Vermont Business Magazine How many people does it take to make a sign? Mel Martin, volunteer for New England Center for Circus Arts’ capital campaign effort, has found out over the last two years. “It’s more than one might think,” he says, “especially if it is a 12-foot diameter sign and you’ve never designed a sign before.”Martin began designing two different signs in October 2014 for the newest custom-built circus arts trapezium building in the United States, built and located in Brattleboro, Vermont.Mel Martin, volunteer for NECCA. NECCA photos.He initially wanted something that would stand out in a distinctive and bold, yet artistic, way that would reflect the all-encompassing nature of circus arts.For the first sign, he came up with the idea of a circle, perhaps as in the circle of a compass. One can stand in the middle and choose to go in any direction. One might start off in the direction of aerial skills, but that doesn’t prevent someone from discovering juggling or clowning. The circle opens all possibilities – it is all encompassing, as in all ages, skills, and aspirations. “The circle also represents community. NECCA is a safe, supportive, non-competitive place to challenge yourself and discover new realms of the body and mind. It’s all connected,” he says. The second sign is a changeable-copy sign for announcing events and takes the form of two circles – a reflection of the founders, Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion, who are identical twins.Designing the signs on paper is one thing, but where and how to get them made, and then how to get them transported, were additional challenges. It took nine players for the fabrication of the two signs. It started with a Chicago company, Atlas Tube, who donated the steel pipe; another Chicago company, Chicago Metal Rolled Products, then bent the pipe; the materials traveled to Atlas Metal Works of South Windsor, CT, for the fabrication; then to Specialty Restoration of Westfield, MA, for the sandblasting; to Westside Finishing of Holyoke, MA, for the power coating; and finally sign maker Dennis Tier Signs provided the finishing touches.Jim Westbrook, pig farmer and husband of NECCA co-owner Elsie Smith, offered one of his flatbed trailers to transport the signs from Connecticut to Massachusetts to Vermont. The last stop was at NECCA, where Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co installed the signs sometime this week.“I wanted both signs to emanate from the earth with no visible base of timber, brick, or stone. It’s an attempt to achieve the sense of a performer posed boldly and elegantly for all to see and enjoy,” says Martin.Source: NECCA 1.5.2017
Related Diamondback Bicycles has introduced a comprehensive consumer direct purchasing program, ‘ushering in a new era in the bike buying experience’. The bike brand’s direct sales model will aim to deliver an ‘aggressive pricing structure for premium bikes’.Over two years in development, the platform includes a ‘user-friendly web interface with bike customization options and online support, combined with direct shipping, easy-to-assemble bikes and convenient mobile service options’.The centrepiece of Diamondback’s new consumer direct program is ReadyRide. Here, new Diamondback bikes priced over US$450 will be shipped direct to consumers 95% assembled. No experience is necessary for the final bike assembly, which typically takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The Diamondback website features ‘intuitive ‘how-to videos’ to assist in the assembly with expert mechanics available to answer questions via the site’s live chat feature.“We completely overhauled our manufacturing, assembly and shipping process to create ReadyRide,” said Steve Westover, Vice President of Marketing for Diamondback. “While it typically takes a skilled bike mechanic over two hours to build a bike in a shop, Diamondback customers can now build their bikes within minutes. It eliminates a huge hurdle in the selling process and dramatically improves the overall online bike buying experience.”Diamondback has also partnered with the Beeline Bikes mobile bike service. After purchasing a bike at Diamondback.com, customers can choose Beeline as a fulfilment option – then select the exact time and place for a completely assembled, new bike to be delivered directly to their home or business.Diamondback’s new direct sales program has also driven the brand to adopt an aggressive pricing strategy for its performance road and triathlon product with ‘pricing at 30-40% below comparable retail’.“Our new Podium Disc frames, the same one ridden by national champions like Brad Huff, will be available with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 build and carbon HED wheels for as low as US$3,700,” said Steve Westover. “You can’t buy a better bike for the price.”In addition to ReadyRide, Diamondback also recently introduced its Custom Studio program, an online bike customization tool. Here, the interface allows customers to choose their bike’s components, colours and accessories. Then, each bike is hand-assembled in the brand’s Seattle headquarters by experienced mechanics and shipped in a custom box.Final assembly is positioned as being quick and easy for customers. Currently available for the brand’s award-winning Serios and new Andean triathlon bikes, Custom Studio will soon expand to include Diamondback’s Podium road racing bikes and other high end models.Earlier this year, Diamondback announced the signing of retired pro cyclist Tom Zirbel to its triathlete team. Zirbel, who recently set the US hour record in cycling, joins Diamondback’s growing athlete roster, which includes Jordan Rapp, Michael Weiss, Ben Collins, Rachel McBride and Matt Russell.Born in Camarillo, California, in 1978 and today based in Kent, Washington, Diamondback ‘designs and builds performance bicycles for every rider at every level’. With roots in the BMX world, and ongoing innovations in road, triathlon and full-suspension mountain technologies, Diamondback adds that it ‘continues to build a legacy of quality, service, and community’.www.diamondback.com
America’s leading cycling trade show, Interbike, has selected Reno-Tahoe as the new home for the Interbike trade show and the site of the newly-created Interbike Marketweek. Interbike Marketweek will begin with a weekend consumer festival at epic Northstar California Resort, will segue into the trade-focused OutDoor Demo, also at Northstar, and transition to the Interbike trade show at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center beginning in 2018 and continuing through 2022.“We’re extremely excited about this move for a multitude of reasons,” said Pat Hus, Vice President of Interbike. “For the first time in a very long time, we’ve been able to hit the reset button on Interbike and OutDoor Demo and give the industry something new and fresh that we couldn’t do in our previous locations.”He continued, “With the support and investment from the city of Reno we are going to be able to truly create a one-of-a-kind, week-long celebration and experience around cycling. We also recognize that this is a critical time in our industry and that we need to provide a more cost-effective approach to exhibiting at the show, and we are now able to provide that.”Interbike, which is part of Emerald Expositions, remains at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in 2017 with the OutDoor Demo in Boulder City, Nevada.“Las Vegas has been a great home and we appreciate their partnership over the years,” said Hus. “However, Reno-Tahoe gives us an unmatched blend of world-class venue for a consumer festival and the OutDoor Demo, state of the art convention center, fantastic hotel choices, robust nightlife and a more intimate environment of welcome and celebration. Cycling will be the centre of attention for the Reno-Tahoe area for the entire week. The Reno-Tahoe experience will be personable, affordable and picturesque for all attendees.”Interbike Marketweek 2018: new format, days, timesThe Interbike Marketweek 2018 experience will begin with a consumer festival on Saturday, 15 September 2018, at the Northstar California Resort, located near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Northstar is home to Northern California’s largest bike park with extensive downhill runs, cross country trails and is accessible by gondola and chair lifts, offering ‘an epic experience for consumers to test products from the most innovative brands in the bicycle industry’.The area also boasts ‘some of the most inspiring road rides in the world’ and has played host to a number of major events including the Tour of California. Racing, music, craft beer and more are planned for the two-day festival. The consumer demo will continue on Sunday 16 September through mid-day, but will transition to OutDoor Demo that afternoon and will be open only to the trade after 14:00 local time. OutDoor Demo will continue on Monday 17 September and will run from 08:00 to 18:00 with free gondola access to all attendees.Interbike Trade Show opens Tuesday 18 September 2018Following the demo experience, the Interbike International Trade Show will take place from Tuesday, 18 September through Thursday 20 September at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center (RSCC) just south of downtown Reno. The new Tuesday through Thursday format will allow retailers and exhibitors to travel home in time for the weekend. Expo hours on Tuesday and Wednesday will be 10:00-18:00, with Thursday being 10:00-16:00.The new hours will allow attendees to take part in educational content before the show opens, lessening conflict with valuable time on the show floor. Interbike will be making significant additional investments in education both in morning sessions and on the trade show floor itself. All meeting room space is adjacent to the main halls which will make participation even easier.Lower costs for exhibitorsInterbike is also announcing ‘attractive pricing for all participating exhibitors in the 2017 show or demo as part of the change in location.’ All 2017 exhibitors will be able to book booth space on site for the 2018 show and lock in at the lowest possible rate. Companies not currently contracted at the 2017 show can also access the lower 2018 rates by securing booth space or by participating in other ancillary opportunities.Those exhibitors that have booths at this year’s event will also receive priority on booth placement at the Reno-Tahoe event in 2018. More details are available by contacting Andria Klinger via Andria.klinger[at]interbike.com or +1 949 226 5745.Interbike adds that ‘the Reno-Sparks Convention Center is a non-union facility’. According to the trade show organiser, ‘this means exhibitors will enjoy more permissive hand-carry options and less restrictive booth setup labour rules… This will allow for more flexibility and increased cost savings to exhibitors. In addition to these cost savings, exhibitors and attendees will experience reduced travel, dining and entertainment costs.’Key reasons for Reno-Tahoe selectionThere were several major factors that contributed to the decision to move Interbike and OutDoor Demo to the Reno-Tahoe area, including:Hospitality: the move to Reno-Tahoe will enable Interbike to have a greater financial impact on the area as a whole, and attendees will ‘experience an increased amount of undivided attention from hotels, restaurants, music venues and the community at large.’Changes & improvements: historically known as the ‘biggest little city in the world’, Reno-Tahoe has transformed over the years from its focus on gaming to becoming a growing tech hub, attracting companies such as Tesla, Amazon, Google, Apple and more. Additionally, with its proximity to Lake Tahoe, the city has positioned itself as a leading recreation destination city with brands like the cycling industries’ own Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), Bicycle Technologies International (BTI) and Hawley-Lambert taking residence with distribution centres.Affordability: Reno-Tahoe has a broad spectrum of hotel choices with a wide range of brands at affordable rates. Interbike adds that ‘food and beverage costs are lower than what our attendees have been accustomed to.’Ideal weather: average temperature in Reno during the month of September is generally in the low 80s Fahrenheit during the day, and dropping into the 60s making for pleasant evenings and making demo experiences more comfortable. An outdoor test track will be constructed next to the convention centre and will be augmented by outdoor dining opportunities with an emphasis on healthy food options.Air travel will be top-of-mind for Interbike attendees, and while the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is smaller than Las Vegas, travellers will be ‘surprised with the growth in airlift in recent years’. The airport has a number of non-stop flights from major US cities including Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver as a result of the region’s tech industry boom.“Reno-Tahoe International Airport is overjoyed to provide the air service for Interbike attendees when they roll into our region,” said Marily Mora, President/CEO of Reno-Tahoe International Airport. “In addition to offering service on nine airlines, the airport team is looking forward to making a great first and last impression on Interbike attendees as they arrive and depart this region we are so proud to call home.”Interbike’s Pat Hus indicated that the move gives Interbike a clean slate and a chance to reset, as it adapts to changes in the industry. “As industries evolve and change, so must the annual gathering of our tribe – and after listening to suggestions from both retailers and exhibitors, the move to Reno-Tahoe gives us the perfect opportunity to bring a new overall experience to our attendees,” added Hus.“We will be working closely with the city to provide complimentary shuttles running from the airport to the hotels in our block and to and from the convention centre on a convenient schedule. We are also working with the city and planning a downtown criterium and celebration for opening night, complete with live music, racing under the lights, food trucks and much more.”Lastly, Interbike will continue to grow and expand its retail educational content with focus on key speakers and presenters before the show opens each day at 10:00. With the increased attention on this aspect of the show, show organizers have put The IBD Summit on hiatus until further notice. Interbike will work to bring IBD Summit-level content to the show in Reno-Tahoe, continuing its track record of bringing high-level speakers to its events.www.interbike.com Related
EMMY News:PHOENIX, Ariz. — The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will host its first-ever virtual event.The Sept. 19 event honors outstanding television professionals in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and El Centro, Calif. with the prestigious Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy Award honoring excellence in broadcasting.Nominees will be announced in mid-August.The first Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards was held nearly six decades ago in 1962 and has recognized many accomplished individuals and organizations in a variety of categories including sports, weather, education, politics and business. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be a live streamed experience through the new Emmys app that is available in the App Store for Android or iOS as well as Google Play. People also will be able to stream it on the chapter website and Facebook page. “This year, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and in an abundance of caution, we are following best practices and advice from health experts making the 43rd Annual Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards a totally virtual experience,” said President Doug Mummert of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter. “We will go above and beyond to honor our nominees and recipients and make it as special as possible for all of them, as well as their fans, friends and families. We are excited for this fresh, new way to honor excellence in broadcasting in the region in such an important year.”The Student Production Awards also will take place virtually that same weekend. The event recognizes outstanding high school and college television producers and journalists. Students will receive awards in a variety of categories including newscast, music video, fiction and nonfiction, sports program, talent and commercial. KOB-TV’s “Safe Start New Mexico” program will be honored as this year’s Governor’s Award recipient for its success in protecting the area’s diverse communities during COVID-19. The Albuquerque-based station built the platform to connect businesses, organizations and consumers to discuss best practices for staying safe and aiding in economic recovery during the pandemic. The free portal was designed to be accessible to provide even the smallest and hardest-hit businesses with these critical resources. “We are grateful to be recognized by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NATAS for our efforts to help our community to economically survive this pandemic,” said KOB Vice President & General Manager Michelle Donaldson. “In the face of an evolving pandemic threat, Project Safe Start New Mexico empowered our businesses to communicate directly with consumers about safety measures and changes. It empowered our community to make informed decisions about whether to engage in commerce, and what to expect.”“This project at KOB Channel 4 in Albuquerque is exactly the type of campaign that the Governors’ Award was created to honor,” Mummert said. “It’s a shining example of a television station reaching into the community they serve in a time of need, with tireless creativity and compassion.”For more information about the Rocky Mountain Emmy® Awards and to get the latest details on the upcoming virtual event, visit RockyMountainEmmy.org. About National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter.NATAS is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational, and technical achievements within the television industry. The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter, formed in 1959, represents Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and El Centro, Calif.
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According to Rawcliffe, the replacement crane has a lifting capacity of 120,000 kg (120 tonnes) at a 5 m radius.The primary use of the crane is for the placement of goods into outside storage, says Rawcliffe, with the crane available for the transhipment of goods from one vehicle to another.For heavier loads, Rawcliffe is able to offload units using hydraulic gantry lift systems or jacking and skidding. www.jbrawcliffe.com
INTERNATIONAL joint venture freight operator NDX is to be wound up, following the transfer of its operations to German Railway’s intermodal subsidiary Transfracht International (TFGI) on September 1. NDX was set up in 1996, with DB holding a 50% stake, Netherlands Railways 25% and CSX 25%. It launched its first service in January 1997 using chartered rolling stock. NDX attempted to secure its foothold in the European market by attractive pricing, but TFGI Managing Director Manfred Riess said on August 20 that he would not be able to keep the same pricing policy for NDX customers in 1999.TFGI will integrate NDX routes into its own network: a twice-daily Rotterdam – Antwerpen shuttle, a thrice-weekly Rotterdam – München shuttle, and a twice-weekly train between Rotterdam and Barcelona. The Hamburg – Milano train ceased to run at the end of July. TFGI says its traffic will increase by 100000 TEU a year as a result of the takeover. NDX offices in Amsterdam, München, Hamburg and Antwerpen will close, but TFGI will retain the office in Barcelona. Riess said that the NDX takeover was not related to the June 23 announcement about the merger of DB Cargo and NS Cargo to form Rail Cargo Europe. However, after that announcement CSX decided to pull out of NDX.In 1997 TFGI carried 702000 TEU and earned revenue of DM350m. Riess expects to carry 800 000 TEU during 1998. o
NewsRegional PAHO launches new study on migration of health workers in the Caribbean by: – February 21, 2018 Tweet WASHINGTON, United States, Wednesday February 21, 2018 – The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has launched a new study that will survey current migration trends of healthcare workers in the Caribbean (CARICOM) Region.The results of the survey will be used to develop recommendations and address the challenges that migration poses for the health sector of countries involved.The study will be conducted over a three-month period in 16 CARICOM countries and territories: Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos Islands and the English-speaking islands of the OECS. The research team is planning to meet with representatives of ministries of health, labour and education, hospital managers, general practitioners, primary health care provider groups, amongst others.The outcomes of the survey will inform policy on health workforce migration in the Caribbean and contribute to the implementation of the WHO/PAHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.“The region will soon face one of the most critical shortages in the labour market of health workers in its history if nothing is done to reverse the trend of low in-migration and high out-migration levels within the Anglo-Caribbean”, said Jessie Schutt-Aine, coordinator of the PAHO Subregional Programme for the Eastern Caribbean.“The undersupply of health practitioners will impact negatively on both the quality and sustainability of health systems, especially in the smaller islands of the region.”The migration and shortages of healthcare workers in the Americas, and particularly in the Caribbean region, are impacting significantly health systems and services, PAHO said. The problem is global in nature, with health workforce mobility increasing to meet the estimated 40 million new health care jobs required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals related to health by 2030, according to the latest projections from WHO and the World Bank.The PAHO Office of the Caribbean Subregional Program Coordination, with support from PAHO’s Department of Health Systems and Services, is working to address migration-related shortages of human resources for health in the Caribbean.“The situation with regard to health care workers in the Caribbean and in most countries in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is critical, with many persons opting to leave the region for better working conditions, higher salaries, and better job security”, said Erika Wheeler, PAHO Subregional Advisor on Human Resources for Health.The recently approved PAHO Strategy on Human Resources for Universal Health urges countries to increase public investment in human resources for health, especially at the first level of care. The strategy aims to guide national policies to cover a shortfall of nearly 800,000 health workers in the region of the Americas. 34 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Share
Prior to the water district, she spent 10 years working for the California Legislature, including serving as district director for then-Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer. The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $200 billion in trade annually, supporting more than 575,000 Southern California jobs. Torres will start at the Port later this month. Torres earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College in Massachusetts. As Director of Government Relations, Torres will be the Port’s representative to federal, state and local governments. In this capacity, she will also oversee the activities of the Port’s legislative advocates in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Eleanor Torres joins Port from Orange County Water District Torres comes to the Port after 12 years at the Orange County Water District, where she was the Director of Public Affairs. In her role there, Torres oversaw legislative affairs, communications and community outreach. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently appointed Eleanor Torres to lead the Government Relations Division at the nation’s second-busiest seaport. The Government Relations Division at the Port of Long Beach is responsible for formulating the Port’s legislative agenda and advising the Executive Director, the Harbor Commission, and the various Harbor Department divisions on Port-related legislative issues. Sea News, December 19 Author: Baibhav Mishra
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Overnight leader Masayuki Kawamura shot a no-bogey 69 over the par-71, 7,155-yard course to stand alone in second place at 134, while Australian Paul Sheehan scattered six birdies against two bogeys en route to a 67 to share third place at 136 with India’s Jyoti Randhawa (68). INZAI, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) Hiroyuki Fujita forged the day’s best score of 5-under-par 66 in a bogey-free round on Friday to grab a one-stroke sole lead midway through the 100 million yen Suntory Open golf tournament in Chiba Prefecture.Teeing off on the back nine at Sobu Country Club two strokes off the pace, the 34-year-old Fujita, winner of last December’s Asia-Japan Okinawa Open, one-putted for birdies on Nos. 10, 17, 18 and 2 before capping off his brilliant performance with a 10-foot birdie putt on the eighth for a 36-hole total of 9-under 133. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5