by Mellissa Thomas
Taiwan manufactures over ninety percent of electronic devices distributed by the world’s largest tech companies, including Apple and Dell, and continues to be at the forefront of innovation, as was demonstrated at Taiwan Excellence’s Taiwan Products Launch and International Press Conference at InfoComm 2015 Wednesday morning. Titled “Taiwan: The New Stratosphere,” the press conference featured products developed by Taiwan Excellence Award-winning manufacturers Advantech, BXB, AG Neovo, and Chiayo that promise to improve public safety and patient care. Special guests included Philip T.Y. Wang, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Miami, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh, Commissioner Samuel B. Ings, Commissioner Regina Hill, and Consul Generals to Haiti and the Czech Republic. Creative Village visionary Craig Ustler moderated the press conference.
Award-Winning Products for a Safer World
Advantech Sales Manager Brian Wilson presented the Advantech Pocket Pad, a tablet that helps medical personnel in hospitals learn about their patients more quickly and efficiently. When patients visit the hospital, the Advantech Pocket Pad can be used for easy identification and tracking of patients and their medical histories, and doubles as a barcode scanner. Wilson pointed out that the tablet is embedded with the Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system and is the “ideal” seven inches: just large enough to see information clearly and just small enough to fit in a pocket.
BXB’s International Sales representative Stacy Chiang presented BXB’s new WPA-3000 PA System. This multi-language system is able to transform a public address system into an emergency command station by triggering simultaneous communication across a network to first responders and security. Chiang also noted that the device can even detect the oncoming threat of an earthquake and help communities initiate evacuation or preparation before the earthquake hits.
David Meng, AG Neovo’s Sales & Marketing Director, introduced the company’s latest 1920 x 1080 HD digital display, with which he immediately wowed the press guests by striking the screen directly without causing any damage. “Can you do that to your screen?” he playfully engaged. What makes the screen so sturdy, as he explained in his slide deck, is the company’s proprietary “Optical Glass,” which is easily cleaned and is oil, shock, and water resistant. The display is already in use in many industries worldwide, as he showed in a series of photos during the presentation: in a Mercedes Benz showroom, in a dentist’s office, in a restaurant, and even as a two-sided display in a major mall.
Chiayo Vice President Alwin Chin presented the company’s advanced audio-linked gooseneck conference system, which can link up to sixty microphones in one conference. Just one switching adaptor and audio converter enables the entire system, and it is equipped with an easily noticeable “TALK” indicator LED on both the gooseneck and the base, and a microphone that automatically shuts off after idling for five minutes.
“The partnerships that I see and the opportunities that are ahead are incredible,” Mayor Jacobs said. “I think we in Orlando and Orange County are poised to partner with the world.”
The press conference wrapped with a two-prize raffle that featured last year’s Taiwan Excellence Award winning products.
“I think [Taiwan] is on top of technology that can help healthcare,” said former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello after the press conference. She then added some recommended next steps.
“What they need now is to be able to find a way by which they find a way to increase the language translations, they have to make sure that the protection of the identity of the patient is not broken or cannot be hacked, and more than anything, if they can make a way by which the ambulance driver can be able to connect information to the emergency room, lives will be saved. I think if anyone can do it, it’s this technological group that seems to know what they’re doing.”
So, Who is Taiwan Excellence?
According to its press release, Taiwan Excellence was established in 1992 by the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) and Taiwan Trade Development Council (TAITRA) to encourage Taiwan industries to upgrade and incorporate innovative value into their products. The Taiwan Excellence Award is the highest accolade awarded to Taiwan products that encapsulate innovative value.
InfoComm 2015 runs from June 13 to June 19, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center, hosting the audiovisual tech industry’s best and most cutting edge companies and products, with over 950 booths and attracting over 30,000 attendees each day. Once there, it is easy to be engulfed in visual splendor, which includes a Tesla display in partnership with Panasonic and London-based large projection display company The Projection Studio. Attendees must beware of shiny new object syndrome.
Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness Coming March 2023
WINTER PARK, Fla. (Florida National News) – Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness, inspired by the children’s TV host and icon, comes to Orlando in March 2023. This week-long series of events was announced today at the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in Winter Park.
“Fred McFeely Rogers devoted his entire life to reminding us of some of the most important ideas of what it means to be human among humans: love, respect and kindness,” explained Buena Vista Events & Management President & CEO Rich Bradley. “Many of us find that nearly 20 years after Fred’s passing, it is important to focus on his teachings once again, perhaps now more than ever. This is a week to re-engage with his massive body of work with some folks, and to introduce his teachings to others.”
Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness begins March 20, 2023, the date which would have been Fred’s 95th birthday, and concludes on Saturday, March 26 with the Red Sweater Soiree, a community dinner to recognize ten ordinary members of the community who inspire and exemplify the affinity that Fred Rogers had for showing kindness to our “Neighbors”.
Activities planned for the week will include early childhood education activities and faculty training, as well as events open to the public.
“The events will be offered free or at low cost,” continued Bradley. “This week-long celebration is not a series of fundraisers, but rather about once again remembering and sharing some of the great work that Fred Rogers created, not only in early childhood education, but in reminding us that we are all part of one big ‘neighborhood’. Fred taught us the importance of accepting our Neighbors just the way they are and engaging in kindness with our interactions. I can’t think of another period in my lifetime where we needed to reflect on those messages again more than today.”
“There are three ways to ultimate success,” Fred Rogers was once quoted as saying. “The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind. Imagine what our neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.”
Many of the activities of Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness will be attended by members of the cast and crew of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 – 1975, and again from 1979 – 2001. David Newell, known as “Mr. McFeely,” the “Speedy Delivery” man, appeared at today’s media conference via video, and looks forward to visiting Central Florida next March.
Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness is supported by the McFeely-Rogers Foundation, the Fred Rogers Institute, and Fred Rogers Productions. Details regarding the specific activities and venues will be released over the next few weeks.
For more information on the events, visit https://www.BuenaVistaEvents.com or https://www.MisterRogersWeekofKindness.com.
A Quick Primer on the Team Solving Orange County’s Affordable Housing Crisis
ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orange County faces a growing affordable housing crisis, and Mayor Jerry Demings has taken notice–and action. Shortly after his inauguration, he formed Housing For All, an affordable housing task force to face the challenge head-on.
The Housing For All task force doesn’t meet monthly like the County Commission–in fact, their next meeting won’t be until October 4, 2019–but they do work when they’re not meeting. The task force is made up of three subcommittees, Design and Infrastructure Subcommittee, Accessibility and Opportunity Subcommittee and Innovation and Sustainability Subcommittee. These three subcommittees meet twice a month to come up with ideas and plans to fix the affordable housing problem.
Each subcommittee has a specific focus on ways to help solve the problem of affordable housing. The Design and Infrastructure Subcommittee is focused on the design of new affordable housing projects, the renovation of current affordable housing that might need fixing and land development for affordable housing units. The Accessibility and Opportunity Subcommittee is focused on making sure affordable housing is accessible to the major economic zones of the city, develop partnerships with groups and focus on outreach in the county. The Innovation and Sustainability Subcommittee is focused on finding ways to increase the supply of affordable housing and how to preserve affordable housing.
At their next meeting in October these subcommittees will update the county on what they have accomplished and what they plan to do in the future. For information from previous Housing for All Task Force meetings or the meeting schedule, visit the Orange County Government website.
Leyton Blackwell is a photojournalist and Florida National News contributor. | firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Biopic ‘Te Ata’ Sets High Bar for 2016 Orlando Film Festival
ORLANDO (FNN NEWS) – Orlando Film Festival kicked off at Cobb Theaters in Downtown Orlando Wednesday night. The red carpet came alive with excited filmmakers and actors ready to showcase their projects to the Orlando community and, in some cases, to the world at large, including Nathan Frankowski, director of this year’s opening feature Te Ata.
About Te Ata
Frankowski’s biopic feature chronicles the true story of Chickasaw actress and storyteller Mary Frances Thompson, whose love of stories and the Chickasaw Nation fueled her to share the Chickasaw culture with new audiences in the early 1900s, a time when the United States was still growing as a nation and clashed with Native American peoples in the process.
Viewers are immediately swept into the saga from the film’s opening scene with a voice-over folk tale told by Mary Thompson’s father, T.B. Thompson (played by Gil Birmingham). Ironically, though his storytelling places the seed of inspiration in her, it slowly becomes a source of friction between them as she ages.
What makes the film engrossing is the sprawling backdrop upon which Thompson’s journey takes place. While young Te Ata (which means “The Morning”) flourishes with each solo performance and eventually sets her sights on Broadway, the Chickasaw Nation is fighting to secure the funding due them from the U.S. government in the face of ethnocentrism and religious bigotry–to the point that the government passed a law forbidding the sale of traditional Native American textiles and creations, which caused further financial struggle for the Chickasaw Nation. Viewers even experience the Thompsons’ fish-out-of-water feeling as the Chickasaw people’s territory, Tishomingo, shrinks significantly to become part of the newborn state of Oklahoma.
The political tensions are counterbalanced with Te Ata’s experience. Te Ata does her first performances among family, but chooses to leave home for the first time in her life to attend the Oklahoma College for Women (known today as University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma), despite her father’s wishes for her to find a job at home. Viewers immediately empathize with Te Ata’s awkward experience upon her arrival at the predominantly Caucasian-attended College, but cheer her on when that one connection is made, because all it ever takes is one.
Te Ata’s jumping off point occurs when she meets drama teacher Frances Dinsmore Davis, who encourages her to join her class and to share the Chickasaw stories for her senior presentation instead of the usual Shakespeare recitation. From there, Te Ata’s career blossoms from one serendipitous connection to another, taking her performances across the country. She eventually makes it to New York City, hustling to find her place on Broadway, and finds love in the process while performing privately for Eleanor Roosevelt, whose husband was then Governor of New York. The heroine’s journey continues with well-placed highs and lows, keeping the viewer visually and emotionally engaged.
Te Ata is touchingly channeled through lead actress Q’orianka Kilcher who, like Te Ata, has stage experience, and brought it to bear in the role. Kilcher’s magnetic singing, with the help of the film’s sweeping score and indigenous songs, imprints the true Te Ata’s passion for her people onto the viewer’s heart.
Frankowski, who worked closely with the Chickasaw Nation in creating the film, honors Te Ata’s memory and legacy in a cohesive, sweeping tale that will edify audiences everywhere.
Florida National News Editor Mellissa Thomas is an author and journalist, as well as a decorated U.S. Navy veteran with degrees in Entertainment Business and Film. She also helps business owners, CEOs, executives, and speakers double their income and clinch the credibility they deserve by walking them step by step through the process of developing, completing, marketing, and publishing their first book.
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