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Starbucks closes most US, Canada cafes, moves to drive-through

first_imgStarbucks Corp said on Friday it will close most of its company operated cafes across north America for two weeks, limiting its services to drive-throughs, to help stem the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.”Let’s be real. Lattes aren’t ‘essential’,” Rossann Williams, president of US company-operated and Canada businesses, said in a letter. “But in times of crisis, the government asks convenient food and beverage outlets to remain open when possible for pickup, Drive Thru, or delivery.”Exceptions to the closure would be made for cafes serving in or around hospitals and health care centers, she said. Starbucks, which owns almost all US stores, said its licensed partners would make independent decisions about whether to close their stores, but said it would pay all store partners for the next 30 days, regardless of that decision.The move ramps up efforts by the world’s largest coffee chain to increase social distancing, expanding closures beyond the universities, malls and high risk areas it announced several days ago.As the virus spreads at a rapid pace across the United States, cafe and restaurant operators have shut their doors or limited services to delivery and take-away.New York state, Illinois and Connecticut on Friday all followed California in directing residents to stay at home in the most sweeping social distancing measures yet imposed.The unprecedented restrictions, impacting more than 75 million people, or nearly a quarter of the US population, have closed most workplaces and require residents to remain inside except for trips to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and other “essential businesses.”The coronavirus has infected nearly 14,400 people across the US and the death toll currently exceeds 200.Topics :last_img read more

High ceilings, contemporary fittings and beautiful landscaping are features of this newly-renovated home

first_img63 Barton Rd, Hawthorne“It was a bit more luxurious than all the others that I looked at.’’In preparation for selling, Mr Tavakol had spent the past three months renovating the Hawthorne home. 63 Barton Rd, HawthorneAn opportunity to buy on the riverfront is the only reason Jason Tavakol is offering his 63 Barton Rd, Hawthorne, home for sale.He believed the Barton Rd home was nicer than his new acquisition, but said because he owned a boat, it was a matter of upgrading and moving closer to the water.When he bought the Barton Rd home in 2009, it was the location and size which appealed to Mr Tavakol. 63 Barton Rd, HawthorneMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago“I brought it back up to today’s modern standard. It needed a little bit of an update,’’ he said.“Now it looks like a brand new house, like it was when I bought it. Some of the appliances have been updated, so it’s modern with today’s standards.“I just wanted it like brand new, I want whoever buys it to really buy the house in the standard that I bought it back then.’’Mr Tavakol said it was the main bedroom and living area which were his favourite parts of the house.There was no landscaping when he bought the property.“The landscaping we did was really for me to enjoy, so I probably spent a bit more money on it than a builder would have to sell the house.’’“I really enjoy the outdoor area because it is beautiful.’’ 63 Barton Rd, Hawthorne“We looked at several houses in that location and this one just stood out because it had really high ceilings, it was ultra modern and it had basically all the features, but it just was a lot bigger than all of the other competing houses that I looked at. The land was a little bit bigger, it just had everything,’’ he said. 63 Barton Rd, HawthorneInside are polished hardwood floors, travertine tiles and wool carpets, plus three-metre high ceilings.On the ground floor was a guest bedroom or study, and the open plan kitchen, living and dining room.This area leads out through glass sliding doors onto a large outdoor entertainment area, with a swimming pool and gardens.The remaining bedrooms were on the upper level, two with ensuites, and there was a media room on this level as well as a storage room and main bathroom.The home has airconditioning, security, an intercom, solar power and a water tank.There were city views and it was close to parklands and the Oxford St restaurant and shopping precinct. DETAILS 63 Barton Rd, HawthorneAgent: Roger Carr, 0403 181 310, Samantha Panarello, 0433 712 971, Ray White – BulimbaAuction: Sunday, September 10, 11AMlast_img read more

Celebrity Partners Up with Ghana University on Recruiting Female Bridge Officers

first_imgUS-based cruise line Celebrity Cruises has entered into a partnership with the Regional Maritime University (RMU) in Ghana which will enable female bridge officers to be openly recruited from a West African country for the first time in the cruise industry. As informed, on August 27, 2017, the cruise line will welcome the first official crew member from the Celebrity Cadet Program, RMU Cadet Nicholine Tifuh Azirh, who will join the bridge team onboard Celebrity Equinox.The partnership with RMU came about when Celebrity’s President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo met with students from the Mandela Washington Fellowship at Florida International University (FIU). There, the CEO met Tifuh Azirh who shared her “inspiring story of perseverance”. Tifuh Azirh holds two degrees, yet following graduation she struggled to find opportunities in the maritime industry as an African female despite her academic performance, subsequent teaching at RMU, and cadet experience.“After hearing Nicholine’s story, I met with our SVP of Global Marine Operations, Patrik Dahlgren, to see what we needed to do in order to give her, and others, the opportunities they’ve earned. A year later, I’m so excited to share the news of our partnership with RMU and to welcome Nicholine on board,” Lutoff-Perlo said.“Nicholine isn’t just a new-hire, she symbolizes hope for women around the world who dream of working in a very male-dominated industry; she’s the face of our industry-leading partnership,” Lutoff-Perlo added.“Nicholine’s success is our entire world’s success. Her story shows the power of win-win partnerships and the positive impact they have on our communities – and beyond,” Mark B. Rosenberg, FIU President, commented.“The goal of our partnership with RMU is to inspire and disrupt the social norms that burden female officers in western African nations, such as Ghana,” Patrik Dahlgren, SVP of Global Marine Operations, Celebrity Cruises, pointed out.“Nicholine is our pioneer cadet and a pioneer for women in her country; moving forward, we will continue to evaluate candidates and continue to push the envelope in developing a growth sector for marine officers in a part of the world that traditionally underserves female officers,” Dahlgren concluded.last_img read more

I will prove my worth, Nigeria’s Benfica full-back Ebuehi tells Twente

first_img The former ADO Den Haag defender is delighted to sign for the Pride of the East and looks forward to making his contribution to the club. Ebuehi has eight appearances for Nigeria since he made his debut against Togo in a friendly in June 2017. He will hope to feature consistently for Twente to boost his chances of being recalled for national team assignments. Benfica technical director, Jan Steuer, hopes the Nigeria international will add value to the team, given his experience at ADO Den Haag. “It is great that we can add Tyronne Ebuehi to our selection. In his time at ADO Den Haag, Tyronne has shown to be a talented player,” Steuer said. “It is not without reason that he was selected for the national team of Nigeria and played at the 2018 World Cup. “In his first year with Benfica, Tyronne had a difficult season due to an injury, but last year he made his appearance for Benfica B. He is top fit and will hopefully be able to fully join our selection soon. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Dutch Eredivisie side, Twente, have announced the signing of Tyronne Ebuehi on a season-long loan from Portuguese club Benfica with the option of signing him permanently. The defender joined the Estadio da Luz outfit in May 2018 after impressing for Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia and penned a five-year deal with the side. Ebuehi said he was delighted to sign for the Dutch side and he will try and prove his worth. “It feels great to be here at FC Twente. The conversations I had with the club were very positive and I am looking forward to playing here,” Ebuehi told the club website. “In the past, I played against FC Twente with ADO. Twente is a big club and I want to prove myself here, but of course, also help the club.” The 24-year-old, however, suffered a career-threatening injury two months after teaming up with the Eagles in a Champions Cup defeat by Juventus. The defender subsequently missed the whole of the 2018-19 season and has not made a single league appearance for the Portuguese club since joining the side. Ebuehi has, however, featured four times for Benfica B since he returned from injury and has teamed up with the Dutch outfit to reignite his career.Advertisement Loading…last_img read more

Leon Balogun joins Wigan on loan

first_imgRelatedPosts Leeds record first Premier League win in seven-goal thriller Leeds host first Premier League game after 16 years EPL: Salah nets hat-trick as Liverpool beat Leeds in seven-goal thriller Wigan Athletic completed the loan signing of defender Leon Balogun from Brighton & Hove Albion until the end of the 2019-20 season, subject to EFL, Premier League and FA approval. Balogun, 31, completed the move late on Deadline Day and is unavailable for Latics’ clash at Leeds United on Saturday. The Nigeria international signed for Brighton in 2018, having spent his career in Germany, featuring in the Bundesliga for Hannover 96, Werder Bremen, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Mainz 05. With over 200 career league appearances and 32 international caps to his name, Balogun brings useful experience to Paul Cook’s defence for the final 17 games of the season.Tags: Deadline dayFortuna DusseldorfLeeds UnitedLeon BalogunWiganWigan Athleticlast_img read more

Schmidt: Sexton set to face Italy

first_img “I think one of the things is there’s a bit of distance. “There were some discussions with [Racing coach] Laurent Labit who was not in the country.” Versatile Ulster forward Iain Henderson will win his ninth cap and first Six Nations start against the Azzurri, replacing Peter O’Mahony at blindside flanker. The 22-year-old back-five forward slots in with boss Schmidt not risking Munster captain O’Mahony, who failed to come through training on Thursday. Iconic centre O’Driscoll will make his final Dublin appearance in Ireland colours this weekend ahead of his summer retirement, with captain Paul O’Connell branding the 35-year-old “embarrassed” by the world’s gaze. Munster lock O’Connell light-heartedly admitted Ireland would hold their talisman midfielder that little bit tighter, on his last-ever Ireland turn at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland, France, Wales and England can all yet claim the championship crown. O’Connell said O’Driscoll is desperate not to let his final throes conflict with Ireland’s aims of pushing towards that still-attainable Six Nations title. “There’s been nothing specific said, he’s a bit embarrassed by it all,” said O’Connell. “I suppose he’s working hard on looking after his body, so he just wants to focus on that. “He’s a quiet guy, an understated guy, he’s a bit embarrassed and he just wants to focus on finishing as well as he can, without any distractions. “The whole thing is definitely in the back of your mind, it’s hard to get away from, with the papers and the media. “It’s hard to think what life will be like without him, but at the moment there’s been very little mention of it from staff, players or Brian himself, and I’m sure that’s the way he’d like it.” Former Leinster coach Schmidt admitted Munster flanker O’Mahony has been held back for the Six Nations closer against France in Paris on Saturday, March 15. “If this was the last game of the Six Nations we might have risked Peter,” said Schmidt. ” But there was a risk. “He didn’t train today, and that was the difference. “If he’d trained fully we would have included him but he wasn’t able. “I’d be really confident for him about Paris next week.” Sexton has beaten a thumb ligament strain in time to win selection for Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy in Dublin on Saturday. The 28-year-old proved his fitness by training fully on Thursday, ahead of Ireland’s penultimate Six Nations fixture, where Brian O’Driscoll will set a new world record for Test appearances by reaching 140. Racing threw Sexton’s Six Nations into doubt by last week predicting the thumb injury sustained in 13-10 England defeat could last anywhere from 10 days to six weeks. Ireland bosses quickly rejected that assessment, a move that has now been vindicated with Sexton’s selection to face Italy. “I have absolutely no concerns about selecting Johnny, he is fully fit,” said Schmidt. “It was a sprained thumb, and he finished the [England] game. “There was bruising, and it’s gone.” Racing flogged big-money recruit Sexton with 13 games in 10 weeks in the autumn, leading to a hamstring injury that left Schmidt to admit Ireland had “lost control” of their star playmaker. Ireland chiefs have struggled to foster relations with Paris club Racing’s coaching staff, but Schmidt has now rejected any problem. “Racing have been pretty good value, they understand Johnny’s a pretty important shared resource,” said Schmidt, keen to avoid any conflict with Sexton’s Top 14 club side. Ireland have no conflict of interest with Racing Metro over fly-half Johnny Sexton, according to head coach Joe Schmidt. Press Associationlast_img read more

Broadcast deals mean huge windfall

first_imgThe Premier League champions stand to rake in £95million from TV money this season while even the bottom club will earn £63million. The Premier League has confirmed its merit money payments of £1.2million for every place each club finishes up the table, rising to £24million for the champions. That represents a 60% rise on last season. Facility fees of £750,000 will be paid to a club for every live TV appearance, with a minimum payment of £7.5million. There has been no confirmation from the league of the equal shares that will be paid to clubs for domestic and overseas broadcasting deals, but they are expected to rise by 60% and 70% respectively – in line with the increases in those deals – to £23million and £32million per club. The huge rise in income should help a number of clubs turn their financial fortunes around, especially if they have been able to minimise wage bill rises for players this season. How the Premier League payments will be calculated: :: £1.2million paid for every place a club finishes in the league, up to £24million for the champions. :: facility fees of £750,000 for every time a club appears on a live TV match, with a minimum of £7.5million. :: equal share from domestic broadcast deals – not yet confirmed but expected to be around 60% increase to £23million per club. :: equal share from overseas broadcast deals – not yet confirmed but expected to be around 70% increase to £32million per club. The huge value of new £5.5billion Premier League broadcast deals will be highlighted by the fact that whoever finishes bottom of the table on Sunday should earn more from TV money than the £60.8million Manchester United were paid after winning the league last season. The new champions are expected to be paid £35million more, and the bottom club around £24million more than QPR earned after finishing bottom last season. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pistons player tests positive for coronavirus…Abe says Games will go on…Pac-12 postponements

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDETROIT (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Pistons forward Christian Wood has contracted the virus and is feeling fine. The team confirmed it had a player who tested positive without revealing his name. Wood’s diagnosis was revealed one week after he played against the Utah Jazz, spending much of that night matched up with Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’). The NBA opted to suspend its season Wednesday, immediately after Gobert became the first league player to test positive.TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH’-bay) says his country still intends to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo as planned. He says the virus outbreak hasn’t reached a point in Japan that requires him to declare a national emergency like the United States and parts of Europe. Abe says Japan is continuing to “coordinate well” with the International Olympic Committee. President Donald Trump suggested this week that Japan should consider postponing the Olympics, which are scheduled to open July 24.UNDATED (AP) — The Pac-12 Conference has canceled all spring sports and championships following a meeting of conference executives and athletic directors. The conference also announced that all organized team activities are not allowed until at least March 29, when that decision will be revisited. The smaller Southland Conference also announced a similar move. Pistons player tests positive for coronavirus…Abe says Games will go on…Pac-12 postponements March 15, 2020 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have released relief pitcher Hunter Strickland in a series of moves by the reigning World Series champs. Strickland was expected to stabilize Washington’s bullpen after being acquired from Seattle at the July 31 trade deadline last season, but he recorded a 5.14 ERA in 21 innings over 24 appearances for the Nationals. He didn’t pitch for the Nats during the postseason.NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — Rick Pitino is the new head basketball coach at Iona, replacing Tim Cluess. Pitino was the first coach to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four, doing it with Louisville, Kentucky and Providence. He won national championships with the 2013 Cardinals and 1996 Wildcats, although his Louisville title was vacated over NCAA violations involving the team’s director of basketball operations. The 67-year-old Pitino has a 770-271 overall record in college.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Hobbling Root fires England to easy win over Bangladesh

first_imgBy Ed OsmondLONDON, England (Reuters) – Joe Root shrugged off an ankle injury to hit a superb unbeaten 133 and lead England to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the opening Champions Trophy game at The Oval yesterday.Alex Hales made 95 and captain Eoin Morgan 75 not out as hosts England overhauled their target of 306 with 16 balls to spare, the highest successful run-chase in the tournament’s history.The day had started badly for England, bidding to win their first global 50-over trophy, when all-rounder Chris Woakes limped off due to a side strain after bowling two overs.Tamim Iqbal struck a fluent 128 and shared a 166-run partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim to push Bangladesh to a competitive total of 305 for six.Jason Roy’s wretched run continued when he was brilliantly caught at short fine leg for one but Root and Hales calmed England’s nerves with a second-wicket partnership of 159.Hales was the chief aggressor but straight after hitting a four and a six off consecutive balls from Sabbir Rahman he fell five runs short of his century, caught at deep mid-wicket.Root, hobbling between the wickets, manoeuvred the ball around calmly and he and Morgan were always in control of the chase in an unbroken partnership of 143.Root posted his 10th one-day international century, off 115 deliveries, and hit one six and 11 fours in his highest score in this format of the game.Morgan had won the toss in sunny conditions and asked Bangladesh to bat, but Tamim and Soumya Sarkar carefully added 56 for the first wicket before the latter was caught on the cover point boundary for 28.Imrul Kayes, on 19, was brilliantly caught by a diving Mark Wood at mid-on but Mushfiqur and Tamim gradually accelerated the scoring rate with crisp strokes around the ground to wild cheers from the pockets of flag-waving Bangladesh fans in a lively crowd.Ben Stokes and Tamim were involved in a verbal altercation as tempers frayed but the left-hander reached his century off 124 balls, including two sixes and 11 fours.Tamim skied Liam Plunkett to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and Mushfiqur was caught in the deep for 79 off the next ball, allowing England to restrict the boundary flow in the closing overs and keep the Bangladesh total down.Australia and New Zealand are the other teams in Group A with the top two advancing to the semi-finals.last_img read more

Ramdhani siblings dominate 2019 Canadian Badminton tournament

first_imgCONTINUED magic from Ramdhani siblings, Narayan and Priyanna, lit up things at the Yonex Alberta Series #1 Tournament held at the Sunridge Badminton Centre in Calgary Alberta, Canada.When the series, lasting October 4-5 2019, got under way, the Guyanese badminton aces bagged numerous titles. Priyanna eventually went on to capture another career Women Singles title as well as the Doubles B-Flight, bettering her brother Narayan who won just the Mixed Doubles title despite strong performances.Squaring off against some high-calibre players, some of whom are ranked number one according to Pan American rankings, Priyanna who gained a bye in the semis made light work of Calgary Winter Club’s Carol Fu in the Women’s Singles B-Flight, destroying her 21-10 and 21-13 in the finals.Priyanna then joined forces with Mary Smith as they further inflicted woes upon Fu and her club-mate Jessica Leung, thumping the duo 21-14 and 21-13 in their Doubles B-Flight encounter. The Women’s A-Flight Singles was also a lopsided event as Ivy Ung of Derrick Golf and Winter Club lost to Ramdhani 21-16 and 21-3 in the Quarter-finals. The Semi-Finals witnessed Ramdhani endure a 3-set loss 21-11, 14-21 and 21-13 to the talented Reshma Bhambhani, a No# 2 seed representing the B-Active Badminton Club. Her brother, on the other hand, found luck as Narayan teamed up with Smith to hand Archelle Ouano and Ung a two-set defeat 21-15 and 21-5 in the Mixed event which saw them win the titles.Priyanna and Smith had mixed fortunes as the tourney progressed in the latter stages, losing: 21-14 and 21-14 to No. 1 seeds Emily Chan and Samantha Hsu of The Glencoe Club & B-Active Badminton Club Semi-Finals. However, the Guyanese siblings then bounced back to defeat the Quanos, Archangelo and Archelle, in sets 21-17, 21-15.In the end, supremacy was shown by the Ramdhanis who whipped Viro Hang and Ung easily in the finals after two sets 21-12, 21-15 as the pair of Badminton masters continued to impress and represent Guyana on the international scene.last_img read more