Europe should worry about liquor tariffs

first_imgThis does not mean that security concerns are unimportant; but we know that creating prosperity diminishes insecurity and that freeing up trade is a means of creating prosperity. From:Jamie Fortescue The European Spirits Organisation – CepsBrussels In an article ahead of the 10 December EU-India Summit, Richard Gowan and Sushant K. Singh (“India and Europe still need each other”,, 9 December) wrote that “rather than get bogged down in disputes about liquor tariffs (one reported obstacle), European and Indian officials should concentrate on a catalogue of shared security concerns…”.  I beg to differ. The EU-India free-trade agreement currently being negotiated is of utmost commercial importance to both parties. The agreement will be the biggest ever bilateral trade deal concluded by the EU and its centrality to EU-India relations was demonstrated by the agreement reached at last week’s summit to seal the deal in early 2011. As for liquor tariffs – at 150% – these are not a mere distraction, but a huge obstacle to EU-India trade. Given that India is the world’s biggest whisky market, that spirits are the EU’s most important agri-food export (worth €5.7 billion in 2009) and that the share of EU spirits in the Indian market today is less than 1% because of these tariffs, the issue is clearly central to the conclusion of a successful free-trade agreement. last_img read more

Odell Beckham Jr. believes Jets’ Gregg Williams coaches ‘dirty plays and cheap shots’

first_img Jets QB Sam Darnold could miss ‘multiple weeks’ with mono; Trevor Siemian to start NFL launches $3M challenge to develop safer helmet for players Beckham ended up hurting his ankle in that game on a hit by Briean Boddy-Calhoun and later broke the same one in Week 5 of the regular season, which led the All-Pro to assert Williams is responsible for causing the ankle injury that “changed my life forever.” Browns appear to ban wrong fan for throwing beer on Titans’ Logan Ryan Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. fired shots at Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams while speaking to reporters Thursday, saying he coaches “dirty plays and cheap shots.”Beckham claimed current Browns players told him of the crude tactics when Williams served as defensive coordinator in Cleveland from 2017-18, adding that Williams instructed his players to take Beckham out during a preseason matchup in 2017. #Browns Odell Beckham says that dirty hit coached by Gregg Williams changed his life forever— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 12, 2019Beckham required surgery on his ankle and ended up missing the final 12 games of the 2017 season before bouncing back in 2018. Related News Williams has yet to respond to Beckham’s remarks, but is scheduled to address the media Friday.Beckham and Williams will face off when the Jets play the Browns on Monday.last_img read more

Cam Newton injury update: Panthers QB almost set to resume practice; will Kyle Allen remain starter?

first_imgNFL Media reported Sunday that Allen would likely remain the starter as long as the team keeps winning. But it’s not the type of decision that coach Ron Rivera will take lightly. Newton has been the face of the franchise since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2011, but he’s been hampered by injuries the past couple of seasons and has had issues with his accuracy downfield. He underwent his second shoulder surgery in less than two years in January.So does Rivera go with the former NFL MVP, Newton, or the young Allen, who has put up good numbers and has the Panthers on a winning streak? Panthers QB Kyle Allen will keep starting until he loses, report says Cam Newton’s sprained foot is almost mended, and the Panthers’ quarterback is expected to resume practicing after the team’s Week 7 bye, according to ESPN.But does he still have a starting job? Or has unheralded second-year backup quarterback Kyle Allen played so well in Newton’s absence that the Panthers are willing to make a seismic change at quarterback? Allen excelled again Sunday, throwing for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 37-26 win over the Buccaneers in London. It’s Carolina’s fourth straight victory with Allen as the starter.He became the seventh quarterback in the past 25 years to win his first five career starts, including Week 16 last season. Related News “I’m not going to worry about it,” Rivera said after Sunday’s game. “I’m not going to speculate on anything until I have to address that. So until then, we’re going to stay in the now, stay in the focus of what we’re doing right now. As far as I’m concerned, we’re not going to deal with the question until it is time. And when the time comes, I will address it.”As far as I’m concerned, [Cam’s] in the rehab program and he’s doing the program and our quarterback right now playing for us is Kyle. So we’re not going to address it.”The 23-year-old Allen has completed 65.6% of his passes for 902 yards, with seven touchdowns and no interceptions.last_img read more