Pret A Manger is researching opportunities for growth in China as it plans 40 more openings this year in its existing markets.The brand, founded in London in the 1980s, has developed internationally to include a presence in big-name cities such as Paris, New York and Chicago. The brand is now targeting the Chinese market, a decade after its first openings in Hong Kong. The next shop will open this autumn at the K11 shopping mall on 300 Huaihai Middle Road in Shanghai. In an interview with the Financial Times, Bridgepoint’s managing partner and Pret’s chairman William Jackson, said the brand had “refilled its pipeline of projects”.Jackson said: ”The US is maturing, France is emerging, the UK is a thriving hub of innovation and we’ve got research and development going in China. We’re planting the seeds for future growth.”A spokesman said: “Shanghai is a vibrant city and consumers there have an appetite for Western flavours. Building on our success in Hong Kong, we want to offer something different to the Chinese market and bring more British sandwiches, salads and organic coffee to a new audience.”We have always grown very steadily, one shop at a time. Across the globe, we plan to open 40 new shops this year in our existing markets: Hong Kong, UK, US, and France. “
Our solar system contains three types of planets: rocky, terrestrial worlds (Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars), gas giants (Jupiter and Saturn), and ice giants (Uranus and Neptune). Planets orbiting distant stars come in an even wider variety, including lava worlds and “hot Jupiters.”Observations by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have added a new type of planet to the mix. By analyzing the previously discovered world GJ1214b, astronomer Zachory Berta of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and colleagues proved that it is a water world enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere.“GJ1214b is like no planet we know of,” said Berta. “A huge fraction of its mass is made up of water.”GJ1214b was discovered in 2009 by the ground-based MEarth (pronounced “mirth”) Project, which is led by CfA’s David Charbonneau. This super-Earth is about 2.7 times Earth’s diameter and weighs almost 7 times as much. It orbits a red dwarf star every 38 hours at a distance of 1.3 million miles, giving it an estimated temperature of 450° Fahrenheit.In 2010, CfA scientist Jacob Bean and colleagues reported that they had measured the atmosphere of GJ1214b, finding it likely that the atmosphere was composed mainly of water. However, their observations could also be explained by the presence of a worldwide haze in GJ1214b’s atmosphere.Berta and his co-authors used Hubble’s WFC3 instrument to study GJ1214b when it crossed in front of its host star. During such a transit, the star’s light is filtered through the planet’s atmosphere, giving clues to the mix of gases.“We’re using Hubble to measure the infrared color of sunset on this world,” explained Berta.Hazes are more transparent to infrared light than to visible light, so the Hubble observations help tell the difference between a steamy and a hazy atmosphere.They found the spectrum of GJ1214b to be featureless over a wide range of wavelengths, or colors. The atmospheric model most consistent with the Hubble data is a dense atmosphere of water vapor.“The Hubble measurements really tip the balance in favor of a steamy atmosphere,” said Berta.Since the planet’s mass and size are known, astronomers can calculate the density, which works out to about 2 grams per cubic centimeter. Water has a density of 1 g/cm3, while Earth’s average density is 5.5 g/cm3. This suggests that GJ1214b has much more water than Earth, and much less rock.As a result, the internal structure of GJ1214b would be very different than our world.“The high temperatures and high pressures would form exotic materials like ‘hot ice’ or ‘superfluid water’ — substances that are completely alien to our everyday experience,” said Berta.Theorists expect that GJ1214b formed farther out from its star, where water ice was plentiful, and migrated inward early in the system’s history. In the process, it would have passed through the star’s habitable zone. How long it lingered there is unknown.GJ1214b is located in the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus, and just 40 light-years from Earth. Therefore, it’s a prime candidate for study by the next-generation James Webb Space Telescope.A paper reporting these results has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal and is available online.This release is being issued jointly with NASA.
“We decided to expand and start a southeast event to hopefully bring the same kind of numbers and awareness to that district for CAES.” she said. “The CAES alumni and the UGA southeast Extension in the area have played a huge role in getting this event up and running.”“We look forward to reaching out to potential students in eastern Georgia and telling them about the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,” said Joe West, assistant dean on the UGA Tifton Campus. “Overall, we’re pleased to meet the students and parents and let them know that a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences degree is available to students in Athens, Tifton and Griffin.”High school students and transfer students can sign up by contacting UGA Tifton at (229) 386-3338 or Leanne Chafin at [email protected] Applicants should register by Sept. 15. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers a variety of programs that can lead to careers in education, business, communication, economics and engineering—just to name a few.For the first time, students in the ninth through twelfth grades and college transfers in southeast Georgia will have the chance to learn about all of these opportunities at the UGA Southeast District Recruitment Event Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend.Located at the Toombs County Agricultural Center in Lyons, Ga., the inaugural event will provide a free meal, followed by a general informational session on CAES as well as two different sessions designed for high school and transfer students. Information about financial aid, admissions and the different majors will be available. An alumni panel will be present to speak and answer questions about their experience as a CAES student.“Our goal for this event is to show attendees the numerous opportunities that CAES has to offer them,” said Christy Bryan, academic programs recruiter for the UGA Tifton Campus. “We believe that there is something for almost everyone in the (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and we want to help students find the fit that will help them grow to their full potential.”The event in southeast Georgia is modeled after a similar event held annually in southwest Georgia for the past five years. The event has been successful in helping promising students in that region of the state and has increased the number of both applicants and enrollment to CAES from the region.
Georgia’s peach crop will benefit from the cooler-than-normal winter. While temperatures have already hovered near or below freezing throughout the state on numerous nights this year, peach trees are thriving with their needed cooling hours.“Peaches have the potential to be really good as long as we don’t have a bloom followed by another cold snap,” said Phillip Brannen, a University of Georgia plant pathologist in Athens. “We have all the chill hours we need, and if we get a week of good warm weather, everything’s going to bloom at once.”Chill hours refer to the amount of colder weather a peach tree needs in order to sustain growth during the winter. If a tree gets enough of those hours, then the buds know instinctively that it’s okay to bloom in the spring. If not enough chill hours are attained, the bloom is delayed and often non-uniform. Delayed or protracted bloom caused by poor chill hours can make it very difficult for peach farmers to harvest as the peach fruit ripens at different rates due to delayed starts under those conditions. Total production could also be reduced.Brannen says the current chill hours for peaches are “nearly perfect.”“Once warm conditions arrive for a week or so, we should have a uniform and full bloom,” he said. “However, we really need it to stay warm after that, as a late freeze can really cause lots of damage if all the blooms are out at the same time or close to it.”Depending on how developed the blooms and young peaches are, a late-arriving cold snap can cause 100 percent loss, Brannen said.“The ideal scenario is for it to stay cold a little bit longer, then everything blooms and it remains warm,” Brannen said. “That’s what we would love to see.”According to the 2012 Farm Gate Value Report, peaches were grown on 11,029 acres in Georgia and generated a farm gate value of $33.8 million. Macon County produced the most peaches with 2,515 acres, followed by Peach County with 2,371.Peaches are the second most popular fruit grown in Georgia behind blueberries.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp. continues to explore the possibility of building an offshore wind project in Lake Erie to deliver power for New York state, as development zones off the Atlantic Coast remain in limited supply.Diamond Offshore Wind, a unit of Mitsubishi Corp., stirred up local opposition last year after submitting an interconnection request with New York’s grid operator for potential capacity in eastern Lake Erie. The developer still believes offshore wind turbines are a good solution for the Great Lakes region as states seek more renewable power and clean energy jobs, CEO Chris Wissemann told GTM.Diamond Offshore Wind was encouraged by a white paper from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority released this summer, looking at the state’s options for meeting its 70 percent renewable energy target for 2030. In the white paper, NYSERDA called for a feasibility study to “explore and confirm” the potential benefits of offshore wind in the Great Lakes.At this stage, Diamond still does not have a specific project under development in Lake Erie. “We’re watching earnestly to see if New York, through this feasibility study, concludes that projects are worthwhile in the Great Lakes,” Wissemann said. “If so, and if that ultimately turns into a solicitation in the next year or two, we’d be keenly interested in participating.”Offshore wind development has moved at a snail’s pace in the Great Lakes, despite longstanding interest and big potential. Much of the focus to date has been on the Icebreaker project offshore Cleveland, backed by the nonprofit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.Wissemann said future Great Lakes projects will look more like those shaping up along the Atlantic Coast: larger and more competitive on cost. Winter ice endemic to the Great Lakes is not an engineering challenge for turbines affixed to the seabed, and there’s no need to demonstrate any particular technology for freshwater projects to advance, he said. “I think you can go bigger, faster in the Great Lakes.”[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: Mitsubishi eyes Great Lakes for offshore wind development Mitsubishi unit sees potential in offshore wind projects in U.S. Great Lakes region
By Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo September 03, 2019 Ecuador and Colombia, among the most biodiverse countries in the world, face a daily struggle against the illegal trafficking of animals destined for international markets, a profitable activity for organized crime.“The trade of protected animals is Colombia’s third largest illegal industry after drug and human smuggling. […] Exotic birds, monkeys, frogs, turtles, pythons — are animals desired as pets, for their meat, as an aphrodisiac or for their skin,” said The New York Times on May 3.. “Wildlife crime not only strips our environment of its resources; it also has an impact through the associated violence, money laundering, and fraud,” International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) Secretary General Jürgen Stock said in July.In 2017 alone, Colombian officials and wildlife preservation groups rescued more than 23,000 animals from trafficking, the New York Times added. “In only six months of 2019, Colombian officers prevented 3,000 endangered species from being trafficked, commercialized, and exploited,” Army General Luis Fernando Navarro Jiménez, commander of the Colombian Military Forces, told Diálogo.In Ecuador, the Armed Forces’ effective control and initiatives against the illegal wildlife trade helped to disrupt criminal groups in the territory. In the first quarter of 2019, authorities seized more than 6,730 wildlife species, the newspaper El Tiempo reported.There are 1,252 vertebrate species considered to be endangered in Ecuador, according to the Ecuadorean Ministry of the Environment (MAE, in Spanish). “Despite strict international laws, Ecuador is used as a wildlife stocking hub,” Pedro Gualoto, a wildlife technician for MAE, told the press. As part of its environmental strategic plan, Ecuador and Colombia have subscribed to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which regulates wildlife management.The illegal wildlife trade is “a bloodthirsty business” that moves about $20 billion per year, similar to the figures managed by drug and arms trafficking, the World Wildlife Fund states on its website. The international drug trade moves about $340 billion per year, according to Argentine newspaper Infobae. The database of the France-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) International Union for Conservation of Nature ranks Colombia and Ecuador among the 10 countries worldwide with the most endangered species. Border security assessment between the Ecuadorean and Colombian armed forces is long-standing. The two institutions have been working together for many years to counter crimes that threaten biodiversity, such as illegal wildlife trafficking, illegal mineral extraction that pollutes rivers with mercury, narcotrafficking that generates deforestation, and illegal fishing off the Pacific coast, which are all activities that yield exorbitant profits for organized crime.“Traffickers use border areas to avoid pursuit by Ecuadorean and Colombian authorities, at their convenience. The difference between jurisdictions, legal frameworks, and capacities allows illegal groups to have escape zones to avoid capture or the seizure of their illegal goods, or of the money collected,” said Gen. Navarro. “In this criminal modus operandi, species are taken through riverine ports to Colombia or abroad. [Smugglers] use altered or fake documents, they make sub-records of high-volume shipments to make them appear legal, or to evade customs control.”“It’s imperative that the intelligence gathered by the defense sector serves as a guide to operations against wildlife trafficking, so that the authorities can use international cooperation tools, such as mutual legal assistance and joint investigations across country borders,” Jessica Graham, president of the Washington, D.C.-based NGO JG Global Advisory, told the press.An example of this cooperation is the partnership of governments worldwide with INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization, which conducted Operation Thunderball on June 4-30. The operation enabled more than 1,828 operations in 109 countries, resulting in the confiscation of more than 25,000 endangered species. The authorities arrested 582 suspects in the combined operation, said INTERPOL.
36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Austrailian millionaire Tim Gurner declared that Millennials are unable to buy homes because of wasteful spending on items such as avocado toast. “When I was trying to buy my first home I wasn’t buying smashed avocados for 19 bucks and four coffees at $4 each”. Within hours of his remarks on TV’s “60 Minutes,” Millennials took to the internet to defend their generation’s money habits. Acknowledging that avocado toast is not the culprit keeping millennial from buying their first home, they are are facing challenges with a competitive labor market and increased expenses on every level, not just the breakfast they choose to eat. Your credit union lending solutions could be the answer to some of those challenges.Even though the market is tougher than ever, Millennials are the largest group of home buyers. With home values up 7% and fewer homes on the market than in 2016, buying a home is no easy feat in 2017. Additionally, Millennials are competing with seasoned, repeat buyers who are equipped with more capital and experience. Millennials go out to buy their first home and show up to open houses where interested bidders are making offers in cash.The market has also seen a shortage of starter homes in recent years, which has caused a direct correlation to the increased price of homes. So while Millennials are more than interested, the homes are not within a first-time buyer’s budget, and definitely not the prices their parents were up against when they sought out their first homes. continue reading »
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Indonesian national wrestling champion Eko Roni Saputra put forth a spectacular performance, dominating newcomer Murugan “Wolverine” Silvarajoo of Malaysia to earn a first-round victory in the ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES, which was broadcast on Friday.At the sound of the opening bell, Eko quickly chased Silvarajoo across the Circle. The Indonesian unloaded a series of powerful boxing combinations against the fence, as Silvarajoo covered up. Taking the Malaysian down to the mat, Eko advanced to the bout-ending submission, using his feet to tweak Silvarajoo’s shoulder in a joint lock maneuver to force the tap shortly after.“I appear more comfortable now because I train a lot in striking, boxing and Muay Thai. I don’t want to just rely on my take-down wrestling skills, but I start my game with striking, then I start the take-down,” Eko, who trains at the EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore, said. In the main bout, reigning ONE Strawweight Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao of Thailand successfully retained his Muay Thai World Title with a near-flawless performance against ISKA K-1 World Champion and number one ranked contender Josh “Timebomb” Tonna of Australia.Sam-A appeared composed and relaxed to start the bout, delivering a volley of fast boxing combinations and high round kicks in the first round. In the beginning of the second, Sam-A dropped Tonna with a bullet-like left straight, sending the Australian to a mandatory 8-count. Sensing he had his opponent hurt, Sam-A poured on the pressure and dropped Tonna two more times en route to a technical knockout victory.In another round, former ONE World Title challenger and current fifth-ranked flyweight Reece “Lightning” McLaren of Australia may have boosted himself up the divisional ladder based on his most recent showing. The Gold Coast native drew up a dominant performance, knocking out three-time IBJJF No-Gi European Champion Aleksi “The Giant” Toivonen of Finland in the first round.Topics :
Source: Wates GroupJames WatesDirectors should foster effective stakeholder relationships aligned to the company’s purpose. The board is responsible for overseeing meaningful engagement with stakeholders, including the workforce, and having regard to their views when taking decisions.Boards should have a clear understanding of the views of shareholders including those with a minority interest. Boards will appreciate the importance of dialogue with the workforce and wider stakeholders around the company’s stated purpose and be proactive in ensuring it takes place.The board should establish clear policies on remuneration structures and practices which should enable effective accountability to shareholders.The board should present to stakeholders a fair, balanced and understandable assessment of the company’s position and prospects and make this available on an annual basis.Boards should ensure that there are channels to receive appropriate feedback from discussions with stakeholders.Wates said: “Good corporate governance is not about box-ticking. It can only be achieved if companies think seriously about why they exist and how they deliver on their purpose, then explain how they go about implementing the principles. That’s the sort of transparency that can build the trust of stakeholders and the general public.”Chris Cummings, chief executive of the Investment Association, the UK’s asset management trade body, added: “It is essential that both private and public companies operate with high standards of corporate governance to promote their long-term success and ultimately that of the UK economy. Recent instances of corporate failure and concerns over governance have damaged the public trust in business as a whole.“These principles provide an important framework for private companies to articulate how they are delivering good governance and will help to build trust and confidence in the UK business community and wider society.”The code is to take effect from 1 January 2019. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the UK’s audit regulator, has published a code for the corporate governance of large private companies aimed at helping them meet legal requirements and achieve long-term success.It comes in response to concerns that while privately-owned companies are not subject to the same level of reporting and accountability requirements as publicly listed companies, their economic and social significance can be as great – and when problems occur there are comparable risks to a wide range of stakeholders.The code was developed by a coalition established by the FRC and chaired by James Wates, chairman of Wates Group, the privately-owned construction company.It was intended to help companies comply with recent UK regulations on governance reporting, the FRC said, and applied to companies with more than 2,000 employees, or a turnover of more than £200m (€221m) and a balance sheet of over £2bn. The code listed six “Wates Principles”, covering purpose and leadership, board composition, director responsibilities, opportunity and risk, remuneration, and stakeholder relationships and engagement.Recommendations included: