Metal Fabricators of Zambia Plc. (ZAMEFA) 2005 Annual Report

first_imgMetal Fabricators of Zambia Plc. (ZAMEFA.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2005 annual report.For more information about Metal Fabricators of Zambia Plc. (ZAMEFA.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Metal Fabricators of Zambia Plc. (ZAMEFA.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Metal Fabricators of Zambia Plc. (ZAMEFA.zm)  2005 annual report.Company ProfileMetal Fabricators of Zambia Plc (ZAMEFA) manufactures and markets copper rods and copper and aluminium electrical conductors in Zambia and for international export. ZAMEFA partners with CBI-Electrical Cable Group, CBI-Electrical Power Installations, CBI-Electrical African Cables and Tank Industries to sell its range of low- and medium-voltage power cables, general insulated wires, aluminium overhead conductors and copper conform products. The company also manufactures and markets telecommunication cables; this division operates as a subsidiary of Phelps Dodge Africa Cable Corporation. ZAMEFA is a subsidiary of Reunert Limited; a South African company that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reunert International Investments (Mauritius) Limited. The holding company has extensive interests in the fields of electrical engineering, information and communications technology, and applied electronics. Metal Fabricators of Zambia Plc is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchangelast_img read more

‘Your liberation is our liberation’: Pacific Islanders, Asian Americans show…

first_img‘Your liberation is our liberation’: Pacific Islanders, Asian Americans show solidarity with Black Lives Matter By Pat McCaughanPosted Aug 4, 2020 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Events Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group George Floyd, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Tampa, FL center_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector Columbus, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Clergy and laity from Southern California churches acknowledge complicity with racist structures and systems as they participate in an Aug. 1 “Vigil in Solidarity and Love” at Los Angeles’ Leimert Park to show solidarity and to affirm that Black lives matter. Photo: Ken Fong[Episcopal News Service – Los Angeles, California] With passing cars honking approval, the Rev. Peter Huang and hundreds of Asian and African Americans gathered Aug. 1 in South Los Angeles’ historic Leimert Park neighborhood raising fists; praying on bended knee; singing; chanting in solidarity, “Your liberation is our liberation”; affirming that Black lives matter.The Gathering: A Space for Asian American Spirituality participated as a co-sponsor and helped to plan the socially distanced and livestreamed “Vigil for Solidarity and Love.” The group’s involvement signaled a shift for this Diocese of Los Angeles ministry, created in 2019 to affirm and explore Pacific Islander and Asian American identity within The Episcopal Church. The nation’s current conversation about race has led the ministry to further define that mission through the question: How do we fit into this work, this dialogue?For Huang, co-founder of The Gathering, and for others, engaging means reckoning with Pacific Islander and Asian American complicity in narratives that pit communities of color against each other – a theme echoed frequently during the Aug. 1 vigil. And it means grappling with frustration over the relative invisibility of Asian Americans within the nation’s – and the church’s – Black-white conversation.“We get a lot of Episcopalians coming forward and saying, ‘I thought I was the only one. For many Americanized Asians, the choice is between going to an all-white church and a Chinese-speaking church. For many Asian Americans, you’re white until you’re not,” Huang said.Holding the vigil at Leimert Park, a center of African American art and culture, signified “that we want to and do work together,” Huang said. “And that the Black community and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have had shared histories of working in civil rights, even though sometimes the larger narrative drives a wedge between these two.”The Rev. Peter Huang, right, a co-founder of The Gathering, and Christine Ma join hundreds of Asian and African Americans for an Aug. 1 Vigil in Solidarity and Love at Los Angeles’ Leimert Park, historically a center for Black culture and art. Photo: Ken FongThe Gathering was among 34 ministries funded by The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council at its October 2019 meeting. The grants were for new church starts and Mission Enterprise Zones. The Gathering’s $20,000 grant was one of 11 seed grants. The group planned and co-sponsored the vigil with the Los Angeles chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians, the diocesan Program Group on Black Ministries and AAPI Christians for Black Lives.“There is a very real moment happening in the AAPI community,” said Suzanne Edwards-Acton, chair of the Diocese of Los Angeles’ Program Group on Black Ministries. “They are honest about the fact that, while they have been hurt by the ‘model minority’ myth, there is also a reckoning that it has benefitted them.”The moment has created opportunities to “see the need and opportunities for learning more about our own and each other’s histories … the intersections, breaches, commonalities, wounds and opportunities for repair,” she said. “We are all committed to creating spaces and opportunities for truth-exploring, truth-learning, truth-telling, healing and repair.”‘Our communities belong to each other’Amid choruses of “amens,” the Rev. Kevin Doi, a chaplain at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, told vigil attendees the AAPI community repents of complicity in anti-Black racism and “we proclaim that Black liberation is our liberation also.”The time has come, Doi said, “to change the divisive narrative. American society, white supremacy, the media, have long pitted the AAPI and Black communities against each other, using the model minority myth to drive a wedge between us.” The model minority myth stereotypes Asians as higher achievers – academically, professionally and socioeconomically – than other people of color.Asian American vigil participants acknowledge the accomplishments of the civil rights movement, vowing to shun stereotypes that they are model minorities and to resist narratives that divide communities of color. Photo: Ken FongDoi and others recalled that former slave turned statesman Frederick Douglass spoke out against the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. It was the first restrictive immigration law passed by the U.S. Congress at a time when Americans on the West Coast were concerned about white racial purity and blamed Asians and Asian Americans – who represented about 2% of the population – for a faltering economy and declining wages.They also recounted when the Rev. Jesse Jackson took time out from a presidential bid to support a national campaign to seek justice for Vincent Chin, a Chinese American who was killed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1982. Two white autoworkers, angry about the industry’s slump and the popularity of Japanese cars, beat Chin with a baseball bat. He died four days later. In 1983, a Wayne County Circuit Court judge found Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz, guilty of manslaughter. The judge sentenced each to a $3,000 fine, $780 in court costs and three years’ probation, but no prison time.“We owe a great debt of gratitude for the struggles of Black activists, Black churches, Black ministers and the Black community,” Doi told those attending the vigil. “Their sacrifices have benefitted all Americans, including Asian Americans. Our communities belong to each other.”The Rev. Yein Kim, rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles and co-founder of The Gathering, believes embracing social justice is a natural shift for the group.Since the coronavirus pandemic, “many Asians have realized the myth of them as a model minority is just that, a myth,” Kim saidThe coronavirus, a novel virus that causes the disease COVID-19, was first detected in Wuhan, China, in December. It has since spread worldwide, killing nearly 690,000 people and infecting over 18 million. Earlier this year, President Donald Trump repeatedly referred to it as the “China flu” or “Kung-flu” in efforts to deflect blame for his administration’s handling of the outbreak. Trump’s inflammatory political rhetoric and the United States’ history of racism and discrimination against Pacific Islanders, Asian Americans and Asian-born Americans have led to a rise in hate speech and hate crimes against Americans of Asian descent.In late April 2020, The Gathering hosted “Being Asian American in the Age of Coronavirus,” a webinar to address harassment and hate attacks against Asian Americans. A July 1, 2020, report identified 832 incidents from May to June in the state of California alone. The report was compiled by Stop AAPI Hate, a website developed by the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University and others.Vigil participants carry signs bearing the likenesses and names of African Americans killed by police and vigilantes, including Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician shot and killed in her own apartment by Louisville, Kentucky, police serving a no-knock warrant, and Ahmaud Arbery, a 25 year old fatally shot while jogging near his Brunswick, Georgia, neighborhood. Photo: Ken FongKim experienced one such attack. “I was really scared. I never thought it would happen to me. I was dumbfounded, just standing there” unable to move or speak as someone screamed at her from a car to go back to her own country, she said.The experience strengthened her resolve to work for racial reconciliation. Citing the complicated historical tensions between Black and Korean communities, she acknowledged, “In my experience, Asians do have a lot of racism existing in our culture.”Simmering tensions erupted during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, for example, when nearly 2,300 Korean American businesses were burned or looted, at a cost of about $400 million. As recently as 2017, past grievances resurfaced and Black activists picketed a Korean American-owned business in Leimert Park, citing its treatment of customers.“We want an end game to end racism, to defund police … finding our true solidarity with other people of color, especially our Black brothers and sisters, especially after the murder of George Floyd, and also providing a safe space for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and white allies that had already existed in The Gathering group,” Kim said.Floyd, an unarmed black man, died May 25, 2020, while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His death sparked worldwide protests and revived and expanded the Black Lives Matter movement to include other minorities.Asian Americans are finding solidarity with others, Huang said. “We have experienced similar, but different, injustices, and we too want to be a part of this conversation. The addition of our voice makes the conversation richer. This is not just Black and white. It is how we engage diversity and prejudice and economic injustice – all of that is part of the conversation.”‘A real oasis’ for Asian AmericansKim, rector of St. Alban’s, is the daughter of retired South Korean Anglican Archbishop Paul Kim; the granddaughter of the Very Rev. Elijah Kim, former dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Mary the Virgin and St. Nicholas in Seoul; and the great-granddaughter of the Rev. Michael Lee. Lee died during the Korean War after sending his family and congregation to safety in South Korea but choosing to remain with his church, she said.Kim speaks Korean yet serves a predominantly white congregation, and like other Asian American clergy, she wanted “to claim my Korean-ness, and I needed a way to do that,” which led her to help establish The Gathering.As a successive generation of immigrants has assimilated into mainstream America, many have experienced similar yearnings.For example, after the World War II camp experience, when 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly relocated to U.S. detention centers, many Asian Americans “abandoned the Buddhist church and joined Christian churches,” Huang said. “It was deemed as more American to be Christian, and The Episcopal Church in many ways was perceived as more mainstream than other denominations.”Mel Soriano, who was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at age 5, was dogged by a sense of, “Where do I belong because I am an immigrant but spent most of my life in this country? How do I identify?”After several decades away from the church, he joined All Saints in Pasadena and discovered The Gathering. “I didn’t realize how much I missed a fellowship with people who had a similar experience to me, with an experience of a different kind of racism.”But The Gathering is for everyone,” he added. With its cultural immersion and educational events, as well as YouTube videos addressing current issues, “the idea is that we can also be a resource to rectors and vicars, for those looking to find ways of understanding the people in their pews who come from all sorts of backgrounds and are in mixed marriages.”Erika Gieschen Bertling, 48, of Culver City, grew up in Okinawa, Japan, with a Chinese mother and a German American father. She feels “very ethnically Asian” and embraced the church and The Gathering because of its inclusivity.“I am all about bringing diversity in every way,” she said. “When I discovered its Beloved Community’s foundation for racial reconciliation, I was hooked. I joined The Episcopal Church.”The Gathering, founded as a space for Asian American spirituality in the Diocese of Los Angeles, is shifting its mission to encompass social justice. Photo: Ken FongSimilarly, Dustin Nguyen, 25, grew up in a non-religious home but discovered The Gathering through a group of progressive Christians “who are trying to get away from patriarchy, racism, anti-LGBTQ versions of Christianity. It was wonderful to be around like-minded individuals who shared a similar lived experience.”Although “the pandemic has brought out tons of racism towards Asian Americans,” the concurrent desire for solidarity is a blessing, Nguyen said. “My values are ultimately hollow if I only speak for myself and not for other oppressed groups.”Of 25 people who registered for an online book club taking place this August led by Kim, only three are Episcopalian, she said. Their interest in “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee and “The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui drew them, along with the opportunity for spiritual engagement. “That’s something they said they can’t get in another book club,” Kim said. “I call it #digitalevangelism.” Click here to register for the book club.The Gathering and its online presence have been “a real oasis for a lot of Asian Americans” across the country and beyond, said Huang, who is Chinese, Taiwanese and Japanese. “If you think about … Episcopalians in places without much of an Asian American presence in their communities, they can feel very alone.”Ultimately, “this whole recent national conversation about George Floyd and countless others is part of the story The Gathering has to tell,” Huang added. “And what Presiding Bishop Michael Curry talks about, ‘loving, life-giving and liberating,’ is part of our Gospel message, too.”– The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Racial Justice & Reconciliation Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Job Listing Press Release Service Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ last_img read more

The Puzzle: A tribute to teachers everywhere

first_img Reply charles towne TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleApopka firefighters in New York City for 5th Annual Memorial Stair Climb eventNext articleDepartment of Health: Take precautions while enjoying fresh water activities this summer Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate charles towne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 21 COMMENTS Reply Dear NH, What a responsibility rests on the teacher’s shoulders. Teachers were never intended to take the place of parental guidance, they are intended to supplement not replace. Bless teachers and parents everywhere and give them moral guidance. Chaz I had a favorite teacher in High school that loved history! Before the year was up, he had helped me appreciate it too! Before I graduated he passed away, and I am always thankful for the time he spent with me! History is still my favorite subject, when I am looking for something to read. A tribute to a great teacher that didn’t mind spending extra time with his students! May 6, 2019 at 4:55 pm charles towne Reply Reply charles towne Thank God for teachers – they are the foundation of our future. I’m very proud of the two teachers in my immediate family and the soon to be teacher – my nephew – his mother the epitome of a dedicated teacher. I was fortunate to have attended Catholic schools for most of my education in the 50s and 60s and believe me “manners and respect” were high on the list of important lessons to be learned – sadly missing in many schools and homes today. Kristin May 10, 2019 at 8:28 am CSG Beautifully written!! Perfectly punctuated!! Wonderful topic May 5, 2019 at 5:45 pm InspirationBy Charles Towne                           She sat there engrossed in the puzzle.She enjoyed puzzles, had for years. There had been so many, many puzzles. There had been puzzles of ships on turbulent seas and ships in serene harbors. Puzzles of children, of animals, of children and animals, of gardens and forests, puzzles of all sorts, shapes, and sizes.One of her favorites was a large 1,000-piece puzzle made up entirely of tiny multicolored seashells. That one had taken nearly two months to finish. That was over three years ago, well before her eyesight started to go bad.She had discovered years before that each puzzle, no matter how complicated, had a secret, a formula, that once discovered allowed it to practically assemble itself.   Many years before she had considered that life itself was very much like a puzzle, each piece flowing into the next, and the next, making up many little pictures until they all blended into one.“Yes, life is very like a puzzle, finally realizing completion as a beautiful picture made up of many vignettes.  Each facet, when viewed separately at times seems almost insignificant, but when viewed as a whole they flow together as a lovely picture, a beautiful panorama.”This thought she had shared with her doctor only recently and he had agreed with her.Throughout nearly 60 years of teaching, she had instilled in many of her pupils that analytical perspective of life and she had watched those pupils develop into men and women of honor and integrity.Now in her twilight years, she expected that each of those hundreds of students were a part of her puzzle and she a part of theirs, each lending color and variety to the whole.Not a bad thought when she considered it, not bad at all.The puzzle spread out on the small table in front of her depicted an old lady in a long, pale blue dress, a lovely ivory cameo held at her delicate throat on a fine ribbon of royal blue.  In the puzzle the old lady’s hair was pinned up neatly, a few wisps of gray framing a face which though elderly was yet lovely.  It was a kind and gentle face, a face that seemed to glow, accentuating the tiny smile that played upon her lips.That was the lady in the puzzle.On a small table in front of the lady in the puzzle was a nearly finished puzzle and it, in receding size, was a mirror of itself, for it depicted an old lady in a faded blue dress assembling a puzzle of an old lady in a faded blue dress. and so on, and on, and on, into infinity, or perhaps an eternityIn each of the puzzles, the dignified old lady worked by the golden light of a candle which illuminated not only the puzzle in front of her but her face as well.She picked up one of the few remaining pieces and pressed it into its place. Again she glanced at the fragments, brushing each of them softly with her fingertips. Then, selecting one, she rotated it, turning it this way and that. Making a decision, she laid the piece where it belonged and pressed it home with the ball of her thumb.“There”, she thought to herself, “Nearly finished”.  Leaning back she stretched, rubbing her eyes. “Yes, very nearly finished,” she said in a whisper.Pushing her chair back she stood and walked to the sink and turned on the cold water, allowing it to run as she moved to the cupboard and selected a glass.Back at the sink she filled the glass from the running faucet and drank, really only sipping the water, not much more than wetting her lips. Her doctor had told her that she should drink more water. He had been concerned at her state of dehydration and her parchment-like skin.“Please Ma’am, please drink more water or you are going to end up in the hospital.”He was genuinely concerned about her health.  He was a good doctor who cared for each of his patients with dedication and gentleness as well as great knowledge and skill.She smiled as she thought of him now.  Little Tommy, oh what a rascal, and what a challenge he had been in elementary school.  She had taught him for eight years, instilling values in the boy that were now part of the man.Yes, little Tommy was now Dr. Tommy, her doctor.  He was one of the strong, beautiful, colorful pieces of her puzzle. Taking another sip she poured the remainder of the water into the sink and then carefully placed the glass into the wire drain rack. Walking back to the table she looked at the puzzle and picked up another piece.She had lived a long and good life, rich with memories.  She had raised a son. He had lived well, raised a family and as a testimony to his mother had taught school for nearly 30 years. He had gone to his rest only a year ago, dying of the same heart disease that had taken his daddy nearly twenty years before.Oh well, they had certainly enjoyed the life they had spent together.  Good years, happy years, good people, lots of puzzles. She smiled as she picked up the last piece. It was the face of the old woman in the puzzle, that tiny smile touching her mouth, eyes that seemed to sparkle in the glow of the candle.“There, there you are, finished at last.”With that thought, she gently pressed the final piece into its place and sat there, one arm on the table, her gaze on the puzzle in front of her.As she sat there her spirit seemed to soar as ever so slowly her head fell forward. And It was there that Dr. Tommy found her.For the last two years, he had stopped by to see to her needs on the way to the clinic.  She had gently chided him about his being the last doctor to make house calls, but she looked forward to his visits and he enjoyed just being near her.At first, he thought she was sleeping and he stood gazing in silence, not wishing to disturb her, for in the flickering light of the candle her face seemed almost to glow.Dr. Tommy made all of the funeral arrangements, notifying those he knew would want to be there.  They notified others who contacted others still, until several hundred of her former pupils had been told of her passing.Yes, so many former students who were now mothers and fathers, teachers and doctors, ministers and priests. There were nurses and judges, two Supreme Court justices and several congressmen and senators.  Every honorable profession was represented. So many people came that the viewing had to take place in the gymnasium of the school where she had taught for the last 27 years of her teaching career.As each of her pupils passed by her casket in silent tribute, they were pleased by the hint of a smile upon her face.  They all agreed with Dr. Tommy’s decision to have her laid to rest in the clothing she wore when he found her, a long faded blue dress with a lovely ivory cameo held at her delicate throat on a fine ribbon of royal blue. Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. EJ Reply charles towne May 6, 2019 at 3:48 pm May 6, 2019 at 2:56 pm Reply Teachers are by far the most undervalued and underpaid segment of our society! Parents are our teachers for non-school subjects during non school hours. Every person can count him or her self truly blessed if sometime they have a true teacher in their life. I have always felt there are many instructors but few teachers, similar to being a boss or a leader!I am reminded that Jesus was called rabbi which means “teacher” Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Leonardo Cano Reply Reply Judith, high praise, and it means so much. Chaz May 4, 2019 at 10:32 pm June 14, 2019 at 1:53 pm Dear Kristin, high praise indeed my dear!!! I am so glad you liked it. I had one teacher that qualified for such kudos. I hope all is well. Blessings on you forever my friend, Chaz May 5, 2019 at 6:55 pm How many of us have been impacted by those dedicated individuals we call teachers. We are fruit of teachers, but more than that there are those of us that will carry on the teaching tradition years in the future. Let us impact others and may those others teach others still. Bless you pal, Chaz Reply Reply Reply Richard, well stated my friend. Those of us that have been exposed to good teachers are so very rich in everything that really counts. Bless you my friend, Chaz Reply Teachers deserve such praise! Beautifully written, Charles. May 5, 2019 at 6:23 pmcenter_img EJ, I know that you impacted many lives in a most laudable way. You should be proud. Bless you my friend, Chaz charles towne How very beautiful, Chuck!!What a timely story reminding us that God never takes us until we have finished our tasks, whatever they may be. Thank you for that lovely, sweet tribute to teachers and everyone who takes the time and patience to instruct and nurture children.God’s blessings on you, my friend. May 5, 2019 at 9:02 pm Reply Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here May 6, 2019 at 10:51 am Judith Hankes Reply This is my favorite story yet! Love it. Thanks, Charles. May 5, 2019 at 8:31 am Richard charles towne Dear Herb, Bless you my friend. There is not a writer that doesn’t want his work to be appreciated so I must, with great sincerity, say thanks. Chaz May 5, 2019 at 8:52 pm May 10, 2019 at 12:01 am May 6, 2019 at 11:25 pm chatles towne May 5, 2019 at 3:59 am Herbert, thank you my friend! What can I say other than you are an excellent judge of fine literary effort. Chaz charles towne May 5, 2019 at 12:05 am June 6, 2019 at 7:01 pm Reply Please enter your name here NH Oh Charlie, You are the best. Phenomenal plots that are beautifully written. I am reading a book by one of the most awarded short story authors. You should be up there with her. Herb May 5, 2019 at 10:44 am charles towne May 5, 2019 at 8:02 pm Please enter your comment! Don, to be remembered in such a light after all these years, what an honor my friend. It is teachers such as this that influence our live in such a positive way. Father God, please bless all good teachers, Amen. Chaz Reply Dear Charles … I’ve got many teachers, even in High Studies who inspire to be the man that I man as well as know me … Those people deserve best salaries … They got people who became : Doctors, Lawyers, Firefighters, Presidents !!! And really nice persons … They are Blessed People. I wish the earth keep giving wonderful teachers !!! Leonardo my friend, let it be said of us that we are good teachers to all we meet. Bless you my brother in Jesus, Chaz Reply charles towne Reply Reply Thanks Chuck, as a retired Teacher,This story hit Home on many levels! Mike McFadden May 5, 2019 at 11:18 am Herbert Weissman Reply Don Young CSG, thanks so very much my dear friend. God help us all that each and every day and moment will be spent with intent and purpose to the benefit of others. Likewise may He pour out His blessings upon you and yours, Chazlast_img read more

AAA: Gas prices level off after 3-week decline

first_img2.7907-Eleven1495 S Orange Blossom TrlApopkaApr 12, 11:24 AM 2.650BP2685 E SEMORAN BLVDApopkaApr 12, 1:31 PM Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate AAA GAS PRICE AVERAGES(Price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline) Click here to view current gasoline price averages National$2.864$2.865$2.873$2.826$1.873$4.11   (7/17/2008) 2020$2.56 Apopka Prices Please enter your name here 2.790Wawa449 W Main StApopkaApr 12, 4:21 PM Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 2.560Sam’s Club1500 S Orange Blossom TrApopkaApr 12, 1:29 PM 2.690Walmart Neighborhood Market806 Balmy Beach DrApopkaApr 12, 1:31 PM Florida$2.839$2.832$2.847$2.852$1.855$4.08   (7/17/2008) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 2.7907-Eleven3830 E Semoran BlvdApopkaApr 12, 1:12 PM 2021$2.92 Florida gas prices hold steady at $2.84 per gallonFrom AAAFlorida gas prices are averaging 1-cent less than this time a week ago. The state average is now $2.84 per gallon. Florida’s average price for gasoline has declined for nearly three consecutive weeks. However, the state average inched up by a penny over the weekend.Florida drivers are now paying seven (7) cents less than the highest price (so far) this year of $2.91 per gallon – recorded on March 21, 2021.“The downward trend at the pump appears to have stalled out for now,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “It’s possible that strong springtime gasoline demand is helping to keep a floor on falling prices. However, current fundamentals point toward additional declines in the near future. Retail prices have not fully adjusted to recent drops in the wholesale price of gasoline. Meanwhile, market speculators remain worried about global demand, amid reports of lockdowns in Europe and surging cases of COVID-19 in Brazil and India.”Florida drivers are paying nearly a dollar more per gallon, compared to this time last year, when the pandemic crippled global and domestic fuel demand. Compared to more traditional years, today’s gas price average is 4 cents more than the 2019 high, and nearly 8 cents less than the highest price of 2018. 2.790Sunoco2971 W Orange Blossom TrlApopkaApr 12, 12:41 PM Share on Facebook Tweet on Twittercenter_img 2.790RaceTrac700 S Orange Blossom TrlApopkaApr 12, 12:52 PM Regional PricesMost expensive metro markets – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.97), Tallahassee ($2.90), Miami ($2.90)Least expensive metro markets – Punta Gorda ($2.73), The Villages ($2.77), Ocala ($2.79)Find Florida Gas PricesDaily gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.com State and metro averages can be found here Gas Price Survey MethodologyAAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. Every day up to 130,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline. SundaySaturdayWeek AgoMonth AgoOne Year AgoRecord High 2019$2.80 Highest Daily Average Price of Florida Gasoline The Anatomy of Fear Lowest Gas Prices in Apopka Georgia$2.708$2.710$2.711$2.653$1.718$4.16   (9/15/2008) PriceStationAddressCityTime 2018$2.92 TAGSAAAapopkaGasPricesTransportationtravel Previous articleDue to COVID, it’s not likely that FL will meet the threshold for testing students required by federal lawNext articleOrange Co. offers more vaccination locations including the Mexican Consulate and 2 Bravo Supermarkets Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR For up-to-date Apopka Gas Prices check out GasBuddy.com 2.790Shell1500 N Wekiwa Springs RdApopkaApr 12, 3:23 PM You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 2.790BP277 E MAIN STApopkaApr 12, 2:28 PM Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Forest House in Kuźnica Kiedrzyńska / grupaVERSO

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/895511/forest-house-in-kuznica-kiedrzynska-grupaverso Clipboard CopyAbout this officegrupaVERSOOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKuźnica KiedrzyńskaPolandPublished on June 10, 2018Cite: “Forest House in Kuźnica Kiedrzyńska / grupaVERSO” 10 Jun 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CorneringWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoInternal Walls – Trimoterm, Qbiss OneGlassSolarluxWintergarden – SDL Akzent plusSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement Bonded Particle Board – VirocPaintKEIMMineral Paint in Hunters Point LibraryCabinetsburgbadMid-Height Cabinet – EssentoSignage / Display SystemsGlasbau HahnMuseum Display CasesMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?森林住宅 / grupaVERSO是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Poland CopyHouses•Kuźnica Kiedrzyńska, Poland Forest House in Kuźnica Kiedrzyńska / grupaVERSOSave this projectSaveForest House in Kuźnica Kiedrzyńska / grupaVERSO Other Participants:Piotr Drewniak, Marek LaskowskiCity:Kuźnica KiedrzyńskaCountry:PolandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Kacper ZiółkowskiRecommended ProductsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXText description provided by the architects. The building is located in Kuźnica Kiedrzyńska near Częstochowa. The charming location has become the starting motive for creating a peaceful enclave for a modern and active family while meeting all its requirements and goals.Save this picture!© Kacper ZiółkowskiThe house is one-story. The functional system is based on the principle of clear communication being the backbone of the building connecting the day and night zone. One of the slants was adapted as an attic to an additional room as a children’s parlor. In the front part, the first premise was to have a two-seat garage, but eventually, during the construction, investors decided that this area will be allocated to a functional office room.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe body of the building was based on a simple shape, varied by sloping roofs, which are the characteristic element of the building. As a result, an impression of lightness was obtained, and the location of the slants emphasizes the differentiation of the functions of the objects.Save this picture!© Kacper ZiółkowskiThis is also a reference in the adopted functional and spatial layout. Large glazing from the southern side blur the boundaries between the interior and exterior, allowing ideological penetration of the forest inside the house. The large glazing in the front part, which was supposed to be originally a garage gate, was masked with divided into two parts shutter. This allowed obtaining a minimalist and natural in its expression facade.Save this picture!Section AThe development area is located at the edge of a pine forest among holiday homes, which naturally inspired the choice of the facade cladding of the designed house. In combination with a simple but original shape, besides meeting the investor’s expectations, perfectly fits into the unique location.Save this picture!© Kacper ZiółkowskiProject gallerySee allShow lessA Global History of ArchitectureArchitecture BooksDongziguan Villagers’ Activity Center / gad · line+ studioSelected Projects Share Year:  Jakub Cieślik, Kamil Cierpioł Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/895511/forest-house-in-kuznica-kiedrzynska-grupaverso Clipboard Photographs:  Kacper Ziółkowski Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Area:  261 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: grupaVERSO Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: Baumit, ROCKWOOL, FINCO-STAL, IKO Polymeric, Termo Organika Photographs Forest House in Kuźnica Kiedrzyńska / grupaVERSO 2018 Lead Architects: “COPY” “COPY” Save this picture!© Kacper Ziółkowski+ 14Curated by María Francisca González Share Houseslast_img read more

ARANZAZU House / Besonias Almeida Arquitectos

first_img “COPY” Projects Houses Year:  ArchDaily “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/886175/aranzazu-house-besonias-almeida Clipboard Photographs:  Federico Kulekdjian Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Besonias Almeida Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Photographs 2017 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/886175/aranzazu-house-besonias-almeida Clipboard Manufacturers: Sika, Durlock, Aluar, Awaduct, Cambre, FV, JOHNSON, Masisa, Mi Pileta, Murvi, Rotoplas, Rowa, ferrumProject And Direction:María Victoria Besonías, Guillermo de AlmeidaCollaborating Architects:Micaela Salibe, Diorella Fortunati, Guido GalluppoLand Surface:677 m2Text:María Victoria BesoníasCity:TortuguitasCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Federico KulekdjianRecommended ProductsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesThe PlaceIt is a corner lot in a closed neighborhood founded in 1968, with an important afforestation, to which the years have added an incalculable value. Different species of trees and shrubs combined give landscape value to the place throughout the year.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianThe lot to intervene is crossed by a row of large oaks and varied species on one of their fronts and in the bordering lots.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianThe CommissionThey requested a house of permanent use with the special requirement that it should make it possible to live intensely the relationship between interior and exterior spaces, so appreciated by the clients. Another request expressed was that, although they were interested in a house built with exposed concrete, they wanted the presence of the wood to break that monochromatic expression.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianRegarding the programmatic needs, the house had to have four bedrooms, one on the ground floor and one with an integrated bathroom and dressing room, a spacious living room with a fireplace, and a space of intense family life integrating the dining room, the kitchen and an intimate living room. It should also have a large gallery with a grill, places to eat and be outdoors, a pool and space to park three cars.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe ProposalInterested on the landscape, we decided that the project should not only preserve the existing trees in the lot, but that vegetation would be the first and fundamental starting point of the project.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianWe thought then that the house had to develop accommodating itself in the free holes left by the trees and wrapping them to make them part of the proposed spaces.Save this picture!SectionTo achieve this, we decided to work with a spatial grid of 3.80m on each side, of double or single height depending on the case, which would allow us to solve the different rooms and also the gaps that allow the trees to pass.Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Federico KulekdjianIn relation to the materiality requirements of the clients, we decided that the ground floor of the house, and its prolongation in the semi-covered spaces, would be resolved with visible concrete partitions towards the public space. These form a continuous plinth that is drilled according to the needs of the rooms that define and on which rests a lighter structure of metal profiles and panels with minimal openings to the streets and with external termination of wooden boards. On the contrary, towards the interior and enveloping the oaks, the house is completely open, so that each room participates in the contiguous room and the landscape.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianSave this picture!© Federico KulekdjianProject gallerySee allShow lessSuizhou South Railway Station / CSADISelected ProjectsYongin Jukjeon House / Simplex ArchitectureSelected Projects Share CopyHouses•Tortuguitas, Argentina ARANZAZU House / Besonias Almeida Arquitectos Area:  264 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Argentina CopyAbout this officeBesonias Almeida ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTortuguitasIcebergOn FacebookArgentinaPublished on November 05, 2020Cite: “ARANZAZU House / Besonias Almeida Arquitectos” 04 Nov 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – LogisVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteCupa PizarrasVentilated Facade – CUPACLAD UprightGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60ConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Copper FinishesStonesFranken-SchotterWall Covering & CladdingWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusSwingsStudio StirlingHanging Chair – BasketWallcovering / CladdingArrigoni WoodsWood Cladding – AcousticMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?ARANZAZU 住宅,与橡树‘零’距离 / Besonias Almeida Arquitectos是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ARANZAZU House / Besonias Almeida ArquitectosSave this projectSaveARANZAZU House / Besonias Almeida ArquitectosSave this picture!© Federico Kulekdjian+ 33Curated by Danae Santibañez Sharelast_img read more

NI Charity Commission launches briefing paper on fundraising regulation

first_imgNI Charity Commission launches briefing paper on fundraising regulation  87 total views,  1 views today creating a new fundraising regulator responsible for setting and enforcing a single code of practice, and adjudicating on fundraising complaintsestablishing a system of co-regulation, involving enhanced self-regulation overseen by the new regulator working with statutory regulators such as the Commissioncreating a Fundraising Preference Service which could allow members of the public to opt out of fundraising communications.Copies of the briefing paper can be found on the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland‘s website. Tagged with: Fundraising Preference Service Northern Ireland regulation The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published a briefing paper which aims to support charities in understanding how proposed changes to fundraising regulation could affect them.Tom McGrath, Northern Ireland’s Chief Charity Commissioner commented:“Charity fundraising, a vital aspect of many charities’ activities, is largely regulated by the sector itself, a system known as self-regulation.“However, this system is currently being reviewed with the aim of developing a less complex and more effective system, which will help to reaffirm public trust and confidence in charity fundraising practices.“We have produced a short briefing paper to help charities, donors, fundraisers and members of the public understand the proposed changes, and the impact they may have on how charities fundraise.”The proposed changes, which are analysed in detail in the Commission’s Review of fundraising regulation briefing paper include: Advertisement Howard Lake | 18 February 2016 | Newscenter_img  88 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Proposed changes in three tweets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 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

Jazz Under the Stars kicks off TroyFest

first_img “Troy Fest is an art and craft festival that features some of the areas most outstanding artists and craftsmen,” Jackson said. “And, because Troy Fest celebrates the arts, we wanted to kick the festival off with music which is also an art – an art of a different kind.”American jazz was born in New Orleans and it’s an art form that is associated with the South.”Jackson said the Troy University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Eric Ward, will take center stage at Jazz Under the Stars. Print Article Jazz Under the Stars will also feature Shelia Jackson singing “Georgia on my Mind,” Carol Ann Osborne with “Someone to Watch over Me” and Jim Bell’s rendition of “Almost Like Being in Love.”“The jazz concert will be about an hour in length and everyone is invited to bring a picnic to enjoy during the concert. Water and juice will be furnished, with candy bars for dessert.“Jazz Under the Stars is a great kick-off event for Troy Fest,” Jackson said. “We’ll have music and dancing, food and fellowship. There’s no better way to spend a night under the stars. Everyone is invited to help get Troy Fest off to a great start tonight and to make plans to attend Troy Fest in downtown Troy  from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Jazz Under the Stars kicks off TroyFest Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 3:00 am Tuesday, April 19, 2016 By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Although Mother Nature has held true in bringing April showers Pike County’s way, clear skies are forecast for Jazz Under the Stars at 6 o’clock tonight on the square in downtown Troy. Admission is free and open to the public.Jazz Under the Stars is the kickoff event for Troy Fest 2016, which will be held on the square Saturday and Sunday.Shelia Jackson, Troy publicity director, said a festive event has been planned to get Troy Fest off to a great start. You Might Like PCBOE OKs $1.5M center The Pike County Schools will invest more than $1.5 million in the construction of a new facility to house its… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author Skip The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Content And, all that jazz will open the floor for yet another form of art – dance.“We encourage people to get up and dance,” Ward said. “We want them to strut their stuff, especially on some of the Big Band tunes that are great listening music and also great music for dancing.”Ward said the ensemble will play a mixture of music, including the old standards from the 1930s and 1940s and more recent Big Band music.“We’ll play Tommy Dorsey’s ‘I’m Getting Sentimental Over You’ and then we’ll switch over and play Gordon Goodwin’s ‘Hit the Ground Running’ and another Big Band song, ‘Jazz Police.’” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf 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 HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe 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 Book Nook to reopenlast_img read more

WalletHub Ranks Indiana Among Most Energy-Expensive States

first_imgCommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare WalletHub Ranks Indiana Among Most Energy-Expensive States JULY 13TH, 2018 TYRONE MORRIS ILLINOIS, INDIANA, KENTUCKYA WalletHub report finds the Hoosier state ranks in the top ten for most energy-expensive states. Indiana ranks 7th according to the personal-finance website. TwitterFacebook WalletHub compared the average monthly energy bills in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.The formula accounted for several different types of residential energy including electricity, natural gas, and home heating oil.Kentucky was ranked 25th and Illinois came in at 46th.last_img

’This is not just bread’

first_imgPicture a black backdrop and a lushly spotlighted loaf. Fleetwood Mac plays softly in the background, while a sexy voice says: “This is not just a French stick. This is a hand-crafted baguette made using the best French flour, stone baked to crusty, golden perfection by artisan bakers.”Marks & Spencer is yet to feature bread in its television advertising campaign, but if it did it would probably sound something like this. Beneath the marketing hype, ads such as these demonstrate a tangible shift in shoppers’ perceptions, which is something that bakers and ingredients suppliers are responding to with gusto. Graham Dunton, chef patissier at Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients, says that more and more UK bakers are seeing the value in a traditional bread offering, using simple, well-sourced and trustworthy ingredients. “There is a huge move in America and Australia towards artisanal-type breads – natural fermentation and breads that don’t look perfect, with character, that are interesting to eat,” he says.This was the message given at the Flour and Ingredients in Action event, organised by Unifine and miller FWP Matthews. Also at the event was French miller Moul-bie, a division of Grands Moulins de Paris, which is supplied in the UK by FWP Matthews. Craft bakers from across the country were invited to witness Moul-bie’s bakery technician Claude Jacopin give a master class in hand moulding at Unifine’s new base in Milton Keynes.Plats, boules, pain d’Aix (a double mounded bread), baguettes, batards (a large rustic loaf) and tricorn-shaped breads were dashed off with a few dextrous flicks of the wrist and a hint of Gallic nonchalance. Mr Jacopin’s skill comes after seven years on the road as a travelling baker in France, but his message was simple: a few basic techniques, once mastered, can produce delicious, wonderful-looking loaves to inspire shoppers to pay more for their breads.Open textureThe doughs were made with a high water content and mixed slowly before hand moulding. Moul-bie’s flours, such as Campaillette Grand Siecle, were used to create authentic breads with an open texture and a thick, chewy, rustic looking crust – a common sight in France’s plentiful boulangeries. But whereas there are around 35,000 French craft bakeries, the UK has seen numbers dwindle to a tenth of that figure. Flour mills are also more prevalent across the Channel. Of course, a helping hand from the government in the shape of minimum pricing has helped keep baking traditions alive, but even French bakers have had to dig their heels in against the onslaught of the supermarkets. “Bakers in France are protected a bit more and the minimum price of a baguette in France is governed,” says Graham Emberson, general sales manager for Moul-bie (UK). “They are under huge pressure as supermarkets are becoming bigger, but they are still holding the line. In France the big move is towards ‘baguette de tradition’, using water, flour, yeast and salt and nothing else. It’s carrying a premium – the average baguette in France is about 32 cents but the baguette de tradition is about 59-65 cents.”Moul-bie is keen to promote the artisanal method to the UK’s bakers and this year recruited Mr Jacopin and the highly skilled French baker Gregory Moutry, as bakery sales manager, to bolster its British operation. This technical expertise is available to assist craft bakers in their bakeries who want to tap into the artisanal resurgence. “We have English-speaking French technicians who are highly skilled and will come into the bakery and work alongside bakers,” says Mr Emberson. Clean label, traceable ingredients – the company’s stock trade – are proving a pull for bakers, he adds. “We only mill French grain and in most cases it’s our grain. We have full traceability.”Turbo separationGrands Moulins de Paris uses a turbo separation method of milling. For instance, a traditional T55 baguette flour at 10.5% protein has undergone centrifugal force to separate the molecules. This splits the flour into three levels of particle size carrying different protein levels: 7% protein (with larger molecules carrying more of the starch), which is suitable for wafer biscuits; a 10.5% protein flour; and a particle with a protein level up to 19%. The latter is then put back into a mother flour to create specific functional flours, such as puff pastry flour.“We can take a very poor quality wheat and create a puff pastry flour that will not shrink by subjecting it to turbo separation, with no chemicals added. We don’t use anything artificial at all – we use the wheat for its special characteristic, we then mill it – that’s it. We have clean label flours,” says Mr Emberson.This nothing-added ethic is seeing a surge in demand across the bakery market, as we report from Unifine’s Ingredients in Action day next week.last_img read more