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Britain’s outright ban of Hezbollah

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 marzo 2019

NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress today welcomed the announcement by British Home Secretary Sajid Javid confirming that the political wing of Hezbollah would be banned in the United Kingdom. Until now only the military wing, and not the political wing, of the terrorist organization has been banned in the UK, enabling supporters of the Iranian-backed militant group to parade in the UK streets during the annual Al-Quds Day march waving Hezbollah flags.WJC CEO & Executive Vice President Robert Singer said: “It is clear that there is no distinction between the so-called political and military wings of Hezbollah, which has for many years engaged in and promoted terrorist activity around the world. It is absolutely right that the UK no longer makes such a distinction and has recognized Hezbollah for exactly what it is: a terrorist organization. We hope that other countries, as well as the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization of American States will follow this lead and also proscribe Hezbollah outright.” Mrs. Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and WJC Vice President said: “The Government, and in particular the Home Secretary and the Foreign Secretary, have our thanks for their leadership on this issue and we encourage other countries to follow suit. We would hope that all political parties would back this measure to secure our community and the rest of the UK from the murderous, antisemitic terrorists of Hezbollah. It is customary for terrorism proscriptions to be supported on a cross-party basis and we call on MPs and peers to back the motions in both Houses of Parliament this week.”For the past few weeks, the diplomatic flagship program of the WJC, the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps, has been executing a global public diplomacy campaign with the objective of encouraging the international community to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Members of the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps have been conducting outreach to diplomatic missions in 50 countries, published media pieces in numerous countries, and executing a global social media campaign. The WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps has also worked specifically to oppose and prevent the Al-Quds Day parade in London and the inclusion of Hezbollah flags and symbols in the streets of Europe.The WJC has also been urging the Organization of American States and all its members to formally designate Hezbollah as a terrorist group.Hezbollah was responsible for the deaths of 85 people in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and remains a threat to Jewish communities around the world. Thus far, the Arab League, Bahrain, Canada, France, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Israel, the Netherlands, the UAE and United States, have designated the entirety of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

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As missiles fly, Britain offers Japan whisky and Aston Martins

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 settembre 2017

Theresa MayA NORTH KOREAN missile whizzing over Japan the day before Theresa May’s arrival in the country on August 30th provided the British prime minister with a reminder that there is more to life than Brexit. Mrs May had set off for three days of talks on trade and—appropriately—defence with Shinzo Abe, her Japanese counterpart. But the inclusion of a band of British executives hawking Scottish whisky and Aston Martins indicated that Britain was focused on the former subject.Mrs May’s remark to interviewers that she intends to fight the next election stole the headlines in Britain. But Japan has longer-term worries about its ally. It has been a polite but pointed critic of Brexit, going further than other countries in laying out its demands and expectations for its future trading relationship with Britain. While British politicians flailed over what type of Brexit to pursue last summer, the Japanese government circulated a 15-page memo outlining its own view. Published two months after the referendum, it provided a clear-eyed diagnosis of the hurdles facing Britain. A year on, most of the issues raised have still not been solved. The future of tariffs, customs clearance, free movement, euro clearing, intellectual-property rights and the regulation of industries such as pharmaceuticals are up in the air.Only a recent acceptance among British politicians that some form of transition deal was necessary has provided Japanese officials with any relief. An early and explicit Japanese demand for a transitional arrangement stemmed from experience. Unlike British officials, Japanese negotiators have sat across the table from the European Union’s trade negotiators: they know how long things can take when dealing with a diplomatic hydra.Yet although the EU has this time been clear in its demands, the British government has not—a situation that has left Japanese businesspeople and officials exasperated. “Japanese business can mitigate the problem associated with every scenario of Brexit, but not with the financial risks stemming from an unassertive government,” says Hosuk Lee-Makiyama of the European Centre for International Political Economy, a think-tank.At first glance, Japan’s stake in Britain is large. In the 1980s Margaret Thatcher lured Japanese firms, partly on a promise that Britain provided an entry route into the European market. Companies such as Nissan, a carmaker, duly set up shop. The Japanese memo of last summer tartly reminded readers of this fact. Thatcher’s strategy worked. The stock of foreign direct investment from Japan into Britain stood at £44bn ($57bn) in 2015, making it Britain’s largest non-European investor after America. Britain now accounts for nearly half of all Japanese investment in Europe.But these figures require a caveat. Investment from the Netherlands in Britain outstrips Japan’s, despite the Dutch economy being one-sixth the size. Germany’s investment in Britain is 50% bigger. Mrs May’s praise for the “important” Japanese spending in Britain only highlights the much bigger investors with which Britain is choosing to complicate ties.For their part, Japanese officials have made clear that trade talks with between Japan and the EU take precedence over any future deal with Britain. Before Mrs May had even landed in the country they pooh-poohed any suggestion that Japan would start informal discussions on a bilateral trade deal.Although Japan takes a bigger interest in Brexit than many, the topic still comes low down the pecking order. “For most finance ministers within the G20, Brexit is provincial politics,” says Mr Makiyama. Especially if missiles are flying overhead. (photo. theresa may) (font: The economist)

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Britain loses dominance in bidding for fine wine to other countries with China closing in

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 maggio 2016

wineThe last decade has seen uninterrupted growth in the value of the best fine wine sold at auction which has changed the ranking of nations and buyers who dominate the trade. Britain, once the leader, has been left behind, says Barnebys, the international auction search engine.Britain, whose wine buyers and investors dominated this market ten years ago, has now been overtaken by the United States, France, Italy, Germany and China. In fact China has come from nowhere to fifth place in a decade. One might say the speed of change has left British wine buyers with a hangover. The global wine auction market remained stable in 2015, falling just 1% in value from $348 million in 2014 to $346 million in 2015. But the best of the best wines continues to grow in value, a pattern for wine that is echoed in many other areas of the collecting market, paintings, cars, jewellery and Asian Art. The advice would be buy the best to invest. In the early 2000’s Brits were the major wine buyers on the auction market, but no longer. The last few years have seen rankings change dramatically as prices rose and today the Chinese are having a massive impact on wine sales. China’s new billionaire class has pushed the eastern giant to the fifth biggest buyer of wine at auction. Hong Kong has been hollowed out underground with miles of air-conditioned wine cellars to hold this new liquid gold. And the Chinese are not simply buying the stuff, they are growing it now too. Local production has taken off in China. According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, the Chinese vineyard area increased by 34 million hectares in 2015, making it the second largest area of vineyard by country.This is why when Andrew Lloyd Webber sold part of his wine collection five years ago he chose to sell in Hong Kong at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong with Sothebys. The creator of Cats and Phantom of the Opera added an extra £3.5 million to his bank balance with the sale of some 8,837 bottles choice bottles from his vast wine collection.
With Barnebys 1,600 auction house clients including giants Christie’s Sotheby’s and 1.5m site visitors a month, the company is superbly well placed to monitor the wine auction market.In recent years, the most highly valued wine has experienced a significant and steady upward growth on the auction market. In fact wine has outperformed stocks and shares in 2015. Last week a case of red wine sold for £211,000 a new world record. So it’s not surprising that the world’s top auction houses make wine sales a permanent fixture on their calendar. Last year, the biggest wine auction in the world, Hospices de Beaune, Christie’s charity wine auction, brought in over € 11 million (£8.67 million.)By enabling access to auctions, online sales platforms have managed to attract a more international and wealthier clientele. iDealwine.com, the first online auction house dedicated to wine, recorded in 2015 a turnover of € 8.9 million (£7 million.)Lovers of wine and spirits are a diverse group. Some 90% of those who collect and sell wine at auctions are individuals who have collected with passion over the years. Those among them lucky enough to be invited to an auction house lunch or wine tasting will know they are in for a treat. The great auction houses enjoy the theatre and thrill of opening Burgundies and Bordeauxs that cost a king’s ransom and will think nothing of opening a bottle of port or malmsey at the end of lunch, a bottle say from the 1840s, poured reverently to an awed hush. The deep complex flavours coming to you after a 170-year delay. The food is almost an after-thought.
Buying at auction is an excellent way to update your cellar and to invest in wine, as wine auctions offer bottles that are not always to be found in the shops. The sale of wine is particularly suited to online auctions, as unlike a painting or a piece of antique furniture, it is not necessary to travel to “physically” see the object, or bottle, in question.For sellers it is better to consign bottles to auctions rather than let them decline in quality by keeping them too long. For the buyer, auctions are a great way to acquire a wine that is more expensive to purchase on the retail market.What should you be looking for to buy at auction? Even if it is challenged by some critics, the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 can be a very good guide for buying. Established at the request of Emperor Napoleon III for the Universal Exhibition of 1855, this classification is still a reference for impeccable French wines.If you want to consume your wine immediately, second wines from great Châteaux are for you – their quality is undeniable and their prices are accessible. If your goal is to collect and invest, premiers and seconds crus classés are your best bet.The wines of Italy and the New World (South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, USA, South America) are not to be ignored either and can also be sources of treasure. In France, wine auction sales are composed of 60% Bordeaux, mostly of crus classés and 20% Bourgogne wines. The remaining 20% is made up of wines from the Rhône region and vintage spirits. For more info: http://www.barnebys.co.uk

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The Britain at work

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 agosto 2015

britain_at_work_0The Britain at Work study, conducted by the Opinium Stakeholder Insight team in conjunction with Lansons, is a comprehensive in-depth look into the hearts and minds of the British Workforce. It explores their thoughts and attitudes, hopes and fears, in what is possibly the largest, and certainly the most timely attempt to understand every aspect of the working lives of Britons at work. The respondents for the study, over 2,000 of them, come from our large 40,000 UK consumer research panel and from all walks of life, size of organisation, public vs private, etc. and robustly represents the current British workforce.
Image The ‘Britain at Work’ study reveals a hard working British workforce that is willing to go the extra mile. Workers recognise their company’s ethos, where their company is going and what it wants to achieve. They have good relationships with their managers and, currently, they feel relatively secure in the job. However, workers also feel overworked and exhausted. They are under pressure and regularly work beyond their contracted hours, sacrificing valuable work life balance in the process. Additionally, workers are not entirely sure about their long term future, or indeed about their progression within the company. 51% of British workers told us that they would not recommend their organisation to others as a place to work. This is an extremely worrying piece of insight.

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