Labour confirms it wants a new customs union with the EU after Brexit

LONDON — Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer says Labour will call on Monday for the UK to be in a customs union with the EU once it leaves, a move which would smooth the Irish border issue but limit Britain’s ability to strike its own free trade deals with other countries. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Labour’s Brexit secretary Kier Starmer said being in a customs union with the EU was neccessary to secure tariff-free access to the EU once it leaves the bloc. “We’ve agreed to develop our Brexit policy” @Keir_Starmer says Labour want to have access to ‘a’ customs union which ‘will do the… Read More

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California Democratic Party declines to endorse Dianne Feinstein in re-election bid

SAN DIEGO — The California Democratic Party declined to make an endorsement in this year’s U.S. Senate race on Sunday, snubbing Sen. Dianne Feinstein in her bid for a fifth full term in office. Her main challenger, State Senate leader Kevin de León, won the support of 54 percent of the delegates at the state party convention here this weekend, short of the 60 percent needed to secure the party endorsement. Feinstein received only 37 percent of the votes. The rebuke of Feinstein by the party delegates comes even though the 25-year incumbent has led state polls by wide margins and has received broad support from state party luminaries like… Read More

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3 Signs the Korean Olympics Truce Won’t Last

The Closing Ceremony of South Korea’s Winter Olympics marks the end not just of dazzling twizzles, celebrity curlers, and shirtless Tongans, but also of an interlude in the international crisis over North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program. In recent weeks we’ve witnessed North and South Koreans marching and competing together, the American vice president almost literally rubbing elbows with Kim Jong Un’s sister, and tentative talk of a grand summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae In. But the spectacle of the Games has obscured several signs that the nuclear crisis will soon resume—and quite possibly accelerate. Sanctions While Mike Pence signaled during the Olympics that the Trump administration is… Read More

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A frequent flier reveals the two words that will always get you an upgrade to first class

British author and expat Tilly Bagshawe told Bloomberg she flies around 100,000 miles a year. Bagshawe says she has never paid for an upper class seat. Instead, she has a tip for using air miles to score an upgrade, and it’s to drop two simple words: ‘revenue management.’ Claims to have ‘pretty much 100% success rate’ this way. British expat and New York Times best-selling author Tilly Bagshawe knows a thing or two about flying. She told Bloomberg that she typically flies around 100,000 miles a year, and has often managed to get herself bumped up from economy class without paying by deploying a two-word strategy. Even when you have… Read More

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This space-saving dining table can transform into shelves in seconds

Swing is a dining table that can transform into shelves. The shelves stay flat throughout the transformation, so you don’t need to clear it before switching. It can be locked into place in either mode and is perfect for smaller rooms. This is Swing, it’s a dining table and a set of shelves. It can flip between the two in a simple move which takes seconds. Swing can be locked into place in either mode, and has wheels for easy storage. Vieco, the company that creates Swing, claim that a standard table is only used for 142 minutes a day – this system allows the table to be out of… Read More

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Here’s how much the CEOs of Britain’s biggest banks got paid in 2017

LONDON – This week saw all of Britain’s so-called “Big Four” high street banks — HSBC, RBS, Barclays and Lloyds — report their full year results for 2017. All had fairly solid, if unspectacular, years — with RBS’ return to profit after nearly 10 years in the red the standout story. But buried below the toplines among hundreds of pages of strategic updates and discussions of corporate structures, the banks all disclosed the pay received by their big bosses in 2017. Broadly speaking, UK bank CEOs picked up compensation of an average of just under £5 million each, although there was a gap of almost £3 million between the highest… Read More

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Russians win hockey gold with 4-3 OT win over Germany

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Russians triumphed in the no-NHL tournament where they were favored, winning the men’s hockey gold medal Sunday at a Winter Olympics where they couldn’t even be called Team Russia, use their colors or celebrate while listening to their anthem. Kirill Kaprizov scored the game-winner as “Team Olympic Athlete From Russia” came back to beat underdog Germany 4-3 in overtime to put a thrilling end to a men’s tournament lacking buzz not only in South Korea but back in North America, where the NHL season went on during the games for the first time since 1994. Russian flags — the team barred from using them… Read More

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The EU is set to force Theresa May to give MPs a ‘meaningful vote’ on a ‘detailed’ Brexit deal

MPs are concerned that Theresa May will present a vague, wishy-washy Brexit deal to Parliament in order to deter potential opponents from voting it down. However, Michel Barnier has reassured British MPs that the EU side wants any detail to be “detailed” before it is signed off. The EU will not allow “some vague, apple-pie declaration,” a well-placed source told Business Insider. LONDON — European negotiators will insist that Britain must agree “detailed” terms on Britain’s future relationship with the EU, in plans that would scupper any attempt by Theresa May to avoid parliamentary defeat by only offering MPs a vote on a vague “declaration of intent” deal. The prime… Read More

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Crypto mania is creating a 10x sales boost for compliance businesses: ‘No company wants to deal with North Korean drug traffickers’

The crypto boom is leading to a surge in business for compliance companies that help businesses verify customer identities and make sure their funds are legitimate. Onfido, which automates ID checks, saw a 10x increase in crypto-related business in the fourth quarter of last year. LONDON — The recent boom in cryptocurrencies isn’t just creating wealth for companies issuing their own digital tokens or investors speculating on them — compliance guys are doing well too. “The start of Q4 to end Q4 [there was] a 10x increase in checks for crypto clients,” Eamon Jubbawy, the cofounder and COO of document verification business Onfido, told Business Insider. The global cryptocurrency market… Read More

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Sports on the air for Feb. 25-March 3

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 TELEVISION BASKETBALL Tulsa at Cincinnati, CBSSN, 10 a.m. Women: Mississippi St. at Kentucky, ESPNU, 10 a.m. Women: Ohio St. at Penn St., ESPN2, 10 a.m. G League: Bulls at Red Claws, NBATV, 11 a.m. Michigan St. at Wisconsin, CBS, 11 a.m. Women: Georgia Tech at Florida St., AT&T SportsNet, 11 a.m. UCF at Temple, ESPNU, noon UNLV at New Mexico, CBSSN, noon Women: Creighton at Villanova, Fox Sports 1, noon Women: North Carolina St. at Notre Dame, ESPN2, noon Women: Virginia at Wake Forest, AT&T SportsNet, 1 p.m. Spurs at Cavaliers, ABC, 1:30 p.m. Colorado St. at Nevada, CBSSN, 2 p.m. Memphis at UConn, ESPN, 2… Read More

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