The Cotswold Food Partnership (CFP) has launched a ’concept to shelf’ product development service. iBrand will develop the recipe, source ingredients and manufacturing, develop branding, packaging and marketing, and assist with sales, said the firm.CFP founder Carl Le Neveu said: “We’re here to help companies with limited NPD expertise, or larger manufacturers whose NPD team is overstretched because of extra demand.”The company said it was already in discussion with several potential clients regarding a savoury pastry line and a range of luxury cakes.
Food retailers have provided more work in the second quarter of 2012, despite the first drop in shop numbers in at least three years.The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and business law firm Bond Pearce have published the latest statistics from its Retail Employment Monitor (REM), which began in October 2008. It revealed a 0.5% drop in the number of retail outlets compared to last year – a total of 88 fewer shops in the sample.However, there was a 1.8% boost in the number of hours worked during Q2 2012, compared to the same period in 2011. The BRC attributed this to the food retailing sector, which saw the fastest growth from part-time workers.The total rise in the number of hours worked was the equivalent of 12,648 more full-time jobs, according to the REM sample.Stephen Robertson, director general of the BRC, said: “Retail as a whole is still where much-needed new jobs are coming from but, within that, it’s food retailing that’s providing more work. Big events like the Jubilee celebrations provided a limited boost to employment levels but underlying weakness in the economy and consumer confidence continue to hit sales and job numbers in non-food retailing. “Supermarkets, continuing to open smaller-format stores, are masking the potential of a much sharper decline. Without them, total shop numbers would have fallen further. Even so, retailers’ sentiment about the coming quarter has improved. A year ago a quarter said they would be cutting jobs – now that’s only 4%. And, the relaxation of Sunday trading laws during the Olympics is expected to provide a boost to the number of hours worked over the coming months.”The REM also indicated businesses were not looking to get rid of jobs or hire new employees, this year, as 83% of the sample said they would keep staffing levels unchanged, compared with 58% last year.The proportion of retailers suggesting they will decrease staffing levels during the next quarter has fallen to 4%, compared with 25% for the same period last year.Christina Tolvas-Vincent, head of retail employment at Bond Pearce, said: “At first glance, there are some positive messages here; rising employment which translates to more than 12,000 extra full-time equivalent jobs and redundancy rates remaining very low. “Serious concerns remain, however. The number of retail outlets is falling for the first time, reflecting the immense pressure on high street retailers in particular, and for non-food retailers, employment levels are down. It is therefore encouraging to see the government looking at creative ways to bring vacant high street properties back into use and also offering further help to pilot areas under the Portas project. “It has also been a summer of ups and downs so far with the Jubilee celebrations, the record amount of wet weather and now the build-up to the Olympics all having an impact on the industry. But the reality of the situation may be clouded as a result. It will be very interesting to see what the next quarter brings.”
Source: Allied BakeriesOperating profit at Allied Bakeries has improved despite a fall in revenue owing to the loss of its largest private label bread contract earlier in the financial year.The business has delivered a ‘substantial cost reduction’, owner ABF revealed in its annual results for the year ending 12 September 2020. It also noted that further restructuring of the bakery and associated logistics operations are planned for the next year.Allied Bakeries is part of ABF’s grocery division, which reported revenue of £3.53bn during the period. Adjusted operating profit, which hit £437m, was up 15% on the previous year and was driven by cost efficiencies and lower promotional spend.This, ABF added, more than offset a one-time non-cash write-down of £15m against Allied.“Allied Bakeries revenues declined this year following the termination of our largest private label bread contract earlier in the financial year. The business implemented a significant cost reduction programme during the year. Combined with a Covid-19 related uplift in sales the underlying operating result improved,” ABF stated in its results.“Following our announcement in July of our exit from the Co-op contract, the carrying values of some of our distribution assets have been reviewed, resulting in a write-down charge of £15m.”Hull-based Jacksons is to manufacture own label bread for Co-op from next spring, while Warburtons will handle the distribution.Kingsmill owner Allied also exited its own label bread contract with Tesco this year.Elsewhere, ABF said it received £30m in the second half of the year for the insurance claim relating to a fire at its Speedibake factory in Wakefield, which happened in February. This, ABF said, more than offsets the £25m exceptional charge taken in the first half.On the ingredients side, AB Mauri experienced a ‘rapid and substantial’ increase in retail demand for yeast and bakery ingredients as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, ABF said.“Sales were also strong to industrial bakery customers but demand from foodservice and craft bakers was lower,” it stated in its results.
Read Full Story On Thursday, April 7, and Friday, April 8, the Fromm Concerts at Harvard assemble some of the finest musicians in creative music for a series of free concerts, “Creative Music Convergences,” in John Knowles Paine Concert Hall.“These are musicians who just go up there and create,” says Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts Vijay Iyer, who curated the 2016 Fromm concerts. “Every night is different, every time is different, and each has its own integrity and power.”The Thursday lineup features 7:30 p.m. performances by Wadada Leo Smith and Vijay Iyer and Nicole Mitchell with Tomeka Reid and Mike Reed. At 9 p.m. Okkyung Lee and the Steve Lehman Octet take the stage.On Friday at 7:30 p.m., hear Craig Taborn and Wadada Leo Smith with Ikue Mori. The 9 p.m. show features Courtney Bryan and the Tyshawn Sorey Double Trio. “Improvisation really builds something. It’s not contra to composition; it’s another way of putting music together.”The musicians in this year’s Fromm concerts span generations, geography, and style. “What we call creative music, experimental music that involves improvisation, has an astonishingly diverse range of expression,” says Iyer. “Tyshawn Sorey plays the Village Vanguard but studied with Stockhausen; Steve Lehman is one of the transforming figures of 21st century jazz; Ikue Mori plays solo cello with a rock band [the legendary DNA], Craig Taborn is the most admired keyboardist of my generation.“They’re all here,” says Iyer, “because they’re innovative and unique.”All four concerts are free and open to the public.
Source: UVM. 4.28.2011 University of Vermont,A quarter-million-dollar gift from The Grossman Family Foundation of Cos Cob, Ct. has been designated to support the priorities of the incoming dean of the University of Vermont’s School of Business Administration.Designated to the School of Business Administration Dean’s Fund, the gift is being made as an investment in the future of the School of Business Administration, according to Steven Grossman, a 1961 UVM alumnus and chair of the board of trustees of the foundation. The gift will be used at the discretion of the incoming dean, Sanjay Sharma, Grossman said.”We were very pleased to learn that the University was able to attract a new dean with the proven leadership abilities and academic credentials of Dr. Sharma,” said Grossman. “The experience that both he and Pramodita Sharma bring to UVM strike us as a perfect fit for the school’s existing strengths and emerging areas of academic distinctiveness.” Sharma’s spouse, Pramodita Sharma, is an internationally distinguished scholar in the fields of entrepreneurship and family business and has accepted an appointment to the faculty of the UVM School of Business Administration as the Daniel Clarke Sanders Professor.Incoming dean Sanjay Sharma said he will use The Grossman Family Foundation gift to advance the business school on a number of fronts, including student career advising and services; entrepreneurial and organizational skills development; and program and curriculum development for areas of strategic focus such as entrepreneurship and family business. Other priorities could include summer support for faculty research projects; student scholarships; development and hosting of academic conferences and travel to such conferences held elsewhere; hosting prestigious scholars as speakers international recruitment; communications; and student recruitment.
A large public transportation network, in concert with other sustainability efforts, could reduce our carbon footprint by 24 percent, significantly reduce our oil consumption, save us money, reduce our travel time and its associated stress, and improve our overall health. Pictured: a Washington, DC Metro station. Photo credit: iStockPhotoEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: It might seem obvious, but what would be the primary benefits of public transit as an alternative to the private automobile if our country were to make a major commitment to it? — James Millerton, Armstrong, PAThe benefits of making a major commitment to building up and efficiently managing a larger and more comprehensive public transit network are many.According to the National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates (NAPTA), an organization that represents grassroots transit coalitions, organizations and advocates, expanded public transit, coordinated with greener development and other “operational efficiencies,” can reduce our carbon footprint by some 24 percent, which is significant given that carbon dioxide (CO2) output from the transportation sector as a whole account for 28 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. After all, buses and trains burn much less fuel per rider than a car with a single rider in it. Switching to public transit for a typical 20-mile round trip commute would decrease a commuter’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by some 4,800 pounds a year, which is equal to about a 10 percent reduction in a two-car household’s carbon footprint.Another group, the American Public Transit Association (APTA), reports that current use of public transit in the U.S. already saves 37 million metric tons of CO2 annually, equivalent to the emissions resulting from electricity generation to power some five million typical American homes.A massive shift to public transit would also be good for our pocketbooks. According to NAPTA, U.S. car owners can save as much as $112 billion a year in gasoline and other vehicle costs. “Public transportation offers an immediate alternative for individuals seeking to reduce their energy use and carbon footprints,” reports NAPTA. “Taking public transportation far exceeds the combined benefits of using energy-efficient light bulbs, adjusting thermostats, weatherizing one’s home, and replacing a refrigerator.”As to reducing oil use, NAPTA says public transit already saves Americans the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually, or some 900,000 automobile fill-ups every day. And the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) reports that individuals who live in areas served by public transportation save more than 300 million gallons of fuel a year. Meanwhile individuals can save upwards of $9,000 a year by taking public transportation instead of driving and by living with one less car.An improved quality of life is yet another benefit of more public transit. In some ways public transit can be considered a life saver: It produces 95 percent less carbon monoxide and nearly 50 percent less nitrogen oxide—both key triggers for asthma and other respiratory and cardiovascular health problems—per passenger-mile than driving a private vehicle. Also, transit users tend to be healthier than car commuters because they walk more, which increases their fitness levels. Public transit use also means fewer cars on the road, thus reduced travel times—and less stress and road rage accordingly—for everyone. TTI reports that Americans living in areas served by public transportation save themselves almost 800 million hours in travel time every year.CONTACTS: NAPTA, www.publictransportation.org; APTA, www.apta.com; TTI, tti.tamu.edu.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.
November 15, 2005 News & Notes News and Notes Jake Schickel of Coker, Myers, Schickel, Sorenson & Green was recently elected chair of the board of directors for WorkSource in Jacksonville. Judge David L. Denkin of Sarasota recently completed the “Sentencing Motor Vehicle Law Offenders” course at the National Judicial College. Laurel Frances Moore of the Office of the Federal Public Defender in the Middle District of Florida has been appointed to serve on the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence. She will serve a one-year term. Bruce J. Berman of McDermott, Will & Emery in Miami was reappointed by the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court to continue his tenure on the court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases beyond the normal two-year term limit. Hugh Cotney of Jacksonville presented a seminar at the public defenders’ office titled “Ethics and Professionalism in the New Millennium: Behave Yourself.” William D. Matthewman of Seiden & Adler spoke at the annual conference of the Puerto Rican Bar Association. His topic was the application of the death penalty in Puerto Rico. H. Lawrence Hardy of George, Hartz, Lundeen, Fulmer, Johnstone, King & Stevens in Tallahassee was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates. Julie S. Sneed of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa was appointed to serve on the constituency board for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida. Kirsten Ullman of Ullman, Bursa, Hoffman & Ragano in Tampa recently gave a presentation on “Medical Evidence: Understanding and Proving Decline Caused by the Aging Process and Pre-Existing Medical Conditions” at the Defense Research Institute’s Annual Nursing Home/Assisted Living Facility Litigation seminar in San Francisco. William S. Boshnick of Greenblum & Bernstein in Reston, VA, was a panelist and a co-author at the Asian Practice International Congress during a joint meeting of the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the Japan Intellectual Property Association in Seattle, WA. Boshnick discussed preparing and prosecuting foreign originated patent applications in the People’s Republic of China. Nestor J. Rivera of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa was appointed co-chair of Membership and Diversity Subcommittee of the ABA Litigation Section’s Commercial and Business Law Committee.The Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association elected the following officers to serve for the 2005-06 term: Frank M. Shooster, president; Erika D. Rotbart, president-elect; Dana Gallup, vice president; Tiffany Kleinman, secretary/treasurer; Cathleen Scott, programming vice president; Frederick W. Ford, legislative vice president. John Salmon of Salmon & Dulberg Mediation Services in Miami was approved as a mediator and arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers. Bruce A. Blitman of Pembroke Pines discussed “Career Opportunities in Mediation” with the members of the Pre-law Society at American Heritage School in Plantation. Rachael McMorris Crag-Chaderton of deBeaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal was presented the Women’s Executive Council’s 2005 Community Service/Volunteerism Award. Diana Santa Maria of Davie was appointed to the board of directors by the Broward County Bar Association. Steven L. Cantor of Cantor & Webb in Miami recently completed several speaking engagements outside the U.S. In Panama he addressed the annual congress of Latin American Trust Officers on the topic of “U.S. Tax Considerations of Foreign Trusts.” He was also the featured speaker at meetings of both the Milan and Monaco branches of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. His topic was “U.S. Tax Consideration for the International Client.” Nancy Van Sant of Sacher, Zelman, Van Sant, Paul, Beiley, Hartman, Rolnick and Grief was chosen as a member of the Emory Law Council for Emory Law School. Louise B. Zeuli of Maitland lectured on “Legal Liabilities of Healthcare Providers” at Seminole Community College, College of Nursing in Sanford. Additionally, she lectured on “Issues Surrounding Death” at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. Betsy Ellwanger Gallagher of Kubicki Draper has been reappointed to Hillsborough Community College’s Paralegal Advisory Board. Reginald J. Mitchell was elected chair of the National Bar Association’s Civil Rights Section at its 80th Annual Convention in Orlando. Jason J. Guari and Scott C. Murray of Murray & Guari Trial Lawyers were appointed chairs of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s P.I. and Wrongful Death CLE Committee 2005. Lynn Dannheisser of Gunster Yoakley has co-written What’s Wrong With Me? The Frustrated Patient’s Guide to Getting an Accurate Diagnosis, published by McGraw-Hill. Bernard Siegel of the Genetics Policy Institute was awarded the Stem Cell Action Network Advocacy Award for 2005. Robert G. Fegers of Winter Haven had an article published by the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators in the August 2005 issue of The Caucus. The article is titled “Mediator’s Duty to Comply with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.” Russell Pfeifer of Fertig & Gramling in Ft. Lauderdale had his article “Navigating Through the Shoals of the Marine Hull Policy: A Chart for Insurers” published in the University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal. Jeffrey M. James of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa was selected to participate in the 2006 class of Tampa Connection. Fred Karlinsky of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate in Ft. Lauderdale was a featured speaker at the Risk and Insurance Management Society Conference in Naples. Karlinsky participated in a panel discussion titled “Broker Disclosure, What Does the Future Hold?” Additionally, he spoke at the ISO 2005 PCS Catastrophe Conference in New Orleans on “How the Hurricanes of 2004 Affected Newly Formed Carriers.” Karlinsky also conducted a seminar, hosted by the North American Training Alliance, in London regarding issues applicable to the nonadmitted insurance market in the U.S. Donald W. Stanley, Jr., of Allen Dell in Tampa was elected president-elect of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Sara B. Herald of Regions Bank, Southern Region in Miami won the Athena Award presented by the Coral Gables Community Foundation. Eric Feichthaler was elected mayor of Cape Coral. Paul Levine’s novel, Solomon vs. Lord, has recently been published by Bantam. Brian D. Stokes of The Unger Law Group in Orlando spoke on medical errors during the annual meeting of the Florida Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists. George L. Fernandez and Alexander Alvarez of Wolpe, Leibowitz, Alvarez & Fernandez presented “Legal Aspects of Maintenance of Traffic and Roadway Design” to claims professionals in Tampa. Andrew J. Markus of Carlton Fields in Miami was elected by the Section of International Law of the ABA as one of its two delegates to the ABA’s House of Delegates. Markus will serve for a three-year term. Jon Rosenthal of Malman, Malman & Rosenthal in Hollywood was appointed by Queen Margrethe II as Consul of Denmark. Spencer Levine of the attorney general’s office was a speaker at an administrative conference for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General. Levine spoke about investigating and prosecuting civil and criminal violations of resident abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities. Additionally, Levine was appointed chair of the managed care working group for the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units. Casey Wolff of the law firm of Paulich, Slack & Wolff in Naples presented “Immigration in the 21st Century” at the Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University. The presentation dealt with illegal immigration and the aging American population. John J. Quick of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Miami was elected to the Tropee Executive Council for the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. Michael A. Shorstein was honored with the “Congregational Angels in Adoption” award presented by the Congregational Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington, D.C. Gregory M. Cesarano of Carlton Fields in Miami was installed as president of the University of Miami Alumni Association. Larry Roth of Orlando was sworn in as a member of the New York Bar. Karen Dean of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa was elected president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Dean also presented “Legal Aspects of Nursing” to the association’s national workshop in Orlando. Mitchell A. Stone of Stone, Taylor & Associates in Jacksonville presented a lecture on preparing for and conducting DUI jury trials at a Lorman sponsored DUI seminar. Additionally, Stone presented a lecture on closing argument themes in DUI Cases at the FACDL sponsored “Blood, Breath & Tears” seminar. Edward J. Page of Carlton Fields in Tampa was named president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of The Federalist Society. John E. Lyncheski of Cohen & Grigsby in Naples was elected to the board of directors for the American Health Lawyers Association. Theodore Leopold of Ricci Leopold in Palm Beach Gardens will serve on the cabinet of the Business and Professions Division of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County for the 2005-2006 Campaign Season. Judge Cynthia G. Imperato of the 17th Judicial Circuit participated in a training session for the chairpersons of the Judicial Nominating Commissions statewide. Jeffrey Kaplan of Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein in Miami has been appointed chair of the Dade County Bar Association’s SEC Litigation Committee. Michael Rosenberg of Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg spoke to the Palm Beach Tax Institute about “Investment in U.S. Real Estate by Non-U.S. Citizens or Residents.” Roy E. Dean of Oravec, Wood & Dean in Sarasota received the 2005 Professionalism Award from the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court. Nancy L. Bennett of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. was elected to the board of directors of the Broward County Bar Association. November 15, 2005 News and Notes
19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Thanks to the economic downturn and its lingering effects, the word “debt” predominantly carries a negative connotation. But you may have heard in the midst of balancing your budget or planning for retirement, that not all financing is created equal. In fact, some debts, experts suggest, may be good for you. But what exactly does this mean?What is good debt?Simply put, good debt “is any debt that offers a return on the investment,” Rod Griffin, director of public education for credit bureau Experian, said. For instance, a mortgage is often considered good debt since “in normal times, [the home associated with it] has some gain in equity,” he said. Other examples of good debt can include student loans (with the return being the higher salary and improved job prospects you could command with an education) or even low-interest lines of credit you take on in order invest in stocks or retirement funds.What is bad debt?Bad debt, on the other hand, is debt that’s going to land you in financial trouble, Griffin said. It’s any credit that you’re taking out or utilizing without a clear-cut plan of how to pay it back. Using a high-interest credit card to cover a shopping spree or taking out a payday loan to make extra holiday purchases are examples of bad debt. continue reading »
Hospital operator Siloam Hospitals Group has launched its latest COVID-19 test known as the Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 serology test developed by Swiss multinational healthcare company Roche.”There is a high demand for faster, more affordable tests and bigger testing capacity within the ‘new normal’ scheme in Indonesia,” the group’s deputy president director Caroline Riady said in an online media briefing on Wednesday.The serology test — now available in all Siloam hospitals in Indonesia — is designed to determine whether a patient has been exposed to COVID-19 and whether they have developed antibodies against the virus.This antibody testing is considered crucial to better understand the true scope of the pandemic.Caroline said each serology test cost Rp 199,000 (US$14) per person, cheaper than rapid COVID-19 testing or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. “Both the serology test and rapid test detect antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. However, the serology test is a laboratory test conducted by robotic instruments with more accurate and objective results,” she added.Read also: Indonesia records spike in COVID-19 cases as govt eases restrictionsRoche Diagnostics Indonesia country manager Ahmed Hassan claimed the test had 100 percent sensitivity with no false-negative results. Based on an assessment of 5,272 samples, the serology test has 99.81 percent specificity with a low chance of false positive.It also claimed to be able to detect antibodies with 100 percent sensitivity in samples taken 14 days after a PCR-confirmed infection.”It takes 18 to 20 minutes from the sample being inserted into the instrument until the results come out,” Ahmed said, “The capacity is 86 to 170 tests per hour depending on the instrument throughput,”.Ahmed added that Roche’s Elecsys serology test had recently won emergency use clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The product has also been approved by Public Health England in the United Kingdom and has been widely used in Singapore.As of Wednesday, Indonesia has recorded 34,316 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,959 fatalities, according to the government’s official count.The country has repeatedly been criticized for having one of the lowest test rates in the world. As of Wednesday noon, Indonesia has tested 287,478 people, which means it has conducted 1,053 tests per 1 million people. In comparison, Malaysia has conducted 19,120 tests per 1 million people, while Singapore has conducted 83,571.Previously, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) was currently in the process of developing more accurate test kits using the reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) method, which is expected to be ready by July.Topics :
“Provocative military movements” Topics : A Tibetan-origin soldier with India’s special forces was killed in the latest border showdown with Chinese troops on their contested Himalayan border, a Tibetan representative said Tuesday.The death is the first reported from two incidents in 48 hours on the border which has heightened tensions between the giant nations just two months after a battle that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.India and China, which fought a border war in 1962, have accused each other of seeking to cross their unofficial frontier in the Ladakh region in a bid to gain territory on Saturday night, and then again on Monday. Neither side has announced any casualties but Namghyal Dolkar Lhagyari, a member of the Tibetan parliament in exile, told AFP that the Tibetan-origin soldier was “martyred during the clash” on Saturday night.She said another member of the Special Frontier Force that reportedly includes many ethnic Tibetans who oppose China’s claim to their home region was wounded in the operation. The world’s two most populous countries have sent tens of thousands of troops to the region since a brutal June 15 battle fought with wooden clubs and fists.India has said 20 troops were killed. China acknowledged casualties but did not give figures.The two sides blamed each other for the latest incidents.India’s defense ministry said Chinese troops “carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo” at the border on Saturday.China’s People’s Liberation Army said that India was “seriously violating China’s territorial sovereignty” with its operation staged Monday and demanded that Indian troops withdraw.India’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that China had caused the latest incident “even as ground commanders of the two sides were in discussions to de-escalate the situation.”Indian media reports, quoting military sources, said PLA forces tried to take hilltops traditionally claimed by India around Pangong Tso, a lake at 4,200 meters (13,500 feet) altitude.India’s defense ministry said its troops “undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground.”The Business Standard newspaper said that the SFF had been used to take heights that China considers its own. The Indian government does not comment on the special force’s operations.Amid calls for boycotts of Chinese goods, India has stepped up economic pressure on China since the June battle and repeatedly warned that relations would suffer unless its troops pull back. India has banned at least 49 Chinese owned-apps, including the TikTok video platform, frozen Chinese firms out of contracts and held up Chinese goods at customs posts.