Edmunds How to shop for a car when interest rates are high

first_imgIf you’re new to car buying or it’s been a few years since your last purchase, get ready for a shock when it comes to financing. Interest rates on loans for new vehicles hit an average of 6.2 per cent in October 2018, the highest since January 2009, according to Edmunds research. Used-car shoppers face an even higher rate, with an average of 8.7 per cent. The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates again this month.Many shoppers will be tempted to take out a longer-term loan to ease the pain of a higher monthly payment brought on by these interest rates. But this is a double whammy for your budget: You will be paying more in finance charges over the life of the loan, and it will take longer to gain equity in the vehicle.It’s easy to see why you might feel daunted about car buying in such a market. But you are not doomed to pay the maximum rates. Assuming your credit is generally in good shape, with a score of roughly 720 or higher, there are a few ways to get around today’s high interest rates.GET PREAPPROVEDThis tip applies to loans for both new and used cars. Getting a preapproval for a loan at your bank, credit union or online lender gives you a frame of reference for the financing that a dealership offers you. If the finance manager says, “This was the best rate I could secure,” you’ll have a point of comparison. In many cases, the dealership will be able to offer a better rate thanks to loans that are subsidized by the carmaker’s captive financing company.PROMOTIONAL FINANCE RATESThe majority of automakers offer special finance rates to qualified buyers. While many of the zero per cent offers that were common in the past have disappeared, some are still out there, such as a current offer for the 2018 Nissan Rogue. These offers vary by month, region and vehicle, so go to manufacturer websites to see what’s available.Even if you end up with a 2.9 per cent APR rather than zero per cent, that is a significant improvement over 6.2 per cent. Be open to exploring various vehicle brands, too. A brand that you might not have considered originally may offer better rates. You’ll also want to check the deals for both 2018 and 2019 models to see which offers better incentives.BUY A CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED VEHICLEBuying a used vehicle is typically a good option for shoppers. You avoid the big depreciation hit that comes with new cars, and you usually finance a smaller amount of money. But with interest rates averaging 8.7 per cent, used cars might not be a slam-dunk bargain.Here is where certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles come in. Though CPO cars cost more than run-of-the-mill used cars, some CPO deals offer manufacturer-subsidized interest rates ranging from zero to 4 per cent, depending on the vehicle and automaker. And CPO vehicles are typically in better condition and carry a longer warranty than your average used car.CONSIDER LEASINGHigher interest rates do affect leasing, but since you only pay interest on the amount the car will depreciate, you end up paying significantly less in finance charges than if you purchased the car. Take this 2018 Honda Accord lease as an example: The car had a selling price of $27,315 after taxes and fees. It leased with a $1,000 down payment and a money factor of 0.00092, the equivalent of a 2.2 per cent APR. You would pay about $1,400 in interest over the 36 months of the loan.Compare that to a typical 72-month loan on the same car. Assuming the same down payment and the average 6.2 per cent APR, you would pay $5,264 in finance charges over the course of the loan. That’s paying more than three times the interest for twice as long.You can simplify your lease shopping by focusing on the items that matter most: the lease’s allotted miles, the monthly payment, the down payment and the lease term. Look for manufacturer lease specials and keep your down payment as low as possible.DOWNSIZE THE VEHICLEIf you had your eye on a midsize SUV or sedan, consider a compact one. Compact vehicles cost less than larger ones, which means you’ll finance a smaller amount and pay less interest over the life of the loan. In many cases, you’ll find that the space trade-offs aren’t that significant.EDMUNDS SAYS:Today’s high interest rates shouldn’t deter you from buying a car if you need one. Take time to shop for the best rate possible and be open to vehicles you might not have otherwise considered but which have very low APRs.____This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Ronald Montoya is a senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @rmontoyaedmunds.Related links:— Calculate Your Own Lease Payment https://edmu.in/2ypP6t2— How Long Should a Car Loan Be? https://edmu.in/2uZnNr3— Low APR vs. Cash Back Calculator https://edmu.in/2R0hNHhRonald Montoya, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Moroccan National Team Wins The Arab Junior Athletics Championship

Morocco’s national junior athletics team won the 7th edition of the Arab Junior Athletics Championships, held in Tunisia from July 4- 7 at the Radès athletics stadium.Tunisia hosted the Arab Junior Athletics Championship in2015 and 2017, making this years’ championship the third in five years at the Rades Stadium.The Moroccan Royal Athletics Federation competed in 8 matches, while 10 male and 8 female runners represented Morocco in various sports. The Moroccan athletes won 23 medals, 10 gold,  8 silver, and 5 bronze.Mehdi Sefrani won the 800 meter male race, Nouhaila Rabii won the 800 meter race in the female category, while Imane Mekrazi won the 400 meter female race.The Moroccan team competed against approximately 350 athletes representing 13 countries: Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, Qatar, Algeria, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Libya and the UAE. read more

Burundi faces hurdles despite progress Security Council told

In his first report to the 15-member body on the work of the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB) since it replaced the peacekeeping operation in the country at the end of last year, Mr. Ban wrote that the Government led by President Pierre Nkurunziza has made significant strides since the beginning of the year.“The improvement in relations with the media and civil society, the commitment to improve the human rights situation and fight corruption and the pledge of the ruling party’s new leadership to work in an inclusive and cooperative spirit with all political parties are welcome developments,” he said in the report.Mr. Ban also urged the Government to tackle challenges to peace in a transparent manner within the framework of the law, and called on it to engage political parties and other groups in an inclusive dialogue.He also commended the authorities’ participation with the UN Peacebuilding Commission, which was established to help countries recovering from war avoid a relapse of violence. Burundi and Sierra Leone are the first two countries chosen by the Commission, established in December 2005.However, the country, which suffered decades of ethnic conflict pitting the Hutu majority against the Tutsi minority, still faces enormous challenges.In particular, Burundi, which has been the victim of violent coups and political instability since gaining independence in 1962, has yet to implement last September’s ceasefire agreement between the Government and the country’s last major rebel group, the Palipehutu-National Liberation Forces (Palipehutu-FNL).“It is essential that this final phase of the peace process be successfully concluded without delay so that all Burundians can focus on the urgent national reconciliation and reconstruction tasks that lie ahead,” Mr. Ban noted. “The genuine goodwill of all concerned will be required to bring this about.”He commended the Government’s willingness to accommodate the FNL’s demands to move the peace process forward, and appealed to the rebel group to comply with its obligations.Although external partners – including the South African facilitation of the process and the African Union (AU) – have been key in pushing the process ahead, “the onus clearly remains on the Burundian parties to ensure that their efforts to consolidate peace are not wasted, international engagement will remain essential in order to bring closure to the recovery and peace consolidation phase,” the Secretary-General observed.He also encouraged the Government to reach an agreement with the UN to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission as well as a Special Tribunal.“Durable peace will also depend on how Burundians reconcile themselves with the consequences of their tragic past and forge a shared future,” he stated.The death of some 300,000 people after the first free elections took place in 1993 led to increased international involvement and the establishment of the first UN mission in the country three years later. The mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Burundi, known as ONUB, expired on 31 December 2006, and was replaced by BINUB on 1 January.In a related development, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour is in Burundi on the second leg of her mission to Central Africa.Today, she met with the country’s two vice-presidents and the ministers for human rights, justice and foreign affairs. In her meetings with authorities, she discussed transitional justice, including the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Special Tribunal, the current state of human rights in Burundi and the importance of accountability and transparency.The High Commissioner is scheduled to meet with civil society representatives tomorrow and the country’s President on Wednesday before travelling to Rwanda, where she will wrap up her mission. 21 May 2007Although the Burundian Government has made positive steps to consolidate peace, the small Central African nation still faces considerable obstacles, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cautioned in a new report made discussed by the Security Council today. read more

More than 400000 Afghan refugees returned home so far this year –

Although well below the annual rate of last year’s unprecedented return of 1.8 million refugees, this year’s total number is likely to rise significantly by the end of the repatriation season, Kris Janowski, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news briefing in Geneva. The success of this still massive repatriation has been marred by a spate of recent attacks that have killed aid workers and injured many Afghans, hindering the delivery of relief aid to some parts of the country, Mr. Janowski said. “Our office in Kunar province remains closed following a rocket attack two weeks ago in which a missile landed less than 400 metres from the premises,” he added. Aid workers operating in Afghanistan’s southern and southeastern provinces must observe strict security guidelines following numerous security incidents over the last year. Kandahar and the neighbouring Hilmand province have been the scene of several security incidents involving aid workers in recent weeks. read more

Annan intends to appoint senior relief official head of UN mission in

The Secretary-General stated his intention to name Ms. McAskie to the post in a letter to the President of the Security Council, who then forwarded the nomination to the rest of the 15 members under the “no-objection” rule.Ms. McAskie, a national of Canada, has also served since January 2003 as the Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy for the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire. She was previously involved in Burundi as a member of the Burundi Peace Process, serving under the late ex-President of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere.Before joining the UN in 1999, Ms. McAskie spent most of her 32 years in the Canadian Government with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), becoming Assistant Deputy Minister.In her first 15 months with the UN, she served as interim Emergency Relief Coordinator and is now deputy head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). read more

TimorLeste not yet fully selfsufficient Annan says in seeking extension for UN

Timor-Leste has made “steady progress” in its institution-building efforts over the past three months, Mr. Annan says, adding that the Government has made “considerable” efforts to address pressing issues, such as the plight of veterans, as well as prepare for local elections.He recommends that the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) be retained in the country through 20 May 2005 to help it to consolidate its gains. The Mission is currently providing assistance to the country’s justice system and core administrative structures, contributing to the development of its national police, and helping to maintain security.The report is based on the findings of a UN technical assessment mission that visited Timor-Leste in October.Over the next six months, Mr. Annan says, the UN mission will be focusing on preparations for its exit strategy so that the country would not suffer significantly from its withdrawal.UNMISET is composed of 58 civilian advisers, 150 civilian police advisers, 42 military liaison officers and a security force of some 430 military personnel, including an infantry company and air support. read more

Russian business world hopes for relief from Trump

Russian business world hopes for relief from Trump FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday in New York. Donald Trump enters the White House on Jan. 20 just as he entered the race for president: defiant, unfiltered, unbound by tradition and utterly confident in his chosen course. In the 10 weeks since his surprise election as the nation’s 45th president, Trump has violated decades of established diplomatic protocol, sent shockwaves through business boardrooms, tested long-standing ethics rules and continued his combative style of replying to any slight with a personal attack _ on Twitter and in person. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File) DAVOS, Switzerland – Few people are more eager for Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House than those who do business in Russia.Hacking scandals? They expect that to blow over. Conflict in Ukraine? An artificial problem invented by Barack Obama, they argue.Russian magnates and American investors alike are anticipating a Trump administration that removes punishing sanctions, frees up access to capital and encourages U.S. businesses pursuing profits in Russia’s vast market — regardless of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policies.This may all be wishful thinking. With relations at a post-Cold War low, the Kremlin is cautious about the unpredictable new U.S. president — not least because of accusations of Russian hacking of the American election campaign.But in the business world, there’s a sense that things can’t possibly get any worse, and that relief may finally be around the corner.“Trump inspires me. He’s an entrepreneur” who puts economic benefits first and foremost, said Andrei Kuzyaev, a Russian oil tycoon who now heads ER Telecom, a leading broadband provider.Russian entrepreneurs wooed venture capital and vaunted their programming and engineering expertise at the World Economic Forum this week, with a gusto not seen in Davos in years.Vodka is flowing at Davos’ “Russia House” and the mood is upbeat — though the conspicuous extravagance of the oil boom years has given way to a more business-like mood.“Serious movement in foreign investment is just about to start,” Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Thursday.He expressed hope that Trump would work with Putin to reach an agreement on Ukraine and not “try to push it into a corner.”“Mr. Trump is a big businessman, and in business you can’t survive unless you get results. If he needs results, he can only achieve it in co-operation with Russia,” he said.While the U.S. sanctions target a relatively narrow group of individuals and state companies and don’t bar Americans from doing business in Russia, they have cost Russian businesses access to as much as $220 billion in foreign lending, and feed uncertainty about long-term investment.Craig Smith, an American whose Europa Property has operations in Russia and across Eastern Europe, said in Davos that he expects the biggest change to be in the business climate, after years of tensions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for Ukrainian separatists.Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci met with Russian CEOs in Switzerland this week, and a delegation of U.S. executives is expected in Moscow in the coming months.Trump openly praises Putin but hasn’t spelled out a clear Russia policy. He has hinted that he could lift sanctions if Moscow works with Washington on battling terrorism, but Congress may resist.The U.S. and EU argue that their sanctions — which target primarily Putin associates, east Ukraine separatists and state-owned companies — can’t be eased without progress on a 2015 peace deal for Ukraine.And lifting sanctions wouldn’t solve Russia’s deeper economic problems, such as heavy dependence on oil prices, whose slump has wiped out a big chunk of Russia’s cash reserves. Some of the Western retreat from Russia is linked not to geopolitics but its non-diversified economy and lack of reforms.Critics of Putin warned investors against diving back into Russia’s market too soon.“Sanctions are there for one simple reason: Russia has redrawn the borders of Europe. They invaded a country for the first time since the second world war,” William Browder of Britain-based Hermitage investment fund said in Davos.“Anyone with narrow business interests about lifting sanctions is being very short-sighted,” said Browder, who made his fortune in Russia in the 1990s. His colleague Sergei Magnitsky died in police custody after investigating corruption, and Browder successfully lobbied to get U.S. sanctions against dozens of Russian officials involved in the case.Not all Russian businesspeople are eager for the Ukraine-related sanctions to disappear. Dmitry Kostygin, chairman of online retailer Ulmart, told The AP that “sanctions mobilized us” and pushed Russia to produce more of its own goods.But he, too, welcomed Trump’s arrival, hoping that it means the world stops “demonizing” Russia.Eugene Kaspersky, whose Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs anti-virus programs are used worldwide, said that he didn’t expect massive change but “maybe it will get a little better. I hope so.”Kuzyaev, who said he met repeatedly with Rex Tillerson when he was representing ExxonMobil in Russia, called him a tough negotiator and welcomed his nomination as U.S. secretary of state because of his ability to “strike a fair deal.”The “Russia House” cafe hosting events at Davos demonstrated a possible precursor of a thaw: its headline band this week is American.___James Ellingworth in Moscow contributed to this report. by Angela Charlton, The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2017 6:54 am MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Met Gala Inside its hard not to step on someones dress

Met Gala: Inside, it’s hard not to step on someone’s dress NEW YORK, N.Y. – A thunderous drumbeat echoed through the cocktail reception at the Met Gala. Either an earthquake was hitting the Upper East Side of Manhattan, or the glittering assembly of guests was being called in to dinner.Hasan Minhaj, a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” was standing with the show’s host, Trevor Noah, and marveling about the week he was having. Just two days earlier, he’d made a huge splash with his blistering speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and now he was at one of the most exclusive parties on the planet, rubbing shoulders (literally) with a ridiculous number of A-list celebrities, and getting praise for his performance.“It’s been an insane week,” he said. “I keep thinking, what if the other night had gone poorly, what would tonight have been like?”Like everyone, he was somewhat shell-shocked at the number of famous people present. He mentioned Matt Damon and Michael B. Jordan in particular, just two of hundreds of celebrities attending what often feels like a combination of the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and Tonys, plus the worlds of fashion and sports.The stars were packed so tightly together, in fact, that the major hazard of the evening seemed to be potential hem damage, from famous feet stepping inadvertently on long, delicate trains. Halle Berry, wearing a black-and-gold Atelier Versace jumpsuit, was one of those who had to stop and release her train from a stranger’s foot as she glided across the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court during cocktail hour.The evening began with invited guests making their way past the assembled media and up the red carpet — actually, blue stairs — and then into the huge entry hall of the museum, where a massive tower of hot pink and white roses, in the form of a flower, awaited them. Nobody seemed to know how many roses had been called into service. That tower and the rest of the evening’s decor was inspired, of course, by revered designer Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garcons and the subject of the Costume Institute’s spring exhibit.After climbing up the huge interior staircase, and past a receiving line, many opted to head before cocktails to the exhibit, set in a pure white setting with geometric structures housing some of the designer’s most famous collections.One of those displays had actor Ansel Elgort staring at the strange body forms dreamed up by Kawakubo for her 1997 collection “Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body,” in which garments are stretched over bizarre protrusions coming from the stomach, the back, the waist or the hip.“It’s sort of a comment on what people are doing to their bodies these days. I think that may be what she’s doing here,” Elgort suggested.Some of the guests were wearing Kawakubo’s designs, known for their boundary-pushing, avant-garde nature, but not for their wearability. One of them, Michele Lamy, wife of designer Rick Owens, was wearing a red-and-pink Comme des Garcons dress that looked like a pile of unfinished strips of fabrics, somehow hanging loosely together.“Yes, she’s a visionary, she is hugely influential, but she also makes it fun,” Lamy said.Isabelle Huppert, the French film star, was wearing a Dior leather beret as she examined the garments on display. “It’s amazing, really like an art installation, not a fashion exhibit,” she said.Lucas Hedges, the young actor nominated for an Oscar this year for “Manchester by the Sea,” suggested that the exhibit felt “like a guided meditation on fashion, life and beauty.”Broadway actress Laura Osnes was experiencing her first Met gala. Wintour, she said, had come to see her new show, “Bandstand,” the week before, and suddenly invited her. There followed a mad rush to find something worthy to wear. Osnes ended up with a dramatically voluminous — in other words, huge — pink skirt with rose appliques and a long train by Christian Siriano. It was one of the more striking outfits of the evening.“I figured, who knows if I’ll be here ever again,” Osnes said.She soon found other Broadway stars to compare notes with: Josh Groban was there, as was Tony-winner Cynthia Erivo, and Andy Karl, who stars in “Groundhog Day” and famously tore his anterior cruciate ligament just before the show opened. Karl seemed in good shape, saying he was progressing well in physical therapy.Speaking of being in shape, two of the best tennis players in history were in the room. The pregnant Serena Williams was in bright green Versace — and yes, she was glowing. As for ever-dapper Roger Federer, he lived up to his reputation with a Gucci tux that held a huge, jeweled surprise on the back.“Is that a dragon?” he was asked.“No! It’s a king cobra,” he replied. Then he posed for a few more pictures, and headed into dinner. This photo shows part of the exhibit from “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons Art on the In-Between” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Monday, May 1, 2017. The exhibit, which begins with the glitzy Met gala and then opens to the public May 4, is situated in a blinding white space, where visitors are encouraged to follow their own route around a series of geometric structures showing highlights of Kawakubo’s work. (AP Photo/Shelley Acoca) by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2017 12:54 am MDT Last Updated May 2, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

College Footballs Bloated Bowl Season In 3 Charts

It’s a refrain almost as common as “Merry Christmas” this time of year: There are too many bowl games. While hardcore college football fans don’t mind watching, say, the Miami Beach Bowl on a Monday afternoon a full 10 days before the traditional bowlfest of New Year’s Day (guilty!), there’s also the sense that the bloated bowl season has taken away much of the meaning that used to be associated with playing in college football’s postseason.How much expansion has there been? This season will see a record 39 bowl games played, from the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl to the College Football Playoff National Championship. Compare that to 1968, when there were 11 bowls, or even 1984, when there were 18 — a total that would remain more or less static for more than a decade. But in the late 1990s (perhaps not coincidentally, when the Bowl Championship Series began), the bowl field began expanding rapidly, reaching 20 games in 1997, 25 in 2000 and 32 in 2006.In the chart below you can see the proliferation of the bowl field since 1982, the year cable television money and the departure of the Ivy League from Division I-A ushered in college football’s truly modern era:Some of the bloat is associated with an increase in the number of Division I-A (now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision, or FBS) football teams, to 128 this season from 113 in 1982. (A chunk of these new additions have come in just the past few seasons, as part of what FiveThirtyEight contributor David Goldenberg calls a “recent trend of universities starting football programs from scratch with the plan to get to Division I as soon as possible, and reap the PR and financial benefits that come with a major football program.”)But the growth of the FBS only explains a small portion of the bowl explosion. Even as a percentage of all FBS schools, almost twice as many teams will go bowling this season as did in 1996:Economically, there are pros and cons to the inflated bowl field. And these games do matter football-wise, especially to a certain subset of mid-major programs looking for exposure any way they can find it. But, as a natural byproduct of expansion, the caliber of teams in bowls has plummeted over the past three decades.Using an Elo-like estimated version of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) pre-bowl ratings, here is the progression of the average, worst, and 25th-percentile teams in the bowl field for each season since 1982:The average rating for bowl-bound teams is barely lower now than it was in 1982, and the fact that it crested in 1996 — right before the bowl boom — suggests that there were enough good teams to support some type of expansion in the late 1990s. (Why this change took place is up for debate, though it could point to the origins of today’s ongoing trend of reduced parity between college football’s haves and have-nots.)However, the trend lines describing the dregs of the bowl field (the minimum and 25th-percentile ratings) show how much the bar for bowl entry has been lowered since that time. Bad teams occasionally made their way into bowls before 1997, but that’s now commonplace, particularly since the number of bowl entrants has grown by 39 percent since 2005.Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl thriller, between Memphis and Brigham Young, showed that less prestigious bowl games can still provide excitement for fans that bother to tune in. But it’s also fair to question whether we really need to see FPI No. 95 South Alabama and No. 97 Bowling Green (both considered to be in excess of 8 points per game worse than an average FBS team) face off in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl — as happened on Saturday. Like so much in college football, the bowls are an as yet incomplete experiment in where to find a happy medium between tradition, money-making and the role of academic institutions in the world of high-profile sports. read more

Greece gives details of Syrian passport holder linked to Paris raids

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The holder of a Syrian passport found near the body of one of the gunmen who died in Friday night’s attacks in Paris was registered as a refugee in several European countries last month, authorities said.Greece identified the man as 25-year old Ahmad Almohammad, from the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib, and said he had entered Europe through the Greek island of Leros, where he was processed on Oct. 3.France has not publicly confirmed that the passport holder is a suspect, but Greek Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas said French authorities had told Greece they suspected that Almohammad, whose passport was found outside the Stade de France near the body of a gunman, was one of the attackers.Mouzalas told a news conference the man had arrived alongside 198 refugees on a boat from Turkey. In Leros, the man was identified and fingerprinted by Greek authorities and given a document that allowed him to stay in Greece for six months and seek asylum there.Instead, he was registered at the border, crossing from Macedonia into Serbia, a few days later.The information is significant because, if any of the Paris gunmen turn out to have come into Europe among refugees and migrants fleeing war-torn countries, this could change the political debate about accepting refugees.“One of the suspected terrorists, A.A., who is of interest to the French security agencies, was registered on the Presevo border crossing on Oct. 7 this year, where he formally sought asylum,” the Serbian Interior Ministry said in a statement.“Checks have confirmed that his details match those of the person who on Oct. 3 was identified in Greece. There was no Interpol warrant issued against this person.”On to CroatiaA spokeswoman for the Croatian Interior Ministry said the man had been registered in the Opatovac refugee camp on Oct. 8, and from there crossed into Hungary and then Austria.“There was no (police) record about him at the time of registration and there was no reason for us to stop him in any way,” she said.However, Austrian Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck said it was only “conjecture and speculation” that the passport holder had passed through Austria.Mouzalas said Greece, which has received 600,000 migrants this year, mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, had followed all the appropriate procedures in dealing with Almohammad.“You cannot stop someone who has decided to die,” he said, showing Almohammad’s passport photo and fingerprints. “It is wrong to equate refugees with terrorists.”Since the Paris bloodshed, populist leaders around Europe have rushed to demand a halt to an influx of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa. Poland said it could not accept migrants under EU quotas without security guarantees.Human Rights Watch Emergency Director Peter Bouckaert tweeted that the Syrian passport found in Paris may have been fake, adding that such documents were widely available to buy in Turkey.“The answer to the Paris attacks and the possibility that one of the attackers came by rubber dinghy to Greece … is not to shut the door on those desperately fleeing war,” he said, calling for Europe to put in place a coherent asylum policy that would both help those in need and address security concerns raised by uncontrolled flows.“People fleeing war need refuge. And trying to build fences and stopping them at sea only drives them deeper into the hands of criminal gangs, and drives them underground where there is no control over who comes and goes.”Source: Reuters,Kathimerinilast_img read more

Gouttes pour les yeux attention avec certains collyres chez les enfants

first_imgGouttes pour les yeux : attention avec certains collyres chez les enfantsLes gouttes pour les yeux utilisées pour dilater la pupille lors d’examens ophtalmologiques sont à utiliser avec de grandes précaution chez les enfants, explique une publication de l’ANSM (Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé).C’est une nouvelle alerte que vient de lancer l’Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé (ANSM). Une alerte qui concerne cette fois-ci les gouttes pour les yeux utilisées pour dilater la pupille lors d’examens ophtalmologiques, les collyres dits mydriatiques. En effet, ceux-ci présentent un “risque systémique” (qui touche plusieurs organes) chez les plus petits, révèle l’ANSM. Selon le point d’information publié, les enquêtes de pharmacovigilance ont mis en évidence “des cas graves d’effets indésirables, parfois mortels, chez des enfants ayant reçu” ce type de produits.À lire aussiGlaucome : définition, traitement, symptômes, de quoi s’agit-il ?L’ANSM précise ainsi que les enfants de moins de huit ans seraient les plus sensibles à ces collyres dans lesquels on trouve notamment de l’atropine, la substance à l’origine des risques. Il semblerait que ces substances entraînent des problèmes digestifs, des troubles neuropsychiatriques (convulsions, délire, agitation) ou encore des troubles thermiques. En vérité, les autorités sanitaires américaines avaient déjà mis en garde en octobre contre ces gouttes oculaires. L’agence française confirme donc aujourd’hui la nécessité d’utiliser ces collyres avec précaution en particulier chez les enfants.Dans son rapport, elle recommande de faire particulièrement attention au surdosage, de ne pas hésiter à réduire la taille des gouttes et de surveiller l’enfant au moins 30 minutes après l’instillation. Il faut, selon elle, également faire attention au reste de goutte qui s’écoule le long de la joue pour éviter toute ingestion et le risque que le produit passe à travers la peau du visage. Outre cela, l’ANSM émet une alerte similaire pour les sprays nasaux qui sont composés de tetrahydrozoline, d’oxymetazoline ou de naphazoline, des molécules nécessaires pour décongestionner le nez. Celles-ci peuvent entraîner des vomissements, de l’hypertension ou encore des crises de tachycardie. Des effets moins graves que ceux entraînés par les collyres mydriatiques, mais à prendre tout de même en considération.Le 22 novembre 2012 à 16:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

National City man in police custody for allegedly videotaping women inside Walmart

first_img Posted: February 1, 2018 National City man in police custody for allegedly videotaping women inside Walmart restroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man was taken into police custody Tuesday after he was caught allegedly using a cell phone to videotape women using a Walmart restroom.52-year-old Richard L. Shaw, Jr. of National City was arrested for hiding in the women’s restroom at the Walmart on 4840 Shawline Street and videotaping several women as they used the stall adjacent to where he was hiding.Police arrested Shaw when a woman realized what he was doing and notified store security.Police recovered Shaw’s cell phone and found evidence of other victims.San Diego Police detectives would like to talk to any women who used the restroom located at the back of the store on Jan. 30 between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:35 p.m., and 6 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. as they believe they were unaware of his presence and may be victims as well.Those calling in should be prepared to provide a description of the clothing they wore on Jan. 30 when they used the restroom.Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Eastern Division at (858) 495-7900 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. John Soderman, Updated: 4:58 PMcenter_img John Soderman February 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Stereo Hideouts Brahms V Radiohead Fuses First Symphony OK Computer

first_img Facebook “Brahms V. Radiohead” Re-Composes History stereo-hideouts-brahms-v-radiohead-fuses-first-symphony-ok-computer Steve Hackman performs his orchestral mash-up of the two innovative works created over a century apart at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre in New YorkNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 21, 2018 – 1:08 pm In an era where artists are as liberated as ever to blend genres, there are few combinations left unexplored, a fact that makes Steve Hackman’s Stereo Hideout presentation of “Brahms V. Radiohead” all the more novel. With the help of a 55-piece orchestra and three fantastic guest vocalists, Hackman gave a one-night-only performance of the piece at the majestic Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 19.As the show’s re-composer, arranger and conductor, Hackman created a musical monster, melding Johannes Brahms’ iconic romantic masterpiece “First Symphony” with Radiohead’s electro-rock watershed album, OK Computer, which won for Best Alternative Music Performance and was nominated for Album Of The Year at the 40th GRAMMY Awards.Before getting to the main event, Hackman treated his audience to a dynamic first set full of bold musical reinventions. One of the highlights was Hackman’s daring treatment of what he called one of his favorite Radiohead songs, “Idioteque,” from Kid A, the GRAMMY-winning 2000 follow-up to OK Computer. Drafting from the song’s scrappy, pulsating rhythms, Hackman made full use of his orchestra to flesh out something new from the familiar melodies, an accomplishment he’d make time and time again over the course of the evening.Hackman also brought out special guests, Time For Three, an uber-talented trio of musicians who have created an all-new vehicle for connecting classical music with modern pop and vice versa. They performed a song Hackman wrote for them called “Vertigo,” leaving the crowd stunned by their virtuosic showmanship.The night’s first half showcased Hackman’s versatility, ambition and collaborative aptitude, working in everything from traditional rock band instrumentation, an incredible guest rapper and his own adept singing, all joining in with the orchestra seamlessly enough to make it work, but imaginatively enough to make the audience understand they were witnessing something unique.After intermission, and before the main program of “Brahms V. Radiohead” commenced, Hackman encouraged the audience to think differently about what they were about to hear.”A lot of people would say that music like this doesn’t belong together, possibly, and they would say there are barriers between these musics, and they’re categorized into sort of artificial different camps,” said Hackman. “In my mind, and I think in the mind of many of the musicians on this stage, those barriers are artificial, and they’re in our minds, and if you can’t see them, are they really there? Something to think about as we play ‘Brahms V. Radiohead.'”From the opening notes of “Airbag,” the symphonic treatment of Radiohead’s material felt familiar and melodic, and as Brahms’ “First Movement” entered, the timbre of the orchestra promptly melded the two works sonically, setting the stage for an hour of drifting back and forth between styles, genres and eras. Stereo Hideout’s “Brahms V. Radiohead” Fuses “First Symphony” & ‘OK Computer’ News center_img Email Stereo Hideout’s “Brahms V. Radiohead” Hackman led a gorgeous version of “Paranoid Android” that barreled from its soaring melodic beginning into one of the night’s most cathartic moments, with strings swelling, percussion pulsing and the vocals devolving into near-screams before the entire orchestra opened up into the song’s dreamy outro. The song felt at home in the hands of the classical format.The orchestra also took naturally to Hackman’s rich arrangement of “Exit Music (For A Film),” and the three incredible featured vocalists — Kéren Tayár, Andrew Lipke and Will Post — cascaded through the three-part vocal harmony of “Karma Police” with commanding skill. While Brahms’ material may have been more of a natural fit for the orchestra, it was interweaved into OK Computer as to take on its character without losing any of the composer’s original passion and care.In fact, Hackman spoke about how Brahms painstakingly composed his first symphony, taking more than two decades to carefully craft it under heavy influence from Ludwig van Beethoven and the pressure of being heralded as his successor.”You can hear that pressure woven into every note in this symphony,” said Hackman. “In Radiohead’s case, the themes of OK Computer, they talk about how as the world becomes more digital and the world becomes more connected as far as information goes, we actually become more disconnected. They talk about emotional isolation. They talk about disasters politically at that time, and again, every lyric and note is channeled with those energies, so I think you’ll find that they really have that in common, so the marriage is really possible.””I find that both of these musics are innovations within convention.” — Steve HackmanHackman and Stereo Hideout have built a reputation for connecting composers of the past with the pop music of today, including compositions such as “Bartók V. Björk,” “Copland V. Bon Iver” and “Beethoven V. Coldplay,” all aimed at changing the way we listen to and understand music in the context of history.”Stereo Hideout is all about originality, boldness, virtuosity, and disruption,” says Hackman. “It is its own new hybrid strand of music informed by masterpieces of the past but electrified by the techniques of today.”Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the newly remodeled King Theatre — complete with its soaring curved ceilings, ornate walls, gorgeous wood paneling, and a glazed terra-cotta ornamental façade — “Brahms V. Radiohead” provided music fans a new way of listening to two of history’s greatest musical works outside the confines of their places on a timeline. Hackman re-composed and compiled something so creative and special yet so natural and real.And if Brahms and Radiohead aren’t your thing, don’t worry, Stereo Hideout have you covered.”We will be back in the fall with Stereo Hideout,” says Hackman. “Tchaikovsky versus Drake.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twitter last_img read more

TJS chief Kodandaram arrested over Nalamala protest

first_imgHyderabad: The police have arrested Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) president M Kodandaram on Wednesday. Kodandaram has gone to Nallamala forest to mark a protest over the government decision allowing Uranium mining in the Nallamala region. The police have taken TJS chief into custody along with Congress party leaders Chikkudu Vamshi and Kodanda Reddy. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us In this context, Kodandaram has expressed outrage over the government that it’s behaving unconstitutionally and obstructing freedom of expression. He added that as per Article 19, they have the right to freedom to expression. He said it is worst on governments part to arrest them while they were conducting a peaceful protest.last_img read more

Researchers trace the genetic history and diversity of wheat

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. What the wheat genome tells us about wars Wheat is, of course, one of the main crop staples in the world today. The BBC recently reported that it now comprises approximately 15 percent of human caloric intake. Prior research uncovered evidence indicating that wheat was first domesticated approximately 8,000 to 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent—though some anthropologists have suggested the opposite occurred. They propose that it was wheat and other crop staples that domesticated humans rather than the other way around—instead of relying on the wind to carry its seeds, they note, wheat now has humans planting its seeds all over the world. In either case, the researchers with this new effort sought to get a better view of the history of wheat domestication.To learn more about how wheat has changed since humans began growing it, the researchers collected and genetically tested 4506 landraces (locally grown cultivars that have been changed using agricultural methods) from 105 sites around the world. Each was genotyped with a high-density single-nucleotide polymorphism array.The researchers report that they were able to trace the development of wheat from the Fertile Crescent to where it was planted and grown in Europe and on into Asia. They note that wheat underwent a dramatic transformation during the Green Revolution, and the result was reduced diversity. They found that most cultivars grown today originated from strains developed in southeastern Europe around the Mediterranean Sea and on parts of the Iberian Peninsula. They note that the lack of diversity actually presents an opportunity for further advances in wheat production—Asian wheat varieties, they note, present an excellent source of diversity and because of that could be used in future research efforts aimed at increasing crop yields. A team of researchers from Université Clermont Auvergne and BreedWheat in France and the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium in the U.S. has conducted genomic testing of thousands of wheat types to trace the genetic history and diversity of wheat. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their study of the history of wheat domestication and how it has come to exist in its present state. Sixteen bread wheat accessions illustrating the phenotypic diversity existing within this species. Credit: Etienne Paux © 2019 Science X Networkcenter_img Journal information: Science Advances More information: François Balfourier et al. Worldwide phylogeography and history of wheat genetic diversity, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav0536 Citation: Researchers trace the genetic history and diversity of wheat (2019, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-genetic-history-diversity-wheat.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

The Biggest Work Trend Youre Unintentionally Ignoring

first_img It may not come as a surprise to many readers of Entrepreneur.com that last year the London Business School projected that by 2020 up to 50 percent of workers will be working remotely a majority of the time.Remote: 5 Essential Keys to Leading a Remote Workforce What might be a bit more astonishing, however, is a recent survey by FlexJobs and WorldatWork which found that only 3 percent of the organizations surveyed were actually trying to quantify the return on investment for job flexibility or remote work.”That’s shocking to me, because it says loudly and clearly that employers and management believe flexible work only benefits the employee; they don’t even think it will benefit the broader organization,” Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of FlexJobs, said of the survey’s findings. “If management valued it, they would be tracking and monitoring it.”The CEO went on to point out that remote work was already happening widely — if not formally. “Employees are working from home,” she said. “They’re working during their commute. They’re working on their smartphones, mobile devices and tablets. [Remote work] might be 5, 20 or 100 percent of their job, but the vast majority of companies don’t have a formal process or method in place to track the value of remote work.”  According to the study, top management tends to be more of a barrier than middle management, and often acts as an obstacle to telework programs. The reasons for this resistance? The top reasons given by more than half of the organizations surveyed included:Some jobs are not conducive to flex time or remote work (54 percent). Part-time schedules are a confounding variable (53 percent). Lack of expressed interest from employees is an obstacle (39 percent).Phased retirement is a barrier (38 percent).Related: Lessons Learned From 3 Companies That Have Long Embraced Remote WorkDespite these expressions of reluctance, companies would be wise to acknowledge the beneficial opportunities remote work poses for any organization willing to formalize it for employees. “There are obvious short- and long-term economic benefits for employers of remote workers,” Sutton Fell pointed out. “Things such as smaller office space, lower utility costs or back-office overhead are all examples of savings that can easily be realized from a flexible work model.” Beyond expense reductions, another key advantage is the ability to maximize access to quality talent regardless of market rates or geography. “Whether you’re in a rural area or in a highly competitive talent market, such as San Francisco, you can access high-quality, affordable talent even if you don’t have a large, deep pool of candidates locally,” the FlexJobs founder said.Obviously, not every job is or should be eligible for 100 percent remote work. Regardless, savvy companies will recognize that building a path to accommodate remote workers might actually be a road to their future success.Related: Collaboration Tools of the Most Productive Remote Teams Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 3, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 3 min readlast_img read more

With Net Neutrality Repealed ISPs Now Have the Censoring Power of an

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. I grew up in Iraq, under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. One of the many reasons I left that place was to find freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of information. The free, open access of information is one of the building blocks of a true democracy. In many countries, even today, that free and open access doesn’t exist. China notoriously blocks everything from Facebook and YouTube to news articles portraying the government in a negative light. In the UAE, you’re forced to agree to use their certificate to access certain sites. In North Korea, even accessing the internet is difficult because of government censorship.Authoritarian countries censor what you can see while you’re online and have full access to all of your data and history. They can see everything you post, track every site you’ve visited and know every password or bank code you’ve ever accessed. They can control what information you can access. There’s no such thing as online privacy or free exchange of ideas when that much power is in the hands of the government.But what if that power is in the hands of corporations?If corporations have the power to throttle, which is arguably just a more reassuring word for “censor,” is that really a free society? If they have the power to sell “free speech” to the highest bidder, is that really a free society? If they have the power to access any and all of your private data, is that really a free society?Of course it isn’t.Related: Facebook’s Data Scandal and Europe’s New Data Privacy Rule Have Massive Implications for U.S. EntrepreneursAmericans have become so fearful of an over-powerful government, they underestimate the dangers of over-powerful corporations. Yes, we must be wary of handing too much authority to the government — trust me, I’m well aware of the danger that poses. In Iraq, speaking out against the government meant risking your life, and that of your family. We obviously want to be cautious of the power we give government. But we aren’t protecting ourselves from an abusive government by deregulating net neutrality — we’re handing power over to abusive corporations. These ISP’s were not afraid to throttle sites they didn’t like even when it was illegal. Now that we’ve made it legal, do you think they’ll behave with your best interest at heart? Or do you think they’ll behave within the interest of their bottom line, no matter the cost to our economy or our democracy? History tells us we can expect the latter.Without net neutrality, corporations like Comcast or Verizon have unrestricted power to data mine — no matter how private your Facebook settings, they’ll be able to access it. They have unrestricted power to block any content they choose: If they don’t want you seeing it, you won’t be able to see it, regardless of your need or their excuse. Without net neutrality, we’ve essentially given ISP’s the same outrageous power exercised by authoritarian governments in countries like China, UAE or North Korea. We’ve given these corporations a level of power we wouldn’t dream of giving our own government, because we have grown fearful of government itself instead of fearing the real danger: an abuse of power. We forget that it’s not government that’s inherently dangerous, it’s the unbalanced and unchecked power those authoritarian governments wield. That kind of power is a danger to society, whether it’s in the hands of a president or a CEO.Thankfully, because we don’t live in an authoritarian dictatorship, we don’t have to fear for our lives or that of our family. We do have solutions on the consumer side, in the form of VPNs like Private Tunnel, which will give you your own personal net neutrality as you surf the web. With a VPN, ISPs won’t able to access your private data. They won’t even be able to see what sites you’re visiting, and therefore won’t be able to censor or throttle those sites accordingly. So if you want to maintain your browser’s net neutrality from a consumer standpoint, that’s your solution.Related: How to Choose a VPN Provider for Your BusinessBut a VPN does not protect your freedom of speech; it only protects your freedom of consumption. When it comes to actually sharing information, not just surfing the web, without net neutrality you have no protection from throttling. If you want to start your own online business, launch your own website or even publish a news article online, you have no protection. You can only hope that your users have VPNs; otherwise, you’re at the mercy of the internet service providers. If that corporation wants to block the information you’re sharing, there’s nothing you can do about it. If they want to sell the ability to block what you’re sharing, there’s nothing you can do about it. If they want to charge you hand-over-fist for the ability to exercise your free speech, there’s nothing you can do about it.That doesn’t sound like a free democracy to me. That doesn’t sound like free speech, and it certainly doesn’t sound like the free exchange of ideas and information. That sounds like we’ve given corporations the power to censor our media and invade our privacy with absolutely no legal ramifications. We can hope Congress eventually takes action, or that more states take Washington state’s lead and impose their own laws — but until then, your freedom of speech has no protection from ISP censorship.Related: You Want Fries With That? Burger King Explains Net Neutrality In Less Than 3 Minutes.I don’t want to live in a country where authoritarian leaders make it difficult for citizens to exercise their freedoms; I left that place long ago. Freedom of speech, free exchange of information and unimpeded privacy are essential human rights. They were never meant to be available for purchase. Unfortunately, by letting net neutrality die, we’ve essentially put out the “for sale” sign. June 14, 2018 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Holbox officials pushing to ban visitor dogs on island

first_imgHolbox, Q.R. — Visitors to the island of Holbox may soon be forced to leave their pets behind. Authorities are considering an island dog-ban for visitors to control the number of animals and protect the island.The Management Program of the Area of Protection of Flora and Fauna of Yum Balam is pushing for the prohibition of visitor pets to Holbox, said Christopher Arturo González Baca of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas in Quintana Roo.He says the move would mean that pet owners would have to leave their dogs in a shelter at the port of Chiquilá. He explained that for now, three inspectors are boarding boats to supervise and regulate the transfer of pets.“Work is being done to create a census of pets and control the entry of foreign pets. It could even be a window of opportunity for the opening of pet daycare centers in Chiquilá while you go to Holbox,” he added.The main challenge is the implementation of the questioned program, which he explained, seeks to regulate all activity on the island including, in turn, the arrival of tourists.“Right now, as such, the mechanism is not well planned. What is being worked is, one, to create a census of pets and, the other, to prevent the entry of foreign pets,” he said.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

From the pages of Produce Business UK The London P

first_img From the pages of Produce Business UKThe London Produce Show and Conference 2019 (LPS19) hosted more than 100 different exhibitors in the Great Room of the Grosvenor House hotel last week during the three-day event. Traveling from across the globe, the exhibitors showcased a number of products and services to the various international retail and foodservice buyers walking the show floor. Here is a snapshot of some of the key stories from a handful of the exhibitors taking part.South African Raisins AssociationPBUK learned that the South African Raisins Association plans to launch a U.K., and possibly European, marketing campaign early next year to promote raisins as a natural, portable snack.“Dried fruit is a really interesting category,” explained John Valentine, chairman of RED Communications, which will coordinate the campaign in the UK. “Raisins are a natural product with great health properties. It’s a snack that’s easily portable, and an ingredient for the baking industry.”For South Africa, the promotional push presents an opportunity to raise its market share in the U.K., which currently stands at less than 4%. “That’s staggeringly low for a country like South Africa whose natural market is the U.K.,” Valentine pointed out.Located around the Orange River in the Northern Cape, South Africa’s raisin industry benefits from hot and dry conditions. “The product is almost naturally organic,” Valentine noted. “The growing region doesn’t have problems with diseases like producers in hot, humid areas. South African raisins have almost zero MRL residues.”Although well organized with a long history, South Africa’s raisin industry is not yet mature, meaning there is potential to grow the U.K. market and to gain market share. In particular, Valentine said the sector can compete effectively thanks to its relatively low labor costs in comparison to raisin suppliers California and Turkey.Citrus from ChileExhibiting for the third year running, the Chilean Citrus Committee once again made the trip to promote lemons, clementines and mandarins on the U.K. market.“The Chilean citrus industry is diversifying its exports, and a good place to start is the U.K.,” commented Christian Carvajal, Marketing Director for the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex). “Slowly, slowly we have been building our presence, making contacts and looking for opportunities.”Carvajal also shared the latest export estimates for the 2019 Chilean citrus campaign as projected by the committee. Volume is set to contract by 3% in total, due largely to an 8% drop in clementines to 58,000 tons and a 3% decrease in oranges to 97,000 tons. Supplies of lemons and mandarins are not expected to change greatly, with sendings pegged at 88,000 tons and 107,000 tons respectively.Nonetheless, the committee predicts a solid production year in terms of citrus sizes and quality thanks to benign weather conditions.MaerskMaersk was at the LPS19 to promote its new company branding following the amalgamation in January (2019) of shipping line Maersk Line and freight forwarder Damco as an integrated logistics company under the name of Maersk.“We’re a one-stop-shop right from the farm to the supermarket,” explained Danny Wright, Reefer Client Manager, who added that the change has been a seamless transition.As part of the integration, Maersk has invested heavily in logistics, having just recently unveiled a coldstore in Russia to complement facilities in South Africa and Iberia. In the future, Maersk is considering partnering with a company in the U.K. to operate a domestic coldstore.“It’s an exciting time, with many different, new opportunities,” Wright said. “We are offering a more bespoke solution for customers; they have a choice of options.”Later this year, Maersk will roll out the second release of its Remote Container Management system for use on mobile phones via an app. The upgrade will have more user-friendly and proactive features.PeruPeruvian produce exporters Don Ricardo, Camposol, Agrícola Chapi and Ecosac exhibited at the show, together with the Peruvian Trade and Investment Office in the U.K.Joanna Meza from the trade office was pleased to share the news of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that was signed on 15 May between the U.K., Peru, Colombia and Ecuador to ensure the continued, smooth supply of fresh produce into the U.K. whatever happens with Brexit.Peru continues to be the world’s leading exporter of avocados and mangoes to the U.K., the third-largest supplier of blueberries and the fourth-ranking distributor of table grapes.Exports remain on the up too. During the 2018/19 season, figures provided by the trade office indicate that Peru’s exports to the U.K. of table grapes rose by 47%, blueberries by 44.7% and avocados by 7.3%.“We’d like to push more Peruvian exotic and tropical fruits on the U.K. market, like golden berries, pineapples and bananas, as well as organic produce,” Meza commented. “The U.K. is one of the most important markets worldwide, and a trendsetter within Europe.”Apeel Sciences, U.S.Hot on the heels of gaining European approval for the use on avocados of its plant-derived shelf-life extension solution, Apeel Sciences was in London to explore the opportunities for citrus.Gordon Robertson, Chief Revenue Officer, told PBUK that the California-based company plans to carry out trials with U.K. retailers for citrus from Peru.Apeel expects its technology will double the shelf-life of the product, and offer a “total solution for the supply chain”, including reduced shrink, less food waste, a lower carbon footprint and a better eating experience.“Initially, we’re focusing on easy peelers (Murcotts) from Peru,” Robertson revealed. “The application will be at source. We are in discussions now with the U.K. retailers.”While it will be another year before Apeel gains European approval to treat more produce items, in the U.S. the firm is launching its solution for use on cucumbers and apples. “We know we can get two-times the shelf-life on dozens of products,” affirmed Robertson. Chilean citrus: Clementines end with 18% volume dr … June 13 , 2019 EU to consider activating South African citrus saf … Argentina’s citrus crop still “paralyzed”, light e … center_img You might also be interested in Naylor Farms, UKU.K. cabbage grower-manufacturer Naylor Farms used the occasion of the LPS19 to showcase its new range of long-life coleslaw and potato salad products.Company CEO Simon Naylor told PBUK that the unique selling point is a 120-day shelf-life with no preservatives. In addition, the range benefits from strong provenance, being manufactured by a family-owned grower established over 100 years ago.Launched in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Dubai, the products are packed in resealable pouches and come in a number of different flavors, including original, cheese, sweet chili and chipotle.“It’s a nice format that’s different, fits easier into the fridge and uses less plastic,” pointed out Naylor, who runs the business in Lincolnshire. “We’re trying to create a brand for the company.”Delgado Pitahaya, EcuadorEcuadorian supplier Delgado Pitahaya came to London to raise the awareness among U.K. buyers of yellow dragonfruit, with the goal of exporting the exotic fruit to the market.“Yellow dragonfruit has a white flesh that tastes sweeter than red dragonfruit,” explained deputy manager Gabriel Álvaro. “It’s easier to eat as it’s more watery, so you can cut it with a spoon, and it’s easier to hold due to being less spiky. In my opinion, it’s better than red dragonfruit.”Benefiting from a range of health benefits, including regulating cholesterol, Álvaro suggested that yellow dragonfruit has a variety of uses, from salad to meat dishes, and as a decoration.Delgado Pitahaya, which is GlobalGAP-certified, has the capacity to produce 900 tonnes of yellow dragonfruit on a year-round basis, with production peaking in February.“It’s an interesting product with a long shelf-life,” Álvaro indicated. “We can export it at 60-70% ripe, so it’s 80% ripe on arrival in the market. We’ve had interest [during the LPS19] from buyers in the U.K., including the wholesale sector, as well as from Malaysia and Singapore.”PDO Spanish PersimonProtected Denomination of Origin (PDO) Spanish Persimon will be promoted actively during the U.K.’s Halloween holiday period when the U.K. supply season kicks off later this year.A series of activities, jointly coordinated by RED Communications, will roll out, including recipes, preparation and usage ideas, imagery, social media content, plus a Spooky Supper Club hosted by chef Kerstin Rodgers.“Persimon is ideal for Halloween as it’s far more manageable for children to carve,” noted John Valentine, chairman of RED Communications. “You can do everything you would with a pumpkin, but more safely. Halloween is such a big trend in the U.K. now, and it’s a good way to get kids involved with produce.”Equally, PDO Spanish Persimon has experienced “unbelievable” growth in the U.K. over the last 10 years. “It has gone from being almost unheard of to one of the fastest-growing fruits in its category,” Valentine revealed.Cañas Trejos, EcuadorEcuadorian grower-exporter Cañas Trejos came to raise awareness of the potential to grow both the plantain and yuca market in the U.K., as well as to look for baby banana buyers.Founded in Los Ríos during 2007, the company currently supplies year-round red bananas, baby bananas, plantain, yuca, and squash (Kabocha and Muscat varieties) to markets including Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Russia. Cañas Trejos also distributes plantain to one established importer in the U.K.Its point of difference is the ethical way in which it works with its associate growers. “I wanted to work in a different way, so we pay our growers 50% up front,” stated General Manager José Cañas.“Many exporters don’t care about the grower, but the only way to produce a quality product is to pay the grower well. For example, I pay my plantain growers US$0.50 more than other exporters, even Chiquita and Dole, and the quality is superior as a result.”Valstar, NetherlandsPart of the Best Fresh Group in the Netherlands, greenhouse vegetable specialist Valstar exhibited within the Holland pavilion for the fourth consecutive year to meet with existing customers and to attract new clients.Matthew Barritt, Valstar’s U.K. representative, emphasized the “big opportunity” in the U.K. to focus on seasonality and speciality varieties. “People want produce to taste good,” he stated. “Also, we want kids to buy into produce. It needs to not disappoint.”Recognizing the importance of differentiating itself, Valstar increasingly supplies specialty varieties where the focus is on flavor. To that end, the company showcased two of its branded products, Tinkerbell mini bell peppers and Tomberry tiny tomatoes, which have been developed by Dutch breeder Eminent Seeds.“Tinkerbell mini bell peppers have been picking up steadily on the retail market across Europe,” explained Account Manager Quincy Barrow. “They’re nice to stuff with meat or cheese. They’re ideal for the specialist wholesale market or foodservice sector.“Tomberry is a tiny tomato variety that’s nice for garnishing. It’s well suited to the foodservice and retail markets.”Pan United, U.K.As the leading supplier of garlic to the U.K., Pan United’s Commercial Manager Nilay Kamdar, spoke briefly with PBUK about the state of the market at present.As the trade moves into the new Spanish and Chinese crops, Kamdar said overall he expects garlic prices will be higher, while volume will be about the same compared with last year, although it remains too early to make an accurate indication.“Last year people were losing money,” he noted. “Some import prices from China were at cost or low-cost value, so no one wants that situation again.”Demand-wise, Kamdar said levels remain stable in the U.K. for garlic, while challenges for the trade currently are dominated by Brexit and the lack of clarity surrounding what, if any, trade deal will be agreed.Stay tuned for more LPS19 exhibitor stories over the coming week. South Africa: Labor court stops striking workers a …last_img read more