CMA gives provisional clearance for Pork Farms merger

first_imgThe Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally cleared Pork Farms Group’s acquisition of chilled savoury pastry business Kerry Foods.The merger was referred for investigation in January this year. The CMA has provisionally concluded that the merger has not resulted, and is not expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition, and hence higher prices or lower quality for retailers or consumers for the products affected by the merger: hot pies, cold pies, sausage rolls, and pasties and slices.John Wotton, chair of the Pork Farms Group/Kerry Foods merger group, said: “Looking across the different chilled savoury pastry (CSP) categories, we have provisionally concluded that the merger will not give the parties an opportunity to raise prices or reduce quality. The evidence we heard indicated that the merger would not significantly affect customers’ ability to negotiate for the best deal for these products.“If necessary, customers such as retailers and wholesalers could switch to available alternative suppliers and we found that there was sufficient capacity, either currently available or which could be quickly brought into play, to allow customers to switch suppliers. As retailers have a degree of bargaining power, and the ability to encourage entry and expansion by alternative suppliers, and they compete closely with their rivals on price, it seems unlikely that the merged company would be able to force price rises on their customers and thus, indirectly, on consumers.“Given the size of the sector and the popularity of these products, the fact that two of the largest suppliers had merged meant it was important for us to have the chance to examine in detail the possible effects on retailers and, by extension, consumers. However, on the basis of the evidence we have seen, we do not think either retailers or consumers will lose out from the merger.”Chris Peters, group managing director at Pork Farms Group, said: “We are aware these findings are currently provisional and that we are still subject to the interim order, which requires us to continue to hold the acquired businesses separate. We continue to cooperate fully with the CMA.”The inquiry group must publish its final decision by 21 June 2015.last_img read more

Honduras Forming Elite Police Force to Battle Organized Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo February 20, 2012 The Honduran government plans to form an elite police force to fight against organized crime and to investigate serious offenses ranging from narco-trafficking to corruption and murder. Juan Orlando Hernández, president of the country’s Congress, unveiled the new agency on Jan. 20. He said recruits will be required to undergo stringent training in investigation methods, and members of the new force will be expected to observe military discipline and respect human rights. “The National Police will continue to exist, only there will be an independent branch with new agents that will fight certain types of crimes with an emphasis on criminal investigation,” Hernández told Congress. He added that while the new agency is being developed, members of the National Police will undergo screening — again with the assistance and advice of “foreign sectors who are willing to support us.” Hernández noted that the Chilean model has been highly praised internationally and has been “successful in several countries.” Honduran authorities have turned to Chile, whose national police have incorporated international human rights law into police doctrine and training under an agreement signed in January with the International Committee of the Red Cross. The accord “demonstrates the Chilean police’s commitment to human rights,” said Felipe Donoso, head of the ICRC’s regional delegation. Intense crime wave alarms Honduran officials The move by Honduran authorities to set up an elite investigative force comes as the country is being battered by an alarming increase in narco-trafficking and gang activity, and a corresponding jump in homicides. Drug traffickers from neighboring states have flooded in, fueling violence and corruption. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that 25 tons of cocaine is shipped through Honduras each month heading north for the lucrative drug markets of North America. Chile isn’t the only country that has committed to help Honduras combat growing crime. Spain and Colombia also are advising the country, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo said in an interview with Radio HRN. The United States is sending technical security analyst to study the crime challenges and to advise on strategy. Honduran officials said that Hugo Acero Velásquez, a Colombian security analyst, already is in Tegucigalpa advising the government on anti-crime strategies. The Honduran president met in Miami on Jan. 18 with United States officials who agreed to send two technical security analysts, said Honduran Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla. “We will assess how to coordinate actions among several countries, such as Colombia and Chile, in order to resolve this problem of security,” Bonilla said at a news conference. He added: “We need to acknowledge that we have a large problem, but that there’s a will to find a solution to it.” The security minister acknowledged that the crime challenge has been exacerbated by corruption eating into state institutions. UNODC: San Pedro Sula most dangerous city in Latin America Honduras isn’t alone among so-called Northern Triangle countries of Central America in being affected by drug and gang-related violence. Guatemala and El Salvador have suffered crime waves, much of it following the migration of some drug operations into their countries by Mexican cartels. The Honduran murder rate is now 82.1 per 100,000 residents, the world’s highest, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Nearly 7,000 homicides were recorded in 2011 — a 250 percent increase in six years. San Pedro Sula, the country’s second-largest city, is more dangerous than Ciudad Juárez, said a report issued by Mexico’s nonprofit Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. The 1,143 homicides that San Pedro Sula suffered last year was a rate of 158 murders per 100,000 residents, the group said. The proposed new police force follows a series of other recent anti-crime measures introduced by the Honduran government, including allowing extradition of indicted traffickers and the setting up of a witness protection program for those reporting drug and corruption-related crime. Lobo deployed hundreds of troops in the main cities, including San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa to combat criminal violence, and to patrol jointly with police in areas dominated by gangs last summer. Lobo said the aim was to “guarantee the presence of the authorities in the most conflict-ridden areas.” He vowed to “do everything possible within the law to reduce the impunity that makes us all indignant.” The military deployment followed the firing of four top police commanders, after four policemen accused of murder were released. The Honduran Congress passed legislation to deploy the army for a longer term. “This legislation will allow the armed forces to take on policing roles to confront organized crime and drug traffickers operating across the country,” said congressman Oswaldo Ramos, a member of Honduras’ ruling conservative party. Honduran officials claimed that the earlier temporary deployment of the military to support the police brought a 36 percent drop in homicides. The pestilence of corruption in Colombia always affects the innocent and most serious people… Sincerely, silvio figueroa lopez, social-comunist christian, cartagena, colombia.last_img read more

Pandemic response planning: It’s more important than you think

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Green James Green leads the business continuity program at PSCU. He is passionate about life safety and helps credit unions understand the importance of business continuity not just during an emergency, … Web: pscu.com Details At this point, you have probably seen and heard quite a bit about the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now reported travel-associated cases of the Zika virus in more than 20 U.S. states. Even so, is it really something with which to concern yourself?In today’s global environment, having a high traffic, public-facing business like a credit union branch can bring global problems to your door faster than you think. So whether it is Zika or the next virus we will inevitably need to confront, having a pandemic response plan in place that benefits both your credit union and your members is vitally important.It’s About More Than Just PandemicsOften times, the resistance to creating a pandemic response plan is the feeling that there is an unlikely possibility that the plan will ever need to be enacted. But in actuality, a strong response plan can be utilized every year. The National Institutes of Health reports that nearly 111 million workdays are lost each year due to the flu alone, costing businesses roughly $7 billion in lost productivity. Every year. Just think about how many sick days your employees have already used in January and February.The first step in most pandemic plans is communications to employees about how a particular virus is spread. If you already have this strategy in place as part of your pandemic plan, why not use it every winter to help your employees cut down on contracting and spreading the common cold? The CDC even has flyers that businesses can print for free and put in bathrooms or other high traffic areas to promote employee awareness. Recouping part of this lost productivity provides a high return to your credit union with very little investment.Preventing a Business Continuity CrisisBoth the World Health Organization (WHO) and CDC use a series of stages to define the lifecycle of a pandemic outbreak. Most organizations with pandemic response plans currently mirror these stages, outlining escalating steps as the outbreak worsens:Awareness posters and emailsHand sanitizer stations placed throughout the facilityIncreased frequency of cleaning bathrooms, break rooms and common areasRequiring employees who exhibit signs of the virus to be sent home and not allowed to return to work until receiving proof from a medical professional that they are healthyRestricting access by visitors and guests to your propertyThese steps are important and have their place in a solid pandemic response plan, but they all focus on one thing: preventing the spread of the virus inside your organization. The challenge for most businesses – credit unions included – is that at the end of the day, we go home, go to the grocery store, go to our kids’ schools – we are out and about in the community. As this happens, employees may get sick. Based on the steps outlined above, these employees would not be allowed back in the office. And this is the key area that most pandemic plans lack: how to deal with increasing absenteeism.As a virus makes its way through the community, absenteeism rates are likely to rise. Maybe you can handle 5-10% of your workforce being unavailable, but at some point you will hit a number that puts your ability to sustain normal business operations in jeopardy. You now have a business continuity crisis on your hands.To prevent this from happening, you should first and foremost make sure your pandemic response plan and business continuity plan are not standalone documents. As the WHO or CDC determines that an outbreak is increasing in severity in your area, your pandemic response plan should have a set, pre-defined trigger that invokes your business continuity plan. What steps does your business continuity plan outline in case of a disaster? Consider having employees work from home, move back office processes to other out-of-area offices, and have vendors and partners pick up non-member-facing work temporarily. Implement all of the things you would do if you were to declare a disaster early on in response to a pandemic incident.Being proactive in preparing for high absenteeism will help ensure that you are able to contain the situation as just a pandemic, and not a business continuity event that could jeopardize your business.last_img read more

Tipperary must wait to find out fate

first_imgThe Premier County were held to a 0-14 to 2-8 draw by Dublin in their final Group 2 fixture.They might have got the win they needed to make the quarter-finals if an effort from the visitors, which lots of people in The Ragg thought had gone wide, wasn’t deemed to be a score by the umpire.Tipp’s most potent scoring force on the day was Nicole Walsh, who registered 0-7 from placed balls. Brian Boyle’s players must now hope that Dublin, whose final group match is against Derry, don’t rack up the margin of victory needed to put them ahead of Tipperary and into the next round of the compeition.last_img

Sturm vs Soliman

first_imgB&H Adnan Ćatić aka FELIX STURM again on Face.The audience of Face TV will be able to enjoy the transmission of the match STURM vs. SOLIMAN in the fight for IBF, world champion middle category, on 31 May 2014, at 21:00.Soliman and Sturm had a match earlier in the February of last year. The match resulted with the Soliman’s unanimous victory. The result was soon canceled because Soliman resulted positive in tests for banned substances.Sturn in the entire career had three defeats. Soliman is undefeated for already six years and we are sure that we can expect an amazing match!The greatest commentator in the region Marjan Mijajlović will magnify more this spectacle.PROMO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3EPdfGViSMAll the news in regard to FACE TV program can be followed on the website  www.facetv.baSTlast_img read more

Officials Search for Man Caught in Rip Current Near Fort Pierce

first_imgSeveral agencies are searching for a man who was reportedly swept out to sea late on Saturday afternoon after being caught in a rip current at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park.According to 27-year-old Anthony Gram’s family, he saved his 11-year-old and 13-year-old stepchildren from the rip current just before disappearing.The Coast Guard adds that Gram was last seen wearing dark navy blue or black shorts. Rescue crews from the Coast Guard, Port St. Lucie Police Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission are searching the water.Anyone with information about Gram’s whereabouts is being urged to call the Coast Guard at (786) 367-7649.last_img

England’s Becca beats the pros – again

first_img27 Aug 2015 England’s Becca beats the pros – again England squad player Becca Earl has just beaten the pros for the second time in the space of one week. The 15-year-old from Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire, scored her second win on the WPGA One Day Series in this week’s event at Three Rivers in Essex. Despite bad weather she shot level par 74, in a round which included three birdies, and she beat Sian Evans by a shot. “I couldn’t really believe it,” said Earl, whose latest success completes a winning treble in the space of a week. Earl, a member of the England Golf Thames Valley U16 squad, started her winning run in last week’s WPGA event at South Herts Golf Club. She scored four-under and won by three shots from Sian Evans and Danielle Anderson. The following day she won the Prince of Wales amateur challenge trophies at Woburn, scoring two over 76 and level par to take the U21 girls’ event by a stroke. Then it was back to the WPGA series, this time at Three Rivers in Essex, where she scored level par 74. Earl, who played through rain on the back nine, had a simple game plan: “I wanted to keep it steady and hit as many greens as I could,” she said. “I didn’t feel I’d played that well, but this has given me a lot of confidence. I know if I go out there and play steadily I can shoot a good round, even if I feel I’m not doing that well.” This is the second season that girls from the England Golf U16 and U18 regional squads have had the opportunity to enter the WPGA’s popular One Day Series and gain tournament experience. Click here for the WPGA scoreslast_img read more

Gauteng townships set for a major facelift

first_img30 July 2014The townships in South Africa’s Gauteng province are set for a major facelift, with the provincial government budgeting R4.4-billion over the next five years for building more houses, improving their quality and eradicating corruption around their allocation.“The multi-billion investment will see old townships such as Alexandra, Bekkersdal, Soweto, Evaton, Tembisa and Vosloorus being revamped within five years’ time,” Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo said while delivering his budget vote speech in the Gauteng Legislature in Johannesburg on Tuesday.Part of this project, Mamabolo said, would involve eradicating informal settlements while boosting of the local economy and the construction sector.Mamabolo also announced the creation of a Programme Management Office (PMO) to monitor the quality of work by housing service providers in the province.“Through this PMO, we will also conduct a full audit of all service providers to establish their performance based on sound service level agreements and contracts, monitor status of their projects, ensure quality and timeous completion of projects, and ensure that they are paid within 30 days.”Part of the budgeted amount will be used to acquire well located land, with a view to promoting social and spatial integration.Mamabolo said his department would be setting up a biometric fingerprint system in order to clean up the province’s housing data base.“This will be a major milestone in using technology to ensure that the poor masses, who have been waiting for years, finally receive their homes. Through this process no person will have more than one RDP house and we would have gone a long way to dealing with housing corruption.”Mamabolo said that Gauteng province had provided over 1-million human settlements opportunities over the last two decades through houses, units and serviced stands.Despite this, his department faced various challenges, including the peripheral location, and poor design and racial integration of state-sponsored RDP houses post-1994.“Part of de-racialising housing in South Africa is to nullify the perception that government-subsidised houses are for black people only. We have seen today that poverty knows no colour or race,” he said, urging all qualifying South Africans to apply for government subsidies irrespective of their historical background or colour.Mamabolo said his department would also be working closely with the Deeds Office to change the turnaround time and fast-track the issuance of title deeds for residents.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Trump has a tweet for everything, but none yet for Olympics

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2018The United States had won four medals as of Monday, including gold in men’s and ladies’ slopestyle.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday congratulated the U.S. Olympic team on a “great start.”“We especially look forward to snowboarders Jamie Anderson and Red Gerard bringing their gold medals back home with them very soon,” she said.Vice President Mike Pence returned to Washington late Saturday after leading the U.S. delegation to Friday’s opening ceremony. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who serves in the White House as an unpaid adviser to her father, will lead a delegation to the closing ceremony.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Missing from the series? Any mention of Team USA or words of encouragement for the athletes competing in the games that opened Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Trump did send a pair of tweets last week complimenting the host country for the games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Best wishes to the Republic of Korea on hosting the @Olympics! What a wonderful opportunity to show everyone that you are a truly GREAT NATION!” he tweeted last Wednesday, two days before the opening ceremony. He followed up with: “Congratulations to the Republic of Korea on what will be a MAGNIFICENT Winter Olympics! What the South Korean people have built is truly an inspiration!”Congratulations to the Republic of Korea on what will be a MAGNIFICENT Winter Olympics! What the South Korean people have built is truly an inspiration! pic.twitter.com/giN2B1h6Ph Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH President Donald Trump is greeted by Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, left, and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, right, as he arrives for an infrastructure meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has a tweet for just about everything, but he’s got nothing so far for Team USA a few days into the 2018 Olympic Games.Since the competition began on Friday, Trump has tweeted about the massive budget deal he signed into law, his desire to have more Republican legislators in Congress and offered condolences for two Ohio police officers who were killed in the line of duty. He tweeted about jobless claims dropping, his decision to block release of a Democratic memo on the Russia investigation and the downfall of a top aide accused of domestic abuse.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s silence on the Pyeongchang Games mirrors his relative lack of comment during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.He sent one tweet that August. “Good luck #TeamUSA #OpeningCeremony #Rio2016,” Trump wrote as a caption to a photo of himself, with both thumbs up, standing in front of an American flag. Superimposed on the photo was the phrase “Big League Good Luck Team USA.”And that was it. North Korea leader impressed with South’s delegation welcome MOST READ Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

I-League: Indian Arrows rally from behind twice to draw with Aizawl FC

first_imgIndian Arrows showed immense spirit against defending champions Aizawl FC as they came from behind twice to draw 2-2 in their Hero I-League match at the Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Friday.The young unit of India U17s and U19s showed their quality and fightback once again to stun the 10-men Aizawl, who are now sixth on the I-League table with 18 points from 14 matches.Edmund Lalrindika, who was given a start by coach De Matos today courtesy his impactful substitute performance in their last match against Churchill Brothers, further strengthened his position today.Having being given the task of leading the line in place of Aniket Jadhav, Lalrindika did not disappoint and found the back of the net for Indian Arrows’ first goal of the day.With the win, Arrows are now placed eighth in the table with 15 points from 16 games and sit above Gokulam and Chennai City, who have played 13 and 15 games respectively.Aizawl’s new coach Santosh Kashyap had promised to go out all for a result and decided to bring in David Lalrinmuana and C. Lalrosanga in place Syhlo Malsawmtluanga and F. Liandala Senawere.Aizawl began the match with intent, going forward with solid attack on the Arrows defence. Courtesy the pressure, Masih Saigani put Aizawl ahead in the 40th minute.Even as the Arrows went into the break trailing 1-0, they reacted strongly and scored in the 48th minute of the match.Right-back Asish Rai put through a brilliant cross from the right towards Edmund, who dribbled past two defenders, created space for himself and curled in a shot past Aizawl goalkeeper Avilash Paul.advertisementHowever, Aizawl went up once again in the 54th minute when Dodoz got a soft touch on Albert Zohmingmawia’s low cross in the box and beat Prabhusukhan Gill from three yards out.It was Aizawl’s inability to keep up their intensity towards the end that gave Arrows the chance to force the draw.In the 87th minute, Lalrosanga clumsily brought down Rahul KP inside the box and gifted a penalty to the young Arrows. Along with that, he received his second yellow card and left Aizawl with 10 men on the field.Arrows captain Amarjit Singh stepped up to take the penalty and struck the ball over the diving Paul to make it 2-2.Aizawl will next face their Northeastern rivals Shillong Lajong on February 19 while the Arrows will have ample rest before they face Aizawl once more in the reverse fixture on February 23.last_img read more