The Christmas Sing-In will be held in the Crown Bank Lobby on 8th and Asbury Ave.There will be a free Christmas Sing-In held in the Crown Bank Lobby at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 15.Community members of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to come together and sing to holiday songs and carols. Participants can even bring musical instruments.The event is sponsored by Operafest International, Inc. For information, Nancy Fox of Fox Vocal Arts can be reached at 609-399-7291.More upcoming holiday events include:Dec. 18 — Swingin’ to the Holidays: A Christmas spectacular by the Ocean City Theatre Company will be repeated at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.Dec. 19 — Breakfast Buffet with Santa: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. Each child will receive a treat from Santa. Bring your camera and call for reservations (609) 399-1000.Dec. 19 — Elf Jr., the Musical: presented by the Ocean City Theatre Co., featuring students 3rd to 8th grade at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Show times 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets, Adults $15, kids12 and under $12. Call (609) 399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.Dec. 19 — Hansel and Gretel: 1 p.m., Sandi-Pointe Restaurant in Somers Point. Live family show. Enjoy a magical, musical, adventure of two children and their escape from an evil witch. Dec. 19 — “The Sounds of Christmas: 2 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Admission is free. Featuring Ocean City Pops musicians Pamela Whitman on flutes, Mark O’Kain, Xylophone and Jeffrey Uhlig, piano. Their music will capture the Spirit of the Season ranging from intimate to meditative to joyful and playful. Dec. 19-20 — Breakfast with Santa: 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sat. 12/19, Arlene’s on Asbury, 624 Asbury Ave., Sun., 12/20 Yianni’s Café, 841 Asbury Ave. Dec. 19-20 — Free Horse & Carriage Rides: Noon to 3 p.m. start in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave. Call 1-800 BEACH-NJ.Dec.19-20 — Photos with Santa: Noon to 3 p.m. in front of the Music Pier. Photo fee $10. For more information, call, 1-800 BEACH-NJ.Dec. 20 — Holiday High Tea: 2 p.m., served in the elegant ballrooms of the Flanders Hotel. Enjoy carolers and a special gourmet holiday tea menu. Gifts for each guest. Call Flanders for reservations and price. (609) 399-1000. Dec. 31 — First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration: REMINDER: Get your FIRST NIGHT ADMISSION BUTTONS NOW! for Ocean City’s Gala New Year’s Eve Celebration that provides continuous family entertainment from 4 p.m. until midnight capped by a fireworks display. Buttons are now available for $15 from www.firstnightocnj.com or by calling 1-800-BEACH-NJ. Buttons are also available at the City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave. After December 15, buttons will be priced at $20.Jan. 10 (2016) — Cape Shore Chorale: Directed by Scott J. Breiner, the Cape Shore Chorale will present An Old Fashioned Christmas on January 10th, 2016 at 3:00 PM at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th and Bay Ave, Ocean City. The annual Epiphany concert will include holiday favorites. Free will offering. Please join us after the concert for light refreshments and to meet Chorale members. This program is partially funded by a grant from the Ocean City Home Bank Charitable Foundation. More info: www.capeshorechorale.org
Nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the United States will be able to use eGates at the UK border – ensuring business and leisure visitors from these countries have a fast and efficient arrival in the UK. In a speech on Wednesday 31 October, the Foreign Secretary will announce the biggest expansion of Britain’s diplomatic network for a generation, confirming 12 new Posts and nearly 1,000 more personnel. This will include a new Mission to the HQ of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta. Enhancing DIT’s overseas network in Europe Ambassadors will also work closely with the 9 HM Trade Commissioners, appointed by the International Trade Secretary, who lead on all trade promotion and policy overseas. The bulk of support will see UKEF’s existing £3 billion capacity for direct lending increase by £1 billion for each financial year 2020/21 and 2021/22, helping UK businesses grow their trading relationships with markets around the world. The announcement follows the publication of the government’s Export Strategy earlier this summer and underlines the government’s commitment to helping UK exporters take full advantage of international demand for our world-class goods and services. From small businesses taking the first step on their exporting journey to international investors, this global Britain budget will help cement the UK’s position as one of the world’s best destinations to trade. The extra £2 billion for UK Export Finance will ensure it continues to be a game-changer for UK exporters and the additional support for my international economic department allows us to help businesses take full advantage of the limitless global trading opportunities. Whether it’s attracting investment or supporting exports, this Budget will drive the UK’s growth and prosperity for years to come. Background InfoSupporting UK Exports Allowing citizens of US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan to use e-passport gates will significantly reduce queuing at major airports. £5 million will be made available to the Department for International Trade (DIT) as it grows its European network to attract investment and help UK exporters land new deals on the continent. Attract Inward Investment International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP said: UK Mission to ASEAN An additional £2 billion for UK Export Finance (UKEF’s) direct lending for overseas buyers of British goods and services, helping exporters succeed in the global marketplace. The UK has many strengths that attract investors: an open, liberal economy, world-class talent and business-friendly environment. This has helped win more foreign direct investment than Germany, Italy and Japan combined. DIT provides support for exporters and investors in over 100 markets worldwide. Streamlining the UK border The UK’s global economic role is prioritised in the Budget as the Chancellor set out an additional £2 billion of credit for buyers of British products and services. Other measures include more support made available for investors and UK exporters in Europe whilst nationals from 5 of our strongest trading partners will now be able to use eGates at the UK border.A new UK mission to the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) will also open, the Foreign Secretary will announce later today (Wednesday 31 October). ASEAN is the world’s fifth largest trading bloc, and an important economic partner for the UK.Ambassadors will work closely with the 9 HM Trade Commissioners, appointed by the International Trade Secretary, who lead on all trade promotion and policy overseas.In the Budget, the Chancellor announced: HMRC will halve the time it takes companies to become Trusted Customs Traders from 120 to 60 days, delivering the UK’s ambition to be a world leader in global customs administration. £5 million will ensure the department is equipped to help in European markets, aiding exporters’ understandings of the practicalities of doing business around the world. Reducing the time, it takes to become an Authorised Economic Operator or other types of Customs Trusted Traders, will make trade across borders, quicker, cheaper and easier for a wider range of businesses.