Power Shift offers new ‘Cloud’ email

first_imgLocal Internet company, Power Shift, is pleased to announce that it is now offering a new email service to its business customers. CloudMail is a next generation email solution that features secure hosting within a Cloud environment, as well as enhanced email applications.‘We have had challenges in the past with email services and servers,’ notes Ryan Meravi, Power Shift’s sales manager. ‘With CloudMail, the challenges are in the past. Emails are hosted in the Cloud, an extremely stable and secure environment, and the additional features should appeal to small and large business customers alike.’The new email service is available to all Power Shift’s domain hosted email customers now, and features increased storage, enhanced spam protection, easy syncing of calendars, contacts, and email with mobile devices, and more.Founded in 1992, Power Shift provides global Web hosting, design, and advanced email services to individuals and businesses, with small town customer service from its offices in Stowe, Vermont. For more information, contact Power Shift at 802-253-6287 or visit them at www.pshift.com(link is external) .  Source: PowerShift. STOWE, VT ‘ May 12, 2011 ‘last_img read more

A Week of Water

first_imgI don’t drink enough water.I know that. If you’re like me, you likely start your day off with a cup (or three) of coffee, maybe down a liter of water around noon, and then finish off the day with a couple of cold Devils Backbone brews.That’s not good.IMG_0034Granted, I don’t pump my body full of Gatorade or soda or any of that garbage. But at the end of the day, I’m dehydrating my body more than I’m hydrating it.So what gives? I’m pretty active too, so I know I’m only doing more harm than good. I think part of the reason stems from the longstanding “8×8” rule that everyone has preached for years. Eight 8-oz glasses per day? First off, when do I ever have an 8-oz glass around me? If I’m not drinking out of my CamelBak Chute then I’m drinking straight from the source à la LifeStraw. That’s hard to keep track of. Secondly, I’m not one to casually sip all day. I’m a chugger. I wait until I am SO UNGODLY THIRSTY that I could probably drink an entire kiddie pool full of water, and then usually, I do.Recently though, I’ve been feeling downright tired. Maybe it’s the “change in weather,” maybe I haven’t been eating enough veggies (though I’m a pretty responsible vegetarian). I know it’s not lack of sleep, because if there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s sleeping and sleeping enough. After a little research, I found that a lack of hydration could be contributing to my sleepy syndrome along with a horde of other side effects that, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I had.Irritability. Fatigue. Joint pain. Lack of concentration. Headaches.In a nutshell, not drinking enough water is, for me, a recipe for disaster. Especially for active people who like to go outside and play, drinking enough water is essential. So how much do you actually need? Does the 8×8 rule still hold true?While eight 8-oz glasses of water is a great start, it’s not enough.Some sources say to start out drinking half of your body weight in ounces (so, for the 120lb girl who doesn’t exercise, 60-some ounces may be enough). But according to the Institute of Medicine, women should be consuming 91 ounces per day and men 125. On average, over 40% of Americans do not consume even close to that. As age increases in a person, so too does the likelihood that they are not properly hydrating (95% of men aged 50-70 did not drink enough water in 2013).This is bad, people!Considering we live in a country where finding free, clean water is (relatively) easy to come by, we have no excuse.IMG_9985Aside from creating a really cool product, LifeStraw’s mission is not just to help outdoor enthusiasts find safe drinking water; their goal is to also provide educational institutions around the world with safe drinking water. For every LifeStraw purchase you make, one child in Africa receives clean drinking water for an entire school year. Next month, the company will provide purifiers to over 300 schools in Kenya, reaching over 125,000 children in the area.When you consider that 50% of schools around the world don’t have fresh water or adequate sanitation, it makes you feel pretty damn lucky to be in a country where that basic necessity is (generally) met. Why not take advantage of that freedom and get your daily dose of H20?Starting today, I will be drinking the recommended minimum (91 ounces) every day for seven days. Join me in the #weekofwater, and while you’re at it, get yourself a few LifeStraw products. Their signature straw is a must-have on any trip, from kayaking to biking and trail running. Lightweight, simple, and effective, this straw is small enough to fit anywhere and doesn’t require the use of harsh chemicals to kill bacteria. Buy one here and you’ll help a child in Africa get clean drinking water for one entire school year. What’s not to love about that?DCIM101GOPROlast_img read more

Woman drowns on Nolichucky River while on church rafting trip + Man found dead in Smokies is identified

first_imgThe Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources has stocked approximately 2,400 endangered freshwater mussels into the Green River, according to E&E News. Half of the mussels were placed into the river within Mammoth Cave National Park and the other half were placed farther upriver. The initiative seeks to restore the rayed bean mussel, which disappeared from Kentucky more than 40 years ago. A park spokesperson said that nothing is yet known about the cause of death. The bear that scavenged on Madura’s remains was euthanized by law enforcement rangers. Madura’s death is at least the ninth fatality in the park this year.  Man found dead in Smokies is identified A woman on a church rafting trip drowned on the Nolichucky River in Mitchell County, N.C. when her boat capsized. The woman was rafting with a group from Odom’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church in Bakersville, N.C. Officials have identified the woman as 64-year-old Louvella Yelton Arrowood of Bakersville. Her obituary says she served as a nurse for many years. Photo: Nolichucky River, Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee. Courtesy of Getty Images by epantha A man who was found dead at a backcountry campsite in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on September 11 has been identified as Patrick Madura, 43, of Elgin, Illinois. Madura’s remains were found near campsite 82 in the Hazel Creek backcountry area, the National Park Service said. A bear was found nearby scavenging on his remains.center_img Kentucky’s Green River stocked with 2,400 endangered mussels Witnesses say Arrowood was wearing a life vest and a helmet when she went underwater. She remained submerged for 5 to 8 minutes before being pulled out. CPR was performed at the scene but was unsuccessful. “The area where the victim went in is called the ‘Quarter-mile Rapids’ because for a quarter mile stretch there is nothing but rapids,” Officer William Boone said. “The river was high at the time of the raft flipping over.”  Woman drowns on Nolichucky River while on church rafting trip “The reintroduction of the federally endangered rayed bean into Mammoth Cave National Park is an important step in reestablishing this species in its historic Kentucky range,” said Mammoth Cave Science and Resource Management Chief Tim Pinion. last_img read more

8 social media pitfalls & opportunities for credit unions

first_imgWe’ve all heard this: “More social media engagement is a must! More, more, more. Now, now, now.”That’s fine and dandy as a concept, but most marketers at credit unions are already spread thin. Social media has typically gotten shortchanged as a result. Financial institutions have, for the most part, gotten away with it, largely because finances were one topic too personal or too important for most customers to interact with on social media.That has officially changed.Since mobile is rising faster than any other banking channel, these numbers are quite eye-opening. In the eye-popping department, these same people interacting with their institution through social media are younger, more affluent, and are more satisfied than those who don’t.1Thankfully, there are ample ways to make social media magic happen for your credit union.Before we get to the top 4 ways to maximize your social ROI, it’s important to recognize the top 4 social media pitfalls. (It’s OK if some are painfully familiar!)Top 4 Social Media Pitfalls to AvoidHeaping it onto an already full plate. This is where every company starts, and it rarely succeeds. The conundrum is the amount of work needed is not enough for a full-time position. Those 10-15 hours a week are vitally important, though. But for the already-busy employee, social media will be the first tasks to get shortchanged as they try to keep up with their work demands. You can count on that as much as you can Kim Kardashian posting a selfie.Weekend darkness. A lot happens on the weekend. If your social media duties are handled by an employee who doesn’t work (or has limited hours) on weekends, well, you see the problem.Handing it over to the young newbie. It’s very tempting. Which is why so many companies pass off the social media duties to an intern or the young new hire just out of college. After all, they use social media like oxygen right! While they get social media, they may not get your business yet. Or your members’ wants and needs, or your comprehensive marketing strategy, or your strategic roadmap to consider in all communications. Handing this responsibility to someone because they know how to use the tool is like giving someone a hammer and expecting them to build you a condo.Making blatant sales pitches. These don’t go over well on social media. Especially if you post infrequently, yet when you do it’s an offer about a promotional loan or savings rate. That’ll be crickets you hear in the background. This also prevents you from building an audience, because the audience’s first impression will peg you as a salesman and never follow you in the first place. Top 4 Opportunities to Improve Your Social Media You may be on to the first two already, but you might be surprised by the last two.Get the right tools. If you’re not using a social media management platform, you should start. Hootsuite is the most commonly used. The ability to schedule posts (on all your social outlets in one dashboard) as frequently and far in advance as you want makes it easy to carve enough time to schedule dozens of posts. Hootsuite’s free version is fine to start, but as little as $10/mo nets more functionality and the ability to have multiple users using the platform. If you’re doing anything internally, your employees absolutely need this most basic of tools.At least consider farming out your social media. You may or may not end up doing so, but it is seriously worth considering. A reputable firm can provide the content and expertise for less than an employee salary, and they’re experts. There are downsides, like concerns over getting your voice or complexity of the industry. Regardless, through the process of vetting firms (don’t go with an individual, otherwise you’d be better off hiring internally) you’ll learn what you want and don’t want, and be able to pinpoint a budgetary number on the value.Leverage your existing partnerships/vendors. Use (and choose) your third-party vendors wisely. Some may have a social media presence you could tap into, even if it’s just re-tweeting something of value. There are ways to go beyond this, and here’s where your biggest social media opportunity may be. For example, at Buzz Points (a debit/credit card rewards program) we generate social media content for our credit union clients so all they have to do is cut and paste. We don’t charge for this (or roll it into program cost) since we stand to benefit from enrollment and engagement as much as the credit union does. So you gain a team of social media experts just as incentivized as you are, at no additional cost. Icing on the cake: the type of content fares better on social media than most that a financial institution would typically generate.Do what JC does. Not that JC. Follow @JillCastilla on Twitter and learn from her. This CEO of a small community bank in Oklahoma is the best example of a community financial institution absolutely nailing it on Twitter. She’s very community focused, positive, helpful, and rarely talking (directly) about her institution. In the process she’s built a huge following, created a to-die-for image/reputation for her institution, and even (gasp) drive business right from Twitter.Of course, there are plenty of experts to learn from. Make it a point to read an article every couple weeks to keep your skills fresh. Convince and Convert, Content Marketing Institute, and Marketing Sherpa are all great outlets to find best practices, stats, and insights to build your know-how.1Gallup, “U.S. Retail Banking Study,” 2014 97SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dante Dominick Danté Dominick is an award-winning content and marketing strategist with specialized knowledge for the financial services industry. He has helped over a hundred community financial institutions improve their image, creative … Web: www.buzzpoints.com Detailslast_img read more

Post-Thanksgiving, is the body of your business in peak condition?

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every year ESPN: The Magazine releases what it calls “The Body Issue,” where it profiles the physiques of athletes all over the sporting world. This year is no different, headlined by well-known athletes like Brittany Griner and Kevin Love, but also featuring relatively obscure athletes like skateboarder Leticia Bufoni and USA Track & Field hammer thrower Amanda Bingson.Each athlete details how he or she maintains the physical tools of the trade to compete at the highest level in their respective sports, including a revealing look at the bodies that quite literally earn their paychecks.But why would a business be keen to read this issue? What does a series of photographs and interviews with professional athletes have to do with running a business operation? There are plenty of reasons, actually, but here are three that will surprise you. continue reading »last_img read more

Apple Card rollout threatens traditional financial institutions

first_img continue reading » The rollout of the much-discussed Apple Card unleashed an avalanche of media coverage only a few months after a pre-launch announcement stirred up a similar media frenzy. It’s the Apple mystique. Everything they do is seen as larger than life.But, really, this is about a credit card. How could that be a threat to traditional banks and credit unions? We’re not talking about Amazon in banking.While Apple is very different from the ecommerce giant, the two do share one thing in common: They’re both customer experience companies. Apple has built a consumer product empire upon seeking out opportunities to improve the consumer experience in computing, music, phones and more. Most people think of Apple as a product company, and they sell billions of products to be sure. But always the focus is on the design, the function, the utility, the experience.The company has explored co-branded cards before, and has an existing arrangement with Barclaycard. But the Apple Card is at another level altogether, being a virtual card integrated into Apple Pay, the company’s mobile wallet launched in 2014. As Ben Bajarin, Principle Analyst with Creative Strategies, observes, “The opportunity for Apple to insert themselves into payments was clear with Apple Pay, and extending into the banking arena is a natural progression.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Starting fresh with financial well-being for all

first_img“Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to our eyes. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak; and at last some crisis shows what we have become.” Brooke Foss WestcottThere is opportunity in crisis. An opportunity to grow and learn; an opportunity to connect our values with our mission; an opportunity to put financial well-being at the center of our strategy so we can live that mission; and an opportunity to engrain diversity, equity and inclusion into our work. First things first – what is financial well-being? It’s not just financial education or financial literacy. It’s what folks do with their money and how they feel about their money. Financial health and well-being are deeply connected to every other part of life – housing, access to food, transportation, education, healthcare, etc. What do you we know about Americans’ current state of financial well-being? More than two-thirds of people in America (167 million people) are not financially healthy, and disparities have widened by race and income and persisted across gender. (Source: 2020 U.S. Financial Health Pulse).More than 50 million Americans have filed for unemployment.One in five have seen their income reduced.Tens of thousands of small businesses have closed permanently.These are our employees, members, families and communities. COVID-19 is having a massive impact on household finances which will continue into 2021. How do we, as credit unions, work to remain inclusive and focus on providing financial well-being for all?As we head into the new year, I challenge your organization to think about these five things:Really know what your members/employees are going through financially right now. You can measure through surveys and you can look at transaction/data trends to see what’s going on. Make sure you truly understand what all people need and respond to that.Everyone is thinking about their finances daily. They are looking for help to manage their finances in these micro-moments (sending money to a loved one, contactless card, money movement), not only for the big life stages like buying a house or a car. Do you have a laser focus on the member experience as you help members through those micro-moments?Advancing financial well-being for all your members is strategic. It’s not just the job of marketing or community engagement. It is what credit unions do. It’s who you are. You are in the financial well-being business.  Now is the time to place financial well-being at the center of your strategy and align all your services to advance your mission.  It’s time to double down on empathy, helping your team understand what their teammates and your credit unions’ members are really going through. This can help foster a diverse and inclusive culture. Train your staff to help coach your members through these micro-moments and trying times of the pandemic. What can you do strategically, within your broader community, to help members with things connected to financial well-being, like food, affordable housing, healthcare, access to the internet, etc.?  Credit unions have an immense opportunity to triple down on their mission of financial well-being for all as we head into an uncertain 2021. The Foundation is here with resources to help you in this financial well-being journey including webinars, video series, free empathy e-school, tips for practicing empathy at work and Exploring Our Values free self-guided course. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Gigi Hyland Gigi Hyland serves as the Executive Director for the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), the philanthropic and social responsibility leader of America’s credit union movement. Prior to her work with … Web: www.hylandhighway.com Details This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text last_img read more

Indonesia confirms new cases, calls for calm

first_imgThe government has called for calm, saying that most cases of the disease are mild, including Case 1 and Case 2.The two patients — a 64-year-old and her 31-year-old daughter — are currently undergoing treatment in isolation at Sulianti Suroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI Sulianti Suroso) and are reportedly in a stable condition.“They are generally in a good condition. […] As of today, alhamdulillah [praise God], they no longer have a fever,” RSPI president director Mohammad Syahril said, adding that the patients’ shortness of breath and coughing had also improved.“Both can do other activities, they can eat by themselves without being fed, they can change their clothes and go to the bathroom without any assistance from their family or nurses.”The government plans to continue tracing people suspected of having had contact with Cases 1 and 2, now classified as a single cluster, in order to prevent the emergence of new subclusters.Yurianto said the ministry would observe the people identified in the first cluster. He explained that even though not all had complained of having any symptoms related to COVID-19, the ministry would continue to observe them to ensure transmission had not occurred.Indonesia had tested 227 samples as of Thursday evening, two of which were found to be positive. Health officials are awaiting the results of 13 samples, with their providers being kept in isolation at various hospitals, while the rest came out negative.At least five suspected coronavirus patients have died, although four had been confirmed to be negative for the disease.Bayu Krisnamurthi, who led the National Committee for Avian Flu Control and Pandemic Preparedness between 2006 and 2010, said the situation was still under control, as the new cases were linked to the first two cases.“It would be more serious if a community transmission occurred, meaning that a person was infected who had not had any contact with the confirmed coronavirus patients and did not have any travel history to countries experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks,” he said.However, Syahrizal Syarief, an epidemiology expert at the University of Indonesia, said the government was not doing enough to contain the contagion.Syarief, who is also a member of a special expert team established by the government to handle its Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) containment efforts in 2003, argued there were 71 medical workers at Mitra Keluarga Hospital who might have also had close contact with the first two cases.Cases 1 and 2 visited Mitra Keluarga Hospital on Feb. 27, where they were diagnosed with bronchitis.“From the start, I have said that the 71 people who had a contact history with the Cases 1 and 2 must be quarantined and be tested even if they haven’t shown any symptoms because they were obviously at risk [of infection],” he said.Also on Friday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo released a video about the virus in which he gave tips on how to avoid infection. The video was part of the government’s efforts to calm the public, as panic buying begins to take hold.The President said the biggest enemy was not the virus, but fear triggered by false information.The government has stepped up its efforts to contain the virus by assigning labs under the Health Ministry to conduct throat swab tests and expand the criteria for people who should be tested for the disease.On Thursday, the government announced new travel restrictions for people with a history of travel to coronavirus-hit regions in Iran, South Korea and Italy in the wake of a significant surge in COVID-19 cases globally. Mainland China was the first country to face a travel ban.According to the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, 100,330 people had been infected in at least 83 countries as of Friday, with 80,556 confirmed cases and 3,042 deaths recorded in China. Outside mainland China, there were 19,774 confirmed cases with 366 deaths, with the majority of casualties recorded in Italy with 148 deaths, followed by Iran with 124.Topics : “Of the seven, two tested positive for COVID-19, who we will call Case 3 and Case 4,” he added.Yurianto, who also serves as the government’s spokesperson for its handling of the virus outbreak, declined to reveal the genders of the two new confirmed cases. However, he explained that the two new patients were 32 and 34 years old.“Their body temperatures are around 37 to 37.6 degrees Celsius. They suffer from coughing and sniffles, but show no signs of shortness of breath. We hope their condition will improve after our intervention,” Yurianto said.He also declined to identify the location where the patients were possibly infected, stating only that: “One thing is for sure, they don’t live in the same house.” The Health Ministry announced on Friday that two new COVID-19 cases linked to the first two confirmed cases had been recorded, prompting calls for the government to work faster to trace those who have had contact with the infected patients to prevent a mass contagion.The new cases were detected after the ministry traced some 20 people who had been in contact with a woman and her mother — identified as Case 1 and Case 2 — who contracted the virus after the daughter visited a Jakarta restaurant and took part in a dance event that was also attended by an infected Japanese tourist.“We found seven suspected carriers. We took them to the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Disease Hospital for observation and isolation because they showed physical symptoms associated with influenza, such as coughing and a mild fever,” the ministry’s Disease Control and Prevention Directorate General secretary, Achmad Yurianto, said on Friday.last_img read more

Hong Kong seethes one year on, but protesters on the back foot

first_imgHong Kong on Tuesday marks a year since pro-democracy protests erupted, but a resumption of city-wide unrest is unlikely as activists reel from mass arrests, coronavirus bans on public gatherings and a looming national security law.Seven months of massive and often violent rallies kicked off on June 9 last year when huge crowds took to the streets to oppose a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China.Battles between police and protesters became routine, leaving in tatters the city’s reputation for stability, and a population divided. Topics : Beyond a withdrawal of the extradition bill, the protest movement’s core demands — such as universal suffrage and an inquiry into police tactics — have been rejected by the city’s leadership and Beijing.Instead, China has unveiled plans to impose a more sweeping law — one that will bypass the city’s legislature entirely — banning subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign interference. China says an anti-subversion law will only target “a small minority” and will restore business confidence. ‘Anti-virus software’In a speech on Monday Zhang Xiaoming, the deputy head of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, likened the law to “anti-virus software”. “Radical separatists have been mistaking the central government’s restraint and forbearance for weakness and timidity,” he said.”They have gone too far”.”No person or organization will succeed in intimidating the (Hong Kong) Government by extreme means,” the city’s pro-Beijing leadership said in a statement on Monday.Opponents fear the law will bring mainland-style political oppression to a business hub supposedly guaranteed freedoms and autonomy for 50 years after its 1997 handover from Britain.”First [Beijing] loses the hearts and minds of Hong Kong’s people and then it seeks to force them to be loyal,” said Kong Tsung-gan, an activist who has published three books on the protest movement.”This is a long-term struggle, the Communist Party is upping the ante, and Hong Kong people will have to be willing to suffer and sacrifice much more than they have up to now to see their way through,” Kong said.Over the last year around 9,000 people have been arrested and more than 1,700 people charged, but by the time the deadly coronavirus hit the city in January, the protest movement was already on the back foot. The virus has made any protest effectively illegal, with emergency laws banning gatherings of more than eight people even though local transmissions have been virtually eradicated.Still, protests have bubbled up again since the security law plans were announced — including tens of thousands defying a ban on a June 4 gathering to mark the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown.  Messaging groups used by protesters have called for people to come out in force on Tuesday evening, although locations will only be announced an hour ahead of time. The tactic is a bid to thwart police, who now move swiftly against such gatherings to enforce anti-virus restrictions.Student groups and unions have also announced plans to canvas members over possible strike action in coming days, but Hong Kong’s labor movement has limited influence.”I don’t think the passion has subsided much, but the problem is that many actions are now not allowed in the current circumstances,” Leung Kai-chi, an analyst at the Chinese University, told AFP.last_img read more

Nordic pension fund tenders $150m GEM mandate using IPE-Quest

first_imgIt also requires an all-cap strategy, unconstrained versus the benchmark, with the ability to have a 0% weight in large benchmark stocks and large benchmark countries.The investor said fund managers must be prepared to take quarterly meetings to discuss portfolio and market developments, positioning and performance.It added: “We are not looking for an income strategy, a deep-value strategy, an EM consumer strategy or a managed volatility strategy.“Strategies that have been created due to an existing strategy having reached full capacity will not be considered for this mandate.“We are long-term investors and aim to obtain a deep understanding of our external managers’ performance drivers, investment philosophy and process.”The mandate calls for a minimum tracking error of 4%, using the MSCI Emerging Markets IMI Net TR as benchmark.Fund managers must have a track record of at least three years, preferably six.Applicants should state performance, gross of fees, until the end of 2013.The closing date for applications is 20 March.The IPE.com news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com. A Scandinavian pension fund has tendered a long-only global emerging markets equity mandate using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1395, the initial mandate size will be $150m (€109m), but the investor expects to increase this amount.The mandate is likely to be a segregated account, but managers should also state whether “a UCITS fund is available”.The investor is looking for a boutique with a strong focus on emerging markets, and calls for a fundamental, active approach, a proven process with a strong valuation framework, a solid long-term track record and a relatively low turnover.last_img read more