Cooks takes a different tack

first_imgRetail bakery chain Cooks the Bakery has revealed it currently has 100 outlets, down from 121 at the start of the year.The company, formerly Three Cooks, had 158 shops when it went into administration in November 2006. Chairman Geoff Peppiatt bought 121 of the shops from administrators, renaming the business Cooks the Bakery.He said he has put a store refurbishment project and a roll-out of a new-look ’Cooks’ fascia on hold.Instead, he was “concentrating on other areas of the business”, he told British Baker. He declined to give details, but indicated that these include special projects, such as a healthy canteen partnership at a comprehensive school in Maidenhead, which Cooks introduced in September 2006.last_img read more

Telly Leung & More Join Off-B’way’s The World of Extreme Happiness

first_img View Comments The Manhattan Theatre Club production will feature set design by Mimi Lien, costumes by Jenny Mannis, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau and sound design by Mikhail Fiksel. The World of Extreme Happiness Directed by Eric Ting, the play follows Sunny (Lim), a woman determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny’s bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events. Related Showscenter_img In addition to Glee and Godspell, Leung has appeared in Wicked, Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song and Rent. Saito’s stage credits include The King and I and Golden Child on Broadway, as well as Durango at the Public Theater, for which he won an Obie Award. Song has appeared on the D.C. stage in The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Marie Antoinette and Yellow Face. Glee and Godspell star/Broadway.com vlogger Telly Leung, along with James Saito and Sue Jin Song, will appear in the world premiere of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s The World of Extreme Happiness. They join the previously announced Francis Jue, Jennifer Lim and Jo Mei. Performances will begin on February 3 at New York City Center—Stage I. Opening night is set for February 24. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015last_img read more

Wells River Savings Appoints Judy Lavely Chief Operating Officer

first_imgWells River Savings Appoints Judy Lavely Chief Operating OfficerWELLS RIVER, VT-Frank Tilghman, Executive Vice President of Wells River Savings, has announced the promotion of Judy Lavely to Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In making the announcement, Tilghman said, “With the addition of our new offices and the increasing importance of electronic banking, we felt that it was important to bring on a COO who will oversee all operations. Judy, who’s been with us for four years, has such a broad background in banking-including as an operations officer-that we knew she’d be the ideal person to step into this new position.”Lavely has more than three decades of experience in working at Vermont banks, and has worked in virtually every facet of retail banking industry. She began her career as a customer service representative and loan assistant, and has served as branch manager, loan officer, operations officer, and vice president of retail lending. She has also served as product manager for a banking software company.”I’m very excited about having the opportunity to look at the ‘big picture’ and bring the deposit and loan sides of our business together to ensure we’re providing our customers with the best possible products and service,” said Lavely. “Much of what I do as COO may not be immediately visible to customers. However, my long-term goal is to help Wells River Savings continue to be the best, most responsive and technologically sophisticated bank in the region, while never losing sight of our position as local residents’ good neighbor bank.”Tilghman added, “At a time when the management of so many banks is far removed from their service areas, we feel it’s important to promote from within and have a locally-based COO. Having staff who really know and understand our customers and the communities we serve makes a huge difference in the way we do business.”A locally owned and operated bank that has been serving the region for more than 175 years, Wells Rivers Savings currently has two offices on Main Street in Wells River, Vermont plus branches in Bradford, Fairlee, Newbury and East Thetford, Vermont.last_img read more

Investor pressure mounting to push changes in Mizuho’s coal plant lending policies

first_imgInvestor pressure mounting to push changes in Mizuho’s coal plant lending policies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:More investors are publicly backing a resolution to curb coal project lending that shareholders of Mizuho Financial Group are expected to consider this week, the first time such a step is to figure at the annual meeting of a Japanese listed company.As a new front of stakeholder activism opens up in Japan, advisory groups such as the Institutional Shareholder Services group and Glass Lewis, which advise funds worth more than $35 trillion, back the proposal in recommendations seen by Reuters.If Thursday’s resolution is passed, it could push Japanese banks, one of the last remaining major holdouts on financing coal, to live up to recent commitments to end lending for the dirtiest fossil fuel as climate concerns grow.“This is a pivotal moment for companies to show their dedication to the future financial and climate-related sustainability of their business models,” said Dewi Dylander of Danish pension fund PKA.PKA has about $50 billion under management and will vote in favour of the Mizuho resolution, Dylander, the fund’s head of environment, social and governance issues, told Reuters.Swedish pension fund manager AP7, with $64 billion in assets under management, also supports the resolution, spokesman Mikael Hök told Reuters. It joins three investors who reiterated their support.[Aaron Sheldrick]More: Environmental shareholder activism comes to Japan as Mizuho faces climate resolutionlast_img read more

Will Smith Shares ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Reunion Trailer

first_img“You’ve probably seen the picture. I posted it a month ago, me with the whole Fresh Prince cast … but you’re not ready for this trailer,” Smith tells the camera. “Happy Thanksgiving. Yes, thank you, Will, you’re welcome.”Will Smith Shares 1st Look at Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion in New Trailer 1The cast of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion YouTubeThe two-minute clip featured series regulars Smith, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and Alfonso Ribeiro reuniting with recurring costar DJ Jazzy Jeff in the Banks’ living room.The group remembered the on-screen chemistry between “playmates” Smith and Ribeiro, 49, and the “Friday night party” vibe that the cast had during tapings. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air aired for six seasons from 1990 to 1996.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The trailer ends with Janet Hubert, who originally played Aunt Vivian, returning to the set. Hubert, 64, left the show in 1993 after she and Smith had difficulties working together. Reid took over the role for the final three seasons.“I couldn’t celebrate 30 years of Fresh Prince without Janet,” Smith says before Hubert is seen walking around the backlot while the cast looks shocked.Hubert told TMZ in 2011 that she had no plans to reunite with Smith because of their feud.“There will never be a reunion … as I will never do anything with an a–hole like Will Smith,” she said at the time. “This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word.”Smith, for his part, appeared to feel better about their relationship in February 2016 when he praised Hubert’s work on the show.“I think that both of the Aunt Vivs were really, really fantastic,” Smith said during an interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra. “I think when you make a show, anytime you make a change, it’s going to be excruciating and painful. I think that Janet Hubert Whitten brought a really powerful dignity to the show.”The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion airs on HBO MAX on Thursday, November 19.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! However, some of the cast had some reservations about joining the show. Reid, 72, recalled not wanting to do a sitcom with a “rapper” while Jeff, 55, wasn’t on board for the project at first because he didn’t consider himself an actor.Will Smith Shares 1st Look at Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion in New TrailerAlfonso Ribeiro and Will Smith YouTubeThe cast also paid tribute to James Avery, who portrayed patriarch Philip Banks on the NBC sitcom. Avery died at the age of 68 in December 2013 following complications from open-heart surgery.“James Avery was this 6-foot-4 Shakespearean beast and I wanted him to think I was good,” Smith said before a clip played of the pair in an emotional scene. “I fall into his arms at the end of the scene and he’s holding me, and the shot pans off and he whispered in my ear, ‘Now, that’s acting.’”- Advertisement – Yo home to Bel Air! Will Smith dropped the first trailer for the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion special, which featured the cast reminiscing about the iconic sitcom 30 years later.The Men in Black star, 52, shared the video via YouTube on Friday, November 13, which he prefaced with an introduction.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Ministry says one Indonesian injured in Lebanon blasts

first_imgThe Foreign Ministry says an Indonesian was injured in an explosion that hit the main port of Beirut.In a statement published Wednesday, the ministry said the Indonesian Embassy in Lebanon had contacted the victim, who was in stable condition.“The embassy will accompany [the injured] until they recover,” the statement published on the ministry’s website said.In a separate statement, Indonesian Ambassador to Lebanon Hajriyanto Y. Thohari said all 1,447 Indonesian citizens in the capital city had been accounted for, comprising 1,234 United Nations peacekeepers under the Garuda Contingent and 213 civilians, and that they were all safe.He added that one Indonesian in quarantine at Rafiq Hariri Hospital, located 6 kilometers from the port, was also confirmed to be safe.The ambassador reported that the blast occurred Tuesday at 6:02 p.m. local time at the Port of Beirut –near the downtown Beirut area and around 7 km from the Indonesian Embassy– and caused property damage within several kilometers of the blast. Explosion in #Beirut #Lebanon – view from Annahar building. Praying for everyone’s safety 🙏🏼😓 pic.twitter.com/Zf6fXaahUq— Fady Roumieh (@FadyRoumieh) August 4, 2020“So far, there has been no official statement about the cause of the explosion. Initial sources said the explosion occurred in one of the large hangars that stored explosive materials at the port,” the ambassador wrote in Wednesday’s statement.However, AFP reported that Prime Minister Hassan Diab said 2,750 tons of the agricultural fertilizer ammonium nitrate that had been stored for years in a portside warehouse had blown up, sparking “a disaster in every sense of the word”.“The Indonesian Embassy has conveyed the appeal through WhatsApp groups and through the Indonesian nodes […] to report immediately if [any Indonesians] are in an unsafe situation,” the statement wrote, adding that the embassy had communicated with the police to report updates regarding Indonesian citizens.AFP reported that at least 78 people were killed by the blast, with thousands more injured. Videos of the explosion and its impact began circulating on social media late on Tuesday. Topics :last_img read more

Brussels still sceptical of proposed Dutch mortgage institution NHI

first_imgThe NHI would offer institutional investors mortgage bonds under the existing national mortgages guarantee scheme (NHG), at the same time relieving some of the pressure on banks’ balance sheets, allowing them to increase corporate lending. Two years ago, proponents of the NHI suggested it could cut mortgage interest rates by 0.5 percentage points. But the European Commission has demanded that Dutch banks pass on any financial benefits to mortgage takers.For their part, the banks claim this would be impossible, as they would finance their NHG portfolios partly through the NHI and partly through more traditional means such as savings deposits. Perhaps the most important benefit for investors in NHI bonds would not be the additional guarantee but the improved marketability of NHI bonds, as well as increased transparency.“Apparently,” Blok said, “financing of mortgages under NHG guarantee is too complicated for investors.”Another potential problem, the FD suggested, is that Eurostat – the EU’s statistics bureau – may add the NHI’s mortgages to the national debt. If this were the case, it said, the Dutch Treasury would block the initiative.Recently, the National Investment Institution (NHII), another initiative to boost the local economy, was launched with combined investments of €400m in small and medium-sized companies by insurers and pension funds, including the €20bn pension fund for the printing industry PGB and the €65bn metal scheme PMT.However, the NHI has the potential for much larger investments, as current mortgages issued under NHG guarantee less than €180bn in total.Although current mortgages cannot be issued through the NHI, it is an indication of the scale of the market.The FD, citing anonymous sources, said interest in the initiative was fading among investors and banks due to repeated delays and the fact that alternative means of financing are now cheaper due to low interest rates. Stef Blok, the Dutch housing minister, has conceded the government’s plans for a National Mortgages Institution (NHI) are still in limbo due to the European Commission’s ongoing concerns the initiative is a form of state support.Speaking at the IIR Securitisation Event in Amsterdam for bankers and investors, Blok said he was still waiting for the “green light”, according to local financial news daily FD.“I am still keen on getting the NHI off the ground, but the Commission is anxious about government support,” he said.The Dutch government has been in talks with Brussels on the matter since the summer of last year.last_img read more

This architecturally designed Noosa home has stood the test of time

first_imgThe spacious interior at 10 Cottonwood Crt, Noosa Heads. Relax and unwind at 10 Cottonwood Crt, Noosa Heads.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago The bathroom at 10 Cottonwood Crt, Noosa Heads.Local building company Shadforth Lythgo picked up a Master Builders’ award for their construction of the home, and managing director Tony Shadforth still remembers the project as one of his favourites.“The attention to design detail was incredible,” he said.“In the bathroom for example, we cut every tile to the architect’s specifications.“At the time their extensive use of large sliding glass doors was quite innovative, and it really opened the property up.“From the entryway to the use of concrete and the mezzanine level which features a floor-to-ceiling library, it was a property designed to be inclusive while using sensible products and beautiful design.” The perfect place to entertain at 10 Cottonwood Crt, Noosa Heads.Marketing agent Sean Cary, of Sean Cary Real Estate – Noosa Heads, said the result was a four-bedroom, three-bathroom property that was visionary and had stood the test of time.“The architecture hasn’t aged, the finishes are simply stunning,” Mr Cary said.He noted the engineering was particularly impressive, with the cantilevered second storey providing “truly seamless indoor-outdoor living areas on the ground floor below”.Meanwhile, the home’s design had a focus on an environmentally-friendly lifestyle.“Its natural ventilation is quite unique,” Mr Cary said.“The property has banks of louvres which are automatically controlled to draw breeze into the house in summer, while the orientation of the house is designed to maximise the north east aspect.“This allows the house to take advantage of the morning sun, yet it’s protected on a hot summer’s afternoon.” 10 Cottonwood Crt, Noosa Heads.A decade after an architecturally designed luxury Noosa property first attracted awards for itsinnovative design and premium build, the home is on the market. With a price guide over $1.55 million, 10 Cottonwood Court, Noosa Heads, was part of the first stage of the exclusive bushland enclave known as Elysium Noosa.Initially launched in 2005, the 189-lot development started with just 31 homes, each designed by award-winning architects to suit the landscape and elevated aspect of the individual lots.Architectural firm Bureau Proberts was responsible for designing 10 Cottonwood Court and looked to maximise the home’s privacy, bushland vistas, and natural ventilation, while also including premium finishes like automatic louvres, large sliding glass panels, and a cantilevered second storey.last_img read more

Navios Midstream’s Profit Sinks amid Challenging Market

first_imgMonaco-based owner and operator of tanker vessels Navios Maritime Midstream Partners (Navios Midstream) recorded a net income of USD 3.9 million USD in the third quarter of this year, a drop of almost 30 percent from USD 5.5 million posted in the same period a year earlier.EBITDA for the period stood at USD 14.5 million, against USD 15.7 million seen in Q3 2016, a decrease of USD 1.2 million.In addition, revenue decreased to USD 20.7 million in the three-month period ended September 30, 2017, from USD 22.2 million reported in the same period of 2016. As explained, this was due to the lack of profit share as a result of prevailing market conditions and unscheduled off-hires due to the prolonged drydock of one of the company’s vessels.Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) was USD 39,292 in Q3 2017, compared to USD 40,835 in the same quarter last year. “Continued volatility in the oil and oil transportation markets acts as an overhang. We have the luxury of being able to wait patiently, as Navios Midstream has long-term charters with a remaining average charter period of 3.6 years, that are expected to generate approximately USD 360 million in revenue. We also have no committed growth capex or any significant debt maturity until 2020,” Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Midstream, commented.The company said it entered into long-term charter-out agreements for its vessels, with a remaining average term of 3.6 years, which are expected to provide a stable base of revenue and distributable cash flow.Currently, Navios Midstream has contracted out 100% of its available days for 2017 and 2018 expecting to generate revenues, including the backstop commitment provided by Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation of approximately USD 82.2 million and USD 86.6 million for 2017 and 2018, respectively. The average expected daily charter-out rate for the fleet is USD 39,562 and USD 39,559 for 2017 and 2018, respectively.As of October, Navios Midstream’s fleet comprises a total of six very large crude carriers (VLCCs).last_img read more

East Central FFA Nursery/Landscape Team to compete nationally

first_imgSt. Leon, IN—The East Central FFA Nursery/Landscape Team will compete for national recognition in a career development event at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 30-Nov. 2.The East Central FFA Chapter from St. Leon, Indiana will send members to Indianapolis as they vie for national honors in the area of nursery/landscape. Kubota Tractor Corporation and STIHL Inc., sponsor the event. FFA members who will represent the chapter include (Photo L to R):  Alex Dudley, Amelia Hartman, Alex Newport, and Rachel Kraus. Roy Johnson is the chapter advisor.Nursery/Landscape is one of 25 career/leadership development event areas, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. The nursery and landscape event tests participants by having them identify plant specimens according to their technical and common names, select nursery plant material and take a multiple-choice exam. The FFA members also perform hands-on activities that range from landscape estimating to interpersonal relations to nursery operation practices.  CDEs and LDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market.  The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 alumni chapters throughout the U.Slast_img read more