President intervenes in case of threats against three journalists

first_img News Reporters Without Borders is worried about death threats against Juan Gossaín of radio RCN, Mauricio Vargas of Cambio magazine and Julio Sánchez Cristo of W de Radio Caracol. President Alvaro Uribe has intervened personally to ensure they are given protection. Organisation September 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President intervenes in case of threats against three journalists October 21, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Colombia 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information to go further ColombiaAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas RSF_en Receive email alerts Reports News News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about death threats against radio RCN news director Juan Gossaín, Cambio magazine editor Mauricio Vargas and W de Radio Caracol news director Julio Sánchez Cristo, which prompted President Alvaro Uribe to contact each them in turn to say he was giving them special protection.“We are pleased that President Uribe intervened personally but we would like to see the measures taken in these particular cases being applied more systematically to threatened journalists and we remind the president that Colombia continues to be one of Latin America’s most dangerous countries for the press,” the organisation said.The threats were made in an anonymous phone call received by Gossaín on 20 September. Referring to Vargas and Sánchez Cristo as well as Gossaín, the caller said: “If you and the other journalists continue to talk about what is happening in Cartagena, you should expect to suffer the consequences.” He was alluding to reports of municipal election rigging in the northern city of Cartagena.Gossaín reported the threat on the air, announcing that he considered himself warned and accepted the consequences of his actions.President Uribe personally contacted the police chief, Gen. Jorge Daniel Castro, and ordered him to investigate the threats. He also contacted each of the journalists yesterday to assure them of his support and intention to “reinforce the protection of the journalists so that they can continue working.” May 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Community Nursing system under severe strain – INMO

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter By admin – April 4, 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleDerry police renew appeal for information on Culmore Road fatalityNext articleHarps game re-fixed for Monday, April 11th admin Community Nursing system under severe strain – INMO Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North A report on community nursing in Ireland to be launched this morning indicates that the service is under severe strain.The report says the service is struggling to meet the demands from challenges including a changing national demographic and earlier acute care discharges.The moratorium on nurse recruitment has also had a severe impact according to the report, with numbers no higher now than they were over four decades ago.The report’s lead author Dr Amanda Phelan says major reform is vital……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/phelanurses.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Prosecution Vs. Persecution

first_imgColumnsProsecution Vs. Persecution Advocate Nandita Rao31 May 2020 8:35 AMShare This – xThe Constitutional Scheme in India had in its wisdom, allocated Police including Railway Police, to the State Governments under List II of the Seventh Schedule. The Rational of this scheme not only secures the Federal Structure of the Country, but also the democratic character of its polity ensuring that no armed force except the Army, operated under the instructions of a single…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 Constitutional Scheme in India had in its wisdom, allocated Police including Railway Police, to the State Governments under List II of the Seventh Schedule. The Rational of this scheme not only secures the Federal Structure of the Country, but also the democratic character of its polity ensuring that no armed force except the Army, operated under the instructions of a single individual or group of individuals. The Constitution of the Central Bureau of Investigation was challenged on this very ground, that the Parliament has no jurisdiction to legislate on the issue of policing. While this issue has been pending determination in the Supreme Court, the National Investigative Agency Act 2008 was enacted by the Parliament, with the ostensible purpose of fighting terrorism through a specialized agency, however this Act does not provide the National Investigative Agency (NIA), it sets up, any special resources, scientific cadre, special access to information, it only concentrates in the Central Government, the power to appoint Public Prosecutors and judges for the National Investigation Agency Courts. How this would strengthen the war on terror, is hard to fathom. But what is clear is that it usurps both the power of investigation and prosecution from the State Government and vests the same with the Central Government in a manner not conceived by either our Constitution or the Code of Criminal Procedure. The Procedure prescribed for appointment of Public Prosecutors under Section 24 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, mandates that the state government will make such appointments in consultation with the District Courts and the High Court. This legislative mandate of the Code of Criminal Procedure, ensuring that Public Prosecutors are not just government nominees but are appointed in consultation with the Judiciary, is because an impartial prosecutor is a corner stone for fair prosecution. Prior to the enactment of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, public prosecutors were attached to the Police department and they were responsible to the District Superintendent of the Police. However in 1958-59, the Law Commission recommended that an independent prosecution machinery be set up as keeping prosecutors outside the police control is the only way to ensure their independence. It was observed that if prosecutors are under police control, it will affect prosecutorial independence. In furtherance to the said report, the new code of criminal procedure came into force in 1973, the prosecution wing has been totally detached from the police department. In S.B.Shahane vs. State of Maharashtra, the Supreme Court cited the 14th report of the Law Commission with approval and held that a police prosecutor cannot be appointed as an Assistant Public Prosecutor and issued directions to constitute a separate cadre of prosecutors. In a catena of judgments the Hon’ble Supreme Court and various High Courts have reiterated, ” A public Prosecutor is not expected to show a thirst to reach the case to conviction of the accused somehow or the other, irrespective of the true facts involved it the case. The expected attitude of the Public Prosecutor while conducting prosecution must be couched in fairness not only to the court and to the investigating agencies but to the accused as well. In the month of February 2020, while hearing a Petition alleging inaction by the Delhi Police, in registration of FIRs on hate speeches alleged to have been made by leaders of the Ruling Party, Hon’ble Justice K.M.Joseph, of the Supreme Court said, “Regarding police inaction, I want to say certain things. If I don’t, I won’t be discharging my duty. I have my loyalty towards this institution, towards this country…” He was urged by the Solicitor General of India not to make any oral remarks, ostensibly as it would demoralize the Police, However the Hon’ble Judge, brushed aside this blatantly fallacious concern by the Solicitor General and remarked that, “The problem is lack of independence and professionalism in police. If this had been done before, this situation would not have arisen,” However since the Delhi High Court was already seized of the issue in a Petition filed by social activist and former IAS officer Harsh Mander, the Supreme Court did not pass any orders. The afternoon of this fateful day, saw a division bench of the Delhi High Court, playing, the alleged hate speeches of leaders of the Ruling Party, in open court, asking the police and prosecution weather they constituted cognizable offences and if so why FIRs had not been registered. This question was responded to by the Solicitor General of India, who was present in the Delhi High Court (without any specific role) not being a prosecutor for the State of Delhi that the time was not right for registration of FIRs. Though the Criminal Procedure Code does not permit any such discretion in the police and mandates immediate registration of FIRs in cognizable offences. The police was directed by the court to return their finding and the matter was adjourned to the next date. On the intervening night, Justice Murlidhar, who had presided over the afore mentioned division bench at the Delhi High Court received the notification of his transfer to Chandigarh High Court. He described his last day at the Delhi High Court as one of the longest days, in his farewell speech before a packed court, where lawyers marked their protest against interference with the independence of the judiciary, with their overwhelming presence. The matter filed by Harsh Mander was adjourned without order. Mr. Harsh Mander, the petitioner, therefore approached the Supreme Court seeking an urgent decision on this issue and the Delhi Police in response, filed a transcript before the Supreme Court alleging that the Petitioner of the said case who was seeking registration of FIRs against leaders of the ruling party had himself indulged in hate speech. How this was relevant to the registration of FIRs by the Delhi Police, against the said leaders, is unclear, but what is more serious is that media reports suggested that the transcript filed by the police was an edited version and words such as nonviolence and peaceful protest had been carefully deleted from the speech by someone before it was filed before the Supreme Court. No other incident can highlight the importance of an independent and vigilant prosecutor to ensure unverified and tampered material is not filed as evidence before the Court. Hot on the heels of this Lt. Governor of Delhi, at his own discretion, appointed certain Central Government Counsels as Special Prosecutors specifically for the North East Delhi Riotscases. Disregarding the mandate of the Supreme Court of India in State (NCT of Delhi) vs. Union of India and Another (2018) 8 SCC 501 which clearly settled this issue holding that Special Prosecutors appointed under Section 24 (8) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, in Delhi, can only be appointed on the aid and advice of the Government of Delhi. After a few months of power tussle the Ministry of home adopted the procedure laid down by the Supreme Court and obtained the consent of the Delhi Government for this appointment. It is significant to mention that the Special Prosecutors appointed under Section 24 (8) of the CRPC is the exception from the general rule that mandates the appointment of a prosecutor must be in consultation with the judiciary and not at the sole discretion of any Government. The propriety and Constitutionality of exercise of power vested under Section 24 (8) in cases where the political opponents of the ruling Party are being prosecuted is yet to be determined in a Court of Law. This episode, when seen in the back drop of the almost overnight transfer of the Bhima Koregaon investigation, where the accused persons are again critics of the Ruling Party at the Center, from Maharashtra Police to the NIA, effectively transferring investigation and prosecution from the State police and Prosecution to investigation by a Central Agency and prosecution by a prosecutor appointed by the Central Government, as soon as the Ruling Party at the center was no longer the ruling Party in the State of Maharashtra, suggests a trend. Such a trend casts an ominous shadow on the promise of a fair trial. And casts a special duty on those charged to act as Special Prosecutors to act free of ideological considerations and political persuasions to ensure that the process of trial is one of prosecution and not persecution.Views Are Personal Only. (Nandita Rao, Advocate practicing at the Delhi High Court and currently Additional Standing Counsel ( Criminal) GNCTD) Next Storylast_img read more

Bombay HC Quashes District Collector’s Requisition Of Flats For COVID Quarantine Facility Over Creation Of Third Party Interests [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesBombay HC Quashes District Collector’s Requisition Of Flats For COVID Quarantine Facility Over Creation Of Third Party Interests [Read Order] Mehal Jain28 July 2020 2:14 AMShare This – xThe Bombay high court has quashed an order of the Thane District Collector for requisitioning 84 flats in two buildings in the city of Ambernath for a Covid-19 quarantine/isolation facility, ordering him to take a fresh decision in two weeks considering that possession letters were issued to flat-buyers. Justices N. M. Jamdar and Abhay Ahuja noted that the Municipal Council, Ambernath…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 Bombay high court has quashed an order of the Thane District Collector for requisitioning 84 flats in two buildings in the city of Ambernath for a Covid-19 quarantine/isolation facility, ordering him to take a fresh decision in two weeks considering that possession letters were issued to flat-buyers. Justices N. M. Jamdar and Abhay Ahuja noted that the Municipal Council, Ambernath had addressed a communication on 13 June, to the Developer corporation of the subject buildings seeking for its response regarding requisitioning the flats in the premises. Sai Ashray Developers on 17 June informed the Municipal Council that the flats have been sold to third parties and possession letters have been issued and it is not possible to give possession of these flats. Thereafter the impugned order was passed by the Collector on 25 June. “The Collector, in the impugned order, referred to the request of the Municipal Council to requisition the premises and proceeded to pass the order. There is no reference in the order as to the creation of third party rights in favour of individual flat owners”, observed the division bench. The bench remarked that it was clear therefore that when the Collector has passed the impugned order, he has not been made aware of the correct factual position, and hence, the impugned order is based on wrong premises. “What would be the consequences of creation of third party rights in the flats upon the requisition of the premises will have to be decided by the Collector when the order of requisition will be passed”, stated the Court. Accordingly, the bench was of the opinion that the impugned orders will have to be quashed and set aside and a fresh decision will have to be taken by the Collector after taking note of the factual position which is brought on record by the petitioners which was not before the Collector. Noting that certain steps have been taken by the respondent Collector pursuant to the impugned order, the bench, not inclined to disturb the same at this stage, ordered status quo, requiring the collector to take a decision as per law. The petitioners before the High Court asserted that they have purchased the flats in these buildings and also have been given possession letters, that their interest in the property stating that they are the land owners whereon the buildings have been situated. They have challenged the action of the respondent Collector on various grounds, primarily on the ground that the Collector has solely proceeded on the communication from the Municipal Council of Ambernath which does not disclose the correct facts.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

Traffic Movement In Cubbon Park Cannot Be Curbed, Karnataka Govt Tells High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesTraffic Movement In Cubbon Park Cannot Be Curbed, Karnataka Govt Tells High Court Mustafa Plumber7 April 2021 11:08 PMShare This – xThe Karnataka Government has decided that the traffic movement within Cubbon Park cannot be avoided and hence should continue as before. The affidavit filed before the Karnataka High Court by Rakesh Singh, Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Department of Urban Development, stated “After reviewing the opinions of all the Departments, it has been decided that the traffic…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 Karnataka Government has decided that the traffic movement within Cubbon Park cannot be avoided and hence should continue as before. The affidavit filed before the Karnataka High Court by Rakesh Singh, Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Department of Urban Development, stated “After reviewing the opinions of all the Departments, it has been decided that the traffic movement within Cubbon Park cannot be avoided and hence should continue as before.” The affidavit was filed by while hearing a contempt petition filed by CUBBON PARK WALKERS ASSOCIATION claiming wilful disobedience of the order of the high court dated October 22, 2020 by which it had directed the respondents to consider the recommendation dated September 2, 2020, in proper perspective and as expeditiously as possible within a period of six weeks from today.The Government said that after the Court’s order, a meeting was held on November 21, 2020, to consider the proposal and it was decided not to curb traffic movement in Cubbon part. The association had moved the court seeking a ban on the movement of vehicles inside Cubbon Park. The petition stated that the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) had on September 2, 2020, written to the Secretary, Department of Horticulture recommending closure of the park for both vehicular traffic and parking of vehicles. The authority had examined the issue of allowing traffic through Cubbon Park following representations received from various groups for banning traffic. The plea states that the public interest will suffer if the state government were to be allowed to throw open the cubbon park area for vehicular movement. The public at large will be put to irreparable loss and injury if such a decision is allowed to be taken by the state government contrary to the recommendation of the authority. Further it was said the decision if any to allow vehicular movement through Cubbon Park, would violate the right to clean air to which every citizen is entitled to as such a right is part of the right to protection of life guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution of India. The court while dropping the contempt proceedings said “We are satisfied that there is compliance in as much as directions issued by this Court have been complied. A consideration of the recommendation of the DULT has been made and a decision has been taken. Therefore, the contempt proceedings are dropped.” It added “However, if the complainant is not satisfied with the said decision, liberty is reserved to the complainant to assail the same in accordance with law. Next Storylast_img read more

Small farmers set to benefit from new Common Agricultural Policy

first_img Google+ Pinterest Previous articleChief Medical Officer says it’s time for people to be hopefulNext articleNon-essential cross border travel must be stopped – Swann News Highland Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Google+ A Midlands North West MEP says small farmers are in line for increased payments under the new Common Agricultural Policy.EU countries are negotiating the new CAP budget, which will take effect in 2023.The Irish Farmers Journal says over 54,000 farmers with high entitlements face a ‘wipeout’ of their direct payments.But Midlands Northwest MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan says small farmers are set to benefit:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/flanagan8am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Facebookcenter_img Small farmers set to benefit from new Common Agricultural Policy Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty DL Debate – 24/05/21 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction AudioHomepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter By News Highland – May 7, 2021 WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

International news

first_imgInternational newsOn 15 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article This week’s international newsCalifornia spends $10bn on low-pay subsidies California’s tax-payers are spending US$10.1bn (£5.5bn) a year subsidisingthe state’s growing low-wage economy, according to a study from Berkeley’sCenter for Labor Research and Education at the University of California. Itclaims that of the families receiving social assistance in California, 53 percent of funds went to working families to cover health and childcare costs,rather than to unemployed and retired people. About $5.7bn (£3.1bn) of themoney went to families with workers earning less than $8 an hour (£4.36), whilethose with workers earning between $8 and $10 (£5.44) an hour used $1.9bn(£1bn) of the subsidies. Retail workers received $2bn (£1bn) in aid, more thantwice the amount in any other sector. The study said that by raising the minimumwage to $8 per hour from the current $6.75 (£3.68), the state could save $2.7bn(£1.5bn) in benefit payouts. It added: “Some assistance programmes may beserving as de facto subsidies for low-wage employers, pushing down wages andproviding disincentives.” Confidential information ‘can be passed to unions’ Employee-elected company board members can pass confidential informationlearned from meetings to trade union chiefs and expert advisers, as long asthey can demonstrate the disclosure helps them carry out their job, a EuropeanCourt of Justice (ECJ) advocate general has advised. Miguel Poiares Maduroadded union secretary-generals could discuss this information with colleagues,but had to ensure it was “necessary for [them] to be able to perform hisduties”. Maduro was advising on a Danish case involving the generalsecretary of financial worker union Finansforbundet, and a RealDanmark employeeboard member, whose company was being merged with Dansk Bank. The employeeinformed the union boss about the deal, who told colleagues. One bought andsold shares in RealDanmark and was subsequently convicted of insider trading.The secretary general and board member were later prosecuted for illegallytransferring confidential information. Wal-Mart chiefs risk bonuses over diversity targets Senior executives at US retail group Wal-Mart will lose up to 15 per cent oftheir bonuses if the company fails to meet employment diversity targets. CEOLee Scott told shareholders at the annual company meeting that bonuses,including his own, would be cut by up to 7.5 per cent this year and 15 per centnext year if the company doesn’t hit goals on the number of women andminorities it employs. The company employs 1.3 million staff, making it thebiggest single private employer in the US. Wal-Mart, which owns supermarketchain Asda, has been beset by legal challenges and could soon be hit with aclass action suit alleging the company denies promotion and equal pay to femalestaff. The company has created a compliance office in the US that now has 140people working to ensure the company follows the rules and its own procedures. ‘Europass’ CV system launched to cover all of EU A comprehensive European Union (EU) CV system, helping EU workers andstudents gain recognition for their qualifications across the Continent, hasbeen approved in principle by the EU Council of Ministers and the EuropeanParliament. The ‘Europass’ – a passport-style document – will contain personaldetails presented in a common format (in a major European language). It willinclude: – A commonly formatted European CV, containing a harmonised presentation ofqualifications and competencies, including extra-curricular activities,academic qualifications and work experience – A European Diploma Supplement describing the nature, level, context,content and status of a graduate’s studies – A ‘MobiliPass’ recording any training or studying on a recognised EUcourse, stating which institution was involved – A European Language Portfolio recording language learning and abilities,plus cultural experience – A Certificate Supplement, attached to a vocational certificate, explainingwhat skills have been gained. Each EU country will set up a Europass National Agency (ENA) to manage thesystem, which should be launched next year. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Student hospitalised by ski accident

first_imgAn Oxford student has suffered a serious head injury while skiing in the French Alps.Isla Kennedy, a second year Christ Church student, slipped while trying to cross an icy patch on a cross-country course near the Swiss border. She injured her head and was unconsciousness for a short time before being taken to a hospital in nearby Geneva. A source explained Kennedy’s current condition. “She is stable and left the intensive care ward on the 1 April. She can now open her eyes for prolonged periods, and likes holding her sister’s hand. She can also respond to simple commands such as being told to raise her arms and legs. She is stable enough to be moved to England now, and her family are waiting for a bed to be made available so she can fly back.”A close friend of Kennedy and fellow Christ Church student, Rob Amey, added, “Isla was on a particularly challenging cross-country skiing trip when she slipped and injured her head. However, she is currently making good progress in hospital.”The hospital in Geneva, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, confirmed that she was released on 9  April, just over a week after being discharged from intensive care.Isla Kennedy, a PPE student, has been an active member of her College, having been elected as JCR Freshers’ Rep in her first term at Christ Church. She founded the Oxford University OTC Mountaineering Club last year and is also heavily involved with the group Oxford Women in Politics (OxWip). She edited the society’s magazine, Tone, last term. Reacting to news of the accident the Vice President of OxWip and friend of Kennedy, Victoria Andrenkova, said, “I am very upset at the news. Isla always seems like the girl who can do anything. I know how much she loves the OTC (Officer Training Corps) and was looking forward to going to the Alps, so it is even more of a shame that this had to happen. Always energetic, spirited and up for a party, she is the kind of person you think this would never happen to. I am in disbelief – but optimistic. I have no doubt that, once she returns, she will be back to her fantabulous, outgoing diva self again! And I can’t wait to have her back.”In an email to the student body, the JCR President Laura Ellis wrote, “We have received sad news about Isla Kennedy, a 2nd-year PPE student [who] was badly injured on a skiing trip with the OTC over Easter. We won’t be seeing her around College this term, so take all the time you need and get well soon Isla!”The JCR Vice-President Freya Reeve said, “All the thoughts of the Christ Church JCR are with Isla, we wish her all the best and hope she’s back with us soon.“She was freshers rep and was actively involved in the JCR, she will be sorely missed until she’s back with us” The Commanding Officer of the Oxford University OTC, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Channer, commented on the incident. He said, “I can confirm that Isla Kennedy is a member of the Oxford OTC and that she was injured during an overseas ski touring adventurer’s exercise. The accident took place in March in the French Alps and Isla has now been brought back to a hospital in the UK.” He was unable to confirm the precise nature of her injuries.The Officer Training Corps is a special part of the Territorial Army and consists of 19 contingents of University Officer Training Corps based at universities across the UK. According to its website, its aim is to “promote the image of the army amongst undergraduates and encourage a deeper understanding of the Armed Forces amongst future employers and managers.”last_img read more

Patisserie Valerie accelerates expansion plans

first_imgPatisserie Valerie has said it is currently opening “a store every two to three weeks”, this comes after its stock market floatation plans prove successful. Patisserie Holdings PLC, parent company of Patisserie Valerie, went public in May this year, and has since cleared its debts as well as generated return for shareholders.The brand will look to open in service stations and forecourts after the successful performance in its site in Beaconsfield service station.Paul May, chief executive of Patisserie Holdings said: “Our aim is to open 20 new stores a year, and that is what we are doing. We are currently opening a new store up every two to three weeks, and currently have 96 Patisserie Valerie branded shops.”The company will also roll out more of its recently acquired sandwich brand, Philpotts.The £10m-turnover sandwich business was purchased in March, and now has 23 sites around the country.May said: “We first need to integrate Philpotts into the group, but then we will expand the business further.”The brand also plans to extend its offering in train stations, where it currently has 11 sites.It is currently in negotiations to open two to three sites in Belfast which should open in the near future.Global possibilities May continued: “The plan for next year is to innovate, open new stores and of course maintain the estate.”“Expanding internationally is something I think we will naturally look to do, but at the moment we are just focusing on the UK.The business is currently worth around £200m, and it employs up to 1500 people to its work force each year.last_img read more

Dickey Betts Postpones Upcoming Tour Dates After Suffering “Mild Stroke”

first_imgToday, founding Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts announced that he has postponed his next three tour dates—August 28th at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY; August 30th in Wallingford, CT; and August 31st in Hampton Beach, NH—due to health concerns.As a press release on the guitarist’s website notes, Betts “had recently experienced what his doctors called a ‘mild stroke.’ Yesterday, after describing to his physicians certain post-stroke repercussions, he was strongly advised to give himself more time to recuperate.” The release also notes that doctors assured Betts that he should be 100% recovered after three to five more weeks of recuperation.“Dickey really regrets that he can’t be there for his fans,” says Betts’ manager, David Spero, “but he has to take care of his health first.” Betts is hoping to work with promoters to reschedule the theater dates in Wallingford, CT, and in Hampton Beach, NH.Joining Dickey Betts on the road for his remaining upcoming dates are his son, Duane Betts, and Damon Fowler on guitar, Pedro Arevalo on bass guitar, Frankie Lombardi and Steve Camilleri on drums, and Mike Kach on keyboards.The news of these date cancellations comes on the heels of Betts’ announcement of three additional tour dates last week. According to the release, Betts should be ready to rock once again by the time the recently announced run of dates begins on November 1st at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, GA.We wish Dickey Betts a speedy recovery! For a full list of Betts’ upcoming tour dates, or to grab your tickets now, head to his website here.Dickey Betts Upcoming Tour Dates: Nov. 1 – Bell Auditorium – Augusta, GANov. 3 – Pompano Beach Amphitheater – Pompano Beach, FLNov. 5 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FLJan. 6 – Southern Rock Cruise – Tampa Bay, FLView Upcoming Tour Dateslast_img read more