British Bakels MD Paul Morrow has been promoted to the two-strong executive committee that runs the Bakels group worldwide.The group comprises 35 Bakels companies spread over five continents and 30 countries employing over 2,000 people.Morrow will continue to report to executive chairman Armin Ulrich, who is based in Switzerland, while he takes over responsibility for growing the Bakels business worldwide.Morrow told British Baker: “The transition to the new role will take place later in 2008 and in that period we will appoint a new MD to take over my role in the UK.”Although much travel will be involved, Morrow will continue to be based in the UK, moving into new offices at the existing British Bakels HQ in Bicester.He said: “The UK industry gives you the experience of running an operating company in probably the most competitive bakery market in the world. If you make money successfully in the UK, you are world-class. I will stand firmly on the success of our UK business, where we have built successfully on our strong craft foundations. We can apply many of the lessons we have learned to the rest of the group. For example, European supermarkets now have a global presence.”Morrow added: “I have been at the helm of British Bakels for 14 years and am looking forward immensely to this new challenge. We must be in harmony with the markets we serve.”
By Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo June 04, 2019 The cost of military operations Brazil conducts at the border with Venezuela far exceeds the annual average cost of the humanitarian aid the Armed Forces provided to Haiti, a country devastated by civil unrest and earthquakes. This is where Brazil conducted its longest mission, which lasted 13 years. In the past 12 months, the government spent more than $67 million from state funds to support military activities associated with Operation Shelter (Operação Acolhida) in the state of Roraima, bordering Venezuela. The number is more than twice the annual average ($33 million) that Brazil dedicated to Haitian operations between 2004 and 2017. Operation Shelter kicked off in March 2018, to welcome and relocate Venezuelans fleeing to Brazil. On April 29, 2019, after Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó called on the people to protest in an attempt to oust President Nicolás Maduro, Brazil announced funding of $56 million for Operation Shelter to carry on activities through May 2020. That same day, Federal Police identified for 848 Venezuelans crossing into Brazil in those 24 hours. This is more than twice the daily average of between 250 and 300 recorded at the border. Complex mission The complexity and inclusiveness of the mission on the Venezuelan border in the cities of Boa Vista and Pacaraima, 1,300 kilometers from Caracas, are the reasons behind these costs. In Haiti, the Brazilian expenses accounted for the sustainment of troops, training, food, and military supplies. Sustainment of the troops is now only a small portion of the cost. The current mission includes all humanitarian operations required to receive, feed, and treat the sick and starving Venezuelans arriving at the border. According to the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, the number of Brazilian officers deployed to the border includes nearly 600 members of the Navy, Army, and Air Force. The troops assigned to Operation Shelter are specifically trained for the mission and rotate every three months. “In the city of Pacaraima, the Armed Forces operate the Reception and Identification Station, the Screening Station, the Advance Services Station, the Support Area, the Janokoida Shelter, and another housing unit. Boa Vista has 10 shelters, one Relocation Area (Rondon II), one Support Area, one Screening Station, one Information Station, one Warehouse, and one Overnight Stay Area. The last three structures are near the Boa Vista International Bus Station,” the Ministry of Defense Press Office told Diálogo. From shelter to relocation According to the Federal Police, 55,721 Venezuelans entered Pacaraima between January 1 and May 9, 2019. The border between both countries was closed following orders from Maduro in February 2019. During this period, daily entries reached 372. On May 10, the Venezuelan government reopened the border with Brazil. The Brazilian government houses 8,500 Venezuelans in shelters. More than 25,000 meals are served each day. According to the Ministry of Defense Press Office, Boa Vista has 11 shelters that can house about 5,822 people, while the two in Pacaraima have a capacity of about 846 people. Venezuelans who wish to remain in Brazil are referred to representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. They receive immigration documents, including identification and temporary employment authorization. Immigrants also go through an interview to assess their professional knowledge. The mission ends once immigrants are relocated. According to the Ministry of Citizenship, more than 5,000 immigrants have been relocated in 17 states. “The three pillars of the [Logistics Task Force] Operation Shelter that the Armed Forces of the state of Roraima conduct are: planning, sheltering, and relocation of Venezuelan immigrants. The activities in these phases include reception, identification, screening, immunization, shelter, and relocation of Venezuelan immigrants. Various government institutions, international agencies and nongovernmental organizations are part of these processes,” said the Ministry of Defense Press Office.
Kyle Strickler starts his bid to complete the Super Nationals triple crown from inside row one.Already a Super Nationals champion and winner of the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, Strickler drew the ace to earn the pole start in Saturday’s Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions. Mike Jergens is on the outside of the front row and two-time race winner Dustin Smith lines up third.Starting fourth through 12th will be Josh Ruby, Todd Shute, Ryan McDaniel, Bob Moore, Vern Jackson, Mike VanGenderen, Joel Rust, Johnny Scott and Anthony Roth.*The ace put the Westin Abbey on the inside of the front row for the start of the Sunoco Race Fuels Stock Car Race of Champions Two-time RoC winner David Smith will line up on the outside.Completing the 10-car grid are Randy Brands, Shaun Bruns, Bryan Rigsby, Matt Schauer, 2014 race winner Devin Smith, defending winner Dustin Larson, Brandon Czarapata and Kyle Clough.*Todd Shute rock-paper-scissored his way to the outside row one start in tonight’s Modified main event, getting the Rochambeau best of fellow Friday qualifying feature winner Ricky Thornton Jr.The third through eighth spots on the row will be filled by Richie Gustin, J.D. Auringer, Ricky Alvarado, Jay Noteboom, Randy Havlik and Jeremy Mills.*John Oliver Jr. brought in a Rochambeau ringer and as a result will start on the front of the outside row in the championship event for Stock Cars.Devin Smith will look to rebound from his afternoon loss in the Fan Zone from second row outside. Reid Keller, Abe Huls, Shaun Bruns, Jason See, Brian Blessington and Norman Chesmore fill the rest of the front eight positions.
By Lonnie WheatleyPEORIA, Ariz. – A big night of racing action is on tap as Canyon Speedway Park is set to host the fourth annual Mother’s Day Race for the Cure this Saturday night. Following an open practice session tonight (Wednesday) from 6-9 p.m., the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds headline Saturday’s event atop the 1/3-mile clay oval that also includes X-Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Renegades, Dwarf Cars and Lady Stocks.Ricky Thornton Jr., the current IMCA Modified point leader at Canyon, will try to defend his Mother’s Day Race for the Cure title after topping last year’s event that attracted more than 120 total competitors. Mark Stewart and Tony Belcher, Jr., are other past winners of the IMCA Modified Portion of the Mother’s Day Race for the Cure event. Thornton, Jr., has been on a hot streak at Canyon by topping four of six Winter Challenge events and then taking Copper on Dirt and Spring Speed Event wins. He currently holds a seven-point edge over George Fronsman in the title chase with Cody Center and Ryan Roath third and fourth, respectively. Steve Stultz and Clifton Maggard are tied for fifth just ahead of Jason Noll, who topped the Winter Challenge opener in January. Tickets for Saturday’s Mother’s Day Race for the Cure are $15, with a $2 discount for military personnel, seniors and students. Children ages 7-12 are $6, with children six and under admitted free. VIP passes are available for $20. Hotel Information can be found at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Courtyard by Marriott at 623 580-8844. Discounted CSP season passes are also available by calling the track office. Season ticket packages can be viewed at http://www.canyonspeedwaypark.com/tickets/season-passes/.