Medway talks up quality offering

first_imgMedway Foods is pushing its quality credentials after its management buyout of three Canterbury Foods pastry and ingredients’ plants in January.Chief executive Paul Ains-worth said Canterbury, which went into administration in January, had a reputation as a cheap manufacturer but that this was not the case and Medway was proving that current product quality was even better. “People didn’t understand or had lost touch with the company, but we’re showing off some new savoury pastry ranges and have had a really positive reception.”He said it had not lost any of its wholesale or manufacturing customers since the sale and that it was constantly working to gain new business. However, despite its promise to keep all 200 staff employed, Ainsworth admitted that it had been forced to shed 15 jobs at its Whitstable plant due to cost pressures. “There has been a slowdown in the manufacturing sector and, if they’re not doing as much development, then we’re not supplying them with as much.”Following news of the proposed sale of some of Northern Foods’ bakery businesses he said: “If the right thing came along we’d look at it.” But he noted that, in this instance, the deal would probably be “too big”.Medway is expected to announce the results of a company review next month.last_img read more

Yemen: Female Police Officers Fight Terrorism

first_img Women who serve in Yemen’s police represent a crucial element in the fight against terrorism, despite the short time that they have been in the field, according to police officials. “Female police have participated in advanced operations against terrorists that proved successful, especially carrying out house raids where terrorists were hiding and where women and children were present,” Maj. Souad Kamel told al-Shorfa. Yemen is a conservative society that views the military and police suitable for men only. Training women to serve as police officers is a necessity because terrorist organizations increasingly use women to evade investigation or searches, knowing that male police officers are less likely to suspect a female operative. “Women in a conservative society have been used as a tool by terrorists, particularly smuggling of weapons, ammunition and drugs,” she said. Maj. Kamel said female officers undertake the same tasks as male officers because crime is not specific to one sex. By Dialogo January 01, 2011last_img read more

Nourse nabs Boone Hobby Stock win

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (July 2) – Boone Speedway saw a nice crowd on hand for its weekly show on Saturday night.Mike Van Genderen matched his win from last week in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Donavon Smith returned to the winner’s circle in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Jake McBirnie got his second feature in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Korbin Nourse was a first-time IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner.Nourse grabbed the lead from his outside front row start as soon as the green flag dropped, and threw off the challenges of any competitors on his way to victory. Jordan Peters took second, Dustin Graham third and Eric Stanton was a close fourth.Last week’s winner, Daniel Tasler, led the troops in the opening laps of the Northern SportMod main event. However, it didn’t take long for the eighth starting McBirnie to run him down and take command at lap six.From there on, McBirnie kept hold of that top spot, all the way to the checkers and the win. Johnathon Logue came from ninth starting to finish as the runner-up.  Tasler finished third, Cory Pestotnik was fourth and Andy Tiernan completed the top five.It was an excellent 20-lap Modified feature with the winner determined at the finish line.  The early portion of the race was led by Bob Daniels. Daniels had his hands full holding back Josh Truman when a caution flew at lap eight.When action got back underway, it was Van Genderen getting the jump on Truman and taking over second place. Just past the halfway mark, Van Genderen surged past Daniels to take over the top spot. Truman and Jimmy Gustin followed him to run second and third, respectively.The final laps were a constant battle between Van Genderen, Gustin and Truman. Gustin slipped into second place with just a handful of laps remaining and continued to torment Van Genderen. Gustin searched for a way around the leader, gave it a last second push as the two came out of corner four looking at the checkers but was unable to make the pass.Van Genderen took the win over Gustin, who had to settle for the runner-up spot. Truman held on for a third place finish, Tony Cox was fourth and John Logue came from starting 15th to finish fifth.Tyler Pickett took the lead at lap four and was no doubt looking to match last week’s visit to the Stock Car victory lane. Meanwhile, Donavon Smith had begun his methodical march to the front, and slipped into second by lap eight.Pickett held off Smith’s advances until lap 12. From there on, Smith kept the lead to the finish, scoring his fifth win of the regular season. Josh Daniels finished second, third went to Jay Schmidt, who both got under fourth place Pickett when he pushed up the track on the final lap, and Ben Walding was fifth.last_img read more

Mom and 2-year-old removed from flight over face mask

first_imgA mother and her two-year-old son say they were forced off of a Southwest Airlines flight after she briefly removed her son’s mask to allow him to eat his gummy bears.The incident occurred Saturday on flight 2420.Jodi Degyansky told reporters that she and her son where headed home to Chicago after visiting family in Florida when she allowed her son to place his face mask under his chin to eat his gummies while the plane pushed back from the gate. Degyansky says she was then approached by an employee who told her that she and her son would have to leave the flight because he was not wearing a face mask.” I’m super humiliated,” Degyansky said. “There was no heated discussion,” she continued.Degyansky says the plane then turned to the gate where she and her son were ushered off of the flight and told they would have to rebook and fly at a later date.Degyansky says instead of rebooking with the airline, she just purchased a $600 ticket from another airline so that she could get home in time for her son to start his first day of daycare.Southwest Airlines has since released a statement to CNN stating that they will not discuss the specifics of the situation with the media, however, they will contact the mother to find out what exactly occurred.Due to the mask mandate, several people and families have been booted from flights for a range of reasons involving mask.“I’m absolutely not an anti-masker,” Degyansky said.“I do think there needs to be some level of additional questioning so there is more consistency… more compassion from the corporation. “last_img read more