Suquamish Tribe agrees sports betting deal in amended Washington compact

first_img Email Address The Washington State Gambling Commission and the Suquamish Tribe have reached an agreement allowing sports wagering to be added to its Class III gaming compact, becoming the second Washington-based tribe to make such an agreement. Suquamish Tribe agrees sports betting deal in amended Washington compact Read the full story on iGB North America. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter If the new compact comes into effect, the Suquamish Tribe may offer sports betting at its Class III gaming facility, located on the Kitsap Peninsula on the Port Madison Indian Reservation. Casino & gamescenter_img “I am grateful for the thoughtful and cooperative approach taken by the Tribe and State in reaching this tentative agreement and this compact amendment continues to recognize the Tribe’s sovereignty and successful operation and regulation of gaming,” said Bud Sizemore, chair of the Washington State Gambling Commission. Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Social responsibility Sports betting Casino regulation Land-based casino Online casino Tribal gaming Regulation Responsible gambling Sports betting regulation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 4th May 2021 | By Marese O’Hagan Regions: US Washingtonlast_img read more

Add social networking sites to internet use policy, charities urged

first_imgAdd social networking sites to internet use policy, charities urged Tagged with: Digital Howard Lake | 7 December 2006 | News Voluntary sector legal and governance trainer Sandy Adirondack has urged charities to consider drawing up a policy on staff and volunteers’ access while at work to social networking sites such as MySpace.com and Bebo.com.In her latest legal update by email she suggests charity sector employers ensure that they cover not just blogging but also social networking sites in their Internet Use Policies.In particular she points out that use of such sites by staff can pose security risks. Malicious code can be concealed within files such as videos or sound shared by users on these sites. Advertisement  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis While frequently updated anti-spyware and anti-virus programmes will probably protect charities and organisations, staff still need to be educated and advised on whether the charity will permit them to use such sites in work time. 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

Visionaries Indiana Agriculture Honored

first_img Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Visionaries Indiana Agriculture Honored Visionaries Indiana Agriculture Honored Visionaries Indiana Agriculture HonoredEach year, the Lt. Governor presents special awards to individuals with a special vision for the future of Indiana agriculture. This year’s recipients of the AgriVision award are Beth Bechdol, Director of Agribusiness Strategies at Ice Miller and President and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana, and Dr. Jay Akridge, Interim Provost at Purdue University. They were honored during the Celebration of Agriculture at the Indiana State Fair.Akridge says his vision for Indiana agriculture to be a center of innovation in agriculture, “A place where the research happens and the farmers are early adopters of the latest things that will help them be more productive.”Dr. Akridge is currently Purdue’s Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity. Akridge began his career 20 years ago at Purdue University as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics and has since served as dean of the College Agriculture. During his time at Purdue, he has positioned the university to be one of the world’s leading agricultural colleges through innovative program development, initiatives and research.  His expertise and leadership is valued by industry leaders here in Indiana and nationwide. Akridge served on the ISDA Advisory Board from 2009 to 2015 and was part of the team that created AgriNovus Indiana. He is also a leader in the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), a research, policy and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the work of public universities in North America.Bechdol says her vision is to  grow the state’s ag economy to benefit the farm families and rural communities that depend on it, “Sustaining Indiana farm families, protecting our natural resources, and making sure people across Indiana know how great our agricultural system is.”Bechdol is the Director of Agribusiness Strategies at Ice Miller and President and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana. Growing up on a farm in Auburn, IN, Bechdol has spent her entire life striving to make Indiana a global leader in agriculture. Her public service includes work with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and on the Senate Agriculture Committee under Indiana Senator Richard Lugar. She was also the first deputy director at ISDA and was integral in establishing the agency. She was directly involved in ISDA’s international trade efforts and coordinated several trade missions for then-Governor Mitch Daniels and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman.“The extraordinary vision and leadership Beth Bechdol and Jay Akridge provide to Indiana agriculture epitomizes the spirit of the AgriVision Award,” Lt. Governor Crouch said. “Their passion and expertise has led to countless innovations, and they represent the very best of Indiana agriculture. It’s an honor to present them with this prestigious award.”“I have had the privilege of working alongside Beth and Jay for many years and seen firsthand the tremendous contributions they have made to agriculture, Hoosier families and the state,” said Ted McKinney, Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Director. “They are true visionaries, and their deep commitment to those who grow our food, fuel and fiber is why they are more than deserving of this honor.” SHARE By Gary Truitt – Aug 21, 2017 Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleState Fair Celebration of Champions Honors 4-H Youth at Indiana Farmers ColiseumNext articleEarly Indiana Crop Tour Returns Confirm Growing Season Challenges Gary Truittlast_img read more

GAA – Limerick crash out of championship at hands of Dublin

first_imgAdvertisement LIMERICK are out of the 2015 All Ireland championship following a one point loss to Dublin at Thurles this evening. The game, which ended 1-17 to 1-16, saw Limerick lead 1-8 to 0-3 points early in the second half. However, 9 points in a row from Dublin and 12 in total from Paul Ryan, saw Ger Cunningham’s men claim a victory which had seemed beyond them at half time.What now for Limerick? With it being 42 years since an All Ireland, Limerick’s wait remains for Liam Mc Carthy, while TJ Ryan did signed a new three year deal at the start of this season, the future of the Limerick manager and  his backroom team along with some of the older players on the panel, is not for discussion now, but Limerick hurling fans cannot but be upset with today’s display.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Teams:Limerick:Nickie Quaid, Seamue Hickey, Richie Mc Carthy, Sean O’Brien, Paudie O’Brien, Gavin O’Mahony, Wayne Mc Namara, James Ryan, Paul Browne, David Breen, Declan Hannon, Shane Dowling, Graeme Mulcahy, Kevin Downes, Cian Lynch.Dublin:Gary Maguire, Niall Corcoran, Shane Durki, Paul Shutte, Chris Crummey, Liam Rushe, Shane Barrett, John Mc Caffrey, Ryan O’Dwyer, Daire Plunkett, Eamon Dillon, Danny Sutcliffe, Paul Ryan, Conal Keaney, Mark Shutte. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSDublinhurlinglimerickQualifiersthurles Previous articleManor Fields crowdfunding campaign launchedNext articleKeegan hat-trick consigns Limerick to more misery Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin WhatsApp Twitter Facebookcenter_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsBreaking newsSportGaaHurlingGAA – Limerick crash out of championship at hands of DublinBy Staff Reporter – July 11, 2015 632 Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Daughter of Coleraine murder victim speaks of the family’s loss

first_img Google+ Newsx Adverts Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Daughter of Coleraine murder victim speaks of the family’s loss Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry The daughter of a 72-year-old man who died after confronting a burglar at his Coleraine home has spoken of her family’s heartbreak.Bertie Acheson was assaulted by a man who broke into his house in Glenmore Gardens in the early hours of Monday morning.The police said he suffered a heart attack brought on by stress. Detectives are treating his death as murder.Sandra Creelman, said her mother was distraught.She told the BBC that the burglar had “ruined so many lives in the space of half an hour”….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/sarah1pm.mp3[/podcast] PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Facebook WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme center_img By News Highland – May 3, 2012 Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp Previous articleHussey wants answers on NI Planning Service goldmine failuresNext articlePringle and Gilmore clash on Fiscal Treaty News Highland Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Four Utah State Student-Athletes Participate in NCAA Career in Sports Forum

first_img Written by June 5, 2020 /Sports News – Local Four Utah State Student-Athletes Participate in NCAA Career in Sports Forum Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Four Utah State student-athletes participated in last week’s NCAA Career in Sports Forum, which helps prepare student-athletes who aspire to have a career in sports after college.Women’s tennis player Annaliese County, along with football players Andre Grayson, Brandon Pada and Jared Reed, participated in the event, which took place May 27-29. The forum, originally slated to be held in Indianapolis, Ind., was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“One of my main takeaways was one of the conversations we had on the first day,” said County, an accounting major who just completed her sophomore season with the Aggies. “They talked about how we are more than just an athlete, that being an athlete is not the only thing that describes us. When we introduce ourselves, it’s always like, ‘I’m Annaliese County and I am on the women’s tennis team at Utah State.’ There are more identifiers than that and the sooner we realize that, the easier the transition out of sports after college will be for each of us.”Reed, a journalism major who redshirted his first season at cornerback for the Aggies, agreed with County.“I learned how to associate different characteristics and values that I can use to identify myself with, rather than just being an athlete,” he said.Organized and directed by the NCAA leadership development department, the four Aggies joined close to 400 other student-athletes from across the nation to learn about, explore and chart their potential careers in sports, particularly collegiate athletics.“The best thing about it for me was making connections with other athletes,” said Grayson, an interdisciplinary studies major who just completed his junior season at cornerback for Utah State. “I was honestly surprised with how well it worked since we were all on Zoom. I thought it would be a little difficult to keep up and see everybody, but I was impressed with how smooth it ran. But definitely, making the connections with the other athletes was the best takeaway for me.”Notable speakers covered the following topics and more to prepare attendees for success in navigating their futures: self-awareness and its role in professional development; practical approaches to the sports job search; personal branding; developing a career plan; managing yourself as a professional in the sports industry.“I took away a lot of key points from the forum,” Reed said. “I have always wanted to work in the front office of a professional team, and that was one topic they talked about. It was presented by Erika Swilley, who is the senior director of community and social responsibility for the Detroit Pistons. She gave and shared lots of helpful information that will help me in the future.”Through online panels, engaging breakout sessions, keynote presentations and facilitated discussions, program participants completed their experience with a thorough understanding of athletics as a career path and where they fit into the industry’s landscape.“I am going to piggyback with what Andre echoed,” said Pada, a political science major who just completed his junior season at long snapper for Utah State. “Meeting and connecting with all of the other athletes, going into it, I honestly didn’t know how many athletes were going to be a part of the whole forum, and knowing it was close to 400, I thought it would be hard for us to communicate. But, I liked the way they handled it, breaking us down into small groups was a nice way for me to interact with the other athletes and hear what they had to say. It was a great experience overall.”The forum platform allowed attendees to network with peers and decision-makers at the campus, conference and national level of college athletics.Participants who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in sports, and who were viewed as leaders on their campus, were invited to apply to attend the forum after a nomination by athletics administrators at their respective schools. The selection committee is comprised of administrators and coaches within the NCAA – many of whom are former forum participants themselves.All four Aggies said they would recommend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum to other fellow student-athletes or friends.“This is definitely something I would suggest to all student-athletes, especially if they want a career in sports,” Reed said. “Some advice I would give them is to go in with an open mind and ready to learn.”Added Grayson: “Go in and take as many notes as you can, because there is a lot of information being poured out and you want to take it all in.” Tags: Andre Grayson/Annaliese County/Brandon Pada/Jared Reed/Utah State Aggieslast_img read more

Columbus to start continuous injection of CO₂ in Trinity Inniss field

first_imgThe Company’s interest in the Trinity Inniss field benefits from an agreement with Predator Oil and Gas Columbus to start CO₂ injection in Trinity Inniss field. (Credit: 272447 from Pixabay) Columbus, the oil and gas producer and explorer focused on onshore Trinidad and Suriname, is pleased to announce receipt of Ministry on Energy and Energy Industry (“Ministry”) approval for the start of continuous injection of CO₂ in the Trinity Inniss field.   The Company also announces a continuation, for the month of May 2020, of the cost control measures first implemented in April 2020. Leo Koot, Executive Chairman of Columbus, commented:“The Company is pleased to have received Ministry consent for the start of continuous injection of CO₂ in the Trinity Inniss field.  The CO₂ project is an important enhanced oil recovery project for both the Company and Trinidad and I look forward to updating the market upon the commencement of continuous injection.The Company has decided, for the month of May, to continue to manage some of its third party costs through the issuance of shares under the Lind Facility and the Contractor Shares scheme.  However, we are conscious of the dilution this has on shareholders and so will, in the coming weeks, carefully review the effect of the share issuances and whether it makes sense to consider its use in the future.“Background – Trinity Inniss CO₂ ProjectAs previously announced, the term of the Trinity Inniss Incremental Production Service Contract (“IPSC”) was extended to allow for the implementation of the CO₂ Pilot Project.   The Company’s interest in the Trinity Inniss field benefits from an agreement with Predator Oil and Gas plc (“Predator”), whereby Predator will help plan and fund the CO₂ EOR Pilot Project (the “CO₂ pilot project”).  As part of the agreement with Predator, the Company and Predator share 50:50 in any incremental oil production (after Predator recovers its costs associated with the project).  Additionally, Predator has the right (until 30 September 2020) to purchase the Company’s interest in the Trinity Inniss field for US$4.2m.  Corporate Update – Lind Shares and Contractor SharesThe Company will continue, for the month of May 2020, of the cost control measures first implemented in April 2020. As announced on 15 April 2020, the Company has implemented various costs control measures, including the issuance of shares to Lind in lieu of cash payments and the issuance of Contractor Shares. The Company has decided that it is the best of interests of its shareholders to continue these actions into the month of May 2020 and as such will:·      Issue 13,046,803 new ordinary shares to Lind in lieu of cash payments otherwise due in May 2020 (the “Lind Shares”).  Such issuance is in accordance with the Company’s rights under the 2019 Facility Agreement.  ·      Contractor Shares: issuance of 9,500,000 new ordinary shares to various contractors, as part of the Contractor Shares Scheme, which has been in place since mid-2018.The other measures for managing company costs as announced on 15 April 2020, including no cash salaries for the Executive Management, remain in place.Lind Shares and Contractor SharesThe Lind Shares and the Contractor Shares represent 2.51% of the 895,467,938 ordinary shares in issue prior to the issuance of the Lind Shares and Contractor Shares.  The Lind Shares and Contractor Shares will rank pari passu in all respects with the Company’s existing ordinary shares. An application will be made for the Lind Shares and Contractor Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM, (“Admission”), and it is expected that Admission will become effective and that dealings will commence on or around 20 May 2020.Total Voting Rights For the purposes of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority, the Board of Columbus hereby notifies the market of the following:As at the date of this announcement, and after the issuance of the Lind Shares and the Contractor Shares, the Company’s issued share capital will consist of 918,014,741 ordinary shares with a nominal value of 0.05p each, with voting rights (“Ordinary Shares”). The Company does not hold any Ordinary Shares in Treasury.Therefore, the total number of Ordinary Shares in the Company with voting rights is 918,014,741. This figure may be used by Shareholders in the Company as denominator for the calculations by which they may determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the Financial Conduct Authority’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

THE FREE SPEECH SILVER LINING IN THE BUDGET CLOUD

first_imgBy Phil KerpenThe massive omnibus package of tax and spending changes recently passed by Congress was mostly a defeat for free-market economics. It extended expensive giveaways for the wind and solar industries, allowed President Obama to fund his Paris climate agreement, funded the president’s aggressive regulatory agenda, and even green-lit his IMF reform.But the deal is actually a triumph in the single most important policy area: the First Amendment. And as long as we are free to speak and engage in the political process, we can come back and reverse course on the economic issues.A detailed analysis by the Center for Competitive Politics identified no less than seven free speech victories in the deal. They include a ban on anti-speech regulations from the Securities and Exchange Commission and a ban on a potential executive order that might seek to control the political speech of people who have contracts with the federal government — as well as many critical measures to rein in the IRS.In 2012, Democrats won a national election by turning the IRS into a political intimidation agency, systematically destroying the vitality of the tea party movement that delivered a conservative wave in 2010. Given the level of scrutiny the agency is now under as a consequence, you might think there was no way they could use the same playbook to tilt the playing field for 2016. But the IRS was actually poised to propose official rules that would have been facially neutral but would have had the effect of silencing precisely the same groups that were sidelined by targeting in 2012.This deal takes that risk off the table by expressly prohibiting such rules.The deal also includes a comprehensive package of IRS reforms authored by Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois that enjoy broad support but that until now had failed many attempts to be attached to a legislative vehicle that would be signed by the president.That package includes a prohibition on IRS employees using private email address, as we know Lois Lerner and her coconspirators often did when orchestrating targeting, a mechanism for nonprofit groups to challenge IRS determinations in court so that they cannot be held indefinitely in limbo, and a provision requiring any IRS employee engaged in political targeting to be fired. (In the recent scandal nobody was: Even Lois Lerner was allowed to retire with her full pension.)Most significantly, Roskam’s reform package bans the IRS from trying to assess gift tax on contributions to nonprofit organizations, which they infamously attempted against conservative donors.In 2011, donors to conservative groups were told that despite decades of clear legal understanding and practice, they could be found liable for gift tax on their contributions. While the IRS never did impose such a tax, the threatening letters they sent likely had a chilling effect on contributions to conservative groups, which was the point.Taxing contributions to nonprofits would do nothing to advance the intended purpose of the gift tax — enforcing compliance with the federal estate tax — and would serve to dramatically diminish the ability of nonprofit groups to educate and mobilize citizens in the public policy process. Yet some liberal advocates continued to praise these abusive letters and even call for more of them to be issued.Now donors have an ironclad legal guarantee that their contributions to nonprofit groups will not be subject to threatening IRS audit letters and arbitrary taxation.The bottom line is that on a wide range of issues the omnibus deal is deeply disappointing, but the First Amendment provisions are an enormous silver lining because they mean activists will not be IRSed in 2016 the way they were in 2012. And that assures conservatives an honest opportunity to effectively engage the political process and come back to win on all the other issues.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

O.C. Library Hosts Program on Seeing Eye and Therapy Dogs

first_imgBy Maddy VitalePeter Avagliano loves his German shepherd Jake. He also is prepared to give him up.In just months, Avagliano will return his 10½-month-old playful puppy to the place where he got him.He also knows it is what is meant to be.Avagliano, of Galloway Township, is a puppy raiser who works with The Seeing Eye, an organization in Morristown, N.J., that trains dogs to be companions for the sight-impaired.He belongs to an organization called People & Puppies at Work for Sight, a group of puppy raisers from Cape and Atlantic counties who foster the puppies until they are ready for guide dog training from The Seeing Eye.Avagliano, and a handful of other seeing eye puppy raisers, spoke during a program at the Ocean City Free Public Library on Saturday.Speaker Maryann Hasher demonstrates a color reader.Maryann Hasher, who is blind, started off the program. She told the audience how she copes with daily life and offered tips and examples of useful items to help a person who is blind.Then the audience, in the filled lecture hall, heard from Jacquie St. John, who brought along her therapy dog, Wesley, and Sandy Federoff, who demonstrated tricks her therapy dog Emmy does.St. John and Wesley visit classrooms at the Davenport Elementary School in Egg Harbor Township.Jacquie St. John with therapy dog, Wesley, during a break.Federoff and Emmy visit children in the Sandman Elementary School in Lower Township. They also visit nursing homes.Federoff demonstrated for the crowd some tricks Emmy can do, including jumping through a hoop and pushing a shopping cart.While some dogs who would one day help the blind and others were therapy dogs to comfort and entertain, they all had one goal in mind, to help people, the handlers said.Jacquie St. John, left, with her therapy dog, Wesley, watches as Sandy Fedoroff shows how her therapy dog, Emmy, “rides” a scooter.From puppy until about 15 months old, Jake will live with Avagliano. Jake will be trained on basic obedience and be socialized.Then Jake will be go back to The Seeing Eye for the formal training to get him ready for his purpose in life, to be a seeing eye dog. Once placed, he will spend the next six to eight years providing comfort to a person and be his or her guide, Avagliano said.“It is a very emotional day,” Avagliano said of the day he has to return a dog he has fostered. “But to know that he will go on to help someone and become that person’s whole life and give that person independence, makes the job we do rewarding.”Informational brochures were available about becoming a puppy raiser or therapy dog owner.During the public portion of the program, audience members asked Avagliano who pays for the vetting when the dog is in the foster home as well as when the dog is placed.Avagliano explained that puppy raisers get stipends for food and do not have to pay for the medical care. The Seeing Eye takes care of medical expenses while the dog is with the puppy raise and when placed.He emphasized that The Seeing Eye organization is strictly funded through donations and does not receive any federal funding. The organization is always looking for donations and puppy raisers.For Ocean City couple Laura and Ed Marciano, becoming puppy raisers seemed like the right thing to do. They are raising their ninth Labrador retriever for The Seeing Eye organization.Laura Marciano explained that years ago, while working in a chiropractor’s office, she noticed one of the patients, who was sight-impaired, all scraped up and bloody.“I asked her what had happened, and she said she lost her seeing eye dog. He was her best friend forever,” she noted. “He made her independent. She couldn’t walk the same with a cane and she hit her face. I knew then that I wanted to help.”Ed and Laura Marciano, of Ocean City, talk with Jeanne Kaufman, a puppy raiser out of a Gloucester County group, with her puppy Koffee.The seeing eye dogs are primarily German shepherds, Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers and also standard poodles. The breeds are selected based on temperament, intelligence and ability to bond with their owner.To produce a trained seeing eye dog it costs the seeing eye organization roughly $70,000. For a person to have a seeing eye dog, he or she must go through an extensive phone interview and application process, handlers said. The fee to the sight-impaired person is $150.After a seeing eye dog is retired, the dog is often offered back to the puppy raiser. A dog could also go into another career as a therapy dog or with a law enforcement agency.Adult Programming Librarian Julie Brown said she was thrilled with the turnout.“It was a wonderful program and a really great learning experience.”Adult Programming Librarian Julie Brown introduces the speakers.For more information about seeing eye dogs or to find out how to become a puppy raiser, visit The Seeing Eye at www.seeingeye.org. For more information about events at the Ocean City Free Public Library visit www.oceancitylibrary.org. Many different events are held in the lecture halls, including this October seeing eye puppy raisers presentation.last_img read more

A Week in the life of…

first_imgWednesdayCoffee on the go today, as I’m off to visit a potential new supplier. We try to source all of our ingredients in Cornwall, where possible, and we’re particular about meeting our suppliers on their home turf. This gives us an opportunity to tour the facilities and to get a feel for how the supplier will fit with the Proper Cornish ethos. We pride ourselves on great working relationships with suppliers – a real plus, as they’re often the ones to suggest new and unique ingredients.Back in the office and it’s major taste panel time. A not inconsiderable 25 pasties later, we agree that 20 are strong enough to be added to the development list. Feeling full and bursting at the seams, we receive news that the sales team has secured an appointment with a major retail chain. The rest of the day is spent developing new products, which the sales team can present alongside our bestsellers. MondayAfter a relaxing weekend thinking about anything and everything but pasties, it’s time for the usual 7.30am start. I’m first into the kitchen at work, so I switch everything on and fire up the ovens, then put the kettle on, ready for the team at 8am.Over coffee, we discuss plans for the day, in particular what sample requests have come in and what we will be producing and putting into production trial.The Proper Cornish Food Company was set up by three Cornishmen in 1988 and is now one of the UK’s leading handmade pasty manufacturers. The bakery produces 50,000 hand-crimped pasties a day, so we’re incredibly busy people.Once we know the order of the day, it’s time to hunt out the ingredients. While another member of the team hits the bakery to collect our staple ingredients, I head off to the local supermarket to source the less familiar produce for the new recipes we’re trialling. As ever, my shopping basket raises a few eyebrows as I buy every brand of bean chilli in store!I arrive back at the new product development (NPD) kitchen just in time to take part in the team brainstorm on the latest customer product briefs. Nothing is more exciting than coming up with a new pasty flavour and realising that it has the potential to be this year’s taste sensation.Armed with a host of recipe ideas, the rest of the team set up in the kitchen. Meanwhile, I’m off to the company planning meeting.This is my chance to tell the departmental managers what’s happening this week and discuss new products that will be tested in production. The company has more than 180 staff, 100 of whom work in production, so it’s vital that everyone is kept up to speed on progress.The rest of my day is spent making up concept samples for customers. We produce a range of pasty formats, from bake-off to baked and chilled, as well as savoury slices and sausage rolls for a wide customer base.We sell to high-street bakers, catering outlets, multiple retailers and foodservice providers across Britain and beyond. As a result, we always review existing recipes and invent new flavours/pastry products, to keep at the cutting edge of consumer taste trends.TuesdayFirst things first; a cup of coffee with the team and a look at schedules for the day. Then, as often happens, our plans go awry as we get word that we’ve reached the first stage of approval for three new products for a key customer. This is a big development and means we need to start sourcing new ingredients.I spend the rest of the morning contacting existing suppliers and researching new contacts for quotes, before costing the products. My head is scrambled now, so I take time out for a walk to get ready for the afternoon.Back in the kitchen, we take a call from a customer whose freezer has broken down and ruined all the new product samples we’ve sent them. We offer a bespoke product capabilities service, coming up with innovative creations to meet individual product briefs, which means that many of the product samples we send to customers are one-offs. Tuesday afternoon is a mad dash to remake all the products and get them delivered to the customer the following day. FridayToday should be reasonably straightforward, mainly preparing for the following week.We’ve just launched a range of delicious chilled pasties and a premium sausage roll, so I start pulling together briefing documents and hand-crimping pasty samples for the sales team.Next I attend an engineering meeting to give my opinion on some new equipment. It’s important that NPD has input on the purchase of new machinery as it can have an impact on the ingredients we work with and the consistencies we produce.After that, it’s the fortnightly NPD meeting. Here I meet people from across the business, in the fields of stores, purchasing, production and technical, not to mention at least one of the Proper Cornish Food Company directors. This is a chance to make sure that everyone is aware of our current work and anything big planned for the future.I round off a full day and yet another busy week by taking part in a de-brief with my fellow NPD team members – before heading off for a weekend with my family in the wonderful Cornish countryside.center_img ThursdayI’m out of the office again today, visiting a local school. Proper Cornish Food Company was established when founders Phil Ugalde and brothers Chris and Dave Pauling grew disillusioned with commercially made ’Cornish’ pasties and decided to demonstrate how a quality proper Cornish pasty should taste. It’s this love of Cornwall and Cornish food that makes us want to give something back and to encourage young people to see the fantastic opportunities offered by the food manufacturing industry.We do a lot of work with secondary schools in the area and today I’m meeting a liaison officer at a community college to discuss what we can offer their students – be it careers talks or hands-on class tours of the Proper Cornish site. Although I’ve given presentations to some of the biggest customers in the country, I still get nervous at the idea of visiting a head teacher’s office – it must be a hangover from my school days!last_img read more