News Article | February 15, 2017
The job hunt is over for military spouses who have difficulty finding a sustainable job as a result of frequent Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves. Home-based travel franchise CruiseOne/Dream Vacations has launched a unique contest in partnership with Military Spouse magazine where military spouses can launch a new career in the travel industry as a small business owner selling dream vacations. The contest ends Tuesday, February 28, 2017. “Military spouses are the perfect candidates to become travel franchise owners,” said Tim Courtney, vice president of franchise development and ambassador of veteran affairs. “Owning a travel franchise such as CruiseOne/Dream Vacations affords military spouses the flexibility to start and keep a new career as they move around the world while using their personal travel experiences and connections as a foundation in growing their business.” According to the 2016 Military Lifestyle Survey conducted by the non-profit Blue Star Families, a military family engagement organization and support network, found that less than half of military families with a civilian spouse earned two incomes and that employment is one of the top issues of concern among active duty spouses. “Military spouses are unsung heroes and deserve recognition for the sacrifices they have made,” added Courtney. “Active duty military spouses and veterans make up nearly 35 percent of our franchise system and we are honored to have the opportunity make a difference in their lives and contribute an employment solution for spouses.” The CruiseOne/Dream Vacations franchise contest is open to active-duty and former military spouses. Candidates will participate in two rounds of judging. First, they will participate in a phone interview with a CruiseOne/Dream Vacations franchise development specialist. Semi-finalists will be required to submit a 300-500 word essay describing why owning a home-based travel franchise would be a valuable opportunity for their family. Twenty finalists will then be identified and one grand prize winner will be selected. To participate, candidates must complete an online entry form by Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The form and all contest details can be found at http://www.CruiseoneFranchise.com/military-spouse/. The grand prize winner will be announced in May in celebration of Military Spouse Appreciation Day. The grand prize is valued at $12,700 and includes a complimentary CruiseOne / Dream Vacations franchise and week-long franchise training at the CruiseOne/Dream Vacations’ state-of-the-art world headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In addition to the waived $9,800 initial start-up fee and monthly service fees, the winner will be reimbursed up to $500 for travel and receive complimentary accommodations during the week-long training. Following training, the winner will be able to take the business on the road if the spouse is relocated. “Owning a Dream Vacations travel franchise is ideal for military spouses because it is a business that can travel with you,” said Military Spouse and Dream Vacations Franchise Owner Toni Verastegui from New Orleans. “My husband is an Army officer and we have moved nine times in 15 years of marriage. I was even able to keep my business running while stationed overseas. It also is a good opportunity for spouses because military families love to travel during the limited time they have together, and knowing how to get them military rates on their vacations gives you an advantage over other agents. You also have the trust of the military family as a military spouse so they want your help with their vacation planning.” A member of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran initiative, CruiseOne/Dream Vacations is committed to giving back to the military community and offers many incentive programs including a 20 percent discount off the franchise fee and additional discounts for hiring former members of the U.S. military or active-duty military spouses as associates. Consistently recognized by leading industry publications as a military-friendly franchise, CruiseOne/Dream Vacations’ accolades include a number one ranking the past three years in a row by Military Times in its “Best for Vets: Franchises” list, inclusion on G.I. Jobs annual “Hot Franchises for Veterans” the past six years and recognition by MSC Cruises in its first-ever Seaside Salute Award. Additional accolades include being named “Top 10 Military Friendly Franchise” by Forbes, “Top Veteran-Friendly Franchise” by Entrepreneur and U.S. Veterans magazines and inclusion on USA Today’s “50 Top Franchises for Military Veterans.” CruiseOne/Dream Vacations is committed to being “Rich in Diversity” and empowers all owners, agents and employees to reach their highest potential by leveraging their broad range of talent, experiences, personalities, viewpoints and ideas to generate business growth. Military spouses with a passion for travel and entrepreneurship who are interested in opening a CruiseOne/Dream Vacations travel franchise, please visit http://www.CruiseOneFranchise.com/military-spouse/ or call 888-249-8235. About CruiseOne®/Dream Vacations Ranked in the top three percent of all franchises worldwide and a member of the International Franchise Association, the home-based travel franchise CruiseOne® has been in operation since 1992, and its sister brand Dream Vacations launched in April 2016, giving franchisees a choice in how they want to brand their travel business. As part of World Travel Holdings, CruiseOne/Dream Vacations franchisees are given premium resources to plan and create a seamless vacation experience for the customer while offering the best value. CruiseOne has received partner of the year, a top-ranking status, by all the major cruise lines. For more information on CruiseOne/Dream Vacations, visit DreamVacationsFranchise.com. Like on Facebook at Facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise, and follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise.
News Article | March 2, 2017
GEONGGI, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LSIS will participate in International Smart Grid Expo 2017 of World Smart Energy Week (hereafter referred to as “WSEW”) in Big Sight, an international exhibition center located in Tokyo, Japan. The event will be held from March 1st to 3rd, to introduce Shin Chitose megasolar EPC project and also unveil a new renewable energy total solution. This solution is interconnectable with the Shin Chitose megasolar EPC project, the largest ESS-based project in Japan. About 1,500 companies in the global power, energy, and power generation industry are participating in WSEW, the biggest smart energy exhibition in Japan. LSIS will showcase the Shin Chitose megasolar EPC project which will be completed in the second half of the year. Also, the company will display its competencies in EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) and O&M (Operation and Maintenance). Shin Chitose solar power plant will deliver 39MW of power capacity and 28MW of installed capacity. Also, this ESS (Energy Management System) plant will come with 17MW of PCS and 13.77MWh of battery, the biggest size in the region. The plant entered into a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) with HEPCO and will stably supply power for 20 years with 40 yen per kWh. In the PV solution zone, there are various modules including floating PV modules with mechanical devices, buoyancy modules, and floating-only modules with high output and warranty. Other products including dual modules and high-output models are expected to attract visitors. In the DC solution zone, the company will display new DC product lines optimized for new renewable power generation including DC 1500V MCCB, DC 1000V ACB, and RMU (Ring Main Unit). Additionally, total solutions in the smart energy sector such as FEMS (Factory Energy Management System) and IPP (Independent Power Producer) will be displayed. Founded in 1974 in South Korea, LSIS has established global networks based on its technological prowess in electric energy and delivered various projects across the world in the smart energy industry including Japan. One of the LSIS officials says, “This will be a great opportunity to promote Japan-specialized solutions and total smart energy solutions to our customers.”
News Article | February 15, 2017
Nominations are in for nearly 500 nominees for the 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® award presented by Military Spouse Magazine. All Americans are encouraged to meet the men and women now and VOTE February 2-9 to determine this year’s base winners across Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and National Guard branches of service. Candidates for this this nationally recognized, prestigious award can be viewed at http://msoy.militaryspouse.com/vote. Individual Base- and Branch-level winners will be selected through a combination of voting results open to all Americans and a judges’ panel. Last year, thousands of people participated in voting, resulting in a Spouse of the Year from 184 bases and 9 Coast Guard districts. The 2017 Base winners will be announced Monday, February 13, followed by the Top 18 announced on Wednesday, February 15. “This year we celebrate our tenth anniversary of the MSOY program and couldn’t be prouder of the hundreds of military spouses who have been nominated for their dedication to our military communities and to America,” said Suzie Schwartz, President of Military Spouse Programs. The 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® award recognizes the vital role played by the force behind our nation’s service members: Military Spouses. These men and women and their families are our nation’s volunteers in many ways that civilians never take into account. They have volunteered to serve as the voice for their service members, communities and families while facing unique challenges associated with military life. In every way military spouses are making important contributions to America and its protection and defense. Branch and final voting will take place in late February and March, with the 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® being recognized during a live V.I.P. event and award ceremony hosted in Washington DC this May. “It has been an honor for Armed Forces Insurance (AFI) to have sponsored the award over the last 10 years. We’ve formed a lifelong relationship with our amazing military spouse community. Their resilience, selfless service and dedication go beyond description. They are truly are the backbone of our Armed Forces and for that we are grateful,” said Lori Simmons, Chief Marketing Officer at Armed Forces Insurance. To learn more about the nominees and voting timeline, visit msoy.militaryspouse.com. About Military Spouse: Military Spouse is the leading destination for the nation's 1.1 million military spouses, who contribute to their communities, the military and each other every day. A division of Victory Media, Military Spouse provides online and print resources for military families on PCS, careers, education opportunities and family life. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, entrepreneurial and education opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur®, STEM JobsSM and Military Friendly® brands. Learn more at http://www.victorymedia.com. About Armed Forces Insurance: Armed Forces Insurance was founded in 1887 by military leaders with a single mission: to protect the property of those who protect our nation. The company provides premium quality, competitively priced property and casualty insurance to military professionals throughout the United States and overseas. Armed Forces Insurance understands that its members have unique circumstances and insurance needs, enabling the company to offer a level of personalized service that's unequalled in the industry. For more information, visit the website at http://www.afi.org or call 1-800-495-8234, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information or to arrange interviews, contact: Suzanne Treviño or Brian O’Malley, Gordon C. James PR, at 602-274-1988.
News Article | January 24, 2017
EDINBURG, Va., Jan. 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) (NASDAQ:SHEN) announced that at its January 23, 2017 meeting, its Board of Directors elected Kenneth L. Quaglio to serve as a Director of the corporation. Mr. Quaglio is currently CEO & President of Siteworx, LLC, a leading digital marketing consultancy that works with businesses to craft and implement digital experiences, which he joined in 2014. Mr. Quaglio’s expertise includes strategy, planning and execution, leadership and management, new business development and technology services. He has led successful start-ups, post-acquisition integrations and turnarounds. Prior to joining Siteworx, from 2012 through 2014 Mr. Quaglio served as Chief Operating Officer of 3 Pillar Global, Inc., where he managed the integration of three separate businesses in three different countries, building operational infrastructure and developing marketing initiatives worldwide. From 2009 through 2012 he was Partner / Principal, Advisory Services Performance Improvement for Ernst and Young, LLP, where he led Ernst & Young’s successful entry into the federal healthcare market and the North America advisory services market. Previously, he served as President of Command Information, as Vice President at EDS (now known as HP Enterprise Services) and in numerous roles as a Partner with AT Kearney. Mr. Quaglio served in the United States Army and the United States Army Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1994. Mr. Quaglio is a member of the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs of the United States Small Business Administration. He also serves numerous charitable, community and industry associations, including membership on the Leadership Council of Miriam’s Kitchen, a Washington, DC charity committed to ending homelessness. “We are very pleased to have Ken join our board,” said Christopher E. French, President and CEO of Shentel. “His extensive experience in organizational management, business model development and implementation, marketing strategies, and technology services adds valuable skills to our board.” Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) provides a broad range of diversified communications services through its high speed, state-of-the-art network to customers in the Mid-Atlantic United States. The Company's services include: wireless voice and data; cable video, internet and voice; fiber network and services; and local and long distance telephone. Shentel is the exclusive personal communications service ("PCS") Affiliate of Sprint in portions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information, please visit www.shentel.com. For further information, please contact Christopher E. French at 540-984-4141.
News Article | February 16, 2017
The names of the Top 18 Base winners were announced today for the 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® award presented by Military Spouse Magazine. They were selected from a group of more than 400 nominees, and will move on to the national vote on February 20 to determine the six Branch Spouses of the Year®. The Top 18 Base Spouses of the Year® for 2017 are: In 2013, Military Spouse Magazine expanded the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® program by introducing installation-level award. Base Spouses of the Year® represent the best advocates for his or her base, and are leaders in spearheading grassroots communication and driving change within their local military community. “Armed Forces Insurance is delighted to be the title sponsor for this outstanding program, one that adds deserved recognition to the valuable assistance that military spouses provide to our nation's Armed Forces,” commented Garry L. Parks, Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Chairman, Armed Forces Insurance. “For this past decade, the Military Spouse of the Year® Award has given a powerful voice to military spouses and appropriately recognized them for the incredible support they bring to our nation’s defense establishment.” On February 24th, the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard Branch Spouses of the Year® will be announced. The overall 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® will be revealed at a VIP event in Washington, DC this May. For additional information on the Military Spouse of the Year Program® visit msoy.militaryspouse.com. Military Spouse is the leading destination for the nation's 1.1 million military spouses, who contribute to their communities, the military and each other every day. A division of Victory Media, Military Spouse provides online and print resources for military families on PCS, careers, education opportunities and family life. Follow us at militaryspouse.com, or on Facebook and Twitter. Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, entrepreneurial and education opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur®, STEM JobsSM and Military Friendly® brands. Learn more at http://www.victorymedia.com. Armed Forces Insurance (AFI) is the insurance company of choice for current and retired members of the uniformed services, their children, and Department of Defense civilians. Founded in 1887 by military leaders with a single mission: to protect the property of those who protect our nation, providing premium quality, competitively priced property and casualty insurance to military professionals throughout the Armed Forces. We know our members have unique circumstances and insurance needs, and we offer a level of personalized service that is unequaled in the industry-because Our Mission is YOU - and your peace of mind. The company also furthers our strong commitment to give back to military and local communities through important programs and sponsorships including the Great American Patriot Award at the Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® Award, the Vetrepreneur of the Year Award, and the Military Warriors Support Foundation. In early 2015, AFI established the Armed Forces Insurance Foundation to assist in educating the military community on a wide array of key personal financial topics to help them succeed. For more information, visit the website at http://www.afi.org or call 1-800-495-8234, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Suzanne Treviño or Brian O’Malley, Gordon C. James PR, at 602-274-1988.
News Article | February 14, 2017
Graphene's unusual electronic structure enables this extraordinary material to break many records of strength, electricity and heat conduction. Physicists at the Center for Theoretical Physics of Complex Systems (PCS), in collaboration with the Research Institute for Standards and Science (KRISS), used a model to explain the electronic structure of graphene measured by a new spectroscopic platform. These techniques, published in the journal Nano Letters, could promote future research on stable and accurate quantum measurements for new 2D electronics. Recently, interest in 2D materials has risen exponentially in both academia and industry. These materials are made by extremely thin sheets, which have different physical properties compared to conventional 3D materials. Moreover, when different 2D sheets are stacked on the top of each other, new electrical, optical, and thermal properties emerge. One of the most promising and much studied 2D materials is graphene: a single sheet of carbon atoms. In order to study the electronic properties of both single and double layer graphene, the team constructed a nanodevice with graphene sandwiched between two layers of an insulating material known as hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). On top of this device they placed graphite as electrode. Graphite is essentially made up of hundreds of thousands of layers of graphene. The bottom layer consisted of one layer of silicon and one of silica. By tuning the voltages applied via the graphite and the silicon, the scientists measured the changes in the conductance of graphene, which reflects its electronic properties. The electrons of graphene have a particular energy structure, represented by the so-called Dirac cone, which is actually made by two cones that look like a sandglass, with only an infinitesimally small point in between (Dirac Point). You can think of it as an unusual cocktail glass shaped liked a sandglass, where the drink plays the function of the graphene's electrons. At temperature close to zero Kelvin (-273 degrees Celsius), the electrons pack into the lowest available energy states and fill up the double-cone glass from the bottom up, until a certain energy level, called Fermi level, is reached. Applying a negative voltage via the silicon and graphite layers is equivalent to drinking from the glass, while a positive voltage has the same effect as adding liquid to the glass. Through modulating the applied voltages, the scientists could deduce the electronic structure of graphene by following the Fermi level. In particular, they noticed that when the voltage applied to graphite is around 350 milliVolts, there is a dip in the conductance measurement, by which the Fermi level matches with the Dirac point. This is a well-known property of single layer graphene. Finally, the electrical properties change again when a magnetic field is applied to the single layer graphene. In this case, instead of a sandglass cocktail glass, the energy of the electrons is more similar to a ladder where electrons of increasing energies can be found on the higher rungs. Gaps between the ladder rungs are devoid of electrons, while the steps fill with electrons from the bottom upwards. Interestingly, the data obtained by the scientists of KRISS was successfully reproduced by the theoretical physicists at IBS showed more than 40 rungs, technically known as Landau levels. Each level clearly distinguished because of the low background noise. Indeed, the scientists could also match the theoretical and experimental data relative to the electronic properties of bilayer graphene. Double layer graphene, has a different conductance behavior with a broader dip, better known as an energy gap. In the presence of an electric field perpendicular to it, this energy gap makes double layer graphene more similar to the current tunable semiconductors. "We used an intuitive model to reproduce the experimental measurement and we gave a theoretical explanation to why these energy configurations form with single and double layer graphene," explains MYOUNG Nojoon, first co-author of this study. "This model provides a gauge between voltages and energy in spectroscopic measurements, and we believe that this is a fundamental step to study graphene's electronic properties further."
News Article | February 15, 2017
SurgiCode LLC, an innovator in cloud-based medical code search systems, launches SurgiCode PCS. After years of coding, programming, research, and testing, the most powerful ICD-10 PCS code search system ever developed is now available in its pre-launch beta test. The code search system, SurgiCode PCS, is available as a software subscription service through the company's website at http://www.surgicodeusa.com. According to RAND Corporation’s study “The Costs and Benefits of Moving to the ICD-10 Code Sets” dated March 2004 http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/technical_reports/2004/RAND_TR132.pdf the benefits and costs of switching from ICD-9 codes for diagnoses and procedures to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, ICD-10 coding allows for more accurate payment for new procedures, fewer rejected claims, fewer fraudulent claims, a better understanding of new procedures and improved disease management. As stated in the full report, “Most observers believe that ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS are technically superior to their ICD-9-CM counterparts. If nothing else, they represent the state of knowledge of the 1990s rather than of the 1970s. They have also been deemed more logically organized, and they are unquestionably more detailed—by a factor of two in diagnoses (and twenty for injuries) and by a factor of fifty in procedures.“ An increase by a factor of 50 in the number of procedure codes available increases the accuracy of coding possible, but also increases the difficulty of the coding task performed by medical coders and billers. SurgiCode was created to address this performance gap, improve coder efficiency and ultimately improve reimbursement. SurgiCode takes the nearly incomprehensible language and structure of ICD-10 PCS and makes it easy to use...no small feat. The goal was to create a program so powerful that the user would be able to simply type in the name of the operation directly from a surgeon’s operative report and get the correct ICD-10 PCS code. According to Dr. Stephen Kerr, the surgeon who pioneered the system, “In order to accomplish this a number of things had to happen; Create a comprehensive list of all surgical procedures performed in a hospital operating room setting; Individually code each unique procedure into ICD-10 PCS (more than 8500 procedures and growing); Give each operation an easily identifiable name, one that both surgeons and coders alike would be able to recognize, and lastly and perhaps most importantly; Develop a surgical terminology ‘thesaurus’ for each and every unique operation, which includes any potential alternate terminology (herniorrhaphy vs hernia repair), Named operations (Hartmann’s procedure, Nissen fundoplication) and some abbreviations as well (CABG, PTCA, IABP, lap choli).” The result of this effort is the most powerful and easy to use ICD-10 PCS search program ever developed. With SurgiCode PCS, medical coders and billers enter the operation performed from the operative report, click search, and instantly receive the ICD-10 procedure code. No more having to navigate online decision trees or offline coding books. With SurgiCode PCS, practitioners involved in medical coding and billing can now get accurate codes, lighting fast. Interested medical coders and billers are encouraged to visit http://www.surgicodeusa.com to register for a free trial today. About SurgiCode, LLC. SurgiCode, LLC., provides cloud-based software services for matching standard medical terminology and procedures to diagnosis and procedural billing codes. Hospitals and medical practices survive on the shoulders of medical coders and billers. SurgiCode’s mission is to improve the experiences and efficiencies surrounding medical coding and billing practices. For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.surgicodeusa.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/surgicodeusa or follow Surgicode USA on Twitter at @SurgiCode or on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/surgicode-usa About RAND Corporation The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit research organization providing objective analysis and effective solutions that address the challenges facing the public and private sectors around the world. Learn more at http://www.rand.org About In spring 2003, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) asked the RAND Corporation to conduct a study of the benefits and costs of switching from ICD-9- CM (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification) codes for diagnoses and procedures to code sets based on the 10th revision of ICD: ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Classification System). This technical report presents RAND’s first-order analysis of the benefits and costs of mandating such a switch (of both codes—either simultaneously or sequentially). View the full report.
News Article | March 1, 2017
EDINBURG, Va., March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (“Shentel”) (NASDAQ:SHEN) today announced that Earle MacKenzie, Chief Operating Officer, will present at the Raymond James 38th Annual Institutional Investors Conference on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference will be held at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. Mr. MacKenzie will be available for one-on-one meetings on Tuesday, March 7 and through the morning on Wednesday, March 8. Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) provides a broad range of diversified communications services through its high speed, state-of-the-art network to customers in the Mid-Atlantic United States. The Company’s services include: wireless voice and data; cable video, internet and voice; fiber network and services; and local and long distance telephone. Shentel is the exclusive personal communications service (“PCS”) Affiliate of Sprint in portions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information, please visit www.shentel.com.
News Article | February 24, 2017
DALLAS, Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Georgia Court of Appeals upheld a trial court's decision that a group of wireless communications service providers were barred from seeking refunds prior to refunding the taxes to their customers (New Cingular Wireless, PCS, LLC v. Georgia...
News Article | February 22, 2017
BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- PCS Edventures!.com, Inc., (PCSV) a leading provider of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs, today announced the receipt of purchase orders totaling $586,804.75 for PCS enrichment program materials. These...