Hovis job losses a “slow, lingering death”

first_imgA 90-day consultation period involving 900 Premier Foods employees who will lose their jobs has been described as a “slow, lingering death” by the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU).It comes as Unite has called urgent talks with the firm’s bosses following the announcement of job cuts being made from its bread division, as a result of the closure of two of its bakery sites in Birmingham and Greenford, west London.Steve Finn, regional officer for BFAWU’s London region, told British Baker that all employees from Premier Foods’ Greenford site, believed to be around 196 employees, will be affected by the move and could working up to 10 months before leaving their positions at the company.“All I can describe this consultation period to, which begins tomorrow, and the following months is a slow, lingering death – it simply isn’t all over in 90 days. All 196 employees working at Greenford are affected by this move and it is devastating that it could take so long to make any sort of decisions, particularly in the run-up to Christmas.”John Higgins, organising regional secretary for BFAWU’s Midlands region, who is representing more than 500 Premier Foods employees in Birmingham, said: “Employees are still in shock. The first briefing was held nationwide this morning around 7am, but some workers would have woken up to the news on the television or radio.“The loss of The Co-operative contract should have been planned for by Premier Foods, they knew it was under threat about four or five weeks ago.”Both Higgins and Finn said they were unsure whether employees from across the company would ballot for strike action to take place regarding the job losses.“I’m not sure whether they will want to fight, or will be able to,” explained Finn. “Will strike action stop the company from making the closures? Who knows?.”Unite national officer for food and drink Jennie Formby said: “The joint trade unions are calling for an urgent national meeting with Premier Foods’ management to discuss the implications of today’s announcement which is a devastating blow for the 900 workers, their families and the local communities in west London and Birmingham.“Management claims the job losses are as a result of ‘competition and wheat prices’, but the reality is that our members are continuing to pay the heavy price of Premier’s failure to make a success of the business and we remain extremely concerned about the future of the remaining business.”last_img read more

Okra: Historical, Versatile

first_imgOkra shines in the garden.You’ve probably seen pictures of Hawaiian girls with large hibiscus blossoms tuckedbehind their ears. Well, okra blossoms aren’t quite as showy as those, but they’re in thehibiscus family.They’re among the most beautiful blooms in the vegetable garden, too. They’re ivory tocreamy yellow with deep reddish-purple throats.They bloom for only a day. By sundown, okra flowers are wilted, whether or not they’vebeen pollinated.If it’s sunny and good bee-buzzing weather, you’ll see tiny okra pods underneath thewilted flowers. Not all will be pollinated, but since okra will blossom for a long time,you should get a sizeable harvest.Asia — central to southern, to the best of my research — gave us okra. It grows wildin the upper Nile region, too, and was used in northern Africa for centuries. In fact,okra is an African word.Trading ships brought okra to this country, and it quickly found favor as a crop and aningredient in French and Creole cooking in Louisiana.Okra is a tasty, important ingredient in many foods, especially Creole dishes.I would never think of making shrimp gumbo without adding okra about 30 minutes beforeserving. Gumbo, from the word “gombo,” means okra, a natural thickener for soupsand stews.Okra is often stewed with tomatoes, deep-fried, pickled, boiled or steamed and servedwith butter, as well as eaten raw, fresh from the garden.Some folks don’t like the gummy quality okra has when it’s boiled or steamed. It seemsmore popular when combined with other vegetables, fried or pickled.I’ve made coffee out of okra seeds. Just let some pods ripen on the plant, collect theseeds when the pod ribs have opened, and roast and grind the seeds.Perk this “coffee,” using more of the ground okra than you would regularcoffee. Although I’ll never see “Okra Java” at a trendy coffee house, whoknows….For history buffs, okra coffee was used during the Late Unpleasantness with the Northwhen blockades were in place and coffee wasn’t available. W.N. White, in Gardening forthe South (1858), said, “I think it is not very likely to supersede.”Still other people take advantage of the versatile okra by grinding the dried seeds andmixing them with cornmeal to make bread.Because okra grows best in hot climates, it’s one of those vegetables considered a”Southern” crop. It is true that the southern parts of our country have thelong, hot growing seasons okra needs to bear really well, but you can grow it anywhere.Because okra can’t tolerate frost and doesn’t like cool weather, north Georgia yieldsmay not be as high as from plants grown farther south. But you can make up for that bysimply growing a few extra plants.Some gardeners prefer to either buy transplants or start their own indoors to plantoutside when the weather and ground have warmed enough.Okra has a reputation for being hard to transplant. It has a very long tap root, andwhen it’s broken, the plant doesn’t recover.Most gardeners sow their okra seeds right in the ground at the proper time. The propertime is after the soil is warm. Really warm. Okra will just sit there and may rot in coldsoils. Remember — it is tropical.But if you want to, and are willing to take a little extra care of the long tap, youcan successfully transplant okra.All your efforts can be ruined by “damping off,” a fungus disease thatattacks emerging seedlings, if you don’t take steps to prevent it.To prevent damping off, treat seeds with a fungicide you can buy at a garden supplystore. Follow the directions on the package.last_img read more

Inter prepare to raise offer for top transfer target to €18m

first_imgInter management are set to meet with Tottenham Hotspur, who continue to demand €20 million, tomorrow afternoon and it is during this meeting that the Nerazzurri will raise their current €15 million offer up to €18 million.Eriksen is in the Tottenham Hotspur squad for tonight’s Premier League match with Norwich City and he is likely to play.Despite this, his mind remains set, he wants to move to Inter as soon as possible.The 27-year-old Danish international, who has been with the north London club since a 2013 move from Ajax, has been near ever present for Spurs this season.Inter Set To Raise Offer For Top Target Eriksen To €18m https://t.co/UqL86RYttb pic.twitter.com/CJa7ItdDAl— Totenham Hostpur News (@News2019Thfc) January 22, 2020Read Also: Mourinho downplays training ground bust-up with England starEriksen, who will reportedly sign a four and a half year deal with Inter once the clubs agree a fee, has made 27 appearances across all competitions.In 1562 minutes on the park, he has scored three goals and assisted just as many. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Inter will soon raise their offer for Christian Eriksen according to a report in today’s print edition of Gazzetta dello Sport.https://www.instagram.com/p/B2_WLGdAZKm/Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 6 Weirdest Things You Can Learn On WikiHowPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Inkoom expecting tough game in Sudan

first_imgSamuel Inkoom is expecting much more of a challenge from Sudan than Ghana faced in the reverse fixture in Kumasi back March of this year.Ghana, chasing a third consecutive appearance at the World Cup finals claimed a 4-0 home win against Sudan in the Group D qualifying of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.With three more matches to complete the second round stage of matches, Inkoom, who is making a return to the Black Stars after a long absence expects a tough test in Omdurman on Friday when Ghana plays Sudan.“Every player wants to show something and prove to the coach that he is good. The most important thing is that we need to stay focused, listen to the coach and keep on working hard,” Inkoom said at Ghana’s training camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.“I believe this team. I have trust in my colleagues. It’s not going to be easy. We have been there twice. But I believe that we are going to beat them.”The Black Stars are just one point adrift leaders, Zambia on the log with the side that finishes top, advancing to the third round stage. For Inkoom and his colleagues despite a long and busy club campaign in their various leagues abroad, sacrificing to put smiles on the faces of Ghanaians means so much to them.“Everybody knows we have a big game ahead of us which is against Sudan and Lesotho. We need to sacrifice for our nation as well. Our leagues are over and we need to come and see the family and it’s not easy at all.“It’s our nation, we need to put everything aside. If the nation is happy, we are also happy. We need to sacrifice for our nation because football is different in every country. It brings a lot of people together so we need to sacrifice,” the defender said.After the game with Sudan, the Black Stars travel to Johannesburg on 9th June and will train in the South African capital for four days before departing to Maseru for the match against Lesotho.last_img read more