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US urges increased caution for Americans visiting Hong Kong
Hong Kong: The U.S. government on Thursday stepped up its warnings to travelers to Hong Kong because of increasing violence surrounding pro-democracy protests in the Chinese city. The State Department’s Level 2 travel advisory issued Thursday urges “increased caution in Hong Kong due to civil unrest” and tells travelers to avoid demonstrations and to “exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.” The protests were sparked two months ago by proposed extradition legislation that could have seen suspects sent to mainland China where they could face torture and unfair politicized trial. They have since morphed into calls for broader democratic reforms in the former British colony, along with the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam and investigations into alleged police abuse of force. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe territory’s crucial travel industry has suffered as tourists put off their visits, with Australia, Ireland, Britain, and Japan having also issued travel advisories to their citizens. Hong Kong police say a total of 589 people have been arrested in the protests since June 9, ranging in age from 13 to 76. They face charges including rioting, which allows for prison terms of up to 10 years. Protests have seen police firing tear gas, rubber bullets and other projectiles, with demonstrators responding with sharpened metal sticks, lobbed bricks, petrol bombs and carts full of burning debris. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOn several occasions, protesters have also been attacked by unknown persons believed to be linked to organized crime groups, while police took little action to stop them. The central government in Beijing has so far has not visibly intervened in the situation, though in editorials and public remarks it has condemned demonstrators and protest organizers as criminals, clowns and “violent radicals” and alleged that they have been inflamed by politicians from the U.S., Taiwan and elsewhere.
Ontario ticket takes Saturday nights 5 million Lotto 649 jackpot
TORONTO – The $5 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw was claimed by a ticket sold somewhere in Ontario.And the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in British Columbia.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Nov. 29 will again be approximately $5 million.
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Flight makes emergency landing in Abu Dhabi after Indian man dies on
Dubai: A 52-year-old Indian man died on board an Alitalia flight to Milan, Italy, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi. Kailash Chandra Saini was accompanied by his son Heera Lal on the New Delhi to Milan flight when he passed away on Tuesday. “All the formalities in Abu Dhabi have been completed to repatriate the body back to India. We are now working with New Delhi to complete the official procedure,” M Rajamurugan, Counsellor at the Indian embassy in UAE, told PTI. He said the Abu Dhabi authorities have issued a death certificate and the son would shortly fly out on an Etihad flight with his father’s body. Saini, who belonged to Rajasthan, was residing in Italy.
Indian stars endorse Airbadminton a new version of outdoor badminton
New Delhi: India’s top shuttlers, including Saina Nehwal, have endorsed sport’s new format – AirBadminton, saying it has the potential to provide an alternate career to retired professionals. Outdoor badminton is one of India’s favourite recreational sports and there are places in the country where it is a money-making option too. Airbadminton was globally launched at Guangzhou last week by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) with new dimensions of the court and an innovative shuttlecock called Airshuttle. Airshuttle, the most important component of the format, has been designed to have similar trajectory, acoustics and feel to that of a traditional indoor shuttle. It would have minimal impact from side and axial wind and limited influence from humidity variations. Olympic bronze medallist and former world number one Saina said Airbadminton will further promote the sport, taking it to different corners of the world. “In India we mostly get introduced to this sport as an outdoor game only. We played it with our parents and friends outside the house. This is a great initiative by BWF to bring it to the fore and promote it,” Saina said. “I’m sure it will encourage amateur sportspersons to participate more and game’s popularity will swell world over.” HS Prannoy, a 2017 US Open champion, believes Airbadminton can provide an alternative career to the retired international and domestic players. “Indoor badminton is much more physically demanding, so players after retiring can keep playing Airbadminton and keep having an alternative career. “There is a lot of money in outdoor badminton. Especially in Kerela, I have seen players going to different places and playing every night and earning good money, so it is a great initiative,” he said. Pranoy has memories of watching his father play outdoor badminton during his childhood. “My dad used to play a lot of outdoor badminton. About 300-400 people would come to watch and it was fun as a kid to see such interest in the sport. The popularity of indoor badminton is less compared to outdoor because in villages, they only know about outdoor badminton,” he said. Parupalli Kashyap, the 2014 CWG champion, remembers how he struggled to control the shuttle when he played a promotional game with compatriot B Sai Praneeth against the backdrop of a snow-clad Mt. Titlis during the Swiss Open in March. “It was windy and it was extremely difficult to play but I think in conditions which are not too windy, it will be fun. It is a good experiment, said Kashyap, who played outdoor badminton at inter-school level. The BWF is working with sports manufacturers to produce and rollout the AirShuttle, which can be used for competition in winds up to 12 kilometers per hour. Airbadminton can be played in different environments — on grass in parks, on sands in beaches and the streets and bylanes, so infrastructure won’t be a hindrance for people interested in the sport. “In small towns where there is no infrastructure, outdoor badminton will be more popular. But some sort of support from association will be needed to make it popular, said Sai Praneeth, a 2017 Singapore Open Champion. “It will take some time for people to take it up but it surely has the potential, you never know it can be a big thing in future.” An important element of Airbadminton is the dead zone — a two-metre area in the front of the court — where if the shuttle lands, it will be deemed a fault. Kashyap feels the format may also help in unearthing the next big talent. “The game is the same, so if more people play the sport, you might spot a good talent, who goes on to play the traditional indoor game and does well for India,” said Kashyap. BAI secretary Ajay Singhania said it is a great initiative. “Badminton is the most played sport and we have all mostly played it outside. This new initiative will not only encourage more people to take up the sport but this version of the game will also generate more fun and excitement. BAI will be keeping a tab on how the response is,” he said. BWF has also launched a new format, called Triples, where it’s match between a team of three players each with presence of, at least one female. The players are not allowed to hit successive returns.
Health Ministry Launches Riaya Winter Health Plan for Rural People
Rabat – Following King Mohammed VI’s instructions, the operation will continue until March 30, in accordance with the guidelines of the “Health 2025” Plan, primarily to improve primary health care facilities and the network of medical and social establishments.Speaking at a ceremony in Rabat, health minister Anas Doukkali reviewed the health ministry’s measures targeting 28 provinces in 7 regions.The operation plans to provide better medical care to people living in remote areas through community health services and promoting basic health, prevention, and awareness at health centers. The minister explained that the ministry has taken measures to ensure the availability of human resources, equipment, and transportation means at the 360 health centers in the concerned areas, with the goal for mobile medical units to conduct 4,248 field visits.The health ministry will organize 163 specialized medical caravans and set up a coordination system between mobile medical units, the provincial emergency system, and the caravans.The ministry will mobilize 2,478 hea lth professionals as well as bio-medical equipment and medical laboratories.Doukkali concluded by saying that the ministry has allocated MAD 5 million for medicines and medical equipment and MAD 800,000 to maintain mobile units.
US report confirms LTTE network active
It conducted a sustained campaign targeting rival Tamil groups, and assassinated Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India in 1991 and President Ranasinghe Premadasa of Sri Lanka in 1993. Although most notorious for its cadre of suicide bombers, the Black Tigers, LTTE also had an amphibious force, the Sea Tigers, and a nascent air wing, the Air Tigers. Fighting between the LTTE and the Sri Lanka government escalated in 2006 and continued through 2008.In early 2009, Sri Lankan forces recaptured the LTTE’s key strongholds, including their capital of Kilinochchi. In May 2009, government forces defeated the last LTTE fighting forces, killed LTTE leader Prabhakaran and other members of the LTTE leadership and military command, and declared military victory. Meanwhile, the report also noted that in March 2014, the government announced it had designated 16 organizations and 422 individuals as terrorist entities and/or facilitating terrorist financing designed to help revive the LTTE. The Sri Lankan government did not provide information regarding criteria for designation or any supporting evidence.A team from the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Director’s office, which visited Sri Lanka in October 2014, expressed concerns the designation process may not have met UN standards. (Colombo Gazette) Despite its military defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan government in 2009, the LTTE’s international network of sympathizers and financial support still persists, a US State Department report said.The annual Country Report on Terrorism for 2014 was released yesterday (Friday) by the US State Department. The report noted that there have been no known attacks in Sri Lanka that could verifiably be attributed to the LTTE since the end of the war, but a total of 13 LTTE supporters, several of which had allegedly planned attacks against U.S. and Israeli diplomatic facilities in India, were arrested in Malaysia in 2014. The report noted that in the past the LTTE was responsible for an integrated battlefield insurgent strategy that targeted key installations and senior Sri Lankan political and military leaders.
At UN centre Pakistani students donate funds to help Afghan child mine
Following a five-hour bus journey, 30 students and teachers of La Salle High School in Faisalabad, Pakistan, arrived at the UN Information Centre in Islamabad bearing banners that read STOP PRODUCING LANDMINES, according to the UN Coordinator for Afghanistan.The children’s donation of 100,000 rupees ($1,600) will be channelled through the Comprehensive Disabled Afghans Programme of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The funds will help pay for artificial limbs for children injured by landmines in Afghanistan. In his address to the gathering, the Principal of La Salle High School, Reverend Brother Christie Dorus pledged continued and unconditional support to the UN’s efforts and saluted UN officials and other workers who have sacrificed their lives in the cause of peace.In accepting the contribution, Dan Kelly, the Manager of the Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan, highlighted the serious mine and unexploded ordnance problem affecting the country’s people. He noted that the generous contribution would be used in some twelve orthopaedic workshops in Afghanistan and would provide at least 56 child mine victims with artificial limbs.Mr. Kelly also welcomed the children’s awareness-raising activities on the landmine issue and thanked the students for “their compassion, generosity and kindness.”In addition to bringing a check, the children presented a folder containing the names of 76 school staff and 1,497 students from nursery level up through tenth grade who were involved in the project.
We Rate Alabama The Strongest Team In College Football History
Share on Facebook For many of the teams on the list above, their peak Elo moment also coincided with the end of their schedule (and, usually, a national championship celebration). Alabama, however, still has some hurdles left to clear before it can become the best end-of-season Elo team ever. Specifically, the Tide need to beat both Washington and the Clemson-Ohio State winner to finish the year as national champs — and if they don’t, they’ll have peaked too soon. A loss to Washington, for instance, would instantly drop Alabama to No. 4 on the historical end-of-season Elo list if it comes by a field goal, and No. 10 if by a touchdown. It’s really hard to stay at the pinnacle of the game.For now, though, Nick Saban can toss another honor on his enormous pile of coaching accomplishments. His 2016 Crimson Tide are the strongest team in modern college football history. The SEC championship game on Saturday saw Alabama beat Florida to win the conference, as well as a spot in the College Football Playoff. Lower down the list of accolades was one we’d been following over the past month or so: The Crimson Tide became the greatest college team of the past 80 years, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo power rating.’Bama needed to beat Florida by 11 or more points to pass the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers for No. 1. And in actuality, they won by a lot more than that, whipping the Gators by 38. That did the trick, pushing the Crimson Tide ahead of any team since the AP poll era began in 1936.
gScreen SpaceBook finally arrives packing dual 17inch displays
Laptop displays have gotten noticeably thinner in the days since LED technology arrived. So far, that change has resulted mostly in thinner, sexier notebooks. And while light weight and ultimate portability are nice features for a laptop to boast, skinny displays created another opportunity that gScreen was happy to pounce on: two 17″ panels stacked inside a single lid.It’s been a long time coming with the gScreen SpaceBook first being made public back in 2009. While the laptop might not be as aesthetically pleasing as the Macbook Air, it’s got a certain throwback charm that reminds me a bit of IBM’s venerable ThinkPad 380 series.AdChoices广告There are two models available for pre-order, one sporting a Core i5 560M and 4GB of DDR3 RAM and the other with a Core i7 740QM and 8GB. Both feature dual 17″ displays running at 1920×1080, GeForce GTS250M video with 1GB of memory, and 500GB 7200RPM SATA hard drives. A DVD burner is included as well, and topped off with a magnesium alloy shell. The i5 SpaceBook will run you $2,395 while its big brother costs an additional $400. Both can be secured with a 50% deposit, which is about what you’d pay for a slightly more powerful single-screen laptop from HP or Acer.Still, you’re paying a premium for the massive amount of screen real estate that SpaceBook offers, and it’s sure to be a very attractive feature for people like photographers and cinematographers out there. It’s certainly a lot more convenient than lugging around an external monitor.One thing’s for certain: the guy sitting next to you on the subway is going to hate it when you fire up your favorite FPS on this bad boy. If you’re feeling generous, however, you could always pop his favorite YouTube clip on the secondary screen as you do your thing on the primary.More at GScreen and the Windows Team Blog
Dont panic Google Play edition devices will get prompt updates
There’s been a lot of confusion surrounding the update mechanism for the new HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition devices. Where do the updates for these phones come from, and who is responsible for them?One of the big reasons to get excited about Google Play Edition devices is the speed with which you will receive the next version of Android. It was made clear that these Google Play Edition phones would receive prompt updates, but not where those updates would come from. The assumption by many was that Google would be providing the updates, but there’s a little more to it than that. This may seem like the kind of thing only the most devout Android disciple worries themselves about, but the truth of the matter is when Google announces a new version of Android everyone wants it on their phones as soon as possible.The update process for the Google Play Edition phones is going to be a little different from the Nexus program, but will be significantly faster than carrier supported phones or phones running manufacturer build variants of phones. This is due mostly to how the updates will be created. Unlike the Sense variant of the HTC One, for example, Google will be responsible for most of the build for the Google Play Edition.The Android Open Source Project will maintain a fork specifically for all of the non-proprietary software that goes on this version of the One. HTC will then take this and add in the proprietary bits, such as the ImageSense and BeatsAudio software. Once this has been tested, the next version of Android for the Google Play Edition is done and ready to be pushed to supported phones.Let’s compare this process to the process a forked Android phone supported by a carrier goes through, shall we? In the case of a phone like the LG Optimus G, the manufacturer is not responsible in the launch window for a software update. In fact, before a software update happens for that phone the carrier has to specifically request it, which includes essentially buying research and development time from LG to create the update. When that decision is made, the update is built from scratch, tested, and then sent to the carrier for approval. The carrier tests the software, approves it, and then push the update when they decide it is worth it.Even in environments where the manufacturer takes it upon themselves to make the updates to their phones without a request from the carrier, these updates are built from scratch. The version of Android they use is supplied by the processor manufacturer, not Google’s Android Open Source Project. This process takes months, and often still has to go through separate carrier testing before it is deployed. Samsung has attempted to release updates through their Kies software in the past, effectively bypassing the carrier delay, but users found the process complicated and ultimately stopped these updates from becoming common.HTC and Samsung may be responsible for the final steps of the updates for the Google Play Edition phones, and that may end up taking a little more time than a Nexus phone getting the update, but a significant chunk of the hard work is already done by Google. As a result, updates for these phones will be happening much faster than the original versions of these phones, if not just as fast as Nexus devices. In other words, don’t panic.
La panthère noire reste introuvable dans les AlpesMaritimes
La panthère noire reste introuvable dans les Alpes-MaritimesAlors qu’on pensait avoir découvert, la semaine dernière, des empreintes de la supposée panthère noire qui rôde dans les Alpes-Maritimes, la préfecture a annoncé dimanche soir que celles-ci n’étaient pas aussi parlantes que cela.Y a t-il réellement une panthère noire qui rôde dans les Alpes Maritimes ? Pour l’heure, le mystère reste entier. En effet, l’animal qui a été observé par plusieurs personnes il y a plusieurs semaines dans les Alpes de Haute-Provence et il y a quelques jours dans les Alpes Maritimes continue à poser des problèmes aux autorités. Celui-ci a été vu pour la toute dernière fois le 27 janvier à Villeneuve-Loubet mais on ne sait toujours pas d’où provient ni où se trouve le félin.À lire aussiPanthères nébuleuses : deux petites femelles sont nées au Jardin des Plantes, découvrez les imagesLa semaine dernière, l’Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage (ONCFS) a indiqué avoir trouvé des traces de l’animal mais dimanche il est finalement revenu sur ses propos en concluant à “l’impossibilité de confirmer la présence d’un félin ou d’un canidé de grande taille, en raison des déformations causées par la pluie sur ces empreintes”, rapporte lePoint.fr. Le communiqué de la préfecture des Alpes-Maritimes précise ainsi que “la transformation des empreintes a également provoqué le grossissement de celles-ci et une modification du substrat qui ne permettent plus le constat formel d’une présence ou d’une absence de griffes, qui aurait pu marquer une présence féline, caractérisée par la rétractabilité des griffes”.Ceci constituait pourtant avec plusieurs témoignages, les seuls indices dont disposaient pour l’heure les autorités pour confirmer la présence de l’animal qui n’a plus été vu depuis. Néanmoins, des analyses complémentaires ont été sollicitées auprès du Museum d’Histoire Naturelle et des “pièges-photo” avec des capteurs de mouvement et de chaleur, resteront installés à proximité des empreintes.Le 5 février 2013 à 11:59 • Maxime Lambert
Nuno We can cope without Boly
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo believes his squad can cope without Willy Boly who saw red in their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Monday.Boly was sent off in the 19th minute for a reckless challenge on Bernardo Silva at the Etihad on Monday night.The defender has played every minute of Premier League football this season and replacing him for their clash with Leicester on Saturday might prove tricky for Nuno, but he’s confident the team can adapt without him.Premier 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…“What I find, when a squad is short of player numbers, they have to have the mentality to cope with those kinds of moments, and we have it,” he told the club’s website.“We are completely comfortable with the decision that we’re going to have to make and are completely confident that it will work out.“It’s versatility, it’s about being versatile. When you know the idea of the team, you are capable to deal with different positions, but there is no such thing of developing a player in various positions, what you have to do is work on where you want your players to compete.”
85 sailors pass out from Submarine School in Visakhapatnam
Visakhapatnam: A total 85 sailors of 94th basic submarine course (Sindhughosh Class) and 12th basic submarine course (Shishumar Class) graduated from Submarine School at a passing out parade held at Visakhapatnam on Saturday. The parade was reviewed by Commanding Officer INS Satavahana which marked the completion of 18 weeks of training including construction, professional and escape training phases. SK Yadav, Sea I (US), was awarded the trophy for ‘Best All Round Sailor.’
Will new censorship tool from Facebook pave way for its entry into
Facebook to get back into China? In Picture: Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) talks with Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg (R) as China’s top Internet regulator Lu Wei (L) looks on, during a gathering of CEOs and other executives at Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, Washington September 23, 2015.ReutersChina provides a huge market for social media giant, Facebook and the Menlo Park headquartered company is bullish about entering Chinese markets. But companies have to comply with Chinese Internet censorship laws. And Facebook is reportedly working on a new censorship tool for the Chinese market, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.Facebook has been testing the tool internally, which could pave way for its entry into Chinese markets. The new tool will censor posts before they appear, Washington Post reported.Facebook said that it has been interested in China for a long time but did not answer if it has created a censorship tool, as reported in the media.”We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country,” Facebook spokeswoman Debbie Frost said in a statement.”However, we have not made any decision on our approach to China. Our focus right now is on helping Chinese businesses and developers expand to new markets outside China by using our ad platform,” she added.China offers internet companies with a huge market of people who are online, but China’s internet is tightly regulated by the state in what is known as the Great Firewall. Users can still access Facebook in China via virtual private network (VPN), which lets users to spoof their real location and avoid internet restrictions.Facebook has been banned in China since 2009 but Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made several trips to Beijing and had even kept a book by President Xi Jinping on Chinese governance when Lu Wei, China’s former Internet czar toured Facebook headquarters in 2014.But China has not shown signs it may relax the Facebook ban.Other big US technology companies like Google and Twitter too were blocked. Google had to pull out of China in 2010 following hacking incident from China and directing its Chinese traffic to the uncensored Hong Kong version of its search engine. But companies like LinkedIn and Evernote have made the necessary changes to comply with the regulations on internet in China.Meanwhile, the three major companies, Google, Facebook and Twitter conform to censorship laws of other countries and block content that is against the law of the land when it gets a take down content request.Every year these US companies publicly reveal the number of take-down requests it has received by various governments.
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Six other airlines join Lufthansa in bidding to take over bankrupt Alitalia
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Six other airlines join Lufthansa in bidding to take over bankrupt Alitalia By: Colleen BarrySource: The Associated Press MILAN — Lufthansa and Easy Jet are among seven airlines that made binding offers Monday to take over all or part of Alitalia, the Italian carrier that declared bankruptcy in May.Alitalia confirmed it received seven envelopes containing bids by the evening deadline, but provided no details.German carrier Lufthansa earlier confirmed it submitted an offer to buy at least part of Alitalia’s aviation business, including global, European and domestic routes, while apparently shunning the ground and handling business.Easy Jet said it bid for “certain assets” of a restructured Alitalia, but did not give specifics.The Italian government wants to close the sale by the end of April, followed by a period of evaluation by European anti-trust authorities that would likely delay a completion of any deal until the end of summer.The government last week extended a 300 million-euro bridge loan to keep the airline operating until any sale can be complete, on top of 600 million euros extended since Alitalia declared bankruptcy.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThe tender offer made clear that bankruptcy administrators want to avoid a fire-sale of Alitalia assets, giving preference to any offer that takes on the entire airline, which has 8,000 aviation employees, including pilots and flight attendants, and an additional 3,600 on the ground. But the bidding process allows for the possibility to isolate either the aviation or handling businesses.Lufthansa did not provide detailed information, including how much the bid is worth and how much staff it would retain. Lufthansa said in a statement that it wanted to establish a “NewAlitalia,” that it said “could develop long-term economic prospects.”If successful, Lufthansa would add Alitalia assets to those it is acquiring from Air Berlin, both of which were controlled by Etihad airlines until the Gulf carrier cut financing.The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported earlier Monday that Lufthansa was preparing a 500 million-euro ($590 million) bid for large parts of Alitalia, including planes, pilots, air crew and air slots. The report said the plan calls for cutting 6,000 jobs and reducing the airline’s short- and medium-haul routes, which have suffered under the pressure from low-cost airlines.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyAlitalia declined to comment. Tags: Alitalia, easyJet, Lufthansa
Quang Nam records a 20 growth of visitors in 2016
During January 1 to 3, 2016, as many as 46,448 tourists visited the central province of Quang Nam, which is a year-on-year increase of 20.6%. Foreign arrivals were counted up to 32,915, while domestic visitors reached 13,533.During the occasion, the UNESCO-recognised Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary were the most attractive destinations for both foreign and domestic tourists.According to Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dinh Hai, his agency coordinated with localities to diversify tourism products in order to lure more arrivals to the province, thus promoting sustainable tourism development.With its two World Heritage sites, the Hoi An ancient town and the My Son Sanctuary, along with a 125-km long coastline with many beautiful beaches, Quang Nam attracts a large number of tourists every year.
July 03 2018
July 03 , 2018 (Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)In our mini-series, we work to tell some of the stories that are moving the industry. Feel free to take a look a some of the other articles listed below.Avocados:Avocados in Charts: Dynamic growth and opportunities in the U.S. marketAvocados in Charts: California at the heart of the US marketAvocados in Charts: Peru – An opening window of opportunityBlueberries:Blueberries in Charts: Finding opportunities in the gapsStrawberries:Strawberries in Charts: The king of berries sees its biggest month everAgronometrics is a data visualization tool built to help the industry make sense of the huge amounts of data that you depend on. We strive to help farmers, shippers, buyers, sellers, movers and shakers get an objective point of view on the markets to help them make informed strategic decisions. If you found the information and the charts from this article useful, feel free to visit us at www.agronometrics.com where you can easily recreate these same graphs, or explore the other 20 fruits we currently track, creating your own reports automatically updated with the latest data daily.www.freshfruitportal.com In this ‘in charts’ mini-series of articles, Colin Fain of data visualization tool Agronometrics illustrates how the U.S. market is evolving. In each series, he will look at a different fruit commodity, focusing on a different origin or topic in each installment to see what factors are driving change.During the last eight years, blackberries showed an impressive 49% increase in volume. Most has been added by Mexico, which has grown by 45% during the same time period, but attention should also be called to California, which has grown 116%, strategically filling the gap left by Mexico’s season.US Blackberry Movements by Origin in Lbs(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)As the gap that was created by Mexico has been filled in, the effect for consumers has been a general smoothing of what are typically rather volatile prices. Although I haven’t found hard evidence to back this opinion, I know that I’m not the only one in the industry who believes that offering consumers steady pricing – so that they know how much they should expect to pay when they go shopping – will in turn encourage people to buy more often, further increasing demand over time.U.S. blackberry shipping point prices (12×6 Oz Cups) in USD(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)Right on the heels of a strong finish by Mexico, the category usually sees a surge in prices in June, which is exactly the window that producers California, Guatemala and the U.S. Southeast have been aiming for.U.S. blackberry shipping point prices (8×1 Lb Containers), comparing the last four years(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)Looking at the last four years of volumes gives us a better idea of how blackberries have evolved. We can see how the total volume has been increasing year after year, particularly between June and September.U.S. blackberry movements by month in Lbs, comparing the last four years(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)It looks like June this year isn’t an exception to high prices, already coming higher than the last two years on record. Guatemala, which recently suffered from a devastating volcano eruption, and California both came in with less volume than we have typically seen, which could be the first signs of an interesting season to come.US blackberry shipping point prices (8×1 Lb containers) Blackberries In Charts: California leads impressiv … You might also be interested in
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