US-based Dunkin’ Donuts is looking to return to the UK market next year as part of a Europe-wide expansion plan.Nigel Travis, president of parent group Dunkin’ Brands, which also owns ice cream brand Baskin Robbins, told US analysts the doughnut firm would look to rival the likes of Krispy Kreme UK, Greggs and Starbucks with its range of breakfast sandwiches, “slightly milder” coffee and signature doughnut offering.He added that the group is looking to grow both brands in Europe by up to 400 stores in the next five years, with 91 Dunkin’ Donuts sites and 356 Baskin Robbins outlets currently operating on the continent. This only accounts for 1% of the firm’s overall profits.Travis said there was “enormous interest” in Dunkin’ Donuts throughout the UK, despite the brand disappearing back in the 1990s.The Financial Times said Travis met with 30 potential UK franchisers for the doughnut brand back in May, and the firm would look to open 80 Baskin Robbins stores in the next three years, creating 400 jobs.
“After the Rent tour I worked at a bar. I folded clothes. I did odd jobs for years to make rent and sang in concerts for no money. I knew it would be difficult, but this is the career I dreamt about, and it’s pretty crazy to me that I’m actually here.” Hometown: Lynnfield, MA “My dad found an old photo of me in a witch costume and put it on a coffee mug with my Elphaba press shot. It says, ‘Our daughter had a dream…and it came true.’ I cried!” from $95.00 “Wicked fans are awesome. On opening night, my dressing room looked like a florist shop, and so many were from fans [known as “Dwyers Flyers”]. They’re always there to lift you up.” Wicked “Performing for autistic children was one of the most moving experiences of my life. The lights were up and the sound was lowered; we could see people laughing and singing along. They understood the story in a way most audiences don’t.” Star Files “Idina Menzel was my idol growing up. She has a low, raspy voice like mine! When I heard Rent for the first time, I thought, ‘This is a show I could be in.’ Then I saw her in Wicked, and I burst into tears because she was such a huge influence on me.” Stage Cred: Two years in Wicked’s second national tour, working her way up from ensemble to Elphie, plus a stint on the road as Maureen in Rent. “I sang ‘The Wizard and I’ for a jury of my teachers [at Hartt School of Music in Connecticut] at the end of my sophomore year. I had worked on the song for a year, and that’s when I realized I might have the range to play Elphaba someday.” Age: 28 Related Shows Current Role: A soaring Broadway debut as “passionate, caring” green witch Elphaba in the megahit musical Wicked. View Comments Christine Dwyer
The government has promised to provide of total of Rp 100 trillion in working capital loans to MSMEs. It has paid out Rp 5 trillion in credit insurance premiums to state-owned insurers PT Jaminan Kredit Indonesia (Jamkrindo) and PT Asuransi Kredit Indonesia (Askrindo) to provide guarantees for banks that channel loans to MSMEs until November 2021.The program will cover loans with a ceiling of Rp 10 billion and a tenor of three years, with loans available for 60.6 million healthy MSMEs from all business sectors.The loan guarantee program is intended to encourage banks to disburse more loans during the pandemic, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said on July 7.The loan disbursement rate among Indonesian banks grew 3.04 percent year-on-year (yoy) in May, much slower than the 5.73 percent growth in April as the coronavirus battered the real sector.“Guaranteeing loans can help us break the risk-averse attitude of MSMEs and banks, which would allow us to boost our economic growth,” Sri Mulyani said.The government is also working on a plan to provide cash transfers directly to MSMEs that have yet to receive financing access from banks to help them survive the pandemic.The Tax Office is hoping to bolster revenue in the second half of the year after recording Rp 531.7 trillion in revenue in the first semester this year, down 12 percent from the same period last year and 44 percent below this year’s tax revenue target. Topics : Indonesia’s more than 60 million MSMEs, which account for 60 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) of Southeast Asia’s largest economy, are struggling to stay afloat as COVID-19 restrictions severely affect their income. Their operations have either been closed or limited, and many workers have been laid off or furloughed.The government has allocated Rp 123.46 trillion (US$8.44 billion) to assist small businesses and cooperatives out of the total Rp 695.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package. The funds cover loan interest subsidies and credit guarantees.The government has also placed Rp 30 trillion in state-owned banks with the expectation that they will provide more loans to businesses.State-owned banks under Himbara, including Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Negara Indonesia and BTPN, are now be able to provide online and offline services to allow MSMEs to obtain NPWPs. Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) can now obtain tax identification numbers (NPWP) through state-owned banks, as the Taxation Directorate General seeks to simplify procedures to boost the government’s disbursement of COVID-19 aid.Tax Office chief Suryo Utomo said that some MSMEs did not yet possess NPWPs, which, before the change in policy, would have made them ineligible to receive funds from the government during the pandemic. He said the new policy would support the nation’s economic recovery by allowing more MSMEs to receive stimulus funds.“We are helping MSMEs obtain NPWPs through banks so that they can receive loans or government subsidies,” Suryo said during the launch of the program on Thursday. “This is a one-stop service in which banks can evaluate the eligibility of borrowers.”
How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The NBA’s official policy is to not identify players who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 without their consent, due to health privacy laws.The commonly cited trait of Morris is toughness, but he said Monday, “I’m a little bit more than just tough.” His stretch forward positioning gives the Lakers flexibility at the three forward positions with some outside shooting touch. Of course some rust needs to be knocked off: Morris was just 2 for 7 from the floor Monday.Morris believes between the time he spent prior to the hiatus and the time he’s getting now, it won’t be long before he feels fully blended in.“It’s an easygoing team. It’s easy to get acclimated,” he said. “You see a lot of guys going, just getting shots up. We just gotta find the right lineups and keep that team camaraderie high.”Lakers get a good glimpse at backcourt rotationBetween Avery Bradley’s absence and Rajon Rondo’s fractured thumb, someone in the group of Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith is about to see a minutes boost in the guard positions behind starters Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.That quartet got a huge role in Monday’s scrimmage, with each clocking over 24 minutes and scoring in double figures. Smith had the most explosive offensive performance with 20 points thanks to a 6-for-7 shooting night behind the arc. Caruso (17 points) and Waiters (18 points) each had six assists. Cook had 12 points, but also had five turnovers.Given that so many Lakers were resting, and Green and JaVale McGee each only played a half, those numbers don’t really scale to what the Lakers expect from any of those reserves. But seeing them play big minutes has allowed the coaching staff to see them adjust to instruction, particularly with the two newcomers.Smith was asked to be more aggressive as a catch-and-shoot threat, while Waiters was asked to make more plays. Vogel was heartened that the scrimmage offered proof that they’re listening.“We know they’re talented,” he said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity to shape their play the way we want them to fall into their roles.”Caruso is likely the largest piece in that equation given that he’s been ingrained throughout the year as a backup playmaker and defender. But with Rondo missing, he could take on more of a role as a point guard — which he’s played more in the G League in the past few years than with the Lakers. He’s typically been off-ball in lineups with James.He had a bumpy start in the bubble: A hard fall in Wednesday’s practice kept him out of Thursday’s first scrimmage with a back bruise. Caruso had five fouls in the second scrimmage and played less than 12 minutes.So a strong offensive stat line and a plus-16 rating is a much more confident effort headed into Thursday’s re-opener.“I’ve played point guard since my sophomore year of high school. This team is one of the first times where I’ve played a little more off the ball,” he said. “Obviously with Rondo out, I’m gonna carry a little more of the load playing point guard with the second unit, so just finding my rhythm. I didn’t foul as much today so I got to actually be on the court, which was fun.”Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersEven in a game the Lakers played without LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and Dwight Howard — all rested in preparation for Thursday’s season re-opener against the Clippers — Morris was a bit player in the team’s final exhibition at the Visa Athletic Center.The strategy is in part to give him time to condition after a long layoff. Morris didn’t arrive to the bubble until Tuesday, and didn’t clear quarantine until Thursday. He pointed out that Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith, both of whom have zero official Laker appearances to his eight, have now accumulated more practice time than him.Frank Vogel seemed confident that Morris, once he reaches “basketball shape,” will be a factor in the rotation.“We’ve been able to coach (Waiters and Smith) on some of the system things, defensive scheme things, maybe more than Markieff,” he said. “But ‘Kieff, when we don’t work in practice, we’re watching film every day, setting clear expectations of what’s expected of each player in our system. And I don’t believe it’s going to be very hard to remind those guys at all, once he gets his legs under him.”It’s still unclear exactly what kept Morris from joining the Lakers in the bubble for several days. Marcus Morris’ similar delay with the Clippers has provoked some intrigue, but both have vaguely cited family matters that kept them home. Markieff said he and his brother are neighbors, and they spent at least three months in the hiatus in each other’s company. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Markieff Morris has been playing catch-up for a few days.When his twin brother, Marcus, was at the NBA bubble practicing with the Clippers, he was still en route. While Markieff was waiting to clear quarantine, Marcus was playing almost 20 minutes and scoring 10 points against the Magic.Even though he made his bubble debut in the Lakers’ 123-116 scrimmage win Monday over Washington, Markieff is still a little behind: His six minutes of play produced six points and five rebounds in a robust but short first appearance. But he’s not frustrated that some might say he’s falling behind in the sibling rivalry.“He’s a little more agile than me,” Markieff quipped of Marcus. “His muscles and his bones are a little more looser, so he was able to do that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
A child is in custody after officials with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said the child stabbed their mother.Officials say the 40-year-old woman was stabbed multiple in the family home, Friday evening.The juvenile was arrested at the scene, but charges have not been filed at this time.Police have not established a motive for the attack.This story is developing.