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CareerBuilder resume paper. They also had envelopes.
For the non-Web people
Seen in the main aisle at my local Office Depot
Internet branded dead trees
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CareerBuilder resume paper. They also had envelopes.
For the non-Web people
Seen in the main aisle at my local Office Depot
Executive Learning Tour – Urban Planning
Event on 2014-01-06 09:00:00
Urbanization has been a global trend. Rapid urban population growth is posing tremendous challenges to employment, housing and other basic urban services, as well as the improvement of urban infrastructure and protection of living environments.
By focusing on the experience of Singapore and its applications to participant’s country, this executive development program aims at assisting urban planners and administrators to acquire the valuable experience, skills and competence required to design and implement effective urban and regional development policies and strategies.
The program is structured through a mix of in-class learning and field visits.
Why Singapore and its Applications to Participant’s Country
The Singapore development story has highlighted the constant trade-offs for scarce natural resources, limited land and the burgeoning population, the need to sustain economic growth, high quality of life and economic competitiveness.
Forward-looking planning plays an essential part in transforming Singapore’s city development. It is of great value to tap into Singapore’s expertise in urban development and management, in an effort to effectively deal with the problems that arise alongside urbanization.
Why You Should Attend
Experts and senior practitioners from urban planning background will be engaged to facilitate in-depth exploration of the following themes. Participants can also select certain themes to focus on.
An experienced learning specialist will be assigned to liaise with various stakeholders on finding out their specific learning objectives, based on which our Project Team will customize the program content and learning format.
Accommodation, meals, transport and field visits will be attended by us to ensure fruitful learning and pleasant stay in Singapore for all participants.
Training time and location are customizable according to your preference. Kindly contact us for more information.
Interested to find out more? Please contact:
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at Novotel Clarke Quay Singapore
177A River Valley Road
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Denver CO (PRWEB) January 27, 2014
Denver has quietly produced some of the most attractive neighborhoods to live in for some time, but now is finally getting the national recognition for these beautiful communities. Redfin, a Seattle-based real estate brokerage, recently released the Hottest Neighborhoods for 2014 and City Park in Denver ranked No. 9 nationally. With a 276 percent increase in Redfin page views on a year-over-year basis, and a median home sale price of $ 394,500 in 2013, City Park has garnered a lot of interest both in Colorado and across the nation.
Known for its elegant mid-century bungalows and spacious yards, as well as its close proximity to the center of downtown Denver, City Park is an ideal destination for all types of home buyers. Denver as a whole made quite the impression on the Redfin ranking as the Skyland neighborhood was also recognized with a 286 percent year-over-year increase in page views and a median home sale price of $ 252,700.
The Denver region offers a number of diverse neighborhoods with their own unique benefits, said Centennial, Colorado-based veteran mortgage advisor Christian Durland. City Park alone has seen its greatest popularity boom ever over the past four months, showing that new home buyers are taking notice of this gorgeous Colorado community.
Durland added that the City Park West region of the neighborhood falls into the targeted area designation put forth by the IRS for home buyers interested in the Mortgage Credit Certificate Tax Credit Program. The MCC, as it is more commonly known, provides eligible home buyers dollar-for-dollar tax credit that lowers the amount owed in federal taxes.
As long as the home owner keeps the first mortgage and occupies the home as a primary residence, MCC tax credit can continue for years, potentially saving the home owner an average of $ 42,000 over the life of their home loan. In other words, MCC-approved home owners are refunded 20 percent of the interest they pay their lender each year, by the IRS.
So for example, if you pay $ 10,000 in interest during the first year of owning your home, then you will receive $ 2,000 from the federal government that either increases your yearly refund or decreases the amount you end up owing, Durland added.
The MCC Tax Credit Program is a huge incentive that would influence any potential home buyer in the Denver region, and the fact that it is offered in City Park West, an area that is already attracting significant attention, should indicate the massive growth expected in the year ahead.
About Christian Durland:
As a well-established mortgage advisor with extensive knowledge of the intricacies of Colorado mortgage planning, Christian Durlands decade-plus of experience in his field has also allowed him to develop an elaborate network of Denver-area real estate professionals whom he can refer clients to, based on specific mortgaging needs. Operating outside of the conventions of simple real estate transactions, Durland prides himself on his ability to guide borrowers through every step of the home buying process in order to help maximize their savings. Its his success in these endeavors that has won him a reputation for being a trusted figure and foremost authority in the Colorado real estate community. Durland is also a multi-time recipient of the locally coveted 5280 Denvers Magazines Top Mortgage Professionals Award, which is awarded to Denvers most elite mortgage bankers and brokers annually.
AI probability cdf (triangular)
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The probability of having achieved human-level AI before a certain date implied by the answers to the Winter Intelligence conference survey. Respondents gave not only their estimates for when it was 50% chance of human-level AI but also 10% and 90%. Fitting a triangular probability distribution to each answer, the resulting average probability density gives an estimate of the collective belief.
The probability density in the past is due to tails of the component distributions being forced to extend before the present by certain answers.
Google “Adwords Para Todos” Introductorio
Event on 2014-03-26 15:00:00
Seminario Introductorio a Google AdWords de 3 horas, ideal para PYMES y empresarios que comienzan en el mercadeo en Internet y quieren conocer en poco tiempo y de una forma práctica los principales beneficios de las tecnologías de mercadeo y la plataforma de publicidad de Google.
Si quieres empezar desde cero y aprender como promocionar tu negocio en Internet, como si eres un usuario medio/avanzado y quieres sacarle mucho más partido y aprender técnicas de optimización de campañas o posicionamiento web de la mano de profesionales cualificados, este seminario te será de gran ayuda.
Quien asiste a nuestros talleres / Seminarios "Search Engine Optimization" y "Search Engine Marketing" – SEO y SEM
El seminario basico esta dirigido a pequeñas y medianas empresas – PYMES como agencias de publicidad, corporaciones, emprendedores, estudiantes, educadores y publico en general que desee aprender a usar la plataforma de publicidad de Google Adwords.
Gerentes y duenos de PYMES que quieren posicionar su empresa o servicio en Internet y crear un Perfil Interactivo de la Marca, Agencias de Publicidad, Departamentos de Medios Digitales, Emprendedores. Relacionistas Publicos, Blogueros, Educadores a nivel universitario que deseen expadir sus conocimientos.
El seminario es gratuito con espacio de hasta 50 personas.
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at Critical Hub Networks – Edificio El Telegrafo
1314 Avenida Juan Ponce De León
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Photomontage of SR-71 on the port side
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No reconnaissance aircraft in history has operated globally in more hostile airspace or with such complete impunity than the SR-71, the world’s fastest jet-propelled aircraft. The Blackbird’s performance and operational achievements placed it at the pinnacle of aviation technology developments during the Cold War.
This Blackbird accrued about 2,800 hours of flight time during 24 years of active service with the U.S. Air Force. On its last flight, March 6, 1990, Lt. Col. Ed Yielding and Lt. Col. Joseph Vida set a speed record by flying from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., in 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 20 seconds, averaging 3,418 kilometers (2,124 miles) per hour. At the flight’s conclusion, they landed at Washington-Dulles International Airport and turned the airplane over to the Smithsonian.
Transferred from the United States Air Force.
Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Overall: 18ft 5 15/16in. x 55ft 7in. x 107ft 5in., 169998.5lb. (5.638m x 16.942m x 32.741m, 77110.8kg)
Other: 18ft 5 15/16in. x 107ft 5in. x 55ft 7in. (5.638m x 32.741m x 16.942m)
Twin-engine, two-seat, supersonic strategic reconnaissance aircraft; airframe constructed largley of titanium and its alloys; vertical tail fins are constructed of a composite (laminated plastic-type material) to reduce radar cross-section; Pratt and Whitney J58 (JT11D-20B) turbojet engines feature large inlet shock cones.
No reconnaissance aircraft in history has operated in more hostile airspace or with such complete impunity than the SR-71 Blackbird. It is the fastest aircraft propelled by air-breathing engines. The Blackbird’s performance and operational achievements placed it at the pinnacle of aviation technology developments during the Cold War. The airplane was conceived when tensions with communist Eastern Europe reached levels approaching a full-blown crisis in the mid-1950s. U.S. military commanders desperately needed accurate assessments of Soviet worldwide military deployments, particularly near the Iron Curtain. Lockheed Aircraft Corporation’s subsonic U-2 (see NASM collection) reconnaissance aircraft was an able platform but the U. S. Air Force recognized that this relatively slow aircraft was already vulnerable to Soviet interceptors. They also understood that the rapid development of surface-to-air missile systems could put U-2 pilots at grave risk. The danger proved reality when a U-2 was shot down by a surface to air missile over the Soviet Union in 1960.
Lockheed’s first proposal for a new high speed, high altitude, reconnaissance aircraft, to be capable of avoiding interceptors and missiles, centered on a design propelled by liquid hydrogen. This proved to be impracticable because of considerable fuel consumption. Lockheed then reconfigured the design for conventional fuels. This was feasible and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), already flying the Lockheed U-2, issued a production contract for an aircraft designated the A-12. Lockheed’s clandestine ‘Skunk Works’ division (headed by the gifted design engineer Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson) designed the A-12 to cruise at Mach 3.2 and fly well above 18,288 m (60,000 feet). To meet these challenging requirements, Lockheed engineers overcame many daunting technical challenges. Flying more than three times the speed of sound generates 316° C (600° F) temperatures on external aircraft surfaces, which are enough to melt conventional aluminum airframes. The design team chose to make the jet’s external skin of titanium alloy to which shielded the internal aluminum airframe. Two conventional, but very powerful, afterburning turbine engines propelled this remarkable aircraft. These power plants had to operate across a huge speed envelope in flight, from a takeoff speed of 334 kph (207 mph) to more than 3,540 kph (2,200 mph). To prevent supersonic shock waves from moving inside the engine intake causing flameouts, Johnson’s team had to design a complex air intake and bypass system for the engines.
Skunk Works engineers also optimized the A-12 cross-section design to exhibit a low radar profile. Lockheed hoped to achieve this by carefully shaping the airframe to reflect as little transmitted radar energy (radio waves) as possible, and by application of special paint designed to absorb, rather than reflect, those waves. This treatment became one of the first applications of stealth technology, but it never completely met the design goals.
Test pilot Lou Schalk flew the single-seat A-12 on April 24, 1962, after he became airborne accidentally during high-speed taxi trials. The airplane showed great promise but it needed considerable technical refinement before the CIA could fly the first operational sortie on May 31, 1967 – a surveillance flight over North Vietnam. A-12s, flown by CIA pilots, operated as part of the Air Force’s 1129th Special Activities Squadron under the "Oxcart" program. While Lockheed continued to refine the A-12, the U. S. Air Force ordered an interceptor version of the aircraft designated the YF-12A. The Skunk Works, however, proposed a "specific mission" version configured to conduct post-nuclear strike reconnaissance. This system evolved into the USAF’s familiar SR-71.
Lockheed built fifteen A-12s, including a special two-seat trainer version. Two A-12s were modified to carry a special reconnaissance drone, designated D-21. The modified A-12s were redesignated M-21s. These were designed to take off with the D-21 drone, powered by a Marquart ramjet engine mounted on a pylon between the rudders. The M-21 then hauled the drone aloft and launched it at speeds high enough to ignite the drone’s ramjet motor. Lockheed also built three YF-12As but this type never went into production. Two of the YF-12As crashed during testing. Only one survives and is on display at the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio. The aft section of one of the "written off" YF-12As which was later used along with an SR-71A static test airframe to manufacture the sole SR-71C trainer. One SR-71 was lent to NASA and designated YF-12C. Including the SR-71C and two SR-71B pilot trainers, Lockheed constructed thirty-two Blackbirds. The first SR-71 flew on December 22, 1964. Because of extreme operational costs, military strategists decided that the more capable USAF SR-71s should replace the CIA’s A-12s. These were retired in 1968 after only one year of operational missions, mostly over southeast Asia. The Air Force’s 1st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (part of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing) took over the missions, flying the SR-71 beginning in the spring of 1968.
After the Air Force began to operate the SR-71, it acquired the official name Blackbird– for the special black paint that covered the airplane. This paint was formulated to absorb radar signals, to radiate some of the tremendous airframe heat generated by air friction, and to camouflage the aircraft against the dark sky at high altitudes.
Experience gained from the A-12 program convinced the Air Force that flying the SR-71 safely required two crew members, a pilot and a Reconnaissance Systems Officer (RSO). The RSO operated with the wide array of monitoring and defensive systems installed on the airplane. This equipment included a sophisticated Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) system that could jam most acquisition and targeting radar. In addition to an array of advanced, high-resolution cameras, the aircraft could also carry equipment designed to record the strength, frequency, and wavelength of signals emitted by communications and sensor devices such as radar. The SR-71 was designed to fly deep into hostile territory, avoiding interception with its tremendous speed and high altitude. It could operate safely at a maximum speed of Mach 3.3 at an altitude more than sixteen miles, or 25,908 m (85,000 ft), above the earth. The crew had to wear pressure suits similar to those worn by astronauts. These suits were required to protect the crew in the event of sudden cabin pressure loss while at operating altitudes.
To climb and cruise at supersonic speeds, the Blackbird’s Pratt & Whitney J-58 engines were designed to operate continuously in afterburner. While this would appear to dictate high fuel flows, the Blackbird actually achieved its best "gas mileage," in terms of air nautical miles per pound of fuel burned, during the Mach 3+ cruise. A typical Blackbird reconnaissance flight might require several aerial refueling operations from an airborne tanker. Each time the SR-71 refueled, the crew had to descend to the tanker’s altitude, usually about 6,000 m to 9,000 m (20,000 to 30,000 ft), and slow the airplane to subsonic speeds. As velocity decreased, so did frictional heat. This cooling effect caused the aircraft’s skin panels to shrink considerably, and those covering the fuel tanks contracted so much that fuel leaked, forming a distinctive vapor trail as the tanker topped off the Blackbird. As soon as the tanks were filled, the jet’s crew disconnected from the tanker, relit the afterburners, and again climbed to high altitude.
Air Force pilots flew the SR-71 from Kadena AB, Japan, throughout its operational career but other bases hosted Blackbird operations, too. The 9th SRW occasionally deployed from Beale AFB, California, to other locations to carryout operational missions. Cuban missions were flown directly from Beale. The SR-71 did not begin to operate in Europe until 1974, and then only temporarily. In 1982, when the U.S. Air Force based two aircraft at Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall to fly monitoring mission in Eastern Europe.
When the SR-71 became operational, orbiting reconnaissance satellites had already replaced manned aircraft to gather intelligence from sites deep within Soviet territory. Satellites could not cover every geopolitical hotspot so the Blackbird remained a vital tool for global intelligence gathering. On many occasions, pilots and RSOs flying the SR-71 provided information that proved vital in formulating successful U. S. foreign policy. Blackbird crews provided important intelligence about the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and its aftermath, and pre- and post-strike imagery of the 1986 raid conducted by American air forces on Libya. In 1987, Kadena-based SR-71 crews flew a number of missions over the Persian Gulf, revealing Iranian Silkworm missile batteries that threatened commercial shipping and American escort vessels.
As the performance of space-based surveillance systems grew, along with the effectiveness of ground-based air defense networks, the Air Force started to lose enthusiasm for the expensive program and the 9th SRW ceased SR-71 operations in January 1990. Despite protests by military leaders, Congress revived the program in 1995. Continued wrangling over operating budgets, however, soon led to final termination. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration retained two SR-71As and the one SR-71B for high-speed research projects and flew these airplanes until 1999.
On March 6, 1990, the service career of one Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird ended with a record-setting flight. This special airplane bore Air Force serial number 64-17972. Lt. Col. Ed Yeilding and his RSO, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Vida, flew this aircraft from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. in 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 20 seconds, averaging a speed of 3,418 kph (2,124 mph). At the conclusion of the flight, ’972 landed at Dulles International Airport and taxied into the custody of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. At that time, Lt. Col. Vida had logged 1,392.7 hours of flight time in Blackbirds, more than that of any other crewman.
This particular SR-71 was also flown by Tom Alison, a former National Air and Space Museum’s Chief of Collections Management. Flying with Detachment 1 at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Alison logged more than a dozen ’972 operational sorties. The aircraft spent twenty-four years in active Air Force service and accrued a total of 2,801.1 hours of flight time.
Weight: 170,000 Lbs
Reference and Further Reading:
Crickmore, Paul F. Lockheed SR-71: The Secret Missions Exposed. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 1996.
Francillon, Rene J. Lockheed Aircraft Since 1913. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1987.
Johnson, Clarence L. Kelly: More Than My Share of It All. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985.
Miller, Jay. Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works. Leicester, U.K.: Midland Counties Publishing Ltd., 1995.
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird curatorial file, Aeronautics Division, National Air and Space Museum.
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