VoIP penetrates emergency calling infrastructure

Saturday, April 23, 2005 

Leading VoIP provider Vonage negotiated access to the Qwest Communications emergency calling infrastructure, allowing Vonage customers in 14 states the ability to connect directly to emergency dispatchers by dialing 911.

With the exception of Rhode Island, VoIP’s 911 callers were delivered to the administrative offices of a public-safety answering point, instead of connecting directly to a standard 911 dispatcher. The resulting time delay was a consequence of the phone provider’s refusal to give VoIP providers access to the 911 infrastructure. Vonage Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Citron in a recent letter to Qwest Chairman and CEO Richard Notebaert, wrote “I applaud you [Qwest] for your willingness to put the health and safety of Americans before short-term competitive considerations.”

“With the access that Qwest has agreed to provide, Vonage will be able to route emergency service calls placed by its customers directly to public-safety operators, which will help save lives and safeguard property” Citron said.

Verizon agreed to begin a trial in New York City soon, and BellSouth also started “making some movement” on the issue, according to Vonage.

Vonage claims “that SBC has agreed to begin discussions on working cooperatively to improve 911 offerings available to customers using VoIP.” Vonage attorney William Wilhelm, in a letter to the FCC, “noted its concern that SBC has already provided 911 interconnection access to its unregulated VoIP affiliate.”

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Does gaining a smarter president just mean that we’ll be waging war on smarter enemies? Can someone please install the red light bulb? Shane.Bell (talk) 07:28, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

Subject Peace and Prosperity Dear President Barrack Obama The Great Leader of the World

I Agha Dilbar have sent Mr. President 100 registered research Letters (1000 new ideas to develop America and to Change the World for Peace and Prosperity) through Embassy of USA Islamabad till today and also direct sent these registered Letters to Whitehouse Washington DC 20500.These letters have been written on the guidelines of CHANGE WE NEED. And these letters are about the Common Men Problems of respected American Peoples and their Solutions. To end, Economic Recession, Unemployment and to Finish War, all round the World for Peace and Prosperity. In these letters I have sent one thousand new scientific Planning /Suggestions, about every walk of life for Peace through Friendship Progress and Prosperity all over the World.

Dear Barrack Obama, the Great Leader of the World, my Friend, my Brother, Provide

Dear President Barrack Obama considers, from 9/11 till today, America has conducted many war operations in connection with War on Terror, resulting the circle of war has spread hundred times. Millions innocent persons have died. Many

I Agha Dilbar have a new War Strategy to achieve success through Table Talk between Talban, Pakistan and American Govts. 90% of Talban that are fighting against Pak Army belong from Swat and Tribal Areas of NWFP. I can provide America all realistic facts in such manner that their implementation could convert these Talban into Patriotic Citizens of Pakistan. In this War Strategy Pakistan Gov will never send his Heavy Artillery, Tanks, Cannons and Air craft in war. In this way 5-million persons will never Displaced. In the end Talban by their will handover, their Weapons to Pakistan Gov, they will come to Table Talk and Suicide Bombing will come to an end in Pakistan. Through this War Strategy Pakistani and American Govts can save expenses on war. Through this planning American and Pakistani Govts can utilize their saving on war budgets for development of Schools, Hospitals, Colonies, Markets, Roads, Bridges, Dams, Canals and Industries of Swat and Tribal Areas of NWFP that are war affected. On account of present war strategy, Billion Dollars are being wasted yearly. This war can cause Fall of America instead of continuation of war, my best suggestion for America must keep his Supper Power on the World and should conquer the World instead of war, but by his No-1 scientific technology spending on agricular, trade, education, scientific development and tourisim,all round the World. Making an end to Economic Crisis in America.

A new Global Package is being offered for your kind honour.America will have to make complete and final announcement that in future all Multinational American Companies to get free land on 20-years lease and will set up under the BOOT agreement (in undeveloped and poor countries) factories, mills five star hotels, schools, colleges, universties, hospitals, air companies, shipping companies, latest railway, bus transport and steel mills. All these companies will be bound to handover without any cost to to underdeloped and poor countries well as their machinery and transport after 20-yaars. A new suggestion in connection with Global Peace is offered that in return of export American Agriculture and Industrial Products, will give his 50% prophet to the exporting countries and utilize as Aid on the development of agriculture, industry, trade, education and tourisim.This suggestion, macking an end to American Economic Crisis and get full support to enhance his Foreign Public Relations. May it be so?

To make successful American Foreign Policy on Global Level the following planning is put before:

a) America will have to provide free scholar ships at least to ten top master students (in each country) of medical and science in underdeveloped and poor countries of the world. b) Highly educated and well trained one hundred cultural groups (each group contains 100 persons) will have to arrange one hundred cultural shows for three months in big cities of underdeveloped and poor countries. c) America will have to arrange exhibitions through his Embassies for his latest products, in the underdeveloped and poor countries .All these mentioned above industrial exhibitions will be arranged continuously for two months. In the above mentioned exhibitions present products will be sold except export order booking. In mentioned above exhibitions, American Cultural Programmed show will have to arrange and American Traditional Dishes will be kept for sale. In these exhibitions American Tourism Stalls will also be set of. A new revolutionary planning is being submitted for facing unemployment and economic crisis in USA. The federal gov of USA must bring its action for increasing agriculture production and eradication of dearness, following project. 1) The gov will announce positively the relief on incometex, 25% reduction on. Rates of electricity and petrol. 2) In USA latest industrial zones should be established for national and foreign investors. In such zones industrial plots developed in ranging 10-kanals to 100-kanals. 3) Latest agriculture forms and fruit forms should be established in USA. 4) Latest poultry forms and animal forms should be established in USA. 5) Feed mills should be established in USA. 6) In USA latest sugar mills, textile mills and paper mills will be set up. 7) In USA latest shoes, tires and tubes factories should be established. 8) Latest industries for manufacturing cars truck loaders tractors will be established. 9) Latest industries for manufacturing for production of fertilizer and insecticide in USA. 10) Latest medicine laboratories must be established in USA. 11) Steel mills equipped with latest scientific technology must be set up. 12) Latest computer industry must be established. 13) Latest mobile industry must be established in USA. 14) Latest multipurpose engine industry should be established in USA. 15) Latest furniture industries should be established in USA. 16) Latest electronic and sanitary industries should be established in USA. 17) Latest super stores should be established in USA and in such super stores all articles, small and large scale must be sold on the prophet of 10% only. I Agha Dilbar have sent Ten Million research Peace Letters to International Community from 9/11 incident till today. This letter is my Great Peace Mission plan which is continued. Present Global Economic Crisis is the result of War on Terror. This Crisis if further accelerates could initiate a 111-World War. Please hear my Voice of Truth; I can save the World, for my Great Peace Mission, with the help of President Barrack Obama, Peace and Prosperity.

Mr. Barracka Obama you are not only the Leader of America, you are Great Leader of the World. In this connection I am waiting for your Email response, dated 2.10.2009. Please Confirm. Thank you, God blesses you and God bless America.

Agha Dilbar (founder) International Revolution Movement 64-neelum block ait Lahore (Pakistan) Phone 0092427830084 Cell 03224628349 Email aghadilbar4@gmail.com This Open Letter has been sent One Lak (100000) to International Community for the welfare of Humanity till today. I Agha Dilbar authorize Newspapers, Magazines, Internet, to Publish and Radio, T.V. Channels to broadcast this letter all round the World —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:18, 9 October 2009 (UTC)

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The domain of IT education is vast and so are the offerings of this sector. However, an executive MBA stands out as one of the most important degrees especially for professionals of the IT sector who are yearning to capitalize on an opportunity to accelerate the growth rate of their career progression graph. However, when it comes to choosing executive MBA programs, one needs to invest time and effort to get into the right place. After all, there are very few IT B schools like the much applauded Symbiosis Center for Information & Technology that are offering executive MBA programs in IT. Using a holistic training module, the executive MBA in Pune conducted by SCIT is easily the most reliable options in its category. In line with the Symbiosis Institutes legacy, SCIT uses a balance of academics and extra-curricular activities to ensure that the students are exposed to an impactful learning environment.

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Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company, the largest retail bookseller in the United States, and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products in the country. The company operates 661 retail stores (as of May 3, 2014) in all 50 U.S. states in addition to 700 college bookstores that serve more than 5 million students and faculty members across the country.[4] Barnes & Noble also operates BN.com.

Barnes & Noble operates mainly through its Barnes & Noble Booksellers chain of bookstores and the company’s headquarters are at 122 Fifth Avenue in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District in Manhattan in New York City.[5] Barnes & Noble College Booksellers is headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ.

After a series of mergers and bankruptcies in the American bookstore industry since the 1990s, Barnes & Noble stands as America’s last remaining national bookstore chain.[6][7] Previously, Barnes & Noble operated the chain of small B. Dalton Booksellers stores in malls until they announced the liquidation of the chain. The company is known for large retail outlets, many of which contain a café serving Starbucks Coffee. Most stores sell books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, graphic novels, gifts, games, music, and Nook eReaders and tablets. Video games and related items were sold in the company’s GameStop retail outlets until October 2004, when the division was spun off into an independent company.

Barnes & Noble originated in 1886 with a bookstore called Arthur Hinds & Company, located in the Cooper Union Building in New York City.[8][9] In the fall of 1886, Gilbert Clifford Noble, a then-recent Harvard graduate from Westfield, Massachusetts, was hired to work there as a clerk.[10] In 1894 Noble was made a partner, and the name of the shop was changed to Hinds & Noble.[11] In 1901 Hinds & Noble moved to 31-35 W. 15th Street.[12]

In 1917, Noble bought out Hinds and entered into a partnership with William Barnes, son of his old friend Charles; the name of the store was changed accordingly to Barnes & Noble.[13][14] Charles Barnes had opened a book-printing business in Wheaton, Illinois in 1873; William Barnes divested himself of his ownership interest in his father’s firm just before his partnership with Noble and it would go on to become Follett Corporation. Although the flagship store once featured the motto “founded in 1873,” the C.M. Barnes-Wilcox Company never had any connection to Barnes & Noble other than the fact that both were partly owned (at different times) by William Barnes.

In 1930, Noble sold his share of the company to William Barnes’ son John Wilcox Barnes.[15][16] Noble died on June 6, 1936, at the age of 72.[17] In the long history of the bookstore, the namesake partnership was a brief interlude of thirteen years.

In 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, the bookstore was moved to a flagship location on 18th Street and Fifth Avenue,[18] which served as such until it closed in 2014. The Noble family retained ownership of an associated publishing business and Barnes & Noble opened a new publishing division in 1931.[16] In 1940, the store was one of the first businesses to feature Muzak; it underwent a major renovation the following year.[19] That decade the company opened stores in Brooklyn and Chicago.[20] William Barnes died in 1945 at the age of 78 and his son John Wilcox Barnes assumed full control.[20] The company underwent a significant expansion in the 1950s and 1960s, opening an additional retail store on Twenty-third Street in Manhattan and shops near the City University of New York, Harvard and other Northeast college campuses.[21]

The business was purchased in 1971 by Leonard Riggio for $1.2 million.[21] By then it had been badly mismanaged over the prior two years and consisted only of “a significantly reduced wholesale operation and a single retail location—the store at 105 Fifth Avenue.”[21] In 1974, Barnes & Noble became the first bookstore to advertise on television and a year later, the company became the first bookseller in America to discount books, by selling The New York Times best-selling titles at 40% off the publishers’ list price.[22] During the 1970s and 1980s, Barnes & Noble opened smaller discount stores, which were eventually phased out in favor of larger stores. They also began to publish their own books to be sold to mail-order customers. These titles were primarily affordable reissues of out-of-print titles and selling them through mail-order catalogs allowed Barnes & Noble to reach new customers nationwide.[22]

In November 1974, in response to a question from a member of the studio audience, the British twin brothers Norris McWhirter and Ross McWhirter, who were editors of the British-produced Guinness Book of Records, claimed on the BBC One television programme Record Breakers that the Fifth Avenue store of Barnes and Noble had overtaken that of London’s Foyles bookshop to become the world’s biggest bookstore.[23]

Barnes & Noble continued to expand throughout the 1980s and in 1987 purchased the primarily shopping mall-based B. Dalton chain from Dayton Hudson. The last B. Dalton stores were slated to close in January 2010.[24] In 1989 Barnes and Noble had purchased the 22-store chain Bookstop. Solveig Robinson, author of The Book in Society: An Introduction to Print Culture, wrote that the purchase “gave [Barnes and Nobile] the necessary know-how and infrastructure to create what, in 1992, became the definitive bookselling superstore.”[25] The acquisition of 797 bookstores turned the company into a nationwide retailer and as of the end of fiscal year 1999, the second-largest online bookseller in the United States.[24] B&N’s critics claim that it has contributed to the decline of local and independent booksellers.[26]

Before Barnes & Noble created its web site, it sold books directly to customers through mail-order catalogs. It first began selling books online in the late 1980s, in an early generation venue called Trintex, a joint venture between Sears and IBM, but the company’s website was not launched until May 1997.[27] According to the site, it now carries over 2 million titles.[28]

In 2002, Leonard Riggio’s brother Stephen Riggio was named CEO, a position he held until 2010.[29] The Barnes & Noble Review, an online literary site, was launched in October 2007. It featured book reviews, columns, and interview from critics and authors such as Michael Dirda, John Freeman, A.C. Grayling, Ezra Klein, Paul LaFarge, Mark Sarvas, Dava Sobel, Neal Stephenson, Stephen King, and Greil Marcus.[30] Music critic Robert Christgau has also written essays for the site.[31]

In March 2010, William Lynch, formerly the president of the company’s website, was appointed CEO. He is credited with helping launch the company’s electronic book store and overseeing the introduction of its electronic book reader, the Nook. Many observers saw his appointment as underscoring the importance of digital books to Barnes & Noble’s future. Steve Riggio stayed on as vice chairman.[32]

After the bankruptcy and closure of its chief competitor, Borders Group, in 2011,[33] Barnes & Noble became the last remaining national bookstore chain in America.[6][7] This followed a series of mergers and bankruptcies in the American bookstore industry since the 1990s, which also saw the demise of Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble’s own subsidiary B. Dalton and Crown Books, among others. Barnes & Noble’s largest physical bookstore rival is now Books-A-Million, which does not operate in the Western US. Barnes & Noble also faces competition from general retailers, especially from Amazon.com, and from regional and independent booksellers.

On July 8, 2013, the company announced the resignation of William Lynch as Barnes & Noble CEO and board member, effective immediately. No immediate replacement was named.[34]

On January 8, 2014 it was announced that Michael P. Huseby would become the new CEO of Barnes and Noble. Huseby had joined Barnes & Noble as Chief Financial Officer in March, 2012, and led the Company’s financial organization until his appointment as President in July, 2013. Prior to joining Barnes & Noble, he worked in the media communications industry, most recently having served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation.[35]

On June 25, 2014 it was announced that Barnes & Noble will spin off the Nook Media division into an independent publicly traded company.[36]

Barnes & Noble publishes some of the books it sells, inexpensively reprinting non-copyrighted titles or acquiring the U.S. or English language rights from another publisher. In addition, Barnes & Noble commissions reprint anthologies and omnibus editions using in-house editors.[citation needed]

Barnes & Noble began to publish books during the 1980s,[citation needed] when they started reissuing out-of-print titles. One of these titles, The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense by Suzette Haden Elgin, has sold over 250,000 copies.[27] The reissued edition of The Columbia History of the World by John Garrity, for example has sold over 1 million copies.[27]

Since then, the company has expanded its publishing operation. This expansion was aided by the company’s acquisition of SparkNotes, an educational website and publishing company. Further expansions of the company’s publishing business include the purchase of how-to publisher Sterling Publishing in 2003.[27]

From around 1992 through early 2003, Barnes & Noble released a series of literary classics for adults and children under the imprint Barnes & Noble Classics. Originally available only in hardcover, most titles came in a black or cream-colored dustjacket edition. In 2003, Barnes & Noble revamped and expanded its line of literature classics, releasing books in hardcover, trade paperback and mass-market editions.[citation needed]

In addition, Barnes & Noble has a second paperback series called the Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading.[37]

The first store to feature a café serving Starbucks beverages was in Springfield, New Jersey in 1993. Since then, most stores have been amended or constructed specifically to feature a cafe serving Starbucks beverages, Harney & Sons or Tazo Tea, FIJI Bottled Water, bakery goods from The Cheesecake Factory, candy from Godiva Chocolatiers, sandwiches and other specialty products. Although the cafés are owned and operated by Barnes & Noble, servers follow Starbucks’ standards in beverage preparation.[citation needed] The Barnes & Noble membership card is accepted to receive a discount on any café related goods.[38]

In 2004, Barnes & Noble began offering Wi-Fi in the café area of selected stores, using SBC FreedomLink (now the AT&T Wi-Fi network). All stores currently offer Wi-Fi, an effort which was completed in 2006. As of July 27, 2009, Wi-Fi is offered for free to all customers.[39]

Barnes & Noble hires community relations managers to engage in community outreach. These managers’ responsibilities include organizing in-store events, such as author appearances, children’s storytimes and book groups. Community relations managers also work closely with local schools and groups to promote literacy and the arts. For example, Barnes & Noble sponsors a children’s summer reading program that promotes literacy and puts over 2 million books into the hands of the children each year.[40] Barnes & Noble also hosts bookfairs, which raise funds for schools and libraries and an annual holiday book drive to collect books for disadvantaged children. 1.16 million books were collected and distributed in 2007.[41] To promote nationwide literacy among 1st to 6th graders and encourage more reading during the summer, Barnes & Noble has implemented a summer challenge: if children read 8 books and write about their reading, Barnes & Noble will give the readers a free book.[42]

Barnes & Noble Nook is a suite of electronic book readers developed by the company,[43] based on the Android platform. The first device was announced in the United States on October 20, 2009 and was released November 30, 2009, for $259.[44] On June 21, 2010 Barnes & Noble reduced the Nook’s price to $199, as well as launched a new Wi-Fi-only model, for $149 and released a Nook colored touch screen for $249.[45]

The Nook competes with the Amazon Kindle, Kobo eReader, Sony Reader, and color devices used sometimes as readers like Apple’s iBooks for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and other e-readers. Various Nook models feature a 6-inch or 7-inch touchscreen.[46] Version 1.3 of the Nook introduced Wi-Fi connectivity, a web browser, a dictionary, chess and sudoku games and a separate, smaller color touchscreen that serves as the primary input device. The Nook also features a Read in Store capability that allows visitors to stream and read any book for up to one hour while shopping in a Barnes & Noble Store. According to a June 2010 CNet article, the company plans to expand this feature to include periodicals in the near future.[47] The color version of the Nook introduced a 7-inch color touchscreen and the ability to view at a portrait or landscape orientation.[48]

On April 30, 2012, Microsoft invested $300 million for a 17.6% stake in Nook, which valued the business at about $1.7 billion.[49]

In November 2012, the technology publications Techdirt and Mashable criticized the license agreement with which Barnes & Noble sells ebooks to consumers, pointing out that the rights to re-download a purchased ebook expire when the customer’s credit card expires and a valid credit card must be added to the account to restore this functionality.[50][51]

In June 2014, the company announced a partnership with Samsung Electronics to make Nook tablets, as the bookseller moves forward with plans to revamp its digital business.[52] Barnes & Noble has also announced that it will spin off its Nook Media division into a separate publicly traded company. The company’s objective is to take the steps necessary to complete the separation by the end of the first quarter of the 2015 calendar year.

Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Inc., headquartered in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is a subsidiary of the company which operates bookstores at more than 600 institutions of higher education. College Bookstores was previously owned by company chairman Leonard Riggio.

Barnes & Noble College Booksellers also operated the self-proclaimed “world’s largest bookstore” on Fifth Avenue and 18th Street in New York City from 1932 to 2014. This flagship store carried a large variety of textbooks, medical and legal books and medical supplies in addition to the various trade titles carried at the company’s main stores.[citation needed]

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NYC students attempt to revive stoop culture

Saturday, February 17, 2007 

A trio of freshmen at a New York design school say that residents aren’t taking advantage of a valuable and countless resource found all around the world: stoops.

In Sit Here, a campaign inspired by a recent class project, Sarah Feldman, Chelsea Briganti and Essence Rodriguez are using fliers placed around New York to encourage residents and visitors to get to know one another on their stoops.

Wikinews got a chance to talk to Sarah Feldman, web designer for the project. Feldman is also responsible for getting different news sources to contact the team, such as the Brooklyn Papers and New York Magazine.

Sit Here has been noticed in at least 15 different news sources, including Wikinews.

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Imagine Cup – fina?y konkursu informatycznego dla studentów

W ci?gu dwóch tygodni poznamy zwyci?zców konkursu Imagine Cup organizowanego przez firm? Microsoft. Jest to najwi?kszy na ?wiecie konkurs technologiczny dla studentów. W tym roku jego has?em przewodnim by?o: „Wyobra? sobie ?wiat, w którym technologia pomaga rozwi?za? najtrudniejsze problemy ludzko?ci”.

Kategorie w których rywalizuj? studenci to projektowanie oprogramowania (Software Design), projektowanie systemów wbudowanych (Embedded Development), projektowanie gier (Game Design), media cyfrowe (Digital Media) oraz technologie informatyczne (IT Challenge). Co istotne w konkursie oceniany jest nie tylko pomys? (problem) oraz projekt jego rozwi?zania ale tak?e sposób zbudowania aplikacji a tak?e szansa biznesowego powodzenia ca?ego przedsi?wzi?cia.

Konkurs Imagine Cup jest dwuetapowy – najpierw eliminacje krajowe (odby?y si? w kwietniu 2011), a nast?pnie fina?y ?wiatowe w Nowym Jorku (8-15 lipca 2011). Polsk? reprezentuje zespó? CodeRiders z ?odzi. ?odzianie b?d? rywalizowa? z dru?ynami m.in. z Algierii, Australii, Brazylii, Chin, Egiptu, Finlandii, Francji czy Nowej Zelandii – w sumie ponad 140 zespo?ów z ca?ego ?wiata b?dzie prezentowa?o swoje pomys?y na rozwi?zanie problemów ludzko?ci.

CodeRiders stworzyli aplikacj? pod nazw? LifeCircle+, której celem jest szybkie i bezpo?rednie kontaktowanie centrów krwiodawstwa z osobami, które mog? w danym momencie odda? krew. Wszystko z wykorzystaniem telefonu komórkowego oraz przy wsparciu portali spo?eczno?ciowych.

Dru?yna CodeRiders zosta?a zwerbowana na uczelni przez doktoranta Politechniki ?ódzkiej – Marcina Franc. – Pomy?la?em, ?e fajnie by?oby, aby dru?yna z Politechniki ?ódzkiej wygra?a Imagine Cup. Rozwiesi?em plakaty na uczelni z zaproszeniem do udzia?u w projekcie… i tak oto zebra?em zespó?.

Zespó? wspólnie wybiera? problem jakim chce si? zaj??. Jak przyznaj? – ich pomys?y ewoluowa?y przed ostatecznym zdefiniowaniem problemu. Zanim przyst?pili jednak do projektowania oprogramowania sprawdzili dok?adnie motywy oddawania krwi, oraz porównali to z profilem osób które korzystaj? z nowych technologii (smartfony, telefony z systemem operacyjnym).

CodeRaiders zaprojektowali i stworzyli aplikacj? dedykowan? honorowym dawcom krwi! Ich program, pod nazw? LifeCircle+ ma szans? by? pierwszym, skutecznie dzia?aj?cym systemem w Polsce, który pozwoli kontaktowa? si? centrom krwiodawstwa z dawcami.

G?ównym zadaniem systemu LifeCircle+ jest zniwelowanie braków krwi w centrach krwiodawstwa, zapewnienie jej odpowiedniej ilo?ci i szybko?ci dostarczenia w nag?ych wypadkach oraz promocj? idei krwiodawstwa w najpopularniejszych mediach spo?eczno?ciowych – mówi Marcin Franc mentor zespo?u CodeRaiders.

Projekt zak?ada, ?e dawcy krwi zainstaluj? na swoich telefonach aplikacj?, poprzez któr? b?d? mogli by? b?yskawicznie powiadamiani o brakach krwi i indywidualnie zapraszani do Centrum Krwiodawstwa w sytuacji, gdy to ich krew jest potrzebna. Aby ca?o?? by?a atrakcyjna – mo?liwa jest integracja informacji zawartych na LifeCircle+ z profilem na portalu spo?eczno?ciowym (np. Facebook). Aplikacja dodatkowo b?dzie pozwala?a zaznaczy?, czy dana osoba jest aktualnie jest chora, przyjmuje leki czy np. wyjecha?a z kraju – wtedy automatycznie nie b?dzie otrzymywa? alertu z pro?b? o oddanie krwi. Podobnie w sytuacji, gdy niedawno odda?a krew lub jej sk?adniki (osocze, krwinki), program b?dzie pami?ta?, aby nie wysy?a? wtedy informacji o brakach w banku krwi.

Aplikacja jest gotowa do wdro?enia, jednak nie jest jeszcze dost?pna dla u?ytkowników. Jedyne ograniczenia obecnie to problemy formalne no i finanse – mówi Marcin. Fundusze s? niezb?dne na serwery, które b?d? obs?ugiwa? ca?y system. CodeRaiders prowadzi rozmowy ze sponsorami, po to aby ca?y system dla dawców by? bezp?atny. – Dodatkowo planujemy wsparcie dla wi?kszo?ci platform komórkowych, co zajmi? nam troch? czasu. Ale dzi?ki temu program b?dzie móg? by? ?atwo wdro?ony nie tylko na terenie województwa ?ódzkiego, ale ca?ej Polski a nawet ?wiata – dodaje mentor.

Inne, wybrane programy stworzone w ramach konkursu:

Swoj? nagrod? w konkursie Imagine Cup mog? przyzna? tak?e internauci – g?osuj?c na stronie organizatora konkursu. G?osowanie trwa do 11 lipca 2011 roku.

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Eye Catching Embroidery Designs

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I am a digitizer of designs for machine embroidery. Most people don t know what that means. But, if you have a passion for machine embroidery, you know exactly what it means. If I m lucky, you also like what I do. I know that I love what I m doing, so others enjoying it as well is simply the best feeling in the world!

It was ten years ago that I finally broke down and got my first embroidery machine. Prior to that, I felt that I had little use for one and even less time to devote to it. Oh, I quickly changed my tune. My quilting passion took the back seat as I became quickly devoted to the world of machine embroidery. It was not long after that I decided I wanted to try my hand at creating my own designs, and that s when I was hooked for life.

Being a digitizer, and working for myself, isn t glamorous or anything like that. I get up, have some coffee, take care of the pets and then wander to my computer. If I m working on a set of designs, I just take up where I left off. If I don t have current work going on, I can spend an entire day doing trial designs to see which direction I want to go. Sometimes I m lucky and find my way instantly. Other times, I end up with a handful of various designs with no rhyme or reason between them. But, even this gives me a handful of options for new sets of embroidery designs. Nothing is wasted.

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One problem I run into as a designer is that I don t know what it is that others look for in the machine embroidery designs they want. I like red work and lacy designs first, and then I prefer those with a full-fill look and good outlines. Not everyone likes these. I can only design what I like, so there may be a disconnect between my designs and those in need of them. For the most part, I simply follow the rule of doing what I know.

Because I am also a creative stitcher, I digitize designs thinking of the projects they will be used in. Most of my sets come with a free pattern. This is the part I truly love because it gives me the opportunity to teach! Of course, problems can arise if my instructions include specific embroidery supplies that others may not have. So, I must try to use only those most common items. This is a challenge at times, but a challenge is exactly what I need to keep my career exciting.

On the rare occasion that I get together with other digitizers, one of our common issues is that we don t know what our followers would like most. More lace? Less flowers? In-depth instructions for basic techniques? We really don t know unless someone contacts us to tell us what they would like. Some people don t want to seem like they are complaining and so don t contact us. Believe me, as long as the comments are respectful, they can complain as much as they want! Of course, suggestions are even more helpful!

So, if you have a passion for machine embroidery designs, why not give your favorite designers a call or an email to tell them how you feel about their designs. If there s something you re looking for and have been unable to find, tell them so! While we are all highly creative, we run out of ideas all the time.

Help us to help you and we ll all be happily stitching!

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Jokela High School reopens after deadly multiple shooting

Saturday, November 17, 2007 

Jokela High School in Tuusula, Finland, scene of the Jokela school shooting, has recommenced classes. Earlier this month, student Pekka-Eric Auvinen, 18, fatally wounded eight people with his handgun before turning the weapon on himself in the country’s worst ever school shooting. He died later in hospital, having never regained consciousness.

All last week repair teams have been working to eradicate all traces of the event, with large numbers of bullet holes in walls and doors being filled in, broken windows and torn blinds being replaced, and total renovation of one corridor which Auvinen had attempted to set fire to.

Students had previously been permitted into the school last week, in order to collect belongings left behind as they rushed to evacuate the school. On Monday, the school’s 450 pupils began to attend temporary facilities set up at nearby Tuusula Primary School as well as the local church.

Tuusula spokeswoman Heidi Hagman told reporters yesterday that at first school days would be considerably shortened, adding “Today the students will spend time getting used to the renovated and repaired school area.

“Students and teachers are getting support from Red Cross crisis workers and psychologists during the first days of school.”

Esa Ukkola, head of education in Tuusula, spoke to reporters about the fact that students had been shown around the renovated school. “We need to show there is nobody lurking in the cupboards any more. We’re trying to have as normal a school day as possible. There are dozens of extra people to ensure we can do everything in small enough groups.”

The shooting has prompted public anger in Finland at the media attention directed to it, with a feeling that it undermines the placid reputation of the country. People have questioned the decision of a survey last month to designate Finland as the world’s “most livable country”. Psycho-social service manager Anna Cantell-Forsbom from nearby Vantaa has spoken out about her view that the shooting was mainly caused by a lack of psychiatric care available to the Finnish youth and therefore did not reflect on Finnish society. The shooting has also prompted a move by the Finnish government to raise the legal age for gun ownership from 15 years to 18 years.

Finland is expected to set up a commission of inquiry this week to investigate the murders. The government will set aside resources for the ministry of social affairs, health and education as well as the local municipality for the investigation. Meanwhile, local authorities have shown a four-year response plan to the government, asking for five million Euro to fund it. Half will go towards therapy and occupational guidance for affected residents, while the other half would go to school guidance counsellors, psychologists, school healthcare personnel and other experts. The ultimate goal of the plan is the complete recovery of those adversely affected by the shooting.

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BP: New cap on Gulf of Mexico oil well in place

Thursday, July 15, 2010 

For the first time since April 20, no oil is flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, though the halt may be temporary, as integrity testing began on a new sealing cap. The cap was installed on a leaking well in an effort by the BP energy company to contain oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. The previous containment cap, which was removed Saturday, had a much looser fit than the new one and allowed oil to escape into the Gulf. It took about three days for the cap to be removed, the site prepared, and the new one to be slowly lowered into position.

The energy company had planned to begin running integrity tests Tuesday to measure the performance of the well under pressure. The tests were delayed a day for further analysis, but clearance to proceed was given Wednesday afternoon, then a leak in a choke line had to be repaired. BP senior vice president Kent Wells announced at his Thursday afternoon briefing that the final valve on the cap assembly started to close at 1:15 PM Thursday and was fully closed at 2:25 PM, finally shutting in the oil flow. If the tests show that the well is strong enough, the sealing cap valves will likely remain closed. If the well cannot be safely closed from the top, the new cap is designed to funnel almost all the oil to ships above while two relief wells are constructed for a permanent fix. After the old cap was removed, oil flowed freely into the waters of the Gulf until the present cap was installed at about 7:00 PM CDT Monday (00:00 UTC Tuesday).

BP has stated that this oil containment system has never been deployed at the current depths, nor has it been tested in the conditions that it will be expected to operate in. During the testing period, which could last anywhere from six to forty-eight hours, all undersea oil containment systems will be temporarily suspended. The company made clear that, even if the tests succeed, this does not mean that oil leakage has permanently ceased.

Doug Suttles, a BP executive, explained that during the test, the well pressure will be carefully monitored. Suttles said at a Monday briefing that the ideal would be for tests to show high pressure around the seal, indicating that no oil is escaping. He also stated that on the other hand, the pressures could be lower than anticipated, leading to the assumption that the well is damaged and is leaking oil and gas into surrounding rock. If this were to happen, keeping the cap shut could further damage the well. The solution for this scenario is to reopen the valves and funnel most, if not all, of the oil to ships above.

Drilling of the first relief well was suspended until completion of the integrity test. Kent Wells explained at his Wednesday morning briefing that the first relief well is now 4 feet from the original well and there is a remote possibility that the pressure test could open a path to the relief well. Drilling of the second relief well has stopped at 16,000 feet so as not to interfere with the first well and to keep routing options open in case the first relief well fails. Even if the pressure tests do succeed and the main well is shut, work on the first relief well will continue until it intercepts the main well. When this occurs, mud and cement will be pumped into the well for a permanent seal. Containment and clean up operations will continue even after the relief wells are finished to deal with oil already released.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill began on April 20 when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing eleven and marking the start of the worst offshore oil spill in United States history.

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Illinois high schools now required to buy insurance for athletes

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 

This past Sunday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill known as “Rocky’s Law” that requires Illinois high schools, through the local school district, to buy catastrophic injury insurance up to US$3 million or medical costs for up to five years, whichever one comes first, that covers student athletes. The insurance must cover student athletes while they are competing.

The legislation was named after Rasul “Rocky” Clark. In 2000, the Eisenhower High School football player became paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a tackle during a game. His school based health insurance covered the costs of his medical treatment. A legislator sponsoring the bill noted that the need for this type of insurance is rare. Clark’s mother attended the legislation signing. Her son died last year.

Before parents can claim money from school insurance, they first must pay out US$50,000. Schools have until January 1, 2014 to comply with the law. Schools cannot charge students more than US$5 to defray the cost of insurance. If a school district already requires student to be covered through private health insurance, they are exempted from this law.

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