A group of Virgin Active landlords are exploring moves to end their relationship with the health and fitness chain as it tries to thrash out a rescue deal that could involve steep haircuts for creditors. Sky News has learnt that the owners of a handful of Virgin Active's UK sites have appointed Coffer Corporate Leisure to canvas interest from potential alternative tenants. The five gyms include its clubs in Notting Hill and Wandsworth in London, Northampton and Nottingham - equating to around 10% of its operations in Britain. One industry source said the landlords were preparing contingency plans in the event that they could not agree revised terms with Virgin Active, which is trying to shore up its balance sheet after being hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The identities of the relevant landlords was unclear on Tuesday. Advertisement Negotiations have been taking place for weeks between the company's shareholders, who include Sir Richard Branson's … [Read more...] about Virgin Active landlords plot exit amid talks over new funds
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A WOMAN killed in a suspected gas blast that destroyed her home was on FaceTime to her boyfriend at the time of the explosion , an inquest heard. Hazel Wilcock, 61, was found in the rubble of her home in Bury, Greater Manchester, on the evening of February 18. Five others, including a child, were injured in the horror blast. An inquest into Ms Wilcock's death was opened at Rochdale Coroner's Court today. Police coroner's officer Jane Scullion told the court: "Hazel was at her home address and was having a FaceTime call with her partner when an explosion took place, causing the phone to disconnect and cut off. "All emergency services attended the scene. "Ms Wilcock's property was completely destroyed and there was damage to two neighbouring properties. "Ms Wilcock was in a seating position, on the sofa, at the time of the FaceTime call." Ms Scullion said the fire service has not gathered any evidence of "suspicious activity" and other investigations are still … [Read more...] about Woman, 61, killed in ‘gas blast’ which destroyed her home was on FaceTime to boyfriend at time of explosion
Arminia Bielefeld replace Neuhaus with Kramer F1 refuse Bahrain vaccine offer Bobic to leave Frankfurt? March 2 Kramer unveiled as new Bielefeld coach The day after sacking Uwe Neuhaus, the man who got Arminia Bielefeld promoted last season, the club have moved to sign on Frank Kramer as his replacement. Kramer, 48, has recently coached a number of Germany's youth teams and had short stints as head coach of Fortuna Düsseldorf (2015) and Greuther Fürth (2013-15). "Frank is a multi-faceted coach with a wealth of experience in the professional and youth sectors. We are convinced that with his professional and analytical qualities, he is the type of coach that fits the Arminia path and that we need for the next development steps," said sporting director Samir Arabi. Bielefeld currently sit in 16th, the relegation playoff spot, and host Union Berlin on Sunday. Dimitrios Grammozis tipped as fifth Schalke coach Schalke are set to sign Dimitrios … [Read more...] about Sports News Feed: Dimitrios Grammozis to take helm at Schalke?