Waitrose has seen a 7.6% uplift in sales year-on-year, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, with Aldi posting another record increase in market share.The figures, published today for the 12 weeks ending 13 October 2013, show that Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have outperformed the market with growth of 3.7% and 7.6% respectively.Aldi reported a 3.8% share of the grocery market – up from 3% for the comparable period last year – with year-on-year sales growth of 31.7%.Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have all recorded growth behind the 3% market average, which officials have blamed on “the polarisation of the grocery market”.Iceland’s share is static at 2%, despite growth dipping below the market average. A statement released by Kantar suggested that the supermarket’s position is likely to strengthen in the run-up to Christmas, due to its frozen party food offering.Edward Garner, director at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “Aldi’s year-on-year growth rate of 31.7% is the latest in an unbroken series of double-digit growth figures that date back to early 2011. The retailer has done a particularly good job in conveying its competitive pricing message through its ‘Like Brands Only Cheaper’ and subsequent ‘Swap and Save’ campaigns – both of which have given the supermarket a clear point of difference.“Lidl’s growth of 13.1% is somewhat overshadowed by Aldi’s performance, but it nevertheless keeps up a strong run. The combined discounter share of 6.8% continues to grow and has remained above that of The Co-operative since March this year.”Grocery inflation remains at 4.2% for the 12-week period ending 13 October 2013.
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s easy to talk tactics. Everyone has ideas and opinions. I see it often as I facilitate strategic planning sessions. What’s difficult is addressing the elephant in the room and talking about the real challenges that are keeping you from success.Instead of these questions:Should we be using Facebook more (or less)? What about the billboards we did a few years ago, should we do those again? Do we need to upgrade our copier? Does the carpet at the branch need to be replaced?We should be asking these questions:Are we really clear, as a board and leadership team, about how we are creating value in the marketplace? Can we articulate the few things the organization needs to do better than anyone else in order to deliver on that value proposition (aside from rate and service?) Are we investing enough resources in those areas, and do they fit with most of the products and services we sell? continue reading »
27 Jul 2018 Top girl golfers head to East Devon Tags: Amateur Championship, East Devon, Girls, U18 Leading girl golfers will head to East Devon Golf Club next week for the English U18 girls’ amateur championship.Play in the 72-hole stroke play event starts on Tuesday and the competitors will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of such past champions as professional stars Mel Reid and Holly Clyburn.The championship has attracted a very strong English entry, together with representatives of nine other countries.Among the contenders for the title are Yorkshire’s Nicola Slater (Lindrick), who has already won the English women’s open match play championship this season and shared fourth place in the English women’s amateur.Slater will be joined in the field by six other members of the English girls’ squad: Charlotte Heath (Huddersfield), Thalia Kirby (Stoke Park), Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill), Mimi Rhodes (Burnham & Berrow), Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer).Heath won the girls’ trophy at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, ahead of Screen, who was also runner-up in the 2017 British stroke play. Williamson won the Hampshire Rose while Kirby was third in the Welsh women’s strokeplay and Rhodes was individually sixth in qualifying at the European girls’ team championship. Lewis will be hoping to go one better this year after finishing runner-up in this championship in 2017.Evie Stone, a member at East Devon, will carry the local hopes, alongside other Devon players including Lexi Dart (Churston) and Charlotte Husband (Exeter).East Devon Golf Club (pictured) will provide the players with a fine test of golf – as well as some spectacular views.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography.The championship is played from Tuesday to Thursday, 31 July to 2 August.
Facebook12Tweet0Pin0 Over the past few months, ThurstonTalk has delivered stories about our community’s athletes. Articles have included:Olympic rower Brodie Buckland,College-scholarship hopefuls on the Capitol Lady Outlaws Fastpitch Team, andTumwater High School golfer, Seth Nickerson, playing for the American High School championships in Scotland.But, nothing prepared me for Tom Rohrer’s impressive write-up of amazing athlete, Evelyn Hoffman.As I readied his story for publishing, I sent Tom an email that said (verbatim) “I love this article SO MUCH. Thank you!” My simple statement, while certainly not verbose, expresses my appreciation for Tom’s skills at sharing Evelyn’s story with ThurstonTalk readers.I leave you simply with the link and 3 minutes to read Evelyn’s story:Master Swimmer Evelyn Hoffman Shows Age Is Just A Number
By Denise DiStephan |Amy Handlin, a Republican who was reelected to her District 13 Assembly seat in 2017, is not running for re-election in 2019 when her two-year term expires.Handlin, 62, who has represented the northern Monmouth County district since 2006, retired from her teaching position at Monmouth University at the end of the spring semester and decided, after 30 years in politics, that it was also time to retire from the public sector to have more time for family, travel and new career interests.“When I retired from Monmouth, I started re-evaluating and, after so many years of public service, it seemed to make sense to leave now so I don’t run out of energy or ideas,” Handlin said in a telephone interview. “I’ll be able to look back and reflect on a wonderful career.”And when she reflects, she said what she’ll remember most fondly are the times she worked with residents on important causes, like the time she worked with a local group that successfully fought a Jersey Central Power and Light Company (JCP&L) proposal to build a controversial high-voltage transmission line between Aberdeen and Red Bank.This year an administrative law judge, and then the state Board of Public Utilities, pulled the plug on the proposal residents and officials said would negatively impact public health, property values and aesthetics.Handlin, whose district includes the five towns the line would have passed through – Aberdeen, Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown and Red Bank – said it was the same proposal JCP&L had pushed about 30 years ago.“It was the second time we had to fight that,” Handlin recalls. “Citizens should always speak up, speak loudly and make sure they’re heard. That’s the great gift of being an American.”Ron Morano, a JCP&L spokesperson, said in a telephone interview the utility is not appealing the decision and had no further comment.Now that she is retiring, Handlin said she wants to spend more time with family, including her two children, travel and pursue consulting and writing work.Another constituent issue Handlin has been working on is the problem of scam artists who prey on senior citizens, often through phone calls. For Handlin, the fight is personal: con artists bilked her 92-year-old father-in-law of large sums of money through a series of cons before the family became aware of it.Handlin and state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) introduced a bill forcing telecommunications companies to include free information about fraud and scams in public outreach already being sent to customers. If the bill becomes law, the director of the Division of Consumer Affairs will determine a warning statement to be published and contact information for other state and federal agencies will be attached.Telecommunications companies charging customers for scam protection is “one of the things that steams me,” Handlin said. The bill would eliminate that.Handlin, a Middletown resident, was a Monmouth County freeholder from 1990 until 2005 and on the Middletown Township Committee from 1987 to 1990. Her legislative office is in Red Bank.Handlin earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University and her doctorate from New York University. She was as an associate professor of marketing at Monmouth University for the past 27 years.This article was first published in the Oct. 25 – Oct. 31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
For many, it is also the only affordable option if they find they have outgrown their home and need more space for the family. In the same survey, one quarter estimated that they had spent between €1,000 and €3,000 upgrading their home. 10% spent between €3,000 and €5,000.Many households planning on renovating their home understandably would not have this spare cash to hand. It can be tempting for them to fund the planned renovations through the credit card. However, with the high levels of interest charged, even if you clear the minimum balance, this can end up being a very pricey decision. For the cost-conscious home improver – a credit union loan is the best option, and are often approved very quickly. Indeed, the ILCU survey found that of those needing to borrow to fund their renovations, six in ten said they would use their local credit union. Other benefits to the home improvement loan include the willingness of the credit union to work with each individual borrower to structure repayments in a way that will suit their individual circumstances. There are no hidden fees or administration charges. Borrowers are also free to repay the loan early, should they wish, without any penalties. How to renovate your home without overhauling your budget was last modified: April 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Financehome improvement loanLetterkenny Credit UnionRenovations Ciaran Haran, chairperson of Letterkenny Credit Union explains why a credit union home improvement loan is a solid choice for those wanting to renovate their home without incurring unnecessary debt: “We offer the loan at a great value APR rate of 8.2%**. Which means that if you borrow €10,000, you will end up paying back just €202.54 over 60 months. So it’s a very cost-effective option. Not only that, but our loans are typically approved within 2 days, so you can get started on those renovation plans right away. We are also happy to offer our loans to brand new members – so there is no requirement for you to have saved with us for a period of time before you can avail of the loan.” “So whether your plans include building on an extension, overhauling the kitchen, laying new carpets or floorboards, or just giving your home a new lick of paint, talk to us here at Letterkenny Credit Union. You’ll find we are happy to provide flexible loans of any size to suit your grand design plans!” Ciaran said. For further information please visit our website www.letterkennycu.ie or email us [email protected] ** For a €10,000, 5 year variable interest rate loan with 60 monthly repayments of €202.54, an interest Rate of 7.95%, a representative APR of 8.25%, the total amount payable by the member is €12155.26. Information correct as at 05/03/2019 Thinking about sprucing up your home this season? Here, the team at Letterkenny Credit Union have this guide to why their affordable home improvement loans are a solid choice:Spring is officially here – and the change of season is one of the best and most popular times of year for home improvements. Home upgrading is a trend which has seen somewhat of a surge in popularity in recent years – and for good reason. A refurbishment can completely transform a home. A nationwide survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) found that a significant two thirds of adults had carried out home improvements between 2014 and 2017.
It’s been a season of mixed fortunes so far in high school track and field here on the North Coast, with the weather playing havoc with the schedule.Individually, however, some local athletes have been leaving their mark, mostly at meets outside of the area.“Collectively, it’s been pretty horrible in terms of the weather,” Fortuna co-head coach Norm Sotomayor said. “We’ve missed out on three meets now and I feel like we’re real far behind where we want to be.”The only competition open to …
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceLAS VEGAS — Tomas Hertl figured he’d take a chance.Skating through the neutral zone after taking a pass from Marc-Edouard Vlasic while the Sharks were killing a penalty in the second overtime, Hertl carried the puck over the blue line, dusted it off and beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with a wrist shot on the short side from the top of the circle.“When I first get (the puck), I was already a little bit tired. I was …
I was honored to be asked by GBA to review Green Building Product Certifications, a recent publication of Building Green, Inc. that makes a valiant attempt to demystify the seemingly infinite range of product certifications currently in the marketplace. The first clue that this was not going to be easy was the third line of the table of contents – “Green Labels: A mess, but not as bad as you think.”Call me a skeptic, but I think it is probably as bad, or worse, than I think. Check out this quote early in the book: “A 2009 study by TerraChoice found 98% of consumer products … committed one of their seven sins of greenwash.” Another one I liked: “Most marketing claims, product specifications…are first-party declarations that have not been independently tested or verified.” What’s a poor boy to do?They Got Their Priorities RightNot unexpectedly, our friends at Building Green have their priorities straight, something they made clear with this statement to designers in the Getting What You Need section: “For most buildings, the environmental impact of its operations over its lifetime dwarfs the manufacturing impact of the products from which it is made. Focus on building an efficient, durable, high performing building.”I also appreciated their analysis of the carpet industry and their sustainable efforts: “Carpet is a leader in the development and use of environmental certifications but is also one of the most environmentally problematic flooring choices – frequently less durable, more energy-intensive, more difficult to clean, and associated with more health and environmental concerns than other floor coverings.” In other words, avoid using carpet, no matter how sustainably it is produced.They also point out that installing certified products doesn’t make a greener building, and focusing on products at the expense of high performance design “never makes sense.”Don’t Touch Me!Once you make it through the approximately twelve page introduction, you get to the meat of the book, which is a review and analysis of (I assume) every labeling and certification program for green building materials in the U.S., plus a few from Europe. All the well-known labels are there – Energy Star, U.S. Energy Guide Label, WaterSense, Greenguard, FSC, SFI, and so on.At one point, while reading about the new Greenguard Premium label, a developing “comprehensive health-based standard that addresses chemical emissions from products,” I found myself thinking that maybe I shouldn’t touch anything ever again, out of a sudden fear of toxic chemicals in everything.Too Many LettersOne thing that struck me was the almost absurd number of acronyms used in green certifications: RoHS, CARB, ICC-ES SAVE, SMaRT, BASTA, ATCM, NSF, SCAQMD, BIFMA, and so on. They do a good job of describing the value of each of these (and many, many more) certifications, providing each with their own “quick take,” which includes their honest opinion of the value of each program.It is a huge amount to digest, and while the sheer volume of information may turn off professionals who are not inclined to delve into this much detail, it is an incredible source for those who want to learn more about green products.Just How Big a Mess?The conclusion I drew after spending a few hours with this 88-page tome is that we have a long way to go before product certification becomes mainstream. There are some very good programs, some pretty weak ones, several that are very rigorous but have little market penetration, and many that are just average.Building Green makes it pretty clear that some of the best-known certifications, many of which are recognized by most green building programs, are vague, open to gaming, can be outdated, and often don’t measure the important stuff. Their conclusion is that confusion reigns primarily because no single authority has stepped up to provide leadership. Product certification has been dominated by a large group of small organizations, including government agencies, nonprofits, and for-profits, none of which have had the resources or clout to cut through the clutter.It is possible that UL Environment, which purchased Greenguard after publication, may be that entity that has the power to consolidate. In the meantime, I think I’ll just sit on the sidelines and wait to see what happens.Read All About ItGBA subscribers can get their own copy of the report at a $20 discount at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/3b9dmxw. It is well worth reading for anyone interested in the current state as well as the future of green building materials certification.
Take a look at last month’s top headlines. Camera news, upcoming gear, the latest rumors, and the commercialization of drones.Top image via CanonIt’s been a little while since our last news roundup, and there have been a ton of announcements since. New cameras from Canon, Panasonic and Lytro lead the news, but rumors of the GH5 steal all the attention. Big trade shows are near, so prepare for many more headlines to appear after IBC 2016 and Photokina.Canon Announces the 5D Mark IV, C700, XC15, and Sells Their CMOS Sensor to Third Parties.The new 5D Mark IV was a long time coming, and many feel disappointed by the minor advancements made. The camera shoots 4K up to 30fps and the body starts at $3499. For more specs, read our full article on the 5D Mark IV release here.For studio and broadcast video producers, Canon also announced an all new A camera — Canon C700. This camera is their new flagship Cine EOS body, and it’s the manufacturer’s most modular cine camera body to date. The C700 starts at $28,000 and comes in three options: EF Mount CMOS Sensor, PL Mount CMOS Sensor, and PL Mount Global Shutter. See more Canon C700 specs and demo footage here.Canon also released one more camera that didn’t grab as many headlines or fanfare — the Canon XC15. The compact professional 4K camera starts at $2399. You can see more stats and info on the Canon XC15 over at Cinema5D.Finally, Canon quietly announced the decision to start selling their CMOS sensor to third parties, even though they won’t start for another two years. The move comes much later than Sony’s success with their collaboration with Panasonic, as well as RED’s collaboration with Panavision on the DXL.Speaking of the Sony and Panasonic collaboration…Panasonic Lumix GH5 Rumors and the HC-X1 Video CameraAhead of many of the biggest fall trade shows and conferences, new GH5 rumors have come to light. Rumors suggest the camera will use the same Sony 16MP sensor found in the GX80 and GX85 cameras. It’s believed the camera will shoot 4K video up to 60fps and take 6K stills. Read all about the Panasonic Lumix GH5 rumors here.Panasonic announced the HC-X1, a 4K video camera designed for news and documentary shooters. You can read more about the Panasonic HC-X1 on Cinema5D.The Legalization of Drones for Commercial UseThe FAA has officially released the steps for attaining the new Remote Pilot Certificate, a new certification made for pilots of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems. Hobbyist and those wanting to fly a Small UAS must register their drones with the FAA. The registration cost is $5. For those wanting to fly for commercial use, they must apply and test for a Remote Pilot Certificate. The 60-question test costs $150 and certification requires a passing grade of at least 70%.For all the steps involved, as well as the study guides, read our summary of the Remote Pilot Certificate process here.Lytro Releases Immerge VR Demo FootageLytro has been working on some really advanced futuristic cameras. Their cinema camera gives full control of footage in post-production, allowing editors to change the depth of field, focus, color, and a variety of other options. With their Immerge VR camera, video producers have the possibility to create infinite space.You can read more about the Lytro Immerge on No Film School.MIT Will Change the Future of FilmThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) released three papers that will impact the video production industry. Their work really must be seen to be believed. From manipulating objects in post-production, to artificial intelligence developing realistic sound effects, to a glasses-free 3D experience, you must get a glimpse of the future here.Edelkrone Releases a New Type of SliderGear manufacturer Edelkrone announced the Wing, a new compact slider that doesn’t work with rails. Don’t let the release video fool you, it is still a manually operated piece of equipment. However, it’s perfect for the travel videographer on the go.Read more about the Edelkrone Wing on Cinema5D.Cell Phone Cameras Get a BoostTwo stories of note here. Much like Zeiss’ iPhone lenses, Hasselblad looks to get into cell phone attachments with an add-on 10x zoom lens that captures RAW images for the Moto Z line of smartphones. The True Zoom gives users a physical shutter button and zoom controls designed in an ergonomically friendly cell phone attachment. Read more about the Hasselblad True Zoom on PetaPixel.Pinch to zoom comes to Instagram on iOS devices, with an update to Android coming in the coming weeks. This comes after the big update to add up to 60-second videos.Which of these news items excites you most? Share in the comments below!