Holiday Favorite.

first_img As you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, just think of the way sweet potatoes have changed lives over the globe. Photo: Wayne McLaurin I never ate a sweet potato I didn’t like.Turkey and green beans (my children’s favorites), are holiday foods from the Americas. My own Thanksgiving favorite, the sweet potato — or as some call it, the yam — is another New World food.Growing up with the greatest cook in the world, we learned early to eat pretty much everything. In the blending of French, Italian, Creole and Cajun, though, there was always true “Southern cooking,” which involved sweet potatoes.French Fried for BreakfastMamma fixed them french fried for breakfast with cinnamon and brown sugar. For other meals, she baked, boiled or candied them with marshmallows, made mouth-watering pies and also sweet-potato chips. We also ate many cold sweet potatoes as a snack after getting in from school.My favorites, however, were the sweet-potato surprises. They were made from baked sweet potatoes that Mamma mashed with spices and rolled into golf-ball-size pieces. A depression with her thumb into the ball gave the right amount of space to insert one or two miniature marshmallows.Mamma then reformed the ball, rolled it in fresh-grated coconut and chopped pecans and baked it until the outside was crusty and the marshmallow melted inside.Sweet Potatoes or Yams?We called our sweet potatoes yams because the variety we grew was the Puerto Rican type that was moist-fleshed and very sweet. The name “sweet potato” and “yam” have been used interchangeably over the years.Actually, the African word nyami, referring to the starchy, edible root of the Dioscorea genus of plants, was adopted in its English form, yam.This plant has a very starchy, nonsweet tuber very unlike the moist-fleshed sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas). The National Society of Horticulture Science now refers to our “yam” as sweetpotato — one word (but dictionaries still list it as two words).High in Vitamin AThe sweet potato is high in carbohydrates and vitamin A. It has an abundance of uses. We cook the leaves like greens. And besides eating the roots all those wonderful ways, we process them into snacks and candy for people, feed for animals, starch, flour, alcohol and a variety of industrial products.Sweet potatoes yield very well under a wide range of environmental conditions. They can produce more edible energy per acre per day than wheat, rice or cassava.Ranking seventh in total production among global food crops, more than 95 percent of the world’s sweet potatoes are grown in emerging countries, typically by small-scale farmers and often in marginal areas. In developing countries, it is the fifth most important food crop and is grown more than any other root crop.A History of Saving LivesThis hardy root crop has a long history of saving lives. The Japanese have repeatedly relied on it after typhoons have devastated rice crops. Sweet potatoes kept millions from starvation in famine-plagued China in the early 1960s. And in Uganda, where a virus ravaged cassava crops in the 1990s, rural communities depended on sweet potatoes to keep hunger at bay.In the densely populated, semiarid plains of eastern Africa, the sweet potato is called cilera abana, “protector of the children.” The sweet potato is now the latest great hope in the war on blindness, too.In Africa, 3 million children under 5 years old suffer blindness or some form of degenerative eye disease due to a lack of vitamin A in their diet. Scientists have spent the past decade breeding orange-flesh, high-vitamin-A sweet potatoes to suit Africans’ taste.As you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, just think of the way sweet potatoes have changed lives over the globe.last_img read more

Mitsui considering sale of Australia coal mine stake

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ET Economic World:Japanese trading firm Mitsui & Co Ltd may sell its stake in an Australia thermal coal mine in the face of growing pressure to divest coal assets amid mounting concerns over climate change, its chief executive officer said on Wednesday.“We’ve made it clear that we won’t invest in new thermal coal mining projects,” Mitsui President and Chief Executive Officer Tatsuo Yasunaga told analysts. “We will consider selling our stake in an Australian mine which produces only thermal coal if there is a good opportunity,” he said.The trading company has said it would trim its thermal coal assets in the long term amid growing pressure worldwide for companies to cut reliance on the fossil fuel, but would continue to invest in coking coal – a key raw material for steel-making.Rival Marubeni Corp said in September that it would halve its net coal-fired power generating capacity by 2030 to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.Under a goal unveiled in July, Mitsui also aims to double the ratio of power generating capacity from renewable energy to 30 percent in its total capacity by 2030 while cutting the portion of coal-fired power. Mitsui’s total net power generating capacity stood at 9.1 GW as of September, with coal-fired power accounting for 22 percent, gas-fired power 62 percent and renewable 16 percent.More: Japan’s Mitsui may sell stake in Australia thermal coal mine Mitsui considering sale of Australia coal mine stakelast_img read more

Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Founder, Dead At 71

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lou Reed, the singer/songwriter/guitarist who redefined rock and roll with the Velvet Underground, died Sunday at his home in Southampton, according to his publicist, losing a battle with liver disease. He was 71 years old.Born in Brooklyn and raised in Freeport, Reed founded the Velvet Underground in 1965 with musician John Cale. Known for their experimental, often haunting and sonically crushing art-punk-noise that came to define and embody the image, attitude and darker elements of ’60s counterculture New York, the Velvet Underground, though not commercially successful during its time, ranks as one of the most influential groups in rock and roll history, and Reed the scene and genre’s outlaw poet laureate.The band was infamously managed by Andy Warhol and house band at his Factory.Reed’s solo career spans decades and more than two dozen albums since his departure from the Velvets in the early 1970s, including such hits as the addictively gritty “Walk On The Wild Side” in 1972 and among his most recent projects, 2011’s spoken-word metal-noise album Lulu with Metallica.Reed’s songs encompass subjects ranging from love and drugs to sex and street life, delivered with an intimacy and visceral clarity that thread even the most tragic and depressive storylines with strands of pure beauty. They are sincere, honest. They bleed life.Artists, writers and musicians from Salman Rushdie to the Pixies posted online tributes to the late, great rock innovator and pioneer across social media sites Sunday, with the latter Tweeting: “R.I.P. LOU REED….A LEGEND”“The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet,” Tweeted Cale. “I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy.’”last_img read more

Facility Solutions: Attracting branch visits

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Last month, a family-owned bank requested a proposal to create a new branch prototype and brand experience that would entice current and potential customers to visit its branches. Yes, to increase rather than decrease visits to branches. The bank’s rationale is that 1) it cannot compete online with big market players, including a number of sophisticated and well branded credit unions; 2) its leadership is worried about future alternative financial providers that have customer-attracting and retaining inroads through heavy online promotion and consumer retail locations; 3) it needs to engage small business owners at the street level; 4) it must provide appropriately enhanced locations for providing wealth management services; and 5) it wants to buck the trend of branch closures with highly engaging retail centers in markets with below-average transaction migration. The newly designed branches will be a tangible way to promote its brand while the more unknown impacts of evolving technology and customer preferences plays out.While this strategy seems to fly in the face of current thinking, there are a number of exceptionally well-branded branch models across the country that have succeeded in creating powerful bonding experiences and planting the brand experience in the subconscious.Capital One’s advertising, which often includes images of its cafés, is a prime example of how the physical experience as well as the branch media experience is used to create a hook or platform upon which to build additional experiences. The physical branch experience is often the most connective to members due to its visceral nature. The visual experience through advertising may be less impactful, but it is controllable and a fraction of the cost per viewer, making the remote image as valuable as the in-person experience. This suggests the cost of developing a strong image in the branch and projecting it online may be as valuable or more so than the physical location. With these images, we are creating good feelings—rather than conveying facts—which is more effective for mass marketing.last_img read more

Tory Burch Just Marked Down So Many Cult-Favorite Boots & Bags

first_imgUs Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.Black Friday apparently came early — well, at least in Tory Burch’s case. The beloved brand just marked down so many amazing items — and yes, that includes some cult classics that rarely (if ever) hit the sale rack!- Advertisement – See it!Get the Brooke Knee Boot (originally $498) on sale with free shipping for just $369 at Tory Burch!These Sleek Heeled Ankle BootsKira BootKira Boot Tory BurchThese buttery smooth suede boots can elevate a staple combo of jeans and a sweater to new heights. See it!Get the Kira Boot (originally $398) on sale with free shipping for just $299 at Tory Burch!These Trendy Leather BootsMiller Lug Sole BootMiller Lug Sole Boot Tory BurchFeel like a rock star in these edgy, high-heeled black booties. They’re giving us Rick Owens vibes — chic! See it!Get the Miller Lug Sole Boot (originally $428) on sale with free shipping for just $319 at Tory Burch!This Small Crossbody ToteGemini Link Canvas Small Top-Zip Tote BagGemini Link Canvas Small Top-Zip Tote Bag Tory BurchYou can rock this miniature version of the iconic Gemini tote in two ways: as a crossbody or a shoulder bag! See it!Get the Gemini Link Canvas Small Top-Zip Tote Bag (originally $228) on sale with free shipping for just $169 at Tory Burch!This Mini Hobo BagMiller Metal-Logo Mini HoboMiller Metal-Logo Mini Hobo Tory BurchThe hobo bag obsession that dominated the mid-200os is officially back, and Tory Burch updated the style with this sophisticated purse. See it!Get the Miller Lug Sole Boot (originally $498) on sale with free shipping for just $299 at Tory Burch!These Bright Logo Flip Flops Minnie Flip-FlopMinnie Flip-Flop Tory BurchWhy wear plain flip flops when you can get a bright, standout pair like these? See it!Get the Minnie Flip-Flop (originally $98) on sale with free shipping for just $79 at Tory Burch!This Adorable Printed Zip-Top ToteGemini Link Canvas Top-Zip Tote BagGemini Link Canvas Top-Zip Tote Bag Tory BurchWe are completely in love with the oversized Gemini Link print on this terrific tote! Plus, this version has a zipper for extra protection. See it!Get the Gemini Link Canvas Top-Zip Tote Bag (originally $328) on sale with free shipping for just $249 at Tory Burch!This Simple Leather Flap ClutchMiller Metal-Logo ClutchMiller Metal-Logo Clutch Tory BurchThis is the definition of an elegant evening purse. It will look great with any dress you team with it! See it!Get the Miller Metal-Logo Clutch (originally $278) on sale with free shipping for just $209 at Tory Burch!This Quilted Crossbody Kira Chevron Textured Small Camera BagKira Chevron Textured Small Camera Bag Tory BurchThis is the ideal compact crossbody to wear on a dinner date. Gorgeous! See it!Get the Kira Chevron Textured Small Camera Bag (originally $378) on sale with free shipping for just $259 at Tory Burch!This Organizational TotePerry Triple-Compartment Tote BagPerry Triple-Compartment Tote Bag Tory BurchThis purse has three different compartments so you can keep everything you need in its place. See it!Get the Perry Triple-Compartment Tote Bag (originally $348) on sale with free shipping for just $239 at Tory Burch!Looking for more? Check out all of the latest markdowns and shop all of the clothing, handbags and accessories at Tory Burch!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at [email protected] Happy shopping! From boots, to crossbody bags, to top-selling totes, we rounded up our favorite pieces that are sure to sell out quickly. What are you waiting for? It’s Tory time!These Suede Ankle BootiesBrooke Suede Ankle BootBrooke Suede Ankle Boot Tory BurchThese Chelsea-style boots have a low heel that you can wear all day long.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img See it!Get the Brooke Suede Ankle Boot (originally $398) on sale with free shipping for just $299 at Tory Burch!These Knee-High BootsBrooke Knee BootBrooke Knee Boot Tory Burch- Advertisement – Riding boots are simply timeless, and this is a pair you’re bound to treasure for years to come.last_img read more

Wembley helps Quintain beat goals

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Bank Danamon, Investree eye SMEs in new loan channeling agreement

first_imgPublicly listed private lender PT Bank Danamon Indonesia signed on Thursday a loan channeling agreement with financial technology (fintech) platform PT Investree Radhika Jaya. The partnership will focus on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by tapping into the segment’s growing number of businesses.With the agreement, Bank Danamon will provide loan funding through the peer-to-peer lender’s (P2P) platform, enabling SMEs to borrow with higher credit limits “as if they are applying through a bank”, Bank Danamon wrote in a statement.“We are giving our SME borrowers much easier access to their financing needs, and more importantly, we will continue our commitment to supporting the growth of Indonesian SMEs as the backbone of this country’s economy,” Bank Danamon president director Yasushi Itagaki told a press briefing in Jakarta during the announcement. Indonesia’s approximately 64.2 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) play a huge role in the country’s economy as they accounted for 99.9 percent of total businesses in 2018. MSMEs also account for 61 percent of GDP.Read also: Bank Danamon to get new boss following mergerBank Danamon vice president director Michellina Laksmi Triwardhany said the partnership would allow the bank to tap into a new customer base, a different market segment than the bank had yet to cater to. “Danamon usually gives out loans worth Rp 2 billion to Rp 20 billion to SMEs, meanwhile in our partnership with Investree, the maximum loan will be Rp 2 billion,” Michellina said. The loan channeling scheme will cater to borrowers applying for loans worth between Rp 200 million to Rp 2 billion. The average loan ticket size would be under Rp 500 million, Michellina said. “This is aligned with our vision because Danamon prioritizes SMEs as one of our engines for business growth.” As the party who will be in charge of assessing prospective borrowers, Investree will implement several measures as forms of risk mitigation. It will utilize online information networks, for example, e-procurement and artificial technology, to help build its credit-scoring system. “We are looking into supporting infrastructures for the lending business, [including] SMEs credit-scoring, [which] is something that we are developing as we speak,” Investree cofounder and CEO Adrian Gunadi told the audience at Thursday’s announcement. Read also: P2P lenders create thousands of jobs, reduce poverty: StudyP2P platforms have contributed Rp 60 trillion to the GDP as of June 2019, primarily through MSMEs, according to a study conducted by local think thank Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) and the Indonesian Fintech Lenders Association (AFPI).Adrian said that his Investree had formed partnerships with three banks, including Danamon and two multifinance corporations. These institutional lenders contributed about 30 percent of the total lending portfolio as of December last year. The rest were from retail lenders. The partnership agreement between Bank Danamon and Investree is the third of its kind as the two parties had joined forces in other initiatives in the past four years, namely on cash finance services and opening savings accounts.Investree is up and running in three countries, namely Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, with almost 2,000 SMEs and 80,000 lenders connected to its platform, Adrian said. (ydp)center_img Topics :last_img read more

WHO’S FUNDING REDS? Iloilo town execs warned: Stop aiding NPAs, or else…

first_imgHe added that it will be able to gaugethe support of the local government units if it will welcome the creation ofthe Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) intheir municipalities. “We have our eyes on them and we arecompelled to report them to DILG (Department of the Interior and LocalGovernment),” he said. “We  are  dealingwith this problem for 50 years so high time that we face this problem nato kasi it hampers and hinders development in our area if we are going tosupport lawless elements kasi sa tingin ko they are longerideologist but brigands, robbers, criminals, roaming around the hinterlands,”Vilela said. According to Vilela, it’s just a fairwarning for these local officials who continue doing it. “It should be cascaded to the municipallevel, from there, we can gauge if there are still local government unitssupporting the rebels,” he said. Supporting the communist rebels in anyform and means is going against the government, according to Iloilo PoliceProvincial Office (IPPO) director Colonel Roland Vilela. With Executive Order 70, which adoptsthe whole-of-nation approach, Vilela urged the support of the government andthe private sector to face the insurgency problem. Vilela did not disclose the names of thelocal chief executives but said they are from “NPA-infested areas” in theprovince. But he still cautioned that DILG mayfile cases against these politicians before the elections if it is establishedthat they are still financing the NPA during the campaign season. Vilela was referring to mayors, vice mayors,Sangguniang Bayan members, and other local officials allegedly supporting the localterrorists by submitting to their extortion activities and shelling outpermit-to-campaign fees.“Ito yung mga nag-support noong elections nagbigay sila ng revolutionary tax at tsaka permit to campaign, pero di ba it’s another form of support,” he said. center_img He, however, said the alleged support ofthe elected government officials to the CPP-NPA are not considered rampant oractive.“It’s not that active, percentage wise. If we talk of the 42 towns and onecomponent city of the province,” Vilela said. The challenge is how we can give ablanket security doon sa local elected officials and mgatao na nandon kasi babalik yan sila eh. Challenge sa aminyun,” thepoliceprovincial director added. The PTF –ELCAC is to be formed by theprovince after the passage of the joint resolution of the Provincial Peace andOrder Council and the Provincial Development Council. Vilela further said some of the mayorsheeded to the demands of the CPP-NPA out of fear. “Wala pa tayog profiling kasinga tingnan natin kung mag-support sila sa ELCAC kasi afterthe creation sa provincial, it should be same sa municipallevel,” dugang pa ni Vilela. He disclosed that four mayors wereallegedly aiding the rebels during the election time but “this is a work inprogress, based on the initial (monitoring), that’s the number.” ILOILO – The province’s top cop has warned politicians to stopsubmitting to extortion activities of the Communist Party of the Philippines-NewPeople’s Army (CPP-NPA). The CPP-NPA is listed as a terroristorganization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom,Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines./PNlast_img read more

Metro Manila to undergo curfew, mall closures

first_imgMetropolitan Manila DevelopmentAuthority General Manager Jojo Garcia said on Saturday that the localgovernment units of Metro Manila have agreed to the imposition of curfew in bidto contain the spread of the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. Garcia, however,said that those who will be travelling to and from their workplace and thosewho were buying essential needs such as foods and medicines will be exemptedfrom the curfew.“Ang curfew na pinag-usapan from 8 pm to 5 a.m., bawal ‘yung magigimmickexcept for workers,” Garcia said. “Hindinaman po sila huhulihin pero pagsasabihan sila na umuwi na.”The Department of the Interior and Local Government, however, clarified thatthe imposition and implementation of a COVID-19 curfew on Metro Manila willdepend on the ordinances yet to be passed by local government units (LGUs).“The legal basis for the curfew includes the ordinances and the mayors agreedto issue these on Monday,” Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said. “It is an added measure requested and approved by the Metro Manila mayors. Now,it is dependent on the respective city council to pass their ordinance,” headded.Meanwhile, the Metro Manila mayors have also requested all bars, establishmentsand other related entertainment shops to shut down during the 30-day quarantinewhich runs from March 15 to April 14.“Ang bukas lang is supermarket,grocery, banks and other essentials again. Sabinga ng mga mayors natin sa panahongito sino ba naman ang magsha-shoppingpa ng bagong sapatos, bagong damit?” Garcia said.The Department of Transportation (DOTr) also announced suspended and limitedoperations of various modes of public transportation during the Metro Manilacommunity quarantine.This includes the temporary suspension of motorcycle taxi operations,provincial buses, jeepneys, UV express with interregional operations to andfrom Metro Manila, passenger sea vessels to and from Metro Manila.DOTr said that all passengers with flu-like symptoms and a temperature of over38 degrees Celsius  will be denied entry in terminals. All PUV drivers andconductors must wear face masks all the time too.Cargo trucks and vans from the Port of Manila will be required to have a cargoentry permit from the Philippine Ports Authority.The Philippine government implemented community quarantine in Metro Manilaafter it upgraded its alert level to Code Red Sub-Level 2 because of theevidence of community transmission and prevalence of COVID-19 cases beyond whatthe government can address.Currently, the Philippines has 98 confirmed cases, including eight deaths, ofcoronavirus disease. Most of the patients diagnosed with the coronavirusdisease are admitted to hospitals from Metro Manila./PN MANILA – Metro Manila will beplaced under curfew from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. during the month-longcommunity quarantine that begins today. last_img read more