Blog: Front-line Workers Step Up During Record Wildfires

Americans everywhere have watched with increasing dismay and alarm as 94 major wildfires continue to incinerate wide swaths of our beautiful Western states. As of this writing, the infernos — which are most heavily concentrated in California, Washington, Oregon and Idaho — have scorched nearly 5 million acres, an area approximately the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.

We know the fires have taken at least 33 lives so far, spewed dangerous pollutants into the air breathed by millions of people, and caused vast damage to homes, businesses and property.

Again, it is our front-line responders who are answering the cries for help. The incredibly brave firefighters who have battled the flames for a month, evacuated those in danger, and contained the damage as best they can … these selfless people define the meaning of service to others.

Meanwhile, our hospitals, health systems and care teams are tending to

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Pakistan arrests journalist for sharing anti-army content

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani journalist was arrested on Friday in the port city of Karachi on charges of spreading hateful content against the country’s military on social media, the police and the journalist’s family said.

Bilal Farooqi, who worked for the English-language daily The Express Tribune, was arrested at his home following a complaint from an unidentified citizen who claimed that the journalist had shared posts on Twitter and Facebook to malign the military, police said.



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Farooqi’s family told local media that police confiscated his mobile phone during a search of their home. No other details were immediately available.

However, journalists and press freedom advocates often accuse the Pakistani military and its agencies of pressuring media outlets to quash critical coverage.

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Google My Business for MSPs: 8 Ways to Optimize Your Listing to Generate More Leads

Author: Jonathan Crowe, NinjaRMM’s director of content & community

Today we’re living in the “review economy.” With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the rise of Amazon, many consumers have become online shopping aficionados who are accustomed to seeking out reviews before they purchase any kind of product or service.

So what’s an MSP to do with a lack of networking events to attend (not physical events, anyway) and potential customers who are growing more digitally savvy with every passing month in quarantine?

Meet them where they already are — Google.

What is Google My Business?

Google’s Business Profile is a free feature that allows businesses — like MSPs — to create listings that show up in Google searches. To take full advantage of this Business Profile, a business owner must also create a Google My Business (GMB) account with which they can manage

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Director Mike Figgis Talks Trading Licks with Ronnie Wood

Before becoming a filmmaker, Leaving Las Vegas director Mike Figgis was a musician and performer in the experimental group called The People Show. Before that, he played trumpet and guitar in the experimental jazz ensemble The People Band, whose first record was produced by Rolling Stone drummer Charlie Watts. He is also the founding patron of an online community of independent filmmakers called Shooting People. You can say Figgis is a People person, which makes him the perfect director to capture Ronnie Wood in the documentary Somebody Up There Likes Me.

One of rock and roll’s most iconic guitarists, Wood is good with people. He plays well with others. He is the Stone who’s never alone. Before he began weaving guitar licks with Keith Richards in the Rolling Stones, Wood helped shape the British rock sound in bands like The Birds and the Creation. He was the bass player

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Apple App Store Approves Everbridge’s Next-Gen COVID-19 Contact Tracing Software Solution Amid Continued Global Adoption By Education, Retail, Hospital and Government Sectors

BURLINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG), the global leader in critical event management (CEM), today announced approval for the latest version of its next-gen Everbridge COVID-19 Shield™: Contact Tracing software solution for workplace and campus safety by both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The critical role of contact tracing to reopening businesses, campuses and municipalities will be a major theme of Everbridge’s Autumn 2020 “COVID-19 R2R: The Road to Recovery” virtual leadership summit on October 14-15, 2020, featuring keynotes from Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Everbridge’s first-of-its-kind digital contact tracing solution automates opt-in-based mobile wellness checks and proximity tracing, while maximizing privacy protection. A growing number of organizations across industry verticals such as education, retail, manufacturing, state & local government, and more, selected Everbridge COVID-19 Shield™: Contact Tracing to enable the re-opening of campuses, stores, and operations during the coronavirus pandemic. Everbridge offers

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S&T Bank launches new website | News

S&T Bank has launched a new website, built in a mobile-first, responsive design with easier navigation. S&T has also introduced a one-of-a-kind digital online sales tool, Merlin.

According to the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Study, “as the COVID-19 pandemic places constraints on in-person retail banking and forces customers to increase reliance on digital service channels, banks are facing an important test.” The study highlights that “52 percent of retail bank customers classified as branch-dependent before the pandemic, and successfully transitioning them to digital — without compromising customer experience — will be critical in the weeks and months ahead.”

Due to the high demand for online and mobile digital services, S&T’s new website and online sales tool is designed to adapt to customers’ individual financial needs.

“Our number one priority at S&T Bank is giving our customers the tools they need to meet their financial goals,” Dana Wysinger,

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Virtual Addiction Treatment Services Support Liver Transplant Recipients

CENTER CITY, Minn., Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has begun collaborating with health systems to combine on-site medical services with technology-enabled behavioral health services in an innovative effort to improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs for people who receive lifesaving liver transplants.

Almost a third of the 8,000 Americans who receive liver transplants each year have an alcohol use disorder that is a significant risk factor in the time leading up to and after their transplant. However, due to medical complications and other factors, they often are unable to participate in facility-based substance use disorder treatment services at that critical time.

Now, liver-transplant patients are among the many Americans benefitting from an explosion in behavioral health tele-services.

“Every day, we are discovering more people who want or need virtual substance use disorder treatment services,” said Bob Poznanovich, vice president of business development for Hazelden Betty

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Methode Electronics Operating In A Changing Marketplace With Risks Attached (NYSE:MEI)

Right Industry But Not Essential Markets

Methode Electronics, Inc. (MEI) is a $1.06B diversified electronics producer headquartered in my hometown of Chicago. The company has offices and plants across the globe and 6,000 employees. Who doesn’t have an affinity for things “hometown,” especially companies that are successful? But I have reservations recommending a buy to retail value investors of MEI stock. Hold it if you own shares, but weigh the considerations before deciding to buy shares during these uncertain times. Be honest about your risk tolerance level.

First, MEI is a solid electronics company but not particularly into the defense industry that I consider essential. I recommend electronics companies if they service the defense industry because an essential industry is not reliant on consumer whim or external factors affecting consumer consumption. The Methode Electronics company has hardly a stake in the defense industry.

Second, the company gets little national press

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Nvidia Buying Arm Means Nothing for Apple, but Maybe Good Things for Nintendo

After weeks of rumours, Nvidia announced last night that it was ready to plop down $US40 ($55) billion to acquire Arm Limited, better known as that company that designs Arm architecture behind CPUs in practically every gadget you use on a day-to-day basis.

That tracks with reports from the past few months. In late July, Bloomberg noted that Nvidia was eyeing Arm, while also reporting that Apple — despite a well-publicised shift to Arm-based silicon — wasn’t interested. SoftBank, the Japanese telecom company that bought Arm for $US31 ($43) billion in 2016, has been pummelled by the pandemic, and selling Arm is believed to be a bid to raise some moolah to offset that. As part of the deal, Nvidia is forking over $US21.5 ($30) billion in stock, and $US12 ($16) billion in cash, of which $US2 ($3) billion will be handed over at signing.

This is the Ray Tracing

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Telfar Clemens Named Accessories Designer of the Year at 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards

If you were lucky enough to scoop up a Telfar bag (or two!) during the pre-sale in August, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll be carrying around the official accessory of the year!

The buzzed-about bags, designed by NYC’s Telfar Clemens, come in three sizes and a plethora of colors and are sold at an accessible price point, adding to their popularity. Now, Telfar has been recognized for his trendsetting bags, winning the CFDA Award for American Accessories Designer of the Year, as noted by WWD. The designer was nominated for the award last year as well, but Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen snagged it for their The Row accessories line. 

Telfar was founded in 2004 and has since seen a total explosion in popularity, mostly due to the cult status of the Shopping Bag (also quippingly known as the “Bushwick Birkin”). Celebs like Dua Lipa and Bella Hadid are

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