Costa Coffee has opened its first store in Beijing, to coincide with the start of the 2008 Olympic games.The Costa store, located in the Shang Di Shopping Mall, will bethe first opened under a joint venture between Costa’s parent company Whitbread plc and the Beijing Hualian Group.The JV intends to open 300 Costa coffee shops in Beijing and surrounding provinces in north-east China over the next few years.Shang Di Mall is based in the Haidian District of Beijing, the centre of the IT industry. The agreement is Costa’s second JV in China – it already operates 25 stores in Shangai with Yueda Group.Costa’s managing director John Derkach said:”This is another major milestone for Costa. Our strategy hasalways been to develop several different markets in China, tofully capitalise on the vast opportunity presented by China’scontinued economic growth and aspiring young consumers. “Today’s opening in China’s capital city further enhances Costa’s status as a major international brand.”Director of joint Ventures, Paul Smith, added: “Costa has been trading in Shanghai for 18 months and is already a favourite among Chinese customers. “The stores in Shanghai are delivering strong sales growth and we have high expectations of our joint venture partnership in Beijing”.
Lewis Pie & Pasty Company, based in Swansea, Wales, has secured a distribution agreement with the National Independents Supermarket Association (NISA).One of the country’s largest grocery retailer companies, NISA has more than 2,500 independent retail outlets nationwide, producing a turnover of £1.43bn.Lewis Pies expects the deal will see its products, including its halal-certified Crescent range, made available to a wider customer base throughout the UK.Wilf Lewis, managing director of Lewis Pies, said: “We already have distribution agreements with some national retailers such as Tesco but it is also very important to us to make these products available to communities at a very local level.”
On Monday evening, ekoostik hookah founding member and vocalist John Mullins passed away unexpectedly.Mullins formed the Ohio jamband with keyboardist Dave Katz in early 1991. Guitarist Steve Sweney, drummer Steve Frye, and bass player Cliff Starbuck joined the two songwriters and ekoostik hookah was born. The band toured the nation extensively in the early 1990s, but eventually took a break in 1996. Mullins officially left the band in 2010, though his music has remained relevant ever since.Dave Katz of ekoostik hookah offered the following words: “I will forever be grateful that we met, and for the ‘magic’ that we were able to create together. I know that, had we not met, I would not be where I am today, or the person i am today. You and I only co-wrote one song, “Under Full Sail.” And, the first few lines of that song are what come to mind at this moment. “It all comes together. Sometimes fades, but never dies. Through different shades, from low to high.” Poignant, to say the least. John, on this coming birthday, and every other one I am fortunate enough to celebrate, I will think of you, and what we accomplished together. You have certainly left your mark, and will be remembered by so many. Rest easy John Mullins.”[Photo by Photo by Christian James]
Candidates for 2011-2012 student body president and vice president debated their platforms and presented ideas for improving life at Notre Dame at a Wednesday night debate in LaFortune Student Center. Five tickets will be on Monday’s ballot. The candidates answered questions from Michael Thomas, vice president of elections for Judicial Council, on their plans to improve student life and student government. Candidates Catherine Soler and Emily LeStrange touted their knowledge of student government as their biggest asset. “Our experience is really a great advantage because there has never been the opportunity to have this continuity of leadership,” Soler said. “That takes a long time to develop. A huge part of when we started here was figuring out how to navigate through the administration and through student government so after this year we would save an incredible amount of time in transition.” Soler currently serves as student body president, and LeStrange is chair of the off-campus concerns council. “Looking to the next administration, we are really focusing on doing things in the academic world. For example, we have a really great plan to improve tutoring resources,” LeStrange said. While presidential candidate Pat McCormick and running mate Brett Rocheleau both currently serve in student government, they proposed a reinvention of student government as a platform for larger social justice issues. “Are we going to have the student government we have always had, or can we build this bigger? Can we re-imagine what student government is about? We have outlined a series of proposals in our platform that we think will do this,” McCormick said. “We think we can make Notre Dame the moral conscience of higher education in the United States.” Junior class president James Ward and freshman class president Heather Eaton presented their platform as modeled solely and specifically on student ideas. “We heard a lot of people complain that student government just works for themselves as an institution,” Eaton said. “Which is why we are running on platforms that are all student ideas. The things we are running for are things that we know you want to hear.” Presidential candidate Ricky Bevington and vice presidential candidate Olivia Colangelo said they want to bring more unity to campus. “The primary way we would like to improve campus life is by providing more opportunities for the student body to come together as one student body,” Bevington said. Their ideas included a student body prayer service, a student-to-student advice network and student pep rallies for more sports. The candidates outlined their plans to improve day-to-day student life. Eaton said she and Ward would revamp the current system for online course registration, increase the number of points for Grab n’ Go and install more power outlets in the Hesburgh Library and LaFortune Student Center. McCormick said he would create new ways for students to contact student government with ideas. He and Rocheleau also promised to make the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) more accessible to students and open a pub for students and professors to meet casually. “We think we have the most advanced student services platform of any ticket here,” McCormick said. Soler and LeStrange said they plan to begin “Whine Wednesdays” to receive consistent student feedback. They also said their administration would work to install lights on McGlinn Fields, build a heated bus stop at Library Circle and engage more with Hall Presidents’ Council. LeStrange said her ticket wants to improve kitchen and exercise facilities in many older dorms. Bevington and Colangelo discussed a plan to review the differences between residence halls. “We have a really unique residence life structure here, and we don’t want to change that,” Colangelo said. “But there are obviously ways we could make it better.” McCormick said he and Rocheleau would expand student government to make its governing body more effective. They would create a committee to work on small issues, such as printing quotas and dining hall suggestions, brought forward by students. Their points at the debate also included popular campaign promises, such as restoring the price of hot dogs in the Huddle to 25 cents. McCormick outlined plans for a large charity concert in the Joyce Center or Notre Dame stadium. Ward said he would like to analyze the financial aid system and establish a tiered tuition system similar to those used at Harvard and Yale. The Eaton-Ward ticket also offered ideas about drinking culture and disciplinary records, such as removing first-year offenses from students’ permanent records. “We want to address some of the drinking culture here on campus, in particular the ban on drinking games and the affect it has to student life,” Ward said. Candidates Kevin Noonan and Matthew Thomas formed the perennial Zahm Hall ticket and received loud support from fellow Zahmbies in the audience. Noonan and Thomas proposed “hangover hours” in the dining halls on Saturday and Sunday afternoons with a “firm no-speaking-above-a-whisper policy, dim lights, free Advil and no offensive food.” The ticket also campaigned to remove Mod Quad from Notre Dame and install a weather-control dome over campus. Voting will be held Monday. Students will receive an e-mail from the Judicial Council directing them to the voting website, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. A ticket must win 50 percent of the student body vote to win the election, and the large number of tickets will likely send the election to a runoff, Thomas said. Another debate would be held between the remaining candidates before the runoff election.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) BUFFALO – With their playoff hopes still alive, the Buffalo Sabres will have a chance to strengthen the possibility with a game on Saturday and another on Sunday. The first game of the weekend series Buffalo has will be a road game Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Sunday’s game will be at home vs. the Winnipeg Jets at 3 p.m.Currently, the Sabres are in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with 62 points, eight points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and 10 points behind the Carolina Hurricanes, who hold the Atlantic Division’s Wild Card spot.In their last game, Buffalo suffered a 7-4 loss in the hands of the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Going into their weekend games, the Sabres are led by team captain Jack Eichel, who has a team-leading 75 points with team-highs of 33 goals and 42 assists.Besides Eichel’s numbers, Sam Reinhart has provided offensive support, as he has tallied 21 goals and 27 assists for a total of 48 points, good for second on the team.It is still up in the air whether Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark will be back in action from either game, as he is recuperating from a lower-body injury sustained in January.Should Ullmark be unable to suit up for either game, the Sabres also have veteran Carter Hutton and Jonas Johansson, who in January was promoted from the AHL’s Rochester Americans, the Sabres minor-league affiliate team.Both Sabres games this weekend will be televised on MSGB.
A snowstorm, followed by a few beautiful sunny days and then another snow and ice storm – this is a summary of the weather conditions in Georgia since the last week of January. A University of Georgia climatologist says don’t be surprised if the polar vortex sends another snowstorm and a late frost before spring officially arrives.The polar vortex is a large pocket of low pressure and cold, strong, upper-level winds that normally sits over the polar region during the winter season. Laying over the United States“Usually it sits on top of the globe like a hat, but this year it has slid forward over the U.S.,” said Pam Knox, an agricultural climatologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Until this week, the atmospheric waves associated with the polar vortex had California “stuck” under high pressure, which kept the state dangerously dry through out the winter “rainy” season. It has also caused Fairbanks, Alaska, to be abnormally warm and Siberia to experience one of the warmest winters in its history, Knox said during an agricultural weather outlook session at the Georgia Organics Conference held Feb. 21-23 on Jekyll Island.“This polar vortex is not something new. It’s been in the literature since 1940,” she said. “Some years we have high swings in temperature conditions and this happens to be one (of those years.)”Fruit trees and home gardens at risk This unpredictability could cause havoc for Georgia farmers and gardeners this spring, she added. For instance, if Georgia fruit trees begin to flower and a late frost hits the state, the fate of peach, blueberry and other fruit crops will be threatened. “That could really decimate the fruit crop this year,” Knox said. “The chances for a late frost are higher this year. In Athens, the flowering plum trees on campus have already come out, and that’s pretty early.”When warm temperatures fill days in March, home gardeners may be tempted to get outside, dig in the dirt and plant seeds or young transplants. Knox warns gardeners not to give in to the temptation. “The chance of a late frost is more likely this year, so hold back a bit,” she said. “If not, you may lose that first crop and have to go back and replant everything.”To access real-time weather data across Georgia, see UGA’s Georgia Weather Network (formerly known as the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network) website at www.GeorgiaWeather.net.
For more information on UGA Extension’s impact in Georgia, visit extension.uga.edu. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will launch the 2016-2017 season of UGA’s Extension Academy for Professional Excellence — an internal program meant to develop the next generation of leadership — this September in Athens, Georgia.Extension Academy gives early- and mid-career county Extension agents, state specialists and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Family and Consumer Sciences personnel the opportunity to develop new leadership skills and improve their ability to fulfill UGA Extension’s mission of helping Georgians become healthier, more productive, financially independent and environmentally responsible.“One of our most important goals as an organization is to empower emerging leaders so that they are ready to take the reins as a generation of veteran agents, specialists and administrators retire,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for Extension in CAES and director for UGA Extension. “We have a young workforce, and we’re investing in them because they represent the future of UGA Extension.”According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, 10,000 baby boomers retire each day in the United States, thinning the experienced leadership benches at many companies and institutions. In an effort to prevent the loss of skilled leadership inside UGA Extension, administrators have developed Extension Academy, among other programs, to prepare leaders to enter roles as long-serving Extension agents and program managers retire.In September, the 2016-2017 cohort of Extension Academy will gather in Athens for their first of three leadership institutes. Each three-day institute will offer intensive personal and professional development training facilitated by the CAES Office of Learning and Organizational Development. This year’s Extension Academy participants serve in a variety of roles. They include:Lindsey Barner, CAES business office senior budget analystGreg Bowman, Gordon County Extension coordinatorStephanie Butcher, Coweta County Extension coordinatorTim Daly, Gwinnett County Extension coordinatorTerri Fullerton, Newton County 4-H Youth Development agent Kevin Livingston, Douglas County Agriculture and Natural Resources agent Stephanie Myers, Evans County Extension coordinatorAbby Smith, Effingham County Extension coordinator Rachel Stewart, Tattnall County Extension coordinatorChris Tyson, Tattnall County Agriculture and Natural Resources agentTim Coolong, state Extension vegetable specialistMandy Marable, state 4-H Youth Development specialistScott Carlson, Tift County Extension CoordinatorAshley Davis, Tift County 4-H Youth Development agentMitzi Parker, Sumter County Family and Consumer Sciences agent Julia Steed, Lanier County 4-H Youth Development agent
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OilPrice.com:Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has pulled out of a planned investment in the Saguenay LNG project in Quebec, Canada, suggesting that harder times are ahead for the country’s LNG ambitions.CBC reports the investment company had shelved its plan to put $3 billion (C$4 billion) into the $7.1-billion (C$9.5-billion) LNG project because of the “current Canadian political context,” according to a spokeswoman for the company behind the project, GNL Québec.The news is the latest sign that all may not be well for Canadian LNG plans. Last year, there were reports that Chevron was planning to sell its stake in the Kitimat LNG project, as was Australia’s Woodside Petroleum, amid a growing LNG glut. Now, on top of the glut, the LNG industry in Canada has been fighting an uphill battle with environmentalist opponents to every new energy project.Last month, environmentalists staged a series of railway blockades in an attempt to stop the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline that should deliver natural gas to the only LNG project that has started construction: the LNG Canada facility in British Columbia.In the second week of February alone, Canadian National Railways had to cancel 400 trains as environmentalists and rights activists blockaded rail lines and ports, as well as road intersections and government offices as a demonstration of solidarity with members of a First Nation, the Wet’suwet’en, who oppose the Coastal Gaslink pipeline.The blockades only began to be taken down this week, after Wet’suwet’en chiefs reached an agreement with representatives of the federal and British Columbian governments to resolve some of the problems around the Coastal GasLink project. The opponents, however, stand ready to resume the protests if they feel the need to do it, which has substantially heightened the uncertainty around Canada’s LNG plans.[Irina Slav]More: Buffett pulls out of Canadian LNG project as opposition intensifies Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway pulls out of $7.1 billion Saguenay LNG project in Canada
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Carols trickling from retailers’ speakers signal the start of the holiday shopping season, and consumers are gearing up to give their wallets a workout.The last months of the year can put an anxiety-inducing burden on personal finances. Consumers, on average, have charged about $5,400 to credit cards during the fourth quarter in the past four years, according to data from credit agency TransUnion. And U.S. shoppers are expected to spend about $805 each during the holidays this year, according to the National Retail Federation.At least some shoppers are feeling good enough to spend more than last year. Deloitte’s holiday survey of more than 4,000 people found that 19% plan to spend more this year, the highest share who said so since the recession.Staying on track when you’re bombarded with enticing deals for two months straight can be difficult, which is why savvy holiday shoppers need a game plan, financial advisers say. Here’s how to break down your spending, plus a rundown of the days with the best deals. continue reading » 91SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr