среда, 29 февраля 2012 г.

Fed: ABC Learning's Australian operation sound: union

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Fed: ABC Learning's Australian operation sound: union

CANBERRA, Feb 27 AAP - The Australian operation of childcare provider, ABC Learning
Centres, is sound but its spiralling financial situation must be resolved soon to provide
certainty to parents, workers and investors, a leading union says.

ABC shares plunged as much as 70 per cent yesterday on investor concerns about the
level of debt the company is carrying and a disappointing first half profit.

Today the company went into a trading halt on the stock exchange.

The company runs more than 1,000 childcare centres throughout Australia and …

In-Stat: Claiming the Middle Ground: Mirrorless Digital Still Camera Revenue to Reach $825 Million in 2015

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In-Stat: Claiming the Middle Ground: Mirrorless Digital Still Camera Revenue to Reach $825 Million in 2015
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In the world of digital still cameras (DSCs), there were basically two market segments from which to choose, either the expensive digital single lens reflex (DSLR) or the more affordable, not-as-sophisticated compact DSC.

In-Stat noted in its latest research report that a middle ground was established two years ago with the introduction of the mirrorless camera. Claiming this new middle ground opportunity, mirrorless cameras are expected to generate $825 million in revenue in 2015.
"The mirrorless camera is essentially a DSLR without its reflex mirror, and it creates a price and quality bridge between the compact cameras and the DSLRs," said Stephanie Ethier, Senior Analyst. "Their advantages are smaller size, less weight, and smaller and lighter lenses. Although the mirrorless camera is still in its infancy as far as shipments are concerned, it will significantly impact the compact DSC market."

The new In-Stat research, entitled, "Digital Still Cameras: Devices, Features, Lenses, Sensors, and Semiconductors," provides an analysis of the worldwide market for digital still cameras and an overview of the technology that drives it. The report covers digital still cameras by separating them into three categories: compact DSC cameras, digital single lens reflex cameras, and mirrorless cameras.

In-Stat's market intelligence combines technical, market and end- user research and database models to analyze the Mobile Internet and Digital Entertainment ecosystems.

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SA:Teenager's body found under city bridge

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SA:Teenager's body found under city bridge

ADELAIDE, Aug 29 AAP - A teenager has fallen to his death while apparently trying to
spray graffiti on a bridge in Adelaide's southern suburbs, police say.

The youth's body was found at Morphett Vale on Monday near the Southern Expressway.

He was found by a walker and was thought to have slipped from the bridge and fallen on to rocks.

Police said several paint spray cans were found near the body.

Officers are trying to confirm his identity.

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FED:News Diary for Thursday, Feb 17

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FED:News Diary for Thursday, Feb 17

Good Evening News Editors and Chiefs of Staff

Here is AAP's preliminary newslist for Thursday (not for publication).

This is a guide only and stories, local times and locations are subject to change. In
some cases times and locations may not be available. Story coverage is subject to staffing.

- Michael Quinlivan, jailed for at least six years over the so called house of horrors
child abuse case will seek leave to appeal against his conviction.

- SA coroner to rule on the death of Derrick Terence Wanganeen who was killed when he
was thrown from a stolen car he was driving not long after police abandoned a high-speed

- Third day of first week of Queensland Parliament for 2011.

- Rick Hansen, a world-renowned Paralympic athlete and one of the final torch bearers
at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, is visiting Brisbane State High School. (0930)
- Brisbane Lord Mayor to thank Salvos and launch Salvos stores Shopping with a Conscience
campaign. (1030)
- Law Enforcement (Adequacy of aviation and maritime security measures to combat serious
and organised crime), Parliament House. (0915)
- Land use forum hosted by independent MP Rob Oakeshott, Parliament House. (1200)

- Cyclone watch


- Trial continues for Judy Moran who is charged with the murder of her brother-in-law
Des Moran. 1000
- Trial continues for a Victorian woman charged with murdering her husband after he allegedly
made constant demands for kinky sex. 1000

- Western Australian parliament sits.

- People's watchdog Choice and the Australia Institute to launch a report on high ATM
fees entitled "The price of disloyalty: Why competition has failed to lower ATM fees".

0900. Outside RBA, Martin Place.

- Final submissions at Helen Liu v The Age and Fairfax journalists, applying for orders
to reveal their sources, Supreme Court.1000
- Hearing Flight Centre v Janice Louw - a complaint over a holiday/accommodation deal.

Supreme COurt 1000.

- ICAC public inquiry concerning alleged fraud from hospital funds continues. 1000.

- Judgment Bat Advocacy NSW v minister for environment protection - 1200 Federal Court.

- NSW Farmers Association to release its key priorities for the upcoming state election,
with NSW Farmers' Association president Charles Armstrong available for comment. 1230
University of New England, Armidale.

JAKARTA The trial of Australian Michael Sacatides on drug smuggling charges is set to
resume in the Denpasar District Court on Thursday. (approx 1700 AEDT)



Sydney - RBA assistant governor (economic) Philip Lowe to deliver speech to Committee
for Economic Development of Australia, NSW Economic and Political Overview 2011


Sydney - AMP Ltd full year results

Sydney - ASX Ltd first half results

Sydney - Qantas Airways Ltd first half results

Sydney - PMP Ltd first half result

Sydney - Prime Media Group first half results

Sydney - Lend Lease Group first half results

Sydney - Macquarie Radio first half results

Sydney - ConnectEast Group first half results

Brisbane - Suncorp Group Ltd chief executive Patrick Snowball to address British Chamber
of Commerce in Australia executive luncheon

Adelaide - Santos Ltd full year results

Perth - Wesfarmers Ltd first half results

Sydney - Westpac chief executive Gail kelly keynote speaker at CEDA event on Economic
and Political Overview 2011

SYDNEY - Doctor Zhivago media call. Noon.


AHMEDABAD, India - News from Australian camp ahead of their World Cup title defence
starting v Zimbabwe on Monday.

DHAKA - Captains' pressers and opening ceremony for World Cup on Thursday evening AEDT
(pressers are on 2000 AEDT).

MELBOURNE - Preview Sheffield Shield match Victoria v NSW.


MELBOURNE/SYDNEY - Preview opening round Super Rugby match Melbourne Rebels v NSW Waratahs.

BRISBANE/SYDNEY - Preview panel for opening round of Super Rugby (Super Preview).


ADELAIDE - Preview first elimination final 3-Adelaide United v 6-Wellington Phoenix.

SYDNEY - Preview panel for the three matches in first week of A-League finals.


MELBOURNE - Preview NAB Cup first round clashes Essendon v Brisbane v St Kilda; media
conference with Bombers coach James Hird, 1115 Windy Hill.

MELBOURNE - Media conference with Western Bulldogs' Daniel Giansiracusa and North Melbourne's
Liam Anthony, 1200 AFL House.


SYDNEY - Preview trial match St George Illawarra v Bulldogs.

SYDNEY - NRL club chairmen's meeting.


LOS ANGELES - News from Aussies going into first round of US PGA Tour event in LA.

CHRISTCHURCH - First round of ALPG's NZ Women's Open


AUCKLAND - NBL top of table clash NZ Breakers v Perth, 1730AEDT


MELBOURNE - Preview of Saturday's Group One Lightning Stakes at Flemington.

SYDNEY - Looking at Saturday's Rosehill meeting.

BRISBANE - Throw forward to the Doomben program on Saturday.

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QLD:Reform deal yields health funds for Qld

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QLD:Reform deal yields health funds for Qld

The federal government's announced Queensland will get 94.8 million dollars over the
next three years to help improve its public hospitals .. following April's health reform
agreement with the states and territories.

The states have agreed to give up a third of their GST take in return for the commonwealth
becoming the majority funder of public hospitals.

The funding includes 61 million dollars for the Queensland government's Surgery Connect
program to provide an additional eight thousand elective surgery operations.

Prime Minister JULIA GILLARD says the extra operations will help patients get treatment
sooner .. with priority given to patients who've waited longer than doctors recommend.

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Vic: Actor Matthew Netwon 'enters rehab' - report

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Vic: Actor Matthew Netwon 'enters rehab' - report

Underbelly star MATTHEW NEWTON .. son of showbiz golden couple BERT and PATTI NEWTON
.. has entered a Melbourne rehabilitation hospital for an undisclosed personal problem.

The Herald Sun newspaper says the 33-year-old actor has been admitted to the un-named
private hospital in Melbourne's east .. which it says specialises in drug and alcohol

The paper says he was admitted some time this month .. with the support of his parents
and actress girlfriend RACHAEL TAYLOR.

BERT NEWTON .. who makes a triumphant return as host of the annual TV Week Logie Awards
in Melbourne on Sunday night .. has told the paper they want what's best for MATTHEW and
they're with him all the way.

MATTHEW NEWTON won acclaim last year for his role as Terry "Mr Asia" Clark in the second
series of the Underbelly franchise, A Tale of Two Cities.

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FED: Childcare costs expected to rise: report

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FED: Childcare costs expected to rise: report

Childcare costs are expected to rise as much as 22 dollars per child per day .. to
cover the cost of new laws aimed at giving children more attention from better-qualified

News Limited newspapers report the changes mean ratios of carers to children will increase
from 2012.

Childcare Alliance Australia .. representing private childcare operators .. has warned
this will force them to increase fees and reduce the number of places they offer.

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Fed: Swans says Turnbull has case to answer over "smear"

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Fed: Swans says Turnbull has case to answer over "smear"

CANBERRA, Aug 4 AAP - Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull has some serious questions
to answer over his attempted "smear" of the prime minister and himself, says Treasurer
Wayne Swan.

"I think what we should be looking at here is the extraordinary smear made on the prime
minister and myself by the opposition leader," he told reporters in Sydney.

The auditor-general, in a report tabled on Tuesday, has cleared both Mr Rudd and Mr
Swan of making any inappropriate representations on behalf of a car dealer friend of the
prime minister's for assistance in the OzCar scheme.

"When the Australian people expected our national parliament to be focused on jobs
and to be focused on building prosperity beyond the global recession, Mr Turnbull and
the Liberals were solely focused on smear," Mr Swan said.

"Now, as the prime minister and I said from the very beginning, our actions were absolutely
appropriate and the report today confirms that."

Mr Turnbull needed to explain why he put pressure on the Treasury official in charge
of the OzCar scheme, Godwin Grech, Mr Swan said.

Mr Grech claimed he was placed under "enormous pressure" in a meeting with Mr Turnbull
and Liberal Senate deputy leader Eric Abetz to provide evidence of the email allegedly
linking Mr Rudd's office to representations on behalf of the dealer John Grant.

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Fed: Expert says commission needs to examine fuel reduction

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Fed: Expert says commission needs to examine fuel reduction

A bushfire expert says the royal commission investigating the Victorian blazes should
examine the declining practice of fuel reduction in heavily-forested areas.

PHIL CHENEY .. the head of CSIRO's bushfires research unit .. says while temperatures
rising several degrees might increase the fire danger by up to two per cent .. doubling
the fuel load doubles the threat.

He's told ABC Television that fuel reduction practices have changed dramatically in
the past 30 years .. but if it's carried out around homes and in adjacent forests there's
an excellent chance of people staying and protecting themselves and their homes.

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FED: Medical journal accused of suppressing drug warning

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FED: Medical journal accused of suppressing drug warning

A taxpayer-funded medical journal has been accused of suppressing criticisms of flaws
in consumer medical handouts that could have fatal consequences for thousands of Australians.

The criticisms .. made in a paper by five medical specialists .. reveal the alleged
problems with the official advice for the drugs Cortate and Hysone remain unresolved ..

more than a year after the concerns were first published.

The journal .. Australian Prescriber .. faces criticism after it refused to publish the paper.

A spokesman for the journal has told News limited the decision not to publish the paper
was made by the editorial executive committee and a full explanation was given to the

The journal says it stands by the committee's decision.

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Vic: Men arrested over Gladstone Park shooting

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Vic: Men arrested over Gladstone Park shooting

Two Melbourne men have been arrested over a shooting in Melbourne's north-west last
week that left a man wounded.

Police arrested a 26-year-old man from Port Melbourne and a 35-year-old man from an
unknown address early this morning.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the leg in his driveway at Gladstone Park in the late
afternoon of April 9.

The two arrested men have been charged with illegally possessing firearms .. and are
expected to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court later today.

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Fed: Jobless fall will add to case for higher interest rates =2

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Fed: Jobless fall will add to case for higher interest rates =2

New government data released today suggests the outlook for jobs growth may be better
than previously thought.

The new Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations' (DEEWR) monthly
leading indicator of employment for December now shows two consecutive monthly increases
after revisions, rather than the five monthly declines in the previous November release.

The revisions and the December increase in the series mainly reflect increases in two
of its components - the Dun and Bradstreet employment expectations index and the ANZ newspaper
job advertisements report.

"Nevertheless, it is still too early to ascertain this as a prospective quickening
in the pace of cyclical employment growth above its trend rate of 2.5 per cent," the department

The December index - formerly released by the Department of Employment and Workplace
Relations (DEWR) - was minus 0.105 in December after minus 0.107 in November and following
a fall to minus 0.111 in October.

A "turning point" in the indicator is said to be confirmed when there are six consecutive
monthly movements in the same direction after the turning point.

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NSW: Police net drugs arrest 79 in south-west Sydney

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NSW: Police net drugs arrest 79 in south-west Sydney

More than 80-thousand dollars worth of drugs have been seized .. and nearly 80 people
have been arrested .. during a three day police operation in Sydney's south-west.

Acting Assistant Commissioner FRANK MENNILLI says Operation Victa .. which targeted
crime and anti-social behaviour in the area .. saw two men arrested in relation to a drug
haul worth 81-thousand dollars.

Police say they made 79 arrests throughout the three-day operation .. which began on
Thursday .. including 30 for drink driving offences .. and 29 for breach of bail and warrant

Acting Assistant Commissioner MENNILLI says they targeted robberies .. stolen motor
vehicles .. anti-social behaviour .. and compliance by licensed premises.

More than 250 police took part in the operation.

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Qld: Irwin faced death the day before he died

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Qld: Irwin faced death the day before he died

It's been revealed .. STEVE IRWIN risked his life the day before he was killed by a
stingray barb in far north Queensland.

The environmentalist was nearly bitten by a venomous sea snake while filming his final
television show.

News Ltd newspapers report .. in a segment of his wildlife documentary .. IRWIN swims
with the two metre snake and lifts it out of the water before it threatens him.

His death isn't acknowledged in the documentary .. which was completed in the weeks
after his death.

The show reportedly explains IRWIN's absence from some segments by saying he was on
the mainland .. setting crocodile traps.

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Qld: Youths rampaged due to boredom, says mayor

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Qld: Youths rampaged due to boredom, says mayor

BRISBANE, Aug 22 AAP - Up to 40 youths went on a destructive ramage in a central Queensland
Aboriginal community because they were bored, the town's mayor says.

Police said the youths, aged between 11 and 15, went on their out-of-control spree
in the town of Woorabinda, south-west of Rockhampton, at about 10.40pm (AEST) on Sunday.

Police were pelted with sticks, broken bottles and rocks and property and buildings,
including the local primary school, were damaged in the disturbance.

The riot ended only after parents, elders and guardians were called in to help restore order.

The damaged buildings also included the police station, work sheds and a cafe.

When police arrived, the youths pelted them with missiles, but there were no reports of injuries.

Police said 34 of the youths have been identified, and 16 arrested and charged.

A number had been released but others were being held in custody in Rockhampton while
police investigations continue.

Mayor Roderick Tobane said the youths were bored and frustrated by a lack of facilities.

"There's no big, major damage, there's not hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of
damage, it's just the young fellas out on the street after 10pm, after 11pm, making life
a misery for people who own services in the community," Mr Tobane told ABC radio.

"With the police as well, apparently they ... threw bricks through the window at the
police station.

"It's just clear boredom."

He urged parents to take more responsibility for their children.

"(They) feel neglected - there's a handful of them that are being neglected, they are
not getting the right care and love that they need," Mr Tobane said.

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NSW: Skimming device found in Sydney ATM

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NSW: Skimming device found in Sydney ATM

Bank customers are being told to closely check their bank statements after police uncovered
an ATM scam in Sydney.

A card skimming device and camera were hidden in a fake front panel on the machine
at a St George Bank in Sydney's CBD.

An employee of the bank noticed the device this morning and police believe it was installed
less than a day earlier during business hours.

Located on the corner of Pitt and Market Streets .. the ATM is only metres from where
crowds gathered yesterday to watch Prime Minister JOHN HOWARD enter the Cole inquiry.

Chief Inspector CHRIS KEEN says anyone who saw someone who appeared to be working on
the machine should contact police.

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понедельник, 27 февраля 2012 г.

NSW: Boy believed to be kidnapped found

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NSW: Boy believed to be kidnapped found

Police say a toddler believed to have been kidnapped from a south-west Sydney home
has been found safe and well.

The 15-month-old boy went missing from a Blakehurst home after a disturbance about
8.30 am (AEST).

Officers attended the Beach Street address after receiving reports two people and a
child were being held against their will.

When the officers entered the home, they found three people but the child was missing.

Police also found a gun at the home.

A man from the house was taken to St George Hospital, where he remains under police
guard, while the others are being interviewed.

Police searched for a man called ROGER HANNAH believed to be travelling with the toddler,
but when he was located some time later, the child was not with him.

The toddler was then located in an industrial estate in St Peters in Sydney's inner
western about 2.30 pm, and has been transported to be reunited with his mother.

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воскресенье, 26 февраля 2012 г.


CHARLESTON, WV -- The following information was released by the office of the West Virginia Attorney General:

In a settlement reached by West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw, two New York-based debt collection firms have agreed to cease doing business in the state, issue refunds of over $11,000 to customers, and make a $5,000 payment to the state.

Attorney General McGraw announced that his office entered the agreements with two affiliated collection agencies, Northtown Capital Associates, Inc., and Interstate Check Systems, Inc., both based in Amherst, New York. McGraw's office had opened an investigation of Northtown and Interstate after receiving a complaint that the companies were collecting loans in West Virginia without a license and surety bond as required by the state tax department.

Northtown and Interstate were attempting to collect debts allegedly owed to an Internet payday lender, Payday Yes, which had previously reached an agreement with McGraw's office to cease lending in the state and to close all of its West Virginia accounts. Internet payday loans, which typically come with exorbitant annual interest rates ranging from 600 to 800 percent, are illegal in West Virginia.

"West Virginia's laws regarding the licensing of collection agencies are intended to protect both the industry and consumers," McGraw said. "My office will continue its rigorous enforcement of these laws to ensure a level playing field for all legitimate agencies that collect debts in West Virginia. We will also take action to prohibit any collection agency, licensed or unlicensed, from collecting unlawful debts such as Internet payday loans."

Under the terms of the agreement, Northtown and Interstate will not collect Internet payday loans and will refrain from collecting any debts in West Virginia until licensed and bonded by the state tax department. The companies also agreed to make a payment of $5,000 to the State of West Virginia, to refund or cancel $11,117.25 in debts for 21 West Virginia consumers, and to close all West Virginia accounts with a zero balance.


Currently, only one in 25 EU hospitals grants patients online access to their medical data, as shown by a comparative study on the deployment of eH-health services in the EU. The study was published on 10 May following an EU task force meeting on e-health services. These events were organised on the margins of 2011 eHealth Week in Budapest, Hungary, on 10-12 May.

"Existing evidence suggests that by increasing the use of telemedicine and tele-monitoring solutions we could cut by up to 10% the hospitalisation of chronic heart failure patients, reduce the use of health care resources by diabetes patients by as much as 10% [...]. Now is the time to set targets and timelines to achieve them and agree on indicators for monitoring and measurement," said Commissioner Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda), opening a conference in Budapest.

According to a study carried out in 906 EU hospitals, telemedicine has yet to achieve its full potential in the EU. Indeed, while 90% of hospitals have broadband internet connections, onlya8% telemonitor patients at home. Similarly,a39% use videoconferencing for consultations with external specialists and only 5% have some form of electronic exchange of clinical care information with health care providers in other EU countries. Some 30% use e-prescription for medicines and 8% offer patients the opportunity to book their own hospital appointment online. The least developed service is access to medical records: only 4% of hospitals grant patients online access to their electronic patient record.


Deploying information and communication technologies (ITC) in health care remains an area of exclusive national competence. Eagerly awaited, the new Directive 2011/24/EU on cross-border health care offers relatively little scope for action by the Commission - relegated to supporting and facilitating cooperation and exchange of information between member states within the framework of a network built on a voluntary basis.

Nevertheless, within the limits of its competence, the Commission established an e-health task force, which met for the first time in Budapest, on 10 May. This high-level group's function is to make proposals for safer, improved and more efficient health care services in the EU - namely in terms of diagnostics, prevention and treatment. During its meetings, the task force will give particular consideration to the issue of attaining interoperability throughout the EU for all health care and associated technology. The task force will also dedicate its attention to the links between e-health, telemedicine and initiatives in terms of social policy.

eHealth Week, which is the result of a collaboration between the Commission's high-level ministerial conference and the World of Health IT conference and exhibition, should also lead to new potential solutions. This year, the focus is on e-health in a time of austerity.

"Keynote speakers [...] will emphasise on the role of technology in shaping up health systems of the future. They will discuss how to push information out into the eco-system': finding ways to move data from solely within the hospital out into the community, and from the GP's office, or even the home, to the electronic medical record (EMR)", said Jeremy Bonfini, executive vice-president for global services at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

The study is available at ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/item-detail-dae.cfm?item_id=6952


WASHINGTON -- The following information was released by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy:

The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday voted to approve legislation aimed at countering the illegal online sale of counterfeit goods. The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or PROTECT IP Act, is sponsored by Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), former Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Nine other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are cosponsors of the legislation. The Committee approved the legislation unanimously by a voice vote.

"Copyright infringement and the sale of counterfeit goods can cost American businesses billions of dollars, and result in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs," said Leahy. "Protecting intellectual property is not uniquely a Democratic or Republican priority -- it is a bipartisan priority."

"Today the Judiciary Committee took an important step in protecting online intellectual property rights. The Internet is not a lawless free-for-all where anything goes," said Hatch. "The Constitution protects both property and speech, both online and off."

"Increased online theft of intellectual property has become a rampant problem. The impact of copyright piracy and sale of counterfeit goods imposes a huge cost on the American economy -- lost jobs, lost sales, and lost income," Grassley said. "This bill will help to protect against harmful counterfeit and pirated products that cause damage to both the economy and the health and safety of the consumer."

The PROTECT IP Act follows bipartisan legislation introduced in 2010, which also won the unanimous support of Senate Judiciary Committee members. The PROTECT IP Act narrows the definition of a rogue website, while ensuring that law enforcement can get at the "worst-of-the-worst" websites dedicated to selling infringing goods. Copyright infringement and the sale of counterfeit goods reportedly cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs, as well as billions of dollars in lost tax revenue for federal, state and local governments.

Key provisions of the PROTECT IP Act include:

A narrow definition of an Internet site "dedicated to infringing activities";

Authorization for the Attorney General to serve an issued court order on a search engine, in addition to payment processors, advertising networks and Internet service providers;

Authorization for both the Attorney General and rights holders to bring actions against online infringers operating an internet site or domain where the site is "dedicated to infringing activities," but with remedies limited to eliminating the financial viability of the site, not blocking access;

Requirement of plaintiffs to attempt to bring an action against the owner or registrant of the domain name used to access an Internet site "dedicated to infringing activities" before bringing an action against the domain name itself;

Protection for domain name registries, registrars, search engines, payment processors, and advertising networks from damages resulting from their voluntary action against an Internet site "dedicated to infringing activities," where that site also "endangers the public health," by offering controlled or non-controlled prescription medication.

The PROTECT IP Act is supported by businesses and organizations across the political spectrum from labor unions to the Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, from the National Association of Broadcasters to the cable industry.

The PROTECT IP Act is cosponsored by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).

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Opening Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),

Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,

Executive Business Meeting

May 26, 2011

Today, this Committee has the opportunity to favorably consider and vote to pass important bipartisan legislation to crack down on rogue websites dedicated to the sale of infringement and counterfeit goods. The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or PROTECT IP Act, is the successor to our efforts last year. The new bill narrows the definition of a rogue website, while ensuring that law enforcement can get at the "worst-of-the-worst" websites dedicated to selling infringing goods.

Few things are more important to the future of the American economy and job creation than protecting our intellectual property. At a time where our country is beginning to regain its economic footing, businesses face an additional hurdle, the severity of which is increasing by the day -- digital theft.

In today's business and fiscal climate, the harm that intellectual property infringement causes to the U.S. economy is unacceptable. Copyright infringement and the sale of counterfeit goods can cost American businesses billions of dollars, and result in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs. The Institute for Policy Innovation estimates that copyright piracy online alone costs Federal, state and local governments $2.6 billion in tax revenue.

Our legislation is intended to protect the investment American companies make in developing brands and creating content, and will protect the jobs associated with those investments. It will help protect American consumers, who should feel confident that the goods they purchase are of the type and quality they expect. While the growth of the digital marketplace has been extraordinary, and benefits businesses by enabling new opportunities to reach consumers, it also brings with it the threat of stealing through copyright infringement and counterfeiting.

The PROTECT IP Act targets the most egregious actors, and is an important first step to putting a stop to online piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods.

As Senator Hatch has said, and I thank him for his generous remarks last week: "With this legislation, we are sending a strong message to those selling or distributing counterfeit goods online that the United States will strongly protect its intellectual property rights. . . . Stolen movies, music, and other products put many out of work. This is why protecting property rights is a critical imperative and is why we've come together in introducing this common-sense bill."

Senator Grassley has said: "The online distribution and sale of pirated content and counterfeit goods imposes a huge cost on the American economy in terms of lost jobs, lost sales, lost innovation and lost income. Piracy and counterfeiting can also present serious health and safety problems for consumers. This legislation will add another tool to the toolbox for going after these criminals and protecting the American public."

The PROTECT IP Act will provide law enforcement with important tools to stop websites dedicated to online piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods, which range from new movie and music releases, to pharmaceuticals and consumer products.

Both law enforcement and rights holders are currently limited in the remedies available to combat websites dedicated to offering infringing content and products. These rogue websites are often foreign-owned and operated, or reside at domain names that are not registered through a U.S.-based registry or registrar. American consumers are too often deceived into thinking the products they are purchasing at these websites are legitimate because they are easily accessed through their home's Internet service provider, found through well known search engines, and are complete with corporate advertising, credit card acceptance, and advertising links that make them appear legitimate.

The PROTECT IP Act authorizes the Justice Department to file a civil action against the registrant or owner of a domain name that accesses a foreign rogue website, or the foreign-registered domain name itself, and to seek a preliminary order from the court that the site is dedicated to infringing activities. The court is authorized to issue a cease and desist order against a rogue website. If the court issues that order, the Attorney General is authorized to serve that order, with permission of the court, on specified U.S. based third-parties, including Internet service providers, payment processors, online advertising network providers, and search engines. These third parties would then be required to take appropriate action to either prevent access to the Internet site (in the case of an Internet service provider or search engine), or cease doing business with the Internet site (in the case of a payment processor or advertising network).

The Act authorizes a rights holder who is the victim of the infringement from a rogue website to bring a similar action against the rogue site, whether domestic or foreign. If the court issues a cease and desist order, the rights holder is authorized to serve that order, if authorized by the court, on payment processors and online advertising networks, to cut off the financial viability of the criminal activity.

The legislation will also encourage voluntary action by Internet partners that have credible evidence a rogue website is threatening the public health by trafficking in counterfeit, adulterated, or misbranded prescription medication.

This legislation will provide law enforcement and rights holders with an increased ability to protect American intellectual property. This will benefit American consumers, American businesses, and American jobs. Our online infringement legislation is supported across the political spectrum from labor unions to the Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, from the National Association of Broadcasters to the cable industry. Just yesterday, Senators received a letter of support from more than 150 businesses and organizations endorsing the PROTECT IP Act.

In February, we held another hearing examining the impact of online infringement and counterfeit sales. The PROTECT IP Act builds on our consensus while incorporating provisions in response to concerns raised by some.

The PROTECT IP Act is sponsored by 12 members of the Judiciary Committee: me, Senator Hatch, Senator Grassley, Senator Schumer, Senator Feinstein, Senator Whitehouse, Senator Klobuchar, Senator Graham, Senator Kohl, Senator Coons, Senator Blumenthal, and Senator Franken. Protecting intellectual property is not uniquely a Democratic or Republican priority -- it should be a bipartisan priority.

суббота, 25 февраля 2012 г.

Rocky Mountain Way: Nederland studio became an 'accidental hotspot' of 70s music that reverberates today.(MUSIC)

Colorado isn't widely known for its importance in the music industry, but maybe it should be. With a collection of Grammy-winning recording and mastering facilities in the Boulder area, and new ones being built, the world's most important and unique performance venues and festivals, and an entire genre of music emerging from the area, Colorado is making a name for itself in the ever-changing music business.

In the early 1970s, Joe Walsh, Elton John, Chicago, Stephen Stills and Manassas, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart and other musical giants past and present recorded at what was the accidental hotspot of destination recording studios: Caribou Ranch.

Jim Guercio started it in a barn on his 6,000-acre spread outside of Nederland, and word traveled about the scene in the mountains. Artists flowed into town looking for an out-of-the-way place where they could write and record without the distractions of the real world.


"There was a mystique," said Kenny Passarelli, bassist, songwriter and producer. "It was a pretty cool place to get into back then. It was expensive. There were guards, a 24-hour chef and accommodations. II you had a major band with a budget, you could do it."

In 1985, the studio was lost in a fire and has been closed ever since, but not before it put Colorado on the music industry map. A lot has changed in the last 25 wars, mostly in the way people listen to music. That has changed everything. Passarelli, who co-wrote and recorded "Rocky Mountain Way" with Joe Walsh at Caribou, points out that big budgets for high-end boutique recording don't exist anymore.

Today, listening to recorded music happens on ear buds, and downloading music from the Internet, You Tube, iTunes and Pandora has put an end to the record industry artists knew when Caribou was in business.

"These days the challenge is getting noticed among the cacophony of everyone doing the same thing," said Tom Wasinger, a Grammy-winning Boulder musician, producer and engineer.

Wasinger operates a recording studio and production facility a few miles outside Boulder and has been in the music business for more than 40 years as a performer, engineer and teacher. The walls of his studio are lined with instruments while a trio of Grammys he won for production work sit on a shelf overlooking workspace. In the old days (pre-Internet), he said performers had to deal with the bottleneck of big record companies controlling what would get produced and ultimately played.

"A friend used to call it 'vampires at the well.' He was talking about the wellspring of creative people and the vampires exploiting them," Wasinger said. "That scenario is gone, and a lot of pretty nasty people arc off doing other things."


Just 10 years ago, selling records--and later CDs--was the name of the game, and artists would tour to boost record sales. This is still the case for well-established performers. But for many artists, income from record sales is small compared with revenue from live performances, and many will give away the recordings online to keep their fan base interested until the next tour comes to town.

The old ways may have faded into the background, but the best still exist, and new models built on a mixture of what is happening today with what was so great about Colorado's musical history are emerging. Nick and Helen Forster, founders of the weekly nonprofit radio show eTown are creating something uniquely Colorado in their new eTown Hall. In 2008 they purchased a 17,000-square-foot church in downtown Boulder that they are rehahbing into a state-of-the-art performance and recording facility. Along with an intimate 200-seat theater for producing the live show--what Kick calls a 'listening room'--he will also have a 1,250-squarc-foot recording studio that he hopes will re-create some of what Caribou Ranch had 25 years ago.

"I think we can infuse some Caribou juice into what we have here," Forster said. ''To create a (recording and performance) environment like that will offer something to Boulder that it's never had."

The multimillion dollar project is funded with donations and income from sponsors and performances. So far about 25 percent of the project is complete in the form of new offices. Demolition has started on the rest of the project, and Nick hopes to see it completed by the end of the year.

Along with changes in how people listen to music is how music is recorded. In the days of Caribou, equipment needed for quality recording was large, expensive and difficult to set up and use. That's not true anymore. Most performers are making adequate recordings in their homes or on the road with a relatively small investment, further marginalizing the big record companies. With the staccato collection of recording facilities ranging from professional studios like Wasinger's or Immersion Studios in Boulder to the home-based setups, the job of mastering the various pieces of the puzzle into a unified CD is tougher than ever.

"It's possible to do amazing recordings from your home. ... It's rare for me to see a project recorded in commercial studios all the way," said David Glasser, founder and chief engineer at Airshow Inc., a mastering studio in Boulder. "Equipment was really expensive; now it's not, and many (recordings) are done in little project studios."

Glasser's spacious facility in Boulder has the comfortable feel of a living room with the sound-deadening insulation that creates an isolated listening environment perfect for putting the finishing touches on recordings. The walls are lined with Grammy nominations and gold and platinum records for mastering and recording. His two Grammys sit in the studio beneath one of the towering speaker arrays. He's currently working on a 72-CD set of live recordings from The Grateful Dead's 1972 tour of Europe.

"Our area has an amazing music scene," Glasser said. "The Front Range is a hotbed of bluegrass acoustic music. You don't find that in many other places, and that's why we're here."

Music often defines the character of a city or region: Chicago is known for the blues, Nashville for country, New Orleans for jazz. Colorado is known for bluegrass. Along with eTown, Nick Forster was also a founding member of the 1970s bluegrass band, Hot Rize. His band used electric instruments, phasers and other electronics to give it a more progressive sound--sometimes tagged "New Grass."

"Hot Rize helped push Colorado into bluegrass consciousness," Forster said. "Today, String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band and other jam bands have made Boulder County a home for that scene."

Forster says that one of the things that makes Colorado's music scene so special are the number of people who crave live music and their willingness to buy tickets for live performances. Of course, the quality venues don't hurt. From one-of-a-kind Red Rocks, to the Fox Theater and tiny Swallow Hill in Denver, great music outlets arc everywhere.

"It's partly a strong economy, but it's also just a thing that people like to do," Forster said. "It's part of the culture of the state ... so it's great for performers. Producers are bidding for the artists, making it more lucrative for the performers. It's also driven, to an extent, by the party culture."

Proof of this phenomenon is Planet Bluegrass in Lyons. The festival promoter puts on three of the biggest bluegrass festivals in the world: Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rocky Grass and The Folks Festival in Lyons. It also promotes a series of shows in the spring at its Wildflower Pavilion.

On a chilly Friday evening in March, a string of cars files into the gravel and dirt parking area at the Planet Bluegrass compound on the outskirts of Lyons for a sold-out show. The rustic 300-seat venue is packed to standing room only. Beer is selling from folding tables in the back, and occasionally a stray bottle will clank onto the concrete floor, adding to the full-body experience of the place. This homegrown scene is a taste of the festival atmosphere when 10 times as many people flood the area for a weekend of listening to music, catching up with old friends and jamming with new ones around a campfire.

Rocky Grass, held in June, is a mecca for bluegrass aficionados. "Festivarians" as they're called, travel from around the world and all 50 states to take part in the 39-year-old event. Just before the festival, a weeklong series of clinics and organized jam sessions, headed by professional musicians, is so popular it sells our in December via lottery. The other two events arc no less popular with Telluride Bluegrass Festival drawing 10,000 people each day of the four-day event and the Folks Fest in August taking in 3,500 each day.

"The business has been really good to us," said Brian Eyster, 37, director of marketing and communications with Planet Bluegrass. "Last year we sold out every festival ticket. Bluegrass is such a social music. You can pick up acoustic instruments and play. That goes with the Colorado mindset of being outdoors; it's creative and collaborative. It makes a great place for it to thrive and new genres to form.

"Amid all of this, one constant remains," Forster said. "For the average touring artist with 150 to 250 dates a year ... the musical experience of touring and selling CDs at shows hasn't changed. The bottom line is: Can you make good music that expresses feelings and moves an audience?"


Google to buy travel technology software Co.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 2 -- Google Inc. plans to buy travel technology company ITA Software Inc. in a $700 million deal that would enable the Internet search leader to steer more of the airline reservations booked on the Web.

The all-cash deal announced Thursday signals Google's intention to challenge flight-comparison services that are ITA customers, including Kayak, FareCompare, Hotwire and Microsoft Corp.'s Bing Travel. The deal is likely to face tough federal scrutiny.

"There is clearly more room for competition and innovation" in online travel, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in a conference call. "We will improve the way flight information is organized."

ITA Software, a 500-employee company created in 1996 by computer scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, sells technology that helps run the reservation systems of many airlines, including American, Southwest, Alaska and Continental. Its software also powers the tools that other travel websites use to track air fares.

Google is counting on ITA's expertise to improve the quality of its search results when people are looking to make airline reservations.

Schmidt predicted the biggest winners in this deal would be consumers, but he also predicted Google would be able to drive more traffic to airlines and travel agencies such as Orbitz and Expedia. Google would profit from ITA's technology by selling more ads alongside the flight data.

Bing has been picking up more traffic with features that help people figure out whether the prices of airline prices are likely to increase or decrease. Like other search engines specializing in travel, Bing checks multiple sites at once for the best deals and sends users to those sites to book there.

The deal is likely to be scrutinized by federal antitrust regulators, given that Google already reigns as the Internet's most powerful company. The Federal Trade Commission conducted a six-month review before approving Google's last big acquisition, a $750 million takeover of mobile ad service AdMob.

Schmidt did not predict when the deal might close, but said he expected Google would ultimately win approval after regulators take a "fair amount" of time to review the deal.

"We are pretty confident that this is pro-competitive and pro-consumer," Schmidt said.

Google intends to honor all of ITA's existing contracts if the acquisition is approved. It's unclear whether Google would still want to work with some of its rivals after the contracts expire.

Federal Trade Commission spokesman Mitch Katz declined to comment. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a message for comment.

Shares in Google rose 41 cents to $439.90 in extended trading Thursday after the announcement. Earlier, shares were down $5.46, or 1.2 percent, to close at $439.49.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Bharat Chronicle. For more information on news feed please contact Sarabjit Jagirdar at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com

2008 Bharat Chronicle brought to you by HT Media Ltd.

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Western Europe E-Commerce Report 2009 - Order Now.

M2 PRESSWIRE-10 July 2009-Research and Markets: Western Europe E-Commerce Report 2009 - Order Now(C)1994-2009 M2 COMMUNICATIONS


Dublin - Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/66bc30/western_europe_ec) has announced the addition of the "Western Europe E-Commerce Report 2009" report to their offering.

E-Commerce is the sales channel of the future. However, even the brightest prospects will not materialize, unless providers keep track of trends, consumer demands and competitors in this challenging market environment. The key to entrepreneurial success in the E-Commerce market is access to objective, reliable and up-to-date information that provides an insight into the dynamics of the market. Western Europe E-Commerce Report 2009 is the one-stop source for these facts.

This report focuses on secondary research, which means that we use and compare different sources. This allows us to analyze individual aspects from different perspectives and to equip decision-makers with reliable data and information on the respective markets, their structure and dynamics.

The Report: - The Report covers B2C E-Commerce of the countries UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Italy.


- Management summary, which contains the main findings

- Current Trends in the E-Commerce Segment

- Sales numbers and growth rates of B2C E-Commerce

- E-Commerce vs. retail and home shopping sales figure comparisons

- Basic data on the number of internet users, penetration, types of used internet connections, number of internet shoppers and demographics (including penetration rates)

- Product rankings, which show the top selling assortments on the internet.

- Rankings and short profiles of the main competitors

- News on leading E-Commerce companies

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/66bc30/western_europe_ec

CONTACT: Laura Wood, Senior Manager, Research and MarketsFax: +1 646 607 1907 (US)Fax: +353 1 481 1716 (Rest of World)e-mail: press@researchandmarkets.com

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ConQuest introduces NetQuest Internet architecture.

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 20, 1995--ConQuest Software Inc., the leading provider of advanced text management solutions, Thursday announced the introduction of NetQuest, a unique, client/server architecture for seamless, World Wide Web access to heterogeneous distributed information servers across the Internet.

Initially developed for the United States Federal Government Global Change-Assisted Search for Knowledge (GC-ASK) project, NetQuest will be publicly demonstrated for the first time during Earth Day ceremonies in Washington, D.C., April 21 - 22.

The NetQuest system will be commercially available in late 1995 to information vendors, enterprises, government agencies, and other organizations who wish to create a complete, powerful and easy-to-use system for publishing and disseminating information across the Internet.

ConQuest's Workbench of full-text searching and profiling engines, plain English client interfaces, built-in semantic knowledgebases, application development and integration tools provides the core technology for NetQuest. E- Systems (Dallas) serves as the projects systems integrator, and provides the geographical information (GIS) digital imagery and spatial data processing expertise which is a requirement for GC-ASK.

Infrastructures for Information (Toronto) contributes advanced capabilities for filtering and viewing compound documents, including SGML documents. WAIS, Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.) is the provider of Internet communications protocols for the project.

NetQuest represents a breakthrough integration of leading edge, commercially available software components, the unique expertise and core competencies of the partners who have developed the system, and the deployment of key, new server processes: a metaserver, intelligent agents, and a results server. NetQuest addresses the major requirements of a highly distributed research environment.

It provides a powerful, unified, easy-to-use Mosaic interface for finding relevant information, regardless of its format or location on the Internet. Indeed, NetQuest assists users in determining and navigating to the appropriate information sources through its Metaserver, a "metaguide" to sources on the system.

Through the use of intelligent agents, NetQuest queries are mapped into the native search languages of the appropriate source, and sent to those sources via the Internet. The agents can also hold tracking and billing information, for commercial publishing applications. Information retrieved from multiple sources is merged and ranked in relevance order using the NetQuest Results Server.

NetQuest produces exceptionally accurate results, while providing users with transparent access to multiple information sources.

"We are pleased and proud to demonstrate a system which, for the first time, truly exploits the potential of the World Wide Web and the Internet," commented Edwin R. Addison, president of ConQuest Software.

"The concept of seamless access to heterogeneous information servers has captured the information marketplace. The result is great excitement, but also great confusion, as vendors rush to announce products which may or may not deliver on this promise. Other Web searching products use `web crawler' or `spider' architectures, which require the customer to index data in a proprietary format before it can be searched.

"ConQuest's NetQuest is the first commercial, client/server product to provide an agent-based solution which directly accesses the target databases in their native indexed form, and then relevance ranks the returned documents using an advanced Results Server.

"NetQuest delivers today, not only an actual, working architecture, but the power of ConQuests natural language searching to find more relevant information, more easily, than any other full-text retrieval software. This product is truly a best-of-breed first, which will set the standard for Internet information searching."

"Internet usage is increasing drastically, in large part due to the amount and quality of data available to the public, noted David Yockelson, program director of advanced information management at the META Group. "However, it is difficult for users to translate this data into useful, digestible information. The addition of ConQuests search engine and the NetQuest architecture to the GC-ASK system will enable users to intelligently search through mountains of available data and obtain precise, relevant results quickly."

To see NetQuest on April 21 and 22, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, visit ConQuest at the Museum of Natural History (second floor) on the Washington Mall, between 10th and Constitution Streets, NW. To view the NetQuest demonstration, access the Global Change-Assisted Search for Knowledge home page at: -0-


(Please note that this is a temporary URL, and subject to change.) For further information on NetQuest, including pricing and availability, contact ConQuest Software at 1-800-787-1715.

ConQuest Software, Inc.

ConQuest Software, established in 1989, has earned broad acclaim as the best-of-breed for developing and delivering plain English text management software tools to meet the business challenges of publishers, vendors and information end-users today and into the future.

ConQuest and its strategic partners are redefining the information industry: creating new products and platforms for Internet access to heterogeneous information libraries, competitive intelligence, open source research, real-time news management, intelligent publishing, litigation support, market research and other key, text-intensive applications.

ConQuest delivers real-time profiling and retrospective retrieval engines, full Boolean, statistical, heuristic and word meaning-based concept search technologies, semantic network knowledgebases and a complete set of application development tools for stand-alone, file share, and true client/server environments. Only ConQuest builds in word meaning to drive the productivity of information searching, delivering, unsurpassed precision and recall, while being extremely easy to use.

ConQuest is a winner of the 1994 Washington Technology StarTech Best New Product Award and the 1994 Information Industry Association Entrepreneur of the Year Award. -0- ConQuest is a registered trademark of ConQuest Software, Inc. All other trademarked terms are the property of their respective organizations.

CONTACT: ConQuest Software

Judith Feder, 914/946-3806, judy_feder@cq.com

пятница, 24 февраля 2012 г.

Healthy choices.(student health)

THE most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 17 percent of children and adolescents are overweight. Statistics show that one in five kids abuse prescription drugs. These are only two examples of the health issues facing children today. In fact, there are many health topics that need to be incorporated into the curriculum, such as chronic diseases, infections, and environmental hazards. Like adults, most students will turn to the Internet. According to a new Pew Internet & American Life Project report, 10 million American adults look online for health information in any given day. Only 27 percent begin their search at a health-related Web site. Providing students with reliable health sources will give them the knowledge they need to make wise decisions.


The CDC from the Department of Health and Human Services provides this Web site for learning about health issues. Find out how scientists track diseases such as the West Nile Virus and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). Meet doctors whose work is detecting, preventing, and stopping certain diseases. Discover some delicious cool treats for a more healthy diet. Create a fitness and activity calendar from the hundred choices for an active lifestyle. Learn the rules and techniques for playing sports on the activity cards that include all aspects of particular sports. Your Safety is a section that includes practical information for staying safe while engaged in physical activity. Ways of dealing with conflict, stress, and pressure are included under Your Life. Use the KABAM! Comic Creator, and read about the Immune Platoon. This site offers loads of information and interactive activities on all aspects of keeping healthy.


Did you know that the CDC was founded in 1946 to help control malaria? Since that time, it has expanded its focus to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats. The CDC site is a gateway to publications, statistics, and news. Featured on the page are Pandemic Flu resources, the Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work Campaign, and breaking news stories. Stay informed by subscribing to free email updates tailored to your specific interests. This is a great starting point for students studying diseases and current health issues.


GirlsHealth was developed by the Office on Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is designed to provide girls between the ages of 10 and 16 with reliable information regarding health issues they will face as they become young women. Read stories written for girls by girls from New Moon magazine, vote on a current issue, or browse through a wide array of informative articles. Rounding out the site is an educator's page that includes links to classroom materials and how to order free promotional posters.


Infection Detection Protection, sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History, is a Web site that engages students in learning about microbes. The information is interesting and interactive. Play Bacteria in the Cafeteria or Infection! (where you are the germ). Follow that duck in China and learn how it could have possibly given you the flu. Click on the Microbe Hunter and answer questions about famous scientists in the study of microbes. Be sure to solve the Mixed-up Microbe Mystery. Finally, avoid infectious diseases at The Prevention Convention. Upon completing the activities, students will have learned a wealth of information.


Want to become physically fit? This site encourages physical activity by suggesting a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Participate in a scavenger hunt in or out of the house. Find the object and determine the time it takes. Compete against a friend or yourself. Play the fitness challenge, composed of 10 activities, on your computer. Compete with another person or against yourself. See if you can improve your time. Play Move Mixer to create dances by combining predefined moves with music. Then dance along and teach others. This site encourages physical activity while allowing for creativity.


Parents, kids, and teens will discover a wealth of information reviewed by medical and health professionals. In the parent section, a variety of topics are presented such as positive parenting, emotions and behavior of kids, and symptoms of more than 80 infections. Kids can learn about everyday illnesses and injuries, try experiments that demonstrate amazing things regarding the senses, and view movies about How the Body Works. Teens get straight talk on a range of issues from body art to diseases as well as advice from peers who share personal stories about their experiences with wearing braces, dealing with divorce, or coping with cerebral palsy. You won't want to miss this site when preparing lessons for your classroom.


Find sample health-science activities and lessons for all age levels. These lessons and activities are all aligned to national standards. Games and Webquests are included to keep students engaged and interested in living a healthy lifestyle. Students and teachers do need to register for a free account, which requires an email address. However, teachers can create additional accounts under their usernames. Meet the nutrient superheroes in interactive problem-solving situations. Every aspect of health education is included in these lessons to engage students in becoming health-conscious.


This Web site, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, helps readers understand how the food pyramid can assist in creating a healthy diet. Enter your age and amount of physical activity to receive a customized food guide. One size does not fit all. View the personalized guide and see what dietary needs are required for keeping healthy. Posters, coloring books, and work sheets are included for students, along with classroom materials for teachers. Next, play the interactive MyPyramid Blast Off Game to determine if your choices for a healthy lifestyle allow you to blast off. There is also a section geared more for adults that includes a calorie counter and sample menus.


One of the goals at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is to educate the public. Mental-health issues affecting children are outlined and include many resources for support and treatment. There are materials for children, adolescents, and adults. Current research is presented with results and the opportunity to participate in future studies. Health information, mental-health diseases, research and funding, and much more make this a very informative site.


Meet the Scrub Club in their quest to encourage effective hand washing to avoid infections. For the younger set, this site provides a variety of games and interactive activities to help children learn about the causes and the prevention of diseases. Activities include the six steps to keeping clean, meeting villains of disease, the five-finger alert, and much more.


Search or browse the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) database to find lists of documents on potential environmental hazards. These can be downloaded and opened with Adobe Acrobat Reader. Under the Environmental Education button, teachers will discover grant applications, curriculum materials, training programs, and partnerships. EPAWeb sites for students are divided by age-appropriate grade levels. Environmental Kids Club (grades pre-K-4) contains hands-on projects and games. Student Center (grades 5-8) emphasizes concept building through a variety of activities. High School Environmental Center (grades 9-12) focuses on issues, community service, competitions, and careers. Finally, school districts may wish to review the free software program, HealthySEAT, developed by the EPA to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety, and health issues.


Access hundreds of food- and drug-related documents. Read the latest news concerning approvals, recalls, and product safety. Learn about the products the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates. The FDAis a good starting point for middle and high school research projects. Have younger students jump over to the Kids' Site where they can engage in a variety of activities such as assuming the role of an FDA inspector or taking a food safety quiz.

Be sure to visit the MultiMedia & Internet@Schools home page (www.mmischools.com) with CyberBee's Web Pick. Then fly over to CyberBee (www.cyberbee.com) for more curriculum ideas, research tools, and activities to use with your students and staff.


National Health Education Standards These are voluntary standards that serve as a guide for developing the curriculum.

Standard 1:

Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.

Standard 2:

Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.

Standard 3:

Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information and products and services to enhance health.

Standard 4:

Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and to avoid or reduce health risks.

Standard 5:

Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.

Standard 6:

Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.

Standard 7:

Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.

Standard 8:

Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.

From the American Association for Health Education and the American Cancer Society (www.aahperd.org/aahe)


Healthy Choices

BAM! Body and Mind www.bam.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov

GirlsHealth www.girlshealth.gov

Infection Detection Protection www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/infection

Kidnetic.com www.kidnetic.com

KidsHealth www.kidshealth.org

LearntobeHealthy.org www.learntobehealthy.org

MyPyramid.gov www.mypyramid.gov/index.html

NIMH: Child and Adolescent Mental Health www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/childmenu.cfm

NSF Scrub Club www.scrubclub.org

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Children's Health Protection http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/homepage.htm

U.S. Food and Drug Administration www.fda.gov/default.htm

Linda Joseph is the author of Net Curriculum: An Educator's Guide to Using the Internet, published by CyberAge Books. The recipient of numerous awards, in addition to her work in the Columbus Public Schools and the Library of Congress, Linda is currently a part-time instructor for Ohio State University. Communications to the author may be addressed to her at ljoseph@iwaynet.net.

GSI Commerce To Participate in Two Upcoming Investor Events.

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GSI Commerce Inc. today announced that Michael Conn, the company's chief financial officer, is scheduled to participate in two upcoming investor events -- at the Goldman Sachs Global Technology Investment Symposium in Phoenix on Feb. 27, and at the JPMorgan Global Internet Conference in New York City on March 13. A copy of the company's presentation has been filed on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Michael Conn is scheduled to present at the Goldman Sachs event on Monday, Feb. 27 at 4:10 p.m. MST. A live audio Webcast of the presentation will be available to the public at http://customer.talkpoint.com/GOLD006/022706a_cs/ default.asp?entity=gsicommerce. Conn is also scheduled to present at the JPMorgan event on Monday, March 13 at 4:05 p.m. EST. A live audio Webcast of the presentation will be available to the public at http://equityconferences.jpmorgan.com/. Once on the Web site, visitors are asked to follow the instructions posted on the site to access the GSI Commerce presentation.

About GSI Commerce

GSI Commerce is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions that enable retailers, branded manufacturers, entertainment companies and professional sports organizations to operate e-commerce businesses. We provide solutions for our partners through our integrated e-commerce platform, which is comprised of technology, logistics and customer care and marketing services. We either operate, or will operate pursuant to signed agreements, all or portions of the e-commerce businesses for approximately 50 partners.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements made in this release and to be made during the presentations, including those in a tape recording, live audio and live Webcast of the presentations, other than statements of historical fact, are or will be forward-looking statements. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "will," "would," "should," "guidance," "potential," "continue," "project," "forecast," "confident," "prospects," and similar expressions typically are used to identify forward- looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the then-current expectations, beliefs, assumptions, estimates and forecasts about the business of GSI Commerce. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors which may affect GSI Commerce's business, financial condition and operating results include the effects of changes in the economy, consumer spending, the financial markets and the industries in which GSI Commerce and its partners operate, changes affecting the Internet and e-commerce, the ability of GSI Commerce to develop and maintain relationships with strategic partners and suppliers and the timing of its establishment, extension or termination of its relationships with strategic partners, the ability of GSI Commerce to timely and successfully develop, maintain and protect its technology and product and service offerings and execute operationally, the ability of GSI Commerce to attract and retain qualified personnel, the ability of GSI Commerce to successfully integrate its acquisitions of other businesses, if any, the performance of acquired businesses and the impact of SFAS 123(R). More information about potential factors that could affect GSI Commerce can be found in its most recent Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other reports and statements filed by GSI Commerce with the SEC. GSI Commerce expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

   Contacts:    Michael Conn                       Greg Ryan   Chief Financial Officer            Director, Corp. Communications   tel: 610-491-7002                  tel: 610-491-7294   e-mail: connm@gsicommerce.com      e-mail: ryang@gsicommerce.com  

First Call Analyst: FCMN Contact: ryang@gsicommerce.com

CONTACT: Michael Conn, Chief Financial Officer, +1-610-491-7002, connm@gsicommerce.com ,or Greg Ryan, Director, Corp. Communications, +1-610-491-7294, ryang@gsicommerce.com, both of GSI Commerce, Inc.

Web site: http://www.gsicommerce.com/

ITC^DeltaCom Common Stock to Resume Trading on NASDAQ; Company Expects Stock Will Begin Trading on The NASDAQ SmallCap Market(sm) on Tuesday, December 23, 2003.

ITC^DeltaCom, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: ITCD.OB) today announced it expects its stock will begin trading on The NASDAQ SmallCap Market(SM) at the beginning of trading Tuesday, December 23, 2003, under the symbol .

"We are pleased to regain our NASDAQ listing," said Larry Williams, ITC^DeltaCom chairman and chief executive officer. "This is a significant milestone which we feel will enhance our visibility with the investment community as we continue to strengthen our competitive product suite, increase market share and create improved shareholder value."

The NASDAQ SmallCap listing is subject to compliance with NASDAQ's minimum bid price requirement and other NASDAQ marketplace rules.


ITC^DeltaCom, headquartered in West Point, Ga., provides, through its operating subsidiaries, integrated telecommunications and technology services to businesses and consumers in the southern United States. Following the October 2003 merger of two leading regional telecommunications providers, ITC^DeltaCom and BTI Telecom Corp. (BTI), ITC^DeltaCom has a fiber optic network spanning approximately 14,500 route miles and offers a full suite of voice, data and Internet services including local, long distance, data, broadband, colocation and Web hosting. The company operates approximately 30 voice switches and 70 data switches, and is one of the largest competitive telecommunications providers in its region (based on revenue). ITC^DeltaCom has interconnection agreements with BellSouth, Verizon, Southwestern Bell, CenturyTel and Sprint for resale and access to unbundled network elements and is a certified competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) in Arkansas, Texas, Virginia and nine BellSouth states. For more information about ITC^DeltaCom, visit the Company's Web site at http://www.itcdeltacom.com/ .

    INVESTOR CONTACT:              MEDIA CONTACT:    Douglas A. Shumate             Mary Catherine R. Bassett    Chief Financial Officer        Weber Shandwick Worldwide for ITC^DeltaCom    706-385-8189                   404-266-7568    dshumate@itcdeltacom.com       mbassett@webershandwick.com  

CONTACT: Douglas A. Shumate, Chief Financial Officer of ITC^DeltaCom, +1-706-385-8189, or dshumate@itcdeltacom.com; or Mary Catherine R. Bassett of Weber Shandwick Worldwide for ITC^DeltaCom, +1-404-266-7568, or mbassett@webershandwick.com

Web site: http://www.itcdeltacom.com/

The Boston Globe Upgrade column.

By Hiawatha Bray, The Boston Globe Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

Nov. 22--This column gets results. A few months ago I suggested that Internet users would do well to give up on Microsoft Corp.'s buggy and insecure Internet Explorer browser and check out some well-crafted alternatives. And so you have, in a big way.

In the past two weeks, Internet users have downloaded over 4.5 million copies of Firefox, the excellent browser available for free from the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation. Yes, there are hundreds of millions of IE users, but Firefox is gaining fast, and IE is losing market share for the first time in years. The switch to Firefox will happen even faster as more people realize the full power of this browser, much of it provided by computer hobbyists who are scrambling to create a cornucopia of useful add-ons.

They're called extensions, handy programs that fit seamlessly inside Firefox and augment its original functions. There are dozens of them, ready to do for you just about anything IE will do and a bunch of stuff you never even thought about before.

What's the latest weather? There's WeatherFox, an extension that will pop up the most recent forecast in a corner of your browser. Do you enjoy music while you surf? Check out FoxyTunes, which adds a toolbar with controls for your favorite music player. How fast is your Internet connection? Bandwidth Tester will tell you at the touch of a button.

Try a few for yourself. For the browser, go to www.getfirefox.com. Once it's installed, use Firefox to return to the site and then scroll down the page and click the Extensions link.

All of these gadgets are being hammered out by talented amateurs with time on their hands. The Mozilla Foundation is glad of the help; indeed, it was counting on it.

"We've designed our software to support extensions," said Ben Goodger, lead designer of Firefox, "and we've put a lot of things in it with extensions in mind."

For instance, Firefox extensions can be created by amateurs with limited programming skills. "With IE . . . you need to be a sort of hard-core Windows developer," Goodger said. "With Firefox, you just need to know the kinds of things a Web developer might know," relatively simple scripting languages like Javascript.

Lots of people know that stuff. Firefox users get free access to the fruits of their effort, and the Mozilla Foundation gets one more weapon in its campaign to make Firefox the Web's dominant browser.

Firefox will need plenty of help, despite its deserved reputation as a safer way to visit the Internet. Public disgust with computer worms and spyware attacks, many of them made possible by security flaws in the Microsoft browser, gave Firefox a toehold in the market.

Microsoft has issued some major repair patches, but the company says it won't offer a total browser overhaul, because that will come in a couple of years with its future operating system, codenamed Longhorn. Too bad for Microsoft that nobody wants to wait till 2006 for a safe browser. Throw in a lingering and well-founded distrust for the world's biggest software company, and plenty of people were ready for an alternative.

But browser-switchers often pay for their disloyalty to IE in the form of compatibility problems. Some sites are designed around IE and studded with features that don't work properly in Firefox.

Here at the Globe, we do a lot of research using Factiva, an online database run by the Dow Jones and Reuters news services. It's an excellent resource, but only for those running IE. Factiva and Firefox don't get along. Or visit the Blackamericaweb.com site run by talk radio personality Tom Joyner. Some of that site's features don't like Firefox at all.

It shouldn't happen that way. Websites ought to be designed in accord with the universal standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium in Cambridge.

But for many designers, the temptation to use Microsoft's specialized features was irresistible. They especially like ActiveX, which basically lets the Microsoft browser install new software on a Web surfer's machine.

Since ActiveX is also used by worm and spyware writers to smuggle their code onto computers, Firefox doesn't use it. This is a key reason why it's a safer browser than IE, but also a barrier when visiting some websites.

Indeed, one of the Web's most important sites requires ActiveX: Microsoft's Windows Update page, where you download the latest security patches for the operating system. Windows users should run this feature at least once a week to keep their computers safe, and you'll need IE to run it. It's a clever way for Microsoft to keep IE users loyal.

Microsoft also gets help from Internet companies that have created popular IE browser extensions. The Google Toolbar, with its pop-up blocker and built-in search window, is probably the most famous, but there are lots of others.

I'm especially partial to Pluck, a wondrous program that will keep an eye on key websites for new and interesting information.

For instance, Pluck can flag you whenever someone auctions a rare Ted Williams baseball card on eBay or when Amazon offers a new book on the athlete. Pluck can also track updates on your favorite websites. It's a great piece of software, but, like the Google Toolbar, it's IE-only. Giving up the Microsoft browser means sacrificing your favorite IE tools.

Happily, the Firefox extenders are assembling worthy rivals to IE's offerings. PRGooglebar, for instance, does everything the original Google bar does, except for blocking pop-ups, which Firefox already does. As for Pluck, the company has received so many requests from Firefox users that it plans to offer a compatible version sometime next year.

Microsoft's even getting the message. Just last week, the company said it's considering short-term upgrades to IE, in response to growing demand. And Microsoft has launched a website promoting dozens of IE extension programs, an obvious bow to the popularity of Firefox add-ons.

For the first time in years, Web browsing is getting better. All it took was a few million Firefox downloads, a growing inventory of enhancements, and a vital nudge of encouragement from your humble columnist, of course.

Hiawatha Bray can be reached at bray@globe.com.

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