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
There's no doubt Harry was a fun royal to report on. His laid-back style and his natural rapport with people created some great little moments that made stories out of very ordinary engagements and produced fantastic pictures. Moments like messing around with Usain Bolt in Jamaica or slapping a purple handprint of fresh paint on the forehead of photographer Arthur Edwards in New Zealand. But I'll never forget the times that I was told Prince Harry didn't just want to be a performing monkey. He wouldn't just perform for the sake of it, it needed to be spontaneous, he wouldn't just play to the cameras. Which is why this interview with James Corden is so interesting. Advertisement Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Harry says press was 'destroying my mental health' More from James Corden James Corden: 'A school prom? That would have been a litany of rejection' Coronavirus: James … [Read more...] about Prince Harry’s chat show appearance: Was it the clickbait he so despises?
ALDI has topped the charts as Britain’s cheapest and favourite in-store supermarket, an annual Which? survey has revealed. Brits gave the German discount supermarket five stars for value for money - the only grocer in the country to be given this top rating. It beat rival Lidl, who came in close behind with four stars, as well as eight other stores. Tesco, Morrisons and Iceland came in joint third place with three stars, while Marks & Spencers, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Asda were all given two stars. Co-op came in last with one star. Over 3,000 Brits took part in the survey, and Aldi was also top of the leaderboard overall for its instore shopping experience. How to cut the cost of your grocery shop SAVING on your shop can make a big difference to your wallet. Here are some tips from comparison site Money.co.uk about how you can cut the cost of your shopping bills: Write yourself a list – Only buy items that you need. If it isn’t on your list, don’t … [Read more...] about Cheapest supermarket revealed in annual Which? survey
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