Greggs reportedly planning 12 NI stores in 2016

first_imgHigh street bakery Greggs will reportedly open at least 12 stores in Northern Ireland in 2016, and its first stand-alone shop in the country will open in Belfast in March.Greggs passed 100 franchise stores in December when it opened another partnership with fuel station forecourt manager Euro Garages. Now the bakery giant has long term plans to open up to 50 stores across Northern Ireland, according to the Belfast Telegraph.A Greggs spokesperson told British Baker: “At present we can confirm that we will be opening a company-managed shop in Belfast and a franchise shop in partnership with Applegreen near Ballymena. We are continuing to look for further opportunities to open more shops in Northern Ireland this year.”Greggs opened its first franchise shop in the country last April at Applegreen Templepatrick Motorway Service Area on the M2.Criona Collins, director and head of retail agency at commercial property consultancy Lampton Smith Hampton told the Belfast Telegraph that: “Greggs are on record as saying their planned shop at Boucher Road will be the first of a dozen.”Greggs has 1,670 stores located across Great Britain and is the UK’s largest bakery chain.last_img read more

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Family First at the World Congress of Families

first_imgFamily First is currently at the World Congress of Families (WCF) which is the premier global gathering of parents, youth, lawmakers, scholars, religious leaders, and advocates united to support the natural family—and for the first time in history, the global gathering is in the United States. It’s a massive four-day event. www.wcf9.orglast_img

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LaMelo Ball fails in bid for Aussie basketball team

first_imgNBA prospect LaMelo Ball’s hopes of owning an Australian professional basketball team were stolen away Wednesday as a rival consortium swooped on the Illawarra Hawks.Advertisement Ball’s business manager had previously said the purchase of the team, based in Wollongong south of Sydney, was a “done deal” but on Wednesday the Aussie league confirmed the licence had gone elsewhere.The National Basketball League confirmed a group including former Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo had won the licence for the team, beating out Ball’s bid.The 18-year-old point guard’s brief stint at the Hawks last year helped him solidify his 2020 NBA Draft top pick contender status, and the NBL’s owner thanked him for his ongoing support.“The decision in choosing the right owners was not an easy one,” NBL owner Larry Kestelman said in a statement.“I would like, in particular, to thank LaMelo Ball and his organisation for the support and interest shown in wanting to achieve the best outcome for the team.”The team’s name will also change to just the “Hawks” as part of the deal.The successful consortium also includes former Sydney Kings co-owner Dorry Kordahi and US business man Michael Proctor.Colangelo said the group were thrilled at winning the tender and that Ball’s time there proved the growing allure of Australian basketball.“LaMelo Ball, among others, serves as a great example of just how influential the NBL has become on a global basis,” he said.NBA prospect Lamelo Ball played for the Hawks in Australia last yearRead Also: World 100m champion faces suspension after new missed testBall went to Australia last August and averaged 17.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 12 games with the Hawks before a foot injury ended his NBL season.The American also donated a month of his Hawks salary to victims of the bushfires that ravaged Australia in late 2019 and early 2020.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

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Syracuse-Notre Dame set to kick off at noon

first_img Published on September 19, 2016 at 12:46 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Syracuse (1-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) will play Notre Dame (1-2) at MetLife Stadium at noon on Oct. 1, the ACC announced Monday. The game, which is less than two weeks away, will be the last game played at MetLife for the time being. It will also be aired on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.The Orange has played three games at the stadium, which also hosts the Jets and Giants, against USC in 2012, Penn State in 2013, and Notre Dame in 2014. SU has yet to win a neutral site game at MetLife since the series started.In Week 5, Syracuse will play at Connecticut, and Notre Dame will play home against Duke. The Fighting Irish fell out of the top 25 after starting the season No. 15. SU has not beaten UND since 2008. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Eaves remembers ‘Badger Bob’

first_imgEaves said sophomore goaltender Joel Rumpel has separated himself from Landon Peterson early in the year.[/media-credit]As the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department prepares to honor one of its most successful coaches, men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves remembered the life of “Badger Bob” Johnson.The ice sheet at the Kohl Center will be renamed “Bob Johnson Rink” Friday prior to the Badgers’ game against Colorado College. In his weekly press conference Monday, Eaves said Johnson had a widespread impact on himself, the program and the game itself.“He was cutting edge all through his career,” Eaves said. “Because of the type of mind he had, he would stay on top of things.”Johnson coached at Wisconsin for 15 seasons and won three national titles during his time in Madison. Eaves was a member of the 1977 NCAA Championship team coached by Johnson.Eaves and Johnson later reunited in the professional ranks. In 1983, Eaves joined the Calgary Flames, who Johnson coached at the time.“I wasn’t cognizant of what he was doing [in Madison]. I was just too young,” Eaves said. “Having a chance to play for him again in Calgary, I was in a more mature place in my life that I was able to appreciate.”Eaves recalled the night Johnson was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital after he suffered a brain aneurysm. UW’s current head coach learned of the news and traveled to Pittsburgh, describing that period as a “tough time” for everyone involved, including Johnson’s wife, Martha.Martha will be on hand Friday to drop the puck before the game.“I think it’s so apropos that she’s dropping the puck,” Eaves said. “She was right by his side the whole time.”When asked what characteristics of the current Badger team Johnson would appreciate, Eaves pointed to the competitiveness of his own team. Eaves also said Johnson was particularly fond of the power play.Eaves added that Johnson’s death at age 60 was a loss for hockey in the U.S., calling Johnson and former U.S. National team coach Herb Brooks, who also died at an early age, “icons” of the game. He lamented the loss of the two coaches and wondered how profound their influence on the game may have been had they lived longer.Wisconsin’s coach said he learned even more about Johnson after his playing days came to an end. In the early stages of his coaching career, Eaves discovered Johnson was a capable handyman, electrician and family man.“That’s something I never thought I would never hear about Coach,” Eaves said. “When I knew him, he was just all about hockey.”Reporters asked Eaves if Johnson would be capable of coaching in the modern era.“Without a doubt,” he said.Kerdiles suffers injuryFreshman forward Nic Kerdiles, currently serving a 10-game suspension, suffered a minor medial collateral ligament injury Saturday while playing for the United States under-18 team, Eaves said.Kerdiles’ injury won’t require surgery, but he will be out for a few weeks because of the injury.Eaves said he hopes to have Kerdiles back one week before the team begins a series with Denver on Nov. 30.The highly-touted freshman forward is in the midst of serving a suspension handed down by the NCAA less than two weeks ago. The NCAA ruled that Kerdiles violated its amateurism code by accepting an improper benefit from a professional hockey agent.The NCAA initially suspended Kerdiles for the entire season, but his suspension was reduced to 10 games after UW appealed the decision earlier this month.Rumpel winning battle in front of net Eaves addressed the play of two of his goaltenders and said one has “separated” himself from the other with his performance so far.Sophomore Joel Rumpel has been granted more time in the net because of his consistency this season, according to Eaves. Rumpel has been the goaltender for three of the Badgers’ four games this year. The other option between the pipes, sophomore Landon Peterson, saw his lone action in a 4-2 loss to Northern Michigan Oct. 13.Rumpel has boasted a higher save percentage and goals against average rate than Peterson so far this season.“There’s a little space now,” Eaves said. “It’d be silly to say anything less.”last_img read more

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Better Collective advances US profile following strong H1 2019

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Virtuals and esports – what’s legal for the US market? May 1, 2020 Share Stockholm-listed affiliate marketing publisher Better Collective AB has declared that its boost in exposure across the US market has put the company in ‘pole position for market leadership’ as explained in its Q2 interim report. Publishing its Q2 2019 trading update (period ending 31 June 2019), Better Collective has reported a 64% increase in revenues up to €15.8m (£14.7m) which is a jump from the €9.7m reported in Q2 2018.The growth, according to Better Collective, ‘was supported by the strong NDC-performance in recent quarters’, with the number of new depositing customers reported to be exceeding 111,000 in the quarter, demonstrating a growth of 60%.Detailing corporate highlights.  Better Collective governance attributes its acquisition of Swedish sports publisher Ribacka Group (effective from the start of 2019) as a having secured the firm a ‘top three position’ within the reregulated Swedish online gambling marketplace.Expanding in Sweden, Better Collective details confidence in long term growth within a marketplace that is proving difficult for online gambling incumbents to adjust to new regulatory conditions.Jesper Søgaard – Better CollectiveCommenting on the results, Better Collective CEO Jesper Søgaard said: “Growth in Q2 was strong compared to the same quarter last year, even with tough comparison to last year with the World Cup in football as a big revenue driver.”“We continue to see the effect of the strong NDC intake throughout 2018 and in the beginning of 2019. Revenue grew by 64%, including organic growth of 18% and operational earnings almost doubled compared to the same period in 2018.”EBITDA has jumped from €3.88m in Q2 2018 up to €6.96m in Q2 2019, with figures for the year to date equating to €13.6m. Acquisition activity has played a significant role in boosting figures for Better Collective also, as the group notably purchased a 60% share in the RotoGrinders Network earlier this quarter with further plans to acquire the remaining 40%. Søgaard added: “Better Collective has had US-focused products up and running for some time, leading to revenue streams from online sports betting since last year. Building a presence and taking part in this new big market opportunity was boosted by the acquisition of the RotoGrinders Network in Q2, adding strong products and dedicated people with insight into the US market.“After the end of Q2, we acquired two US market-leading sports betting brands; VegasInsider.com and ScoresandOdds.com. These two websites have since many years been the platforms preferred by millions of visitors and have the potential of becoming the largest revenue-generating assets in Better Collective in coming years. Furthermore, they have significant synergy effects with other US-facing assets, not least with the Rotogrinders Network.“I am confident that we, by way of these acquisitions, have put Better Collective in pole position for a market-leading position in the US states where online sports betting will be regulated and available.” Market leaders headline SBC Digital Summit’s Digital Marketing Day April 22, 2020 Share Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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MLB wrap: Nationals secure home-field advantage in NL wild-card game

first_imgThink the @Nationals offense is ready for the Wild Card game?(MLB x @PapaJohns) pic.twitter.com/4yxoh1e9GB— MLB (@MLB) September 28, 2019Parra finished 2 of 4 on the night, along with Ryan Zimmerman.Daniel Hudson earned the win after pitching one hitless inning.Adam Plutko got tagged with the loss.Studs of the NightPete Alonso hit his 53rd home run Saturday, which is more than any rookie in MLB history. The Mets beat the Braves 3-0.What a season for @Pete_Alonso20. 👏 pic.twitter.com/qbz3a9aMK6— MLB (@MLB) September 29, 2019Justin Verlander struck out his 3,000th batter Saturday to become just the 18th pitcher all-time to reach the milestone.Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven solid innings as the Dodgers got their 105th win. He allowed five hits while striking out seven in the 2-0 win over the Giants.Duds of the NightTampa Bay recorded only three hits against Toronto. The Rays had seven starters lay goose eggs in the 4-1 loss including Austin Meadows, Jesus Aguilar and Nate Lowe, who all went 0 for 4.Edwin Jackson gave up three runs on four hits in just three innings of work in the Tigers’ 7-1 loss to the White Sox. Justin Verlander becomes 18th pitcher with 3,000 strikeouts Gerardo Parra hit a grand slam in a whopping nine-run second inning to highlight the victory, which is Washington’s seventh consecutive win.”I don’t have to go home and pack,” manager Dave Martinez said after the game, via ESPN. “Nice to stay at home. The boys wanted to stay at home, so they came out and swung the bats.” Related News Mets’ Pete Alonso breaks Aaron Judge’s rookie home-run recordcenter_img The Nationals now have a crucial advantage in the National League wild-card game.After a 10-7 win against the already-eliminated Indians, they will host the postseason contest at the beginning of October. HighlightsWhat else do you expect from Jorge Soler? (P.S. This was his second home run of the game.)The AL HR leader doing AL HR leader things. ☀️💪 pic.twitter.com/tvQypXkV7W— MLB (@MLB) September 28, 2019Jonathan Villar has power and [email protected] is the 1st player with at least 20 HR and 40 SB in the same season since @RealCarlosGomez in 2013. pic.twitter.com/Y9Fl5rG3fl— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) September 28, 2019What’s Next? Brewers (89-72) at Rockies (70-91), 3:10 p.m. ET — Sunday marks the last day of the regular season and there’s a lot a stake. One of the biggest games will be a must-win contest for the Brewers. They trail the Cardinals by one game after losing Saturday. A Brewers win along with a Cardinals loss will put the two teams in a tie for first place in the NL Central, which would force Game 163.last_img read more

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