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An attractive small farm with productive agricultural land in the heart of Ayrshire has just been placed onto the open market through leading Scottish property consultants, CKD Galbraith.

 

Lambridden Farm extends to some 72.34 hectares (178.75 acres) in total and is a compact farm unit for sale as a whole or in three individual lots, situated in an easily accessible location close to Ayr and Kilmarnock and only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow.

 

Historically Lambridden has operated as a livestock farm and equestrian property with a range of modern and traditional outbuildings. The majority of the land, principally located all in one block, is down to rotational and permanent grass and has been let out seasonally.

 

The land is generally of a varying aspect and classified by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research as principally being grade 4.2 and therefore capable of growing high yielding crops of grass and other forage.

 

There is also an area of mixed amenity woodland extending to approximately 11.53 hectares (28.5 acres) which is located to the north of the property and presents an attractive backdrop to the farmhouse.

 

The original three bedroom farmhouse enjoys a secluded position centrally within the holding and offers comfortable family accommodation over two levels. The adjoining farm buildings offer a development opportunity to create additional residential accommodation subject to planning consent.

 

Duncan Barrie, senior associate of CKD Galbraith who is marketing the sale, said: “Lambridden Farm presents a great opportunity for both prospective amenity buyers and local farmers looking to acquire a block of productive land with a range of useful outbuildings and the traditional farmhouse offering the potential for a good sized family home.

 

“The farm benefits from being in an accessible location of Ayrshire and as its available in a number of lots the property presents a range of buying options.”

 

Lambridden Farm is available for sale as a whole at offers over £630,000 or in the following lots:

 

Lot 1: approximately 20.85 hectares (51.52 acres) – offers over £365,000

 

Lot 2: approximately 19.33 hectares (47.76 acres) – offers over £145,000

 

Lot 3: approximately 32.16 hectares (79.46 acres) – offers over £120,000

 

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 250 staff in 14 offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Alyth and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying an international presence.

 

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing in excess of 1 million acres of land across the country.

 

CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

 

To find out more about CKD Galbraith visit www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

 

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

 

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

 

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

 

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

 

Members include Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. Member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

 

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.

 

www.frazercoogans.co.uk

 

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail eliteayrshire@gmail.com

 

Website: www.eliteayrshire.com

 

Contact:

 

Norman Geddes

Managing Partner

Frazer Coogans Solicitors

Dalblair House

46 Dalblair Road

Ayr KA7 1UQ

 

Telephone: 01292 280499

 

Issued by:

 

Murdoch MacDonald

Fame Publicity Services

10 Miller Road

AYR, Ayrshire

Scotland KA7 2AY

 

Telephone: 01292 281498

Mobile: 07833 667322

E-mail: famepublicity@aol.com

Web: www.AyrshireScotlandBusinessNews.com

 

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Car Company Gets U.S. Loan, Builds Cars In Finland

 

With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work.

 

Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department's $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs. But two years after the loan was announced, the job of assembling the flashy electric Fisker Karma sports car has been outsourced to Finland.

 

"There was no contract manufacturer in the U.S. that could actually produce our vehicle," the car company's founder and namesake told ABC News. "They don't exist here."

 

Henrik Fisker said the U.S. money so far has been spent on engineering and design work that stayed in the U.S., not on the 500 manufacturing jobs that went to a rural Finnish firm, Valmet Automotive.

 

"We're not in the business of failing; we're in the business of winning. So we make the right decision for the business," Fisker said. "That's why we went to Finland."

 

The loan to Fisker is part of a $1 billion bet the Energy Department has made in two politically connected California-based electric carmakers producing sporty -- and pricey -- cutting-edge autos. Fisker Automotive, backed by a powerhouse venture capital firm whose partners include former Vice President Al Gore, predicts it will eventually be churning out tens of thousands of electric sports sedans at the shuttered GM factory it bought in Delaware. And Tesla Motors, whose prime backers include PayPal mogul Elon Musk and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, says it will do the same in a massive facility tooling up in Silicon Valley.

 

An investigation by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News that will air on "Good Morning America" found that the DOE's bet carries risks for taxpayers, has raised concern among industry observers and government auditors, and adds to questions about the way billions of dollars in loans for smart cars and green energy companies have been awarded. Fisker is more than a year behind rolling out its $97,000 luxury vehicle bankrolled in part with DOE money. While more are promised soon, just 40 of its Karma cars (below) have been manufactured and only two delivered to customers' driveways, including one to movie star Leonardo DiCaprio. Tesla's SEC filings reveal the start-up has lost money every quarter. And while its federal funding is intended to help it mass produce a new $57,400 Model S sedan, the company has no experience in a project so vast.

 

There is intense scrutiny of the decisions made by the Department of Energy as it invests billions of taxpayer dollars in alternative energy. The questions come in the wake of the administration's failed $535 million investment in solar panel maker Solyndra. The company's collapse, bankruptcy and raid by FBI agents generated a litany of questions about how the Energy Department doles out billions in highly sought after green energy seed money.

 

A key question, experts and investigators say, is whether another Solyndra is in the offing.

 

In interviews, executives with Tesla and Fisker said comparisons to Solyndra are unfounded. Each said the government's investments will ultimately pay off by supporting a fleet of electric cars that will ease the nation's dependence on fuel and benefit the environment.

 

"It's absolutely a worthwhile risk," said Diarmuid O'Connell, vice president of corporate and business development for Tesla Motors. "I absolutely believe it was a good bet for American taxpayers." Tesla has said its mass production of the sedan will ultimately lead to profitability.

 

Henrik Fisker, the renowned auto designer who founded the car company that carries his name, said his company holds tremendous promise and has accumulated $600 million in private financing.

   

When asked directly by ABC News if taxpayers should worry about the more than $500 million in federal funds on the line, he was emphatic: "No, I don't think they need to worry about it," Fisker said. When asked if Fisker might be the next Solyndra, he said, "Absolutely not."

  

In a lengthy interview, Fisker said he apprised the Department of Energy of his decision to assemble the high-priced Karma in Finland after he could not find an American facility that could handle the work. They signed off, he said, so long as he did not spend the federal loan money in Finland -- something he says the company has taken care to avoid. He said the decision, ultimately, was to help prevent his company from following the path of Solyndra, which exhausted nearly all of its loan money on a high-tech solar manufacturing plant in Freemont, California.

 

"If you just start doing like what Solyndra did, making a factory in a place where it was too expensive to manufacture … [you] obviously fail," he said.

 

By some key measures, Tesla is ahead of Fisker. More than 2,000 of its first electric car, the Tesla Roadster, are on the road, while Fisker is just starting to get its first car into showrooms. And Tesla is further along in advancing a second, lower-cost car, the Model S. While both firms boast of big dollar private investments, Tesla's vulnerabilities are more publicly visible through its SEC filings, in contrast to the privately held Fisker.

 

Chelsea Sexton, a 20-year veteran of the electric car movement and an outspoken advocate for alternative fuel vehicles, said she can plainly see the risks, even though her husband works for Tesla.

 

"None of us with any experience in the industry think there's any sort of guarantee they'll make it," Sexton said of Tesla. "It looks pretty good right now, they're building out their plant, things seem to be on track, so we're all encouraged. But you know, we watched GM and Chrysler go bankrupt."

 

Energy Department officials said such loans, by their nature, are risky because the department is financing innovative, potentially game-changing technologies that could deliver long-term benefits. They said neither firm has missed a loan payment, or sought help from the department to restructure their lending agreements.

"Two years ago, critics said we shouldn't be investing in American auto manufacturing at all because the industry wouldn't survive," said Damien LaVera, an Energy Department spokesman. "They were wrong then and they're wrong today. From well-established names like Ford to innovative startups like Tesla and Fisker, America's auto industry is being reinvented. Continuing this turnaround demands more innovation, not defeatism. While supporting innovative technologies always carries a degree of risk, these investments deliver long-term benefits."

 

Yet an audit this year by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, criticized the Energy Department for not keeping close enough tabs on its fleet of auto loans -- including those to Fisker and Tesla -- to ensure they meet benchmarks. The funding was issued under the $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan program, one piece of a giant umbrella of DOE loans and loan guarantees going out the door.

 

"DOE cannot be assured that the projects are on track to deliver the vehicles as agreed," said the GAO report examining the department's ATVM program. "It also means that U.S. taxpayers do not know whether they are getting what they paid for through the loans."

 

Tesla and Fisker stand in rare company in securing the ATVM loans. To date, records show, more than 95 percent of applicants are still awaiting approval or have been rejected from the loan pool.

 

Between them, Fisker, at $529 million, and Tesla, at $465 million, have secured nearly $1 billion to jump-start production of their cars. Combined, the companies have already drawn down more than $300 million, Federal Financing Bank records show.

 

Industry watchers question whether the Department of Energy had the auto industry know-how to make an informed choice, and they worry that another government-backed failure could damage the very industry the program intended to help.

 

"I think we'll absolutely end up having our version of Solyndra in the transport world based on the way the DOE has, and seems to still be executing its loan program without enough veteran diligence in the process," Sexton said.

 

The majority of the DOE funding for Fisker is earmarked for the company to develop a less costly, mass market sedan, called Project Nina. Energy officials issued the loans for a car that, even two years later, has not been publicly revealed.

 

"A half billion dollars for a car that no one has seen a picture of, in the Fisker Nina, was a bit more surprising to people," Sexton said.

 

Fisker said the mass market car Nina has been designed and built, but it remains under wraps to maintain a competitive edge.

 

Heavyweight Support

Standing in a shuttered General Motors plant in Wilmington, Del., Vice President Biden proclaimed that a half-billion-dollar Department of Energy loan would transform the idled site into a production line for electric cars.

 

"Folks, we're making a bet," Biden said on Oct. 27, 2009. "We're making a bet on the future, we're making a bet on the American people, we're making a bet on the market, we're making a bet on innovation."

 

The announcement that the plant would re-open followed a heavy lobbying push by Delaware politicians from both parties, who cited the news as a sign of industry's turnaround. In September 2009, Republican Rep. Mike Castle wrote directly to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, saying the Fisker proposal had "great merit," and urging Chu to give the company "careful consideration" for the loan.

 

The governor and state politicians took turns, along with Biden, to proclaim the project to cheering blue-collar workers clad in jeans, caps and jackets. They said it would produce thousands of jobs and have cars rolling off the line by next year. Fisker said he remains convinced those jobs will come. While he has hired marketing, design and engineering teams in the U.S., the auto plant jobs in Wilmington right now number about 100.

 

The Department of Energy loan to Fisker closed in April 2010, and again Biden took center stage in a department statement announcing the loan. "The story of Fisker is a story of ingenuity of an American company, a commitment to innovation by the U.S. government and the perseverance of the American auto industry," said the vice president.

 

ABC News sent questions to the White House Monday and requested an interview with the vice president. Biden was not made available, but an official in his office said "the Office of the Vice President did not encourage the Department of Energy to choose any particular company over any other but, like others in the Administration, supported the Department's loan program and the creation of car manufacturing jobs in the United States."

 

Energy Department officials have been steadfast that politics never entered the picture and each project was screened by professionals and secured on the merits. And executives from Tesla and Fisker said they won government support because their projects had the best shot at success. They said the involvement of well-connected figures in their companies should not suggest they attempted to use special influence to secure the loans.

 

Both companies have political heavyweights behind them. One of Fisker's biggest financial supporters, records show, is the California venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The firm financially supports numerous green-tech firms, records show.

 

Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr, a California billionaire who made a fortune investing in Google, hosted President Obama at a February dinner for high-tech executives at his secluded estate south of San Francisco. Doerr and Kleiner Perkins executives have contributed more than $1 million to federal political causes and campaigns over the last two decades, primarily supporting Democrats. Doerr serves on Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Doerr has not replied to interview requests since March.

 

Former Vice President Al Gore is another Kleiner Perkins senior partner. Gore could not be reached for comment.

 

"Their major venture investor is Kleiner Perkins, who has Al Gore as a partner and is certainly politically connected in general," said industry observer Sexton. "Whether that played a role or not is up to the DOE to explain."

 

Tesla brings political pull, as well. A former Tesla board member, Steve Westly, is an Obama bundler who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the president in 2008 and for his 2012 re-election campaign. His Westly Group was also a financial supporter of Tesla Motors until Tesla went public in 2010, and Westly continues to back the company. Westly has declined interview requests since February, but has appeared in multiple conferences, forums and TV interviews publicly praising Tesla Motors.

 

Tesla's founder and CEO, Elon Musk, is a hearty political contributor who has primarily backed Democrats, including Obama. According to published reports, another Tesla investor is Nick Pritzker, a donor to Obama and a cousin of Penny Pritzker, the national finance chair of Obama's 2008 campaign.

 

O'Connell, the Tesla executive, said political muscle played no role in the company's award of the $465 million in loans, noting that the initial application was filed under Bush -- though landed under Obama.

 

'Demonstrated Track Record'

In Tesla's case, as in Fisker's, the government loan was broken into two parts.

 

The first chunk, for $365 million, is to finance a manufacturing facility for the Tesla Model S sedan, Tesla's lower-cost answer to its pricey Roadster.

 

The other $100 million funded a facility to manufacture battery packs and electric drive trains used by Teslas and other automakers, including the Smart For Two city car by Daimler. Tesla points to such partnerships - along with investments from Toyota and Panasonic - as signs that long established companies believe in its cars.

 

"We have a demonstrated track record on the financial side," O'Connell said, "that should give great comfort to the American taxpayer, as they think about a loan that's helped us to accelerate our business model."

 

Unlike Fisker, Tesla is a public company. Its SEC filings offer a more sober assessment of the obstacles it faces on the road to profitability.

 

Tesla has yet to turn a profit and suffered net losses in each quarter. "Since inception and through the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, we had accumulated net losses of $522.8 million," its most recent 10-K form shows.

 

It has no experience in high-volume manufacturing of electric cars, its filings say -- the very project it sees as the road toward profitability. Tesla said it encountered "significant delays" in launching the Roadster - and acknowledges that developing the Model S will be a more complex undertaking. The newer car is the project financed by DOE.

 

"We have no experience to date in high volume manufacturing of our electric vehicles," Tesla's SEC filings say. "Our future business depends in large part on our ability to execute on our plans to develop, manufacture, market and sell our planned Model S electric vehicle."

   

The Roadster was produced in small quantities with the body assembled by Lotus in the United Kingdom and final assembly by the company at its facility in Menlo Park, Calif. The Model S, by contrast, will have much greater volume and be manufactured in Fremont, Calif. The company said production will begin next year.

 

Industry observers say Tesla's grand plan to launch the Model S is fraught with challenges.

 

"They want to scale up production from 1,000 cars a year to 20,000 cars a year, [and] that's going to be a very hard trick for them to do," said Alex Taylor, a veteran auto industry analyst and writer. "They want to make most of their own parts; Detroit can't do that because it's too inefficient. And Tesla wants to own its own dealerships. Henry Ford tried that back in the 1920s and gave it up because it was too difficult."

 

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O'Connell said the SEC filings present worst case scenarios. He said the company, and its major investors, believe the risk will reap rewards.

 

"It is a risky venture in the best heritage of some of the other great companies that have grown up in the Silicon Valley," he said. "This is a place where people propose ideas, finance those ideas, achieve milestones, attract a greater finance, and succeed along the way."

     

An attractive small farm with productive agricultural land in the heart of Ayrshire has just been placed onto the open market through leading Scottish property consultants, CKD Galbraith.

 

Lambridden Farm extends to some 72.34 hectares (178.75 acres) in total and is a compact farm unit for sale as a whole or in three individual lots, situated in an easily accessible location close to Ayr and Kilmarnock and only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow.

 

Historically Lambridden has operated as a livestock farm and equestrian property with a range of modern and traditional outbuildings. The majority of the land, principally located all in one block, is down to rotational and permanent grass and has been let out seasonally.

 

The land is generally of a varying aspect and classified by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research as principally being grade 4.2 and therefore capable of growing high yielding crops of grass and other forage.

 

There is also an area of mixed amenity woodland extending to approximately 11.53 hectares (28.5 acres) which is located to the north of the property and presents an attractive backdrop to the farmhouse.

 

The original three bedroom farmhouse enjoys a secluded position centrally within the holding and offers comfortable family accommodation over two levels. The adjoining farm buildings offer a development opportunity to create additional residential accommodation subject to planning consent.

 

Duncan Barrie, senior associate of CKD Galbraith who is marketing the sale, said: “Lambridden Farm presents a great opportunity for both prospective amenity buyers and local farmers looking to acquire a block of productive land with a range of useful outbuildings and the traditional farmhouse offering the potential for a good sized family home.

 

“The farm benefits from being in an accessible location of Ayrshire and as its available in a number of lots the property presents a range of buying options.”

 

Lambridden Farm is available for sale as a whole at offers over £630,000 or in the following lots:

 

Lot 1: approximately 20.85 hectares (51.52 acres) – offers over £365,000

 

Lot 2: approximately 19.33 hectares (47.76 acres) – offers over £145,000

 

Lot 3: approximately 32.16 hectares (79.46 acres) – offers over £120,000

 

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 250 staff in 14 offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Alyth and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying an international presence.

 

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing in excess of 1 million acres of land across the country.

 

CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

 

To find out more about CKD Galbraith visit www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

 

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

 

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

 

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

 

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

 

Members include Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. Member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

 

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.

 

www.frazercoogans.co.uk

 

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail eliteayrshire@gmail.com

 

Website: www.eliteayrshire.com

 

Contact:

 

Norman Geddes

Managing Partner

Frazer Coogans Solicitors

Dalblair House

46 Dalblair Road

Ayr KA7 1UQ

 

Telephone: 01292 280499

 

Issued by:

 

Murdoch MacDonald

Fame Publicity Services

10 Miller Road

AYR, Ayrshire

Scotland KA7 2AY

 

Telephone: 01292 281498

Mobile: 07833 667322

E-mail: famepublicity@aol.com

Web: www.AyrshireScotlandBusinessNews.com

 

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A very important consideration for the Traveler:

 

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For example this is how it may look on some other Hotel or Villa website offer.

 

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Often the Low season price rate is about half of the High season price rate, with the Peak Season rate really just that, its peaking very high. Many hotels and Villas will not even disclose this information to you and instead have it hidden from you by asking you to fill in the blanks about what time do you want to arrive and when you want to depart so you really never know if the deal is good or not for you? We see a problem with this .For example what if your holiday falls between 2 different seasonal rates then you will be charged a high rate and a lower rate charge on the same trip or possibly their computer will average it out for you. There is no chance for you to negotiate your price and service options with the hotel, and you will pay their asking rate regardless.Most travelers are planning their holidays to escape the winter months to enjoy their vacation on some sunny sandy tropical island in the sun right? But it turns out that this time of the year lands right on the calender of the most expensive Peak and High season rates for the Hotels and Villas to maximize their profits off of you and all the related tourist industry companies as well will be cashing in on you at this time as well. So it is almost impossible for any tourist to stay on their pre planned budget.

  

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The Bedroom Description and offer:A Bali Thai décor that includes in the price a bed for two with a wardrobe that includes a room safe ,2 pairs of slippers 2 bath robes 2 umbrellas,and 2 sets of towels and toiletries including 2 sets of beach towels.

 

The following is our service options for you to enjoy with our compliments to you as our special guest. This is our Thanks to you for choosing us for your holiday or residential stay with us.We think that even the little things count and are included in our offer.

 

(1) Complimentary Airport transportation pick up and return is included.

 

(2) A generous large welcome basket of exotic Thai fruits is included.

 

(3) A delicious very tropical welcome drink is included.

 

(4) Your villa room Includes a Remote 32 inch flat screen TV with satellite cable of international stations in different languages .

 

(5) Computer notebook with 2 land line either net connections and webcam.

 

(6) 2 hand phones with local sim cards using one 2 call.

 

(7) Remote DVD Player with complimentary selection of free movies for your enjoyment.

 

(8) A nice quiet air-conditioner with ceiling fan and portable fans for your comfort.

 

(9) The Room includes Full Maid service at your convenience working for Tue. Thur. Sat. and Sun.

 

(10) Laundry and pressing is no extra charge its included in the offer .

 

(11) Utilities of water and electric are included in the offer . Hot and Cold running filtered .

 

(12) All the pure water purchased in glass for drinking and cooking with, is included in the offer .

 

(13) A delicious fresh tropical squeezed juice every morning is included in the price for one or two.

 

(14) Your choice of complimentary brand name Mountain Bikes such as Gary Fisher,Giant and soon to order Trek and others. Includes helmets , water bottles, cloves , mountain bike sports shirts and pants and accessories to make your biking experience the most enjoyable and comfortable ever. “In Phukets hot weather cotton clothing can stick to your body and can be very uncomfortable so we recommend for you to suit up like the Pros and we will help you with this. We can point you to at least 7 incredible and beautiful natural off and on road Mountain Bike routes just minutes from the Garden Villa Phuket. Weather permitting. More information about this will be posted on our upcoming site.

 

(15) We offer each guest a complete set of snorkeling equipment that includes mask ,snorkel ,booties fins, gloves,and we point you to the best off shore reef diving on Phuket island.

This once per week offer includes your free transportation of our Car Rental Service for the whole day excluding the cost of petrol.

 

And for the none swimmers or people that just want to enjoy any one of Phukets 22 beautiful beaches we have you covered here as well . You can still take advantage of our once per week offer to just have the car for the day to explore Phuket island at your leisure. And it doesn’t stop here!

 

A Surprise Personal Departure Gift for you curtesy of the Garden Villa Phuket.

 

(16) A free special departure gift for you includes a beautifully designed tote hand bag that contains lots of goodies for your keep sakes and good memories of your stay and experience with us at the Garden Villa Phuket. One for each person.

 

(17) The contents include a free replica of Barry Gourmets original garden reed hat.One for each person.

 

(18) A free professionally made DVD disk made from all your travel photos and film clips edited together with sound tracks as our thanks to you for staying with us. Includes a back up copy.(18) We invite you to visit a sample of a YouTube film production for one of our guests staying at the Garden Villa Phuket here at

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CZEzUAVBbI&context=C3258063A...

 

(19) An original Cartoon drawing designed with you watching Barry draw it for you and later we will have the drawing beautifully framed and signed by Barry Anderson himself.

One cartoon black and white penciled hand drawing for each person.

 

Yes Barry for many years back in the 70,s and 80,s and 90s worked on famous TV Cartoons for many Production Houses around the world including Hanna-Barbara Studios in Hollywood California now owned by Warner Bros. Studios. Walt Disney studios overseas and many others. Barry has worked on hundreds of famous popular cartoon episodes. His cartoon animation history can be found at the Internet Movie Data Base here at www.imdb.com/name/nm0026395/

Just select ,copy and paste the link in your browser and click enter to see all of Barry's past film credits.

 

You have a choice of Fred Flintstone with Barney Rubble or

Barney with Betty

Fred with Wilma

Smurf with his girlfriend Smurfet

Casper the friendly Ghost with his Friend Shaggy

Scooby Doo with Scrappy Doo all FREE with Barry,s compliments

 

(20) Barry Gourmets best plant based gourmet recipe booklet in full living color includes health tips on losing weight , Famous Longevity Diet recipes incorporated from the Blue Zones plus nutritional and fitness tips for a good read for people serious about their health.

The recipe book will include all of Barry,s original culinary creations that take only 10 minutes to make for the busy person. Recipes that are a fusion of Mediterranean ,Macrobiotic, Vegan Raw, and Thai.

    

The Rest Room Description: This semi -tropical bali rest room has a sink bowl and private shower area with hot and cold filtered running water.

We supply fresh towels with the most natural non toxic body care spa products for our quests.

Includes herbal soaps, shampoos , tooth paste, creams for shaving, accentual oils,a dry skin detox brush used for brushing your skin ,and yes your own personal mini trampoline for rebounding.

  

Exterior covered amenities of the Garden Villa Phuket :

 

This villa provides very generous living space for fine covered outdoor living to take advantage of your tropical Thai garden through rain or sunshine.

 

The Garden Thai Kitchen is fully stocked with everything that you need for your culinary delight including the following .Your refrigerator is two times the size of most hotel mini bar refrigerators.

The Kitchen is beautifully designed in solid teak wood with granite tops providing lots of storage and space that includes a mini oven,toaster, glass blender,coffee maker,tea pot and kettle,cutting boards,induction cooker,2 burner gas stove top filtered hot and cold water sink, steamer, lots of cutlery and fine dish ware, napkins,towels,soaps,with a wooden bread box containing complimentary organic herbal teas and organic ground coffee.Also includes a fresh organic herb garden for making salads and recipes of your choice.

 

The Garden Thai Dining area is good for 2 people with fine teak furniture overlooking your garden.

 

The Garden Thai Living Room is located off to the side that sits 4 people with glass and teak wood coffee table.

 

The Chang Mai Garden Sala Thai pavilion sits 6 people comfortably that provides a 365 degree view of this tropical Thai Garden living space.

 

About your Private Garden? Many travelers can appreciate a private mature exotic Thai tropical garden space for their personal pleasure and experience. We wanted to make this garden even more special for you by including various colorful exotics of plant life and flowers that would attract many Thai Butterflies to take residence in this special place. We give the Butterfly Garden and Insect World of Phuket our appreciation and thanks for their advice and support to make this garden to become a reality.

 

This will be Phuket's first Private Living Butterfly Garden with out using a physical enclosure.

The butterflies are free to fly away for ever if they want to, but instead these beautiful winged insects choose to stay in your garden to pollinate and to feed on the nectar of the many flowers.

Your private garden with your personal Sala Thai pavilion is 200 meters long by 17 meters wide for your viewing pleasure.

 

(21) We will treat you one time to visit Phuket's Butterfly Garden and Insect World for FREE including round trip transportation of our car rental for our guests staying 14 nights and more with us for1 or 2 people. This includes a complimentary Thai lunch at one of our favorite restaurants serving delicious Thai Cuisine. You can visit the Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect World here at www.phuketbutterfly.com for more information .

  

"It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words so a video must be worth millions " We invite you to visit our Garden Villa Phuket You Tube Channel to learn more at

 

www.youtube.com/user/gardenvillaphuket?feature=guide

  

The Garden Villa Phuket provides affordable Car Rental Services:

 

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island located in the south on the west side facing the blue green Andaman Sea that boasts at least 22 beaches known and a few that are yet to be enjoyed by our guests off the beaten path that mainstream tourism has not yet discovered.

 

Unfortunately the island is lacking in real public transportation and the other option is the services of unmetered taxis but many tourists take the option of renting motor bikes to have total control over their transportation needs.

There are pros and cons to this option.

 

First the Pros: Renting a motor bike depending on the year and quality of the vehicle can be from 150 to 300 Thai Baht per day. Easy to get around and easy for parking and will not brake the bank.

 

The Cons: First the bike has no insurance coverage so you will be responsible for all damages to the bike and to other people and their vehicles if there is an accident even if it is not your fault in some cases.

You can be stopped and given a fine by the Phuket police if you are caught not wearing a helmet and not caring a Motor Bike License.

It is not fun riding in the rain and the road conditions can sometimes be hazardous and other peoples driving habits can make things difficult for you with out language translation . So this option will carry some risk but you will save money. Our recommendation if you do decide to rent a motor bike. Please carry accident insurance and some policies can be obtained in Phuket for travelers.

  

Our Garden Villa Phuket Car Rental Service Options:

 

We rent to you a late model 2 door Automatic Toyota Vigo Truck in excellent condition with first class full insurance that covers you and your passengers for full collision . There is a 5,000 Thai Baht deductible that is your responsibility to pay incase there is any damage to the vehicle. This is standard practice for all car rentals.

 

(22) The price per day is only 500 Thai Baht and we checked our competitors price offers already for the same vehicle. They are charging 1,000 to 1,200 Thai Baht per day for the same vehicle. You save more than 50 % off with your car rental with us.

 

We are flexible with you. For example you can take the option of renting your motor bike and renting our car when needed such as rainy bad weather or night time traveling or whenever it is convenient for you?

 

(23)Now we are very accommodating to our guests for example when we or you need to shop for groceries or run an errand we can arrange to go together at absolutely no cost to you in a carpool arrangement for your convenience and ours.

We encourage car pooling at the Garden Villa Phuket. We are environmentally friendly people as much as possible.

  

The Garden Villa Phuket 2 for 1 Gourmet Breakfast offer

 

Barry Gourmet and Raw and with Ams Thai touch has created delicious and nutritious breakfast cuisine offers that can not be found anywhere on Phuket Island at this price what so ever with the highest quality of whole food products and recipes. ORGANIC is our first choice.

 

We use garden fresh organic ingredients as much as possible with out compromise what so ever.

 

You can expect generous portions of international fusion breakfast cuisine that can only be described in the following words. Thai ,Macrobiotic, Mediterranean , Vegan Raw, Whole Plant Based Cuisine with organic free range ,grass fed land meats and wild fresh fish same day or pacific wild red salmon with fresh duck and hen eggs free range.

 

We support our Thai Organic Farmer and the Royal Project of Thailand plus we grow many of the fruits and Thai herbs fresh in our garden for your culinary delight.Only the best and freshest of ingredients.

 

All our oils of coconut, virgin olive, and sunflower are organic and cold pressed.

Barry Gourmet has not enough space to describe everything in his Food and Beverage Gourmet

Breakfast offers so it would be good to visit www.flickr.com/photos/54619340@N07/ for more information.

 

(24) We think this generous offer is incredible at only 300 Thai baht for 1 guest or even 300 Thai Baht for our special 2 Guests . This is our special 2 for 1 offer only found at the Garden Villa Phuket.

 

Why am I doing all this you may think?

 

Well I love to prepare meals every day in my garden kitchen and I get so much joy out of sharing my gourmet cuisine ideas to my Flickr readers online that I wanted to have the same experience with you in person. Really the 300 Thai Baht just covers the purchase of the quality whole foods and special ingredients for each meal. I love sharing a great food experience with you ,and to just get the feed back from you will be a great thing in itself.

  

To recap our offer you have your standard Garden Villa price at 700 Thai Baht per day.

Your optional car rental at 500 Thai Baht per day.

And your optional Breakfast offer 2 for 1 at only 300 Thai Baht per day.

 

Only 1,500 Thai Baht per day if you wish to take advantage of all 3 offers at any time for the Villa, Car, and Gourmet Breakfast deal.

 

Or you can simply choose your personal options that are best suited for you .

 

“We think that our offer 1 through 24 are great values for you and if you think differently then there is nothing I can say and I may just have to eat my hat”.

 

The Garden Villa Phuket Club House Option:

 

We understand that many tourists that visit phuket want their swimming pool at any cost and shared pools are second choice and private pools are first choice with a higher price tag attached to the offer of course. And then some tourist never use the pool for different reasons like the chemical chlorine and buffers that some people are sensitive too . I have heard all the negative health stories in regards to the use of chlorination. And then some tourists just want all that open ocean to swim in and the pool is never used at all,but the pool price is still tacked onto their hotel room rate regardless .So they are paying for a service offered that is never used.

  

I know that if I displaced this beautiful garden with a pool laced with chemicals then my organic butterfly garden would have been lost forever and nothing would be the same anymore.

 

Just so that you know this is the reason why there is not a swimming pool just outside your villa door to jump into.

But we do offer a very large Club House Salt Water Swimming Pool for adults measured 40 meters long by 8 meters wide. And a second children s pool measuring 10 by 10 meters.

And to get there its just a wonderful 5 minutes walk through beautifully landscaped park land areas far away from any tourist crowd. In the past some of our guests where more interested in going to the beaches and less at the Club House so we kept the prices separate.

 

Additional amenities of the Club House include :

Full size indoor basketball and badminton court

Table tennis

Fitness and Weight Lifting room with tred mills ,nautilus and free weights.I use this facility.

Separate women and mens wet and dry sauna rooms with lockers and showers.I use the sauna and showers on occasion for Detox.

 

We can arrange the resident 100 Thai Baht per person admission,good for the whole day for using all the facilities mentioned above.

 

In addition the Club House has a restaurant with free room service delivery for any orders per room over 100 Thai Baht.

 

The Santi Spirit of Thai Wellness Massage Therapy is located at the club house with good services ,relaxation and reasonable rates that I still use today.

 

Health Wellness ,Detox, Sports and Leisure and Weight Loss Programs offered :

  

Introduction to the Santi Thai Spirit of Wellness Therapy:Santi is the only licensed Traditional Thai Herbal Medicine Therapy service on Phuket Island.

 

A simple Nuad Thai Therapy massage is only 300 Thai Baht for one hour.

Many Therapy treatments are offered such as Head Chakra Massage,Foot Reflexology,Thai Herbal Message,Prenatal Message,Fire Air and Earth Elemental Massage,Aroma Salt Scrub,

Thai Herbal Body Scrub,Green Tea Body Scrub,Aloe Vera Shooting,Skin Balancing Body Wrap,Natural and Deep Cleansing Facial and my favorite therapy that I tried 2 times already is the full body Lymph Drainage Therapy Massage for my wellness and health maintenance.

Excellent hands on service and Therapy.

 

Kung Fu classes at the Wing Chun Martial Arts Academy may spark some interest for this Chinese martial art experience held at the Club House at Land & House Park?

In addition we highly recommend the services of Dr. Gerald Tur a gifted Chinese Traditional Physician and Kung Fu Faster.

Why do I know this? Because Dr. Gerald helped me to rebalance my body when I was coming out of my 1 and a half month Detox and Parasite cleanse . After 15 days of traditional herbal remedies all my respiratory and related symptoms just disappeared and I recovered well.

I cannot say enough for Dr. Gerald's therapy . I learned much from him.

His website can be found here at www.wingchunphuket.com/home-chinese-medicine/who-is-dr-ge... Highly recommended

 

PS: I was surprised how thorough and how much time that Dr. Gerald spent time with me to evaluate my condition. His fee was surprisingly affordable at only 1,000 Thai Baht and I am grateful for his expert advice and traditional chinese herbal remedy treatment.

 

Barry Gourmet & Raw

 

Excellent Yoga classes with Tippy :Tippy is a master at the ancient Indian art of Yoga . Working with her partner they have 35 years of Yoga instruction between them. With excellent value and affordable rates that I still use today I cannot say enough about Phukets little Yoga Secret for the Best Value and Services anywhere. For one class it would cost 400 Thai Baht for the 1 and a half hour per person ,that is standard price on the island. But the real savings and benefits are in the monthly rates.

For only 2,500 Thai Baht per month you can have Yoga instruction classes 2 times per day monday through friday with one class on Saturday. Each class is 1 and a half hours each and often you have 2 instructors present. I go one month on and one month off and continue my Yoga moves at my Garden Villa Phuket residence. The nice thing about Yoga is it helps you to breath properly, helps you to stay calm and helps your limps to be more flexible with improved posture. You can learn Yoga with us , adopt this wonderful health practice into your life and it will always be with you.

 

A little bit of information about Barry Gourmet & Raw?

 

Over 30 years ago I was clinically obese with a grocery list of serious weight related disease conditions that eventually incapacitated me into a forced lengthy hospital stay of 3 weeks.

My symptoms where being treated but not the root cause of why I was so over weight.

Standing 5 foot 4 at almost 220 pounds I turned my life around by doing a lot of research and implemented my findings to eventually lose my excess body weight down to half and to finally be able to say good by to my obesity forever. I have maintained my present day lean 125 pounds to this day. I will share all my life experience with you in regards to my weight loss and elimination of all degenerative diseases that effect me. When it comes down to food science ,life style and nutrition for getting slim, I have the answers for you. But forever I will always be learning new things myself about how the body works and how food , life style and thoughts can affect the whole body.

 

A little bit of information about Am Gourmet & Raw?

 

(Am) is co founder and manager of the Garden Villa Phuket. My Thai wife of more than 15 years offers her business management skills and friendly hospitality to all our guests. She speaks 2 fluent Thai language dialects ,fluent English and yes even a bit of Mandarin Chinese from the 3 years that I was Supervising Theatrical and TV Cartoon Animation Productions in Shanghai China.

OK maybe this sounds a bit corny but Am is my soul mate. She is supportive and her kindness and generosity goes a long way with people that have the opportunity to share time with Am.Am is a great cook in the traditional Thai way that gives me lots of inspiration and ideas for presenting the Earth Cuisine Recipes to my followers.

 

Barry Gourmet & Raw and Am are your hosts at the Garden Villa Phuket

 

Things that you can see and do in Chalong Phuket:

 

Introduction of the area:

 

In addition to many of the fine beaches close to this area near the southern end of Phuket Island is just minutes away for the traveler.

This area is more green and residential with less tourists for peace and relaxation.

You can find many exotic Thai Spas and Wellness Retreats in this area as well.

Culturally many famous Thai Temples are located here and 3 of the biggest temples are just walking distance from the Garden Villa Phuket. Plus the Big Buddha sitting on a mountain is near by.

Golf courses ,driving ranges and a tennis court is here just minutes away.

Many Thai kick boxing training camps and Elephant riding camps are here as well.

Chalong has the modern Villa Supermarket store with many other traditional Thai food markets in the area.

Entertainment sections of bars, and restaurants,are with in easy short driving distances from the Garden Villa Phuket.

Lots of every kind of international restaurant and Thai Chinese as well.

Horse back riding on the beach is near by.

John Grays Sea Canoe adventure travel will pick you up at the Garden Villa.

The Butterfly Garden and insect world is just outside near by Phuket Town.

Lots of garden nurseries and orchid farms are walking distance away.

The Phuket Zoo and the Marine Turtle Sanctuary is minutes away.

Many seafood restaurants including the Rawia Sea Gypsy village is in our area.

Big game sports fishing and Scuba Diving shops only 5 minutes driving.

Yacht sailing and motor Boats, Speed boats, and Long Tail Thai boat rentals for exploring the near by islands again are just 5 minutes away driving.

With in walking distance from your Garden Villa you can enjoy hiking trails through parks and into the Chalong hills rubber tree plantations where much of the rubber tapping is done.

You can find almost everything here such as photo copy and internet shops, supply stores of every product imaginable, Dentist, Health Clinic, Tailor, Law Office, Police Station,Stationary,

Post Office homebuilding hard ware stores and the list goes on.

 

The Garden Villa Phuket is located in an upscale residential community called Land and House Park that is centrally located near the southern end tip of Phuket Island very close to many of the major beaches. By car with 13 beach destinations including beach head view points it is one of Phukets most beautiful and scenic locations to be staying at.

 

Chalong bay and Pier with restaurants, scuba dive shops ,sports fishing and boat rentals. 5 minutes

Friendship Beach 7 minutes

Leam Ka Beach 8 minutes

Rawai Beach 9 minutes

Promtrep Cape View Point 12 minutes

Yamu Beach 8 to 10 minutes with a short cut down a Soi small road.

Nai Harn Beach 10 to 15 minutes same small Soi road short cut.

Kata Noi Beach 15 minutes.

Kata Beach 17 minutes

Karon Beach 18 minutes

Patong Beach 20 minutes

Cape Panwa 16 minutes

 

Floor Dimensions of the Garden Villa Phuket in Square Meters

 

The Garden Villa is noted for its generous outdoor covered living areas to take advantage of your Thai Tropical Garden views. The interior is a studio bedroom that is primarily used for sleeping with an en-suite restroom.

 

Interior dimensions 16 square meters

Exterior usable covered dimensions 30 square meters

Total private living space 46 square meters.

 

The shared covered exterior community common garden living room area pavilion is 20 square meters .

 

The Garden Villa Phuket has just received the green light for serious room expantion plus new facilities and still you will have plenty of garden space to enjoy. Copies of all the working plans will be disclosed and emailed to the early birds that have booked before construction starts. When construction starts I will close the doors and the resort will reopen for the 2nd grand opening.

This is how it works . If you book and stay with us before the 2nd phase grand opening that will make the villa 2 times bigger with a spa type infared sauna to enjoy. The price will not change it will be the same price that you are paying for your first visit with us.

This is a one time offer with a 20 percent discount on the later bookings indefinetlely with us.

Traditionaly when a hotel or villa does this kind of constrution they will raise the price later for the room for their return on investment right. But we will not do this to our original Loyal guests that book early with us. We think that this is a wonderful incentive for our guests to enjoy and thus this special offer is given to you for early bookings.

   

Kindest Regards from Barry Gourmet & Am. You can contact Barry Gourmet directly for more information and booking at info@barrygourmetandraw.com or info@gardenvillaphuket.com if you have more questions about what we can offer to you for your holiday experience ? We would be glad to hear from you.

 

"Thank You for choosing us at the Garden Villa Phuket"

 

Am and Barry Gourmet & Raw

                                      

An attractive small farm with productive agricultural land in the heart of Ayrshire has just been placed onto the open market through leading Scottish property consultants, CKD Galbraith.

 

Lambridden Farm extends to some 72.34 hectares (178.75 acres) in total and is a compact farm unit for sale as a whole or in three individual lots, situated in an easily accessible location close to Ayr and Kilmarnock and only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow.

 

Historically Lambridden has operated as a livestock farm and equestrian property with a range of modern and traditional outbuildings. The majority of the land, principally located all in one block, is down to rotational and permanent grass and has been let out seasonally.

 

The land is generally of a varying aspect and classified by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research as principally being grade 4.2 and therefore capable of growing high yielding crops of grass and other forage.

 

There is also an area of mixed amenity woodland extending to approximately 11.53 hectares (28.5 acres) which is located to the north of the property and presents an attractive backdrop to the farmhouse.

 

The original three bedroom farmhouse enjoys a secluded position centrally within the holding and offers comfortable family accommodation over two levels. The adjoining farm buildings offer a development opportunity to create additional residential accommodation subject to planning consent.

 

Duncan Barrie, senior associate of CKD Galbraith who is marketing the sale, said: “Lambridden Farm presents a great opportunity for both prospective amenity buyers and local farmers looking to acquire a block of productive land with a range of useful outbuildings and the traditional farmhouse offering the potential for a good sized family home.

 

“The farm benefits from being in an accessible location of Ayrshire and as its available in a number of lots the property presents a range of buying options.”

 

Lambridden Farm is available for sale as a whole at offers over £630,000 or in the following lots:

 

Lot 1: approximately 20.85 hectares (51.52 acres) – offers over £365,000

 

Lot 2: approximately 19.33 hectares (47.76 acres) – offers over £145,000

 

Lot 3: approximately 32.16 hectares (79.46 acres) – offers over £120,000

 

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 250 staff in 14 offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Alyth and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying an international presence.

 

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing in excess of 1 million acres of land across the country.

 

CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

 

To find out more about CKD Galbraith visit www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

 

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

 

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

 

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

 

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

 

Members include Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. Member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

 

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.

 

www.frazercoogans.co.uk

 

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail eliteayrshire@gmail.com

 

Website: www.eliteayrshire.com

 

Contact:

 

Norman Geddes

Managing Partner

Frazer Coogans Solicitors

Dalblair House

46 Dalblair Road

Ayr KA7 1UQ

 

Telephone: 01292 280499

 

Issued by:

 

Murdoch MacDonald

Fame Publicity Services

10 Miller Road

AYR, Ayrshire

Scotland KA7 2AY

 

Telephone: 01292 281498

Mobile: 07833 667322

E-mail: famepublicity@aol.com

Web: www.AyrshireScotlandBusinessNews.com

 

www.ayrshirescotlandbusinessnews.com/2013/11/ckd-galbrait...

 

An attractive small farm with productive agricultural land in the heart of Ayrshire has just been placed onto the open market through leading Scottish property consultants, CKD Galbraith.

 

Lambridden Farm extends to some 72.34 hectares (178.75 acres) in total and is a compact farm unit for sale as a whole or in three individual lots, situated in an easily accessible location close to Ayr and Kilmarnock and only 40 minutes drive from Glasgow.

 

Historically Lambridden has operated as a livestock farm and equestrian property with a range of modern and traditional outbuildings. The majority of the land, principally located all in one block, is down to rotational and permanent grass and has been let out seasonally.

 

The land is generally of a varying aspect and classified by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research as principally being grade 4.2 and therefore capable of growing high yielding crops of grass and other forage.

 

There is also an area of mixed amenity woodland extending to approximately 11.53 hectares (28.5 acres) which is located to the north of the property and presents an attractive backdrop to the farmhouse.

 

The original three bedroom farmhouse enjoys a secluded position centrally within the holding and offers comfortable family accommodation over two levels. The adjoining farm buildings offer a development opportunity to create additional residential accommodation subject to planning consent.

 

Duncan Barrie, senior associate of CKD Galbraith who is marketing the sale, said: “Lambridden Farm presents a great opportunity for both prospective amenity buyers and local farmers looking to acquire a block of productive land with a range of useful outbuildings and the traditional farmhouse offering the potential for a good sized family home.

 

“The farm benefits from being in an accessible location of Ayrshire and as its available in a number of lots the property presents a range of buying options.”

 

Lambridden Farm is available for sale as a whole at offers over £630,000 or in the following lots:

 

Lot 1: approximately 20.85 hectares (51.52 acres) – offers over £365,000

 

Lot 2: approximately 19.33 hectares (47.76 acres) – offers over £145,000

 

Lot 3: approximately 32.16 hectares (79.46 acres) – offers over £120,000

 

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 250 staff in 14 offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Alyth and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying an international presence.

 

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing in excess of 1 million acres of land across the country.

 

CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

 

To find out more about CKD Galbraith visit www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

 

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

 

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

 

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

 

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

 

Members include Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. Member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

 

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.

 

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India and China Seek Economic Integration Via Burma, Bangladesh

 

By NEETA LAL / ASIA SENTINEL| Wednesday, November 6, 2013 |

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The recent endorsement by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of a multibillion dollar construction corridor encompassing Bangladesh, China, India and Burma—if it materializes—could redraw the economic and geopolitical map of Asia.

 

Termed “an international gateway to South Asia,” the BMIC corridor, as it is known, was the highlight of Li’s recent visit to India. The Chinese premier’s office commented that the link “will surely release enormous growth energy and provide new vitality for the Asian economic integration and global growth.”

 

Statements like this are the usual hyperbole of state visits and must be taken with skepticism. But this time China, over recent weeks, has publicly unveiled a huge burst of ambitious plans to further draw East Asia, including both South Asia and Southeast Asia, into its economic and political orbit.

 

“Connectivity” is China’s new mantra and the focus of Beijing’s long-term planning and strategic thinking, extending a web of rail, highway and air links all over the region and recently, during the visit of President Xi Jinping, offering an infrastructure bank to help build it. Given the region’s considerable natural resources, and China’s need for them to fuel its industrial growth, planners have all roads pointed toward Beijing.

 

It may well be grandiose thinking, since China has had troubled relations with many of its neighbors, particularly India, with continuing border disputes over the eastern India Assam region. It should also be noted that as the four stakeholders are all developing nations plagued by capital constraints, regional economic cooperation has moved on a slow growth trajectory.

 

They are also nations that have had considerable antipathy for each other, for instance with Bangladesh long suspicious of India and India with China. Burma is only now emerging from six decades of isolation and its basic infrastructure needs are enormous, let alone for sophisticated transport and communication links.

 

However, Li’s talks with Manmohan Singh, say policy watchers, have rejuvenated the idea of upgrading cooperation to a new level through the corridor.

 

But what exactly is a trade corridor and how does it augment trade? “A trade corridor is a specific trading route that utilizes common trade agreements and infrastructure of the involved nations to increase the flow and productivity of trade and also strengthen bilateral ties,” said the scholar and historian B K Joshi, who is currently working on a book on the Silk Road and its impact on the dynamics between countries who traded on it.

 

The twin pillars of the economic corridor are visualized as industrial zones and infrastructure construction and cooperation. Through building industrial zones along the corridor, Joshi said, industrial transfer will be realized and industries such as processing, manufacturing and commerce logistics will be bolstered. This in turn, would create a thriving ecosystem for the growth of large and medium-sized cities along the corridor.

 

The establishment of a trade corridor by the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (Burma) Forum for Regional Cooperation (BCIM) was an idea originally developed by Chinese scholars in Kunming at the end of the 1990s, then called the “Kunming Initiative.”

 

The “Kunming Initiative” evolved into the BCIM Forum for Regional Cooperation during its first meeting in 1999, with multiple objectives. These included, among others, creating a platform where major stakeholders could meet and discuss issues in the context of promoting economic growth and trade and identify specific sectors and projects that would promote greater collaboration among the grouping.

 

“The BCIM economic corridor has an advantageous geopolitical position allowing it to reach multiple Asian markets,” said the Mumbai-based trade analyst Diwakar Bedekar. “Once up, it will empower the four countries to work with each other’s advantages, accelerate economic growth, and also open up to the outside world.”

 

The economic advantages of the corridor—covering 1.65 million square kilometers, encompassing an estimated 440 million people in the regions of Yunnan, Bangladesh, Burma and Indian states like West Bengal, Bihar and the northeast region—are gargantuan. Besides access to myriad markets in Southeast Asia, the link is also expected to enhance the transportation infrastructure and creation of industrial zones.

 

“The construction of industrial zones will have a twofold benefit,” says a ministry of commerce senior official who was a part of Singh’s delegation to China. “Firstly, it will lead to industrial transfer boosting industries such as processing, manufacturing and commerce logistics.”

 

Secondly, the official adds, with labor costs rising in China, labor-intensive industries such as textile and agro processing will eventually be shifted out of China to newer regions that offer labor at relatively lower costs. “This will lead companies operating in China to give priority to the trade corridor region given its established infrastructure, improved logistics and ease of access,” he added.

 

India’s isolated eastern and northeastern states also stand to gain by higher trade and connectivity with China and the rest of Asia. India’s northeastern region alone covers 1.65 million square kilometers with a population of nearly 440 million people. Thus the BCIM may be a game changer for the states’ economies by helping them boost investment and enabling them to showcase their commercial prowess to Chinese investors, given the long—and sometimes disputed—border between the two countries.

 

The corridor will have an inevitable impact on diplomacy. “China will play a decisive role in the creation of the corridor as it faces economic slowdown and experiences difficulty in expanding into new markets. This requires China to eschew bilateral dissonance with India, and stress the tangible advantages of such an endeavor for the lesser-developed nations of Myanmar and Bangladesh,” said foreign policy analyst Ashish Shekhsariya.

 

The bridge dovetails well with India’s own “Look East” initiative and regional plans to help the BMIC grouping. China and Bangladesh have already been pressing India to improve and upgrade existing road and other traffic network on its territory, with a view to facilitating more border trade and strengthening the local economies involved. Moreover, the link would help to right the adverse trade balance India faces of up to 42 percent with China even as bilateral trade touched US$62 billion last year as against the 2015 target of $100 billion.

 

The BCIM countries may take up only 2 percent of global trade, but they are poised for exponential growth, trade analysts say. Once trade along the BCIM economic corridor is established, it will combine the China-Asean Free Trade Area, the Asean Free Trade Area and Asean-India Free Trade Area, to give shape to the biggest free trade area in the world. This will also bolster foreign trade of the BCIM countries and empower bilateral trading.

 

Economic interdependence and investments in each other’s economies, say policy watchers, is a surefire way to whittle down conflict as well.

 

“It is important for Delhi to push Beijing to change its structure of trade and bring down import barriers to ensure a more favorable trade balance for India,” said a senior external affairs ministry official. “Building roads, highways and infrastructure can bind the two most populous and fast-growing nations in the world to each other with positive results for the entire region.”

 

photo: China’s Premier Li Keqiang, right, shakes hands with India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as they pose for pictures during their visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing on Oct. 23, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

 

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Can China and India Coexist in Myanmar?

 

Posted: 02/21/2014 ,http://www.huffingtonpost.com/giorgio-cafiero/can-china-and-india-coexi_b_4824140.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

 

"As in the past, so in the future, the people of India will stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Burma, and whether we have to share good fortune or ill fortune, we shall share it together." These were Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's words in 1948, on the day of Burma's independence from Britain. Since then relations between the two countries have fluctuated between friendship, neglect and outright hostility, yet India's rise on the international stage and Myanmar's "democratic transition" are forcing both governments to reassess the nature of bilateral relations based on regional geopolitical developments.

 

India views Myanmar's emerging political transformation as a strategic and ideological opening that offers New Delhi an opportunity to dilute Chinese influence while expanding India's strategic depth. While India cannot expect to rival China's influence in Myanmar in the near or even medium term, it can have an impact on that relationship. In turn, Myanmar stands to gain from a stronger relationship with India on a variety of levels, whereas China views the strengthening relationship between India and Myanmar as a strategic threat.

 

India has long prided itself as the world's largest democracy, as well as being a leader of the Non-Aligned Movement. At previous junctures in their modern history, both of these factors contributed to the dynamics that shaped the India-Myanmar/Burma relationship. Throughout the 1950s, ties were cordial, however the 1962 coup d'état in Myanmar led to a deterioration of relations. During the two decades of General Ne Win's junta, ethnic Indians were targeted, being viewed as "privileged" during British colonial rule. The nationalist wave that followed led to the expulsion of many ethnic Indians from the country. India pursued a rather disinterested and neutral policy vis-à-vis Myanmar throughout the majority of the Cold War. By the late 1980s, New Delhi began to play an activist role by sponsoring the democratic opposition -- seeking to establish itself as a beacon of democracy in Asia.

 

New Delhi soon learned that such an idealistic approach to foreign policy did not advance its strategic interests, nor did it help the democratic struggle in Myanmar, as the repressive nature of the regime only worsened. As the military junta in Yangon grew hostile toward India, China became the regime's closest ally. India's approach to Myanmar's government subsequently shifted toward realism by 1995, as New Delhi accepted that the ruling junta was there for the long term. Thereafter, India became one of only eight governments in the world to sell arms to Yangon, underscoring the degree to which the bilateral relationship fluctuated since independence.

 

Following the commencement of Myanmar's "democratic transition" in 2012, which led to the lifting of international economic sanctions, India's government and some of its private companies saw a strategic opportunity to influence the subcontinent's periphery. Indian firms such as ONGC Videsh, Jubilant Oil and Gas and the Century Ply-Star Cement group commenced operations in Myanmar. Total Indian investment in the country now approaches $300 million. Yet this is a small fraction of the total $43 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) that has reached Myanmar and the majority of its FDI continues to originate from China. While a decrease in Chinese FDI in Myanmar has ensued since 2012 the government in Naypyidaw remains dependent on China (and Russia) for its military armaments. Here, India is simply not in a position to compete, and probably will not be for many years to come--if at all.

 

India's lack of capacity to become an influential trade and investment partner is driven by several factors, which include India's underdeveloped energy infrastructure, which limits New Delhi's capacity to transfer and distribute Myanmar's oil and natural gas in India, the reality that the two countries' mutual border is undeveloped, which contrasts with Myanmar's border with China, and bureaucratic hurdles and red tape that impede the cross-border trade and investment process.

 

India has every reason to want to embrace Myanmar at this time, and to make as much progress as is possible on the trade and investment front. New Delhi's interest in integrating India's isolated northeast with the rest of the country will continue to provide Indian officials with an incentive to deepen economic, political and military ties with Myanmar. Yet security dilemmas on both sides of the border constitute major concerns for Indian authorities. For example, the Buddhist-orchestrated pogroms against Myanmar's Muslims have led to a radicalization of some Muslims in the region, which threatens to result in retaliatory attacks against Buddhist institutions in India and other corners of South and Southeast Asia. The Naga community, situated on both sides of the border, will also remain a concern for both governments as the concept of "Nagaland" potentially threatens both states' territorial integrity.

 

From Naypyidaw's perspective, deeper ties with India can alleviate some of its own concerns about destabilizing developments on its side of the border, while also demonstrating that the country can balance its partnership with China along with other regional actors. Given Myanmar's economic and political dependence on Beijing, it should be expected that the government in Naypyidaw will only do so much, and with caution. Even if Myanmar's relationship with China does not fundamentally shift (and we do not expect that it will), India--and other countries such as the United States and Japan--offer Naypyidaw greater leverage against Beijing by emphasizing that Myanmar has other options. Chinese officials view the gradual development of economic, political and military relationships with India as a threat to Beijing's unique relationship with the country.

 

Myanmar's government understands the value it provides to both India and China. India's security dilemmas and its interest in new sources of oil and natural gas will continue to drive its ambitions vis-à-vis Myanmar for the foreseeable future. At the same time, China's access to the Bay of Bengal via Myanmar, and the security of energy accessibility via its landlocked southern provinces, make Myanmar an important strategic partner for Beijing. Within this context, deepening ties between India and Myanmar will remain an issue for China.

 

Regardless of whether Myanmar completes it democratic transition or retreats to resume its previous pariah status, its geostrategic significance and natural resources will continue to shape the balance of power in a region where Chinese and Indian interests intersect. China and India can indeed coexist in Myanmar, but China will maintain a distinct advantage by virtue of its recent history, the nature of its military assistance, and its alignment of long term interests with Naypyidaw.

 

Daniel Wagner is CEO of Country Risk Solutions, Senior Advisor with Gnarus Advisors, and author of the book "Managing Country Risk". Giorgio Cafiero is a research analyst with CRS based in Washington.

 

This article was reprinted with permission from the East-West Center (EWC).

 

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Experts hope for greater integration among Bangladesh, India, China and Myanmar in trade, investment

 

English.news.cn 2012-02-21 13:21:23 news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-02/21/c_131422592.htm

 

KOLKATA, India, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Attendants of a regional forum organized here by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and its partners from Bangladesh, China and Myanmar Monday expressed their hope for greater integration of trade and investment among the four countries.

Prabir De, Fellow, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), while elaborating on the rationale for Regional Trade and Investment Cooperation among the Bangladesh China India Myanmar Business Forum (BCIM) member countries, very comprehensively highlighted on the advantages, concerns and challenges faced by the vibrant neighborhood of BCIM.

The four countries with their diversified landscape, vast population, heterogeneous industries, product specialization and coastal access, can act as complementary to each other.

Though rising trade deficit is a major area of concern in bi- lateral trade of the region, the high inter-regional trade potential among these four countries with huge trade capacity largely remains unrealized.

De felt more market access, diversification and sophistication of products, harmonization of standards and fragmentation in BCIM is the need of the hour. He also talked about encouraging progress in transit in Myanmar.

Sandipan Chakravortty, Managing Director, Tata Steel Processing and Distribution Ltd., mentioned that India and China constitute 40 percent of world population thus projecting enormous trade potential and growth opportunities.

China is India's top trading partner but the target is to take up India from among China's top ten trading partners to the top five. Chakravorrty said that India should emphasize on expanding its exports to China. Wine, Telecommunication, food, beverage English education etc. are some of the sectors where India can increase its export opportunities.

On the other hand, trade has remained more or less static between India and Bangladesh which need to grow. Between India and Myanmar there is a trade surplus but needs to be further enhanced.

Annisul Huq, Immediate Past President South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Former President Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, considered India and China as the main players among the SAARC countries. With eight dynamic countries in the zone, growth has not been as dynamic as it should have been.

According to Huq, Bangladesh's export to China is 3.8 percent while its import is 32.8 percent. Contrarily, China's import from Bangladesh accounts to 0.02 percent. Bangladesh's export to India is 0.01 percent while its import is 14 percent.

There is a total of about 779 million U.S. dollar of Foreign Direct Investment inflow to Bangladesh from China and India, he added.

Accessing Visas for Bangladesh has been a hindrance in the path of flourishment of trade for long. But he assured that such problems are being meted out fast and visas can be applied through internet. He felt the need of compartmentalization of trade and politics. To him BCIM is a new regionalization of business with promising trade potentials and development.

Tan Yun, Deputy Secretary General, Foreign Trade Promotion Council of Yunnun, informed of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) which is a helpful forum in aid of foreigners and investors to do business in China.

She urged the investors to come to China and utilize the trading opportunities there. Yunnan, a land of beauty and abundance with its strategic geographical location and huge natural and energy resources is ranked sixth in China, she said.

Moreover it is keenly developing the infrastructure like airports, trans- Asian railways and investment policies to make it a favorable trade and tourist destination in China.

Kyaw Swe Tint, Consulate General, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, stated that tourism is the most promising industry that is growing real fast. The significance of tourism is immense in Myanmar as it has generated high employment.

He said BCIM has a great potential to be turned into world class tourist spots which in turn would generate great trade opportunities for the regions. Development of livestock and rural sectors must also be on the agenda.

R.K.Agrawal, Deputy Chairman, CII Eastern Region and Mr. Viresh Oberoi, Vice Chairman, CII West Bengal State Council also addressed the gathering.

 

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Prospects of the BMIC project

 

Author: Ashis Biswas, Echo of India,, Friday, 8 November, 2013

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It seems India is not on the same page with its regional neighbours when it comes to setting up the proposed Bangladesh-China-Myanmar-India (BMIC) economic corridor.

This became apparent after the recent visit to China by Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, from the tenor of his remarks on the progress of the concept so far.

There has been no lack of interest on China’s part to develop the corridor as fast and effectively as possible. The Chinese have announced their plans for the corridor a crucial component to open up and develop economically the border regions and beyond, within the economic grouping. The countries involved account for nearly 30% of the world’s population, with a strong middle class presence, enjoying considerable purchasing power.

The Chinese vision of the project, as outlined in the Beijing-based media, views it as an initiative that can “change the geo political map of Asia and even the world.” Acting as a new major link between the teeming South Asia and South East Asia regions, the corridor, linking Kunming city, the capital of Yunan province with Kolkata, the project has a multi dimensional growth potential for economic development.

China has expressed its interest to develop major road and railway links expeditiously and specifically called for co-operation from India as the major regional neighbor to help the BMIC’s completion. The Chinese wish to see the extension of the millennium’s new trade route eventually to be extended to the proposed Kolkata-Amritsar corridor.

On the anvil are projects related to tourism, border trade and business hubs, banking, transport, commerce, housing and infrastructure development in what might become a multi-billion dollar investment on part of the countries involved.

Given this background and the high level of Chinese interest, Dr Singh’s comments, following the release of a joint statement with China, appeared intriguing to observers. Assuring Indian co-operation, Dr Singh stressed the need for better co-ordination and understanding among the countries involved. He also hoped that “Bangladesh and Myanmar would co-operate in ensuring the success of the project.”

During the now regular motor rallies between Kolkata and Kunming, participants regardless of their nationality strongly complained against the pathetic condition of North Bengal roads and highways. The lack of civic support, public awareness or even minimal interest in what was being envisaged was shocking, to say the least. “It seemed nobody knew or followed the basic rules of driving in parts of Bengal, and the police were no help either,” was a common refrain among drivers when they spoke to the media.

“The local government blamed New Delhi, while New Delhi blamed Kolkata,” lamented one participant.

State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hardly seemed bothered about the poor perception of her State among international visitors. Too busy with attending local cultural meets and party gatherings with her entourage of Tollywood film personalities, she delegated the task of liaising with rally participants, Consular officials and others, to her Transport Minister Madan Mitra.

To his credit, Mitra expressed his keen interest and assured all support. “But that has not helped in improving the condition of the roads,” said a participant from Bangladesh.

There was the general feeling that India’s lack of interest seemed to be a carry-on from its attitude towards the earlier SAARC grouping. Here too, other countries often complained about India not taking much active interest in settling intra regional problems and issues.

The Chinese have indicated that they would invest in a major way in implementing the BCIM project. Among the world’s largest investors at the moment, China is also proposing greater economic co-operation with and promising investments in, Viet Nam, Laos , Cambodia and the Philippines, although it has major problems with some of these countries over the maritime jurisdiction of the South China Sea. Chinese investors have also been buying up most assets in Detroit city, after its authorities declared bankruptcy.

The post –army Junta regime in resource-rich Myanmar is currently examining a series of options relating to its ambitious infrastructure development programmes. Most major countries including India are sponsoring or participating in these projects. The BMIC corridor would serve its purpose effectively.

Bangladesh too has drawn up plans to make the best possible use of the corridor to rev up its exports and get the maximum advantage from the big Chinese investments expected.

Instead of hoping for a better response from Bangladesh and Myanmar to the regional grouping, therefore, Dr Singh would have been better advised to persuade Ms Banerjee to play a more constructive role on international matters in India’s own greater interest. Failing which, he should have read her the riot act and told her to get moving -- or else.

But being temperamentally averse to public spats and controversies, it is most likely that India’s good Prime Minister would leave such an undertaking for his successor in 2014. (IPA)

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India, China seal border pact, talk Pak-based terror

 

Rajeev Deshpande & Saibal Dasgupta, TNN Oct 24, 2013, 01.32AM IST articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-10-24/india/433...

 

BEIJING: 'If the host is hospitable and generous, there will be more frequent visits from guests' — a pithy Chinese phrase summed up the mood as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sealed significant pacts to curb use of force on the borders, open a dialogue on dams on the Brahmaputra and enhance cooperation on terrorism with China.

 

On a clear day after overnight rain drove Beijing's infamous smog away, the PM struck an equation with the new Chinese leadership, with President Xi Jinping telling Singh, "We need to stand tall and look far, a journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step."

Xi handsomely supplemented the proverb offered by the Chinese spokesperson after the two sides signed a border protocol, mooting a hotline between military headquarters, and China pushed for an ambitious Bangladesh-Myanmar-India-China economic corridor along the south Silk Route.

The bonhomie might, given the recent run-ins on the Line of Actual Control, call for a reality check, but Indian officials are particularly pleased with a memorandum on water signed as part of nine agreements at the impressive Great Hall of the People that puts "issues of mutual interest" on the menu.

While stapled visas to Arunachal Pradesh residents remain a clear irritant, the breakthrough on border management and a preparedness to address a yawning trade deficit — although Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Ahluwalia said the visit was not about returning to India "waving order books" — are a matter of satisfaction.

Stressing common goals, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said, "Our two peoples have the wisdom and our two governments have the ability to manage our differences along the border so that it would not affect the overall interests of our bilateral relations."

Singh agreed, but underlined Indian concerns, saying, "As large neighbours following independent foreign policies, the relationships pursued by India and China with other countries must not become a source of concern for each other. This will be our strategic reassurance."

Singh followed this up by firmly underlining that peace on the border was a "strategic benchmark" while emphasizing the bonhomie by saying, "When India and China shake hands, the world takes notice."

While Li said he will work to build "political trust", Singh felt the border defence cooperation agreement (BDCA) will increase stability on the border.

Getting the border deal has been strenuous work, but the Indian side feels the agreement on trans-border rivers — that had not been nailed down till two days before Singh's meeting with Li — opens a tightly closed door. Apart from cooperation on sharing hydrological data, the MoU says the two sides will "exchange views on other issues of mutual interest" — read to mean India can raise queries on controversial dams on the Brahmaputra.

The BMIC economic corridor is an alluring concept, one that China is setting a lot of store by. In the area of counter-terrorism cooperation, Li spoke of joint training in south-west China and the Indians confirmed that Pakistan's role in fostering and using terrorism was discussed.

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China's commercial 'takeover' of Laos

 

NICK GARCIA, Contributing writer

 

November 19, 2013 6:42 pm JST asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/...

 

VIENTIANE -- On a recent taxi ride here, the driver looked at his watch and leaned forward to switch his radio dial. Suddenly, instead of traditional Lao music, we were listening to a Chinese language lesson.

 

"Before," the driver, a man in his 60s, said with a grin, "we learned French. Now everyone is learning Chinese. China is the new power."

 

The new FM radio station broadcasting Chinese language lessons reflects a widening trend. Urban Laotians, young and old, are increasingly turning to Chinese culture, in what one Vientiane-based economist called a "pragmatic adjustment to a new reality" -- China's rapidly expanding influence in the poor, landlocked but resource-rich country of 6 million.

 

A little more than a decade ago, Laos was an agrarian economy with stagnant growth. Now it is expanding at roughly 8% a year, according to the International Monetary Fund. Much of this has been fueled by rising foreign investment. China's Ministry of Commerce last December said total Chinese investment in Laos was $3.3 billion in 2012, according to state-run Xinhua news agency. That would make China the country's third-largest foreign investor, after Thailand and Vietnam.

 

There are no independently verified figures, but some experts say Beijing is underestimating China's role. In his 2011 book "Southeast Asia and the Rise of China," Ian Storey, a senior fellow at Singapore's Institute of Southeast Asia Studies, wrote that China displaced Thailand as Laos' No. 1 source of foreign investment in 2006 to 2007.

 

Either way, China's voracious presence is having a big impact on its tiny neighbor. China has strategic, political and economic interests in Laos, regional experts say. It is the same mix that has driven vast Chinese investment in neighboring Myanmar and Cambodia. Said Jonathan London, an assistant professor at the City University of Hong Kong: "Laos is regarded as an untapped, proximate source of resources -- hydro, timber, minerals. In a sense, even if you include Myanmar, Laos is the last frontier of mainland Indochina."

 

In Cambodia as well as Laos, China is playing its powerful economic cards to expand its political influence; and with Laos, at least, it is increasingly displacing the country's old ally, Vietnam.

 

Chinese construction and infrastructure projects now dot parts of the countryside, while Chinese vendors are a growing presence in the biggest market towns. Underpinning the trend, Chinese language schools have sprung up around the country in the past year, mostly in provinces close to China.

 

Started by Lao businessmen with an eye for opportunity, many are rudimentary: concrete classrooms, a blackboard, basic desks and fluorescent lights. At one, in Houay Xai near the Thai border, nightly Chinese language classes cost the equivalent of $67 a month.

 

The school has 60 students, ranging from 6 to 30 years old. One, Somneuk, who would only give her surname, is 28 and works in a bank where most customers are Chinese. Understanding the language, she explained, would enable her to jump to a lucrative marketing job with a Chinese company.

 

She will not have to look far. Just 30km north is a 103 sq. km patch that the Chinese gaming and entertainment group Kings Romans has leased for 99 years. Its flagship casino, with faux Roman statues lining the facade, is steadily expanding its range of tourism and entertainment services. It plans eventually to employ up to 10,000 people.

 

Between Houay Xai and the Kings Romans casino, about 4,000 hectares of rice paddy fields have been transformed over the past two years into banana plantations. Chinese investors have leased the land from farmers. The move has radically changed local lifestyles: the farmer-landlords earn 30,000-40,000 baht ($1,000 to $1,300) in rent per year, plus around 200 baht a day if they work on the banana plantations.

 

In the old French colonial town of Luang Prabang, nearly 400km north of Vientiane, Chinese language schools have also opened. Western tourists still flock to the town's elegant temples and gracious riverside hotels. But Chinese as well as Vietnamese vendors in the famous night market are gradually replacing their local counterparts, reflecting a demographic shift as locals rent or sell their properties to Chinese investors and move out of town. The trend has spawned satellite communities of cheap, purpose-built housing such as an area known locally as "new town," about 40km from Luang Prabang.

 

Such changes are only the early consequences of China's encroaching influence, warn some analysts. Echoing similar rumblings in neighboring Myanmar and Cambodia about rising Chinese investment, Farish A. Noor, a prominent commentator and political scientist, recently warned that China's cultural as well as economic embrace could usher in the "demise of Western political, economic and cultural influence" in Southeast Asia.

 

Political currents

 

Laotians and expatriates alike are nervous about criticizing the Communist government, particularly after the head of Swiss aid agency Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation in Laos was expelled late last year and a prominent Lao civil society figure disappeared. Both had voiced concerns about official policies on development and land use. The Helvetas country chief, Anne-Sophie Gindroz, was particularly outspoken about systemic corruption and the lack of rights.

 

There is unease. In just a few years, Chinese companies have built a cultural center, government offices and luxury villas in Vientiane. Further afield, they have set up sprawling plantations for rubber, eucalyptus and other commercial crops, and, on a far grander scale, hydropower projects.

 

The urban development that promises to turn low-rise Vientiane into a mini-Shanghai is the most visible; it is, after all, happening in the capital. Even in a country with no free media, protests over evictions have been more public than similar complaints in the countryside.

 

The $1.6 billion That Luang Marsh project, in Vientiane, for example, was opposed by more than 400 families who lived in the area, a natural drainage basin. Much of the uproar was over rumors that the planned 365-hectare city -- on the drawing boards of the Shanghai Wanfeng Group, which develops shopping malls in China -- would house 50,000 Chinese.

 

Luxury villas built to house participants at the Asia-Europe Meeting Summit in November 2012 between leaders from the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in November 2012, are part of a sprawling waterfront development called Vientiane New World, much of which is still on the drawing boards. The villas were built by the government and a Lao subsidiary of China CAMC Engineering Co.

 

After the leaders left, the Chinese company put the villas up for sale. There were no takers. Virtually forgotten are the 500-odd people who used to live in the area. Many grew vegetables to sell in the capital's markets. They were shifted to houses several kilometers away, where they say the land is unsuitable for growing vegetables and too far from the markets.

 

The normally inscrutable, one-party communist state has reacted to the criticism by arranging visits for diplomats to people relocated from Chinese project sites, in an effort to prove they are being adequately re-housed.

 

Meanwhile, China's megaprojects steamroll on. At a groundbreaking ceremony last December for the That Luang project, Lao Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad and China's ambassador toLaos, Bu Jiangua, hailed their bilateral cooperation and spoke hopefully of further deepening their ties.

 

And yet, local critics have already branded some of China's other urban development plans -- which are barely out of the planning stage -- as white elephants, such as the multi-use Vientiane Center.

 

Projects in the capital are mere candles on the cake of China's Laos investments, which range from mines to plantations and malls to casinos -- plus an ambitious high speed rail link from China to the Thai border. The Lao government appears determined to proceed with the railway, which would require the construction of scores of tunnels and bridges. The $7 billion price tag is more than 80% of Laos' entire gross domestic product. Costly Chinese loans may be taken out to cover it.

 

Some analysts speculate about the geopolitical implications of China's growing footprint in Laos, which has traditionally been far closer to Vietnam. Others say Laos is merely leveraging its natural resources to skillfully balance three major economic engines -- China, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

The political influence of Hanoi remains strong, according to a Vientiane-based regional economist who asked not to be named. "Vietnam's ideology is fully aligned with (that of) Laos," he said. "With China, it is much more of an issue of economic influence." But the economist cautioned that the Lao government was initially in a hurry and "sometimes too eager" to sign deals with Chinese investors.

 

This created strong public concern in some quarters -- and even within the government, he said. "Now there is more private talk by government officials of a quiet push-back in a non-confrontational, Lao way."

 

But it could be a token push-back. "There will come a time," said a foreign development aid specialist in Vientiane, "when Laos' dependence on Vietnam, and on aid money from the West, could be vastly reduced -- because it has China writing it checks."

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The Faces Behind VA Services – VA Services Showcase

 

Veterans and Veteran organizations learn about the services available from the VA at the VA Services Showcase in Arlington, Va.

 

Sharing information on services for Veterans was the primary focus of the VA Services Showcase held VHA National Conference Center in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Representatives from VA program offices, support services and Veteran-related organizations participated in the event, which gave attendees a chance to interact and share resources with each other. VA is working to let Veterans know that there are a wide range of programs and services, and a dedicated workforce –many of whom are Veterans themselves – ready to help them navigate all the possibilities. Present at the showcase – just a few of the many services VA offers. If you are looking for a specific VA program or service, please post it in the comments and we will do our best to connect you with the best place to start.

My HealtheVet – www.myhealthevet.va.gov

 

My HealtheVet is VA’s 24/7 online personal health record. It is designed for Veterans, active duty Service members, their dependents and caregivers and helps them partner with their health care team as well as opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage their health care.

 

GI Bill – www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

 

Veterans Crisis Line – www.VeteransCrisisLine.net

VA responders are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide confidential support by phone or online chat. Assistance is only a phone call or click away. You’ve served us. Now let us serve you.

 

Help for Homeless Veterans – www.va.gov/homeless

VA provides individualized care through a wide range of services for Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Veterans of all eras and branches may be eligible for VA services. Make the call and take the first step to access help from VA.

 

Pension Benefits / VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans- www.va.gov/benefits

VA provides compensation to eligible Veterans who were disabled during or because of their military service. VA also offers compensation to eligible dependents of Veterans, including a surviving spouse, children and/or parents.

 

eBenefits - www.ebenefits.va.gov

The eBenefits web portal is an online resource for tools and benefits-related information. The portal serves Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and their caregivers.

 

Blind Rehabilitation Service – www.patientcare.va.gov/rehabilitationservices.asp

The Blind Rehabilitation Service provides lifetime rehabilitation care for Veterans who are visually impaired.

 

VA for Vets – www.VAforVets.va.gov

VA for Vets is a comprehensive career development program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA and other federal agencies.

 

VA for Vets

 

VA-Guaranteed Home Loan Benefits – www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans

The objective of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program is to help eligible Veterans, active-duty personnel, surviving spouses and members of the Reserves and National Guard purchase, retain and adapt homes.

 

Center for Minority Veterans – www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

The Center for Minority Veterans is charged with identifying barriers to service and health care access, as well as increasing local awareness of minority Veteran related issues by developing strategies for improving minority participation in existing VA benefit programs.

 

VHA Women’s Health Services – www.womenshealth.va.gov

Women’s Health Services works to ensure that timely, equitable, high quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA facilities nationwide.

 

Center for Women Veterans – www.va.gov/womenvet

VA’s Center for Women Veterans monitors and coordinates the administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans. The center serves as an advocate for a cultural transformation in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and works to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.

 

Veterans Transportation Service – www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vts/

VA’s Veterans Transportation Service program is used to pick up Veterans and take them to their VA Medical Facility for appointments. Many times, the service staff members are the first and last person Veterans see from the VA on their appointment day.

 

VetCenter – www.vetcenter.va.gov

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a broad range of services to assist in readjusting to civilian life. There are 300 Vet Centers throughout the U.S. and territories.

 

Make The Connection- www.MakeTheConnection.net

Powerful personal stories and testimonials from Veterans of all service eras and backgrounds are at the heart of Make the Connection, illustrating how Veterans and their families face and overcome issues and challenges.

 

Volunteer Service – www.volunteer.va.gov

As VA has expanded its care of Veteran patients into the community, volunteers have become involved. They assist Veteran patients by augmenting staff in such setting as hospital wards, Community Living Centers, outpatient clinics, community-based volunteer programs, end-of-life care programs, adaptive sports, creative arts, Veteran outreach centers, national cemeteries, and Veteran benefits offices.

 

Healthy Living – www.prevention.va.gov / www.move.va.gov

Talk with your health care team about your goals. You will be an active player in this journey and your health care team will be your “coaches.”

 

National Cemetery Administration – www.cem.va.gov

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation.

 

Veteran Population Projection – www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp

The Veteran Population Model provides the latest official Veteran population projection from the VA.

 

The VA Chaplain Service – www.va.gov/chaplain

The VA Chaplain Service integrates the spiritual dimensions of health care into all aspects of the VHA missions of patient care, research, emergency medical preparedness, and health care education.

 

VocRehab – www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Veterans may receive help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.traditional employment.

 

VHA- Office of Rural Health – www.ruralhealth.va.gov

VA’s Office of Rural Health supports the unique health care needs of Veterans residing in geographically remote areas. From transportation, telehealth and care coordination to workforce development, mental health, community outreach and innovative models of care delivery, the VHA Office of Rural Health has a diverse portfolio that is structured to bring quality care closer to home.

 

VA photos by Robert Turtil.

Oakland A's Stadium 365 Estuary Park Project - D'Sjon Dixon, Rick Tripp Zennie62 talked with D'Sjon Dixon, the creator and architect of the exciting Stadium 365 Estuary Park Oakland As Stadium Proposal and his developer Rick Tripp in what is the first video interview and the longest one so far. It's also the first Zennie62 YouTube video that is a recorded three way conversation, thanks to Skype: D'Sjon Dixon is at his office in San Francisco; Rick Tripp is in Sacramento, and Zennie Abraham is in Suburban Atlanta Georgia. D’Sjon Dixon is an architect with SGPA Architecture and Planning. His idea and drawings for a baseball stadium for the A's has been in existence since 2013, but it took on steam when Dixon met and formed a friendship with real estate developer Rick Tripp, the Owner, Tripp Development. Dixon's stadium website is at Stadium365.com. Dixon's idea is for a $600 million privately financed stadium at Estuary Park in Oakland, and at the same place controlled by the Brooklyn Basin Developers. Dixon says that he got a blessing of sorts from Signature Development President Mike Ghielmetti. There's a rub here, as Brooklyn Basin has broke ground, but Dixon says he has it worked out. Rick Tripp's name is not new in this issue: he made a proposal for a privately financed stadium for the A's at Coliseum City. But it came with a novel financing approach that Tripp says is based on real estate brokerage fees, and was in part presented in blog posts over at NewBallPark.org. Tripp also used this plan in a presentation for stadiums in Sacramento and in San Diego for the Chargers. I'll hold off on a critique here, as we're going to talk on video again. But back to Tripp, he is in the real estate business with his wife Leslie Dougherty, a realtor with Fusion Real Estate Network. Prior to that, both were involved with Cachet Realty Group Inc. in Nevada. I would not say Mr. Tripp is the finance guy, but more the classic real estate developer who sells the idea of a project to bankers. He's got to have a credible plan by a credentialed architect who can make something that can be built before he can attract more money- that person is Dixon. What is good is that this is a team up of two creatives who needed each other: D'Sjon Dixon's plan is excellent, but cried for a development partner; Tripp's plan was strong on financing (to a degree) but needed a good architect. As I told both, the purpose here is not to tear down D'Sjon Dixon's work, but to make it better as that benefits all of us. Visit our blog Zennie62.com here: ift.tt/1d6iMwr ift.tt/1IDDnq9

The Faces Behind VA Services – VA Services Showcase

 

Veterans and Veteran organizations learn about the services available from the VA at the VA Services Showcase in Arlington, Va.

 

Sharing information on services for Veterans was the primary focus of the VA Services Showcase held VHA National Conference Center in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Representatives from VA program offices, support services and Veteran-related organizations participated in the event, which gave attendees a chance to interact and share resources with each other. VA is working to let Veterans know that there are a wide range of programs and services, and a dedicated workforce –many of whom are Veterans themselves – ready to help them navigate all the possibilities. Present at the showcase – just a few of the many services VA offers. If you are looking for a specific VA program or service, please post it in the comments and we will do our best to connect you with the best place to start.

My HealtheVet – www.myhealthevet.va.gov

 

My HealtheVet is VA’s 24/7 online personal health record. It is designed for Veterans, active duty Service members, their dependents and caregivers and helps them partner with their health care team as well as opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage their health care.

 

GI Bill – www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

 

Veterans Crisis Line – www.VeteransCrisisLine.net

VA responders are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide confidential support by phone or online chat. Assistance is only a phone call or click away. You’ve served us. Now let us serve you.

 

Help for Homeless Veterans – www.va.gov/homeless

VA provides individualized care through a wide range of services for Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Veterans of all eras and branches may be eligible for VA services. Make the call and take the first step to access help from VA.

 

Pension Benefits / VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans- www.va.gov/benefits

VA provides compensation to eligible Veterans who were disabled during or because of their military service. VA also offers compensation to eligible dependents of Veterans, including a surviving spouse, children and/or parents.

 

eBenefits - www.ebenefits.va.gov

The eBenefits web portal is an online resource for tools and benefits-related information. The portal serves Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and their caregivers.

 

Blind Rehabilitation Service – www.patientcare.va.gov/rehabilitationservices.asp

The Blind Rehabilitation Service provides lifetime rehabilitation care for Veterans who are visually impaired.

 

VA for Vets – www.VAforVets.va.gov

VA for Vets is a comprehensive career development program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA and other federal agencies.

 

VA for Vets

 

VA-Guaranteed Home Loan Benefits – www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans

The objective of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program is to help eligible Veterans, active-duty personnel, surviving spouses and members of the Reserves and National Guard purchase, retain and adapt homes.

 

Center for Minority Veterans – www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

The Center for Minority Veterans is charged with identifying barriers to service and health care access, as well as increasing local awareness of minority Veteran related issues by developing strategies for improving minority participation in existing VA benefit programs.

 

VHA Women’s Health Services – www.womenshealth.va.gov

Women’s Health Services works to ensure that timely, equitable, high quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA facilities nationwide.

 

Center for Women Veterans – www.va.gov/womenvet

VA’s Center for Women Veterans monitors and coordinates the administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans. The center serves as an advocate for a cultural transformation in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and works to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.

 

Veterans Transportation Service – www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vts/

VA’s Veterans Transportation Service program is used to pick up Veterans and take them to their VA Medical Facility for appointments. Many times, the service staff members are the first and last person Veterans see from the VA on their appointment day.

 

VetCenter – www.vetcenter.va.gov

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a broad range of services to assist in readjusting to civilian life. There are 300 Vet Centers throughout the U.S. and territories.

 

Make The Connection- www.MakeTheConnection.net

Powerful personal stories and testimonials from Veterans of all service eras and backgrounds are at the heart of Make the Connection, illustrating how Veterans and their families face and overcome issues and challenges.

 

Volunteer Service – www.volunteer.va.gov

As VA has expanded its care of Veteran patients into the community, volunteers have become involved. They assist Veteran patients by augmenting staff in such setting as hospital wards, Community Living Centers, outpatient clinics, community-based volunteer programs, end-of-life care programs, adaptive sports, creative arts, Veteran outreach centers, national cemeteries, and Veteran benefits offices.

 

Healthy Living – www.prevention.va.gov / www.move.va.gov

Talk with your health care team about your goals. You will be an active player in this journey and your health care team will be your “coaches.”

 

National Cemetery Administration – www.cem.va.gov

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation.

 

Veteran Population Projection – www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp

The Veteran Population Model provides the latest official Veteran population projection from the VA.

 

The VA Chaplain Service – www.va.gov/chaplain

The VA Chaplain Service integrates the spiritual dimensions of health care into all aspects of the VHA missions of patient care, research, emergency medical preparedness, and health care education.

 

VocRehab – www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Veterans may receive help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.traditional employment.

 

VHA- Office of Rural Health – www.ruralhealth.va.gov

VA’s Office of Rural Health supports the unique health care needs of Veterans residing in geographically remote areas. From transportation, telehealth and care coordination to workforce development, mental health, community outreach and innovative models of care delivery, the VHA Office of Rural Health has a diverse portfolio that is structured to bring quality care closer to home.

 

VA photos by Robert Turtil.

The Faces Behind VA Services – VA Services Showcase

 

Veterans and Veteran organizations learn about the services available from the VA at the VA Services Showcase in Arlington, Va.

 

Sharing information on services for Veterans was the primary focus of the VA Services Showcase held VHA National Conference Center in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Representatives from VA program offices, support services and Veteran-related organizations participated in the event, which gave attendees a chance to interact and share resources with each other. VA is working to let Veterans know that there are a wide range of programs and services, and a dedicated workforce –many of whom are Veterans themselves – ready to help them navigate all the possibilities. Present at the showcase – just a few of the many services VA offers. If you are looking for a specific VA program or service, please post it in the comments and we will do our best to connect you with the best place to start.

My HealtheVet – www.myhealthevet.va.gov

 

My HealtheVet is VA’s 24/7 online personal health record. It is designed for Veterans, active duty Service members, their dependents and caregivers and helps them partner with their health care team as well as opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage their health care.

 

GI Bill – www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

 

Veterans Crisis Line – www.VeteransCrisisLine.net

VA responders are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide confidential support by phone or online chat. Assistance is only a phone call or click away. You’ve served us. Now let us serve you.

 

Help for Homeless Veterans – www.va.gov/homeless

VA provides individualized care through a wide range of services for Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Veterans of all eras and branches may be eligible for VA services. Make the call and take the first step to access help from VA.

 

Pension Benefits / VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans- www.va.gov/benefits

VA provides compensation to eligible Veterans who were disabled during or because of their military service. VA also offers compensation to eligible dependents of Veterans, including a surviving spouse, children and/or parents.

 

eBenefits - www.ebenefits.va.gov

The eBenefits web portal is an online resource for tools and benefits-related information. The portal serves Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and their caregivers.

 

Blind Rehabilitation Service – www.patientcare.va.gov/rehabilitationservices.asp

The Blind Rehabilitation Service provides lifetime rehabilitation care for Veterans who are visually impaired.

 

VA for Vets – www.VAforVets.va.gov

VA for Vets is a comprehensive career development program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA and other federal agencies.

 

VA for Vets

 

VA-Guaranteed Home Loan Benefits – www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans

The objective of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program is to help eligible Veterans, active-duty personnel, surviving spouses and members of the Reserves and National Guard purchase, retain and adapt homes.

 

Center for Minority Veterans – www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

The Center for Minority Veterans is charged with identifying barriers to service and health care access, as well as increasing local awareness of minority Veteran related issues by developing strategies for improving minority participation in existing VA benefit programs.

 

VHA Women’s Health Services – www.womenshealth.va.gov

Women’s Health Services works to ensure that timely, equitable, high quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA facilities nationwide.

 

Center for Women Veterans – www.va.gov/womenvet

VA’s Center for Women Veterans monitors and coordinates the administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans. The center serves as an advocate for a cultural transformation in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and works to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.

 

Veterans Transportation Service – www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vts/

VA’s Veterans Transportation Service program is used to pick up Veterans and take them to their VA Medical Facility for appointments. Many times, the service staff members are the first and last person Veterans see from the VA on their appointment day.

 

VetCenter – www.vetcenter.va.gov

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a broad range of services to assist in readjusting to civilian life. There are 300 Vet Centers throughout the U.S. and territories.

 

Make The Connection- www.MakeTheConnection.net

Powerful personal stories and testimonials from Veterans of all service eras and backgrounds are at the heart of Make the Connection, illustrating how Veterans and their families face and overcome issues and challenges.

 

Volunteer Service – www.volunteer.va.gov

As VA has expanded its care of Veteran patients into the community, volunteers have become involved. They assist Veteran patients by augmenting staff in such setting as hospital wards, Community Living Centers, outpatient clinics, community-based volunteer programs, end-of-life care programs, adaptive sports, creative arts, Veteran outreach centers, national cemeteries, and Veteran benefits offices.

 

Healthy Living – www.prevention.va.gov / www.move.va.gov

Talk with your health care team about your goals. You will be an active player in this journey and your health care team will be your “coaches.”

 

National Cemetery Administration – www.cem.va.gov

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation.

 

Veteran Population Projection – www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp

The Veteran Population Model provides the latest official Veteran population projection from the VA.

 

The VA Chaplain Service – www.va.gov/chaplain

The VA Chaplain Service integrates the spiritual dimensions of health care into all aspects of the VHA missions of patient care, research, emergency medical preparedness, and health care education.

 

VocRehab – www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Veterans may receive help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.traditional employment.

 

VHA- Office of Rural Health – www.ruralhealth.va.gov

VA’s Office of Rural Health supports the unique health care needs of Veterans residing in geographically remote areas. From transportation, telehealth and care coordination to workforce development, mental health, community outreach and innovative models of care delivery, the VHA Office of Rural Health has a diverse portfolio that is structured to bring quality care closer to home.

 

VA photos by Robert Turtil.

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National Grid provides $225K grant to UAlbany NanoCollege for green energy initiative to establish solar power control and monitoring center at CNSE's Albany nanotech complex

Albany, NY | Posted on June 2nd, 2011

National Grid today presented a $225,000 Renewable Energy and Economic Development grant to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany to help enable a green energy initiative that will establish a Photovoltaic Control and Monitoring Center (PVCMC) at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex. The first grant to be awarded in eastern New York as part of National Grid's Renewable Energy and Economic Development Program will support future solar power generation systems across New York State.

 

The $225,000 National Grid grant will be used to develop, install and demonstrate a state-of-the-art control and monitoring center. The PVCMC will enable gathering of real-time research data that will provide designers, architects and installers with critical feedback to accelerate the construction and integration of roof-mounted PV systems across New York, fueling increased deployment of green energy in homes and businesses.

 

The UAlbany NanoCollege will partner with EYP Energy and Alteris Renewables to establish the PVCMC, which is part of a larger $1.35 million solar demonstration initiative that will evaluate and compare state-of-the-art, thin film-based solar PV technologies as a means of accelerating the use of clean energy technologies.

 

This grant demonstrates National Grid's continuing commitment to CNSE. In 2008, National Grid supported CNSE with a grant for $250,000 to offset the costs incurred by building a new substation for the facility.

 

"As the Capital Region's local energy company, National Grid is pleased to join with the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering as an example of public-private partnerships that can work, and help bring economic vitality to the area," said Ken Daly, National Grid's President of New York. "What's more, supporting expanding technology in renewable energy makes National Grid's local grant an investment that will spread the benefits even beyond the region."

 

"The UAlbany NanoCollege is grateful to National Grid for its continued support in furthering CNSE's efforts to develop innovative, nanotechnology-enabled green energy technologies," said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of CNSE. "This investment will serve to accelerate CNSE's growing portfolio in solar energy technologies, which hold great promise for reducing energy consumption, protecting the environment, and generating economic growth to benefit all New Yorkers."

 

"CNSE's PV Control and Monitoring Center will become a key regional and statewide asset, driving additional PV installations in New York State and generating substantial economic development through business attraction and job growth," said Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Vice President for Clean Energy Programs at CNSE. "In addition, the demonstration facilities will serve as a living laboratory to train undergraduate and graduate students to perform research and enable technology transfer to industry."

 

The National Grid Renewable Energy and Economic Development Grant program funds projects that demonstrate alternative generation technologies, such as solar, while promoting economic development for the region. This National Grid grant is part of the company's comprehensive economic development plan for upstate New York. For more information and program descriptions, visit National Grid's Economic Development website at: www.shovelready.com/.

 

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The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex is the most advanced research enterprise of its kind at any university in the world. With over $7 billion in high-tech investments, the 800,000-square-foot complex attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience. The UAlbany NanoCollege houses the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 80,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,500 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work on site, from companies including IBM, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Toshiba, Samsung, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Novellus Systems, Vistec Lithography and Atotech. An expansion now underway is projected to increase the size of CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex to over 1,250,000 square feet of next-generation infrastructure housing over 135,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms and more than 3,750 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. For information, visit www.cnse.albany.edu.

 

About National Grid

National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.

 

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NanoCollege awarded $57.5M

Federal grant to propel UAlbany to top of emerging solar energy industry; local jobs to follow

By Larry Rulison Business writer

Updated 11:14 a.m., Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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ALBANY -- The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has been awarded $57.5 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to create a solar manufacturing consortium that could rival what Sematech did for the computer chip industry and the city of Austin, Texas two decades ago.

 

The surprise announcement came just one day after U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer was at the college's Albany NanoTech complex on Fuller Road, urging the Obama Administration to award the NanoCollege and the University of Central Florida a $100 million grant that would be split between the two schools. They are partnering with the Sematech computer chip consortium to create the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium. Photovoltaics are solar technologies like solar panels that generate electricity.

 

As it turns out, the NanoCollege was awarded $57.5 million -- more than the $50 million it was expecting -- while UCF will get a far smaller award of just $5 million.

 

Together, the package is $62.5 million. That's significantly less than the $100 million package the two schools had originally requested, although that didn't dampen Schumer's excitement. He was the first to break the news Tuesday afternoon -- even to the surprise of school officials.

 

"The future is very bright for solar energy research, development and jobs in Albany," Schumer said.

 

The NanoCollege has been comparing this new solar manufacturing consortium to the creation of Sematech in Austin in the late 1980s.

 

Sematech was funded by the federal government to fight Japan's growing computer chip industry. The new solar consortium would be used to unite the U.S. photovoltaic industry to better compete with China and Germany, two countries that are dominating solar manufacturing. Computer chips and solar technologies share many of the same manufacturing techniques and suppliers.

 

The NanoCollege and UCF had put together several hundred million dollars in additional private funding to match the federal grant. Alain Kaloyeros, the chief executive officer at the NanoCollege, said the consortium should have about $400 million in total funding to begin with. And the additional money coming to Albany should help spur private investment.

 

"This allows us to leverage significantly more investment," said Kaloyeros, who added that the consortium will seek additional funding for UCF.

 

One of the NanoCollege's main rivals for the money was expected to be the University of Toledo, which put together a proposal along with Dow Corning of Midland, Mich. Toledo is home to many solar manufacturing suppliers and even boasts a 900,000 square-foot solar factory operated by First Solar, an Arizona company whose technology was developed at Toledo.

 

However, late Tuesday the Department of Energy announced that a partnership between Stanford University and the University of California Berkeley was awarded $25 million, and another $25 million went to SVTC Technologies in San Jose, Calif.

 

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ALBANY -- The new building rising along Washington Avenue Extension next to Interstates 87 and 90 will house a previously announced, federally funded solar energy consortium.

 

The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering revealed that during a public presentation Monday afternoon.

 

The projected 191,000-square-foot facility containing a 25,000-square-foot clean room will be devoted to green energy research, said Alain Kaloyeros, senior vice president and chief executive officer of the NanoCollege.

 

Kaloyeros said the construction is privately funded, with part of the revenue coming from access fees paid by companies using the school's equipment.

 

A second phase of construction will add two more buildings totaling 300,000 square feet, according to environmental review documents filed with state and local agencies a year ago.

 

Back in April, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded nearly $60 million to the NanoCollege to create a national solar manufacturing consortium modeled after Sematech, the computer chip manufacturing consortium that was founded in Austin, Texas in the late 1980s but moved this year to Albany.

 

School officials have said in the past that the consortium, including cleanroom space for pilot solar cell manufacturing operations, would be housed within its Zero Energy Nanotechnology building, or ZEN, that it had planned for land north of its existing campus.

 

This building, now under construction, seeks to achieve the NanoCollege's goal of transferring its research and development model for chip manufacturing to green energy research, bringing private enterprise companies and academics together to work in collaboration under the same roof.

 

The solar consortium, known as the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, was designed to pull together a splintered solar industry in the United States that has fallen behind markets in places like China. Sematech was created for a similar reason, to reclaim leadership in the global computer chip market from Japan. Sematech not only reignited the semiconductor industry in the U.S., but made Austin into a major player in the computer chip industry. NanoCollege officials believe the solar consortium, and its $300 million in private commitments, could make Albany and New York state a hub for solar manufacturing The Buzz: Business news

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IMEC responds to growth at Albany NanoTechSeptember 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm by Larry Rulison

IMEC, which is Europe’s version of Albany NanoTech and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, responded today to the NanoCollege’s expansion efforts, which a Times Union story today says includes expanded research into 450mm manufacturing.

 

The computer industry currently makes chips on 12-inch, or 300mm wafers. But the next step would be to move to 18-inch, or 450mm wafers, which would drastically reduce costs and energy usage.

 

The NanoCollege already works with Sematech, the computer chip consortium based at Albany NanoTech, on 450mm research, but Sematech officials have been touting a major push into 450mm that would be facilitated by a new 260,000 square-foot building with a 45,000 square-foot clean room.

 

IMEC, which is also expanding its headquarters in Belgium, is also planing a 450mm push in Europe. We asked IMEC officials if they wanted to comment on Albany NanoTech’s plans.

 

IMEC CEO Luc Van den hove had this to say:

 

“The plans of Albany, as we know them, have no effect on imec’s planning related to a 450mm infrastructure. We continue to build our plans based from our own roadmaps, with a neutral, global vision, and with the inputs we get from our partner eco-system. Imec is fully committed to support the R&D requirements from its partners with the latest generation infrastructure.

 

Imec has an extensive partner base in programs focusing on process module development and device integration, with a lot of unique value offerings. All leading IC manufacturers (including the most advanced logic and memory suppliers), foundries and equipment suppliers are engaged in imec’s R&D, and this network and level of engagement is further growing.

 

Imec is a global research provider, has pioneered the model of open innovation and is prepared to partner with anybody. Hence, imec is fully open to set up interaction, collaboration and partnerships with Albany as global alignment and coordination will contribute to providing the most efficient R&D support to our partners.”

  

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Project puts Albany in race to become center of world's semiconductor industry

By LARRY RULISON and CHRIS CHURCHILL Business writers

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Artist rendering of new College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering buildings on Western Ave. in Albany, N.Y. The buildings are described as the Nanoelectronics Building (NanoFab West) and the ZEN Building. Each building is 250,000 square feet. (College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering)

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Artist rendering of new College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering buildings on Washington Avenue Extension in Albany N.Y. The buildings are described as the Nanoelectronics Building (NanoFab West) and the ZEN Building. Each building is 250,000 square feet. (College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering)

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Artist rendering of new College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering buildings on Washington Ave. in Albany, N.Y. The buildings are described as the Nanoelectronics Building (NanoFab West) and the ZEN Building. Each building is 250,000 square feet. (College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering)

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ALBANY -- The massive building now rising amid a shroud of secrecy at the University at Albany's nanotech complex is part of a major push by the semiconductor industry to develop the next generation of computer chip manufacturing.

 

School officials have refused to discuss the project even as the frame of the complex takes shape after months of work. The school never held a groundbreaking, released design details or disclosed the cost of the project -- or its source of funding.

 

But while public discussion of the intent and scope of the project has been muted, it remains a highly ambitious effort to change the way the microprocessors are made. If the venture succeeds, it will place Albany at the center of the worldwide semiconductor industry.

 

Renderings and other documents obtained by the Times Union show a dramatic, 500,000-square-foot structure that will nearly double the size of the existing College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering campus. The project, to be built in two phases, is rising opposite Washington Avenue Extension from the existing campus.

 

Officials from Sematech, the computer chip research consortium headquartered at the NanoCollege, have touted the expansion to insiders in recent months, describing the effort to move the industry from making chips on 12-inch, or 300 millimeter silicon wafers, to 18-inch, or 450 millimeter wafers.

 

The move could revolutionize the way chips are made by drastically reducing costs while increasing output.

 

A small-scale 450mm research program has been operated by the International Sematech Manufacturing Initiative, a Sematech program that has received millions of dollars in state funding. NanoCollege officials called it a "limited seed program" only two months ago.

 

But presentations made at semiconductor conferences around the world by Sematech CEO Dan Armbrust and Paolo Gargini, director of technology strategy at chip giant Intel Corp., show that the 450mm program is poised to grow significantly here.

 

The focal point is a 45,000-square-foot clean room being built as part of the first phase of the NanoCollege project, which is located on an 11-acre, state-owned parcel between Interstate 90 and Washington Avenue Extension.

 

Gargini showed numerous photos of the Albany construction project in July at SemiconWest, an annual conference held each year in San Francisco for companies that make computer chip manufacturing equipment, also known as "tools."

 

Jonathan Davis, an executive with SEMI, the trade group that organizes the conference, said Gargini's presentation was "intended to bolster confidence in the seriousness of efforts to proceed with 450mm" research and development.

 

Neither Armbrust nor Gargini could be reached for comment.

 

Officials have only said the project will include space for "green energy" research and a federally funded solar manufacturing research consortium announced back in April.

 

School spokesman Steve Janack has repeatedly declined to answer questions about the new building, which is called NanoFab X or NanoFab West in some renderings.

 

"Is this the story du jour?" Janack asked Thursday, referring to previous Times Union articles seeking to describe the construction and its purpose.

 

Renderings presented by Armbrust, Gargini and others show that a similarly sized, 250,000-square-foot building built closer to Fuller Road and dedicated to clean energy research would be part of a second phase of construction.

 

The buildings would be connected by a giant glass rotunda, renderings show, and a pedestrian bridge would rise over Washington Avenue Extension and connect the old campus with the new. (The county is planning to move the roadway to the north in 2012, allowing for a contiguous NanoCollege campus.)

 

EYP Architecture and Engineering is the project's designer. The firm, which is based at the college's $7 billion campus, in promotional materials touts the first building as being designed for the "most sophisticated next generation computer chip manufacturing tool in the world."

 

Renderings and some other details about the nanofab project were obtained from various industry websites. None were provided by the NanoCollege.

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office did not return a call seeking comment.

 

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VA provides compensation to eligible Veterans who were disabled during or because of their military service. VA also offers compensation to eligible dependents of Veterans, including a surviving spouse, children and/or parents.

 

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The eBenefits web portal is an online resource for tools and benefits-related information. The portal serves Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and their caregivers.

 

Blind Rehabilitation Service – www.patientcare.va.gov/rehabilitationservices.asp

The Blind Rehabilitation Service provides lifetime rehabilitation care for Veterans who are visually impaired.

 

VA for Vets – www.VAforVets.va.gov

VA for Vets is a comprehensive career development program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA and other federal agencies.

 

VA for Vets

 

VA-Guaranteed Home Loan Benefits – www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans

The objective of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program is to help eligible Veterans, active-duty personnel, surviving spouses and members of the Reserves and National Guard purchase, retain and adapt homes.

 

Center for Minority Veterans – www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

The Center for Minority Veterans is charged with identifying barriers to service and health care access, as well as increasing local awareness of minority Veteran related issues by developing strategies for improving minority participation in existing VA benefit programs.

 

VHA Women’s Health Services – www.womenshealth.va.gov

Women’s Health Services works to ensure that timely, equitable, high quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA facilities nationwide.

 

Center for Women Veterans – www.va.gov/womenvet

VA’s Center for Women Veterans monitors and coordinates the administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans. The center serves as an advocate for a cultural transformation in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and works to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.

 

Veterans Transportation Service – www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vts/

VA’s Veterans Transportation Service program is used to pick up Veterans and take them to their VA Medical Facility for appointments. Many times, the service staff members are the first and last person Veterans see from the VA on their appointment day.

 

VetCenter – www.vetcenter.va.gov

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a broad range of services to assist in readjusting to civilian life. There are 300 Vet Centers throughout the U.S. and territories.

 

Make The Connection- www.MakeTheConnection.net

Powerful personal stories and testimonials from Veterans of all service eras and backgrounds are at the heart of Make the Connection, illustrating how Veterans and their families face and overcome issues and challenges.

 

Volunteer Service – www.volunteer.va.gov

As VA has expanded its care of Veteran patients into the community, volunteers have become involved. They assist Veteran patients by augmenting staff in such setting as hospital wards, Community Living Centers, outpatient clinics, community-based volunteer programs, end-of-life care programs, adaptive sports, creative arts, Veteran outreach centers, national cemeteries, and Veteran benefits offices.

 

Healthy Living – www.prevention.va.gov / www.move.va.gov

Talk with your health care team about your goals. You will be an active player in this journey and your health care team will be your “coaches.”

 

National Cemetery Administration – www.cem.va.gov

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation.

 

Veteran Population Projection – www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp

The Veteran Population Model provides the latest official Veteran population projection from the VA.

 

The VA Chaplain Service – www.va.gov/chaplain

The VA Chaplain Service integrates the spiritual dimensions of health care into all aspects of the VHA missions of patient care, research, emergency medical preparedness, and health care education.

 

VocRehab – www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Veterans may receive help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.traditional employment.

 

VHA- Office of Rural Health – www.ruralhealth.va.gov

VA’s Office of Rural Health supports the unique health care needs of Veterans residing in geographically remote areas. From transportation, telehealth and care coordination to workforce development, mental health, community outreach and innovative models of care delivery, the VHA Office of Rural Health has a diverse portfolio that is structured to bring quality care closer to home.

 

VA photos by Robert Turtil.

The Faces Behind VA Services – VA Services Showcase

 

Veterans and Veteran organizations learn about the services available from the VA at the VA Services Showcase in Arlington, Va.

 

Sharing information on services for Veterans was the primary focus of the VA Services Showcase held VHA National Conference Center in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Representatives from VA program offices, support services and Veteran-related organizations participated in the event, which gave attendees a chance to interact and share resources with each other. VA is working to let Veterans know that there are a wide range of programs and services, and a dedicated workforce –many of whom are Veterans themselves – ready to help them navigate all the possibilities. Present at the showcase – just a few of the many services VA offers. If you are looking for a specific VA program or service, please post it in the comments and we will do our best to connect you with the best place to start.

My HealtheVet – www.myhealthevet.va.gov

 

My HealtheVet is VA’s 24/7 online personal health record. It is designed for Veterans, active duty Service members, their dependents and caregivers and helps them partner with their health care team as well as opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage their health care.

 

GI Bill – www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

 

Veterans Crisis Line – www.VeteransCrisisLine.net

VA responders are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide confidential support by phone or online chat. Assistance is only a phone call or click away. You’ve served us. Now let us serve you.

 

Help for Homeless Veterans – www.va.gov/homeless

VA provides individualized care through a wide range of services for Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Veterans of all eras and branches may be eligible for VA services. Make the call and take the first step to access help from VA.

 

Pension Benefits / VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans- www.va.gov/benefits

VA provides compensation to eligible Veterans who were disabled during or because of their military service. VA also offers compensation to eligible dependents of Veterans, including a surviving spouse, children and/or parents.

 

eBenefits - www.ebenefits.va.gov

The eBenefits web portal is an online resource for tools and benefits-related information. The portal serves Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and their caregivers.

 

Blind Rehabilitation Service – www.patientcare.va.gov/rehabilitationservices.asp

The Blind Rehabilitation Service provides lifetime rehabilitation care for Veterans who are visually impaired.

 

VA for Vets – www.VAforVets.va.gov

VA for Vets is a comprehensive career development program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA and other federal agencies.

 

VA for Vets

 

VA-Guaranteed Home Loan Benefits – www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans

The objective of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program is to help eligible Veterans, active-duty personnel, surviving spouses and members of the Reserves and National Guard purchase, retain and adapt homes.

 

Center for Minority Veterans – www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

The Center for Minority Veterans is charged with identifying barriers to service and health care access, as well as increasing local awareness of minority Veteran related issues by developing strategies for improving minority participation in existing VA benefit programs.

 

VHA Women’s Health Services – www.womenshealth.va.gov

Women’s Health Services works to ensure that timely, equitable, high quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA facilities nationwide.

 

Center for Women Veterans – www.va.gov/womenvet

VA’s Center for Women Veterans monitors and coordinates the administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans. The center serves as an advocate for a cultural transformation in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and works to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.

 

Veterans Transportation Service – www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vts/

VA’s Veterans Transportation Service program is used to pick up Veterans and take them to their VA Medical Facility for appointments. Many times, the service staff members are the first and last person Veterans see from the VA on their appointment day.

 

VetCenter – www.vetcenter.va.gov

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a broad range of services to assist in readjusting to civilian life. There are 300 Vet Centers throughout the U.S. and territories.

 

Make The Connection- www.MakeTheConnection.net

Powerful personal stories and testimonials from Veterans of all service eras and backgrounds are at the heart of Make the Connection, illustrating how Veterans and their families face and overcome issues and challenges.

 

Volunteer Service – www.volunteer.va.gov

As VA has expanded its care of Veteran patients into the community, volunteers have become involved. They assist Veteran patients by augmenting staff in such setting as hospital wards, Community Living Centers, outpatient clinics, community-based volunteer programs, end-of-life care programs, adaptive sports, creative arts, Veteran outreach centers, national cemeteries, and Veteran benefits offices.

 

Healthy Living – www.prevention.va.gov / www.move.va.gov

Talk with your health care team about your goals. You will be an active player in this journey and your health care team will be your “coaches.”

 

National Cemetery Administration – www.cem.va.gov

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation.

 

Veteran Population Projection – www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp

The Veteran Population Model provides the latest official Veteran population projection from the VA.

 

The VA Chaplain Service – www.va.gov/chaplain

The VA Chaplain Service integrates the spiritual dimensions of health care into all aspects of the VHA missions of patient care, research, emergency medical preparedness, and health care education.

 

VocRehab – www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Veterans may receive help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.traditional employment.

 

VHA- Office of Rural Health – www.ruralhealth.va.gov

VA’s Office of Rural Health supports the unique health care needs of Veterans residing in geographically remote areas. From transportation, telehealth and care coordination to workforce development, mental health, community outreach and innovative models of care delivery, the VHA Office of Rural Health has a diverse portfolio that is structured to bring quality care closer to home.

 

VA photos by Robert Turtil.

The Faces Behind VA Services – VA Services Showcase

 

Veterans and Veteran organizations learn about the services available from the VA at the VA Services Showcase in Arlington, Va.

 

Sharing information on services for Veterans was the primary focus of the VA Services Showcase held VHA National Conference Center in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Representatives from VA program offices, support services and Veteran-related organizations participated in the event, which gave attendees a chance to interact and share resources with each other. VA is working to let Veterans know that there are a wide range of programs and services, and a dedicated workforce –many of whom are Veterans themselves – ready to help them navigate all the possibilities. Present at the showcase – just a few of the many services VA offers. If you are looking for a specific VA program or service, please post it in the comments and we will do our best to connect you with the best place to start.

My HealtheVet – www.myhealthevet.va.gov

 

My HealtheVet is VA’s 24/7 online personal health record. It is designed for Veterans, active duty Service members, their dependents and caregivers and helps them partner with their health care team as well as opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage their health care.

 

GI Bill – www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

 

Veterans Crisis Line – www.VeteransCrisisLine.net

VA responders are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide confidential support by phone or online chat. Assistance is only a phone call or click away. You’ve served us. Now let us serve you.

 

Help for Homeless Veterans – www.va.gov/homeless

VA provides individualized care through a wide range of services for Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Veterans of all eras and branches may be eligible for VA services. Make the call and take the first step to access help from VA.

 

Pension Benefits / VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans- www.va.gov/benefits

VA provides compensation to eligible Veterans who were disabled during or because of their military service. VA also offers compensation to eligible dependents of Veterans, including a surviving spouse, children and/or parents.

 

eBenefits - www.ebenefits.va.gov

The eBenefits web portal is an online resource for tools and benefits-related information. The portal serves Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and their caregivers.

 

Blind Rehabilitation Service – www.patientcare.va.gov/rehabilitationservices.asp

The Blind Rehabilitation Service provides lifetime rehabilitation care for Veterans who are visually impaired.

 

VA for Vets – www.VAforVets.va.gov

VA for Vets is a comprehensive career development program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA and other federal agencies.

 

VA for Vets

 

VA-Guaranteed Home Loan Benefits – www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans

The objective of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program is to help eligible Veterans, active-duty personnel, surviving spouses and members of the Reserves and National Guard purchase, retain and adapt homes.

 

Center for Minority Veterans – www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

The Center for Minority Veterans is charged with identifying barriers to service and health care access, as well as increasing local awareness of minority Veteran related issues by developing strategies for improving minority participation in existing VA benefit programs.

 

VHA Women’s Health Services – www.womenshealth.va.gov

Women’s Health Services works to ensure that timely, equitable, high quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA facilities nationwide.

 

Center for Women Veterans – www.va.gov/womenvet

VA’s Center for Women Veterans monitors and coordinates the administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans. The center serves as an advocate for a cultural transformation in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and works to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.

 

Veterans Transportation Service – www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vts/

VA’s Veterans Transportation Service program is used to pick up Veterans and take them to their VA Medical Facility for appointments. Many times, the service staff members are the first and last person Veterans see from the VA on their appointment day.

 

VetCenter – www.vetcenter.va.gov

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a broad range of services to assist in readjusting to civilian life. There are 300 Vet Centers throughout the U.S. and territories.

 

Make The Connection- www.MakeTheConnection.net

Powerful personal stories and testimonials from Veterans of all service eras and backgrounds are at the heart of Make the Connection, illustrating how Veterans and their families face and overcome issues and challenges.

 

Volunteer Service – www.volunteer.va.gov

As VA has expanded its care of Veteran patients into the community, volunteers have become involved. They assist Veteran patients by augmenting staff in such setting as hospital wards, Community Living Centers, outpatient clinics, community-based volunteer programs, end-of-life care programs, adaptive sports, creative arts, Veteran outreach centers, national cemeteries, and Veteran benefits offices.

 

Healthy Living – www.prevention.va.gov / www.move.va.gov

Talk with your health care team about your goals. You will be an active player in this journey and your health care team will be your “coaches.”

 

National Cemetery Administration – www.cem.va.gov

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation.

 

Veteran Population Projection – www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp

The Veteran Population Model provides the latest official Veteran population projection from the VA.

 

The VA Chaplain Service – www.va.gov/chaplain

The VA Chaplain Service integrates the spiritual dimensions of health care into all aspects of the VHA missions of patient care, research, emergency medical preparedness, and health care education.

 

VocRehab – www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Veterans may receive help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.traditional employment.

 

VHA- Office of Rural Health – www.ruralhealth.va.gov

VA’s Office of Rural Health supports the unique health care needs of Veterans residing in geographically remote areas. From transportation, telehealth and care coordination to workforce development, mental health, community outreach and innovative models of care delivery, the VHA Office of Rural Health has a diverse portfolio that is structured to bring quality care closer to home.

 

VA photos by Robert Turtil.

Let's face it! We cannot imagine life without cell phone nowadays.

 

To some extent, cell phones have got as much importance in our lives as food or shelter.

 

Can you even think about going for a trip or visiting office without your cell phone?

 

The days when you don't have them with you, the life feels isolating, dull and crippling rather than running with full pace.

 

No doubt, they have become the basic need of everyone these days.

 

Children use it for remaining in touch with family, friends, listening to music, and chatting.

 

Elderly have their own reasons of their use other than the above mentioned uses.

 

If we take a look at some recently developed technologies and inventions, you would notice that most of them are either good or bad, but their use makes them so.

 

The same is true about cell phones and its use.

 

Whether they are spouses, kids, employees or partners, they all use cell phones for their particular needs as well as pleasures.

 

Spy phone software are developed considering the needs of those suspicious about the activities of their spouses, kids, partners or employees.

 

Spy phone software (cell spywares) is software which is directly installed in the target’s phone.

 

It is completely undetectable and once it is installed it begins to record activities secretly on the online web account.

 

You can view activities 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year.

 

You cannot stop your children from using mobile phones.

 

It will be better for you to monitor their mobiles before your kids get in any serious trouble.

 

The available spy phone software can help you remain vigilant about your kids cell phone activities without their knowledge.

 

How do they Work:

 

Spy phone software features are improving day by day.

 

In past, it was able to record only text messages of the target mobile and forwarding those messages to another number.

 

But now this technology has immensely improved and it can do a number of functions like:

 

■Text message interception: It enables you to reveal full content of sent and received messages.

 

Email logging: All sent emails are recorded. This will help you in finding out the truth.

 

■Call history: You can find out to whom your spy phone is calling and call duration of the call is recorded. Received call record can also be seen.

 

■Call interception:This spy phone feature allows you to listen to a live call in progress. Conversation can be listened secretly.

 

Target phone will never get an idea of it.

 

Your number will not appear in his/her call list.

Website logging: Websites that are logged by spy phone owner can also be seen.

 

■GPS location tracking: If the spy phone has GPS you can see the real position of the user.

 

■Control phone by SMS: No physical access is needed by you again. You can control the phone by SMS.

 

■Photos:You can view the photos taken and uploaded on different sites like facebook.

 

Benefits:

 

If you lost your mobile you can find it by detecting it through GPS which is in your mobile.

 

You can see if your spouse or kid is cheating on you by seeing their sent and received messages.

 

Your kid says he is at school but he is at cinema you can find its presence by GPS tracking and catch him/her red handed.

 

Your employees are sending your company personal information to another company, you can get an action against him by proving him at fault through proves.

 

Your company will progress as your employees cannot backstab you.

 

Through presence software you can see whether your employees are at work or not.

 

Thus through spy phone software you are making yourself tension free as you can see and get anything you want on your account.

 

www.techbabu.com/2010/07/what-is-cell-phone-spy-software/

Albany College of NanoScale Sciences and Engineering Albany New York Chris Milian Professional aerial photographer 518-495-7983 photos www.photosfromonhigh.com September 12 2011 9/11/11 Aerial Photo SUNY Albany Launches $150 Million Nanotech Expansion

 

The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) this week held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to market the official opening of a $150 million expansion of its Albany NanoTech Complex that the University says will support more than $1 billion in new investments and 600 new high-tech jobs by 2013.

  

"Two new buildings at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Albany add more than 350,000 square feet for offices, labs and classrooms to the Albany NanoTech Complex, for a total of 800,000-plus square feet of space and four buildings," writes the Poughkeepsie Journal's Cara Matthews. "IBM Corp., one of the companies that works with Albany NanoTech, announced it would extend its research and development partnership with the school through 2013. By that time, the corporation will have invested more than $1 billion there."

  

"IBM has taken full advantage of its CNSE alliance," notes Electronic News' Suzanne Deffree. "In February, IBM said it had jointly developed process modeling technology for manufacturing 22-nm logic and memory chips with CNSE and Applied Materials. IBM in August 2008 claimed that it and its partners including CNSE had developed the world's first working 22-nm SRAM. And in April 2008, IBM boasted positive early results for a gate-stack advance that it and its partners said provided significant improvements in performance and power consumption at the 32-nm technology node through the CNSE."

  

More here from Photonics.com … more here from EE Times … and the press release is here.

   

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Home > Press > National Grid provides $225K grant to UAlbany NanoCollege for green energy initiative to establish solar power control and monitoring center at CNSE's Albany nanotech complex

   

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National Grid provides $225K grant to UAlbany NanoCollege for green energy initiative to establish solar power control and monitoring center at CNSE's Albany nanotech complex

Albany, NY | Posted on June 2nd, 2011

National Grid today presented a $225,000 Renewable Energy and Economic Development grant to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany to help enable a green energy initiative that will establish a Photovoltaic Control and Monitoring Center (PVCMC) at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex. The first grant to be awarded in eastern New York as part of National Grid's Renewable Energy and Economic Development Program will support future solar power generation systems across New York State.

 

The $225,000 National Grid grant will be used to develop, install and demonstrate a state-of-the-art control and monitoring center. The PVCMC will enable gathering of real-time research data that will provide designers, architects and installers with critical feedback to accelerate the construction and integration of roof-mounted PV systems across New York, fueling increased deployment of green energy in homes and businesses.

 

The UAlbany NanoCollege will partner with EYP Energy and Alteris Renewables to establish the PVCMC, which is part of a larger $1.35 million solar demonstration initiative that will evaluate and compare state-of-the-art, thin film-based solar PV technologies as a means of accelerating the use of clean energy technologies.

 

This grant demonstrates National Grid's continuing commitment to CNSE. In 2008, National Grid supported CNSE with a grant for $250,000 to offset the costs incurred by building a new substation for the facility.

 

"As the Capital Region's local energy company, National Grid is pleased to join with the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering as an example of public-private partnerships that can work, and help bring economic vitality to the area," said Ken Daly, National Grid's President of New York. "What's more, supporting expanding technology in renewable energy makes National Grid's local grant an investment that will spread the benefits even beyond the region."

 

"The UAlbany NanoCollege is grateful to National Grid for its continued support in furthering CNSE's efforts to develop innovative, nanotechnology-enabled green energy technologies," said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of CNSE. "This investment will serve to accelerate CNSE's growing portfolio in solar energy technologies, which hold great promise for reducing energy consumption, protecting the environment, and generating economic growth to benefit all New Yorkers."

 

"CNSE's PV Control and Monitoring Center will become a key regional and statewide asset, driving additional PV installations in New York State and generating substantial economic development through business attraction and job growth," said Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Vice President for Clean Energy Programs at CNSE. "In addition, the demonstration facilities will serve as a living laboratory to train undergraduate and graduate students to perform research and enable technology transfer to industry."

 

The National Grid Renewable Energy and Economic Development Grant program funds projects that demonstrate alternative generation technologies, such as solar, while promoting economic development for the region. This National Grid grant is part of the company's comprehensive economic development plan for upstate New York. For more information and program descriptions, visit National Grid's Economic Development website at: www.shovelready.com/.

 

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About UAlbany NanoCollege

The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex is the most advanced research enterprise of its kind at any university in the world. With over $7 billion in high-tech investments, the 800,000-square-foot complex attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience. The UAlbany NanoCollege houses the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 80,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,500 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work on site, from companies including IBM, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Toshiba, Samsung, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Novellus Systems, Vistec Lithography and Atotech. An expansion now underway is projected to increase the size of CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex to over 1,250,000 square feet of next-generation infrastructure housing over 135,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms and more than 3,750 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. For information, visit www.cnse.albany.edu.

 

About National Grid

National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.

 

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NanoCollege awarded $57.5M

Federal grant to propel UAlbany to top of emerging solar energy industry; local jobs to follow

By Larry Rulison Business writer

Updated 11:14 a.m., Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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ALBANY -- The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has been awarded $57.5 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to create a solar manufacturing consortium that could rival what Sematech did for the computer chip industry and the city of Austin, Texas two decades ago.

 

The surprise announcement came just one day after U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer was at the college's Albany NanoTech complex on Fuller Road, urging the Obama Administration to award the NanoCollege and the University of Central Florida a $100 million grant that would be split between the two schools. They are partnering with the Sematech computer chip consortium to create the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium. Photovoltaics are solar technologies like solar panels that generate electricity.

 

As it turns out, the NanoCollege was awarded $57.5 million -- more than the $50 million it was expecting -- while UCF will get a far smaller award of just $5 million.

 

Together, the package is $62.5 million. That's significantly less than the $100 million package the two schools had originally requested, although that didn't dampen Schumer's excitement. He was the first to break the news Tuesday afternoon -- even to the surprise of school officials.

 

"The future is very bright for solar energy research, development and jobs in Albany," Schumer said.

 

The NanoCollege has been comparing this new solar manufacturing consortium to the creation of Sematech in Austin in the late 1980s.

 

Sematech was funded by the federal government to fight Japan's growing computer chip industry. The new solar consortium would be used to unite the U.S. photovoltaic industry to better compete with China and Germany, two countries that are dominating solar manufacturing. Computer chips and solar technologies share many of the same manufacturing techniques and suppliers.

 

The NanoCollege and UCF had put together several hundred million dollars in additional private funding to match the federal grant. Alain Kaloyeros, the chief executive officer at the NanoCollege, said the consortium should have about $400 million in total funding to begin with. And the additional money coming to Albany should help spur private investment.

 

"This allows us to leverage significantly more investment," said Kaloyeros, who added that the consortium will seek additional funding for UCF.

 

One of the NanoCollege's main rivals for the money was expected to be the University of Toledo, which put together a proposal along with Dow Corning of Midland, Mich. Toledo is home to many solar manufacturing suppliers and even boasts a 900,000 square-foot solar factory operated by First Solar, an Arizona company whose technology was developed at Toledo.

 

However, late Tuesday the Department of Energy announced that a partnership between Stanford University and the University of California Berkeley was awarded $25 million, and another $25 million went to SVTC Technologies in San Jose, Calif.

 

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ALBANY -- The new building rising along Washington Avenue Extension next to Interstates 87 and 90 will house a previously announced, federally funded solar energy consortium.

 

The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering revealed that during a public presentation Monday afternoon.

 

The projected 191,000-square-foot facility containing a 25,000-square-foot clean room will be devoted to green energy research, said Alain Kaloyeros, senior vice president and chief executive officer of the NanoCollege.

 

Kaloyeros said the construction is privately funded, with part of the revenue coming from access fees paid by companies using the school's equipment.

 

A second phase of construction will add two more buildings totaling 300,000 square feet, according to environmental review documents filed with state and local agencies a year ago.

 

Back in April, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded nearly $60 million to the NanoCollege to create a national solar manufacturing consortium modeled after Sematech, the computer chip manufacturing consortium that was founded in Austin, Texas in the late 1980s but moved this year to Albany.

 

School officials have said in the past that the consortium, including cleanroom space for pilot solar cell manufacturing operations, would be housed within its Zero Energy Nanotechnology building, or ZEN, that it had planned for land north of its existing campus.

 

This building, now under construction, seeks to achieve the NanoCollege's goal of transferring its research and development model for chip manufacturing to green energy research, bringing private enterprise companies and academics together to work in collaboration under the same roof.

 

The solar consortium, known as the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, was designed to pull together a splintered solar industry in the United States that has fallen behind markets in places like China. Sematech was created for a similar reason, to reclaim leadership in the global computer chip market from Japan. Sematech not only reignited the semiconductor industry in the U.S., but made Austin into a major player in the computer chip industry. NanoCollege officials believe the solar consortium, and its $300 million in private commitments, could make Albany and New York state a hub for solar manufacturing The Buzz: Business news

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IMEC responds to growth at Albany NanoTechSeptember 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm by Larry Rulison

IMEC, which is Europe’s version of Albany NanoTech and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, responded today to the NanoCollege’s expansion efforts, which a Times Union story today says includes expanded research into 450mm manufacturing.

 

The computer industry currently makes chips on 12-inch, or 300mm wafers. But the next step would be to move to 18-inch, or 450mm wafers, which would drastically reduce costs and energy usage.

 

The NanoCollege already works with Sematech, the computer chip consortium based at Albany NanoTech, on 450mm research, but Sematech officials have been touting a major push into 450mm that would be facilitated by a new 260,000 square-foot building with a 45,000 square-foot clean room.

 

IMEC, which is also expanding its headquarters in Belgium, is also planing a 450mm push in Europe. We asked IMEC officials if they wanted to comment on Albany NanoTech’s plans.

 

IMEC CEO Luc Van den hove had this to say:

 

“The plans of Albany, as we know them, have no effect on imec’s planning related to a 450mm infrastructure. We continue to build our plans based from our own roadmaps, with a neutral, global vision, and with the inputs we get from our partner eco-system. Imec is fully committed to support the R&D requirements from its partners with the latest generation infrastructure.

 

Imec has an extensive partner base in programs focusing on process module development and device integration, with a lot of unique value offerings. All leading IC manufacturers (including the most advanced logic and memory suppliers), foundries and equipment suppliers are engaged in imec’s R&D, and this network and level of engagement is further growing.

 

Imec is a global research provider, has pioneered the model of open innovation and is prepared to partner with anybody. Hence, imec is fully open to set up interaction, collaboration and partnerships with Albany as global alignment and coordination will contribute to providing the most efficient R&D support to our partners.”

  

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Project puts Albany in race to become center of world's semiconductor industry

By LARRY RULISON and CHRIS CHURCHILL Business writers

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Artist rendering of new College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering buildings on Western Ave. in Albany, N.Y. The buildings are described as the Nanoelectronics Building (NanoFab West) and the ZEN Building. Each building is 250,000 square feet. (College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering)

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Artist rendering of new College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering buildings on Washington Avenue Extension in Albany N.Y. The buildings are described as the Nanoelectronics Building (NanoFab West) and the ZEN Building. Each building is 250,000 square feet. (College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering)

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ALBANY -- The massive building now rising amid a shroud of secrecy at the University at Albany's nanotech complex is part of a major push by the semiconductor industry to develop the next generation of computer chip manufacturing.

 

School officials have refused to discuss the project even as the frame of the complex takes shape after months of work. The school never held a groundbreaking, released design details or disclosed the cost of the project -- or its source of funding.

 

But while public discussion of the intent and scope of the project has been muted, it remains a highly ambitious effort to change the way the microprocessors are made. If the venture succeeds, it will place Albany at the center of the worldwide semiconductor industry.

 

Renderings and other documents obtained by the Times Union show a dramatic, 500,000-square-foot structure that will nearly double the size of the existing College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering campus. The project, to be built in two phases, is rising opposite Washington Avenue Extension from the existing campus.

 

Officials from Sematech, the computer chip research consortium headquartered at the NanoCollege, have touted the expansion to insiders in recent months, describing the effort to move the industry from making chips on 12-inch, or 300 millimeter silicon wafers, to 18-inch, or 450 millimeter wafers.

 

The move could revolutionize the way chips are made by drastically reducing costs while increasing output.

 

A small-scale 450mm research program has been operated by the International Sematech Manufacturing Initiative, a Sematech program that has received millions of dollars in state funding. NanoCollege officials called it a "limited seed program" only two months ago.

 

But presentations made at semiconductor conferences around the world by Sematech CEO Dan Armbrust and Paolo Gargini, director of technology strategy at chip giant Intel Corp., show that the 450mm program is poised to grow significantly here.

 

The focal point is a 45,000-square-foot clean room being built as part of the first phase of the NanoCollege project, which is located on an 11-acre, state-owned parcel between Interstate 90 and Washington Avenue Extension.

 

Gargini showed numerous photos of the Albany construction project in July at SemiconWest, an annual conference held each year in San Francisco for companies that make computer chip manufacturing equipment, also known as "tools."

 

Jonathan Davis, an executive with SEMI, the trade group that organizes the conference, said Gargini's presentation was "intended to bolster confidence in the seriousness of efforts to proceed with 450mm" research and development.

 

Neither Armbrust nor Gargini could be reached for comment.

 

Officials have only said the project will include space for "green energy" research and a federally funded solar manufacturing research consortium announced back in April.

 

School spokesman Steve Janack has repeatedly declined to answer questions about the new building, which is called NanoFab X or NanoFab West in some renderings.

 

"Is this the story du jour?" Janack asked Thursday, referring to previous Times Union articles seeking to describe the construction and its purpose.

 

Renderings presented by Armbrust, Gargini and others show that a similarly sized, 250,000-square-foot building built closer to Fuller Road and dedicated to clean energy research would be part of a second phase of construction.

 

The buildings would be connected by a giant glass rotunda, renderings show, and a pedestrian bridge would rise over Washington Avenue Extension and connect the old campus with the new. (The county is planning to move the roadway to the north in 2012, allowing for a contiguous NanoCollege campus.)

 

EYP Architecture and Engineering is the project's designer. The firm, which is based at the college's $7 billion campus, in promotional materials touts the first building as being designed for the "most sophisticated next generation computer chip manufacturing tool in the world."

 

Renderings and some other details about the nanofab project were obtained from various industry websites. None were provided by the NanoCollege.

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office did not return a call seeking comment.

 

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The Blind Rehabilitation Service provides lifetime rehabilitation care for Veterans who are visually impaired.

 

VA for Vets – www.VAforVets.va.gov

VA for Vets is a comprehensive career development program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA and other federal agencies.

 

VA for Vets

 

VA-Guaranteed Home Loan Benefits – www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans

The objective of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program is to help eligible Veterans, active-duty personnel, surviving spouses and members of the Reserves and National Guard purchase, retain and adapt homes.

 

Center for Minority Veterans – www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

The Center for Minority Veterans is charged with identifying barriers to service and health care access, as well as increasing local awareness of minority Veteran related issues by developing strategies for improving minority participation in existing VA benefit programs.

 

VHA Women’s Health Services – www.womenshealth.va.gov

Women’s Health Services works to ensure that timely, equitable, high quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA facilities nationwide.

 

Center for Women Veterans – www.va.gov/womenvet

VA’s Center for Women Veterans monitors and coordinates the administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans. The center serves as an advocate for a cultural transformation in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and works to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.

 

Veterans Transportation Service – www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vts/

VA’s Veterans Transportation Service program is used to pick up Veterans and take them to their VA Medical Facility for appointments. Many times, the service staff members are the first and last person Veterans see from the VA on their appointment day.

 

VetCenter – www.vetcenter.va.gov

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a broad range of services to assist in readjusting to civilian life. There are 300 Vet Centers throughout the U.S. and territories.

 

Make The Connection- www.MakeTheConnection.net

Powerful personal stories and testimonials from Veterans of all service eras and backgrounds are at the heart of Make the Connection, illustrating how Veterans and their families face and overcome issues and challenges.

 

Volunteer Service – www.volunteer.va.gov

As VA has expanded its care of Veteran patients into the community, volunteers have become involved. They assist Veteran patients by augmenting staff in such setting as hospital wards, Community Living Centers, outpatient clinics, community-based volunteer programs, end-of-life care programs, adaptive sports, creative arts, Veteran outreach centers, national cemeteries, and Veteran benefits offices.

 

Healthy Living – www.prevention.va.gov / www.move.va.gov

Talk with your health care team about your goals. You will be an active player in this journey and your health care team will be your “coaches.”

 

National Cemetery Administration – www.cem.va.gov

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation.

 

Veteran Population Projection – www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp

The Veteran Population Model provides the latest official Veteran population projection from the VA.

 

The VA Chaplain Service – www.va.gov/chaplain

The VA Chaplain Service integrates the spiritual dimensions of health care into all aspects of the VHA missions of patient care, research, emergency medical preparedness, and health care education.

 

VocRehab – www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Veterans may receive help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.traditional employment.

 

VHA- Office of Rural Health – www.ruralhealth.va.gov

VA’s Office of Rural Health supports the unique health care needs of Veterans residing in geographically remote areas. From transportation, telehealth and care coordination to workforce development, mental health, community outreach and innovative models of care delivery, the VHA Office of Rural Health has a diverse portfolio that is structured to bring quality care closer to home.

 

VA photos by Robert Turtil.

The Faces Behind VA Services – VA Services Showcase

 

Veterans and Veteran organizations learn about the services available from the VA at the VA Services Showcase in Arlington, Va.

 

Sharing information on services for Veterans was the primary focus of the VA Services Showcase held VHA National Conference Center in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Representatives from VA program offices, support services and Veteran-related organizations participated in the event, which gave attendees a chance to interact and share resources with each other. VA is working to let Veterans know that there are a wide range of programs and services, and a dedicated workforce –many of whom are Veterans themselves – ready to help them navigate all the possibilities. Present at the showcase – just a few of the many services VA offers. If you are looking for a specific VA program or service, please post it in the comments and we will do our best to connect you with the best place to start.

My HealtheVet – www.myhealthevet.va.gov

 

My HealtheVet is VA’s 24/7 online personal health record. It is designed for Veterans, active duty Service members, their dependents and caregivers and helps them partner with their health care team as well as opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage their health care.

 

GI Bill – www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

 

Veterans Crisis Line – www.VeteransCrisisLine.net

VA responders are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide confidential support by phone or online chat. Assistance is only a phone call or click away. You’ve served us. Now let us serve you.

 

Help for Homeless Veterans – www.va.gov/homeless

VA provides individualized care through a wide range of services for Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Veterans of all eras and branches may be eligible for VA services. Make the call and take the first step to access help from VA.

 

Pension Benefits / VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans- www.va.gov/benefits

VA provides compensation to eligible Veterans who were disabled during or because of their military service. VA also offers compensation to eligible dependents of Veterans, including a surviving spouse, children and/or parents.

 

eBenefits - www.ebenefits.va.gov

The eBenefits web portal is an online resource for tools and benefits-related information. The portal serves Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and their caregivers.

 

Blind Rehabilitation Service – www.patientcare.va.gov/rehabilitationservices.asp

The Blind Rehabilitation Service provides lifetime rehabilitation care for Veterans who are visually impaired.

 

VA for Vets – www.VAforVets.va.gov

VA for Vets is a comprehensive career development program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA and other federal agencies.

 

VA for Vets

 

VA-Guaranteed Home Loan Benefits – www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans

The objective of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program is to help eligible Veterans, active-duty personnel, surviving spouses and members of the Reserves and National Guard purchase, retain and adapt homes.

 

Center for Minority Veterans – www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

The Center for Minority Veterans is charged with identifying barriers to service and health care access, as well as increasing local awareness of minority Veteran related issues by developing strategies for improving minority participation in existing VA benefit programs.

 

VHA Women’s Health Services – www.womenshealth.va.gov

Women’s Health Services works to ensure that timely, equitable, high quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA facilities nationwide.

 

Center for Women Veterans – www.va.gov/womenvet

VA’s Center for Women Veterans monitors and coordinates the administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans. The center serves as an advocate for a cultural transformation in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and works to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.

 

Veterans Transportation Service – www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vts/

VA’s Veterans Transportation Service program is used to pick up Veterans and take them to their VA Medical Facility for appointments. Many times, the service staff members are the first and last person Veterans see from the VA on their appointment day.

 

VetCenter – www.vetcenter.va.gov

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a broad range of services to assist in readjusting to civilian life. There are 300 Vet Centers throughout the U.S. and territories.

 

Make The Connection- www.MakeTheConnection.net

Powerful personal stories and testimonials from Veterans of all service eras and backgrounds are at the heart of Make the Connection, illustrating how Veterans and their families face and overcome issues and challenges.

 

Volunteer Service – www.volunteer.va.gov

As VA has expanded its care of Veteran patients into the community, volunteers have become involved. They assist Veteran patients by augmenting staff in such setting as hospital wards, Community Living Centers, outpatient clinics, community-based volunteer programs, end-of-life care programs, adaptive sports, creative arts, Veteran outreach centers, national cemeteries, and Veteran benefits offices.

 

Healthy Living – www.prevention.va.gov / www.move.va.gov

Talk with your health care team about your goals. You will be an active player in this journey and your health care team will be your “coaches.”

 

National Cemetery Administration – www.cem.va.gov

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation.

 

Veteran Population Projection – www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp

The Veteran Population Model provides the latest official Veteran population projection from the VA.

 

The VA Chaplain Service – www.va.gov/chaplain

The VA Chaplain Service integrates the spiritual dimensions of health care into all aspects of the VHA missions of patient care, research, emergency medical preparedness, and health care education.

 

VocRehab – www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Veterans may receive help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.traditional employment.

 

VHA- Office of Rural Health – www.ruralhealth.va.gov

VA’s Office of Rural Health supports the unique health care needs of Veterans residing in geographically remote areas. From transportation, telehealth and care coordination to workforce development, mental health, community outreach and innovative models of care delivery, the VHA Office of Rural Health has a diverse portfolio that is structured to bring quality care closer to home.

 

VA photos by Robert Turtil.

The Faces Behind VA Services – VA Services Showcase

 

Veterans and Veteran organizations learn about the services available from the VA at the VA Services Showcase in Arlington, Va.

 

Sharing information on services for Veterans was the primary focus of the VA Services Showcase held VHA National Conference Center in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Representatives from VA program offices, support services and Veteran-related organizations participated in the event, which gave attendees a chance to interact and share resources with each other. VA is working to let Veterans know that there are a wide range of programs and services, and a dedicated workforce –many of whom are Veterans themselves – ready to help them navigate all the possibilities. Present at the showcase – just a few of the many services VA offers. If you are looking for a specific VA program or service, please post it in the comments and we will do our best to connect you with the best place to start.

My HealtheVet – www.myhealthevet.va.gov

 

My HealtheVet is VA’s 24/7 online personal health record. It is designed for Veterans, active duty Service members, their dependents and caregivers and helps them partner with their health care team as well as opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage their health care.

 

GI Bill – www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

 

Veterans Crisis Line – www.VeteransCrisisLine.net

VA responders are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide confidential support by phone or online chat. Assistance is only a phone call or click away. You’ve served us. Now let us serve you.

 

Help for Homeless Veterans – www.va.gov/homeless

VA provides individualized care through a wide range of services for Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Veterans of all eras and branches may be eligible for VA services. Make the call and take the first step to access help from VA.

 

Pension Benefits / VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans- www.va.gov/benefits

VA provides compensation to eligible Veterans who were disabled during or because of their military service. VA also offers compensation to eligible dependents of Veterans, including a surviving spouse, children and/or parents.

 

eBenefits - www.ebenefits.va.gov

The eBenefits web portal is an online resource for tools and benefits-related information. The portal serves Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and their caregivers.

 

Blind Rehabilitation Service – www.patientcare.va.gov/rehabilitationservices.asp

The Blind Rehabilitation Service provides lifetime rehabilitation care for Veterans who are visually impaired.

 

VA for Vets – www.VAforVets.va.gov

VA for Vets is a comprehensive career development program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA and other federal agencies.

 

VA for Vets

 

VA-Guaranteed Home Loan Benefits – www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans

The objective of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program is to help eligible Veterans, active-duty personnel, surviving spouses and members of the Reserves and National Guard purchase, retain and adapt homes.

 

Center for Minority Veterans – www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

The Center for Minority Veterans is charged with identifying barriers to service and health care access, as well as increasing local awareness of minority Veteran related issues by developing strategies for improving minority participation in existing VA benefit programs.

 

VHA Women’s Health Services – www.womenshealth.va.gov

Women’s Health Services works to ensure that timely, equitable, high quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA facilities nationwide.

 

Center for Women Veterans – www.va.gov/womenvet

VA’s Center for Women Veterans monitors and coordinates the administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans. The center serves as an advocate for a cultural transformation in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and works to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.

 

Veterans Transportation Service – www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vts/

VA’s Veterans Transportation Service program is used to pick up Veterans and take them to their VA Medical Facility for appointments. Many times, the service staff members are the first and last person Veterans see from the VA on their appointment day.

 

VetCenter – www.vetcenter.va.gov

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a broad range of services to assist in readjusting to civilian life. There are 300 Vet Centers throughout the U.S. and territories.

 

Make The Connection- www.MakeTheConnection.net

Powerful personal stories and testimonials from Veterans of all service eras and backgrounds are at the heart of Make the Connection, illustrating how Veterans and their families face and overcome issues and challenges.

 

Volunteer Service – www.volunteer.va.gov

As VA has expanded its care of Veteran patients into the community, volunteers have become involved. They assist Veteran patients by augmenting staff in such setting as hospital wards, Community Living Centers, outpatient clinics, community-based volunteer programs, end-of-life care programs, adaptive sports, creative arts, Veteran outreach centers, national cemeteries, and Veteran benefits offices.

 

Healthy Living – www.prevention.va.gov / www.move.va.gov

Talk with your health care team about your goals. You will be an active player in this journey and your health care team will be your “coaches.”

 

National Cemetery Administration – www.cem.va.gov

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation.

 

Veteran Population Projection – www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp

The Veteran Population Model provides the latest official Veteran population projection from the VA.

 

The VA Chaplain Service – www.va.gov/chaplain

The VA Chaplain Service integrates the spiritual dimensions of health care into all aspects of the VHA missions of patient care, research, emergency medical preparedness, and health care education.

 

VocRehab – www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Veterans may receive help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.traditional employment.

 

VHA- Office of Rural Health – www.ruralhealth.va.gov

VA’s Office of Rural Health supports the unique health care needs of Veterans residing in geographically remote areas. From transportation, telehealth and care coordination to workforce development, mental health, community outreach and innovative models of care delivery, the VHA Office of Rural Health has a diverse portfolio that is structured to bring quality care closer to home.

 

VA photos by Robert Turtil.

The Faces Behind VA Services – VA Services Showcase

 

Veterans and Veteran organizations learn about the services available from the VA at the VA Services Showcase in Arlington, Va.

 

Sharing information on services for Veterans was the primary focus of the VA Services Showcase held VHA National Conference Center in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Representatives from VA program offices, support services and Veteran-related organizations participated in the event, which gave attendees a chance to interact and share resources with each other. VA is working to let Veterans know that there are a wide range of programs and services, and a dedicated workforce –many of whom are Veterans themselves – ready to help them navigate all the possibilities. Present at the showcase – just a few of the many services VA offers. If you are looking for a specific VA program or service, please post it in the comments and we will do our best to connect you with the best place to start.

My HealtheVet – www.myhealthevet.va.gov

 

My HealtheVet is VA’s 24/7 online personal health record. It is designed for Veterans, active duty Service members, their dependents and caregivers and helps them partner with their health care team as well as opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage their health care.

 

GI Bill – www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

 

Veterans Crisis Line – www.VeteransCrisisLine.net

VA responders are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide confidential support by phone or online chat. Assistance is only a phone call or click away. You’ve served us. Now let us serve you.

 

Help for Homeless Veterans – www.va.gov/homeless

VA provides individualized care through a wide range of services for Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Veterans of all eras and branches may be eligible for VA services. Make the call and take the first step to access help from VA.

 

Pension Benefits / VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans- www.va.gov/benefits

VA provides compensation to eligible Veterans who were disabled during or because of their military service. VA also offers compensation to eligible dependents of Veterans, including a surviving spouse, children and/or parents.

 

eBenefits - www.ebenefits.va.gov

The eBenefits web portal is an online resource for tools and benefits-related information. The portal serves Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and their caregivers.

 

Blind Rehabilitation Service – www.patientcare.va.gov/rehabilitationservices.asp

The Blind Rehabilitation Service provides lifetime rehabilitation care for Veterans who are visually impaired.

 

VA for Vets – www.VAforVets.va.gov

VA for Vets is a comprehensive career development program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA and other federal agencies.

 

VA for Vets

 

VA-Guaranteed Home Loan Benefits – www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans

The objective of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program is to help eligible Veterans, active-duty personnel, surviving spouses and members of the Reserves and National Guard purchase, retain and adapt homes.

 

Center for Minority Veterans – www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

The Center for Minority Veterans is charged with identifying barriers to service and health care access, as well as increasing local awareness of minority Veteran related issues by developing strategies for improving minority participation in existing VA benefit programs.

 

VHA Women’s Health Services – www.womenshealth.va.gov

Women’s Health Services works to ensure that timely, equitable, high quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA facilities nationwide.

 

Center for Women Veterans – www.va.gov/womenvet

VA’s Center for Women Veterans monitors and coordinates the administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans. The center serves as an advocate for a cultural transformation in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and works to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.

 

Veterans Transportation Service – www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vts/

VA’s Veterans Transportation Service program is used to pick up Veterans and take them to their VA Medical Facility for appointments. Many times, the service staff members are the first and last person Veterans see from the VA on their appointment day.

 

VetCenter – www.vetcenter.va.gov

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a broad range of services to assist in readjusting to civilian life. There are 300 Vet Centers throughout the U.S. and territories.

 

Make The Connection- www.MakeTheConnection.net

Powerful personal stories and testimonials from Veterans of all service eras and backgrounds are at the heart of Make the Connection, illustrating how Veterans and their families face and overcome issues and challenges.

 

Volunteer Service – www.volunteer.va.gov

As VA has expanded its care of Veteran patients into the community, volunteers have become involved. They assist Veteran patients by augmenting staff in such setting as hospital wards, Community Living Centers, outpatient clinics, community-based volunteer programs, end-of-life care programs, adaptive sports, creative arts, Veteran outreach centers, national cemeteries, and Veteran benefits offices.

 

Healthy Living – www.prevention.va.gov / www.move.va.gov

Talk with your health care team about your goals. You will be an active player in this journey and your health care team will be your “coaches.”

 

National Cemetery Administration – www.cem.va.gov

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation.

 

Veteran Population Projection – www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp

The Veteran Population Model provides the latest official Veteran population projection from the VA.

 

The VA Chaplain Service – www.va.gov/chaplain

The VA Chaplain Service integrates the spiritual dimensions of health care into all aspects of the VHA missions of patient care, research, emergency medical preparedness, and health care education.

 

VocRehab – www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Veterans may receive help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.traditional employment.

 

VHA- Office of Rural Health – www.ruralhealth.va.gov

VA’s Office of Rural Health supports the unique health care needs of Veterans residing in geographically remote areas. From transportation, telehealth and care coordination to workforce development, mental health, community outreach and innovative models of care delivery, the VHA Office of Rural Health has a diverse portfolio that is structured to bring quality care closer to home.

 

VA photos by Robert Turtil.

The Faces Behind VA Services – VA Services Showcase

 

Veterans and Veteran organizations learn about the services available from the VA at the VA Services Showcase in Arlington, Va.

 

Sharing information on services for Veterans was the primary focus of the VA Services Showcase held VHA National Conference Center in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Representatives from VA program offices, support services and Veteran-related organizations participated in the event, which gave attendees a chance to interact and share resources with each other. VA is working to let Veterans know that there are a wide range of programs and services, and a dedicated workforce –many of whom are Veterans themselves – ready to help them navigate all the possibilities. Present at the showcase – just a few of the many services VA offers. If you are looking for a specific VA program or service, please post it in the comments and we will do our best to connect you with the best place to start.

My HealtheVet – www.myhealthevet.va.gov

 

My HealtheVet is VA’s 24/7 online personal health record. It is designed for Veterans, active duty Service members, their dependents and caregivers and helps them partner with their health care team as well as opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage their health care.

 

GI Bill – www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

 

Veterans Crisis Line – www.VeteransCrisisLine.net

VA responders are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide confidential support by phone or online chat. Assistance is only a phone call or click away. You’ve served us. Now let us serve you.

 

Help for Homeless Veterans – www.va.gov/homeless

VA provides individualized care through a wide range of services for Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Veterans of all eras and branches may be eligible for VA services. Make the call and take the first step to access help from VA.

 

Pension Benefits / VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans- www.va.gov/benefits

VA provides compensation to eligible Veterans who were disabled during or because of their military service. VA also offers compensation to eligible dependents of Veterans, including a surviving spouse, children and/or parents.

 

eBenefits - www.ebenefits.va.gov

The eBenefits web portal is an online resource for tools and benefits-related information. The portal serves Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and their caregivers.

 

Blind Rehabilitation Service – www.patientcare.va.gov/rehabilitationservices.asp

The Blind Rehabilitation Service provides lifetime rehabilitation care for Veterans who are visually impaired.

 

VA for Vets – www.VAforVets.va.gov

VA for Vets is a comprehensive career development program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA and other federal agencies.

 

VA for Vets

 

VA-Guaranteed Home Loan Benefits – www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans

The objective of the VA Home Loan Guaranty program is to help eligible Veterans, active-duty personnel, surviving spouses and members of the Reserves and National Guard purchase, retain and adapt homes.

 

Center for Minority Veterans – www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

The Center for Minority Veterans is charged with identifying barriers to service and health care access, as well as increasing local awareness of minority Veteran related issues by developing strategies for improving minority participation in existing VA benefit programs.

 

VHA Women’s Health Services – www.womenshealth.va.gov

Women’s Health Services works to ensure that timely, equitable, high quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA facilities nationwide.

 

Center for Women Veterans – www.va.gov/womenvet

VA’s Center for Women Veterans monitors and coordinates the administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans. The center serves as an advocate for a cultural transformation in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and works to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect.

 

Veterans Transportation Service – www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vts/

VA’s Veterans Transportation Service program is used to pick up Veterans and take them to their VA Medical Facility for appointments. Many times, the service staff members are the first and last person Veterans see from the VA on their appointment day.

 

VetCenter – www.vetcenter.va.gov

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a broad range of services to assist in readjusting to civilian life. There are 300 Vet Centers throughout the U.S. and territories.

 

Make The Connection- www.MakeTheConnection.net

Powerful personal stories and testimonials from Veterans of all service eras and backgrounds are at the heart of Make the Connection, illustrating how Veterans and their families face and overcome issues and challenges.

 

Volunteer Service – www.volunteer.va.gov

As VA has expanded its care of Veteran patients into the community, volunteers have become involved. They assist Veteran patients by augmenting staff in such setting as hospital wards, Community Living Centers, outpatient clinics, community-based volunteer programs, end-of-life care programs, adaptive sports, creative arts, Veteran outreach centers, national cemeteries, and Veteran benefits offices.

 

Healthy Living – www.prevention.va.gov / www.move.va.gov

Talk with your health care team about your goals. You will be an active player in this journey and your health care team will be your “coaches.”

 

National Cemetery Administration – www.cem.va.gov

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our Nation.

 

Veteran Population Projection – www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp

The Veteran Population Model provides the latest official Veteran population projection from the VA.

 

The VA Chaplain Service – www.va.gov/chaplain

The VA Chaplain Service integrates the spiritual dimensions of health care into all aspects of the VHA missions of patient care, research, emergency medical preparedness, and health care education.

 

VocRehab – www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Veterans may receive help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.traditional employment.

 

VHA- Office of Rural Health – www.ruralhealth.va.gov

VA’s Office of Rural Health supports the unique health care needs of Veterans residing in geographically remote areas. From transportation, telehealth and care coordination to workforce development, mental health, community outreach and innovative models of care delivery, the VHA Office of Rural Health has a diverse portfolio that is structured to bring quality care closer to home.

 

VA photos by Robert Turtil.

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Starting with the premise that thoughtless and un-targeted emails fill a very high percentage of your work email inbox, Hiri’s headline feature is the ability for recipients to rate each email they receive, which serves as the basis for your own email score or email analytics.

 

You’ve given a weekly score based on feedback received relating to clarity, brevity, and tone, and the software’s rating of your overall email behaviour.

 

The idea, the startup’s CEO and co-founder Kevin Kavanagh told me during a call last week, is to get employees thinking about how they currently use email and to begin to change their behaviour for the better. The weekly score also ensures employees don’t return to bad email habits.

 

Citing research from the UK’s University of Loughborough that found the average employee spends 2.5 hours a day on their work email and checks its 96 times a day, which equates to every five minutes, Kavanagh says that most employees would benefit greatly from checking email less.

 

That’s because not only is email a time sinker in itself but the time it takes to recover from having your flow interrupted also adds up. This is probably most extreme for tasks where intense concentration and getting ‘in the zone’ is paramount, such as coding.

 

Hiri’s second and blunter tool prevents you checking email too often. You are made to wait 30 minutes between inbox visits.

 

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An unspoken rule of the workplace is that people routinely loop colleagues and superiors into emails so that if the shit hits the fan they can always share or evade responsibility. That’s created an explosion in email, making it easy to miss those that are task-related. Hiri’s simple categorisation feature, which actually renames the CC field, aims to fix this.

 

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Of course, the startup’s biggest challenge is going to be penetrating the enterprise, since Hiri needs to be installed right across the workplace for it to be truly useful. That’s something Kavanagh concedes but says the company is tackling on three fronts.

 

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“Automated Journalism”, Robots in the Newsroom: The Future of Corporate Media

 

By Timothy Alexander Guzman

 

Global Research, April 30, 2016

Silent Crow 29 April 2016

Region: USA

Theme: Media Disinformation

 

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The Main-Stream Media (MSM) or corporate media has recently began making moves to replace humans with robots or “automated journalism” to produce its news stories. Not to say that the corporate media journalists who currently work under the propaganda machine are independent and are committed to the truth. However, more than ever, corporate media conglomerates are slowly replacing those same traditional journalists with robots that can produce twice the amount of stories at a faster rate to beat out their competition is just one of the reasons for the change. But there is a bigger picture to this new advanced technology.

 

Robots as we know, have replaced humans in several industries especially in the automobile industry where robots are already replacing humans on production lines. The media is no exception. Recently the New York Post (a tabloid propaganda newspaper) reported that Bilderberg attendee and Bloomberg’s Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait told Bloomberg’s 2,400 journalists in an internal office memo that he was creating a 10-person team that will study how to “use more automation in writing and reporting.” Micklethwait reportedly said:

 

“Why do we need you, if the basic idea is to get computers to do more of the work?” Micklethwait asked in the memo, obviously addressing an unspoken concern among his staff.

 

One irony of automation is that it is only as good as humans make it. That applies to both the main types of automated journalism. In the first, the computer will generate the story or headline by itself. But it needs humans to tell it what to look for, where to look for it and to guarantee its independence and transparency to our readers. In the second sort, the computer spots a trend, delivers a portion of a story to you and in essence asks the question: Do you want to add or subtract something to this and then publish it? And it will only count as Bloomberg journalism if you sign off on it.

 

“Done properly, automated journalism has the potential to make all our jobs more interesting,” he said

 

New York Magazine published an article in 2014 titled ‘Robots Are Invading the News Business, and It’s Great for Journalists’ interviewed an independent analyst by the name of Ken Doctor:

 

Ken Doctor, an independent analyst who studies the news industry, told me this week that the rise of robot reporting is a product of the times — both technologically and in terms of the troubled economics of the news industry, which has led media organizations to search for ways to reduce their costs. “The robots are just another tool of new journalism,” he said. In the future, Doctor predicts, robots won’t just be reporters’ competitors. They’ll collaborate with us by preparing data-dense paragraphs that we can then supplement with our own analysis, producing a hybrid story that’s better than our human efforts alone.

 

“Journalism is becoming a more highly skilled job,” Doctor said. “Simply showing up, in the Woody Allen sense — being able to read a press release or interview a single person, and write up a story that is understandable in 750 words — that’s not going to be enough. The optimistic part of this is that we’d use computers to do the basic work of organizing facts, and that the judgment and analysis, the interpretation, the experience is brought to it by humans”

 

In 2014, the Associated Press partnered with Automated Insights (AI) to produce automated quarterly earnings reports by using AI’s Wordsmith platform. According to AI’s website:

 

The Associated Press, working with Automated Insights and Zacks Investment Research, uses automation technology to write earnings stories. Previously, AP’s reporters wrote such stories. AP now produces nearly 3,700 quartlery earnings stories for US and Canadian companies, over 12 times the number that AP reporters and editors produced manually

 

Robots taking the place of humans in the newsroom are just another way of eliminating journalists to cut labor costs. Just like McDonalds is eliminating their workforce and replacing them with robots to serve customers due to the $15 an hour increase in the minimum wage across the U.S. Although Ken Doctor said that the way robots (providing and organizing basic facts) would collaborate with humans who would then provide the experience and the final analysis to produce a “hybrid story” is nonsense, it’s about reducing costs for corporate news owners and executives. Another important factor to consider is that humans and robots collaborating to produce news are easily controlled by top management. According to a 2014 article from Politico by Charles Lewis, a former 60 Minutes “investigative” producer and founder and former Executive Director for the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) wrote a story titled ‘Why I Left 60 Minutes’ and said:

 

Fewer commercial news organizations support investigative journalism now than at any time in recent history, and reporters today—especially those who aggressively seek the truths that government, business and other powerful institutions seek to conceal—are arguably more alone, more exposed and more vulnerable to professional and even physical harm than they ever were. There has to be a better way

 

Charles Lewis left the CPI in 2005 which has been hijacked by the CIA-connected Ford Foundation, George Soros’s‘Open Society Foundation’ and other corporate foundations who are major contributors for the nonprofit organization. The corporate media will be a competitive market for journalists especially if they are competing against robots that do not require a salary, a retirement plan or healthcare benefits. It is not a hard choice for those who manage or own corporate media especially when it comes to their profits and political agendas.

  

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Over 6,000 SAP developers, leaders, executives, and partners were at SAP TechED 2015 in Las Vegas. The massive event was held at the lavish, Italian-themed Venetian Hotel and Casino on the north end of the Strip.

 

What a wonderful opportunity for us to share the Riva story. Riva connects SAP Cloud for Customer (SAP C4C) and SAP Cloud for Sales directly with Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, Gmail and Google Apps, IBM Notes and Domino, GroupWise, and Marketo.

 

For large enterprise SAP customers, having server-side integration for their CRM and email collaboration systems is a must.

 

Riva benefits for large SAP sales and support organizations include better CRM adoption and satisfaction, improved customer experiences, increases in sales productivity, less manual data entry, broader access to CRM data (from all email clients and mobile devices), and ease of management (no client-side plug-ins required).

 

We hope you enjoy our photos of SAP TechED 2015, the Venetian Hotel, the Third Eye Blind concert, dinner at Maggiano's, and our fun-filled week in Las Vegas.

 

Learn more about Riva for SAP Cloud for Customer:

www.rivacrmintegration.com/integrations/sap-crm/

 

Riva – The Leader in CRM and Email Integration

Over 6,000 SAP developers, leaders, executives, and partners were at SAP TechED 2015 in Las Vegas. The massive event was held at the lavish, Italian-themed Venetian Hotel and Casino on the north end of the Strip.

 

What a wonderful opportunity for us to share the Riva story. Riva connects SAP Cloud for Customer (SAP C4C) and SAP Cloud for Sales directly with Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, Gmail and Google Apps, IBM Notes and Domino, GroupWise, and Marketo.

 

For large enterprise SAP customers, having server-side integration for their CRM and email collaboration systems is a must.

 

Riva benefits for large SAP sales and support organizations include better CRM adoption and satisfaction, improved customer experiences, increases in sales productivity, less manual data entry, broader access to CRM data (from all email clients and mobile devices), and ease of management (no client-side plug-ins required).

 

We hope you enjoy our photos of SAP TechED 2015, the Venetian Hotel, the Third Eye Blind concert, dinner at Maggiano's, and our fun-filled week in Las Vegas.

 

Learn more about Riva for SAP Cloud for Customer:

www.rivacrmintegration.com/integrations/sap-crm/

 

Riva – The Leader in CRM and Email Integration

Over 6,000 SAP developers, leaders, executives, and partners were at SAP TechED 2015 in Las Vegas. The massive event was held at the lavish, Italian-themed Venetian Hotel and Casino on the north end of the Strip.

 

What a wonderful opportunity for us to share the Riva story. Riva connects SAP Cloud for Customer (SAP C4C) and SAP Cloud for Sales directly with Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, Gmail and Google Apps, IBM Notes and Domino, GroupWise, and Marketo.

 

For large enterprise SAP customers, having server-side integration for their CRM and email collaboration systems is a must.

 

Riva benefits for large SAP sales and support organizations include better CRM adoption and satisfaction, improved customer experiences, increases in sales productivity, less manual data entry, broader access to CRM data (from all email clients and mobile devices), and ease of management (no client-side plug-ins required).

 

We hope you enjoy our photos of SAP TechED 2015, the Venetian Hotel, the Third Eye Blind concert, dinner at Maggiano's, and our fun-filled week in Las Vegas.

 

Learn more about Riva for SAP Cloud for Customer:

www.rivacrmintegration.com/integrations/sap-crm/

 

Riva – The Leader in CRM and Email Integration

Over 6,000 SAP developers, leaders, executives, and partners were at SAP TechED 2015 in Las Vegas. The massive event was held at the lavish, Italian-themed Venetian Hotel and Casino on the north end of the Strip.

 

What a wonderful opportunity for us to share the Riva story. Riva connects SAP Cloud for Customer (SAP C4C) and SAP Cloud for Sales directly with Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, Gmail and Google Apps, IBM Notes and Domino, GroupWise, and Marketo.

 

For large enterprise SAP customers, having server-side integration for their CRM and email collaboration systems is a must.

 

Riva benefits for large SAP sales and support organizations include better CRM adoption and satisfaction, improved customer experiences, increases in sales productivity, less manual data entry, broader access to CRM data (from all email clients and mobile devices), and ease of management (no client-side plug-ins required).

 

We hope you enjoy our photos of SAP TechED 2015, the Venetian Hotel, the Third Eye Blind concert, dinner at Maggiano's, and our fun-filled week in Las Vegas.

 

Learn more about Riva for SAP Cloud for Customer:

www.rivacrmintegration.com/integrations/sap-crm/

 

Riva – The Leader in CRM and Email Integration

Over 6,000 SAP developers, leaders, executives, and partners were at SAP TechED 2015 in Las Vegas. The massive event was held at the lavish, Italian-themed Venetian Hotel and Casino on the north end of the Strip.

 

What a wonderful opportunity for us to share the Riva story. Riva connects SAP Cloud for Customer (SAP C4C) and SAP Cloud for Sales directly with Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, Gmail and Google Apps, IBM Notes and Domino, GroupWise, and Marketo.

 

For large enterprise SAP customers, having server-side integration for their CRM and email collaboration systems is a must.

 

Riva benefits for large SAP sales and support organizations include better CRM adoption and satisfaction, improved customer experiences, increases in sales productivity, less manual data entry, broader access to CRM data (from all email clients and mobile devices), and ease of management (no client-side plug-ins required).

 

We hope you enjoy our photos of SAP TechED 2015, the Venetian Hotel, the Third Eye Blind concert, dinner at Maggiano's, and our fun-filled week in Las Vegas.

 

Learn more about Riva for SAP Cloud for Customer:

www.rivacrmintegration.com/integrations/sap-crm/

 

Riva – The Leader in CRM and Email Integration

Over 6,000 SAP developers, leaders, executives, and partners were at SAP TechED 2015 in Las Vegas. The massive event was held at the lavish, Italian-themed Venetian Hotel and Casino on the north end of the Strip.

 

What a wonderful opportunity for us to share the Riva story. Riva connects SAP Cloud for Customer (SAP C4C) and SAP Cloud for Sales directly with Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, Gmail and Google Apps, IBM Notes and Domino, GroupWise, and Marketo.

 

For large enterprise SAP customers, having server-side integration for their CRM and email collaboration systems is a must.

 

Riva benefits for large SAP sales and support organizations include better CRM adoption and satisfaction, improved customer experiences, increases in sales productivity, less manual data entry, broader access to CRM data (from all email clients and mobile devices), and ease of management (no client-side plug-ins required).

 

We hope you enjoy our photos of SAP TechED 2015, the Venetian Hotel, the Third Eye Blind concert, dinner at Maggiano's, and our fun-filled week in Las Vegas.

 

Learn more about Riva for SAP Cloud for Customer:

www.rivacrmintegration.com/integrations/sap-crm/

 

Riva – The Leader in CRM and Email Integration