Greggs remains resilient, despite decline in profits

first_imgGrowth plans for Greggs, the UK’s biggest bakery retailer, are still on track, despite taking a hit on profits due to cost increases and a withdrawal from Belgium, CEO Ken McMeikan revealed to British Baker. The firm has budgeted for marginal like-for-like sales growth in 2009, after announcing a 7.2% fall in operating profit in its full-year results.Despite a rise in year-on-year sales of 7.1% to £628m, including a like-for-like increase of 4.4%, “substantial increases” in energy and ingre-dients costs in the 52 weeks to 27 December 2008, as well as the cost of pulling its 10 shops in Belgium, contributed to the loss“The results are incredibly resilient in the current climate and in line with our expectations,” McMeikan said. “The fact we took decisions last year not to pass extra costs on to our customers was reflected in the continued like-for-like growth last year and into the start of this year.”Chairman Derek Netherton said it had been “a challenging year for Greggs”, but that it was still planning accelerated growth in 2010, as well as streamlining the business.Currently only 30% of Greggs’ products are standard across all its stores but McMeikan aims to increase this to 80% by the end of the year, with the remaining 20% to consist of regional favourites. “We have a dedicated team looking at the products in each of our 10 divisions,” said McMeikan.“We are currently trialling ideas for the 80% national range in 25 of our shops across the UK. By the end of 2009 we will have considered what the range should be, trialled it and then rolled it out.”last_img read more


Taking a Thursday tour

first_imgThis summer, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research is offering tours of its art collection. Led at noon on Thursdays by Sheldon Cheek, senior curatorial associate for the Image of the Black in Western Art Project and Photo Archive, the tour includes the traveling exhibit “Queloides,” now on display in the Rudenstine Gallery.Sheldon Cheek, senior curatorial associate for the Image of the Black in Western Art Project and Photo Archive, leads a tour through the Rudenstine Gallery, which features the traveling exhibit “Queloides.”Featuring works by prominent Afro-Cuban artists, “Queloides” draws its title from the Spanish word for scar. The exhibit examines the persistence of racism and racial discrimination in contemporary Cuba and elsewhere in the world.“These artworks show how the age-old social issue of racism is coming more to the fore between Afro-Cubans and the Cuban government, as well as the people of more Hispanic heritage,” Cheek said. “And yet, not much has been said about it. It’s an issue that has largely been left undiscussed, particularly outside Havana, where a lot of tourists don’t go.”Some of the pieces, such as “Blood and Honor” by Armando Mariño, mine imagery from American history and culture. “Reusing these images shows how racial aspects of marginalized people are represented by the mainstream culture in books, literature, and published illustrations,” Cheek said. “What’s interesting is that these images were used by both sides, both abolitionists and proponents of slavery, for their own purposes. It’s a very nuanced thing, and speaks to the power of these images.A detail of “Ecosystem” by Douglas Perez is among the pieces on exhibit.“The art really addresses the mistreatment of people who are on the wrong side of colonialism. Ultimately the artist is asking, does this still happen in Cuba today? These artists are saying yes, there still is suppression and a power elite that excludes other people who are considered problematic,” he added.Featuring works by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Douglas Perez, Alexis Esquivel, and Manuel Arenas, the exhibit has toured Havana, Pittsburgh, and New York City, and will be on display at the Rudenstine Gallery through Aug. 31. In addition to “Queloides,” the tour also examines works by Isaac Julien, Romare Bearden, Lyle Ashton-Harris, Suesan Stovall, Charles White, and Hale Woodruff, as well as an extensive assortment of black film posters.Works by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons are part of the exhibit, which has toured Havana, Pittsburgh, and New York City, and will be on display at the Rudenstine Gallery through Aug. 31.“It’s all about race, humanity, and how people treat one another, and representing those dynamics in art. It’s also about power — who has it and who doesn’t have it,” Cheek said. “It’s highly subjective, but very powerful.”The Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery is located at 104 Mt. Auburn St., 3R, Cambridge, Mass.last_img read more


Lawyers learn how to represent kids

first_img February 1, 2004 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Lawyers learn how to represent kids Lawyers learn how to represent kids Associate Editor Patrick Neale, a government and land use lawyer in Marco Island, admits when he walked in the door of the seminar offering an overview of how to represent children in court, he was undecided about actually agreeing to take a case.He dutifully checked the box that said he agreed to represent a child. That was his ticket to get CLE credits without paying a fee for a seminar titled, “Children Are in Need — Every Lawyer Can Help: What You Can Do and How to Do It.”By the time the three-hour seminar ended January 16, at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting in Miami, Neale said he was definitely inspired to take a case. Later, he’ll fill out a “validation form” that shows he did indeed take a case.“I said to myself, ‘Why don’t you just listen to what you tell others? Get out of your comfort zone,’” Neale said.That was the idea behind the seminar sponsored by an unprecedented partnership between the Public Interest Law Section, often dubbed “the conscience of the Bar,” and the largest section with plenty of resources, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section.It was designed not for the experienced child advocate who already knows the ins and outs of dependency and family courts, but for lawyers who practice in a variety of fields and are willing to accept Bar President Miles McGrane’s challenge to represent a child.“Simply said, children are my agenda,” McGrane told the lawyers. In his travels around the state, he said, “Many of our members have told me they would like to help but didn’t know how to get started, and that’s exactly why this program was developed.. . . Your knowledge and ability as a lawyer is truly in great need. Today, there are less than 20 full-time legal aid attorneys providing children’s services. That’s one legal aid attorney for every 31,000 children in our state.” On this Friday afternoon, 89 lawyers participated in the seminar. Of those, 54 people committed to represent at least one child. And many of the others were already in jobs, such as legal aid or legal service lawyers, where they could provide representation.For Neale, it was also a way to be a better volunteer in his community. He’s already involved in the United Way in Collier County; he’s on the board of the YMCA; and he’s president-elect of Youth Haven, a children’s emergency shelter.“I thought it would help me be a better board member and understand children’s issues,” Neale said.“What I loved about the seminar was it gave you just enough information in each area to titillate your interest. When I want to know more, I can go to the materials for more depth. It was fabulous. I believe I may be able to use my areas of expertise to help a child or even a children’s charity with a zoning issue. It will allow me to use my education to help a child.”The afternoon lineup of nine children’s advocacy experts included former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, who, in her keynote address, said,“To be an advocate for children is one of the great missions a lawyer can undertake. Lawyers can also be great problem-solvers, and I’d like to see us do more problem-solving up-front to avoid the crisis that occurs and necessitates the advocacy.”Reno told the lawyers gathered to “believe in yourself. Believe you can make a difference. I salute you.”Tasha Ruiz, a 22-year-old graduate of Florida’s foster care system, gave a first-person account of how a lawyer made a big difference in her life.“I came into foster care when I was 4. My mom left me and I became a foster child. I was moved around to several foster homes. I never had a permanent foster home. I lived in a lot of group homes,” Ruiz said. “I was separated from my sister. I didn’t know I had a sister, actually, until I was 11 or 12 years old. I had a hard time in DCF (Department of Children and Families). I never had anybody represent me. I never had nobody to talk to. And whatever I went through, basically, I went through on my own. I experienced it on my own.”She told the lawyers gathered that she was raped and abused as a child in state custody.“The reason I am here today is because I am really here for the rest of the kids in DCF right now. I feel every child deserves somebody to represent them, especially those ages when they are a teenager. DCF never listened to me when I made my own representation.”When Carolyn Salisbury, chair-elect of PILS, became her lawyer, Ruiz said, “I started seeing a difference. She fought for me. She listened to me. When I did need a lawyer, she was my friend. There are kids out there right now that need someone to talk to.. . I am very glad to see a lot of people here today. It shows a lot on your behalf. You could be doing something else. I want you all to take into consideration the rest of kids in DCF going through hard struggles.”Gerard Glynn, executive director of Florida’s Children First!, began his segment with the sobering 2002 death review committee’s report released in December 2003: 78 children in Florida died from abuse or neglect.“The sadness was not these figures, but that we don’t hear about these deaths,” Glynn said. “Children die, and it doesn’t make the news.”The 50,000 children in DCF custody, Glynn said, need a legal voice to protect their legal interests. He explained that lawyers can serve as an attorney for the guardian ad litem, as a guardian ad litem, or as an attorney for the child.“We need lawyers to do all these things,” said Glynn, adding that organizations such as FCF!, Lawyers for Children America, and the Orange County Bar’s Legal Aid Society are ready to provide guidance and mentorship.Lawyers don’t have to commit to take a case from beginning to end, Glynn said, but can commit to handle a portion of a case.Glynn challenged the lawyers at the seminar to treat children clients as they would any other client, just as the Rules of Professional Responsibility require.“Lawyers are not being asked to be social workers. They are being asked to be lawyers who zealously represent their clients,” Glynn said. “If a lawyer takes one of these clients, they should exceed standards and not be another disappointment to these children.”If lawyers are willing to represent a child, Glynn promised the rewards will be great.“Even if the child doesn’t reach a legal goal of a permanent family, the lawyer will be thanked by his or her client just for listening and giving the child a voice.”last_img read more


Mali Lošinj declared the European Island of Sports 2020.

first_imgphoto: Mali Lošinj Tourist Board During its stay on Lošinj, the commission gained an insight into the entire sports infrastructure of the island, and in addition to the fields, it was crucial to show that a large number of islanders of different ages spend their free time doing various sports activities. The highlight of the event, along with the official presentation of the candidacy at the Museum of Apoxyomenos, was the presentation in the sports hall in Bočac of all sports clubs and associations that are professionally or recreationally engaged in sports. After the evaluation committee of ACES Europe (president Gian Franco Lupatelli, secretary Hugo Alonso, Bilyana Mircheva, Lukas Vorel Adams and Danilo Montanari) visited the island of Lošinj from 28 to 30 May 2019, when, on the occasion of Sports Day, the entire the sports offer of the island and all sports clubs and associations, the official confirmation has arrived that Mali Lošinj has won the title of European Sports Island for 2020.           “Many thanks to all sports clubs, all institutions and individuals who participated in the celebration of World Sports Day and thus helped us in our candidacy for the European Sports Island 2020. Winning this title is a great opportunity to position and brand the entire island of Losinj as a sports destination, with easier availability of significant European funds for further investments in sports and sports infrastructure, ie the construction of a new sports hall, football field, swimming pool and bicycle paths. Our island has a long sports history, numerous national team members and champions in various sports, each success contributed to winning this title”, Said Mayor Ana Kučić. center_img Gian Francesco Lupatelli, President of ACES Europe, emphasized that the association has the honor of declaring Lošinj the European Island of Sports in 2020. Mali Lošinj is an excellent example of a city that shows how to involve all residents in sports, and thus actively participates in raising the quality of health of all residents, their education and raising self-esteem, which are the basic goals of ACES Europe. The award ceremony will take place in November this year, in Brussels at the European Parliament, when the European Capital of Sport for 2023 will also be declared. Namely, in 2020 it will be Malaga, in 2021 Lisbon, and in 2022 The Hague.last_img read more


Redknapp hails Austin

first_imgHarry Redknapp saluted hat-trick hero Charlie Austin but also saved praise for the character his side showed to come from two-down and beat West Brom. Press Association West Brom boss Alan Irvine would not have been too surprised that it was Austin who was the man to prevent his side picking up a second win inside a week. “When I was manager of Sheffield Wednesday I wanted to sign him,” the Scotsman revealed. “I recognised the ability he had at that time, I didn’t know how far he would be able to go but as a League One player he was certainly capable of playing in the Championship and beyond that. He is a player I have been aware of for a long time.” Irvine felt the penalty decision, awarded by referee Chris Pawson after he deemed that James Morrison had pulled back Leroy Fer inside the box, could easily have gone unpunished. “It was soft,” he said. “The referee had a decision to make, I’m not sure they are given every week but it has been given this week. Even if it had been for my side I would have thought it was a bit soft but you are delighted to take it and I’m sure Harry is. “We didn’t surrender the lead, we lost it. It was bitterly disappointing because I felt for the majority of the game we were the better team. We created a lot of chances and controlled the game. It is a lot harder to lift them up if you play badly and we didn’t play badly.” The 3-2 victory at Loftus Road moved the R’s out of the Barclays Premier League bottom three as Austin returned from suspension to score three goals to complete a remarkable comeback after Redknapp’s side started the game slowly. The visitors were two ahead inside the opening 20 minutes as both Joleon Lescott and Silvestre Varela hit their first goals for the Baggies but Austin scored from the spot to half the arrears before the break. And the 25-year-old moved onto 11 goals for the campaign, and nine from his last eight appearances, as he struck twice in the second half to lift QPR up to 15th in the table. “Charlie scored the goals and has been excellent for us but we showed a lot of character to come back from two down,” Redknapp said of his striker, who became the first QPR player in 21 years to score a Premier League hat-trick. “We were being outplayed, they started fantastically with their movement and passing and it was difficult to live with them in the early stages but to come back from that and win 3-2 is a fantastic result. “Everyone talks about his three goals but his defending at the end of the game, he makes a challenge in the corner that was unbelievable, you would’ve thought it was a right-back. “If that ball had come into the box we could have been in trouble but that summed up his work-rate up today, he worked his socks off for the team.” Reports earlier in the week suggested former bricklayer Austin had turned down a new contract but Redknapp insisted he knew nothing of a potential deal. “I don’t get involved with the contracts,” he said. “Certainly Charlie is a player you want to keep at your football club. He has scored goals at every level and now he is scoring goals in the Premier League, he deserves it because he is a great lad.” last_img read more


Babysitter arrested after woman’s body found in trunk of car

first_imgOfficials say Gibson turned herself in on Thursday and is now being charged with child neglect for leaving a child and tampering with evidence for burning the mattress.It has also been reported that the man who Primavere was renting a room from at the home, Zongmu Wang, was also arrested. Investigators say Wong is the parent of the child Gibson was babysitting at the residence. Titusville police have charged him with child abuse. Police say they are still looking into whether Wang had a role in the death of Primavere. Authorities in Titusville, Florida have arrested a woman after they found the body of a missing woman inside the trunk of her car.Anna M. Primavere who rented a room at a home on 4005 Trinidad Avenue was reported missing last Friday.During the investigation authorities say they went to the home and found the landlord’s child bruised, filthy, and eating dirt alone in the home.The child’s babysitter 27-year-old Courtney Dawn Gibson who should have been in the home disappeared. Police say she was nowhere to be found around the time Primavere went missing.Authorities later discovered surveillance video showing Gibson driving away from the home with a mattress on top of her vehicle.At some point during Gibson’s drive, the mattress fell off of the vehicle and onto the side of the road. Gibson then attempted to burn it but was unsuccessful. She then reportedly drove to her parent’s home in Lebanon, Tennessee where investigators later found her Wednesday.Authorities say Gibson refused to cooperate with the investigation and would not allow authorities to search her vehicle. Despite Gibson’s refusal, authorities were eventually able to search Gibson’s vehicle once they received a search warrant.Upon searching her car, police made a gruesome discovery. They found Primavere’s body inside the trunk of Gibson’s car.last_img read more



first_imgBILL NEAL:10—Look, I am in Kentucky, so I know what I am talking about here. The Wildcats will beat the Huskies in the NCAA Championship. Take It To The Bank!:09—Here are the award winners for the Night of the Champions event held at the Rivers Casino on March 29, Here’s your Top 10:Losers Award—You and everybody like you that didn’t show up…especially those of you that had free tickets…yes, you Courier people!Best Hair—Lorraine Turner. It wasn’t even close.Best Wobble-Wobble—All the ladies on the dance floor.Best Legend—Never mind, the Super Bowl Steelers. Sly Jock wins this…He’s still the man…man!Best Looking Women—Every man that was there knows, trust me.Best Looking Man—Who cares!Best Late Comer—Jen and Tim…who else?Best sponsors—Highmark, New Pittsburgh Courier, Penn Avenue McDonald’s, NFL Alumni AssociationBest Host—The Rivers Casino…Big Time!???—Trust me, every man that was there knows!!!last_img read more


Notice of Show Cancellation: Chris Perondi’s STUNT DOG EXPERIENCE

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsDue to routing complications arising from COVID-19, Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience has cancelled the Washington State leg of their tour. The March 22 performances at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts have both been cancelled. We hope to welcome them back to Washington State soon once their tour resumes.All other shows for the 19-20 season are moving forward as scheduled and we welcome patrons to the theater. If there are any future updates we will communicate through direct email to our patrons as well as keep our community updated through social media.We apologize for any inconvenience and want to thank you for supporting the arts in our region.The Health and safety of our patrons is always a top priority. We are closely monitoring the recent outbreak of COVID-19, and are committed to keeping the community informed about actions we are taking to prevent its spread.Increased sanitation practices have been implemented for all areas of the theater. This includes frequent disinfecting of high-use areas such as theater seats, restrooms, door handles, hand rails, and elevator buttons. Hand sanitizer will be available at main entrances to the lobby and theater spaces. We also encourage staff, volunteers, and patrons to stay home if they are unwell.At this time, we will continue with all other performances as scheduled.For more information about upcoming events please visit www.washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.last_img read more


Joanisse, Jackson secure final two spots in 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship Page Playoff

first_imgThe two rinks now meet in the Page Playoff 3-4 contest Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Nelson Curling Club.Earlier in the day, at 2 p.m., the top two seeds square off as Vernon’s Jim Cotter plays Sean Geall of New Westminster in the Page Playoff 1-2 contest.Cotter advanced as the top seed in the Page Playoff after capturing the A event Thursday with a 5-4 win over Michael Johnson of the Royal City Curling  Club.Geall earned the B event crown Friday afternoon by defeating Jackson 5-1.The loser of the Page Playoff 1-2 contest has a second chance at the Final as the rink meets the winner of the Page Playoff 3-4 game Sunday morning at 11 a.m.The Page Playoff 1-2 winner advances directly into Sunday’s 4 p.m. Final. The Final Four at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship is now complete after Dean Joanisse of New Westminster and Glen Jackson of Victoria secured the final two berths Friday night in C event action at the Nelson Curling Club.Joanisse scored a pair in the tenth end to edge Neil Dangerfield of Victoria 5-4 while Jackson had an easier time, outlasting Victoria’s Jason Montgomery 7-4.last_img read more


Aquaculture conference later this month

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Learn more about seafood safety and the 2016 economic outlook for the fish farming industry during the Ohio Aquaculture Association Annual Conference Jan. 29-30.The conference will feature aquaculture experts with Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and Ohio State University South Centers as well as other industry professionals.The focus of the conference is to help enhance aquaculture enterprise profitability, said  Christie Welch, director of the OSU South Centers’ Ohio Cooperative Development Center and farmers market program.“OSU South Centers staff members will be sharing their expertise in areas ranging from business planning and direct marketing to aquaponics,” she said.In addition to an aquaculture and aquaponics trade show, nationally recognized seafood experts John Ewart and Doris Hicks of the Delaware Sea Grant Program will speak during the event, said Bill Lynch, president of the Ohio Aquaculture Association.“Their discussion will focus on the U.S. seafood and aquaculture industry situation and outlook, seafood safety, benefits and risks of seafood, and aquaculture products in the diet,” Lynch said. “They will also discuss efforts to communicate the positive message about seafood and aquaculture issues.”Other topics to be discussed include:* Direct marketing and pricing for profit.* Using market maker semographics.* Assessing the market.* Crops, bed materials and growing media for aquaponics.* Advantages and limitations of cooperatives in new and emerging industries.* Successful business planning and financing an aquaculture operation.The conference will feature a keynote speech by Laura Tiu, specialist in marine education, fisheries and aquaculture for the University of Florida Extension. Before she took her current position, Tiu was the aquaculture specialist for OSU Extension.The conference will be held at the Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, on the north side of Columbus. The event runs 1-8 p.m. on Jan. 29 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 30. Registration is $100 for OAA members and $150 for nonmembers. After Jan. 15, registration is $125 for OAA members and $175 for nonmembers.To register and for more information, go to ohioaquaculture.org/conference.last_img read more