Aldi plans 500 more supermarkets – here’s where they want to open

Aldi has revealed plans to spend £550 million on opening new stores and upgrading existing ones in the UK this year.

The chain, which was named 2023’s cheapest market by consumer group Which?, said more than 1,500 jobs would be created from new shop openings.

Giles Hurley, Aldi’s UK and Ireland chief executive, said this year’s expansion plans are aiming to address the fact that “there are still areas of the country that don’t have an Aldi, or that need more or larger stores to meet demand”.

The chain said it was on the lookout for sites in town centres or on the outskirts of towns to set up shop.

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The Germany-based chain, which overtook Morrisons as the fourth largest supermarket in 2022, has surged in popularity in recent years thanks to its lower prices and own-brand products.

<p>Aldi has revealed plans to spend £550 million on opening new stores and upgrading existing ones in the UK this year (Simon Hadley/PA)</p>
Aldi has revealed plans to spend £550 million on opening new stores and upgrading existing ones in the UK this year (Simon Hadley/PA)

It hailed its “best ever” Christmas performance, with UK sales up 8% year-on-year to a record of more than £1.5 billion in the four weeks to December 24.

Alongside rival discounter Lidl, they have grown their share of the grocery market as shoppers looked to make savings in the face of higher inflation.

Aldi did not specify how many new shops will be opened this year, but is expected to give more details in the coming months.

The more than £550-million investment will also go towards upgrading its existing stores, warehouses and UK offices, which it said will open up further job opportunities.

Aldi has more than 1,000 shops in the UK and wants to open another 500 in the coming years.

It had previously set a goal of having 1,200 shops by the end of 2025.

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Mr Hurley added: “We’re continuing to welcome more and more new customers through our doors – with people coming for our low prices but staying for our award-winning quality and British sourcing.

“We now have more than 1,000 stores across the UK but there are plenty more Aldi stores still to come, in 2024 and beyond.”

6 2024 Overseas Master’s and Doctoral Scholarships Offering Free Tuition and Stipends

Many scholarships abroad allow applicants to choose a major that is not linear with the major at the previous level. These Masters and Doctoral scholarships are provided by several private and government institutions abroad.

Continuing Masters and Doctoral degrees across majors is indeed wide open, but there are a number of terms and conditions that prospective students need to fulfill.

Apart from being able to choose a major, you will get free tuition fees with complete facilities.

6 Masters and Doctoral scholarships that can cross majors

1. Chevening Scholarship

This Masters Scholarship to England offers prospective students to choose a major that is not linear with their undergraduate major.

Registration for this scholarship opens in November every year.

Benefits obtained:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly allowance
  • Round trip plane tickets
  • Visa fees and accommodation

General requirement

  • Have graduated with a bachelor’s degree with good academic grades
  • Have a minimum of 2,800 hours or 2 years of work experience
  • Fulfill the English language requirements for studying at the destination university
  • Willing to return to their home country at least two years after graduating

2. Global Korea Scholarship

This scholarship to South Korea offers studies for Masters and Doctoral levels.

Usually registration is open from February to March.

Benefits obtained:

  • Full tuition scholarship
  • Monthly allowance
  • Round trip plane tickets
  • Arrival allowance
  • Health Insurance
  • Korean language course fees
  • Research allowance and costs of completing the scholarship

General requirement

  • Maximum age 40 years
  • Have a GPA above 80 percent
  • Have good mental and physical health
  • Minimum two letters of recommendation

3. VLIR UOS Belgium

The Belgian government also offers Masters and Doctoral scholarships across majors.

Usually this scholarship is open from February to March.

Benefits obtained:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly allowance
  • Visa fees
  • Document legalization costs
  • Local travel costs
  • Logistics allowance
  • Round trip plane tickets
  • Health and accident insurance

General requirement

  • Citizens of partner countries, one of which is Indonesia
  • Maximum age is 35 years for a master’s program with a duration of one year and 45 years for a master’s program with a duration of 2 years
  • Never received a scholarship from the Belgian government

Israel Prepares to Attack Rafah, World on the Verge of a Terrifying Humanitarian Disaster

Egyptian authorities on Sunday (11/2/2024) warned of the “terrible impact” of a ground attack on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip planned by Israel .

The Israeli military plans to launch a ground offensive in Rafah, home to more than a million residents seeking refuge, to defeat what Tel Aviv calls remaining “Hamas battalions”.

This plan sparked fears of a humanitarian disaster in Rafah City.

“Targeting Rafah, coupled with Israel’s policy of always blocking access to humanitarian aid, is a real contribution to implementing policies to expel Palestinians and destroy their struggle,” said a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

Egypt emphasized that it rejected Israel’s official statement on the Rafah attack, warning that the planned attack “will have dire consequences, especially considering the risk of exacerbating the humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip.”

Egypt called for united international and regional efforts to prevent a planned attack on Rafah, which currently hosts some 1.4 million Palestinian refugees who consider the city the last safe area in Gaza.

The Israeli military on Sunday approved plans for a ground attack on Rafah, according to Israel’s public broadcaster, KAN.

Palestinians sought refuge in the city of Rafah as Israel pounded the rest of Gaza since October 7, killing more than 28,000 people and causing mass destruction and a crisis of basic needs.

Earlier on Wednesday, the White House warned that an Israeli attack on Rafah “would be a disaster” for Palestinians.

Israel’s war on Gaza has displaced 85 percent of the population there amid a food, clean water and medicine crisis, with 60 percent of infrastructure damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

At the end of 2023, South Africa filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice (ICJ), accusing Israel of failing to uphold its commitments under the 1948 Genocide Convention.

In an interim ruling in January, the UN tribunal ruled that South Africa’s claims were reasonable.

98.4% of Creditors Agree on Restructuring, Recovery of Waskita Karya Can Begin

As many as 98.4% of PT Waskita Karya (Persero) Tbk’s creditors are known to have approved the restructuring scheme and the remainder is in process. It is believed that this approval will immediately pave the way for the restoration of the BUMN works.

It is known that Waskita Karya has an outstanding bank debt value in the master restructuring agreement (MRA) reaching IDR 26.02 trillion. BUMN observer from the University of Indonesia (UI) Toto Pranoto said that restructuring approval by creditors was important to carry out the strategy and start an action plan for future business recovery.

“Management’s focus can be more towards the restructuring that will be carried out and the completion of ongoing projects, as well as strategic steps such as business portfolio focus plans, as well as other corporate action plans in order to improve performance,” said Toto when contacted, Sunday (4 /2/2024).

According to him, the government has tried extra hard to save Waskita Karya. This is because the role of BUMN is considered strategic, especially to complete various projects, including the National Strategic Project (PSN).

The same thing was expressed by WSKT SVP Corporate Secretary Ermy Puspa Yunita. He said that restructuring approval was an important point because after that phase, this BUMN Karya had the ability to manage cash flow to produce a sustainable operational cycle.

“Apart from that, it can help the company complete its obligations to all creditors, including banks, bond holders and vendors,” he said.

The government also continues to support Waskita Karya’s restructuring efforts through State Capital Inclusion (PMN) and construction support for the completion of work on the Bogor-Ciawi-Sukabumi, Kayu Agung-Kapal Betung and Bekasi-Cawang-Kampung Melayu toll roads.

For information, PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero) (PT SMI) has officially acquired 25% of the shares of PT Waskita Toll Road (PT WTR), a subsidiary of PT Waskita Karya Tbk (WSKT), in PT Trans Jabar Tol (PT TJT). The entry of PT SMI as a shareholder of PT TJT aims to accelerate the completion of the next construction of the Bocimi Toll Road, namely the 13.7 km long Cibadak-Sukabumi Barat section.

Uncertain Economy, Here’s a List of US Companies Laying Off Their Jobs in Early 2024

A number of United States (US) and Canadian companies, mostly in sectors such as technology and media, are starting 2024 by laying off employees. This step was taken in an effort to reduce costs amidst an uncertain economy. Quoting Reuters, Saturday (10/2/2024), here is an overview of the layoffs that have been announced so far in 2024: Sector Technology – Amazon, layoffs include less than 5% of employees at its Buy with Prime unit, 5% at its audiobook and podcast division Audible, several hundred at its streaming and studio operations, 35% at its streaming unit Twitch and several hundred at its healthcare units One Medical and Amazon Pharmacy. – Alphabet, cutting dozens of employees in its new technology development division X Lab, hundreds in its advertising sales team, hundreds across teams, including the hardware team responsible for Pixel, Nest, and Fitbit, and a majority in the augmented reality team. – Microsoft, cutting about 1,900 jobs in its Activision Blizzard and Xbox gaming divisions. – IBM, unveils new plans to lay off some employees by 2024, but will hire more for AI-centric roles. – eBay, plans to cut about 1,000 jobs, or about 9% of its current workforce. – Unity Software, preparing to cut about 25% of its workforce, or 1,800 jobs. – DocuSign, plans to reduce 6% of its current workforce or about 400 employees, with the majority of layoffs in its sales and marketing organization. – Snap, plans to cut about 528 jobs, or 10% of its global workforce. – Salesforce, laid off about 700 employees, or about 1% of its global workforce. – Cisco plans to restructure its business, including laying off thousands of employees. – Aurora Innovation, laid off 3% of its workforce. Read Also Profile of the Hung-A Cikarang Tire Factory which went Viral Due to the Layoff of Thousands of Employees Media Sector – Walt Disney’s, Pixar Animation Studios will cut jobs as the studio has finished production on several shows and has more staff than needed. – Comcast, British media group Sky plans to cut around 1,000 jobs across its businesses this year. – The Los Angeles Times plans to lay off 94 journalists who are members of the newspaper’s union. – Paramount Global, plans to carry out an unspecified number of layoffs. – Business Insider plans to lay off about 8% of its staff. – Bell Canada, plans to cut 4,800 jobs. Financial Services Sector – PayPal Holdings, plans to cut about 2,500 jobs, or 9% of its global workforce this year. – Block Inc, has begun cutting unspecified jobs as part of a previously disclosed plan. – Citigroup plans to reduce the number of employees by 20,000 people over the next two years. – Nasdaq, unveiled new plans to cut hundreds of jobs as it integrates fintech company Adenza into its business. – BlackRock, will cut about 3% of its current workforce, although it expects to have a larger headcount by the end of 2024. Consumer and Retail Sector – Estee Lauder, unveils new plans to cut 3% to 5% of its global workforce. – Wayfair, plans to lay off 1,650 employees or around 13% of its workforce. – US department store chain Macy’s, by cutting 2,350 jobs and closing five stores. – Levi Strauss & Co, plans to cut 10% to 15% of global corporate jobs. – Hershey, plans a restructuring that will impact less than 5% of its workforce.

Exotic Electric Bikes Big Discounts at Transmart, Cheapest Guaranteed!

Where else can a shop dare to give discounts on electric bicycles of up to millions of rupiah if not Transmart ? You can get discounts of millions of rupiah if you shop now specifically for the Full Day Sale which lasts two days, on Saturday (10/2) and Sunday (11/2).
For those who haven’t had time to go to the Full Day Sale, tomorrow is the right time to buy a cheap electric bicycle at the nearest Transmart.

Meanwhile, the Exotic Scooter HB 320 electric bicycle is from the normal price of IDR 4,100,000, the discount is IDR 3,181,600 per unit, valid for purchases at all Transmart outlets outside Java. Buyers save IDR 918,400.

Then, the Exotic E-Bike Fastron electric bicycle from the normal price of IDR 4,900,000, discounted to IDR 3,606,400 per unit specifically for purchases at Java Island outlets. Buyers save IDR 1,293,000.

Meanwhile, the Exotic E-Bike Fastron electric bicycle is from the normal price of IDR 5,200,000, with a discount of IDR 3,827,200 per unit specifically for purchases at outlets outside Java. Buyers save IDR 1,372,000.

Not only electric bicycles, Ride On & Tricycle children’s bicycles are also discounted up to 30% starting from just IDR 300 thousand, valid on Java. Meanwhile, outside Java, Ride On & Tricycle is priced starting at IDR 310 thousand.

Customers can get all discounts on electric bicycles and children’s bicycles by paying using Allo Prime, Allo Pay Later, Bank Mega Credit Card and Mega Syariah.

For Transmart customers who don’t have an Allo Bank, Bank Mega Credit Card, or Mega Syariah, there’s no need to worry. You can immediately download the application from your cellphone or apply for instant credit card opening.

The way to download Allo Bank is available on the App Store or Play Store, then register an account and upgrade to Allo Prime.

After upgrading, continue to apply for Allo Pay Later, the activation process is fast and you can immediately get a large limit. Later, this limit can be used on the same day for shopping at Transmart.

Another alternative is to apply to open a Bank Mega or Mega Syariah Credit Card instantly at the booth available at every Transmart outlet.

Come on, get ready to go to Transmart tomorrow and bring home the electric bicycle of your dreams!

Most Popular Business: Prabowo Satire Fishermen PKS Legislative Candidates, Cinema Ticket Promo Starting from IDR 8,800

The most popular economic and business news throughout Friday, February 9 2024 started with the Spokesperson for the Anies Baswedan Winning National Team (AMIN) Muhammad Ramli Rahim asking Prabowo Subianto not to intimidate fishermen who complained to presidential candidate Anies.

Then there was information regarding the former President Commissioner of PT Pertamina (Persero), Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok, who admitted that he had been summoned by President Joko Widodo or Jokowi and then appointed as one of the candidates for Head of the Archipelago Capital Authority (OIKN).

Apart from the news about commemorating the Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday, February 10 2024, a number of brands are providing attractive promotions and discounts. Some of these brands include Cinema XXI, CGV, and Cinepolis. The following is a summary of the three news:

1. Prabowo satirizes fishermen as PKS legislative candidates, National Team AMIN: Is there anything wrong with fishermen becoming legislative candidates?

Spokesperson for the Anies Baswedan National Winning Team (AMIN) Muhammad Ramli Rahim asked Prabowo Subianto not to intimidate fishermen who complained to presidential candidate Anies. A video clip of a person named Sappe who claims to be a fisherman complaining to Anies is circulating widely on social media.

Prabowo said the fisherman deserved to receive the Citra Cup award as a soap opera star because he was recently discovered to be a legislative candidate from PKS, Anies’ party. 

“It is being proposed to receive the Citra Cup. I am even proposing to receive an Oscar. That’s not bad, he doesn’t need to be a legislative candidate, he should be a soap opera star,” said Prabowo in a big campaign at the Gelora Bandung Lautan Api Stadium, Bandung, West Java on Thursday, 8 February 2024 reported by Antara. 

King Charles Appears in Public for the First Time After Being Announced He Has Cancer

King Charles III appears in public for the first time after being diagnosed with cancer. King Charles is seen appearing with Queen Camilla.

Reported by AFP, Tuesday (6/2/2024), King Charles was seen leaving his residence near Buckingham Palace. The Press Association news agency reported he was believed to be traveling to Sandringham.

“It is believed to be preparing to travel by helicopter to Sandringham”, a royal residence in the East of England.

Reported by the BBC, Charles III was seen leaving Clarence House in London with Queen Camilla. Charles III appears wearing a black suit.

Previously, Buckingham Palace said that King Charles III’s cancer was discovered when the British King was undergoing treatment for his prostate disease. Test results showed that King Charles had cancer.

“During the king’s recent procedure for a benign prostate enlargement at the hospital, a separate issue came to attention. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer,” the palace said in a statement.

However, the type of cancer that King Charles himself suffered from has not been revealed. The palace said King Charles III had begun treatment for his cancer

Lee Delray – Brand New Man

NYC native Lee Delray wields a soulful voice and an even more soulful guitar approach. He unleashes his full blues rock onslaught on his latest effort, Brand New Man. He is also a very talented songwriter who is able to connect with audiences on a number of levels.

The album kicks off with a strong and spirited track, “Meet My Maker.” Delray lays down a steady I-IV-V pattern while stating his slide guitar prowess from the outset. This track establishes right away that this is, indeed, a young master at work. That is followed by a standard popularized by everyone from Albert King to Kenny Latimore called “I’ll Play the Blues for You.” This is smooth urban blues, with a jazzy feel and some nice conversational rap from the leader in the mid-section. Along these lines, Delray continues that rap/blues hybrid on “First-String Man.” His guitar establishes a Stevie Ray Vaughan-meets-Jimi Hendrix kind of vibe and pairs that with embellishments from the hip-hop team of Young Chizzy and Deejay NoGood. It’s an unlikely musical marriage, perhaps, but one that works and really pays off well.

photo courtesy of Frank Roszak Promotions

Delray writes catchy hooks and really has a flair for melody and succinct thoughts and lyrics. This is most evident on the seemingly autobiographical “Blues Came Callin’.” He picks up the pace for the follow up “Love Line.” This is a funky number that features tasteful note choices delivered in a Carlos Santana/Coco Montoya manner. “Cookin’ in My Kitchen” is one of those typical love and suspicion kind of songs. It’s a shuffle, with a lot of attitude and spark. “Hollar” is just like the title sounds; blues with a raw exclamation point! It continues that rough and tumble shuffle style that really smokes. Delray unloads some wicked slide guitar work here, as well.

“Gotcha” follows and is pure Chicago-styled swing. Kudos go to the leader’s trusty rhythm section of bassist Scott Ward and drummer Ken Conklin, who really lay it down here. “Mine All Mine” is a very syncopated R&B-influenced track somewhat reminiscent of Robert Cray or Delbert McClinton; a strong funky underpinning that’s perfect for dancing or jamming. And that brings us to, not the least, but the last track, “Yesterday’s Tears.” This is a tune that could easily be a hit on country, pop or r&b charts. Mike “Sweetharp” Smith’s harmonica and Lenny Hayden’s acoustic guitar give this a very appealing back porch/Dobie Gray type feel.

Lee Delray is, simply, the complete package. He is extremely versatile, able to assess his audience and their needs. And he truly delivers, whether the song calls for rock, country, jazz, funk and, in the case of the aforementioned “First-String Man,” even hip-hop. He is an artist with a sense of adventure, yet he still has his finger on the pulse of appealing to his fan base. I’m sure he will generate a number of new fans too with his latest, Brand New Man.

Upcoming Live Gigs

Lee is scheduled to perform on December 9th at The Lakeside in Saylorsburg, PA; on January 28th at The Brown Pelican in New Bern, NC; on January 30th live on-air at the Raeford Morning Show in New Bern, NC; and at the All Day International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN (January 31st through February 4th). Check his website for additional live dates as they are added.