Burton’s Biscuits gives staff £100 ‘thank you’ payment

first_imgBakery-based staff at Burton’s Biscuit Co have received a £100 ‘thank you’ payment in recognition of their “outstanding support” during the coronavirus outbreak.Around 1,800 of Burton’s 2,200 employees received the payment last week for their work at its five UK production sites – Blackpool, Edinburgh, Llantarnam, Dorset and Livingston. Staff who are or who have recently been absent from the bakeries due to illness were among those to receive it.“The way in which our bakery colleagues are meeting the challenge head-on, and following the guidance we’re providing, is hugely appreciated by everyone within and outside the company,” said Simon Browne, managing director of Burton’s, which owns brands including Maryland Cookies, Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels.“The nation needs the food industry like never before and we really appreciate how our bakery workers are going the extra mile in extremely challenging circumstances. This is enabling us to play a key role in bringing some normality to people’s everyday lives at a time when they really need it.”Burton’s has also implemented several measures to enhance the safety and wellbeing of its employees while enabling ongoing business continuity.These include ensuring staff maintain social distancing policies across all its bakeries and installing plastic screens at production line workstations where there is the potential for risk of direct contact or distancing of less than two metres. Production lines have also been slowed down and, in some cases, stopped to ensure compliance.“We’ve followed the government guidelines and taken steps to provide the safest possible working environment for all our bakery colleagues, which is enabling us to maintain production,” Browne added.“It’s a tribute to everyone who works for us, and to the bakery workers in particular, that we’ve continued to bake across our five production sites while implementing social distancing and other safety measures during a time of higher-than-usual levels of absence due to the virus.”Supporting the frontline workersThe business is also supporting the NHS, frontline emergency and care workers and charitable organisations across the UK, providing free biscuits to people in need.As part of the nationwide Clap for Heroes campaign – which sees people across the UK clapping for NHS workers at 8pm every Thursday – Burton’s is donating the equivalent volume of every single biscuit produced between 8pm and 9pm each Thursday to the NHS.In week one, the equivalent of more than 93,000 packets of biscuits were donated and the company has pledged to make the weekly donation for as long as the clapping campaign continues.Burton’s isn’t the only company to send ‘thank you’ to staff. Earlier this week, Mr Kipling manufacturer Premier Foods revealed every factory worker would be awarded two additional days’ annual leave, a £250 cash bonusv and a hamper of products to recognise their “tremendous resilience”.last_img read more

Brian Harwood elected chairman of Vermont Symphony Orchestra governing board

first_imgBrian Harwood of Waterbury was elected chairman of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Governing Board of Directors during the VSO Association’s Annual Meeting Wednesday night (September 21, 2010) at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe.  Other officers include Victoria Young of Proctor, vice chairman, Sylvia Robison of Burlington, secretary, and Malcolm Severance of Colchester, treasurer.  Harwood, a long-time member of the VSO board, is a veteran radio broadcaster and well-known to Vermonters as morning host on WCVT, Classic Vermont.  An advertising legend, he was the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of HMC advertising in Stowe.  Since retiring from the firm, Harwood has served as its chairman emeritus.   Harwood graduated from UVM in 1960 and has spent his working life in Vermont.  He has served on numerous Vermont boards including Vermont Public Television and Northfield Savings Bank, and is a member of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Retiring Chairman Ken Squier of Waterbury was honored for his years of service to the organization.  Squier is president and owner of the Radio Vermont Group and owner of Thunder RoadSpeedway in Barre.  With Squier’s leadership, the VSO successfully completed an ambitious $3.5 million 75th Anniversary Endowment Campaign in January 2011.  Squier and his wife Elizabeth were also acknowledged as members of the VSO’s Crescendo Society, which honors the extraordinary support of the Orchestra’s most generous contributors, recognizing individuals, corporations, and private foundations that have given $25,000 or more in realized cash or in-kind contributions since the 1984/1985 season.  The award, a custom-designed piece by Simon Pearce, was presented by Speed Bump the Moose, mascot of Thunder Road.      Also elected at the annual meeting were new board members Janet Bramley, Francis Brooks, the Honorable Yoine Goldstein, Sandy Jacobs, and Lyn Lauffer. Janet Bramley works for the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living.  Bramley, a resident of Colchester, holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University ofVermont and has specialized in evaluation of mental health and developmental disabilities programs.  She is particularly interested in VSO educational programs and has been instrumental in bringingSymphonyKids, the VSO’s school outreach program, to schools in southeastern Vermont.  Francis Brooks, a resident of Montpelier, is Sergeant-At-Arms of the Vermont State Legislature.  A former chemistry and mathematics teacher, he has taught in the Montpelier Public School System, at Champlain College, Community College of Vermont and the New England Culinary Institute.   From 1983 to 1990, Brooks served in the Vermont Legislature, most recently in the role of House Majority Leader.  Brooks sings in the VSO Chorus. The Honorable Yoine Goldstein of Montreal has pursued a human rights agenda throughout his adult life, and has received numerous national and international awards for his work.  From 2005-2009, he served as a senator in the Parliament of Canada, focusing on protection of human rights for refugees, and on bankruptcy and insolvency legislation.He has 30 years of distinguished involvement in the Bar of Quebec and in university level teaching, and is widely published.  Goldstein also maintains a home in Hinesburg. Sandy Jacobs, co-founder of the Fleischer Jacobs Group, has more than 40 years of experience in the financial services business.  A resident of Shelburne, he is an avid boatman, sailing on Lake Champlain in the summer.  He holds a Merchant Marine Captain’s license, and serves as tugboat operator for vintage tugboat the C.L. Churchill, the boat that assists the replica schooner Lois McClure in her operations and on tour.  He recently retired from the Flynn Center board. Lyn Lauffer, a resident of Enosburg Falls, is librarian in the Sheldon Elementary School.  She sings in the VSO Chorus, and has served on the VSO’s Champlain Valley Friends regional board and as chair of the VSO Education Committee. ‘We welcome this strong and prominent class of new directors to our governing board,’ says VSO Executive Director Alan Jordan.  ‘They bring added wisdom and expertise to our group of statewide advocates for the Vermont Symphony.’ The VSO’s annual Made in Vermont Music Series tours Vermont from September 23 through October 3.  The 2011-2012 Masterworks Series opens with a theme for Halloween at the Flynn Theater in Burlington on Saturday, October 29, featuring young Russian pianist Vassily Primakov, with VSO Music Director Jaime Laredo conducting.  Tickets for all the VSO concerts this season are now available.  For further details, please visit the VSO website at www.vso.org(link is external).  Photos: 1)  Brian Harwood of Waterbury2)  Ken and Elizabeth Squier receiving Crescendo Society Award with VSO Executive Director Alan Jordan3)  Janet Bramley of Colchester4)  Francis Brooks of Montpelier5)  Lyn 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Short-handed Orange roster may become even thinner this weekend

first_img Published on October 31, 2013 at 1:10 am Contact Ryan: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Every week during practice, Syracuse assistant coach Erin Little literally must work as a coach on the court.Due to Syracuse only having 11 players it uses on the roster, Little, who played at SU from 2008-11, must practice with the team every day just so it can run six-on-six scrimmages during practice.But as Syracuse heads on the road this weekend to take on No. 18 Duke (18-3, 9-1 Atlantic Coast) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Wake Forest (14-8, 3-7) on Saturday at 6:30, its already small roster may be shrinking. Gosia Wlaszczuk did not play last weekend, although she practiced Tuesday and dressed for SU’s (10-12, 5-5) victory over Clemson on Sunday. Redshirt freshman Valeriya Shaipova, who has played a key role in the Orange’s recent victories, left the court on crutches Tuesday after it appeared her knee gave out at the end of practice.While the Orange travels south with a short-sided bench, its opponents, the Blue Devils and the Demon Deacons, have 15 and 12 players, respectively.“I know it is unfortunate when we have injuries, we don’t really have a lot of subs,” redshirt junior captain Lindsay McCabe said. “But again, the benefit of having a small team is that we’re all really close.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re all used to playing with each other. Everyone’s a contributor so that always builds good team morale.”Having a smaller team limits some of the things the team can do in practice, as evidenced by Little, a coach needing to practice with her players.Teams such as No. 2 Penn State, which has 19 players on its roster, have the advantage of being able to do more in practice. Teams with larger roster sizes cannot only do six-on-six scrimmages without the coaches, but also more positional specific drills that improve techniques specific to position, Little said.Having a large roster size can slow a young player’s development, though. On game days, many players never get to see the court. This can be hard when younger players begin to get starting opportunities when they are older, but have not had much match experience.“When you have a larger team, a lot of the girls are on the bench,” Little said. “They don’t get to see as much playing time, and it’s hard that way.”Little, who also has experience playing with small rosters and large roster sizes, believes as a coach she can better develop her players with a smaller team.“With a small roster, you know you can keep it, the group tight,” Little said. “You can work more in depth with players. So like rather than having to focus on 18, you can focus on just the 11, focus on getting them better.”Although several players on the team said that they enjoy the small roster, many would argue that teams like Penn State have had so much success with a larger roster size for a reason.For sophomore Silvi Uattara, however, she does not believe that the team would improve if it had more players.“Our team is small but we’re all really close and really good friends,” Uattara said. “I don’t think that if we had more players on the roster we would be better.” Commentslast_img read more

14 Stars arrive in Kenya ahead of Congo, England clash

first_imgFourteen Black Stars players have arrived in Kenya ahead of the double header against Congo on Sunday in the 2012 Nations Cup qualifier and an international friendly against England two days later.The players include locals Sammy Adjei, Nathaniel Asamoah, Ernest Sowah, and Berekum Chelsea’s Emmanuel Clottey who earned a late call-up as replacement for injured Sulley Muntari.Greece-based Bernard Yao Kumordzi, Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu and Samuel Inkoom have all reported at the Nairobi camp for the crucial duels.Stars’ coach Goran Stevanovic is expected to begin his full training session Tuesday by which he would have had his full compliment of 24 players.The Stars need a good result in Congo to shore-up chances of qualifying into the 2012 Nations Cup to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.Important as the qualifier may be the Stars know what victory against England in the international friendly will do to their confidence. It is the first ever encounter between the two sides at the highest level.Chairman of the Black Stars Management team and Vice Chairman of the GFA, Fred Pappoe told Joy Sports the team is well aware of the enormity of the task ahead and will do their possible best to grind good results especially in the Congo game.Source: Myjoyonline.com/Ghanalast_img read more