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Trade and gastronomy event Casa Brasil wraps its first London edition

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Brazilian Chef Luciana Berry
Luciana Berry, chef: event was a multisensory journey to showcase Brazil’s culture and gastronomy | Photo: Marcio Delgado

Casa Brasil, a free event hosted in London for over two weeks to showcase Brazilian gastronomy, culture, and trade opportunities, wrapped its first UK version on Wednesday, September 7.

Bringing together 16 Brazilian companies, several chefs and more than 50 pieces as part of an indoor exhibition, the event was the result of a partnership with 26 sectorial associations. Over a fortnight, it received thousands of visitors attending over 70 activities, including cooking shows, musical performances, wine and coffee tasting, as well as masterclasses in Covent Garden, central London.

The event highlighted to guests that the country is open for business and investment through networking, foreign export, and trade events hosted on site, where guests had access to daily keynote speeches from sector specialists in food and drink, agriculture, fashion, and ornamental stones.

“We had music, food, art and fashion because you can’t promote Brazil without talking about culture. This is the real Casa Brasil. Over two weeks, people had a chance to attend classes and also to visit our market to see, taste, and buy the best of our Brazilian producers taking part in the event.”, celebrated Luciana Berry, a London-based Brazilian chef and Le Cordon Bleu alumni who curated the food and drink side of the event, creating a gastronomical journey for visitors with the help of other names in food and drink industry.

Total trade in goods and services (exports plus imports) between the UK and Brazil was £6.5 billion in the four quarters to the end of Q1 2022, an increase of 17.6% or £967 million from the four quarters to the end of Q1 2021, a report from the British Department for International Trade highlights.

“We are the 34th supplier of consumer products and goods to the UK. Since leaving the European Union, the country has been looking for new opportunities for trade agreements with the aim of strengthening its international trade, with Brazil being one of the key partners”, says Lucas Fiuza, Business director of ApexBrasil, the Brazilian government’s trade and investment promotion agency.

Casa Brasil also offered live cooking demonstrations directed by MasterChef The Professionals 2020 winner, Alex Webb, and the head chef of Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair, Jorge Baumhauer da Silva, among other gastronomic chefs and is set to return to the British capital in 2023.

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UK to get multi-million pound boost for grassroots cricket

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UK to get multi-million pound boost for grassroots cricket
Investment is expected to deliver 2,500 pieces of new equipment across schools, and help to get 930,000 pupils playing cricket

United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a £35 million investment in grassroots cricket facilities and widening access to the sport within state schools, enabling over 900,000 young people to play cricket over the next five years.

The investment, to be delivered across a period during which England and Wales host the 2026 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, the 2030 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and cricket returns to the Olympics for the first time in over 120 years, includes a major capital programme that will see 16 state-of-the-art all-weather cricket domes built within host cities across England.

The domes are covered and wind-protected and will allow for participation in cricket throughout the year – connecting school, community and talent programmes. Each dome will be built within diverse communities where figures have indicated low levels of physical activity. It follows the first cricket dome opened in Bradford in November last year.

The funding package will enable an extension to the ECB and Chance to Shine’s in-school cricket partnership. This will have a particular emphasis on children from lower socio-economic groups, and ensure that every school child in inner-city locations from across the 16 World Cup host cities will access the programme.

A further investment to the charity Lord’s Taverners will have a focus on access to cricket provision for 80,000 children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The total investment is expected to deliver around 2,500 pieces of new equipment across schools involved in the programmes, and help to get 930,000 pupils playing cricket over the next five years.

In addition, the ACE Programme will receive additional funding to support their work in reconnecting the Black community with cricket.

“I first experienced the magic of cricket watching Hampshire play at my local ground in Southampton as a child.

“There remains huge potential to grow the sport even further and open it up to everyone, from all backgrounds and in all parts of the country, building on the great work of organisations such as ACE and Chance to Shine.

“That is why I am so proud we are making a major £35 million investment in grassroots cricket today, to widen participation in schools, encourage healthy lifestyles and provide world class, all-year-round facilities for local communities,” said Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said.

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European Forum pledges over €7.7 billion for global crises

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European Humanitarian Forum pledges over €7.7 billion for global crises
Nearly 300 million people around the world will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2024.

Nearly 300 million people around the world will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2024. The EU will provide more than €7.7 billion in humanitarian funding for 2024, following the European Humanitarian Forum which gathered leaders and humanitarian experts in Brussels. The money will go towards more efficient, long-term solutions to global humanitarian challenges.

The Forum’s participants agreed to increase funding to address the gap between humanitarian needs and available resources. Increase in climate financing for conflict-affected, climate-vulnerable areas is also on the cards, as well as address conflict and preserve humanitarian space, notably in the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip.

The European Humanitarian Forum was co-organised by the European Commission and the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU last month, gathering 1,400 representatives from across the humanitarian community, EU countries and beyond.

Currently the EU is one of the biggest aid donors in the world, with funds being used for intervention in areas such as food and nutrition, shelter, healthcare, water, sanitation, and education.

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Grants for community projects in the UK open for applications

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Grants for community projects in the UK open for applications
The scheme offers support to projects which benefit both rail passengers and local communities | Photo: Kenny Eliason

Community rail projects have been given the green light thanks to funding from London Northwestern Railway (LNR).

Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 have been made available via the “Your Community, Your Fund” scheme which offers support to projects which benefit both rail passengers and local communities.

The scheme, funded by the Department for Transport, is aimed at inspiring people to get involved with the railway and has been made available for applications by LNR.

“This funding is crucial for the railway and the vital projects make a real difference to local areas. The scheme has already supported a number of community-led projects in recent years and I am delighted that we have secured funding for new applications,” says Cara Higgs, LNR community strategy manager.

The funding is split between projects from LNR and its sister company West Midlands Railway (WMR).

Previously, projects have included enhancing Smethwick Rolfe Street with bedders, planters and artwork and the opening of a new tea room at Bricket Wood station in Hertfordshire.

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm Tuesday 16 April.

For more information visit www.lnr.uk/ycyf.

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