In todays’ newspaper, The Times – columnist Philip Colllins – writes that the French president, who meets May today, is best placed to save the Chequers plan.

Collins says in the article;

“In a sweet tweet this week, after he got her nationality wrong in conversations with the Chinese, Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, was pictured in Paris buying flowers for his wife. He was in Paris on Tuesday to meet his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian. Yesterday, Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary, met the French Europe minister, Nathalie Loiseau. Today, the prime minister will cut short her Italian holiday to take up President Macron’s invitation to join him at his coastal retreat, Fort de Brégançon”.

“In the still-playing farce of Britain’s departure from the European Union, the French, masters of the genre, have the chance to take back control. Somebody needs to, because Britain has stumbled into a summer shambles”.

Here is a link to the entire article: The Times: Macron and Brexit

Source: The Times

The Institute of Directors has, according to BBC News, called on the government to speed up guidance on what companies should expect if no deal on leaving the EU is reached.

Companies have been left in the dark over planning for Brexit amid an “information void”, a leading business group has warned.

The Institute of Directors has called on the government to speed up guidance on what companies should expect if no deal on leaving the EU is reached.

Its survey of 800 business leaders showed fewer than a third had made any Brexit contingency planning.

Many said they were waiting for clarity about the future EU relationship.

Almost half of respondents did not anticipate drawing up nor implementing any contingency plans for Brexit, with a similar number not expecting Brexit to affect their organisation.

Stephen Martin, director-general of the IoD, said it was difficult to blame companies that had failed to prepare for the UK’s departure.

“When it comes to knowing what to plan for and when, firms have been left in the dark,” he said.

“Trade associations like the IoD are doing their best to fill the information void, but the reality is that many companies feel they can only make changes once there is tangible information about what they are adjusting to.

“As long as no deal remains a possibility, it is essential that the government steps up to the plate and provides advice on preparing for such an outcome.”

The IoD called on ministers to speed up publication of the technical notices on Brexit. Mr Martin said doing so would remind companies what they needed to do to prepare for all Brexit eventualities.

“Any transition period must take account of the fact that many businesses feel they can only adjust once there is clarity about the direction of travel.”

The Institute of Directors is a non-party political organisation founded in 1903 and has about 30,000 members.

They include directors from all industries, as well as the public and voluntary sectors, and range from the bosses of small start-ups to chief executives.

Source: BBC News

Apple Incs publicly traded worth just put it in never-before-seen territory: the world’s first $1 trillion company.

The financial benchmark was reached Thursday, 42 years after Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne founded the Apple Computer Company in Los Atlos, Calif.

Apple shares were up 22 percent so far this year.

Swedish international pop star Robyn has annpunced that she will release a new album later this year. This will be her first new music since the albums Body Talk 1-3 in 2010. The albums had numerous hit singles including ‘Dancing on my own’.

Robyn is already back with the single “Missing u” released on Wednesday this week and in addition, the Swedish star of BBC Radio 1 revealed that her next album is ready and will be released this year.

The new album is primarily recorded in Robyn’s own studio in Stockholm, and she thinks she has a sensuality and softness that has not been in her music before.

“When I wrote this album, I was quite tired of writing sad love songs … but I did it anyway,” she told the radio channel.

In addition to the upcoming album, fans can also look forward to an upcoming documentary.

British police and armed forces could be guaranteed uninterrupted access to the encrypted signal of the European Unions Galileo satellite system, it has emerged, as Brussels negotiators consider a unique deal for the UK on the project after Brexit.

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, is mulling an offer on the satellite project that would put the UK on better terms than other third-party countries over use of the encrypted service, according to diplomatic sources.

The plans, which are still on the drawing board, suggest a bit more flexibility than Barnier’s public position that the UK would be tretaed like any other non-EU country.

But in a blow to the government, the EU has not budged in its insistence that UK-based firms should be excluded from building modules for the secure signal,

Conceived as the EU’s answer to the US global positioning system (GPS) and Russia’s global navigation and satellite system (Glonass), the €9.7bn (£8.6bn) Galileo project now has 26 satellites orbiting the globe, providing free global positioning to smartphone companies, app developers and search and rescue services anywhere in the world.

At the heart of the Brexit clash is Galileo’s public regulated service (PRS), the encrypted signal that cannot be jammed by hostile powers. The PRS can be used by governments during national emergencies, such as terrorist attacks, and allows the military to plan operations and guide missiles. Barnier has said he wants a partnership with the UK over the “most sensitive signal”, but it now emerges the commission could go a step further.

At a closed-door meeting last month, the commission floated the idea of involving British officials in decision-making over any restrictions on the PRS. “To me this is not heresy, this is the logical consequences of a close partnership on security,” said one source.

Another official said the UK could be offered a guarantee not to be “cut off in any circumstances”, albeit stressing none of the ideas had been agreed among EU member states.

The UK was once sceptical about Galileo, which used to be referred to in British official circles using the uncomplimentary term “the common agricultural policy in space”. Having spent £1.2bn on Galileo, the UK wants to ensure access on the same terms after Brexit to prevent British-based space companies moving operations to the continent.

The government has said that UK-based firms must have the right to “compete fairly for PRS-related contracts” and has threatened to walk away from Galileo and build its own satellite system unless this demand is met.

Source: The Guardian

First hat trick in MLS – and his fastest ever in career.

“He is completely unstoppable,” writes Sportsnet. The striker did a hat trick at the home meeting with Orlando City and created all four goals when LA Galaxy won 4-3.

Three goals in 24 minutes are also his fastest hattrick in his career.

Zlatan has now scored 17 goals in 19 games in MLS.

Zlatan is the best goal scorer ever, says football journalist Will Parkman. This is the percentage of how in many played matches he has scored goals during his career. The figures are completely crazy: Sweden: 40 percent. The Netherlands: 47 percent. Italy: 59 percent. Spain: 55 percent. France: 92 percent. USA: 75 percent”, Parkman continues. Nobody has numbers like that, Ibrahimovic is the best.