Opportunity knocks for next Hovis boss

first_imgThe new boss of Hovis could make a “sizable name for themselves” if they turned the fortunes of the company around, according to a leading City analyst. The top job at the bread firm has been vacant since the departure of Bob Spooner in January this year after an announcement in October citing a move abroad. Chief financial officer Michael Kennedy also left in January to be replaced by Mark Stanworth, who joined Hovis from the Mayborn Group as interim chief financial officer during the recruitment process.However, equity research analyst Darren Shirley of Shore Capital believes the top job at the historic bread maker is still a desirable position – despite rumours the company is struggling to fill the job.He told British Baker: “It is a reasonably high-profile job and I wouldn’t suggest that there would be a lack of candidates. If [the next chief executive] could find a good way to engineer recovery they could make a pretty sizable name for themselves in the industry.”And, commenting on whether Hovis can turn its performance around, he said: “It is going to be a challenge, isn’t it? It is up against two good brands and two good competitors. Warburtons is probably the strongest of the three and Kingsmill, which is maybe not as strong, has got the financial support of Associated British Foods (ABF) behind it, even though it is a relatively small part of ABF. Never say never, but it is not something we would expect to be done quickly.”Premier Foods sold a controlling stake into the bread brand last year to the Gores Group. The move was quickly followed by £80m worth of investment by GE Capital.last_img read more


first_img February 15, 2006 Regular News Briefs Briefs THE DIVERSITY SUBCOMMITTEE of the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism met with Justice Raoul Cantero during a recent commission meeting at the Bar headquarters in Tallahassee. The subcommittee is currently engaged in assisting in the development of a CLE product extolling the benefits of diversity in the practice of law. Pictured from the left are Vivian L. Hobbs, Joseph D. Harbaugh, Maria D. Hale, Ramon A. Abadin, Larry D. Smith, Justice Cantero, Harriet W. Williams, James H. Earp, Karin L. Moore, William H. Davis, and Mary Ellen M. Borja. THE STETSON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW trial team won the Trial Lawyers Section’s Annual Chester Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition for the 16th time in January. Stetson’s team of Arturo Rios, Angie Torrents, Senovia Lance, and Ruel Smith defeated students from Florida State University in the final round of the statewide competition. Rios was named Best Advocate for the competition. Judge David Demers, Susan Demers, Creighton Shafer, and Professor Roberta Flowers coached the winning team. “This is a premier, annual statewide competition and Stetson has won more than half of the total competitions,” said Professor Lee Coppock, who directs the trial team program. “The trophy is deservedly coming home this year.” In November, a Stetson Law trial team won both first and second place at the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers 2005 Honorable E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition and won first place at the 15th Annual Cathy Bennett National Criminal Trial Competition. Pictured from the left are Trial Lawyers Section member Jonathan Lynn of Miami, Florida Bar President Alan Bookman of Pensacola; Smith; Rios; Torrents; Lance; section member Eileen Tilghman Moss of Miami; section Chair Mark Buell of Tampa; and Flowers. THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI law school recently named George F. Knox, Jr., as the first recipient of the Henry ‘Lat’ Latimer Leadership and Professionalism Award during its 57th Annual Homecoming. Pictured from the left are Greg Cesarano, president of the UM Alumni Association; Barbara Perez, president of the Law Alumni Association; Dean Dennis O. Lynch; Knox; Tracie Latimer and Desiree Williams, daughters of the late Henry Latimer; Judge Jose E. Martinez; H.T. Smith; and Todd S. Payne, a past president of the Law Alumni Association. THE MANATEE COUNTY BAR recently recognized and recollected several decades of leadership and growth among the association and paid tribute to its past presidents. Pictured standing from the left are Alan Bookman, president of The Florida Bar, Judge John Blue, Judge Bob Boylston, Bob Scott, Frank Arpaia, Bill Garland, Jack Manson, Bill Fay, Bill Lisch, Dave Deitrich, Karl Youngs, Jack Hawkins, Tom Flynn, Gilbert Smith, Tedd Williams, Stan Swartz, Bart Ray, and Jim Wallace. Seated from the left are Patty Petruff, Judge Tom Gallen, Kim Bald, Greg Hagopian, George Harrison, Lori Dorman, Bob Blalock.last_img read more

Manson to Kick Off Oceanside Harbor Dredging in March

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers yesterday held a pre-dredge conference call regarding the upcoming Oceanside Harbor dredging project.According to USACE, Manson Construction will finish the Ventura Harbor dredge by the end of this week.The plan is to begin mobilization effort on Monday, February 24, 2020. The first item will be to install the bird protection fencing near the river bed, between the Harbor and North Coast Village, reported the Corps.They also added that the next step will be delivering dredge pipe to that location. By March 2nd, they will begin mobilizing equipment to Lot 12 on Harbor Beach, followed by vessels. If mobilization occurs as planned and weather holds up, they expect to begin dredging by March 5th.“We will host our first dredge meeting at the Harbor on February 26th. At that time Manson and the Army Corp will review the beach behind North Coast Village and Surfrider Way to determine if sand will need to be delivered to those locations prior to laying additional dredge pipe,” USACE said.The latest survey completed in September 2019, indicates there is approximately 310,000 cubic yards of sand available to dredge, with an additional 80,000 cubic yards in the channel if dredged to the -30 feet.The annual Spring dredging of the harbor inlet will provide approximately 400,000 cubic yards of clean sand to Oceanside beaches well before the start of summer.last_img read more

Remembering Tony Gwynn and his ability to hit the best of the best

first_img“He was a master at taking what you delivered and using it to his advantage,” Smoltz said. “If I could go back in time I and had to do all over again I would throw the pitch right down the middle.”  Even though nobody would ever dare throw a pitch down the middle to Gwynn.  You would not do that to someone who values every single hit. Gwynn would be 59 years old if he were still alive. The 15-time All-Star and eight-time National League batting champion finished a 20-year career with a .338 career average and left a legacy as one of the consummate good guys in the sport.  He also frustrated the game’s best pitchers along the way.  FOSTER: Tony Gwynn’s greatness wasn’t just in the totals, but in the detailsMLB Network analyst John Smoltz, a Hall of Fame pitcher with the Atlanta Braves, remembered one of those hits in a telecast the day after Gwynn died, which is part of a hidden layer in Gwynn’s remarkable legacy as a hitter.  Smoltz turned back to April 14, 1996, a game in which he had a no-hitter in the sixth inning when he faced Gwynn, who hit .353 that season and was in the middle of a run in which he won the batting title in four straight seasons.  “Tony Gwynn hit a ball to left field that Ryan (Klesko) tracked down and got in his glove and it dropped,” Smoltz said on a June 17, 2014, Fox Sports South telecast. “I was just sure it was an error. I guarantee it was an error. I turned around. Double. Of course, they weren’t going to change it. I lost the bid at a no hitter.” Smoltz said he bumped into Gwynn at a card show later, and both remembered that moment.  “I would tell him all the time, ‘You think one less hit is going to matter in a Hall of Fame career?'” Smoltz said. “He used to laugh, because it was a hit, granted, to Tony Gwynn. Anybody else it would have been an error.” That’s all part of a remarkable thread in Gwynn’s many hitting accomplishments. Consider his career numbers against Atlanta’s Big Three of Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.  Including the 1998 NLCS, which the Padres won in six games, Gwynn hit .303 (30 of 99) against Glavine, .415 (39 of 94) against Maddux and .444 (32 of 72) against Smoltz. In 287 career plate appearances against those three pitchers, Gwynn had just three strikeouts. Glavine had two. Smoltz had one.  “I tried everything,” Smoltz said on the telecast. “I even threw knuckleballs. I tried everything I could. … What he was so good at was he recognized anything you were trying to do. And he saw it quicker than anybody else.”  MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNGwynn used that advantage to pile up those batting titles, and he was hitting .394 when the strike-shortened 1994 season ended in mid-August. That’s the closest a player has come to hitting .400 since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. George Brett hit .390 over a full season in 1980.  Gwynn was known for that hitting, but his legacy endures as the working man’s hero in baseball. Smoltz said he enjoyed simply talking to Gwynn during those All-Star breaks. Gwynn didn’t keep his knowledge of hitting a secret. He loved to share that with everyone.  “I can’t think of a superstar, and maybe he was a little under-appreciated from a superstar standpoint because he wasn’t arrogant,” Smoltz said. “He was one of the class guys and great at what he did. Probably the single best hitter I’ve ever seen.”  The hardest part for Smoltz was knowing he couldn’t strike Gwynn out.   Tony Gwynn valued every one of his 3,141 hits.  The San Diego Padres Hall of Fame outfielder died five years ago today from complications of cancer.  last_img read more