Barnes Noble to unveil new stores selling beer and wine

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Barnes & Noble is turning to an age-old partnership to help it revive its business: literature and alcohol.The New York bookseller says it is opening four “concept” stores in the next year that will feature restaurants with an expanded menu including beer and wine.The first concept store will open in Eastchester, New York, in October, followed by locations in Edina, Minnesota; Folsom, California, and Loudon, Virginia.The company said Thursday that it had named its chief operating officer, Jaime Carey, to head a newly created restaurant division.Barnes & Noble on Wednesday reported lower total sales and lower sales in established locations in its most recent quarter. The chain, which owns 640 bookstores nationwide, now offers pastries, sandwiches, Starbucks coffee and Wi-Fi in its cafes. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2016 8:26 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Barnes & Noble to unveil new stores selling beer and wine read more

Ban appoints Colombian to head UNbacked commission to tackle impunity in Guatemala

Mr. Velásquez is a former auxiliary magistrate of Colombia’s Supreme Court, where he coordinated high-profile investigations into links between paramilitary groups and public officials. He also has extensive prosecutorial and investigative experience in Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office and as Regional Director of the Public Prosecutor’s office covering the Department of Antioquia. Mr. Velásquez succeeds outgoing Commissioner Francisco Dall’Anese of Costa Rica, who served at the helm of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) for three years, stepping down by the end of his term on 4 September.In a statement released from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban thanked Mr. Dall’Anese for his “deep commitment to the fight against impunity and efforts to strengthen Guatemala’s justice institutions”.The United Nations and the Guatemalan Government set up CICIG in 2006 as an independent body to support the public prosecutors’ office, the national civilian police and other institutions to investigate a limited number of sensitive and difficult cases regarding illegal security groups and clandestine security organizations and also dismantle them.Based in Guatemala City, the capital, since it began operations in early 2008, CICIG seeks to bolster the rule of law and is permitted by its mandate to conduct independent investigations and help authorities bring representative cases to trial in national courts. read more