This afternoon, the Prime Minister Theresa May met Sinn Féin to discuss the recent progress in the final stage of negotiations with European Union. In particular, the Prime Minister reaffirmed her commitment to there being no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland and no border in the Irish Sea. They discussed the need to restore the Northern Ireland Executive, the PM reconfirmed the UK Government’s commitment to its role in this process and that the Secretary of State for NI will be introducing legislation to ensure public services in NI will continue to be delivered. A Downing Street spokesperson said: The Prime Minister gave an update on the progress that has been made over the last few days with the EU and discussed the unresolved issues relating to the backstop.
A West Midlands bus operator has agreed to compensate passengers for punctuality failings, following a decision by the region’s Traffic Commissioner.Diamond Bus Ltd will provide free travel for seven days in May on its number 3 service, which runs from Kidderminster to Areley Kings.Between Monday 13 and Sunday 19 May, passengers using this bus route won’t have to pay for their travel.Nick Denton, the Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands, told the operator it had to compensate passengers after imposing a financial penalty of £9075 on the company last year.Following a public inquiry in June 2018, Mr Denton said passengers in the Kidderminster area had been “particularly poorly served” by the company.He told the company it had to pay a financial penalty but decided the money should be used to compensate passengers.Diamond Bus Ltd challenged the Traffic Commissioner’s decision but that appeal was dismissed last month by the Upper Tribunal.As a result, the company has now agreed to give passengers free travel for seven days in May.The Commissioner said a date set in the future allows passengers who use monthly passes to change to weekly and take advantage of the free travel
Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona for Manchester City is possible, according to Cote d’Ivoire legend, Yaya Toure, but the former Blues and Blaugrana star admits that any deal for the Argentine this summer will be “complicated”. The exit door is said to have been swung open at Camp Nou by the six-time Ballon d’Or winner. The struggles endured by Barca in the 2019-20 campaign are reported to have Messi mulling over his options. He has entered the final 12 months of his current contract, with extension talks having been put on hold as the Liga giants attempt to address serious issues on and off the field. Club legend Ronald Koeman has been drafted in as the club’s new boss, with the Dutchman having held talks with Messi in an effort to discover where his talismanic captain stands. It could be that the all-time great decides to sever ties with the only team that he has represented in his senior career to date. Few sides could afford to put a transfer in place if Barca were to be forced into opening themselves up to offers, but Premier League heavyweights City would fall into that category. Toure believes those at the Etihad Stadium could explore a stunning swoop, especially with Pep Guardiola in their dugout, but the Ivorian concedes that any discussions will be difficult. The City legend told the Daily Star: “It is going to be complicated. “From what I know, Messi loves Barcelona. He loves the city, he loves the club, he loves the philosophy there. “But if he had to leave the club, maybe he could come to City. Why? Because City have the money to buy him and there are only a few clubs in the Premier League who can afford him, to be honest “If he comes to City he is going to be good for City because the rest of the Premier League is quite intense and hard as well. “The way Messi plays, few managers are going to love him because he just sits off to the side and does not want to defend much. “In England – depending on who is going to criticise him for that – they want you to work, defend and attack and it is not easy. read also:Messi sees no future at Barcelona “But if he came to England, I could see him playing for City because Guardiola knows him better and he could put him in this City team to play his football. “I have a little bit of doubt that he is going to leave Barcelona, to be honest. Barcelona all boils down to Messi. If Messi leaves there is going to be a massive gap.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DaySome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistTop 8 Best Looking US First Ladies EverThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now