Pret calls back employees to reopen further 20 shops

first_imgPret is reopening another 20 of its sites for takeaways and delivery.The business has already reopened 10 stores in London, staffed by volunteers from its workforce.From tomorrow (1 May), Pret will open the doors of another 20 sites in the capital, which will be staffed by workers previously employed at those sites.The cafés will offer a limited menu, including some of Pret’s most popular sandwiches and baguettes, as well as baked goods. The shops will also be selling a selection of essential items such as milk, butter and coffee.Members have undergone a thorough interview to ensure they are fit to return to work, said the company. Those living with anyone vulnerable will not be permitted to return.“We will reopen a further 20 shops in London for takeaway and delivery across all major platforms, helping more people get access to freshly made food,” said Pano Christou, CEO of Pret.“These Pret shops look and feel a little different, thanks to the new safety and social distancing measures we’ve put in place, and I believe we’ve found a way to operate that reflects the government’s guidance and looks after our teams and customers.”The business will be adhering to the government guidelines for social distancing in the workplace:Designated pick-up points for delivery drivers, with separate doors used for deliveries and customers wherever possible.One person in the kitchen will be nominated as a ‘kitchen runner’ who will get the products needed for each team member doing food preparation, to minimise the amount of movement in the kitchen.There will be limited benches, which have been spaced apart.Restrictions to allow only one person in certain areas of the kitchen at any one time – for example, fridges or staff rooms.Enhanced cleaning processes, including 30-minute sanitising of all hand-contact surfaces.Protective Perspex screens will be fitted to the till counter.Team members and baristas will be distanced behind the till counter.Only card payments will be allowed, no cash will be accepted.Customer flow into the shop will be restricted, with no more than six customers at any one time.Customers will queue outside the shop at two metres apart from each other, with clear markings for queuing.“I’m also pleased to say that we are extending our 50% discount for NHS workers until 15 May and, of course, will be ensuring our unsold food goes to even more of our charity partners. We’ll keep on learning from these shops as we look to reopen more over the coming weeks,” Christou added.Shops will be open daily from 8am-2pm and deliveries are available through Deliveroo, Just Eat and UberEats.last_img read more

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Maintain your financial health with these smart money moves

first_imgJust as the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus has caused us to make adjustments to our normal day-to-day routine, it’s important to consider doing the same to protect your financial health and wellness. Now more than ever, maintaining and elevating your financial situation is essential to you and your family’s future.While establishing an emergency fund and/or lowering your debt to income ratio should be your top priority, there are a number of additional strategic money moves you should consider to make this difficult time a little more manageable on your accounts, investments, and peace of mind. After all, it’s only logical to prepare yourself as much as you can for whatever lies ahead.Keep Investing for Retirement As my colleague John reminded us in his recent article, it’s important to remain calm when it comes to your 401K and investments. Ask any financial advisor and they’ll likely remind you that investing is a long game. Therefore, you should avoid making any rash investing decisions right now – and that includes pulling back on your monthly 401k contributions. If you’re concerned about reduction to your paycheck, consider radically cutting back on unnecessary expenses and diverting those funds to an emergency fund.Save with a High-Yield Account Speaking of emergency funds. Opening a high-yield savings account is a great way to make your money work harder and save more. The account’s superior interest rates make this a perfect option for those looking to start or build their emergency fund. Just keep in mind that many high-yield accounts have limits on the number of transfers you can make in a month and may require a minimum amount.Additionally, a high-yield savings account is a great way to help you save up for something you can enjoy once life gets back to normal. While it could be something big like a family trip, it could also be as simple as a new mountain bike and gear. Frankly, having a goal and something to look forward to after all this could do wonders for your mental health.Review Your Insurance Policies Just like with any major life change, it’s important to talk with your insurance agent about your auto, renters/home, and secondary coverages. Depending on your situation, your insurance agent could help you save some much needed money or provide the additional protection you and your family need. Some notable things to discuss with your agent: your college student moving back home, working from home/driving less, and any recent changes to your income.Examine Your Health Insurance Plan Especially during a health crisis like this, it’s important to take some time to acquaint yourself with your health insurance plan. In doing so, you should consider how your existing plan may impact your finances if you or your family get sick or injured. For those with a high-deductible plan, you may want to consider setting aside some extra money or opening up an Health Saving Account to cover any out-of-pocket expenses.Apply for Life InsuranceWhile it may be difficult to think about, it’s important to consider the financial implication of passing away during this crisis. Chances are you’ll be fine. However, a life insurance policy can help easy the transition for your family in the event something does happen. And, if anything, consider this an opportunity to finally check this off your financial to-do list.The same goes for your will. If you don’t have one or haven’t recently updated it, now is the perfect time.Refinance Your Mortgage Loan For homeowners, one of the positives to come out of this situation is record-low mortgage rates. If you plan to stay in your home for the next few years, you may be able to substantially save on your monthly payments. Even if you’re only able to shave half a percentage point off your interest rate, it may be worth having a conversation with your lender.Take advantage of optimal financing optionsWith federal interest rates on student loans on pause, you have an opportunity to make some major headway on your other loans. Thinking in terms of the debt-snowball method, consider using that extra capital to pay off your smallest debt first. Then apply that money to your next smallest loan. Learn more about the debt-snowball method in this recent article from CUInsight.Get Relief From Your Bills To assist with relief efforts, many large national companies are working directly with customers who may be struggling financially. This includes many broadband and cell phone providers, as well as credit card companies like American Express and CapitalOne. While you shouldn’t do this unless absolutely necessary, this may be an option if you need to shift some money around to pay rent and/or a utility bill until your next paycheck comes.Work On YouFinally, consider taking advantage of your newfound free time to add some new skills and knowledge to your repertoire. From professional certifications to continuing education classes, you now have an opportunity to explore your interests, expand your horizons, and potentially even discover a new way to make money.When it comes to your financial health and wellness, it’s essential to make sure you and your wallet are prepared to handle circumstances beyond your control. Remember, the personal finance experts at your local credit union are a great resource to help you get started. 95SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jackson Bolstad Detailslast_img read more

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Missing soldier from Torrance found dead in Iraq

first_imgTORRANCE, Calif. (AP) – The body of a U.S. soldier found in the Euphrates River in Iraq was identified Wednesday as a Torrance man who was abducted with two comrades a week and a half ago, according to his aunt. Military officials visited the home of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. and told his family that a commanding officer identified the body. “They told us we’re sorry to inform you the body we found has been identified as Joe,” said Debbie Anzack, choking back tears. “I’m in disbelief.” Anzack, 20, was one of three soldiers who vanished after their combat team was ambushed May 12 about 20 miles outside of Baghdad. Five others, including an Iraqi, were killed in the ambush, subsequently claimed by al-Qaida. Thousands of U.S. and Iraqi forces searched desert, lush farmland and even sewage-tainted irrigation ditches for more than a week in temperatures that reached 110-degrees. Another body was found near Anzack’s, his aunt said after the briefing from military officials. Anzack’s family had held out hope for the past 11 days. They had already endured an earlier rumor that he was dead – only to learn he was alive. About a month ago, messages on the MySpace Web site said the Army gunner had died. South High School, where he had been a high school football star, posted a message on the school’s marquee reading: “In Loving Memory Joseph Anzack Class of 2005.” His father, Joseph Anzack, called the Red Cross about the rumors, and military commanders were able to get his son to a phone where he confirmed he was alive and well. Anzack was a private first class in Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Brigade combat team. In Torrance, a modest suburb of about 150,000 residents 20 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, neighbors and friends stood by Wednesday waiting for word of Anzack’s fate. 160Want 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

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