Starbucks turns a profit in UK

first_imgHigh street coffee giant Starbucks has reported a profit of £1.1m in the year to September 2014 in its first profit recorded in Britain. This compared to a £20m loss in the previous year. The coffee chain said its growth was due to the closure of stores with expensive rent and moving to cheaper locations.Mark Fox, Starbucks UK managing director, said: “The company’s strong performance is the result of a turnaround strategy that has focused on engaging with our employers, giving customers more, growing the business and improving our model by rebalancing the store portfolio and carefully managing costs.”Since a three-year plan announced in 2011, Starbucks has closed 67 unprofitable stores and opened 121 new stores in more profitable locations, bringing its UK total to 791.Drive-thru stores have also been introduced, but have resulted in mixed success.Starbucks this week announced the opening of its 100th franchise store in the UK. It will be on London’s Mile End Road.last_img read more


Millions of migrant workers head home due to virus: UN

first_img“Many millions of migrant workers, who were under lockdown in their countries of work, have lost their jobs and are now expected to return home to countries that are already grappling with weak economies and rising unemployment.”The ILO estimates there are 164 million migrant workers worldwide — nearly half of them women — comprising 4.7 percent of the global labor force.During the COVID-19 pandemic, many migrant workers were unable to return home due to travel bans, and found themselves stuck.Nonetheless, Nepal is expecting around 500,000 people who have lost their jobs abroad to return home, mainly from the Middle East and Malaysia. Millions of migrant workers who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic are expected to return home to already overburdened labor markets, the UN said Wednesday.Migrant workers were left exceptionally exposed to the virus and the economic shutdown it triggered, said the United Nations’ International Labor Organization.”This is a potential crisis within a crisis,” said Manuela Tomei, director of the ILO’s conditions of work and equality department. Essential sectors The ILO said that in many parts of the world, migrant workers were concentrated in sectors deemed essential during the coronavirus lockdowns, such as health care, transport, services, domestic work and agriculture.However, they were also more vulnerable to losing their jobs and income during economic crises.The ILO said migrant women in domestic and care work were among the most vulnerable during the crisis, facing additional work and care demands, with entire families at home during lockdowns.Tomei said migrant workers were over-represented in sectors in which physical distancing is difficult, they very often hold temporary jobs, and job loss often means a loss of work and residence permits, pushing them into irregular status without protections.She said migrant workers were “invisible to COVID-19 responses” despite the essential work they did, and needed to be factored into national plans.She also called for greater cooperation between countries of origin and destination to help returning migrants.Returning migrant workers could also bring skills that could help their home economies rebuild after the COVID-19 downturn, said the ILO.But the families of returning migrants could suffer financially from the loss of remittances normally sent to them. India has already repatriated more than 220,000 migrant workers, mostly from Gulf states.Meanwhile some 250,000 have headed back to Bangladesh, more than 130,000 to Indonesia and more than 100,000 to Myanmar, Michelle Leighton, chief of the ILO’s labor migration department, told a virtual press conference.Ethiopia is expecting between 200,000 and 500,000 to return by the end of the year. Topics :last_img read more


Syracuse’s 2nd midfield line continues to produce, scores 3 goals in Syracuse’s win over Notre Dame

first_imgVILLANOVA, Pa. – Syracuse’s first midfield of JoJo Marasco, Scott Loy and Luke Cometti is enough to torment any defense. Sometimes Henry Schoonmaker joins them if he’s not leading the second midfield.But when that backup unit fires like it did Thursday, SU feels close to unbeatable.“I’ve said it a couple times now, when our second lines rolling I don’t really see – it’s going to be tough to beat us,” Marasco said.After Thursday’s 9-3 win against Notre Dame (10-4) in the Big East semifinals, head coach John Desko and his players hesitated to claim complete invincibility. But they came close multiple times. And after the Orange’s (12-3) second midfielders combined for three of SU’s even-strength goals Thursday, they had every reason to.Hakeem Lecky led linemates Henry Schoonmaker and Ryan Barber as he constantly threatened with his first step. It’s how he freed himself up for his first goal in the middle of SU’s 3-0 run to end the first half. Half a step to the left opened up a narrow shooting window, and he obliged with a 12-yard snipe.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I mean he’s a good player,” Notre Dame goaltender John Kemp said. “I expect the same thing from every player. He just took good shots.”Kemp entered Thursday’s game surrendering less than eight goals per game on average. Lecky, whose erratic shooting often neutralizes his nearly unstoppable speed, put two past the Tewaaraton Award nominee.Lecky’s pair of goals added to Schoonmaker’s opener. Schoonmaker is one of a few players in the same class of speed as Lecky, and he tore past his man down the right wing and bounced his unassisted shot into the lower-left corner of the goal.“There’s so much speed in our second line and they’ve got to constantly worry about them and us,” Marasco said.Most teams key on Schoonmaker when defending SU’s second midfield, but for much of Thursday’s game, Lecky was covered by Jack Near, the same player who marked first-line playmaker Marasco.As SU dives into a postseason run through May, Lecky’s is a more-than promising development.“We get that – we get him going on that second midfield and between Schoony and Barber, that’s going to be a tough group to stop,” Desko said, “and really help us going down the stretch, getting into the playoffs and building some depth, especially with this warm weather coming.” Comments Published on May 2, 2013 at 10:25 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Related Stories NOTRE TAMED: Syracuse offense breaks out late, defense clamps down on Fighting Irish to send Orange to Big East tournament finalsLamolinara shines in Big East tournament semifinal after watching from sideline last year Syracuse defense frustrates Notre Dame for 2nd time in 6 daysGallery: Syracuse beats Notre Dame 9-3 to advance to Big East tournament finalcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more