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  1. Alonso's Sensational Start To The Malaysian Grand Prix

    In an effort to provide one-stop shopping for their customers, the nation's largest copier companies are enlarging the scope of their businesses by purchasing systems integration and document services firms. By acquiring firms that can integrate digital copiers into computer networks and service those networks, as well as provide printing services on large projects, wow gold the firms are hoping to capture business that would typically be outsourced. "It allows us to provide a lot more solutions for a wider range of client applications," says Bob Raymond, sales manager for Ikon Office Solutions in San Antonio. "The goal is to be able to provide a one-stop shop," says Michael Fitzgibbons, president and chief executive officer of Felco Office Systems Inc., a company owned by Tampa, Fla.-based Global Imaging Systems Co. "Instead of being able to provide a portion of their needs, we're looking to provide a whole turn-key program." Several years ago, national business machine firms such as Ikon, Global Imaging and Danka Business Systems plc began purchasing independent copier sales and service companies in an effort to provide competitive prices and technologically advanced products to their customers. But as more copiers have become digital - and more customers are aiming to hook up their computer systems to their digital copiers - copier firms are stepping in to service that market. What's more, since more firms are preparing their documents in-house, business machine firms are working to provide just-in-time printing services - where they are able to print large quantities of documents for their clients on a demand basis. The goal, industry officials say, wow power leveling, is to have one sales representative selling all the various office equipment services to the company's customers. To that end, Valley Forge, Penn.-based Ikon recently renamed its document services unit to Ikon Office Solutions. Last December, Ikon-Night Rider, Ikon's document services division, acquired Legal Copies International, which owned Alamo Legal Copies of San Antonio. "It's important that we present our solutions to the market in a unified way so that customers can remember a single name for all of their legal and business document needs," Lynn Graham, president of Ikon Document Services, said in a prepared statement released last month. During the second quarter of Ikon's fiscal year 1997 alone, Ikon purchased 24 companies nationwide - nine systems integration firms, six outsourcing and imaging companies, and nine traditional office equipment firms. That brings the total number of companies Ikon has acquired in the first six months of this fiscal year to 47 - 19 in systems integration, 13 in outsourcing, and 15 in traditional office equipment. (Ikon, then known as Alco Standard Co., acquired Texas Copy in San Antonio in the early 1990s.) Bruce Ganger, director of digital and color programs for Danka, says that his firm has grown its systems integration and print-on-demand business internally for several years. However, last September the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based company purchased the office imaging division of Eastman Kodak. That division was already a top player in the print-on-demand business. Tom Johnson, CEO of Global Imaging, says the firm has 44 locations nationwide. In the past eight months, it has acquired two systems integration firms, one of which is the 34th largest in the nation. Fitzgibbons says his firm currently is holding talks regarding possible deals with some local firms. John Thomas, president of the San Antonio systems integration firm The Publishing Group, says he has been contacted by some of the major companies about providing services, but has yet to be approached regarding an acquisition. "They do use my services," he says. However, Sam Lorimer, vice president of SabreData of Austin, another systems integrator, says he has seen many of his peers nationwide get purchased or approached by some of the nation's major office equipment service firms. Of those, he says, Ikon appears to be the most aggressive. "I've seen a lot of peers get purchased by Ikon," he says. While digital copiers still make up only a small percentage of the market, industry analysts say it is increasing. Analysts says digital copiers make up less than 10 percent of the installed market. Digital equipment, which digitizes images electronically instead of using a light source, gears and drums, allows the use of one machine for various functions, including faxing and laser printing. However, digital equipment is becoming a larger source of revenues for the business-machine industry. For example, Xerox Corp., which has its own systems integration division, recently reported that digital sales accounted for 34 percent of its revenues, according to an industry analyst. "There's a sense that there's a lot of waste in a business environment by having a printer, world of warcraft power leveling, fax and a copier," says Kristy Thiese, an analyst with Raymond James & Associates in St. Petersburg, Fla. "The (digital) products are here now and there'll be more coming in a year." But while the digital market is still small, Thiese also notes that systems integration - because it involves servicing equipment - is similar to the copier service business, making it a good business for the business-machine companies to enter. For example, they are able to use the same dispatch system they are already using for their copier service people. "It's a similar business to run to the business they're already in," she says. "It's a good growth business for them." However, Thiese says that as digital copiers do take over the market, independent copier companies could feel financial pressure to expend capital to provide systems integrations and other complementary services. Duane Meehan, president of Office Communications Systems Inc. (OCS), the largest independent business machine firm in San Antonio, says he saw several years ago that digital copiers would create the need for systems integration and formed a division to address the need. He is expecting that division to grow. Indeed, Meehan says he was recently told by a top official of a major copier manufacturer that by the year 2000, no more analog copiers would be developed by the firm. "Everything they are doing is going to be connectable," Meehan says about copier manufacturers. "As a dealer, we've had to be fully prepared to sell and service digital copiers." So far, Meehan says that adding systems integration to his business has helped fuel the firm's growth. OCS has seen its revenues grow by more than 60 percent over the last three years. Digital propelling copier businesses to broaden scope
  2. Dark Times Ahead For Mclaren

    HAPPILY lived Mankind in the peaceful Valley of Ignorance. To the north, to the south, to the west and to the east stretched the ridges of the Hills Everlasting. A little stream of Knowledge trickled slowly through a deep worn gully. It came out of the Mountains of the Past. It lost itself in the Mashes of the Future. It was not much, as rivers go. But it was enough for the humble needs of the villagers. In the evening, when they had watered their cattle and had filled their casks, they were content to sit down to enjoy life. The Old Men Who Knew were brought forth from the shady corners where they had spent their day, pondering over the mysterious pages of an old book. They mumbled strange words to their grandchildren, who would have preferred to play with the pretty pebbles, brought down from distant lands.wow power leveling, Often these words were not very clear. But they were written a thousand years ago by a forgotten race. Hence they were holy. For in the Valley of Ignorance, whatever was old was venerable. And, those who dared to gainsay the wisdom of the fathers, were shunned by all decent people. And so they kept their peace. Fear was ever with them. What if they should be refused the common share of the products of the garden? Vague stories there were, whispered at night among the narrow streets of the little town, vague stories of men and women who had dared to ask questions. They had gone forth, and never again had they been seen. A few had tried to scale the high walls of the rocky range that hid the sun. Their whitened bones lay at the foot of the cliffs. The years came and the years went by. Happily lived Mankind in the peaceful Valley of Ignorance. Out of the darkness crept a man. The nails of his hands were torn. His feet were covered with rags, red with the blood of long marches. He stumbled to the door of the nearest hut and knocked. Then he fainted. By the light of a frightened candle, he was carried to a cot. In the morning throughout the village it was known: "He has come back." The neighbors stood around and shook their heads. They had always known that this was to be the end. Defeat and surrender awaited those who dared to stroll away from the foot of the mountains. And in one corner of the village the Old Men shook their heads and whispered burning words. They did not mean to be cruel, but the Law was the Law. Bitterly this man had sinned against the wishes of Those Who Knew.world of warcraft power leveling, As soon as his wounds were healed he must be brought to trial. They meant to be lenient. They remembered the strange, burning eyes of his mother. They recalled the tragedy of his father, lost in the desert these thirty years ago. The Law, however, was the Law; and the Law must be obeyed. The Men Who Knew would see to that. They carried the wanderer to the Market Place, and the people stood around in respectful silence. He was still weak from hunger and thirst and the Elders bade him sit down. He refused. They ordered him to be silent. But he spoke. Upon the Old Man he turned his back and his eyes sought those who but a short time before had been his comrades.
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    For decades, the Twin Ports' economic landscape was planted firmly in big business such as manufacturing, shipping, and mining. Although these trades are still vital to our economy, today's technological advances are sowing the seeds of a new entrepreneurism that is allowing more people to jump the corporate ship and test the waters of going into business for themselves. Home-based businesses in our region have emerged from the shadows in recent years and proven that they can have a measurable impact on a local economy. We spoke with several area home-based business people about why this impact will continue to grow in coming years. In addition to offering tips on how to start a home-based business, they also explain why membership in the Chamber of Commerce is even more important to those who go it alone. Mark Anthony, president of the Home-Based Business Association of Minnesota, operates an extremely infon-native web site on the subject (www.hbba.org). Anthony believes that Duluth is ripe for more home-based businesses. He says, "Duluth and the Iron Range are explosive right now in regard to this trend. We've had a lot of inquirie from the area." Anthony says that a bias once attached to this type of business is eroding. wow power leveling, "There is still a stigma with home-based businesses among dyed in the wool corporates," begins Anthony. "Just five years ago, it was like pulling teeth to get someone to admit that they worked out of the home. Now, it's become almost a status symbol." Perhaps the image of home-based busi ness is improving because more people are realizing that its contribution to the community is no nickel and dime matter. "Home-based business people spend their money locally and it adds up to thousands annually," says Anthony. "Cities need to encourage these businesses, because they help sustain a local tax base." One local entrepreneur who agrees that these businesses are vital to the economy's health is Ken Nebel, of K.H. Nebel Associates, d/b/a Nebel Financial Services. "If you look at the statistics, businesses that employ one to five people represent a huge segment of the economy," he states. "A lot of these businesses are home-based. We are lucky here, because we don't have the zoning restrictions and other obstacles that home-based business faces in the Cities." Nebel affirms that home-based business people are strongly committed to their communities and prove that with their spending habits. He says, "I've found that Samls Club has terrific deals on office equipment. Sam's Club is the home-based-business supplier for Duluth. Its manager, Jim Caesar, another Chamber memher, is very supportive of the small businessperson." John Pegg started the Entrepreneurs' Connection organization in Duluth two years ago. "We are definitely growing," Pegg says. "We have about 100 people on our mailing list and I continue to meet more people who are looking for more options." Home-based businesses are also changing how larger companies operate. Mary Smestad owns Positive Solutions, and is a customer service consultant. She points out that more corporations are turning to contract services to protect their bottom line. "It's a great selling point for my business," explains Smestad, "To tell a company that, by hiring me on a short-term basis, they save money on taxes, annual salary and benefits. I think home-based businesses in Duluth will really take off when more companies learn the benefits of using their services." All of our contacts agree that Chamber membership is not just for storefront businesses and large corporations. "The smaller the business, the more important Chamber participation is," says Ken Nebel. "My best clients came from referrals from other Chamber members." Mary Smestad adds, "The networking is so important, and so is the education about other companies. It's also a great morale boost for me - the Chamber is sort of my cheerleader." If you are considering starting your own business, heed the seasoned advice of those who have gone before you: get informed and be prepared. "You're going to be blindsided some months, no matter how good your business plan looks on paper," says Smestad who attended classes at The University of Minnesota Duluth's (UMD) Center for Business Development before starting Positive Solutions. "All of the freedom - flexible schedule, being in charge of my own destiny - comes with a price; you're giving up the security of that monthly paycheck. Discipline and selfmotivation are key. For every day you take off, there's an 18-hour day to make up for it. Know there's a big learning curve at first; learning when the slow months will occur, so the next year, you can plan ways to fill those gaps." Smestad says that the classes at UMD and at Lake Superior College provided her with excellent preparation and support. Beth Travis-Betts, owner of Art Direction and Advertising agrees. "I took small-business classes at UMD and at Lake Superior College. You learn how to determine profit and loss statements, how to mark-up a world of warcraft power levelin, product, how to register with the State as a business, and how to handle tax issues. In fact, the instructor actually comes to your house once a month for the first year to assist you with start-up." Travis-Betts explains why education is so important to a home-based business. "One gets pretty isolated working at home, and these days you have to keep up with new technology to stay competitive." She also offers a little advice on how to create a business image without spending a lot of money. "The phone company has resources such as market extension lines. They allow you to have two numbers, a residential and business phone number, with only one phone line. That way, you r business can be listed in the Yellow Pages. Home-based businesses have sparked entire industries that cater to them. Use the Internet to find better rates on fax lines, phone systems, and other tools." Marge Johnson has operated a management consulting firm out of her North Shore home for four years. She stresses the importance of research to would-be entrepreneurs. "Be sure there is market demand for what you're doing. Does the market need your service?" asks Johnson. "I interviewed other consultants and potential customers before starting my business." Again, all of our contacts concur that involvement with the Chamber is crucial to building business. Says Johnson, "The Chamber provides the most current, succinct information about the local business climate. It's a critical place to meet potential clients." Beth Travis-Betts notes, "It's where I get most of my business." In addition to referrals from Chamber members, Mary Smestad started building a clientele with a letter-writing campaign. "I wrote a lot of letters to past contacts from my previous job and asked for referrals." "People buy from people they know," quips Arlene Soden, a local business development consultant and home-based business owner. Entreprenuerism is part of America's heritage and today's technology-based economy is allowing more people to realize their dream of working for themselves. Many believe that the future of the home-based business culture in Duluth is taking shape right before our eyes on a construction site located in the old downtown. Mark Anthony comments, "With the new Soft Center coming to Duluth, home-based businesses will be called upon to help develop software that will place businesses, both large and small, on the cutting edge of technology and help transform this area into a major telecommuting center." [9 Julie Munson is a freelance writer in Duluth. Home-based businesses take root in the Northland
  4. So Who Would You Drive For....?

    I felt a moment of fear as Mortimer spoke these words.Holmes sat forward in his excitement,and his eyes showed he was very interested indeed. 'Why did nobody else see these footprints?'he asked. 'The footprints were about twenty metres from the body,and nobody thought of looking so far away,'Mortimer replied. 'Are there many sheep dogs on the moor?'asked Holmes. 'Yes,but this was no sheep dog.The footprints were very large indeed
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  6. Make Max Pm, And Forgive Fred

    Business Journal Staff Reporter Has this decade proven a springtime for entrepreneurs, with new businesses covering the economy like a carpet of fresh, green grass? Not if you believe Dun & Bradstreet Corp. Numbers gathered wow power leveling, by the business information provider show business starts in both the United States and Colorado withered in the early 1990s and have never recovered to levels seen in the mid-1980s. Business starts in Colorado peaked in 1986 at 5,265, according to Dun & Bradstreet. wow power leveling, In 1995, the last full year available, new business numbers were at 3,086. Through the first nine months of 1996, they were 9.5 percent ahead of a similar period in 1995. That 42 percent drop contradicts anecdotal evidence of a widespread small-business expansion and points to a much wow gold,more anemic economic recovery than experienced a decade earlier. But experts offer a slightly different explanation saying that Dun & Bradstreet's database of 10 million established companies doesn't take into account a blossoming of home-based businesses in fast-growing states like Colorado. According to the Dun & Bradstreet report, Colorado's slide from the 1986 peak bottomed in 1990 at 2,446, ending four years of decline that flyff penya, included a 23.7 percent drop in business starts in 1988 to 3,751 and a 22.6 percent drop in 1989 to 2,902. The severe downturn in the local economy could explain the sharp drops and the following recovery why business starts continued to rise in Colorado until wow gold, 1994, where they appear to have hit a plateau at 3,000 to 3,500. That same basic pattern is repeated throughout the United States. Larry Wipf, an economist at Norwest Corp. in Minneapolis, said the high numbers in the mid-1980s don't surprise him, but the failure to rebound and surpass those earlier numbers in the 1990s does. Most economic counts rise over time despite the fluctuations of the business cycle, simply because the population and economy are growing. More people take jobs, more housing permits are pulled, prices wow gold, rise. Despite one of the strongest booms in population and jobs ever experienced by the state, business starts in Colorado are nowhere near what they were in 1985 and 1986. One explanation is that Dun & Bradstreet has failed to capture the heart of business growth in the 1990s. Dun & Bradstreet maintains a database of 10 million active businesses located in the United States. Every day it makes about 35,000 changes, recording births, deaths, name changes and buyouts. Most of the information is culled from requests for credit checks by vendors and others crossing a business' path, said Neil wow gold, Di Bernardo, assistant manager of public relations at Dun & Bradstreet. The company revamped its definition of business starts in 1985 to include service providers as well as more traditional companies. Any active business will eventually come to the company's attention and get added. Although Dun & Bradstreet doesn't claim to represent the entire universe of businesses out there, its numbers do show significant trends, Di Bernardo said. The National Federation of Independent Businesses in Washington, questioning the existing counts of startups, undertook its own in-depth study in 1995. What it archlord money, found were business starts four times greater than what was measured elsewhere. About 71 percent of those starts, however, were home-based businesses, said Cliff Waldman, research fellow with NFIB Education Foundation. "There is an undercounting out there. We counted the very small business activity out there that starts in people's houses," Waldman said. Bill Kendall, economist at Center for Business and Economic Forecasting at Regis University, calls the numbers surprising, but offers an interesting scenario. The early and mid-'80s weren't a good period economically for Colorado, thanks to the oil bust. But many of those displaced had the capital and expertise to start their own businesses. People who can't find jobs worth their while have a greater motivation to create their own job. John Hickenlooper, owner of the Wynkoop Brewing Co.flyff penya, is one example of those petroleum refugees who launched a successful second career as brewerand real estate investor; he played a key part in redeveloping lower downtown. The real estate and banking bust of the late 1980s had a different effect, choking off the resources people need to start business. Demographics could offer another explanation. The first wave of the baby boomers were at an age when many people break out on their own and downsizings gave them the push they needed. But Kendall counters that the 1990s rather than the 1980s would have shown the "boomer" effect on business starts if that were the case. The numbers from Dun & Bradstreet and NFIB raise other interest issues. Is a home-based business as likely to employ people in huge numbers and have as significant an impact on economic growth? Who wants employees opening the refrigerator and helping themselves to a glass of milk? Dun & Bradstreet numbers show that business startups in 1986 employed 33,482 people in Colorado. Those startups in 1995 employed only 12,723. The average number of employees per startup is declining. With large companies laying off and new business starts not especially strong, is it likely that the middle tier of companies job growth? Biz starts faltered in '90s But Dun & Bradstreet ignores home-based firms
  7. The Culling Begins

    I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that wow power leveling, I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me that I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over. I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. maple story mesos, The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, maple story mesos, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I retuned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current enaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together. I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work asmaple story mesos, it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle. My third story is about death.WOW Power leveling, When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.WOW Power leveling, Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything that all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my WOW Power leveling,affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes. I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me thatwhen they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.WOW Power leveling, This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept: No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely he single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.WOW Power leveling, When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in overflowing with neat tools and great notions. Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. LifeGem Memorial Diamonds
  8. Fota Hits Back At Fia!

    A long time ago and far away there lived a King and a Queen .They were very happy, for their first child, a girl, had been born.   " We must wow power leveling, have a grand christening for her," said the King , who was delighted to have a daughter.   "We must invite all the fairies of the kingdom to bless her," said the Queen.   "How many are there now ?" asked the King.wow gold,   "Twelve or thirteen," said his wife. "Send the invitations . We`ll soon find out ."   There were twelve fairies, and they were all sent invitations. A thirteen fairy had not been heard of for so long that it was presumed that she was dead. No invitation was sent. The day of the christening was sunny and bright. The Princes was named Briar Rose, and the fairies began to give their gifts.wow gold,   The gifts continued in this way, wishing all that was good for Briar Rose. Eleven of the twelve fairies had given their gifts when the room suddenly went dark. After a great flash of light a small dark figure stood in front of the King and Queen.   "All wow power leveling, the fairies of the kingdom have given their blessings. Well, here`s mine for the Princess. On her sixteenth birthday she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die."   There is still my gift for Briar Rose," she said. "The fairy`s curse cannot be undone, but I can change it a little. She will fall into a deep sleep that will last one hundred years," There was a great hubbub in the hall as everyone discussed the events.wow gold,   The following day the King issued a proclamation, ordering that all spinning wheels and spindles were to be destroyed. Throughout the land there were great fires as the spinning wheels were burned.   Over the years, power leveling, the Princess grew into a lovely girl. All who met her were enchanted by her.   Eventually, the bad fairy`s wish was forgotten. All spinning wheels and spindles had been destroyed ,so there was no reminder. And the fairy was not heard of again.   That part of the palace was very old, and there were very few people there. The base of the tower was in a corridor. The entrance was a small, very solid looking door. The key was on the outside.   "Today is her sixteenth birthday-the day when the curse may fall. Somebody must know where she is."   Nearly everyone had seen her, but nobody knew where she had been going.      "There must be a wonderful view of the rest of the palace and grounds from the window, "said the Princess . Then she heard a strange whirring sound. It was unlike anything that she had ever heard before.   She pushed the door open and went into the room. There, in the middle, sat an old woman working at a spinning wheel. Behind her was an enormous bed.wow gold,   She sat on the stool in front of the wheel and the wheel whirred round. As soon as she touched the spindle she pricked her finger. She fell to the floor in a deep sleep. The old woman, who was really the thirteenth fairy in disguise, picked her up and laid her on the bed.wow gold,   At that moment, all over the place, people began to asleep. The cooks who were preparing for the party fell asleep over the stirring and tasting. The scullery maids fell asleep over the washing up. The laundry maid fell asleep while they dusted, polished and prepared for the party.   Years passed, and from time to time a King`s son would come to the famous briar hedge to try and find the mysterious sleeping Princess that the legend spoke of. But none got through. The hedge was too strong and the Princes were cut to bits.wow gold, went through into the palace grounds, walking past the sleeping rabbits, birds and butterflies, and the gardeners at their work. The kitchens were full of cooks and maids who hadn`t moved for a hundred years -- They were all fast asleep. Even the King and Queen who were seated at the table in the Great Hall were sleeping soundly!   The party was still to be held, but it was an engagement party instead of a birthday party. The Prince and Briar Rose were to be married.wow gold,   The hedge disappeared and the village saw the palace again and realised the legend had been true.   The bad fairy was never heard of again. deep sleep Princess
  9. c#cktails And F1

    The cleanup of Rocky Flats and surrounding areas could create more than 2,000 new jobs during the next five years, according to a group that's guiding the former nuclear weapon plant's transition to an environmental technology site.wow power leveling, The group, known as the Rocky Flats Local Impacts Initiative, recently has stepped up its efforts to create new manufacturing and environmental technology jobs in an effort to replace the jobs lost when Rocky Flats went out of the business of building triggers for nuclear weapons at the end of the Cold War. Efforts to recycle jobs into the civilian sector will be touted by Energy Secretary Federico Pena at the Jefferson County Commissioners Forum, Aug. 7, at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel.wow gold, From 1994 until 1996, the initiative spent $4 million on training programs aimed at recycling the skills of laid-off weapons plant workers. The Department of Energy recently awarded a second $4 million grant to the initiative to continue the training program and other job creation efforts throughout 1997 and 1998. The new money will fund the Entrepreneur Resource Program and the Entrepreneur Technical Assistance Program, two efforts designed to give former Rocky Flats workers the opportunity to wow gold, start their own businesses. Here's a closer look at the two programs and other economic efforts in the Rocky Flats corridor: Grants and advice to budding business owners The Entrepreneur Resource Program provides management assistance such as legal, marketing, accounting and product development services to small businesses. The program gives out $5,000 grants to individual companies to "help businesses grow and create jobs," said project manager Rhonda Zeschin. "We have six targeted industries we are trying to develop. wow gold, These are the kinds of industries Rocky Flats workers could transfer into," she said. Environmental technologies, biomedical equipment, computer hardware, advanced manufacturing technology, advanced structural materials and telecommunications are the six industries that would work best to integrate former Rocky Flats employees into the work force. To qualify for a grant, a company must have "25 employees or less, be in one of the six industries and have potential for job growth," Zeschin said. The money can be used to develop a business plan or marketing materials for a new product. It also can be used to lease spacewow gold, at a technology incubator. Rocky Flats workers who would like to start their own businesses are also eligible for the grant program. In this case, it does not matter what kind of business they would like to start. The program has helped start everything from bakeries to biomedical companies. Begun in April 1995, the program already has helped more than 250 companies and those entities are projected to create more than 1,700 jobs in the next three years, Zeschin said. The program supports companies in a 10-county area, from Weld and Larimer to Douglas. With a budget of $650,545 in 1997, the program is slated to generate the most jobs of any of the initiative's economic development programs. The program also provides research through the University of Colorado Business wow gold, Advancement Center. "We give them $150 worth of online research above and beyond the $5,000. If they need more than that it comes out of the $5,000," she said. The program is budgeted for an additional $500,000 in 1998. Helping scientists commercialize their ideas Administered by the Colorado School of Mines' Colorado Advanced Materials Institute, the Entrepreneur Technical Assistance Program partners technology-based companies with Colorado universities "to help them commercialize their products and create permanent high wage jobs," Zeschin said. Small companies are paired with universities "to provide research and development assistance to small businesses that otherwise couldn't afford it," WOW power leveling, said Sue Purcell, manager of corporate outreach programs at the Colorado School of Mines. Purcell sits on the program's review and selection board, which is made up of community members, universities, government and research institutes. The technical assistance program, which is funded by the Department of Energy, is in its third year of operation. The program solicits proposals from companies or individuals involved in manufacturing or technology-based businesses for grants of $75,000 each. The DOE budgeted $347,945 in 1997 and another $300,000 in 1998 to the program. The program will fund eight projects over the next two years. "It's a great program. I love reading the proposals," Purcell said. "There are very good ideas out there and reasons to be optimistic." The technical assistance program also gives priority to Rocky wow gold, Flats workers and companies promoting technology developed and licensed at Rocky Flats. The best part about the program is that the review board acts more as a mentoring body than a judgmental body, Purcell said. Each member of the board brings to the table a wealth of experience either in business, wotlk gold, entrepreneurship or finance, and shares advice and business contacts with every company that comes before them, regardless if they are the ones receiving the grants. The program funded 14 businesses last year. Onsite development begins to get rolling The Rocky Flats Local Impacts Initiative is also one step closer to converting industrial buildings at the site into leasable space. Two industrial buildings at Rocky Flats have been cleaned up and are in the process of being leased to a manufacturing company in the area. Manufacturing Sciences Corp.wow gold, the company that cleaned up and refurbished the two buildings, was awarded the bid to lease the properties and turn them into a radioactive metals recycling business. The deal is expected to be completed Aug. 1, according to Tim Heaton, the company's corporate director for strategic planning and community affairs. The Colorado-based corporation has a similar plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., that has been very successful. Its plan is to recycle radioactive and other scrap metals at Rocky Flats and other DOE facilities into hazardous waste containers. "Our job is to help get rid of waste, not create more waste," Heaton said. That is why the company proposed recycling the buildings at Rocky Flats rather than building new ones on "a green field that will then become contaminated," he said. The four buildings the company is interested in are manufacturing buildings, with melting furnaces, rolling mills and presses that can be used to fabricate the contaminated materials into items such as metal drums. Manufacturing Sciences also has been approached by other companies that would like to use the rolling mill and forming presses for their own businesses, but the company can't negotiate a deal with these other businesses until the DOE signs their lease. The company has 44 employees at Rocky Flats and once its lease is in place, hopes to boost that number to 100 or more. The lease to Manufacturing Sciences is part of the National Conversion Pilot Project. Eight buildings at Rocky Flats have been identified as potential reuse buildings, but nothing will be done with them until the success of Manufacturing Sciences' operation is evaluated. Rocky Flats group boosts efforts to grow jobs
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