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first_imgSupermarket giant Tesco ’is regaining competitiveness’ in its core UK business as it records a seventh consecutive quarter of growth.The retailer, which reported UK like-for-like sales growth of 0.6% in its half-year 2016/2017 results ended 27 August 2016, said it had outperformed the market in volume growth in all categories and was now offering clearer, lower and more stable prices – more than 6% lower than in September 2014 in a typical customer basket.UK volumes were up 2.1%, with UK transactions up 1.6% during the period. Operating profit before exceptional items in the UK and Republic of Ireland during the period was £389m, compared with £164m in the comparable 2015/2016 period, a rise of 134.1% at constant exchange rates.Overall group sales in the period (excluding fuel) were £24.4bn, up 3.3%, while group operating profit was £596m, up 60.2%.It claimed that it had introduced seven new exclusive fresh brands, with 80% of customers making repeat purchases of the products. And it said that it had continued to build “trusted, transparent and long-term relationships” with suppliers, with 78% of UK suppliers satisfied with the experience of working with Tesco – an 18% year-on-year improvement, according to the retailer. In addition, it has been ranked number one for reducing food waste by British Baker sister title The Grocer.Sales of the non-core Harris + Hoole, Dobbies and Giraffe businesses have now been completed and the sale of its Euphorium bakery has been agreed, enabling the retailer to focus on its core UK business.Ongoing range refinement has seen the retailer give a 10% increase in space to own-label products in its larger outlets and has simplified its range in convenience stores.Chief executive Dave Lewis said: “We are more competitive across our offer. Prices are more than 6% lower than two years ago and our range is more compelling.”Tesco noted the UK’s decision to leave the EU had created “business uncertainty”, but Lewis said: “While the market is uncertain, we have made significant progress against the priorities we set out two years ago, stabilising the business and positioning us well for the future.”last_img read more

first_imgA European pension fund is seeking a manager for a CHF200m (€165m) opportunistic real estate mandate, using IPE-Quest.According to search QN 1443, the fund is looking to invest in opportunistic and value-added private properties across the US, Asia and Europe.The fund said that only multi-manager fund options would be considered, with the firm required to have local staff to evaluate the regional opportunities.Any interested manager should have at least $3bn (€3.7bn) in similar mandates, but the pension fund did not set an overall minimum threshold for assets under management. Additionally, managers should have at least five years of investment experience, with a decade-long track record preferred. Applicants have until 3 September to apply, stating net of fees performance to the end of March 2014.The IPE.com news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information direct from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the past two years the Madison-Plains FFA Chapter has donated toys to children’s hospital. The previous year the chapter donated 110 toys to the hospital near christmas time. This year the goal was to donate at least 200 toys.The chapter went above and beyond to exceed this goal by donating 260 toys to the hospital this year. The chapter would like to thank its members for participating and giving the gift of a smile to those children who need it the most.The officer team has already set the goal to 300 toys for next year and encourages members to continue to support this great cause.last_img read more

first_imgBelow is a visualization of some of the data-center expense reduction opportunities from a virtual environment. Expected increased utilization rates from 5-15%. In some cases up to 80%. Deferred datacenter construction costs by $1,000 per square foot ( IDC’s Datacenter Trends Survey, 2007). Attain 50-70% higher VM density per host than is possible with commodity offerings. Achieve 20-30% lower cost-per-application. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Server Virtualization#solution-series One of the fun things about being a leader in IT is the opportunity to see new technology and explain it to others for the first time. We love to see people’s eyes get big and excited when some new wizardry is introduced and we’re the first one to explain it.In the simplest terms, a key outcome of virtualization that the virtual engine software layer divides either hardware or software into more pieces than originally existed. Instead of one operating system running, the same hardware can run several concurrently. For example, these can even be of different flavors such as Linux and Windows running on the same Intel hardware. Where it gets interesting is that each additional system running doesn’t divide computing power in half, like you might expect. Instead, an overall gain in system utilization is found in this approach. This “unused” power frees computing resources without the need to procure new hardware.Since it is new, there are inevitable questions an IT leader will receive when explaining this to non-technical members of your team – a.k.a management. A Quick PrimerHere’s a short list of resources that give an overview of the technical underpinnings of virtualization:How to explain virtualization to your friends by RWW’s Tim Hastings.History of Virtualization hosted by VMware.Virtual machine as defined by Wikipedia.The Impact QuestionDoes virtualization it have a performance or operational impact to the systems? Yes, there is some impact to performance when running a virtual layer on software or hardware. However it is much less of an impact than the cost of buying a new system. VMware’s cost analysis summary breaks down the increased system utilization like this: Perhaps one of the most important areas for consideration is how virtualization not only extends the investment in hardware, but also allows an IT department to be ready to ramp up more systems when needed, without waiting to procure more hardware.Virtualization is becoming mainstream, and it is worth the fight to earn the right to deploy and operate a virtual environment. Virtualization is a nice gateway into cloud computing services and it prepares a team for new processes and tools. One benefit we’ve seen is that IT teams can use virtualization to get ready for and configure new projects quickly. Is it free? No. Is it magic? Yes. Especially for the non-technical business executive. You’ll soon receive new questions, such as “How did you get that new system setup so quickly?” It will remain up to you, the IT leader, to decide whether you want to share the secrets up your sleeve.Do you have an interesting story explaining how virtual environments work in your company? Share it with us in the comments.Photo credit: pokpok313 Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike kirkwoodlast_img read more

first_imgMourinho: Man Utd players physically fragileby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says his players couldn’t physically cope with Liverpool on Sunday.Mourinho admits Liverpool were physically superior on the day.”We have lots of problems related to physicality,” said Mourinho.“We have lots of players that I could consider injury problems, because some of our players are always injured and it’s not with me – it was before me.“If you look to the stats with Mr Van Gaal and David, we had players that are permanently injured and, when you’re permanently injured, physicality is difficult to get.”Then there are qualities you cannot improve or make them have. Robertson, Mane, Salah, Wijnaldum, Keita, Fabinho, they are physical players and on top of that they are good technically.“I have lots of good players technically, but we don’t have that intensity or physicality.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgJoe Lunardi's hair looks suspect.Twitter/@RPreslanEvery year, ESPN college basketball analyst Joe Lunardi is tasked with putting together what he thinks will be the exact bracket that the NCAA selection committee will release on Selection Sunday. And given the Worldwide Leader’s influence, many fans take what he produces as fact. Sometimes it slips your mind that what he says isn’t actually official.To his credit, Lunardi has nailed all 68 (or 64, previously) teams a number of times. So how did he do in 2015? Well, Lunardi actually missed two teams this year. He had both Temple and Colorado State in the field, and omitted Indiana and UCLA. Of course, the Hoosiers and the Bruins were by far the most controversial inclusions this year.Lunardi got all four 1-seeds correct, and all four 2-seeds. He had Baylor as a 4-seed, with Maryland as a 3-seed, which in the real bracket, was reversed. Overall though, he did an incredible job. Almost every team in his field was within one seed line of where it actually wound up. Here’s his bracket. You can see the real NCAA Tournament bracket here. So yes, Joe Lunardi, is still good at his job. Now we just have to figure out what’s going on with his hair.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $14 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Oct. 2 will be approximately $17 million.The Canadian Presslast_img

OSU competes in a match against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1. Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For the LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team had it’s toughest game of the season against No. 17 Minnesota, and was unable to hang on in five sets.The Buckeyes won the first set before losing the next two and the final frame (25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 29-27, 12-15).In the first set, the Golden Gophers got off to a 5-2 lead, but a 11-4 run by the Buckeyes helped OSU to take the first set.In the second set, the Gophers had all the momentum from the beginning, as they took a 7-3 lead, but the Buckeyes would rally back multiple times in the beginning of the match, before the Gophers took control after a 12-12 tie.After intermission, the Buckeyes came out and fell victim to a Gopher 6-0 run, however the Buckeyes would come back. While they had chances to tie, they could never overcome the one-point deficit and the Gophers eventually took a 2-1 lead.The Buckeyes found a way to win the crucial fourth set, as they survived four match points to avoid defeat and tie the match up at two apiece.The final kill of the fourth set came from sophomore outside hitter Kylie Randall, where she was able to give the Buckeyes the only two-point lead of the set that mattered.After coming off a set in which neither team led by more than two, the Gophers and Buckeyes continued to fight out for the final game. The Gophers would gain their largest lead of the game with their final point, winning their third and clinching set 15-12.Three Buckeye seniors led both teams in multiple categories. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin led all players in assists with 58 and was tied for the lead in service aces with two. She also added six digs. Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger led all players with 21 kills and added nine digs. Senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner led all players in digs with 14.Junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson led the team in blocks with nine. Richardson added seven kills and a block, while Randall added 10 kills and three digs.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face No. 5 Wisconsin on Sunday. The match is set for 2 p.m. read more

Digicel Launches Come Together this Christmas Promotion and Unveils the new range

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNovember 10, 2014 (Digicel TCI Press Release) – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Digicel launched it’s ‘Come Together this Christmas’ Promotion on November 11 in its flagship store in Providenciales and unveiled the latest additions to its range of Smartphones.The Christmas Promotion allows customers who purchase select Samsung and DL Smartphone models to automatically enter the $10,000 cash giveaway. Five lucky customers will win $1,000 each with one lucky customer walking away with the grand Prize of $5,000.For prepaid customers, topping up also gives them a chance to win fantastic weekly prizes from bonus credit, cash, phones and two grand prize giveaways of a Home makeover courtesy of Digicel and their partner KB Homes Center.Also just in time for the holidays are two new smartphones, added to the popular Digicel DL range – they are the DL 800 and DL 900, both affordably priced and packed with features for the smartphone and data lover.With the continuing rollout of its 4G and LTE networks across the Caribbean and Central America, Digicel’s sights are firmly set on ensuring that everyone everywhere can benefit from access to superfast internet speeds at affordable prices and achieve extraordinary things in their everyday lives. As such the DL 800 is competitively priced at $89 postpaid and $99 prepaid while the DL 900 retails for $109 Postpaid and $129 prepaid.Head of Marketing, Ava-Dayne Fulford comments, “With the latest additions to our own range of Android phones, we are delivering an even bigger, better smartphone experience to customers at an affordable price. These along with the sleek and popular Samsung handsets provide a range of best options for our customers. In addition, Several persons will become winners through our promotions which at Christmas time are always geared towards making persons happy and allowing them to ‘Come together’ with family and friends in a more meaningful way.”END Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Thousands without power in TCI TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Related Items:christmas promo, digicel, giveaways, prices Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islandslast_img read more

Police searching for two suspects in overnight shooting death

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 21, 2017 – Nassau – Police are searching for two men responsible for a shooting incident that has left a man dead on Friday 21st April 2017.   According to reports, shortly after 10:00pm, a man was driving his vehicle in the area of Bola Alley and Augusta Street, when two men armed with handguns approached his vehicle and fired several shots at him before fleeing on foot.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.   Investigations are ongoing.POLICE ARE APPEALING TO ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS INCIDENT, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, IS URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8476 (FAMILY ISLANDS).#MagneticMediaNews#searchforsuspectsinshootingdeath#BolaAlleyshooting Related Items:#BolaAlleyshooting, #magneticmedianews, #searchforsuspectsinshootingdeathlast_img read more