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Danish bakers fears recipe step-change for cinnamon rolls

first_imgDanish bakers have been asked to make sure the amount of cinnamon they use falls within EU rules, after a survey found that 50% of products contained levels above the limit.A recent study of food samples by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, found that 50% of fine baked goods contained too much coumarin, according to ABC News.Coumarin is a chemical compound found in the most common variety of cinnamon, which has been linked to liver damage.As reported in The Telegraph, under Danish interpretation of the EU legislation the amount of cinnamon in “everyday fine baked goods” will be limited to 15mg per kilo meaning a ban on Kanelsnegler pastries, a traditional product in all Nordic countries.Hardy Christensen, head of the Danish Bakers’ Association, told The Telegraph: “It’s the end of the cinnamon roll as we know it.”It is understood further discussions about what action will be taken are due to take place in February.last_img read more

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Aldi becomes Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket after 12.4% sales growth

first_imgAldi has overtaken The Co-operative to become Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket chain.The discount retailer’s sales rose 12.4% year on year against an overall 1.7% increase in grocery market sales, according to Kantar Worldpanel grocery market share figures for the 12 weeks ending 29 January 2017. This saw Aldi’s share of the market increase by 0.6 percentage points to 6.2%.Just a decade ago, Aldi was the UK’s 10th-largest food retailer with a 2% share of the market, said Kantar Worldpanel retail and consumer insight head Fraser McKevitt.“Since then the grocer has grown rapidly. Underpinned by an extensive programme of store openings, the past quarter has seen Aldi attract 826,000 more shoppers than during the same period last year,” he said.Although overtaken by Aldi, Co-op grew ahead of the market at 2%, driven by a 7% increase in own-label sales.Of the major retailers, Asda was the only one to record a drop in sales, with a 1.9% decline, leading to a loss of 0.6 points in market share (see table below).Morrisons was the fastest-growing retailer, and saw sales rise 1.9% year on year. The retailer’s premium own-label performance was particularly strong, with its revamped The Best range making its way into 14% of Morrisons’ baskets.Retail prices have continued to rise since the start of the year, pointed out Kantar, with inflation in the cost of a basket of everyday groceries climbing to 0.7%.This followed a period of deflation from September 2014 to December 2016. Rising prices in markets such as butter, fish and tea have been offset by falling prices in categories including eggs, bacon and washing up products, said Kantar.Bakery businesses including Premier Foods and Finsbury Foods are among food manufacturers to have warned that rising commodity costs are putting pressure on retail prices.last_img read more

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Bako North Western names Mike Tully CEO

first_imgFormer Bako Northern & Scotland boss Mike Tully has been appointed chief executive of Bako North Western Group.Tully, who starts his new role this Friday (6 October), was chief executive officer at Bako Northern & Scotland for four years and previously spent seven years as general manager for sites across the BFP Wholesale business.He replaces Mark Tomlinson, who left Bako North Western Group (Bako NW) in June after eight years as CEO.Bako NW described Tully as having years of experience in the bakery wholesale sector and a “proven track record for success”.“The wealth of knowledge Mike brings to the Bako Northern Western Group will serve to further grow and enhance the business,” said Bako NW chairman Joe Hall. “We wish him every success in his new role and are looking forward to an exciting future with Mike at the helm.”Bako NW has grown in recent years with the acquisition of Bako South Eastern, Anglian Bakery & Catering Suppliers and Bako Northern & Scotland.last_img read more

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Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra Adds Dhani Harrison To 2019 Summer Tour

first_imgOn Monday, decorated British singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jeff Lynne announced that multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Dhani Harrison will join his North American Electric Light Orchestra summer tour as the opening act on all 20 dates. The upcoming tour comes on the heels of Lynne’s first North American tour since 1981, the better part of four decades ago.Harrison released his debut solo album In///Parallel in 2017 and most recently scored HBO’s four-part documentary series “The Case Against Adnan Syed”, which premiered March 10th.The tour begins July 20th, 2019, at Anaheim, CA’s Honda Center, before making stops in Sacremento, San Jose, Vancouver, Tacoma, and Portland, June 22nd-29th. The tour will then head south to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on July 3rd, before making stops in Atlanta, Tampa, Sunrise, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Newark, July 5th-16th. After hitting Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena on July 18th, the band will wrap up their 20-date tour with Midwest performances in Detroit, Grand Rapids, St. Paul, Chicago, Columbus, and Pittsburgh, July 20th-August 1st.Known as one of the most iconic forces in music history, Jeff Lynne’s ELO has spent the last two years with a critically acclaimed and chart-topping album, a sold-out run of U.K. and European shows, as well as a 2017 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.For ticketing and more information, head to the ELO website.Jeff Lynne’s ELO 2019 North American Tour Dates:06/20 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center06/22 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center06/24 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center06/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena06/28 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome06/29 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center07/03 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena07/05 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena07/07 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena07/09 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center07/11 – Washington, DC @ Capitol One Arena07/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center07/16 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center07/18 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena07/20 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena07/23 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena07/25 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center07/27 – Chicago, IL @ United Center07/30 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena08/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints ArenaView Tour Dateslast_img read more

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University to launch surveillance testing Friday

first_imgSurveillance testing on the Notre Dame student body will begin Friday, an email from the University COVID-19 Response Unit said Thursday.“Surveillance testing involves testing a random selection of people from across campus to identify asymptomatic and presymptomatic individuals and help avert potential outbreaks before they occur,” the email said.If a student is randomly selected to be tested, they will receive a text message the day prior to their appointment informing them of the date and time they should report to the University Testing Center (UTC). Once at the UTC, students will be directed to a line specifically marked for surveillance. Afterward, students are to return to their housing unit and await test results.Students who test positive are required to contact the COVID-19 Response Unit.Faculty and staff will be included in surveillance testing after the program is launched.Tags: covid response unit, surveillance testing, university testing centerlast_img read more

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Signs of Bullying

first_imgThe website defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” Bullying can include making threats, spreading rumors, physically or verbally attacking someone, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.Has your child ever been the victim of a bully? According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 28 percent of students ages 12 to 18 report that they’re bullied at school. Every day, the fear of bullying causes 160,000 students miss school.To combat bullying, you have to know that it is happening. Watch for warning signs:Changes in personality: Children who were outgoing and confident might become more reserved and self-conscious.A desire to stay home from school: Many parents report this as the first warning sign that bullying was a problem for their children.A drop in grades: Victims of bullying tend to get lower grades. The adverse psychological effects of bullying make them unable to focus in class.Nightmares or trouble sleeping: Anxiety from bullying can cause children to have problems sleeping at night or to wake up in the middle of the night with nightmares.Frequent headaches and stomachaches: Several studies of elementary and middle school children showed that victims of bullying were more likely to have frequent health complaints including headaches, fatigue, colds, sore throats and stomachaches.Unexplained injuries and/or lost or damaged property: Unexplained bruises or cuts is a sign that your child is being physically bullied. Missing or damaged property can mean that a bully is targeting your child’s property instead of hitting or attacking them.Nervousness when talking about computer or cell phone use: Many kids who are being cyberbullied are afraid their parents will take away their cell phones and/or their internet privileges if they know what’s happening.Self-destructive behavior: If your child seems less interested in their well-being or begins participating in dangerous or harmful activities, address the situation immediately and get professional help if necessary. Twenty percent of high school students say that they have seriously considered suicide in the last 12 months.There are ways that you can help prevent your child from becoming a target for bullies and stop bullying that has already started. One of the most important things you can do is to talk to your kids about bullying. Share experiences that you or other family members have had with bullying when you were younger. If your child opens up to you, praise him or her for being brave enough to discuss it and offer your unconditional love and support.Document each incident when bullying occurs so that you can build a case against the bully. Be sure to talk to your child’s school to find out its policies on how staff and teachers can address the situation. Find out what the bully is after — if it is lunch money or technological gadgets — and neutralize the situation by encouraging your child to pack a lunch or go to school gadget-free.Tell your child to buddy up with one or more friends at all times. Two or more kids are less likely to be picked on than a child who is alone. Remind your child to use the buddy system when on the school bus, in the bathroom or anywhere bullies may lurk. Talk to your child about what to do if they’re bullied. The best defense may be to remain calm, ignore hurtful remarks, tell the bully to stop and walk away. Bullies thrive by hurting others. A child who is not easily upset has a better chance of staying off a bully’s radar.Do not fight the battle against bullying alone. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk to the bully’s parents, usually in a neutral setting (like the school) where a school official (a counselor, teacher or principal) can mediate. If you choose to go this route, strive to remain as calm as possible when talking to the bully’s parents. Just present the facts and offer up any evidence you may have.For more resources to combat bullying, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a robust bullying information website at read more

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In Search of Hygge: 4 Cozy and Warm Winter Adventures in the Southeast

first_imgHygge is a Danish lifestyle hack that loosely translates to being warm and cozy with friends while outside it is dark and cold. The concept is particularly vital in the winter, when comfort and cheer are necessary to combat the season’s long, dreary nights. And like most good things, Hygge is best enjoyed when it’s been earned. Nothing enhances the peaceful contents of a snowy cabin like a full day of exploring the frozen Appalachians. Here are four Hygge-inspired adventures in the southeast to experience this winter.#1 Jones Mountain Cabin, Va.The Jones Mountain Cabin, nestled inside the wilderness of Shenandoah National Park, is like a portal to early America. Visitors will need to light a flame in the hearth and a fire in the wood stove in order to fill this rough-hewn log cabin with heat and warmth. Secluded in a quiet hardwood forest, this rustic abode is prime territory for finding Hygge.The cabin is available to rent through the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. It is the most remote of all the cabins available in the Shenandoah Wilderness. The hike in is a three and a half mile journey of gentle climbs and descents through a landscape that’s as peaceful as a Robert Frost poem.The cabin is a nice space for two, but it can sleep up to ten if you’d like to bring along your friends. According to the Danish people, masters of coziness, the more people to gather around the woodstove, the better. For the evening’s entertainment, Bear Church Rock Overlook is a quick side hike away. With far-reaching views of the Virginia Appalachians, this rocky outcrop is a beautiful spot to settle in with a sleeping bag and a mug of hot chocolate to take in a wintery pastel sunset.#2 New River Trail and Grassy Creek Caboose From the Polar Express to the Box Car Children, train travel has always been iconic of cozy exploration. The New River Trail is a linear state park in Southwest Virginia that follows an abandoned railroad. Whether you’re traveling by foot, bicycle, or horseback, this 57 mile long trail passes over bridges and trestles, travels through tunnels and countryside, and coasts along the picturesque New River. After a snowfall, its gentle gradient begs to be explored by snow shoe or cross-country ski.What could be more fitting after a day of riding the rail trail then bunking down in your own train car? Grassy Creek Caboose and Depot in Fancy Gap may be the quirkiest—and coziest—accommodations you’ll find along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Each private caboose is a retired working train car refurbished with all the modern amenities, including a Jacuzzi built for two. The Depot sits on thirty-three acres of high altitude meadows and pine thickets, with Grassy Creek running through. Curl up and watch the snowflakes twirl from inside your tiny train, or take in the stars from the pocket-sized front porch.#3 Sleepy Creek Cabin and Grandfather Mountain, Boone, N.C.Grandfather Mountain State Park’s 2,456 acres of backcountry are a paradise of shimmering alpine forests and windswept summits in the winter. Ice-slick ladders and exposed rocky scrambles transform a day on the trails into an exhilarating endeavor, priming you for maximum coziness later on.Tucked away on four wooded acres, yet only fifteen minutes outside of Boone, Sleepy Creek Cabin is the epitome of high country Hygge. It’s the very scene you daydream about at the end of a cold day in the outdoors: a rustic home of stone and logs, its windows glowing with lamplight inside a frosted forest. Here you can savor a perfect evening après in front of a blazing fire, and study the trail map over your morning coffee on the quiet front porch.#4 White Grass Garage Mahall and White Grass Ski Center, W.V.The White Grass Touring Center is situated in the Cabin Mountain Range of West Virginia’s High Alleghenies. Thirty-seven miles of maintained trails wind through the snowy landscape, topping out at 4,463 feet. The Trailside GarageMahal is a private, two-bedroom lodge that sits adjacent to the touring center. On a secluded eight-acre preserve of woods and frozen waterfalls, this comfy cabin is a perfect basecamp for a weekend of Nordic skiing through the Canaan Valley.On Fridays and Saturdays, the White Grass Café offers dinner and a live band. Nothing enhances Hygge like the cheer of good music and good food, enjoyed together during a long winter night. After your meal, lace up your boots and walk home to the hot bath and a soft bed waiting next door, and prepare for another day of zipping through cottony packedsnow.last_img read more

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Hurricane Tomas Passes Through Haiti Leaving at Least Six Dead

first_img Hurricane Tomas passed through Haiti, November 5th, leaving at least six dead, but spared the Caribbean nation from wider destruction, as had been initially feared, although it is still difficult to assess the extent of the damage, and certain areas remained isolated due to heavy flooding. Rain levels decreased Friday afternoon over the capital, Port-au-Prince, which had clear skies, according to an AFP reporter. Due to the alert launched by the government, the city appeared empty. Schools, public offices, banks and the airport were all closed with the exception of a few small businesses where Haitians were buying provisions. Speaking to the Haitian people, President René Préval, however, urged them not to let down their guard: “The heavy rains and winds from hurricane Tomas which have caused dangerous mudslides and heavy flooding could worsen the cholera epidemic. Remain vigilant.” Haiti has been battling a cholera epidemic since mid-October, which has killed at least 442 people. Hurricane Tomas left a toll of six dead in its wake between Thursday and Friday in Haiti, with two of the deaths reported in Léogâne, a city in western Haiti that was 60% destroyed during the January 12 earthquake, and which is now one of the hardest hit areas following the hurricane. “There will be more victims due to flooding and mudslides”, warned Philippe Joseph, of the Haitian Civil Defense, noting that the most affected areas remained inaccessible due to blocked roads and damaged bridges. Préval announced his government stands ready to provide massive aid to the affected areas “once the condition of the roads permits it.” International aid is already reaching Haiti. The United States has prepared emergency supplies to assist 125,000 people with hygiene kits, potable water, cooking utensils, and blankets, said Mark Ward from the United States Department of State, in charge of coordinating international emergency aid. France announced it would be sending a cargo plane stocked with aid supplies. Meanwhile, the USS Iwo Jima, with almost 1,600 service members onboard as part of the Continuing Promise 2010 (CP10) mission stand ready to support the Government of Haiti. Presently, CP10 personnel are preparing to support USAID and UN efforts to respond to the storm. Initial support will likely consist of aerial road and damage assessments after the storm and moving supplies to areas where they are most needed. By Dialogo November 06, 2010last_img read more

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Vukovar-Srijem County connects farmers with hoteliers in Dubrovnik-Neretva County

first_imgPhoto: Vukovar-Srijem Tourist Board Certainly praise for this step because this is the right and only way to connect blue and green Croatia. Unfortunately, we are at least 20 years late and today it is much more difficult, but not impossible, it must be imperative to establish a system that combines production (agriculture and meat industry) and high consumption generated by tourism. It is ridiculous to look at, from today’s perspective, how our tourism encourages imports rather than local production. On the one hand we have a huge need and consumption through tourism, and on the other hand from Dalmatian Zagora, the interior of Istria to Slavonia large uncultivated areas and destroyed agriculture. Only long ago it was necessary to connect the dots and connect the two logical things. This is the meaning of tourism, to increase tourist spending, and to reduce it to the local economy with maximum use of local resources. On the one hand we have a record trusit season, and on the other a record low agriculture production. (Canak on that topic soon). Vukovar-Srijem County Prefect Božo Galić stated that the main goal of the meeting was to find out what and how much hoteliers in the south of Croatia need. “We want to save our family farms, so we founded the Agro-cluster, in cooperation with our County and several municipalities and with the Faculty of Agriculture in Osijek and the Cooperative “Vinkovačka šparoga”. We started with activities, this is our first year and we are going in the right direction. In 10 years, we have lost 3000 households. Now there are about 6000 of them. We, as the County, are working on the infrastructure, and here we want to know, openly and honestly, how we can concretely cooperate ”, said Galic. He mentioned that such cooperation would save many Slavonian family farms, and added that he could personally guarantee the high quality of products from our county. The President of the Management Board of the Hotel Maestral, Julijo Srgota, pointed out that the imperative is the distribution and uniformity of products. ”We are in an awkward distribution situation, but if a deal is done with one of the larger hotel houses, we are all here for such cooperation. We need to see concrete products. It doesn’t have to be the cheapest, but let it be our ecological product as well. This is extremely trendy today”. Director of Agro-cluster Zdenko Podolar noted that “classic” products are also produced in Slavonia, but also those that are not as well known as domestic asparagus, and pointed outWe have established contacts with hoteliers from Istria, we have established six subclusters that we connect with consumers, ie hoteliers. We already have a cluster of wine and honey and as a result we have reached some 140 food items that we can offer in sufficient quantities” Opportunities are all around us, and the only question is whether we will take advantage of them. Because those who are proactive, creative, innovative and those who want and are engaged in market development are developing. The Days of Croatian Tourism, which will be held in Slavonia, are a great opportunity to show a positive story from Slavonia and to present a model of connecting blue and green Croatia with synergy. In the old days, this is a unique opportunity that should not be missed, because about 1200 tourist workers from all over Croatia will come to Slavonia. “Achieving this cooperation is not a simple matter of good will, it should be worked on persistently. Every year, we give Vukovar-Srijem County a mandarin tug, and this year they gave us an apple tug. It is of course all symbolic, but it shows what kind of friendly relations we have”, Said the prefect of Dubrovnik-Neretva County Nikola Dobroslavić, and suggested that at the traditional meeting of winemakers of Dubrovnik-Neretva County with caterers and hoteliers in early February to present the products of family farms represented in the Agro-cluster. We fall for eggs, lettuce, mussels, potatoes, etc.… it all comes from imports, and domestic production is at its lowest levels. On the other hand, it remains a pity at the moment because again there is no synergy of the whole of Slavonia. It is precisely the lack of clusters, cooperatives… whatever you call them all these years that is one of the main reasons for the decline of agriculture in Croatia. Today, due to the great influence and power of imports, and the disconnection and collapse of agriculture, it is much more difficult to connect everything. It is the model of cooperatives that has proven to be crucial in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, etc.… where farmers have connected and networked, and thus have quality, technology, quantity and are competitive, while in our country individuals alone can certainly not be competitors. One plastic example, in our country there are 10 tractors for every 10 farmers, while in a cooperative there is one tractor for every 10 same producers. Thus, the cost of procurement, maintenance and production is divided into 10 of them, and the tractor is therefore both efficient and cost-effective. By the way, Vukovar-Srijem County established several agricultural clusters last year, and concrete meetings have already been held. Thus, Agro cluster held a meeting with the municipality of Tar-Vabriga and hotel and catering companies from Istria, and also the hotel companies Valamar and Plava laguna were presented the project of connecting and networking family farms in Vukovar-Srijem County. Also, this year, instead of the previous five counties, ie five tourist brands and products on the market, Slavonia will finally act as one tourist brand – Slavonia. I also hope to end the crazy practice that each Slavonian county develops its own tourist product and brand, without such important synergies. What does Osijek-Baranja County or Vukovar-Srijem County mean to a domestic guest, and especially a foreign one? Absolutely nothing. On the contrary, the perception of Slavonia from Zagreb and below is precisely from Baranja, Osijek, Požega, Sl. Brod to Vukovar and Ilok. And now we return to the beginning of the story. Why the whole of Slavonia did not unite, saw its capacities and quantities and thus united united to the Dubrovnik-Srijem County, and the tourism sector in general. Again, there is no coordination and synergy, which is certainly a shame. Because if we go back to logic to the example of clusters / cooperatives, it is the only logical and sustainable one. center_img Of course, as there are many challenges in the whole process, first it is necessary to define the needs of hoteliers, secondly whether we have sufficient quantities, as well as the possibility of stable delivery throughout the season, because the tourism sector has a daily need for large quantities, uniformity of quality, storage and refrigerators. transport and finally when we define everything we can talk about the price of the product. Comment: A combination of blue and green Croatia It is important, at least at the beginning, as one of the conclusions of the meeting is that all hoteliers from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County have expressed interest in cooperation as well as readiness to resolve any difficulties. At the end of May 2018, the Agreement on Cooperation between the five Slavonian counties was finally signed, which is the basis for joint participation in the preparation and implementation of development projects in eastern Croatia. show the tourist potentials of eastern Croatia that can be domestic, but also European and world tourist brand. In conclusion, the efforts of Vukovar-Srijem County in the past year should be praised, clusters have been established, concrete meetings have been held, but certainly a broader story, especially through the context of synergy of all five Slavonian counties, and how we must speed up all processes because we are years late. Also, the focus must be on market development, and policy can only be a plus and an upgrade, not the only path of development. After all, the purpose of policy is to create positive frameworks for development. This is a broad topic, and I opened and mentioned one small segment and there are a lot of challenges ahead of everyone that we can finally talk about the combination of blue and green Croatia. It was concluded that there is room for cooperation in marketing products from Vukovar-Srijem County to the tourism sector in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, and in that direction a presentation of these products will be organized at the traditional meeting of winemakers with caterers and hoteliers. Also, a visit of representatives of tourist agencies of the southernmost Croatian county to Slavonia will be organized, in order to explore possible ways of cooperation and overcome the problems of spatial distance and transportation costs. It was also jointly agreed that subsidies for the Osijek-Dubrovnik flight would be sought. The President of the Professional Group of Hoteliers at the Dubrovnik County Chamber, Željko Miletić, said that the preconditions for cooperation with large hotel houses had been created.I believe that colleagues will do everything to connect hotel houses with family farms and that we work together. You have a range of products that are in demand, I believe every hotelier is on the trail of that”, Said Miletic. SYNERGY FINALLY! FIVE SLAVONIAN COUNTIES SIGNED AGREEMENT ON JOINT COOPERATION RELATED NEWS: A working meeting was held in Dubrovnik, attended by the delegation of the Vukovar-Srijem County and representatives of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The topic of establishing stronger economic cooperation between blue and green Croatia was discussed. SLAVONIA WILL FINALLY BRAND IT AS A TOURIST DESTINATIONlast_img read more

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Hungary will tighten the border crossing from September 01st

first_img“As the school year begins, we will no longer be able to have the same border crossing system used during the summer”Orban said. Croatia is still on the green list in Hungary, so for now there is no special regime for crossing the border. Under current regulations, those returning from countries with a higher rate of infection must only be quarantined for 14 days unless they produce two negative viruses. What the rules will be from September 01, is not yet stated. According to the media narrative that is being communicated, there is already a pattern of all countries slowly closing or tightening borders due to the beginning of the school year.center_img Hungary will tighten border crossing rules from September 1st to prevent the spread of coronavirus as the number of new infections grows in neighboring countries, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday. Reuters.last_img read more

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Mexico stops brewing Corona beer, deemed non-essential in epidemic

first_img“If the federal government considers it appropriate to issue some clarification confirming beer as an agro-industrial product, at Grupo Modelo we are ready to execute a plan with more than 75% of our staff working from home and at the same time guaranteeing the supply of beer,” the statement said.Grupo Modelo operates 11 breweries in Mexico. Mexico’s Grupo Modelo said on Thursday it will temporarily stop brewing Corona beer and other brands exported to 180 countries after its business activities were declared non-essential under a government order aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.The Mexican government this week declared a health emergency and ordered the suspension of non-essential activities.The brewer said in a statement that the suspension will go into place from Sunday. Topics :last_img read more

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Asian shares start cautiously amid elevated valuations, oil skids

first_imgAsian shares started Monday on the backfoot as investors grapple with sky-high valuations against the backdrop of a global economy in the grip of a deep coronavirus-induced recession while oil prices dropped sharply.Japan’s Nikkei was down 0.4 percent ahead of a heavy week of macroeconomic data with figures on household spending, current account and gross domestic product due on Tuesday.Some analysts expect a fresh dose of fiscal stimulus in the country before the year-end while predicting ‘Abenomics’ will be retained even after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe steps down from the helm. Australian shares slipped 0.4 percent while South Korea and New Zealand’s benchmark index were off 0.1 percent each.That left MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan barely changed after two straight days of losses toppled it from a 2-1/2-year peak last week.World shares hit a record high last week as central bank stimulus drove asset valuations to heady levels. The rally cooled late last week as tech stocks sold off while worries over patchy economic recovery dogged investors.The immediate focus on the day will be on China’s exports and imports data for August, due later in the morning. China’s exports are expected to have posted a second month of solid gains in August as more of its trading partners relaxed coronavirus lockdowns and reopened their economies, a Reuters poll showed.US stock futures opened in the red, with E-minis for the S&P 500 down 0.3 percent and Nasdaq futures sliding 1.1 percent. US markets will be closed on Monday for Labor Day.Nasdaq futures were dragged lower by the exclusion of Tesla from a group of companies that were being added to the S&P 500.Analysts at Jefferies expect the equities market correction to extend further.“Our risk indices have begun to turn from their euphoria highs,” Jefferies said.“It is not unthinkable that global equities are set to churn in a range for a while as some of the orphan sectors/countries are refranchised while the richly valued sectors pause or unwind,” it added.“On the balance of probabilities, last week’s correction has further room to go.”Jefferies said it was switching its weighting on MSCI All World index to “tactically bearish” in the short term.It noted that a gauge of volatility has nudged higher in the past three months alongside a steepening in US 10-year to 5-year Treasury yield curve as well as the 30-year to 5-year curve.“We wonder how much moves in both would upset the equity market,” Jefferries said.Later this week, investors will look for data on US inflation with both producer and consumer prices expected to remain mostly steady.“With slack in the labor market and broader economy to remain for years, it’s hard to see where sustainably higher inflation will come from,” Brown Brothers Harriman said in a note.“That said, the bottom line is that US rates will stay lower for longer. Full stop.”In commodities, oil prices dropped more than US$1 a barrel, hitting their lowest since July, after Saudi Arabia made the deepest monthly price cuts for supply to Asia in five months.Fading optimism about demand recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic also weighed. US crude fell 2 percent to $38.97 a barrel. Brent crude skidded 1.9 percent to $41.85.Policy meetings at the Bank of Canada on Wednesday and the European Central Bank (ECB) the following day are also on investors’ radar, with both expected to keep policy steady.Action in the forex market was muted.In currencies, the dollar was flat against the yen at 106.27 while the euro held at $1.1838.The British pound was a shade weaker at $1.3248 ahead of a new round of Brexit talks with the European Union on Monday.Topics :last_img read more

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Act fast to get in to these suburbs

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThis ‘iconic Straddie beach shack’ has recently been renovated.Called Cabana, the recently refurbished house is on the market for the first time in almost 50 years. It is listed with Discover Stradbroke.Also on the market is 41 Cumming Parade — a five-bedroom house that comes with its own tiki bar and views over Home Beach. It is listed with Ray White North Stradbroke. And this house comes with great views and its own tiki barMeanwhile, Buccan, a semirural suburb in Logan, has many large acreage properties suitable for families. While there are no schools, there are plenty in the adjoining suburbs. The median house prices in Buccan is $638,535 with 12.2 per cent capital growth over the last three years, according to RiskWise. The median equity is $211,180 with a percentage of 53.7 per cent.Closer to the CBD, the leafy suburb of Herston has a mix of heritage and new homes. The latest data from CoreLogic shows that just 12 houses have sold in Herston in the past 12 months, with the median house sales price now $774,500.A search of revealed available houses in short supply, with just three currently on the market. Harcourt Solutions agent Alan Woo, who works in the Herston area, recently told the Courier Mail that they always had a list of potential buyers keen to get in to the suburb.“Many of the houses are held for a long time and we see a lot of older owner occupiers now selling up and younger owner occupiers wanting to move in,” he said.Of the three available houses, one is being marketed by Place New Farm — a four bedroom Queenslander at 46 Garrick Terrace. The Herston house — listed with Place New Farm — was one of only three on is close to the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Kelvin Grove QUT and CBD, and falls within the catchment of Kelvin Grove State College — major selling points for Herston. This ‘iconic Straddie beach shack’ is on the market.Buccan is next at 18.2 years followed by Herston (17.2), Pallara (17) and MacGregor (16.3).RiskWise CEO Doron Peleg said when an area enjoyed such long holding periods it meant the suburb generally provided “something outstanding” for its residents such as a strong community, location and proximity to employment or the CBD, good schools, transport and services.“If a suburb has some of these characteristics people don’t see any reason to sell. Basically, they don’t want to leave,” Mr Peleg said.“So, unsurprisingly, we see strong demand, solid capital growth and usually short time for days on market.”But getting on to the Point Lookout property ladder has only gotten tougher, with the average hold period now up to 21.1 years, according to the latest CoreLogic data run.Twenty-two houses sold in the past 12 months, with the median sales price now $975,000 — up 30.9 per cent in five years.Only 1.5 hours from Brisbane, Point Lookout is a tourist destination with many of the homes leased out to holiday-makers for part of the year.On the market is the “iconic Straddie beach shack” — a two bedroom cottage at 13 Mooloomba Rd, Point lookout. Beach shack at Point LookoutIF you want to get a property in these five suburbs — good luck! New research has revealed which Brisbane suburbs are the hardest to crack in to.RiskWise Property Research has analysed data from property data experts CoreLogic and revealed that Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island is the longest held suburb in Greater Brisbane.The island tourist town has an average hold period of 19.7 years, well above the Greater Brisbane average of 11 years.last_img read more

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Group challenges Down testing

first_img3News 30th June 2012The International Criminal Court is set to launch a formal preliminary examination into the New Zealand Government’s antenatal Down syndrome screening programme. Saving Down’s, the group who filed the complaint, says the Government programme devalues the lives of their children and that’s a form of persecution. Taya, Dylan and Molly are friends, all with Down syndrome, born with an extra 21st chromosome. Dylan’s mother, Janine Bezencon, says bringing up a child with Down syndrome is “an absolute joy”. read more

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Bro ‘hacks’ two sisters

first_imgHarlan, on the other hand, was detained in the custodial facility of Police Station 7, facing charges./PN BACOLOD City – A man allegedly hacked his two sisters in Barangay Mansilingan.Residents Julianita Robles, 75, and her younger sister Ofelia, 73, sustained hack wounds on their bodies, a police report showed.Tagged suspect was their 67-year-old younger brother and resident Harlan, it added. According to police investigators, Harlan was under the influence of liquor when he hacked Julianita and Ofelia using a bolo around 10:30 p.m. on May 27.The victims were rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in this city for medical treatment.last_img read more

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Final Bicentennial arts in park this weekend

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — The final Bicentennial Arts in the Parks project in Ripley County will be celebrated this Saturday, with an art reception at the Recreation Hall in the Versailles State Park Group Camp from 2-5pm.Artist Debi Black, from Milan, who has been working on the project Seasons of Versailles State Park throughout the year will have the final paintings on display, and postcards of the paintings will be available for purchase.Black received one of two grants for the county from the Indiana Arts Commission in their celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial, and Indiana State Parks Centennial.Black’s Seasons of Versailles State Park project lasted throughout the year as she sketched a park scene on canvas each season and had visitors to the park paint on the canvas, creating a community painting.She also created her own seasonal paintings of the park.Some of the paintings have been copied and made into postcards for the park to sell.All of the paintings will be given to Versailles State Park.last_img read more

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