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Iowa Setting the Standard for Small Wind PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elisha Smith   
Friday, 24 February 2012 10:00

By Johnathan Hladik, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Center for Rural Affairs

Proponents of renewable energy across the nation are applauding recent efforts by five Iowa lawmakers to provide an economic incentive for small-scale wind and solar producers. Already a leader in wind energy, Iowa is quickly becoming a model state for clean, domestic, and affordable energy production.

Introduced last week, Senate File 225 encourages the development of renewable power generation by providing a guaranteed payment for each kilowatt hour generated over a period of 20 years. This policy mechanism is referred to as a feed-in tariff, a method used in over 40 countries across the world and cited as the primary reason for successful renewable energy markets abroad.

SF 225 implements a policy where the actual payment per kilowatt hour varies, depending on the technology used to generate electricity, project size, and quality of the resource used, such as average wind speed. In other words, not all projects will be treated alike.

To qualify, each project must be in Iowa and program participation is limited to projects with a majority of ownership within Iowa. Qualifying projects must be less than 20 megawatts in size.

By opening the door to cost effective distributed generation, feed-in tariffs allow citizens to meet energy needs with locally produced electricity. By encouraging the development of customer owned renewable energy, feed-in tariffs eliminate the need for large scale wind development and render costly transmission projects unnecessary. By encouraging energy independence, this bill paves the way for rural economic development throughout Iowa and sets a new standard nationwide.

 
Lt. Governor Simon urges rural citizens to complete broadband survey PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathryn Phillips   
Monday, 20 February 2012 14:38
Online poll to identify needs, promote statewide access

CARBONDALE – February 15, 2012. As a statewide voice for Southern Illinois, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is urging rural residents to participate in a new online survey about high-speed internet usage that launched today and will help create jobs, improve medical care and enhance educational opportunities.

Unlike past surveys that simply looked at internet access, this statewide poll will reach out to households, farmers, businesses and anchor institutions, such as community colleges and hospitals, to learn how they put broadband to use now and their needs moving forward.

The 20-minute survey includes questions about preferred internet devices, frequent web activities such as research, workforce training and buying or selling of goods, and the importance of broadband to job retention and expansion.

“Rural Illinoisans need affordable, high-speed internet access to land new employers, expand educational opportunities and improve health care,” said Simon, who chairs the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council. “I encourage my neighbors in Southern Illinois to participate in this research project to ensure that we are a part of the state’s broadband strategy and can compete in the 21st century economy.”

The survey is being conducted by Partnership for a Connected Illinois, a Springfield nonprofit, enlisted by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) as part of the High-Speed Internet Services and Information Technology Act of 2007 to guide local, state and federal policymakers. The results will be used to develop broadband plans in several categories: agriculture, energy and the environment, economic development, education, health care, public safety and government performance.

Illinois is already working with its federal and private sector partners to improve current broadband infrastructure. In his State of the State address, Governor Pat Quinn announced the Illinois Gigabit Communities Challenge, a $6 million statewide competition funded by the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. It will provide seed money to private and public organizations that expand broadband networks and connect at least 1,000 end-users to ultra-high speed Internet.

Simon said it is crucial for rural Illinoisans to compete in the challenge and complete the survey, as they represent the communities that can benefit most from high-speed internet. Nearly one-fifth of the land area in Illinois lacks any broadband access, and eight of the 10 counties with the least access to broadband in the state are in Southern Illinois. Many suffer from slow speeds.

Similar surveys have been conducted recently in Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia. A 2010 North Carolina survey of 6,266 businesses showed that 17.5 percent of new jobs created over a 12-month period were attributed to the use of the internet and that 32 percent of those businesses consider access to mobile internet essential to their operations.

Partnership for a Connected Illinois, also known as Broadband Illinois, is working with organizations such as the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University and state agencies such as DCEO and the Illinois State Board of Education to distribute the survey to internet users throughout the state.

“A major goal of this survey is to ensure that residents of rural Illinois will have access to better broadband,” said Drew Clark, executive director of Partnership for a Connected Illinois. “By developing a statewide strategy for better broadband, we’re creating a future that includes enhanced economic opportunities, increased availability of educational tools, and higher-quality health care for Illinois residents.”

The online survey is open to the public and can be accessed at www.broadbandillinois.org.

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2012 Lectora User Conference Hosts Exclusive Networking Events in the Heart of Downtown Chicago PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Athey   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 13:22
e-Learning Conference Combines Learning, Networking
& Fun at Annual Industry Event
CINCINNATI – February 14, 2012 – The 2012 Lectora® User Conference will host two exclusive networking events at the upcoming annual e-Learning conference May 22-25. In the heart of downtown Chicago, the Lectora User Conference Welcome and Closing Receptions gather attendees for two exceptional nights of networking, cocktails, food and fun surrounding the conference.
“The Welcome and Closing Receptions will immerse conference attendees in the Chicago history and atmosphere at world-famous locations while they’re in the city,” said Peter Bray, Chief Marketing Officer at Trivantis Corporation. “These two amazing events are great opportunities for attendees to network, catch up with their peers and exchange tips in a fun, casual atmosphere. Not to mention the fact that they’ll enjoy some fantastic cocktails and appetizers in unique settings.”
The 2012 Lectora User Conference will host two exclusive events in the heart of downtown Chicago,free of charge for registered Lectora User Conference attendees:
1920s Speakeasy Welcome Reception
The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile will transform the Welcome Reception into a roaring twenties Speakeasy, full of flapper dresses, dapper suits, pearls and boas. Attendees will enjoy cocktails and appetizers, including an exclusive conference-themed cocktail, as they play their hand at famous casino games and have a blast with their colleagues and friends.
The Chicago Experience Closing Reception Atop Willis Tower
Formerly known as Sears Tower, the Skydeck Chicago provides the quintessential Chicago experience. Hosted on the 99th floor of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, the Lectora User Conference Closing Reception welcomes guests to an “unparalled 360 degree wrap around skyline view.” Attendees are in for a night of great food, cocktails, music, dancing and great conversation at this unforgettable destination.
These special events surround two full days of equally exciting e-Learning keynotes, presentations, learning and networking with e-Learning peers, developers and gurus from around the world. Conference attendees will hear from expert keynote speakers Jeremy Gutsche, TV host, author, keynote speaker and Chief Trend Hunter at TrendHunter.com and Sandy Carter, IBM Vice President Social Business and Collaboration Solutions Sales and Evangelism.
For more information including the Welcome and Closing Receptions, conference presentations, training at the conference, to register and more, please visit: 2012 Lectora User Conference.
About The Lectora User Conference and Trivantis Corporation
The Lectora User Conference is a leading e-Learning industry event that attracts professionals from around the world to advance their development skills, increase their e-Learning knowledge and network with other e-Learning professionals. As the flagship product for Trivantis, Lectora® is the world’s leading e-Learning software used by most Global 2000 companies in more than 125 countries and is offered in six languages. The Lectora line of e-Learning products includes Lectora Inspire, Lectora Online, Lectora Publisher and Lectora Integrator. Trivantis also produces Flypaper™, the leading Flash content creation platform that empowers users to create, edit, share, track and reuse high-impact Flash and video content. Snap! by Lectora® is the easy-to-use PowerPoint plug-in rapid e-Learning software that converts PowerPoint to Flash. Its sister product, Snap! EmpowerTM Flash interactions builder, enables anyone to create Flash content without having to know Flash programming. To round out the Trivantis family of products, CourseMill is the powerful and affordable learning management system (LMS). Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Trivantis Corporation also has offices in Boca Raton, Phoenix, Paris and London. Trivantis, Lectora, Flypaper, CourseMill, Snap! by Lectora and Snap! Empower are trademarks of Trivantis Corporation.
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Lectora Online Releases New Features & Enhancements PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Athey   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 14:34
Lectora Online Releases New Features & Enhancements for Online e-Learning Including a New Live Model Gallery
Lectora Online Version 1.6.2 Includes Features & Updates for Online e-Learning Collaboration
CINCINNATI -- February 9, 2012 – Lectora® Online e-Learning collaboration software releases new features for online e-Learning development including a new Live Model Gallery with several thousand photos for interactive e-Learning development. In addition to the Live Model Gallery, the new features and enhancements for Lectora Online include additional tools to make online e-Learning development much easier and more engaging for learners.
“Lectora users can now add a new level of interactivity to their e-Learning content with thousands of models in multiple poses to fit any course scenario,” said Peter Bray, Chief Marketing Officer at Trivantis Corporation. “With the new Live Model Gallery directly within Lectora Online, users have convenient access to a whole host of media resources for all of their e-Learning projects right at their fingertips.”
Some of the highlights in Lectora Online Version 1.6.2 include:
  • NEW Live Model Gallery – Choose from more than 5,500 new, unique, high resolution and transparent photographs including 33 models from a variety of backgrounds and professions. Additional photo sets include black and white silhouettes as well as multiple sets of demonstrative hand photographs to fit any e-Learning scenario.

  • Faster Browsing in Media Library Organizer – Save development time while selecting images for e-Learning content. All images in the Media Library Organizer now include thumbnails for a quick preview of all media.

  • Preview Published Page for Reviewers – Reviewers can now preview the published version of a page in a new browser window for an exact look at the final content including any scripting built by the developers.

Lectora Online makes it easy to collaborate on the creation, storage, management and review of online training courses, assessments and presentations. Perfect for teams of e-Learning developers, designers and subject matter experts, Lectora Online provides online access to create and review e-Learning content at any time and in any location.
All new features in Version 1.6.2 are free for current Lectora Online users. For more information and for a free trial, please visit: Lectora Online e-Learning Collaboration Software.
About Lectora Online and Trivantis Corporation
Lectora® is the world’s leading e-Learning software used by most Global 2000 companies in more than 125 countries and is offered in six languages. The Lectora line of e-Learning products includes Lectora Online, Lectora Inspire, Lectora Publisher and Lectora Integrator. Trivantis also produces Flypaper™, the leading Flash content creation platform that empowers users to create, edit, share, track and reuse high-impact Flash and video content. Snap! by Lectora® is the easy-to-use PowerPoint plug-in rapid e-Learning software that converts PowerPoint to Flash. Its sister product, Snap! EmpowerTM Flash interactions builder, enables anyone to create Flash content without having to know Flash programming. To round out the Trivantis family of products, CourseMill is the powerful and affordable learning management system (LMS). The latest release, Lectora Talent Management, provides the link between course management and true talent development for companies and organizations. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Trivantis Corporation also has offices in Boca Raton, Phoenix, Paris and London. Trivantis, Lectora, Flypaper, CourseMill, Snap! by Lectora and Snap! Empower are trademarks of Trivantis Corporation.

 
“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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