Cake decoration company’s sales skyrocket

first_imgWarrington-based company Windsor CakeCraft has seen its internet sales increase 2,300% as the credit crunch encourages consumers to decorate their own celebration cakes.The company, which supplies cake decorating equipment, sugarcraft products and cake decorations has doubled its floor space to 4,000sq ft and plans to launch a new shop and in-house bakery.It was launched as a part-time internet business in 2004 by Chris O’Neill Bell, who recently gave up his day job to work on it full time.“Business is going really well and we’ve seen year on year growth of between 60 and 70%,” said O’Neill Bell.As well as decorating products, the company supplies a range of wedding cakes to small shops, wholesalers and the public.last_img

Peruvian Armed Forces, National Police Destroy 37 Clandestine Airstrips

first_img Colombian National Army dismantles 2 cocaine laboratories Since 2011, Peruvian Security Forces have destroyed at least 102 clandestine landing strips used by narco-traffickers. Most runways were 500 meters long, 10 meters wide and were located in the VRAEM. “These operations are a major blow to drug offenders who are the primary means of financing the terrorist organization Shining Path,” General César Astudillo Salcedo said. “These operations are a major blow to drug offenders who are the primary means of financing the terrorist organization Shining Path,” General César Astudillo Salcedo said. The FARC and the ELN are the country’s largest guerrilla groups. Both organizations use proceeds from narco-trafficking to fund their terrorist activities. Colombian National Army dismantles 2 cocaine laboratories The Colombian National Army recently destroyed one cocaine laboratory controlled by the National Liberation Army (ELN) and another used by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) during separate operations in the Departments of Nariño and Guaviare, respectively. Two days later, the Special Brigade Against Drug Trafficking Unit Air Assault Aviation Division and the Unified Action Groups for Personal Liberty (GAULA) seized 292 kilograms of cocaine from a structure belonging to the ELN’s Guerra Carlos Alberto Troches Front. The cocaine had a street value of about 890.6 million pesos ($348,318 USD). Troops with the Peruvian Armed Forces and National Police officers recently destroyed 37 clandestine airstrips used by the Shining Path to transport drug in the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region. By Dialogo April 06, 2015 Since 2011, Peruvian Security Forces have destroyed at least 102 clandestine landing strips used by narco-traffickers. Most runways were 500 meters long, 10 meters wide and were located in the VRAEM. The FARC and the ELN are the country’s largest guerrilla groups. Both organizations use proceeds from narco-trafficking to fund their terrorist activities. The airstrips, which are known as narcopistas, play a major role in the drug trade: about 90 percent of the cocaine produced in the VRAEM is transported out of the region by small aircraft. Given that high demand, owners can charge as much as US$12,000 for its use. Narco-traffickers use small planes to fly about half the cocaine produced in Peru to Bolivia; from there, the drugs are transported to Central America, Brazil, Mexico, the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. During the first operation on March 27, the Twenty-Second Jungle Brigade seized 250 kilograms of chopped coca leaves, 55 gallons of coca leaves being processed into cocaine and 10 gallons of ammonia — among other supplies and equipment — from the laboratory belonging to the FARC’s 44th Antonio Ricaurte Front in the Department of Guaviare. Two days later, the Special Brigade Against Drug Trafficking Unit Air Assault Aviation Division and the Unified Action Groups for Personal Liberty (GAULA) seized 292 kilograms of cocaine from a structure belonging to the ELN’s Guerra Carlos Alberto Troches Front. The cocaine had a street value of about 890.6 million pesos ($348,318 USD). Troops with the Peruvian Armed Forces and National Police officers recently destroyed 37 clandestine airstrips used by the Shining Path to transport drug in the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region. During the first operation on March 27, the Twenty-Second Jungle Brigade seized 250 kilograms of chopped coca leaves, 55 gallons of coca leaves being processed into cocaine and 10 gallons of ammonia — among other supplies and equipment — from the laboratory belonging to the FARC’s 44th Antonio Ricaurte Front in the Department of Guaviare. The Colombian National Army recently destroyed one cocaine laboratory controlled by the National Liberation Army (ELN) and another used by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) during separate operations in the Departments of Nariño and Guaviare, respectively. The airstrips, which are known as narcopistas, play a major role in the drug trade: about 90 percent of the cocaine produced in the VRAEM is transported out of the region by small aircraft. Given that high demand, owners can charge as much as US$12,000 for its use. Narco-traffickers use small planes to fly about half the cocaine produced in Peru to Bolivia; from there, the drugs are transported to Central America, Brazil, Mexico, the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. last_img read more

Credit union CEO pleads guilty to stealing $1 million

first_imgA former president/CEO of the merged Winchester Community Federal Credit Union in Winchester, Va. will be sentenced in April 2016 after pleading guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to embezzling more than $1 million to pay credit card bills and buy real estate.Donna L. Jennings, 44, of Winchester admitted that she raided teller cash drawers, created fake loans, made unauthorized financial transactions, posted false entries in WCFCU’s accounting records and lied to NCUA examiners, according to court documents. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

‘Heroes of Character’ nominations accepted now

first_imgBatesville, In. — Nominations are now being accepted for the “Heroes of Character” awards due on May 15.  Several local students and adults will be recognized at the “Heroes of Character” Celebration on October 25, 2018.  The Celebration is being hosted by the Southeast Indiana Coalition of the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati.“This will be our seventh “Heroes” Celebration.  What a delight to celebrate outstanding individuals whose stories of overcoming obstacles, career-long service to the community, and generosity to others provide hope and inspiration.  We honor them for their role as models and leaders of character in the community,” said Mary Andres Russell, Board of Directors’ member of the Character Council. The Character Council is currently seeking nominations for children and adults who embody the spirit of their positive character qualities.  Nominations may be submitted by teachers, co-workers, friends, or a coach.  The council is asking for a brief description which conveys examples of his or her exemplary behavior, how their behaviors and dispositions show character qualities in action, and obstacles they have overcome.  Nomination forms are available on the Character Council website. Proceeds from the benefit will support Character awareness campaign via multiple media platforms, Character training for schools, non-profits, and government organizations that would otherwise be unable to afford training, and general operations which includes support of “Communities of Character.”The Character Council serves Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana.  It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster character development in children and adults as a foundation for success.Through seminars, events, consulting, books, emails, and media promotions, the Character Council encourages the development of 49 positive character qualities, helps individuals discover the best in themselves, and helps business, education, government, and faith-based organizations facilitate positive cultural change.The Council is working to create “Communities of Character” across Greater Cincinnati where businesses, schools, government agencies, faith organizations, and the media work together to promote good character.  Partner schools, businesses, and non-profits see results in improved behavior and outcomes.  In 2017, the Council reached over 202,575 people with inspiring messages through partnerships with more than 75 organizations.For more information, please click here. visit http://charactercincinnati.org.last_img read more

ASA clears Health Lottery advert of social irresponsibility

first_img UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share Lee Willows, YGAM: Education is central to gambling reform  July 9, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles The Advertising Standards Authority has cleared a Health Lottery ad, featuring a man finding a £1 coin down the back of his armchair, of any wrongdoing.Proceeding to enter a grocery store, the voice over goes on to state “Its George’s lucky day. Now you might think £1 won’t buy you much these days, a loaf of bread, a pint of milk, but George knows £1 buys you a chance to play the Health Lottery which now has more chances to win”. Seeing the coin turn into the aforementioned items, George goes on to continue with his original plan, before daydreaming of what he could buy with a potentially huge windfall.Seeing an issue with its content, one complainant challenged the social irresponsibility of the advert, believing an implication was contained that hinted it would be better to gamble £1 on a lottery, as opposed to on essential food items.In its response, The Health Lottery stated that the concept is to show the spending of an “unexpected luck windfall,” rather than implying expenditure outside of budgeted everyday items.Emphasising that references to items such as a loaf of bread or milk were made to indicate “that the cost of a Health Lottery ticket was inexpensive compared to the potential reward that players could receive,” it was also stated that there was no suggestion that someone should spend money on a ticket instead of eating and drinking.Also stressing that the £1 coin had not been taken from his wallet, the ASA backed The Health Lottery’s stance, stating: “The ad played on the common joke that money could be found down the back of a sofa, and that money found unexpectedly in such places, was a bonus”.Before adding: “We noted that when the man entered the shop, he was not shown pondering whether to buy food or a lottery ticket, but had entered the shop for the specific purpose of buying a lottery ticket with the £1 he had found. “The ad did not suggest that the man chose to buy a lottery ticket instead of bread and milk that he needed, but rather those items were included merely by way of comparison to show that everyday food items could be bought for the same price as a £1 lottery ticket, and that if spare money was found, it could be spent on a lottery ticket.”Not upholding the complaint, the ASA concluded that the ad was not irresponsible and did not break the code. ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Submitlast_img read more