McVitie’s owner Pladis has named David Murray managing director for the UK and Ireland.Murray has spent much of his career at PepsiCo, most recently serving as senior vice president and general manager for the company’s global concentrate division, with operations in 11 countries and more than 1,800 employees.He has also held positions for PepsiCo Europe, including nutrition category general manager, Western Europe and business unit general manager for Tropicana & Quaker in the UK.“David‘s proven track record, delivering high-impact operational excellence and growth across various geographies and categories, will be an invaluable asset as we continue our strategic transformation,” said Pladis CEO Salman Amin.“His strong drive for results, passion for building high-performing teams and personal energy shine through his powerful and unique leadership style.”Murray will report to Amin and will be have direct oversight for UK and Ireland manufacturing operations, research and development, sales and marketing, and responsibility for the region’s financials.Murray said he was excited to be joining Pladis.“The company’s portfolio of beloved brands is unequalled. The opportunity to work alongside such a respected team and build an even stronger future is the opportunity of a lifetime.”Formed in 2016, Pladis operates brands including McVitie’s, Ulke, Jacob’s, Go Ahead!, Carr’s, Flipz, BN and Verkade. It has 34 factories in 13 countries.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – Cricket’s world governing body, ICC, has praised the career of Merissa Aguilleira, following the Wednesday’s announcement of the former West Indies Women captain’s retirement.In a statement yesterday, chief executive Manu Sawhney hailed Aguilleira as a global “role model”, while pointing out her successful tenure as skipper.Aguilleira led West Indies in 74 of her 112 ODIs and in 73 of her 95 Twenty20 Internationals. She also oversaw their trip to the final of the ICC 50-over World Cup in 2013 in India where they lost to Australia.“Merissa has been one of the most renowned women cricketers,” said Sawhney.“Her success as captain and player is there for everyone to see and I am sure she would have been a role model for many aspiring cricketers the world over. I congratulate Merissa for a wonderful career and wish her all the best in whatever she pursues in the coming years.”The 33-year-old Aguilleira also led West Indies to the semi-finals of three T20 World Cups in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and was a member of the 2016 side which captured the title in India.A wicketkeeper, the Trinidadian tallied 1 752 runs in ODIs at an average of 20, while claiming 78 catches and 26 stumpings. In T20s, she gathered 768 runs at an average of 14, completing 38 catches and 34 stumpings.
Former Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielder Robert ProsineÄki has written off the chances of the Super Eagles and Iceland beating Croatia at the 2018 World Cup.The 1987 Golden Ball winner at the FIFA U20 World Cup recalled that the Croatians were excellent at the 2016 European Championship, in which they topped a group containing Spain, Turkey and Czech Republic.”If we have a top class – and we have it unquestionably – then we can not talk about Nigeria and Iceland as rivals that can eliminate us. Respect and respect absolutely, but with quality we are far ahead of them, will not we doubt it,” ProsineÄki said to Sportske Novosti. ”Croatia has a fantastic team, has a long-standing generation that has shown its ambition and character and that is why we are optimistic about our chances in Russia.”In France we were very good at the Euro, but now we have to be even better. We have to go through the group and get to the knockout phase, although there is no rival that Croatia cannot beat.”Maybe we are not the best in the world, but we are so strong that we can play with everyone and beat them on a good day.”Nigeria and Croatia will meet at Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad in both countries opening match at the 2018 World Cup on June 16.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
ROBERT GRIFFIN III WITH FANS (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Your comments are welcome. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier by Joseph WhiteWASHINGTON (AP)—Robert Griffin III has passed a major test toward his goal of playing in Week 1, getting the go-ahead from the team doctors days before the Washington Redskins open training camp.“Doctors cleared me to practice. Coach is going to ease me in,” Griffin announced Monday on Twitter.The two sentences represent hurdles past and future. Even though Griffin says he has the medical OK, it is now up to coach Mike Shanahan to determine how often and how vigorously Griffin practices when the Redskins open camp Thursday in Richmond, Va.The Redskins had no comment on Griffin’s tweet. However, a person familiar with the situation said the Redskins have cleared Griffin to practice. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club has not made an announcement.Still, it seems more likely than ever that Griffin will be under center when the Redskins open the regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9, just eight months after he had reconstructive surgery on his right knee.“It’s great news,” right guard Chris Chester said. “I’m really excited about it. It’s a great chance to continue from where we left off last year.”Griffin’s injury and subsequent rehabilitation overwhelmed the Redskins offseason. He led the club to its first division title in 13 years in 2012 and was chosen the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, and his unique talents are needed if the team is to sustain that momentum.Griffin injured the knee multiple times last season. He missed one game after spraining the lateral collateral ligament, then reinjured the knee at least twice more in the playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January. He had surgery a few days later to repair the ACL and LCL.Questions as to whether Griffin should have been removed from the game sooner have led Shanahan to consider a more cautious approach. Shanahan said in April that, for the coming season, “one thing we’re going to make sure of is that Robert never plays if he’s not 100 percent.”Nevertheless, Griffin has proven to be a remarkable and dedicated athlete, and his progress is also indicative of an evolving calendar of expectations when it comes to ACL injuries, which traditionally have required a year or more of rehab. Griffin’s timeframe is similar to that of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who led the league in rushing last season after tearing an ACL the previous December.The Redskins have said all along that Griffin was ahead of schedule. He demonstrated what he called “explosive sprinting” at last month’s minicamp and said he already had a rehab plan for his honeymoon. He married his longtime fiancee earlier this month.“I think we knew he was going to play a good portion of the season anyway, from the way I’ve heard things were going,” Chester said. “But if we can have him the whole season, it would be better.”