Uncertainty around the future of the Northern Ireland protocol has seen the construction of purpose-built inspection facilities at ports halted. There will still be checks on agricultural and food products, but these will be carried out in existing buildings that have been repurposed for the post- Brexit task, the country's agriculture minister has said. Gordon Lyons of the DUP said that recruitment of inspection staff for the new port facilities at places like Belfast and Larne had been stopped, and charges levied on traders bringing goods from Great Britain into Northern Ireland were also shelved. Mr Lyons said his decision was based on "practical difficulties" caused by the protocol, which came as part of the UK's trade deal with the EU. The agreement struck saw trade checks enacted on products travelling between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, however these regulatory and customs checks were moved to the Irish Sea to avoid a border on the island of … [Read more...] about Brexit: Northern Ireland halts construction of import inspection facilities
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JIM SILLARS is the former deputy leader of the Scottish National Party Is the cause of independence damaged by what started out as the Salmond-Sturgeon clash? Has it now become the cause of grave concern that two of our most important institutions, our parliament and the Government drawn from it, and the Crown Office, now lie under a dark cloud of suspicion of political corruption? There can be no other answer but yes. The SNP became the chosen instrument by many to take Scotland to independence, and as such gathered membership and parliamentary strength in recent years. Fairly or not, the trust people put on the idea of independence is linked to their trust in the SNP. Where trust was heavily invested was in its commitment to the ethical standards essential for a democracy to survive: honesty by those who have the power to be dishonest, restraint in the use of power by those in a position to abuse it, adhering to the codes of justice by those with the power to ignore … [Read more...] about JIM SILLARS: I’ve been a lifelong SNP supporter… but the stench is such that I cannot hold my nose and vote for the party in May
Sweets are beloved the whole world over. They act as comfort food, they help us relax, and they give us energy, appealing to people young and old. Whether it’s chocolate, bonbons, marzipan, licorice, or cookies – the selection is huge. In Belgium, the production of chocolate has a long tradition. Frederic Blondeel, who has already been recognized by Gault&Millau as being Belgium’s best chocolatier, explains in the Euromaxx series “Food Secrets” what is special about Belgian chocolates, what types there are, and how chocolate works together with the filling. The fact that pralines are very meaningful and have a long history in Belgium is showcased by the Brussels Chocolate Museum. Many of you wrote to us this week to tell us which sweets are most popular in your country. We would therefore like to give a big thank you to everyone who took part! After all the submissions we have given away a DW rucksack, filled with goodies, with an exclusive DW design.Ravi R. from Pune in India … [Read more...] about Results: these are the sweets most popular in your country!
ENGLAND are back into contention for the Six Nations title after a bonus point win over Italy. But it's France and Wales setting the pace as Eddie Jones' men head to Cardiff in round 3. When is the Six Nations? The Six Nations 2021 runs from Saturday, February 6 until Saturday, March 20. Each team plays each other once. France lead the table after round one following their 15-13 win in Ireland . What TV channel is the Six Nations on and can I live stream it? Every single Six Nations game in 2021 will be on free-to-air TV here in the UK. The coverage will be divided up between BBC and ITV. If you want to stream, BBC matches will be shown on the BBC iPlayer while ITV games are on the ITV Hub . To watch either, you'll need a valid TV licence - get one here. Most read in Rugby Union BRING HIS AJ GAME Itoje fired up for Wales after watching Eubank doc & speaking with AJ severn-th heaven Wales vs … [Read more...] about Six Nations 2021 fixtures, results and table: Wales vs England, France vs Scotland POSTPONED, Ireland in Italy
Matchgoing fans were among those to have been hit fairly early on by the pandemic. Now, about a year into life with COVID-19, mass crowds are largely still banned from sports games. But many fans are now hanging their hopes on the newly-developed vaccines. With Israel and the UK among the countries with the world's highest vaccination rates, both provide a glimpse of how sports events could soon be carried out with mass crowds in attendance. 10,000 fans at an Israeli football game? As of February 25, Israel is the world leader in administered COVID19 vaccination doses per capita, with 90 doses administered per 100 people. A total of 4.6 million people have already received the first dose, more than half of Israel's 9m population, with more than 3.2 million of those having already received the second dose. Those who received their second dose are entitled to a so-called Green Pass, which initially lasts six months and allows its holders wide-ranging privileges such as booking … [Read more...] about Israel, UK mull return of sports fans after mass COVID-19 vaccinations