PREMIUMIndofood, ICBP struggle to maintain efficiency amid greater competition

first_imgForgot Password ? Log in with your social account Google Topics : Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Food manufacturing giant PT Indofood Sukses Makmur and its subsidiary, processed food company PT Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur (ICBP), are facing a tougher challenge from their competitors, which have begun to cut prices to boost their market share.Corporate analysts said that the two companies’ competitors cut their profit margins to tap into growing demand amid a wave of panic buying among consumers due to fears that the partial lockdown imposed by the government might disrupt supplies.“Consumers are paying more attention to the price of instant noodles [sold] at big quantities, and it shows that Indofood group’s competitors have become the winners,” BNI Sekuritas equity analyst William Siregar told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He said their competitors were offering much lower prices, a business strategy that could undermine the market share of Indofood… Linkedin Indonesia FMCG food noodle Indofood Competition market-share price efficiencylast_img read more

OUSA will look at legal sale of cannabis

first_imgOtago Daily Times 23 August 2019Family First Comment: University to become pot shop.“The Otago University Students’ Association is a step closer to eventually selling marijuana, after students voted to investigate the idea should the drug become legal.” Dopey idea.The Otago University Students’ Association is a step closer to eventually selling marijuana, after students voted to investigate the idea should the drug become legal.A members-only OUSA general meeting was held on Thursday afternoon and was attended by about 120 people.More than 70 members of the association voted to investigate the idea, while 34 voted against, and 11 abstained.OUSA spokesman James Heath said the investigation was only in the early stages, and stressed the OUSA did not have an official position on whether it should sell cannabis or not.“It was made quite explicit that this was the start of a long process,” Mr Heath said.A spokeswoman said the association could not comment on the channels it would be exploring, saying it would depend on what happened nationally.Students also voted to accept several changes to their executive structure and a new constitution, which had taken months to prepare.The vast majority of students supported the changes, only eight voting against them and three abstaining. read more

Cowboys’ Jason Witten uses Coach K’s Kobe Bryant story as motivation

first_img Baker Mayfield slams Texas, QB Sam Ehlinger and fuels Red River Rivalry Gerald McCoy angry Bucs gave his No. 93 to Ndamukong Suh Jason Witten is entering his second stint in the NFL with a certain “mamba mentality.”The longtime Cowboys tight end shocked everyone when he stepped away from a cushy gig in the “Monday Night Football” booth to strap his helmet back on and rejoin Dallas. Now back at field level, Witten is finding new ways to motivate himself at age 37. He said a recent trip to Duke with a few teammates included a dinner with hall of fame basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. During the meal, Krzyzewski told a story from his USA basketball days that resonated with Witten.“My favorite was that Kobe (Bryant) came up to him and said, ‘Whoever the best offensive player is, I want to guard him,’” Witten said (via USA Today). “He said he’s only had two people ever look at him that way: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant. I think that says a lot. We think Olympic basketball scoring in this day and age, and he’s talking about I want to guard the best guy. Related News View this post on Instagramcenter_img NFL finalizes pass interference replay rule for 2019 “It says a lot about what makes those guys great.” Back in the Dirt. #KPGA post shared by Jason Witten (@realjasonwitten82) on May 3, 2019 at 1:06pm PDTWitten has said he’s come back “to win games,” and much like Bryant on that Olympic team, he’s willing to do the not-so-glamorous stuff necessary to accomplish that goal.Reports from the Cowboys practice facility in Frisco, Texas, indicate Witten is making his presence felt by not only catching the football but by coaching younger players, as well. He said he’s still knocking some rust off, but he’s clearly enjoying the process with training camp set to begin in late July.“I love all that it entails,” Witten said at the close of minicamp. “From the preparation individually, the grind of going through it, spending time with those guys, day and night — from meetings to the rookie jokes that happen. And then on the field, just seeing that product start to come together and see the team come together. There’s nothing like it, in my opinion.”last_img read more

New coach Valverde’s poise to be tested by Barcelona pressures

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Luis Enrique wasn’t far off with his nine over the past three years, while Tito Vilanova also won La Liga with a club record 100 points in his only season in charge in 2012/13 before having to resign to due ill health.Indeed, the only time Barca went against the grain of appointing someone from the outside in Gerardo Martino in 2013/14, it resulted in the Catalans’ only trophyless season in the past 10 years.That mistake could have been avoided if weren’t for Valverde’s loyalty.Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta was keen to hire his former teammate when Vilanova was forced to resign weeks before the new season.However, in keeping with Valverde’s character he felt he couldn’t turn his back on Athletic having just been hired weeks before.His second spell with the Basque giants came to an end just last week and has once again proven his credentials as a boss capable of maximising the return from the resources available to him.Valverde’s only major silverware has come in two spells in charge of Greek champions Olympiakos.Yet, he has inflicted pain on his new employers in the past.Athletic thrashed Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate to win the 2015 Spanish Super Cup.And even his former connections at cross-city rivals Espanyol couldn’t dissuade the Barcelona board despite the fact he was the coach when they famously denied Barca the title with a last-minute equaliser in 2007.Valverde’s calm is what they believe is needed to ease some of the tensions that bubbled between a star-studded squad and Luis Enrique in his final year in charge. Madrid, Spain | AFP |  In the worst kept secret in European football, Ernesto Valverde was officially named Barcelona coach on Monday.Valverde follows in a long and famous line of former Barcelona players to manage the club.However, unlike two of his more recent predecessors, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique, Valverde is little known outside of Spain having had a far less distinguished playing and managerial career thus far.Central to Valverde’s candidacy is the fact he played for Barcelona under Johan Cruyff, winning a Cup Winners’ Cup and a Copa del Rey in his two seasons at the Camp Nou from 1988 to 1990.That was the highlight of a playing career that also took in spells at now dissolved Basque club Sestao, Espanyol, Athletic Bilbao and Mallorca.Cruyff is still revered in Catalonia as the patriarch of Barcelona’s style that has made them world renowned even 21 years since the Dutch great, who died in 2016, left as coach.One of the sticks with which Luis Enrique was beaten during his third and final season which only delivered the Copa del Rey was his insistence on making Barca a more direct, counter-attacking force.That was in an attempt to get the best out of a star front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.However, that came at a cost of losing control in midfield, a key tenant of Cruyff and Guardiola’s principles.– Emphasis on youth –Restoring balance to the Barca midfield will be one of Valverde’s most important tasks, as will another of Cruyff’s legacies in ensuring there is once more a steady flow from the club’s youth academy into the first-team.“Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. He promotes the youth players and he has a Barça way,” said president Josep Maria Bartomeu, announcing the appointment.The youth element is a fundamental part of the job in Bilbao as the club only fields Basque players.And Valverde has proven adept at harnessing young talents such as Inaki Williams and Aymeric Laporte into the first team over the past four seasons during which Athletic have qualified for Europe every year.Knowing what you are getting yourself in for when it comes to the unique pressures put upon a Barca coach is key to being successful in the role.Guardiola showed that better than most in winning 14 trophies in four years.last_img read more

ThurstonTalk’s Weekend Event Calendar For Olympia

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0 Last week was a relatively quiet one for events.  Instead of our regular weekend event calendar, we posted a super list of all the major events and festivals that happen in Olympia.  You can find dates for the beloved Pet Parade, very popular Procession of the Species, and the action packed Sand in the City weekend.  Start filling in these weekends now.  ThurstonTalk promises loads of coverage of all the awesome events happening in our community.  You can find the 2013 Festival and Major Event Calendar by clicking here.Even though we are months away from Spring Arts Walk, which kicks off the event “season,” keep ThurstonTalk’s event calendar handy so that you can plan your activities with family and friends.Here are some highlights for what is happening this weekend in Olympia.Fearless razor clam diggers will brave the weather to capture clams.  Tides occurring all weekend.  Info on this family friendly activity  can be found here.It may feel like Spring is a long ways off but baseball leagues are organizing youth teams now.  Capitol Little League is holding their first of two in-person registration days on Saturday.Marchetti Wines is opening it’s tasting room in downtown Olympia.  Celebrate on Saturday between 1:00 – 7:00 pm.Many of us will be glued to our TV sets on Sunday, watching the Seahawks battle the Falcons.  Read about four Olympia residents that perform with the Sea Gals.Finally, if you are looking for some additional motivation to stay on top of those New Year’s goals, read this post which summarizes all of our health and fitness content that was published this month.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at [email protected]  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.last_img read more

Little Silver Council OKs Liquor Guidelines

first_imgThe ordinance limits the number of barstools to one stool per four dining seats or to one stool for every two feet of bar counter. The maximum capacity of the bar/lounge area will be limited to a maximum of 100 patrons, restricting it to no more than 50 seats, not more than 25 stools and standing capacity of no more than 25.Outdoor dining and serving of drinks and outdoor music would not be permitted, and the location must have food service in its interior during all hours of operation, among the other requirements and stipulations detailed in the ordinances.“This was two years in the making. This wasn’t done lightly,” Galante noted of the ordinances for the small audience on hand for the ordinance public hearing and final vote.Officials explained there are no current plans to build and open a business that would use this license. The borough plan, Neff explained, is to reach out to the state Division of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) about conducting some sort of auction or bidding process for potential purchases of the license. By John BurtonLITTLE SILVER – Details governing the borough’s first-ever consumption liquor license were approved at Monday’s Borough Council meeting.The council passed two ordinances, laying out the parameters for the license and constraints for the future establishment.“We’re trying to do this in the best and safest way we can,” said Mayor Robert C. Neff Jr.Under the conditions in the approved ordinance, any future restaurant/bar would have to be established in the borough’s commercially zoned areas and would have to pass muster with the borough Planning Board and local zoning requirements before it can be established, according to Councilman Donald Galante. Any potential buyer would also have to meet all the stringent requirements the ABC has in place, officials added. And the eventual owner would have up to one year to open an establishment for the license’s use. It couldn’t be held as what is commonly called a “pocket license,” an inactive license, Galante explained.In response to an audience question, Galante noted liquor licenses around the state cost anywhere from $350,000 “to even a million (dollars).” But “we’re in uncharted waters here,” given the borough, as far as anyone can remember, has never had an on-premise, commercial consumption liquor license, Neff said.A majority of voters cast ballots last November on a referendum to allow the community to allow its first consumption license. Two previous attempts to pass a voter referendum, in 1976 and then in 1981, were unsuccessful.The idea, according to borough resident Matt Kelly, who spearheaded the initiative, was to allow for a family-style location where residents can gather following local sporting and other borough events.As it currently stands, the borough has two retail licenses, one for the Little Silver Bottle Shop, 497 Prospect Ave., which sells beer and wine as well as spirits; and the Acme supermarket, 507 Prospect Ave., which is permitted to sell only unrefrigerated beer and wine. Diners are allowed to bring their own beer and wine to local restaurants.Under current state regulations, municipalities are allowed to issue new licenses for every 3,000 residents. With its current population at roughly 5,950, Little Silver is allowed only the one consumption license.last_img read more

New Piping Rock Memorial Park Plan Gets Thumbs Up From Residents,…

first_imgBy Jay Cook | RUMSON – Concerned East River Road residents and borough officials have reached common ground for the immediate redevelopment of Piping Rock Memorial Park after two months of back and forth.Rumson elected officials were looking to beef up the 4.3-acre park to include athletic space for new natural grass fields, but neighbors were afraid the park would lose its aura after plans to remove tennis courts and pedestrian flow were floated.That tug-of-war ended peacefully with the courts staying, new fields incorporated and Piping Rock Memorial Park keeping its community feel.“They worked overtime,” said East River Road resident Rob Thaler, who led a residents group to protect the park. “They found a way to fit everything they needed, in terms of the fields, and they soothed our concerns on the East River Road side.”“It’s a great feeling,” added Rumson Mayor Joseph K. Hemphill. “Truly, it took a lot of work, a lot of back and forth and really listening to the people. They objected so much to losing the front (along East River Road) so coming up with this plan was like a godsend to us.”The most visible change coming to Piping Rock Memorial Park is the installation of a 180-foot-by-360-foot multipurpose natural grass field for lacrosse, field hockey and soccer.A 40-foot-by-60-foot softball and baseball field will also be carved out with a newly designed bump out into the parking lot along Carton Street. Borough administrator Thomas Rogers estimated the field would have a center field depth of about 280 feet.To quell concerns from nearby homeowners and tennis players, the two tennis courts will remain.Rogers said “more of a grand entrance” will be designed along East River Road so visitors to Piping Rock Memorial Park will walk by the existing 9/11 memorial in place there. The playground associated with the Keith D. McHeffey memorial will be moved just west of the tennis courts with brand new jungle gym equipment. However, the Keith D. McHeffey 9/11 Memorial will be relocated behind the baseball/softball field backstop at the bump out into the Carton Street parking lot.A fully ADA-compliant walking path will stretch through the park with access to each amenity. Access will be to and from East River Road, Carton Street and Forrest Avenue.“It’s the same exact plan, we just shifted it around in order to preserve the tennis courts,” said Rogers.Residents in the surrounding neighborhoods mobilized after June 13 letters were sent out from the borough noticing homeowners about the impending project. Thaler and his neighbor, Christine Sibilia, helped organize a social media page called Save Piping Rock and communicated concerns to borough officials.“I do think that if we didn’t organize and voice our opposition to the plan, I think it would have been previously approved and continued without a hitch,” added Thaler Sibilia, a New York City native and East River Road resident, said her perseverance to finding a friendly solution came from childhood memories.“Piping Rock Memorial Park is my Central Park,” she said. “It’s certainly a conspicuous landmark to this town.”Rogers said the project’s funding will be consistent with prior approvals. The borough unanimously approved a $900,000 payment from the capital improvement fund to pay for the park renovations; construction costs are estimated to be around $750,000. Rumson has also acquired $387,000 in grants from Monmouth County to redesign the park. The county has since approved the most recent plans.Residents who frequent the park – which is surrounded by Ridge Road, Forrest Avenue, Carton Street and East River Road – may notice some significant soil stockpiles. Rogers said it was removed from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School as they undergo construction around the football field. The borough purchased that soil “for pennies on the dollar” and saved $50,000 from the project cost, Rogers said. It will be used to even out the new multipurpose field.A contract could be awarded at the Aug. 21 Borough Council meeting, set for a special time at 4:30 p.m. The idea is to have construction start before Labor Day.The park’s new setup is expected to accommodate the approximately 3,800 children in Rumson’s recreation program. Athletic tournaments and mass busing into and out of Piping Rock Memorial Park is not anticipated in the future.“Ideally, all the residents would have liked to keep Piping Rock Memorial Park the way it is, but something had to be done due to the recreation needs,” said Thaler. “With that said, this looks to be the best solution we could have hoped for.”This article first appeared in the August 16 – 23, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

‘We train for so long’: Former Temple fencer reacts to Summer Olympic Games postponement

first_imgAs of Tuesday, the U.S. has more than 360,000 cases of coronavirus and 11,000 deaths and Japan has seen more than 4,600 cases and 80 deaths, the Times reported. In Tokyo, there are more than 1,000 cases, according to “I was not fortunate enough to be smart enough to get a home gym before all this happened,” Thompson said. “So I’m getting really creative about different exercises I can do. It’s a little frustrating because I feel like I’m downgrading my training but with the situation, you can only do what you have.” “I think a year definitely helps to change the momentum of what’s going on,” Thompson said. “With the Olympic trials, a year also gives me more time to work on my weaknesses, work on my strengths and get some more experience.” Thompson was supposed to compete in three Olympic qualifiers to determine if she would have made the U.S. national team. When President Donald Trump announced a travel ban for 26 European countries on March 11, all the qualifiers were postponed.  Because she is unable to fence, Thompson has to stay at home and work on exercises that are not directly related to fencing. As a result, Thompson is preparing for the games by working on her cardio and exercises like squats and lunges that help her fence better. When all of the qualifiers were postponed, Thompson was not surprised about the Olympics being postponed. Kamali Thompson, a 2012 biology alumna, competes at the 2017 New York Women’s Sabre World Cup. Thompson fenced for Temple from 2008-12. | DEVIN MANKY / COURTESY Thompson, a former Temple sabre and 2012 biology alumna, had been training for a spot on the United States fencing team for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, but the games were postponed until 2021 due to the pandemic. Thompson fenced for Temple from 2008-12 and finished her career with a record of 175-48. Thompson held the program record for most career victories by a sabre until this year. Seniors Kerry Plunkett and Malia Hee finished their careers with 235 wins each. Thompson usually trains at the Peter Westbrook Foundation in New York City. However, due to COVID-19, the gym has been closed indefinitely. Even though COVID-19 is a global pandemic, Thompson believes the Olympics will be the first event that brings the whole world together after the Coronavirus is contained. Globally, there are currently more than 1 million cases of coronavirus and more than 75,000 people have died from the virus as of Tuesday afternoon, the New York Times reported. Thompson’s first competition was supposed to take place in Belgium at the end of March; the other two were scheduled in St. Louis, Missouri, and Seoul, South Korea. The Olympics were originally scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan, from July 24 to August 9. They will now take place July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. “It was a little upsetting to say the least just because we train for so long, or I’ve been doing it for so long to compete in the summer hopefully,” Thompson said. “But in the end, it’s better postponed than canceled so I’m still pretty happy.” Thompson believes having an extra year to train will be beneficial, depending on how much the virus is contained so gyms can be opened up again, she said. The top four fencers from each of the three weapons qualify for the Olympics. Thompson is currently ranked fourth in sabre, she said. With dozens of sports leagues postponing their seasons amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Kamali Thompson expected the Olympics would be postponed too. “First and foremost, the Olympics are about bringing everyone together,” Thompson said. “I think that when the Olympics do happen because we are experiencing a pandemic right now, this will be the first time that the world will be able to come together, everyone will be healthy and it will be a really exciting moment.”last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2016)–Santa Anita Park, which will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record ninth time on Nov. 4 & 5, is now streaming live morning workouts and interviews via’s “Control Room: XBTV Live From Santa Anita” from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. PDT each morning.Owned by the Stronach Group, XBTV provides fans with cutting edge programming that enlists multiple Ultra HD cameras and insightful commentary as horses from around the world converge on The Great Race Place for the biggest two days in racing.Available only at, “Control Room” features nationally acclaimed hosts and analysts such as Millie Ball, Zoe Cadman, Jeff Siegel and Aaron Vercruysse, who provide context, lend expertise and deliver interviews with many of this year’s Breeders’ Cup principals.As “Control Room” completed day two Wednesday morning, the roster of horses shown in action this week includes Bob Baffert trainees such as record breaking, Grade I Travers winner Arrogate (Breeders’ Cup Classic), Dortmund (Dirt Mile), Klimt (Juvenile), Lord Nelson (Sprint) and Noted and Quoted (Juvenile Fillies).Other Breeders’ Cup “A-Listers” caught on XBTV video include three-time Eclipse Champion Beholder, Stellar Wind (both pointing to BC Distaff), Met Mile winner Frosted (Classic), Kentucky Derby winner, Nyquist (Classic) and last year’s BC Sprint winner, Runhappy (Dirt Mile).In addition to morning shows such as “Control Room,” XBTV provides live racing coverage each weekend from Santa Anita, Gulfstream Park and more. can be viewed on any computer, laptop, tablet, mobile device or smart TV.last_img read more