Finsbury reports big rise in profits

first_imgCake and bread company Finsbury Food Group has hailed a “transformative” year of trading after reporting a 19% leap in adjusted profits before tax and a 78% fall in debt.In it preliminary results for the 52 weeks ended 29 June 2013, announced this morning, the company revealed profits before tax rose to £5.5m, up from £4.6m last year. Revenue fell to £176.6m from £178.9m in 2012, while debt levels were reduced from £33.9m last year to £7.4m. The positive results enabled the manufacturer to reinstate a dividend for shareholders, proposed at 75p per share.John Duffy, CEO of Finsbury Food Group, said: “Light at the end of the tunnel is always welcome. While the precise length of the tunnel remains a matter of debate, it is pleasing to reflect on a year in which the enduring efforts of senior management and staff at all levels of Finsbury Foods generated demonstrable progress.”In November 2012, the company raised £3.8m through an equity placing to fund capital investment projects in its core cake business. It also sold its Free From business to Genius Foods for £21m earlier this yearThe net effect of those transactions was “transformative”, said no exec chairman Martin Lightbody, helping the company to dramatically reduce debt and associated charges, and invest in the business.“Consumer markets remain challenging” he said. “Weary consumers have grown increasingly deal focused while commodity prices continue to rise. Finsbury Foods has responded to the value conscious environment with a series of cost and product initiatives, reacting nimbly to the changing needs of the marketplace. The sale of Free From will enable the company to rebase, driving forward organic growth. £6m has been set aside for new capital investment projects in our core cake business this year, the scale of investment demonstrating the depth of our ambition.”last_img read more

Students spread awareness about lead problem in South Bend

first_imgFlint, Michigan, and South Bend, Indiana, have a lot in common — both are post-industrial Midwestern cities with about 100,000 people, and both have a lead problem.In order to help deal with the lead problem in South Bend, sophomores Brittany Margritz and Alex Bonino volunteered for “Get the Lead Out,” an event meant to raise awareness in the community about the problem and the opportunities for free testing.Margritz said she and Bonino were made aware of the event through an engineering class they were both taking.“We’re in a class called ‘Community-Based Engineering Design Projects,’ and we were tasked with designing a local project in the South Bend community, and our professor told us that … one of them was involvement in the lead project, and we decided that would be the best,” she said.Knowing the extent of the lead problem, discovered after a 10-year study done by Reuters, motivated Bonino to go out and inform the community on problems and possible solutions, he said.“So people are upset with what’s happening in Flint, Michigan, when there’s higher levels here in St. Joseph’s County,” Bonino said. “ … The northwest of South Bend and the area [has found] 31 percent of the children tested over that time span had lead levels that were above the CDC recommendations where action needs to be taken. [This] was the highest percentage in all of Indiana.”This study, Margritz said, revealed some unexpectedly high numbers of children testing positive for lead.“[The number of those testing positive is] six times higher than the levels in Flint, Michigan,” she said.Margritz said those attempting to help with awareness sought out the advice of those in the community in order to pursue the best course of action for dealing with the problem in any way possible.“There’s already a lot of people involved at the University, like Dr. [Heidi] Biedinger, so we started out by meeting with people like that to figure out what was going on and what was happening and if there was a place for us to get involved that would be beneficial to people,” she said.While undergraduate students were limited in the impact they could make, any small steps to make progress were worthwhile, Bonino said.“So unfortunately for undergraduate students at Notre Dame, this problem is a little too widespread and has too much monetary demand [that] undergraduates can’t solve this issue,” he said “So primarily, what we have to do is spread information. … People don’t know if their kid has tested for high levels of lead.”In order to help in whatever capacity possible, students have been diagramming the effects of lead and mapping where the most cases of children testing positive for lead occur.“We’re trying to make webs and comprehensive diagrams of everybody involved and how they affect each other,” he said.Bonino said collaborators from the University and community were key in helping the project succeed.“We partnered up with Engineers Without Borders and the Eck Institute and the New Northwest community center,” he said. “ … [We] talked to them about easy remediation tasks, because painting a house can cost thousands of dollars, but simple things like dusting with wet rags … can keep levels of lead down.”In order to further help alleviate the effects of these problems, Margritz said she hoped to help foster greater community engagement.“We’re planning on, hopefully, forming an undergraduate coalition of sorts … so we can work together with different departments to see how we can fix the issue,” she said.Bonino said there were those at the University who were already taking up the mission to help fix the lead problem in the city. “One person who is taking action this summer is Dr. Maria Lieberman,” he said. “She has one undergraduate researcher … who will be testing plots in different areas to see where the lead is most highly concentrated.”Tags: City of South Bend, eck institute, Engineering without Borders, leadlast_img read more

Matthijs de Ligt will be talking to Virgil van Dijk about Premier League move, says Dimitar Berbatov

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Mar 2019 11:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link443Shares Matthijs de Ligt will be talking to Virgil van Dijk about Premier League move, says Dimitar Berbatov Advertisement Matthijs de Ligt will be discussing his future with Virgil van Dijk, claims Dimitar Berbatov (Picture: Getty)Dimitar Berbatov believes Matthijs de Ligt will be speaking to Virgil van Dijk about the prospect of a move to the Premier League.De Ligt, 19, has established himself as one of Europe’s most promising talents following an incredible 12 months for Ajax and several clubs are preparing to do battle for the central defender ahead of the summer transfer window.Barcelona are in pole position for De Ligt and Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and PSG have also expressed an interest in the Netherlands international.The £60million-rated teenager has reportedly told his agent, Mino Raiola, to seal a deal with Barca, but he’s also hinted at a possible move to Anfield to join up with international colleague Van Dijk.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFormer United striker Berbatov is convinced by De Ligt’s burgeoning potential and has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to go all out for the youngster.‘One player I would love to see at Old Trafford is Ajax defender, Matthijs de Ligt, although I know every big club in Europe is after him,’ Berbatov told Betfair.‘I watched him play against Real Madrid and he looks the real deal – so confident and assured for a player of his age. Advertisementcenter_img Comment De Ligt has been a rock at the back for Ajax (Picture: Getty)According to Berbatov, Van Dijk will be giving De Ligt advice on the positives and negatives of joining an English club.‘Having his international team-mate Virgil Van Dijk already in the Premier League could be a boost for any English team chasing De Ligt,’ Berbatov added.‘The Liverpool man will be telling him how good the league is and that can make a real difference to where you choose to go.’ Van Dijk could play a key role in determining De Ligt’s future (Picture: Getty)Earlier this month, De Ligt admitted that he views Van Dijk as a mentor and talked up a possible move to Liverpool.‘Virgil is a player who has experience in the top leagues,’ De Ligt told Omnisport.‘Of course you want to learn from him. It’s very useful to play next to him in the Dutch team.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘It could happen [joining Liverpool]. He plays for Liverpool. A nice club.‘But I’m not focused on this. I focus on Ajax. And then I will see where I will end up.’MORE: Why Zinedine Zidane does not want Chelsea loanee Mateo Kovacic back at Real Madridlast_img read more

State Road 1 crash kills Guilford man

first_imgSt. Leon, In. — Indiana State Police say a Guilford man was killed on State Road 1 Wednesday afternoon.Reports indicate at 1:30 p.m. a car driven by George Reusch, 84, of Guilford, was southbound when he drove into the path of a northbound truck driven by Stephen Cole, 46, of Louisville. The two vehicles collided nearly head-on.Reusch was declared deceased at the scene. Cole was not injured.Cole voluntarily submitted to a toxicology test.The crash remains under investigation.last_img

Premier League’s innovative plans to restart the season – report

first_imgWhile the long-term future of English football is shrouded in doubt, there are still plenty of questions over the short-term plans of the game. Loading… The Premier League will meet again on Friday to discuss the next steps of Project Restart, with the hope being to put a plan in place for a return to action in June. As leagues, clubs and authorities try to find a way to get football up and running again, new innovative measures are being taken into consideration. “We don’t know the future but we do know what propositions have been put, what ideas have been put – the possibility of having more substitutes, games possibly not being the full 45 minutes each way, talks of neutral stadiums,” the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), Graham Taylor, told the BBC. “Ideally, you want to keep the integrity of the competition, and of course, that was about playing home and away and having the same squad of players as before it was suspended. “So, it remains in process and we shall just have to wait and see, and look at it on a day by day basis and see if it’s achievable. But if we don’t try, then it’s never going to be achievable.” FIFA are expected to give the green light for five substitutions to be allowed during games in order to relieve the strain on players. “I am absolutely in favour of cutting down on the maximum effort of players,” Doctor Pedro Luis Ripoll told MARCA. “A greater recovery time and lesser effort is going to help reduce the rate of injuries.” Read Also: Ronaldo celebrates boyhood club Nacional “At this critical point in the season playing matches in neutral venues has, in our view, potential to have a material effect on the integrity of the competition,” Brighton chief executive Paul Barber said on the club’s website. “It’s the least-worst option,” said Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish. Various teams have already begun individual training ahead of a possible return while the Premier League is working hard to complete the season and fulfil their TV contracts. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Neutral venues Pako Ayestaran, the former Valencia and Las Palmas coach who also worked as Rafa Benitez’s assistant at Liverpool, likes the idea of planning at neutral venues. “We have to have an open and adaptive mind,” he told MARCA. “In this situation, everyone has to come out of their comfort zone.” However, the Premier League’s proposal of playing the remaining fixtures in eight to 10 neutral venues isn’t pleasing everyone. Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCrazy Expensive Things That Taylor Swift Owns7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Hughes accepts Begovic gift

first_img Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino apportioned no blame to Boruc and put the opening goal down to bad luck. “As a manager that is the first time I’ve had to experience a moment as unlucky as that,” he said. “I don’t blame him (Boruc) at all. I think it had more to do with the weather conditions, it was something completely unexpected, but we are aware these things can happen in football. “He didn’t apologise for anything because he didn’t have to. “The wind was changing gusts completely all the time and it is a ground which is open on three sides which makes it even more windy. “It was a really tough game in terms of the weather conditions.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes was more than grateful to accept the gift of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic’s goal after just 13 seconds but admitted conditions spoiled the game overall. The Bosnia international scored after his wind-assisted hoof downfield took a huge bounce over opposite number Artur Boruc to give the Potters the perfect start only for Jay Rodriguez to equalise just before half-time. “It was a fortunate goal, quite bizarre really, and we were grateful for it,” said Hughes, who celebrated his 50th birthday on Friday. Press Association “I think he just wanted to get his foot through it. You could tell as soon as the two centre-halves made the decision to let it bounce the goalkeeper was going to be in trouble because it took a hop, skip and a jump and he was never going to get anywhere near it. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a goalkeeper do that, which was great for us. “Obviously the idea in the first half was to take advantage of the conditions but unfortunately conditions spoiled the game. “We wanted to get on the scoresheet first because it is common knowledge if you score first in the Premier League statistically you have a better opportunity of winning games. “We weren’t expecting our goalkeeper to do it for us but give him credit it was a great strike and he is very pleased with it. He is looking to score a few more he tells me. “We turned them around to try to take advantage of the conditions but in hindsight the wind was more difficult to play with than against. “I thought Southampton were the better side in the first half and I thought we edged it in the second half against the wind in terms of chances. “The wind wasn’t great for both sides in the end and I felt the game was a draw and both teams will be comfortable with that.” last_img read more

Football: Zrinjski Against Maribor

first_imgFootball players of Zrinjski will play tonight against Maribor in Mostar the first match of the second qualifying round of the Champions League.The coach of B&H champions Branko Karačić points out that Maribor is an organized club that has experience playing for European Cups but his players has no reason to fear.“We maximally respect opponents. Maribor has played the group phase of Champions League and European League and that is their advantage. We hope for a good result. If we do not receive a goal in the first match, our chances to defeat Maribor are greater”, said Karačić.The match Zrinjski – Maribor will be played at the Stadium Pod Bijelim Brijegom, at 19:30, and the main referee will be Carlos del Cerro from Spain.(Source: Fena)last_img

College football updated polls: AP Top 25, Coaches Poll rankings after Week 12

first_imgWith that, the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll rankings after the Week 12 slate of games:College football polls updated after Week 12Coaches PollRankTeamNo. 1 votesW-L1LSU5510-02Ohio State610-03Clemson411-04Georgia09-15Alabama09-16Oregon09-17Oklahoma09-18Utah09-19Penn State09-110Florida09-211Minnesota09-112Michigan08-213Baylor09-114Wisconsin08-215Notre Dame08-216Auburn07-317Cincinnati09-118Memphis09-119Boise State09-120Iowa07-321SMU08-122Appalachian State09-123Oklahoma State07-324Texas A&M07-325San Diego State08-2Moved in: No. 23 Oklahoma State; No. 24 Texas A&M; No. 25 San Diego StateOthers receiving votes: Virginia Tech 46; Air Force 43; Indiana 39; Navy 25; Virginia 20; Louisiana Tech 10; UL Lafayette 8; Pittsburgh 7; Southern California 3; Wake Forest 2; Temple 1; Kansas State 1AP Top 25RankTeamPointsW-L1LSU1,54210-02Ohio State1,47810-03Clemson1,44211-04Georgia1,3439-15Alabama1,2639-16Oregon1,2439-17Utah1,1559-18Oklahoma1,1449-19Penn State1,0309-110Florida9849-211Minnesota9029-112Michigan8298-213Baylor7879-114Wisconsin7468-215Notre Dame6768-216Auburn6237-317Cincinnati5369-118Memphis5209-119Iowa4937-320Boise State3799-121SMU3289-122Oklahoma State2007-323Appalachian State1549-124Texas A&M1327-325Virginia Tech617-3Moved in: No. 22 Appalachian State; No. 24 Texas A&M; No. 25 Virginia TechOthers receiving votes: Indiana 47; Iowa State 31; Virginia 23; Navy 13; Air Force 12; Pittsburgh 9; San Diego State 7; USC 6; Washington 6; Texas 4; Illinois 1 MORE: SN Week 13 college football rankingsOther notable games include defeats of previously unbeaten teams Minnesota and Baylor, each of which fell out of the top 10 of the Coaches and AP polls after losses to Iowa and Oklahoma, respectively. Another week has passed in the 2019 college football season, and once again the rankings have changed ever so slightly to reflect the outcomes of Saturday’s games.The only change in the top five this week came from Georgia and Alabama; the Bulldogs beat Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium while Alabama, despite downing Mississippi State 38-7 in Starkville, lost quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for the year. Those teams switched positions so that Georgia is at No. 4 in the Coaches Poll and AP Top 25, while Alabama is No. 5last_img read more

Saints start second half of BCIHL schedule with tough challenge at home against SFU

first_img“We’ll need to find our legs quickly on Saturday night and play a smart, disciplined game if we’re going to beat a very good opponent.”The 12-0 Saints have faced SFU once this season, charging out to a five-goal lead on the road on November 3rd and holding on for a 5-3 victory.That win ended the Clan’s 25-game home unbeaten streak, so there’s no doubt that SFU will be motivated to return the favour. With a victory on Saturday night, the Saints would set a new BCIHL record for consecutive wins with 13.Selkirk tied the existing 12-game record when they defeated the University of Victoria in their final game of 2012 in early December.Dubois said that one benefit of the long break was the chance for players to rehab injuries and return to the ice fully healthy for the stretch drive of the regular season.“With the exception of Stephen Saretsky, who hasn’t played yet this season, we’re 100 percent healthy and ready to go,” Dubois explained.”We may make some choices based on what we see from the guys this week in terms of their conditioning, but it’s good to have all our guys available for this first time since early in the season.”SFU is led offensively by forwards Ben Van Lare and Jono Ceci, who finished first and second in BCIHL scoring last season.The dynamic duo is joined up the Clan’s top line by three-year WHL product Brenden Silvester, who joined the team at Christmas and has already scored five times in two appearances. There’s no easing into the second half of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League regular season for the Selkirk College Saints.The Saints play host to second-place Simon Fraser University Clan Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.However, before the Clan can ready themselves to knock off the undefeated Saints, the Burnaby-based club must take to the road Friday for a date south of the 49th parallel against the Eastern Washington Eagles in Cheney, Wash.“SFU certainly had the jump on us in terms of getting back onto the ice, and they’ll be playing their sixth game since Christmas while we’ll be playing our first,” said Selkirk head coach Jeff Dubois.The Clan sit just three points back in the league standings at 10-1-1.“That adds to the challenge for us, but it’s not going to be used as an excuse,” Dubois added.last_img read more

LOOK: UFC fighters Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne share photos from their wedding

first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Rousey had been away from the public eye and relatively quiet on social media since her stunning defeat to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 last December.The couple first revealed that they were dating in 2015 and announced their engagement last April.UFC President Dana White was invited, but was unable to attend the wedding after watching the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout in Las Vegas, according to TMZ Sports.  /ra Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “What an amazing day!! She is so perfect in every way! She makes me so happy! She is my other half!” the hulking heavyweight wrote, along with the hashtag “browsey2017.” Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstars Travis Browne and Ronda Rousey tied the knot over the weekend in an intimate ceremony in Hawaii.The proud bridegroom recently shared a candid black-and-white photo of the newlyweds in his personal Instagram account.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Rousey uploaded several photos, too, shortly after Browne’s posts became a viral hit online, describing the union as “the happiest day of my life.”The blushing bride was visibly all smiles—far from the menacing scowl she usually displays inside the octagon.ADVERTISEMENT Federer passes five-set test to advance at US Opencenter_img Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more