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(TNS) - Those in the western half of Anson County may see up to three-quarters of an inch of ice Thursday night through Friday.

The National Weather Service issued an update at 6 a.m. Thursday saying that Anson County is expected to receive a quarter-inch to half-inch of ice, though the western part of the county could see a half-inch to three-quarter inches, from Thursday night until 6 p.m. Friday. The county is under both a winter storm warning and a hazardous weather outlook.

The NWS updated its winter storm warning at 10:44 a.m. Thursday, saying that the storm will likely affect the central part of the state from Thursday night until 6 p.m. Saturday.

The weather service warned that the county could see 1-4 inches of snow in addition to the ice, with snow and sleet beginning Thursday night into Friday morning. Thursday will have a low of 30 degrees while Friday’s high will be only 34 degrees, with a low of 31 degrees that night.



(TNS) - Although it appears that most of Connecticut will avoid a direct hit from the first major snowstorm of 2016, the rest of the East Coast may not be so lucky this weekend, and heavy snow totals expected in several major cities could affect travel throughout the region.

The storm's current track would bring snow to Connecticut early Saturday morning and persist throughout the day and into the overnight hours, according to the .

Fox 61 says the storm could bring "a coating to a few inches for most of the state with the least snow in far northern Connecticut. Higher amounts are possible in southern areas and especially along the shoreline where up to about six inches are possible."

New York City and Washington, D.C., will likely not fare as well, according to the weather service.



LENEXA, Kan. – As communities across Missouri continue to recover from recent flooding, EPA Region 7 recommends children and pregnant women keep away from work that could disturb lead-based paint. The agency also urges persons working on construction surfaces that may contain lead-based paint to take precautions to prevent the spread of lead-contaminated dust, which is the most significant source of lead exposure for children.

Lead dust may pose hazards to children and pregnant women during cleanup and repair work that typically follows natural disasters such as floods. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips, which can be harmful to adults and children. Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978. In young children, lead exposure can cause reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and behavioral problems.
The federal Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule requires that contractors, property managers and others working for compensation, in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978, to be trained and use lead-safe work practices. They also must provide a copy of the brochure, “Renovate Right; Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools,” to owners and occupants before starting renovation work. The brochure is available at http://www.epa.gov/lead/renovate-right-important-lead-hazard-information-families-child-care-providers-and-schools
EPA emphasizes that because of the nature of the recovery work going on in flood-affected portions of Missouri, certain emergency provisions of the RRP Rule may apply. Work covered under the rule’s provision for flood-damaged housing does not require advance notice or trained renovators to remove materials, including debris, from damaged homes. Also, emergency renovation activities are exempt from the rule’s warning sign, containment, waste-handling, training, and certification requirements – but only to the extent necessary to respond to the emergency. Cleaning, cleaning verification and recordkeeping requirements still apply to emergency renovations. Other non-emergency renovation activities remain subject to the rule’s requirements including the posting of signs and containment.
Volunteers who do not receive compensation for work are not required to be trained and certified, under the rule. However, volunteers are strongly advised to educate themselves about lead-safe work practices to avoid causing health or safety hazards for themselves or others.
Homeowners doing their own renovations should take steps to protect themselves and their families from exposure to lead dust. Those steps include:
  • Containing the work area so that dust does not escape from the area. Cover floors and furniture that cannot be moved with heavy duty plastic and tape, and seal off doors and heating and cooling system vents;
  • Keeping children, pregnant women, and pets out of the work area at all times;
  • Minimizing dust during the project by using techniques that generate less dust, such as wet sanding or scraping, or using sanders or grinders that have HEPA vacuum attachments which capture the dust that is generated; and
  • Cleaning up thoroughly by using a HEPA vacuum and wet wiping to clean up dust and debris on surfaces. Mop floors with plenty of rinse water before removing plastic containment from doors, windows, and vents.
EPA Region 7 has prepared a fact sheet to help answer questions about the RRP Rule and the emergency exemptions. The fact sheet is available online at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/296300831/FLOOD-RECOVERY-HOME-RENOVATIONS-AND-LEAD-BASED-PAINT
Additional information on EPA’s lead program, and ways to protect against hazards associated with lead-based paint, is available online at www.epa.gov/lead, or by contacting the National Lead Information Center, 1-800-424-5323.
Connect with EPA Region 7 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/eparegion7
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KEMP, Texas – With over 40 years as a leader in the industrial and commercial lighting industry Larson Electronics announces the release of a thirty foot horizontal light mast that provides a safe and effective way for operators to quickly deploy lights, cameras, and other equipment.

The LM-30-HZ-4X400LTL-LED-EW-WB horizontal light mast from Larson Electronics features a two section assembly that extends to thirty feet for maximum area coverage and collapses to seventeen feet when not in use. The mast is extended and retracted using an included electric motor and lead screw. This tower is constructed of square steel tubing with a lower section seventeen feet in length and four inches in diameter and an upper section thirteen feet in length and three inches in diameter. This horizontal light mast is powder coated with a glossy blue finish for corrosion resistance and aesthetics. The mast is extended to its full horizontal position by using an included 1,000 lbs. hand winch with ¼ inch cable. This mast is equipped with pockets on each end for transporting with a skid loader, or other heavy duty machinery. This mast is typically mounted to trailers or other stable surfaces with a twelve inch square, ½ inch thick mounting base plate with pre-drilled holes to accept four ¾” bolts. The lighting system on this unit is comprised of four 400 watt LED lamps, each producing 52,000 lumens of light. These flood lights produce a wide flood light pattern with a combined total of 1,600 watts and 508,000 lumens of light. The entire lighting system is connected to the power source by a 4-switch control box. Each light head is on an individual circuit and can be powered on and off independently. A 44" wide and 2" by 2" by 1/4" thick mounting plate is attached to the telescoping section of the mast which provides a strong and stable platform for the 400 watt LED light fixtures.  

“Larson’s new horizontal masts allow users to extend the reach of equipment in locations where it seems impractical,” said Rob Bresnahan with Larsonelectronics.com. “This mast is equipped with four high intensity LED lights that are extended and retracted using an electric motor.”

Larson Electronics specializes in portable industrial lighting equipment, high mast light towers, explosion proof light fixtures, power distribution systems, LED lighting and more. To view their wide range of products, visit them on the web at Larsonelectronics.com or call 1-800-369-6671 for more information. Larson Electronics will be attending the 2016 OTC show in Houston, Texas from May 2nd to May 5th. Visit them at booth 6716 to inquire about their lighting solutions for many industrial applications.



Webtrends Analytics® for SharePoint helps Gatwick measure and improve employee engagement on its intranet


LONDON – Webtrends announced today that London Gatwick Airport, the second largest airport in the United Kingdom, selected Webtrends Analytics for SharePoint to measure how its employees are engaging with content on its intranet. Gatwick serves more than 40 million passengers traveling to 200 destinations each year and employs 2,600 employees.


After implementing a Microsoft SharePoint intranet as the central hub for company news, employee information and team updates, the intranet managers from various departments were challenged to measure the intranet’s success and usage numbers to demonstrate the investment’s value. Gatwick decided on Webtrends Analytics for SharePoint given its wealth of pre-defined, out-of-the-box specific reports and metrics. The technology was implemented to meet Gatwick’s requirements with little need for additional configuration.


“Now that we have usage analytics, we can exploit our SharePoint intranet to its full potential,” said Linda Mortimer, internal communications executive at Gatwick. “Webtrends Analytics for SharePoint has given us clear insight into how our employees are navigating pages and content, how they interact, share ideas, and which assets are most useful. We’ll be using this to improve our site going forward.”


While the analytics implementation is still in the initial stages, early data is already surfacing. For example, Gatwick noted that more than 800 front-line employees accessed the intranet over a one-month period, with a total of 8,500 individual visits. In addition, 257 of these 800 employees were from security, the department with the highest number of employees (a total of 1,500). With such insights, Gatwick can improve the content that is available for different users to ensure it’s relevant to their needs.


“We have been impressed not only with the information we can now access with Webtrends, but also with the impeccable service we receive from our account team,” continued Mortimer. “They have taken the time to understand our challenges and have used an intelligent approach to ensure we were given exactly what we needed.”


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About London Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for more than 40 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South-East region, generating around 21,000 on-airport jobs and a further 10,000 jobs through related activities. The airport is 28 miles south of London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.

The Government is currently considering whether London Gatwick or Heathrow should be permitted to build a new runway. Expansion at Gatwick will best meet the UK’s aviation needs for the future, can provide the greatest economic boost with the least environmental impact, and a new runway can be operational by 2025. For further information, see: www.gatwickobviously.com.


About Webtrends Analytics for SharePoint

Webtrends Analytics for SharePoint is the only enterprise-class advanced analytics and reporting solution in the market designed specifically for SharePoint. Analytics for SharePoint provides measurement and insights that allow organizations to understand how their employees use SharePoint content in order to identify key barriers to adoption, develop plans to cultivate buy in, and showcase key successes, user growth and internal adoption.

Developed in close cooperation with Microsoft, Webtrends for SharePoint easily integrates with SharePoint 2010, 2013 and Office365 environments as well as across all intranet, Internet and extranet implementations. Webtrends is an 11-year Gold-certified Microsoft Content and Collaboration partner.


About Webtrends

For more than 20 years, Webtrends has helped companies make sense of their customer data to drive digital marketing success. By combining innovative technology with a team of trusted and creative advisors, its solutions are designed to provide actionable insights, increase customer engagement and boost revenue.

Webtrends partners with companies at all levels of digital maturity and offers solutions in measurement and optimisation. It works closely with approximately 2,000 global brands, including Air France KLM, Virgin East Coast, Qantas, First Group, redspottedhanky.com, Travelsupermarket.com, Microsoft, Kimberly Clark and Marks & Spencer.

Friday, 22 January 2016 00:00

FEMA: Winter Preparedness for Your Business

If a winter storm should strike, do you have safeguards in place to protect your business? Preparing your business for both short and long-term interruptions is important. Additionally, business owners should consider having an action or communications plan for their employees. 

In partnership with Agility Recovery, the Small Business Administration developed a http://www.citizencorps.fema.gov/cc/goodbye.do?url=http://www.agilityrecovery.com/assets/SBA/wntrweathersba.pdf" style="color: #0078ae; text-decoration: none;">checklist for business owners to consider when preparing their companies for emergencies and disaster recoveries:

Before the Storm

  • Check your insurance coverage protection against winter hazards;
  • Develop a procedure for restoring electrical services on an item-by-item basis; and
  • Develop a procedure for relocating salvageable and undamaged stock and supplies.

During the Storm

  • Keep driveways, walkways, and doorways clear of snow and ice;
  • Open water faucets to let them drip to keep water flowing through the pipes vulnerable to freezing; and
  • Have the names and phone numbers of your heating contractor, plumber, fire department, insurance agent, and building owner accessible.

You can read the entire business preparation checklist on the http://www.agilityrecovery.com/assets/SBA/wntrweathersba.pdf" style="color: #0078ae; text-decoration: none;">Agility Recovery website.

ContinuityLink will be in Denver, CO to deliver a ISO 22301 Lead Implementer Training and Certification.

This five-day intensive course enables the participants to develop the necessary expertise to support an organization in implementing and managing a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) based on ISO 22301.

Click here to see the complete description of the training

Friday, 22 January 2016 00:00

AppTech to Release SmartDesk™ 2016

CARLSBAD, Calif. – AppTech Corp. (OTC: APCX) is pleased to announce that it will be releasing SmartDesk™ 2016, an updated virtual desktop powered by VMware®, by mid-February. After completing extensive data center configurations and installing an advanced CRM platform for all operations at AppTech, the SmartDesk™ 2016 virtual desktop is the first of many product launches scheduled for this year.

The 2016 version announced today utilizes more elements of the VMware® vCloud platform, leading to many improvements such as a faster login time, enhanced user experience, more efficient bandwidth usage, and additional security enhancements. If you have any questions about these updates, or would like to learn more, please contact our Cloud Services department at (877) 720-0022, or visit https://www.apptechcorp.com/smartDesk.

About AppTech Corp.

AppTech Corp. is a financial technology company. The company currently provides managed cloud services including virtual desktop and infrastructure services. AppTech also offers comprehensive payment processing solutions for retail, online, and mobile businesses -- including credit card processing, electronic check & ACH processing, gift & loyalty card programs, and merchant cash advance services.

The company is developing a consumer engagement and payment network for mobile users to access exclusive retail offerings through a social mobile app and patented mobile payment platform. AppTech will soon provide industry-leading proximity marketing engagement, data analysis, and mobile payment to consumers and businesses.

Forward Looking Statements

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New GSX for IronPort Helps Ensure Continuous and Secure Operation of Vital Enterprise Email Services

BOSTON, Mass. – GSX Solutions [www.gsx.com], the global leader in proactive, consolidated monitoring and reporting of enterprise collaboration environments, including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Lync, BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), and IBM Applications, today announced the release of GSX for IronPort, to help ensure continuous and secure operation of vital enterprise email services.

A number of issues can affect the performance and health of IronPort's critical antispam, antivirus, and encryption services, including configuration, directory federation, looping processes, and network performance and latency. The continuous, proactive monitoring by GSX includes:

  • Automatic, regular testing of availability and performance by emailing to an echo service on the internet;
  • Continuous checks of system availability and performance, CPU & RAM usage, and disk IOs;
  • Monitoring of queue utilization and availability, including oldest message age, mail transfer threads, and active destination objects in memory;
  • Checks of available license options in real time;
  • Detection of cache issues before they become critical;
  • Continuous checks of incoming and outgoing emails, the number of active recipients, and message failure indicators such as bounced, rejected, and deleted recipients;
  • Spam metrics, including dropped messages, soft bounce, and hard bounce.

"We are expanding the scope of GSX Monitor & Analyzer to not only assess performance of the application itself, but to monitor all components that might impact the quality of performance of applications. When IronPort fails, the entire email flow is shut down -- meaning nobody can send or receive email in the company," explained Jean-Francois Piot, VP of product management for GSX Solutions. "Our solution provides overall system protection by proactively monitoring IronPort health, performance, and usage, as well as network availability and latency, while continuously testing and troubleshooting the messaging environment."

GSX for IronPort is now available
The new GSX for IronPort is available at http://www.gsx.com/products/gsx-for-ironport.

About GSX Solutions

GSX Solutions is the global leader in non-intrusive, agentless analysis and management of consolidated enterprise collaboration, messaging environments including infrastructure, cloud, networks, database, mobility, operating systems -- all from a single platform. Whether for on-premises, cloud, or hybrid environments, GSX's solutions are designed to not only assess the performance of applications themselves, but to monitor all components that might impact the quality of performance. GSX's goal is to enhance the end-user experience through agentless robot users to proactively collect all applications data; a modern platform to visualize and analyze the information with insightful reports and forecasts while helping IT administrators to meet ROI goals.

GSX is a Microsoft Systems Center Alliance Partner, and a Microsoft Silver Partner on Messaging competency. For more product information and partner opportunities, please visit www.gsx.com.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – RightScale® Inc., a demonstrated leader in enterprise universal cloud management, today announced that it has launched a new free tool to help enterprises quickly and easily compare top public cloud providers.

The new tool will be available within the RightScale product suite, as well as accessible via http://cloudcomparison.rightscale.com.

"Enterprises are using public and private in record numbers, and as we saw in the RightScale 2015 State of the Cloud Report, 82 percent of enterprises report a multi-cloud strategy," said Kim Weins, VP of Marketing at RightScale. "Now one of the big questions is how companies can pick the best, most optimized cloud for each specific workload or use case. We created RightScale Cloud Comparison to make it easier for IT to become an effective cloud broker of different cloud services across the leading public clouds."

RightScale Cloud Comparison is an easy-to-use tool that compares the features and capabilities of AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and SoftLayer. The tool highlights cloud functionality across several categories:

  • Basic cloud services: VM sizes, SLA terms, security certifications, supported operating systems, and geographic locations.
  • Core cloud services: Compute, network, and storage services.
  • Database services: Relational databases, non-relational databases, and other DBaaS (database-as-a-service) offerings.
  • Additional services: Application, security, and identity services.

Other resources from RightScale on optimization:

About RightScale
RightScale Cloud Portfolio Management enables leading enterprises to accelerate delivery of cloud-based applications that engage customers and drive top-line revenue while optimizing cloud usage to reduce risk and costs. With RightScale, IT organizations can deliver instant access to a portfolio of public, private, and hybrid cloud services across business units and development teams while maintaining enterprise control. RightScale Consulting Services help companies develop cloud strategies, deliver cloud projects, and optimize cloud usage. RightScale was named a "100 Best Places to Work in 2015" by Outside Magazine and was listed in "The Best Enterprise Cloud Computing Startups to Work For in 2015" by Forbes. Since 2007, leading enterprises including Audi, Pinterest, and Yellow Pages Group have launched millions of servers through RightScale.