Gourmet Burger Kitchen sales begin to recover after £4.6bn loss

first_img whatsapp Francesca Ricciardi The restaurant chain’s like-for-like sales fell 9.7 per cent in the first six months of last year, but were later subject to a 1.4 per cent boost in the following six-month period to the end of February.However, sales have since gone up by 8.1 per cent in the first 12 weeks of the new financial year, the South African restaurant chain’s owner, Famous Brands, has now revealed.The boost in sales comes after the closure of 24 of GBK’s UK stores in 2018, following a casual dining crisis that forced several restaurant chains to shut some of their stores.Jamie Oliver’s restaurant business was forced into administration last week, citing similarly challenging trading conditions.Store closures brought the number of GBK restaurants in the UK from 106 to 80 over the period, a loss of 24 UK sites.A more focused and innovated menu design together with growing online sales through a multi-vendor delivery platform are among the factors that have contributed to the recent sales uplift, Famous Brands said. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm Oraclebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionUnify Health LabsNeed To Lose A Few Pounds? Here Is What Randy Jackson DoesUnify Health LabsDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGem Share Wednesday 29 May 2019 3:27 pm Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) has posted a partial recovery in sales since it suffered a record £4.6bn loss last year, when it got the green light for a string of restaurant closures.Read more: Creditors give green light to Gourmet Burger Kitchen closurescenter_img Famous Brands also noted the importance of a strategic refurbishment investment as well as a high street storefront facelift programme, spiking a growth in the customers’ turnout.The restaurant chain also attributed the sale recovery to the implementation of a functionality known as ‘order and pay-at-a-table’ in all of its restaurants in addition to the already existing at-counter traditional payment system.Read more: Prezzo, Wagamama and GBK bring mobile payments to the high streetThe introduction has contributed to the delivery of encouraging uptake rates, improving customer experience, while even increasing table turns and the amount of money spent per customer. whatsapp Gourmet Burger Kitchen sales begin to recover after £4.6bn loss Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

40 years after closure, volunteers restore historic Cold War site

first_imgHistory | Military | Southcentral40 years after closure, volunteers restore historic Cold War siteJuly 8, 2019 by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media Share:A replica of the former barracks and radar facilities installed in buildings Friends of Nike Site Summit has spent the last dozen summer working too restore. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)It might seem hard to believe: Just a few decades ago, thousands of nuclear warheads were stored at missile batteries close to cities and military installations all around the country. That includes the mountains around Anchorage, where one of the last such installations closed 40 years ago, in 1979.Audio Playerhttp://www.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/ann-20190704-03.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For 20 years, the Nike Site Summit installation perched up in the Chugach mountains housed powerful Hercules missiles designed to knock out clusters of hostile long-range bombers that might head toward the U.S. Of 145 such sites built across America, this one is the best preserved — in part because of it’s relatively isolated location on military land. That is part of the reason a dedicated group in Alaska is trying to restore the facilities, and keep a piece of Cold War history alive.On a recent Saturday morning, volunteers with the group Friends of Nike Site Summit were handling a wide range of chores and basic maintenance: Scraping paint from windows, clearing brush, installing electrical wiring. The crews try to use good weather on weekends for restoration projects during the brief seasonal window when the long road up Arctic Valley is passable.Nike Site Summit does not look like much. It’s a cluster of aging cement and wood military buildings ringed with chain-link fencing and an assortment of odd old radar equipment and bunkers. Normally, the view would be spectacular, but smoke from summer wildfires had socked in the mountains and valleys like a dense fog.One of the volunteers was Greg Durocher, who spent two-and-a-half years as a military policeman at the site in the mid-70s.Greg Durocher spent two-and-a-half years as a military policeman guarding Nike Site Summit from 1974-1976. Now, he is part of a group of volunteers that has spent more than a decade working with the military to preserve and maintain the site as a historical resource. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)“My job was to protect the place,” Durocher said. “We had nuclear missiles here, so that was quite an important thing to protect.”Back then, the young men assigned to Nike sites like this one only suspected they were guarding nuclear weapons. It wasn’t exactly something they could discuss.“If you asked too many questions, people would look at you and say ‘why do you wanna know?’” Durocher chuckled.  “Because we were kind of on a need-to-know basis.”Durocher is one of the few volunteers who spent a significant amount of time actually working at this site during his military service. And because of that, his tour of the facilities is a mix of history, military policy and personal memories.In the ’50s and ’60s, the military took drastic measures building sites like these to house Nike Hercules missiles. The barracks, radars, and observation station at this site were constructed after 60 vertical feet of the mountaintop were blasted away. Durocher recalls winter gales blowing over 120 mph. Curves in the perilous road leading up the mountain were named after crashes and roll-overs that had happened there. Soldiers went about their duties routinely patrolling and inspecting the missile systems in relative solitude, with occasional trips down to base or town.“No one volunteered for a second tour,” Durocher said, “let’s put it that way.”Even though this site was operational for 20 years, it was obsolete not long after coming on line. These kinds of installations were intended as a last resort in case nuclear war broke out. The idea was to launch high-explosive and nuclear missiles at packs of Soviet aircraft as they approached sensitive American targets. The detonations might have knocked out any planes carrying atomic bombs at a high enough altitude that the blast wouldn’t kill civilians or soldiers down below. But the range for those missiles was a hundred miles.  Contamination from nuclear fallout was certain if nuclear warheads were used as they were designed from the Nike sites.As an MP, Derocher’s duties took him all over the two installations constituting the Summit site. The top site included barracks, recreational facilities and radars. Down below, at the lower site, were kennels for the guard-dogs, mechanical bays and the bunkers for the weapons themselves.“You walk in there and there’s all these missiles lined up, they’re 40 feet long,  they’re 10,600 pounds. Most were nukes,” Derocher recalled. “It was kind of a sobering thing.”The Friends of Nike Site Summit restoration work is selective. Some buildings were so damaged they simply had to be torn down. Others are coming back to life. A group of electricians scurried around a bunker where lights will be installed. The group hopes to be able to get an inert missile or mock-up situated in the building to demonstrate how they were rolled out on carts to be launched nearly vertically into the sky above (Nike Site Summit was one of the few installations to actually carry out real missile launches, something they halted in the early ’60s once the area around Eagle River began getting dangerously populated).Doug Ruhl was hauling a bundle of wiring around the bunker. When he was a young airman stationed down at Elmendorf Air Force Base he was fascinated by the heavy weaponry just a few miles away up the mountain at the Summit site.“I didn’t have the clearance to come up here. The one thing you had to have was the strict clearance,” Ruhl said. “You had to need to know, and a need to be up here.”Other Alaska Nike sites are not nearly so well preserved at this one. Because many were near cities, or on land that was turned over to local jurisdictions, nearly all the original sites have been repurposed. Another Nike Hercules site, for example, was located in what is now Anchorage’s Kincaid Park. Those bunkers, which housed similar nuclear missile batteries, have since converted into recreational facilities.The view of the lower site from the top camp. Though observation equipment was set up at the higher elevation, the missile bunkers sat at the lower site (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)The structures built to house the radars bore a unique design to help maintain functionality in extreme weather. Though the radars themselves have been removed, the shelter protective covers are still in tact (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)At the Summit facilities, by contrast, for years its biggest threats were weather, petty vandals, and the occasional curious blueberry picker.Ruhl believes that the site deserves to be remembered.“If we lose our history, we lose ourselves. And this is part of the Cold War history.”Even though this site never initiated a nuclear strike, Ruhl described it as a predecessor to the modern missile defense system that makes up the military’s tactical portfolio in Alaska today.And the Nike Summit site shows just how far the U.S. nuclear strategy has come in the intervening decades. The idea of storing short-range nuclear weapons at hundreds of sites all over the country is obsolete.“In the early years of the Cold War there was sort of a tendency to put nuclear warheads on anything,” said Hans Kristensen, who directs the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists.The overall number of nukes maintained by the U.S. today is much smaller than its peak in the 1960s.“But it’s still a considerable arsenal,” Kristensen said. “There’s about 3,800 nuclear warheads in the military stockpile.”Of those, he added, about 900 are deployed and ready for use on short notice.More significant than the size of the arsenal is a shift away from nuclear weapons designed to function at close range. Instead, intercontinental ballistic missiles, long-range bombers, and nuclear submarine-based launchers are the primary means of sending nuclear warheads across vast distances, and far away from domestic borders.Captain Bryant Davis, a spokesperson for Alaskan Command, wrote in an email that Air Force Global Strike Command could neither “confirm or deny the presence of nuclear weapons” in Alaska.However, Kristensen’s research suggests that the majority of the stockpile is in just 11 states. The closest to Alaska is Washington.Share this story:last_img read more

Oscar Pistorius out on probation in August

first_img whatsapp Billy Ehrenberg Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com Share Monday 8 June 2015 8:16 am Show Comments ▼ Oscar Pistorius will be out of prison on probation on 21 August.According to reports, South Africa’s Correctional Services Department has put in a recommendation that the athlete, jailed for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, be released under a South African law allowing release under “correctional supervision” after serving a sixth of his sentence.  Pistorius is serving a five-year sentence for culpable homicide, but the case is yet to close – the prosecution team is still appealing the verdict, arguing it was murder.Steenkamp was shot and killed in the bathroom of the athlete’s home on Valentine’s day 2013.Pistorius came to world-wide attention for his athletic prowess. He won Paralympic medals in 100m, 200m and 400m events across three Paralympic games. whatsapp Oscar Pistorius out on probation in August last_img read more

Builder accused of fraud shows up at victim’s house

first_imgCape Coral financial advisor sentenced for over $1 million fraud June 3, 2021 ROTONDA, Fla. – The owners of HD Custom Homes face 13 criminal charges accused of taking people’s money and not building their homes in Charlotte County.Stephen Dukes and Matthew Harden have been released from jail until their next court date on April 29.One former customer, Dale Vogel, said Dukes showed up at his house after he got out of jail.Vogel had originally signed with HD Custom Homes to build his house in Rotonda. Unfortunately, like many, Vogel and his family had many issues with their build. Advertisement Man steals credit card, spends $1,400 in Lee County stores May 21, 2021 Florida man caught in Collier County with over 20 stolen identities June 9, 2021 AdvertisementTags: fraudhd custom homes RELATEDTOPICScenter_img DEO trying to combat scammers running unemployment scheme May 19, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementHe considers himself one of the lucky victims considering others lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.Vogel believes Dukes showed up to ask him to be a character witness.NBC2 reached out to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office asking what the rules are for Dukes and Harden as they are out of jail. Neither agency answered our question. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

Laois senior football team for league opener against Down named

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Laois senior football team for league opener against Down named TAGSAllianz Football League Division 3Laois senior footballersLaois v Down Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Twitter Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 24th January 2019 Council WhatsApp Twitter Community Home Sport GAA Laois senior football team for league opener against Down named SportGAAGaelic Football RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleStradbally in mourning following death of popular member of the communityNext articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, January 25, 2019 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. The Laois footballers Laois senior football manager John Sugrue has named his team to face Down in Round 1 of Division 3 of the National Football League.And it is a much changed team for Laois’s All-Ireland Qualifier defeat to Monaghan last summer.There are seven changes to that team as Stephen Attrid, Adam Campion, David Seale, Robbie Pigott, Conor Boyle, Sean Byrne and Colm Murphy are in from the start.These are competitive debuts for Portarlington’s Sean Byrne and St Joseph’s Adam Campion.While Portlaoise duo David Seale and Conor Boyle return to the inter-county set-up after spells away from the game.From the team that started in the Monaghan game, Darren Strong has retired while Trevor Collins, Colm Begley, Alan Farrell, Brian Glynn, Donie Kingston and Ross Munnelly are not part of the starting 15.Laois go into the start of the league as second favourites behind Down who they play on Saturday in Newry at 7pm.The team is as follows:LAOIS: Graham Brody; Adam Campion, Mark Timmons, David Seale; Stephen Attride, Robbie Pigott, Gareth Dillon; John O’Loughlin, Kieran Lillis; Damien O’Connor, Conor Boyle, Sean Byrne; Colm Murphy, Evan O’Carroll, Paul KingstonSEE ALSO – Stradbally in mourning following death of popular member of the community Facebooklast_img read more

Stock markets tumble amid global growth worries

Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors The Toronto stock market sold off across all sectors Tuesday, falling almost two per cent amid a fresh round of concern that global growth could stagnate. Uncertainty over the level of participation by private creditors in Greece’s planned bond swap two days before a critical deadline also discouraged buyers. Keywords Marketwatch Malcolm Morrison Share this article and your comments with peers on social media S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March The S&P/TSX composite index tumbled 225.31 points to 12,298.63 while the TSX Venture Exchange fell 50.93 points to 1,604.87. Falling prices for oil and metals pushed the commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar down 0.64 of a cent to 99.94 cents US. U.S. indexes were also deep in the red as the Dow industrials lost 203.66 points to 12,759.15. The Nasdaq fell 40.16 points to 2,910.32 and the S&P 500 index was down 20.97 points to 1,343.36. Concerns about China’s slowing growth continued to dampen sentiment after premier Wen Jiabao announced Monday that the country was targeting a lower growth rate of 7.5%, compared with eight per cent before. “If China is not immune to this global economic slowdown, then as far as I’m concerned nobody is really immune,” said Gareth Watson, vice-president investment management and research at Richardson GMP Ltd. Strong Chinese growth has been an important prop for a global economy still struggling to recover from the 2008 financial crisis, and that growth has also supported higher commodity prices and rising stock prices on the resource-heavy Toronto stock market. Other data showed that the eurozone economy contracted during the fourth-quarter. Gross domestic product dropped 0.3% from the previous quarter, with weakness across all the subcomponents. Yet another report showed that Brazil’s economy expanded 2.7% last year, well below the 7.5% growth seen in 2010. Officials say the economic problems in Europe and the U.S. are mostly to blame because of lower demand for Brazil’s commodities. “To a degree, there should not there be any surprise that you’re seeing some of these, let’s call them the last decade’s growth engines, kind of slow down a bit,” added Watson. “The key here is not that they’re slowing down, because we knew that would happen. The key here is they don’t slow down too much.” Greece was also on investors’ radars ahead of Thursday’s expected announcement of the level of participation in the country’s bond swap. The so-called Private Sector Involvement, or PSI, is an integral part of Greece’s second bailout without which the country could default. On Monday, the banking group leading negotiations on behalf of the creditors said that 12 of the largest investors have committed to participating in the plan. The success of the deal depends on high participation and many more will need to sign up by Thursday for Greece to avoid default. Copper was among the biggest commodity losers Tuesday, as the May contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 12 cents to US$3.74 a pound on top of a four cent loss Monday amid demand concerns. China is the biggest consumer of the metal, widely viewed as an economic barometer because it is used in so many businesses. The base metals sector backed off 3.77% as Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) fell 72 cents to C$35.48 and First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) lost $1.35 to $20.60. The energy sector lost 2.8% as April crude contract on the Nymex declined $2.02 to US$104.70 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) dropped 36 cents to C$35.25 and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) was down $1.49 to $33.32. Bullion also sold off as the April contract lost $31.80 to US$1,672.10 an ounce. The gold sector fell about 1.6% and Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) shed 66 cents to $45.72 and Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 76 cents to $46.89. The financials sector was down 1.5%. Insurers led losses with Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) down 50 cents to $11.81 while Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) fell 85 cents to $20.75. Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) reported its quarterly profits rose to $1.44 billion, or $1.20 per share, up from $1.25 billion or $1.08 per share a year earlier. Revenue grew to $4.64 billion from $4.19 billion. Scotiabank also raised its dividend by three cents a share to 55 cents but its shares slipped 77 cents to $52.94. In other earnings news, Uranium One Inc. (TSX:UUU) improved its fourth-quarter results in 2011 helped by the absence of a series of one-time items booked a year earlier. The company, one of the world’s largest publicly traded uranium producers, posted a $1.1-million loss in the fourth quarter, or nil per share, compared to a $112.9-million loss a year ago. Revenue grew to $157.9 million from $152.3 million and its shares slipped nine cents to $2.97. Ontario-based auto parts manufacturer Linamar Corp. (TSX:LNR) reported after the close that quarterly net income rose to $27 million or 42 cents per share on $718 million of sales. Its shares had closed 75 cents lower at $18.40. Heavy equipment, industrial component and power system provider Wajax Corp. (TSX:WJX) was one of the few positive stocks. Its shares gained $2.12 or 4.81% to $46.21 as it raised its monthly dividend by 35% to 27 cents a share. It also reported a fourth-quarter profit of $16.6 million or $1 per share, up from a year-earlier $15.8 or 95 cents per share. And TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) said a new route for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska should be ready within weeks with “relatively modest” changes. Alex Pourbaix, president of TransCanada’s energy and oil pipelines division, said the company is working closely with the Nebraska government to find a path that avoids the ecologically sensitive Sandhills region of the state. Its shares gained 65 cents to $42.97. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news read more

Act to Approve NCST as Statutory Body Approved in the Senate

first_imgAct to Approve NCST as Statutory Body Approved in the Senate SenateJanuary 22, 2007 RelatedSenate Approves Bill on Charitable Organisations RelatedAttorney-at-Law Appointed to the Senate FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail An Act to establish the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST) as a statutory body with responsibility for providing advice to the government on matters related to science and technology, was approved in the Senate on Friday (Jan.19).State Minister for Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce, Senator Kern Spencer, who piloted the Bill, said that the legislation would allow for “fostering, advancing and executing the national policy and strategy for science and technology in Jamaica”.He noted that even though the Commission has had a number of significant achievements, which have impacted on national development, “it lacked the formal legal status that will allow it to stake claim to resources and build the necessary influence to help in the removal of the critical factors that have contributed to the weakness of the science and technology as a developmental tool.”“It is therefore critical that measures be established to place the NCST in a more secure and better operational position with an appropriate organizational structure to perform its management functions in accordance with its mandate,” said the State Minister.The legislation, he noted, would allow for the “rationalization and optimal utilization of resources, increase the ability to monitor, co-ordinate, evaluate and manage science and technology programmes, and as such, will provide a greater impact on the productive and competitive capacity of the country”.“It will also improve decision making, accountability and transparency, and it will provide greater access to resources,” he stated.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Anthony Hylton, in supporting the Bill, said that “there is a critical role for science and technology in producing the innovation and the creativity that we need if we are going to go beyond our material constraints.”The NCST became operational in 1993 and since its inception, it has served as a significant facilitator of dialogue and action among various actors in the national economy including the public and private sectors, academia and the scientific community.Through its various programmes and activities, the NCST has galvanized action in areas pertinent to national development including research and development co-ordination, agricultural transformation, utilization of information and communication technologies, bio technology, food safety and security, the environment and the science and technology capability. The Act was approved in the House of Representatives on December 6, 2006.center_img RelatedSenate Elects First Visually Impaired President Advertisementslast_img read more

GG’s and Diplomats’ Wives Visit Home for the Aged in Dowtown Kingston

first_imgGG’s and Diplomats’ Wives Visit Home for the Aged in Dowtown Kingston Governor GeneralJune 2, 2009 RelatedGG’s and Diplomats’ Wives Visit Home for the Aged in Dowtown Kingston RelatedGG’s and Diplomats’ Wives Visit Home for the Aged in Dowtown Kingston RelatedGG’s and Diplomats’ Wives Visit Home for the Aged in Dowtown Kingstoncenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Mrs. Allen, is calling on more members of the society to volunteer their services to homes catering to the elderly and the less fortunate.Speaking with JIS News, during a tour of the Missionaries of Charity Home for the Aged, Tower Street, downtown Kingston Tuesday(June 2), Mrs. Allen encouraged individuals to visit the residents of the homes have them tell their stories and pass them on to the children.Mrs. Allen noted that the elders are “the pillars on which we are now resting,” and should be respected for contributing to the development of the society. She said that, even though some of them have lost their faculties, they still have a love for life.Mrs. Allen, and the wives of a number of Ambassadors to Jamaica, visited various sections of the facility, including the male and female wards. They also presented residents with gifts.Wife of the Governor-General, the Most Hon. Mrs. Allen (right) interacts with a resident at the Missionaries of Charity Home for the Aged, Joyce Murratt, during a tour of the facility in downtown Kingston on Tuesday(June 2). Sharing in the moment from left are: resident, Louise Douglas (seated), Sister Superior, Sister Lipika, and wife of the Ambassador of Argentina to Jamaica, Fanny Pino.Sister Superior at the facility, Sister Lipika, said that the volunteers at the home are mainly from overseas and only a few are Jamaicans. However, sometimes students from St. George’s College and Alpha Boys School go there to do community service.Sister Lapika noted that the residents are mostly drawn from the streets, as well as patients released from the Kingston Public Hospital with no place to go. Currently, there are 75 residents at the home which can accommodate up to 80 persons.Sister Lapika also pointed out that while the home is located in an inner city area (Southside), residents are very respectful. During the visit, residents were in a jubilant mood. They engaged the visitors in conversation, whilst others entertained them by playing musical instruments and singing songs.Missionaries of Charity is a Catholic religious order, founded in 1950, to care for the poorest of the poor in society.last_img read more

Orange in satellite deal to boost European connectivity

first_img Previous ArticleSenseTime raises $600M, led by AlibabaNext ArticleSouth Korea mulls Apple fine for unfair iPhone policies Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 09 APR 2018 Español Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more EutelsatOrange Related Kavit Majithia center_img Author Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market Home Orange in satellite deal to boost European connectivity Orange struck a deal with Eutelsat to enhance connectivity across Europe through satellite, as traditional operators increasingly look to the skies to boost coverage.In a statement, Orange said it will partner with Eutelsat to serve as an anchor distribution partner on the satellite operator’s Konnect VHTS satellite, which is expected to be in service in 2021.Orange will use satellite connectivity to provide fixed-broadband services in European countries where the group has a retail presence, and the partnership was hailed as a “major step forward” in the group’s strategy to boost broadband coverage.In addition to its home market of France, Orange has European operations in Moldova, Romania, Poland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovakia and Spain.Stephane Richard, chairman and CEO of Orange, said satellite was becoming increasing important to “building tomorrow’s inclusive digital society, especially for delivering broadband connectivity in rural areas where it is sometimes challenging to set up traditional broadband networks”.Thales Group, an aerospace and security company, also struck an agreement with Eutelsat to deliver government connectivity services market using the new satellite.Telecoms, satellite partnershipsOrange’s move follows an agreement by European rival Vodafone, which signed a deal with UK satellite firm Intelsat for roaming services in 2016.Deutsche Telekom has also partnered with Inmarsat to boost in-flight connectivity via satellite and in the US, SoftBank agreed to invest $1 billion in US satellite firm OneWeb, which aims to deliver affordable internet access to remote regions.Eutelsat will also use its new satellite to compete with Inmarsat in the in-flight connectivity market. Tags Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fundlast_img read more

Emotional scars and fresh perspective: Haas returns to scene of horrific accident

first_imgLOS ANGELES – It was a normal Tuesday on the PGA Tour for Bill Haas. He checked in with tournament officials, joked with members of the Riviera Country Club staff he knew long before he won the circuit’s annual L.A. stop in 2012 and spent some time working on his game. It was the same routine for Haas at last year’s Genesis Open, before the predictable ebb and flow of life on Tour was shattered when his host for the week, 71-year-old Mark Gibello, offered to take him for a ride through the Pacific Palisades hills. In the 911 tape later released by police, Haas described in a shaken voice a “horrible head-on collision” and Gibello’s Ferrari that was “caved in” on the driver’s side. When asked to describe Gibello’s condition, Haas’ voice trails off. At 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2018, Gibello’s sports car clipped another car and caromed into a pole in the 500 block of North Chautauqua Boulevard, just a few miles from Riviera. Gibello was pronounced dead at the scene. Haas and the driver of the other car, a 50-year-old woman (who was rescued by actor Luke Wilson who was also involved in the accident), were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. One year later, Haas left leg – which was badly bruised in the accident – is fully recovered, but his mental scars from that horrific moment are still fresh. Haas, understandably, withdrew from last year’s Genesis Open and he didn’t tee it up on Tour again for nearly a month. As he made the rounds on Tuesday at Riviera to prepare for this year’s event, the memories came flooding back. “There are a lot of emotions that I keep inside that impact me in ways that I’m figuring out, whether that’s good or bad,” Haas said. “It’s given me a perspective.” Haas is staying in Santa Monica this week with his wife, but that doesn’t mean he’s trying to forget what happened last year. In fact, he had dinner with Gibello’s wife on Monday night. “It was nice to see her,” he said. “It’s something we are all still struggling with and thinking about. I’m learning how to deal with it and how to cope with any kind of tragedy.” The emotional toll of last year’s accident has dovetailed with a particularly difficult stretch for Haas on the course. He has just two top-10 finishes since last year’s Genesis Open and he failed to qualify for last year’s playoffs for the first time in his career. “I’m still figuring out what the cause of all that is, whether it’s physical, whether it’s mental. Once I’m inside the ropes at least I know that golf is something that I’ve done well before,” Haas said. Full-field tee times from the Genesis Open Genesis Open: Articles, photos and videos Whether the accident that took Gibello’s life is responsible for Haas’ on-course performance he can’t say, but in a cathartic way he admits that dealing with the tragedy has given him some perspective when things aren’t going his way professionally. After getting off to a particularly poor start at the Waste Management Phoenix Open two weeks ago, for example, his aggravation was evident. But after missing the cut, his third missed weekend in his last four starts, he embraced a bigger picture. “Let’s say I was playing equally bad golf and this hadn’t happened,” he said. “I don’t know that I’d deal with it as well as I have. It’s not the end of the world like it is for some people out here. That perspective at least helps me shoot 76, 76 in Phoenix.” As he struggles for answers to questions that have filled his thoughts for the last 12 months he glances over his shoulder at a picture of his victory celebration in 2012 at Riviera. “It’s a place that’s always been special to me having a win here. It’s one of my favorites. This place with the Wall of Champions is pretty cool,” he smiled. That history, along with the type of retooled perspective that often accompanies a life-altering event, will help ease him back into a week that is anything but routine despite his outward attempts at normalcy. “When you have a life-changing event, even though it didn’t change my life it certainly changed other people’s life, being able to handle that and know that I still have a family to go home to,” Haas said. “You never know what will happen tomorrow. Missing cuts isn’t the end of the world.”last_img read more