SymQuest,Larry Sudbay, President and Chief Executive Officer of SymQuest® Group, the region’s leading provider of network and document technology solutions and services, is pleased to announce the winner of the fifth SymPowered Office $25,000 Makeover is the Vermont Center for Independent Living.Each year, SymQuest chooses a different area to support with a Makeover. This year’s call for applications was put out to the not-for-profit organizations throughout Washington County, Vermont. Past recipients have been Champlain Valley Family Center in Plattsburgh, NY; CHESCO, Inc. in Keene, NH; Rutland County Parent Child Center in Rutland, VT and WISE in West Lebanon, NH. These four mark SymQuest’s $100,000 milestone in giving through this particular program. SymQuest also gives back to the communities it serves by other means including their annual golf tournament, direct sponsorships, United Way campaigns and by making it easy for their employees to perform community service works in their own communities.The Vermont Center for Independent Living serves people with disabilities, by people with disabilities, since 1979. Their goal is to tear down the physical, communication and attitudinal barriers that keep people from realizing their full human potential. To that end, they work with business and municipalities to create accessible buildings, sidewalks and parking. They work with individuals to build ramps, modify bathrooms and deliver meals so that they can remain independent and live in their own homes. They also assist individuals in developing life skills and in orienteering their way through the complex maze of governmental departments and services.‘It’s very difficult to choose an organization from the compelling applications we receive,’ said Sudbay. ‘Every time we go through the process we are reminded of the enormous amount of really great, important work being done with less than optimal technology. Even though we’re proud of what we’ve done to help, we still wish we could do more,’ he continued.For more information about Vermont Center for Independent Living, please visit www.vcil.org(link is external).For more information about SymQuest® and The SymQuest Way, please visit www.SymQuest.com(link is external) or call (800) 374-9900.The SymQuest Group, Inc. maximizes the potential of technology in the business place, and offers networking and document management solutions with:â ¢ Computer-network design and installationâ ¢ Network support and performance monitoringâ ¢ Kyocera and Canon copier sales, service and suppliesâ ¢ Kyocera and Hewlett Packard printer sales, service and suppliesâ ¢ Digital document storage and retrievalFor more than a decade, SymQuest Group, Inc., headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont, (with additional offices located in Rutland, Vermont; Keene and West Lebanon, New Hampshire; Plattsburgh, New York; and Portland, Maine) has upheld its reputation as an affordable and accessible network infrastructure and document solutions technology services company; working extensively with small businesses, as well as larger enterprises. SymQuest Group, Inc. focuses on highly-customized and accessible customer service, innovative document solution programs, and the crafting of high-availability infrastructure solutions. United by the pursuit of excellence in information management, service and corporate responsibility, SymQuest’s experienced people, refined processes and best of technology keep its clients out front.Left to right: Larry Sudbay, President and CEO, SymQuest; Peter Johnke, IT & Database Coordinator, VCIL; Michelle Grubb, Finance and Operations Officer, VCIL; Sarah Launderville, Executive Director, VCIL; Joe Noonan, Vice President of Sales/Marketing, SymQuest; Mark Jennings, Virtual Chief Information (VCIO) Director, SymQuest
… Baptiste chides indisciplined teamsTHE winners of the recently concluded Guinness Greatest of the Streets Football Challenge were yesterday morning presented with their monetary prizes and trophies at a simple ceremony.Held at the Banks DIH Sports Club at Thirst Park, winners Sparta Boss collected their $500 000 and trophy after they beat Tucville, who pocketed $200 000 and a trophy.Third- and fourth-place winners Back Circle and Broad Street also picked up their earnings of $150 000 and $75 000 respectively after Friday’s presentation ceremony that preceded the game that was washed out by rain.Speaking yesterday, Guinness Brand Manager Lee Baptiste scolded those teams who showed indiscipline, adding that those behaviours will be met with the harsh penalties in the coming legs.“For the first time we had a main sponsor for the uniforms and I had to be going every night to ensure that the teams wore their uniforms. A whole team came out without their uniforms and we had to stop the whole night’s proceedings for them to go and get their uniforms. That’s not going to happen anymore,” Baptiste said.He continued, “From the next sub-meet, you come on the court without your uniform, socks, trunks T-shirt, (if) it’s one player, (he/she) cannot play; the whole team (without uniform), the whole team cannot play; immediate walkover. It’s got to stop.”He, however, lauded the various winners, reminding that they are not only brand ambassadors for their community but now, their region adding that on-field play has improved drastically.“The officials were just telling me that we had only one yellow card for the entire tournament which was a high improvement from the previous one.”Also in attendance yesterday was Director of Sport Christopher Jones who said that government is taking note of the work that Guinness is doing in the communities and will do its bit to support that initiative.“We at the National Sports Commission are continuing to have discussions with the Ministry of Finance. We want to see that the ministry can provide to companies/corporate Guyana, who would lend support to the development of sports,” he added.He continued, ‘Tax breaks, tax exemptions; tax holidays and so forth,” are what the Sport Director indicated are the recommendations on the table by the NSC, adding that he is hopeful in 2017 those discussions can be realised.Meanwhile, Colours representatives indicated that they were pleased to be on board for a second year running and were pleased at the support that they have seen.The top four teams will move onto the regional front with the next leg set for late January.
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Bo Ryan era at Wisconsin has been one of unprecedented modern-day success, but with Saturday’s loss to Big Ten doormat Purdue, the current stretch officially became the low-point for the Badger coach, at least statistically.Though it seems eons ago, in Ryan’s first five games as head coach, during the 2001-2002 season, the team lost four of five. That stretch was also the last time UW lost three in a row, until now.And the culprit for the latest defeat was the same, all-too-familiar foe that has dogged Wisconsin throughout the streak: poor shooting.Dismal shooting from the field has been the earmark of the Badgers’ losing streak, as they haven’t managed to shoot over 45 percent since they played Michigan State on Jan. 8. And against Purdue, who enjoyed a decisive advantage inside, UW needed to shoot in the 45-percent range.”In order to do it against a team like this, you have to shoot 40-something percent,” Ryan said. “You’ve got to shoot your percentage. That’s how you overcome some of that inside [pressure].”The common thought is that Wisconsin has become too predictable on offense, as teams believe that Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor are the only true offensive threats.Teams have been treating them accordingly, making their defensive emphasis on stopping the pair and not worrying too heavily about the rest of the lineup. Tucker said he even thought that Purdue was running a “triangle and two” against UW, a defense very rarely seen on the college level.”Yeah, we obviously played off a couple of their guys and tried to get more help [on Tucker and Taylor],” Boilermaker head coach Matt Painter said.The answer to the problem is to have more players step up their scoring, a task decidedly more difficult than it sounds, especially when the players outside of Tucker and Taylor seemingly have been hesitant to shoot the ball. “Guys have to step up with confidence right now,” Tucker said. “I think a lot of us are lacking confidence in our shots right now.”Junior forward Jason Chappell could be the perfect example. After starting the season out as a legitimate shooting threat (putting together three double-digit scoring efforts in four games earlier this year), Chappell has become very tentative to shoot, often looking to dish off even the most open of shots. “The main thing is that when we start missing a couple shots, guys get hesitant,” Tucker said. “You can tell [Chappell] for the last week or so, he has been stutter-stepping and then shooting. He hasn’t been consistent. “It’s been more of a mental battle, an internal battle within himself.”Freshman Joe Krabbenhoft attributes the inability to make buckets to the team not running Ryan’s “swing offense” as smoothly as they had when the season was young.”It’s not just catching and shooting. It’s all the things before that,” Krabbenhoft said. “Just playing with each other, playing off of each other, reading each other, getting that good flow down. That’s where the shots start going.”One message was clear from the Wisconsin players and coaches: not shooting isn’t going to solve the problem.”Don’t stop shooting because that is when everything falls apart,” Tucker said.To their credit, some Badgers haven’t appeared to be gun-shy at all, as senior Ray Nixon has played more aggressively than he has all season during the rough stretch, while Brian Butch hasn’t shown any symptoms of shooting skittishness.”I’ve seen Brian Butch, I’ve seen Ray Nixon, I’ve seen these guys hit those shots and they’re trying,” Ryan said. “And one of these nights, they will [hit them],””Good shooting is contagious, so when we catch fire, we’ll be alright,” Krabbenhoft said.Butch injured again: Sophomore center Brian Butch went down and had to be helped off the court during Saturday’s game with a left ankle injury. The team had no update to his condition after the game.Butch appeared to re-injure the left ankle sprain he suffered Jan. 18 against Ohio State. With just over three minutes remaining in the second half, Butch was guarding the post. As he attempted to defend a lob to Purdue’s Marcus Ware, Butch stepped on Ware’s foot and quickly collapsed to the ground. Butch lay flat on his stomach for several moments, pounding the court in pain. When turned over, he pulled his jersey over his head while the UW medical staff quickly examined him.Butch was then helped off the court and was trying not to put any weight on his left leg while slowly making his way to the bench.If the first-year starter, who has started every game this season, has to miss any significant time, it would be yet another blow to the already thin Badger frontline. The only available player above 6-foot-7 would be 6-foot-10 forward Chappell.