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UK-based O’Briens sees HQ and website close

first_imgThe head office and website of O’Briens Sandwich Bars in the UK have closed down.It comes two years after the UK chain was bought out following the collapse of O’Briens Irish Sandwich Bars (UK) Ltd and O’Briens Irish Sandwich Bars (Property UK) Ltd in 2009 into administration. Both companies were subsequently dissolved.It is not known how many shops are still trading as O’Briens Sandwich Bars, but it is understood the majority of the shops have rebranded and are trading as independents.The Glasgow branch of O’Briens is still using the original name, but the owner said he now had no connection with his former franchisor and the head office for O’Briens Sandwich Bars UK, in Glasgow, had closed. Four former O’Briens franchisees who spoke to British Baker said they have had no contact with the directors since last year.Following the collapse in 2009 of the UK business, a new company, O’Briens Franchising (UK) Ltd, bought the assets and set about working with some of the remaining franchisees. According to Companies House documents, the company is still trading, although it has never filed accounts the first set of which were required to be filed by 20 January 2011.A separate company formed in 2009, O’Briens Franchising (GB) Ltd, which had directors in common with O’Briens Franchising (UK) Ltd, was struck off in November 2011.O’Briens in Ireland is a separate company from the UK business and is not linked to the UK stores. Its website says it operates over 100 stores across the Irish Republic.last_img read more


Fernandes savours QPR turnaround after avoiding ‘rash decisions’

first_imgTony Fernandes took to Twitter after QPR’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City, declaring that he was proud of the players.The Rangers chairman, who faced calls to sack manager Harry Redknapp following a dismal start to the season, also pointed out that the board did not make “rash decisions” when results were poor.Fernandes tweeted: “Proud of our boys.gave the champions a run for the money should have beaten Liverpool and gave Chelsea a scare. I’m a super proud chairman.“Thought the ref had a poor first half . all credit to the boys. we showed what we can do todayLooking over the last few weeks when backs were against us . we kept calm didn’t make rash decisions . … http://t.co/kVhBe6g60y— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) November 8, 2014“Looking over the last few weeks when backs were against us. we kept calm didn’t make rash decisions . should have got a point Liverpool and chelsea.”Vice-chairman Amit Bhatia tweeted: “Fantastic football match. Unlucky not to get three points. Feels like we’ve turned a corner. So proud of our team. @QPRFC #qpr #uurrrrssss.”And chief executive Philip Beard added: “I am so proud to part this club. Performances on and off the pitch outstanding and the support today was of the scale #weRtogether.”Charlie Austin scored QPR’s first goal – his sixth of the season – and set up their second before Sergio Aguero’s late equaliser for City.Austin tweeted: “Big point tonight! So many positives for the team right now. Fans were different class!“Love scoring but would always swap my goal for a win! Team most important. On to the next one!”Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who was one of Rangers’ substitutes, wrote: “Another great performance from the boys today, big point in the end! Great atmosphere.”And R’s midfielder Joey Barton, who returned to action after injury, tweeted: “Great performance again from the lads. Great to be back. Could have been 3 points but for Sergio Aguero. The best striker in the country.”See also:QPR v Man City player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Seeing Africa in a new light

first_img10 October 2006By this time next year, global perceptions of Africa could be changing radically as two major new international television stations project a different image of the continent and provide African viewers with a global context to better understand global forces and seek advantage for the continent in trade, investment and tourism.The two new stations – CNBC Africa and Al Jazeera International, which are both set to go live in the next six months or so – will intensify the media spotlight on Africa at a time when the northern hemisphere view of the world is being increasingly challenged by economic realities and reforms at the United Nations and multilateral institutions.New global realitiesA recent cover story in the influential Economist pointed out that the developing world now accounts for more than 50% of global economic output measured in purchasing-power parity.The rise of major industrialising developing powers – such as China, India, Brazil, Mexico, South Korea and Turkey – have prompted reforms at the UN, IMF and World Bank as the global centre of gravity shifts closer to the developing countries.Major corporations in the developing countries – such as India’s Tata Industries and South Africa’s SABMiller – now account for more than a third of all foreign direct investment in the developing world.South-south co-operation is no longer a political slogan – it has become an economic reality. Increasingly, global economic growth depends on the economic growth of developing countries.24-hour Africa business channelIn recognition of these new realities – and the emergence of Africa as a major trade and investment partner of China and the new developing powers – CNBC, the global business TV leader, is set to open a 24-hour Africa business channel by mid-2007 with an initial investment of R190-million (roughly US$25-million).CNBC Africa, an autonomous unit with its headquarters in Johannesburg and set to train a new genetation of African financial journalists, will beam six hours of dedicated Africa programming each week day and will have correspondents in Cape Town, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and London. It will also incorporate its Asian, Middle Eastern and European services for its African viewers.Zafar Siddiqi, chairman of CNBC Africa, said that the new service would address dysfunctional broadcasting policies between African countries, poor communications and inadequate marketing on the continent and an over-sensationalisation of news.“We will set a new standard in broadcasting on the continent that will spur others … we will work closely with all broadcasters around Africa,” Siddiqi told the the first International Media Forum in Johannesburg last month.The Forum, which was partnered by the International Marketing Council of South Africa, sought to promote a dialogue between international media and South Africans about mutual perceptions of the country and the African continent.Al Jazeera: five new Africa bureauxAl Jazeera International, a new English-language station spawned by the successful Qatar-based Arabic station serving the Middle East, is due to go live before the end of the year with a 24-hour global news service with five bureaux in Africa.Al Jazeera has hired some of the top names in British journalism, including the legendary interviewer David Frost and former BBC heavyweight Nigel Parsons, who heads the station. It seeks to portray global news from a centre of gravity which lies outside of the industrialised world, and will portray global news from a developing world perspective, thus reflecting the new global realities.“We will set out to normalise news coverage in Africa,” said Andrew Simmonds, Al Jazeera International’s Africa bureau chief, who attended the Forum.The renewed interest in Africa is being driven by a confluence of forces: increased global interest in Africa’s rich resources – particularly oil and steel – the rapid rise of the continent as a destination for Chinese and Indian investment and trade, major growth in South African investment in Africa, and a deeper understanding of the link between terrorism, poverty and failed states.No built-in bias against AfricaDelegates to the International Media Forum heard a succession of influential speakers representing the world’s leading news organisations – CNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, the Wall Street Journal, BBC, DowJones Newswires, Reuters and Africa Confidential – sketch the news global realities and the rising importance of Africa in a globalised world.The messages that come through repeatedly were that news organisations are driven by what their readers and subscribers want – rather than focussing on either negative or positive news – that there is no built-in bias against Africa, and that African countries and companies need to develop better communication strategies to compete in the global market place if ideas and enterprises.South African Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad, who spoke at the conference, welcomed the tone of speeches from the international editors and suggested that South Africans should revisit the view that the global media was a monolithic bloc that sought to marginalise the continent and entrench negative stereotypes.“We cannot simply dismiss negative reportage as the product of the racist or the colonial mindset, nor must we paint all reporters with the same brush,” he said. “We also need to be more open to investigative journalism.”Randy Walerius, London-based Africa and Middle East editor at Dow Jones Newswires, said that the slogan and driving force of his news organisation was: “news to profit by”.“We don’t look at news as positive or negative,” he said. “It’s whether the news offers news [for readers and subscribers] to profit by.”Importance of open communicationThemba Maseko, the new director-general of South Africa’s Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), presented the government’s new communications strategy, which seeks to correct preceptions by clear and repeated communication of government policy and its achievements, and promised better access for journalists.Addressing a dinner of the international media and invited guests, Pahad suggested that the Forum should become a regular event on the annual calendar.The Forum kicked off an overdue debate between the international media and South African stakeholders in business and communications about differing domestic and international perceptions of South Africa and the importance of open and clear communication to promote good governance and economic transparency.South Africa’s challenge is to ensure that just as opportunities open up for Africa and South Africa with changing international perceptions, we do not become prisoners to our own stereotypes that global opinion is biased against us and always looking to reinforce the negative.It is time to open ourselves to international scrutiny and put our case more convincingly and more professionally.John Battersby is the UK country manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa, based in London. He recently accompanied a group of leading international journalists, editors and managers on a visit to South Africa to attend the first International Media Forum. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


Patients suffer as dialysis centre in dire need of machines, staff

first_imgSeveral patients at the government-run MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Odisha’s Berhampur were turned away on Saturday as the dialysis machine developed a snag.The dialysis centre of the major referral hospital in south Odisha suffers from lack of adequate number of machines and staff. Established in 1976, it was one of first dialysis centres in the State. The centre has only two machines, of which one was brought from Koraput district. This old machine takes longer per dialysis and develops snags often.On May 25, dialysis of only two patients could be done as the new machine also stopped functioning. This centre also caters to patients of emergency cases like poisoning, snake bite, dengue and severe malaria. Inadequate staff is another major problem this centre faces. For the past eight years, it was being managed by a retired professor of the nephrology department of of the MKCG Medical College as an ad hoc appointee. It was only a few days ago that the centre got a permanent professor. Although two machines need at least two technicians, only one is posted here.Single shift onlyA senior resident and a post-graduate student from the college’s medicine department are deputed every fortnight to assist. There is an urgent need of more Class III and Class IV staff, including nurses and attendants, at the centre, which is now unable to run round-the-clock. At present it is operational on a single shift.Since the start of the ‘Sahay’ scheme that provides for free dialysis, the number of serious kidney patients has been on the rise. The College and Hospital Dean and Principal Radha Madhab Tripathy says measures are being taken to improve the situation. He hopes that the situation will become better after the opening of the new super speciality building on the campus. This block has been constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakshya Yojana at a cost of ₹150 crore. According to Dr. Tripathy, the new block’s dialysis centre will have at least six machines and adequate staff.last_img read more


Claudio Pizarro nets late to become Bundesliga’s oldest goal-scorer

first_imgView comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town It looked like Davie Selke’s first-half goal against his former side was enough for Hertha to win, but Pizarro came on as a substitute with half an hour remaining and had the final say.The veteran Peru striker also became the first to score in 21 different calendar years in the Bundesliga with his 195th league goal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe goal denied Hertha sixth place and kept 10th-placed Bremen one point behind the home side.STUTTGART DENIED Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Stuttgart’s hopes of a reprieve after another week of turbulence went unanswered as Leipzig won their game 3-1 to consolidate fourth place.Danish forward Yussuf Poulsen scored twice to help Leipzig move one point below Borussia Moenchengladbach and stay six clear of Wolfsburg, which defeated Mainz 2-0 at home.Stuttgart sought its first win in seven games to ease the pressure on coach Markus Weinzierl. Weinzierl kept his job after last weekend’s 3-0 loss at Fortuna Duesseldorf, but sporting director Michael Reschke was told to go on Tuesday.Former Aston Villa and Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, who helped Stuttgart win the Bundesliga in 2007, was appointed in Reschke’s place.Stuttgart had the worst defense in the league (47 goals conceded), in contrast to Leipzig (18), which duly scored with the game’s first attack in the sixth minute when Yussuf Poulsen took advantage of some lax defending to score from close range.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES MOST READ But Steven Zuber equalized from the penalty spot 10 minutes later after the video referee intervened when Leipzig captain Willi Orban appeared to push Mario Gomez and deflect the ball out of play with his hand.The home side pushed for more — Leipzig ‘keeper Peter Gulacsi made a great save to deny Santiago Ascacibar in the second half — before Marcel Sabitzer restored the visitors’ lead from a free kick in the 68th.Midfielder Tyler Adams then won a challenge before setting Poulsen through to seal it in the 74th. It was Adams’ first assist in his fourth game since his winter transfer from the New York Red Bulls.SCHALKE FRUSTRATEDSchalke, which hosts Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday, was held at home by Freiburg to 0-0.Schalke midfielder Suat Serdar was shown a straight red card minutes before the break for a studs-up lunge at Freiburg captain Mike Frantz, who needed treatment.Both sides finished with 10 men after Freiburg’s Christian Guenter was shown his second yellow card in injury time for colliding with Mark Uth.Hoffenheim defeated Hannover 3-0, though the home side should have won by more. BERLIN — Claudio Pizarro scored in the sixth minute of injury time to salvage a 1-1 draw for Werder Bremen at Hertha Berlin and become the oldest ever goal-scorer in the Bundesliga on Saturday.Pizarro, aged 40 years and 136 days, broke the previous record held by Bremen midfielder Miroslav “Mirko” Votava (40 years, 121 days) from 1996, when he fired his free kick through a host of Hertha legs and past the helpless Rune Jarstein in goal.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Tim Tebow says he advised Kyler Murray to follow his heart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


Here is your horoscope for December 6, 2018

first_imgARIESYou are likely to find yourself in triangular situations at work and at home today. Expect to travel yourself and also entertain visitors. Love and warmth from your partner melt your defenses when you tend to isolate yourself. Your social life is a bit tiring. Lucky number 3. Colour green. TAURUSYou achieve difficult targets with the economy, good management and elaborate manoeuvres. You are likely to be involved in multifarious activity. It’s best to encounter and face truths about yourself and your personal relationships to gain a deeper understanding. Lucky number 14. Colour turquoise. GEMINIYou are highly creative with the courage to be different and not fit into comfortable patterns. You come to terms with yourself and realize you have to be yourself and live your truth, whatever it takes. You get a chance to prove yourself and express ideas. Lucky number 9. Colour green. CANCERSome of your business and personal plans are about to be actualized so put your shoulder to the wheel, as they say. Spiritual growth and awareness lead to new priorities and values. Change brings stability in material aspects and warmth in relationships. Lucky number 7. Colour blue. LEOWarmth and friendship are available and encouraging. Your social life is exciting. It’s best not to allow emotions to come in the way of professional decisions and business matters or you make a bad move. Listen to your heart and intuition rather than the head. Lucky number 2. Colour pinks. VIRGOYou are in harmony with existence and in rhythm with life – accept this great gift and share it with loved ones. Relationships are loving and special. Your social life is likely to be busy and tiring. You are receptive to ideas and intuitive in relationships. Lucky number 1. Colour green.advertisement LIBRAA transforming personal experience is on the cards! Physical endurance enables you to indulge in busy schedules and competitive sport at this point. You must aim for the highest and not make compromises, as achievement of the highest degree is possible now. Lucky number 1. Colour orange. SCORPIOAccept the challenge life offers you and keep going through ups and downs realizing that this too shall pass’. Enjoy every moment, whatever it brings – the peak and the valley without getting addicted to it. Centre within to taste your inner bliss today. Lucky number 6. Colour saffron. SAGITTARIUSYou go through a gamut of experience and change in emotional relationships. Remain centered through it all by witnessing rather than participating in arguments or conflicts. Schedules and patterns are reassessed and revised and prove to be for the better. Lucky number 2. Colour green. CAPRICORNSuccess and gain in material aspects is on the cards! Your personal relationship goes through a somewhat dreamy and transitory stage since you wait for promise and commitment. Financial and property matters can be concluded with some effort on your part. Lucky number 6. Colour pink. AQUARIUSAssess situations with your head, as well as, with your heart before taking decisions. Avoid becoming too dependent on others or you can be let down. Professional matters need to be viewed from a realistic point of view so that material aspects aren’t ignored. Lucky number 6. Colour blue. PISCESYou bring stability and physical well being for the family and yourself with discipline and understanding. You are practical and nurturing in chaotic situations where order and maintenance is needed. Beware of moods and over indulgence in food or drink. Lucky number 8. Colour greens.last_img read more


10 months agoLiverpool legend Carragher: No problem being dumped from FA Cup

first_imgLiverpool legend Carragher: No problem being dumped from FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists being dumped out of the FA Cup is no reason for concern.Carragher suggested all their focus should be on winning the Premier League title.He posted to social media:I have no problem with the @LFC selection from JK & would rather we had won but, we have the best chance we’ve had in years of winning the PL & it may be yrs before we’re in this position again. The big chance we have is not the 4 point lead but MC/THFC playing a lot more games— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 7, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img


12 days agoWenger: My favourite Arsenal team

first_imgWenger: My favourite Arsenal teamby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his Invincibles side was the greatest team that he managed.Wenger was in charge of some other excellent sides at Arsenal, including the double-winning teams of 1997-98 and 2001-02.Wenger is quoted by the Metro: “You would say the Invincibles – it’s an easy question to answer. “My dream was always to play a season without losing a game so I cannot go against that.”Wenger added that the defence from the 1997-98 side was of a particularly high standard. He said: “But as well I must say I inherited a team of men when I came to Arsenal – this was the team that won in 98. “Adams, Bould, Winterburn, Keown, Dixon that was the core of the team. It was branded Arsenal players who were ready to die for the club. “You could go after the game in the fight in the corridors you would know they would not leave you alone – this was the type of players I had at the start. “They were ready to go to war with you, you could be in the trenches with them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


The Cleveland Indians Are Dominating Like Its The 90s Again

With apologies to Bob Feller and the 1948 World Series champion Cleveland Indians, the definitive Indians team for most fans today is the one that called Jacobs Field home in the mid-to-late 1990s. And as it happens, this year’s squad, at 51-32 and coming off of a recent 14-game win-streak, looks like the franchise’s best all-around incarnation since that golden era of Cleveland baseball.Those late-’90s Indians were stocked with an outrageous number of marquee names; the 1997 Indians’ roster, for instance, contained 22 players who appeared on All-Star teams, tied for the 15th-most of any team ever. With that core, Cleveland won 59 percent of its games from 1994 to 2001, the 19th-best (non-overlapping) eight-season run by a franchise in major league history, to go with a couple of pennants and a World Series near-miss in 1997. Until LeBron James’s Cavaliers won the NBA title a few weeks ago, those Indians represented the pinnacle of modern-era Cleveland sports.But after years of jinxed and otherwise interrupted rebuilding attempts, Cleveland might finally have a real successor to those beloved ‘90s teams on its hands this season. Through 83 games, the 2016 Indians have the franchise’s highest Elo rating (our pet metric for rating a team’s quality at any given time) for this stage of a season since 1998, when the Tribe was powered by the likes of Kenny Lofton, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel and Bartolo Colon (a handful of belt sizes ago). The Indians of the late ‘90s were an offensive machine, scoring 1,009 runs in 1999 — the fifth-most any team ever posted in a single season — and cracking 950 on two other occasions. And given the sheer amount of hitting talent on hand in Cleveland, at the height of an era we’ll just call one of the most offensive-minded in history, it would have been difficult not to pile up the runs. But one of the secrets of those great Indians squads is that they could pitch, too. Over the same 1994-2001 period, Cleveland also had the fifth-best ERA in baseball after adjusting for park and league, and its staff accumulated the third-most wins above replacement (WAR) in MLB. The names weren’t necessarily megastars — in addition to Colon, their WAR leaders were Charles Nagy, Dave Burba and ancient versions of Dennis Martinez and Orel Hershiser — but they cobbled together a very effective pitching staff to complement a modern-day murderers’ row of hitters.This year’s Tribe cuts a similar profile of all-around goodness. Their batters have the fourth-most WAR of any position-player corps in baseball, highlighted by the emergence of 22-year-old Francisco Lindor as an outright star in his second major-league season. But they can also pitch, with a staff that boasts the eighth-most WAR in the majors. In fact, this time around, it’s the hurlers who have more star power; ace Corey Kluber won the Cy Young two seasons ago, and he might be joined in that category this year by one of his teammates, whether it be Danny Salazar or Carlos Carrasco. The sum total has been a balanced club that’s finally living up to expectations, and one that looks as scary as any in the American League at the moment.This being Cleveland, there’s plenty that could still sidetrack the Indians’ renaissance. But the city is in an unfamiliar place after actually winning something for the first time in forever. It might even — dare I say it? — be on the verge of a golden age in sports, if we put aside the the Browns. And a big part of that will rest on these Indians’ ability to match, if not surpass, the old ghosts of the 1990s.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more


Icardi says Inter are ready to do well for the fans

first_imgInter Milan striker Mauro Icardi say’s that his team is ready for the new season and is preparing well for a return to the Champions League.Today Icardi and the rest of the squad took part in their first pre-season training session ahead of the looming 2018/19 Serie A campaign and he was in buoyant mood talking to reporters.“After a month-and-a-half, we were missing the daily routine of training a bit. We all want to start the new season and play in the Champions League which had been our objective,” he said, as reported by Inter’s official website.“It will be a training camp that’s different from the rest. We’ll prepare well for the Champions League, the league and develop chemistry with the new teammates.”Inter have made 6 signings already this summer – including midfielder Radja Nainggolan from AS Roma – as manager Luciano Spaletti looks to increase his options heading into the new season.The Nerazzurri secured qualification for Europe’s premier competition after a dramatic 3-2 final day win over Lazio and Icardi finished by thanking the fans for their continued support.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0. Una gioia infinita… che dura una vita⚽️?⚫️ #MI9 pic.twitter.com/LjlqhgcI5C— MauroIcardi (@MauroIcardi) May 21, 2018“I thank the fans who go to the stadium, those who go to away games and those who watch at home from all over the world. I have to thank them for their passion for Inter. We can feel it, and we know that we have to do well for them.”last_img read more