M&S sees positive festive performance for food

first_imgMarks & Spencer hailed a “very good” Christmas in food, claiming a record sales increase of 17% in the key Christmas week.The retailer said that, in the third quarter for the 13 weeks to 27 December, sales outperformed the market, with an increase of 2.8%, while like-for-like sales for the business were up 0.1%.Despite this, the business saw sales slump in general merchandise.Marc Bolland, chief executive, said: “M&S had a very good Christmas in food. We delivered record Christmas sales, strongly outperforming the market. We had a difficult quarter in general merchandise, dominated by unseasonal conditions and an unsatisfactory performance in our e-commerce distribution centre. We maintained our focus on general merchandise gross margin, with guidance unchanged.”M&S launched nearly 750 new products for the quarter, in an attempt to give customers more choice. It said there had been record results in party food, desserts and deli items.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 17 Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants for Pennsylvania Schools, Businesses, and Municipalities

first_img Energy,  Environment,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded grants to 17 alternative fuel projects that will save an estimated 650 million gallons of fuel in Pennsylvania. These Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) will be used to develop and promote the use of alternative fuels and develop supporting infrastructure, improving air quality through alternative fuel use.“The AFIG program has made tremendous strides in reducing air pollution, improving the quality of the air we breathe, and paying economic dividends through a reduction in the use of gasoline,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants are awarded to a wide range of projects, both large and small. From purchasing two alternative fuel vehicles to converting entire fleets, these projects show a commitment to make changes that will benefit all Pennsylvanians.”Nearly $2 million in grants were awarded across the two categories. The awards for vehicles will save approximately 650 thousand gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel annually. A full list of awardees is below. This is the final awarding of AFIG funding for applications submitted in 2016. Nearly $5.5 million was awarded to 43 projects for the calendar year. DEP expects to reopen the AFIG program with next the application submission date due early this summer.“Places like Lycoming County and the River Valley Transit system will save money on fuel costs and cut down on air pollution, and the Philadelphia Airport will be able to serve customers with electric vehicles with new charging stations,” said Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.The primary goals of the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program are to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of alternative fuels that will help the commonwealth’s economy and environment. DEP accepts applications for innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects resulting in a cleaner and greener transportation sector within the Commonwealth. The AFIG Fund was established under Act 166 of 1992 and is administered by the DEP through the Office of Policy.In addition to the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants just awarded, DEP is offering a limited number of free technical assistance opportunities to municipalities, school districts, municipal authorities, and non-profit organizations to assist them in developing plans for building or expanding an alternative energy vehicle fleet. Applications for the Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance Program will be accepted through June 1, 2017.Vehicle Projects:Allegheny CountyAwardee: City of PittsburghProject: Second Avenue Electric Vehicle ProjectAward Total: $80,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 3,973Project Description: The City of Pittsburgh is requesting $80,000, 50% of the incremental cost for 10 Nissan Leaf EVs as part of their goal to operate a fossil fuel free fleet by 2030. This project is the first part in the conversion of the Bureau of Permits, Licensing and Inspections fleet, currently made up of 50 Ford Focus sedans.Armstrong CountyAwardee: Sheeren Insurance Group Inc.Project: Teach green to our teens, our futureAward Total: $16,000Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 666Project Description: Sheeren Insurance group is requesting funding of $16,000 to purchase 2 Nissan Leaf Battery Electric Vehicles.Blair CountyAwardee: A&M Transit CompanyProject: Claysburg Propane Bus PurchaseAward Total: $19,982Number of Vehicles: 6Estimated GGE saved per year: 21,135Project Description: A&M Transit is requesting $19,982 for the conversion of 6 72-passenger diesel school buses to propane.Bucks CountyAwardee: Centennial School DistrictProject: The Centennial School District Propane School Bus Conversion ProjectAward Total: $44,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 11,250Project Description: The Centennial School District Propane School Bus Conversion Project is seeking $40,000 in AFIG funding to convert 10 buses to propane fuel. This is first part of their effort to convert their 76 school buses to run on propane. The 10 buses in this project range from 72 passenger to 30 passenger buses.Delaware CountyAwardee: School District of Haverford TownshipProject: The Haverford School District Propane School Bus Conversion ProjectAward Total: $40,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 23,354Project Description: The Haverford School District is requesting $40,000 in AFIG funding to convert 10 diesel buses, 7 72-passenger and 3 48-passenger buses, to utilizing propane as fuel.Awardee: Wilson of Wallingford, Inc.Project: Fleet expansionAward Total: $7,350Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 3,077Project Description: Wilson of Wallingford is requesting $7,350 in AFIG funds to purchase two bi-fuel propane Ford Transit trucks. The applicant’s in house vehicles are wrapped in an advertisement that promotes Alternative Fuel.Lycoming CountyAwardee: River Valley TransitProject: Purchase of Ten (10) CNG Transit VehiclesAward Total: $200,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 155,131Project Description: River Valley Transit has requested $200,000 in AFIG funds to purchase 10 CNG 35′ and 40′ passenger buses as part of their conversion of their fleet of 29 fixed route transit vehicles from diesel fuel to CNG.Montgomery CountyAwardee: Lower Merion School DistrictProject: Maintaining a Green Fleet Legacy-Acquisition of Ten Compressed Natural Gas BusesAward Total: $121,752Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 22,908Project Description: Lower Merion School District is requesting $121,752 in AFIG funds for the purchase of 10 72-passenger CNG buses.Northampton, Lancaster CountiesAwardee: UGI Utilities, Inc.Project: UGI Utilities CNG Vehicle AcquisitionAward Total: $196,040Number of Vehicles: 31Estimated GGE saved per year: 20,447Project Description: UGI Utilities, Inc. is requesting $196,040 in AFIG funds to acquire 31 CNG vehicles, including freightliner tractors, light duty Chevrolet trucks, and light duty Ford trucks and Transit vans, to be used out of their Lancaster and Bethlehem facilities. These acquisitions will be a mixture of CNG Dedicated and CNG Dual Fuel vehicles. CNG Fueling will take place at existing public accessible stations in both regions.Philadelphia CountyAwardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Purchase Alternative Fuel Vehicles for the Philadelphia Parking AuthorityAward Total: $10,000Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 2,000Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting $10,000, 50% of the incremental cost for 2 Nissan Leaf EVs for use in their Off Street Division’s Downtown / Center City Garages in Philadelphia. This is the first part in the purchase of a fleet of new, dedicated, alternative fuel (all electric) vehicles and was submitted in conjunction with a second vehicle application and two refueling infrastructure applications.Awardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Purchase Alternative Fuel Vehicles at the Philadelphia International AirportAward Total: $10,000Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 914Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting $10,000, 50% of the incremental cost for 2 Nissan Leaf EVs for use in their Airport Operations Division at the Philadelphia International Airport. This is the first part in the purchase of a fleet of new, dedicated, alternative fuel (all electric) vehicles and was submitted in conjunction with a second vehicle application and two refueling infrastructure applications.Susquehanna CountyAwardee: Xpress Natural Gas, LLCProject: Forest Lake CNG CenterAward Total: $200,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 384,610Project Description: Xpress Natural Gas LLC is requesting $200,000 in AFIG funding for the purchase of 10 CNG Freightliner tractors which will collect stranded gas from gathering systems in Susquehanna County and will compress and transport that gas out to market.Refueling Infrastructure Projects:Allegheny CountyAwardee: City of PittsburghProject: Second Avenue Charging Infrastructure ProjectAward Total: $175,000Project Description: The City of Pittsburgh is requesting $175,000 in funding to purchasing a five dual-hose, mobile, solar powered charging units with battery storage to be housed at the Second Avenue Parking Lot and power the City’s fleet at night. The chargers will be open to the public during the day and available to deploy to communities in times of extended grid failure.Bucks CountyAwardee: Centennial School DistrictProject: The Centennial School District Propane Refueling ProjectAward Total: $292,338Project Description: The Centennial School District Propane Refueling Project seeks funding of $292,338 to build a propane refueling stations to fuel their first 10 propane school buses. The project will continue to supply fuel for the remainder of District’s 66 buses as they are converted.Montgomery and Philadelphia CountiesAwardee: Mobile Fueling SolutionsProject: Mobile Fueling Solutions for CNGAward Total: $500,000Project Description: Mobile Fueling Solutions for CNG seeks funding on $500,000 for the construction of 2 “Virtual Pipeline” mobile CNG fueling units.Philadelphia CountyAwardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Proposed EV Charging Stations at Four Center City GaragesAward Total: $43,332Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting funding of $43,332for the installation of four new electric vehicle charging stations at four center city garages in Philadelphia.Awardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Proposed EV Charging Stations at the Philadelphia International AirportAward Total: $43,332Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting funding of $43,332 for the installation of four new electric vehicle charging stations at Philadelphia International Airport. April 27, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces 17 Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants for Pennsylvania Schools, Businesses, and Municipalitiescenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

a month agoNorway sensation Erling Haaland dreams of Leeds glory

first_imgNorway sensation Erling Haaland dreams of Leeds gloryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorway sensation Erling Haaland dreams of winning the Premier League title with Leeds United.The 19-year-old, son of former Leeds and Manchester City defender Alf-Inge, scored a hat-trick in RB Salzburg’s 6-2 win over Genk.Haaland has been linked with with Manchester United after playing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde.But speaking to Norwegian newspaper Aftenpostenback in 2017, Haaland said: “I want to be the best. The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds.”As well as that, the goal is to be a better player than Dad was. I hope to get more international matches than he did.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Lower Mainland seeing nearrecord gas prices amid supply constraints

first_imgDrivers in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland are feeling the effects of chronic fuel supply constraints as prices crest $1.50 a litre in some locations, hovering close to record highs.And at least one analyst believes they could climb further still.“It underscores the real big problem in southwestern British Columbia and that’s that they’re chronically short of gasoline and other fuels,” said GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Dan McTeague, who believes prices will rise even higher.The current spike, in a season of generally lower demand, is caused in part by the outage of a Burnaby, B.C., refinery that Parkland Fuel bought from Chevron in November, he said.The 55,000 barrel-a-day refinery, which McTeague says supplies about a quarter of demand in the region, has been down for planned maintenance since early February and the company doesn’t expect to have it fully running again until the end of March.Still, the region faces longer-standing supply issues that could push prices in the higher-demand summer months to surpass the previous record of $1.56 in June 2014, said McTeague.Prices increases could also come as two of four refineries in Washington State are planning to go down for maintenance, while the lower Canadian dollar is adding to the costs of buying fuel from the U.S., McTeague said.High taxes are also compounding the problems, making up 49.3 cents out of the 150.9 cent price per litre seen Wednesday with another 1.2 cent per litre carbon tax coming in April, he said.“It’s not looking good for that region of the country,” he said.“There’s no spare supply out there, we could see $1.60 for a few days this summer in Vancouver.”While gas prices could see upward pressure across the country as oil prices maintain some gains, McTeague said the Lower Mainland issues are much worse.As Vancouver drivers were paying as much as $1.50 a litre Thursday, pump prices were about $1.09 in Calgary and around $1.24 in Toronto, according to data from Kent Group Ltd.last_img read more

Eyewitnesses reporting crash on South Taylor Hill

first_imgORIGINAL POSTFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A number of eyewitnesses are reporting that Highway 97 is closed at the top of the South Taylor Hill because of a collision.The first report came in at 4:55 p.m. from Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier, who was driving on Highway 97 headed to the Fort St. John Airport. Bernier said that the crash, which involved a pickup truck and a semi-truck, had occurred just moments before he happened upon the scene. According to Bernier, the crash is located roughly 300 metres from the chain-up area at the top of the South Taylor Hill, and that emergency crews were just arriving on the scene when he arrived. He added that the crews at the scene have closed the highway in both directions.Several other motorists have also messaged Energeticcity.ca to report the crash, though at this point, there’s no word about the crash from DriveBC.ca or the RCMP. There were also no vehicles visible on the DriveBC highway cam at the top of the South Taylor Hill as of 5:06 p.m. MST. 12:30a.m. UPDATE – The Highway is open in both directions.11:00 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca still says the Highway will be closed until 3:30 a.m. Mountian time Monday.  For updates throughout the night visit www.drivebc.ca9:30 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca continues to say the Highway will be closed until at least 3:30 a.m. Mountain time Monday.  The next update on the status of the Highway will be issued at 11 p.m. 6:40 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca says the Highway will be closed until at least 3:30 a.m. Mountain time.  The only detour they recommend is using the highways through Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope.6:00 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca says there is no current estimate on when the Highway will re-open.  They list the best detour as going back through Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope.#BCHwy97 Closed 7km South of #TaylorBC due to vehicle incident. Detour available see: https://t.co/Ji95sHT9NK #YXJ #FortStJohn— Drive BC (@DriveBC) March 5, 20185:45 p.m. UPDATE – Eyewitnesses in the area of the collision say they are being told it will be several hours before the Highway will be open again.  Official information about the closure or the collision has not been released as of yet by authorities.Here is a photo of the scene.This image was sent to Energeticcity.ca.center_img This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.last_img read more

Defensive backs Travis Howard Bradley Roby like to banter with Kerry Coombs

Ohio State cornerbacks Travis Howard and Bradley Roby aren’t shy about admitting their position coach, Kerry Coombs, is a bit of a trash talker. They said they’re the same way. “Me and Travis are already kind of like that,” said Roby, a rising redshirt sophomore. “He brings that same mentality, that hard-nose, trash-talking kind of play.” Roby said he likes it that way. “That’s how I am. I love that,” Roby said. “I’m right behind him doing the same thing.” Likewise, it seems Coombs’ fiery demeanor has also commanded Howard’s respect. But even more so, the rising redshirt senior said the guidance from the former Cincinnati assistant coach is what he and the rest of the corners need. “It’s definitely been a great change,” Howard said. “I mean, he’s a high intensity guy who’s willing to make sure we perfect our technique and make sure we work hard at whatever we do.” For Coombs, that feeling of admiration and respect is mutual. In addition to having what he called talented and gifted athletes, what has struck the 51-year-old the most is how diligently his players work. “They’re in my office poking their head in all the time,” he said. “They want to know what they can do to get better, they want to know where they fell short.” Coombs said it’s no secret that OSU has a “great history” of defensive secondary players. Outside the coaches’ offices, Coombs said there’s a wall commemorating eight first-round NFL Draft picks that the Buckeyes have produced throughout the years. Coombs said he thinks Roby will be the next to join the wall. “He’s big, and he’s fast, and he’s physical, and he’s intelligent and he’s got great change of direction,” Coombs said. “His transition is outstanding. And if Bradley’s not a first-round draft pick down the road, that would be a shame.” Roby, who recorded 47 tackles and three interceptions in 2011, said being one of the greatest corners to play at OSU has been his goal since arriving in Columbus. “I think about it everyday,” he said. “When I came up here, that was my goal. My goal hasn’t changed. I feel like I’m definitely on path for that.” And Coombs’ approach to the position, he said, will not only aid him in reaching that level, but will holistically benefit the team. Roby said compared to last season’s heavy emphasis on press coverage, Coombs has the cornerbacks playing further off the receivers than ever before. That, Roby said, allows he and the other corners the freedom and ability to be a “ball hawk” and create turnovers via interceptions. “I mean, that’s why I play football,” he said. “I just love to make plays.” Similarly, Howard said playing off is something he’s looking forward to. “I mean, I feel like we were a press team last year, we didn’t have enough opportunities to make plays on the ball so he came in with a new technique,” he said. “Now we’re getting a lot of chances making plays on the balls and getting good vision on the quarterback.” By playing off, Roby said he finds himself in a better position to make the play that every corner dreams of in Saturday’s Spring Game. “I’m trying to get at least one pick-six … it’s going to be there,” he said. “We’re going to have the pressure and they’re going to throw it up. I got to get a pick-six, I didn’t get one all last year, so I want a pick-six for sure.” read more

Luis Enrique Rodri can surpass Busquets

first_imgThe British publication, FourFourTwo, have broadcasted the words of Spain national team head coach Luis Enrique concerning Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.According to the former Barcelona manager, the 22-year-old hotshot has all characteristics to become a ‘new Sergio Busquets.’Although Rodri is yet to establish himself as a regular starter at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano following his summer’s arrival from Villarreal, Enrique seems to be a huge fan of the prosperous youngster.“I have already spoken about their similarities,” he told a news conference.“It’s not good to give too much praise and he is very young, but Rodri comes across as very professional and prepared mentally.“He can reach Busquets’ level and maybe surpass it. Who knows what limits he has?”Robert Moreno says he would step aside if Luis Enrique asks him Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Spanish national team manager, Robert Moreno, took the job after Luis Enrique stepped down because his nine-year-old daughter passed away after a bone tumor.Rodri will be better than Barcelona icon Busquets – Luis Enrique https://t.co/ohoDJdkoz2 pic.twitter.com/VRS5qnE5za— Goal Nigeria (@GoalcomNigeria) October 4, 2018Now it’s up to the Rodri to give his answer on the field, but a comparison with a figure such as Busquets can only be flattering.The highly-rated midfielder will in the Spain squad for the matches against Wales and England along with Busquets, as well as, his two Atletico companions, Saul Niguez and Koke.last_img read more

33rd Annual Jackpot Halibut Derby Kicks Off Tomorrow

first_img111 tags have been attached to halibut through Kachemak Bay, tags are worth $250, $500, $1000 with two tags big tags: Homer Charter Association tag worth $10,000 and the Homer Chamber of Commerce tag worth $25,000. The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby is the longest running halibut derby in the state of Alaska, with over $90,000.00 in CASH prizes, and runs May 15 to September 15 each year. You can purchase Derby tickets at businesses all over Homer, and tickets are required in order to participate. Winners will be announced at the September 20th Jackpot Halibut Derby Gala. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center’s 33rd Annual Jackpot Halibut Derby starts tomorrow, May 15. Derby info available at: www.HomerAlaska.org/jackpot-halibut-derby.htmllast_img read more