September 19, 2021

Hopes build for Harvestime sale

first_imgAdministrators hope to get the sale of Harvestime (2005) “wrapped up by Christmas”, as potential buyers start putting offers in.Joint administrator John Kelly of Begbies Traynor said the six potential buyers had been invited to put offers in this week. He expects all bids to be in by the end of the coming week.Administrators may split up the company’s bakeries in Walsall, Peterborough and Leicester and sell them piecemeal, or sell the company as a whole. Mr Kelly commented: “They are quite distinct units, so they could be sold separately. We have an open mind; it depends what is in the best interests of the creditors and which are the best offers.”Harvestime may be restructured out of administration or its assets sold, he said. All potential buyers have been or are currently connected with the UK baking industry, Mr Kelly revealed and added: “We hope we will have all offers in by next week and get it wrapped up by Christmas. Lawyers work all-night sessions on these things.”Meanwhile, trading at the Walsall bakery has “much improved”, he said. Administrators made a further 17 redundancies at the end of November – of staff who had been paid up to that date before they were called in. Suppliers remain supportive and staff have agreed to changes in weekend working patterns to make production more efficient. The bakery has stopped producing crumpets, as they were not a cost-effective line, Mr Kelly added. Trading will continue as long as there’s interest from buyers in Harvestime (2005), he said.last_img read more

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Changes at top surprise schools

first_imgBecause Nelson Elementary is now making good academic strides, Villalba said the campus is “set up. Teachers are working collectively, and it’s on its way.” But others say Superintendent Lillian French’s decision to move Duncan was puzzling, considering Nelson flourished academically under the leadership of former Principal Susan Mercado. Mercado has effectively switched jobs with Duncan, as Mercado is now the fourth principal to oversee Los Nietos Middle School in seven years, said eighth-grade math teacher Rick Gallardo. “The teachers felt (Duncan) was doing a good job here,” Gallardo said. “And it was unusual that they had an administration at Nelson that was leading the school well – and then they move (Mercado). “In my mind, it doesn’t really make sense to move people around before the goal is reached.” That sentiment was echoed by board member Nicholas Aquino, who said he never believed Duncan’s reassignment from Los Nietos was in students’ interest. “I still don’t see the logic of swapping a principal from the elementary school to the middle school, then from the middle school to the elementary school,” said Aquino, whose daughter attends the middle school. “It provides no continuity. It’s nothing more than disruptive.” Several phone calls placed to French’s office Thursday for comment were not returned. And because Duncan is now restricted from speaking to the media without French’s permission, she was also unavailable for comment. Duncan supporter Lisa Puente, 37, was one of the more vocal parents opposed to her reassignment from the middle school, where her son attends. Now she’s glad that Duncan was moved to Nelson because her son is a third-grader there. “I know she’s going to be a good principal,” Puente said. “She listens to teachers and parents, and I’m sure they love her already.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST WHITTIER – Marla Duncan’s sudden departure as principal of Los Nietos Middle School this summer sparked dramatic protests by parents, students and teachers, who roundly criticized administrators for relegating the popular Duncan to a district office job for unknown reasons. But now, two months after she was removed from the middle school, Duncan has been reassigned again – and this time, she’s leading the 500-student Nelson Elementary School, also in Los Nietos School District. The decision to reassign Duncan from the middle school was “tough,” said school board Vice President Diana Villalba, as was the decision to reassign her again to Nelson. “But we had to get the middle school going. We’re really suffering at that school, and we couldn’t afford another year to get it to the level where it needs to be,” Villalba said. last_img read more

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QPR 1-1 Millwall: Highlights of Rangers’ draw with Holloway’s Lions

first_imgScott Malone’s injury-time equaliser salvages a point for relegation-threatened Millwall at Loftus Road.See also:QPR denied win by late Lions equaliserRedknapp admits need for ‘right balance’QPR v Millwall player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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A’s Matt Chapman, Matt Olson win AL Gold Glove awards

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — The two young A’s infielders considered cornerstones of the franchise also happen to play at the corners, and both will now add a nice piece of hardware to their mantle.Third baseman Matt Chapman and first baseman Matt Olson, both coming off their first full big league seasons, were named winners of the AL Gold Glove at their positions Sunday night. The infield duo marked just the third time the A’s have had …last_img read more

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Why Blood Clots Are Stretchy

first_imgA team of biophysicists at University of Illinois ran a computation for six months to find out why blood clots are stretchy.  The primary protein in the clot, fibrinogen, can stretch two to three times its resting size.  By studying the force on every atom in the protein, Science Daily said, they produced a force curve that matches the force measured on actual fibrinogen.    Understanding clotting is important, because “Blood clots can save lives, staunching blood loss after injury, but they can also kill,” the article began.  “Let loose in the bloodstream, a clot can cause a heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism.”  It is important for clots to be elastic because “they have a mechanical function to withstand blood pressure.”Tots learn from their mommies that their scratches will heal, so they don’t need to worry about being scarred for life.  We grew up accepting that as a given.  Imagine, though, having every scratch or cut from our youth a permanent disfigurement or point of blood leakage.  We would be covered head to toe in bandages as adults.  The life of hemophiliacs illustrates the point: when the blood clotting process breaks down, even a small cut is life-threatening.    Imagine, furthermore, that clots were as hard as bone.  You would have to sit quietly for weeks till the wound was entirely healed, or else risk having changes in blood pressure rip it away from the surrounding tissue.  Instead, fibrinogen is constructed with coiled coils of amino acids to give it both strength and flexibility.  The network of fibers and proteins that form at a wound site involves multiple rounds of signaling, aggregating ingredients in the right order, and applying patches that won’t break off and cause a heart attack or stroke.    Michael Behe argued in his classic book Darwin’s Black Box that the blood clotting cascade is irreducibly complex.  His argument didn’t take much convincing.  All he had to do was show a flowchart of the 25 or so components that interoperate with feedback and feed-forward procedures to ensure that the flow of blood is stopped quickly and safely.  If any one of these ingredients is missing, the system breaks.  Any question why this article here did not mention evolution?(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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DOD Should Pursue More Holistic Energy Strategy House Panel Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR While the Defense Department’s first priority in fulfilling its installation energy needs is ensuring it can carry out its mission, DOD has not fully integrated its aims to expand supply, trim demand, and adapt future forces and technology, the House Armed Services Committee says in its report accompanying the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill.“The committee is concerned that the initiatives being pursued by the department have not fully integrated these three pillars into a unified line of effort,” the report states.“The committee encourages the department to interpret and integrate its existing authorities to support a holistic approach, focusing on projects and initiatives that integrate efficiencies, generation, storage, and infrastructure modernization at military installations,” it states.The report notes that the department has a variety of available authorities to improve energy efficiency and acquire new plants, including third-party financing and securing appropriated dollars.The committee approved the annual defense policy bill April 28. H. Rpt. 114-537 will be available on Congress.gov shortly.last_img read more

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