhstan, which is also a destination country for victims from Central Asia, all countries in the region are countries of origin for victims of trafficking.

Most of the investigations relate to cases of sexual exploitation and some cases of trafficking for the purpose of labor exploitation have been detected.

I try to encourage the authorities to start investigating other forms of trafficking, such as trafficking for the purpose of forced marriage, forced begging or involvement in forced criminal activities or armed groups.

Moreover, official data shows that the majority of those convicted of trafficking offences, particularly in cases of sexual exploitation, are women. I want to know more because I believe that behind these women there could be men who are the real organizers of the traffic. It is a region culturally dominated by men.

Attract people with promises

I would say the traffickers are more sophisticated these days and more subtle.

They don’t rely so much on the use of violence. They lure victims with kind words and promises or pretend to be a boyfriend to trick them.

At the beginning of my career, I knew cruel cases where victims were found hanged or beaten, sometimes to death. I saw the signs of violence on their bodies. In other cases, the victims were drugged and then sexually exploited.

I worked on a case involving homeless Lithuanian men. They were given alcohol, taken to Spain and forced to work on an isolated farm. At night, they were chained to radiators so as not to escape.

The traffickers’ methods are not only more sophisticated, the crime also generates higher profits.

For me, this work will always be linked to the protection of human rights. That’s what I know best. »

SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions.

SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

  • Sustainable Development Goal 16 recognizes that conflict, insecurity, weak institutions and limited access to justice remain a significant threat to sustainable development.
  • It aims to reduce all forms of violence and deaths caused by such violence. It focuses on ending child abuse, exploitation, torture and trafficking.
  • It promotes the rule of law nationally and internationally and ensures equal access to justice for all
Prices add pressure for tariffs to disappear Sat, 14 May 2022 01:51:42 +0000 By HENG WEILI in New York and YIFAN XU in Washington | DAILY CHINA | Updated: 2022-05-14 07:18

People shop at a grocery store on May 12, 2022 in New York City. The prices of clothes, food, gasoline and cars are just some of the items hitting Americans’ wallets despite historically low unemployment. Giving hope to economists, some key inflation indicators finally started to slow in April. [Photo/Agencies]

Business groups and economic experts in the United States say lifting tariffs on China could help the national economy, especially in the fight against inflation.

Douglas K. Barry, vice president of communications and publications at the US-China Business Council, told China Daily: “Cheaper commodity prices will be a welcome relief for American businesses and consumers. There is more political support for removing or reducing tariffs than opposition.

“If some tariffs are lifted as planned, we would like the two governments to agree to formally and seriously discuss other trade challenges such as the completion of the phase one (trade) agreement, subsidies, procurement practices public procurement and accelerating market opening and reform.”

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday his administration was assessing how to address tariffs imposed on China from 2018, but said no decision had yet been made.

According to Section 301 of the US Commerce Act of 1974, if no US domestic industry requests the continuation of the tariffs, they will expire on their fourth anniversary, which falls on July 6. But if a party requests that the tariffs remain in place, the Office of the US Trade Representative will initiate a formal review.

Katherine Tai, the US trade representative, said on May 5 during a meeting in Ottawa with Canada’s trade minister that the tariff review would be “robust” and that any decision would not be made “in a vacuum”.

Tai pledged to “focus on the importance of this process and the importance for us to hear from all of our stakeholders across the economy.”

“It is important for us to focus on a sustainable and effective strategy in terms of our ability to compete with China, in this global environment and through the very disruptive period we are going through at the moment which is hurting the world. ‘ordinary American home,’” she said.

Megan Hogan, research analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, told China Daily: “Recent statements by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Deputy National Security Adviser Daleep Singh on lowering tariffs on products non-strategic Chinese are very encouraging, but given the current political situation. environment, it will be very difficult for the Biden administration to reduce or eliminate tariffs on Chinese imports because the administration does not want to be seen as being ‘soft’ on China.”

“For product categories that are not affected by (supply chain) objectives, there is really no reason for these tariffs to be in place,” Singh said at an event. by the Bretton Woods Committee on April 22.

“I think it’s worth considering,” Yellen told Bloomberg TV in April when asked if lifting tariffs could ease price pressures in the United States.

Hogan said, “It is certainly possible for the Biden administration to reduce tariffs ahead of the (November) midterm elections, because reducing tariffs is clearly within the power of the president.”

But she added, “There are strong protectionist and anti-China forces in Congress and in the Biden administration that are currently fighting the tariff cut.”

Hogan said his colleague Gary Hufbauer, a former U.S. Treasury official and nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute, “is relatively confident that Congress could reach agreement on the America Competes Act (which could include a tariff exclusion extended for Chinese products) by July.

In March, the Biden administration eased some tariffs that had been imposed under President Donald Trump. But Biden left in place Trump-era tariffs on $350 billion worth of Chinese goods.

On May 10, Shu Jueting, a spokesperson for China’s Commerce Ministry, urged Washington to drop the tariffs, saying it would be “in the interests of American businesses and consumers.”

Agencies contributed to this story.