Costs push food inflation to 4%

first_imgFood inflation rose to 4% during October, affected by poor harvests, rising production costs and commodity price increases.In the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Nielsen Shop Price Index for last month, the level of food inflation for fresh and ambient produce rose by 0.9% on September, affecting the level of overall shop price inflation which increased to 1.5% in October.Stephen Robertson, director general at the BRC, said: “Overall shop price inflation is still low, but pressure from food has edged it up. After three months of stability, food is being hit by a combination of poor harvests, rising production costs and previous commodity cost rises working through.“In particular, the wet summer and higher feed costs are affecting vegetables and meat and poor supplies on world markets are making the ingredients for some manufactured foods more expensive.”He added that the above costs started to drop during the last quarter of the year, which promised to help ease pressure in the run-up to Christmas, as retailers started to push promotional activity and discounts to attract more shoppers.Mike Watkins, senior manager, retailer services, Nielsen, said: “With weakened demand, there is intense price competition across all retail channels, especially on discretionary items, and this is keeping inflation low. However, it’s difficult to predict the levels of retail sales in the run-up to Christmas and, with cost price increases now being reflected in some food price inflation, this will inevitably make shoppers more cautious.“Even so, with retailers maintaining promotional activity, there are sure to be some excellent deals out there for the savvy shopper.”Non-food prices remained at the same level in October following a 0.2% decline in September.last_img read more

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Prince’s Backing Band The Revolution Will Reunite For The First Time In 30 Years

first_imgPrince spent a number of years backed by The Revolution, a five-piece ensemble consisting of Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Bobby Z., Brown Mark, and Matt Fink. While the group hasn’t performed in a number of years, the members have all recently come together in mourning of their late leader.In a new video posted to Brown Mark’s Facebook account, the band has announced plans to reunite. “We have decided, after spending three or four days together now grieving over the loss of Prince, that we would like to come out and do some shows,” Melvoin says. “We want to let you know that we’ll be there soon.”Watch below:While there’s no word of an official tour, the band does say “See you soon.” We’ll be sure to update when more information becomes available.last_img read more

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Jam Cruise Reveals 2018 Dates, Destinations, & New Boat

first_imgThe 16th annual Jam Cruise has announced the preliminary details of the 2018 adventure. This year’s at-sea excursion will embark January 17th in Miami, Florida, and head to Roatan, Honduras and Grand Cayman Island, ending on January 22 back in Miami.Each year, Jam Cruisers fall in love with the boat that carries their dreams from show to shore. While last year’s experience downsized from the MSC Divina to the NCL Pearl, this year will bring another new ship to the forefront with the Norwegian Jade, the sister ship of the Pearl. The boat is roughly the same size, with a capacity of 8 additional passengers. Learn more about the ship here.Jam Cruise wants you to save the date & pre-book today! Just a $250 deposit per cabin gets you started. Pre-books are almost sold out – don’t miss your chance to be a part of our sweet sixteen voyage! Full lineup will drop Thursday, May 4.[photo via Keith Griner of Phierce Photo]last_img read more

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On a date, with everyone

first_imgWhy does dating have to be so awkward?There’s so much anxiety surrounding meeting someone for the first time. There’s what to wear, obviously. Then, what to talk about? How much do we reveal about ourselves? And what about those dreaded uncomfortable silences?In an attempt to circumnavigate or subvert this modern dilemma, Lauren McCarthy discovered that dating doesn’t have to be the hive-inducing stressor we make it out to be. Not with the help of the virtual world to back you up.For a month, McCarthy went on a series of dates with suitors from the popular dating site OkCupid. She surreptitiously live-streamed the entirety of the dates, seeking the feedback of strangers paid to watch and offer their input.“Tell him a secret,” one viewer wrote. “Have a bit more excitement and interest,” said another.If this sounds weird, or perhaps perfectly normal, that’s the point.McCarthy is an artist and programmer, and life’s uncomfortable moments fascinate her, she admitted, partly because she’s a bit uncomfortable herself.McCarthy studied computer science and art at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and said she was fine in that inner circle of academia and … nerdishness. “But in the real world I didn’t have any social skills,” she said. “I thought, ‘Maybe I can hack my way out of a situation.’ ”One early project involved designing a hat that detected if McCarthy was smiling — and delivered pain to her if she wasn’t. But more recently, McCarthy’s work has toyed with identity and social interactions and the ways those converge with our dependence on technology.In a Tuesday lunchtime talk at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, McCarthy discussed her work with center co-founder and director Jonathan Zittrain and confessed that while her projects deal with larger, dystopian issues, they’re also personal.“The dates got confusing because I was being myself,” she said of the crowdsourced dating experiment. “But I was also getting these instructions.”And why not?“What responsibility do we have to maintain an acceptable model of behavior?” McCarthy wondered, clarifying that her seemingly outrageous ideas all stemmed from “me thinking about what I didn’t do well.”In 2010, McCarthy created Conversacube, a box that prompts each user with “directions or lines to keep the conversation running seamlessly with minimal awkward or uncomfortable moments.”“I’d started to think about getting feedback on conversation,” she said. “We do this all the time in other ways — liking, favoriting, retweeting — but shifted into physical space.”Then in 2013 came us+, a Google Hangout app “that analyzes speech and facial expression to improve conversation.”“It’s kind of terrifying to think about,” said McCarthy, “because what if it actually works?”Her latest endeavor is Crowdpilot, a downloadable app that allows friends, Facebook friends, or strangers to eavesdrop on your activities — be it on a date or a phone call — and send you their feedback.While her work has been interpreted as humorous and at times invasive, there’s something poignant about her tools, which are focused on creating meaningful connections.“I’m always trying to make something serious, and earnest, and optimistic,” McCarthy said. But ever the self-conscious MIT grad, she added, “Basically, I’m trying to create my own personal hell with these projects and seeing if I can survive.”last_img read more

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Official Reports Security Progress in Afghanistan

first_img Calling the operation against al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden “a great step” toward U.S. objectives in Afghanistan, a senior defense official emphasized the importance of continuing to build Afghan security forces and institutions so they can continue this momentum. “Our goal is to deny safe havens to al-Qaida and to deny insurgents the ability to overthrow the Afghan government,” Michael D. Lumpkin, acting assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, said at the Ministry of Defense Advisors Program first-anniversary conference. With bin Laden now out of the picture, he said, U.S., Afghan and coalition forces must continue working together to degrade the Taliban-led insurgency. “Although progress in Afghanistan is substantial and our strategy is on track, significant challenges remain,” Lumpkin said. U.S., Afghan and coalition forces have dislodged insurgents from key strongholds in the south and improved security through much of the northern, western and capital regions, he said. But eastern Afghanistan remains problematic, he acknowledged. There, the physical terrain, culture, geography and presence of safe havens in Pakistan all present “a complex set of challenges” he said are distinct from those in other parts of Afghanistan. “In addition, only after Afghanistan’s security institutions are self-sufficient and self-sustaining will it be possible for the Afghan government to solidify tactical gains earned at such great cost,” he said. While the United States and coalition partners help the Afghans build their security ministries, Lumpkin emphasized the need to “provide time and space for the Afghan national security forces and the Afghan government to assume the lead for Afghanistan’s security nationwide by the end of 2014.” “The key to this responsible, Afghan-led transition is the presence and the capability of 300,000-member strong and growing Afghan national security forces and the development of civilian-led security ministries that can sustain these forces,” he said. The Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police have grown by more than 100,000 troops and police officers since President Barack Obama announced his Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy in December 2009, he noted. By the end of the summer of 2012, when the last of U.S. surge forces have left, another 50,000 Afghans are slated to have joined their national army and police forces, he said. By Dialogo August 17, 2011last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, June 11

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTonko shows he’s grown out of touchPaul Tonko, are you listening? You have lost touch. After reading in The Gazette that you support more investigations on impeaching our president, and continuing to waste our money on this witch hunt, it’s clear you no longer represent what’s right and decent. While an assemblymen here in New York you seemed to want what was good for all New York.  I supported you and believed you had our best interests at heart.But this unwavering, lockstep, partisan Democrat charade you have demonstrated since your ascension to Washington is disturbing and disheartening. New York is the highest-taxed, most unfairly regulated, oppressed state in the country.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whom you adamantly continue to support, has virtually bankrupted our state, wasted our money on giveaway programs to undocumented  immigrants and criminals, while our infrastructure crumbles, school and property taxes are astronomical and the unborn and disabled are forgotten.And now you’re worried about another fruitless probe. Shame on you Paul. You have lost my vote. We deserve better.If I see you again at a local function or your annual visit to the Altamont Fair, I will respectfully shake your hand. But remember, we put you in Washington to support us at home, not the other way around. Just do your job. What you’re doing now is not it. It’s time you see what’s happening at home to us.Paul HasbrouckPrincetownGroup desperately in need of volunteersI’m writing with a plea for help. The senior population of our area is growing faster than our number of volunteers.This is causing a problem in serving their needs, especially in the towns of Ballston and Malta. Care Links was established in 1996 to “link those in need with those that care” thereby enabling persons 60 and older to continue to live independently in their own homes. But we are in trouble. Today, 39 older residents of southern Saratoga County need your help. Due to ever-increasing requests for support, they have been placed on a waiting list for services. We have 15 seniors who are waiting for rides to medical appointments, dialysis and shopping and another 24 waiting for relief through respite, a conversation with a friendly visitor or someone to do their shopping.Can you help us by volunteering? Care Links is very flexible in its scheduling and we have opportunities for all ages, from children to seniors.  If a couple of hours a week or one day a month. Whatever time works for you, will work for us. If you wish to explore the possibility of volunteering for any of these services, please call Care Links at 518-399-3262. Thank you!Francine RodgerClifton ParkThe writer is chair, Captain/CHS Senior Services CommitteeEnforce laws to curb illegal immigrationI am a transplanted Texan who lived in south Texas near the Gulf Coast, about a 3-hour drive to Mexico.It’s amusing to me to hear how badly we treat folks who break our laws to get here and then ignore them once here.Do you think maybe they get away with it because ranches and farms hire them for cheap labor? I lived there for 30 years and it has gotten worse. Pregnant women sneak over the border and get caught so can have their children here safely.We are not going to see a change until we enforce laws already in place.They know that even a camp here is better then a drug-lord-run Mexico. Until we stop hiring them for cheap labor, it will keep happening.It is worse down south and in California. It’s not like folks are sneaking in from Canada in the thousands.Louise WassojnRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Ministry offers scholarship program to address digital talent gap

first_imgBeside hard skill, the recipients of the scholarship will also receive training in soft skills such as critical thinking, creativity and communication.The first DTS program in 2018 was awarded to 1,000 recipients, while the second one in 2019 had 25,000 participants.The focus on digital sector training also aligns with the Industry Ministry road map titled Industry 4.0, where it focuses on the use of digital technologies for industries, among other things.Since the pandemic broke out in Indonesia in March, the ministry has also run an online academy to train people in data analytics, digital marketing and programming, among other things.It aims to train 50,000 participants this year, while as many as 43,500 people have participated so far.“Both of these programs are necessary as we are adapting to the COVID-19 era. These programs ensure that we can maintain productivity during this time while also addressing the digital talent gap,” Johnny said. (eyc)Topics : The Communications and Information Ministry (Kominfo) launched on Monday its annual Digital Talent Scholarship (DTS) program for this year, as it aims to address the country’s digital talent gap.Recipients of the scholarship will get training on data analysis, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing and cybersecurity, among other skills.“Indonesia is facing a digital skill gap, especially in tech industries. That is why we want to facilitate people in upskilling or reskilling their abilities with this program,” said Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate in a press release on Monday. The country is estimated to require 600,000 talents in the digital sector each year to meet the demand for skilled workers.A 2018 study by the World Bank projects that Indonesia will see a shortage of 9 million skilled and semi-skilled workers in the digital sector between 2015 and 2030.To conduct the training, the ministry has partnered with more than 90 universities and polytechnics, local start-ups, as well global technology companies such as Cisco, Google and Microsoft, among others.The training is intended to cater to fresh graduates from universities and vocational schools, as well teachers and entrepreneurs.last_img read more

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​NBIM launches child rights guide for garment sector with UNICEF

first_imgChild labour was a critical concern, it said, but children were also impacted by weak maternity protection for working mothers, for example and by the absence of childcare and breastfeeding support in factories.The manager of the NOK10.3trn (€977bn) sovereign wealth fund said the new tool contained metrics companies could use to monitor and report on child rights in their own processes, and on the outcomes of their actions at the factory level.It said the guide was the product of a two-year partnership with UNICEF, during which time the two had been working to examine and raise awareness about the clothing sector’s impact on children’s rights and ways in which companies could address this.Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, deputy executive director at UNICEF, said: “As the socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic threaten the livelihoods of millions of workers in global supply chains, children’s rights must be at the heart of business action.”NBIM said the guidance tool outlines concrete steps firms could take to improve their impact on children, including integrating child rights into their policies and management systems; strengthening supplier capacity to address child rights and root causes; supporting governments; and advocating for children’s rights.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The manager of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund has co-authored a report on the rights of children in the garment and footwear industries, and a guide for companies on how to uphold them, in partnership with UN agency UNICEF.Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), said the guidance was intended for use by garment companies who would like to integrate child rights into their sourcing policies and production practices.Carine Smith Ihenacho, chief corporate governance officer at NBIM, said: “Children must be at the heart of companies’ sustainability efforts as they are among the most vulnerable members of society and the basis for future prosperity.”UNICEF said it estimated that more than 100m children were affected in the garment and footwear supply chain globally, not only as workers but also as children of working parents, and community members near farms and factories.last_img read more

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TechnipFMC Lands Coral South FLNG Deal Off Mozambique

first_imgTechnipFMC, together with JGC Corporation and Samsung Heavy Industries, all partners in the ‘TJS Consortium’, where TechnipFMC is leader, has been awarded a contract for the Coral South FLNG project offshore Mozambique. The contract covers the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning and start-up (EPCIC) of the Coral South FLNG facility and its associated risers and subsea flowlines system, as well as the installation of the umbilicals and subsea equipment.The floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility will be designed to produce close to 3.4 Mtpa of liquefied natural gas and will be moored in 2,000 meters of water depth.Doug Pferdehirt, chief executive officer of TechnipFMC, stated: “We are honored to be the leader of the execution of this prestigious contract awarded by Eni and its partners to the TJS consortium. Combining TechnipFMC’s unique capabilities in both FLNG and subsea, we have been able to propose to our client an optimum combination, demonstrating the strength of our integrated offerings.”Nello Uccelletti, president of TechnipFMC’s Onshore/Offshore business, commented: “This FLNG award is a key milestone for TechnipFMC and confirms our pioneering and leading position on the floating LNG market.”last_img read more

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Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana: ‘Barcelona is my home…’

first_imgHighly-rated Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has reiterated that ‘Barcelona is my home’ and that he would be open to a return to the club.Advertisement The Cameroon international goalkeeper has earned rave reviews at the Dutch giants whom he joined from La Masia in 2015 and helped Ajax to multiple success both domestically and in Europe. Promoted ContentThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Of The Worst Celebrity Dads In HollywoodWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Best Cars Of All Time Loading… Onana has a contract at the Amsterdam-based club until 2022 began his career at the Samuel Eto’o Foundation before joining the Blaugrana’s youth system in 2010.“It is difficult to know,” Onana told Canal + Sport Africa, via Marca, when asked if he would return to the Camp Nou. “Barcelona is my home and, if I have to come back, I will come back.“But we are far from that, since I am an Ajax goalkeeper and we will see what happens at the end of the season.”A report in Diario Sport from February outlined how Barcelona would be willing to rival interest from Chelsea in the goalkeeper this year.In an interview with RMC Sport from October, Onana said: “Barcelona came back in for me this summer. It is home to me. I was part of the club.“Logically, they are always keen to repatriate their own. Perhaps it was not the right time to go back, and maybe I will never go back! This summer, though, was not right for it.”Read Also: Chelsea place €70m price-tag on French midfielderReports had claimed that Barcelona were keen on signing Onana to replace Jasper Cillessen – who joined Valencia – but instead opting to sign Los Che goalkeeper Neto in what was effectively a swap deal.Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is the long-term first choice goalkeeper at the Camp Nou.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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