ABC News(FAIRHAVEN, Mass.) — Michelle Carter, who as a teenager sent texts urging her then-boyfriend to kill himself, has been denied parole.Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 after her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, died of carbon monoxide poisoning from locking himself in his truck in Massachusetts in 2014.Prosecutors argued Carter, then 17, was reckless and caused Roy’s death by telling him over the phone to get back in his truck even though they say he didn’t want to die.During sentencing, the judge said Carter admitted in texts that she took no action to help Roy; she knew the location of his truck and did not notify Roy’s mother or sisters.Carter began serving a 15-month jail sentence in February. She had been sentenced to two and a half years in jail with 15 months to be served and the rest suspended.Members of the Massachusetts Parole Board said they were “troubled that Ms. Carter not only encouraged Mr. Conrad [Roy] to take his own life, she actively prevented others from intervening in his suicide.”“Ms. Carter’s self-serving statements and behavior, leading up to after his suicide, appear to be irrational and lacked sincerity,” the members said. “Release does not meet the legal standard.”Carter’s attorney, Joseph Cataldo, told ABC News on Friday that the board’s is based on the “incorrect and dangerous” of a prior legal ruling.He said they have appealed with the U.S. Supreme Court.“Additionally, it is never in society’s best interest to incarcerate anyone for the content of their speech where there is not a specific statute previously enacted,” he added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. read more
Frozen food distributor Central Foods has appointed Richard Clegg as business development manager.In the field-based role, Clegg will look after the Caterforce consortium, Country Range group and other accounts, with a focus on the north of England and Scotland.He joins the Northamptonshire-based company with experience in the foodservice sector, having started off as a van driver, working his way through roles in the warehouse, telesales and training sectors, and as a chef. Most recently he managed multiple wholesale accounts.“We are very pleased to welcome Richard to Central Foods,” said Central Foods MD Gordon Lauder. “He has experience throughout the full supply chain and right across the foodservice sector. His appointment will strengthen our business development team, at a time when we are undergoing growth and expansion.”Clegg added: “I am delighted to have joined Central Foods – a company that has an excellent reputation in the foodservice supply sector – and I look forward to helping the firm to continue to build on its growth and development.”Central Foods sources products from around the world and the UK, supplying more than 400 different product lines, including bakery items, free-from goods, desserts and buffet products.Recent launches include mini doughnuts and muffins and a free-from sausage roll. read more
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The plant is located in Bayet, central France.Novo 2 is part of a €1bn private placement fund platform launched in October 2013 by Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) and 27 insurance companies to provide loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).The Novo programme was split in two funds – Novo 2 is managed by Tikehau IM, and Novo 1 by BNP Paribas Asset Management.Since its launch, Novo 2 has invested more than €284m in privately placed debt from 15 companies, with an average maturity of 6.5 years. This represents more than 80% of the total amount entrusted to the asset manager.The €37.2bn Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites (FRR) is the largest investor in the Novo funds, according to a spokesperson at the state fund, having participated to the tune of €120m when they were launched.FRR’s involvement in the Novo programme is in keeping with the fund’s search for yield and desire to contribute to the financing of the French economy.The Novo platform has similar aims but is distinct from the Novi institutional investment vehicle launched by the CDC in April last year. While the Novo funds only invest in SMEs’ private debt, the €535m Novi platform can also invest in private and listed equity. Novo 2, an SME direct lending fund in which the French pensions reserve fund FRR is the biggest investor, has contributed €10m to a €60m seven-year bond for Direct Energie, France’s third-largest electricity and gas provider.The bond was issued as a private placement (Euro PP) and is not listed.The €60m raised will help increase Direct Energie’s financial flexibility and thereby speed up its business development plan, according to a statement.More specifically, it will enable the company to implement “the vertical integration strategy” in connection with its December acquisition of a combined-cycle gas turbine plant from the Swiss group Aldiq. read more
The County Senior Hurling Championship gets under way today with a double-header in Nenagh. Loughmore-Castleiney will take on Lorrha-Dorrha at half two and at four Silvermines will come up against Portroe. Willie Lennox previews the weekend’s senior hurling action. Elsewhere on Sunday, reigning champs Thurles Sarsfields take on Moycarkey-Borris in Boherlahan at 3.30pm. With Moyne-Templetuohy doing battle with Carrick Swans at the same venue at 2pm. Lastly Mullinahone take on Toomevara in Templetuohy at 6.30pm.