GABRIELA New York: A decade of defending Filipino women

first_imgOn April 29, 2017, 100 community members gathered to celebrate GABRIELA New York’s 10-year anniversary as a mass-based women’s organization committed to arousing, mobilizing and organizing local communities in New York and surrounding areas. Formerly known as Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE), GABRIELA New York is a member organization of the national alliance GABRIELA USA, an overseas chapter of GABRIELA Philippines.The celebratory night highlighted the early formation of FiRE, including a video message from founding members Sandy Panopio and Valerie Francisco, former chairperson of GABRIELA USA. The night continued with a comprehensive presentation of 10 years of campaign work, cultural productions, struggles and victories recapped by Jennine Ventura of GABRIELA USA, who stated, “Conducting Personal Migration discussion allows us to help Filipino women in the U.S. understand the connection between their own migration or why their families migrated here in the U.S. to the issues and conditions in the Philippines.”Zarah Viñola of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) USA highlighted the contribution of GABRIELA New York in fighting against modern day slavery under NAFCON’s STOP Trafficking Our People campaign. Struggles of trafficked survivors have been the focus of the Diwang Pinay cultural program. From exposing the impact of U.S. militarization in the Philippines to canceling NBC’s “Mail Order Bride” show, GABRIELA New York upholds its commitment to defend women’s rights.Interspersed throughout the program were cultural performances and recognition of key organizations and early partners like Philippine Forum with the Kabalikat Domestic Workers Network, as well as honoring longstanding solidarity allies.Keynote speaker Monica Moorehead, 2016 U.S. presidential candidate on the Workers World Party ticket and International Women’s Alliance executive committee member, stated: “When I was preparing to visit the Philippines for the first time in 2011 as a representative of the Women’s Fightback Network for the First General Assembly of the International Women’s Alliance, the GABRIELA sisters invited me to attend a daylong educational session at Hunter College on the historical role that women have played in the Philippines dating back to the struggle against Spanish colonialism and up to the struggle against U.S. imperialism. Not only was this informative but also extremely interactive and engaging. It really deepened my political consciousness more than any book, which really helped to prepare me for what I was about to experience in the Philippines with the GABRIELA sisters there. … All the movements can take lessons from how GABRIELA organizes and we look forward to continuing to learn from your talents and skills to fight shoulder to shoulder with you until all forms of class rule are swept away into the dustbins of history.”As a militant women’s organization based in the U.S., GABRIELA New York continues its exposure program, designed to reveal the true current conditions and pressing issues of the Philippines through visits with different community organizations who are working to address those issues. Exposurists [as these visitors are called] have the opportunity to integrate with different sectors of Philippine society, such as the urban poor, LGBTQ people, Indigenous tribes, migrant workers and women.Raising almost $1,000 at the anniversary to support GABRIELA NY members’ 2017 exposure trips to the Philippines, monetary contributions are encouraged to promote future “expo” programs. Go on Venmo (@GabrielaNewYork) or contact Cole Carothers ([email protected]) for more information on how to donate.GABRIELA New York will continue to uphold the fighting legacy of Gabriela Silang, the first Filipino woman to lead a revolt against the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. In the spirit of being modern day freedom fighters, we must rise against all forms of violence, resist militarization and defend our sovereignty, and unite towards national and social liberation. Stay connected to us through social media or at www.gabrielanewyork.orgSulong Gabriela,Lumaban Makibaka!Abante Babae, Palaban Militante!Be Gabriela!The writer is the vice chair of GABRIELA NY.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

“If State Was Not In A Rush To Make Out A False Case, Preliminary Inquiry Would Have Been Conducted Before FIR”; Sushant’s Sisters Tell Bombay High Court

first_imgNews Updates”If State Was Not In A Rush To Make Out A False Case, Preliminary Inquiry Would Have Been Conducted Before FIR”; Sushant’s Sisters Tell Bombay High Court Nitish Kashyap4 Nov 2020 4:15 AMShare This – xPriyanka and Meetu Singh, sisters of actor Sushant Singh Rajput have denied all allegations levelled against them by Rhea Chakraborty in her complaint against them alleging abetment of suicide of the late actor, stating that if the State of Maharashtra would not have been in such a rush to make out a false case against them, a preliminary inquiry would have been conducted and the FIR would…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?LoginPriyanka and Meetu Singh, sisters of actor Sushant Singh Rajput have denied all allegations levelled against them by Rhea Chakraborty in her complaint against them alleging abetment of suicide of the late actor, stating that if the State of Maharashtra would not have been in such a rush to make out a false case against them, a preliminary inquiry would have been conducted and the FIR would not have been registered.Division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice MS Karnik are hearing the writ petition filed by the two sisters seeking quashing of FIR registered for offences punishable under Sections 420, 464, 465, 466, 468, 474, 306, 120 B and 34 of IPC read with sections 8 (1), 21, 22 A and 29 of NDPS Act.The rejoinder states-“The FIR has been lodged maliciously with an ulterior motive for wreaking vengeance and with a view to spite and harass the petitioners due to private and personal grudge and as such, the instant FIR is an abuse of process of law and the same is proven through Respondent No.2’s own letter dated September 14, 2020. The Respondent No.2 in an attempt to harass the petitioners has concocted a false, inaccurate and malicious complaint based on unsubstantiated facts pertaining to June 8, 2020 which is contrary to the facts placed before the Supreme Court by Respondent No.2 herself, press statements released earlier and interviews given to several news channels.”Petitioners objected to Rhea Chakraborty’s allegation that Sushant’s brother-in-law OP Singh, who is an IPS officer and married to Neetu (Sushant’s eldest sister), wanted to smear his image. The rejoinder states-“The falsity in the concocted story made by Respondent No.2 (Rhea) is writ large from the fact that Respondent No.2 has falsely and incorrectly stated that OP Singh is the husband of petitioner number 2 (Meetu Singh) and has made unfounded, scurrilous and baseless allegation that Sushant informed Respondent No.2 that OP Singh and his family were up to something to smear his image. Such scurrilous and preposterous allegations are made by Respondent No.2 maliciously with an intent to tarnish the image of the petitioners and OP Singh and are as such defamatory in nature.”Rhea Chakraborty in her complaint, referred to WhatsApp messages between Sushant and his sister Priyanka Singh that are already in public domain dated June 8, wherein, Priyanka advised Sushant to take certain medications. She has alleged that the prescription by Dr.Tarun Kumar which was shared by Priyanka Singh with her brother is forged and fabricated.Rhea has further alleged that the medicines prescribed in the said chat appear in the list of psychotropic substances under the NDPS Act.Referring to Rhea Chakraborty’s allegation, the petitioners have contended -“There is not even a single allegations of complaint or reply of Respondent No.2 that any such alleged drug was actually administered to Sushant Singh Rajput. Further, the drugs that have sought to be allegedly given by Dr.Tarun Kumar are not banned drugs, in-fact a notification was issued in April 2020 which clearly permits the prescription of such medicine through telemedicine.”Finally, questioning the Mumbai police’s hurry in registering the said FIR at the behest of actor Rhea Chakraborty, the petitioners have contended that if the Respondent No.1(State of Maharashtra) were not in such a rush to make out a false case and would have conducted a preliminary enquiry, the instant case could not have been registered.The matter is listed for hearing today before the same bench.Next Storylast_img read more

Kerala High Court Stays NCLT Order Which Held That March 24 Notification Raising IBC Threshold As Rs One Crore Will Apply Only Prospectively

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala High Court Stays NCLT Order Which Held That March 24 Notification Raising IBC Threshold As Rs One Crore Will Apply Only Prospectively LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK11 Dec 2020 7:34 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court on Friday stayed the order of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Kochi bench which held that the March 24 notification raising the threshold limit for insolvency proceedings as Rupees One Crore will apply only prospectively.In the case M/s Tharakan Web Innovations Pvt Ltd vs Cyriac Njavally, the NCLT held that the March 24 Notification which enhanced the…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 Kerala High Court on Friday stayed the order of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Kochi bench which held that the March 24 notification raising the threshold limit for insolvency proceedings as Rupees One Crore will apply only prospectively.In the case M/s Tharakan Web Innovations Pvt Ltd vs Cyriac Njavally, the NCLT held that the March 24 Notification which enhanced the minimum threshold for insolvency proceedings in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic does not save a Corporate Debtor when the default has taken place before the pandemic.Challenging this order, the corporate debtor, M/s Tharakan Web Innovations Pvt Ltd, filed a writ petition before the High Court.After hearing the submissions of Senior Advocate Joseph Kodianthara,  a single bench of Justice PV Asha issued notice on the petition and stayed the insolvency proceedings against the petitioner in the NCLT.The insolvency proceedings were initiated by Cyriac Njavally with respect to an alleged default of Rs 31 lakhs.  The corporate debtor filed an application before the NCLT objecting to the maintainability of the proceedings in view of the March 24 notification. It was contended that the application stated to have been filed on March 7 was incomplete and that it was actually filed only on September 25. The date of proper filing should be regarded as the ‘initiation date’ for the the insolvency proceedings.However, the NCLT rejected the objection by holding that the March 24 notification will not affect proceedings if the cause of action has arisen before the said date.”On a perusal of the documents placed on record, it is seen that the Notification dated 24.03.2020 does not save the Applicant/ Corporate Debtor from the initiation of insolvency especially in cases where defaults towards creditors have taken place before the pandemic and the resultant financial crisis. Such an interpretation would be contrary to the intention of the executive in exercise of its power of delegated legislation.If the intention was to provide for a blanket protection to Corporate Debtors from being dragged to the NCLT irrespective of when or what extent a default has taken place, it would necessarily require a legislative amendment, and that a mere issuance of the notification would not suffice.”, the NCLT stated.The Tribunal relied on the order passed by the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal on October 12 in the case Madhusudhan Tantia VS. Amit Choraria and Anr which held that the March 24 notification has no retrospective effect.”Suffice it for this Tribunal to point out that from the tenor, spirit and the plain words employed in the notification dated 24.03.2020 of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India, one cannot infer an intention to make or make it retrospective…”, the NCLAT had held.The NCLT further noted,”In the instant application filed under Section 9 of IBC, the debt has become due on 06.07.2019. That on 25.02.2020, the Demand Notice in Form 3 under Rule 5 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 demanding payment of Rs. 31,33,595/- (Rupees Thirty-One Lakhs Thirty-Three Thousand Five Hundred and Ninety-Five Only) was sent to the Corporate Debtor at its Registered Office through speed post. However, no reply raising any dispute has been received by the Respondent/Operational Creditor within the stipulated period of ten days from 25.02.2020.”Advocates Harikumar G Nair, Akhil Suresh, Jeslin Dolly Mathew and Sudakshina Mena Prasad appeared for operational creditor before the NCLT.The NCLT Chennai has also taken the view that the March 24 notification is prospective in nature(M/s Arrowline Organic Products Private Ltd v M/s Rockwell Industries Ltd).Read the stay order passed by the High Court :Click here to read/download the NCLT Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

[Javed Akhtar Defamation Case] – Kangana Ranaut Approaches Sessions Court Against Process Issued By The Magistrate

first_imgNews Updates[Javed Akhtar Defamation Case] – Kangana Ranaut Approaches Sessions Court Against Process Issued By The Magistrate Sharmeen Hakim11 March 2021 7:04 AMShare This – xActor Kangana Ranaut has approached City Civil and Sessions The court, at Dindoshi, challenging the issuance of process by a Metropolitan Magistrate Court against her, in the criminal defamation case by lyricist Javed Akhtar for her remarks against him in an interview with Arnab Goswami. In the revision application filed in the Sessions Court, Kangana has said the procedure under…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?LoginActor Kangana Ranaut has approached City Civil and Sessions The court, at Dindoshi, challenging the issuance of process by a Metropolitan Magistrate Court against her, in the criminal defamation case by lyricist Javed Akhtar for her remarks against him in an interview with Arnab Goswami. In the revision application filed in the Sessions Court, Kangana has said the procedure under section 200 of the CrPC, which requires even witnesses to be examined on oath before the process is issued under section 204 of the CrPC, was not followed. During the last hearing, Metropolitan Magistrate AA Khan issued a bailable warrant against Ranaut after Akhtar’s lawyers pointed out her response to a LiveLaw tweet to say that she was aware of the summons issued by the court but still chose not to remain present or file an exemption application. Akhtar has accused Ranaut of damaging his “immaculate reputation by falsely attributing statements to him,” in her interview with Republic TV anchor Arnab Goswami, on July 19. His complaint filed through advocate Jai Bharadwaj is under sections 499 and 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code. In his complaint, Akhtar says he is a self-made man, who reached Mumbai on October 4, 1964, with Rs 27, two pairs of clothes and a few books. He was 19 then. “The complainant is one of the most senior artists in the film industry with his successful career spanning over more than 55 years, which in itself is a rare achievement. Apart from this, he was also nominated as a member of Rajya Sabha during the period March 2010 to March 2016,” the plea stated about Akhtar’s reputation. In an interview that lasts 57-minutes, Akhtar claims that Ranaut is seen giving her opinion on the circumstances surrounding Rajput’s death without any direct personal knowledge. His plea further stated that the defamatory statements were made against him during this interview. After receiving Akhtar’s complaint, the Court recorded his statement on oath in December, last year, and directed the Juhu Police to conduct an inquiry u/s 202 of the CrPC. On receipt of the report, the court noted that a prima facie case was made out and issued a process against Ranaut. She was also summoned to appear on March 1. Kangana’s revision application filed through advocate Rizwan Siddiquee will be heard on March 15, 2021. “Yes it’s true that we have challenged the process issued by the Learned Magistrate Andheri Court. The said Complaint is now pending revision before the Sessions Court. It is our claim before the Sessions Court that mandatory compliance of Section 200 was not followed in the matter and the four witnesses named by Mr. Javed Akhtar in his complaint have not been examination on oath,” Ranaut’s lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee saidNext Storylast_img read more

Fishermen Killing: “Investigate Matter, Decide On Compensation Within 8 Weeks: Madras High Court To UOI, State

first_imgNews UpdatesFishermen Killing: “Investigate Matter, Decide On Compensation Within 8 Weeks: Madras High Court To UOI, State Sparsh Upadhyay24 March 2021 5:33 AMShare This – xWhile dealing with a plea filed in connection with 4 local fishermen who have been killed apparently at the hands of the Sri Lankan navy, the Madras High Court on Monday (23rd March) directed the State & Centre to bring the matter to a logical end by giving it a due closure. The Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy was hearing the plea by…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?LoginWhile dealing with a plea filed in connection with 4 local fishermen who have been killed apparently at the hands of the Sri Lankan navy, the Madras High Court on Monday (23rd March) directed the State & Centre to bring the matter to a logical end by giving it a due closure. The Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy was hearing the plea by an association named Fisherman Care, who sought compensation and jobs for the family of the deceased fishermen. Also, it was prayed in the plea that an appropriate police station be designated so as to conduct the investigation into the deaths of the four fishermen. Demand for compensation and government jobs for the legal heirs The Court gave liberty to the Petitioner/ Fisherman Care to make an appropriate representation to the Department of Fisheries of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare for such agency to consider the same. The Court also permitted that a similar representation may be made to the Department of the Animal Husbandry and Fisheries under the State Government. Significantly, the Court also said, “There should be no duplication of job opportunities, but the appropriate departments of the State and the Centre may coordinate and provide adequate compensation in the wake of the untimely deaths of the four fishermen.” Demand for an investigation into the matter At the outset, the Court noted the stand of the Union that the incident took place in international waters or, at the very least, beyond the territorial waters of India. Though the petitioner contended that the appropriate police station should be one in Chennai, the FIR had been lodged in Rameshwaram and the Nagapattinam police authorities are apparently looking into the matter. To this, the Court said, “The Centre and the State should coordinate to specify a particular authority, in accordance with law, that would head the investigation and bring the matter to a logical end by giving a due closure, so that the families of the deceased fishermen are aware of the circumstances in which the four died.” With this, the plea was disposed of with a direction that if the petitioner’s representation is made to the Union or the State within four weeks, the relevant Secretaries heading the particular departments should consider the same and communicate a reasoned decision to the petitioner and to the families of the deceased fishermen within eight weeks of the receipt thereof. In related news, the Madras High Court recently asked the Union of India to persuade the Sri Lankan authorities to desist from taking extreme measures in case Indian fishermen, accidentally or otherwise, stray into Sri Lankan waters without ‘being jingoistic or parochial in the matter’. Exercise Restraint If Sri Lankan Fishermen Stray Into Indian Waters, Persuade Lankan Authorities To Do Same In Case Of Indian Fishermen: Madras HC To UOI “It is the same restraint which ought to be exercised by Indian authorities when it comes to Sri Lankan fishermen”, added the Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice R. Hemalatha. Case title – Fisherman Care v. The Union of India and others [W.P.No.7436 of 2021]Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Covid recession could see 2,500 branches disappear from the high street, it is claimed

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Covid recession could see 2,500 branches disappear from the high street, it is claimed previous nextAgencies & PeopleCovid recession could see 2,500 branches disappear from the high street, it is claimedPrediction is made by TPFG Gareth Samples based on his experience of previous recessions, although this time they could simply go hybrid.Nigel Lewis27th August 202001,434 Views The CEO of Martin & Co parent company TPFG has predicted that 10% of estate agency branches will disappear over the next 12 to 18 months as Covid bites, despite the mini boom under way within the sales market.During an economic recession, which is expected once the furlough scheme ends in October, the industry could drop from its peak of 22,500 branches to 20,000, predicts Gareth Samples based on previous recession data.But he says that unlike other recessions these lost branches are likely to be soaked up by new hybrid and ‘spoke and hub’ operations. He also says it’s hard to predict what will happen because it’s down to each estate agency’s preparedness and business health.For example, Connells has carried on pretty much as normal during Covid with its traditional high street model while others have been forced to look at doing things differently including cutting the number of branches.Hybrid modelSamples points to Haart, which has belatedly begun embracing the hybrid model in earnest recently and Countrywide, which is facing branch cuts if Robin Paterson’s letter to its chairman Peter Long is anything to go by.“I thought that letter was really interesting – because it gave some clarity as to what that Paterson thought the company should be doing, [including possible branch reductions and brand consolidation].“The lack of response is the most worrying part of that – because it begs the questions whether there is a strategy in place at Countrywide.He also points out that LSL has already completed its pruning exercise before Covid arrived including fewer but bigger branches.“We’re lucky because we’ve got Ewemove and it already has 250 people on the ground now, which is a major accomplishment by itself.”Read our full interview with Samples in the September issue of The Negotiator magazine – out next week.Gavin Samples LSL connells Countrywide August 27, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Crackdown on Euro hooligans’ violence

first_imgThe Home Office has announced strict new measures in an attempt to curb the violence of England supporters in Euro 2004. A record number of suspected hooligans will be banned from travelling to Portugal; nearly 2,700 people will be subject to banning orders of bail conditions. For Euro 2000, there were only 100 such banning orders in place. Police officers will be at ports and airports and Portuguese authorities will be carrying out passports checks and vehicle searches. Home Office minister Caroline Flint said, “Everyone involved wants it to be a genuine festival of football and we are determined not to let a thuggish minority ruin the tournament for genuine supporters.” More than 5,000 England supporters are expected to travel to Portugal for the games. The Tournament kicks off on 12 June and England’s first game, against France, is the following day.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more

Support Gov. Murphy’s pre-K expansion

first_imgDear Editor:This writer recalls in approximately 1965 under the Johnson Administration the opening of the first Head Start pre-schools in Jersey City. This most worthy program was responsible for giving children an introduction to school life at an early age and many of the great leaders today participated in this educational endeavor.In Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget message he included $83 million dollars for the expansion of the pre-K programs throughout New Jersey. He is seeking to add communities to this program and this certainly demonstrates the governor’s commitment for thousands of our three and four year olds to participate. In the past administration there has been mention of the expansion of the program but no action in this area. The governor noted that studies certainly indicate that a pre-K experience for a child builds a strong foundation for that child’s educational future.When this writer attended public grammar school in Jersey City in the 1950s there was no pre-K and in many cases even kindergarten did not provide enough educational exercises. Times have changed and children complete academic work in kindergarten today thereby making the pre-K experience a necessity.Let us petition our state legislators to stand behind Gov. Murphy and give all children in New Jersey a head start in their education with the pre-K activities.Robert B. Knapplast_img read more

Ainsleys name survives as Country Style buys bakery

first_imgCraft bakery chain Ainsleys has been broken up and sold off to various buyers, with Country Style Foods acquiring the company’s central bakery and trading name, and Cooplands (Doncaster) and Coopland & Son (Scarborough) sharing most of the retail outlets.The majority of the 285 jobs at the Leeds-based company, which went into administration in November, have been saved in the package of deals that also saw administrator Grant Thornton sell Ainsleys’ sandwich van business to AW Food Services.Leeds-based in-store bakery and bake-off specialist Country Style Foods said it planned to develop Ainsleys’ 45,000sq ft bakery in Sheepscar and expand sales of Ainsleys-branded baked goods with specialist retailers and supermarkets. James Ainsley, general manager of Ainsleys, has joined Country Style, bringing experience of dealing with the multiple retailers from working at Waitrose and Marks & Spencer.”Ainsleys is very close to us [in Leeds] and we are overflowing in our bakery. We want to use the company’s skilled workforce to develop the Ainsleys brand to a wider field and take it more mainstream,” Country Style chairman Tony Wood told British Baker.Country Style already operates five production sites in Leeds, Stockton, Grimsby, Peterlee and Flint producing speciality breads, pastries, desserts and confectionery.As reported exclusively in British Baker last month, the majority of Ainsleys’ shops have been bought by Cooplands (Doncaster) and Coopland & Son (Scarborough). Each company has bought 10 stores and will rebrand them this month. Ainsleys’ remaining nine stores are expected to be sold off to various local buyers soon.The deal takes Coopland of Scarborough’s retail estate to 93 stores. The stores bought by Cooplands (Doncaster), in and around Leeds city centre, have a turnover of over £2.6m and take the firm’s estate to 86 shops.last_img read more

Baker of the Year secures Dubai business

first_imgNorthern Ireland artisan bakery Ditty’s has secured its first export deal in the Middle East, as global interest in the business continues to grow.The Castledawson bakery, run by last year’s Baking Industry Awards’ Baker of the Year Robert Ditty, was initially asked to develop a new line of alcohol-free mince pies to Dubai’s Pan Euro Foods MENA.Instead, the food distributor, whose headquarters are located in Dublin, selected Ditty’s home-baked shortbread in time for Christmas to its substantial UK and Irish ex-patisserie community in the United Arab Emirates.A company spokesman said that the new mince pie products were not ready in time for this year, but would be looking to ensure they are available for 2012.The bakery has also been approached by a Hong Kong airline, which wants to offer Ditty’s shortbread to its business and first-class travellers, as well as a number of food businesses in mainland China who have shown interest in the bakery firm’s shortbread and oatcakes.Michael Palframan, marketing manager for Ditty’s, said: “Pan Euro Foods MENA is now well-established, as importers and distributors of the finest Irish and European foodstuffs into the Middle East and North Africa region and has the network of contacts to drive sales of our products there.“We are excited about the business and look forward to working closely with the company to help increase sales of our award-winning shortbread and to adding further products to the distributor’s portfolio in due course.”last_img read more