Donald Trump On Orlando Shooting I Called It And Asked For

By Tatiana FlowersRabat – While dozens of bodies were removed from Pulse Nightclub in Orlando last night, presidential candidate, Donald Trump seized the opportunity to gain political leverage in the race to The White House by posting on Twitter, “I called it.”His response to what is now the deadliest mass shooting in America has sparked outrage among many social media users and his need reinforce a ban on all Muslims after such a tragic event has led to a trail of arguments on his Twitter page.  To date, the shooter, Omar Mateen, has claimed allegiance to the Islamic State.  No definite proof of his involvement has been confirmed. Just after the shooting yesterday that left 50 dead and 53 injured, Donald Trump posted on Twitter, “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness and vigilance.”Immediately, other social media users bashed him, calling him “inhumane,” “insensitive,” a “bigot,” and a “butt-plug.” One user wrote, “Imagine him as president giving a speech at a press conference today.”  Another said, “You’re the only person in America who would or could “appreciate the congrats” while families mourn 50 dead,”’ and singer, John Legend commented, “Trump is a truly awful person.”This afternoon, Trump is scheduled for an interview with Good Morning America, where he will further comment on the shooting.“What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning.  Our leadership is weak and ineffective.  I called it and asked for the ban,” Trump said.Last night, Omar Mateen’s identity was released.  Many republicans say Democrats are wrong; gun control is not the issue, “Islam is.”  Trump posted, “Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace,” which was then retweeted by his son, Donald Trump Jr.More radical opinions suggest containment — like a ban on all Muslims — won’t work either. Instead, a more drastic approach is necessary. “This containment garbage is getting people killed. You don’t contain evil.  You destroy it or it destroys you,” Bill O’Reilly of Fox News wrote.But amid all the crime and hatred, those who have lost loved ones are mourning.“Please let’s just all get along,” cried Christine Leinonen, the mother of Chris Leinon who was killed last night at Pulse. “We’re on this Earth for such a short time.”

General Assembly President notes progress in debate on UN management reform

In his closing remarks to the debate, Mr. Kerim said the dialogue over the past two days showed that both individual Member States and the UN Secretariat were willing to engage constructively to produce management reform.“There were several interesting discussions on specific issues and a number of proposals were made by both Member States and representatives from the Secretariat,” he said. “In particular, I would like to highlight the emphasis during the debate on the need for greater transparency and enhanced accountability as a means to promote trust and greater credibility.”Mr. Kerim, who convened the debate, noted that it was “only through further open and transparent dialogue [that] we will be able to improve our understanding of the different concerns held by delegations and move ahead in our collective responsibility to improve the capacity of the Organization to implement our decisions.”He added that he was “encouraged by the expressions of renewed commitment to achieving concrete progress in the near future on the priority areas of management reform.”During the debate yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the UN’s 192 Member States to support proposals to further strengthen the world body, especially in the areas of procurement, accountability and human resources.Mr. Ban said the UN was being called on, as never before, to do much more with fewer and fewer resources.“The only way we can embrace that future and do our good works in the world is to make ourselves more modern, more flexible and more efficient. In a word, to be better managed,” he said. 9 April 2008United Nations Member States are heading towards a common understanding of what path to take on management reform of the world body, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said today after the Assembly wrapped up its first-ever thematic debate of the issue.

Commodity prices plunged last month

Commodity prices plunged last month AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mike Tarasko Posted Sep 28, 2015 7:49 am MDT Oil isn’t the only commodity getting hit hard right now.Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index plunged to a new 10 year low in August, according to a new report.The index shed 10.5 per cent from July to sit at 91.3.That’s nearly 14 per cent below the April 2009 low during the last recession.Scotiabank’s Patricia Mohr says low prices are hitting not just oil, but agriculture, forestry and mining as well.“Which is something that I haven’t really seen for a long time — It is a testament to the fact that international, economic growth has really been very slow now for four years running,” she said.Mohr believes the index should start to recover a bit in September’s report thanks to higher oil prices, and less fear over the economy in China. SVILEN MILEV/FREEIMAGES.COM

Kinect hackers can now write their code using Flash and Silverlight

first_imgWe’re up to our elbows in righteous Kinect Hacks after only a couple of months, but that explosion of Kinect Hacks might become a veritable explosion if software makers BLITZ have anything to say about it: they’ve figured out a way to get the Kinect sensor bar working with an Adobe Flash based interfaces via Node.js, which should make it possible to have applications written in Flash and Unity recognize motions captured by an attached Kinect.AdChoices广告Okay, so it’s Flash working with the Kinect. Why should you care? Basically, because Silverlight, Unity and Flash allow for far faster prototyping than the likes of C++ and other languages currently used by hackers to code up their cool Kinect apps.For now, BLITZ is demoing the code driving a TV user interface with just waves of the hand, which is one of the most universal applications of Kinect-like gesture-recognition technology. There’s no reason this same approach couldn’t be used to control Flash games or even Silverlight-driven interfaces like, say, Netflix‘s, though.If you’re a Kinect hacker looking forward to some more rapid prototyping, BLITZ is promising to release their code imminently. We can’t wait to see what comes from it.Read more at MAKElast_img

30 people slept on the streets of Dublin last night as temperatures

first_img 45,279 Views Short URL Share732 Tweet Email1 Image: 127 Comments THIRTY PEOPLE ACROSS Dublin were supported by homeless services but refused beds last night, meaning they slept rough.Temperatures dipped to below freezing last night and over 100 homeless people were accommodated in an emergency shelter in a south Dublin sports hall.A statement from the Peter McVerry Trust said:“Last night Peter McVerry Trust had 106 beds allocated at Extreme Cold Weather Service in a sports centre in Dublin’s South Inner City.“This is a an increase on 81 on the previous night (Tuesday) which itself was up from 45 on Monday, the first night the shelter was used.“The Housing First Street Intake Team managed to encourage a number of people sleeping rough to come in off the streets. However, 16 people in the city centre and 14 in the Dublin region, were engaged and supported but declined to come into emergency shelter. They will be re-engaged today.“In Kildare, one additional person was accommodated by Peter McVerry Trust after they called the out of hours emergency freephone number. This brings to 14 the total number of emergency placements provided by Peter McVerry Trust in the county in the past 48 hours.”Francis Doherty from Peter McVerry Trust says that some of those who refused beds may have had negative experiences in hostels or there may have mental health issues.He says that the trust is continuing to engage with and support these people as the weather is set to further deteriorate.“We’re ensuring they have enough supplies like extreme weather sleeping bags and sleeping mats. We will keep engaging with them.”On Tuesday, Dublin City Council’s homeless executive had 220 reports through its rough sleeper alert system, which it is asking members of the public to use if they have a concern about a homeless person. Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 9:06 AMcenter_img Image: Mar 1st 2018, 9:06 AM You can find the reporting system here.The Inner City Helping Homeless (ICCH) voluntary organisation will have outreach teams working again tonight and they can be alerted to anyone sleeping rough by calling 01 8881804 or 085 8389281.The group says it attended to 67 call outs from members of the public during the day and 56 after 11pm.ICHH CEO Anthony Flynn said:“Our outreach volunteers were on the go all day yesterday responding to reports from the general public of people sleeping rough around the city and surrounding areas. This further highlights the lack of trust in the state provided services when people would rather take their chances on the streets than enter state emergency accommodation. “We still have grave concerns for anybody sleeping rough around the city with news of a rough sleeper death in Scotland highlighting the urgency in getting as many people off the streets as possible. Today ICHH will again be running an extended outreach service for the day however from this afternoon the management team will be assessing the situation hour by hour as we have concerns for the safety of our volunteers who are on the streets out of empathy and compassion trying to help those most vulnerable.”Taoiseach Leo Varadkar yesterday called the number of people sleeping rough “distressing”.Read: No buses and a Luas every half hour – here’s how transport is affected by the snow 30 people slept on the streets of Dublin last night as temperatures fell to -5 Over 100 people were in a centre in Dublin. By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img

Final 813 WWE Smackdown rating overall rating down

first_img Mae Young Classic participants debuting for ROH, ROH originals returning during UK tour Twitter Facebook Pinterest Netflix announces season three of GLOW set to premiere Friday, August 9 WhatsAppcenter_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 The 8/13 WWE Smackdown on Syfy drew a 1.57 cable rating with 2.08 million viewers. This is down from last week’s show that drew a 1.70 rating with 2.41 million viewers.Source: Prowrestling.netlast_img

Bartley could join West Brom

first_imgWest Brom have tipped Leeds United to the signing of Swansea’s Kyle Bartley, according to talkSPORT.Albion have agreed on a deal with Swansea to sign Bartley for a fee thought to be around £4million.The defender was expected to join the peacocks but has opted to sign for West Bromwich Albion instead. The former Arsenal defender could complete his move to the Hawthorns this weekend after he agreed to personal terms with the club.The player was also wanted by new Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa as he looks to bolster his squad for the championship in the upcoming season.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.Bartley spent the entire 2016-17 season on loan at Leeds from Swansea and the keen club were keen to bring back the defender to Elland Road on a permanent basis.West Brom are looking to strengthen their central defensive options after losing Johnny Evans and Gareth McAuley this summer.Bartley will become the second signing for Darren Moore’s side after goalkeeper Sam Johnstone joined from Manchester United to replace the already departed Ben Foster.last_img

Higginbotham Man City did not disrespect Burton after 90 win

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Danny Higginbotham is certain that Manchester City didn’t disrespect Burton in their Carabao Cup semi-final winPep Guardiola’s side handed Burton a thrashing at the Etihad Stadium with Gabriel Jesus scoring a career-best four goals in a game.Kevin De Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez all got their names on the scoresheet themselves to hand City a 9-0 aggregate lead.Despite being 4-0 up at half-time, Higginbotham praised City for keeping up the tempo as they added another five goals before the final whistle.“I’ve been on the wrong end of some severe scorelines and it’s horrible,” Higginbotham told Sky Sports.“But what’s worse is if you get a team that get to four or five and then stop. It’s unprofessional.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Burton knew what was about to happen to them. If City had got to three or four and then showboated, people would have complained about that.“You’re bringing confidence to players within that team as well. (Gabriel) Jesus comes into the team and scores four goals, (Kevin) De Bruyne’s just coming back from injury, (Phil) Foden comes on again.“I don’t see it as unprofessional. It would have been disrespectful for City to go about it any other way.“What it does now is it means Pep can rest all his players in the second leg. It’s fantastic from Manchester City and I love the way they’ve gone about it and their attitude.”The return leg between Burton and City will take place on January 23.last_img

Vista man sentenced nearly 20 years for soliciting explicit photos from minors

first_imgVista man sentenced nearly 20 years for soliciting explicit photos from minors Posted: May 12, 2018 May 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A Vista man has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison for posing as a teenage girl to get inappropriate photographs from children.Joseph Daniel Saucedo, 26, pleaded guilty about a year ago to two counts of receiving and attempting to receive sexually explicit photos of minors.On Friday, a federal judge gave Saucedo a sentence of 19 years and seven months in prison and 20 years of supervised release, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Saucedo admitted to posing as “Amy Jennings” while talking to an 11- year-old Canadian boy online, the statement said. “Amy” sent the boy naked pictures of young girls and asked him to communicate with her “friend,” Saucedo. When the boy refused, “Amy” posted a photograph of the boy’s house, told him she knew where he lived, and tried to shame him into communicatingwith Saucedo.The boy relented and contacted Saucedo, who exposed himself to the boy over FaceTime, the statement said.The boy hung up on Saucedo but the calls and threats continued until “Amy” sent the 11-year-old an explicit video, threatening to release it and claim it was him.Police in Calgary, Alberta, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigated, and then referred the matter to San Diego’s Electronic Crimes Working Group, which ultimately identified and arrested Saucedo, the statement said.After his arrest, authorities found evidence that Saucedo had been soliciting inappropriate photos from several other children, per the statement.In August 2015, he tried to convince a 16-year-old Florida girl that he was a modeling agent before again using “Amy” to threaten the girl.“Amy” harassed the Florida girl, who then turned to Saucedo for help. He agreed to help get “Amy” to stop bothering the girl, but only if the Florida girl would send him explicit photos of herself.He asked her to “[w]rite my name on a paper or hand so I know it’s a new one.”The girl agreed, and Saucedo later demanded that she continue sending him naked photos or “Amy” would post compromising pictures of the girl.The girl told him that she was looking into the Kik app’s legal system to handle the online threats from “Amy.”Saucedo responded, “Na I’ll pay her I don’t want you to get in trouble” — possibly fearing that alerting Kik to would compromise his illegal activities, the U.S. Attorney’s office statement said.Saucedo told the girl that he had paid “Amy Jennings” $2,000. As a thank you, the girl agreed to a sexually explicit FaceTime chat with Saucedo, the statement said.After gaining search warrants for Saucedo’s cellphones, investigators say they found another eight minors whom Saucedo tried to harass, including a 13-year-old girl.Saucedo has a prior conviction from 2012 for unlawful sex with a minor. He was 20, and the girl involved was 14.“This case highlights the importance of strong international partnerships to target these heinous crimes,” U.S. Attorney Adam L. Braverman said. “Thank you to our Canadian colleagues, and most especially to the brave victims everywhere who step forward to report abusive conduct. Their courage is a critical part of detecting and stopping similar abuse now and in the future.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

Out of Washougal horror a home for Bella

first_imgWest Columbia Gorge Humane Society: This no-kill shelter, run by volunteers, took in Bella and put her up for adoption. To donate or adopt an animal, call 360-835-3464 or visit www. Animal Control: If you spot the black and white border collie-type dog or cat still on the loose from the Stanbarys’ home, call 360-835-8701.If Bella could talk, the tales of unspeakable horror she witnessed on Dec. 7 would likely be too much for many of us to bear.That was the morning her owner, Steven Stanbary, 47, shot and killed his wife and her twin sister, then set their Washougal home on fire. He, too, perished in the flames, shooting guns to keep firefighters and police away as the fire raged.Bella is one of the few souls that made it out of that house alive that terrible day. Two other dogs and a cat are believed to have survived; four other dogs were found dead at the scene, including at least one that suffered a fatal gunshot.last_img

Macau visitor numbers rise 370 during Labour Day holiday

first_img Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August The number of visitors entering Macau during the first three days of the Labour Day holiday from 1 to 3 May grew 37.0% year-on-year to 531,503 people, including a 42.7% increase in those from mainland China to 436,679.This year’s holiday was boosted by an extra day when compared to the three day Labour Day holiday in 2018, with provisional statistics from the Public Security Police Force showing a total of 636,644 across the full holiday period. When compared to 2018, the first three days of 2019’s Labour Day holidays included a 7.8% increase in visitors from Hong Kong to 48,562 and a 25.8% increase from other markets to 46,262. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More RelatedPosts Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting Macau’s hotels benefited from the influx with capacity reaching 96.2%, representing a 1.9 percentage point rise over last year, whole room rates also grew 16.7% to an average of MOP$1,882.20.last_img

Coast Guard intercepts boat carrying migrants near Hollywood

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – The U.S. Coast Guard interdicted a boat with migrants approximately 30 miles east of Hollywood.Six people were found on board the vessel on Tuesday, including three Brazilian individuals and one Jamaican.Officials believe the other two people were smugglers.Crew members turned the six people over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

This Device Lets Wine Lovers Try a Sample Without Popping the Cork

first_img 4 min read Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now EntrepreneurGreg Lambrecht, inventor of medical devices, serial entrepreneur and founder of Burlington, Mass.-based Coravin, maker of the Coravin 1000 Wine Access System, which uses a needle and inert gas to extract wine from a bottle without removing the cork. “Aha” momentA wine collector, Lambrecht wanted to conduct side-by-side tastings of similar wines but did not want to open multiple bottles at one sitting (especially when his wife was pregnant and abstaining). “There was no way we could pull four or five corks in one evening. I wanted to change the way I experienced wine,” Lambrecht says. An expert in medical devices, including working in product develoment at Pfizer, Lambrecht had a familiarity with needles. He conceived a syringe-like system to draw out wine. After several years of development, he finalized the design and partnered with a manufacturer.Bottoms upThe device uses a medical-grade non-coring needle to pass through the cork, reach into the bottle and extract wine with the help of argon, a gas that occurs naturally in air. Once the wine has been extracted and poured, the needle raises and exits the cork, which reseals. The process takes roughly 20 seconds. Each argon capsule is good for up to 15 pours of 5 ounces before it needs to be replaced. In addition to home use, the Coravin system can be applied for tastings in wine shops and wineries, and to expand and improve by-the-glass programs at restaurants and bars. Harvesting talentLambrecht is interested in inventing, not in running businesses. So he approached Nick Lazaris, the former CEO of coffeemaker giant Keurig, to recruit him to be on Coravin’s board of directors (by bringing a prototype and a bottle of Burgundy to breakfast). Lazaris liked the idea so much, he offered to serve as Coravin’s CEO. “The Coravin system is not just about enjoyment,” Lazaris explains. “It’s also about exploration.”In that vein, he saw key similarities between Coravin and Keurig. Both allow people to enjoy the exact beverage they want, when they want it. Both allow multiple people to enjoy different beverages at the same time. And both are based on the razor/razor blade business model, which requires customers to continually purchase replacement parts: for Keurig, the K-Cup; for Coravin, the argon capsule.The proofCoravin was founded in 2011 with angel capital of nearly $1 million. The following year, the company raised $3 million more; to date it has raised $20 million, including an investment from wine expert and restaurateur Joe Bastianich. (Josh Makower, Lambrecht’s former Pfizer co-worker, invested in the idea early on and contributed so much to the initial concept that Lambrecht considers him a co-founder.) The device sells for $299 on Coravin’s website and at wine shops around the country. Argon capsules sell for $10.95 each, with volume discounts available.Through the grapevineCoravin relied on guerilla-style marketing from the start. Along with establishing an e-commerce site, the company sent Coravin systems to influencers in the wine world—restaurant sommeliers and beverage directors—and let the word spread naturally. Today the Coravin system is in use at some of the top-rated restaurants in the U.S., including Eleven Madison Park and Aquavit in New York and Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles.When Lazaris had enough capital for a marketing budget, he targeted key media outlets and bloggers, again sending them sample Coravin systems to try. The system has earned endorsements from respected wine writers such as Robert M. Parker Jr. The company is now employing the same strategies in Europe, and Lazaris anticipates having a presence in Asian markets by the end of 2015. “In every way, marketing is a key aspect of what we’re about,” he says, “because it’s not just a new product, but a new product category.”  This story appears in the December 2014 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » December 11, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img

Housing Forecast Highlights Expected Changes for the Second Half of 2015

first_img Buyers and Sellers Homeownership Housing Market Forecast 2015-06-22 Staff Writer Housing Forecast Highlights Expected Changes for the Second Half of 2015 Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img With the housing market still in recovery from the recession, homeownership is not a commodity that everyone can afford. In fact, it is a luxury. Forbes writer, Erin Carlyle pointed out a housing forecast titled “What to Expect in the Second Half of 2015” that the homeownership rate in 2005 was 69.1 percent, while today, it’s 63.7 percent, the lowest level the nation has seen since 1993.The forecast highlights that sellers are in an ideal market as the demand for housing is back, but for buyers, home prices are not very favorable and continue to rise. First-time buyers are especially deterred by the inflating price tags. Once you factor in increasing rents, slow wage growth, and high student loan debt, the younger and lower-earning end of the population have a tougher time breaking into the housing market.“The housing market conveyer belt requires people to buy the homes,” said Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow. “If we can’t get people on the first rung the whole conveyer belt slows down.”At the beginning of the year, Forbes surveyed experts and gained their predictions for the housing market and mapped out the rest of 2015.In the largest 100 markets in the nation, it’s still cheaper to own than rent by 38 percent, says real estate data firm Trulia. Although real estate conditions vary across different metros, the rent versus buy tradeoff is not likely to shift until mortgage rates hit about 10.6 percent, Trulia predicts.The improving jobs market is another reason for increased housing demand, Forbes reported. Last year, the nation gained three million jobs and this year another two million are expected, says Doug Duncan, chief economist at Fannie Mae. Household formation also increased for the past two quarters, meaning that younger people are entering the housing market.“The pickup in jobs is resulting in some increase in real incomes, so the demand side is strengthening faster than the supply side,” Duncan said.Forbes said that another issue in 2015 the low real estate inventory levels.“Despite the fact that investors have mostly left the market (since the great deals of the recession are now gone), regular people are still competing for too few homes,” Carlyle said. “One key reason: developers simply aren’t building enough new houses.”Another issue that Forbes pointed out is that builders are placing their focus on higher-end homes. Normally, new homes sell for about $25,000 more than previously-owned ones, while today, home are selling for about $75,000 more. The forecast also noted that low and negative equity is preventing people from selling their homesZillow’s Humphries added, “One out of three homeowners with a mortgage are locked out of trading their homes.” According to Zillow, approximately 15 percent of homes are underwater while another 18 percent have less than 20 percent equity in their homes.Forbes advises that when looking to purchase a home, it is a good idea to already have your offer letter in hand because homes sell quickly. “Over one-third of homes sell in two weeks or less in the markets we track,” says Nela Richardson, chief economist at Redfin.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that existing properties sold within 39 days in April on average, meanwhile, six percent of homes sold in April were on the market less than a month.In the first part of 2014, home prices were up between 10 percent and 13 percent year-over-year each month. But by the end of 2014 they had stabilized to an annual gain of 5.8 percent, NAR reports. Experts that Forbes spoke with predict projected gains ranging from 3 percent to 8 percent for this year.“I think prices will continue rising, possibly at rates higher than anticipated,” said Selma Hepp, Trulia’s chief economist. “I think we are looking more at 7 percent to 8 percent.”Lastly, Forbes projects that mortgage rates will hit between 4 and 5 percent by the end of the year. ”Economists have been forecasting a rise in mortgage interest rates for so long now that it’s almost hard to take them seriously, Carlyle said. “But at some point the Fed will act.” June 22, 2015 502 Views last_img

April 02 2019

first_imgApril 02 , 2019 Though a momentous trend, Superfresh said the variety’s sales were still well behind others for the month, including Gala (up 2.9% in sales), Honeycrisp (up 2.6% in sales), and Granny Smith (up 1.8% in sales). In fact, Gala and Honeycrisp alone represented almost half of all U.S. apple sales in February, with Gala pulling in US$70.2 million and Honeycrisp earning US$85.7 million.Overall, organic apples experienced greater dollar growth (5.2%) as well as volume sold (7.6%). Gala and Honeycrisp led the pack once again for this category, earning US$13.1 million and US$9 million respectively.However, while these types of apples proved successful across the board, other proprietary varieties were in decline for the same period.Meanwhile, organic pears dropped 5.4% in dollars and 7% in volume sold. While the organic Anjou served as the outlier, up 6% in growth, and accounting for 67% of the category’s sales, Superfresh said its popularity was not enough to compensate for the poor sales of other organic pear varieties.It was conventional pears that proved more popular during this period. Leading sales were Bartlett, whose 24% rise in sales had the variety earning US$14 million. Also lucrative were conventional varieties Anjou and Bosc. Chinese market apple shortage leads to highest pri … AUS: Red Rich Fruits secures exclusive rights to C … U.S.: Late season Ruby Frost apple variety gives r … center_img There were increased sales of both apples and pears during February in the U.S., with core varieties of both fruits remaining popular across markets.While there was a notable upward trajectory of conventional pears, it was organic apples that had the greatest increase in that fruit’s profits. One apple variety in particular built a notable momentum in sales: Autumn Glory, owned by Superfresh Growers. This variety rose a whopping increase of more than four-fold in dollars.According to IRI Freshlook data, the Autumn Glory apple rose in sales by more than five-fold in volume. Superfresh communications manager Catherine Gipe-Stewart attributes this to the excitement surrounding the apple’s sweet “caramel and cinnamon” flavor. You might also be interested in Report: U.S. fresh apple holdings down 12% on last …last_img

British tourists are fleeing the UK to remedy thei

first_imgBritish tourists are fleeing the UK to remedy their winter blues with some holiday cheer, according to easyJet. Figures from the low-cost carrier indicate that there has been a 17 percent increase in the number of customers hopping on flights to Europe this winter.The carrier suggests that the exceptional snow fall on the piste throughout Europe this winter could be one reason for the increase, with Brits keen to sample the resorts in Italy, France and Switzerland.A trip abroad could also be beneficial for your health, as well as lifting your spirits, according to Manchester Metropolitan University psychologist David Homes.He said: “Visiting countries with longer, brighter sunlight hours and/or taking an active holiday such as skiing or snowboarding is the perfect way to lift our spirits.”Physical activity increases the level of endorphins in our body which help boost feelings of control and happiness.”Tourists keen on making the most of the summer holidays can also take advantage of 13 new routes launched by easyJet earlier this month.Flights from London Gatwick to Vienna, Munich and Zurich are due to begin on April 2nd.Meanwhile, services to Bodrum and Dalaman in Turkey will begin on April 23rd and August 6th respectively.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBrits book winter flights to Europe to escape winter gloomrits have booked flights abroad during the winter monthsMore Brits searching for ski holidays onlineMore Brits searching for ski holidays onlineeasyJet to introduce twice-daily flights to Zurich and Vienna this wintereasyJet to introduce twice-daily flights to Zurich and Vienna this winterlast_img

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