Sara Lee sales rise

first_imgUS bakery, drinks and household products company Sara Lee Corporation announced last week that net sales for its international bakery segment rose 5% to $199m in the second quarter ending 30 December, driven by favorable foreign currency exchange rates.But volumes in its international bakery business were flat in the quarter, it said. Volume growth in its Australian frozen bakery business was offset by lower unit volumes for its fresh bakery business in Spain.In the second quarter and first half of fiscal year 2007, the Spanish fresh bakery’s results were negatively impacted by the loss of private label business with a large supermarket chain and competitive pressure from private label in the fresh bread category, said the company.Sara Lee is focusing on its cost structure and by launching new branded products such as Bimbo White Crust bread, a sliced crustless bread.Sara Lee said net sales grew in all six of its business segments, with particularly strong growth in North American retail bakery, up 8%, international beverage, up 13%, and household and body care, up 13%.last_img read more

Press release: Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Nepal – November 2019

first_img 2014 to 2016 No.10, Assistant Private Secretary to the Prime Minister 2013 to 2014 FCO, Deputy Head, Crisis Management Department 2017 to present FCO, Additional Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Directorate Ms Nicola Pollitt has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in succession to Mr Richard Morris who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms Pollitt will take up her appointment during November 2019.CURRICULUM VITAEFull name: Nicola Kathryn PollittHusband: Mark PerrinChildren: One daughter and one son Further information 2006 to 2009 Oslo, Second Secretary (Political) 2010 to 2011 Kabul, Head, Political Team For journalists 2011 to 2013 Cabinet Office, Senior Policy Advisor for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indiacenter_img Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn 2016 to 2017 FCO, Somalia Conference Coordinator Email [email protected] 2003 to 2004 FCO, Head of Child Abduction Unit, Consular Directorate Media enquiries 2004 to 2006 FCO, Desk Officer for EU Policy on Asia, EU Directorate Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebooklast_img read more

Prince Is Writing An ‘Unconventional And Poetic’ Memoir

first_imgPrince doesn’t let out much about himself. In fact, part of what makes him Prince is his unique level of mystery. Though over the last couple of months, he’s provided a level of intimacy with fans during his Piano & A Microphone tour, telling stories and performing songs from a career-spanning setlist.According to Rolling Stone, Prince will be publishing a memoir due out in the fall of 2017. Publishers Spiegel & Grau describe the autobiography as “an unconventional and poetic journey through his life and creative work.” From the artist who has ultimate control over sharing his music, we look forward to reading what The Purple One shares in his writing.Prince Has Allowed Us To Watch His Mystical Cover Of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’The book’s working title is “The Beautiful Ones” and was announced by Prince himself at an event in New York City on Friday night. “This is my first [book]. My brother Dan is helping me with it. He’s a good critic and that’s what I need. He’s not a ‘yes’ man at all and he’s really helping me get through this,” Prince told the audience, according to ABC News. “We’re starting from the beginning from my first memory and hopefully we can go all the way up to the Super Bowl.”Watch Prince Destroy Solo On Beatles Cover With Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, And MoreThe memoir is said to feature the “people, places and ideas that fired his imagination” and will hopefully give light to the chapters of his life that inspired so many years of timeless music. “Prince is a towering figure in global culture and his music has been the soundtrack for untold numbers of people — including me — for more than a generation; his creative genius has provided the musical landscape of our lives,” said Executive Editor of Spiegel & Grau Chris Jackson. “Millions of words have been written about Prince — books and articles, essays and criticism — but we’re thrilled to be publishing Prince’s powerful reflections on his own life in his own incandescently vivid, witty, and poetic voice.”It’s an exciting time to be a Prince fan.last_img read more


first_imgTommy Amaker came to Harvard from big-time college basketball. After playing and coaching at Duke University, one of the country’s top teams and a national champion, Amaker became the youngest head coach in the history of the Big East Conference, leading Seton Hall to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Division I Tournament. At the University of Michigan, a Big Ten stalwart, Amaker’s squad won the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in 2004.So how did he feel when he watched his team struggle through an 8-22 campaign during his first season at Harvard?“I was very pleased,” he says. “When we were 8-22, we were trying to establish a style that requires a lot from our players. They were willing to work and listen and give their best.”Two seasons later, Harvard men’s basketball has experienced a remarkable turnaround. After a 14-14 campaign in 2008-09 — during which the Crimson beat 17th-ranked Boston College and bested Ivy rival Penn for the first time in 20 years — Harvard posted a 21-8 record in 2009-10, its best ever.“We were incredibly excited to reach the milestone,” says Amaker. “Not only did we win the most games, but it was probably the toughest schedule in the history of our program. I was very proud of our kids.”Lin leads wayAmaker attributes Harvard’s success to the commitment of the players, who have had to adjust to a fast-paced style in which blocks, steals, and turnovers on the defensive end lead to transition baskets. At the same time, he pointed to the critical contribution of one extraordinary player: Jeremy Lin ’10.“Jeremy Lin’s impact was phenomenal,” Amaker says. “He led and drove our team.”During his college career (2006-10), Lin became the first player in the history of the Ivy League to record at least 1,450 points, 450 rebounds, 400 assists, and 200 steals. He also played more games than anyone in Harvard men’s basketball history, and was among the top five in points, assists, and steals.“Our system allowed Jeremy’s talents to come to the forefront,” Amaker says. “We create offense from our defense and get into transition quickly. It’s high-scoring, exciting, and entertaining basketball.”Though he was undrafted after graduation from Harvard, Lin signed a two-year contract with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors in July. When the season starts and he steps on the court, he will become the first Crimson alumnus to play in the NBA in 57 years.“Jeremy’s success speaks volumes for Harvard and the Ivy League,” says Amaker. “Playing in the NBA was his dream, but it was also a hurdle our program had to get over in order to attract quality recruits. It shows how we prepare and develop players. Now, there’s no barrier to entry. Jeremy shows that it’s possible to go to Harvard and play in the NBA.”The next stepLast season, Harvard was one of three Ivy League teams to win 21 games or more. Cornell posted an astonishing 29-5 record and an equally impressive 13-1 mark in league play.Amaker says he expects the fight for the Ivy championship and the conference’s only NCAA berth to be just as tough this year.“Penn and Princeton have been the two pillars of our league forever,” he says. “Cornell has won the title three years in a row, with a tremendous effort last year in particular. Parity has seeped into a lot of conferences in college basketball, but especially in the Ivy League. It makes for an interesting time.”While the team can’t expect to replace the contribution of a player like Lin, Amaker says Harvard will field a strong squad this season, led by last year’s Rookie of the Year, Kyle Casey ’13.“Kyle’s a local kid and a sensational player,” Amaker says. “I’m hopeful we’ll see him grow and develop into our best player and our hardest worker, just as Jeremy was.”Casey says that he’s up to the challenge and that he and his teammates will draw on their coach for motivation and intensity.“Coach Amaker is hands-on,” he says. “He pushes to get the best out of us. That’s what I like. He’s defensive-minded. His energy flows right down the line through the coaches, the team, and the managers. If you look at his eyes, you can see the fire.”Casey and Amaker will have help from some top recruits, including 6’8” forward Keith Wright ’12, 6’5” wing man Christian Webster ’13, and 6’1” point guard Brandyn Curry ’13.“Brandyn ended last year on fire,” Casey says. “If everyone does their job, we’ll be fine without Jeremy.”Looking to the future, Amaker understands the recruiting challenges at a school with Harvard’s academic standards and aging facilities. Still, he refuses to put a limit on how far the program can go, saying that he hopes one day to compete with top schools like Stanford and Duke.“We can do that,” he says. “It’s the reason I came on board. Harvard is at the top of virtually every other category in higher education. There’s no reason why it can’t happen with athletics. We’re working, and a special program worthy of Harvard is our ultimate goal.”last_img read more

BAVO starts year with picnic

first_imgOn Thursday, Saint Mary’s students took a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault by participating in a NO MORE Campaign picnic hosted by the Belles Against Violence Office, director Connie Adams said.  “We wanted to do it at the beginning of the academic year to really kick off the year, reconnect and share what we’re about, encourage students to get involved and provide an opportunity for students to reconnect with the office,” Adams said.  The Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO), established nearly four years ago, educates students about sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking, Adams said. Part of the education process includes mandatory Green Dot training for all first-year students, Adams said. Green Dot training is part of a national campaign that encourages students not to ignore acts of violence.  “I get really, really excited to see the excitement that is coming from [first-year students],” Adams said. “They are recognizing they have the power to really reduce violence and really have an impact in our community.” Senior Elizabeth Burzynzki, a member of the BAVO Student Advisory Committee, said she recognized the importance of the cause when Adams spoke at her first-year orientation. “[When I was a first-year,] I thought the mandatory meetings about sexual assault were interesting,” Burzynzki said. “It’s like, ‘Yeah, this is a real issue, this is a human issue, this is something I need to get behind.’”  Adams said the Clothesline Project, a national initiative that bears witness to violence against women by decorating T-shirts, organized an important station at Thursday’s picnic.  “Girls can go and decorate a T-shirt, and then we’ll keep the T-shirt,” Adams said. “Later on in the year, we display [them] in the Student Center and then we also display [them] in the library,” Adams said.  Adams said she hopes the project’s light atmosphere will promote a positive, hopeful image of fighting sexual assault and violence. Hopefully, students will recognize this hope and get involved with BAVO this year, she said.  “Generally speaking, in our society when we talk about these issues, the initial reaction is kind of a loss of a sense of hope,” Adams said. “But when we start talking about ways that we can do something and [take] feasible steps to prevent violence, there’s power in that. That’s really exciting and it builds that hope up. I really feel that’s the core of what we’re about.”  Applications to join a BAVO programming committee are available at http://reslifesmc.wufoo.com/forms/bavo-programming-committee-application-z7z8q3/. They are due Sept. 9.  Contact Emilie Kefalas at [email protected]last_img read more

Bill would help pay off state attorneys’, PDs’ student loans

first_img March 1, 2002 Regular News More law school graduates may take jobs in public service, thanks to a bill passed by the House Judicial Oversight Committee in mid-February.HB 307 by Reps. Jerry Paul, R-Port Charlotte, and Jack Seiler, D-Ft. Lauderdale, would require the Justice Administrative Commission to provide financial assistance for assistant state attorneys and public defenders with law school student loans.“These law school loans are a tremendous burden,” Paul said.Seiler added that the bipartisan bill could help lower the high turnover rate in these jobs and will “help keep the best and the brightest” in public service.“We think that as many as 40 percent of our legal workforce is affected by student loan problems,” Seiler said. “They cannot work a 40- or 50-hour workweek in public service and pay their student loans.”The bill provides that once an assistant state attorney or public defender has served in that position for three years, the commission would make yearly payments of up to $3,000 to the student loan lender on behalf of the lawyer. After six years of continuous service, the payment would increase to up to $5,000.The financial assistance would end upon completion of payment of the loan, completion of 12 years of continuous service, or when the payments have reached the $44,000 cap.Third Circuit State Attorney Jerry Blair, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, praised the bill, saying, “We face a situation where people want to enter public service [but] are really, literally, awash in debt.”Second Circuit Public Defender Nancy Daniels, president of the Florida Public Defenders Association, and more than a dozen public defenders and state attorneys in the audience also voiced their support for the bill.“We’re here holding hands with our colleagues on the other side of the courtroom,” Blair said.The bill will now be heard in Criminal Justice Appropriations before coming before the full House. The Senate version, SB 1138, sponsored by Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, has been referred to the Judiciary, Governmental Oversight and Productivity, and Appropriations committees, as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and the Judiciary. Bill would help pay off state attorneys’, PDs’ student loanscenter_img Bill would help pay off state attorneys’, PDs’ student loanslast_img read more

Green MBO dropped in pricing dispute

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​PKA’s private equity arm opens doors for third-party investment

first_imgThe private equity arm of Danish labour-market pension provider PKA is looking to attract third-party institutional investors to invest in its private markets funds – and expects assets to grow to DKK100bn (€13.4bn) in the next two years.The company has rebranded as Institutional Investment Partners Denmark (IIP Denmark) – it was previously known as PKA AIP Private Funds.In an announcement yesterday, IIP Denmark said it would be “seeking to provide a select few Danish institutional investors access to attractive investment opportunities in private markets” through its existing network as well as partnerships with “new best in class investment managers”.The private equity firm has obtained approval from the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority in order to be able to invest on behalf of others. IIP Denmark was an expansion of its investment platform, PKA said, which had been committing capital to private equity managers globally on behalf of pension fund’s 320,000 members since 2012.The PKA unit said it would continue managing existing commitments while investing its current three-year DKK19bn (€2.5bn) private markets mandate. On top of this, it would also be investing a newly established DKK2bn venture capital mandate. Anette EberhardAnette Eberhard, managing partner of IIP Denmark, told IPE that the firm was investing DKK65bn on behalf of PKA, with that amount was expected to increase.“All together we expect to manage around DKK100bn in two years,” she said.Asked how the addition of third-party investment would benefit PKA’s existing pension funds, Eberhard said: “First of all the third-party investments will lower the cost per Danish krone invested for all IIP investors. Additionally, our platform will consolidate in terms of investment qualifications, governance etc – in short you could call it scale benefits.”“We are pleased to have all the support from PKA and look forward to welcoming new investors,” Eberhard added.PKA announced in April 2018 that it was splitting its alternatives investment arm into two businesses and inviting co-investments – one part of which became AIP Private Funds under Eberhard’s leadership from October 2018.last_img read more

BCCI to wait, watch before fixing IPL schedule

first_imgBCCI and IPL franchise owners have decided to adopt a wait-and-watch approach over when and how to hold the IPL They want to give health and safety of the players and people involved in holding the IPL priority and are likely to discuss its schedule again after two-three weeks, depending on how the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) situation unfolds in India, where, as of Friday, two lives have been lost because of it.The BCCI top brass met top executives of all eight franchises at its headquarters in Mumbai yesterday, including Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan, Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia, after the board had deferred the start of the tournament until April 15.BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that now that two weeks of the schedule was lost, there was no option but to hold a “truncated” IPL, and the board would “assess and monitor” the situation in the country on a weekly basis. Whether the IPL will be truncated in terms of days or matches remains to be seen.“If it is (postponed till) April 15, then in any case 15 days are gone, so it has to be truncated one,” Ganguly said. “How truncated, how many games I can’t say at the moment.”Wadia said that the BCCI, the franchise owners and host broadcaster Star Sports had decided to prioritise people’s health and that they were not concerned by any monetary downsides. Wadia even said he was prepared for the possibility of the IPL not happening at all if the situation did not improve.ESPNcricinfo understands that a few other scheduling options, including a truncated IPL, came up for discussion during the meeting but it was too “premature” to take the discussions forward right now.“The meeting was to discuss the possible scenarios. Number one, most importantly, everyone in India and the world must understand, (neither) the BCCI, nor the IPL or Star is here to gain monetary benefit by having the IPL,” Wadia told reporters after the meeting. “All the stakeholders, especially the BCCI and owners and Star, feel that it is incorrect to think about even one rupee. So we are not interested in money, we are not interested in having any gain from this situation and trying to hold the IPL without a clear understanding of the situation. Having said that, number one is that the health and safety of everyone is looked after.“Number two, we will follow whatever the government direction is.“From a third perspective, no one is in a position to say when it’s going to start. We will review the situation after two-three weeks and hopefully by then the (coronavirus) cases will reduce. We should be clear that the most important thing is health and safety, not (financial) gain at the moment. We are not here to earn money, we are here to serve and protect the people.” Public sentiment needs to be considered too – Shah Rukh KhanESPNcricinfo understands all eight franchises had held a teleconference on Friday to discuss issues that needed the IPL to address at yesterday’s meetings. The main points of discussion were: would the owners want to go ahead with the tournament, should it be played behind closed doors?It was agreed that they did not have much of an option other than following the BCCI and government directive.During that conference Shah Rukh Khan, who stressed that the public’s feelings must assume top priority. “Whatever you do, the common man should not get a feeling that we are pushing for the IPL. It is their sentiment that needs to be considered, too, before any call is taken,” a franchise executive, who was present on the call, said of the point Shah Rukh had made.A day later, Shah Rukh reiterated that stance to the BCCI. “What has to be borne in mind is firstly how does the aam janata (common man) see it? What are their feelings? That has to be looked at along with the other aspects,” is what Shah Rukh is supposed to have said, according to a franchise’s CEO who was present at yesterday’s meeting.BACK-UP OPTIONSBefore deciding to defer IPL 2020 as well as rescheduling the India-South Africa ODI series the BCCI’s top brass, led by its president Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah, met with Uday Shankar, head of Star India, the host broadcaster, in Mumbai on Friday. In 2017 Star had paid a record sum of US$2.55 billion to get the global broadcast rights for the IPL until 2022.One of the points for discussion was stretching the tournament past May 24 – according to the original schedule, the final was scheduled to be held on this date. Keeping in mind the onset of monsoon in the first week of June, the latest cut-off date was set as June 5. At yesterday’s meeting, the franchises were told that tournament could be played until first week of June if needs be.The other options, as reported by ESPNcricinfo on Friday, included the possibility of more double-headers. One other option discussed yesterday was: in the case there would be a government clearance to go ahead with IPL in April, it could be played at limited venues to curtail travel – something many countries are banning people from doing amid the growing outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.The participation of the overseas players was another concern for franchises and BCCI agreed that in case no players from outside India could feature then the tournament might not go ahead. However, with the situation in flux, all stakeholders agreed that it would be prudent to not rush into any decision and instead wait for the BCCI to update the franchises periodically.When asked if any back-up options of rescheduling the tournament were discussed in the meeting that lasted around 90 minutes, Wadia said: “That’s hypothesising. This is not a situation to hypothesise. This is a serious pandemic. Thousands of people have died across the world, luckily only two in India.“As far as your next question, ‘will the foreign players come or not?’ I don’t know. There is a (visa) ban till April 15 and then we’ll see. So if IPL happens, great; if it doesn’t, so be it.”Parth Jindal, co-owner of Delhi Capitals, said BCCI will “probably” call for another meeting with the owners in the coming weeks after “watching” the situation as the board keeps in touch with the Indian government. The central government placed several travel restrictions for people going in and out of India, cancelling all visas until April 15. The government had also said sporting organisations would need to adhere to the health ministry’s guidelines to avoid mass gatherings which had prompted BCCI to think about holding IPL matches in front of empty stands.“We are committed to IPL, we would like IPL to happen but we have to wait and watch based on the virus and how it progresses,” Jindal said.The coronavirus has struck over 100 countries globally, leading to over 5 000 deaths and forcing cancellation and rescheduling of all international and domestic cricket. Soon after the IPL was deferred on Friday, BCCI and Cricket South Africa announced the rescheduling of the remaining two India-South Africa ODIs that were to be played on March 15 (Lucknow) and 18 (Kolkata). The first Australia-New Zealand ODI happened in front of empty stands at the SCG on Friday and the remaining two ODIs as well as the subsequent three-match T20I series were also cancelled yesterday after the New Zealand government imposed travel restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

  Confed Cup: Eunisell Backs Rivers UtdÂ

first_imgEunisell, the official front-of-shirt sponsor of Nigerian side, Rivers United, hascharged the Port-Harcourt club to overcome their Ugandan opponents, Kampala City Council Authority, inTuesday’s CAF Confederation Cup clash, at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port-Harcourt. The Nigerians lost the reverse fixture 1-2 in Kampala and require victory to boost their chances of making it to the knock-out stage. “As front-of-shirt sponsor, Eunisell strongly believes Rivers United can achieve victory, on Tuesday.  The interesting aspect of football is the determination to succeed. You have to fight till the end.“Excellence is our watchword at Eunisell and we believe Rivers United can imbibe same to revive their continental campaign. It is a new beginning and Rivers United can take full control,” Eunisell said in statement made available to the media.Eunisell, a leading global chemical and specialty fluid management company, supplying key products and solutions to a wide base of customers operating in Africa, entered the history books as the first brand to remain front-of-shirt sponsor in the Nigeria Professional Football League for three consecutive seasons. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more