Real Good Food’s (RGF) finance director has left the company following a reshuffle of operations, after it sold Napier Brown Sugar.Mike McDonough, who had been with the group for 12 years, decided to leave after the company relocated its finance function to the London head office, and devolved greater responsibility to local finance teams in individual units.The company sold Napier Brown for £34m in April this year, due to changes in the European sugar market – and a failure to find a supplier that wanted to work in a “strategic partnership”.McDonough started his career with the group at Renshaw, the company’s cake decoration manufacturing arm. He will leave the business with effect from 32 August 2015.The food business said: “The board would like to thank Mike for his contribution both as finance director of Renshaw and, since 2009, as Real Good Food finance director, where he played an important role in the recent corporate initiatives, and wishes him every success in his future career.”In June RGF, which also runs Whitworths Sugar and R&W Brown, said that, following the Napier Brown sale, it would now focus on developing its other businesses.
Norwegian shipping and logistics company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has signed a concession agreement with Belgium’s Port of Zeebrugge to develop 49 hectares of land known as the Bastenaken West property located in the inner port. With this concession, in place until 2043, the company will nearly double its terminal footprint. WWL plans to invest about USD 20 million during the next two to three years.“The agreement marks the next step in WWL’s long-term commitment to the Port of Zeebrugge, the largest RoRo port in the world, and positions the company for continued growth and expansion all across Northern Europe,” Ray Fitzgerald, President & COO WWL Landbased, commented.“Both WWL and the Port of Zeebrugge have experienced significant growth together over the last two decades, and this expansion paves the way for an exciting future,” Hendrik Sohier, terminal manager, WWL Zeebrugge, said.The Port of Zeebrugge, which handled 2.8 million units of cargo in 2017, serves as an important hub for WWL with a network of deep-sea, short-sea and inland transportation connections.
Media Release World Congress of Families 13 August 2015 On Tuesday, Amnesty International adopted a policy of decriminalizing prostitution. In response, Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, executive director of the World Congress of Families IX (which will meet in Salt Lake City on Oct. 27-30), issued the following statement:“This decision by a leading international human rights advocacy group is a major blow for the protection of vulnerable women and children. It is a pivotal victory for the brothel owners, pimps, sex traffickers and johns who can now claim that their actions are acceptable and there’s nothing wrong with what they do.“The Amnesty vote takes away the meager protections given to those who are exploited, dehumanized and in numerous other ways now have the last remaining human rights stripped from them. The vote greatly increases the inhumane power of the exploiters and significantly increases the likelihood that victims will be subjected to more abuse and brutality at the hands of their exploiters.”Dr. Crouse, whose work against sex trafficking earned an “Abolitionist Award” by the George W. Bush State Department, argued against such a proposal at a February 2010 Oxford Union Debate, where she said, “Prostitution is not like ‘Pretty Woman,’ where a glamorous prostitute earns big money from handsome johns; the majority end up drug-addicted, bruised and battered.”Take a look at some commonly acknowledged facts:Street prostitutes often service as many as 10-15 men a night and barely scrape by while their pimps make over a half-million dollars a year.Prostitutes call their work “paid rape,” and they all have had friends who “didn’t make it out alive.”Nearly half of prostituted women attempt suicide, and according to Dr. Melissa Farley’s research, the vast majority (almost 90 percent) desperately want out.A sex trafficking fact sheet compiled by Farley states that 80 percent of prostitutes were assaulted by their pimps and more than one-third receive death threats aimed at themselves and their families.A study at Metropolitan University revealed that after Australia legalized prostitution, unregistered brothels (operating outside of regulations) increased dramatically – pulling thousands of vulnerable women into prostitution and significantly increasing the number of women with STDs and other infections.The United States State Department notes that pimps control 80-95 percent of all forms of prostitution. Nearly 70 percent of those in prostitution entered before age 16, with the average age of entry in the U.S. being 12 years old.Today, William Wilberforce’s abolitionist campaign in the 19th century against slavery is considered a great moral and human rights victory. Crouse concluded, “The war against johns, pimps and traffickers is the slavery issue of our time. Amnesty International has come down on the wrong side of history by voting on a policy decriminalizing prostitution.”
Versailles, In. — A Batesville resident has been sentenced to 13 ½ years following a conviction for drug and theft charges.Ripley Circuit Court judge Ryan King ordered Curtis Gridley, 41, to serve 11 years for attempted manufacture of methamphetamine and 2 ½ years for theft with a prior conviction. Gridley was given credit for 383 days served.Court documents say in December of 2016 Gridley purchased or took items consistent with manufacturing drugs from three Batesville businesses. One of Gridley’s family members told police he was with Gridley when he made chemical purchases from Kroger and CVS and took a pipe cutting tool from Gillman Do it Best Home Center. Detectives confirmed the theft through surveillance footage from the store.