News story: Joint Statement of UK International Trade Secretary Dr Fox MP and United States Trade Representative Ambassador Lighthizer

first_imgUS-UK Dialogue meetingOn March 20, the inaugural meeting of the US-UK Dialogue on SMEs will take place in connection with the working group meetings. This will bring small and medium businesses and stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic together with government officials to identify ways to deepen trade and investment ties and strengthen co-operation on issues of mutual interest to small and medium-sized enterprises. Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, and United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, met on Wednesday (14 March) to discuss shared efforts to continue strengthening the trade and investment relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States.In their meeting they discussed: the importance of ongoing work to ensure continuity and certainty for US and UK businesses as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union the continuing progress of the Trade and Investment Working Group, which will meet next week in Washington, in deepening our present, and defining our future, trade relationship efforts to promote free and fair trade, including through the elimination trade-distorting policies and practices around the world and tackling severe overcapacity SME brochureNext week at the SME Dialogue, both governments will publish a joint brochure for SMEs on resources for doing business in the US and UK. This resource provides targeted information to SMEs and demonstrates our early commitment to help SMEs benefit from deepening US-UK trade.Mutual Recognition AgreementDr Fox and Ambassador Lighthizer recognised the successful conclusion of a Mutual Recognition Agreement. The agreement is between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), representing US state-level regulators. This agreement demonstrates a practical way in which the United States and the UK, with similar high-quality standards, can co-operate closely to facilitate trade with each other.Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox MP said: Secretary of State Fox and I had very productive discussions on how to deepen our already extensive trade relationship – both now and when the UK leaves the EU. We are looking forward to hosting the UK team next week here in Washington for the third meeting of the US-UK Trade and Investment Working Group. This working group is an important element of our shared agenda to achieve free and fair trade, address the challenges faced by the global trading system, and to create good-paying jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. The launch of both the SME Dialogue and the toolkit on IP Protection for SMEs are 2 practical outcomes of our discussions so far. We look forward to continuing to expand opportunities for our businesses and workers, including for small and medium-sized enterprises. Ambassador Lighthizer said: US toolkit for UK SMEs UK toolkit for US SMEs Ambassador Lighthizer and I enjoyed a constructive meeting that touched on our shared ambition for a far deeper trade relationship both now and once the UK has left the EU. We are committed to maintaining momentum during next week’s UK-US Trade and Investment Group meeting in Washington, D.C. The Working Group discussions have agreed new measures to benefit small business in both our countries with the launch of SME Dialogue and the toolkit on IP protection for SMEs. We also spoke about the United States’ planned imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium. Dr Fox and Ambassador Lighthizer also made several announcements on the publication of toolkits for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the inaugural meeting of the US-UK Dialogue, a new brochure for SMEs, and the conclusion of the Mutual Recognition Agreement.Intellectual property toolkitsBoth governments published toolkits to help US and UK SMEs protect and enforce their intellectual property (IP) in each market. The UK and US teams have developed these joint educational tools and resources for small and medium-sized enterprises to support the export of creative and innovative products and services between the 2 countries:last_img read more

Saint Mary’s announces move out plans

first_imgIn a Thursday email to students, Saint Mary’s Residence Life staff said the College has finalized the move out plan for all students residing in residence halls.“The move-out process will begin May 6 and continue through May 31,” the email said. “Residence Life will continue to monitor and assess the evolving pandemic situation for any potential impact on the move-out process. We will keep you informed of any updates to the process or timeline.”The email said it is imperative students follow directions and adhere to social distancing guidelines, as well as acknowledge challenges given limited and small elevators.“Please be patient and remember we are all in this together,” the email said. Returning to campus to move out is an individual decision for students to make, and Residence Life encourage students to make their decision based on what “supports the health and safety of themselves, their family and the entire Saint Mary’s community,” the email said.“Before traveling to campus, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the appropriate local, state and federal COVID-19 guidelines regarding social distancing, essential travel, public gatherings and other activities so you can make your best decision given your specific situation and location,” the email said. “Please take all of these factors into account when selecting a move out appointment.”Students must sign up for a move out time slot to return to campus using the link for their residence hall listed in the email.“Students will only have card access to enter their building on the day that they have signed up for,” the email said. “Those who arrive on campus outside of their move out day will not have access to the building. Only the student and one person to assist will be permitted to enter the halls. Others may remain with the car to load up as items are brought from the room.”In the email, Residence Life reminded students they are required to bring their keys and student ID to campus with them.In order to minimize contact, moving supplies such as moving carts and personal protective gear, including masks, gloves and hand sanitizer will not be provided. Residence Life encourages students to bring their own supplies.According to the email, students are asked to park in a parking lot and wait until they are completely packed to move vehicles in front of their residence hall. “Once you have finished moving out, drop your key off in the key bucket located at the front desk of your residence hall, scan the QR Code at the front desk, submit photos of your residential space to [email protected] and depart from campus,” the email said.According to the email, Residence Life understands students may want to arrange meetings or gatherings with faculty members and others while on campus but asks students to refrain from doing so. This includes Saint Mary’s Convent, financial aid and student accounts. Students who are not able to return to campus to collect their belongings are asked to fill out a form found in the email.“We are assuming all will return, but if you have a compelling reason not to return we will evaluate your other options and will communicate with you,” the email said.The Residence Life team will be available by phone each day during the move out process as an effort to maintain social distancing, the email said.Tags: COVID-19, move-out, Residence Lifelast_img read more

Les Miz Change-Up: Samantha Hill Replaces Charlotte Maltby

first_imgSamantha Hill is replacing Charlotte Maltby as Cosette in the new Broadway revival of Les Miserables. The production is still on track to begin performances March 1 at the Imperial Theatre. Opening night is set for March 23. A production spokesperson did not reveal the reason for the casting change. Related Shows Hill joins previously announced stars Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean, Will Swenson as Javert, Caissie Levy as Fantine, Nikki M. James as Eponine and Andy Mientus as Marius. Les Miserables is directed by James Powell and Laurence Connor. Les Miserables Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Hill recently played the role of Cosette in the Toronto production of the show and made her Broadway debut as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. Other stage credits include August: Osage County, The Light in the Piazza, Spring Awakening, Annie, Beauty and the Beast and Chicago. View Commentslast_img read more