Legendary musician Chuck Berry dead at 90

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. St. Charles County, Missouri, police said they responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. Inside the home, first responders found an unresponsive man, but despite immediately administering lifesaving techniques, the 90-year-old man could not be revived. He was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m., police said.The St. Charles County Police Department identified him as Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as Chuck Berry.A statement on Berry’s Facebook page said he “spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends.”The rock legend had announced in October, on his 90th birthday that he was releasing a new album.The album, titled “Chuck,” was to debut in 2017. It was his first new album in 38 years.The “Johnny B. Goode” musician recorded the project in his native St. Louis with his longtime backing group, which includes his children Charles Berry Jr. and Ingrid Berry.In a statement, Berry dedicated the album to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry, whom he refers to by her nickname, “Toddy.”“My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!” he said.Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry popularized rock and roll with 1950s hits including “Rock and Roll Music,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Maybellene,” fusing blues, rockabilly and R&B into a sound that helped define the genre, coupled with guitar virtuosity and showmanship that was emulated by countless performers in the decades after.He directly influenced the early music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Kinks. Not surprisingly, Berry was among the first group of performers inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.Among his many other accolades, Berry received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, was recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 and was presented with Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize in 2014.Berry’s music even made it into outer space — his 1958 hit “Johnny B. Goode” is the only rock and roll song included on the so-called “Golden Record” affixed to the Voyager spacecraft that was launched into the cosmos in 1977.Speaking with ABC News a few years ago, Berry was asked to name the favorite songs he’s written, but he said he couldn’t choose one.“Every one of them is tops with me,” he said. “Every one of my children the same way.”ABC and Reuters contributed to this report. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! Mama Mia Chuck Berry, one of the creators of rock and roll, has died, according to police. He was 90. March 19, 2017 at 5:44 pm 1 COMMENT TAGSChuck Berry Previous articleDoes CNN’s quiz really test your knowledge of Christianity?Next articleHow I met Charlie Daniels Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here He had a good life, and a ripe old life too, with his family and friends all around, so he can now RIP………. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom last_img read more

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week – And the Oscar goes to

first_imgFriday Feb 25, 2011 The Rugby Club Plays of the Week – And the Oscar goes to Earlier today you got to see some of the better tries from last weekend’s opening Super Rugby weekend in Rugbydump’s Pick of the Week. Right now, lets catch up with another popular feature, Fox Sports’ Plays of the Week . There’s been a few requests for it already, so even though there’s a few things repeated in this edition (that you’ve seen here already on RD this week), there’s one or two bits that are worth watching for, and no, I’m not referring to the bits that are shown in the pic. There were a few shockers in terms of bloopers in round 1, with the worst probably going to Will Chambers of the Reds, who was actually safely over the line when he failed to catch the ball. It’s a bit harsh to make that a Friday Funny, so showing it as part of this segment works well. Blame the Rugby Club. The Chiefs also fluffed a few, although the mention of ‘Percys’ seems to have passed over in Australia. Maybe after Chambers we need to now call them ‘Willys’? Great tries, some cracking hits, and a few funny moments, they all come together nicely in this week’s Plays of the Week from The Rugby Club. Enjoy the weekend and make sure you follow Rugbydump on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates, inside info, and a whole lot more. Also if you’re watching matches this weekend and spot anything you think could be featured here on the site, feel free to grab a pen and paper to make a note of the time of the incident. Then fire in an email or request and Rugbydump will take over from there. Cheers!Time: 02:31 ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Plays of the Week Related Articles 123 WEEKS AGO WATCH: France destroy Wales in Women’s Six… 138 WEEKS AGO Waikato winger scores four tries in epic… 304 WEEKS AGO The Wraparound from Rugby HQ – Week 27 From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Blackbaud buys eTapestry

Blackbaud buys eTapestry Marc Chardon, Blackbaud’s chief executive officer, said: “This acquisition opens up a market opportunity that Blackbaud was not actively addressing. Combined with the robust functionality of Raiser’s Edge and our integrated suite of solutions, we believe that Blackbaud is now positioned to meet the fundraising needs of all nonprofits, irrespective of their size or approach to technology”.He added: “From a long-term perspective, we believe that Software-as-a-Service offerings in the nonprofit sector will grow in importance. With the acquisition of eTapestry, we have positioned Blackbaud to participate in an early-stage, high-growth trend with a company that has a proven solution, customer base and growth track record”.eTapestry will continue operations as a wholly-owned subsidiary in Indianapolis. The 85-person company will continue to be led by Jay Love, co-founder and CEO of eTapestry. John Moore, eTapestry’s co-founder and vice president of development, and Steve Rusche, eTapestry’s co-founder and COO, both plan on continuing in their current roles with eTapestry as it becomes part of Blackbaud.Ten years ago Love sold Master Software Corporation to Blackbaud. On the sale of eTapestry he said: “Having previously been the CEO of a company that was sold to Blackbaud, as well as working at Target Software, I am extremely familiar with Blackbaud’s value proposition, proven track record with customers, corporate culture and clear industry leadership position.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Blackbaud, Inc., software and related services provider to nonprofit organisations, has acquired Indianapolis-based eTapestry, the web-based donor/member management software provider.Set up in 1999, one of the first Application Service Provider (ASP) fundraising tools, eTapestry currently has more than 3,000 customers using its on-demand services, with donor records ranging from several hundred per organisation to more than 300,000. Blackbaud reports that it “paid an aggregate purchase price of approximately $24.8 million” for the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider, together with an additional amount of up to $1.5 million under a two-year stock-based performance incentive arrangement. Advertisement Tagged with: Technology Howard Lake | 6 August 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Boeing donates to 10 charities, & other corporate fundraising news

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Melanie May | 29 January 2021 | News Brewgooder invests in clean water projects with The One FoundationScottish craft brewer Brewgooder has begun work on two major clean water projects in Malawi, with an investment of £50,000. The largest investment will go towards solar-powered water supply systems which will provide safe water for two regional healthcare facilities in Nanseta and Mbawera. The projects will unlock 3.94 million litres of water annually for primary healthcare across both facilities and train 60 frontline healthcare workers to help educate the population on how to stop the spread of COVID-19. The work will be carried out in partnership with Brewgooder’s long-term partner, The One Foundation. This project will bring the social enterprise’s overall clean water impact to more than 155,000 people across Malawi and Rwanda. Boeing donates to 10 charitiesBoeing has announced that it is giving more than £350,000 in donations to 10 non-profit organisations across the UK to fund programmes into 2021 and beyond. Boeing corporate charitable investments are amplified by employee giving which is matched by the company. The charitable grants package includes funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and skills development programmes aimed at building a talent pipeline for the aerospace sector in the UK. Charities receiving support include The Prince’s Trust, The Air League and Outfit Moray, as well as Aerobility and SSAFA. Tagged with: corporate corporate fundraising PHMG donates meals for FareShare & Action for ChildrenManchester-based audio branding specialist PHMG launched a festive fundraising appeal at the end of 2020. Inspired by Marcus Rashford’s free school meal campaigning, the PHMG Foundation first donated more than 170,000 meals to charities FareShare, Action for Children, and elsewhere, the Greater Chicago Food Depository and SOS Children’s Villages Illinois. Staff across the UK, North America and Australia adapted their go-to fundraising activities to work towards this target in the safest possible way and PHMG promised to triple every pound and dollar raised. Activity included turning its annual Santa Dash virtual, and running its annual Toy Drive in December, which saw employees donate toys and gifts to Camp Simcha in Manchester and SOS Children’s Villages Illinois in Chicago. The campaign resulted in a final donation of 174,853 meals, which surpassed the original target. [youtube height=”450″width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRtqp-6Xj24[/youtube]DP Building Systems partners with Cancer Research UKDP Building Systems has partnered with Cancer Research UK to develop two USB cabling products: a USB 5-in-1 Fast Charger Cable and a USB 5-in-1 Mobile Phone and Device Data Transfer Fast Charger Cable. Both include the charity’s branded colours. For each product sold, a donation will be made to Cancer Research UK. The partnership aims to raise £100,000 in funds over the next two years. Customers also have the opportunity to personalise the cable packaging with the name of someone they’d like to commemorate through a ‘Name The Cable’ campaign. The names submitted to DP Building Systems will be selected at random by Cancer Research UK and added to the USB packaging for every 1,000 produced. A quick round-up of some of the corporate fundraising and corporate partnerships announced, both pre- and post Christmas, from Collection Pot and Sporting Chance, to DP Building Systems and Cancer Research UK.center_img K4 Law presents cheque to Alex’s WishK4 Law, a firm of solicitors, has made a donation to charity Alex’s Wish, by presenting them with a cheque for £350. The donation was made in lieu of buying their clients an annual Christmas ‘thank you’ gift. Nick Foreman, co-owner of K4 Law commented on the donation saying, “Each year we buy our clients Christmas presents to say thank you but this year, with everything that’s going on, we decided to donate to a great local cause instead. Having known Emma, the Founder of Alex’s Wish, for a number of years we chose to support them in their mission to cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Hovis donates extra loaves in partnership with FareShareHovis Best of Both® is increasing its support for families living in food poverty by donating an additional 250,000 loaves on top of its annual donation of 250,000 loaves. The bread is being donated in partnership with the charity FareShare, which, along with Hovis, also supports the Marcus Rashford Child Food Poverty Taskforce. The bread is enough to create 2.5 million additional sandwiches in 2021, and Hovis has also promised that its donations will be of Best of Both, one of its longest standing product ranges that has just re-launched with a new recipe. Boeing donates to 10 charities, & other corporate fundraising news  185 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Collection Pot partners with Sporting ChanceFintech Collection Pot has announced a partnership with sports mental health charity Sporting Chance, which includes Sporting Chance being named as Collection Pot’s first Charity Partner of the Month. The group collecting platform is used by workplaces and individuals, with digital Pots set up to raise money for every kind of occasion but is also increasingly used by charities for fundraising. A percentage of all Pots set up from the 20 January and through February will be donated to Sporting Chance. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. 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Mr Ed would approve of passports – Nellie (the horse)

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook *Horses being put down in a humane wayYES, there are horses for courses but very shortly there will be passports for horses as well. The issue arose when a new set of Bye-Laws in relation to the Control of Horses was discussed at a recent meeting of the Environment Strategic Policy Committee.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up When the city council’s director of services, Caroline Curley, said that under the new Bye-Laws, the release of a horse detained in the city will require the production of a valid passport, committee member, Sean Griffin observed:“I have a problem with that – how would you get a snap of a horse into a small passport photo”.It was pointed out that the passport snap would be confined to the horses head and face.“The EU requires that all horses be identifiable by passport,” Ms Curley told the meeting”She said that for ease of administration, it is now necessary to adopt one set of bye-Laws that covers the entire city, rather than the Bye Laws that have been operating in the northern side of the city.“The European Communities (Equine) Regulations 2011 require that all horses be identified by a passport and a transponder in accordance with the regulations – the release of a horse detained in the city will require the production of a valid passport and evidence of the presence of a transponder,” (an electronic device that produces a response when it receives a radio-frequency interrogation).The director of services also informed the meeting that under the present Bye-Laws, a horse can be detained for seven days.“Now the Department is advising us that they will no longer pay for horses kept in excess of five days, so it is proposed to amend the detention period to five days”.Cllr Orla McLoughlin said she recently saw a film documentary about euthanasia for horses, and Ms Curley said the problem in Limerick is that “there is an awful lot of horses that are not being claimed by their owners.“They are unwanted – they are not being sold now because owners would get nothing for them and they are being put down in a humane way – the Department of Agriculture is dealing with this”. Twitter NewsLocal NewsMr Ed would approve of passports – Nellie (the horse)By admin – January 21, 2012 674 Previous articleDecision on Shannon’s future this year – MinisterNext articleUnfinished estates may escape charge admincenter_img Print Linkedin Email Advertisementlast_img read more


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HMRC reveals surprise rise in house sales during December

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » HMRC reveals surprise rise in house sales during December previous nextHousing MarketHMRC reveals surprise rise in house sales during DecemberTransactions increase by 3.6% but picture remains flat overall as Brexit turmoil continues to bear down on buyer and seller confidence.Nigel Lewis23rd January 20190923 Views The number of house sales year-on-year during December increased by 3.6% to 102,300, latest figures from HMRC have revealed, but remain flat compared to the month before.HMRC’s seasonally-adjusted figure is still over a third below the market activity peak of 160,000 in October 2007 just before the credit crunch, and is part of an ongoing trend that has seen transactions bob along either just below or above 100,000 sales during most months.“It’s usual for transactions to be subdued at the end of the year, as people wind down for the festive period,” says Craig McKinley of Kensington Mortgages.“However, the continued stagnation is a sign of the political instability we’re experiencing, and this stagnation is affecting buyers and homeowners on every rung of the property ladder.“What’s needed is clarity. Only once people feel secure, will buyers feel comfortable making the moves which are necessary to ease pressure on the housing market.”Auction slowdownBut while overall transactions levels remain flat, the number of sales via auctions has been falling significantly, according to the latest figures from EIG.These reveal a 10% drop in the number of lots offered and a 12% fall in the number of lots sold during December, and an overall drop in the number of homes sold via auctions of 7.1% during 2018.EIG’s founder David Sandeman (left) blames this on the ongoing ‘Brexit turmoil’ saying that: “The entire property market, private treaty included, is seemingly on tenterhooks whilst parliament continues to try and negotiate a way out of the mire”. January 23, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Ocean City Police Activity Report: August 17 to 23

first_imgAugust 18, 2014: Monday Calls for service: 195Motor Vehicle Stops: 35Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 30Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 10 Fire and 12 EMS callsDWI, 55th St. & Haven Ave., one in custody, at 12:29amFraud, 2100 block Central Ave., at 10:00amMotor vehicle accident, 34th street, at 2:13pmTheft, 1300 block Boardwalk, at 2:32pmMotor vehicle accident, 800 block 7th Street, at 4:15pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIES August 17 – 23, 2014  August 19, 2014: TuesdayCalls for service: 157Motor Vehicle Stops: 13Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 24Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 9 fire and 9 EMS callsCriminal attempt, 700 block Asbury Ave., at 8:37amTheft, Waverly Blvd., at 4:31pmShoplifting, 800 block Asbury Ave., at 5:15pmTheft, 1000 block Boardwalk, one in custody, at 6:29pmShoplifting, 1000 block Boardwalk, at 9:14pmMotor vehicle accident, Prospect Pl., at 9:27pm August 17, 2014: Sunday                                                Calls for service: 198Motor Vehicle Stops: 60Motor Vehicle Accidents: 3Property Checks: 47Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 12 Fire and 16 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 100 block Ocean Ave., at 11:21amMotor vehicle accident, 12th St. & Ocean Ave., at 3:34pmTheft, 700 block West Ave., at 5:30pmMotor vehicle accident, 3400 block Simpson Ave., at 7:56pm August 21, 2014: ThursdayCalls for service: 204Motor Vehicle Stops: 33Motor Vehicle Accidents: 7Property Checks: 33Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 9 fire and 16 EMS callsBurglary, 600 block Pleasure Ave., at 2:54amMotor vehicle accident, 800 block West Ave., at 9:12amTheft, 3500 block Wets Ave., at 10:58amMotor vehicle accident, 1300 block Asbury Ave., at 11:27amMotor vehicle accident, 800 block Ocean Ave., at 11:29amFraud, 4400 block West Ave., at 11:41amTheft, Pelham Pl., at 11:50amMotor vehicle accident, 5600 block Asbury Ave., at 2:57pmMotor vehicle accident, 2400 block Asbury Ave., at 3:15pmFraud, 1300 block West Ave., at 4:04pmMotor vehicle accident, Beach Rd., at 5:37pmShoplifting, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 9:46pmMotor vehicle accident, 400 block Atlantic Ave., at 9:58pmCriminal mischief, 2200 block Asbury Ave., at 11:51pm August 20, 2014: WednesdayCalls for service: 136Motor Vehicle Stops: 28Motor Vehicle Accidents: 4Property Checks: 29Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 10 fire and 13 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 900 block West Ave., at 10:21amMotor vehicle accident, 1700 block Simpson Ave., at 11:17amMotor vehicle accident, 1700 block Simpson Ave., at 1:58pmHarassment, Bridge Blvd., at 3:00pmMotor vehicle accident, 1200 block West Ave., at 5:19pmDomestic violence, 1400 block Central Ave., at 8:56pm August 22, 2014: FridayCalls for service: 221Motor Vehicle Stops: 49Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 40Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 7 EMS callsTheft, 800 block St. Charles Pl., at 5:18amMotor vehicle accident, 800 block 9th St., at 9:35amFraud, Dory Dr., at 11:07amTheft, 2700 block Bay Ave., at 11:41amTheft, 1100 block Ocean Ave., at 12:56pmShoplifting, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 10:58pm August 23, 2014: Saturday Calls for service: 214Motor Vehicle Stops: 52Motor Vehicle Accidents: 4Property Checks: 34Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 10 fire and 7 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 300 block 26thh St., at 1:55amMotor vehicle accident, 9th St. & West Ave., at 10:48amMotor vehicle accident, 9th St. & Bay Ave., at 11:47amMotor vehicle accident, 1000 block Bay Ave., at 12:31pmDomestic violence, Tonkin Ct., at 9:37pmTheft, 600 block Boardwalk, at 9:53pmWarrant, 200 block 9th St., one in custody, at 11:52pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Police Departmentlast_img read more

Speech: Greg Hands: the best and most sustainable way out of poverty is through trade

first_imgWe’re at the cusp of an historic opportunity – and an historic challenge.According to the World Bank, the last 3 decades have seen the greatest fall in material deprivation in human history.China is now the world’s second-largest economy – unimaginable 40 years ago.But there are still enormous challenges to overcome.Rapid growth cloaks deep deprivation – for the poor, for rural areas, for women, or for minorities.We have a duty to help ease that poverty. And the best and most sustainable way out of poverty is through trade.Trade has built unparalleled prosperity. It propelled Britain from poverty in the early-19th century. It is propelling China now. And it will propel the developing world and the world’s poor in the decades to come.It would be wrong for us to pull up the ladder. The government wants to make sure the benefits of trade are felt by the world’s poorest, and we’re acting right now to make that happen.On tariffs, the government has committed to providing, as a minimum, the same level of access for developing countries as the EU, and we’re putting legislation through Parliament to let us do that.That is a minimum – we’ll also look at ways to improve on the EU’s system, by making ours more generous and easy to use.On trade support, we’re beefing up our emerging market capacity and expertise.The Department for International Trade now has advisers in 108 countries across the world, including many emerging markets.I’d like to welcome our recent appointment of the first Trade Commissioner for Africa – Emma Wade-Smith, someone with over 20 years’ experience in trade and diplomacy.Our £50 billion export financing capacity can now help British businesses trade in over 60 currencies – so those in emerging markets can buy British, but pay local.And – the reason we’re here today – the Prosperity Fund is a key tool in our armoury.£1.2 billion, to deliver everything from training government finance officers in Indonesia, to widening access to financial services in Mexico.From improving public health provision in Brazil to building low carbon economies in South-east Asia. And this could create opportunities for you, too.Fund programmes are designed to answer stubborn development problems and create business opportunities – growing sectors where the UK has a comparative advantage, removing trade barriers, standardising regulations and improving the legal and business environment.For example, healthcare is a vital component to any country’s development. Healthy populations live longer and are more productive.Well, we have world-beating life sciences and pharmaceutical industries, anchored by the NHS and built on our science base – Britain has 4 of the world’s top ten universities, one less than the US.And no economy can sustain growth without the right infrastructure. The UN estimates that three fifths of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030. Energy, transport, water and communications are vital for private sector investment to stimulate growth.Yet a great deal of the infrastructure developing countries will need in 20 years has not yet been built.This is an opportunity for our world-leading architects, urban planners, construction contractors and energy specialists.And this applies more broadly – we have a stake in helping emerging countries grow.Better-run economies have better-run companies, and well-functioning legal systems. Well, British lawyers, accountants and consultants have a worldwide reputation.Faster-growing economies need finance to fuel that growth – the City of London is ranked as the world’s leading financial centre, speaking the global language of business, in the world’s most convenient timezone – particularly for Africa and the Middle East.Larger economies trade more, in absolute terms – and we’re the world’s fifth-largest exporter.And as economies develop they spend more on services – we’re the second-largest services exporter.Better-run economies benefit everyone – more trade for us, more business for you, and a route out of poverty for hundreds of millions overseas.And the biggest benefits come from freer economies and freer trade.There is no reason why the plunge in poverty we’ve seen in recent decades should be a one-off – that’s not something we have to accept.It is by people’s own innovation and endeavour that developing countries can be lifted out of poverty.Free trade means nothing more than letting that endeavour run free.last_img read more