Food prices rose by just 0.6% last month – the lowest rise ever according to figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).It reported that food prices rose slightly – compared with non-food which saw the biggest monthly drop since December 2006.The organisation said the supermarket price war was keeping food price rises in check.Helen Dickinson, BRC director-general, said: “Fierce competition among grocers has driven food price inflation to record low levels and with some grocers having announced plans to keep prices down, consumers stand to benefit for a while to come.”Nielsen’s head of retail and business insight Mike Watkins said: “Food inflation is still low, many supermarkets are price cutting and non-food prices remain deflationary, so the high street continues to generate little inflationary pressure.”Last week, grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, showed a growth in the market to 2.8%, and equally low inflation rates of 0.8%.
Following two months of preliminary round action in the urban area ISSA netball competition, defending junior and senior champions, The Queen’s School, are on course to retain both titles when second round action gets underway tomorrow at the Leila Robinson Courts. A year ago, the Marvette Anderson-coached school dominated their urban counterparts and were unbeaten. The junior team went on to win the all-island title by defeating Denbigh High, while the senior team missed out in their all-island clash against Holmwood Technical. The juniors will have their hands full this time around, as they only qualified to the second round as runners-up. Competing in Group F, they were beaten by a well improved Gaynstead High team, which went on to top the group. The winners and runners-up in each group booked their second round berths and the remaining junior teams qualifying are: Group A: Holy Childhood (first), Excelsior (second); Group B – Campion College (first), Ardenne (second); Group C – St Hugh’s (first), Alpha (second); Group D – Camperdown (first), Norman Manley (second); Group E – Meadowbrook (first), Tarrant (second). Both Queen’s and last year’s beaten finalists, St Hugh’s, were very impressive in preliminary senior action and topped their groups going into the next stage. The defending champions were unbeaten to win Group F and will be joined by Gaynstead, whose only defeat came at the hands of the champions. St Hugh’s, with national senior player Kadian Dehaney in their line-up, also looked good in topping Group C and will be accompanied by St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS). Other qualifiers are: Group A – Holy Childhood (first), Excelsior (second); Group B – St Catherine High (first), Campion (second); Group D – Camperdown (first), Norman Manley (second); Group E – Tarrant (first), Meadowbrook (second).
In Thiruvananthapuram, former India cricketer S Sreesanth is in a situation politically equivalent to a batsman coming down the crease but missing the ball. The pacer’s demeanour in the Assembly elections has reflected supreme optimism like the batsman’s footwork, but much like the stranded hitter, his political career hangs very much in the balance.”I am optimistic about BJP’s chances. I am looking at 71+ seats,” said Sreesanth when he landed in Thiruvananthapuram after casting his vote in Ernakulam. Sreesanth is the BJP candidate from Thiruvananthapuram constituency.Sreesanth hopes central power comes to KeralaSreesanth seemed upset as he visited several polling booths in the constituency. “All symbols except the lotus works in some booths,” he said pointing out how he noticed during his lunch break that “the media is only talking about UDF and LDF without asking people who have voted for the BJP”. Sreesanth hopes that the central power comes to the state and he would have voted for the saffron party even if he was not a candidate. But 71+ seats for the party that is yet to open an account in Kerala is quite a bit of a stretch considering exit polls gave them 0 to 4 seats.The former cricketer whose career in sports went up in smoke after he faced allegations of spot fixing, jumped fences. From sports to movies to music to business to politics.Shashi Tharoor said Sreesanth is out of his depth as politician”I like Sreesanth as a person and as a cricketer but Sreesanth as a politician is out of depth. His own party has not done him a favor fielding him in this constituency. He is from the Kochi area,” said Shashi Tharoor MP, a concern many youngsters in the city too shared.advertisementTharoor pointed out that his constituency Thiruvananthapuram, with several government servant, retired officers, was not very hospital to celebrities or sportsmen. Despite this, Sreesanth was fielded to contest against the sitting MLA and Kerala’s Health Minister VS Shivakumar.But Sreesanth’s confidence is unmatched to any other candidate one would have met in the last two months across Kerala. Not just for himself but for the party too. Or is it unrealistic over confidence? May 19th will answer. Like Sreesanth said “there is so much politics going around. I am learning something everyday.”