Friday, January 27, 2012

Second Annual Taste of Kyrene Fundraising VIP Party Benefiting Arizona’s Kyrene School District to be held at Fired Up Bar & Grill on February 10th

The Kyrene Schools Community Foundation will host two Taste of Kyrene fundraising events in support of the Kyrene School District.

Chandler, AZ, January 28, 2012 - The Kyrene Schools Community Foundation will host two Taste of Kyrene fundraising events in support of the Kyrene School District. The first, a VIP kick-off party, will be held at Fired Up Bar & Grill in Phoenix on Friday, February 10, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. The Main Event will be held at The Castle at Ashley Manor in Chandler on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 6-10 p.m.

Proceeds raised by both events will benefit the Kyrene Foundation and directly impact 25 Kyrene schools through the Family Resource Center, teacher mini-grants, and student scholarships.

This year’s Taste of Kyrene VIP party, an intimate celebration to honor key donors and community supporters, will be hosted by Pedro Gomez, ESPN reporter and Kyrene parent. The $100.00 ticket includes complimentary appetizers along with a beverage, a gift bag, and a ticket to the Taste of Kyrene Main Event.

Entertainment during the VIP party will be provided by funny woman Jill Bryan, proud graduate of Corona del Sol High School and the mother of two students at Waggoner Elementary School in Kyrene.  Bryan can also be found hosting the Comedy Fiesta on Tuesday nights at Dos Gringo's in Tempe, AZ.

The intimate VIP event is open to the public but limited to 50 attendees, so advance purchase is recommended.

At Taste of Kyrene’s Main Event, guests are invited to sample savory fare featured by scores of chef stations from local venues, bid for a generous selection of silent auction items, plus, enjoy live entertainment provided by Lil’ Debbie Band.

The Main Event tickets are $50.00 for advance purchase and $70.00 at the door. To purchase, visit:

Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe AZ, 85284

AAA welcomed publication of FSA paper on Alternative investments

AAA has welcomed the publication of the Financial Services Authority’s discussion paper based on EU plans to more closely monitor alternative investments.

Boston, MA, January 27, 2012 - Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA) has welcomed the publication of the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) discussion paper based on EU plans to more closely monitor alternative investments.

Far from being something alternative investors of funds should fear, the regulator’s paper, entitled ‘Implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive’, should be welcomed as a further move towards alternative asset classes becoming more mainstream, claims AAA.

The 102-page paper talks about how the FSA might go about enforcing the Fund Managers Directive in the UK. The directive is intended to form a framework for the regulations and assessment of the industry to expose risks and offer investors more information in alternative options.

“It is clear that the reason such as directive is needed is because more and more investments are turning their backs on traditional asset classes and are putting their cash into alternative, such as real estate, commodities, forestry, an even art and antiques,” stated AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson.

“The stock market is not such an attractive place to make money any more,” he added.

The FSA report states that it is keen to start thinking about implementation at an early stage: ‘There is a great deal to be done. Early communication and timely consultation and planning are crucial for effective and proportionate implementation.’

The report is to be open for responses until 23 March, while the EU members states must give their feedback on the directive by 22 July 2013.

The Investment Management Association’s director Julie Patterson explained that a diverse range of investment options will be covered by the directive, including impact investing and other very new forms of alternative investment. She sated, “The FSA’s paper summarises the diverse requirements within the directive.

“There are further EU rules proposed for smaller venture capital funds and social entrepreneurship funds, which will need to be accommodated.”

AAA advocates alternative investments and is particularly interested in promoting ethical investments, such as social ventures and sustainable forestry projects n developing countries. Several firms, including Greenwood Management and Agar Wood Investment offer investors the chance to make an impact on sustainable forestry while seeing healthy returns.

Anthony Johnson
Alternative Asset Analysis
71 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109-1320

New Plantation Research could hold key to fewer Emissions claims FRA

FRA has claimed that Swiss research could deliver more efficient timber plantations in the future.

Bainbridge Island, WA, January 27, 2012 - Research from Switzerland holds the key to “more efficient” timber plantations, claims research and analysis consultancy, Forestry Research Associates (FRA).

Seattle-based FRA claims that new research from the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen, Switzerland, has found how to optimise forestry plantations in order to minimise bark growth while maximising log growth and quality.

The main researcher, Nic Meyer, explained that bark emits more harmful substances when burned than the rest of the timber. He told environmentalresearchweb: "In our previous investigations we had found that the emissions from burning bark had sent all of our test instruments into overdrive.”

He then found that choosing the right kind of species and spacing the trees out a certain way within a plantation can reduce the amount of bark growth and increase the number of logs a tree can produce.

Using an analysis of spruce and beech plantations in Switzerland, he and research partner Marco Mina, found that certain forestry management techniques, involving thinning crops and carefully timing harvest, for example, could help to reduce bark growth by 20 per cent.

“This could have a major impact on how forestry plantations are managed in the future,” claimed FRA’s analysis partner Peter Collins. He added, “Any techniques that can minimise bark growth and increase quality timber production must be good for forestry investors.”

One of the key findings was that delaying the thinning process until branches had reached between 20cm and 40cm in diameter significantly reduced bark growth. The reduction in bark growth could reduce emissions and costs to countries that specialise in forestry, explained Meyer: "In Switzerland alone, the damage costs from direct emissions from wood combustion activities are estimated to be of the order of 100 million Euro per year.”

FRA advocates forestry investment through plantation schemes, such as those run by Greenwood Management in Brazil and Canada.

Peter Collins
Forestry Research Associates
620 Vineyard Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 316 8394

Insurance King to Release Online Rating Software for Car Insurance

Insurance King is developing an online rating software to market car insurance in areas they do not have a local office.

Rockford, IL January 27, 2012 - Insurance King to release online rating software for car insurance. In an effort to expand Insurance King throughout IL and into different States, Insurance King is developing an online rating software to market car insurance in areas they do not have a local office. The website is people will eventually be able to purchase insurance online from their home and print ID cards on the spot. As of now it is under construction, but people can submit a request for a quote to have an agent call back within 24 hours.

“Traditionally Insurance King has been a local business with little to no online presence, because the technology has not been around for agencies to rate people online until now.” Says co-founder Dan Block. Insurance King has plans to open offices downstate in IL, in areas like Peoria IL, Springfield IL, Decatur IL, and eventually offices in Chicago and the suburbs. Insurance King also plans on opening locations in Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Ohio. The website will help establish those markets before an office is open to serve the clients.

To get your free quote for car insurance, contact any Insurance King location in Rockford IL, and speak to an agent. Insurance King on Alpine Rd office 815-639-0149, Insurance King on Auburn St office 815-968-(KING)5464 , Insurance King on 7th St. office 815-316-9522, or visit to have an agent call you.

Dan Block
Insurance King
123 N. Alpine Rd
Rockford IL 61107