The government’s new network of HM Trade Commissioners will help improve government-to-government relationships to reduce tariff and market access barriers as we leave the EU.In a series of high-profile appointments by the department, earlier this year DIT appointed former Barclays head of corporate banking John Mahon as the UKs first Director General for Exports, to lead the implementation of the strategy.And former Citgroup banking vice-chairman Mark Slaughter was appointed in June as Director General for Investment, to lead a drive to attract more investment into the UK.The strategy builds on an already strong DIT offer to businesses which includes 250 International Trade Advisors around the UK, showcased export opportunities on great.gov.uk and UKEF support such as trade finance.Further information: Dialing up the intensity of UK trade – both close to home and further afield – will be the cornerstone of our future economic success. Working together, business and government have a real opportunity to turbo-charge UK exports, and help more of our firms increase sales and profits in markets all across the world. Our biggest competitors invest heavily in promoting their countries’ products and services, and the UK must match or exceed them. We welcome the government’s pledge in the new Export Strategy to work hand-in-hand with business to unlock opportunities for UK firms all across the globe. A clear, long-term commitment to support British firms on the ground – both here at home and overseas – is needed to provide a springboard for many companies to take risks and go for growth. International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP, will today (Tuesday 21 August) set out how the government will make Britain a 21st century exporting superpower through better use of our overseas network, new online tools and building an extensive business to business network.This comes as the government continues to roll out sector deals as part of the Industrial Strategy, boosting jobs and growth in the areas where the UK has a competitive edge – now supporting the export of this expertise across the world.Research shows that companies that export have increased growth potential, are more productive and have better paid jobs.Last year £620 billion of goods and services exported by British companies accounted for 30% of our GDP, with UK exports are at a record high.However, the Department for International Trade estimates that 400,000 businesses believe they could export but don’t, while demand for British expertise and goods overseas is only growing.Dr Fox, joined by Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, will today set out the government’s long-term ambition to go further and increase total exports as a proportion of GDP to 35%.Responding to a call from business, The Export Strategy outlines how the government will produce smarter and more tailored support to UK companies. There are key elements to the strategy to support companies selling overseas: encourage and inspire more businesses to export Maximising trade opportunities across the globe will be key to the UK’s future economic success, so we welcome this new export strategy, which provides a solid foundation upon which to build. The government deserves credit for investing time and effort in working with business to draw up this strategy, and we are delighted that a number of the IoD’s recommendations have been incorporated. Improving the UK’s export performance will depend upon many variables, but the good news is that there is plenty that can be done now to help businesses, irrespective of Brexit. We will be encouraging our members to engage with government to make sure this strategy really takes off and enables British firms to realise their full trading potential. Expanding trade is fundamental to creating new jobs, raising productivity and increasing prosperity across the country. This strategy is a timely signal that the government is committed to improving the United Kingdom’s international competitiveness. The CBI strongly supports the ambition to make exports 35% of GDP, which will put the UK out in front of many of our international competitors. We estimate that in every region of the country there are around 10% of businesses that could export, but don’t, and we look forward to working alongside the government to support and inspire them to seize the opportunity. The CBI has consistently called for a long-term approach to exports. Previous strategies have come and gone, but businesses have been let down by their execution. Firms will work with the strong team in place at the Department for International Trade to ensure these plans are now rigorously carried out. latest ONS figures showing UK exports to the world rose by £26 billion, an increase of 4.4% compared to the same time last year at the heart of the campaign are its ‘Export Champions’; everyday businesses of all shapes and sizes from around the UK that are proudly exporting. They form a nationwide network of UK companies that are ambassadors for international trade. They share their success stories, offer practical advice and lead by example, under the rallying call ‘If We Can, You Can’ connect UK businesses to overseas buyers, markets and each other Liam Fox sets out ambitious new plan to make Britain a 21st century exporting superpower government sets new ambition to increase exports as a proportion of UK GDP to 35% a government-led collaboration with business developed after extensive engagement with range of UK businesses streamlined and targeted offer for businesses of all sizes, set to raise productivity, boost wages and protect employment across the UK New measures include support for businesses looking to invest overseas and developing an online tool enabling businesses to submit non-tariff barriers they face. Read the government’s Export Strategy. The United Kingdom is a great exporting nation and our exporters lead the way, in creating jobs, raising wages and growing our economy. UK businesses are superbly placed to capitalise on the rapid changes in the global economic environment and I believe the UK has the potential to be a 21st century exporting superpower. As an international economic department, we are determined to support, connect and grow UK companies on the world stage through our international network. As we leave the EU, we must set our sights high and that is just what this Export Strategy will help us achieve. Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: Since its creation 2 years ago, DIT has already helped thousands of UK companies to export – with exports now at a record high. As the world’s sixth largest exporter, we do punch above our weight, however, we also punch below our potential. This Export Strategy sets out to change that and to increase exports as a proportion of GDP from 30% to 35%, taking us from the middle of the G7 to near the top. This is ambitious, but achievable. This strategy builds on the UK Industrial Strategy and our existing export support services – our network of trade advisers and promoters across the UK and in 108 countries worldwide, UKEF’s £50 billion capacity to support exports in 60 currencies, and our great.gov.uk service. To achieve our aim, government must join up across departments to enable UK companies to succeed overseas. This strategy is a first step – a foundation – for a new national drive to export. Deploying an awareness campaign to target UK exporters most likely to benefit from up to £50 billion worth of export finance and insurance support from UK Export Finance (UKEF), and promoting UKEF support in overseas markets to help UK companies and consortia win contracts.In a speech to a business audience in London, International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP is expected to say: New measures include developing great.gov.uk into a single digital platform for both domestic business growth and export support and working with large companies to help build the capability of UK supply chains. We will also assess financial incentives and signposting as a means to support SMEs access new markets and private sector export support. Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion at the Department of International Trade, said: Stephen Martin, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said: inform businesses by providing information, advice and practical assistance on exporting put finance at the heart of our offer This includes an increased focus on amplifying the voice of existing exporters to inspire other businesses and facilitating peer-to-peer learning. Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:
Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. Caroline Hedwall shone under the floodlights as she made a hole-in-one in a 65 that earned her the first-round lead at the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic.Hedwall parred her first 10 holes before putting together a sparkling run of scoring, with four birdies and an ace at the par-three 17th propelling her past early leader Laura Fuenfstueck and Solheim Cup team-mate Celine Boutier at The Emirates Golf Club.Former world No 1 Lydia Ko enjoyed a strong start as she opened with a 68, one of only 13 players to break the par of 72, while Georgia Hall and veteran Dame Laura Davies both carded level-par rounds. Solheim Cup star enjoys a slam-dunk ace at the par-three 17th and fires seven-under opener to go two shots clear of Solheim Cup team-mate Celine Boutier after first round, with Lydia Ko three behind By Keith JacksonLast Updated: 04/11/20 9:20pm Ko made six birdies and also eagled the long third on the Faldo Course, but the two-time major champion littered her card with four bogeys and ended the day three off the pace.Defending champion Nuria Iturrioz returned a 69 along with British duo Meg MacLaren and Alison Muirhead, with Bronte Law one further behind.Hall had a quiet start as she made just one birdie against a solitary bogey, while Charley Hull endured a poor finish as she had a penalty drop before finding water with her fourth to the 16th, running up a triple-bogey eight which saw her slip to three over par.
DEFENDING champions Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School (Multi) retained their overall Champion of Champions crown in the Inter-Secondary School Track and Field, Swimming, Cycling and Teachers championships.Yesterday the organisers, Upper Demerara/Kwakwani District 10 Schools Committee, confirmed Multi’s retention in the four categories, at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.By virtue of winning of the ‘teachers’ and ‘cycling’ segments of the championships, Multi were able to lift the overall trophy; despite their loss in track and field to Mackenzie High School (MHS). Confusion had crept in on Thursday night after the Christianburg/Wismar Secondary lost track and field to MHS.Many, including some officials, felt that Linden Foundation had carted off the overall title. But this was not the case. A recount the next day determined that ‘Multi’ team had successfully retained their crown.Multi, by winning the Teachers and Cycling titles placing third in the Track and Field and fourth in Swimming, amassed 71 points.Placing second were Linden Foundation Secondary, who copped one title, and placed second and third in two others to gain 68.5 points. They pipped MHS, who came out with one win in the track and field and got a second place and a fifth position to accumulate 68.5 points.The swimming championship was held at the Watooka Pool.No details of the individual performances were available in any of the four categories of the annual championship.
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl won’t write off Forsterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl hasn’t yet wrote off Fraser Forster.The Mirror says Hasenhuttl is weighing up bringing goalkeeper Forster in from the cold as he bids to assess all the players he has inherited at third-bottom Saints.Forster joined Southampton in 2014 for £10million from Celtic weeks after being selected in England’s World Cup squad and nailed down the No.1 spot. But he hasn’t played since December 2017, when Mauricio Pellegrino was manager, after losing his place following a dip in form.The 6ft 7in, six-cap former Newcastle trainee was replaced as first choice by Alex McCarthy, who retained the role throughout Mark Hughes’ nine-month reign and then for the first five games under Hasenhuttl.The Austrian then used Southampton’s last two games, against Chelsea and Derby, to run the rule over England Under-21 stopper Angus Gunn. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa defender Guilbert ‘so happy’ working with coach Terryby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa defender Frederic Guilbert is happy working with coach John Terry.The French full-back has enjoyed an impressive start to life in the Premier League since completing a permanent £4.5million move from Caen during the summer.Guilbert claims the work of former England captain Terry, who takes the lead in coaching the club’s defenders, has helped his game.He said: “Of course I knew John Terry, not personally but now I can say yes. When you have a coach like him, when he speaks to you, you just listen and do what he is telling you.“I speak to him a lot because he was a great defender. He is good to speak with. We have really good staff and quality coaches, so I am happy.”
zoomBerge Stahl; Image Courtesy: Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license Singapore bulker owner Berge Bulk has been tied to the acquisition of four bulk carriers, Clarksons Platou Shipbroking said in a weekly report.Based on the report, the company is spending USD 98 million on the fleet expansion.The Capesizes in question are 2011-built New Shanghai and New Huzhou, and 2010-built New Quzhou and New Taizhou.Data from VesselsValue shows that in addition to the quartet bought from Cosco Shipping Bulk, Berge Bulk has one more purchase to be delivered, namely, the 177,000 dwt Capesize vessel Ocean Clarion.The 2009-built bulker was bought from NYK Line and is valued at USD 25.27 million.When asked to comment on the report, Berge Bulk spokesperson said it was “unable to comment on any market or fleet specifics. “Starting out with 12 vessels in 2007, Berge Bulk has more than quadrupled the size of its original fleet. Today the company’s fleet comprises over 70 bulkers, equating to over 15 million dwt in the water.In addition, the bulker owner and operator has six newbuild Capesizes on order set for delivery in 2019 and 2020. Two 300,000 dwt Capesizes are taking shape at Chinese shipbuilder CSSC Guangzhou Longxue and the remaining four are being built by Bohai Shipbuilding.World Maritime News Staff
OTTAWA – The federal privacy watchdog is calling on the government to address what he calls significant gaps in the law that allow political parties themselves to police how they gather and use voter data.Political parties are only bound by internal, voluntary privacy policies in the absence of an independent body to ensure they follow their own rules, federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien told a parliamentary committee Tuesday.Therrien has been calling for changes to strengthen privacy laws to cover how political parties use data — a campaign that has been attracting fresh attention in recent weeks following revelations about how Facebook and other companies treat the personal data of its users.“Neither I nor any other independent person can verify what’s going on,” said Therrien, who reasserted his demand for stronger privacy laws as he appeared before MPs in Ottawa.“If there was ever a time for action, I think frankly, this is it.”His testimony comes as policy-makers and regulators around the world examine how to better protect the online data of users as allegations swirl that tens of millions of Facebook users had their personal information improperly accessed for political purposes.Facebook estimates the personal data of 622,161 users in Canada — and nearly 87 million worldwide — was inappropriately harvested by firms that allegedly used the information to help deliver electoral wins in the U.K.’s Brexit referendum and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.Therrien’s office recently joined forces with British Columbia’s privacy commissioner to investigate Facebook and Canadian company AggregateIQ Data Services Ltd. — two firms at the centre of the global uproar over the unauthorized use of social-media data.The privacy controversy has ramped up scrutiny of the use of data by political parties, which rely on access to quality information about voters in order to target and fine-tune their campaign pitches.The parliamentary committee on access to information, privacy and ethics is holding hearings this week on the data breach involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.On Thursday, the committee will hear from Kevin Chan, Facebook Canada’s head of public policy. Chan is a former policy director for former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff.Facebook Canada reached out to committee members Monday in preparation for the appearance by Chan, who will be questioned by MPs from all parties, to offer them a briefing “on the Cambridge Analytica situation.”“Should this be of interest, please let us know and we will work with your office to schedule a briefing on either April 16, 17 or 18,” Jessica Smith, a public policy associate for Facebook Canada, wrote in an email to NDP MP Charlie Angus.The NDP shared the email with The Canadian Press, describing such invitations as “rare.”In his testimony Tuesday, Therrien pointed to the U.K., much of the European Union and New Zealand as jurisdictions with laws that apply to political organizations.In Canada, it’s high time an independent authority was given the powers to monitor the practices of political parties and determine whether they are truly protecting privacy rights, he argued.As an example, he noted, federal parties lack policies that would allow electors to find out more about the personal information that is in political hands.“That’s a huge flaw,” said Therrien.The issues overlap both privacy concerns and how the information is used for political purposes, he added. Both his office and the chief electoral officer could contribute to monitoring political parties, he suggested.When it comes to legislating the use of data, Therrien acknowledged it’s important to find a balance between enhancing the rules of consent around the collection of personal information and considering areas, such as health care, where gathering information is a benefit for society.Therrien said his investigation, which includes collaboration with the U.K. privacy commissioner, is “somewhat complex,” but he hopes to conclude it within a year.AggregateIQ, a Victoria-based data-analysis company, is also under investigation by privacy officials in the U.K. for its role in influencing the outcome of the Brexit referendum. It is also under investigation for allegedly violating limits on spending during that campaign to benefit the “leave” side.The firms has also been linked to Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy firm accused of improperly accessing private Facebook data to help political campaigns, including Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential bid and Brexit.Facebook recently suspended AggregateIQ from its platform following reports that the company may be connected to Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL.AggregateIQ has said it has always complied with the law and has denied ever being part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL. It has also said it never entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica, nor has it ever had access to Facebook data allegedly obtained improperly by Cambridge Analytica.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
New Delhi: Union Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday questioned Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s silence on party leader Azam Khan’s alleged “underwear” jibe against his BJP rival from Rampur Lok Sabha seat Jay Prada and asked him not to stay silent like ‘Bhishma Pitamah’ did at disrobing of Draupadi in Mahabharata. The senior BJP leader’s comments followed SP leader Khan’s alleged remarks at a rally in which, without naming actor-turned-politician Prada, he had said it took 17 years for people of Uttar Pradesh to understand her, but he knew in 17 days that she wears a “khaki underwear”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Tagging a video of Khan’s remarks, Swaraj tweeted, “Brother Mulayam, you are the patriarch of the Samajwadi Party. In Rampur, Draupadi is being disrobed in front of you. Don’t commit the mistake of staying silent like Bhishma Pitamah”, referring to an incident from the famous Indian mythology Mahabharata. Swaraj also tagged SP president Akhilesh Yadav, who was allegedly present at the rally when Khan made the controversial remarks, his wife Dimple Yadav and film star Jaya Bachchan, who is also an SP leader.
Colombo: Sri Lanka declared a nationwide curfew after suicide bombers carried out a string of well-planned deadly explosions, mostly in Colombo, on Easter Sunday leaving 192 dead and 470 injured in the island’s bloodiest day since the civil war ended a decade ago. Starting around 8.30 a.m. when the first blast ripped apart the St Anthony’s Shrine at Kochchikade here during Easter Mass, five more powerful explosions followed, hitting a total of three luxury hotels in Colombo and also St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, 30 km from here, and the Zion Church in the eastern district of Batticaloa, 250 km east of Colombo. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Just as authorities thought they had the situation under control, another blast went off in the afternoon near a restaurant close to the Dehiwala zoo in Colombo, killing two persons, and the Colombo neighbourhood of Dematogoda killing another three persons. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on phone with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, called the terror attacks “cold-blooded and pre-planned” barbarism and offered all help from New Delhi. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday No one claimed responsibility for the bloodbath but AFP reported that Sri Lankan Police chief Pujuth Jayasundara had issued a nationwide alert 10 days ago warning that suicide bombers planned to hit prominent Catholic churches. The Daily Mirror newspaper quoted the findings of initial investigations as saying that the first six major blasts were caused by Islamist suicide bombers and added that two of them had checked a day earlier into the Shangri-La Hotel, one of the three hotels targeted in Colombo. It said that the investigators who broke into Room No 616 “had recovered materials used by radical” Islamist extremists. The Mirror said it was not clear if the bombers were Sri Lankans or foreigners. Authorities said that 35 foreigners were among the dead but their nationalities were not clear. Besides Shangri-La, the other hotels hit were Cinnamon Grand, located near the official residence of the Prime Minister, and Kingsbury Hotel. A Sri Lankan journalist, V. Thanabalasingham, told IANS over telephone that a sense of panic had gripped Colombo, which had given up its overbearing security apparatus ever since the Tamil Tigers were crushed in May 2009, leading to a decade of peace. Photos and videos circulating on social media showed the roof of one church had been almost fully blown away in the blast. The floor was littered with a mixture of roof tiles, splintered wood and blood, media reports said. Many people could be seen covered in blood. Some helped those with more serious injuries. Ambulances, their sirens wailing, rushed the dead and seriously injured to hospitals — once a familiar sight in Colombo. Minister of Economic Reforms Harsha de Silva described the carnage. “Horrible scenes. I saw many body parts strewn all over,” he said. President Sirisena urged the public to be calm and cooperate with the authorities to conduct swift investigations into the blasts. “I am shocked and saddened by the situation.” The government had imposed indefinite curfew across the nation and has temporarily blocked Facebook and Instagram to curb the spread of fake news. AFP quoted the police warning as saying that a foreign intelligence agency had reported that the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), a Muslim group blamed for attacks on Buddhist shrines, was planning to carry out suicide attacks against prominent churches as well as the Indian High Commission in Colombo. Although Christians form only around 7 per cent of the Sri Lanka’s mainly Buddhist population, they are found both in the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamil communities.
Budapest: India’s Suthirta Mukherjee scripted a 4-3 win in what was the biggest women singles upset in the ITTF World Championships at Budapest when she sent world No. 58 Sabine Winter of Germany packing on Tuesday. In the process, she joined Manika Batra, who had an easy first-round outing against Andrea Todorovic of Serbia 14-12, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8, in the round of 64. But Archana Kamath and Madhurika Patkar bowed out of women singles race after making it to the round of 128. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSuthirta, ranked 502 in the world, used strong backhand counters to win 8-11, 17-15, 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6 against an attacking 26-year-old German. The 23-year-old, ranked No. 3 in India, was part of the gold-winning women squad at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Manika, the world No. 56, was rusty in her opening game but picked up pace to dispose of the Serbian qualifier, ranked No. 135, in quick time after the extended first game. Manika will meet Chen Szu-Yu of Taipei in next round. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterArchana, playing her third consecutive tough match, lost 11-8, 11-8, 19-17, 8-11, 6-11, 7-11, 4-11 to Egypt’s Dina Meshref after leading 3-0. The energy-sapping third game, which Archana won 19-17, took its toll as the Indian could not stop the marauding Egyptian who picked up the gauntlet to emerge winners. Madhurika began well but failed to sustain against Austria’s Amelie Solja as the world No. 65 downed the Indian 5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 13-11. Earlier in the day, Manika combined well with Archana to beat Konstantina Paridi and Aikaterini Toliou of Greece 11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 to enter women doubles round of 32 where they will take on Japan’s Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato. But the second Indian pair of Madhurika and Suthirta lost to the Canadian-Spanish combine of Mo Zhang and Maria Xiao 2-11, 11-6, 13-15, 8-11, 8-11.