United Biscuits chief executive to step down

first_imgUnited Biscuits (UB) chief executive Martin Glenn is stepping down from the post in early April. He will be replaced by Jeff van der Eems, who is currently chief exective of UB’s international business, on 3 April.Glenn will join the English Football Association as chief executive. The lifelong football fan said: “This has been a difficult decision, as I have had a hugely enjoyable – if challenging – time at UB.”I am very sad to be leaving the business, but the opportunity with the FA is just too good to pass up, as I am sure many people understand!”Since being in charge of the international business, van der Eems has expanded UB into international markets by extending its portfolio from zero to four factories. He has been with UB for more than a decade and has held several senior roles including chief operating officer and chief financial officer.He said: “I am thrilled to be taking over as CEO of UB from Martin,” commented van der Eems. “The business is in a strong position to continue to grow both at home and abroad, especially with the support now provided by Yıldız Holding.”I would like to thank Martin for all his efforts during his time at UB. We will continue to build on UB’s strong foundations and spearhead the business for long-term sustainable growth.”Martin Glenn will stay on as advisor to the UB Board of Directors.UB was sold in November to international biscuit manufacturer Yildiz Holding, which owns the Godiva chocolatier business. It was said that UB would continue to run in its own right.last_img read more

Watch Derek Trucks’s Spellbinding Sit-Ins With Lettuce From Bear Creek In 2008 And 2009

first_imgOne year later, some more of the same magic went down. Trucks and Burbridge joined Lettuce for four songs, starting with “By Any Shmeeans Necessary.” Nigel Hall then joins the party for “Making My Way Back Home” and “We’re A Winner,” before the grand finale of “Move On Up.” Listen to taped audio of that whole show below, courtesy of Nick Burlison:And some video footage: There’s no denying that Bear Creek Music Festival was a magical place. Though the festival is no more, its past iterations left us with an enormous supply of musical memories. One particular collaboration comes to mind, from both the 2008 and 2009 festivals, when guitarist Derek Trucks joined funk band Lettuce for a jam session of epic proportions.It all started in 2008, when Trucks and his bandmate Kofi Burbridge joined Lettuce for a rip-roaring rendition of “King Of The Burgs” and “Move On Up” Tune in below: It goes to show that Lettuce is an absolute titan of the festival game. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited for their inaugural Fool’s Paradise destination festival event, happening from April 1-2 in St. Augustine, FL. With a lineup that features Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Goldfish, The Nth Power, Cory Henry and more, including the first ever collaboration between GRiZ and Lettuce, this is one party you won’t want to miss. Tickets and more information are available here.last_img read more

Residents Strive To Inspire & Spread Hope In Struggling Long Island Communities

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In the hamlet of Roosevelt, on the South Shore of Long Island, is the home of Soldiers in Sobriety. It’s a two-story house on East Raymond Avenue, an anonymous building set on the quiet side street. Dorothy Henderson, an ex-drug dealer who now helps women rebuild their lives after drug addiction, owns the house.Many of the residents have children and are trying to regain custody after seeing their worlds crumble from addiction. Others are trying to earn enough money to start a family. Soldiers in Sobriety is a safe house, providing housing, support meetings and cooked dinners, as well as the camaraderie that comes from shared experience.Josephine Hodge, a 52-year-old resident at Soldiers in Sobriety, says that the house has helped her recovery from a crack cocaine addiction.“We may have come here as broken women, but we want to leave here 100-percent whole,” Hodge says, sitting at the kitchen table in the two-story house. “We have to want the best for ourselves.”This house was Henderson’s dream, a long-term goal that she put into motion after she started attending Hempstead Council of Thought and Action, or COTA, meetings, six years ago. COTA began in January 2008, and Henderson started attending soon after she was released from prison that year for drug dealing. Henderson is one of the COTA originals, one who was inspired to take control of her life after years of “dipping and dabbing” in the drug trade.COTA is a grass-roots movement developed by Suffolk County’s Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Mention-Lewis in 2008 while she was working as an assistant District Attorney for Nassau County. It is a response to communities that are economically or socially repressed – often both – and works to change the mindset of residents through council meetings where members can discuss the week’s events and evaluate what needs to change. Mention-Lewis says she hopes COTA becomes a grassroots movement that changes the culture of communities where drug dealing, gang violence and prison sentences are common problems.During her own time in prison, Henderson, now in her late 50s, became a Credited Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, which gave her the credentials to open the house. She also had a powerful force on her side: Mention-Lewis.For Henderson, Mention-Lewis is more than a friend. She is on Henderson’s “board of advisers,” a mentorship term that COTA members use. A COTA member’s board of advisers provides advice and accountability. It is made up of those who will celebrate the successes of a member and help to manage the weaknesses.Robin Harris has known Henderson for 15 years and has seen the change that COTA has made in her friend’s life. “If there wasn’t a COTA out there, it could have gone either way,” Harris said. “She’d been out in the streets for 20, 30 years. If there wasn’t a COTA for her to come back to, I don’t know if she would have had something to help her turn her life around.”Henderson is like many COTA members working to help others who are trying to rebuild their lives. She brings up the COTA mantra repeated at the end of every meeting: Your thoughts become actions, actions become habits, habits become character and character becomes destiny.COTA has expanded from its Hempstead roots, opening meetings in Wyandanch and North Bellport in Suffolk County. These newer COTAs are beginning to bear fruit.“Through COTA, good men become visible again,” Mention-Lewis said. “It gives them hope, it gives them focus and direction, and it gives them networking and helps them find their purpose.”Each council meets weekly and works to focus members, while connecting them with local business owners or community members who can provide employment or mentorship.The neighborhoods COTA serves have a lot of common problems, often related to crime and gang violence. Each is isolated from the stereotypical Long Island narrative of prosperity and suburban comfort. They are racially and economically separate. And this, say researchers, is what creates a vicious cycle.“Suburban regions that are more racially segregated have higher crime rates overall,” said John Logan, a sociologist from Brown University who devotes much of his research to studying American racial segregation.Segregated communities tend to have areas of concentrated poverty, and their residents have “few legitimate ways to make the lives that everybody is aspiring to, and I think that breeds crime,” said Logan from his office in Rhode Island.In 2010, Logan published a study co-authored by Florida State University’s Brian Stults that chronicled the persistence of segregation in suburban and metropolitan areas. They found that Long Island is one of the most segregated suburban areas in the United States, ranking it tenth according to a measure they devised for assessing integration.According to Logan, there are a number of reasons for the persistent segregation on Long Island.“Segregated housing patterns crystallized on the Island after World War II, promoted by restrictive covenants that prevented blacks from living in certain communities, most notably Levittown,” he said.As a prosecutor in Nassau, Mention-Lewis spent a lot of time in these high-crime, segregated areas. She hung out with the youth in high school cafeterias, getting to know them and talking to them about what compels young people to become involved in criminal activity or to join violent gangs.Her own childhood had followed a similar path. She was “the roughest girl you’ve ever met in your life,” she said in an interview.Mention-Lewis grew up on the streets of Roxbury, Mass., spending time on the streets with people twice her age. “I used to carry a knife–not because I would cut anybody, I just liked knives,” she said.Her mother eventually uprooted the family, moving them to Cape Cod. Away from the ghetto culture, Mention-Lewis flourished. She went to college and then to Hofstra Law School, graduating in 1993.It was while working in Nassau County that Mention-Lewis began to visualize the impact that something like COTA could have. And when she came to the Suffolk County Police Department in September 2012, she took COTA with her.She launched the Wyandanch COTA in September 2013.Graffiti is smeared over the sides of Long Island Rail Road trains that hurtle regularly through Wyandanch—at least 64 times a day. Each time, the crossing gates come down, preventing traffic from continuing down Straight Path, Wyandanch’s main drag. Cars edge closer to the barriers, waiting for the green. Once set free, drivers attempt to avoid the roadwork.Men stand outside storefronts, staring down the streets, greeting friends and watching the traffic file past.Since July 2013, some big changes have come to this hamlet of 11,647 in the Town of Babylon. Wyandanch Rising, a large construction site, has risen out of the former dirt parking lot of the LIRR station. An American flag waves at the top of four floors, the highest building in this run-down community.Signs decorating the edge of the site show an idyllic image: a drawing of two apartment complexes facing each other, each with different facades and designs. A park sits in the center, complete with water fountains, smiling joggers and carefree children running free.This is a stark contrast to the current picture of Wyandanch, a hamlet that stands as one of Suffolk County’s most economically challenged areas. Straight Path is an open-air drug supermarket, residents say. Gang shootings are not uncommon: national gangs such as MS13, Bloods, Crips and a local gang called Niggas In Charge are all represented.But on a Wednesday night, a conference room in the small modular building across the train tracks from Wyandanch Rising–the Wyandanch Resource Center–is filled to capacity.It’s COTA night, and there are 30 to 35 members present, ready to talk about their weeks. There are ex-gang members, probation officers, young men recently released from Riverhead jail. There are police officers, construction workers from Wyandanch Rising, and resource center employees. There is Mention-Lewis.People filter through the doors of the resource center, greet one another, sign in on the small sheet posted outside the conference room and take a seat, being sure to pick up one of the Dunkin’ Donuts on the way in. The doughnuts must be from out of town, because this hamlet has no Dunkin’ Donuts.One of the regulars is Joseph Byrd, a man who brings together the two newest features of Wyandanch: the construction building and the council. He is working as a site assistant for the Albanese Organization, a company based in Garden City that is developing the site.Byrd, 53, a COTA member, has gone through the pre-apprenticeship construction training class at the resource center and is now working as a site assistant for the project. But for 30 years, Byrd was behind bars for being an accessory in a murder. He went to prison at 21 and left behind a daughter, missing out on most of her life because he “lived by the codes of the street.”He left prison at 51 and eventually found his way to COTA after struggling to find employment. Byrd is now working for the project that he hopes will restore the hamlet.“They’re bringing about job opportunities,” Byrd said from the trailer that houses the construction office. “Hopefully, it’ll bring about unity and see people socializing better.”The site supervisor for Albanese is Robert Kipp, a former Army captain who served for seven years and worked with counter-insurgency forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is not from Wyandanch, but he said that he sees both the construction project and COTA offering change. Albanese is using trained workers from the resource center, many of whom are COTA members, and Kipp said this is what is needed for the community to grow.“I understand that in order for this building to be successful, there needs to be some social change,” he said. COTA might just be the social change that is necessary, he said.He pointed out similarities between what the council does and what he did in counterinsurgency. Both work to provide security and to change how locals think.“If it’s adopted by the whole community, it can change the mindset,” he said.The 35 people who regularly attend Wyandanch COTA are just a start.“What’s said in COTA, stays in COTA,” is one of the rules for the meetings. Each member takes a turn to speak about anything that has happened in the past week, legal or illegal. This forum creates a sense of accountability. And whatever one person is struggling with, the facilitator or other members can offer advice or support.The council makes its home in hamlets where illegality is a norm, where alerting authorities has deadly consequences, where gang activity is constant, and loyalty to the point of jail or death is encouraged. Because of this, Mention-Lewis has sought to change the language on the streets, and to do this, she created her own vocabulary.The “imposter” is the side of one’s conscience that tries to put up a front, to be tough—the side that often makes wrong decisions.Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Mention-Lewis speaks at a news conference while County Executive Steve Bellone and Police Commissioner Edward Webber look on.Every attendee becomes a member after his or her third meeting and they are required to create a “corporate plan,” a step-by-step future-planning document that includes short-term, mid-term and long-term goals. Each member becomes the head of his or her own corporation, and the corporate plan is designed to lay out the direction. Members need to select a board of advisers, too.“Rocks in your backpack” is a term members use casually, as if the words were part of the street vocabulary. “Rocks” are the habits and behaviors people develop as a response to a difficult situation. People carry these rocks around, emotional baggage that affects the way they see or deal with the world.At the Wyandanch COTA meetings, everyone tosses these phrases about. At the North Bellport COTA, which started meeting in February 2014, the COTA lingo is still unfamiliar.Like Wyandanch, Bellport is divided by train tracks. Cars driving east on Montauk Highway will soon hit Station Road. Take a left there, and drivers will arrive at Brookhaven Avenue, the heart of North Bellport, where the abandoned houses sit, some covered with graffiti. But take a right on Station Road, drive past Woodland Cemetery, and enter Bellport Village, which offers quaint antiques shops and a beautiful waterfront vista.The North Bellport COTA does not have the numbers that Wyandanch has, but those who come, come regularly.“Good evening and welcome to COTA,” the facilitator says as the meeting begins, much the same as Hempstead and Wyandanch. Each member deconstructs his or her past week, celebrating the highs and analyzing the lows.Floyd Thomas, 19, has been coming to Bellport’s COTA every week, bar one, since the beginning of the movement. He is on probation for criminal mischief–he caused property damage with a BB gun–and was getting in trouble at the end of last year. That’s when his probation officer told him to start coming to COTA. Since then, Thomas has developed affection for the meetings.“I can talk, I can laugh about it,” he said, describing the weekly council sessions. “You can always vent to someone here.”He doesn’t want to be on probation, he said, doesn’t want to be in the system. He wants to change. And he has seen his perspective start to shift. He is now looking for work, trying to separate himself from the “rough” neighborhood that is his home.Mention-Lewis takes every opportunity to lift the conversation, to teach a lesson in the conversation.“What truth will you tell yourself to live the life you want?” she asks a COTA member who is trying to right his life from criminal activity. “Crime can never be Plan B for you again.”“Once you come to COTA,” she tells him, “you never have to be alone again.”last_img read more

Coram Man Fatally Hit by Truck

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 31-year-old man was fatally hit by a pick-up truck in the victim’s hometown of Coram over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Douglas Redmond was crossing Middle Country Road when he was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado near the corner of Mount Sinai-Coram Road at 11:20 p.m. Friday.The victim was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, where he was pronounced dead. The driver, who stayed at the scene, was not injured.Sixth Squad detectives impounded the truck, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8652.last_img read more

The loss of LRH of almost 17 million kuna damages the image of the entire destination?

first_imgAlthough LRH is on sale, it is still uncertain who the new buyer will be. At the moment, the only thing that is certain is that it will not be Singapore Investment Fund because the company, for technical reasons, cannot provide them with a five-star lift. What deters potential buyers from the company is allegedly the price, but also the idea of ​​separating non-functional assets into a separate company, and selling only the core business of the company, which is not in the interest of the local community. When the company will be sold, to whom and at what price, remains to be seen. Although the total revenues of LRH of HRK 322,7 million for 2018 are at the level of the previous one, total expenditures increased by almost 12 percent, to HRK 339,4 million. Expenditures for employees had the largest impact, rising by HRK 33,7 million. Among the figures is that the loss of LRH amounted to as much as 16,7 million kuna, but it is an interesting fact that now the former President of the Management Board Igor Šehanović was paid a bonus of 14,1 million kuna. ( ZSE report ) Source: ZSE / Novi List – Photo: Remisens Hotels & Villas / Facebook In June last year, the Supervisory Board of the Republic of Croatia approved the termination of the contract of the President of the Management Board Igor Šehanović, which agreed on the payment of bonuses of HRK 14,1 million, while the total gross amount is slightly more than HRK 28 million. Last week, the Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) published a report on the financial condition of Liburnija Riviera Hotel for 2018. Mayor of Opatija Ivo Dujmić, for Novi List stated that this business result greatly damages the image of the Opatija Riviera. “And that is why I think that such moves must not damage the image of the destination. Given that LRH is the most economically important hotel group in Liburnia, the City, through the company Nova Liburnija, warned in an open letter that this payment could result in such a negative business result. But now the situation is as it is and I believe that the current and future owner and management will no longer make such decisions, or that the business will go in the direction of destination development. In previous periods, it was not a practice to pay a dividend, but it was reinvested in raising the quality of facilities, and I hope that a new investor will come on this path who will further invest in the development and raising the value of the company and the destination itself.”, Commented Dujmić. SINGAPORE INVESTMENT FUND WANTS TO BUY LIBURNIA RIVIERA HOTELS RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

Workshops “How to achieve a successful season” will be held in Pag and Kastel Luksic

first_imgTourist agency Adriagate, in cooperation with the Tourist Board of Kastela and the Tourist Board of Pag, are organizing a free training “How to achieve a successful season” for private renters and others who want to rent accommodation in the future, which will be held on October 29 at the Rector’s Palace in the town of Pag starting at 17 pm, or on October 30 at 17 pm, in the Vitturi castle in Kaštel Lukšić. Places for training are limited, so prior registration is required. For any additional questions about education or application, those interested can contact the address EMAIL. The training is intended for private landlords and anyone who plans to rent accommodation in the future. You can apply on the application forms for the city P and city KAŠTEL LUKŠIĆ.center_img Topics to be discussed at the training are tourism in numbers, what guests want, laws and obligations of private renters, what trends we can expect next year, tips and recommendations on landscaping, quality photography as the key to good sales, friendly host as the most important step for good reviews, how to react in crisis situations, business through social networks, portals and travel agencies and others. Source / photo: Adriagate Travel Agency; Pexelslast_img read more

Sports infrastructure is the biggest brake on the development of sports tourism

first_imgThe panelists emphasized that the sports industry brings in 300 billion euros, or 2% of GDP in the European Union, while according to estimates in Croatia it participates with 1,4%. It was concluded that sports tourism can provide more income and extend the season, but a prerequisite is to attract investment in sports infrastructure. A significant increase in investment in the offer, and quality sports infrastructure, are a prerequisite for the development of sports tourism in Croatia. This could be heard from the participants of the 15th Debate on Tourism on the topic “Sports tourism in Croatia – can we do more and how?”. They participated in it Tonči Glavina, State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, Zlatko Mateša, President of the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC), Goran Sprem from Uniline, Tomislav Popović, President of the Management Board of Maistra, i Sanda Čorak, research associate at the Institute of Tourism. In this context, the participants pointed out Istria as one of the positive examples of a region in which the existing infrastructure enables and supports the development of this specific form of tourism. The four key areas where progress can be made, it could be heard, are: recreation, preparation of athletes and various camps, organization of major sporting events, as well as promotion that includes our successful athletes.center_img As a concrete project for the development of sports tourism in Croatia, Sprem pointed out the project “Croatian country of sports”, which aims to attract athletes from around the world to prepare for Croatia and a better position of Croatia on the map of sports destinations. It was also heard at the discussion that great potential lies in the use of European funds for the construction of sports infrastructure that Croatia has not yet begun to use, and the example of neighboring Slovenia, which has so far withdrawn 100 million euros from the funds for the development of this segment.last_img read more

Indians erect banners, pray for Kamala Harris to win US election

first_imgHarris, born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father who both immigrated to the United States to study, made history last week when US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden picked her as his vice president.Ramanan, who goes by only one name, said Harris’ maternal grandfather P.V. Gopalan, a former high-ranking Indian government official, donated funds to the temple when he visited.On annual trips to India as a child, Kamala Harris would go for strolls with her maternal grandfather and his friends. In a speech in 2018, Senator Harris recalled those early visits to her grandparents in India.Further south, in Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram town, priests held special rituals and prayed for Harris’ victory.”Kamala Harris – she is of Indian descent, she should win the election and also should be in favour of India,” said Ananthapadmanaba Sharma, a priest at the Ramanathaswamy temple.”We will do all kinds of worship and the Lord will answer our prayers for her victory,” Sharma said.Topics : Indians in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, which US vice president hopeful Kamala Harris visited as a kid, erected banners, held special prayers and wished her success.Villagers in Painganadu, Harris’ ancestral village, put up banners of Harris. Harris’ mother, who migrated to the United States to study, traces her roots to this non-descript hamlet in eastern Tamil Nadu.”They (Kamala Harris) have gone to the level of contesting for a vice-presidential candidate in America. Naturally, the villagers are very happy,” Ramanan, a trustee at a local temple, told Reuters Television.last_img read more

French pension reserve fund awards private placement mandates

first_imgThe two batches of mandates represent a €600m allocation to domestic private debt, in turn part of a €2bn allocation to French illiquid assets that FRR has been focussed on implementing over the past two years.Mandates for a further €600m are in the pipeline, €200m being for venture capital and €400m for private equity funds-of-funds.It is also increasing its allocation to infrastructure and real estate. FRR has had a busy start to the year, having also announced the outcome of a large tender relating to its move to systematically integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria in the management of its passive equities portfolio. Three asset managers will be splitting the €5bn mandate pot. Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites (FRR), France’s €36.3bn pension reserve fund, has awarded its second €300m batch of French private debt mandates.The mandates have been awarded to BNP Paribas Asset Management and Schelcher Prince Gestion and are for 12 years, with the option of a two-year extension.They are for the creation and management of dedicated funds specialising in private placements (Euro PP) issued by small to medium-sized companies in France.The mandates come on top of €300m in private debt mandates that FRR awarded earlier this month, this time for acquisition-related debt.last_img read more

Basketball Action returns to Sports Hall

first_imgTHG Pacesetters fall to Suriname’s De Arend 47-64ON a night packed with basketball action, the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) was the place for basketball fans to be.With three matches slated to be played plus the feature game,fans were in for a treat;and they were not disappointed.In the feature game of the night,which saw THG Pacesetters up against the visiting De Arend of Suriname,the Locals went down 47-64.At the end of the first quarter,which saw De Arend opening the scoring with a deep-three from Xavier Elburg,the visitors were leading 14-8,and already seemed in control.The second quarter saw the Suriname side passing the ball around the perimeter while crashing the paint for inside shots and lay-ups.On the Guyana side, Stephan Gillis showed why he is Guyana’s best shooter,scoring multiple three-pointers to keep his side in the game.However, the first half finished with Suriname leading by 11 points,with a score of 27-16.The third quarter saw more of the same approach from Suriname, with the apparent game plan being to crash the paint and hit the open man for the shot.The most exciting point of the third quarter came when Mitchell Zeefuik of De Arend tried to crunch a left hand tomahawk over a Pacesetter’s defender. The attempt missed but showed the intentions of the visiting side. The quarter ended 39-44 with Pacesetters still behindThe fourth quarter saw De Arend turning on the jets to score 20 points to Pacesetters 7 to finish the game at 64-47. For the visitors,the scoring was almost evenly distributed between team members,while Stephan Gillis finished with 15 points for the local side.Meanwhile, in the supporting games,Guyana’s U-16 side fell to the Guyana U-19 side, while Plaisance Guardians thumped Nets.In their first game back in the arena since qualifying for Centro Basket, the Guyana U-16 team came up short against the Guyana U-19 side. The game finished 65-76 with a first half score of 30-36, with the U-19 leadin by 6 points.Starting the second half, the offensive deficiency of the National side saw them giving up 20 points while only scoring 9 points in 7 minutes of play. For the next three minutes of the quarter, only 4 points were scored by both sides.The final quarter saw the U-16 outscoring the U-19 by 21-16,but the earlier damage had been done and the U-19 cruised to victory. Jaleel Duke led the scoring for the U-19 with 16 points, while for the U-16 side, Kevon Wiggins scored 18 points to be the leading game-scorer,albeit in a losing effort.In the second supporting game,Plaisance Guardians knocked off Republic Bank Nets in a game that saw overtime needed in deciding the winner.The game finished 83-71 after being tied 71-71 at the end of regulation time. It was a very physical game, getting close from the second half.Nets led throughout the game with consistent scoring, but the dynamic guard Nikoli Smith kept the Plaisance side in the encounter,whether it be through long range shots or shots in the paint. Smith finished with a game high 32, to give his side the win.last_img read more