PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle are embroiled in a legal dispute with a small Filipino business owner over his Archewell deodorant name, which he says he's willing to “fight to the death” for, The Sun can report. The royals, who set up their foundation -- named after their young son Archie -- after relocating to LA from Britain last year, are disputing the use of the term 'Archewell Harvatera' with a man named Victor Martin Soriano. Cobblestone Lane LLC, which represents Harry and Meghan and is based in Beverly Hills, is pursuing legal action over the name of his brand of natural deodorants, first reported by World Trademark Review . Soriano filed in July 2020 in the Philippines, months after the royals launched their foundation in April, and has since shared his company's official theme song and choreography online. The Sun has reached out to Archewell for comment, but has not receive a response. Victor Soriano told The Sun exclusively: "If the Queen asks me to … [Read more...] about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in copyright battle against small Filipino business owner over Archewell deodorant name
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G erman exports to the UK plunged by almost a third in the first month under post-Brexit trading arrangements, new figures have revealed. The end of the Brexit transition period was blamed by Germany’s official statistics body for a 30pc year-on-year plunge in exports to the UK in January but economists predicted the trade slump will ease. New customs rules for exporters exacerbated a tumble in trade already triggered by the Covid crisis amid complaints of post-Brexit arrangements causing higher costs and delays for businesses. January’s drop compares to a 15.5pc fall in imports from Germany over 2020 but the latest slump in trade was still not as severe as the worst months of the first lockdown. The tumble in German imports at the start of the UK’s life outside the EU was also worsened by many businesses stockpiling in December as Brexit talks went down to the wire. “We expected very weak eurozone exports to the UK for January, in part due to teething problems at the … [Read more...] about German exports to UK fell 30pc in January
As the coronavirus vaccine rollout continues, with 16 million already jabbed, the country can finally begin to see a way out of the pandemic which put normal life on hold for a year. Rightly, the Government has focused all its efforts on tackling the crisis and saving lives. But when the country emerges from lockdown and the crisis begins to ebb, thoughts will turn to how Tory election promises made in December 2019 – just weeks before Britain's first confirmed Covid-19 case was discovered – can be delivered. Here, Deputy Political Editor Ben Glaze examines the scale of the challenge. Boris Johnson is today urged to deliver on “levelling-up” promises to Northern voters as the country begins to look beyond the coronavirus pandemic. The Prime Minister was warned he owes a debt to Red Wall voters in former Labour heartlands who were seduced by his election pledges on tackling Britain's inequality. The 64-page Conservative Party manifesto contained 11 references to … [Read more...] about Neglected North where ‘even McDonald’s has left’ demands PM delivers on promises
The European Commission is putting forward many pieces of legislation with the aim of stimulating investments in energy transition, and the measures go beyond the proposed EU climate neutrality law. Considering the need to support the entire economy , it looks like a Herculean task. The proposals of the European Commission and the EU Parliament's stance on green issues allow for some cautious optimism. The bloc's 27 member states, which are the ultimate decision-makers when it comes to energy policy, can give rise to some skepticism, though. "Objectives are set at the European level to give room for national ambitions, so governments can decide their ambitions, and the Commission can encapsulate them in a European frame. The Commission can then step in if national plans are not respected," Jean-Michel Glachant, director of the Florence School of Regulation (FSR), told DW. Glachant says that EU institutions are called upon to increase fair competition in the energy sector, … [Read more...] about EU energy investments: Will 2021 be decisive?
Formed in 1998 on the back of the success of boybands like Take That and Boyzone, Westlife went on to become one of the top-selling bands of all time. Before their split in 2012, the group released 13 albums, embarked on 12 world tours, earned 28 platinum discs and sold more than 55million records across the globe. And their success continued when they reunited and released their number one album Spectrum in 2018. But what have members Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Brian McFadden, Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan been up to in the years between? From snubs and solo careers to bankruptcy, finding true love and starting a much-longed for family, here's what came next... Shane Filan Lead singer Shane, 41, studied business and accounting before joining Westlife, but was left devastated when his property empire went bust in 2012, leaving him with debts of £18million. The Irish star and his brother Finbarr ran property development company Shafin Developments, and had taken out loans … [Read more...] about Where Westlife are now… bankruptcy, life-shattering tragedies and Brian McFadden ‘snub’