Parties in favor of the independence of Scotland from Britain win a majority in Parliament

Parties in favor of Scottish independence won a majority of seats in Parliament, giving them a boost to a second referendum on Brexit.

Results announced today, Saturday, showed that the National and Green parties won 65 of the 87 seats, the results of which have been announced so far, out of the total 129 seats in Parliament.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgen said she would press ahead with plans for a new independence referendum.

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The election results mean that the nationalist, along with the Greens, will win a large majority in Parliament.

“In a normal democratic process, the parties that promise something and are elected must act to fulfill those obligations,” she told BBC television.

“It is absurd that there are other parties in Scotland insisting on blocking the path to the party or parties that have received the mandate,” she added.


In pictures, Kate Middleton takes part in a treasure hunt for the release of her book “Hold Still”

The book of photographs on Covid-19 to which the Duchess of Cambridge contributed was published on Friday, May 7. On occasion, 150 copies containing a note from the Duchess have been strewn across public spaces in the UK, including one by Kate herself.

“Let the research begin!” On May 7, a publication on the Instagram account of Kate Middleton and Prince William announced, in pictures, the opening of a book hunt. It is Hold Still, the photographic book on Covid-19 to which the Duchess of Cambridge contributed. To mark its release in bookstores and online, Kate therefore participated in concealing one of the 150 copies of the book which will be scattered in secret places across the United Kingdom. In a short video posted on social media, the Duchess is filmed laying the book down in the grass, in front of a fountain which according to the British press is located near Kensington Palace.

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Kate, the book fairy

As it is specified in the caption of the Instagram post, this treasure hunt is carried out in association with the English branch of The Book Fairies (The Fairies of the book). This organization works to share and transmit books around the world by encouraging people to scatter their readings in the public space so that they can be discovered by others. Emma Watson had participated in a similar hunt on the occasion of the film’s release The daughters of Doctor March. “Each copy is adorned with a gold sticker, a gold ribbon and a letter from the Duchess inside. To make this activity even more special, the Book Fairies, the judges of Hold Still and the authors of the 100 photographs (chosen for the book editor’s note) will leave copies in places that gave them hope during confinement, ”he said on Instagram.

The copies of Hold Still distributed by The Book Fairies indeed contain a note signed by Kate Middleton. “Dear finder, the book Hold Still documents a photographic project that provided a portrait of our nation as we experienced the first Covid-19 containment last year. The images tell of the challenges we all faced, but also how we came together in the most extraordinary moments. I am proud to have worked closely with the National Portrait Gallery on this project, and I am delighted that Book Fairies across the country are returning the images to the communities that are at the heart of Hold Still. Once you have finished viewing the book, please leave it somewhere in your community for someone else to enjoy, ”signed Catherine.


Argentina postpones midterm elections for five weeks due to covid-19

The Argentine government agreed with opposition parties to postpone the primaries and general elections of the midterm elections for five weeks due to the covid-19 pandemicthe Interior Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

With the change, the primaries will be held on September 12 and the general elections will be held on November 14. In the elections, representatives of the upper and lower houses of the National Congress will be elected.

Currently Argentina is registering the highest number of covid-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic. As of Friday, 3.1 million cases of the disease have been recorded, of which 66,872 died. The country has a population of about 45 million people.

“We were able to reach an agreement with the different (legislative) blocks to carry out this year’s elections, prioritizing the health and lives of the people, in the framework of the pandemic,” Interior Minister Enrique de Pedro said, according to the statement. of the Government of the Peronist coalition.

For his part, the deputy of the opposition coalition Together for Change, Mario Negri, said that “we believe that the more people are immunized, the greater the participation of citizens in the Paso (primary elections),” according to the statement.

In Argentina 8.95 million people have already received at least one dose of a vaccine against covid-19 and 11.3 million doses have been distributed.


UK reopened international leisure travel for 12 nations and territories

Britain It will allow relatively free pleasure trips to 12 nations and territories, including Portugal, as it seeks to reopen tourism while maintaining control over the coronavirus pandemic.

The legal ban on international leisure travel will be eased from May 17, as expected, the Department of Transportation said on Friday. Return travel from approved countries will require COVID-19 testing but no quarantine period.

Also on the “green list” with Portugal and its island provinces of Madeira and the Azores are Israel, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand and Australia, along with the British territories of Gibraltar and the Falklands. There is no place for mainland Spain or Greece, and the reopening of travel to and from the United States remains on hold.

With the relaxation of border controls, the UK has been at the forefront of attempts to return tourism to normal this summer. The resumption of travel will also give the economy a boost after the country rolled out vaccines faster than the European Union following its separation from the bloc.

“The only route out of this pandemic is a careful, prudent and responsible one,” Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said at a briefing in Downing Street. “The reason there are no more places on the list is that there are no more places that are in the fortunate position that the team has gotten into. UK“.

Bars and restaurants line a street in Albufeira, in Portugal’s Algarve region, on Thursday, July 16, 2020. Portugal’s central bank said the economy will contract about 10% as the crucial food industry tourism is affected by closures and coronavirus concerns.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had indicated that the countries initially approved would simply protect the hard-won gains after Britain suffered some of the world’s highest death rates at the start of the crisis. The list will be reviewed every three weeks as infection rates change and vaccines accelerate elsewhere.

The reopening of the Portuguese Algarve and Madeira will encourage short-haul airlines and travel companies, although only the latter are fully open at the moment, while airlines such as British Airways will be eager to see a quick return for the lucrative transatlantic markets. . .

Under the new system of “traffic lights”, destinations that are considered moderate risk are assigned to an “amber” list, which requires that passengers entering Britain self-isolate for 10 days, while those in high-risk “red” countries must be quarantined. in a hotel for the same period.

Shapps said people shouldn’t visit the red list countries except in the most urgent circumstances, and he also discouraged them from flying to the amber nations.

London Heathrow Airport Chief John Holland-Kaye said last month that Spain and Greece, both among the most popular holiday destinations for Britons, could receive the green light for June and July respectively, and that he expected the routes to Americans will reopen soon, at least. for Americans visiting the UK.


Stuttgart specialist conference FMX: 5 theses on film worlds of the near future – culture

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The entire scene is now visible on gigantic monitors on the film set: A Tuskan Raider in the 2nd season of the series “The Mandalorian”

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“Star Wars”, “Star Trek”: When experts talk about digital imagery, the future of the real world is always at stake. The Stuttgart FMX conference has recently brought new knowledge.

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Stuttgart – What does virtual film production have to do with everyday life? When will the long announced “Augmented Reality” come? And what should become of the good old cinema? The answers to these and other questions Stuttgart specialist conference FMX which was also able to come up with strong contributions as a pure online edition.

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In Rennes, the bodies of two mass graves tell the last episodes of the war in Brittany

ARCHEOLOGY – An innovative isotope analysis lifts the veil on the origin of the deceased who clashed during the siege of the city in 1491.

They are among the last soldiers to fall during the time of the independent Duchy of Brittany. Spread over two mass graves dug outside the Jacobins convent, 32 remains were unearthed during the excavation carried out several years ago by Inrap teams. Quite complex to grasp, like every mass grave, the content of this archaeological ensemble has been the subject of a vast international research program, the conclusions of which, published this week in two articles in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, are without appeal: the deceased were all soldiers killed during the siege of Rennes, in 1491, the last chapter of the war in Brittany. Better yet: using a new approach to the study of isotopes, the researchers were able to determine part of the experiences of the dead and identify their camp among the two enemy armies.

Located in the immediate outskirts of Rennes, just north of the city ramparts, the Jacobins convent was the subject of a large preventive excavation campaign in 2011-2013, upstream of the redevelopment of the site into a convention center. Of the thousand burials associated with the convent, two mass graves were discovered at the very end of the work. Collective burials, dug and filled in a short time during a single episode, they are typical of “Disaster graves”, made after a tragedy. “We weren’t looking for the ‘more’ burial, but these multiple burials are the subject of the attention of anthropologists, because they necessarily sign an event, an epidemic, a war”, tells in a interview with Inrap archaeo-anthropologist Rozenn Colleter, who took part in the work just published. Curiously, despite their proximity and their contemporaneity, the two pits were unevenly occupied: one thus contained 28 remains, against only 4 in the other. What had happened? And when ?

War victims

The juxtaposition of human remains at the headquarters of Rennes was undoubtedly the most understood stage of the post-excavation work carried out on these two burials. Chronologically, the pits dated from the first phase of the convent, circumscribed to a period going from its foundation, in 1368, until the XVIe century; a dating barely more refined by carbon-14 analyzes of the bones which indicated to archaeologists a fairly wide range from the middle of the 15th centurye at the end of the XVIe century. The 32 deceased found were all adult males, rather tall and young, even very young since three adolescents aged about 15-20 years at the time of their death are also part of the lot. The cause of their collective burial was not a lightning epidemic but a violent warlike event, as evidenced by the traces, preserved on the bones, of wounds and lesions carried out with knives, by sharp blows and sharp. The noticeable absence of the slightest trace of bullets or even artillery helps, finally, to rule out the hypothesis of burials linked to the Wars of religion, leaving only the War in Brittany (1484-1491) to the rank of events probably in the origin of these two mass graves.

Careful excavation of the tomb attributed to the royal camp during the siege of Rennes in 1491. Rozenn Colleter / Inrap

It remained to identify the affiliation or even the origin of these thirty unfortunate people, since no material vestige made it possible to do so. To achieve this, scientists have employed and refined a geolocation technique by isotopic analysis of strontium, sulfur and oxygen taken from each individual buried, inside bones and teeth. A method which, unlike DNA, provides information on a part of the experiences of the dead. “The siege of Rennes was a good textbook case because it could involve soldiers from several European countries”, comments Klervia Jaouen, researcher and biochemist at CNRS.

Already employed for several years, “The basic principle of isotopic geolocation is to build maps which predict how these isotopes vary on the surface”, explains to Inrap Clément Bataille of the University of Ottawa, who led this part of the research. “Once we have these maps we can compare the tissue values ​​of an individual of unknown origin with them to try to find where he came from”. “The model to determine the geographical origin of strontium was developed by Clément Bataille, first author of one of the two articles, and it had never been applied to archaeological material”, also specifies Klervia Jaouen. “The main innovation of our study is to have added the isotope of sulfur”.

Predictive map of sulfur isotope distribution across Europe. PLOS ONE CC-BY 4.0 International license

Tracing the lived experience of the dead

Armed with these innovative isotopic tools, the researchers managed to identify the restricted geographical areas in which the individuals buried during their youth and the last years of their life evolved, which, for the youngest remains discovered in Rennes, made it possible to reconstruct pretty much their entire journey. The 28 corpses identified in the larger of the two pits thus belonged to the soldiers of the French camp. Of very diverse origins, these troops of the royal army came, according to isotopic analyzes, from the whole country, from the Alps to the north of the Paris Basin, via Poitou and the Rhone valley; with a few individuals who were additionally from Spain, England and the Holy Roman Empire. The isotopic analysis carried out on these corpses also revealed an unequal diet, attested by “Heterogeneous consumption of animal proteins”, which would betray a variety of social conditions in the ranks. So many clues that historians can seize upon, for example for the study of recruitment strategies in France at the end of the Middle Ages, or for the analysis of the daily life of soldiers.

The four dead buried in the nearby grave were almost certainly from the Breton camp. “Of the four individuals, three are compatible with local isotopic ranges. The fourth did not grow up in Brittany ”, says Rozenn Colleter. All four were, however, more or less related, as revealed by genetic analyzes which revealed a common genetic group. This was also shared by Louise de Quengo, a 17th century Breton noble lady whose remains had also been buried in the Jacobins convent. It was therefore, perhaps, four Breton nobles who fell during the siege, one of whom had spent most of his life outside the peninsula before returning there and losing his life.

The quantity and the precision of the details which it is possible today to extract from archaeological remains far exceed what could be expected a few decades ago. “The use of three isotopes allows us to narrow down more precisely the probabilities of provenance. It is a real scientific advance for the knowledge of the mobility of human beings ”, says Clément Bataille. The opening up of this new field of archaeological research opens up promising perspectives in particular in the study of the history of migration. In Rennes, its use will have thus made it possible to show the geographical diversity of the troops engaged in the War in Brittany, and to underline once again, the essential complementarity of all the techniques and disciplines of our time to better understand the material of our time. common past.


Brexit could reduce Britain’s chances of a trade deal with India

Generally speaking, it is reasonable to say that the bigger you are, the higher your chances of getting a beneficial business deal. To be sure, this appears to be true of the attempts by the United Kingdom and the (much larger) European Union to establish stronger economic ties with the United States and with the emerging global industrial powers of India and China. Britain may find it fairly easy to adapt to deals the European Union has already concluded with countries such as Jordan and Kenya. The discussions with New Zealand also seem to be going well. However, with respect, these deals will not suffice in supplying the British economy with the fuel it needs to grow at a time when it is losing its former advantages in the rest of the European continent. Britain should connect itself with larger and more dynamic power plants. It is stumbling at the moment.

So far, the European Union is far ahead of the UK in the race to reach a deal with China, partly due to political reasons. Given that Joe Biden pursues almost the same protectionist agenda as his predecessor, with his $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package focused heavily on American jobs, it is unlikely that the British or Europeans will make much progress in their bid to win trade deals with the states. United. In fact, India is the “available” prize. In this context, the British are a few months behind the Europeans. By the end of the week, European Union negotiators will be engaged in their work related to the desired deal, while the British side must wait for its turn to start talks until next fall. No wonder, given that the European Union market is almost ten times the size of the British market. Perhaps this will awaken some from their slumber, and lead to correcting dreams of a “global Britain” adventure that they seem to still cling to.

In that regard, Liz Truss, the British Trade Secretary, is of course proud that she has secured more than £ 1 billion in Indian investments, in addition to the potential 6,000 jobs that are already being created (all of which will be available in the next world, according to government allegations). . Nevertheless, two hypothetical but important questions arise: How much of this investment would have been possible had Mrs. Truss and her ministry never been there; And how much of these investments would have been prevented or delayed if the United Kingdom was still a member state of the European Union and went to trade talks with confidence, relying on its negotiating weight? It is possible, at least, that Indian companies would have preferred, as did Japanese companies before them, to base themselves in Britain in the single European Union market, and if this were still the case, they would have invested more.

The truth is that it is absolutely impossible to answer these two questions. However, Britain’s agreement on free trade with Japan, which has an economy larger than that of the United Kingdom, gives some indications, especially that the additional marginal advantage that Britain won was not present in the old agreement between Japan. And the European Union, came rather modest (in any case, the importance of this new advantage has diminished due to the continuing loss of markets and investments as a result of Britain’s exit from the European Union). Honda and Toyoda Gozi shut down their factories [في بريطانيا]At least partially, because of this Brexit, it will cost the country more jobs than the new trade deal creates. And people are already feeling some of these repercussions in the auto industry, food and beverage, agriculture and fishing sectors.

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The closure of these factories, and the jobs that will be lost because of them, will reach the fore in the news, which will cause political troubles, but delaying or converting future investment does not result in problems and difficulties of this kind. Consequently, the other damage that “Brexit” did to the economy would take longer to deal with, and until it became “invisible” in the sense of a lack of attention to factories and offices that were not built and jobs that were not being created, which would have flowed into the UK as a relatively liberal part. From the thriving European single market. For example, Sweden is a larger market for the United Kingdom, and it will take a long time before growth in the dynamic economies of the East can compensate for the loss in the European Union markets that follows. [الخسارة] Higher prices and more bureaucracy.

The Indian adventure also raises other questions about the post-Brexit era. British trade missions to India had faltered in the past because the British, especially Theresa May, had shown that they viewed in a hostile and unsympathetic view the Indian requests to facilitate the arrival of their youth to Britain with the intention of studying and working. The phobia surrounding the issue of immigration has reached such an extent that easing the strictness of the visa rules is considered impossible, and it is worth noting that this matter has a limited direct relationship with the freedom of movement of workers in Europe. Now that the UK is of course pursuing its immigration policy on the basis of the points system, all that could change. On the other hand, the implementation phase of the new system has not witnessed a rapid increase in the number of entry visas granted to Indian students and professionals so far, and if it did, the right wing of the Conservative Party would clearly express its discomfort with this development.

There is an encouraging noise in the Westminster Parliament about the two parties exchanging their best and smartest things, and that is beneficial for both sides. On the other hand, there is very little available about the size of this exchange. Given the potential for the arrival of the business and professional classes in Hong Kong, some in the pro-Brexit community may wonder if this is really the low-immigration Brexit for which they voted.

As a result, trade with India is closely linked to a more free movement of people between the United Kingdom and that country, just as trade with the European Union is associated with freedom of movement with its countries. And if the British had already “regained control” from Brussels on their borders, they had taken it just to deliver it directly to Delhi, it seemed to some.

As a reminder, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a nationalist leader like any other in the world, and no matter how passionate he is for cricket and tea, he will put India’s interests first. Also, just as well knows that Truss and Johnson desperately needs a major trade deal with a “big” country. And given that the United States and China are currently not ready to conclude a deal of this kind, the trade agreement with India represents the only realistic option available to them. [جونسون وتروس]. It can be expected that Modi’s negotiators will be determined to get what they want from Little Britain, even more than Michel Barnier was. [مفوض الاتحاد الأوروبي الذي ترأس فريق العمل للتفاوض مع بريطانيا بشأن تنفيذ بريكست].


Escher – Visit Barcelona

Escher’s dreamlike and magical paintings come to Barcelona in this exhibition that is held for the first time in the city on the Dutch genius. The Museu Marítim de Barcelona hosts the show, which exhibits more than two hundred works by Maurits Cornelis Escher, including some as famous as “Hand with reflective dial“, “Bond and union“, “Relativity” O “Belvedere“A unique opportunity to see Escher’s impossible figures and worlds live and marvel at his impressive optical illusions.


G-7 raised concern over alleged human rights abuses in China

The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven nations highlighted the treatment of China their Uighur minority and expressed concern about Russia’s heavy military build-up on Ukraine’s borders, according to a preliminary statement.

“We remain deeply concerned about human rights violations and abuses in Xinjiang and Tibet, especially attacks against Uyghurs, members of other ethnic and religious minorities, and the existence of a large-scale network of” political re-education “camps. and reports on forced labor and forced sterilization systems, ”the ministers will say after two days of talks in London.

While the language used in the Asian superpower echoes previous G-7 statements, the long list of concerns and the specific mention of Taiwan will irritate the Chinese government: “We support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the Organization’s forums. World Health and World Health Assembly “.

The document also highlighted Russia’s actions “undermining the democratic systems of other countries, its malicious cyber activity and the use of disinformation.” The G-7 renewed calls for Russia to investigate its alleged use of chemical weapons in the poisoning of Alexey Navalny.

“We reiterate our interest in stable and predictable relations with Russia. However, we will continue to strengthen our collective capabilities and those of our partners to address and deter Russian behavior that threatens the rules-based international order, including in the areas of disinformation and cyberspace security. “

Blinken’s debut:

The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blink, presented a proposal to counter what the White House sees as economic coercion from China. Officials meeting Tuesday spent about 90 minutes discussing ways China is trying to influence governments and people through the Belt and Road infrastructure initiative or leveling economic threats, according to a senior State Department official. who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The talks took place as attitudes toward China are hardening in Germany, France and Italy, the three European Union countries participating in the G-7. They are beginning to align more closely with the Biden administration, although the United States remains a bit more aggressive.

As host of the G-7, the UK seeks to strike a balance on China, denouncing its alleged human rights abuses while keeping the door open to areas of cooperation, such as climate change. The challenge for the Boris Johnson government is to avoid framing the G-7 as anti-China under his presidency.

The UK has left the EU and wants to make trade deals of its own around the world, including with the US and India. European nations are also trying to walk a fine as between holding China accountable for its human rights record without alienating a key economic partner.

The London meeting also included discussions on climate, global health, famine, girls’ education and the future allocation of covid-19 vaccines to the poorest nations. The foreign ministers also spoke about Iran, Syria, Russia and African nations.

Early Wednesday morning there was a question mark on whether the meetings could continue in person after members of the Indian delegation, who were asked to attend to mark the focus on the Indo-Pacific region, tested positive for the viruses and had to isolate themselves. .

That drama put the spotlight on plans for larger meetings later in the years with larger numbers of delegates, including a G-7 leaders’ summit in Cornwall, England, next month.


A partnership agreement with Britain will boost joint investments :: Nabateans

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The head of the Jordanian Businessmen Association, Hamdi al-Tabaa, confirmed that the Jordanian-British partnership agreement, which entered into force, would allow the two countries to improve and develop their trade and investment relations and establish bilateral projects for export.

Al-Tabaa said in a press statement today, Tuesday, that Jordan has strong relations with Britain from the commercial and economic side, but the UK’s exit from the European Union had a negative impact on the Jordanian importer through the high import costs.

He pointed out that goods that were previously exempt from customs duties in the framework of the Jordanian-European Partnership Agreement have become more expensive and more expensive, as a result of the re-imposition of customs duties on them and the importers incurred additional losses that did not exist previously.

He pointed out that the basis for trade exchange between Jordan and Britain was previously through Jordan’s agreement with the European Union, which raised many questions about the extent of this impact on the volume of trade exchange and investment relations between the two countries.

Al-Tabaa pointed out that finding an alternative agreement between Jordan and Britain is an appropriate decision, especially in light of the economic repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic and its negative effects on international trade.

He explained that the trend towards increasing trade openness to the countries of the world through the establishment of new trade agreements will contribute positively to revitalizing the economy and achieving the required prosperity and motivating investors to invest in economic sectors of common interest and increase the access and access of Jordanian products to global markets.

Al-Tabbaa emphasized that the basis for the success of the agreement is its achievement of mutual benefits for both parties, represented by lower costs compared to what it used to be, and the provision of the appropriate legislative and legal framework to preserve this agreement and for its positive effects to be reflected on the trade balance.

And he indicated that the New Partnership Agreement grants preferential treatment by exempting from customs duties for goods exchanged between the two countries in a manner equivalent to the treatment in force in the framework of the Jordanian-European Partnership Agreement, this will allow for compensation for the additional losses and costs that accompanied Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Tabaa pointed out that the volume of trade and investment exchange between the two countries is less than ambitions and does not reflect the real capabilities they have, indicating that Jordanian exports to Britain during the past year amounted to 17 million dinars compared to 154 million dinars of imports.

The Association President indicated that British investments in the Amman Stock Exchange during the past year ranked third in terms of foreign investors, with a value of about 803 million dinars.

He explained that the agreement is of great importance to the private sector, especially industrial activities, and provides the right to export to the British market, as well as strengthening investment ties, and supporting the royal aspirations for reform and long-term sustainable growth.

He stressed that the association has made many efforts to enhance investment and economic relations between the two countries and to attract joint investments by promoting investment to Jordan and introducing the most important investment opportunities in various international forums through joint business councils and receiving commercial delegations.

Al-Tabaa pointed out that the association links it with the Middle East Trade Committee (COMET) with a Jordanian-British Business Council agreement signed in 1995.

– (Petra)