McCambridge bid for Cooke’s


first_imgDublin’s McCambridge Group has tabled a formal offer for rival company Cooke’s Bakery, currently in examinership, the Irish equivalent of receivership.Accountant Neil Hughes, who was appointed examiner of Cooke’s in early February, will ask the bakery’s creditors and shareholders to approve the sale at a series of meetings this month. Under the arrangement, they will receive a percentage of what they were owed, and the company’s debt will be restructured. If the deal is sanctioned by the creditors, it will be put to the High Court for final approval over the coming weeks.Cooke’s Bakery, a wholesale baker that supplies firms inclu-ding Tesco, is owned by Dublin restaurateur Johnny Cooke.last_img read more

Paraguay’s Joint Task Force on Alert Against the EPP


first_imgThe EPP has continued to commit kidnappings for ransom. Paraguay’s Joint Task Force (FTC), a team consisting of Military and police personnel, is in a state of high alert in its fight against the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), a terrorist group responsible for kidnappings for ransom and killings. “The knowledge we have gained about their behavior, their management methods, their food supply, the type of equipment, and other data provides a lot of material for analysts to design more effective strategies to locate them,” Urdapilleta said. The Military and police are continuing to work hard to secure the release of Police Master Sergeant Edelio Morínigo, who was kidnapped by the EPP on July 5, 2014. The EPP has not demanded a ransom, but instead proposed a trade, offering to free Morínigo in exchange for the release of 46 EPP members who had been sentenced to prison. In addition to battling the EPP, the FTC is also confronting an offshoot of the terrorist group, an organization which calls itself the Armed Peasant Association (ACA). This group, which arose in 2014, operates in the northern region of the country. The FTC is confronting a terrorist group that is comprised of family-based gangs, such as the Bernal Maíz, Larrea and Villalba organized crime groups, according to Urdapilleta. The FTC has compiled intelligence about the ACA that will help it fight the terrorist group. “The knowledge we have gained about their behavior, their management methods, their food supply, the type of equipment, and other data provides a lot of material for analysts to design more effective strategies to locate them,” Urdapilleta said. On January 6, FTC Troops and police were on patrol in the district of Horqueta, in the Department of Concepción, when they tried to capture ACA leader Albino Ramón Jara Larrea. He resisted arrest, and the FTC killed him, as well as another ACA leader, Rosalba Moraez. The two ACA members were carrying cash in local currency worth the equivalent of about $12,000. Kidnappings for ransom Paraguay’s Joint Task Force (FTC), a team consisting of Military and police personnel, is in a state of high alert in its fight against the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), a terrorist group responsible for kidnappings for ransom and killings. “The fight is constant and the work does not cease. There are things we do not make public due to the security of the operations,” said Lieutenant Colonel Víctor Urdapilleta, an FTC spokesman. “This does not mean we are not working on it.” The FTC is confronting a terrorist group that is comprised of family-based gangs, such as the Bernal Maíz, Larrea and Villalba organized crime groups, according to Urdapilleta. In addition to battling the EPP, the FTC is also confronting an offshoot of the terrorist group, an organization which calls itself the Armed Peasant Association (ACA). This group, which arose in 2014, operates in the northern region of the country. By 2008, the outlaw group had changed its name to the Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo, or Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP). The EPP has continued to commit kidnappings for ransom. “We cannot take credit for the release of Arlan Fick, but we can say that, thanks to actions that we undertook and other extreme actions we refrained from taking, he was released,” according to Urdapilleta. Security forces have also made great advances in fighting the EPP, according to Colonel Jorge Mieres, director of the Army’s Social Communications Division (DICOSO). In recent years, the Prosecutor’s Office has obtained convictions against 46 individuals who confessed to being members of the EPP. By Dialogo January 29, 2015 The terrorist group continued to use kidnapping for ransom. In September 2004, the outlaw group kidnapped Cecilia Cubas, daughter of former Paraguayan President Raúl Cubas Grau and current Senator Mirta Gusinky. Law enforcement authorities eventually found Cubas’ body in a grave outside Asunción, despite the payment of a $350,000 ransom. The kidnappers justified the killing by claiming that the payment was not a ransom, but a “fine against Cubas’ parents.” By 2008, the outlaw group had changed its name to the Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo, or Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP). Paraguayan security forces have been battling the EPP since 2001, when the organization was the armed wing of the Marxist and anti-imperialist political party Patria Libre (Free Homeland). The first of six kidnappings committed by the illegal group took place against María Edith Bordón de Debenardi, the wife of a prominent businessman in November 2001 for whom they demanded a ransom of $1 million for her release. The ransom was paid, and the terrorist group released her after two months in captivity. “The fight is constant and the work does not cease. There are things we do not make public due to the security of the operations,” said Lieutenant Colonel Víctor Urdapilleta, an FTC spokesman. “This does not mean we are not working on it.” On January 6, FTC Troops and police were on patrol in the district of Horqueta, in the Department of Concepción, when they tried to capture ACA leader Albino Ramón Jara Larrea. He resisted arrest, and the FTC killed him, as well as another ACA leader, Rosalba Moraez. The two ACA members were carrying cash in local currency worth the equivalent of about $12,000. Paraguayan security forces have been battling the EPP since 2001, when the organization was the armed wing of the Marxist and anti-imperialist political party Patria Libre (Free Homeland). The first of six kidnappings committed by the illegal group took place against María Edith Bordón de Debenardi, the wife of a prominent businessman in November 2001 for whom they demanded a ransom of $1 million for her release. The ransom was paid, and the terrorist group released her after two months in captivity. “We cannot take credit for the release of Arlan Fick, but we can say that, thanks to actions that we undertook and other extreme actions we refrained from taking, he was released,” according to Urdapilleta. The FTC confronts the ACA The FTC has compiled intelligence about the ACA that will help it fight the terrorist group. That year, the EPP kidnapped rancher Luis Lindstron, who remained in captivity from June 21 until September 12, when his family paid a ransom. But in 2013, Lindstron was killed, allegedly by the EPP. Law enforcement authorities suspected the EPP killed Lindstron because he was not willing to pay a “toll” to the terrorist group. The government rejected the idea. “The government will not negotiate with terrorists,” Minister of Interior Francisco De Vargas said on December 25 in a telephone conversation with Telefuturo (Channel 4). The terrorist group continued to use kidnapping for ransom. In September 2004, the outlaw group kidnapped Cecilia Cubas, daughter of former Paraguayan President Raúl Cubas Grau and current Senator Mirta Gusinky. Law enforcement authorities eventually found Cubas’ body in a grave outside Asunción, despite the payment of a $350,000 ransom. The kidnappers justified the killing by claiming that the payment was not a ransom, but a “fine against Cubas’ parents.” That year, the EPP kidnapped rancher Luis Lindstron, who remained in captivity from June 21 until September 12, when his family paid a ransom. But in 2013, Lindstron was killed, allegedly by the EPP. Law enforcement authorities suspected the EPP killed Lindstron because he was not willing to pay a “toll” to the terrorist group. Kidnappings for ransom The Military and police are continuing to work hard to secure the release of Police Master Sergeant Edelio Morínigo, who was kidnapped by the EPP on July 5, 2014. The EPP has not demanded a ransom, but instead proposed a trade, offering to free Morínigo in exchange for the release of 46 EPP members who had been sentenced to prison. The FTC confronts the ACA On April 2, 2014, the EPP kidnapped Arlan Fick, 16. His father, Alcido Fick, paid $500,000 for his release. The terrorist group held Fick for 267 days before releasing him on Christmas Day. While the FTC did not rescue him, it helped make sure he was released safely. Security forces have also made great advances in fighting the EPP, according to Colonel Jorge Mieres, director of the Army’s Social Communications Division (DICOSO). In recent years, the Prosecutor’s Office has obtained convictions against 46 individuals who confessed to being members of the EPP. On April 2, 2014, the EPP kidnapped Arlan Fick, 16. His father, Alcido Fick, paid $500,000 for his release. The terrorist group held Fick for 267 days before releasing him on Christmas Day. While the FTC did not rescue him, it helped make sure he was released safely. The government rejected the idea. “The government will not negotiate with terrorists,” Minister of Interior Francisco De Vargas said on December 25 in a telephone conversation with Telefuturo (Channel 4).last_img read more

Worker Dies while Breaking Evergreen Marine Ship at Chittagong Yard


first_imgOne worker lost his life in an incident at a shipbreaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh, while scrapping a vessel owned by Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen Marine, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform said. Local reports say that the man was cutting the containership Ever Union at Kabir Steel’s Khawja yard when he fell from a great height. Unfortunately, he died on the spot.Kabir Steel’s shipbreaking yards are part of the large industrial conglomerate of Kabir Group of Industries. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform said it has documented several severe accidents at the company’s yards over the last years.In 2017 and 2018 alone, at least four workers were killed. In 2016, Kabir Steel’s private security personnel fired shots and injured seven people who were protesting following the death of a shipbreaking worker.The Post-Panamax boxship Ever Union was beached in Bangladesh in April this year. As informed by the NGO Shipbreaking platform, the Taiwanese owner of the vessel has been under the spotlight for its “irresponsible shipbreaking practices”. In January 2018, the Norwegian Central Bank announced its decision to exclude Evergreen from the Government Pension Fund Global, due to the shipowner’s poor management of its end-of-life ships and their sale for dangerous breaking on the infamous beach of Chattogram.The NGO coalition added that since 2018 the company has not changed its policy. Five Evergreen vessels, including two Post-Panamaxes and three Handy containers, ended up in Bangladesh this year, data provided by VesselsValue’s shows. Three of them were allegedly sold to shipbreaking yards owned by Kabir Steel.The Ever Union was sold for demolition for more than USD 10 million. Before reaching the shore, the ship was renamed Vera and changed registry to the Paris MoU black-listed flag of Palau, the NGO said.Despite activities being slow due to the monsoon rains, incidents keep occurring. According to the platform’s member organization Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), another worker lost his life in Chattogram at the beginning of July.In May this year, three workers died and several others were injured in an explosion at Mahinur Ship Breaking yard, known as Premium Trade Corporation. The incident once again reflected the overall dire working conditions at the Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards.“Twenty workers lost their lives in 2018. The number of deaths was the highest in last eight years. These two recent accidents bring the total death-toll of the shipbreaking industry this year to at least ten workers,” Muhammed Ali Shahin, Project Coordinator at YPSA, commented.“Clearly, no lesson has been learned. Accidents keep happening, indicating a complete lack of intention from yard owners to ensure workers’ safety,” he further said.A total of 193 ships were broken in the second quarter of 2019. Of these, 146 vessels were sold to scrapping yards in South Asia, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s report shows.More than half of the ships sold to South Asia in the second quarter changed their flag to the registries of Comoros, Niue, Palau and St. Kitts and Nevis just weeks before hitting the beach.last_img read more

Tyson Fury vs Wilder showdown for £1.45BN Stadium


first_imgTyson Fury’s trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder could be held in the brand new state-of-the-art Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The final details are still to be confirmed but December 19 is the targeted date and the NFL venue has been touted as an option to play host. It can seat 65,000 and cost a staggering £1.45billion to build, though there may have to be a reduced crowd of 20,000 depending on the coronavirus pandemic. The stadium, which will be home to the Las Vegas Raiders, is a 10-level domed building on a 64-acre plot to the west of Mandalay Bay.                                               £1.45BN  state-of-the-art Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. There are still some areas of construction to be completed but the arena is ready to host events.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Australia, New Zealand and even Macau have all been considered as possible destinations for Fury and Wilder’s third bout. But the British heavyweight’s co-promoter Bob Arum talked up the chances of Allegiant. He said: ‘That is the date that we all want (December 19). ‘That’s the date that both sides are happy with. Whether we’ll be able to do it in the stadium with limited seating, that’s in the hands of the gods Read AlsoAnthony Joshua, Tyson Fury agree terms for two-fight deal ‘Whenever they fight, I think it’s going to be a huge type of attraction, and to do it as the first fight at Allegiant Stadium would be something really special. ‘By December 19, people will say, “Yeah, maybe by then, the worst is over and they can do it”.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Karlnoski repeats Black Rock success with second Empire State Series win


first_imgDUNDEE, N.Y. (Sept. 18) – There were mechanical issues before and after the Empire State Se­ries event at Black Rock Speedway, but nothing happened in between to prevent Rich Karlnoski from leading all 30 laps of the feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.Karlnoski discovered a broken electrical wire that prevented him from even starting his car before the race started. He pulled into victory lane with a broken shifter and had to be towed across the post-race scales.“The stars were aligned for us. It was quite a night. To win made it worthwhile,” said Karlnoski, who earned $500. “It was a good clean race and the car had the right balance. The old girl wants to pull the left front and it’s hooked up. Boy does it work when that left front is up, I’m telling you.”Gary Roberts, point leader Eddie Sites, Keith Lamphere and Harry Ely rounded out the top five.Karlnoski started third and took a lead he’d never relinquish coming out of the final turn on the first circuit.“We were just getting to lapped traffic when the first caution came out,” said Karlnoski, driver of the Jessie’s Pet Grooming, Beach Trucking and Gertie’s Small Dog Rescue-backed rig. “I saw Gary once before halfway and then again after a restart on lap 23 or 24.”Karlnoski’s one previous Empire State Series win came at Dundee last October.“I’ve raced here since 1975. It’s my home track,” he said, “so I should know how to get around it.”Feature results ­– 1. Rich Karlnoski; 2. Gary Roberts; 3. Eddie Sites; 4. Keith Lamphere; 5. Harry Ely; 6. Brad Sites; 7. Matt Cole; 8. Will Ward; 9. Tyler Stoddard; 10. Mike Stoddard; 11. Bob Maynard; 12. Billy Ward; 13. Scott Sebring; 14. Todd Stone; 15. Jason Benjamin; 16. Brad Smith; 17. Tony Harris; 18. Rodney Morgan; 19. Jeff Austin.last_img read more

McKinnon, Dharry shine in Woodpecker Products Practical Shoot


first_imgVETERAN shooters Ryan McKinnon and David Dharry emerged as the top deadeyes last Saturday when the Woodpecker Products/Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) hosted its final Practical Shoot for 2019, at the Timehri Rifle Ranges.The annual event was well attended by a number of local gunners, some highly-experienced and some trainees but they all failed to over the feats of the two expert pistol shooters; who reigned supreme in their respective categories.Among the stages contested, Raw Deal, Down Low, Horsing Around, RM-28, to name a few, were traditional obstacle-filled stages which tested the shooters’ reflexes, precision and stamina.In the Limited Division, McKinnon shot an impressive 342.7725 points for his first place spot as he kept the others at bay. Another expert shooter, John Phang, secured 292.2822 points which landed him in 2nd place, while Pravesh Harry finished 3rd with 272.1620 points.The second division, Production, was dominated by the GSSF executive Dharry, who was impressive with the handgun as he accumulated 345.9295 points to end as the 1st place winner in that group.Second place in the Production Category belonged to Andrew Phang, who shot 313.4308 points and former GSSF president Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon who came in 3rd spot with 279.5950 points.Meanwhile, GSSF lauded the unwavering support of Guyana Defence Force/Chief of Staff Brigadier Patrick West, Commissioner of Police Mr Leslie James, OC TSU Mr Guy Nurse, the media and sponsors for their support in 2019 and look forward to brighter ventures and relationships in 2020.Production Division:1st place – David Dharry (345.9295 points)2nd place – Andrew Phang (313.4308 points)3rd place – Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon (279.5950 points)Limited Division:1st place – Ryan McKinnon (342.7725 points)2nd place – John Phang (292.2822 points)3rd Place – Pravesh Harry (272.1620 points)last_img read more

OVERTIME…SPECIAL STEELER EDITION: WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?


first_imgBILL NEAL:10 -Let’s just get right to it. For the first time in my professional sports writing career and that of Coach Mike Tomlin, I will suggest this . . . and I do mean suggest! It may be time to consider . . . and I do mean consider, taking a look at the head coach and, and, and his coaching staff for the trouble this team is in. I’m just saying! (And I think I said it as gently as possible.):09 – Cortez Allen can’t watch the sun come up let alone watch a man one on one in the secondary. And oh, by the way, bet ya miss Ike Taylor now don’t ya!!!:08 – Let me remind you yet again, everything starts up front. If the “O”-line can’t block and the “D”-line can’t get to the quarterback, it’s gonna be a long day. (Now you can really appreciate the legendary lines of the Steelers dynasty days.):07 -Can you say “Steel Curtain.” Defense wins games. The Steelers only allowed the Vikings 48 yards of offense in the Super Bowl.  C’mon man!!!:06 -Please, please, please . . . establish the run.  Stay with the run. You’ve got two great proven running backs that want the ball. Give it to them. One is speed. One is power.  Thunder and lightning if you will.  Use them.:05 -When you’re inside the twenty, stretch out the field. Clearly you can’t run up the middle. Be creative. Mix it up. You don’t have to do the same thing over and over. Trust me, they watch your game films too!:04 -Give “Archer” all the money you owe him, a brown bag from Primanti Brothers and a one way train ticket to Hootersville.  (No, he doesn’t get a plane ticket. If he can’t get the ball out to the twenty, he gets his butt on a train.) Sure he was fast in college, but everybody is fast in the NFL.:03 -Look, I don’t mean no harm here. I love old people. My dad’s old. So trust me. I know old (Sorry Pops), but everybody has a time card. Moses, Methuselah, even the old lady in the shoe. At 77, maybe it’s time for Dick LeBeau to watch the games from his rocking chair at home. Sure he was a defensive genius, but the NFL has caught up to his bend not brake!:02 -People have been punting the football since Jim Thorpe in 19-whatever.  Please get rid of this bum .  Go down to South Side on a Friday night and get a punter man!:01 -Can somebody, somewhere and somehow blame Ben Roethlisberger for something. The fumbles, missing the target repeatedly, holding onto the ball too long. He’s the $100  Million Dollar Man.  Put the weight on him!:00 -Set your calendar for the Par-Tay of the year.  Champion Enterprises will celebrate its 40th Year Celebration and the final year of operation Saturday, October 18 at The Lounge on Verona . . . you know, Monica’s Place. Next to Bonus Tire.  8:00 p.m. till 2 a.m. $10 donation benefits Achieving Greatness Toys for Tots Christmas Party.  Free parking, cash bar, cash kitchen, 50/50, prizes and surprises and the best chicken wings in Pittsburgh.  Sly Jock will deliver the Old Schools Sounds and we’ll be Eatin, Drinkin, and Dancin like we used to.  It’s a 35 and older affair and first come first seat!!!So all you champions . . . former staff, volunteers, followers, supporters, sponsors, Connie Hawkins League players, program participants and coaches . . . everybody come on out and say goodbye to the Pittsburgh legend that was Champion Enterprises.~ GAME OVER ~last_img read more