UK bread prices stay low in world rankings

first_imgThe UK remains one of the cheapest countries in the world to buy bread, with prices in London and Manchester on a par with those in Lagos, Nigeria and Bangkok, Thailand.According to the latest figures from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), just released exclusively to British Baker, London was 84th cheapest (83rd last year) out of the 128 countries where the EIU monitors bread prices. Manchester was even lower down the table, ranked at 101.Mystery shoppers for the EIU found that an average kilo of bread cost £1.80 in London and £1.36 in Manchester. Supermarket prices in those two cities were £1.53 and 94p respectively. That compares with an average price of £1.42/kg in Bangkok and £1.78/kg in Lagos.The latest Worldwide Cost of Living survey, conducted in March, also shows Caracas in Venezuela was the most expensive place in the world to buy bread, with an average kilo costing £5.85. But survey editor Jon Copestake warned: “Caracas’ position is largely because it fixes exchange rates and the government rate doesn’t reflect the real (or black market) rate.”Honolulu, in Hawaii was the second most expensive city in the world for bread, at £5.78/kg, with Austria, Japan, the US, France and Russia also in the Top 10.The capital of Iran, Tehran, remained the cheapest place in the world to buy bread, as in the 2008 survey. An average kilo cost just 26p this time.Copestake commented: “I’d say that bread prices in local currency have tended not to move a great deal this time around, so currency strength or weakness is a key driver, especially given the slowdown in inflation and deflation taking place around the world thanks to the econo-mic downturn.”The EIU sends mystery shoppers to buy bread and 159 other staples in 128 cities twice a year, in March and September. Results are then collated and published in the survey. Shoppers visit three bands of retailers – classed as low, medium and high. For bread, the ‘low’ classification covers supermarket chains, ‘medium’ includes top-end food retailers, such as Marks & Spencer, and ‘high’ covers boutique shops and department store food halls. Shoppers calculate the cost of a kilo of bread in each style of outlet. Prices in local currencies are then converted into dollars.last_img read more

Man Utd bank on free-scoring Fernandes to quieten fans’ fury

first_imgUnlike many products from the Portuguese league, Fernandes is making the move to England in the prime of his career rather than as a precocious youngster.One of those young talents went onto become one of United’s best ever players when Cristiano Ronaldo made the move from Lisbon to Manchester in 2003 as an 18-year-old.Portuguese football expert Tom Kundert believes the timing on Fernandes’s transfer means he is well-equipped to make the step up to the Premier League.“In 25 years watching Sporting live every other week Bruno Fernandes is undoubtedly the best player I’ve seen in the green and white,” said Kundert.“Yes, Sporting had (Luis) Figo and Ronaldo, but they weren’t the players at (Jose) Alvalade they’d become. Fernandes is the finished article. Ripe for a bigger challenge.”A lack of leadership has been highlighted as one of United’s problems in recent seasons. Harry Maguire was recently handed the captaincy after less than six months at the club.Fernandes was forced to grow up fast in Lisbon, captaining Sporting through a institutional crisis when a group of angry fans attacked some players at the club’s training ground in May 2018.Many of Sporting’s stars choose to rescind their contracts and leave following the incident, but Fernandes stayed and signed a new contract before going onto score 32 goals last season.That experience could be important in helping lead United out of their own toxic period. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s house was targeted with flares and graffiti on Tuesday.With United languishing fifth in the Premier League, six points off the top four, animosity towards Woodward and the club’s American owners, the Glazer family, has risen among the club’s fanbase in recent weeks.They are now banking on another lavish purchase in Fernandes to quieten that discontent. Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes has reportedly been signed by Manchester United.London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Manchester United finally secured a deal to sign Portuguese international midfielder Bruno Fernandes on Wednesday ending a long-running chase of the 25-year-old.United are badly in need of midfield reinforcements due to the absence of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay through injury, whilst Pogba’s future at the club beyond the end of the season is very much in doubt.Fernandes will cost the Red Devils an initial 55 million euros (£47 million, $61 million) with up to 25 million euros more in performance-related add-ons.However, United know to their cost that even such a huge fee is no guarantee of success after seven years of decline since former manager Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, despite splashing over £1 billion on transfers.So, who is Fernandes and can he help lead a revival of United’s fortunes?Goals galoreOne area where Fernandes clearly fits United’s needs is a goal threat with top scorer Marcus Rashford sidelined by a back injury to compound the absence of Pogba and McTominay.He scored 63 times in 137 appearances for Sporting since returning to his homeland in 2017 after spells with Novara, Udinese and Sampdoria in Italy.Of those 47 have come in the last season-and-a-half as he has blossomed into a potent threat, earning comparisons with Chelsea manager Frank Lampard – the top scoring midfielder in Premier League history.“He is a complete player, and if you ask me to compare Bruno with a player, I will say Frank Lampard,” former Sporting manager Carlos Carvalhal told talkSPORT.Fernandes’s ability to shoot from range could be the key to unlocking deep-lying defences that Solskjaer’s men have struggled to break down this season.Moreover, he has also been a creative force during his time at Sporting, providing 42 assists in total and creating the most chances in the Portuguese league for the past two seasons.‘Finished article’ Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2016)–Reddam Racing’s undefeated Eclipse Champion Nyquist, idle since winning the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Oct. 31, heads a field of six sophomores in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Monday.Trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez in all five of his wins, the Kentucky-bred colt by Uncle Mo, who has also posted victories in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes, Grade I Del Mar Futurity and Grade I FrontRunner Stakes, will attempt to provide the triumvirate of J. Paul Reddam, O’Neill and Gutierrez with a measure of déjà vu, as they also teamed for victory in the 2012 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies with I’ll Have Another.While recent stakes wins by top Derby prospects Mohaymen and Mor Spirit have generated considerable early buzz among industry observers, O’Neill remained upbeat this morning regarding Nyquist’s prospects.“We’re just eager to see him compete at a high level on Monday and let that speak for itself,” he said. “That’s what I love about this game, though, everyone has an opinion…Whenever you read something negative about your own horses, it’s like somebody saying something about your family members…But if he runs a big race Monday, we can write our own story.”A winner going seven furlongs in the Del Mar Futurity three starts back on Sept. 7, Nyquist will be shortening up off a pair of wins at a mile and a sixteenth, in both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Santa Anita’s FrontRunner Stakes Sept. 26. His career earnings of $1,613,600 dwarf those of the rest of the San Vicente field.Big Chief Racing’s Exaggerator, idle since winning the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Delta Jackpot over a muddy strip on Nov. 21, was a close fourth, beaten three lengths, by Nyquist in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and will unquestionably be the second choice in the San Vicente wagering. Trained by Keith Desormeaux, the Kentucky-bred colt by Curlin demonstrated a stalking style in winning the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Saratoga Special four starts back on Aug. 16 and could likely employ similar tactics off the bench.A winner of three out of his six starts, he’ll be ridden by Desormeaux’s Hall of Fame brother, Kent, for the fourth consecutive time. Exaggerator has a solid work tab for his return that includes a bullet five furlong move in 58.20 here on Feb. 2. A well beaten fifth by Nyquist in his maiden special weight debut at Santa Anita June 5, he has earnings of $983,120.Trainer Wesley Ward will be represented by Florida-bred Sheikh of Sheikhs, comes off a third place finish in the Grade III, six furlong Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream on Jan 2. Owned by Abdullah Saeed Almaddah, Sheikh of Sheikhs, who has a pair of sprint victories from four starts, will be making his Southern California debut. A bay colt by Discreetly Mine, he’s shown good speed in both of his wins.El Charro is another shipping in from south Florida to make his Southern California debut in the San Vicente. A Florida-bred colt by Put It Back, El Charro, who was purchased privately following a second place finish in a one mile minor stakes at Gulfstream Park Jan. 2, has two wins from six starts and will be making his first start for trainer David Jacobson. He is owned by Head of Plains Partners, LLC and Jacobson.A 3 ¾ length first-out maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs Jan. 9, Denman’s Call is Doug O’Neill’s “Avis” choice in the San Vicente. A Kentucky-bred gelding by Northern Afleet, Denman’s Call was bred by W C Racing, Milt Gilman and Mark Verge. He’s owned by Gilman Racing, Westside and W.C. Racing, Inc.The complete field for the Grade II San Vicente, to be run as the fifth on a nine-race card Monday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Nyquist, Mario Gutierrez, 124; Electrifying, Tyler Baze, 120; El Charro, Joe Talamo, 120; Denman’s Call, Flavien Prat, 120; Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux, 122, and Sheikh of Sheikhs, Rafael Bejarano, 120.First post time on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more


first_img                ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 9, 2016)–In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita Park will again treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday, Dec. 26. A fan-favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission. With a pair of Grade I stakes, the Malibu and the La Brea leading the way, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opener will again command center stage among racing fans nationwide.Mathis Brothers Furniture, for whom the opening day Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile is named, will provide a plush Thoroughbred toy to the first 5,000 kids 12 and under as well as Mathis Brothers Gift certificates to all paid attendees. Santa Anita will also provide a Family Fun Zone in its spacious Infield Area. (General Admission and parking are free in the Infield, via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place).Santa Anita’s luxurious Chandelier Room will again play host to the highly acclaimed Guest Chef Series as one of LA’s hottest restaurants will provide contemporary cuisine and post-holiday celebration. Ticketing, available online, includes innovative signature dishes throughout the afternoon, six delicious whiskey tastings, live music, a racing program, a wagering tip sheet and more. To purchase tickets, please visit first post time set at 12 noon, admission gates will open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events:–Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.                –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs                –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds                –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf                 –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar                 –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under                –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission                –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at                –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit for details                –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit                –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit                Entries for opening day races will be taken Wednesday, Dec. 21. For more racing and event information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE. CRAFT BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL, GUEST CHEF SERIES IN CHANDELIER ROOM, INFIELD FAMILY FUN ZONE ALSO ON TAP AS GREAT RACE PLACE BEGINS WINTER MEET RUNlast_img read more

With Kyler Murray in the NFL, A’s take another swing at a first-round draft pick

first_imgOAKLAND — The Athletics will select a player much of their fan base has never heard of Monday night when picking at No. 29 in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft.In contrast to last season, when they selected Oklahoma outfielder Kyler Murray at No. 9, there’s a good chance that player will eventually end up in their farm system.The Athletics knew when they selected and signed Murray he was playing his last season of football at Oklahoma as the heir apparent to quarterback …last_img

A Video Two Years in the Making – Finishing “Cache Across America”

first_img SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”The Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”The Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community” Lorrie LeBlanc “Lorriebird” is one of six members that can claim a smiley on the Cache Across America – Series Final (GC12E08).  According to the cache page, “This is a series of caches that will take you on a coast to coast tour of the entire United States. One cache in this series is hidden in each of the 50 United States. These caches each contain a numeric clue that that will lead you to this final cache located somewhere in our nation’s capitol upon completion of the series.”It’s a daunting series that Lorrie, an airline pilot, started in 2008. She says, “While traveling anywhere in the world is a great thing, I just believe that the United States has so much to offer that most folks will never see!  I have a ‘bucket list’ of places I wish to visit, but my list started with visiting all 50 states.”Lorrie discovered geocaching after reading a newspaper article about the treasure-hunting adventure. “I tried to get my younger brother interested in geocaching…  I ended up being the one addicted.” Her discovery came only two years before beginning the Cache Across America series. “I started caching on July 9, 2006…the last day that I ever touched my golf clubs (which are still gathering dust in the garage to this day…).”On the cache page for the final cache in the series Lorrie writes, “Oh sure, the many trips were amazing. The thousands and thousands of miles of driving seemed endless at times. Some of the sights I saw were breathtaking (and so were my VISA bills ).” But she says something was more important than all of that, “Cache Across America (CAA) was really all about people.” Read her log to find out about the people who cheered Lorrie on to complete the challenge.But she has advice for you too, if you’re considering attempting a major geocaching adventure. She says, “Technology is your BFF!  I wouldn’t do it without a ‘paperless capable’ GPS.  Spend lots of time beforehand planning routes and downloading Pocket Queries to save in your files before long trips in case your plans change. I carried an aircard so I could access the internet anywhere on my laptop and that became a real help many times on the road.  And if you are going after a specific cache research it beforehand and make sure it is not disabled before you drive thousands of miles!  Take lots of pictures and jot down some notes…you will happy later that you did.”Lorrie not only completed the challenge and made new friends, but she also put her conquest in a video. She says, “Actually there is no ‘video’ in my video! It is just the collection of still photos that I had in my files from my Cache Across America journey.  I was recently asked by the organizers of Florida’s annual Cacheapalooza event to give a presentation about Cache Across America, and this video is what I made for that presentation.  I am happy now that I spent so much time taking pictures, especially of all the state boundary signs.  Those were the toughest and many times I had to exit a highway and circle back around to get another shot at a missed one.  I found my first CAA cache in October 2008, and finished the CAA final in June 2010.”Watch the “video” and wonder… could you complete a geocaching series like this?Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Leased Solar Panels May Complicate Home Sales

first_imgLeased photovoltaic (PV) systems that come with long-term contracts are proving to be a problem for some homeowners when they try to sell their homes, in some cases killing deals when potential buyers get cold feet, a report in the Los Angeles Times says.Although the article didn’t quantify the problem, it suggested the number of problem real estate transactions is growing as the number of leased PV installations increases.Lynn Farris, a real estate agent in Vacaville, California, a city of 94,000 between Sacramento and San Francisco, said that disputes over leased panels are “becoming an increasing problem” and predicted it would get worse.The article cites the example of homeowners Nora and Andrew Barber who were having trouble selling their house near Fresno, California, because potential buyers didn’t like the terms of the existing PV lease, or because of credit qualifications they’d have to meet to take over the lease. In the end, the Barbers paid $22,000 to get out of the lease so they could sell the house.“It was a nightmare,” Nora Barber told The Times. “We were in a panic.” Leasing companies say the problem is minorClean Power Finance, the company from whom the Barbers were leasing the panels, didn’t comment directly on their predicament but did say there were only “very few instances” of potential buyers balking at a sale because of leased PV systems.A company executive told the newspaper that in 95 percent of sales, the buyers take over the lease agreement, or the sellers prepays the agreement or purchases the panels.SolarCity, the largest PV leasing company in the country — a company doing business in 16 states — says that it has a 12-person team in place to facilitate the transfer of PV leases and has so far arranged nearly 3,000 transactions.But the problem has been reported elsewhere, including this 2014 report from Bloomberg that was picked up by PV Magazine. Owning a PV system can add valueWhile leased PV systems can be a problem for homeowners trying to sell, purchased systems add value, a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found.Researchers studying sales records for 22,000 homes concluded buyers were willing to pay an average of $4 per watt, or $15,000, for an average-sized PV system of 3.6 kilowatts.It didn’t seem to make much difference whether the PV panels were on a new house or added to an older house.last_img read more

JD(U) leader found dead in police station

first_imgA local leader of the ruling JD(U) in Bihar was found dead in the toilet inside a police station, hours after being picked up for interrogation, evoking violent protests from residents of his village in Nalanda district. Three policemen were arrested in connection with the Dalit politician’s death, a communication from the district administration said on Friday. Ganesh Ravidas (45) was found hanging from the ceiling of the toilet at Nagarnausa police station in Nalanda district on late Thursday night, official sources said. Ravidas, who was the block president of the party’s Mahadalit cell, was picked up for interrogation in connection with the kidnapping of a girl wherein he was not named an accused, the sources said.Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health,Telephone: 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday, 10 am -7.30 pmlast_img read more

Back at 1: Kiefer Ravena on point in old spot

first_imgUichico is raving about Ravena’s ability to read game situations and make quick decisions.“I have to be smart because I am not as athletic as the other (point) guards in the team, or in theleague,” Ravena said. “I use that to offset some of my deficiencies, like being slower than the other guards.”While in college, the so called experts have declared that Ravena would be a “project” when he makes the jump to the PBA – being smaller and less athletic than the other swingmen who are dominating the league at the moment.If the 6-footer from Iloilo wasn’t as hot a prospect before, his performances for Gilas here has certainlychanged all that.And turning pro – which everyone knew to be inevitable – is like coming home for Kiefer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Kiefer Ravena has gone back to his roots and has gotten the chance to prepare for his pro career in the process.Playing point guard for Gilas Pilipinas in the Jones Cup Invitational here, Ravena has easily handled the transition back to his boyhood spot, which he abandoned when he tore the opposition while leading Ateneo to glory in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Well, fate had it that he wouldn’t do well in that game.“My stat line was consistent – zero points and most of everything else was the same,” he said with a smile.Then came the genius that is Black.“The following practice, and in our next games, coach Norman turned me into No. 2 (off guard) and had me playing alongside Eman,” Ravena said. “That was it. I was able to help the team more.”Jong Uichico, one of Chot Reyes’ assistants at Gilas, has become a Ravena fan ever since this team was assembled. And the veteran internationalist believes that there is no better spot for Ravena to play, especially when he turns pro.“He’s got instincts and IQ that you don’t see everyday,” Uichico said.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m very comfortable playing the point,” Ravena said after his fourth game. “It’s a spot I used to play in high school. I even came to college as a point guard.”Though his glorious collegiate career happened just a couple of years back, Ravena talked about it as if it were a lifetime ago because circumstances surrounding his conversion into a shooting guard has made him the hottest amateur of his time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnd he has Norman Black to thank for it.“I remember my first game, it was against Adamson,” Ravena recounted. “I was excited, all pumped up and I was a point guard. I was Eman Monfort’s chief reliever and I knew I was going to play a lot even if I was a rookie.” Cavaliers sign Turkish talent Osman View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

PBA: Bolts near twice-to-beat, push Aces to brink of elimination

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul San Beda trumps San Sebastian for 10th straight win View comments PBA IMAGESWith several new pieces added to the crew that finished second last season, coach Norman Black is not talking about – and has gotten the results contrary to – his Meralco Bolts needing to jell.“We’re starting to blend well together, starting to become cohesive,” Black said after the Bolts bamboozled Alaska, 106-78, to move within another victory of clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Rookie Mike Tolomia, added to the lineup less than a month ago, and Ranidel de Ocampo, the veteran superstar acquired from TNT KaTropa in a three-team deal who was playing his first game, were big as the Bolts broke loose in the second period and turned what was an anticipated close game into a ho-hum.It was the seventh win in nine games for Meralco, while the loss was the first in the last four games for the Aces, who slumped to a 3-7 card and are in danger of missing the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMeralco now effectively has a two-for-one chance of nailing a top four berth, as the Bolts close out opposite GlobalPort and then powerhouse San Miguel Beer.“There are a lot of teams fighting for top four spots,” Black stressed. “And this is the time of the conference where you need to win games, otherwise, you won’t get it. And a top four berth has been our goal right from the start.” Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Tolomia hit all five of his triple tries and finished with a career-high 24 points, while de Ocampo, six times a champion with the Texters, fit in so well with the new system that he scored 10 points in just 16 minutes.Allen Durham scattered 26 points, had 18 rebounds, six assists and two blocks to lead the Bolts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more