McCambridge sells own-label cake business

first_imgThe McCambridge Group has confirmed the sale of its private-label cake division this morning.The Blackburn-based bakery firm’s own-label cake business, which produces a range of cakes and pies for leading retailers, has been sold to private equity group NBGI Private Equity.The cake division currently employs 637 members of staff at its UK bakeries in Manchester, Bradford, Blackburn and Salisbury, as well as a further 259 employees working at its manufacturing site Szczecin in Poland.The company said it had been approached in October by a number of third parties and was considering potential buyers for the business. McCambridge would not disclose the value of the sale, but confirmed that no redundancies would be made as a result of the move.Simon Webber, chairman of the McCambridge Group, said: “The cake division has great growth potential. A strategic review, coupled with approaches from interested parties, led us to establish that the division would benefit from being demerged and managed as a separate entity. We are delighted that the business has been sold to NBGI Private Equity, which has a track record in owning businesses in the food industry. The successful sale of the cake division is a great credit to all management and employees.”He added that McCambridge would be focusing on developing its additional two divisions, which includes its malt loaf and fruit loaf brand Soreen, and its Irish McCambridge bakery business which produces soda bread in Ireland.last_img read more

Lovers’ Leaps

first_imgTall tales form the Southeast’s most legendary high-elevation spots.Young and star-crossed lovers, determined to spend eternity together whatever the cost, cast themselves from a precipice to escape barriers to their marriage in life. So says the lore behind almost every Lovers’ Leap. The cast of characters usually includes chiefs, warriors, and maidens. These legends date back to early settlers, who made famous many a high cliff with tales of Native American-inspired romantic tragedy. Despite their dark lore, or perhaps owing to it, Lovers’ Leaps remain popular spots for their staggering views— worthy settings for any tale of passion.Lovers’ LeapHot springs, N.C.Historian Hazel Moore wrote Hot Springs of North Carolina about the history of the small town she grew up in. She includes a Lovers’ Leap legend written in 1906 by Sally Royce Weir about a Cherokee chief named Lone Wolf, who ruled beside the Tahkiostie (French Broad) River. He wanted his daughter, Mist-On-The-Mountain, to marry a powerful but old brave named Tall Pine.One day, Mist-On-The-Mountain fell in love with Magwa, a handsome young visitor to her village. When her father refused Magwa’s marriage proposal, Mist-On-The-Mountain traveled to the foot of the towering rock to meet Magwa, when Tall Pine, who had followed them, struck and killed the younger man. Mist-On-The-Mountain ran, but Tall Pine cornered her on the high cliff, where she heard Magwa’s spirit call to her. She leaped into the river to join her lover, and moments later a panther struck and killed Tall Pine before he could escape the lurid scene.Today a popular side path of the Appalachian Trail, this Lovers’ Leap hike rewards you at the top with sweeping views of the French Broad River 500 feet below. It’s a short hike at only 2.6 miles round trip, but like most Lovers’ Leaps, it’s a strenuous one, gaining 1,000 feet in elevation. You’ll find river birches, maples, and oaks shading the riverside path. Begin at the Silvermine Trailhead. Follow the river-side path until you see white blazes for the Appalachian Trail, and then orange blazes marking the Lovers’ Leap trail.Lovers’ LeapHAWKS NEST STATE PARK, ANSTED, WV.The popularly accepted legend for what is now Hawk’s Nest State Park was documented by George W. Atkinson in his 1876 book History of Kanawha County. It stars a Shawnee Indian chief who, like the father in the Hot Springs tale, disapproved of his daughter’s love for a young brave. Instead, the chief arranged for a marriage between his daughter and the chief of a neighboring tribe. The young maiden courageously refused the marriage, telling her father she loved a warrior in her own tribe. Angry, her father ordered her to stay in her tipi under guard until she consented, but she managed to sneak out toward dawn. She fled to the tipi of her true love, and they escaped together. Soon after, the chief and his warriors picked up their trail and cornered the two lovers on the cliff that overhands the New River. Rather than be separated in life, they embraced and made the fatal plunge.In what is today Hawk’s Nest State Park, this Lovers’ Leap stands nearly 500 feet above the New River Gorge. “It’s a short trail, but you’ll definitely get exercise,” says Gia Tyree, office manager at the park. “We call it ‘Nature’s Stairmaster.’” Despite the grim folklore, Tyree says people seek it out “to find a peaceful spot to take in the sights.” This trail starts at Hawk’s Nest State Park office and travels down steep wooden steps to the overlook.Lovers’ LeapBLOWING ROCK, N.C.This towering cliff shares a similar legend, but with a less harrowing ending. It is said that a Chickasaw chief journeyed with his daughter from the plains to what is now the Blowing Rock to hide her from a white man’s affection. One day the maiden flirtatiously shot an arrow in the direction of a Cherokee brave she saw in the distance. He came to her and they soon fell deeply in love. Then a reddening sky made the brave think it was a sign of trouble calling him to his own tribe. As the maiden begged him not to leave her, the brave felt so torn between love and duty, he jumped from the high rock. But when the maiden called to the Great Spirit to bring her lover back, the winds blew the brave up into her arms.At 3,000 feet above the John’s River Gorge, the Blowing Rock offers views from Hawksbill Mountain to Mount Mitchell. The winds from the John’s River Gorge blow so strongly that when it snows, you’ll see flurries rise toward the sky. This Lovers’ Leap offers a scenic overlook without a hike. From the Blowing Rock parking lot, follow the trail with 1200 feet of gradual climbing to the observation tower. •Lovers Leap SignMore Lovers’ LeapsRock CityLookout Mountain, Tenn.The story here is that young Native American lovers were forced apart because their tribes were at war with each other, so they jumped to their deaths in despair.SauteeNacoochee, Ga.Here, two young Native American lovers from opposing tribes were told they couldn’t be together, and when the brave was thrown from the cliff in punishment for their affair, the maiden jumped out of her father’s arms to join him.Noccalula FallsGadsden, Ala. Legend has it that a Cherokee maiden threw herself from the falls after her lover was driven from her tribe.Natural TunnelDuffield, Va.Locals tell the story of a maiden who fell in love with a brave when he rescued her from a bear, and when her father, the chief, refused to allow their marriage, the young couple jumped to their deaths from the pinnacle at sunrise.last_img read more

Women of Troy set to host SDSU at Marks

first_imgAfter a spectacular comeback bid fell just one point short against crosstown rival UCLA last week, the women’s tennis looks to return to winning ways against San Diego State on Wednesday. The Women of Troy had been looking to extend a six-game winning run going into their matchup against the Bruins, but they will now try to start a fresh streak by taking care of the Aztecs at Marks Stadium.Despite the close loss to archrivals UCLA, associate head coach West Nott insisted that “nothing has changed” in the squad’s preparations for game day.“Have a good practice, control the things you can control and just get back out there on the court and rack up another win,” Nott said when asked about the team’s mentality heading into the contest.No. 4 USC now sports a 10-2 record and an undefeated 4-0 mark at home, while San Diego State is 6-5 for the season and has not lost in almost a month. After a rough 2-5 start, the Aztecs notched four consecutive victories to push their record over .500, and they will look to make it five in their upset bid against the Women of Troy.USC travelled to San Diego in 2014 and came away with a dominant 7-0 victory, but neither the players nor the coaches are taking the win for granted this year.“If we can keep working on the things we’ve been working on, the rest will just fall into place,” Nott said. “We won’t be taking them lightly.”Six USC players are currently nationally ranked in singles, led by No. 18 junior Giuliana Olmos. The other ranked Women of Troy include two seniors,        No. 36 Sabrina Santamaria and                No. 46 Zoë Scandalis, while         No. 88 Gabby Smith, No. 83 Meredith Xepoleas and No. 65 Madison Westby are all freshmen. Olmos and Scandalis are also the 17-ranked doubles partnership in the country, and sophomore Zoë Katz and senior Gabriella DeSimone are currently ranked at No. 27.After the loss against UCLA last week, head coach Richard Gallien identified doubles as an area for improvement, and the team has been working to improve that aspect of their game throughout the week.“We’ve got some new players, and gelling takes a little bit of time, especially just handling the pressure of a dual match,” Nott said. “We’ve been working really hard, and the kids are learning very quickly so I wouldn’t be surprised if we played great doubles [against San Diego State.]”The players and coaching staff have also been working on maintaining full, NCAA tournament-esque intensity over the course of a full match.“We’re working on our overall consistency as a team, not giving away any free points, just making every point, set and match contested from the beginning to the end and playing a full, complete performance,” Nott said.USC and San Diego State do not share many common fixtures in their seasons, as the Aztecs play in the Mountain West Championship, but comparing results against their lone mutual opponent — Pepperdine — inspires confidence. San Diego State fell to the Waves by a score of 5-2 in their lone meeting of the spring, while the Women of Troy beat Pepperdine twice in the same week back in January, with a 4-0 win at home and a 4-3 victory in Malibu.The Women of Troy know, however, that any lower-ranked team visiting Marks Stadium will be prepared to upset them and are ready to meet the challenge.“We take them very seriously even though they aren’t ranked as high[ly] as us,” Santamaria said. “We’re preparing very well, and we’re going to treat [the game] like it’s UCLA or Stanford or Cal and just take care of business.”The match begins Wednesday at Marks Stadium at 1:30 p.m., and it is the Women of Troy’s final contest before conference play begins at Washington State on Sunday.last_img read more

Taylor Ward spent most of his time in left field before returning to Angels

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Ward said he doesn’t have a preference.“Any place that can get me in the lineup, I don’t mind, but left field isn’t bad,” he said.Ward also conceded that it’s good for him mentally to get some time away from third, where he had a rough time in spring training and during his brief big league exposure this year.“Anytime I get away from third and come back, it does feel easier,” he said. “I can just kind of relax and separate it a little bit.”The Angels created a spot for Ward by sending down José Suarez after he pitched on Sunday. They wanted to have an extra position player before playing a game in a National League park. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros CHICAGO — Taylor Ward returned to the Angels on Monday and was in the starting lineup at third base, a position he hasn’t played much lately.Ward got a start at third at Triple-A on Saturday, but otherwise had only started in left field and at DH ever since he returned to Salt Lake after being with the Angels in early May in Mexico.Manager Brad Ausmus said the organization hasn’t necessarily shifted their preference for Ward’s potential role. He was a catcher until 2018, when he became a third baseman. While he still has room to improve at third, he’s added first base and left field this year.“I think they are trying to make him versatile, so he can play a number of positions, mostly left field and third,” Ausmus said Monday. Related Articlescenter_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOOKING WAY AHEADShohei Ohtani’s first time on the roster for a game in a National League park this year begged the question of what Ausmus would do with him if he was scheduled to pitch in an NL park next year.Ohtani obviously can’t DH, so they get the most use out of him if he’s pitching and hitting. The tough part is that once he comes out of the game as a pitcher, he is also out as a hitter, so that is a consideration when deciding where to put him in the batting order.“I haven’t thought about it because I don’t have to worry about it this year, but that’s a good question,” Ausmus said. “That’s something I’d have to think about.”FREQUENT FLIER STATUSThe Angels played in Chicago on Monday after playing on Sunday in Seattle. By the time they fly back home to Orange County on Tuesday, they will have traveled 3,462 miles, the third-most by a team in a three-day span in MLB history (when playing a game each day).ALSOThe Angels reinstated Michael Hermosillo from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A. In order to create a spot for Hermosillo on the 40-man roster, they designated right-hander John Curtiss for assignment.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning, 2-1, 3.06) vs. A’s (RHP Frankie Montas, 6-2, 2.81), 7 p.m., Fox Sports West Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more