0 Have your say Why bother? It’s a question Valeria Sykes has been asked many times since buying Grantley Hall, a dilapidated mid-18th century mansion that screamed “money pit”. Why bother with all that work? Why bother spending a small fortune? Why bother investing a huge amount of time and energy on such a tough project when you’re past retirement age and entitled to take it easy? Valeria, 75, made the snap decision to buy the hall just over three years ago when she and her partner, Colin Little, spotted the Grade II-star listed property while driving past it one afternoon.“I’d attended a decoupage course there many years ago and so I knew it was a lovely building. “I said, ‘It would be wonderful to have afternoon tea there’ and then we drove on a bit and my mind went racing. “I had this vision of it as a first-class hotel and I turned to Colin and said, ‘I’m going to … [Read more...] about Valeria Sykes aims to turn Grantley Hall into the best country house hotel and spa in the north of England.
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Published 6:00 am PST, Saturday, December 15, 2018 In this Feb. 27, 2018 photo, family and friends of Sharon Angell, far right, take a break from seeding the greenhouse on she relaxes with Diane Reynolds, left, Keegan Crawley, Mike France, and Sammy Turner in Penhook, Va. "When we seed the greenhouse we try and get together and have a good time and get the job done, but it's a whole lot of fun and it means a lot to me that the neighbors and everyone are willing to help ," said Angell. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP) less In this Feb. 27, 2018 photo, family and friends of Sharon Angell, far right, take a break from seeding the greenhouse on she relaxes with Diane Reynolds, left, Keegan Crawley, Mike France, and Sammy Turner in ... more Photo: HEATHER ROUSSEAU, AP Photo: HEATHER … [Read more...] about On Penhook tobacco farm, 1 more time to plant, harvest
A General Motors plant outside Nashville, Tennessee. WASHINGTON: In a massive restructuring, US auto giant General Motors announced on Monday (Nov 26) it will cut 15 per cent of its workforce to save $6 billion and adapt to "changing market conditions." The moves include shuttering seven plants worldwide as the company responds to changing customer preferences and focuses on popular trucks and SUVs and increasingly on electric models. Wall Street cheered the actions, while US and Canadian leaders expressed outrage. The closures also drew sharp criticism from the US and Canadian labour union representing GM workers, which accused the company of shifting production overseas at the expense of North American workers. The job cuts from GM's current 180,000-strong work force will be particularly stinging in politically crucial areas of Ohio and Michigan, a region US President Donald Trump has promised to revive. "The actions we are taking today continue our transformation to be highly … [Read more...] about General Motors shuttering plants, cutting 15pc of workforce
President Donald Trump on Monday expressed public disappointment with moves by General Motors to shutter automobile production plants in Ohio and Michigan, telling the CEO of GM that the automaker must find a way to bring back jobs to the region, as Democrats denounced the move as ‘corporate greed at its worst.’ “We don’t like it,” the President told reporters, saying he was ‘very tough’ with GM CEO Mary Barra in a phone conversation about the plant closing decisions. “I said, this country has done a lot for General Motors, you better get back in there very soon,” Mr. Trump recounted. “The United States saved General Motors,” seemingly referring to the controversial auto bailout set in motion by President Bush, and then overseen by President Obama. “They say the Chevy Cruze is not selling well; I say well then get a car that is selling well and put it back in,” the President added. “They better put … [Read more...] about President Trump irked by General Motors plant closures
Updated 2:59 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 31, 2018 FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock stands with children holding picket signs as a semitruck leaves Imerys America's talc-milling plant in Three Forks, Mont. Locked-out union workers have approved a three-year contract with the owners of a talc-milling plant in Montana after 90 days on the picket lines. (Meagan Thompson/The Montana Standard via AP, File)/The Montana Standard via AP) less FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock stands with children holding picket signs as a semitruck leaves Imerys America's talc-milling plant in Three Forks, Mont. Locked-out union ... more Photo: Meagan Thompson, AP Photo: Meagan Thompson, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, … [Read more...] about Locked-out union workers reach agreement with talc plant