With Bristol Rugby now back at the top table of European rugby next season, playing in the Aviva Premiership and European Challenge Cup, having won promotion out of the Championship, we take a look at all the transfer news and rumours at the clubs they will be playing next season. Former All Black lock Jeremy Thrush heading to Australian side Gloucester second row Jeremy Thrush is going Western Force. The New Zealand international was expected to make a lucrative move to the French Top 14 this summer and has been linked with Northampton Saints, but he will in fact be heading to play for the Perth-based outfit in their World Series Rugby in 2018. Thrush, 33, joined the Cherry and Whites from Hurricanes in 2015 and has made 57 appearances, scoring seven tries. The second row joins Australian prop Cameron Orr in making the move to Western Force from Gloucester. Western Force were axed from Super Rugby at the end of last season but have a schedule of fixtures against national and … [Read more...] about Rugby rumours and transfer news: Gloucester lock to join Western Force
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All relationships face stresses and strains, no matter how long they’ve lasted and how important they are. That’s true in world affairs just as much as in other spheres of life: personalities clash, tensions mount, and once-firm bonds become stretched to breaking point. That, at any rate, is what is happening on the global stage right now. While the UK and the US enjoy their ‘special relationship’, the US is also being wooed by France; and this week the French President is visiting the Trump White House on a charm offensive. Meanwhile, the British government, however, is still looking at the phone and waiting for Trump to ring. There is no pending reciprocal visit; indeed, the special relationship looks somewhat mundane and prosaic against the blossoming association between France and the US. In part, this is because Emmanuel Macron has played his hand with Trump more convincingly than Theresa May. Taking a pragmatic approach to the personality-driven US … [Read more...] about Thanks To Macron, France And The US Is The New ‘Special Relationship’
Theresa May will strengthen the UK's digital defences through a £15m online security pact with Commonwealth allies amid warnings over the growing threat of cyber warfare from Russia. Leaders from the 53-nation bloc are expected to sign the world's largest cyber declaration, pledging to join forces to combat criminals and hostile actors engaged in potentially devastating cyber attacks, and to support smaller nations to raise their security standards by 2020. It comes after UK and US intelligence agencies issued an unprecedented joint alert on the threat of "malicious cyber activity" by Russian state-sponsored hackers, as tensions with Moscow deepen over airstrikes in Syria. Read more Russian hackers 'targeting millions of devices around world' Speaking ahead of an official meeting with Commonwealth leaders, Ms May said: “Cyber security affects us all, as online crime does not respect international borders. “I have … [Read more...] about Russian cyber threat pushes UK to sign world’s largest digital security pact
Members of Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) party have proposed amendments to the controversial laws governing the Polish judicial system that put Warsaw in the crosshairs of the European Commission. It is still unclear if these changes will soothe the dispute or if they are just empty gestures. EURACTIV Poland reports. The amendments include changes to how judges are appointed and dismissed. Currently, the justice minister makes the decisions unilaterally but the proposed amendments would mean decisions would have to go through the college of the relevant court. If that college disagrees then the minister would be able to appeal to the National Court Register. Admittedly, that body has already been appointed by PiS (now dominated by delegated judges from the Polish justice ministry or otherwise associated with minister Zbigniew Ziobro). The minister would also lose the power to extend a judge’s service when they reach retirement age (65 years). This entitlement – … [Read more...] about Rule of law: Chance for compromise between Warsaw and Brussels?
Video PUBLISHED: 09:55 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:55 08 June 2017 Voters will go to the polls on Thursday. Here, the general election candidates in Norfolk and Waveney say why you should vote for them. Picture: Matthew Usher. © Archant Norfolk 2015 We asked the general election candidates in Norfolk and Waveney to tell us why you should vote for them today. We also invited them to submit videos outlining their three priorities. This is what they said: General election candidates for Broadland (L-R): Andrew Boswell (Green Party),David Moreland (UKIP), Steve Riley (Liberal Democrat), Iain Simpson (Labour) and Keith Simpson (Conservative) Broadland Andrew Boswell (Green) General election candidates for Great Yarmouth (L-R): Catherine Blaiklock (UKIP), James Joyce (Liberal Democrats), Brandon Lewis (Conservative), Mike Smith-Clare (Labour) and Harry Webb (Green Party). “Broadland people, I meet, know this election goes much wider than who negotiates Brexit with the EU, … [Read more...] about General Election 2017: Full list of the candidates in Norfolk and Waveney