Rail Gourmet buys ERC

first_imgON JUNE 29 the SAirRelations division of SAirGroup (formerly Swissair Group) signed a purchase agreement with the management of British-based European Rail Catering. The new acquisition will be integrated with Rail Gourmet, thereby more than doubling its revenue and increasing its European market share from 6 to 11%, according to parent SAirRelations. Formerly known as OBS Services (RG 4.97 p220), ERC has an annual turnover in excess of £40m from direct catering on 350 services a day, and the supply of food and drink to another 1000 from 36 station-based service centres throughout Britain. Rail Gourmet Chief Executive Officer Edy Fischer saw the acquisition as creating ’a powerful partnership’ of his company’s ’high-quality production and supply capabilities’ with ERC’s ’expertise and flair’ in cultivating the rail catering market. Following the acquisition of Restobel/ Restorail in March, Rail Gourmet expects revenue to grow to over SFr100m this year from the SFr33m recorded in 1996. olast_img read more

Heisler: Eastern Conference could be waking from its coma … and other NBA surprises

first_img Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener Not to give away our secrets but the way it works, pundits spend half the time telling you what’s going to happen.The other half, we spend telling you if we got anything right.Actually, I rate people in the biz according to their willingness to acknowledge mistakes and bad calls … like last spring when I said Doc Rivers would be gone.Sorry, Doc. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIn that spirit, here are some surprises, early as it is to make judgments, or as it would be if I didn’t have a column due.• The Eastern Conference might not be dead, after all.It could be waking from a 20-year coma since Michael Jordan’s 1998 farewell in Chicago, with the West winning 14 Finals since then.The Celtics, bursting with talent and high picks, were supposed to rule this season after reaching last spring’s conference finals with their junior varsity without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.They’re taking their time about it, but it’s early. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Enjoy the rest of your 67-game commitment, Luke!• The Clippers haven’t gone away.They were supposed to field a bunch of scrappy veterans and not win too often with their Las Vegas over/under at 35.5.Insiders last spring expected Rivers to be scapegoated for all that had gone wrong, leading to the departures of the CP3-Blake Griffin-DeAndre Jordan nucleus, not to mention Doc’s $11 million salary.In a stunner, Steve Ballmer and Co. didn’t just bring Rivers back but extended his contract.Their scrappy veterans might not be overmatched, after all, with a coach good enough to do something with them.•The JaVale McGee, Totally Undreamed-Of Comeback of the Year Award goes to … Javale McGee.I just invented it. He’s such a surprise after disappointing seven previous teams with a vacuous approach that belied his size, length and athleticism, that I named it after him. Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City center_img Now, they have a rival with the 76ers getting a real Big Three to replace their young, fanciful one with Jimmy Butler forcing his way out of Minnesota and replacing Markelle Fultz alongside Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.The 76ers were in the right place at the right time with Fultz looking lost and the Timberwolves despairing at their offers – Houston wouldn’t give them Eric Gordon, Miami put up Josh Richardson, then pulled him back – leading to the Sixers’ miraculous-under-the-circumstances deal.The Raptors are a surprise, No. 1 in the conference despite trading beloved DeMar DeRozan for just-passing-through Kawhi Leonard and firing Coach of the Year Dwane Casey. The exciting Bucks upgraded at coach with able Mike Budenholzer in place of erratic Jason Kidd.A legitimate contender would be a boon to the NBA. A year ago the Cavaliers turned over half their roster at midseason, finished No. 4 and still came out of the East draw … then were swept by the Warriors in the expected rout.• Fultz, the 2017 No. 1 overall pick, still rated by GMs as a wildly talented player, is falling out of the picture in Philadelphia.His shooting stroke changed nightly … and painfully, double-clutching clumsily on free throws last week.Fultz’s personal shooting coach said on Twitter that it wasn’t him, but Markelle’s shoulder injury … before remembering coach-player confidentiality and deleting his tweet … which by then had been screen-grabbed by half the internet.In the good news for Fultz, the pressure is off.• So much for the Warriors’ envy-of-all camaraderie.Only the Warriors can beat the Warriors, who might have four titles in a row if Draymond Green hadn’t punched LeBron James in his lower body and got himself suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 Finals, setting up Cleveland’s rally from a 3-1 series deficit.Two weeks later they got Kevin Durant to join their merry band anyway, with no one more involved in recruiting him than Draymond.So much for their envy-of-all camaraderie.On Monday night, Green went off on Durant in a screaming match over the last shot in their overtime loss to the Clippers, bringing up KD’s upcoming free agency (he can and will opt out), a major no-no among players.The team took Durant’s side – having been put on notice by KD, who turned down their long-term offer, leaving $100 million on the table to be a 2019 free agent, along with Klay Thompson.The team suspended Draymond for one game, but he refused to apologize. While insisting he wasn’t running off KD, he added ominously:“Whatever Kevin decides to do, whatever Klay decides to do, whatever who decides to do (Green is a 2020 free agent), we had great years together.”In Green’s first game back, they scored 86 points in Houston, losing by 21.“We’re banged up spiritually,” Coach Steve Kerr said. “There’s no getting around that.”• Signing Carmelo Anthony didn’t finish off the Rockets, after allNot that they gave him a chance. At 4-6, they sent Melo home before cutting him.And not that it was his fault that James Harden missed three games, Chris Paul two and they’re No. 22 in scoring, down from last season’s No. 2.Nevertheless, they’re 6-2 since, including a 21-point victory over the Warriors on Thursday, so it’s not over yet.• Next summer’s most coveted player might not be KD or Kawhi, but Anthony Davis.The Pelicans were everyone’s hot young team after finishing 48-34 and sweeping Portland in a first-round playoff series last spring. AD then hired LeBron’s agent, prompting speculation that he’ll demand a trade next summer, which became the new story of their season, or everyone’s season.AD explained – or threw out to get the locals off his back – that he hopes to become the NBA’s dominant player in New Orleans.Unfortunately, the Pelicans have yet to achieve the required greatness, falling to 9-7 after a 4-0 start.• The Lakers’ return to respectability isn’t as much fun as they thought.Coach Luke Walton warned against “people trying to split us,” before the home opener. If that seemed paranoid, it turned out that he got it in just under the wire.With the Lakers at 2-5, outright panic ensued … from within … as Magic Johnson called Walton in for a stern lecture that couldn’t have gotten more coverage if they had invited the press to attend.Johnson then provided assurance … just not the sort he intended … saying Walton will “finish the season unless something drastic happens.”Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Chris Sale not optimistic umpire will be held accountable for missed calls: There’s nothing MLB is going to do

first_imgSale later was removed from the game after 3 2/3 innings pitched and was ejected when he yelled at Estabrook on his way off the mound.There were a few questionable calls in the game to be sure. “Nothing is going to happen to him, I’m sure. He’ll be out there (in Game 2) at third base, probably be at home plate again. I’m sure I’ll get fined. I’m sure ‘AC’ will get fined, all for things I think we were justified about,” Sale said, via the New York Post. “I don’t want to get too caught up in the politics of this, but there’s got to be something. ‘AC’ doesn’t do his job for long enough, he’s gone. If I don’t do my job for long enough, I’m gone. Goes for every other manager in the league, it goes for every other player in this clubhouse and in the league. Got to find something. Nothing really holding it down.”Cora was ejected first in the fourth inning during a mound visit when Estabrook came out to break it up. It appeared Cora hit the umpire with some profanity when he met the scrum on the pitcher’s mound and he was then ejected. Related News Chris Sale wasn’t good in the first game of the Red Sox’s double-header Saturday. He knows that. His team lost 9-2 and he gave up eight earned runs in 3 2/3 innings.But he was not happy with umpire Mike Estabrook who ejected both Sale and manager Alex Cora in a dismal fourth inning which saw a couple of pitches called balls that could have ended at-bats. Sale wants to see Estabrook held accountable for his performance, but he’s not optimistic he will be. MLB wrap: Yankees sweep doubleheader as Red Sox team meeting not enough to halt losing streak Domingo Germán, Painted 96mph Fastball (Well, Painted Outside the Lines). 🎨 pic.twitter.com/XPrxCTio05— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 3, 2019″Terrible. Awful. Brutal.” -Red Sox broadcastUmpire Mike Estabrook called on a ball on what should’ve been strike 3 to Aaron Judge. Instead of ending the inning, Judge hit a double, ending Chris Sale’s day. As Sale walked off the field, Estabrook ejected Sale.#Yankees v #RedSox https://t.co/FBnnlZ0C04 pic.twitter.com/aqKDmJb2om— Umpire Auditor (@UmpireAuditor) August 4, 2019Sale thought he had struck out Gio Urshela on a pitch in the fourth inning but instead it was called a ball and Urshela would eventually single. He thought he had a strike on Aaron Judge as well but that was again called a ball.When all was said and done the Yankees scored seven runs in the fourth inning and Cora and Sale were ejected. Sale again admitted he needs to be better but spoke about how you can’t give this New York lineup second chances.“Give these guys extra outs it’s going to hurt. I felt like he changed the landscape of the game,” Sale said. “But there’s got to be something that can be done about this. We’re held accountable as players, as coaches. … There’s nothing we can do. I’m sure there’s nothing Major League Baseball is going to do.”last_img read more

House science panel demands more NOAA documents on climate paper

first_imgIt’s getting hot in here. A dispute between the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) over a climate change paper published this summer is escalating. The latest salvos include a second letter from Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX) to NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan seeking internal communications and documents authored by NOAA employees and a letter from the American Meteorological Society condemning Smith’s demands and warning about its implications for all federally funded research.The quarrel began with a paper by NOAA scientists published 5 June in Science that revised historical atmosphere and ocean temperature data records found to have been poorly calibrated. In 2013 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had noted that the temperature data seemed to suggest that global warming had slowed down beginning around 1998. But the Science paper showed that apparent slowdown in global warming vanished when the data were corrected to account for various sources of bias.That paper immediately caught Smith’s attention, triggering multiple committee requests for data and methodologies related to the study. NOAA told the committee that the findings were already publicly available and met twice with committee staff to brief them on the results. Email Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) But that response didn’t satisfy Smith. On 13 October, he subpoenaed all of NOAA’s internal emails related to the paper, asking for the information by 27 October. In response, the committee’s Democrats wrote to Smith on 23 October, noting that the subpoena “appears to be furthering a fishing expedition” and saying that it oversteps the committee’s bounds, as the paper is a research study and not a policy decision. House Republican leadership this year had given Smith the authority to issue subpoenas without the consent of the minority party.NOAA responded to the subpoena on 27 October, citing still more studies but declining to turn over any emails or other internal communications. “We have endeavored over the past few months to answer all of the Committee’s questions about the data,” the letter stated.  Smith disagrees, and thinks that NOAA is hiding something. “The American people have every right to be suspicious when NOAA alters data to get the politically correct results they want and then refuses to reveal how those decisions were made. NOAA needs to come clean,” he said in a statement issued 27 October.Yesterday, the science committee chairman reiterated his demands for NOAA internal communications. Smith also asked Sullivan for information about “NOAA’s document production process,” including not only the locations and contents of internal documents related to the study, but also whether any were redacted and sent to either the White House or to a federal agency.To scientists, this is beginning to feel all too familiar. In 2013, the science committee subpoenaed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over communications related to a controversial study on the health effects of air pollution known as the Harvard Six Cities Study. After several exchanges, EPA concluded in March 2014 that the agency had complied as fully as it was able to with the requests for data. This March, the House passed legislation introduced by Smith, called the Secret Science Reform Act, which would require EPA to make policy based only on publicly available data. In April, a Senate panel adopted a similar bill (S. 544), which faces a veto threat from the White House.Some research advocates believe that the NOAA subpoena for internal emails sets an even more dangerous precedent than the EPA one because it would extend congressional reach beyond an agency’s regulatory activities. “What’s next, demanding scribbles on cocktail napkins?” says Andrew Rosenberg, a fisheries scientist who was deputy director of the National Marine Fisheries Service during the Clinton administration and is now with the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, D.C. “This is not a case of people saying, ‘Sorry, we can’t give you the data.’ They’re saying, ‘You have the data,’” he says.A letter by the American Meteorological Society to Smith, issued yesterday, echoes Rosenberg’s concerns about the negative message being sent to U.S. scientists. “Singling out specific research studies, and implicitly questioning the integrity of the researchers conducting those studies, can be viewed as a form of intimidation that could deter scientists from freely carrying out research on important national challenges,” the letter states. “The advancement of science depends on investigators having the freedom to carry out research objectively and without the fear of threats or intimidation whether or not their results are expedient or popular.”center_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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