Travel retail business SSP, which operates brands including Starbucks and Upper Crust, has reported £221.m in operating profit.The company said the 12.1% increase in profit in the year ended 30 September 2019 had been driven by a combination of new contracts, operational efficiency and sales growth.Total revenue was £2,794.6m, up 7.8% at constant currency, and up 9% at actual exchange rates. Growth in air and rail passenger numbers drove a 1.9% increase in like-for-like sales.“SSP has delivered another strong performance in 2019,” said CEO Simon Smith. “Operating profit was driven by solid like-for-like sales growth despite some external headwinds, significant new contract openings and further operational improvements.”Smith added that SSP continued to grow its business in Continental Europe, India and the Philippines. It expanded into Brazil for the first time and planned to extend into Bermuda, Bahrain and Malaysia.“The new business pipeline is strong across all our geographies both this year and next, and we’ve announced a £100m share buyback, which further demonstrates our confidence in the future of the business.”Recent SSP activity in the UK has included a partnership with Warrens Bakery to open a store in Gatwick Airport. The company was forced to close its first Knead site, opened with Paul Hollywood at Euston Station, as building worked started on the High Speed 2 (HS2) development, but has not ruled out opening further sites under the brand.Smith added: “The new financial year has started in line with our expectations and, while a degree of uncertainty always exists around passenger numbers in the short-term, we continue to be well placed to benefit from the structural growth opportunities in our markets and to create value for our shareholders.”
While the Notre Dame community usually braves its fair share of winter weather, a combination of road conditions and frigid temperatures Jan. 6 necessitated closing campus for a day-and-a-half.Superintendent Pat McCauslin and Assistant Superintendent Tim Dyczko of the Landscape Services Center were on site to manage the snow removal following the storm. Although campus roads and sidewalks were cleared of snow, McCauslin said the storm left the roads in poor condition around Notre Dame.“[The driving] wasn’t difficult on campus because we were pretty much on top of that situation,” Dyczko said. “Our campus was fine. It was very passible.”McCauslin said side roads around the county were left unplowed for one to two days. He said campus shut down due both to the poor state of the roads in the South Bend area and the cold temperatures.“We were [at] minus 15 as an ambient air temperature, [and there were] 25 mile per hour winds so the wind chill temperature was down to minus 45 for a while,” he said.A countywide state of emergency was declared and no traffic was allowed on the streets, McCauslin said.“When they declare a regular state of emergency they can actually stop and ticket people for being on the streets unless you’re emergency personnel,” he said. “All the staff in landscape services are considered essential personnel with snow emergency situations like that.”McCauslin said in order to stay ahead of incoming storms and to keep up with general landscape the Department of Landscape Services has 31 full-time staff members. Although the staff generally rotates through three shifts during the course of a day over the winter months, McCauslin said situations such as the snowstorm require two 12-hour shifts.“About 4 o’clock in the morning we started New Years Day and worked a full day on until 2 a.m. the next day,” he said.The decision to close campus, however, rested with a university committee advised by Landscape Services, NDSP and the Office of Campus Safety. McCauslin said his department advises on weather conditions while NDSP advises on county and city road conditions to determine whether or not to close the campus.“It’s a difficult decision to make, certainly, in that you don’t want to put anyone’s life at risk,” he said.Not only did this particular storm bring in 12 to 15 inches of snow, it was also a heavy lake snow with a higher water content, Dyczko said.“It takes us a little longer to get it off the roads,” he said. “It’s harder to move. Harder on equipment.”McCauslin compared the snow to the consistency of wet sand.“It can get that heavy,” he said. “And just the way it snowed, it was continuous so it’s just a matter of keeping at it, not letting it build up.”The snow was accompanied by winds that piled the snow in drifts, McCauslin said.“We did a lot of work with drifting,” he said. “It just slows you down, so it slows the operation down. You get one area cleared and you go back 20 minutes later and it’s plugged shut again, so you just keep opening it up and opening it up.”McCauslin also said lake snow is more difficult for meteorologists to precisely forecast. Determining the start and stop times and even predicting potential amounts of snow to be received are more difficult due to a lake effect.“I’ve seen it snowing like hell here and if you went five miles that way it was blue sky,” Dyczko said. “And that’s just part of living in South Bend, you just never know.”Tags: Campus Closure, Landscape Services, Road Conditions, snow, South Bend, WInter
Share Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Online gaming organisation BetVictor has concluded its World Cup Million Pound Bet campaign, which has seen one unnamed lucky punter land a bet with odds of 17,042/1 to come out on top.Rewarding the customer with the largest winning bet with the biggest odds across any World Cup market, the triumphant customer, who requested to remain anonymous, placed the winning entry before the round of 16 encounter between Uruguay and Portugal on June 30.Utilising the firm’s in-house developed #PriceItUp builder, allowing a number of determining factors to be edited and combined, the individual united the winning score with corner numbers for both sides and Uruguay’s yellow card count, as the Million Pound Bet read: Uruguay to win 2-1Uruguay Over 1.5 cornersUruguay Under 2.5 cornersPortugal Over 9.5 cornersPortugal Under 10.5 cornersUruguay Under 0.5 cardsEoin Ryan, Head of Product at BetVictor, said: “Paying £1,000,000 to a single BetVictor customer is the perfect conclusion to what has been an incredibly exciting and successful Million Pound Bet campaign. We wanted to bring excitement and thrills to our customers’ World Cup betting experience, encouraging them to make their best bet, and the Million Pound Bet certainly delivered that. We saw consistent buzz across social media and customers enjoyed the transparency afforded by our real-time leaderboards.” Ryan added: “Our #PriceItUp Builder continues to have great momentum and we’re certainly looking to build on its success ahead to the start of the new Premier League season and other major sporting events going forward. The concept of #BestBetWins is one that we’re interested in developing further as the football season returns later this summer.”This marks the second £1m BetVictor have paid to a single customer, following its Million Pound Goal campaign for the final of Euro 2016 between Portugal and France. Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020
Firefighters discovered a homicide scene after responding to an early morning fire Tuesday at a Woodland home.Crews with Clark County Fire & Rescue responded to a reported fire at 2145 Dahlia St. at 4:35 a.m. and arrived to find flames coming from the house, fire agency spokesman Tim Dawdy said.Crews quickly extinguished the blaze and found the body of a deceased man inside, authorities said.Firefighters withdrew from the building and turned it over to the Woodland Police Department, who said that they are investigating the death as a homicide. The department added the fire appeared to have been set intentionally.Authorities found propane tanks at the property and the bomb squad from the Portland Police Bureau responded, ensuring that the scene was safe.Woodland police officers are assisting the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office in investigating the incident, though the agencies shared few details regarding the circumstances of the suspicious death.“There was something that the officers and firefighters saw when they got in there that gave us reason to label it that way,” Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig said.