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100 Million Health’ convoy at HDB branches
As part of its concern with the health of employees and providing medical services to them, Hassan Ghanem, Vice Chairman and Managing Direc­tor of HDB, has issued instructions to provide a medical convoy from the Ministry of Health to be available for employees of the bank and its subsidiaries at the bank’s branches across the country. This comes within the framework of the ‘100 Million Health’ initiative for the detection of virus C. This convoy continued being present at the branches of the bank for five days during which its members con­ducted the free tests easily within the bank’s working hours. Egypt is set to start on Monday the largest health campaign under the directive of the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, which aims to eradicate hepatitis C across the nation as part of the administration’s strategic 2020 plan. In a press conference held on Sunday by Minister of Health Hala Zayed, the first phase of the "100 million healthy lives" campaign is expected to be launched on Monday in nine Egyptian governorates. The campaign also aims to stymie the growth of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, which are responsible for 70 percent of all deaths in Egypt, according to Zayed. The first of the campaign’s three phases will last for two months, from 1 October until 30 November. According to 2015 statistics, some 15 million Egyptians out of then population of 91 million carry hepatitis C, or around 22 percent of the population. Over the past three years, Egypt has been successful in the intensive use of a variety of new medications to combat hepatitis C. In 2016, The health ministry achieved a 96 percent cure rate of the disease nationwide. The ministry has vowed to completely eliminate the disease in Egypt by 2021. The WHO has praised Egypt's efforts to combat the virus, including government subsidies for new treatments. The cost Amr Al-Shalaqani, a World Bank representative, said on Sunday that the bank supports El-Sisi’s initiative and has invested a total of $133 million for general screenings as well as $129 million for treatment of the hepatitis virus in the first phase. Al-Shalaqani said in a press conference on Sunday that the initiative is being monitored by many countries and the results and lessons from the experiment will be transferred to other countries. Free treatment The health minister explained that the initiative aims to examine between 45 and 52 million citizens. The medical examination will be conducted on 17 million citizens who are 18 and older in the first stage. She then added that infected patients will be treated for free until they are completely recovered. The second phase will start in December 2018 and continue until February 2019 in 11 governorates, while the third will include seven provinces and take place between March and April 2019. "There is a rapid detection company that provided us with trainees from South Africa and awareness campaigns that we’ve implemented, including public radio. There will also be a call centre number where people can dial 15335 to talk about the initiative," said Zayed. More on the campaign The minister added that the first phase will begin in nine governorates, including South Sinai, Marsa Matrouh, Beheira, Alexandria, and other governorates.   The second phase will examine 11 governorates including Cairo, North Sinai, Ismailia, Red Sea, Kafr El-Sheikh, Menoufiya, Beni Suef, Sohag and Aswan. The third phase will include Giza, New Valley, Sharqiya, Minya and Qena. The health minister said that there will be a special uniform issued for doctors and specialists working on this initiative, and that every citizen will be issued a card with his/her data, weight, and height. The information and data on patients are all from the information of the National Elections Commission and the Ministry of Planning and are fully secured.   Source:  
Construction of tea factory at Sh300M to start in three months
The building of a tea factory at Madala, Shinyalu sub-county, will start in three months. The Sh300 million factory will be the first in Kakamega County, and the second in the Western region after Mudete Tea Factory in Vihiga County. According to Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, the factory is expected to streamline the growth of the county’s economy and also create employment opportunities. In Kakamega, tea farming is prominently undertaken in Ikolomani, Shinyalu and Khwisero sub-counties. Oparanya said the construction of the factory was supposed to start in 2017, but due to the prolonged electioneering period, the investor meant to finance the project pulled out. “The investor from the United Kingdom is back, and will be undertaking the project. The factory will be put up on an eight-acre piece of land provided by the county,” said Mr Oparanya. Free seedlings He noted that his administration has started to distribute free tea seedlings to farmers. The move is aimed at rejuvenating tea farming while the factory is being put up. The governor said tea farmers had an agreement with the county, in which they would be allowed to buy up to 30 per cent shares in the new factory. “Tea farmers in Kakamega have cooperative unions. They will be supplying tea leaves to the factory through these unions. Then they can use the returns to buy shares,” said Oparanya. Kakamega is known for the production of purple tea, which is drought-resistant and draws good prices in the international market.   Source :
BPDB keeping power plants idle on 'low demand'
The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) is keeping idle plants with around one-third of the country's overall electricity generating capacity due to lack of demand despite the rise in mercury. Subsequently, the state-run entity is counting payment of capacity charge to these power plant owners. The BPDB has generated around 12,200 megawatts (MW) of electricity on April 29, the highest-ever in the country's history. But it kept plants with 5,992 MW generation capacity idle, which is around 33 per cent of the total installed capacity of 18,192 MW. "This is the highest demand of electricity we have met so far," Khaled Mahmood, its Chairman, told the FE on Tuesday. Some power plants were asked to suspend operations, and some others were placed under maintenance, he also said. Although the plants are remaining out of operation, the BPDB is counting capacity payment to their owners, as the plants are ready to supply electricity. Capacity payment is a sort of penalty, which the state agency is bound to pay to the power plants, if the government fails to purchase a certain portion of the electricity readily available from them. Experts, however, said the demand-supply mismatch is the outcome of inefficient demand forecasts by the board as well as by the Power Division under the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources. In such a situation, people are not getting the maximum benefit of the significant increase in the country's overall electricity generation capacity over the past  decade, they added. The countrywide electricity generation during the evening peak hours on Monday (April 28) was 9,840 MW, which is around 54 per cent of the country's total installed capacity of 18,192 MW. Power generation during the off-peak hours (day-time power generation) on the day was 11,902 MW, according to the board statistics. The BPDB kept the country's overall electricity generation below the halfway mark of the installed capacity during most of the winter season owing to a sagging demand. The electricity generation was one-third of the total installed capacity on some days. The BPDB is the lone buyer of electricity from the power producers across the country. The state entity then sells the electricity to the distribution companies that supply it to the end-users. According to the Power Division, the country's installed power generation capacity was 4,942 MW during 2009. The total power generation capacity, including that from the captive power plants, owned by industry owners, and renewable energy, has reached 20,343 MW. Over the past  decade, the installed power generation capacity increased notably, as a significant number of power plants, mostly oil-fired ones, were set up during the period. Contracts on most of these power plants were awarded on the basis of unsolicited offers under the Speedy Supply of Power and Energy (Special Provision) Act 2010, having a provision of immunity to those involved with the quick-fix remedy. The government also allowed private entrepreneurs to go for duty-free import of furnace-oil to run their power plants at a service charge of 9.0 per cent along with import cost as an incentive. When contacted, Energy Adviser of the Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) Professor M Shamsul Alam opined that the BPDB awarded many oil-fired power plants at the fag-end of the previous tenure of the incumbent government without calculating demand properly. He also alleged that a vested quarter in power sector is playing foul with the government. "The government should take action against the vested quarter with a firm commitment and resolve," he demanded. Professor M Tamim, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Brac University and an energy sector expert, demanded permanent shutdown of the age-old and inefficient power plants to reduce the government's loss in the power sector.     Source:
Franchise Industry
Survey Shows 62% Restaurants Feel Unprepared for a Mobile Future
A recent survey of food and beverage leaders highlights that while a large percentage feel confident in their restaurant's current use of mobile technology, only 48 percent feel prepared to capitalize on future innovations. 62 percent of respondents expressed doubts over their ability to keep up with the speed of mobile technology changes. And more than half (59 percent) agreed that their company faces the threat of disruption from their more mobile-enabled competitors. "The rise of mobile ordering and on-demand food delivery services are completely changing the restaurant and guest experience," said Simon de Montfort Walker, senior vice president and general manager for Oracle Food and Beverage. "In order to remain relevant to a rapidly evolving audience, restaurants must act quickly to modernize their mobile strategy and offerings. Today, the experience a customer has ordering online or from a kiosk can be just as essential as if they were ordering in the store."  The study findings point to a clear and urgent need for restaurants to embrace the right mobile and back-end technology to drive higher ticket value, turn tables faster and enable more cross and upsell. In addition, the findings highlight the need to embrace mobile technology to avoid being outpaced by the competition, help cut labor costs and improve the guest experience – all critical components to revenue growth. Improving Loyalty and the Dining Experience  Today's foodies want choices. In addition to great food, what drives their loyalty is easy ordering and delivery, fast, seamless payments, and a personalized experience. 86 percent of operators say branded mobile apps increase their speed of service and therefore revenue 93 percent believe their guest-facing apps enhance the guest experience, promote loyalty and drive repeat business Cutting Costs, Saving Time Equals Increased Revenues Restaurants are investing in mobile technology to cut costs and save time in areas such as hiring less serving staff but more runners, keeping a close eye on stock levels to avoid over-ordering and waste, and the ability to quickly change the menu and offer specials when there is an overstock of inventory.   84 percent of food and beverage executives believe the adoption of guest-facing apps drives down labor costs 96 percent agree, with 40 percent strongly agreeing, that expanded mobile inventory management will drive time and money savings Perceived Future Benefits of Mobile Technology Restaurants are already using mobile devices for table reservations, taking orders, and processing payments, but what value do restaurateurs believe will come from future mobile innovations? 82 percent believe partnerships with third-party delivery services like Uber Eats and GrubHub will help grow their business 89 percent believe check averages will increase thanks to in-app recommendations 95 percent believe the guest experience and customer loyalty will continue to improve While most organizations rated themselves as highly able to meet new consumer demands, an undercurrent of anxiety about the future was also apparent with only 48 percent of respondents reporting that they have the tools they need to meet the mobile demands of tomorrow. The mobility study findings show a clear path for restaurateurs including applying mobile innovation to broader areas such as inventory efficiency, getting new customers in the door, serving them more efficiently, and keeping them coming back.   Source:
Franchise Industry
Global Bubble Tea Market Expected to Reach $3,214 Million by 2023
According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, the global bubble tea market was valued at $1,957 million in 2016, and is projected to reach $3,214 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 7.40% from 2017 to 2023. The black bubble tea segment accounted for more than 42% share of the global bubble tea market in 2016. Bubble tea is a widely consumed flavored beverage containing tea as the basic component, along with chewy tapioca balls. It originated in Taiwan and is known by various names such as pearl milk tea, bubble milk tea, boba juice, boba tea, or simply bubble tea. The bubble tea market is driven by cost-effective price and health benefits associated with bubble tea. However, the addition of artificial preservatives & color and presence of excess sugar in bubble tea restrain the market growth. The introduction of new flavors of bubble tea and decreases in demand for carbonated drinks provide opportunities for market expansion. By base ingredient, the global bubble tea market is divided into black tea, green tea, oolong tea, and white tea. The green bubble tea segment is estimated to be the most lucrative segment from 2017 to 2023, and account for one-third share of the global bubble tea by 2023. This is attributable to its several health benefits such as prevention cancer and cardiovascular diseases, reduction of cholesterol, improved metabolism, weight loss, and reduced risk of type II diabetes as well as Alzheimers & Parkinsons diseases. Based on flavor, the global bubble tea market is divided into original flavor, coffee flavor, fruit flavor, chocolate flavor, and others. The fruit flavor bubble tea segment is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period, owing to high consumer preference, diversity in fruit flavor, and higher nutritional value as compared to other flavors. Based on component, the global bubble tea market is divided into flavor, creamer, sweetener, liquid, tapioca pearls, and others. Liquid component is expected to dominate the bubble tea market throughout the forecast period, as liquid is the base of the bubble tea. The major part of the liquid is the tea, which is the key ingredient in the manufacturing of bubble tea. Key Findings of the Bubble Tea Market:  The green bubble tea is expected to grow at a high CAGR of 8.20%, in terms of value, from 2017 to 2023. The chocolate flavor is projected to grow at a high CAGR of 8.20%, in terms of value. Europe is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 9.10%, in terms of value. The North American bubble tea accounted for more than 57% of the global market in 2016. U.S. accounted for more than 97% of the North American market in 2016. In 2016, North America and Asia-Pacific collectively accounted for more than 83% of the global bubble tea industry, in terms of value. This is due to the rapid gain in popularity of the bubble tea in these regions and its lower price. Europe is projected to grow at the highest rate, followed by Asia-Pacific, owing to increase in health benefits offered by consumption of bubble tea.   Source: