Keatings’ staff accept Irish Pride’s redundancy offers

first_imgA REDUNDANCY deal has been accepted by the majority of staff at Irish Pride’s Keatings Bakery in Kanturk, Co Cork, which closed on March 16, writes Ann Marie Foley.“People are very happy with the settlement terms which are five weeks per year of service and statutory notice where applicable,” said Martin Hanlon, regional officer, Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union.Up to 10 van and sales staff and two dispatch staff retain their jobs at the site. The manufacturing function moves to the parent company, Irish Pride’s, Mayo and Wexford plants which have spare capacity. None of the other 76 full-time and 20 part-time staff will relocate.The closure went ahead in spite of intervention with top management by two government ministers, Micheal Martin, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and the Minister for State, Batt O’Keeffe.last_img read more

Long Island Christmas 2013 Events

first_imgWith Thanksgiving now in the rearview, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.Santa Claus is checking his list before coming to town, holiday parades are jingling all the way, the halls are being decked and Christmas trees are being lit up.Get in the holiday spirit at any one of these upcoming events across Long Island.December 1Holiday SpectacularTwo hour concert performed by the Long Island Philharmonic. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items, which will be collected by Island Harvest.The Butler Building, Mitchel Athletic Complex, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Uniondale. 4 p.m. 516-572-0400Admission is free but tickets are required. Free tickets are available at all Bethpage Federal Credit Union branches, as well as the Administration Building at Eisenhower Park and the Aquatic Center.December 2Menorah LightingRabbi Perl of Chabad of Mineola leads the ceremony.Eisenhower Park Field 2, East Meadow. 6 p.m. 516-572-0348. Free.December 3Holiday Tree LightingEisenhower Park Field 2, East Meadow. 5:30 p.m. 516-572-0348. Free.December 6Holiday Tree LightingBring a natural food ornament to decorate the Solstice Tree. Bring canned goods for those in need. Hot beverages sold after Santa lights the tree.Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 631-581-1002. Free www.bayardcuttingarboretum.comHoliday Tree LightingHoliday music performed by Oysterponds Elementary School students, hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Winter coat collection and Canned goods collectionOrient Beach State Park. 6:30 p.m. 631-323-2440. Free.December 7Holiday Tree LightingHoliday music chorus, ice sculpture demonstration, fireworks and Santa.Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon. 631-677-5055. Free.Santa in The ParkToys, candy, cookies, and hot chocolate will be distributed by Santa’s elves after Saint Nick arrives on a fire truck.Wantagh Park, Wantagh. 12 p.m. 516-572-0200. Free.December 13Holiday Tree LightingSpectacular Poinsetta Display in the Main Greenhouse. Eggnog, hot chocolate, cider, gingerbread men at Periwinkles Café. Winter coat collection and Canned goods collection.Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Parks, Oyster Bay. 6 p.m. 516-922-9200. Free.Candlelight Evenings19th Century entertainment in historic buildings lit by only candlelight. Holiday songs, Storytelling, Fiddle Music, Hot beverages.Old Bethpage Village Restoration. 5 p.m. 516-572-8400. 7 p.m. $10 adults, $7 seniors, firefighters. Through 15 and Dec. 20-22.December 21Town of Oyster Bay Holiday on Ice ShowKeeping with this being “the season of giving,” those attending the show are asked to bring two non-perishable food items to the show, which will be collected by Island HarvestTown of Ice Bay Center in Bethpage. 7 p.m. Free.Mail Letters To SantaColorful red and green “Mail Your Letters to Santa” mailboxes will be accessible from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the administration buildings of the following parks through Dec. 16:Cantiague Park in Hicksville 516-571-7056Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn-North Hills 516-571-8113Grant Park in Hewlett 516-571-7821Rev. Arthur Mackey, Sr. Park in Roosevelt 516-571-8692Wantagh Park in Wantagh 516-571-7460Eisenhower Park’s Lannin House at Parking Field No. 6, in East Meadow 516-72-0348Nassau Aquatic Center at Parking Field No. 1A, in East Meadow 516-572-0501Nassau County Parks Department’s Administration Building in Eisenhower Park, in East Meadow 516-572-0396, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.All children who send letters to Santa will receive a reply in the form of a “Santa-Gram” from the North Pole, with Santa’s elves at the Parks Department pitching in to send cheery but noncommittal letters in response to children’s letters. To assure a reply, each letter must contain the child’s name and address, written legibly. There is no postage necessary for the Santa letters. The “Santa-Grams” will be sent before the holiday.TOYS FOR TOTS HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVEThrough Dec. 20Toys for Tots Holiday Gift Drive drop-off boxes for new, unwrapped toys will be located at the following Nassau County locations:East Meadow:Eisenhower Park, Main Lobby of Administration Building100 Carman Avenue, Main Lobby of Corrections/Sheriff’s DepartmentHempstead:40 Main Street, in front of Suite C Office16 Cooper Street, Main Lobby of Traffic and Parking Violations AgencyMineola:One West Street, Main Lobby1550 Franklin Avenue, Main Lobby of Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building1490 Franklin, Nassau County Police Department, 2nd Floor Training wing240 Old Country Road, Main Lobby262 Old Country Road, Main Lobby of District Attorney’s Office400 County Seat Drive, Nassau County Probation Department, Director’s Office200 County Seat Drive, Main Lobby of Consumer AffairsUniondale:60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Department of Social Services, outside cafeteria106 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Health Department, kitchenWestbury:1194 Prospect Avenue, DPW/Fire Marshal, 2nd Floor Reception Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Sergio Salcido grows on 2nd-line midfield after Randy Staats injury leaves opening on offense

first_img Published on April 8, 2015 at 8:47 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Sergio Salcido never really found a solidified spot. He ran with the second-line midfield in the fall, then wavered in between the second and third units early in the season as Tim Barber found his niche and Jordan Evans worked back from injury.Salcido picked up the offense quickly — which he said is a key to earning playing time from head coach John Desko — but was one of several overshadowed by the mass production of the starting midfielders.“It was definitely difficult for him being on the verge of breaking through,” Barber said.But now that Randy Staats has missed three games with a lower-body injury and Barber has filled his spot in the starting attack, Salcido has reaped the benefits. He’s established himself as a second-line midfielder for now alongside Evans and Nick Weston, and will look to continue showcasing himself in a larger role if Staats can’t go for No. 2 Syracuse (8-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) against No. 4 North Carolina (11-1, 2-0) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.“I’m learning some things that I might not have learned watching and I’m getting a lot more reps in practice now,” Salcido said. “I think it gives me the opportunity to show the coaching staff that I can produce and make plays.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Tuesday, Desko said he hopes to play Staats against the Tar Heels. He expected Staats to be out on the field for Tuesday afternoon’s practice, and is just going to see how he does leading up to Saturday’s game.But if SU’s starting attack is sidelined for a fourth straight contest, Salcido will continue to fulfill the role he assumed before the season started. Salcido said he picked up the offense at a quick pace in the fall, aided by going into the coaches’ offices and studying film on his own.He had a firm grasp on a second-midfield spot in the preseason, which has made the transition back to the same set role a seamless one.“He knows where to be, he’s got a great shot and he’s definitely great off-ball,” Barber said. “So he’s been doing a really good job.”Salcido said assistant coach Kevin Donahue sends film cutups after every game, diagnosing each specific run players take. Based on the feedback Salcido has received from Donahue, he said he feels like he knows the offense like the back of his hand. Now, it’s just about executing.In a 19-7 win over Duke on March 22, Salcido faked out Blue Devils midfielder Garrett Van de Ven to waste time as the clock ticked down in the fourth quarter. Against Notre Dame on March 28, Salcido assisted Dylan Donahue to cut a once six-goal deficit to one in the fourth quarter. Then against Albany last Thursday, Salcido picked up his second ground ball of the season and registered his sixth shot.They’re small steps, but ones that are building the foundation for higher levels of production for someone who has been told by the coaches that he’s pretty set on the second line right now.Whether his role changes when Staats returns is still to be determined, but all Salcido can do right now is continue to build off of the opportunities he’s being given. “That just means I’ve got to work harder and really start to bite down and execute,” Salcido said. “Consistency is huge and I just feel like at the end of the day I need to start making plays and stepping up.” Commentslast_img read more

Andre Ayew: Ghana’s mister consistent

first_imgIn 2012, during the last confrontation between Ghana and Tunisia at AFCON, Andre Ayew won the game for the Black Stars by scoring the winning goal in the quarter-final against Carthage Eagles. Seven years later, the captain of Ghana wants to cross the Tunisian hurdle again. For Ayew, Ghana “is hungry for a trophy”.Having a father as a football legend is difficult for some players to take on. But among the Ayew family, direct descendants of Abedi Pelé, it is a key element.Unstoppable support for his boys, the former CAF Player of the Year has been able to transmit his passion. Andre, a copy of his father also followed his footsteps as a midfielder.When Andre talks about the golden generation that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1982, along with Abedi Pelé and current coach James Kwesi Appiah, someone he admires. “These are different times but they have advised us to stay calm and to have no regrets “.The years when young Andre seemed frail are now behind him. Thanks to a rich experience of more than ten years, the Turkey-based player has made his way to the captaincy of the Black Stars.He joined the national team at a very young age. Starting first at the U-20 level, before his promotion to the first team in 2007, then under the captaincy of Stephen Appiah, now Team Manager of the current technical staff. In a few years, the young man has grown to become a man who makes a bold declaration at every tournament. As captain of the Black Stars, the 29-year-old works in the continuity of his predecessors.“We have to have to stay calm to hold this. Our country loves football so much that there is a lot of pressure on the players, the federation and the coach, but I think I have to keep doing my job, which is to lead the team also in my own way. I learnt a lot from seniors such as Stephen Appiah, John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan. I try to apply their leadership techniques to mine. ”The atmosphere in the group is “perfect,” he says. With the younger ones, the integration was done in a natural way. Having the opportunity to evolve with your brother is a bonus for the older brother. Often together at the same club, (Olympique Marseille and Swansea City) or in Ghana Black Stars, the complementarity of the brothers could be observed over the matches.Andre knows that Ghana is “hungry for a trophy”. The next match against Tunisia will be tough. “I had the opportunity to play several AFCON editions; the group stages and the knockout phase are two different things, and that’s when you lose and you go home.”In 2012, the opportunist Andre was the hero of the Ghana – Tunisia quarter-final clash. During the extra time, as the two teams struggled to break the tie, the midfielder took advantage of goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi’s blunder to score Ghana’s winning goal. Can the Ghanaian captain pull his team again to victory? The answer this Monday, July 8th.–Source: Cafonlinelast_img read more