Video PUBLISHED: 06:30 17 August 2019 | UPDATED: 06:41 17 August 2019 Michelle Payne, landlady at the Ingate Pub in Beccles. Photo: Victoria Pertusa Archant Up and down the country, pubs are closing, as costs rise and numbers of punters dwindle. In some corners, though, optimism remains. Lauren Cope reports. Michelle Payne, landlady at the Ingate Pub in Beccles. Photo: Victoria Pertusa- The traditional pubThe odds were stacked against Michelle Payne when she took over The Ingate, in Beccles, as a first-time landlord.It had been up for sale for years. It needed renovation. It focused on drinks, shunning the gastropub trend. It was out of town, away from footfall.But, with husband Trevor, she persisted, swapping her previous role at an art gallery to trial life as a landlord for six months in late 2016."I had to show that I could make it work," she said. "I had to know my customers, know my area, know what it wants. You have to guess why people would want to come here and … [Read more...] about ‘We put our own savings into it’
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“I know where we’re at,” said Cora. “It’s just a reality. There’s X amount of days to gain X amount games. It’s math.” The Red Sox are trying to solve an equation for which their regular-season formula has been inadequate. And so, with just less than a quarter of the season remaining and the Red Sox pitching staff having forged a horrific 4.78 ERA (21st in the majors), Cora made clear his readiness to alter the variables at his disposal. Last postseason, Cora employed his “rover” strategy, shifting members of his rotation into the bullpen between starts to have his best pitchers available at the highest-leverage moments of the most important games. The opportunity to ask for fewer innings from a given night’s starter — while adding a potential high-leverage arm to the bullpen equation in the form of a player typically used in the rotation — represented a strategy that paid off repeatedly in last … [Read more...] about Is it time for Red Sox starters to become rovers again?
By Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle Updated 11:32 pm CDT, Friday, March 29, 2019 Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson argues a call during the first half of the NCAA Midwest Regional against Kentucky at Sprint Center in Kansas City on Friday, March 29, 2019. Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson argues a call during the first half of the NCAA Midwest Regional against Kentucky at Sprint Center in Kansas City on Friday, March 29, 2019. Photo: Elizabeth Conley/Staff Photographer Photo: Elizabeth Conley/Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 49 Caption Close Image 1 of 49 Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson argues a call during the first half of the NCAA Midwest Regional against Kentucky at Sprint Center in Kansas City on Friday, March 29, 2019. Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson argues a call … [Read more...] about Nothing Sweet about it: UH’s NCAA Tournament run ends in heartbreak
Payless ShoeSource confirmed reports Friday that it's closing its 2,100 stores in the U.S., including locations in Puerto Rico. The retailer, which was founded in 1956 in Topeka, Kan., said liquidation sales will start on Sunday and that its e-commerce operations are "winding down."There are 44 stores Payless stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The company's spokeswoman wouldn't address reports quoting sources that Payless will file for bankruptcy less than two years after emerging from a court-protected reorganization.During its 2017 bankruptcy, Payless closed more than 2,000 stores. Since then, Payless has been owned by private equity firms Alden Global Capital, Invesco Senior Secured Management and Octagon Credit Investors.Payless said all stores will remain open until at least the end of March, and most will remain open until May. The company's website says it has 18,000 employees."This process does not affect the company's franchise operations … [Read more...] about Payless confirms it’s closing all 2,100 of its U.S. stores and e-commerce
Video PUBLISHED: 06:00 10 February 2019 Stuart Watson Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers celebrates his late goal at Norwich City last season. Photo: Pagepix Pagepix Ltd.07976 935738 Ipswich Town take on Norwich City, at Carrow Road, in the second East Anglian derby of the season this afternoon (12pm ko). STUART WATSON previews the action. Dean Gerken is beaten by Moritz Leitner's equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Portman Road last September. Photo: Steve WallerIpswich Town manager Paul Lambert wants his team to play with ‘controlled aggression’ in tomorrow lunchtime’s East Anglian derby.The Blues boss says he is relishing the prospect of a hostile reception on his return to the club he led from League One to a mid-table Premier League finish.That is just one major sub-plot for what, going into the weekend, was a top-versus-bottom Championship clash.There may be a 39-point chasm between the sides, but Lambert – whose team have … [Read more...] about ‘I’m just going to go for it’ – Lambert’s game plan for the East Anglian derby