Pret A Manger has reported a 17% increase in both turnover and ebitda, as the chain continues to expand in the UK.The top 10 BB75 retailer posted sales revenue of £443m, and ebitda of £61.1m for 2012 financial year. It also opened 36 new shops – 19 of which were in the UK – over the 52-week period, taking its total estate to 320 (+10%).A target of 50 new shops has been set for 2013, including four additional shops in Paris. Of the 1,000 jobs due to be created, 500 of these should be in the UK, said the firm.Following previous criticism about the number of British workers it employs, the firm highlighted the launch of its fledgling National School Leaver Programme, which encourages British school leavers to work for the company.Nine school leavers have also joined the team, with the scheme to be expanded in September this year, it said.Clive Schlee, chief executive of Pret A Manger, said: “2012 was a strong year for Pret. We continued to invest in our core values, improving our menu, launching innovative employment schemes and building and refurbishing shops in all our markets.”Last year also saw Pret open its first shop in Paris, and in its fourth city in the US – Boston.
System Of A Down fans who are hoping for the arrival of the band’s next album before the end of the decade may be waiting a little longer than they’d hoped.Earlier this week, the Armenian-American hard rock band’s guitarist, Daron Malakian, revealed that their first studio effort since 2005’s Hypnotize is still nowhere close to hitting the shelves. It’s worth noting that the band is still active and scheduled to perform at numerous events in 2019, including the inaugural Sonic Temple Music Festival and Chicago Open Air.Related: A New Guns N’ Roses Album Is In The Works, Band Members Confirm“I’m the main writer for System of a Down, so when there’s talk about maybe making an album, a lot of that kind of comes down on my shoulders to produce that album,” Malakain admitted in the interview, in which he also discusses new music via his other band, Scars on Broadway.He admits that some of the material included on Scars on Broadway’s 2018 album, Dictator, was initially penned for System of a Down. When nothing ended up happening with S.O.D., Malakain ended up using those songs for Scars’ album, even though System had spent time rehearsing the album’s opening track, “Lives”.Malakain continued in stating, “System of a Down doesn’t seem like we’re really coming together and making an album. So, I can’t sit on the songs forever … There was a time that I was waiting and rooting for it and hoping it happens, but … I’m kinda really happy with what I’m doing with Scars.”With no new album on the horizon for System of a Down, the band’s fans continue to undergo the same struggles experienced by Guns N’ Roses fans, who spent years waiting for the arrival of Chinese Democracy before it finally arrived in 2008. So they’ve got that going for them, which is nice.[H/T Consequence of Sound]
Many schools have some sort of break in the last month of the year. As a mom, I can say that the downtime during these breaks is somewhat welcome, but I don’t want the learning to stop just because school is not in session. Many families and children are spending their month focusing on just a few short days of celebration, with the rest of the time waiting around for those celebrations to begin. At Girlstart, we subscribe to the belief that STEM fun (and learning) is everywhere and should be a part of our everyday experience. We also believe that when children take a break from their studies, it’s a great opportunity for parents, caregivers, and children to have STEM fun together, at home.But unfortunately, it’s hard to drop everything and take time to dig around for a STEM activity. I can say this (in our mutual confidence) as a parent who is also juggling life, work, and parenting. It’s okay. We know. That’s why at Girlstart, the last month of our year is officially known as ‘DeSTEMber,’ and we view it as our job to help you have a fun, memorable experience with your child that is also supportive of their learning.I remember when I was a child, some of my friends had those cardboard boxes with 31 cutout flaps, behind each of which was a chocolate. I never got one. But wow, did I want the joyful anticipation of being able to have a new treat each day. So, at Girlstart, during this special month dedicated to all things STEM, we give that experience to you and your family via our DeSTEMber website. Just like those daily treats, we bring you and your family a new, free, downloadable activity every day. These activities are easy and fun to do, using materials you generally can find at home, or that can be obtained during the weekly shopping run.And it’s not just for families. DeSTEMber is our gift to educators, as well. These activities can be used throughout the year as icebreakers, warm-ups, or activities when you want to have a break and enjoy some STEM fun. We even align them to state and national science standards so you know how Girlstart’s work dovetails with your classroom’s learning goals.Girlstart has been working on DeSTEMber since 2011, and every year we give you something new. As a result, more than 180 fun activities—plus even more activities posted to our blog!—await you! Come join us during our most festive time of year and take a look at our ideas!Best wishes from your DeSTEMber elf,Tamara Hudgins, Ph.D.Executive Director************Tamara Hudgins, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Girlstart. Since 2009, Girlstart After School has grown from 4 to 65 programs and has been recognized as the most robust program of its kind in the nation, reaching over 20,000 girls, teachers, and family members each year. Hudgins has served in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and higher education communities in Austin, Chicago, and in Central Europe for 20 years, and earned her Ph.D. from Charles University in Prague. “And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again!” This refrain from the song, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” rings true for a lot of parents, no matter how much they may enjoy the holiday season and extra time with kiddos who are out of school. Our guest blog today comes from Tamara Hudgins, Executive Director of Girlstart. Girlstart is an organization focused on inspiring young girls and teens to take an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, and a long-time Youth Learning partner of Dell. Dell’s Youth Learning programs help kids around the global have better access to technology and a quality education and is a key focus of our Legacy of Good plan. Tamara is here to share her tips on how to engage both girls and boys in fun, easy STEM activities this month, which she and her organization call, DeSTEMber.************
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For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Newly elected BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said that resumption of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan was beyond his decision and would need approval from the prime ministers of both countries. During a press conference in Kolkata, Ganguly was asked whether cricketing ties between India and Pakistan will resume during his tenure. “You have to ask that question to Modi ji and the Pakistani prime minister,” he replied.The BCCI president-elect said that the board would need a green signal from the Indian government for any bilateral series between India and Pakistan since international tours are all through governments. “Of course, we have (to take permission), because international exposure (tours) is all through governments. So, we don’t have an answer to that question,” the former India captain added.The ties between India and Pakistan have been complex and largely hostile over the last few years. The last time both countries played a bilateral series was some 7 years ago in 2012, when India hosted Pakistan for a limited-overs series. The BCCI had taken a strong exception to the February 14 terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama and asked the ICC to “sever ties with countries from where terrorism emanates”. The Indian cricket board had also considered asking the ICC to boycott Pakistan from the World Cup.Also Read | Cricket World Cup Every 3 Years? This Is What Ganguly Has To Say On ICC PlanEarlier on Wednesday, Ganguly had also spoken about the other aspect of the game — day and night Tests — and said that Indian team under Virat Kohli is capable of doing well in the format. “Day-night Test is the way forward. Every country has to play day-night Test, that’s a long-term future for Test cricket. They (India) are a good side, they will win day-night Test matches also. There is no difference in day-night Test matches and day Tests. It’s just a different ball. They are such class players, they can win,” Ganguly said.