first_imgVirat Kohli initially tried tinkering with his approach to shot-making for Twenty20, thinking he needed to be more innovative to score runs in the shortest format in cricket.It turns out, what worked so well for him in the test and one-day formats could be applied just as ruthlessly in T20, and that makes him one of the key potential match-winners at the ICC World Twenty20. (World T20: David Warner wary of aggressive Virat Kohli) “I used to think too much about T20, saying maybe I don’t have the kind of shots that other people have, so I used to try a lot more,” he said. “I have come to terms with that and now I just go and play on instinct.”The 27-year-old Indian batsman has been prolific in recent games, dispensing with the reverse sweeps and scoops that have become common in T20 and concentrating on the more traditional drives, cuts and pull shots. (World T20: India favourites to repeat 2011 success at home, says Tendulkar) “I try to hit the ball in the gaps and get fours rather than sixes, which are probably high-risk shots,” Kohli said. “If you are scoring at a strike-rate of 160, it doesn’t matter whether you hit a four or a six or make it all in ones and twos.”India is hosting the tournament for the first time, and opens its campaign against New Zealand on Tuesday in the Super 10 stage. Kolhi is expected to feature prominently. (ICC World T20: Pakistan star Shoaib Malik has no security fears in India)advertisementHe has scored 352 runs at a strike-rate of 134 in eight T20 matches in 2016, hitting four half-centuries and averaging 117.33. This has been during a phase in which India has won 10 of 11 games, including the Asia Cup title – when he scored an unbeaten 41 from 28 balls to guide his team to victory – and a 3-0 series win in Australia.Kohli was voted player of the tournament in the previous World Twenty20 in Bangladesh two years ago, when he scored 319 runs in six games at an average of 106.33 to propel India to the final.He has the best average of any batsman to have recorded eight or more innings in the world tournament, averaging 72 from 11 games. In 38 T20 internationals dating back to 2010, Kohli has scored 1,368 runs at an average of 52.61 and a strike rate of over 133.Kohli has received high praise from around the cricket world, including from Pakistan great Wasim Akram.The former Pakistan captain and left-arm paceman described Kohli as “the best batsman in the world” and said that he would have found it very difficult to bowl to him.India faces New Zealand, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia in a difficult Group 2 at the tournament.last_img read more

first_imgRoger Federer has history in his sights on men’s semi-finals day at Wimbledon on Friday as he aims to reach a record 11th showpiece match and, ulitmately, an unprecedented eighth title.The resurgent Swiss master will be the main attraction on Centre Court as he faces Czech Tomas Berdych, but first up will be the battle of the big-hitters when Croatia’s Marin Cilic slugs it out with American Sam Querry.Federer aside, it is a surprise group. It is the first time since 2003 that the semis have featured four men outside the top four in the world rankings.While Federer is seeded three, he is ranked fifth in the world, and has seen all his biggest rivals fall by the wayside this week. In his semi-final, the crowd, the bookmakers’ odds and the form guide will all be in his favour.The evergreen 35-year-old is on a seven-match winning streak against Berdych, who has not beaten him since 2013, and the Swiss has yet to drop a set at this year’s championships.Eleventh seed Berdych, 31, is no stranger to the Wimbledon final however, having reached it in 2010 when he lost to Rafa Nadal.Cilic, 28, will be the favourite in his clash with Querry, who is the first American to reach a grand slam semi-final in eight years. The Croatian seventh seed enjoys a 4-0 head-to-head record against his 29-year-old opponent.It is likely to be a powerful showdown. Querry, seeded 24, and Cilic are among the biggest servers in the tournament and have fired down 126 and 105 aces respectively.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgHardik Pandya starred with both bat and ball on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town on Saturday.After scoring a counter-attacking 93 off 95, Pandya got rid of the South African openers as the hosts reached 65/2 at the close of play to take a substantial lead of 142 runs.Hashim Amla (four not out) and night-watchman Kagiso Rabada (two not out) will seek on day three to extend the home side’s advantage of 142 runs with eight second innings wickets remaining after they bowled India out for 209 on a lively wicket offering plenty of assistance for the bowlers.South Africa, however, were sweating over another potential injury blow for experienced seamer Dale Steyn.Steyn (2-51) left the field during the innings having bowled 17.3 overs and went for scans on a bruised heel. He was later seen limping as he came back to the ground and his participation in the rest of the match — and the series — is in doubt.Steyn returned to Test cricket for the match after 14 months on the sidelines with a career-threatening shoulder injury.ALSO WATCHSouth Africa’s Aiden Markram (34) was the first wicket to fall in their second innings, having looked fluent at the crease until he top-edged a rising delivery from Hardik Pandya (2-17) to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at a deep point.Dean Elgar (25) was scratchy throughout his stay at the crease and became Pandya’s second victim when he edged to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.Earlier, Pandya defied the odds to smash runs all over the park on a pitch where top Indian batsmen struggled to score runs. Pandya struck a 93 off just 95 balls on the second day an innings studded with 14 fours and a six. His valiant effort helped India score 209 in reply to South Africa’s 286, who took a crucial 77-run first innings lead.advertisementPandya came out all guns blazing and played his own game attacking the South Africa pace battery, which had ripped apart the Indian batting line-up and left the visitors reeling at 76/5.Pandya had joined Ravchandran Ashwin first ball after lunch when overnight batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was caught for 26 by skipper Faf du Plessis off Vernon Philander. Ashwin (12) and Wriddhiman Saha (0) soon departed and India were in deep trouble at 92/7 before Pandya took the attack back to the opposition.Pandya started off on an attacking mode and was not afraid to take the risks. Like fortune favours the brave, the 24-year-old survived twice. Dean Elgar dropped him on 15 off Dale Steyn and Quinton de Kock missed a stumping chance when Pandya was batting on 71.In the 56th over, Pandya had welcomed spinner Keshav Maharaj with a mighty six on the second ball of the over.On the very next ball, he stepped down the track again and swung his bat wildly only to miss the ball. The awkward bounce was generated after pitching and De Kock fumbled collecting the ball chest high.Pandya was also involved in a 99-run stand  Bhuvneshwar for the eighth wicket to help the visitors cut down the first innings deficit.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgATHENS – Greek wrestler Maria Prevolaraki won bronze at the 2018 European Championships finals at the Palace of Sport Youth in Dagestan on Friday.It is the second year in a row that Prevolaraki ends up winning a medal in the 53 kg category; last year she placed among the top three at both the World and the European Championships. In her final round on Friday she faced Turkish Aysun Erge to win by 12-7. It was the first bronze for Greece at this year’s championships.Male wrestler Giorgos Meletov was defeated by France during trials for the 79 kg category, while Kyrillos Binenbaum will wrap up the Greek participation at this year’s championships with a match on Saturday, in the 74 kg category.TweetPinShare88 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgWilly Caballero will perhaps be always remembered as the initiator of the disaster that struck Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.On Thursday, it was all alright for Argentina till Caballero sent shockwaves through his whole team and the entire Argentinean support system with his attempted chip.And then it all fell apart!Argentina lost the match by a massive margin of 3-0, suffered their heaviest group stage defeat in a World Cup in 60 years and were already staring at their first group stage exit since 2002.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThroughout the first half of the match, Argentina and Croatia both played the ball around, created chances in each others’ half and it all looked well poised for the second half.It was the second half that turned the story upside down.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIn the 53rd minute, Willy Caballero attempted to trick a striker with a chip. He got a backpass and under pressure from Ante Rebic, Caballero made a mess of it. He attempted to chip the ball over the head of Rebic towards his defender. All that happened though, was that the ball kindly floated towards the Croatian and to his credit, he executed a fabulous half-volley.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSAs the Croatians went into a frenzy, Caballero could only hold his head in absolute embarrassment. Argentina players and Messi stood rooted and the fans, all they could was stare at their keeper.Also read – World Cup 2018: Argentina left in tears as Croatia create historyadvertisementCaballero was deemed the architect of Argentina’s downfall. Loris Karius’ Champions League nightmare came into the picture again. Perhaps everyone was missing the injured Sergio Romero now. Social media was tearing apart Caballero.Also read – Argentina slammed on Twitter after embarrassing defeat to CroatiaThere is still a game left and Argentina have everything to play for and most definitely, it will be Caballero again under the sticks. There are nerves already running through.Willy Caballero tonight…#ARGCRO pic.twitter.com/RM36Yxet9v??442oons?? (@442oons) June 21, 2018Good heavens, Caballero has had an absolute shocker. Poor bugger.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 21, 2018Messi when he sees Caballero in the locker room ???? pic.twitter.com/NxaZUUhVyJMi12on?? (@miltonthegr8) June 22, 2018Caballero or myself in goal would be the same thing”.- Mourinho after Argentina and Iceland.??????pic.twitter.com/NKOxliO9I6? Yübbîe Umoh ? (@Yubbie007) June 22, 2018Caballeros mistake totally changed the match ????Mladen Markovic (@MladenLfc) June 22, 2018So Caballero did really pass the ball to Rebic to score yesterday? How is that guy a professional goalkeeper?AJ (@aj_aaronic) June 22, 2018Can’t still get over Caballero’s assist. Xavi esque. Perfect. A little lower would have been too low and then forced a save, a little higher would have had Rebic over stretch. Perfect.Dido. (@nnamdinnani) June 22, 2018…and now am in Caballero’s body, it’s way less cool than being De Gea #WorldCup #ARGCRO pic.twitter.com/abTAVomWJsYOUNG the GIANT (@kiiru_gichora) June 22, 2018Told y’all Argentina wouldn’t qualify with Caballero between the posts ??Edwardicus (@TerrenceTanTing) June 22, 2018last_img read more

first_imgFormer India opener Gautam Gambhir on Saturday came down hard on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy during the 2012 CB series in Australia.Gambhir, in an explosive interview with India Today, reveaked how he Dhoni told him that he couldn’t play him, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in the ODI playing XI as they would leak runs on the field in Australia.But Gambhir was eventually included in the ODI final XI for the tri-series between Australia, India and Sri Lanka.Gambhir and Tendulkar eventually got to play 7 matches in the series while Sehwag featured in 5. Gambhir amassed 308 runs at an average of 44 and was the second highest run-scorer for India behind Virat Kohli while Tendulkar and Sehwag managed just 143 and 65 runs respectively.”In the 2012 Tri-series in Australia, Dhoni declared that he can’t play all three (Gambhir, Sachin and Sehwag) of us together as he was looking ahead at the 2015 World Cup.”It was a massive shock, I think it would have been a massive shock for any cricketer. I have not heard anyone be told in 2012 that they would never be a part of the 2015 World Cup. I always had the impression that if you keep scoring runs, age is a just a number,” Gambhir told India Today.”If you have the skills to score the runs and you are not a liability on the field, you can go on to play as long as you want. This was always told to us and even in Australia we got to know that all the three can’t play together, and we eventually got to play together.advertisement”When we were in a desperate need to win a game, I remember in Hobart, Viru and Sachin opened and I batted at three with Virat batted at four. India won that game and we had to chase in 37 over.”At the start of the series, we didn’t play together, it was a rotation thing. When it was a desperate moment, MS had to play three of us. If you take a decision, back your decision, stick to it. Don’t back on something on which you have already decided.”First you decided that you won’t play the three of us together, then you decided that you are going to play the three of us together. Either the original decision was wrong, or the second decision was wrong. He took that decision as a captain and it was a shock to all three of us,” Gambhir added.India got knocked out in the CB series with Australia and Sri Lanka qualifying for the best-of-three finals which the hosts won 2-1 to lift the trophy.Dhoni apparently had a meeting with Gambhir, Sehwag and Sachin before the series where he stated that playing all three would cost 20 runs in the field in Australian conditions which is why he wanted to rotate the three openers in the CB Series.”We had a meeting, he (Dhoni) chatted with everyone, with Gautam and myself and Tendulkar; he explained that he wanted to give chances to youngsters so youngsters can play all the matches here because the next World Cup is also here, so they’ll get an idea of how the pitches behave in Australia,” Sehwag had said during the series.Gambhir meanwhile, also spoke about his captaincy in the IPL and what all qualities he tried to imbibe in himself whenever he got the opportunity to lead the Indian team.”I don’t know, I haven’t captained India for a very long time. Sitting in front of you, I think I would have, because I think the most important thing in captaincy is being selfless and being honest. Probably I have both in me. I don’t like talking too highly of myself, but one thing that I feel when I look back at my career, I can say that I have been honest to my profession and I have been very selfless as well. That is probably the most important thing about a leader and I think that I had both those things. When I have captained KKR,I have been absolutely dead honest and been very selfless as well and that is what a leaders are,” Gambhir said.Gambhir, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket earlier this month, also picked Anil Kumble as the best captain that he played under.”There is a difference between being a captain and a leader. I have played under lots and lots of captains in my career. The most selfless and honest person that I have played under, and I have learned a lot. I have been asked which is the best captain I have played under and I have always said that the captain is as good as his team. Today I can say that I have played under a lot of captains, but there was only one leader and that was Anil Kumble. I think I have learned so much from him.advertisement”I have played only five Tests under him. I made a comeback in Sri Lanka, where it was the Mendis and Murli series, and then I played a Border-Gavaskar series at home. I have learned a lot of my leadership skills form him. The way he was selfless and the way he was passionate… the way he was honest about his own cricket. I think I can say after I have retired that he was the best leader that I played under,” Gambhir concluded.Also Watch | Gautam Gambhir slams MS Dhoni’s captaincy decisions during 2012 tri-series in Australialast_img read more

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on Facebook Jones has plotted a steadily upward graph since England arrived in Japan, reflecting the fixture list in their group, starting with the lowest‑ranked team, Tonga, and working up to the highest, France. He would have hoped for a sterner defensive test from Argentina, but once the Pumas’ second-row Tomás Lavanini saw red for a high, dangerous tackle on Owen Farrell, the air went out of them and the promised war did not get beyond a few skirmishes as the 2003 winners, eliminated at this stage four years ago, became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals.“Don’t care, mate,” responded Jones when asked if other contenders would now be paying more attention to England. Was Farrell, the victim of a dangerous tackle against the United States which prompted a red card, being targeted? “No.” What was his take on the spate of red cards and citings since World Rugby’s criticism of lenient officiating in the opening round? “I have zero interest in talking about it. Any issues should be discussed after the tournament.”It is so different to the Jones of 16 years ago when, in charge of the hosts, Australia, he never missed an opportunity to antagonise rivals, not least England and their head coach, Clive Woodward. Part of Jones’s reasoning was that he wanted to generate headlines in a country where rugby union struggled for media exposure and he was not going to achieve that by droning on about the nuances of front-row play.Here, surrounded by a far larger, hungrier media pack, there is not a scrap of meat on the bones he throws out. A feature of England’s three previous World Cup campaigns was an undermining lack of discipline on and off the field, even though England recovered in 2007 to reach the final. This time the squad has been as tight as Jones’s mouth, no antics, no social media rankings and no leaking of a team before the official announcement.On the field, England are just as steady and unspectacular, sticking to their patterns and refusing to be distracted, although Lavanini’s dismissal did, for some minutes, ruffle their equilibrium, as if having to recalibrate following something unexpected.And then it was back to basics, earning the right to go wide by making the hard metres, a procession of hard-running forwards (with no let-up when Billy Vunipola left the fray), and Manu Tuilagi, getting over the gainline for Tom Curry and Sam Underhill to ensure quick release for the playmakers George Ford and Farrell to manoeuvre a pacy and elusive back three.The contrast with which England and, on Sunday, France played against Tonga was stark. England gave the Islanders nothing in wearing them down but, in looking to be expansive, the French produced some stunning moves but also gave their opponents sustenance by making mistakes in possession. Les Bleus oscillate between high and low, unable to sustain pressure, while Jones’s men stay on a straight line. Eddie Jones Facebook Share on LinkedIn England rugby union team Billy Vunipola injury leaves England anxious for World Cup knockout stages Share on Pinterest Pinterest Read more Share via Email Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Support The Guardian Another issue is the cards now being shown for high challenges. Australia received two yellows in a blow-out on Saturday as did New Zealand the following day. Lavanini saw red but Tuilagi escaped with just a penalty after taking out Emiliano Boffelli in the air, fairly as the full-back was a few centimetres from the ground when he was hit.One mistimed challenge and the best-laid plans need redrafting; and a consequence of the crackdown has been an import from football, players demanding cards for opponents and putting pressure on referees, something about which Nigel Owens warned England, through Farrell.“We are where we need to be and we have not played at our best yet,” said Jones. When England come to the boil, so will their head coach, but it won’t be just yet. Topics Rugby union Owen Farrell puts his head where it hurts but the pain is all Argentina’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Rugby World Cup Reuse this content Eddie Jones is playing the role of straight man this tournament, for now. Just as his players resisted any temptation to ad-lib in their opening two matches against Tonga and the United States, and again when Argentina had a player sent off with more than an hour remaining, so England’s head coach, unusually for him, has armed himself with a stiffened upper lip which repeated cajoling has been unable to loosen. features France rugby union team England have yet to be tested at the World Cup after claiming maximum points from their three games. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp Twitter The return of Jack Nowell and Mako Vunipola, who both came off the bench in the second half, increases Jones’s options and Henry Slade had his second outing as a replacement. England in the past have been easy to pigeonhole, but they have tactical variety now and in the latter stages Jones will be able to use that to leave opponents guessing at the formation he will field.A question asked here, but not put directly to Jones, was whether defeat to France, with its likelihood of providing a path to the final that will very probably be different to New Zealand’s, would not amount to much of a setback, although no team has won a World Cup having lost a group match. Australia were only too happy to be drawn with England in the 2007 quarter-finals only to be mauled in Marseille. Momentum is generated by winning, not cherry-picking.“I will be looking to pick our best 23,” said Jones when asked if he would look to protect players now that England were in the last eight. “It may be different from your 23. I think we can improve the team and the challenge is how to.”The lack of defensive stress so far has allowed the Ford-Farrell axis to flourish, but France should put it under more scrutiny. England need them to because they have yet to show whether a weakness that was evident in the Six Nations, a failure to react when their hold on a match was loosened, remains. It is a side-effect of a very well coached side. Share on Twitter Read morelast_img read more

first_imgChelsea Chelsea appoint new chief executive with past MLS experience Jamie Smith 22:59 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Roman Abramovich Getty Chelsea Premier League Guy Laurence will be taking on a role with the reigning Premier League champions starting from February, the Stamford Bridge club have confirmed Chelsea have announced the appointment of Guy Laurence as the club’s new chief executive.Laurence, the former CEO of Rogers Communications and Vodafone UK, will take over the role from the start of February.He was also a director of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which includes NBA team the Toronto Raptors, the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL franchise and MLS side Toronto FC in its portfolio. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said: “We look forward to Guy joining the club during an exciting period for Chelsea on and off the field.”He will be working with the owner [Roman Abramovich] and the board to increase our commercial revenues and maximise digital opportunities, identifying new ways to best serve our supporters here in the UK and further grow our international fan base.”Chelsea Football Club today announces the appointment of Guy Laurence as our new Chief Executive… https://t.co/vp8pjKc5pt — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 11, 2018 Last month, Chelsea announced a record turnover for the year ending in June 2017, as well as a profit of £15.3 million.Turnover rose to £361.3m – up 9.8 per cent from £329.1m in the previous year – although Chelsea’s ultimate parent company, Fordstam Limited, reported a consolidated loss of £14.2m for 2016-17. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_img The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) will be rolling out its home-school relationship programme, ‘Stay Connected’, in three St. James-based high schools this academic year. This will be used to ascertain the level of parental involvement in students’ school life. The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) will be rolling out its home-school relationship programme, ‘Stay Connected’, in three St. James-based high schools this academic year.In an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer at the NPSC, Kaysia Kerr, said the high schools will be selected after conducting a comprehensive analysis of the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) report.This will be used to ascertain the level of parental involvement in students’ school life.“We have the Stay Connected Programme in several high schools, and we intend now to add a few high schools in Montego Bay this year. We will select the high schools based on the NEI report that looks at what the parental involvement has been in particular schools, and we will use that to determine which three schools to add to the list of high schools where we have that programme in other regions,” she explained.Ms. Kerr pointed out that the programme aims to empower parents with helpful tips on how to understand and handle the developmental issues associated with adolescence and maintaining a good relationship with their children throughout high school.“We know that the exit exams for primary schools have become high-stake exams. Parents give a lot of support, especially at grade six. They want their children to go to their school of choice… and they [parents] are there every day staking out school compounds in support of their children… but there is a gradual waning of support when students enter high school,” she noted.Ms. Kerr emphasised that this critical stage is when parents “must stick with their children” to discourage maladaptive behaviours.The pilot for the Stay Connected initiative was launched in 2015 in three high schools – Norman Manley, Holy Trinity and Spanish Town – and has since expanded to include Dinthill Technical High and Papine High schools.The programme is held in conjunction with the Commission’s Parent Mentorship programme, which provides support for guardians in positive parenting techniques through parent mentors. Story Highlights In an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer at the NPSC, Kaysia Kerr, said the high schools will be selected after conducting a comprehensive analysis of the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) report. last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Trump administration is celebrating the 90-day truce it reached in its trade war with China as a significant breakthrough despite scant details, a hazy timetable and widespread skepticism that Beijing will yield to U.S. demands anytime soon.“This is just an enormous, enormous event,” Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, said Monday of the cease-fire that Trump and President Xi Jingping reached over the weekend on the sidelines of an international economic summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “This one covers so much ground in some detail, we’ve never seen this before.”Yet many economists raised doubts that much had been — or would be — achieved within three months.“The actual amount of concrete progress made at this meeting appears to have been quite limited,” Alec Phillips and other economists at Goldman Sachs wrote in a research note.During the talks in Buenos Aires, Trump agreed to delay a scheduled escalation in U.S. tariffs on many Chinese goods, from 10 per cent to 25 per cent, that had been set to take effect Jan. 1. Instead, the two sides are to negotiate over U.S. complaints about China’s trade practices, notably that it has used predatory tactics to try to achieve supremacy in technology. These practices, according to the administration and outside analysts, include stealing intellectual property and forcing companies to turn over technology to gain access to China’s market.In return for the postponement in the higher U.S. tariffs, China agreed to step up its purchases of U.S. farm, energy and industrial goods, the White House said.Most economists noted that the two countries remain far apart on the biggest areas of disagreement, which include Beijing’s subsidies for strategic Chinese industries, in addition to forced technology transfers and intellectual property theft.“Ninety days is very little time to fix these perennial issues,” said Bill Adams, senior economist at PNC.Complicating the challenge, Trump’s complaints strike at the heart of the Communist Party’s state-led economic model and its plans to elevate China to political and cultural leadership by creating global champions in robotics and other fields.“It’s impossible for China to cancel its industry policies or major industry and technology development plans,” said economist Cui Fan of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.At the same time, analysts said they were relieved that the Trump-Xi meeting at least pressed the “pause” button on tariff hikes. Besides escalating existing tariffs, Trump had threatened to impose import taxes on the remaining $267 billion of U.S. goods from China. This would have raised prices in the United States on many consumer items, including smartphones, clothes and toys.Fears of a hotter trade war had sent financial markets tumbling in October and November. But they jumped Monday in response to Saturday’s truce. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 288 points, a gain of 1.1 per cent.Megan Greene, chief economist at Manulife, said the market’s recent decline had likely contributed to Trump’s willingness to reach a truce.“We are no longer in the same buoyant economic or markets environment that we enjoyed earlier this year when threats of tariffs against China were first made,” she said.In the meantime, the outlines of the agreement remain hazy and in some cases confusing. Trump tweeted late Sunday that China had agreed to “reduce and remove” its 40% tariff on cars imported from the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday that there was a “specific agreement” on the auto tariffs.Yet Kudlow said later that there was no “specific agreement” regarding auto trade, though he added, “We expect those tariffs to go to zero.”Shares of U.S. and overseas auto companies rose on the announcement, though it’s unclear how much companies like GM or Ford will actually benefit. Nearly all the cars they sell in China are made there.Details regarding China’s pledge to buy more American products — one that it has made before — remain scant. Mnuchin said Monday morning on CNBC that China had offered to buy up to $1.2 trillion of additional U.S. goods, even while the “details of that still need to be negotiated.”But Kudlow said the ultimate amount will depend on market prices and the health of China’s economy.“I would think of that as a broad goal,” he said.State-run Chinese media has described the agreement very differently from how the Trump administration has. It has made no mention of any changes to its auto tariffs. And it has said nothing about a 90-day deadline for the talks.Greene said this might simply reflect China’s communications strategy. Or it might illustrate China’s weak commitment to the deal.China agreed to eliminate the retaliatory tariffs it had placed on U.S. soybeans, according to the White House, which also said Beijing had agreed to buy an unspecified but “very substantial” amount of agricultural and other products. That left some U.S. farmers cautiously hopeful Monday.“This is the first positive news we’ve seen after months of downturned prices and halted shipments,” said John Heisdorffer, a farmer in Keota, Iowa, who is president of the American Soybean Association. “If this suspension of tariff increases leads to a longer-term agreement, it will be extremely positive for the soy industry.”Kevin Scott, who farms near Valley Springs, South Dakota, and serves on the American Soybean Association, said the news provides hope for farmers who are storing their crops while awaiting better prices. But he cautioned that “it’s going to take a little more to move more beans.”Among the skeptics is Scott Gauslow, who grows soybeans and corn near Colfax in eastern North Dakota’s Red River Valley. He noted the lack of specifics in the White House announcement.“What if China calls tomorrow and says, ‘We changed our mind’?” Gauslow said. “There was nothing in writing, which scares me a little bit.”China is the top market for North Dakota’s soybeans. The state’s farmers sell about $1.4 billion to China annually, according to the non-profit North Dakota Trade Office.Some retailers were also encouraged by the agreement, according to the National Retail Federation. At the same time, the federation noted that the truce prolongs the uncertainty around trading with China.Jonathan Gold, an executive at the federation, said most retailers had already ordered goods for the first three months of the year, so the 90-day delay in the tariff hikes won’t affect them. Many companies have already switched their purchases from China to another country to avoid the potential 25% tariff.“The question is, what happens at the end of 90 days?” Gold asked.___Nicholson reported from Bismarck, North Dakota. AP News Writer Joe McDonald contributed to this report from Beijing.Christopher Rugaber And Blake Nicholson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sri Lanka today took note of the role played by late UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan after the devastating 2004 tsunami.In a letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Kofi Annan compassion, sense of empathy, and calm demeanour soothed many who were grieving and in pain following the tsunami which hit Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister said that Kofi Annan was a man of wisdom and his moral voice and guidance will be deeply missed at this time when the world seems to need his presence most.“While Kofi Annan will forever remain in the hearts of the people that he touched, may his memory continue to inspire and guide all of us to continue our journey of working for peace, justice, democracy, rule of law, and human rights for all,” Ranil Wickremesinghe said. (Colombo Gazette) “He served the United Nations with distinction. Calling himself an eternal optimist, he devoted his entire life to work towards peace among nations, peoples and communities, and achieve the noble goals of the United Nations towards achieving better living conditions and a fairer and just world for all, the Prime Minister said in his letter. Annan visited Sri Lanka after the tsunami and visited those affected by the devastation. read more

by News Staff Posted Jul 16, 2012 2:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The company that persuaded hundreds of thousands of parents to buy Your Baby Can Read products is going out of business, citing the high cost of fighting complaints alleging its ads were false.Your Baby Can LLC announced the decision on its website.“Regretfully, the cost of fighting recent legal issues has left us with no option but to cease business operations,” the notice says.“While we vehemently deny any wrongdoing, and strongly believe in our products, the fight has drained our resources to the point where we can no longer continue operating.”A complaint against the company was filed with the Federal Trade Commission in April 2011 by the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which has led a series of campaigns against what critics call the “genius baby” industry. The advocacy group said Your Baby Can Read’s claims of teaching infants to read were false and deceptive, and asked the FTC to halt the ads.Susan Linn, director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, welcomed the demise of Your Baby Can Read, but urged the FTC to press ahead with an investigation.“The commission has in its power to force Your Baby Can to provide compensation for parents who were deceived,” she said Monday. “Even more important, taking action will deter other companies from making deceptive claims about the educational value of screen media for babies.”Betsy Lordan, an FTC public affairs officer, said the commission would not comment on the complaint against Your Baby Can Read. As a general policy, she added, an investigation does not automatically cease if a company goes out of business.Your Baby Can Read — consisting of interrelated videos, flash cards and books — was developed in the late 1990s by Robert Titzer, an educator with a Ph.D. in human performance from Indiana University. More than a million families have used the products since then, according to the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company, which advertised it extensively on TV, at exhibitions, and on its own website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.The website had claimed the best time for children to learn to read is when they are infants and toddlers, before they go to school; it said they could start as young as 3 months old. “Seize this small window of opportunity,” it urged parents.The complaint filed with the FTC rejected this “window of opportunity” claim, as well as many of the other assertions in the ads.The deluxe version of Your Baby Can Read sold on the company website for $200; less expensive versions were available in stores. The videos ranged up to 30 minutes in length, and parents were urged to let their infants watch them twice a day over a period of several months.The company website now consists only of the brief closure announcement, and includes an email address for questions about existing orders. There was no immediate reply to an email asking for comment about the closure.___Online:Your Baby Can Read: http://www.yourbabycanread.com/Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood: http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/___David Crary can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CraryAP Accused of deceptive ads, maker of Your Baby Can Read products is going out of business read more

He based the design on the British ‘Marlborough Street trench’, originally near to Hawthorne Ridge, a fortified German position which was blown up by Allied tunnellers in July 1916.With chalk-based ground and a thin layer of top soil, he said the geology was “very similar” to that of the Somme, allowing him to complete the deeply personal project in honour of his grandfather, John Andrew Robertshaw of the East Yorkshire Regiment, who fought in the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Arras.The British trench can sleep up to 30 people while the German trench, which is smaller, can sleep 10. The network spans around 200 ft by 660ft. The dad-of-one now wants members of the public to live on the front line for 48 hours to experience first reality of life as a Tommy Andy Robertshaw, a historian and Great War expert, has spent 18 months building the British and German trenches at a farm near Canterbury Credit:Carl Fox/Caters News Agency Andy Robertshaw, a historian and Great War expert, has spent 18 months building the British and German trenches at a farm near Canterbury  The 62-year-old recruited ten volunteers to create the trench network, complete with firing bays, an aid post, an engineer’s store, a dugout, lavatories, kitchen and a railway. The 61-year-old now hopes the massive one-acre network which is complete with shooting bays, an aid post, an engineers store, a dugout, kitchen and even a railway can be a permanent exhibitCredit:Carl Fox/Caters News Agency He hopes the project will also serve as “experiential archaeology”, allowing him to observe the effects of the weather on trenches built using techniques that have now disappeared.The 48-hour trench experience will launch in March 2019 to volunteers, who must sign a declaration form confirming they understand the risk. The 61-year-old now hopes the massive one-acre network which is complete with shooting bays, an aid post, an engineers store, a dugout, kitchen and even a railway can be a permanent exhibit Mr Robertshaw is a former curator of the Royal Logistic Corps Museum, author of several books on the First World War, lecturer and historical consultant for films including War Horse.He said he is keen to emphasise that the trench is not a war memorial to the soldiers who died in “the war to end all wars” but is instead a memorial of how they lived.“Our trench network shows what life was like 90 per cent of the time for World War One soldiers,” he said. As the centenary of the end of the First World War approaches, people across the nation will embark on solemn commemorations to ensure the greatest sacrifice of a generation is never forgotten.One man, in a field near Canterbury, has devised what may prove to be the most unique project among them, after building a full-scale trench network to allow the public to experience life on the Western Front.Andy Robertshaw, a military historian who specialises in the First World War, has spent 18 months and around £8,000 transforming a one-acre plot of Kent farmland into a realistic recreation of British and German trenches.He now plans to invite members of the public to spend 48 hours on site, giving them a small insight into the reality of conditions faced by young soldiers.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––While they will not face the horrors of war or the unfathomable conditions which led so famously to trench foot and other diseases, Mr Robertshaw said the exercise would allow interested members of the public to learn what it was like “90 per cent of the time for World War One soldiers”. The dad-of-one now wants members of the public to live on the front line for 48 hours to experience first reality of life as a TommyCredit:Carl Fox/Caters News Agency Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “They only spent five days at a time in trenches like mine before swapping with other soldiers – it wasn’t always going ‘over the top’ like you see in films. My ambition is for it to become a permanent site for people who can’t go to France and Belgium to go to.“There are no well-constructed trenches in the UK, France and Belgium at all really, so we hope that this can fill the void.” “We’re going to launch a 48-hour trench experience in the autumn, where people can arrive, get into uniform and have a ‘bootcamp’ style introduction in the experience of a Great War soldier.“They’d then go into a night-time routine of working, resting and guarding the trench before having an inspection and breakfast the following morning. It’d be an introduction to life in a trench done in real time.“I wanted to do day-to-day life rather than combat to show the mundane, humdrum normality that was the experience for so many people’s great grandfathers and other relatives.”Saying there were “not many” concessions to health and safety, with real barbed wire, Mr Robertshaw emphasised that anyone hoping to spend 48 hours there would have to undergo a weekend of training and preparation. read more

first_imgOutotec registered a year-on-year improvement in financial performance in 2018, excluding a €110 million ($125 million) ilmenite smelter project provision, the company reported today.The company’s sales increased 12% in 2018 to €1.28 billion, while its order intake jumped 4% to €1.25 billion. The €110 million provision for the Saudi Arabia project saw adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) come in at -€46.2 million, compared with €33.5 million in 2017, yet President and CEO, Markku Teräsvasara, said adjusted EBIT would have almost doubled to €64 million had it not been for this deduction.“In 2018, we made significant progress in several areas,” Teräsvasara said. “In the beginning of the year, the market for minerals and metals technologies improved, but global macroeconomic uncertainties and reduced metal prices started to affect the market sentiment, and we saw several larger investment decisions being delayed into 2019.“This was demonstrated in our order intake, which increased 4% year-on-year (in comparable currencies 8%) but declined in the fourth (December) quarter from the comparison period,” he said.The company’s largest order in the December quarter – around €34 million – was for the delivery of battery chemicals technology in Finland for the Terrafame plant to be built in Sotkamo. The company has since followed this up with a contract in Australia to convert spodumene to lithium hydroxide.Teräsvasara said profitability continued to improve in the Minerals Processing segment, with EBIT coming in at €78.5 million, compared with €60 million a year earlier.Outotec said copper, gold, and battery metals projects were the most active during 2018, with demand for minerals processing equipment and spare parts stable throughout the year. In the company’s Metals, Energy & Water divisions, meanwhile, “solid demand” was registered in hydrometallurgical and pelletising solutions, as well as sulphuric acid plants, Outotec said.Outotec said the €110 million provision related to possible costs for an ilmenite smelter project in Saudi Arabia. Back in October, the company said it was working with the client to investigate the reasons why one of the repaired furnaces in a first-of-its-kind ilmenite smelter had issues starting up.“The currently estimated provision is based on progress made with the analysis of the furnace,” the company said today, adding that the provision was booked in its December quarter results.Teräsvasara highlighted the “leading technologies” that were part of the company’s core strength in the 2018 results.During the year, the company continued to develop its technological capabilities and grow its patent portfolio, with Outotec’s R&D investments representing 5% of its sales and totalling €57 million last year, he said.Outotec went into a little more detail about this in its 2018 and Q4 review.The first two industrial references of Outotec TankCell® e630s are running at the Buenavista del Cobre concentrator in northern Mexico, the company said.“The site has reported an increase of more than 3% in overall recovery with a higher-grade copper concentrate. The TankCell® e630 flotation cell has a nominal volume of 630 m³ and is equipped with a FloatForce mechanism with a diameter of 2,200 mm,” Outotec said.The company has also developed and filed a patent application for a thermal leaching process to convert spodumene concentrate into battery-grade lithium hydroxide. The lithium hydroxide process has been piloted at the Outotec Research Center in Pori for Critical Elements Corporation in Canada and Keliber Oy in Finland. Lithium hydroxide corresponds to the change in demand in the metal salt markets, it said.Meanwhile, the new Hybrid filter plates that are 40% lighter, and, therefore, more competitive than conventional plates, were introduced to the spare and wear parts markets during 2018, Outotec said. “The new plates also improve the filtration capacity, provide low residual moisture in the cake, and reduce operational costs,” it added.Outotec has also designed a skid-mounted, modular prefabricated sulphuric acid plant which significantly lowers the installation cost and time. In addition, the modular plant offers lower operation costs, increased availability and maintainability, as well as environmentally sound and safe operation, it said. “The innovative plant concept is based on Outotec’s technology and expertise gained from 650 plants delivered globally,” Outotec said.Meanwhile, Outotec is in the middle of a pilot study with Sweden-based miner LKAB to treat industrial waters at its Svappavaara mine in the country. The pilot started in August and consists of nanofiltration and chemical precipitation of sulphate with Outotec’s Ettringite process. The pilot has shown sulphate concentration can be significantly reduced from the inlet value of 1,800 mg/l to the level of 150 mg/l, Outotec said.A new digital product, Outotec Health Indicator, was also introduced last year. This produces data for flotation process control when used together with Courier on-stream elemental analysers. It enables higher performance in terms of concentrate quality and recovery of valuable minerals, according to the company.Lastly, Outotec has been developing MesoTherm™ bio-oxidation technology for leaching base metals. The development work has shown it to be effective on certain copper sulphides, yielding 98% copper dissolution.last_img read more

first_imgDéchets radioactifs : une association poursuit l’Etat en justiceUne association limousine de défense de l’environnement a déposé un recours contre l’Etat, jugeant “illégale” une autorisation de stockage de déchets radioactifs délivrée par la préfecture de Haute-Vienne à Areva.Le recours qui a été déposé devant le Tribunal administratif contre l’Etat par l’association Sources et Rivières du Limousin (SRL, du réseau France Nature Environnement) concerne le stockage de plusieurs tonnes de déchets radioactifs à Compreignac, en Haute-Vienne. La préfecture du département avait laissé jusqu’au 1er septembre à Areva, qui gère le site, pour évacuer les matières en question, des boues radioactives issues du curage d’un étang.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylPourtant, selon SRL, la préfecture a autorisé Areva à stocker ces boues sur un site voisin, à Bellezane, incapable d’accueillir ces déchets. De plus, cette autorisation “temporaire” (trois ans) est “illégale”, soutient SRL qui invoque une jurisprudence “très claire à ce sujet : une autorisation temporaire ne peut excéder six mois et suppose une étude d’impact qui là n’a pas été produite”, affirme M. Gatet, juriste de l’association.Une plainte contre Areva Le recours déposé hier à Limoges vise donc à ramener l’autorisation à la durée légale de six mois. “Je pense que dans cette affaire, nous avons toujours pris toutes nos responsabilités. Nous nous sommes appuyés sur une circulaire visant à gérer les situations d’urgence”, a indiqué à une correspondante de l’AFP Henri Jean, le secrétaire général de la préfecture.Sources et Rivières du Limousin indique par ailleurs avoir déposé une plainte au pénal contre Areva. Selon M. Gatet, l’entreprise n’a pas respecté ses engagements puisque “à peine 50% des résidus incriminés ont été déplacés” de Compreignac à Bellezane.Le 14 septembre 2011 à 18:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgKolaiyuthir Kaalam, Khamoshi and Game OverCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookActress Taapsee Pannu are gearing up to lock horns with Nayanthara (Nayantara) as their movies Game Over and Kolaiyuthir Kaalam will clash with each other at the box office.Nayanthara and Taapsee Pannu are two most popular actresses from south. Both of them will be seen playing lead roles in female centric films like Kolaiyuthir Kaalam and Game Over. Surprisingly, both the movies are released on July 14 and there will be a big clash among them at the box office. They are likely to eat away each other’s shares.Game Over is a suspense thriller, which is written and directed by Ashwin Saravanan. This is also a bilingual film made and released in Telugu and Tamil with the same title. Taapsee Pannu is playing the female lead in the film, which is produced jointly by Y NOT Studios and Reliance Entertainment.On the other hand, Kolaiyuthir Kaalam is a also mystery thriller film, which is directed by Chakri Toleti. The movie revolves around the story of a young woman with a speech disability, who finds herself stranded in a mansion haunted by a series of gruesome killings. She witnesses murderer lurking in the shadows. How she saves herself from becoming a victim forms the crux of the film.Nayanthara has played speech-impaired woman in Kolaiyuthir Kaalam and it promos have grabbed many eyeballs. When compared to two other movies, this film has bigger response and viewership on the social media. Nayan has proved herself to be the lady superstar with back-to-back success of his women-oriented movies released in recent years. It is likely to lead the race at the box office.last_img read more

first_imgLeaders and activists of the Jatiya Oikya Front join the rally in Sylhet on Wednesday. Photo: Anis MahmudJatiya Oikya Front began its maiden rally at the Registry Field in Sylhet to mobilise public support in favour of the alliance’s seven-point demand, including holding the 11th parliamentary polls under a non-party administration, reports UNB.The rally activities started around 2pm on Wednesday with recitation from the holy Quran and holy Gita. Sylhet city mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury is presiding over the rally.Kamal Hossain will address the rally as the chief guest while BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir as the main speaker.Sylhet district unit general secretary Abu Kaher Chowdhury Shamim was the first speaker of the rally.It is the first political programme of the new alliance of four parties–BNP, Gano Forum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) and Nagorik Oaky– since its formation on 13 October.Before the start of the rally, the senior leaders of the Oikya Front visited the Shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R), Shah Paran (R) and the grave of General MAG Osmani, and offered fateha there on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.Several hundred leaders and activists of the party holding placards, banners and portraits of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting chairman Tarique Rahman started thronging the rally venue since noon. They chanted various slogans demanding Khaleda’s release from jail.Huge law enforcers have been deployed in the city and around the rally venue to maintain law and order.The Oikya Front’s seven-point demand includes installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution the election commission, release of all political prisoners, deployment of army and cancellation of the move to use electronic voting machine (EVM) for holding the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.After the Sylhet Rally, Oikya Front is scheduled to hold another such programme at Laldighi Maidan in Chattogram city on 27 October. However, they alliance did not yet get permission for the rally.last_img read more

first_imgSource = roomsXML Niche, Focus and Diversify – Evolving your Travel BusinessConflicting ideas may be required to find the next thing in your travel business “If you have a heart attack, do you go to a GP or to a heart specialist?”It was a tag line we used for a bit;  It works nicely as a concept – this is what we do and what we do well.  But, we have clients who argue they are too busy to shop around for best price , especially when they need added services, so diversification seems to make sense. What would it cost us to diversify? But is that who we are? What’s the risk reward?I’ve seen some great focus and specialization over time, but one I will pick for a few reasons to highlight the “unknown unknowns”. Marcus Falay ran Fairy Chimney successfully for many years. With the Gallipoli centenary looming, Marcus saw an opportunity to scale up his offering by chartering an entire cruise vessel for Anzac Day 2015. He did and did well, nearly filling the boat, with a stack of accommodation and supporting ground services booked.From there the business specialised and focused on Turkey, taking a strong line of not pushing other destinations.  Business grew, Marcus moved the family over to Turkey for a year or two of change to strengthen the wholesale links and business processes and all was great.One day on the news were the first reports of trouble brewing and before anyone knew it, Turkey was embroiled in the Syria conflict.  Business dried up as fear took hold.  War is not good for business in tourism.So what was the mistake? None.  Focus on your strengths, grow business, war is a total unknown.  But can you protect against a niche focus falling over?  No you can’t; you may find yourself undergoing a reinvention for reasons outside of your control.So what’s the answer?  First of all re-define the question; how can you insulate against unknown unknowns? In other words, what can you do to ease the peaks and troughs in business.With this mindset then comes the planning.  The bills you pay today are done so through cash from a few weeks ago, which came from a booking three months ago which resulted from a strategy from 2 years before.  This means thinking about today, next week, this month, this quarter, this year and then over the horizon.The answer then highlights an opportunity for agents; refine the processes in your business for creating a niche.  It may be as simple as the templates for marketing collateral through to how you identify opportunities and apply resources to them. A niche or specialised service is mostly a packaging of just the right products and service.  How cost effectively you deliver is largely bound by product wholesale costs and your process of getting a product to market.Good process means the entry costs for creating a new product offering lowers significantly and begins to increase the flexibility with which you can offer a range of diversified niche services. Yes, through diversification, which flies in the face of being a specialist.  Diversification makes it extremely hard to deliver a focused message and stand out.  Being everything to everyone is pretty hard to pull off.Don’t do it all at once.Improved process gives you the ability to diversify your niche offerings as they are needed so whilst you are working for today, you are rolling something out for next month, which will generate revenue in a few months time and let you pay for something next year. Meanwhile, you have something up your sleeve ready for activation. Or Killing off – whichever comes first!The saying “the best plan falls apart when the bullets start flying” (or something like that) rings true for business; planning 2 years in advance is tricky, but generating potential ideas and stacking them up ready to fit into a work schedule makes great sense.Like a holiday. roomsXML – More Suppliers, Hot Deals www.roomsxml.com learn more about roomsXML.com herelast_img read more

first_imgAugust 21 , 2018 PRESS RELEASESouth Africa – South Africa’s apple and pear production is down by more than 20% year-on-year as a result of drought conditions which will impact the amount of Tru-Cape fruit available on supermarket shelves.For Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, the largest exporter of South African apples and pears, into more than 104 countries, this campaign – The Tru-Cape Quest promotion – follows a successful campaign five years ago when hail severely damaged crops and pockmarked fruit. Then, Tru-Cape’s #UglyPretty campaign asked supermarkets and end consumers to look beyond the superficial appeal of the fruit towards the goodness that lay beneath.Marketing Director of Tru-Cape, Conrad Fick explains: “Here too, there is a need brought about by the impact of the severe drought in the Western Cape. As there is a shortage of fruit available in the market we are incentivising our customers to make the extra effort to find Tru-Cape apples and pears even when stocks are more limited than usual.” The Tru-Cape campaign takes place from August 24 to the end of September and incentivises customers to search for the fruit in stores and photograph themselves with the fruit and hash-tag #staytruetotrucape and #trucapequest. “Entrants could win a R10 000 gift voucher or one of two R5000 gift vouchers. One of three iPad Air 2’s with branded covers are also up for grabs. There will  be spot prizes of 100 Tru-Cape Kidz soft toy sets for entrants,” Fick explains.Tru-Cape commissioned interactive agency, Red Cherry to create a new television commercial and digital campaign to raise awareness and with a call to action. “We have used radio to support this campaign as well as limited print advertising but also linked the campaign to our first-of-the-kind game app, Fruit-Full, that educates players about the challenging process of producing, packing and marketing fruit.“A separate competition that will run on Fruit-Full. Entrants stand a chance to win one of five iPad Air 2’s. To enter they need to download Fruit-Full, link it to Facebook and enter the code TruQuest in the game. To double their chances of winning they can enter the barcode of product purchased,” he says.According to Fick, the campaign intrinsics will be entrenched through in-store tastings in 50 supermarkets like Checkers, Food Lover’s Markets and selected Spar stores and grocers. “The store environment is the touch point where we will be able to measure if our efforts to continue our market-leadership position, despite reduced volume and the concomitant risks that of out-of-sight-out-of-mind brings, have succeeded.”Fick ends on a sobering note: “We are incentivising our customers and rewarding them for making the special effort. If the campaign doesn’t translate into sustained sales then the following years’ harvests become at risk – all growers are faced with making economic decisions whether to reinvest and replant or not. The pressures on growers in our current economic and political climate are already so great that growers need all the support we can offer them.”center_img You might also be interested inlast_img read more

first_imgOfficials expect no problems in the supply of electricity in Cyprus, despite high temperatures during the summer season.According to Christakis Hadjilaou, the Deputy Spokesman for the Transmission System Operator Cyprus (TSO) the demand for electricity ranges between 900 and 1.000 MW.Speaking to CNA today, Hadjilaou assured that “at present, there is sufficient energy supply and there is no problem”. Both the TSO and the Cyprus Electricity Authority are ready to tackle any problems that might arise, he added.As locals depart for their summer vacations, the TSO Deputy Spokesman says he expects a decrease in demand, estimated at around 10%. At the same time, Hadjilaou says holiday resorts in Cyprus will not face any shortages, despite soaring tourist arrivals. “There is sufficient supply, both in the transmission and in the production system, we will not face any problems” he notes.Energy consumption in August remains within “predictable” levels, as temperatures range between 37 and 38 degrees Celsius. This is 20% lower than last month’s consumption, when Cyprus was faced with a heat wave, Hadjilaou observed. In July, consumption reached its peak at 1.100 MW, he said.Asked if there was any request from Cyprus’ Turkish-occupied areas for the supply of electricity, Hadjilaou said no such request has been made. He said however that the network is interconnected and can accommodate the flow of electricity both ways, if the occasion arises.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more