Jul 212014

Honda’s iconic white android, ASIMO, has stunned robot enthusiast’s world over. Though it looks similar to other models, the humanoid robot can run and walk with ease. It almost seems like a human being inside the robotic suit. It is the world’s most advanced humanoid robot.

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Jul 212014
James (Jimmy) Larry Reid
October 18, 1952 –  July 19, 2014

James (Jimmy) L. Reid, 61 of Salem, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 after a courageous year-long battle with cancer. He was born October 18, 1952 to the late Charles and Nellie Reid. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Howard Reid; and brother-in-law, David Pumphrey. Family left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Thea Reid; sisters, Nancy Blankenship and husband Donald, Nellie Pumphrey, Betty Lanham and husband John, and Peggy Reid; brothers, David Reid and wife Brenda, Charles Reid and wife Janet, and Roger Reid; and special nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Jimmy was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
The family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. Richard and his staff at Blue Ridge Cancer Care and to Amedisys nurses Jewel, Jill, and Glenda for their loving care.
The family will receive friends on Monday, July 21, 2014 from 12 until 2 p.m. at John M. Oakey & Son funeral home in Salem. A funeral service to honor Jimmy’s life will follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Don Woodward officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Jimmy’s memory can be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses. An online guestbook is available by visitingwww.johnmoakey.com.
Jul 212014




Staffed in Richmond, VA


Hamilton Relay Services Division in Virginia currently has a full time position open for “Virginia Captioned Telephone Services Outreach Coordinator”.


We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.



Position summary:  This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Virginia Captioned Telephone Service (VACTS).


Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach, public relations or related marketing experience are required.
  • Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus.
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to develop effective outreach and educational campaigns
  • Ability to confidently communicate (oral & written) with a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to plan, schedule and execute multiple projects
  • Ability to understand and follow directions
  • Capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator, organizations within the public, private and non-profit sectors
  • Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
  • Familiarity with the user communities that could benefit from relay services:
    • Senior Community
    • Hard of Hearing Community
  • Able to travel alone
  • Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply


For the full job description and application visit www.workforhamilton.com by August 4, 2014.



Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and company paid benefits.  For questions in regards to this position please contact our corporate HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831 

Jul 182014



On June 26, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released proposed rules

to improve the emergency alerts that are provided to the public under the Emergency Alert System

(EAS). These proposals address problems that were encountered during the first nationwide

test of the EAS (which took place on November 7, 2011).  One of the suggested revisions is

a proposal for standards to ensure that EAS alerts are accessible to all members of the public,

including people who are deaf or hard of hearing or blind or visually impaired. This proposal

specifically seeks comment on quality standards for visual crawls and audio access to EAS

messages. For the accessibility section, please go to paragraphs 31-40 on pages 16-21 in one

of the links to the document below.


Deadlines for comments and reply comments on EB Docket No. 04-296:

Comments:  August 14, 2014

Reply Comments:  August 29, 2014


Links to the proposals are:

WORD: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-14-93A1.docx

ACROBAT: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-14-93A1.pdf

TEXT: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-14-93A1.txt


For more information, contact Lisa Fowlkes, Deputy Bureau Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, at (202) 418-7452, or by email at Lisa.Fowlkes@fcc.gov, or the ASL Consumer Support Line via videophone at 844-4-FCC-ASL (844-432-2275) or 202-810-0444.