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About Alex Finard

Alex, a mother of two, is an experienced journalist and a talented writer . She enjoys reading as well as writing, and enjoys vigorous long walks. Alex writes on anything and everything related to beauty, health and nutrition advice and studies, based on information provided by experts in these fields.

Sony Xcd Series – Sony Xcd-u100/u100cr

– Featuring outstanding picture quality, high-speed image capturing, and the digital 1394b interface, the XCD Series is perfect for high-quality industrial and manufacturing solutions. The XCD-U100/U100CR incorporates a 1/1.8-type IT CCD that captures extremely, high-quality, detailed images with an ultrahigh resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). With this wide range of solutions, each with feature-rich benefits, it’s never been easier to select the right camera for your specific machine vision applications. The XCD Series of cameras adopts the IEEE 1394b interface that supports the IIDC protocol. By using this interface, users can transfer images to a host PC at speeds of up to 800 Mb/s.

Moreover, because multiple cameras can be connected in a daisy-chain configuration, users can enjoy the benefits of simplified operation in a multi-camera system. When these XCD cameras are daisy-chained, Bus Synchronization and Broadcast Delivery are available. With Bus Synchronization, users can capture images from different angles simultaneously simply by sending a single trigger from the host PC. Broadcast Delivery allows users to capture images from multiple cameras using a software trigger instead of a hardware trigger, which helps to minimize the occurrence of false triggers. This function also allows users to change the settings of multiple cameras simultaneously

Their compact design and rugged body enables the XCD Series to be integrated into a wide variety of industrial environments.  In addition, the XCD series incorporates features such as partial scanning, binning and hardware LUT (Look Up Table).

Ideal for industrial machine vision applications such as object recognition, inspection, measurement, alignment, and more.

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Specialised distributor for high-end CCTV cameras, thermal imaging, laser ranging and situation awareness systems. Advanced access control systems including facial recognition and fingerprint identification.

Montclair Art Museum Appoints New Curator

– The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) announced today that Alexandra Schwartz has been appointed Curator of Contemporary Art beginning November 16, 2010. This newly created position at MAM-made possible by a generous donation from the Vance Wall Foundation-represents a strong commitment to an area of focus long desired by the Museum and the community.

   A curator and scholar of contemporary art, Schwartz has worked in curatorial roles at the Museum of Modern Art in New York since 2004, most recently as the coordinator of MoMA’s Modern Women’s Project, designed to increase understanding of women artists across the museum’s collections. In this capacity, she served as co-editor and contributor to Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art and curated an exhibition, Mind and Matter, Alternative Abstractions, 1940s to Now, a group exhibition of 10 contemporary artists working in abstraction. This past spring also saw the release of her book Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles (MIT Press), the first critical examination of Ruscha’s groundbreaking work in relation to the cultural contexts of its production.

   Lora Urbanelli, Director of the Montclair Art Museum, said: “For over 95 years, the Montclair Art Museum has provided the region with programs that explore a deep and wide ranging view of American art, from Native cultures to the present day. We are thrilled that as we enter our second century, the Vance Wall Foundation has provided us the extraordinary

opportunity to shine a strong light on contemporary art, always an interest, but never a focus. The prospect of creating and developing this program at MAM attracted a very competitive field of candidates; we are delighted to have found someone with Alexandra’s strengths, energy, and vision for this role. ‘Contemporary art’ covers lots of ground. Alix’s love and knowledge of art history and the recent past, as well as her deep connection to the art of right now, make her the perfect complement to MAM’s Chief Curator, Gail Stavitsky. We can’t wait to have her on board!”

   Schwartz said: “I am delighted to be joining MAM as the first Curator of Contemporary Art, and very much look forward to building an innovative contemporary art program that engages both with MAM’s distinguished history and with the vibrant and diverse local community.”

   Schwartz has published widely, editing and contributing to numerous publications, and lectured extensively. She has also taught in the master’s program in Modern Art/Curatorial Studies at Columbia University and the Education Departments at MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s, magna cum laude, in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University.

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The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) presents exhibitions and programs that reflect its collection of historic and contemporary American and Native American art. MAM’s Yard School of Art offers classes for people of all ages.

Huskies Reach 100 year Old Sailing Ship Locked in Ice

– At the end of Aqua-Firma’s summer and autumn season of Arctic Wilderness & Wildlife Sailing Voyages onboard a 100 year old schooner, the ship will on purpose, be positioned in the stunning Tempel Fjord of Spitsbergen where sea ice will lock it tight until the early summer thaw. The scene, reminiscent of an expedition waiting for the winter to clear before a launch on the Pole, will become the target of Aqua-Firma clients keen to experience a High Arctic dog sledding adventure across Arctic wilderness and sea ice. This is also an ideal experience on which to see the Northern Lights (Aurora borealis), since clients will be travelling high above the Arctic  Circle less than 11 degrees latitude from the North Pole.

From 1st March to mid May 2011, this Arctic adventure provides the opportunity to learn the skills of harnessing, handling and ‘mushing’ a team of Huskies across snow and sea ice to the centrally heated and ice strengthened tall ship waiting for them. This is a true Arctic wilderness experience which provides a complete dislocation from the modern world. Throughout the journey clients will experience some stunning Arctic scenery. Spitsbergen literally means ‘pointed mountain’ in Dutch, so called by the island’s discoverer, William Barentz, who gave it its name in 1596.  Glaciers and deep fjords are more of the island’s features, and the ship’s position within Tempel will be in full view of the Von Post glacier.

Whilst participants can enjoy a warm and cosy atmosphere onboard with some great food and three course dinners, they will need to be on hand to help in the works involved in looking after a team of huskies. Wandering out to see them without a guide is, however, a no no. Spitsbergen is the land of the polar bear so don’t be surprised if you see one wandering close to the ship.

For further information about Aqua-Firma’s winter and summer wildlife tall ship experiences, please visit

Notes to Editors

1.   Aqua-Firma specialises in expert led tailor made and small group exploration of wilderness and wildlife where land meets water.  Their modes of exploration include inspiring combinations of:

a.   Polar sailing and small ship voyages

b.   Wildlife & marine life safaris

c.   Expert led photography holidays

d.   Canoe and lodge safaris

e.   Rafting expeditions

f.   Yacht charters

g.   Conservation in action experiences

h.   Snorkelling & scuba diving

i.   Family adventures

2.   Aqua-Firma is the only travel company to offset the carbon emissions of its clients’ polar voyages, and flights booked through the company in joining its polar journeys. Aqua-Firma does this via a Rainforest4Climate programme set up in partnership with Rainforest Concern.

For further press information and photography please contact Ralph Pannell at

Aqua-Firma Worldwide Ltd. on 0844 412 0848 / 01428 620012 or email

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Aqua-Firma is a travel company driven by a long developed passion for exploring and conserving the best of our planet’s wilderness and wildlife – in particular where land and water meet. The areas surrounding the great oceans, rivers, lakes and icecaps can provide some of the most dramatic encounters with wildlife and the natural world.

Our experiences have been created with the input of marine and environmental scientists, professional sailors and divers, conservationists and leading naturalist guides; people who have a passion to communicate the environments they know best. The result is the opportunity to experience wilderness locations in ways which are invigorating, enlightening and responsible.

Thermal Imaging and IR Cameras

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New state-of-the art thermal Imaging systems and software provide ideal surveillance solutions for short and long-range detection of humans, vehicles, animals and fires . As a “Virtual Fence”, TI systems are in demand for Homeland defence operations, sensitive sites and events that require uncompromising protection-day and night. These include railways, airports, seaports, prisons, government facilities and global events such as the Olympics Games 2004. These uncooled and cooled TI systems offer exceptional advantages in the most difficult environmental conditions of rain, smoke, dust, snow and total darkness where standard security surveillance system do not function effetely.  They ensure extremely low false alarm rates, a high signal-to-noise/ratio, and normal visibility in even the worst weather conditions.  GALIL

New Arts Gallery and Studio Opens In Corofin

– Bluemackeral Gallery and Studio offers a range of services including photography, photo restoration, passport photos, original art works, handmade jewellery, sculptures and aromatherapy oils.

The Gallery is the brainchild of Kevin Tyler. Having found a suitable premises in Corofin last July he invited some local artists from Corofin and surrounding villages to display some of their work too.  The artists include Carol Andrews, Marian Killeen, Kaye Maahs, Colette Dinan and Marie Kilkenny.  Margaret and Gerry Ruane also display their handmade jewellery in the Gallery.

Speaking at the event Minister Killeen said “I am delighted to officiate at this event.  The Gallery provides an excellent opportunity to local artists to display their artwork, sculptures, and jewellery and affords the population of the local area, tourists and visitors to the area the chance to acquire a beautiful unique piece.”

“I wish to commend Kevin and his wife Diane on the entrepreneurial skills and their act of faith in choosing Corofin as the location for their business.  I wish them every success in the future”, added the North Clare T.D.

Notes to Editor:

– For further information please contact Mark Dunphy of Dunphy Public Relations on 00353868534900 or

– High-resolution images of Minister Killeen are available on request

Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P. Hosts Seminar To Discuss Tax Changes And Year-End Strategies

– RALEIGH, N.C. Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P. (CB&H) ( will host a seminar titled “Coming to a Close: Tomorrow’s Accounting Issues Today” on Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the CB&H office located at 2626 Glenwood Ave. The seminar will discuss how to prepare for the tax changes that will take place in December, and attendees will receive an update on international standards, the new compilation and review standard, proposed changes to accounting for leases and other proposed changes to professional standards. An overview of federal and state tax law changes will be provided, in addition to year-end tax strategies and an economic and investment outlook.


“This seminar is an excellent outlet to discuss accounting and auditing updates, federal and state tax law changes, and an economic and investment outlook,” said Paul Fedorkowicz, partner-in-charge. “Through ‘Coming to a Close: Tomorrow’s Accounting Issues Today,’ we aim to prepare attendees with the knowledge and year-end tax strategies needed to not only close another tax year, but also minimize current year taxes.”  


Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P. Blog


– Seminar leaders are: Joseph B. McLeod, CPA, tax partner of Cherry, Bekaert & Holland; John F. Gonella III, CPA, tax senior manager of Cherry, Bekaert & Holland; Jeffrey T. Sabetta, CPA, audit senior manager of Cherry, Bekaert & Holland; Joel A. Millikan, CFA, chief investment officer of Cardinal Capital Management; and Glenn C. Andrews, CFA, president of Cardinal Capital Management.

– “Coming to a Close: Tomorrow’s Accounting Issues Today” is a complimentary seminar and is open to the public. To register, visit or contact Amy Cross at (919) 782-1040 or for more information.


For more than 60 years, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P. (CB&H) has provided elite financial and management services to a diverse and successful client base. As an innovative and highly professional certified public accounting (CPA) and consulting firm, CB&H serves as a valued advisor to more than 25,000 clients by providing guidance on important operational and individual matters. Ranked among the top 30 accounting firms in the nation, CB&H is uniquely positioned to impart quality, cost-effective and practical advice to clients that include multinational corporations, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, emerging or startup firms and successful individuals. As one of the largest regional CPA firms headquartered in the Southeast, CB&H’s resource network stretches across six states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and nationally and internationally through an alliance with Baker Tilly International Limited, an association of independent accounting and consulting firms. For more information, visit

Jill Mastrangelo

MMI Public Relations

(919) 233-6600


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