Partial MBO for ’solid’ Peter’s Food Service

first_imgSavoury pastry manufacturer Peter’s Food Service was acquired by its management and NBGI Private Equity this week, in a £20 million buyout.Peter’s currently employs 640 staff across two divisions throughout Britain and has an annual turnover of £53 million. It produces more than 100 million pastry products every year at its headquarters in Bedwas, South Wales. Its pies, pasties and sausage rolls are distributed to major supermarkets, stadia and local fish and chip shops all over England and Wales.The buyout follows a series of negotiations that began in February. MD John Griffiths has retired following the deal and a new MD, Mike Grimwood, has been appoin-ted. Grimwood, a former executive at Northern Foods, said: ’The great thing about Peter’s is that it’s in cracking shape. It’s a solid company with a great workforce and we’re all really excited about the future. We want 2008 to be about growth and stability – that’s why we are planning to launch an exciting new range of sausages and a very special steak and ale pie in collaboration with Fuller’s Brewery.”The new management team sees David Peek, David Jackson, Steve Jones and David Llewellyn continuing in their respective roles as finance director, technical director, operations director and regional director south. The management team is expected to take significant equity stakes in the business, while NBGI will acquire majority ownership. Griffiths’ daughter Judith Griffith Evans has left the firm but his son Justin will take over as foodservice director.The company’s foodservice division has developed from a traditional van sales operation into a leading, service-orientated supplier of chilled and frozen foods, with 10 sites around the UK.last_img read more

Japan Olympic Committee deputy head says he has coronavirus

first_imgJapanese officials insist that the summer Games — due to start in July — will take place as scheduled despite rising speculation that it might be postponed or even cancelled due to the virus.Tashima said he had been on a business trip since February 28, first heading to Belfast to attend the annual general meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB).From March 2, he visited Amsterdam for a Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) meeting to give a presentation on Japan’s bid for the 2023 women’s World Cup.And On March 3, he attended a general meeting of the same body. Japan Olympic Committee deputy chief Kozo Tashima said Tuesday he had contracted coronavirus, as doubts increase over whether Tokyo can safely host the Summer Games.”Today, my test result showed positive for the new coronavirus,” Tashima said in a statement, issued via the Japan Football Association, which he also heads.”I have a mild fever. Examinations showed a symptom of pneumonia, but I’m fine. I will concentrate on treatment following doctors’ advice,” he said. Topics :center_img “In Amsterdam and in Europe in early March, the level of nervousness against the novel coronavirus was not the same as now,” he said in the statement.”Everyone was still doing hugs, handshakes and bises (cheek kissing).” He then travelled to the United States to watch the Japanese women’s team in action and to lobby for the women’s World Cup, before returning home on March 8.”In the United States, too, the sense of crisis about the novel coronavirus was not as serious as now,” he said.Staff at the Japan FA have been working from home as a precaution against the virus, but Tashima said he went to the association building several times last week and attended meetings.He began feeling chills and experienced a mild fever from Sunday. He went to a local public health centre on Monday and told them about his travel history.During the UEFA gatherings, Tashima said he saw Swiss and Serbian football chiefs, who have tested positive for the virus, although he added it was not clear how he contracted the infection.His positive test came out on Tuesday.”I have chosen to face the illness as so many people are doing in Japan and around the world,” he said, adding that he hoped his decision would help eradicate the stigma attached to the infection.His announcement came as the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee said it would scale down festivities related to the Olympic torch relay to prevent further spread of the virus.The flame, which has already been lit in Greece, will arrive in northern Japan on Friday, with the torch relay slated to start on March 26 from Fukushima.Chief executive Toshiro Muto told reporters that the Fukushima “grand start” would take place without spectators “in order to prevent the spread of infections”.Any spectators who are feeling unwell will be asked not to watch from the roadside and torch-bearers with high temperatures will be barred from taking part, Tokyo 2020 organizers said.”Please be careful to avoid forming crowds,” organisers urged, saying the program could be changed in the event of “excessive congestion”.Ceremonies to mark the flame’s arrival at its final destination each day, as well as departure ceremonies, will take place without fans.So-called “welcome programs” by local municipalities will be scrapped.The flame is set to arrive on March 20 in Miyagi prefecture north of Tokyo, following the traditional lighting ceremony in Greece which took place without spectators.Only 100 accredited guests from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee were allowed to attend the ceremony, whereas 700 had originally planned to attend.Greece cancelled its leg of the torch relay after large crowds gathered to see the flame, despite repeated pleas to stay away.Hollywood actor Gerard Butler, who starred as the ancient Spartan King Leonidas in the movie “300”, was mobbed as he lit a cauldron in the city of Sparta.Japan also decided not to send a delegation to the Olympic flame handover ceremony in Greece later this week due to virus concerns, local media said.The delegation, including Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori and Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto, had been scheduled to attend the ceremony on Thursday in Athenslast_img read more

Insane Brisbane houses on the market right now

first_imgWhoa!Marble floors, classical columns, high ceilings and expansive living spaces feature throughout the house, which also has a billiards room, 1200-bottle underground wine cellar, a commercial-sized kitchen with a cool room, and an electric heated swimming pool. The master suite occupies almost half the upper floor and incorporates two separate dressing rooms, a kitchenette, a gymnasium and a palatial bathroom with emerald green marble. And that turret!There is also 60m of river frontage and the property has its own private rainforest. The Emerald City!A huge balcony off the master bedroom overlooks the walled grounds of the estate which include a private orchard, an al fresco gazebo with full kitchen facilities, a resort-style pool and garaging for 12 vehicles. This would look right at home in MalibuSituated on 26ha of hinterland, this Asian inspired, Dion Seminara-designed masterpiece has one of the best infinity pools we have ever seen. Brisbane designer home costs year’s private school fees to rent a month It has incredible river views!The Victorian style mansion is spread over three storeys and includes two fully self contained guest quarters, multiple living areas leading out on to its timber decks, surrounded by ornate aluminium powder-coated cast decorative panels. On the entry level of the house, a formal dining room which houses one of three fireplaces, a circular kitchen with granite counter tops and designer appliances and finishes, a family room with its own deck and atrium, a library, and there is a statement timber staircase. Star Brisbane builder’s forever home sells for dream price First up is 303 Archer Street at Chandler, a landmark property offering a “privileged lifestyle”.Owned by Domenico Casagrande and his wife Lucia, the five bedroom, architect-designed, iconic mansion sits on 2.5 acres of manicured grounds. Bigger than your apartment, right? And has a pool with a helluva view!The entertaining terrace also has a barbecue, teppanyaki grill and a wood fired pizza oven. RELATED: Take a look inside Brisbane’s $18m trophy home at Kangaroo Point This house sold for over $18 millionIt was bought by Chinese buyers and has 71m of uninterrupted city and river views and spans three storeys, with 1445sq m of internal living space. Sure, why not!More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoIt is listed with Queensland Sotheby’s International realty agents Joseph Lordi and Tyson Clarke.Also on the market is 50 Dauphin Terrace at Highgate Hill — a sprawling 3923sq m riverfront estate that could be straight out of Downton Abbey.center_img Just one of the verandasThere is also provision for a temperature controlled 2000 bottle wine cellar, piped music throughout, a five-storey viewing tower with a roof dome which opens up to the night sky, manicured gardens, a 23m gas-heated swimming pool, a garden shed, boathouse, two workshops and an area suitable for use as a gym or a man cave. 303 Archer Street, Chandler is decadent and luxurious.They would not look out of place in the French Bordeaux, on an English estate or on the hilltops overlooking Hollywood. Adorned with luxurious features, they have million-dollar inclusions more commonly seen in luxurious mega mansions owned by aristocrats and A-list celebrities. It is not as old as it looks!The master bedroom opens out on to a veranda and has a luxurious marble ensuite with spa bath. Other features include Carrara marble tiles, ornate ceilings and cornices, and polished timber features that were sourced and recycled from the old Bretts Wharf. And the pool cleans itself!It is owned by two Brisbane doctors and is listed for sale by negotiation with Ray White New Farm agents Christine Rudolph and Matt Lancashire.At Jolly’s Lookout, 948 Mount Nebo Road is back on the market with Sotheby’s agent Joseph Lordi. To infinity … and beyond!It has uninterrupted views across the valley, and comes with a separate pavilion housing a sauna, spa bath and a bathroom.Features include four king sized bedrooms, four bathrooms, walls of glass to maximise the views, and 140-year-old teak floors.The most expensive house ever sold in Brisbane is also on the market with Place New Farm agents Heath Williams and Judy Goodger.The sprawling clifftop house at 1 Leopard Street sold for a whopping $18,488,888 back in January 2017, smashing the Brisbane price record for a single sale. Well la di da!Beyond the remote-controlled entry gates, tiled driveways lead to a porte cochere and a stunning water feature. The foyer opens into a central domed gallery with a massive Swarovski crystal chandelier soaring over above the ornate double staircase. Inside a Palazzo Versace condo Thor’s haven Australia’s most expensive town Nope, it is not in France. This one is at Chandler.But these luxurious — and palatial — pads are right here in Brisbane. MORE PLUSH PADS: Ellen DeGeneres buys Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine’s $64.7 million Beverly Hills mansion NarekeBut the mansion, known as Nareke , has a secret. Despite its old world charm, the impressive property was actually built in 1996, and was constructed on a site which once hosted General Douglas MacArthur’s home during the Pacific campaign. Helloooooo city views!There is an infinity pool with spa that runs along the length of the cliff that is framed by glass balustrades to ensure uninterrupted views of the river below.last_img read more

Clippers need quick start in Game 6 to avoid elimination

first_imgA good beginning by the Clippers could neutralize what must be one of the loudest arenas in the league.“Obviously, if you can get out to a quick start on the road, it’s huge because you get the crowd silenced right away and it gives your team confidence,” Rivers said.The same subject was broached with Portland coach Terry Stotts. He intimated that a nice start on the defensive end could drive his team’s fans into a bigger frenzy. “I think I just want to be playing good basketball, whether the shots go in or not,” Stotts said. “If we can get off to a good defensive start, there’s going to be a lot of energy in the building and I think the building will feed off of that.”Stotts said his team can’t get too caught up in all that, though. With their backs against the wall after a 108-98 Game 5 loss Wednesday at Staples Center, the Clippers on Friday will enter the lion’s den that is Moda Center in Portland, Ore. for Game 6 of their first-round playoff series with the Trail Blazers, who lead 3-2.Portland players will be salivating at the thought of eliminating the Clippers and Trail Blazers fans figure to be as loud as ever, and as hard as ever, on the Clippers.The Clippers must guard against the home team getting off to a quick start because without injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, catching up would be harder than usual. Coach Doc Rivers knows it, too.“It’s important,” Rivers said on Thursday. “But it’s hard getting off to a quick start on the road. Usually the home team gets off to the quick start. You weather the storm and then you fight back. What we can’t do is get down 20, you know what I mean? Or 18. We have to keep the game in our reach.” “As much as it’s comforting to get off to a good lead, it’s such a long game that you can’t get too high just because you do get off to a good start because there’s a lot of game left to be played,” he said.Mbah a Moute should playIt was strange to see a “DNP” next to the name Luc Mbah a Moute in the Game 5 box score. Mbah a Moute has been the Clippers’ starting small forward for some time now. But he scores very little and with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin out, Rivers admitted he was looking for all the offense he could find.“Yeah. We just needed more spacing on the floor,” Rivers said. “Honestly, I went into the game thinking I was going to play Luc, but the way the game was going, it just didn’t lend its hand. So I still think there is a place to put Luc on the floor and we’ll probably do it (Friday).”Rivers said if he had to do it over, he would have played Mbah a Moute, even if just to give others who played monster minutes a “blow defensively.”Lillard hot in nick of timePortland’s Damian Lillard stunk up the joint offensively through three quarters Wednesday. He had made 1 of 10 shots from the field for six points and the game was tied at 71 after three quarters at Staples Center.Lillard went off in the fourth quarter, shooting 6 of 10, 4 of 6 from 3-point range, to score 16 of his 22 points in the quarter. Not coincidentally, the Trail Blazers built as much as a 17-point lead (105-88) with 3:38 to play.“I mean, that’s my entire career in the league,” Lillard said post-game. “I’ve always been able to put the first three quarters behind me and come up big when my team has needed it.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Hurting Draxler hopes ‘egos’ can fire PSG in Europe

first_img“It’s two-and-a-half years now since I arrived and I won a lot of (domestic) titles so I am happy about that,” he said.“I became a better player than I was before, so that’s positive, but what is negative is what we achieved in the Champions League.“We did not go far in the Champions League and that was one of the goals when I signed.”Bankrolled by Qatari money and coached by Draxler’s fellow German Thomas Tuchel, PSG went out in the last 16 of the Champions League after conceding a late goal home to an injury-hit Manchester United.“It hurts a lot, it hurts still that we did not go through,” said Draxler, five months on.“But from the potential in the team, we are ready to go far in the Champions League.”Draxler was linked over the summer with Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur, but he made it clear that he is focused only on showing PSG what he can do.He said that he has “space to improve — a lot”.“I am almost 26 and I think the best years of my career are coming now, I hope so.“Now I am a good age: I have experience but I am still young,” he added.“Hopefully the fans and the club will see the best version of Julian in the next season.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: PSG’s Neymar and MbappeSuzhou, China | AFP | Midfielder Julian Draxler said Monday that the single-minded “egos” of Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain’s other star forwards did not always make it easy for the team.And the German World Cup winner told AFP in an interview in China that he was still hurting from the French club’s failure to go farther in the Champions League last season.PSG play Sydney FC in a friendly on Tuesday in Suzhou, China, but Draxler already has his mind on what promises to be another big season for the club and him personally.Draxler, part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad, said it was “a pleasure” to play with the attacking triumvirate of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe — even though it has its challenges.The Brazilian star Neymar, who is in China but will not be involved in the match as he works his way towards full fitness, has made clear that he wants to return to Barcelona.“All of them are exceptional players, it is hard to find in the world players of this level,” said Draxler, who arrived in the French capital in January 2017 for a reported 36 million euros from Wolfsburg.“But of course they have their own minds, their own heads, they live football, they want to score every game, so they have an ego.“So sometimes it’s not easy for the whole team, but if you are lucky enough to play alongside these players, it’s just a pleasure every day.”Like Neymar, Draxler — who has more than 50 caps for Germany — has been linked with a move away from the perennial French champions, having been in and out of the starting XI.Asked how he would summarise his time in France so far, Draxler blew out his cheeks and paused.– ‘Hurts a lot’ –last_img read more

PIAA championship round-up…‘TWINSANITY’ no match for the Twin Towers

first_imgFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier OLUSOLA SANGOYOMI of Erie First Christian Academy’s  6’11”  pulls in a rebound against Justice Rawlins of Monessen. These two players had a fierce battle in the paint the whole game, Sangoyomi scored 14 points before fouling out. ROMEO KABONGO (1) of Erie First Christian Academy drives against Javon Brown of Monessen in the PIAA Class A playoffs, Kabongo scored 23 points but the Eagles from Erie lost to the Greyhounds 87-78. YACINE DIOP of Seton LaSalle (24) drives the lane against Blairsville. Diop scored 18 points to lead the Rebels to a 58-37 win in the PIAA Class AA playoffs. (Courier Photos by William McBride)Allderdice has four sets of twins who are part of the team. They are Davaughn and Javaughn Moultrie; a pair of 6-foot-2 seniors, 5-9 juniors Keith and Kenny Robinson and 6-1 sophomores Jim and Tim Jackson. But, their athleticism was no match for the experience and size of the Hampton’s Luther twins.Ryan Luther is a 6-foot-8 forward, and is only the second WPIAL or City League player to sign with Pitt during Jamie Dixon era. Schenley’s DeJuan Blair was the first.  Ryan scored 16 points in Hampton (23-4) 58-43 victory over City League champion Allderdice (19-6) PIAA Class AAAA first-round playoff game Saturday at Obama Academy.But, it was his twin brother Colin who caused the most problems for the Dragons.  Colin, a 6-foot-7 point guard, is one of the top defenders in the WPIAL who takes advantage of his size and his left-handed jumper is deadly.The Dragons, who won the City League by upsetting previously undefeated Obama Academy, jumped out to an early 9-8 lead and had their site set on upsetting the 3-time WPIAL runner-ups.  But, give the Talbots defense a ton of credit because for the most part they held the talented twins in check.For the game, Allderdice shot only 33 percent (14 of 43) from the field and 30 percent (6 of 20) from 3-point range and had its lowest offensive output this season.Dragons Point guard Juwan Ledbetter has a fraternal twin, Jalen, who keeps the scorebook and was probably the most productive twin for Allderdice on Saturday.The Dragons defeated a number of WPIAL teams this season including Woodland Hills, Summit Academy, Peters Township, Blackhawk, so they must have been disappointed to end the season shooting poorly.The one other factor that enters the PIAA playoffs is the long layoff since the last game.  The Dragons had to wait two weeks and ‘Twinsanity’ looked rusty.“It’s not all about ‘Twinsanity,’” said super sophomore James Jackson. “ It’s about the team.  We win as a team and lose as a team.”The Talbots and Dragons boys basketball team have reached the PIAA playoffs with similar styles; effective offenses and shut-down defenses.  But Allderdice was held to 20 points below their season average.“We put God first.  We were down but we always believed that we could come back,” said Davaughn Moultrie.  “The media never gave us a chance but we always believe and we came here to fight.  We are always going to fight.  It just wasn’t our day. We were not intimidated. We play most of these guys in AAU ball.”Since the Luther twins, Ryan and Colin, put on varsity uniforms at Hampton High School three years ago, the Talbots had won 85 games, many by blowouts.Close games leave much to the imagination, especially in a sport with as many moving parts as basketball.“I just tried to let the game come to me and get some easy baskets,” said Pitt recruit Ryan Luther.  “I would love to play in college with my brother and have over family at the game cheering for each other.  But, right now we would like another shot at New Castle.”Tenth-grader Ramon Creighton led the Dragons with 16 points.Despite the loss, the future looks bright for Allderdice with three sophomores and a junior starter returns.James and Tim Jackson potential for greatness are limitless, but it’s up to them to fulfill.  This is a team that is built to win a PIAA State championship.In basketball circles, ‘Twinsanity’ has a chance for an undefeated season and to be mentioned with all the legendary teams. JAVON BROWN Monessen;s point guard (2) drives by Luke Hess of Erie First Christian Academy, Brown scored 18 points in the Greyhounds 87-78 double overtime win in the PIAA Class A playoffs. center_img SHAUNEY EDMONDS Seton LaSalle’s point guard uses her quickness to get by a Blairsville defender in the PIAA Class AA  Playoffs. KIA CLAYTON of Blairsville (14) looks for an open teammate against Seton LaSalle in the PIAA Class AA playoffs. CLINTELL GILASPIE of Monessen drives the baseline against Erie First Christian Academy, Gillaspie scored 31 points to lead the Greyhounds to a 87-78 double overtime win in the PIAA Class A playoffs. last_img read more