AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2009 — remarkable individuals nominated by viewers for their sacrifices and accomplishments — are being announced today on CNN.CNN’s Anderson Cooper will reveal one Top 10 CNN Hero each hour starting at 1 p.m. ET, with the final honoree to be revealed at 10 p.m. The announcements will be made at the top of each hour on CNN, CNN.com and CNN.com Live.The daylong event culminates with a special edition of “AC360,” profiling this year’s honorees and their causes. “Change the World, You Vote, CNN Heroes” will air at 11 p.m. ET Thursday on CNN and CNN International.The year 2009 marks CNN’s third annual global search for everyday individuals changing the world. Since February, the network has aired weekly profiles of CNN Heroes, chosen from more than 9,000 nominations submitted by viewers in 100 countries.A panel comprised of luminaries recognized for their own dedication to public service selected this year’s Top 10 CNN Heroes. The blue ribbon panel includes humanitarians such as retired four-star Gen. Colin Powell, philanthropist Wallis Annenberg and Sir Elton John.Each of this year’s Top 10 CNN Heroes will receive $25,000 and will be honored at “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” airing from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Thanksgiving night.The global broadcast, with Cooper as the host, will culminate with the announcement of the CNN Hero of the Year, selected by the public in an online poll that begins at 11 p.m. ET Thursday.Viewers can go to CNN.com/Heroes to participate in the poll, which continues through November 19 at 6 a.m. ET. The individual receiving the most votes will receive an additional $100,000.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe old adage “Nice guys finish last” may not be true anymore.New research suggests that the opposite could be true in the workplace.The more honest and humble an employee is, the more likely he or she is to receive a higher job performance appraisal by their boss, according to researchers at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. (READ the story at the Toronto Star)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
(READ more of the good news for consumers from the Boston Globe)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen it comes to personal finance, there was a number of positive advancements for US consumers this year that should help people make better choices and avoid becoming a victims of fine print legalese.One of the good things was the opening of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which will promote financial education and write federal rules to combat unfair, deceptive, and abusive financial practices and products.
MWR’s Liberty Program offers single service members and geographic bachelors an opportunity to meet new friends and become immersed in the island life. Lounge areas complete with overstuffed couches, free internet access, plasma televisions, video games, movies and pool tables create a home away from home.Special activities that are scheduled regularly include Waikiki shows, cruises, luaus, surfing and hiking. Most are free or at a very nominal cost. Transportation from the centers is provided at no cost.Beeman Center is on Pierce Street in Building 711 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, telephone 808-473-2583.Makai Liberty is home to your newest Liberty center on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, 1859 McChord St., Building 1859, telephone 808-448-0418.Liberty Express is on Anzio Drive, Building 90, Wahiawa Annex. Call 808-653-0220 for more information.
The US Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that July 18 is the application deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Addison, Bennington, Chittenden, Grand Isle and Rutlandcounties in Vermont as a result of the effects of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee that occurred fromAug. 27 through Sept. 15, 2011.”These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in New York. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” according to Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East.”When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities affected by the same disaster,” added Skaggs.Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. The loan amount can be up to $2 million with a 4 percent interest rate for eligible small businesses and 3 percent for non-profit organizations with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.Disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email email@example.com(link sends e-mail). Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website atwww.sba.gov(link is external). Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website athttps://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela(link is external).Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than July 18, 2012.For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov(link is external) . ATLANTA, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
Extron has announced the availability of the ISS 608, an eight-input seamless switcher for the dynamic presentation and scaling of DisplayPort and HDMI content at resolutions up to 4K/60 @ 4:4:4 at a maximum data rate of 18 Gbps. Advanced, presentation-enhancing features include Extron Vector 4K scaling technology and multiple transition effects, as well as logo insertion, video keying, and PIP to complement primary content. An independent preview output allows for confident delivery of content. For streamlined integration, the switcher provides audio management and multiple control options, including an intuitive front panel, RS232 and Ethernet. Matrix Mode adds automatic, seamless transitions to any matrix switcher with HDMI outputs. The features and capabilities of the ISS 608 provide a true seamless switching solution for high-end presentation environments and live events.The ISS 608 provides six HDMI 2.0 and two DisplayPort 1.2 inputs that support signals up to 4096×2160 at 60 Hz with 4:4:4 color sampling. HDCP 2.3 compliance and Extron technologies such as Key Minder ensure compatibility with high value, encrypted 4K content. The switcher’s multiple transition effects include wipes with selectable direction and duration, a dissolve with selectable duration, and a seamless cut, eliminating distracting jumps, glitches and delays for clean, production-style source switching. Separate Preview and Program outputs enable the operator to review sources on a local monitor before switching them to the viewing audience.Details on the ISS 608 are here.
Dramatic finish helps Gophers sweepMinnesota’s win against Oregon State came down to the last match.Emily DunkerMinnesota’s Kevin Steinhaus (184 pounds) wrestles Northwestern’s Marcus Shrewsbury on Friday at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers defeated the Wildcats 33-7. Dane MizutaniDecember 10, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers wrestling team bounced back from its first loss a week ago with two wins at the Sports Pavilion over the weekend.The weekend sweep was no easy task, though. Minnesota dominated Northwestern 33-7 on Friday night but needed a dramatic win in the final match Saturday to beat Oregon State.With the score tied 18-18, defending national heavyweight champion Tony Nelson stepped onto the mat for the Gophers. His opponent was the mammoth Chad Hanke from the Beavers. Hanke, the No. 6 heavyweight in the nation, was the aggressor in the match, but Nelson was the better wrestler in the end. His victory gave the Gophers a 21-18 win. “We can say if it comes down to the heavyweights, we’ve got the NCAA champion,” Minnesota head coach J Robinson said. “It was a lot of cat and mouse in the bout because no one wanted to make a mistake.”Nelson outlasted Hanke in the double-overtime brawl and won with eight seconds of riding time after five overtime periods.Nelson and Hanke exchanged escapes in the overtimes, but Nelson prevailed in the end.“It’s a pressure situation, but I’ve wrestled there before, and a lot of times with heavyweights, it’s going to come down to that,” Nelson said.Robinson said he was satisfied with the result but said his team needs to stay aggressive across the board.“Tony has to become more aggressive,” Robinson said after the dual with Oregon State. “He’s a lot better as far as offensive-wise than he showed there, and in the national tournament you can’t do those things.”Robinson offered the same critique of his team after its dominant win over Northwestern on Friday. Minnesota won eight matches — two via forfeits — en route to a 33-7 victory, but the veteran coach still found areas to improve.“We had a couple matches that were close at the end, and we can’t do that,” Robinson said. “If we are ahead, we’ve got to be worried about scoring extra points to try and get a bonus.”Robinson said Seth Lange (149) and Cody Yohn (165) focused too much on the win, which hurt their overall performance.That was not the case for 184-pounder Kevin Steinhaus .Steinhaus was aggressive all weekend and won with two huge technical falls. He won 15-0 on Friday and 22-7 on Saturday . “I always assume that I’m better [than my opponent],” Steinhaus said Friday night. “I went out there and tried to score points and was able to get some turns in.”Minnesota is still searching for an answer at 157 pounds. Brad Dolezal and Danny Zilverberg had a chance to take control this weekend, but both were handled with ease in their bouts.The answer won’t come until after winter break. The Gophers have about three weeks off from competition before resuming action with the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 1-2 in Chattanooga, Tenn .Nelson said it was important to enter the break on a high note.Robinson agreed but said the tournament in three weeks is important because it will sort out the dilemma at 157 pounds.
Tara, a quasi-canine creature alleged to be a Pomeranian puppy, has proven herself to be an adept hunter, specializing in shoelaces and pants cuffs, although she has also attacked larger prey. Tara (aka ‘Terror’) is 10 weeks old and when riding in an automobile, she is only happy when riding on a shoulder (shown). Tara also is happy when lifting spirits around Los Alamos. She is a member of the Chris Lovejoy family on Sycamore. Photo by Chris Lovejoy
The Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter announced that The Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton is the first on the South Fork to join its Ocean Friendly Restaurant network.The only other restaurant on the East End with this designation is First and South in Greenport. The two are among 400 restaurants throughout Surfrider’s North American network of Ocean Friendly restaurants, an initiative that began in 2018. It’s a pledge for greener practices.According to the Surfrider website, the restaurants promise no expanded Styrofoam use, proper recycling practices, only utilizing reusable tableware for onsite dining, and disposable utensils for takeout food provided only upon request, no plastic bags, paper straws provided only upon request, all seafood is “Best of Choice” or “Good Alternative” as defined by Seafood Watch or certified as sustainable, vegetarian/vegan food options are offered regularly, customers with reusable items receive a discount, energy efficient efforts, no beverages sold in plastic bottles, and water conservation efforts are firstname.lastname@example.org Share
The recent warning from the British Retail Consortium that high streets could reach a ‘tipping point’, beyond which they will no longer be viable, highlights an important question. Macro-environmental factors like the global economy, technological innovation and the rise and fall of international power blocks have unpredictable effects on local economies, industries and professions. In uncertain and complex business environments, how can law firms develop robust business strategies? Small firms probably take Peters and Waterman’s famous advice to ‘stick to the knitting’ – that is, keep on doing what they do best. They also keep a close eye on visible competitors and may try to copy them when they successfully exploit new ideas. Of course, ‘sticking to the knitting’ and watching your competitors doesn’t work if you’re not clear, or simply wrong, about what you do best or who your competition is. From the 1870s to the 1990s, for example, Eastman Kodak’s production expertise was in chemicals. Sticking with photographic products in the face of a digital revolution meant it had to abandon much of its existing expertise and master electronics. It then had to survive competition from powerful competitors with strong capabilities in electronics – such as Sony. As the Law Society’s current Improving Residential Conveyancing consultation makes clear, residential conveyancing solicitors face a difficult environment and a need to make strategic choices. Technology is a significant factor in success or failure in this environment. It has the potential to change the business landscape for high street conveyancers as profoundly as the BRC fears the economic environment will impact on high streets. Survival will involve abandoning paper-based routines, acquiring expertise in the management of digital systems and facing formidable new competitors. It’s an obvious challenge but, as a recent In Business special report (see  Gazette, 23 July, 12) made clear, virtual law firms are already emerging and thriving despite recession. ‘The future is already here – it is just unevenly distributed,’ is a saying attributed to science fiction writer William Gibson. What that phrase means in practice was brought home to me in a discussion with Richard Barnett, chair of the Law Society’s Conveyancing and Land Law Committee and head of Barnetts Solicitors. Mr Barnett argues that the TransAction Plus vision outlined in Improving Residential Conveyancing is a way to help all conveyancing firms cope with a turbulent future. TransAction Plus will mean common conveyancing protocols, offering a much more open and transparent system for clients, and completion-ready packs, enabling estate agents to use a seller’s solicitor to deal with the home information pack and allowing the profession to offer a consumer-friendly alternative to the basic HIP. There would also be opportunities to build on TransAction Plus by developing a secure electronic portal. Mr Barnett’s strong advocacy is not based on the false assumption that all law firms need to develop the internal capabilities of a firm like his. Firms without specialist IT expertise may well benefit disproportionately from common protocols and a ‘shared’ IT infrastructure that they will not need to develop for themselves from scratch. Maybe this is just outsourcing the future? The Land Registry’s most ambitious plans for e-conveyancing have gone, but electronic registration is on its way. So are alternative business structures. The switchover from the paper-based past to the digital future may arrive sooner than some firms expect. The technologically savvy may already have the internal capabilities to respond quickly and flexibly. For others, TransAction Plus could make the difference between survival and death. The Improving Residential Conveyancing consultation closes on 18 September, and one factor that may shape many responses is the prevailing view on what it is that conveyancing solicitors really do best and who their competitors are. For any organisation, finding the ‘right’ answer to questions like those is fundamental to finding robust strategies that cope with technological change. Timothy Hill is technology policy adviser for the Law Society