No-deal Brexit will ‘virtually stop’ cross-border trade in Northern Ireland, leaked memo warns

first_imgNorthern Ireland’s cross-border agriculture trade will “virtually stop” in the event of no-deal Brexit, according to a leaked UK government document.The document also warns that a no-deal Brexit could trigger “consumer panic”, food shortages and an increased security threat in the UK within a fortnight.Marked “official sensitive” and titled “What this could look like on the ground”, it also warns that UK nationals in the European Union could lose access to services and residence rights within the first 24 hours. According to the Irish Independent, the slide, prepared for ministers and obtained by Sky News, says the pound could fall in the first month while Northern Ireland may face law and order challenges.Picture: Sky NewsCharlie McConalogue, Fianna Fáil Agriculture spokesman, said: “I think it’s very important that the British Government recognises the impact of a no-deal because there has been a serious lack of awareness at senior government levels in the UK.“Northern Ireland has been seen as an inconvenience from a Brexiteer agenda and hasn’t been given serious consideration to date,” he said.“The two critical factors for us would be the issue of standards for agricultural products and livestock, and also the key issue of tariffs. “In the event of a hard Brexit, you would be looking at tariffs from both dairy and beef rising up to 50pc, which would have a massive impact overnight. This would result in a massive shock to trade and interconnective relationships between the north and south,” he added.No-deal Brexit will ‘virtually stop’ cross-border trade in Northern Ireland, leaked memo warns was last modified: August 3rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Soft Squid Ink Sac Claimed to Be 150 Million Years Old

first_img51; The BBC News announced the discovery of a fossil squid with its ink sac still intact.  “The fossil, thought to be 150 million years old, was found when a rock was cracked open, revealing the one-inch-long black ink sac.”  The ink has been sent to Yale for analysis.  An article on the Daily Mail UK shows a close-up of the ink sac and a drawing being made with the ink.  Reporter David Derbyshire wrote, “The odds of finding something as delicate as a squid’s ink sac intact after so long are put at a billion to one,” but he did not explain how the odds were calculated.    Dr. Phil Wilby of the British Geological Survey (shown in a report on the Metro UK explained why this fossil was so surprising.  “They can be dissected as if they are living animals, you can see the muscle fibres and cells.  It is difficult to imagine how you can have something as soft and sloppy as an ink sac fossilised in three dimension, still black, and inside a rock that is 150 million years old.”A group of old men were spinning their best yarns at a reunion, playing “Can you top this?”  The prize went to old Charlie, who said, “When I was a young scuba diver, I found an old Spanish galleon off the coast of Bermuda.  It was dark and cold and looked downright haunted.  So I slithered through an opening and got inside.  Then I saw a faint glow and went toward it, and…”  The others leaned forward with anticipation.  “So what did you find, Charlie?” asked Hubert.  “I went around a corner, down a hatch, and found this old lantern, and the light was still lit!”    If you don’t believe Charlie’s story, then why would you believe Uncle Phil’s tale that this ink sac is 150 million years old, and “The structure is similar to ink from a modern squid so we can write with it.”  Indeed, the article features a sketch made of the creature, with its Latin name, drawn with the ink they found in the fossil.  Try writing with one of the old dried up pens in your desk.  Inventing a term “the Medusa Effect” for the long-lasting fossilization of soft tissue is a euphemism for “We haven’t got a clue!”    What does this tell you about the so-called Jurassic Era you’ve heard about all your life?  What does this do to the rest of the geologic column?  What does this do to the evolutionary belief system built on the vast ages of time they treat as scientific fact?  Get real.  If fossil squid ink is still writeable today, we’ll give him a few thousand years, but not millions.  We know old Charlie had a knack for stretching the truth.(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tripura to set up museum to showcase R.D. Burman’s work

first_imgThe Tripura government on Saturday announced that a museum to showcase the work of celebrated music composer R.D. Burman would be built. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb conveyed the decision to singing icon Asha Bhosle, wife of the maestro.He requested her to inaugurate the museum after its completion. “I have also invited her to Tripura, land of Pancham da (as late R.D. Buram was popularly known) on behalf of the 37 lakhs people of the State,” Mr. Deb said.“Ashaji accepted the invitation.”Commitment to artsThe Chief Minister said his government was committed to promote the art and culture in every possible way.Members of the Tripura royal family, R.D. Burman and his celebrated music composer father S.D. Burman paid only a few visits to the State in their lifetime owing to the busy engagements in Bollywood.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Royal Challengers Bangalore- RCB win by 6 wkts

first_imgAb de Villiers scored an unbeaten 54 as Bangalore beat Kochi by six wickets in their IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday. ScoreChasing 162 – a tough target – Bangalore got off to forgettable start with their opener Tillakaratne Dilshan departing in the second over of the innings. A leading edge off S Sreesanth was well taken by keeper Brendon McCullum, who dived and took a low catch. Dilshan fell for 1 and Bangalore fell to 7/1.Post that wicket opener Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli forged a 41 runs partnership before Vinay Kumar trapped Kohli leg before on 23.Mayank Agarwal, who was batting with confidence all this while finally departed on 33 trying to play inside out off Ravinder Jadeja. He failed to clear the long off boundary even as Vinay Kumar took a fine catch to reduce Bangalore to 85/3 on the last ball of the 10th over.Then it was the turn of Bangalore’s South African import AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary to come to the fore. The two batted, batted even as the asking run rate climbed with every dot ball.They would have liked to continue but that didn’t happen as Tiwary fell trying to slog off Raiphi Gomez in the 18th over with Mahela Jayawardene taking his catch in the deep. He fell for 26 and Bangalore went down to 137/4. But Bangalore’s fortunes took a U-turn in the 19th over when AB de Villiers and Asad Pathan were at the crease. Pathan struck consecutive fours off Vinay Kumar to lead his team to victory.advertisementKochi innings Openers Brendon McCullum and VVS Laxman put on 80 runs for the first wicket as Kochi posted 161/5 in their team’s IPL debut match.  Kochi captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and decided to bat, a fine decision keeping in mind that his openers VVS Laxman and Brendon McCullum got on with the hitting act right away. The two blasted away boundaries and sixes at ease even as the opposition bowlers struggled.Finally, Sir Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan provided the much-needed respite for Bangalore breaking their partnership by claiming Laxman on the last ball of the 9th over. He fell for 36 after a 80-run first wicket stand with McCullum.But McCullum was still at the crease and he went about his business with ease. And only after lot of effort by the opposition bowlers McCullum relented. A top edge of Virat Kohli was taken by Dirk Nannes at third man. He fell for 45 when the team total was 93.Post his wicket Kochi lost their captain Mahela Jayawardene when the total was 124. But there was a lot of batting to come with likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Parthiv Patel in their ranks.Jadeja scored an unbeaten 23 helping Kochi post a fine 161/5 on board in their 20 overs.last_img read more