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ATLANTA, Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIV) announced today that it has scheduled a conference call and webcast on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Gentiva plans to issue its financial news release the morning of November 1st before pre-market trading. The November 1, 2012 conference call is open to investment analysts and managers, Company shareholders and others interested in Gentiva Health Services. Instructions for participation in the conference call follow: Event: Gentiva Health Services' third quarter 2012 conference call. Date and Time: Thursday, November 1, 2012, 9:00 a.m. ET. Instructions: Participants in the United States, Canada and international locations may call (973) 935-2408 and reference call # 37851480. Webcast URL: htt... (more)

Historic Plant Vogtle expansion marks year of progress

ATLANTA, Dec. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, Dec. 11, Georgia Power and construction partners Westinghouse and CB&I joined community leaders and project workers at a special event to mark a year of progress at the historic expansion of Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Ga. Against the backdrop of the nearly complete 600 foot-tall Unit 3 cooling tower, attendees came together to commemorate the efforts of the more than 5,000 workers currently onsite building two of the country's first new nuclear units in three decades. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7398151-georgia-power-plant-vogtle-expansion-marks-year-of-progress/ "The collective work of the thousands of individuals from across the country who are dedicated to this project is truly astounding," said Buzz Miller, executive vice pres... (more)

How to Create a Simple Java J2ME Application for BlackBerry

Having employees constantly connected to one's enterprise is vital to many companies. This is one of the reasons Research in Motion's BlackBerry has mustered a massive following (over three million users at the time of this article's writing) in recent years. BlackBerry addiction has become pandemic. In this article, you'll learn how to build, test, and deploy applications to Blackberry devices using WebSphere Studio Developer. WebSphere Studio Device Developer (hereafter called Device Developer) provides you with an integrated development environment (IDE) in which you can build, test, and deploy J2ME applications. For learning purposes, the sample MIDlet application you'll create following the steps in this article is pretty simple: it takes input text from a user, transposes the text, then displays the transposed text to the user. For example, if a user enters th... (more)

A Pandemic Exercise - Telecommuting & Will the Infrastructure Support It?

I attended a pandemic exercise at Northeastern University last year that was really enlightening and timely considering the latest information about the “swine flu”. Although far from a pandemic at this time, the CDC is taking preventative measures by communicating with the general public what they can do to avoid becoming ill. Here are a few tips that can help spread the transmission. Hygiene- Wash your hands, it sounds insignificant but good hygiene can prevent the transmission by touching objects that others who have the influenza have also touched. Avoid any hand to mouth, eye or nose contact and cover your face if you have to sneeze or cough to also prevent the spread of airborne germs. Social Distancing – If you don’t have to attend gatherings with others, then don’t. The fewer people you come in contact with lowers your risk of contracting the flu. If you do... (more)

Information Security - What to Look for in an Endpoint Intrusion Prevention Solution

Even in the best of times, security products that aim to thwart worms are playing catch-up. Anti-virus and anti-malware products are populated with signatures created for attack specific signatures, which are created and distributed only after an attack is underway. Internet worms propagate too quickly for such reactive solutions to be effective. This is a major problem in maintaining information security as well as providing business continuity for many organizations. In the "good old days" worm creation was literally a mischievous playground for young hackers to show off their skills. Unfortunately, worms today are part of the criminal syndicate. Worms are used in a high-stake, high-tech version of the neighborhood shakedown. Enterprises dependent on Internet commerce are extorted by threats of distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. To pull off DDOS attack... (more)

Service-Oriented Architecture SOA Doesn't Always Require Web Services

Faster than you can say XML, a whole cottage industry has developed to standardize the mechanics of Web services to add to them protocols for things like security and routing and workflow, and even to develop standard XML schemas for business. For too many, though, Web services are synonymous with service-oriented architecture; many believe that you can't have the latter without the former. While it is cool - this ability for my Visual Basic application to call a Java EJB - it is still just a tactical, marginal improvement in our ability to deliver systems. The real strategy - the big deal that is service orientation - is the systematic eradication of duplication in our systems. For many, this duplication of code and effort is reaching pandemic proportions. Building enterprise systems is such a daunting task that we usually don't do it. Smaller, departmental solut... (more)

Management Must Extend Culture of Security

Fourteen years ago I warned MyBank (who is not one of my clients, I am one of theirs) about using social security numbers as solid identification. The Head of Security, three weeks retired from the Secret Service, said he would look into it. Nothing has changed except the security at MyBank has gotten worse. I was recently met with the familiar telebanking voice, "Please enter your bank account and social security numbers." Whoah! Security alert! MyBank's new and improved system was using two pieces of publicly available information as proof positive remote identification. An embarrassed bank vice president had to duck for cover as the bellicose manager of telephone banking application development defended the security of his design. If I had been a bad guy, I could have drained accounts and severely harmed the reputation of MyBank since it still took them 30 days to ... (more)

NewVoiceMedia Releases Paper: Preparing Your Call Centre for Flu Pandemic

LAVERSTOKE, England, February 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The announcement that the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu has arrived in the United Kingdom may have come as a surprise to many - especially the way that it came out-of-the-blue and has had such a massive impact on one business in a relatively remote area. Hopefully the outbreak will be contained on this occasion, but government agencies and some businesses have been planning for the worst case: that pandemic erupts with potentially crippling effect on British industry. NewVoiceMedia has released a paper "Preparing Your Call Centre for Flu Pandemic", which is available as a free download from www.newvoicemedia.com. For many businesses the call centre is the link to their customers. When a pandemic strikes, both the call centre agents and their customers will be badly affected - businesses should be planning ahead to ... (more)

What Are the Cloud Computing Challenges and Risks?

Perhaps by now, after you have read the: - Cloud Computing, in Plain English, to IT Directors, VP's, CIO's and CEO's - Why Should IT Directors, VP's, CIO's and CEO's Care About Cloud Computing? - Cloud Equals SaaS, Grid, Utility Computing, Hosting...? - What Exactly is Cloud Computing? - Why Large Public and Private Sector Organizations (not just SMB's) Are Seriously Considering Cloud Computing? you may be asking the following questions, among many others: • Where is my data? • How does my data securely enter and exit the cloud? • How is my data protected in transit? • Who has access to my data? • Who is accountable if something goes wrong? • What’s the disaster recovery plan, including response to a pandemic? • How to comply with Export and Privacy laws? • Will my data disappear when my online storage site shuts down? • What happens if my cloud provider disappears? • How is the envi... (more)

Using the Amazon Cloud to Research Swine Flu (H1N1)

Amazon just keeps on amazing me. Jeff Barr from Amazon Web Services has just told me that they have releases Influenza Virus (including updated Swine Flu sequences) using their Public Data Sets utility. This data set includes database and sequence data from the NIAID Influenza Genome Sequencing Project and Genbank. This data set is being updated regularly to include new sequences of swine influenza A (H1N1) submitted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Public Data Sets on AWS provides a centralized repository of public data sets that can be seamlessly integrated into AWS cloud-based applications. AWS is hosting the public data sets at no charge for the community, and like all AWS services, users pay only for the compute and storage they use for their own applications By hosting this important and useful data with cost-efficient services such as A... (more)

Many Unprepared for BT Disaster Recovery

Disaster strikes. Your primary place of business is destroyed by a fire tomorrow, are you prepared to recover? According to the historical statistics, fires permanently close 44 percent of the businesses that are affected. Business continuity planning is the creation and validation of a practiced logistical plan for how an organization will restore interrupted critical functions within a predetermined time after a disaster or extended disruption. Business Technology survivability is an imperative for many organizations that operate in the global networked economy, yet some are unprepared for a natural disaster. Cisco recently shared the results of an insightful nationwide survey. Informed, but Otherwise Unprepared The market study uncovered that while many organizations appreciate the increased employee productivity and other benefits offered by laptop computers, s... (more)