Admit it. For many, the best part of watching a major sports event on TV is the commercials. In between tackles and touchdowns, and extra visits to the snack table, we get to enjoy a collection of 30- to 60-second spots of entertainment. While these ads are a win for the companies and brands they represent, the spots are also a culmination of months and months of complex and technical work from artists and creatives in TV and advertising.At Dell, we’re continuously working to make the right technology solutions for all kinds of professionals, including the artists behind the ads and programs we see on TV. We aim to make our Dell Precision workstations a platform that enables creators to overcome challenges, with the growing pressures of the industry, and deliver amazing work, in less time.As part of our work to meet these needs, we have a rigorous process for qualifying our hardware to provide the best experience for various software applications used by creators today. Our team works with our software partners to test, and retest, until our Dell Precision workstations are optimized for running these professional applications.Today, I’m pleased to announce we’re adding one more to the list of qualified applications for Dell Precision. Autodesk Flame software offers tools for fast, interactive 3D visual effects (VFX), finishing, compositing, advanced graphics, color grading, conform, editorial, and look development.Since November 2015, Autodesk’s flagship VFX and finishing software has been available to artists as software only with a new pricing and subscription model. Flame has never been more affordable or accessible for new artists looking to use it for the first time or those looking to scale up and down on a project basis or as their business grows.These changes have given artists more options in their choice of hardware, including the opportunity for new storage and workstation platforms to be qualified for approved use. We are very excited that Dell Precision is now included in this select list of expanded offerings.The Dell Precision™ Tower 7910 Workstation presents a new option to customers that want to combine the legendary performance of Flame software with Dell’s world class hardware and support. The Dell Precision Tower 7910 has been self-qualified with the help of Autodesk to meet the exhaustive requirements of the Autodesk Flame family of software products to support 3D VFX, finishing, compositing, color grading and other intensive workflows for production environments.We are delighted to welcome Flame artists to Dell Precision and look forward to the incredible work they will create. Flame joins a list of hundreds of qualified professional applications on Dell Precision, and we’re committed to further building the best experience for more applications used by today’s professionals.For more information on Dell Precision and the exciting things driving professional creators, keep an eye on #DellPrecision, check us out on Facebook, or even watch some great storytelling of our own on YouTube. Learn more about Flame here:(Please visit the site to view this video)Autodesk, the Autodesk logo and Autodesk Flame are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.
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Lawrence Sheets, the former Moscow Bureau Chief for National Public Radio and current field analyst for the International Crisis Group, discussed the positive and negative consequences of changes made to the field of international journalism in the digital age in a lecture titled “Public Humanities in the Age of ISIS” in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies auditorium.Sheets said the lack of reliable information about ISIS and other international events is indicative of a larger problem: America’s perceived view of international news and the quality of current reporting.“There’s really a dearth of reporting about ISIS,” Sheets said. “I have yet to read any cogent, in-depth explanation as to the origins of this group that seems to appear out of nowhere. With all the foreign correspondents in the world, this is shocking to me.“This speaks to a retrenchment in terms of coverage of international events. There are financial motives certainly at work. But there are also, I believe, issues related to America’s view that foreign news isn’t that important.”Sheets said reporters are being pressured into less complete coverage in order to satisfy the demands of today’s news industry.“Just yesterday, a checkpoint that I pass through frequently was hit and two soldiers were killed and one was injured, but for some reason, it’s as if the conflict doesn’t exist anymore because the dramatic value has lessened, and it’s no longer considered worthy of front page news,” Sheets said. “Editors get bored, and they send people home.”Sheets said news companies are much more enamored with their ratings and numbers of viewers and listeners than they are with their stories’ content and the informative weight news carries.“In addition to the retrenchment in the number of foreign correspondents, we also see a ‘dumbing down’ of coverage,” he said. ”I worked for Reuters for eight years and it was not unusual to write a story that was 75-80 lines. In 1998, harsh rules were instituted that news stories could not be over 65 lines.”“This is predicated on the pretense that people don’t care and that they aren’t going to read to the last line,” Sheets said. “I think this is insulting not just to the American listener, or the American reader, but to the international reader as well. I don’t think the American reader is uninterested in foreign affairs. I think it’s just a misconception caused by the 24/7 media cycle.”Tags: Digital Age, foreign reporting, international journalism, international news, ISIS, news industry, NPR, quality over quantity, quantity over quality
JAMESTOWN – The area will see a mix of rain and dry time as two fronts move through the region.Saturday will be partly to mostly cloudy with a chance for a few showers and storms in the afternoon. Highs near 80 with moderate humidity.Saturday night will be mostly cloudy with a chance for a few showers. Lows around 60.Sunday we will see mostly cloudy skies with a chance for a few scattered showers and thunderstorms possible. Highs in the upper-70’s. A cold front moves into the area Sunday night into Monday. Monday will be partly cloudy with a chance for a shower or two. Highs in the mid-70’s.This cold front will usher in a cooler air mass with a taste of Autumn temperatures. Highs for mid-week will be in the low to mid-70’s by day while lows at night will drop to the mid-50’s. By the end of the week temperatures will rebound to near 80. This period will also be mainly dry with plenty of sunshine and low humidity.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Health Commissioner Establishes Rate Increases for FY 2009 Vermont Hospital BudgetsMontpelier, VT — Paulette J. Thabault, Commissioner of Banking, Insurance, Securities, andHealth Care Administration (BISHCA), announced that she has established the 2009 budgets forVermont hospitals. The hospitals testified about their budgets at public hearings held over athree-day period before Commissioner Thabault and the Public Oversight Commission (POC).The Vermont hospital fiscal year for 2009 runs from October 1, 2008 through September 30,2009.The State of Vermont strives to ensure that all residents have access to affordable high qualityhealth care. As part of this effort, Vermont’s hospitals must operate within the budgetsestablished by the Commissioner. As mandated by the Vermont Legislature, hospital budgetsmust: (1) be consistent with the Health Resource Allocation Plan adopted by the Governor onAugust 2, 2005; (2) compare to appropriate national, in-state, regional and peer group norms; (3)evidence efficient and economic operation of the hospital; and (4) reflect budget performance inprior years.This year, hospitals requested an average 9.8% rate increase, although individual hospital raterequests ranged from 3.8% to 11.8%. These rates reflected much lower hospital reimbursementestimates than have been seen in recent years. At this time, the Commissioner’s decisions resultin a decrease from the requested 9.8% system average rate increase to 9.5%. The Commissionerestablished the following rates for the FY 2009 hospital budgets, subject to further adjustmentsas Medicaid revenue data becomes available:Hospital Requested Rate Increase Revised Rate IncreaseBrattleboro Memorial Hospital 7.9% 7.5%Central Vermont Medical Center 10.0% 9.6%Copley Hospital 6.0% 6.0%Fletcher Allen Health Care 10.0% 10.0%Gifford Medical Center 8.6% 7.9%Carlos Otis Health Center 5.0% 5.0%Mount Ascutney Hospital 10.9% 10.5%North Country Hospital 7.0% 7.0%Northeastern VT Regional Hospital 10.0% 9.2%Northwestern Medical Center 11.4% 10.7%Porter Medical Center 11.2% 11.0%Rutland Regional Medical Center 10.9% 9.6%Southwestern Vermont Medical Center 11.8% 10.7%Springfield Hospital 3.8% 3.8%The Commissioner balanced numerous factors in reviewing the proposed budgets: departmenttargets for inflation and utilization increases, numerous changes occurring in reimbursement,pressures in the overall economy including fuel oil increases, new program expense increases,hospital physician acquisitions, the challenges associated with recruiting medical professionals toVermont, operating surplus and margins, prior period budget performance, price, quality andpatient satisfaction information, and the unique circumstances of each hospital.
Several times a year, I look forward to writing articles for CUInsight.com. I try to think of a topic that will resonate with those who might read it, and my July article was nearly complete.Then I shelved it.Because it wasn’t timely.We are in turmoil. My article about business leadership just didn’t seem appropriate considering the current unrest in our country.So, I decided to take this opportunity to invite anyone who reads this to consciously practice some (or all!) of the five attributes below. Specifically and deliberately. Don’t proceed through your day and then reflect back. Proactively look for opportunities to exhibit these traits. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Grow. Be purposeful with your actions and conversations.This article certainly isn’t intended to lecture anyone but merely to invigorate your awareness of the opportunities around you.I’ve been trying myself, and I’ll admit, it’s harder than I thought. But I’m trying. Be kind.To everyone. Even strangers. Be engaging.When someone wants to share a story, an experience, or an opinion, listen. Ask questions. Learn from that conversation. Be respectful.Especially with people who disagree with you. It’s okay to agree to disagree. Respectfully. Be empathetic.Try to understand the other person’s point of view. Everyone has a different journey. Be inclusive.The world could use a little more unity and a little less divisiveness.Try.Be the change.Because if everyone who reads this article would practice one of these traits every day, we could all make the world a better place. 125SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jayni Sech Jayni founded Marketing Solutions Unlimited, a credit union marketing company, in 2001 to offer creative solutions to marketing challenges in the credit union industry. Her vision was to build a … Web: www.marketingsolutionsunltd.com Details
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a proposal Thursday that effectively bars Internet companies from prioritizing some Internet traffic over others.As John Oliver famously explained “ending net neutrality would allow big companies to buy their way into the fast lane, leaving everyone else in the slow lane.”The FCC’s proposal faces plenty of opposition from telecom companies and others, but it’s just the latest round in a long fight. Here is a brief history of attempts to enact net neutrality and the often successful push against it.The FCC votes to deregulate cable Internet services.March 2002: The FCC, under the Bush administration and Republican Chairman Michael Powell, declares that cable modem services are “not subject to common carrier regulation,” meaning they aren’t bound by standards for nondiscrimination in service. Instead, cable Internet services fall under a separate light regulatory regime that gives the commission limited enforcement power.Tim Wu coins the phrase “net neutrality.”Fall 2003: Tim Wu, then an associate professor at the University of Virginia Law School, first coins the term “net neutrality” in a paper for the Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law. He defines net neutrality to mean an Internet “that does not favor one application2026over others.”The FCC adopts a toothless net neutrality-like policy statement.August 2005: The FCC adopts a policy statement to “preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of public Internet,” which focuses on protecting consumer access to content online and competition among Internet service companies. The statement has no power of enforcement.The first net neutrality bill is introduced in Congress. It dies.May 2006: Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduces a net neutrality bill that would keep Internet service companies from blocking, degrading or interfering with users’ access to their services. But the bill stalled in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and never came to a vote.The FCC tells Comcast to stop slowing down access to BitTorrent.August 2008: The FCC, under Republican Chairman Kevin Martin, orders Comcast to stop slowing down user access to BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer sharing network often used to share music and videos.Comcast sues the FCC, and wins.September 2008 — April 2010: Comcast voluntary agrees to stop slowing down BitTorrent traffic. But it takes the FCC to court anyway, arguing that the agency is operating outside its authority. Specifically, the company points out that the FCC’s 2005 policy statement on neutrality doesn’t have the force of law.The FCC writes real rules on net neutrality.December 2010: Democratic FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski writes an order to impose net neutrality rules. Unlike the FCC’s 2005 policy statement, this new order is a real rule, not just a policy statement.Except Verizon sues the FCC, saying it has no authority to enforce the rules, and wins.September 2011 — January 2014: The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals rules the Federal Communications Commission can’t enforce net neutrality rules because broadband Internet services don’t fall under its regulatory authority.Senator introduces net neutrality bill that would ban the FCC from enforcement.January 2015: Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., introduces a net neutrality bill as a discussion draft that would ban Internet service companies from blocking or degrading services or access to certain content, but would also strip the FCC of authority to enforce any of these rules.The FCC chairman proposes to reclassify broadband Internet services and enforce net neutrality.February 2015: Democratic Chairman Tom Wheeler introduces the current net neutrality proposal. Internet service companies such as AT&T and Comcast would be banned from offering paid prioritization to content providers such as Amazon for faster access. But the proposal would also allow Internet service companies to prevent other companies from using their wires to connect homes to the Internet.The FCC is expected to vote on rules today.Feb. 26, 2015: The FCC rules passed, as expected, in a 3-2 decision with the two Republican commissioners dissenting.This almost certainly will result in another fight.The details of the new rules won’t be made public until after the vote. Experts expect challenges to the rules as soon as they are published. Michael Powell, a former FCC Chairman and current president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, told CNBC it could take “at least two and up to five years before the rules are fully and finally settled.”Related coverage: Read about state laws that make it difficult for cities to provide cheap, fast Internet through municipal broadband networks.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.
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Lembit Tamme, 93, Greensburg, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at the Morning Breeze in Greensburg. Born, June 9, 1925 in Tallinn, Estonia, he was the son of Jaan and Elvine Siht Tamme. Lembit served in Estonia Army during World War II. He was injured on the front line defending his country. He was a machinist at American Lifts in Greensburg retiring in 1990. He was married to Aetna D. Youngblood on August 19, 1959 and she preceded him in death on January 31, 1986. He is survived by one daughter, Melissa (Andy) Geis, Greensburg; three grandchildren, Jordan (Whitney) Ramer, Audrey (Tyler) Reiger, Allie Geis; two great grandchildren, Isabella Ramer and Emilia Ramer. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; one son, John Tamme; two brothers, and two sisters. Private graveside services will be held at the South Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Big Brothers / Big Sisters in Greensburg. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
West Brom added two forwards to their attack on transfer deadline day, bringing in Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe, while Peter Odemwingie finally got his move away from The Hawthorns. Press Association Everton later confirmed Nigerian frontman Anichebe had left them to sign for West Brom for a fee which could rise to £6million. The Toffees’ statement also said they had tied up a season-long loan deal for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, who West Brom had reportedly been looking at re-signing themselves. Meanwhile, Odemwingie wrote on Twitter that he was signing for Cardiff. The Nigerian had been on the periphery at Albion since he failed to secure a move to QPR on transfer deadline day in January, despite turning up at Loftus Road in his car. Earlier on Monday, West Brom had confirmed two other signings in Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, recruited on loan until the end of the season, and Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Lee Camp, previously free agent, on a rolling contract until January. Sessegnon, 29, arrived in English football in January 2011 when Sunderland signed him from Paris St Germain. He went on to make 97 appearances for the Black Cats, scoring 18 goals. Anichebe is an Everton academy graduate. The 25-year-old netted 26 times for the Toffees in a total of 168 appearances. Amalfitano, 28, had been with Marseille since the summer of 2011. He has one international cap for France and has also played for Lorient and Sedan. Camp has been signed as cover for Albion’s injured England stopper Ben Foster. The 29-year-old has spent time at Derby, Burton, QPR, Norwich and Nottingham Forest. As for Long, it seems he nearly left West Brom on Monday. Press Association Sport understands the striker was given permission to depart the Republic of Ireland’s training camp to discuss the prospect of a transfer from Albion to Hull. The 26-year-old was reportedly at the Tigers’ training ground when it emerged Baggies boss Steve Clarke had pulled the plug on the deal. Albion announced in the final hour before the summer window closed at 11pm that Benin international Sessegnon had joined them from Sunderland on a three-year contract. The fee was undisclosed, although the Baggies said it had broken their transfer record, surpassing what they agreed with Reading for Shane Long in August 2011.
Donald’s flawless 68 contained an eagle on the fourth and vital birdies on the 17th and 18th to keep the former world number one in the hunt for a third victory in four years. “It was very important to make those birdies because every time I looked at the leaderboard Thomas had made another one,” Donald said. “I did not want him to get too far ahead of me and it was important to be in the last group tomorrow. “Winning here in 2011 and getting to world number one was a great feeling and with defending the following year I have so many great memories. To win here three times would be very good but I have a tough day ahead of me because Thomas is playing very good golf.” In contrast to Donald, McIlroy has never enjoyed a good record at Wentworth and missed the cut in each of the last two years. The 25-year-old also began the week by announcing he had called off his wedding to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, but admitted being inside the ropes for five hours a day had almost come as a welcome release. “I was a little disappointed I didn’t make a birdie at the last but after the start I had, 69 is a good score,” said McIlroy, who twice visited sand on the first before thinning his third shot over the green. “I feel like a low round is in me but I don’t know if it’s going to be good enough. I need to go out and shoot something similar to what Thomas did on the opening day (a course record 62). “I’ve had big leads and let them slip, and come from behind and won. There’s a lot of ways to win. Eighteen holes of golf is still a long way to go and if the conditions are favourable, then you never know what can happen.” The trans-Atlantic battle to be world number one will go down to the wire after Sweden’s Henrik Stenson recovered from being three over par after 10 holes to card a third round of 71. Stenson, who needs to better Adam Scott’s performance in the Crowne Plaza Invitational on the PGA Tour, goes into the final round in a share of seventh on six under par, while Scott was joint 10th after completing a 66 at Colonial. Rory McIlroy recovered from a double bogey on the opening hole to shoot a 69 and finish eight under par alongside Holland’s Joost Luiten. Bjorn had also taken six on the first after heavy rain overnight and into Saturday morning saw tee times moved back three hours, while a bogey on the fifth briefly left him three shots behind Lowry. However, the former Wentworth resident carded his first birdie of the day on the sixth and then six in a row from the 11th before narrowly missing from five feet on the 17th. “I’m starting to warm to this place,” joked Bjorn, who was not a fan of the controversial redesign by Ernie Els a few years ago. “I got off to a really rough start with a lot of loose swings early on but hit a really good shot on 10 and started to feel more comfortable. “I probably drew a little on what I did on Thursday on the back nine, putts started to drop and you get in the zone where things start to go your way. “I was proud of the way I handled the round and proud of my determination and the way I stayed with my golf. It was a remarkable run of holes.” A 16th European Tour title on Sunday would secure Bjorn’s first Ryder Cup appearance since 2002, but he added: “There are a couple of names on that leaderboard who can’t be counted out. “I have to play some good golf and be smart and aggressive when I can be and keep them at arms’ length. If I get off to a bad start it’s a wide open tournament.” Bjorn carded six birdies in a row – just two short of the European Tour record – and made another on the 18th to cover the back nine in 30 for the second time in three days. That left the 43-year-old Dane on 15 under par and five shots ahead of two-time winner Luke Donald, with joint halfway leader Shane Lowry a shot behind after a disappointing 73. Thomas Bjorn can seal his Ryder Cup return in style after claiming a commanding lead in the BMW PGA Championship with a stunning scoring burst at Wentworth. Press Association