Shawnee County Board of Commissioners approve over $5 million for community based funding program

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Shawnee County Board of Commissioners has approved over $5 million to go toward funding for community-based programs.



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Shawnee County says its Board of Commissioners has approved community-based program funding of $5,054,738 during its meeting on Sept. 17. It said the Shawnee County SPARK Committee began accepting applications on Aug. 26 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations. It said each application was reviewed by the Shawnee County SPARK committee made up of nine members.

According to the County, the funds are meant to assist with preparing for, responding to and mitigating the spread against COVID-19 through Dec. 30, 2020. It said awards are to 26 nonprofits and 8 private school applicants for the first round of funding for the community-based programs. It said the for-profit applicants will be directed to apply to the Greater Topeka Partnership – Business Continuity

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1,100 jobs at risk as creditors approve Pizza Express restructure

Popular chain Pizza Express said on Monday that creditors had approved restructuring plans that will close 73 of its restaurants and put as many as 1,100 jobs at risk in the UK.

In a statement, the company said that 89% of its creditors voted in favour of its proposed company voluntary arrangement (CVA) restructuring deal, securing more than 9,000 jobs.

“The successful vote unlocks the company’s ability to actively address the challenges brought by COVID-19,” Pizza Express said.

“Regrettably, the CVA proposes the closure of 73 restaurants, putting 1,100 jobs at risk,” it said.

Pizza Express announced the sweeping restructuring process, which will see widespread rent reductions, late last month.

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Noting that most of its 454 restaurants have been profitable over the past three years, the company said that declining earnings had been exacerbated by the

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PizzaExpress Creditors Approve Closures, 1,100 Jobs at Risk

(Bloomberg) — PizzaExpress’s creditors approved a company proposal to cut rents and shut 73 of its U.K. restaurants as part of the chain’s effort to fix its finances amid the economic slump. The plan will put 1,100 job at risk.



a store front at night: A PizzaExpress Ltd. restaurant sits empty in the West End district in London, U.K., on Friday, March 20, 2020. A shutdown of the U.K. capital would hit the night-time economy hard -- one in three employees in London works between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., many in the pubs, restaurants and clubs most at risk of survival because of the pandemic.


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A PizzaExpress Ltd. restaurant sits empty in the West End district in London, U.K., on Friday, March 20, 2020. A shutdown of the U.K. capital would hit the night-time economy hard — one in three employees in London works between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., many in the pubs, restaurants and clubs most at risk of survival because of the pandemic.

Almost 90% of the firm creditors and a majority of landlords supported a so-called Company Voluntary Arrangement proposed by the company, according to a regulatory filing on Monday. The deal paves the way for a financial restructuring which will see owner Hony Capital ceding control of operations,

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