SCC Student Receives Highly Sought After Scholarship from North Carolina Health Information Management Association

first_imgErin Cahill, a recent graduate of Southwestern Community College was honored with a highly sought-after scholarship through the North Carolina Health Information Management Association.Cahill found out about the prestigious scholarship through SCC’s Health Information Technology Coordinator Penny Wells and decided to go ahead and apply for it because of her extraordinary GPA of 4.0. She doubted she would receive the scholarship, due to the fact that students all across the state of North Carolina would be applying, but to her surprise, NCHIMA emailed her with the news that she was the recipient of the $500 scholarship.While the scholarship helped her financially, Cahill cites the scholarship as something that helped her personally as well.“The scholarship helped my confidence in my future, and career, and showed me that hard work really does pay off, and that you should always keep your eyes on the prize,” Cahill said.Cahill was honored as the recipient of this scholarship at a luncheon for NCHIMA in Raleigh on May 3. As for future plans, Erin Cahill plans to take the RHIT exam, which would qualify her as an officially registered health information technician. She wants to work as a medical coder in the near future.For more information about the Health Information Technology program, contact Penny Wells at 828.339.4362.last_img read more

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First glimpse of the Gautrain

first_imgThe Gautrain on the test track atBombardier’s manufacturing facilityin Derby, UK. (Image: Gautrain) A Gautrain coach on the assembly line.(Image: Gautrain)Janine ErasmusThe first Gautrain cars have been presented at the Bombardier Transportation production facility in Derby, UK. Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa was at the launch in July 2008 to accept the first set of four cars. Each set will have the carrying capacity of 321 seated and 138 standing passengers, and with 24 trains of four cars each on order, the Gautrain will be able to transport more than 100 000 passengers per day in each direction.“With uncompromising levels of safety, security, comfort and punctuality, passengers can look forward to unprecedented standards of service,” said Shilowa.Bombardier Transportation, a subsidiary of Canada-based Bombardier Inc. which manufactures the Learjet range, has been contracted by the Gauteng provincial government to design the core electrical and mechanical systems for the much talked-about rapid rail system that will carry passengers between Johannesburg and Pretoria in 40 minutes. Bombardier’s responsibilities will include communications, automatic fare collection, and power supply and distribution systems.The company, a specialist in rail transport systems with over 100 000 vehicles in operation worldwide, will also build 96 Electrostar cars and provide training as well as 15 years of maintenance services. The last car is due for delivery in June 2010.Bombardier’s award-winning Electrostar design is known for its reliability, cutting-edge technology and energy efficiency. The shells are manufactured from aluminium, making them lightweight and cheaper to maintain. The cars on the airport route will undergo special customisation to allow for more luxurious seats and dedicated storage areas for luggage.Bombardier Transportation is part of the Bombela consortium, which is responsible for the financing, design and construction, and operation and maintenance of the 80km-long Gautrain route. Other members of the consortium are French civil contractor Bouygues, South African civil contractor Murray and Roberts and empowerment partner Strategic Partners Group.Empowering the provinceOnly 15 cars will be completed at the Derby Bombardier facility. Although Bombardier will still manufacture body shells for the remaining 81 cars, these will be shipped to Union Carriage and Wagon in Nigel, Gauteng, to be completed there. A number of teams from Union Carriage are currently in Derby to receive training in the final assembly of the cars.Bombardier has audited the Union Carriage factory and will invest, at its own cost, a substantial sum to upgrade the facility to meet the requirements for Gautrain rolling stock assembly.“Not only will skills be transferred to our local people, but more jobs will be created in our commitment to the socio-economic development of the Gauteng province,” said Jack van der Merwe, CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency.“The local recruitment and training of drivers will also take place in Derby as Electrostar driver compartments and control systems are more advanced than other trains presently running in South Africa.”Van der Merwe added that the Gautrain Management Agency was “seriously considering enlarging the order”.“We are proud to be part of the South African government’s commitment to build a modern and effective rail network,” said Bombardier president André Navarri, “and are confident that its new fleet will facilitate the easy movement of people and goods throughout the region.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksGautrainGauteng provincial governmentBombardier TransportationUnion Carriage and Wagonlast_img read more

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Crunchies Winners Announced

first_imgBest business model You can catch the video of the event below:The Crunchies is a joint venture between TechCrunch, GigaOm, VentureBeat, and ReadWriteWeb. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Best international start-up Best start-up founderMark Zuckerberg – FacebookImage via the GuardianBest start-up CEOToni Schneider – AuttomaticImage via True VenturesBest new start-up of 2007 Best overall Best clean tech start-up Tags:#conferences#Crunchies#web Best time sink site Best enterprise start-up Best video site Best mobile start-up Best user-generated content Most likely to make the world a better placecenter_img Best design While the Crunchies award ceremony is in full swing at the historic Herbst Theater in downtown San Francisco, we’ve got the winners for you right here. Over 100,000 votes were cast, and many of the races were very tight, but in the end there can be only one winner (per category). So without further ado, the winners of the first annual Crunchies Awards are…Best technology innovation / achievement josh catone 1 Best new gadget / device Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Most likely to succeed Related Posts Best consumer start-up Best use of viral marketing Best bootstrapped start-up Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Jigsaw: Alternative or Complement to LinkedIn?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#enterprise#web Related Posts bernard lunn I am a regular user of LinkedIn, using it both for biz dev and recruiting. I am a fan of the service, but still a bit of a skeptic on the business model. I decided to look at alternatives and the one that gave some use was Jigsaw. According to RWW Companies, Jigsaw is “a provider of business information and data services that uniquely leverages user-generated content contributed by its global membership.” It claims to have 500,000 members and more than 500 enterprises using the product.My conclusion; Jigsaw is reasonable useful, despite some flaws. It is a complement to LinkedIn and not an alternative. Jigsaw came in for criticism when it first came along around 2006. But most services are raw when they debut, what matters is a) is the fundamental concept sound and b) can the management team continuously improve.Jigsaw has top tier VC financing, so they can go the distance.I chose Jigsaw to try because LinkedIn did not give me what I needed. I was searching for senior level contacts at a large company. LinkedIn gave me plenty of Level 3 contacts but I have learned from experience that Level 3 (somebody I know knows somebody who knows the contact) is not useful and can be a real time sink. So I only bother when I see a Level 2 contact.I could pay LinkedIn to send an InMail to these contacts, but that is no better than sending a cold-mail and why spend money when there are free alternatives?So my next stop was to Google the names. I saw Jigsaw coming up a few times so decided to give it a try. Fairly quickly I was able to get – at no cost – the contact details I needed. That is not as good as an intro but cold calling/mailing in limited doses can still do the trick.There were some niggling irritations as with many relatively new services, but I did get value and the basic concept seems like it could be viable. Jigsaw works on a “pay or play” principle. You can just pay to get access to the contact information, as with any list. Unlike traditional lists, you can buy just one name. So this works well for selling high value stuff to senior people, not good for mass market spamming. Play means earning points by contributing contact information back into the system. They seem to have evolved good systems for managing this to avoid gaming and bad data.So the data is user generated, as it is with LinkedIn, as opposed to scraped data from services such as ZoomInfo. Scraped data has value as well – you get the contacts that don’t put themselves into LinkedIn.However, data created by other people is not usually as good as data created by the person in question. I noted too many errors in my short stay on Jigsaw. I earned some points by correcting them, but this also made me question of the value of the data I had extracted.I see some value in Jigsaw, if they can keep improving. I don’t know how viable Jigsaw is as a business. It strikes me as an inexpensive service to run, so reaching profitability may not be too hard. But I don’t know whether this can be a really valuable business in its current form. It is too easy to get email addresses in other ways (Googling the name and just using the corporate email standard) and you can always call via the company receptionist.What has been your experience with Jigsaw? Have you worked with other alternative services?Jigsaw company profile provided by TradeVibescenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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World Chess Championships: Draw takes battle down to the wire

first_imgViswanathan Anand achieved his prime objective of a draw with black pieces in the penultimate game and in the process also made Boris Gelfand sweat under time pressure in the 11th game of the World Chess Championships at the Tretyakov Gallery.The score now stands tied at 5 points each as the match heads into the 12th and final game, where the defending champion has the advantage of white pieces. Anand offered the draw in 24 moves and the match had lasted a little under two and three quarters of an hour, with Gelfand having used up an hour and 47 minutes of that.Anand not only unleashed a very rarely played move on the eighth 8… Bd7 which sent Gelfand into a problem with the clock, but later on the Indian also had a novelty Bc3 on the 11th.As the match headed towards a climax, and this being the weekend, a huge crowd turned up for the match and it spilled over outside the main hall.Two years ago in a match that put Anand under a great deal of pressure off the board, too, the Indian had successfully defended his world title by winning the 12th and final game with black pieces. This time around he has white.Considering Anand’s reputation in shorter formats, he may start as the favourite in the tiebreaker, involving rapids and maybe even Blitz games. Both players refused to be drawn into that discussion though Gelfand with a smile, said, “Vishy is the best player in all formats and that’s why he has been the world champion for so many years.”advertisementAnand admitted that he had played some Blitz games but those were not as a preparation specifically for this, and it was more routine while trying a few games. He also admitted that the thought did cross his mind, but felt that there was time (a rest day) before the tie-breaker, if it came to that.Gelfand with white pieces might have hoped to put Anand under some pressure, as he had with white in the past in this match. But this time Anand surprised him first with an eighth move that has been very rarely played. It left Gelfand thinking for more than 35 minutes, putting him under severe time strain, which may have also thwarted any thoughts he may have had of trying to play for a win.The win was never there, unless Anand made a mistake, which he indicated he was not going to in this crucial game. Despite having almost 50 minutes more on the clock, Anand realised that there really was no way black could play for a win unless Gelfand made a serious error. So, the Indian offered a draw after 24 moves and Gelfand, who then had only 13 minutes left on the clock – as against Anand’s 64 minutes – accepted the truce and sent the match into the 12th and final game.In the past, Anand has lost to Anatoly Karpov in the rapids in the 1998 title match in Lausanne and Vladimir Kramnik beat Topalov in the tie-breaker in 2006.Gelfand played white for one last time in the scheduled 12-game series. For Anand, a quick draw would mean negating Gelfand’s advantage with his last white, and in case he got some good play, it would give him an added psychological boost, however small, before the final game where the defending champion has white on Monday.Scoreboard, Game 11 Boris Gelfand (white) vs Viswanathan Anand (black) 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O- O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5 7. O- O dxc4 8. Bxc4 Bd7 9. a3 Ba5 10. Qe2 Bc6 11. Rd1 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Nbd7 13. Bd3 Qa5 14. c4 cxd4 15. exd4 Qh5 16. Bf4 Rac8 17. Ne5 Qxe2 18. Bxe2 Nxe5 19. Bxe5 Rfd8 20. a4 Ne4 21. Rd3 f6 22. Bf4 Be8 23. Rb3 Rxd4 24. Be3 Rd7 -Aronian laughs off on Gelfand linkThere was much speculation that Levon Aronian, the world No. 2 was helping Boris Gelfand with his prematch preparation, but Aronian himself laughed it off, while neither confirming nor denying the news.Making a brief visit to the venue in Moscow on Saturday, Aronian, when asked by some media person if he had helped Gelfand, smiled and said, “Well if I was helping I should be helping both as they are playing my opening.” Then he made a few quick comments on the game and left.Aronian, who is one of the few players against whom Anand has a minus score, was on his way to Berlin for some personal work, so stayed on for a very short time. Aronian is scheduled to play the strong Tal Memorial to be held in Moscow soon after the World Championships, where the field also includes Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Teimour Radjabov, Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana.advertisementlast_img read more

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