Another supergoal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic tonight when LA Galaxy beat LAFC 3-2 in the derby. Zlatan scored all three goals.
Journalists had before the game asked Zlatan of he or Mexican international Carlos Vela from LAFC is the best player of MLS. I guess Ibra andwered that woth hattrick and three wonderful goals tonight, even though Vela scored both goals for his club. So Ibrahimovic vs. Vela 3-2.
You can watch Zlatans fantastic three goals here: Zlatan hattrick
Today the Prosperity UK Alternative Arrangements Commission, which I co-chair with Nicky Morgan, has set out its road map to a Brexit deal, by finding a way to supersede the maligned Irish Backstop, while simultaneously ensuring there is no hard border in Ireland and the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement is upheld.
Critically, our Final Report includes two new draft Alternative Arrangements Protocols, produced with the help of the international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. The new Prime Minister, the EU and the Irish Government will now have both the technical material and the legal basis for coming to a Brexit agreement as soon as possible.
The first Protocol, Protocol AB, could be used within the existing Withdrawal Agreement. It incorporates a list of obligations that the UK must satisfy in order to ensure the Backstop would not be triggered. The second, Protocol C, is a stand-alone Protocol that delivers Alternative Arrangements in any other Brexit scenario, such as a Free Trade Agreement or even a No Deal.
There should be confidence that a Brexit deal is now achievable. Adopting Alternative Arrangements to the Backstop, as construed by the Brady Amendment, have already achieved a majority in the House of Commons. The Prosperity UK Commission has taken that vote, and with the help of a team of 23 technical experts, we have turned it into something tangible and workable.
On the EU side, it has already conceded that both sides should seek to find Alternative Arrangements to the Backstop via the Strasbourg Declaration. But it said it would only commence the work after the Withdrawal Agreement came into force.
These Alternative Arrangements can be up and running within three years, with the ability to implement some measures far sooner. They consist of harnessing existing technologies and customs best practice, currently used on borders around the world; they do not rely on futuristic high-tech solutions.
Furthermore, they have been compiled within the boundaries of certain constraints, namely, the supremacy of the Belfast / Good Friday agreement, the preservation of the Common Travel Area, the need for a deliverable and real UK independent trade and regulatory policy, the need to ensure the seamless flow of East-West trade flows and the need to ensure that all proposals can be up and running within two to three years.
Our Alternative Arrangements Commission advocates the maximum possible choice of options for people and traders, respecting the Common Travel Area Agreement. It suggests a multi-tier trusted trader programme for large and medium-sized companies, with exemptions for the smallest companies; no checks at the border and a common Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) zone for the UK and the island of Ireland, but with the right for the UK to diverge and a mechanism to ensure that the people of Northern Ireland can make the choice as to whether to follow the UK divergence or remain aligned to SPS rules in Ireland. In the event this cannot be achieved, SPS checks can be carried out by mobile units away from the border.
As regards implementation, the Commission recommends the creation of two new funds, paid for by the UK, to assist with the implementation of Alternative Arrangements on both sides of the Irish border for small businesses, as well as a capacity building fund to support customs development. It suggests the creation of an independent arbitration panel and a specialist committee to advise on implementation.
The work of the Commission, conducted in good faith, following the failure of government to start this work much earlier, has been entirely focused on delivering solutions that are politically independent and sympathetic and which can ultimately deliver Brexit. This report has not only been based on the work of technical experts, but on feedback from numerous stakeholders on the island of Ireland and in the EU. It should therefore be considered very carefully by all parliamentarians in the House of Commons as well as by the Irish Government and by the EU to ensure that they use this piece of detailed and technical work to present a way forward.
So far, the two contenders for the leadership of the Conservative Party have endorsed our Alternative Arrangements Interim Report. I am now confident that our plan to develop the Alternative Arrangements outlined in our Final Report today can pass in the House of Commons. It is imperative that MPs from across the House come together to read this report and to find a way to implement Brexit so we can all move on to delivering the better country the voters want.
Here is the link to the final report by the Alternative Arrangements Commission: Alternative Arrangements For the Irish Border
I have just re-read ’The Border’ by my favourite author Don Winslow.
What do you do when there are no borders? When the lines you thought existed simply vanish? How do you plant your feet to make a stand when you no longer know what side you’re on?
The war has come home.
For over forty years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America’s longest conflict: The War on Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world’s most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin―the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adán Barrera―has left him bloody and scarred, cost him the people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul.
Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster he has created thirty more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico.
Art Keller is at war with not only the cartels, but with his own government. And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined. Now, he learns the final lesson―there are no borders.
In a story that moves from deserts of Mexico to Wall Street, from the slums of Guatemala to the marbled corridors of Washington, D.C., Winslow follows a new generation of narcos, the cops who fight them, street traffickers, addicts, politicians, money-launderers, real-estate moguls, and mere children fleeing the violence for the chance of a life in a new country.
A shattering tale of vengeance, violence, corruption and justice, this last novel in Don Winslow’s magnificent, award-winning, internationally bestselling trilogy is packed with unforgettable, drawn-from-the-headlines scenes. Shocking in its brutality, raw in its humanity, The Border is an unflinching portrait of modern America, a story of—and for—our time.
This is the epic ending of the a fantastoc journey.
As one reviewer wrote: “The Border is anything but liberal wish fulfillment. It is a sensitive sketch of human weakness, greed, and occasional grace. It is breathtaking in its scope and fury, and it is overwhelming in its commitment to telling a very simple truth—that our boundless appetite for drugs has significant, material, human consequences”.
“A big, sprawling, ultimately stunning crime tableau.” – Janet Maslin, New York Times
The triology; Power of the Dog – The Cartel – The Border, is without any doubt the best books I have ever read. Amazing work, amazing read. Highly recommended.
In France we live in Boulouris-sur-mer, a small village on the edge of the beautiful city of Saint-Raphaël, Côte d’azur, Provance.
Yesterday we took a morning walk in Frejus, the sister cuty of Saint-Raphaël.
Frejus has a old city centre that just like Saint-Raphaël is restored and well preserved by the commune.
It is great to walk the streets, talk to people, to sit down for a coffee among the locals at any of the many cafes, hearing the birds exchange the latest news, reading the paper.
I live this life. I love this life.
Is our way of logistics sustainable enough and will the demands on speed even increase in the future? Very likely, yes. Intestesting article from CNN Business.
“Search. Compare options. Click buy. Look out for a package on your doorstep the next day, or even that same day, without ever having to get in your car. The mail truck comes by and drops off your order with a bunch of others, probably on a route she would’ve been driving anyway, no extra trip needed. Totally green, right?
Well, not exactly”.
You can read the article here: America’s addiction to absurdly fast shipping has a hidden cost
We had a wonderful day in Vieux Port Marseille earlier this week.
We also visited Le Parnier, the old town.
Lunch in the port.
Marseille is one of the best streetart cities in the the world.
I recommend you all to visit Marseille, despite its rumour of being rough and edgy. I like it.