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Barnsley-based Fosters Bakery has struck a deal that will see the company supply its frozen baked bread to Greece, through The Greek Coffee Company. It has also just launched four products on to the shelves of Asda, and two through a sandwich manufacturer into Boots the Chemist. The additional business has meant the bakery has had to take on 16 new full-time staff. Fosters will produce various Asda own-brand rolls, as well as a chocolate hot cross bun and milk-roll fingers, available nationwide. Its sun-dried tomato and basil bread and cornbread are being supplied to a firm that produces sandwiches for Boots. And in Greece, its bread will be used for sandwiches sold in the likes of Costa Coffee, said sales director, Bill Finnerty.“We already supply a few companies in England and Ireland, that produce sandwiches for Costa, and the deal came about from that,” said Finnerty.Around half of which were recruited through an initiative with the Job Centre, driven by the Work and Skills Board for Barnsley, of which Fosters’ managing director John Foster is the volunteer chairman.
A deal is in the works to sell iconic New Orleans venue Tipitina’s in light of recent lawsuits and financial insecurity, according to a report from local New Orleans news outlet WWL-TV. The reported plans to sell Tipitinas come as its longtime owner, Roland Von Kurnatowski, faces a number of lawsuits from investors surrounding bounced checks and unpaid debts totalling nearly $3M.As Von Kurnatowski told WWL-TV in response to a question about his financial situation and the potential sale of the club, “My overall financial picture is good. Whether it’s time to sell Tipitina’s as this time is an open question.”However, recent legal action taken against Von Kurnatowski seems to paint a different picture. According to a report by the New Orleans Advocate, “Two recent lawsuits filed against Roland Von Kurnatowski, an owner of Tipitina’s and the Orpheum Theater, accuse the New Orleans businessman of bilking investors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in what one of the suits describes as a ‘Ponzi scheme.’”In addition to the lawsuits, the report notes that multiple high-profile acts that recently played at Tipitina’s and the Orpheum Theater, also owned by Von Kurnatowski at the time (he has since sold his stake), have had their performance checks bounce earlier this year—even after their shows sold out.Tipitina’s was originally founded by a group of New Orleans music fans as a performance venue for local musical legend Professor Longhair. It’s named for one of Longhair’s most famous songs, “Tipitina”, which has since become a beloved NOLA standard. Von Kurnatowski bought the venue in 1996, and while he was reportedly unaware of its particular history, he has since been dedicated to preserving its identity. He and his wife even created a non-profit organization, the Tipitina’s Foundation, in its name. As WWLTV notes, the couple would likely have to stop using the Tipitina’s name for the foundation should they choose to sell the venue.The identity of the venue’s potential buyers and their plans for the space remain unknown. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.[H/T WWLTV]
Miami lawyer can’t ignore the ‘forgotten children’ Associate EditorMiami lawyer O. Frank Valladares thought he’d casually tag along with his future wife on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, take a little vacation from the stresses of work, maybe do a little scuba diving. But what he encountered when he stepped inside an orphanage in 1999 shocked him, changed his life, and inspired him to do everything he could to rescue what he calls “the forgotten children.” “I had never experienced such deplorable conditions in my life. The first thing that hit me as I walked into the orphanage was the stench of human excrement and urine, which permeated all of my clothing and even my skin, and made breathing an arduous task,” 45-year-old Valladares recalled. The facility itself, he said, “was in a state of ruin” – no running water, no air-conditioning, no working toilets, exposed electrical wiring, broken windows, deteriorating walls, and leaky ceilings. Here, 70 children with severe disabilities and special needs, most abandoned at birth, were warehoused. The 11 people in the mission group who volunteered to help included two doctors, two nurses, two preschool teachers, a massage therapist, a beauty salon receptionist, a youth minister, a pastor, and one lawyer. “I could envision the roles that would be played out by the doctors, the nurses, and the teachers. But what possible purpose could be served by having a lawyer on this journey?” Valladares wondered. He soon found out as he focused his attention on one 8-year-old boy they nicknamed Cappuccino. Naked, the boy was keep in a 3-foot-by-4-foot cage, with little food and water, because he was hyperactive, the orphanage staff explained. “This sight just broke my heart, and I have not been the same since then,” Valladares said. “Many of the children were kept in cages and literally treated like animals, and all of them were malnourished. My day-to-day life problems now seem to be high-class problems, and I’m grateful for having them.” Together with his wife, Lourdes Valladares, a third-grade teacher, they have created a nonprofit Christian organization called Project ChildHelp, whose purpose is to provide humanitarian aid in the form of food and medical care to the orphans in Santo Domingo and Nagua. The Spanish translation is Proyecto Ayuda al Ninos, whose acronym is PAN, or “bread.” “Frank has gone on every single trip,” said his wife, who helps organize the missions. “We don’t take vacations. Our honeymoon was a mission trip in February 2000. His whole heart is in it. We come home and have family time. And after we put our two girls to sleep, that’s what we do: Make calls for Project ChildHelp.” The Valladares are planning their fourth mission trip for January, 2, 2002 – busily organizing garage sales; sorting, washing, and repairing donated clothes; picking up donated formula from pediatricians; acquiring frequent-flyer miles from donors for travel; distributing 900 plastic bottles to businesses, homes, and churches for collecting loose change. “We literally count our pennies every month in our efforts to meet payroll,” Frank Valladares explains. Their volunteer medical teams are local pediatricians and nurses, mostly from Miami’s Children’s Hospital. They have hired five workers whom they pay directly to care for the children in the orphanages. “We have to be very careful because the corruption is rampant,” Frank Valladares said. “We don’t want to give money to the administration of the orphanages. We have selected people we trust.” The top priority now is to make sure the children are fed and bathed every day, something that was not happening before. “One of the first things we did on the first trip was bring a stereo and speakers,” Frank Valladares said. “The moment we turned it on, their faces lit up. These children don’t have human contact. In our trips, we always take a medical group and a youth group from churches. They ask: ‘What should we do?’ And we say: ‘Just lay your hands on the children.’” What keeps them going, said Lourdes Valladares, is envisioning their ultimate goal of buying land and building a true home for the children. “It will be a place where the children live in a home environment, where they are loved, where there is plenty of laughter, and lots of room for them to play outside,” Lourdes Valladares said, emotion filling her voice. “Now, they are stuck on the third floor and never see the light of day. This place will have a few acres, with a big green space, and horses and flowers and a beautiful atrium where they will all congregate every day after meals. They will play and laugh together in their own world.” As Frank Valladares explains: “God grabbed our hearts. That’s where he called us. We really believe in that. Some of my friends tell me I’m crazy because my vacations I spend at the orphanage. Unless you actually go through it and actually touch these children up close, you can’t see how you can make a difference. But we can make a difference. No money in the world can satisfy that. “I’ve had colleagues say: ‘Why go way down there? Kids are needy here.’ And I’ve come across the attitude in the Dominican Republic: ‘Why bother with these kids? These kids are too damaged.’ But who are we to say that? These are God’s children. They are here for a reason. A lot may never walk or speak, but they are still God’s children.” For more information about Project ChildHelp, call Frank and Lourdes Valladares at (305) 271-0467, write to them at 66 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130, or e-mail them at [email protected] October 1, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Miami lawyer can’t ignore the ‘forgotten children’