Tesco opened its first Tesco Express outlet in October 2002 and now has 880. Not bad for six years’ work.The relevance to Greggs? Well, Greggs has a new man in charge, Ken McMeikan. He spent 14 years at Tesco and was a key figure in the glory days of the roll-out of its Tesco Express format in 2004, leaving afterwards for Sainsbury’s. That’s why McMeikan should be taken seriously when he promises an “escalation in growth” at Greggs, already the UK’s biggest takeaway chain with 1,403 shops – many more than McDonald’s or Starbucks. “We are a growth business and we need to set up in a way that we can accelerate this growth,” McMeikan insists.McMeikan is in the ideal position to do that; his prudent predecessors squirrelled millions away in company coffers and the business has zero debt.Growth opportunitySo what is the scale of his ambition? The old Greggs would reliably open around 50 new shops a year, towards a longer-term goal of 1,700 by 2010.McMeikan takes a bolder approach. He comments: “I have seen a significant opportunity for growth in the UK. We serve one million customers a day, there are over 60m people in the UK. There are parts of the country that do not have a Greggs or a Bakers’ Oven shop and towns and cities where we are under-represented. Customers love our products, but we need more locations.”Adding shop numbers is not difficult, he says. In fact, the economic downturn will make it easy. “I believe there is going to be an over-supply of bakery units available on the high street in the future and that the rentals market will soften. I don’t want to set artificial targets,” he says, explaining that location is what matters. “People can be driven to acquire shops for numbers’ sake. We want the right shops in the right locations – not shops that cannibalise existing trade. And we want the best deals on leases; we don’t want to lock into 10-year deals with five-year break clauses.”Greggs is also planning to look at the Irish market for the first time as it expands, although there is “no immediate rush”, he reveals. “There is significant growth opportunity in England, Scotland and Wales, but at some point in the year, we will go to meet with people on the ground in Ireland and understand the property market and which parts of the country are appropriate.”For now, it’s all about sorting out “operational challenges”. Even a business like Greggs has room for improvement.CompetitionAs British Baker’s 2009 Top 50 list shows, Greggs’ top spot on the list is under threat, as the 1,284-shop chain Subway plans to overtake it on store numbers by the middle of this year.Moreover, Greggs’ business structure, with 10 separate divisions, causes complications. At the moment, only 30% of Greggs’ range is the same nationwide, McMeikan wants that to be 80%, with 20% of the range still being regional. “We want to simplify it and make it consistent,” he says.Greggs is also converting Bakers’ Oven shops to the dominant Greggs brand and closing its 10 loss-making shops in Belgium, to focus on leadership in the UK.In addition, it will look at the way it serves customers, McMeikan adds. “Our loyal customers know we make sand- wiches fresh every day, and know if the product is not there, they can ask one of our staff to make it. We need to get that message across to everyone.”The tea and coffee offer is also being investigated. “We will offer great-tasting coffee, but cheaper than the competition – not £2, say £1.20,” he says. “I am able to bring a lot from my background in supermarkets and convenience stores. I understand how a world-class centralised business like Tesco operates, listens and reacts to customers in a way that is consistent across the whole estate,” he says.Sounds like McMeikan plans to keep Greggs top of the bakery retail tree for some time to come.
View Comments Related Shows Look out! Tony nominee Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd) is just one of the names joining the previously announced Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Adam Pascal and more in the Broadway incarnation of Disaster!. The musical comedy, based on cult favorite disaster movies from the 1970s, will begin performances on February 9 and officially open on March 8 at the Nederlander Theatre.Rounding out the company will be Baylee Littrell, Paul Castree, Casey Garvin, Travis Kent, Alyse Alan Louis, Maggie McDowell, Olivia Phillip and Catherine Ricafort.Directed and co-written by Jack Plotnick and also starring co-creator and co-writer Seth Rudetsky, Disaster! is set on a summer night in Manhattan in 1979 and follows a group of NYC A-listers who party at the grand opening of a floating casino/disco—until disaster strikes. Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos, killer bees, rats, sharks and piranhas all threaten the guests, who sing some of the biggest hits of the ‘70s, including “Hot Stuff,” “I Am Woman,” “Knock on Wood” and more.As previously reported Kevin Chamberlin, Faith Prince, Rachel York, Jennifer Simard, Max Crumm and Lacretta Nicole have also been tapped for the production’s cast. Disaster! Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016
NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday confirmed that 13 personnel, including two unnamed players who are to play in the next months Indian Premier League (IPL), have tested positive for COVID-19. The BCCI didnt reveal the identities of the personnel or their team(s).Sources, however, have told IANS that 12 of these personnel belonged to the Chennai Super Kings. Also, CSK CEO KS Viswanathan tweeted on the team’s official handle on Saturday morning that Suresh Raina had pulled out of the competition due to person reasons. All teams are now in the UAE where the IPL is scheduled to begin on September 19, though the BCCI hasn’t released the matches’ scheduled. In a statement, the BCCI said: “Thirteen personnel have tested positive of which two are players. All the affected personnel as well as their close contacts are asymptomatic and have been isolated from other team members. They are being monitored by the IPL Medical Team.” The BCCI further said that a total of 1,988 RT-PCR COVID tests were carried out between August 20 and 28 across all participant groups in the UAE. “These groups include players, support staff, team management, BCCI staff, IPL operational team, hotel and ground transport staff. As per the IPL 2020 Health and Safety Protocols, testing on all participants will be conducted regularly throughout the IPL 2020 season,” the statement read. “The BCCI has put in place stringent health and safety protocols for the Dream11 Indian Premier League 2020 Season, which is scheduled to start from September 19 in the UAE. Accordingly, upon landing in the UAE, all the participants have followed a mandatory testing and quarantine programme,” the BCCI said. At a time when big politicians and athletes like Amit Shah, Amitabh Bachchan, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, and Vinesh Phogat have voluntarily announced their COVID-19 positive results, the BCCI has chosen not to share the names of the infected members. “The other IPL teams in the UAE are also now scared. They are in talks with the BCCI. You can’t hide the names. If they [BCCI] won’t tell, the Emirate Cricket Board (ECB) might reveal it. For the safety of everybody, it is important to share the names. What is so shameful about it? Why is the BCCI acting so unprofessionally?” sources in the UAE told IANS. Earlier on Friday, sources said that the 12 members who have tested positive belonged to CSK. “They all are from CSK and the entire team has gone into quarantine. They might resume training from September 11,” sources said. CSK fans got another shocker after all-rounder Suresh Raina pulled out of the lucrative league citing personal reasons, the team CEO KS Viswanathan announced on CSK twitter handle on Saturday morning. IANS Also Watch: Three Women Says Going to Doctor, Never Returns
Mourinho saw his second spell as Chelsea manager end with the sack in December, after last season’s champions made a miserable start to the their Premier League title defence.Guardiola rivalryThe Portuguese manager may have won trophies in several European leagues but has never stayed at one club longer than the three years and three months he racked up in his first spell with Chelsea.Some media weren’t convinced about the apparently imminent appointment of the brash Portuguese, who despite his success has a reputation for alienating players and waging public feuds with adversaries.If hired, Mourinho will arrive in Manchester at the same time as incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, resuming their bitter rivalry from when they coached Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.But former United defender Phil Neville said even if Mourinho was only at Old Trafford for a brief time, he would bring silverware to the club.“I can’t see him staying too long at Man United, maybe two or three years, that seems to be his shelf life at a football club,” Neville told BBC Radio on Sunday.“When Jose finishes at a club it tends to be a pattern where he falls out with a few players, he gets disgruntled and the team dips.“It happened at Chelsea, it certainly happened at Real Madrid where there were rumours he fell out with a few players.“It’s a pattern with Jose, he comes into a club, he gets success but he doesn’t stay for too long.”United have now failed to finish higher than fourth in the Premier League in any of the three seasons since legendary manager Alex Ferguson retired.For a club of United’s stature that represents an embarrassing record but Neville believes Mourinho, who won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, can transform their fortunes.“He’s a proven winner, a proven champion,” Neville said.“United fans want a team that will challenge for the league title, not a team that finishes seventh or fifth, and Jose is probably the man for the job.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho was widely reported to be close to joining Manchester United on Monday as The Times said his agent was due in England for talks on replacing embattled manager Louis van Gaal.British media have been awash with reports of van Gaal’s demise, after a leak from an unknown source spread as Manchester United lifted the FA Cup on Saturday.The Dutchman cryptically commented, “It’s over” as he left the squad’s London hotel on Sunday, but it was not clear whether he was referring to his tenure or United’s season.The BBC said van Gaal had not been informed whether he was staying for next season, although it said Saturday’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace was believed to have been his last game.The Times reported that he is fuming over his treatment by the club, adding that Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes was flying to England to “conclude negotiations” on a three-year contract.There has been no official comment from the 20-time English champions, although the no-nonsense van Gaal was defiant after Saturday’s Cup final.“I show you the cup and I don’t discuss it with my friends of the media, who already sacked me for six months,” the 64-year-old said.“Which manager can do that, what I have done?”Despite winning their first trophy since the great Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, van Gaal’s United didn’t challenge for the Premier League title and failed to qualify for the Champions League.Fans were also unhappy with the brand of football their team played under van Gaal, which many felt ran counter to the club’s traditional attacking style.
Grouping of white stemmed birch treesSelecting, Planting and Managing Trees….With Horticulturist Gareth Austin Gareth AustinTrees provide many great functions in our gardens, from providing screening, windbreak, avenues, cleaning air and more, and as such the guidelines for their selection will dramatically vary depending on the intended use….Providing ShelterTrees are great for this, far more effective than a wall or a fence. Trees filter wind, calming it down as it passes. Trees will provide an effective windbreak to a distance twice their height, but will affect the flow of air for up to six times their own height (so, a 20’ tree will give shelter up to 40’ away, but will still affect airflow up to 120’ away). Trees provide better shelter when planted in groups, not straight lines. A group of trees planting in the South West corner will be far more effective than a whole line of trees planted down the side of your garden. Each tree in the cluster shelters each other by creating a microclimate, so the collective growth is faster than one tree on its own.Privacy Trees can give a great sense of privacy in a back garden. A few trees dotted around a town garden can give the user a feeling of shelter and privacy. The open crown of a tree such as a white stemmed birch gives privacy without blocking out much light, simply by created broken sightlines.EvergreensThere are very few evergreen trees which are native to the North West of Ireland. Most of the conifer types are imports from the new world of America. But the Scots Pine tree is a handy tree to plant on the North side of a property due to its hardy growth and evergreen needles. These evergreen needles help to shelter the house from these cold winds, thus helping to reduce your winter heating costs!PlantingThe process of planting is largely the same, irrelevant to the type of tree being planted, and the reasons for it being planted. Here are my steps to success with tree planting:• Size of the Hole.Dig a planting hole, at least twice the size of the pot/root ball that the tree comes in. When you dig out the soil keep the top soil to one side and the sub soil in another pile. Any large rocks/stones can be lifted out at this time too. Dig a square hole, not a round hole, as this encourages the roots to explore their new home quicker.• Enriching the soil.The top soil that’s been excavated should now be enriched with some homemade compost, some well-rotted manure, some bought compost or perhaps some seaweed (basically any form of organic matter you have to hand), mix this through the excavated top soil, maybe aiming for a 75/25 mix of soil/organic matter. Always enrich soil, never replace soil. If you dig a massive hole, fill it with compost and plant your tree, the tree will grow like the wind, but then when its roots come to the indigenous soil the growth then slows down as its not used to your soil.• Fertiliser.When you’re enriching the top soil, add a good handful (or more) of chicken pellets or Fish, Blood & Bone Meal. These slow release fertilisers provide a small amount of nutrition over a long period of time, and with them being organic based they help to improve soil structure as they break down.• Mycorrhizal FungiMycorrhizal fungi is a beneficial fungi which shows substantial benefits to plant growth. When you’re planting a tree dust this fungi over the roots. These fungi then attach themselves to the roots of the tree, branching off from them, and thus substantially increases the surface area of roots, allowing the tree to uptake more water and nutrients. In future weeks we’ll cover this more and more, explaining the science behind it. But take it at this time that it works, it’s amazing and whenever you’re planting, use it.• StakingEnsure any new tree are properly staked. A strong stake should be placed on the windward side of the tree (the side that the wind comes from). You want the tree to be pulling against the stake, instead of leaning on it. The stake is just to ensure the root ball doesn’t rock in the ground and that the roots have a firm footing in the soil during the initial few years. It is not to support the stem. The stake might be 3’ above ground level, but target no more than 50% of the distance between the ground and where the trees crown starts. If the tree is staked too high then the crowns doesn’t ‘sway’ in the wind. This swaying encourages the development of a stronger root system, a thicker stem and stronger tree. If the tree is too high staked the tree is likely to grow very thin, with a poorer root system.• WateringWater the tree before you plant it and then immediately after (just like you would any other plant). If its dry weather when you’re planting then fill your excavated hole with water prior to planting and once this has drained then plant your tree into this moist planting hole. In sandy soil line the planting hole with damp newspaper to conserve moisture around the roots. After planting check the tree for watering. In dry weather provide the tree with around 2 gallons once a week if required. An established tree can use around 500Litres of water a day!• MulchingAfter all the planting and watering has been done then the last step is a mulch. A mulch could be bark chipping, it could be more well-rotted manure, seaweed or the likes. The purpose of the mulch is to reduce weed or grass growth around the tree. The first 4 years after planting is when trees growth can be stunted and slowed, by up to 70%, simply by grass growing up the trunk. Things to remember when planting trees.Trees don’t produce massive deep roots. Most people think that tree have roots like carrots, this is largely inaccurate. The vast majority of the roots from a tree are found in the top 12inches of the soil, and their roots will spread out horizontally up to 3 times the width of the trees canopy. So if the tree is 15’ wide, its roots will spread 45’! So bare this in mind when choosing a planting spot. I’ll give you an example. Cherry Blossom trees are commonly planted up a driveway. Cherry blossom trees have very shallow roots so if they’re within 6’ of a kerb they will eventually damage that kerb and start to lift the tarmac. So plant them at least 15’ inside the kerbline.Long term maintenanceFeeding. Never feed trees apart from at planting (simple advice ). A tree that is mulched regularly will not need feeding, as they’ll get all their energy from the sun. If you feed you’ll get a faster growing tree, but it won’t be as well balanced or as strong. So just mulch every Autumn and leave it at that. If you can’t mulch, for whatever reason, then a feeding of Fish, Blood & Bone Meal in late Autumn is the next best thing. Feeding then with this fertiliser encourages the tree to keep growing roots in the winter months. A tree may need some pruning, to manage the crown shape or remove diseased or damaged branches. This pruning is largely best done in the winter months, before March, as it’s easier to cut when they’re no leaves in the way, and they’ll be no bird nesting in the branches at this time of the year. Don’t waste your money on pruning sealers, they don’t work and can encourage disease. This weekend the fabulous North West Garden Show is on at the CPI Complex in Castlefinn and Gareth will be there all day Sunday. “Ask Gareth Sunday” is a series of workshops running every hour where Gareth demonstrates all the key gardening tasks, from planting trees to lawn care, to planting containers, taking cuttings, using green manures and more! So get down to Castlefinn this Sunday and look out for the Donegal & Derry Dailys Gardening Guru in action!Next Week….To ash or not to ash, that is the Question!Gareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and lectures in Horticulture with Donegal ETB. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGareth .GARDENING WITH GARETH – THE A-Z OF TREES was last modified: May 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalGardening with GarethGareth Austin
Barring a “Damn Yankees” belief-suspending miracle, the Giants are out of contention for the postseason.But hope could be just over the horizon. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Giants are one of nine major league teams in the running for Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole, one of the jewels of the 2019 free agent crop.Cole, 29, is the real deal. He is wrapping up his second season with the Astros, for whom he has gone 30-10 with a 2.87 ERA.He is postseason tested. They say his arm is …
24 July 2006South African glamour club Kaizer Chiefs got their season off to a title-winning start when they edged visiting English club Manchester United 4-3 on penalties to win the Vodacom Challenge at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Sunday.Earlier in the competition, the Amakhosi had fallen one-nil to the Red Devils, but then booked their place in the final with a two-nil win over arch-rivals Orlando Pirates. United, meanwhile, thumped the Buccaneers four-nil in their meeting.Chiefs’ coach Ernst Middendorp, who had come in for some criticism after his side failed to defend the PSL title they had won two seasons in succession, ultimately finishing third, was happy with the victory, but cautioned against fans becoming over-optimistic about the prospects for the club.Look at the results realisticallyHe said people had to look at the result realistically: Manchester United fielded a young team, devoid of their World Cup stars, and the contests proved to be a valuable learning experience for Chiefs.Frankly, neither Chiefs nor Pirates really extended the Red Devils’ defence, proof of this being in the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson’s outfit didn’t concede a goal in three games. Saturday’s final ended with the teams tied at nil-nil before going to penalties.Middendorp reckoned the Amakhosi have shown good improvement over the last month, and the team has shown better cohesion with the passage of time. He says it is his intention to turn Chiefs from a flashy outfit into a winning side.Ferguson: Chiefs better than PiratesManchester United’s veteran manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, said that, in his opinion, Chiefs were a better team than Pirates, demonstrating a better structure and team performance. His comments are backed up by the Amakhosi’s three wins over the Sea Robbers last season.Looking back on his club’s visit to South Africa, Ferguson said his players had got out of the experience what he had been hoping for. He also said the fact that no one was injured was a huge bonus.In an unusually positive testimonial, Ferguson said: “We’ve enjoyed the tournament and found everything superb for us. The security has been top notch, the grounds have been great, the fans superb.”The finalFocusing on the final itself, Manchester United enjoyed the better of the first half, but their finishing wasn’t up to scratch as they squandered the chances they created.Fangzhuo Dong had a number of chances to score, but he failed to beat goalkeeper Rowan Fernandez, including when he had a one-on-one situation against the Chiefs’ net-minder in the tenth minute.Shaun Bartlett, who in the past had netted a number of times for Charlton against the Red Devils, had a decent opportunity to notch one for Chiefs against his one-time English Premier League foes, but his first-time touch after a defence-splitting ball from Siyabonga Nkosi let him down.ChangesAt halftime, both coaches made a number of changes, with Middendorp bringing on Arthur Zwane for David Obua, Thabo Mooki for Nkosi and Tenashe Nengomashe for Ditheko Mototo. Ferguson, meanwhile, changed four players.Despite the change in personnel, neither side could find a way through the other’s defence, which meant the contest progressed to penalties.Fernandez in the Chiefs’ goal then made sure he grabbed the headlines when he stopped Chris Eagles’ penalty and beat Ben Foster, in the United goal, from the spot.His success, along with those of Bartlett, Mooki, and Kaizer Motaung Junior, won the Amakhosi the title. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Disclosure: I didn’t get an early invitation, so this is not a first-hand review of Google Wave. But from what I know now, I don’t want an invitation anymore. It looks like too much of a productivity suck. But I do use Google Spreadsheet all the time. It is the de facto real-time, online, distributed collaboration tool for serious GTD business. It is the best tool for an agile, networked business.But it could be way, way better. Excel is still the best spreadsheet; it has just fallen behind on collaboration (and collaboration is a show-stopper). But Microsoft could catch up there, and a lot of really sharp startups are gunning for the same space.A Short History of the Programmer-less App MirageSince about, oh, maybe the days of punch cards, ventures have proclaimed some variation on this pitch: no need for programmers; ordinary folk can create really useful apps!Fourth generation, Fifth generation! Far too many acronyms and buzzwords and brilliance and capital have been sacrificed on this altar.On the other hand, ordinary folk create real apps on spreadsheets all day long. Millions of people do it. Businesses run on them, to the horror of IT folk. Banks and VCs burn billions of dollars based on crazy assumptions in those spreadsheets. Mr. Assumption pleads guilty. Mr. Spreadsheet says, “I was only following orders!”Real-Time Spreadsheets? That Is So 1980s, Dude!Yes, traders were doing real-time spreadsheets using Excel in the late 1980s, and by the mid-1990s (as in, 15 years ago) they were totally mainstream in trading rooms. Sorry if that is news to folks who think “real time” is new.But It Could Be a Lot MoreExcel has one problem: version control. That’s it. Collaboration is a fancy word, but the simple problem before we had online spreadsheets was version control. You either endured chaos and frazzled nerves or you put in the kind of IT process management rules that the ordinary GTD folks were fleeing from by using a spreadsheet rather than a custom system.Online spreadsheets that anyone can edit concurrently solved the version control problem. Problem solved! Done, finished. Can we move on now?I wish Google would focus on the things that would now make its Spreadsheet an awesome business tool. Here are the top four items on my wish list:1. Offline sync that does not get in the way and is totally seamless.I gave up on Gears because it seemed to do more harm than good. I know that it is a tough engineering challenge, but I know that Google has some pretty smart people (Wave alone has 60 engineers). Offline sync is essential for serious spreadsheet use. Please don’t tell serious business users that they can get Wi-Fi anywhere. Or that they will be able to very soon. Or that waiting for the bandwidth to catch up with their actions is okay.2. The same level of sophistication in features that Excel has.I am not a power Excel user, but even I hit limits on Google Spreadsheet. The spreadsheet jockeys who create those powerful (and dangerous) models view Google’s app as a toy.#1 and 2 are linked. You cannot have that level of sophistication without using local CPU capacity.3. Better hooks to real databases.Spreadsheets are database-like, but don’t try anything serious that a RBMS does with its eyes closed. Add in linked data and XML assets.4. APIs and other tools to enable an eco-system of apps that do forms and process management.In a business, something happens when someone signs off on something. That gets tracked somewhere, as in a spreadsheet. Enable that eco-system to grow.If Google won’t seize this challenge, Microsoft will. Excel may be Microsoft’s best product ever, and it understands business needs.Wave looks like the kind of over-engineered, overly complex, promise-the-moon-at-some-far-off-date project that has gotten Microsoft in such deep trouble so often. Sure, Wave will be evaluated by a lot of big companies. Meetings will be convened to discuss Wave. Wave Committees might even be formed. Ho and hum! This is not the Google we admire. This is the Google that dreams of being Microsoft and then wakes up and finds that it is Microsoft, and it is a nightmare.Actually, it looks like Google cannot decide whether it is trying to be Twitter (“Look at me! I’m hip, young and hot”) or Microsoft (“It may not be that exciting, son, but it works, and that’s what matters”). Self-conscious attempts to be hip almost always fail.Where Google has historically scored well is in providing tools that you can be productive with immediately and that gradually grow in competence, never requiring a big decision. Millions of folks have a business or non-profit to run and need Google to build on the early promise of Google Spreadsheet.If it doesn’t, Microsoft will make the online version of Excel work as easily as Google Spreadsheet. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts bernard lunn Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#Products Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
SNAPPED: Summer signing Kieran Tierney turns out for Arsenal U23sby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSummer signing Kieran Tierney has turned out for Arsenal’s Under-23s.The Scottish defender joined Arsenal in a £25m deal from Celtic but has been made to wait to take to the field after undergoing surgery last season.But Tierney played an hour as the Gunners’ youngsters faced off against their Wolves counterparts on Friday evening.He was joined in the Arsenal starting line-up by Hector Bellerin, who has been out of action since January.The right-back suffered a serious knee injury against Chelsea but has stepped up his comeback.Both players got a decent hour on the pitch with Bellerin looking the more comfortable of the pair.Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney in action against Wolves in Arsenal’s u23’s game.It’s good to have you back lads! #afcpic.twitter.com/MM0Lzl3Tkb— DailyAFC™ (@DailyAFC) September 20, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Syracuse basketball has picked up two huge victories over Louisville and Notre Dame in the last week, but they bookended a home loss to Pittsburgh that also featured an embarrassing botched jersey retirement ceremony. The school retired the jerseys of greats Roosevelt Bouie and Louis Orr, but misspelled Bouie’s name as “Bowie” on the jersey it gave the former Orange center. While Bouie was very understanding about the mishap, Syracuse fans, who are already smarting from the program’s self-imposed post-season ban, were not happy about the oversight, which many deemed disrespectful. Two Orange fans let their opinion be known by taking out an ad in today’s edition of The Daily Orange, Syracuse’s independent student newspaper:The letter is addressed to Syracuse Athletics’ Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director and Chief Communications Officer Joe Giansante, who referred to the gaffe as a “Snickers’ commercial come to life.”“It was not something that — how can I say it — it wasn’t something that you’d think would need to be looked at beforehand,” Giansante said. “There were a lot of people surprised. It was an honest, human mistake. It was a Snickers’ commercial come to life.”Giansante declined to name the athletic department employee who was tasked with the jersey.“Look, it’s an error,” Giansante said. “An honest mistake. We’re a team. An error was made and everyone bears the brunt of that, not a specific individual.”Giansante repeatedly referenced “regret” and “honest mistake.”“It’s not something you want to happen,” Giansante said. “You regret it.”Syracuse plays at Duke on Saturday. A third big win for the Orange late in the season would probably help put smiles back on the faces of Syracuse fans disgruntled by recent events like this.