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Don’t Feed Wild Dolphins (Even if They Beg)


2012
07.07

This time, our dolphins – a 28-year-old female named Lightning and her male calf, Boomer – took us to the very shallow waters at Bean Point on the northern tip of Anna Maria Island. Tourists and Sarasota Bay residents lay on the beach, and fishing boats languidly floated by mere meters from our boat. While the beachgoers didn’t seem to notice the dolphins, the fishermen certainly did; thankfully, they limited their interactions with the animals to mere observation from a distance. Human feeding of dolphins is a major problem around Sarasota, which is a popular tourist and recreation spot for its well-groomed beaches and scenic drives. In 2011, Katie observed 6,000 boats potentially interacting with dolphins over 100 hours of observation. During this time, an adult male named Beggar was fed at least 520 items, including human snack foods, beer, hot dogs and fruit. Beggar doesn’t make things any easier – he has developed a habit of approaching boats and trying to solicit food and attention from people on them.

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Smith: Feeling the love-and all that other stuff


2012
07.03

Gene Smith

We humans come equipped with a fairly simple set of emotions. Its the interactions that get us in over our heads. Maybe, far back up the evolutionary line, we lost the users manual.

Anger, psychologists tell us, is rarely the first emotion. Something else was there first. Like fear. It goes back to the fight-or-flight thing – except that it also applies in social settings, personal relationships,even casual conversations that drift into sensitive subject matter. Situations in which ripping someones throat out would be, shall we say, counterproductive.

If joy isnt a registered emotion, somebodys being entirely too clinical about definitions. Of course its an emotion. You can find it almost anywhere – on an oldies station, in a garden, at a concert, at the Green Ramp.

That makes sorrow and grief legitimate emotions, too, doesnt it?

I hesitate over patriotism, partly because of the incredible array of feelings that flow together to make for a patriotic rush, but also because we tend to think of patriotism mainly in terms of things other than disputing our countrys policies, and that can be patriotic, too. The main reason, though, is that we evolved long before political institutions did; so patriotism defined as love of country probably isnt one of our emotions, although it certainly serves as a magnet and a catalyst for many of them.

Then theres love. Love seems simple: Its either there or it isnt, and you cant be fooled about a thing like that. Or can you? Do you love your dog? The late M. Scott Peck, author, psychiatrist and clear but gentle thinker, said no: If your dog habitually bit you, youd get rid of it, whereas you wouldnt get rid of a rebellious teen who repeatedly came home after curfew. I still think I love my dog, but Id sacrifice him in a heartbeat to save one of my two-legged loved ones, so there is a hierarchy there, a limit. And love, some allege, is limitless.

What about like? Is that an emotion? Sometimes its hard to tell. Could be just one set of glands calling to another. Or admiration. Or strong agreement. (Theres nothing like being strongly agreed with to fill you with admiration for someones wisdom, intelligence and perceptiveness.)

Racism? Nah. Thats operant conditioning, and the body of proof is overwhelming.

Hatred? Im not sure. At one level it seems too focused, too personal to be anything other than a thought process, even if the thinking is ill-reasoned and the thought is perverse. It lies a step beyond anger, although that may be where it was born. But it surely can be intense, cant it? Scary, even.

Another that Im unsure about is loneliness. Solitude freaks are, I suspect, a minority. Most people Ive sounded out dislike being alone and seem to assume that anyone whos alone is lonely; yet that definitely isnt true for every alone person. Ive spent hours, days, sometimes a week or so in wilderness, miles from the nearest road and, usually, far from the nearest trail. No radio, no cellphone, no transmitter. Not even a carrier pigeon or signal flare. I have never, ever been lonely in the woods. The best I can offer you is an occasional twinge of concern for the well-being of those back at home.

It could be that what we actually fear is the idea of loneliness.

There it is again: fear.

Too often, we and our public policies and social conventions are too heavily influenced by fear. We should just haul off and live our lives.

Gene Smith is the Observers senior editorial writer. He can be reached at 486-3581 or smithg You can discuss this column online by going to fayobserver.com/opinion.

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Smoking Tied to Back Pain, Arthritis


2012
06.28
  • Two new studies have implicated smoking in the development of psoriatic arthritis and inflammatory back pain.
  • Note that taken together, the study results illustrate that the interactions between environmental factors and the onset, course, and outcomes of rheumatic diseases are growing increasingly complex.
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Alicia Keys to Duet With Stevie Wonder at 2012 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, 5/20


2012
06.17

Multi-talented artist and 10-time Billboard Music Award winner Alicia Keys will present the Billboard Icon Award to Stevie Wonder and join him on stage for an unforgettable performance at the 2012 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS hosted by Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, which airs live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on SUNDAY, MAY 20 (8:00-11:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. Whoopi Goldberg, Swizz Beatz, Charlie Sheen, Jason Deruuml;lo, Zooey Deschanel and Kris Kristofferson have been announced as presenters. They join previously announced presenters Lisa Marie Presley, Wiz Khalifa, Luke Bryan, Robin Thicke, Brandy, Monica, Miley Cyrus, Taio Cruz, Gavin DeGraw, Gladys Knight, Julianne Hough, Natasha Bedingfield and Jeremy Sisto, along with musical acts Jordin Sparks, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Linkin Park, Nelly Furtado, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, LMFAO and The Wanted.

Finalists for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards are based on key fan interactions with music, including album, single and digital sales, airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on MySpace, Facebook and many of the other most popular online destinations for music. The awards will be based on the reporting period of February 28, 2011 through March 1, 2012.

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards is co-executive produced by Richard D. Beckman, CEO Prometheus Global Media and Don Mischer Productions. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABCs selected HD format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV14,D,L,S parental guideline.

Visit www.Billboard.com/BBMA for a complete list of finalists and to apply for media credentials. Music fans can also follow news about the show or related events on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Billboard or Facebook at www.facebook.com/billboard.

The MGM Grand Garden Arena is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special events. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 16,800 with excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. Prominent events to date have included world championship fights between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson as well as Oscar de la Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez; and concerts by The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, George Strait, Janet Jackson, Phil Collins, Billy Joel, U2, Lady Gaga, Sting, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Buffett and the Barbra Streisand Millennium Concert. The MGM Grand Garden Arena also is home to the annual Academy of Country Music Awards, annual Billboard Music Awards and the Frozen Fury NHL pre-season game which features the Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche. www.mgmgrand.com

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Allen Interactions to Have a Large Presence at the ASTD International …


2012
06.12

Minneapolis-based custom e-learning and blended learning solutions provider, Allen Interactions, will showcase the upcoming features from its new cloud-based authoring platform, ZebraZapps, and Michael Allen will present a next-generation approach to learning product development from his upcoming book, Leaving ADDIE for SAM. Both will take place at ASTDs International Conference and Exposition, this week, May 7-9, in Denver, Colorado.

Denver, CO (PRWEB) May 07, 2012

Held each spring, the ASTD International Conference and Exposition welcomes approximately 8,000 workplace learning and development professionals from more than 70 countries. These professionals manage all aspects of learning in their organizations. From CEO to specialist, from dean to student, ASTD 2012 will welcome people from across the globe.

Allen Interactions kicks off the conference on Friday, May 4, facilitating two of ASTDs preconference certificate programs. The two-day ASTD e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program helps participants develop individualized, meaningful and memorable e-learning experiences that motivate learners to change their behavior. The other preconference certificate program is ASTDs Advanced e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate which helps participants design effective learning experiences by blending in proven behavior-change principles.

Speaking Session: Leaving the Addie Model Behind

Michael Allen, chairman amp; CEO, Allen Interactions, will present Leaving the ADDIE Model Behind, based on his upcoming book Leaving ADDIE for SAM. Analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation (ADDIE) have been recognized as the steps to use when developing learning experiences whether on-line, with an instructor, or using other modalities. While there have been many adaptations of ADDIE over the years, few have taken into account todays tools, challenges, and opportunities. This session presents the successive approximation model (SAM) as a next-generation approach that uses time and other resources more effectively to produce more creative and engaging e-learning.

ZebraZapps – The Authoring Tool Thats Changing Everything

Allen Interactions passion for fun and effective learning experiences has led to the development of a new cloud-based authoring platform, ZebraZapps. Christopher Allen, product marketing manager, will be showing some of the new features of ZebraZapps as well as demonstrating how to use this platform to create effective e-learning that uses context, challenge, activity and feedback to help bring real performance change to your business.

Allen Interactions is currently offering a no-obligation 60-day free trial of ZebraZapps, so users can begin creating applications easily without sacrificing interactivity, media, or logic. At the end of the 60-day trial, subscriptions start at only $8.99 a month.

About Allen Interactions

Allen Interactions is an internationally-acclaimed company focused on improving performance through powerful learning experiences. For nearly 20 years, Allen Interactions has designed and developed custom e-learning and blended learning solutions to address the widely varied performance goals of the worlds leading organizations. With deep experience and expertise in instructional design, technology, creativity, process, and project management, Allen Interactions consistently achieves positive business impact. In addition to its service offerings, in 2011, Allen Interactions launched a revolutionary authoring and publishing platform, ZebraZapps, which allows developers and non-programmers to create rich interactive media applications easily and quickly, as well as share, publish, and sell objects or entire applications. For more information visit: alleninteractions.com

About ASTD

ASTD (American Society for Training amp; Development) is the worlds largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ASTDs members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 130 US chapters and with more than 30 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers.

ASTD started in 1943. In recent years, ASTD has widened the professions focus to link learning and performance to individual and organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues. For more information visit: astd.org.

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Oracle Unveils Oracle RightNow CX Cloud Service Combined With Oracle Fusion …


2012
06.12

REDWOOD SHORES, CA, May 17, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) –
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News Facts

— The May 2012 release of Oracle’s RightNow CX Cloud Service, the
customer experience suite, is now integrated with Oracle Fusion Sales,
helping organizations to achieve sustainable business growth through
relevant, cross-channel customer interactions that can increase
revenue opportunities and drive organizational efficiencies.

Relevant Interactions Build Stronger Customer Relationships

-- Armed with a comprehensive view of all customer interactions across
channels, the context and status of these interactions, and an
awareness of the customer's value to the organization, companies can
offer more relevant products and services to customers.
-- Using the combined Oracle RightNow CX Cloud Service and Oracle Fusion
Sales solutions, organizations can increase customer retention, drive
higher levels of customer advocacy, and increase sales conversion
rates with tools designed to:
-- Provide a complete, cross-channel view of the customer to sales,
marketing and service.
-- Empower sales and service departments to collaborate to
proactively solve customer issues, using opportunities to provide
purchase advice at the right time and with the right solutions.
-- Allow sales to review service history in preparation for sales
calls.
-- Enable agents to understand customer value based upon prior buying
habits and existing opportunities.

Deeper Insight Enables Targeted, Personalized Opportunities

-- The combination of Oracle RightNow CX Cloud Service and Oracle Fusion
Sales allows sales and marketing organizations to leverage service
interactions from RightNow CX and sales prediction and segmentation
capabilities from Fusion Sales. This helps companies to:
-- Better match products and services to specific customer needs
based on customer service history.
-- Deliver targeted, personalized interactions intended to help
customers derive more value from purchases and to inform future
buying decisions.
-- Identify new opportunities to increase deal size and conversion
rates.

Supporting Quote

-- "Every interaction is a relationship opportunity to grow your
business. When these interactions are relevant and add value for
customers, customers are more likely to trust the relationship and
seek purchase advice," said David Vap, group vice president, Oracle.
"This customer trust provides an opportunity to increase customer
product adoption and to reduce the cost of customer acquisition,
thereby increasing company profitability."

Supporting Resources

-- Oracle Fusion CRM
-- Oracle Fusion Applications
-- Oracle RightNow CX Cloud Service
-- RightNow CX Cloud Service May 2012 Release - Partner Webcast
Registration
-- RightNow CX Cloud Service May 2012 Release - Customer Webcast
Registration

Oracle CRM on Social Media

-- @OracleCRM
-- OracleCRM on Facebook
-- OracleCRM on YouTube

This document is for information purposes only and may not be
incorporated into a contract.

About Oracle
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engineers hardware and software
to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more
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Market Cap$135.12 billion
Rev. per Employee$342,407

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Volume: 20.47M
June 11, 2012 4:00p

P/E Ratio13.98
Dividend Yield0.90%

Market Cap$135.12 billion
Rev. per Employee$342,407

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Mixed Bacterial Communities Evolve to Share Resources, Not Compete


2012
06.04

ScienceDaily (May 15, 2012) New research shows how bacteria evolve to increase ecosystem functioning by recycling each others waste. The study provides some of the first evidence for how interactions between species shape evolution when there is a diverse community.

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Interactions Corporation selects Mark Leonard as EVP Strategic Accounts


2012
06.01

BOSTON, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
Interactions Corporation, provider of the most natural, conversational automated systems for customer care, announced today that Mark Leonard has joined as Executive Vice President Strategic Accounts. As EVP Strategic Accounts, Leonard will be responsible for executive sales and cross-functional leadership of Interactions’ global Fortune 100 customers.

“The relationships we foster with our customers are built on the notion of improving the end user experience, and Mark’s dedication to this initiative fits perfectly with Interactions’ company culture,” said Mike Iacobucci, CEO of Interactions. “Mark’s executive background and proven history of supporting large enterprise sales will prove invaluable to Interactions’ future successes.”

Leonard joins Interactions with 20 years of experience operating and selling large contact center solutions focused on improving the overall customer experience.

“I am delighted to be part of the Interactions team,” said Leonard. “The offering is truly unique – the Virtual Assistant is reinventing the way companies interact with their customers to create a better customer experience.”

Prior to Interactions, Mark has held leadership and growth positions with Enservio, Innovation Group, Digitas and Bertelsmann. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a BS in Business Management, a Masters in Business Management, and Masters in Law from Queen’s University Belfast.

ABOUT INTERACTIONS:Interactions Corporation enables companies to more effectively interact with their customers. Our patented technology for automated voice and other interactive systems delivers an unprecedented level of understanding that engages customers in a productive, natural conversation. The company serves a growing customer roster of industry-leading brands from its corporate headquarters near Boston, Mass., with additional facilities in Indiana and Texas. Learn more at
www.interactions.net .

MEDIA CONTACT:Dan Fox508-507-9561dfox

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Attraction or repulsion? New method predicts interaction energy of large molecules


2012
05.31

If you think of two molecules as a couple on a blind date, the UD method more accurately predicts their potential for attraction or repulsion. Such interactions are known as van der Waals forces after the Dutch physicist who defined them and won the 1910 Nobel Prize in physics.

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NICE 2012 Customer Excellence Awards Winners Announced at Interactions 2012 …


2012
05.28

RUTHERFORD, New Jersey, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
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, announced today the winners of the 2012 NICE Customer Excellence Awards, which recognize customers who demonstrated outstanding innovation and business performance using NICE Enterprise solutions.

The winners were determined by a popular vote among the more than 1,500 attendees at NICE’s annual global customer conference, Interactions 2012.

The NICE Customer Excellence Awards recognizes three companies for excellence in Enterprise Implementation, Business Impact, and Compliance Implementation.

The Enterprise Implementation Excellence Award recognizes customers with innovative implementations of NICE Enterprise solutions during 2011. These customers displayed best practices including roll-out efficiency, product/solution adoption, and agent and supervisory staff training. The Business Impact Excellence Award recognizes customers using NICE Enterprise solutions or services to drive measurable improvements supporting their business goals. The Compliance Implementation Excellence Award recognizes customers utilizing NICE solutions to manage and achieve their compliance requirements while balancing cost of ownership and risk exposure.

The following are the winners of this year’s NICE Customer Excellence Awards:

EnterpriseImplementation Excellence: Itaú

Business Impact Excellence: American Airlines

Compliance Implementation Excellence: American Express

“We are extremely pleased to award Itaú, American Airlines and American Express for being recognized by their peers for their outstanding achievements,” said Yochai Rozenblat, President of NICE Americas. “Each of these companies, along with the other finalists, shared their impressive stories and best practices with the other 1,500 attendees at our conference. We are proud to be a partner in their success and I commend all of the customers who participated in the awards program.”

Interactions 2012, NICE’s annual Global Customer Conference held in cooperation with the NICE User Group (NUG) Community, took place from April 30 – May 3 at The Gaylord Opryland(TM) Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The event brought together more than 1,500 customers and industry leaders to network, share best practices and learn about exciting new industry trends and solutions for their organization. For more information on Interactions 2012, visit
http://www.nice.com/summit/interactions2011/home.php .

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NICE

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is the worldwide leader of intent-based solutions that capture and analyze interactions and transactions, realize intent, and extract and leverage insights to deliver impact in real time. Driven by cross-channel and multi-sensor analytics, NICE solutions enable organizations to improve business performance, increase operational efficiency, prevent financial crime, ensure compliance, and enhance safety and security. NICE serves over 25,000 organizations in the enterprise and security sectors, representing a variety of sizes and industries in more than 150 countries, and including over 80 of the Fortune 100 companies.
http://www.nice.com .

Trademark Note: NICE and the NICE logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NICE Systems. All other marks are trademarks of their respective owners. For a full list of NICE Systems’ marks, please see:
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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, including the statements by Messer Rozenblat, are based on the current expectations of the management of NICE-Systems Ltd. (the Company) only, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results or performance of the Company to differ materially from those described herein, including but not limited to the impact of the global economic environment on the Company’s customer base (particularly financial services firms) and the resulting uncertainties; changes in technology and market requirements; decline in demand for the Company’s products; inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications; difficulties or delays in absorbing and integrating acquired operations, products, technologies and personnel; loss of market share; pressure on pricing resulting from competition; and inability to maintain certain marketing and distribution arrangements. For a more detailed description of the risk factors and uncertainties affecting the company, refer to the Company’s reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise them, except as required by law.

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Market Cap$2.34 billion
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Volume: 127,106
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P/E Ratio40.90
Dividend YieldN/A

Market Cap$2.34 billion
Rev. per EmployeeN/A

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