first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday gave its nod to yoga guru-turned-entrepreneur Baba Ramdev’s company to transfer land to its subsidiary for setting up a multi-crore mega food park in Noida.The ‘special exemption’ enjoyed by Patanjali Ayurveda Private Limited for setting up a mega food processing unit would also be given to its subsidiary, Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Noida Private Limited, government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma said.The Patanjali Food and Herbal Park would avail the special exemption of ‘sublease facility’ of land and a discount of 25% in the existing rate of land allotment.With this, the government has cleared the way for the Patanjali group’s 455-acre food park proposed to come up near Greater Noida under the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority.The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The move comes weeks after Patanjali Ayurveda had threatened to shift the project out of U.P. citing the non-cooperative approach of the State government.SP approvalThe Samajwadi Party government had in November 2016 approved the project. However, the permission to shift the land to the Patanjali’s subsidiary was withheld as existing laws did not allow sub-leasing.Faced with a deadline issued by the Centre regarding its land acquisition, the company had in early June claimed it was planning to shift the proposed food park elsewhere.last_img read more

first_imgOver 80 McDonald’s outlets were closed down in North and East India following a rift with a supply chain partner. The fast food chain in the two Indian regions is run by Connaught Plaza Restaurants (CPRL), a 50:50 joint venture between franchise partner Vikram Bakshi and McDonald’s.The American company terminated its contract with Bakshi on Sept. 4 following a prolonged legal battle, prior to which it was announced that 169 outlets in North and East India would be shut down by the end of this year.The recent setback that Bakshi faces is the withdrawal of supplies by the McDonald’s supply chain partner, Radhakrishna Foodland, over alleged non-payment of dues by CPRL.“We are now having to airlift supplies and more outlets are likely to get affected over the next few days,” Bakshi told the Times of India. “Radhakrishna Foodland has abruptly ended their services and the timing is a suspect because this is the peak season.”He added: “They are holding back around Rs 10 crore of my stocks,” and claimed that he was ready to pay Rs 50 lakh up front to resume dialogue.Meanwhile, Raju Shete, the promoter of Radhakrishna Foodland, told the publication that the discontinuation of his company’s services to CPRL was not abrupt. “We had written three letters to CPRL and followed it up with several meetings with Mr Bakshi, as even our regular payments were not being made and CPRL’s dues were ballooning. I am not ready to fund the collateral damage between two battling partners with my own money.”The pending dues of Rs 2 crore, Bakshi said, were not part of the monthly payments to Radhakrishna Foodland.Shete has accused Bakshi of directing him to use other suppliers not approved by McDonald’s. “As for the stocks that are lying with us, most of it has passed the expiry date because CPRL was not picking them up due to poor sales,” Shete said.Meanwhile, McDonald’s India (MIPL) responded to Bakshi’s accusation that MIPL had instructed vendors to stop the supply, saying that they were informed that CPRL vendors have stopped delivering supplies, according to The company said: “This is between CPRL and their vendors, not MIPL. MIPL did not instruct any of CPRL’s vendors to stop delivery to CPRL…. As the franchisor in India, MIPL has only informed CPRL’s suppliers that we have terminated our franchise agreements with CPRL for all 169 restaurants in north and east India and that CPRL is not authorized to operate McDonald’s restaurants.”The closure of the outlets will harm more than 5,000 employees, since each outlet employs 40-60 workers, excluding corporate employees, suppliers, including farmers, according to a source quoted by the Times of India.CPRL ran around 160 outlets starting in 1996, of which 43 were shut in July over non-payment of dues. McDonald’s and Bakshi have been battling it out legally since 2008 when the American firm wanted to buy his shares but Bakshi quoted a higher amount than they wanted to pay.Bakshi was initially accused of benefiting through other business interests as managing director of the fast-food chain in India. He was ousted from the post in August 2013 and later reinstated by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in June 2017.In August 2017, McDonald’s issued a notice saying that CPRL has 15 days to cease using the burger chain’s brand name, trademarks, designs, branding, operational and marketing practice, and food recipes in India. McDonald’s said it would look for other business partners to expand its business in North and East India after the two-decade long association broke down. However, CPRL had been running the operation after the NCLT intervened. Related ItemsMcDonald’slast_img read more

first_imgRead Next Much like every team in the league, the Cavs are known to hit a wall at some point in the lengthy regular season. However, their apparent struggles seem to have come much earlier than usual.Lue also bemoaned the team’s poor transition defense, and attributed it to the lack of effort.“Teams just look faster than we do at every position,” Lue said. “They’re running fast, they’re spreading, they’re pushing the ball up the floor. It’s like we can’t keep up.”Meanwhile, it is worth noting that the Cavs’ lineup is far from a hundred percent, with key addition Isaiah Thomas expected to be out until the All-Star break with a hip injury.The team also added several new faces to its roster, which still needs some more time to coexist on the floor.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue answers questions during a press conference introducing Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic at Cleveland Clinic Courts on Sept. 7, 2017, in Independence, Ohio.  Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have dominated the NBA Eastern Conference since his return to “The Land” in 2014. But so far in seven games in the 2017-2018 NBA regular season, the perennial powerhouse has gotten off to an underwhelming start.After starting the season at a 3-1 win/loss mark, the Cavs dropped its last three games, punctuated by blowout losses to the New Orleans Pelicans and the New York Knicks.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Cousins’ triple-double powers Pelicans past CavsPrior to that, the team lost a close game against the Brooklyn Nets—another non-playoff team from last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSpeaking to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin shortly after the loss to the Knicks, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue made his displeasure known.“Tonight’s loss and the last couple are unacceptable, and the only way we’re going to be able to get out of it is to put the work in—as players, as coaches,” he said. “And we’re going to do that. … When you lose to teams the way we’ve been getting beat, it’s unacceptable.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games RSA reminds Ginebra to stay humble after back-to-back PBA titles QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_img atletico madridfootballla ligaLa Liga 2019 First Published: November 2, 2019, 2:32 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Atletico Madrid will face a daunting trip to Sevilla in their upcoming La Liga 2019-20 fixture on Saturday (November 2). Atletico Madrid will look for a desperate victory after the side drew five games this season. The La Liga 2019-20 Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid will be played at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. Sevilla, who have registered win their last three outings, will look to continue their winning run when they face Atletico. The La Liga 2019-20 Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid fixture will commence at 11 pm.Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla will step into the dugout without Daniel Carrico. Carrico was ruled out due to foot injury. On the other hand, the visitors, Atletico Madrid, have a long list of injuries to wary about. The Red and Whites will travel without Joao Felix, Stefan Savic, Jose Gimenez and Sime Vrsaljko. La Liga 2019-20 Sevilla possible starting lineup vs Atletico Madrid: Vaclik; Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Escudero; Jordan, Fernando, Banega; Torres, Hernandez, OcamposLa Liga 2019-20 Atletico possible starting lineup vs Sevilla: Oblak; Trippier, Felipe, Hermoso, Lodi; Vitolo, Saul, Thomas, Koke; Morata, CostaWhere to watch La Liga Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid live in India?Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid will commence at 11:00 PM on Saturday, November 2. The La Liga 2019 Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid match will be at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. The La Liga Levante vs Barcelona match live telecast will be on Facebook.How and where to watch online La Liga 2019 Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid live streaming?The Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid live stream will be available on the Facebook app and website in India. last_img read more

first_imgManchester United will play Saint-Etienne in the round of 32 of the Europa League in a pairing of Pogba brothers.France international Paul Pogba leads Man United’s midfield and older brother Florentin, a Guinea international, is a Saint-Etienne defender.Also in Monday’s draw, Turkish club Besiktas, whose stadium in Istanbul was targeted by a deadly bombing on Saturday, will first play in Israel at Hapoel Beer-Sheva. (Also read: Henrikh Mkhitaryan smashes Manchester United past Tottenham Hotspur to three crucial points)Italian clubs got tough draws: Roma will first play at Villarreal and Fiorentina will travel to Borussia Moenchengladbach.Among Champions League clubs now switching to the Europa League, Tottenham is at Gent and Legia Warsaw hosts Ajax.Also, it was: Athletic Bilbao vs. APOEL; Anderlecht vs. Zenit St. Petersburg; Astra Giurgiu vs. Genk; Ludogorets Razgrad vs. FC Copenhagen; Celta Vigo vs. Shakhtar Donetsk; Olympiakos vs. Osmanlispor; Rostov vs. Sparta Prague; Krasnodar vs. Fenerbahce; AZ Alkmaar vs. Lyon; and PAOK Thessaloniki vs. Schalke.The first legs will be played on February 16, with return matches on February 23.The final will be played in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 24. The winner gains entry to next season’s Champions League.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 11 (PTI) The Delhi High Court has appointed former chief election commissioner (CEC) S Y Quraishi to look into the functioning of the Archery Association of India (AAI), which was de-recognised by the government in 2012, for the next four months.A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Najmi Waziri yesterday appointed Quraishi, who has also served as the secretary in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, as the administrator-cum-returning officer to look into the affairs of the AAI.It asked Quraishi to resolve the issue of disaffiliation of such members or units of the AAI as on December 15, 2016, within a month by giving them a two weeks notice and if their membership could be regularised in terms of the unamended constitution of the AAI, to regularise it.Besides, the court directed holding of elections for the posts of office-bearers of the AAI, who would amend the constitution of the association in accordance with the National Sports Development Code (NSDC).Thereafter, fresh elections would again be held as per the NSDC, it said, adding that the entire exercise be carried out within four months.The courts directions came on lawyer Rahul Mehras plea to appoint an administrator for compliance of its December, 2016 order to hold elections for the various posts of the AAI.The petitioner had also sought a stay on the general council meeting of the AAI on March 15.Allowing the plea, the bench said, the meeting called by the present dispensation, “purporting to represent the AAI”, and the “so-called” resolutions adopted on the said date were “improper and irregular”.advertisementIt added that several states were not represented at the general council meeting.”Hence, it cannot be said that the aforesaid meeting of March 15, 2017 was in conformity with the courts order and in terms of the constitution of the association,” it observed.The bench, in its 19-page verdict, also said that its earlier orders of September and October, 2012, which had directed that the elections be held in accordance with the NSDC, were disregarded.”The AAI is being run by people who evidently do not have any authority since the elections were not held on time,” it observed.The bench also made it clear that till the elections were held and the results declared, in conformity with the NSDC and earlier directions of the court, the AAI should not make any new financial commitment without the prior approval of the administrator.”The routine expenses too shall be defrayed, with the due prior approval of the administrator,” it added. PTI PPS HMP RClast_img read more

first_imgPopular telly couple Gurmeet Choudhary and Debina Bonnerjee who’ve been together for more than a decade are still very much in love. The couple never shy away from social media PDA or when it comes to showering love to each other.Recently, Gurmeet shared a throwback image of Debina from their Thailand vacation where Debina is sporting a monokini and wrote, “I still crush on this beauty!! Inspite of knowing I’m married to her. That’s what she does to me makes my heart skip beats #ChildishCrush that’s growing up @debinabon.”Aww, looks like Gurmeet is still smitten by his ladylove.Debina reciprocated the feelings and replied, “The feelings are mutual. You are a dream which came true at the right time…blooming with you day by day. I love you so much @guruchoudhary.” The couple were in Krabi Island, Thailand in April to bring in Debina’s birthday.Gurmeet and Debina got married in a secret wedding in 2006 and later they were officially married in the presence of family and friends in 2011. Before appearing as Ram and Sita in Ramayan, the couple worked together in a Tamil fantasy show Mayavi.last_img read more


first_imgArsenal legend Ian Wright has claimed Laurent Koscielny “should be ashamed” after his move to Bordeaux was announced with the Frenchman throwing off a Gunners shirt.The club’s former captain  sealed a return to Ligue 1 on Tuesday, having refused to travel on the Premier League club’s pre-season tour.The nature of the transfer had already upset many Arsenal fans before a social media video prompted further outrage on the day of his switch. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? A clip, shared by Bordeaux, showed Koscielny taking off his Arsenal shirt to reveal his new club’s top underneath.Wright was among those unimpressed, posting on Twitter : “This hurts. The level of disrespect. You should be ashamed for the way you’ve left the club after nine years!”Got what you wanted and still trying to have a dig. Hope it’s worth it in the long run.”Nouveau joueur, nouveau maillot, retrouvez-le dès maintenant ici ➡ — FC Girondins de Bordeaux (@girondins) August 6, 2019 Meanwhile, Koscielny sought to explain his exit to Arsenal fans on his Instagram page.”As you know, I engaged with Bordeaux,” he wrote. “After nine years spent at Arsenal, I took the decision to leave.”I have spent wonderful years with this club, nine years during which I learned, evolved, grew up. This experience made me the player I am today.”My decision to leave has been discussed for months with my club, my team-mates, my coach, and it has been a well-thought decision.”I see this departure like a new turning point in my life as a player but also in in my life as a man and a family man.”However, I hope you understand, and in any case, I cannot be thankful enough for these years past at Arsenal. I am aware of everything that the club and you supporters have brought to me.”But it is time for me to go home, so today my will is to join Bordeaux. This is a new challenge that I count on taking with determination.”Arsenal are looking to sign a new centre-back in the final two days of the transfer window, with Goal revealing that RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano is one of those under consideration.last_img read more

first_imgKiren Rijiju posts video of Nagaland man with beehive in strange place. You too will say ouchPolitician Kiren Rijiju shared a video of a Nagaland man on Twitter but there is a lot more to it.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 12:16 IST Screenshot (L) from Kiren Rijiju’s Twitter and file photo of Kiren Rijiju from Reuters (R).Politician Kiren Rijiju has chanced upon a really unusual video that might just appear intriguing but will creep you out for sure. The 40-second clip has gone viral after it was made available online on August 21.It features a young man walking around a hilly terrain in Nagaland but…wait for it…with a beehive on his derriere. Yes, that’s correct. More than that, a swarm of bees is also seen hovering around the hive. But what’s surprising is that the man is unfazed about the beehive, and in fact, appears to be bothered instead about being filmed in the video.”This is really a Beehive in an unlikely place. This can happen only in Nagaland,” Rijiju captioned his post, adding that the video has been sourced from politician Mhonlumo Kikon’s account on Twitter.Is this for real?This is really a Beehive in an unlikely place. This can happen only in Nagaland!Sources; @MmhonlumoKikon from Nagaland Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 21, 2019The video has garnered almost 4,000 likes and retweeted frequently as well. Netizens, meanwhile, are ROFLing after watching the clip. “Not having Honey, ever,” said one, while another added: “Omg!! What did I just see? Never laughed so hard. God bless this boy.” And then, this: “He probably had some good amount of sweet in breakfast.”Sample these responses:Not having Honey, ever!Ajay Singh (@Ajay_HRX) August 21, 2019Omg!! What did I just see?! never laughed so hard God bless this boyKalpana Chowdhary (@kalpanadivith) August 21, 2019He probably had some good amount of sweet in breakfastadvertisementENGINEER (@engineer_hu_bey) August 21, 2019That’s an outrageous Bee diaper @KirenRijijuLange Chang (@LangakhumChang) August 21, 2019OMG LoLLinda Newmai (@lindanewmai) August 21, 2019double LOLPrasanjeet Singh (@Chauhan____) August 22, August 21, 2019Oh my Gosh!Aarushi Shukla (@ArushiShukla16) August 21, 2019HahahahaAndrew W.L. (@AndrewWL2018) August 21, 2019Very Funny..Jugeshwar Mahto (@J_Mahto) August 21, 2019Adnan Sami also couldn’t stop laughing.Ouch!Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) August 21, 2019What do you think?Kiren Rijiju is the Minister of State Youth Affairs and Sports, and Minister of State for Minority Affairs.ALSO READ: Seen this viral pic of a monkey holding her baby from Amazon fire? Fact check: It is from JabalpurALSO WATCH: TikTok star Mohit Mor shot dead in Delhi. His best viral videosGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRaya Ghosh Tags :Follow Kiren Rijijulast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Two youths were arrested for allegedly assaulting a ticket inspector of West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) and a police officer on Friday morning at Karunamoyee in Salt Lake. The youths were later arrested and were remanded to judicial custody till August 22 after they were produced before the Bidhannagar Court.According to police, two siblings, identified as Arijit Gupta and Soumyajit Gupta, were travelling in a bus from S-9 route on Friday morning. During the journey, a ticket inspector of WBTC, identified as Narayan Chandra Guha, boarded the bus and was checking tickets of the passengers. When he asked the duo to show their tickets, the duo stated that they haven’t purchased any tickets. When Guha asked them to purchase the tickets immediately Arijit and Soumyajit refused and used filthy languages at Guha. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHowever, Guha remained silent till the bus arrived at Karunamoyee bus terminus. There he told the duo that not purchasing a valid journey ticket would attract fine. Hearing this again the duo used abusive words. This time, when Guha protested he was allegedly assaulted by the siblings.Immediately they were detained and Bidhannagar North police station was informed. After a few minutes, an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of police identified as Arunava Pan reached the spot and intervened. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter hearing about the situation, he reportedly asked the duo to pay the fine and leave. Hearing this the youths went furious and assaulted Pan with fists and blows. As a result, Pan suffered serious injuries and was rushed to Bidhannagar Sub Divisional Hospital where he was treated and discharged. Later, Guha lodged a complaint and the duo was arrested on charges of obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions, voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty and assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – While working as a sexual health educator in Calgary several years ago, artist and activist Mikiki would often gently correct clients who said they had never met a gay person. Actually, you probably have but just didn’t know it, Mikiki would explain.Today, living and working in Toronto, Mikiki says similar conversations happen frequently about HIV.“When people say, ‘I don’t know anybody who’s HIV-positive,’ I’m like, ‘If you live in Toronto, you actually do,’” says Mikiki.“You’ve totally met people who are living with HIV. Do they feel comfortable to come out to you about their HIV status? Probably not.”Mikiki is one of 14 HIV-positive chefs who developed the menu and cooked the food at June’s HIV+ Eatery, a pop-up restaurant organized by Casey House, a Toronto hospital for people living with HIV and AIDS. The restaurant is named after the late June Callwood, one of the hospital’s founders, who was inspired to provide comfort and empathy to young men dying of AIDS after her 20-year-old son Casey was killed by a drunk driver.June’s is billed as Canada’s first HIV-positive restaurant and was launched to help dispel outdated myths. The idea came after a recent study found that half of Canadians said they wouldn’t knowingly eat or share food prepared by someone who is HIV-positive. Many incorrectly believed HIV could be transmitted through skin-to-skin touch, saliva, or by sharing glasses or cutlery.“The numbers are kind of staggering, but it wasn’t overly surprising,” says Joanne Simons, CEO of Casey House. “For the clients that Casey House serves, that stigma is very real on a very daily basis.”At the restaurant, the chefs wear aprons emblazoned with myth-busting slogans like “Kiss the HIV+ cook,” and “I got HIV from pasta, said no one ever.”Matt Basile, chef at Toronto’s Fidel Gastro, came on board to train the cooks and help them develop the menu.The experience level in the kitchen ranges “from the good to the bad to the ugly,” says Guy Bethell, one of the chefs on the crew, who has been living with HIV for 30 years.“I’m a soup and stew guy, I keep it pretty easy. But everybody had something to bring to the table, and Matt was able to pull threads from all of us.”June’s quickly sold out its two-night run and organizers hope to hold similar events in the future.Medical advancements related to HIV have changed dramatically in the last 30 years: once a terminal illness, it can now be treated with a combination of medications. But Simons says in many ways, public perception is stuck in the 1980s.“When it was a death sentence there was a lot of fear and a lot of misunderstanding about the disease,” she says. “We really need to take the opportunity to make sure people are educated about HIV and what it means today.”Mikiki says the representation of HIV in popular culture and media hasn’t caught up with medical advancements and often focuses on death and tragedy, or the criminalization of non-disclosure.While working at a Toronto clinic, Mikiki noticed that “the amount of anxiety that people would feel … was completely dismantled or diffused” if they knew at least one person living with HIV.“Sometimes I would use that as an opportunity to come out about my status and talk about how essentially normal and in a lot of ways boring my life can be, living with HIV, in terms of managing it as a health condition.”Simons says her ideal outcome from the pop-up restaurant would be a dramatic change in public awareness. She hopes that “if we were to run our stigma survey again in the next few months or years, the results will be much more favourable.”Mikiki says the experience of serving and preparing food allows people with HIV the opportunity to show the general public what living with the virus actually means.“It allows us to be seen as, honestly, just as humans.”last_img read more

first_imgPatrick Gilmore and MacKenzie Porter of Travelers Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Season three of Travelers has arrived on Netflix, and it’s the show’s best to date. The binge-ready sci-fi series hits a quick reset button to clear up some of the mess that was left after the end of season two, and proceeds to leap into new turmoil, while digging deeper into questions about what’s really happening in the present, and the future.Series stars MacKenzie Porter and Patrick Gilmore, who play Marcy and David, were recently in Toronto to chat about the series, and what makes season three tick, and while Brad Wright was listening from the sidelines, the duo revealed some great hints about where the series and their characters are headed. Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – George Weston Ltd. is investing in two contradicting areas of growing consumer demand for its bakery division — healthier baked goods and indulgent foods.Luc Mongeau, president of the food processing and grocery company’s Weston Foods bakery business, said Tuesday it is working on innovation in its artisan and alternative bread products, and recently built organic production capabilities into its Kitchener, Ont. facility.But Weston Foods is also focusing on goods of the less-healthy variety amid surging demand for products such as donuts.“We are innovating in indulgent product,” Mongeau said on a conference call discussing George Weston’s latest quarterly results. “There is a strong demand for product that delivers greater indulgence, and we are benefiting and growing in these areas with our portfolio.”The bread industry has been under pressure in recent years as consumers look for healthier or artisan versions of the food staple, while also grappling with increased competition from discount retailers.Mongeau’s comments on growing demand for certain segments came as George Weston raised its dividend and reported a first-quarter profit of $180 million. The company says it will now pay a dividend on its common shares of 49 cents per share, up from 45.5 cents.The increase came as George Weston reported its profit attributable to common shareholders amounted to $1.40 per diluted share. That was up from $108 million or 84 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.However, on an adjusted basis, which excludes a number of one-time items, George Weston says it earned $178 million or $1.38 per share compared with $184 million or $1.43 per share a year ago.Sales in the quarter totalled $10.74 billion, down from $10.80 billion in the same quarter last year. Weston Foods’ adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for the quarter slipped to $44 million, down 27.9 per cent compared to a year earlier.Galen G. Weston, who is chairman and CEO of George Weston, said the quarter was “marked by significant headwinds.”He told analysts that Loblaw, in which George Weston is the largest shareholder, delivered solid results amid “external pressures from minimum wage and health care reform.”“Weston Foods business performance has been impacted by challenging inflationary pressures and cost relating to the transformation program,” he said.In November, George Weston launched a three-year transformation plan which includes restructuring the organization and simplifying operations.In this most recent quarter, Weston Foods recorded restructuring and other related costs of $15 million, largely related to the transformation program and the previously announced closure of an unprofitable manufacturing facility in the U.S.BMO Capital Markets analyst Peter Sklar said Weston Foods’ results were further below its estimates than expected.“While we were anticipating a deterioration in the bakery’s EBITDA in Q1/18, we were not anticipating this significant of a decline,” he said in a note to clients.George Weston said that it anticipates flat sales this year compared to 2017, with improvement in the second half of 2018 to balance out an under-performing first six months.“The second half of 2018 will need to be significantly stronger than we were previously estimating in order to achieve this,” said Sklar.George Weston has also been under pressure after its admission last year that it and its main subsidiary, Loblaw Companies Ltd., had participated in what they say is an industry-wide arrangement to co-ordinate the price of bread for at least 14 years.Weston addressed the issue at the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto on Tuesday, telling shareholders that “there is no excuse” for what occurred, but could not comment in more detail due to the ongoing investigation by the Competition Bureau.“I believe, that when something like this happens, you must take accountability,” he said in his opening remarks. “We discovered the scheme, we reported it immediately to the authorities and have taken steps to make sure that it never happens again.”Companies in this story: (TSX:WN, TSX:L, TSX:CHP.UN)last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia’s suspended jail sentence of two years for illegal possession of drugs in Japan is likely to come up for discussion during the Committee of Administrators’ (COA) next meeting in Mumbai on Friday.Wadia was arrested earlier this year at an airport in Japanese town Hokkaido for possession of 25gm of cannabis resin. His sentence has been suspended for five years.As per IPL’s Code of Ethics, no person associated with the team can bring the game into disrepute and there is a clause which can lead to suspension of teams as it happened with CSK and Rajasthan Royals during the IPL spot-fixing scandal. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkHowever, it is still not clear whether the matter will be handed over to the IPL Ethics Committee — comprising three office-bearers (acting President CK Khanna, acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry) — or the newly appointed Ombudsman DK Jain.”The matter will come up for discussion on May 3 at the COA meeting in Mumbai. It needs to be discussed whether the COA will refer the matter to Justice Jain or the three office-bearers. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”Since we have a retired SC Judge as Ethics Officer, it’s only fair that the matter is referred to him,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Wednesday.When asked if Kings XI Punjab can be suspended, the official said: “It’s all in the realms of speculation. The BCCI legal team, Ombudsman all need to come together.” There is no clarity on whether Wadia’s sentencing, even if it brings disrepute to the franchise, can actually lead to a team’s suspension.”The matter is not directly related to IPL. Yes one owner was arrested in a foreign country. Now his image is tarnished.”If that affects the brand, then action should be taken against the owner and not the brand. In any case, proper procedures will be followed,” said the official.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Traffic Police will implement its one-way traffic circulation plan on trial basis on Padam Singh Road and Tank Road in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh from Monday, officials said.To ensure smooth vehicular movement, the scheme would be implemented gradually on four other roads of the area, Pyare Lal Road, Hardhyan Singh Road, Gurudwara Road, and Saraswati Marg, a senior traffic police official said. The move comes in for providing seamless and smooth traffic movement and is being used to create a one-way loop system for comfortable movement of all modes of transport, the officer said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarKarol Bagh –a hub of commercial establishments having garments, jewellary, electronic items and car dealers –registers heavy footfall and vehicular movement throughout the day thereby leading to street parking of the vehicles on all the major roads of the area. One way circulation plan of Karol Bagh area was approved by the Unified Traffic Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) in April, 2010 and the trial run on these roads was also conducted for sometime but could not be continued thereafter, the traffic police said in its statement. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaNow in a concerted effort by Delhi Traffic Police along with other civic agencies, one-way circulation plan on the six roads in Karol Bagh area is being revived with its implementation initially on Padam Singh Road and Tank road, the statement added. Meeting with RWAs and MWAs of Karol Bagh area has been conducted and the finer points of circulation plan have been deliberated with them, as their co-operation is of utmost importance for the successful implementation of the one-way circulation scheme, the senior traffic police official said. About 50 Delhi Traffic Police officers along with marshals from MCD would be deployed to man all the intersections of Tank road and Padam Singh Road to regulate the traffic, the official added.last_img read more

Rabat – The 4th Oasis festival, held from September 14-16, in the Fellah Hotel of Marrakech did not fail to impress its audience. Marrakech’s Oasis has nothing to envy from the big electronic festivals. In the past four years, the red city’s much-awaited festival has proven to be “the place to be.” Electronic music lovers spent three days of madness thanks to an impressive lineup of national and international artists who came to fire up the different stages of the festival (Oasis, Bamboo and Mirage), from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. Five thousand festival-goers came from all around the world to listen and dance to the biggest names in techno, house, afro house and electro, such as South Africa’s Black Coffee, Britain’s superstar Carl Cox, America’s Honey Dijon, Dutch DJ Ben Klock, and others. The festival is also a real springboard for the Moroccan scene in full identity construction. Drawn by their ambassador Amine K, DJs come together to build a true Moroccan sound.For the 2018 festival, Oasis hosted Amine K, UNES, Kali G, Pandi, Daox and LasriZ who got festival-goers dancing all day and night.Away from music, Oasis, also called the “Moroccan Coachella” is a complete experience of creativity and discovery that includes other activities, such as yoga classes, live painting, massage sessions, spas, and pools.In addition, festival-goers from around the world had the chance to experience Moroccan culture on-site, with authentic local street food, a wide selection of organic products at the local souk, henna art, traditional Moroccan dishes, and more.The three creators of the festival, Marjana Jaidi, Youssef Bouabid, and Ismael Slaoui, have brilliantly succeeded in making Morocco an essential meeting of electronic music and bringing the Moroccan scene to an international level.This 4th Oasis festival has definitely kept all its promises, leaving its attendees with much higher expectations for next year. read more

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is to get tough on some of its members who have come forward to contest the provincial council elections despite having a bad track record behind them.SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena said that the party central committee will meet today (Friday) to decide on the future of some members. Sirisena said that the decision to be taken today on such members will have a long term impact on their future. Former North Western Provincial Council member Ananda Sarath Kumara, who forced a school teacher to kneel for taking disciplinary action against his daughter, is among those who submitted applications to contest the elections. (Colombo Gazette) He said that among them are SLFP members who have been accused of being involved in criminal or violent incidents. read more

“The plan sets out clearly what States can do – for example educating the public, collecting data and researching the root causes of the violence,” said the UN Independent Expert on human rights of persons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, in her message for International Albinism Awareness Day. The regional action plan to end attacks on persons with albinism in Africa – the first-ever such joint initiative – was recently endorsed by the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. It includes 15 practical steps which are expected to go a long way in addressing the persisting and deadly challenge. “International cooperation will be a turning point in the long battle to end discrimination for people with albinism, some of whom continue to be murdered for their body parts,” added Ms. Ero. According to a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the action plan focuses on ensuring accountability as well as support for victims and uses legal and policy frameworks to deter practices of witchcraft and trafficking in body parts. Further, Ms. Ero underscored that persons with albinism also face significant barriers restricting their equal participation in society, impacting their rights to enjoy physical and mental health and their ability to access adequate health care, education, social services, legal protection, and redress for abuses. In particular, women and children face violence, suffer from discrimination, stigma and social exclusion, forced into becoming marginalized within their communities and face social exclusion caused by misunderstanding, deeply entrenched prejudices and stereotyping. ‘We cannot underestimate the importance of joint action’ – UN Independent Expert“We cannot rest until we have seen change in people’s lives and tackled the root causes of the current situation,” she said, calling everyone concerned to be bold and to persevere to ensure that all people with albinism enjoy their full human rights. “We cannot underestimate the importance of joint action […] we advance together, with renewed hope inspired by the principle of ‘leaving no one behind’ which is at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Ms. Ero’s statement has been endorsed by the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights; the UN Special Rapporteur on physical and mental health, Dainius Pûras; the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, Mutuma Ruteere; the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar; and the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard. Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.In December 2014, the UN General Assembly designated 13 June as the International Albinism Awareness Day to draw attention to the stigma and violence that persons with albinism everywhere in the world. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnn’s Grove man wanted for 2016 murder of girl, 14July 11, 2019In “Court”‘Satan’ remanded for ECD teen’s murderAugust 23, 2016In “Court”Prime suspect in ECD teen’s murder to be charged soonAugust 22, 2016In “Crime” …case dismissed due to insufficient evidence The 29-year-old  Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident who was accused of murdering a teenager on August 9 2016 was earlier today (Wednesday) freed of the charge.FREED: Alvin Reid called “Satan”Alvin Reid called “Satan” appeared before Magistrate Peter Hugh at the Vigilance Magistrate’s court and the case was dismissed on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence to proceed in the matter.The body of 14-year-old Malika Hamilton was found on August 9 in the Hope Canal, ECD, and it was initially assumed that the teen had died from drowning.However, family members had been adamant that the young girl’s demise was as a result of foul play.MURDERED: Malika HamiltonPathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh, had conducted a Post Mortem (PM) Examination on the teen’s body a few days after its discovery in the canal and it was revealed that Hamilton had died of ‘asphyxiation’.She was also said to have suffered from blunt trauma to her head and compression injury to her neck.Shortly after, police, following a lead, found Ried, also called “Satan” hiding in a barrel in the Ann’s Grove cemetery.It was noted that even though investigators spent several hours grilling the man about the incident he had continuously denied any involvement in the crime. (Ramona Luthi) read more