Prominent Local Leader Passed Away Sunday

first_imgThadious Wayne Hooper, 86, of the Speedwell community, Cullowhee, died Sunday February 7, 2016 following a period of declining health.Wayne was born August 21, 1929, in Speedwell to the late William Clinton and Maude Bumgarner Hooper. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth, Raymond and Ralph Hooper, an infant sister, and a nephew, Anthony Hooper. Wayne was a 1948 graduate of Cullowhee High School. He joined the US Army in 1951 and served as a tank commander during the Korean War. He attained the rank of staff sergeant. Following an honorable discharge from the Army, he graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology. He served as postmaster of the Cullowhee Post Office from 1961 to 1973 then spent the next five years in the construction business. He built and ran the Speedwell General Store during that time. In November, 1978, Wayne was elected Chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. He held that elected position until his retirement in 1994. During his tenure as commissioner, he served as President of the NC Association of County Commissioners and was a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Wayne was a member of the Speedwell United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the East LaPorte Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed fly fishing, hunting, camping and travel, and always kept his family members his highest priority.Wayne is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sue Smith Hooper, daughters Dana Hooper Wiseman and Christi Hooper (husband, Billy Freeman), and a brother, Gordon Hooper (wife, Sue). He is also survived by grandchildren, Brent Wiseman, Mary Grace Davis, Bo Wiseman and Ellie Freeman, twenty-two nieces and nephews and their families.A memorial service is planned for Friday, February 12, 2016, at 2 pm, at the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva, with the Reverend Verlin Bryson officiating, assisted by Dana Tucker. The family will receive friends Friday from noon until 2 pm at Appalachian Funeral Services. A private interment will take place at the Hooper-Speedwell Cemetery.The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hooper-Speedwell Cemetery Fund, care of Janette Fox, 376 Silver Fox Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723. An online registry is available atwww.appalachianfuneralservices.comlast_img read more

FNB expands eWallet’s functionality

first_img28 November 2011First National Bank (FNB) is to enhance its eWallet solution, which enables employers to pay salaries directly to their employees’ mobile phones, by introducing features that enable users to pay money from their eWallet directly to a bank account, and even to pay their bills.FNB has had success with eWallet, with over R1-billion being transferred using the solution during the year between its launch in October 2009 and October this year. Encouraged by the success of eWallet in South Africa, FNB has since made the solution available in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.“When we created the eWallet, recipients were only able to send money to another cellphone,” eWallet Solutions CEO Yolande van Wyk said in a statement this week.“With this enhancement, eWallet users are able to pay funds directly into an individual’s bank account at any of the major South African banks, or easily make a payment to one of our pre-loaded beneficiaries such as municipalities, Edgars etc.”Customers’ feedbackFollowing customers’ feedback, the eWallet can now hold a maximum balance of R3 000, increased from the R 1 000 limit introduced at the product’s launch in 2009. The maximum amount a customer can transfer to another person per day has also been increased from R 1 000 to R1 500.“Enabling South Africans to transfer money directly into a bank account or pay their bill without having to leave their homes is taking us closer to making banking truly accessible to the previously unbanked,” added Van Wyk.The eWallet allows for money to be sent even to people who do not have a bank account. When sent money in this manner, the recipient receives an SMS informing them that they have received money, and the necessary instructions to withdraw it from an FNB ATM.“The beauty of eWallet is that the recipient doesn’t need a bank account to be able to access the money sent to them,” she said. “In addition to withdrawing cash, buying prepaid airtime or sending the money to another person, they can also pay their bills instantly and conveniently.”Innovation award shortlisteWallet has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Financial World Innovation Awards 2011 in the Innovation in the delivery of financial products – Multichannel and Mobile Banking.The Financial World Innovation Awards have been running for more than a decade, recognising examples of creativity and vision within the financial services industry. The awards will take place in London on 1 December 2011.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Leave as an ADA reasonable accommodation; when is enough…enough?

first_imgUnquestionably, when it come to tackling the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the biggest issues affecting the workplace and accommodating disabled employees is providing leave as a reasonable accommodation. Anecdotally, a question that plagues most employers is just how much leave is enough?We know that an indefinite leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation. But, what about when an employee takes one leave, after another, after another.When is enough enough?* * *The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals offered some guidance recently in Santandreu v. Miami Dade County. When an employee is uncertain about the duration of his condition, a leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation:In the instant case, Santandreu never demonstrated that he would be able to return to work within a reasonable time. Santandreu had already taken several leaves of absence, received a total of fifteen months of leave, and still had no way of knowing when his doctor would allow him to resume full-time work. Even at the time of trial, Santandreu and his doctors attested that he still had not received medical clearance showing that he was able to work. Because Santandreu was unable to show that he would be able to perform the essential functions of the job anytime in the reasonably immediate future, his request for additional leave was not a request for a reasonable accommodation. This case is helpful to a point. Most employers faced with leave requests (as an ADA accommodation) are given an initial date certain (or estimated date) for the employee to return. There are times when that date will need to be pushed back. In Santandreau, enough was enough after about 17 months and four requests for extensions. Depending on the resources of your business, maybe the line could have been drawn sooner. Or maybe more leave would have been reasonable. What I’m saying is, Santandreau notwithstanding, there is no bright-line rule on time off. Except that: (1) indefinite leave is unreasonable; and (2) if your leave employee handbook quantifies a maximum amount of leave (e.g., no employee may take more than 12 consecutive weeks off), you’re asking for trouble — because rigidity is anathema to the interactive dialogue and individualized assessment that the ADA requires when determining reasonable accommodations. Instead, focus on open communication and good documentation. These are the hallmarks of reasonableness that a jury will understand if your ADA defenses are tested. More importantly, these are the attributes of good companies that will, hopefully, avoid lawsuits altogether and promote a happy workplace.last_img read more

Yelp Assembles Small Business Advisory Board

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Last week Yelp announced, and ReadWriteWebcovered, a number of changes the company had announced to its way of doing business. It was responding to complaints, and a class-action lawsuit, that alleged it had spiked bad reviews in exchange for fistfuls of Krugerrands from the businesses its users reviewed. Conversely, it was alleged, if a business owner did not want to pay, its negative reviews would be visible. One element that was not much covered was Yelp’s concurrent announcement that it had assembled a Small Business Advisory Council. “(I)n an effort to more formally integrate feedback from the business community, we’ve created a Small Business Advisory Council whose members will provide Yelp management with guidance and perspective regarding the concerns of small business owners,” Yelp’s CEO, Jeremy Stoppelman wrote on the Yelp blog.It seems to have taken a lawsuit and its attendant bad publicity to get the company to reverse its policies on promoting or withholding certain types of reviews and on making filtered posts visible. Perhaps the company has decided having a number of involved small business types busting their chops a little every day would be preferable to one goliath and unpredictably-timed crotch shot that does great damage to their credibility. Matt McGee of the Small Business Search Marketing blog quoted a letter sent out to small business owners with Yelp accounts.The Yelp Small Business Advisory Council “will be composed of 10 members representing diverse geographies and industries. The group will serve for an annual term. In addition to regular correspondence with Yelp’s executive team, the council will be relied upon to provide valuable input on changes to Yelp.”They are apparently still soliciting members for the council. Bottom photo by Marcelo Related Posts curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#crowdsourcing#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Missouri governor stands by open-records policy

first_img(AP) Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s spokesman says his office will continue to shield certain contact information from public-record requests.Spokesman Steele Shippy on Tuesday defended the practice following complaints from Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway.At issue is the Republican governor’s response to public record requests made by The Kansas City Star and others. Parson’s office has cited the First Amendment in redacting phone numbers, addresses and emails of private citizens who contacted the governor.The newspaper reports that Galloway requested that the state attorney general weigh in on whether Parson broke the law by making those redactions.Parson’s office has argued that it’s an issue of free speech and that constituents wouldn’t contact elected officials if they believed that information might become public.Shippy called Galloway’s criticism a “lame partisan political attempt.”last_img read more

Corini: ‘Brescia dominated after break’

first_imgEugenio Corini maintains Brescia “dominated the second half, but should’ve closed down” the Inter strikers earlier in a 2-1 defeat. Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring with a deflected strike, then Romelu Lukaku doubled it with a scorcher from distance. Dimitri Bisoli’s finish ricocheted in off Milan Skriniar. “It was a good performance, we had to settle, as we’ve only been working with this system for a couple of days and at the start we didn’t have the right shape,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia. “We went behind with a bit of bad luck, but then dominated the second half and pushed to the very end. We should’ve closed down both Lukaku and Lautaro, but we were too passive in our defending. In Serie A, there are players who can put the ball in the net from 25 metres out. “Unfortunately, the ball didn’t want to go in, so we go home empty-handed, but I am proud of this team for many reasons. “It was the response I wanted from a team in a difficult situation and an uphill struggle, but I never doubted these players anyway. “We must realise our dimension and our role in this season. We had two debutants in Serie A this evening, so if we don’t realise where we came from, where we are and what we want to achieve, it’ll all become more difficult. “The analysis should be also on the way we played the game, not just the results. I understand the popular conception of our campaign, but I want what is best for Brescia and I don’t feel that this ‘in or out’ approach is healthy for anyone.” Mario Balotelli was certainly more impressive than at the weekend with Genoa, but still has only one goal this season for Brescia. “I realise Mario attracts a lot of attention, but we need to just leave him alone to grow and develop in the role, to understand the context he is in. A great player combines talent with other attributes and I am proud to help accompany him in this journey, but I can only do so much and he is the one who has to take the final step.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Xhaka looking for house in Milan

first_imgArsenal outcast Granit Xhaka is reportedly looking for a property in Milan, as his link to the Rossoneri strengthens before the transfer window this January. Milan have been linked to the Swiss 27-year-old this week and now RSI reports that Xhaka has been studying the property market in Italy’s fashion capital. The Arsenal midfielder hasn’t played for The Gunners since he reacted with anger towards the club’s fans during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month. He has also been stripped from his captaincy by Unai Emery, who is now ready to let the Switzerland international leave the club. Milan’s managing director and former Gunner Ivan Gazidis might be ready to give the player he brought to London in 2016 a new opportunity at San Siro. Milan are 14th in the League and will face Napoli when they return to action after the international break. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

IPL 2014: Key Players from Chennai Super Kings

first_imgMS Dhoni will play a crucial role for Chennai in the IPL 2014 Total Money Spent(including retention): Rs 59.80 croreSquad: 20 players including 12 Indians and 8 overseas.Players to watch out for:MS Dhoni: If Chennai Super Kings intend to repeat their 2010 and 2011 heroics in the IPL 7 this year, it has to be skipper MS Dhoni who’ll need to lead from the front. The 32-year-old Captain Cool is one of the best finishers in limited overs cricket today. His ability to hold wickets in pressure situations and then accelerate ferociously at the death overs has earned him accolades all over the globe. With over 2200 runs in 96 games for Super Kings, Dhoni is as ferocious as they come in T20.Suresh Raina: One of the most prolific batsmen in the T20 format, he comes to the party more often than not. Not only is he capable of clearing the boundaries when required, his off-spin is also very handy. Raina is also one of the leading run-scorers for Super Kings with over 2800 runs and 21 wickets in his 99 IPL games.Ravichandran Ashwin: He is one of the bankers of the side and can put the brakes on opposition batsmen while also getting wickets. With 64 wickets in 67 games, Ashwin has been a key performer for the Super Kings in the IPL so far.Brendon McCullum: The 32-year-old swashbuckling batsman is the latest weapon Super Kings boasts of in the seventh edition of the IPL. The New Zealand skipper is one of the most explosive batsmen in the shortest version of the game. His breathtaking knock of 158 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural IPL match showcases his ability to take the game away from the opposition. With over 1200 runs in 48 games, McCullum will be one of the key players for the Super Kings this season.advertisementRavindra Jadeja: He has been on an amazing high over the past one year, with immense success in international cricket thanks to his left-arm spinners. A great fielder, he will also be expected to contribute with the bat. His bowling spell of 5/16 was registered as the best bowling figures in the IPL tournament in 2012. Jadeja has slammed over 1100 runs and notched up 39 wickets in his IPL career so far.last_img read more

Indian golfer Himmat Singh Rai jumps to eighth place in Aboitiz tournament

first_imgIndian golfer Himmat Singh Rai might not be going through a good phase in his career, but he got a shot in his arm on Thursday when he hit a five-under 67 to jump to tied eighth place after second round of the Asian Development Tour’s Aboitiz Invitational golf tournament in Manila, Philippines.The Indian shot a three-under 69 in the first round and with a six-under 136 aggregate, he is five strokes behind the Filipino leader Juvic Pagunsan.Also read: Indian golfer Ranveer Saini bags Gold in Special OlympicsThailand’s Pijit Petchkasem, overnight joint leader, shot a second straight 66 to slip to second place while local duo Zanie Boy Gialon and Angelo Que shared third place on 133 following rounds of 63 and 67.Rai, who won a title on the Asian Tour in 2011, started his second round at the Aboitiz Open on a sour note when he dropped a bogey on the second hole. But it was a mistake he was never to repeat throughout the day as he made amends from there. Rai turned his plummeting fortunes around with a hat-trick of birdies, starting from fifth hole. It kept him in a good stead as Rai added one more birdie on 15th hole, before closing his round with a 18th hole birdie.Also read: Vijender awaits govt’s permission to join training in UK  The Development Tour serves as the feeder tour for the Asian tour. Top-five finishers on the Development Tour qualify for the main tour at the end of season. Rai is currently 105th on the Development Tour order of merit, but a good finish in Manila can help him get good ranking points. advertisementlast_img read more