The Svarlbard Global Seed Vault has added 100,000 new seeds to its stores. It had received four deliveries of seeds from 100 countries, thereby adding to a collection of 800,000 seeds.
The Svarlbard Global Seed Vault was established in 2008. Svarlbard itself is a Norwegian island group in the Arctic Ocean between the North Pole and continental Norway. Dave and Brit Morin have read that the vault was cut into rock and the seeds in it are refrigerated to keep them from rotting. On paper, the vault can hold 2.5 billion seeds. It is managed by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which uses the vault to collect seeds used in agriculture and inventory them. The vault’s main purpose is to prevent the extinction of species that could be harmed by climate change. It is also a back-up for similar and smaller seed banks scattered around the world.
The newly collected and stored seeds come from a multitude of plants including several types of barley, corn, chickpea, groundnut and wheat. The shipment also included seeds from vegetables native to Africa including amaranth, okra and jute mallow.
Jared Haftel received his undergraduate degree at Duke University, and he is enrolled in the MBA program at Stanford University. Jared has always been interested in math and finance, and that is why he took a job with Bank of America shortly after graduating from Duke. He has been working at Bank of America while pursuing his Master’s Degree, and he is planning on changing the way that people handle their money.
The goals that Jared has for his career reach far beyond what most people would do behind the desk at a bank. Jared wants to change the ways in which people manage their money. Jared knows that most people do not have all the information they need to take care of their money, and he has plans to help people get all that information when they need it the most.
Jared wants to work in the world of mobile apps so that he can reach people who may be in the most need. These mobile apps are going to be places where people can search for information they need without going into a bank or making a phone call. Many people are intimidated by a trip into the bank, and they do not want to sit across from a bank manager and learn all that they do not know about finances.
Jared’s mobile apps are meant to give people the information they need in plain English. The majority of people that use these apps will be able to enter their personal information to get customized responses. This also means that people can ask for differing advice based on their personal situation. Some people will find that they can make better decisions when they are reading the responses on the app, and they will never have to worry about the fear of going into the bank personally.
Jared’s goals are noble, and he hopes to help change the way banks interact with customers. He knows some people are not reached yet, and he knows that these apps can help bring them into the fold.
Christopher Cowdray has been the chief executive officer of the Dorchester Collection since 2007. This company currently manages luxury hotels across Europe and the United States. After graduating from the Columbia Business School in New York City, he managed individual hotels on five continents at various points in his career. This enabled him to bring hotel management experience from around the globe to his current position as CEO of The Dorchester Collection. Mr. Cowdray started with this company by managing The Dorchester Hotel located in London, which is one of the world-wide luxury hotels run by this business.
The Hotels his company manages cater to the elite world traveler. They may be the finest collection of hotels in the world. His 30 years of service in this industry have provided Mr. Cowdray with an unmatchable resume in the field of managing such businesses. It is no coincidence that the hotels his company runs are considered five-star establishments. They are sought after by the elite from around the world when they seek out the most prestigious place to stay in a popular destination city. Mr. Cowdray was recognized for his superb management of this company by winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Hospitality Awards in 2013.
Christopher Cowdray has come a long way from his birthplace of Zimbabwe. Earning a degree in hotel management in his home country followed by completing the Executive Program at Columbia Business School gave him the knowledge and training to enable him to rise in the hotel industry. The company started with five luxury hotels and currently has ten. Mr. Cowdray plans to continue to expand The Dorchester Collections brand as well as its collection of hotels. With some of the finest hotels in Europe and the United States, he also plans to carry the company’s brand and impeccable reputation to key destination cities in the Middle East and Asia. This will be in addition to keeping an eye on future expansion opportunities in the two continents already being served. He plans this to be a slow and deliberate expansion only into cities that can support the infrastructure, services and destinations expected of elite clientele. With Christopher Cowdray at the helm, the Dorchester collection should have smooth sailing through the next decade.
Recently, media reports surfaced concerning a proposal to create the largest ski resort in North America in the Wasatch Mountains outside Salt Lake City, Utah. These discussions occur at a time when two resorts in the area owned by Vail Resorts have already announced plans to link their ski trails through the construction of a new ski lift.
The New York Times reported late last week that at least seven ski resorts on the outskirts of Salt Lake City hope to combine their services to offer the largest single ski resort in North America. Currently, Canada’s Whistler-Blackcomb Resort holds that honor. Several of the ski slopes in Utah border one another at various locations, so the effort to develop a single, unified system of ski lifts and ski trails might not involve extensive property acquisitions. Some experts estimate the total cost at around $30 million.
If it comes into existence, “OneWasatch” would likely attract attention from people taking annual ski vacations, like Christopher Cowdray. The new resort would be roughly double the size of the Canadian resort.
A little over a year ago, Skout launched the Skout Travel app. The app is geared towards the tech savvy and social media connected Millennial. Yesterday, the news release was reported at PR Newswire. According to Skout’s CEO, Christian Wiklund, the app is to not only help exclusively for the traveler but also to help people connect in different cities and countries. And apparently, the app has been eagerly accepted. In the last 15 months, the app has been used more than 10 million times.
The app has helped millions of people fulfill their desire for travel and adventure. A recent study found women are the more likely to virtually travel. Within the United States, people tend to gravitate to the coastal cities. Internationally, the number one destination is Hong Kong. Skout Travel allows the traveler at heart to choose a destination, anywhere in the world, and they can instantly be connected. Without leaving the comfort of your home, you can get to know new people in new cities. Your friends can now be your virtual tour guides to their native land. Or you can start planning the real trip, with the new friends you have found through Skout Travel.
This opens so many possibilities. The tech savvy individual can make connections in areas of the world they have always dreamed out. It has become a social network with a travel twist. Because of the great success of the app, Scout wants to celebrate. Normally they charge per trip. But through Jan 17,2015, they will be dropping their 25 cent travel fee. This gives the travel skeptic the ability to test the app. They can fulfill their travel dreams and see if the app is worth the hype.
In Japan, there is an indoor farm that is the world’s largest and is far more efficient than its outdoor counterpart. The indoor farm resulted from Japan’s need for immediate food produce from a tragedy that hit them causing their food storage to be greatly affected. The building where the indoor farm is located is an abandoned building because of the earthquake. The building has been renovated into a very efficient indoor farm.
The area of the building is 25,000 square feet. It can produce as much as 10,000 heads of lettuce each day. It uses less power, produces less food waste, and requires very little water compared to the outdoor fields.
The production is accelerated by setting the right conditions inside the building and shortening the hours of day and night. The plants react positively to these conditions, allowing them to grow at a faster rate.
The final destination for the project is full-automation. The head of the project expresses his ideas of making indoor farming as a reliable source of food produce. He thinks that any plant can be produce inside a roof but what is more practical to explore are the crops that grow fast so that they can be delivered and distributed to the markets immediately. Flavio Maluf would like to see more countries try this type of farming and has gone on record of stating this on his LinkedIn.com page.
The factory does not only produce lettuces and green vegetables, it also has the ability to produce medicinal plants and herbs.