Tags: NULL Chinese set to eat up United Biscuits deal whatsapp whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.com MCVITIES manufacturer, United Biscuits (UB) is in talks with one of China’s largest food groups about a possible takeover that could value the British company at almost £2.5bn. The Shanghai-based foods group Bright Food yesterday confirmed that it was in talks with UB to pen a deal that would potentially hand the Chinese group a large chunk of the British food industry.If the two agree a deal, Bright Food will acquire UB, which is also behind brands such as Hula Hoops, McCoys and Twiglets, from private equity owners Blackstone and PAI.It is understood that Bright Food has turned to Rothschild for financial advice.UB was put up for sale in July after Blackstone and PAI hired Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan to prepare for an auction of the business. The two bought the food company in 2006 for £1.6bn.Already a number of bidders have expressed interest in UB, including New Jersey-based Campbell’s.In August, Campbell’s, which manufactures canned soup and pasta sauces, emerged as a lead bidder for UB. The US company, however, was just interested in UB’s biscuits business and not its snacks operation.Food giants Kraft, Kellogg’s and PepsiCo were also thought to be interested in UB, as well as India’s Britannia. UB, which was founded in 1948, last year saw profits rise by 13.4 per cent to £223.4m. It has annual revenues of £1.3bn and net debt of £1.2bn.Bright Food, meanwhile, last year generated roughly £200m in profits on sales that reached £4.3bn. Its brands include Big White Rabbit candy and Shikumen yellow wine.Despite the fact it is already foreign owned, a possible deal with Bright Food is likely to spark concern over the future of UB’s British employees and could trigger interest from the interventionist Vince Cable.FAST FACTS | UNITED BISCUITS● Profits reached £223.4m last year.● Sales reached £1.26bn last year.● Net debt reached £1.2bn last year.● Manufactures: McVities, Jaffa Cakes, McCoys, Twiglets, Hula Hoops and Phileas Fogg. Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Sunday 26 September 2010 10:47 pm
News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 15, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today roundly condemned the closure of two Arabic-language weeklies for three months on 18 January in apparent application of an 18-month-old court order although the order was subsequently rescinded by a royal pardon.The two publication affected are Al Hayat al Maghribia (which means “Moroccan life”) and Acharq (“The East”).”The Rabat appeal court did indeed sentence these two independent newspapers to three months’ suspension in August 2003 for publishing a statement by an organisation claiming three of the five Casablanca bombings on their front pages,” Reporters Without Borders said.”But there are no longer any legal grounds for pursuing this case as the ruling was later quashed by a royal pardon, so we call on the authorities to clarify the reasons for this suspension or simply allow them to resume publishing at once,” the organisation added.Al Hayat Al Maghribia editor Mustapha Kechnanni and Acharq editor Mohammad Lhourd were summoned to the office of regional intelligence chief Khalid Hamouda in the northeastern city of Oujda on 18 January and told the justice minister had ordered the immediate closure of their newspapers.They were given no chance to appeal although, if a new complaint had been brought, the law would have allowed them to appeal to the supreme court.When Kechnanni and Lhourd asked to see a copy of the justice ministry order, their request was refused. They were notified verbally of both the summons and the suspension order. In protest, the two editors refused to sign a statement summarising what had taken place at the meeting.Thereafter, the authorities immediately ordered the seizure of all copies of the newspapers from news stands throughout the kingdom, instructed the distribution company SAPRESS to no longer distribute them, and told printing complies to no longer print them. to go further News Help by sharing this information Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara RSF_en Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance The independent, Arabic-language weeklies Al Hayat al Maghribia and Acharq have been suspended for three months in apparent application of an 18-month-old court order that was anyway rescinded by a royal pardon. Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns their sudden closure and calls on the authorities to clarify the reasons or simply let them resume publishing at once. Organisation News January 21, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two weeklies closed in apparent application of old, rescinded court order April 28, 2021 Find out more News
Facebook Clipper Round the World Yacht Race comes to Derry Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – July 9, 2018 Derry is to welcome this years Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to the city today.The first of the yachts are set to begin arriving in Foyle Port from around 12 noon, after racing across the Atlantic from New York.Large crowds are expected to turn out to welcome the first of the eleven ocean racing yachts as they sail up the River Foyle and into Derry today.The fleet is arriving following the completion of their latest leg of the round-the-world race across the Atlantic.They’ll have a two week stop-over in Derry, before leaving on the 22nd of July for the final stretch, towards the finish in Liverpool.The arrival of the yachts also ushers in this Years Foyle Maritime Festival, which kicks off on Saturday.Speaking ahead of their arrival Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr John Boyle has spoken of his excitement to welcome the fleet and has urged locals to come out onto the Quay today to support the arriving crews. Pinterest Previous articleMore police deployed to Fountain Estate overnightNext articleThousands attend Irish Open News Highland Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Homepage BannerNews Pinterest WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows
MEET VANDERBURGH COUNTY COMMISSIONER BEN SHOULDERS The role of County Commissioner can be a challenging and sometimes an ardent task. County Commissioners serve as both the Executive and Legislative branches of county government. This means the commissioner’s responsibilities include signing ordinances, awarding contracts, addressing personal matters, among many others. When executive decisions are made that effect a county, many of its residents will look at the County Commissioners for explanations.Recently, CCO had a chance to interview Vanderburgh County Commissioner Ben Shoulders.Shoulders is a lifelong Evansville resident. A graduate of Harrison High School and Indiana University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts, Shoulders is currently employed at Old National Bank where he serves as a corporate relationship manager. He is currently serving in his first term as Vanderburgh County Commissioner – District One.While 2016 wasn’t a good election year for democrats locally, Shoulders was the one bright spot as he defeated his opponent Sean Selby by 1,600 votes. “I was born and raised in Vanderburgh County,” Shoulders said. “I strongly believe in servant leadership and I felt I had the confidence, passion, and skill set to serve our community in this capacity; and the experience to make Vanderburgh County a better place…..were my reasons for running,” Shoulders went on to say.Shoulders certainly came from an upbringing that would make him suitable for the political arena. His uncle, Pat Shoulders, is a prominent Evansville attorney who currently serves on the IU Board of Trustees and also had a local television show, Shively & Shoulders, where he would debate politics with co-host Les Shively and have political guests on the show as well. Shoulders’ father, Michael, a local prominent architect, also influenced young Ben to give back his time, talent, and treasure to the community. Shoulders’ political influences aren’t just limited to his father’s side of the family. Shoulders’ grandfather, C. Bernard Noelting on his mother’s side, served as city controller during former Evansville Mayor Frank McDonald Sr. third term.Since being elected county commissioner, Shoulders and his fellow commissioners ran into some initial controversy. Earlier this year, the commissioners voted to replace the manager of Burdette Park, Jacob Murphy, with Pat Tuley who worked on Shoulders’ campaign. Shoulders, along with fellow commissioner Cheryl Musgrave, insisted that Murphy wasn’t fired but replaced; due to a cross opportunity. Due to the political controversy, Tuley declined to take the position. However, Shoulders says the decisions that were made have been beneficial to all involved. Jacob Murphy has since accepted the manager position with the Weights & Measurements Department, which is a position Murphy is excelling in, according to Shoulders. Shoulders has also said since the decision was made to replace the Burdette Park manager earlier this year (by naming longtime assistant manager, Jerry Grannon, the interim manager), attendance at the park has skyrocketed and he has the numbers to prove it. The attendance this year at the park so far has been 7,535. From the years 2013 to 2016, the attendance was 4,375 people per day (through first 10 days of park operations).So does Ben Shoulders have any aspirations for higher office? Perhaps Mayor? “I’m currently very happy with my professional career, blessed for the opportunity given to me by my employer, Old National Bank, and continuing to learn the role of County Commissioner. My laser focus in my life continues to be on faith, family, work, and serving the people of our community. My three goals as County Commissioner are infrastructure, economic development, and public safety. We must continue to collaborate, engage and include everyone as a shared voice for the future and greater good of Vanderburgh County.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
A Merion Park home displays a collection of bears for the “hunters” to discover. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Keenan) By TIM KELLY“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” – Victor HugoJessica Keenan wanted to do something for the kids.Ocean City residents were doing a great job in recent days of “flattening the curve” of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak by staying at home.But part of the price being paid in slowing the spread of the illness was another non-viral malady brought on by self-quarantine and social distancing: the one known as “cabin fever.”Keenan, a kindergarten teacher in the Upper Township public school system who lives in the Merion Park section of Ocean City, was feeling it herself.“We are educators. We want to be in school with our kids,” she said in a social media post. “We miss you, and we are still here for you.”The time was right, and the people were ready for Keenan’s “Bear Hunt” in the neighborhood.With the help of social media, a strong response from her community and a beautiful spring day, folks were all over the neighborhood Thursday, enjoying their permitted exercise walk, “hunting bears” and finding them by the dozens.It all started earlier in the week when Keenan began thinking about putting a fun activity together to “Just let people forget about all the serious stuff for a while and to get out there and have some fun.”She became inspired when she saw a Facebook post by a Texas woman, Crystal Radke, who suggested folks play a game based on the beloved children’s book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.Jessica Keenan with fellow Upper Township faculty member Dustin Rauenzahn. (Photo credit: Facebook)The idea was a simple but fun one: to inform the neighbors to display stuffed bears and images of bears in windows, doorways, porches, and other spots around the community so that kids and their parents or caregivers could go for a walk and have a “bear hunt.”“The feedback has been just incredible,” said Keenan. “As of (Thursday afternoon) we were up to 98 bears so far that have been spotted.”Jessica posted her idea on the Merion Park Facebook page.“One of the reasons my husband (Ed) and I chose to move to Merion Park is because it’s a neighborhood. Lots of young families.”She said she also felt the pangs of being a first-year empty nester, with the couples’ son Ed Jr. living in Philadelphia and daughter Megan at St. Joseph’s University.She wasn’t sure what to expect. So out Keenan went Thursday morning and couldn’t believe her eyes.“There were bears all over the place,” she said. “One of the neatest things I saw was a grandmother out with two girls. The kids had clipboards and they were all having great fun spotting the bears and (documenting) them.”“It’s just something that’s easy, and fun for the kids,” she said. “It’s a chance to get out there and put everything on ‘pause’ and to not think about all the serious stuff for a while.”She’s asking people to keep the bears out for a while longer to give other families a chance to go on a “bear hunt” if they haven’t done so already.But should predicted wet weather or the quarantine prevent it from happening, fret not, Merion Park.Keenan said a group of neighborhood kids plan on duplicating the idea for the following week.“They are already talking on social media about displaying rainbows around the neighborhood next week,” she said.The popular children’s book was the inspiration for the neighborhood “Bear Hunt.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
UK wheat prices are poised to match levels last seen in 2007/08, as the latest delivered price hit £229.50 per tonne in the north west this week. It had reached its highest point for the current crop year before Christmas at £219.Prices stand at £220.50/tonne in East Anglia/London, £221.50/tonne in Northamptonshire and £224/tonne in Avonmouth this week. But contracts due to end in May are trading at £237/tonne.Alex Waugh, director general, National Association of British and Irish Millers, said future pricing would depend on the harvest situation in the southern hemisphere, with floods in Australia and very dry weather in Argentina expected to have an impact. He said: “Bad news stories are keeping the market firm and it will stay that way until there are indications of what the 2011 harvest in the northern hemisphere are likely to be. The expectation is that the winter crop in North America will have been damaged by the cold weather.”>>Wheat prices hit new high for crop year to date
A new study led by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of East Anglia finds that women who eat three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries each week may lower their risk of having a heart attack. The berries contain the dietary flavonoid anthocyanin, which may benefit the heart by improving blood flow and countering the build-up of plaque.The researchers drew from the health data of 93,600 female nurses between 25 and 42 who were surveyed about their diets every four years for 18 years. The study appeared in the January 14, 2013 issue of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) journal Circulation.Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, who are more likely to die from a heart attack than men.“Blueberries and strawberries can easily be incorporated into what women eat every week,” senior author Eric Rimm, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH, said in an AHA release. “This simple dietary change could have a significant impact on prevention efforts.”Read coverage on CBS News and NPR Read Full Story
Natick, MA, July 2, 2008 – Better Business Bureau in Eastern MA, ME, RI and VT announced today the winners of the eighth annual Better Business Bureau Local Torch Award for Excellence. The BBB Torch Award honors remarkable businesses committed to promoting ethical business practices. The four winning businesses for 2008 are: Category 1 (1,000+ employees) – Sun Life Financial of Wellesley Hills, MA Category 2 (100-999 employees) – Gentle Giant Moving Company of Somerville, MA Category 3 (11-99 employees) – Small Dog Electronics of Waitsfield, VT Category 4 (1-10 employees) – The Winters Company of Cambridge, MA A panel of judges selected these businesses based on a number of criteria including their high standards of excellence towards customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, and the communities in which they do business, as well as their reputation of ethical practices in the marketplace. “These companies were selected by a panel of experts for their exceptional conduct in the marketplace,” said Paula Fleming, vice president of communications and marketing for Better Business Bureaus. “Each winning company clearly demonstrates superior character on a daily basis and consistently exceeds marketplace standards for ethics in its relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, industry peers and the communities in which it does business.” The awards will be presented to winners at individual ceremonies. Winners are entered in the Council of Better Business Bureau’s International Torch Award competition. Previous honored winners are: 2007 Local Torch Award Sun Life Financial of Wellesley Hills, MA Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture of Norton, MA The Wolfington Group of Augusta, ME Luxbrush Painting Company of Manchester Center, VT 2006 Local Torch Award Sun Life Financial of Wellesley Hills, MA King Arthur Flour of Norwich, VT Dial-A-Mattress of Stoughton, MA Pinnacle Residential Properties of Wellesley, MA About BBB BBB is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free business BBB Reliability ReportsTM and charity BBB Wise Giving ReportsTM, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, 127 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring more than 3 million local and national businesses and charities. Please visit “http://www.bbb.org(link is external)” www.bbb.org(link is external) for more information about BBB.
Brad McMillan isn’t new to professional kayaking. The 30-year-old boater was a raft guide at the NOC for 10 years, has been a member of the national team, and made a splash in 2014 when he ran the 70-foot Desoto Falls in an open canoe, earning the world record in the process. He still owns that world record, but he added a few more feathers to his cap in 2016, which was a breakout year for McMillan on the creek boat racing scene. He landed on the podium at the Northwest Creek Competition, pulled second at the Eagle Race in the King of New York Series, second at the Russell Fork Race and third at the coveted Green Race. 2017 is poised to be even better, as he refocuses on racing, while also trying to one-up his own open boat waterfall world record.“I tried to break it last year on a bigger waterfall in Oregon, but got ejected,” McMillan says. “I think I can stay in the boat this time.”We talked with McMillan about the gear he needs on the river. Here are his picks, in his own words.Ecōths Mathis Phantom Organic Shirt ($64)Ecōths’ performance organic cotton blends with Coolmax polyester are designed to keep guys cool and comfortable when the temps heat up. As an added bonus, many of Ecōths’ button-up shirts have a signature Handy Cloth microfiber patch built into the front shirttail to clean glasses or phone screens easily.NRS Throw Rope ($59.95)Speaking of safety, this is super important if you’re paddling whitewater. It’s always in my boat. It’s good to have a couple of them, so that if you’re switching boats out, you’re not going to forget it.Astral Green Jacket ($270)I wear it all the time. It’s super comfortable, low profile, stays out of the way…It has tons of storage, with a clam shell pocket up front, four chest pockets and one big mesh pocket. There’s a spot for your knife and a quick release tow tether for rescue situations. That’s essential if you’re swift water trained. If you’re paddling difficult water, you should be wearing this vest.Osprey Momentum 32 Bicycle Commuter Pack ($140)The mesh-covered shoulder straps and backpanel provide ventilated comfort, especially on long, hot, sweaty commutes in the South. A built-in high-visibility raincover keeps riders safe and dry, and there’s even a separate compartment for muddy shoes.Astral Rasslers ($119.95)I’m kind of clumsy when it comes to walking around the banks of rivers, so I like the high tops, which protect my ankles against the rocks. They also have great sticky rubber on the soles that lasts for a long time. Nobody else has been able to compete with Astral in terms of stickiness and durability. And these shoes aren’t heavy when they’re wet.FITS Light Runner ($17)Brand new for 2017, the Light Runner no-show is perfect for road or trail runners who prefer a no-show length and are looking for a little extra cushioning.Mountainsmith Morrison 2 EVO ($200)It’s everything you want in a tent: lightweight, easy to set up, and long-lasting. Fully packed, the tent is a featherweight 6 pounds, 9 ounces. The fly sets up quickly, with plenty of headspace and windows for ventilation. Surprisingly roomy for two people.Dagger Axiom ($1,059)This is my favorite piece of gear overall. It has a splicy stern on it, so you can flip over a lot and get wet and cool off, which is great in the summer. I’ve had one for about three years, and it’s my go-to summer boat.AT5 Paddle ($350)This is a new paddle this year, with a bigger blade and a stronger stroke. There’s a larger surface area to the blade, which slows down your stroke rate and makes you think about what you’re doing. It caters to a stronger paddler, someone who can pull hard.A Cold BeerI like to stay local, so anything that’s made in Asheville. If it’s in a can, that’s even better. Green Man ESB is probably my favorite. I love that beer. It’s hard to find in cans, but when I find it, I grab as much as I can.