Costa Coffee sales boom

first_imgCosta has seen like-for-like sales (LFLS) increase by 7.3% in the 11 weeks to 14 August.The coffee giant grew overall UK sales by 17.8% in the same period, and opened 76 new stores.The company said these positive results were aided by weak comparatives from last year’s exceptionally warm weather in July.The brand, owned by Whitbread, has also revealed its new coffee blends; the first for the coffee shop in almost 50 years.Andy Harrison, chief executive of Whitbread said: “In early September, Costa launched Old Paradise Street Limited Roast, which is a new range of limited edition roast blends.“This will provide coffee lovers with a wider choice of great tasting coffee, in addition to Costa’s Mocha Italia, from the UK’s favourite coffee shop.”The Costa brand also hopes to open around 300 new stores and 600 Costa Express units in the full year.Worldwide, Costa grew system sales by 15.3% to £6bn. Within this, its franchise system sales grew by 14.2% to 2.26bn.last_img read more

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Union-Endicott Cheer given warm welcome home

first_imgMany of the girls mentioned they ‘hit’ their routine in the finals, meaning they were flawless on the harder stunts they performed. After it was all said and done, U-E ended up placing 5th in the nation for Medium Varsity DII. “It was just an incredible feeling, like I did not expect that at all,” Lizzie Bilotta, a captain on the team, said. “Yeah…so they were calling the names and we didn’t hear our names so we were getting kind of disappointed at first,” added Elizabeth Haley, another captain, “and then when they called our name it was just incredible to hear that.” “It went really well for us,” Molly Boedicker, a junior on the team, said “Prelims was really good, semis we could have done better, but for finals we really gave it our all and did amazing.” Sarah Pero, a sophomore on the team, added “Our goal was just to get past prelims to semi-finals and then from there, we just kept exceeding our goals and kept moving further.” The girls told 12 News they were ready for bed not only because it was a long and exciting weekend, but also because they still had to get up for class Tuesday morning.center_img ENDICOTT (WBNG) -Despite it being cold overnight, the Union-Endicott Cheer team was given a warm welcome home by friends and family early Tuesday morning. The team arrived at Union-Endicott High School a little after midnight, after competing in the UCA (Universal Cheerleading Assocation) Nationals in Orlando, Florida, but they were all smiles as they got off the bus, proudly holding their trophy to the cheers of friends and family.last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Calls for Continued Action Against Gun Violence, Joins Moms Demand Action at Capitol Rally

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf Calls for Continued Action Against Gun Violence, Joins Moms Demand Action at Capitol Rally April 08, 2019center_img National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf participated in the Moms Demand Action rally at the Capitol in support of extreme risk protection order legislation aimed at taking guns away from people who may be a danger to themselves or others.“We’ve made strides in the last year at bringing bills across the finish line that will curb gun violence,” Gov. Wolf said. “In fact, on Wednesday one of these key laws will go into effect and as a result, domestic abusers will find it much more difficult to access guns to kill, terrorize, and control their victims.“I’m proud the Pennsylvania legislature acted in a bipartisan manner to recognize the need to protect victims of domestic abuse from gun violence. But even though we’ve had this recent success, it’s not time to let up just yet. We need to continue to push for commonsense measures like universal background checks until we end gun violence in our commonwealth.“I’m so proud to be here today with Moms Demand Action as they continue to fight for this important cause and grateful that we have such a committed group that wants nothing more than to see more Pennsylvanians live long, happy lives free of gun violence.”The Moms Demand Action rally focused on extreme risk protection orders and legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Killion. Killion, Sens. Jay Costa and Art Haywood, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Reps. Todd Stephens and Jen O’Mara, CeaseFire PA’s Shira Goodman, gun suicide survivor Jennifer Lugar, and Parkland school shooting survivor Robert Schentrup whose sister Carmen died in the shooting, also participated in the rally.In recent years there have been a number of mass shootings in which family members or friends noticed warning signs that shooters were dangerous and at risk of harming themselves or others. In response to these tragedies, states have begun enacting legislation that can prevent gun tragedies before they occur. Extreme risk protection order laws empower families, household members, or law enforcement officers to temporarily remove a person’s access to firearms before they commit violence.Fourteen states and the District of Columbia currently have ERPO laws.last_img read more

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Andoh: Djoliba match will be a herculean task

first_imgUtility Hearts of Oak defender Kweku ‘Black’ Andoh has admitted their encounter with Malian side FC Djoliba won’t be a child’s-play.The Phobians will make it to the group stages of the CAF Confederations cup if they manage to scale pass their Malian opponents in the two leg ties.Andoh who is part of Hearts team for this weekend clash says they face a tough task in Mali despite being confident ahead of the clash“It won’t be an easy game but we need the prayers of Ghanaians. We know how difficult the game is and we will look to do well for ourselves and Ghanaians”, he said.A 29-man contingent left Accra for Bamako on Wednesday morning ahead of Friday’s clash with AC Djoliba.Managing Director, Gerald Ankrah, Administrative Manager Hackman Aidoo, Corporate Affairs  and Marketing Manager Joe Addo, together with Abdul Ganiyu Lawal, Ghana Football Association Executive Member and Head of Delegation, led the trip.The technical team for the trip comprised of Head Coach Herbert Addo, Assistant Coach Dauda Lutterodt, Goalkeepers’ trainer Eddie Ansah, and Team Manager Sabahn Quaye, whilst Dr. Quartey and club physiotherapist Adjei Baffour made up the medical team. Hearts left with 18 first team players for Mali. GOALKEEPERS: Soulama Abdoulaye, Tetteh LuggardDEFENDERS: Kweku Andoh, Owusu Bempah, Fatawu Mohammed, Isaac Oduro, Shaun Mason October, Vincent Atinga, Philip Boampong, Robin GnangeMIDFIELDERS: Sarbah Laryea, Kofi Abanga, Richard Yamoah, Paul Acquah, Isaac Mensah, FORWARDS: Gilbert Fiamenyo, Foovi Aguidi, Eric Kumi.last_img read more

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Baseball Musings: On Rafael Devers and the value of total bases

first_imgBut the stat does help illustrate an idea that’s surprisingly hard to grasp for many fans as they compare players: Not all hits have equal value, so hit totals alone don’t necessarily paint a full picture. For example, when Ichiro Suzuki set the MLB record with 262 hits in 2004, he didn’t crack the top 10 in total bases because he had only 37 extra-base hits — 24 doubles, five triples, eight homers. Devers’ total bases explosion in 2019 helped him produce 5.3 bWAR and 5.9 fWAR. By either measure, he’s a nearly 6-win player, which is borderline MVP stuff. Devers finished 12th in that voting, if you’re curious.So, ultimately, total bases doesn’t necessarily indicate a player’s total offensive worth, but it does give more context to a player’s hits in a given year. And when assessing talent and true value, context goes a long way. The responses to my question were somewhat predictable — Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger, Ronald Acuña Jr., etc. — but nobody in the initial flurry of guesses got it right. In fact, many of the names mentioned didn’t even finish in the top 10, which told me two things: 1) We don’t really pay much attention to that particular line on a player’s stat sheet; and 2) Total bases might be an under-valued, or at least under-discussed, measure of a player’s offensive ability.That’s probably why I wouldn’t have guessed Rafael Devers as the MLB total bases leader if given a dozen tries. And I know I’m not alone in that. But before we take a look at Devers’ 2019 season, here’s a reminder of how total bases is calculated: It’s Singles + 2x Doubles + 3x Triples + 4x Home Runs. It doesn’t account for walks, hit by pitch or any other way of reaching base. Devers played 156 games in 2019 and finished with a slash line of .311/.361/.555 and an OPS of .916. Obviously an excellent year. But he wasn’t exactly a standout in the traditional sense. He wasn’t an All-Star, and he only led the AL in one offensive category: doubles. But he hit a TON of doubles, and that’s a huge reason why he took the crown in total bases, though that only partially explains things.MORE MUSINGS:On Cory Snyder and youthful naivete | On Marcus Semien’s big 2019 | On Lonnie Smith’s crazy 1989Devers had 54 two-baggers for the Sox, which, again, is a lot of doubles, but that didn’t even lead MLB. He finished second behind Nick Castellanos’ 58 (split between the Tigers and Cubs). But move your eyes across Devers’ full stat line and the picture becomes clearer: He had 201 total hits, which, in addition to those 54 doubles, included four triples and 32 home runs. That adds up to 359 total bases, eight more than the next-highest total — Bellinger’s 351.So, what does this tell us? Well, it says that Devers can do lots of good things with the bat. But in particular, it tells us that he’s an extra-base hit machine. Of his 201 hits, 90 were a double, triple or home run. That led MLB, and it leaves us with a further takeaway: Devers hits the ball hard, he hits it all over the field and he hits it over the wall. Fittingly, he led MLB with 252 hard-hit balls, defined as contact producing an exit velocity of 95 mph or greater. In other words, Devers is a pretty complete hitter, or at least he was in 2019. But his total bases number tells us something else, too: Devers is durable. It’s hard to be among the league leaders in total bases without playing in nearly every one of your team’s games. Devers missed only six games in 2019, so he had a lot of chances to be productive. Contrast that with AL MVP Trout, who played in just 134 games and whose 303 total bases didn’t make the top 10. Curiously, Trout hasn’t finished in the top 10 in total bases since 2015, when he played in 159 games and placed fourth.For fun, here’s a look at the past 10 total bases leaders:2019: Rafael Devers, Red Sox (359)2018: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (358)2017: Charlie Blackmon, Rockies (387)2016: Mookie Betts, Red Sox (359)2015: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (354)2014: Mike Trout, Angels (338)2013: Chris Davis, Orioles (370)2012: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (377)2011: Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox (364)2010: Carlos Gonzales, Rockies; Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (351)For more fun, here’s a look at the top five all-time leaders in total bases: Hank Aaron (6,856), Stan Musial (6,134), Willie Mays (6,066), Barry Bonds (5,976), Albert Pujols (5,863 and counting).Given all this, what do we make of total bases as a stat? Is it useful? Is it valuable? Should we pay more attention? I’d say yes to all three, with a “but.” While it won’t always point to the best or most valuable player in the game, the total bases leaderboard will point to offensive players who not only hit their way on base but often do it in a way that helps their team score. In other words, players with a high total bases number will be among the best players in the game in a given season.Another way to say it: Total bases is a way to loosely measure a batter’s durability and productivity. On the surface, it seems to indicate a player’s ability to create runs — either by setting them up or driving them in — but it’s not trustworthy in that regard, other than in a general sense. Runs Created (Devers finished 13th there) and wRC+ (he finished 30th there) are better indicators of that. This is Baseball Musings, an occasional offseason column that riffs on random things found while perusing Baseball Reference, Fangraphs and other baseball sites.I posed the question last week on Twitter: Without looking it up, do you know who led MLB in total bases in 2019? I had just looked it up and was surprised by what I found.last_img read more

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Make or break for Ugandan cricketers today

first_img Kenya202000–1.924 FULL SCHEDULESOURCE: Wikepedia.comFriday, 9 November –  Oman v Kenya, OC Turf 1; Uganda v Denmark, OC Turf 2 – 8.30amSaturday, 10 November – USA v Uganda, OC Turf 1; Oman v Singapore, OC Turf 2Monday, 12 November –  Kenya v USA, OC Turf 1; Denmark v Singapore, OC Turf 2Tuesday, 13 November – Oman v Denmark, OC Turf 1; Uganda v Kenya, OC Turf 2Thursday, 15 November – Singapore v Uganda, OC Turf 1; Denmark v USA, OC Turf 2Friday, 16 November – USA v Uganda, OC Turf 1; Kenya v Singapore, OC Turf 2Sunday, 18 November – Kenya v Denmark, OC Turf 1; Oman v Uganda OC Turf 2Monday, 19 November – Singapore v USA, OC Turf 1RELATED STORIES Six teams will qualify for the tournament:Papua New Guinea (9th in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier)Hong Kong (10th in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier)Canada (3rd in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two)Namibia (4th in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two)TO BE DETERMINED (1st in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Three)TO BE DETERMINED (2nd in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Three)Standings so far  United States220004+2.120 TeamPldWLTNRPtsNRR Otwani was man of the match versus Denmark. ALL PHOTOS @ICCTODAY #WCL3  Uganda ??  vs Kenya ?? 8.30am Oman ?? vs Denmark ?? 8.30amKampala, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG | Uganda had better not be a one-batsman team if they are to keep any hopes of glory in the ongoing World Cricket League Division 3 tournament in Oman.Arnold Otwani has brought in nearly half of Uganda’s 365 runs as an opener, hitting 88 in game one and 52 in the next for a total 140. After the two opening games, the fear is that batting is yet again Uganda’s Achilles heel.As the USA showed three days ago, Uganda will need more than one batsman to show up if they are to rescue the tournament whose top two teams will be promoted to the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament.Uganda’ Cricket Cranes had started the tournament on a bright note last Friday, beating lower ranked Denmark before falling against the USA.Up next is a tricky tie against neigbours Kenya, who are in free fall in the world rankings. Kenya, the only ICC Associate member to appear in five successive editions of ICC World Cup – 1996 to 2011 – but have since been demoted to division 2 and now division 3.Uganda and Kenya now play as equals for the first time in the history of the Division 3 tournament. Whoever loses will ‘pack his bags’.The Kenyans have looked miserable in Oman so far, and have suffered heavy defeats in their two opening matches. They are basically there for the taking. Uganda will go into the game minus key bowler Irfan Afridi, who has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.In a statement, ICC said, “Per Article 3.6.2 of the ICC Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions, video footage of Irfan’s bowling spells were provided to the Expert Panel of Mark King and Andrea Cutti, who are members of the ICC Panel of Human Movement Specialists, for their analysis and assessment. The assessment revealed that the amount of elbow extension in Irfan’s bowling action was above the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.”In their last game, USA complained about Afridi’s action to the umpire, alleging chucking, and he was withdrawn before he could complete his spell.On the batting front, captain Roger Mukasa has so far been silenced, but all hope for Uganda is he shows up when it matters most –  today.LIVE SCORES (click)All eyes on 2023 World CupThe 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Three is an international cricket tournament that is currently taking place in Oman between 9 and 19 November 2018. It forms part of the 2017–22 cycle of the World Cricket League (WCL) which determines the qualification for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.The top two teams will be promoted to the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament, and the other four teams will play in the 2019–21 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League.The 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two is scheduled to take place in April 2019 in Namibia.center_img  Oman220004+0.883  Uganda211002+0.058  Denmark202000–1.626  Singapore211002+0.443 Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Eight golf teams head to national final

first_img Golfers from Leicestershire, Surrey, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire are heading to the national final of the England Club Team Championship. The eight teams, each of two men and two women, won through a regional qualifier at Drayton Park Golf Club, Staffordshire, and now go forward to England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa in August. They’ll play off against qualifiers from three other regional events as they bid to be crowned national champions. The final will be a feature of Golf Week, staged by England Golf to create a national showcase for a host of handicap and team championships. The successful five are: Walmley Golf Club, Warwickshire, represented by Angela Harrison, Matthew Harrison, Julie Busst and Martin Harris. They scored 88 points. Burhill Golf Club, Surrey, represented by Angie Crockett, Ian Spencer, Jenny Stewart and Richard Crockett. They scored 88 points. Stafford Castle Golf Club, Staffordshire, represented by Darrel Edwards, David Edwards, Jenny Couch and Sandy Couch. They scored 85 points. Hinckley Golf Club, Leicestershire, represented by Adrena Porter, Malcolm Porter, Laraine Cook and Marvin Cook. They scored 85 points Drayton Park Golf Club, Staffordshire, represented by Alan Street, Danny Collins, Lynn Gray and June Stonehouse. They scored 84 points Droitwich Golf Club, Worcestershire, represented by Candice Jones, Geoffrey Allen, Mary Lightfoot and Peter Lightfoot. They scored 84 points. Windlesham Golf Club, Surrey, represented by Karen Rankin, Jeff Rankin, Jane Morgan and John Morgan. They scored 84 points Kings Norton Golf Club, Worcestershire, represented by Deirdre Barker, Pauline Perry, Mark Baker and Graeme Dunkley. They scored 82 points Click here for full scores 1 Jun 2017 Eight golf teams head to national final last_img read more

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Any publicity is good for Mayweather

first_imgBoxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. laughs during a news conference Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS (AP) – The big question surrounding Floyd Mayweather Jr. coming into this week wasn’t about how well he can fight but how well he can read.Sure, Marcos Maidana gave him fits his last time out, so much so that they are fighting again Saturday night. But the fight seems like just another big payday for Mayweather, which may be why a lot of people on social media thought it was more interesting that the boxer was captured on a video struggling to read a radio station promo.Mayweather’s estranged BFF, rapper 50 Cent, found the whole thing so funny that he offered to donate $750,000 to charity if Mayweather could read one page of a Harry Potter book out loud. That helped spark a debate over the literacy of the high school dropout, who responded by posting copies of paychecks from his last two fights.“Read this $72,276,000.00,” Mayweather tweeted.Mayweather addressed the issue in a conference call with reporters last week, pointing out that he gets paid to hit people, not read things.“I would be perfect at reading if it was how I made my living and fed my family,” Mayweather said. “Once again, intelligence and education are two different things.”That Mayweather’s reading skills – or lack thereof – are fodder for online debate isn’t surprising. He’s rich and often outlandish, a combination that opens him up to the haters almost as much as it draws wannabes to his corner. Watching him struggle over some simple words got laughs.But now there’s something else to consider about Mayweather, and it’s not funny in the least. It was raised last week in a civil lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles by his former fiancee, and goes directly to a problem far more serious than Mayweather’s reading ability.Shantel Jackson claims in her suit – filed by noted attorney Gloria Allred – that Mayweather publicly humiliated her by posting a sonogram of her pregnancy online and then claiming she aborted their twin fetuses. Jackson also claims Mayweather assaulted her and kept her a virtual prisoner in his Las Vegas mansion at times during their seven-year relationship.Certainly, there are two sides to the story. These aren’t criminal charges, something Mayweather is quite familiar with because of past domestic abuse problems.This is a fighter, you remember, who spent the better part of the summer of 2012 in a Las Vegas jail cell for assaulting his former girlfriend in front of their children. Mayweather claims he was railroaded by the legal system. He pleaded to reduced charges rather than face trial on felony counts that could have put him away for a lot longer.If nothing else, the lawsuit is a reminder that things are not always what you see on Showtime when Mayweather waves around piles of money and invites people to look at his vast collection of cars. The image Mayweather likes to project of himself as a fighter who is also a crafty businessman is in sharp contrast to the image Jackson paints of him in her lawsuit.Surely Mayweather can’t be happy about a wave of publicity that paints him as an illiterate abuser of women, even when he has a fight to sell. But with his continued refusal to fight Manny Pacquiao in the only bout true boxing fans want to see him in, any publicity might be good publicity for the rematch with Maidana.Yes, he and Canelo Alvarez set a money record last September for their bout, but that had more to do with the popular Mexican fighter than it did with Mayweather. Meanwhile, Mayweather’s first fight with Maidana in May was such a box office clunker that the Showtime network would not even announce how many pay-per-views it sold.For the rematch, Mayweather offered up his 154-pound title to go with the welterweight title on the line to help convince people to pay $74.95 for the bout. Showtime is also experimenting with starting the fight an hour earlier than usual to see if fans in the Eastern time zone will be more inclined to buy it.It just might be, though, that the problem is this: The more people see and hear about Mayweather, the less they want to pay to see him fight.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more

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