Mealkit trend grows into 120M industry in Canada

first_imgMatthew Richardson decided it was finally time to change his cooking habits.After moving in with his girlfriend this past summer, Richardson, 36, figured they should put a stop to their frequent eating out and make a real effort to prepare their own meals at home.But he didn’t know where to start. Elaborate recipes felt intimidating and he had no clue where to look for easy, healthy food that would appeal to both of their tastes.“She’s a vegetarian, I am not a vegetarian,” says Richardson, who lives in Saint John, N.B.“I was looking for ways to learn some recipes, and figure out how to prepare things I don’t know how to prepare.”So he turned to home-delivered meal kits, a phenomenon that has quickly grown into a $120-million industry in Canada, according to the market research company NPD Group.Meal-kit companies offer consumers a menu of ready-to-prepare dishes that are typically marketed as easy to make, healthy and delicious. Meal ingredients arrive pre-portioned with a recipe for consumers to follow.The meal-kit industry started in Sweden, according to Robert Carter of NPD Group, and has spread globally over the last five years. The industry has roughly doubled in Canada since 2014, Carter added.“It’s grown fairly aggressively in the U.S. marketplace, and kind of filtered here into Canada,” he said, adding that meal kits are “now one of the fastest-growing food segments in the Canadian marketplace.”On a friend’s recommendation, Richardson first signed up for Goodfood, a meal-kit company founded in Montreal in 2015. The largest family-sized meal-kit boxes start at $8.75 per person per meal and recent options have included whisky rubbed pork chop with scalloped potatoes, red lentil stew with sweet potatoes, and acorn squash tacos.One of Richardson’s favourite meals — quinoa-stuffed peppers — arrived boxed with portions of poblano peppers, corn, spinach, cilantro, quinoa, cheese, tomatoes, an onion, panko crumbs and a spice blend. It took Richardson and his girlfriend about 45 minutes to make.For Jayne Zhou, an HR co-ordinator in Vancouver who’s been on maternity leave since early in the year, meal kits have made life a little simpler.She says it initially took some trial and error to figure out how much food to order for her family of four. She started getting weekly meals delivered but found some food would get wasted if her family met up with friends or went out to dinner.They now order meals for two people every other week. Zhou says she loves that as a self-described “newbie cook” she’s built confidence in the kitchen.“We had ginger pork meatballs and I was like: ‘That wasn’t too hard, maybe I’ll be able to make this recipe again,’” she says.Richardson also believes his kitchen chops have improved. In the fall, a few months into his flirtation with meal kits, he visited his family’s farm in Nova Scotia and decided to pick some chanterelle mushrooms to make a risotto.“A year ago, I wouldn’t even consider making a risotto,” he says. “It would seem like this huge, intimidating task that I would never tackle. It definitely gave me more confidence, to go out and try dishes that I normally would be like, ‘That’s something that somebody who’s a professional would make.’”Both Zhou and Richardson say meal kits have been a cheaper alternative than ordering in or going to a restaurant but they’ve definitely been more expensive than doing their own grocery shopping.Graham McDonnell, a stylist from Dartmouth, N.S., was lured by the convenience of having meal kits delivered to his door but has gone back to doing his own grocery shopping.He and his partner used to shop for groceries often but would end up throwing away a lot of food since they didn’t plan properly. Now they’ve refocused their energy on meal planning.“If you take the time to plan your meals and not over-shop … you can kind of organize (a meal-kit type experience) yourself, basically,” McDonnell says.While meal-kit companies often market their food using buzzwords like “farm-fresh,” “sustainable,” and “antibiotic- and hormone-free,” one nutritionist says it’s too early to assess the health benefits of buying into a meal plan given few real studies have been done on the subject. But University of Guelph Prof. Jess Haines does see the appeal of the service, particularly for people who work long hours or don’t have a lot of time to think about shopping for food. And some of the meal kits she’s seen “appear to have very healthful options,” Haines says.After about three months of using Goodfood, Richardson and his girlfriend decided to try some of the competition. Richardson heard others swear by Toronto-based Chefs Plate but personally found the ingredients to be a little less fresh than what he was used to. He liked German company HelloFresh but found the vegetarian options lacking.The couple continues to try meal kits from new companies looking to cash in on the trend, especially since social media ads targeted to them are often offering a few free meals.“Apparently I’m looking at these things enough that the advertisers know that that’s what I’m into,” he says.last_img read more

UN welcomes calm atmosphere as initial results of Haitian elections are released

The popular musician Michel Martelly defeated former first lady Mirlande Manigat in last month’s run-off round of the presidential race, according to figures released yesterday by Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council.The UN mission (MINUSTAH) issued a press statement in which it “salutes the fact that Haitian political actors welcomed this announcement with maturity, demonstrating their wish to respect the voice of the people and the democratic process.”A mission spokesperson told the UN News Centre that the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, have been relatively calm since the announcement of the results, with no major incidents reported so far.Violence erupted last December after supporters of Mr. Martelly challenged the initial results of the first round of the presidential election, which placed him third – and therefore out of the run-off round – behind Ms. Manigat and another candidate, Jude Celestin.The Provisional Electoral Council re-examined the ballots and amended the results, placing Mr. Martelly second to Ms. Manigat in the first round.In today’s statement, MINUSTAH praised Haitians for showing so much patience and calm in recent weeks and urged them to continue to do so when the final results are released on 18 April.The mission added that any candidates in the presidential or legislative elections who dispute the preliminary results should pursue their claims in line with the provisions of Haiti’s electoral laws.Haitians went to the polls after a year in which they were battered by a massive earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and left at least 2.3 million others homeless. A subsequent cholera epidemic killed another 4,000 people. 5 April 2011The United Nations peacekeeping operation in Haiti today welcomed the release of the preliminary results of the country’s presidential and legislative elections and urged Haitians to continue to show patience and calm in the lead-up to the release of final results. read more

Sri Lankas Bhagya Wijayawardane to receive Queens Award

The Queen’s Young Leaders programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. To see a full list of Award winners and highly commended runners up, and to learn more about their stories, please visit Gazette) Later this month, during their time in the UK, Bhagya will visit 10 Downing Street, take part in masterclasses at the BBC World Service and the UK Headquarters of Facebook. Award winners will then meet with the Commonwealth Secretary-General and High Commissioners from across the Commonwealth, before receiving their Award from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace. They will also attend workshops at the University of Cambridge and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said:“Through selfless determination, the Queen’s Young Leaders of 2018 are dedicating their lives to bring positive change to those around them. Their visit to the UK this June provides them with a unique opportunity to connect with each other and gain valuable lessons from experts and leaders from all walks of life which we hope will help transform the reach of their endeavours for many years to come. I am delighted that the work they are undertaking is being recognised by Her Majesty The Queen and I look forward to meeting this year’s winners and celebrating the remarkable difference that they have already made all over the Commonwealth. Now that we are in the fourth and final year of this special programme, we look proudly on the network that is the Queen’s Young Leaders and feel confident that the future will be driven by their courage and commitment towards making the world a better place.” The 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders are finding solutions to global issues such as climate change, food scarcity, gender-based violence, mental health, and access to education.The Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners take part in a year-long leadership course run by the University of Cambridge and receive bespoke mentoring. They will visit the UK for a programme of high-profile networking opportunities, meetings and training designed to help them develop as leaders and work with ever greater impact. Bhagya, aged 29, from Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka will receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work she is doing to improve food security by encouraging people to grown their own food in their garden or home in her country. Her Majesty The Queen will present Bhagya Wijayawardane from Sri Lanka with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, on Tuesday 26th June.The Awards recognise the work that young people from across the Commonwealth are doing to transform lives in their community and beyond. Bhagya was selected following a competitive process involving thousands of applicants across the Commonwealth. Together they join a network of 240 powerful young leaders, from 53 Commonwealth countries, who are driving change to make the world a better place. read more

Why a MitelAvaya Merger Would Be Good for the Industry

Next I have to ask myself: Do I believe there’s truth to the rumor? I certainly do think the offer is possible and that it makes sense, as I briefly discussed with No Jitter yesterday. You might think the two companies would have a fair bit of overlap, but their business are complementary. Here are a few proof points: Mitel’s CEO Rich McBee has long stated the industry needs to consolidate and he’s done his part with acquisitions of companies like ShoreTel and Toshiba (its communications systems business). If it were to acquire Avaya, the deal would certainly be bigger than any other purchase Mitel has made… but recall, McBee did go elephant hunting once before when he took a run at Polycom, only to be thwarted by private equity. As the biggest wheeler and dealer in Dallas since J.R. Ewing, McBee has no doubt continued to poke around all premises-based UC vendors not named Cisco and Microsoft. Avaya Continues Mulling Next-Step Options Beth Schultz September 12, 2019 In a brief update, company said strategic alternative review process continues, gave no indication of new expectations for wrapping it up. Source: Synergy Research Group A merger between Avaya and Mitel would create a behemoth of a company, bringing the number two and number three voice vendors together. Synergy Research Group data shows Cisco in the pole position, with about 44% market share, Avaya second at 10%, and Mitel third at 8%, as shown below. Getting historical installed base numbers is difficult, but I believe a combined Avaya and Mitel would hold the industry’s biggest installed base, by far. Mitel’s strength is in small and midsize businesses, whereas Avaya primarily serves large enterprises.While Avaya designed its IP Office VoIP system to crack the code on SMBs, the product has become more of a branch office option for highly distributed enterprises.Mitel has a strong UCaaS solution whereas Avaya’s strength lies in private cloud, which makes sense given its large enterprise focus (see my No Jitter post from earlier this week on why international bank selected Avaya OneCloud to move its contact center operations from the premises to the cloud).Avaya gears its contact center business upmarket whereas Mitel’s focus is down market.Both vendors have strong, broad desktop product portfolios, and while “MiVaya” would need to do some product rationalization, the end result would be a good selection best-of-breed phones.From a market perspective, the larger company would be in a better position to compete with the two 800-pound gorillas — Cisco and Microsoft. As the industry becomes more artificial intelligence (AI)-centric, data and scale are must-haves. On this front, Avaya and Mitel are stronger together than apart. That said, if a deal doesn’t happen, the companies should still be fine continuing down their current trajectories, optimizing their internal resources while leveraging partners for AI. They can still do this, although it would be easier as a bigger company. More to come from this story, I’m sure.Tags:News & ViewsAvayaMitelM&AUnified Communications & CollaborationAI & AutomationAnalyst InsightCloud CommunicationsContact Center & Customer ExperienceVendor News Articles You Might Like Handshake-deal.jpg As revealed in The Wall Street Journal yesterday, Mitel has reportedly put in a bid to acquire Avaya for $20 to $22 per share, for a purchase price of approximately $2 billion. This news, of course, has gotten me to thinking about how a merger between these companies would affect the industry. However, before I get my analysis, I first want to point out that the reported $2 billion purchase price is incorrect. While that might be the current market capitalization based on share purchase price, the figure doesn’t into account the roughly $3 billion in debt Avaya holds. With debt included, the offer would have to come in for a total enterprise value of $5 billion to be of interest to shareholders. I’m also sure Mitel isn’t the only company that’s had interest in Avaya, given its massive installed base and its “who’s who of the business world” customer list. At this relatively low valuation compared to revenue, Avaya is surely an attractive target for other private equity firms, too. In fact, of all the publicly traded UC companies, Avaya is the most undervalued, so any number of investors might be scoping it out. This isn’t a deal that MUST happen for either company to succeed. Avaya’s strategy today is better than it has been in a long time. Mitel’s strategy, which is growth through consolidation of installed bases, has been clear for years. However, McBee is a disciplined buyer and will never pay more for an asset than he thinks it’s worth, and he’ll never do anything that’s bad for Mitel customers. See All in Unified Communications & Collaboration » Mitel, Avaya Merger on Tap? Beth Schultz August 20, 2019 On the heels of word that Avaya is close to reaching acquisition deal, the focus turns to Mitel and a reported bid of $20 per share. Do I believe Mitel has had and still has interest? Sure. Do I think the deal will happen? Perhaps, but from what I know of McBee, he won’t be pressured into paying a penny more than he thinks a company is worth, so who knows. Synergy.png Tick, Tock, the Clock Is Running for Avaya Zeus Kerravala September 06, 2019 Lots of speculation surrounds Avaya’s future, but mum’s still the word on a final decision. Justifying Workspace Applications: Time to Up the Game Marty Parker September 10, 2019 Communication technology vendors and their value-adding partners must take the lead in defining business justifications for their collaboration and workspace applications. In summary, I do believe Mitel is interested in Avaya, but I’m also sure McBee has probably nosed around for other options, too… Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Unify, Panasonic, and others. Whether this week’s speculation translates into an actual deal, who knows. Avaya Still on the Block, Resolution May Come Soon Beth Schultz August 14, 2019 As the company plugs away on cloud sales, CEO Jim Chirico looks to wrap up its review of strategic alternatives in the next 30 days. The biggest challenge a combined company would face is being able to flip the installed base to cloud quickly. If a customer wants to migrate from an on-premises deployment to a private or hybrid cloud, incumbency matters; to retain a customer’s business, Avaya + Mitel could bring together any kind of solution. If a customer wants to shift to a pure UCaaS model, the incumbent is often on the outside looking in as many decision makers don’t consider the “legacy” vendor when making a cloud decision. Here’s where Mitel’s experience in acquiring and incorporating other installed bases matters. While integrating acquired product lines has likely been a harder task than McBee and company anticipated, they’ve learned a lot from their past experiences. Log in or register to post comments read more

DWIVEDI From sports to politics our brains are wired for tribalism

Brock University Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Veena Dwivedi wrote a piece published Thursday, June 6 in The Conversation about the way people act when they believe they’re part of a ‘team.’Dwivedi writes:Our neural hardware responds differently when we perceive people to be on “our team” (in-group membership). This hard-wiring allows for positive biases for members of our group, helping them, and us, survive — a clear evolutionary advantage.My father, who came to Canada from India, loved watching hockey. Hockey Night in Canada was always on TV, whether we were home on a Saturday night or at someone’s house for dinner. His big jump — “SCORE!” — was a highlight. His contagious exuberance about the game gave life to us all. So you could say rooting for the Habs is a great memory that I’m hanging on to.Our limbic system — our “emotional brain” — contains the hippocampus, the neural structure responsible for our memory. Those childhood connections between pleasure and pride are deep-seated in my identity. And those memories are not just about being a Montrealer.I know it makes no logical sense to care about the Habs, 35 years after those Cup parades. But because I know which part of my brain cares about the Habs, I can rise above my limbic system and use my pre-frontal cortex to reflect about what I’m actually doing.Continue reading the full article here. read more

Ontario truck driver charged with impaired driving

An Ontario truck driver has been charged with impaired driving in New Brunswick after police received a tip from a citizen.New Brunswick RCMP received a call about a suspected drunk driver around 6 p.m. on May 31.Officers in the area located the transport truck on Highway 11 near Jaquet River.Police say the 61-year-old driver, from Brampton, provided two breath samples, registering a blood alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit.The driver was arrested and charged. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 16. read more

Markets Right Now Stocks rise led by tech energy

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:40 a.m.Stocks are opening with modest gains on Wall Street Thursday, led by technology and energy shares.Microsoft rose 1.6% after it approved a $40 billion stock buyback and raised its quarterly dividend.U.S. oil gained 1.2% to $58.76 a barrel and is up 7.1% since an attack on a major Saudi Arabia oil facility. Halliburton rose 2%.U.S. Steel dropped 11.8% after it warned investors that its third quarter loss will be wider than anticipated.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 79 points, or 0.3%, to 27,226.The S&P 500 gained 8 points, or 0.3%, to 3,015. The Nasdaq rose 30 points, or 0.4%, to 8,208.Bonds rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury dropped to 1.76% from 1.78%.The Associated Press read more

Strong premiere numbers for AMCs spinoff Fear the Walking Dead

Strong premiere numbers for AMC’s spinoff ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Aug 25, 2015 1:34 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The new “Fear the Walking Dead,” which drew the biggest audience for any original series premiere on a cable network, proves that AMC has the flair for spinoffs.An estimated 10.13 million people watched the premiere Sunday night, the Nielsen company said. The well-reviewed series is set in a different location and different time than AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”The previous record-holder for top cable series premiere, “Better Call Saul,” is AMC’s spinoff of the series “Breaking Bad.”“Fear the Walking Dead” had nearly double the viewers of the top scripted drama on network television, CBS’ “Zoo,” which was seen by 5.85 million last week. The gap was even wider among the 18-to-49-year-old demographic most prized by advertisers. The AMC show had 6.3 million viewers in this demographic; “Zoo” had 1.2 million, Nielsen said.The ratings are “all the more special in this era of time-shifted viewing and audience fragmentation,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “None of it is possible without the fans, whose passion leads to these remarkable results.”CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 5 million viewers. NBC had 4.5 million, ABC had 3.3 million, Fox had 2.8 million, Univision had 2 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million, ION Television had 1.2 million and the CW had 1.1 million.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 1.94 million viewers in prime-time. The Disney Channel had 1.77 million, AMC had 1.76 million, USA had 1.65 million and HGTV had 1.57 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.2 million viewers. ABC’s “World News Tonight” was second with 7.9 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.4 million viewers.For the week of Aug. 17-23, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.86 million; “Fear the Walking Dead,” AMC, 10.13 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 9.12 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 8.34 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.56 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.82 million; “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 6.81 million; “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 6.52 million; “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 6.48 million; “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 6.15 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online: read more

Syria water restored in Aleppo after a 48day shutdown UNICEF reports

The al-Khafseh facility produces an average of 400 million litres of clean water daily. Drawing raw water from the Euphrates River, it is the sole source of drinking water for the entire city of Aleppo and eastern areas of the governorate.“Getting clean water flowing again for the people of Aleppo is lifesaving” said Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria. “One million children rely on this facility for safe drinking water essential for preventing waterborne diseases which can be life-threatening and in extreme cases deadly for children.”Weapon of War Water has been used as a weapon of war by all sides to the conflict in Syria. Millions of civilians are being deprived of clean water for drinking and domestic use. Tactics include shutting water off at the source, airstrikes and ground attacks on water facilities and hindering access for civilian workers to maintain, repair and operate facilities. UNICEF has documented such tactics in areas including Aleppo, Damascus, Rural Damascus, Dar’a and Hama. In 2015 alone, over five million Syrians faced potentially life-threatening water shortages as a result.“Parties to the conflict must stop attacking or deliberately interrupting water supply, which is indispensable for the survival of the population,” Ms. Singer said, stressing that they should protect the treatment, distribution systems, pipelines and personnel who repair water installations.“Syria’s children and their families have a right to safe drinking water and clean water for hygiene and health” she said.The al-Khafseh facility was deliberately shutdown on 16 January. Over the past weeks, UNICEF has been working closely with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to support water trucking, emergency repairs and rehabilitation so that water infrastructure systems are able to function to serve the entire population of Aleppo. read more

Record UK speeding fine of £96k handed to star footballer reduced to

Since April 2017, those caught driving at excessive speeds can be being fined up to 150 per cent of their weekly income. A leading Premier League footballer who was given a UK record speeding fine has had it reduced from £96,000 to £2000 after a magistrates error.Mario Lemina, a Southampton Football Club midfielder, was handed 18 points after his £50,000 Mercedes was caught breaking the speed limit three times.Lemina, 25, who already had 21 points on his licence, was ordered by Aldershot Magistrates’ Court to pay £96,425, the biggest fine ever given for a motoring offence in the UK.The footballer, of Ashley Heath, Dorset, admitted to three counts of failing to identify the driver of a car and the three charges of speeding were dropped.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––However, only days after the fine was ordered, it emerged that the court had sentenced him under the guidelines for the wrong charge.It is understood that the footballer was fined in relation to the guidelines for speeding offences rather than the guidelines for failing to identify the driver of a car, an offence for which there is a fixed limit.This means that the Gabonese player must pay just £2,301, only seven per cent of his £32,272 weekly wage. The mistake means that the 25-year-old  must pay just £2,301, only seven per cent of his £32,272 weekly wage. The court’s suspected mistake also means that the title for the UK’s heftiest motoring fine goes back to TV presenter Ant McPartlin, who was fined £86,000 for drink driving in April.Aldershot Magistrates Court also heard that the former Juventus player had family visiting throughout the time of the offences and was not sure if it was he who was behind the wheel.Leminna, who failed to reply to letters sent by the Hampshire Constabulary asking him to identify the driver of the Mercedes, did not appear in court and instead relied on his lawyer to enter his pleas.Cliff Morris said: “He didn’t realise the importance of the forms.English is not his first language, and his English is not particularly good. “He is not sure if his brother or his cousin was driving the vehicle at the time and the photographs don’t assist with this. He thought it best to plead guilty to failing to provide identification.” The mistake means that the 25-year-old must pay just £2,301, only seven per cent of his £32,272 weekly wage.Credit:Christopher Lee/Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Podravka beats Buducnost in Bar Lokomotiva beats Metalurg in Zagreb WRHL

In the women’s regional league, which was played in a rather mixed-up calendar, the 5th round saw Buducnost play against Podravka in Bar which saw the European Champion get a deserved defeat, while Lokomotiva beat Metalurg at home in a game from the 2nd round.BUDUĆNOST – PODRAVKA VEGETA 22:26 (11:18)BAR – Sports Center Topolica. Attendance: 300. Referees: Gjorgji Načevski i Slave Nikolov (both Macedonia). WRHL delegate: Radoš Rakočević (Montenegro).BUDUĆNOST: Woltering (6+0), Vukčević (5+0), Bralo; Miljanić 3, Trifunović, Mendy 5, Živković 6(6), Bulatović 2, Nikolić 1, Georgijevska, Ježić 1, Cvijić, Mehmedović 4, Pavićević, Knežević, Lazović. COACH: Dragan Adžić.PODRAVKA VEGETA: Žderić (18+0), Jelčić (-+0), Kapitanović (-); A. Čović, Ž. Čović 3, Pongrac 1, S. Šenvald, Gaće 3, Damnjanović 4(2), Milanović Litre, Dragišić, Vidak, Tatari 3, Horvat 2, Pušić-Koroljević 4, Bulath 6(3).COACH: Neven Hrupec.7-METERS: Budućnost 6(6), Podravka Vegeta 5(5).EXCLUSIONS: Budućnost 2 minute (Bulatović), Podravka Vegeta 8 minuta (Damnjanović i Milanović Litre   2+2).PLAYED OF THE GAME: Marta Žderić (Podravka Vegeta).izvor: rk-podravka LOKOMOTIVA – METALURG 25:21 (14:11)Zagreb, Hall: Doma sportovaAttendance: 400,Referees: Marić i Mašić (both Serbia)Lokomotiva: Razum, Bukovina(6+1 obrana), Smiljanić, Božović, Oštarijaš 2, Krsnik 5, Marković, Galić, Biloglav, Kožnjak 8, Janković 8, I. Milić 1, Prevendar, Debelić 1, Leto, Poljak.Coach: Nenad ŠoštarićMatalurg: Andrejeva (2 obrane), Ialomiteanu (4 obrane), Mečevska, Grozdanovska, Keramičijeva, Gjorgjevska, Bajramovska 2, Despodovska, Pecevska 4, Mladenovska, Nikolovska 4, Bašić 4, Milačić 3(3), Vasčuk 4, Ristovska, Mitrova.Coach: Krsto Petruševski buducnostBudućnost PodgoricalokomotivaMetalurg SkopjePodgoricaPodravkapodravka vegeta ← Previous Story Qatar wins Asian Youth Championship Next Story → Michael Haas goes to SC Magdeburg! read more

Roger Casement letter to prison inspector to sell for up to £12k

first_imgA LETTER WRITTEN by Irish nationalist and human rights campaigner Roger Casement to a police inspector just days after being committed to trial for treason in London is to be sold at auction next month.The signed and dated note to Superintendent Joseph Sandercock is expected to fetch between £8,000 and £12,000.Composed on 17 May 1916 from Brixton Prison, the letter quotes Robert Louis Stevenson and compliments the inspector for his “wholly chivalrous and high minded manner”.It was written to Sandercock – an inspector in the Metropolitan Police’s CID with a particular responsibility for counter-espionage – three months before the British diplomat turned Irish volunteer was put to death for treason – but he seemed to hold no anger towards his imprisoner and executor.“From the time you took me in custody at Euston on Easter Sunday and again took me to the Tower on Easter Tuesday you showed me the best side of an Englishman’s character – his native good heart,” Casement wrote.“Whatever you may think of my attitude towards your Government and the Realm I would only ask you to keep one thing, in that good heart of yours – and that is that a man may fight a country and its policy and yet not hate any individual of that Country.”Sotheby’s described the letter as “somewhat faded and spotted” but “professionally conserved”.The sale is due to take place at the London auction house on 10 December as part of a greater English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations auction.Controversial figureCasement, a former British consul, was held in high regard in the early 20th century for exposing atrocities in the rubber industry in Brazil, as well as other human rights abuses in the Congo and Peru. He was even knighted for his exploits in South America and Africa. However, he soon turned radically against his government because of the Home Rule crisis in 1913.He became a leading member of the Irish volunteers and travelled to Germany after the outbreak of World War I to garner German support for the Irish cause.On the way back with armaments, he was intercepted and arrested.He spent a few months in prison and was hanged on 3 August 1916, aged 51.In 1965, Casement’s body was repatriated to Ireland. During the five days while he lay in state at Arbour Hill, an estimated 500,000 people filed past his coffin. He was buried with full military honours in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.Complex politics or simple geography: Is Ireland part of the British Isles?National Library releases documents from Roger Casement’s incarcerationlast_img read more

Airbnb says new laws are unenforceable but minister says locals know the

first_img Image: Share53 Tweet Email8 Airbnb says new laws are ‘unenforceable’ but minister says locals know the short-term let on their street The minister said neighbours see the wheelie suitcases going in and out of properties at all hours. SHORT-TERM LETTING platform Airbnb has said the new laws to regulate the renting out of properties will be “unenforceable”. Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy disagrees, telling the Oireachtas Housing Committee this week that where it is happening on someone’s road, “everyone knows the short-term let house”.He said neighbours see the wheelie suitcases going in and out of properties at all hours. For this reason, the minister said he does not believe that regulation and enforcement will be difficult. “I don’t think it is a hidden activity. It is happening right in front of us,” he added. Under the proposed new laws, homeowners who currently let a second property on a short-term basis will no longer be allowed to do so. In addition, an annual cap of 90 days will apply for the renting out of a home and homeowners can only rent out their homes for 14 days or less at a time.Short-term lets of second properties will also not be permitted in Rent Pressure Zones, such as the city centre. Where a home or apartment is a person’s principal private residence, they will be permitted to rent out a room, or rooms, within their home for short-term letting without restriction. This includes B&Bs.EnforcementAirbnb argues that the new regulations will be difficult to enforce.“We want to work with the government on clear and effective home sharing rules that are good news for everyone. We have shared concerns with the government that current proposals are unenforceable and that rather than addressing local housing concerns, they would hurt local families, limit consumer choice and damage local economies,” the company said in a statement to statement added: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 12th 2019, 8:31 PM Friday 12 Apr 2019, 8:30 PMcenter_img Short URL By Christina Finn 32,108 Views 52 Comments Image: We have proposed clear rules that we believe balance the needs of everyone and that are consistent with our proactive approach in working with more than 500 governments around the world to help hosts share their homes, follow the rules and pay their fair share of tax.Fianna Fáil TDs such as Pat Casey said while he welcomed new law, he believed the legislation is “cumbersome” and will be “expensive to enforce”. He said planners in local authorities will be “bogged down” trying to identify properties who are in breach of the new regulations. “My responsibility is to the people living and working here,” said the minister. He added: “My responsibility is for housing, we have a housing supply shortage and I have to use every tool available to me to get housing stock back into the system.”Additional resources for local authorities The minister told the committee that obviously, the new regulations will require additional resources for local councils, stating that he is going to give additional resources. Under the new law, which the minister said will come into effect in 1 July, local authorities will be tasked with whether to grant someone with planning permission for a short-term let. Concerns were raised about a possible backlog in planning permission applications, with some suggestions of an eight week turnaround. The minister said this would not be the case as “999% of applications are going to be told no, immediately, based on their address” as they will be in Rent Pressure Zones. O’Brien said there are a few exceptions, where are areas in RPZs are not experiencing rental pressure, and where short-term lets add to the locality. While Murphy said what he will be communicating to local authorities is there will be a blanket refusal to the short-term let of second properties in RPZs, the regulations will allow for a “common sense approach” to be used by local authorities. ‘Common sense approach’In the regulations, the minister said the common sense approach will allow local councils “who believe there is scope to show some flexibility in your rent pressure zone”. However, he said the message he wanted to convey is that he doesn’t want someone from Temple Bar to think they can “chance their arm and get through a gap – if you are in an RPZ you will not be able to let a second property for short-term letting”. The minister said there will be “one or two incidences” where it will be permitted, and the guidelines (which will be discussed further next week) will allow for that flexibility. Questions about the regulation of the short-term let platforms were also put to the minister. In an “ideal world” Murphy said the changes to the planning laws would be coming in at the same time as regulations for the platforms. However, he said the issue of regulating platforms such as Airbnb is a case for the Department of Tourism, he said, adding that he did not know the timeline as to when that might become a reality. “When we do go to regulate short-term letting platforms” planning legislation will be still be required, he added. Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin said regulation of the platforms is “really, really important” due to the level of information the companies hold. He said there should be a State obligation on the companies, such as Airbnb, to share the information on lettings to the local authorities, stating that it would make the council’s work “a lot easier”. He said the companies should also be obliged to share their customer and booking information with Revenue, so as to ensure everyone is tax compliance. Ó Broin said there should also be sanctions for platforms that advertise properties that aren’t in line with the regulations. last_img read more

The Governor General and Parliamentarians Paid Respects to the Late Calvin Johnson

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 9, 2017 – Nassau – The Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, pictured, paid respects during the Viewing of the late Parliamentarian Calvin Johnson at Butler’s Funeral Home & Crematorium on Wednesday.Members of Parliament also paid their respects — among them, pictured signing the Book of Condolence is Minister of Public Works the Hon. Desmond Bannister, and, viewing the body, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. Renward Wells.    A State-Recognized Funeral for Mr. Johnson is being held today at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Clark County Food Bank celebrates new warehouse

first_imgLast year, the Clark County Food Bank had to turn away the equivalent of five tractor-trailers of food due to lack of storage space.This year, nothing will be turned away.Tuesday saw the grand opening of the Clark County Food Bank’s new home — a warehouse and distribution center that’s many times larger, handier and more modern than the old space.That old space, an 8,000-square-foot warehouse in Hazel Dell, was leased and required the addition of outdoor refrigerated trailers to squeeze in the perishable donations. The new space, owned by the food bank, is 22,000 square feet with more exterior bay doors, more refrigerator and freezer space, more dry storage space, a large repacking room, administrative offices and a big meeting room that doubles as teaching kitchen.• What: The area’s first owner-occupied central food bank warehouse.• Where: 6502 N.E. 47th Ave.• Cost: $4.2 million in private gifts and support from federal, state and local governments.• Opened for business: Dec. 6.• Features: Drive-in refrigerator and freezer, offices, meeting space/teaching kitchen.• Distributions: The warehouse is not an operating food pantry; it stores and sends distributions to local pantries and soup kitchens.• On the Web:“Wow. This is a dream come true,” said Steve Rusk, business administrator of the Salvation Army of Clark County — which took over management of the original Clark County Food Bank Coalition in 1994. It was about a decade later, he said, that the Salvation Army and other partner agencies agreed that an expansion was in order.Five years and $4.2 million later, the building is open for business.“I wasn’t sure I’d ever see this day,” said James Fitzgerald, food bank operations manager, who’s been stationed at the tight Hazel Dell warehouse for more than 14 years. Fitzgerald thanked all the donors, large and small, who made the new building possible.last_img read more

Wilmington Public Schools Receives 750000 Grant To Improve The Health Of Its Students

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools recently received a substantial grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to expand its health services in an effort to improve student attendance and boost academic achievement.Wilmington was awarded a four-year Comprehensive School Health Services Grant at $75,000 annually. The grant comes with three, 2-year options to renew, meaning Wilmington excepts to receive $750,000 in funding.The grant process was competitive. Wilmington’s grant amount was based on student enrollment, community need, and the level of programming that schools committed to in their grant applications. Wilmington was one of 123 public school districts in the state to receive the grant.The grant writing committee recently appeared in front of the Wilmington School Committee to share the good news. The Committee consisted of Director of Nursing Services Doreen Crowe; Assistant Superintendent Brian Reagan; Coordinator of Behavioral Health & Social Emotional Support Christine Murray; Health & Physical Education Liaison Laura Stinson; Athletic Director Tim Alberts; ESL Director Susan MacDonald; and Middle School Nurse Janice Bacon.Crowe explained how the funding will positively impact health services to students in Wilmington.A part-time social worker (.4 FTE) will be hired at the high school to support its new Bridge Program, which assists students who have been absent from school for an extended period of time due to a health issue to successfully return to the classroom.A part-time care coordinator (.4 FTE) will be hired to help coordinating care to students with mental and physical health needs.In addition to program support and professional development, the district will use funds to improve and expand its health curriculum.As a result of the grant, Athletic Director Tim Alberts noted that health education will now be offered at the PreK and Kindergarten levels, and new nutrition education materials will be purchased at the elementary level.The district hopes these measures – and several others outlined – will help decrease chronic absenteeism and childhood obesity amongst its students, while increasing individualized health care plans and services to its students with mental and behavioral health conditions.“All the evidence points to the fact that children can’t learn if they are not healthy,” said Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders in a recent press release announcing the grant recipients. “This funding will support our efforts to keep students healthy, in school, and prepared to learn.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”Wilmington Public Schools Receives $13,000 Grant To Combat Vaping At High School & Middle SchoolIn “Community”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

Former Equifax exec gets 4 months in prison for insider trading after

first_img 0 Share your voice Tags Equifax Hacking Post a comment Security A former CIO for Equifax has been sentenced to four months in prison for insider trading related to the company’s massive data breach in 2017. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images A former Equifax executive who sold his stock in the consumer credit reporting firm before it announced a massive data breach has been sentenced to four months in federal prison for insider trading. Jun Ying, former chief information officer for the company’s US Information Solutions, was also ordered to pay about $117,000 in restitution and a $55,000 fine, the US Attorney’s Office said Thursday.In 2017, Equifax announced that it suffered a data breach that would affect more than half of the US population, exposing the Social Security numbers, names and addresses of 147 million Americans. The company learned about the breach on July 29, 2017, but didn’t announce it publicly for nearly three months.On Aug. 25, 2017, Ying texted a co-worker about the breach, saying it “sounds bad. We may be the one breached,” according to the indictment. The next week, Ying conducted a web search to learn what happened to Experian’s stock price after the company experienced a data breach in 2015.Three days later, Ying sold all his shares in Equifax, making more than $950,000. Ying’s insider trading happened 10 days before Equifax publicly announced its breach.Ying, 44, is the second Equifax employee convicted of insider trading related to the data breach. Sudhakar Reddy Bonthu, a former Equifax software development manager, pleaded guilty in 2018 to using the insider information to make more than $75,000 on the stock market. Bonthu was ordered to serve eight months home confinement, pay a $50,000 fine and forfeit the proceeds from the stock sale.Correction, July 1: Corrected name of company involved in 2015 breach to Experian. last_img read more

Trump Putin to meet in Helsinki on 16 July

first_imgDonald Trump & Vladimir Putin. File PhotoUS president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin will hold a summit on 16 July in Helsinki, the Kremlin and the White House said on Thursday, firming up the place and date for a meeting that had already been agreed on.“The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues,” the White House said in a statement.Trump had said on Wednesday the meeting would likely take place after a 11-12 July summit of NATO leaders and that the Finnish capital was a possible venue.Moscow and Washington announced the time and place of the meeting simultaneously.The two countries struck a deal on Wednesday to hold a summit soon.Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov, speaking after Putin met US national security adviser John Bolton in the Kremlin, said the summit would take place in a mutually convenient third country and that several more weeks were needed to prepare for it.last_img read more

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival to be held from January 18 to 20

first_imgKolkata: The Pulitzer winner for Fiction 2018 Andrew Sean Greer, mythology expert and author Devdutt Pattanaik, historian Ramchandra Guha, actor Naseeruddin Shah will be among the personalities addressing the 10th Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival to be held from January 18 to 20. The list of 16 speakers would also include historian and biographer Rajmohan Gandhi, writer and parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor, columnist and novelist Shobhaa De and journalist Seema Goswami, the AKLF said in a statement Saturday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The festival will have sections like New Writers – Competition to identify and promote budding writers, Womens Writing, Childrens Lit Fest featuring leading children writers, literary quizzes, interactive sessions and storytelling and Poetry Caf to showcase classic and new poetry collections, poets and prose writers. The AKLF 2019 will focus on health, current affairs, womens issues and childrens literature among other themes, Director of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF), Maina Bhagat said in the release. Since 2010, the festival has presented live theatre performances, heritage walks, street theatre, eclectic live musical performances, film screenings and literary sessions, she said.last_img read more

AMPAIs Common Entrance Exam to be held on June 23

first_imgKolkata: The Association of Minority Professional Academic Institutes, popularly known as ‘AMPAI’, has announced that its Common Entrance Examination CEE-AMPAI-2019-WB, will be conducted for the sixth consecutive year on June 23 under the supervision of state Higher Education department.It will be conducted for admission to 4-year B.Tech and B.Pharm courses as per government order issued by state Higher Education department recently. The Common Entrance Examination presents yet another excellent opportunity to the students aspiring for B.Tech and B.Pharm degree courses to secure admission in the top ranking engineering colleges of the state. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThis year, CEE-AMPAI examination will be held at various centres spread across the length and breadth of the country including West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh. CEE-AMPAI will allow students to take admission in various streams under B.Tech and B.Pharm in the top ranking engineering colleges of the state such as JIS College of Engineering, Kalyani, Narula Institute of Technology, Kolkata, Guru Nanak Institute of Technology, Kolkata, Guru Nanak Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Kolkata, and Dr. Sudhir Chandra Sur Degree Engineering College, Kolkata. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThis year, the total number of seats available in CEE-AMPAI is 1164. The applications are available online and offline till June 16, 2019. The examination syllabus will be similar to the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination and there would be no negative marking. Though preference will be given to Sikh minority students during the admission, other minority and non-minority students will also get chance to take admission based on the merit list.last_img read more