Ordinary Galaxy Hints at Less Ordinary Matter

first_imgAn alien civilization curious about the lifestyle of humans shouldn’t limit itself to studying celebrities. Likewise, for astronomers interested in the early universe, focusing on just the flashiest quasars–the luminous cores of active galaxies–might lead to skewed results. But so far these have been the only objects in the distant universe bright enough for detailed spectroscopic studies. Now, three Italian astronomers have recorded the spectrum of light emitted by a “normal” galaxy some 12 billion light-years away. Their results suggest that current estimates of the amount of ordinary matter in the universe may be too high.Sandra Savaglio of the Observatory of Rome and Nino Panagia and Paolo Padovani of the Space Telescope Science Institute used the UVES spectrograph at the European Very Large Telescope in Chile to observe a galaxy known as cB58. Getting a high-resolution spectrum was possible thanks to a fortunate trick of nature: The light of the distant object is magnified 50 times by the gravity of a galaxy cluster halfway between the Earth and cB58. In the spectrum, the team found evidence of a large concentration of neutral hydrogen clouds close to the galaxy, indicating the presence of a giant cluster of embryonic galaxies.If clouds of hydrogen also cluster around quasars–which convert all nearby neutral hydrogen to invisible ionized gas–then quasars must have ionized more hydrogen than astronomers had assumed, Savaglio says. This, in turn, means that the universe’s diffuse background of ultraviolet radiation plays a smaller role in the ionization process. 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We should be cautious and wait to see if the same result is confirmed in other lines of sight.”Related sitesPaper by Savaglio et al.European Southern Observatory Web sitelast_img read more

VIDEO: How I made it – Chicharito

first_imgPowerade VIDEO: His father’s son – Mexico star Javier Hernandez on turning pro Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Javier Hernández Balcázar Chicharito Chivas Guadalajara 2010 Getty Powerade Mexico World Cup Javier Hernández Videos The Mexico and West Ham United star reveals how Javier Sr. was a constant source of inspiration during those tentative first steps in the game Most young footballers find it extremely difficult to establish themselves as a professional, and their task can be made even more daunting if they have to follow in the footsteps of a footballing father.Some tend to struggle under the weight of expectation, but Javier Hernandez believes his father’s footballing career has been nothing but beneficial to his own.A constant source of advice, Javier Sr. was part of the Mexico squad that reached the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup and had a huge role to play in his son’s success. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “My father’s career had a positive impact, having him at home really helped and that’s not something that everybody can say,” Hernandez said.“Having a master in football as a professional allowed me to learn the good and bad things, the pros and cons of this career and when you don’t have this guidance you will have to learn it along the way.“But I had this advantage because he gave me lots of advice and opinions about what to do and what not to do. That was a huge help to my football career.”Hernandez has played for European powerhouses such as Real Madrid and Manchester United during his career, helping the latter to two Premier League titles in 2010-11 and 2012-13.But the glory and fame the Mexico star has enjoyed since arriving in Europe has not made him forget the goal that set him on the path to stardom.“My debut goal [for Chivas] against Necaxa was one of the most critical moments of my career,” he said. “I do not know how much time passed when I got the ball from Alberto “El Vendao” Medina. I beat a player, the goalkeeper came out, and I touched it to the side and scored.  “I think it was the dream debut that any professional footballer would like to have, and I thank God I could have it.”last_img read more

Committee to Consider and Report on Anti-Gang Legislation

first_imgA Joint Select Committee of Parliament has been established to consider and report on the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act 2013.Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, made the announcement during the sitting of the House of Representatives on July 2.He noted that the creation of a Committee was “a condition of Cabinet when it approved the tabling of the Bill.” The legislation was tabled on Tuesday, June 25 by the Security Minister.The Bill makes provision for the disruption and suppression of criminal organisations and creates offences, in order to restore a sense of security in the Jamaican society and strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies to deal with crime effectively.The Committee, which will be chaired by Mr. Bunting, includes the following: Members of Parliament: Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna; Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford; Richard Parchment; Joylan Silvera; Delroy Chuck and Olivia Grange.The Senate will announce its members on Friday, July 5.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

BC federal governments eliminate duplicate environmental reviews

B.C., federal governments eliminate duplicate environmental reviews by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 15, 2013 7:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – The B.C. and federal governments have signed a deal that will eliminate duplicate environmental assessments of major resource projects.Under the agreement, the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office, with the help of some federal experts, will conduct a single review of specific projects, including ensuring the proper consultation with First Nations.The results will be given to the federal and provincial environmental ministers to make separate decisions on the impacts of the projects.B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake says the agreement doesn’t mean assessments will be any less rigorous, and they will still meet all federal and provincial requirements.He says the guiding principle of the new process remains ensuring a strong environmental assessment and Aboriginal consultation.The first two projects to face reviews under the agreement are proposed coal mines near Hudson’s Hope and Chetwynd in northeast B.C. read more

Black Country Bullet shows off UK auto manufacturing talent

A local investment organisation has found an innovative way of demonstrating the prowess of the UK automotive industry – by ‘building’ a virtual car almost entirely out of domestically sourced parts.Launched today at the Advanced Engineering UK exhibition, the virtual ‘Black Country Bullet’ is the fruit of collaborative funding from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and Business Birmingham. 70% of its components are made by Black Country-based automotive suppliers, which number more than 500.The automotive supply chain is vital to the UK economy; it generates £4.8 billion of added value each year, and around 82,000 people are employed by companies regarding themselves as ‘automotive’ suppliers.To find out more about SMMT’s supply chain activities, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

History prof in running to be one of the most influential Hispanic

Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas has been nominated to join the ranks of the most influential Hispanic Canadians.A Brock professor is in the running to have her name added to a prestigious top 10 list.Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas, an associate professor of history, has been nominated for the 2012 edition of the 10 most influential Hispanic Canadians, an annual award program that celebrates the contributions of Hispanics in Canada.“I feel very honoured. When you look at the other nominees, and those who have received the award, it really gives you a sense of the amazing things Hispanics, who live and work in Canada, are contributing to Canadian society,” Suescun Pozas said in a recent telephone interview from Mexico City, where she is on sabbatical.“Being nominated means you are significant and play a meaningful role in your community. That to me is the bottom ground of the work I do,” she added. “The nomination is in itself a major achievement. It means that as a university professor, you have reached out to the community.”The awards are organized by the Canadian Hispanic Business Association and are the only national annual program that celebrates the achievements of Hispanic Canadians.Thirty people have been nominated for the honour this year for their roles and achievements in education, support of the Hispanic community, volunteerism, entrepreneurship, and ability to influence the Canadian mainstream.According to Statistics Canada, there were 741,760 Hispanics living in Canada in 2006. They were five years younger than the average Canadian and more likely to be university educated. More than 70 per cent came to Canada in the last 25 years. Spanish is also the third most widely spoken language in Canada.Suescun Pozas was born in Venezuela to Spanish-Colombian parents and raised in Bogotá (Colombia) before moving to Canada 22 years ago to pursue her undergraduate studies.She came to Brock University to teach in 2007 and volunteers with the Niagara Immigrant Mentorship Program, which helps highly skilled new Canadians to make professional connections and gain employment in their fields.Suescun Pozas is also involved with several organizations, including the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), the Latin American Researchers of Ontario (LARO), and projects dealing with memory, history and social change, visual arts, and development in Canada.Her work spans institutional and geographic boundaries and she has collaborated with scholars, artists, writers, academic, government, non-government, community organizations and the public.“We always say that Canada is so big and it is so difficult to connect. When you learn that eleven women and 19 men from five provinces and representing ten countries of origin were nominated for this year’s awards, it means that the things I have been doing since I came to Brock have had impact – meaningful impact,” she said.The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto on Nov. 21.Being selected as one of the top 10 would affirm for Suescun Pozas that she is truly a “universal citizen.”“It means I’m acknowledged by Hispanics in Canada and by people with a longer history in Canada,” she said. “It means creating bridges between Canadian and the Hispanic world.” read more

MSP dropped as new minister over transphobic blog

I have released the following statement in regard to press interest today. pic.twitter.com/b2vmNKTxva— Gillian Martin (@GillianMSP) June 28, 2018 Nicola Sturgeon said she would reflect on the issueCredit:PA jackosn carlaw But while opposition parties questioned Ms Martin’s fitness to be an MSP, Ms Sturgeon left the door open to a future appointment, saying she would not put her forward until she had “reflected” on the “ill-advised” post. Ms Martin began the 2007 blog with the apparently prophetic opening line, ‘This blog may get me sacked…”.She wrote it after her students were asked to fill out a questionnaire asking if they had ever considered themselves transgender.She said the 18-year-olds had all said Yes, as they “thought it was funny” and asked whether more funding would be allocated from an EU “tranny trove” as a result.Ms Martin added: “What will they use it for? Will they install a third category of loo with a special transgender sign? “Are we going to see lovely photos in the foyer of hairy knuckled lipstickwearing transitional transgender Laydees being embraced by the principal of undisclosed college or visiting politicians for the press?” She also claimed public relations staff at her college “froth at the mouth with excitement if anyone in a wheelchair does anything that can be remotely described as an achievement”.Elsewhere, she described the idea of “an orphaned, single-parent, gender-confused, blind, Aboriginal, one-legged, cross-dressing, lesbian, dyslexic, ex-con, Muslim” as the “Holy grail” for educational establishments. Jackson Carlaw, deputy Tory leader, said Ms Martin’s blogs also included comments in which she said: “American Jews tip OK, but only if you’ve absolutely busted your hump and everything was faultless in the extreme. Nicola Sturgeon has been forced to axe Gillian Martin from her list of new ministers after an outcry over “offensive” comments in which she was said to have offended “every minority group”.Ms Martin, who was to become junior minister for colleges and universities in the First Minister’s sweeping reshuffle this week, used a blog post to mock transgender students, deriding them as “hairy knuckled lipstick-wearing transitional Laydees”.She was also accused during First Minister’s Questions of previously making derogatory comments about “American blacks” and Jews.Opposition parties expressed outrage over her appointment and said it called Ms Sturgeon’s judgment into question.The blog was written in 2007 and first came to light two years ago when Ms Martin – who succeeded Alex Salmond as MSP for Aberdeenshire East in 2016 – was running for office.Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, said the First Minister must have known about it and described the about-turn on the appointment as a “complete humiliation”.Ms Sturgeon told MSPs it was with regret that she would not be asking for their approval of Ms Martin’s nomination.She added that she was not previously aware of all the comments, and said the content did not reflect the views of the person she knew. nicola sturgeon Jackson Carlaw said First Minister should have known about the commentsCredit:Corbis Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “American blacks don’t tip at all – tip next too nothing. To be avoided. The waiters also black remember, would do anything to avoid serving a table of blacks or be openly disappointed if allocated to one.’”He said the comments were shocking while Labour’s Rhoda Grant claimed Ms Martin had managed to offend “every minority group.”The MSP took to Twitter to apologise, saying she deeply regretted her “inappropriate and offensive” language, adding: “I expressed myself in a way that did not reflect my view then and certainly does not reflect my view now. This is entirely my fault and I am sorry for it.”Richard Leonard, the Scottish Labour leader, said” “This is not just about the judgement of Gillian Martin, it’s about the judgement of Nicola Sturgeon.” read more

Escalating crisis in Gaza poses serious threat to children says UNICEF

first_imgCivilian homes are not legitimate targets unless they are being used for, or contribute to, military purposes at the time in question. In case of doubt, civilian homes are presumed not to be legitimate targets.Even where a home is identified as being used for military purposes, any attack must be proportionate, offer a definite military advantage in the prevailing circumstances at the time, and precautions must be taken.Yesterday, the spokesperson for the UN’s humanitarian coordination wing, Jens Laerke, voiced urgent concern for civilians amid the escalating violence: Source: UNICEF/Twitter MT @UNOCHA “There is literally no safe place for civilians in #Gaza.” Today’s Geneva briefing: http://t.co/6dVR9uEb2I pic.twitter.com/9CQhat9VH9— UNICEF (@UNICEF) July 23, 2014 THE DETERIORATING SITUATION in Gaza are posing a “serious threat” to children, UNICEF said today as it issued an urgent appeal for additional funding to provide humanitarian support.“Boys and girls in Gaza have been affected by house demolitions and military operations, arrests, poor treatment and harassment at checkpoints,” UNICEF said in a statement.It said that the conflict poses “a serious threat to children” and is “exacerbating already dire humanitarian conditions for families who were already suffering from a lack of basic services and a fuel crisis”.One-third of all civilians killed in the current crisis were children, UNICEF said, while an estimated 900 children have been injured.UNICEF has revised its global appeal for humanitarian support funding to €10 million for this year.Speaking today, UN human rights commissioner Navy Pillay said Israel’s military actions in Gaza could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.Pillay criticised “indiscriminate” firing by Hamas and other armed groups from Gaza, and said it is unacceptable for fighters to put military assets in civilian areas.Addressing the issue of military attacks on civilian homes, she said: Read: Palestinian family finds missing son ‘by chance’ – in YouTube video of his death >last_img read more

Verizon will throttle data for the top 5 of users and optimize

first_imgToday, via a sparsely worded memo, Verizon Wireless announced that they will begin taking measures to limit customer data usage. These will take two different forms, the first of which is data throttling for customers that use an “extraordinary amount” of data. This means that if you fall within to the top 5% of data users on the network your transfers speeds can be reduced for the remainder of the billing cycles.Secondly the carrier will be implementing “content agnostic” data optimization in order to better take advantage of their network capacity. It remains to be seen how this will actually affect users, but people can expect to see video transcoded to the “appropriate” size for their device, compressed video (possibly images as well), and less caching of data. The release states that the goal of this is to be transparent to the users, but only time (and the number of iPhones sales) will tell how that plays out.AdChoices广告More information will be available at Verizonwireless.com/vzwoptimization, though the site does not appear to be ready yet.Verizon memo (pdf), via BGRUpdate – 2/3/11 – Verizon has published a page with their “Explanation of Optimization Deployment“. It covers video optimization, buffer tuning, caching, and more.TL:DR version: Not ideal, but it could be worse.Here is the part on “How Optimization Works” (with our highlights added):How Optimization Works. All HTTP (Port 80, i.e., World Wide Web) traffic is directed to the optimization process. The direction of traffic to the optimization process is established when the user starts an HTTP data session before any requests for content from a specific web site have been made.  Accordingly, content files are not selected for optimization based on the nature of the web content itself or the source or provider of the web content file.  All web content files delivered over Port 80, regardless of source, are directed to the optimization process.  The system thus captures all Verizon Wireless branded web content delivered from its web servers, and treats such content in the same way as content of the same type requested from non-Verizon Wireless sites on the Internet.Content files made available on the World Wide Web come in a variety of types (web pages, text, image, video) and formats.  The process incorporates several optimization techniques that depend upon the specific type of content file.  Specifically, text files are compressed without any loss of information (“lossless”) and cached for subsequent end user requests.  Image files (PNG, JPEG, GIF formats, for example) are streamlined to remove colors or other data bits that would not be visible to the human eye, or to end users on a mobile device with limited display resolutions, thereby decreasing the size of the file, and also cached.  The output image file reflects “lossy” optimization because some data bits from the original file are lost in the optimization process. Release:Important Information about Verizon Wireless Data Plans and FeaturesAs part of our continuing efforts to provide the best experience to our more than 94 million customers, Verizon Wireless is introducing two new network management practices.We are implementing optimization and transcoding technologies in our network to transmit data files in a more efficient manner to allow available network capacity to benefit the greatest number of users. These techniques include caching less data, using less capacity, and sizing the video more appropriately for the device. The optimization process is agnostic to the content itself and to the website that provides it. While we invest much effort to avoid changing text, image, and video files in the compression process and while any change to the file is likely to be indiscernible, the optimization process may minimally impact the appearance of the file as displayed on your device. For a further, more detailed explanation of these techniques, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/vzwoptimizationIf you subscribe to a Data Plan or Feature on February 3, 2011 or after, the following applies:Verizon Wireless strives to provide customers the best experience when using our network, a shared resource among tens of millions of customers. To help achieve this, if you use an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5% of Verizon Wireless data users we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand. Our proactive management of the Verizon Wireless network is designed to ensure that the remaining 95% of data customers aren’t negatively affected by the inordinate data consumption of just a few users.last_img read more

De la fluorine accidentellement déversée sur le site nucléaire du Tricastin

first_imgDe la fluorine accidentellement déversée sur le site nucléaire du TricastinHier, un camion transportant de la fluorine a accidentellement déversé une quinzaine de kilos de cette poudre utilisée dans le cycle d’enrichissement d’uranium sur le site nucléaire du Tricastin. Areva assure que cet incident ne présente aucun risque radiologique.C’est un camion de la société Sita, un sous-traitant d’Areva, qui transportait ce chargement de fluorine entre l’établissement Comurhex située sur le site du Tricastin, et le centre de déchets industriels de Bellegarde, dans le Gard. Areva évoque un incident “sans gravité”. La fluorine ne présente”aucun risque de nature radiologique et ne comporte pas de danger pour les populations et l’environnement”, assure le groupe. Cette poudre est réalisée à partir de chaux et de fluor, elle est utilisée pour préparer l’uranium avant qu’il ne soit enrichi. Areva affirme avoir immédiatement prévenu les autorités suite à cet incident, et envoyé des équipes de première intervention sur les lieux afin qu’ils récupèrent la fluorine. Ce déversement accidentel intervient au lendemain de l’inauguration d’une nouvelle usine d’enrichissement d’uranium au Tricastin. Baptisée “Georges Besse 2”, l’unité a été mise en route en présence de la présidente d’Areva, Anne Lauvergeon, et d’une centaine de clients et investisseurs venus du monde entier.Le 16 décembre 2010 à 15:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

New System Predicted Tornadoes Hours Not Minutes Ahead

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend One of the biggest problems with tornadoes is that they’re super-hard to predict. They are fast-and-furious beasts that pop up in minutes and disappear just as quickly — only with a giant swath of destruction in their wake. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) believes it has the beginnings of a new model that could predict twisters hours in advance — saving lives and helping others get prepped for disaster.I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Oklahoman, and I’ve seen (and survived) my share of storms. I was in the 1999 May 3 tornado, for example — the one that was a mile and a half wide, with wind speeds of 320 mph, and encouraged atmospheric scientists to rework the entire tornado categorization system. Since then, any storm below a certain size hasn’t really fazed me. That’s a false confidence, though. Severe storms are known to shift and grow rapidly, sometimes without warning. You can often get an idea of whether the conditions are right for a twister pretty early, but knowing the path is all but impossible. Or, at least, it was.Back in May, NOAA tested a new model called the “Warn-on-forecast” on a swarm of tornadoes in my home state, and just this week they announced that the data show it was a qualified success.Currently, if a tornado is likely to hit your house, our best data can give you less than 15 minutes’ warning. That’s barely enough time to get a mattress to cover you and yours and hunker down in a basement. If you’re not already ready, you’re going to have terrifying few moments before it hits.With the Warn-on-Forecast system, NOAA used lots of data including radar and satellite imaging to issue earlier notifications to those in the path of the storm. These warnings aren’t as urgent as a full-on tornado warning, but computers can crunch the numbers and give much more accurate information on what is likely in the coming hours than ever before.In this case, the warning system was right. On May 16, NOAA notified western Oklahomans that “Severe weather is likely with these storms as they move into Oklahoma, and there is a high probability that tornado warnings will be issued.”An hour and change later, a tornado did touch down — meaning that Oklahomans in the path of it were able to start making preparations six times earlier.“That level of detail and lead time in a forecast is new,” said National Severe Storms Laboratory Director Steve Koch. “To have information conveying a sense of certainty in so small of an area that far in advance is a success.”Warn-on-Forecast has plenty of work yet to go. The system is still under development, and this was largely a trial run. But these kinds of results are extremely encouraging. They could give people enough time to evacuate major areas like urban cores or stadiums or malls well before they otherwise would. That could save lives and lots of money as time goes on. Plus, with severe weather getting more and more common thanks to climate change, this tech may be vital in the decades ahead.All that said, I’m really damned glad I don’t live in Oklahoma anymore. Phew.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Product Manager at D.B. RobertsFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Sales Office Manager at Harrington Industrial PlasticsFull-Time Tax Intern at Osram SylvaniaFull-Time Software Engineer at Osram SylvaniaFull-Time Talent Acquisition Manager at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Business Account Executive at ComcastFull-Time Account Executive (Enterprise Direct Sales) at ComcastFull-Time Pricing & Proposal Lead (Contract) at KBW FinancialFull-Time Pesticide Applicator at Garrick-Santo Landscape Co.(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Peru expects 20 uptick in produce exports this ye

first_img Peru expects 20% uptick in produce exports this ye … Blueberry supplies coming from numerous North American production regions at the same time have resulted in difficult market conditions during July, according to Florida-based Wish Farms.Teddy Koukoulis, director of blueberry operations, also mentioned that a lower crop than expected from Georgia had troubled marketers earlier in the season.Speaking to Fresh Fruit Portal, he explained the U.S. blueberry market is “really low right now”.”You’ve got the back-end of North Carolina, all of New Jersey, Michigan, British Columbia and Oregon all coming in at the same time. You’re looking at probably 17-22 million pounds a week in the marketplace, ” he said.”The supply is over the demand and it’s very difficult to maintain what I would consider quality pricing for growers. It’s a tough time of the year, and it has been for the last couple of years in the middle of July.”Koukoulis expects market conditions to improve into August, with the East Coast regions winding down and Michigan and British Columbia past their peak volume weeks.U.S. market blueberry movement, historical comparison (in KG) (Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)He also said that Georgia’s low crop had caused problems for the industry earlier this season, with many receiving lower prices for their fruit than the market value.”There was a lot of publicity that they were going to have a significant crop starting around of around early April – those two things didn’t happen,” he said.He explained that as marketers have to sell farmers’ crops often many weeks in advance, their prices had not been in line with the reality of the season when the low volumes arrived.”Prices were a little suppressed faster than they should have been and we were literally out of fruit,” he said.”Marketers out there, including ourselves, were quoting prices – sometimes two, three, four weeks in advance and getting ads in place – and you have to honor those prices.”Chilean and Mexican suppliesThe Wish Farms representative also pointed out that rising Mexican blueberry volumes have “definitely had an effect” on the U.S. market, with opening prices at the beginning of the season not as high as they have been before.”We don’t have the days of the US$38 6-ounce any longer,” he said, noting prices had been closer to US$28-32 at the start of the Florida season this year.In addition to rising Mexican supplies, he said the Chilean deal has also been extending and now runs into April, overlapping with the start of the domestic campaign.Photo: Shutterstock July 20 , 2018 You might also be interested incenter_img Peru’s blueberry export volume to increase 60% ove … T&G ships U.S. blueberries to Vietnam for the … Blueberries In Charts: Higher market volumes lead …last_img read more

Ridiculously expensive destinations and how to make them affordable

first_imgYou could pay £20 a head for a walking tour with a professional guide – or save money by getting in touch with Big Apple Greeter. Founded in 1992, it’s a programme that matches up visitors with one of 300+ volunteers, who’ll happily show you round their neighbourhood for free.If you’re sightseeing around Lower Manhattan, look out for the red Downtown Connection buses. They loop between the South Street Seaport and Battery Park City, run frequently throughout the day and are completely free to use. Also free is the Staten Island Ferry, which gives great views of the Statue of Liberty en route to and from Manhattan – and spares you the cost of a Circle Line cruise.If you’d rather take to the water under your own steam, check out the Downtown Boathouse at Pier 26. From May to October volunteers at this non-profit organisation offer free kayaking sessions at weekends (and on weekday evenings in peak season).Many museums have certain days or times when you can get in for free. At the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), for example, the usual entrance fee of £20 is waived on Friday evenings from 4pm to 8pm, while the 9/11 Memorial Museum (usually around £18) is free after 5pm on Tuesdays; they hand out the tickets from 4pm and it’s first come, first served.A good option for budget accommodation is Pod Hotels, a mini chain of four properties. Sure, the rooms are small but they’re contemporary, well-designed and very reasonably priced; book now and you could bag a double bunk room at the Times Square Pod for £75 a night in January or at Pod 39 in Murray Hill for just £60. Related10 free things to do in 10 of the world’s most expensive cities10 weird, wonderful and FREE things to do in 10 of the world’s most expensive cities, from Tokyo to Toronto.10 of the best European city breaks for Easter weekendIf you’re wondering where to go for that long Easter weekend, how about four days in Paris, Copenhagen, or Berlin? Here are the best destinations to fly away for this Bank Holiday weekend, from Good Friday (April 14th) to Easter Monday (April 17th).Best things to do in Copenhagen on a budgetThink Copenhagen is an expensive city? Don’t fret: you can still enjoy the high standard of living in this classy Scandinavian city while sticking to your holiday budget. Here are our top picks for cheap (or free!) things to do in Copenhagen. Search hotels in New York Ueno and Asakusa are good areas to find budget accommodation. At Ueno Touganeya Hotel, for example, close to the JR station in Ueno, you can get double rooms from around £67 a night. Or check out Toyoko Inn, a budget business hotel chain with several properties around town, including the Tokyo Shinjuku Kabukicho with doubles from around £66.Ideally, you’d get your sushi fix at high-end sushi bars, where everything is prepared to order, but you’ll save money if you head for a kaiten (conveyor belt restaurant) instead. Look out, too, for standing-only joints near stations, where you can fill up with a bowl of cheap noodles, and on weekdays join the office workers who pick up low-cost lunches from the food trucks outside the Tokyo International Forum.Skip the £130+ taxi fare from the airport and take a train into the city centre instead. The JR Narita Express to Tokyo Station takes 60 minutes and costs about £20 one-way or £27 for a N’EX Tokyo round ticket (valid for 14 days). A bit slower but even cheaper are the various shuttle buses, with one-way fares from around £6.Your hotel might not have a pool but there are plenty that do and are prepared to let non-residents dive right in. You’ll have to pay, of course, but you can keep costs down by getting your timing right. Swimming at the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo on a weekend morning will cost you £47; go after 3pm on a weekday and it’s just £27.Want a bird’s eye view of the city? Instead of forking out for Tokyo Tower or Tokyo Skytree, head to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku or Bunkyo Civic Center in Suidobashi, where you can soak up far-reaching vistas for free. Search hotels in Copenhagen Tokyo Search hotels in Tokyo Search flights to Copenhagen Search flights to New York Before you leave home, join the YHA (£15-£20 a year for over-25s). It doesn’t matter if you’re 95 and your bunk-bedding days are long gone – flashing a YHA membership card in Sydney can bag you discounts on all sorts of stuff, including car rental, cinema tickets and cookery classes.Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge may be an unforgettable experience but it’s certainly not cheap – you’ll pay just shy of £170 and aren’t allowed to carry a phone or camera with you. For a cheaper option, visit the Pylon Lookout in the south-east pylon instead. You still get a bit of a climb (200 stairs to the top) and you still get great views, but you pay just over £8, can take as many pix as you like, and there are three levels of exhibitions covering the history of the bridge.Save money on transport by getting an Opal card. The card itself is free and you just load it up with money, from a minimum £5.60 to a maximum £67, then use it to travel by bus, train, light rail and ferry within Sydney and further afield. It works out cheaper than paying for individual journeys and there’s a maximum charge of £8.80 a day or £1.50 on Sundays, no matter how many trips you take. Bargain.Backpacker-friendly Sydney is full of hostels, many of which have private rooms as well as dorm beds. At the lively Wake Up! Sydney, close to Central Station, for example, a simple ensuite double can be yours for around £86 a night. If you’d prefer to upgrade to a hotel, good options include the recently refurbished Vibe Hotel Rushcutters with elegant interiors, a rooftop pool and doubles from around £82 a night. It’s not easy to find a cheap hotel room in Copenhagen but there are some bargains to be had. The Wake Up chain, for example, has small but smart rooms at very competitive rates. In January, double rooms start from around £59 per night at its Carsten Niebuhrs Gade and Bernstorffsgade properties, or from around £70 at the very central Borgergade branch.With dinner from £280 a head, noma is never going to be a budget option but many alumni of the city’s most famous restaurant have gone on to open up their own places where you can eat well without a scary price tag. Among them are Hija de Sanchez in Vesterbro, turning out top tacos for around £5 a pop, and Bæst, in Nørrebro, serving excellent pizzas from around £12. In addition, several Michelin-starred restaurants have spin-off ventures, where the food’s still good but you pay a whole lot less. At two-Michelin-starred Kadeau the set menu will set you back around £230 but its cool new sibling, Roxie, in Hotel Herman K, offers an excellent tasting menu for a more affordable £64.Still too much? Then check out the street food markets and food courts that have sprung up in recent years – at places like The Bridge Street Kitchen and Tivoli Food Hall you can fill up for less than a tenner.Want a workout but staying in a hotel with no gym? No problem: instead of forking out for entry to a local gym, take advantage of all kinds of free fitness facilities dotted around town, from the climbing wall at Bananna Park in Nørrebro and trampolines in the pavement at Havnegade to the outdoor training machines at Amager Strandpark and the rooftop fitness area at Konditaget Lüders in Nordhavn. Sydney Search flights to Sydney Search flights to Tokyo Search hotels in Sydney Some places have such a fearsomely expensive reputation it’s enough to put you off going if you’re not feeling particularly flush. But there are always ways and means for a dedicated bargain-hunter to save some cash – check out our suggestions for helping your money go further in four of the world’s most expensive cities: Copenhagen, Tokyo, Sydney and New York. Copenhagen All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of publication on 12 November 2018.  New York Find your next bargain holiday: ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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