McDonald’s to offer salad, fruit as side

first_imgNEW YORK | Want a side salad with that Big Mac?McDonald’s says it will start giving customers the choice of a salad, fruit or vegetable as a substitute for french fries in its value meals.McDonald’s Corp. will roll out the change early next year in the U.S., where people will be able to pick a salad instead of fries at no extra cost. McDonald’s says it already lets customers make such swaps in some countries, such as France.But now it says it now work to make the options available in 20 of its biggest markets around the world, which represent 85 percent of sales. McDonald’s, which has more than 34,000 locations around the world, said the change will be in place in 30 to 50 percent of the areas within the next three years and 100 percent the regions by 2020.The world’s biggest hamburger chain made the announcement at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, where CEO Don Thompson made an appearance on stage with former President Bill Clinton.In an interview before the announcement, Thompson said McDonald’s is looking at developing other healthy sides that will appeal to customers. He noted that the company could also take the fruits and vegetables it offers in other parts of the world, such as cups of corn and kiwi on a stick, and make them more widely available.“What is it that customers will choose, and what will they eat?” Thompson said. “What we don’t want to do is just put something on the menu and say, hey, we did it. We really want consumption.”McDonald’s also announced that it would use its packaging to make healthier options more appealing to kids. For example, a side of carrots might come in a more colorfully designed bag. Parents will still be able to order soda with Happy Meals, but McDonald’s says it will only promote milk, juice and water on menu boards and in advertising. All advertising to kids will include a “fun nutrition or children’s well-being” message, the company said.Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the health advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest, said taking soda off the menu as an option for Happy Meals was a big step that other fast-food chains should follow. But she said the push to include positive nutrition messages in ads to kids could serve to give McDonald’s a “health halo” that it doesn’t necessarily deserve.“The changes McDonald’s are making make the food somewhat healthier. But I don’t think a hamburger, some applies and fries is something I’d call healthy,” she said.The announcement comes as McDonald’s faces criticism from health advocates who say it promotes bad eating habits. After years of outperforming its rivals, McDonald’s is also struggling to shake its fast-food image and keep up with shifting tastes. Late last year, the company reported its first monthly sales decline in nearly a decade and sales performance around the world has been choppy ever since.To better reflect the way people are eating, McDonald’s recently started giving customers the choice to substitute egg whites in all its breakfast sandwiches. It also rolled out chicken wraps, which are partly intended to go after people who want foods they feel are fresher or healthier. Earlier in the week, rival Burger King rolled out lower-calorie french fries, reflecting the growing demand for better-for-you options.McDonald’s marketing to children is also an ongoing issue. A recent study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, for example, found that the chain’s ads targeting children often emphasize toy giveaways and movie tie-ins, rather than food. And at its latest annual shareholders meeting, a 9-year-old girl made headlines after she stood to ask Thompson to stop “tricking” kids into eating the company’s food.The girl was with her mother, who was affiliated with Corporate Accountability, which has pressured McDonald’s to changes its marketing practices to kids.The criticism is clearly a sensitive topic for Thompson, who noted that the Alliance for a Healthier Generation was among the first organizations that approached the company to use its “marketing might” to help kids. The group, which is working with McDonald’s on its new health goals, was founded by the Clinton Global Initiative and the American Heart Association.“Others have said, ‘McDonald’s, don’t advertise to kids,’” Thompson said. “We’ve always felt like, wow, if we had the impact that you think we have, why don’t we leverage it to do something great for kids?”Howell Wechsler, CEO of Alliance for a Healthier Generation, said the commitments made by McDonald’s were worked out over the course of more than a year. He said the final agreement could help change the way people eat over time, given McDonald’s enormous reach.____Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoilast_img read more

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Fury hints at ring rust ahead of Las Vegas debut

first_imgTyson Fury finally engaged in mind games with Tom Schwarz as he prepared to fight in Las Vegas for the first time.The 30-year-old fights at the revered MGM Grand on Saturday night, his first outing since meeting Deontay Wilder in December last year when they fought to a thrilling draw.Saturday’s fight was made with the intention of furthering Fury’s growing profile in the United States, ahead of an anticipated rematch with dangerous WBC champion Wilder next year.Even by Fury’s standards he has proved engaging in the build-up to this fight, making his struggles with depression and suicide known to the US audience and even complimenting Schwarz on his appearance in a largely tension-free preamble.The 25-year-old German has similarly not attempted to intimidate Fury ahead of the biggest fight of his life, but on the eve of nearing his lifelong ambition of fighting in Vegas, Fury questioned if he will be properly prepared.His remarkable performance against Wilder, after close to three-and-a-half years of inactivity, demonstrated his natural talent had not waned.He has made little secret of his desire to fight as quickly as possible after December, and even insisted he could not take confidence from his performance against Wilder because he believed he should have stopped the American inside six rounds.“I’ve been out of the ring for (over) six months, so I’ll have to start again,” Fury told Press Association Sport.“That’s seven months’ inactivity. I only had six months of activity before that. They spoke about (Gennady) Golovkin being out of the ring for nine months as his biggest lay-off ever; I’ve just had seven.“Seven months out of the ring is a hell of a long time. I hope I’m going to get active this next six months; the first six months of this year have been quite terrible because I didn’t get the fight I wanted and have been made to wait until June.“Going 12 rounds with Deontay Wilder doesn’t give me any confidence. It actually makes me have concerns – I thought I could get Deontay Wilder out of there within six rounds, so having to go 12 with him wasn’t great. I should have done better.“Against Wilder I was 17st 12lbs; today I’m 18st 12lbs. (But) I’ve put on a stone of muscle in all of the right places.”Suggestions persist that Fury has already agreed terms for a rematch with Wilder next year, which will be even more in demand following Anthony Joshua’s shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr, but he insisted that those suggestions remain premature and accused Wilder of using them for publicity.“Deontay Wilder’s living his life in my reputation and the fight he had with me,” he said.“I’m here headlining in Vegas, and he’s (saying) ‘I want a rematch with Tyson to try and get that loss out of my mind’. He knows he was beaten soundly.“I’m enjoying my life, thinking about Tom Schwarz, and every time Wilder looks in the mirror he knows he lost a fight. I’m the only unbeaten heavyweight at the top; Wilder’s lost, Joshua’s lost and Ruiz has lost. They’ve all lost apart from me.“I haven’t agreed to anything past Tom Schwarz.”last_img read more

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Ground-feeding birds in Southeast Asia may be going extinct outside protected areas

first_imgAnimals, Birds, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Poaching, UCSC, Wildlife Article published by Rhett Butler Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Quails, partridges and pheasants, together called galliforms, are becoming increasingly restricted to protected areas in Southeast Asia.Five species of galliforms, including three endemics, might no longer survive outside protected areas, a new study predicts.Many local extinctions have occurred in Sumatra, where habitat loss appears more pronounced.Researchers find that protected areas are becoming increasingly isolated and are not integrated into the wider landscape. Nature reserves in large parts of Southeast Asia may be the last strongholds for charismatic ground-feeding birds such as quails, partridges and pheasants, together called galliforms, according to a recent study in Conservation Letters.Researchers estimate that five species of galliforms no longer survive outside protected areas in Sundaland, a region comprising the Malay Peninsula and the islands of Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali. Extirpations are highest in Sumatra’s unprotected lands, where 50 percent of galliform species appear lost.“We looked at Sundaland because it’s a region extremely rich in biodiversity, yet undergoing high levels of environmental degradation,” said Elizabeth Boakes, a conservation scientist at University College London and co-author of the study.Sumatran partridge (Arborophila sumatrana), endemic to the island of Sumatra, no longer survives outside protected areas, according to researchers. Photo by Roland WirthDeforestation rates in Southeast Asia are among the highest in tropics, making protected areas increasingly isolated. “But the amount of protected land itself is very small,” Boakes said. Nature reserves account for about 12 percent of Sundaland’s total land mass.Some of these reserves aren’t permanent. In the last few years, 8,360 square kilometres (3,230 square miles) of Sundaland’s protected area has been lost to downsizing and downgrading.Boakes and her team recognized that protected areas might only be part of a successful conservation strategy for galliforms. So they wanted to know the extent to which the birds survived outside of those zones.Her team scoured through 150 years of museum collection records, scientific literature and recent citizen science databases for information on galliform sighting dates, locations and species.“A lot of these species are charismatic, and people go out looking for them,” Boakes said.Distribution of galliform records outside protected areas in Sundaland. Records from eBird are in red, records from other sources in brown. Protected areas are in green. This map is in the supporting information section of Boakes et al. (2018)The research team used gaps in the sighting history of each species to predict whether that species no longer existed outside protected areas. Statistical methods allowed them to infer extinction for species that were spotted frequently in the past with fewer recent sightings, as opposed to those that were only seen sporadically.To Boakes, the findings were surprising.  Her team found no sighting records for 13 of the 52 galliform populations outside nature reserves in the last 20 years. “I don’t think we expected there to be so many local extinctions,” she said.Three Sundaic endemics – the Dulit partridge (Rhizothera dulitensis), the grey-breasted partridge (Arborophila orientalis) and the Sumatran partridge (Arborophila sumatrana) – now live only inside protected areas, the researchers concluded.“These species are very specialized in their habitat requirements. So they are not able to withstand, as far as we can see, change in their habitat,” said Dr. Philip McGowan, a galliform conservation specialist at the University of Newcastle, U.K. and co-author of the study.Grey-breasted partridge (Arborophila orientalis), listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, no longer survives outside protected areas in Sundaland, according to researchers. Photo by Roland WirthIn Sumatra, where the team recorded the highest number of extinctions, six galliform populations have been potentially wiped out. “Habitat loss is far more pronounced and far more advanced on Sumatra,” said McGowan.But a scientist who works at IUCN critiqued the study by noting that the results could be an artifact of variations in citizen birding efforts from place to place and over the years. He reckons that if similar amounts of across-the-country birding took place in Sumatra, as it did on the Malay Peninsula, more out-of-protected area species sightings would be added there too.McGowan agrees there may still be some unrecorded galliform populations outside reserves, but he stands by the main outcome. “I think we can have confidence that a pattern wherein some species are retreating to protected areas does hold true,” he said.Nurul Wirani, a conservation biologist from the University of Indonesia in Depok, concurs. “This pattern is almost the same, not just for galliforms, but for other birds and animals too,” said Wirani, who was not part of the study.But for protected areas to function at their full conservation potential, they must be connected by adjacent tracts of land where the birds also can live, Boakes stated: “For me, the aim of conservation is not having biodiversity isolated in little protected areas, but areas outside need to managed sustainably in ways that will accommodate biodiversity in the long-term.”King Quail in Singapore . Photo by Nitin Srinivasamurthy.CitationBoakes, E. H., Fuller, R. A., & McGowan, P. J. (2018). The extirpation of species outside protected areas. Conservation Letters, e12608. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12608Priyanka Runwal (@priyanka_runwal) is a graduate student in the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Other Mongabay stories produced by UCSC students can be found here.last_img read more

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Nothing guaranteed in qualifier, says Sammy

first_imgLONDON, CMC — Former Test and one-day captain Darren Sammy believes West Indies are still not guaranteed of a World Cup spot, even if they are forced to tackle ICC lightweight sides in a 10-team qualifier scheduled for next year. The Caribbean side currently look likely to miss out on automatic qualification for the 2019 tournament in England, with only the hosts and the remaining top seven nations in the ICC rankings by September 30 earning direct berths. West Indies are ranked ninth on 77 points, 16 ratings points behind eighth-placed Sri Lanka. But Sammy pointed out that many of the non-Test-playing sides had improved drastically over the last year and West Indies would have to play well to earn one of the last two World Cups on offer in the qualifier. “Qualifying for the last two spots, that’s not even guaranteed,” he said here this week. “It is difficult to beat Ireland in their conditions, we just saw Scotland beat Zimbabwe so all kind of countries are improving. “Just like Bangladesh have improved and gone past us and we saw in the last World Cup where Ireland defeated us as well so it’s a long way to go. I think with the way we structure our cricket we are not going anywhere.” The Windies shock loss to Ireland came in Nelson, New Zealand in 2015 when the minnows chased down 305 to pull off a sensational World Cup win. And last November, West Indies twice failed to beat current World number eleven, Zimbabwe, in a Tri-Nations Series in the African nation, to miss out on the final. Their devastating defeat to Afghanistan in the opening game of a three-match series earlier this month in St Lucia saw them lose more points in the ICC rankings. The Windies will take on the likes of Zimbabwe, Scotland, Ireland and Afghanistan, along with sides like Kenya and Namibia, if they are forced to go through the World Cup qualifying tournament. West Indies face India in all-important five-match one-day series starting in Trinidad tomorrow and then take on England in another five-match rubber in September, in a quest to better their rankings.last_img read more

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Business community has no confidence in M&CC

first_imgDear Editor,The Georgetown municipality could not be serious in its call for an increase and improvement in its revenue collection rate. Is it not quite obvious to them by now that the citizenry at large and the business community in particular that belongs to Georgetown and beyond have absolutely no confidence whatsoever in the Council to manage properly and account for the money it collects on a daily basis?.And who could blame them for their lack of confidence? An agency such as the Council, which should have its accounts qualified and presented for scrutiny on a yearly basis to the Audit Office of Guyana and to the citizens of Georgetown, has not done so for over a decade.This is wholly unacceptable. In any decent, progressive and democratic society, at the very least the Chief Administrative and Chief Financial Officers would have long been given pink slips and sent along their way, but not here in Georgetown. In fact, they have even been given acclamations in some quarters for cleaning up the city for the Jubilee celebrations, in spite of their complete lack of accountability.To add insult to injury, the Town Clerk has indicated his desire to obtain funding, including loans and grants from international organisations and foreign countries. That is unbelievable. Which credible foreign agency do they think would even consider putting a dime into the black hole of City Hall? Clearly, the City Council mistaking the charity of the Central Government who has been bailing them out for decades now, as some endorsement of its crooked accounting system.The first step that must be taken before any consideration be given to give the Council a blind cent, whether from local or foreign entities, is the qualification and presentation of its accounts to the Audit Office of Guyana, its accounts for the last ten years.The second non-negotiable step has to be the effecting of a deep and thorough forensic audit of its financial and human resource systems by a private, competent and independent audit agency, with the findings presented to Parliament, debated and made public.The third requirement is for the Council to recommence making its yearly budget a public document, so that the citizens could be apprised of its proposed work programmes and expenditure, along with its projected revenue.In the meanwhile, until the Council gets its act together, it would be foolish to give the Council more money such as the container tax, and the parking meter fees which would only exacerbate the problem that it has with corruption, nepotism and fiscal impropriety.Yours sincerely,Sean Monizlast_img read more

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The Chenapau experience

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratAfter landing at the Kaieteur Airstrip in Region Eight and taking the approximate ten-minute trek through the Kaieteur National Park to get a glimpse of the highest single-drop waterfall in the world, one would feel complete, wouldn’t you?What if I told you that a trip to Kaieteur Falls is not complete without visiting a remote village up the Potaro River? What if I say that seeing 741 feet of sheer magnificence cannot compare to waking up to the sweet sounds of welcoming the Holy Spirit flowing through the village while inhaling the crisp fresh air?Canoeing along the PotaroWell, come and join me as we go on an adventure and live the Chenapau experience.Chenapau Village, an Amerindian settlement located some 29 miles up the Potaro River, is accessible by an approximate three-hour boat ride, depending on how fast your boat moves. The village is divided into four zones, and according to Toshao Edward Mc Garrell, it is the best place to live, or escape from the everyday hassles of city life.You see, in this remote village, there are no cellphone signals, television stations, radio access, internet access, potable water or electricity. So this is the ideal place for a ‘millennial’ to detox and embrace the life that some of our parents would have lived.The future of ChenapauThe children of Chenapau Village lead normal lives. Books are their friends, and wading through frog pond in a canoe or just taking a plunge in the river are just some of their many pastimes. The name Chenapau is a Patamona word that translates into “frog pond,” and the village would have gotten its name from the variety of frogs that inhibit the pond. One of the most popular frogs is what we refer to as the ‘mountain chicken’, and in this village it is called Chenau.Warishi at the ready, this woman prepares to go into the farm to pull some cassavaChenapau is a model village; everyone looks out for everyone, and there is absolutely no crime here! Hence the village has zero Police presence. Toshao Mc Garrell boasted about that, but revealed that there would be little tiffs among some villagers, none of which ever escalates into a fight. He says the community is closely knitted, and that is one reason why he enjoys living there.Walking about the village would allow you the experience of seeing the elders getting up at the crack of dawn and raking up the leaves, preparing cassiri and making breakfast — a community affair. They would sip on calabashes full of cassiri or porridge while conversing in their native Patamona language. The youngsters would sit around and observe the elders communicate while having their input once in a while.EducationBecause of its remote location, the delivery of education in the village is hindered by the lack of updated information, this is according to Head Teacher of Chenapau Primary School.There was a time when the prospect of educating Chenapau’s children was bleak, but the determination of Stanley Mc Garrell changed that. Stanley is now the oldest living resident of the village, and he recalls, quite happily, how he helped to assist in the delivery of education.“I have been living here for over 30 years, and tried to do whatever I could about educating the people of the village. And now I am seeing the fruits of it… At that time, the church used to pay the teacher, and most teachers worked for the church. Those days, for months we would not get teachers, and I filled that gap and I tried and kept the school going,” the Bartica native fondly recalled.One of the many birds of Chenapau – the Cock-of-the-Rock“I would tell any youngster that education is the base of good living and existence. Without a proper education you are nowhere, you are behind. I always tell the people to send their children to school, because without education you are in the background,” the 85-year-old advised.The youths are building on that legacy by performing very well at their CSEC examinations, and going on to become productive citizens of the country. However, the road to success is not paved for the children of Chenapau; they would have to walk for two days to get to the Paramakatoi Secondary School every term, and it takes a toll on both the children and their parents.Parents complain that the life of Mahdia and Paramakatoi would shape their children sometimes in the direction that is not in accordance with their morals and values. However, they are quite satisfied that their children are being able to gain a proper education and be able to develop themselves.Economic struggles Access to goods, coastlanders take for granted may be a luxury in this remote village, since airfare and other transportation costs have to be factored in when determining the final price of a particular good. That having being established, the issue of accessibility must also be factored in.Because of its location, employment opportunities in Chenapau Village are limited to only two sectors — mining and farming. The womenfolk often take up farming as a means of providing a ‘back-up’ to the menfolk’s earnings. Most of the men work on mining dredges, and would usually ply their trade in the Blackwater – Korobrung area, since the earnings from mining are much more feasible for maintaining a family.“There is no market for farming in this area, and we don’t get tourists here, so mining is the only way we can live,” one resident said.About a month ago, following heavy rainfall, the village was inundated. Water rose approximately 20 feet in some areas, washed away houses, and flooded farms. “Because of the water, the cassava (was flooded) out, and now they are starting to rotten. And you know how long cassava does take to grow,” one of the women folk lamented.The community is yet to begin rehabilitation after the flood, since the rain is continuously falling and the prospect of flooding remains. After experiencing devastating floods, then came the issue of the militarization of the Kaieteur National Park.President David Granger ordered a military operation to combat alleged illegal mining in the KNP. Twenty-one residents from the village were rounded up and charged. However, the authorities failed to say whether those arrested were caught illegally mining, since they all claim they were working on legal mining claims. Those charges have since been dropped.Many note on social media that the residents are the victims of corruption within the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), to which the authorities are not paying attention. Heavy military presence in the KNP and intimidation by soldiers brandishing AK-47s brought all activities in Chenapau to a standstill.The Chenapau SpiritDespite the hardships, the people of Chenapau are resilient and would welcome anyone warmly and treat you as though you are family. That is the spirit of Chenapau — where you do not go hungry or uncared for.Just for the crisp fresh air, or experiencing the frog pond, or even the boat ride up the Potaro, Chenapau is the ultimate culmination of a great visit to Kaieteur Falls. On a lighter note, you will meet Donald Trump if you visit Chenapau. (Photos by Dexter Ceres)last_img read more

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Encana vows to grow production after Q1 output and income miss expectations

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. — The chief executive of Encana Corp. says the company will ramp up output from its U.S. and Canadian oil and gas fields this year after it reported first-quarter operating earnings and production that missed analyst expectations.“We are well-positioned to execute another year of strong growth for Encana as we prepare to cross the 400,000 boe (barrels of oil equivalent) per day milestone later this year,” said Doug Suttles on a conference call.Encana reported first-quarter production of 324,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day, with 145,200 barrels per day of more valuable oil and natural gas liquids and the rest dry natural gas.- Advertisement -That’s up from 317,900 boepd in the same period last year, but short of analyst consensus expectations of 338,000 boepd, according to a report from analyst Kristopher Zack of Desjardins Capital Markets, who had forecast for 331,500 boepd.He said the miss is partly due to timing of drilling wells and producing from them.“In the second half of last year, and particularly in the Duvernay and the Eagle Ford, we ramped down activity and we restarted and ramped up that activity here in the first quarter,” said Suttles. “We’ll actually see production build in the second half of the year in those two assets.”Advertisement Encana is focused on four areas, the Permian and Eagle Ford regions in Texas and the Montney and Duvernay regions on the Alberta-B.C. border. It said most of its growth this year will come from its more highly developed Permian and Montney assets while output from the other two will remain flat.Encana said it expects fourth-quarter production this year to be between 400,000 and 425,000 boepd. It left its 2018 spending plan unchanged at between US$1.8 billion and US$1.9 billion.The Calgary-based company, which reports in U.S. dollars, had operating income of US$156 million in the three months ended March 31, missing analyst expectations of US$168 million according to Thomson Reuters. A year ago, its operating income was US$104 million.Revenue in the quarter came to US$1.3 billion, beating the forecast for US$1.26 billion, and up from US$1.29 billion in the same quarter last year.Advertisementlast_img read more

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RECALL REBUFF

first_imgBy Anne D’Innocenzio THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Playthings made by brands such as Playskool, Brio and GeoMag of Switzerland could get a boost in the fast-approaching holiday sales season because they haven’t been caught up in high-profile recalls over lead paint, dangerous magnets or other safety concerns. Parents, who may snub Fisher-Price toys, Barbie dollhouses and Mega Brands’ Magnetix that have been the subject of recent recalls, will want alternatives for their children, experts say. “Winners who could capture the movement toward safe and friendly toys will see stronger holiday sales,” said Eric Johnson, professor of operations management at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Among the most vulnerable brands, Johnson believes, is El Segundo-based Mattel’s Fisher-Price, the iconic preschool label which had built a reputation among parents for its carefulness but has been swept up in two of Mattel’s three high-profile recalls of toys made in China and tainted with lead paint. The latest was announced just Tuesday. “I think direct competitors will benefit,” added Johnson, citing names like Little Tikes and Playskool. Consumers already are thinking about changing their holiday buying strategies. “I would rather pay more for toys that are safe than less for toys that are not safe,” said Yi Chen, a Chicago pathologist who has three daughters, ages 18, 4 and 1 month. Chen said she doesn’t plan to shop less, just more carefully, watching out for toys with paint and toys made of plastic. And she said she doesn’t plan on buying anything from Fisher-Price and wishes products coming from overseas were better regulated. “Especially the plastic toys for the little babies – they put them in their mouth,” she said. Steve Barnard of Indianapolis, who was shopping on Wednesday at a Toys “R” Us store, said he won’t rule out brands that were subject to recalls but will look closely at labels when he shops for holiday presents for his sons, ages 6 and 9. He said he’ll look for toys made in the U.S. He also may look for toys with no paint or consider wooden toys from Europe. “There seems to be lower quality and higher safety concerns with products made in China,” he said. Mattel, the world’s largest toy maker, is not the only company under scrutiny. RC2 Corp., which in June voluntarily recalled 1.5million wooden railroad toys and parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line because of lead paint, also could be hurt this holiday season. Mega Brands, whose recall of its Magnetix toys was expanded in April because of dangerous tiny magnets, also has been dealt a blow. It’s a headache for manufacturers and retailers alike with the holidays just months away. More than 80 percent of toys sold in U.S. stores are made in China, which has been blamed for most of the safety problems that triggered the recalls. Retailers placed the bulk of their orders months ago, and are scrambling to adjust. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest toy seller, has given half its magnetic construction space to GeoMag of Switzerland, a blow for Magnetix, said Gerrick Johnson, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets Corp. FAO Schwarz, which carries RC2’s Thomas & Friends product line, will be featuring an eco-friendly wooden train line under its own store label this holiday season. Ed Schmults, CEO of FAO Schwarz, said that the train line was conceived before all the major toy recalls, but the timing is “fantastic.” “This could do better than expected,” Schmults said. Toys “R” Us Inc., meanwhile, is looking at ways to expand its assortment of American-made toys and is increasing its assortment of eco-friendly products. Although most of its holiday orders are in place, it is expanding its offerings of European brands such as Brio, known for wooden trains. Stores and toy makers also are adjusting their marketing efforts amid parents’ concerns about Chinese-made products. FAO Schwarz has begun putting up small signs throughout its two stores in New York and Las Vegas that indicate the products’ country of origin. Little Tikes, acquired last November by MGA Entertainment, the maker of Bratz dolls, will be highlighting its American heritage on bigger labels starting in November, CEO Issac Larian said. He believes that Little Tikes could pick up some market share from Fisher-Price. He also thinks that its Bratz dolls, which are made in China but have not been caught up in any recalls, could get a boost if parents shy away from Barbie products after the recall of some Barbie accessories. Barbie dolls were not included in Mattel’s recall on Tuesday. Last March, Little Tikes recalled about 20,800 dinosaur and doggie flashlights because of lead paint, but Larian said that was before his company owned the brand. About 70 percent of Little Tikes’ products are made in the U.S. Still, while Larian and other toy executives say they may benefit from the woes of others, there are fears that concerns about the recalls could taint all brands. “This is giving a black eye to the industry,” Larian said. “People are going to be afraid of buying toys in general.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Holiday DUI crackdown nets 775 arrests already

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ Also, all CHP areas throughout the state will have increased staffing during the Christmas and New Years weekends. The state Office of Traffic Safety is providing grant funding for the Avoid DUI program’s efforts, including pay for officers working overtime on sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. Avoid programs concentrate on the Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends as well as the Labor Day period, but law enforcement agencies note that the year end holiday period is among the deadliest season of the year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The first four days of a winter holiday DUI crackdown netted 775 DUI arrests, and the campaign continues as the holiday party season ramps up and Southland law enforcement agencies battle drunken driving, authorities said. In Los Angeles County, the “Avoid DUI” task forces will conduct nearly three dozen checkpoints over the holiday season and nearly 200 extra patrols, said Investigator Sergio Borbon of the Gardena Police Department. Arrest numbers are expected to rise as DUI data collection continues for the next two weekends ending New Years Day. This weekend, the enforcement effort will include DUI checkpoints in Monterey Park, Covina and Baldwin park and saturation patrols in Carson, Long Beach, Azusaand Hawthorne, police said.last_img read more

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Pep Guardiola insists opinion on dropped keeper Claudio Bravo hasn’t changed

first_imgPep Guardiola insists his opinion of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has not changed despite dropping him from his Manchester City side.Bravo has struggled to impress at City since being controversially signed as a replacement for the abruptly-axed England number one Joe Hart earlier in the season.The Chilean’s disappointing form has led to him being left on the bench for City’s last three games but Guardiola retains faith in the 33-year-old former Barcelona goalkeeper.Guardiola said: “My opinion of Claudio remains the same. He’s a top player, a top goalkeeper. He’s one of the best in the world. His long career speaks for itself.“Football, of course, here is more particular, more crosses, more special things, but, of course, he is a top, top goalkeeper. For me, there’s no doubt about that.”Guardiola also denied having any regrets over his decisions to bring in Bravo, which was based on his superior footwork, or to allow Hart to join Torino on loan.He said: “The decision I take is based on what I see, why one player is not here and another is. That’s why I am here.”Despite his backing for Bravo, Guardiola revealed he had not yet decided whether he should return for Monday’s Premier League trip to Bournemouth.His replacement Willy Caballero has conceded just one goal in the three successive games he has started – the FA Cup win at Crystal Palace and Premier League defeats of West Ham and Swansea.“I don’t know,” said Guardiola when asked which goalkeeper would play at a press conference to preview the trip to the Vitality Stadium. “I will decide the day of the game.”Guardiola also underlined the club’s firm stance over the future of striker Sergio Aguero. City’s top scorer has had to settle for substitute’s roles in the last two Premier League games while new signing Gabriel Jesus has taken the chance to shine.That has refuelled speculation over whether Aguero might leave in the summer. Last week the player himself even made comments which were open to interpretation, saying after the Swansea game: “In these last three months that are left (this season) I have to help the club and the club will decide if I have a place here or not. I want to stay, of course.”Club officials almost immediately stressed in strong terms that the Argentinian, who is contracted until 2020, would be staying, backing up previous remarks to that effect by Guardiola.Asked about the situation again, Guardiola said: “Five minutes after those statements, Man City released a note saying the opinion of the club and manager about Sergio Aguero’s future.” Claudio Bravo has had to settle for a place on the bench in the last three games 1last_img read more

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