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first_imgHigh street bakery chain Greggs has celebrated a profitable Christmas and thriving year, with total sales up 10.8% during the festive period.The retail bakery business saw like-for-like sales increase by 5.1% during the five-week period ending 7 January 2012. Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, said: “An excellent Christmas boosted our sales performance at the end of a tough year for high streets. Highlights during the Christmas period included record sales of our award-winning sweet mince pies with more than 7.5 million sold since the launch of our seasonal range, a 27% increase in sales of Festive Bakes and coffee sales up 21%.”Greggs appears not to have fallen victim to the high street like many UK businesses going into administration, reporting a 5.8% rise in total sales during the last financial year, a 52-week period ending 31 December 2011, with like-for-like sales up 1.4%.Throughout the 12-month period, a record 98 new shops were opened, with a net increase of 84 after 14 closures, giving a total of 1,571 shops in 2011. This expansion created around 800 new jobs, lifting total employee numbers above 20,000.McMeikan added: “We anticipate that the tough trading environment will continue during 2012, with consumers’ disposable incomes remaining under pressure. We will therefore continue to focus on maximising our customer appeal through product innovation and strong promotional activity, building on Greggs’ already excellent reputation for value.“We expect another year of marginally positive like-for-like sales growth in 2012, while total sales will benefit from the opening of around 90 net new shops, creating a further 800 new retail jobs and making Greggs even more accessible to customers across the UK.”last_img read more

first_imgTHE Alliance has unveiled an expanded service network for 2020 as it is welcoming South Korea’s shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) as a new full member.With the US Federal Maritime Commission’s acceptance of HMM membership, the carrier will join its three counterparts in the alliance, Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express (ONE), and Yang Ming.THE Alliance plans to launch the upgraded product package around April 1, 2020. Based on the existing network of THE Alliance, the new package will offer increasing frequency particularly from South East Asia, as well as new direct port coverage and improved transit times.As World Maritime News previously reported, HMM is expected to add some 34 ships to THE Alliance’s network this year, adding up to 519,000 TEUs. In the coming months, the company will start taking delivery of twelve 23,000 TEU and eight 15,000 TEU newbuilds. The 23,000 TEU giants will be deployed in the Far East-North Europe trade and will further strengthen THE Alliance’s service portfolio.Specifically, the upgraded package includes a new pendulum service replacing the existing Asia-Europe FE5 and Transpacific PS7 services. This new service, to be further named, will be operated by eighteen 14,000+ TEU ships and provides added weekly Transpacific coverage between South East Asia and Southern California, thereby expanding the number of services directly covering this lane to three, in addition to FP1 and PS3. A modified PS3 will offer new direct coverage of Haiphong.Further to the enhanced Transpacific coverage of South East Asia, a new Transpacific loop, PS8, focusing on Central China and Korea — including new coverage of Incheon — will be inaugurated around April 1, 2020.For Asia and North Europe, the group will deploy two 20,000+ TEU vessel services in a newly revised FE2 and FE4 design which will bring economies of scale and environmental benefits.last_img read more

first_imgDuring the conference, the Governor stated that COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that attacks the immune system of those who are not in good health and in good physical shape. He expressed that opening the gyms would give residents the opportunity to get into better shape and a better chance at fighting the virus so long as social distancing and sanitary measures are being followed:“Make sure that you respect the social distancing capacity,” DeSantis said. “If you’re sweating on the dip bar, clean the dip bar if you’re done doing dips.”He also said that outdoor training would be good options for gyms with the capability to do so, and would lessen the chances of spread.In addition to gyms and museums reopening on Monday, the Governor also stated that restaurants and retail establishments will be allowed to operate at 50% of their capacity. During a press conference on Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis reported that all of Florida will be able to head into a full phase one on Monday.Gyms, fitness centers, museums, and libraries will all be allowed to reopen so long as proper social distancing measures are in place and are being followed.last_img read more

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Travis Snider, left, takes down Milwaukee Brewers’ Carlos Gomez, bottom, as Brewers’ Rickie Weeks, right, joins a skirmish between the teams during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carlos Gomez has no plans to apologize for his behavior that set off another brawl.The Brewers center fielder was ejected along with Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider and Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron after a shouting match escalated into a brawl during the third inning of the Brewers’ win Sunday.Gomez flipped his bat to watch his two-out drive off Gerrit Cole. Gomez said he thought the ball would be caught, but it hit the wall and he made a headfirst slide for a triple. Cole, near third base backing up the play, stormed toward Gomez and they exchanged words.Cole said he told Gomez: “If you’re going to hit it out of the ballpark, then you can stop and look at it. But it you’re going to hit just a flyball to center field, then don’t stand and look at it.’”Last Sept. 25, Gomez stood in the batter’s box at Atlanta after hitting a home run off Paul Maholm. Gomez and Maholm yelled at each other, as did Gomez and first baseman Freddie Freeman. Catcher Brian McCann met him about 20 feet up the third base line, and plate umpire Paul Nauert tried to separate them. A brawl developed, and Gomez and Atlanta outfielder Reed Johnson were suspended one game each.Major League Baseball did not issue discipline Monday for this brawl.“To be honest, I don’t know anything,” Gomez said before the Brewers hosted San Diego at Miller Park. “I’ve just been watching TV, and the only thing I hear is my dad and my mother talking to me. They don’t want to see something like that. I said, ‘I don’t mean to do that, but things happen in the game.’”Gomez said Sunday he would appeal a suspension but appeared to backtrack Monday.“Whatever they say, if I feel like it is not fair, I’m going to appeal,” Gomez said. “If I feel like it is fair, I’m going to take it.”Gomez said this incident was different from last September’s.“Last year was a different case,” Gomez said. “Last year, I disrespected the Braves. I’m not that guy. It was the heat of the moment, and I don’t try to disrespect nobody.”Gomez said he wasn’t trying to show up Pittsburgh.“Ask my teammates,” he said. “I ask every time, ‘Where’s the ball at?’ They say, ‘Is this a joke?’ I say, ‘No, I’m serious. I don’t look where the ball is at.’ I don’t look at the pitchers. That’s the way the way I throw the bat when I hit it. And I run the bases hard, like anybody, with my head down. That’s it. People get sensitive over stuff that I do every time. It’s not disrespect. It’s not like I’m showing people up. I’m not going to get sensitive when they strike me out. I’m not going to say, ‘Hey, why you throw me 98 (mph)? Why are you throwing me a slider in the dirt? Why? Why are you throwing me a ball in the neck?’ It’s baseball.“It’s 2014. It’s a game. Just enjoy it. Whoever does the best job on the field is the one that’s going to win games. That’s the only reason we are here, to win games. It’s not to go fight. It’s not for complicated stuff. It’s to win and compete. That’s what I like to do, compete.”Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he understood why Gomez reacted the way he did Sunday and had a brief chat with his leadoff hitter Monday.“Gomey needs to be himself and do what he does,” Roenicke said. “When things happen, yeah, he can be calmer than what he is. But there’s no way any player is not going to respond to a guy saying something to him and yelling at him right off the bat. There’s no way any player is just going to sit there and not say anything.”After Jonathan Lucroy caught all 14 innings Sunday, Roenicke started Martin Maldonado behind the plate Monday, admitting that he might not be able to get Lucroy a break if Maldonado is also suspended for his role in the brawl, when he punched Pirates outfielder Travis Snider.If Maldonado is suspended, utilityman Elian Herrera would serve as the Brewers’ backup catcher.last_img read more

first_imgRED BANK – Sometime this fall with the move of Prown’s to Middletown, it will mean the borough won’t have a Prown’s-operated business for the first time in nearly 90 years.David Prown, whose family operated Prown’s variety store in the borough for three generations, has been active on a number of community involvement fronts. Still, he will be relocating his home improvement business from its current location at 135 Monmouth St. to Route 35 North in neighboring Middletown. His plans are to move sometime in the next couple of months.“Everything’s the same. The business model is the same,” Prown said. “The only thing that’s changed will be the location.”Prown has been operating Prown’s Home Improvement as a stand-alone business at the Monmouth Street location for the last 13 years.The reason for the move, Prown said is to find a higher profile spot to help expand the business. “It’s really about the visibility,” he explained. “It’s just a busier street.”“You always have to think about growing your business,” he continued.Prown will continue to live in the borough.Prown has lived in the borough since 1989, moving here from Connecticut, when he took over operating the family-owned variety store, which first opened in 1925 at 47 Broad St. The first location, whose motto was the familiar “Prown’s Has Everything,” was destroyed by fire in 1960, with the family relocating the operation to 32 Broad, where it continued until David closed it in 2003.At that time, Prown said his store could no longer compete with large box-style stores and spun off his home improvement business. Relocating to Monmouth Street Prown said, “It was definitely a smart move moving here. No regrets at all.”In addition to his business activities, Prown has long been active in helping area underprivileged families, especially borough youth, get a leg up, seeing sports as a great equalizer for many of the kids. Over the years, he’s organized various sports leagues to engage the young. And more recently he and other like-minded area residents have been collecting sports equipment donated from a variety of sources for his Red Bank Replay program, making the items available to needy young people.“Nothing’s going to change on that. I’m actually looking for ward to the next stage. A little bit more energy a little bit more passion, ” concerning his activism, Prown said. “The only thing different is kids won’t be able to walk into my showroom after school to pick up a pair of cleats or whatever.”
The new location, however, doesn’t have as much storage space as the Monmouth Street spot and he’s looking to partner with organizations to help in distributing the equipment.Brookdale Community College in May awarded Prown an honorary degree for his mentorship and “has built a reputation as a staunch children’s advocate by work- ing directly with local students of color and spearheading a wide range of youth service programs in the Red Bank area,” the college said in presenting the degree.last_img read more

first_imgA child choking is among every parent’s greatest fears and one which was shockingly real for the Donegal mum behind this weekend’s (August 20 and 21) Bump and Baby Expo Letterkenny.Witnessing her baby girl choking on a small piece of ice cream wrapper for several minutes was one of the scariest moments of Martina Cullen’s life. The traumatic incident involving her first child, at the age of just 10 months, left her regretting that she’d never learned how to respond to such a life-threatening situation.When she set about organising a two-day baby show featuring the latest products, services and expert advice for parents, top of her list was the provision of expert advice on child choking and first aid. “There were so many things I hadn’t a clue about as a first time parent but in hindsight child first aid is vitally important.“To see your baby choking is a horrific experience. Our little girl was playing on a mat when all of a sudden she went quiet. My husband lifted her up and saw she was in distress – unable to breath, gasping to get air.“In that moment we both realised that we didn’t know what to do. We tried slapping her gently on the back but didn’t want to hurt her, we tried looking in her mouth but nothing was visible. We had no idea what she had swallowed.“She was turning blue. Within 30 seconds we were in the car and on the way to the hospital which was only a few minutes from the house. My husband kept tapping her on the back the whole way. It wasn’t until we were pulling into the hospital grounds that she finally vomited and started to breathe once again. Words can’t describe the relief as we pulled into A&E and she was smiling as though completely unaware of the danger. “We were lucky, sadly it can be a different story for other families. That’s why two of our key talks during the Bump and Baby Expo Letterkenny in the Radisson Blu Hotel on Saturday and Sunday will be delivered by First Aid Aware on ‘What to do when a child is choking’ and ‘Choking hazards and what to look out for’.”First Aid Aware Paediatric Instructor Niall Clancy said families should be aware of the dangers to infants and young children to be best placed to deal with situations.“Choking is one of the main causes of cardiac arrest in children so it’s very important for parents and anyone responsible for children to know how to react. We’re delighted to be taking part in the Bump and Baby Expo Letterkenny where we’ll be giving people a chance to learn about what to do when a child is choking and allowing them to practice the techniques on mannequins. We’ll also be advising people on what dangers to look out for and explaining that if an item can fit through the inside of a toilet toll then it may represent a choking hazard,” he said.In establishing Bump and Baby Expo, Martina aimed to give parents “information that really matters” all under one roof.The career mum – who co-founded human resources and employment law consultancy, HR Team while pregnant with her second child and following a successful career as operations manager for a multinational retailer – said the event will be highly informative in everything needed from pregnancy to pre-school.“I have two bouncing baby girls aged one and three and – as anyone with young children will tell you – it can be hard to keep up with the latest information on products, child safety and health matters for mums and babies. “The whole idea behind the Bump and Baby Expo is to provide expert advice, the best products and most beneficial services needed by families with babies and young children.Bump and Baby Expo Letterkenny, will include eight expert talks each day including: ‘Signs of labour’ and ‘What to take in your baby bag’ by midwife Aine McDermott; ‘Benefits of breast feeding’ and ‘How to best use your baby sling’ by Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Blooming Gorgeous; ‘How Chiropractic care can help mother and baby’ by Dr Julie Szabo, Chiropractor; ‘How to stay fit during and after pregnancy’ and ‘How to ensure good nutrition during pregnancy’ by Neil Barrett, Fit Hub; ‘Baby nutrition and natural healthcare’ by Patricia Swann, Holistic Health Therapies; ‘Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation’ by Caroline Doherty, Donegal Placenta Encapsulation and ‘Taking care of your skin during and after pregnancy’ by Aoibheann Walsh, G&G.For further information on Bump and Baby Expo log on to www.bumpandbabyexpo.com or Facebook.How a choking child sparked Donegal mum’s idea for Baby Expo was last modified: August 19th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgNedum Onuoha’s own goal gave West Ham an early lead in the London derby at Upton Park.The defender, brought in at the expense of Mauricio Isla at right-back, nudged Stewart Downing’s fifth-minute corner into the net under pressure from Diafra Sakho.Rangers, beaten in all four of their away games this season, have been poor at the back again.They were fortunate not to go further behind when Enner Valencia shot wide from 10 yards out after being found by Sakho’s low cross.QPR (4-2-3-1): Green, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Caulker, Traore, Sandro, Henry, Fer, Hoilett, Kranjcar, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Isla, Mutch, Dunne, Vargas, Zamora, Taarabt.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent: Napoli like Fiorentina midfielder Veretoutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Jordan Veretout expects him to stay with Fiorentina this month.The former Aston Villa midfielder has been superb for the Viola this season.“[Napoli sporting director Cristiano] Giuntoli likes Veretout, I’ve spoken about that several times,” Mario Giuffredi reiterated on Radio Marte.“January isn’t his market though, because Fiorentina are aiming for Europe so he’ll stay with the Viola until June.“He’s a great player who costs a lot, and clubs can’t always make those kind of investments in January. €30-35m is not a figure to spend in January.” last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says renewable sources of electricity in Canada will grow over the next 20 years but so will Canadian oil and natural gas production.In a new report, the national regulator says Canadians will learn to use less energy, even as the economy grows, through to 2040.Under its reference or base case, the NEB predicts total Canadian electricity generation will increase by about 12percentt from 2017 to 2040, with most of the new sources from natural gas, wind or hydro. By 2040, the share of non-emitting electricity generation rises to nearly 84 percent, compared to about 80 percent now.The NEB forecasts crude oil production will grow to 6.9 million barrels per day in 2040, up 58 percent from 4.4 million barrels per day in 2017, with most of the increase from the oilsands.The board envisions price discounts for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend compared with U.S. benchmark crude will remain higher than typical at US$26.30 per barrel in 2020 but will return to a sustained level of US$14 per barrel by 2027.Carbon intensity in Canadian energy sources will decline, it says, as more natural gas is consumed at the expense of coal and oil products.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Thursday gave an “in-principle” approval to three of the six new Delhi Metro corridors under Phase-IV of the network. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley shared this information with reporters at a media briefing after the cabinet meeting.Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has expressed his happiness by this decision taken by the Union Urban Development Ministry but on the other hand, Gahlot expressed his disappointment with the Union cabinet approving only three corridors after two months of Delhi government decisions. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsWhile the Delhi Cabinet had approved all the 6 corridors comprised in Delhi Metro’s phase-4 on December 21, 2018, the central government approved only Tughlakabad-Aerocity (20.20 km), Janakpuri West-R K Ashram (28.92 km) and Mukundpur-Maujpur (12.54 km) sections. This will add to the existing 350 km-long Delhi Metro network. “No reasons have been given as to why all the six corridors could not be approved. I hope that the Union Cabinet would approve the remaining three corridors as well,” Gahlot said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe matter of fact that Delhi Cabinet had given in-principle approval on December 19, 2018. The Delhi government had passed estimated amount of Rs 9,707 crore on Phase-IV for the next five years. This financial year, the Delhi government has allocated Rs 500 crore. “The lines will have 17 underground and 29 elevated stations with 25 stations between Janakpuri and R K Ashram, 15 stations between Aerocity and Tughlakabad and six between Maujpur and Mukundpur,” said in the Union government statements. The other three lines which are yet to receive the Cabinet nod are Rithala-Bawana, Inderlok-Indraprastha and Lajpat Nagar-Saket G Block. The total outlay for the project will be Rs 24,948.65 crore in a 50:50 sharing pattern with the Delhi government. It may be pertinent to mention that by the end of December, 2018, DMRC had finished third phase Metro projects but fourth phase metro project could not yet start. This happened for the first time since 1998 that Delhi Metro could not start next project after finishing previous one.last_img read more