BPA Ports to Reflect a No Deal Brexit Scenario

first_imgzoom The British Ports Association has published a new strategic report, which calls on the UK Government to deliver on the Prime Minister’s pledge of ‘frictionless’ trade after Brexit.Following an agreement between UK and EU negotiators on the terms of a transition deal and ahead of the EU Council meeting later this week, the ports are calling for a pragmatic deal with the EU on both customs and regulatory recognition that allows both British and European businesses to get their goods across borders as quickly as possible.Although the report, titled ‘A Brexit Dividend’, outlines the potential opportunities for ports, the Association has warned that the direction of travel is increasingly heading towards a situation where border arrangements at ports will reflect a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario.“A potential Brexit free trade deal will be welcomed by many in the sector but this is unlikely to cover border processes. In terms of border operations the impact of leaving the Customs Union and Single Market is now fast becoming a ‘no deal’ scenario for ports. Indeed this means that new border controls on UK-EU trade are likely to be unavoidable and that delays at certain ports and important trade gateways are a distinct possibility,” Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association, said.The report sets out potential opportunities for ports post-Brexit on free ports, port connectivity, planning, the regulatory regime, and fisheries. The report sets out the industry’s position on other potential opportunities in a number of areas such as free ports, port connectivity, planning, the regulatory regime, and fisheries.“This report shows that there are substantial potential benefits to leaving the EU for our ports and wider maritime sector. However, in order to realise these benefits, we first need to get a deal that prevents delays and disruption at our ports,” David Dingle CBE, Maritime UK Chairman, said.“It is in both the UK and EU’s interest to get that deal. Failure to get that frictionless deal will not only see delays and disruption at ports like Dover, Holyhead and Portsmouth, but also in the EU at ports like Zeebrugge, Calais and Dublin.”last_img read more

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The Ministry of Finance Responds to Bradley Roberts

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 4, 2017 – Nassau – It is unfortunate that Mr. Roberts did not take the time to avail himself of the facts with respect to the non payment of workers.   That is, if his true intention was to ensure the well being of those employees.Approximately three hundred and thirty two (332) contract workers from the Ministry of Education were not paid on time, due to the fact that their salaries had been “coded”, as their initial contract period had expired and the necessary adjustment had not been made to the system.The matter has been addressed with the requisite files sent to the respective banks for posting on Friday afternoon.   Most if not all of these persons should receive their salaries on Monday, September 4th.Do note that the Ministry of Finance continues to work through a litany of unresolved financial and human resource issues left behind by the former PLP administration so as to ensure that all legitimately engaged persons receive their due compensation.   The government will not be distracted by idle and duplicitous voices who – when they had their time – squandered the people’s money, and cared little about the actual well-being of Bahamians.Press Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Whats in a name

first_imgWhat’s in a Surname, a play directed by Anurag Arora, talks about the complex nature and prejudices of the Indian society that has far more surnames than names. The award-winning play was exclusively staged for the senior citizens of Ashiana Nirmay. What’s in a surname is originally named Ravi aur Ravi. This comedy play is written by veteran playwright Ashok Lal. Awarded by Dilli Sahitya Kala Parishad, this comedy play is a laugh riot still relevant, thought provoking and dramatically engaging. The play is intricately woven with India’s socio-political scenario-and home-grown humor.  It is the story of two fellow-students and great friends – one from the so-called ‘upper caste’ and the other from a ‘scheduled caste’.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The former is in search of a job, and the latter wants to get married to his love, a girl from ‘upper caste’, and a friend of both the friends. The friends cannot get to their destinations because of social imperatives. So they change their identities. Thereafter, as a play, it is a roller-coaster ride- and complete mayhem in the lives of the protagonists. Anurag Arora is a well known name in theatre circle and it has been his passion for the past 15 years. He hav edone around 400 shows under the direction of eminent directors and have featured in Bollywood movies like Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Chittagong, Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola, Fukrey etc.last_img read more

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Divisive agenda of groups may lead to riot says Mamata

first_imgTarakeshwar: Without naming the BJP Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that some groups with vested interest were circulating rumours just to incite the Hindus against the Muslims which might snowball into a major riot before the Lok Sabha polls.Addressing a gathering here on Friday afternoon, she said: “Rumours are being spread that child-lifters are loitering in some areas and women wearing burquas are seen in those areas. People are beating them up. Some groups are spreading rumours that Muslim women are being beaten up and heckled by the Hindus resulting in creating differences between the members of these two communities. Be careful and inform the police whenever you suspect anything. As the head of the government I will tell you that lies have been circulated in very subtle ways to confuse you and divide you. We are not going to tolerate any division of attempt to disturb social peace and harmony,” she said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBanerjee said saffron-coloured attire were worn by monks of Ramakrishna Mission and Bharat Sevasram Sangha and these monks were inspired by the philosophy of sacrifice and service. “Now some people are wearing saffron -coloured attire to pose as sadhus. They are fake sadhus who are trying to divide society,” she said. In Bengal the philosophy of Hinduism that speaks about toleration and acceptance is followed and nowhere children are taught to develop hatred for the people of other communities, she said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”I was born in a Hindu family but my parents never taught me to hate people belonging to other communities and religion. This is Bengal’s culture and we will continue to follow it. We will not allow those who try to organise riot in Bengal,” said the Chief Minister. “We have renovated temples, mosques and churches and want that people from different religions, caste and creed continue to live peacefully in Bengal,” she further said. Referring to her movement in Singur in favour of the farmers who had been opposing acquisition of their farmland by the erstwhile Left Front government , she said during her 14-day dharna in Singur local people used to bring food for her. “How can I forget those days. This was followed by a fast that lasted for 26 days at Esplanade on the same issue. People of Singur had offered full support.” She said the state government had taken up a slew of projects for the development of the farmers. “Not only their annual income has trebled, in Singur the state government has returned the land of the farmers. It is a great achievement as we had promised them to return their land. A martyrs column will soon be set up at Singur,” she said. Banerjee said a project had been taken to control flood in Hooghly, Howrah and east Burdwan districts at an estimated cost of around Rs 2,300 crore. Another ecotourism hub is coming up at Balagarh. The birthplace of Raja Rammohan Roy will be renovated and a tourist centre will be set up, she said. Banerjee laid the foundation stone of Rani Rashmoni Green University and inaugurated Mati Tirtha.last_img read more

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