TV picks for Thursday, Dec. 13WATCH THIS:“Thursday Night Football” (5:20 p.m., Fox, NFL Network and Amazon Prime): The Thursday-night schedule wraps up with a big game between Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs and Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers, in KC. Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman, along with reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink, call the action from Arrowhead Stadium.“Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year Awards” (6 p.m. PT, NBCSN): All hail the Golden …
When South Africa hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup, South Africa, the country’s beautiful and varied cricket grounds were on show, with each of them bringing their own character to the game.The Wanderers exhibited the super-charged atmosphere of the “Bullring”. Newlands revealed one of the most beautiful settings in the world of cricket, while SuperSport Park’s spectator-friendly grass embankments showed off a party vibe.Each and every one of South Africa’s grounds boasts something unique and special. Take a look around the country:OUTsurance Oval, BloemfonteinAt Horak Avenue, BloemfonteinWebsiteLocated in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State province, OUTsurance Oval is a spectator-friendly ground, with the sizeable grass embankment on the eastern side especially popular with spectators.It is part of a wonderful sporting complex, covering a massive city block that includes facilities of either international of provincial standard for athletics, rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis and swimming.The ground has been used for limited-overs internationals since the fifth one-day international between South Africa and India in December 1992. The pitch is recognised as a good one-day wicket and is usually conducive to high scoring.OUTsurance Oval hosted its first Test in October 1999 when South Africa took on Zimbabwe. It was a good start for the Proteas as they thrashed SA’s northern neighbours by an innings and 13 runs.Willowmoore Park, BenoniWillowmoore Park, Harpur Ave, BenoniWebsiteOne of South Africa’s newer international grounds, Willowmoore Park is a smaller-sized venue and home of the Easterns provincial team. It is also used by the Nashua Titans franchise.Willowmoore Park first hosted a one-day international in February 1997 when India met Zimbabwe and Sachin Tendulker celebrated the new venue’s debut with a century as the Indians won by six wickets, with over 10 overs to spare.Willowmoore Park remains a one-day international venue; it has not yet hosted a test. However, it has become a more and more popular choice as an ODI ground. During the Cricket World Cup in 2003 it hosted two matches.Denis Compton famously scored a triple century in three hours and one minute against North Eastern Transvaal at the ground in 1948. It remains the fastest ever triple century.Sahara Park Newlands, Cape TownMonorgan, 161 Campground Rd, Newlands, Cape TownWebsiteNewlands is reckoned by many to be the most picturesque test cricket venue in the world, with the mountains shrouded in clouds overlooking the ground, while tasteful chalets and trees, impressive stands and open grassed areas grace the ground. It is also synonymous with a fantastic atmosphere.Newlands hosted its first one-day international in 1992 when Hansie Cronje captured 5 for 32 to help South Africa to a six-wicket win over India. It was a test ground over a century before that, hosting the second test between England and South Africa in March 1889.South African fans enjoy the fact that Newlands has been a particularly good ground to the national side in limited-overs internationals.The playing surface is highly regarded, but that wasn’t always the case. Pakistan certainly didn’t think so when they were blasted out for just 43 by the West Indies in February 1993. Their woeful batting effort included six ducks!At the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Newlands hosted both the opening ceremony and the opening match of the tournament, between South Africa and the West Indies. In something of a shock, the islanders beat the home side.Newlands was one of the primary venues used during the competition, hosting five matches, including three category-A internationals, featuring established test-playing nations.Supersport Park, CenturionCnr South and West Ave, CenturionWebsiteRated one of the 10 best grounds in the world by Indian legend Kapil Dev, Supersport Park is a 20 000-seater that boasts a wonderful grandstand and superb open grass embankments. It hosted its first one-day international in December 1992 and its first test in November 1995, a match in which the great Shaun Pollock made his debut for South Africa against England.Supersport Park has always proved to be an excellent one-day cricket ground, with a wicket that is conducive to free scoring but usually has a little in it for bowlers of all kinds. In tests, the character is different, providing a more even contest between bat and ball.The ground hosted five World Cup matches in 2003, including two Super Six clashes.Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban2 Kingsmead Way, DurbanWebsiteSahara Stadium Kingsmead is a 25 000-seater stadium located within walking distance of Durban’s famed Indian Ocean shoreline. It hosted its first one-day international in December 1992, but its first test was hosted in January 1923.Kingsmead was also home to the famous “Timeless Test” played in 1939 between England and South Africa. The match lasted from 3 to 13 March, but was eventually declared a draw amid concerns that the English team would miss its ship home!The ground was a semi-final venue during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.Interestingly, it is widely believed that the changing tides of the nearby ocean help swing bowlers move the ball nicely through the air!Buffalo Park, East LondonBuffalo Park Drive, East LondonWebsiteA small ground with plentiful grass embankments, East London’s Buffalo Park, boasts a beautiful view with the ocean in the background.Home to the Border Cricket Union, it first tasted international cricket in December 1992 when India defeated South Africa in the seventh and final one-day international of their series. Since that time it has been regularly used for ODIs.There have been some special moments in limited overs games that Buffalo Park has hosted. In December 1994, Pakistani paceman Waqar Younis claimed a hat-trick against New Zealand, while in January 1999 Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Carl Hooper put on a fourth-wicket stand of 226 for the West Indies against South Africa. Incredibly, Shaun Pollock captured 6 for 35 for the Proteas in the same match!The ground hosted its first test in October 2002 when South Africa thrashed Bangladesh by an innings and 107 runs as Graeme Smith hit 200 and Gary Kirsten 150.During the 2003 Cricket World Cup Buffalo Park hosted a Super Sixes contest, as well as the match between South Africa and Canada.Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, JohannesburgCorlett Drive, Illovo, JohannesburgWebsiteTo be precise, the Wanderers is in fact the New Wanderers. The Old Wanderers first hosted test cricket in 1896, when South Africa faced England and George Lohmann claimed 9 for 28 in South Africa’s first innings to help the English to a convincing innings victory.The New Wanderers, on the other hand, first hosted test cricket in December 1956, and its first one-day international, between South Africa and India, in December 1992. The stadium also hosted the 2003 Cricket World final.It is known as “the Bullring” for its electric, sometimes intimidating atmosphere. High stands surround most of the field, although there is a small grassed area that is very popular with spectators. The Wanderers’ capacity is about 34 000 people, which includes the occupants of the ground’s 180 corporate suites.De Beers Diamond Oval, KimberleyDickenson Ave, KimberleyA nice, open ground with plenty of the grass banks that are so popular with South African spectators, The De Beers Diamond Oval hosted its first one-day international in April 1998 when Pakistan chased down a Sri Lankan total of 295 to record a four-wicket victory.That has been the pattern in most one-day matches – high scoring. However, England’s Mark Ealham managed figures of 5 for 15 in 10 overs against Zimbabwe in January 2000!The ground hosted three matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.City Oval, Pietermaritzburg Alexander Park, PietermaritzburgWebsiteThe Pietermaritzburg Oval, a small, picturesque ground with a touch of old-world, Victorian charm about it, hosted its first one-day internationals during the 2003 World Cup.Chaminda Vaas ensured the first match was a memorable one, capturing four wickets in the very first over of the contest, on his way to figures of 6 for 25, as Sri Lanka crushed Bangladesh by 10 wickets.Bangladesh won’t have good memories of the ground. Apart from their 10-wicket thrashing in the World Cup, they also suffered a 10-wicket loss to a South African Invitation Eleven in October 2000. On that occasion Charl Langeveldt knocked over 5 for 7 as the Bangladeshis were bundled out for just 51!Along with the St Lawrence Ground in Kent, it is the only first-class venue that includes a tree within the boundary.Sahara Oval St George’s Park, Port ElizabethPark Drive, Port ElizabethWebsiteActually The Crusaders Ground, St George’s Park, but commonly known as St George’s Park, the ground first hosted a test match in March 1889 – the first ground to host a test in South Africa.It was hugely improved for the 2003 World Cup, with R11-million of the total allocation of R35-million for improvements being used on it.Saint George’s Park boasts excellent stands as well as grassed embankments. It is also famous for its enthusiastic band that is always in attendance at one-day internationals and test matches.One of the most remarkable results achieved at St George’s Park occurred in October 2001 when lightly regarded Kenya handed India a 70-run thrashing, prompting anti-corruption investigators to look into the match. It was ultimately declared a fair contest.During World Cup 2003, the ground was home to one of the semi-finals, and hosted five games in total, including the high profile England versus Australia clash.Senwes Park, PotchefstroomDie Bult, PotchefstroomWebsiteSenwes Park, sometimes used by the Lions franchise, is one of South Africa’s newer international grounds. It was first used in October 2000 for a match between South Africa and New Zealand. Nicky Boje ensured the occasion would be remembered when he blasted an unbeaten 105 off only 93 deliveries, but the match was ultimately rained out.In October 2002, Senwes Park became a test ground when it hosted the second test between South Africa and Bangladesh. Herschelle Gibbs, Gary Kirsten and Jacques Kallis all scored centuries, as the Proteas raced to an innings and 160 runs victory.The excellent rivalry between South Africa and Australia was highlighted at the ground in April 2002. Batting first, the Proteas rattled up 259 for 7 in their 50 overs, thanks mainly to 71 from Jacques Kallis and 83 from Jonty Rhodes. Australia, in reply, sneaked a tension-filled tie, ending the match on 259 for 9 after being reduced to 223 for 9 in the forty-sixth over.During the 2003 World Cup, the North West Stadium hosted three contests, including the match between South Africa and Kenya during which Jonty Rhodes broke his hand, bringing an untimely end to his international career; he had planned to retire after the World Cup.Boland Bank Park, PaarlLangehoven Street, PaarlBoland Bank Park’s introduction to one-day international cricket was a memorable one. Zimbabwe and India met at the ground on 27 January 1997, with the match ending in a dramatic tie.Surrounded by beautiful mountains and trees, it offers spectators lovely grassed embankments to relax upon while taking in a match.Back in 2001 the ground was home to one of the biggest turnarounds the game of cricket has ever seen. India thrashed Kenya by 186 runs after tallying a massive 351 for 3, led by 111 from Sourav Ganguly and 146 from Sachin Tendulkar. A week prior to that, the Kenyans had crushed India by 70 runs after bowling them out for just 176.Boland Bank Park hosted three matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup and is nowadays used by the Cape Cobras franchise.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
“Brand South Africa is the authority that can help us all speak with one voice, with one identity,” Sithembile Ntombela, BSA general manager of marketing, at the organisation’s stakeholder workshop.Johannesburg, Thursday 2 June 2016 – Stakeholders agree that a nation and its representatives need to all convey the same message to build the brand. For South Africa, people need to overcome the disconnect between the image they have of themselves and the way the rest of the world sees the country.It was easier to remind visitors, and South Africans, of our uniqueness if we had one voice, said Thabo Masebe, who delivered the keynote address at the first of a series of workshops on nation branding held by Brand South Africa.Communication specialists from national, provincial and municipal government as well as representatives of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) such as Eskom convened to listen to presentations on branding, and more specifically nation branding, at the organisation’s head offices on 31 May.The departments and SOEs had to be united behind a single purpose, pointed out Masebe, who is the deputy director-general of Gauteng Provincial Communication Services.“There are events, like 2010 [the FIFA World Cup], that leave a mark. The question we need to answer is: how do we host the world in a way that lets them know that South Africa is the place to be.”A strong brand was built not just on a strong identity consistently communicated, but on being brave enough to embrace all that the brand represented, said Greg Maloka, the managing director of radio station Khaya FM. This honest approach, in nation branding, was the equivalent of the emotional attachment people developed towards commercial brands.“A nation is people with different experiences. What is it that appeals to us all on an emotional level? Is our diversity a strength or a weakness? Do we have a shared vision? How do we draw people in to share our diversity? If we all co-create this identity, then South Africans own the brand and are invested in its growth.”Dr Petrus de Kock spoke of the need for a single message to be delivered with one voice. Too many voices led to confusion, explained De Kock, Brand South Africa’s general manager of research. As an example, he pointed to the difference in perception foreigners had of South Africa versus the way we imagined the country to be.“Globally, audiences perceive us more positively than we do. Our open democratic system and strong institutions are important to investors and we remain the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in Africa. Importantly, for the way we are perceived in Africa, we are the second largest source of investment in Africa,” he said.“For business, South Africa is the place to be if you want to do business in Africa. We are not doing ourselves any favours if we ignore the challenge of how we perceive ourselves.”Masebe said this was the result of people’s perceptions and as communicators it was the responsibility of the assembly to work to change that. “South Africans are positive about the country but they believe that the government has removed themselves from the people. We are the ones who need to change that (perception).”Brand South Africa was the organisation to do just that, added Sithembile Ntombela, the general manager of marketing. “Brand South Africa is the authority that can help us all speak with one voice, with one identity.”Its approach – to be both proactive and reactive – was the best way for a country brand to communicate its uniqueness successfully. Like great commercial brands, South Africa’s message should be focused, distinct, relevant and consistent. With Brand South Africa as the lead, South Africa’s message – its unique promise as a nation and destination – would be clearly heard.
The vigilance division of Berhampur in Odisha has arrested a Divisional Forest Officer for allegedly amassing unaccounted assets, investments, cash and gold worth more than ₹3.51 crore.Bijay Ketan Acharya, DFO, Ghumusar (South), was taken into custody on Tuesday night and sent to a special vigilance court in Berhampur on Wednesday. He was forwarded to judicial custody after his bail plea was rejected by the court.Officials of vigilance division raided two houses of Mr. Acharya in Bhubaneswar, his parent’s house in Cuttack, and his residence and office in Bhanjanagar between June 23 and 26. They also lodged a case against his wife.Superintendent of Police, Berhampur vigilance division, Mayadhar Swain said the total value of the unaccounted assets and investments made by the DFO amounted to ₹ 3,51,02,731.During interrogation, Mr. Acharya could not provide satisfactory answers on his assets and investments that were found to be beyond his legal source of income.Mr. Acharya had joined the Odisha Forest Service in 1984. Recently, he was promoted to IFS rank. According to vigilance officials, the DFO owned two three-storeyed buildings worth ₹88 lakh and ₹47.5 lakh in Bhubaneswar. He had also paid ₹20.81 lakh as advance to book another flat in the State capital in the name of his eldest son. His total bank deposits were found to be over ₹99.89 lakh. He had paid over ₹22.84 lakh as premium of various insurance policies. His mutual fund investment amounted to over ₹17 lakh. He had also made investments worth more than ₹29.26 lakh in the name of his wife and two sons at a post office in Cuttack.The vigilance officials opened up two lockers of the DFO in banks in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. Cash worth ₹16,86,000 and gold weighing over 1 kg were seized from these lockers.
Women’s football Share on WhatsApp Since then Phil Neville has replaced Mark Sampson and the rapid development of a recently professional domestic league has enabled the manager to replace his predecessor’s necessary pragmatism with a more expansive philosophy. This more fluently swashbuckling approach came unstuck at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium on Friday when Canada’s pressing game stifled England’s creativity and Neville’s side lost 1-0.Duggan believes atonement can come at Swindon, where England will benefit from her inside information. “I think it’s going to be a very good game this time round because we’re playing a different style now,” she says. “Hopefully we can impose our style and have a bit more possession than last time.“Spain are wonderful in possession and very, very good in attack but we’ve come a long way from the first camp with Phil in terms of how we attack and how we keep the ball under pressure.”With “seven, eight or nine” of her Barcelona colleagues likely to be in the visiting squad, Duggan has been going through their strengths and weaknesses with Neville and his staff. “There’ll be times when we don’t have the ball,” she says, before a nod to the opposition in this summer’s World Cup group. “That’s football and it’ll happen against Scotland, Argentina and Japan. There’s going to be times when we don’t have the ball but we’re very disciplined and we’ve built our foundations on defending. It’s something we’re very good at.“I’m always bragging with my Spanish teammates at Barcelona, saying I’ll take the 30% possession and two goals we scored in the Euros; a win’s a win. They just laugh and say: ‘We had all the ball.’” Share on Messenger A crowd of around 15,000 is expected but the Football Association and Premier League clubs are currently discussing staging women’s fixtures at bigger stadiums next season. Last month a crowd of 60,739 gathered at the Wanda Metropolitano for a match between Atlético Madrid and Barcelona, a record for a women’s club match. Similarly in Italy, 39,000 fans turned up at the Allianz Stadium where Juventus Women met Fiorentina.“It’s what I always believed would happen,” says Duggan, who remains unperturbed that only 5,682 turned up at the 7,000-capacity Academy Stadium last Friday. “It’s happening a lot more now in Spain. I’ve been there two years and to see the strides that have been made already is amazing. Hopefully it’ll be England next and the same will happen at a league game here.” Nikita Parris: ‘Women’s football needs to build from the ground up to flourish’ Reuse this content Read more Share via Email Topics Phil Neville tells England not to lose feelgood factor over one defeat Read more Share on Facebook interviews Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Arguably England’s greatest strength is an ability to mix things up on the pitch, to mesh differing styles while showing off the sort of flexibility instilled by the tactically astute Sampson. “I think that ability is why we’ve been so successful,” Duggan adds. “We can adapt our style to win games. It’s in our nature to have that direct threat at times but now we’re a lot more technical, a lot more comfortable on the ball. We’ve got a bit of everything now.“But if you look at the girls on our teams, a lot of them, like the Manchester City girls and the Chelsea girls, play possession-based games so it’s only right we do it as a national team as well. Right the way through the England setup that’s the style they’re looking for going forward. The junior teams all play possession-based; maybe times are changing for English football.”Consequently she hopes to see Spain struggling to regain possession at Swindon, where England will be without Steph Houghton, who has been withdrawn to manage a groin complaint in the buildup to the World Cup. “I’ve been bigging this game up like it’s a World Cup final,” Duggan says. “It should be great for the fans.” Caption: The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Spain women’s football team England women’s football team Share on LinkedIn As befits an adopted Catalan, Toni Duggan knows that beating Spain is one thing but outpassing them something else entirely. Not that the Barcelona forward is remotely daunted by the prospect of facing Iberian opposition in an England shirt at Swindon on Tuesday night. Duggan has always been one of life’s optimists but she genuinely believes her international teammates can monopolise the ball in an important warm-up for this summer’s World Cup in France.That would mark quite a departure from two years ago, when England beat Spain 2-0 during Euro 2017 in the Netherlands yet ceded the majority of possession to their opponents. Staged amid torrential rain in Breda, that group game saw Spain dominate to an almost embarrassing extent on an evening when counterattacking goals from Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor prefaced England’s victory.
Filipe Luis preparing to leave Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFilipe Luis will make this his final season as an Atletico Madrid player.Off contract in June, the Brazil fullback will be allowed to leave at the end of the campaign, says Marca.Luis was blocked from moving to PSG last summer by Atletico management and the relationship hasn’t been the same since.The defender will now be allowed to leave next summer after finding himself on the outer of coach Diego Simeone’s plans.A move to Italy has been mooted for Luis. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Georgia Tech, one of the ACC favorites, went to South Bend as three point favorites over a Notre Dame team reeling from the injury to quarterback Malik Zaire, and the result was pretty shocking. The Irish wound up blowing out the Yellow Jackets, and running back C.J. Prosise put the exclamation point on things, busting a 91-yard touchdown run through the heart of the Tech defense to make the lead 30-7.CJ Prosise 91 yard run pic.twitter.com/nCPbvk9G3z— THE MAIN MANN™ (@JacobMann_1) September 19, 2015How do our guys celebrate a 198-yard, 3 TD rushing performance from CJ Prosise? Take a look: pic.twitter.com/ekdyANzYxC— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) September 19, 2015Late in the fourth quarter, Prosise has 198 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Prosise is filling in for the injured Tarean Folston, who went down in the season opener. He certainly looks the part thus far.
zoomImage Courtesy: APM Terminals APM Terminals Moín, a new container terminal in the Caribbean Sea just off the coast of Costa Rica, was inaugurated last week.As informed, the completion of the terminal will enable products to be shipped on transatlantic routes to European and Asian markets without transshipment.The project represents a total investment of USD 1 billion and is built on a 40-hectare artificial island. The terminal has a 650-meter long pier and a container yard with the capacity to hold 26,000 TEUs, including power connection capacity for 3,800 refrigerated containers.The construction of the terminal in Costa Rica was completed by a consortium of Van Oord and BAM International.According to the terminal operator, the region will attract a very high percentage of the ships that transit through the Panama Canal. The number of shipping routes that reach the APM Terminals Moín is projected to increase by as much as 285 percent.This 100% owned greenfield development is part of the 30-year concession to operate the terminal.“We are proud that the country has trusted APM Terminals with the mission of developing and operating this amazing port. A concession that also brings socioeconomic opportunities to the community, the country and the region,” Kenneth Waugh, Managing Director of APM Terminals Moin, commented.The six gantry cranes and the 29-yard cranes represent a USD 110 million investment and will allow the terminal to continuously perform an average of 180 movements per hour for loading and unloading. These efficiency standards will significantly reduce vessel service times from 40 hours to just 15 hours.
VANCOUVER – Metro Inc. is looking to expand its online grocery offerings to Ontario next year, making it the latest Canadian retailer to ramp up its e-commerce options in the face of potential competition from Amazon.Metro CEO Eric La Fleche said Wednesday the grocer already offers “click and collect” in seven stores in Quebec and home delivery service in Greater Montreal, Quebec City and Gatineau, Que., covering 60 per cent of the population of Quebec.“We are pleased with the way we have set it up so far and we’re going to start the same way in Ontario,” La Fleche said on a conference call to discuss the company’s latest financial results.Canadian grocers have been increasing their e-commerce offerings following Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods which sparked speculation about its ambitions to grow food delivery in Canada.“We’ve seen lots of companies start to say, ‘OK, let’s test the waters,’” said Michael von Massow, an associate professor at the University of Guelph’s food, agriculture and resource economics department.La Fleche said Metro’s plan is to launch its online grocery business in Ontario late in the company’s 2018 financial year, which began Oct. 1, or early in its 2019 financial year.The move followed an announcement last week by Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) which has partnered with Instacart to launch home delivery in Toronto starting Dec. 6 and Vancouver starting in January. The grocery chain has promised to expand the service next year as well as its click and collect option which is already offered at nearly 200 stores.Walmart will also grow its home delivery service to cover the Greater Toronto Area and nearby markets, said spokesman Alex Roberton in an email, adding pick-up services will be expanded to Montreal-area stores.Canadians have been slower than their American or European counterparts to adopt online shopping, including for food. In August, online sales accounted for 2.3 per cent of total retail trade in the country, according to Statistic Canada’s most recent figures.Von Massow reasoned the low demand indicated it didn’t make sense for Canadian grocers to offer the service. Loblaw previously said it had no plans to begin home delivery services due to lack of customer demand.However, things changed when Amazon acquired Whole Foods, including its 13 Canadian locations, in August. Additional competition has also emerged from an abundance of meal kit services, like Chef’s Plate, which send packages filled with recipes and ingredients to consumers, who then cook the meals at home.There’s also a benefit to being the first retailer a customer shops online with, von Massow said, because it’s unlikely a customer will switch grocers after becoming comfortable with a store’s online platform.However, online sales remain a small component of the grocery business in Canada, at least for now.Loblaw CEO Galen G. Weston called it “a premium service” targeting a niche clientele, while Metro CEO Eric La Fleche acknowledged e-commerce is showing good growth, but “is still small, in relative terms, for the company.”Von Massow said it’s unlikely to lead to the end of physical grocery stores in the near future.“We’re getting a little bit of traction and we will see a little bit of growth,” he said, “and maybe having … both increased and improved options might accelerate that a little bit.”Metro’s announcement came as it reported a fourth-quarter profit of $154.9 million or 66 cents per diluted share, up from $145.0 million or 60 cents per diluted share a year ago.Sales in the quarter ended Sept. 30, which included an extra week compared with a year ago, totalled $3.23 billion, up from $2.93 billion, while same store sales gained 0.4 per cent.Excluding the extra week and $2.5 million before taxes related to its acquisition of Quebec-based pharmacy chain Jean Coutu Group Inc. and the modernization of its distribution network in Toronto, Metro says its earnings would have been similar to last year, while diluted net earnings per share would have been up 1.7 per cent.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
NEW YORK — Starbucks is expanding delivery to more stores in the U.S. and China.The company says it will offer delivery from 2,000 U.S. stores by next summer through a partnership with UberEats. It isn’t yet saying which stores will offer it.In China, delivery will be offered from 2,000 stores in 30 cities by the end of this year, up from 150 stores at the end of September. Starbucks is partnering with delivery service Ele.me in that country.Starbucks made the comments at an investor presentation Thursday in New York.Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson says Starbucks has learned a lot about delivery since launching it in China in September. The company has special spill-proof cups, for example, and is making beverages hotter so they will be the right temperature to drink when they arrive.Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press