WestLB sale due to start this month

first_img Share KCS-content whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.com Read This NextNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’Sportsnaut’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof Show Comments ▼center_img whatsapp THE starting gun for the sale of German landesbank WestLB’s has to sound by the end of this month, the new finance minister of its home state of Northern Rhine-Westphalia said yesterday.The new state government is hoping to find a buyer among rival landesbanks, finance minister Norbert Walter-Borjans said. The bank has to be sold off by the end of 2011, as required by the European Union, as a condition of its bailout during the credit crisis.WestLB’s restructuring programme involved transferring about €77bn (£53bn) of its toxic and non-strategic assets to a “bad bank”, which will be liquidated gradually.The premier of the southern German state of Baden-Wuertemberg, Stefan Mappus, agreed that the landesbank sector was ailing and in dire need of support, but said he wanted his state’s landesbank, LBBW, to be restored to health before stepping towards a merger.“Baden-Wuerttemberg will actively push ahead with this,” he said in remarks citing Frankfurt-based landesbank Helaba as a preferred partner. “Outside of Helaba, there aren’t too many landesbanks that can say they are healthy,” he said, adding that the country’s “eight landesbanks are too many, especially when six have no business model”. Helaba this week said it could take part in consolidation of the troubled sector, but set a high bar for such a move. Germany’s independent public-sector landesbanks account for 18 per cent of total market share, but critics say they are too small to compete with international players on capital markets, and too big to act just as suppliers of corporate loans to mid-size companies. WestLB sale due to start this month Wednesday 8 September 2010 8:04 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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LCG expands to crypto

first_img LCG expands to crypto London Capital Group (LCG) has expanded its offering to enable its clients around the world to trade contracts for difference (CFDs) products in cryptocurrencies.The new service will open up trading options to popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, both of which have seen their value rocket in recent years.Customers will be able to trade cryptocurrencies as pairs against fiat currencies, including the US dollar, euro, Swiss franc, Great Britain pound and Japanese yen.LCG has linked up with Global Advisors Holdings Limited to develop the extended service.“Cryptocurrencies have grown in prominence and popularity amongst traders in recent years,” LCG said.“Underpinned by innovative blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies are not issued or controlled by central banks or government agencies.“Their decentralised nature forms part of the appeal for traders, as cryptocurrencies, theoretically, cannot be manipulated or interfered with by outside forces.“Highly susceptible to news and announcements, cryptocurrencies are prone to market volatility, providing ample trading opportunities.”Opening up to crypto will carve out a new opportunity for LCG.On average, crypto customers are worth double the value of those who are yet to embrace the payment method, Winning Poker Network CEO Phil Nagy said in June.Last December, LCG started trading on the London Stock Exchange’s NEX Exchange Growth Market. Tags: Spread Betting Email Address Topics: Finance Clients can now trade with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereumcenter_img Finance 12th September 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

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Six Nations: Italy 7-33 Wales

first_imgTries: J Davies, L Williams, North. Cons: Halfpenny 3. Pens: Halfpenny 4.Follow me: Alun Wyn Jones produced a typically powerful performance (Huw Evans Agency)For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. The good and the indifferent from Rome, where Wales came from behind at half-time to record an emphatic Six Nations win over Italy Scotland shocked the Irish, France put the wind up the English. Italy, however, were unable to keep the surprises going on the opening weekend of the RBS 6 Nations as they subsided after half-time, conceding 30 points in 40 minutes to a Welsh team that finished in confident and free-flowing mood.Rob Howley’s men thus chalked up a fourth successive win and lead the table after round one, but how will they reflect on a match that threatened to turn into a Roman ruin? Here’s a look at the good and the bad from the Stadio Olimpico…WHAT’S HOTSam Davies – The clamour for Davies to start against England next weekend has already started, and it’s a little unfair on Dan Biggar, whose accurate cross-kicks to wings George North and Liam Williams helped negate the Italians’ early speed.Biggar played the greasy conditions well but Davies, who came on at half-time after Biggar’s rib injury, showed a greater capacity for getting his back-line moving and had a hand in all three Welsh tries.Tangle of limbs: Sam Davies and Sergio Parisse compete for a high ball in Rome (Getty Images)Scott Williams also played beautifully, his skill at committing a man evident in the tries by Jonathan Davies and Liam Williams that broke the Azzurri’s resistance just past the hour mark. Calls for Biggar and Davies to form a new 10-12 axis should be ignored while Williams is delivering as he did today.Innovation – Nothing could match Alex Dunbar’s lineout try for invention this weekend but Italy’s first-half score by Edoardo Gori ran it close.Sergio Parisse’s delicious inside pass to Braam Steyn off a scrum created the momentum for a mini maul near the sticks, Gori being forced over by a clutch of surging Italian forwards. It was Italy’s high point.First blood: Italy players celebrate Edoardo Gori’s try that stemmed from a mini maul (Getty Images)Bonus points – Let’s hear it for the new points system. Wales only scored their second try with 13 minutes remaining, but in the closing stages they lifted the intensity because they knew a bonus point ­– for scoring four tries – was still within reach.George North’s fine finish left Wales three or so minutes to snatch the bonus and they so nearly achieved it, Liam Williams spilling the ball in the final play as he reached for the line.Would we have seen such a hectic finish without the new system being in place? Unlikely.Wonder wing: George North en route to his fifth try in five Six Nations matches (Getty Images)WHAT’S NOTMuddled thinking – Can someone explain the logic in Leigh Halfpenny going for goal from 48 metres – with difficult underfoot conditions – but then not going for goal from far easier positions later in the first half? This when the game was still scoreless.In electing to kick for the corner, Wales appeared to be thinking in terms of a bonus point for four tries from the off, but you adopt such a stance at your peril.‘Build a score’ is one of rugby’s more powerful truisms and by failing to register points, in a half when they had 73% possession and 78% territory, Wales allowed Italy to believe.Sergio Parisse – Everyone loves eulogising about the Italy captain, and rightly so because he continues to provide world-class performances in a team ranked only 13th in the globe. Some of his touches were magnificent but he needs to control his temper.Referee JP Doyle was obliged to give him a stern ticking-off for dissent after 65 minutes, after Parisse felt a lineout call went against his team unfairly, and for a moment we thought he might replicate his red-card dismissal for abusing a referee four years ago in a club match for Stade Francais. Clincher: Liam Williams celebrates his try with Rhys Webb and Sam Davies (Huw Evans Agency) center_img Parisse’s indiscipline is setting a poor example to his team, which leads to another flaw…Indiscipline – By the time Andrea Lovotti was dispatched to the sin-bin around the 70-minute mark, Italy had conceded 15 penalties – two more than in any of their Six Nations matches last year.Everyone wants to see a competitive Italy team but it’s not going to happen with so many daft indiscretions.Impressive: Leigh Halfpenny punishes Italian indiscipline, the full-back tallying 18 points (Getty)If we’re generous, we might say the ruck offence that allowed Halfpenny to make it 7-6 was unfortunate, but in the blink of an eye there followed a tip tackle by Steyn (7-9) and a ridiculous offside from a breakdown miles away from their line (7-12).From leading at the break, Italy forfeited their advantage and the whole momentum of the game shifted. Wales scored 14 points while Lovotti was absent and an afternoon of such promise for Italy was washed away by a fusillade of whistles.STATISTICS25 – Tackles made by Italy flanker Maxime Mbanda. Nothing wrong with Italy’s desire, they gave it their all9 – Offloads made by Wales, against three by Italy. Alun Wyn Jones (14 carries) led the forward charge at the start of the second half and Wales looked twice the team once they started to play with freedom100% – Wales achieved a perfect 13 out of 13 in the lineout, with Ken Owens meeting his usual high standards throwing in5 – Number of successive Six Nations matches in which George North has scored a try, after his five-pointers against Scotland, France, England and Italy last year4 – Jonathan Davies’s converted try brought up a Welsh milestone – they became the fourth team after England, Ireland and France to score 2,000 Six Nations points since the championship began 17 years agoItaly: E Padovani (C Canna 73); G Bisegni (S Panico 59-70), T Benvenuti (M Campagnaro 52), L McLean, G Venditti; C Canna ( T Allan 68), E Gori; A Lovotti, O Gega (L Ghiraldini 46), L Cittadini (P Ceccarelli 58), M Fuser (J Furno 34-40, F Minto 62), G Biagi (J Furno 52), A Steyn, M Mbanda, S Parisse (capt).Try: Gori. Con: Canna.Sin-bin: Lovotti 59min.Wales: L Halfpenny; G North, J Davies, S Williams (J Roberts 73), L Williams; D Biggar (S Davies HT), R Webb (G Davies 73); N Smith (R Evans 49), K Owens (S Baldwin 68), S Lee (T Francis 49), J Ball (C Hill 62), A Wyn Jones (capt, C Hill 4-15), S Warburton, J Tipuric, R Moriarty (J King). LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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Website editor still held three weeks after completing prison sentence

first_img Receive email alerts MauritaniaAfrica March 13, 2020 Find out more News News Watch yesterday’s Reporters Without Borders interview (in French) with Dehah’s lawyer, Brahim Ould Ebety: Hanevy Ould Dehah, the editor of the website Taqadoumy, continues to be detained illegally in Nouakchott’s Dar Naim prison although he should have been freed on 24 December on completing a six-month sentence on a charge of “offending public decency.” The good news is that, under pressure from his family, he has abandoned the hunger strike that was threatening his health. An appeal by the prosecutor’s office was considered today by the supreme court, which ruled that Dehah’s case should be sent back to an investigating judge for a new trial on a date to be determined.“It is scandalous and completely unacceptable that Dehah has not been freed, “Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities have no right to keep this journalist in detention after he completed his sentence. Their silence on the subject just proves that they have absolutely no grounds for refusing to release him.”The press freedom organisation added: “We urge them to free Dehah at once or risk incurring the wrath of the world’s Internet community, human rights defenders and some of their international partners.”Dehah’s lawyer, Brahim Ould Ebety, yesterday told Reporters Without Borders he intends to bring a complaint before the supreme court against the attorney general to the court of appeal, state prosecutor, prison governor and prison assistant governor accusing them of criminal responsibility for Dehah’s arbitrary detention. If the judge in charge of the case refuses to order Dehah’s release, he intends to bring a disciplinary action against him before the Council for the Judiciary. If all these initiatives fail, he is also ready to take the case to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.The Mauritanian authorities have one by one all declined to comment on the situation or defend their refusal to take action. The justice minister went so far as to claim that he was “unaware” of the case although this serious violation of fundamental freedoms has been widely reported in the media.Dehah’s lawyer tried to visit Dehah on 7 January, at the end of the second week of his hunger strike, but the prison authorities refused to allow any visits as long as the hunger strike continued.Ebety said he held President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz directly responsible for his client’s illegal detention, describing it as “a reprisal against those who dare to express their views.” He said it was “the first case of arbitrary detention of its kind and, to crown it all, it involves a journalist.Calling it a “very grave national problem” that will only be resolved “by a very significant external action,” he added: “Only international pressure will force the president to back down. An appeal must be made to the European Union.”More information about this case: http://www.rsf.org/Website-editor-gets-six-months-in.htmlWatch a Reporters Without Borders interview (in French) with Hacen Ould Lebatt, the editor of the French section of the Taqadoumy website, on 8 January: Organisation May 20, 2021 Find out more Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post News July 6, 2020 Find out more to go further January 14, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website editor still held three weeks after completing prison sentence News RSF_en Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world MauritaniaAfrica Follow the news on Mauritania RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Water charges

first_imgNewsLocal NewsWater chargesBy Alan Jacques – April 23, 2015 523 LIMERICK City and County councillor Maurice Quinlivan said that if they are elected to government, Sinn Féin will abolish water charges. Speaking after his party launched its Water Services Repeal Bill, the City North representative commented: “The anger towards both the charges and the Government is palpable with growing discontent over the ongoing failure to listen to the people and address the issue in a meaningful way. Sinn Féin has been very clear on our position. We want to see the water charges scrapped and we will if we are in a position to do so after the next General Election”. Previous articleWillie goes on the DoleNext articlePost offices Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Print Email Twitter TAGSCllr Maurice QuinlivanlimerickSinn FeinWater Services Repeal Bill Advertisement Linkedincenter_img Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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Health Minister to visit Letterkenny General again in near future

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Google+ Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ Twitter Health Minister to visit Letterkenny General again in near future WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Previous article23-year-old woman released in Kerr murder investigationNext articleWest Donegal residents to boycott household tax News Highland By News Highland – July 29, 2011 Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Health Minister Dr James Reilly says he will visit Letterkenny General Hospital again in the near future after what’s been described as a constructive series of meetings at the hospital last evening.Minister Reilly received a comprehensive presentation from management at the hospital, and also met with health campaigners and local representitives.One of them, Cllr Ciaran Brogan, says there’s no doubt that the minister left with a better understanding of the situation locally, and that’s significant……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/brog8301.mp3[/podcast] News Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

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Raphoe roads meeting tonight

first_img Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Twitter News Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img By News Highland – August 29, 2011 WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry A public meeting will take place in Raphoe tonight to discuss the ongoing deterioration of a section of the Raphoe Castlefinn Road.Residents say there are now over 100 potholes on the stretch of road between Magherahan and Shanagh, and despite regular promises from the council, work to complete improvements to the road has not been done.Tonight’s meeting has been arranged by Kathleen Neilis:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/kath1pm.mp3[/podcast] Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleLetterkenny loses its status as litter-free townNext articleLetterkenny Businessman calls for action to revitalise Church Lane News Highland Facebook Raphoe roads meeting tonightlast_img read more

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2011 Relay kickoff Thursday at noon

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “Teams are not required to raise a certain amount of money. But each team member who raises $100 gets a free Relay for Life tee shirt. So, if a team has five members and raises $500, all team members will get a tee shirt.”The theme for the 2011 Pike County Relay for Life campaign is “Relaywood” with the subline, “Lights, Camera, Take Action for a Cure.”“This theme will add a lot of interest and fun to Relay,” Jinright said. “We’ll encourage our teams to theme their tents on Relay night, May 6 at the Sportsplex soccer fields. We’ll have an exciting banner contest. And, this year, we are doing something different at the awards ceremony. We’ll roll out the red carpet and award Oscars to the winners in the different categories. Relay night will be a lot of fun as we work together to find a cure for cancer.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… 2011 Relay kickoff Thursday at noon “To date, we have about 35 Relay teams and we welcome them back,” Jinright said.“We also have six new teams and we are proud and excited to have them join us. We hope to have even more teams join us in the coming weeks.”Jinright said there are no rules and regulations for Relay teams.“Teams can have as many or as few members as they would like,” she said. Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancelcenter_img Skip You Might Like Jones leaves touch on rec department Parks and Rec director Dan Smith poses with Gail Jones during her retirement reception. Gail Jones has been an icon… read more Latest Stories The 2011 Relay for Life campaign kicks off at noon Thursday at the Troy Parks and Recraeation Center and team captains and all others who would like to be a part of a Relay team are encouraged to attend.Taylor Jinright, who co-chairs the 2011 campaign with Pam Nix, said the kickoff is for team captains but it is also for those who want to know more about Relay.“This meeting is for those who would like to form a team or be a member of an existing team,” she said. “Anyone who wants to Relay is invited.”The Relay for Life kickoff meeting will be in the boardroom and lunch will be served. Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder Published 8:03 pm Tuesday, January 4, 2011last_img read more

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Two Troy restaurants recognized as Alabama hot spots

first_imgLatest Stories Published 3:00 am Saturday, March 7, 2015 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Blood Sugar Blaster Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Next Up“A recent survey revealed that the highest percentage of restaurants in Alabama are barbecue versus those in any other state,” Sentell said. “What we are doing with ‘The Year of Alabama Barbecue’ is celebrating our barbecue heritage and making our state a destination for barbecue lovers across the country.”Ricky Gilchrist might have planned it that way when he chose a location for his Hook’s barbecue restaurant in Troy or maybe not. But, when the smoke from the pits drifts over the nearby shopping center complex, folks can’t help but follow their noses.Gilchrist opened Hook’s in February 2005 with a commitment to serve barbecue so good that it would keep people coming back for more. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author You Might Like The Keys to Murder: Former educator writes first mystery novel Mike Hall, a retired Pike County educator, has written his first murder mystery, titled “Keys to Murder.” The novel should… read more Sponsored Contentcenter_img Book Nook to reopen His menu includes barbecued pork, chicken and ribs and barbeque potatoes. Barbeque nachos appetizers and salads topped with smoked meat are so filling they could be main dishes. Both the appetizers and salads are extremely popular with the young crowd. Of course, he serves the barbecue trinity – barbecue, baked beans and slaw.Gilchrist chose Troy for several reasons. First, it was a university town with a population large enough to support his venture.“I like small towns and Troy offered me the chance for a big city opportunity in a small town,” he said. “Also, the university was a great place to find energetic employees.”Gilchrist said the secret — rather “a” secret — to his popular barbecue is that it’s cook over a real pit fire and it’s cooked slow, “real slow.” Adam Refroe, left, new owner of Hook’s Bar-B-Que and Ricky Gilchrist, former owner of the popular barbecue restaurant in Troy.MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELLTwo Troy barbecue houses are featured in the Alabama Tourism Department’s “Year of the Barbecue,” publication, “Alabama Barbecue Delicious Road Trips.”Hook’s Bar-B-Que in Troy and the Bar-B-Que House on Highway 231 north of Troy are among the barbeque “houses” from 52 Alabama cities that help make barbecue a “state passion.”Lee Sentell, Alabama Tourism Department director, said, after football, the state’s next religion is barbecue. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “Barbecue is not fast food,” he said, with a smile. “You can’t hurry barbecue. You’ve got to cook it slow to get the flavor through and through.”When Gilchrist opened Hook’s, he did so with a 10-year plan. In January, he made good on his plan to shoulder his golf bag and make a beeline to the golf course. He sold his popular barbecue restaurant to Adam Renfroe, who had worked for him and knew that owning a restaurant is not a 9 to 5 job.“Nothing will change,” Gilchrist said. “You won’t know any difference except Adam will be here and I won’t.’Renfroe said he’ll have the same staff and his commitment is also to serve barbecue so good that people will come back again and again.“Everything will be the same,” he said, adding that his commitment to his customers and to the success of Hook’s is the same as that of his former boss.Barbara McQuagge didn’t have the luxury of locating her Bar-B-Q-House near a busy shopping center, but she did have the smarts to locate it on busy U.S. Highway 231 north of Troy. And, just to make sure motorists didn’t miss it, she commissioned a sign artist to design a neon sign sporting a pink pig lounging in a flaming pit. The sign brings folks to the Bar-B-Que House, and the hickory smoked ribs and pulled pork keep them coming back.McQuagge said the pink pig sign is a business icon and, like a magnet, it draws people to the barbecue.“I wanted a sign that would be unique and would attract the attention of people on the highway,” she said. “It works. People stop all the time to take pictures. It’s good advertisement.”The pink pig, the brainchild of Bill Flora, is on the inside cover page of “Alabama Barbecue” and that’s good advertising, too, McQuagge said.But it’s a metal sign that hangs among the treetops that’s the real story of the Bar-B-Que house and reads “Bar-B-Que House — It’s World Famous.”World famous? How’s that?“Both of my sons are military and they’ve been all over the world and they carried our barbecue with them a lot of places,” McQuagge said. “But, mostly, they tell people about our barbecue house and that their mom runs it and how good the barbecue is. So, we have people dropping in from ‘all over the world’ to eat our barbecue. It is world famous.”McQuagge said her barbecue is unique in that it is slow cooked – 12 hours – in a rotisserie over hickory wood and with a well-kept secret sauce.“Everything we serve, from our ribs and barbecue to our potato salad and signature red velvet cake, is home cooked right here in the Bar-B-Que House where we’ve been barbecuing since 1982 and I’ll be here until I die.”The Year of Alabama Barbecue website, www.alabamabbq.com, features a barbecue themed road trip and has a calendar listing of top barbecue events across the state including the BBQ & Blues Cook-Off in Foley on March 21, the Tri-State BBQ Festival in Dothan on April 10 and the Whistlestop Festival in Huntsville on May 1.The website also links to the new smart phone app “Alabama BBQ Trail” that can be downloaded for free and has information on more than 75 barbecue restaurants in 52 cities and towns across the state.  The app has background on each of the restaurants and their best dishes.Featured barbecue restaurants:Dothan- Dobb’s, Smokey Joe’s, The BBQ Shack, Tib A Dor’s StationElba- Ranch HouseEnterprise- Big Daddy’sEufaula- Phil’sGeorgiana- Kendall’sGreenville- Real PitMidland City- Webb’s 231Montgomery- Brenda’s, Sam’sNorthport- Archibald’sOpelika- Chuck’sPrattville- Fat Boy’sSelma- Hancock’s, Lannie’sTuscaloosa- Archibald & Woodrow’s, Moe’s, DreamlandWetumpka- Champs By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Two Troy restaurants recognized as Alabama hot spotslast_img read more

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Waiting for the Big One

first_imgIt has been hailed as perhaps the most important piece of employmentlegislation ever. So is HR quaking in its boots? By Phil BoucherTerry RobinsonHR director UK, EurotunnelWe don’t feel the information and consultation legislation will force us tomake big changes as we have always had a consultative framework in place. AsEurotunnel is Anglo-French, the internal consultation has basically mirroredthe situation in France, so we have had a works council in all but name sincethe company was created in 1994. Three years ago, Eurotunnel also created a European Works Council. This ismade up of eight representatives each from the UK and France. It meets twice ayear and basically supplements the UK company council which meets six times ayear. There are no limitations on the agenda within any of these, sorepresentatives are free to debate anything they wish between themselves. In the UK we already have the situation where a lot of our consultationoverlaps anyway. This is partly because of the 1999 Employment Relations Actand because we have formed a strong partnership with the T&G since 2000.The existing partnership mostly discusses pay and conditions, and there are nolimitations on what they can talk about. It meets six times a year to deal withcompany issues. Eurotunnel is also developing a plan to mix the T&G andworks council together so there is even wider consultation. The Act may bring a degree of rationalisation to this consultation, but itwill not change too much because the company is owned by shareholders and wealready have a fairly transparent approach to financial and company business.We are already far more open than the majority of UK firms as we are run in thesame way as a French company. The one worry that exists arises from the phrase “with a view toreaching an agreement”. This phrase could cause problems depending on howit is interpreted as we have always relied on traditional consultation. Likemost companies, we make a decision at board level, then pass the detailsthroughout the organisation to gain feedback. The board then decides whether itshould act on the feedback or not. If the phrase has teeth, it could well mean the company has to restructure –particularly as we might be obliged to leave important plans on hold whilepeople make their minds up. Other than this, I cannot see that the Act is goingto make radical changes to the way we consult or the degree of transparency wehave within the company. Jill CrowtherHead of HR practice, MicrosoftWe are waiting to see what furtheramendments will be made to the Act and are consulting with the CBI to preparefor it. We are worried that rigid formalisation of the communication processmay cause us to lose some of the engagement we have worked so hard to develop.Our global staff survey currently has a 93 per cent response rate, forinstance, and this may be adversely affected by any changes to the two-wayrelationship. In particular, we are concerned the legislation may force thecompany to take a step backwards. Our fear is that it may negatively affectcompanies that have been more progressive. Despite this, we think it isbrilliant for companies that haven’t placed such an emphasis on consultationbefore.Kate JopsonPrincipal consultant, KPMG people servicesWe have anticipated futuredevelopments by introducing an Employee Business Forum. We hope this will be amechanism for information and consultation and help promote employeeinvolvement in the business. It is composed of elected employee representativesand members of management, who attend regular meetings. To ensure everything isas transparent as possible, there are published agendas that employeescontribute to. The forum will be used for both formal and informal consultationand is designed to engage KPMG people in dialogue about relevant issues. Wehope it will focus attention on key issues for the firm, and create a way ofharnessing employees’ ideas and creativity, as well as promoting understandingof the business.Len AspellGroup head of employee relations, HSBCUntil the draft regulations arepublished, it is difficult to be precise about how they may apply to currentarrangements. We already have information and collective consultationprocedures in place for our management grades (a National Council Forum) andclerical staff grades (through a trade union) and do not know how these will beaffected. We also communicate directly with employees through various channels.It is important the regulations allow employers and employees the opportunityand flexibility to determine the most appropriate framework. We would beconcerned if the regulations dissuaded companies from direct communication withemployees and relied entirely on indirect communication through employeerepresentatives.Sue GriffinHead of employment relations, Ceridian CentrefileWe are in the process of changing ourpension scheme for people on defined benefits schemes and have electeddelegates to voice the opinions of those concerned. Ceridian also handles a lotof TUPE transfers and this involves a huge amount of consultation at both endsof the spectrum. We believe this will change slightly in the future becauseinstead of electing people for a specific purpose, we are likely to havepermanent elected representatives. Ideally, these people would hold theposition for between 2-3 years – it takes some time for them to get to gripswith everything that’s involved. But at the moment, nothing has been set out indefined terms as we are still waiting for the legislation to be finalised. Related posts:No related photos. 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