• Wild Apple Honors 10-Year Employees

    first_imgWILD APPLE HONORS 10-YEAR EMPLOYEESFebruary 6, 2006 [Woodstock, Vermont] — At a recent company staff breakfast meeting John and Laurie Chester, owners of Wild Apple Graphics in Woodstock, Vermont, honored four employees for their ten years of service to the company.Honored were Dee Anderson (Accounts Receivable), Linda Markwell (Assistant Controller), Dawn Mathis (warehouse and shipping support) and Sue Schlabach (Art Director). All were presented with an engraved Simon Pearce Apple to commemorate the event.In his comments, John talked about the early years with these employees where plugging in a fan would blow a fuse, since all office equipment was attached to the single extension cord that ran the whole operation. Wild Apple Graphics presently employs 46 people and represents over 100artists from around the world. Wild Apple is a publisher of open edition prints and a licensing agent of art images for home products.Pictured left to right are Sue Schlabach, Dee Anderson, owner John Chester (note the apple tie), Dawn Mathis and Linda Markwell. (jpeg available)-30-last_img read more

  • What’s that sound? It’s just a giraffe humming

    first_imgAudio recordings taken at three European zoos reveal that giraffes produce a “low-frequency vocalization with a rich harmonic structure of varying duration.” The catch? Giraffes only hum a night. Researchers know very little about giraffe auditory communication and it isn’t clear why the animals hum, much less why they only hum at night. Giraffes have excellent eyesight, and researchers think that the nighttime humming may be a way for the animals to communicate once darkness has fallen and their eyesight is impaired. Birds chirp and lions roar but did you know that giraffes hum? center_img Regardless of the reason, the researchers reported that once the sun sinks below the horizon, some giraffes produce an “eerie tune that sounds like a creaking ship.”last_img

  • Connecticut Hospital Treating Yale Student with Ebola-like Symptoms

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York UPDATE: A Yale student who reportedly returned from a trip to the West African country of Liberia on Saturday is being monitored for Ebola-like symptoms at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, officials said Thursday.The patient, who has been placed in an isolation room, arrived with a low-grade fever and is currently in stable condition, officials said. The patient sought care from a primary care physician after coming down with a fever, and was then admitted to the hospital on Wednesday night, officials said at a news conference Thursday. Health officials expect to receive the patient’s test results within 24 hours.“The hospital is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health to have the patient tested for EVD,” the hospital said in statement posted on its website. “The hospital is currently overseeing operations related to the monitoring and care of the patient.”The hospital has been preparing for a possible Ebola patient “for some time,” a hospital official said at the press conference. “For the time being we’re treating this as a suspected case.”There will be two nurses monitoring the patient at all times, rotating in and out with other nurses on staff, officials said.Few people are at risk of contracting the deadly disease, the hospital said on its website, adding that the episode should not stop other patients from seeking out medical care at the hospital.Officials said the patient had recently returned from Liberia, which has struggled to control the outbreak. Nearly 2,500 of the almost 4,500 deaths in West Africa from Ebola have been reported in Liberia, according to the CDC and World Health Organization.At least one hospital on Long Island has reported close calls regarding the disease. Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow last week said two patients were brought to NUMC with a suspected contagious disease in the last month. Test results revealed that they were infected with Malaria. One had recently arrived from Nigeria and another had returned from an unidentified African nation.Health care workers and first responders on Long Island are continuing to get training about best practices when dealing with a potential Ebola patient. Part of the training includes how to properly put on and eventually take off protective personal equipment.Two nurses in Dallas have been infected with the disease after treating a Liberian man who died from the virus last week.One of the largest nurse unions in the country has alleged a lack of training and protocol at the hospital.On Wednesday, New York State Senate leaders said they plan to hold hearings to measure the state’s readiness in dealing with a possible Ebola patient, and then develop a report with recommendations. Legislatures would then determine how much money to allocate for the state’s response.last_img read more

  • Airman from Long Island Killed in Afghanistan

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 31-year-old New York National Guard airman from Coram was among six US military service members killed by a suicide bomber near the Afghanistan capital of Kabul this week, defense officials said.Staff Sgt. Louis M. Bonacasa was assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron at Stewart Air National Guard Base in upstate Newburgh, New York. He was with a group on patrol in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel when they were attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle in a village outside Bagram Air Base in Parwan province on Monday.“Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of these brave Americans who died in service to this vital mission,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement. “Our thoughts remain with all of our troops serving overseas during this holiday season so that we may have peace and security at home.”Another New Yorker among the soldiers killed in the bombing was Technical Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, 45, of the Bronx, who was assigned to the same Squadron was Bonacasa. Lemm, who previously served in the military from 1988 to 1996, was an NYPD detective.Bonacasa had enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 2002 and transitioned to the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Security Forces Squadron based out of Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach in 2008 before joining the 105th Base Defense Squadron five years ago.Both men previously had served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.“Leading a team of passionate defenders, they took on the most challenging mission for themselves and epitomized the concept of leading from the front, a concept that has distinct risks that they both acknowledged and embraced,” said Col. Timothy LaBarge, the commander of the 105th Airlift Wing, who called them “true American heroes.”The other four soldiers killed in the attack—all U.S. Air Force members—included 36-year-old Air Force Maj. Adrianna M. Vorderbruggen of Minn., 28-year-old Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael A. Cinco of Texas, Staff Sgt. Peter W. Taub of Penn. and Staff Sgt. Chester J. McBride of Ga., both 30.On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of Bonacasa and Lemm.“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and fellow servicemen of Staff Sgt. Bonacasa,” Cuomo said. “We will join his loved ones in honoring his valor, leadership and service to this great nation. His sacrifice will be remembered with gratitude.”last_img read more

  • Credit unions more curious than ever about immigrant opportunity

    first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Miriam De DiosIn all the years I’ve been blessed to be a part of the credit union industry, I have never seen the level of interest in serving immigrant and underserved communities as high as we’re seeing right now. It’s extremely rewarding and very encouraging to see the movement grab hold of this significant opportunity.Most recently, we witnessed this growing curiosity among credit union leaders through our financial inclusion campaign with the Federation. Just two webinars and a roundtable event have already brought together close to 250 people excited to discuss how to provide financial inclusion to immigrants impacted by the president’s recent immigration executive order.I can’t wait to see how many immigrants are brought into the financial mainstream and how many more credit union leaders we are able to reach as this campaign continues.It was apparent during the roundtable event that credit unions leaders’ comfort level with offering products and services to the immigrant population is rising. continue reading »last_img read more

  • Better branch technology means never having to fear the reaper

    first_imgDoes anyone remember the early days of music videos? MTV was so huge, so dominant in the world of music culture that more than one prognosticator predicted its arrival heralded the impending demise of radio. In fact, it seemed like such an inevitability that one group even had a hit titled “Video Killed the Radio Star.”But wonder of wonders, radio didn’t die out. It evolved. It leveraged technology (including satellites) to stay strong, relevant and engaging — and satellite radio today represents a significant chunk of the $20 billion radio industry. Instead of accepting the Buggles’ pessimistic warblings as the foregone future of the industry, radio execs chose a different tune as their theme — “Don’t Fear the Reaper!”As digital channels continue to gain power and pervasiveness in the banking industry, some may think it’s time to start singing a version of the Buggles’ tune as an ode to the impending demise of branches. But branches aren’t going to die out any time soon. In fact, by leveraging technology that focuses on the customer journey, branches can evolve their roles as the human lynchpin in the customer-bank relationship.Branches can remain relevant and become more engaging and profitable than everConsumers continue to embrace technology in virtually every aspect of their lives, including how they manage and access their money. In addition to digital channels such as online banking, customers want to see useful, powerful technology in their bank branches. They want technology that ensures they maximize the investment of time they’ve made by physically visiting a bank branch. That type of technology is a win for both account holders and the branch. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Man Unapologetic After Arrest for Tampering with Red Light Cameras

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A red light camera opponent who has been burned by the unpopular devices in the past was arrested Tuesday after police uncovered video of him allegedly tampering with cameras along the Long Island Expressway service road in Ronkonkoma—a form of vandalism that has some on social media hailing the man as a hero.Suffolk County police arrested 42-year-old Stephen Ruth at his Centereach home on charges of criminal tampering and obstruction of governmental administration. He was released on bail and his initial court date is set for Oct. 27, according to a post on his Facebook page.Police said they learned of the tampering after the Sixth Precinct received anonymous tips regarding a social media video showing Ruth allegedly using an expandable pole to aim the cameras toward the sky, therefore preventing the devices from capturing vehicles running red lights or failing to stop long enough before making a right turn.Ruth allegedly tampered with a camera located on Ocean Avenue and the Long Island Expressway South Service Road on Aug. 21 and again on Aug. 24, police said. He also adjusted cameras on Hawkins Avenue, along the LIE South Service Road on Tuesday afternoon, police said.Ruth, who is all smiles in his mug shot, explained his actions in an unapologetic Facebook post written after his release.“To all the people thinking ‘why would he do that? Didn’t he think he was going to get arrested?’ Of course I knew I would be arrested,” Ruth wrote. “I did it for the people who come back from war and get abused by these cameras. I did it because senior citizens are getting these, the same ones that went to war for us. These same seniors live in New York’s high cost environment and are being forced out of New York because of its high taxes.“I also did it because every vehicle that you see with an out of state license plate is not receiving these tickets regardless of who they are,” he continued. “These same people live in our state and pay lower insurance rates because their cars are registered out of state under someone else’s name.”However, drivers of vehicles with out-of-state plates do receive red light camera tickets mailed home when they’re caught blowing lights on Long Island.In a shaky self-shot how-to YouTube video, Ruth, wearing a white collared shirt and a tie, explains how simple it is to “take the power back” and save “innocent people a lot of money.”“In order to do this successfully you only need a pair of balls and a painter’s extension rod,” he said in the video. “I’m going to show you how easy it is to take the power back. It doesn’t take but more than a minute to do this, and the gratification—the gratification is huge!”He proceeds to poke at a red light camera with a pole, adjusting it upwards in order to prevent it from snapping photos of drivers’ license plates.“I just saved people about $10,000 today with this camera,” he estimated.Aside from his self-declared mission to save red-light-blowing drivers cash, it appears Ruth also had a personal grudge against one of the cameras.“This camera has gotten me numerous times for not waiting three seconds,” he says, apparently referring to the amount of time a driver is mandated to wait before making a legal right turn when stopped at a red light. “Who’s to say that I need to wait three seconds after I clearly see that there’s no one coming in my direction? This is government taking advantage—and it’s gonna stop!”Ruth’s anti-red light camera rant and actions have some on social media commending him for taking matters into his own hands.“This guy is my hero,” one YouTube user wrote in the comment section under the video.“Red light revolution,” declares another.But not everyone came to Ruth’s defense. One YouTube user chided Ruth for complaining about waiting three seconds before turning and said the authorities were correct to arrest him.Red light cameras have been a source of aggravation for Long Islanders since their initial rollout in Nassau County in 2009 and in Suffolk County in the summer of 2010.Opponents charge that the cameras exist only to make money off of unsuspecting drivers. Government officials who support the initiative say the cameras prevent crashes by forcing drivers to hit the brakes when a traffic light turns yellow.last_img read more

  • Crown outperforms IPD in bright year

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  • Mikel Arteta explains why he is not picking Mesut Ozil

    first_imgArteta reflected on a good night’s work (Picture: Getty)‘Of course I understand and I respect your questions but I have to try to do my job as fair as possible. I try to select the players that are, in my opinion, in better condition.‘The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving. This is where we are at the moment. We want to evolve more and play better and compete better. We need to keep maintaining that.’An own goal from Christian Fuchs and a late poachers effort from Eddie Nketiah did enough to secure the win for the Gunners, who could face Liverpool in the next round.‘I’m really happy with the performance, especially the attitude,’ added Arteta. ‘The senior players really took the lead.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHe would not give much away about the futures of Reiss Nelson, who almost scored from distance against Leicester, and Lucas Torreira. On Nelson, who is linked with a loan move, he said: ‘He played really well. We don’t discuss the things that are happening [with regards to his future].’He added on Torreira: ‘I’m not making decisions on players who might leave or stay. It’s the players in the best condition.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 23 Sep 2020 10:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.5kShares Comment Mikel Arteta explains why he is not picking Mesut Ozil Ozil is struggling to make the team (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta insists that it is ‘difficult’ for Mesut Ozil to be picked for Arsenal at the moment as he is picking the players in the ‘best condition’. The Arsenal manager left Ozil out of the squad that beat Leicester City 2-0 in the Carabao Cup and is yet to select him for any of their Premier League fixtures this season. Ozil is the club’s highest-paid player and has insisted he will not be leaving Arsenal this summer, despite being continually snubbed by Arteta. Arteta has always played down his continued absence and simply claims that other players are in front of Ozil in the pecking order.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘You can see that the players we are changing, we are using, it’s very difficult every week not for Mesut but for some other players as well to make the squad. Every week we try to pick the right players.’ said Arteta.‘I’m really happy with the performance here, how difficult they’re making things for the coaching staff to select the squad.‘It’s difficult for others as well that aren’t involved in the Premier League and didn’t play tonight either. We have a squad of 26, 27 players at the moment and we can’t give playing time to all of them. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Kiwis getting better at reporting child abuse – PM

    first_imgONE News 17 June 2013The Prime Minister is optimistic that a shocking jump in the number of child abuse cases is because the country is getting better at reporting them.Information released to ONE News shows rates of child abuse have risen by 32% over the last five years, with some children being abused while in state care.More than 21,000 children were victims of child abuse last year.Around 4000 of them were taken from their families and put into Child, Youth and Family care homes. But it was in these supposedly “safe homes” that at least 23 vulnerable children were further abused.“I suspect the numbers are greater in part because as a country we are getting better at reporting them,” John Key told TV ONE’s Breakfast today.He also highlighted that most foster parents “do a fantastic job” caring for children.“Any number [of abuse cases] above zero is unacceptable, but there were about 6000 children who were in Child Youth and Family care … last year of which there were 23 cases of abuse.”http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kiwis-getting-better-reporting-child-abuse-pm-5466848last_img read more