World’s largest baker commits to 100% renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:Grupo Bimbo, the world’s biggest baking company, has committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity by the year 2025.Headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico, Grupo Bimbo has also joined the RE100, a global initiative made up of some of the world’s biggest companies, all committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity.The RE100 is led by international non-profit The Climate Group in partnership with the CDP, previously known as the Carbon Disclosure Project. Other members of the RE100 include Facebook, Goldman Sachs, the Carlsberg Group and eBay.In a statement Tuesday, the Climate Group said that because of its renewable electricity use, Grupo Bimbo would save 440,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year by 2019. In Mexico, 70 percent of electricity used by the firm comes from wind energy, while it also uses rooftop solar power to provide it with clean energy.Daniel Servitje, the president and CEO of Grupo Bimbo, said that his company’s commitment represented “a major step towards our purpose of building a sustainable, highly productive, and deeply humane company.”Other new members of the RE100 announced Tuesday include Decathlon, Lyft and Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India.More: World’s biggest baking company goes green World’s largest baker commits to 100% renewableslast_img read more

Race to rent on in Townsville

first_imgRenting. Istock. Townsville Bulletin Real EstatePROSPECTIVE tenants are being forced to fight over properties and high quality stock is being snapped up in under 24 hours as Townsville’s rental market heats up.Agents across the city are reporting a spike in demand for well maintained rental properties in desirable locations.House hunters are inspecting properties with their applications pre-filled to give them the best chance of securing a home.People moving to Townsville for employment opportunities in the medicine, defence, mining and government are believed to be behind the surge in demand for rentals. The rental market is expected to further improve in 2019 as demand increases and vacancy rates tighten.REIQ Townsville Zone chairman and First National Nicholson owner Wayne Nicholson said securing a rental property was much tougher now than it was 12 months ago.“We’re getting multiple applications for properties and our vacancy rate is about 2.4 per cent,” he said.“The rental market has very much improved from where it was six or nine months ago.“I do believe that 2019 will be better than 2018 in the rental market as more infrastructure projects come on line.”Poorly maintained properties in low socio economic areas are still languishing on the market but there is fierce competition for high-quality homes which are often being tenanted before they become vacant.The official REIQ vacancy rate is sitting at about 4 per cent but agents are reporting the rate is being inflated by poorly maintained rental properties that are difficult to tenant.In September 2016 vacancy rates in Townsville peaked at 7.1 per cent before making a steady decline. The REIQ classifies a rental market as strong when the vacancy rate falls below 3 per cent.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Smith & Elliott principal Sally Elliott said the rental market had improved considerably.“We’re getting up to 14 groups of people turning up to inspect one property,” she said.“The rental market is markedly different to what it was six months ago and we’ve been sitting at about a 1 per cent vacancy rate.“A lot of the good properties are being rented before they even become vacant.”Ray White Geaney Property Group owner Ella Geaney said November to March was usually the busiest time of the year for rentals but the start of 2019 had been even busier than usual.“At the moment we have absolutely no vacancies in the northern beaches areas like Bushland Beach and we’re getting five or six applications to rent one property,” she said.“We are finding the family style homes are being snapped up really quickly, especially if they are well presented and well maintained.“The rental market is starting to lift and we’re also seeing rental prices increase.”Ms Geaney said prospective tenants trying to secure a rental should make sure they have all of their paperwork organised before conducting an inspection.“They should get online and make a booking to view the property and have all their applications ready to go,” she said.“Make sure you have all your references and anything else you’ll need organised because that’s what most people are doing now.”last_img read more

Van Gaal hopeful of keeping De Gea

first_img But Van Gaal does not think that was a sign from De Gea that his four-year spell at United was up. ”I believe still that David de Gea shall stay,” the United manager said. Following the stalemate against Arsenal, Van Gaal sounded somewhat more pessimistic about his star goalkeeper, who was named club player of the season this week for the second successive year. Two days after saying he had drawn up a list of potential replacements for United’s player of the season, the Dutchman admitted the lure of returning to his homeland may end up being too strong for De Gea. Van Gaal said in his post-match press conference last weekend: ”He is Spanish and his girlfriend is Spanish, now a Spanish club is coming, his father and mother come every week or every two weeks here, so it is difficult. But we would be very happy if he stays.” But there was a more optimistic tone from Van Gaal when he spoke at his weekly press conference at Carrington on Friday. The Spain international may even take the gloves back off Victor Valdes, who replaced De Gea after he suffered his hamstring injury. ”I want to play him against Hull City because of the fact that I have to put out my strongest team,” Van Gaal said. Real Madrid are interested in signing De Gea this summer and contract talks between United and the Spaniard have so far been unproductive. The 24-year-old waved to United fans as he left the pitch at Old Trafford last week after suffering an injury in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal. Press Association Louis van Gaal gave hope to Manchester United fans on Friday when he said he was optimistic about the chances of goalkeeper David de Gea staying at Old Trafford. ”And I think with David de Gea we have the strongest team. “I think De Gea is a better goalkeeper (than Valdes). ”He (De Gea) has trained today for the first time. He still had a problem so we have to wait and see tomorrow.” It is not just De Gea’s future that has been the source of speculation over the last few weeks. A number of players still have question marks over their futures. Robin van Persie, Anders Lindegaard, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Nani, Adnan Januzaj, James Wilson, Radamel Falcao and Javier Hernandez all could be playing their football elsewhere next year – either on loan or permanently. Van Gaal has spoken to a number of them about their futures already and will conclude discussions over the weekend. ”I shall talk with them maybe tomorrow,” Van Gaal said. ”We have a farewell drink after the match. I have the Monday to talk, and I have already this week for some players to talk so I shall do that. ”You have to wait and see how these talks develop in staying or going away.” After those discussions end, Van Gaal will fly to his villa in the Algarve for a well-earned rest. The 63-year-old had just two days off after the World Cup so he is looking forward to a break, but his phone will be close by his side just in case he is needed for any transfer business. “Immediately after the match we will have a farewell drink and after that we have a recovery day, and then we go off,” he told MUTV. “All the players have to fly out to international duties but I will go on holidays and I’m willing to go to my paradise in Portugal.” Asked if all transfer business will be left to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward during that time, Van Gaal said: “No, not to Ed because you also have a telephone and computer, so we are always in contact. “As a manager, you never have holidays but I am in a better climate than here in Manchester. I am sorry to say that!” Van Gaal, who has Wayne Rooney available for Sunday’s match, wants to end the season on a high even though he knows victory against Hull would mean relegation for former United defender Steve Bruce. Van Gaal added: ”I have said to the players in spite of him being a Manchester United guy, we have to do what everybody is expecting from us. ”We have the same approach as ever. We have to give our utmost best.” last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Including this game, the Cardinals have now sold out all 104 games that have been played at University of Phoenix Stadium, which opened in time for the 2006 season. Earlier Monday, the team announced musician Flo Rida will be performing at halftime Saturday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Top Stories Arizona Cardinals fans cheer during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers will be playing in front of a packed house Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.The team announced tickets for the game, which went on sale at 10 a.m. Arizona time Monday exclusively to buyers with an Arizona zip code, sold out within the first hour of availability.This will be the second time in the last month the Packers have played in Arizona, and the first game, which Arizona won 38-8, saw a healthy number of Green Bay fans in attendance. It is hoped that by limiting sales to Arizona residents, the stadium will be mostly filled with Cardinals fans.last_img read more