Finsbury Foods in strong position for times ahead

first_imgFinsbury Foods (FF) has seen sales increase by 53.9% to £169m during the year to 30 June 2008.FF’s preliminary results for the year show the company has achieved strong growth in each of its subsidiaries, with like- for-like sales up 13%. Adjusted pre-tax profit stood at £7.7m compared to £4.6m last year.Dave Brooks, who stepped down as chief executive on 29 September, said it had been “a year of achievement” for FF, despite inflationary pressures, with highlights including the acquisition of Yorkshire Farm Bakeries and A&P Foods to form Livwell Ltd, and the transfer of the California Cakes operation to the Hamilton site of the Lightbody Group in July 2007. It was also a year that saw United Central Bakeries return to full operation, following a fire in October 2006.”The future looks challenging, with many macro-economic conditions, such as world commodity prices, exchange rate movements (particularly the euro), and the economic downturn, generally affecting business,” said Brooks. “Challenging periods also provide opportunities for businesses, particularly those nimble enough to react to changes in consumer trends.”Brooks said that, from the beginning of July this year, the company was split into three distinct divisions – cake, bread and free-from – each having its own management team.Newly-appointed chief executive Martin Lightbody agreed with Brooks that, “Challenges such as the current economic climate bring opportunities.”Chairman David Marshall added that the first 10 weeks of the current financial year have seen the upward sales trend continuing.—-=== In Short ===== Balchem opens innovation centre ==New York-based ingredients company Balchem Corporation has expanded its applications laboratory with the addition of a bakery innovation centre. The company said it hoped that the centre in New Hampton would significantly increase its ingredient delivery technology opportunities.== PGI reassures on milk contamination ==Members of the Philippine Baking Industry group have assured anxious consumers that its bakery products don’t contain milk ingredients from China. A number of infants have died and tens of thousands have been hospitalised in China, after drinking milk that contained the toxic chemical melamine.== Giant steps in to recall food items ==US-based Giant Food – which is owned by Amsterdam-based Royal Ahold NV – is voluntarily recalling a number of Giant bakery products, as they could contain nut allergens that have not been declared on the label. The items, including Giant Rainbow Cake and Giant Mundel Bread, were manufactured by Grandma Taylor and sold in Giant’s Bakeshop. To date, no consumers have reported any ill-effects from the products.== Bimbo fined over diesel emissions ==US company Bimbo Bakeries has been fined over $300,000 (£168,600) for failing to test its diesel trucks for excess emissions at 58 of its fleet facilities. The bakery, based in Texas, must send employees to a mandatory class on diesel emissions testing. The company, producing more than 100 branded products, has an exclusive licence to distribute Entenmann’s products in the western regions of the USA.last_img read more

Finsbury revenue rises 4.7% driven by UK bakery market

first_imgNew business wins, gluten-free bakery and NPD from licences including Harry Potter have helped drive growth at Finsbury Food Group.Group revenue at the bakery manufacturer is up 4.7% to £159.4m for the 26 weeks to 28 December 2019, it revealed in its unaudited interim results. This was predominantly driven by its UK bakery division, which saw sales grow 5.8% to £141.2m, while overseas revenue fell by 3.5% to £18.2m.The UK’s performance was driven by new business wins, as well as organic growth. It also benefited from the full half-year of free-from business Ultrapharm which it acquired in late 2018.“The first half was both a period of growth and of successful delivery against our strategic priorities. Revenue and profit were up, largely driven by organic performance in UK bakery, as well as new business wins and the first full six-month contribution from our free-from business. We made encouraging progress in the optimisation of our cash flow in the period and reduced our debt levels and are pleased to announce a further increase in the dividend,” said CEO John Duffy.However, the UK bakery operating profit margin decreased slightly from 5.5% to 5.4% over the period and was 5.1% for the whole of 2019. Finsbury said the bakery sector continued to face commodity headwinds, now led by flour, as well as continuing labour inflation ahead of CPI, driven by the National Living Wage, significant utility inflation as a consequence of Government green levies and general inflation. All of these, the business said, had “necessitated and will continue to necessitate cost mitigation strategies and inevitably price recovery from customers”.Other strategic highlights for Finsbury – which has UK manufacturing sites in Cardiff, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Salisbury, Sheffield, Manchester and Pontypool – include implementing a group-wide review and standardisation of bakery processes leading to improved quality and waste reduction. It also opened a new gluten-free bakery in Poland to expand capacity for the continental market.The launch of a Harry Potter licensed range, which included celebration cakes and cupcakes, was also highlighted. NPD was a focus for the business in 2019, with a number of new characters added to its range, as well as the expansion of its Mary Berry portfolio.Next in Finsbury’s NPD pipeline is a vegan range of cakes, due to be launched in the coming months.”We’re going to launch a new licence with Bosh!, who are a couple of young chaps from Sheffield. They’re vegan social media stars who do everything from cookbooks to YouTube to TV on a Sunday morning… We’re working with them on a range of cake products,” Duffy told British Baker.Finsbury remained positive for the future, stating that it was now a “much more resilient business and better equipped to weather difficult trading conditions”.“The broad channel, customer and product diversification we now have in the business gives us a solid platform on which to build and we continue to benefit from access to higher growth opportunities such as free-from and consumer niches such as artisan bread,” Duffy added.“Notwithstanding the ongoing market-wide headwinds, there is positive sales momentum in the business and a growing number of exciting opportunities that give us confidence in Finsbury’s prospects for the full year, which remains in line with expectations.”last_img read more

Celebrate Jim Henson’s Birthday With This Classic Muppets Cover Of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

first_imgBack in 2009, this video of The Muppets performing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” quickly became an internet sensation. It’s easy to understand why, as the lovable characters would only add to the theatrics of one of the most iconic songs of our time. Still, on what would have been Jim Henson’s 82nd birthday, we couldn’t help but share one of our favorite musical Muppet clips.Enjoy “Bohemian Rhapsody” by The Muppets:The Muppets – “Bohemian Rhapsody” [Video: The Muppets]last_img read more

Disclosures on fracking lacking, study finds

first_imgAs the growth of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” transforms more rural landscapes across the heartland into industrial zones, companies are less willing to disclose the chemicals they inject into the ground, Harvard researchers have found.In the race to find new energy sources, fracking ― the process of extracting oil and gas from shale beds ― has emerged as a dominant, if controversial, force, bringing jobs and wealth to many communities but also spreading unease about its environmental impacts, notably water contamination. Companies drill into the Earth and inject at extreme pressure a mix of water, sand, and chemicals to fracture rock and release oil or gas.To address public health concerns, 28 states require companies to report the chemicals they use for the process. Twenty-three of those states direct companies to disclose the information to the national registry FracFocus.But the amount of information withheld has increased the past three years, according to a study by Kate Konschnik, a lecturer and director of Harvard Environmental Law Policy Initiative, and Archana Dayalu, a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.An earlier report by the federal Environmental Protection Agency found that between 2010 and 2012, 11 percent of the chemicals used in fracking were unreported. Konschnik and Dayalu’s study found that between 2012 and April 2015, that rose to 16.5 percent.The reluctance of companies to disclose the chemicals used in fracking has contributed to debate around the practice. While the public can find out what chemicals are used at other industrial sites in their communities through an EPA registry, most of the online chemical information on fracking is available only through FracFocus, a resource the study indicates is incomplete and inaccurate.In 2005, Congress exempted fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act, which requires energy companies to fully disclose the chemicals they force into the Earth. Prior to 2010, when FracFocus was launched, no states required companies to report the chemicals they used for fracking.The findings surprised the researchers because companies seemed to disclose more information when FracFocus was a voluntary initiative led by the Department of Energy.“We had expected that, because more of the disclosures were being made in response to legal requirements, they’d be more complete,” said Konschnik.The study is not an attack against fracking, the researchers said, but it should raise concerns.“Fracking has helped put the United States on the trajectory towards energy independence,” said Dayalu. “But it doesn’t give the process a free pass against regulation.”The study is the most comprehensive analysis to date of chemical disclosures registered on FracFocus. The researchers reviewed more than 96,000 disclosure forms, including nearly 2 million ingredient records. Among the cited ingredients were ammonium chloride, hydrochloric acid, and methanol, chemicals the Centers for Disease Control says can cause skin irritations, headaches, digestive disorders, lung damage and other health conditions.Konschnik said FracFocus falls short of being a regulatory tool, and called for policy-makers to do more to ensure that citizens have access to complete and accurate chemical disclosures.“We think states could signal to the oil and gas community that they take these disclosures seriously,” she said. “If companies don’t think regulators are taking this seriously, they won’t take the time and effort to make complete and correct disclosures.”The study, “Hydraulic fracturing chemicals reporting: Analysis of available data and recommendations for policy makers,” was published this month in Energy Policy, an academic journal.“A lot of oil and gas activity is happening close to cities, communities, and schools,” said Konschnik. “People are seeing this industrial activity right outside their door, they see trucks come up with chemicals, and that concerns them. They want to know what chemicals are being used in their communities. There is so much we don’t know about this activity.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s community reflects on 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

first_imgThis year, many students starting their freshman year of high school will be the first class to learn about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks largely as history, not something they lived through. But for those who witnessed the tragic events 15 years ago, the memories of that day are still very real.Saint Mary’s professor of history Bill Svelmoe remembers the day vividly: He was teaching a history course at the College during the attacks. He said he and the students turned the news on during class after another professor told them an attack happened.“We sat glued to the television for a long time,” he said. “Every class the rest of that day were just students staring at me wide-eyed. … We had to talk about it, but we didn’t know much about it at the time.”Svelmoe said students who lived off-campus called him that day asking if it was safe to come to campus.“The story that was out there was that they were trying to hit really well-known landmarks, and the Golden Dome is a pretty well-known landmark.” he said. “It was a terrible, stunning day.”Svelmoe said his job as a professor was to provide students with a place to talk about the attacks.“We had to let students talk about it, and talk about it when we didn’t have a lot of answers for what was going on ourselves,” he said. “A lot of it was just gathering information and then helping [the students] talk through their fears. We tried to give some historical context, but I was no expert on the Middle East or on Islam. You just let students talk and try to help them process it and try to reassure them that we weren’t going to get attacked here in South Bend.”Senior Helen Kovach said she remembers the attack because her family had recently moved to Hungary.“I vividly remember watching the events unfold on TV,” she said. “The strange thing is, had we been living in the States, then I would not have seen the images, as we did not have a TV at home. I probably was not mature enough to see it happen.”Thirteen years after the attacks, Kovach studied abroad in Angers, France, and was there during the Charlie Hebdo shooting.“It was déjà vu watching the TV with my host mom during the hostage situation,” she said. “My host family asked me questions about 9/11 and my experience then. … These are huge tragedies, but our grief is a powerful equalizer.”After experiencing New York as an adult, Kovach said the attacks changed her perspective on war.“Three weeks before the attacks, my family had flown out of [John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York], but I didn’t look out the window,” she said. “No one on that flight could have known that only days later the skyline would change forever.“When I was little, I was naïve and thought that wars and bad things only happened far from home. … I don’t think anyone watching that day could fully know what was happening, but what I remember was that planes crashed and there were tall buildings on fire and people were trying to get out. I was terrified for them.”“When people ask me why I still want to travel after so many recent terror attacks,I tell them while the attacks are horrible, the best way to respect the memories of the victims is to live,” Kovach said. “We can’t let the terrorists win by living in fear.”Saint Mary’s alumna Sarah Sullivan Bigelow, class of 1996, remembers her friend and college roommate Suzanne Kondratenko, also class of 1996, who died in the attacks. Bigelow was late on her way to work in Chicago when the attacks happened.“The gravity of the event wasn’t even apparent at that time, but after the second plane hit, I remembered that Suzanne was in New York,” she said. “I called her right away, hoping maybe she was back in Chicago, or that she, too, would go in late for work that day. Her cell phone voicemail was as close as I could get to her. A few hours later, her sister and office confirmed she was in the second tower when it was hit.”Senior Clare Durant has multiple family members and connections who worked in the World Trade Center and miraculously escaped before the Towers fell.According to Durant, one of her uncles was in the towers and made a quick decision when the people in the office were told to evacuate.“They say don’t use an elevator in emergencies,” Durant said. “When you’re on the 84th floor, you’re not going to get down fast enough. He gets in the elevator and people are shoving in, and they’re being told ‘No, you can’t use the elevator,’ but you can’t walk down those stairs.”Durant said her uncle’s coworker left the elevator to find his laptop despite her uncle begging him to stay.“He basically had to make the decision to go,” she said. “He wasn’t back fast enough. … They go down, and right when they get to the bottom in the elevator, that’s when the second tower was hit.”Durant’s mother and Notre Dame graduate Rosemary Durant said the news of the attacks did not spread rapidly because of the lack of social media. She said even people who lived in parts of New York had no idea what had happened until later in the day.“If you were above 34th Street … nobody knew what was going on,” she said. “You heard a little bit on the news, but we got the feeling they didn’t want us to see it.”Now, after 15 years, people have different perspectives on the events of that day.Svelmoe said teaching the attacks to students who may not remember it or who have not lived through it becomes like teaching any other historical event in which you need to thoroughly explain the climate around the event.“To me it’s about context,” he said. “You’re always looking, when you’re talking about the past, to help students to connect what they’re studying to what is going on today. … That’s easier to do with 9/11 because we’re still living with the involvement, we still have a presence in the Middle East.”Alumna Rosemary Durant said she still finds hope in all of the bad that happened. She and her family visited Ground Zero in July after the attacks and saw tributes surrounding a nearby church in memory of the victims of the attacks.“You could see the rubble; you could smell it,” she said. “It was horrible. … But there’s hope, there’s life. There’s all this beauty surrounding this church. I wasn’t directly affected. It could have been worse. But you think that some people died, some people lived, some people got second chances. I know a lot of good stories that came out of the bad.”Bigelow said her personal connection to the tragedy changed her point of view.“It almost makes it less about foreign policy and more about the personal tragic loss,” she said. “Every time I go through TSA, I think to myself, ‘This is still risky.’ They can’t convince me this is completely safe.”Bigelow said she thinks of her friend on the anniversary every year.“To me, the date signifies a preciousness of life and humility,” she said. “We’re not in charge down here, and we may never understand the crosses we [carry]. We do our best every day and anticipate the eternal reunion.”Kovach said the event was significant in her life, even though she was so young when it happened.“When I was with my host family, it was difficult for me to speak about the attacks, but [it was] important to,” she said. “Until speaking to them, I never realized how much the attacks affected the whole world, not just Americans. At 9/11, the world mourned together.”Tags: 9/11, Saint Mary’s College, September 11last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Pilot Program to Connect Community Schools to Health-Related Services in Philadelphia

first_imgTesting expanded supports for a trauma-informed school to build resilience:The model will help create a safe, resiliency-based climate in and around the school by supporting and training all school staff, providing screening and assessment tools, group sessions and individualized counseling, and educational sessions for students and their families. Governor Wolf Announces Pilot Program to Connect Community Schools to Health-Related Services in Philadelphia SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas and Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Pedro A. Rivera announced an investment in Philadelphia City community schools to leverage and connect schools to the large array of health-related services that are available for Philadelphia’s children. This strategic investment of $1.5 million will improve health, school attendance, and academic achievement for children who attend community schools in the North Philadelphia Health Enterprise Zone (HEZ).“As our schools focus on teaching and learning, educators know that we cannot separate the success of schools from the needs of the community,” Governor Wolf said “Schools can’t deliver effective instruction if students are hungry, if children are not healthy, if they have needs, if children are worrying where are they going to sleep that night. This program, along with delivering more funding and resources to schools, will help teachers teach and students learn.”The North Philadelphia Health Enterprise Zone encompasses an area from Spring Garden Street north to Olney and from Frankford in the east to Germantown in the west. Thirty-one percent of the people in these zip codes live under the federal poverty line.Pilot projects will be conducted in four elementary schools in the HEZ: James Logan Elementary, William Cramp Elementary, Edward Gideon Elementary/Middle, and Bethune Elementary.“Investing in our kids is among the smartest investments we can make,” Sec. Dallas said.  “The funding provided through the Health Enterprise Zone will help children access quality health care at the schools they attend. This funding will not only help improve children’s health but also help ensure they are ready to learn and to get the education they deserve.”The community schools model works with schools to implement a strategic, coordinated plan with expanded supports and aligned services to address the broader set of needs of the whole child. The funding from this initiative provides critical additional support to bolster and make more effective the services and activities offered at the school and through the children’s Medicaid coverage“There is no one, cookie-cutter approach to community schools,” Secretary Rivera said.  “These schools go beyond meeting a student’s academic need alone, but aim to partner with community assets to serve the ‘whole’ student. We have to involve and invite every stakeholder to the table and ask that they focus on what they do best to improve what happens in the classroom and in the school.”“This commitment from the state builds on the great work already happening in the Community Schools—we hope this project will help the kids in these schools get the care they need, but also will help develop strategies that can ultimately help all Philadelphia school children be healthy and ready to learn,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.The funding will be designated for two main purposes:Connecting kids to care:Making sure insured children can access the services their health care coverage provides, especially dental and vision care;Providing care for children who are uninsured;Tackling one of the largest health challenges Philadelphia children face: asthma. By making sure children’s home and school environments are free of triggers; andMaking sure all eligible families are enrolled in health care coverage and other benefits, such as SNAP.center_img June 12, 2017 The North Philadelphia HEZ seeks to create a strategic alliance led by DHS and launch a five-year project in the zip codes surrounding the eight-mile stretch of Broad Street from Cheltenham Avenue to City Hall. (19120 – 26; 30; 19132-34; 19138, 19140 – 41; and 19144) There are nearly 300,000 Medicaid recipients in the North Philadelphia zone, representing 13 percent of Pennsylvania’s entire Medicaid population. Families living in this area are more likely to experience deep poverty, affecting their health, education, employment, and income. Many patients experience a host of socio-economic issues and comorbidities that contribute to poor health outcomes.Rather than simply expanding the strategies currently in place, the HEZ will try new and innovative community-based approaches to coordinated health care and reward strategies to minimize health disparities, improve health outcomes, and stabilize and reduce care costs.last_img read more

Permanent ban on Kuwait labor deployment mulled

first_imgMANILA – Labor Secretary Silvestre BelloIII is mulling a permanent deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) toKuwait after authorities there sent a “fake and dishonest” autopsy result on anOFW who was slain by her Kuwaiti employers last December. In 2018, a Filipina migrant worker,Joanna Demafelis, was slain and discovered inside a freezer at an abandonedapartment in the Gulf state. magwewelga na. Masyado nilang inapi ang ating kababayan,” saidBello. The labor chief doubted the credibilityof Kuwaiti forensic doctors after they sent a two-sentence report of theautopsy conducted on Jeanelyn Villavende which said the Filipina worker died of“physical injuries.” Philippine officials earlier said the suspect in Villavende’s slay was already in the custody of Kuwaiti authorities. They also imposed a partial ban on the deployment of OFWs to the Gulf state and have not yet lifted it, as of this writing. “Walana tayong ipadadala doon. Mga walang kuwenta ‘yang mga Kuwaiti na ‘yan. Biro mo‘yong ginawa nila sa ating kababayan. ‘Pag ikuwento ko sa inyo, baka pati “We will not allow injustice doneto our OFW. We will see to it that the culprits will answer for theircrimes.” “I wrote to NBI (National Bureau ofInvestigation) to conduct our own autopsy, and I found out na ‘yong autopsy report ngKuwaiti government ay palpak, sinungalingat walang kwenta,” Bello said during the 20th Hinugyaw festival closingceremonies, after he visited Villavende’s wake and her family in Norala town,South Cotabato.center_img The Philippines and Kuwait then figured in a diplomatic row after a video showing the rescue of distressed Filipino workers by Philippine embassy officials in the Gulf nation went viral online. This led to a labor deployment ban on the Gulf state. According to the autopsy report of NBImedical officer Dr. Ricardo Rodaje, there is a possibility that Villavende wasalso sexually violated before she was killed. Due to the “false” autopsy report, Bellosaid he will recommend to the governing board of the Philippine OverseasEmployment Administration (POEA) to impose a deployment ban of householdservice workers to “worthless” Kuwait, promising to deliver justice forVillavende. “Wala na tayong ipadadala doon. Mga walang kuwenta ‘yang mga Kuwaiti na ‘yan,” says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III. President Rodrigo Duterte responded threateningly, listing some of his demands to the Kuwaiti government on the treatment of Filipino domestic helpers. The two countries settled theirdifferences after both signed a deal to provide better protection for Filipinomigrant workers in Kuwait. (ABS-CBN News/PN)last_img read more

Richardson new shareholder at Wasps

first_img He added: “Financial stability is our immediate focus and our aim is to become a self-sustainable business within a number of years. “We are now looking at developing a longer-term business strategy with the ultimate aim of ensuring we achieve that goal.” Richardson sees a new ground – either owned outright by Wasps or co-owned with another party – as central to a successful financial future for the club. “We feel it is vital that we own or co-own our own ground,” Richardson said. “We are not interested in a ground-share, which is prohibitive in terms of helping us to become self-sustainable. “We are currently looking at sites and co-ownership options. Ideally we believe that west London is a natural future home for London Wasps but we are exploring lots of options at a very initial stage at the moment.” Richardson confirmed ambitions to invest in new training and administrative facilities for the club. “This is another project that is already under way and should be something we can advance quickly over the next year or so,” he said. Richardson, whose business background is in insurance, vowed to bring financial stability back to a club that came close to administration last year. Wasps was saved by a consortium led by former player Ken Moss when they avoided relegation last summer, but that was only ever intended to be a short-term solution. The club was losing £2million a season before the Moss consortium stepped in and was saddled with a £1.5million secured debt. Richardson said: “The club has been through some tough times but I am confident that, with the right management and commercial focus, new investment can really reinvigorate everything about London Wasps.” Irish businessman Derek Richardson has become the new principal shareholder of Wasps and revealed long-term plans to move the club back to west London.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Aguero signs extension

first_img The 24-year-old Argentina international is now contracted to City until 2017, the club confirmed. Aguero joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 for £38million and ensured his place in the club’s history books when he scored the last-gasp winning goal against QPR to seal the 2011/12 Premier League title and end the Blues’ 44-year wait for the title. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has underlined his commitment to the Barclays Premier League club by signing a one-year contract extension. Aguero recently played down talks of a move away from the Etihad in the summer, saying: “I’m very happy at City and I feel very appreciated. It’s been barely two years since I’ve arrived and sometimes I feel like I’ve been here for all my life. “I have a fantastic relationship with the fans, and that always reminds me of our title and that goal against QPR. I can never forget that moment. “Now I am looking forward to next season and pushing hard to win the title again.” Aguero had been linked with a move back to Spain, with Real Madrid believed to be interested in signing the striker. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Two Guyanese in Canadian team to face Bermuda

first_imgBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — Guyanese Dilon Heyliger and Mark Montfort have been included in the Canada High Performance (HP) squad scheduled to play two limited overs matches against Bermuda, set for the Maple Leaf Cricket Club ground, King City, today and tomorrow.The Bermudans’ visit to Canada forms part of that country’s preparation for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League Division 4 which will take place in California in October/November.While here, the Bermudans are scheduled to play four matches, including the two against the Canada HP team. They are also down to meet the Toronto & District Cricket Association (T&DCA) Super Elite finalists Mississauga Ramblers next Tuesday at Iceland, Mississauga while the final match will be against a Canada Select X1 on Wednesday at King City.Heyliger, a former Guyana Youth player at both the Under-15 and 19 levels, who now resides in Toronto, represents Vikings while off-spinning all-rounder Montfort, the son of long-standing umpire Peter Montfort, plays for Brampton Masters in the T&DCA Super Six tournament.In an exclusive interview with Chronicle Sport prior to the start of the cricket season in Toronto, the burly, talented Essequibian all-rounder Heyliger, who also plied his trade in England and the Caribbean, pointed out that that he was confident that in the not- too-distant future he will don Canadian colours.“My aspiration is to represent Team Canada and ensure the Canadian cricket team gets a higher ranking at the international level and also to ensure more supporters come out to watch the sport.”Contacted on Wednesday night, an elated Heyliger admitted that he wasn’t that pleased with his performances this current season nevertheless feels he’s capable of doing well against the Bermudans.The former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) first division all-rounder who was also selected in the Guyana T20 squad in 2011 despite not being part of the playing 11, said the experience was quite electrifying and satisfying. “I decided to build on the success of Guyana’s cricket and move on to gain some international experience.”Before migrating to Canada, Montfort also played first division cricket for the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) under the guidance of former Guyana and West Indies off-spinner and later chairman of selectors, Clyde Butts.According to Cricket Canada president Ranjit Saini, “Cricket Canada is pleased to host Bermuda and provide an opportunity for our players to gain meaningful experience.”The Canada HP team is: Srimantha Wijeyeratne (capt.), Varun Sehdev, Shahid Ahmadzai, Charnjit Singh, Sudeepta Aurka, Mark Montfort, Dilon Heyliger, Malinga Gayan, Rayyan Pathan, Azghar Hotak, Parveen Saroye, Saad Bin Zafar, Bhavindu Adihetty, Armaan Kapoor, Daksh Talwar, Faraz MaqsoodBermuda squad: Terryn Fray (captain), Dion Stovell, Greg Maybury, Kamau Leverock, Okera Bascombe, Joshua Gilbert, Jordan DeSilva, Dennico Holis, Jordan Smith, Micah Simmons, Brian Hall, Zeko Burgess and Cejay Outerbridge.Coaching and Support: Clay Smith (National coach), Gershen Gibbons (Chair, High Performance Programme), Danielle Gibbons (physiotherapist), Lorenzo Tucker (assistant coach/match analyst), Reginald Tucker (assistant coach). Umpire is Melvin Best.last_img read more