Greggs sees 5.4% rise in own-shop LFLs

first_imgPastries giant Greggs has posted an own-shop like-for-like sales growth of 5.4% for the 11 weeks to 13 September. Own-shop sales growth in the year to date is up 3.9%, while total sales growth is 3.5%.Roger Whiteside, chief executive, said: “This strong performance reflects a positive response from customers to new product initiatives, improved service, better value and our investment in shop refurbishments, alongside more favourable trading conditions.“While we face tougher comparatives in the final quarter, the combination of strong sales performance, lower costs and our outlook for the remainder of the year means we now anticipate full-year profits to be materially ahead of our previous expectations.”The company’s growth has been attributed to a good customer response to new products, improved service, better value and investment in shop refurbishments. Its new sandwich range, increased focus on healthier Balanced Choice options, upgrades to the coffee offer and core sweet lines have also been credited with increasing sales.In the year to date, 153 shop refits have been carried out with around 200 due to have been completed by the year end, including 42 franchised operations.last_img read more

Bombers open against top-ranked Southridge at Triple-A Boys Basketball Championships

first_img“However, this Storm team isn’t shy at shooting from the outside so it will be a challenge to defend inside and out.”The Bombers have some experience of their on the roster.Grade 12 seniors Josh Matosevic, Robby Dixon and Jake Anderson are all making their third straight trip to the provincial tournament.Matosevic’s 21 provincial point average and 12 rebounds will be counted on to lead the Bomber attack.Dixon will do his damage leading the Bomber arsenal from the point guard position while Anderson, who is battling the flu, averages 12 points a game.Also counted on for points and defence is Grade 11 Vinnie Watson, also making his third trip to the tournament.“We aren’t deep with only nine players on our roster including two Grade 10’s — Brock and Dyllan Dixon — so our success depends on our ability to stay healthy,” Phelan said.“Seven of our 14 losses came during injuries to our two best players  —Josh Matosevic and Rob Dixon — where we lost often narrowly by less than 10 pts.”The game tips off at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.Win, and the Bomber move along the championship trail to play at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.A loss drops LVR into the consolation side of the 16-team tournament against the loser of Mark Isfeld of Courtenayand Duchess Park of Prince George. It’s never easy playing high school basketball in the Kootenays.Tons of travel due to weak competition inside the zone makes it tough for program to succeed.And when it comes to playing at the provincials, it gets even tougher.The L.V. Rogers Bombers take the place of David against Goliath as the Kootenay reps meet top ranked Southridge of Surrey on opening day of the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Championships Wednesday the Langley Events Centre.“Most team’s schedules wrap up at the end of the season where they have to compete just to get a shot at making the provincials. . .. We are fortunate enough that we essentially have a bye to provincials because we have been so beat up in the past 2-3 weeks that if we had to play anyone it would have been tough to field a healthy squad,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan, a two-time provincial champion during his high school career at Trafalgar and LVR.“But coming into this week we seem to have kicked the sick bug and our key guys with injuries have had some down time to recover from a grueling travel schedule which saw us travel to the Okanagan or Lower Mainland on six separate occasions.”Phelan said Southridge returns three starters from last year. One of the returnees is versatile 6’8” center in Hunter Hughes.“We have been preparing to stop him,” Phelan explained.last_img read more

North West’s quality education provision to be promoted in the US

first_imgWorking to enhance and further develop the strong educational links between the North West region and the US is a key objective of the joint cross border trade mission that is travelling to Boston and Philadelphia next week.The trade mission, led by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Councils, will include third level and further education and training providers and development organisations including Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, the North West Regional College, Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) and Catalyst Inc.The trade and investment mission will run from 11 to 15 November. It will build on the strong political, economic and cultural linkages already established in Boston and Philadelphia with the North West City region and will be an opportunity to further reach out to the Irish diaspora. The educational representatives participating in the visit will not only be showcasing the area’s highly educated and skilled population but they will be working to further enhance the links already made with education providers in the US to develop apprenticeship and workforce development programmes.Paul Hannigan, President of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) says LYIT currently has students from Lasell College in Boston attending LYIT and that engagement is ongoing with Becker College with two students from LYIT taking part in the MassDiGI summer innovation programme during the summer to develop a new computer game publication. The college’s School of Engineering also has a contract with Olin College and strong links developed with LYIT and UU with the Worcester State University.He says linkages with the US are a key part in promoting the North West region.“The visit is about selling the region in its entirety and promoting all the positive attributes that we have in terms of our location, our education system and our talented pool of skilled young people to potential investors. By working collectively, all of the education providers in the North West are working together to highlight our academic excellence and top class learning environment that will in turn help to promote the region as an attractive investment proposition for global companies. “LYIT has been involved in a number of these trade missions with Donegal County Council for some time and we are really seeing the benefits of the engagement and the benefits of working with our partners at Ulster University, Donegal ETB and the North West Regional College on a united front.”Dr Malachy Ó Néill, Provost of Ulster University’s Magee campus said the collaborative approach to promoting the educational offering is key to building strong links that will benefit local people and the economy. “The trade mission in collaboration with North West partners LYIT and NWRC provides a unique opportunity to promote the education provision across the region and the quality of the talent pool, which we know is a key deciding factor for prospective investors. It will further strengthen Ulster University’s teaching and research links in Boston and will encourage future collaboration and mobility opportunities in Philadelphia for our students and staff.”Donegal ETBAnne McHugh, Chief Executive of Donegal ETB, noted that like her colleagues, Donegal ETB is also delighted to have the opportunity to participate in November’s trade mission to build links that will support the development of the county and the further development of this border region.“This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside our Cross-border Further and Higher Education Alliance colleagues to promote the economic development of the region through showcasing our excellent education and training provision.“As one of the largest education and training providers in the region, and the largest in Co Donegal, we want to highlight what Donegal ETB has to offer in terms of further education and training (FET) provision that can support potential investment. We have strong links with a number of American multi-nationals based in Co Donegal and have considerable experience of working closely with them to develop bespoke training to meet their workforce needs and that of the future workforce in the county and region.” She said that Donegal ETB is also the leading provider in the Republic of Ireland’s FET sector in a number of skill areas, highlighting the example of the skill area of welding and engineering operations – Donegal ETB has staff who are WorldSkills experts in this area and the ETB was the first in the country’s FET sector to incorporate augmented reality welding into their training provision, highlighting the cutting edge learning conditions available.Leo Murphy, NWRC Principal and Chief Executive, speaking ahead of the visit explained how last year North West Regional College (NWRC) signed two Memorandums of Understanding in the United States, signalling its commitment to international co-operation with other education partners.He said: “We are delighted that the manager of NWRC’s Product Design Centre, Philip Devlin, will join this trade mission where he will showcase the services offered by our Business Support Centre and innovation centres, as well as sharing best practice.“Phillip is also looking forward to learning about new developments in Philadelphia where the Pennovation Centre has been leading the way in innovation. Having the capacity to see and understand how this centre works will only enhance the knowledge that can be applied to NWRC’s Product Design Centre (PDC). “The signing of the MoUs with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Community College of Philadelphia was a feature in 2018.“The College is very much looking forward to developing networking opportunities, particularly in the areas of innovation around the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania areas.”During the visit the education partners will attend a series of meetings and official engagements including the official launch of the Harvard GSD Visit Atlas for a City Region project.The education members of the delegation will also participate in the Golden Bridges Conference.The US trade mission takes place from 11-15 November and is funded by The Executive Office and the Irish Government.For more information on the trade mission visit and follow the hashtag #IrelandNW19.North West’s quality education provision to be promoted in the US was last modified: November 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Brand SA worth over R500bn

first_img16 May 2007As South Africa prospers, so does the brand it represents. According to Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad, Brand South Africa’s weight in the global marketplace is today valued at over half a trillion rand (over R500-billion).Delivering the budget vote of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Pahad said that a brand equity study first conducted in 2003 had valued Brand South Africa at R379.5-billion.Because of the work since done by the International Marketing Council (IMC) to elevate awareness of the country, this value, he said, was now R516.6-billion.This valuable imprint on popular consciousness – which is what an established brand represents – coincides with a move by the IMC to extend the South African country brand formula from the borders of the United Kingdom and the United States to emerging economic giant India.Sharper country profilingThe IMC – now a registered public entity – has brought about a sharper international profiling of South Africa as a dynamic emerging market with an image now less tied to its dramatic liberation from apartheid.The IMC, Pahad added, had over the past year forged a closer working relationship with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – which also markets the country abroad – resulting in the hiring of a joint brand manager. The IMC and DTI recently collaborated on a successful trade mission to the United States, an important source of foreign investment.The IMC also recently hosted a conference where the leading international news editors engaged South Africa’s government and communicators on news selection so as to create a more balanced picture of the African continent.With South Africa gearing up to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the IMC’s work is expected to increase.The GCIS, the IMC, South African Tourism and the communication unit of the 2010 Local Organising Committee were all working together to co-ordinate South Africa’s communication around 2010, Pahad said.Riding the economic boomWhen the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) was established in 1998 to keep South Africans informed of the progress made and challenges encountered by the developmental state, SA’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth stood at just 1 percent.GDP growth is now hovering at around 5%, although some market watchers, taking into account the difficulties of measuring South Africa’s large informal or “second economy,” believe the government’s target of 6% GDP growth by 2010 has already been achieved.Speaking at a residents’ meeting in Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town on Tuesday, Pahad said: “Some of us think, including [President Thabo Mbeki], that actually our economy is growing much faster than the official statistics demonstrate.”Pahad said more foreign direct investment was needed, especially in manufacturing, along with increased value-addition, for more jobs to be created in the country, but added that the climate had now been created for this to take place.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Advani holds his nerve to win India’s first gold

first_imgPankaj Advani turned in an aggressive performance laced with emotion to fetch India their first gold medal at the Asian Games as he conquered Myanmar’s Nay Thway Oo 3-2 in the English billiards final here on Sunday. On a day when the shooters ensured a silver and a bronze, it was Advani who was the flavour of the day.It’s been a tough year for Advani, having lost in the world billiards semi-finals in Pune and losing in the same stage at the World Professional Billiards Championship in Leeds, UK, recently.As the defending Asian Games champion, the pressure was indeed intense on him. Having conquered the world of baize sport at such a young age, Advani knew Sunday was a big day, where he had two play backto- back matches.He had begun the day by defeating another player from Myanmar’s Kyaw Oo Oo 3-2 in tough conditions. But the final was indeed a big match with the Myanmar team management vocal in their support, which is pretty unusual in a billiards hall.As the final began, Nay Thway looked cool and composed. Short in stature and dressed nattily, the unfancied Myanamar cueist was fast in walking away with first frame at a 100-33. During this period, Advani looked tense and not his usual self.As he came to the billiards table and rubbed the wax on his cue, there was hesitancy while he was potting the ball. It appeared as if Advani was tense. Once into the second frame, the bigwigs of Indian sport had arrived in the hall in anticipation of a gold medal. Advani slowly cranked his game up.advertisementHe had compiled a 46-37 lead and then went on to register a break of 28 for a 74-37 lead. That was the point Nay Thway missed potting a simple red.Advani jumped in on the chance and sealed the frame with an unfinished break of 26 points. The Myanmar cueist was on song in the third frame. His monk-like serenity and the fast game he played was worth watching. With breaks of 56 and 43, he won 101-12.That was the stage Advani took a toilet break. For those not conversant with the billiards format in the Asian Games, it is very different from how the world championships are played (time and point format).Out there, cueists like Advani can pace themselves out in hours and win a match.But in the Asian Games, it’s on a 100-point format, meaning whichever player first gets to 100, he wins the frame. For purists like Advani, this doesn’t come naturally. Yet, when a purist becomes a convert, we got to see what happens with the Indian in full flow on the table as he potted the ball with fluency and feel.In the fourth frame, Advani took a 6-2 lead and then built a good cushion to lead 34-2. Till then, Nay Thway looked as if he would compete hard. All of a sudden, Advani then unleashed a brilliant burst which only champions can, as he scored 67 points to win the frame 101-4.By this time, the Myanmar support staff had become quiet. They knew Advani had bounced back and Nay Thway was fidgety, looking left and right, with his body language being negative.Advani did not ease on the pedal in the decisive frame. He led 64-45 and from there again did not stop till he had sealed the frame 100-45.For a man who had till then been restrained, he signalled victory by pumping his clenched fists and pointing to the stands. A golden moment that Indians will treasure.last_img read more

Education Ministry Intensifies Push for Uniformed Groups in Schools

first_imgThe Ministry of Education will be intensifying the promotion of uniformed groups in schools, in an effort to enhance discipline and socially acceptable behaviours among students.“We will be introducing, with more vigor than ever before, the uniformed groups. There will be more cadet corps, more scout groups, more girl guides available to Jamaican schools,” said portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites.“It is in these organised groups that our social habits and our love for country and its symbols are reinforced, and our personalities developed in a positive way,” he pointed out.The Minister was addressing the passing out parade for Intake 105 of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), held on June 22 at the Moneague Training Camp in St. Ann.He informed that training will be conducted for potential leaders of all the various uniformed groups during the summer holidays, and appealed to parents and teachers to encourage students to participate in the exercise.Minister Thwaites, in the meanwhile, commended the work of the JDF, noting that the army’s cultural ideals of discipline, co-operation, hard work, loyalty and dedication to duty, are worthy of emulation.He stated that while it is impossible for everyone to join the army, “it is necessary for the army to help the society to become more ordered, to recognise the values of co-operation and teamwork, to understand when it is necessary to repel the forces of crime and disorder, and to remain loyal to one’s family and nation.”The JDF Intake 105 comprised come 130 recruits.Contact: Bryan Millerlast_img read more

Feds quiet on why Cindy Blackstock investigated by bureaucrats

first_imgAPTN National NewsOver a year ago APTN National News first told the story of how the federal government had been keeping a close eye on Cindy Blackstock.This happened after Blackstock, head of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, filed a human rights complaint against the government for allegedly discriminating against First Nation children.It got so bad the politicians promised an investigation.But Blackstock hasn’t heard a thing.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has the story.last_img read more

Alaska putting together pieces after massive earthquake

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — The supply chain of food and other goods delivered to the Port of Anchorage from the Lower 48 has not been disrupted by the powerful earthquake that caused widespread damage to roads in the Anchorage area.“The ships are coming in on schedule, the supply lines are at this point uninterrupted,” Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said Sunday at a news conference.The magnitude 7.0 earthquake rattled the state’s largest city early Friday morning swaying buildings and fraying nerves. There were no reports of deaths, serious injuries or structural damage to buildings.Roads, however, took the brunt of the damage, especially the scenic Glenn Highway, the closest thing Alaska has to an interstate and links the state’s largest city to suburban communities to the north.Traffic has been snarled since the quake. Delays came as drivers were diverted around road damage on temporary detours or the highway was reduced to one lane while crews try to reconstruct the roadway after the temblor caused sinkholes and buckled pavement.Employees who live north of Anchorage are being encouraged to take Monday off or work from home if possible to reduce traffic. Gov. Bill Walker, who leaves office at noon Monday, gave state workers in the Anchorage area the day off to help reduce the number of cars on the highway. Schools have been closed until Dec. 10, which should also reduce traffic.Walker said he would not be travelling to the rural village of Noorvik for the swearing in of Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy on Monday but instead would remain in Anchorage to keep working on recovery efforts.Roads aren’t the only transportation worry in Alaska.About 90 per cent of all the goods sold in Alaska are delivered to the Port of Anchorage, where officials have completed a preliminary damage assessment.“Everything looked good,” Municipal Manager Bill Falsey said. “There was some structural concerns with some of the trestles. We have got some things on a watch list but nothing that should impede operations.”Two major cargo companies operate at the port. One was offloading barges as normal on Sunday, and the other company is scheduled to offload barges Monday after successfully testing their crane system.Jet fuel was also being unloaded at another terminal Sunday.“We’re estimating we have on hand now automotive gasoline supplies that will be good for at least three weeks, and that the next shipment comes in on Dec. 7,” he said. “We’re not expecting any disruptions to those supply chains.”Officials on Saturday encouraged Alaskans not to make a run on grocery stores, saying there was no reason to hoard food.However, at least one grocery store Sunday morning had no milk and little to no bread, bottled water or bananas.Berkowitz said the stories he’s heard, particularly from grocery stores, in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake was of co-operation and sharing.“Even when people were initially concerned, people who might have been reaching for the last item, looked over and saw someone else and said, ‘Yes, we are sharing this with you,’” he said.He also touted Alaskans’ longstanding tradition to stock up for long winters.“I would encourage people, once the ships get in, once things settle back down, make sure you have the emergency preparations, the emergency kits that you should have,” he said.Schools will be closed for the week so damage assessments can be conducted on about 4,000 classrooms in 86 schools and four other facilities, comprising 8 million square feet, to make sure they are safe for staff and students, Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop said Sunday.Mark Thiessen, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Husky Energy reports Q1 profit up lowers oil production due to Canadian

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Husky Energy Inc. reported a first-quarter profit of $248 million, up from $71 million a year ago, as it lowered its annual production guidance.The energy company says the profit amounted to 24 cents per share for the three months ended March 31, up from six cents per share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Husky says it earned $245 million or 24 cents per share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $73 million or seven cents per share in the same quarter last year. In its outlook, Husky says due to wide Canadian heavy oil differentials it will temporarily reduce heavy oil production and substitute discounted third-party crude as feedstock for its downstream operations. It also noted that its BD Project in Indonesia is ramping up more slowly than expected.As a result, the company is lowering its annual production guidance for 2018 by 10,000 barrel of oil equivalents per day and is now expected to average in the range of 310,000 to 320,000 boepd, exiting the year in the 330,000 to 340,000 boepd range.Husky says funds from operations for the year are still expected to be $4 billion.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

35000 donation by Tourmaline Oil allows Womens Resource Society to buy new

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society got a big boost last month after Tourmaline Oil donated the proceeds from its Annual Golf Tournament.The event, which took place at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club on July 19th, featured entertaining live and silent auctions, a 50/50 ticket draw, and a call for participants to “Fill-A-Truck” with non-perishable donations for the food pantry at the Centre.Society Board members Jen Pimm and Kelsey Dawley attended the tournament’s dinner, where Pimm spoke on behalf of the organization. “We are a front-line organization dealing with violence against women and children, community outreach, poverty, advocacy, harm reduction, food security, and much more. Your donation stays in our community and directly impacts local people. Without the support of our community, we could not do this important work, so thank you, we are very grateful.”After the tournament’s fundraising total was added up, Tourmaline said that it would like to match the donation, bringing the donation total to an incredible $35,150.“This means so much to us,” said Pimm. “We need a new furnace, and we have been trying to find room in the budget for this kind of capital expenditure. Thank you Tourmaline, the sponsors, and everyone who came out to golf!”Executive director Amanda Trotter explained that the donation was much-needed by the Society, which is currently seeing upwards of 500 clients each month.last_img read more