Northern Foods’ bakery division has seen like-for-like sales increase by more than 10% in its second quarter following a period of decline in Q1.Like-for-like sales for the 26 weeks to 2 October 2010 grew by 3.3% within bakery, with sales up 10.9% in Q2 following a 5.6% drop in Q1. The firm said its biscuit volume growth had returned to “normal levels” following its decision to return to promotional activity after the World Cup. Major investment in automated technology for Fox’s Biscuits is also proceeding to plan, it added.The firm has also announced a new organisational structure in a bid to streamline the business and achieve cost savings. Its current three divisions: Bakery, Chilled and Frozen, will become two: Branded and Chilled.Its Branded division will comprise Goodfella’s Pizza, McDougalls and Holland’s Pies, Fox’s Biscuits and Matthew Walker Puddings, while its Chilled division will combine sandwiches and salads with ready meals and its British Airways supply business.
The Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) and Belles Athletics teamed up with non-profit The Army of Survivors to host a free screening of HBO’s “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal” Sunday evening, followed by a panel and Q&A session. The film details the scandal and trial of Larry Nassar, the osteopathic physician of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team and at Michigan State University for over 30 years who sexually abused hundreds.The panel that followed included Judge Rosemarie Aquilina as well as advocates and “Sister Survivors” of Nassar’s abuse, Grace French, Louise Harder and Melissa Hudecz. The event discussed sexual violence prevention, intervention and response. Aquilina sentenced Nassar to seven life sentences — 175 years of prison time.“I think that we all have an obligation or responsibility to give voice to our victims in many ways,” Aquilina said.She discussed the ways being a woman impacted how others perceived her work as a judge. “If I could have been a man, I firmly believe that I wouldn’t have been criticized, I would have been applauded when I took out Nassar with a couple of my comments, but because I’m a woman, I was ‘too harsh,‘” Aquilina said. “… [But] a man would not have listened to 169 victims … they wouldn’t have taken the time.”Eighty-eight women were scheduled to come forward with their stories, but Aquilina allowed every person affected to testify, and by the end of the week over 156 women had spoken, the documentary said. According to the BAVO Facebook page, Aquilina has emerged as a symbol of hope for survivors of sexual abuse.“We need to change the language. So ‘man up’ means that men are strong when they speak out against abuse, when they speak up for themselves, when they speak up for anybody that isn’t speaking up,” Aquilina said. “And when you use terms of ‘Oh, that woman has PMS,’ because she’s upset … you shouldn’t be doing that — we need to respect people. PMS, I think it stands for promote, mentor and support.”One member of the audience asked the panelists for advice on how to keep working toward justice for sexual abuse victims.“The longer the time passes where they don’t produce documents, where they don’t get answers, when they don’t continue the investigation, the American public forgets, and evidence can get destroyed,” Aquilina said in response. “… We want you to continue the conversation so that we don’t forget it, so that we do a meaningful change — because by stonewalling, by not answering this, America is quick to go on to the next issue.”French said the best way to make a difference is for those who are not survivors to be advocates. “One of the biggest things I would say, for everybody is just to be loud about this issue if you have the energy,” French said. “One of the biggest things I’ve noticed as an advocate is that a lot of the times, it’s only survivors on this panel. And it’s exhausting to be a survivor and to be talking about this every day, or talking about this and trying to do something every day.” Harder said she agrees with French, and that survivors need the support of others listening, learning and standing up for them.“[Those who] experience any sort of sexual violence or any sort of trauma, we’re stripped away of our power, and we’ve lost all control for at least a period of time,” Harder said. “… It goes back to believing the survivor, it goes back to listening, learning some of the grooming tactics that perpetrators use. It goes to standing up, [and] being an ally, because it is exhausting going to events and speaking up as a survivor, and standing up and being that voice — because we all have a voice and everyone’s story matters.” Hudecz said viewers can also make a difference by speaking out against the promotion of sexist and violent ideas in everyday culture.“One … easy thing to do is to not tolerate behavior that promotes sexual assault, to stand up against it,” Hudecz said. “That is huge for survivors. That’s huge for changing the culture. When we’re just silent and let it happen around us, we’re still part of the problem.” Tags: #MeToo, BAVO, Belles Athletics, Larry Nassar, sexual assault
When the 49ers and Chiefs meet in Super Bowl 54 on Sunday in Miami (6:30 p.m. ET, FOX), it will be a battle of two franchises trying to end very different championship droughts.San Francisco is looking for its elusive sixth Super Bowl ring, something it couldn’t get seven years ago in New Orleans. The last time the Niners raised the Lombardi Trophy, it was with quarterback Steve Young in Miami 25 years ago. Kansas City’s one and only Super Bowl ring came 50 years ago, as a member of the AFL. The matchup is much anticipated given the how well both the 49ers (15-3) and Chiefs (14-4) followed strong regular seasons with impressive playoff performances. While the 49ers did it with consecutive blowouts over the Vikings and Packers, the Chiefs did it with big comebacks against the Texans and Titans.Here’s everything to know about betting on 49ers vs. Chiefs in Super Bowl 54, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for the big game.MORE: Get the latest Super Bowl odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderSuper Bowl 2020 odds for 49ers vs. ChiefsSpread: Chiefs by 1Point total: 54Odds: 49ers -105, Chiefs -115The Chiefs opened as 1.5-point favorites right after the AFC and NFC championship games. Super Bowl 54 has pretty much become a pick ’em game. The point total has kept creeping upward as everyone’s been taking the over hard.49ers vs. Chiefs all-time seriesThe 49ers hold a 7-6 edge against the Chiefs. The Chiefs won the last meeting in Week 3 of the 2018 season in Kansas City, 38-27. In that Sept. 23. game at Arrowhead Stadium, Garoppolo suffered a season-ending torn ACL in the fourth quarter.The Chiefs overall have won the 5 of the past 8 meetings going back to when former 49er Joe Montana outdueled Young in Sept. 94. Before then, the 49ers started 4-1 in a series that dates all the way back to 1971 — or two seasons after the Chiefs won Super Bowl 4.Three trends to know— The 49ers were 11-6-1 against the spread before Super Bowl 54. The Chiefs were 13-5. 53 percent of bettors are siding with the Chiefs ATS in the Super Bowl.— The 49ers had 9 of 18 games go over. The Chiefs had 10 of 18 games go over. A whopping 70 percent of bettors like the game to over the extremely high total.— The 49ers have won and covered in straight big games and have covered or pushed in 7 of their past 9 games. The Chfes have won and covered in 8 straight games and 9 of their past 10.MORE SUPER BOWL PROPS:Commercials | Halftime | National anthem | BroadcastThree things to watchWho gets off to a fast start?The Chiefs got away with early stumbles against the Texans and Titans simply because those teams had zero defensive answers and didn’t capitalize as much as necessary on mistakes. The 49ers came flying out of the gate to dominate the Vikings and Packers. The Chiefs are an excellent rallying team because of Mahomes’ quick-strike ability, but the 49ers also can create a snowball effect with their running game and defense when playing with a lead.Should either team jump out to a double-digit advantage in the first quarter, it will be in good position to relentlessly pour it on to pull away. There are more indications the game will be a back-and-forth affair, however.Who can be more explosive?The Chiefs are known for speedy playmakers, including Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman. But the 49ers have plenty of their own around Garoppolo, including Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, Emmanuel Sanders and Raheem Mostert.Both the 49ers and Chiefs are built defensively with good pass rushes and tough secondaries. Whoever has the most lapses over the middle or on the back end to give up more plays that go for 25 or more yards is bound to lose the game.Who gets more out of their tight end?Kittle and Kelce are the two best tight ends in the NFL, in that order. The Chiefs gave up on average 6 catches for 60 yards to tight ends during the regular season. The 49ers gave up on average 4 catches for 35 yards to the position.Kittle should have the bigger impact after being quiet and not needed as a receiver much in the first two playoff games. Kelce was unstoppable in the divisional round but a limited factor against in the AFC title game. Kittle also will give the 49ers the run-blocking edge.SUPER BOWL 54 PREDICTIONS:Straight up | Against the spread | SN staff picksStat that mattersThe Chiefs had the No. 26 rushing defense in the NFL during the regular season, allowing an average of 128.2 yards per game at 4.9 yards per carry. The 49ers had the No. 2 rushing offense, averaging 144.1 yards per game at 4.6 yards per carry.The Chiefs have been much better against the run in the playoffs, notably in containing the Titans’ Derrick Henry in the AFC championship game. In two postseason games, they have allowed 179 rushing yards total, at 4.1 yards per carry. At the same time, the 49ers have rumbled for ridiculous 471 yards at 5.3 yards per carry.Kansas City stood on its head against Tennessee and must do the same against an even more prolific and versatile ground attack.Super Bowl 54 predictionThere’s not much that separates the teams. Their offenses can light up the scoreboard and their defenses can also deliver timely big game-changing plays. The 49ers are the better defensive team with the better overall coaching and swagger. They’ll need all of that to outlast the charge of Mahomes and the Chiefs, winning a classic high-scoring one-possession game that comes down to the waning moments of the fourth quarter.49ers 34, Chiefs 31More Super Bowl 54 news by Sporting News• Full betting odds & prediction for 49ers vs. Chiefs• The 25 best Super Bowl commercials of all time, ranked• Super Bowl Roman numerals, explained: A guide to help decipher the NFL’s weird numbers game• Superb Owl Sunday 2020: The story about owls and Super Bowl 54 you didn’t know you wanted until now• Who is the fastest player in the NFL? Tyreek Hill has serious competition in Super Bowl 54• Jimmy Garoppolo trade, revisited: How QB quickly turned 49ers’ big risk into Super Bowl reward• Patrick Mahomes’ baseball career was filled with potential• Why Joe Montana left the 49ers for the Chiefs• How did 49ers’ Deebo Samuel get his nickname? • What is the Chiefs’ mascot? 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