The planted area for winter wheat is down 25% on December 2011, according to the latest data from the ADHB/HGCA Planting Survey.As of 1 December 2012, it was estimated that an area of 1.394m hectares (ha) had been used for the planting of winter wheat in England and Wales. However, the report stated that some freezing conditions through the winter and drier weather in late February may have allowed additional plantings.There was a 19% drop in the total area planted for winter cereals (wheat, barley and oats) and oilseeds, compared to the comparable period in 2011,which has reflected an “extremely difficult” autumn planting season, according to the survey.Jack Watts, senior analyst, AHDB, said: “Given the poor weather through the summer and autumn of 2012, markets have been expecting a decline in winter cropping areas, which is reflected in new crop wheat prices.“On top of the decline in area, winter wheat crops are likely to be poorly established this season. This may make crops less resilient against any extreme weather into spring and summer.”The survey, which measured autumn crop planting up to 1 December, was based on 2,900 responses from a representative sample of farm businesses.Estimates for Scotland are expected on 14 March.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:The Chinese government’s moves to ramp up renewable energy consumption have sparked optimism over the future of China Longyuan Power Group Corp., the country’s biggest wind power producer.Driving the bullishness on Longyuan and other Chinese wind power producers like Huaneng Renewables Corp. and China Datang Corp. Renewable Power Co. is a series of initiatives taken by the government recently to boost renewable energy demand and ease curtailment—a problem caused by overly rapid wind turbine installation and infrastructure bottlenecks. Grid operators have been forced to cut back on purchases as they are unable to fully absorb the intermittent power from renewables such as wind and solar.China, the world’s largest wind power producer, is considering setting a national target to reduce average wind curtailment rates to less than 10 percent next year and to about 5 percent by 2020, according to an April 12 government policy proposal document. The country is rolling out a clean-energy quota system to require minimum levels of renewable power use, holding regional grids, power distributors and generators responsible. In addition, China is clamping down on the ability of local authorities to plan new wind power projects in regions where the most turbines stand idle, slowing the expansion of the industry to a pace manageable for the electricity grid.In light of the recent improvement in the overall wind power industry, China is expected to build more wind farms this year to meet rising demand. Zhou Yiyi, a Shanghai-based analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said she expected China to add 21.3 gigawatts of onshore wind capacity this year, compared with 16.8 gigawatts in 2017.The idle rate at Longyuan’s wind farms will drop to about 7 percent in 2018 from 10.43 percent last year and 15.76 percent in 2016, President Li Enyi said in March. The company reported a 67 percent rise in net income in the first quarter on higher wind power output.More: Top China Wind Power Producer Shines as Fewer Turbines Idled Chinese Government Tackles Wind Curtailment Woes
Rescue work continued overnight intoSunday – with 17 people missing. Over 2,500 people were evacuated fromtheir homes. The victims were buried in landslidesor washed away in floods after intense rain on Friday and Saturday. The Brazilian weather service said onSaturday the state capital of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, had 17cm (seveninches) of rain in one 24-hour period – the heaviest rainfall since recordswere first kept 110 years ago.(BBC) Rescuers continue to search for the missing victims of landslides that killed 30 people in Brazil. AFP/GETTY IMAGES BRAZIL – At least 30 people have diedduring severe rainstorms in Minas Gerais state, authorities said.
“In the throes of an opioid epidemic, how could you possibly want to legally sanction (recreational marijuana)?” Scharfenberger said. “This is not the time or the place to be doing this.” “Whether that means starting over, starting with a blank slate,” she said, “but it is a mess. It’s not fair to the residents here.” AFFORDABLE HOUSING “So I think that we’re on the right path togetting our infrastructure rebuilt,” she said. “The train is going to have to step up or really be lost,” DiMaso said. Gerry Scharfengerger, a Republican freeholder is seeking a new job as an Assemblyman. DiMaso, 56, started her political career onthe Holmdel Township Committee in 2002and was named in 2012 to fill a vacant seat onthe Monmouth County freeholder board. Shewas elected to the Legislature in 2017. He cited his opposition to the “sanctuary state” policy that the Murphy administration has imposed. The state has limited the cooperation between law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. In September, the administration forced the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office to end a cooperation agreement with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Democratic Party candidates Allison Friedman and Barbara Singer want to represent parts of Monmouth at the state level. “The only time I would come down and sayyou must consolidate would be if the townshipwas asking the state for more money to getthem out of a hole,” Friedman said. IMMIGRATION Singer said she believes in affordablehousing, but questions the system that isused to develop a town’s quota. In November, all 80 seats in the Assembly will be up for vote. At the moment, Democrats hold a 54-26 majority. But the 13th Legislative district is seen as a GOP citadel, spanning seaside communities like Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright to parts of the Bayshore like Highlands and Atlantic Highlands. An open seat in the district occurred when Assemblywoman Amy H. Handlin declined to run for re-election. Friedman also said she feels the governoris “for the working class” and wants to “liftthem up as a viable way to get our economyout of what is really a sluggish state.” Scharfenberger criticized the so-called millionaire’s tax that Gov. Murphy and other Democrats have favored. He pointed to the impact that would have on small business owners, even though Friedman said she supports the tax. Friedman and Singer por trayed DiMaso as ineffective and wrong on gun safety. Friedman faulted DiMaso for voting against a bill requiring safe gun storage. THE CANDIDATES DiMaso said Murphy has a “far left” vision for the state and felt that her two Democratic opponents had no “governmental knowledge.” “I just think that they will just continue theMurphy agenda,” DiMaso said. “They seemto be supportive of his thoughts on taxation.We can’t keep taxing every single thing thatmoves.” Rather, she called for revamping affordable housing rules and said the current system allows people to live in affordable housing even if their income has grown to a point where they otherwise would not be eligible to reside there. Scharfenberger, a board member of Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds homes, said the way to do affordable housing is to rehabilitate blighted houses. “I don’t think it saves anybody any money, in the long run, to work with ICE,” Friedman said. “I think it adds to more destruction of families than it does anywhere else, because you have good people, who may be undocumented…getting picked up who are not the problems.” INFRASTRUCTURE “We seem to be giving a lot of market-ratehousing to developers in exchange for thataffordable housing,” she said. “I don’t know that the formula that they have to come up with how many affordable units a township has to have is completely correct,” Friedman said. “But what’s happening now, I think, is bad, because townships are rushing to satisfy this need.” Scharfenberger said ridership on NJ Transit has declined, and that commuters in Monmouth County are increasingly turning to ferry service. He said he thought the agency needed changes in its leadership, with “some innovation coming at the top.” “I want somebody who’s more effective in the Assembly, not somebody who can just put a lot of bills forth but not get them through committee and onto the floor and voted on,” Singer said. Singer said she opposed the state compelling small towns in New Jersey to merge with other communities. “I don’t like being called a politician, because I feel like I’m a public servant,” said DiMaso, a full-time lawmaker. Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13) is running for re-election in the 13th Legislative district. “I think we have a lot of low-level…drugusers that are now being criminalized, thatdon’t have to be, that can be removed fromthat criminal system and put on a betterpath,” Singer said. DRUGS ANDGUNS AND TAXES Friedman, 46, of Aberdeen, is the president of the Matawan-Aberdeen Board of Education and is employed in the state public defender’s office. She lost her previous race for Assembly, in 2013. If elected, she would have to give up her state job. Seven years since Super Storm Sandy ravaged the state, parts of Monmouth County still are rebuilding. Asked if the state’s infrastructure is stronger since the storm, DiMaso said utility JCP&L “still needs to do a lot more. And they are.” She said the power company had received approval from state regulators to do infrastructure upgrades. “A lot of the frustration that you have from serving as, like, mayor or freeholder, comes from a lot of things that you’re told, ‘Well, it needs a legislative fix,’ ” he said. “Having come up through the ranks at the local level, we understand property taxes. We understand what affects them.” “I definitely don’t think local law enforcement should be enforcing these laws,” she said. “They need to work within the community and develop bonds within the community.” Singer offered a different take on the issue. NJ TRANSIT Commenting on NJ Transit, Friedmansaid she thinks the transportation agency “isclearly not run appropriately” and needs to befixed. “The purpose of affordable housing was to give young people and people that are just starting out, no matter what their age, an ability to own a home,” she said. “It’s supposed to be a hand up, not a hand out. And what it’s turned out to be is people don’t leave.” Singer faulted JCP&L for not doing routine maintenance on its lines and utility poles. “So we really need to keep an eye on the utilities,” she said. “You see all around the country wherepeople who shouldn’t be let out are releasedand they go on to commit greater crimes,” hesaid. “And this has nothing to do with peoplewho are here necessarily illegally and sortof not getting into trouble. These are peoplewho were arrested for serious crimes. And Ijust don’t see protecting that.” From their views on Gov. Phil Murphy’s job performance to marijuana legalization, the four candidates in the 13th Legislative district weighed in on those and other issues facing the state during interviews with The Two River Times. Across New Jersey, towns are having tomeet mandated affordable housing quotasset by state judges. But DiMaso said she doesnot see a housing crisis in the state. Singer, 51, of Holmdel, is also a lawyer. She lost three races for Holmdel Township Committee in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Among her policy views, she said she favored voluntary consolidation of school districts in the state. She pointed to how Highlands and Atlantic Highlands merged districts and saved taxpayers millions of dollars. But both women lauded Murphy for providing $10 million to help communities and others to implement shared ser vice agreements and study school mergers. The Assembly contest comes midterm for Murphy. Scharfenberger, fired from his state job in 2018 for not attending a Murphy press conference, said he and the governor, policy-wise, are “probably as diametrically opposed as you can get.” But Singer said she and Friedman are not “career politicians” in contrast to their Republican opponents. “Different administrations have been talking about consolidation of services for 20 plus years,” Friedman said. “And nobody has managed to do it. This is the first real step.” By Philip Sean Curran Positioning themselves against the Democratic governor, DiMaso and Scharfenberger oppose legalizing recreational marijuana and giving state driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. She and Singer said they support the legalization of recreational marijuana. Scharfenberger, 60, an adjunct faculty member at Monmouth University, has followed a similar path as DiMaso. He entered politics as a member of the Middletown Township Committee in 2005. He was chosen by Republicans to replace DiMaso on the freeholder board in 2018 after she left to join the Legislature and then won a seat on the five-member freeholder board later that year. Republican Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso and her running mate Monmouth County Freeholder Gerry P. Scharfenberger face Democrats Allison Friedman and Barbara Singer on Nov. 5 in a contest for two Assembly seats representing parts of suburban Monmouth County. “We’re looking to get the work done for thepeople,” Singer said.
George Groves has predicted another quick victory at Wembley Arena when he faces Kenny Anderson there on 16 March.The Hammersmith super-middleweight, 23, blasted away Paul Smith in two rounds at the same venue in November.And he has pledged to be just as explosive in his rematch with Anderson when he defends his British title against the Scot.Anderson caused him problems when they met in 2010, flooring the Londoner before Groves recovered to stop his opponent in the sixth round.But Groves said: “I’ve come on since we last fought and I can’t see him going as far as the sixth round this time. He’ll go earlier.“I’m expecting a tough fight. I’m not underestimating him and he’s going to want to prove that the last time was a mistake.“I’ve beaten James DeGale and Paul Smith and now I’ve got to beat Anderson before I move onto the next level.”Related stories and features:Groves set for rematch with AndersonA work in progressI’m not world class – yetGroves blasts away Smith at Wembley‘Ugly kid’ looks the partLet history decideOnes to watch in 2012Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Vietjet’s interline agreement with Qatar will make it easier for passengers to connect with the Gulf carrier. ApprovedIn a fully approved procedure, an aircraft can back away from the gate under its own power under reverse thrust. However, before the jet can move backwards, it must roll forward slightly before the reversers can be deployed, and to move off of the tire’s ‘flat spot’ created when the aircraft sits parked on the ramp for any length of time.A critical component necessary for this procedure is the ramp agent or ground marshaller. After engines are started with the jet still parked at the gate, the marshaller signals the pilot in command when to move forward, and then using a rotating motion rapidly moving the signaling wands one-over-the-other, indicates exactly when to deploy the reversers and back away from the gate. When the aircraft has safely cleared the ramp area, the reversers are closed, throttles are brought back to idle, and the airliner can then taxi out to the runway. (See What are thrust reversers?)
“We don’t mind a large decision on a big spectacle like this,” Bogdanovich said. “It gets people in our books.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Vaccaro said his sports book stood to lose about $400,000 on a McGregor win, but that was balanced off a bit by a bettor who put $100,000 Wednesday night on Mayweather. His book also took an $880,000 bet on Mayweather earlier that would pay off just $160,000 if he wins.There have also been big Mayweather bets at the MGM Grand, including a $500,000 wager on Wednesday. MGM Resorts oddsmaker Jay Rood, though, said the sheer volume of McGregor bets is overwhelming the big Mayweather bet.Rood said his books have taken 6,700 bets on McGregor and only 300 on Mayweather. The average bet on McGregor is $125, while the average for Mayweather is $4,000.If McGregor wins, Rood said MGM will be a big loser and the state will suffer its biggest single event loss ever.“We’re all in the same boat,” Rood said. “Anything McGregor one to four rounds is pretty bad. Any McGregor knockout is not going to be good.”So far, the betting has been unusually active around town, bringing predictions that the volume could set records. Bookmakers say as the fight draws closer the heaviest influx of money will come, especially on Saturday.The news is not all bad for oddsmakers, who have struggled to make lines for a fight that has no precedent. Most believe Mayweather is an easy winner and should be favored by a much bigger margin, but have had to cut odds to try and balance their books.Though an overwhelming majority of the tickets are on McGregor, a lot of books have more money wagered on Mayweather. Since bookmakers will have to pay out a lot less to those betting Mayweather, they will likely score big if Mayweather wins as expected.“We’re just kind of going along balancing and are in great shape win on both sides, no matter who wins,” said Johnny Avello, oddsmaker at the Wynn resort. “A lot of guys are putting down $125,000 or so to win whatever on Mayweather so we’re high on him now.”Even if McGregor wins and the sports books lose big, all is not lost. Bettors like to be reminded they can win, and the extra betting on football generated by McGregor bettors at the books will help ease some of the pain. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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If he wins early as he has promised, the losses would be even worse.The big bettors are putting their money on Mayweather, who is 49-0 as a pro. But so many McGregor fans are betting small amounts that the betting slips at William Hill were 18-1 in the Irish fighter’s favor. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “This isn’t professional money, just the regular Joe,” Bogdanovich said. “The butcher and the barber are putting their $100 on McGregor and it’s added up.”The action is reflected in the odds, which bookmakers adjust either way as money comes in on the two fighters. Bookmakers have been lowering the odds steadily since the fight was announced, but even that hasn’t stopped the deluge of McGregor bets.A fight that began with Mayweather an 11-1 favorite is now 5-1 or even less in some sports books. Even that hasn’t stopped McGregor supporters from lining up at the betting windows to hand over even more cash.They’re backing a longshot, hoping that the payoff will be huge.“There’s plenty of money on a guy who has never been in a boxing ring,” said Jimmy Vaccaro, oddsmaker at the South Point resort. “It’s uncharted waters and that’s what makes it so interesting.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH football teams finish fourth in SEA Games Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Floyd Mayweather Jr., izquierda, y Conor McGregor posan para fotógrafos durante una conferencia de prensa el miércoles, 23 de agosto del 2017, en Las Vegas. 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Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESDivided in his attention with Gilas Pilipinas and Cignal HD, Raymar Jose knows that he has to give his all whatever jersey he’s wearing.But the two parties understand that national cause comes first, which meant the hardworking forward missing much of the Hawkeyes’ practices.ADVERTISEMENT Gonzaga, PH look to make most of games left in AVC Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “I’m really thankful for Raymar. He’s pulling a double duty and he still gives his all no matter what,” said the mentor.Gilas Pilipinas is set to leave for Kuala Lumpur in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on Friday and with the finals set to start next week, after CEU extended their semis against Flying V, Jose will miss the championship series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite his unusual arrangement, Jose still makes it a point to show that he’s all in for both teams.And what better way for the former FEU stalwart to prove that for Cignal than with his stellar play in the semifinals, uncorking a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to help his side sweep Marinerong Pilipino, 87-64 in Game 2 to book its ticket to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I knew I had to give my best because I’m unable to attend our practices because I had to go to Gilas. So I make it a point that in the games, I’ll really give my all,” he said in Filipino.Even coach Boyet Fernandez admits that with Jose largely out of the team’s practice sessions, his hand is forced to keep the bruiser come off the bench. But that didn’t seem to affect the output of the 6-foot-4 forward, doing it all for the Hawkeyes as he averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds through the course of the semifinals. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View comments
WASHINGTON – One question looms as President Donald Trump packs his bags for Switzerland: How will the Diet Coke-loving nationalist fit in with the Champagne-sipping globalists he’ll encounter at the World Economic Forum in Davos?American presidents tend to shun the Davos diplomacy scene, a glitzy annual gathering at a Swiss Alpine resort that for nearly 50 years has drawn politicians, CEOs and celebrities to ponder public policy and global co-operation.Sitting presidents typically pass on the event, as known for its flashy parties and celebrity sightings as its policy powwows and international deal-making.Instead, Trump will be the star attraction at this year’s high-minded, invitation-only summit. A real estate executive turned reality TV star who has embraced nationalism and railed against international trade practices, Trump doesn’t seem like a natural fit. But with a government shutdown averted, Trump is packing up much of his Cabinet and his “America First” message and heading into town.“We’ll be talking about investing in the United States again,” Trump said Tuesday, as he signed new tariffs that could draw criticism from the Davos crowd.The last sitting U.S. president to attend the summit was Bill Clinton in 2000. Barack Obama, George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush all opted out. Ronald Reagan appeared via video link.Just how Trump approaches the gathering is the subject of feverish speculation as attendees try to game out what Trump will say in his remarks and who he may meet with on the sidelines. Longtime attendees stressed that he might not find the warmest response among those who favour global trade and have been rattled by his rise to power.“It’s a bit of a puzzle,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist of IHS Markit. “First of all, he’s going into a situation where the audience will not be that friendly.”An administration official said Trump is expected to highlight the booming U.S. economy and his recent tax overhaul while again criticizing trade practices he sees as unfair. The official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about internal plans and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Trump made the decision to go because he thinks he has a positive economic message.Trump decided to make the move after some encouragement from Vice-President Mike Pence and French President Emmanuel Macron, said a White House official, who also wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.He’s likely get a different response than Clinton did 18 years ago.A champion of global trade, Clinton urged world leaders to consider workers and poorer nations in his 2000 address, saying, “Don’t leave the little guys out.” He has frequented the meeting ever since, receiving a warm reception. His former vice-president, Al Gore, an environmental activist, is scheduled to attend this year.“Clinton is the only president that really was Davos Man,” said Ian Bremmer, a foreign affairs columnist and president of the Eurasia Group, using the nickname for the summit’s globalization focused participants. “Obama doesn’t like contrasts like this. Bush was more folksy, homespun.”Still, top aides have typically attended even when the president did not. Vice-President Joe Biden appeared on behalf of the Obama administration last year, and Vice-President Dick Cheney attended for George W. Bush.And of course, politicians aren’t the only draw at Davos. In recent years, celebrity attendees have become part of the tableau, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Goldie Hawn and Bono among the superstar visitors. In 2006, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attended panel discussions trailed by packs of photographers.This year, Elton John and Cate Blanchett already have grabbed Davos headlines.Trump has not attended before. Said Bremmer: “This is not Trump’s crowd.”Even though Trump hasn’t been there, his political rise — driven by nationalist rhetoric — has dominated the conversation in recent years.“I remember two years ago, every meeting at Davos, whatever it was about, would end with the theme that Trump could never be elected president,” said Harvard University economist Kenneth Rogoff. “For him, I suspect this is a victory lap.”Last year, Biden appeared at Davos in the final days of the Obama administration and used his remarks to issue a veiled criticism of Trump, calling on Europe and the United States to defend the “liberal” world order, decrying a growing impulse in the West toward isolation and building walls.Also sending a message to Trump last year was Chinese President Xi Jinping, who cast his country as a champion of free trade and stability, saying: “Whether you like it or not, the global economy is the big ocean that you cannot escape from.”Trump may be looking to push back on those messages this year.Last time, the crowd heard from Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci, the financier who briefly served as Trump’s communications director over the summer. Scaramucci — known at Davos for throwing wine-tasting parties — sought to explain Trump’s governing plans to an anxious audience.He insisted the administration “did not want to have a trade war,” predicted that Trump’s inaugural address would be “very Reaganesque,” and said, “Directionally, this is a super compassionate man.”But he also acknowledged the concerns about the incoming president.Scaramucci joked: “This is my 10th year here, but it is my first year here with a food taster.”
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,455.73, up 34.97 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down nine cents, or 1.30 per cent, to $6.85 on 14.9 million shares.New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD). Miner. Down 49 cents, or 20.59 per cent, to $1.89 on 9.9 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Down 44 cents, or 4.55 per cent, to $9.22 on 5.8 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down 97 cents, or 6.29 per cent, to $14.46 on 4.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 21 cents, or 0.88 per cent, to $24.10 on 4.4 million shares.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Miner. Down $1.03, or 5.91 per cent, to $16.40 on 4.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Up five cents, or 1.47 per cent, to $3.44 on 3.4 million shares. The Montreal-based company has rejected an unsolicited US$180-million offer by Mexican airline operator Grupo Aeromexico to buy Aimia’s 48.9 per cent stake in their joint loyalty program Premier Loyalty & Marketing (PLM), which owns the Club Premier frequent flyer program. It would have given Grupo Aeromexico full control.Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO). Miner. Up 48 cents, or 3.37 per cent, to $14.74 on 3.4 million shares. The Saskatoon-based uranium company had to temporarily lay off 845 employees at its McArthur River and Key Lake processing operations because the market remains oversupplied and prices are too low to restart idled production.Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). E-Commerce. Down $3.70, or 1.63 per cent, to $222.85 on 197,893 shares. The Canadian e-commerce company says it will open its first bricks-and-mortar location in downtown Los Angeles at ROW DTLA, a historic district filled with shops, restaurants and offices.