KeyBank makes $6,000 donation to Red Cross

first_imgA $6,000 donation from KeyBank is going to help the American Red Cross provide emergency services in Haiti and here in Vermont.“Efforts to help feed and shelter the earthquake victims continue, and we’re pleased to be able to support the work of the American Red Cross in Haiti,” said Scott Carpenter, President of KeyBank’s Vermont District. “We also recognize the vital role the Red Cross plays when Vermonters are in their greatest time of need.”“KeyBank represents the very best of corporate citizenship,” said Rob Levine, Regional Red Cross Executive.  “Not only have they stepped forward to support relief efforts in Haiti, but they also have a deep appreciation for the work of Red Cross volunteers right here at home. This generous donation to our Heroes Campaign helps assure our local teams are better prepared to respond to fires, floods and other disasters across Vermont,” said Levine.March is Red Cross month. For more information, go to is external) N.A. is one of Vermont’s largest financial services companies. A strong proponent for local economic growth, Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, retirement, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company’s businesses deliver their products and services through KeyCenters and offices; a network of approximately 2,400 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site,, that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day.Source: KeyBank— # # # —last_img read more

Fiona the hippo attempts to make Super Bowl LIV pick

first_imgWho do you have your money on in Sunday’s Super Bowl? Kansas City or San Francisco?Bettors may want to consider the selection thrown up by Fiona, the hippopotamus at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.On Thursday, Fiona made her pick by throwing up on the Kansas City Chiefs toy.Fiona was born prematurely three years ago which drew international attention. This is her third year picking a team for the Super Bowl. In 2018 she correctly picked the Philadelphia Eagles to beat the New England Patriots. In 2019 she missed by picking the Los Angeles Rams over the Patriots.The Chiefs are favored by one point to win the Super Bowl.last_img read more

Mixed support for franchise system

first_imgAlmost three years after a proposed local franchise system, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is yet to make a move, with club officials expressing mixed views on the plan.The board of directors of the Jamaica Football Federation went into a strategic planning retreat on May 3-4 in 2014 to chart the way forward for Jamaica’s football in general and the JFF in particular.This franchise system was originally scheduled to be rolled out for the 2015-16 season but was pushed back by a season.However, there remains mixed reactions to the proposals with a number of top local football administrators expressing conflicting views.WAY FORWARD”I have been saying that a franchise system is the way forward. It has been talked, about but nothing done,” said Orville Powell president of reigning Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United.”We (MBU) have not heard nothing yet. There is a Premier League that could be easily turned into a franchise system. But, the clubs must have a proper structure. It seems to be a dream,” Powell added.Chairman of Tivoli Gardens Edward Seaga is not in support of a franchise system because he believes that it is a way for the JFF to take back control of the club system.”I am absolutely not in support. It’s a way for the JFF to take back the contribution that goes with it. The PLCA would be wiped out,” noted Seaga, who is also chairman of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) and Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ).Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View, added that it could work if properly managed.”It could be a step in the right direction. Proper funding must be in place for it to last 10-15 years in the first instance,” Jureidini said.There is still no indication from the JFF on what is causing the delays.A Franchise Committee, which is chaired by Gary Sinclair, was established and tasked with the responsibility of piloting the transition; including the finalisations of criteria for the franchises.However, Sinclair could not be reached for updates with several calls and messages to his mobile phone over the past few months going unanswered.last_img read more

Home Affairs ramps up services

first_imgShe said the processing of asylum seekers’ permits had been cut from one week to a single day, while a new refugee reception centre had also been set up in Musina. Dlamini-Zuma said the track and trace system presently being used for IDs had now been extended to include the tracking of birth certificates and passports as well. She said the department wants to do away with the late registration of birth process by making it easier for mothers to register children at birth. Where the system had been piloted in two district municipalities – OR Tambo and Sisonke – the department had been able to register 100 000 new people. A number of people over the age of 16 didn’t have IDs as they were never registered at birth, which meant they had to undergo a process of late registration of birth. Dlamini-Zuma said Home Affairs would also be widening its footprint, as many of its centres were still located in the “old traditional white areas”, with very few located in townships. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba said while five decisions on applications for refugee status were recently made per refugee status determination officer per week, this had now been upped to seven applications being processed per official a day. Asylum seekers’ permits Over 140 hospitals around South Africa have been linked to the Department of Home Affairs so that mothers can submit birth registration forms for their babies before they leave the hospital, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said ahead of her budget vote in Cape Town this week. Gigaba said the department had increased the number of refugee determination officers and also intended to open a new refugee processing office in Bloemfontein. He said departmental officials would also be conducting an international benchmarking study to improve on the present processing system for refugees, as the department believed that the present system was not efficient enough. Commenting on the department’s success in clearing of the backlog in passport applications, Dlamini-Zuma said a new machine capable of printing 4 000 passports per hour had been introduced shortly before she took up her office as minister last year. Increasing footprint, clearing backlogs “I haven’t had SMSs or calls about passports for a long time, so I think that issue is behind us,” she said, adding that the waiting time from applying for and getting a passport had been reduced to “within 14 days”. The department aimed to open 10 new centres this year, following the 21 the department opened last year, and is partnering with the Department of Social Welfare in KwaZulu-Natal and Thusong Service Centres to open joint centres in rural areas. 16 April 2010 “When the child needs an ID, it won’t be a hassle as they will have a birth certificate right away,” Dlamini-Zuma said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Cloud Computing: Would You Trust Your IT Operations To An Outsider?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Cloud Providers#enterprise IT How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … seth paynecenter_img Guest author Seth Payne is a senior product manager at Skytap.The rapid emergence of cloud computing is part of a fundamental shift in how IT services are developed and delivered. There are plenty of upsides: The cloud is faster to deploy, allows businesses to be more agile, flexible and innovative, and can often lower overall costs.But cloud computing also introduces new risks for technical managers. Questions regarding security, data ownership and reliability of the cloud are justifiably top of mind for CIOs and other IT managers.Time To Stop Hugging Your ServersWhen enterprises embrace cloud computing they are, in essence, entrusting a portion of their IT operations to a third party – an outsider. Relying on a cloud provider makes them an integral part of various IT operations, so it is imperative that cloud providers and the enterprises they work with find ways to transcend the traditional, transactional relationship and enter into a truly cooperative partnership.So, how can cloud providers and enterprises build a cooperative, trust-based partnership?Communication Comes FirstTo set the stage, clear lines of communication should be in place so that when issues inevitably arise, enterprises and cloud providers can work together to find resolutions – without pointing fingers and playing blame games.Cloud providers must hold up their end by offering complete transparency when it comes to their policies, underlying infrastructure and support/maintenance procedures.While operational risk is inherent when adopting any cloud platform, most enterprise consumers recognize that no IT implementation, whether cloud or on-premises, can be undertaken without some degree of risk.Cloud providers can help mitigate any concerns by clearly outlining potential risks and the procedures in place to deal with them. Key areas for discussion should includeHigh-level storage, compute and networking architecturesDatacenter specificationsService Level Agreements (SLAs) for outages, and recovery plansDisaster mitigation processesWhat Enterprises Need To DoEnterprise cloud consumers must also play an active role in building a cooperative partnership with cloud providers. The importance of clearly communicating the planned use of the cloud services they’re buying cannot be overstated. Sharing a realistic and accurate plan allows cloud vendors to provide the best possible performance and user experience – as well as mold their offerings to meet the enterprise’s present and future needs.There is no doubt that IT will continue its march toward cloud computing – the benefits are just too compelling to ignore. But enterprises moving to the cloud have to understand that they are not simply purchasing a specific product or service. Rather, they are entering into a core partnership with their cloud provider.With up-front communication and transparency on both sides, cloud providers and enterprise IT can adjust to this new paradigm together as they work to design and deploy better solutions to increasingly complex technology problems.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts last_img read more

Maharashtra’s ‘Mi Labharthi’ campaign marred by allegations of manipulated claims

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Maharashtra government’s blitzkrieg of advertisements marking the completion of three years in office, which showcase citizens saying ‘Mi Labharthi’ (I am a beneficiary) of government schemes, has come under the scanner as claims have been raised over their authenticity. The latest among them pertains to Bidal village in Satara’s Man tehsil, which has been advertised as a successful example for the implementation of the Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan toward making Maharashtra drought-free by 2019. The title of the video, uploaded on YouTube by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis says, ‘A miracle of the Jalyukt Shivar scheme.’“Bidal village was included in the Jalyukt Shivar scheme in 2017-18, which is this ongoing year. A plan for the implementation of scheme is not yet ready. In such a case, how can the State government claim credit for already completed work?” asked local MLA Jaykumar Gore. In fact, the village won an award fromthe Aamir Khan-led Pani Foundation’s Water Cup competition for its work. On Friday, the issue was raised in a meeting of the District Planning and Development Committee (DPDC), following which Minister of State for Irrigation Vijay Shivtare sought detailed information from officials. Another advertisement claims that Harisal in Amaravati’s Melghat region,where malnutrition is known to persist, is India’s first digital village. Anil Shidore, a senior leader of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) asked, “I have recently visited the village and I do not understand why they are calling it a digital village. Is it because the village has internet? Yes, internet is available but malnutrition and open defecation are still major problems. Does this mean the village has become a digital one?”Before this, questions were also raised about advertisements that showed Shantaram Katke of the Bhivari village in Pune’s Purandar tehsil as a beneficiary whose life was turned around after he received ₹2.3 lakh under the Jalyukt Shivar, and Pune’s Raisa Shaikh, who is said to have similarly benefited by the allotment of a Maha e-Seva Kendra agency — bothhave claimed contrary to what the government ads said. While Mr. Fadnavis did not respond to queries, a senior official from the Maharashtra Directorate General of Information and Public Relations (DGIPR) said,“Jalyukt Shivar is a wide concept. Farmers in Bidal have initiated works of water conservation with the support of government machinery. The villagers have implemented the scheme with active support from government.”last_img read more

Nambatac silences basher, challenges him to game of 1-on-1

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Nambatac challenged to a game of one-on-one and even offered to pay for the Twitter troll’s fare to Letran.Photo screengrabbed from Rey Nambatac’s Twitter account“Sometimes, you really have to speak up and let them know that what they are saying are wrong,” explained the 23-year-old. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They don’t know how hard our situations are, especially in practice because we really put our blood, sweat, and tears there and you hear people saying those hurtful stuff. Of course, I was offended. That’s why I responded to him.”But Nambatac’s best rebuttal was when he let his game do the talking, scoring 25 points on a 4-of-7 clip from three and collecting nine rebounds and three assists to lead Letran over Arellano in do-or-die, For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRey Nambatac has a knack for hitting big shots and the Letran star scored on another one just recently when he put a social media basher in his place.The basher took a swipe at Nambatac on Twitter and the dynamic guard took notice.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “For me, every game is a crucial game. It’s my last year and the challenges are just getting harder and harder, but I’m happy because this will toughen me up to be more mature. These are the moments where my maturity and leadership will come out and be tested,” he said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa La Salle fends off Adamson for 3rd straight wincenter_img Not only did he silence the doubter with his stellar play, but he also kept the Knights’ season alive and help the team become relevant again as it continues its run in the NCAA Season 93 stepladder semifinals.“For me, it’s good that people are noticing us again, but we cannot be satisfied because that’s not just our goal. Our goal is to show that Letran is still here fighting and competing,” he said.Letran will have to go through a grueling stretch just to make a return trip to the finals. The Knights take on the San Sebastian Stags next in their second playoff for the fourth spot.If they win on Tuesday, they go into a knockout game versus third seed JRU, then another do-or-die against No. 2 San Beda, before arranging a championship duel against top-seed Lyceum.Nambatac doesn’t want to get too ahead of himself as he relishes the chance on playing at his best in these desperate situations.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoHiguain agent arrives in London for Chelsea talks

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Higuain agent arrives in London for Chelsea talksby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain’s mooted transfer to Chelsea has taken another switch, with his agent having flown to London on Thursday morning.The Argentine is believed to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge by cutting short his current loan spell with AC Milan.Nicolas Higuain, the 31-year-old’s brother and agent, was in the English capital on Thursday in order to sound out Chelsea’s interest, according to the London Evening Standard.The deal is made complicated with three parties involved. AC Milan has an option to purchase Higuain for £32m at the end of the season, and Juventus would want Chelsea to adhere to the same deal.However, the Blues are not keen to spend a large sum of money of an ageing striker.Higuain thrived in his one season under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri at Napoli, when he scored 38 goals. last_img read more

Stars Celebrate ESPY Awards And Give Back At Gift Lounge

first_imgGBK, the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, honored the 2013 ESPY Awards’ Nominees and other special guests with their GBK Pre-Awards Lounge, hosted at the Andaz Hotel on July 16th.GBK’s guests had the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day of excellent music, food, poker tournament, charity fundraising and memorable gifts.Attendees included: Trey Burke (Utah Jazz- Point Guard Nominated for ESPY 2013 Best Male College Athlete), Kyla Ross (2012 Olympic Gold Medalist- Gymnastics Team Nominated for ESPY 2013 Best Team: US Women’s Gymnastics), James Ihedigbo (Baltimore Ravens -Team Nominated for ESPY 2013 Best Team), Aldon Smith (San Francisco 49ers), Cortez Allen (Pittsburgh Steelers), Datone Jones (Green Bay Packers), DeMarre Carroll (Utah Jazz), David Anders (ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”), Eric Shanteau (2012 Olympic Gold Medalist -Men’s Swimming (4×100m Medley), Gilbert Arenas (Dallas Mavericks), Heather McDonald (E!‘s “Chelsea Lately” & “After Lately”), Kim Glass (US Women’s Volleyball Player), Lindsey Berg (Women’s Volleyball 3 time Olympian with 2 Silver Medals), Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville Jaguars), McKinley Freeman (VH1’s “Hit the Floor”), Mekhi Phifer (Actor), Sean Patrick Flanery (Showtime’s Dexter), Steven Bauer (Showtime’s “Ray Donovan”), Terrell Owens (American Football Wide Receiver), Terrell Thomas (New York Giants), and many more!Celebrities and Press were greeted by the sounds of the 10-year-old DJ phenomenon: DJ BABYCHINO, the world’s youngest DJ. Ike’s Love & Sandwiches LLC gifted $1.000 gift certificates to attendees. Their sandwiches, soon to be hitting the Southern California market, were a huge hit amongst guests. Attendees were also able to snack on healthy chips from Bare Snacks or grab a taco from Jalisco’s Mobile Taco Grill, The Premier Mobile Taco Grill Company in L.A., and O.C. while enjoying drinks from Chambord Premium Spirits.GBK’s blend of entertainment, celebrity marketing and charity fundraising consistently sets new standards for the industry and this event was no different. With the help of participating sponsors and generous celebrity guests, 100% of the poker tournament proceeds were donated to charity. Celebrities, Athletes and professional poker players fought it out with lots of laughs for some top prizes. Poker Professional Tim Phan won the tournament; winning a 3 night stay at the St. Regis Princeville, as well as an $8000 watch from Jason of Beverly Hills. Second place winner was Andy Milonakis, winning a Technogel Mattress. Mekhi Phifer got knocked out at the last minute, prior to placing with 10/J in his hand. $12.000 was raised for the Model Citizen Fund, and Ike’s Love and Sandwiches gave a $1.000 donation in the name of Roger Cross to the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation for coming in 4th place. Interestingly enough, none of the athletes showed their athletic skills off, as none reached the Final Table. Even Jose Conseco got knocked out who prides himself as a guest heard him say he is “pretty darn good at Holdem.”This year’s lounge featured a variety of youthful, trend-setting products in the sports and athletic apparel categories such as: SKLZ, the industry leader in athletic performance and sports skill development products, gifted The Gold Flex warm-up and The SKLZ Pro Mini Hoop;, who gifted a $250 gift card to shop top brands in sports equipment, home court, home gym and game rooms; The Marena Group gifted Athletics8, the most comfortable, high-performance athletic compression apparel on the market; Fruit of the Loom gifted t-shirts from two of their new lines: the Big & Tall Collection and the BEST collection; JH Design Group, gifted NBA, NASCAR and MLB licensed jackets/hoodies; and Nutrition53, a multifaceted nutrition company founded by Bill Romanowski, gifted Lean1 and Vegan1.Ever-evolving technology brought us fantastic sponsors and gifts, including: Negris Lebrum Clothing Co., who gifted their beautifully styled wireless MP3 headphones; iLinks, who manufactures and sells smart golf clubs which allow the user to view the flight of their ball on a smart phone app; MHL, new technology which allows you to work from any location, play mobile games with no lag, and stream TV or movies in HD; and Technogel Sleeping, who gifted exclusive memory foam based pillows made with a unique patented gel layer, providing comfort and ergonomic support.A true highlight of the lounge was Sparkling Hill Resort, a European-inspired wellness resort known as the first resort in the world to incorporate Swarovski crystal elements into every aspect of its design. Guests received a Couples Escape in a stunning penthouse suite.Jewelry and accessories resumed their place as a must have at any GBK Lounge. The lounge featured sponsors such as: Jason of Beverly Hills, gifted $700 gifts ; Bands for Arms gifted handmade bracelets made from donated military uniforms from all military branches; Fly Watches gifted a fun and colorful interchangeable LED watch; and Wild Soul Sunglasses, gifted beautiful Acetate Sunglasses named after untamed wild animals.Before guests left for the day, they stopped by Miracle Details, an upper echelon mobile and convenient detail service, to pick up their vehicle after receiving a V.I.P. car detail valued at $350 – not only a crowd pleaser, but also the perfect touch to this celebratory event.As always, GBK featured an array of charitable organizations, including: The Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation, which donates money and services on a need based scale to organizations all over the Los Angeles county, and provides disaster relief in California and the United States; and The Model Citizen Fund, which distributes life-sustaining backpacks filled with 150 items that include food, health, and survival essentials to the homeless and disaster victims, giving them the tools and confidence to build/rebuild their lives.Additional charity beneficiaries included: The Mama Sarah Obama Foundation, a charitable nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the education and welfare of disenfranchised children in order to help them successfully achieve their goals and have a better future; and The Giving Back Fund (GBF), a nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic consulting, management, administrative services, and program development to individuals and corporations.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more