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)
CNOOC Limited announced that its Kenli 3-2 oilfields have commenced production.Departure of the first Wellhead Module for Kenli 3-2 project.The Kenli 3-2 oilfields, located in the southern Bohai Sea, consists of Kenli 3-2, Bozhong 34-6/7, southern part of Bozhong 29-4 and Bozhong 35-2 oilfields.The average water depth is approximately 20 meters. The primary production facilities include 7 offshore platforms and 1 onshore oil processing terminal.The peak production of the oilfields is estimated around 35,000 barrels per day.The Company holds 100% interest of the oilfields.Press Release, May 12, 2014; Image: CNOOC
Solicitors have welcomed Italy’s efforts to reform its civil justice system to become a more business-friendly jurisdiction.The government programme of reform includes measures aimed at increasing the efficiency of the courts and cutting the backlog of cases; developing a special commercial jurisdiction for investors and businesses; and promoting alternative dispute resolution.Speaking at the Law Society in London, Italian justice minister Andrea Orlando (pictured) spoke of the ‘mountain’ Italy has had to climb.Italy had almost six million pending civil cases at the end of 2009. Civil justice performance indicators placed the country towards the bottom of international benchmarks, with a lack of specialised tribunals for specific subject matters, while IT infrastructures and management systems were ‘uneven’ throughout the country.Giuseppe Sacchi Lodispoto, partner at Italian firm BonelliErede, which has an office in London, said a full trial in Italy can last up to eight years and ordinary bankruptcy proceedings several years.Sacchi Lodispoto said: ‘The current government has shown strong commitment and resolve in furthering reform, and foreign investors are increasingly taking note, as they see many of their traditional complaints being addressed.’Ongoing reforms that have helped to reduce the backlog include the creation of business courts with a specific competence for international firms operating in Italy. Initial data, Orlando said, showed encouraging signs of improvement.
Clonmel fly the flag for Munster in the Junior Cup while Nenagh are going for the Pierce Purcell Shield having last won it in 2016. Photo © – Tipp FM The Cup and Shield finals get underway at Thurles Golf Club today.Five All-Ireland titles will be decided over the coming days.Portmarnock take on reigning Senior Cup champions Galway in the semi-final while Royal Portrush go up against Dungarvan.