SHARE Previous articleBayer to Sell Liberty Crop Protection to Gain Monsanto Takeover ApprovalNext articleJune USDA Farmer Survey Begins Soon Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – May 8, 2017 Recent heavy rains across much of the state have resulted in widespread ponding and flooding in fields. This creates challenges for farmers growing produce for fresh consumption because of the potential for the introduction of contaminants into growing areas. With proper management, however, many of the risks introduced by flooding can be mitigated.“Growers who have water-covered fields should first determine if it is the result of pooling or flooding,” said Scott Monroe, Purdue Extension food safety educator. “Pooled water, generally more common than flooding, accumulates in lower areas of the field or between rows, especially if raised beds are used. Flooding originates from an uncontrollable source such as a river or creek.”Pooled water can cause damage to crops but generally carries less risk for microbial contamination than flood water, Monroe said. When dealing with pooled water, growers should consider whether or not the water is contacting the edible portion of the crop, how long the water was pooled, previous soil amendments, and whether or not the pooled water has resulted in increased wildlife activity in or near the affected area.According to Amanda Deering, clinical assistant professor with Purdue Extension, fields that have experienced flooding present growers with difficult management choices.“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers food contacted by flood water to be adulterated and not fit for human consumption,” Deering said. “Due to microbial and other concerns, produce cannot be harvested and sold into the public food supply once it contacts flood water.”In cases where flooding occurs in or near the crop but does not contact the edible portion of the crop, FDA guidance states that growers should, “Evaluate on a case-by-case basis for the likelihood of contamination.”Produce growers who experience flooding in their fields should first document the extent of the flooding with photos, flags, or other markers. This will ensure that the flooded area remains defined after flood waters have receded. Growers should also remember that flood water may contain chemical contaminants, in addition to human pathogens.“If at all possible, flooded fields should be planted with agronomic crops this season,” said Monroe. “However, on smaller and non-diversified farms that may not be a viable option.”If it becomes necessary to plant produce in flooded fields, growers should leave fields undisturbed as long as possible. Research performed at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center in 2015 indicated that leaving fields undisturbed might be the best way to encourage die-off of flood-deposited bacteria on soil surfaces.“At a minimum, fields should be allowed to dry thoroughly and should receive several days of intense sunlight before any tillage operations take place,” Deering said. “This may mean changing planting plans so that previously flooded fields are reserved for late crops.” Growers should also consider using flooded fields for produce that is seldom consumed raw, such as pumpkins or sweet corn. These commodities are generally cooked prior to consumption, which introduces a kill step and significantly reduces microbe populations.Growers should also pay close attention to water sources, as they can become contaminated by flood water. Wells used to supply water for production or post-harvest should be tested for generic E. coli prior to use. While microbial risks are often the focus when dealing with flooded fields, growers should remember that flood water may contain other contaminants. Always seek technical advice before investing in tests for non-microbial contaminants.In cases where only part of a field is flooded, growers should take steps to minimize cross-contamination into the rest of the field.“Growers should leave a buffer zone of at least 30 feet between the flooded and non-flooded parts of the field,” Monroe advised. Other tactics to avoid cross-contamination include avoiding travel through flooded field sections to access non-flooded sections, using equipment in non-flooded areas prior to flooded areas, thoroughly cleaning equipment after use in flooded areas, and using boots and gloves while working in flooded areas.Produce growers who have additional questions concerning management of fields following a flood should contact Monroe at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center at 812- 886-0198 or Deering in the Department of Food Science SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Extension Provides Tips for Flooded Produce Purdue Extension Provides Tips for Flooded Produce Facebook Twitter
The secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Christophe Deloire, met with Mexican Undersecretary of Human Rights Alejandro Encinastoday in Mexico City and informed him that RSF has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes of violence against journalists in Mexico from 2006 to 2018. to go further May 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Stressing RSF’s deep concern about the continuing frequency of murders and abductions of journalists in Mexico, one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the media, Deloire urged Mexico’s authorities to quickly implement an ambitious plan for combatting impunity for these crimes and to respect Mexico’s international obligations as regards the protection of journalists. Help by sharing this information Organisation Prepared jointly with Propuesta Cívica, RSF’s Mexican partner organization, the request identifies 116 crimes of violence against journalists – 102 murders and 14 enforced disappearances – that were related to the victims’ journalistic work. The submission argues that they constitute crimes of humanity as defined in article 7 of the Rome Statute establishing the ICC. MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeDisappearancesImpunityFreedom of expression The many murders and abductions of journalists who try to inform the public about organized crime, corruption and collusion between crime cartels and officials – crimes of deadly violence that take place against a backdrop of passive complicity on the part of the authorities – must be regarded as crimes against humanity. VINCENT JANNINK / AFP Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeDisappearancesImpunityFreedom of expression After the meeting with the president, Deloire held a press conference together with RSF Latin America bureau director Emmanuel Colombié, RSF Mexico representative Balbina Flores and Propuesta Cívica director Sara Mendiola to explain the importance of an emergency plan for the safety of journalists in Mexico. “President López Obrador’s term of office must see in-depth reforms that make it possible to combat impunity for crimes of violence against journalists and to improve the efficacy of the Mechanism for Protecting Journalists in the most problematic states, so that journalists can work freely and provide the news coverage that Mexican citizens and the country itself need,” Deloire said. Mexico is ranked 147th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Mexico Reports RSF urged the president to refer the situation in Mexico to the ICC himself, in order to be able to count on its analysis and its help with implementing an emergency plan for the justice system. News RSF told Encinas that it hoped that its submission to the ICC and its request for a preliminary investigation by the ICC prosecutor into the situation in Mexico would serve to support the new Mexican administration’s efforts to combat impunity, inasmuch as international justice can complement national justice. News Deloire told Encinas that RSF submitted a formal request to the ICC yesterday, asking it to investigate the crimes of violence against journalists that took place during the terms of Mexico’s two preceding presidents, Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) and Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018). May 13, 2021 Find out more March 13, 2019 RSF asks ICC to investigate crimes of violence against journalists in Mexico News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies
RSF_en April 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Copies of the Akhbar Al-Youm seized News Help by sharing this information The security forces reportedly seized copies of the Akhbar Al-Youm, Al-Oula and Al-Shari’ independent dailies, attacking the driver of the vehicle carrying the newspapers. Organisation
Public Safety Man Accused of Truck Attack on Protesters in Pasadena Arrested in Federal Weapons Case Suspect used family vineyard in Lodi ‘as a training camp to prepare to engage in civil disorders,’ feds say By BRIAN DAY Published on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 5:28 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 32 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe A truck narrowly misses demonstrators at Fair Oaks Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena on May 31, 2020. (Credit: Pasadena Now/James Carbone)A San Marino man awaiting criminal proceedings after he allegedly attacked a group of protestors in Pasadena in late-May was again arrested Wednesday in connection with a federal case related to illegally obtaining and transporting guns, authorities said.Federal agents arrested Benjamin Jong Ren Hung, 28, on charges of conspiracy to transport firearms across state lines and making a false statement in acquisition of firearms, according to U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Ciaran McEvoy.The case stems from his arrest on May 31, following the alleged truck attack on demonstrators who were protesting the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis at Fair Oaks Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, according to Pasadena police and federal prosecutors.He drove a large 4×4 truck adorned with a Colonial American Flag and a Gadsen Flag emblazoned with a snake and the words “Don’t Tread On Me” as he skidded through the intersection, narrowly missing dozens of protesters, police said at the time.Officers soon found the truck and arrested the driver, later identified as Hung, on suspicion of assault.Police noted at the time that a loaded handgun was recovered from his truck. He was released on a $30,000 bond pending legal proceedings.Local prosecutors filed a count of carrying a loaded firearm in public against Hung on Aug. 13, and an arraignment date was scheduled for Sept. 29, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.The handgun ultimately led to further investigation, and the new federal case, officials said.Additionally, investigators found “multiple high-capacity magazines loaded with ammunition, an 18-inch machete, $3,200 in cash, a long metal pipe, and a megaphone” inside the truck, McEvoy said in a written statement.FBI agents determined Hung had obtained the gun from a friend in Oregon, who had acted as a so-called “stray buyer,” authorities allege.“When the friend purchased the firearm, he falsely represented that he was the actual transferee of the gun, rather than Hung,” McEvoy said. “Hung and his friend then allegedly conspired to transport the firearm to California, where Hung kept the firearm at his San Marino home prior to bringing it to the May 31 demonstration.”Hung is further accused of purchasing at least three additional guns in Oregon, then transporting them to California.“He also allegedly amassed other firearms and tactical equipment from suppliers throughout the United States and used his family’s vineyard in Lodi, California as a training camp to prepare to engage in civil disorders,” McEvoy said.Hung made his initial appearance in federal court in Los Angeles Wednesday, where a judge ordered him held pending a bail hearing on Monday, according to the DOJ. He was scheduled to appear for an arraignment on Oct. 15.If convicted as charged, Hung could face up to five years in federal prison.
Facebook Kilkenny21106.8106 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Offaly<5119.393 Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Laois<557.949 No new Covid-19 deaths as 252 new cases are confirmed An additional 252 cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed this evening, with no new deaths.It brings the total number of cases to 70,711, and the total number of Covid related deaths to 2,022.13 of the new cases were in Donegal, where the 14 day incidence rate has dropped to 227.4, compared to a national rate of 108.7.Meanwhile, 280 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the North over the last 24 hours.There have been 3 additional deaths.The death toll now stands at 936, while the number of Covid 19 cases has exceeded 50,000 in Northern Ireland for the first time. Kildare683.6186 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR *Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 2,022 reflects this.**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 70,711 confirmed cases reflects this.Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 22 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population) By News Highland - November 23, 2020 Longford<597.940 WhatsApp Google+ Statement from the National Public Health Emergency TeamThere have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.There has been a total of 2,022* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight, Sunday 22nd November, the HPSC has been notified of 252 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 70,711** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today:124 are men / 128 are women65% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 34 years old88 in Dublin, 26 in Cork, 21 in Kilkenny, 16 in Louth, 16 in Mayo with 85 spread across another 20 counties Donegal13227.4362 Wicklow665.393 As of 2pm today 289 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. 11 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community. Twitter Previous articleEvening News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday November 23rdNext articleDL Debate – 23/11/20 News Highland Monaghan5114.070 Westmeath<5112.7100 CountyToday's cases (to midnight 22NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (09NOV2020 to 22NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days(09NOV2020 to 22NOV2020) Ireland252108.75,177*** Homepage BannerNews Leitrim<565.521 Louth16211.8273 Sligo576.350 ***101 of these cases arose in October. These account for less than 2% of cases over the last 14 days and their impact on current incidence will be accounted for in all relevant calculations. Twitter Wexford<536.154 Carlow075.543 Limerick12195.0380 Cavan<595.873 Kerry660.389 Waterford<5155.8181 Meath<5124.6243 Dublin88119.01,603 Tipperary<588.4141 Roscommon<5158.0102 Cork2681.6443 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Clare<585.8106 WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Mayo1688.9116 DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Galway563.6164
Cecilia Benattar (Photo courtesy Simon Benattar)Women who have smashed through the glass ceiling in New York real estate may have Cecilia Benattar to thank. By her mid-30s, Benattar had earned her stripes by playing a key role in the development of Midtown’s iconic General Motors Building. And she pulled off the feat back in the 1960s, when women in offices were often employed as secretaries.“She would never take no for an answer,” said Simon Benattar, 56, one of Benattar’s four children. “She would walk through walls, and nothing could stop her.” Benattar’s path to success in New York City real estate was a bit roundabout, and her style a bit unconventional. Stories at the time described her toughness and quirkiness. The England native had a knack for negotiation, a superstitiousness about the number 13 and an obsession with the symbolic properties of the color green. Fueling her dealings was a no-nonsense style. Indeed, business lunches were a “waste of valuable time,” she told Life magazine in a 1965 profile that dubbed her the “toughest woman in real estate.”“My strategy and words are like a man’s, but I can show warmth and disappointment, which in a man would be thought weak,” Benattar told Life. “But I never cried to get anything in business, and I never intend to.”A rapid ascentBorn Cecilia Rickless in 1931 in Manchester, England, she grew up in a working-class family, Simon said. Her father was a botanist who scraped together a living from selling plant-based medicines at markets. As a student, Benatar struggled with math, she later told interviewers, and needed a calculator for problems others could do in their heads. But that didn’t hamper her interest in business — one of her early hobbies was pretending to invest in the stock market. She earned a scholarship to the London School of Economics and graduated at the top of her class in 1954, Simon said. And in 1955, she married Jack Benattar, an architect.Around that time, she met Max Rayne, the newly installed head of investment firm London Merchant Securities. Benattar was working for a shelving company, and despite having no real estate experience, she pitched Rayne a deal and asked for a job, according to Vicky Ward’s “The Liar’s Ball,” a 2014 book about the GM Building. Rayne agreed, and, in 1957, Benattar and her family moved to Toronto, where she took over as the chief executive officer of London Merchant’s U.S. division. It was in Toronto that Rayne and Benattar, along with New York developer William Zeckendorf, hatched the plan to construct a new headquarters for General Motors on Fifth Avenue and 58th Street. It was up to Benattar to convince the manufacturing giant not only to relocate its Eastern headquarters from 1775 Broadway, but also to become a joint partner on the $90 million endeavor.At one point, according to family lore, Benattar filled a room with strangers when meeting with the General Motors board of directors, to make it seem like she had a larger, and more powerful, operation than was the case. But Benattar still had ways to go before making the GM Building a reality. The McKim, Mead & White-designed Savoy-Plaza Hotel had to be demolished to make way for the white-marble office tower — a move that was met with outrage by locals. And before knocking down the storied hotel, the English-accented, 5-foot-2 executive had to evict hundreds of residential tenants and personally fire all of the hotel’s staff, according to Life. Upon the building’s completion in 1968, rents typically started at about $7 a square foot for non-GM tenants, according to Ward, or about double the typical office rents in Midtown at the time. And Benattar would not give an inch in negotiations, according to Geoffrey Wharton, a former lawyer at the firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges, which was an early tenant in the building and one that’s still based there today. In “The Liar’s Ball,” Wharton recounted that Benattar said: “I allowed you the discretion of the color of the ink. Beyond that, I wasn’t interested in your comments.”Unusually, Benattar hired ex-convicts for the building’s security officers, as she firmly believed in offering people a second chance, Simon said.Benattar’s office, whose centerpiece was a rosewood desk, sat on the building’s 33rd floor overlooking Central Park, Simon said. That floor is now part of Weil, Gotshal’s sprawling multi-floor footprint, as The Real Deal reported.In 1971, General Motors bought out London Merchant’s half of the building in a deal that valued the property at $120 million, according to news reports. The building has since changed hands a number of times, and landlords have included Corporate Property Investors, Conseco and Donald Trump, Harry Macklowe and a group led by Boston Properties, which owns it today.Winding downIf Benattar was shrewd in the boardroom, she could also be quirky. Superstitious about the number 13, she refused to close any deals on the 13th day of any month, she told Life. And she was obsessed with the symbolic properties of the color green, adding that she didn’t feel comfortable unless her homes were decorated in that hue.Those homes included a six-bedroom Modernist retreat on the waterfront in Rye, New York, designed by Edward Durell Stone (the same architect who worked on the GM Building). Sold by the Benattar family in the 1980s, the house most recently traded for $2.15 million, in 2015, according to public records. The family also kept an apartment at 100 West 57th Street, in the Carnegie House co-op. Cecilia Benattar with her son, SimonBenattar seemed to deftly juggle her work with domestic life. When her children were young, she always ate dinner with her family, according to profiles written about her, before heading out to work again. In addition to Simon, her only son, she had three daughters with Jack: Naomi, Jessica and Judith. She later married attorney Michael Schwartz and acquired a stepson, David. (Today, Simon invests in properties in Harlem and Brooklyn by way of Sugar Hill Investment Partners, where his stepbrother, David Schwartz, is a managing partner.)Although the GM Building was ultimately a success, there were setbacks in Benattar’s New York career. She attempted to mimic her block-clearing approach in the late 1960s, when she tried to empty out apartment buildings controlled by London Merchant at West 55th Street and Sixth Avenue to make way for a 38-story, 800,000-square-foot office spire.But in 1971, the city denied a zoning change to Benattar because the office market was so soft, officials had said, and housing was a better use of the property. For her part, Ward suggests that Benattar didn’t get the permit she needed because she didn’t donate $100,000 to a campaign being run by Mayor John Lindsay. Subsequently, Benattar proposed an apartment building for the Midtown site. But lawsuits from about 80 tenants who didn’t want to move stymied the plans. London Merchant paid some tenants more than $30,000 (more than $130,000 today) apiece to vacate, according to the New York Times. The project lost too much money and was ultimately abandoned. “We bought at a time when we were considerably more optimistic about the future of New York than we are now,” Benattar told the Times in 1975. In the same interview, she railed against high real estate taxes and rent regulation. By that point, her office, which had 20 employees in 1971, had just six, the newspaper reported.Today, 101 West 55th Street (at Sixth Avenue) is called Claridge’s and is a red-brick luxury rental with 160 one- to three-bedroom units, where rents start at $3,000 a month.Second fiddleBenattar, who divorced Jack in the early 1970s before marrying Schwartz, decamped for Toronto again.There, she worked to assemble the high-profile downtown site for the Sun Life Centre office complex. Similar to her GM building endeavor, she had to clear out an old hotel, the Lord Simcoe Hotel, and purchase air rights. The office complex opened in 1984.In the early 1980s, Benattar began intermittently working with longtime friend Paul Reichmann, whose development firm Olympia and York firm built Manhattan’s World Financial Center (now called Brookfield Place). Reichmann brought Benattar on as a consultant when he built London’s high-rise Canary Wharf financial district.Eventually, Cecilia founded a firm called NIOT Investment Holdings — an acronym for “Now It’s Our Turn,” Simon, who would later join his mother at the firm, said Cecilia had grown tired of playing second fiddle at large corporations. The duo served as consultants, developed condos and invested in real estate until the early 1990s, when Simon bought out his mother’s share, he said. In New York, in addition to working with Sugar Hill, NIOT functions as a mortgage lender today. Around that time, Benattar began spending more time in Florida. Years later, en route from Florida to California, she suffered a heart attack on a plane, prompting it to make an emergency landing in Dallas, Simon said. She died there, on Dec. 10, 2003, at age 72, and is buried at Pardes Shalom Cemetery, in Maple, a Toronto suburb.Oddly, no newspapers ran an obituary at the time, though that in many ways typified how Benattar lived her life, Simon said.“She was very, very low-key, my mother,” Simon said, adding that just 25 people attended her funeral. “She never wanted recognition for all her accomplishments.” Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink
Home » News » Agencies & People » Autumn optimism at Clive Emson previous nextAgencies & PeopleAutumn optimism at Clive EmsonThe Negotiator21st November 20160551 Views Clive Emson Auctioneers sold land and property worth £16.5 million at its September sale, with a catalogue of 138 lots achieving a 75 per cent sale rate.Managing Director James Emson said, “Our excellent results emphasise just how important it is to offer lots right across the range. With demand remaining strong, particularly among investors, and the market buoyant due in part to record low interest rates we are now offering clients even more ways to buy and sell.”Highlights included £1.25 million worth of Isle of Wight property; a former music venue, the Beacon Court Tavern in Gillingham, Kent, which sold for £370,000 and a fire-devastated terraced house in Rye, Sussex, went for £122,000.The Old Brewery in Dawlish, Devon, with residential conversion consent, smashed sold for £146,000, and in East Cornwall a cottage needing improvement, but in a four-acre riverside setting, attracted a buyer at £340,000.Clive Emson also launched a new digital service to complement the firm’s live auctions. Lots are sold upon the ‘fall’ of the electronic gavel, with bids placed online. Sellers pick a reserve price, a finishing date and time which suits them.James said, “There can be no doubt that the wind is strengthening with online property, so it makes sound sense to increase our share of the digital market while continuing to grow our popular live auctions.”live auctions Clive Emson Auctioneers digital service November 21, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
Dear Editor:On April 18, 2018, Bruno Sammartino went to the great wrestling ring in the sky. Bruno Sammartino, “The Living Legend,” was a wrestling favorite throughout the local metropolitan area. His unique wrestling style – coupled with a sincere, humble charisma – has endeared him to many wrestling fans.Contrary to the silly, pretentious “soap opera story lines” – known as “kayfabe” – that are annoying prevalent throughout the “sport’s entertainment industry” of today, Bruno grappled during a time when wrestling was a “morality play” set to the “squared circle.” In these “plays” – these positive, life-affirming “lessons” that unfolded in the wrestling ring – no matter how bad it looked for the “hero,” the clean-wrestling “good guy” eventually triumphed over the cheating “bad guy” heel.I fondly remember Bruno wrestling at the Jersey City Armory on Montgomery Street. His shows always attracted a tremendous turn-out from a huge, widely-diverse fan base.Simply put: Everyone loved Bruno Sammartino.I, along with his legions of fans, hope that Bruno Sammartino wRESTles in peace. Respectfully yours, John Di Genio
Convenience food group Uniq has announced its first quarter group sales were up 4.2%, compared to the first three months of 2009.Its food-to-go sales, including its sandwiches wraps and deli-fillers business, increased by 12.5%, which the firm said reflected its business wins in 2009, which included £15m-worth of new sandwich business with Marks and Spencer.Sales in its desserts arm were down 2.2%.The company also announced its preliminary results for the 12 months ended 31 December 2009 on the same day as its Q1 interims. Revenue stood at £287.2m compared with £286.7m in 2009. Food-to-go revenue was up 2% to £136.9m, and operating profit stood at £7.3m – up 0.4%.In January 2010, Uniq revealed it was back in the black, after increased food-to-go sales saw the business return to positive sales growth. Following the decision to dispose of its French, German, Polish and Netherlands business units earlier in 2009, the business is now focused on the UK chilled prepared food market.
Biscuit and bakery products distributor Arden Fine Foods has installed a bakery operation at its Coventry office to help it understand the sector further.The company said it aimed to offer a hands-on approach as it develops its own branded ranges including the Arden & Amici sweet Italian baked goods range.The operation is small but meets all the exacting standards required by the BRC’s food auditing and traceability processes, receiving its first grade A pass for BRC version 6 recently.Gail Nelson, commercial manager, said: “As we grow and develop this business we felt it was really important to fully understand and appreciate the challenges faced by our suppliers whilst also trying to meet the exacting standards of food traceability and systems for managing product safety, legality and quality. If our tiny bakery can achieve these high standards we can advise and support our own suppliers in bringing their products into the UK.“Not only that but we are enjoying the development work associated with running our own bakery operation.”Traditionally Arden Fine Foods has worked with manufacturers across Europe to find baked sweet and savoury products to import into the UK.