Growing confectionery chain Patisserie Valerie has signed a deal to open six Debenhams concession shops.The concessions will open in Oxford, Hereford, Redditch and the new Wandsworth site, which is opening soon. Other locations are yet to be confirmed.The retailer said it aimed to open the Patisserie Valerie spaces for the autumn/winter period. They are being added to make use of under-used store space. By doing this Debenhams aims to secure higher returns, improve choice and increase shopper numbers.Debenhams UK director of space planning Mark Jordan said: “The addition of new concessions comes as we extend our successful space optimisation trials and continue to look at new and exciting ways of enhancing the experience for our customers. Broadening our food offer will see a number of fantastic new brands join our portfolio and offer our customers a variety of options for casual dining. For some food brands it will be their first outlet in a town where they do not already have a presence and we are confident this will be a key footfall driver.”In 2013, the patisserie business opened its first concession store in Next stores.Patisserie Holdings, parent company of the brand has had a strong year so far, seeing underlying profit increase 23.1% to £8.7m in the six months to 31 March 2015.
By U.S. Air Force Capt. Holli Nelson/West Virginia National Guard October 03, 2018 Through a continuous partnership with U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH), members of the West Virginia National Guard and subject matter experts in the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) and Not In My Squad (NIMS) programs teamed up to deliver training to the Peruvian Army’s (PERAR) non-commissioned officer corps Sept. 10th through 14, 2018 in Lima, Perú. U.S. Air Force Capt. Holli Nelson and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Hector Guillén, representatives of the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG), were joined by Sgt. Maj. Boris Bolaños, senior enlisted advisor to the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, Sgt. Lyndsay Monaco, a NIMS workshop facilitator and Brigade S-1 NCO for the National Ground Intelligence Center, and ARSOUTH representatives Sgt. 1st Class Jorge Cornejo and Staff Sgt. Carlos Colon. During the week-long engagement, U.S. service members focused on working with the senior enlisted leaders of the Peruvian Army to facilitate courses on leadership, empowering the NCO corps, professionalism, ethical behavior, physical fitness, NCO development and gender integration for more than 500 PERAR soldiers. In separate sessions, Capt. Nelson and Sgt. Monaco engaged directly with more than 50 females in the Peruvian Army for physical readiness training to instill esprit de corps between the two countries’ militaries and highlight the importance of gender integration, equality in the military and how NCO leadership molds U.S. forces. “In regards to gender integration and NCO professional development, we are one team. We are all a family. North or South America, it makes no difference,” said Sgt. Monaco. “After this week, the Peruvian Air Force is looking to do the same thing and the Army is ready for us to come back with more U.S. females and change the foundation for their future. This week was history making and couldn’t have been more successful. Un equipo, una pelea (One team, one fight).” “As a West Virginia guardsman, being able to have a lead role in shaping the future for the NCO corps in Perú is a high point in my career,” said Capt. Nelson, who serves as the WVNG’s public affairs officer. “Not only that, but working with our Army counterparts from the active component highlights the total force capability to influence change with our international partners.” In addition to discussions on improving gender integration in the PERAR, the core construct for the week related to NCO professional development. While the Peruvian military has a large NCO corps, it does not traditionally hold the leadership responsibilities and standards of training and education associated with NCOs in the United States military. Each day, members of the U.S. delegation presented courses to the PERAR on the basics for the U.S. Army’s core values and expectations for advancement. Each session allowed for a question and answer period for direct feedback between PERAR senior enlisted leaders and NCOs and U.S. forces. Sgt. 1st Class Guillén, the WVNG’s State Partnership Program coordinator and Peru native, presented on the importance of a strong officer and NCO relationship, the joint working relationship between the Army and Air Force in the National Guard and his experiences as a Senior NCO in the Army. “There are many ways to leave a legacy and that’s definitely by being a good leader. Good leadership helps you mentally, professionally, technically, tactically and physically,” said Sgt. 1st Class Guillen. “What I saw was a group a PERAR soldiers willing to adapt and willing to learn the new ways of working together as one for a better today.” He added that the State Partnership Program (SPP) is a terrific program that connects outstanding West Virginian and Peruvian military forces together for important engagements and partnership building. West Virginia and Perú have been linked together through the SPP since 1996. As a part of the NIMS workshop, the PERAR NCOs were able to brainstorm ideas and highlight issues in the organization, without senior enlisted or officers in the room, to present to their leadership with recommendations for change. PERAR NCOs were empowered to recognize issues within their unit, develop courses of actions and deliver their ways forward to their respective leaders who can implement change or produce a resolution. “In the last few days, I’ve come to realize that Peruvian Army is eager to develop their NCO Corps,” said Staff Sgt. Colon. “This week, the U.S. Army gave them the right tools to do so. In this engagement, we influenced the women in the Peruvian Army to seek leadership and self-development. We opened many doors for them to grow in their military life an also in their civilian life and made an impact in the future growth of the NCO corps as a whole.” This engagement is a part of an ongoing series between ARSOUTH and PERAR. It’s based on a 2016 memorandum of understanding signing, designed to provide a foundation for institutional change to education and leader development within the PERAR NCO corps.
“I have nothing for right now,” he said.The Clippers (36-25) committed a season-high 23 turnovers, including 16 in the first half which led to 30 of Milwaukee’s 66 points before halftime.To put it in perspective, the Clippers trailed by 19 at halftime despite shooting better than 57 percent from the field.“I don’t’ think I’ve ever seen those two things,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.Novelty aside, the Clippers need to make some adjustments. “We’ve got to get out of this rut, because we’re in one right now,” Rivers said. “There’s no doubt about that.”They have lost four of five since the All-Star. While losses to Golden State, San Antonio and Houston – titans of the West – could be explained, Friday’s was a head-scratcher. Milwaukee (27-33) is on the outside looking in of the playoff race in the less competitive Eastern Conference.They didn’t look it against the reeling Lakers.The Bucks forced nine turnovers in the first quarter, terrorizing the Clippers – who average 13 turnovers per game – with their length and athleticism. It wasn’t a surprise. Rivers emphasized the need to protect the ball against the Bucks.“There’s nights where you’re throwing the ball everywhere and you’re dribbling off your foot,” Redick said. “It wasn’t one of those nights. It was just that a lot of it had more to do with them than us.”Take away the turnovers and the night didn’t look all that terrible for the Clippers. They shot 56.3 percent from the field, and Blake Griffin nearly recorded a triple-double, leading the charge with 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.Rivers actually praised the Clippers energy at the start of the third quarter, when they rallied to cut the Bucks lead to three at 77-74.Paul, who received a technical foul in the second quarter for his reaction to the offensive foul call, carried the Clippers in the third, scoring 14 of his 21 points in the period.He left the game with 1:41 left in the quarter after appearing to reinjure his left thumb. Any fear that he had reinjured the thumb, in which a torn ligament cost him 14 games in January and February, quickly subsided.He was hit on the joint, which Rivers – who suffered the same injury as a player – warned would be painful.“If someone hits it, it hurts like you’re dying,” Rivers said. “It hurts. That was the first time someone hit it and it lasts for 10 or 15 minutes.”In the 94 seconds Paul was out of the game, however, the Clippers committed two more turnovers and were outscored 8-2, swinging momentum back the Clippers way entering the fourth quarter.“They say winning cures all,” Paul said. “I hope that’s the solution for us, because right now we look bad.”The Clippers will have a quick turnaround, playing Friday night in Chicago.Asked how the seasoned Clippers reacted to such a slump, Griffin said, “Guys are frustrated for sure. Disappointed, angry you could kind of use a variation of all those.” MILWAUKEE >> Blake Griffin stepped out of bounds, Jamal Crawford lost the ball. Chris Paul threw the ball to a defender, threw it out of bounds, threw a fit after getting called for a charge.Turnovers were the problem Friday night in a 112-101 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, but lately with the Clippers, it’s something new every night.“We’re all searching for answers,” said J.J. Redick, the one Clipper who can usually be counted on to explain why things are the way they are.After the latest loss? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
“The Southland Conference is thrilled to partner with Van Wagner, and we enthusiastically look forward to working with Mike Palisi and the Van Wagner executive team on developing a successfully beneficial relationship for many years to come,” said Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett. “Further, we greatly appreciate the diligent and professional work of Dan Gale of Leona Marketing Group, that represented the Southland in expertly evaluating the marketplace on our behalf and guiding us to this point.” About Southland ConferenceFounded in 1963, the Southland Conference sponsors 19 Division I sports, including FCS football, and serves more than 4,200 student-athletes at its 13 member institutions in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The membership of the Southland encompasses nearly 140,000 current students and an alumni base of 800,000. The collective group of athletic programs serves a local population base of nearly 14 million people, and the league boasts six television markets in the Top 100 of the U.S., including Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, New Orleans and Little Rock. The Southland Conference is located in Frisco, Texas, one of America’s fastest-growing cities and recently named by Money Magazine as the No. 1 Place to Live in the U.S. Sports organizations affiliated with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer are also headquartered in Frisco. Each January, the Southland annually serves as the host conference for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game. NEW YORK – The Southland Conference has agreed to a multi-year marketing and sponsorship sales agreement with Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment. As the Conference’s exclusive agent, Van Wagner will negotiate and manage select multimedia rights beginning July 1st, as well as serve as the conference’s corporate sponsorship representative. Since 2014, Van Wagner has become a leader in college sports marketing and was developed to represent the sponsorship or multimedia rights for multiple schools and athletic conferences, including the America East Conference, Big South Conference, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Colonial Athletic Association, Western Athletic Conference, and the West Coast Conference, as well as Arizona State National Sales, Canisius College, East Tennessee State University, Furman University, Florida International University, Georgia State University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Longwood University, Loyola University Maryland, Loyola Marymount University, Niagara University, Pepperdine University, Samford University, University of San Francisco, Rider University, Siena College, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Peter’s University, Santa Clara University, Stony Brook University, The University of Texas at El Paso, Towson University, Valparaiso University and The College of William & Mary. The Southland Conference, headquartered in Frisco, Texas, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and sponsors 19 championship sports at the NCAA Division I level. Its members hail from Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas and include Abilene Christian University, University of Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist University, University of the Incarnate Word, Lamar University, McNeese State University, University of New Orleans, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Sam Houston State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “Van Wagner is excited to work with the Southland Conference, with nearly 60 years of history, to build a sponsorship and marketing program that works to the benefit of all Southland stakeholders including its 13 member institutions and their student-athletes, fans and greater communities,” said Van Wagner Executive Vice President Mike Palisi. “We look forward to working with Commissioner Tom Burnett, who has led the Southland Conference with distinction for the better part of two decades, and Senior Associate Commissioner Jenny McGhee on building a dynamic sponsorship program that is reflective of the mission and collective value of its member institutions.” Together with Southland Conference leadership, Van Wagner will enhance the fan experience at Conference events while working toward a year-round brand presence for sponsors, member institutions and their student-athletes and fans through sponsorship sales, promotions, event production, and marketing initiatives.