Heathrow openings planned for Caffè Nero

first_imgCaffè Nero has revealed it will be opening three customised stores at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2, as it builds its portfolio of out-of-town outlets.The coffee shops will open in June 2014, and comprise two units in arrivals and one airside. The chain said they would offer customers “several new elements and features” alongside its normal coffee offering.The biggest of the three outlets will be located within arrivals, and will feature a number of artisanal food products in a farmers’ market format, said Caffè Nero.It will also house a Coffee Roasting Room, and a stage, on which musicians will regularly perform, as part of Nero’s national music programme which supports up-and-coming artists.At its airside satellite outlet, Nero will be offering deli-style food, Italian prosecco, Italian wines and Italian beers.Gerry Ford, chairman and founder, said: “From handcrafted and locally roasted award-winning coffee to deli-style, Italian-influenced food, our aim is to bring premium Italian products with provenance to the customer – to taste there or take away from the airport.”In July the coffee chain appointed SPACE Retail Property Consultants to advise on the roll-out of outlets in retail park locations.last_img read more

Clipper Race Update: Crossing the Pacific

first_imgThis is the eighth in a series of blogs by Dell Ambassadors competing in the Clipper Race, a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world in 70-foot racing yachts. If you haven’t read the previous blog entries from Samantha Harper and Marek Omilian detailing their adventures thus far, you may want to go read those first. They’re all in the “Sport & Recreation” section of Direct2Dell. For background on Dell’s involvement in this incredible event, read our initial blog here.The mighty Pacific is done and dusted!Hello again – I’m now blogging from the west coast of the USA after finishing Leg 6 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, crossing from Qingdao, in Northern China, to Seattle, Washington, USA. I think every Clipper Race crew member started this leg with a bit of trepidation. For those of us ‘Round-the-World’ers, it was ‘the big one’ – the harshest, largest, most intimidating of oceans. Stories of snow on deck, massive swells, broaches and knockdowns on previous races had us feeling like the previous legs were all just prep work for what was to come. We were joined in China by some familiar faces, Dare To Lead crewmates from previous legs who felt the need to return to conquer this ocean.“…these wild ocean vistas get tattooed on your soul.ShareThe start from Qingdao was slow and foggy, and brought with it the dodging of massive fishing fleets that plagued us in Leg 5. With frustratingly inconsistent winds, we slowly sailed around Korea and Japan, occasionally playing cat-and-mouse with a surprise rival, Liverpool 2018. After a few days of light wind ‘snail racing’, we finally pulled ahead and out into the open Pacific, ready for the real test to begin.Despite our strategy of playing it conservative – making early reductions in sail size if wind or weather began to deteriorate – we were able to keep within the top five of the fleet and enjoyed some good downwind sailing. Although all the boats in the Clipper Race fleet are identical, every boat seems to have its quirks and strengths. Dare To Lead loves downwind sailing! Overall, the sailing was far more enjoyable than we’d imagined and playing it safe meant that life above and below deck was more comfortable than it could have been. The waves were large, as promised – often 30+ feet – but given our experience in the South Atlantic on Leg 2, nothing foreign to many of our helmsmen and cockpit crew.That being said, the icy cold of a North Pacific winter was every bit as torturous as we thought it would be.Our large stainless-steel kettle was on the stove 24/7, warming bodies with hot cups of coffee and hands as they hugged its sides. Drysuits were the must-have fashion item nearly every watch, as in these cold conditions, what is wet will never dry. The battle for warm hands was daily struggle. Despite the advances in athletic gear and fabric, we have yet to find a glove that provides perfect breathability, waterproofness and warmth without sacrificing dexterity. Let me tell you, if any closet inventors are out there, you will make a fortune off next race’s Clipper Race crew if you can invent such a thing! The crew used every kind of glove imaginable, from rubber kitchen gloves (Brits call them ‘marigolds’) to Gore-tex ski gloves (horrible when wet!) to surgical latex gloves. People were willing to try whatever it took to protect their cold fingers!We were fortunate to witness some of the finest visuals Mother Nature could display, from gorgeous sunsets and sunrises to endless shades of azure, cobalt and indigo blue blending waves and sky together. Morale on board was good and we were feeling confident that a podium was within our grasp… until our good fortune began to unravel a few days before the finish line. For starters, both our Code 1 (Lightweight Spinnaker) and Code 3 (Heavyweight Spinnaker) exploded in less than 48 hours. The loss of the Code 1, too damaged to repair at sea, was especially crippling as the winds began to ease in the final hundred miles, as it would have been the sail of choice to fly. To add insult to injury, while we were putting a reef in (lowering the main sail) two days before the finish, the main sail track separated from the mast 50 feet up in the air. Now it’s not unexpected that things will start breaking down after 30,000 nautical miles at sea, but the timing of this was especially bad. Essentially it meant that we were now unable to hoist the mainsail to its full height. This is fine in rough weather – more sail area means more for the wind to act on – but in light winds, being stuck on the third, smallest reef was also another nail in the coffin of our podium dream.And so we soldiered on, ultimately limping through the finish line in seventh place. Not our best finish, but in the grand scheme of things, we survived a treacherous crossing with all crew safe and sound and the boat generally in one piece. Our Dell products continue to perform well both on deck and below and have more than handled the icy temperatures and saltwater pounding the Pacific has brought.As Skipper Dale wrote in his daily blog, “these wild ocean vistas get tattooed on your soul.”I think we will all carry forward memories of the massive seas, the harsh chill in the air and the sheer awesome force of nature we witnessed in the North Pacific. The mountains of Vancouver were a welcome sight when we reached the finish, and our nighttime arrival into Seattle meant the full splendour of the city lights was on display when we motored up Elliot Bay.Our stopover in Seattle has been bittersweet as it means losing a few great ‘leggers;’ crew who have been instrumental to our podium finish in Leg 5 and all in all some of the greatest people you could ask to sail with. That being said, our new joiners are filled with enthusiasm and we are all looking forward to transiting the Panama Canal, one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.Thanks for reading – see you in New York!About Samantha Harper, crew member, Dare To LeadSamantha is a 37-year-old doctor from Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The Dell Latitude Rugged laptop was made for people like Samantha; when she is not sailing 40,000 nautical miles around the world on board Dare To Lead, Samantha splits her time between working in remote communities as a GP, and pushing herself to the limits mountaineering and running ultra-marathons (she has done the infamous Marathon des Sables, a 250 kilometre race in the Sahara Desert, five times). However, the Clipper Race is Samantha’s first sailing experience, and after initially considering only doing three legs, she signed up for the whole circumnavigation, knowing that once she started, she wouldn’t be able to stop until she completed and experienced the entire thing.last_img read more

Caught in a Wells Fargo web? Here’s how to get untangled

first_imgExcept that millions of Americans are second guessing their decision to bank with Wells Fargo, not much has changed since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced the massive fake accounts scam perpetrated by Wells Fargo on its own customers. Predictably, a few proposed class action lawsuits have been filed by Wells Fargo customers, shareholders, and former employees alike.Americans expressed outrage over the first highly publicized banking scandal in a few years, and observers on both sides of the political aisle cheered Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) much-deserved verbal spanking of Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf during a Senate Banking Committee hearing.That video never gets old.Industry analysts say that the Wells Fargo scandal has damaged the bank’s reputation, but there is no indication that a mass exodus has occurred among the bank’s customers. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PRO14 round-up: Scarlets hold off Connacht, Gavin Coombes helps Munster to victory | Rugby Union News

first_img Connacht try-scorer Ultan Dillane takes on the Scarlets defence All of the action from the weekend’s two PRO14 matches which saw Scarlets defeat Connacht and Munster victorious against Ospreys. There are three more matches on Monday evening. Last Updated: 15/11/20 5:09pm Munster celebrate one of Gavin Coombes’ tries in their win over Ospreys – Advertisement – The hosts lost their way late on though and the Welsh side rallied with Lake’s score and a penalty try from a scrum following Jack O’Donoghue being sent to the sin-bin. Dane Blacker’s 43rd-minute breakaway effort, converted by Dan Jones who kicked a penalty earlier in the game as well, proved enough to secure Scarlets the win which moved them up to second in Conference B.Blacker’s converted score had put the Welsh side into a 13-point lead, but Connacht mounted a fightback and replacement Kieran Marmion knocked on close to the line.All-action flanker Paul Boyle sparked some of their best play and lock Ultan Dillane drove over from close range on the hour mark, followed by Jack Carty converting. Connacht had enough pressure to force a third try late on, but replacement Denis Buckley knocked on close to the line under pressure from Uzair Cassiem as Scarlets hung on for their first victory in Galway since April 2017.Munster 38-22 OspreysHat-trick hero Gavin Coombes was in unstoppable form as Munster recorded a win over Ospreys at Thomond Park on Sunday.The Skibbereen youngster starred as Johann van Graan’s men collected a bonus point to go eight points clear at the top of Conference B.Munster built a 24-10 half-time lead with converted tries from No. 8 Coombes, Mike Haley and Kevin O’Byrne cancelling out an early Luke Morgan effort.After grabbing a second try during Morgan’s sin-bin period, Coombes completed his hat-trick in the 53rd minute. It was five tries to three in the end, with Ospreys forcing a late penalty try to add to Dewi Lake’s maul score.Ospreys bounced back from Bradley Davies’ departure with a shoulder injury to take the lead through Morgan’s try which was converted by Stephen Myler, but from that point on Munster were in control.center_img – Advertisement – We round up the weekend’s PRO14 action as Scarlets won in Galway for the first time in three years and Gavin Coombes starred for Munster in their victory at home to Ospreys…Connacht 14-20 ScarletsRyan Conbeer made it three tries in two games as Scarlets’ swashbuckling attack earned them a win over Connacht in heavy wind and rain at the Sportsground on Saturday.The former Wales U20 international ran in two tries in the first half as the Llanelli-based outfit led 13-7 at the interval, with Abraham Papali’i having responded for the hosts with a converted try.- Advertisement – Gavin Coombes was the hat-trick hero for Munster Gavin Coombes was the hat-trick hero for Munster

Ex-Boxer Hogan Jimoh Dies at 62

first_imgDuring his professional career, Jimoh fought 36 fights and won 24 knockouts.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A former Nigerian boxer, Hogan “Atomic Bomb” Jimoh, is dead. He was aged 62 years.The former Lightweight boxing champion died in the early hours of Sunday in his Lagos Island residence. Jimoh was born in Ilorin, Kwara State in 1955.General-Secretary of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), Remi Aboderin, confirmed the news of the death of the boxer who made his mark in the sweet science of boxing in the country.Jimoh debuted as a professional boxer in 1974. The late boxer staked a claim to fame in He was the doyen of boxing aficionados in the 1970s and 1980, winning the Nigerian lightweight title, West African lightweight title as well as the Commonwealth lightweight title.last_img read more

Netflix warns Irish customers of bogus email scam

first_imgA new bogus email scam has struck Irish Netflix customers.TV3 reporter Ruairi Carroll warned users this week after receiving an email from someone purporting to represent Netflix prompting him to restart his membership.Watch out, dodgy @NetflixUK “cancellation” email scam going around. pic.twitter.com/GDUvKn7cOV— Ruairi Carroll (@RCarrollTV3) July 13, 2017 Her.ie report that a Netflix spokesperson has confirmed the email as a phishing scam, and has urged customers who receive emails such as these to be cautious.The spokesperson says you can read up on Netflix security by visiting their ‘How can I keep my Netflix account secure?’ page, and to forward any suspicious emails on to phishing@netflix.com.Netflix warns Irish customers of bogus email scam was last modified: July 14th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:emailNetflixphishingscamlast_img read more