Press release: Trade wins for Hamleys, Norton motorcycles and British farmers as Prime Minister Abe visits London

first_imgKay Johnson, Head of Global Sales and Marketing at Norton motorcycles said: A series of new deals for British and Japanese companies and farmers is worth more than £200 million and will help to support hundreds of jobs in the UK.The deals were announced as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Prime Minister Theresa May in London today (Thursday 10 January).Hamleys toy shop have announced that they will open 30 new stores in Japan over the next five years as part of an export win worth £47 million. The joint venture with software publisher Bandai Namco Amusement involves a new retail entertainment experience, supporting 1,000 jobs in the UK and creating 3,600 jobs in Japan.British motorcycle company Norton has also signed a new £20m export deal to Japan, which will support 200 jobs in the UK and see around 1,000 new motorbikes sold to Japanese customers over the next five years.Lucozade Ribena Suntory has announced that they will install a new line at their production plant in Gloucestershire, investing £13m and supporting more than 330 jobs.On top of this, it has been announced that British farmers will now be able to export beef and lamb to Japan for the first time since the two meats were banned in 1996. The total agreement is estimated to be worth around £130million over the first five years – £75m for beef and £52m million for lamb.As we leave the European Union, the Prime Ministers confirmed their intention to ensure the continued applicability of the Japan-EU international agreements, including the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement which will form the basis for a new UK-Japan agreement.They agreed that both countries will work quickly to establish the economic partnership, with the intention that it should come into force as soon as possible.Both countries have also committed to work together to reform the World Trade Organization (WTO) and reduce global trade tensions that exist, including through Japan’s presidency of the G20 this year.Efforts to reform the WTO will focus on advancing discussions on reforming the rules to better address the root causes of trade tensions, advancing discussions on digital trade, enhancing the WTO’s notification and monitoring functions, and improving the functioning of the dispute settlement system.Prime Minister Abe reconfirmed support for the UK potentially joining the Comprehensive and Progress Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which would see the UK forging stronger trade links with established trading partners such as Japan and Canada, as well as rapidly growing economies such as Vietnam.This would allow free and frictionless trade for many British businesses, helping them to expand into some of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: We are delighted to have partnered with Japanese firm Bandai Namco Amusement for this new £300m venture to introduce the unique Hamleys in-store experience to this fantastic market. We opened our first 2 stores in Tokyo and Fukuoka in December 2018, and we will shortly commence planning for a further 6 store openings in 2019. Hamleys Group CEO, Ralph Cunningham said: Our parent company, Suntory Beverage & Food recognises this status and their £13m investment is a vote of confidence in our UK and Gloucestershire operations, ensuring Coleford continues to be a best-in-class site for years to come. That’s why today we have committed to reduce global trade tensions, reform global trading rules and bring a new UK-Japan free trade agreement into force as soon as possible. Norton have an agreement with our distributor, PCI Limited in Japan which will run over a five-year term to manufacture over 1,000 bikes and will achieve an estimated value of £20m. Hamleys is the fastest growing international toy retailer, with a global presence of over 160 stores across 17 countries and we plan to open 30 stores in Japan over the next 5 years.center_img Chris Kane, Supply Chain Operations Director at Lucozade Ribena Suntory said: The UK and Japan are among the strongest champions of free trade and an even closer relationship as we leave the European Union will help us to rally against the protectionist measures around the world that risk making us all poorer. In the last year, trade between the UK and Japan totalled more than £28 billion, an increase of 5% on the year before. We see our Coleford factory as the heartbeat of our UK operations and we are proud that it is one of the most efficient factories across the globe. We very much look forward to growing our workforce to support the demand for motorbikes in this territory and, in doing so, continue to build a strong trading business with Japan. On top of this, we have announced more than £200m worth of export and investment deals that will see Hamleys toy shop, Norton motorcycles and British farmers increasing their presence in Japan and supporting hundreds of jobs in both of our countries.last_img read more

The Show Will Not Go On! A Man’s A Man Cancels Performance Off-Broadway Due to Injury

first_imgThe Classic Stage Company’s off-Broadway production of Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s A Man has canceled its performance January 17 due to an injury sustained during last night’s show. Bill Buell, who plays Jeraiah Jip and has no understudy, fractured his ankle while off-stage due to a set malfunction. The remainder of the show was canceled on January 16. A Man’s A Man started preview performances on January 10, with opening night set for January 30. A replacement actor is currently being found. View Comments A Man’s A Man tells the story of Galy Gay, a simple man out shopping who, by the trickery of some soldiers, is turned into a soldier, enlisted into Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and, eventually, reassembled into a killing machine. The play is Brecht’s ode to the inhumanity of man.center_img Directed by Brian Kulick, A Man’s A Man’s cast also includes Justin Vivian Bond, Gibson Frazier, Martin Moran, Jason Babinsky, Steven Skybell, Stephen Spinella, Ching Valdes-Aran and Allan K. Washington. The production features new music by Grammy and Tony-winning singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik.last_img read more

Touchline: Jose Mourinho’s methods are proven but does he man-manage well?

first_imgChelsea’s Board may be right after all and may well have explored an entirely unnoticed angle in the Mourinho saga.’Jose  is a goal getter,  quick, hugely successful in fixing situation in the short run but the recent  Blues episode does not help his earlier defense of  recurring crumbling third seasons.He lasted three full seasons in his first stint at Chelsea before his relationship with owner Roman Abramovich disintegrated and he was sacked with three years still left on his contract in September 2007.Mourinho then had two seasons at Inter Milan, leaving – as he did at Porto in 2004 – after winning the Champions League, as well as Serie A for the second successive season and the Italian Cup.He stayed three more seasons at Real Madrid, winning La Liga in 2011-12. So is he a short term achiever and what marks does he score on dealing with players who decide not to play for him wherever?This week’s special edition of Touchline  subjected the  Character “Mourinho” to massive scrutiny .Click Link to watch fast paced Video podcast anchored by JOY Sports George Addo Jnr  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Liverpool leave it late again to beat Southampton

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp That was also the Irishman’s 50th Premier League goal and he should have had 51 shortly after when he failed to connect with another dangerous Bertrand cross and Virgil van Dijk nearly turned the ball into his own net against his old club.Keita has failed to live up to expectations since his £53 million move from RB Leipzig last summer, but the Senegalese could hardly have picked a better moment to score his first goal for the club nine minutes before the break.Southampton were left angry that Salah was not flagged offside in the build-up, but the ball eventually fell for Trent Alexander-Arnold and his in-swinging cross was met too powerfully with his head by Keita for Gunn to keep out.Liverpool had far more control of the game after the break, but had to wait until 10 minutes from time for the crucial goal and it came on the counter-attack from a Southampton corner.Salah latched onto Henderson’s headed pass and ran from inside his own half before curling in his first goal in nine games from just outside the box.Henderson had been left on the bench from the start by Klopp, but the Liverpool captain made his presence felt as a substitute as he then burst into the box to finish off Roberto Firmino’s low cross to seal a vital three points. Southampton, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool needed more late goals to move top of the Premier League once more as Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson struck in the final 10 minutes to earn a 3-1 victory at Southampton on Friday.Jurgen Klopp’s men had to come from behind at St. Mary’s after Shane Long’s early opener.However, Naby Keita’s first goal for the club brought the visitors level before Salah and Henderson’s strikes took Liverpool two points clear of Manchester City, who still have a game in hand.The league leaders also needed late goals to beat Fulham and Tottenham in their last two games, but they refuse to give up the chase of a City side eyeing history with a quadruple of trophies.Southampton started the evening just five points above the relegation zone at the other end of the table, but had won their past two games as part of a general upturn in form since Ralph Hasenhuttl took charge in December.And the hosts looked more like the side going for the title in the early stages as they went in front on nine minutes.Ryan Bertrand’s cross picked out the run of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg into the box and his flick-on looped over Andy Robertson for Long to control and score just his fourth goal in his last 50 Premier League appearances.center_img Mohammed Salah scores for Liverpoollast_img read more

Ferguson breaks silence on Van Gaal, claiming: ‘He has been brilliant for Man United’

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson has backed Louis van Gaal’s decision to overhaul the Manchester United squad, and claimed the Dutchman has made a ‘brilliant’ start to his reign.Speaking publicly for the first time about Van Gaal’s appointment at Old Trafford, Ferguson revealed he has been impressed by the approach he has taken at Old Trafford.Since taking charge in July, Van Gaal has dismantled Ferguson’s last title-winning team, with Danny Welbeck, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra among 14 players shipped out, and has spent more than £150million on six new arrivals.And Ferguson believes the 63-year-old former Netherlands boss has made the right in call in trying to stamp his own identity on the club.In quotes carried by the Daily Telegraph from a forthcoming MUTV documentary, the legendary former United boss said: “Louis van Gaal has made a lot of changes and, thinking about that, actually maybe he’s doing the right thing, to clear the decks and build his own team – because he’s got the experience and coaching ability to do that.“The way he’s approached it, I think he has been brilliant.”Van Gaal endured a difficult start to his Old Trafford career with his side’s defensive problems highlighted by a dramatic 5-3 defeat at Leicester last month.But since that loss United have defied a mounting injury list to secure successive wins over West Ham and Everton to move up into the top four. 1 Louis van Gaal last_img read more

India and Pakistan: Road to semi-final

first_imgIndia take on Pakistan in the high-octane World Cup semi-final clash at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will attend after a direct invitation from his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, giving the match a new diplomatic significance. Speaking about the statistics, it is the first time the two teams have met in the semifinal of the World Cup, though they met in the 1996 quarterfinal in Bangalore, which India won by 39 runs.World Cup apart, the two teams are facing each other for the first time since July 2008. On that occasion Pakistan beat India by eight wickets in Karachi in the Asia Cup.Here’s a look into how the two teams progressed:DateMatchVenueResultSat 19 FebIND vs BANShere Bangla National Stadium, MirpurIND won by 87 runs Scorecard | Match reportSun 27 FebIND vs ENGEden Gardens, KolkataMatch ends in tieScorecard | Match reportSun 06 MarIND vs IREM Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru (Bangalore)IND won by 5 wicketsScorecard | Match reportWed 09 MarIND vs NEDFerozeshah Kotla, DelhiIND won by 5 wicketsScorecard | Match reportSat 12 MarIND vs SAVidarbha Cricket Association Ground, NagpurSA won by 3 wktsScorecard | Match reportSun 20 MarIND vs WIMA Chidambaram Stadium, ChennaiIND won by 80 runsScorecard | Match reportThu 24 MarIND vs AUS2nd Q-finalSardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, MoteraIND won by 5 wktsScorecard | Match reportDate MatchVenueResultWed 23 FebPAK vs KENMahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, HambantotaPAK won by 205 runsScorecard | Match reportSat 26 FebPAK vs SLR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboPAK won by 11 runsScorecard | Match report Thu 03 MarPAK vs CANR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboPak won by 46 runsScorecard | Match reportTue 08 MarPAK vs NZPallekele International Cricket Stadium, KandyNZ won by 110 runsScorecard | Match reportMon 14 MarPAK vs ZIMPallekele International Cricket Stadium, KandyPAK won by 7 wkts (D/L)Scorecard | Match reportSat 19 Mar AUS vs PAKR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboPAK won by 4 wktsScorecard | Match reportWed 23 MarPAK v WI 1st Q-finalShere Bangla National Stadium, MirpurPAK won 10 wktsScorecard | Match report advertisementlast_img read more

Anderson abused, threatened to break Ravindra Jadeja’s teeth

first_imgICC had earlier given a clean chit to England’s James Anderson due to lack of video evidenceHe may have been let off after an ICC hearing but it has now come to light that England pacer James Anderson did admit to abusing Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during their altercation in the opening Test in Nottingham.According to a report in ‘ESPNCricinfo’, Anderson had threatened to break Jadeja’s teeth during the altercation. The matter was brought to a close earlier this week when an ICC appointed judicial commissioner exonerated both the players of the respective charges brought against them.”…he (Anderson) admitted to having continuously abused Jadeja, pushing him and acting in breach of the spirit of cricket. He also threatened to break Jadeja’s teeth, the BCCI’s counsel contended while appealing the sentence earlier handed to Jadeja by match referee David Boon,” the report said.”These were two different but overlapping cases. The BCCI counsel took part in the appeal against Jadeja’s sentence, but the case involving Anderson was pursued by the ICC’s lawyer, as is the protocol for Level 3 charges. The BCCI counsel didn’t get a chance to cross-examine Anderson during that main case but did so during the Jadeja appeal.”The cross-examination was intense and aggressive, say those present, and began with the BCCI counsel addressing Anderson using some of the swear words allegedly used by the player, catching him by surprise,” he added.Chronicling the incident, the report stated that the abuse by Anderson was continuous.”The incident took place as the players were walking off for lunch on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test. Anderson had appealed for a catch at the wicket against Jadeja with the first ball of the over, after which he was seen having a word with Jadeja. Umpire Bruce Oxenford’s witness statement said he intervened and asked Anderson to stop chirping. The chirping, though, continued,” he said.advertisementAnderson reportedly even refused to acknowledge his actions as against the spirit of the game.”Anderson didn’t contest MS Dhoni’s statement as witness that he abused Jadeja again, and asked him to return to the dressing room, this is also when he is said to have threatened to break Jadeja’s teeth. Anderson was asked if he thought his actions were against the spirit of cricket. He said, ‘Yes’,” he said.last_img read more

10 months agoLille inform Chelsea, PSG they’re ready to sell Thiago Mendes

first_imgLille inform Chelsea, PSG they’re ready to sell Thiago Mendesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille have informed Chelsea they’re prepared to sell Thiago Mendes next month.Last summer, Chelsea asked Lille to keep them informed of the Brazilian’s situation with the view to bringing him to England.RMC says Lille have told suitors they’re prepared to sell Thiago Mendes in January.Chelsea are in contact, along with Wolfsburg and Schalke 04.PSG are also interested in the midfielder, who they see as a replacement for contract rebel Adrien Rabiot. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Nutrien to sell Israel Chemical stake for expected US700 million

first_imgSASKATOON – Fertilizer giant Nutrien Ltd. (TSX:NTR) says it plans to sell all of its holdings in Israel Chemicals Ltd. in a secondary share offering for an expected US$700 million.The sale comes as one of the requirements set out by global regulators for Potash Corp. and Agrium Inc. to merge to become Nutrien.Nutrien also needs to sell its shareholdings in Arab Potash Co. and Chile-based SQM within 18 months, and had to sell off some U.S. operations and convert its holdings in China-based Sinofert Holdings Ltd. to a passive investment before it closed the merger.The company secured U.S. approval for the deal in late December to clear the way for the company to start trading on Jan. 2 as Nutrien, since approvals from Canada, India, China, Brazil and Russia were already in place.The combined company, which has fertilizer mining operations in Canada and the U.S. as well as more than 1,500 farm retail centres globally, proposed the merger as a way to expand its combined reach and achieve $500 million a year in cost savings.Nutrien, now with about a $43-billion market capitalization, is headquartered in Saskatoon with corporate offices in Calgary.last_img read more

Tommy Lakes fire grows to over 19500 hectares forces evacuation of 78

first_imgA map of the Tommy Lakes Fire perimeter. Photo by BC Wildfire ServiceMacAuley explained crews did notice some increased fire activity yesterday that was caused by the high winds meaning that the fire is likely larger than currently reported, though officials won’t have an updated number until after surveys are conducted later today. She said that air tankers were able to complete part of their mission in limiting the fire’s growth along the southeast flank, but had to be grounded as a precautionary measure after just a few hours because of heavy smoke. A Conair Aerial Firefighting Avro RJ85 air tanker at the North Peace Airport. Photo by Chris NewtonAn area restriction remains in effect for the area surrounding the fire. The area restriction has been put in place to address public-safety concerns arising from the wildfire’s rate of spread and to avoid interference with fire control. The restriction will remain in place until noon on July 31st, or until the order is rescinded.Under this order and Section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter the Tommy Lakes wildfire restricted area without prior written authorization of an official, designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area under the following circumstances only: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says that the Tommy Lakes Fire continues to burn north of Fort St. John and has now grown to over 19,000 hectares, forcing 78 area residents from their homes.Fire Information Officer Rosalie MacAuley said that after conducting an aerial survey yesterday, the Wildfire Service now estimates the size of the conflagration at 19,540 hectares, and the fire is zero percent contained. She said that the personnel battling the blaze had their ranks bolstered since Monday, bringing the total of firefighters at the scene to 133, with two additional helicopters and pieces of heavy equipment. The total of both helicopters and heavy machinery pieces is now nine each.“On the east side of the Beatton Road, crews are working to build and reinforce guard along the fire perimeter to prevent the fire from crossing the Beatton road,” said an update on the Wildfire Service website. “Crews are also working on a fireline south on the Tommy Lakes Road. Additional crews are continuing with blackline and mop-up operations along the South Nig connector. Sprinklers are installed on the bridge at the 56km mark on the Tommy Lakes Road.” travelling to or from his or her principal residence that is not under an evacuation order;using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;travelling to or from an industrial activity or business location;travelling through or entering the area as a person acting in an official capacity; orthrough or entering the area for an approved purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities. A map of the evacuation order near the Tommy Lakes Fire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. A map of the evacuation order near the Tommy Lakes Fire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. An evacuation order has also been issued by the Peace River Regional District due to the immediate danger posed by the fire. The PRRD’s Deputy CAO Shawn Dahlen said that in total, 78 evacuees have registered at the Emergency Evacuation Centre at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more