MGM confirms Entain merger proposal but “no certainty” of firm offer

first_imgA cash option may also be available for Entain shareholders who do not wish to receive share compensation. MGM’s largest shareholder, InterActive Corporation (IAC) has said it may help fund this. Regions: Europe US MGM confirms Entain merger proposal but “no certainty” of firm offer After Entain informed MGM that it believed the bid “significantly undervalues” the online operator, MGM also laid out why it believed the deal would be a good decision for Entain. As announced by Entain earlier today, MGM Resorts put forward a proposal to acquire the operator 0.6 MGM shares for each Entain share. This would value the Ladbrokes and PartyGaming operator at approximately $11.00bn (£8.11bn/€8.97bn). 4th January 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle Email Address Land-based giant MGM Resorts International has confirmed that it has put forward an offer to acquire igaming operator Entain, formerly known as GVC Holdings, but said it could not yet confirm that it will make a firm bid. MGM must make a firm bid, or announce that it does not intend to do so, by 1 February. The land-based operator said that there is currently “no certainty” that a firm offer has been placed. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwittercenter_img MGM’s resources would also help make the business a leader in both online and land-based channels across the globe, the operator added, as well as diversifying the business’s offering and positioning the combined group for future growth. It said it would allow the combined business to fully leverage the growing US market through full control of the operators’ BetMGM joint venture. Entain rebranded from GVC in December under new chief executive Shay Segev. It said the new name better reflected its new strategy, which will see a greater focus on regulated markets and sustainability. Tags: Entain MGM Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Strategy Land-based casino Online casino M&A M&A Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Under this deal, Entain shareholders would then own a combined 41.5% of MGM.last_img read more

World Cup 2015: Ireland 16-9 Italy

first_img TAGS: Highlight Ireland faced their biggest test of the World Cup to date at the Olympic Stadium and will be relieved to have recorded a victory, particularly as they played the last eight minutes against Italy with 14 men. The Italians were much improved from the team that struggled to beat Canada last weekend, disrupting Ireland at the scrum and the breakdown. They also defended extremely well, negating the threat of Ireland’s driving maul and closing down their back-line moves. As was always expected, the winners of Pool D will be decided when Ireland face France in Cardiff on Sunday.WHAT’S HOTBack-row bruisers – There’s plenty of talent in the back rows of both these teams and they put it on show. Sergio Parisse may dominate the headlines for Italy and he’s a real talisman, but Simone Favaro was equally as influential in this game, albeit for the less flashy stuff – making his tackles and winning turnovers. Francesco Minto topped the tackle charts with 16 too. For Ireland, there were a few powerful surges from Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip as well as the try-saving tackle by Peter O’Mahony on Josh Furno. O’Mahony’s physicality got the better of him late in the second half, though, when he was sin-binned for charging into a ruck with his shoulder.Iain Henderson – He’s been in this column before and he no doubt will be again. The Ulster lock has fast established himself as a key member of Ireland’s team with his all-action displays. Athletic is a fitting word do describe Henderson’s performance in a game at the Olympic Stadium. He fits the bill in the tight and the loose – rampaging with ball in hand, strong in defence, solid at the set-piece and he even charged down a Tommaso Allan kick too.Green is the colour: Ireland fans donned patriotic clothing at the Italy game. Photo: Getty ImagesShow of colour – As expected, green was the dominant colour in the Olympic Stadium stands but a few specific fans deserve a mention. First, there was the gent donned in a green suit, the material’s pattern featuring many a clover. Then there were the two young fans who’d died their hair green for the match. Finally, we have to applaud the four England fans bedecked in white shirts and St George’s flags, and some Roman headgear. England may be out of the World Cup, but their supporters are still enjoying the tournament and rightly so.Smart Sexton – It didn’t go all the fly-half’s way in this game and he didn’t dictate play as he did against Canada in the opening game, but Johnny Sexton‘s inside passes allowed Ireland to get over the gain-line and in the last ten minutes he kicked to the corners superbly to keep Italy pinned in their own half.WHAT’S NOTItaly’s lineout – They may have had the edge at the scrum and defended Ireland’s driving maul expertly, but their own lineout was a mess. In the first half, three successive lineouts were stolen by Ireland – two of those because of overthrows from hooker Andrea Manici and it was little wonder he was replaced at the break. Such errors meant they simply put the pressure back on themselves.High jump: Italy win a lineout late on but they struggled in the first half. Photo: Getty ImagesSexist commentary – Have to say, Dan Lobb’s comment about Italy having the most attractive fans in the tournament while the camera panned to some young women in the crowd during the in-stadium ‘entertainment’ grated with this particular journalist. Surely there’s something more worthwhile and relevant to focus on in the build-up.STATISTICS10 – The number of offloads made by Italy, double the number made by Ireland. Attendance: 53,187For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 20 – The number of tackles missed by Italy, double the number missed by Ireland.4 – The number of lineouts stolen by Ireland.Centre of attention: Keith Earls scores a first-half try against the Italians. Photo: Getty ImagesIreland: S Zebo; T Bowe, K Earls (L Fitzgerald 76), R Henshaw, D Kearney; J Sexton, C Murray; J McGrath (C Healy 59), R Best (S Cronin 70), M Ross (N White 59), I Henderson (D Toner 67), P O’Connell (capt), P O’Mahony, S O’Brien (C Henry 67), J Heaslip.Try: Earls. Con: Sexton. Pens: Sexton 3. Yellow card: O’Mahony (72).Italy: L McLean; L Sarto, M Capagnaro, G Garcia (T Benvenuti 3), G Venditti; T Allan (C Canna 65), E Gori (G Palazzani 76); M Aguero (M Rizzo 62, Aguero 73), A Manici (D Giazzon ht), L Cittadini (D Chistolini 62), Q Geldenhuys, J Furno, F Minto, S Favaro (M Bergamasco 67), S Parisse (capt, A Zanni 65).Pens: Allan 3.Referee: Jerome Garces (France)Man of the Match: Iain Henderson. A full review of the World Cup match between Ireland and Italy at the Olympic Stadium All arms and legs: Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Simone Favaro at the Olympic Stadium. Photo: Getty Images last_img read more

Ethanol Groups Argue Waiver Requests Don’t Meet Requirements

first_img Facebook Twitter Previous articleDuPont Pioneer Field Update with Brian Early 10/11/12Next articleSeed Consultants Marketwatch 11:00 uPDATE with Gary Wilhelmi 10/12/2012 Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Energy Ethanol Groups Argue Waiver Requests Don’t Meet Requirements By Andy Eubank – Oct 11, 2012 SHARE Thursday was the final day for submitting comments on the Renewable Fuel Standard waiver request. The Environmental Protection Agency received comments from agricultural groups on both sides of the debate. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis said there is no justification for waiving the RFS and no merit to the arguments of ethanol’s critics. In fact – he said the waiver requests are riddled with inaccuracies and misinformation. Buis believes the governors and big food companies pushing the waiver have failed to show severe economic harm directly attributable to the RFS. Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen agreed – stating that EPA has no option but to deny the waiver requests because they are procedurally incomplete, legally insufficient and factually flawed. Both Buis and Dinneen pointed to the RFS program’s inherent flexibilities and said that the RFS is working as intended.To obtain a waiver – RFA notes a petitioner must show there is severe harm to the economy of a state, a region or the U.S.; that the harm is directly caused by the RFS; and that waiving the RFS would cure the claimed harm. RFA says the waiver requests completely fail to satisfy these criteria. For one – the group notes that the waiver request letters explicitly recognize that the drought of 2012 was the root cause of increased feed costs. RFA also cites studies that suggest waiving the RFS would not have a major impact on corn prices and could actually result in increased feed costs in some instances.According to the comments submitted by Buis – a decision to grant the waiver requests would come at a great cost to the United States. He says a full waiver of the RFS could lead to closed or idled biorefineries – resulting in thousands of lost jobs and billions of dollars in lost revenues. Buis added that consumers would see much higher prices at the gas station – costing drivers more than the potential impact on food prices. Buis also noted the billions U.S. corn farmers could lose. Buis said waiving the RFS would jeopardize our energy security, continue our dangerous dependence on foreign oil, would do nothing to improve the nation’s environment and would do tremendous economic harm to American consumers, the biofuels industry and America’s farmers.A decision on the waiver request is expected by November 11.Source: NAFB News Service Ethanol Groups Argue Waiver Requests Don’t Meet Requirementslast_img read more

Secretary Perdue to Address AFBF Convention

first_img Secretary Perdue to Address AFBF Convention U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will give the closing general session keynote address at the 100th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Jan. 14, 2019.More than 6,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation are expected to gather in New Orleans Jan. 11-16 to hear from distinguished leaders and participate in a grassroots policy-setting process that will guide AFBF through 2019.Perdue has served as U.S. agriculture secretary since 2017 and joined Farm Bureau members at the 2018 Annual Convention. Prior to his appointment to the Trump administration, he served as governor of Georgia from 2003-2011 and as a Georgia state senator from 1991-2002.“We are honored that Secretary Perdue will join us as a keynote speaker,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Well before his first day in office in Washington, D.C., the secretary has been a champion for farmers and ranchers. We are excited to kick off Farm Bureau’s 100th year hearing from such a strong advocate for agriculture in the administration. He truly understands how trade, regulations and labor shortages affect a farmer’s bottom line and ability to stay in business from one season to the next.”Farm Bureau members can register for the 100th AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show through their state Farm Bureaus or online through AFBF at American Farm Bureau Federation By Hoosier Ag Today – Jan 2, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News Secretary Perdue to Address AFBF Convention Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleU.S. Remains Quiet on China Trade FrontNext articleNew Ownership and Focus Saves Struggling Farm Show Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Eleições gerais de 6 de outubro de 2002 : Repórteres sem Fronteiras lança um apelo aos candidatos para que combatam a impunidade dos assassinos de jornalistas

first_img to go further Receive email alerts October 3, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Eleições gerais de 6 de outubro de 2002 : Repórteres sem Fronteiras lança um apelo aos candidatos para que combatam a impunidade dos assassinos de jornalistas Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Ler o relatorio BrazilAmericas Às vésperas das eleições, Repórteres sem Fronteiras pede que os candidatos se comprometam a adotar um projeto de reforma do poder judiciário que atribuirá os inquéritos sobre assassinatos de jornalistas à Polícia Federal. Essa recomendação é uma das conclusões da investigação que a organização pública sobre a morte do jornalista Manuel Leal de Oliveira (foto), abatido o 14 de janeiro 1998 no Estado de Bahia. News News News May 13, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Às vésperas das eleições presidencial e parlamentares de 6 de outubro de 2002, Repórteres sem Fronteiras lança um apelo aos candidatos para que lutem contra a impunidade de que desfrutam os assassinos de jornalistas no Brasil. Baseando suas conclusões em uma missão de investigação recentemente realizada no Estado da Bahia, a organização internacional de defesa da liberdade de imprensa pede que os candidatos se comprometam a adotar um projeto de reforma do poder judiciário, que atribuirá os inquéritos sobre assassinatos de jornalistas à Polícia Federal.No Brasil, Tim Lopes, da TV Globo, e Sávio Brandão, do jornal Folha do Estado, mortos nos dias 2 de junho e 30 de setembro de 2002, respectivamente, são apenas os últimos de uma lista de 15 jornalistas assassinados no país desde 1991. Para compreender melhor por que quase todos esses assassinatos permaneceram impunes, Repórteres sem Fronteiras enviou um representante à Bahia, estado onde dez jornalistas foram assassinados nos anos 90. A missão foi realizada em colaboração com a Rede Damoclès, associação de luta contra a impunidade e ramificação judiciária de Repórteres sem Fronteiras.Intitulado “Bahia: uma cultura de impunidade?”, o relatório faz uma avaliação do inquérito sobre o assassinato de Manuel Leal de Oliveira (foto). Diretor do semanário A Região, editado em Itabuna, Leal de Oliveira foi morto em 14 de janeiro de 1998, depois de publicar denúncias contra o prefeito do município, Fernando Gomes, aliado político de Antonio Carlos Magalhães, chefe do Partido da Frente Liberal (PFL, de direita) e ex-governador do Estado.”O caso Manoel Leal de Oliveira evidencia, sobretudo, os limites de um sistema que confia a um órgão que trabalha sob a tutela de políticos locais, neste caso a Polícia Civil da Bahia, o inquérito sobre o assassinato de um jornalista que havia justamente denunciado um desses políticos”, conclui o relatório de Repórteres sem Fronteiras e da Rede Damoclès.As duas organizações finalizam o relatório com um questionamento: “A ausência de condenações nos nove outros casos de assassinatos de jornalistas na Bahia nos anos 90 conduz à reflexão sobre a existência de um sistema político autocrático, graças ao qual os políticos eleitos do partido que detém o poder poderiam, sem grandes dificuldades, “liquidar” os jornalistas que ousassem revelar suas malversações financeiras”.De acordo com o relatório, “os primeiros meses do inquérito, sob a responsabilidade da Polícia Civil da Bahia, constituem um verdadeiro símbolo em matéria de impunidade (…). Em setembro de 1998, o caso foi “arquivado”, sem que nenhum suspeito tenha sido preso e sem que Fernando Gomes tenha sequer prestado depoimento”. Em maio de 2000, o processo judiciário foi reaberto, graças a revelações publicadas no cotidiano regional A Tarde. Apesar de novas investigações terem sido solicitadas, o inquérito registrou um progresso quase insignificante.Em suas recomendações, as duas organizações pedem aos candidatos à eleição presidencial e às eleições senatoriais que se comprometam a adotar um projeto de modificação da Constituição que preconiza uma reforma do poder judiciário. Esse projeto inclui a “federalização” da justiça em relação a todo e qualquer crime e violação grave dos direitos humanos, inclusive o assassinato de jornalistas, e permitirá que esse tipo de inquérito seja entregue à Polícia Federal. Adotado em primeira votação pela Câmara de Deputados de Brasília, o texto, agora, deverá ser aprovado pelo Senado.Além disso, diante da inculpação de três pessoas nesse processo, as organizações advertem que “se os suspeitos não forem julgados ou se forem absolvidos, (elas) interporão recurso perante o Conselho da Defesa dos Direitos da Pessoa Humana (CDDPH) do Ministério da Justiça, exercendo um direito que lhes cabe, a fim de solicitar que o inquérito sobre o assassinato do jornalista seja retomado, desde o início, pela Polícia Federal”.Por fim, Repórteres sem Fronteiras e a Rede Damoclès formulam uma série de recomendações ao juiz Marcos Bandeira, encarregado do dossiê, a Katia Alves, Secretária de Segurança Pública da Bahia, e à Polícia Civil.Tim Lopes, da Rede Globo de Televisão, foi assassinado na madrugada do dia 3 de junho de 2002, quando preparava uma reportagem em Vila Cruzeiro, favela de um subúrbio do Rio de Janeiro, sobre a prostituição de menores organizada por traficantes de droga. Em 30 de setembro, Sávio Brandão, proprietário do jornal Folha do Estado, de Mato Grosso, foi assassinado por dois homens que estavam em uma motocicleta. Sávio Brandão, cujo jornal vinha denunciando um circuito ilegal de máquinas caça-níqueis, era igualmente proprietário de uma empresa de construção civil. Organisation BrazilAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Brazil Reports Help by sharing this information RSF_en April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Death Occurred Due To Single Stab Injury Can Also Attract Section 302 IPC (Murder): SC [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop StoriesDeath Occurred Due To Single Stab Injury Can Also Attract Section 302 IPC (Murder): SC [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 Sep 2020 3:57 AMShare This – x”It cannot be laid down as a rule of universal application that whenever the death occurs on account of a single blow, Section 302 IPC is ruled out.”The Supreme Court has observed that even in cases when death occurs due to single stab injury, Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code [Murder] can be attracted.There is no hard and fast rule that in a case of single injury Section 302 IPC would not be attracted, said the bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and MR Shah while disposing a Criminal Appeal.In this case,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has observed that even in cases when death occurs due to single stab injury, Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code [Murder] can be attracted.There is no hard and fast rule that in a case of single injury Section 302 IPC would not be attracted, said the bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and MR Shah while disposing a Criminal Appeal.In this case, the accused-murder convict had relied on two decisions viz Kunhayippu v. State of Kerala (2000) 10 SCC 307 and Musumsha Hasanasha Musalman v. State of Maharashra (2000) 3 SCC 557 to contend that for causing a single stab injury, Section 302 IPC shall not be attracted.Addressing this contention, the bench referred to some other judgments Mahesh Balmiki v. State of M.P., (2000) 1 SCC 319, Dhirajbhai Gorakhbhai Nayak v. State of Gujarat (2003) 9 SCC 322, Pulicherla Nagaraju v. State of A.P. (2006) 11 SCC 444, Singapagu Anjaiah v. State of A.P. (2010) 9 SCC 799 and State of Rajasthan v. Kanhaiya Lal (2019) 5 SCC 639 and observed:From the above stated decisions, it emerges that there is no hard and fast rule that in a case of single injury Section 302 IPC would not be attracted. It depends upon the facts and circumstances of each case. The nature of injury, the part of the body where it is caused, the weapon used in causing such injury are the indicators of the fact whether the accused caused the death of the deceased with an intention of causing death or not. It cannot be laid down as a rule of universal application that whenever the death occurs on account of a single blow, Section 302 IPC is ruled out. The fact situation has to be considered in each case, more particularly, under the circumstances narrated hereinabove, the events which precede will also have a bearing on the issue whether the act by which the death was caused was done with an intention of causing death or knowledge that it is likely to cause death, but without intention to cause death. It is the totality of the circumstances which will decide the nature of offence.Regarding the other contention that the motive was not proved, the bench observed that motive is not an explicit requirement under the Penal Code, though “motive” may be helpful in proving the case of the prosecution in a case of circumstantial evidence. It added;”the absence of motive does not disperse a prosecution case if the prosecution succeed in proving the same. The motive is always in the mind of person authoring the incident. Motive not being apparent or not being proved only requires deeper scrutiny of the evidence by the courts while coming to a conclusion. When there are definite evidence proving an incident and eye­witness account prove the role of 19 accused, absence in proving of the motive by prosecution does not affect the prosecution case”However, taking note of the circumstances and evidence on record, the bench observed that the case would fall under Section 304 Part I of the IPC and not under Section 302 or 304 Part II of the IPC.As per Exception IV to Section 300 IPC, culpable homicide is not murder if it is committed without premeditation in a sudden fight in the heat of passion upon a sudden quarrel and without the offender having taken undue advantage and not having acted in a cruel or unusual manner. In the present case, at the place of incident the beer was being served; all of them who participated in the beer party were friends; the starting of the incident is narrated by P.W.3, as stated hereinabove. Therefore, in the facts and circumstances, culpable homicide cannot be said to be a murder within the definition of Section 300 IPC and, therefore, in the facts and circumstances of the case narrated hereinabove and the manner in which the incident started in a beer party, we are of the opinion that Section 302 IPC shall not be attracted. Considering the totality of the facts and circumstances of the case and more particularly that the accused inflicted the blow with a weapon like knife and he inflicted the injury on the deceased on the vital part of the body, it is to be presumed that causing such bodily injury was likely to cause the death. Therefore, the case would fall under Section 304 Part I of the IPC and not under Section 304 Part II of the IPC.The bench then held the accused guilty for the offence punishable under Section 304 Part I IPC and sentenced him to undergo 8 years R.I. with a fine of Rs.10,000/­ and, in default, to further undergo one year R.I.Case detailsCase name: Stalin vs. StateCase no.: CRIMINAL APPEAL NO. 577 OF 2020 Coram: Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and MR Shah Click here to Read/Download Judgment[Read Judgment]Next Storylast_img read more

19-year-old charged with illegally buying weapon for alleged Kenosha shooter

first_imgKuzma/iStockBy CHERYL GENDRON and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(KENOSHA, Wis.) — A 19-year-old in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been charged with illegally providing the weapon allegedly used to kill two people and injure a third at a Black Lives Matter protest in August.Dominick Black is facing two counts of intentionally giving a dangerous weapon to a person under the age of 18, causing death, according to a criminal complaint released Monday.Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teen facing murder charges for allegedly killing two people at an Aug. 25 protest in Kenosha, allegedly gave Black the money to purchase the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle used at the rally, according to the complaint.“The defendant purchased the rifle for Mr. Rittenhouse to use. Mr. Rittenhouse was 17 years old at the time and, therefore, was not legally able to purchase the rifle for himself. The defendant was aware of this fact,” the criminal complaint said.Black, currently being held in on a $2,500 cash bond, bought the rifle in May and stored it at his stepfather’s house, according to the complaint.Following the Aug. 23 police shooting of an unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake, protests erupted throughout the city.Black allegedly volunteered to break the city’s curfew on Aug. 25 and went out with a rifle to protect a car dealership, calling Rittenhouse to join him, according to the complaint, which also stated that the pair retrieved the rifle from Black’s stepfather’s home.Rittenhouse is facing first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree recklessly endangering safety charges in the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, during the protest. He’s also charged with attempted reckless homicide for a shooting that night that severely wounded protester Gaige Grosskreutz, 26.Rittenhouse’s attorneys contend their client traveled to Kenosha, about 21 miles from his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, on the day of the shooting to answer “his patriotic and civil duty to serve” the city “during a destructive insurrection.” They claim Rittenhouse, who is currently held on $2 million bail, acted in self-defense when he shot Rosenbaum, Huber, and Grosskreutz.According to the complaint, Rosenbaum allegedly followed Rittenhouse into a used car lot and confronted him in an attempt to disarm him before Rittenhouse shot him, according to a criminal complaint. The medical examiner found that Rosenbaum was shot in the groin and back — which fractured his pelvis and perforated his right lung and liver — and his left hand. He also suffered a superficial wound to his left thigh and a graze wound to his forehead.Rittenhouse was chased by protesters and fell, according to the criminal complaint. At that point, Huber tried to pull Rittenhouse’s gun away when he was allegedly shot and killed, according to the complaint. Rittenhouse then allegedly shot Grosskreutz, who had his hands in the air, in the right arm, according to the complaint.According to the complaint, Grosskreutz moved towards Rittenhouse after putting his hands in the air and “appears to be holding a handgun in his right hand when he was shot.”Hours after the shooting, Kenosha police officers interviewed Black in Antioch, Illinois, according to a police report obtained by ABC News.Black allegedly led the police officers to two rifles in the trunk of his car and admitted to buying one of the weapons for Rittenhouse, according to the report from Antioch police.“Black was asked if he knew where Kyle got the rifle. Black replied, ‘Yeah, it’s mine. He got it from my dad’s house.’ Black then stated Kyle bought it with his money, but he [Black] got it for him,” the report said.Police interviewed Black’s stepfather, who told them he didn’t approve of his stepson buying the gun for Rittenhouse, according to the report. The stepfather said he kept the gun locked up in a gun safe in his garage, but brought it into the house for personal protection after the unrest began in Kenosha, the report said. He told officers he didn’t realize the gun was gone until the day after the shootings.If convicted, Black faces up to 12 years in prison, prosecutors said.Black’s attorney didn’t immediately return messages from ABC News seeking comment.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgn Northern Foods’ shareholders voted in favour of the disposal of the firm’s speciality bread, chilled pastry, cakes and flour milling businesses to Vision Capital at an Extraordinary General Meeting this week.n A poll on our website has revealed that 55% of bakers believe the biggest challenge to their businesses is supermarkets. The second-biggest is energy prices, at 22%, followed by training and recruitment at 19%. The poll was conducted in December 2006. This month, tell us: “What are your customers’ main demands when buying healthy baked goods?” on []n Greggs has said it plans to add more “aspirational” products and Healthier Options to its range. It also pledged to trial innovative trading hours and formats, as well as stepping up its marketing activity. The firm has recently appointed Raymond Reynolds as its first nationwide retail director.n Cafe chain BB’S Coffee and Muffins, which has 155 cafés across the UK and Ireland, plans to open 20 new stores in 2007. “Our business is performing ahead of expectations and we are actively progressing our expansion plans,” said Phil Abbott, MD. He added that, for 2007, BB’s will be introducing a wider range of healthy eating options in muffins and sandwiches, as well as indulgent new products.n Fletchers Bakeries has launched ’Il Granaio’ – a selection of three Italian breads including panini and ciabatta. The company said that they were launched in response to a 30% increase in the Italian bread market over the last three years.last_img read more

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first_img== Alex Waugh Director-general, Nabim ==Working with schools can be fraught with difficulties, as branded businesses such as Cadbury have found in recent years. The National Association of Master Bakers is therefore to be congratulated on the recent success of National Craft Bakers’ Week and the link with schools. The difficulty is to sustain this, and here can help. This is a website developed by nabim, the Federation of Bakers and the HGCA over the last two years. It includes a huge range of worksheets, lesson plans, videos, whiteboard activities and podcasts for teachers and students to draw on. The site is designed with teachers in mind, with clear guidance on age suitability of the activities and careful links to the curriculum.Additions to the site in the first part of 2009 included a range of new materials linked to the government’s ’Licence to Cook’ programme, which is designed to encourage the uptake of cooking and baking in schools and becomes compulsory in 2011. In the next year, we will be developing training sessions so that teachers can gain confidence in delivering lessons in home-cooking and baking, which helps both teachers and pupils understand the essential simplicity and goodness of bread. They all say how useful they find the site and how much they enjoy the varied activities that demonstrate the workings of our chain from field to bakery. Site visitors have grown by 25% over the last 12 months, but still, too few teachers know of its existence. Please urge everyone involved in, or linked to, the baking sector to encourage schools to make use of this great and growing resource.last_img read more

Cupcake heaven

first_imgThirty cupcakes in 90 minutes that was the constitution-challenging mission we set our judges. Insulin injections were on hand in case they fell into a diabetic coma. While the pros struggled to contain the dizzying sugar rush, they trooped on gamely through the avalanche of cake, and British Baker’s health insurance was not called upon.British Baker launched National Cupcake Week last year to support the trade in capitalising on the fashion for cupcakes. The cupcake has done more than any other product of late to attract people into the baking profession. It is notable that all seven of the winners, one to inspire bakers on each day of National Cupcake Week including an Overall Champion, are recent start-ups, showing that there is a healthy grassroots of emerging talent.Judging venueDue to the high volume of entries this year, 30 giddily enthusiastic bakers were invited to attend the tasting session at the five-star Rafayel Hotel on the Left Bank in London itself home to cupcake boutique MyChelle’s. Entrants had to be trading in cupcakes and the whole of Britain was represented, from Devon to Glasgow. But it wasn’t all about start-ups Asda and craft bakery chain Coughlans submitted creditable entries that showed attractively-made cupcakes were not the reserve of the boutiques.The event was ably judged by patissier Eric Lanlard, who recently fronted a Channel 4 series on desserts; British Baker Masterclass contributor Chris Bachmann of Bachmann’s Patisserie in Thames Ditton; Ruth Stead, marketing and innovations controller at bakery ingredients specialist Renshaw; and former patissier Mike Wescomb of sponsor Chevler, the cupcake cases supplier. Picky sorts that they are, they were ultra-demanding with their criteria of what makes a perfect cupcake and didn’t hold back when they thought recipes could be improved.While all of the cupcakes were beautifully finished, a common gripe was that the toppings often contained too much sugar undoubtedly due to the American influence on recipes. But nobody could doubt the passion, creativity and effort that went into their exceptional finishing and presentation.TV channel Food Network (Sky 262) filmed proceedings, so look out for coverage during National Cupcake Week, 13-19 September, including footage, no doubt, of some bilious-looking post-cake-binge judges.l For cupcake recipes and information, visit: or follow us @CupcakeWeek on Twitter Monday: Chocolate Ginger Cupcake (vegan) The Cupcake Theatre has hit the ground running, having been awarded a business start-up grant in May, and has devised a good way of getting customers to try new flavours in the gifts and special occasions market. “We gift mini-samples with orders to encourage customers to try something different. This has proved highly popular,” says Lisa Harris. “As a ginger fanatic, this is my personal favourite. This little cupcake has won over those who really don’t like ginger,” she says of her winning cake, adding that customers are often astonished to find they are vegan. It is now in talks to supply high-end coffee shops.Ingredients: Crystallised ginger is incorporated into a chocolate sponge, topped with ginger confiture and chocolate ganache, with a small swirl of whipped chocolate ginger frosting, finished with a piece of crystallised ginger and a chocolate curl.Location: Bournemouth, DorsetWeb: the judges said:Eric: “A great combination of the chocolate and the ginger. It was very rich, so difficult to eat a whole one! It used real chocolate and the ginger wasn’t too overpowering.”Ruth: “It was nice and balanced with real warmth from the ginger. Really tasty and probably my favourite.”Chris: “There was a nice heat to it, but a gentle heat.” Tuesday: Tropical Explosion Natalie Penzer and Rachel Brown run the community-focused Cupcake Garden, which has been trading since May. A self-confessed “cottage industry”, its tropical cupcake was a world away from its rural base in Dorset. “The butter icing swirl resembles a tropical island with its combination of colours, and is flavoured with passion fruit arome. We wanted to provide a cupcake different from the norm!” says Penzer. Its cupcakes are packaged in their own individual plastic dome containers, which come with a packet of wildflower, vegetable or fruit seeds for recycling them into plant pots.Ingredients: Apple, cherry and strawberry popping candy on the outside of the vanilla sponge, which has a mango coulis running through it.Location: Beaminster, DorsetWeb: the judges said:Chris: “This was surprising, because I really thought I wasn’t going to like it. But the topping even though there was too much of it had a natural flavour and aroma. The whole thing was pleasant to eat and this one was in my top two.”Mike: “The passion fruit topping was very light and the injection made it nice and moist.”Eric: “It’s interesting I thought it looked too artificial. But this changed when I bit into it.”Ruth: “It takes you straight to a beach in the Caribbean.” Wednesday: Ernest Hemingway Sweet Tooth Cupcakery’s effort is the cupcake version of the classic Floridian key lime pie. “It’s inspired by a Mancunian hankering for some Floridian sun and a passion for surprise, sophistication and innovation,” says baker Vicky Parker. Her business opened in 2008, having been inspired to create a Cupcakery/Milk Bar with friendly staff, for local residents and friends to enjoy. It now has two locations. All 100-plus of the company’s cupcake flavours are named after famous people.Ingredients: a cheesecake-style base with a ginger crumb, vanilla sponge, finished with a swirl of hand-whipped and hand-toasted meringue frosting and garnished with fresh lime zest. Within the sponge is a homemade zesty lime curd.Location: Chorlton, ManchesterWeb: the judges said:Chris: “I like the fact they tried to be a bit different with the meringue topping. It was a bit light on the toasting it could have been more golden. This tasted gingery, which left an unwelcome taste at the end. But the concept is really nice and very adventurous.”Ruth: “It could have used a blend of shortcake or something clean, as well as the ginger.”Eric: “It just needs to be tweaked, but it’s a great idea.” Thursday: Cosmopolitan Since starting out just two years ago, The Butterfly Bakery has worked with brides, corporate clients and local residents. From the start of this year, it has introduced online ordering. “This Sex and the City-inspired cupcake is flirty and sassy and features a cranberry and orange-infused sponge with an orange liquor frosting and a zingy lime twist,” says Stephanie Sippitt.Ingredients: Cake flour, butter, caster sugar, eggs, cranberries (dried), orange zest, raising agent; topping butter, icing sugar, lime juice, Cointreau.Location: Poole, DorsetWeb: the judges said: Eric: “The colour was a little too bright for me, but it wasn’t too sweet. I wasn’t too keen on the dried cranberries at the bottom. A jelly or a compote would have been better. But altogether it worked and it was a great idea.”Ruth: “I loved the bright pink, girly colour. The lime flavour came through particularly well.” Friday: Sweet & Wicked Mojito Sweet & Wicked is a small artisan business that has been trading for eight months, selling at farmers’ markets, delis and direct customer sales. Its USP lies in making filled dessert cupcakes, many inspired by cocktails, combining exotic flavours and textures. “Unlike many others, we use classical British cake methods, rather than American-style cupcakes,” says baker Susan Angoy. Her Mojito-inspired cocktail was “a cupcake with the freshness and kick of a Mojito cocktail, inspired by my tropical origins, herb garden and love of Mojitos!” It features a delicate lime, rum and mint sponge with a creamy mint, lime and verbena-infused filling, laced with Havana rum, topped with a swirl of mint and lime and rum buttercream frosting and a mint sprig, finished with the firm’s signature butterfly and glitter.Ingredients: butter, sugar, flour, eggs, fresh mint, lemon verbena, lime, milk, rum, vanilla, mascarpone, baking powder, food colour.Location: Camden, LondonWeb: the judges said:Eric: “Mojito is my favourite cocktail. The look was too green, but the taste was very good.”Chris: “The topping was quite granular and it could have been smoother, and maybe a little lighter, but it was good.”Mike: “It’s a grown-up taste, not too sweet.”Ruth: “I could have done with a real one on the side!” Saturday: Banana & Mango Inspired by “sunny days”, David Bennett of the Sunshine Bakery won the overall crown for his Banana & Mango Cupcake. The ex-restaurant chef, converted to baker, is now running a local small bakery producing breads, cupcakes, patisserie, sandwiches, teas and coffees. “We stand out because we only use natural ingredients and make everything from scratch using French gastronomic recipes,” he says.Ingredients: for the sponge he used toasted ground almonds, banana purée, mango purée, muscovado sugar; for the topping, mascarpone, caramelised banana purée, muscovado sugar and rum.Location: Chapel Allerton, LeedsWeb: the judges said: Eric: “This was the winner, straight away, for me. It was light, fresh, not too sweet compared to a lot of the other cupcakes we tasted. I thought it was a breath of fresh air an interesting combination using fresh produce.”Mike: “Tastes as good as it looks, with unusual ingredients.”Ruth: “It tasted refreshing and indulgent at the same time.”Chris: “It had a lovely balance and a nice acidity to complement the sweetness. You could eat it as a cupcake or a dessert.” Sunday: Sticky Toffee The Little House of Cupcakes has been trading for over two years and its shop in Thornton, Dorset recently celebrated its first birthday. Its customers come from as far north as the Lake District and Manchester, but it has a loyal customer base of local people made up of all ages. “I have recently become addicted to sticky toffee pudding and that inspired me to give this traditional dessert a modern-day twist,” says Katie Rawcliffe, baker of this simple cupcake made with a rich toffee sauce centre, decorated with duo buttercream and topped with homemade fudge.Ingredients: butter, brown sugar, eggs, self-raising flour, bicarbonated soda, vanilla extract and a little milk. Toffee centre: butter, brown sugar and double cream; buttercream: half chocolate and half vanilla (butter, icing sugar, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa powder); homemade fudge to decorate.Location: Thornton, LancashireWeb: the judges said:Mike: “Nice crumb texture, a good injection of toffee in the base and the fudge decoration was a pleasing extra. However, it may be too sweet for the adult palate.”Chris: “This made it in, mainly due to a nice caramelly flavour and it was well -presented.”Ruth: “A moist sponge with a good flavour it had a proper sticky toffee filling, which was a pleasant surprise, with excellent flavour delivery overall.”last_img read more