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, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Iran's exports to the European Union have increased three fold after the implementation of nuclear deal between Iran and the six major world powers in 2015, European Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said Saturday.
Iran's exports to the EU stood at 5.494 billion euros in 2016 as compared to 1.235 billion euros in 2015 due to the EU resuming oil imports from Iran following the nuclear deal.
Canete made the remarks in the opening ceremony of the first Iran-EU Business Forum on sustainable energy, which has brought together more than 50 European companies and business associations and some 40 Iranian energy companies.
Iran and six world powers, including Britain
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, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States
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, reached an agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue in July 2015 that put it on the path of international and western sanctions relief but with more strict limits on nuclear program.
EU and Iran have boosted cooperation with each other in different sectors in 2016 and managed to sign many agreements, Canete said, adding that the block is keen on cooperation with Iran in the nuclear energy sector.
Canete expressed readiness of the EU to transfer their experience in the development of clean energy to Iran so that Tehran would be able to meet 30 percent of its energy needs from renewable energy resources by 2030.
He urged both sides to continue to upgrade their ties and called for the help of European firms to make more investment in Iran.
He expressed hope that the ongoing forum in Tehran would lay the ground for interaction in clean energy.
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Once upon a time rugby jerseys were made from heavy cotton
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, with starchy collars and the minimum of colours to distinguish your team from the other. Those days are long gone, and some would say good riddance, as they slip into their pink leopard skin print tight fit top… over their base layer to keep them cosy and warm… and their shoulder pads so they don’t get hurt… oh, and don’t forget the fake tan!!
It’s pretty obvious that rugby has evolved on the field in what we now wear – custom scrum caps
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, gum shields, forearm protectors, pink boots, etc. – but what about off it? Time was after the game you’d put on your miner’s overalls
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, barrister’s suit or student rags and off you went. The only thing distinguishing you as a rugby player to Joe Public would be your cauliflower ear or black eye! Even when supporters got their first England rugby jersey or Wales rugby shirt, the only fashion faux pas they could make was to wear the collar up or down!
Well, the times they are a changing as a host of “rugby leisure” brands dip their feet in the rugby market and piggy back in on the values of rugby that have taken generations to create. The glaringly obvious one is Ralph Lauren, but more on them in due course. There are some obvious link ups between rugby and fashion – the Benetton factory in the town of Treviso
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, or French flair combined with the genius of Serge Blanco.
Fashion from a rugby perspective – how many people does that cover? Rugby is getting more and more global, but even in the home nations, it is a minority sport.
Reg Clark, owner of old school fashion and retro rugby brand RhinoGB
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, said “If it will be a niche market of real rugby fans and not the population at large, so be it. We don’t want to ditch quality for quantity for the sake of profit. Rhino is a brand over 30 years in the making and we are not going to abandon our values”.
“The preppieivy league look has been overdone and is very un-rugby” says Clark. The approach he is referring to of course is the random rugby brand generator – Polo shirt + place name + some numbers + rugby = fashion. Columbus Rugby 1492 for example – with so many brands following this formula, it beggars the question – who owns the rights to rugby? Perhaps Rugby school? The town of Rugby? The RFU? The IRB? The first person to copyright “rugby”?
So now we get to the elephant in the room. Ralph Lauren famously tried to copyright rugby as part of their fashion brand RL Rugby, and has been scaring off anyone who they think might be encroaching on their rights to the use of the word “rugby” on leisurewear. They have also pursued a similar tack in relation to the use of the polo logo and infamously prevented the US Polo national governing body from using a polo player on a horse logo on their apparel!
One man who knows all about the fight to own rugby is American James Carlberg of LiquidRugby. Carlberg started printing rugby tees back in the eighties and had built a successful business that was experiencing rapid growth as rugby grew in popularity in the States. Things were going so well that a number of apparel reps had been i.
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