Saturday, November 27

Day: November 17, 2016

EU Commission reveals plans for travel tax on British citizens after Brexit
ENGLISH, Europe

EU Commission reveals plans for travel tax on British citizens after Brexit

    The US-style visa waiver scheme is one of the first concrete signs UK citizens will not be permitted the privileges they once had to move across European borders unhindered. The EU Commission said the system of security checks is necessary to prevent terrorist entering the Schengen open-borders area, but UK Brexit critics warned it is further evidence of the hidden cost of quitting the Union. Under the Etias system, countries from outside the EU which do not require a full visa to travel to the bloc, will now pay a five euro (£4.29) fee and complete an online form. Sir Julian King, the EU’s Security Commissioner, said: "Terrorists and criminals don't care much for national borders. The only way to defeat them is by working together effectively. "Etias will help do that, by...
UK middle-class investors dreams to buy-to-let crackdown will end soon
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK middle-class investors dreams to buy-to-let crackdown will end soon

    Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, announced additional rules on buy-to-let which will result in ordinary investors being able to borrow far less towards their purchase. Mr Hammond indicated he was concerned about financial stability following a boom in residential property investment as savers desperately try to find profitable places to put their money. Many have turned to buy-to-let to fund retirement income after being effectively barred from putting more money in to their pensions by the Government. Low mortgage rates have made the investments attractive. However, ministers have recently targeted buy-to-let properties with aggressive new taxes, including higher rates of stamp duty and the removal of tax relief on mortgage interest. Experts fear that the announcement will...
I wanted to curl up as Hillary Clinton says after defeat to Donald Trump
America, ENGLISH

I wanted to curl up as Hillary Clinton says after defeat to Donald Trump

    Hillary Clinton has addressed the disappointment she felt after her crushing defeat by Donald Trump in last week's presidential election, stating: "All I wanted to do was just to curl up." In her first public appearance since her shock defeat a week ago, the Democrat said that she had felt like never leaving the house. Despite winning the popular vote, Mr Trump triumphed in most key swing states to pull of a victory that the pollsters had said was virtually impossible. "Now I will admit coming here tonight wasn't the easiest thing for me," Mrs Clinton said in a speech at the annual gala of the Children's Defense Fund, the child advocacy organisation where she started her legal career. "There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do was to curl up with a...
More people died taking selfies in India than anywhere in world
Asia, ENGLISH

More people died taking selfies in India than anywhere in world

    The country has had far more selfie-related deaths than any other country in the world in the last two years. That's the findings from a new study by scholars from Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information Delhi. The analysis — provocatively titled “Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths" — found that of 127 reported selfie deaths from March 2014 to September,"a whopping 76 deaths occurred in India alone!” In a blog detailing the study, it said Pakistan had nine deaths, the United States eight and Russia six over the past two years. In 2015 alone, Indians taking selfies died while posing in front of an oncoming train, in a boat that tipped over at a picnic, on a cliff that gave way and crumbled into a 60-foot ravin...
Theresa May does have a plan for Brexit
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Theresa May does have a plan for Brexit

    The leaked Deloitte memo claiming that Theresa May has “no plan” for Brexit has provided joyous fodder for so-called “Bremoaners” desperate to prove that leaving the EU is impossible and unworkable, but that doesn’t make it so. Contrary to that speculative report, there clearly is a Brexit plan being formulating in Downing Street even if the Prime Minister is resolutely refusing to say precisely how she will respond to the mountain of analysis that has been piling up on her desk since she took office. Officials charged with delivering the technical work on borders, customs, immigration and regulations are charged with having the preliminary work done by Christmas in order for a “political filter” to be applied in the New Year before Article 50 is triggered.