Finsbury Food Group has reported a 4.7% hike in operating profits in the 26 weeks ending 30 December 2017.Revenue at the business, which supplies own-label and licensed baked goods, has risen 0.7% to £157.8m, with the company highlighting that revenue from foodservice bread and morning goods has risen 8.2%.Like-for-like revenue, excluding the Grain D’Or bakery recently closed by Finsbury, rose 2.5% to £144.8m. The company said most former Grain D’Or employees had found alternative external employment.Finsbury reported a group operating profit margin of 5.5%, up from 5.3% in the same period a year ago, despite what chief executive John Duffy described as a “sustained period of market-wide headwinds”.“The investment into the business that we have implemented over this and previous years, alongside a focus on operational excellence, has positioned us well and enabled us to continue to deliver robust results,” he added.Investment has included a new automated whole cake line at its Cardiff site, and a new artisan bread bakery at its Salisbury facility. The company has also purchased the freehold property of its celebration cakes factory in Scotland.Finsbury this year agreed a £45m revolving credit facility that it said gave it increased capacity to explore future growth opportunities and support its long-term investment strategy.Commenting on the coming period, Duffy said: “The headwinds will persist but we are determined to deliver against our strategic objectives and continue to drive growth both organically and through acquisition.“With our resilient and diversified group, by category, channel and geography, we are confident that we will continue to deliver steady progress in the period ahead.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Timothy Bolger and Christopher TwarowskiSeveral Suffolk County Police Department members were indicted and pleaded guilty to unspecified charges stemming from the case against James Burke, the disgraced ex-chief who admitted to beating a suspect, recently filed court documents show.The revelation came in a court motion filed Wednesday in state Supreme Court by Garden City-based attorney Bruce Barket, who represents Christopher Loeb, a Smithtown man that Burke beat after police arrested Loeb for stealing from Burke four years ago. Barket is trying to get Loeb’s conviction vacated since Loeb’s confession was coerced and police perjured themselves when Burke ordered subordinates to lie to cover-up the beating, according to the documents.“Numerous other members of the Suffolk County Police Department have been indicted, and have pled guilty, to crimes committed against Loeb in connection with this incident,” Barket wrote in the motion. “Their identities have not yet been disclosed, and their files are currently sealed because the investigation is still ongoing.”Related: Ex-Suffolk Police Chief James Burke Pleads Guilty To Beating Suspect, CoverupA spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York declined to comment. Suffolk police distanced themselves from those involved.“No one currently employed by the Suffolk County Police Department has pled guilty to any crimes in connection with Christopher Loeb,” Assistant Police Commissioner Justin Meyers said in a statement, indicating that the indicted officers and detectives left the force prior to their convictions.Cited within the recent court filing are the testimonies of several Suffolk County Police Department personnel, including detectives Thomas Cottingham, Kenneth Reggensberg, Christopher Nealis, Keith Sinclair, Anthony Leto, and Police Officers Michael Kelly and Brian Draiss.The case dates back to December 2012, when Loeb—then a 24-year-old heroin addict who was on probation for prior thefts—stole a gym bag containing pornography, sex toys, a gun belt, cigars and other items from Burke’s parked, unoccupied police-issued SUV. The next morning, police and probation officers searched Loeb’s home, arrested him for possession of brass knuckles—discovered during a prior probation search more than a month earlier—and took him to the Fourth Precinct station house, where he was handcuffed and beaten in an interrogation room. Burke took his bag back when it was found in Loeb’s home.Wednesday’s motion, while making the case for vacating Loeb’s convictions, gives additional insight into the 2012 incident and the roles of Burke and other Suffolk officers in the attack and subsequent cover-up.“Under the guise of a ‘probation search’ incident to arrest, police conducted a warrantless search at Christopher Loeb’s home to recover a duffel bag containing pornography and a gun belt that had been stolen from Chief of Police James Burke’s car,” it states. “During the search, police tampered with physical evidence, arranged and ‘recreated’ the evidence at the scene for crime scene photographs, and allowed Burke—the purported crime victim—unfettered access to Loeb’s home and the evidence, which Burke was permitted to remove from the scene before it was inventoried.”Related: Retired Suffolk Police Chief James Burke Arrested, Indicted For Civil Rights Abuses & CoverupAlthough Loeb was arrested in his backyard at about 9:35 a.m. on Dec. 14, 2012, the court papers continue, police and probation officers participated in a search of his home, boxing up toys, electronics, identification cards and other property that appeared to be stolen, and packing it into police cars. They concluded the search at about 11:30 a.m. and were about to leave when detectives from the Suffolk County Criminal Intelligence Section arrived inquiring about “police-related” items.The Intelligence Detectives were told that PBA cards were recovered, according to the legal filing, and police ordered all the items seized to be returned to Loeb’s bedroom and the evidence re-arranged throughout the room in an attempt to “recreate the scene,” before being photographed. Chief Burke was “escorted” throughout the house, it continues, and allowed to tamper with and remove evidence, including all his sex toys and porn collection.“At the precinct, where Loeb was kept for the next forty-eight hours without being arraigned, Burke and other members of the Suffolk County Police Department repeatedly punched Loeb in the head and ribs, choked him until he lost consciousness, ignored his requests for counsel, threatened to kill him, and arrest and rape his mother to extract confessions from him, and entered false information into official police logs to conceal their misconduct,” Wednesday’s court filing continue.Subsequently, Burke congratulated those involved, even bragging to others about his attack, later stating it reminded him of his “old days” as a young police officer, and referring to detectives who were present during the assault as his “palace guards.”Burke also summoned to his office all those who’d witnessed his assault, intent on getting everyone’s “stories straight,” states the recent court documents, and telling the witnesses “that they should agree that he merely ‘popped’ his head in to look at Loeb at the precinct, but that otherwise, nothing happened.”Related: Ex-SCPD Chief James Burke Denied Bail in Brutality-Coverup CaseAfter Loeb moved to suppress the physical evidence and his statements as a result of the constitutional violations perpetrated by the police, the motion contends, “half-a-dozen police and probation officers lied under oath at the suppression hearing held before this court, but were found credible, resulting in denial of Loeb’s motions to suppress.”“It was in this posture that Loeb pled guilty to charges that he stole and possessed Chief Burke’s gun belt and ammunition; and even then, he did so while protesting the gross violation of his constitutional rights that had gone unremedied by the court,” it adds.Following a federal investigation into the incident, Burke was indicted in 2015, pleaded guilty in February to violating Loeb’s civil rights and conspiring to obstruct justice before he was sentenced last month to 46 months in federal prison. Loeb is nearing completion of a three-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty in 2014 to a weapons possession charge in connection with the case.Burke’s admission and the aforementioned indictments of other Suffolk law enforcement members, argues Barket’s motion, renders Loeb’s plea invalid and justifies vacating Loeb’s convictions.Reports of the indictments came a week after a female escort held a news conference to allege that Burke paid her for sex during a drug-fueled Oak Beach house party in the summer of 2011. Burke’s attorney called the claims “false and slanderous.”
According to the Broome County District Attorney Office, Imes was determined to have a loaded semi-automatic pistol, which he used to threaten his former girlfriend and her family. He was also convicted for possessing drugs with the intent to sell. Kawon Imes was convicted of the following charges: BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Friday, Kawon E. Imes was sentenced to 13 years in prison and five years parole for drug and weapon charges. Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, in the third degree, a Class B FelonyCriminal Possession of a Weapon, in the second degree, a Class C Violent FelonyCriminal Possession of Marijuana, in the third degree, a Class E FelonyCriminally Using Drug Paraphernalia, in the second degree, a Misdemeanor (two counts)Menacing, in the second degree, a Misdemeanor. Imes was originally arrested by the Broome County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 28. He was indicted by a Grand Jury in April of 2019 and found guilty on Oct. 24. The Johnson City Police and New York State Police also assisted with the case.
Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that AirBorn, Inc., a manufacturer of specialized electronics for the aerospace industry, will expand its facility in Lake City Borough, Erie County. The project will support the creation and retention of 389 jobs in the area.“Attracting impactful manufacturing investments to the Erie region is critical for our commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “AirBorn’s expansion will make a great impact in the lives of many families in the area, and help Pennsylvania become a leader in innovation. We will continue investing in projects like this to enhance our manufacturing industry and strengthen our economy.”AirBorn must expand its manufacturing capacity to meet client demand and allow for space for new projects with the defense and medical industries. The project includes the construction of a 30,000-square-foot extension onto its Lake City Borough manufacturing facility, and the purchase of machinery and equipment to expand production. AirBorn plans to invest more than $3.7 million into the project, which is expected to create 249 new, full-time jobs and retain 140 existing jobs over the next three years. Jobs range from production assemblers to quality control and production maintenance personnel.“AirBorn is proud to be a stable and growing member of the west Erie County community and we are grateful for the overwhelming support of the Governor and his team on this project”, said Jon Nelson, director of operations at AirBorn Lake City. “AirBorn designs and builds mission-critical electronic components and we feel very fortunate to have a solid foundation of professional and quality-minded team members that make a difference in the world every day. This expansion project will enhance AirBorn’s ability to serve our valued customers, at the same time providing rewarding career opportunities for our area and local economy.”AirBorn received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $500,000 Pennsylvania First grant and a $112,050 workforce development grant to help the company train its existing workers. AirBorn was also encouraged to apply for a $875,000 low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, with additional coordination through the Erie County Redevelopment Authority and the Erie Chamber & Growth Partnership.“We are excited AirBorn has ultimately decided to further their investment in Erie County and are pleased to partner with them in this project,” said Katrina Vincent, vice president and COO at the Erie County Redevelopment Authority. “We fully recognized this was a competitive project and worked diligently with the Governor’s Action Team and our partners to help ensure this continued commitment to Lake City and its growing workforce.”Founded in 1958, AirBorn provides design and manufacturing of specialized electronics for the aerospace, defense, medical, industrial automation and energy sectors. AirBorn operates 10 facilities, with eight in the U.S., one in Canada, and one in the U.K.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. April 30, 2019 Governor Wolf: AirBorn Expansion in Erie to Support Nearly 400 Jobs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
After losing two of three games to Arizona last weekend, the USC baseball team has now lost three consecutive series and four of its last five series overall.But unlike those other series losses, they didn’t get swept thsi time around.Slump city · Senior catcher Kevin Roundtree hit a homerun against Arizona on Sunday. But it was not enough to help the Trojans win. – Corey Marquetti | Summer TrojanHaving not won a game in the month of May, the Trojans (23-27, 8-19) entered a three-game home stand against No. 14 Arizona on an eight-game losing skid: three against Washington, three against No. 5 Oregon, and singular midweek losses at No. 20 Cal State Fullerton and at Washington State.That eight-game slide extended to nine with an 11-1 throttling at the hands of the Wildcats Friday night at Dedeaux Field.But on Saturday the Trojans hit their stride with an 8-4 victory over the Wildcats (36-16, 18-9).Making his second-to-last start as a Trojan and his last at Dedeaux Field, senior Andrew Triggs made it count. The four-year fixture in the Trojans’ rotation went seven strong innings, allowing just three runs on nine hits.But down 3-2 in the sixth inning, the Trojans were in danger of squandering yet another quality outing from their pitching ace as they have done numerous times this season.The Trojans were being no-hit into the sixth, but responded with seven knocks in the sixth, including five in a row at one point to vault to an 8-3 lead.Arizona did get one back in the ninth, but it was no matter as the Trojans coasted to an 8-4 win.After regaining some momentum Saturday, the Trojans hoped to steal the series from the Wildcats on Sunday’s senior day.Eleven seniors were honored in what was the Trojans last conference home game of the season.USC took an early 1-0 lead on senior catcher Kevin Roundtree’s leadoff homer in the bottom of the first inning.But Roundtree allowed the Wildcats to tie the game on a passed ball in the top of the second, the first of the Trojan errors on the day.After giving up back-to-back singles to lead off the second, freshman pitcher Stephen Tarpley committed a throwing error — the second Trojan error of the day — on a sacrifice bunt attempt to load the bases with no outs.Following a strikeout, Tarpley walked in the go-ahead run and gave up a two-RBI single to give the Wildcats a commanding 4-1 lead.Freshman second baseman Andres Rodriguez proceeded to boot a grounder to give another score to the Wildcats. He had not committed any errors up to that point this season.Tarpley rebounded, going six strong innings with just two earned runs (but five in total).For the first time in nine games, the Trojans outhit their opponent (9-8 on Sunday), but could not parlay those baserunners into runs, with Roundtree’s homer serving as the lone run in a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Arizona.The Trojans play their final home game of the season tonight at 6 p.m. when they host UC Riverside at Dedeaux Field, and they wrap up their season with three games against crosstown-rival No. 3 UCLA in Westwood over the weekend.
Among major projects, Doha is building or refurbishing eight stadiums, overseeing massive roadworks and the country’s first Metro system.Qatar is also building the $45 billion Lusail city, projected to be home for 250,000 people, which will host the World Cup’s opening and final games.Rumaihi said organisers were working in accordance with the world’s football body FIFA environmental standards.Earlier this week, FIFA president Gianni Infantino made an unannounced stop in Qatar where he inspected some of the stadiums and the metro project.He said the 2022 tournament would have “to be even better” than the hugely successful Russia World Cup held earlier this year.Share on: WhatsApp Doha, Qatar | AFP | Qatar’s football World Cup 2022 will be a “carbon-neutral” tournament with zero harmful emissions, the country’s environment minister told a sustainability conference on Wednesday.Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi said strict standards in design and construction would offset the tournament’s carbon footprint, despite the huge number of infrastructure projects underway in the Gulf emirate.“The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has been working on planning and organising a carbon-neutral 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament,” Rumaihi said.Carbon neutrality is achieved by offsetting the amount of harmful carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere.Hydrocarbon-rich Qatar, which is spending $500 million a week on capital projects for the World Cup, is undergoing a huge transformation for football’s biggest tournament.