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Bad weather takes toll on Himachal apples

first_imgApple production in Himachal Pradesh is expected to come down by around 50% this year and the total number of boxes (approximately 20 kg each) may not even touch one crore because of the unfavourable weather conditions prevailing in the State for the past few months.Shimla Deputy Commissioner’s office, which controls and administers the transportation and marketing of apples, has estimated a production of around 9 million apple boxes this year. Last year, the total production had touched around 15 million boxes in the State. The rural Shimla district alone produces more than 80% of the Red Delicious apple variety in Himachal, while other districts like Kullu, Mandi, Kinnaur, Chamba, Sirmaur, and Solan produce the rest of the crop.Employment sourceApple is the main cash crop grown in the hill State. It is a ₹4,000-crore economy and gives direct and indirect employment to hundreds of thousands of people. Early variety of apples from lower areas start reaching the markets in the last week of June. The Shimla district administration has directed the SDMs to fix the transportation rates of the produce from the farms to the roads and freight charges of the trucks in their areas. Control room for trucksThe administration will also establish a control room at Fagu near Kufri to keep track of the loaded vehicles going out of the State. The inspection will start July onwards till the end of the harvesting season in October. Other control rooms will be set up in Narkanda, Khara Pather, Naina-Balag, Kuddu, and Rampur.The drivers and helpers of the trucks will be given identity cards by the Horticulture Produce and Marketing Corporation and only authorised truckers will be allowed to transport the produce.This comes in the wake of several instances in the past of truckers running away with the produce. It has prompted a number of small growers to prefer selling their produce within the State instead of sending it to far-flung markets.last_img read more

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Hotshots reach semis

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “We challenged the players to face the situation. We wanted the ball to go to Walker but there was also an option for Maliksi,” Isaac said.The ball did go to Walker, who then set Maliksi up for the game-winning jumper from the free-throw line with 9.5 seconds left.The Hotshots did not need as tight a finish as the Elite did, putting together a strong second half to overcome an NLEX squad that was seeing action in its first playoff stint under coach Yeng Guiao.The hard-fighting Road Warriors looked headed for a do-or-die as they stormed out of a deadlock at halftime to take a 63-55 lead in the third quarter.But Star went on a strong run to take a 69-63 edge before stretching the lead to 10 late in the fourth period behind huge baskets by Paul Lee.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Import Kristofer Acox and Lee carried the Hotshots in the second half and finished with 21 and 18 points, respectively, for Star, which at one point in the tournament was staring at a possible seventh seed in the playoffs.“We came from seventh spot and we were able to get No. 4 so we just took advantage of it,” said Star coach Chito Victolero.Acox also had 12 rebounds and two steals for Star.In contrast, NLEX started the Governors’ Cup strong and was one of the early favorites to nab a crucial twice-to-beat advantage but the fickleness of the tournament, where the closely-packed standings meant one loss could spell doom for a team’s chances, dropped the Road Warriors out of the top four.Walker and Maliksi carried the Elite down the stretch but it took team effort in the waning seconds to pull off the defensive stop on the Bolts, whose last shot—a one-hander from just inside the 3-point line by Mike Tolomia—went off target.“We played good defense and made the stop,” Isaac said.The dramatic win was Blackwater’s first in the playoffs since joining the league in 2014. And it couldn’t have come at a better time with the Elite facing the formidable Bolts, who won nine games against only two losses in the elimination round.Walker had only 11 points in the first three quarters before taking over when it mattered most. He exploded for 19 in the fourth quarter, scoring Blackwater’s first 18 points there.The former NBA veteran, who had stints with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, logged a total of 30 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, one steal and a block.The 30-year-old Maliksi, who was acquired from Star in a four-player trade on Sept. 10, wound up with 15 points and four rebounds. Starting guard Mike DiGregorio added 20 points. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Reigning Best Import Allen Durham posted 18 points—including an inside basket that gave the Bolts a 91-90 edge with 15.8 ticks remaining—21 rebounds and seven assists while Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge had 19 and 18 points, respectively.Blackwater tries to become only the fourth team to knock off the No. 1 seed when it tangles with Meralco on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PBA IMAGESStar became the first team to reach the semifinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup even when the top-seeded Meralco Bolts had an earlier game schedule—and a supposedly lighter quarterfinal opponent.The Hotshots came back in the second half to eliminate the NLEX Road Warriors, 89-77, Tuesday night to advance to the Final Four of the season-ending conference.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bolts, who finished second in this tournament last season, could have gotten to the semifinals ahead after drawing an earlier game time and a quarterfinal pairing against eighth-seed Blackwater.But Allein Maliksi came out eager to prove that the Elite made a good decision in trading for him late in the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMaliksi came up clutch as the Elite took down the Bolts, 92-91, to force a do-or-die in their pairing.“Going into the final 15 seconds of the game with Meralco up by one, the instruction was to have a good shot and if there was an opening, we take it,” said Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac after the gripping showdown between seeds at the opposite end of the spectrum at Mall of Asia Arena. 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Chhattisgarh records 340 pc increase in crime against SCs

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 24 (PTI) BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh has recorded a staggering 340 per cent increase, highest among all the states, in the atrocities against Scheduled Castes between 2013 and 2014, Rajya Sabha was informed today.The figures from National Crime Records Bureau were provided by Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary in Rajya Sabha.The figures show 242 cases were registered for crimes against persons belonging to Scheduled Castes in 2013 whereas in the year 2014 the number went to 1,066.Delhi recorded an increase of 55 per cent from 55 in 2013 to 87 in 2014.Haryana recorded 68.3 per cent increase in the crime against the Scheduled Castes from 493 in 2013 to 830 in 2014 while Madhya Pradesh recorded an increase of 40.9 per cent from 2,945 in 2013 to 4,151 in 2014.Rajasthan recorded an increase of 23.9 per cent from 6,475 in 2013 to 4,151 in 2014 and Uttarakhand recorded an increase of 44.2 per cent from 34 in 2013 to 61 in 2014.Bihar recorded an increase of 17 per cent in cases from 6,721 in 2013 to 7,893 in 2014.States such as Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Assam, Gujarat, Odisha, Punjab have recorded decrease in such crimes between 2013 and 2014. PTI ABS IKA SC IKAlast_img read more

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Cavaliers Win 104-100 at Indiana to Even Series at 2

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James has been the first-round king for 12 years.On Sunday night, he needed Kyle Korver’s 3-point shooting to put him in position to extend his reign.The two combined for all of Cleveland’s points in a late 10-2 run, helping the Cavaliers to a 104-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers to even the series at 2. James drew boos from the crowd after flipping the ball up the court to run out the clock.“You don’t ever want to go down 3-1 against anybody, no matter if it’s the first round or if you’re fortunate enough to get all the way to the finals,” James said. “It’s just too difficult.”James finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and another crowning achievement — his 100th career playoff game with 30 or more points, second all-time to Michael Jordan.This has been no typical series for James, who started the playoffs with an NBA-record 21 consecutive wins in the first round.He’s already seen the Pacers go wire-to-wire in Game 1, miss a potential tying 3-pointer in the last 35 seconds of Game 2, rally from a 17-point deficit to win Game 3 and erase a 16-point, first-half deficit to take the lead early in the fourth.This one looked and felt a lot like the three previous games — tough and physical down to a confusing sequence in the final seconds when Lance Stephenson was whistled for wrestling Jeff Green to the court while hoping for a jump ball.Indiana still led 93-91 with 4:28 to go on Sunday.Then James and Korver reverted to their old ways.Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (4) puts up a shot against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love during the second half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Indianapolis. Cleveland won 104-100. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Korver’s 3 with 3:48 left made it 94-93, James followed with a layup, Korver knocked down another 3 and James added another layup to give the Cavs a 101-95 lead with 1:52 left.Indiana never recovered.Korver wound up with 18 points and four 3s to give him 200 in his postseason career.And without those two 3s, James knew he might have been staring at a 3-1 deficit at the earliest stage of the playoffs in his career.“He’s one of the all-time leaders in 3-pointers made,” James said. “His four 3s were huge. We needed every last one of them, obviously.”The Pacers, meanwhile, lamented a missed opportunity.Despite having seven players score in double figures, making more baskets, grabbing more offensive rebounds and matching Cleveland’s 12 3s, Indiana missed six of its last eight shots.Domantas Sabonis scored 19 points for Indiana. Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo each had 17, though Oladipo was just 5 of 20 from the field.Only this time, as in Game 2, Indiana couldn’t quite finish.“We just didn’t play the game the right way,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “You get into these games, these emotional games, and you’re so pumped up — sometimes you try do some things yourself. Usually, those things don’t work.”After the Cavs took a 49-33 lead with 6:01 left in the first half, the Pacers used a 10-2 run to get within 60-50 at the half then opened the second half on a 10-2 spurt to make it 62-50.Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) ties up Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green (32) during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis, Sunday, April 22, 2018. Stephenson was charged with a foul. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 104-100. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Cleveland extended the lead 76-68 lead with 4:41 left in the third only to watch the Pacers score the last six points of the quarter, tie the score on Lance Stephenson’s 11-footer to open the fourth and then take the lead on Sabonis’ 3-pointer with 10:51 left.From that point, it was an all-out slugfest that included James getting called for a technical foul with 6:12 to play.TIP-INSCavaliers: James extended his record of games with 30 points, five rebounds and five assists to 75. … J.R. Smith scored 12 points and Jordan Clarkson each scored 12 points. … Kevin Love had five points and 11 rebounds. … Cleveland outscored Indiana 17-7 on fast-break points and became the first team in the series to top 100 points.Pacers: Have lost six of their last eight playoff games against Cleveland. … Thad Young has 12 points and a playoff career-high 16 rebounds. … Indiana committed only nine turnovers but was outscored 17-13 off turnovers.UPHILL BATTLECavaliers point guard George Hill missed Game 4 with back spasms, an injury he first suffered during Game 1 and aggravated during Game 3.It’s not clear whether he’ll be ready to play Wednesday, either.“There’s just not a lot of movement there,” coach Tyronn Lue said before the game.With Hill out, the Cavs plugged veteran Jose Calderon into the starting lineup. Calderon finished with two points and one assist after failing to enter Game 3.THEY SAID ITCavaliers: “We came on the road in a hostile environment and got a big win after a letdown in the last game,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “When you lose a tough game, it’s tough to bounce back, especially on the road. It’s a tribute to our guys and their character.”Pacers: “We need to calm down and execute,” McMillan said when asked what needs to change. “You play the game together and you play for each other. We weren’t connected (in Game 4).”UP NEXTGame 5 will be played Wednesday in Cleveland.—By MICHAEL MAROT , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Conte unlikely to change stance on Costa

first_imgTransfers Diego Costa may remain at Chelsea – but so does his baggage Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 18:41 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Diego Costa Chelsea Getty Transfers Chelsea Antonio Conte Atlético Madrid Premier League The Blues’ failure to sell the 28-year-old striker is liable to cause them more harm them good due to the tempestuous nature of the player Diego Costa remains at Chelsea following the close of the transfer window, but his relationship with the staff at Stamford Bridge remains fractured.The Spain international will be registered to compete in the Premier League but manager Antonio Conte has made clear that he does not want the forward sticking around.Chelsea 11/2 to win PL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Costa remains unhappy with a text message sent to him by the Italian while he was on international duty in May, stating that he is no longer welcome at the club, although Goal understands that the 28-year-old was previously told that he was considered surplus to requirements.A long-touted move to Atletico Madrid might not have come to fruition in the summer, but the club from the Spanish capital are still seeking the forward, who is eager to return for a second stint there. Atleti, who are in the midst of a transfer ban and could, therefore, not have registered the player for action until January, refused to meet Chelsea’s £40 million valuation.Diego Costa ChelseaAs things stand, it is unlikely that Costa will feature for the Blues again, and Atleti are hopeful that his transfer value will drop by January as a result.He is a player courted by Diego Simeone for over a year now, with Chelsea having threatened to go to UEFA last summer as they felt the Spanish side overstepped the mark in their pursuit of the attacker.Costa, who has claimed in one interview that he has been “treated like a criminal” by Chelsea, remains in his hometown of Legarto, Brazil, and has been training alone. His side, however, want him to return to Cobham so they can oversee his work. It is likely, however, that he would work with the Under-23 squad upon his return.The situation gets messier still as Costa has legal proceedings open against Chelsea for “discrimination” as explained by his lawyer in a statement to the news agency EFE.It might have been resolved last January, when there was the possibility of the player leaving for Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, who were prepared to triple his wages and pay £76m for him. However, Chelsea rebuffed that move as they sought the Premier League title, and though it was meant to go through this summer, a new 100 per cent tax on foreign transfers caused the deal to collapse.Costa’s situation today remains messy, awkward and with no apologies made. Chelsea have a lot of work to do just to sell him and he is still unlikely to play for the club in the near future, especially while Conte remains.last_img read more

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Liverpool CEO unsure about Coutinho

first_imgTransfers I have no crystal ball – Liverpool CEO unsure of Coutinho future Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 18:37 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) coutinho-cropped Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Premier League Barcelona Primera División Philippe Coutinho The Brazil international was wanted by Barcelona in the summer but the club supremo is unsure if he will remain at Anfield Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore is unsure if Philippe Coutinho will still be at the club after the January transfer window, saying he has “no crystal ball”.The Brazil international was the subject of interest from Barcelona during the close-season and reportedly tried to force a move through.Liverpool stood firm on that occasion and managed to keep hold of the talented attacking midfielder, though there are no assurances that Barca will not come back in for him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And the club’s CEO cannot guarantee that Coutinho – who scored a hat-trick in Wednesday’s 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow – will remain.3 – Philippe Coutinho has scored his first ever hat-trick for Liverpool in all competitions. Sublime.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 6, 2017Speaking to Sky Sports, Moore said: “[On Wednesday] I saw a player delighted to score a hat-trick in front of 54,000 fans. It’s all about Philippe on the pitch right now.”As far as I’m concerned the squad in January is what we have. I have no crystal ball.”But Moore highlighted that Liverpool’s recruitment team are doing a good job, pointing to the purchases of Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.”From the perspective of competing, we do things the Liverpool way,” Moore said.”The chemistry that we build on the field – it’s not about buying the most expensive player.Philippe Coutinho Liverpool“We haven’t been shy [in terms of spending]. Obviously, the Mohamed Salah purchase for many people has been the top acquisition of the season.”We already have Naby Keita coming and I think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is doing a tremendous job.”The investments are being made. It’s hard to knock what you are seeing on the field right now.”In the long run, though, Moore has certain expectations in mind for Liverpool, demanding them to become consistent challengers for European honours.”We need to be a contender for the Champions League year in, year out,” he added.”We need to be in the top four every year. But this club exists to win trophies. It’s what our fans deserve.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Local Manufacturers Stand To Benefit From Having ‘Jamaica Made’ Mark

first_img Consumers will also benefit as they will be better able to make informed choices on products For traders of certified goods, the mark will clearly demonstrate to them, the quality of local products Story Highlights The national certification mark provides an avenue for the “re-establishment of consumer confidence” Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says that local manufacturers stand to gain by having their products certified with the ‘Jamaica Made’ mark by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).Speaking at the Jamaica Exporters’ Association’s (JEA) inaugural two-day packaging exposition and conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday, September 10, Mr. Hylton said the national certification mark provides an avenue for the “re-establishment of consumer confidence, locally and internationally” in the authenticity and quality of Jamaican products, and creates a significant competitive advantage for these products, both locally and overseas.“The manufacturers…will benefit from the improved brand recognition and improved market advantage, both locally and internationally, and the Customs Department will spend less time inspecting products/goods to verify authenticity and compliance,” he outlined.The Minister said consumers will also benefit as they will be better able to make informed choices on products that are compliant with and conform to technical regulations and standards, and are authentically Jamaican.For traders of certified goods, the mark will clearly demonstrate to them, the quality of local products, and the agencies that conduct quality checks.“In the final analysis, having the Jamaica Made mark on your packaging provides an avenue for maximizing the economic benefits to our local (compliant) manufacturers and, ultimately, the country,” Mr. Hylton said.The national certification designation is a voluntary conformity assessment programme available to all manufacturers of authentic Jamaican products. Its identifiable mark of quality indicates that products have the guaranteed stamp of quality, and are certified ‘Jamaican’.It was developed in consultation with a number of key stakeholders including the Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA), Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA), Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), Jamaica Agro Processors Association (JAPA), Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC); and the National Consumers League (NCL).last_img read more

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Young girls pressured to send nudes unaware boys were sharing them court

first_imgBRIDGEWATER, N.S. – Girls as young as 13 felt pressured to send intimate photos and were unaware they were being shared among a group of boys, a Nova Scotia court has been told.Six Bridgewater, N.S., boys have admitted distributing intimate images of at least 20 girls between the ages of 13 and 17.Documents submitted in Bridgewater provincial court Tuesday said one 13-year-old girl was repeatedly asked by one accused for sexual photos over several days and felt pressured to send them.“She felt he would not let her change the subject. She said no several times. The next day at school (the boy) and his friends were clustered near her locker and gave her the impression that they were talking about her. She felt pressured,” the agreed statement of facts said.The girl ended up sending four or five photos, but did not give permission to distribute them and was told they would not be saved, the statement said.“She felt horrible when she sent them, but felt that if she did not he would spread some rumour about her at school or confront her about it. She felt guilty and awful after it.”At the time the charges were laid in July 2016, four of the accused were 15 years old, and the other two were 18. All were under 18 when the offences were committed, and their identities are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The victim’s identities are also protected.All were students in Bridgewater.The document said two Dropbox accounts were created for the purpose of sharing intimate images of girls in various states of undress, including bare breasts and fully nude.Most photos were sent through an app called Snapchat — in which images disappear after 10 seconds — but the boys circumvented the time limit by using other phones to take a photo of the photo.The statement said a 14-year-old girl sent photos to a boy she had known since they were young children. She felt she “could trust him that no one would find out.”“They would talk in class. He would compliment her looks and tell her that he likes her. She found him ‘sweet.’ He would also talk about how they could trust each other and then ask her for photos, including full nudes,” the statement said.“He would ask for photos of certain body parts including breasts or vaginal area. He asked her repeatedly and explained that it was ‘no big deal’.”Another girl was 13 years old when she sent an intimate photo of herself to one accused.“She felt pressured into sending it. He kept asking for ‘inappropriate’ photos of herself. She would repeatedly tell him she would not, but when she learned that other friends of hers were sending photos, including one friend… who was believed to have sent nude photos, (the girl) eventually gave in to the requests,” the statement said.“After sending the photo she begged him not to send the photo. She came to believe shortly after sending it that it was a mistake and regretted it. Later when she heard rumours of him keeping it, she asked him to delete it.”In another instance, a girl was 14 or 15 years old when one of the accused started texting her, asking for intimate photos.“She was concerned that if she did not send photos he would not like her. She found him ‘pushy’,” the document said. “Finally one time she decided to send him a picture. She believed that she could trust him to keep the photo private.”One 14-year-old girl sent nude photos to three boys, the document said: “She has no idea of the total number of photos she shared.”In some cases, boys sent unsolicited intimate images of themselves to girls.The agreed statement of facts said some of the accused played sports together and had a private Facebook group. The subject of exchanging intimate photos of girls came up, and a Dropbox account was created to facilitate the sharing of the photos.Approximately 60 photos of 20 girls were stored in this Dropbox account, which was accessed by a single username and password. No fewer than nine devices logged on to the account.A second Dropbox account was created because one of the accused was not able to access the first one. A log shows files were uploaded to the account 46 times and that seven girls were depicted, and no fewer than seven devices logged on to the account, the statement said. Photos of all but one girl also appeared in the first Dropbox account.The first Dropbox account was deleted around April 12, 2015, “once it became clear to them that others knew about the Dropbox account including (school) officials and female students,” the statement said. The second account was removed around April 17, 2015.“Everyone who uploaded photos knew or were wilfully blind to the fact that the subjects were not consenting to their distribution,” the document said.The boys will be sentenced July 31.The case is one of the first in Canada involving legislation introduced in late 2013 after the death of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons, which captured national attention amid a heated public debate over cyberbullying.The 17-year-old attempted suicide and was taken off life support after a digital photo — of what her family says was a sexual assault — was circulated among students at her school in Cole Harbour, N.S.The intimate images bill became law in March 2015.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Connie Oakes case Crowns star witness told prisoners advocate Oakes wasnt at

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAfter she testified as the Crown’s star witness in Connie Oakes’ murder trial, Wendy Scott phoned a prisoners advocate to say the Cree woman was not at the scene of the crime, according to documents filed with the Court of Appeal of Alberta.With no murder weapon, DNA or fingerprint evidence, the murder case against Oakes rested solely on Scott’s testimony.Scott’s testimony during the trial was riddled with contradictions and some of her claims did not match the physical evidence gathered as part of the murder investigation of Oakes, a Cree woman from Nekaneet Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Scott, however, maintained throughout the trial that she was there with Oakes when Medicine Hat, Alta., resident Casey Armstrong was murdered in the bathroom of his trailer during the May 2011 Victoria Day long-weekend.It has now emerged that after she testified at the trial, Scott contacted Kim Pate, who is head of the Elizabeth Fry Society, seeking help because she didn’t believe Oakes was in Armstrong’s trailer at the time of the murder, according documents filed by the Alberta Crown fighting Oakes appeal of the murder conviction.“She called Kim Pate after she testified in Oakes’ trial because she did not believe Oakes was at Armstrong’s trailer,” said the Crown document.Oakes is currently serving a 14-year sentence after a Medicine Hat jury found her guilty of second degree murder. Armstrong was killed by a vicious knife wound to his neck that nearly decapitated him.Oakes says she is innocent of the crime.APTN National News has been investigating the case for over a year and interviewed Oakes in prison. Click here for full coverage.Scott, who pleaded guilty to her involvement in the crime, is also before the Court of Appeal of Alberta trying to have her guilty plea quashed.Scott has been assessed by a psychiatrist as having an IQ of 50.The Crown filed the documents on Sept. 23 in response to Oakes’ appeal filing. Oakes is fighting her murder conviction based fresh evidence contained in an affidavit from Scott that is currently sealed. The appeal hearing is set for November.The Crown’s filing, however, summarizes the main points in Scott’s affidavit.Scott’s affidavit states she cooperated with the police and later the Crown to support their theory Oakes killed Armstrong because she was “very scared” and wanted “to be safe,” according to the Crown’s summary.Scott’s affidavit claims investigators suggested details about the case to her and at one point identified the photograph of the vehicle police believed was used in the murder, according to the Crown summary.Scott also states she was questioned weekly by police about the Armstrong murder between June 2011 and January 2012, but those interrogations were never mentioned in the disclosure to Oakes’ defence, according to the summary.The Crown is arguing that the affidavit should not be used as fresh evidence in Oakes’ appeal case because it doesn’t meet the standard set out in case law. The Crown argues that Scott does not explain why she claimed during trial that she saw Oakes kill Armstrong.“Oakes has characterized what Scott has done in this affidavit as a recantation, but it is not. It is the publication of vague assertions of belief without supporting information,” said the Crown’s submission. “While it would have been very simple for Scott to set out that she lied when she testified to seeing Oakes attacking Armstrong she has not done this.”The Crown also states the three officers named by Scott as being involved in previously undisclosed interrogations have each filed affidavits contradicting the claim she was interrogated throughout the summer and fall of 2011.Medicine Hat officers Sgt. Mike Fisher, Sgt. Jeff Klick and Sgt. Jason Graham all claim in an affidavit they only came into contact with Scott between December 2011 and January 2012. The officers state in the sworn affidavits that they only learned of Scott’s possible involvement in the murder in December 2011.Medicine Hat police switched lead investigators on the Armstrong murder case after they failed to turn up any solid leads following seven months of investigation.The officers’ affidavits also reveal that Scott repeatedly changed her story during interrogations, even claiming at one point that everything she said about Oakes was a lie, that the real killer was named “Ginger” and that she was covering for her.At another point, Scott claimed that the killer was a man who had shown up one day around the time Armstrong was killed with bloodstains and asked that she sell some pills he obtained.Scott later told police she had lied about the man’s involvement.It emerged during Oakes’ trial that the man’s claim he was away working in Saskatchewan the weekend Armstrong was killed was corroborated by a cousin.APTN has also learned that the red Grand-Am police believe was used in the murder was sold to a drug dealer named Ginger before the murder. Ginger, whose real name is known to APTN, has red hair.An eye-witness who testified during trial said she saw two women, one with red hair and the other with long dark hair, in Armstrong’s drive-way putting a black duffle bag or garbage bag in the back of an old, red car.The affidavits also show investigators at one point concluded Scott had nothing to do with the murder. This occurred after they asked her to take the police to Armstrong’s trailer, but she got lost before finally finding Armstrong’s trailer.“On Dec. 7, 2011, it was decided to release her as it did not appear as though she participated in the homicide in any way and also did not help destroy evidence or have prior knowledge of what was planned,” stated Fischer, in his affidavit.The police’s interest in Scott resumed a little less than a month later after she went to the station to deal with a warrant on a separate matter, according to Fischer’s affidavit. During the Jan. 5, 2012, police interview with Scott, she stated she had cancer and claimed a man was involved in the murder.She then texted Fischer the next day saying she needed to speak with him and then over the phone stated she had to get “something off her chest.”Scott then went through another police interview the next day and accused the man along with Oakes of the murder, stated Fischer’s affidavit.It appears that a Jan. 10, 2012, interview with Scott formed the foundation of the case against Oakes. Scott was brought in after Staff-Sgt. Brent Secondiak, who was tasked with reanimating the murder investigation, ordered her arrest on a count of obstruction.After her arrest, she went with the officers to Armstrong’s trailer once more and then to the home she had shared with Oakes around the time of the murder. (Oakes claims Scott moved in with her after the murder occurred).Then police continued to interrogate Scott who repeatedly changed her story, claiming she wasn’t at the scene, that she was camping that weekend, that it was Ginger who was involved and that she was covering for her.According to Graham’s affidavit, the officers continued to interrogate Scott until finally she admitted she was involved and provided details on Oakes’ involvement in the murder.The next day she performed a re-enactment of the murder.In her own appeal application, Scott alleges Medicine Hat police told her during the interrogations that Oakes issued a statement implicating her and that she faced 25 years in prison if she didn’t confessed.No such statement from Oakes existed.Graham states in his affidavit that he did mention an Oakes statement during the Jan. 10 interrogation, but in a round-about way.“I also said that if I had spoken to Oakes, why would she say that Scott went into the house with her?” stated Graham, in the affidavit. “Scott vehemently denied that she had ever been in Armstrong’s house. I also said that if Oakes was trying to paint a picture of Scott that was wrong she needed to say so and Scott said that Oakes was doing that.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Indianorigin consultants charged in US visa fraud

first_imgNew York: Three Indian-origin high-tech consultants have been arrested and charged with H1-B visa fraud in a California federal court, according to US officials. Kishore Dattapuram, Kumar Aswapathi and Santosh Giri were charged with allegedly submitting fraudulent H1-B visa applications for non-existent jobs, according to federal prosecutor David Anderson. A citizen’s panel known as grand jury made the determination after initial hearings, he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details They will be tried on the charges to determine their guilt later. The three have denied the charges and were released on bail, officials said. According to court papers, they ran a consulting firm, Nanosemantics, Inc., which placed workers with other companies, and submitted the fake H1-B visa applications so that they could have a ready pool of workers for placement with other customers. Several visa applications submitted by them “stated that particular workers had specific jobs waiting for them at designated companies when, in reality, the defendants knew that these jobs did not exist”, the officials said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In one case, they allegedly orchestrated payments by their company to someone for permission to list his company as the employer even though they planned to place the workers elsewhere, according to court papers. H1-B visas are non-immigrant visas given to professionals or highly qualified people. According to US government data, 309,986 H1-B visas, or nearly 74 per cent, were held by Indians last year. President Donald Trump’s administration has announced a crackdown on visa fraud and changes to the H1-B visas system to give greater preferences to applicants educated in the US and to tighten the regulations governing the work visas. Because the number of applicants far exceeds the 65,000 visas available every year, they are allotted through a lottery.last_img read more

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Daryas Case Shows Polisarios Violation of Separated Families Rights French NGO

Rabat – By confining the young Darya Embarek Selma in the Tindouf camps, the polisario is, once again, violating fundamental human rights, notably the freedom of movement of members of separated families, the French association for the promotion of fundamental freedoms (APLF) said.In a statement to MAP, Vice-President of the APLF, Christophe Boutin deplored that for the second time in less than a year, the Polisario is putting pressure on young people visiting their biological parents in the camps in south-western Algeria.He pointed to the responsibility of Algeria regarding these human rights violations taking place in its territories, as has been noted recently by Human Rights Watch. Boutin called for giving Darya the freedom to leave the camps and expressed hope to see the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) supervise family visits in order to avoid such human rights’ breaches.The 25 year-old Darya Embarek Selma has been held captive for over than a year by her biological family in conspiracy with the polisario leadership. She has been prevented from joining her adoptive family in Tenerife in the Canary Islands where she has been pursuing university studies.MWN with MAP read more

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Notley says new energy assessment bill conflicts with purchase of pipeline

OTTAWA — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says it makes no sense for Ottawa to have spent $4.5 billion to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline while it is pushing legislation she says will prevent most future energy projects from being builtNotley is in Ottawa this morning giving the Senate her take on Bill C-69, overhauling the way energy projects are assessed for environmental and economic impacts.She says the bill needs major amendments including setting harder limits on the time it can take to do a review, and ensuring the reviews take into consideration the number of jobs a project will produce.She also wants most new Alberta energy projects exempted from the bill because of existing provincial review processes and her government’s climate change policies.Notley does say the review system the bill replaces is no better but also that swapping one broken system for another makes no sense.The Senate is being heavily lobbied on this legislation, with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers saying more than 40,000 letters have been sent to individual senators asking them to amend the bill.The Canadian Press read more

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President and CEO of Barry Shermanfounded Apotex steps down effective immediately

TORONTO — Apotex Inc. president and CEO Jeremy Desai has resigned effective immediately from the generic drug giant founded by the recently deceased billionaire Barry Sherman.A spokesman for the company declined to provide details on Desai’s departure other than to note he left “to pursue other opportunities” and that the company thanks him for his contributions.Jack Kay, who previously served as CEO for the privately held company, will once again step into the chief executive role while also maintaining his current position as vice-chairman.Apotex founder Barry Sherman and wife found dead in Toronto homeSherman family proud Apotex founder among latest Order of Canada inducteesJeff Watson, who has 25 years with the company including most recently as president of global generics, has been appointed to the role of president and chief operating officer.Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found dead in their Toronto home on Dec. 15, with the cause of death determined to be “ligature neck compression.”Sherman, who founded Apotex in 1974 and built it into a company with more than $2 billion in annual revenue, hadn’t been involved in day-to-day operations since stepping down as CEO five years ago. read more

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WatchOmbudsman flooded with over 1000 complaints about Ontario Cannabis Store

TORONTO — Ontario’s ombudsman said Wednesday that his office has received more than 1,000 complaints about the province’s online cannabis store since it launched earlier this month.Paul Dube said he’s set up a triage team to deal specifically with the flood of concerns over the government-run Ontario Cannabis Store.The most common complaints have involved delayed deliveries, poor communication with customers and billing problems, Dube said.Cannabis company earnings to take a hit from distribution, supply woes, GMP predictsMarijuana shortages abound in Canada in just second week of legalizationLow and slow: A tale of online recreational pot orders across Canada“I have informed the OCS that we are seeing a high volume of complaints and we are monitoring their response to these issues,” Dube said in a statement.Dube’s office has yet to launch a formal investigation into the complaints and said that if the OCS can alleviate the issues, a deeper probe may not be required.Ontario’s online store is currently the only legal retailer of cannabis in the province. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press The online store is currently the only legal retailer of cannabis in the province as private retail brick-and-mortar stores aren’t set to open until April next year.Ontario residents have expressed their frustrations on social media at delays in cannabis deliveries, saying consumers have no other legal means of purchasing recreational marijuana while they wait for their orders.The OCS warned on its website last week that delivery times for their orders may be longer than expected due to “unbelievably high demand” and labour action at Canada Post.The OCS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Asked earlier Wednesday about the Ombudsman fielding complaints about the OCS, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli stressed that customers deserve good service.“It was prohibition for a century,” he said. “We’ve opened a multi-million business in a multi-billion sector … So, there is work to do.” read more

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US consumer confidence rises for fourth month to highest level in nearly

US consumer confidence rises for fourth month to highest level in nearly 7 years by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 26, 2014 8:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index rose for a fourth straight month to 92.4 from 90.3 in July. The August reading is the highest since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession officially began.The optimism suggests that Americans will be more likely to spend in the months ahead, an important boost to the economy. Consumer spending drives about 70 per cent of U.S. economic activity.“The rise in confidence adds to other evidence that the U.S. economy is going from strength to strength,” said Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics.The survey found that Americans’ outlook on the job market brightened considerably. The percentage of respondents who said jobs were “plentiful” rose to 18.2 per cent from 15.6 per cent in July. That’s the highest level since 2008. Consumers’ perceptions generally track the unemployment rate over time.Steady and solid hiring this year has provided more Americans with paychecks to spend. Employers have added an average of 230,000 jobs a month this year, up from about 195,000 a month in 2013. Average monthly job gains since February have produced the best six-month stretch since 2006.The unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 per cent in July from 6.1 per cent in June. But that was because more Americans began looking for work. Most didn’t immediately find jobs, but the increase in people looking for work suggests that they are more confident about their prospects.Lower gasoline prices have also likely helped. The average price of a gallon of gas nationwide Monday was $3.44, the lowest in nearly six months, according to AAA. That leaves Americans with more money to spend on other goods and services. This month, the percentage of Americans who said they plan to buy a car reached its highest level in five months.Confidence bottomed during the Great Recession in February 2009 at 25.3 before beginning an upward swing. While the index still hasn’t returned to full health, it is well above last year’s average of 72.3. In the 20 years before the downturn, the index averaged nearly 102. read more

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TSX posts modest advance remains in the red for the week New

by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 26, 2016 9:33 am MDT Last Updated Feb 26, 2016 at 3:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed with a modest gain Friday but remained in the red for the week as a whole after an early triple-digit advance evaporated.Canada’s main market was well off gains earlier in the day as oil prices turned negative.The Toronto Stock Exchange S&P/TSX composite index finished the day’s trading up 44.19 points at 12,797.79, giving it a slight loss for the week of 15.61 points.The commodity-sensitive loonie rose slightly as well, up 0.15 of a U.S. cent to an even 74 cents US.Michael Greenberg, a portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Solutions, said higher oil prices early in the day helped drive up the S&P/TSX as energy stocks rose significantly.However, those gains began eroding as the April contract for benchmark U.S. crude oil began falling from near US$34 a barrel to close down down 29 cents at US$32.78.The rise in oil prices may have come from expectations that the G20 meeting in Shanghai could lead to some fiscal policy co-ordination, Greenberg said.It’s unclear what caused the oil to fall later in the day, but energy markets have been very volatile recently, something Greenberg expects will level out as expected investment and production cuts by oil companies bring supply and demand more into balance.Base metals miners were among the biggest gainers as the May copper contract advanced 5.2 cents to US$2.125 a pound.Elsewhere in commodities, the April contract for natural gas was unchanged at US$1.79 per mmBtu, while April gold shed $18.40 to settle at US$1,220.40 a troy ounce.U.S. indexes were mixed, with the Dow Jones industrial average losing 57.32 points to 16,639.97 and the S&P 500 falling 3.65 points to 1,948.05. The Nasdaq gained 8.27 points to 4,590.47.Still, all three indexes closed up about 1.5 per cent for the week, their second straight weekly gain.The relatively flat showing in New York came despite encouraging economic news from the Commerce Department, which said U.S. gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of one per cent in the fourth quarter.That was an improvement over earlier estimates of 0.7 per cent and better than the 0.4 per cent growth economists had expected. However, it remained only half of the third quarter’s two-per-cent growth rate.In a separate report, Commerce said consumer spending increased 0.5 per cent in January, the best showing since May and far higher than December’s 0.1 per cent gain.Also at the G20 meeting, the governor of China’s central bank, Zhou Xiaochuan, said China would not devalue its currency for the sake of export competitiveness. The potential for China to devalue its currency has remained a source of concern for investors.— With files from the Associated PressFollow @AleksSagan on Twitter. TSX posts modest advance, remains in the red for the week; New York mixed read more

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Worlds biggest food companies failing millions of people

first_imgINTERNATIONAL AGENCY OXFAM has said that the social and environmental policies of the world’s ten biggest food and beverage giants are failing millions of people who who supply land, labour, water and commodities needed to make their products.The charity has ranked the agricultural policies, public commitments and supply chain oversight of of Associated British Foods (ABF), Coca Cola, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, Pepsico and Unilever for the first time.ABF, Kellogs and General Mills fared worst while Nestlé had the highest score at 54 per cent. In a statement today, Kellogg’s said it is committed to “a sustainable, ethical and transparent supply chain”.“We are working more closely with the farmers who grow our grains to drive collaborative sustainability improvements,” the company said. “We also have a zero-tolerance position against forced labor, including slavery and human trafficking.”Oxfam’s said while some of the companies have publicly committed to women’s’ rights, none have committed to eliminating discrimination against women throughout their supply chains. Furthermore none of the companies have declared a ‘zero tolerance’ against land and water grabs. The organisation said all ten companies are “overly secretive” about their agricultural supply chains.Companies are generally increasing their overall water efficiency but Oxfams said most have failed to put policies in place to limit their impact on local water sources. Only Pepsi has publicly recognised water as a human right and committed to consult local communities. Nestlé has also developed guidelines for its suppliers to manage water and was ranked top for policies on water.While all of the companies have taken steps to reduce direct emissions, only five publicly report on agricultural emissions associated with their products.None have publicly committed to pay a fair price to farmers or fair business arrangements with them across all agricultural operations. Only Unilever – which is top-ranked for its dealings with small-scale farmers – has specific supplier guidelines to address some key issues faced by farmers.‘Take responsibility’Chief Executive of Oxfam Ireland Jim Clarken said it is “time these companies take more responsibility for their immense influence on poor people’s lives”.“Eighty percent of the world’s hungry people work in food production and these companies employ millions of people in developing countries to grow their ingredients,” he said. “They control hundreds of the world’s most popular brands and have the economic, social and political clout to make a real and lasting difference to the world’s poor and hungry.”The ‘Behind the Brands’ campaign will launch in more than 12 countries including the US, Mexico, China, Brazil and across Europe.Its first public action will target Nestle, Mondelez and Mars for “their failure to address inequality faced by women who grow cocoa for their chocolate products”. Oxfam said it is urging the three companies to do more to know and show how women are treated in their supply chains, create an action plan to address inequality for women in their supply chains and engage in advocacy to influence other powerful actors to do the same.Read: Hunger remains ‘major’ global threat to world’s poorest and most vulnerable>last_img read more

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The highs and lows of Fyffes 30year journey from a Dundalk grocers

first_img Feb 19th 2017, 9:15 AM THE TAKEOVER OF Dublin-headquartered fruit supplier Fyffes by a Japanese company was given its final, High Court clearance this week.It was announced last December that Tokyo’s Sumitomo Corporation would buy the firm – famous for its blue stickers on bananas – in a deal worth more than €750 million.It brings to a close a major chapter in Irish corporate history after Fyffes spent over three decades as a listed company on the Dublin and London stock exchanges. That listing will be formally cancelled on Monday.However the takeover has not been without controversy. The extraordinary general meeting of Fyffes shareholders was picketed by activists over working conditions for the firm’s Central American workers.With the takeover given the green light today – and with that dispute still on the horizon – we look back at 30 years of Fyffes in Ireland.Dundalk rootsFounded well over a century ago, the original Fyffes started life as a fruit wholesaler in London, first donning the well-known blue label in 1929.It became an Irish firm in the mid-1980s when Fruit Importers of Ireland (FII) took it over, assuming the British company’s name in 1990.FII’s roots were in a family greengrocer on Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, which was set up by former Fyffes chairman David McCann’s grandfather in the early 1900s. Former Fyffes chairman David McCann Source: RollingNews.ieBy May 1986, when it announced its intention to buy the Fyffes group for IR£29 million, FII had been listed on the stock market for five years and had already become a multimillion-pound firm with 500 staff and operations in the UK.It had been on the acquisition trail for quite some time, having taken over Belfast fruit importer FE Benner in 1983 for IR£1.7 million and Waterford’s Paradise Growers in 1985 for IR£1.5 million.The Fyffes deal was obviously a big one and a major coup. It effectively doubled FII’s size, establishing it as one of Europe’s largest fruit distribution companies.According to a report in The Irish Press newspaper, those tens of millions of pounds bought FII: 1,000 workers, 130 vehicles, three specially-designed ships that carried Suriname bananas, ripening facilities and wholesale locations throughout Britain.New types of fruit found their way onto Ireland’s supermarket shelves – namely kiwis – and the products were aggressively marketed to consumers.“The growing sophistication of Irish tastes means we eat a lot more fruit per head than 10 or 15 years ago,” the Irish Independent reported in 1986. “New health theories about the importance of fibre and such continue to add to the trend.”Irish consumption of bananas was low at the time, so there was plenty of room for expansion – which was at the forefront of FII’s mind.The company embarked on a period of purchases across Europe, spending millions acquiring stakes in distribution and banana ripening companies across the continent.‘Internet portal’By the early 1990s, Fyffes future as an Irish company was already in doubt, with rumours that the firm was being sized up for a takeover by American multinational fruit company Dole.In the end, that rumour never came true and the company stayed on the bid trail.The two biggest buyouts were its IR£150 million acquisition of British banana business Geest in 1996 and a 50% stake in Capespan Holdings International three years later.At the dawn of the millennium, Fyffes got caught up in the madness of the dot-com boom and set up an e-commerce subsidiary that it said at the time would generate annual sales of $12 billion.The “internet portal”, called WorldofFruit.com, would combine “business-to-business online trading with trade news, views, press releases and other services”, according to a report in the Irish Independent.It was an early project managed by Steorn, the controversial company that later claimed to defy the laws of physics with an everlasting battery device and phone that never needed to be charged.There was talk of WorldofFruit being listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Instead, it lost nearly €5 million in its first year of trading and was shut down. Steorn founder Shaun McCarthy Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesLegal battlesIn 2002, the company embarked on a mammoth, seven-year legal battle against industrial holdings group DCC and its chief executive Jim Flavin over the sale of its 10% stake in the fruit group.Fyffes accused the firm of insider trading and claimed that it was in possession of trading reports that were price sensitive.In February 2000, DCC sold shares in the company worth €106 million, making a profit of €85 million, at a time when Flavin was a non-executive director of Fyffes. A month later, Fyffes issued a profit warning and its share priced dropped 25%.The High Court found in favour of Flavin, but that ruling was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2007. A year later, DCC agreed to pay Fyffes more than €37 million to settle the case.A report by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement into the event later found no evidence that anything illegal had taken place. Jim Flavin Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandFyffes spun off its property portfolio in 2006, which became Blackrock International Land, and still owns a 40% stake in the firm.Eight months after that, it spun out its fresh produce business – which turned into the publicly listed Total Produce. The McCann family still owns a 10% stake in that firm and Carl McCann serves as its chairman.In 2014, the company failed in its bid to buy US rival Chiquita Brands, after the deal evaporated after two Brazilian outfits instead negotiated a sale.What nextToday, Fyffes distributes 47 million cases of bananas and 10 million cases of pineapples a year in Europe. A US subsidiary also distributes 17 million cases of melons in the US.Sumitomo is one of Japan’s largest companies, last year recording gross profits of ¥894 billion (€7.38 billion at today’s rates).Its subsidiaries span industries from financial services to natural resources, media and logistics, with a global workforce of more than 65,000.The company has been involved in the banana industry since the 1960s and is a market leader in Asia, with interests in both plantations and distribution. It is responsible for about 30% of banana imports into Japan.The firm’s managing executive officer Hirohiko Imura said his company had “long admired Fyffes for its outstanding track record and market-leading position”.Sumitomo’s board said the Fyffes purchase would help it “expand its various produce offerings” and “expand into new geographies” – in this case, Fyffes’ markets in Europe and the US.However the new owners face one immediate challenge in the form of the ongoing dispute over conditions at one melon plantation in Honduras.A group of workers on the plantation have complained of dangerous working conditions, underpayment and threats of dismissal for trying to form a union.There have been calls for both European and US consumers to boycott Fyffes and for the company to be expelled from the UK’s Ethical Trading Initiative, of which the fruit firm is currently a member.British unions branded Fyffes ‘gangster capitalists’ over the row, which is still destined for a disciplinary committee hearing at the UK body.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Image: Rollingnews.ie By Fora Staff 17,493 Views 2 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3244477 Short URL Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: The highs and lows of Fyffes’ 30-year journey from a Dundalk grocers to a €750m Japanese exit The fruit firm’s sale was given its final clearance this week. 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