Moroccos Football Team Loses 5 Spots in FIFA Ranking Now 46th

Rabat – After FIFA ranked Morocco’s national football team 41st in June, Herve Renard’s team dropped five spots to 46th. The Atlas Lions are paying a high price for their early exit in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Despite a solid performance in the global competition, the national team have not maintained their rank, especially after two defeats against Iran and Portugal and a draw against Spain in the World Cup. At the African level, Morocco has the fifth best national football team, behind both Tunisia and Senegal (24), the Republic of Congo (37), and Ghana (45).The national team is also the third among Arab nations, behind Tunisia and Egypt (65). The 2018 World Cup champion, France, has gained first place for the first time since 2001. Les Bleus are followed by Belgium (2), Brazil (3), Croatia (4), Uruguay (5), England (6), Portugal (7), Switzerland (8), and Spain and Denmark both in 9th. To earn a better spot in the next FIFA ranking, the Moroccan team will have to prove its worth in the qualification games of the 2019 CAN. Mehdi Benatia, team captain, and his teammates will play against Malawi September 8, Comoros on October 10, and Cameroon on November 17. read more

Junior hockey team sets sights on Langton

Junior hockey is set to return to the Langton Arena.Members of the Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League are negotiating with Norfolk’s community services department for ice time in Langton.The Do Paco family of Mississauga owns the Langton Royals and is recruiting players from Canada, the United States, Europe and Russia.“We want to be competitive in our first year,” coach and general manager Jason Do Paco said Wednesday.“We’re not going to ice a team just to lose. We want to be competitive for the league championship by Year 3.”The CPJHL is a junior development league for players 16 to 20 years of age that also makes room for elite 15-year-olds.The CPJHL offers a second chance to players who were passed over in the major Jr. A draft and who have dreams of playing professional one day.The CPJHL also develops the skills of players who are angling for post-secondary scholarships at American and Canadian universities and colleges.Bill Cridland, Norfolk’s general manager of community services, says county staff is discussing ice-time commitments in Langton with the Royals.“We’ve made it very clear that our historic hockey teams and figure skaters have priority and that they will have to work around that,” Cridland told Norfolk council this week.“Right now they’re just asking a lot of questions.”Cridland said Norfolk County learned a lesson in 2016 when a team from a similar league – the Norfolk Vikings – folded in Simcoe with unpaid ice time on the books. Cridland said that “left a bit of a scar” and that staff will be careful this time to ensure the county isn’t left holding the bag in Langton.Cridland said the Royals would like to a make dressing-room modifications and have their distinctive logo painted at centre ice. Cridland said the club’s demands haven’t been excessive and that staff is hearing them out.“So far, the owners seem to be above board,” Cridland said.According to the CPJHL website, other teams preparing for the 2019-2020 season include the Maniwaki Mustangs, the Muskoka Anglers, the Scarborough-Wexford Raiders, the Seaforth Generals, the Shawville Express and the Smith Falls Settlers.When the season begins this fall, the Royals intend to ice a 25-man roster that includes three goalies. Do Paco said five Russians, two Americans, and a player from Germany have signed on to play.Do Paco said some billets have been secured in the Langton area but that the club will need more.The owner of the team is Jason’s father Joe Do Paco. Club treasurer is his mother Almiranda.Jason Do Paco, 34, says he played junior hockey in Streetsville, Oakville and Milton. He added that he also skated with the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the East Coast Hockey League and the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League.“On the ice, we hope to bring Langton a hard-working, competitive and entertaining hockey team,” Do Paco says on the CPJHL website. “We want to give our fans something worth coming out to and supporting.“Hard work and dedication lead to success and our players won’t fall short on either. We will push to be the best team we can be and are hopeful to start our first year out strong.“As for our Langton minor hockey fans, they can look forward to some exciting new professional training coming to their barn. As coach, myself — along with the Royals players — are working closely with Langton minor hockey to provide a free on-ice skill development program.“This is the Royals’ way of giving back to minor hockey.”The Royals will host a free ball hockey tournament in Langton June 15. This will be an opportunity for the players and their managers to introduce themselves to the community.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Husky Energy gearing up to explore for oil in the Northwest Territories

Husky Energy gearing up to explore for oil in the Northwest Territories by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 24, 2012 12:46 pm MDT CALGARY – Husky Energy Inc. said Tuesday it’s gearing up for a winter exploration program in a relatively new oil play in the Northwest Territories.Planning is underway for continued evaluation of its Slater River project late this year and early next year, the Calgary-based company (TSX:HSE) said as it released its second-quarter results.“This is early days. We will have a better sense of this resource after we do our winter exploration plan this upcoming season,” CEO Asim Ghosh said on a conference call.“It’s a sequential process and results are being assessed, but there’s much work still to do. In parallel we are continuing consultation with community and officials.”Husky is seeking regulatory approval to build an all-weather access road and other infrastructure in the remote region, as well as further evaluate two vertical wells it drilled last winter.Also Tuesday, Husky said weaker commodity prices dragged down its second-quarter net earnings.The Calgary-based firm reported profits of $431 million, or 43 cents per share, which was above expectations of 38 cents per share, according to a survey of analysts by Thomson Reuters.A year ago, the company posted earnings of $669 million, or 71 cents per share.Gross revenues declined to $5.63 billion from $6.04 billion in the comparable period. Analysts expected revenues of nearly $6.1 billion.Production declined to 282,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day from 312,000 barrels.“It’s been another steady-as-she-goes quarter. The results this quarter showed our continued focus on executing against all of the elements of our plan,” Ghosh told the conference call.Having refinery interests in the U.S. and Canada helped cushion Husky against swings in oil prices. While it makes less money producing the oil, it makes up for it with lower input costs at its refineries.“Our focused integration strategy has once again proved its value in helping shield us from a volatile market and the high location discounts that we’ve been seeing in Canada,” said Ghosh.Husky, controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing, produces oil and gas in Western Canada, off Canada’s east coast and in southeast Asia.The first 60,000-barrel-per-day phase of its Sunrise oilsands project is under construction. The $2.5-billion project, part of a joint-venture with BP PLC, is slated to start up in 2014.Work on its Liwan natural gas field in the South China Sea is also progressing, with a projected 2013 or 2014 startup.Husky had contemplated spinning off its southeast Asian properties into a new publicly traded company, but ultimately decided in late 2010 to keep the high-growth assets in its portfolio.Husky also has interests in BP-operated refineries in the United States, and a chain of Husky-branded fuel retail outlets in Canada.Husky shares dipped 44 cents to $24.68 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version reported incorrect year-ago earnings figures read more

Why the US economy isnt quite the weakling Trump says it is

Why the US economy isn’t quite the weakling Trump says it is by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2016 1:25 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, file photo shows a diesel tank at the former Ormet plant in Hannibal, Ohio. For decades, the plant was a major employer in the area, but it closed in 2014, crushed by Chinese competition. Feeling betrayed by mainstream politicians, workers in the area are embracing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his tough talk on trade. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File) WASHINGTON – The United States isn’t exactly the economic doormat Donald Trump decries in his campaign rhetoric.“Our country is in deep trouble,” Trump said in Monday night’s debate with Hillary Clinton.“We are in a competition with the world, and I want America to win,” he said in a speech last month. “We don’t win anymore.”The U.S. economy does face serious challenges: An aging workforce, low worker productivity, still-sluggish growth, stagnant pay and a steady loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs — a loss that’s brought pain to many American communities.But the facts don’t bear out Trump’s assertion that the United States has become a global weakling, an economic pushover exploited by its competitors. Whether measured by its pace of expansion, job gains, financial might, global competitiveness or sheer size, the U.S. economy remains the envy of much of the developed world.“Over the past 10 years, the U.S. has done better than pretty much any other advanced country, certainly the European competitors,” says Daron Acemoglu, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Consider:— The United States ranked third out of 140 countries in the World Economic Forum’s economic competitiveness rankings, just behind Switzerland and Singapore. China comes in 28th, Japan sixth and Germany fourth. (The report evaluates countries’ policies and institutions — in such areas as education, health care and finance — to see whether they make the economy more efficient and contribute to prosperity.)— Though Trump complained Monday about America’s “regulations on top of regulations,” the U.S. ranked No. 7 out of 189 countries in the World Bank’s “ease of doing business” survey. By contrast, China, the world’s second-largest economy after the United States, was No. 84.— The United States has outpaced other advanced nations collectively for each of the past four years and likely will do so again in 2016, according to the International Monetary Fund.— American employers have added jobs for a record 71 consecutive months and added a robust average of 204,000 a month over the past year. Unemployment has sunk to 4.9 per cent — essentially what economists call full employment. The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid has been fewer than 300,000 for 81 straight weeks. It’s the longest such streak since 1970, when the labour force was only about half as big as it is now.“Among developed nations, the U.S. is the best performer by far,” says Sung Won Sohn, an economist at California State University Channel Islands.Some of Trump’s specific complaints don’t hold up to scrutiny. He has asserted that “the United States has the highest business tax rates among the major industrialized nations.” On paper, the corporate tax rate — 35 per cent — does look onerous. But few corporations actually pay that rate because they capitalize on deductions, credits and loopholes in the tax code. Take those into account, and the effective U.S. corporate tax rate is around 27 per cent, in line with global averages.Still, Trump’s message resonates in Rust Belt communities that have lost industrial plants and in Southern mill towns whose garment factories have vanished along with jobs. Since 1979, the United States has lost over 7 million manufacturing jobs, though factory employment has risen slightly since bottoming in 2010.Trump blames unfair competition from China, Japan, Mexico and other countries for the devastation. But in many cases, advances in technology are the biggest factor in the job losses: Robots and other machines allow factories to produce more with fewer people.Machines that use increasingly sophisticated technology reduce the incentive for companies to go overseas in search of cheap labour. So some companies have been bringing jobs back to the United States.The Reshoring Initiative, a non-profit that lobbies manufacturers to bring jobs back to the United States, says companies were moving an average 220,000 jobs a year to other countries a decade ago, after subtracting jobs that returned to the U.S. or were created by foreign investment. Now, it says, the number of jobs being taken abroad is roughly offset by jobs being brought back or created by foreign investment.What’s more, China, which Trump argues is outfoxing the U.S. on trade, is losing its cost advantage.“Rapidly rising real wages indicate that the end of cheap labour in China is at hand” a report this year by economists David Autor of MIT, David Dorn at the University of Zurich and Gordon Hanson of the University of California, San Diego concluded.Sohn says the biggest long-term threat to the United States is its inability to live within its means. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that the federal debt — excluding what agencies borrow from each other — will climb from $14.1 trillion this year to $23.1 trillion in 2026 as baby boomers retire and tap Social Security and Medicare. The debt reflects years of annual budget deficits — the gap between what the government spends and what it collects in taxes.On Monday, Trump promised to deliver the biggest tax cuts “since Ronald Reagan.”The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimates that Trump’s proposals would add $5.3 trillion to the federal debt over the next decade, versus $200 billion for Hillary Clinton’s plans.“We’re on a dangerous path,” Sohn says.If Trump were elected, he said, the deficits likely “would go up significantly, which would make the situation worse.”___Follow Paul Wiseman on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PaulWisemanAP read more

Transport News Brief – Monday 17 September 2007

Transport News Brief Week 38, Monday 17 September 2007 New 25,000 litre tanker for Cooke The Samuel Cooke Group just added its fourth Daf CF 85 eight-wheel tanker to its 24 strong fleet. The family-run fuel distribution firm will use the new truck to deliver Derv and Gasoil to customers in the north of England from depots in Burnley, Barnsley and at Ellesmere Port. Road Tankers Northern Limited of Barnsley built the 25,000 litre, five-compartment tank and fitted its new tank-top, air-operated safety rail. This extends the full length of the tank on both sides. Once raised the handrail automatically locks into position and allows access to the top of the tank. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or drowlands@automotivepr.com Dennis improves Elite Dennis Eagle says it plans more improvements to its Elite 2 refuse truck. These will affect both the chassis and low-entry cab and should appear on vehicles delivered from October. The firm also says it will deliver Canbus-equipped and Volvo-powered Euro 5 models later this year. Nick Swift, the firm’s chief engineer says the aim is to position the new cab as one of the best across the entire commercial vehicle industry. The engine change will bring two different power ratings, 290 and 320 hp and a cold start option to cope with temperatures as low as -25° C More from Roberta Manca on +44 (0)1 926 458 538 roberta.manca@dennis-eagle.co.uk EC acts on repair information The European Commission has delivered legally binding decisions that require DaimlerChrysler, Fiat, General Motors and Toyota to provide technical information to all independent car repairers in the EU. More from Esther Martin-Ortega on +44 (0)2 073 449 264 or emartin-ortega@smmt.co.uk Massey moves to Bremskerl Bremskerl, which says it is one of Europe’s premier friction companies just appointed Ray Massey as account manager CV aftermarket. His brief is to handle existing and find new accounts for the firm’s range of disc pads and brake linings. More from Ray Massey on +44 (0)7 912 614 145 or ray.massey@bremskerl.uk.com Premium Landers for Wright Minimix Business is growing for Bristol-based ready mixed concrete and concrete pump supplier, Wright Minimix Ltd, so it just got a 26 tonne rated Renault Premium Lander 6×4 and has another on order. The new truck has a nine tonne front axle and chassis-mounted Sermac concrete boom pump, the first concrete pump mounted on a Premium Lander in the UK. Ultranazz in Italy did the bodywork and Renault Trucks South West did the deal. The next Premium Lander will be Wright’s first Renault mixer fitted with weighing equipment. More from Penny Randall on +44 (0)1 582 479 619 or penny.randall@renault-trucks.com Edwards moves to Pendragon Wayne Edwards has joined Pendragon PLC from JDS Trucks Manchester where he was managing director. Based at Pendragon’s Pudsey office, Edwards is now responsible for a string of truck and van dealerships across the North of England and Midlands, as national franchise director for commercial vehicles. The franchises include Daf, Iveco, LDV, MAN and Hino. Pendragon says it is the world’s largest car dealer group and Edward’s move suggests it has ambitious plans for its UK commercial vehicle businesses too. More from Wayne Edwards on +44 (0)1 132 571 701 or wayne.edwards@pendragon.com Foot-and-mouth hits Scottish hauliers The Road Haulage Association says Scottish operators are struggling to cope with the combined effects of the foot-and-mouth outbreak in August and the latest one. The RHA says that it is not just farmers that suffer financial penalties and wants help for livestock hauliers forced to a standstill but still facing big bills. More from Kate Gibbs on +44 (0)1 932 838 917 or kate.gibbs@rha.net Tis-Web on-line tacho analysis service growing Siemens VDO says its Tis-Web on-line tachograph data management service is growing very healthily in the 18 months since its launch. The service now has over 2,000 customers, ranging from big-name firms to small hauliers. “The advantage is that the management and back-up of the software is our responsibility,” says Peter Needham, Siemens VDO product manager, digital tachograph. “It offers simple, secure and cost-effective data management and the Tis-Web Starter Kit, at £295 + VAT, is ideal for fleets that want to analyse digital tachograph and driver card data and meet future legal requirements to archive data. The kit comprises a Download key, Smart Card Reader and TIS-Web and allows downloaded then moved to the Siemens VDO TIS-Web account. “We launched the very first on-line analysis service four years ago so we’ve more experience than most.” More from Lisa McCauley on +44 (0)1 213 261 162 or lisa.mccauley@siemens.com Reach could stop your business Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation (and Restriction – but that would spoil the acronym) of Chemicals is a European Regulation which came into force in the EU in June 2007 “Importantly, it is not just for the chemicals sector but affects most businesses,” says Rob Walker, technical manager for the SMMT. “Ignore it and it could stop production. Almost all firms and suppliers have obligations under Reach, whether they make goods in the EU or import them.” Firms need to register the substances they use, for their own and their customer’s uses. They also have to tell the supply chain about the risks. “The scale of this is enormous -we’ve identified around 1,500 chemicals in everyday use that Reach will affect. But help is at hand – the Automotive Industry Guideline on Reach at www.smmt.co.uk/reach will help you cope” Walker says firms need to act now. “Leaving this one to the last minute could be a very expensive mistake”. More from Rob Walker on +44 (0)2 073 441 624 or rwalker@smmt.co.uk Reach seminar The SMMT is co-sponsor of another seminar on the implications of Reach (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) the wide-ranging EU Directive on that EU in June 2007. The event is on Monday 22 October at Gaydon, just off the M40’s junction 12. “This aims to show how firms can comply with the Reach regulation”, says Rob Walker, technical manager at the SMMT. Importantly, it will also help explain the implications for your customers and suppliers, and people do need to start planning now for what is a very wide-ranging change. It’s best to work on the basis that your business will be affected; that way, any surprises may be pleasant ones.” The costs is £30, with free seats for some small and medium size firms and the deadline for applications via the link at www.smmt.co.uk/reach is Thursday 18 October.. More from Rob Walker on +44 (0)2 073 441 624 or rwalker@smmt.co.uk Fuel economy wins Downton deal for Renault Renault Trucks says successful fuel trials won it a six-truck deal with storage and distribution firm Dowton. Three new Euro 4 Renault Premium 450 three-axle tractors have started work for the company on a contract with UK pet store chain, Pets at Home, with three Euro 5 models on order. The trucks join a 300 strong fleet, ranging from vans to 44 tonne trucks, working for customers including Dairy Crest, Dyson, GlaxoSmithKline, IPC Media and Tesco. Renault Trucks’ dealer Staffordshire CV did the business. More from Penny Randall on +44 (0)1 582 479 619 or penny.randall@renault-trucks.com Whole Vehicle Type Approval seminars and survey The Department of Transport and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders are working together to run a series of 12 seminars over the next two weeks to help people understand the wide-ranging effects of the forthcoming EU-wide whole vehicle type approval laws. “Vehicle makers, dealers, body-builders, customers and fleet management and financial outfits all need to understand the implications,” says Robin Dickeson, manager, commercial vehicle affairs at the SMMT and one of the speakers at the seminar series. “The DfT has done a good job making the proposed new rules more user-friendly, particularly for smaller firms, but too few people have woken up to reality.” The seminars are free and will combine with a survey to help decide what resources DfT will need for approval services. “There are still places at some of these, particularly on Thursday 27 September at Warwick. So if you haven’t signed up, this is a great opportunity to find out more – don’t miss it. The regime law will start to change the way people work much sooner than most think.” More from Elaine Morrison on +44 (0)1 317 184 065 or elaine.morrison@geronimocommunications.com Imperial Commercials ‘at home’ in Peterborough Imperial Commercials of Fengate, Peterborough will open its doors open on September 27-29. “For anyone involved in driving or running trucks this is an ideal opportunity. Drop in anytime between 8 am and 6 pm over the three days,” says Steve Affleck, general manager. He says the biggest attractions will be the new Hino 300 Series 5.5, 6.5 and 7.5 tonne light trucks, the Hino 700 Series models, and the new MAN TGX and TGS trucks, making their debuts on the open days. “Families will be especially welcome on the Saturday.” More from Filomena Baker on + (0)1 733 560 591 or filomena.baker@imperialcommercials.co.uk Travis Perkins takes SmartDrive Travis Perkins PLC, the leading supplier to the UK building and construction industry, has fitted some of its UK fleet with the SmartDrive system. The firm has chosen fit the safety systems on a pilot basis to trucks run by home improvement retailers Wickes, a wholly owned subsidiary. Funded by Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, which is working with SmartDrive in the UK, the project aims to offer ‘leading edge fleet risk solutions’ to its clients. “This is SmartDrive’s second project with Mitsui in the UK. Our joint approach to improve commercial fleet safety is really taking hold with progressive and safety conscious fleet operators in the UK, such as Travis Perkins,” according to Scott Raske, managing director for SmartDrive in Europe. More from Scott Raske on +44 (0)7 950 418 938 or scott.raske@smartdrive.net More cash for van driver training The UK government says it wants to spend an extra £1.2m to help train the nation’s three million or more van drivers in greener, safer driving techniques, through its Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving scheme. More from Esther Martin-Ortega on +44 (0)2 073 449 264 or emartin-ortega@smmt.co.uk Environment Committee wants technology rather than use to cut CO2 The European Parliament’s Environment committee just voted to demand vehicle makers use technology alone to cut car and van CO2 emissions to 120g/km by 2012. The committee seems to have rejected vehicle makers’ arguments that driving style and use patterns be taken into account in tackling emissions. More from Esther Martin-Ortega on +44 (0)2 073 449 264 or emartin-ortega@smmt.co.uk First Group cuts absence by 20% and saves more than £400,000 Bus operator First London says it has cut sickness absence by 20%, saving over £400,000, with help from Active Health Partners. A pilot scheme for all staff started in June 2006, with people asked to call AHP’s nursing team if unwell. The team gives immediate medical advice and logs the details of an absence spell. AHP runs an online database to detail sickness-absence trends and provides online return-to-work interview forms, which managers must complete after each of their team’s absence. The scheme proved such a success that First London & Berkshire has done a long-term deal with AHP and First Group is may now use it for other firms in the group. More from Natasha Jane on +44 (0)2 072 402 444 or natasha@stormcom.co.uk Marshalls fit Tiss anti-siphon to cut fuel spills Marshalls of Butterwick has fitted its 40 strong fleet with ‘Impregnable’ anti-siphon devices from Tiss Security Systems to help cut the environmental risks of fuel spills. “With re-fuelling facilities on site, we’ve a constant stream of trucks filling up,” says Jim Thackray, transport manager. “There is a risk of diesel spills and we have a nearby water source could be contaminated.” Thackray says that the firm is very jealous of its environmental record “The Tiss Impregnable has a unique float-valve that means it is impossible to overfill the tank and so helps us protect the water source in particular and the environment in general.” More from Matthew Rose on +44 (0)1 253 400 401 or matthew.rose@tissltd.com SMMT aims to help UK auto firms compete The SMMT says this year’s Supplier Campus event includes seminars that should show how smaller firms in the UK automotive industry can get to a globally competitive standard. “The seminars aim to show how major automotive companies in the approach competitiveness,” says Steve Elvin, for the SMMT. “The techniques they use apply to all areas of manufacturing and the seminars give an introduction to the vital areas of lean and agile manufacturing, employee involvement and customer satisfaction.” The SMMT’s Supplier Campus is part of the Manufacturer Live event in Coventry on 17 and 18 October. “You can register on-line at www.themanufacturer.com/live,” says Elvin. More from Steve Elvin on +44 (0)2 073 441 665 or selvin@smmt.co.uk Alexander Dennis wants £3.5m to build clean-air bus Falkirk-based bus builder Alexander Dennis Limited hopes to get hybrid buses on trial in London in 2008. The firm is working on a series-hybrid system, using a small diesel running at a near-constant speed to generate power and drive a single electric motor, making a big cut to emissions per kilometre. The final system will use regenerative braking to capture, store and use enough energy to cut emissions much further. Alexander Dennis also hopes for £3.5m from Scottish Enterprise to help complete the project. More from Bill Simpson on +44 (0)1 483 571 271 or bill.simpson@alexander-dennis.com New standards to manage truck driver fatigue. Australia’s National Transport Commission wants stakeholder views on competency standards for forthcoming Basic Fatigue Management and Advanced Fatigue Management schemes. The standards clarify the skills and knowledge for drivers and schedulers to deliver safe working practices. More from www.ntc.gov.au Telematics helps Seven win Sealey deal East Anglia-based tool and parts supplier Sealey Power Products just ordered seven vans and four trucks from Seven Asset Management. The Ipswich-based fleet management and contract hire firm says the seven Mercedes Sprinters and four Daf 7.5 tonne trucks will go to work in late 2007 and early 2008. They join Sealey’s 30 strong fleet and will help deliver over 5,000 product lines to a nationwide dealer network. Robert Sealey, logistics director said Seven won the deal because of its telematics-based fleet management, real-time vehicle communications and tracking package. More from Steve Cole on +44 (0)1 473 261 777 or steve.cole@sevenasset.co.uk More ideas on climate change from CfIT In a big report on climate change, The Commission for Integrated Transport says it wants new car CO2 emissions pegged at 100g/km by 2020 across the EU, along with other measures to help tackle the problem. These include tax incentives, the promotion of public transport and greener driving techniques. More from Esther Martin-Ortega on +44 (0)2 073 449 264 or emartin-ortega@smmt.co.ukClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Germanys Weidle fastest in training for World Cup downhills in Lake Louise

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Kira Weidle of Germany was fastest in training Wednesday for the season-opening World Cup women’s downhill.Weidle posted a time of one minute 49.26 seconds in Lake Louise, Alta., where the women will race downhills Friday and Saturday and a super-G on Sunday.Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria was second .59 seconds back of Weidle. Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec, who swept both downhills in 2016, was third in 1:50.05.Defending overall World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. finished eighth.Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., was the top Canadian in 41st.American ski star Lindsey Vonn will not race in Lake Louise, where she has won 18 career World Cups, because of injuries sustained in a training crash.The Canadian Press

Call to the hall 11 former Buckeyes inducted into OSU Athletics Hall

The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame welcomed a new, 11-member class, which included two Super Bowl champions and four total football players, during two separate ceremonies Friday evening at the Ohio Union. Headlining the list of inductees was Bobby Watkins, the first black football recruit in OSU history and a running back from 1952 to 1954. Watkins, who split time during interviews by sharing stories of his time as a Buckeye playing under late, former coach Woody Hayes and reciting Robert Burns poetry, was visibly emotional as he discussed his days at OSU. “I thought I was a very, very fortunate young man to be able to play at Ohio State,” Watkins said. “(Ohio State) said ‘We’d like to have you,’ and of course, I was elated. And the rest was history.” The football contingent of hall of fame inductees was rounded out by offensive lineman Orlando Pace and safety Mike Doss who donned the Scarlet and Gray from 1994 to 1996 and 1999 to 2002, respectively. “I was sitting at home and they called me out of the blue,” said Pace, a member of the 199 Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams. “I was excited. I really enjoyed those three years (at OSU) and being a part of this great university.” Doss, a member of both the 2002 consensus national champion Buckeyes and Super Bowl XLI champion Indianapolis Colts teams, agreed. “It’s truly a blessing,” he said. “I feel humbled. I feel elated. I’m enjoying this and it is something that I will always cherish.” The late Leo Raskowski was also honored on Friday. Raskowski played tackle for the Buckeyes from 1926 to 1928 and passed away in 1952 after losing his battle with a lung illness. Other male inductees included gymnast Raj Bhavsar and wrestler Mitch Clark, who attended OSU from 2000 to 2003 and 1994 to 1998, respectively. The female induction ceremony saw golfer Kristen White, rower Didi Albrecht, softball’s Stacy Roth, track and field hammer-thrower Katy Craig and pistol team member Jessica Marshall honored as well. White led OSU women’s golf from 2002 to 2005 and was a two-time Big Ten player of the year. Albrecht helped the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships while rowing for the university from 2002 to 2005. Albrecht is currently an assistant coach for OSU’s rowing team. Roth played softball for the Buckeyes from 1999 to 2002 and was a two-time MVP for OSU. Craig was a three-time All-American and a four-time Big Ten champion during her stay in Columbus from 1999 to 2002. Marshall was a 12-time All-American for OSU’s pistol team and helped the team to the 2004 women’s national championship. The 2011 hall of fame class will be introduced at halftime of OSU football’s game against Toledo on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgThe 9 at 9: Friday Here’s what’s happening as we start Friday. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email 11,318 Views Image: Shutterstock/Vankad Friday 10 Feb 2017, 8:00 AM No Comments Image: Shutterstock/Vankad http://jrnl.ie/3232298 EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #BOMBS Three devices found in a vehicle in Naas following a garda search.2. #UPROAR A council house has gone up for private sale for €200k less than what it cost to build.3. #TENDER HUGS Catholic Church has started a new campaign to help couples celebrate Valentine’s Day.4. #OFF THE WALL Drug addict went on a crime spree robbing shops over nine days to feed his habit, a court heard.5. #SAVE THE WHALES Over 400 whales have washed up on a New Zealand beach in one of the largest mass beachings in decades.6. #ELECTED CEO of Swim Ireland Sarah Keane has succeeded Pat Hickey as the head of the Olympic Council of Ireland.7. #SEE YOU IN COURT Trump hits out after his travel ban appeal is dismissed.8. #FRANCE The Eiffel Tower is to get a glass security wall in response to the city’s terror threat.9. #JOBS ANNOUNCEMENT 300 new positions have been announced at professional services company Accenture.Comments have been disabled as legal action in one or more of these stories is ongoing By Garreth MacNamee Short URL Feb 10th 2017, 8:00 AM last_img read more

Two languages are better than one

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Like the public versus private debate, whether or not to attend a bicultural school is another thing to think about when deciding on an education. A bicultural education can reaffirm, support and nurture the linguistic, cultural and religious identity of a student. At a Greek school, such as St Johns College, Alphington Grammar and Oakleigh Grammar in Melbourne, St Andrew’s Grammar in Perth, St George Orthodox College in Adelaide, and All Saints Grammar in Sydney, you learn the three Rs and your Greek identity will be encouraged. But is this necessarily a good thing? In 1984, Anna Frazelas was one of 27 students enrolled at St George College in the first year of the school’s existence. The parents of all 27 students were confident that their children were about to be offered more than an education. “At the time I was enrolled, I lived on the same street as the St George church: I was baptised there and attended the church regularly. My parents liked the idea of a school that incorporated their heritage and religion,” says Anna, adding, “It was the first of its kind in South Australia, it was an opportunity to embrace all of this and support the Greek South Australian community.” The school community and safe environment offered to every student is accentuated in a bicultural school, as the Greek Orthodox community also protects and nurtures the student as well. Anna was one of my classmates when I first went to St George as a year 2 student, right up until I graduated from primary school in year 7. Anna is today, one of my best friends. And it doesn’t matter where and when I see her, my heart lights up for the girl I have know for nearly 30 years. That’s another thing that makes this education unique – the ocmmunity feel and the sense of belonging. That sense of belonging fosters more than lifelong friendships but instils a certain kind of confidence in the student allowing them to grow and access more than an education. Anna says the best thing about having a bicultural education is the “sense of home and warmth associated with growing up with the students at a school that offered more than just an education”. Having the Greek language accessible at school is a definite advantage felt by those who choose a bicultural education. One of the reasons Arianne Lambrineas chose to attend Alphington Grammar, was to be able to study Modern Greek in high school without having to attend extra classes on the weekend. “I never dreaded attending the classes,” explains Arianne of the benefit of learning Modern Greek at school. “It seemed to be more enjoyable and convenient when incorporated with my normal school routine.” The bicultural education promotes all aspects of Greek identity, and it reinforces traditions and cultural events. Anna, John and Arianne all remember attending marches for Greek Independence Day and OXI day, learning traditional Greek dances, going on Greek excursions to museums and galleries, performing at Greek events, and watching Greek movies. Anna remembers “painting eggs and making koulourakia for Easter”. But at the same time, this education offers the opportunity to embrace in debating, school camps, read-a-thons, public speaking and sports days. But the only difference being, at St George College the sports teams are Athens, Olympia, Sparta and Pella. A bicultural education puts you in good stead for the future. It’s a given that every student in Australia will be touched by a culturally rich education. And it’s important to know that Greek Orthodox schools aren’t only accessible to people of Greek heritage, but are open to all. If you look at the current enrolment of all bicultural schools, you will see a trend in cross-cultural education and the diversity of all students of all cultural backgrounds. This is important for schools to move forward, but also provide a well-rounded and culturally rich experience that is unique to education in Australia.last_img read more

Objet Geek du Week End Synchro Digital atil inventé la smartmontre

first_imgObjet Geek du Week End : Synchro Digital a-t-il inventé la smart-montre ?Synchro Digital pourrait bien donner ses lettres de noblesses à la smart-montre…Grâce à la miniaturisation des composants, une montre peut cacher derrière son apparence, un appareil hautement technologique ! Non seulement celle-ci affiche l’heure, comme pour ne pas apparaître trop suspecte, mais elle permet de faire bien des choses encore…À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au rayon des possibilités : un téléphone portable quadribande débloqué car grâce à un port pouvant accueillir une carte SIM. SMS et MMS peuvent donc être échangés directement depuis cette montre. Mais ce n’est pas tout puisqu’elle peut aussi être utilisée en tant que combiné, et pour ne rien enlever à ce qui se sont accoutumés au kit mains libres, il est également possible d’en disposer, grâce à une connexion Bluetooth. Décidément polyvalente, cette montre délogera sans problème votre réveil, et peut être aussi votre téléphone grâce à ses fonctions agenda, organisateur et dictaphone !Le meilleur pour la fin, il sera possible d’enregistrer des vidéos sur carte MicroSD fournie… Grâce à cela, vous pourrez donc visionner des fichiers multimédias ou écouter de la musique et même écouter la radio en FM. Tout un monde autour de son poignet donc.Le 21 avril 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ASAWISHH Signs MOU with Bangladeshi Baking Association

first_imgFrom left to right: ASA/WISHH Asian Division Director Alan F. Poock, BABBMA President Mr. Rafiqul Islam Bhuiyan and Jim Hershey, ASA/WISHH Executive Director, at the MOU signing ceremony.Six bakeries in Bangladesh will learn more on the functional, nutritional and economic benefits of using soy flour in their products. Jim Hershey, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health program’s Executive Director, (ASA/WISHH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Bangladesh Auto Biscuit and Bread Manufacturer’s Association (BABBMA) for the upcoming soy flour Quality Samples Program (QSP).  Each of the bakeries will receive technical assistance on how to use soy flour. The QSP program is funded by USDA and follows a USDA funded soy flour baking demonstration and seminar that held in February 2014.In addition to signing the MOU, Hershey and ASA/WISHH Asian Division Director Alan F. Poock met with Bangladeshi food processing companies, toured an aquaculture feed mill and met with Mr. Syed Hug, Chair of the Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF) on future collaboration opportunities.last_img read more

UPDATE Marijuana grow found in pair of homes

first_imgThe pair of two-story beige houses with perfectly draped white curtains and manicured lawns in the Sunnyside neighborhood belied the illegal drug production that occurred inside.The Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force on Tuesday found 839 live marijuana plants with an estimated value of $1.3 million inside a nearly 4,000-square-foot home at 9915 N.E. 104th St.And in a related raid on Tuesday afternoon, task force detectives said they arrested 38-year-old Sal Sok after he fled a similar home at 10101 N.E. 86th Court in the same neighborhood. Police said they found at least six or seven hundred more pot plants, worth several hundred thousand dollars, growing upstairs in the second home.Sok, who lives in Ridgefield, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing marijuana and diverting electricity around a meter, said Sgt. Pat Moore with the drug task force.Sok’s girlfriend, Sarean Khun, 26, also was arrested for allegedly growing marijuana.Moore said task force detectives went to the second house about 3 p.m., at first with no search warrant, and knocked on the door, but no one answered.last_img read more

Russian Gambling Ring Off the Hook

first_imgRussia’s Prosecutor General’s Office has dropped a case against six organizers of a clandestine gambling ring in the Moscow region that was at the center of a scandal two years ago involving alleged payoffs to senior prosecutors and local police.A request by the defendants for “economic amnesty” was granted by the Investigative Committee and forwarded to the Prosecutor General’s Office. RelatedPosts Load More 6,500 arrested in Thailand for illegal World Cup gamblingcenter_img The Next Frontier The six men were originally charged with running an “illegal business” before new regulations governing illegal gambling appeared after their arrest. Illegal business charges fell under an economic amnesty announced in 2013.But the case against the defendants had all but collapsed not long after they were taken into custody when the Prosecutor General’s Office argued that the arrests were themselves illegal.Charges are still pending in the case public prosecutors accused of providing protection for the operation.last_img read more

Will go by national interest India tells US on Russia deal

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Wednesday told the US that it will go by its national interest while dealing with other countries, including with sanctions-hit Russia from whom New Delhi is procuring S-400 missile defence systems. This was conveyed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to his American counterpart Mike Pompeo during an extensive bilateral meeting in New Delhi. Also Read – Chinmayanand case: Woman tells Supreme Court she wants to stay in Delhi Advertise With Us In a joint press interaction, Pompeo said India is an important partner of the US and that the bilateral ties were reaching new heights. While answering a question on the issue of sanctions under the US’s Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) which may also impact India’s procurement of the S-400 systems from Moscow, Jaishankar said India has relationships with several countries. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “We have many relationships…they have a history. We will do what is in our national interest and part of that strategic partnership is the ability of each country to comprehend and appreciate the national interest of the other,” Jaishankar said. Noting that India-US strategic partnership was based on deep and broad convergence, Jaishankar said discussions with Pompeo were held on key issues including energy and trade as well as on the situation in Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific region.last_img read more

Bigg Boss Marathi 2 contestants plan to party in Goa at Parag

first_imgBigg Boss Marathi 2 contestant Veena Jagtap.PR HandoutBigg Boss Marathi 2 premiered on May 27, 2019 on Colors Marathi, with actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar as the host. And even as viewers of the reality show are just getting familiar with the contestants, the fights have already begun!Contestant Abhijeet Bichukale had been warned for being touchy-feely with female contestants, and his general behaviour has not been appreciated by inmates, although he was made a team leader by Bigg Boss along with contestant Vaishali Mhade. Moreover, there is groupism happening on the show that is just in its second week. Viewers are also shocked with the fight between Vaishali and Veena Jagtap on the one hand and Shiv Thakre And Abhijeet Kelkar on the other.So, it will be good to see some camaraderie also between the contestants on the June 4, 2019 episode of Bigg Boss Marathi 2. Contestants Shiv Thakare, Parag Kanhere, Veena Jagtap and Abhijeet Kelkar are seen having a chat and planning a party in Goa, where Parag is a chef and runs a restaurant.But Veena puts out a point that since Parag’s eatery is in Miramar, Goa, no one can demand for Baga Beach feels. Shiv pulls Parag’s leg by asking if he can be in a towel at Parag’s restaurant, since it’s beach state Goa. He asks, “Tithe gelya war aamhi towel var rahelo tar problem huil na?”Parag replies saying that even if he poses topless, he will take a picture of Shiv and post him as a brand ambassador of his restaurant. Since it’s Goa, it’s okay. Parag quips, “Tikde chalta. Mi tar dhandewahik aahe baba. Zar tu topless bipless var aala na tar mi Magemenos:k (Parag’s hotel) chya board chya ithe photo kadhun ghenar, mhahiti aahe ka. Brand Ambassador – Shiv Thakare.”Veena asks, wasn’t she the brand ambassador? To which Parag replies that there could be different brand ambassadors for male and female customers.Thankfully, even after nominations held last week, there was no elimination on Bigg Boss Marathi 2 on its first weekend. So, all the contestants are ‘safe’ until this Saturday! Seems like this has made the Bigg Boss Marathi 2 contestants cheer up.Bigg Boss Marathi 2 contestant Parag Kanhere.PR Handoutlast_img read more

Fmr Congressman Dellums Named Social Work Cosby Scholar at Howard University

first_imgFormer Congressman, Ronald Dellums.Former member of the U.S. House of Representative and political activist Ronald Dellums was recognized as the 2014-15 William H. Cosby Jr. and Camille O. Hanks Cosby Scholar at Howard University.In his role as the Cosby scholar, Dellums is charged with working with Howard’s faculty and students at the university’s School of Social Work on issues related to social justice and social work topics.During the academic year, Dellums will be based in the E. Franklin Frazier Center and will present a forum titled “The Politics of Ferguson,” in addition to delivering a presentation on poverty among older veterans to the Multidisciplinary Center.“Congressman Dellums will help to stimulate a needed dialogue and direction related to public policy, poverty and social work,” interim Dean of the School of Social Work Sandra Edmonds Crewe said in a statement.Dellums was born and raised in West Oakland, Calif. and attended San Francisco University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree. He received a masters in social work from the University of California, Berkeley.Dellums is noted as a political leader, an avid advocate for peace and social equality, a teacher and the author of several books.  He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 13 terms and served as the mayor of Oakland from 2007 to 2011.last_img read more

Have Heart Will Travel Collettes Impact Tours offer travellers the c

first_imgHave Heart Will Travel: Collette’s Impact Tours offer travellers the chance to make a differenceFollowing the success of its 2017 inaugural Impact Tour to South Africa, leading global tour operator Collette has announced two new itineraries: the 2018 South Africa Impact Tour and the 2019 Costa Rica Impact Tour, which offer travellers the chance to experience the highlights of these exotic destinations, while giving back to communities.“Celebrating 100 years of guided travel this year, Collette is committed to giving its guests more flexibility and choice on tour,” said Alison Mead, General Manager, Collette Australia. “Impact Tours enable travellers to immerse themselves in the culture of a destination while also making a real contribution and engaging in ethical and responsible travel.  Travel gives us so much, so it is very special to be able to give back.”The 9-day Costa Rica Impact Tour runs from January 24 – February 1, 2019 and includes the opportunity to give back through Collette’s partnership with the Culture Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents Association (CEPIA) of Costa Rica, a not-for-profit organisation which promotes culture, health and education for children and their families in the local communities of Guanacaste.Have Heart Will Travel: Collette’s Impact Tours offer travellers the chanceTravellers can participate in hands-on projects and activities such as beautification of schools or parks where children learn and play, help at the local community centre while on tour or take part in ‘Going Local’, a sustainable volunteering initiative created by the local youth, which highlights the town of Huacas during a walking tour.Guests will also enjoy the rich backdrop of Costa Rica’s lush rainforests, stunning waterfalls, rumbling volcanoes and endless coastlines – a paradise overflowing with biodiversity and wilderness. Highlights of the tour include the chance to explore one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens in Monteverde, a dazzling gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds, before joining one of Collette’s expert tour guides for a ‘Hanging Bridges’ walking tour, to learn about Costa Rica’s dynamic ecosystem and the conservation efforts in the region.Nature enthusiasts and adventurers can also tack on a 3-night Jungle Adventure Extension and discover the wonders of Tortuguero National Park. A spectacular boat cruise offers magnificent wildlife encounters with macaws, toucans, sloths, green turtles, howler monkeys, falcons, the rare ocelot and other native species.With a guaranteed departure from November 9 – November 20, 2018, Collette’s South Africa Impact Tour brings together the highlights of vibrant South Africa and the opportunity for travellers to make a meaningful contribution to the local community.In Knysna, visitors will be able to undertake volunteer work at a local school through the Knysna Education Trust. Volunteer activities include taking part in a reading activity, assisting with a lesson plan, helping the children with an educational craft, painting a school mural, or assisting with maintenance in the gardens.One of the special experiences includes a visit to a village to present ‘Hippo Rollers’ (specially designed devices for making water-gathering more efficient and less labour-intensive). In Stellenbosch, travellers have the opportunity to volunteer in one of the region’s youth programs.Have Heart Will Travel: Collette’s Impact Tours offer travellers the chanceOther highlights include a picturesque lagoon cruise to Knysna Heads and a cable car ride to Table Mountain to enjoy breath-taking views of the coastline and a visit to Kruger National Park to marvel at the sight of roaming wildlife. Travellers can extend their trip, if they so choose, by adding Dubai or Victoria Falls extensions to their package.Impact Tours allow Collette to deepen its positive global impact through responsible tourism, and engage travellers in the mission as well. Collette is dedicated to supporting select not-for-profit organisations and projects across the globe through the Collette Foundation, which primarily focuses on education and nutrition initiatives. Additionally, every employee receives four hours of paid volunteer time each month, where they can get involved directly in Collette’s Corporate Social Responsibility mission.About ColletteTouring for today’s traveller…Featuring the luxurious Collette Chauffeur return airport transfer service, award-winning tour managers, and superior accommodation, Collette has been a pioneer in guided touring since 1918. With classic tours, small groups, river cruises and ‘spotlight’ city stays, there are over 150 tours which go to more than 55 countries offering customers exceptional choice, value and superior 4- star+ quality. Collette is a third-generation, family-owned worldwide tour operator. With headquarters in Rhode Island, Collette’s Sydney office (opened in 2014) adds to the company’s global presence which includes offices in Vancouver, Toronto and London. Renowned for connecting guests with cultural experiences which go far beyond those of an ordinary holiday, Collette prides itself on providing real value to its guests and agent partners. Expert tour managers, an industry-leading travel protection plan and inclusive touring are just part of the top-quality Collette experience.Private Chauffeur ServiceCollette’s private chauffeur service is included on all Collette tours for customers within 40km of an Australian international airport. For more information visit gocollette.com/chauffeurSource = Collettelast_img read more

Many think of Japan as a technologically advanced

first_imgMany think of Japan as a technologically advanced country, but, as the case tends to be elsewhere around the world, the agricultural industry is lagging behind.”Sorting process is automated in Aomori, but in Nagano it is not,” said Naito. “When it comes to production there is no fancy technology, but we use sprayers for fertilizers and pesticides. I think it is similar to ordinary farmers in China.”A shrinking labor pool is another factor that has driven up fruit prices.”In Japan, quality is everything in the domestic market, so all the farmers really look at how to enhance the quality (of the products). For example… Japanese farmers do pruning three times for each tree, so it takes a lot of time,” said Naito.”We thin usually three to four times to control the condition of the fruit. And because Japanese apples are very matured, they are handpicked and we carefully pack them in the orchards.”Future opportunitiesHowever, Naito firmly believes that there are more chances for automation in the Japanese apple industry.”If we see the components of technology, I think there are a lot of high-tech companies in Japan for example DOCOMO or even Toyota, who is now very interested in the agritechnology area,” he said, noting his company has received offers for partnership from some technology companies.Naito also sees an opportunity to expand Japanese fruit exports beyond Asia – but not with apples.”When it comes to only apples, I think it is a tough market outside Asia because U.S. and Europe are also big producing countries,” said Naito.”But if we think about specific types of grapes which are only harvested in Japan, there should be opportunities all over the world,” he added.The company has started branching out to other fruits this year such as grapes and peaches and will look to expand to even more products in the future.Other than being a producer and exporter of Japanese fruit themselves, Nihon Agri also partners with foreign players such as Freshco in New Zealand to export their apples to Southeast Asian markets during summer – bearing the Nihon Agri brand name. Japanese apples in an Indonesian retailerJapan is not a country known for its fruit exports, but a weaker domestic demand is now forcing its apple industry out onto the world stage.Shohei Naito, CEO of Tokyo-based fruit export company Nihon Agri, told Fresh Fruit Portal that with an ageing society coupled with a shrinking population has squeezed local demand.He said that unlikely many other countries, “Japanese agriculture has been largely focused on the domestic market, where demand has been decreasing due to the aging society and shrinking of the Japanese population.”These conditions drove Naito to set up a business in 2016 focused on fruit export. After just a couple of years, the company is now shipping to various Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.Export challengesHowever, when it comes to export, Japan – which last year produced around 850,000 metric tons (MT) of apples – faces its own set of challenges.”The cost of freight is high, especially for 40-foot containers. More than 30 tons of Chinese apples can be loaded in one container, but only 10 tons of Japanese apples can be loaded,” said Naito, adding that the company had to make changes to box and pallet sizes so as to fully utilize loading capacities.”In Thailand or Indonesia, importers, distributors and retailers who import U.S. or Chinese apples have really hard and strong fruit because those apples are harvested in very early stages … Japanese apples are harvested maturely so that makes apples sweeter, but on the other hand as a tradeoff, they are really sensitive.”The high prices of Japanese fruits also complicate the task of grabbing hold of a significant global market share.Shohei NaitoFor Nihon Agri, the bigger focus lies in new markets in Southeast Asia – where Japanese fruit is almost unheard of and where the company reduces prices of apples by exporting smaller sizes. “Japanese apples, for example, can cost US$5 per piece, while Chinese apples are US$0.50 per piece and U.S. or New Zealand apples are US$1 to $2 per piece,” said Naito. “Typically the size of Japanese apples is big, but we focus on the smaller-sized ones so the price per piece will be decreased, allowing us to tap into more mass segments.”According to Naito, the retail price of his company’s apples is around US$1.40 per piece across all their export markets, and varieties exported include Orin, Fuji and Shinano Gold.Around 80% of volumes come from the country’s Aomori Prefecture in the north, and the remaining 20% from Nagano Prefecture. You might also be interested in August 27 , 2018 Report: U.S. fresh apple holdings down 12% on last …center_img NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ$5.5B … Could early sweet apple ‘Posy’ herald rosy future … Argentine apple campaign off to a positive start … last_img read more

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