Pret A Manger has named Barnaby Dawe, previously global chief marketing officer at Just Eat, as its first chief customer officer.In the role, which Dawe takes up on 1 October, he will oversee all global marketing and communications activity and will lead Pret’s e-commerce business.Dawe has held senior positions at businesses including Sky, The Sun, The Times, Heart and Channel 4.He joined food delivery operation Just Eat in 2015 and helped the business triple revenues and profit. In 2017 he was named Marketing Leader of the Year by the Marketing Society. “I am delighted Barnaby is joining the senior team at Pret,” said Pret CEO Clive Schlee. “He has the sensitivity and the experience to maintain continuity in Pret’s tone of voice, whilst at the same time leading the company’s digital transformation. We look forward to working with him very much.” Dawe said he was a loyal Pret customer and had long admired Pret for its coherent brand strategy and outstanding customer service. “I’m honoured to join the team and be a part of the next phase of their journey,” he added.In May, it was announced that Pret A Manger is to be bought by JAB, two years after the investment firm acquired doughnut business Krispy Kreme.
When he started college, Abraham Fulmer didn’t know he’d study peanuts, work in international development or become fascinated with Haiti.But that’s where life led him.Fulmer, a PhD student in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, works with the Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab project in Haiti, where researchers are working to find the varieties and growing conditions that lead to the best yield and discourage disease in peanuts.“Peanut is a fascinating crop,” Fulmer said. ”There’s a mystique about it being linked to the New World. The first written description of peanut was recorded on the island of Hispaniola by Bartonlomé Las Casas – probably in what is now Haiti – in the 1500s. That link is fascinating to me. Haiti itself is fascinating.”The Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab (PMIL) supports the education of dozens of graduate students like Fulmer at UGA, across the U.S. and in partner countries.At the same time, professors from the U.S. and partner countries mentor the students and advise them on their research.As a PhD student, Fulmer conducts his own research in Haiti and the U.S., but through PMIL, he supervises Haitian students in their work, too.“The most rewarding thing about the work that I’ve been a part of in Haiti is the personal fulfillment of being able to work with students,” he said.Over the past few years, PMIL has partnered with Meds & Food for Kids, an NGO that makes peanut-based food supplements and supports farmers as a way to get locally sourced peanuts. Through an internship program, PMIL and MFK give Haitian agronomy students an opportunity to do practical research in the field. Over the past two years, 16 undergraduates have worked with PMIL and MFK; half of the students are men and half are women.In Haiti, an undergraduate degree in agronomy calls for five years of study and a thesis project, requirements that are similar to a master’s degree in other places.“The students compete to earn a spot in the internship program; it’s a good opportunity for them,” Fulmer said. “Each one designs and implements a trial. We are helping them all along the way, but they are responsible from the planning of the trial to the planting of the seeds to the harvest, from gathering the data, to analyzing that data to presenting the data.”While building students’ skills, the arrangement also provides data to PMIL, which is working to enhance Haiti’s peanut sector by addressing production-related problems and improving conditions along the value chain.Research supported by collaboration includes a peanut-breeding program and research into agronomic practices best suited for growing conditions in Haiti.“We’ve done seed- and row-spacing trials, variety trials and fungicide trials,” Fulmer said. “Ultimately, we are trying to find the best answers to questions that deal with quality and quantity of the crop.“Our research is creating data that just didn’t exist before. Now we have actual evidence to direct decision-making.”Creating a list of best practices for growing a healthy peanut crop would empower the country’s smallholder farmers, who produce about 24,000 metric tons of peanuts a year.“Farmers in Haiti get between 300 and 800 pounds per acre. The average is probably around 500 pounds,” said PMIL Assistant Director James Rhoads, who worked with smallholder peanut farmers in Haiti while working for MFK.“But, now we’re seeing yields in research plots and in scaled seed production in the 2000-pound range and higher. Abraham’s efforts are helping to close that yield gap.”Getting a bigger crop out of the ground means more than just finding the right variety and hoping for rain. Farmers need to know when to invest time and inputs in fighting pests and disease.“A lot of my research here in the U.S. has to do with leaf-spot pathogens,” Fulmer said. “What are the factors that drive when the disease starts and how bad the disease gets? I watch diseases very closely to pinpoint the conditions that have the most impact, so we can understand how to combat them.“I’ve been able to carry that research over to Haiti, and that’s rewarding.”When he started school, Fulmer was more interested in the aesthetic part of agriculture; he thought he might become a landscape architect.But a class with University of Georgia agronomy professor Dewey Lee caught his attention and set him on a career path.“I really became aware in that class of the importance of global agriculture and the challenges that our generation is going to face in terms of how to feed the world,” he said. “That message really grabbed ahold of me and I came to a moral realization that we have a responsibility to better the lives of our fellow men wherever they live.”Still not quite sure what he wanted to do after finishing a bachelor’s degree, Fulmer traveled to Cambodia. In visiting with local farmers, he learned that peanuts are part of the cuisine there and around the world. When he came home, UGA professor Bob Kemerait suggested that Fulmer might work with PMIL.Two years later, Fulmer spends about one-third of the year in Haiti, mentoring and helping Haitian agronomy students with their research trials.The trade-off is that Fulmer is taking an extra year or so to work on his PhD, which he hopes to finish in the next year.He’s not sure where he’ll work after that.“I want to stay involved with international agriculture, Fulmer said. “I would love to have the opportunity to remain involved in Haiti,” he said. “But when I thought I knew exactly where I was going and what I wanted to do, that’s not how it worked out.“It’s going well, so I’ll have to see what comes next.”
… Hassan also wins Golden Ball trophy; Shikhar Dhawan wins Golden Bat trophyFAST bowler Hassan Ali was named player of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after he bowled Pakistan to its maiden ICC Champions Trophy title at The Oval.Sunday’s 181 runs victory over traditional rival India was also Pakistan’s first title in a 50-over tournament since winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992.Pakistan had won the ICC World Twenty20 England 2009, and as such, has become only the fourth side after India, Sri Lanka and the West Indies to win all the three ICC majors.Hassan also won the Golden Ball trophy after finishing the series with 13 wickets, while India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who had won the player of the tournament in 2013, walked away with the Golden Bat trophy with 338 runs.Hassan Ali was in sublime form in the tournament when he displayed excellent variation, picked up wickets consistently and in crucial phases during Pakistan’s successful journey in the competition, which had started with a 124 runs drubbing at hands of India at Edgbaston on 4 June.After being at the wrong end of the stick against India when he picked up one for 70 in 10 overs, Hassan bounced back strongly and returned figures of three for 24 against South Africa, three for 43 against Sri Lanka, three for 35 against England in the Cardiff semi-final and three for 19 in the final against India.As such, he finished the series with 13 wickets at an average of 14.69 and an economy-rate of 4.29.Hassan was selected as the Player of the Tournament by a five-person selection panel that comprised Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager – Cricket, and Chairman Event Technical Committee), former captains Michael Atherton of England, India’s Sourav Ganguly, Ramiz Raja of Pakistan, as well as Lawrence Booth (Editor, Wisden Almanack, and cricket writer, The Mail) and Julian Guyer (correspondent of the Agence France-Presse).Meanwhile, Dhawan won the Golden Bat trophy after finishing as the leading run-getter.The left-hander scored 68 against Pakistan, 125 against Sri Lanka, 78 against South Africa, 46 in the semi-final against Bangladesh and 21 against Pakistan in the final.ICC Champions Trophy Player of the Tournament winners:1998 – Jacques Kallis (South Africa)2000 – Not awarded2002 – Not awarded2004 – Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies)2006 – Chris Gayle (West Indies)2009 – Ricky Ponting (Australia)2013 – Shikhar Dhawan (India)2017 – Hassan Ali (Pakistan)
In the Lakers’ loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Talen Horton-Tucker got his first NBA minutes and scored 10 points. He talked about what he learned, including what it’s like guarding James Harden.Here’s the postgame video, including praise from Kyle Kuzma (from SCNG Lakers beat writer Kyle Goon). Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers For more on the NBA inside the bubble, follow Kyle Goon on twitter and Instagram. To receive the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
A report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Tuesday is revealing new details about the deadly FIU bridge collapse.On March 15, 2018, six people were killed when a newly built pedestrian bridge in Miami suddenly collapsed onto the pavement below.The NTSB latest report shows the design company, FIGG, blames the construction company MCM for not following FDOT specifications on bridge construction.But MCM has disputed those claims, saying the bridge suffered from design errors and miscommunication between FIGG and the contractor.Additionally, the report reveals that an FDOT engineer failed to listen to a second voicemail warning about cracks in the bridge before the collapse.After nearly two years, the NTSB’s investigation is soon coming to an end.The NTSB is expected to discuss the findings at an October 22 public board meeting that’s intended to determine the probable cause of the collapse.
The management of Dusit Thani Pattaya, led by its resident manager Neoh Kean Boon, recently held a meeting with officials of Pentangle Promotions headed by managing director Geoffrey Rowe to discuss preparations for the 2013 PTT Pattaya Open tennis tournament. The event, which will be in its 22nd year in Pattaya and the hotel, will be held during 27 January to 3 February with qualifying matches on 27-28 January and main draw matches starting on 28 January. Finals for singles and doubles will be held on Sunday, 3 February starting at 4 pm.Dusit Thani Pattaya management led by resident manager Neoh Kean Boon (4th right) pose with tournament organizers Pentangle Promotions and their managing director Geoffrey Rowe (center) at a meeting held to discuss preparations for the 2013 PTT Pattaya Open tournament. The upgrading of facilities to meet the increased attraction brought in by the tennis open was one of the issues discussed in the preparatory meetings. The PTT Pattaya Open 2013 will be graced by highly-respected tennis stars such as Vera Zvonareva and Ana Ivanovic. It is part of the WTA Tour for professional women tennis players and is equivalent to the ATP World Tour 250 series events.
Note: For more news on the Pattaya Marathon wheelchair race. There were cheers from the home crowd in the half marathon as Thailand’s Nattawat Innum took first place and 10,000 baht in the men’s race in a time of 01:16:12 while Cynthia Chelangat from Kenya crossed the finish line first in the women’s event in 01:25:35.Rising from the day’s biggest field of competitors, Cherdchai Phootako from Thailand won the men’s quarter marathon with a time of 00:34:05 and Lodkeo Inthakoumman of neighbouring Laos was the female winner in 00:39:23.Chonburi Governor Pakarathorn Thienchai and a number of Pattaya City officials presided over the marathon’s opening ceremony while the event itself was once again well supported by large numbers of local residents who lined the route and cheered on the competitors.Hot work – this runner finds the best way to cool down.A runner thanks spectators for their support on his way around the marathon course.Athletes line up at the start for the quarter-marathon race. Pattaya Mayor, Pol. Maj. Gen. Anan Charoenchasri presents medals to the wheelchair competitors.It was not just the Pattaya Mail celebrating its birthday this past week but also the always eagerly anticipated and popular Pattaya Marathon that last Sunday marked its 27th edition since the first running of the event way back in 1991.Up to 10,000 road warriors, representing all age groups and levels off fitness, hit the city’s streets early Sunday morning, July 15, all with their own personal goals and targets in mind. As usual, there was a large contingent of foreign runners, both from the city’s own expat community but also those arriving specifically for the race. Representatives were seen flying the flag for Laos, China, Japan, Iran, Ethiopia and Kenya among others.Bernard Kiplangat Kibilo of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the men’s marathon, Sunday July 15.In order to cater to a wide range of athletic abilities, the event was split into several categories including a full marathon (42.195km), half marathon (21.100km), quarter marathon (10.550km), a 3.7km wheelchair race and 3.7km “fun run”. A prize fund totaling some 275,000 baht was available to the winning athletes.In the full marathon, the first runner across the line and taking the men’s overall title was Kenyan Bernard Kiplangat Kibilo in a time of 02:44:15, over a minute ahead of Thailand’s Natthawut Phrmphinan in second place. Taking out the women’s marathon title was another Africa runner, Abtew Wubhareg Ayalew from Ethiopia in a time of 03.19.36. Both marathon winners were award 25,000 baht each and presented with trophies for their efforts.