• The Fabulous Christmas gift guide: kids

    Clockwise from left: Minnie Mouse lip balm set, £4, Accessorize; Lego set, £14.99, John Lewis; Teksta T-Rex, £60, Hamleys; wellies, £24, Hatley; Furby, £64.99, Argos; piano, £49.50, Marks & Spencer; camera, £69.99, John Lewis

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  • adidas : Gift guideFor the children

    I Can Fix It Workbench (6), Pounds 55, Great Little Trading Company (www.gltc.co.uk) Rock on Furby has been a star of Christmas for some years now, and these Party Rockers are a more affordable way to have some furry festive fun. Rock them back and forth …

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  • Items tagged with robotics

    Yes, Chapter 7, not Chapter 11, so unless someone decides to buy the company’s assets, Pleo is doomed to extinction. Ugobe’s CEO, Caleb Chung, also created the Furby, which when launched in 1998 became the “must have”… Read…

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  • Ecumenical singers to join voices for Advent concert

    Multi-faith concert to ring out Dec. 7By Agnieszka KrawczynskiThe B.C. CatholicCaption: The Fatima Ecumenical Choir includes vocalists from Anglican, Catholic, and United Churches as well as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Photo submitted.Vocalists of various faiths will perform with one voice in honour of a common tradition: Advent.The Fatima Ecumenical Choir will sing at Holy Name of Jesus Parish during the archdiocese’s first-ever Ecumenical Advent Concert Dec. 7.”It’s wonderful how we are interested in other people’s religions,” said director Barbara Flannery. She heads the 37-person choir that includes singers from Anglican, Catholic, and United Churches as well as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”We do performances twice a year: Lent and Advent,” she continued. “We have a wonderful time. It’s like we’ve formed this friendship.”This December the choir will share the stage with the Focolare Choir, the choir of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic-Orthodox Church, and soloist Glenn Chatten of St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church.Marjeta Bobnar, ecumenical and interfaith relations coordinator, confirmed this concert will be the first of its kind in the archdiocese.The idea for a multi-faith concert sprang up after the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January, when several congregations were invited to bring their choirs to a joint liturgy, she said. “People were so happy to hear the music from different traditions.”Bobnar hopes the Ecumenical Advent Concert will become an annual occurrence which might spark the creation of a new interfaith choir.The musical performances, to be held on the Second Sunday of Advent at 3 p.m., will be spaced between Old Testament or Gospel readings. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

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  • 10 steps to buying the right TIC

    Some key consideration when looking to buy a TIC include, but are not limited to, finding a model that offers the best value for the money, serves your long-term needs, and has the hardware and software features to provide the greatest use.

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    Regardless of the model a department’s leaders chooses, quality and dependability, along with excellent technical support and service are also key purchasing factors.
    The first step should be to conduct a thorough needs assessment based on the services that your department provides and the environments where the TIC will be used. The most obvious use for most departments will be during fire suppression operations, but what about other services provided by your department?
    TICs are a valuable tool for other functions such as conducting fire code inspections for flammable liquid storage tanks and piping. Fire inspectors and investigators might benefit from a camera that provides flexible ergonomics, allowing them to comfortably point the imager around tight corners, down behind motors, or straight up for equipment inspections overhead.
    Next, identify the intended users of the TIC you’re looking to buy. Will they be primarily fire officers and firefighters using it for emergency responses? Or will it be used by both suppression and non-suppression personnel such as fire inspectors or investigators?
    TIC technology changes rapidly, so make sure to include where thermal imaging technology is headed in your product research. Consider not just your current needs, but potential uses for the future and you’ll have a better opportunity to “future-proof” your TIC investment.
    Here are 10 steps that can help you when buying your next TIC.
    1. Go for the highest image quality your budget allows.Most infrared cameras have fewer pixels than visible-light cameras, so pay close attention to detector resolution. TICs with a higher resolution can measure smaller targets from farther away and create sharper thermal images.
    The difference between detector and display resolution matters. Some manufacturers may boast about a high resolution LCD and hide their low-resolution detector when it’s the detector resolution that matters most. Higher-resolution thermal imaging provides a more effective display of a TIC’s findings, which leads to better fireground decisions.
    2. Look for a built-in visible-light camera with an illuminator lamp and a laser pointer.There’s no need to carry a separate piece of equipment to take photos when many affordable TICs now include a built-in digital camera that simultaneously captures visible light and thermal images. Digital photos that correspond to your TIC’s images will help you further document situations and share that information with others, like sharing images captured by the first-arriving officer with the assigned fire investigator.
    Built-in laser pointers are also invaluable, especially for isolating the location of a target surrounded by similar-looking components, such as breakers, or for pinpointing problematic energized electrical equipment where you need to keep your distance. Laser markers show up clearly on visible-light pictures to provide a reliable reference.
    3. Look for accurate and repeatable results.TICs don’t just let you see differences in heat, they let you measure those differences, which means the accuracy and consistency of the measurements is a very important factor when determining the value of a camera. For best results, look for a thermal imager that meets or exceeds plus or minus 2 percent (or 3.6

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  • Sign-ups for Community Christmas Tree underway

    BLUEFIELD — They didn’t have visions of sugar plums, but rather dreams of Frozen Snow Glow Elsa and Anna, Doc McStuffins Sleepy Time Lambie, Monster High Dolls, WWE items and so much more as they came for the first day of sign ups for the 2014 Community Christmas Tree.
    “There was a line when we got here this afternoon and it has been steady all afternoon long,” Carol Bailey said. Bailey is in her second year as a volunteer for the Community Christmas Tree that is sometimes known as the Little Jimmie Drive.

    “The people I have seen here have been well prepared,” Bailey said. “They had all the paperwork I needed to sign them up. It has all gone very well.”
    “This makes a long day for me,” Delores French said. French attended the Bluefield High School Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday morning and came to volunteer for the Community Christmas Tree. “It’s fun, but it is tiring.”
    Michele Colley, Christmas Tree sign-up coordinator said that volunteers signed up 233 children on the first day of sign-ups. Volunteers will be back at the Herb Sims Youth Center from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., today.
    “I already have writer’s cramps, but it’s a lot of fun,” Colley said.
    Michelle’s daughter, Zoe Colley and her friend, Autumn Meadows, came to work the sign-up tables after school. Both young ladies are ninth grade students at Bluefield High School, and while Zoe has been helping at the Community Christmas Tree since she was old enough to walk, this was Meadows’ first time volunteering with the program.
    “We came in a little late since we couldn’t get here until after school,” Meadows said. “We have signed up a lot.”
    Amy Persinger, lifestyles editor of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph and associate editor “Prerogative” magazine had her first try at
    “I was a little daunted when I saw the line going all the way back to the door, but with all the volunteers, we got through it pretty quickly,” she said.
    In addition to today’s sign up, there will be sign-ups next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29, from 3 to 6 p.m., on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday.
    — Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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  • Cornholme fire – police issue appeal

    If you saw anything suspicious or out of the ordinary please call police on 101.” Dom Furby, station commander for Todmorden, Illingworth and Mytholmroyd, said: “This incident demonstrates how vital it is to have a working smoke alarm on every level of …

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  • Christmas gift ideas for kids

    I Can Fix It Workbench (6), £55, Great Little Trading Company (www.gltc.co.uk) Furby has been a star of Christmas for some years now, and these Party Rockers are a more affordable way to have some furry festive fun. Rock them back and forth and watch them …

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  • Putting the hottest toys of 2014 to the test

    Putting hot toys to the test

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  • Five-Year-Old Passes Microsoft Exam to Become Certified Professional

    At just six years old, Ayan Qureshi looks like any normal young boy. But, in fact, he is actually the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional. You have technical questions regarding your Windows machine? You’re in luck, because Ayan probably has answers—right after an episode of Spongebob.
    According to the BBC, Ayan passed the exam, which consisted of multiple choice, drag and drop, and scenario-based questions, when he was just five-years-old. Is he the next Zuckerberg? Hard to say, but his dad, who is an IT consultant himself, said his son picked up the technical side pretty quick. When I was five, I was probably playing with action figures and Hot Wheels. Ayan is busy tinkering with computers.
    Ayan has used his knowledge to run his own computer network at his home in Coventry, England, which he built himself. When asked what he wants to do when he grows up, Ayan said he wants to build a Silicon Valley empire in England; he already has the “E-Valley” name picked out. As for what Ayan likes to do in his spare time? His mother says he spends around two hours a day learning about Windows and how to install programs.
    “Too much computing at this age can cause a negative effect,” Ayan’s mother said. “But in Ayan’s case, he has cached this opportunity.” Cached, indeed.

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