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Editorial

A New Free Trade Tax Strategy To Redevelop And Incentivize The Commonwealth

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis     With the British economy now well out of Europe, and with the Johnson Government seemingly committed to replacement trade deals in emerging Asia, now is an opportune time to evaluate what trade agreement assets the UK actually has lined up that would compensate for the loss of EU trade.  The DTI have stated that many agreements with non-EU nations will continue with the UK on the same basis as existed prior to Brexit, with a view to “upgrading” these in time, presumably to improve UK market access. 

How The US, EU, UK and China Financial & Geopolitical Differences Could Be Resolved By London At The Upcoming Cop26 Glasgow Conference

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis  The EU and US media propaganda machine went into overdrive this week, based on US President Biden’s apparent ‘launch’ of the ‘Build Back Better World’ (B3W) alternative, and EU media talking up their version, the so-called ‘Global Gateway’. To illustrate the extent of this, any search of ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ online will produce reams of anti-BRI articles, all written in...

The EU’s Global Gateway: A Belt & Road Alternative?

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis The EU has launched its ‘alternative’ to China’s Belt and Road for the EU, with EU Commision President Ursula von der Leyen stating “We want to create links and not dependencies” while clarifying this by stating “It does not make sense for Europe to build roads between a Chinese owned copper mine and a Chinese owned harbour” The...

The G7 Meeting in Cornwall – A Distant Corner of Britain to Set New Rules for the Four Corners of the World

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis  US President Joe Biden is a man on a mission.  He and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who’s hosting the Group of 7 (G7) top global economies, in the UK as this year’s presidency of the bloc, are looking to save “Western civilisation” from the rise of the East. This perceived threat is mainly arising out of Asia in the form...

Could the Pitcairn Islands Become the New Asia-Pacific Hong Kong?

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis The United Kingdom has put into place a mechanism to join the Comprehensive & Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in a Free Trade Agreement. The CPTPP currently includes Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, and is seen as an Asian-Pacific bloc. Several of these nations are also part of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Prince Charles Versus Xi Jinping : Where The Commonwealth Meets The Belt And Road Initiative

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis The pre-covid British Royal Tour to New Zealand was somewhat overshadowed by the media coverage of Prince Andrews ill-advised interview concerning dodgy sexual escapades, however in an overlooked incident, a Gentlemanly gesture has the potential to create a little push-back against China’s Belt & Road Initiative. As part of the New Zealand trip, the Prince visited the Solomon Islands, which maintains...

UK Joins ASEAN as Dialogue Partner, Looking at Joining CPTPP Asia-Pacific Free Trade Agreement

The British House of Lords International Agreements Sub-Committee has launched a new inquiry on the potential accession of the UK to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, (CPTPP) The agreement between eleven countries includes four ASEAN states in Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam (the last two with whom the UK has recently signed off Free Trade Agreements), in addition to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada,...

Indian-American epidemiologist becomes the Health Commissioner of New York city

New York, USA (CU)_ New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams revealed the name of New York City’s new health commissioner. He stated that the current health commissioner of the city, Dr Dave A. Chokshi, will remain in his position...

AIA to sell part of its Australian assets

Sydney, Australia (CU)_ According to the media, AIA Group Ltd (AIA) is planning to sell part of its life insurance assets in Australia to Resolution Life. According to close sources familiar with the subject who requested anonymity, the plan...

Blue Cross Life achieves milestone success in Canada

Ontario, Canada (CU)_ Blue Cross Life, being a federally regulated corporation, functions in every province throughout Canada. In Canada, the Blue Cross brand has been recognized for affordable, high-quality supplemental benefits for organizations and individuals for over seven decades....

Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance introduces the ABSLI Secureplus Plan

Mumbai, India (CU)_ The life insurance arm of Aditya Birla Capital Limited (ABCL), Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance (ABSLI), has introduced a new edition of its new-age savings solution, namely, ABSLI SecurePlus Plan. This plan was created with the...

Honouring a historical occasion… British Hallmarking Council sanctions commemorative mark

LONDON (CU)_The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) is the non-departmental public body responsible for supervising hallmarking in the United Kingdom. Historically, commemorative marks have been produced to signify a special event, providing a particular point of interest for the jewellery...

Nigeria urges health facilities to join MLSCN laboratory accreditation program

Abuja, Nigeria (CU)_ The Federal Government asked all federal tertiary institutions, Federal Medical Centers (FMCs), and Federal Specialist Hospitals throughout the nation to enroll in the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) certification program to ensure the accuracy...

Japanese real estate giant joins fellow developers making inroads into the Australian market

SYDNEY (CU)_Over the recent past, a string of Japanese property developers like Daiwa House, Asahi Kasei and Kajima, have made inroads into the Australian market. They will now be joined by a real estate giant who has made a...

Residents of Ogun State now have the opportunity to own a home!

ABEOKUTA (CU)_Several senior executives of the FCMB Group, led by CEO  Ladi Balogun, paid a visit to the city of Abeokuta, and met with the governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun. During the visit Balogun revealed that the financial...

Banks are prepared to ‘go large’ on lending. Doesn’t mean a good idea to go for a supersized mortgage

LONDON (CU)_Over the past few years, house prices in the UK have soared at a historical rate, making the dream of owning an affordable, healthy and accessible home more remote. Therefore, several mortgage lenders in the country are looking...

Demand for new mortgages remained strong last year, but a slowdown is on the cards for 2022

WELLINGTON (CU)_Demand for mortgages in New Zealand remained strong over the past year, with lending on home loans reaching $9.08 billion in November, according to latest figures published by the Reserve Bank. While this figure was slightly below the...

Vancouver based think-tank makes an eyebrow-raising proposal to tackle Canada’s housing crisis

VANCOUVER, B.C. (CU)_When the pandemic began in March 2020, Canada's housing market went ice cold, before it soon came roaring back to fire last year. According to recent figures, average prices across the country reached…

Rohingya camp fire leaves thousands of refugees homeless!

Dhaka, Bangladesh (CU)_ According to the latest police report, thousands of refugees have been displaced following a massive fire that destroyed portions of a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. Around 850,000 individuals of the persecuted Muslim minority reside in...

Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority announces new facility for allottees

GREATER NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh (CU)_The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) this week became the first in the state to implement a system known as enterprise resource planning (ERP). It is a software provided by IT firm Tech Mahindra,...

You can’t avoid maintenance fees if you buy a condo, but you can reduce the risk of nasty surprises down the road

MARKHAM, Ontario (CU)_Unlike other residential properties, those own condos must pay a monthly maintenance fee, in addition to a mortgage and property taxes. This fee usually covers costs incurred on the building's operations, like cleaning, security and some utilities,...

Canada’s hardest hit province to impose health tax on the unvaccinated

MONTRÉAL (CU)_The Canadian province of Quebec, which has reported the higher number of COVID-related deaths in the country, is currently struggling with a surge in infections on account of the omicron variant of the Coronavirus. Although less than 13...

Quebec to tax unvaccinated Canadians

Ontario, Canada (CU)_ Quebec, the Canadian province, is planning to levy a health tax on citizens who are not immunized against Covid-19. Quebec, which witnessed the most Covid-related fatalities in Canada, is now experiencing a severe outbreak, as the...