In agreeing a deal to guarantee the Irish border remains invisible, with no checks fuelling inter-community tensions, the UK is moving the border to the Irish Sea. But the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) fears it will create an unwelcome new Brexit burden in Great Britain, forcing manufacturers to take on a mountain of paperwork and breaching Theresa May’s promise that east-west trade would remain unfettered. While the DUP softened its previous opposition to such an outcome, Sammy Wilson, the MP for East Antrim, raised concerns about the impact facilitating Boris Johnson’s new deal would have on businesses exporting from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Why is a barrier in the Irish Sea being discussed? If all goods entering the island of Ireland are checked before arrival for standards and tariffs, then cross-border trade can continue to flow unimpeded. It will also protect the single market and reduce the chance of suspect goods making their way to the continent via … [Read more...] about The ‘Irish Sea border’: what does it mean for GB business?
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Actress Felicity Huffman will plead guilty in the college admissions fraud scandal, prosecutors have said. The Desperate Housewives star has been joined by 12 other parents and a coach in pleading guilty to charges in what has been dubbed Operation Varsity Blues. Actress Lori Loughlin, the other high profile parent involved in the scam has not indicated whether she will plead guilty or fight the charges. It's claimed they took part in a scheme run by mastermind Rick Singer, 58, that allegedly saw test results faked and coaches bribed to falsely admitted youngsters to top league universities under the guise they were athletes. According to prosecutors, Singer was paid $15,000 to ensure that Huffman's 18-year-old daughter Sofia got a better score in her SATs in December 2017, either by assisting her with a test proctor, Mark Riddell, or by correcting her answers after she had finished. In a statement, Mother-of-two Huffman said: "I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by … [Read more...] about Felicity Huffman to plead GUILTY in college admissions fraud scandal
If Britain’s politicians believed in defending democracy, there would not be an election on Thursday. Our leaders would have held back until laws controlling propaganda and foreign subversion were in place. They haven’t waited, because they don’t want to protect the integrity of the ballot. With wolfish smiles, they have welcomed the opportunities for spreading fake news that the web has brought them. As the paper was going to press, the final online advertising blitz had begun. Full Fact, the campaign group that fights the necessary battle to keep public life clean, was monitoring online adverts from the Conservatives saying that the cost of a Corbyn government will be £1.2tn – a figure based on assumptions that are dubious to the point of fatuity – and promising to recruit 50,000 new nurses – a straight lie. Labour was claiming that a Tory trade deal with the US would increase NHS costs by £500m a week – a statement that is as good … [Read more...] about Brace yourself, the flood of lies in this election is about to become a torrent
Actress Lori Loughlin could face jail time after being hit with another charge in the college admissions scandal that yesterday saw Felicity Huffman plead guilty. Loughlin was among 16 wealthy parents to be hit with the new charge which includes "conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering." The Department of Justice has stated that Fuller House star Loughlin will face the charge alongside her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, in the scandal that has seen dozens of parents trying to buy a place in a prestigious college for their children. This second indictment follows one from last month, in which Loughlin and Giannulli were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. According to a release from the US Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, the two charges both carry a maximum term of 20 years. It was alleged that they paid $500,000 (£383,147) to ensure their daughters got into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, despite the … [Read more...] about Lori Loughlin could face 40 years in jail after new admissions scandal charge
A judge has ruled that Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman can be released on $250,000 (£192,000) bond after she was charged over a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed colleges to help get their children into elite schools. Huffman has been accused of bribing coaches and administrators, along with 50 other parents, including actress Lori Loughlin, it has been reported. Prosecutors say that the parents asked for their children to have their test scores changed so they could be taken at colleges as athletes. The parents have allegedly taken online classes to help their offspring achieve the highest possible scores, to give them access to the best schools. The alleged scheme was uncovered by the FBI and Federal prosecutors in Boston with some parents accused of bribing up to $6million (£4.59m) Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said: "These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilige." The investigation has been dubbed … [Read more...] about Felicity Huffman can be released on £192,000 bond in college bribery case