Reading 0 – 3 Preston

first_imgReading remain three points clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table despite falling to a 3-0 defeat at home to Preston.Although Preston dominated the first half, Reading went closest to breaking the deadlock through a header from top scorer Lucas Joao.- Advertisement – Reading had won seven of their opening eight league matches but lost their unbeaten record in a 3-2 defeat away to Coventry last Friday.- Advertisement –  Image:Scott Sinclair celebrates scoring the opener for Preston Preston’s Daniel Johnson missed a penalty soon after half-time but two goals in a four-minute spell – from Scott Sinclair and Emil Riis Jakobsen – put paid to Reading’s hopes.The visitors added a third goal through Brad Potts in stoppage time to confirm their superiority. Preston opened brightly, forcing Reading to defend in numbers to protect goalkeeper Rafael.Potts found space on the edge of the home area but his weak effort failed to trouble Rafael as it drifted wide.Reading tried to threaten going forward but a promising move down the left flank ended with Preston ‘keeper Declan Rudd comfortably catching an Omar Richards cross.Preston continued to dominate, with Alan Browne off target with a 25-yard free-kick that flew narrowly over the crossbar.Jakobsen then shot across the face of the home goal after cutting in from the left wing.Approaching the interval, Reading finally made progress in attack.Rudd made a superb save to keep out Joao’s close-range header from a Sone Aluko cross.Soon after, Rudd was in action again to block Aluko’s firm shot at his near post.Preston could have gone ahead four minutes into the second period, when Reading defender Tom McIntyre clumsily fouled Jakobsen in the area.But Johnson, usually reliable from the spot, produced a tame penalty – after a laboured run-up – that Rafael saved with ease.Joao twice missed good opportunities to add to his nine-goal tally this season and Preston made sure he paid for his wastefulness.Sinclair touched in his fifth goal of the campaign past Rafael in the 64th minute, despite looking in a suspiciously offside position.And, four minutes later, Jakobsen got the better of a sluggish McIntyre to run towards Rafael before slotting home with precision.Reading rallied near the end but Potts slotted home Preston’s third in the 92nd minute after a fast break and pass from Tom Barkhuizen.What the managers said…Reading’s Veljko Paunovic: “I’m not disappointed but I feel the pain. When you lose a game, you have to absorb it. That’s what I told the players. You have to quickly bounce back and convert the pain into a positive energy for the next game.“The next game is all we have. If we lose or we win, we say – next day, next game. We have to acknowledge that we weren’t at our best today.”Preston’s Alex Neil: “This seems to be quite common for us on the road. We’ve been excellent on the road. First of all, I’m delighted with the win. But I’m still a bit perplexed at how poor we’ve been at home in comparison to being away. But we’ll enjoy tonight. We needed a good response from the players after the last two games, which have been tough for us at home.“The one thing that we have never lacked is spirit, endeavour and effort. And tonight I thought that we added a bit of quality to that. I thought that when we missed the penalty, that galvanised us a little bit. And once we got the first goal, that was really the key. Reading then came at us a bit more but we then really damaged them with our transition play and counter-attacks.” They were, though, on a 100 per cent league run at Madejski Stadium this term – four wins out of four, seven goals scored and none conceded.In contrast, Preston had lost all five games at home this season – collecting all their 10 points on the road.After a 2-2 draw at Norwich, they had picked up successive victories at Brentford, QPR and Huddersfield.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Stocks making the biggest moves premarket: Alibaba, Lyft, Aurora Cannabis

first_imgCheck out the companies making headlines before the bell:Alibaba (BABA) – Alibaba shares are under pressure, amid concerns about tighter regulation of big tech firms by the Chinese government.  The decline in Alibaba shares comes despite an upbeat start to the e-commerce giant’s annual “Singles Day” event, with more than $56 billion in orders as of this morning. The stock fell 1.7% in premarket trading as of 7:33 a.m. ET.Lyft (LYFT) – Lyft lost more than $280 million during the third quarter, more than double the loss it reported in the same quarter a year ago.  However, Lyft reported better than expected revenue for the quarter and also said it was working on developing a new food delivery service. The shares rose 5% in premarket trading as of 7:33 a.m. ET.- Advertisement – Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., speaking during a fireside interview at the Viva Technology conference in Paris, on May 16, 2019.Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Aurora Cannabis (ACB) – The cannabis producer announced plans to raise $125 million through a secondary stock offering.  Under terms of the offering, each share would be priced at $7.50 and the buyer would receive a warrant to purchase another share at $9 within 40 months. The stock dropped 15% in premarket trading as of 7:33 a.m. ET.fuboTV (FUBO) – The streaming TV service did report a larger than expected loss for its latest quarter, but revenue exceeded forecasts and the company also gave an upbeat current quarter outlook.  It expects to end the year with 500,000 to 510,000 subscribers, which would be up 58% to 62% compared to a year earlier. The shares gained 30% in premarket trading as of 7:33 a.m. ET.Tencent Music (TME) – Tencent Music reported better than expected profit and revenue for its latest quarter, boosted by growth in paying users for its music streaming service.  Tencent said it is seeing a continued improvement in the retention rate of paying users. The shares added 4% in premarket trading as of 7:33 a.m. ET.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img AT&T (T) – AT&T’s WarnerMedia unit is expected to lay off up to 1,750 workers – about 7% of its staff – according to multiple reports.  WarnerMedia – the operator of HBO, TBS, CNN and the Warner Bros. TV and film studio – plans to hold an all-hands meeting today to give more information on the cuts to employees.Lemonade (LMND) – Lemonade reported a loss of 57 cents per share, smaller than the 64 cent loss that Wall Street had anticipated, while the mobile-based insurance company’s revenue also exceeded forecasts.  Lemonade also gave a better than expected current quarter outlook.Datadog (DDOG) – Datadog earned an adjusted 5 cents per share for its latest quarter, compared to a 1 cent consensus estimate, while revenue beat estimates as well.  The cloud-monitoring company also issued an upbeat outlook. The shares lost 8% in premarket trading as of 7:33 a.m. ET.Fair Isaac (FICO) – Fair Isaac reported adjusted quarterly earnings of $3.25 per share, well above the $2.32 consensus estimate, while the company behind the popular FICO credit scores also saw revenue exceed Wall Street forecasts. Sanmina (SANM) – Sanmina beat estimates by 32 cents with adjusted quarterly profit of $1.10 per share, with the electronics manufacturing company’s revenue beating estimates as well.  Sanmina also issued an upbeat outlook, saying its strategy was working despite a challenging economic environment.General Electric (GE) – GE has ended its “Corporate Audit Staff” program, as part of CEO Larry Culp’s effort to simplify operations.  The program allowed workers to rotate through various divisions of the company to groom them for future leadership positions.Tapestry (TPR) – The company behind the Coach and Kate Spade luxury brands was upgraded to “outperform” from “market perform” at Cowen, which points to a favorable pricing and profit margin mix as well as a refreshed marketing strategy for the company’s Coach Outlet operations. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Jamie Redknapp’s England verdict: Why Jack Grealish needs to play, midfield dilemmas, and progress to Euros | Football News

first_imgTrent Alexander-Arnold was replaced by Reece James against Belgium on SundayImage:Trent Alexander-Arnold was replaced by Reece James against Belgium Read on for his verdict on a wide range of topics, from the clamour for Jack Grealish to be included to England’s best midfield set-up and more…Should Southgate gamble with Grealish?There have been games where I would have loved for Jack Grealish to come on and give England something different. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out Gareth Southgate is probably not that keen on him, he maybe feels he’s a little bit loose. He picks up little positions around the pitch, some managers and players like that, some don’t.I always enjoyed having a player like that in my team, I would have loved to have played with Jack Grealish as a footballer because he is someone who can get you up the pitch and win fouls around the box. People ask why he gets fouled all the time – that is bravery on the ball and committing players to tackles. Then we will get free-kicks on the edge of the box for the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, that is what you want: special team players that can do things and win a game for you. I would love to see him get a bit of a run and a game. It’s all eyes on England once again, with their friendly against the Republic of Ireland on Thursday followed by key Nations League games with Belgium and Iceland. But how well are Gareth Southgate’s progressing ahead of next summer’s European Championships?Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp joined Kate Burlaga and Peter Smith on the Pitch to Post International Preview Podcast to discuss a wide range of issues facing England boss Southgate.- Advertisement – 0:23 GREALISH– Advertisement – It’s important you say to someone like Jack Grealish what position he has to be in when we do not have the ball. Grealish plays a little bit off the cuff and you have to weigh up the good with the bad. We are not a team that is that free-flowing and scores bundles of goals, so why not give someone like Grealish that opportunity. He’s is red-hot form.I know you cannot allow fans to dictate what they want to you, but it almost feels like if Southgate does not like him then let things happen organically, and then if he is not doing a good enough job, people will find out anyway. Right now, England are not in a position where they have players in such form to say ‘we don’t need Jack Grealish’.Listen to the Sky Sports Pitch to Post Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | CastboxBellingham talent makes you go ‘wow’ The right wing-back situation is fascinating for me. You have got Trent Alexander-Arnold who is the best right-back in the world and you have got Reece James who is fast becoming a brilliant player. He can play as a wing-back, he can play as a right-back.I do think in a wing-back situation, because he has had more time doing it under Frank Lampard, under different coaches at Chelsea, and it is a system he has played before, it seems to suit Reece more than it does Trent.I think for Reece James and Trent, this is a decision that he is going to have to make. If we played in a four you would go with Trent, but with wing-backs, I thought Reece James was far and away our best player against Denmark and it does suit him a little bit more.Chilwell brings balanceAt Chelsea, they brought in Ben Chilwell and straight away you get a lovely balance about the team. I am a big fan of Kieran Trippier, but he ended up playing as a left wing-back against Belgium [when Chilwell was sidelined], and it does not suit him. Straight away the flow, every time we went down that left side, he wants to cut back onto that right foot.He did a good job – a really good job – against Belgium because he is a good player. But you do lose that impact down that side. He is not a naturally left-footed player and you end up going to the right again. It is your natural instincts.Is there a way back for Barkley? WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Jude Bellingham of England during the UEFA Euro Under 21 Qualifier match between England U21 and Turkey U21 at Molineux on October 13, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Visionhaus) – Advertisement –center_img Former Birmingham manager Pep Clotet says he never hesitated in making England new boy Jude Bellingham the club’s youngest player, ahead of the 17-year-old’s possible Three Lions bow on Thursday night 0:57 – Advertisement – Bukayo Saka says he’s happy to be playing with Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and he was the player that impressed him the most in his first England training camp Barkley celebrates scoring in Villa's recent 7-2 win over LiverpoolImage:Ross Barkley has enjoyed an impressive start on loan at Aston Villa In the midfield position you do not want straight up and down players, you need something different. In someone like Ross Barkley, of course you need that consistency, but he offers something different by running and driving with the ball. I do not think right now you could say he is better than the ones we have got, but he is playing regularly and consistently in a team that is doing well after being in and out of the team at Chelsea.If I was Ross Barkley, I would want to be knocking on the England door and back in the squad by February and March. All players have egos, everyone wants to play for their country and be picked, I do not care who you are. Right now he should go about his business and play well every week. It is the same thing I threw at Jack Grealish after the last England game; in the nicest possible way, if Gareth Southgate does not fancy you, the only thing you can do is keep ramming it down his throat by showing him what you can do every single game.Be the star man, score goals, lead from the front and answer all the question marks over things you cannpt do as best as you can. The same applies to Ross Barkley to a certain extent. Go and show the coach how good you are.Pitch to Post International Preview: Jamie Redknapp on Joe Gomez’s injury, England’s areas to improve; plus Scotland and N.Ireland play-off build-upIn an international week special, Jamie Redknapp joins Kate Burlaga to react to Joe Gomez’s injury news and, along with Peter Smith, analyses where England must strengthen ahead of next year’s European Championships.Plus, Sky Sports News reporters Charles Paterson and Paul Gilmour have a detailed lowdown on the challenges Scotland and Nothern Ireland face this week in their play-offs.Listen to the Sky Sports Pitch to Post Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox I am so pleased he is in the squad. I know it is early and we should not get too excited about it but I am a massive fan of how he plays. There are certain young midfielders who come along who make you go, ‘wow, this kid has got everything’. He is a lovely passer of the ball, he looks so composed.Even if he does not touch a ball in the next three games, just for him to be around the likes of Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, just to get a feeling of what it is like to be in an England squad is going to be vital for him.Alexander-Arnold or James – Who is England’s best right wing-back option?last_img read more

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Biden Wants to Be the Climate President. He’ll Need Some Help From Xi Jinping.

first_imgThis week, the Biden transition team said the president-elect had discussed climate change in initial conversations with several European and Asia-Pacific allies. Despite the Chinese Foreign Ministry statement on Friday, Mr. Xi has not called on Mr. Biden since the election. Mr. Xi faces his own tests. China’s emissions continue to grow, even as those of United States have declined significantly since 2005, though falling short of the reductions that the United States had promised under the Paris accord. China’s emissions are on a path to continue growing until 2030; only after that is it expected to decline, and rapidly, according to a government-backed research group.- Advertisement – That’s nowhere near what’s needed to get the world to the ultimate goal of the Paris climate accord, which is to prevent global average temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, above preindustrial levels by letting countries set their own emissions targets every five years and exerting diplomatic peer pressure on each other to be more ambitious.An analysis by two research organizations, the Asia Society Policy Institute and Climate Analytics, to be issued next week but reviewed by The New York Times, concludes that China would have to peak its carbon emissions by 2025, five years earlier than the country has promised, and phase out coal by 2040 in order to keep global temperatures close to the upper limits laid out in the Paris Agreement.The test of Mr. Xi’s climate ambitions rests in large part on China’s next five-year plan, an economic road map for the country that is due in the spring. It remains to be seen how that plan will handle China’s addiction to coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, which supplies the bulk of the country’s electricity despite its expansion of solar and wind power.- Advertisement – China is the world’s biggest coal consumer. It accounts for the world’s largest fleet of new coal-fired power plants, according to the research and advocacy group Urgewald. Four of the world’s top coal-plant builders are Chinese.China’s five-year-plan will come out shortly after Mr. Biden comes into office and issues his own road map to re-engineer the American economy for the era of climate change. That, several diplomats and analysts said, could spur a virtuous competition.“There would be a race to the top of a low-carbon world,” said Byford Tsang, a China specialist at E3G, a London-based research group.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Backbone One iPhone controller turns your phone into a portable gaming device » Gadget Flow

first_imgIf you’ve ever wished you could get more out of the games you play on your iPhone, check out the Backbone One iPhone controller. This gaming device has a companion app that turns your iPhone into a portable game console. It displays games neatly and shows all new titles available in the App Store. Backbone One works with any game that supports game controllers. So you can play Minecraft, Asphalt 9: Legends, and hundreds of other titles on Apple Arcade. You can also create parties and voice chat with friends in the app while you play. What’s more, you can access this feature even when you’re doing something else. Finally, this iPhone controller works with any iPhone running iOS 13 or later, starting with the iPhone 6S and going up to the iPhone 12 phones. Get ready for a whole new iPhone gaming experience. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Hopeful news on human H5N1 vaccine, but production concerns considerable

first_imgAug 8, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Positive results from a human vaccine against the H5N1 avian flu that is the prime candidate for causing the next influenza pandemic came out of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this weekend. Still, the challenges to producing such a vaccine in the quantities needed in an actual pandemic lend a dose of reality to the news.Trials of the vaccine on human volunteers began several months ago at three university-based centers in the United States—the University of Rochester, the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and the University of California, Los Angeles. The vaccine so far has been given to 452 healthy adults to ascertain the immune response and to evaluate its safety profile.Early trials results, reported by the New York Times and the Washington Post Saturday, showed good results after an initial dose and a booster dose given 4 weeks later. NIAID Director Anthony Fauci is quoted in the Times story as saying, “It’s good news. We have a vaccine.”Preliminary results obtained from 115 (some sources say 113) of the vaccine recipients showed a strong enough immune response to ward off the virus. Results are awaited on the remaining subjects, but Fauci said he expects them to parallel those already in. The doses that were most effective contained 90 micrograms of H5N1 antigen in each of two shots, compared with the 15 micrograms of antigen given via a single injection in typical annual flu vaccinations.The vaccine, made by Sanofi Pasteur, will next be tested in adults over age 65, likely beginning in about a month, according to the Associated Press (AP), and trials in children will follow shortly thereafter. Safety issues will be examined in these groups as well as optimal dosing levels. Normally, older people, children, and people with chronic diseases are most at risk for complications of influenza. The H5N1 strain may not fit this pattern; mortality rates in the 1918 flu pandemic were highest in otherwise healthy young adults.The high doses needed for protection against H5N1 pose obvious challenges in regard to production capacity. In a Wall Street Journal (WSJ)article today, Fauci said the 2 million US doses already ordered might cover only 450,000 people. Supplying even the amount of vaccine ordered for yearly US influenza vaccination programs is problematic, as evidenced by last flu season’s shortage when the Chiron company was unable to produce the almost–50 million doses it was to supply to the United States. In a flu pandemic, vaccine for the worldwide population would be needed.The new vaccine, like yearly flu vaccines, is grown in chicken eggs, so the amount that can be produced is dependent on the supply of eggs that producers can supply to vaccine companies. And the growth process takes several months. Experiments on cell-culture vaccines, which would circumvent these limitations, are under way, but their clinical use is far distant. Said Fauci in the Times article, “The critical issue now is, can we make enough vaccine, given the well-known inability of the vaccine industry to make enough vaccine?”Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm said the news is hopeful, but he expressed great concern over supply issues. Even though the dosage will likely be refined as study continues, he told CIDRAP News, “We’re starting, from these results, with the amount of antigen needed to immunize a person standing at 12 times what’s needed for a typical flu vaccination.”And the limiting factors aren’t only the egg supply. “We need to quickly scale up capacity,” said Osterholm, director of CIDRAP, which publishes this Web site. “Since the current annual vaccine-production capacity worldwide is about 1 billion doses of the 15 microgram–antigen vaccine, right now we have the ability to produce less than enough vaccine for 100 million people in the first year of a pandemic. This covers less than 2% of the 6.5-billion world population. The bottom line is that this will do little to stop or even arrest a worldwide pandemic.”The vaccine was made under a 2004 contract with NIH to develop and make 8,000 to 10,000 doses of a new vaccine based on the H5N1 avian flu strain circulating in Southeast Asia at that time. Vaccine testing has not been done on the strain as it now exists, pointed out Osterholm.The federal government, through a separate contract in 2004, ordered 2 million more doses of the vaccine, to be made available to public health and laboratory workers in the event of an emergency and to encourage the manufacturer to ramp up the production process. Dr. Fauci told the AP over the weekend that the government is poised to order significantly more vaccine now that positive results are coming in.Research into an effective human vaccine has been humming due to the fact that the H5N1 strain of avian flu that has caused massive poultry deaths in Asia has also caused at least 112 cases in humans, with almost 60 of them fatal. Experts agree that when the strain evolves to a point where efficient person-to-person transmission begins, a worldwide pandemic will quickly follow.See also:Mar 23, 2005, CIDRAP News story on the clinical trialslast_img read more

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China reports new H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgDec 16, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – China’s agriculture ministry today said it has detected H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks at two poultry farms in Jiangsu province in the eastern part of the country.In a statement posted on its Web site, the ministry said both sites where the H5N1 virus was found are in Haian county, in the eastern part of the province, according to a report today from Agence France-Presse (AFP).H5N1 is considered endemic in large parts of China. Mainland China reported its last major outbreak in June when the virus struck thousands of ducks in Yashan City in Guangdong province, according to a previous report.The ministry’s statement on the Jiangsu outbreak said the source of the virus might be migratory birds, according to the AFP report. Authorities are culling and vaccinating poultry in the area, have quarantined the outbreak farms, and have banned the movement of poultry and poultry products in and out of the area.News of a fresh outbreak in China comes about a week after officials in Hong Kong announced an outbreak at a poultry farm in the special administrative region city of Yuen Long, the special administrative region’s first farm-based outbreak since 2003.In other developments in that region, public health officials in China, Hong Kong, and Macao today conducted a drill to test their cross-border avian flu response plan, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported. Named “Exercise Great Wall 2008,” the test involved more than 60 public health officials.The scenario involved a man and his teenage daughter who lived in Hong Kong but became infected with the H5N1 virus after visiting the man’s wife in mainland China, according to Xinhua. The drill was the third such exercise under a 2005 cooperative public health emergency agreement between China, Hong Kong, and Macao.Elsewhere, agriculture officials in India yesterday reported an H5N1 outbreak in West Bengal, the second state to be hit by the virus in the past 3 weeks, The Hindu, a national newspaper in India, reported today.The outbreak was detected in West Bengal’s Malda district, and culling operations are under way, the report said.Anisur Rahaman, the state’s animal resources development minister, told The Hindu that the outbreak in West Bengal requires urgent preventive measures but is not surprising. “The possibilities of the disease reappearing in other districts too are always there given the outbreak in several parts of the state earlier this year and the more recent bird flu outbreaks in Bangladesh and Assam,” he said.In Assam state, officials have culled about 400,000 birds to control the spread of the virus, according to several recent media reports.Yesterday the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that Indian agriculture officials have confirmed outbreaks at several sites in six of Assam’s districts. The report said the nation’s health ministry has boosted the capacity of the area’s isolation facilities and have equipped health facilities with 20,000 oseltamivir (Tamiflu) tablets, 9,000 surgical masks, 900 protective suits, 300 N-95 respirators, and five ventilators.The health ministry said there are no suspected human H5N1 cases, according to the WHO report.See also:Jun 17 CIDRAP News story “China reports H5N1 outbreak in Guangdong”Dec 9 CIDRAP News story “Avian flu strikes Hong Kong poultry farm”last_img read more

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FOOD SAFETY NEWS SCAN: Top 10 risky foods, ground beef vulnerabilities

first_imgOct 6, 2009 News investigation finds safety gaps in ground beef production Leafy greens top food safety watchdog’s risky listThe food safety watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) today released a report on the 10 riskiest foods regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Drawn from the CSPI’s database of outbreaks confirmed by the official postings between 1990 and 2006, the list includes leafy greens, eggs, tuna, oysters, potatoes, cheese, ice cream, tomatoes, sprouts, and berries. At a media briefing today, Carolyn Smith DeWaal, CSPI’s food safety program director, said tuna and oysters made the list, even though producers are required to have “hazard analysis and critical control point” (HACCP) plans. She said the findings of the study add urgency to the passage of a key food safety bill, which passed the US House of Representatives but awaits action in the Senate. She said HACCP plans don’t work unless they’re enforced. Peter Hurley, the father of a young Oregon boy who was sickened in a recent peanut butter Salmonella outbreak, said 50 victims of foodborne illnesses and their families will gather in Washington, DC, on Oct 10 to meet with legislators and ask them to forward the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act to the floor of the Senate for a vote.Oct 6 CSPI press releaseCSPI report on 10 riskiest foods regulated by the FDAhttp://cspinet.org/new/pdf/cspi_top_10_fda.pdfcenter_img Despite several Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreaks linked to ground beef over the past few years, the product is still vulnerable to contamination, because packers grind meat from different sources into their hamburger but aren’t required to test the samples for E coli, the New York Times reported on Oct 4. The Times traced the burger eaten by a Minnesota woman who was sickened by contaminated ground beef in the fall of 2007 but is still recovering. The investigation also found that big companies, to avoid the possibility of recalls, sometimes agree to sell only to companies that won’t test their products. The probe also found that the company didn’t follow its own safety rules. In response to the story, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a press release yesterday that the events in the story are “unacceptable and tragic” and that the nation needs to do more to protect Americans. He said the USDA has been active in its contributions to President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group, which has launched several measures to make ground beef safer, such as requiring inspectors to test additional trim components that go into ground beef. He said the USDA is also exploring ways to enhance traceback methods.Oct 4 New York Times storyhttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33164820/ns/health-food_safety/Oct 5 USDA press releasehttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2009/10/0491.xmllast_img read more

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Find out how the Black Egg made a revolution in tourism

first_imgEight years ago, the group purchase market opened in Croatia, which later experienced its expansion through various versions and similar portals, and finally consolidation in the market.Today, the strongest site for group shopping on the Croatian market is undoubtedly Crno Jaje, which, despite its later entry into the market, with its proactive and different business philosophy and promotion, literally swept the competition and today has over 250.000 newsletter users, which is a powerful and efficient sales tool. . What is interesting to me personally is the fact that Crno Jaje introduced a small revolution in tourism, especially when we talk about the promotion of continental tourism, the sale of tourist packages in the pre- and postseason and cooperation with hotels, which is not based on cheap packages.The above facts are more than enough reason to talk to Hrvoje Bujas, the founder and owner of Crni Jaj, who points out that Crno Jaje is not synonymous with cheap accommodation but as an excellent channel for promotion and sales. “We were recognized by the strongest hoteliers in Croatia, and that fact only shows that Crno jaje is not a synonym for cheap accommodation, but as an excellent sales channel and a smart modality of work for the largest hoteliers. They know when, how and how to use Black Egg as a sales platform. ”Bujas points out and adds that they cooperate with Valamar, Maistra, Toplice Sv. Martin, Supetar Waterman Resort and many others.At the mention of group shopping the first association that binds is cheap accommodation, and he would never connect three-, and especially four- and five-star hotels, to cooperate with the group-buying platform. But, as Bujas himself points out, hoteliers have found their niche, a niche that works great as a sales channel, especially in the pre- and post-season. “No one can fill a hotel in seven days like we can, there is no tool on the market other than Black Egg. Our strength lies in the trust and strong customer base. We have over 250.000 newsletter subscribers who have been loyal customers for the last six years, and this is not a database that has been purchased, but has been built day by day for the last six years. “Emphasizes Bujas.Ok, great, but what does it look like in practice, I wondered out loud, and Bujas speaks like a sleeve, a concrete example of the last collaboration that was sold out in a couple of days during our conversation. “Recently, in cooperation with Toplice Sv. Martin worked on a special project “Međimurje and Dalmatia” with which we created a special content and experience, three days, ie two nights, on the basis of half board for two people. On Friday there was a Međimurje dinner and music, and on Saturday there was a Dalmatian dinner and the guest was the klapa Iskon. What is the power of Black Egg is exactly this – in just three days we sold out 110 hotel rooms. Find me which sales channel and marketing campaign can sell out 110 rooms in three days. We work with all hotels, and it is interesting how we sell 4 and 5 star hotels better, not the cheapest accommodation. What has proven to be very successful is that we are working on a practical turnkey system – promotion, sale and collection of funds and the transfer of funds to the hotel”Bujas points out and adds that hoteliers have long understood the values ​​of Crni Jaje and that Crno Jaje is not a group purchase from seven years ago, but a new modality of fast, efficient and quality filling of capacity.And I have to admit that he dispelled all my doubts and in fact it was only then that I realized the true concept of Black Egg, and that is fast and efficient sales. Because selling 100 nights in three days is more than an impressive success. Also, what is positive and systematic, that through the campaign in the above-mentioned cooperation with the Spa Sv. Martin was not selling accommodation, but content and a special whole experience. We all know that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but diverse, quality and primarily authentic content, especially when we talk about the pre- and post-season as well as continental tourism. People do not travel or come to destinations for accommodation, but for content.And this is where we come to a great link, which came to me in an interview and a deeper story about Crni Jaj as a platform for the promotion of destinations in the pre- and post-season, and especially in continental tourism. Also, Crno Jaje has definitely started and raised some destinations in the continent such as Baranja, Lika, Zagorje, etc.… „Eight years ago, practically no people were travelers, except for ski trips and larger European cities. In general, I think that people traveled about 10-15 percent, and by entering the market of group travel portals and the arrival of a new pricing modality, especially adapted for continental tourism and the Adriatic in the pre- and postseason, Croats became travelers again. travel more and more around Croatia. So we’re talking about continuous growth over the past eight years, and I can say that there’s been one complete change within people’s positioning. People really want to escape from Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, ie big cities during the weekend and go somewhere. “This is exactly the niche we missed – domestic visitors and domestic consumption, because they are the base for the pre- and post-season, and especially for continental tourism. And when we talk about weekend travel, then it is ideal for people to go by car to closer destinations, primarily in Croatia, which are within 100 to 200 kilometers. Thus, it is most ideal for someone from Zagreb to go by car to Slavonia, Zagorje, Gorski Kotar, Međimurje on weekends… so go in a circle where you are with the car within two hours of driving. “It is in this field that we have done a great deal, thanks to our partners from the continent, from larger to smaller, who have recognized the power of the Black Egg precisely to create the motive of coming and filling accommodation. One critical mass was gained for continental tourism to show its “teeth”, and Crno jaje has been and will remain a great promoter of continental tourism since day one.. Personally, I think that only through Black Eggs did they practically invent some destinations. Over 2.000 coupons were sold for our partner in Lonjsko polje, which is a phenomenal result, and I would certainly highlight the excellent cooperation with Baranja, Međimurje and Gorski Kotar, where we sold thousands of coupons. “Certainly, in Crni Jaj, like all other continental destinations, we can look forward to the introduction of the so-called Cro cards that are just aimed at developing tourism and increasing consumption on the continent. Of course, Cro cards, whenever they are implemented, are expected to be a good step forward this year, but as a one-time solution and without a clear strategy for the development of continental tourism, there will be no long-term success or quality development of continental tourism.Currently, there are two proposals on the “table”, the first that the employer pays the employee five, and the second 10 thousand kuna. It is important to emphasize that 50 percent of the funds from the card would go to accommodation, 25 to 30 percent would go to catering services, food and drink, and the rest of the money could be used for museums, wellness and similar facilities. So a Cro card would be another bank card to which the employer would deposit money. Of course, those employers who want it, because otherwise there are no sanctions, and the state would return the same money to the employer through tax relief in the amount of 25 to 100 percent of the amount paid.So, I certainly support the introduction of Cro cards, although it is not yet defined how and under what conditions, which will significantly affect the success of the whole story.It is interesting that over 1.500 coupons – arrangements in Croatia were sold through Crni Jaj in January alone this year, the validity of which is until April 01. We are talking about the zero season or before the season.In my free judgment, and in accordance with the offer of domestic travel agencies, Crna jaje can certainly be declared a travel agency that sells the most domestic travel to domestic tourists (not counting the peak season)..But let’s go back and go a little deeper into Black Egg, how the modality of working with Black Egg actually works. As Bujas points out, there are three models of cooperation, and the best one is partnership, when they agree on the best possible campaign through communication. “The basic model of cooperation is when the partner exclusively wants to promote an action that he has designed, defined and arranged, and he wants to promote it through the Black Egg. We believe that the best modality of cooperation is always the partnership, where together we agree on the best possible campaign. We know what our 250.000 customers really want, when and at what prices, and we certainly aim for each partner to be satisfied with the collaboration and the overall campaign. In addition to our channels, from the web, social networks and newsletter database of 250.000 users, we also cooperate with the leading national TV company, Nova TV and Dom TV, which has a reach of about a million people a day. There are 10 to 15 spots of 25 seconds a day, and we offered our partners a share in that segment, so they get 5-6 broadcasts on a daily basis. We usually do a 14-day contract, so the partners get over 50 broadcasts in two weeks, and when they turn it into money, it is worth about 20.000 euros of media space on television alone. The third modality is an additional TV special where we shoot a special TV clip lasting 1 minute and this video is played up to 5-6 times a day, but we do such campaigns for clients with higher accommodation capacity. “Bujas saidA number of hotels have been working successfully with us for years, adds Bujas, and Crno Jaje is an ideal tool for hotels to generate demand and fill hotels in the pre- and post-season and for special promotions and sales, ie filling accommodation in 15 to 20 days. ” When we talk about the Adriatic, especially in the pre- and post-season, we are one of the strongest tools to create the motive of arrival and fill the capacity in the period when there are no tourists. It is difficult to expect that foreign tourists will come in February or March in a larger number, and there is a focus on domestic visitors. For example, last year, when we organized the New Year’s Eve for the first time on Brač in Supetar, where everything was closed at that time and there were no programs or visitors, we managed to fill Supetar Waterman Resort completely through the campaign. And not only that, the result was that restaurants, cafes and other facilities were opened in Supetar, thanks to the occupancy of the hotel and Crni Jaj. So, Supetar was alive in that period, and until a year or two ago there was nothing. It is proof that a quality story can be made even out of season. ” Bujas proudly points out, and I have to admit he has something to be proud of, and that is exactly the best proof of the efficiency of the whole platform, like it or not.Finally, Bujas emphasizes that no agency can offer and ensure the sale, ie filling of accommodation in such a short time. “In general, I think that at this moment we are the only ones who can place and sell a tourist product in 7 to 14 days, all thanks to a strong overall campaign and our positive image. ” concludes Bujas.All in all, Crno Jaje is an ideal and efficient tool for selling accommodation in a short time, not only targeted, but also when a hole has occurred during the season and hoteliers are left with a couple of empty rooms during the week during the peak season. sell. The only thing I can conclude for the end is how Crno Jaje definitely made a small revolution, especially in continental tourism, as well as the sale of content for the pre- and post-season.Opportunities are around us, use Black Egg for your tourist stories and don’t forget. You have to sell content, authentic content, not accommodation.last_img read more

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