Spanish Maritime Action Ship (BAM in its Spanish initials) ‘Tornado’ with home port in Las Palmas, the Canary Islands departed on Thursday morning to participate in Operation ‘Atalanta’.The ‘Tornado’ is the fourth ship of her class to participate in operation ‘Atalanta’, an EU maritime security mission fighting piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Somalia, also protecting merchant ships and trawlers fishing in the area.The ship will integrate in the EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) at the beginning of December relieving her sister ship ‘Meteoro’. This oceanic patrol vessel is scheduled to stay five months in the area of operations.The ship is under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Eduardo Guitian Crespo. Her complement consists of 83 people: 53 crew members, 17 Air Unit personnel in support of the AB-212 helicopter, an 11-strong Special Operations detachment, in addition to a doctor and an interpreter.The ‘Tornado’ is the fourth ship of her class.[mappress]Press Release, November 18, 2013; Image: Spanish Navy November 18, 2013 Spanish Action Ship ‘Tornado’ Bound for Operation Atalanta Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish Action Ship ‘Tornado’ Bound for Operation Atalanta Share this article
December 30, 2016Dear Friends,I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and may 2017 bring health, happiness and prosperity to you and your families.I want to thank the entire city team, City Council and all of the board and commission volunteers for their service in 2016. I would also like to thank all of the members of our community who participated in town hall meetings and shared thoughts, concerns and suggestions through the mail and email. We’re working hard to maintain Ocean City as a great place for all of us to live, work and play. This feedback is invaluable in our effort to improve all aspects of the city.I am excited to begin 2017 and look forward to presenting an updated capital plan to City Council and introducing a responsible budget. These plans are important in our efforts to improve infrastructure and maintain facilities and services without a burden on taxpayers.First Night, our family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, is tomorrow night, and if you have not purchased admission buttons for your family, there is still time to do so. All-inclusive admission buttons ($20) can be purchased in person at the City Hall Welcome Center at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street causeway, and at Stainton’s (810 Asbury Avenue).Race-day registration for the First Day 5K Boardwalk Run on New Year’s Day will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Civic Center, just off the boardwalk at Sixth Street, and the race will start at 1 p.m. Event-day registration for the First Dip in the Atlantic Ocean starts at noon at the Music Pier. The event benefits the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, and the plunge takes place at 2 p.m.Michele and I would like to extend best wishes to all of you for a happy 2017!Warm regards,Jay A. Gillian Mayor
“Cuisine de France was extremely proud to have won the Customer Focus Award. Being customer-focused is key to our business and it’s great to be able to share our partnership approach with the industry through the Baking Industry Awards. We would recommend everyone in the industry to enter the awards. It is a great accolade to use across your business and with your customers. The awards ceremony is well-organised and a great night was had by all!”
Free and fair trade is fundamental to the prosperity of the United Kingdom.That is something on which all sides of this House can agree.As globalisation and new technology have changed the face of the world economy, the old barriers of distance and time have been eroded.In an age where data, knowledge and expertise are traded as readily as cars, or steel, even the simplest transactions are no longer confined to one country, or even one continent.The United Kingdom is one of the world’s leading trading nations.The total value of our trade with the rest of the world is equivalent to over half of our gross domestic product.We are the most popular destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in Europe, and last year FDI created or safeguarded an estimated 108,000 jobs.British companies operate across the globe, with an international reputation for quality and expertise that few nations can match.This has enabled us to boost the total value of our exports by around 14% in the last year, to some £617 billion.Our current success is, of course, built upon a long and proud trading tradition.From our unilateral adoption of free trade in the 1840s, to our instrumental role in founding the World Trade Organization, the United Kingdom has been at the heart of international trading innovations.Often, we have led the way, using our economic and diplomatic influence to guide the world towards a free-trading future, confident in the benefits that the rules-based global trading system can bestow.Yet, for more than 4 decades, the United Kingdom has been unable to fulfil that leadership role.But soon, this country will once again be able to pursue an independent trade policy, whether unilaterally or within bodies such as the WTO.We will be able to unlock some of the key areas of global growth.Able to offer preferential market access to developing nations of our choosing.Able to develop closer economic links with our Commonwealth partners.And able to influence, as we once did, the future of international trade.Madam Deputy Speaker, this government believes that we have an unprecedented opportunity to regain our former influence in trade policy.The United Kingdom will be able to put in place a trade policy that acts in our own interest, and that of our friends and allies.Trade is not only about self-interested commercial gain.It is also about nurturing developing economies, eliminating poverty, and building partnerships for the future.Closer to home, trade ensures that British consumers can access quality goods at a reasonable price, and foreign investment creates jobs and protects livelihoods the length and breadth of the country.Fundamentally, we will have the power to choose our own economic destiny, and chart our own course to a brighter and more prosperous future.Yet for all our high political ideals, we also recognise that trade is carried out not by governments, but by individual enterprises.To operate, they require certainty and stability.Confidence is a very valuable commodity indeed – the UK has been economically successful partly because our stability, our access to wider markets and our regulatory environment all inspire confidence in investors and international firms.It is why we attracted the highest number of new foreign direct investment projects in our history last year.Before we can begin to forge new trading relationships, we must act to prevent disruption to our existing trade environment.As the Prime Minister has said, our ambition is to forge a deep and special new partnership with our European friends and allies.We will retain the bonds of friendship, security and trade that have united Britain and Europe for so long.If we are to achieve this, before we leave the European Union, we must put in place the essential legal powers and structures that will enable the UK to operate an independent trade policy.That is what our trade legislation seeks to achieve. In this, as in all our legislation, the Department for International Trade will be guided by what delivers the greatest economic advantage to the UK, and ensures the continued confidence of our partners and allies.The Bill contains 6 delegated powers, allowing the government to make regulations to support and develop its trade policy. Two of these powers allow the government to amend primary legislation.Those powers relate to ensuring the continuity of EU trade agreements into a UK-only context and to the collection of exporter information by HMRC. Both of those powers are subject to significant restrictions on how they can be used.The trade agreement continuity powers are limited in scope. In particular they can only be used to amend primary legislation where this forms part of retained EU law.We intend to use these powers to make necessary amendments to domestic legislation as part of this transition project.Through taking these powers we can be sure that we have the ability to efficiently implement all obligations of these existing trade agreements in our new context.The EU’s trade agreements which we are intending to transition and which are within the scope of this Bill will have already been scrutinised by Parliament’s EU Committees. Those free trade agreements which the UK has already ratified have also been through the normal Parliamentary scrutiny process.The Bill simply aims to enable us to continue those existing trading arrangements, allowing us to provide certainty and reassure international partners, businesses and investors.The aims of the legislationMadam Deputy Speaker, the new legislation that we have brought forward has 4 primary aims.Firstly, as I have already mentioned, it aims to prevent disruption to UK businesses and consumers.Earlier I alluded to the importance of the UK’s ability to access other markets across the world.Currently, as a member of the European Union, we are part of around 40 free trade agreements across the world.Maintaining that market access for UK companies is a priority. That is why, as we leave the EU, we seek continuity and have therefore been very public about our aim to enter into our own agreements with our partner countries which maintain the effects of the free trade agreements currently in place with the EU.The Bill will create new powers to make regulations, where required, to ensure we can fully implement these free trade agreements, and our other existing trade agreements, as we leave the EU.By ensuring continuity in our existing trade arrangements, we will provide certainty and stability for workers, consumers, businesses, and our international trading partners.Secondly, we want to maintain UK businesses’ guaranteed rights to access global public procurement markets worth approximately £1.3 trillion per year.The GPA, or Government Procurement Agreement, is a plurilateral agreement, within the framework of the WTO, which aims to create an open market for government procurement among participating nations.These include many of the world’s major economies, such as the United States, Japan and Canada, as well as the EU states.Currently, we participate in the GPA through our membership of the EU.It is worth pointing out that the UK creates around £68 billion of procurement opportunities within the GPA annually – over 25% of the total EU offering.After we leave the EU, however, the UK will need to join the GPA as an independent member, not only to safeguard continuity of access for UK companies overseas, but also to ensure that we can tap into international expertise and obtain the best deal for the taxpayer here in the UK.The powers in clause 1 of the Trade Bill will allow us to make regulations implementing our obligations under the GPA as an independent member, reflecting our new status within the GPA.Parliament will be able to scrutinise the terms of our membership of the GPA through the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act (CRaG) before we join.It also is worth my reminding the House that decisions about public services, for example the National Health Service, will be made by UK governments, including devolved administrations, not our trade partners.As we leave the EU, the UK will continue to ensure that rigorous protections for the NHS and other public services are included in all trade agreements to which it is party.Now, the third aim for the Bill, Madam Deputy Speaker, together with the Taxation (Cross Border Trade) Bill, the Bill will create a new UK trade remedies framework, overseen by an independent body – the Trade Remedies Authority.It is important to remember that free trade does not mean trade without rules.Trade remedies are a vital safety net for firms operating in the global market place, protecting them from injury caused by unfair trading practices such as dumping or trade-distorting subsidies, as well as from unforeseen surges of imports.After its creation, the TRA will be required to prepare both an annual report on the performance of its functions and an annual statement of accounts.These documents will then be laid before the House of Commons, ensuring that Parliament is able to fully scrutinise the TRA’s functions and financial activity.Closely linked to this is the Bill’s fourth aim. We want to enable HMRC to collect and share essential data on the United Kingdom’s trade flows.This will enable DIT, as well as bodies such as the Trade Remedies Authority, to perform essential trade functions such as providing evidence to WTO panel’s ruling on trade disputes.It will also provide a vital insight into our export performance during our development of trade policy.Explaining the Trade Bill – PowersBefore I explain further about the process, it seems a good juncture to correct some of the misunderstandings that seem to have grown up, deliberately or otherwise, around the Bill itself.As I explained earlier, the Bill contains 2 powers that allow the government to amend primary legislation – the power in clause 2 to implement trade agreements the UK adopts, and the power in clause 7 to allow HMRC to collect exporter information.Both of these powers are limited in scope, and restricted in their use.Contrary to the belief of some in this House, including it seems the Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, this Bill does not legislate for powers that could be used when implementing new free trade agreements with countries with whom the EU does not have a free trade agreement before exit day.An article in the Guardian, written by the Honourable Member for Brent North, incorrectly asserted that the government would only be obliged to present the text of new Trade Agreements under the convention of the Ponsonby Rule.Yet, as I mentioned earlier, scrutiny of new agreements requiring ratification is ensured by the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.There is no attempt to bypass parliamentary scrutiny, or to obtain sweeping new authority for the government over this country’s trading structures.Rather, the government seeks powers in Clause 2 which we think necessary for us to fully implement in UK law non-tariff obligations of the transitioned existing EU-third country trade agreements that we adopt. Any tariff-related obligations in such transitioned agreements will be implemented using powers conferred by the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, which had its second reading in this House yesterday.When the UK enters directly into its own arrangements with our partner countries, the government will seek as far as possible to maintain the effects of the existing arrangements they have with the EU.This means that we will be able to deliver the continuity those businesses, consumers and our trading partners, this House, and our colleagues desire.It will maintain market access and allow us to continue to abide by our obligations to our international trading partners.The UK has used the European Communities Act 1972 to implement existing EU trade agreements and the GPA.The EU Withdrawal Bill will repeal the 1972 Act. This means that the UK will require a new way to ensure that our transitioned agreements are fully implemented in UK law and remain operable over time.Clauses 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Trade Bill will give the government the necessary powers to do so in relation to the non-tariff elements of those transitioned agreements, including amending legislation where necessary.They will also grant these powers to the devolved administrations to ensure that they too can implement transitioned agreements, and reflect the UK’s independent GPA membership, in areas that fall within their devolved competence.With regards to the powers to implement free trade agreements; these powers will only be available if the partner country has signed an FTA with the EU before exit day.In other words, and as I said earlier, this Bill does not legislate for powers that could be used when implementing new free trade agreements with countries with whom the EU does not have a free trade agreement before exit day.The government is taking a similar approach with the GPA, looking to maintain the guaranteed access created by our current participation, to ensure stability and continuity for UK businesses.As I mentioned earlier, the UK participates in the GPA through our membership of the European Union. Clearly, if we are to retain the benefits of the GPA, we will soon have to join as an independent participant.This legislation will enable the UK government to make any changes required in domestic law as part of the UK becoming an independent member of the GPA, as well as providing the power to make changes in future to reflect new countries joining the GPA or existing countries withdrawing from it.It is both in the UK’s best interests for its businesses to continue to have guaranteed access to the GPA’s global procurement markets, and for us to continue to work with our partners in the GPA to address trade barriers within the government procurement sector.We intend for the UK to join the GPA while maintaining our existing terms of participation. Clause 1 will allow the UK to legislate to reflect our new independent GPA status.The Bill also provides powers for HMRC to collect and share trade data. These include the power in Clause 7 allowing primary legislation to be amended to provide for HMRC collecting exporter information.Clause 8 of the Trade Bill will grant HMRC the authority to share data with those bodies that require it in order to carry out a range of public functions relating to trade.Currently, HMRC collects a range of data from import and export declarations.This data is shared with the European Commission, as well as other government departments and public bodies under information gateways governed by EU law.Such gateways will, of course, cease to apply once we leave the European Union, and numerous functions currently carried out by the European Commission will be transferred back to the United Kingdom.Therefore, HMRC will need to be granted the legal authority to request data from exporters and share that data to ensure the continued smooth operation of the UK’s trade frameworks, and clear and informed policymaking from my own department.The powers contained within Clauses 7 and 8 of this Bill will grant that authority, nothing more.ConclusionMr Speaker, the time will come when we can begin to forge new trading relationships across the world, building a truly global, outward-facing Britain; a country at the very heart of International Trade.But this Bill is not about those new relationships. Instead, it is about preserving and ensuring continuity.We want to protect the access to global markets that is so vital to thousands of British businesses.We want to abide by our obligations to those economies that have already negotiated FTAs and other trade agreements with the European Union.This Bill grants us the powers necessary to achieve these aims.We bring it to its second reading with an eye to the future. The Bill is explicitly designed to prepare for our departure from the European Union, whilst building the foundations that will facilitate successful future trading relations with the wider world.I hope that members from all sides of the house recognise the value of this Bill and the measures that it contains, as well as its importance in helping to provide much needed certainty to businesses and consumers as our departure from the EU approaches next year.Trade is an issue that transcends party politics. It is an intrinsic part of our very way of life and our prosperity.The Bill is just the beginning. But it is the first step towards a stable, secure and prosperous future, for the United Kingdom, and our friends beyond.
Speaking following her appointment, Harriett Baldwin said: I am honoured to have been appointed and look forward to representing Global Britain with African nations to tackle a range of opportunities and challenges in Africa. The UK has longstanding and important relationships, and I will work for an even stronger partnership with African nations, finding new ways to fight poverty, minimise threats and build mutual prosperity. Eighteen African countries are part of the Commonwealth, so a priority for the upcoming Commonwealth Summit will be looking at how we meet the ambitions of the next generation, including creating the jobs and economic growth so crucial for a modern Africa.
Find out more about the Foreign Secretary’s Iran meeting in Brussels. Thank you very much. I’m really going to echo what [German Foreign Minister] Sigmar Gabriel and [French Foreign Minister] Jean-Yves Le Drian have already said. This was a very important meeting. It’s very important that as Europeans we come together to express a common view.That is, number one, that we greatly value the JCPoA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], the nuclear deal with Iran, we think it is a considerable diplomatic accomplishment. It’s a way of stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. As my colleagues have said, Iran is in compliance with this agreement according to the International Atomic Energy Authority, and that is very, very important to us.But it is also clearly important to build worldwide support for this deal and that Iran should be able to show, as my colleagues have said, that it is a good neighbour in the region. That’s why it’s legitimate and right that we should, in parallel, not connected with the JCPoA, but in parallel, focus on what Iran can do to resolve the appalling crisis in Yemen, to help push forward a peace in Syria and to help resolve other questions in the region.I want to stress, just in conclusion, that I don’t think anybody has so far produced a better alternative to the JCPoA as a way of preventing the Iranians from going ahead with their acquisition of a nuclear capability. I don’t think anybody has come up with a better idea. And I think it is incumbent on those who oppose the JCPoA to come up with that better solution, because we haven’t seen it so far.I also think that if we can keep the deal going, which I very much hope that we can, that the Iranian people should see the economic benefits that will flow from the JCPoA. And that’s why the UK government together with our friends and partners in France and Germany, and of course other EU countries and [EU High Representative] Federica Mogherini, will continue to work for the continuation of the JCPoA.Watch the Foreign Secretary’s statementWatch the Foreign Secretary’s statement
Thank you Richard [Richard Heald],Honourable Minister Prabhu, distinguished speakers, ladies and gentlemen.I am delighted to welcome you all here today, at the 12th meeting of the India-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO).I look forward to what promises to be an insightful discussion with business leaders of both countries.I would also like to welcome Minister Prabhu to London, for his first visit as Minister of Commerce and Industry – and thank him for the fascinating and productive conversation that we have held.I would also like to thank the chairs of the joint working groups on smart cities and advanced manufacturing and engineering. I look forward to hearing the outcomes from the business-led joint working groups shortly.And I would particularly like to welcome the visiting delegation from Pune led by Municipal Commissioner Mr Kunal Kumar. I very much enjoyed my own visit to the city last year.The United Kingdom is a champion of free trade – and it is the task of my department to work with our most important partners to remove barriers and promote commercial freedoms across the world.Today is an opportunity for India and the UK to work together, not only to strengthen our own partnership, but to rise to meet the challenges of the future.UK-India trade and investmentIndia and the UK are, in PM Modi’s own words, an “unbeatable combination”.Both countries have a shared interest in each other’s prosperity, generating jobs, developing skills, and enhancing the competitiveness of the two economies.Our vibrant business communities are instrumental in maintaining and strengthening the partnership between our two countries, building upon strong ties encompassing trade and culture.Bilateral trade between the 2 countries has grown over the last 10 years and was £15.4 billion in 2016.And trade grew by a remarkable 15% in the first 3 quarters of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.Our commercial links span a wide variety of sectors, from life sciences and medical technology, to food and drink, energy, defence and culture.Our trade in services includes not only IT and professional services – but significant trade in financial services, with the City of London playing a key role in raising capital to support India’s infrastructure growth.I was delighted to open the London Stock Exchange last year with Finance Minister Jaitley. Over 80% of masala bond issuances to date have taken place in London, to a value of more than $3.9 billion.We also have exceptionally strong investment links. The UK has been the largest G20 investor in India over the last 10 years, more than any other EU country. There are over 270 British companies operating there, employing nearly 800,000 people.The CBI estimates that UK companies are creating one in every 20 jobs in India’s organised private sector. This includes well known investors such as Vodafone, BP, HSBC, Standard Chartered, G4S and Unilever – but also new investors such as Dyson, who plan to launch their products in India in 2018.I welcome yesterday’s announcement by Prime Minister Modi to further liberalise FDI policy, especially for single brand retailers.And I welcome the reforms that Minister Prabhu and his team are taking to improve the ease of doing business in India – leading to a 30 point jump in the World Bank’s Index this year. The UK is proud of its partnership with India on the ease of doing business, including co-hosting a national conference in 2016.With a vote of confidence in the unshakeable strength of the UK economy, India is also the source of significant investment and jobs in the UK.In 2016, approximately 800 Indian companies were operating in the UK, accounting for around 110,000 jobs and recording combined revenues of £47.5 billion.In the same year, India established 127 new investment projects in the UK, adding 4,000 new jobs and safeguarding more jobs than any other country.What is particularly pleasing is the size and range of Indian investors who already consider the UK their home.This includes well-known companies such as Tata Sons, owners of TCS and Jaguar Land Rover, Wipro, Infosys and Genpact alongside many others.This government is putting its money where its mouth is in response to India’s technology investment demands. In 2016, I was delighted to attend the UK-India Tech Summit in Delhi, along with the Prime Minister.The UK boasts some 58,000 technology firms. In the last year, more venture capital was invested in London than in Germany, France, Spain and Ireland combined.And last November, with the support of the Indian High Commission and UKIBC, DIT ran the India-UK ‘Future Tech month’ where more than 60 of India’s most innovative tech companies and buyers criss-crossed the UK’s regional tech and manufacturing centres of excellence set out in the Industrial Strategy.This will be followed by the UK-India Createch Summit in Mumbai.People to people linksOur business links are strengthened by the people to people links between our countries – what Prime Minister Modi has described as a ‘Living Bridge’.I noted with pride that 33 people of Indian origin were recognised in the UK’s New Year’s Honours list, including Professor Pratibha Laxman GAI who grew up in India and studied in the UK and went on to pioneer electron microscopy applications in chemistry.Our 2 governments want to do more to encourage these innovative links between people and industry in both countries.Ambitions for UK-India tradeAll of this shows that we already have a strong base to build on.However, Minister Prabhu and I both believe that there is scope for us to go further.We share a vision for a deep and dynamic partnership in which the 2 governments and business work hand-in-hand to achieve shared prosperity for India and the UK.In particular, as we leave the European Union, there is the opportunity for both countries to enhance this partnership – opening up new sectors for business and minimising barriers to trade.The UK will deepen its support to India, helping the country continue its positive trajectory on ease of doing business. In particular, we aim to strengthen our relationships in the areas of energy, smart cities and financial services, whilst at the same time addressing the critical issue of skills.And it is to help achieve this joint prosperity, that – at the 11th meeting of the UK-India JETCO in Delhi at the end of 2016 – we agreed to set up a new Joint Working Group on Trade.We tasked this working group with identifying practical ways to broaden and deepen the trade relationship between both countries, both now and as we leave the EU.The joint working group is therefore undertaking a joint trade review, an evidence-based assessment of the trading relationship, and the first report came back to Minister Prabhu and myself today.The review, and its next phase, will provide an important platform, identifying those key sectors where more progress can most readily be made.We also welcomed the news that UK Export Finance will increase its support for trade with India. This will provide an additional £2.75 billion in support for UK companies exporting to India and for Indian buyers of UK goods and services, and be available in Indian Rupees.VisasMinister Prabhu raised Indian concerns about last year’s changes to the UK’s Tier 2 visa route and I have heard feedback that business stakeholders have shared on this issue.The UK issues more work visas to India than to all of the other countries in the world combined, and we will continue to welcome skilled workers to the UK.We have to get the balance right and ensure the process is as transparent and smooth as possible.Our Immigration Minister visited India in November to open a new visa application centre in Bangalore and today I am pleased that the UK government also welcomes India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiran Rijiju to the UK where he will meet FCO Minister Mark Field.CHOGMThe kind of dialogue harnessed by these JETCOs provides an ideal opportunity for us to identify where UK-India collaboration can help continue this trend.I look forward to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in April as a key opportunity to progress the UK-India trade relationship and boost intra-commonwealth trade.With intra-Commonwealth trade in goods and services estimated at $687 billion and projected to surpass $1 trillion by 2020, we are committed to working with our friends and allies in the Commonwealth to remove barriers and liberalise the global trading environment.India is home to more than half the population of the Commonwealth and we recognise the nation’s central role in reenergising the organisation. Now more than ever, it’s time for us to build on our links, to reject protectionism and insularity to embrace an interconnected world.Final call to businessesBut to achieve a step-change in our trading relationship, your role – the role of business – will continue to be crucial.My officials will be in touch over the coming months – however, in the meantime, I would like to issue a call to you, as those businesses who already have a lot invested in the UK-India relationship, to get in touch with the Department for International Trade.We want to understand not only the challenges that you face in increasing trade and investment – but also to work with you to overcome them.Your ideas today can become our policy tomorrow so, please, let us know what you believe the challenges and opportunities to be.And by working together to meet these challenges, as governments, as business communities, and as people, we can build a brighter, more prosperous future for India, the UK and the world.Thank you.
The first film focuses on how to check your flood risk and is already available on the Environment Agency’s Youtube channel and will be shared through social media.Community engagement officers Taryn Al-Mashgari (Tyne and Wear), Sarah Pearce (Cleveland) and Anna Caygill (Durham and Darlington) worked together on the project. Taryn said: From February, the ‘Flood Friday’ films will be released on the first Friday of every month throughout the year and will focus on what residents and businesses can do to ‘Prepare, Act, Survive’ in the event of flooding.Created by the Environment Agency’s Flood Resilience Team community engagement officers, the campaign is aimed at helping those who live, work and study in the region be more flood resilient.The short films will focus on different aspects of flooding including: how to stay safe in a flood how to check if you are at risk of flooding what is surface water flooding? who to report flooding issues to As well as being shared on the Environment Agency’s Twitter and Youtube channels, they will be available on local authority websites and social media and shared with other partners including the social housing, community and voluntary sector.To see the video visit YoutubeCommunities can take three simple steps to help protect them, their homes and property from the devastating effects of flooding. Visit the gov.uk web pages to: check your postcode and find out if you are at risk of flooding sign-up for free flood warnings view and save the three point flood plan so you know how to Prepare. Act. Survive in a flood These videos will be short and informative and include links to websites and organisations we work closely with to ensure communities have reliable information to help them understand, prepare for and recover from flooding. From our work with communities, we know how devastating it is to be flooded and the impact it has on lives and livelihoods, so we’re working hard to raise awareness of how to plan for such events.
PORTLAND – Two organizations in Franklin County were recently awarded John T. Gorman Foundation funds, a partnership that aims to “meet the immediate needs of Maine’s most vulnerable people.”The Foundation awarded a total of $700,000 to 44 nonprofits throughout the state with its Direct Services Grant Program. The diverse awardees offer essential services in areas such as mental health, housing, food and crisis support to low-income Mainers. In Franklin County a total of $40,000 was awarded- $15k to The Progress Center and $25k to Healthy Community Coalition.“At any point in time, there are thousands of Mainers with essential needs that aren’t being met—like the homeless individual trying to secure permanent housing, the child who goes hungry on the weekends, and the family who doesn’t know where to turn to for help,” John T. Gorman Foundation Program Associate Lauralee Raymond said.“Thankfully, Maine has a strong community of organizations that are committed to being there when our neighbors need it most. The John T. Gorman Foundation is grateful for their work and privileged to help support their vital efforts through our Direct Services Grant Program.”The Progress Center, based in Norway, serves 400 children, families and adults throughout Western Maine. The organization offers case management services, residential support and a community kitchen initiative that provides nutritious meals to those in need, including home delivery to recently discharged hospital patients who are at risk for malnutrition.Healthy Community Coalition offers a wide range of services; the $25k grant will support their free mobile healthcare services in Franklin County.John T. GormanJohn T. Gorman was a grandson of L.L. Bean and established the Foundation in 1995. In recent years, the independent, statewide Foundation has moved to focus strategically on four key areas: improving educational achievement for children; promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable older youth; helping struggling parents to support their families and enabling low-income seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible.In addition to its other grant programs and initiatives, the Foundation has awarded over $8.8 million through its Direct Services Grant Program since 2012.For more information about the John T. Gorman Foundation, visit www.jtgfoundation.org.For a full list of grant awardees click here.
Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam is always one of the best events of the holiday season. The event is now in its 28th year, and fans can always count on top-notch talent to make the trek to the Asheville, NC. This year is no different, with Bob Weir, Michael McDonald, Alison Krauss, George Porter Jr., John Medeski, Marcus King and more all slated to appear.Now, Christmas Jam has announced another round of artists additions that’s sure to up the ante. Eric Krasno, Duane Trucks, Paul Riddle of the Marshall Tucker Band, and Mark Mullins & Levee Horns have all joined the lineup for this can’t miss event. Also, piano wizard Holly Bowling has been tapped to will bring her talents to Asheville to perform during set breaks and band changeovers.The event has also announced their annual Christmas Jam by Day concert, which will take place at the Asheville Music Hall, The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall, and Jack of the Wood). The lineup includes a number of talented up-and-comers, with Tom Hamilton’s American Babies and The Marcus King Band topping the bill. See below for the full lineup for Christmas Jam by Day. You can buy tickets Monday, November 28th at this link.