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SymQuest chooses VCIL as winner of fifth $25,000 SymPowered office makeover

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first_imgSymQuest,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, SymQuestlast_img read more

Switchback Results: Fees and Favorites

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first_imgWould you be willing to pay user fees to access public lands?YES: 71%I would gladly pay a small one-time or annual pass fee for access to public lands, but only if I was assured that those revenues would be put into maintaining and improving those areas. I want that money going directly into the trails, not into a general fund to be squandered by administrators and bureaucratic overhead.—Kevin Dobo-Hoffman, Asheville, N.C.I support fees as long as they support non-extractive recreation and forest protection. We should all be responsible stewards and end irresponsible subsidized timber cuts on public lands.— Ben Colvin, Asheville, N.C.The public often forgets about the costs of maintaining the land, roads, trails, restrooms, and scenic overlooks, as well as hauling out trash. Access fees might enable more of our tax dollars to be dedicated to acquiring more public lands for conservation.—Heather Widener, via e-mailI only support an access fee if it goes directly to the park or forest where it was collected and not into a general fund.—Richard Mansker, Atlanta, Ga.NO: 29%We already pay user fees in the form of taxes, which supposedly go to protecting our public lands system. User fees are double taxation, and the Forest Service already squanders hundreds of millions in subsidized logging on public lands.—Keira Whitley, Roanoke, Va.Outdoor recreation is already too white and elitist. A user fee only makes it even harder for low-income folks to explore the outdoors. There should never be a price tag on experiencing the natural world.—Danielle Foster, Knoxville, Tenn.Which are your favorite mountains? APPALACHIANS: 77%They each have their beauty, but there are fewer things in the Appalachians that can eat me.— Ingles Alexander, Saltville, Va.The easily accessible solitude and peace that the Appalachians bring far outweigh all others.—Eddy, Danville, Va.The Rockies and Sierras are the bold kids on the block with their in-your-face attitude. The Appalachians remain the quiet, mature adults with their soft green views. That coyness continuously beckons me to explore and be amazed by all that’s hidden from view.—Pete Webber, Petersburg, Va.The Appalachians are older and more manageable. They offer hiking without too many verticals and skiing for all abilities. Add the network of lakes for fishing and other watersports, and the Apps offer the complete package, all within a few hours of driving.—Karl Kunkel, Baltimore, Md.ROCKIES: 17%I’m an intermediate skier, so I’m biased towards long blue runs groomed or powder. The Rockies seem to provide the best of this.—Tony Hogan, Atlanta, Ga.As much as I love my home Appalachians, seeing the Rockies was an experience I will never forget, and they captured a very special place in my heart.—Carol G., Greenville, S.C.SIERRAS: 6%The Sierras have more snow, higher peaks, and better cross-country ski access, but they’re not as resort-laden as the Rockies.—Doug Vlad, Charlotte, N.C.last_img read more

Two Wildfires Burning in Western North Carolina

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first_imgThere are two active wildfires burning in the mountains of Western North Carolina.As of of Tuesday afternoon, a Burke County wildfire near the Linville Gorge Wilderness area had spread to 10 acres along Old N.C. 105 north of Lake JamesThe last official report stated that the fire was burning on the south end of the Gorge, adjacent to but not on the actual wilderness area.It was reported to the Grandfather Ranger District on Monday afternoon, and crews worked through the night to contain the blaze despite being impeded by strong winds.580fabc13b116-imageThe 10-acre Burke County fire as seen on Monday, Oct. 24.A helicopter was also on the scene.An investigation into what caused the fire is still underway, but U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Jennings said that human error is suspected.Nantahala National Forest FireA second fire is burning in the Dicks Creek area of the Nantahala National Forest near the town of Sylva.While this fire is said to be sixty percent contained, it encompasses 374 acres, according to a news alert issued at 5 P.M. yesterday by the USFS.Smoke is visible on US 74 near Sylva and is expected to settle in to the valley as temperatures drop in the evenings.This fire was discovered on the morning of Sunday, October 23, and, like the 10-acre blaze threatening the Linville Gorge, it is believed to be human caused.“The public is encouraged to use extreme caution with outdoor fires this fall,” the USFS said in a statement. “Western North Carolina is currently in a severe drought and fire danger is extremely high. Dry and windy conditions are predicted to remain in the region through early December.”Click here for some valuable tips on outdoor fire safety.last_img read more

Honduras on Alert Due to Supposed Presence of Al Qaida Members

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first_imgBy Dialogo April 26, 2011 The Honduran authorities declared an alert at land and airport customs posts as a result of a warning from the United Nations that two Afghan members of Al Qaida might enter or have already entered the country, the director of migration, Venancio Cervantes, confirmed to AFP on 16 April. The retired general explained that the United Nations Security Council advised the Honduran delegation to verify whether the Afghans Khalil Al-Rahman Haqqani and Said Jan Abd Al-Salan, members of Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaida network, had entered Honduras or to look out for an attempt by them to enter. “Three weeks ago, I received that correspondence from the foreign ministry, and we’ve already issued a circular to all our border posts, and the files have also been checked, and as of now, we haven’t found anything under those names,” he indicated. He acknowledged that members of the network “use several names, so we’ve sent alerts about these individuals to the airports, the land border posts also, that if they enter, they should inform the police so that they can take appropriate measures with the public prosecutor’s office, so that the latter, in turn, can take appropriate measures in its area.” The Afghans, who pass themselves off as businessmen, are believed to be moving around Central American countries under other names. Khalil Al-Rahman Haqqani was born on 1 January 1966, while Said Jan Abd Al-Salan was born on 5 February 1981. On 15 April, Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez had announced that investigations of Al Qaida members were continuing, but “since these are very sensitive issues, we hadn’t revealed what we are investigating,” although he said that “this doesn’t meant that there’s a presence” of the group in Honduras. But “with international and national intelligence units, we’ve been following up on this information that has come in from sources in our country and outside the country,” he added. “I don’t think that Honduras would be an objective for Al Qaida, but rather that it could be something like a transit location, a platform from which to be able to access the United States” or act against some American objective in the country, he emphasized.last_img read more

HR Answers: Workplace bullying

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first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Study examines effect of harassment on health.Workplace harassment is directly tied to a variety of physical and psychological problems suffered by victims, including stress, loss of sleep, depression and anxiety, says a new study from Ball State University.“Workplace Harassment and Morbidity Among U.S. Adults” also found that victims were more likely to be female, obese, multiracial, and divorced or separated. The report is based on an analysis of 17,524 people who participated in the 2010 National Health Interview Survey and was recently published by the Journal of Community Health.Jagdish Khubchandani, a community health education professor at Ball State and the study’s lead author, says the results clearly show that bullying at the workplace hurts everyone.The humiliation and ridicule of workplace harassment causes victims to have low self-esteem, concentration difficulties, anger, lower life satisfaction, reduced productivity and increased absenteeism, says Khubchandani, who coauthored the study with James Price, a faculty member at the University of Toledo. continue reading »last_img read more

NCUA issues prohibition orders for Jelen, Ray and others

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first_imgThe NCUA issued eight prohibition notices to criminals during the month of July, including Sean Jelen, former CEO of Valor FCU in Scranton, Pa., which has made national headlines. These people are prohibited from participating in the affairs of any federally insured financial institution.Jelen, 33, embezzled $718,000 to pay for credit card bills, college tuition, his spouse’s birthday party and a golf tournament sponsorship from the $231 million credit union. In addition to a fraud charge, he was also charged with attempted fraud for creating a forged severance contract before he was fired by the board of directors in August 2015 for another $1.1 million.In addition, Jacqueline Ray, a former employee of Ochsner Clinic Federal Credit Union in New Orleans, consented to the issuance of a prohibition order and agreed to comply with all of its terms to settle and resolve the NCUA board’s claims against her. The 30-year president/CEO of the failed Louisiana credit union, created fake loans and coded those accounts so no statements would be generated, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in New Orleans to stealing more than $1 million. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Instructions on issuing passes for travel to the island

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first_imgGiven the large number of requests and inquiries for the issuance of passes to go to the islands, and in order to harmonize the actions of the headquarters when issuing passes for going to the islands, the following instructions are given.   Also, it is noted that the transport of persons to the island without a pass issued in accordance with the Decision on measures restricting public transport in liner coastal maritime traffic and this Instruction, is not allowed for any type of transport. Before issuing a pass to a natural person, the civil protection headquarters responsible for the location of the planned destination on the island is obliged to obtain the consent of the competent county civil protection headquarters. A natural person who wants to come to the island from the mainland, and is in the category that can obtain a pass, a pass can be issued in case his arrival on the island is necessary and urgent, as explained in his request to the Civil Protection Headquarters for the planned destination. on the island (municipal or city civil protection headquarters). In relation to passes issued to employees of legal entities, a pass can also be issued in the event that its arrival on the island is necessary and urgent, and the issuance procedure is the same as for natural persons. Side dish: As the main purpose of the decision-making of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia is to prevent the uncontrolled movement of large numbers of people and goods that could lead to further spread of the epidemic on the islands, passes should be issued only when absolutely necessary. E-PASSES AND HOW TO GET THEM  The Minister of Administration appealed to employers and citizens to rationally and necessarily use e-Passes and stressed: “By abusing the issuance of passes, we are endangering the whole of Croatia. So be responsible, ask for passes for exclusively urgent and necessary situations and jobs. Take care of your health and the health of your loved ones, and everyone who can, stay at home so that we can defeat the virus as quickly as possible. “last_img read more

Distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie retires

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first_imgHaille Gebrselassie Distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie announced his retirement from competitive running after finishing 16th at the Great Manchester Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (10).The hugely popular and world-famous Ethiopian will still participate in races but no longer with the intention of getting on the podium.It brings to an end a phenomenally successful career which stretched back more than two decades in which he claimed two Olympic gold medals over 10,000m, in 1996 and 2000, nine IAAF world titles, including  four consecutive IAAF World Championships 10,000m wins, and he set 15 official world records outdoors as well as five world indoor records.Gebrselassie first came to international attention when he won the 5000m and 10,000m double at the 1992 IAAF World Junior Championships.His road running career saw him become the first runner to go under 2:04 for the marathon when he ran 2:03:59 in Berlin in 2008.Although some of his records have since been surpassed, notably on the track by his compatriot Kenenisa Bekele, Gebrselassie remains the world record holder at 20,000m and one hour.“I’m retiring from competitive running, not from running. You cannot stop running, this is my life,” he told local reporters in Manchester.“I’m very happy to stop here. I knew this was going to be the last one,” he added.Indeed, after crossing the finishing line for the first time, Gebrselassie went back to the start to run the 10km route again as a part of the mass field.Gebrselassie’s decision came as a something of a surprise although he had told some close confidents in recent days that this would be his last serious race.The announcement of his retirement was confirmed to the IAAF by his manager Jos Hermens.In addition to his feats on the track, he is also a successful businessman in Ethiopia, employing thousands of his compatriots in variety of fields but particularly in real estate and the local coffee industry.An early business venture involved building the first cinema in Addis Ababa.He is also an Ambassador for several United Nations organisations, including the United Nations Development Programme and created the Great Ethiopian Run.last_img read more

34 Raceway car show, kick-off party set for March 21

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first_imgBURLINGTON, Iowa – The annual 34 Raceway car show will be held at Heartland Harley-Davidson in Burlington on Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.A complimentary lunch and free drinks will be served, as well as chances at ticket giveaways. The annual kick-off party will be held that evening at Roederer’s Pit Stop in Burlington beginning at 6 p.m.Drivers who want to participate in the car show, at no cost, can contact Amy Laue at (319) 750-3454 or info@34Raceway.com to sign up.last_img

Charlotte A. Orschell – Brookville

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first_imgCharlotte A. Orschell, of Brookville, was born on July 13, 1930 in Hamilton, Ohio, a daughter to Martin E. and Irma Ruth Compton Nistler.  She married Albert “Bub” Orschell on August 26, 1950 at St. Mary’s Church in Hamilton, Ohio.  Charlotte was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, the Daughters of Isabella, the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, and the Democratic Women’s Club.  She was employed with DNR for 25 years.  Charlotte enjoyed bingo and trying her luck with lottery tickets and at the river boat.  She loved her family, especially her grandkids and great-grandkids.  On Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the age of 89, she passed away at St. Andrew’s Health Campus in Batesville.Those surviving who will cherish Charlotte’s memory include her children, Andrew (Lori) Orschell of Columbus, Marlene (Doug) Flaspohler of Brookville, Melanie (Terry) Flaspohler of Brookville, Marty (Kathy) Orschell of Brookville; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Dale Werner (Barbara Nolting) of Oldenburg; one sister, Marilyn Schlabach of Fairfield, OH, and many nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband on October 27, 2003; a daughter, Rebecca Werner; one sister, Carol Meister; one brother Ronald Nistler, and a granddaughter, Emily Werner.Friends may visit with the family on Monday, February 3, 2020 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.   Rosary will be recited at 3:30 by the Daughters of Isabella.  Fr. Vincent Lampert will officiate a Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church.  Charlotte will be laid to rest next to her husband in the church cemetery.Memorial contributions can be directed to The Becky Orschell Werner Scholarship Fund in c/o Oldenburg Academy, 1 Twister Circle, Oldenburg IN 47036, or to St. Michael’s School, 275 High Street, Brookville IN 47012.  To sign the online guestbook or leave personal memories please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Charlotte Orschell.last_img read more