Manufacturer relocates, expands at new South Burlington facility

first_imgToday Governor Jim Douglas officially welcomed a former Connecticut company that makes banners and fabric displays to its new factory in Vermont, along with the good-paying jobs it is bringing. Project Graphics, founded in 1992, is a manufacturer of fabric displays whose national and international clients include towns and cities, educational institutions, shopping centers and developments, and promotions for the retail environment. Those displays include hanging banners, banner stands, backdrops, window or showroom displays, point-of-purchase displays, table coverings, holiday décor, interior and exterior installations and streetscape signage.In a ceremony at the company’s new facility in South Burlington, the governor welcomed officials from Project Graphics and applauded the company’s selection of Vermont for their re-location. “Project Graphics is a welcome addition to Vermont’s economy and our community,” Douglas said. “They have committed themselves to our state, and we are committed to helping them prosper and grow here.”“Vermont and South Burlington have been so supportive and welcoming,” said Andrew Riecker, founder and CEO of Project Graphics. “We looked for a location that offered a skilled talent pool and opportunities to grow, as well as incentives for job creation and workforce training. Vermont is clearly a great place for small and mid-sized businesses.”The Vermont Economic Progress Council recently gave final approval for job creation incentives totaling up to $230,414, and the Vermont Training Program is in the process of finalizing the details of a $30,000 contract to pay for training new workers for the company.Project Graphics had been considering Nashua, NH, and Portland, ME, in addition to Vermont. The company employs 18 fulltime workers and plans to hire more over several years.All of the company’s products are sourced, manufactured and assembled in the United States, and it has worked locally and with business partners to provide graphics for Church Street in Burlington and many of the streetlight banners along Vermont’s downtown main streets.  Project Graphics is also in the process of producing graphics for the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial celebration for Burlington City Arts, and has done work for the University of Vermont as well.The company will be hiring customer service representatives with knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Corel Graphics; screen printers and printing assistants for large format presses; sewing machine operators; and entry-level facilitators for packing, inspection and finishing.Under reforms proposed and signed by Governor Douglas in 2006, the Vermont Employment Growth Incentives are authorized based on job creation and capital investments that must occur before the company earns the incentives and then the company receives incentive installments over a period of years.Project Graphics is eligible to earn a maximum of $230,414, in job creation incentives over several years if they meet and maintain payroll, employment and capital investment targets each year. The incentives would then be paid out over several years, if the jobs are maintained.The Vermont Economic Progress Council approved the application late last month after reviewing nine program guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis which showed that because of the economic activity that will be generated by this project, even after payment of the incentives the State will realize a positive net increase in tax revenues over five years.  The Council also determined that these projects would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized.The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor that considers applications to the state’s economic incentive programs.  The Council is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.www.projectgraphics.com(link is external)Source: Governor’s Office. June 16, 2009last_img read more

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Drive hits fever pitch

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The special-election campaign entered its final frenzied hours this weekend as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his opponents overwhelmed voters with messages about the importance of going to the polls Tuesday. “This is nonstop, 24-hours-a-day campaigning,” Schwarzenegger campaign spokesman Todd Harris said Friday. “To get our reform message out to the public, the governor is literally going to be traveling from one corner of the state to the next over the next several days to talk to voters about how important these reform measures are.” Schwarzenegger took a “Road to Reform” bus tour around Southern California on Saturday with stops including San Diego, Anaheim and Riverside. Today, he is scheduled to take the campaign bus to Oakdale and Bakersfield, then travel to Los Angeles for a 5 p.m. town-hall forum, televised live on KTTV-Fox (Channel 11). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Monday, he is scheduled to fly to a half-dozen events around the state before holding his own election-night party at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The governor’s opponents, the Alliance for a Better California, launched their own “Truth Squad” bus tour Saturday. Leaders of the major unions representing nurses, teachers and firefighters followed the governor around to his events to provide the public with counters to his arguments. “We’re going to make sure the press and the people there know the truth about the lies he’s saying,” said Shum Preston, spokesman for the California Nurses Association, one of the governor’s chief opponents. Opponents’ activities scheduled today included Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson visiting black churches throughout the city. The governor’s opponents, primarily the state’s public-employee unions, are focused heavily on get-out-the-vote efforts, which include precinct walking and phone banking. “I think there are a lot of folks whose minds aren’t mind up, or who are occasional voters,” Preston said. “The fact that we have so many folks who are willing to go out and knock on doors and make phone calls will have a major impact on this election.” Political analysts say a focus on turnout is particularly important in a special election that has no candidates or political parties on the ballot. Secretary of State Bruce McPherson on Friday predicted turnout would be 42 percent of the state’s 15.8 million registered voters. That is far short of the 76 percent in last year’s presidential election or the 61 percent who showed up for the 2003 recall that put Schwarzenegger in office. But it would be an improvement over the previous statewide special election in 1993, when only 36 percent of voters showed up. The state’s electorate is 43 percent Democratic and 35 percent Republican, with the rest decline-to-state or registered with a minor party. Jack Pitney, a government professor at Claremont McKenna College, said one thing that might help Schwarzenegger is a surge in conservative religious voters who show up to support Proposition 73, the abortion parental notification measure. Some of those voters who might not otherwise have turned out are more likely to support Schwarzenegger’s measures, he said, but might not necessarily have shown up proportionally in polls of likely voters. That said, he added that last-minute campaigning has a limited effect on the electorate. “Last-minute campaigning is less effective than it used to be because so much of the vote comes in by mail,” Pitney said. “But if the election is otherwise tight, the last-minute deciders can tip the difference.” At stake for the governor in this election are not only his effort to reform the state, but his personal credibility, his ability to govern and his re-election effort next year. His ability to govern, particularly his dealings with the Democratic Legislature, has been aided by one of his most powerful – until now – weapons: the threat of the initiative. Last year, whenever he was having trouble dealing with the Legislature, he would threaten to go directly to the people. That approach proved to be particularly effective in prodding Democratic lawmakers into a workers’ compensation reform package, rather than facing a more severe proposal at the polls. But if Schwarzenegger loses in this election – and there are widely varying opinions on what constitutes a victory for him – then that is no longer an effective threat. “If he loses, he’s going to be a much less powerful force,” said John Matsusaka, president of the Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California. “People are going to fear him much less.” The threat won’t be eliminated, Matsusaka said, because Schwarzenegger has demonstrated that he has the ability and resources still to get measures on the ballot, but it will simply be less effective as a tool. Schwarzenegger’s top political adviser, Mike Murphy, said even one measure passing could be considered a victory, given that the unions outspent the governor by a 2-to-1 margin. He also dismissed the idea that the outcome of the special election could have a direct effect on Schwarzenegger’s re-election chances. “They’re trying to make it the re-election campaign, but it’s not,” he said. After the (special) election, (if) we win everything or we lose everything, we wake up the next day, his first name is still going to be governor. Nothing changes other than the reforms we get.” Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Three Big Things: Warriors embarrassed by upstart Bucks

first_imgHere’s something you can’t say often: The Warriors were not the better team in a game they played.In fact, in Thursday night’s game against the Bucks, they weren’t even close.Milwaukee turned in a statement win at Oracle Arena, running the Warriors off their home court in a 134-111 win that wasn’t as close as the final score might have indicated. It was the kind of beat-down that would send a lesser team into a deep introspection — or a state of chaos.It was the kind of loss that …last_img

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A’s make their first move of MLB Winter Meetings

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The A’s are in dire need of starting pitching, but their first signing of the offseason helps fill a hole at another position.Kicking off an offseason that is expected to include several signings was an agreement to a one-year deal with catcher Chris Herrmann Tuesday afternoon. Herrmann, 31, appeared in 36 games with the Seattle Mariners last season and hit .237 with two home runs and seven RBIs. A left-handed hitter, Herrmann gives the A’s a chance to platoon at catcher with …last_img

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American Milking Shorthorn Society National Convention visits Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Casey Weiss, president of the Ohio Milking Shorthorn SocietyThe American Milking Shorthorn Society recently held its National Convention in Dublin, Ohio just on the outskirts of Columbus. The event took years of planning for the Ohio Milking Shorthorn Association that hosted the event.“We tried to plan a convention that would interest all of our members. We toured Select Sires. We got to see some of the great bulls they offer and learn about their history. We took a trip to the Columbus Zoo too,” said Casey Weiss, president of the Ohio Milking Shorthorn Society. “We had the National Junior Heifer Show at the Franklin County fairgrounds for their first national qualifying show of the year. It was almost like a practice run for the county and state fairs. Then we had the National Sale on Saturday where 50 to 60 of the best Milking Shorthorns in the nation were sold.”The Milking Shorthorn breed does not have large numbers, but fills a unique role in the dairy industry.“Our herds are smaller but more stable than other larger production breeds at this point. A lot of our membership has a large number of Holsteins, for example, and then a few milking shorthorns sprinkled in almost to the point of where the Milking Shorthorns are a hobby. We do have a large number of these animals spread throughout the country in small herds. There is a bit of optimism now because they are popular as 4-H or show animals. Once people get one or two in the herd they are contagious and they end up with a herd of 40 or 50 of them,” Weiss said. “The prices are challenging. Everyone is trying to cut their costs as much as they can while still trying to maintain some level of profitable production. Many Milking Shorthorns are sold for show animals so there is a lot of demand for our females and show age calves. So, during these trying times, we are able to get a premium on some of our breeding stock.”last_img read more

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Siri: Your Personal Assistant for the Mobile Web

first_imgSiri is one of the most ambitious mobile services we have seen in the last few years. Imagine if you could just talk to you phone and tell it to call you a taxi, reserve a table at your favorite restaurant or tell you what the weather in New York City will be like tomorrow. If you have an iPhone, you will be able to start doing that tonight. Siri, a virtual personal assistant, will recognize your voice query and either give you the answer to your question or connect you to the right web service.When we first encountered Siri 2 years ago, it was an extremely stealthy startup and the company only started to release more information about the product in the middle of last year. Siri was spun out of SRI International and its core technology is based on the ambitious CALO artificial intelligence project. CALO stands for “Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes” – and that’s exactly what Siri does.Using SiriThe app transcribes spoken text and then takes these commands and routes them to the right web services. If you try to book a table at a Thai restaurant (“get me a table at a good Thai restaurant nearby”), for example, Siri will check where you are, query Yelp for reviews of nearby Thai restaurants, show you the options and then pre-populate a reservation form on OpenTable with your information. All you have to do is to confirm Siri’s selection.Works Best on an iPhone 3GSWe should note that Siri recommends using the app on an iPhone 3GS, as the app is a bit sluggish on older versions of the iPhone. You can still install it on any iPhone, but your experience might not be quite as good as on a 3GS. When we talked to the company last month, Siri’s CEO Dag Kittlaus described Siri as “the mother of all mashups.” To make this personal assistant work for enough of the most likely queries that people will enter, Siri needed to make sure that it connects directly to as many web services as possible. The company, for example, pulls concert data from StubHub, movie times from MovieTickets, movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, restaurant data from Yelp and you can order a taxi through TaxiMagic. In total, Siri current has partnered with 16 different companies and expects to expand this number continuously over the next few months. Siri will also plans to offer an API for developers.Siri’s mobile app will be free. The company’s business model relies on getting affiliate and referral fees from these partners whenever somebody buys something through the service. This also explains why Siri is currently only available in the U.S., though given that adapting the speech recognition and semantic analysis to other languages will take a while, we don’t expect to see Siri in other languages anytime soon. Our own tests of Siri have been limited so far, but the software is surprisingly good at translating voice queries into text. As the Siri team told us last month, the application works so well because it is able to recognize the context of your queries. This kind of semantic analysis is a very computing intensive problem, so most of the actual number crunching happens on Siri’s servers. Siri outsources the voice recognition to Nuance and if you are not comfortable with speaking into your phone, you can always use a regular text query as well.Obviously, Siri won’t be able to answer every query – and sadly the app doesn’t use Wolfram Alpha to give you answers to factual questions (yet). Should that happen, Siri will just route your query to a search engine and display the search results. As the Siri team told us, however, users tend to learn which queries work best pretty quickly (just like we learned how to structure effective queries for Google).If you want to give Siri a try, just head over to the App Store. Just remember to come back and tell us how well (or not) it worked for you. frederic lardinois Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web last_img read more

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Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of Cincinnati event

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sad farewell for injured Usain Bolt as Britain wins 4x100m relay LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentscenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The injury cast more doubt over Sharapova’s participation at the US Open, which starts in New York on August 28. Due to her low ranking, Sharapova would need a wild card to play in the main draw of the tournament.Sharapova suffered the injury while playing in her first US match in more than two years, defeating American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener.She had not played in the US since March of 2015 due in part to a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium.ADVERTISEMENT Maria Sharapova of Russia competes against Jennifer Brady of the United States during day 1 of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University Taube Family Tennis Stadium on July 31, 2017 in Stanford, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPFive-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew Saturday from next week’s WTA tournament in Cincinnati with a left forearm injury.The move came a week after the former world number one from Russia withdrew from a WTA event in Toronto from the injury she suffered in a second-round match at Stanford, where she withdrew after her opening-round victory.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Sharapova, the 2011 Cincinnati champion, arrived Friday and made the decision to withdraw after consulting with the event medical staff on Saturday.“I arrived in Cincinnati yesterday eager to play. However, following the doctor’s advice on-site, as a precaution for the US Open, I am unfortunately withdrawing from the tournament with the left forearm injury I sustained in Stanford,” Sharapova said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I want to thank the tournament for the wildcard opportunity and really look forward to competing here next year.”Sharapova was due to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round. Either a qualifier or lucky loser will replace her in the draw.last_img read more

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Jay Williams Says Kentucky Got “Hosed” When It Comes To Seeding

first_imgUNC cheerleader walks through College GameDay live-shot.Jay Williams DukeAfter splitting the regular season title in the SEC, Kentucky and Texas A&M both reached the league’s tournament final – setting up what seemed like an all-important showdown regarding NCAA Tournament seeding. Well, that’s what we thought.The Wildcats knocked off the Aggies Sunday, taking home the trophy. But somehow, when the brackets were unveiled just hours later, Texas A&M was given a 3-seed, while UK landed on the 4-line. John Calipari, per usual, went off. It turns out some of the ESPN guys agree with him.College basketball analyst Jay Williams went as far as to say that Kentucky got “hosed” by the committee. . @KentuckyMBB got hosed. No way #BBN wins their conf tourney & share of the regular season & get a 4 seed while Texas A&M gets a 3 seed.— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) March 13, 2016It’s hard to disagree here. Most thought that at worst, Kentucky would get a 3-seed, and at best, a 2-seed. The NCAA Tournament selection committee continues to baffle everyone, year after year.last_img read more

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Union Maritime Orders Up to Four Tankers from CSHI

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry has secured a shipbuilding order for two Aframax tankers from UK-based ship owner and operator Union Maritime.The vessels, that will have a length of 250 meters and a width of 44 meters, would be built at CSHI’s Zhoushan Shipyard.The deal, signed on July 10, includes options for two more tankers featuring 113,000 dwt.The parties did not reveal any financial details of the order.Data provided by Asiasis shows that the first ship from the batch is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2020.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

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Ohio State soccer owns OT beats Penn State

The thought of sudden-death overtime in a soccer match would seem an uninviting proposition to some, but not the Ohio State men’s soccer team. OSU claimed its third overtime victory of the season Sunday afternoon after defeating Penn State on Senior Day at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. After 90 minutes of scoreless action, the Buckeyes needed just less than six minutes in overtime to defeat the Nittany Lions, 1-0, and improve their Big Ten record to 3-1-0. “The dream of being Big Ten champions is still alive,” said head coach John Bluem. “We knew what we needed to do, and it was the last opportunity to get a result here at home for the seniors.” Senior forward Parnell Hegngi stole the ball from a Penn State defender and passed it ahead to a sprinting junior midfielder Austin McAnena. “At first I saw (Hegngi) right when he stole it; it was a great steal,” McAnena said. “Then I saw kind of a little lane I could run to so I just go at it full speed. He played me a nice ball.” McAnena took the pass and shot the ball towards PSU goalkeeper, freshman Andrew Wolverton. The freshman misplayed the shot as the ball went through his hands and rolled across the goal line for the Buckeye victory. “I hit it a little off,” McAnena said. “I thought the keeper had it at first so I was kind of a little hesitant. Then all of the sudden I just kept seeing it go and from there I was just really stoked.” The goal came in front of the student section on the south side of the stadium and the players immediately began celebrating the victory with fans. On Sept. 25, the Buckeyes defeated Michigan in front of the newly added student section in overtime. Hegngi said it was a “good vibe” to score in front of the fans. “It was great,” Hegngi said. “It was just like (against) Michigan. It was good to go celebrate with them right away.” Ohio State has played in four overtime contests this season with a record of 3-0-1 in those contests. They defeated Bowling Green on Oct. 5 and tied Valparaiso last Sunday. “We’ve had a couple overtime games and come out with two wins out of them recently,” McAnena said. “I was just glad we could get the victory.” Despite the victory, OSU was outplayed in a couple major categories. Penn State outshot OSU 19-11 for the contest and also held an advantage on corner kicks 10-3. Junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson finished the contest with six saves. “I think we were outplayed through some stretches of the game, but a good counter-attack at the end and a nice goal, so we walk away (with the win),” Bluem said. The team cannot celebrate for long though as a Wednesday road contest against Oakland University awaits it. Two games against conference games will follow as the Buckeyes travel to Wisconsin next Sunday and Indiana on Nov. 5 to finish their regular season. “If we want to make the NCAA tournament, we have to believe that there is an outside chance that we can still get there,” Bluem said. The Buckeyes (8-5-2) will kick-off their game against Oakland at 7 p.m. read more

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