Icaresearch.com offers new fundraising search engine

first_img  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Icaresearch.com is a new search engine that aims to raise funds for charities by sharing a proportion of its income generated through advertising.Visitors to Icaresearch, “the caring search engine”, can view a list of participating charities from their own country based on their computer’s IP (Internet protocol) address. Once they register and pick their charity, every time they click on a sponsored result a minimum of two cents is donated to their charity. Icaresearch say that the amount could be higher as “there is no maximum and it depends on the amount the advertisers pays”. Advertisement Icaresearch.com offers new fundraising search engine The site, set up by Dublin-based Carrazan Ltd, offers a range of tools for users including a search history, and the ability to make notes about sites and save them to named research folders. The site also offers a member get member or “team builder” tool. Registered users can use this to encourage other people to join and use the site. When someone does join as a result of this activity, regardless of the charity they opt to support (they could also be an advertiser), the originating user’s charity receives a percentage of any money their team member generates on the site.Advertisers also get to send one email message to each registered user who clicks on one of their adverts. Icareresearch.com does not however pass on users’ email addresses: the advertiser does not get to see the email addresses to which it is sending the message.Funds are remitted to the participating charities 30 days after the end of the month in which they were generated.Participating charities include Ronald McDonald House Charities, DATA (Debt Aid Trade Africa), CRY (Child Relief and You), Children with Leukaemia, and GiveIndia. Howard Lake | 6 June 2006 | Newscenter_img Tagged with: Digital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Egyptian authorities must stop their attacks on media freedom

first_img EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts January 31, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Egyptian authorities must stop their attacks on media freedom News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Thomas Hughes, Executive Director, Article 19 Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists Kirsty Hughes, Chief Executive, Index on Censorship Christophe Deloire, Secretaire Général, Reporters Without Borders Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News Organisation RSF_en News February 1, 2021 Find out more February 6, 2021 Find out more Leading international media freedom and human rights organisations call on the EU and US to demand Egypt’s authorities drop charges against Al-Jazeera journalists and release those under arrest.Article 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Index on Censorship and Reporters Without Borders today said the Egyptian authorities must stop their attacks on media freedom and freedom of expression. The deteriorating environment for journalists to operate safely and report freely is of grave concern. The deliberate chilling of media freedom and free speech through arrests and criminalisation of legitimate journalism has all the hallmarks of the authoritarian Egypt of the Mubarak era.The organisations call on the leaders of the European Union and the US to demand that Egypt’s authorities immediately release the Al-Jazeera journalists and end their clamp-down on media freedom, free speech and freedom of assembly without delay. The EU and US must support all those standing up for democracy, human rights and media freedom in Egypt.Egyptian prosecutors have said that 20 journalists face charges though only 8 are currently under arrest. Four of these are believed to be foreigners and the other 12 said to be Egyptians. Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Follow the news on Egypt Help by sharing this information to go further Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

HRock Church: The Power of Blessing

first_img Top of the News Community News Community News 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Faith Essays & Inspirations HRock Church: The Power of Blessing By PASTOR CHE AHN, HROCK CHURCH Published on Monday, January 13, 2014 | 11:35 am Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty7 Things A Man Will Do Only If He Really Loves YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS As a young black child living in inner-city Detroit, Ben Carson looked like an early failure just waiting to happen. His parents divorced when he was 8, and he reacted to the loss of his father by becoming angry and aggressive. He had a violent temper and frequently assaulted his peers at the slightest provocation. He lost interest in school and by the time he was in 4th grade, he was at the bottom of his class.As a single parent with little education and no real employment skills, Ben’s mother worked 2 and 3 jobs just to make ends meet. Often this meant she was away from home from 5 AM to 11 PM, and Ben would go days at a time without seeing her. Ben’s clothing was from the Goodwill and his classmates teased him, which was a constant source of embarrassment.Ben seemed to be on the fast track to becoming a school dropout and getting involved with substance abuse and/or gang membership. But Ben had a powerful advantage that many children in his position lack. Ben’s mother believed in her son and had positive expectations for him. She limited his television time, made his outdoor play contingent upon completing homework first, and required him to read two library books each week and write a written book report.Ben would have absolutely rebelled at this regimen, but his mother did one more all-important thing. She constantly encouraged him and praised his efforts, frequently reminding him that he could become anything he chose to work for. She was convinced he would go far. She displayed interest in the books he read, and scrutinized his written reports carefully.Spurred on by his mother’s approval, Ben began to love reading and the world of knowledge it opened to him. By the end of the 5th grade he was at the top of his class, amazing his teachers. He graduated with top honors from high school, attended Yale, then medical school, and became the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins at the young age of 33. In 1987 he gained international acclaim by being the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate 8-month-old twins joined at the head.Ben Carson’s story is more than just a heartwarming tale. It is a striking example of the power of blessing in the life and destiny of a person. Ben’s mother continually planted positive words about him in his mind and heart. The power of her blessing opened the doors of a great destiny for him.About now you may be thinking “I wish I had someone like that at my back. Someone who really believed in me and encouraged me.” I have good news for you. Father God totally believes in you and wants you to have a great destiny. Psalm 21 assures us, “You (Father God) have given him his heart’s desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips, for you meet him with rich blessings. You make him most blessed forever. You make him glad with the joy of your presence.”As you begin 2014, keep your mind and heart focused on Father God’s many blessings to you. Remember that He is totally for you and as the apostle Paul put it, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)Please join us this Sunday at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. I’m beginning a new series entitled The Power of Blessing. This Sunday my message is entitled, “The 10 Decrees of Blessing, part I”. We will corporately begin to decree God’s promises over your life in this New Year.Pastor CheHRock Church, 131 S. St. John Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 794-1199 or visit www.hrockchurch.com. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Protest planned in Limerick after Irish Cement given green light to…

first_imgLimerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Minister asked to review need for more incinerators in Limerick Print Facebook Twitter NewsEnvironmentProtest planned in Limerick after Irish Cement given green light to burn alternative fuelsBy David Raleigh – September 20, 2019 1043 WhatsApp Linkedin Email Opponents of Irish Cement’s incinerator plan taking part in a protest march in 2018 in Limerick.Photo: Cian ReinhardtA protest march is to take place in Limerick next month after controversial plans by Irish Cement Limited to burn alternative fuels, including used tyres, were given the green light by the EPA, subject to conditions and appeal process.There was a widespread shock this Thursday when residents, politicians, and groups opposed to the company’s licence application, received confirmation that the Environmental Protection Agency were allowing the €10m project proceed, subject to a 28-day appeal process.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Claire Keating, a local resident, and spokeswoman with Limerick Against Pollution (LAP),  said she was “shocked” and “extremely disappointed” the decision.Ms Keating said “4,400 objections” were lodged against the plans.“We will be pursuing lots of avenues to stop this. We definitely will be launching an appeal, and we plan on requesting an oral hearing. We are also seeking legal advice, and we have been onto MEPS in Europe too.”“A protest march is planned to take place at City Hall (Limerick) on the 5th of October. We are not going to give up,” Ms Keating explained.The deadline for objections to be submitted against Irish Cement’s proposal is October 15th.Fianna Fáil Councillor James Collins, said it was a “hugely disappointing decision” which he claimed “will damage public health and Limerick’s reputation as a clean, green city”.Cllr Collins said the area where waste will be burned is “adjacent to a public park, four schools”.The EPA’s “Proposed Determination” on Irish Cement’s application “provides for the acceptance of non-hazardous waste materials to be used as alternative fuels and raw materials, up to a maximum of 90,000 tonnes per annum”.The EPA said there were “more than 100 individual conditions relating to the environmental management, operation, control and monitoring of the installation”.It added it was “satisfied that the emissions from the installation when operated in accordance with the conditions of the proposed licence will meet all required environmental protection standards and will not endanger human health or harm the environment in the vicinity of the installation or over a wider area”.Sinn Fein TD, Maurice Quinlivan said he was “appalled”, and added, “this is a toxic decision by the Environmental Protection Agency”.Welcoming the EPA’s decision, a spokesman for Irish Cement the company “will study the details of the proposed licence before making any further comment”.The EPA’s decision follows a decision in April 2018, by An Bord Pleanala to grant permission for the replacement of fossil fuels at Irish Cement’s production plants in Limerick and at Platin, Co Meath, which were both opposed by environmental groups.Limerick City and County Council had initially granted the company permission to go ahead with its plans.Last December Irish Cement pleaded guilty before Limerick District Court in a Prosecutions brought by the EPA, to breaching the terms of its industrial emissions licence at its Limerick plant and received a €4,000 fine.The court heard a thick “glue-like” dust leaked from its production plant, causing damage to nearby homes, cars and gardens.At the time, Irish Cement had three previous convictions for similar breaches of its industrial licence, including two in July, 2018 and one in 2007.center_img Previous articleNew music from Paddy MulcahyNext articleLeon’s Lifeline getting set for Fundraising Demo with Rachel Allen David Raleigh Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Advertisement TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSEnvironmentIrish CementLimerick City and CountyNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Kerala High Court Grants Pre-Arrest Bail To 3 Women Accused Of Assaulting YouTuber Over Vulgar Comments

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala High Court Grants Pre-Arrest Bail To 3 Women Accused Of Assaulting YouTuber Over Vulgar Comments LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 Nov 2020 9:48 PMShare This – xThe High Court of Kerala on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to famous dubbing artist Bhagyalakshmi and feminist activists Diya Sana and Sreelakshmi Arackal who are accused of assaulting and abusing a YouTuber over a derogatory video.Pronouncing the order on the bail application jointly filed by the three women, a single bench of Justice Ashok Menon stated that in the event of their arrest…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe High Court of Kerala on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to famous dubbing artist Bhagyalakshmi and feminist activists Diya Sana and Sreelakshmi Arackal who are accused of assaulting and abusing a YouTuber over a derogatory video.Pronouncing the order on the bail application jointly filed by the three women, a single bench of Justice Ashok Menon stated that in the event of their arrest they should be released on bail on furnishing sureties and complying with the conditions as specified in the order. The reasons for allowing bail and the conditions imposed will be known when the complete copy of the order is available.While reserving orders on the bail applications on October 23, the judge had orally remarked that vigilantism cannot be encouraged.”Not proper to take law into your hands even if the other person has said the nastiest of things”, Justice Menon had told the lawyer of the applicants.The lawyer for the accused, Advocate K P Jayachandran, had submitted that the non-bailable provisions mentioned in the FIR – Section 452 (house-trespass with preparation for assault) and 392(robbery) of the Indian Penal Code – are not attracted to the case.He had submitted that the accused women went to the lodge room of YouTuber Vijay P. Nair at his invitation for a negotiation talk regarding the objectionable video. So, there was no occasion to invoke the offence of trespass with preparation for assault. As regards the allegation of theft of laptop and mobile phone belonging to Vijay Nair, the lawyer had submitted that the women took them from his possession to hand them over to the police. Therefore, there was no dishonest intention to attract Section 392.The lawyer also had mentioned that following the incident, the Kerala government decided to bring in an ordinance to deal with cyberattacks against women.Mr. Suman Chakravarthy, the public prosecutor, had submitted that the accused women had posted incriminating videos of their assault on the complainant. Granting them bail will send a wrong message to the society, submitted the prosecutor. He demanded that the accused should surrender and cooperate with the criminal investigation.”Probably they did not have faith in the police and decided to do it themselves. That also needs to be taken into consideration”, Justice Menon had told the Public Prosecutor.Justice Menon also told the applicant’s lawyer in a lighter vein:”If you are bold enough to go and beat up a man, why are you afraid of facing the consequences? Why are you shy about appearing before the police or going to jail?”The bench had observed that there was no “dishonest intention” behind the taking away of the laptop and the mobile phone of the complainant as the accused handed them over to the police the same day.The bench had also noted that the custodial interrogation of the accused may not be necessary and no recovery is also sought to be made from them. There was also doubt regarding the application of Section 452 IPC to the case, the judge added.”But vigilantism cannot be encouraged”, Justice Menon had said while reserving orders for October 30.Earlier, the Additional Sessions Court, Thiruvananthapuram, had dismissed their anticipatory bail application, after observing that granting bail “would give a wrong message to the society that anybody can resort to such vandalism so as to oppress their opponents””A civilized society is expected to obey the rule of law of the country so as to maintain peace, law and order and any attack to the said fabric is actionable and cannot be viewed lightly. No one can take law into their hands on the strength of man power or muscle power”, observed the court below.The case relates to the attack made by the three accused against one Vijay P Nair, a YouTuber with a considerable number of followers, who is known for making derogatory and obscene videos about women.The attack happened on September 26, when the accused barged into the office of Vijay Nair and slapped him, abused him, and poured black oil on his face for making vulgar comments against one of them in particular and ‘feminists’ in general. They also live-streamed the visuals of the attack via Facebook Live. The women said that they were constrained to resort to the drastic step as the complaint filed before police against Vijay Nair’s video failed to elicit any response.The videos of the attack became viral sparking off intense debates in social media over the correctness of their response.After the attack, the women were booked by Thampanoor police on a complaint by Vijay Nair under IPC Sections 452 (House-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 294 B (sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 392 (punishment for robbery), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention of the Indian Penal code).Vijay Nair was also arrested in another FIR for offences under the Information Technology Act, 2000, for posting obscene videos and is under custody at present.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Retirement celebration to be held Saturday

first_img “We will toast and roast Coach Grant and also have an open mike for anyone who has a Wayne Grant story they would like to share,” said Gentry Hassett, an organizer of the event, which is sponsored by the Brundidge Business Association, the City of Brundidge and faithful fans of Wayne Grant.“Wayne did a lot for our community,” said Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage. “He put Brundidge on the map. Everywhere I go people say, ‘Pike County High School is where they win all those state championships.’”During his tenure at PCHS, Grant had 10 seasons with 10 or more wins, his teams made 17 post season appearances, won 10 region championships, 11 quarter-final games, five semi-final games and five state championships. He had an overall coaching record of 218-93 and was name Coach of the Year nine times. You Might Like FBC to host conference ANNA GREEN First Baptist Church will host a conference on grace titled “Deeper Encounter ’09,” this Friday, Saturday and Sunday…. read more Wright said his first impression of Grant was that he ambitious and aggressive and he also had been an excellent student in college and had a coaching background.“I thought that he would be a good teacher,” Wright said.“The night after his interview I was talking with my dad. I told him that I had interview a young man that I thought I was going to hire. He asked me if that was ‘Paul’ Grant and I told him that it was.“Wayne had worked for my dad in buildings and grounds at Troy State. He said Wayne was one of the hardest working people he had ever seen in his life. He said, ‘Hire him.’Wayne came on the recommendation of my dad. I, also, found him to be one of the hardest working people I have ever known. He is an excellent teacher and coach. He was one of those really good people who came along during my time as principal.”The open mike at Grant’s retirement celebration will be an opportunity for others to share their stories about the “Pride of Pike” coach. Everyone is invited to the program. Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The city of Brundidge will roll out the red carpet Saturday night in celebration of the retirement of Wayne Grant and in appreciation for his longtime dedication to education and athletics at Pike County High School.The retirement celebration will be at 6:30 p.m. at Brundidge Station and the public is invited.There is no charge but everyone is invited to bring their favorite “Wayne Grant” story. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Retirement celebration to be held Saturday By Jaine Treadwell Published 11:02 pm Thursday, February 5, 2009 Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson But it was not just Grant’s ability to win on the football field that distinguished him.“Wayne is an excellent teacher on and off the field,” Ramage said. “I don’t know of a better science teacher anywhere. His students have been successful in many different careers. Wayne set the bar extremely high in the classroom and on the football field and he expected his students to reach it. He was an excellent role model. His time at PCHS was an exciting time. The success on the football field spilled over into all the school and the self-esteem of our students heightened and so did pride in their school.”Dr. Johnny Wright, former PCHS principal, hired Grant to teach and coach at Pike County High School in the early 1980s and he did so with great expectations.“I’m not surprised by Coach Grant’s success on the football field or his ability to motivate students to achieve at a high level,” Wright said. “I expected that he would do that.” Print Article Latest Storieslast_img read more

Council Honors Roy Gillian on 90th Birthday

first_imgBy MADDY VITALERoy Gillian has dedicated his life to Ocean City. He followed in his father’s footsteps in the amusement park business and created the iconic Gillian’s Wonderland Pier at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk. And throughout his lifetime he has served on many boards and organizations.So, for his 90th birthday, which was on Nov. 25, his son, Mayor Jay Gillian, City Council and the administration thought they should do a little something for him.Council passed a resolution at its meeting Tuesday night naming Nov. 25, 2019, as “Roy Gillian Day.”“For his 90th birthday, what do you get him?” the mayor asked with a laugh.Though Roy Gillian and his wife, Patricia, did not attend the meeting, he told his son he was very honored.“He was very appreciative, humbled and happy,” the mayor said.Among the ways Roy Gillian has served, he was a city commissioner, Ocean City mayor and Cape May County freeholder.The proclamation outlined his service to the community, but the first sentences summed up the reason he was honored.“Roy Gillian’s name is synonymous with the Boardwalk amusements that have entertained generations of residents and guests in “America’s Greatest Family Resort”‘ the proclamation says.Father and son Roy and Jay Gillian have both taken turns serving as Ocean City’s mayor. (Courtesy Gillian’s Wonderland Pier)In other business, Council adopted an ordinance to create the Department of Operations and Engineering and named Vince Bekier as the director.The department combines the operations of the Department of Community Development and the Department of Public Works.Bekier had been the director of Community Development.Councilman Bob Barr said, “I want to congratulate Vince. I know you do a good job and I wish you well.”Bekier said after the meeting that he is looking forward to the new position.In another matter, Charles and Jane Deal, of Central Avenue, addressed the Council members and asked them to review the parking issues throughout town due to dense housing.“We have a parking problem in Ocean City and one of the problems is traffic,” said Charles Deal. “So, they park on the ends of the corners and when people can’t see we have accidents and it is becoming worse.”Jane Deal added, “As my husband expressed, the parking is really dire. My husband and I own two cars.”She noted that because of the parking issues, they worry when they take their six grandchildren down the street or alleyways because of fears a motorist may not see them.In a letter they provided to the public and to Council, the Deals said, “The reason I’m contacting you is because I’ve been made aware of a new building code. It allows extra habitable stories of living space and does not account for the impact on parking.”Wearing a sign that warns of the dangers of chemical pesticides, environmental advocate Donna Moore addresses City Council during a previous meeting.Also Tuesday, there was a discussion by local resident and environmental advocate Donna Moore about the dangers of pesticides getting into the waterways.She noted that because of flooding in Ocean City, pesticides can get swept into the water system. She also said homeowners should consider eco-friendly pesticide treatments.Councilwoman Karen Bergman said Moore raised some good points about the dangers of pesticides and that it is important that homeowners are educated.Bergman said, “Thank you for bringing that to our attention.” Mayor Jay Gillian listens as City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson reads the proclamation honoring Roy Gillian.last_img read more


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Face to face with Larry Blagg

first_imgQ Tell me about your own background.A I was born in St Louis in the middle of the USA and grew up in Ohio, which is in the mid-West. I’ve only come to California since my involvement in the raisin industry.I spent 23 years living in Tokyo, Japan. I actually went over there to start a frozen food company for Heinz. We were a chip manufacturer and introduced the Japanese to the wonderful world of fast food.I then set up my own company and was the only non-Japanese person working there. But the good news is that I was one of the two owners, so they could not kick me out. I have always struggled with Japanese. I can speak a little bit, but that’s all.My 16-year-old is struggling with the language right now; she is half-Japanese and she has grown up with the language, but you have to learn 1,600 Japanese and 1,800 Chinese characters to get your high school diploma.It is an interesting country, housing 126 million people in a small space. Q What does your day-to-day job involve?A I am mostly a paperwork guy or I am busy attending trade shows and visiting overseas markets. I have spent some time with the growers in the harvest season and have gone out and picked grapes.You really need to get involved so that you can understand the process completely. It makes you appreciate how hard a task it is. Q What is the freight system like in the US?A The train and track system in the US is very under-developed. We are not big on public transportation in this country, it’s just too much of that independent spirit, I guess.We have a very well developed road system. Part of the excuse I give for gaining weight since I got back is that I never walk any more! I never have reason to.All the raisins produced in the US are within 60 miles of Fresno, and are moved by truck. We ship overseas in rail cars and containerised freight.One of the joys of living in California is that there’s an amazing array of fresh produce. Twenty-five per cent of the US’ fruit and vegetable crops are grown in the San Joaquin Valley. Q What are the issues facing raisin growers in America?A Because our harvest is essentially driven by temporary labour, it is quite difficult to ensure that we have a constant labour supply. There’s an element in the US that wants to shut the borders to immigrant labour, and that’s not going to help the progress of California or any other state.We are really hoping that the government will come up with a guest worker programme, as in many other countries, but the signs are not good.Our US congress has just voted to build a 700-mile wall between Mexico and the US. They have funded enough to start it, but I don’t know if they have enough money to finish it.We have enough things to spend money on, I don’t know if that one is my idea of a great thing. Q California must be a real contrast to JapanA I love the space of California. I like being able to get out and drive around freely; the average speed on the expressway around Tokyo from 8am to 8pm is around 12 miles an hour.I made up my mind several years ago that, if I was going to retire, I would like to retire here. The climate is good; we very rarely have snow and I grew up in very heavy snow country, so I have no intention of going back.I am 61 at the moment. Retirement age was 65 in America but is now moving towards 70. I don’t know when I will retire. I like what I’m doing and, as long as I am contributing, I will continue to do so.center_img Q How have you enjoyed the first year in your new job?A There’s an awful lot to do! It has been great fun and the last year has been incredible.We are spending money in areas that we feel will return benefit to our growers and our industry. We have been out of proportion with our spending, putting a lot more money into bakery.Bakery and confectionery, snacking and dairy are four areas to which I want to devote more attention. We previously had a campaign here in America, called ’Look Who’s Cooking’, that was focused almost 100% behind foodservice.But the foodservice industry only represents about 15% of the total value of raisin sales; bakery is about 34% of the business, so we are now focusing on that much more.That’s for the USA. In other parts of the world, it really depends on the infrastructure. Q What are the trends in raisins at the moment?A We are getting requests for flavoured raisins and, over time, that’s something that will become more popular. But, as of right now, it’s still a small portion of the business.They have mostly been infusing some natural flavour from some of the higher-cost fruit, so that they can help cut the overall cost of the finished bakery product.We are now getting requests for savoury and have heard that cinnamon would be a popular flavour, so I am hoping that we can get one of our producers to put that together. It would be useful for cinnamon raisin rolls. Q Where do you see California Raisins expanding in the next few years?A We just opened an office in South Korea. We had an office 10 years ago, but it was closed. The market is getting stronger, so we think it makes sense to put more effort there.China is also a source of new business for us; it is very underdeveloped at the moment. In terms of developing into any other new countries, we don’t see that happening in the next three years.The first estimate for this year’s harvest was 259,000 tonnes, but that estimate is done before the crop is fully off the vine. A final estimate will be given in January. In 2005, the crop was fairly decent, at 310,000 tonnes.We want to find ways of using raisins in value-added products. We are interested in selling to the fast food market.One of our processors, Sun-Maid, is selling food to Subway and your Jamie Oliver has also helped us; we are making a serious effort for sensible foods for school lunch programmes.We were pleased to see that one of the bakers in the UK is taking a quarter cup of raisins for each muffin, making it a portion of fruit. We are trying to do the same thing here now.last_img read more

Vermont Aerospace and Aviation Association to hold open house October 1

first_imgThe Vermont Aerospace and Aviation Association (VAAA), a division of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce will hold an Open House on Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems Facility in Vergennes. Hear from business leaders in the aerospace and aviation industry. Guest speakers will include Lt. Governor Brian Dubie, Gary Lownsdale, Plasan Carbon Composites; Tom Cooley, Plasan North America; Bill Berg, Vermont Composites, Mike Allocca, Allocca Enterprises; and Linda Rossi, Vermont Small Business Development Center.Composite manufacturing companies in Vermont collectively employ approximately 3,500 Vermonters.  Plasan North America, located in Bennington, Vermont just received a new Pentagon contract that allows the company to hire up to 300 new workers at its Vermont-based facility. Under this contract, Plasan will manufacture armor for military all-terrain vehicles to be used in the Afghanistan War. Of the 300 Vermont jobs, up to 200 of those will be created at Plasan North America in Bennington with the remaining 100 positions to be handled by subcontractors.“VAAA Open House events provide companies and manufacturers with access to key decision makers and opportunities to network for tangible connections and business,” noted Chris Carrigan, Vice President of Business Development at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The VAAA is managed by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce; it was established in an effort to promote and grow aerospace and aviation in the Green Mountain State.  Quarterly networking meetings are held at aviation and aerospace-related facilities around the state to provide important updates and information on resources and networking opportunities.This event is open to the public however, everyone that attends must pre-register for security clearance given that it’s being held at Goodrich. Also, members of the media must notify the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in advance if you wish to attend this event. Please email the name(s) of reporters and photographers wishing to attend to [email protected](link sends e-mail) by Thursday, October 1 at 10 am. Media representatives should arrive by 2:30 to be checked in through security. Please note that there will be a tour of the facility during the Open House. No cameras or video cameras will be permitted along the tour.Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009 Time: 3 – 5 p.m. Location: Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems Facility, Vergennes, VTlast_img read more