The Demerara Tobacco Company (Demtoco) is anticipating a hike in the sale of cigarettes locally. The expected improvement in spending power comes in light of the development of the country’s lucrative oil and gas industry.“…with the prospect of oil production in 2020, we anticipate improvements in the purchasing power of our consumers which should lead to increasing opportunities for business sustainability and growth,” said Demtoco’s Managing Director, Christopher Brown, in his review published in the 2018 Annual Report.“The economic forecast for Guyana suggests brighter prospects for the country and for Demerara Tobacco Company,” he noted.Last year, sales grew by 4.5 per cent from $6.1 billion in 2017 to $6.4 billion in 2018. Demtoco said this resulted mainly from its consumers “appreciating and choosing our brands, versus the illicit competition”.Despite the fact of an increasing presence of the illicit trade, the company said it was able to maintain volume stability relative to 2017.In fact, Demtoco’s Bristol, Pall Mall and Dunhill brands all posted increased sales volumes, contributing to the growth experienced in 2018.Even as it anticipates an increase in cigarette sales, the company said it continues to support laws and regulations prohibiting the sale of these products to anyone under the legal minimum age of 18.In order to achieve this, the company worked directly with retailers to uphold the law and it even supported distributors in providing training and point-of-sale materials for use by retailers to help uphold the minimum age laws.Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and causes many diseases, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the USA.“We understand the concerns about our products and are working hard to conduct our business responsibly, in an industry seen by many as controversial,” Demtoco said.Demtoco last year recorded a 14.4 per cent increase in profits before tax, making a stunning rebound after five consecutive years of decline.Chairman Marcus Steele attributed this success to the firm’s strong leadership and its key business partnerships, notwithstanding the challenge it now faces with complying with the new regulations and the challenges it continues to face with the illicit trade.
Read Next Elite Alive “What an amazing run it’s been, to be number one again means a lot to me,” Federer said.“This is incredibly special, I’m so happy. I didn’t really think I could get back to number one, this is a significant moment in my career.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFederer surpasses Andre Agassi, who held the top spot aged 33 years and 131 days in 2003, as the oldest man to claim the world number one spot.It is Federer’s first time back at the summit since October 2012 having first claimed the top position in February 2004. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “I’ve struggled to try and get there. I had to win a lot of matches last year,” said Federer, who was as low as 17 in the world in January 2017 before he returned to form with the Australian Open title.The ageless wonder dropped his first set of the week against Haase, who later said he had been sick all week and unable to do any more than play his matches.Federer is back on top after winning three majors in 13 months, including another Australian Open in January.– ‘Double nice at my age’ –Federer was on his heels in the opening set as the aggressive Haase prevailed, but the Swiss top seed regained control to ease to the victory as he controlled the Dutchman in the remainder of the contest.The Swiss triumphed to the cheers of the fans in 79 minutes, ending with six aces. Haase finished on a disappointing note with his second double-fault on match point.Federer will now face a decision whether to try and stretch his leading margin over Nadal by competing in just over a week in Dubai, his Gulf training base.“To rank this high, I don’t know how I did it. This is really big for me, especially because of the gap (between his last time at the top).“It’s double as nice at my age to be number one, there is a lot that goes into it.”Despite his achievement, Federer still has a semi-final to play on Saturday. “I hope all this is not a distraction, it may or may not be. I came here to get to number one and then win the tournament.“But I’ve got all day tomorrow to recalibrate. This could also free me up, lay the pressure aside and start to play my best tennis.”Second seed Grigor Dimitrov edged towards a possible first final in Rotterdam as he dispatched young Russian Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals.Sixth seed Tomas Berdych withdrew prior to his quarter-final, with the Czech’s absence putting fourth seed David Goffin into the semi-finals. AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “Reaching number one is the ultimate achievement in tennis. When you’re older you have to work double the amount, you have to wrestle it back from someone who’s also worked hard to get there. It’s a dream come true,” added an emotional Federer.“It’s been an amazing journey and to clinch it here, where I got my first wildcard in 1998, means so much.”Agassi was amongst the first to congratulate Federer.“36 years 195 days… @rogerfederer continues to raise the bar in our sport. Congratulations on yet another remarkable achievement!!,” tweeted the American.Federer had talked on Thursday of his desire to retake the world number one spot but doubted it would ever happen after he underwent knee surgery last year.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Roger Federer faces the media Friday Feb. 16, 2018, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, after becoming ranked as the world number one player. Federer added another highlight to his age-defying career resurgence Friday, returning to the top of the world rankings for the first time in more than five years and becoming the oldest player to reach the top spot. (AP Photo/Michael C. Corder)ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Roger Federer became the oldest world number one on Friday when the 20-time Grand Slam title winner reached the semi-finals of the Rotterdam Open.The 36-year-old Swiss overcame an early setback to beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 and will replace old rival Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings.ADVERTISEMENT
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Gaming Fantasy Football: Are Aubameyang and the five other Deadline Day strikers worth owning? Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer 22:01 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Gaming Premier League Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Olivier Giroud Leicester City v Swansea City Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United Arsenal v Everton Crystal Palace v Newcastle United Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Watford v Chelsea Swansea City Everton Leicester City West Ham United Brighton & Hove Albion Arsenal Crystal Palace Newcastle United Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool Chelsea Watford Our Fantasy writer looks looks at the ownability of all of the strikers who moved on Deadline Day including the Gabonese, Giroud, Slimani, and more One of the biggest frustrations in Fantasy this season has been the ineffectiveness of many high profile forwards. For example, only two of last year’s five highest scoring forwards (Kane and Lukaku) currently sit in the top five in the Goal game this season.Even Kane, with his ridiculous 21 goals, has more blanked in more matches (13) than he has scored (11). So where can owners turn? Who can save us from the frustration of watching our Fantasy strikers go goalless week after week?Fortunately, a lot of forwards changed clubs on Deadline Day. There are now six strikers who have either been added to the game or have changed clubs, and with those new clubs come new Fantasy opportunities. Below I rank the new, incoming forwards in order of ownability, and discuss the impact they could have in your team. 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 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal, £8.5mThe Gabonese forward stole all the headlines on Deadline Day when he made his move from Borussia Dortmund. His goalscoring record is ridiculous, having come first or second in the Golden Boot race every season he played in the Bundesliga.He should get plenty of opportunities to put the ball in the net for Arsenal as well, considering they sit top five in both assists (36) and chances created (313) this season. How Aubameyang and Lacazette will both fit on the pitch remains to be seen, but it’s hard to imagine Wenger sitting either considering their profile and cost.Olivier Giroud – Chelsea, £6.7mThis move still seems a bit strange but, considering the phenomenally poor form of Alvaro Morata, Chelsea had to do something. In fact, all of Chelsea’s strikers combined for just one goal in the last 10 matches.Giroud has always had an air of consistency about him, scoring more than 10 goals in every Premier League season, but he is yet to hit more than 16 in a campaign. It’s hard to buy the Frenchman without knowing the role he’ll fill at his new club, but he could be involved as soon as this weekend considering the injury to Morata, departure of Batshuayi, and the growing pressure facing manager Antonio ConteIslam Slimani – Newcastle, £6.0mHis move was obviously overshadowed by those at the bigger clubs, but Slimani is the sleeper choice for the rest of the season. He managed seven goals and four assists last season for Leicester despite starting just 13 matches which is not exactly a poor return.He does come into Newcastle with a thigh injury, but he should easily lock down the striker spot in Rafa Benitez’s starting eleven the second he’s fit.Andre Ayew – Swansea, £6.0mAyew, like Slimani, should have no problem quickly establishing himself as a starter at his new club. Swansea would be best served playing him up front considering they have scored the fewest goals (18) in the Premier League this season.There is a chance that he may be pushed out onto the wing but, at such a cheap price, he should have plenty of Fantasy value regardless.Alexander Sorloth – Crystal Palace, £5.5mSorloth comes into Palace as a bit of an unknown, but physically seems to have the requisite size to handle Premier League defenders.He boasted excellent stats in the Danish league where he sat top five in both goals and assists this season, and second in combined goals. However, whilst he is an intriguing talent, it’s hard to see him beating Benteke to the starting striker role.Jordan Hugill – West Ham, £5.8mHugill feels like a depth purchase to make up for the amount of injuries to West Ham’s front line right now.It’s possible that the former Preston man could get some substitute appearances this month but, unless he does something dramatic, it’s likely he will fall down the pecking order when the Hammers get back to full strength. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.