Polish ambassador urges Poles to ‘seriously consider’ leaving UK

Arkady Rzegocki voices concerns over settled status application process Polands ambassador to the UK has written to 800,000 Poles advising them to seriously consider returning home and expressed status in the UK after Brexit. Arkady Rzegocki said while the process was straightforward, he was concerned. Of course, we are concerned about this process a little bit, because theres 42% of people who received pre-settled status,he told BBC Radio 4s Today programme on Wednesday. He added: So it means that theres quite a lot of people who have had some problem with receiving settled status. He said many Polish people did not realise they had to register as they had lived here for many years. Even if they have resident status, …

Prince William says he is ‘fed up’ with racism in football

Prince calls for action on visit to London football club to discuss mental health outreach The Duke of Cambridge has said he is fed up with racism in football and said recent incidents had given the impression that progress on the issue was being reversed. Speaking on a visit to Hendon football club in north London, Prince William said racist abuse directed at plays for Inter Milan, was outrageous. William, who is president of the Football Association, met staff, coaches and fans at the non-league club on Friday to learn about their mental health outreach activities. During a conversation with coaches, he highlighted how abuse might be a difficult issue for players to discuss and said racism needed to be …

Mike Pence backs Boris Johnson over Brexit in awkward Dublin visit

US vice-president urges taoiseach and EU to negotiate with UK in good faith The US vice-president and the taoiseach have clashed over Brexit, with Mike Pence urging Leo Varadkar and the EU to work with Boris Johnson to protect the United Kingdoms sovereignty and limit trade chaos. Pence also asked Varadkar to support the US in its quest for a new trade deal with the EU. Pence made the intervention in the Brexit crisis during a two-day visit to Ireland, where his grandfather was born. In an uncomfortable press conference following a meeting in Dublin, he indicated his full support for Johnson over Brexit. Let me be clear: the US supports the UK decision to leave the EU in Brexit, …

Nissan to axe 12,500 jobs worldwide but Sunderland appears safe

Firm refuses to say where cuts will fall but unions are hopeful for UKs largest car plant Nissan has announced it will cut 12,500 jobs globally over the next three years but the Sunderland plant appears to have escaped any further losses. The Japanese carmaker revealed it would cut almost one in 10 of its workforce after profit was virtually wiped out in the first quarter of its financial year. The total reductions are bigger than expected when it shifted production of its X-Trail model from Sunderland. Nissan produces about 2,000 cars a day in Sunderland, where the company employs about 7,000 people and is one of the citys most important employers. The plant is highly efficientthe arrest last year …

How will the US-UK relationship evolve with Boris Johnson in No 10?

Donald Trump is a fan of the incoming PM but it is unclear if there will be any real convergence on policy Boris Johnson has already been dubbed holding hands in the White House, but that relationship soured as soon as she Brexitwasnt enough, a new Johnson government must immediately take steps to make sure he doesnt begin his time in No 10 with a slide into war. The situation in the gulf is complex, fast-moving and hugely dangerous. Johnson did not cover himself in glory as foreign secretary, especially over Iran. It will be his task to prove he has learned. Managing parliament and Tory MPs Johnson will start as PM with a working Commons majority of four, thanks …

Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans under threat from ministers’ resignations

Likely new PM could find no-deal option thwarted by senior Tories such as Philip Hammond Boris Johnsons hoped-for triumphant march into Downing Street this week is set to be dampened by a carefully timed series of resignations by senior ministers, who will retreat to the backbenches with a vow to thwart any moves towards a no-deal Brexit. The Philip Hammond and David Gauke that they will step down on Wednesday, immediately before Johnson is likely to head to Buckingham Palace, highlight the perilous political climate for Theresa Mays expected successor. It comes amid predictions that the Conservatives already wafer-thin working Commons majority of three could entirely disappear by the time MPs return from their summer recess, with mooted defections to …

Greenpeace steps up BP oil rig drilling protest

Two more activists join protest on North Sea rig in Cromarty Firth as others appear in court Greenpeace has escalated its protests against BP by putting two more activists on a North Sea rig in the Cromarty Firth, hours after the police removed other activists. The environmental campaign group said two activists boarded the Transocean rig at 4am on Friday, six days after the first two climbed on in a protest at BPs plans to use the rig to expand its drilling operations in the Vorlich field of the North Sea. There have been nine arrests since the protest began, and three activists have Deepwater Horizon rig on behalf of BP that blew up in the Gulf of Mexico in …

Mystery of why arteries harden may have been solved, say scientists

Study finds calcium deposits are triggered by molecule produced by damaged cells The mysterious mechanism behind the hardening of arteries may have been solved, researchers have revealed, in a study that also suggests the first potential preventive drug for the condition linked to heart attack, dementia and stroke. Arteries harden as calcium becomes deposited in the elastic walls of the vessels, a process that happens as we age and is exacerbated for patients with diabetes or kidney disease. Stiffening can also occur as calcium becomes deposited in fatty plaques in the arteries a condition called atherosclerosis. The mechanism that causes the calcium to be deposited has been difficult to unpick, but now scientists say they have the answer: it is …

Treatment of Northern Irish journalists likened to police state, court hears

Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney were held over alleged theft of Loughinisland report The arrest of two Northern Irish journalists after they embarrassed authorities by obtaining documents relating to a mass murder was the kind of operation more associated with a police state than with a liberal democracy, a court has heard. Northern Irish police raided the homes and offices of the award-winning journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey last August over the alleged theft of a police watchdog report, in a case that has gained global attention owing to concerns over its impact on press freedom in Britain. The unredacted document was obtained by the journalists as part of their investigation into the murders of six Catholic men by …

US-China trade: what are rare-earth metals and what’s the dispute?

The metals are used to produce a number of goods, including mobile phones and cameras What are rare-earth metals?Rare earths refer to a group of 17 elements that are prized for their unique magnetic and electrochemical properties. They include elements such as gadolinium, lanthanum, cerium and promethium, and are vital in the production of cancer treatment drugs, smartphones and renewable energy technologies. The elements have been $200bn of Chinese goods from 10% to 25%. While China retaliated with tariffs on $60bn of goods it imports from the US including spinach, batteries and coffee Chinese newspapers have signalled that its next move could be the restriction of rare earths. It would be a blow to the White House, as the US …

Worlds biggest investor accused of dragging feet on climate crisis

BlackRock, which controls $6.5tn in assets, urged to use its influence on planets biggest polluters When a letter from BlackRocks founder and chief executive, Larry Fink, landed in inboxes in January saying that the worlds biggest investor would no longer invest in companies that are not compliant with the history of embarrassing big companies. But while the message was fake, the concern behind it was not: environmental campaigners see BlackRock as a key obstacle to progress on meeting climate crisis goals. Now they are stepping up the pressure on the worlds biggest asset owner which faces its shareholders at its annual meeting on Thursday to use its influence on some of the worlds biggest polluters, as it has done previously …

Keir Starmer blames ‘wannabe Tory leaders’ for Brexit talks failure

Shadow Brexit secretary says impasse could be broken by allowing confirmatory vote The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has blamed wannabe Tory leaders for the breakdown of cross-party talks as he renewed his call for a second referendum on leaving the EU. The government and Labour sought to blame each other after Mays imminent departure from Downing Street meant there was no guarantee any promises would be kept by McDonnell likens Brexit talks to dealing with firm going bust video He echoed the agreed to set a timetable at the start of next month to elect a new leader. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Hancock, who voted remain in the referendum, said: I think a general election before …

Northern Irish police call for peace in name of killed journalist

Lyra McKee, 29, shot during riots in which petrol bombs were thrown and cars set alight Police in Northern Ireland have issued a call for peace in memory of the journalist Lyra McKee, who died after being shot during rioting in Derry on Thursday night. Evoking the 29-year-olds own words about the power of conversation, police encouraged relatives of dissident republicans, who have been blamed for shooting McKee, to urge their family members to step away from violence and pursue peace. The heartfelt appeal followed a rare joint statement from leaders across the political spectrum in Northern Ireland condemning the murder as an attack on the peace and democratic processes on the 21st anniversary of the Good Friday agreement. At …

Juncker rejects May appeal for further Brexit delay

European commission president insists 12 April ultimate deadline for MPs to pass withdrawal deal Theresa Mays appeal for a short Brexit extension has been rejected by Jean-Claude Juncker, who said that unless the withdrawal deal was passed within nine days the UK would crash out of the EU or have to sign up to a long delay. Less than 24 hours after May had spelled out Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific