Cassius Winston thanks Michigan State fans for support after brother Zachary’s death

first_imgMORE: Zachary Winston struck, killed by trainCassius has not missed a game since, preferring to honor his brother by continuing to play the game they grew up loving.A senior from point guard from Detroit, Cassius scored 21 points and passed for four assists last week in a stirring victory at Seton Hall. In Monday’s game, he took only nine shots and scored 11 points, but he passed for eight assists. And afterward, he requested the opportunity to thank Spartans fans for how they’ve helped him through such a difficult time.”I lost a piece of my heart, but you guys keep me going.”@cassiuswinston took the mic after tonight’s game to thank the fans and his @MSU_Basketball teammates for their support after his brother Zachary’s death. pic.twitter.com/4yG86aeeDK— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 19, 2019“Right here, I just want to say thank you all, thank all the Spartan Nation. It’s been a really tough time for me and my family, so just all the support, all the love, all the flowers — I really, really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart, me and our family. There’s no better place than this and how you guys just showed how much you cared … my teammates, my coaches, everyone in this building. “I really appreciate you from the bottom of my heart. I lost a piece of my heart, but you guys are keeping me going. I love everything about this place and I really appreciate you guys. So thank you.”Winston accepted a quick hug from coach Tom Izzo, another from sports information director Michael Carey, then draped a towel over his head as he walked to the Breslin locker room.The fans chanted M-V-P as he left. The final score Monday night at the Breslin Center was Michigan State 94, Charleston Southern 46, but it seems accurate to say there are no easy games for these Spartans any longer.Not even two weeks have passed since All-American guard Cassius Winston lost his brother, Zachary, to a train accident near where Zachary attended college and played varsity hoops in Albion, Mich. Zachary Winston was 19.last_img read more

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Ikea US enhances paid parental leave to up to four months

first_imgIkea US has enhanced its paid parental leave policy to offer both salaried and hourly staff up to four months of paid leave.Effective from 1 January 2017, employees who have been with the retail organisation for over a year will be able to take up to three months of paid parental leave, receiving 100% of their base pay for the first six weeks and 50% of their base pay for an additional six weeks.Staff who have worked at Ikea US for three or more years can take up to four months of paid parental leave, receiving 100% of base pay for the first eight weeks and 50% of base pay for a further eight weeks.The enhanced paid parental leave policy is applicable for mothers, fathers, adoptive and foster parents. It will be offered in addition to the six to eight weeks of short-term disability leave, which is available to all employees.Ikea US is implementing the new parental leave policy to ensure that employees have the opportunity to bond with their new child and spend time together as a family.The organisation is also introducing a sabbatical programme for US staff, which aims to enable employees to take time out to refresh and engage in personal and professional growth and development.Lars Petersson, president at Ikea US, said: “We believe time with family and friends is so important for a healthy work-life balance and a happy and productive workforce. This benefit, which applies to all parents, will give our [employees] the opportunity to spend more time with their families when welcoming a child. Our [employees] are our most important resource, which is why we continue to invest in helping them reach their dream.”last_img read more

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