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Secretary of State Condos appointed to national task force to protect businesses from identity theft

first_imgSecretary of State Jim Condos has accepted an appointment to a national task force on Business Identity Theft. The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) has announced the formation of a NASS Business Identity Theft Task Force to help states combat the growing threat of business identity theft. The task force is a major association initiative that will target business identity theft prevention strategies and develop practical, cost-effective tools and guidance for states. “With the downturn in the economy, the newest victims of identity theft are small and medium-sized businesses, including dormant or inactive companies,” said NASS President Mark Ritchie of Minnesota, who serves on the task force. “As the state officials who oversee business registrations and corporate filings, secretaries of state have come together to find proactive ways to educate business owners on how they can reduce their chances of falling prey to identity thieves and to explore safeguards for state filing systems.”.Secretary Condos is looking forward to his role on this Task Force. ‘I am honored to be joining my colleagues from nine other states to research and address a broad range of Business Identity Theft issues. By participating on this task force, I will be at the forefront, helping establish best practices that can be implemented in Vermont, and introducing cost-effective, cutting edge strategies to Vermont’s businesses to help prevent this from happening to them.’”The NASS Business Identity Theft Task Force capitalizes on the expertise of our members when it comes to state business services and records management,” said NASS Executive Director Leslie Reynolds. “Task force members are confident that working together on identity theft prevention is an extremely wise investment strategy for states and businesses alike, saving valuable time, money and resources for all.”The ten-member NASS Business Identity Theft Task Force will work with a wide array of industry stakeholders, including state legislators, law enforcement, business support groups, financial institutions and others as it develops its final report. The task force’s final report is scheduled to be released later this year.Secretary of State Jim Condos has over 20 years of elected public service including 18 years on South Burlington City Council, 8 years as a Vermont State Senator, along with over 30 years of private sector business experience. Founded in 1904, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the United States. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.last_img read more

Smart homes lend a hand, improve toilet etiquette

first_imgSyncWise Smart Building Solutions managing director Roy Baharal controls a home from a tablet. Photographer: Liam Kidston.IF you don’t wash your hands after flushing, a smart home will know and it won’t hesitate to tell on you.Enabling technologies in the home are becoming more intuitive, taking over those everyday tasks that can be monotonous in the home.They also are enabling people to live at home for longer with greater independence. “One client wanted to remind the kids to wash their hands after going to the toilet, so we programmed the lights to blink next to the vanity,” SyncWise Smart Building Solutions managing director Roy Baharal said. The next five years will see an increase in people turning their houses into smart homes according to Queensland Smart Home Initiative partner, Tunstall Healthcare.“With the changes we have in telecommunications infrastructure, 4G and the NBN, we’re going to see a big uplift in smart home technology to care for people with disabilities, and people who are ageing,’’ Tunstall marketing manager Lisa Capamagian said.Changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and consumer directed care funding will also enable individuals to put some of that money toward introducing intelligent assistive technology in the home.“It’s becoming more affordable and technology is becoming more intuitive which makes it easier for the older generation to work with and it is less intrusive in their lives, helping them to stay at home longer. Sometimes you just need a reminder …More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“We can take your face and use facial recognition so that as you approach the house we can initiate a scenario to welcome you and open the doors.’’Mr Baharal will speak at the Brisbane Home Show this week as part of the Build Renovate Decorate seminar series. He will explain how to future proof a house using smart home technology with improved security and systems that can work with multiple manufacturers all controlled via a central tablet.“It’s a very user friendly system. For some applications we use voice control too.”A basic smart home could have light circuit controls, cameras and an integrated intercom system, with more complex systems designed to do everything from brewing your morning coffee, to turning off airconditioning in a room when a window is opened.center_img >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<last_img read more

Area Softball Sectional Championship Scores

first_imgArea Softball Sectional Scores.Friday (5-29)Class 3A @ Lawrenceburg.Championship.Franklin County 7     Greensburg 3Class 4A @ Bloomington South.Championship.Bloomington South 2     Shelbyville 0Courtesy of the IHSAA.last_img

Mildred M. Gehring

first_imgMildred M. Gehring, age 90 of Batesville, died Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Ridgewood Health Center in Lawrenceburg.  Born August 20, 1927 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Helen (Nee: Whitkemper) and Edward Bruns.  She married Myron Gehring September 15, 1951 at St. Louis Church.  Millie was an assistant to the Batesville Clerk Treasurer for 12 years and an Administrative Assistant 11 years for the Batesville School Corporation.For Millie, life revolved around her family and her faith.  With she and Myron both coming from large families, there were always reunions to attend, visits to make and visitors to entertain.  Very devout, she generously donated her time and talents at church for the picnics as well as serving on the Bereavement Committee and the Collection Committee verifying the weekend collections.  A member of the Daughters of Isabella, her family also indicated mom was a good cook and an excellent baker whose chocolate cake and pies will surely be missed.  She and Myron belonged to a coffee klatch of close friends that also went to dinner, played cards and attended dances together.She is survived by her husband Myron; sons and daughter-in-laws Jon and Camilla Gehring of Columbus, Indiana, Jay and Sherry Gehring of Frisco, Texas; sister Jean Simmermeyer of Greensburg and grandchildren Dominic of College Station, Texas, William of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jody of Ft. Worth Texas and Katy of Houston, Texas.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Genevieve Bruns, Dolores Kellerman and brothers Edward (Doc), Marlyn and Lester Bruns.Visitation is Saturday, April 28th, from 9 – 10 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Daughters of Isabella.last_img read more