Press release: UK and Korea sign joint statement for trade continuity

first_img Diageo warmly welcomes the news of a South Korea-UK Free Trade Agreement. The free flow of international trade is vital to Diageo as it gives us the opportunity to reach more consumers and markets. South Korea is an important export market for Diageo and for Scotch whisky. We recognise and applaud the efforts of both sides in making substantive progress in trade negotiations and look forward to enhanced bilateral ties that support the future growth of trade in goods, services and cultural exchanges. This agreement removes the prospect of tariffs being reintroduced in South Korea – an important market for Scotch Whisky worth £70 million in shipment value in 2018. Demand for British products in Korea continues to grow rapidly and exports have increased by an average of 18% per year since 2011.Some of the fastest growing exports include sales of British cars which increased by a third to £943m in 2018.Paul Kelleher, Corporate Relations Director, Asia Pacific, Diageo said: We are pleased to hear the news of a trade deal which will allow for firms such as ours to maintain our local presence, supporting our longstanding Korean clients on international law matters and disputes. Korea is home to some of the world’s most dynamic and important international companies. This agreement will not only benefit those companies but also international companies and organisations doing business in the country. The value of trade between the UK and Korea has more than doubled since the EU-Korea agreement was applied in 2011. Providing continuity in our trading relationship will allow businesses in the UK and Korea to keep trading without any additional barriers, which will help us further increase trade in the years ahead. As we face growing global economic headwinds, our strong trading relationship will be crucial in driving economic growth and supporting jobs throughout the UK and Korea. Grant Hughes, Clifford Chance Regional Managing Partner, Asia Pacific said: Karen Betts, Chief Executive, Scotch Whisky Association said: Scotch Whisky is a global success story, with more than 1.2bn bottles exported last year. Our export success is based on free trade and open markets. By reducing tariffs and other trade barriers, Scotland’s national drink can continue to increase its global reach, in turn creating jobs and investment across the UK. The UK and Korea have today (Monday 10 June) signed a statement noting their agreement for a Free Trade Agreement that will allow business to keep trading freely after Brexit.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox signed the joint statement in Seoul with Korean Minister of Trade Yoo Myung-Hee.This marks the end of formal trade discussions and the UK-Korea Free Trade Agreement will be subject to final checks before it is formally signed.The news has been welcomed by businesses including Diageo and Clifford Chance, who say it will help them to keep trading without disruption and continue increasing their presence in Korea.The agreement allows businesses to continue to trade on preferential terms with Korea. In 2018, around 99% of British exports to Korea were eligible to be exported tariff free.Trading on these terms rather than on World Trade Organization terms will deliver significant savings and help to safeguard British jobs.This will help to strengthen further the trading relationship between the UK and Korea, which was worth £14.6 billion last year and has increased by an average of 12% per year since the EU-Korea Free Trade agreement was signed in 2011.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP said: Korea is one of the most significant markets covered by existing EU trade agreements and once the agreement is signed, the UK will have secured agreements with countries that account for 63% of trade currently covered by EU agreements for which the UK is seeking continuity. That has moved from 28% three months ago. Work is continuing intensively on remaining agreements.This is another significant achievement in the Government’s efforts to seek continuity for our existing EU trade agreements, providing certainty for business, consumers and investors.While in Korea, Dr Fox will also visit Samsung to discuss its research and development on 5G mobile technology.Notes to editors: The agreement will be formally signed shortly once it has been subject to formal checks, after which it will be subject to domestic parliamentary procedures in both countries before the agreement can be brought into force A regularly updated list of all signed agreements is available on GOV.UK. Countries for which the UK is seeking continuity exclude Turkey, San Marino and Andorra, which are part of a customs union with the EU, and excludes Japan, as the Economic Partnership Agreement only came into force on 1st February 2019. Total trade between the UK and Korea was worth £14.6bn in 2018, up 4.1% since 2017. There were 6,900 British VAT-registered businesses exporting goods to Korea in 2017, with 5,400 British businesses importing Korean goods to the UK. The UK will continue to be covered by the EU Korea FTA while the UK is a member of the EU, and during an Implementation Period. This agreement is designed to take effect when the EU-Korea FTA ceases to apply to the UK. Source for trade statistics: ONS ‘UK total trade: all countries, non-seasonally adjusted October to December 2018 release’. Figures are provided on a nominal basis. Source for goods trade: HMRC overseas trade statistics. Figures for cars based upon HS4 code (8703) ‘Motor cars and other motor vehicles’. Further information on trade agreement statistics can be found here: read more

Heidi Blickenstaff & Emma Hunton to Lead Freaky Friday

first_img‘Freaky Friday’ We’re freaking out in the best possible way right now! Broadway favorites Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton are set to star as mom and daughter in the world premiere production of Freaky Friday at Virginia’s Signature Theatre. Directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, the previously reported Disney musical will run from October 4 through November 13 in Signature’s MAX Theatre. Further casting and creative team members will be announced later.Based on the 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Disney films, the tuner will feature a book by Bridget Carpenter, music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Set in the present day, the show follows Katherine (Blickenstaff) and Ellie Blake (Hunton), an overworked mother and her teenage daughter who magically swap bodies and have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding.Blickenstaff comes directly from the Broadway company of Something Rotten! where she originated the role of Bea. Other Broadway credits include [title of show], The Addams Family, The Little Mermaid and The Full Monty.Hunton’s credits include the Broadway production of Spring Awakening, as well as the off-Broadway production of Rent; she appeared as Elphaba in the first National Tour of Wicked and Natalie in the first National Tour of Next to Normal.The title was developed by Disney expressly for theatrical licensing via Music Theatre International so at present there are no plans for it to end up on the Great White Way. View Commentslast_img read more

Proposed Probate Rules amendments

first_imgProposed Probate Rules amendments March 1, 2005 Regular News Proposed Probate Rules amendments The Florida Bar’s Probate Rules Committee has filed with the Florida Supreme Court its regular-cycle report of proposed amendments to the Florida Probate Rules. The committee proposes amendments to rules 5.040 (Notice); 5.041 (Service of Pleadings and Papers); 5.042 (Time); 5.240 (Notice of Administration); 5.241 (Notice to Creditors); 5.270 (Revocation of Probate); 5.345 (Accountings Other Than Personal Representatives’ Final Accountings); 5.346 (Fiduciary Accounting); 5.360 (Elective Share); 5.400 (Distribution and Discharge); 5.404 (Notice of Taking Possession of Protected Homestead); 5.475 (Ancillary Administration, Short Form); 5.496 (Form and Manner of Objecting to Claim); 5.530 (Summary Administration); and 5.620 (Inventory). The committee also proposes new rules 5.402 (Notice of Lien on Protected Homestead); 5.403 (Proceedings to Determine Amount of Lien on Protected Homestead); 5.498 (Personal Representatives’ Proof of Claim); 5.499 (Form and Manner of Objecting to Personal Representatives’ Proof of Claim); and 5.625 (Notice of Completion of Guardian Education Requirements). The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposed amendments, which are summarized below. The proposals also are reproduced in full online at An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before April 1, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Tami Foley Conetta, Florida Rules of Probate Committee, Post Office Box 49017, Sarasota 34230-6017, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case for June. The chair has until April 15 to file a response to any comments filed with the court. Electronic copies of all comments and the chair’s response also must be filed in accordance with the court’s Administrative Order In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). Label envelope to avoid erasure. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA PROBATE RULES (TWO YEAR CYCLE), CASE NO. SC05-147last_img read more

CUNA suggests short, long-term exam improvements to NCUA

first_imgCUNA suggested several immediate improvements in the NCUA’s examination procedures in a letter sent to the agency this week. The letter was sent in response to the NCUA’s recent request for input on through its Exam Flexibility Initiative.“We encourage NCUA to tackle the supervision improvement process in two stages. First, NCUA should determine what the agency can implement immediately or no later than the 2017 examination cycle to provide immediate supervisory relief for most credit unions,” reads CUNA’s letter. “The second stage should focus on long-term solutions in the supervisory process that would require updates to systems, processes, and staffing to fully implement.”Suggested short-term goals include:Extending the examination cycle;Right-sizing examination staff; andEliminating duplicative and overlapping exam procedures with state-chartered examinations by enhancing coordination with state supervisory authorities. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The project of the Bečar Museum as an interpretation center was presented in Pleternica

first_img“The Bečar Museum is designed so that when you enter you have a space where you will buy a ticket, where you will get basic information, take headphones or you will hire a companion to lead the group through the museum. You will be able to go through the museum in a group or individually. It is designed to introduce you to the heritage of a Bečar, to get to know who is a Bečar and who is Bečar, to present Bečar through the life of a man from the cradle and throughout life, Bečar is also connected in the context of world heritage because it is not a tune that is only associated with Pleternica, it is a tune that is sung throughout Slavonia, in Baranja, even parts of Vojvodina and Hungary. The Bečar Museum will not be what can be heard talking to citizens, various exhibits behind glass, but it will be a presentation of heritage with all modern techniques: music, video and visual recordings, and at some point you will even have the feeling of running through the cereal fields. I believe that we will open the doors of the museum in a year or a year and a half at the latest”, Said Antonija Jozic, the mayor of Pleternica. RELATED NEWS: Dragana Lucija Ratković Aydemir, founder and director of the company Muza, explains that the future Museum of Bečar will be a real contemporary museum that will use all the latest museological techniques, which will tell a traditional heritage culture in a modern way. “It will be in the museum and folk costumes and other objects, because it is very important, but we will use other methods to contextualize these objects. First of all, this is not a museum of folk costumes, but a museum of Bečar. And the fugitive is running. So, we have to figure out how the becarac will be in focus all the time, but then we will, of course, talk about other anthropological, ethnographic, historical phenomena that are associated with the becarac.”, Explained Ratković Aydemir and added that a large team is working on the project. Bećarac is on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage, and the Bećarac Museum is part of a large project led by the City of Pakrac with the City of Pleternica as one of the partners. Thus, Pleternica, in addition to Trg bećarca, will also have the Museum of Bećarca. Source / photo: Požega guide; Gradonač The presentation was conceived in such a way that the visitors were presented part by part of the project, and after each presentation a form was filled in in which remarks and suggestions were entered. The event was organized by the City of Pleternica and the company Muza from Zagreb, which deals with consulting and management in culture and tourism, reports Požega guide.center_img “The total value of the project is around 65 million kuna and the Pleternica part is 30 million kuna with which we will cover the costs of finishing the interior, now it is in the unfinished phase, the cost of equipping the museum and the salary of workers who will work in the museum until mid-2023. Until then, the museum should be ‘strengthened’, we will promote it well at the national level, so that it can be mostly financed by the programs that will work, and very little from the city budget.”, Jozić explained to you, for the portal Gradonač, and concluded that the museum will bring tourists and visitors to Pleternica, and we all know how tourism affects the environment, the number of accommodation facilities, service trades and companies is growing. Photo: City of Pleternica Last week, the future Bečar Museum was presented in the hall of the Croatian Library and Reading Room in Pleternica. The Bečar Museum, as well as the interpretation center, will be located in the heart of Pleternica – on the Bečar Square. The museum will also include a souvenir shop and a café, and the museum itself will be designed on two floors. The first can be seen by citizens already passing through the passage under the stands located on Trg bećarca, and the second, the main part of the museum, will be located in the basement below the stands. The total area of ​​the museum will be 1.400 square meters. Some of the contents of the museum that could be seen at the presentation are the Small House of Graševina and the exhibition unit Bećarski kalendar. THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERPRETATION OF HERITAGE – THE STORY OF THE CULTURAL ROUTE OF BEĆARAC AND THE GANGAlast_img read more

Saudi to host G20 energy ministers’ meeting on Friday

first_imgThe meeting will come a week after US President Donald Trump claimed that leading producers Russia and Saudi Arabia will slash output to boost tumbling prices. Saudi Arabia will host a virtual meeting Friday of energy ministers from the Group of 20 major economies in a bid to ensure “market stability” amid a coronavirus-led slump in crude prices.The video call will follow an emergency meeting on Thursday of OPEC and other oil producers to address the virus-sapped demand for crude and a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.”The Saudi G20 presidency will hold an extraordinary G20 energy ministers’ virtual meeting on Friday… to foster global dialogue and cooperation to ensure stable energy markets,” said a statement released Tuesday by the Saudi hosts. Topics :center_img “The G20 energy ministers will also act, alongside invited countries, and regional and international organizations, to alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the energy markets.”Crude oil prices collapsed to 18-year lows last week owing to a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, which have ramped up output despite weak demand.The global markets will closely watch whether OPEC and other major producers led by Russia reach an agreement to reduce oversupply in talks on Thursday.Ten oil producing nations from outside the wider OPEC+ alliance including the United States have been invited to the meeting, Russian news agency TASS reported Tuesday.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta ready to hire Dennis Bergkamp to replace Freddie Ljungberg

first_imgBergkamp would be open to a return to Arsenal (Picture: VI Images via Getty)Mikel Arteta wants Dennis Bergkamp to return to Arsenal, reports claim. The Gunners manager is looking to replace Freddie Ljungberg and hire a new assistant coach this summer. Ljungberg, who took control of Arsenal on an interim basis after Unai Emery was sacked, announced he had left his coaching role at the Emirates as he looks to take the next step into management. It has left a vacancy in Arteta’s backroom staff and, according to The Sun, he would like Bergkamp to fill it. ADVERTISEMENTBergkamp, 51, has been coaching on a volunteer basis with little-known Almere City since he lost his job as Ajax’s assistant manager three years ago. AdvertisementAdvertisementHe is keen to return into a full-time coaching position and it’s thought that he would jump at the chance to return to Arsenal. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Aug 2020 8:47 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Arteta needs to replace Ljungberg (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)He’s not the only man in the frame, other reports claim that Brentford’s Andreas Georgson is being considered.However, the romantic choice would be Bergkamp, who won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups during his time at Highbury between 1995 and 2006. Bergkamp said in a recent interview: ‘I’m really interested in Arteta and how he’s doing as there are signs  he wants to change their philosophy.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘When the time is right, I’d love to go back and get a role somewhere.‘Of course it would be ideal at Arsenal.‘I spent 11 years there and have a good feeling with the club.’Should Arsenal hire Dennis Bergkamp?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal make contact with Bayern Munich over Liverpool transfer target Thiago AlcantaraMORE: Bukayo Saka pays tribute to Freddie Ljungberg after Arsenal hero leaves clubFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisement Mikel Arteta ready to hire Dennis Bergkamp to replace Freddie Ljungberg Advertisementlast_img read more

Greensburg Edges Out FC In Girls Soccer

first_imgThe Greensburg Lady Pirates travelled to Franklin County Thursday night for a non-EIAC match with the Lady Wildcats. The Lady Pirates came away with a 3-2 victory after a competitive match on both ends of the pitch.Kasey Moeller opened the scoring with a break-away goal 14 minutes into the match. Twelve minutes later Michaela Myers found the back of thenet off the corner kick assist of Sierra Aylsworth. The Lady Pirates carried the 2-0 lead at halftime as both teams were nearly equal with shots ongoal.Back and forth aggressive play continued for both teams until Franklin County capitalized on the Lady Pirates missed marks and netted theirfirst goal with 12 minutes to play. Five minutes later Maddi Hellmich was able to find Moeller in open space for her second goal of the game. Theintensity continued to pick up by the hosts and they used a solid combination to score with a little over five minutes to play. The final five minuteswas intense and the Lady Pirates did an outstanding job to neutralize the attacks from the Lady Wildcats.McKella Lynette recorded the win in goal making 12 saves of shots on goal for the evening. The Lady Wildcats outshot the Lady Pirates with 14-12 of shots on goal for the evening. Taking those shots for Greensburg were: Moeller, Myers, Aylsworth, Hellmich, Cara Zeigler, Abby Bausback and Danielle Schroeder.The Lady Pirates will travel to East Central next Tuesday for JV and Varsity EIAC match. The overall varsity record is now 4-4-1 for the season.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers with VarVee.last_img read more

Inois eases to fifth straight win

first_img Alechi Inois safely negotiated the remaining two fences and coasted home for a facile six-length victory over August Hill. Grade One winner Trafford Lad and legendary chaser Sizing Europe are among the previous winners of this race, but Walsh was keen to dampen the hype. “He’s quite ground dependant. He does like that good ground,” said Walsh. “He’s done it well, but when Benemeade and Blacklough came out, it made it a lot easier. “I’m not knocking anyone’s horse, but what they were over hurdles, they’re basically going to be the same over fences. “You can get carried away with horses at this time of year.” Mullins said: “He enjoys this ground and we’ll campaign him as long as we have it. He’s versatile trip-wise and jumps well. “I’ll probably give him a mid-season break and bring him back for the spring. “I don’t know how good he is and whether he’s good enough to move up another grade or two.” Alechi Inois barely came off the bridle in making it five from five over fences in the Buck House Novice Chase. Following the withdrawals of Benemeade and Blacklough, the Willie Mullins-trained Alechi Inois was a 3-10 favourite for his latest Grade Three assignment and jumped accurately at the head of affairs throughout. Ruby Walsh took a leisurely look behind as he rounded the home turn and it was clear his opponents were struggling to bridge the gap. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Federer ends Djokovic’s three-year winning streak at ATP World Tour Finals

first_imgRoger Federer produced some of his best tennis as he beat world number one Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-2 to secure a place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in London.The world number three took full advantage of a slightly off-colour performance from Djokovic to book his place in the last four of the tournament with a game to spare.Federer still has to play Kei Nishikori, who bounced back from his opening loss to Djokovic with victory over Tomas Berdych earlier in the day. Djokovic, meanwhile, will take on Berdych needing to win in straight sets to guarantee his place in the semi-finals.A battling start saw the world number three forced to save a break point in his opening service game before he found his rhythm and settled into the match.There were no further break point opportunities on either side for much of the opening set, which looked sure to be decided on a tie-break until Federer broke through in the 12th game.A forehand wide across court from Djokovic gifted Federer his first break point of the match and although he squandered the chance by netting a forehand, the world number one did not escape the second as Federer produced a delicate backhand half volley winner that spun back towards the net and away from Djokovic as soon as it touched the court. Federer looked poised to run away with the match, reeling off 17 of 22 points on his way to an early break in the second set.The curiously out-of-sorts Djokovic did prove to have a little fight left in him as he broke back immediately. But it was not enough to deter the single-minded Federer, who broke again in the sixth game before going on to wrap up the win at the second attempt whn Djokovic went wide with an inside out forehand across court, challenged in vein by the Serb.Djokovic, champion for the last three years at the O2 Arena showpiece, had not been beaten indoors since 2012, a winning streak of 38 matches.”He tactically played well,” Djokovic said of Federer. “Undoubtedly, he was the better player on the court. But I think I also allowed him to play and penetrate through the ball and dictate the tempo from the baseline.”I didn’t have this follow-through on my shots, no depth honestly, many mistakes. Basically if you play this way against Roger, you have no chance.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more