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Strike action threat at Allied Bakeries’ Kingsmill site

first_imgAllied Bakeries faces strike action at its depot in West Bromwich in a pay row with drivers and engineers.Workers at the site, which supplies Kingsmill bread to Aldi, Asda, the Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco in the Midlands and north west, have grown “increasingly frustrated” with the company since pay talks started in May earlier this year, according to union Unite.Last month, Allied owner Associated British Foods said the bakery business’ margins had been hit by low retail prices, a resurgence of lower-margin own-label and inflationary cost pressures.Warning workers were at “breaking point”, Unite said it was highly likely members would back industrial action in a strike vote. “Unite members have become increasingly frustrated by Kingsmill and the bosses’ refusal to recognise their hard work with a cost-of-living pay rise,” added Unite regional officer Joe Clarke.“To add insult to injury we also have issues surrounding pay parity within the West Bromwich depot and pay inequality with other depots around the UK, in addition to the use of sub-contractors.”Clarke added the strike action would have “a major impact” on bread supplies to major supermarkets, although Allied Bakeries told British Baker it did not expect the situation to cause disruption to supply for its customers or consumers.“We have been discussing remuneration with our drivers at Allied Bakeries West Bromwich and their unions since May 2017,” added an Allied Bakeries spokesman. “Unfortunately, we haven’t yet been able to bring about a resolution that is satisfactory to all parties and are disappointed that the West Bromwich branch of Unite has chosen to ballot for industrial action.“We have made what we believe is a good offer to the drivers at the West Bromwich site, which is comparable to those offers accepted by all other locations in the UK. We are always open to discussions with our employees and have invited our drivers to join us for further conversations.”News of the strike action threat comes three weeks after Allied announced plans to close its Norwich distribution depot. The business has said there would be no compulsory redundancies among the 49 staff at the site, adding it hoped a “significant number” of employees would transfer to a third-party logistics provider that is taking on local deliveries.last_img read more

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Actress, Kerry Washington to be Honored at Jamaica’s Independence Gala

first_imgNEW YORK – Emmy and Golden Globe nominated American/Jamaican actress Kerry Washington will be honored with an ‘Artistic Achievement Award’ at Jamaica’s 57th Independence Black Tie Gala, slated for the Hilton Westchester Hotel, Rye, New York on August 10, 2019.Daughter of Jamaican motherBorn in New York City to parents Valerie (Moss) from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica and Earl Washington, from South Carolina.Kerry’s career took flight in 2004 when she appeared as Della Bea Robinson, the wife of musician Ray Charles, in the biopic Ray. She won “Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture” for Ray at the NAACP Image Awards in 2005.Washington is best known for her portrayal of Olivia Pope in the ABC TV drama ‘Scandal’ – that has earned her several Emmy, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Golden Globe nominations – and for her portrayal of lawyer/academic Anita Hill in the 2016 HBO film ‘Confirmation,’ which she executive produced under the banner of her production company Simpson Street.In 2018, Washington starred on Broadway in ‘American Son,’ which has since been shot as a movie and will premiere on Netflix in Fall of 2019. Washington serves as executive producer.She also recently appeared in ABC’s live presentation of ‘The Jeffersons’ as Helen Willis alongside Wanda Sykes, Will Ferrell and Jamie Foxx and is currently in production on ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ for Hulu, which she and Reese Witherspoon both executive produce and star in.“We are extremely proud to honor the talented Kerry Washington at our Jamaica Independence Gala” said event Chairman/Producer Sephron Mair.“Kerry is an outstanding actress and movie director and is the first woman of color to headline a network TV drama since 1974, when she starred in Scandal. In 2013 she was ranked #2 on the 100 Most Beautiful People list by People Magazine” he added.The Black Tie Gala – Jamaica’s marquee Independence celebration in New York – is being held under the distinguish patronage of the Minister of Tourism, the Hon Edmund Bartlett, who will bring greeting on behalf of Jamaica.Also in attendance and acting as ‘Brand Ambassador’ will be the Hon Lisa Hanna, MP and 1993 Miss World winner.The Keynote Address will be delivered by United States Federal Judge, the Hon. Norman Hemming. The event will be attended by over 1,000 celebrants under the theme ‘Celebrating Brand Jamaica.’Part proceeds from the Gala will be donated to Food for the Poor, Jamaica (FFP), the largest charity organization in Jamaica and Food For The Poor Inc., located in Florida, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States.last_img read more

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Giants trade Beckham to Browns, Jets get Bell

first_imgGiven the “legal tampering” freedom the league now allows for two days, well, let Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta describe the mayhem.“Unfortunately for us, the market is irrational at times and we can’t be held responsible for what other teams want to pay,” DeCosta said. “All we can do is try to negotiate in good faith with agents and the players.”JETSThe Jets had more than $82.5 million to spend in free agency, and they are spending it. They thought they also had an agreement with Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, but he opted instead to return to Minnesota.Not that the Jets fell short in adding talent. The 26-year-old Mosley is a four-time Pro Bowl linebacker who will get a reported five years and $85 million, including a whopping $51 million guaranteed. Mosley has had at least 100 tackles in every season but 2016, when he missed two games with an injury and finished with 92. He will be a centerpiece of new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ unit.In dire need of receivers for Darnold, New York is adding the 26-year-old Crowder as a playmaking slot receiver. Crowder, whose deal reportedly is for three years and $28.5 million, had 221 catches for 2,628 yards and 14 touchdowns in four seasons with Washington. He was limited to nine games last season because of an ankle injury.Bellamy has 76 career catches for 999 yards and five touchdowns, and is also a special teams contributor. He spent the last five years with Chicago.PACKERSThe defensive signings should improve a unit that ranked 18th in the NFL in 2018. Za’Darius Smith is getting the biggest deal: $66 million over four years with $34.5 million in the first two years, according to his agency, SportsTrust Advisors. The 28-year-old Smith led the Ravens with 8½ sacks last season — including three in one game against Tennessee — and has 18½ in his 58-game career.Preston Smith agreed to a $52 million, four-year contract with $16 million guaranteed. For Amos, it is a $37 million, four-year contract. Amos, 25, started all 16 games for the NFC North rival Chicago Bears last season and had two interceptions.Turner gets a $28 million, four-year contract.RAIDERSJoyner becomes the first major addition on defense in Oakland. He played last season on a franchise tag for the Rams, earning $11.3 million. But Los Angeles signed Eric Weddle last week to be Joyner’s replacement.The 28-year-old Joyner was originally a second-round pick by the Rams in 2014 and played 67 games over five seasons with the franchise. He has four interceptions and 25 passes defensed in his career.RAVENSIt’s been a difficult two days for the Ravens. Za’Darius Smith, Mosley, Weddle and long-time star Terrell Suggs (Cardinals) all departed from their top-ranked defense.“We see good young players leave us every year,” DeCosta said. “We’ve tried to adjust over time, but I think now is a great opportunity for us to become financially responsible, to get control over the salary cap to understand the concept of right player, right price.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL While the free agency spending frenzy runs wild, the Giants and Browns found a way to overshadow it Tuesday night: a trade of Odell Beckham Jr.Not to be outdone, however, the Jets got the guy at the top of their free agency list, agreeing with former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell on a deal early Wednesday morning.The Giants are sending their star receiver to Cleveland for first- and second-round draft picks in April and safety Jabrill Peppers in the second blockbuster trade in four days. On Saturday, Pittsburgh sent unhappy wideout Antonio Brown to Oakland, a deal Brown forced.Beckham is the NFL’s highest-paid receiver; he got a five-year, $90 million extension last August. He comes off two injury-plagued seasons, but when healthy is a game-breaking target, just like Brown.In this Nov. 23, 2014, file photo New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) in the second quarter of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)The two trades become official Wednesday when the league’s business year begins. People with knowledge of the moves told The Associated Press of the trades, speaking anonymously because the transactions can’t be announced until after 4 p.m. EDT on Wednesday.Beckham is known for his gravity-defying catches and breakaway skills, but also for being temperamental. He was suspended for one game in 2015 for his on-field battles with cornerback Josh Norman, then with Carolina.BAKER MAYFIELDLeads the Cleveland Browns intoPittsburgh, Oct. 28 (AP PHOTO)Cleveland suddenly looks like a force in an AFC North in which both Baltimore and Pittsburgh have been weakened in the offseason. With Beckham reunited with receiver Jarvis Landry, a teammate at LSU, it gives quarterback Baker Mayfield two top targets. The Browns, who went 7-8-1 last season after not winning a game in 2017, haven’t made the playoffs since 2002.The mega-trade came hours after another busy day of dealmaking.The money flowed out of New Jersey, with the Jets agreeing Tuesday to contracts with three players: wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy, and linebacker C.J. Mosley. The team also will re-sign cornerback Darryl Roberts and defensive end Henry Anderson.But the big news came when the Jets and Bell agreed on a deal. ESPN first reported the signing, saying the contract is for four years and $52.5 million.The deal gives new coach Adam Gase and second-year quarterback Sam Darnold a big-time playmaker, arguably the best player at his position before Bell opted to sit out all of last season rather than sign a franchise tender with Pittsburgh.Bell has rushed for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns, and has 312 catches for 2,660 yards and seven scores as one of the most versatile and dangerous offensive players in the NFL.“I’m back in the green baby,” the former Michigan State star wrote on Twitter. “Let’s get it.”It streamed out of Green Bay, with the Packers getting deals with edge rusher Za’Darius Smith, linebacker Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and offensive lineman Billy Turner. The Packers also cut veteran linebacker Nick Perry.And it poured out of Oakland once more when the Raiders kept their vault open and agreed to a four-year contract with safety Lamarcus Joyner . The Raiders previously made big moves on offense by trading for Brown and agreeing to a deal with tackle Trent Brown. FILE – In this Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell carries the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of an NFL divisional football AFC playoff game in Pittsburgh.  (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)last_img read more

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Breeders’ Cup Post Race Interview Quotes – Juvenile Fillies Turf – Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

first_imgChad BrownJavier CastellanoBob EdwardsKristine EdwardsPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf was New Money Honey. And we’re joined now by the winning connections from right to left, trainer Chad Brown, jockey Javier Castellano, owner Bob Edwards and his wife, Kristine Edwards. Thank you all for being here. Congratulations. Congratulations to you all. Chad, let’s start with you, and maybe you can just give us your impressions of how the race was run.CHAD BROWN: Well, Javier gave her a beautiful trip. We talked about it, if she could break clean and be up in the forward group and somehow get clear at some point in a big field, which is a lot to ask, she’d have a good shot because she’s training so well. I’ve had so much success with Javier, and we have great chemistry together. He studies the races very well. And if he’s ridden a horse before, he learns a lot from it and applies it to the next race.This is a situation of a young horse that’s getting better and a jockey that really understands her, and just executed a perfect plan once we put him up on the horse.THE MODERATOR: Javier, you did ride her your first two starts. Tell us what you learned and what unfolded today?JAVIER CASTELLANO: I really like the way she did it today. I’m very satisfied, and I have a lot of confidence with the filly. And thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, for the opportunity, and Mr. Brown. Mr. Brown, he’s got something special for me, and I really appreciate him for that, because I had a lot of confidence in putting a lot of successes together, and he gave me something special today to perform the horse with the best part. And approaching to 14 horses is not easy in the Breeders’ Cup, and especially when you have a young horse. The filly, she’s amazing. She’s a great developer. She’s got a good mind. She saved on the first turn, she cut it off, and she went through the little hole, and then I tipped her up on the side and she gave me a powerful kick and run the last part of the race.THE MODERATOR: Bob, your impressions and what this experience and what it feels like to win this race?BOB EDWARDS: It’s a great experience. We’re new owners, as you guys know. We have not won a maiden, as you know. We’ve only won Stakes races thanks to great horses, great talent, great Bloodstock agents, and we’re pretty excited for her to take her talent down to South Beach.THE MODERATOR: It’s nice when you can only win Stakes races. Chad, the Miss Grillo, what a race, the key race in here. Your other filly ran well and came on at the end too. So just talk about the turf juveniles coming out of New York today?CHAD BROWN: Yeah, they ran well. It’s been a key prep race for this particular Breeders’ Cup Race. It’s the third time we’ve won the race, and all of them were Miss Grillo winners, New York has a fantastic program. And I need to give them credit because great training facilities. I do all my training back home before I ship in for these races, and they always make the turf course available and around weather and whatever I need back home at my home base. Even if the Breeders’ Cups not held there. So thanks to NYRA, for allowing us the facilities to get this filly here. It is a strong group. My other horse came on strongly.I tell you, it was a really good field. Again, we’ve competed in this race virtually every year since they’ve had it, and I thought this was one of the stronger editions of it on paper.Q. Chad, third race of her career, a performance like this. What’s it say about her future?CHAD BROWN: I’ll tell you, I think sky’s the limit for her. I think a mile is about as short as she wants to run, and Javier and I spoke about it in the days leading up to the race and all the way to the paddock about how she has a great post and she’s training terrific. But a mile is just a tough short for her, and you’re going to have to really work out a good trip. I think with that said, with all the big races next year being longer than a mile, I think this filly has an unbelievable future, and it’s the first horse in this race I’ve ever cross-entered in the dirt race because she trains well on dirt as well.So we’re going to enjoy this. She won on the turf. Thankfully we made the right call. But it’s not even out of the question that we give her a spin on the dirt before a race like the Kentucky Oaks just to be sure. I think she’s that talented.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more

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Please Help David Kpana and His Mother in Their Distress

first_imgA Liberian widow and her 13 year-old son are in deep distress and need urgent help.Ruth B. Kubay, of Morris Farm in Kakata, brought her son, David Kpana, to the Daily Observer office Tuesday seeking medical help for his very serious condition.  David  is suffering from an enlarged scrotum (pouch containing his  testes).  They have visited many hospitals, only to be told that the child cannot be treated in Liberia; so they should travel abroad for expert attention.Fortunately, the Daily Observer called an eminent surgeon, Liberia’s most senior one who, after reading David’s story in the newspaper last Wednesday, told us that something could definitely be done right now to help this child.David, said the surgeon, is suffering from “nethrotic syndrome,” which means swelling due to failure of the kidneys to pump water and other fluids out of the system.This surgeon has offered to give David a medical examination at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) next Tuesday.  After this he will send him upstairs to undergo certain procedures.  However, the doctor cautioned that a dialysis machine will eventually be needed.  There is at present no such machine in Liberia.The dilemma facing David and his mother is clear evidence of the inadequacy of Liberia’s health system and how deeply we are in trouble.We are faced with many problems, which lie at the heart of our basic existence as a nation and people.  Three of these problems tell us how serious our troubles are.  The first is our poor educational system, beginning with the massive illiteracy that still plagues us. We are a small population–not more than four million; yet we have failed to empower this relatively tiny population with 100% literacy. Our nursery, primary and secondary schools are also woefully inadequate.  So many of our students complete high school and still cannot write a straight sentence.  Is there any wonder, then, that they often fail the University of Liberiaentrance?  Even many of our college graduates are in the same situation.Now here we are, faced with the Ebola tragedy, with many dying often because, given our high illiteracy rate, among other things, they do not comprehend the basic safety instructions.The second problem is our health system. Let us start with sanitation. For even if the country had thousands of trained doctors and nurses, our poor sanitation, including the mountains of garbage found everywhere in greater Monrovia, Paynesville and elsewhere, would overwhelm them because cleanliness and proper sanitation are almost half the cure of the diseases that plague us. Poor hygiene and unattended garbage areprimary causes disease and illness.One of the positive developments in the health and medical sector in recent years has been the increasing output of medical doctors fromthe A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine.  It is hoped that the recently developed Post Graduate College of Medicine will be empowered to provide these young doctors with high level specialized training.Meanwhile, we trust that the College of Medicine, the UL and the government, in collaboration with the development partners, such asadvanced friendly nations, the European Union (EU) and the World Health Organization (WHO), will assist with foreign fellowships to speed up  specialized training for our young doctors.The third basic problem Liberia faces is our failure in agriculture.Since the Daily Observer’s re-launching in June 2005, we have been pleading with government to take agriculture more seriously.  But here we are, nine years later, still unable to feed ourselves with basic commodities–vegetables, including bitter ball, pepper, lettuce and tomatoes–or even rice, our staple, and meat.  We are still importing cattle from rain-starved Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.  Yet Liberia is filled with rivers, lakes, creeks and abundant rainfall, plus vast, fertile acreage.  We have natural habitats for cattle in Grand Cess and Foya in Grand Kru and  Lofa Counties, respectively. We are also behind in tree crops.  We hardly produce any coffee, and our coco production is down.  We have no citrus plantations, nor cashew orchards, though the vast acreage in Edina, Grand Bassa and elsewhere are natural habitats for this crop, which is some countries’ chief foreign exchange earner.   We have always wasted our almond, which grows abundantly in Liberia.The main purpose of this editorial, however, is not lamentation but lifting up of this poor child, David Kpana, to the nation and the world for rescue.We pray that the surgeon seeing   him tomorrow and other JFK   colleagues can begin to do something for David, and we hope for him, eventually,   complete relief from his distress.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Paris knife attack kills 1

first_imgFrench police secure a street after a man killed a passer-by in a knife attack in the heart of Paris and injured four others before being shot dead by police, according to French authorities in Paris, France, on 12 May 2018. ReutersA knifeman shouting “Allahu akbar” was shot dead by police in central Paris late Saturday after he killed one person and injured four others, sparking a terror probe and panic on the streets of France’s capital.The attack took place near the city’s main opera house in an area full of bars, restaurants and theatres which were brimming on a weekend night.Witnesses described scenes of panic as Parisians realised another potential terror attack was underway in a country already reeling from a string of jihadist assaults in the last three years that have killed more than 245 people.“I was taking orders and I saw a young woman trying to get into the restaurant in panic,” Jonathan, a waiter at a Korean restaurant, told AFP. The woman was bleeding and the attacker appeared behind her. He said a young man tried to fend off the assailant who then fled.“The attacker entered a shopping street, I saw him with a knife in his hand,” he said. “He looked crazy”.Milan, 19, said he saw “several people in distress” including a woman with wounds to her neck and leg.“Firemen were giving her first aid. I heard two, three shots and a policeman told me that the man had been overpowered.”In a tweet French president Emmanuel Macron said: “France once again pays the price of blood.”Prosecutors cited witnesses as saying the man shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) as he went on the rampage, and added that a terror investigation had been launched.Wounded out of dangerThe Islamic State group claimed responsibility, according to the SITE monitoring group, but provided no corroborating proof to back the claim.“The executor of the stabbing operation in the city of Paris is a soldier of the Islamic State and the operation was carried out in response to the calls to target the coalition states,” a “security source” told IS’s official Amaq news agency, according to SITE.Two of those wounded were rushed to hospital in a serious condition but interior minister Gerard Collomb later told reporters all the victims were out of danger and would survive their injuries.“I have just seen the person who was most seriously injured, she is better, she is saved,” he said.French prime minister Edouard Philippe said police were on the scene “within five minutes” of the attack and that some nine minutes later the assailant was dead, he added.“The speed of the response obviously avoided a heavier toll,” he said.A police source told AFP one officer tried to restrain the attacker with a taser but when that failed a colleague shot the man dead.Scenes of panicThe attack took place on Rue Monsigny in the second arrondissement, an area that lies between the main opera house and the Louvre museum, two major tourist attractions. A large area was cordoned off where police, fire and rescue vehicles converged.Shocked tourists and residents looked on from behind the security perimeter.“I was on the cafe terrace, I heard three, four shots, it happened very fast,” said 47-year-old Gloria.“The bartenders told us to come inside very quickly. Then I went out to see what was going on, and then I saw a man on the ground,” she added.One witness, who gave her first name Maxine, said panic spread as word got out that an attack was taking place.“We saw someone coming out of a building who said he saw the assailant slaughter someone, so people took refuge in the bar,” she said.France has suffered a series of major Islamist attacks including the massacre at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the November 2015 attacks that killed 130 in Paris, and the 2016 Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that killed more than 80.There have also been a string of less deadly but frequent attacks by lone wolf jihadists wielding knives or guns. Most of the attacks have either been claimed by the Islamic State group or been carried out in their name.A state of emergency put in place just after the 2015 Paris attacks was lifted in October when Macron’s centrist government passed a new law boosting the powers of security forces.French far-right leader Marine Le Pen called for greater security measures after Saturday’s attack.“The French people will no longer be content with talk, they expect action,” she said.Thousands of French troops remain on the streets under an anti-terror operation known as Sentinelle, patrolling transport hubs, tourist hotspots and other sensitive sites.last_img read more

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