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first_imgStarbucks UK is looking to place 16 of its central London sites on the property market.According to British Baker’s sister title M&C Report, the global coffee chain has hired commercial property services company CBRE to sell a selection of leasehold units in a bid to cut down rental costs. These include stores based on Wigmore Street, Villiers Street, Baker Street and a further two locations on the King’s Roads, which are valued between £32,500 and £206,000.A Starbucks UK spokesperson, told British Baker: “As is the case in all retail businesses, we regularly review our store portfolio, and as a result we are continuously marketing a number of sites while simultaneously looking for new locations. Over the course of this year we anticipate our overall store count to continue to climb as we ensure that we have the right store portfolio, in the right places.”The move comes just weeks after the company announced its plans to invest £8m in its stores within the capital, ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The business’ ambitious plans included six high-profile renovations and 70 refurbishments within a time frame of a few months.last_img read more

first_imgJapanese companies Marubeni Corporation and Mitsui OSK Lines recently signed a deal with Japanese Project Promotion Vehicle in the Far East (JPPV) for the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) transshipment terminals.JPPV is a Vladivostok-based advisory group jointly established by Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Far East Investment and Export Agency and Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund.The objectives of the group are “encouraging Japanese companies to launch business in Russia and promoting Japanese investment in Russia and the Far East,” a joint statement said.The agreement between the trio, which was signed on September 5, aims to draw upon JPPV’s expertise in order to “smoothly establish LNG transshipment terminals in the Far East,” the statement said.Marubeni and MOL have previously signed a memorandum of understanding with Russia’s LNG operator and developer Novatek for a joint feasibility study aimed at establishing an LNG transshipment and marketing complex off Kamchatka Peninsula.Novatek said earlier this week it plans to invest 70 billion Russian rubles ($993.7m) in the LNG hub in Kamchatka for shipments to consumers in the Asia-Pacific region.last_img read more

first_imgRetired players of Asante Kotoko trounced their Hearts of Oak counterparts 3-1 in a friendly match at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.The game, which was used to raise funds for charity and also contribute towards the welfare of the retired players of both sides, saw Kotoko registering all their goals in the first half with Isaac Boakye hitting a brace in the 20th and 42nd minutes, whilst Godwin Ablorddey also found target in the 27th minute.Hearts, however pulled one back from Ayittey Dormon, who took on the Kotoko defence to slot home in the ninth minute.The second half of the game was drab, compared to that of the first half, as most of the players were visibly tired; reducing incursions by both sides for the needed goals, but in spite of this, the “oldies” dazzled the crowd with their dribbling skills.Other players who featured for Hearts included Emmanuel Armah “Senegal”, Sam “Foyoo” Johnson, Jacob Nettey, Ishmael Addo, Amankwaah Mireku, Yaw Preko, Joe Addo and Ablade Kumah.Kofi Abbrey, Prince Polley, Mohammed Odoom, Frimpong Manso, Odartey Lamptey, Isaac Kwakye, Isaac Boakye, Olli Rahman, Godwin Ablorddey, Gariba Ibrahim, Hamza Mohammed, among others, featured for Kotoko.last_img read more

first_imgAston Villa forward Jordan Ayew has takenn to Instagram to apologise for getting sent off in Tuesday night’s game against West Ham United.The Ghana international was issued with a straight red card in the 16th minute of the match for elbowing Aaron Cresswell.Villa, who are in desperate of points, went on to suffer a 2-0 defeat, their seventh league loss of the seasonOn Wednesday, Ayew apologised for his action on Instagram. He wrote: “Looking back at my impulsive actions last night I sincerely apologise to the supporters of Aston Villa, my teammates, AVFC staff and my coach.”I take full responsibility for my actions and I don’t wish to dwell on my mistake but rather look forward to playing again to prove myself to be true to claret and blue as I have done from the moment I joined AVFC and I do not intend to slow down now.”To my fans and everyone I offended, I ask that you join me in moving on from this unfortunate situation as I continue to focus on my career and the success of the team. We fight till the end. Up The Villa! Jordan.” The Midlands outfit are 10 points from safety.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The right knee injury that forced Dodgers pitcher Paul Maholm to leave the game in the seventh inning is more serious. After stretching to retire Arismendy Alcantara on an infield grounder, Maholm needed more than a minute to rise to his feet and walk off the field.“He felt it the step before he got to the bag,” Mattingly said.Maholm was scheduled to undergo an MRI after the game. Haren (8-9) has said for weeks that he’s healthy, but his struggles would be easier to explain if he were hurt. The right-hander allowed seven runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings against the Cubs. He hasn’t completed six innings since June 30 and his ERA has risen by more than a run in the meantime, to 4.76.“It makes me feel worse seeing guys get hurt,” Haren said. “Paul had to come into the game, eat up some innings. I think his injury seems like it’s pretty bad. I feel terrible for him. “I was just embarrassed for my performance. I feel bad for the fans, for the other 24 guys.”The Dodgers explored the market for a starting pitcher prior to Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline. They passed on two headliners, David Price and Jon Lester, but still might make a move through the waiver process in August.Their desire might become a need if Haren cannot right his struggles. He conquered one nemesis, the first inning, without allowing a run Friday. But the Cubs got a solo home run from Luis Valbuena in the second inning and scored three runs in the third inning to take a 4-1 lead that they didn’t relinquish.In the fifth inning, Haren allowed a pair of singles and hit a batter to load the bases. Chris Perez entered the game and allowed all three runners to score. One run scored on a wild pitch and another scored when Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis dropped a brilliant throw from center field by Puig as Starlin Castro scored on a deep sacrifice fly.Dee Gordon stole two bases in the first inning, his 49th and 50th of the season. The final insult: The Chicago Cubs, owners of the second-lowest winning percentage in the National League, beat the Dodgers 8-2.“We made so many mistakes tonight,” manager Don Mattingly said. “You know you can’t win like that.”Some of the Dodgers’ problems Friday were temporary. Turner will pay attention to more baserunners than he ignores; Gonzalez will probably never slide so poorly again in his life. Others were not.The Dodgers’ bench was down to one by the end of the game. Besides Gonzalez, whose status was termed “day-to-day,” Yasiel Puig was removed after artfully sliding around a tag and safely slapping home plate before Cubs catcher Wellington Castillo could tag him. He was diagnosed with mild left hamstring soreness.Mattingly said that Puig suffered the injury running from first base in the sixth.center_img Sometime around the fifth inning Friday, it became difficult to blame Dodger fans for flipping back to the video of basketball player Paul George injuring his leg. The baseball game was too painful to watch.Where to begin? Dan Haren was thrown out at first base on a line drive to right field. Justin Turner bobbled a ball at third base, then turned his back while a runner advanced safely from second base. Adrian Gonzalez was thrown out trying to score — despite beating the relay throw from the outfield — because he missed home plate. Gonzalez suffered a knee contusion on the play and left the game. Even the Dodgers’ first-base coach, Davey Lopes slipped twice in the dugout during the game.last_img read more

first_img Doctors ‘happy’ with Falcons rookie Kaleb McGary’s heart procedure, Dan Quinn says Luck has been coping with the calf injury for nearly three months now and missed the Colts’ OTAs and minicamp as a result. He said earlier this week that he has dealt with worse discomfort, yet he’s had no improvement “pain-wise” with the calf.”I did a disservice to myself by saying I’d be ready (for camp),” Luck said, per CBS Sports. “It’s a calf strain. I say lower leg because I feel pain at my ankle.”Luck, 29, completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,593 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2018, and the Colts hope to have him healthy for another productive 16-game regular season after he missed all of 2017 with a shoulder injury. Cardinals’ Kyler Murray just focused on playing well: ‘I don’t feel pressure’ Redskins’ Trent Williams ‘doesn’t care’ about mounting fines NFL Hall of Fame Game 2019: Three takeaways from Broncos’ win over Falconscenter_img Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who early in camp suffered a setback with a calf strain he’s been battling since April, continues to rehab and is “getting some good work,” coach Frank Reich says.But just when the franchise QB will return to the field remains unclear, Reich admitted (via the Indianapolis Star). The team already has announced that Luck will miss the preseason opener Aug. 8 at Buffalo, but Reich said at the time that the plan was to sit him anyway as the team continues to be cautious.According to the Star, Luck was expected to discuss with the coaching staff how he’s feeling on Friday, an off day for the team.Although Luck hasn’t been seen on the field this week, he has been rehabilitating out of sight.“He’s getting some good work,” Reich said. “First of all, some good rehab, and then he’s inside throwing with (QB guru) Tom House, that’s been really good. He’s put some of that on tape, so we have a chance to look at that, and that’s been really positive.”Another positive: Luck also has been taking all the snaps, typically more than 60, in hour-long walk-throughs, giving him valuable time with his teammates.”It’s not as good as being out at practice, but in some ways it’s really good,” Reich told reporters (via ESPN.com). “We’re in the huddle, you should think you’re in the Super Bowl. Andrew is really good at putting himself in that moment. We want the body language, the tone of his voice in the huddle. It’s amazing. You can fool your nervous system thinking this is real.” “I don’t know,” Reich said Thursday. “Haven’t even talked about it.”The lingering unanswered questions: When will the Colts know and how long before they will become uneasy with the uncertainty? Related Newslast_img read more

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsFrank Maida has been desperately trying to replace sniper Patrick Martens since the sophomore center left the Leafs for the greener pastures of the B.C. Hockey League in November.Maida needs to search no longer for a player to replace Martens.Because just when it appeared a deal could not found Martens became available and has agreed to return to the Green and White starting Saturday against the Fernie Ghostriders.“It’s a great boost to our team,” Maida told The Nelson Daily Wednesday after his star sniper was released by the Langley Rivermen of the BCHL at the roster deadline.“It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out for Patrick in the BCHL but we’re happy to have him back.”“We’ve added an real depth player and a great team leader and we’re all looking forward to having him back in the lineup,” added Maida, receiving the news Tuesday.Martens, recording three goals for 10 points in 21 games for the Langley Rivermen, appeared to be a mainstay with the BCHL club during the first 12 games. But during the past nine contests the native of Moncton registered one assist.“I think having Patrick back is going to be a huge confidence booster in the dressing room,” Maida confessed. “Patrick is a hard working player now with Junior A experience and will really help our young team.”The 6-foot, 180-pound speedster left Nelson as the scoring leader with 22 goals and 17 assists in 21 games. Martens also had a 14-game scoring streak during his 21-game stint in Nelson.Maida also added defenceman Andy Miller to the roster. Miller, who started the season off with the Leafs, was released but remained as an affiliate player with the Trail Midget Reps.Miller is expected to return to Nelson after he completes high school mid-term exams.The Leafs, 21-14-0-3, are currently locked into third place in the Murdoch Division, trailing the Beaver Valley Nitehawks by 16 points and second-place Castlegar by 12.The margin increased during the past month of the season due to the Leafs inability to keep pace with the front runners — Nelson is 4-5-0-1 in its last 10 games while both Beaver Valley and Castlegar are 8-1-0-1.“We need to focus on the little things in our game,” Maida explained. “I know we have the players who can score but we’ve got to work on our zone and prevent more goals which will turn into scoring opportunities at the other end.”Saturday’s game time is 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.ICE CHIPS: After Fernie, Nelson has 13 games remaining in the season before the start of post season. . . . Martens is expected to be on the ice for Wednesday night practice with the [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgIn addition to the blood and bone, thearrow heads also held traces of glue in theform of a plant-based resin that thescientists think was used to fasten themonto wooden or reed shafts. Marlize Lombard, a researcher andlecturer in Anthropology at the Universityof Johannesburg, at the Sibundu Cave sitein the north of KwaZulu-Natal province.(Images: University of Johannesburg)MEDIA CONTACTS• Lyn WadleyHonorary Professor, School of Geography,Archaeology and Environmental StudiesUniversity of the Witwatersrand+27 11 717 [email protected] African archaeologists have found what is believed to be the earliest evidence of human-made stone-tipped arrows, 64 000-year-old stone tools – still with traces of blood and bone – that push the development of bow-and-arrow technology back 20 000 years and throw light on humanity’s cognitive development.The finds, unearthed from layers of very old sediment in Sibundu Cave in the north of KwaZulu-Natal province, were made by Marlize Lombard of the University of Johannesburg and a team of researchers and scientists under the leadership of Lyn Wadley of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), also in Johannesburg.A bone point that could have been an arrow tip was also excavated from the site in 2008 by Lucinda Backwell and colleagues from Wits.The shape of the geometric stone pieces indicated where they had been impacted and damaged, and how they were hafted, Lombard said. “This showed that the pieces were very likely to have been the tips of projectiles – rather than sharp points on the end of hand-held spears.”In addition to the blood and bone, the arrow heads also held traces of glue in the form of a plant-based resin that the scientists think was used to fasten them onto wooden or reed shafts.“The presence of glue implies that people were able to produce composite tools – tools where different elements produced from different materials are glued together to make a single artefact,” said Lombard.The sophistication of the arrows sheds light on the development of human intelligence, scientists believe. According to Larry Barham from the University of Liverpool, “This is an indicator of a cognitively demanding behaviour.”The discovery, together with other evidence, pushes back the development of bow-and-arrow technology by at least 20 000 years. The team’s findings were published in the latest issue journal Antiquity.Ancient engineering Scientists’ interest in early bows and arrows stems from the light the weapons shine on the technological and cognitive abilities of early Homo sapiens.“Hunting with a bow and arrow requires intricate multi-staged planning, material collection and tool preparation and implies a range of innovative social and communication skills,” the researchers wrote in their article.Lombard said that her ultimate aim was to explore the big question: “When did we start to think in the same way that we do now?”“Together with additional evidence from Sibudu produced by Prof Wadley and her team, and other South African sites such as Blombos, under the direction of Prof Chris Henshilwood, we are becoming more and more confident that 60 000 to 70 000 years ago, in Southern Africa, people were behaving, on a cognitive level, very similarly to us.”Chris Stringer from the Natural History Museum in London said the work added to the view that modern humans in Africa 60 000 years ago had begun to hunt in a “new way”.Neanderthals and early humans, he explained, were likely to have been “ambush predators”, who needed to get close to their prey in order to dispatch them.“This work further extends the advanced behaviours inferred for early modern people in Africa,” Stringer said. “But the long gaps in the subsequent record of bows and arrows may mean that regular use of these weapons did not come until much later.“Indeed, the concept of bows and arrows may even have had to be reinvented many millennia later.”last_img read more

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Huelgas and Chicano have been competing and training in Johore Bahru since June 29 and getting acclimatised should not be a big problem to them.Carrasco said the pair competed in Palembang, Indonesia and finished five minutes ahead of the Indonesians.Adorna and Mangrobang have been training in Portugal and competing around Europe, according to Carrasco.ADVERTISEMENT Last SEA Games’ champions Nikko Huelgas and Ma. Claire Adorna will once again suit up along with John Leerams Chicano and Marion Kim Mangrobang, who won silver in 2015.“We are the favorites, everything is looking good, but I told the players, let’s not put our guards down,” said Carrasco after a lunch meeting with his team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutField reports said the waters of Putrajaya is 31 degrees, which is hotter than usual.“We need to get used to it, so they had a swimming work out today (Saturday),” Carrasco added. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Alcantara eyes revenge, men’s doubles gold vs Thai twins PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino 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 Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Nikko Huelgas.KUALA LUMPUR — Let’s not get over confident.That’s the stern reminder of triathlon top boss Tom Carrasco to the four Filipino triathletes who will try to retain the country’s double golds Monday in Putrajaya.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

first_imgAmitabh Bachchan fans who were bored to see him as an old man with a dull dressing style since the past few years have a reason to rejoice. In his forthcoming film Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap , one would see Big B in a jazzy avatar.We hear that Bachchan senior has tried to give a personal touch to his extravagant appearance on screen.He will be seen in scarves, jazzy shirts, designer denims, branded glares and he would be sporting two watches.This, we hear was a suggestion by Bachchan himself.”We had decided a flashy look for Amitabh. When the unit was working on his outfits and other accessories, he came with his idea that he would sport two watches,” a source from the unit said.Not many know that AB is very fond of wrist watches and is sometimes spotted wearing two at a time! So when he turned up wearing two watches on the first day of the movie’s shoot, he left everyone amused by this unique style.Director Puri Jagannadh instantly agreed that in the entire film, he would have his character sport two watches on the wrist, considering his role is that of a flamboyantly stylish old man.Needless to say, Big B was more than happy to mix some of his own personal style with his on screen one.The superstar would surely be liked by his fans for carrying such a quirky style with elan.last_img read more