Price cuts impact Morrisons’ sales and profits

first_imgMorrisons has unveiled plunging profits and like-for-like sales (LFLs) for the first half of the year, following its price cutting strategy.first half of the year, following its price cutting strategy.The company said underlying profit before tax had dropped by 51% from £371m to £181m for the period to 3 August 2014 and that LFLs were down by 7.4%.Earlier this year Morrisons embarked on a three-year £1bn investment programme to cut prices and plans to open 200 new sites.Sir Ian Gibson, non-executive chairman, said: “Our first-half results reflect the reset of the business we announced in March. Morrisons is now well under way with building the foundations for a better future. The board is confident of the new strategy and Morrisons’ financial position remains strong.”last_img read more

Greetings from around the world!

first_imgGreetings from around the world! While most Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students are braving the chilly winter weather in South Bend, hundreds of our peers are studying across the globe. Through this “Observer Passport” blog, members of The Observer’s staff will be able to share their experiences exploring new cultures, food and languages.Studying abroad is an opportunity for students to step out of their comfort zones and learn about life outside the United States. We hope you will use this blog to travel with us and get a better idea of what Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students are experiencing around the world.Below are the staffers who will share their international experiences over the course of this Spring 2014 semester:Maddie Daly is a junior from McGlinn Hall majoring in English and French with a minor in business economics. She is studying abroad in Angers, France, where all her classes are taught in French. She looks forward to improving her French language skills and becoming more fluent. You can follow her adventures at http://bonvoyagemadeline.weebly.com/index.htmlBrian Hartnett is a junior from Carroll Hall majoring in marketing with a minor in journalism, ethics and democracy. He is currently studying in London, England, and is looking forward to exploring many European countries. He hopes to meet a member of the royal family, figure out why football (soccer) is more popular than American football and become a regular at a London pub. You can follow his study-abroad adventures at http://london2014blogdotcom.wordpress.comColby Hoyer is a junior from Pangborn Hall majoring in anthropology and film, television and theatre. She is excited for this new opportunity to study in London, England, for the semester. With Europe at her doorstep, she can easily be in a different country every weekend. She is excited to travel freely, even if it may break her bank account. If you would like to follow all the trials and triumphs of her life abroad, check out her blog at http://colbyhoyer.tumblr.comKiera Johnsen is a sophomore from Regina Hall majoring in political science and communications. This semester, she is studying in Maynooth, Ireland, and is excited to live outside of her comfort zone and grow as an individual through different experiences and adventures with people outside the United States. To follow her adventures, visit http://irishstudyabroadadventures.blogspot.ieMeredith Kelly is a junior from Walsh Hall majoring in political science. This semester, she is studying in Perth, Australia, at the University of Western Australia (UWA). When abroad, she is most excited to — yes, you guessed it — travel. She plans to travel throughout Australia, as well as to neighboring countries, such as Indonesia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore and possibly Vietnam. Kelly is also excited to immerse herself in the Australian culture through living at UWA’s dorm with local Australian students and other international students from around the world.Tags: observer passport, study abroadlast_img read more

Jamestown’s ‘Turn the River Green for St. Patrick’s Day’ Event Canceled

first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce says due to the Governor’s ban on events larger than 500 people the annual ‘Turn the River Green for St. Patrick’s Day’ event, which was scheduled for this Saturday at the Riverwalk in Jamestown, has been canceled.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

Anschutz cruises to first IMCA Stock Car win at Thunderhill

first_imgBy Edward Anschutz STURGEON BAY, Wis. (April 25) – Jeremy Anschutz withstood heavy pressure from Rod Snellen­berger to win his first-ever IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Thunderhill Raceway. Jeremy Anschutz gained control on lap three after Scott Reinhardt tagged the wall. Snellenberger wasted no time jumping to the runner up spot and began to pressure Anschutz down low.Snellenberger took the lead on lap six but Anschutz came storming back up top to regain the front. While trying to find a little extra grip down low, Snellenberger clipped an infield tire, allowing defending champ Dave Bouche to sneak by. In the end it was Anschutz cruising to the win over Bouche. Snellenberger had to settle for third. Other feature winners were Todd Dart in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Todd Wiese in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Dave Schmidt in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Dart worked his way from fifth to second in the first 10 laps and began to close in on Greg Gretz for the top spot midway through the Modified contest. Dart found just a little more traction, making the winning pass on Gretz with four laps remaining in a green to checkered event. Wiese proved he will be a contender for the 2015 Northern SportMod title with a dominating run. He survived a mid-race caution that put defending track champion Chris Budzban and veteran Randy LeMieux Jr. on his back bumper. Wiese was up for the challenge, leading every lap. Schmidt swiped the lead away from C.J. Weckler to score the win in the Hobby Stocks. Marcus Moede made a late-race charge to place second in another caution-free contest.last_img read more

Zlatan Nalic became the Coach of Prespa Birlik from Sweden

first_imgZlatan Nalic, our football expert with the address in Sweden, will also train FC Prespa Birlik in Sweden, for which Zlatan’s son Sandro is playing, in parallel with his international obligations.“We never even imagined that we could have a trainer with this kind of dignity in our Prespa Birlik family. Zlatan came from the absolutely greatest European scene to help our club, and we are very grateful for all the circumstances that enabled this co-operation,” said the President of the club, Ercan Kerim.The BH expert Zlatan Nalic will help the club for which his older son is playing to increase its marketing value but also to help them to return to the elite rank of the competition with his knowledge and expertise. He will give his contribution to their success on the field as a frontal personality of the club, but also as the main source of club revenue and persuading the players to choose this club in the future.“It is really a great pleasure to have the opportunity to combine work with pleasure. To help a club that created players like Zahoui (Panathanaicos), Enis Bardhi (Levante), Kingsley Sarfo (Malmö FF), Edafe Ebedi, Karim Sadath etc., who were here last year, and now they are on the top scene. To help my son and his colleagues to win the league, and to introduce my son with the coaching business is really motivating. I have enough time for this project and it will not affect my coaching on the international level, which is my main priority. Prespa Birlik is a club with young and decisive people originally from Turkey in the managing board, and they want and certainly will play in Europe in the future. It will be very interesting to be part of this project,” stated Zlatan Nalic.Nalic’s greatest success in his former coaching career was achieved with the U21 National team of Sweden, when he won the European Championship as a professional team member.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Numbers Game

first_imgWhy, why do these so-called NFL “experts” continue to preach to and praise themselves as the greatest sports minds since the days of ancient Athens? At least in the times of Socrates they kept their journalistic integrity intact by honestly keeping track of and considering most all of the numbers.  I was browsing the net on a particularly boring and uneventful night and lo and behold I staggered upon the preseason NFL power rankings posted on espn.com.  Whoa Nellie, don’t close the barn doors. We had better open them wide because the barn is on fire!  Please allow “Swami Brey” to instruct you how to apply the “Dr. Vinnie Boom Boom” Las Vegas numbers formula honestly, without hype or smoke evaluation of the NFL teams and their preseason and regular season “positions.”  Oh, by the way, Dr. “Boom Boom” was the physician that would cure you of a particular ailment but his antidote would more than likely kill you thereby eliminating the need for any additional medication.According to the power rankins, the Steelers were ranked #1 on defense and #21 on offense.Twenty-one and one equals twenty-two, divided by two, equals eleven. Pittsburgh is projected to occupy the spot at #16, which is five spots lower than where “Swami” figures they should be.There is no way in Hades that the Steelers should have been ranked lower than #11 as far as the 2013 preseason rankings are concerned.  The team that held the #15 spot at the time that the rankings were published was the St. Louis Rams.  Although the Rams show great promise with their young QB Sam Bradford and as well as a few of their additional 2013 draft picks, they are still far too young to be considered a serious threat to make a run at a NFL championship.   The recent loss of wide receiver Mike Wallace to free agency and the season, maybe career ending shoulder injury to Plaxico Burress leaves a few huge question marks in regards to the passing offense of the Black and Gold.I am ready, more than “Freddy” for the season to get underway and to see, really see what “Dem Dere Stillers” are going to do for the 2103 campaign.   Against the Giants last night in the pre-season opner, the Steelers won the toss and began the game moving the ball pretty well. But again, instead of using a screen pass or a quick out to get close to the first down, an illegal man downfield penalty caused Pittsburgh to have to re-punt at which point the punt was blocked giving the New York Giants first and goal.  But ya, know what boys’and girls’? The much maligned Steelers defense held NY to a field goal. So much for worrying about the “Big Nasty D” at least for the first series of the season anyway.  “Big” Ben Roethlisberger called two timeouts with 5:05 still remaining in the first quarter. You would expect that sort of indecision or non recognition of defensive coverage’s to be expected from some of the rookie or second year quarterbacks in the NFL not a time tested QB such as Roethlisberger.  Eli Manning thentossed a 57 yard TD to wide receiver Victor Cruz. I am still a bit unclear as to who was responsible for the initial coverage but it appears that Steelers cornerback William Gay may have been the culprit to allow Mr. Cruz to “cruise to freedom.”  But enough of the “play-by-play jargon.”What I saw from the Steelers offense and defense was encouraging. Are the Steelers as talented on offense and defense as they were in 2013? Well that is a loaded question because they may be better on defense and offense. The Pittsburgh squad is at least more youthful and speedier on both sides of the ball. Will their inexperience hurt them or help them?The crystal ball of “Swami Brey” remains a bit cloudy on that issue because; “only time can give you experience and getting experience takes time.”  Man that was deep, wasn’t it?Anyway, the heir apparent of departed James Harrison’s outside “backer” spot had better be a bit more “sportsman-like in light of the two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties called on him in the first half of the game. Elaborate on Worilds, aggression cannot evolve into plays stupid plays after the whistle. Rookie Linebacker Jarvis Jones (Courier Photo/Julio Torres) LaRod Stephens-Howling’s dad Rod Howling with Aubrey Bruce at Steelers Training Camp.last_img read more

Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cash Spiel a success say organizers

first_imgNichol took home $1,400 for finishing second, the same as Nelson’s Rick Cutler, winner of the B Event.Cutler, who defeated Justin Umpherville of Fruitvale, knocked off the Peet rink of Creston, to capture the B Event.The Pellerin rink of Cranbrook outlasted Nando Salviulo Nelson in the C Event.Jill Winters of Nelson won the C Event Consolation crown, and $350, by defeating Tom Hall of Rossland.Bill van Yzerloo of Castlegar won the B Event Consolation title.The Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cash Spiel is a test run as the Nelson Curling Club prepares to host the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship and a berth in the Tim Horton’s Brier February 10-14.Tickets for the event go on sale in early January 2016.Many of the top curlers in the province will be on the draw, including 2015 champion Jim Cotter of Vernon.The Nelson Cash Spiel was renamed in honour of Doug Bothamley, who spent countless hours in the rinks around the Kootenays promoting the sport, coaching competitive, junior and women’s teams, as well as competing himself. Bob Ursel of Kelowna gutted out a 6-2 win over Castlegar’s Myron Nichol in the A-Final of the Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cash Spiel Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.However, while Ursel, third Dave Stephenson, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead, Fred Thomson of Nelson, may have won $2,100, tournament organizer Nando Salviulo said everyone was a winner.”Almost every rink went home with money,” Salviulo said Sunday.The Ursel rink, put together this season to compete on the Senior’s circuit, qualifed in the A event with Tom Buchy of Kimberley, Nichol and Chris Ducharme of Creston.Ursel dumped Ducharme while Nichol surprised Buchy to reach the A Final.last_img read more