“FRSB complaints data are no reason for complacency” says consultant

first_img“FRSB complaints data are no reason for complacency” says consultant Howard Lake | 25 June 2012 | News Writing in the July edition of his monthly newsletter ‘Harvest’, marketing consultant Andrew Papworth criticises the Fundraising Standards Board’s latest annual complaints report because of “its fixation with the idea that almost 15,000 complaints is tiny in the context of the total fundraising activities by charities”.He argues that “Apart from the fact that there is serious doubt about how many public complaints get reported to the FRSB, this is more than twice the number of complaints the Press Complaints Commission receives in a year.” He adds that “the tone of the report smacks somewhat of smugness”, citing the comment by the Chief Executive Alistair McLean that “complaints as a proportion of volume for these three areas (i.e. addressed direct mail telephone and door-to-door fundraising) remain reassuringly low”.Challenging the figures and calculationsPapworth challenges the FRSB’s figures and conclusions on two grounds. First, given that “67% of FRSB member charities did not report any complaints at all”, he suggests that “it is simply not credible that two-thirds the charities belonging to FRSB had not a single complaint in the year”.Secondly he argues that the FRSB’s attempts to calculate the number of complaints against the number of ‘solicitations’ is ‘specious’ because it is “attempting the impossible”. He writes: “The natures of “solicitations” v ia direct mailshots, telephone calls, posters, TV ads, newspaper ads, magazine ads, chugging encounters and clothing collections are so different as to render any comparisons utterly invalid”.He proposes that “what would be needed would be some way of calculating the proportion of complaints as a percentage of all exposures – i.e. mailshots opened and read, posters looked at, etc.” But he accepts that this is impractical.As well as the difficulty of establishing adequate benchmarks for what constitutes an exposure to a fundraising appeal, Papworth suggests that the trends are difficult to interpret because of the growth in the membership of the FRSB and the fluctuations in the volume of fundraising activity across different channels and media.His article “I have a complaint to make…” concludes by recommending that the FRSB focus on the upwards trajectory of the complaints figures. His newsletter opens with a reference to a Matt newspaper cartoon which features a man and woman leaving a hospital’s accident and emergency department, with the main saying: “Thank goodness I was run over, otherwise I’d never have got rid of that chugger”. Papworth comments: “The sector needs to worry when Matt turns his attention to its shortcomings on the Telegraph’s front page”.www.andrewpapworth.co.uk 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.  26 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Advertisement Tagged with: Fundraising Standards Board Individual giving Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Motorcycle hitmen gun down Philippine reporter who covered mining

first_imgNews Receive email alerts RSF_en Screenshot from Jobert “Polpog” Bercasio’s last TV broadcast on 9 September 2020 (photo: Balangibog TV – RSF). “Given the modus operandi, which is typical of the murders of journalists in the Philippines, everything indicates that those who gunned down Jobert Bercasio were acting on the orders of someone who was annoyed by his reporting,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. June 1, 2021 Find out more A specialist in covering the mining industry, along with other subjects, Bercasio used to work for Bicol Today, a local news website, before launching his own online video outlet, Balangibog TV.  In a programme broadcast every Monday to Thursday, he interviewed viewers by telephone and often denounced deforestation and illegal mining in his region. Impunity News Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa “We urge the Philippine government to shed light on this case by appointing an independent investigation. It is time to end the impunity that characterizes crimes of violence against media personnel in the Philippines.” Help by sharing this information to go further May 3, 2021 Find out more The Philippines is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, two places lower than in 2019. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms EnvironmentViolence Cornelio “Rex” Pepino, a radio journalist who was gunned down in May in Dumaguete City, in the central province of Negros Oriental, was probably targeted because of his coverage of local bribery and corruption related to illegal mining. Organisation News September 14, 2020 Motorcycle hitmen gun down Philippine reporter who covered mining Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago February 16, 2021 Find out more In his last Facebook post before his murder, Bercasio referred to the presence, near a quarry, of suspicious trucks that did not have the necessary permits and were using false licence plates. He had previously posted photos of these trucks five days ago. Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Follow the news on Philippines PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms EnvironmentViolence On the basis of initially gathered information, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) suspects that a journalist gunned down today in Sorsogon province, in the eastern Philippines, was killed because of his coverage of the mining industry and urges the police to work on this hypothesis. News Jobert Bercasio, also known as “Polpog,” was killed instantly at around 8 p.m. today by five shots fired from an F-16 rifle near his home in the Seabreeze Homes district of Sorsogon City. Witnesses told police he was shot by two men on a motorcycle who immediately made their getaway. The F-16 is an assault rifle used by the US army.last_img read more

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Council Hears Budget Presentations in Special Meeting

first_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Public hearings on the budget kicked into high gear as several departments made presentations to the City Council in a joint meeting on Monday.“As we get into the department budgets, I have asked the director to focus on key accomplishments and major workplace efforts for the coming year,” said City Manager Steve Mermell. “Without the budget, none of the services the city provides would be possible.”The council annually hears budget presentations in special meetings before City Council meetings.Police, parks, recreation and community services, the city’s libraries, transportation, the Pasadena Center Operating Co. and the city’s Community Access Corp. were scheduled to make budget presentations on Monday.However, only the police, library and parks and recreation and community presentations were made due to time constraints.The other departments were scheduled to make presentations at the City Council meeting which began immediately after the special meeting.“We continue with our youth engagement and increasing our number of officers for patrol,” said Police Chief John Perez.Although local residents called on the city to cut police funding for more social services, council members did not broach the topic when discussing the department’s budget with Perez.On Monday, Pasadena Now reported the department is recommending city officials reallocate $225,000 from its normal operating budget to fund a second full-time PORT team to provide unarmed responses to service calls involving mental health issues or problems related to homelessness.The team would be made up of a firefighter or emergency medical technician, a social worker and a housing worker.The team would be able to respond to calls received by the Police Department that don’t involve an apparent threat of violence or danger.Under the proposed 2022 FY Operating Budget, the Police Department will receive over $84 million from the General Fund.The proposed operating budget — including city-affiliated agencies and the city’s capital improvement projects — came in at $897.8 million, exactly $20 million more than the last fiscal year’s adopted budget.The recommended Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget includes $286.7 million in appropriations from the general fund.The city’s charter, Section 902 requires that the annual operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year be submitted to the City Council on or before the third Monday in May, according to a staff report.The city’s operating budget was put together before the city’s library was shut down in May due to seismic issues.The library’s budget for 2021 will be significantly lower to unfilled positions and no live programs due to the closure.“We’ve been focusing on continuity of operations ever since,” said Library Director Michele Perera.“We have been looking for alternate locations and have toured a few in the last few weeks. The library has considered moving some of its services to a closed elementary school and a warehouse,” Perera said.The location will house 350,000 books.“We know we are not going to find another Central Library,” Perera said.About 80 percent of the library’s $15 million budget comes from the city’s General Fund. The rest comes from a library tax. 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‘I’m a believer’ – Westwood tells England players confidence is key

first_img11 Jun 2020 ‘I’m a believer’ – Westwood tells England players confidence is key Tags: England teams, Lee Westwood Lee Westwood this week told the England Golf squads he still believes he can win a Major.And the former world number one has encouraged the country’s top amateurs to replicate his work ethic and self-confidence as they strive to achieve their own career goals.The seven-times Ryder Cup winner took time out from his preparations for professional golf’s return by taking part in the latest England Golf online Q&A session with national players and coaches.Westwood – who represented England with distinction as an amateur before turning pro in 1993 – shared tales from life on tour, tips on coaching, practice and course management as well as offering sound advice for the next generation of England golfers.The 47-year-old’s CV means that he commands instant respect from all golfers – and his online audience during the hour-long session was no exception.In the course of his 27 years on Tour Westwood has:Achieved 44 tournament victoriesWon pro events in five continents – North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and AustralasiaEnjoyed 19 top 10 finishes in MajorsFinished inside the top three in all four MajorsReplaced Tiger Woods as world number one in 2010 and spent 22 weeks at the top of the rankingsPlayed in 10 and won seven Ryder Cups as well as winning one as a vice-captainWestwood’s willingness to examine the fallow periods in his career as well as the many highs helped provide great insight for the current squad players who enjoyed the session chaired by Performance Director Nigel Edwards.When asked to pass on one piece of advice to players making the transition from amateur to pro ranks, Westwood said: “Have confidence in yourself.“It’s a dog-eat-dog world and no-one will put an arm round you. You need to grow up quickly, have faith and confidence in yourself. Convince yourself that you belong out there.“If you don’t believe in yourself, then no-one else will.”Westwood demonstrated he still has total belief in his own ability to compete when asked if – after so many near misses – he still felt in his heart of hearts that a major win was achievable at the age of 47.“Yes – that’s why I do the hard work still, why I’ve lost weight during lockdown so that I’m fit for majors at the end of the year. It’s why I practice,” added Westwood who credits his work ethic for his career longevity.“I maybe don’t practice as much as used to, but my practice is more meaningful.“I turned up to Bethpage for the PGA where Brooks Koepka won and looked at the course and thought I wasn’t long enough – there were too many advantages for the lads who carry it 310-315 yards through the air. I can’t carry it that far.“The rough was brutally thick and I was in the rough playing rescue clubs and they played 7 iron. Eventually that wears you down.“But for the Masters, Harding Park for the PGA this year – I feel as if I have good a chance as anyone if I play my game.“It’s only a few months since I won a Rolex event with the world number one (Brooks Koepka) playing that week in Abu Dhabi. If you can get your game in shape for a course that suits you, then why not?“It’s all about having the right mentality.”During the session, Westwood (pictured above as part of England’s 1993 Home Internationals squad) touched on the importance of coaches to his career having worked with celebrated names such as Pete Cowen, David Leadbetter and Robert Rock.Crucially, he stressed the importance of taking responsibility for his own swing to avoid being caught up in a ‘hazy panic’ of too many different thoughts.He also explained his loyalty to club manufacturers having stayed with Titleist and Ping throughout his career.And he joked about his Ryder Cup debut in 1997 when captain Seve Ballesteros gave him a gift before he hit his first tee shot – a giant ball of cotton wool to stuff in his ears to block out the Valderrama crowd noise!Westwood’s tips were gratefully received by his England Golf audience and he was happy to pass on advice having once been in their position as a teenage hopeful playing out of Worksop Golf Club in Nottinghamshire.Westwood – winner of the McEvoy Trophy, Leven Medal and British Youths’ Championship as an amateur – added: “I enjoyed the England days. They give you a footing in the game, learning to travel and becoming independent.“Going for England coaching sessions and playing Home Internationals, travelling to Iceland for the European Boys team champs – that’s not somewhere you’d go very often –  and Norway too.“They were good trips and it prepared me for travelling around on Tour.“Nowadays, amateurs are like semi pros and have travelled all over the world. The really good ones settle in far easier to pro life than when I started out.“My first pro event was my debut event as a pro in the Madeira Open. Amateurs such as Rory McIlroy had played 15/16 pro events as an amateur by the time they stepped up and that makes a huge difference.”Westwood will host the first post-lockdown European Tour event at Close House Golf Club from July 22.And he’s eager to get back and target more success at the British Masters and beyond.“I’m at 44 wins– let’s see if I can get to fifty!,” concluded Westwood with a smile.last_img read more

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Working the Dream, Immigrant Business Owners Tell Their Stories

first_imgHe arrived speaking “a little, not much,” English, working at Woodlake Country Club, Lakewood, and then later Navesink Country Club, Middletown, where he worked as a chef, before becoming an entrepreneur.“I came to the United States for the opportunities,” he offered. Long days still, he acknowledged – “Every day, every day I come,” to the businesses – but he also conceded he’s slowed down a little since the early days.The United States, “For me it’s great,” he offered. “The best country. The best country for opportunities.” Life here hasn’t always been easy, especially when he first came, acknowledging it’s a difficult transition to another culture and language. But he believes life is better now than if he stayed in Mexico, which he visits every year to see family. “There’s more freedom here more secure, safety. It’s better,” he said. “No complaints. I’m very happy, happy with my family.”Torres, who became a citizen 12 years ago, has seven children from three marriages and for them “I want them to get an education, college.”“There is no way you could make it with no college,” he advised. And he offered another lesson to his children and everyone: “To get where you want to be you have to work hard.”“This nation is changing,” Menna observed, moving from what had been a majority white population to a more diverse, multi-racial and -ethnic country. “And I don’t think that’s a bad thing,” he added, with diversity bringing with it a vitality, he said.And that change is continuing, as areas of New Jersey that had been predominately African American, or Polish or Jewish, had become Puerto Rican and then populated by other Hispanic nationalities as Mexican and Central American. And it’s still changing, “10 years from now it’ll be a different group,” probably taking on a Middle Eastern flavor as new immigrants relocate from part of the globe, Menna noted. Immigration benefits the community and country, he believes. “They bring different ideas,” on how to get ahead. “Like me,” he explained, “they can use their ideas to have better life.” By John BurtonRED BANK – The stories of immigrants are our stories whose families had arrived generations ago. Their dreams are our dreams; their hopes for their families are the same as all of ours. They are America.While on the national political arena, whether in the halls of Congress or on the campaign trail, the rhetoric gets fiery, with talk of building walls, rounding up undocumented immigrants, denying admittance to this country because of religious beliefs, there are many immigrants living in our area leading lives of quiet productivity, many operating small businesses. Their hope is, like many of us, to provide for their families, build a future and hope for better futures for their children. And in the process these small business owners are contributing to the local economy, offering services and goods, as well as creating jobs.“I think it’s a great thing,” what these small business owners are doing, said Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat serving his third term.Menna’s own background speaks of the immigrant experience. He came to the U.S. as a young child with his family from his native Italy. He recalled as a 10-year-old having to translate into Italian for his parents and while others “are looking at you telling you to speak English.”Of the businesses owned and operated by immigrants, Menna said, “It empowers people of various minorities…By that empowerment they also have roots and have an invested stake in the success of that community.”It can provide a protective barrier for their ethnic community. “And I think it’s a progressive tool,” Menna continued. “And I think it creates a level playing field where there were and still are abuses,” aimed at members of an immigrant community.Here are are some of their stories:El Salvador-born Hugo Paredes, with help of his daughters Thania and Stephanie, now operate Paredes’ latest business venture, Carlos O’Connor’s Mexican restaurant in Red Bank. Paredes owns and operates other local businesses Photo: John BurtonHUGO PAREDESHugo Paredes is a 44-year-old native of El Salvador. He traveled to the U.S. alone 22 years ago, knowing only a cousin who lived in this country.“We came from a really poor country,” he remembered. Growing up “I got tired of seeing my mom working at the sewing machine day and night,” to support the family.Along with being a poor country, El Salvador, in Central America, is a particularly violent one, Paredes pointed out, with gangs running rampant and a bloody civil war that had raged for years as he was growing up. His father became a victim of violent crime; attacked by a gang, shot four times and now is confined to a wheelchair.Paredes’ journey to the U.S. was in part because, “I wanted to give them a better life,” for his family, which included five siblings, he said.When he first arrived, he didn’t speak any English, stayed with his cousin in Union City, then moving to Lynbrook, Long Island, working a variety of jobs – construction, produce clerk in a supermarket, dishwashing. He eventually made his way to Red Bank – where he met his future wife, Elizabeth – and found work with a Rumson landscaping company.When the married couple who owned the landscaping business was divorcing and closing the business, they helped Paredes start his own landscaping company, providing him with equipment and about eight of their clients.Paredes worked long hours and built up the business. He was able to put away enough money to open Rincon Latino, a grocery and deli, 218 Shrewsbury Ave., that markets to the Latino community. The work didn’t get any easier in the beginning, he said. Paredes would get up at 2 a.m. to travel to New York City or Philadelphia to purchase produce, get back, get the kitchen going in Rincon Latino for his wife to take over for the day, so he could start landscaping by 7 a.m. He would work until 7 p.m. or later. Marco Machado, who owns and operates Fernando’s Shoe Repair in Red Bank, came to the U.S. 32 years ago in search of a better life.MARCO MACHADOMarco Machado, who is now 50, came to the United States 32 years ago, and continued in the shoe repair trade that his father and grandfather had done to support their families in Machado’s native Brazil.Machado, who lives in Perth Amboy, owns and operates Fernando’s Shoe Repair, 74 Monmouth St. where he is the sole employee. He has owned it for 15 years.Machado decided to come to America “Like everybody: for a better life.”“When I come here things were tough in Brazil,” with a declining economy, he recalled, precipitating his decision to leave. He had begun by working in construction, first living in Newark.He is married with two daughters and said of his business, “I can’t complain. I make a living, pay my bills.”But he had no reservations about what he thought of his adopted country. “I love America,” he said, noting he became an American citizen about 20 years ago. “Everything is good here. There is opportunity and security; you feel more secure here.“There’s everything you need in the U.S.A.,” he added.Juan Torres, with his 19-year-old daughter, Leah Torres, owns a number of successful area businesses, including Juanito’s Mexican restaurant in Red Bank. Photo: John BurtonJUAN TORRESJuan Torres came to the U.S. from his home in Mexico in 1982 and can be described as a success by any standard.Torres, who is 55, and lives in Tinton Falls, has owned and operated Juanito’s Mexican restaurant, 159 Monmouth St., for nearly 25 years. He recently sold the second location, in Howell, which is still operating under the name Juanito’s II. He opened and runs a neighborhood grocery catering to the Hispanic community on Shrewsbury Avenue about four years ago; and has been operating a Latino bakery on the western end of Monmouth Street for about 12 years. Over the last four years he’s renovated four homes on the West Side and is renting them out.His next endeavor is to build a laundromat with apartments on the upper floor in a vacant Shrewsbury Avenue building.At one point, with the two restaurants and other interests he had about 60 employees, with that number now about 28.Growing up in Mexico, Torres explained “Life was comfortable.” “But,” he added, “we wanted more.” The continuing hard work has paid off, as Paredes has expanded his business interests and recently acquired Carlos O’Connor’s Mexican restaurant, 31 Monmouth St. Paredes operates the restaurant with the help of some valued employees and his eldest daughter, Thania, 18, a Monmouth University student.Paredes also purchased an approximately 30-acre dairy farm, with about 70 cows, in his native country that family members operate.For his businesses in this country, Paredes has about 20 employees working for him. And even though, “I had nothing” when he started, he said “life is good,” now for Paredes, his wife and two daughters and maybe in a few more years he’ll be able to slow down a bit.He admits he has faced discrimination. “They don’t have to say it,” he said, but he could sense it in the way people looked at him. “They just start making faces.”Paredes has become an American citizen and he takes exception to some of the comments from politicians. “We come to work; we don’t come to do bad things. We come to help the country, to help ourselves.”He said coming to the U.S. is the “best thing to happen in my life.“If you have ideas and you want something and are willing to work you can have it,” he believes that is what this country offers. “But you have to want to work.”Lauro Morales-Franco immigrated to Red Bank from his native Mexico and has started his own masonry/construction business.Photo: John BurtonLAURO MORALES-FRANCOLauro Morales-Franco came to Red Bank from Mexico in 1999 because his brother and sister had already immigrated here. And when he arrived Morales-Franco took his brother’s advice: “He told me the first thing to do was to go to school to learn English.” So he took advantage of free ESL classes offered at Brookdale Community College’s satellite facility in Long Branch.Before coming to the U.S., he considered staying in Mexico, having served in the Mexican Army. But attempts at business, such as a restaurant, were unsuccessful, in part because of the governmental bureaucracy he said he struggled against. “The life and conditions we had in Mexico, it was impossible to make anything,” to get ahead, he said.Coming here, he began by working for a roofing company – starting his second day in the U.S. He went on to work in a number of area restaurants, including an Applebee’s, the Salt Creek Grille, Rumson, and the Americana Diner, Shrewsbury, and eventually found his way into construction work.And that led him back into masonry work. Morales-Franco had begun working with concrete at 14 in Mexico, having left school to help his family. His family had eight children; “That’s a lot of mouths to feed,” he said.A field manager on a construction site suggested Morales-Franco go into business for himself, given his ability in working with concrete. That led him to start Dylas Construction in 2005.“In the beginning of business I couldn’t afford a truck; I had to use my car,” to lug equipment and material to the job sites. And now, 11 years later of owning a business, “Right now for me it’s the beginning of business,” as it continues to grow. “There’s no relaxing. I don’t see that right now.”But coming here was the right thing, he believes. “I know if I stayed in my country it wouldn’t be the same. This country has more opportunity for everybody.”Morales-Franco and his wife, Alejandra, have four children, ranging in ages from 14-years-old to 18 months, and have recently bought a home on Catherine Street.He is studying to become a citizen and said the U.S. has been “wonderful,” allowing his family to live a life they wouldn’t have had in Mexico and helped him help his parents improve the quality of their lives.“My wife says I dream too much,” he said, but the dreams he has now are for his children’s future. “I want them to get education, to go to college.”Mohamed Elbery, who owns and operates Café 28 in Red Bank, is originally from Egypt and has traveled and worked around the world, and now calls the United States and Monmouth County home.Photo: John BurtonMOHAMED ELBERYMohamed Elbery has owned and operated Cafe 28 every day for the last 51⁄2 years. Every day. “Since I open I don’t have a day off,” as the lone employee of his small eatery.But that’s OK, he maintains. “Yes, it’s paid off. It’s for yourself. It’s hard work, but it’s for yourself.“You have to work hard in any business you’re in,” he added.Elbery, 56, is an Egyptian who has had a varied career before settling in the U.S. He has a law degree, having worked as a lawyer in his native Egypt and served as an officer, as a criminal investigator, for the Egyptian Air Force. He always had a touch of the wanderlust and traveled through Europe, living in England, France, Switzerland, as well in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He owned and operated a jewelry store and worked for restaurants and hotels in his travels. “When I see the people traveling, I see the airplanes,” he explained, “it’s very attractive to me.”In his 23 years of living in this country, the whole time living in Monmouth County, Elbery, who lives in Tinton Falls, has worked in restaurants and has sold cars before opening his eatery on Monmouth Street, which features Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare as well as traditional western selections.Business could be better – “It’s been slow, to be honest”– but “It’s been good,” in this country, he added. “I work for myself,” and for his wife and two children, a 23-year-old daughter and a 19-year-old son.“It’s been hard work but it’s for yourself,” he said.Life in America, he said, is “nice and quiet and steady and normal,” offering stability and security and a reassuring continuity. “Every day you know what it will be.”He bristles at some of the comments he hears on the news. “They talk about what they want to talk about,” he said. “To be honest, when they push too much, yes,” it’s worrisome.“This country is built from that,” the work of immigrants, he said.“That’s everyone in America.”When Nelson Beltranena (pictured with his employee Rocio Sanchez) left his native El Salvador and came to the U.S. he took what he learned working in area restaurants to open his own, North of the Border, in Red Bank. Photo: John BurtonNELSON BELTRANENANelson Beltranena, a 46-year-old native of El Salvador (and Paredes’ cousin), came to the U.S. in 2003, because of the crime and lack of opportunity he found in his homeland. “It’s the guns,” he said in stilted English, referring to the rampant violence, he witnessed. “Everyone is crazy.” He also felt, “The country wouldn’t let me work,” with its deplorable economy, he added.Coming here, Beltranena worked for a time in restaurant kitchens and “I took what I learned” and opened North of the Border, a small, modest restaurant and take-out, 176 Monmouth St., in November 2009.“Here, I can work and have my business,” he said.Given the large and seemingly growing Mexican population, Beltranena felt that a restaurant specializing in Mexican cuisine was a solid business choice. And it has been, attracting a regular crowd of Latino customers. Now, though, “We want the Americans,” to come to his location.He is planning to open his second location, with a North of the Border in Asbury Park with a planned opening next May. In his Red Bank restaurant, he currently employs ten.Beltranena, who is a resident alien, and his longtime girlfriend have four children, ranging in age from 9-years-old to two weeks. For them “America is good. We can work. Everything is good.”last_img read more

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Duarte 28, La Puente 7

first_imgLA PUENTE — The Duarte High School football team blew open what was a scoreless game at halftime to improve to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Montview League. Corey Fluker scored three touchdowns for the Falcons in the second half as Duarte turned the game into a rout. Fernando Ravega had Duarte’s other score, a 35-yard touchdown reception. “We had a gut check at halftime,’ Falcons coach Wardell Crutchfield said. “We were really shooting ourselves in the foot. We showed some real character by playing good football in the second half.’ La Puente’s inability to finish drives led to its doom. The Warriors saw five trips into the red zone turn into points only once – a 5-yard touchdown by Pedro Rochin. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We had opportunities,’ La Puente coach Ed McMillon said. “I think we had a good game plan, but bottom is they were able to score some points. We made mistakes in the second half and they were able to capitalize.’ The Falcons continue their quest to dethrone Gladstone and take the league title with a home game next week against Sierra Vista. Gladstone also remained undefeated in league with a 23-22 win over Sierra Vista on Friday. Duarte hosts Gladstone on November 4. last_img read more

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Baleage: An option in better haymaking

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Throughout the Midwest, spring rains can make putting up dry hay very difficult. Last year, many producers struggled to get hay up without it getting rained on. This brings me to discuss baleage as an option for hay making.It is easy to see the reasons why you should consider baleage. Making hay at higher moisture allows you to bale closer to cutting and shorten the window of dry weather needed to get hay up. It also leads to less leaf loss, less nutrient leaching, and that makes for better quality hay. Wrapping bales also leads to less storage loss.Waiting on dry weather can also impact forage quality and productions. As forage continues to grow and mature the quality will decline. When producing dry hay, often times traffic is still an issue on fields as much as five days after cutting. This can drastically decrease yields for the next cutting. Baleage allows for a quick on and off of the field.Timing is crucial in making baleage. I recommend cutting the forage in the afternoon if possible as the sugars will be the highest in the plant during the afternoon. Baling should occur with a target of 50% moisture in the bale. The targeted range should be no more than 40% to 60% moisture. When bale moisture gets on either side of that range, fermentation patterns will be poor.Proper wrapping is very important. If the wrap is too thin, torn, or not quality plastic, your baleage will be sub-par. Baleage is only as good as the integrity of the plastic you use. Using net wrap will provide a smooth surface to wrap with less opportunity for air pockets or the plastic to be poked through.Storage of the baleage needs to be in an area that can be monitored for rodents and raccoons. Anything that tears plastic or compromises the anaerobic environment will result in ruined baleage. Storing bales close to where they will be fed is wise. Moving bales after wrapping can be difficult. Spearing the bales or poking holes in the plastic will negatively impact the baleage. You may need to look into bale grabbers or methods of grabbing and moving bales without compromising the plastic.A few tips:• Monitor bale size — large bales can weigh too much and be difficult to handle.• For balers with knives, think about removing half of the knives to improve bale integrity and limit bales that “blow apart” once opening.• Use inoculants, especially following a frost or in drier weather.• Avoid dirt and manure contamination. Listeria and Clostriduim can be an issue and cause serious risk.• Wrap will cost about $3 to $5 per bale. Don’t short the layers of wrap needed to get a good seal.• When doing a feed inventory or selling hay, remember half of the bale is water. Dry hay is only 15% moisture.last_img read more

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Resolution or Transformation

first_imgSo, you’ve changed have you? This year you kept your promises, and the changes you’ve made are visible, huh?Would the person closest to you in your life recognize the personal changes that you’ve made this year? Would they call those changes a “transformation?” Or would they say that you “did a little better?” Which were you playing for when you promised yourself?Would someone you’ve known for a long time immediately recognize that you have changed? If they spent a couple hours with you, would it become clear to them all the ways that you have transformed yourself over the last year? Or would they say you’re the same person they’ve always known and loved?If you report to someone, would that person be able to quickly rattle off one or two of the major ways that you have improved yourself this year? Or would they simply point to the one or two visible projects that you were involved in? Would they even know what you worked on?How about your clients? Would your clients rave about how the transformation you made this year had a massive impact on their results? Would they recount all the ways that your relationship has grown stronger because of the improvements that you have made? Would they even have noticed?Every year at this time we start thinking about what we need to improve in the coming year. Resolutions are quickly made, and those resolutions are just as quickly forgotten. As you take an accounting of this year, ask yourself whether you are going to be happy dabbling around the edges in hopes of improvement or whether you are going to transform yourself in some area of your life.last_img read more

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Racela says he didn’t start verbal joust against Chua

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT head coach Nash Racela said it wasn’t him who ignited the word war against Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua during the halftime break of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals game 3.Racela and Chua engaged in a shouting match and traded barbs at the tunnel of Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday when the two teams headed into their locker rooms.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cone on freethrow disparity: Ginebra was the ‘more aggressive’ team Racela and Chua had already exchanged heated words during the second quarter when TNT import Glen Rice Jr. and Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer got tangled up several times.READ: Nash Racela throws shade at ‘perfectly officiated ball game’It wasn’t until cooler heads prevailed that the two men were separated as Ginebra head coach Tim Cone pulled Chua into the Gin Kings’ locker while PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa played peacemaker.“You guys know me too well, and you also know the other guys too well. That’s all I can say,” said Racela.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The TNT coach, though, did not divulge into details about the altercation.READ: Racela, Chua engage in shouting match at halftime FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You guys want to know the truth?” asked Racela in Filipino to the members of the media who talked to him after TNT’s 1006-103 loss to the Gin Kings.“I might be fined if I say too much but you all know me, I won’t start something.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View commentslast_img read more

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