First, I would like to congratulate my fellow Georgia Bulldog Bubba Watson for another grand victory last Sunday at the 2014 Masters. On that note, we kick off this week's newsletter with five key takeaways from last weekend's tournament. This week, the royal family begins their 10-day royal tour of Australia with the adorable Prince George in tow and Northern Ireland showcases their involvement in 'Game of Thrones' to increase tourism to the region. British inflation fell to its lowest in four years last month and several UK's beaches have been recognized as having excellent water quality. Read on and enjoy!
Despite Prince Charles's efforts to encourage traditional mid-rise architecture in London, Mayor Boris Johnson plans to continue building towers to help accommodate the capital’s booming population. As fans around the world mourn the Gwyneth Paltrow/Chris Martin split last week, we learn that "conscious uncoupling" and "breakup moons" are more common than you may think. On my recent trip to London, Georgia State University Dean Larry Berman and Andrew Lee, Director of Taipei's UK Office, and I stopped for a break at The Orangery next door to Kensington Palace. As the only royal palace where you can have a traditional afternoon tea, I highly recommend making a visit the next time you find yourself in central London.
This week, we are reminded of the parliamentary expense scandal and revisit how Nick Clegg plans to reform the issue with members of the House of Lords. UK’s Wembley stadium signed a six-year sponsorship deal that will involve branding the arena’s iconic arches for the first time and we discover why Princess Diana may have leaked confidential royal directories to a press contact. UK taxpayers will be forced to make up the £1 billion shortfall in public sector pensions and distant relatives ask courts to allow a public consultation to decide where the remains of King Richard III will be reburied. Read on to learn why the EU wants to ban the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States!
Ever wish you could turn back time and revisit the "good ole days?" Well, there's an app for that. The Museum of London recently released an app that allows tourists to view real-time street views with overlays of historic photographs at some of London’s most famous landmarks. This week we learn London continues to rank as the top location for the ultra-wealthy and last year's sunny weather drew record numbers to UK's outdoor attractions. House building hits a five-year high across the pond and transportation equipment tops the list of Georgia's exports.
UK football fans may soon get to stand up while cheering for their team! It has been almost 25 years since the installation of all-seater stadiums in Championship and Premier Leagues, but recently, most of the 72 teams have voted in favor of standing option plans. The annual inflation rate for the Bank of England dropped to below 2% this week and a new London Iced tea drink (with vodka) is the result of UK Trade & Investment’s Passport for Export program. A major clean up initiative is under way for parts of England and Wales affected by the recent horrific storms and Atlanta based UPS expands in the UK with a company that has a fleet to deliver temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals
With reports showing the Queen is down to "her last million," we learn how her advisers have failed her and the royal family’s fortune. The number of mortgages taken out has hit a six-year high in the UK and consumer sentiment also reaches its highest level in the same amount of time. Powa Technologies, the revolutionary new photo-based e-commerce platform, receives an additional $20.7 million making it the largest investment fund ever awarded to a technology start-up. Read on to learn why nutrient-rich drink companies are flourishing in the UK market.
This week, we learn that Britain will guarantee Scotland’s debts if the country becomes independent and that British economic recovery is here to stay. US food group Hain Celestial purchased Tilda rice, the brand credited with bringing Basmati rice to the Western World and we learn when the first aeroplane to be fully designed and built in the UK in over 40 years will go into production. In another effort to globalize American sports abroad, the NBA Global series brought the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets to the O2 Arena for an "away" regular season game. While my team, the Atlanta Hawks, lost to the hot hand of former Hawk Joe Johnson, it was a great occasion and I got to watch the game with my friend David Simmons of First Sports International.
Happy New Year! Despite the rain, London's New Year's Day Parade was successful at achieving its main purpose once again...to cheer up the city! Read on to learn what was featured in the 28th annual spectacle. British building activity continues to show strong growth and job confidence increases leading to more permanent jobs. The pound is headed for a third weekly gain versus the euro and Businesses raised £1.02bn through the government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme last year.
If you've ever spent Thanksgiving in London, you understand it’s not so easy to find a place to celebrate such a uniquely American holiday. However, this past week I was introduced to the Mayflower, the oldest pub on the River Thames, where I was treated to a lovely Thanksgiving feast and warm environment that made me feel right at home. Read on to learn what makes this pub so historically special. Americans voted Chester, England as one of the top European destination spots and Scotland endures some of the strongest winds in 30 years this week. Goldman Sachs takes note of the UK’s recession rebound and rating agency, Standard & Poor's, also remarks on the strength of the British economy. And finally, mark your calendars, the official date has been set for the Atlanta Falcons game in London - October 26, 2014!
This week, an intimate group joined the royal family to witness Prince George’s christening at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace. A UK advertising firm choses Atlanta for its first North American office and retail sales across the pond hit a five-year high. The U.S. Department of Transportation gives the go-ahead for the Delta-Virgin joint venture and beginning in March, the combination will offer 32 nonstop daily flights between the UK and North America. Read on to learn why the Jacksonville Jaguars will be the closest thing to an NFL London "home" team for the next four years. Cheers!
This week, we learn UK's business confidence continues to rise for the eighth straight month and discover Britain's service sector may far outpace third quarter growth in other developed countries. My favorite NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons, will be one of three teams to play in London's Wembley Stadium during the 2014 season and despite his recent passing, Emory University will still honor Seamus Heaney in a 2014 exhibition, recast as a memorial to the late Irish poet.
With the Steelers and Vikings facing off this Sunday in the season's first NFL game played in London, we take a look at the benefits of an overseas franchise. We discover how a free trade agreement between the U.S. and EU could mean 25,000 Georgia jobs and why financing in the UK has never been easier. Downton Abbey fans will soon be able to purchase the popular lawn fabric used in the hit series and we learn 10 ways UK's universities can boost the economy.
Despite the British parliament voting against military action in Syria, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague suggests the U.S. has “no better partner” than the UK. He and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the two countries' "special relationship" would not be affected by the decision to reject military involvement. This week, we learn why aviation is key to UK’s growth and how security will be improved at Buckingham Palace. Coca-Cola announced its first “hot” soft drink to be available in China on October 21 and we discover why Cobra Beer founder, Lord Bilimoria, is working with the British government to attract new start-ups to the UK.
As we approach football season in the US, we take a look at the possibility of an NFL team in London. Read on to learn why a franchise across the pond could be in our future. This week, we discover why trade is a top priority for the new British Consul General in Atlanta and why mortgages for first time buyers have hit a five-year high in London. We learn how Britain’s success in summer sports has led to higher consumer confidence this season and why manufacturers plan to increase their research and development investment.
As a University of Georgia (UGA) graduate and a member of the UGA Oxford Development Board, I am proud to feature a story about one of the greatest assets to the global Bulldog study abroad program, UGA at Oxford. We cannot mention this unique gem without paying tribute to UGA President Mike Adams who made this dream a reality under his watch. Whenever I'm feeling homesick, I take the train to the UGA House to see the friendly faces of students and our Director Jamie McClung. This week, we learn the Atlanta Hawks will play a regular season game against the Brooklyn Nets at The 02 Arena in London next January and we discover why Delta supports Heathrow in the UK airport debates. The young Prince George may be making a trip down under next year and we learn why microbrews are invading London’s top restaurants.
This week, we take a look inside the first copper-pot distillery to open within London's city limits in nearly two centuries. Established in 2009, learn why Sipsmith’s gin is topping the charts. The birth of Prince George may offer a “boost” to UK’s economy and the Queen honors 150 companies for their outstanding contributions in areas such as exporting and innovation. A UGA graduate becomes the curator of golf collections at the University of St. Andrews and Expedia UK sees an increase in bookings to top beach destinations.
As we enjoy the excitement of this week's Open Championship (often referred to as the "British Open"), we are reminded of the championship's most heart-breaking moments for some of golf's greatest players. This week, we take a look at Britain’s relationship with the EU and discover why UK’s optimism with future trading is at a 14-month high. A 168-year-old British paper company will open the world’s first plant capable of completely recycling disposable coffee cups and why UK’s economy can thank “heritage tourism” for a big boost. Read on to learn why the Amsterdam-based stroller manufacturer, Bugaboo, is perhaps the most anxious to greet the Royal baby!
On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed decades of patent precedent by holding that isolated DNA having a nucleotide sequence as it exists in the chromosome is not patent eligible subject matter. Prior to this decision, isolated DNA, free of the chromosome and chromosomal structure, has been patentable and many genes have been patented.
On Friday, June 14th the two tax-writing committee chairmen, Rep. Dave Camp (R-Ill) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), are scheduled to have another public session with the press to discuss prospects and plans for addressing tax reform in 2013.
This week, we meet Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, the heroic British woman who confronted attackers while several others looked on in terror. We discover why this mother and cub scout leader bravely stepped up during the tragic street attack that left a British soldier dead. The NFL plans to play more regular season games in London in 2014 and Georgians may see a new British beer offered in bars and restaurants as Ilkley Brewery is sending a large shipment across the pond this week. UK's inbound tourism saw a boost in 2012 and shale gas could lead to a large economic increase for Great Britain.
The Georgia Composite Medical Board (the "Board") recently promulgated proposed regulations designed to clarify the circumstances in which telemedicine may be practiced in Georgia. Comments on the proposed regulations may be submitted by May 30, 2013 and the Board will hold a public hearing on the regulations June 6, 2013.
This week we say goodbye to Manchester United’s beloved manager, Alex Ferguson, after 26 years with the club. Keep reading to revisit the career highlights of English soccer’s most successful manager. Capitol Hill was buzzing yesterday with the arrival of Prince Harry to the District. To the disappointment of Washington women, the schedule for the infamous party boy has been kept strictly to official royal duties. Atlanta will become one of 12 cities to host a rotating EU consulate and we learn over 30,000 UK jobs were created due to the London Olympics. Read on to learn how Georgia was added to the list of global production outposts for Pinewood, the studio operator for 21 of the 23 James Bond movies!