MONTREAL – Montreal police are seeking the public’s help in tracking down numerous suspects who allegedly attacked party-goers in a restaurant as they celebrated the first year of French President Emmanuel Macron’s election.According to police, Macron supporters had gathered at a Saint-Denis Street establishment in the Plateau Mont-Royal district April 12.Authorities say up to 10 people wearing masks and scarves entered the restaurant and headed to the basement to disrupt the event, chanting “Happy Birthday Macron” in French.The rabble-rousers then started throwing things, including drink glasses and anti-Macron leaflets, before leaving.One person who tried to snap photos of the anti-Macron crew was struck with a flying chair and suffered a brain injury. Another suspect allegedly sprayed a customer with pepper spray.Police say half of the people they are looking for spoke French with Quebec accents while the other half sounded like natives of France.
TORONTO – A former money manager involved in insider tipping of information about Amaya Gaming Group Inc. has agreed to pay a $350,000 penalty and $50,000 in investigation costs as part of a settlement with the Ontario Securities Commission.Under the conditions of the settlement approved today, former co-chief investment officer and portfolio manager of Aston Hill Asset Management Benedict Cheng is prohibited from trading any securities or derivatives for six years.Among other things, Cheng is also prohibited from becoming or acting as a director, or officer of any issuer, registrant or investment fund manager for six years as well.In 2014, Cheng learned about Amaya’s impending acquisition of the parent company of online gambling site PokerStars because funds he managed agreed to participate in the financing for the transaction.Before the acquisition was publicly announced in June 2014, Cheng informed his Aston Hill subordinate, senior vice president John David Rothstein, and said he could pass on the information to others.Also as part of the settlement, Cheng has agreed to co-operate with OSC staff in its ongoing investigation into illegal insider activities in securities of Amaya, including testifying as a witness.“Mr. Cheng’s involvement in insider tipping was a serious breach of Ontario securities law,” said OSC commissioner Mark Sandler in his oral reasons for the settlement approval. “The improper use of insider information leads to unfair advantages for those who use it and can undermine confidence in the integrity and fairness of public markets.”
Early offense from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs proved to be too much for the Columbus Clippers, which lost Game 1 of the Governor’s Cup Championship series Tuesday, 5-2. Clippers pitcher Zach McAllister (0-1) allowed five earned runs, 11 hits and a walk in his eight-plus innings of work in the series opener at Huntington Park. Lehigh Valley right fielder Brandon Moss provided all the offense the IronPigs needed with a three-run home run in the first inning. “We got off to a tough start,” Clippers’ manager Mike Sarbaugh said after the game. “After he settled down, (McAllister) threw a really good game.” IronPigs left fielder Scott Podsednik’s fourth-inning RBI hit scored catcher Erik Kratz in the second inning to up Lehigh Valley’s lead to 4-0. A lack of scoring by the Clippers for the first four innings set a quiet and somber tone amongst the home fans. Columbus finally got to Lehigh Valley right-hander Scott Mathieson in the bottom of the fifth, though. After setting the IronPigs down in order in the top of the frame, center fielder Tim Fedroff’s RBI single put Columbus on the board and scored catcher Paul Phillips, who singled to lead off the at-bat. Clippers’ shortstop Juan Diaz then drove in a run on a fielder’s choice to halve Columbus’ deficit at 4-2. Second baseman Argenis Reyes, who doubled in the inning, scored on the play. Mathieson (1-0) was relieved after the inning and finished the night having allowed two runs, six hits and two walks. The IronPigs’ bullpen combined to prevent the Clippers from scoring again, though. McAllister’s night ended after allowing a home run to IronPigs’ infielder Cody Overbeck in the top of the ninth. The Clippers’ offense came close to responding after Lehigh Valley closer Justin DeFratus entered the game in the final half-inning of play. DeFratus gave up two one-out walks and Diaz singled later in the Columbus at-bat to load the bases with two outs for Clippers’ infielder Jared Goedert. Goedert worked a full count against DeFratus, but eventually struck out swinging to end the game. “It was a tight game, but they got on the board early,” Sarbaugh said. “We came in during the ninth and made it interesting. We just have to take it one game at a time.” The Clippers will host the IronPigs on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Huntington Park for Game 2 of the series. Wednesday’s pitching matchup RHP Mitch Talbot (COL) versus RHP Nate Bump (LV)
At the end of June 2012 RAG Mining Solutions and Chinese coal mining company SDIC Coal signed a frame contract. The contract settles further co-operation of both companies in concerns of roof support technique and automation. In a celebratory ceremony Dr Martin Junker, CEO of RAG Mining Solutions and Liu Yi, member of board of SDIC Coal signed a contract that settles the further cooperation of both companies for the next two years.SDIC Coal is planning to build further coal mines in the Chinese regions of Xinjiang and Shanxi until 2014. The Chinese contract partner would like to draw on the know-how of RAG Mining Solutions with this. The focal points of the planned cooperation will be support technique and automation.In 2011 SDIC Xinji Energy Company had already commissioned the RAG-subsidiary with the accomplishment of several projects in the sectors of logistics, support technique and planning of preliminary work. Training of Chinese engineers on site and in Germany, that had been accomplished by professionals of RAG Mining Solutions together with experts of the mines and maintenance area, topped the engineering- and consulting services.In the picture Liu Yi (SDIC Coal) and Dr. Martin Junker (RAG Mining Solutions) after signing the frame contract.
The Swedish TOP team IFK Kristianstad began the EHF Champions League season extremely good with convincing home triumph over the Danish champions KIF Kolding Kobenhavn 33:26 (16:10). The team led by Swedish NT head-coach Ola Lindgren showed domination in all aspects of handball game fired up with 5.000 enthusiastic home fans in one of the most beautiful arenas in Europe.The biggest hero in the winning squad was Norwegian Kristijan Bjorsen, who netted nine goals alongside O Sullivan with 7, Tollbring and Jamali with 5 each. For the visitors, Russian right back Konstantin Igropulo proved the title of the biggest summer signing with six goals.According to the players/coaches of all VELUX EHF Champions League teams – Swedish and Danish champions will finish competition after the Preliminary Round. IFK Kristianstad ← Previous Story VELUX EHF CL 2015/2016 SURVEY: PSG, Veszprem and Barca for the trophy! Next Story → IHF suspends handball in Kuwait!
Buying new furniture for your home or office usually means choosing between pre-assembled units or flat packs. On the one hand pre-assembled units are ready to use, but typically cost more and can be a pain to actually get into a building. Flat packs are much easier to transport, but then you have to spend time putting them together.Belgian designer Carl de Smet has come up with a third option that offers the best of both worlds. His furniture can be shrunk down to just 5 percent of its original size, but needs no instructions like a flat-pack. Instead, once opened the piece of furniture slowly expands into its final shape when subjected to a predefined temperature.The furniture is made of very lightweight polyurethane shape-memory polymers (SMPs), which has memory foam properties. That allows it to be compressed to 5 percent of its original size while remembering its original form. That property also means it can recover from damage.The only requirement to make these pieces of furniture expand is heat. For the moment, the programmed temperature for expansion is 70 degrees so that it won’t start expanding by accident on a hot day while being transported. However, it sounds as though the temperature can be adjusted, and de Smet is also experimenting with using electricity to trigger the expansion instead.Production of the smart foam furniture also sounds easy. Once a design has been settled on it can either be milled out of a solid block of SMPs, or injection molded. Both of which should be quite quick to do given the right machinery.Carl de Smet continues to work on the smart foam furniture and will present the latest version at the Milan Design Week festival on Tuesday. If it’s as good as it sounds, expect a company like Ikea to take a keen interest.
Two cars were totaled early Sunday morning after a crash on the city center onramp to eastbound state Highway 14.Nicholas W. Hawthorne, 29, of Vancouver told the Washington State Patrol that he lost control of his 2007 GMC Sierra pickup, spun 180 degrees, and crashed into the guardrail.The WSP press release said he left the car about 1:54 a.m. and then returned for his cellphone to call for help. He said conditions were slippery.A 1997 Honda Civic driven by Merry E. Cammack, 18, of Vancouver then came onto the ramp. She saw the pickup blocking the lane but was unable to avoid it and collided with it. Her car ended up facing westbound and the pickup was facing southbound, the patrol said.The report said Hawthorne had a lower left leg injury but was not taken to a hospital. Cammack was not injured, the report said.Both vehicles were towed.The patrol said the accident was caused by driving too fast for conditions.Hawthorne was cited for DUI and for driving with a suspended license.
More than half (59%) of respondents believe their employer supports them in achieving a good work-life balance, according to research by Barnett Waddingham.Its Why BWell report, which surveyed 300 employees, also found that 24% of respondents earning less than £20,000 believe that their job is detrimental to their health, compared to 48% of those who earn more than £75,000.The research also found:49% of respondents believe wellbeing is important to their organisation, and 27% believe it is very important.45% of respondents aged between 18 and 29 feel their organisation supports them in leading a healthy lifestyle, compared to 41% of 30-49 year olds, and 37% of respondents aged 50 and over.52% of 18-29 year old respondents feel their organisation provides adequate support in the event of ill health, compared to 48% of those aged 50 and over.62% of respondents aged between 18 and 29 believe their employer is inclusive.23% of respondents are not aware of the financial protection provided by their employer if they are absent from work, and 24% are not aware of the financial protection available in the case of a long-term disability.38% of respondents aged between 18 and 29 do not feel they are paid fairly for their role.Carl Chapman (pictured), head of workplace health at Barnett Waddingham, said: “We are at the beginning of a cultural shift in the way we work as a nation, with forward thinking employers leading the way with agile working, flexible working, on-site gyms and medical facilities, and even on-site childcare. These are all examples of how employers can help employees manage their lifestyles.“It is key to understand the definition of a positive work-life balance between individuals and employers need to think outside of the one size fits all solution. It is important to engage with employees to find out what is important to them; [organisations] can then find benefit solutions that support this.”
oilAs the global oil market has been volatile amid tensions in the Middle East and signs of trade war, finance minister AMA Muhith on Thursday expressed concern about their impacts on the Bangladesh economy.In his budget speech, Muhith mentioned that despite recovery of the world economy since the 2008 slowdown, there are some worries in the upcoming fiscal year.“….our sense of comfort is tainted by some worries. Supply did not increase in tandem with the increase in demand. As a result, the global commodity prices have increased in the first three months of 2018,” the minister said.Dwelling on the rising oil prices, the minister quoted a World Bank forecast that crude oil prices may reach US$65 per barrel in 2018 which was US$53 per barrel in 2017 on average.However, some other reports have already hinted that crude oil price might reach US$100 per barrel, should tension in the Middle East over the Iran nuclear deal, war in Syria and tensions in the Arab peninsula continue.Muhith also mentioned that after three years of stability, the prices of agricultural and metal products have been projected to increase by 2 per cent and 9 per cent respectively in 2018.“Besides, there is an upward trend in the rate of inflation in the neighbouring countries including India and China,” he added.Stability in the global oil market has given a comfort zone to the finance minister in the past one decade. During the period state-owned Petroleum Corporation of Bangladesh, which administers fuel prices in domestic market, has made profit.
Protestors react during violence in Panchkula, India, 25 August, 2017. Photo: Reuters A northern Indian town imposed a curfew and ordered thousands of followers of a self-styled “godman” to home as he headed to court on Friday for a decision in a rape trial that has raised fears of mass unrest.Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the head of a social welfare and spiritual group, commands a following that he claims in the millions, many of whom have been in the streets since Thursday, protesting his innocence.Singh, a burly, bearded man who has scripted and starred in his own films, is accused of raping two women followers in a case dating back to 2002 at the headquarters of his Dera Sacha Sauda group in the town of Sirsa.The town ordered an indefinite curfew to stop his followers from gathering but thousands had already left for the town of Panchkula where a court was due to give its verdict.Singh drove in a convoy of cars from his Sirsa headquarters to the court down a deserted highway, accompanied by hundreds of police.Ram Niwas, a senior government official, said mobile internet services had also been suspended in the states of Haryana and Punjab to stop people from spreading rumours and causing unrest. The army was on standby.In 2014, the attempted arrest of another guru on murder charges ended with his followers attacking police with clubs and stones.Singh denies the rape charge against him and called on his followers through a video message to remain peaceful. “We all must respect the law and maintain peace,” he said.Indian godmen can summon thousands of supporters on to the streets at the drop of a hat. Their systems of patronage and quasi-religious sermons are hugely popular with people who consider the government has failed them.But few are as controversial as Singh.Besides the rape charges, Singh is also under investigation over allegations that he convinced 400 of his male followers to undergo castration, allegations he denies.A variety of reasons have been given for why the men agreed to castration, including promises of becoming closer to god.Singh’s two films, “Messenger of God” and its sequel, include sequences in which he fights off villains and tosses burning motorbikes into the air.
Stay on target They say a man’s home is his castle. Castles frequently cost a lot of money and take a long time to build. Neither of those applies, however, to this amazing little abode.This pointy-roofed number is called M.A.Di — or “modulo abitativo dispiegabile” which I’m trusting Google to translate roughly as “deployable modular housing” and it costs as little as $33,000. Homes really don’t get much easier to deploy than this thing.It goes from a pile of panels to a finished home in just six hours. No massive construction crew is required, either. M.A.Di can be pieced together by just three workers thanks to its ingenious design. Watching the process in real time could be a bit boring, so here it is crammed into a one-minute-plus time lapse (with a much larger crew):How can a M.A.Di unit go up so quickly? Because it’s shipped to the construction site as a pile of pre-assembled panels. The main volumes feature hinged roof sections. Once they’ve been plunked onto the pad in the correct location by a crane, the same crane just needs to hook on the roof and give a good tug to stand it up. Workers can then go about fastening the rest of the sections.M.A.Di’s modern (and very white) interiorThe A-frame house is available in five different sizes. M.A.Di starts out as a 27 cubic meter unit with one bedroom and one bath. Upgrade to the luxury version with higher-end finishes and the volume expands to 46 cubic meters.Need even more room? There’s a 56 cubic meter version with two bedrooms and three beds, but the sleeping quarters are a little on the tight side. Vidal has designed two larger models — a 70 cubic meter two-bedroom cottage and a maxed-out 84 cubic meter, three-bedroom. The top-end unit costs around $74,000. Modular 3D Printer Builds Sustainable HousesPrefab House Can Be Erected In Just 5 Hours Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Kolkata: A college student was arrested on Thursday on charges of demanding money from another who sought admission to Haripal Vivekananda Mahavidyalaya in Hooghly. The accused, a resident of Ghanashyampur in Singur, had demanded Rs 10,000 from a girl assuring her of admission at the institution. The complainant is a resident of Dewanbari village in Singur.The student, Apurba Das, has been arrested and it is learnt that he had visited the student’s residence on more than one occasion with a demand for money. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAfter the complaint was lodged, the police set up a trap and told the girl to call up Das at her residence. Following their instructions, she asked him to come to her house and when he reached there on Thursday morning, he was caught red-handed. A few days back, the cops had arrested two students of Peary Mohan College in Uttarpara on similar charges. Recently, amid allegations of extortion of money from students in the name of admissions in colleges, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a surprise visit to Asutosh College and warned of “strong action” against anyone indulging in irregularities during the admission process. The Student Federation of India (SFI) and the student wing of the BJP took out separate rallies in the city to protest against alleged extortion in colleges.
Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The 48-year-old president had the operation on Friday after experiencing “intense discomfort.” Doctors said it was the only option. They said he was fully healthy and in charge after the surgery.Pena Nieto said he has been advised to lower his fat intake going forward and to limit exercise over the next few weeks.The sudden illness forced Pena Nieto to cancel plans to travel to Guatemala on Friday for a regional summit of national leaders.It was his second surgery since taking office in late 2012. In July 2013, he underwent surgery to remove a thyroid nodule, which showed no signs of malignancy.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 FILE – In this June 12, 2015, file photo, Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto addresses the media during an EU Mexico summit at the EU Council building in Brussels. Pena Nieto has been released from the hospital on Sunday, June 28, after undergoing surgery to remove his gallbladder at Mexico’s Central Military Hospital. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File) Top holiday drink recipes MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto left the hospital on Sunday after undergoing surgery to remove his gallbladder.Pena Nieto was released from the Central Military Hospital at midday, telling the press he is feeling “very good” and thanking doctors and nurses for their professional care. He said he is maintaining his normal schedule, including receiving a visit by Spanish King Felipe VI on Monday.
<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a705/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L China Eastern Airlines has commenced talks with the industry’s three largest alliances in hopes of joining one, a senior executive said last week.Speaking to Reuters, a China Eastern senior executive, who asked not to be identified, said the carrier was looking to join either Star Alliance, oneworld or SkyTeam in order to boost its profile.He said the carrier did not have a preferred partner so far despite Shanghai Airlines, which China Eastern recently acquired, being a part of Star Alliance.”We are holding parallel discussions with all three groups currently. We hope to join one of them eventually but we don’t know which one yet” he said.China Eastern spokesman Luo Zhuping confirmed the reports on Thursday but declined to say when a decision on which one to join would be made, the Wall Street Journal reported.The Chinese carrier is the only one of the country’s top three carriers not to be part of an alliance. Air China is a member of Star Alliance while China Southern Airlines is a member of SkyTeam.
South Africa: Maluma Symposium to draw larger inte … Mexican tomato growers making false claims about a … U.S.: Record-breaking organic sales rise over $50b … You might also be interested in Following a successful trial in February, New Zealand’s Just Avocados sent the country’s first ever commercial avocado shipment to China on Sept. 18 and was shortly followed by leading exporter AVANZA with its first trial. Closer to market than its Latin American competitors but with higher labor costs and far less volume, the industry’s challenge will be to set itself apart with a high-end product, à la Zespri kiwifruit.Even though China will likely only receive 5% of Just Avocados’ volume this year, Jacob Darling of parent company Darling Group believes it will evolve to become a significant market for both volume and value in the future.”China’s been a market that Darling Group and Just Avocados have had our eyes on for a long time,” says Darling, the group’s general manager of sales and marketing.”It’s a market that we believe is still going to be challenging. We’ve got a lot of work to do we think in terms of differentiating New Zealand avocado from other origins so we can extract a premium from the marketplace.The company’s first commercial shipment to the country arrived on Sept. 18 and was received by Win-Chain Supply Chain Marketing Limited, the global sourcing center for e-commerce giant Alibaba.”At this stage we’re just looking to do one air freight shipment a week until such time as we get into sea-freight shipments,” says Darling, who adds the first sea-freight may set sail this week.Air-freight will continue thereafter, but to a lesser extent. Jacob Darling of Darling Group and Just Avocados.”Just Avocados is looking to run about 15,000 trays into the China market, and that will go from now until mid-to-late November,” he says.”The reason for doing the air freight is making sure we get all of our process systems, channels, quality, everything in the supply chain sorted out before we commit to a greater volume and therefore bigger commercial value and therefore greater risk.”It’s not even three weeks by container into Shanghai from New Zealand so that’s obviously advantageous, but we are going up against other countries that have lower costs of production than we do that have economies of scale.”A good example of this is Mexico, which was the first mover in the Chinese market and is the world’s leading exporter of the fruit, although it’s number two in China behind Chile. In 2017, these two countries’ combined avocado shipments to China were greater than New Zealand’s entire export program worldwide.As the Darling Group aims to have a 12-month supply deal for its partners, it has traded Mexican avocados in China before, as well as New Zealand and Australian citrus.”We’ve had previous experience on other commodities into the China market so we we’re well aware of the value proposition for us and for our growers,” says Darling.”I think at a high level the New Zealand avocado has significant nutritional benefits over other origins of other avocado,” he claims, although with some reluctance to make specific health claims as studies into the issue are ongoing. “I think the taste profile for the New Zealand avocado due to high maturities and other internal factors give it an advantage, and cosmetically as well it’s a very good-looking avocado.”NZ Avocado CEO Jen Scoular adds the industry is very excited about having access to China and the fact the first commercial shipments have arrived. “Obviously that’s a huge opportunity and a huge challenge,” she says.”It’s a market obviously that with the population has huge potential, and it’s also a huge challenge in ensuring the information and investment into the market is made. “Although demand is increasing significantly, it’s from a very low base and it’s important that all avocados going into China are met with investment into the market in terms of marketing and the supply chain to make sure consumers are getting really good avocados.”AVANZA to advance in China with large-sized fruitA few days after Just Avocados’ product hit the market, AVANZA sent its first air-freight trial to Shanghai. The company’s marketing and communications manager Steve Trickett expects the first commercial sea-freight shipment to arrive within a few weeks.AVANZA represents around 65% of New Zealand’s avocado exports, and is a tie-up between leading exporters Southern Produce and Primor.”We’re not commercially selling it [the recent arrival]. We’re using it effectively as some commercial teaser fruit with some of the commercial chains and restaurants and cafés and chefs,” says Trickett, who incidentally used to be a shareholder at Just Avocados and was its marketing director.”We’ll be doing commercial shipments by sea and our first arrivals will be around Oct. 20, and that’s when we’ll really kick into gear with in-store activity and strongly promoting the product, so the air-freight product is probably not sustainable. Campaigns will also involve WeChat, China’s multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment app.”We’ll do about 2% of our pool into mainland China this year and just a little test run into Taiwan for the first time,” he says.The company expects to send 50,000 trays of avocados to the Chinese mainland, and while that’s a small percentage it’s still greater than the 30,000 trays sent to India – a market Trickett says has doubled its intake of AVANZA’s fruit.”As New Zealand does in a number of other products, we want to be in that high-end, higher-priced, there for a short time category. Whereas the Mexicans and the Chileans will be there for months and months, we’ll just be there for a bit of a cameo performance if you like and defend our price,” he says. Trickett says New Zealand will benefit from its larger-sized fruit.”Ours is a standard single-layer tray, 5.5kg net, and the number of pieces per tray in the New Zealand or AVANZA program we’re running are with 16, 18 and 20,” he says. “So that’s quite large fruit, whereas the others will be 24s as mediums, but mostly 30s and even 35s. We’ve heard that there might be even smaller fruit than that from Chile going in.”Peru has been going in this season quite aggressively with their volume, and fortunately for us they are largely counter-seasonal to New Zealand so they haven’t really knocked us around.”However, he is curious to see whether Peru’s aggressive pricing could impact on the New Zealand fruit that follows it.”It will be interesting to see whether that carries over and affects what we’re trying to achieve,” he says.”We believe that with our New Zealand story, the AVANZA story and what sits behind the branding, and the in-market investment we’re going to have in terms of in-store tastings and demonstrations and some other activation activities, we’ll be able to defend our price premium. “But to be honest it’s yet to be proven, so it’ll be an interesting season for us.”Emulating Zespri through Goodfarmer partnershipHe says the company has been very selective in seeking out its partner, and as volumes are relatively short the mainland China deal will be limited to the Shanghai area for the next two or three seasons.”We’ve chosen a company called Goodfarmer which happens to be Zespri’s agent. So you’ve got that cross-pollination of that premium-branded New Zealand product, and the consumer in China has got a pretty favorable view of New Zealand as a point of origin for dairy products, kiwifruit, any number of things,” says Trickett. U.S.: EPA decides not to ban chlorpyrifos … “We’re very much levering off that, and of course it plays well back on New Zealand where 60 odd percent of our growers happen to be Zespri kiwifruit growers as well as avocado growers, so they will be quite comfortable in us choosing Goodfarmer.”And Goodfarmer is probably Zespri’s single largest customer globally now. They’ve got a pretty good track record of being able to extract a premium out of market so that supported our rationale for going with them.”He says that through its partner AVANZA will be supplying four offline retailers in China, while in a more limited way it will be selling fruit online .”In that case we’re running with JD.com and looking at a small program with Fruitday,” he says.From a fruit quality perspective, he adds Goodfarmer has constructed a purpose-built avocado ripening room. Trickett and AVANZA’s technical experts plan to spend a week with their partners in Shanghai to go through the details of optimal ripening.”They have got some experience in it because they’ve handled South American fruit in the past, and they’re going to be focused more on the New Zealand piece in the immediate term and expand that program all over time,” he says.”They’ve got these 40-pallet stores. One can take 40 pallets for example and it’s got this new technique where you can put a cover over and even just ripen one pallet if you want to, or you can do 20. “It’s quite cool what they’ve got there. They’ve made quite an investment.”A new brand for China: “Chao niu guo”Trickett highlights AVANZA fruit will also carry a new Chinese market-focused brand in the Chinese market – “Chao niu guo”, which he says translates as “next-level cool” or “the super one” as a more literal interpretation.The word is also very similar to the Mandarin word for avocado, which is “niu you guo”. The brand was the idea of a New Zealand expat who lives in Shanghai, Jerry Clode of Resonance China.Clode and his team did a lot of research before deciding on the brand, having paid particular attention understand consumer behaviours and attitudes toward avocados, particularly from a group known as “supermums”.”These are mums who are very independent in their own right and who are very focused on their children and spend a lot of money on fresh produce, not really having any price sensitivity in that area,” says Clode.The research found many mothers in this consumer group disliked the taste and consistency of avocado after trying it the first time, yet they still persevered and incorporated it into their families’ diets as they believed avocados had nutritional benefits.”One thing we noticed was that avocado was a very important part of middle class status,” says Clode.”When we went to people’s homes, they had avocado on display in their fruit bowls. It’s important in symbolising modern health, wealth and family.”We were able to observe interesting cues which we could build into a brand story for AVANZA, with the objective of positioning it as the most recognised and trusted New Zealand avocado brand in China.”Production outlook and other export marketsScoular of New Zealand’s avocado growers’ association says the crop is medium-sized this year in terms of volume.”We had a very high year two years ago and a low year last year, so we’ve got 40% more volume than the previous year but it’s still only a medium season for us,” she says.”But the season is going very well. We started export in August.”We are pretty much having to manage the supply we’ve got to meet our customers’ needs and in all markets we are seeing a real demand for avocados from New Zealand, so from that perspective it’s terrific.”Australia has historically received the lion’s share of New Zealand’s avocado exports, and in the 2017 calendar year the neighbors across the Tasman took up more than 85% of the $87 million in shipments. But good progress has been made in emerging avocado markets in Asia in recent years.”We always make sure we are increasing the visibility about avocados and information about avocados,” says Scoular.”We’ve now got digital platforms in South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, as well as in Australia and New Zealand, and we are ensuring we are putting good investment into those markets.”Trickett says his company and the industry are looking at 3.5 million trays of fruit this season.”We’re mindful that we don’t want to be dependent on the Australian market, and that’s why we continue to dedicate 20% of what we do to developing markets,” says Trickett of AVANZA.The industry’s second-largest market is South Korea, which imported $4 million worth of New Zealand avocados last year. While that may not sound like much, it is worth noting the market was almost non-existent a decade ago and has doubled since 2014.”We will support strongly a good step-up in our volume into Korea which is now our single largest market in Asia and continues to rapidly grow – it’s still paying really good money even with that growth from all countries supplying that market. “It’s showing exponential growth and strong value, so it’s one of our priorities within Asia this year.”He also expects modest volumes into Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and India, while the brakes have been put on some markets like Japan.”Japan we’ll still support, but that’s a lower returning market compared to some of the Asian markets,” Trickett says.The executive adds that around 1,000 hectares of new plantings have been put in the ground in the mid-to-far north of New Zealand, between Tapora and Whangarei.”That’s going to have a positive contribution – that’s just starting to come into production now but the next three to five years those are going to be coming on-stream,” he says.However, more supply will also be needed just to “feed the Australian machine” with demand growing by around 700,000 trays a year. But in terms of business across the Tasman in 2018-19, Trickett expects a normal year.”We’re just very focused on meeting our retail program commitments which are pretty significant, and we do a certain amount with wholesale. But it’s business as usual in Australia, just ensuring we keep that volume and meet our volume requirements,” he says.Trickett also notes developments in reducing the degree of alternate or biennial bearing in New Zealand, which because of its cooler climate tends to have more pronounced ups and downs from one season to the next. “But what we are finding is that the further north you go, therefore where it’s a little warmer and more stable in terms of climate, you don’t get those wild fluctuations, and the soil conditions are a little different,” he mentions.”One thing that I hear from the technical guys when I go to field days is they say we’re getting better at understanding canopy management and the need to prune more regularly than what we used to going back five, 10 or 15 years, and that seems to be flattening out the production.”Headline photo: Shutterstock October 01 , 2018
TORONTO – It comes with 10 gaming stations, six bedrooms, ping-pong and a pool table, not to mention big-screen TVs galore and a spacious deck complete with a barbecue and hot tub.But depending on your definition, there is more work than play in the well-appointed house that serves as home to the six members of the Raptors Uprising GC (Gaming Club), who carry the gaming colours of the Raptors in the NBA 2K League.Toronto’s Yusuf (Yusuf_Scarbz) Abdulla and American teammates Christopher (Detoxys) Doyle, Kenneth (Kenny) Hailey, Seanquai (KingQuai614) Harris, Trevion (All Hail Trey) Hendrix and Joshua (TsJosh) McKenna spend six to eight hours a day perfecting their craft in the high-tech basement.Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment opened the Raptors Uprising home/HQ for the first time to media Thursday.“I never really had roommates so it’s a different experience. Exciting. Big house. Love it,” said the 25-year-old Abdulla. “I love my teammates, they’re like my brothers. Amazing experience.”The NBA has gone all-in on the fledgling esports circuit, a partnership with Take-Two Interactive, which manufactures the hoops video game.“From the NBA standpoint, this is our fourth league,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said prior to the NBA 2K League’s inaugural draft in early April, referencing the NBA, WNBA and G League.“This is the fourth league in our family and that’s exactly as we’re treating it — one more professional league,” Silver added.The Raptors are one of 17 NBA teams to take part in Year 1 of the esports league, commuting to New York on weekends to play virtual games in a studio before a live audience and those watching on the popular Twitch gaming channel. It’s five-versus-five with each gamer controlling his own player.The 102 gamers in the league were drawn from a pool of more than 72,000 who entered qualifying. They play a special build of the game that ensures each team uses virtual players with essentially the same skill sets.Raptors Uprising stands 15th with a 2-5 record going into this week’s game against seventh-place Wizards District Gaming (3-3). The Toronto gamers, however, insist their record, which includes three overtime losses against top teams, doesn’t tell the whole story.“I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself but I do feel like we have an opportunity to close out this season with a big run and climb back into playoff contention,” said Shane Talbot, esports manager for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.That would mean a top-eight finish in the 14-game regular season, which includes several mid-season tournaments. Blazers Gaming currently top the standings at 6-0.Talbot said MLSE looked long and hard for a suitable residence before settling on this house, a spacious rental tucked down a quiet residential street — its location on a need-to-know basis.In the basement, a long table is decked out with top-of-the-line gaming computers and chairs under a lighting system that can go from laboratory-white to nightclub-cool. A neon Raptors Uprising sign dominates one wall with an adjacent sitting area and TV used to review footage of rival teams.“As a lifelong gamer, this is my dream setup,” said Talbot.The gamers say their chemistry is good on and off the virtual court.“We have so much space so we don’t get in each other’s way,” said Hailey, a 28-year-old from Memphis who was the team’s top draft pick at No. 11 overall. “But at the same time, you are living with six guys. So it does feel like a college dorm experience.”Upstairs, the kitchen looks like it doesn’t get much use. Women, it appears, are not allowed.The residence, billed as the Bell Fibe House, is a triumph of sponsorship. There are Bell charging units and a Coors Light beer fridge. A giant NBA 2K18 poster occupies the wall near the pool table. The bathroom doors carry the logo for Axe body spray while Canadian Tire provided the deck furniture.And the gaming centre, with its Alienware computers, DXRacer gaming chairs and HyperX headphones, looks like someone went on a spending spree at Best Buy.No couch potatoes, the gamers also regularly work out at a gym that offers everything from acupuncture to massage therapy.They have taken different paths to get here.McKenna, a 22-year-old native of Decatur, Ga., was studying sports management at Georgia State. Doyle, a 20-year-old from Hampton Falls, N.H., was at the University of New Hampshire. Hendrix, 21, was working at steak house in Arkansas. Harris, a 24-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, was homeless for a while. Hailey was working for AT&T as a distribution co-ordinator until he quit his job to game professionally.All played for their high school basketball teams, with Doyle a top-rated New Hampshire prospect before suffering an injury. MLSE is paying them a salary as well as taking care of their room and board.Hailey and Doyle were all former members of an elite NBA 2K Pro-Am team called Still Trill that won the US$250,000 grand prize in last year’s NBA 2K17 all-star tournament.Hailey used his $50,000 prize money to pay off his 2012 Camaro while Doyle upgraded his PC gaming system.Follow @NeilMDavidson on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version attributed a quote to Seanquai Harris instead of Kenneth Hailey. by Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 21, 2018 12:35 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Raptors Uprising GC Seanquai Harris, left to right, Joshua McKenna, Kenneth Hailey, Christopher Doyle, Trevion Hendrix, and Yusuf Abdulla pose for a photo at their Bell Fibe House in Toronto on Thursday, June 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin Raptors Uprising gamers show off their well-appointed high-tech home in Toronto
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