Better Capital promises more deals after a strong first year

first_imgMonday 29 November 2010 7:59 pm whatsapp whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyHistorical GeniusHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeHistorical GeniusWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”WanderoamMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald JON Moulton’s turnaround house Better Capital reported encouraging progress in its first interim results yesterday. Moulton, founder and managing partner, said they were “quite pleased with the progress to date.”It has committed £57.5m to four firms: Gardner, RD Precision, Reader’s Digest and Calyx. The portfolio generated a profit of £3.5m in the period.Analysts say the fund currently generates a 12 per cent premium compared to its net asset value. The fund, launched in November 2009 at 100p a share, raised more money in June at 110p a share, taking the total fund to £210m. “With the initial restructurings well under way and proceeding generally according to plan, coupled with the impressive early results of Gardner, progress so far is encouraging,” said Better Capital’s chairman Richard Crowder.Moulton said the fund, which takes majority stakes in distressed companies, was targeting “companies that have got the opportunity to do better, and need extra capital and a change in management to get there.”The fund should be substantially invested by the end of 2011, through between four and ten deals, Moulton said. KCS-content center_img Tags: NULL Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof Show Comments ▼ Share Better Capital promises more deals after a strong first year last_img read more

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Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) 2000 Annual Report

first_imgNiger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2000 annual report.For more information about Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng)  2000 annual report.Company ProfileNiger Insurance Plc is a life and general insurance company in Nigeria underwriting all classes of insurance. Life insurance products include endowment policies, group life, mortgage protection and term assurances. Non-life insurance products range from aviation hull and liability and fire and special perils to public liability insurance, professional indemnity and workmen compensation insurance. The company also markets products under the brand name Niger Cash, Niger Flexible Investment Assurance, Niger Mutual Halal, Niger Personal Pension and Savings. Founded in 1962 and formerly known as The Niger Insurance Company Limited, the company changed its name to Niger Insurance Plc in 1989. The company has a sound reinsurance treaties with reinsurance companies led by Swiss Re. Niger Insurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Niger Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Where I’d invest £1,000 in shares right now

first_imgWhere I’d invest £1,000 in shares right now Image source: Getty Images. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I’d invest £1,000 in shares right now. With the stock market still depressed following the spring crash, I think it’s a good time.Over the long term, shares have outperformed most other popular asset classes. Meanwhile, it’s easy to see the returns from cash accounts are on the floor right now. But so are the yields from bonds. And low interest rates have helped to drive the property market up.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Where I’d invest £1,000 in shares right nowShares though have been weak. And, in some cases, the underlying companies are paying attractive dividend yields. For example, in the energy sector, I like the look of SSE and National Grid. In healthcare, I’m keen on GlaxoSmithKline’s fat shareholder dividend. And among fast-moving consumer goods suppliers, I find Unilever and Britvic appealing.Indeed, I’d be happy to build a long-term portfolio with all those shares in it. But a £1,000 investment is the minimum amount I’d be prepared to put into the shares of a single company. That’s because the transaction costs could make a lower investment uneconomic. I’m thinking of the broker’s trading fee and the cost of the spread between the bid and ask prices.I could choose one company and buy some of its shares with my £1,000. Then, when I’ve more money to invest I could choose another, and so on, with the aim of building a diversified portfolio over time. But, in the early stages, my portfolio would be undiversified and unbalanced. So perhaps it would be a better idea for me to look at collective investments in the early stages of my programme of investment.One way could be to invest in managed funds. Fund managers such as Nick Train of Lindsell Train and Terry Smith with his Fundsmith Equity Fund have decent records of delivering top performance for investors. If I invested in their funds, my money would be spread over many underlying individual company shares. And fund investment is a convenient way to get wide diversification.Low-cost tracker fundsAnother approach could be to look at low-cost tracker funds. Indeed, rather than fund managers trying to beat the market by picking shares, trackers run a mechanical strategy. The aim is to replicate the performance of a benchmark, such as the FTSE 100 index, the FTSE 250 index, or maybe America’s S&P 500. Indeed, there are many tracker funds available allowing me to target just about any niche in the market I can think of.The advantage of trackers is the initial and ongoing charges are very low. And I won’t have to worry about a fund manager underperforming, as happened with the Neil Woodford funds recently.So, for my first £1,000 investment, I’d target a high-dividend index. And, to me, the FTSE 100 is ideal for the purpose. Later, with further investments, I could diversify between trackers and managed funds. And when my investments have grown, I could pick some shares in individual companies too. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Britvic, GlaxoSmithKline, and Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Kevin Godbold Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Kevin Godbold | Tuesday, 27th October, 2020 last_img read more

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Treasure Garden / Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/911941/treasure-garden-antonio-citterio-patricia-viel Clipboard Apartments Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description “COPY” Architects: Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Area Area of this architecture project 2018 Treasure Garden / Antonio Citterio Patricia VielSave this projectSaveTreasure Garden / Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel “COPY” Metis Lighting Year:  ArchDaily CopyApartments, Residential•Taiwan (ROC) Area:  28000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project center_img Treasure Garden / Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Save this picture!© Studio Millspace+ 20Curated by Paula Pintos Share Taiwan (ROC) ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/911941/treasure-garden-antonio-citterio-patricia-viel Clipboard Products used in this ProjectSofasFlexformSofa – Guscio BanquettePartner In Charge (Architecture):Claudio RavioloPartner In Charge (Interior Design):Chung-Yi YangLocal Architect (Architecture):U.TechClient:Continental Development Corp.Country:Taiwan (ROC)More SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Studio MillspaceText description provided by the architects. In the rapidly growing 7th district of Taichung (Taiwan), Treasure Garden provides lavish living spaces and generous common areas in an elegant Italian fashion, paying homage to the masterful geometrics of Giò Ponti. The architecture and interior design for the latest residential building by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel create a unified design framework with elongated lattice patterns and a contrasting yet delicate color palette with metallic elements. The design concept for the development inserts a clear, unique and figurative residential element at a prime location of the city.Save this picture!© Sam Siew ShienSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Studio Millspace“It is the attention to the quality of the interiors that sets the project apart. For us, it is hard to think about architecture without imagining what the building’s interior is like. The extraordinary light fixture at the entrance, the quality of the furniture and the fittings make all the difference.” – Antonio CitterioSave this picture!© Sam Siew ShienThe residential tower, slightly less than 160 meters in height, has its longer side on the north-south axis, following the shape of the site. Thanks to the unique orientation of its architecture, the building overlooks the adjacent Summer Green Park, opening up the elegant interiors to panoramic views of the city. Through the splitting of the western facade and a slight rotation of the dividing planes, the apartment on the park opens its view towards the city, while the apartment at the back opens directly towards the part in the southern direction. Thus, the arrangement of the residential spaces guarantees the same level of comfort for the two types of apartments found on the typical floor level.Save this picture!© Studio Millspace“It was important that we create a high-quality construction with stone–mostly typical to classic houses–but with a contemporary design.” – Patricia VielSave this picture!© Sam Siew ShienFrom an urban standpoint and as an architectural presence in the local context, the project presents itself as an element built by planes, not by volumes. It comprises a series of planes, with areas conceived as residential zones, public spaces, terraces, and landscapes. In this network of design parameters, architectural elements become the load-bearing structure in the construction of the overall image of the building, punctuated by solid elements of stone, separate from the glass surfaces of the facades and the balconies.Save this picture!© Sam Siew Shien“It is a design that is born out of the façade. We had three main structural blades and we intervened with glass and windows. It was an immediate reaction, a gesture of a sketch.” – Antonio CitterioSave this picture!© Studio MillspaceThis new residential tower is characterized by architectural parts of slender and light blades, from the ground to sky, covered by a diamond-shaped screen of an elegant and flexible geometry applied both on the façade and inside the communal spaces. The landscape project is based on the definition of a space of clear, defined access. It demarcates a private place, defined towards the outside by a double enclosure with a diamond design, a filtering wall to create a rich, calm and poetic garden, with fruit trees inside, and sculptural trees to mark the automobile access and the entrance.Save this picture!© Studio MillspaceProject gallerySee allShow lessRenovation of Tibetan Dwelling / hyperSity architectsSelected ProjectsModern Color / Studio In2Selected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Taichung, Taiwan (ROC)Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Photographs:  Studio Millspace, Sam Siew Shien Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAntonio Citterio Patricia VielOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsBuildingsResidentialTaiwan (ROC)Published on March 02, 2019Cite: “Treasure Garden / Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel” 01 Mar 2019. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs Manufacturers: Flexform, Arclinea, B&B Italia, Foscarini, MAXALTO, Santa & Cole Lighting Design: Projectslast_img read more

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Giving Nation to continue beyond the Giving Campaign

first_img Howard Lake | 31 March 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Giving Nation to continue beyond the Giving Campaign The schools-based programme was designed to support the teaching of the citizenship curriculum, providing teachers with free resources that promote charitable activity,decision-making and reflection. Amanda Delew, Director of The Giving Campaign, comments: “After such a successful first year, Giving Nation is one initiative that simply has to live on. “The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charitable organisation thataims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community by educating them about society, democracy and law. The Foundation works with young people to develop their citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding.The three-year Giving Campaign is scheduled to close in June 2004, but it hopes that it will be able to hand over some of its projects to relevant organisations to ensure they continue.center_img  20 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Community fundraising Giving/Philanthropy Giving Nation, the campaign set up by the Giving Campaign to promote charity in school, will continue after the Campaign closes under the auspices of the CitizenshipFoundation.The Government has pledged its support for Giving Nation to continue with funding from the Home Office and Department for Education and Skills to secure the future of the youth programme at Citizenship Foundation for afurther two years.Giving Nation says that in its first year its materials were present in overhalf of all secondary schools across the country, and more than 400 of thosetook part in the first ever G-Week in 2003. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Even the most ‘unpopular’ cause can attract donations, says University of Kent research

first_img  107 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 Photo: Thumbs up thumbs down by Amphaiwan on Shutterstock.com Advertisement Howard Lake | 17 June 2015 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 Even the most ‘unpopular’ cause can attract donations, says University of Kent researchcenter_img Tagged with: Individual giving Research / statistics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. All charitable causes, including those that are deemed by some as ‘unpopular’, can generate donations, according to a report from the University of Kent, commissioned by the charity Migrant Help.The encouraging finding is backed up by practical advice on how ‘unpopular’ causes that are struggling to raise funds can attract donations.In the report entitled ‘Rising to the Challenge: a study of philanthropic support for ‘unpopular’ causes‘, Alison Body and Beth Breeze from the University’s Centre for Philanthropy argue that giving to all causes, large and small, ‘popular’ and ‘unpopular’, is driven by a combination of donor preference and the ‘ask effect’.This means that people are more likely to give as a result of:* being aware of the need and convinced of its importance.* feeling connected to the cause and personally motivated to respond.* being asked, ideally in a polite and compelling way by someone they know and respect.* feeling appreciated by the charity, and gaining personal benefits that reinforce their decision to donate.* having confidence that their contribution will make a difference to a cause they care about.The researchers note that, despite the British public donating £10.6 billion in 2014 (the total amount donated by UK adults, according to UK Giving 2014, published by Charities Aid Foundation), the distribution of this generosity is far from evenly spread across types of cause. Charities working in the areas of mental health, addictions, domestic violence, asylum seekers and ex-offenders appear to rouse donor sympathies less.How unpopular is unpopular?The research report examines the destination and distribution of donations in some depth. It then discusses barriers that affect the positioning of causes and their ability to attract voluntary donations. These barriers exist at three levels:* within the individual charities, such as investing in fundraising;* within the potential donor pool, such as lack of connectivity the beneficiaries;* and within wider society, such as awareness and visibility of the cause.But it also highlights evidence that the distinction between ‘popular’ and ‘unpopular’ causes is more complex that is suggested by those, including fundraisers that argue the cancer, children and animals are always going to attract more donations.For example, not all charities working in the same sector, whether popular or unpopular, achieve the same level of fundraising success. For example, there are nine cancer charities in the top 100 fundraising charities: why not more if cancer is such a compelling cause? Yet they do dominate the broader and presumably popular ‘health’ category: these nine cancer charities have a combined income larger than that of the 13 charities in the top 100 who serve all other types of health issue.Even amongst health charities, less than one per cent of giving goes to mental heath charities, the rest going to physical health charities.Indeed, there is not a single charity supporting addiction issues, ex-offenders or refugees and asylum seekers in the top 250 charities by fundraising income.The researchers present the ideas of The Crowding Out Effect, The Construction of Sympathy, and Labelling Theory as methods of understanding popular and unpopular causes.How can unpopular causes tackle this?So, what can unpopular causes do to change this? The researchers advise charities to take a more positive approach to fundraising however difficult their ‘ask’ may appear. The report presents 10 tips to help charities in this position. They won’t be new to most fundraisers, but it can serve as a useful checklist for charities wishing to re-examine their approach to fundraising.* Actively ask donors for support* Take a holistic approach to fundraising, embedding it throughout the charities’ activities* Invest in Fundraising* Re-frame the cause to engage donors’ emotions* Empower cheerleaders and friends to fundraise on your behalf* Seize opportunities to raise your charities profile* Make donating an easy process for donors* Properly thank existing donors and supporters* Demonstrate and evidence impact* Make donors feel part of something specialThe report was presented at a difficult time for many charities. Not only do charities face ongoing public sector cuts in funding, but current public concern over some fundraising practices could lead to greater restrictions on when, how and where fundraisers can ask for donations. These problems will affect both popular and unpopular charities.last_img read more

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Strabane man guilty of the Donnyloop murder of Andrew Burns

first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook News Strabane man guilty of the Donnyloop murder of Andrew Burns WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic A Strabane bus driver has been found guilty at the Special Criminal Court of the murder of fellow Strabane man Andrew BurnsHe was shot dead in a church car park in Donegal almost four years ago.36 year-old Martin Kelly from Barrack Street had pleaded not guilty but the three judges said he was guilty on the basis that he was part of a joint enterprise.Andrew Burns was shot twice in the back at Donnyloop in Castlefin by a gunman linked to the dissident republican group calling itself Óglaigh na hÉireann on 12 February 2008.Kelly admitted to gardaí that he brought  Mr Burns to the car park for “a punishment beating or shooting”. He said he knew it was “an IRA operation” but had never been sworn into the organisation.He also witnessed the shooting, brought others away and helped dispose of the murder weapon – a revolver.The court found today that Kelly’s confessions are strongly supported by other evidence, in particular the evidence of the pathologist and ballistic evidence.The court remanded him for sentencing pending a victim impact statement which will be heard on 24 January next year. Twitter Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Previous articleChildren’s Minister not ruling out a full inquiry into Raphoe abuseNext articleAnti-Austerity protest in Buncrana on Saturday News Highland Facebook By News Highland – December 1, 2011 last_img read more

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Ocean City Blanks Cedar Creek in Lacrosse

first_imgOcean City junior goalie Abbey Fenton, center, in white uniform, records her third shutdown of the season, a school record. By Lesley GrahamThe Ocean City High School girls’ lacrosse team shut out conference foe Cedar Creek 15-0 on Monday evening. The win brings Ocean City’s record to 11-2 on the season, while Cedar Creek drops to 0-11. Ashley Devlin led all scorers with three goals and two assists on the evening. Eleven different Red Raiders contributed on the offensive end of the field, where nine of the team’s 15 goals were assisted.  The Red Raiders got out to a hot start despite the chilly temperatures, taking a 6-0 lead within the first 10 minutes of play. Dominating the draw controls, Ocean City was able to spend the majority of the game on its offensive end, fine-tuning the offensive sets and looking for perfect shot opportunities. Ocean City’s Anna Devlin (22) and Ali Hendricks (40) use a double team on defense.Once their foot was on the gas, the Red Raiders never looked back, limiting Cedar Creek to one shot on goal and allowing junior goalie Abbey Fenton to set a new school record for shutouts in a season with three. Fenton’s second shutout came last week when the team ventured to Florida for spring break, going 2-0 during a trip in the Sunshine State. “We had a really long week in Florida, so it was nice to get a solid team win under our belt to get back into the swing of things here at home,” Ocean City Head Coach Alyssa Morrison said after her team’s dominating performance.Ocean City’s Shannon Decosta (29) takes a shot on goal.After 25 minutes of play, Ocean City led 11-0 at the half. According to high school rules, if a team is leading by 10 or more goals, the clock does not stop running unless signaled by the referee for a special circumstance.  As the second half got underway, the Red Raiders were able to empty their bench and give quality minutes to non-starting players. Senior defenders Reese Bloomstead and Shannon DeCosta were given the chance to play on the attacking side of the ball in the second half and both scored goals for the Red Raiders. Ocean City has two more games this week, facing conference opponents Our Lady of Mercy Academy away on Wednesday and Absegami home on Friday.Ocean City’s Danielle Donoghue dominates on the draw with a one-handed grab.last_img read more

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Cheap ranking for UK bread

first_imgT he UK is the world’s bargain basement for bread according to new figures from the Economist Intelligence Unit, supplied exclusively to British Baker.Despite press headlines this month about rising bread costs, such as “Bread set to break the £1 a loaf barrier”, the UK is actually one of the cheapest countries in the world for bread. People in Israel, Colombia and China could buy cheaper bread in London than at home, and Manchester bread prices are even cheaper than in London.The Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking of bread prices in 130 countries around the world was gathered by mystery shoppers in September 2006. It reveals that the average price of a kilo of bread in London is £1.09, which makes it 81st on price out of 130 cities surveyed. The average kilo of bread in Manchester is 88p, making it 103rd in the ranking.The survey also illustrates how cheap supermarket bread, in particular, is in the UK, compared to other countries around the world.A kilo of bread in a supermarket in London costs 61p. That means London’s supermarkets rank 114th on price out of the 130 cities the EIU tracks. A kilo sold in a Manchester supermarket, the other UK city in the survey came in at 69p.The survey also indicates a gap between London’s supermarket prices and prices of bread on sale in its top end retailers (such as Selfriges Food Hall).price gapThe mystery shoppers identified a gap of £1.03 between the supermarket price and the high-end price in London. That compares to much smaller gaps in many other countries around the world. In Munich, for example, the gap is only 30p, in Cairo it is 10p, and even in Manchester the gap was only 39p.Food and drink analyst and Economist Intelligence Unit survey editor Jon Copestake explained that prices are worked out for each city by taking the weight and cost of a typical loaf of bread and calculating price per kilo.He commented: “Clearly, supermarket bought bread in the UK is a different quality to some of the commonly eaten breads in other countries. And there are also economies of scale, as in the UK we take an 800g loaf, whereas in Northern Europe, we may pick up a 400g loaf.”The main thing in the UK is that retailers are pushy on commodity breads; bread is one of the key products used in price wars.” nlast_img read more

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Discovering soil-less farming

first_imgAs the world’s population continues to climb, the climate continues to change, and issues of water and food scarcity arise, interest in alternative farming mechanisms is growing. Jiyoo Jye, M.Des. ’16, a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, is attracted to the social and cultural narratives within this agricultural revolution, as captured in her living, open research archive Rooted in Air.Hydroponic, aeroponic, fogponic, aquaponic, and related systems for growing food require fewer natural resources and can be constructed for as little as $30. A do-it-yourself culture is in full bloom, with more of these methods becoming available to the masses and to the novice farmer. “Rooted in Air” is Jye’s contribution to this blossoming community, an online platform for case studies, idea-sharing, and discussion.With help from a student sustainability grant from the Office for Sustainability, Jye was able to expand her thesis research into a full-fledged investigation of soil-less farming modules and the urban stewardship that these methods can promote.Of her research, Jye said, “It’s about growing produce in the absence of soil and investigating ways in which soil-less farming informs plausible solutions for urban food production. In doing so, it reflects upon how the revolution of alternative urban farming practices are engineering new feedbacks within the synthetic ecology of agriculture and considerably influencing the social actors of its domain. The survey of soil-less farming systems offers a framework for comparing how agricultural practices are being aligned with economic viability across scales.”,To begin her exploration, Jye turned to research to look at environmental and societal extremes, such as droughts, floods, and food crises, that can move people to these alternative farming mechanisms while also examining the increasingly popular desire to connect more with our food: to know how it’s grown, where it comes from, and often to grow it ourselves.As part of this “witnessing” phase, Jye gathered case studies on alternative farming, including the MIT OpenAg Initiative, the O’Hare International Airport Aeroponic Garden, Japan’s Granpa Dome, and the underwater Nemo’s Garden in Italy, all of which are archived on her site. From these examples, Jye began to weigh the pros and cons of soil-less agriculture.She found that these systems save water, often eliminate the need for harmful pesticides (due to their required sterile environments), and offer a higher yield per square foot, thus encouraging the DIY movement of scaling and customizing personal farms.  Additionally, soil-less farming methods are continuously forming new kinds of environments, or rather sealed containers, of synthetic naturalism. However, she also found that most of the systems are still new and rely completely on electricity, and thus are not yet able to be the primary means of urban food production.Jye’s next step was to “situate.” She immersed herself in the trial-and-error process of creating a personal aeroponic module, which she dubbed “Aeropond.” Before she went too deep into renderings, Jye, who has no farming experience, set out to see if she could grow a seed into a pea. Through this discovery process, she also spent time thinking about containers, moving from growing plants in natural and tradition-steeped terra cotta planters to sterile, synthetic plastic vessels.Graphic rendering by Jiyoo Jye“I’m at a point now where I’m starting to understand their temperaments — how vulnerable plants are, but also how strong they can become,” said Jye, noting also that she has developed a newfound agricultural vernacular.Ultimately, after successes and failures (she was able to grow the pea), Jye decided that what seemed to be missing was the middle ground. She’s now most interested in bridging the gap between personal experience and communal action, and in urging others to think about their places as social actors in the food system.Through her research archive, Jye also hopes that the growing number of projects and case studies will not only help build community, but, through dialogue, encourage those who may have felt intimidated to plant some starting seeds.last_img read more

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