The European Union (EU) is “confused and puzzled” about Britain’s post-Brexit trade plans, Ireland’s Taoiseach or prime minister said, as he accused the UK Government of having “unrealistic” demands. Leo Varadkar, who took office in June, was speaking during a trip to Canada where he met with the country's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, and visited the country’s border with the US as part of a fact-finding mission to look at options for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit. “I think I’d be right to say on behalf of the European governments that we’re not satisfied with the progress that has been made so far,” he told Bloomberg. “However, we’ll continue with the talks. “We hope that more progress can be made and that that progress will be sufficient when we meet in October to allow the talks to continue to the next phase, … [Read more...] about EU is ‘confused and puzzled’ about UK’s post-Brexit trade plans, says Irish PM
Adani has kept an operating plan for its unfunded Queensland mine to just six months, postponing an expected legal obligation to provide a billion-dollar rehabilitation bond before financial backing emerges. The miner has provided the state government with a plan that covers only up to the end of 2017, which falls before its deadline for securing US$2.5bn in financial backing to execute the first phase of Australia’s largest proposed coal project. The Carmichael mine plan of operations details no mining or construction works, or resulting areas of land disturbance, which would trigger a government demand for financial assurance for environmental rehabilitation. Adani would then have to provide a bank guarantee or cash bond that environmental group Lock The Gate Alliance has predicted could ultimately be worth $2bn. Adani gives 'green light' to $16bn Carmichael coal mine Read more Lock The Gate said a six-month plan of operations was unusual and five years was … [Read more...] about Adani’s short-cut operating plan avoids expected $1bn environment bond
By Hamid Ould Ahmed | ALGIERS ALGIERS Algeria's parliament approved government plans late on Thursday to overhaul the country's long-standing subsidy policy, launch Islamic finance and set new taxes, in a fresh attempt to cope with a sharp fall in energy earnings.The plans are part of wider reforms proposed by Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune as his government looks to secure new funding sources and reduce reliance on oil and gas, which account for 60 percent of the state budget.The OPEC member has already cut spending, approved higher prices for some subsidised products and set import restrictions in an effort to ward off the financial impact of lower oil prices and try to improve its poor domestic production.But its economy is still emerging from the one-party socialist planning that followed the country's 1962 independence from France. It remains mostly state-controlled and has little non-oil industry development.Tebboune, appointed last month after legislative … [Read more...] about Algerian parliament approves government’s economic, social reform plans
By Susan Cornwell and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's two tax policy chiefs were slated to go to Capitol Hill late on Tuesday to meet with top lawmakers as Washington dug for details on an impending Trump tax plan. Due out on Wednesday, the plan was expected to include only broad principles of tax changes, not formal legislation, and a proposal to slash the U.S. corporate income tax rate, with additional components still the subject of much speculation. Some analysts viewed the White House plan, likely to fall well short of a full-scale tax reform, as reducing prospects for a thorough tax code overhaul in 2017. Since it will clash in some ways with a broader tax plan shaped months ago by House of Representatives Republicans, the Trump document may complicate consensus-building, analysts said. Others said tax reform's chances will not be greatly frustrated. One veteran tax lobbyist said Congress and the White House were still likely to strike a tax … [Read more...] about Trumps tax duo to brief senior U.S. Congress leaders on plan
There were more Bolton than Vale fans left in the ground when the Valiants' players came out for their lap of honour, so all they got was a smattering of applause from the locals and a "going down" chant from the away end It was a fitting end to another hugely dispiriting afternoon in this final home game of the season. Having a lap of honour at all seemed like an exercise in irony, but the players posed for selfies with youngsters, signed autographs and returned the applause of the couple of hundred supporters who had stayed behind. They seem like nice blokes, but barring something remarkable over the next two games they are going to be remembered as the squad that took the Valiants into League Two. TABLE: @ftfc and @OfficialBWFC take the race for automatic promotion into the final day with wins this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/DF4elh7xC5- Sky Bet League One (@SkyBetLeagueOne) April 22, 2017 The League table makes grim reading for Port Vale fans 'Remarkable' might be underplaying … [Read more...] about Port Vale COMMENT: If thats Plan B, what the hell is Plan C?
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble is not worried by the prospect of cuts to corporate tax rates in the United States he told German magazine Wirtschaftswoche on the sidelines of the IMF and World Bank spring meetings in Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday promised a big announcement about tax reform shortly and ordered a review of Obama-era tax rules written to discourage U.S. companies from relocating overseas to cut their tax bills. "U.S. corporate tax rates are among the highest in the world," the magazine quoted Schaeuble as saying. "If the United States lowers its corporate taxes to European or international levels that won't bother me a bit. Just the opposite." At the same time, Schaeuble said he opposed plans for a systemic change to taxation of companies based on their country of origin and a protectionist border tax favoured by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, the magazine reported. The Trump administration has criticised Germany for … [Read more...] about Germany not worried by U.S. corporate tax reform plans – Schaeuble
BOURNEMOUTH Council has revealed its Â£27million vision for the Lansdowne area. It comes after the authority was awarded Â£8.5million in government funding last week to create a âworld classâ business district in that part of town. It aims to create 4,500 jobs and bring an estimated Â£200m worth of investment to the area - while improving access from the train station to Lansdowne roundabout and St Swithun's roundabout. The project includes: *Filling in the roundabout near Bournemouth Railway Station *Semi-pedestrianising Holdenhurst Road - allowing access to buses *Removing the Lansdowne Roundabout and creating a pedestrianised plaza in the area *Earmarking nine sites for potential development for offices, residential and student housing *Replacing surface car parks lost to development with multi-storey car parks Bill Cotton, executive director for environment and economy at the council, has been working on the Lansdowne project for nearly three years. … [Read more...] about Bournemouth Council’s major Â£27m plan for the Lansdowne area (From Bournemouth Echo)
And now, almost a year after his death, a new music video has been released for the song No Plan. The mysterious video was released the day before what would have been the music icon’s 70th birthday. The song is part of a four-track EP, titled No Plan, which was released today, and features songs from David’s final recordings. Other songs featured on the EP include Killing a Little Time, When I Met You, and Lazarus. The video, directed by Tom Hingston, features rows of televisions in the display window of a shop, Newton Electrical. Lyrics to the song flash on the screens while passers-by stop outside the store to watch. Fans can expect to find references to the icon’s past work, including the shop name, which is a nod to his character in The Man Who Fell To Earth. The video also shows the shop on Foxgrove Road – the street in South London where David lived for a number of years. David recorded the songs during the sessions for his last album, … [Read more...] about David Bowie’s latest song No Plan debuts the day before 70th birthday – almost 1 year after his death
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he hoped to stave off any possible moves at the U.N. Security Council against his government’s policies following a Paris conference scheduled for later this month on Middle East peace. The Security Council on Dec. 23 adopted a resolution that demands an end to Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, despite heavy Israeli pressure against it. France plans to convene some 70 countries on Jan. 15 to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a conference Netanyahu has rejected in advance as “futile”. “There are signs that they will try to turn decisions made there into another decision in the Security Council,” Netanyahu said during a meeting with Israeli ambassadors in Jerusalem. “Therefore our primary effort for now is to prevent another U.N. decision, another decision by the Security Council. And also to prevent a decision by … [Read more...] about Israeli PM concerned about U.N. moves after planned Paris conference
Never underestimate the power of a plaid schoolgirl skirt. That's pretty much the message in this goofy, good-natured trifle of a spy flick. The funniest lesbian-themed movie since Showgirls (only intentionally so), D.E.B.S. is an audacious combo plate of teen movie and lesbian spy romp, seasoned with a sprinkle of romantic comedy and a healthy side of cheesecake. Four high school seniors (Sara Foster, Devon Aoki, Jill Ritchie and Meagan Goode) recruited to be supersecret spies for a shadowy government agency are on the trail of a master criminal (Jordana Brewster). But when Brewster and spy girl Foster begin to fall in love, the plans of both the hunters and hunted get turned sideways. It's smarter than it has to be yet makes virtually no effort to take itself seriously. Enlist for duty now. … [Read more...] about D.E.B.S.
If there's one song that definitely took flight this year, it's "Airplanes" by B.o.B. featuring Paramore's Hayley Williams. The hit tune's music video has also garnered plenty of attention, as evidenced by the multiple categories it'll be competing in next weekend at MTV's Video Music Awards. So we couldn't be more thrilled that B.o.B. will perform live tonight at our company's end-of-summer bash. For those of you who can't be there, though, check out this behind-the-scenes look at the making of the vid. It's not the same thing as seeing him onstage, but hey, when it comes to B.o.B., it's better than nothing, right? ________ Aside from being a great singer, B.o.B. is also one dapper dude—much like the guys in our Men's Fashion Police gallery. … [Read more...] about Behind the Scenes of B.o.B.’s “Airplanes” Video
Jason Merritt/Getty Images "Going to nights like tonight make everything worth it." —Glee's resident diva-extraordinaire Lea Michele (as if there were another) when we asked her at the PETA's 30th Anniversary Gala and Humanitarian Awards on Saturday how she deals with all the problematic goss that came with becoming a sing-a-long superstar. The babe along with a handful of other animal activists was being honored for her work, so we'll go easy on her today. Cause we do totally heart her and all that she does for animals. That said… Could she have thought of a lamer, totally P.C. response? We don't think so. We'll fess, Lea's plastered-on smile wasn't the only think that seemed fake on the red carpet. (Not to say she was anything but friendly while strutting her glammed out toosh down the red carpet, but LM always has been when she knows she's being watched.) We know L hasn't exactly been the biggest fan of Team Awful or our dishing on her diva ‘tude—so we think … [Read more...] about Blab, Blab, Blab: Lea Michele B.S.’s With The Best
As Jay Leno pleaded with Americans to stop hating him under the soft-focus lens of The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday, Jimmy Kimmel's name came up. After all, Kimmel was the one who not only dressed up as Leno but also called him out to his face. And so when Jimmy's great 10 @ 10 segment came up, Leno used the opportunity to tattle on Kimmel to Oprah: "Yeah, I got sucker-punched. It's my show; I could have edited it, but I said, 'No, no, put it out there.' You know when you get sucker-punched, you just get right back up again." Well, you didn't think Jimmy was going to let that go without commenting on it, did you? Nope! And so we get a lengthy explanation of exactly what went down leading up to that epic showdown. The scene begins post-Leno impersonation: "The Tonight Show calls and they ask me to do the 10 @ 10. So I say yes, assuming that we are going to talk about what's going on in late night. So I get on the phone and the producer goes through about 30 questions and none of them … [Read more...] about Jimmy Kimmel Calls B.S. on “Sucker-Punching” Leno
Courtesy of SPE Inc. / Javier Casero; Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images; Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com Who knew Charlie Sheen was such a gentleman?! To throw himself under the bus like that, thereby knocking Lindsay Lohan out of the spotlight after a judge assured her that a plea deal would involve jail... What. A. Guy. (Someone besides a jewelry-store owner is getting flowers soon...) Seriously, jail, shmail. Sheen didn't just bite the hand that feeds. He chomped it off at the wrist! Just when we thought the biggest news of the week would be a couple of haircuts... CHARLIE AND THE CHRONIC FACTORY: He only had a few days to go before he was due back on the Two and a Half Men set. Redemption was near. All Charlie Sheen had to do was lose himself in the Bahamas for a few days with Cali Chronic X cover girl Natalie Kenly and porn star Bree Olsen. (His roommate, Brooke Mueller, went with them, but Sheen apparently discovered that four was a crowd and told her to scram.) Sheen then got the itch … [Read more...] about Week in Review: Charlie Sheen Reaches Hollywood’s B.S. Threshold, Chooses to Cross
Kelly Osbourne isn't shy when it comes to discussing her past relationship with drugs and alcohol. In 2009, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne's 27-year-old daughter got clean and sober after her third stint in rehab. Today, though, Radar Online published a report claiming the E! Fashion Police host was "back to boozing" Saturday night at a pre-Golden Globes party in L.A. What did Osbourne have to say about the reports of her being "so wasted?" MORE: Kelly Osbourne Falls Out of Bed, Fractures Her Left Hand "Thats funny radar because i was not even at any of the after parties i was working!!!!" she tweeted, adding, "@radar_online please stop writing bulls--t about me i did not even go to any golden globe parties i was working! "I will say this till I'm blue in the face I DO ENOUGH STUPID S--T YOU DONT NEED TO MAKE THINGS UP!" And there you have it. "My roommate and I are having a proper laugh about all this B.S. press," she added a bit afterward. "He goes, 'I wish you were that fun. U never do … [Read more...] about Kelly Osbourne Laughs Off “B.S.” Boozing Report
Jason Merritt/Getty Images / Tim Whitby/Getty Images In a revealing New York essay, Joe Jonas admitted that being discovered by Disney was a blessing and a curse. "Disney is great at creating fame. They've done it with so many pop stars and young actors, from Hilary Duff to the High School Musical crew," the aspiring solo singer wrote. "Being a part of a company like that comes with certain expectations. Not overtly, but there was a subtle vibe. We were working with Disney in 2007 when the Vanessa Hudgens nude photo scandal happened," he said. "We heard that she had to be in the Disney offices for a whole day because they were trying to figure out how to keep her on lockdown. We'd hear execs talking about it, and they would tell us that they were so proud of us for not making the same mistakes, which made us feel like we couldn't ever mess up. We didn't want to disappoint anyone—our parents, our fans, our employers—so we put incredible pressure on ourselves, the kind of … [Read more...] about Dylan Sprouse Calls Joe Jonas’ Disney Grievances B.S.: He “Fell for the Allure of Fame”
Jemal Countess/Getty Images If you hassle the Hoff, you're going to have to face Justin Bieber! Or, rather, if you make up a report about David Hasselhoff posing naked while surrounded by cheese (!), the Biebs will empathize, advise and strike up a Twitter bromance with the beloved Knight Rider hunk. It all started Tuesday, Nov. 7, when 61-year-old Hasselhoff debunked a seemingly satirical story claiming there were photos of him "stripping naked and surrounding himself with cheese" while "preserving his modesty" with some strategically placed blocks of cheddar and rounds of brie. The Hoff linked to the comical report on Twitter, writing, "cheesey reporting as I NEVER posed naked surrounding myself with cheese THIS REPORTER IS A CHEESEY LIAR." NEWS: The real story about Bieber's wild weekend in Brazil When 19-year-old Bieber saw the Hoff's distress over the dairy product nonsense, he tweeted him, "strange because I have [posed naked surrounded by cheese]. I also had a baby, hired women, … [Read more...] about Justin Bieber Advises David Hasselhoff on How to Deal With B.S. Rumors—Like Posing Naked With Cheese!
Now here's one way to make a colorful splash, alright. Her new mommy wardrobe may mostly consist of black, white and neutrals but Kim Kardashian's bikini collection during her trip to Thailand is already proving to be quite bright. On Monday the E! star modeled her latest bikini in two snapshots and a slow-motion video via her Instagram account. The $140 orange and blue color-block two-piece is part of the Australian label N.L.P by designer Nikki Lee Penny. The star tied a simple black cover-up around her waist, which matched the top's black side panels. VIDEO: Kim Kardashian flaunts her curves in a blue bikini The day before the star was seen shooting Keeping Up with the Kardashian's in a periwinkle blue bikini with complementing cobalt cover-up. Also on the family vacation, sister Khloe Kardashian opted for an equally sexy one-piece swimsuit by Stampd Los Angeles, which read "East Coast." She paired the look with a bejeweled sailor's cap. Not to be left out, Kendall and Kylie … [Read more...] about Gimme That! Kim Kardashian’s N.L.P Neoprene Color Block Bikini
Getty Images Well, the world was awfully excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie at the same Hollywood event for the first time in more than five years. But Aniston? Zzzzz... "I think that's slowly coming to an end. I really do," the Cake star said hopefully, talking to Entertainment Tonight Friday after making headlines for not interacting with Jolie at the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Aniston, a Best Actress nominee last night, attended with fiancé Justin Theroux, while Jolie, who was nominated for Best Director, hit the event sans husband Brad Pitt. Aniston has certainly been called upon multiple times in the past to address the, er, circumstances that led to the demise of her marriage to Pitt and the beginning of his relationship with Jolie nearly 10 years ago. And she has done so—only this time in addition to optimistically trying to turn the page on that chapter of her life for good, Aniston also threw some praise Jolie's way. PHOTOS: … [Read more...] about Jennifer Aniston Talks Angelina Jolie: She Thinks People Are Finally Over the ”Petty B.S.,” Calls Unbroken ”Beautiful”
Jeff Neira/CBS Don't mess with Michael J. Fox. The Good Wife actor has received an apology from tabloid magazine Globe and its publisher American Media Inc. for publishing a story that grossly exaggerated that his physical and mental health was in deep decline because of Parkinson's disease. "AMI apologizes to Michael J. Fox for an article about his health published in the April 4, 2016 issue of Globe," reads a statement posted on Globe's website. "Mr. Fox continues to live a fulfilling, successful life and to be an optimistic beacon of unflagging hope and inspiration for people living with the challenges of Parkinson's. AMI regrets any implication to the contrary." Fox, 54, tweeted a screen grab of the apology along with a message reading, "Recent story in the Globe re my health and state of mind went viral. Disturbing and total B.S. The Globe apologizes." Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1991 and went public with his condition in 1998. Since then he has created the … [Read more...] about Michael J. Fox Wins Fight Against Tabloid Magazine For Disturbing and Total B.S. Story About His Health