Dried fruit pricing

first_imgCoconut: Prices remain at reasonable levels. Given the general bullishness across the market and with coconut in increasing demand across a variety of applications, pricing is more likely to rise than to fall.Raisins: Prices should have weakened further than they have, yet origin sellers remain cautious in the hope that more markets are generically firmer than weaker.Sultanas: Mixed messages continue to affect Turkish prices, although the recent trend is firmer than over the past six weeks or so. There are reports that the Turkish crop might “only” be 260,000mt down 25% on last year.Currants: Greek currant pricing remains stable to firm. It is unlikely that we will see any major market weakness, other than for the UK buyers who may see some recovery in sterling should the euro continue to weaken.Apricots: The pricing trend on Turkish apricots for the remainder of this season is looking increasingly “bullish”. The latest figures show that 45,000mt have been exported so far since the start of the crop, with 10,000mt consumed domestically.Prunes: Prune pricing has continued to offer good value, with reasonable availability and UK prices seeing the benefit of the generally stronger sterling over the past few months.l Based on information supplied by RM Curtislast_img read more

Not all ‘systems-level’ ESG issues are created equal: TIIP

first_imgThe Investment Integration Project (TIIP) has produced guidelines aimed at helping asset owners and managers sift through “systems-level” environmental, societal, and financial issues to decide which are relevant to their investment processes.According to Steve Lydenberg, founder and CEO of TIIP and author of the paper explaining the guidelines, being able to identify which issues were significant enough to be integrated into investment processes “is crucial for institutional investors because issues with too narrow a focus may prove irrelevant, ineffective, or even potentially detrimental to their management of long-term risks and rewards”.He argued that considerations about environmental sustainability or “the creation of a just and prosperous society” encompassed many issues, but “not all of these can – or should – rise to the level of ‘relevant consideration’” by institutional investors.To determine which issues were worthy of their attention, institutional investors should consider four criteria, Lyndenberg suggested: consensus, relevance, effectiveness, and uncertainty.  Issues that shared these characteristics were “those that will be of sufficient concern that long-term investors can reliably treat them as credible”.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# He said an issue could be worth considering if it had achieved a broad consensus as to its legitimacy and general importance, whether positive or negative.To pass the “relevance” test, an issue should have “substantial potential to impact positively or negatively the long-term financial performance of not simply one portfolio or asset class, but portfolios across most investors and asset classes”, according to Lydenberg.The “effectiveness” criterion would be met if institutional investors had the ability to influence the functioning of a given system.Lastly, an issue could be deemed reasonable for consideration “if it involves difficult-to-assess uncertainties in the event of systems-level disruption”.“The greater the potential for uncertainty due to systems-level disruptions, the stronger the case for consideration of these issues,” wrote Lyndenberg.Examples of “systems-level issues” that could be deemed relevant for long-term institutional investors included: climate change, access to fresh water, poverty alleviation, access to healthcare, and stability and credibility of financial systems.The paper can be found here.last_img read more

LA Clippers’ J.J. Redick goes from long cast to podcast

first_imgJ.J. Redick shoots the basketball with the best in the NBA. He’s having the finest season of his 10-year career. Now the Los Angeles Clippers’ shooting guard has become a member of the media as he recently signed with Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical to do a weekly podcast for 52 weeks.What a show-off.“I think he’s doing that so he feels like he never has to talk to the media again,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, laughing. “I told him I would not be on the show. That’s too strange.”Redick is averaging 16 points per game, second-most of his career after averaging 16.4 last season. He also leads the league with a 48.2 shooting percentage (120 of 249) from 3-point range after never having shot higher than 43.7 percent from there. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In one prolific performance, Redick made eight of his first nine shots from beyond the arc before finishing 9 of 12 and scoring 40 points in a 140-132 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets on Jan. 18 at Staples Center.The man who gets angry at himself for missing a shot during shootarounds was hard on himself afterward.“I do not know that it is the best I have felt shooting the ball,” he said. “I feel like I missed a couple mid-range shots I would have normally made.”Teammate Chris Paul joked, “I remember two of them that he missed. He was wide open. He and I will have to talk about why he missed those.”Veteran Paul Pierce, who is headed to the Hall of Fame, can’t say enough about Redick.center_img “J.J. has been phenomenal,” he said. “I mean, he’s stepped up his game in the absence of Blake (Griffin). I think we’re running more things for him. He’s one of our go-to scorers, so we have complete confidence in him. We’re getting him open. I know every time I’m out there, I’m like, ‘Look, come my way and I’ll set a screen, get you open.’”More than ever, Redick figures heavily into opposing coaches’ game-planning.“He’s playing great,” Minnesota coach Sam Mitchell said Wednesday before his team upset the Clippers 108-102. “He’s shooting the ball, he’s getting to the basket, he’s doing a lot of good things. I hope we pay attention to him.”Redick had a rare off-shooting night Wednesday, going 1 for 9 from the field. Stuff like that doesn’t worry Rivers.Redick shot 2 of 10, 1 of 6 from 3-point range in a victory over the Lakers this past Friday. Two nights later, he shot 7 of 11, 4 of 4 from distance in a win over Chicago.“He works at it,” Rivers said. “He works harder than everybody, anybody that I’ve ever seen. He’s just tough. You know what I love about him? (Against the Lakers) he couldn’t make a shot. He didn’t get but four shots in the first half. But if you watch the film, visually there was no body-language change. It was like, ‘Fine, this is not my night, I’m good.’“Whereas you can look around the league every night, you can tell the guy that’s not getting the ball; you just look at his face. That just says a lot about him, like, he knows he can shoot, he knows it’s going to go in and he doesn’t worry about it. He’s just a mentally tough kid.”Redick is 31, so he’s no kid. Ask him why he’s having his best season at this time, he gets philosophical.“I’ve put in a lot of work,” he said. “I use my brain, I use my body, I use my time. I’m becoming more efficient as I get older in life.”Redick is indeed in the second half of his career, so it’s time to start planning for the future. As cerebral as he is, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him eventually get into coaching. But if this podcast thing goes well, that might be in his crystal ball.Redick’s initial podcast was Monday. His main guest was former Clippers forward Jared Dudley, who is now with the Washington Wizards.“It was a lot of fun,” said Redick, whose Clippers (32-17) will play at 4 p.m. Friday at Orlando (21-27), the team that drafted him 11th overall in 2006.“Jared was a very easy guest to have on as kind of my first podcast guest because he’s such a great talker. I’m happy with it. I see some room for improvement in certain areas, but I thought the flow was pretty good.”Originally, Redick said, he was to write for The Vertical.“I wasn’t necessarily against that, but I think the podcast idea was something new and something that hadn’t really been done for a current NBA player, so I’ve been called a pioneer,” he said.Will he do it once his playing days are over?“The way I see it, I have nothing to lose,” he said. “If people like it, great. If people don’t like it, OK. My priority is to be a basketball player, so that’s my only concern.”Rivers, who must moonlight as a comedian, isn’t uneasy about anything Redick might say in his podcast.“You know J.J., he’s going to keep it Duke vanilla,” Rivers said, “and so you don’t worry about it. I do think this is something he wants to do post-career and so I’m a big believer in if that’s what they want to do, then they should get the practice and do it.”Practice makes perfect.REDICK FILEFull name: Jonathan Clay RedickHeight: 6-foot-4Age: 31Years pro: 10th season (third with Clippers)College: DukeStatistics: Shooting league-high 48.2 percent from 3-point range, 47.5 percent overall; averaging 16.0 points per game.last_img read more

Susan McNeil, 59, Argonia: May 10, 1954 – Aug. 30, 2013

first_imgSusan McNeil, of Argonia died Friday, August 30, 2013 at the age of 59.Susan was born the daughter of Ed and Letha Saunders on, May 10, 1954 in Wellington.On January 10, 1981, Susan and Mike McNeil were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 32 years of marriage.Susan was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, daughter and sister. Before Susan attended nursing school, she worked at the Slate Creek Depot in Wellington. She later worked 10 years as a registered nurse at the former Wellington St. Luke’s Hospital. She later joined with her husband to work at the family business of McNeil Woodworks in Argonia. Susan’s greatest joys in life were her children and grandchildren, she loved them greatly. She enjoyed gardening and loved antiques. “You’ve taught me so much, I’ve watched how you live, how you chase after life, you inspire me to greater things”.Survivors include her husband, Mike McNeil of Argonia, mother, Letha Saunders of Wellington, brother, Michael Saunders and his wife Kelly of Lafayette, Colorado, daughters, Brynn Richardson and her husband Tim of Wichita, Kelsey Curry and her husband D.J. of Wellington, son, Brett McNeil and his wife Julie of Andover, grandchildren, Alex Richardson, Samuel Richardson, Jackson Curry, Makenzie Curry, Elizabeth Curry, Elliott McNeil and many nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her father Ed Saunders.Visitation will be held at the Day funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 5, 2013, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.Funeral services for Susan will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 6, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church, 202 West Harvey in Wellington.Interment will follow at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington.Memorials have been established in her loving memory with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road Suite 200 Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Replant, patience and seed availability

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This spring has been nothing short of frustrating for farmers who planted a large number of acres before heavy rains that caused ponding, drown-outs and crusting on those newly sewn fields. The season has been equally as taxing on seed companies working with their customers to navigate the difficult scenarios of 2017. Daniel Call, General Manager with Seed Consultants, tells Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins that he hasn’t seen a spring like this in some time.Listen to their conversation below.Seed Consultants Daniel Calllast_img read more

BingTweets: Microsoft Launches a Twitter Search Engine

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Microsoft#news#NYT#Product Reviews#search#twitter#web frederic lardinois This is Federated Media’s second Twitter project together with Microsoft. The first was the launch of ExecTweets, a site that allowed users to find, follow, and engage business executives on Twitter.Not Quite A Fusion of Twitter and BingBingtweets looks like an interesting project, but while its tagline is “Fusing Twitter Trends with Bing Insights,” the reality is that it displays a Twitter feed next to Bing’s search results and there is no real fusion between the two. We do like, however, that Microsoft stressed overall trends on Twitter and allows users to quickly get a grasp on what a trending topic is about. After all, Bing’s results often display information about current news events like the earthquake in New Zealand today, for example. Breaking these trends down by popular terms, people, places, and products is also quite nice, and we are not aware of any other Twitter search engine that currently does this. We also like the ability to share results directly on Twitter through an oversized form at the top of the page.Overall, this is an interesting effort, though we are not sure that Bingtweets currently offers enough value to differentiate itself from other Twitter search engines and memetrackers like Twazzup or Tweetmeme. Microsoft, in cooperation with Federated Media and Twitter, launched its own full-blown Twitter search engine today. BingTweets mashes up real-time Twitter search with results from Bing, Microsoft’s new and increasingly popular search engine. The result is an interesting hybrid product that puts Bing’s search results at the center of the experience, while the real-time Twitter feed appears in a sidebar on the left. The top of the page features a list of trending topics, which are quite interesting, as BingTweets separates them out by popular terms, as well as by popular people, places, and products. Disclosure: Federated Media is a ReadWriteWeb advertising partner.Microsoft started to integrate some Twitter search results with the main Bing search engine a few weeks ago, but these were only from very popular Twitter users. Interestingly, BingTweets will run on its own Bingtweets.com domain, and, as far as we can see, isn’t linked to from the main Bing site. For now, it’s a completely separate entity, but chances are that Microsoft is already experimenting with other ways to incorporate more Twitter search results into Bing. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

10 months ago​Leeds boss Bielsa: I will not panic buy

first_img​Leeds boss Bielsa: I will not panic buyby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is not in the mood to panic.The veteran coach believes they can get promotion with the players at his disposal.Leeds are top of the Championship by two points from Norwich City, with 26 games played.But Bielsa does admit it is tough to be without as many as seven players due to injuries and suspensions.”We are lacking players,” Bielsa is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “If the club can bring in players, it will be only if they are better than the players that we have.”In the next few weeks, we will have Dallas, Berardi, Phillips, Brown, Bamford and Douglas with us, so among the absences, we will have a reduction.”That’s why I clearly say that if nobody comes, we will solve the problems anyway.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

PRESTO IS GIVING AWAY THOUSANDS OF FREE CARDS IN TORONTO TODAY

first_imgAdvertisement 750 cards will be handed out at Oakville, Mimico, Pickering, and Scarborough GO Stations, each with $8.The promotion is to advertise the new name of the ACC: Scotiabank Arena. The company is helping to get fans to Toronto Maple Leafs games easier, partnering with Presto to do it.The giveaways start at 4 p.m. and continue until the cards run out. Lines started pretty early last time, so be prepared. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement For the second time this month, Scotiabank is giving away thousands of free Presto cards pre-loaded.1,000 cards will be given at Spadina, Wellesley, Kipling, Finch, Eglinton, Don Mills, and Kennedy subway stations.Wellesley is a new option, replacing College Station, which was a bit chaotic last time. The cards given away at these locations will be loaded with $6. Twitterlast_img read more