The 27 heads of state and European Union governments met in Brussels on Monday for the fourth day in a row as they tried to unite behind the controversial post-corona virus aid fund and the EU multinational budget.
Despite long negotiations and little sleep, German Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded a bit more confident than she did the first three days of the summit when she arrived again at the Europa building, chair of the European Union Council, ahead of Monday’s round of talks.
“There is hope that maybe an agreement can be reached today, or at least a possible agreement,” he said.
“It’s clear the negotiations will be very difficult, and they will continue today.”
The only longer-lasting summit was in December 2000, in Nice, France, on the topic of European Union budget and reform: Talks lasted four days and nights.
At that time, only 15 member countries were involved in the dispute. Today’s challenges are far greater, EU diplomats said.
“But an extraordinary situation also requires extraordinary efforts,” said Merkel, who is currently president of the European Union Council. “I hope we will discuss the remaining distance, which will not be easy.”
The biggest EU economic crisis needs to be overcome. The proposed financial package, with a total of € 1.8 trillion ($ 2.05 trillion), is the largest to be negotiated.
“It’s better to take more time than less,” said a European Union diplomat. European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde also told participants to take their time and do it right rather than just being quick about it. Like many other observers, Lagarde assumes the European Union will even need a second special summit to get an unprecedented recovery fund and is running.
Camps discuss budget disputes throughout Sunday night to Monday. In the early hours of the morning, Charles Michel, president of the European Council and permanent chair of the summit, decided that negotiations had progressed so far that conclusions would be possible on the fourth day of the summit. Everyone agreed to sleep and meet again in the afternoon for the next round.
Little is known about the details of the negotiations; several EU diplomats have submitted confidential information. Heads of state and government were mostly silent when they left the summit building.
Some debates were reported to be loud and hot. French President Emmanuel Macron threatened to leave the summit and is said to have banged his fist on the table angrily at the “shopkeeper’s soul” from the north, “a reference to most northern European countries who want strict conditions attached to the package.
However, on the fourth day, Macron seemed calmer. “There is hope for compromise, but I remain very cautious,” Macron said. He warned that Europe must not forget its grand goals including climate policy, digitalization and European sovereignty.
The conflict between the “five savers” – Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and now Finland – and the recipient countries remains unresolved. The original “save four” becomes five when Finland officially joins the group.
“This naturally strengthens our negotiating position,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said. He has repeatedly mentioned that he must protect the interests of Austrian taxpayers above all else.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, whose country will benefit greatly from the proposed coronavirus recovery plan, accused Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte of playing a hero to gather domestic votes. In the long run, Europe will suffer greatly from Dutch resistance to the size and structure of recovery funds, Conte said.
The European Commission along with European Council President Michel has proposed financing a € 750 billion recovery fund through a first European Union joint loan, with € 500 billion to be distributed to member countries in the form of grants to improve their economies affected by coronavirus. . The remaining € 250 billion will be in the form of loans.
After three days of talks and pressure from “saving five,” which will be a net contributor, a compromise proposal is now on the table. It estimates reducing the recovery fund to € 700 billion, with subsidies shrinking to € 390 billion.
Spain and Italy have long opposed this reduction in subsidies and can count France and Germany, the two largest net contributors, on their side. Chancellor Merkel had previously argued that the funds must be large enough to truly drive Europe’s economic recovery over the next three years.
Another area of contention is the criteria that will be used to determine the “needs” of countries affected by the coronavirus crisis.
The Netherlands and other net contributors demand tight control over spending. They want to make it possible for one member state to veto and thus stop projects funded by EU subsidies in other countries, such as Italy. Italy and other recipient countries oppose this.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban sided with Italy, accusing the Dutch prime minister of doing something to the Hungarian people.
EU lawyers are working on veto solutions that are acceptable to both parties.
Another contentious issue is the “rule of law” criterion for future distribution of grants. Most member states support it as a means to encourage Hungary and Poland to comply with the rule of law, while Hungary and several Eastern European countries are strongly opposed. This is another area of financial package where compromise must be found.
Pasadena health officials warned residents to stay home and avoid social gatherings on Mother’s Day weekend, after a group of COVID-19 cases were traced back to a recent birthday party in the city.
“PPHD (Pasadena Public Health Department) recently identified a group of COVID-19 cases among birthday party participants,” city officials announced Saturday. “Through contact tracing, the PPHD disease investigation team found more than five laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases and many more people were sick.”
The party was attended by a large number of family members and friends after the Safer at Home Order was issued.
“The index, or the first patient in the outbreak identified with this disease, coughed and did not wear face masks at the party. Guests also did not wear face masks or practice maintaining social distance. As a result, officials said, COVID-19 spread among participants party, “the city statement said.
“This is an example of how good contact tracing can identify groups of diseases and tell us more about the spread of disease in our community,” Dr. Matthew Feaster, PPHD epidemiologist. “We thank our large team of public health nurses, case investigators, and contact tracers who help track viruses and prevent diseases from spreading to other members of our community.”
“Pasadena residents who live at home look after themselves and their loved ones protected from COVID-19,” added Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, director and PPHD health officer. “Even though we are moving forward with minor modifications to the Safer at Home Order, meeting people who do not live in the same house is still prohibited.”
Goh said COVID-19 remained “highly contagious” and that social distance, frequent hand washing and wearing face masks remained the best defense against the virus.
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MIAMI, May 8, 2020 / PRNewswire / –Toast Distillers, award-winning Toast Vodka Inc., the world’s first vodka made with flavorless coconut water, announces attractive expansion into Canada, a new international market for brands. As of May, 100% ultra-premium corn-based, gluten-free, non-GMO, and six times vodka distillation, which has become a favorite brand in Miami South Beach and Florida retailers, in particular will increase distribution in the province Ontario. Famous TorontoA wholesaler and retailer based, Halpern Enterprises, will do the distribution.
“Our goal is always to expand our international footprint to accommodate the growing love of consumers for Toast vodka, our ultra-premium vodka,” said Dieuveny “DJ” Jean Louis, founder and CEO of Toast Distillers. “With their impressive sales force and deep penetration, Halpern Enterprises is the clear choice as a partner and we look forward to continued growth in Canada. “
Vodka toast has seen a huge increase in brand recognition over the past few years. In 2016, Toast Vodka served as the official vodka world series Louis Vuitton America with Goslings Rum bringing the brand as a partner in 2017 to launch in Bermuda market, also heading to the American Cup final. Toast currently maintains a presence in seven countries, including Florida, California, New York, New Jersey, and Georgia with plans for further expansion besides Canada.
“Halpern Enterprises continues to look for new and unique brands of high quality Ontario“That’s what we found in the Vodka Toast,” he said Colin Halpern, Vice President of the Halpern Company. “We are very pleased to be working with Mr. Louis and his team to introduce this ultra-premium brand to the Canadian market.”
In addition to the company’s international expansion, Toast Distillers’ subsidiary, The Miami Distilling Company, recently announced the production and delivery of hand sanitizers to meet increasing local and national demand in response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
About Halpern Enterprises
Halpern Enterprises has been in the business of importing wine and liquor Canada for more than 65 years, making it one of the oldest companies of its kind on the market. Found by Harold Halpern, a pharmacist in education, Halpern Enterprises started small but quickly developed strong relationships with several European and New World wine producers. The second generation of Halperns has helped grow the company into more than 175 wineries and refineries from around the world.
About Toast Distillers
Toast Distillers, Inc. (“Toast”) is a Miamispirit based conglomerate, best known for ultra premium vodka, Toast ™. This company includes The Miami Distilling Company, where the company manufactures all of its products. Toast Distillers specializes in developing brands internally and facilitating the branding and distribution needs of other specialized spirit companies. The company’s products range from ultra-premium spirits to the midline and line-good for vodka, rum, gin, tequila and whiskey. For more information, email [email protected] or visit
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Britney Spears spent two quarantine weeks with her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears.
The ‘Toxic’ singer – who has sons Sean Preston, 14, and Jayden, 13 with her ex-husband Kevin Federline and is in a relationship with Sam Asghari – found it difficult to be in Los Angeles far from his loved ones, as long as the coronavirus became. he went to Louisiana to live with his sister for a short time.
Jamie Lynn – who has Maddie, 11, from a previous relationship and Ivey, two, with her husband Jamie Watson – said: “Britney is like, ‘I want to go home, I don’t want to be alone here,’ because all the family is pretty much here, so he can go home for almost two weeks.
“He was here for my birthday and for Ivey’s birthday. But then, of course, he had children and all his belongings and his house, so he returned to Los Angeles only a few weeks ago.
“I think he came back with an intention like, this will only be a week or more, and then they add more time [to the stay-at-home orders]. “
The former ‘Zoey 101’ star admitted he and his family were driving each other “crazy”, but he would not have done it any other way.
He told ‘Entertainment Tonight’: “We are all just trying to obey the rules and do what we are supposed to do. Having our family has been the biggest blessing too.
“I mean, we drive each other, really crazy, about things that don’t usually make you angry, but in the end, at least we have each other, you know? That’s really lucky.”
Last week, Britney revealed that she accidentally “set fire” to her home gym after leaving candles burning unattended and her sister claimed that she had a “no candle” rule to prevent similar accidents at her home.
He said: “It happened for so long, I think it might be fixed now.
“We don’t light candles in our house, because I’m not good at using candles. So literally, we just decide like, no candles. So I think we can prevent fires in the future.”
NEW YORK, April 9, 2020 / PRNewswire / – Fussy Glad to announce a strategic partnership with Verishop, using women’s clothing design and data driven by Choosy technology to enhance online shopping experiences for Choosy and Verishop customers.
Choosy is the first fashion brand that uses artificial intelligence and social community validation to produce high-quality, on-demand clothing collections. By joining Verishop, Choosy can access the scale of Verishop’s main online shopping destination to get its designs to new customers. Meanwhile, Verishop can continue to enrich its platform by offering Choosy buyer clothing inspired by the style they see in their social feeds. He also obtained the right to choose Choosy’s assets, data and technology assets.
Choosy is excited to introduce their community to the Verishop shopping experience! Choosy started with the goal of using technology to present top trends and fashions in a smarter way. This brand aims to bring the style that customers like directly to social media, and by making the Choosy style available on Verishop, customers can make it faster with Verishop’s free one-day delivery.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with Verishop, a company that shares our passion to redefine eCommerce and deliver quality products,” said Founder and CEO Jessie Zeng.
“We appreciate how Choosy can utilize technology in fashion to talk to customers who understand socially, and we look forward to what this partnership has,” said Imran Khan, one of the founders and CEO of Verishop.
Verishop is building an online shopping ecosystem to help shoppers find more than 450 hand-selected global brands in all major lifestyle categories with the convenience of free one-day shipping, free returns, 24/7 customer service and guaranteed best prices. That means shoppers get easier and more inspired places to shop for women’s and men’s clothing, home decor, beauty, health, technology, and more.
Stay connected with Choosy and Verishop to see where our journey takes us!
We believe in everyone who has a voice. In making your voice heard. Be brave enough to ask for what you want … and then get it. For decades, fashion has been a one-way conversation, with designers, editors, and stylists telling you what to wear. Choosy is here to start dialogue. Our exclusive and best-in-class intelligence read what is trending across social platforms. We bring that information to our community to validate its findings – they weigh through polls, comments, DM, and private social groups. Then we filter the best of both to create new styles that are basically guaranteed to be liked – all in less than 21 days. New drops land every month. Welcome to #ChoosyNation.
Verishop online shopping ecosystem to help customers find the best global brands – from DNVB to future makers to brand buyers’ loved ones – and give these brands a safe home to connect with consumers. With goods in all major lifestyle categories including women’s and men’s clothing, home decor, beauty, health and more, every product sold comes directly from the brand, which means no counterfeit goods or counterfeit goods. With free one-day shipping on U.S. continent, free returns, 24/7 customer service and our best price guarantee, Verishop is an easy and inspired place to shop. Learn more at www.verishop.com or @verishop on Instagram.
“People are struggling to pay rent, buy food, medicine and other basic needs for themselves and their families. We all feel compassion and care for those affected by Coronavirus,” said Richard Saghian, Founder and CEO of Fashion Nova. “Nova Care mode with Cardi B will give people the help they need to help them through this crisis. As a community-based brand, we are inspired by the kindness and generosity of others and we want to do our part to help those in need.”
“Everyone has been exposed to the Coronavirus pandemic,” Cardi B. said. “Me and Nova Fashion came up with a way to help many families in need.”
To qualify, those who need can visit fashionnova.com/cares to share their stories and information. Fashion Nova Cares will choose 24 people every day during the program. Fashion Nova will then distribute individual checks in amounts $ 1,000.
“We all must play a role in supporting the communities we serve,” he added Richard Saghian. “Our Nova Cares Fashion Initiative will continue beyond the current Covid-19 challenge with additional efforts and programs which will further help make a positive impact on people’s lives.”
For more information, please visit fashionnova.com/cares.
Fashion Nova is one of the world’s leading fashion lifestyle brands that strives for women’s empowerment and inclusiveness. Found in Los Angeles in 2006, Fashion Nova is proud to present a variety of new styles every day for women, men and children throughout the US and internationally.
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