Saskatchewans main First Nation organization backs Conservative bill to make band politician

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis week the federal government tabled the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.It would require all First Nations to make public the salaries of their chief and council.It would also make financial statements of their operations accessible to the public.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indians says it welcomes the transparency and accountability it will bring.They hope how, the government will spend their time and energy on addressing important issues like housing, education and safe drinking water.In the past, the FSIN has repeatedly called for a First Nations auditor general’s office.last_img read more

TREB warns realtors on false sales data after 31M listing shows 1

first_imgRealtors must report accurate sales prices for properties they’ve listed now that the public can access that data, the Toronto Real Estate Board is warning its members.“We have received reports that some members have been reporting inaccurate figures in the sold prices of their listings due to privacy concerns raised by their customers,” TREB wrote in a letter sent to its members.The Canadian Press obtained a $3.1-million dollar listing in Scarborough that appeared to be reported as selling for $1.The listing now has an updated sold price tag of $2.98 million, according to Mongohouse, a website that includes sold prices.Publishing false prices is contrary to TREB’s rules and policies, and could lead to disciplinary proceedings, the board said in the letter, as well as possible membership suspension or termination.TREB chief executive John DiMichele said in a statement that the board regularly updates and advises its members on rules and best practices, and reiterated that inaccurate reporting runs counter to those rules.The real estate board has been embroiled in a seven-year legal battle to prevent the release of home sales data online, citing privacy and copyright concerns.It lost that fight when the Competition Bureau ruled the board must permit its members to publish such data on password-protected websites, and after the Supreme Court of Canada recently refused to hear the case.However, the board has since said it is studying ways to ensure that GTA home sales data is protected.It has also disputed when the 60-day window to prepare to release the data comes into effect. TREB says the window started in late August with the Supreme Court’s decision, but the Competition Bureau said the window closed a long time ago.Still, the board has threatened real estate companies that it believes have released home sales data too soon. It recently sent cease-and-desist letters to such companies, threatening to take away their data access and TREB memberships.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

China to give 989 million to build new highway in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — China has agreed to provide a loan of $989 million to Sri Lanka to build an expressway that will connect the island nation’s tea-growing central region to a China-run seaport on the southern coast.A finance ministry statement said Friday that the Export-Import Bank of China has agreed to provide a concessional loan covering 85 per cent of the contract prices for the expressway, whose total estimated cost is $1.16 billion.The loan comes as Sri Lanka struggles to repay $5.9 billion in foreign loans this year, of which 40 per cent must be serviced by the end of this month.Much of Sri Lanka’s foreign debt is from China.Associated Press, The Associated Press read more

Canadas labour market blows forecasts out of the water with 77000 new

OTTAWA — The labour market rode a surprisingly strong wave of new jobs last month as the country churned out 77,000 full-time positions, Statistics Canada said Friday.Overall, 54,400 jobs were added in May after accounting for declines in other categories including part-time work, the latest labour force survey says.The agency found that the national unemployment rate edged up to 6.6 per cent, a rise of 0.1 of a percentage point, as more people entered the job market in search of work.Top takeaways from what Canada’s blockbuster job numbers tell usTop takeaways from what the Bank of Canada said about risks to our financial securityThe fresh numbers added to several positive labour-market gains since the middle of 2016 and the report says the latest monthly number means overall employment was 1.8 per cent higher compared to a year earlier.By province, the agency says Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec saw the biggest job gains last month.Quebec’s unemployment rate dropped 0.6 percentage points to six per cent — its lowest level since Statistics Canada started collecting the data in 1976.A consensus of economists had expected job gains of 11,000 last month and for the unemployment rate to move up to 6.6 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.Youth employment gave the overall number a boost as 38,200 more young people found full-time work last month. The unemployment rate for youth slipped 0.3 percentage points to 12 per cent last month as more young people participated in the job market.By industry, the services sectors gained 31,300 jobs last month while factories added 23,300 positions, including 25,300 more in manufacturing. In services, there was a gain of 25,900 jobs in the professional, scientific and technical services category.A closer look at the data also shows healthy gains in some of the survey’s more-desirable categories — with 59,400 new jobs created in the private sector and 68,500 new paid employee positions.The agency said hourly wages for all employees grew 1.3 per cent year-over-year last month, an increase over the April’s all-time low of 0.7 per cent. The number of hours worked rose 0.7 per cent, the report said. read more

Calgarybased Gibsons Energy says it rejected foreign takeover offer

Calgary-based Gibsons Energy says it rejected foreign takeover offer by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 11, 2016 11:49 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 at 12:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Gibsons Energy says it has rejected a takeover offer from a foreign entity it declined to identify.The Calgary-based oil and gas company said in a news release Thursday that it received a non-binding, conditional proposal for discussion from an unidentifiable foreign entity that insisted on anonymity.Gibsons (TSX:GEI) said it seriously considered the proposal but its board unanimously voted against it, concluding it did not represent adequate value to shareholders and was not in the company’s best interest.The Financial Post reported Wednesday that Gibsons had received a $2.8-billion offer from a Singapore-based private equity firm.Gibsons said it continues to look to sell the industrial propane segment of its business, but it otherwise is not seeking out expressions of interest for its operations. read more

No 6 Tennessee trounces Texas AMCorpus Christi 7951

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Admiral Schofield scored 16 points, Kyle Alexander had 12 points and 10 rebounds and No. 6 Tennessee breezed to a 79-51 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday.Grant Williams finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for Tennessee (6-1) in its last tuneup before a Dec. 9 showdown with No. 1 Gonzaga in the Jerry Colangelo Classic at Phoenix. Jordan Bowden also scored 14 points.Myles Smith scored 16 points for Texas A&M-CC (4-4), which shot just 32.2 per cent from the floor.Tennessee played without guard Lamonte’ Turner, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury. The same issue caused him to miss the Vols’ first three games of the season.Texas A&M-CC (4-4) led 15-8 before Tennessee pulled ahead for good by going on a 14-0 run that lasted just over six minutes.Jordan Bone made a tying 3-pointer and then assisted on a Schofield 3-pointer 30 seconds later that gave Tennessee its first lead with 9:41 left in the first half.Bone shot just 1 of 6 but collected seven points and a career-high 10 assists without committing any turnovers.Tennessee outscored Texas A&M-CC 26-4 over the last 12 minutes of the first half to grab a 34-19 lead at the break. Texas A&M-CC made a brief comeback attempt in the second half, thanks mainly to Smith.Smith scored the Islanders’ first 12 points of the second half. He sank a trio of 3-pointers in the first 4 1/2 minutes to reduce Tennessee’s lead to 41-30 with 15:35 remaining.That’s as close as the Islanders would get.Tennessee put the game out of reach with a 7-0 spurt that included back-to-back dunks by Bowden and Schofield. Both dunks followed Tennessee steals.BIG PICTURETexas A&M-CC: Smith simply didn’t get enough help, with none of his teammates scoring more than seven points. Tony Lewis entered the day averaging 10.3 points, but he missed all six of his shots to go scoreless Sunday.Tennessee: Yves Pons replaced Bowden in Tennessee’s starting lineup Wednesday and provided 10 points and an energy boost in a 95-67 blowout of Eastern Kentucky. Pons was back in the lineup with Bowden coming off the bench Sunday, but Bowden had the better performance of the two. Bowden had a season-high 14 points in 24 minutes. Pons had two points and five turnovers in 16 minutes.UP NEXTTexas A&M-CC hosts Texas State on Wednesday.Tennessee faces No. 1 Gonzaga next Sunday in the Jerry Colangeo Classic at Phoenix.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25___Follow Steve Megargee at https://twitter.com/stevemegargeeSteve Megargee, The Associated Press read more

Magnetguided nanorobots could change eye surgery forever

first_imgWhen I think of the word “nanobot” the image that immediately springs to mind are the little spidery things of Star Trek fame: complete, miniscule robots with legs and roughly recognizable features. At such a tiny scale, though, there are few reasons to keep emulating the design of the robots at our scale, even if manufacturing allows it. As such, a “nanobot” designed for minor eye surgery might not look much like a robot as we know it, but it has the potential to change the way we perform non-invasive surgeries — and make eye surgery safer at the same time.The robot, in this case, is cylindrical and has just one trick: it can move a needle forward or back. Just over a quarter-millimeter in diameter, or about 4 human hairs, the microbot surpasses even the thinnest of scalpel blades. The needle, which is ground to a point almost atomically sharp, also matches well against surgical industry standards for blade sharpness.The robot contains no power source, nor means of locomotion; it’s simply a metal rod with a retractable needle. The team has worked on other means of nanobot locomotion, including a system of artificial flagellar movement inspired by the locomotion of bacteria, but this little robot moves solely with the help of magnets.Watch the robot move through a sample eye in the video below (safe for the squeamish):The OctoMag setup is essentially a network of strong, focused electromagnets placed all around the sample  (ie: your head) and work together the move the needle-bot with extreme precision. When scaling the robot down, however, the magnetic force exerted on it scales down as a cubic function, making it extremely difficult to continue precise control past a certain level of miniaturization. The MiniMag setup helps get around this problem by focusing the power of the magnet array on a very small area, allowing more of the power to be used usefully.Prior experiments with magnetically-controlled eye surgery have used dead pig-eyes, but advances in the practical physical design of the OctoMag hardware have allowed studies to begin in live rabbits. The scale is still too small to accommodate an animal much larger than that, and certainly too small for a human head, but the potential is there.The robot can migrate freely through the superficial layers of the rabbit eye, allowing retinal surgery for very basic medial applications. By injecting a robot with such a tiny footprint, this could make previously invasive procedures relatively non-invasive. Several key advances are still necessary, though; as the researchers themselves say, the confluence of medical, physical, chemical, and computer science that is necessary for truly useful nanorobotics make it one of the most interdisciplinary quests in modern research.last_img read more

Cosmonaut Says ISS Hole Was Drilled From the Inside

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Investigators have shared another update on the latest International Space Station hole dilemma.On Monday, a Russian cosmonaut who observed a random hole in a spacecraft docked at the ISS said that the opening was drilled from inside the capsule, the Associated Press reported. Russian law enforcement agencies are looking into the cause of the mysterious hole and why it would spontaneously appear on the Soyuz rocket.During a Dec. 12 spacewalk, Sergei Prokopyev and crewmate Oleg Kononenko collected samples from the hole in the Russian Soyuz rocket, which Prokopyev brought back to Earth when he returned from his 197-day space station mission on Dec. 20. Russian investigators are now studying these samples, and hope to get to the root of the hole dilemma soon.On Aug. 30, the ISS crew found the hole in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the station. The ISS crew discovered the leak, which caused a slight loss of pressure, and plugged the hole with gauze to prevent further damage.Fortunately, the hole didn’t cause issues for Prokopyev and his crewmates, Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, when they returned, because the area where the hole appeared was dropped from the aircraft before they re-entered into Earth’s atmosphere.In September, Dmitry Rogozin, a Roscosmos chief,  told the TASS news agency that the hole could have been drilled into the spacecraft when it was made or in orbit. Rogozin wasn’t directly blaming crew members, however, his comment might have stirred up some tension between NASA and Roscosmos.Since then, Rogozin has backed off his statement and both NASA and Roscosmos said they weren’t going into detail on preliminary conclusions until the investigation is completed.More on Geek.com:Can 8-Hour Forensic Spacewalk Solve Galactic Whodunit? Soyuz Crew Returns to Earth After 197-Day Mission in SpaceFirst Crewed Soyuz Rocket Goes to Space After Aborted Missionlast_img read more

Wilmington To Host Lobstah Roll International Roller Derby Tournament On March 910

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Boston Roller Derby has announced its first ever international tournament, the 2019 Lobstah Roll.Sanctioned by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the tournament will take place on March 9-10 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington.The 2019 Lobstah Roll will feature two full days of competition from across the U.S. and Ireland. BRD’s all-star team, the Boston Massacre, will be making their 2019 season debut after winning gold in the WFTDA Continental Cup East last summer. The team currently ranks as No. 34 in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association out of over 400 internationally affiliated teams.The final two March 9 bouts will be open to the public, with doors opening at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., the Naptown Tornado Sirens of Indianapolis will take on the Capital Maulstars of Sacramento, California. At 7 p.m., the Boston Massacre will face off against the “A”- team from Dublin, Ireland. All fans will be invited to join skaters for an after-party at 9 p.m. in the Shriners Fez Room, located inside the auditorium.Tickets for Saturday, March 9 can be purchased HERE. For more information on the 2019 Lobstah Roll, visit http://bostonrollerderby.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Boston Roller Derby, first published in the Wilmington Advocate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington This Weekend (March 8-10)In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, March 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, March 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Funny River Fire Brings Community Together

first_imgHooligan’s  Lodging became one of Soldotna’s main hubs during the evacuation. Though most evacuees have returned home, the hotel is ready in case the fire moves toward the community again.The lobby of Hooligan’s Lodging and Saloon looks more like a garage sale than a hotel:“We have like toothpaste and toothbrushes and shampoo and conditioner and lotion and soap.”The hotel’s owner, Molly Poland, walks through the piles of things donated by community members. They’re for the people who were evacuated because of the Funny River Fire.“So we have cat litter because there were lots of cats and they didn’t remember the cat litter, so I was like, “let’s get that handled.”130 people and 30 animals stayed at the long wooden hotel over the weekend for free. Poland says she turned away paying customers because she just wanted to help.“I didn’t expect for people to be so grateful… but one lady looked at me yesterday and said, ‘you’re going straight to heaven,’ and that made me tear up. And this morning when I went to my car and it was raining I started crying, and I was like, ‘why am I crying over rain?’ But I was just so happy because I know all these people are displaced and they want their homes.”Other businesses and community members chipped in as well. People opened up their homes, offered free childcare, boarded dogs in kennels for free, gave away pet food—the list goes on.Odie’s Deli was one of the restaurants that offered discounted and free food to evacuees and fire fighters. Owner Melody Symington says she just wanted to give back:“I’m truly amazed by the outpouring of this community it’s just amazing how they’ve all pulled together and people just giving their own money and their own resources.”Back at Hooligan’s, the evacuees have gone home but the work continues. April Fulk is scrubbing the floors of one of the hotel rooms to rid the place of dog smells.“My mom always had me on the floor cleaning with my hands, so that’s what I’ve done.”She says she’s volunteering to clean because Soldotna is her home. She says the fire has brought people together in a way she’s never seen.“Wow. An amazing amount of support, encouragement, wisdom was shared. Everybody just came together. It was just amazing actually.”Fulk says the community is trying to share another message as well.“Thanks to all the fire fighters, the crew in the air. Just, thank you. It seems like that’s not enough to say, but I guess as long as we keep pulling together we can show them our gratitude.”Hooligan’s owner Poland says she knows they aren’t out of danger yet. She says they’re holding on to the items people have donated until the fire is far away from the community. Audio Playerhttp://www.alaskapublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/27-fire-donations-pkg.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Analysis of remains in ancient gravesite gives insight into Neolithic history in

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences A large team of researchers from across Europe and the U.K. has learned more about Neolithic history in Poland by studying the remains of people buried in a mass grave in a southern part of the country. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes the results of DNA testing they conducted on the remains and what they found. Back in 2011, a mass grave was discovered near the southern Polish village of Koszyce. Prior research dated the remains to the Bronze Age. In this new effort, the researchers have conducted DNA testing on the remains of those found in the grave.The researchers report that they found the remains of 15 people—men, women and children—all from approximately 2880 to 2776 BCE. Items found in the gravesite alongside the human remains suggested that the remains were from the Globular Amphora culture. They also found that the people all belonged to four core families. They noted that the adult females were not related to one another, suggesting that they had once belonged to another group. Of the eight men found in the gravesite, four were half-brothers and the others shared second-degree relationship links.The researchers noted that a large proportion of older men seemed to be missing from the gravesite, suggesting they were away when a massacre occurred. The males in the grave were young, and only one of them had sired a child, which was also buried in the grave. In sharp contrast, the women were all mostly over 30 years of age, and four of them were mothers of children in the grave. The bodies were placed in the graves in significant ways, the researchers note, suggesting the men had returned, found their families dead and had buried them.DNA testing also confirmed that all 15 of the dead belonged to the Sphere Amphora culture. The researchers theorize that people from the Corded Ware culture likely encountered the Sphere Amphora people as they sought to expand their range. They further speculate that the two groups were likely unknown to one another because there was no shared DNA in the victims. Explore further Bones found in Roman-era grave in London may be Asian Citation: Analysis of remains in ancient gravesite gives insight into Neolithic history in Poland (2019, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-analysis-ancient-gravesite-insight-neolithic.htmlcenter_img The Late Neolithic mass grave at Koszyce, Poland. Credit: Piotr Wodarczak © 2019 Science X Network More information: Unraveling ancestry, kinship, and violence in a Late Neolithic mass grave, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1820210116 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

TMC issues whip to LS MPs to be present in House on

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) issued a whip today to its Lok Sabha members to be present in the House on July 20 when the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion would be taken up for discussion. TMC chief national spokesperson Derek O’Brien told PTI that the whip was issued to all 34 party MPs in the Lok Sabha. “They (the MPs) will participate in the discussion and voting in the Lok Sabha and return to Kolkata,” he said. O’Brien added that the party would observe its annual “Martyr’s Day” rally in Kolkata on July 21. This year’s rally will be the 25th anniversary of the event. Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced that the House will take up discussion and voting on the no-confidence motion on July 20. The motion was brought against the Narendra Modi government by the TDP and opposition parties.last_img read more

TMC to observe black day to protest leaders manhandling in Assam

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) will observe “black day” throughout West Bengal on August 4 and 5 to protest against the detention and “manhandling” of its leaders at the Silchar airport in Assam yesterday, a senior party leader said today. TMC secretary general and West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said the party will observe “black day” in every block and district of the state on Saturday and Sunday. “We condemn the way the public representatives were manhandled and detained by the Assam police at the Silchar airport. They being MPs had every right to visit a place, but all rules were violated and our party delegation was stopped. This is shameful,” he told reporters here. An eight-member TMC delegation, which had six MPs, were stopped at the Silchar airport when they tried to enter Assam’s Cachar district to assess the ground realities after the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published in the north-eastern state on Monday.last_img read more

November 29 2018

first_imgNovember 29 , 2018 You might also be interested in South Africa: Jupiter Group upgrades practices, fa … From the pages of Produce Business UKIt’s been an impressive year for the family-run Jupiter Group, based in Shropshire, the UK. In April, the company joined forces with breeder ARD to pioneer late-season ARRA table grape production in Greece, as part of a wider goal to bring to the international market new grape varieties supplied year-round from Chile, Greece and India. In June, The Sunday Times ranked Jupiter 17th in its International Track 200 league table, which recognizes Britain’s fastest-growing, private mid-market businesses based on international sales. That was followed, in October, with the award for ‘Best Fresh Produce Company 2018’ from Lux Life magazine, and the launch of Global Roots, Jupiter’s quarterly digital magazine.Then, just this month, the firm announced its acquisition of South African grower Bonaire – renamed Jupiter South Africa – whose future plans include trialing new citrus, grape and stonefruit varieties.To discover the driving force of this progressive and innovative company, PBUK spoke with Yvonne Tweddle, a director at Jupiter and the wife of Mark Tweddle, Jupiter’s CEO and Managing Director.Transformational growthA lot has changed since Jupiter was established in 2003 with just “a blank sheet of paper, a pen and a telephone.” Operating as Jupiter Marketing, the firm began importing produce to the UK before branching out into international sales in 2008. Now, rather than buying fresh produce, Jupiter is the grower. “In the last five years, we’ve become more serious as a business; we’ve changed our service provision to become an international provider,” Tweddle explains.“We see the value in being the grower; as more of the world’s customers want to go direct to source. It gives us more control over what can happen. We’re involved in all aspects of production, from agronomy though to growing and technical.”Today, Jupiter is a global producer-supplier, with a turnover close to £60 million. The company owns year-round production of table grapes (in Chile, Greece, India, Morocco and Namibia), citrus (South Africa and Zimbabwe), and stonefruit (Greece and South Africa). Kiwifruit and top fruit represent other core lines sourced by Jupiter. Produce is delivered direct to retailers, wholesalers and foodservice providers worldwide via Jupiter’s international network of offices that now includes Argentina, Chile, Greece, Hong Kong, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and the UK. Although Jupiter still supplies the UK, Tweddle says the primary focus is on producing and sourcing fruit to offer a complete ‘root to retail’ solution, selling produce “literally all over the world.” “We haven’t tried to compete on our own doorstep,” she points out. “We’ve looked to other markets as a solution for growth. We’ve taken our story to people, and they’ve liked what they’ve seen. Specifically, we are working a lot in the Far East. Earlier this year, we opened an office in Hong Kong to demonstrate our commitment to the region.” Over the past two years, Jupiter’s global exports have risen sharply from £1.8m in 2015 to £9.42m in 2017, while overall sales have increased dramatically to almost £60m in the past five years. To enable this, Tweddle says everything in the business that could change, has changed. “We’ve changed our processes, our evaluation of processes, our infrastructure, etc.,” she details. “We’ve really looked at whether we’re doing things for the long term or the short term. We’ve asked more questions of what we need and what we need our people to be doing.”Different mindsetImportantly, Tweddle says Jupiter has not been “arrogant” about who it will serve and who it won’t. “We have all spectrums of customers,” she explains. “As long as people are credit-worthy and will pay, then we’ll deliver.” As a result, Jupiter has opened a new international office almost annually for the past five years. Its website is translated into eight languages, and Jupiter is active on the global trade fair scene.But the company’s mindset is perhaps the most crucial aspect. “Where people have said something is impossible, we look upon that as a challenge,” Tweddle indicates. “We don’t look at a problem; we only ever look at the solution.“For example, we were told it would be impossible to take new varieties of grapes or any fresh products to India, and we succeeded. It was a massively complex process regarding phytosanitary access, government agreements, etc. Plus, we had to gain the breeders’ trust and confidence.”Here, Tweddle is referring to the introduction of Chilean grape variety Maylen (or Iniagrape-one), licensed by ANA Chile, which has piqued the interest of global retailers, including UK supermarkets.Currently, Jupiter attests to being the only company in the world to legally take new varieties of table grapes to India, the first to take them in scale to Greece, and the Master License holder to produce those new varieties in both countries.What Tweddle won’t reveal, however, is how Jupiter overcame the challenges,  describing the achievement as a “trade secret.”Workplace cultureThe company’s can-do attitude was certainly key to this success, though, and features prominently within its workplace culture.“We encourage and train our staff to really think about how to deal with problems,” Tweddle remarks. “That makes us flexible and reactive, and I think that has helped us.”More broadly speaking, Jupiter operates an inclusive and collaborative working environment that makes for a dynamic and enjoyable workplace.Continuous training is offered. All staff are given the opportunity to openly contribute their views or ideas, either through weekly meetings or by directly contacting the Managing Director. Credit is given to those who generate ideas, too.“Someone at the bottom of our hierarchy can influence the business as much as those at the top,” Tweddle explains. “It takes some building of confidence to get people to contribute ideas but when they’re listened to, it makes a difference.”Tweddle says everything comes back to Jupiter’s core values, which are printed across the walls of its UK office. They include: to be open to new ideas, to help others, to recognize success and to make a difference, as well as integrity, trust, openness, patience and understanding.“Every single employee meets with Mark, our MD, on their first day to explain the company’s core values,” she explains. “We don’t always get it right, but it’s a good benchmark.“The key is to work hard and enjoy life. But we’re not for the faint hearted… if you’re not prepared to roll up your sleeves, you won’t survive here. We’ve all been known to work on the packing line, even the MD.”In a further nod to this inclusive spirit, last month Jupiter launched an e-magazine called ‘Global Roots’ to which all employees can contribute. The idea is to help customers, suppliers, and employees to better understand the firm and its people by sharing and celebrating company news, staff profiles and charity work, in addition to market insight, quizzes and competitions. “It’s something we decided to do,” remarks Tweddle. “There’s a cost to it, and we want to pay that price to communicate about our business. Others may not see the value, but this is about being your own business.” Varietal innovationWhen it comes to making its mark on the world stage, the recent Lux Life award recognised Jupiter as a “leading light and innovator.” Indeed, with an entrepreneur at the helm, Tweddle says no two days are the same, which makes for a “very energetic” team. “We’re always working on innovations and ‘crazy ideas’ as the industry would perhaps term them,” she explains. “We never been afraid to fail, and I think that’s a point of difference for us.” Ultimately, Tweddle claims the innovation has got to appeal, or there’s no point. “It’s understanding how big the benefit is,” she says. “Sometimes it’s the little things that surprise you … and one thing we’ve learnt, is to get the timing right.”For Jupiter, this has meant growing new varieties of grapes, and shortly citrus and stonefruit.“We plant the varieties we believe would work in the market,” Tweddle notes. “Then we can offer retailers both traditional and new varieties with a consistency of standards and processes.”Back in 2012, Jupiter hatched a plan to develop year-round, exclusive production of new and “superior-tasting” table grape varieties across more than 500 hectares of its own vineyards in Chile, Greece and India.To that end, Jupiter is now the sole license holder for ARRA grapes in Greece, where it has pioneered the production of four late-season, seedless white, red and black varieties – ARRA 15, ARRA 19, ARRA28 and ARRA 32. The first yield was harvested last month (October), with the young vineyards described as “very impressive.”“The signs are really good,” Tweddle reveals. “I don’t think we’ll achieve year-round supply for 2019, but definitely for 2020 and 2021. Then we can offer retailers around the world a different option; more choice.” The new varieties will also extend availability. “We can bring them to the market sooner and for a longer period which helps the grower, the supermarket, and the consumer,” Tweddle surmises. “Some of the growing seasons vary, which might give us a competitive edge.” Going forward, Jupiter has plans to develop new varieties of citrus, stonefruit and grapes via the recently formed Jupiter South Africa. Varietal trials will begin as part of the acquisition of Bonaire – a local citrus, stonefruit and grape producer. “I can’t say which varieties,” Tweddle states. “Bonaire has a large farm on the Zimbabwean border that produces citrus and we’ll be trialling there. We have similar plans for stonefruit, but I can’t say more!” As for Jupiter’s other next steps, Tweddle says we’ll have to wait and see … Jupiter awards Sahyadri Farms exclusive ARRA table … last_img read more

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