Lady is Thrilled by Starbucks Ability to Take Order in Sign Language

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOn Monday, a woman pulled up to the Starbucks drive-thru lane and was thrilled when a barista opened a video screen to begin talking to her in sign language.When Rebecca King was asked for her order a few times but didn’t give a verbal response, an interactive screen was activated at the drive-thru window. The technology was a big deal to the woman because she had no other language with which to communicate at a distance.The next day, when she pulled up to the same St. Augustine, Florida window and got the same barista screen, she recorded her exchange and posted the video to Facebook.WATCH: Watch What Runners Do When Man’s Wheelchair Breaks Mid-Marathon in NY“It is a big deal to (the) deaf community that Starbucks has one now. We all want to have that at every drive thru in the world,” King told First Coast News.Starbucks is not the first to implement this kind of system: in 2010, Mid-western fast food chain Culver’s installed similar technology called OrderAssist at 50 of its drive-thrus, and Subway restaurants have also piloted touch-screens at a number of their U.S. drive-thrus.As for this specific St. Augustine location, it’s not unusual that an employee might happen to know sign language: it’s located near the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.(WATCH the video below from Rebecca King’s Facebook Page)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Bus Cleans the Air: Sucking Up Pollution As It Travels

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis bus doesn’t just take you to where you need to go – it also cleans the air you breathe.The Go-Ahead Group, which is one of the largest bus and rail operators in England, has just launched a bus that sucks up pollution as it travels.The Bluestar prototype is the first bus in the UK that can clean city air. It is fitted with an air filter that collects ultra-fine pollution particles and spews out purified air at the front of the vehicle. The filter works with 99.5% efficiency. According to studies conducted by the filter’s manufacturer, the bus will clean the air on its route in Southampton at a rate of 16 times per year, to a height of 10 meters.LOOK: World’s Largest Air Purifier Transforms Chinese Smog into Actual Diamonds“We want this pilot to show that buses should be looked at as not just the solution to congestion in cities, but also as a solution to the air quality problem,” said Go-Ahead’s Chief Executive, David Brown.“As the bus removes the ultra-fine particles from the air as it travels along the route, it is helping solve the air quality problems of the city,” he added.Clean Up Negativity By Sharing The Good News With Your Friends – Photo by BluestarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

PAPD asking for help locating burglary suspect

first_img If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact Crime Stoppers of SETX at 409-833-TIPS (8477). You won’t be asked your name and may be eligible for a cash reward. According to authorities, Thomas has an outstanding Jefferson County warrant for burglary of building.Details concerning Thomas’ hometown, tie to Port Arthur or suspected criminal accusations were not initially released. The Port Arthur Police Department announced last week that authorities are looking for a burglary suspect and need help finding him.Police said they need the public’s help locating 50-year-old Samuel Theron Thomas.center_img Tips can also be reported by downloading the P3 Tips app on a smartphone.last_img

Aloha! Get a Sexy Sneak Peek of the World Premiere Musical From Here to Eternity in the West End

first_img View Comments The troops have officially moved in to the West End! The world premiere of From Here to Eternity has taken up residence at the Shaftesbury Theatre, based on the 1951 novel and 1953 Oscar-winning film of the same name. Directed by Tamara Harvey and featuring a book by Bill Oakes, music by Stuart Brayson and lyrics by Tim Rice, From Here to Eternity tells the story of Private Prewitt (Robert Lonsdale) who falls for club girl Loren (Siubhan Harrison). Meanwhile, Platoon sergeant Warden (Darius Campbell) gets enmeshed in a dangerous affair with his commanding officer’s wife Karen (Rebecca Thornhill). Click below to get a closer look of the passionate new musical!last_img

Aligned Mortgage

first_imgThe Power of Your VA Home Loan BenefitVA Loans are a powerful lending option in the market, offering military and veteran homebuyers the ability to purchase a home with major benefits, like no money down and no private mortgage insurance.Aligned Mortgagea-lign (verb): to give support to, to come together in agreement or alliance or to place or arrange things into correct or appropriate relative positionsAligned Mortgage was founded in 2017 with the goal of bringing alignment to our industry when it comes to serving veterans. We’re passionate about ensuring that everyone who has defended our country has the chance to own a piece of it, and our goal is to provide education, transparency and unparalleled service to our nation’s heroes when it comes time for them to purchase or refinance a home.We’re veteran-led and deep rooted in the communities in which we serve, bringing to the table many years of mortgage industry experience and unparalleled VA lending expertise. We’re passionate about providing education to buyers and real estate partners alike, and are proud to be your resource on all things VA home loan.Our foundation in faith and dedication to community make us a unique choice in lender and we invite you to contact us to learn more.Register for a free VA Loan Seminar on our WebsiteA division of American Pacific Mortgage Corporation NMLS# 1850last_img read more

Ridley Helps Celebrate Campagnolo 80th Anniversary with 80 Limited Helium SLs

first_imgJust after Campagnolo’s star studded 80th anniversary gala, the news comes that Ridley is joining in on the celebration with a limited run of Helium SLs. Built with the limited edition Campagnolo 80th Anniversary Super Record Collection, only 80 of the Helium Special edition bikes will be built. Designed with a complimentary stealthy paint job with matching red accents, the bike is certainly appealing. The price? The whole bike will set you back a cool 8,999 Euro, or about $11,680.Detail shots and specs next.Specs:Frame: Helium SLFork: 4ZA Helium SLShifters: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryRear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryFront derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryCrankset: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryCassette: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryChain: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryBrakes: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryWheel set: Campagnolo Super Record 80th anniversaryTires: Continental Grand prix 4000SStem: 4ZA Cirrus ProHandlebar: 4ZA Cirrus Pro CarbonSeat post: 4ZA Cirrus Pro CarbonSaddle: 4ZA Cirrus Pro Carbonlast_img read more

IB13: Diamondback To Offer First 27.5″ Bike, Disc Brakes for CX, Gravel, and Road

first_imgThe Axis was built to be similar in geometry to the XC/Trail oriented Overdrive, only with the geometry tuned for the smaller 27.5″ wheels. The 6061-T6 frame features a hydroformed top and down tube, tapered head tube, and a threaded bottom bracket shell matched to a 135mm QR rear end. The Pro build includes a Fox 32 Float CTD fork set at 100mm of travel, Avid Elixir 3 Brakes, Sram X7/X9 drivetrain, and Diamondback SL-7 double wall wheels with Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo tires. The Axis will be offered in the Pro, Comp, and Sport ($1,800, 1200, 750) with women getting a similar offering in the Lux Comp, Lux Sport, and Lux. This 18″ Axis Pro weighed in at 27.76 lbs (12.59kg).Built using the same carbon technology as Diamondback’s top tier road bikes, the new Steilacoom RCX Carbon Pro Disc is a pure race bike. The frame utilizes Diamondback’s Advanced Monocoque Molding Process (AMMP) which combined with a tapered head tube and BB86 bottom bracket should make for a stiff bike. Built with a SRAM Red 22 Hydraulic disc brake group, EA90 Disc wheels, and FSA K-Force carbon components, the Steilacoom Pro is built for the podium at $6,000. 2014 Steilacoom RCX Carbon Pros will be available in one color, and 4 sizes – 50cm, 53cm, 56cm, 59cm. While many bike companies are jumping head long into the world of 27.5″, other companies like Diamondback seem to be taking a more cautious approach. The Axis 27.5 (along with the similar Women’s Lux) is the brand’s first and only 27.5″ model  at the moment, though we’re guessing it won’t be the last. The Axis steps in as a reasonably priced performance aluminum hard tail that starts out at $750, up to the $1,800 Axis Pro seen here.Find the Axis, plus quite a few disc brakes and drop bars after the break! Built more for the gravel rather than the cross course, the new Haanjo Comp is Diamondback’s entry into the adventure road category. Built with Diamondback’s Enhanced Performance Geometry, the bike features a slightly higher head tube, and slightly slacker seat and head tubes (70° HTA), as well as a longer wheel base. The Comp features a 6061-T6 aluminum frame with a tapered carbon fork clearance for larger tires and a rack and fenders. Priced at $1,500, the Comp is built with a Shimano 105 drivetrain, TRP HYRD brakes, and DB’s Equation CX 23mm wheels. If drop bars aren’t your thing, there will also be a flat bar equipped Haanjo.Built for comfort through long rides, Diamondback introduced a new series of comfort road bikes for 2014 called the Century for men, and the Airen for women. The line up includes 8 new men’s models, and 5 new women’s bikes, the spectrum includes both carbon and aluminum bikes, with the carbon models introducing a new technology for Diamondback – Advanced Tube-to-Tube design.Among a number of rim brake equipped models with various spec, there will also be the Century Sport Disc and Century Disc which both see 6061-T6 aluminum frames with the DBR AMMP disc carbon tapered road fork. The $1,700 Sport Disc is equipped with a Shimano 105 drivetrain and TRP HYRD disc brakes, and the Century Disc uses a 105/Tiagra mix and Avid BB5R disc brakes for $1,300.last_img read more

VBSR, WBON urge Legislature to take no action on independent contractor bill this year

first_imgVermont Business Magazine How Vermont defines the relationship between employers and workers is one the most fundamental regulatory issues for Vermont’s economy. In a statement released Monday morning, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Women Business Owners Network said employers deserve clear and consistent rules to follow and workers deserve both flexibility and access to the workplace safety net, such as unemployment and worker’s compensation benefits. They urged the Legislature not to pass H867, the bill setting new definitions for employees and independent contractors. The bill has languished in the House Commerce and Economic Development committee.”We appreciate the attempt to make our economy work more effectively for new and existing types of industries and jobs,” the statements says. “But the original House Commerce Committee bill is concerning to our members because of the potential to increase costs for Vermont’s many solo contractors and to upend workplace protections that the socially responsible business community has fought hard for, which includes a strong minimum wage, access to earned paid leave, and equal pay for women.”House lawmakers have made numerous attempts this year to compromise, including proposing an amendment that strikes a better balance than the original bill. We are encouraged by these attempts to find a solution that addresses the concerns of all affected parties.”Still, transitioning to new definitions of employee and independent contractor would be a major change in state employment law. VBSR and WBON believe the Legislature should not rush into a decision with just a handful of days left in the 2016 session. Any proposal needs the proper time to be considered and lawmakers should table this issue until the next biennium when they have a full two years to consider a bill.”The media and some politicians have framed this debate as one of business interests in support of the bill and labor interests opposed to the change. This characterization is inaccurate and does a disservice to the variety of viewpoints and concerns that the Vermont business community brings to this debate.”For these reasons, we urge the Vermont Legislature to take no action this session on any proposal to change the definitions of employee and independent contractor. The status quo, while not ideal, will serve Vermont until a comprehensive proposal can be fully vetted by the Legislature, the business community, and labor. VBSR and WBON look forward to working with the Vermont Legislature, a new Vermont Governor, and other interested parties in 2017 to find that compromise.”LINK: legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2016/H.867(link is external)Founded in 1990, VBSR is a statewide, non-profit business association with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines: economic, social, and environmental. Through education, public influence, and workplace quality, VBSR strives to help 760+ members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of the state’s residents, while remaining profitable. Learn more or join the cause at www.vbsr.org(link is external).WBON encourages and supports women who own and operate businesses, including fostering the economic stability of women-owned businesses, encouraging ownership of businesses by women, and improving the climate for entrepreneurship and small business at the local, state, national and international levels through participation in the public policy-making process. www.wbon.org(link is external)last_img read more

New Balance extends energy return with new 1306 NB Zip

first_img Related New Balance’s latest e-mail promotion spotlights an all new 1306 shoe with extended NB Zip technology. The next generation 1306 shoe represents the company’s first foray into implementing its Zip cushioning platform in a full-length format, with the NB Zip technology found in the new 1306 shoe aimed at maximising ‘energy in, energy out’.NB Zip is a responsive cushioning technology supported with shock absorbing struts that is ‘designed to help you ignite your relationship with running’ to keep going ‘faster, stronger, longer’. The 1306 shoe also makes use of Acteva lite, a durable midsole foam claimed to be 24% lighter than standard.www.nbzip.com www.newbalance.comlast_img

What are the emerging DDOS trends?

first_imgby. Robin ReminesYou ever try to stay dry during a rainstorm using a pair of sunglasses as a shield? No? Didn’t think so. Why? Because common sense tells us to assess our environment (aka – weather app) and use the appropriate tool(s) for protection (umbrella, SPF 30)! It should follow then that savvy credit union leaders are tuned in to today’s emerging cyber-threats and are actively pursuing solutions to protect their infrastructure. For those just getting started or just needing a point in the right direction, we’ve compiled a list of important statistics and resources that will help keep you up-to-date on emerging trends. Hackmageddon.com – If you want to disrupt your sleep and create a sense of urgency to protect your infrastructure, bookmark this site and spend some time in wonderment at the variety of threats, the diversity of targets (with financial services ranking just below government) and the frequency of attacks on the USA. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr DDoS for Hire – Our partners at Radware are global leaders in cyber-threat mitigation so when they report on growing trends it pays to listen up. So when they reported the emergence of a growing underground industry serving up “menu style” cyber-attacks similar to the way Starbucks offers us our morning rush – we should pay attention! Notice the pricing is not that outrageous and puts even the most disruptive of attack choices within reach of disgruntled employees, a member that was turned down for a loan, etc. continue reading »last_img read more