Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook For journalists Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt and Facebook We deeply regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the US, due to the latter’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The JCPOA is working and delivering on its goal, namely to ensure that the Iranian programme remains exclusively peaceful, as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 11 consecutive reports. It is a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture, crucial for the security of Europe, the region, and the entire world. We expect Iran to continue to fully implement all its nuclear commitments under the JCPOA. The lifting of nuclear-related sanctions is an essential part of the deal – it aims at having a positive impact not only on trade and economic relations with Iran, but most importantly on the lives of the Iranian people. We are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran, in accordance with EU law and with UN Security Council resolution 2231. This is why the European Union’s updated Blocking Statute enters into force on 7 August to protect EU companies doing legitimate business with Iran from the impact of US extra-territorial sanctions. The remaining parties to the JCPOA have committed to work on, inter alia, the preservation and maintenance of effective financial channels with Iran, and the continuation of Iran’s export of oil and gas. On these, as on other topics, our work continues, including with third countries interested in supporting the JCPOA and maintaining economic relations with Iran. These efforts will be intensified and reviewed at Ministerial level in the coming weeks. Preserving the nuclear deal with Iran is a matter of respecting international agreements and a matter of international security. Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Further information Joint statement by High Representative Federica Mogherini and Foreign Ministers of E3 (Jean-Yves Le Drian of France, Heiko Maas of Germany and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt): Email [email protected]
In 2018, 5 of the world’s fastest-growing economies are African and the continent’s total GDP could well double between 2015 and 2030. The government is keen to support UK law firms and chambers to maximise the potential of this emerging market.A delegation of legal representatives will visit Nigeria later in the year to meet counterparts and create new business opportunities.The Legal Services are Great campaign was launched by Lord Keen in Singapore last year and has already delivered trade delegations to Kazakhstan and China.The campaign promotes the UK’s £24 billion legal services sector overseas, showcasing the very best of what the UK’s legal services sector has to offer and helping to bring new business to the UK for our legal firms, chambers and courts. The initiative is the latest stage of the Ministry of Justice’s ambitious ‘Legal Services are GREAT’ campaign, which aims to promote the strength and breadth of the UK’s legal offer across the globe.The announcement was made this afternoon, as the Prime Minister visited the securities exchange company FMDQ in Lagos, and is part of a wider government drive to deepen its partnerships with African nations.It will bring UK and Nigerian legal professionals together to share knowledge, skills and legal expertise and highlight the advantages of UK legal services to wider business growth.Lord Chancellor David Gauke said: Our legal services sector is one of the UK’s greatest exports, and we want it to remain at the very heart of our future as a global, outward-looking, free-trading Britain. We launched the Legal Services are GREAT campaign, to showcase the very best of what the UK’s legal services sector has to offer around the globe, and I’m delighted that we are now extending the campaign to Nigeria. We know that UK law firms and chambers are keen to increase working in this area and are committed to supporting them to take advantage of the many opportunities on offer.
A man who beat another unconscious and then stole from him has been jailed after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, referred his case to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme.Craig Scarpellini, now 26, was walking through Christchurch when he came across his victim, who was drunk, and offered him cannabis if he came to Scarpellini’s flat. When they reached the block of flats, another man emerged with his face covered, and the victim attempted to run. Scarpellini punched him to the side of the head, and the pair proceeded to continue punching until he fell unconscious.When the victim came to, he discovered that his phone and wallet were missing. He suffered minor injuries to most of his body, as well as experiencing nausea and pain in his temple. His left thumb was fractured. When questioned, Scarpellini claimed to have acted in self-defence after the victim had gone ‘beserk’.Scarpellini’s original hearing was at Bournemouth Crown Court in July, where his sentencing was deferred until November 2018.Today, after the Solicitor General’s referral, the Court of Appeal sentenced him to 4 years immediate custody.Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said:“Scarpellini launched an unprovoked attack against his victim, and I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has today agreed that the risk he poses to the public warrants immediate custody.”
Grocery market growth has seen the biggest slump for 11 years, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. Overall market growth was at just 1.7% for the 12 week period between March and May 25 with the likes of leading supermarkets Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons all being hit by declines, meanwhile Lidl and Aldi continue to advance ahead of the market.Out of the big four Asda has proved most consistent, managing unprecedented growth year-on-year while Waitrose has maintained its record share of the market at 5.1%.Edward Garner, director at Kantar Worldpanel said: “Despite the wider market slowing, Lidl achieved a record share of 3.6% this period, accelerating with its highest ever year-on-year growth of 22.7%. Similarly, Aldi has gained 35.9% and retains its record 4.7% share reached last period.Record share“At Waitrose, managing director Mark Price’s tactic of being “everything that the discounters aren’t” seems to have paid off for the retailer. By differentiating its offer, Waitrose has maintained its all-time record share of 5.1% secured last period. Meanwhile, Asda surpassed its rivals with a market-beating growth of 2.4%, lifting market share to 17.1%, compared with 17.0% a year ago. Asda is the only large grocer to grow share year-on-year”.Between the smaller retailers Iceland’s growth rate has dropped back to average market levels with its share remaining at 2.0%, whereas Farmfoods is mirroring the likes of Aldi and Lidl, growing sales by 27.1%.
Swedish baker Almondy has raised £2,000 for the Katie Piper Foundation, following a week-long awareness campaign.The bakery donated £3 to the charity for every follow and retweet it received on its Twitter account. It has also committed to continue to support the burns and scars support charity.Andrew Ely, managing director, Almondy, said: “Katie Piper is a truly inspirational person and the Foundation carries out vital work supporting those living with burns and scars. We’re proud to have the Foundation as our corporate charity and offer our support to such a worthy cause – we’re looking forward to working with them to raise further funds.”Carol Borwick, director of fundraising and operations at The Katie Piper Foundation said: “We’re thrilled to have had Almondy’s support via its successful Twitter campaign, which has helped to build awareness for all that we do to support those with burns and scars and raised a significant sum as well. We shall look forward to building on this success in the future”.The charity offers advice and workshops to build up confidence for burns victims.
Last week was another busy one in the world of bakery – so here’s a round-up of the most read British Baker stories in case you missed them.There is, it seems, never a quiet moment in bakery. Last week saw IBA take place in Munich and a number of new launches from link-ups with Paul Hollywood to the onset of a new coffee chain.Here are our top five stories of the last seven days:1. Real Bread comes out fighting The campaign has called for a legal definition of sourdough: http://tinyurl.com/n9ve4vp2. Wiltshire baker takes the National Cupcake crownMrs B’s Cakes was the star of the show at the National Cupcake Championships: http://tinyurl.com/oqahur33. The Canadians are comingSecond Cup Coffee Company, the Canadian chain, is planning to open 500 UK sites in the next 10 years: http://tinyurl.com/pfhabcf4. Paul Hollywood does breadThe Great British Bake Off judge launches a new range of premium ready-to-bake rolls: http://tinyurl.com/nkl5dpu5. Tartisan launches in Nottingham, thinks bigTartisan, the recently opened bakery in Nottingham, has revealed plans to grow nationally and abroad in the next five years: http://tinyurl.com/pnx5hbo
Leading figures from businesses including Greggs, SSP, Caffè Nero and Itsu will be speaking at the 2018 MCA Food-to-go Conference.This year’s event, taking place at the Ham Yard Hotel, London, on 7 February, will analyse changing consumer behaviour and its implications for industry stakeholders.Operators will talk about their growth plans, as well as the operational, marketing and supply challenges and opportunities set to define the future of the sector.The conference is described by organiser MCA – which is owned by British Baker publisher William Reed Business Media – as an “unmissable event for fast-food outlets, cafés, supermarkets, convenience stores and their suppliers”.This year’s speakers include:Julian Metcalfe, founder of Itsu, on why 2018 will be a big year for his Asian-inspired concept, including how it has become a £100m-turnover business and its plans for further growth and its launch in the US.Gerry Ford, founder and group chief executive of Caffè Nero, on the continuing international growth of this business across eight countries.Hannah Squirrell, customer director at Greggs, will take a look behind the success of Greggs’ Rewards loyalty app, and how it contributes to the company placing the customer at the heart of its business.Simon Burdess, the first director of foodservice at Waitrose, on how the retailer is evolving its food and beverage offer and increasing its in-store foodservice options to meet consumer needs.Jonathan Robinson, business development director at SSP, will discuss how the company selects its food and beverage partners, and the challenges and opportunities it faces working in high footfall locations.For further information visit www.foodtogoconference.co.ukFor delegate enquiries or event sponsorship opportunities contact [email protected], or phone 01293 610334.
Source: Co-opCo-op is to boost the fibre content of the bread used in its core own label sandwich range.Wheat fibre, made from 100% wheat, has been added to Co-op’s standard bread recipe. This fibre-enriched bread will be swapped in across 23 lines of the convenience retailer’s core white and malted bread sandwiches from 16 February 2021.The bread boasts up to 100% more fibre per 100g, with an average increase of 66% across the range.Co-op highlights research from the National Diet & Nutrition Survey which found that only 7.5% of adults met the recommended fibre intake of 30g a day – the average intake was just 18.3g a day.“There’s evidence for a wide range of health benefits of fibre, so we’re pleased to announce this industry-first move that will help our members and customers with their fibre consumption,” said Bryonie Hollaert, diet and health manager at Co-op.“However, despite the numerous sources of fibre available, it can be sometimes difficult to hit the recommended daily intake of 30 grams. The fibre-enriched bread in our core sandwiches will make it that little bit easier for customers to get closer to the target.”Kevin Sargent, senior product developer at Co-op, added that the retailer approached the move with a “convenience lens” which required no change to consumer shopping behaviours.“We wanted to develop an already existing product and increase the amount of fibre without the customer even having to think about it while in our stores,” he said.The sandwiches can be purchased on their own or as part of the £3.50 meal deal.Increasing the fibre levels of baked goods, while retaining taste and texture, is a persistent challenge for the industry.Puratos UK recently gained a government-backed grant for the development of Maxfibre – a high-fibre micro powder made from by-products of brewery, cereal milling, and fruit processing.Bridor has also made headway by rolling out a fibre-enriched bread range called L’Ambiote which is the result of four years of research.
What started as a musical tribute concert has become so much more, as members of Lotus, RAQ, Particle, Digital Tape Machine and more will join forces for an all-star performance dedicated to the late great Prince. Going as “Supernatural Beings,” the group had previously announced a performance featuring the music of Michael Jackson, James Brown & Prince. Now, that tribute will take on a new role in the wake of Prince’s passing.The group features Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Clay Parnell (Particle), Emily Nichols (Woo Park), Marty Gierczyk (Chicago Funk Mafia), and Christian Rogala (Fluid Minds). With support from SPREAD, this should be one great night of music.It all goes down Thursday, April 28th, at the Emporium Arcade Bar in Chicago, IL. For more information, head here.
A full gallery of images from Dave DeCrescente can be seen below: Last weekend, beloved bluegrass group Cabinet hosted the annual Susquehanna Breakdown festival at Montage Mountain near Scranton, PA. Named for an instrumental Cabinet song, the festival featured some incredible performances throughout its two full days of music.Our day one coverage highlighted the multiple sets from Cabinet, including a sit-in from the great Larry Keel. Night two was an expanded festival scene, as a second stage was utilized throughout the day to maximize musical potential. Performances from Fruition, Driftwood, Swift Technique, and more highlighted the Breakdown Stage, while the main Susquehanna Stage was in full force with artists like Cornmeal, The Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, Twiddle and, of course, two sets from Cabinet.Listen To Twiddle’s Smoldering Late Night Set At Susquehanna BreakdownOne of the sets was captured by taper Keith Litzenberger, including a special “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” with as many Cabinet family members as seemingly possible. Listen here.Groups like the Stringdusters, RRE, and Cornmeal always come to play, and they each brought their own flavor of Americana bluegrass music to the festivities. There was also a VIP area featuring intimate performances from the members of Cabinet, as each gave short 15-minute tribute sets throughout the day. Taper Keith Litzenberger caught all five sets, including Pappy & JP Play Merle Haggard, Chris Kearney Plays John Prine, Biondo Family Choir Plays CSNY, Tom Graham Plays Tom Petty, and JP Biondo & Tim Carbone. Tune in below.Check out images from day two of the festival, courtesy of Dave DeCrescente Photography: Load remaining images