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CMA to investigate pie giant

first_imgThe acquisition of Kerry Foods’ savoury pastry business by pie-maker Pork Farms is to be investigated by the Competition and Marketing Authorities (CMA).The CMA stated that, as a result of the merger, there was a “realistic prospect” that there would be a “substantial lessening” of competition in the pork pie and pastry market.Pork Farms acquired the chilled savoury pastries division of Kerry Foods in August this year, both of which supply supermarkets with own-label snacks.The organisation said the transaction would be referred for an in-depth investigation unless Pork Farms offered acceptable undertakings to address the competition concerns in a clear-cut manner.It said it was concerned that a lessening of competition could result in higher prices and a reduction in choice or quality for consumers.Andrea Coscelli, executive director markets & mergers at the CMA, said: “These are very popular products which are currently produced by a small number of manufacturers. This merger will further reduce the choice available to retailers and consumers and may give the merged company the ability to raise prices or reduce the quality of these products.“Unless Pork Farms offers undertakings that resolve these concerns, we think it is necessary to investigate the merger in greater detail to see whether it could harm consumers’ interests.”Pork Farms: “disappointed”A Pork Farms spokesman said: “We are obviously disappointed with the CMA’s decision to refer the transaction to a phase two review. “A key rationale behind the creation of the new group is its enhanced ability to provide increased investment behind the markets we operate in to provide greater choice, quality and value to our customers and consumers as well as new opportunities for our employees. “We continue to believe that the transaction will provide our customers with a streamlined, more responsive and better invested supply chain, reflecting the increasingly competitive retail landscape that we are seeing in today’s markets as consumers’ shopping habits change. Quality, choice, service and value have always been at the core of our business and this remains the case. “We will continue to work closely with the CMA in relation to the transaction to ensure that it has all necessary information to inform the review process.”last_img read more

Ørsted’s Ex Wind CEO Finds New Gig

first_imgMacquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) has appointed Ørsted Wind Power’s former CEO Samuel Leupold as Chairman of Wind Energy.In this newly created position, Leupold will support the development and implementation of GIG’s global strategy for offshore and onshore wind.According to GIG, the new chairman will also support the expansion of the organization’s global footprint and will bring his senior industrial background to complement the in-house technical capability to support development activity.“Wind is undoubtedly now a mainstream energy source, but the industry continues to evolve rapidly, presenting huge opportunities for those who can anticipate and shape the future of the ever-changing market,” said Leupold.“GIG’s ability to innovate and create cutting edge financial solutions, sets it apart in its ability to thrive in this environment and I’m very excited to be joining their world class team.”Prior to his position as CEO of Ørsted Wind Power, Leupold held roles at ABB and McKinsey & Company specializing in utilities and industrials.Under his tenure, Ørsted delivered the industry’s first zero-subsidy offshore wind farm bids in the 2017 German auction.“Samuel has been a pivotal figure in the rapid development of the offshore wind industry. We are delighted he is bringing that pioneering outlook and his deep understanding of the construction and industrial aspects of wind power to join GIG in our mission to accelerate the transition to a green global economy,” said Mark Dooley, Global Head of GIG.Ørsted announced at the beginning of 2018 that Leupold had decided to resign from the company to take a break and spend more time with his family after commuting between his home in Switzerland and Ørsted’s offices in Copenhagen and London for a couple of years.last_img read more

USC staff demands better treatment

first_img“I feel like [USC has] a moral obligation as one of the few institutions in California that is continuously prospering under very harsh conditions for low-income people,” Hyman said.  “I think it is their ethical responsibility to use some of that windfall to help the less fortunate people who are part of their institution.”  Mario Perez lives paycheck to paycheck in Los Angeles with a family of five.  “USC has a long history of successful negotiations with Local 11 to establish fair labor contracts,” the University wrote in a statement. “We are once again working hard to achieve a fair agreement.”  During the first contract negotiation session at the USC Hotel last Wednesday, Unite Here Local 11 negotiator Austin Lynch presented worker demands to administrators for higher wages and better working hours. Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation member Stephanie Solis, who was present at the negotiations, said that the University did not express sympathy for the plight of workers.  “It’s been cool to see resoundingly that students, when they know what’s going on, they [know] this is an injustice,” Krieger said.  “When I’m doing my part-time, I rarely have time to spend with my kids,” Perez said. “So I have to choose extra income or spend time with a family that is not happy.” Negotiations started Nov. 13 and are expected to continue over the next few months. The previous five-year contract expired July 1.  “We have a management there that’s cutting hours,” Perez said. “They don’t give enough to do for the workers … What are we going to give presents for kids on Christmas?”  Perez said that workers are asking for a livable wage and a 40-hour work week. They also want to maintain their healthcare plan and include retirement benefits from the previous contract in the new one.  Perez has been working as a custodian at USC Housing for 13 years, and with his current salary and benefits, he can barely afford the cost of living in the city. He works a part-time job with Los Angeles Football Club during the summer for extra income, but since the MLS season is over, Perez is struggling to make ends meet.  The Democratic National Committee relocated the sixth Democratic presidential primary debate from UCLA to Loyola Marymount University in support of the union’s struggles. Vollaire also said USC provides insufficient retroactive pay after the contract negotiation period. Retroactive pay is granted when members work without raises while the union negotiates new contract agreements. Following the 2014 contract agreement, workers were given $400 in retro pay despite being promised $2,000.  “Basically, the messaging that USC gave for students was that it is not USC’s responsibility to solve the homeless crisis,” Solis said.  According to a 2018 report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Californians need an hourly full-time wage of $32.68 to afford a two-bedroom rental home. Perez said that he has co-workers who have worked at USC for more than 40 years and still make less than $18 an hour.  Solis also indicated that USC negotiators pit students against workers by tying increased wages for workers to increased tuition for students.  Unite Here Local 11, a local union, is handling the contract negotiations on behalf of the 800 housing and hospitality workers at USC. Hospitality includes the food service workers at campus dining options such as residential dining halls and Tutor Campus Center eateries.  The University maintains that workers are provided adequate salary and benefits that are competitive with other institutions.  “I see my people that have been here for 48 years, we have a lady named Maria giving all her life to USC, and she don’t even get to $18 right after 48 years,” Perez said. “I don’t want to have that happen to me, and I don’t want that to happen to my other co-workers.” “We know they have the money and it’s not dependent on students, and that’s just a tactic to scare us or to divide workers,” Solis said.  Nathaniel Hyman, a junior majoring in public policy and law, has also mobilized different student groups, including Latinx Student Assembly, Trojans for Bernie and Trojan Advocates for Political Progress, to build a coalition advocating for workers.   Solis, as a part of SCALE, has organized events to support workers during the contract negotiations. The organization put together a workers’ appreciation lunch was Nov. 11. The event allowed students and faculty to express their gratitude to workers at USC and discuss how to collaborate in the future. “When I first got this job, I thought it would be enough to at least rent a little studio, but it’s not,” Vollaire said. “So I’m working two jobs now, [and] it’s still not enough.”  David Krieger, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering, has organized clipboarding campaigns to recruit more student activists to support workers during the negotiation period.  “Most people don’t expect anything,” Vollaire said. “They already have a negative outlook on things, and they’re just used to getting the short end of the stick, so they’ll settle for the $400.”  Daniel Vollaire, who works at C&G Juice on the University Park Campus, said management frequently cuts his hours. He recently started a second job at Domino’s Pizza to afford rent. Workers at other universities in California are protesting unfair treatment. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, a University of California employee union, went on a one-day strike Nov. 13 to protest University outsourcing practices which prioritize lower-wage contractors outside of the union. AFSCME filed six unfair labor complaints against UC, claiming its outsourcing policies broke state laws and University rules.  USC staff members Mario Perez (left) and Daniel Vollaire (right) are among 800 housing and hospitality workers partnering with local union Unite Here Local 11 to push for livable wages and a 40-hour work week among other demands in their new contracts. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan)last_img read more

6 of the Best – FunFair Tech’s Geoff Scaplehorn

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 Submit This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Geoff Scaplehorn, Lead Games Producer at FunFair Technologies.Keep reading to discover which sport breaks physical inactivity, a love of Britpop, disdain for ‘staycation’ and a top ten of movie loves.Best HolidayThat would have to be when I went on safari. Landing in Kenya, we drove to Tanzania to visit the Serengeti crater, and ended up diving off the coast of Zanzibar. It was an incredible experience and did a lot to put my everyday life as a perennial city-dweller in perspective.That said, while I refuse to acknowledge “staycation” as a word, nothing beats a holiday where you don’t need to do anything or go anywhere.Best AlbumThis just depends on my mood. I was a Britpop kid, so my default answer is usually Parklife by Blur, but I’ll also accept LA Woman by the Doors, Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel, or Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. Or whatever else I happen to be listening to at any given moment. Right now, it’s ’64-’95 by Lemon Jelly.Best Sporting ExperienceI am generally about as physically inactive as it is possible for a human to be, but I do teach archery on weekends, which probably counts. That said, I’ve been told by various friends over the years that my football commentary is absolutely top notch, so that being said the Germany vs Brazil match during the 2014 World Cup is probably one of my highlights.Best FilmAgain, this list varies from day to day, but my top 5 usually contains 1 or more of the following: The Lion King, Blues Brothers, The Prestige, Aliens, Koyannisqatsi, The Empire Strikes Back, Arrival, ET, 2001, or Plan 9 From Outer Space. In general, I can be coaxed into watching nearly anything, especially if it has A-list actors in silly outfits punching each other with superpowers.Best BookThe books I’ve reread the most over the years are The Forever War by Joe Haldeman and Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I keep an Amazon wish-list of stuff I want to read in the future, but like a fool I always ignore it whenever I have to choose my next book.Best BetIf we’re not counting the time that I once successfully made a bet with a date that everyone can be persuaded to have a gamble on something, then I’ve still got money on Donald Trump not making it through his first term. I’m running out of time, though. Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Warriors HQ: Dubs hit new stride in 3-1 road trip

first_imgBetween Andrew Bogut’s satisfying and sudden debut, Jonas Jerebko’s monster night against the Minnesota Timberwolves and DeMarcus Cousins’ performances against Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, the Warriors are back on the beam.“The most important thing is, they’re getting back on track and getting some more key wins against OKC and Houston,” Warriors beat writer Mark Medina told Dieter Kurtenbach on this week’s episode of the WarriorsHQ podcast.Golden State returns to Oracle Arena …last_img read more

UN resolution supports SA 2010

first_imgDanny Jordaan, chief executive of the2010 Fifa World Cup organisingcommittee, presents UN secretary-generalBan Ki-Moon with a South African nationalfootball jersey during their meeting at theUN headquarters in New York.(Image: 2010 OC)MEDIA CONTACTS• Delia FischerFifa Media Officer (2010)+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 2010 [email protected]• Wolfgang EichlerFifa Media Officer (2010)+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 471+27 11 567 [email protected]• Rich MkhondoChief of Communications2010 Organising Committee+27 83 201 [email protected]• Jermaine CraigMedia Manager2010 Organising Committee+27 83 201 [email protected] ARTICLES• Star-studded concert for 2010• Stadiums ‘on track’ for 2010• Ships pitch in for 2010• Get kitted for Football Fridays • 2010 final draw accreditationMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterWith the United Nations General Assembly passing a resolution in support of South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has urged tournament organisers to take advantage of the unique opportunity it offers to change Africa’s image.“There is great power in this. It is a time to present a different story of the African continent, a story of peace, democracy and investment,” Ban said at a meeting with Danny Jordaan, the organising committee’s chief executive, at a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on 21 October.Ban reminisced about his native Korea Republic co-hosting Asia’s first Fifa World Cup with Japan in 2002, saying the tournament was about far more than the 90 minutes on the pitch – it touched every corner of the globe.Referring to Korea’s own history of conflict, he said the game of football, more than any other sport, united people and built solidarity and consensus. He said the 2010 event would do the same for South Africa.Jordaan said the World Cup would play an important role in consolidating the new South Africa. “The World Cup is a dream that began in 1994, the first year of our democracy, and is part of our ongoing efforts as a nation to build unity in our country,” he said.“Peace is not just the absence of war. Peace is creating circumstances that create hope. The legacy of this World Cup embarks on changing the circumstances of many people through its social legacy projects, job creation and advancements in telecommunications and infrastructure.”It was an important week for the organising committee, with the European playoffs draw on Monday and Soccer City, the World Cup’s showpiece stadium, being inaugurated at a roof-wetting ceremony on Wednesday. The week also saw the General Assembly passing a unanimous resolution to endorse the 2010 tournament as a platform for social development and peace across Africa.Jordaan invited Ban to attend the 2010 Fifa World Cup, to experience Africa in celebration.“The UN Secretary General must not only come to the continent when there is war, when he wants to talk about Darfur,” Jordaan said at a media briefing after the meeting. “He must come to Africa when Africa celebrates, when Africa excels. When there is good news, he must always be there.”Baso Sangqu, South Africa’s ambassador to the United Nations, praised the support the General Assembly had given the country’s World Cup efforts.“This resolution is the first of its kind and underpins the global support to the commitment of South Africa to not just make this another sporting event, but to ensure that it is based on the agenda for peace, development and stability for Africa – in the hope that these benefits will trickle through far beyond the final whistle,” he said.“This resolution will continue to energise and engage the United Nations to walk this path with South Africa and Africa.”last_img read more

Mandela film to debut in Toronto

first_img26 July 2013 The world premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the long-awaited big-screen dramatisation of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, will take place at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in September. The film will be released in South Africa on 28 November. Making the announcement on Wednesday, producer Anant Singh said he was delighted to the film selected for the prestigious festival. “We always believed that Toronto is the perfect platform to launch the film to international audiences,” Singh said in a statement. “We are pleased to continue a 15-year association with the festival which has featured many of our South African productions, including Red Dust and the Oscar-nominated Yesterday “The Toronto Film Festival is unique as it allows us to present the film to both industry people and regular film-goers in Canada.” The epic film, directed by Justin Chadwick, spans Mandela’s extraordinary life, from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. The film is authorised by Mandela, with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory having provided research and archival support. Three actors play Mandela in the film: Siza Pini plays the eight-year-old Mandela, Atandwa Kani plays him at 16, and Idris Elba plays the remaining years. Others in the cast include Tony Kgoroge as Walter Sisulu, Riaad Moosa as Ahmed Kathrada, Zolani Mkiva as Raymond Mhlaba, Simo Magwaza as Andrew Mlangeni, Fana Mokoena as Govan Mbeki, Thapelo Mokoena as Elias Motsoaledi, Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela, Lindiwe Matshikiza as Zindzi Mandela, Terry Pheto as Evelyn, Jamie Bartlett as James Gregory, Deon Lotz as Kobie Coetzee, and Gys de Villiers as President FW de Klerk. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

4 days agoChelsea striker Abraham: Giroud like an older brother

first_imgChelsea striker Abraham: Giroud like an older brotherby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham says Olivier Giroud is “like an older brother” for him.The 22-year-old has kept Giroud out of Frank Lampard’s side with his blistering form in front of goal.But that hasn’t stopped the World Cup winner throwing his arm around the budding star.”I look at Oli like an older brother,” Abraham said after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Newcastle.”I’m always learning from him on the training pitch and I’ve grown up watching him. He’s always supporting me.”When someone’s doing well and scoring goals you have to support them and that’s what he is doing for me. I look at different strikers. Ollie is obviously not the fastest striker in the world, but what he has is unbelievable.”His one-touch play, his hold-up play, his one-touch finishing, I just take those little things that I see in training. If the ball is coming into the box off the ground, his volleying and everything is on point, so you have to take those little things and add them to your game.”I’m a visual learner. I like to watch and take people’s ideas. And add them to myself – the same with Michy [Batshuayi], he is also a great striker. For me to be training with these two players is wonderful.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Andre Desmarais back at Power Corp after medical leave last year

first_imgMONTREAL – Power Corp. of Canada says Andre Desmarais has resumed his full executive duties at the company.Desmarais, deputy chairman, president and co-chief executive, had taken a temporary medical leave from his day-to-day activities at the conglomerate in April last year.Power Corp. (TSX:POW) says Desmarais continued to be involved in major issues affecting the company last year and resumed his full duties on Jan. 3.last_img

Hospital Foundation Chair confirms departure of Executive Director

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Chair of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors has confirmed that Executive Director Jennifer Moore is no longer with the Foundation.Foundation Board Chair Chris Maundrell confirmed today that Moore is no longer employed as the Foundation’s Executive Director. Maundrell did not give a reason for why Moore is no longer with the organization, saying that the Foundation’s Board will be issuing a press release “when the time is correct.” He added that the release would likely be issued in the next week or two.Moore was announced as the Foundation’s Executive Director less than a year ago. At the time, she also served as the Regional Economic Development Officer at the North Peace Economic Development Commission. The Commission announced last year that it would be ceasing operations on December 31, 2017. Moore’s last announcement with the organization came less than a week ago, when it was announced that the Hospital Foundation had brought in over $1 million in donations during the last fiscal year. The Foundation had set a goal of raising $650,000 during the 2017/18 fiscal year, an amount it exceeded by over $350,000.last_img read more