Easyfundraising passes £4m in donations mark

first_img 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. Howard Lake | 3 November 2012 | News  37 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Online shopping site easyfundraising.org.uk has now generated over £4 million in donations for charities and good causes in the UK.The site lets people shop online for everyday items and generate affiliate commission on sales, at no extra cost to them, which is then passed to their favourite charity. Purchases via the site typically generate 5% of the value of each sale as a donation.There are now over 2,000 retail partners on easyfundraising.org.uk, including Amazon, John Lewis, Argos, Body Shop, Tesco, eBay, M&S, and Debenhams. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Tagged with: Research / statistics Trading Over 35,000 good causes have benefited from individuals shopping via easyfundraising, including schools, sports clubs, charities, churches and community groups. Nearly 500,000 individuals have registered to use the site.The site was developed in 2005 by Ian Woodroffe, who, while recovering from a serious illness, received help from a number of charities. Although he couldn’t work, he wanted to be able to help these and other charities, and created easyfundraising.org.uk as a result.Recent enhancements include the free to download Find and Remind tool which easyfundraising say helps supporters raise up to five times more.Managing Director Gary Thompson said: “We are delighted that we have been able to provide causes across the UK with an opportunity to raise so much for free, simply by shopping online. This year has been our biggest year yet. It only seems like five minutes ago we were celebrating passing the £3 million mark, which we did earlier this year!”He said he is confident that, with billions being spent online each year, that far more can be raised for charities using the model.www.easyfundraising.org.uk Easyfundraising passes £4m in donations marklast_img read more

Saoirse strikes to save the planet

first_imgNewsCommunityEnvironmentLocal NewsSaoirse strikes to save the planetBy Bernie English – March 7, 2019 3854 Advertisement Linkedin Print Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Previous articleLimerick farmers told not to confront trespassersNext articleWatch: The Cranberries release animated video for ‘All Over Now’ Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. center_img Saoirse Exton protesting outside the Limerick 2030 offices last Friday.A THIRTEEN-year-old Limerick schoolgirl who is deeply concerned about the environment is staging a series of strikes from school as part of the international ‘Fridays for Future’ action on climate change.Saoirse Exton was inspired by Swedish teenager, Greta Sundberg, who started the action. The young Limerick activist is now calling on local students, children and adults to join her in marking the world days of school strike for climate change action on March 15.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A student at Gaelchoilaiste Luimnigh, Saoirse spent last Friday with a fellow student outside the Limerick 2030 office on O’Connell Street with posters calling for climate action and she intends to do the same this Friday.“I was nervous at first but the people were so lovely to us – bringing us hot drinks and chocolate. It started to be fun, talking to people about climate change and the environment”.The first year student, who lives in O’Brien’s Bridge, said she knew that action was needed on climate change “but I didn’t really let myself think about how bad it was. I didn’t face my fears until now”.Inspired by the Swedish schoolgirl’s action, Saoirse began intensely reading into the subject.“I’ve always tried to keep up with environmental news through the BBC and I read the Guardian. I think a lot of people are like me, they just haven’t realised yet how serious this is”.Saoirse saw videos and heard speeches by Greta Sundberg and joined Fridays for Future Ireland.Having become something of a celebrity, Saoirse said many of the Limerick councillors came to talk to her and offer support.“There were TDs as well – Maurice Quinliven and Jan O’Sullivan. They were very supportive”.Her school has not disciplined her for skipping school to stage her protest.“I didn’t actually say anything in advance of the first day but my principal asked me how Friday went. I did get a friend to bring the homework so I could get that done,” she said.This Friday and next Friday morning, Saoirse will be outside the 2030 offices again but on Friday, March 15, she will be in Arthurs Quay Park at 1pm and hopes for a big turn out in support of her protest, which will move from the park to City Hall for a rally.“I would love for adults, schoolchildren – everyone who can to join me. We need people to get action,” she said. Twitter WhatsApp Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Limerick on Covid watch list TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! TAGSCommunityEnvironmentLimerick City and CountyNews Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

France’s Sanofi to help rival Pfizer-BioNTech make vaccines

first_imgLocal NewsBusinessWorld News Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 27, 2021 Twitter Previous articleGlobal Smart Parking Market by Type, Application, End-user, Region and Company – Forecast to 2027 – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleGeorgia refuses to reveal where new virus strain is lurking Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img TAGS  PARIS (AP) — In an unusual and potentially groundbreaking decision, French drugmaker Sanofi said Wednesday it will help bottle and package 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by its rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. The announcement came as delays or production problems for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and a vaccine from Britain’s AstraZeneca have caused political uproar across the European Union. The EU’s 27-nation vaccination effort has struggled to pick up steam, while more contagious virus variants are spreading fast and COVID-19 deaths are surging anew. Sanofi’s Frankfurt facilities will help with late-stage production of vaccines prepared by Germany-based BioNTech, including bottling and packaging, starting in the summer, according to a Sanofi official. Sanofi did not reveal financial details of the agreement. According to Thomas Cueni, director of the International Federation of Vaccine Manufacturers, 76% of the world’s major vaccine manufacturing capacity is in Europe. The French government has pressed Sanofi to use its facilities to help make vaccines from its rivals, given the high demand and supply problems. “We are very conscious that the earlier vaccine doses are available, the more lives can potentially be saved,” Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson said in a statement. The deal was announced amid national soul-searching about the failure of French pharmaceutical heavyweights Sanofi and the Pasteur Institute to produce a COVID-19 vaccine so far, and after Sanofi faced a recent strike by French unions over job cuts. European Union regulators so far have approved using the vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. The EU regulatory agency is scheduled Friday to consider approval for the vaccine made by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. Sanofi is still pushing ahead with its own COVID-19 vaccine efforts, including a much-awaited candidate developed with British partner GlaxoSmithKline. Sanofi said they will start a new phase-2 trial next month. The two companies said last month that their vaccine won’t be ready until late 2021 because the shot’s effectiveness in older people needed to be improved. Producing the huge volume of vaccines needed at short notice has been a challenge for drugmakers around the world, but sharing vaccine production from one company to another is challenging. The multiple types of COVID-19 vaccines being used in different countries require different technologies, raw materials, equipment and expertise. ——— AP Medical Writer Maria Cheng contributed. ——— Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak WhatsApp Twitter Facebook France’s Sanofi to help rival Pfizer-BioNTech make vaccineslast_img read more

Did Affordable Housing Performance Meet its Goals?

first_img Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Nicole Casperson Previous: Rates, Incomes Inch Housing Affordability Upward Next: The Numbers Don’t Lie: Tracking Nationwide Mortgage Delinquency October 30, 2017 1,060 Views Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: HOUSING mortgage Did Affordable Housing Performance Meet its Goals? in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines Home / Daily Dose / Did Affordable Housing Performance Meet its Goals? Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] HOUSING mortgage 2017-10-30 Nicole Casperson Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago On Monday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its Annual Housing Report, reporting data on the affordable housing activities of the enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, during 2016.Based on Fannie Mae’s single-family housing goals and performance results for 2016, according to the FHFA, Fannie Mae achieved the single-family low-income home purchase goal and the low-income areas home purchase goal. In addition, Fannie reached its sub-goal for 2016. However, the enterprise failed to meet the very low-income home purchase goal and the low-income refinance goal for 2016.Conversely, FHFA determined that Freddie Mac achieved all of the single-family goals for 2016.Overall, Fannie Mae’s total business volume in 2016 was $637.4 billion. As a result, the total affordable housing allocation transferred was $268 million, the report noted. Meanwhile, Freddie Mac’s total business volume in 2016 was $445.7 billion and the total affordable housing allocation transferred was $187.1 million.Combined, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac acquired $976.4 billion of single-family loans in 2016, an increase of about 18 percent from the $825.6 billion in single-family loans the enterprises acquired in 2015—excluding second liens and reverse mortgages. Additionally, “these totals include loans that collateralize mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by either enterprise and loans purchased for cash,” according to the FHFA.When it comes to fully amortizing fixed-rate mortgages, it accounted for 98.4 percent of combined acquisitions—an increase from last year. In 2016, amortizing hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages accounted for 1.57 percent acquisitions, a decrease from 2.78 percent in 2015.For 2016, the combined share of loans with loan-to-value ratios above 95 percent increased from 1.23 percent in 2015 to 1.85 percent in 2016 for Fannie and Freddie. Mortgages with loan-to-value ratios of 80 percent or below increased to 73.54 percent of loans acquired in 2016.There was some change in the distribution of the borrower credit (FICO) scores of single-family mortgages in this report. “The share of loans with credit scores below 620 fell slightly from 0.66 percent in 2015 to 0.45 percent in 2016,” the report noted. Meanwhile, “mortgages with credit scores between 620 and 659 fell from 4.07 percent of loans acquired in 2015 to 3.75 percent of loans acquired in 2016.”The report includes a breakdown of the single-family mortgage product-types purchased by each enterprise, as well as information on mortgage payment type, loan-to-value ratios, and credit scores for 2016.To view the full report, click here. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Robberies and drugs use are major Finn Valley concerns

first_imgNewsx Adverts Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Robberies and drugs use are major Finn Valley concerns WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleCalls for Garda investigation in to Greencastle Harbour claimsNext articleGardai investigate Letterkenny armed robbery News Highland Pinterest By News Highland – May 23, 2011 Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry An increase in robberies, concern for property and increased drug use are the main issues concerning the people of the Finn Valley area.That is according to Independent Donegal South West Deputy Thomas pringle who was speaking after a ‘Community Consultation’ meeting held in the Finn Valley at the weekend.This is the first in a monthly series of meetings the Deputy will have across the constituency, he says it will allow him to increase the public ties to the Dail.Deputy Pringle says a community and policing response is required in addressing concerns in the Finn Valley:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/prinfinn.mp3[/podcast] Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

Have International Relations Overshadowed Principles Of International Law?

first_imgColumnsHave International Relations Overshadowed Principles Of International Law? Nirmalkumar Mohandoss19 Oct 2020 9:45 PMShare This – xApart from the global pandemic, the year 2020 has also marked important developments in the areas of international law and international relations. Currently, the conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces looms large as international powers like Russia and Turkey have started showing interest in the dispute. Just about a few months back, a hand-to-hand skirmish between Chinese…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?LoginApart from the global pandemic, the year 2020 has also marked important developments in the areas of international law and international relations. Currently, the conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces looms large as international powers like Russia and Turkey have started showing interest in the dispute. Just about a few months back, a hand-to-hand skirmish between Chinese and Indian troops at the Galwan valley resulted in a few casualties despite mutual commitments. The disengagement process has still not calmed down the situation. Israel’s west bank occupation, trade war between the US & China and the South China Sea conflict are a few other recent international disputes to mention. Earlier this year, US forces killed Iran’s quds forces commander Soleimani inside Iraq while President Trump also daringly asserted that his forces will bombard Iranian cultural sites, which if done would amount to a war crime. Such a declaration was in direct breach of several principles of international law. For instance, the Hague convention insists “all necessary steps” for the protection of “buildings dedicated to religion, art, science or charitable purposes, historic monuments, hospitals and places where the sick and wounded are collected, provided they are not being used at the time for military purposes”. The 1977 Additional Protocol 1 to the 1949 Geneva Conventions condemns “any acts of hostility directed against the historic monuments, works of art or places of worship which constitute the cultural or spiritual heritage of peoples”. Iran quickly attacked certain Iraqi military establishments by drones killing about 80 people. Caught between Iran and the US, was Iraq – a sovereign State with exclusive territorial jurisdiction. Though the Iraqi lawmakers passed resolutions seeking withdrawal of US forces from their territory, this was responded with threats from the US in conflict with the observations in the Lotus case [P.C.L.J., Series A, No. 10 (1927), pp68, 88] that: ‘It is an admitted principle of international law that a nation possesses and exercises within its own territory an absolute and exclusive jurisdiction and that any exception to this right must be traced to the consent of the nation, either express or implied’. According to Article 2(4) of the UN charter, ‘All member States shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force, against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.’ Interestingly, this provision has often been observed in breach than in compliance, particularly when powerful States like the US are involved. This conflict has direct relations to the Syrian civil war as the Soleimani led Quds force is one of the armed groups supporting the Syrian State. A close look at the Syrian civil war reveals that it is not a symmetric battle between the Syrian State and a non-State armed group but there are several belligerent groups and sovereign powers like the US, Russia, Iran, Iraq & Saudi Arabia involved as a culmination of proxy war between competing interests. The Syrian crisis unfortunately resulted in death and despair of hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians leaving several of them orphans, homeless, injured and even Stateless. The Syrian refugee crisis was, for a few years, a major factor affecting International relations in parts of Europe and America. Many European States like Hungary closed their borders in order to restrain desperate Syrian refugees fleeing their home in order to save their lives. Though Germany took several of them, the State had at several points of time conveyed its difficulty in taking refugees in such large numbers. But has international law failed the innocent civilians who have been losing their lives and properties over several years serving the interests of international powers? Though international law has a sophisticated framework on laws of war/armed conflict and the 1951 Convention relating to status of refugees to address the impending issues, little could such framework do to find a lasting solution to the international conflicts. This revives the age old question whether International law is a law, at all? Unlike municipal laws, where institutions are run by independent officers appointed subject to prescribed qualifications, for a fixed tenure and salary, powerful international institutions like the United Nations Security Council are run by Sovereign States whose primary objective in dealing with international issues is ‘Security of their State’ and ‘Welfare of their subjects’ and therefore there is patent bias in the institutions’ actions. For instance, the Chilcot report of 2016 found Tony Blair responsible for the “unfound” Iraq war during 2003-2008. If the report implied anything, the blame should have been equally shared by Bush’s US administration. Blair was only a part of the US war against Iraq. Parallels of the Iraq war could be drawn from the Nuremburg trial that indicted the criminals of World War II. In December 2001, Blair had written to Bush that “it would be excellent to get rid of Saddam..an extremely clever plan be required.” The Nuremberg trial decision had clearly held that “to plan or instigate an aggressive war is a crime under the principles of international law”. When several persons alleged of war crime during World War II defended themselves that they had only “executed the orders of superior officers”, the Nuremburg decision answered that “the test is..whether the moral choice in executing the (order) was possible” . Whereas in the Iraqi case, the masters, Bush and Blair themselves, entered into the war without making a ‘moral choice’. But an International Criminal Trial could never be possible against the masterminds behind the Iraqi war. The International Criminal Court (ICC) established under the Rome Statute may exercise jurisdiction in a situation where genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes were committed on or after 1 July 2002 and a) the crimes were committed by a State Party national, or in the territory of a State Party, or in a State that has accepted the jurisdiction of the Court; or b) the crimes were referred to the ICC by the United Nations Security Council. According to the ICC’s statement, the United Kingdom deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute on 4 October 2001 and may therefore exercise its jurisdiction over Rome Statute crimes committed on the territory or by nationals of the United Kingdom as of 1 July 2002. But the ICC does not have a police force or enforcement agency of its own and it largely relies upon the “co-operation extended by States”. Even the International Criminal Court is intended to only complement but not to replace, national criminal systems; it prosecutes cases only when “States do not or are unwilling or unable to do so genuinely.” These are only among many other examples of International relations overshadowing International law include inability to try Sri Lanka for war crimes & ethnic cleansing during the IV Eelam War due to Chinese influence; India’s infringement of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty in Operation Poomalai; East Pakistan refugee crisis etc that are relevant in the Indian context. International law has not been able to solve decades old problems like Palestine because International relations have not permitted it to. Only comprehensive international legal reforms can help save the lives of innocent civilians and the territorial integrity of sovereign States putting end to international conflicts. Leaders of Jawaharlal Nehru’s stature from the third world should emerge again to initiate such a process.Views are personal only.(Author is an Advocate practicing at the Madras High Court) Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Several Projects Under Vectren’s Electric Grid Modernization Plan Underway

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Crews working for Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana – South (Vectren) are ramping up efforts to begin  nearly 60 projects – investments of approximately $12 million – to be completed by the end of this year as part of the Smart Energy Future strategy, which includes the recently approved electric grid modernization plan. Projects aimed at upgrading Vectren’s electric infrastructure to ensure the energy company can maintain the reliability customers have come to expect will take place throughout the southwestern territory.Over the next few months, many projects benefitting a large number of customers will be completed. While we will attempt to keep disruption to a minimum, Vectren will communicate awareness of the projects benefiting its many customers and help customers understand any potential interruption to their electric service. Upcoming projects include:Circuit (a specific grouping of poles and lines delivering power) rebuild and conversion projects– upgrading and replacing hardware and equipment on the circuit, which leads to shorter restoration times, a reduction in the number of emergency repairs needed and increased system performance and integrity  Evansville: Cass Avenue circuit (south side, west of U.S. 41 near Riverside Drive) serving 500 customersEvansville: Marx Road circuit (northwest side near Five Dollar Rd) serving 850 customersEvansville: Seventh Avenue circuit (north of the Lloyd Expressway near Columbia Avenue and Franklin Avenue) serving 250 customersEvansville: Lodge Avenue circuit (south side, west of U.S. 41 near Gilbert Avenue) serving 1,200 customersEvansville: Lawndale circuit (southeast side near Vann Road) serving 1,400 customersNewburgh: Highway 662 circuit (west of Newburgh on S.R. 662) serving 1,100 customersRichland City: Rose Hill circuit (south of Richland, west of S.R. 161) serving 1,300 customersWinslow: Winslow circuit (west side of Winslow, west of S.R. 61) serving 1,200 customersTennyson: Tennyson circuit (west of Tennyson on C.R. 350 N) serving 950 customersUnderground cable replacement projects – replacing aging underground cable, which leads to a reduction in risk of unplanned outages, faster outage restoration when outages occur and reduced customer interruption duration by sectionalizing the area in need of repairEvansville: Village Green Apartments (southeast side, west of Green River Road) serving 400 customersMt. Vernon: Country Club Estates subdivision (west side) serving 150 customersMt. Vernon: Rush Creek Circuit (north of Mt. Vernon, west of S.R. 69 near Kansas Road) serving 500 customersOptical ground wire projects – replacing existing steel static wire running along transmission lines to expand communication capability between existing electric substations and improve data collection and system performanceApproximately five miles of cable running along Alcoa Warrick Operations to the southern area of BoonvilleApproximately eight miles of cable running along Vectren’s Bergdolt Storage Yard on the north side of Evansville, N. First Avenue and ending at Vectren’s Northwest substation on the west side of EvansvilleSubstation equipment upgrades/replacements – replacing/upgrading substation equipment such as circuit breakers to reduce risk of unplanned outages and reduce the risk of potential safety hazards to the public and Vectren employeesEvansville: Grandview substation serving 400 customersEvansville: Grimm Road substation serving 4,700 customersBy the end of 2017, crews working for Vectren will have completed approximately 35 circuit rebuild and conversion projects and approximately 30 underground cable replacement projects. Generally, customers will notice projects beginning when crews have placed signage in the area. The duration of these projects usually span two to six weeks, barring weather delays.These projects are part of the company’s seven-year improvement plan to enhance reliability and modernize our electric infrastructure, which was approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in September. The plan, part of the company’s Smart Energy Future strategy, includes upgrades to portions of Vectren’s network of substations, transmission and distribution networks that serve seven counties in southwestern Indiana. The plan features more than 800 projects and is estimated to cost $450 million over the plan’s seven-year period. Customers can learn more about Vectren’s grid modernization plan and its customer benefits at www.vectren.com/SmartEnergyFuture.last_img read more

Maison Blanc plans for brand growth

first_imgFollowing a huge overhaul of the French boulangerie and patisserie chain, Maison Blanc’s 14 shops are now positioned for the growth of the brand planned over the next three years.Maison Blanc co-founder Raymond Blanc told British Baker that the chain was “in the midst of huge changes”, but was back on track to deliver the authenticity of its brand values, with the business now returning to profit.The firm was bought by Kuwait-based Kout Food Group Company (KFG) in October 2007, having previously been owned by bakery group Lyndale. KFG UK was keen to go back to the original concept and values created by Blanc, who returned to the fold one year ago to spearhead a relaunch of the chain, which he founded with his wife, Jenny, in 1981.The financial model has been reworked, new staff have been brought in and it has invested heavily in training, said KFG’s chief operating officer Simon Wilkinson.The patisserie range has been taken from 120 to around 16 core products, and two seasonal patisserie products will be launched, three times a year. Its patisserie launches for spring are: Earl Grey Citron Chocolate Tart and Gariguette Strawberry and Cream with marshmallow. Wilkinson, who has been working with Blanc for the last eight months, said the firm would also expand the cake and patisserie range it supplies to Waitrose.Maison Blanc had previously bought in a lot of bread products from France, but now the bakery produces all its own loaves, explained Wilkinson, adding that it had a three-year strategy for its bread, patisserie and menus.Although there are also plans for more shops, the location and time has to be just right, he said. “We have identified around 30-40 potential locations, but we don’t want to compromise the quality.”last_img read more

Future Farmstead

first_imgThe Future Farmstead, a model home for energy-efficient housing, was on display Wednesday, Oct. 14, as part of a dedication ceremony on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus.“This is a culmination of very hard work from a number of people, certainly being led by Dr. Craig Kvien – a dreamer who makes things happen. It’s a test bed for technology and a great example of what’s out there for home builders, farmers and people interested in a sustainable lifestyle,” said Joe West, UGA Tifton Campus assistant dean. “It’s very rewarding to see it finished and to see it put into use.”West and Josef Broder, interim dean of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, as well as state political leaders, were on hand to witness the dedication of this one-of-a-kind, futuristic house. Kvien, a UGA Tifton Campus professor, helped design and construct the farmstead from its inception.“The farmstead incorporates many examples of UGA’s leadership in research, Extension and teaching. It is a very special place,” Kvien said. “Students are living in the house, aiding in the collection of data, giving tours and helping the house stay on the cutting edge of technology.”The farmstead houses innovative technologies from more than 40 companies. Recycled blue jeans and closed-cell foam help insulate the 4,000-square-foot house. Solar panels harness and convert the sun’s natural energy. Electrical use is surveyed through a home-based monitoring and control system.“The Future Farmstead, even though it’s the farmstead of the present, is really as futuristic as we can get right now. That’s the neat thing about it. It will continue to evolve as we go forward. Dr. Kvien has constructed it so that we can put in new technology, new sensing capabilities, things of that nature,” West said. “We’ve actually got a piece of the future right here, starting today.”The Future Farmstead dedication included short remarks from noted political figures, including U.S. Rep. Austin Scott and Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, and Jay Short, president of Short and Paulk Supply Company and a UGA CAES alumnus. Georgia Rep. and UGA CAES alumnus Sam Watson was slated to attend but was unable to due to farm business. “Sam’s also a farmer and he had 3 semi-trucks lined up and they were busy picking squash. And that pays the bills,” said Black as he shared Watson’s regrets for not attending the event.During this remarks, Black cited the farm’s innovativeness and praised UGA and the farmstead team.“Planning for future needs, preparing for future challenges and taking advantage of the latest technology is critical to success in any industry, and agribusiness is no exception,” Black said. “However, it is even more imperative for the agricultural community because so many lives are dependent upon the very nature of our business—growing food. We already know the immense challenge that lies before us.”Studies show that food production will have to increase 70 percent by 2050 to meet global demand, he said. “It is through innovative ideas and bold action, such as the Future Farmstead project, that we will overcome this challenge and do so responsibly,” Black said.Black was especially complimentary of the edible landscape, which consists of seedless lemon and tangerine trees, developed by UGA plant breeding teams, a small vegetable garden and an aquaponics system. The system, a combination of fish and plant production, should generate enough food to feed a small family.“I am proud of the proactive nature of UGA’s Future Farmstead team as well as its progressive response to farming challenges. I look forward to seeing the fruits that this project will bear,” Black said. “Just 61 years ago in Tifton County was the first year there were more tractors than mules in the fields, and today we are talking about net zero homes.”last_img read more

U.S. coal executives grapple with rising ESG concerns, more costly access to financial markets

first_imgU.S. coal executives grapple with rising ESG concerns, more costly access to financial markets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Contura Energy Inc. executives said the U.S. coal sector is feeling the pinch of investors’ growing focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in making investment decisions.Coal producers are struggling as large financial institutions around the world are increasingly severing ties to the sector over climate change concerns. Bankers, insurers and asset managers are exiting their business with the industry at a rapid clip. The movement to divest from coal is “slowly squeezing the entire coal industry like an anaconda,” Benjamin Nelson, lead coal analyst at Moody’s Investors Service, recently said.“ESG issues are very, very real to us right now,” Executive Vice President and CFO Andy Eidson said on a Feb. 11 call discussing preliminary earnings results. In January, BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, announced it would not invest in companies deriving more than 25% of their revenue from thermal coal.“I mean, [ESG issues have] been growing in influence over the past couple of years, and now it seems to have really caught fire,” Eidson said. “It’s almost like a pincer movement that is really creating a lot of cost pressure across the board.”Contura Energy CEO David Stetson said it is increasingly difficult for coal operators to go out into financial markets and obtain the capital to build a new mine, expand an existing mine or get equipment financing. “We really don’t see it changing,” Stetson said.Bonding a coal mine, for example, is becoming “harder and harder,” the executive noted. While much of the coal market is currently in a down cycle, even if prices improve, few companies will be able to put together a supply response due to the inability to economically obtain insurance, finance a mining project, or bond an operation, Stetson said.[Taylor Kuykendall]More ($): Coal exec: ESG trend ‘caught fire’ and is pressuring sector across the boardlast_img read more