Research to boost rooibos exports

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Research to boost rooibos exports

first_imgRooibos is indigenous to the Cedarberg region, north-west of Cape Town. This is the only place in the  world where Rooibos grows naturally. (Image: SA Rooibos Council) The rooibos industry is a major employer in the Cederberg and surrounding areas. The industry is labour-intensive and provides about 4 500 jobs. (Image: SA Rooibos Council) MEDIA CONTACTS • Soekie Snyman  SA Rooibos Council   +27 21 552 8845RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa develops rooibos flavour wheel • Cookies with a cause in SA • South African olive oil is the best, study shows • Online ad help for small business • Amarula cream a global market leaderWilma den HartighThe South African Rooibos Council is participating in an international project to improve the export competitiveness of rooibos, one of the country’s most well-known products.The project is a combined effort between the SA Rooibos Council and the International Trade Centre – a joint agency of the World Trade Organisation and the UN. Funding for the project is provided by the government of The Netherlands.“We are delighted that international funders see the potential to take the rooibos product further,” says Soekie Snyman from the Rooibos Council.South Africa is the world’s only producer of rooibos, which is a unique selling point of the product. Classified as a herb, rooibos is part of the fynbos family of plants found in the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six recognised floral kingdoms of the world.Used mainly as tea but available in a wide variety of other products, rooibos is indigenous to the Cederberg region north-west of Cape Town and will only grow in this area. The region’s hot and dry summers, winter rainfall and coarse sandy soil provide ideal growing conditions for the hardy rooibos plant.According to the SA Rooibos Council, 72% of South African households buy rooibos tea and sales are increasing at about 5% a year. While the value of exported tea has increased by an average 26% year-on-year between 2005 and 2009, more than 90% of rooibos is exported in bulk, with little value added.In 2007 the world’s largest flavour company Givaudan named rooibos as one of the flavours to watch in its annual FlavourVision forecast. Since then, rooibos has gone from being a flavour to watch to a local and international beverage of choice.Thinking creatively about rooibosThe research initiative will help the industry to think more creatively about marketing the sought-after herb.“To sustain the growth we’ve achieved over the past 12 years we have to continue developing the domestic market as well as assess new opportunities to expand exports,” says Martin Bergh, chairman of the SA Rooibos Council.The research project will help the industry to better understand rooibos’s export potential, explore ways to increase current production, sustain jobs and boost the value of exported tea.Currently about half of the 12 000 tons of rooibos produced annually is exported, mostly to Germany. According to Snyman, Germany buys and sells the largest quantities of herbs such as rooibos. “It is the international herb trading capital of the world,” she says.Rooibos is exported to more than 30 countries. Germany, The Netherlands, Japan, the UK and US are the biggest importers.In addition to the opportunities for value adding, the rooibos industry is a major employer in the Cederberg and surrounding areas. The industry is labour-intensive and provides about 4 500 jobs.The South African government has recognised this as one of the focus areas in its Industrial Policy Action Plan – by promoting the exports of added-value rooibos products, jobs in the sector will be better protected.Taking these factors into account, the goal of the initial six-month project is to conduct an in-depth analysis of the structure and pricing of the German rooibos market. The findings will help the industry to identify new opportunities and market segments.In a statement Lilia Naas, programme manager at the International Trade Centre, explained that the research forms part of the inception phase of the project. Should the results prove encouraging, a second phase of the project would implement activities to improve the positioning of rooibos in international markets.Value adding potentialSnyman says that rooibos is a versatile product that is used extensively in the manufacture of products such as pet skincare ranges, alcoholic liqueurs, rooibos-smoked butter, salad dressings, yoghurt, jams, jellies and biscuits.Rooibos is also a favourite ingredient in experimental cuisine. At the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town, which recently made it onto the Condé Nast Traveler Magazine listing of the 80 best new hotels in the world, you can enjoy rooibos ice-cream as part of their fynbos-inspired menu.Although value adding is important, Snyman says that the main focus of the industry is still tea. “There is a growing market trend for speciality teas. In South Africa, the speciality tea market is still small, but it’s growing fast,” she says.South Africa’s unofficial national drinkBesides its sweet flavour, another reason for the increasing popularity of rooibos is the proven health benefits.The SA Rooibos Council has invested more than R2-million (US$252 000) in independent scientific research to determine the benefits of rooibos. It is funding six projects at several local universities and science councils, focusing on how rooibos can counter cancer and stress as well as the link between rooibos and exercise. A project on rooibos and obesity is also underway.A recent collaborative study by scientists at four international research facilities found the first clinical evidence that drinking rooibos tea significantly increases the antioxidant capacity in human blood, boosting the body’s natural defences.last_img read more

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Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith

first_imgMike Myers. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“He’s our stand-in import,” bared TNT team manager Virgil Villavicencio, as both Smith and Myers attended the pre-Finals press conference at Sambokojin in Libis on Monday.TNT coach Nash Racela is keeping his faith in Smith.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In my mind, it’s still Joshua,” Racela said.Joshua Smith speaks with the media during a pre-finals press conference on Monday, June 19, 2017, at Sambokojin in Eastwood, Libis. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSmith is still recovering from a torn ligament in his right foot, an injury he sustained early in Game 3 of TNT’s semifinals series against Ginebra. Uncertainty still looms over the TNT camp regarding which import the team is fielding in for Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.Though Joshua Smith showed signs of promise days before Game 1, the KaTropa have left no stones unturned as they flew in a possible replacement import in Mike Myers.ADVERTISEMENT Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “Of course at this point, if we could, we want to stick with Joshua. He’s familiar with the game, with the PBA, the officiating. He’s been with the team for a month and a half, so the question is why replace him if he can play?” he said. “If we can stick with him until the last game, then we will. If he can play Game 1, then we’ll stick with him.”Smith thinks he can still be of use for the KaTropa in their title quest.“I’m just taking it day by day. I feel good. The last two days really helped. I’m ready.”Smith reiterated that regardless of his condition, the goal is still the same which is to win a title.“I came over with one goal, to help TNT win the championship. We’re going up against a really good team. I just hope it’s a great series,” he saidADVERTISEMENT MOST READ From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 launch on October 25: Snapdragon 845, 10GB RAM and everything else we know so far

first_imgOn Thursday, October 25, Xiaomi is going to announce the Mi Mix 3 at an event in Beijing. The company has been revealing key details about the upcoming flagship almost every day now and we have a good amount of knowledge about what the device will be bringing. Xiaomi is looking to close the year on a strong note, which is why the company seems to be going all out on the Mi Mix 3. The original Mi Mix can be credited for starting the bezel-less trend, and the third iteration will likely inspire a few more trends.From 10GB of RAM to 5G support, the Mi Mix 3 will be bringing a few interesting features never seen before on a smartphone. The company has also been making some strides in terms of design as well, by offering a near bezel-less display with a slide-out mechanism similar to the Oppo Find X. Based on everything Xiaomi and past leaks have told us, here’s what you can expect the Mi Mix 3 to bring later this month.– Starting off with the design, the Mi Mix 3 will sport an all-screen display. By all-screen we mean truly all screen and almost no bezels all around. The teasers and images posted by the company show an edge-to-edge display with no notch. So, Xiaomi is taking the Oppo route and is hiding the cameras and sensors in a slide out mechanism instead.– There is a difference, however, to how the mechanism works on the Mi Mix 3 compared to the Find X. Oppo’s phone mechanically raises the slide out panel when trying to unlock the phone through face unlock or when opening the camera app. With the Mi Mix 3, it seems the user will have to physically slide down the front panel with their finger to reveal the cameras behind. This will likely be required every time you want to unlock the phone via face unlock, but it’s just a speculation as of now.advertisement– We haven’t seen a lot of images revealing the rear panel of the Mi Mix 3, so it’s hard to say what we can expect. If it’s anything like the Mi Mix 2, then you can expect a curved ceramic body with the M Mix 3 as well. We also expect to see dual rear cameras on the back and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, unless Xiaomi has decided to use an in-display sensor instead. — The Mi Mix 3 will rock a Snapdragon 845 chipset since Qualcomm is yet to announce its successor. More important is the fact that this chipset will be paired with a whopping 10GB of RAM. This would make the Mi Mix 3 the first smartphone to come with this amount of RAM. This is of course the top-end variant, and Xiaomi may announce a 6GB or 8GB variant of the as well. The 10GB variant will be available in certain markets only, as per Xiaomi.– Apart from confirming 10GB of RAM, Xiaomi has also revealed that the Mi Mix 3 will be one of the first commercial smartphones to support 5G speeds. The next generation cellular technology will ensure blazing fast speeds and the Mi Mix 3 will be ready for that. 5G is yet to see a commercial deployment and it will be a few years before it becomes a standard.– Xiaomi’s teaser also confirmed that the Mi Mix 3 will get 24-megapixel dual camera setup on the front.However, it’s still unclear whether both the sensors are 24MP or just one of them. Either way, this would be a significant update over the 5MP front-facing camera on the Mi Mix 2.– Some rumours suggest that the Mi Mix 3 will come with a dedicated Xiao AI button placed on one side of the phone. The button will likely work similar to the Bixby button on some Samsung phones. Pressing the button will activate Xiaomi’s AI assistant that will help you with day-to-day tasks.– As for the pricing, reports say that the Mi Mix 3 will start at CNY 3799 which comes to around Rs 40,000 in India. This price is said to be for the 6GB + 256GB variant. To recall, the Mi Mix 2 was launched in India at Rs 35,999, but the phone has since received a few price cuts and can now be found for Rs 29,999 on Flipkart.last_img read more

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A timeline of key events in the case of alleged serial killer

first_imgA timeline of key events in the case of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur based on information released by Toronto police:___September 2010 — Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, disappears from Toronto’s gay village.Dec. 29, 2010 — Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, is reported missing to Peel Regional Police, west of Toronto. Police have said he was last seen in Toronto’s gay village.October 2012 — Majeed Kayhan, 58, of Toronto, is reported missing.November 2012 — Police launch Project Houston to investigate the disappearances of Faizi, Navaratnam and Kayhan.April 2014 — Police close Project Houston, saying none of their findings would classify anyone as a suspect of a criminal offence.August 2015 — Soroush Mahmudi, 50, of Toronto, is reported missing.May 2016 – July 2017 — Police believe Dean Lisowick, 43 or 44, of no fixed address, was killed by McArthur during this time span.April 14, 2017 — Selim Esen, 44, is reported missing from the area of Toronto’s Yonge and Bloor streets.June 26, 2017 — Andrew Kinsman, 49, is reported missing from the area of Parliament and Winchester streets.August 2017 — Police launch Project Prism to investigate the disappearances of Esen and Kinsman.September 2017 — Project Prism officers identify Bruce McArthur “as someone to be included or excluded as being involved in the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman.”Dec. 8, 2017 — Police Chief Mark Saunders says the force will review its practices in missing persons investigations. He denies that there is evidence suggesting a serial killer is walking the streets of Toronto.Jan. 17, 2018 — Police uncover evidence suggesting McArthur was responsible for both Kinsman and Esen’s deaths, along with the deaths of other unidentified people.Jan. 18, 2018 — McArthur is arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Esen and Kinsman. Police say McArthur is believed to be responsible for other deaths.Jan. 19, 2018 — McArthur has his first court appearance.Jan. 29, 2018 — McArthur is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Mahmudi, Kayhan and Lisowick. Police call McArthur an alleged serial killer and say more victims may be identified.Feb. 8, 2018 — Police say they’ve recovered the remains of six people from planters at a house where McArthur worked as a landscaper, and say they expect to lay more charges.Feb. 13, 2018 — Police say excavation at the home’s backyard turned up no human remains, but suggest they may “revisit the scene” when the weather warms up.Feb. 23, 2018 — Police lay a sixth charge of first-degree murder against McArthur, identify Navaratnam as one of the alleged victims whose remains were found in the planters.March 5, 2018 — Police say they’ve recovered the remains of a seventh person linked to McArthur. They also release the photograph of a dead man believed to be a victim of McArthur in the hopes the public will help identify him.April 11, 2018 — Police lay a seventh murder charge against McArthur in Faizi’s death.last_img read more

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