Patterson Arran scoops sustainability award at Food & Drink Excellence Awards

first_imgBiscuit manufacturer Paterson Arran has been recognised for reducing its impact on the environment after receiving the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2017 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence awards.Held at the EICC, Edinburgh and known as the ‘Food Oscars’, the Scotland Food and Drink Awards recognise businesses and individuals in Scotland who are leading the way with innovation, enterprise and quality.Paterson Arran impressed judges with its environmental performance and the sustainable improvements it has made to cut waste. The company has been a landfill-free site since 2014, and despite an 86% increase in production and general waste, this has dropped by 65% since 2006. Overall energy use since 2006 has reduced by 34% and water consumption by 17%.Allan Miller, sales and marketing director at Paterson Arran, said the company was delighted to have won the award.“This has been several years in the making,” Miller said. “From the factory floor to our customer shop, we have significantly improved our environmental performance since formalising our Environmental Management System in 2007, and gaining ISO14001 recognition in 2009.”Around 820 guests attended the awards ceremony, which was hosted by TV chef Simon Rimmer.last_img read more

Ginsters, Pukka and Maryland unveil NPD ahead of summer

first_imgSource: Chunk of DevonVegan Ploughman’s Pasty – Chunk of Devon Chunk of Devon is launching a Vegan Ploughman’s Pasty later this month.The savoury item is encased in a fake bacon, vegan cheese, apple and Branston’s pickle and said to “pack the same punch” as the bakery’s shortcrust Ploughman’s Pasty, which is also making a return this summer.“With the picnic season upon us and the promise of a staycation summer ahead, we were inspired to combine two classic English dishes to create our delectable new Ploughman’s Pasty range,” Simon Bryon-Edmund, Chunk of Devon director, said. Source: PukkaSausage, Leek & Cider Pie – PukkaHot pie brand Pukka has partnered with Westons Cider to create a limited-edition Sausage, Leek & Cider pie.Available now, the savoury snack is made with 144 layers of puff pastry, slices of pork sausage, diced leeks and apples and golden Stowford Press Cider gravy. The pie, which is on sale in Morrisons (rsp: £1.89/213g) is being sold in a summer-themed box illustrated with bunting and a pint of cider. The move follows a successful collaboration between Pukka and Marston’s last year.“Since adding Pedigree into our Steak & Ale recipe last year, retail sales have increased by 32% and we expect our tasty Sausage, Leek & Cider pie to be just as successful,” Rachel Cranston, head of marketing and innovation at Pukka, said. “We’re particularly confident because in our independently commissioned consumer research into how shoppers feel about certain flavour profiles, Sausage, Leek & Cider performed strongly – especially with our younger pie fans.” Source: GinstersPukka and Ginsters have collaborated with alcohol brands to create tipple-infused savouries.But they’re not the only bakery brands getting into the spirit ahead of the summer.A host of bakery NPD from snacks to biscuits has hit shelves in a bid to perk up picnic baskets.We select some of the hot picks below. Source: GinstersSmoky Steak & Guinness Slice – Ginsters Ginsters has also collaborated with an alcohol giant to pep up its savoury slices. The pasty maker has joined forces with Guinness to launch a Ginsters Smoky Steak & Guinness Slice.Developed by the brand’s Cornish-born head chef Chris Eden, the recipe contains 100% British farmed beef with potato, carrot, onion, swede, leek, chestnut mushrooms, black treacle, garlic and a measure of Guinness. The filling is said to be brought together with a rich smoked salt infused gravy and wrapped in Ginsters’ hallmark 80-layer puff pastry. The slice is available nationwide (rsp: £1.80).“We’re all looking for more excitement at the moment and lunch has become even more important in our day,” said Sam Mitchell, Ginsters’ managing director. “We know consumers are up for trying new things and looking for recipes with a difference. It’s our job to keep the category fresh and bring flavour-driven innovations to the aisle for shoppers.”center_img Source: Burton’s Biscuit CoHazelnutter – Burton’s Biscuit CoBurton’s Biscuit Co will be adding a hazelnut variant to its three-strong Maryland Kookie Crew range this month.The Hazelnutter, which has the strapline ‘Mine All Mine’, is described as a ‘perfect combination of roasted hazelnuts, chocolate dough and loads of chocolate chips’. The NPD joins the existing It’s Mint To Be and Jaffanator flavours.The new cookies will launch in Asda on March 24 and Tesco on April 22.“Packed with personality, the Kookie Crew range celebrates the fact that Maryland is synonymous with kookiness, different to any other biscuit and providing consumers with an opportunity to enjoy imaginative new flavour and texture combinations,” said Kate Needham, Burton’s Biscuit Co’s marketing director. Source: Pep & LekkerSeed Snacks – Pep & LekkerPep & Lekker’s five-strong Seed Snacks range has undergone a recipe revamp.The products, which sit between a cracker and savoury biscuit, have a ‘crunchier format’ and now contain olive oil instead of sunflower oil, as well as fewer chia seeds. Date syrup has also been added to two of the sweet offerings.The products are available in five flavours: Rosemary & Hemp Seed, Cumin & Linseed, Fennel & Chia Seed, Apple & Cinnamon and Cacao & Coconut (rsp: £1.90).“During Lockdown we were fortunate enough to procure honest, meaningful feedback from a handful of ‘leading light’ retailers impatient for us to take the next big step,” co-founder Susan Gafsen said. “The broad consensus was that whilst our gluten-free treats showcased seeds in a bold, versatile snacking light, our well-intentioned quest to tick every imaginable wellbeing tick box had unwittingly dented our mainstream appeal.”last_img read more

Take That, Broadway! Finding Neverland Composer Gary Barlow’s Boy Band Past

first_imgOn Broadway, Gary Barlow is known as the composer of the much buzzed-about Finding Neverland—and in his native U.K., he’s something of a national treasure. In the 1990s Barlow made his name as the frontman of Take That, the Brits’ equivalent of the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. After splitting in 1996, the band successfully reunited a decade later to huge success. Internationally, Take That has had 56 number one singles, 37 number one albums, sold 45 million records…and Barlow has pretty much penned them all! Check out our video history of this teenage 30-something’s dream below. He’s friends with SimbaBarlow did the backing vocals for Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King in 1994. Broadway fans everywhere have thus, without question, heard him sing. Why’d he do it? Barlow says John inspired him to play the piano. He made us cryWhen Zayn Malik was two years old, Robbie Williams left Take That while they were promoting the song “Never Forget.” Barlow’s anthem still brings a tear to many millions of 30-something women’s eyes. The band went on as a four-piece, but split in 1996. He answered our prayersTake That’s first number-one hit in the U.K. was “Pray,” penned by Barlow. He received the first of his six prestigious Ivor Novello Awards for the hit in 1994. If hot men’s naked torsos aren’t your thing, don’t press play. He got kinky with forksBarlow aficionados are aware that way before Jamie Dornan strutted into his red room, there was Take That’s video of their cover of the Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love.” Released in 1996 when the band was a four-piece, some very freaky things happen with a fork while they are all tied up. Jell-O made him a starTake That weren’t originally as squeaky clean as they were eventually portrayed—this infamous 1991 video of one of their early songs, “Do What U Like,” had them covered in Jell-O and stripping. (Barlow is the blonde spikey-haired boy.) Madonna inspired himAfter Take That split, Barlow tried a solo career, but unlike Williams, who went on to be huge everywhere but America, Barlow didn’t really achieve big success anywhere on his own. (If you count selling five million records as a failure.) This surprised everybody as they thought Barlow was the next George Michael—here he is singing the Madonna song “Love Won’t Wait” in 1997. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 He’s pals with the QueenSpeaking of The X Factor, Barlow replaced Simon Cowell as a judge on the U.K. show in 2011. The following year, his status as British national treasure was secured when the Queen appointed him an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in her 2012 Birthday Honours for his charity work and general awesomeness. Oh and that same year Barlow composed the monarch’s official Diamond Jubilee single, “Sing” with a Broadway scribe you might have heard of…Andrew Lloyd Webber (who makes a cameo at 2:51)! Related Shows He climbed the Billboard chartsTake That were basically big everywhere but America, however they did almost properly break it with Barlow’s splendid tune “Back for Good,” which reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995. He always remembered his rootsTake That made a triumphant return—with new material—in the mid-2000s without Williams. It was such a success that by 2010, Williams was back on board (for a bit, anyway). This performance of “The Flood” on The X Factor was the first time we saw them all reunite on stage and it brought tears to many 30-something women’s eyes. He got Broadway to believeIt’s no wonder that mega-producer Harvey Weinstein believed in Barlow’s talents so much that in 2013 he brought him in to pen Finding Neverland. Watch Matthew Morrison and the tuner’s cast sing “Believe” in rehearsal below! Finding Neverlandlast_img read more

Bed bugs from school

first_imgJust when parents thought head lice were the only insects to invade classrooms, bed bugs have been added to the list. Hotels are typically the place that comes to mind when bedbugs are mentioned, but the critters like book bags, too. Bed bugs began making national news about three years ago. While they don’t carry disease, the pests are notoriously hard to get rid of, and just the suggestion that bed bugs might be in your home is enough to make most people’s skin crawl. They also carry a stigma that prevents people from telling their friends or their children’s teacher that they are battling bed bugs at home. “You could say that your house is surrounded by mosquitos and your neighbors would think nothing of it, but you don’t want them to know you have bed bugs,” said Paul Guillebeau, an Extension entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “But bed bugs don’t have anything to do with sanitation. It doesn’t mean that a house is dirty or not cared for.” While the bugs can’t be transferred from human to human, there have been reports of them hitching a ride to school in students’ book bags — and book bag to book bag transfer could be possible. School officials only notify parents when there is a serious chance one child’s bed bugs could have infested another child’s book bag, which is not common but is possible. When parents learn that one of their children’s classmates brought bed bugs to school, the first thing they should remember is not to panic. There are practical steps and precautions they can take to make sure their child doesn’t carry bedbugs into the house, Guillebeau said. If the school sends home a letter notifying parents that someone in their child’s class brought bed bugs to school, parents should not let their child bring their back pack inside the house. Leave it on the porch or in the car, he said. “If I received notification from the school about bed bugs, I would immediately wash and dry my child’s clothes when they arrived home from school. And I would not bring any items inside before a thorough inspection or treating the items to a heat treatment,” Guillebeau said. Simply leaving the book bag in a closed car during the hottest part of the day or emptying the book bag and placing it into a hot dryer for 45 minutes should kill any bugs. If you do notice bites on yourself or your child, or see bed bugs inside your house, the first rule of dealing with bed bugs still applies: Don’t panic. The bugs are hard, but not impossible, to control. You will, however, have to call a professional exterminator to handle the problem, Guillebeau said. “It’s just not a situation that amateurs can take care of themselves,” he said. While bed bug treatment can be pricey, it may be less expensive than repeatedly trying to kill the bed bugs yourself. Consumers should be careful about who they hire to exterminate bed bugs, Guillebeau said. Not all pest control companies have experience with bed bugs, so make sure to ask the company you’re considering about their experience with bedbugs, and don’t be afraid to ask for references. There are a number of bed bug resources available including Georgia Department of Public Health handbooks and fact sheets available at http://health.state.ga.us/epi/zvbd/infest/index.asp.last_img read more

Classes Helps Child Care Providers Get into and Stay in the Business

first_imgThe Micro Business Development Program is offering a free8 week course for people interested in starting a childcare business orexpanding their existing business. The course begins on Wednesday, May17, 2004, at 6:30 pm at our office in The Maltex Building, 431 PineStreet, Burlington, VT.Childcare has proved a pivotal industry in Vermont over the last twodecades by providing a substantial income for households where bothparents want to work. Many providers go into the field because of theircare and skills with children. The class aims to assist those providersexcel in the field by enabling them to effectively deal with businessissues.The course is based on a curriculum developed by the Marion EwingKauffman Foundation, a reputable organization devoted toentrepreneurship and education. It addresses two key components of achildcare business: the business plan and the parent handbook. Thebusiness plan helps the provider develop strong business sense while theparent handbook presents tools to effectively communicate the business tothe parents receiving care.Anyone interested in learning more about the class, or the servicesoffered by Micro Business (a program in its fifteenth year of assistinglow to moderate income Vermonters in starting and running a businesseffectively) is invited to call Gillian Franks at 860 1417.last_img read more

1 Killed, 4 Injured in Lindenhurst Bar Fight

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 25-year-old New Jersey man was fatally shot and four others were injured during a fight outside of a bar in Lindenhurst early Saturday morning, Suffolk County police said.Herminio Torres, of Elizabeth, N.J., and a 26-year-old man were shot and three men were stabbed outside 105 Grados on Sunrise Highway at 3:20 a.m., police said.Torres was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead.The second shooting victim, 26, took himself to an area hospital and was subsequently transported to another hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.A 23-year-old man was stabbed and taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Two other men who were stabbed, ages 28 and 35, were transported to local hospitals where they were treated and released. Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to call them at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.Update: Hector Gonzalez, 27, of Huntington Station was been arrested for the murder of Herminio Torres.last_img read more

Enemies at the Gateway

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Governor Wolf’s Address to Joint Session on Battling the Opioid Epidemic

first_imgGovernor Wolf’s Address to Joint Session on Battling the Opioid Epidemic September 28, 2016 Remarks,  Substance Use Disorder,  Videos Pennsylvania State CapitolHarrisburg, PATRANSCRIPT:Thank you for allowing me to address a joint session of the legislature. Working together, we have had great success in moving Pennsylvania forward, but we still have a lot more work to do.I am grateful to President Scarnati and Speaker Turzai, Leaders Corman, Costa, Reed and Dermody for your willingness to make the fight against opioid addiction a priority and for your work in the past to address this crisis.The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, chaired by Senator Gene Yaw, has worked on solutions to the opioid epidemic since 2014. The work the center has undertaken has positioned many pieces of legislation for passage that we can now finalize. Senator Wozniak and Representatives Kavulich and Everett have also been strong voices in this effort.I am also thankful to the Chairs of the HOPE Caucus – Representatives Ed Gainey and Aaron Kaufer as well as Senators Gene Yaw and Jay Costa – for their laser focus on fighting the opioid epidemic in communities throughout Pennsylvania.I would also like to acknowledge Representative Gene DiGirolamo for his passion and his work to fight addiction.Many members here today have provided thoughtful legislation and innovative ideas to fight opioid addiction.We are all aware of the opioid epidemic facing Pennsylvania – a public health crisis, the likes of which we have not before seen.Every day we lose ten Pennsylvanians to the disease of addiction.This disease does not have compassion, or show regard for status, gender, race, or borders.It affects each and every Pennsylvanian, and threatens entire communities throughout our commonwealth.The disease of addiction has taken thousands of our friends and family members. In the past year alone we lost over 3,500 Pennsylvanians – a thousand more lives taken than the year before.We are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, prescription opioid overdose deaths in the United States have quadrupled since 1999.Families have identified loved ones. People have buried their childhood friends.It is a crisis that has been building for years, right here in Pennsylvania and all across the country.Addiction too often is an invisible problem.People with substance use disorders and their families fear the stigma of addiction, which keeps them isolated and unwilling to ask for help.The consequences fall to law enforcement, jails and prisons, and understaffed treatment centers.But in Pennsylvania the problem is visible — in the lives lost. The families broken. The communities shaken.It is visible because parents have come to us – every single one of us – asking for help.It is visible because the members of this building listened and made the fight against opioid addiction a priority right here in Harrisburg.And because you have brought the voices of your constituents here, it is now possible for us to fight with every tool we have.And that is what we are going to do.We are going to take a stand against the vicious disease of opioid addiction.This past year has moved from conflict to civility.We have achieved some very good things working together.And while achieving these things, we have made fighting the opioid epidemic a top priority.I have traveled the commonwealth with Republicans and Democrats. We have listened to our fellow Pennsylvanians. We’ve held parents’ hands as they cried and we’ve hugged those in recovery who’ve risen above this disease – and we’ve heard their stories.Parents and those suffering from the disease of addiction have broken down telling us about the difficulty of finding treatment options.We heard them, so together in this year’s budget we increased funding for treatment centers by more than $20 million. That will create 45 centers for treatment, allowing nearly 11,000 Pennsylvanians to receive care.These centers integrate behavioral health, primary care and, when appropriate, evidence-based medication assisted treatment.And by expanding Medicaid to provide nearly 700,000 Pennsylvanians with health care, we also provided treatment to 63,000 Pennsylvanians battling the disease of addiction who previously did not have access to care. We are doing more to treat this like the public health crisis it is.Doctors and other medical professionals have voiced frustration at the inability to find centralized prescribing information.We heard them, so together we redesigned the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – a database created by the legislature through a bill authored by Senator Pat Vance.The online database allows prescribers and pharmacists to monitor who is obtaining opioids, and where and how often they were prescribed.This critical tool will support medical professionals in identifying patients struggling with the disease of addiction and get them the help they need.Police and first responders asked us for more tools to save people. We heard them too, so together we have made an opioid overdose reversal antidote – naloxone – available to Pennsylvanians, including local police departments.Last year, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine signed an order enabling all Pennsylvanians to access naloxone without a prescription at their local pharmacy.And since November 2014, more than 1,500 opioid overdoses have been reversed by local and state police officers.As York District Attorney Tom Kearney said of law enforcement officials – this disease was not their public health issue, but many of them made it their fight and for that, we owe them a great debt of gratitude.Ordinary Pennsylvanians wanted to know how they could help.We heard them, so together we are helping communities properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions through a drug take-back program.There are nearly 520 take-back boxes located at police stations across Pennsylvania, and we have collected and destroyed over 145 thousand pounds of prescription drugs including opioids.Together, we have taken important steps to stop this crisis in Pennsylvania.But we have more to do.Over the past six months, I’ve sat with many of you in roundtables with families, law enforcement and medical professionals to discuss the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.But in addition to the stories we have heard, every one of us likely has a personal story they can recount by heart. And so many of these stories are the same – no matter how different the storytellers are.Just a few weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend who asked me if he could give me a letter. I asked if he just wanted to talk, but he had trouble composing his words.When he gave me the letter, I was surprised to learn that his own child had recently passed away from the disease of addiction.He was heartbroken, but thanked all of us for the work we’ve done to help people suffering from the disease of addiction while imploring us to do more.This is one example of the far-reaching effects of the opioid crisis.This crisis reaches into every population, every age group, and every kind of family.It is our job to make sure no families have to write these letters or bear this pain ever again.We must address this epidemic, but how can we make the biggest difference in the short time we have left this year?We should not place limitations on what we can achieve in this session, we all have priorities, and we all want action.But I want to talk about several bills that have already been introduced and discussed – and in some cases even passed by a chamber. We need to get them to my desk so I can sign them and we can make progress in this fight.If we work together, we can continue to fight back against this epidemic. We must act now – many Pennsylvania families are counting on us.First, physicians should check the commonwealth’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program each time they prescribe opioids and other controlled substances.Our current law is not strong enough. It only requires doctors to check the system the first time they prescribe to a patient, or if they believe a patient is suffering from the disease of addiction.Pharmacists should enter data into the database within 24 hours of issuing a prescription, rather than the current standard of 72 hours.Strengthening program requirements is imperative in helping doctors and pharmacists identify whether patients are doctor shopping or other doctors are overprescribing patients.State officials also need the tools to identify inappropriate prescribing and dispensing practices among health care providers to better crack down on abuse.Second, let’s prepare doctors and physicians for prescribing opioids and pain management by improving medical school and continuing education curricula on opioids.This will give doctors the knowledge and best practices needed to tailor their clinical skills to identify signs of addiction and provide patients with information to avoid abuse or engage in meaningful treatment if they become addicted.​Third, let’s limit the amount of opioids a patient can receive at emergency rooms to a seven day supply with no refills.And we should put the same restriction in place for minors no matter where they get a prescription. We have heard too many horror stories about high school athletes whose futures are robbed by addiction that begins with prescription painkillers.Of course, those suffering from crippling pain need relief, and we must be careful to protect the ability of sufferers of long-term pain or victims of trauma to receive appropriate medication.Fourth, let’s require insurance companies to cover abuse deterrent opioids – similar to what they already have in Massachusetts. This will make it more difficult to abuse prescription drugs.While many people become addicted by simply swallowing pills, others crush pills to snort or smoke.Drug manufacturers are rapidly developing new technologies to prevent this kind of abuse.Some of these drugs are uncrushable, even with a hammer, while others are formulated with naloxone so the more an individual takes, the less effective it is in creating a high and limiting the potential for overdose.Others turn into a gel when they are crushed, making them impossible to put into a syringe to inject. These deterrent measures, if crafted properly, can be important tools against intentional or unintentional abuse or overdoses.Lastly, several new bills deserve our consideration.Two bills require schools to teach students about opioid misuse in existing drug and alcohol abuse curricula.Another bill would allow patients to establish a voluntary directive if they do not want to be prescribed opioids.The point is that the time for action is now.As many have noted and I said earlier, 3,500 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to addiction in 2015 alone.That means that each year we are losing the population of Parkesburg, Freeland, or Mifflinburg to the disease of addiction.And each year the numbers grow.The opioid epidemic did not start overnight and we will not fix it overnight, or even in this session.But by acting on these bills – and by putting other ideas on the table – we can continue to stem the tide of opioid abuse. We can make progress for the families we have met – the parents who have cried on our shoulders.Here in this building, we can make a difference. Right now. With bills that are close to passage.In my inaugural address, I acknowledged that some people feel indifference toward their government.In the past two years, we haven’t always helped improve that perception.But in the past several months we’ve solved some big problems. Many of these issues have vexed Pennsylvania’s elected leaders for generations.It’s a start, and we have more to do.But with the most Republican legislature in modern history and a Democratic Governor, we’ve balanced the budget, we’ve increased education funding, we’ve passed a fair funding formula, we’ve brought medical marijuana to suffering kids, and we’ve reformed the liquor system.The magnitude of the opioid crisis threatens to cast a shadow over all of these important accomplishments and everything else we work to achieve in this building.But it is also a calling to use our time and our energy to fix a problem touching too many Pennsylvanians.The crisis calls on us to cast aside partisanship once again.It calls on us to reject cynicism once again. It calls on us to take action once again.Families in Philadelphia, Brockway, Indiana, Allegheny County, State College, Mount Wolf, and all across Pennsylvania are calling on us to act.It is life or death.We have shown that we can work together to make Pennsylvania the great place we know it can be. It is now time to do so again and give the people of Pennsylvania a reason to believe in their leaders.It is up to us to tackle the opioid crisis and give Pennsylvania the prosperous, healthy, and safe future we know it deserves.I look forward to a productive session and real progress toward stopping the opioid epidemic. Let us, here in Pennsylvania, lead the nation in fighting this crisis. Let’s get this done.Thank you.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Grenada environment minister dismissed

first_imgNewsRegional Grenada environment minister dismissed by: – January 21, 2012 Share Tweet Share 21 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Joseph GilbertST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, whose National Democratic Congress won 11 of 15 seats in the last general election, has fired a second minister in fewer than four years in office.Informed sources said Joseph Gilbert, MP for St Patrick West, was told of his dismissal in a telephone call from the prime minister on Thursday morning. Gilbert, who was appointed Minister for the Environment, Foreign Trade and Export Development last October, was awaiting confirmation of his dismissal in an official letter from Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean.In 2010, Thomas dismissed his former Environment Minister Michael Church, MP for St John. Church subsequently resigned from cabinet after being offered a junior minister’s position by the prime minister.The wheels were put in motion for Gilbert’s dismissal when Thomas, who is also MP for St Patrick East, summoned an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning.A report out of St George’s quoted “an informed source close to the Office of the Prime Minister” as saying that Thomas told his cabinet colleagues that he had advised the governor general to revoke the appointment of Gilbert as a minister of government.But a Wednesday evening written statement issued by the prime minister’s press secretary, Richard Simon, seemed to dismiss the idea that Thomas had actually fired Gilbert earlier in the day.The statement said the Grenadian leader had “certain troubling information before him pertaining to what appears to be a serious breach of cabinet principles” involving Gilbert.“The prime minister anticipates that he would come to a decision on this matter very shortly, whereupon he will duly inform his cabinet and the general public,” the statement said.Thomas, in a brief nationally televised address on Thursday evening, confirmed the sacking of Gilbert. The prime ministers said he had “irrefutable, documented evidence” of misconduct on Gilbert’s part.He revealed that in August 2011, while serving as Minister of Works, Public Utilities and Physical Development, Gilbert wrote a letter giving certain assurances to a foreign company that was interested in establishing a casino in Grenada.Thomas said Gilbert did not seek cabinet’s approval in writing the letter, and accused the former minister of “irresponsible” behaviour.The Grenadian leader promised to continue combating wrongdoing, adding that what was at stake was not the survival of his government but the preservation of “core values” relating to good governance.However, the letter written by Gilbert and his firing are now being hotly debated by Grenadians, including legal experts. One veteran St George’s attorney, who read the so-called letter, said he was “bemused” at the fuss that was being made. “The letter has no binding effect, no legal consequences, on the government,” he said. “In my view, it is simply trying to keep the developer interested in Grenada and not bolting from the country at a time when jobs are so badly needed.”When contacted, Gilbert declined to comment on the specifics of the issue, only saying that “I did no wrong; I breached nothing; I committed the government to nothing. I did my utmost as a minister, first in the Ministry of Works, and then in the Ministry of Environment. A priority for me is meeting the needs of the Grenadian people, and they have told me that one of their most urgent needs is jobs.”Casino gambling, and possibly issuing a gaming licence, has been an ongoing debate in cabinet, and the matter is said to be still under review. Although Thomas has repeatedly stated his opposition to casino, cabinet has never taken a position on the matter.On call-in radio talkshows and among internet bloggers, people have been commenting on the latest developments. Many have expressed surprise at the prime minister’s response to Gilbert, comparing Thomas’ inaction to the move last year by Ministry of Finance officials who – without the knowledge and approval of cabinet – engaged representatives of Sewang One World in trying to get investment and development projects for Grenada.As part of the Sewang discussions, the prime minister signed a memorandum of understanding that Finance Minister Nazim Burke later admitted should not have been signed by the Grenadian leader. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Bundesliga: Hazard inspires Dortmund to win over former side Gladbach

first_imgThe match was tense throughout and featured a Bundesliga season-high 10 yellow cards, with players from both teams needing to be pulled away from each other by Dortmund coach Lucien Favre at full-time.“It was a difficult game. Gladbach are efficient and our first half wasn’t great,” said Favre. “But after it was 1-1, we played well – and that was good, very good.”Dortmund took the lead inside 10 minutes when ex-Gladbach midfielder Hazard took a pass from Erling Braut Haaland and shrugged off three defenders to curl a floating shot into the top left-hand corner of the net.Gladbach equalised in the 50th minute when Lars Stindl tapped in a shot from Alassane Plea to score his fifth goal from his past four games.The turning point for Dortmund came in the 66th minute when Jadon Sancho -– who started on the bench ahead of Dortmund’s crucial trip to Paris Saint-German in midweek -– was introduced.Sancho’s assist, his 15th of the season, put Achraf Hakimi in acres of space on the right wing, with the Real Madrid loanee beating Yann Sommer through his legs.The win saw Dortmund leapfrog Leipzig into second place, trailing leaders Bayern Munich by a point.After the match, Hazard praised Haaland’s efforts in letting other Dortmund players get on the scoresheet.“I think he needs to give more assists, because he scores too much. I gave him one last time and now he’s given me one – we’re 1-1 – but next time it’s my turn to give him an assist again,” said Hazard.Dortmund captain Mats Hummels said the recent additions of Haaland and Emre Can had helped them find the right balance.“Right now we’ve got the perfect mix between artists and workers – or folks that can do both,” said Hummels.– Leipzig draw blank –RB Leipzig dropped points for the second weekend running after labouring to a 0-0 draw at Wolfsburg.Timo Werner was limited to 30 minutes off the bench for RB Leipzig due to injury An inspired performance by Thorgan Hazard against his former club helped Borussia Dortmund claim a crucial three points in the title race with a 2-1 win away at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.Advertisement Leipzig missed the goal threat of Timo Werner, who started the game on the bench after overcoming a muscular problem during the week.Despite being subbed on in the 60th minute, Werner –- who has 21 goals in the Bundesliga this season -– failed to make an impact in a dour encounter with few chances for either side, marking just the third time this season that Leipzig have failed to get on the scoresheet.Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann said the performance did not bode well ahead of Tottenham’s visit to Germany on Tuesday.“A draw was the right result as we weren’t good enough to win. We were laboured and slow in our build-up,” he said.“We didn’t create any space. We need to become dangerous again in front of goal before the Tottenham game.”At the BayArena, Bayer Leverkusen dominated Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 to jump up to fourth in the table.German football’s golden boy Kai Havertz opened the scoring in the fourth minute with his sixth of the season, tapping in a cross from Moussa Diaby. Karim Bellarabi scored the home side’s second just 10 minutes later when chipping in from close range.Leverkusen’s teenage Brazilian forward Paulinho added two more in a five-minute period midway through the second half.Schalke and Hoffenheim fought out a 1-1 draw at the Veltins Arena. American midfielder Weston McKennie scored just his second goal from 67 Bundesliga appearances when his left-footed drive put his side 1-0 up in the 20th minute. Read Also: Messi named La Liga Player of the Month for FebruaryHoffenheim levelled in the 69th minute through Christoph Baumgartner.Elsewhere, relegation-threatened Werder Bremen held on for a 2-2 draw away at Hertha Berlin after blowing a two-goal lead.Freiburg kept their hopes for European football alive with a dominant 3-1 home win over Union Berlin.On Sunday, Bayern have a chance to restore their four-point lead at the top of the table when they welcome Bavarian neighbours Augsburg to the Allianz Arena.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone12 Actors Who Can Only Play Bad Guys5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind Loading… last_img read more