Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,419.49, down 57.45 points):Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Down 28 cents, or 11.57 per cent, to $2.14 on 8.2 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up seven cents, or 1.90 per cent, to $3.75 on 6.4 million shares.Oncolytics Biotech Inc. (TSX:ONC). Health care. Down 30 cents, or 32.61 per cent, to 62 cents on 6.3 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 43 cents, or 2.84 per cent, to $14.70 on 5.7 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up eight cents, or 2.46 per cent, to $3.33 on 5.4 million shares.Merus Labs International Inc. (TSX:MSL). Health care. Down one cent, or 0.62 per cent, to $1.60 on five million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO). Banks. Down $3.15, or 3.31 per cent, to $91.98 on 3.1 million shares. Toronto-based bank reported higher profits from its wealth management and capital markets divisions helped grow its second-quarter net income by 28 per cent to $1.25 billion. The bank’s second-quarter revenue was $5.74 billion, up from $5.10 billion a year ago.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up seven cents, or 3.35 per cent, at $2.16 on 4.5 million shares. Bombardier and Triumph have reached a settlement about five months after the U.S. aerospace supplier filed a $455-million lawsuit against the Quebec-based aircraft manufacturer. Details of the settlement announced Wednesday were not disclosed.Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Down 25 cents, or 2.71 per cent, to $8.99 on 1.2 million shares. The Toronto-based mortgage company says it has drawn down a further $250 million this week from its emergency line of credit to repay deposit notes due Wednesday. That leaves the company with $350 million left from a $2 billion line of credit provided by the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan late last month.Hydro One Ltd. (TSX:H). Utilities. Down two cents, or 0.09 per cent, to $23.43 on 1.3 million shares. The Ontario government’s plan to lower hydro rates, which have roughly doubled over the last decade, is expected to cost taxpayers $21 billion over the next 30 years, according to the province’s budget watchdog. A report from the financial accountability officer released Wednesday found the government will spend $45 billion over the life of its hydro plan to save people $24 billion on their bills. The $45 billion is mostly the cost of funding an eight-per-cent rebate that took effect in January and assumes balanced budgets. If the government has to fund that rebate through debt, the cost could soar up to $93 billion, the report said.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down 53 cents, or 0.83 per cent, to $63.04 on 2.8 million shares. The Toronto-based bank has announced plans for a new call centre in Moncton, N.B., that the provincial government says will create up to 575 full-time jobs. TD will receive up to $9 million in financial assistance from the government, which says the call centre will add $109-million to the province’s GDP over six years. by The Canadian Press Posted May 24, 2017 2:37 pm MDT Last Updated May 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more
Cimos KoperEHF Champions LeagueHSV Handball The biggest surprise of the Day in the Velux EHF Champions League is a draw in Hamburg, between HSV and Slovenian Cimos Koper – 27:27 (15:14). Despite that, the Hungarian refferes (Horvath and Marton) made a big mistake in the last second of the match, when they didn’t show on 7-meter after clear foul of Igor Vori on Dean Bombac.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9STzspU8_9U&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]HSV Hamburg: Kraus 1, Schröder 1, Duvnjak 1, Lacković, Flohr 6, Vori 3, B. Gille 2, G. Gille, Vugrinec, Lindberg 6 (5), Schulze 1, Lijewski 1, Hens 5, Schliedermann, Bitter, Beutler.Cimos Koper: Skoko 2, Dobelšek 3, Brumen 7 (3), Čemas, Bombač 3 (2), Poklar 2, Džono, Krivokapić 2, Skube 1, Mlakar, Konečnik, Rapotec 3, Bogunović 3, Bundalo 1, Škof, Vran.STANDING:1. HSV Hamburg 9 – 172. Cimos Koper 9-113. Metalurg Skopje 8-104. Wisla Plock 8-75. St. Petersburg 9-56. Constanta 9-2 ← Previous Story Velux Men’s EHF CL (Round 9): Kadetten expels Chambery from Europe Next Story → New “Super-Goal” from Celje: An action finished by goalkeeper! (VIDEO) read more
3Fraikin BM Granollers42 11Ángel Ximénez Puente Genil23 1FC Barcelona60 15Cuatro Rayas Valladolid22 10Frigoríficos Morrazo Cangas25 13Fertiberia Puerto Sagunto22 BM Valladolid 5Reale Ademar León36 8BM Guadalajara27 7Helvetia Anaitasuna28 14Villa de Aranda Top Ribera22 12Juanfersa Grupo Fegar23 4BM. Huesca40 6Globalcaja C. Encantada29 16Bidasoa Irún9 2Naturhouse La Rioja47 Former EHF Champions League semi-finalist from 2007, BM Valladolid won’t play in the best Spanish league after 36 years! Valladolid lost the place at ASOBAL despite the victory over Guadalajara 22:19 in the last match of the season.Puerto Sagunto beat Villa Aranda 40:21 and secure the place in the elite competition for one more season…The same destiny has French Ivry Handball, one of the teams with biggest tradition in French Handball…STANDINGS: 9BM. Aragón25 ← Previous Story RK Metalurg celebrate 6th Macedonian title! Next Story → Meshkov Brest are the new Belarus champions! read more
The Kindle Fire finally made it into Amazon baskets this week, and then into the hands of consumers and hackers alike. That can only mean one thing: alongside using it to surf the web, watch movies, and buy even more stuff from Amazon, it’s another new platform waiting to be unlocked.Thanks to some hard work by an Android Forums member, you can now root the Kindle Fire using SuperOneClick. You’ll also need to have the Android SDK installed on your machine, and you need to modify the adb_usb.ini file in your %USERPROFILE%\.android folder to add support for the Kindle Fire — complete details on doing that are available on the Android Forums at the link below. Once you’ve modded the .INI file, fire up SuperOneClick and tap the root button. That’s all there is to it!Why would you want to root the Kindle Fire? If you’re asking that question (or even “what is rooting?”), there’s a good chance you don’t really want to. There are always certain risks associated, and there’s an outside chance you could wind up with an unusable device if something were to go horribly wrong. Usually those risks are minor, but you’ve got to be prepared for the worst when you’re hacking a device like the Kindle Fire.With loads of top-shelf apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Angry Birds available for the Kindle Fire, you may just want to leave it alone and enjoy Amazon’s AppStore and the rest of the Kindle Fire Ecosystem. Then again, at $199 you’re not out much if you do brick your Fire during the process. They’re essentially half the price of one regular Android tablet, after all.More at Android Forums read more
35 Comments http://jrnl.ie/4079897 IRISH DEFENCE FORCES members are to return to the Syrian side of the Golan Heights having previously been moved from the region due to safety concerns.The 57th Infantry Group, which comprises 130 personnel, is currently based in Camp Ziouani on the Israeli side of the area of separation. It had been moved there in 2014 due to an increase in fighting in the area.However, after a review of security by senior Defence Force members, the Irish infantry group is set to return later this year.Defence Minister Paul Kehoe had previously advised the Government that certain requirements in relation accommodation, medical provisions, access and exit routes, would have to be met before Irish troops would return to Camp Faouar.The role of the 57th Infantry Group includes the provision of a quick reaction force to assist ongoing operations. The Irish Infantry Group is also tasked with carrying out patrols and convoy escorts as necessaryThe Government today also gave its approval for the Defence Forces to continue their work in Kosovo. Ireland has been part of the peace mission in Kosovo since the war ended there in 1999.Meanwhile, Ireland will celebrate the role of Peacekeepers at a state ceremony in Dublin Castle on Sunday. The midday event will be attended by President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, along with loved ones of the 87 Defence Force members who lost their lives.“It will be a fitting opportunity to honour the men and women who have served our country with distinction in peacekeeping missions around the world,” Defence Minister Paul Kehoe said. Members of the Defence Forces during a training exercise in Ireland last year. Image: KFB Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 10:00 PM Members of the Defence Forces during a training exercise in Ireland last year. Jun 19th 2018, 10:00 PM Irish troops to return to Syrian side of Golan Heights after removal due to safety concerns The Irish infantry group is set to return later this year. Image: KFB Share151 Tweet Email By Garreth MacNamee 14,368 Views read more
Des aiguilles de sapin deux fois plus tenacesAu Canada, des chercheurs ont découvert que l’éthylène était responsable de la perte des aiguilles des sapins. Après plusieurs observations et expérimentations, ils sont parvenus à faire tenir deux fois plus longtemps ces aiguilles.L’éthylène est une hormone végétale. Des chercheurs de l’université de Laval, au Québec, ont mis en évidence le fait que c’était elle qui était à l’origine de la perte des aiguilles chez les sapins.À lire aussiQue faire de son sapin après les fêtes de Noël ?La revue Trees, dans laquelle l’étude a été publiée, indique que pour parvenir à cette découverte, les scientifiques ont observé des branches de sapins placées dans une chambre de croissance. Lorsque les branches ont commencé à produire de l’éthylène, la chute des aiguilles a débuté.En bloquant en partie la production de cette hormone grâce à deux procédés chimiques distincts, les chercheurs ont vu passer la durée de chute des aiguilles à 73 jours avec un des produits (le 1-MCP) et à 87 jours pour l’autre (l’AVG).Steeve Pépin, co-auteur de l’étude indique qu’”au quarantième jour, les branches qui avaient été traitées étaient encore vertes, tendres et fraîches alors que les branches non traitées avaient pratiquement perdu toutes leurs aiguilles”.Le Canada étant un grand exportateur de sapins de Noël, l’utilisation du 1-MCP dans les camions les transportant permettrait de ralentir la chute de leurs aiguilles. Par la suite, arroser les sapins d’une eau contenant de l’AVG permettrait de prolonger leur durée de vie.Le 27 décembre 2010 à 13:19 • Emmanuel Perrin read more
DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Dames is first Hospitality Hero Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Jan 2015 – This year there will be a pay and grading review for certain for the public sector; announced this week by the Deputy Governor, Anya Williams who heads the Civil Service. The DG, in a press release was throwing her support behind an advancement to come for some Human Resources staff from her office, and adding to the sentiments expressed last week by the Premier that Ministries of government are poised to feel fresh energy with a Cabinet Shuffle where new roles for four ministries will take effect on Monday. The Governor’s Office Jubilee fund this week gave a gift to four TCIG Human Resource Management Directorate staffers. The Office paid for the membership for Keisha Taylor, Karresa Gardiner, Catherine Ann Forbes and Cherice Boyce and this means the group will now be able to achieve certified HR professional status. Online coursework and examinations in the Dominican Republic are next for the group. Mark Greenway, Director of HRMD said: “There will be real benefits to these individuals and to our organization in their working towards, and achieving, these internationally recognized professional qualifications.” The Governor has $60,000 dollars to spend each year, it’s his prerogative what benefits from the monies provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; this professional development support is but one of his projects. Related Items:anya williams, governor’s office jubillee, mark greenway read more
When it comes to solving the state’s most pressing issue, Lynda Wilson, a candidate running to represent Southwest Washington in the state House, told The Columbian’s editorial board Tuesday that she is going to “say the same thing that most every Republican is saying.” “We need to fund (education) first,” she said. Her opponent in the swing 17th Legislative District, Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, was careful, however, to not say what most every other Democrat is saying. “There are a lot of things we can do before we raises taxes,” Stonier said. Every lawmaker sent to Olympia this session will be faced with meeting the demand, ordered by the state’s top court, to adequately fund public schools.To find additional revenue, Wilson said lawmakers could look to certain state agencies, such as the Department of Ecology, that she maintains have bloated budgets. Stonier said schools have restrictive requirements preventing dollars from getting into the classrooms, and she said the state should examine current tax preferences on the books. “I think whatever the budget looks like, it has to be bipartisan in effort,” Stonier said. “It’s going to come from people who can work together; when you have folks there just to vote ‘no’ and just to shut down the government, that’s not a value added to the Legislature,” Stonier said. read more
Aristocrat has launched the largest linked jackpot in the Philippines with a Grand Jackpot start-up value of Php100 million (US$1.9 million).The huge Mighty Cash Link went live at City of Dreams Manila on 7 June, featuring high denomination play. Aristocrat wins battle over intellectual property rights with US$3 million settlement Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Load More 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status RelatedPosts According to Aristocrat, the City of Dreams linked jackpot is supported by 64-bit game technology coupled with the latest vertex controller and is displayed in the company’s Helix+ cabinet, with an option for a physical button deck or a virtual button deck with bash button.“We continually strive to create fun, new experiences for our customers in pioneering ways that differentiate us in the market,” said City of Dreams Manila COO, Kevin Benning. “Working with Aristocrat, and capitalizing on their latest games and technology, has allowed us to make history, creating the biggest jackpot in the Philippines gaming industry.”Aristocrat Sales & Business Development Director – Asia Pacific, Lloyd Robson, added, “Aristocrat has been working with City of Dreams Manila for a long time. Their players enjoy our Mighty Cash game and City of Dreams wanted to bring the fun to a new level. We listened carefully to what they wanted to achieve and we are thrilled to have created this milestone achievement.” read more
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Is Bitcoin really a bubble?Creative CommonsEmil Oldenburg, one of the co-founders and CTO of Bitcoin.com, is no longer convinced by the future of bitcoin. Despite the fact that the cryptocurrency’s astronomical price surge this year helped his site grow its profile, Oldenburg now tends to believe that bitcoin investment is currently the riskiest venture one can make.”There’s an extremely high risk. I have in fact sold all my bitcoins recently and switched to bitcoin cash,” Oldenburg told Swedish tech site Breakit in an interview, referring to various problems with bitcoin’s high transaction costs.Bitcoin trisection costs are indeed doubling every three months while the average time for a single transaction is now said to be 4.5 hours. According to a report from Ars Technica, bitcoin transaction fees recently reached as much as $26 per trade.Bitcoin.com, which reportedly has tens of millions of unique monthly visitors, mainly depends on its bitcoin “mining pool” — where it creates new units of the digital currency — for revenue generation. Although Oldenburg didn’t disclose any numbers, he did reveal that “it’s an awfully lot of money.”However, Oldenburg still believes that there is a brighter future for bitcoin cash, and the switch needs to take place right now. According to him, Bitcoin.com has also started focusing more on bitcoin cash, which split from bitcoin in August, and recently beat Ethereum to become the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency.Illiquid cryptocurrencyThe reason why Oldenburg decided to sell all of his bitcoin and switch to bitcoin cash is the lack of market liquidity of the former. Most people are still unaware about the risks of owning bitcoin because they have only “bought” the digital currency, but never sold or used them for trade.Although buying, selling or trading in bitcoins still may not be a big concern for investors, the actual problem lies in the way bitcoin transactions are recorded on the blockchain. Because of the limited amount of deals allowed per second in the bitcoin network, the cryptocurrency has become very illiquid and unusable.While the limited amount of bitcoin trades allowed per second has led to high transaction costs and long transaction lead times, bitcoin cash has so far remained unaffected by such concerns.”It only costs $0.012 to send a [Bitcoin Cash transaction] and there are no lead times. The only drawback is that you need larger hard drives, but that’s not a problem for most people,” Oldenburg said, adding that the bigger block size limit of bitcoin cash (8MB) than that of bitcoin (1MB) helps it maintain lower transaction fees. A collection of Bitcoin (virtual currency) tokens are displayed in this picture illustration taken December 8, 2017.REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/IllustrationA baffling bubble?Bitcoin continues to garner optimistic outlook from many experts, with some even predicting that the cryptocurrency’s price will eventually hit $300,000 to $400,000 in the future. Such bullish estimates are based on the idea that because only 21 million bitcoins can ever exist, mounting demand for the digital currency will naturally drive its price up.”As the supply of Bitcoins is kept fixed by the underlying protocol, price increases are essentially due to increasing demand,” Daniele Bianchi, an assistant professor of finance at the Warwick Business School, said in an email to International Business Times, India.”Bitcoin is becoming more like an asset class rather than a method of payment. This is something that the public and regulators should realise to fully understand the price dynamics of Bitcoin,” Bianchi said.On Sunday, even the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), the world’s largest futures exchange, entered the bitcoin market, triggering speculation that the move will boost investor interest in bitcoin and push its price higher.However, fears of a bubble burst also loom large.In a recent report, titled “Outrageous Predictions,” Denmark’s Saxo Bank said that bitcoin’s trading value would touch a record-high of $60,000 in 2018, before taking a nosedive to its fundamental “production cost” of $1,000 in 2019.”From what we can identify, the only reason today to buy or sell bitcoin is to make money, which is the very definition of speculation and the very definition of a bubble,” Credit Suisse Group AG Chief Executive Officer Tidjane Thiam said last month. read more
A man walks past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, July 15, 2015.ReutersCadila Healthcare: Drugmaker on Friday said its Moraiya facility successfully completed U.S. FDA inspection without any 483 observation. A Form 483 is issued to the firm when an investigator observes any conditions that are in violations of regulatory requirements.Tata Motors: Automaker on Friday said global sales, including that of Jaguar Land Rover, gained 20 percent to 1,14,797 units in January.Ajanta Pharma: The company’s formulation facility at Dahej was inspected by U.S. FDA from February 5-9 without any 483 observation.Aster DM Healthcare: IPO opens on Monday with an issue price of Rs 180-190 per equity share. F&O Ban List: Balrampur Chini, GMR Infra, HDIL and Jain Irrigation. read more
A team of researchers at Cornell University has built and run a simulation that showed prebiotic reactions could occur on the surface of one of Saturn’s moons, Titan, suggesting the possibility of life evolving in a place where it is too cold for water to be a factor.The team describes the simulation they created in response to the discovery that polymers such as polyimine might have already developed on the moon’s surface.Recent evidence has suggested that some chemical reactions could lead to types of life forms where there is no water, which further suggests that it may exist outside of what is now considered the habitual zone.For life to come about in such places, researchers reason, there would likely need to be some action going on, and that is why there has been so much focus on Titan; it is the only object in our solar system, besides Earth, that has both rainfall and erosion due to liquid movement.PNAS – Polymorphism and electronic structure of polyimine and its potential significance for prebiotic chemistry on Titan.Titan is the only place in the solar system, except Earth, where rainfall and seasonally flowing liquids erode the landscape.This makes Titan a test case for exploring the environmental limits of prebiotic chemistry and addressing the question of whether life can develop without water.Experimental and observational data suggest that hydrogen cyanide, the most abundant hydrogen-bonding molecule in Titan’s atmosphere, may polymerize on the surface to polyimine.Using quantum mechanical calculations, we show that polyimine has unusual electronic and structural properties that could potentially facilitate prebiotic chemistry under cryogenic conditions akin to those on Titan.The chemistry of hydrogen cyanide is believed to be central to the origin of life question.Contradictions between Cassini-Huygens mission measurements of the atmosphere and the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan suggest that HCN-based polymers may have formed on the surface from products of atmospheric chemistry.This makes Titan a valuable “Natural laboratory” for exploring potential nonterrestrial forms of prebiotic chemistry.The primary photon absorption is predicted to occur in a window of relative transparency in Titan’s atmosphere, indicating that pI could be photochemically active and drive chemistry on the surface.The thermodynamics for adding and removing HCN from pI under Titan conditions suggests that such dynamics is plausible, provided that catalysis or photochemistry is available to sufficiently lower reaction barriers.Future detailed studies on proposed mechanisms and the solubility and density of the polymers will aid in the design of future missions to Titan. Source read more
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Gqama Primary School bade farewell to last year’s Soul Buddyz (Grade 7) on November 1, 2013. The function was organised by Mrs SE Mazibuko and Miss EK Sosibo, who are responsible for growing and grooming the Soul Buddyz. Several departments were invited to attend the farewell function, including the Department of Health, Social Development, Transport and Education. The Department of Education was represented by Miss K Molefe and Miss BJ Shabalala. From the Uthukela District Office was Chief Circuit Manager Mr HPH Kubheka, while the Justice Department was represented by Chief Magistrate Dr BM Mchunu.Mr Kubheka promised to frame the Soul Buddyz certificates awarded by the school, and Dr Mchunu promised to donate an amount of R2000 on top of what he already donated for the function.On February 10, at the Mnambithi CMC, Mr Kubheka presented the framed certificates and the Oxford dictionaries he bought for five Gqama Primary School pupils (Soul Buddyz Club members) who are now in Grade 8 at different high schools. read more
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Pending Home Sales Fall Short of Expectations Share Pending home sales took an unexpected downward turn in December but still managed to finish 2014 ahead of year-ago numbers, according to a report from a major housing group.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) said Thursday that its Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) declined 3.7 percent last month to a reading of 100.7. Economists expected a 0.9 percent gain.Compared to December 2013, contract signings were up 6.1 percent, marking a fourth straight month of annual improvement and the highest year-over-year gain since June 2013.Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, blamed the monthly downswing on a drop in for-sale homes and an acceleration in price growth.”Total inventory fell in December for the first time in 16 months, resulting in fewer choices for buyers and a modest uptick in price growth in markets throughout the country,” Yun said. “With interest rates at lows not seen since early 2013, the strength in existing-sales in upcoming months will largely depend on the willingness of current homeowners to realize their equity gains from the past couple years and trade up.”With jobs and consumer confidence on the rise and barriers to homeownership coming down—particularly for first-time homebuyers—Yun said he expects more demand in the months ahead. Taking an early guess, NAR projects total existing-home sales in 2015 will be around 5.26 million, an increase of 6.6 percent over last year.Pending sales were down month-over-month in all major regions, with the Northeast posting the biggest decline at 7.5 percent. That was followed by the West (down 4.6 percent), the Midwest (2.8 percent), and the South (2.6 percent).Contract signings were up in all regions compared to the same month in 2013. Existing-Home Sales National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales 2015-01-29 Tory Barringer January 29, 2015 497 Views read more
You might also be interested in From the pages of Produce Business UKReflecting on some of the greatest challenges for the international fresh produce business, nine of the world’s senior industry thought leaders made a plea for cooperation, communication and education up and down the supply chain at the sixth annual edition of The London Produce Show and Conference held this week.Taking part in Jim Prevor, The Perishable Pundit’s highly regarded Thought-Leader Breakfast Panel on Thursday, the nine panelists hailing from four continents discussed topics ranging from Brexit and trade tariffs, to raising consumption and consumer engagement.The panel represented the powerful retail and foodservice sectors, NGO leadership and the influential world of celebrity chefs, comprising:Amanda Freitag, Chef, TV Personality & Cookbook Author, as well as The London Produce Show 2019 Ambassador (US);Clare Linstead, Senior Buying Manager for Tropical, Exotic and Stonefruit at Morrisons in the U.K.;George Liu, CEO of Frutacloud in China;Philip Macy, Category Buyer for Grapes and Stonefruit at Sam’s Club in the U.S.;Tom Stenzel, President and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association in the U.S.;Raj Tugnait, CEO of Fresh Direct Group in the U.K.;Tania van der Merwe, Senior Buyer for Freshmark in South Africa;Stephan Weist, Director Category Management for REWE Group in Germany; andMaria Wieloch, Senior Category Manager for fruit, vegetables and flowers at ICA Gruppen in Sweden.With more than two-thirds of fresh produce imported into the U.K., Raj Tugnait, Chief Executive of Fresh Direct Group, addressed the potential operational impact of Brexit on U.K. businesses and their suppliers.“Communication and pro-activeness is absolutely essential,” he said, explaining that Fresh Direct Group has established a dedicated task force to work on contingency supply plans with customers, and to prepare for the worst-case scenario.“Our aim is to mitigate the impact,” Tugnait continued. “We are working with the government as well, to make sure that they understand the nuances of fresh produce so they don’t take a general food approach because fresh produce is very specific.”Similarly, the U.S. is experiencing major political and trade challenges given the so-called ‘trade war’ with China, and, most recently, the threat of tariffs for Mexican exporters to the U.S.Tom Stenzel, President and Chef Executive of the United Fresh Produce Association, described the panorama as one of the biggest challenges for global produce industry.“It’s not just the U.S.; I see it globally,” he commented. “It’s a nationalistic approach, and in the next few years I see the threat of more barriers rather than opening trade.“Today, most U.S. growers also have partnerships with Mexican growers where they own production there. National borders don’t really govern produce at this point in time, and I think our political institutions are behind in terms of trying to still look at the produce trade across national borders.“We need to educate government officials. We disagree with a number of the trade policies, the tariffs and the threat of tariffs on goods coming from Mexico in order to deal with migration. They don’t go together. So, the agricultural industry, the business community and even a number of political leaders are pushing back very strongly because the tariffs are simply not a good strategy.”Moving onto the challenge of increasing produce consumption, Maria Wieloch, Senior Category Manager for fruit, vegetables and flowers at ICA Gruppen in Sweden, suggested that while the produce sector cannot compete with the big marketing budgets of other industries, it could learn from them.“Everyone knows fruits and vegetables are important for a healthy lifestyle … but still consumers find the solution in a pill, a bar or smoothie,” she lamented.“The big challenge for us as an industry is to make this commodity hip, and to learn from the marketing of other products.”To that end, ICA is focusing on educating its customers about the different varieties of fruits and vegetables and their specific, individual characteristics, such as flavor. The retailer is also emphasizing seasonality, and promoting produce around traditional holiday periods.“Consumers want their own preferences, and to be able to show that to people by saying ‘I prefer this type, while you prefer that’,” Wieloch proposed.Philip Macy, Category Buyer for Grapes and Stonefruit at Sam’s Club in the U.S., agreed product differentiation is important in driving repeat purchasing for his customers.“We look for more unique varieties with better flavor,” Macy said. “Customers expect to have something better. Really, it’s not me that decides, it’s the customer when they come back for more. Pluots [the plum-apricot hybrid], for example, we get a lot of feedback on how much consumers like them. They have 30-40% higher brix (sugar) level than a normal plum.”Equally, Tania van der Merwe, Senior Buyer for Freshmark in South Africa (the fresh produce procurement arm of Shoprite), said her organization is working on educating shoppers about different varieties.“We have three different retail store levels, and Checkers is the highest,” she commented. “There, we have aspirational lines that we monitor to see if they work, and we educate and do marketing around those. For example, within grapes we decided on a couple of cultivars and marketed them separately from the standard line to see how shoppers interact.”Nonetheless, affordability remains crucial to ensure all shoppers have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Shipping companies drop British flag to avoid Brex … Clare Linstead, Senior Buying Manager for Tropical, Exotic and Stonefruit at Morrisons, pointed out that when it comes to deciding which lines to carry at the U.K.’s fourth-largest supermarket operator, consumer demand and affordability come first.“As retailers, we need to work responsibly with the international supply chain to ensure that we are getting produce from A to B in the most efficient way possible without creating waste, or it will cause the produce to become unaffordable,” she stated.She added that Morrisons also offers several different branding tiers; from the standard to a higher tier range to give consumers access to more interesting varieties with higher brix levels that are more expensive.At the other end of the scale, meanwhile, Linstead said U.K. consumers still need educating about seasonality, as well as what is edible when it comes to buying and eating cosmetically imperfect fruits and vegetables.Speaking of ranges, George Liu, CEO of Frutacloud, brought attention to the opportunity to offer all Chinese shoppers, not just the affluent, more choice via a wider range of produce tiers.“People always have the idea that Chinese people like really premium fruit but it’s because after going through three to four layers of logistics [within China], premium fruit has become the standard on the shelf,” he explained.“My question is how do we revolutionise the cold chain? How do we shorten the distance from the grower to the consumer? That is where you would have the opportunity to give more choice and levels of standards.”Going deeper into the topic of how to engage consumers, Stephan Weist, Director Category Management for REWE Group in Germany, and the current president of Freshfel Europe, said operators need to respond to the different demands across all age groups.“People of my age start to get nervous about how long they’ll be around for, so we eat healthier than maybe we did 10-20 years ago,” he explained. “But teenagers and kids aren’t really interested in eating healthily; that’s not their biggest issue right now. It’s all about having fun.”At the same time, Weist said younger consumers are extremely concerned about the planet, which retailers and other businesses must take seriously.“We need to listen to their concerns,” he urged, singling out plastics in particular. “We have a responsibility as an industry to think about that… otherwise we’ll be punished by the end consumer.”On the question of pricing, Weist indicated to the audience that consumers, in Germany at least, will pay more for better tasting fruit, provided the supply is consistent.“We can sell better and more expensive fruit on one condition – as long as consumers are not disappointed or they will not come back,” he warned.“Some varieties are so different in taste that people will honour that with price. But if it’s mediocre it won’t fly. The consistency promise is extremely important. We need to find a way to keep our promises together with our partners.”New York-based celebrity chef Amanda Freitag emphasised the extremely important and positive role that chefs can play in making produce more appealing, as well as educating and inspiring consumers to try lesser-well-known fruits and vegetables.“We are more influential than we can imagine,” she noted. “From the bigger platform of television where people look at what we cook, to social media where thousands of people can see what I’m doing.”Children are the key to driving consumption too, according to Freitag. “Kids love to cook, they love watching the shows, and learning about food,” she explained. “Through osmosis they are learning how to eat better, and we see a lot of kids educating their parents.”Freitag added that the time is ripe to push produce. “From my world in New York, there’s a wellness push around chefs, and a creativity push to do more with produce. Chefs are super competitive too, so we always want the next new thing.”Indeed, Tugnait from Fresh Direct Group, reminded attendees that food trends often start in the foodservice market, meaning the sector can help to introduce new or innovative products to consumers faster than the retailers.“The fundamental difference between retail and foodservice is push and pull,” he affirmed. “In retail you have to push; you think something might go well, so you put it on the shelf and hope consumers will pick it up.“In foodservice, we are fortunate. We have a team of chefs, sector expertise and product expertise. We work very closely with caterers and brands to develop their menus. Come to us with ideas, but come to us with well-thought-out ideas, not a shotgun approach.“No one had heard of jackfruit a few years ago, now you can’t get away from it! It all kick offs in foodservice.”Once the nine panelists had shared their experience and expertise, attendees left the Ballroom at the Grosvenor House to walk the busy aisles of the LPS19 trade show in the Great Room, which was packed with exhibitors representing a myriad of industry sectors from across the world. June 07 , 2019 LPS19: Despite challenges, Britain and Holland’s f … read more
OlderPlans unveiled for new Dubai Cruise Terminal next to Palm Jumeirah Aeromexico is giving its flight attendants’ uniforms a fresh look. The new creations, designed in collaboration with renowned local designer Lorena Saravia, will be rolled out from this month.However, the process is expected to take five years to complete.In aviation history, flight attendant uniforms have come to represent more than just the image of an airline; they have become icons of fashion and elegance. Famous designers have worked with companies around the world to create these pieces.ADVERTISEMENTLorena Saravia’s work reflects the personality of a strong woman with a signature style. Listening to the needs of Aeromexico flight attendants, the designer created comfortable pieces that allow them to perform their activities with elegance, mixing haute couture with fast fashion.The new uniform is navy blue with black highlighting a line on the back that is reminiscent of a tuxedo and a hallmark of the designer’s pieces. Shoes for all crew members are black, and the ladies will no longer wear a hat as with the former uniform.Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, continues to strive to ensure that its employees have the best working conditions in the domestic aviation industry. With an average of 600 flights daily, Aeromexico has more than 2,900 flight attendants in its workforce. NewerBoeing offers $100 million to 737 Max crash families read more
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