Reptile session set for Feb. 19

first_imgRock Eagle 4-H Center will kick off the Saturday at the Rock series on Feb. 19 with Herpetology: the Study of Reptiles and Amphibians. Participants will learn to identify common local reptiles, dispel myths and perhaps touch a turtle or a snake. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. Sessions are appropriate for all ages and cost $5 per person. Each session includes the day’s scheduled program and an opportunity to visit Rock Eagle’s Natural History Museum. Advanced registration is required. Saturday at the Rock programs are set for the third Saturday of each month, excluding December. For more information, contact Matt Hammons at (706)484-2862 or [email protected] A complete list of Saturday at the Rock sessions may be found online at read more

Argent to sell 20% Brindleyplace stake

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Two arrested in Central Java for buying cigarettes with fake bills

first_imgThe Gemolong Police in Sragen, Central Java, have arrested two men for allegedly using counterfeit money.The suspects, identified as Klaten residents Untung Wahono, 38, and Tulasono, 42, were arrested after buying a pack of cigarettes at a stall in Warungurip village, Gemolong, on Tuesday afternoon.“We apprehended them following a report from a citizen,” Gemolong Police chief Adj. Comr. I Ketut Putra said on Wednesday, as quoted by According to the report, Untung and Tulasono used a Rp 100,000 (US$6.81) bill to buy a pack of cigarettes. The stall owner suspected that the money was counterfeit and refused to accept it. They later paid with a Rp 20,000 banknote.Read also: Counterfeit money seized at PSBB checkpoint, suspects were on the way to shamanThe two men allegedly went to another nearby stall. Ketut said the owner of the first stall told the stall owner that the men had tried to use apparently counterfeit money.Police investigators seized Rp 3.1 million in counterfeit Rp 100,000 banknotes and a motorcycle in the case.“The suspects told investigators that they obtained the fake bills from Yogyakarta,” said Ketut.Poilce charged them under Article 36 Paragraph 3 of Law No. 7/2011 on currency, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

UK pension lifeboat fund to support Mothercare’s voluntary restructuring

first_imgThe Pension Protection Fund (PPF), the UK’s pension lifeboat fund, has taken temporary control of high street retailer Mothercare’s defined benefit pension schemes in an effort to support a restructuring plan and avoid the company collapsing.The PPF has said it would vote in favour of the restructuring plans on behalf of the company’s pension fund members.Mothercare, which retails to parents of babies and young children, has proposed refinancing its business through a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), which would see it close 50 stores across the UK and agree rent reductions on a further 21.Under the terms of the CVA, the PPF has assumed the rights of the trustees of the company’s pension funds, including voting rights. Mothercare’s pension deficit stood at approximately £140m (€160.4m) on a PPF funding basis, although in its preliminary full-year results the shortfall was reported as £37.7m. The two schemes had combined assets of £351.5m at the end of March, the company reported.Malcolm Weir, director of restructuring and insolvency at the PPF, said he welcomed Mothercare’s willingness to “listen and take on board our view that the CVA proposals should not be to the detriment of the pension schemes”.He added: “Having received additional suitable assurances about the position of the pension schemes, we are able to support the CVA proposals as announced [yesterday]. “Our expectation is that the company will continue to take full responsibility for the pension schemes going forward.” The PPF reached a similar agreement with another struggling retailer, Toys R Us, in December last year. However, the company failed to find a buyer and was declared insolvent at the end of February.Mothercare has faced the twin pressures of rising rents and increased online shopping that have seen many UK competitors – such as Woolworths, Toys R Us and Phones 4u – disappear from the UK’s high street in recent years. Clive Whiley, interim executive chairman of Mothercare, said it was clear the group needed an “appropriate resolution”.“The recent financial performance of the business, impacted in particular by a large number of legacy loss-making stores within the UK estate, has resulted in an unsustainable situation for the Mothercare brand,” he said. “These comprehensive measures provide a renewed and stable financial structure for the business and will drive a step change in Mothercare’s transformation.”Industry experts said the economic pressures on high street retailers remained “intense”.Mothercare was “yet another example of a well-loved brand in the retail sector whose sponsor covenant has been unable to withstand the intense economic pressures on the high street”, said Richard Farr, managing director at Lincoln Pensions, the financial consultants.However, he emphasised that the pension scheme’s trustees had to ensure the best deal for their members.“The covenant risks in the retail sector have been building over recent years,” he said, “and while it is good to see that traditional restructuring techniques are now being applied to rescue groups such as Mothercare, trustees need to independently challenge and scrutinise their sponsors’ plans on a regular basis to ensure they continue to protect their members’ benefits as other creditors are being compromised.”Mothercare is set to present its plans to creditors in the next few weeks. If its proposals are accepted, the company will reassume oversight of its pension schemes from the PPF.last_img read more

Thika hold Ushuru in play-off to retain KPL status

first_imgWith the result, it is highly unlikely that Thika will further pursue their case at the Sports Disputes Tribunal challenging the play-off.They had gone to the tribunal seeking a review of last Tuesday’s ruling which threw out their petition but with things swinging their way on the pitch, the case is as good as done.Carrying with them a 2-1 advantage from last Thursday’s first leg and knowing too well they didn’t have strong legs because of limited training time, Nicholas Muyoti’s charges swung in thick and fast, looking to close down the game early.They had two great chances in the opening 10 minutes, first, skipper Dennis Odhiambo missing a header from point blank the cross emanating from a Eugene Mukangula freekick in the sixth minute. Five minutes later, Ushuru keeper Kennedy Abwanda was called into action, picking out a Said Tsuma shot.The visitors had perhaps the best chance of the game in the 20th minute when roles changed with Tsuma sending Mukangula through, but the striker wasted the opportunity one on one with Abwanda shooting directly to him.But quickly, Thika’s strength began to wane off and Ken Kenyatta’s men starting coming up into the game. On the half hour Muhammad Hassan who had been given the nod to start after coming off the bench to score in the first leg had an opportunity, but his shot went off target.Seven minutes to half time, Eliud Emase made a good save picking off a shot from Barrack Odhiambo after an interchange of passes with Patrick Macharia from midfield.In the second half Thika went all defensive trying to safeguard their slender advantage, and Ushuru never did much to change the situation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thika United’s Onwudi Chibueze tries to get past Ushuru FC’s Nelson Marasowe in a KPL relegation and promotion play-off at the Narok County Stadium on December 24, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAROK, Kenya, Dec 24- Thika United retained their status in the Kenyan premier League after a nerve wrecking 0-0 draw against Ushuru in the second leg of the relegation and promotion play-off at the Narok Stadium on Sunday evening.Thika won the first leg 2-1 at home on Thursday and needed a draw of any kind to ensure they have one more season in top flight, while Kenyatta’s men were holding off for at least a 1-0 win to force the game to penalties or a win of more than two goals to win outright.last_img read more