The Vermont Wood Products Marketing Council has released a new ten year strategic plan entitled, ‘A 2020 Vision for the Vermont Wood Products Sector,’ prepared by industry expert and International Consultant, Tom Dossenbach, from Dossenbach Associates, Inc. of North Carolina. A similar strategic plan was adopted in 2001 and stimulated many successful projects during the last ten years. As our world changes, it was time to revisit the old plan and develop a new strategic outlook for the coming ten years. The Vermont Wood Products Marketing Council consists of representatives from the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association, Vermont WoodNet, Vermont Woodlands Association, Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development, Vermont Department of Forest, Parks & Recreation, and three outside directors. This comprehensive plan identifies eight major goals with 37 action steps for continuous improvement through positive change. The strategies are designed to help all sector stakeholders, from foresters to the finished wood products producers, become more effective and prosperous in the future. The Council, the State of Vermont, Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and the Agency of Natural Resources, Division of Forests, Parks and Recreation have partnered to begin implementing the project. The ACCD is providing a staff member, Alex Ibey, to act as executive director of the Council. Ibey, an economic development specialist, has been chosen to lead the implementation phase of the project as the Council’s executive director. ‘Our wood products companies have the skills, knowledge, quality craftsmanship and products to compete in a very competitive world market,’ said Ibey. ‘This ten year strategic plan gives us a road map for continuous improvement across the entire Vermont supply chain.’ The Vermont Wood Products sector is a successful, $1.83 billion industry that is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. The Council and its partners are united and eager to begin working on implementing the newly adopted strategic plan. ‘Growth and prosperity for the sector is dependent on the ability to achieve the goals stated in the ten year strategic plan,’ Ibey said. ‘Wood Products is a legacy sector of Vermont’s economy and it’s time to let the rest of the world know that we produce the highest quality wood products in the industry.’ www.ThinkVermont.com(link is external)
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AWE Limited reports that as at 06:00 hours (6.00am NZDT) today, the Pateke-4H development well was at a measured depth of 1,507 metres and 13 3/8 inch casing had been run and cemented with the casing shoe set at 1,504 metres.The subsea tree has been successfully installed, pressure tested and function tested.The Blow Out Preventer (BOP) is currently being run and will be tested before drilling of the next section commences. Preparations are being made for drilling a 12 ¼ inch section to a TD of 4,100 metres.The Pateke-4H development well is in PMP 38158 and AWE is the Operator. Located in the offshore Taranaki Basin, New Zealand, PMP 38158 contains the Tui, Amokura and Pateke fields and has been producing since 2007.Pateke-4H is targeting a mapped northern extension of the currently producing Pateke field. The well is being drilled in water depth of approximately 124m with a planned total measured depth of 5,361m, including a 1,272m horizontal section. If successful, the well will be completed for subsequent tie-back to the Tui FPSO (“Umuroa”) for production in 2015.Press Release, February 25, 2014
Former national tennis player and current tournament organiser Max Brown will be hoping to spark the future of Jamaican tennis at the Max Brown Clay Court Tennis Championships, scheduled to take place from April 10 to 13 at the Couples Swept Away Resort in Negril.The tournament will bring together local and international players to the island to showcase their skills on the clay surface at the resort, which is the only location in Jamaica that has such facilities. Brown, who now lives in Vancouver, Canada, says that the tournament is the culmination of a 30-year dream to combine his love for tennis and his willingness for others to see Jamaica as a popular destination. “When the opportunity came about me doing a tournament in Jamaica, it was ideal for me to bring down my friends and clients from Vancouver, give them a taste of the history of Jamaica, and, at the same time, have some fun,” Brown told The Gleaner. IMPROVED LEVEL Brown is targeting an improved level of participation from last year and is hoping for at least 100 entrants, similar to the draw for major tennis tournaments.“We had 70-80 people last year, and this year, we really want to make it at least 100. As you know, the Grand Slam events with the Roger Federers and the Rafael Nadals and the Novak Djokovics, they have 124 players in the draw. So that’s my goal,” Brown said.A total prize purse of $700,000 will be up for grabs during the three days, and Brown is seeking to bring various international players to participate. He is particularly hoping to attract interest from younger players in the open category as he sees the benefits of providing an international-style event to grow the game locally.“Tennis is a very costly sport to play, so when we can provide the younger generation with an international event like this, in the near future, they should see way better results,” he said. “But overall, I think when it comes to development, it’s a very critical piece of [improving] the tennis. I’m happy to be a part of it, and I really want to make it a lifelong, regular thing every year.”As a former junior representative, Brown said that the tournament was essential for him to re-establish his commitment to helping Jamaica, and in particular its youth, giving them an opportunity to shine through the sport.
Upcoming Events & HighlightsLoews Sapphire Falls is offering a new Despicable Me character breakfast every Saturday at the outdoor Cayman Court. Guests mingle with characters as guests partake in an American-style breakfast buffet. Cost is $34.99 per adult plus tax and $20.99 per child plus tax with seating times at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. Tickets are required from the Loews ticketing site. A free digital download photo is offered per group.Universal’s Mardi Gras returns nightly February 3 through April 7. Catch a nightly Mardi Gras parade with Greek mythology-themed floats and a New Orleans carnival with food carts and a brass band. On select weekend nights the Music Plaza Stage will be host to major musical acts like The Beach Boys, Sean Paul, Macklemore, Fitz and the Tantrums, 311, Fifth Harmony, and more. Admission to Mardi Gras is included with standard admission to the parks.That is all for this week. See you next week and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag! Winter weather around the United States will affect travel plans. Keep an eye out for delayed and canceled flights. Park Hours and AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.Single-day park tickets are at Anytime pricing on Friday, February 16 through Monday, February 19. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure will run you $124 per adult and $119 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $179 per adult and $174 per child (plus tax).Single-day park tickets are at Value pricing Tuesday, February 20 through Friday, February 23. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure will run you $115 per adult and $110 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $170 per adult and $165 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $67 per adult and $62 per child (plus tax). Mail BagMail bag returns next week after a small hiatus. Leave a question in the comments or on the Touring Plans Forum. Share This!Toss the paczki but keep the beads out as Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration continues with a Kelsea Ballerini performing Saturday. Finish your po’ boy and lets get to the parks!Weekly Crowd LevelsSchool holidays and a long weekend leads to a massive spike in crowds as guests take their first post 2017 holiday trip. As a reminder arrive early at park opening and use customized touring plans to avoid waits.Detailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Report
The 747 just before its roll out. Fifty years ago this week on September 30, 1968, the Queen of the Skies that made travel affordable for all, the Boeing 747, rolled out into the Seattle sunshine.But its birth was to bring dark clouds to the leaders in commercial aviation at the time and almost bankrupted all three.SEE our video “Dispelling the myths about flying.”Ironically, the 747 wasn’t supposed to carry passengers for very many years as the world looked to supersonic travel with the Boeing SST and the Concorde.Boeing has now sold 1,568 747s and it’s still in production with the latest model still turning heads.But giving life to the aircraft that changed the world was a challenge that brought the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing, the then biggest engine builder Pratt, and Whitney and the legendary Pan Am to their knees.READ: New interior images of the 777X show a new level of comfortIn the late 60s, Boeing’s resources were stretched to the absolute limit as its engineers grappled with the complexities of its US government sponsored 2707 supersonic transport, which was eventually scrapped by Congress on May 20, 1971, despite commitments for 115 from 25 airlines.At the time the 747 was considered only an interim solution before the world’s air routes were taken over by supersonics but fortunately, Boeing had appointed Joe Sutter, a brilliant young designer, to the project and he was to father the classic of the jet age.Joe Sutter in front of the first 747. Credit Boeing Historical Archives colorized by Benoit VienneMr. Sutter was extremely modest on this role.“I was the only qualified person available. All the smart guys, Maynard Pennell, Bill Cook, Bob Withington, and many others were tied up on the SST, while Jack Steiner was heading the 737 programs,” Mr. Sutter said in a 2009 interview with the author.The 747 was designed at the outset to be a freighter as everyone thought the 747 would be relegated to cargo routes.“That’s what Boeing’s marketing people thought; they estimated we’d probably sell 50 or so 747s for passenger use,” said Mr. Sutter.The 747 was a mass travel dream of Pan American World Airways founder Juan Trippe and Boeing chief Bill Allen.Boeing’s Bill Allen (Left) and Pan Am’s Juan Trippe. Credit Boeing Historical Archives colorized by Benoit VienneMr Trippe had started mass travel in 1948 when he introduced economy class onto 70 seat DC-4s.But the 747 was far, far bigger. It would carry over 350 – almost double the Boeing 707 – and would slash fares.It is impossible to find anyone who recalls if there was a definitive business plan for the 747. But traffic was booming for the airline industry which had enjoyed growth of 15 percent a year through the early 1960s as passengers flocked to jet aircraft.Mr. Trippe was a man on a mission.He wanted to make travel affordable for everyone and he believed that the 747 with the new high bypass turbofan engine could do just that.Pan Am ordered 25 but most airlines were terrified of the jumbo’s size. Qantas ordered 4, British Airways 6, while many airlines just ordered 2 or 3 just to stay in the jumbo race.However, the trickle of orders wasn’t the major problem it was the 747’s weight.Initially, it was to weigh 250,000kg but this leaped to 322,000kgs by the time it flew because of design changes impacting range, altitude, speed, and fuel burn. A solution, to run the engines at higher temperatures to give more thrust, was found and within six months of entering service, the jumbo was performing at acceptable levels.Despite the many problems encountered in its manufacture, the birth of the 747 was an amazing feat. Pan Am took delivery of its first aircraft just 3-and-a-half years after its order was placed and that included a 10-month flight-test program.Because the 747 was so big airlines splashed out with lounges. There was the upper deck lounge and many had lounges at the back of economy class. However a Boeing proposal for a lower deck lounge – called the Tiger Lounge, because of the fabric design used in the mock-up never made it.The 747 gleams in the Seattle sunThe spacious age, however, was short-lived with airlines responding to a demand for cheaper and cheaper travel in the late 1970s by adding more seats.There have been many variants of the superjet. The upper deck was stretched for the -300 model and a modified wing and bigger engines added for the longer range -400 version.The 747 was also shrunk for the SP (Special Performance) model that was the first aircraft to be able to cross the South Pacific from the US to Australia non-stop.Finally, the 747 itself was stretched to create the 747-8, which features wing changes and 787 engines.Today the 747 is still the Queen of the Skies to many and for billions of passengers, it is the plane that enabled them to see the world.Tomorrow AirlineRatings.com looks at the Boeing’s jumbo kingdom.
Oracle is beginning to go after the On-Demand market. But their approach is different. They are directly challenging the the SaaS leader Salesforce and the Salesforce multi-tenancy approach to SaaS applications. One big reason is security, another is customizability.Multi-tenancy means all customer data is managed within a single database instance. In general there isn’t a problem with the approach, but a single breach to the system leaves all customer data vulnerable, not just that of a single customer. But a malicious security breach is usually not when the problem happens. The real problem happens when defects in the application software cause problems that inadvertantly expose data from one customer to another customer. Many SaaS vendor software applications, like Salesforce’s, are evolving on nearly a daily basis. Rather than a twelve-month or 18-month release cycle like traditional software, hosted software can be updated easily and frequently. There are a lot of advantages to a frequent update cycle. Frequent updates eliminate the problem associated with big-bang rollouts of new software, but it means that QA testing may not be as rigorous with each update release.Oracle is instead pushing isolated tenancy, but is adding an element of On-Demand scalability by making use of Grid computing and virtualization. Oracle has announced the beginning of construction of a huge data center in West Jordan, Utah. The center will be one of four “super cells” for Oracle, each cell representing about 20,000 to 30,000 square feet of hardware space.All the Oracle centers are based on grid computing. The grid is a cluster of loosely coupled commodity x86 server computers networked together to effectively create a supercomputer. Key to the grid is Oracle’s use of virtualization. Instead of standard processor utilization of around 7%, each processor is running at 73%. For on-demand, a single customer will have a ‘template configuration’ that conists of their own virtualized Web Server, middleware and database. The template then gets deployed to the grid and assigned resources as they are needed.Oracle’s gird is for the most part running with Red Hat Linux, a product supported by Oracle, and BEA middleware, also software recently acquired by Oracle.
Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Big Data has had its marquee conferences with Strata and Structure, but there are several newer venues that you might want to consider, including two conferences coming up in St. Louis. If you are just getting started, or even if you are an old hand, these are great places to learn more about this fast-growing technology.Strata is put on by O’Reilly twice a year and is held concurrently with Hadoop World in New York starting October 23. The basic pass is $900, but there are lots of add-ons and specialized tutorials. One of the keynotes is by Nora Denzel, who is Intuit’s senior vice president for big data, social design and marketing. As in past events, there is a long list of vendors who will be participating.StampedeCon claims its focus is “on the role of Big Data, its business value, potential cost savings, and Big Data use cases at Facebook, Nokia, Kraft Foods, Monsanto and more.” It has more presentations from actual end users than vendors, unlike some of the other conferences. For example, Frank Cotignola, the consumer insights manager of Kraft Foods, will demonstrate how to use social media to research important brand topics and provide in-depth insights to new product development, segment analysis and broader topics that companies might not previously have had the funds to research. It is a single-day event on August 1 that is the least expensive of the conferences we’ve seen: A pass will run $250. (I’ll also be speaking there.)St. Louis will see another conference that isn’t exclusive to Big Data but certainly will cover some of its technical underpinnings this fall with Strange Loop, starting on September 23. It is already sold out, but its previous sessions are well worth taking a look. We wrote about one session on NoSQL at last year’s conference here.Another Big Data conference worth checking out is mainly for government workers. It begins September 18 in Washington, D.C., and will cost at least $1,290 for a pass. Scheduled speakers include CIOs and CTOs from numerous three-lettered federal agencies, along with key vendor representatives.And TDWI will be held starting July 29 in San Diego. It starts at $2,430 for a three-day pass and is run by computer publisher 1105 Media. There are numerous add-on tutorials and other pre- and post-conference sessions that can extend your Big Data learning experience to nearly a week and is co-located with a business intelligence conference, which seems like a natural combination. Related Posts Tags:#conferences#hack Why You Love Online Quizzes david strom
After years of adamantly flying solo, one of the industry’s most prominent and successful bootstrappers just took $100 million from a prominent venture capital firm. Why did GitHub do it, and is the company abandoning its principles or making a smart move for future growth?Abandoning BootstrappingSocial coding site GitHub was the poster child for the bootstrapping movement, and it was proud to be fighting the system. One of its founders even passed up $300K and a steady job at Microsoft to start the project. Within a year, the company (which bills its code-sharing platform as “Wikipedia for developers”), had made itself the leader in collaborative development, with a growing staff and a profitable ledger. After a few early stumbles, GitHub has remained securely in the black and continued to build, so the announcement that GitHub was seeking financing from Andreessen Horowitz came as a bit of a shock. Unlike Yammer, which had a good product but faced a crowded market, GitHub really didn’t need the money to continue its climb. So why would a successful company with no one on its tail take the money now, when everything was already rolling just right?GitHub’s official blog post put it this way: “Because we want to be better” and “the resources of Andreessen Horowitz can help us do that.”“ That’s a bit vague (“Who doesn’t,” and “Duh,” respectively). In the end, the deal boiled down to “fit,” which GitHub mentioned, and “a whole lot of money,” which it didn’t.The FitMarc Andreessen is not Henry Kravis. He’s as concerned as anyone with turning a profit and justifying valuations. But at heart, he remains an open-source geek who wants to build things. To that end, he’s invested in enterprise technology companies that play in the same sandbox as his own development efforts. It’s easy to see GitHub sitting alongside other Andreessen Horowitz businesses such as snapLogic and Science Exchange (both of which attempt to manage crowd-sourced components in their own ways). And it’s a pretty good guess that Andreessen already uses GitHub.Since GitHub is already profitable, Andreesen won’t have to try to fix anything, and GitHub won’t have to worry that he’ll try. His presence on the board will likely be focused on guiding GitHub’s growth efforts, and as VCs go, Andreessen is a pretty sympathetic heavy. He also brings a lot of experience to the table, particularly in the realm of partnerships.The Money$100 Million is an awful lot of money – probably enough to fund GitHub’s current staff for a decade. It will certainly help the company branch out into more innovative businesses. But even if GitHub squanders every penny, it has successfully placed a $750 million price tag on the business. Andreessen will sit on the board, but that’s hardly a bad thing to a company whose founders clearly idolize the man. The founders retain control, and they’ve gained a very strong voice with a vested interest in keeping that valuation high in future rounds of funding.So in the end, it’s the best of both worlds. GitHub didn’t sell out, but some day, if and when the founders decide to, they’ll be able to do it in style.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#hack#Venture Funding How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… cormac foster Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid
Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts dave copeland Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Facebook’s plans to add job listings to the site is good news for both investors and job hunters, but don’t sell those LinkedIn shares just yet.Articles by Dow Jones (which initially reported Facebook’s plans to launch a jobs board), Forbes and other outlets went as far as to suggest that Facebook’s proposal – which has not been confirmed by the company – could slow LinkedIn’s momentum. That brought an immediate backlash from hiring managers and employment experts interviewed by ReadWriteWeb.“Honestly, this looks like a failed project prior to launch,” said Jordan Hudgens, a software engineer with MCW Services. “Employees keep their Facebook and LinkedIn accounts separate for the same reason why you don’t go out for drinks with your boss after work. Users join social networking and business networking sites for two very distinct reasons, and they’re going to want to keep them separate.”The new site would reportedly aggregate third-party job listings and make them searchable by users. The site could presumably use its vast trove of user data to target ads. It was unclear if the new service would work with or compete against existing third-party job search apps that have been developed for Facebook.“The Facebook feature is said to consolidate existing third-party applications [like BranchOut], which requires someone to fill in information first,” said DigitalMedia strategist Ari Herzog. “I’ve played with that particular app, and only a handful of my Facebook friends have inputted their information.”If Facebook is trying to compete with LinkedIn, Herzog said, he does not expect them to catch up anytime soon; LinkedIn has a built-in advantage, and the data is much easier to search by recruiters and job hunters.The Ongoing Hunt for RevenueSince its lackluster public offering in May, Facebook has been churning out a steady stream of products, upgrades and enhancements. The jobs board idea struck several company observers as the latest in that series of attempts to prove it has a sustainable revenue model.“It doesn’t feel like a big effort that they’ve worked on for a long time,” one person with knowledge of the new jobs effort told Dow Jones. “It feels lightweight.” The person speculated that the effort was meant to drive user engagement on the site.Any such move will ultimately drive that user engagement, but could also pull Facebook further away from its initial model of being a hub for online social engagement.“Facebook is used to dealing with advertisers, but recruiters draw from a different budget, have different goals and measurements, and have different expectations of the services they purchase,” said Ian Greenleigh, content and social strategy manager at the social analytics tracking company Bazaarvoice. “Unless Facebook builds an internal organization of veterans of the recruiting services industry, they will not succeed. Knowing your customer wins every time.”“As a public company, right now Facebook is now forced to look into every potential revenue stream available to please investors,” Hudgens added. “This is great example of why Zuckerberg didn’t want to take the company public in the first place.” The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit