Experts Connection Webinar Introduces Executives to the Power of LinkedIn as a Business Resource

Social Media Expert Jim Durbin Offers LinkedIn Basics to Show Professionals How to Use LinkedIn to Achieve their Career and Business Goals.

NOVATO, Calif. (April 12, 2012) -- LinkedIn is now the world’s largest social business network with more than 150 million members in 200 countries. LinkedIn also is the first stop for professionals seeking experts, partners, a new career, or any kind of business intelligence. In the April session of Experts Connection (, headhunter and social media expert Jim Durbin will host “LinkedIn for Executives: The Basics” to show professionals how to prepare to make the most of their participation on LinkedIn. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET, (1:00 - 2:30 p.m. PT), and is sponsored by NETSHARE® (

Most users consider LinkedIn as their online rolodex or strictly for job search, but the size and diversity of LinkedIn now offers valuable intelligence to the savvy professional. LinkedIn can help you research potential employers, your competition, or merger and acquisition candidates. It also can be useful in finding consultants or industry experts with free advice, and it’s ideal for sales professionals looking to penetrate new markets.

No matter what your professional goal, LinkedIn can be an invaluable tool, if you know how to use it. In this Experts Connection webinar designed for all executives, Jim will explain how get started with a LinkedIn profile optimized to achieve your goals, and how to effectively use LinkedIn to change the way you network.

During this 90-minute webinar, Jim will explain:

- How to create a professional profile that promotes a positive personal brand;
- Whom to add to your network and whom to keep out;
- The three biggest mistakes your colleagues are making on LinkedIn;
- How to use LinkedIn’s search tools to achieve your goals, including your next career move;
- How to research competitors for better business intelligence; and
- How to communicate effectively through the LinkedIn network.

LinkedIn has evolved from a job search network to a powerhouse for sales and business development, and those professionals who aren't part of LinkedIn are at risk of losing their competitive edge,” said Katherine Simmons, CEO of NETSHARE and host of the Experts Connection webinars. “Jim has made a close study of LinkedIn and knows how to cultivate connections and turn them into real business assets. This webinar offers a great opportunity to learn how to harness the most powerful social business resource on the planet.”

The Experts Connection teleseminar series gives executives access to leading career experts. The cost of the seminar is $60, $50 for NETSHARE members, and access is provided via web and telephone. For more information, visit the Experts Connection online at

About James Durbin:
Jim Durbin is a retained search headhunter and trainer specializing in social media. As a blogger and business owner, Jim is an expert and frequent speaker on such topics as online employment, recruiting blogs, and using social media in the hiring process. His prior experience includes account management for a national staffing firm where he was a top performer. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and lives in Dallas.

NETSHARE ( is a confidential, membership based organization dedicated to providing executives across all disciplines and industries with quality $100K plus job lists. NETSHARE also offers networking opportunities and a community of peers for the exchange of strategic information related to job search, professional development and best practices. NETSHARE has been recognized by Fortune and Forbes magazines as the best online destination for executive positions.

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Biotage unveils Isolera Spektra with full PDA Spectral Scanning

Biotage, a leading global supplier of solutions and technology for analytical and medicinal chemistry, introduced Isolera™ Spektra.

Uppsala, Sweden, April 12, 2012 -- Biotage® (STO: BIOT), a leading global supplier of solutions and technology for analytical and medicinal chemistry, introduced Isolera™ Spektra. The new Isolera™ Spektra expands the scope of application of Biotage’s market-leading Flash Chromatography product line by increasing efficiency with significant solvent and time saving capabilities as well as enabling purity assessment technology.

The new full PDA spectral scanning capability with ?-All detection and baseline correction generates real-time PDA spectral data for eluting compounds. This provides compound detection at any wavelength, enabling chemists to see how pure their eluting compounds are in both real-time and post-purification. Post-purification spectral analysis can also be conducted in both two dimensional and three dimensional displays for improved visibility of impurities and eliminating the need for post-flash TLC purity testing.

The new proprietary TLC-to-Step gradient feature (patent-pending) instantly converts TLC separation data into an efficient step gradient and suggests a sample load for up to six compounds. Chemists can target one or more compounds for isolation, dramatically reducing solvent requirements and purification time compared to linear gradients. Used in conjunction with Biotage® SNAP Ultra cartridges with their 2-3X loading capacity and flow rate advantage, researchers can routinely achieve total processing times and ultra-low solvent consumption volumes which previously were not possible with other flash instruments.

Isolera™ Spektra is a revolutionary enhancement in flash purification. It transforms 1-dimensional flash purification into 3D purification systems that can target a specific compound for isolation and characterize collected fractions for purity and spectral properties” says Bob Bickler, Senior Product Manager, Biotage®. “This technology can have a huge positive impact on the amount of time that researchers need to invest in compound purification as well as the solvents they consume. These system improvements combined with high efficiency columns will quickly pay for themselves in any lab”.

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William Gheen Launches News and Opinion Website Called The Gheen Report

William Gheen is launching a new website this week called "The Gheen Report" found on the web at

Raleigh, NC, USA (April 12, 2012) -- William Gheen, notorious illegal immigration fighter and President of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, is launching a new website this week called "The Gheen Report" found on the web at

The new site will offer a daily collection of news articles, blogs, videos, opinion, and commentary about important issues such as politics, finance, race relations, mass media, illegal immigration, and everyone's favorite dictator, Barack Obama.

Patterned after the very famous and valued conservative website DrudgeReport, the Gheen Report will offer more news selections that represent the unique news picks that William Gheen encounters on a daily basis while managing numerous websites and information from across America.

"I read more news than 99% of Americans each day, and the Gheen Report website is my way of sharing things I find that others might be very interested in," said William Gheen. "It is my hope that will offer readers a one stop location where they can quickly catch up on what they need to know each day."

The site has been tested and released, and has been updated with 5 to 15 new posts per day. Many of the hot topics on the site deal with the Trayvon Martin case, under reported cases of black on white crimes, illegal immigration, Barack Obama's scandals, civil rights, privacy issues, domestic spying, government corruption, and much more.

William Gheen is requesting that others consider placing links on their websites into and to spread the word about the new site via social media and email recommendations.

Activists, organizations, and fellow news aficionados can also use the website to submit news, blogs, videos, and reports that they would like to see published on the Gheen Report.

"I hope to offer a new website that can quickly inform Americans about what is really going on in our country and offer a place where others can share important news they find on the web," said William Gheen.

William Gheen is a past campaign consultant and issue lobbyist who is known nationally for his role as President of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC. He appears often on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and CBS, and is quoted in major publications across America, such as the New York and LA Times. William Gheen is considered one of the top sources for information and commentary about immigration issues in America.

For more information, or to see the latest news you need to know, please visit

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FRA says Bamboo Prices could Rise

FRA says it is “excited” by the prospects of bamboo being hailed as the new super material, which can be used for everything from housebuilding to garment manufacture.

Seattle, United States, April 12, 2012 -- Forestry Research Analysis (FRA) says it is “excited” by the prospects of bamboo being hailed as the new super material, which can be used for everything from housebuilding to garment manufacture.

The research and analysis consultancy, which specialises in the forestry investment sector, claims that bamboo’s uses could make prices rise hugely over coming years, making it a good prospect for alternative investors.

As the demand for raw materials increases in countries like China and India, the price of bamboo, which has so many uses and is a fast growing species, is bound to rise significantly.” FRA claims that bamboo, like other forestry stocks, absorbs carbon from the atmosphere, which means that when grown sustainable, it can offer one of the most cost effective ways of limiting climate change. All this while also producing a material that has so many purposes.

FRA’s analysis partner, Peter Collins, added, “We believe that bamboo, along with teak, eucalyptus, and other fast-growing durable forestry species, offers a wonderful opportunity or environmentally conscious investors.

Prices of these asset classes are expected to grow over the coming years, as emerging economies continue to expand and demand more and more raw materials for construction and infrastructure projects.”

FRA supports investment in sustainable forestry projects, and bamboo, although not strictly a timber product, comes under the same banner. In fact, bamboo is being touted as the ‘timber of the 21st century’.

"As with projects like the plantations run by Greenwood Management and other companies in developing countries, the growing of bamboo in a sustainable way has the potential to help people living in these countries to establish a living and safeguard it for the next generation, providing proper forestry management techniques are used,” added Collins.

About Forestry Research Associates

Forestry Research Associates is a research and advisory consultancy that focuses on forestry management, sustainability issues and forestry investment around the globe.

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Forestry Research Associates
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Local Middle Schoolers Power Radio Station with Wind Energy by FPL Grant

"FPL began our teacher grant program to provide funds for creative, exciting classroom projects that spark curiosity and give our children exposure to real-world applications of the science behind everyday energy use," said Maureen Wilt of FPL.

Juno Beach, FL (April 12, 2012) -- Stroll onto the campus of the David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center School in North Miami, and one of the first things you'll see is a waterfall powered by solar panels. Round a corner, and you'll stumble upon a working wind turbine. A few steps further, a team of pre-teens is constructing a radio transmission tower under the direction of teacher Laurie Futterman.

This month, Ms. Futterman won her second grant from Florida Power & Light Company to implement student projects exploring renewable energy. The solar waterfall was the result of her first grant, and took about a year to complete. For her next project, she dreamed even bigger.

This year’s FPL grant will help Ms. Futterman and the school’s “Green Team” apply a wind turbine they built to provide power to a radio tower, which will broadcast student announcements of school events and programs to parents’ car radios as they pick up or drop off their children.

The Green Team started out as an afterschool environmental police force who audited classrooms for wasted energy. Thanks to the grants, the group has evolved into a green engineering club, taking on projects like building the solar powered waterfall, wind turbine, and now radio transmission tower.

In preparation for the project, Ms. Futterman had her students read “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” the story of a boy in Malawi who used tree limbs, a bike tire, and old junk parts to build a wind turbine that powered lights in his family’s house.

The Green Team’s project is just as hands-on. In constructing the wind turbine, the students prepped, primed, and riveted parts and hand-coiled copper wire. They're nearly ready to run a wire underground to the radio tower and up the PVC pipes that form the legs of the tower, and mount the antenna. Next up: the students will work on the radio station and announcements.

There’s only so much a teacher can do in the classroom, and we're grateful to have the grants for an invaluable opportunity to actually put green energy into motion,” said Ms. Futterman. “I see our students truly inspired and energized by their mission. They work after school every Monday until about five o'clock - they even worked through their winter vacation!”

The radio tower project was made possible with a $1,600 grant from FPL to spur innovative and critical science, technology, engineering, and math education in the classroom. While so-called “STEM” education is seen as the key to job growth and global competitiveness, public funds to support it are scarce.

There’s no doubt that STEM classes are one of the most important components in today’s education,” said Maureen Wilt of FPL. “That’s why FPL began our teacher grant program – to provide funds for creative, exciting classroom projects that spark curiosity and give our children exposure to real-world applications of the science behind everyday energy use. This is the third year of FPL’s grant program and so far, we've been able to support 84 amazing classroom projects across Florida. We can't wait to see what our state’s teachers come up with next year.”

You can keep track of the Green Team’s progress on Facebook with videos, pictures, and status updates from “Ms. Futterman’s Science Page.” Or, learn more about FPL’s education initiatives at

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Florida Power & Light Company
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Juno Beach, FL 33408