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FILE PHOTO: Theresa May

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Britain’s government scrambled Monday to convince Brexit hardliners to give in at last and back Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU divorce deal, though key opponents were refusing to blink.

With less than two weeks to go until a potentially chaotic departure on March 29 that could trigger an economic shock, May was struggling to turn the trickle of Brexiteers coming onside into a flood.

MPs have twice heavily rejected the divorce agreement.

If they can back a deal by Wednesday, then May will head to the EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday and seek a short technical delay to Brexit until June 30.

If MPs cannot rally round a deal, she will seek a long delay beyond that date.

May will not bring the deal back before parliament unless she feels sure of enough votes to win.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said there were “cautious signs of encouragement” but admitted there was a “huge amount of work to do” to win over hardcore Brexiteers.

All eyes are on Northern Ireland’s small Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which May’s Conservatives rely upon for a majority in parliament, and the European Research Group (ERG) of Conservative Brexiteers, both of which have so far rejected the deal.

European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels for pre-summit talks on Monday were broadly supportive of granting a delay but questioned its purpose.

“We are not against an extension in Belgium but the problem is to do what?” Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders told reporters.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said a postponement “makes more sense” to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

– Numbers game –
Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who spearheaded the Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, said he still would not back the deal if a vote was brought before parliament this week.

Instead he urged May to use the EU summit to wring more concessions out of the bloc before risking a third vote.

Brexiteers like Johnson believe the terms of the deal will make Britain an “economic colony” of the EU.

Hunt, speaking to reporters as he arrived for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, cited strong critics of the deal who were now backing it.

“There are some cautious signs of encouragement,” he insisted.

“But there is a lot more work to do and I think the risk of no deal, at least as far as the UK parliament is concerned, has receded somewhat, but the risk of Brexit paralysis has not.”

No-deal would see Britain crash out of the bloc on March 29 in a so-called hard Brexit.

Hunt said he hoped the deal could be brought before parliament again on Tuesday.

“But we need to be confident we can get the numbers and that’s why a huge amount of work is going on with colleagues,” he explained.

– Brexiteers’ dilemma –
Johnson summarised the dilemma as being between a deal that is “detrimental to the interests of this country” and the “real risk that Brexit would not happen at all”.

“There is an EU summit this week. It is not too late to get real change,” he wrote in The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

“It would be absurd to hold the vote before that has even been attempted,” he wrote.

ERG leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said he was “waiting to see what the DUP do” before deciding how to vote, maintaining that the withdrawal agreement was “still a very bad deal”.

“The question people like me will ultimately have to answer is, can we get to no deal instead? If we can get to no deal instead that is a better option: it means that we will have left and we will have restored our nation’s independence,” he told LBC radio.

When pressed, he said: “No deal is better than a bad deal but a bad deal is better than remaining in the European Union.”

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‘Hip hop music changes cheese taste’ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:31:01 +0000

Cheesy listening: study says tunes change Emmental’s taste

Bergdorf, Switzerland | AFP |  It may be grating for some, but hip-hop is music to the ears of Switzerland’s most famous cheese.

According to research on the musical tastes of Emmental, the holey cheese changes flavour depending on the melodies played as it ripens.

The experiment — “Sonic cheese: experience between sound and gastronomy” — by Bern University of the Arts and a cheesemaker in western Switzerland probed whether the sounds and vibrations of music could impact the chemical reactions in the bacteria within cheese.

Over six months, Emmental made in Beat Wampfler’s 19th Century cellar in the town of Bergdorf were exposed to A Tribe Called Quest, Led Zeppelin or Mozart.

Other circles of the holey Swiss classic were kept away from music, serving as a control group.

“We did two surveys, a scientific one, and another with a jury of culinary experts,” said Peter Kraut, deputy director of the music department at the Bern arts university.

“Both came to the conclusion that there are differences, there are differences in taste and in the smell, according to the music with which the cheese has been refined,” he added.

Chef and jury member Benjamin Luzuy said hip-hop triggered a “softer, more floral” taste, but that his favourite was Mozart-exposed Emmental.

“My favorite cheese was that of Mozart, I like Mozart but it’s not necessarily what I listen to… maybe a sweet little classical music it does good to the cheese,” he said.

Kraut told AFP that the final step will be a biomedical survey to see if there are actual differences in the composition of the cheeses.

Wampfler, a veterinarian by day but consummate apron-wearing cheese enthusiast at night, said he was delighted the experiment worked out and saw opportunities to market cheese based on a customer’s musical taste.

“I already have people calling me asking if I have cheese with Balkan music, blues…(or) ACDC,” he said.


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“Kony – Order from Above” shines at Amakula Film Festival Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:31:06 +0000 Andrew Kaggwa, one of the judges for the Golden Impala Awards

Andrew Kaggwa, one of the judges for the Golden Impala Awards

By Our Reporter

Ugandan film, “Kony – Order From Above” took home the award for Best Ugandan Feature Film in the Golden Impala Awards as the Amakula International Film Festival, which is now in its 12th edition, concluded on Sunday at the Uganda Museum.

The movie, which was the opening feature film at the 3-day festival that kicked off on Friday, saw off stiff competition from three other Ugandan movies that included “27 Guns”, “Her Broken Shadow” and “Veronica’s Wish”.

Directed by Ayeny T. Steve, it tells a story of two youth, Otti and Aguti who fall in love during the tumultuous northern Uganda Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency. They are however separated when Otti is abducted at age 11. When they are finally later reunited after she is also abducted, Kony picks interest in Aguti and makes her his wife. Otti is then tasked with the security of Kony’s latest wife Aguti, leaving him torn between loyalty to the rebel cause and his love for her.

The drama convinced the 3-man jury it was deserving of the coveted Golden Impala award ahead of the other movies.

In other awards, Subira(Kenya) won the Best Non Uganda Featured Film while Chilli On The Lips(Cameroon) was named the Best Documentary and the Best Short Film award went to Doubt Out (France).

Jury member Cristiano Civitillo expressed disapproval with length of many of the screened Ugandan movies, saying they were unnecessarily too long.

“The perfect cut is when everything that is been put together is so fundamental to the story that removing a single clip would make the structure collapse and the story not understandable.” He said.

He, however, noted that there has been great improvement in the quality of local productions.

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