President of Calais region furious over ‘scandalous’ move to cut out French ports from post-Brexit trade route

An EU plan to exclude French ports from new shipping routes linking Ireland with the Continent after Brexit is “scandalous and unacceptable”, the leader of the northern French region said yesterday.

Xavier Bertrand, the president of the Hauts de France region that includes the ports of Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk, urged the European Commission to review its decision to ship goods via Belgium and the Netherlands instead of France. Continue reading “President of Calais region furious over ‘scandalous’ move to cut out French ports from post-Brexit trade route”

UK and Norway ‘sub-hunters’ will work together to counter Russian naval threat

Britain’s new fleet of sub-hunters will work alongside Norwegian forces as a deterrent to the Russian threat, the MoD has said.

Britain and Norway will combat the resurgent threat from Russian naval forces by sharing facilities for new Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA).

The “significant increase in Russian submarine activity” means Nato naval forces are at particular risk in the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea. Continue reading “UK and Norway ‘sub-hunters’ will work together to counter Russian naval threat”

Ben Stokes trial: England cricketer mocked gay men and flicked cigarette at them before ‘losing control’ in brawl, court hears Save


England international Ben Stokes mocked two “flamboyant” gay men and flicked his cigarette at them before “losing control” during a brawl with two different men, a court heard today.

The cricketer allegedly made “fun” of Kai Barry and William O’Connor’s “camp behaviour”, impersonating their hand movements, as he rowed with a bouncer over re-entry to a Bristol nightclub, prosecutors claimed as they opened their case. Continue reading “Ben Stokes trial: England cricketer mocked gay men and flicked cigarette at them before ‘losing control’ in brawl, court hears Save”

National Assembly leaders meet before lawmakers recall

•Senate leader briefs Osinbajo

National Assembly leaders are to meet today amid the clamour for the reopening of the two chambers to consider issues of national importance, it was learnt yesterday.

It was gathered that the meeting may also not be unconnected with the appeal by the Presidency for the National Assembly to reconvene in the national interest to consider pending issues.
Continue reading “National Assembly leaders meet before lawmakers recall”

U.S., China trade wars raise oil prices

The escalating trade conflict between China and the United States, among other pressing financial matters, has pushed up oil prices.

Stocks across Asia advanced yesterday as China’s efforts to stop sharp declines in its currency and capital flight supported wider sentiment in the region while oil rises.

Brent crude increased to $73.62. U.S. crude oil rose to $68.82 a barrel.

Analysts rued blatant oil pricing manipulation. Continue reading “U.S., China trade wars raise oil prices”

Nigerian traders in Ghana not on quit notice


Ghana has explained that Nigerian traders were not affected by the recent quit notice to foreigners to vacate the country’s retail markets.

The Ghanaian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey, made the explanation on Monday in Abuja when she paid a courtesy visit on her Nigerian counterpart, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama. Continue reading “Nigerian traders in Ghana not on quit notice”