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Symetra Promotes Lisa Marecki to SVP, Life & Disability and Select Benefits

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 18, 2021 Symetra Promotes Lisa Marecki to SVP, Life & Disability and Select Benefits Pinterest Lisa Marecki, senior vice president, Group Life & Disability and Select Benefits at Symetra. Pinterest TAGS  WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Facebook Previous articleMigrants on the move again in Mexico and Central AmericaNext articleRaise Announces Key Hires in Brokerage, Project Management and Product Teams Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Facebook Local NewsBusinesslast_img read more

Alpine Experience Retires, Plans to Open Concept Store in Spring 2014

first_imgFacebook140Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Alpine ExperienceThe Alpine Experience, South Sound’s Premier Outdoor Retailer located in Downtown Olympia, has announced it will be holding a Retirement Sale and Storewide Liquidation as owners Val and Steve Hyer Senior will be retiring from the company.  Owner Joe Hyer, key staff, and former owner of Olympic Outfitters Ray LaForge will be collaborating on a revolutionary new retail concept, opening the spring of 2014.“The company operating agreement, to be in compliance with state laws, states that when owners retire, the company is dissolved, and all assets are disposed of,” says Joe Hyer, founder of the company.  The only method to keep the current LLC would be significant new capital infusions by the sole remaining owner, which is simply not possible.The Alpine Experience will be dissolved, but key long-time employees, in coordination with outside investors, including former Olympic Outfitters owner Ray LaForge, have developed a new retail concept, building on the strengths of Alpine Experience, but also recognizing the dramatic changes in the marketplace over the last decade.  The new retail ‘Marketplace’ will include the Bike Stand, The Olympia Footwear Company, a café, everyday essentials, and several ‘concept shops’ from key brand partners.  The concentration of this new company is on being a community-based retail marketplace.  The new company will be seeking investors and partners in the coming months.In the meantime, assets, including inventory and many other items, will be liquidated by the current company in order to wind up operations.  Shop early for the best deals and best selection, as inventory will move fast.“Watch for the final issue of the Mountain Life, and the DEBUT Issue of our new mailer, which will be even more fun, informative…and yes, wacky, than the Mountain Life ever was,” says Hyer.last_img read more


first_imgA truck held up as members of Donegal IFA as they blockade the Donegal / Foyle Meat’s Factory Carrigans as part of there nationwide protest at the low prices being paid for cattle. Photo- Clive WassonDonegal beef farmers are currently taking part in a 24 hour protest against plummeting meat prices with a picket at Carrigans Meat Plant.A large group have gathered at the plant since earlier today as part of the protest.Donegal IFA Chairman PJ McMonagle giving instructions to the members of Donegal IFA as they blockade the Donegal / Foyle Meat’s Factory Carrigans as part of there nationwide protest at the low prices being paid for cattle. Photo- Clive WassonDozens of protestors carrying placards stood at the entrance of the plant. The crowd was addressed by PJ McMonagle, chairman of the Donegal IFA.Farmers say they simply cannot live with the prices being offered for Irish animals.Farmers in Donegal are getting €350 less per animal than farmers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.Mr McMonagle said between the meat factories and the supermarkets, the profit is not being passed on to farmers. He added that the problem of low prices for beef will have a ripple effect for farmers across the country and could put many farmers out of business.The protest is expected to last until tomorrow afternoon.Gardai were present at today’s protest but there has been no altercations.Garda checking out the protest by members of Donegal IFA as they blockade the Donegal / Foyle Meat’s Factory Carrigans as part of there nationwide protest at the low prices being paid for cattle. Photo- Clive Wasson DONEGAL BEEF FARMERS PICKET MEAT PLANT AS PART OF 24 HOUR PROTEST OVER ANIMAL PRICES was last modified: October 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CARRIGANS MEAT PLANTdonegalfarmersprotestlast_img read more

Safe Online Shopping Tips for THE FESTIVE SEASON

first_imgThe festive season is upon us and with it comes a rise in consumer spending. With barriers to internet entry coming down in South Africa, online shopping transactions are bound to increase significantly. Let’s be honest, if you can shop in the comfort of your home with a few simple clicks, why deal with bumper-to-bumper traffic and long, unending queues?However, as convenient as it is to shop online, citizens are urged to take extra caution in a digital era that brings with it with vulnerabilities and exposes people to possible online fraud.As part of government’s efforts to improve cyber-safety for citizens, Minister of Communications & Telecommunications in South Africa, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams recently launched a cyber-security awareness campaign in Eersterust, Pretoria. The campaign creates awareness around internet usage, teaching community members the basic dos and don’ts of using the Web. According to IT Web, the campaign is driven by the National Assembly’s decision to pass the Cyber Crimes Bill.Much of our personal data is stored in cookies. (According to Mozilla Firefox, a cookie is information stored on your computer by a website you visit.) Because information on the internet is easily accessible, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development drew up the Cyber Crimes Bill to “create offences which have a bearing on cybercrime, to criminalise the distribution of data messages which are harmful, and to provide for interim protection orders, among other issues”.Increase in internet penetration and social media usage has encouraged entities like Facebook to seek appropriate partners in communities across South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa for economic cohesion in the ICT space.In a recent interview, Head of Facebook Africa, Ms Nunu Ntshingila, told Brand South Africa: “We work with NGO’s and youth groups such as JOX Africa and J Initiative across the continent to provide them with collateral focused on youth safety.”In South Africa, Facebookhas launched a Youth Online Safety Programme (Ilizwe Lam – a Xhosa word for My World) in partnership with Digify Africa. Aiming to train 1 000young people between the ages of 13 and 18 nationwide, the programme explores cyber security andprovides practical tips and guides on how to manage privacy online.How can you protect yourself online?Tips:Capitec shares the following pointers on staying safe in the digital banking space:– Never give your personal details and banking information to anyone– Treat emails and pop-up windows asking for your personal details with suspicion– Never respond or reply to an email that:– Prompts you to enter your personal details directly into the email or submit this information in any other way– Threatens to close or suspend your account if you don’t take immediate action by providing your personal details– Asks you to participate in a survey where you have to enter your personal detailsFor general cyber security tips, Cybintsolutions.com suggests:– Practicing good password management. Never leave your devices unattended. If you need to leave your device for any length of time, ensure that it is locked.– Practicing safe clicking. Be aware of attachments or links in email, especially if you don’t know the source.– Beware of Browsing. Banking or shopping, should only be done on your personal devices via a trusted network.– Backing up your data regularly. Don’t be afraid to invest in a good, secure anti-virus software that is always up to date.Additional sources: IT Web, Capitec, Cybintsolutionslast_img read more

‘Building Enclosure,’ Not ‘Building Envelope’

first_imgLanguage mattersHere’s why I think it does matter, though. Building science is a young science, crafting its own identity only in the 20th century. In contrast, physics has been around for thousands of years, and a lot of the material students learn in introductory physics classes is hundreds of years old. The battles over the fundamental terms is long over in that most fundamental of the sciences but still raging in one of the newest, building science. Green Building Vocabulary DisputesAnother vocabulary disputeWhat must we say? When I wrote about the debate over the terms “building envelope” vs. “building enclosure” recently, I favored the former but overall felt agnostic on whether we should choose one over the other. I didn’t think I’d change my mind. After reading the many comments from readers here in the Energy Vanguard Blog and in the two LinkedIn groups where I posted the article as well, I have indeed decided that we should go with one of the two terms and abandon the other.Although I’ve framed this debate as being between only the two terms I mentioned above, some of the commenters suggested other terms as well: building fabric, building shell, and building perimeter. Some also proposed a compromise approach using a combination word: envelosure or enclolope. Another contingent said it doesn’t really matter what you call it as long as the meaning is clear to all parties. * This statement contains an ironic twist because Planck later refused to accept the wave mechanics of Bohr, Heisenberg, and Pauli and became one of those old guys who couldn’t see the light, thus proving his statement correct. It’s important for experts in a field to agree on the terminology for ease and clarity of communication. Although the majority of people see “speed” and “velocity” as synonyms, for example, every physicist knows there’s an important distinction (velocity includes the direction) and uses the correct term when speaking about motion. “Envelope” and “enclosure” don’t have different meanings (yet), but it’s still important to choose one to avoid confusion.Max Planck, the physicist who first recognized the quantum nature of radiation and whose portrait is shown above, once wrote: “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”This may not be about a scientific truth, but those who write the building science textbooks and teach the building science courses seem to have made their choice already. Their term is “building enclosure.” As the field develops, more and more people will be exposed first to that term, and those who prefer “building envelope” or other terms will die out.center_img RELATED ARTICLES Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is an energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Why I changed my mindWell, OK, that may not be exactly how it plays out, but I do think “building enclosure” is the better term to use. I’ve resisted it up till now because I was more comfortable with “building envelope” and because I wanted a better reason than the quip given by Joseph Lstiburek (“Envelopes are for Fedex; enclosures are for engineers”).Here’s what’s changed my mind:It’s confusing to have multiple terms in use for the same concept, especially one as fundamental as the boundary between conditioned space and the various types of unconditioned space.“Building enclosure” is already taking over the building science programs.I now believe “enclosure” is a better word for this concept than is “envelope.”Precision of language matters. The building enclosure is one of the most fundamental concepts in building science, and it does make sense to use a single term term to describe it. I’m now a convert to “building enclosure” and will use it exclusively.last_img read more

Heads Up: The IDF Is Live-Blogging Its Attack On Hamas

first_imgAfter providing the background info, the account announced that “the IDF has embarked on Operation Pillar of Defense,” insisting that “all options are on the table,” including a ground operation “if necessary.”The next tweet shared this intense, 10-second aerial video of a pinpoint strike on a vehicle reportedly carrying Ahmed Jabari, head of what the IDF calls the “Hamas Military Wing.” This operation has driven Egypt to call for an emergency meeting of the UN security council. Ahram Online is reporting that Egypt’s newly appointed ambassador to Israel, Atef Mohamed Salem, has been recalled by President Mohamed Morsi.It’s a strange new world.We’ve reached out to Twitter for comment on how this whole thing looks from their perspective, and we’ll update the post if we hear back. Tags:#War jon mitchell A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit This carefully planned social media campaign around a military operation is an amazing kind of PR that we at ReadWrite don’t know of a precedent for. If you do, please share it with us, and we’ll be glad to update with more info.UPDATE 12:51 Pacific: My friend Eugene has pointed me to the Twitter feed of the Kenya Defense Forces (@kdfinfo), which has posted ongoing updates about military campaigns. It’s surely an interesting stream of information, but it’s far from the cross-media PR war machine the IDF is running right now.The Other Side Of The StoryThe Twitter account @AlqassamBrigade representing Hamas-affiliated brigades in Palestine took to Twitter to respond to the IDF campaign. It continues to report on the operation as well as retaliatory Hamas attacks.As he is beloved for doing, Andy Carvin is curating all sides of the story by retweeting reports from the ground on both the Israeli and Palestinian side. We’ve never seen anything quite like this. The verified social media accounts of the Israeli Defense Forces are providing live updates on a concerted military effort against Hamas. Using the hashtag #PillarOfDefense, the verified Twitter account @IDFSpokesperson is posting ominous messages, headline-style updates, and YouTube videos of strikes.It’s brilliant in its way. By controlling the messaging so tightly, the IDF ensures that the media coverage of the operation is framed the way Israel wants it. Why dig deeper when the information is so carefully presented right there? That’s a rhetorical question, of course. The PR move here is as devastating as the operation.The stream of tweets began with background information on the operation, explaining that Operation Pillar of Defense is in retaliation against Hamas rocket attacks.center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Immediately following that post, the IDF followed up with a blog post profiling Jabari. Jabari was in charge of the well-known operation that captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006 outside of the Gaza Strip. Jabari personally escorted Shalit to the Rafah Crossing with Egypt when Shalit was released in a prisoner exchange.The IDF then offered this statement in an image engineered to go viral:The IDF is also posting maps and other images to an official Flickr account.And in response to the operation, retaliatory strikes have already begun. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

India win third Test against NZ, clinch series

first_imgIndia beat New Zealand by an innings and 198 runs in the series-deciding third Test on Tuesday and clinched the Test series. The first two Tests, in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad, were draws.SCORECARDPacer Ishant Sharma and spinner Harbhajan Singh took three wickets apiece. All-rounder Suresh Raina and spinner Pragyan Ojha also contributed with key scalps in the first session of play today.India had declared its first innings at 566-8 in reply to New Zealand’s first innings score of 193.New Zealand, resuming at 24-1, suffered an early setback as last match’s double-centurion Brendon McCullum was trapped lbw by Ojha for 25, adding just 10 runs this morning.After dismissing McCullum with the last delivery of his second over, Ojha struck again with the first one of his third.Martin Guptill was given lbw by umpire Simon Taufel, but replays showed that the ball had pitched well outside leg-stump. New Zealand fell to 38-3 and could not wriggle out of the grip of the spinners as Harbhajan replaced Ojha in the attack.Harbhajan dismissed night-watchman Gareth Hopkins when Gautam Gambhir took a fine bat-pad catch lunging to his right at short-leg. He also got the wicket of Ross Taylor, caught by substitute Cheteshwar Pujara in the same position, but the batsman was not happy with the bat-pad decision.Kane Williamson was clean bowled by Ishant and then Raina came on to bag two wickets in two overs with his innocuous off-spin. Jesse Ryder, batting with a runner due to a calf injury, gave a catch to Sharma at mid-off. Raina then trapped captain Daniel Vettori lbw.advertisementlast_img read more

Semi-final loss pushes India down to 3rd spot; West Indies climb to second

first_imgThe Indian cricket team’s disastrous World Twenty20 campaign today pushed it to third place in the ICC T20 rankings while this year’s champion West Indies jumped five places to grab the second spot.India, ousted at the Super Eight stage, are a point behind the Caribbeans at 120 in the rankings which continue to be led by this year’s World T20 runners-up Sri Lanka, the ICC said in a statement.In the rankings for players, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli held on to their respective fifth and 10th positions despite the team’s overall poor show.West Indies’ success in the event was reflected in the player rankings as well with man of the match in the final Marlon Samuels and impressive young spinner Sunil Narine both recording rises of 20 places in the batting and bowling list respectively.Samuels, who hammered 78 and took one for 15 in the 36-run victory over hosts Sri Lanka, leapt 20 places to 18th in the batting rankings and was up seven places to equal ninth in the all-rounders’ table. Both represented career-best ratings as did his improving bowling ranking of 60th-up 19 places.Sunil Narine’s three for nine in the final capped an impressive tournament and his 20 place move took him to equal 13th in the bowling rankings with a career best rating of 638.Chris Gayle, who dominated the event’s semi-final against Australia, moved into second place in the batting rankings behind New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum.Gayle leapfrogged player of the tournament Shane Watson, of Australia, who dropped to third in the batting rankings but maintains his position as number-one all-rounder and is still sixth in the bowling rankings.advertisementlast_img read more

Reforms, policy decisions on track, but no smooth-sailing: DBS

first_imgNew Delhi, May 26 (PTI) With the government completing its two years in office, global financial services major DBS said the reform agenda and policy decisions “have been on track, but its not entirely smooth sailing” despite the strong mandate.The BJP-led NDA government assumed office on May 26, 2014, with a thumping majority, but some key Bills, including the GST, have been stuck in the Rajya Sabha due to opposition from parties, mainly the Congress.”Approach to reforms remains gradual, broad-based and incremental. This has included key changes like deregulation of fuel prices, Make in India initiative, passage of the bankruptcy Code, financial inclusion, auction of coal mines, power sector reforms (including UDAY) and Aadhar Bill, among others,” DBS said in a research note.It added that political and legislative roadblocks, however, stalled crucial Bills like the GST, land and labour reforms.According to the report, the ruling governments upper House tally might rise this year, but will not be enough to unilaterally push for the GST Bill, which will require it to reach consensus with the opposition teams.DBS said GDP growth is seen at 7.6 per cent in 2016-17. However, recovery remains “uneven”, with the private sector and banks on the backfoot.It sees non-performing loans and provisions climbing over the next few quarters until the clean-up is completed by March 2017.”Policy decisions have largely been in cohesion with the central bank, which saw key initiatives like adoption of an inflation targeting framework, formation of the policy committee and coordination on dealing with the banking sector stress,” DBS said.advertisementGoing ahead, more work will be directed towards lowering agricultural sector stress and job creation is likely to emerge as the other policy priority, which will require the manufacturing sector to play a bigger part in supporting growth and absorb the growing working age population.”Overall, the two years have been work in progress, with the window for more action to remain open until 2018 before attention shifts to the next general election,” the report added. PTI DRR ADI ARDlast_img read more