A total of 450 jobs have been axed after the Lyndale Group was put into administration, which led to the closure of the Sayers’ bakery in Norris Green, Liverpool, 41 stores across the north west and the Sayers headquarters in the city.The job losses were implemented after a management buy- out by Sayers chairman Sandy Birnie and chief executive Michael Quinlan, who have formed a new company, Sayers the Bakers. They bought back 158 Hampson and Sayers stores, as well as Hampson’s bakery in Bolton.Dermot Power and Toby Underwood, the joint administrators from BDO Stoy Hayward, are currently looking to sell Lyn-dale’s Peter Hunt business, which manufactures meat pies and pasties, as “a going concern”. Power said Sayers the Bakers would source “most but not all its products from external suppliers”.Birnie blamed the company’s problems on “escalating costs of raw materials, as well as soaring energy and fuel costs”. He added: “Unfortunately, we have had to take some extremely difficult decisions in recent weeks, but we have had to act now in order to protect the long-term futures and job security for the remaining 1,500 employees around the north west.”However, the management’s actions were condemned by the Baker’s Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU). BFAWU organising district secretary for the north west John Higgins told British Baker that while the union knew the Norris Green plant was set to shut, the closure of what the company termed its “poor performing” stores had come as “a complete shock”.
They may fly under the radar, but not for long. Get off the beaten path with these underground festivals:Rooster Walk Music and Arts FestivalMay 24-26Martinsville, Va.roosterwalk.com Basics: Organizers host this growing event at the Blue Mountain Festival Grounds to commemorate the lives of two lost friends. If you find huge crowds to be a drag, consider this low-key weekend that features an impressive line-up of roots music held in the scenic foothills of Martinsville—a former furniture mecca making a comeback through arts and outdoor rec.Bands: Every year Rooster Walk’s line-up has gradually improved, and this year is no exception with the addition of Colorado slamgrass heroes Leftover Salmon and high-energy New Orleans funk outfit Dumpstaphunk. Also catch Yarn, Larry Keel, and Dangermuffin.Set Break Escape: No need to leave the festival grounds to stretch your legs. On Sunday, the fest hosts the Tuff Strutter 5K—billed as one of the toughest trail runs on the East Coast.FIVE MORE…Briar Patch Music FestivalMay 30—June 1Damascus, Ga.The road to Damascus will lead you to a Southern jam rock orgy featuring American Aquarium, Col. Bruce Hampton, Rollin’ in the Hay, and many more.briarpatchpro.com Appalachian UprisingMay 30-June 1Scottown, OhioThis progressive bluegrass throwdown continually brings impressive line-ups to the Appalachians of Ohio. This year catch Del McCoury, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mountain Heart, and Larry Keel.appalachianuprising.netBlueberry Jam FestivalJune 21-22Wakefield, Va.Located on a blueberry farm in the rural stretch between Richmond and Hampton Roads, this growing fest features a range of tunes from jam to blues to bluegrass and a big focus on local food. This year’s fest is headlined by The Mantras and BIG Something Friday night, and Dopapod on Saturday night.drewryfarms.comThe Big What FestivalJuly 4-6Possum Holler, N.C.Head into the woods, just west of the Triangle, for three days of jams from Big Something, Zach Deputy, Dopapod, The Mantras, and Big Daddy Love. Bonus—onsite disc golf course.possumhollernc.com Front Porch FestAugust 30—September 1Stuart, Va.Created as a mellow campout between friends, Front Porch Fest has developed into a three-day roots music gala on the idyllic 130-acre Spirit Haven Farm in Patrick County—known as the front porch of the Blue Ridge Mountains.frontporchfest.comCheck out the rest of our Outdoor Festival Guide!
The Los Angeles Police Department arrested 21-year-old Javier David Cardosa on Tuesday in connection with a series of sexual batteries in the University Park area.Dept. of Public Safety Deputy Chief David Carlisle said Cardosa, a South Los Angeles resident, has no affiliation with the university.Over the past two months DPS and LAPD collaborated to investigate several incidents in which a male suspect repeatedly slapped and groped the buttocks of females in the area.“[Cardosa] made some admissions and we are confident he’s responsible for these sexual batteries — at least 12 of them,” Carlisle said.The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has filed multiple charges of sexual battery against Cardosa.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) has rejected a request from the Southeastern Legislative Caucus to postpone the 2016/2017 National County Meet until southeastern roads are fully rehabilitated to allow the teams and spectators the “freedom of movement.”The MYS said it is constrained to deny the lawmakers’ belated request because of the time, effort and resources already put into the County Meet by both the organizers (Ministries of Youth & Sports and Internal Affairs) and the other nine counties.Deputy Minister for Sports Henry B. Yonton Jr. in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer via telephone said the “necessity of the rejection is also owing to the 11 days countdown to the County Meet, of which plans for the showdown has been finalized.”Last week, the Chairman of the Southeastern Legislative Caucus, Grand Kru County District # 2 Representative Numene T.H. Bartekwa, told journalists that the roads in the Southeastern Region of the country connecting the six (6) counties and to others are impassable, thereby rendering the region virtually cut-off from the rest of country.Chairman Bartekwa, reading the joint resolution signed by Senators from the six counties, including Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Cess and Sinoe counies, said the very bad road condition and impassability cannot permit the southeastern counties to commute their various teams and officials from county to county and later to Monrovia.“Now, therefore, we the members of the Southeastern Legislative Caucus mentioned supra, do hereby resolve the following to wit: that the 2016/2017 County Meet be postponed and extended to January 2017, of which time the dry season will enable the southeastern counties to fully participate in the activities of the County Meet; that where the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the organizers of the tournament cannot adjust the schedule of the County Meet as requested, the six (6) southeastern counties may find it difficult to participate in the 2016/2017 County Meet until the southeastern roads are fully rehabilitated to allow our people the freedom of movement.”In response, the Deputy Sports Minister Yonton said they have taken the lawmakers’ points under advisement (careful consideration or deliberation).Though he did not state what would happen if the southeastern counties failed to participate, he said that the Ministry hoped the legislators in the spirit of collaboration and unity will support their respective counties to participate in the 2016/2017 County Meet. Meanwhile, the Daily Observer has reliably learnt that Superintendents of the southeastern counties have expressed “lack of knowledge” of the joint resolution requesting for the postponement of the County Meet.A staff in the office of the Superintendent Council, who begged for anonymity, said the Superintendents are taken aback by the resolution arguing that “the Legislature is trying to tear down the sports festival designed by the Executive to promote peace, reconciliation and unity among the people.”In the meantime, the Ministry has released the draw for the 2016/2017 County Sports Meet:Group 1: Grand Cape Mount (host), Bomi, Gbarpolu and defending champions Grand Bassa counties.Group 2: Lofa County, Voinjama (host), Margibi and Bong counties.Group 3: Nimba (host), Montserrado, Sinoe and River Cess counties.Group 4: Maryland (host), Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Grand Kru counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)