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

NWFL’s Plaudits for Wike, Rivers Angels on Super 4 Victory

first_imgThe management board of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) led by Aisha Falode has congratulated the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and the state owned team, Rivers Angels, for their well-deserved victory at the just concluded 2018/2019 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 championship.The Jewels of Rivers as the team is called defeated hard-fighting newcomers, Confluence Queens of Lokoja, 1-0 at the final of the 2019 NWPL Super 4 on Sunday at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.Cecilia Nku’s well-taken penalty in the second minute proved decisive to hand the Port Harcourt side the enviable trophy and their seventh domestic title in the hotly contested final. Nyesom-Wike Falode, who took special notice of the Rivers State governor’s uncommon and unwavering financial support over the years to the team, insisted that the team awesome and overwhelming dominance of women’s football in the land would not have been possible without the unfailing interest and support of the governor especially as it concerns the welfare of the team and players.“We want to congratulate the Governor of Rivers State, Wike and the newest Nigerian champions, Rivers Angels for their victory at the just concluded 2018/2019 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4.“We have taken keen interest in the governor’s special and passionate interest and support for the team over the years.“We make bold to say that the immediate victory and past victories achieved by the team may not have been possible without the huge financial support of the governor to the team.“Of course, we need not reinstate the obvious that the team happens to be one of those state-owned clubs that earn their salaries regularly.“Aside, we have equally noted that the governor do not joke with the welfare of the team in every aspect of it.“Of course, the saying that, to whom much is given, much is expected, is very apt in describing the many laudable achievements of the team over the years.“Worthy of note is the fact that Rivers Angels are almost the nursery and pool of material for the various national teams.“Rivers Angels are by virtue of their 2018/2019 NWPL Super 4 victory have become instant beneficiaries of the maiden one week tour to Spain courtesy of the LaLiga/NWFL partnership deal,” Falode noted.Additionally, the 2019 Nigerian champions, Rivers Angels, pocketed the championship prize money of N3million and giant trophy. The first runners-up, Confluence Queens took home N2million, while the second runners-up, Bayelsa Queens pocketed N1million for their efforts.The final game was watched by the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Mrs Paulen Tallen, the Youth and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare as well as the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Rt Hon. Phillip Shaibu represented by the Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission, Godwin Dudu-Orumen.Also at the VIP Stand was the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick who was represented by the federation’s First Vice president and Lagos State FA Chairman, Seyi Akinwunmi, the Nigeria Referees Association President, Tade Azeez, former Nigerian internationals and NWFL board members, among other dignitariesShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Florist Nomura dies at age 94

first_imgMONTEBELLO – From her beginnings selling sweet peas along Beverly Boulevard, Masae Nomura eventually became one of Montebello’s long-standing icons as the owner and founder of M’s Flowers. Now friends and family are remembering Nomura as an outspoken example of someone who put action ahead of rhetoric when it came to community involvement. Nomura died at her home May 4 only minutes after returning from the hospital following surgery. She was 94. M’s Flowers employee Rudy Garcia, said Nomura’s wit was quick and straight to the point. Nomura’s trips were the “absolute highlight of her existence,” Heacock said. “I see her death as a passing of the history of Montebello in some respects,” said Heacock, who had known Nomura for 50 years. “Masae played an integral part of many people’s weddings or events. And she gave so generously to every organization there is.” Nomura was born on Sept. 4, 1912 in Huntington Beach but grew up in Montebello. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Evergreen Baptist Church in Rosemead and a graveside service will follow the next morning, Wednesday, at 10 a.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in Los Angeles. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Masae was funny, she really had a wit about her,” said Garcia, 64, who had known Nomura for more than 30 years. “She said it straight. If you made her mad, boy you were going to get it. She’d lay on you like crazy. “But she was the most generous person I know. I can’t say enough about her,” he added. Family members say over the years Nomura has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and flowers to different residents, events, organizations and causes. Consequently, Nomura has been recognized many times over by the city, the California state legislature and numerous community service organizations. One of Nomura’s favorite pastimes was gambling and she looked forward to regular trips to Las Vegas, said Montebello Realtor and family friend Darrell Heacock. last_img read more

Will new car maintain its value?

first_imgHowever, vehicles with radical interiors and exteriors will likely lose more of their value, as they will not appeal to the mainstream public after five years, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champNerad said vehicles that maintain their value best are quality-built and have brands that generate a lot of excitement among consumers. Volkswagen, the best resale brand on the list, has an enthusiasm around its brand that’s atypical in the industry, he said.“Volkswagen owners are evangelistic about their vehicles and this translates into good resale value,” Nerad said. “That’s because as you buy a Volkswagen, even as a used vehicle, you’re kind of joining a club that’s excited about the vehicle.”On average, a vehicle will retain just 35percent of its original value after five years of use. In other words, buying a new car today for $20,000 will mean you’ll get just $7,000 for it in five years.When buying a car with an eye to resale value, Nerad said shoppers should consider choosing a popular color and optimal equipment.“Vehicles that have really compelling styling, something interesting or remarkable about them do very well in resale value and do very well in the marketplace overall,” Nerad said, while choosing a traditional or classic style will generally stand the test of time. By Christopher HintonMarketWatchNEW YORK – A new car can be a rotten investment, losing a chunk of its value when the buyer drives off the lot. But some autos hold their value over time better than others – even among sports cars like the Chevy Corvette, a new survey shows.Irvine, Calif.-based Kelley Blue Book named General Motor’s Corvette, BMW’s Mini Cooper and the Volkswagen Jetta among the top 10 models that should retain more of their original value by 2013 than the average vehicle.Japanese economy cars like ToyotaZZTO Motor Co.’s Scion tC and Scion xB and HondaZZTO Motor’s popular Civic also made the list. But so did luxury cars like Nissan’s Infiniti G37, said Kelley, which provides estimates for used car prices.Many domestic vehicles, and some second-tier imports such as Kia and Suzuki, were found at the bottom of the list, said Jack Nerad, executive market analyst with Kelley Blue Book in an interview with MarketWatch.last_img read more