Diageo sells stakes in J’can, Malaysian brewers to Heineken

first_img Sharing is caring! THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AFP) – Dutch beer giant Heineken Wednesday announced a deal worth 696 million euros (US$780 million) with the world’s biggest distiller, Diageo, to boost its presence in the Caribbean and Malaysia.Heineken has taken control of the Jamaican company Desnoes & Geddes, acquiring Diageo’s 57.9 per cent stake.The Dutch brewer now holds 73.3 per cent of the Jamaican company, which produces Red Stripe and Dragon.“Heineken will in due course make a mandatory offer for all shares of D&G not already owned by Heineken,” it said in a statement.The company has also won full control of GAPL, which has a majority stake in the Malaysian brewer GAB, producers of such beers as Tiger, Anchor and Malta.GAPL also holds the license to distribute Guinness and ABC Stout in Singapore.Heineken bought Diageo’s shareholding of just under 50 per cent of GAPL to gain 100 percent control of the company.“As majority owner, Heineken will be able to drive the investment and strategic direction of the operating companies in Jamaica and Malaysia,” it said. “The Caribbean and Southeast Asia are strategically important,” the company added.Meanwhile, the Dutch brewer said it had sold its 20 percent stake in Guinness Ghana Breweries to Diageo, giving the British company more than a 70 per cent share of the Ghanian company.Diageo, which also makes Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka, is one of the world’s largest producer of spirits. BusinessInternationalNewsPrintRegional Diageo sells stakes in J’can, Malaysian brewers to Heineken by: Associated Free Press – October 7, 2015 Share 66 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Goddess! The world champion in bikini excited the fans

first_imgShe doesn’t race, but she showed off to the fans in full parade. The world champion has posted photos on bold bikinis on social networks and the fans are going crazy. “You’re a goddess, perfect,” Julia Jefimov could read the stunning messages on Instagram. When Russia decided to run in a white bathing suit along the beach, fans even remembered the legendary Coast Guard series.last_img

Former PNGFA president banned

first_imgThis is for offering and accepting gifts as well as conflict of interest, world soccer governing body FIFA said on Friday.Along with the ban, which comes into immediate effect, former FIFA vice president Chung was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs (K337,000).“The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found David Chung … guilty of having offered and accepted gifts, as well as having acted under a conflict of interest, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” FIFA said in a statement.Malaysia-born Chung had resigned as president of the Oceania Football Confederation, citing personal issues, in April last year.There was no immediate response from him or the Papua New Guinea football body to the FIFA sanctions.(Loop filepic)last_img

Top educators put young minds first

first_imgUNIVERSAL CITY – They can turn science into game shows, history into classroom theater and school into a stage for lifelong learning. They’re the dynamos of the blackboard recalled by students years after chalk dust vanishes into daily life. On Friday, 16 of the 80,000 educators in Los Angeles County were named Teachers of the Year during the largest such contest in the state. Five of the winners hailed from San Fernando Valley area schools. “What you do will turn children’s lives around,” Darline P. Robles, superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, said during the 25th annual banquet, attended by 700 teachers at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Thank you for making a difference in children’s lives and the lives of their families. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.” Dubbed the “Sweet 16,” the recipients were selected from 67 finalists. They will now compete in the state contest, with that recipient representing California at the national level. Among them is Jennifer Almer, who teaches second grade at Joaquin Miller Elementary School in Burbank, where she brings history to life through classroom re-enactments. “We become the people we study,” said Almer, 31, who recently taught her students about Ellis Island. “We dress up. We have IQ tests, quarantines. We change our names. Some people make it through; others are deported. “It’s involvement, it’s taking kids as they are and moving them as far as they can go. I don’t believe in stupid kids. All kids have smarts.” The top teachers spoke of leading children to want to learn, and of believing in those entrusted to their care. Of singing “Zippity Doo-Dah” before unlocking their classrooms and “expecting great things will happen today” – and they do. Of half-eaten sandwiches, piles of ungraded papers, of lesson plans at home that can eat into time with family. In all, they spoke of the power of the teacher to help youngsters grow to lead rich and fulfilling lives. “It’s incredible,” said Alan Sitomer, a Teacher of the Year from Lynwood. “What we do really matters.” Castaic Middle School teacher John B. de Lemos recalled leaving the profession to become a chiropractor but being drawn back to the passion of teaching. “I’m accused of being a game-show host – firing questions, keeping the kids on their toes, giving them motivational points,” said de Lemos, 31, who makes a game out of his science and health classes. “While I’m entertaining them, they don’t realize that I’m sneaking in the science along with the fun.” Ruth Kritz, who teaches computer tech and physical education at A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas, has engaged each and every student for 26 years in the classroom. “I really believe in kids, truly,” said Kritz, of West Hills. “I believe that all kids can be successful. You have to feel what their passions are, what they love. Kids are our future, it’s important they know that we believe in them.” Laura Arrowsmith was seated in an 11th-grade history class studying the likes of Lewis and Clarke when she suddenly knew she would teach history. Today, the teacher at West Ranch High School in Saugus aims to make teaching social studies and history fun – and stress-free. “I want my students to become civic-minded, knowledgeable, skilled readers, skilled writers,” said Arrowsmith, of Saugus. “By the time they are my age, they will have forgotten their history, but they will be solid readers, solid writers and good thinkers – that will stay with them forever.” When Dawna Countryman was in kindergarten in Los Angeles, family strife at home compelled her teacher to sometimes let her stay the night. And when her mother had to get on a bus at dawn, her second-grade teacher would make it a point to open her classroom early so that Dawna had a warm place to sit. In high school, it was her teachers who helped her get scholarships to camp and college. Now a fifth-grade teacher at Tesoro del Valle Elementary in Saugus, Countryman has become the same kind of advocate for her students. “Connecting, motivating, expecting the best from my scholars,” said Countryman, 41, of Saugus. “I’m as involved in their learning as they are. “It’s validating because I make the same connection with my students that my teachers made with me.” [email protected] (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more