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“Atlas Shrugged” App Takes Top Prize PDF Print E-mail
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Written by ARI Media   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 15:01

IRVINE, Calif.—Digital Book World Conference 2012 is the site of this year’s Publishing Innovation Awards, and the prize for best entry in the App Fiction category has been awarded to Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.”

It is remarkable for a classic novel to receive such a leading-edge award fifty-five years after publication.

Curated by New American Library/Penguin Group editors and the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), the app brings together the classic, unabridged text, and rarely seen archival materials to add a new dimension to the reader’s experience of the work, author’s life, and philosophy, in a truly unique immersive literary experience.

Rarely seen material included in the app:

  • Videos and audio excerpts from the author on main topics from the book
  • Full-length audio lectures by Rand, including a Q&A on Objectivism, an outline of its basic principles, and commentary on the state of business and government
  • Handwritten, original manuscript and notes pages by the author
  • An illustrated timeline of the author’s life and major works
  • Informative articles on the author and her philosophy of Objectivism
  • Memorable quotes throughout that can be easily shared via Facebook, Twitter and email
  • A photo gallery of early images of the author
  • Discussion Guide

ATLAS SHRUGGED Amplified Edition for the iPad / $14.99, downloadable at the iTunes store/Penguin Group (USA) is on sale now.

For the app website, visit the iTunes App Store.

For a video demonstration of the app, click here.

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2012 Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) Winners Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Danielle Hould   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 14:46

2012 Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) Winners Announced

(TAMPA, FLORIDA USA, 24 January 2012) – The Facility of the Year Awards Judging Panel has named five Category Award Winners and selected one project for Special Recognition in the 2012 Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) program. The winning projects for 2012 are located in Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, and the USA. The winning companies and respective award categories are:

  • Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A., winner of the Facility of the Year Award for Sustainability for its Chiesi Farmaceutici Research and Development Centre facility in Parma, Italy
  • Eisai Pharmatechnology & Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd., winner of the Facility of the Year Award for Project Execution for its Eisai Knowledge Centre facility in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh India
  • Merck & Co., Inc., winner of the Facility of the Year Award for Facility Integration for its Merck Vaccine Bulk Manufacturing Facility (VBF) Program of Projects in Durham, North Carolina USA
  • Rentschler Biotechnologie GmbH, winner of the Facility of the Year Award for Equipment Innovation for its REX III manufacturing facility in Laupheim, Germany
  • Roche Diagnostics GmbH, winner of the Facility of the Year Award for Operational Excellence for its TP Expand project in Penzberg, Germany
  • National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), winner of the Facility of the Year Award Special Recognition for Novel Collaboration for its New Greenfield facility in Dublin, Ireland

The FOYA program is the pharmaceutical industry’s premier awards program dedicated to celebrating innovation and accomplishments in facility design, construction, and operation. The Facility of the Year Awards program recognizes state-of-the-art pharmaceutical manufacturing projects that utilize new and innovative technologies to enhance the delivery of a quality project, as well as reduce the cost of producing high-quality medicines. Now entering its ninth year, the awards program effectively spotlights the accomplishments, shared commitment, and dedication of individuals in companies worldwide to innovate and advance pharmaceutical manufacturing technology for the benefit of patients worldwide. The Facility of the Year Awards program is sponsored by ISPE, INTERPHEX, and Pharmaceutical Processing magazine.

“Our 2012 Category Winners reflect the true spirit of the Facility of the Year Awards program,” said Judging Panel Chairperson and upcoming “Lessons from 483s” conference keynote speaker Chaz Calitri. “The winning projects exemplify innovation in pharmaceutical manufacturing for the benefit of patients all over the world, who depend upon us for medications that are high quality, available and affordable. Our winners come from 5 different countries and include novel, low cost biologics facilities, creative and visionary industry-academia-government collaborations, and hyper-fast track investments made to ensure vaccine’s get to patients in need. We are also proud this year to recognize facilities that seek to speed up drug development as well as facilities that greatly reduce the environmental “footprint” of manufacturing in the communities in which they reside”

The Facility of the Year Awards program is truly global, as submissions over the past eight years have been received from more than 25 different countries and territories. Each of the submissions was reviewed by an independent, blue-ribbon judging panel consisting of global senior-level executives from all aspects of the industry. The judging panel met personally in December to select the Category Awards Winners and select the 2012 overall winner, which will be announced to the world for the first time at ISPE’s Annual Meeting in November.

2012 Facility of the Year Events
There will be several opportunities to learn first-hand about the facilities being honored as “best in their class.” These opportunities include:

  • INTERPHEX2012 – Attendees will be able to meet the Category Award Winners at the Facility of the Year Awards Display Area near the front of the exhibit hall of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, New York, USA. Team members from winning companies will be on-hand to discuss the success stories associated with these pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. More information, including registration information, can be found at
  • ISPE 2012 Annual Meeting – Category Winners will give presentations about their winning projects during ISPE’s 2012 Annual Meeting, 11-14 November in San Francisco, California USA. The highly anticipated announcement of the 2012 Facility of the Year Awards Overall Winner will also take place during the Keynote Session of this event. Information and updates on this global event can be found at
  • Feature Articles – Comprehensive coverage will appear in Pharmaceutical Processing magazine and ISPE’s Pharmaceutical Engineering magazine.

Comprehensive details about each of this year’s award-winning projects and their support teams, plus additional information on the awards program itself, can be found at

About ISPE
ISPE, the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, is a not-for-profit Society of 22,000 pharmaceutical professionals in 90 countries who use expert knowledge to create high-quality, cost-effective GMP solutions. ISPE is “Connecting a World of Pharmaceutical Knowledge” by providing Members with opportunities to develop their technical knowledge, exchange practical experience within their community, enhance their professional skills, and collaborate with global regulatory agencies and industry leaders. Founded in 1980, ISPE offers online learning opportunities for a global audience and has its worldwide headquarters in Tampa, Florida, USA; its European office in Brussels, Belgium; an Asia Pacific office in Singapore; and its newest office in Shanghai, China. Visit for additional Society news and information.

Now in its 33rd year, INTERPHEX is the largest gathering for FDA regulated drug and drug delivery products for technical professionals in development & manufacturing for pharmaceutical, biologic, generic, contract manufacturing and supporting services. ISPE is the exclusive official association sponsor of this industry-leading annual event. Scheduled for May 1-3, 2012 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, NY, USA, the event hosts more than 650 suppliers on the show floor along with an expanded conference program, featuring a high-profile roster of subject matter experts. For information, visit

About Pharmaceutical Processing
Pharmaceutical Processing magazine is the pharmaceutical industry's leading information provider, reporting on a full range of innovative new products, equipment, technology and trends for 28,000 engineers and managers responsible for the development, manufacture, validation and packaging of pharmaceuticals. An official sponsor of INTERPHEX, Pharmaceutical Processing distributes critical information to these professionals in a timely manner through a full range of print, electronic and online media. For information, visit


6 Must Have Firefox Tools for 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jane & Winston   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 14:43

Happy new year, dear readers! Hope you had a great holiday and that you're starting the year off right. We have some exciting things planned for 2012 and we're looking forward to sharing them all with you. For starters, we have some tools to make it easier for you to keep your resolutions; we have a great new version of Firefox to tell you about, especially if you have an Android tablet.

Most importantly, we'd like to say thank you to everyone who has helped keep the Web open and innovative. Whether you made a donation to Mozilla in 2011 or made your voice heard against SOPA & PIPA, you've helped keep the Web a public resource for opportunity and a place where everyone can benefit.

Jane & Winston

6 Tools For Resolution Success

When the clock strikes 12:01 on January 1st, we all have grand notions of the resolutions we'd like to make for the year. Of course, making them is the easy part; it's keeping them that's the real trick. Well, we made our own resolution this year: to keep putting you - and users everywhere - first. So we made a list of the most common resolutions people make and came up with some ways to help you stay on track for success.

Things to Start:

Saving Money
Stopping for takeout four times a week can be pricey. If you'd rather opt for home-cooked meals, Grocery List Generator will make sure you don't forget to pick up that crucial ingredient.

You've talked about going on a trip so often that it almost feels like you've already done it. Get yourself on the road (for real) with TravelScout's convenient deals and price comparisons.

Learning a New Language (kinda)
Maybe you don't have time to learn an entire new language this year, but this is almost as good! Use Im Translator to translate foreign language websites and emails into your language.

Things to Stop:

Kick your holiday gorging habit with the Calorie Count Toolbar, which logs your caloric intake throughout the day.

Stressing Out
We know you're busy, but taking a few minutes every hour to stretch and look at something other than a computer screen will do wonders for your stress levels (not to mention your joints). Try out StretchClock for useful reminders!

Ready to put down those cigarettes for good? Try using Quitomzilla for incentives right in your browser.

And if your plans fall through despite all of this awesome motivation, don't worry, we're not here to judge. Cheer yourself up with a new Persona!

Connect Iowa Joins Forces With Iowa Association of Regional Councils to Improve High-Speed Internet Access, Adoption, & Use Across the State PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Ditto   
Monday, 23 January 2012 13:18

Local Leaders Seek to Enlist Community Participation in Achieving Broadband Expansion

Des Moines, IA – Today, Connect Iowa and the Iowa Association of Regional Councils (IARC) announced a new partnership to launch a statewide “Connected” community engagement program aimed at increasing broadband access, adoption, and use. High-speed Internet is the key to attracting quality jobs, improving education, putting people in touch with government services, and building an all-around better quality of life. In collaboration with Connect Iowa, members of the Iowa Association of Regional Councils are taking charge of expanding broadband’s reach in their communities.

Last week, staff of regional Council of Governments (COGs) from all over the state took an intensive weeklong Connect Iowa training and began forming teams of local leaders who want to help create the plan for broadband expansion in their community. These leaders arrived back home this week with a critical new mission: revive their communities through broadband expansion.

“Getting all of Iowa connected to quality broadband is vital to the economic development of our state. Iowa's Councils of Governments, in conjunction with IARC, will be the driving force in getting the Connect Iowa initiative up and running in each of their regions,” says Iowa Association of Regional Councils Executive Director Nichole Warren. “They’ll be reaching out to their community leaders and asking them to join the local planning teams.”

Last week, Connect Iowa announced the formation of a new broadband advisory committee that will help guide and oversee this new initiative.

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with IARC to begin working in the local communities,” says Connect Iowa Program Manager Amy Kuhlers. “Change happens at the local level and by drawing in our relationships with the providers and local leaders and combining that with the intelligence we’ve gathered through our maps and research, we can identify solutions that best fit the community.”

Connected is a community-based initiative to accelerate broadband access, adoption, and use. The certification process benefits communities through a process of assessment, benchmarking, and planning by helping participants identify their community’s technological strengths and challenges and helping community partners match up with local opportunities.

“Connect Iowa’s Connected community program is an amazing opportunity for towns and regions across the state to assess their broadband needs and find real solutions,” says Kuhlers. “The aim is to put the tools in the hands of the community, help them do a detailed assessment of what the true local needs are, and then construct an informed plan to get the community connected in the most efficient way possible. It could be updating a school’s network or getting access to an unserved community, but the best part is that each plan will be custom-tailored to each region’s own specific needs and landscape.”

Anyone with an interest in bringing better broadband to local homes and businesses is encouraged to join in the community planning effort. For more information on how to get involved, please contact Kuhlers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 515-421-2561.

Local COG leaders are listed below.

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About Connect Iowa: Connect Iowa is a subsidiary of Connected Nation and operates as a nonprofit in the state of Iowa to promote broadband access, adoption, and use. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is leading the initiative to increase broadband Internet access throughout rural Iowa. Connect Iowa was commissioned by the state to work with all broadband providers in Iowa to create detailed maps of broadband coverage and develop a statewide plan for the deployment and adoption of broadband. For more information visit:

Follow Connect Iowa on Facebook and Twitter.

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Area 15 Regional Planning Commission

Matt Bauman

P. O. Box 1110

Ottumwa, Iowa 52501


(641) 684-6551

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Davis, Keokuk, Jefferson, Mahaska, Van Buren, Wappello


Bi-State Regional Commission

Doug DeLille

1504 Third Avenue
P.O. Box 3368

Rock Island, Illinois 61204-3368

(309) 793-6300

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Muscatine, Scott

East Central Intergovernmental Association


Kelsey McElroy Anderson

7600 Commerce Park

Dubuque, Iowa 52002

(563) 556-4166

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Cedar, Clinton

Delaware, Dubuque


East Central Iowa Council of Governments

Tracy DeKoter & Hilary Copeland

700 16th Street NE, Suite 301

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402


(319) 365-9941

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Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones

Linn, Washington

Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments

Kyle Durant

229 E. Park Avenue

Waterloo, Iowa 50703


(319) 235-0311

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Black Hawk, Bremer

Buchanan, Butler

Chickasaw, Grundy

Metropolitan Area Planning Agency

Clint Sloss

2222 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68102

(402) 444-6866

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Mills, Pottawattamie

MIDAS Council of Governments

Carissa Miller

602 First Avenue South

Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

(515) 576-7183

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Calhoun, Hamilton

Humboldt, Pocahontas, Webster

Wright, Boone

North Iowa Area Council of Governments

Dan Schroeder & Dana Heimbuch

525 Sixth St. S.W.

Mason City, Iowa 50401


(641) 423-0491

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Cerro Gordo, Floyd

Franklin, Hancock

Kossuth, Mitchell

Winnebago, Worth

Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission


Aaron Sedey

217 W. Fifth Street,
P. O. Box 1493

Spencer, Iowa 51301


(712) 262-7225

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Buena Vista, Clay

Dickinson, Emmet

Lyon, O’Brien

Osceola, Palo Alto



Region 6 Planning Commission


Donna Sampson


903 E. Main Street

Marshalltown, Iowa 50158



(641) 752-0717

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Hardin, Marshall

Poweshiek, Tama


Region XII Council of Governments

Stacy Lentsch

1009 East Anthony Street
P.O. Box 768

Carroll, Iowa 51401


(712) 792-9914

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Audubon, Carroll

Crawford, Greene

Guthrie, Sac


Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission

Justin Bushong

211 N. Gear Avenue, Suite 100
West Burlington, IA 52655

(319) 753- 5107

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Des Moines, Henry

Lee County, Louisa

Southern Iowa Council of Governments

Andrew Collings

101 East Montgomery Street

Creston, Iowa 50801-0102


(641) 782-8491

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Adair, Adams, Clarke

Decatur, Madison

Ringgold , Taylor


Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan

Planning Council

Andrea Westergard

1122 Pierce Street
P.O. Box 1077

Sioux City, Iowa 51102


(712) 279-6286

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Cherokee, Ida

Plymouth, Woodbury

Southwest Iowa Planning Council

John McCurdy

1501 S.W. Seventh Street

Atlantic, Iowa 50022

(712) 243-4196

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Cass, Fremont

Harrison, Montgomery, Page


Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission

Casey Mai

325 Washington St., Suite A

Decorah, Iowa 52101


(563) 382-6171

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Allamakee , Clayton

Fayette, Howard



Nichole Warren

1123 Sandalwood Ct. SW

Altoona, IA 50009


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Polk, Jasper, Story, Warren, Marion, Lucas, Appanoose, Monroe & Wayne

Blackout: Internet Users Aren't the Only Ones Who Depend on Technology PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Johns   
Monday, 23 January 2012 13:14

My 14-year-old daughter is a quiet, serious soul who isn’t prone to hysterics or drama, so you can imagine my reaction when I heard a shriek and a ‘slam’ come from her room this week.  Was it a mouse? A rabid raccoon in the backyard? No, the Internet had ‘crashed’ right as she was trying to access information while writing an English paper.

Teenagers, lawmakers and otherwise-sane-adults sounded a collective ‘gasp’ when more than 10,000 websites shut down in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act bill.   Millions of signatures and petitions were gathered in a single day because Americans wanted Congress to get this point: we need technology.

Well, here’s my point: we also need to embrace technology in farming.  It seems farming is the only industry that people want to remain unchanged from the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s.  Maybe that’s because the last time many Americans were on a farm, it was before the Internet.  Back then, weeds from soybean fields were removed by roving bands of hoe-swinging, sweaty teenagers.   Back then, corn was put in the fields with six row planters (if you’re lucky) and it took three days to harvest a 100-acre field and all that work would bring a farmer less than $2 per bushel.  Yields were a fraction of what they are today.   There weren’t a lot of choices in production; farming was labor intensive and fewer farm kids went on to college because that’s just the way things were.

Today, tractors are bigger, yields are bigger, and corn prices are twice what they were in the 80’s.  That’s not all that’s gaining ground in rural Iowa today; college education levels, which once hovered around 10 percent in the 1980’s, are now over 30 percent.  There are more choices in food production; you want organic?  Iowa farmers grow it.  You want conventional?  Iowa farmers grow it.  What you want depends on what you are able and willing to pay.

Clearly, technology in farming has brought more choices to you and me. I, for one, am glad for those choices, and the progress that made them possible.  It’s food for thought; as you wheel your cart down the grocery aisle, armed with your iPhone-enabled QR-code price scanners, there’s no going back.  And, for that matter, who would want to?

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