Marks & Spencer (M&S) has revealed it had its “biggest ever” Easter week, as total UK food sales for the fourth quarter grew by 6.3%.The company revealed the news in its latest trading statement, for the 13 weeks to 30 March, highlighting a 2.6% growth in total UK sales, with group sales up 3.1% and overall like-for-like (LFL) UK sales up 0.6%.M&S said it had achieved more than three years of positive consecutive like-for-like sales growth within its food division, as food LFLs increased by 4% in Q4.Marc Bolland, chief executive, M&S, said:“We delivered an excellent result in food, with performance well ahead of the market, as customers continued to trust us for provenance and quality. We are increasingly seen as the destination shop for special occasions. Multi-channel sales growth accelerated and our international business also performed well during the quarter.”The Telegraph reported this morning (11 April) that M&S had sold more than 600,000 boxes of its mini Belgian chocolate hot cross buns this Easter.The firm added that it was pleased to be unaffected by the recent issues affecting the food industry, in light of the horsemeat scandal, and that it was “extremely proud” of its long-term relationships with farmers and suppliers, based on trust, provenance and market-leading quality at all times.M&S’ multi-channel growth also experienced growth during the fourth quarter, as a result of the increased participation in its click-and-collect offering called ‘Shop Your Way’, alongside an rise in web traffic. The company reported a more than 70% increase in mobile sales on last year, at a time when M&S has recently upgraded its mobile app.Discussing its outlook for the year, M&S said: “In January we said we expect the pressure on consumers’ disposable incomes to continue throughout 2013. As a result we were cautious about the outlook for the year ahead and this view remains unchanged. We continue to make good progress in transforming Marks & Spencer from a traditional UK retailer to an international multi-channel retailer.”On reporting M&S’ Q4 trading results, British Baker’s sister title M&C Report revealed the firm had opened its first standalone café at its London Paddington headquarters, accommodating 70 covers and serving made-to-order hot breakfast rolls, muffins, cakes and in-house baked pastries.
The Electric Beethoven album Beathoven came out last week, treating fans to jammed out interpretations of the 3rd and 6th Symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven. Spearheaded by bassist Reed Mathis, the foundations of these interpretations were certainly laid down on the album, but they truly come to life in the live setting.The band has spent the last several months debuting this “classical dance music” material to the live setting, with a recent show at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio. Thanks to Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven, we can listen to the opening segment, a 17-minute “Finale” from Symphony No.3, remastered from the night’s soundboard audio.We recently sat down with Mathis to discuss the project.”I honestly think that this is the beginning of the most exciting and rewarding music of my life so far,” he explained. Read the full interview here.You can catch Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive event on Saturday, October 22nd, alongside 50+ artists at three beloved Brooklyn venues. With members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, The Disco Biscuits and more all performing, we can’t wait for this festival! All information about Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here.
Aug 31, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Egyptian authorities have reported two more H5N1 avian influenza cases, both in children, raising the country’s total for this year to 34, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.Both patients have been treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and are in stable condition, the WHO said.One is a 14-year-old girl from Damitta governorate who fell ill on Aug 21 and was hospitalized 2 days later. The other patient is 2-year-old girl from Menofyia governorate. She became ill Aug 23 and was admitted to a fever hospital Aug 26, the agency said.The WHO said investigations indicated that both girls had contact with dead and/or sick poultry.Meanwhile, the Egypt-based Web site Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) reported that sampling triggered by the human case in Menofyia detected the virus yesterday in some household chickens. SAIDR said two other poultry outbreaks were also found yesterday, in Fayoum and Beheira governorates.Of the 34 human H5N1 cases in Egypt this year, 4 have been fatal. The country has had a total of 85 cases and 27 deaths since the avian flu virus arrived in 2006, according to the WHO.With the latest cases, the WHO’s global H5N1 count reached 440 cases with 262 deaths.See also:Aug 31 WHO report on Egypt H5N1 caseshttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_08_31/en/index.html
Before Florida’s State Re-Open Task Force submits its final report on how to reopen the state’s economy, the committee is requesting the input of Floridians. In making the announcement, the governor’s office said “public feedback will be a critical component” of the task force’s final report to the Governor. On Saturday, the task force launched a public comment submission portal where Florida residents can make their own recommendations. As of Sunday morning, the state reported more than 30, 800 COVID-19 cases including 1,055 deaths. The 22-member committee, which includes Broward Mayor Dale Holness, spent last week deliberating and putting together recommendations on which businesses can reopen and how soon. Governor Ron DeSantis did advise, however, that no movie theaters and sports venues will be open in May. DeSantis said the first phase of reopening may not correspond with the ending of the state’s stay-at-home order, which will expire on Thursday, April 30. Residents may submit feedback on any topic related to the re-opening of Florida’s economy, including the impacts to small business, healthcare, education, tourism, agriculture, retail, recreation, sports and construction. The submission portal can be accessed here.
Tech This Out: Samsung Galaxy Note 10, GamesCon and Disney+More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTCL 8-Series Lighting Test01:10OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0003:2403:24 (Image credit: LetsGoDigital)The illustrations also show that there’s no notch or punch-hole depicted on the screen of the phone, and no markings on the top edge to indicate a pop-up module.This might be purely a shortcut so the illustrator could focus on the more interesting part of the phone, or could hint at Xiaomi’s under-display camera tech, and that it intends for it to be used on many of its future devices. You can also spot what looks like a USB-C port on the bottom edge of the phone. Smartphone patents should be considered carefully. While these are definitely real documents, just because a company has reserved an idea that doesn’t mean it plans to use it.iPhone 11 Will Support Apple Pencil, Says AnalystGalaxy Note 10 Spec Leak Is a Big Surprise (Update)Move Over, Samsung: Oppo’s Gorgeous Waterfall Display Beats Galaxy Phones Xiaomi is gaining a reputation for making some fantastically innovative smartphone concepts and patents. From its three-part folding phone to its front camera bump to its under-display selfie camera, it’s clear there’s plenty of imagination to go around its Beijing HQ.What’s next? How about a solar-powered phone? As discovered by LetsGoDigital (via TechRadar), Xiaomi patented a smartphone with a photovoltaic cell on the back in July 2018. The panel covers most of the of the phone’s back surface, excluding the very bottom, and the top section where the camera (a two lens array) is located according to the illustrations you can see below. The panel would be fairly thin, or be at least flush with the rest of the phone’s back, since it doesn’t add any additional height according to the illustrations. It also looks like it will be slightly curved based on the shape of the rest of the back.These are the smartphones with the best battery lifeThis wouldn’t be the first phone with a solar panel. Samsung released the Crest Solar/Solar Guru in 2009 in a few markets, a budget feature phone with a solar cell on the back. At the other end of the price spectrum, the Russian smartphone customizer Caviar also sells a solar powered iPhone X, although this costs over four times as much as the already costly original handset.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.
The hackers targeted the company’s secure operating system, fraud prevention, security network, and Anti-APT solution and services.According to Kaspersky, the source code of the company’s products is undamaged, and the attack will only improve its defensive technologies.“By disclosing the attack we (i) send a signal to the public and question the validity–and morality–of presumably a state-sponsored attacks against private business in general, and security companies in particular; and (ii) share our knowledge with other businesses to help them protect their assets. Even if it does hurt ‘reputation’– I don’t care. Our mission is to save the world, and that admits no compromise,” he wrote. The cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab announced it has experienced an advanced hack attack on the company’s own internal networks. According to the group, the attack was complex, stealthy and exploited a number of zero-day vulnerabilities.“The thinking behind it is a generation ahead of anything we’d seen earlier–it uses a number of tricks that make it really difficult to detect and neutralize,” wrote Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, in a blog post.(Related: Facebook announces ThreatExchange to tighten software security)