Glue that holds UK together appears to be weakening
Is a union of nations that goes back to 1707 in serious peril? Might we be looking at the disintegration of the United Kingdom as we know it — a union of states some claim to be the oldest in the world.Ever since the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016, this prospect has loomed large. England and Wales wanted out of the EU; Scotland and Northern Ireland wanted to remain. More than 60 percent of Scots voted to stay and it appears that the country’s preferred union is the European one, not the British version. Why should Scotland be forced out of the EU when a clear majority voted to remain, they a...
UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain form 'Quint' group on ME - analysis
Move aside, the Quartet; make room, the E3+3 (or P5+1, depending on your vantage point). It is now time for the Quint to start making some Mideast news.You remember the Quartet, that framework that consisted of the US, EU, Russia and the UN that dominated Mideast diplomatic efforts in the first decade of the current century.Then there was the E3+3 – France, Great Britain, and Germany, plus Russia, China and the US – that negotiated with Iran over the nuclear deal (outside of Europe this group was known as the P5+1, standing for the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus German...
Jpost.com - The Jerusalem Post online edition
Businesses urge UK, EU to continue FTA efforts
By EARLE GALE in London | China Daily Global | Updated: 2020-10-19 02:10British companies called on Sunday for both sides to continue seeking a free-trade deal after negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union appeared to have ended in failure.London and Brussels had previously said a bare-bones free-trade deal needed to be in place before a summit of the bloc's leaders ended on Friday.The two sides have been trading temporarily as if the UK is still a member of the bloc it left on Jan 31, but that arrangement concludes at the end of December.If a replacement deal is not in ...
Horse racing: Godolphin, Hamdan eye big wins in the UK and Australia
Dubai: On a day when Godolphin take aim at the world’s richest turf race, the A$15 million The Everest at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Dark Vision will be their sole representative on British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse, the grand finale of the 2020 British flat racing season.Trained by Mark Johnston, Dark Vision will be ridden by William Buick as he bids to give the Dubai-owned stable a sixth success in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes the mile-category final of the British Champions Series.However, Godolphin, who have not won the straight mile since Poet’s Voice triumphed ...
Family of Covid-hit Egyptian doctor could be forced to leave UK
The wife of an Egyptiandoctorcritically ill withCovid-19fears she and her children will be forced to leave theUnited Kingdomwhen her husband's work visa expires in December."I can't believe this is happening. The whole thing is like a bad dream," Dr Basem Enany's wife, who did not wish to give her full name, toldThe Guardian.Enany, aconsultantcardiologist working at a York hospital, tested positive for the novelcoronavirusin mid-September.TheEgyptiandoctor suffered a rare complication of the Covid-19 disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome. The syndrome attacks the nerves and has caused Enany to expe...
Maternal Mortality: What Nigeria can learn from the UK’s approach
It is no longer news that women die unnecessarily on a daily basis from childbirth and pregnancy-related complications, but the most striking thing is how developed countries like the United Kingdom are working tirelessly to bring down maternal mortality rate.Although Africa has made progress in the fight against maternal mortality, the task is increasingly onerous in low-middle income countries, particularly Nigeria.Africa’s most populous country is among the ten highest number of maternal deaths globally, owing to ineffective policies that has created a gap between Nigerians and healthcare, ...
London follows Washington’s step on security, loses autonomy
Illustration: Liu Rui/GTKen McCallum, director-general of the UK's Military Intelligence, Section 5 (MI5) on Wednesday said that Russia, China and Iran have imposed growing "national security challenges" to the UK and emphasized that the biggest long-term challenge is presented by China."Russia, China and Iran are one of the few diplomatically independent countries in the world, right?" Some Chinese netizens mocked.FBI Director Christopher Wray has once said China is the "greatest long-term threat to the US." The new head of MI5 hyped the so-called China threat during his first public remarks,...
UK firm-operated Taobao Taiwan shuts; mobile Taobao remains
photo: webTaobao Taiwan said on Thursday that it would shut down its e-commerce site in the island of Taiwan after the venture was labeled a Chinese mainland investment, a move that observers said reflects some island politicians' trick of sacrificing the common people's livelihood to serve their own purpose of seeking economic decoupling with the mainland."After cautious deliberations, the company decided to close the order placement function in the island starting on Thursday and continue the operation of other services such as e-money wallets, official logistics, and customer service until ...
Niall Horan has fears for the future of the arts industry
Niall Horan fears for the future of the arts industry in the UK.The singer has called on the government to do more to help support the music industry through the global health crisis, saying that some people within the sector risk being "completely left behind".Niall - who first found fame as part of hit boyband One Direction - explained to the Guardian newspaper: "When you think of Britain and the British Isles, you think fashion and music and the arts and it’s just a completely forgotten-about industry in a time of need”.He added people that work in the arts are hard-working people that have...
'Every single day it shocks me' - Man Utd and England star Rashford on fight to end childhood hunger
Marcus Rashford has spoken out on his fight against childhood hunger, saying he is shocked every day by what he's seen in the UK.The Manchester United and England striker was recently awarded an MBE in recognition for his campaign to help vulnerable children during the coronavirus pandemic.Among Rashford's recent accomplishments was his success in getting the UK government to make a U-turn and continue free school meals for around 1.3 million disadvantaged children.The 22-year-old has also formed a task force with England's food brand giants to combat child poverty across the country.Rashford ...