Job cuts on the cards as Bonne Bouche restructures

first_imgHartlepool-based frozen desserts company Bonne Bouche is being restructured by the venture capitalists that back it.The company’s founder and managing director Wayne Hitchman has left in the shake-up, and a number of board-level and less senior management changes are pending. Reports suggest Bonne Bouche is being run by its financial director Richard Dean and its sales and marketing director Andrew Wilkinson.Financial director Richard Dean told British Baker the company did not wish to comment as it consulted with staff and unions on the restructure. The company is holding emergency talks with the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union over 29 proposed job cuts at the plant. It plans to axe 18 management and 11 factory floor jobs, union representative Alan Milne told British Baker. He said the union is negotiating to reduce the job cuts. The consultation is expected to conclude by Christmas. Mr Milne said he understands Bonne Bouche’s problems were caused by price pressure from the supermarkets, which demanded excessive discounts. Bonne Bouche currently has 300 staff involved in the production and hand-finishing of cakes. It supplies retail and foodservice outlets with offerings, such as gateaux, sponges, fudge cakes and cheesecakes and puddings, as well as speciality and premium cake and dessert lines. The company was created by Wayne Hitchman who headed a management buyout of Freshbake Foods in July 2004. The deal was the third change of ownership for the site in seven months and its second rescue from administration.Freshbake survived just six months. It was originally formed in January, through the buy-out of a Hibernia Foods factory, after Hibernia went into receivership in October, 2003, with debts of £17.5m. Mr Hitchman had planned to produce more added-value offerings to fit the profile of Tesco’s Finest and Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference lines. He had also planned to develop a range of fat-free products.last_img read more

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Peru Reinforces Police in Fight against Drug Trafficking and Terrorism

first_imgBy Dialogo August 31, 2012 Peru’s National Police will be reinforced with new weapons and equipment in order to carry out the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism, as part of a larger investment in security that the government is implementing, said the Peruvian Interior Minister on August 29. The government is committed to equip the police to improve the fight against drugs and crime; to that end we have a fairly significant investment for the infrastructure and equipment in the order of 640 million soles (about U.S. $ 240 million), said Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza. Weapons have not been purchased (for the police) in 25 years. We are in the process of defining what type of weapons will be acquired, but they will be similar to those of the Armed Forces, the official pointed out. In addition to weapons, the plan includes new equipment and communications systems to improve the way problems of public safety and police intervention in social conflicts are addressed. The police will also have new deterrent weapons to try to avoid fatalities that are produced in social conflicts, Pedraza added. Peru’s national police did not have the proper equipment to address the country’s current challenges of security and narco-terrorism. Now it will rely on equipment that it never had before, said National Police Director Raúl Salazar. The police chief indicated that there will be lightweight assault rifles like the ones used by the Armed Forces, although the caliber has not yet been defined. “In the moment of a confrontation, drug dealers do not discriminate between military or police” he emphasized.last_img read more

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Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Nominations for three awards from the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce are currently being accepted until Oct. 18, 2018. Those awards include the Entrepreneur of the Year, the Chamber’s Small Business Grant, and the prestigious Don Horan Community Service Leader of the Year Award.Established fulltime in 1975, (the first presentation was in 1961), the Chamber’s Community Service Leader of the Year Award is considered the top award in the community.  The award is to recognize citizens who have participated actively and continuously in community service activities in Greensburg and Decatur County, making a difference for our community and county.In 2013, to commemorate the contributions business leader and philanthropist Don Horan left behind following his death, the Community Service Award was renamed The Don Horan Community Service Leader of the Year Award. Don was instrumental in bringing new business to our community and he was active in promoting the Greensburg/Decatur County area. He also contributed greatly to causes in our area, and preferred to stay out of the spotlight of those contributions.It is intended that such activity of those nominated be diverse and that the recipients be selected without regard to age, gender, occupation, political or religious affiliation. The record of the community participation of the nominee should be described. Such participation could include involvement with family, church, social work, civic groups, business, elderly, youth and other forms of volunteerism.Since the award was first established, there have been 72 winners, with some years having more than one winner. Previous winners have included, but not limited to the likes of Walter Lowe, Gilman Stewart, John Stewart, Hugh Miller, Cleo Duncan, Morgan Miers, Frank Braden, Mike Gasper, David Fry, Bill and Jackie Blasdel, Jim Saler, Bryan Robbins, Cliff Byard, Joe and Susan Rust, and John Corya, just to name a few.The Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce is also seeking nomination for Entrepreneur of the Year, an award first established in 2006 by the Chamber. Previous winners have included Bill Obermeyer of Obermeyer Agri Group, Denim and Honey, Cutting Edge Sporting Goods, Neal’s Chop Shop, Steir Heating and Cooling, as well as others of course.Finally, the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce presents an annual Small Business Grant of $1,000 to a Chamber member business in good standing as selected by a committee who reviews the applications.Applications for each award are available on the Chamber website here. They are also available at the Chamber office or at the front desk of Greensburg City Hall, 314 W. Washington St., Greensburg, IN 47240.Deadline to submit applications and nominations is 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16.Winners will be recognized at the Chamber’s annual banquet being held this year on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Chamber member and supporter Indiana Grand Racing and Casino in Shelby County. More information about tickets to the event will be released soon.last_img read more

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Recording artist Akon meets with USC students

first_imgIt’s not every day that students get the opportunity to pitch their ideas for a nationwide media campaign on energy poverty to a five-time GRAMMY Award nominee. But on Wednesday, students in Professor Steven Lamy’s IR 210: “Introductory Theory and Analysis in International Relations” got to do just that.Leading generations · Recording artist Akon spoke to students about the #PowerProject Campaign Lab, which had its first launch at USC. – Paul Jung | Daily Trojan“I’m here because we are the voice of the future,” philanthropist and recording artist Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, popularly known by his stage name Akon, told IR 210 students Wednesday morning in Taper Hall of the Humanities.“You guys are the next leaders, the next decision-makers, the next entrepreneurs,” he said.More than 100 students joined Akon and representatives from the global advocacy and campaign organization, the ONE Campaign, for the first ever #PowerProject Campaign Lab. Making its debut at USC, the #PowerProject Campaign Lab is an opportunity for students to brainstorm ideas for ONE’s new social media campaign to combat energy poverty.“Congress needs our convincing, which is why we launched the campaign lab to get your ideas,” ONE Campaign representative and IR 210 alumnus Michael Drachkovitch told students. “We believe that your generation is poised to make this difference and this change.”ONE at USC President, Annette Aharonian, and director of recruitment Audrey Weber opened the program with a question and answer session with Akon in which both his own personal connection to the project and the power of celebrity diplomacy were discussed. Akon told the students about his reasons for supporting the project, sharing his own experiences in his native country of Senegal.“I experienced lack of energy firsthand,” Akon said. “I grew up in a rural village where we used kerosene lights, and kerosene can be hazardous in so many ways.”The remainder of the event was allotted for student groups to present their proposals for the ONE Campaign’s Power Project, an online letter-writing tool aimed at enabling people to send letters to their congressional representatives in support of bipartisan legislation to bring modern energy access to more than 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.“It is a major IR issue — global poverty,” Professor Lamy said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “We talk a great deal about human security, freedom from fear and freedom from want, and the issue fits perfectly with our class.”Students assembled presentations of their own vision for the Power Project, integrating different social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. All proposals were geared towards the campaign’s ultimate goal of generating at least 50,000 letters sent to Congress between June 16 and July 31.Of the 31 entries submitted, eight groups were given the opportunity to pitch their campaign proposal and receive feedback directly from Akon and ONE Campaign representatives. All proposals will contend to be the digital centerpiece of the Power Project.“It was great that the ONE campaign came by and valued the voices of the millennial generation,” said Matthew Cheung, a sophomore majoring in international relations and the global economy. “One of the panelists said that we are really the core constituency of individuals that people on Capitol Hill and Congress are trying to reach out to, and trying to understand, because we have such an influential voice. Hopefully some of our ideas go through, and we’ll be able to influence some actual change in Africa.”Students also were confident in the campaign’s potential.“The ideas presented here were amazing,” said Alya Omar, a freshman majoring in international relations (global business), who also pitched her proposal to Akon and the ONE campaign. “Whatever they choose, it’s definitely going to make an impact. It’s definitely not going to be one of those campaigns that just falls through the cracks.”Editor’s note: This post has been updated.last_img read more

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Liverpool claim advantage in first leg of Europa clash

first_imgIn the first European meeting between the two arch-rivals, Liverpool dominated their opponents as they claimed a deserved 2-0 win thanks to a first-half penalty from Daniel Sturridge and a powerful strike from Roberto Firmino mid-way through the second-half.Earlier, Tottenham suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to their hosts Borussia Dortmund in the first-leg of their last-16 tie.Later tonight, the sixth round of the FA Cup gets underway at the Madejski Stadium as Championship side Reading play host to Crystal Palace. Kick-off is at five-to-eight.last_img

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Stephen Curry after 10 years: Analyzing the six players drafted before the Warriors star in 2009

first_imgIt seems incredible now that Stephen Curry could have been the seventh pick in any NBA Draft, but that was the case on June 25, 2009.Ten years on, Curry is a two-time MVP and three-time champion with the Golden State Warriors. But on draft night, there were six players picked before him – with the Minnesota Timberwolves somehow selecting two alternative point guards ahead of Curry.Such decisions now look foolish as we look at the mixed bag that is the top six picks of the 2009 NBA Draft.1. Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers)Griffin may not have lived up to Curry’s standards, but he has still enjoyed a strong NBA career that might have been even better had not missed his entire debut season with the Clippers with a knee injury. The power forward returned to be named Rookie of the Year and has since made five All-NBA teams, continuing to star with the Detroit Pistons since a trade last year.detroit, not how we wanted it to end but i wanted to say thank you for the support all season long. this year was just the beginning for us. we will continue to lay the foundation to… https://t.co/IZrQbuWslc— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin23) April 23, 20192. Hasheem Thabeet (Memphis Grizzlies)This one definitely did not work out. Center Thabeet was selected by the Grizzlies but failed to impress, leading to a switch to the D-League before he was traded to the Houston Rockets. Further stints followed with the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder, before he was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers and the Pistons. He has not played in the NBA since 2013-14.3. James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder)Harden enjoyed a solid spell as the Thunder’s sixth man, before his career took off in Houston. The 29-year-old could now be considered one of the game’s modern greats, winning the 2018 MVP award and making five All-NBA First Teams while turning the Rockets into genuine contenders in the West. There have been some mighty tussles with Curry in the past 10 years. Let’s get it ooon Ya’ll know what time it is. pic.twitter.com/0i85CleuBo— James Harden (@JHarden13) April 10, 20194. Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings)It was Evans who earned the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year award, leading the draft class, but the Kings star failed to build on this excellent first season. Instead, he bounced around the league until last month when the NBA dismissed him for violating its anti-drug program. Evans will not be able to apply for reinstatement until 2021.5. Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves)Rubio was not blessed with Curry’s shooting talent, but he was considered a reasonable enough selection for the Timberwolves at number five. However, the pick quickly became far from straightforward, with the Spaniard remaining in Europe for a two-year stay with Barcelona before finally joining Minnesota. His NBA career has never really subsequently taken off…. thank you Utah pic.twitter.com/CVTFiSuHHV— Ricky Rubio (@rickyrubio9) June 20, 20196. Jonny Flynn (Minnesota Timberwolves)Selecting two point guards in succession was one thing, Selecting two point guards and leaving Curry on the board was quite another. How the Timberwolves must now rue this decision. Flynn was in the D-League by 2010, starting just 10 NBA matches after his debut season. He left the NBA in 2012 and has not returned. Oh dear.last_img read more

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Principal closes deal to buy Wells Fargo retirement business

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Principal Financial Group says it has closed its purchase of the Wells Fargo’s Institutional Retirement & Trust business.Principal said Monday it is beginning the integration of the Wells Fargo’s 401k, pension, executive deferred compensation, employee stock ownership plans and asset advice business.Principal Chairman Dan Houston says Principal broadens offerings in retirement and asset management, doubling the size of its U.S. retirement business with the deal.Principal says it’s appointing several executives from the Wells Fargo business to its retirement leadership team and says it will keep open locations in Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas and the Philippines.The Wells Fargo retirement businesses manage about $827 billion in assets.Principal previously announced the $1.2 billion deal would be financed with cash and senior debt financing.Principal has a pension processing center in Mason City.last_img read more

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