Former Morrisons boss Sir Ken Morrison dies

first_imgFormer Morrisons chairman and life president Sir Ken Morrison CBE has died.Sir Ken led Morrisons for more than half a century, during which the company grew from a small family business into the UK’s fourth-largest food retailer.Under his leadership, the business introduced innovations including Market Street and a vertical sourcing model, with the business operating 15 of its own manufacturing sites, including the Rathbones Bakery in Wakefield.Sir Ken was Morrisons’ chairman until 2008. At the time of his retirement, Morrisons had 375 stores.He was awarded the CBE in 1990 and knighted in the Millennium New Year’s Honours list for services to the food retailing industry.Morrisons said he will be “greatly missed by many thousands of his current and former colleagues, a large number of whom became close personal friends over the years”.“I know I speak for the whole company when I say how profoundly sad we were to hear of Sir Ken’s death,” said current Morrisons chairman Andrew Higginson.“He was an inspirational leader and the driving force behind Morrisons for over half a century. Although he retired several years ago, his legacy is evident every day and in every aspect of our business.“Taking Morrisons from a small Bradford-based family business to a major UK grocery retailing chain is an outstanding achievement in the history of UK business. On a personal level, Ken was an enormous help to me as we made some significant changes to set the business on a new course; his knowledge of retail and his strategic insights have remained as relevant and intuitive as they were when he first built the business.“Ken will be remembered by us all for his leadership, his passion for retailing and for his great love of Morrisons. To honour his memory in the most appropriate way we can, we will continue to develop the company that he built and loved.“We will miss his friendship and his wise counsel very deeply, and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”last_img read more

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Ghana Rugby Eagles Prepare For International Battles

first_imgThe Ghana Rugby national men’s fifteens and women’s sevens teams, the Ghana Eagles, gathered at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday 24 September 2016 to play trial matches in preparation for upcoming international clashes.The ladies sevens team led by Kukua Aggrey and Rafatu Inusah, played two matches during the men’s 15s match break and another one after the men.According to Simba Mangena, one of the men’s fifteens Ghana Eagles coaches, there has been a general improvement in communication in all departments with good coordination in the back three.Mangena said that Cosmos flanker Raymond Ata had a sterling performance which showed in his good work rate off the ball. In addition there has been good improvement in tactical play at the lineout. According to Mangena, areas that need attention are urgency at the breakdown, decision making in attack, final passes after breaking the defence line and running lines. Amuzuloh Salim, another Ghana Eagles coach, said that the trial match went well despite an early shock try from the B team. According to him the coaches are in general satisfied that they have two strong sides that provide the technical bench with options should it be required.“We appreciate the opportunity and will be very happy if more such trial matches can be scheduled so that the players get to know each other very well,” he said.The captain of the A team, Michael Ako Wilson, said that he was happy with the levels of discipline and communication and the fact that no injuries were recorded.“As the playing body we see a great future for Ghana Rugby and all players must be ready to go that extra mile with the administration to achieve the best for the nation in the upcoming international matches against Niger, Togo and Nigeria,” he said.The period from now to December will be a very busy time for the Ghana Rugby family with U20 and women’s sevens trials coming up, followed by another men’s fifteens trial match, an international friendly against Niger on the 2nd of October and the possibility of further international matches as part of the just established WARS (West Africa Rugby Series) tournament organisation. The Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) is also scheduled to kick off with ten Club teams from the Greater Accra Rugby Association (GARA) and CentWest that will battle for top honours in this year’s league.The GRCC was won by Conquerors SC earlier this year when they dethroned previous champions Cosmos Buffalos RFC.last_img read more