FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONCleveland 108, Philadelphia 94Washington 110, Brooklyn 106Charlotte 107, NY Knicks 101Orlando 130, Atlanta 120Minnesota 129, Miami 126Houston 140, Memphis 112Dallas 109, San Antonio 103LA Clippers 102, Phoenix 92Boston 114, Utah 103NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEColorado 3, Buffalo 2Vegas 3, Edmonton 0LA Kings 2, Pittsburgh 1TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLVillanova 71, St John’s 60Penn State 65, Rutgers 64Maryland 74, Minnesota 73Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written by February 27, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 2/26/20
Scottish coffee chain Beanscene has been sold to the entrepreneurs behind Glasgow’s Fifi and Ally restaurant chain, securing 130 jobs in the process.Fiona Hamilton and Alison Fielding will take control of the 14-strong chain, which will see the company treble its turnover to £6 million. Restaurant and retailer Fifi and Ally launched in 2005 and currently has two outlets in Glasgow.”Initially, we’ll extend the food offer,” said Fiona Hamilton. “The two brands complement each other – Sex In The City meets bohemia. Some branches will rebrand as Fifi and Ally’s new express food concept, while others will retain the Beanscene identity.” She said they have a loyal customer base, strong funding and a new management structure.KPMG became administrator for Beanscene on 24 July after its former owners hit difficulties.
Greencore, which claims to hold a 60% share of the UK grocery sandwich market, has reported almost 20% growth in its food-to-go sales in the past year.Reporting its results for the full year ending 29 September, the Dublin-based business said its UK operations had benefited from business wins and by extending a number of contracts. It now has multi-year sole supply agreements in place with all of its core customers.This had contributed to pro forma revenue growth of 18.8% and reported revenue growth of 24.4% in the firm’s food-to-go business, which includes sandwiches, sushi and salad.The company’s total UK & Ireland reported revenue rose 14.3% to £1,438.4m, which Greencore said had been achieved against the backdrop of a “challenging UK trading environment comprising intense retail competition and significant cost inflation”. Adjusted operating profit rose 2.6% to £106.8m.Greencore said the wider food-to-go market was continuing to expand, with 6.6% category growth in the grocery channel this year.“This growth is supported by favourable consumer trends, including a desire for convenience, an increase in snacking occasions, and a preference for healthier products,” stated the company, adding that growth was also being supported by retailers giving more space to the category.Activity by the business in the past year has included investments in the Park Royal and Bow sites to enable the launch of a new contract.This summer, Greencore acquired a 40,000sq m manufacturing facility opened by Tasties of Chester two years ago. The processing site at West Drayton, near Heathrow, produces hot and cold food-to-go products.The company today said the acquisition of the “modern, well invested site” gave it scope to grow with new customers outside the main grocery retail channel.Greencore recently announced the streamlining of its UK organisation and cost structure to reduce overheads. The group has also ended the planned multi-year rollout of a common Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform across the UK business, saying it would now focus on more targeted and cost-efficient technology investments.Revenue growth across other parts of the UK and Ireland division, including ready meals, chilled soups, quiche, Yorkshire pudding and cakes and desserts, grew 2.7%.Greencore said trading conditions had been challenging in the cakes and desserts businesses, due to business churn and high levels of inflation. Earlier this year, the company announced the phasing out of manufacturing at its desserts facility in Evercreech.The company is continuing to monitor the potential implications of Brexit, including any changes to supply chain costs and labour availability, but added: “It is worth noting Greencore’s business in the UK is largely local (made and sold in the UK), and therefore carries limited trade risk.”Greencore said integration of US business Peacock Foods, acquired a year ago, was proceeding to plan.Revenue for the company’s US division rose 295% to £881.3m, primarily reflecting the Peacock acquisition, with pro forma revenue growth up 5.9%.The acquisition contributed to a 56% hike in total group revenue (UK and US) to £2,319.7m, with adjusted EBITDA up 37.1% to £189.7m. However, exceptional charges including £29.7m for axing the UK rollout of the ERP system pushed profit before taxation down 74.3% year on year to £12.4m.%%Quote_13%%”Greencore has been substantially transformed this year and the decisions made and work undertaken in FY17 have set us up very well for further progress,” said Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney. “The acquisition of Peacock Foods and the significant UK network investments made to support large new business wins have reshaped our business.“We are pleased with the progress of the US integration to-date and with the development of our US commercial pipeline.“While we have delivered good financial and operating progress in the year, the transformation has not been without its challenges. However, we are confident that our strategy, portfolio, business model and momentum positions Greencore well to drive profitability, cash flows and returns in FY18 and beyond.”
Government dietary guidelines recommend that people eat fish twice a week. And we know that fish are full of omega-3 fatty acids—which can benefit both heart and brain. But is it safe to eat fish every day? “For most individuals it’s fine to eat fish every day,” says Eric Rimm, professor of epidemiology and nutrition, in an August 30 article on Today.com, adding that “it’s certainly better to eat fish every day than to eat beef every day.”While it might be safe to eat fish every day, Rimm says it’s still not clear if there is any added health benefits to that level of consumption. “Most of the science isn’t looking at daily consumption,” he explains. “But many, many studies have shown that those who have it a couple of times a week have a lower rate of fatal heart attacks compared to those who don’t eat any.”There are some exceptions, Rimm cautions. For example, pregnant woman and children should avoid larger fish with longer lifespans—like swordfish and tuna—because those can have higher levels of toxins, such as mercury. There are also environmental considerations. Read Full Story
The Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), gender and women’s studies, political science and Career Crossings departments are sponsoring a trip to the University of Illinois at Chicago Saturday to hear Stacey Abrams speak about her book, “Leading from the Outside.“Sophomore Grace Clucas said she decided to attend the event because of Abrams’ inspirational political career.“I am attending because women in power in our government really interest me. It is a dream to one day maybe find myself in a similar position within politics,” Clucas said. “But [Abrams] specifically is pretty cool, and since I am currently in this American South class where we are talking about the civil rights movement, an African-American women representative from Georgia, her accomplishments are definitely to be admired.”Abrams, who served for 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, was the first black woman to win the gubernatorial nomination for a major party in the United States and was the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia. Clucas said Abrams’ success is a model for the professional careers of young women.“I think Belles should attend things like this because seeing women … in positions of power remind us our potential,” she said. “Most of us are probably attending college in order to better ourselves and seeing examples of women who did the work is always good to see.“[Abrams] in particular has her book about being on the outside, and while I have to acknowledge my privilege as a white individual, as women sometimes we have to work harder for what we want” Clucas added. “ … Ultimately that’s why SMC and being a Belle is so beneficial; because we are awarded opportunities like this where we are shown our potential is pretty much limitless.” Abrams’ book is a sort of how-to guide for women, people of color, people from the LGBTQ community and “other” future leaders. Clucas said those future leaders are fortunate to live in a time with so many opportunities available to them.“I think we are very lucky to be growing up in this time period honestly. For me, being a history and political science major, it is evident that what I aspire to accomplish in my life hasn’t always been possible or greeted with support. I mean my grandma needed a man’s signature to take out a loan like only 40 years ago,” Clucas said. “I think it is important to recognize our power as individuals. It is easy to be an observer in many aspects of our lives. Sometimes that is really scary to think about, but even here at SMC we are surrounded by many passionate, talented women who are ready to take on the world in a few short years.”The trip is scheduled for the evening of April 27 at the University of Illinois. Saint Mary’s will be providing a round-trip bus ride and a ticket to the event. Clucas said she was initially reluctant to make the trek to Chicago, but eventually realized how important the experience was to her personal growth.“I was reflecting on my week and reminding myself maybe I should just miss this trip due to the never-ending amounts of homework, yet I was reminded of the opportunity this truly offered,” she said. “For me, especially through SMC, having a community is almost essential and very beneficial and fun to have. The people you surround yourself with and learn from help shape who you are and if there is anything this world need mores of is collaborating, communicating and being open-minded, not being afraid to be wrong and trying to better oneself through our experiences.”Tags: Empowerment, Future Leaders, Leading from the Outside, Stacey Abrams, Women in Politics
America has raised a nation of professional spenders whose saving skills leave much to be desired. Although we’re working harder and logging longer hours than ever before, we’re saving less and relying more on credit to get by. Study after study, the dismal numbers show that too many are just scraping by with little to no money to stash away. Financial insecurity plagues nearly half of Americans who say they can’t afford an unexpected $400 expense, according to the Federal Reserve. One in three said they went without medical care because they couldn’t afford it.There are, of course, institutional roadblocks that stand in the way of saving for a rainy day. One of the biggest problems is the rising cost of education: Students are saddled with student loans even before they graduate. How easy can it be for a 20-something to begin saving for retirement when they have more than $30,000 in student loans to pay back? And stagnant wage growth makes it difficult to keep up with the cost of living. But a long list of poor financial decisions prevent us from taking control. More time is spent planning for vacations than for retirement. And parents are going into debt spoiling their kids as they try to keep up with the Joneses. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Apr 2020 7:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Lyon chief open to Houssem Aouar exit amid Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool links Aouar has been linked with a move (Picture: Getty)Houssem Aouar will not be held against his will if he wants a summer transfer away to Lyon, although the French giants hope to keep him. Aouar has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks after an impressive season for the Ligue 1 side. Having signed a five-year deal with Lyon in 2018, the French Under-21 international won’t come cheap and it is thought he would cost potential suiters more than £40m. Juventus have also been credited with an interest, but Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas is hopeful of keeping him at the club.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementThat said, if the player decides to move on and their valuation is met, he will be allowed to leave.‘The player’s opinion is always essential. Keeping a player against their will is not reasonable,’ he told the club website.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Houssem has not expressed the desire to leave.‘Our will is to try to keep him even if the demands are high. There is no negotiation in progress.’MORE: The bizarre new rules coming to the Premier LeagueMORE: Fergie warned Man Utd stars against going out in LiverpoolFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement
11 Curlewis Cl, Brinsmead, in 2017A SAVVY Cairns couple has transformed a tired Brinsmead home into one of the suburb’s real estate gems.Perfect planning was the key for Chris and Beth Borzi, who held bold plans for the four-bedroom Curlewis Cl property they bought in 2012.“We have done renovations in the past and saw the potential here straight away,” said Mr Borzi, co-owner of Cairns airconditioning and electrical business Airfirst. “We knew what we had to work with … the place had really solid bones.” Now, five years later, the home barely resembles its former self on the back of a comprehensive renovation that covered virtually every corner of the property.Rather than attempting to do the bulk of the work themselves, Mr Borzi said they decided to rely on a host of professionals.“You need to work closely with tradespeople while also getting along with them,” he said. “And the other thing is planning … it’s important to think long and hard about what you want to do.”A state-of-the-art kitchen and dining room flows seamlessly into the outdoor area, adjacent to a heated in-ground swimming pool. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoThe same home about five years agoA children’s playground is the centrepiece of the landscaped backyard.Other features include ample storage, security screens, a solar hot water system and airconditioned garage.The renovations were completed while Mr and Mrs Borzi were raising their two children, now aged eight and six.“We basically turned the place into a large family entertainer … we built it so that plenty of people could come around,” Mr Borzi said.The property at 11 Curlewis Cl is being auctioned at 11am today, with interest expected to be strong.Selling agent Nadine Edwards of LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill said almost 100 groups had inspected the home over the past three weeks.“This is something that people can move into seamlessly, making it an even more attractive proposition,” she said. “In these older suburbs, there are many homes that were built in the 1980s and could use a modern update. This home ticks all the boxes.”The property is open for inspection from 10.30am today, with the auction being held at 11am.
The announcement of their appointments comes after Tony Guida, as previously reported, joined the manager’s alternative risk premia team in December from ERI Scientific Beta, an EDHEC-Risk Institute platform.Chattopadhyay joins from Adveq, a global alternative investment firm. Before then, she worked at the Universities Superannuation Scheme and ABN Amro.Eifert joins from Macquarie Securities, having also previously worked for Bluecrest and Mainfirst.The hires come after RPMI overhauled its investment strategy in connection with a transformation programme launched in 2013.Ciarán Barr, RPMI investment director, said: “We are intent on delivering more value to our members by selectively increasing internal resources to manage and control more of the investment portfolios internally where it is efficient to do so.” RPMI Railpen has further strengthened its internal asset management capabilities, announcing two newcomers to its in-house investment team.The hires are for newly created roles.Sweta Chattopadhyay joined the manager of the £22bn (€28bn) UK Railway Pensions Scheme’s private markets team as a senior investment manager. Matthias Eifert was appointed investment manager and will focus on fundamental equity analysis with a responsibility for managing concentrated equity portfolios.
Image source: J.E. McAmisJ.E. McAmis and Contract Drilling and Blasting successfully wrapped up the final production blast on the Ketchikan Pinnacle Removal Project in Alaska yesterday. A few days of dredging out that blasted rock and the crews will be headed back to the Columbia River, J.E. McAmis said in their latest project update.Crews officially started drilling operations on December 17, 2019.The purpose of the project was to drill/blast and dredge approximately 1-acre of rock down to elevation -41.5′ in support of shipping and vessel traffic for the City of Ketchikan.For this project, McAmis mobilized from their base on the Columbia River on December 7, arrived in Ketchikan on December 15, and started operations on 17 December.