NI bakery at centre of same-sex cake row reports profit growth

first_imgCo Antrim-based Ashers, the Christian bakery at the centre of a landmark legal battle after it refused to bake a cake promoting same-sex marriage, has seen its profits rise.Ashers lost a Court of Appeal case last year after it was found by the Equality Commission to have breached equality laws by refusing to bake a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage.The family-owned firm has posted profits of £1.5m for the year to 31 March 2016 – up from £1.3m the previous year – in filings made at Companies House earlier this year.Ashers, which has seven outlets across Northern Ireland and delivers throughout the UK and the Republic, is run by husband and wife Daniel and Amy McArthur.The bakery chain was issued with legal proceedings after the Equality Commission stepped in and said it had discriminated against gay activist Gareth Lee.The organisation argued that the business, despite being founded and run by a Christian family, had no right to refuse Lee’s request for a cake bearing an image of Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie alongside the message ‘Support gay marriage’.Ashers was eventually found guilty of illegal discrimination at Belfast County Court following one of the highest-profile cases in Northern Ireland in recent times.The McArthurs are now considering whether to make an appeal to the Supreme Court. The McArthurs and the Christian Institute, which supported them, are liable for costs that are estimated to be in excess of £150,000.Ashers now states on its website that people must not send content or images for cakes which contain any “threatening, defamatory, blasphemous or pornographic material”.The bakery hit the press again last week after refusing an online order for a cake decorated with the words ‘Gay Marriage Rocks’.The Supreme Court is scheduled to consider a lower court’s judgement that Ashers was discriminatory – a two-day hearing for legal arguments has been listed for October.last_img read more

Dominica Participates in Agrifest 2012 in St. Croix, USVI

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Dominica Participates in Agrifest 2012 in St. Croix, USVI by: – February 24, 2012 15 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share The National Export Council Secretariat (NECS) and the Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) partnered with the Diaspora Office of Dominica in St. Thomas to facilitate Dominica’s participation at Agrifest 2012 held in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The 41st Annual Agriculture and Food Fair (Agrifest) 2012 ran from February 18th to 20th of 2012, under the theme “Youth in Agriculture – Growing our Future” at the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agriculture Complex in St. Croix, USVI. This Agriculture and Food Fair is the largest agricultural exposition in the US Virgin Islands with over 30,000 visitors and regional participants coming from several island nations including BVI, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, Guyana and St. Lucia.NECS and DEXIA facilitated Dominica’s participation by collating exhibits such as fresh produce, agro-processed products and crafts grown and manufactured in Dominica for showcasing in two (2) booths at Agrifest 2012 as well as a member of the Dominica Carib Craft Producers Association. Two (2) Dominicans residing in St. Thomas, namely Mrs. Loreen Bannis-Roberts and Mrs. Andrea Shillingford represented Dominica at the Fair.Dominica’s participation in Agrifest 2012 served as a precursor towards analyzing the environment of the USVI territory as it relates to the establishment of a central distribution hub for Dominican products in St. Thomas aimed at servicing the rest of the USVI islands and possibly the British Virgin Islands.Participation in Agrifest 2012 also provided an avenue to – • Showcase an assortment of export ready products grown and manufactured in Dominica to potential buyers; • Identify and establish links/contacts with potential buyers of Agricultural products and Crafts in St. Croix and the USVI for possible sales agreements; • Assess the market potential of St. Croix for agricultural and manufactured products and identify market opportunities in the USVI territories;• Gather information in St. Croix on behalf of the National Export Council Secretariat and DEXIA and most importantly for the representatives to identify networking opportunities for twinning exporters in Dominica to buyers attending the show.Joint Press ReleaseDominica Export Import Agency and National Export Council Secretariatlast_img read more