Suppliers and creditors have raised serious concerns about London wholesale bakery European Bakeries, which recently spent a week in administration.European Bakeries, which supplies discounter Aldi and catering giant Compass, through Enterprise Foods, called in administrators Deloitte on June 8. It had debts of over £576,000 at the time, with over 100 creditors owed sums of up to £98,898.Suppliers hit included BFP Wholesale, Maple Leaf Bakery UK and Greens Flour. European blamed the collapse of sandwich chain Benjys, which it supplied, for its financial problems.On June 15 it was sold as a going concern to DM Holdings of which David Merchant is the only director, with Nury Gee listed as company secretary. Administrator Lee Manning of Deloitte has since admitted that “a lot has come to light” since that deal was signed. Following a recent creditors’ meeting, he has started an investigation into the relationship between the former European Bakeries and a connected logistics company, Foodchain Distribution.Before it went into administration, European Bakeries was charged a fee by Foodchain, believed to be around £3,000 a week, for daily deliveries to Aldi, although these were made using European Bakeries vehicles, petrol, staff and products.Gerald Waldeck was the largest single shareholder in European Bakeries before it went into administration. He also had a 50% stake in Foodchain.Manning said the findings of Deloitte’s confidential report would be relayed to the creditors’ committee “in a few months”.As well as that, a “considerable amount” was owed to European Bakeries by Foodchain and administrators were seeking to recover these debts, he said.Administrators expect to be able to tell angry creditors within a “few months” how many pence in the pound they will distribute.Meanwhile, various suppliers have queried the suitability of two consultants employed by the new business.The pair, David Gee and Kevin Smedley, are disqualified as serving as company directors until 2019 following a substantial fraud.They were banned following a case brought by finance company GE Commercial Finance when they were found to have provided false information to obtain finance.Damages in excess of £16m were awarded against them personally.The company involved was City Truck Group Ltd, which went into administration in 2002. Gee had been chairman and Smedley group financial director. The two are believed to be planning to appeal against their disqualification.New European Bakeries MD David Merchant told British Baker that David Gee had been working at European Bakeries as a consultant for a year, before Merchant bought the company. Gee will remain with the company for around six months to restructure its sales operation as he had “built up relationships with customers that it was essential were maintained,” Merchant said. Consultant accountant Kevin Smedley joined the new company in June as a part-time interim manager in finance and HR for a “couple of months” until a new financial controller was appointed. Gee and Smedley “were not acting as directors”, Merchant added.David Gee’s wife, Nury Gee, was company secretary until auditors were appointed, he said. She also became company secretary of Foodchain on June 16.The relationship between European Bakeries and Foodchain, which is still trading, had ceased, Merchant emphasised.Merchant said: “I intend to grow European Bakeries and build on its reputation as a quality craft baker.” He said he planned to review product range, expanding into different market segments – targeting retail channels. The business’s catering services side would be smaller in proportion as the overall company expanded, he said. Investment would be made in its London bakery.
Munich: A brace for Robert Lewandowski was not enough to save Bayern Munich from making a spluttering start to the new Bundesliga season as the reigning German champions were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Hertha Berlin. Lewandowski insisted that visitors Hertha had been “lucky” after he saved a point for Bayern with a second-half penalty on Friday. Hertha, who finished 11th last season, cancelled out Lewandowski’s opener with two unusual goals to take a surprise lead in the first half and ultimately deal an early blow to Bayern’s title defence. “We didn’t play badly, and they barely had a shot. They were lucky,” Lewandowski told ZDF. “It wasn’t a false start to the season. We were the better team and should have won,” said coach Niko Kovac. Despite winning the domestic double last season, Bayern opened the season under pressure after a 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the German Supercup two weeks ago. Questions over Kovac’s tactics and relentless criticism of the club’s transfer policy had also unsettled Bayern in the build-up, but they looked sharp early on as Joshua Kimmich and Serge Gnabry probed and prodded on the right wing. The duo finally broke Hertha on 24 minutes, as Kimmich set up Gnabry to send a fizzing cross towards Lewandowski, who prodded home at full stretch from close range. With Bayern completely in control, Hertha struck twice in quick succession to turn the game on its head. The equaliser arrived with a dollop of good fortune on 36 minutes, as a hopeful long-range effort from Dodi Lukebakio deflected off Vedad Ibisevic and wrong-footed goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Three minutes later, Hertha took the lead in curious fashion after Marko Grujic clashed heads with new Bayern signing Benjamin Pavard. While Pavard pulled up holding his head, Grujic managed to chase down the loose ball and round Neuer before himself collapsing to the turf. Both players were quickly back on their feet, and Grujic was in the spotlight again when he pulled down Lewandowski off the ball on the hour mark. The resulting penalty, given by VAR, was coolly converted by the Polish striker to bring Bayern back on level terms. Lewandowski, Gnabry and Corentin Tolisso all came close as Bayern pushed for the winner late on, but Hertha held on to take a well-earned point back to the capital city. Bayern fans will at least have one new face to cheer on after the club announced they had reached “agreement in principle” to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona. Bayern Munich lost to Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.Benjamin Pavard, part of France’s 2018 World Cup winning squad, is new signing for Bayern Munich.Robert Lewandowski scored two goals for Bayern Munich. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights
The Nelson Daily SportsQuick-starting Valley West Hawks used some early offence to take a pair of B.C. Major Midget Hockey League games from the Kootenay Ice during weekend action in the Fraser Valley.The fifth-place Hawks scored three times in each of the two games to stop the Ice 5-3 Saturday at the South Surrey Arena and 6-2 Sunday in Langley at the George Preston Rec Centre.Kevan Kilistoff, Kyle Burroughs and Trevor Cox scored first period goals to stake the Hawks to an early 3-0 lead.Nelson’s Joren Johnson gave Kootenay some brief life with a goal midway through the second frame. But Kilistoff and Ram Brar scored before the period ended to put the game away.Castlegar’s Jesse Knowler had the other goal for Kootenay.Saturday, Kootenay, winless in 12 games, opened the scoring when Carsen Willans of Nelson potted a marker 26 seconds into the game.However, the lead was short lived as Valley West tied the game 24 seconds later before adding two more goals to conclude the period with a 3-1 lead.Knowler and Luke Bertolucci of Trail scored in the second period as Kootenay cut the margin to 4-3. But the Hawks’ Neil James scored the only marker of the third period to give the home side the win.Kootenay, 2-13-3, returns home this weekend for a pair of games against the third-place Greater Vancouver Canadians.Game time Saturday at the NDCC Arena is 5:45 p.m. Sunday the teams drop the puck at 10:30 [email protected]
The Bantams have had a light schedule since the Christmas break, scoing a wins over Castlegar 6-3 and 5-4 and a lopsided victory 7-1 over Rossland Tier III.Micah May scored twice against Rossland to lead the Reps.Amit Bhabra, Carson Arcuri, Jacob Shukin, Everett Hicks and Logan Mengler also scored for Nelson.Nelson led 4-0 and 6-1. Against Castlegar, May scored midway through the third period to lift the Reps to the narrow victory.Justin Podgorenko scored twice while Mengler and Austin Tambellini added singles.Replying for Castlegar was K. Klimchuk with a pair while Garret Patterson and Jake G added singles.The Bantam Leafs concludes the West Kootenay League schedule Saturday at the Civic Arena against Castlegar.Game time is 4:15 p.m. Playoffs will not be in the cards for the Nelson Leafs Bantam Reps after B.C. Hockey designated the Nelson Minor Hockey Association squad Tier II for the upcoming post season.Realizing the team, which plays in the Tier III division, cannot compete with the elite Trail Tier II squad, Nelson has decided not to enter the playoff round.B.C. Hockey made the decision after the Reps needed players get players from outside the Nelson Minor Hockey catchment area to ice a team.This decision meant the Reps needed to take the numbers from the other district, pushing the team into the Tier II division.“There will be no playoffs for the team this year as B.C. Hockey has designated us Tier 2 and we will not therefore be competing against Castlegar for a bid for Provincials in Burnaby,” a team spokes person told The Nelson Daily.“The team has opted instead to attend a tournament in Abbotsford in March over the break.”
Despite stiff competition from around the province, the club did quite well, with numerous racers finishing their respective races with best times, and placing in the top five in a number of categories.The Club took home 2 golds and a silver, with 43 racers setting personal best times, and setting four club records.In the Boys 12 Years Division, Skyeler Kerr finished first place in the 50m Free event, finishing first with a time of 26.35 seconds, and also finished first in the 100m Free event with 56.39 seconds, another best time finish.- Advertisement -Kerr also placed second in the 100m Breaststroke with a best time of 1:12.42.Regarding club records, Holy Wiens earned a new fastest time in the Girls 15 and Over 200m Backstroke at 2:20.15, Skyeler Kerr set one in the Boys 13-14 with a time of 1:04.49 in the 100m Butterfly, and Lange Huang set two in the Boys 15 and Over in the 100m Freestyle at 55.33 seconds and in the 100m Butterfly at 1:04.77.
Nigel Adkins paid tribute to Southampton’s players and fans after his side’s 3-1 triumph at fellow strugglers QPR.First-half goals from Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon put the visitors in control and a late own goal by Anton Ferdinand sealed their victory.The Saints boss said: “It was a good performance again for us. I’m delighted with the three points and it shows a good growing maturity among the players to come away from home and win.“We had a good defensive shape and there’s a confidence growing all the time. The players are having a right go and so are the supporters.“Our supporters were outstanding again and have backed the players to the hilt.“Everyone’s working hard. We’ve come a long way in a short period of time. The players have put a good shift in again.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Twitter and Facebook lit up in a World Cup frenzy this week as millions of people around the world took to social media to share in the ups and downs of the matches.Defending champion Spain’s stunning elimination Wednesday after a 2-0 defeat to Chile generated a lot of buzz, though not as much as the Cup’s opening match between Brazil and Croatia.Google, meanwhile, tracked more than 641 million World Cup-related searches. In the week leading up the U.S. team’s game against Ghana on Monday, there were 10 times more searches for the World Cup in the U.S. than for the NBA Finals, which were in progress at the time.Here’s a look at how the World Cup fared online this week:TWEET DELUGEThere were 4.9 million tweets sent out Monday during the U.S. team’s match against Ghana. That compared with 12.2 million during the opening game last week between Brazil and Croatia, the most tweeted-about match so far. In comparison, there were 19.1 million tweets sent about this year’s Oscars, but that was within a 12-hour window surrounding the award show. All 32 participating World Cup teams have Twitter accounts – latecomer Iran joined just in time last week as @TeamMeliIran.THE LITTLE GUYNotice anything different on Google Maps this week? Look a little closer. That’s right, the little yellow guy that guides users through the Street View feature (“Pegman,” as he’s called), has been dressed up in black shorts and a white T-shirt and is holding a soccer ball. While you’re at it, you can also look inside all the World Cup stadiums using Street View.advertisementWHO’S TALKING ON FACEBOOK?Watching the U.S. beat Ghana on Monday, men aged 25 to 34 were posting about the match the most, followed by men ages 18 to 24, then men 35-44. Women between 25 and 34 came next. As for countries, the top 5 countries with the most posts were, in order, the U.S., Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand and England. In all, 10 million people generated 15 million “interactions” on Facebook, which include posts, comments, likes and shares.Why Thailand, you ask, considering it’s not in the tournament? The country’s military junta, in an effort to “return happiness to the people,” negotiated a deal with the tournament’s broadcaster to allow all the games to be shown for free. Previously, the broadcaster had only planned to show 22 of the 64 matches for free.GOALS ON GOOGLE?Google is sharing some World Cup stats that look at what people are searching for during the matches. In anticipation of Saturday’s Germany vs. Ghana game, for example people in Germany were searching for Ghana player Kevin Prince Boateng 20 percent more than for his brother Jerome Boateng – even though the Jerome plays for Germany.Germans were also searching for caipirinhas more often than people in Brazil, perhaps because Brazilians already know how to concoct their national cocktail, made from cachaca, sugar and lime. In Brazil, which tied with Mexico on Tuesday, searches for a Mexican TV character called the Crimson Grasshopper soared after Mexico fans dressed as “El Chapulin Colorado” to support their team.
Man Utd manager Solskjaer slams AZ Alkmaar pitch: Worst I’ve ever seenby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has plenty of concerns about AZ Alkmaar’s pitch ahead of their Europa League group stage clash on Thursday night.United will face the Dutch side at Cars Jeans Stadion in The Hague, a temporary ground after a section of AZ’s stadium roof collapsed. The new stadium has an artificial pitch, and Solskjaer says it’s one of the worst he has ever seen.”I’m surprised they’ve chosen to play on this pitch when I’ve looked at it,” Solskjaer said. “I’m used to it from Norway. It’s not the best I’ve seen.”It’s one of the worst ones I’ve seen for a long while. We’ve al got standards back home in Norway anyway. It’s safe, I’m not saying it’s not. It’s not the newest.”It’s just on the floor so on the carpet more or less, so when you pull the grass up you do that loads, there’s more bounce.”It seems like it’s been used a lot but with my knees I’ve not enjoyed astro turf anyway.”I’m surprised that in this climate you have to use astro turf. It’s OK when you live in the North Pole like we more or less do in Norway and can’t play in March, November or December. But here, I’m surprised.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: This is where I belongby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi says he made the right decision staying with Chelsea.The 18-year-old penned a five-year contract recently after previously trying to force through a move to Bayern Munich.”The club have done so much for me and I’m so thankful for that,” he told BBC Sport.”The decision that I made was a very good one for me and my family. We all thought that it was the right club to be at.”I’ve been here all my life, so there’s no need to change yet. My mum and dad are happy where they are and I’m happy where I am.”