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Policy paper: NHS mandate 2018 to 2019

first_imgNHS England oversees the commissioning of health services in England. It has an important role in setting direction for the health and care system as a whole. The government’s mandate to NHS England sets its objectives and budget, and helps to ensure that the NHS is accountable to Parliament and the public.This mandate reaffirms the government’s commitment to an NHS that provides the best care and support to today’s patients, and also safeguards the service for future generations.Building on the multi-year approach taken to setting the mandate since 2016, it continues to set objectives and goals to 2020, as well as some specific things that NHS England should be seeking to deliver in the financial year 2018 to 2019.The financial directions accompanying this mandate set out certain additional expenditure controls to which NHS England must adhere. These stem from budgetary controls that HM Treasury applies to the Department of Health and Social Care.last_img read more

Watch The Entire Phil & Friends Warfield 1999 Run With Phish Members [New Videos]

first_imgPerhaps one of the most well-known crossover moments between the world of Phish and Grateful Dead worlds came in April of 1999, when bassist Phil Lesh hosted a Phish-y Phil & Friends performance at The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA. The run took place between April 15-17, with a first-rate lineup including Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell from Phish alongside Steve Kimock and John Molo.Yesterday, full video of the first show of the run surfaced on Facebook, courtesy of taper Art Granoff and uploader Kevin Tobin and several others. The videos kept trickling in, and now videos of the full run have emerged.You can watch all three of these monumental shows below:April 15, 1999 – Phil Lesh & Friends – Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CASet 1: Viola Lee Blues, Big Railroad Blues, Jack-A-Roe, Cosmic Charlie, Wolfman’s Brother, Uncle John’s BandSet 2: Alabama Getaway, Sugaree, Like A Rolling Stone, I Know You Rider, Row Jimmy, Shakedown Street, The Wheel, Not Fade AwayEncore: Mr. Tambourine ManApril 16, 1999 – Phil Lesh & Friends – Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CASet 1: Help On The Way, Slipknot, Franklin’s Tower, Wish You Were Here, Tennessee Jed, Stella Blue, AlligatorSet 2: Bertha, Prince Caspian, Saint Stephen, The Eleven, Unbroken Chain, Chalkdust Torture, Mountains Of The Moon, Scarlet Begonia’s, Fire On The MountainEncore: RippleApril 17, 1999 – Phil Lesh & Friends – Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CASet 1: Dark Star > It’s Up To You > Days Between > Dark Star > My Favorite Things, Mississippi 1/2 Step, Bird SongSet 2: Terrapin Station > Down With Disease > Dark Star > Friend of the Devil, Casey Jones, Morning Dew, Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad > And We Bid You GoodnightEncore: Box Of Rainlast_img read more

Larry David Curates New ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Spotify Playlist [Stream]

first_imgOn October 1st, Curb Your Enthusiasm returned to the HBO airwaves after its indefinite hiatus started back in 2011. In celebration of the show’s triumphant return, Larry David, the program’s creator and protagonist, just released a Curb Your Enthusiasm playlist on Spotify that he hand-curated himself. The 27-song playlist contains a mix of tunes, including “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Frank Sinatra, “(What A) Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke, “The Godfather Waltz” by Nino Rota,  “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin, “I Won’t Dance” by Fred Astaire, and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli.Fred Armisen Leads Larry David, Jason Sudeikis & SNL Cast On Made-Up Folk SongPredictably, Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm playlist opens with the show’s classic theme song “Frolic”, which was originally composed for the Italian film La Bellissima Estate in the 1970s by Luciano Michelini. David has previously talked about how “Frolic” became a part of the program, noting that he heard the song first when it was used in a bank commercial. Since then, it’s become a beloved part of Curb Your Enthusiasm, with David noting in 2009, “It just sort of introduces the idea that you’re in for something pretty idiotic.”You can listen to the new Curb Your Enthusiasm playlist curated by Larry David below.[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Minding the details of mind wandering

first_img Related Before long, though, he began to suspect something deeper was at work.“To study mind wandering in the lab, we often present participants with boring tasks to elicit these task-unrelated thoughts,” he said. “Throughout these tasks, we typically assess mind wandering by presenting participants with ‘thought probes,’ which are temporary task interruptions that require them to report whether their thoughts are focused on the task or on something unrelated.”Over the course of several experiments, Seli began to realize that some participants weren’t simply losing their focus, but seemed to intentionally disengage.“In some cases, the participants clearly didn’t care about the task whatsoever … they were simply there for the $10 or for course credit,” he said. “So when these participants experienced mind wandering, it was likely the case that this mind wandering was initiated intentionally, rather than unintentionally.“Now, there are certainly instances where people care about performing well on these laboratory tasks, and despite their best intentions to stay focused, their thoughts drift away, but it became clear to me that this isn’t always true, even though this is often the assumption that is made in the literature. If people do in fact frequently experience intentional mind wandering, and if the causes of intentional and unintentional mind wandering differ, then this would be exceptionally important because it would suggest that attempts to reduce the occurrence of mind wandering will also likely differ.”Seli, working first with colleagues in Canada and then at Harvard, set about devising experiments aimed at understanding the distinction between intentional and unintentional mind wandering.One way to demonstrate that intentional and unintentional mind wandering are distinct experiences, the researchers found, was to examine how these types of mind wandering vary depending on the demands of a task.In one study, Seli and colleagues had participants complete a sustained-attention task that varied in terms of difficulty. Participants were instructed to press a button each time they saw certain target numbers on a screen (i.e., the digits 1-2 and 4-9) and to withhold responding to a non-target digit (i.e., the digit 3). Half of the participants completed an easy version of this task in which the numbers appeared in sequential order, and the other half completed a difficult version where the numbers appeared in a random order.“We presented thought probes throughout the tasks to determine whether participants were mind wandering, and more critically, whether any mind wandering they did experience occurred with or without intention,” Seli said. “The idea was that, given that the easy task was sufficiently easy, people should be afforded the opportunity to intentionally disengage from the task in the service of mind wandering, which might allow them to plan future events, problem-solve, and so forth, without having their performance suffer. Related Online learning: It’s different It’s long been associated with failing grades and accidents behind the wheel, but it turns out that the wandering mind may be far more complex than many believe.A new article by Paul Seli, a postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of Dan Schacter, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology, examines variations in mind wandering. In the article, Seli and colleagues argue that mind wandering happens both with and without intention, noting important differences between the two in terms of causes and consequences. The research pointing to this conclusion is outlined in a paper in Trends in Cognitive Sciences.Researchers first began examining mind wandering — or “task-unrelated images and thoughts” — in the late 1970s. Despite a noted difference between intentional and unintentional modes, the distinction had little impact on the field and consequently fell by the wayside.“Over the years, a number of different constructs have been unified under the single term ‘mind wandering,’ and through that process, the distinction between intentional and unintentional types was lost,” said Seli. “However, if intentional and unintentional types of mind wandering behave differently, and if their causes differ, then it would be exceptionally important to distinguish between the two. Without such a distinction, researchers will effectively conflate two unique cognitive experiences, and as a consequence, our understanding of mind wandering will be incomplete and perhaps even flawed.”By the time Seli, as a Ph.D. student at the University of Waterloo in Canada, began to look into mind wandering, it was largely regarded as unintentional thought with links to a range of negative consequences. Making sense of memory Varying lectures with tests improves attention, note-taking, and retention Harvard’s Schacter examines links between past and future “So, what we would expect to observe, and what we did in fact observe, was that participants completing the easy version of the task reported more intentional mind wandering than those completing the difficult version. Not only did this result clearly indicate that a much of the mind wandering occurring in the laboratory is engaged with intention, but it also showed that intentional and unintentional mind wandering appear to behave differently, and that their causes likely differ.”The findings add to past research raising questions on whether mind wandering might in some cases be beneficial.“Taking the view that mind wandering is always bad, I think, is inappropriate,” Seli said. “I think it really comes down the context that one is in. For example, if an individual finds herself in a context in which she can afford to mind-wander without incurring performance costs — for example, if she is completing a really easy task that requires little in the way of attention — then it would seem that mind wandering in such a context would actually be quite beneficial as doing so would allow the individual to entertain other, potentially important, thoughts while concurrently performing well on her more focal task.“Also, there is research showing that taking breaks during demanding tasks can actually improve task performance, so there remains the possibility that it might be beneficial for people to intermittently deliberately disengage from their tasks, mind-wander for a bit, and then return to the task with a feeling of cognitive rejuvenation.”last_img read more

10 Parallels Between Whiskey Tasting and Data Analytics

first_imgIn today’s world, the power of data analytics is everywhere. From agriculture to healthcare, from shopping to dating, from the vehicles we drive to the way we do business, our experiences are increasingly shaped by data analytics. This is true even when it comes to whisky tasting, although in this case the analytics process is driven by our senses and our reasoning rather than sophisticated algorithms.This is a topic that is close to my heart, given that I’m a director of data analytics who moonlights as a whiskey sommelier. I often have occasion to reflect on the amazing parallels between the principles of data analytics and the process of tasting whisky.With that thought in mind, let’s look at 10 of the ways in which data analytics and whiskey tasting share common ground.Let’s take a step back and see how we got here.Back in the 1980’s, when data warehouse vendors like Teradata provided the ability to pool data, business owners asked even more demanding questions. Then SAS and SPSS, whose origin owes to government and academic interests, developed tools that allowed for “what will happen” questions and not just “what happened.” Fast forward to now. Fueled by math smarts and entrepreneurial spirit, we now expect Amazon to recommend books when we shop or Uber to send strangers with an empty seat to our address. Doubt what I’m talking about? Ask Siri or Alexa.Back to whiskey. By 1954, the U.S. saw the number of distilleries collapse into four companies. Courage and curiosity brought back independent distillation following the rise of microbreweries in the 1970’s. Pioneer Tito Beveridge planted the craft distillery flag in Texas in 1997 after he observed the first seedlings in Kentucky and Tennessee. What followed was a wave of craft distilleries with shoots emerging in California, Texas, New York, Colorado and Washington. It’s now a multi-billion business with 27.4 percent growth.Amplifying this trend, cocktails popularized by shows like Mad Men or House of Cards put whiskey in our collective consciousness. We should no longer expect only wine to come in flights either. We can skip our way through whiskeys too. We arrived at the new normal: whiskey tours, bourbon runs and the rise of The Whiskey Sommelier. Whiskey tastings now pop up like daisies in a sun-drenched field. Whiskey tasting is an active sport involving all five senses and your brain.Now let’s loop back to data analytics and look at the threads that tie these two worlds together. In particular, let’s look at 10 reasons why data analytics and whiskey tasting share common ground.Deductive ReasoningWhen online retailers look for patterns in clickstream data, they engage a practice known as deductive reasoning. I see this and I see that. Therefore this other thing is highly correlated. Ask people at Walmart why they stock strawberry Pop-Tarts in the front of the store before a hurricane. They will tell you it was because they saw a pattern.Same is true for experiencing whiskey. An active whiskey drinker analyzes what she experiences. Does she note a familiar herb like heather in all of the Speyside single malts? She is looking to establish a premise AFTER collecting data. She is not making a grand statement like “all Speyside single malts have heather” after tasting just one. Inferring generalities from specifics then running experiments to prove the theory is inductive reasoning. Feature DetectionData analytics pursues feature detection to find what will predict an outcome. Features are like column headers in a spreadsheet. Lenders inspect aspects of home mortgage applications to see what attribute or combination of attributes will shine a light on those who are worthy. This process is not unlike whiskey tasting.Consider tasting wheels. They are just circular spreadsheets. Each spirit can be ranked in intensity to those specific flavors. Those features originate from grain selection, fermentation, distillation, barrel type and aging. These are puzzle pieces that whiskey lovers adore assembling in their minds. They are getting to know the whiskey like characters in a novel. ClassificationOne of the short cuts to dealing with large populations is to bucketize them into groups. The Boomer, Gen-Xer and Millennial labels are nothing more than a classification exercise based on birth years. We make generalizations about each group’s interests. Consider that Red Bull has the Millennials in their cross hairs while Metamucil aims at the gray hairs. This classification technique works well with whiskey comparisons too. Bourbon by law needs to have 51 percent corn. So in a blind test comparing spirits from different grains, *look* for the candy corn aroma. It’s a signature to this class of whiskey. PropensityPropensity is a fancy term to describe what might likely happen. It’s how data analytics deal with the unknown. We see a drop in the price of oil and the propensity for Houstonians to leave the family cell phone plan rises. The same principle underpins whiskey when it comes to food pairing. Chicken piccata, an Italian dish served with a lemon and caper sauce, is likely to go well with a Rye. Why? Because the rye grain has lemon on the nose. So the propensity for the match is high. IterationData analytics professionals, just like master distillers, like to experiment before they lock down on a data model. They have ideas and tweak as they go. Internet properties like Facebook play with the shade of blue to see which gets the most clicks. So why not expect that with whiskey? Whiskey blenders like Compass Box continue to push the envelope for their blended malts. They were famously cornered by the Scottish Whiskey Association for a rather unconventional aging process in the original recipe of Spice Tree.Establishing a Baseline (Supervised Learning)We know what is normal for blood pressure because doctors have measured this vital sign for years. More than that, they have correlated both positive and negative outcomes to the data. They know a patient is high risk because of the histories of hundreds of thousands of patients. The role of data analytics is to determine what is “normal” based on a given data set. However, normal becomes useful when we know the outcome of a certain event too. In the land of data analytics, when we establish a baseline with known outcomes and ask algorithms to pick out things that predict the future, we are engaged in supervised learning.The act of building a baseline for whiskey tasting comes from personal experience. Blind tasting after blind tasting helps the taster single out the single malts from the blends. A corn mashbill from rye or barley. Secondary casking versus single. The more a whiskey taster experiences, the bigger the sample set, the broader the foundation, the more the taster knows. This foundational knowledge helps whiskey tourists know when they have left the paved road and are launched on an adventure.Anomaly DetectionAnomalies get a bad rap. That is until you understand that all parents want their kids to be normal, but never average. Being above average earns gold medals on the downhill and early acceptance to that hard-to-get-into college. This is not normal. Seeking anomalies is the job of talent scouts. It is also core to data analytics because it’s something from which we learn. It might be the use of a product the designer never expected. Ask the Pfizer about its original intent for Viagra.The world of whiskey tasting presents a similar opportunity. Greenspot Irish Whiskey has green apple all over it. Westland Single Malt tastes like chocolate. And Hudson Four Grain has a barnyard quality to it. You can almost hear the sheep. When you hang notes in the air like Pavarotti, you get noticed. Anomaly detection is a different kind of appreciation. Whiskey aficionados aim for this.NormalizationEighty percent of a data scientist’s time is spent wrangling data — filling in the missing elements in a table so the columns and rows are ready to be analyzed. It is hard to draw conclusions when the artifacts are missing. And this same rigor is pursed by the whiskey trade. Evaluating whiskey must be done if and only if the spirits are served in the same way and the same time.We know that wine oxidizes in the glass. An angry glass of cabernet becomes approachable after an hour once it breaths. Time also plays into whiskey, except oxygen is not the factor. When alcohol evaporates from the glass precious olfactory volatiles escape with them. A whiskey freshly poured might be feisty at five minutes and friendly at 50. So it’s important that we treat data and whiskey with the same level of consistency: same glass shape, same pour size, same time out of the bottle.EnrichmentBusiness data only gets better when we add diverse data types like geo-spatial, event-related or weather data to it. When a Texan shops online at happy hour on Cinco de Mayo and the cart was abandoned, there should be no surprise. Oh, it was sunny that day. This context-driven awareness adds a deeper understanding. Modern analytics is all about enriching structured data with unstructured to gain a better experience.Likewise distillers are aging whiskey in second or third casks. They take a completed product and finish it off in wine, sherry, port, rum or Sauternes casks. Or it might take the form of the *blenders’ art* like Johnny Walker, Dimple or Compass Box. These distillers ladder up the experience by marrying whiskeys from different places. Hudson Four Grain ages the same spirit in three different sizes of barrels each with a different char to get that exact expression.Shaped by TaxationFans of history have no trouble remembering when Alexander Hamilton rode to Western Pennsylvania in 1794 to help his boss lay down the Whiskey Rebellion. This was before Mr. Hamilton was a Broadway sensation. He was our first secretary of the treasury and was hungry to pay down the national debt with a whiskey tax . Our friends in Scotland struggled with same issue in the mid-18th century where distillers were taxed based on still size and not production. In 1787 taxation was the tipping point in the split between the Lowlands and the Highlands. Religion, language and affiliation with England may have proper historians talking, but a true Gaelic Highlander knew the real argument was over whether blended whiskey was a *real* whiskey or swill to appease the English.Likewise analytics in the English-speaking world found its voice because of taxation. First appearing in Britain in Roman times, the practice became a consistent effort in 1801.  Its mission was for allocating precious resources. And since counting people one by one takes longer than a single decade, statistics found its place in economics.So the next time you raise a Glencairn glass of the *water of life*, just remember that as you ponder notes of heather, sea air and the smell of warm biscuits, you might actually be thinking like a data scientist.Cheers!For additional information on Dell EMC data analytics solutions, please contact us at [email protected] and follow us on Twitter at @DellEMCbigdata.last_img read more

New Photo of Phantom Stars Norm Lewis & Sierra Boggess!

first_img View Comments The Phantom of the Opera Related Shows Star Files from $29.00center_img Sierra Boggess Turn your face away from the glaring light of day, because it’s time to return to the Phantom’s lair! Broadway pals Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess are teaming up to bring “The Music of the Night” to the Majestic Theatre in The Phantom of the Opera, and we’ve got a first look at the new pair in action. After appearing on Broadway as father and daughter in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the duo is back together again, playing our favorite masked music teacher and his talented opera student, Christine Daae. Stay tuned for more photos of Boggess and Lewis in the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber mega-musical, then see the stars in person on Broadway! Norm Lewislast_img read more

Free Pesticide Disposal

first_imgA pesticide collection event has been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30, at the Cordele State Farmers Market. This event will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.The Georgia Department of Agriculture is hosting Georgia Clean Day, a free program that allows pesticide applicators to safely dispose of old, unusable or cancelled pesticides. This event is open to all private and commercial applicators with the understanding that the event is designed for farmers and lawn care, golf course and pest control companies in Crisp and surrounding Georgia counties.Some pesticides that have been used in the past are now in need of proper disposal. Pesticides in leaking containers or those that have been disposed of improperly may cause environmental damage by contaminating water supplies or harming people and wildlife. State and federal laws make it illegal to burn, bury or dump pesticides in conventional landfills. Georgia Clean Day is a program to help dispose of old, unusable or cancelled pesticides safely with a hazardous waste contractor.According to the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Clean Days are the best way to dispose of unusable pesticides. Other forms of disposal can be costly and often force growers to dispose of pesticides illegally or keep them until a better disposal method is created. In response to environmental concerns, the Georgia Legislature passed a bill to help facilitate the collection of unusable pesticides. Since the start of Georgia Clean Days in 1994, over 1 million pounds of pesticides have been collected for disposal.The Georgia Department of Agriculture requires preregistration for this event. Registration forms should be returned to Ricky Hayes, Georgia Clean Day waste disposal coordinator, by Sept. 26. For more information, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent or Ricky Hayes at [email protected] You can also visit agr.georgia.gov/georgia-clean-day.aspx.last_img read more

2008 Community Campaign raises $4 million

first_imgMike Tuttle, President and CEO of Merchant’s Bank, and the 2008 Community Campaign Chair, announced the official results of the campaign at the Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, May 6th. The campaign raised $4 million. In his remarks to the crowd of over 375 people, Tuttle said, “In spite of an incredibly difficult time economically for so many people, those who were able, gave a little more, and people just seemed to want to help in any way they could. We are thrilled with the outcome and amazed at the goodwill of so many people. We are very fortunate to have hundreds of generous contributors who willingly donate their time, their talent, and their money to make life better for everyone in Chittenden County.”The “Top Ten” combined campaigns (total of employee and corporate/organizational gift) were also announced, with a new company joining the ranks this year — NRG Systems. The “Top Ten” collectively raised over $1.7 million in the 2008 Campaign.IBM CorporationFletcher Allen Health CareDwight Asset Management CompanyUniversity of VermontGeneral Dynamics Armament & Technical ProductsGreen Mountain Power CorporationMerchants BankGE Healthcare IITS USA CorporationHickok & Boardman CompaniesNRG SystemsDINSE KNAPP McANDREW, ENGELBERTH CONSTRUCTION and GREEN MOUNTAIN POWER AWARDED TOP CAMPAIGN HONORSBill Schubart, prominent local business leader, and former owner and CEO of Resolution Inc., emceed the Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration last week and presented the three major Community Campaign awards. The top honor, Campaign of the Year, was awarded to Dinse Knapp McAndrew. Gretchen Morse, Executive Director of United Way, praised the work of the law firm during the selection process. “Our friends at Dinse Knapp McAndrew always raise the bar on their fundraising efforts, but additionally they serve on boards, are community leaders, volunteer with many local nonprofits and help shape local policy. We are so thankful for support from such a wonderful organization. They truly LIVE UNITED throughout the year.”The Keyperson of the Year Award was presented to a workplace campaign committee: Jan Ferro, Todd LaMothe, Penny Collins & Jeff Brosseau of Green Mountain Power. The four were lauded for their spirited leadership which inspired their co-workers to get involved and to “give back.” The LIVE UNITED Award was made to a company whose industry was strongly impacted by the downturn in the economy, Engelberth Construction. In spite of that, the folks at Engelberth were praised for their unwavering commitment to the community by giving, advocating and volunteering throughout the year. Mike Tuttle and John Cronin present the framed Live United tee shirt to Engelberth Construction. Commenting about the award recipients, Bill Schubart said, “United Way is the organizing principle of our Chittenden County community. It observes, measures, and invests in our community to ensure the wellbeing of us all….It is my pleasure to help sing the praises of all the volunteers, organizations and donors who give, advocate or volunteer with United Way. I congratulate all three companies for their exemplary work for all of us.”NEW UNITED WAY BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED, 2009 COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN AND STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS NAMEDAt United Way’s recent Annual Meeting, board members and officers were elected. President of the Board for a three-year term is Don Rendall of Green Mountain Power. Vice President is Theresa Alberghini DiPalma of Fletcher Allen Health Care; Secretary is Robert Cain from Paul, Frank + Collins; and Treasurer is Susan Pelkey Smith of Gallagher Flynn and Company. For a complete list of board members and standing committee chairs.last_img read more

Ai Squared launches latest ZoomText for visually impaired

first_imgAi Squared, the worldwide leader in screen magnification software for the visually impaired based ini Manchester, has announced the release of ZoomText 10, the latest version of its popular screen magnifier/screen reader. ZoomText makes computers accessible and friendly for Windows users by magnifying and speaking what appears on the screen. In addition to the already versatile capabilities of ZoomText, the new ZoomText 10 release is full of new features designed to enhance users’ productivity by allowing them to multitask, navigate around the web faster and easier than ever before, take their work with them on the go when they’re away from the computer, and access print material.  Plus, Ai Squared is growing their list of accessories to include a webcam magnifier. ‘In this day and age where everything is accessed online, it’s imperative that the visually impaired have the tools that let them surf the net as quickly as their sighted colleagues,’ states David Wu, CEO at Ai Squared.  ‘Not to mention that the need to have access on the go ‘ ZoomText 10 offers so many new and robust features that it’s really going to be a game changer.’The four main features are:  ZoomText Camera, which allows you to use a webcam along with ZoomText as an inexpensive CCTV alternative; Background Reader, which lets you listen to text spoken aloud in the background while you concentrate on other tasks; Enhanced Web Finder, the ultimate productivity tool for browsing the web and finding information; and finally ZoomText Recorder, which lets you create audio files from any text on screen which you can put on your portable device(s) for access on-the-go.ZoomText at a GlanceZoomText is a powerful computer access solution for the visually impaired. Consisting of two adaptive technologies’screen magnification and screen reading’ ZoomText allows you to see and hear everything on the computer screen, providing complete access to applications, documents, email and the Internet. Specialized support is provided for Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), Internet Explorer, Firefox and Adobe Acrobat Reader.ZoomText is available in two versions’ ZoomText Magnifier and ZoomText Magnifier/Reader’and available on CD and USB.  Both versions include Ai Squared’s exclusive ‘xFont’ technology, delivering perfectly clear text at all magnification levels (up to 36x).  A variety of screen enhancement features make everything on the screen easy to see and follow.  ZoomText Magnifier/Reader features powerful screen and document reading with human-sounding ‘NeoSpeech’ voices that are pleasant to listen to all day long.ZoomText 10 supports Windows 7, Vista, and XP, and can be used with virtually any application.  ZoomText is localized in 21 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and UK English.Low cost upgrades from any previous version are available to all registered users of ZoomText.  About Ai SquaredHeadquartered in Manchester, Vermont, Ai Squared is the worldwide leader in computer access solutions for the vision impaired, and has been for over 20 years.  Their products are available in twenty languages and are sold in 45 countries through our network of over 350 dealers across the globe.  Ai Squared has helped over 100,000 individuals with early vision loss, computer vision syndrome, and visual impairments such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.  Ai Squared’s screen magnification and screen reading products dramatically improve a computer’s usability and friendliness for the low vision user, raising their level of productivity, satisfaction, and independence. The family of Ai Squared products includes ZoomText Magnifier/Reader, ZoomText Magnifier, ZoomText Express, the ZoomText Large-Print Keyboard, i-loview Handheld Video Magnifier, ZoomReader iPhone app, and ZoomContacts iPad app.  For more information, please visit Ai Squared online at www.aisquared.com(link is external). Manchester, VT, November 29, 2011:last_img read more

Rocky Mountain Power moving forward with $3.1 billion wind project in Wyoming

first_imgRocky Mountain Power moving forward with $3.1 billion wind project in Wyoming FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wyoming Public Media:Rocky Mountain Power plans to break ground on a $3.1 billion-dollar statewide wind energy project this week.The project includes building three new wind farms in Carbon and Converse counties, adding upgrades to existing wind turbines in those counties, and constructing an 140-mile high voltage transmission line through Sweetwater and Carbon counties.The utility’s spokesman Spencer Hall said the project will provide for up to 1,600 construction jobs and 100 full-time positions, while the new wind farms will generate 1,150 megawatts of energy.“Importantly, it’s going to benefit rural economies,” he said. “I think Wyoming is facing a transition in the energy future and I think it’s exciting to see Wyoming embracing new technologies, new opportunities.”Hall said construction and upgrades will generate approximately $120 million in tax revenue and that the project will result in significant tax revenue after construction is completed, with around $11 million projected for 2021 and $14 million annually by 2024.More: Rocky Mountain Power to break ground on $3.1 billion wind projectlast_img read more