20 Apr

Press release: International Trade Minister joins Stoke ceramics firm to keep Great British industry firing

first_imgPromoting British exports and protecting industries from unfair global trading practices are high on the government’s agenda as we leave the European Union.Trade Policy Minister, George Hollingbery, hosted a roundtable discussion for ceramics firms in Stoke-on-Trent this week (Monday 7 January), alongside local MP, Jack Brereton.The roundtable discussed the industry’s trade priorities, including those measures the government is taking to ensure British ceramics are protected from dumping, which involves overseas firms selling their goods at below cost price to undermine the British market. Dumping is against World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and measures to combat it are currently being taken by the EU. After leaving the EU, the UK will have its own powers to address these practices.The government is committed to ensuring that UK industry can continue to compete on a level playing field when we leave the EU, as well as helping them to realise opportunities to trade freely with new markets around the world.Minister Hollingbery also visited Heraldic Pottery for a tour of their production facility and discussed their priorities to continue their exporting successes as the UK leaves the EU.For example, a future free trade agreement with the USA could potentially remove significant tariffs on British ceramic catering ware, making them more competitive and helping to boost exports.The government is also setting up the UK Trade Remedies Authority (TRA), which will investigate unfair trading practices and unforeseen surges in imports. The TRA will be up and running before exit day to ensure that vital British industries are protected by the global trade rules.Trade Policy Minister, George Hollingbery said: It was a pleasure to meet ceramics businesses in Stoke today, who are already having great success in exporting to markets around the world. It is one of my top priorities to ensure that fantastic businesses like Heraldic Pottery are able to continue expanding into new and established markets. They should rest assured that, as we take control of our independent trade policy, we will act in the interest of vital British industries to ensure that British jobs are not undermined by unfair trading practices.last_img read more

17 Sep

Women of Troy unable to keep pace with Waves

first_imgThe No. 4-ranked USC women’s sand volleyball team could not keep up with defending champion Pepperdine, as it fell Tuesday to the No. 1-ranked Waves 4-1 in the final regular-season home contest at Merle Norman Stadium on Tuesday.The Women of Troy (9-3) put themselves in a hole early, dropping the No. 4 and No. 5 matches in the first round of play. In the No. 5-ranked match, the pair of junior Sam Hirschmann and sophomore Alexa Stonish fell to Pepperdine’s Katie Messing and Emily Cook in straight sets, 21-12, 21-19. The No. 4-ranked match had the same result, as the Waves’ Victoria Adelheim and Taylor Racich swept the USC pair of junior Brooke Fournier and senior Natasa Siljkovic 21-16, 21-13.Not quite enough · The No. 5 duo of junior Sam Hirschmann and sophomore Alexa Stonish (above) came up short against Pepperdine’s Katie Messing and Emily Cook, 21-12, 21-19. USC lost the match by a score of 4-1. — Priyanka Patel | Daily Trojan“Ultimately, the difference was that we didn’t stay in the match,” said USC head coach Anna Collier. “We put ourselves in a hole and would get behind early in our matches, and playing catch up is very tough to do.”The overall team match was clinched by Pepperdine in the No. 1-ranked pairing with the USC team of graduate student Stevi Robinson and junior Kirby Burnham falling to the Waves in straight sets, 21-13. 21-19.With the win, Pepperdine (6-0) stays undefeated on the season and has never dropped a dual team match.In the No. 3-ranked match, the Waves’ Kelley Larsen and Kellie Woolever would put Pepperdine up 4-0 with another perfect match over the USC pair of sophomores Eve Ettinger and Bria Russ, 21-14, 21-17.Though the match was already decided, USC would fight back in the No. 2-ranked match, looking to prevent the Pepperdine sweep. USC’s pair of senior Katie Fuller and freshman Cinnamon Sary dropped the first set 21-13 to the Waves’ Lara Dykstra and Racich.The Waves had gone four-and-a-half sets without a single loss and were poised for another sweep, but the Trojans’ Fuller and Sary had other plans. The two would narrowly claim the second set 22-20. In the third set, they ended the dual on a high note, winning 15-13 to take the match.“The match was a lot closer than the score indicated,” Collier said. “We just need to stick to playing our game and not getting caught up early in our matches.”The Trojans will get another shot at the Waves during the regular season when they travel up to Malibu on April 6. With Tuesday’s loss, USC is 0-3 all-time against Pepperdine, with two of those losses coming in its inaugural season in 2012.“We need to take care of our side of the court better,” Collier said. “We have a game plan and we just need to execute that game plan using our fundamentals.”The Women of Troy finished the regular season with a home record of 7-3. However, USC will play an exhibition match at home against the USA National Beach Team on April 27.The road ahead does not get much easier for the Women of Troy as they are set to travel away from the comfort of Merle Norman Stadium to take on No. 2-ranked Long Beach State on Thursday. First serve is set for 1 p.m.last_img read more

27 Aug

Bellator 211: Sakara vs. Kauppinen fight date, how to watch, live stream

first_imgKent Kauppinen is 10-4. Kauppinen is 3-2 in his last five bouts with wins over Krystian Gowik, Brad Conway and Shaun Lomas and losses to Fabian Edwards and Walter Gahadza. Bellator 211 fight cardMain cardAlessio Sakara vs. Kent Kauppinen; light heavyweights. Hesdy Gerges vs. Domingos Barros; heavyweights.Kiefer Crosbie vs. Orlando D’Ambrosio; welterweights. Alen Amedovski vs. Ibrahim Mane; middleweights. Luca Vitali vs. Pedro Carvalho; lightweights. Preliminary card Andrea Fusi vs. Walter Pugliesi; welterweights. Georgio Pietrini vs. Nemanja Milakovic; welterweights. Bellator 211 will take place Saturday, Dec. 1 at  RDS Stadium in Genoa, Italy. The main event of the show will feature Alessio Sakara battling Kent Kauppinen in a light heavyweight bout. Sakara (20-12, two no contests), who was born in Rome, will be fighting for the fifth consecutive time in Italy for the promotion. Competing in his home country has been good for the 37-year-old; he is 3-1 in his previous four bouts. The lone loss came at Bellator 190 in December 2017, to then-middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho by first-round knockout. MORE: Join DAZN and watch Sakara vs. KauppinenSakara got back on track in his last outing, stopping Jamie Sloane in the second round at Bellator 203 in July.Kauppinen (10-4) has lost back-to-back fights, including his promotional debut at Bellator 200 to Walter Gahadza via second-round submission. All 10 of his wins have come via stoppage.This looks to be another showcase for Sakara in front of his fellow Italians. Kauppinen will try everything in his power to make sure that isn’t the case.Here’s what you need to know about Bellator 211. (All times Eastern.)Bellator 211 date, start timeBellator 211 will take place Saturday, Dec. 1, with the main card beginning at 4 p.m. (10 p.m. Italy time.)How to watch Bellator 211The Bellator 211 main card will be streamed live on DAZN and air on Paramount Network. DAZN has apps available for all of the following platforms: Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon Fire Tablet, Android Phone, Android Tablet, iPhone, iPad, Android TV, LG Smart TV, Panasonic Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, SmartCast, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Pro and Roku.Bellator 211 fight recordsAlessio Sakara is 20-12 with two no contests. Sakara is 4-1 in his last five fights with wins over Dib Akil, Brian Rogers, Joey Beltran and Jamie Sloane. The loss came against Rafael Carvalho.last_img read more