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We will enter the EU as Macedonians who speak Macedonian

This was stated by the Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov.

The Portuguese view is based on the negotiating framework proposed by the European Commission – the paragraph on the Macedonian language to remain as formulated – the Macedonian language and the envisaged unilateral (unilateral) manifestation of Bulgaria in one of their positions.

Regarding the statement of the Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs Ana Paula Zakaria, Dimitrov said that yesterday they had many contacts with Lisbon and with representatives of Portugal, ie. the Portuguese Presidency that, in his words, they had said that: “The statement absolutely does not reflect Lisbon’s position, which remains in line with the Portuguese proposal, and regret is expressed in this regard.”

We remind you that Anna Paula Zakaria stated that Portugal has understood the Bulgarian point of view on the dispute with RS Macedonia. Bulgaria cannot approve the non-fulfillment of the Neighborhood Agreement by RS Macedonia, the attempts to steal Bulgarian history, denial that the Macedonian language is based on Bulgarian and was drawn up in 1945 and therefore imposed a temporary veto at the beginning of RS EU negotiations Macedonia, but gave the green light to Albania.

“The issue of the Macedonian language is key for us,” Dimitrov said. Nor do we have a mandate to think about negotiations. We will enter Europe as Macedonians who speak Macedonian and we hold on to our right to defend our dignity regardless of any statements – today or in the future. For me personally, this was a rather unpleasant statement, said Dimitrov, answering news questions at today’s press conference dedicated to the National Program for Voting European Union Law.

Asked what the reaction to this statement would be, Dimitrov said that the public often has some kind of confusion regarding diplomatic reactions when we have such occasions.

Yesterday, on several levels, I spoke personally with Lisbon, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and also with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Buhar Osmani. What is important in diplomatic communication, Dimitrov asked. It is important to express your position clearly, to express dissatisfaction, to express protest. All this was done several times yesterday.

What we received was confirmed, among other things, by the brief statement of the Portuguese ambassador, who is not responsible for us in Belgrade, given, if the memory of Deutsche Welle did not deceive me last night. According to him, Portugal will never do anything that would harm finding a solution, remains firm in its proposal and does not intend to enter into a substantial debate on cultural issues, identity issues, etc.

He reiterated the government’s position that the Macedonian language is one of the main characteristics of the identity of the Macedonian people, internationally recognized and codified with its unique specifics and inscribed on the UN identity card of Northern Macedonia. The Macedonian language is an expression of the inalienable right of the Macedonian people to self-determination and dignity, according to Dimitrov.

According to him, there is a paragraph in the draft negotiating framework issued by the European Commission, according to which all European legislation will be translated into Macedonian and that the country will have to have a sufficient number of translators during membership. So far, we have translated about 80,000 pages of European legislation, translated another 16,000 pages and are working on several thousand new pages of translations, Dimitrov added.

We remind you that Bulgaria confirmed its position on the European perspective of Northern Macedonia during the regular meeting of the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

On June 11, 2021, after the last meeting of the Joint Multidisciplinary Expert Commission on Historical and Educational Issues with the Republic of Northern Macedonia, its chairman from the Bulgarian side, Prof. Angel Dimitrov, announced another failure. “The last hours have shown that it is difficult to reach an understanding for a text about Gotse Delchev,” said Angel Dimitrov.

In general, the negative findings of failure are repeated after each of the meetings, as the talks were interrupted before the elections in the Republic of Northern Macedonia, which took place last year. At the same time, both the ruling and the opposition in Northern Macedonia expressed a number of hopes that after the change of power in our country there would be a reversal of our position and the veto imposed by Bulgaria on the negotiating framework for EU membership of RNM and Albania.

At the same time, attempts at influence by a number of EU member states are increasing, with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaking at a virtual meeting of the Berlin Foreign Minister.

Britney Spears set to speak to conservatorship judge in open court Wednesday

Britney Spears’ words will be heard in open court for the first time in the 13-year conservatorship that has spawned the #FreeBritney movement.

LOS ANGELES — In the most anticipated hearing in the case in years, Britney Spears is expected to address a judge overseeing the conservatorship that has controlled the pop star’s money and affairs since 2008.

If Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny does not make a last-minute decision Wednesday to seal the proceedings, Spears’ words will be heard in open court for the first time in the 13-year conservatorship.

The hearing has been eagerly awaited by the fans in the so-called #FreeBritney movement, who feel she is being controlled unfairly against her will and are likely to gather outside the courthouse in large numbers.

Spears, who is scheduled to take part remotely, asked for the hearing so she could address the court directly.

Her court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham III, made the request at an April 28 hearing. He gave no indication of what the 39-year-old pop star wants to say.

But in recent court filings, Spears has sought a greater say over who runs the conservatorship, and has asked that her father, who had extensive power over her life and money for most of its existence, be removed.

Spears said through Ingham that she fears her father James Spears, and would not end a 2 1/2-year pause on her career as long as he has control over it.

The judge declined to remove James Spears entirely, though he now plays a smaller role. He serves as co-conservator of her finances along with estate management firm the Bessemer Trust, and in 2019 relinquished his role as conservator over his daughter’s life choices to a court-appointed professional.

Last week, Britney Spears said on Instagram that she wasn’t sure if she will ever perform live again.

“I have no idea,” she said, answering a fan who asked when she planned to take the stage. “I’m having fun right now. I’m in a transition in my life and I’m enjoying myself. So that’s it.”

Britney Spears has spoken in court in the conservatorship before, but the courtroom was always cleared and transcripts sealed.

The last time she was known to have addressed the judge was in May 2019.

Spears has since requested greater transparency from the court since then, and Penny has allowed far more to remain public.

The singer has never asked the court to end the conservatorship entirely, though she has emphasized in documents that she reserves the right to do so at any time.

It was put in place as she underwent a mental health crisis in 2008. She has credited it with saving her from financial ruin and keeping her a top flight pop star.

Her father and his attorneys have emphasized that she and her fortune, which court records put at more than $ 50 million, remain vulnerable to fraud and manipulation. Under the law, the burden would be on Spears to prove she is competent to be released and free to make her own choices.

This post originally appeared on CBS8 – Entertainment

Samuel Olson's mother to speak today for the first time since 5-year-old boy was found dead

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The mother of 5-year-old Samuel Olson is speaking Tuesday for the first time since her son was found dead two weeks ago in a Jasper, Texas, motel room.

Sarah Olson is holding a press conference at 6:30 p.m. with her attorneys in Houston.

ABC13 will stream the press conference live in the video player above.

Theresa Balboa, the former girlfriend of Samuel’s father, Dalton Olson, is charged with tampering with evidence, in particular a human corpse, in connection with Samuel’s death.

She’s being held on a $ 500,000 bond for that charge, in addition to a $ 100,000 bond for an assault with intent – impeding breath charge from November 2020.

Prior to the investigation into Samuel’s death, she was out on bond for the assault charge. The complainant in that case was Dalton.

Prosecutors requested a higher bond saying Balboa was a flight risk.

READ MORE: Horrific new details in death of 5-year-old Houston boy

An autopsy identified the child found dead in Jasper as Samuel. The little boy died by homicidal violence, officials determined. The cause of death was blunt head trauma.

Investigators believe Balboa was in the motel room where the boy’s body was found.

Authorities also believe Balboa was on her way to Louisiana when she was arrested in Jasper.

Sarah previously spoke through her attorney about the charges against Balboa.

“Theresa is in custody, but she also strongly believes that the adults, you know, the child’s father, should also be in custody, because she feels 100% that they both have something to do with this,” attorney Marco Gonzalez said. “So, she’s hoping, you know, praying that he also will be taken into custody. So that justice can be done for Samuel.”

The video above is from a previous report.

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Still on top! City of London won’t play second fiddle to Amsterdam – experts speak out

Brexit: Expert says financial sanctions ‘politically awkward’

And despite the doom-laden predictions of naysayers, barely six months after the UK broke free from EU rules and regulations, the mood in the Square Mile is now “increasingly upbeat”, according to the CityUnited Project. The think tank is committed to promoting and consolidating the City’s position as one of the world’s most important financial centres – a position it continues to occupy, according to Chairman Professor Daniel Hodson.

Regulatory restrictions which came into force at the beginning of 2021 mean shares valued at billions of euros a day previously bought and sold in the City are now traded in the Netherlands.

However, Prof Hodson stressed the long-term impact on the City would be minimal.

He told Express.co.uk: “Not only are the decision-makers and therefore the decisions themselves still made in the City but that’s where the value added is and will continue to be.

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has been assured the mood within the City is “increasingly upbeat” (Image: GETTY)

Professor Daniel Hodson

Professor Daniel Hodson, chairman of the CityUnited Project (Image: Bruges Group)

“Trading platforms are purely thin margin methods of processing electrons. And EU financial markets are single currency tricks.”

Prof Hodson added: “In contrast the City’s markets are liquid, deep, diverse, multicurrency affairs which could never be replicated on the Continent, with associated multicurrency multiproduct clearing, particularly as independent Britain adopts safe but increasingly market sensitive regulation, building our massive Common Law advantage.”

Leigh Evans, Vice Chairman of The CityUnited Project think-tank, said: “The City of London remains the financial centre in Europe by a very considerable margin.

READ MORE: EU bullying of Switzerland not to do with trade says Brexiteer

NatWest bank chairman Howard Davies

NatWest bank chairman Howard Davies (Image: GETTY)

“Relatively minor events such as the shifting of equity trading to Amsterdam were not only entirely predicted in advance, they are also small-scale when it comes to the totality of the City of London’s financial muscle.

“Incidentally, the electronic processing of equity transactions themselves still happens in UK datacentres.”

Mr Evans explained: “UK financial services have not had an easy ride from the EU so far, but we are now seeing an increasingly upbeat mood amongst City practitioners.

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has vowed to “take back control” after Brexit (Image: GETTY)


Amsterdam overtook London in January (Image: GETTY)

“The UK continues to be the most popular place to do business, with its language, time zone, cultural pull, and widely respected legal system built on Common Law.”

Speaking last month, NatWest bank chairman Howard Davies said the City of London’s ‘Golden Age’ as Europe’s financial capital was over following Brexit.

The City has been largely cut off from the EU since Britain’s full departure on December 31, 2020, with bankers and City officials not expecting any direct access to the bloc anytime soon.

Key Brexit moments

Key Brexit moments (Image: Express)

In a column for Project Syndicate, Mr Davies wrote: “Almost five years after the Brexit referendum, and five months after Britain’s exit from the European Union, the future of London as a global financial center seems secure.

“But although the City will remain Europe’s largest financial marketplace, its Golden Age as Europe’s financial capital is over.”

The debate about the future of the City so far has remained a “dialogue of the deaf” as backers of Brexit say the hit would be minimal, while opponents of leaving the EU forecast “gloom and doom”, said Mr Davies, who is also a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority.

City of London

City of London: One of the world’s foremost financial institutions (Image: GETTY)

COVID-19 has confused the picture, making it harder for staff to relocate from London to the EU, he explained.

Trading in euro shares and swaps shifted from London to the continent, but it will take time for any putative rival in the EU to develop a plausible matching offer, Davies said.

Bankers want Britain to focus on making the City more attractive for global investors and Brussels is scrutinising Britain to see how far it will go in diverging from EU rules.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Finance Feed

Biden to Speak About Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack

For the Biden White House, the Colonial Pipeline has many elements of peril: Political peril as Americans along the East Coast line up to get gas; economic peril as the administration worries about the temporary effects on air travel and chemical production; and technological peril as experts try to figure out how a ransomware attack turned into a national security event.

President Biden will have to address all three issues when he speaks at the White House around noon. All week a parade of officials have been circulating to the podium in the press room to describe how they are seeking to get trucks, rail cars and cargo ships going until the pipeline is back to full operation. Mr. Biden was expected to welcome Wednesday afternoon’s restart of the Colonial Pipeline, but the pipeline has never before been entirely turned off in its nearly 60 year history — so no one knows what glitches may crop up as its service resumes.

The president may also touch on the long-brewing executive order on cybersecurity that was published on Wednesday night, which sets security standards for any company that is looking to sell software to the federal government.

The move is part of a broad effort to strengthen the United States’ defenses by encouraging private companies to practice better cybersecurity or risk being locked out of federal contracts. But the bigger effect may arise from its effects on the industry. Over time, the hope is that a federal rating on cybersecurity would become akin to the way automobiles get a safety rating or restaurants in New York get a health safety grade.

That is one element of how Mr. Biden plans to fortify American defenses, and the rise of ransomware has made it even more urgent. “Ransomware is an epidemic and companies still don’t do enough to protect themselves,” Sue Gordon, the former deputy director of national intelligence and a longtime C.I.A. analyst, said on Thursday at a conference held by The Cipher Brief. “They aren’t prepared and they haven’t thought through what they do if it happens. I think there’ll be a really interesting after-action report on Colonial Pipeline.”

But Mr. Biden also has a big decision to make, one that he is unlikely to discuss: The United States has the ability to turn its offensive cyberweapons against ransomware operators. Cyber Command, the military’s still-new force of cyberwarriors, went after TrickBot last fall, another ransomware group, to keep it from selling its services to groups seeking to disrupt the 2020 presidential election. Mr. Biden could order a similar strike on DarkSide, the group behind the Colonial hack, if it can find its infrastructure.

Author: David E. Sanger
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

Why Britney Spears’ Boyfriend Sam Asghari Is ‘Proud’ Of Her For Wanting To Speak In Court

Author: Jade Boren
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

Sam Asghari is ‘impressed’ that Britney Spears ‘is taking the initiative to control her life’ — sources reveal his reaction to Britney wanting to speak in court about her conservatorship.

It makes Sam Asghari “very proud” that Britney Spears is “deciding that she wants to talk about her conservatorship in court,” a source close to Britney’s boyfriend EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny scheduled a hearing for this to happen on June 23, marking the first time in two years since Britney has talked about her conservatorship, which last happened in May of 2019 (even that time, her words didn’t leave the courtroom). As Britney fights to remove her father, Jamie Spears, from her conservatorship — which is currently being co-managed by him and the Bessemer Trust Co. — our insider adds that Sam “is impressed that she is taking the initiative to control her life the way she wants it to be run and he is supporting her in any way she needs.”

Britney Spears, Sam Asghari
Britney Spears and Sam Asghari met on the set of Britney’s music video for “Slumber Party” in Oct. 2016, and began dating shortly afterwards. [Shutterstock]

“[Sam] is extremely proud of her and only hopes and assumes things will work out exactly how they should,” our source continues, who also says that “Sam‘s support for Britney reaches levels you’d only expect from a boyfriend.”

A second source reiterates Sam’s support for Britney as she gets ready for this next big step in her ongoing legal battle for control over her life. “Sam is so happy that Britney will be getting her day to speak in court. He is a huge cheerleader and support system to her,” the second insider, who’s also close to the dancer, EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife.

“There’s no doubt he gives her a lot of strength because that is just the kind of guy Sam is,” the second source continues. “He is very motivating and really helps get people into a positive and empowered mindset. But he always says that Britney is a force of her own. He’s looking forward to her being able to finally speak her truth.”

Sam has made no secret about his feelings towards Britney’s father. After the The New York Times’s documentary, Framing Britney Spears, shed light on her conservatorship and gave more momentum to the #FreeBritney movement in Feb. 2021, Sam publicly put Jamie on blast. “Now it’s important for people to understand that I have zero respect for someone trying to control our relationship and constantly throwing obstacles in our way. In my opinion, Jamie is a total d–k,” Sam wrote in a bombshell Instagram Story post, before adding, “I won’t be going into details because I’ve always respected our privacy. but at the same time, I didn’t come to this country to not be able to express my opinion and freedom.”

Britney Spears, Jamie Spears
Jamie Spears has played a big role in Britney Spears’ conservatorship since 2008. [SplashNews]

Britney has been under a court-ordered conservatorship since 2008, which her father Jamie has helped to manage since 2008. He did temporarily step down from the role due to “personal health reasons” in 2019, leading Britney’s care manager Jodi Montgomery to temporarily take over. After the court ruled that Jamie would remain on Britney’s conservatorship in Feb. 2021 — despite Britney’s protests — she requested Jodi to become the permanent conservator of her “person,” according to court documents filed on March 23 that HollywoodLife reviewed.

Community advocates speak after mother of man killed in APD shooting views bodycam video

Author: Wes Wilson
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Community advocates speak after mother of man killed in APD

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Body-camera recordings of a deadly Austin police shooting Jan. 5 were released to family members, attorneys and the officers involved Tuesday.

The mother of 27-year-old Alex Gonzales, the man who was shot and killed, was set to speak at a press conference after having seen the footage, but she was too overcome with emotion to do so.

Other family representatives and community advocates spoke about the incident, including Bertha Delgado. She called the length of time it took APD to release the footage “unacceptable.”

“Our community is in danger because we don’t trust APD,” she said. “The community is backing up Ms. Gonzales’ family, and we’re not going to stop fighting for her.”

APD said in a press release Tuesday, while the press conference was happening, they will release the video to the public though its website Wednesday.

Officer shot at Alex Gonzales in traffic before he was later killed

Pictured on right: Alexander “Alex” Gonzales
Pictured on right: Alexander “Alex” Gonzales

Off-duty police officer Gabriel Gutierrez was driving in his personal car and shot at Gonzalez from the moving car after he said Gonzales cut him off in traffic and then pointed a gun at him. After shooting at Gonzales, Officer Gutierrez called for backup. There was no body cam footage of this officer’s actions. Police said they later did find a gun in Gonzales’ car.

Gonzales drove a little farther before stopping on Wickersham Lane in southeast Austin as other on-duty police officers responded.

APD says body cam and dash cam footage shows officers gave Gonzales multiple commands that he did not follow. He got out of his car and went to the back passenger side of his car and reached inside. A responding on-duty police officer, Luis Serrato, then shot Gonzales multiple times, killing him.

A woman was in the passenger seat and was also shot. A baby in the backseat was not hurt.

Gutierrez has been with the Austin Police Department for five years. Serrato has been with APD for two years.

Delay in the release of body cam footage

Austin police were supposed to release the dash cam and body cam footage of the shooting within 60 days, according to city policy, but failed to do so. That would have been March 6. As of April 27, it has been an additional 52 days since the video was supposed to have been released.

Austin police blamed the delay on the weeklong winter storm that hit in mid-February.

There have been multiple videos that were delayed, prompting families of those killed to speak out in March.

Texans speak out at Stop Asian Hate Rally

Texans speak out at Stop Asian Hate Rally

Jordan Vonderhaar and Justin Dehn

This article originally appeared on The Texas Tribune: Main Feed

Biden: 'Reassuring' to see companies speak out against voting laws

President BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden’s surprising presidency The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden, McConnell agree on vaccines, clash over infrastructure Republican battle with MLB intensifies MORE[2][3][4][5][6][1] on Tuesday credited private companies with speaking up in opposition to new voting laws being passed in Georgia and elsewhere while warning about the impact on workers when businesses leave, calling on states to “smarten up.”

Biden was asked at a White House event on vaccinations whether The Masters golf tournament should relocate out of Augusta, Ga., in response to the new Georgia law, which experts say makes it more difficult for minorities in particular to vote.

“I think that’s up to The Masters,” Biden said. “It is reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws are just antithetical to who we are.”


“There’s another side to it, too,” Biden continued. “The other side to it, too, is when they in fact move out of Georgia, the people who need the help the most, people who are making hourly wages, sometimes get hurt the most.”

“I think it’s a very tough decision for a corporation to make or a group to make, but I respect when they make that judgment,” he added. “And I support whatever judgment they make. But the best way to deal with it is for Georgia and other states to smarten up and stop it.”

Biden’s comments came as several companies have spoken out against the Georgia voting law, and after Major League Baseball moved its All-Star Game out of the state to Colorado.

Georgia-based companies like Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola have also criticized the law, which expands early in-person voting hours, requires additional voter ID to complete mail-in voting, reduces the number of ballot drop boxes in some locations, and makes it a crime for anyone other than election workers to provide food or water to people standing in line.

The criticism has sparked blowback from Republicans[7], led by former President TrumpDonald TrumpJoe Biden’s surprising presidency The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden, McConnell agree on vaccines, clash over infrastructure Republican battle with MLB intensifies MORE[9][10][11][12][13][8], who have called for supporters to boycott products made by companies that have waded into the debate.

Conservatives have also argued the decision to move the MLB All-Star Game will do more harm than good as it will negatively impact the Atlanta area’s tourism industry and workers in the area.

The pressure to speak out against restrictive voting laws has grown in other states considering laws to overhaul elections. American Airlines[14] and Dell, both of which are headquartered in Texas, have opposed GOP proposals in the state that would limit access to the ballot.

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Googlebox's Mary Killen forced to speak out as fake image of 'younger her' goes viral

A Facebook post claims to show a picture of Mary Killen as a model in her younger days. Despite some resemblance – mainly due to the hairstyle – the picture is not actually of Ms Killen. The post has been shared thousands of times and received hundreds of comments. 
The image shows a photo of Mary Killen next to a black and white picture of a model. The model is in fact Susan Shaw. 

The post reads: “Mary was a sort!!”

Facebook were quick to label the post as ‘false information’ but this didn’t stop thousands of people liking and commenting on the image. 

So far, the Facebook post has received 3.4k comments and 2.4k shares. 

Mary previously worked as a model and met Giles in 1980 at Wimbledon School of Art.

She moved to London aged 18, before becoming a journalist. 

Mary is now the Spectator’s resident agony aunt and has written books about the Queen and etiquette. 

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