Murray, Vermont’s Chief Information Officer, to lead Vermont Telecommunications Authority

first_imgThomas E Murray, Vermont s CIO and Commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation, has been named as the Executive Director of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority. The VTA was established by the Legislature in 2007 as part of Governor Douglas proposal to make Vermont the nation s first e-state. Its mission is to ensure Vermonters have access to affordable broadband and cellular service throughout the state. I want to thank Tom for accepting this vital mission at a very critical time in the extended development of the state s infrastructure, said VTA s Board Chairman Chris Dutton. Under Tom s leadership and vision, I m confident that Vermonters will soon see these important services available throughout the state.”I am pleased to join the VTA team and help lead this effort, said Murray. Whether it is for economic development, public safety, smart grid or improving educational opportunities, ubiquitous broadband and cellular services are essential to the state’s future. The VTA has a unique opportunity to build public/private partnerships that will ensure every Vermonter has broadband service available to them and that we have cellular coverage where we need it. While there certainly are challenges bringing these services to rural areas, the recent federal stimulus funding and the resources that the state and private sector have put forth should assist with moving Vermont toward improving these services statewide.” Tom has sixteen years of leadership experience in the telecommunications field having worked with TDS Telecom; Rural Cellular Corporation (UNICEL) and as Director of Telecommunications Infrastructure for the State of Vermont. Tom grew up in Montpelier and graduated from Western New England College with a BS in Business Administration. He currently resides with wife Cynthia and their two children in Middlesex.Source: Governor’s office. 10.19.2009last_img read more

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Colombia Seizes Half a Ton of Cocaine

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo April 25, 2017 Carrying out a coordinated joint operation within the framework of the Colombian Armed Forces Strategic Plan, the Colombian Air Force (FAC, per its Spanish acronym), Navy, and police units have seized half a ton of cocaine in Caribbean waters as they confront transnational organized crime. The seizure took place when Colombian authorities detected a go-fast boat that had capsized in rough weather. “After making contact with the foundering power boat, 17 sacks wrapped in plastic and one container filled with communication equipment were found. These items were taken to the Coast Guard Station in Cartagena, a Colombian port city,” Rear Admiral Juan Francisco Herrera Leal, commander of Neptuno 53 Antinarcotics Task Force, told Diálogo. During their routine investigation authorities found that the illegal shipment contained cocaine hydrochloride and that it belonged to a criminal group known as the Gulf Clan, a cell that frequents this route to ferry drugs to Central American and Caribbean countries en route to the United States and Europe. The half-ton seized has a market value of more than $30 million on the international market, reported the Colombian antinarcotics force. Modified aircraft and versatile crew The boat was detected by an SR-560 airplane from the FAC’s 3rd Combat Air Command and by aircraft attached to the Caribbean Naval Air Group. “This [SR-560] is a specialized aircraft outfitted with search and tracking equipment that has been modified for these kinds of operations into a versatile craft capable of very high as well as low speeds, and of remaining at one location for a considerable amount of time in order to carry out interceptions,” said Colonel Alexander García Agudelo of the 3rd Combat Air Command. “These aircraft are manned by crews who are specially trained to direct Colombian Navy fast boats, or those of other nations, out to the illegal vessels.” “At present, we have three routes along the Caribbean coast that are used by criminals for drug trafficking. The southern route is without a doubt the easiest one, for its proximity to Panama. The central route is used by vessels departing from the cities of Cartagena, Barranquilla, and Coveñas. And the northern route is used by power boats setting out from Santa Marta and La Guajira,” Rear Adm. Herrera reported. “We made this seizure at one of the interdiction checkpoints for the northern and central exit routes.” Boats with fewer drugs A large portion of Colombian water interdiction is conducted using go-fast boats, which are the type most used by criminal organizations for narcotics trafficking. These boats measure 10 meters in length and use two or three outboard motors of 200 horsepower each, enabling them to reach speeds of up to 50 knots, depending on sea conditions. Using these boats, criminals can travel on the high seas for 36 hours nonstop. They generally carry half- or one-ton drug loads and an average of 25 55-gallon fuel tanks as the engines require a great deal of fuel. “We managed to reduce the number of drugs being transported in these boats in the months of January, February, and March of this year [2017], compared with the corresponding period over the last three years,” said Rear Adm. Herrera. “Before, we would seize 1.5 tons per boat on average; but this year the numbers have changed. The shipments don’t exceed 400 or 500 kilograms.” As a result of the successful interdictions performed by Colombia’s security forces, the boats now carry less contraband. So far this year, the Colombian authorities have seized 11.2 tons of drugs while dismantling major crime syndicates through the criminal prosecutions relating to those seizures. Greater monitoring of ports In their continuing fight against crime, Colombia’s antinarcotics forces have decided to ramp up monitoring of Caribbean coast ports. During 2015 and 2016, 27 tons of drugs reached the European Union in merchant ship containers, which were seized by local authorities. Colombia’s security forces calculate that up to 80 tons of narcotics may have traveled along this route. For that reason, the Colombian Navy is working with the antinarcotics and port police in a joint interagency effort coordinated by Colombia’s Office of the Attorney General and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to reinforce port monitoring. “We are in an ongoing struggle to achieve our goal of preventing the trafficking of narcotics out of Colombia. This crime is fueling instability in our country. We are working to refine this system involving the participation of government agencies such as the Colombian Armed Forces, police agencies, and agencies from other countries that we have accords with, such as the United States and Central American and Caribbean countries. Through this domestic and international synergy we hope to stamp out this scourge,” Col. García told Diálogo.last_img read more

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Cricket News IPL 2019: Yuvraj Singh starts off his 12th edition preparations with a SIX

first_imgYuvraj Singh has started his preparations ahead of the twelfth edition of IPL. Yuvraj Singh will be playing for his sixth IPL franchise.Mumbai Indians will try to add another trophy in the tank and make the tally reach four.  highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is just a week away and all the teams are looking to keep no box unturned. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that streets are already blaring horn, fans are on their feet and excitement has reached the highest echelon and Mumbai Indians is no exception. One player, in particular, is looking to prove his critics wrong. And the start to justifying MI’s faith in his abilities has begun on a positive note. India’s 2011 World Cup star Yuvraj Singh had failed to find a team in the first round of auctions last year but Mumbai Indians picked him in the second round for a Rs 2 crore. And if his approach during a training session is anything to go by, one can only say – Good Luck opponents. The first ball he faced in the nets came, in his own words, from the middle of the bat and went for a six. The confidence is there to be seen.Watch Video:Yuvraj, a veteran of 304 ODIs and 40 Tests, will be eager to middle them through the course of the upcoming IPL and guide the Mumbai Indians to their fourth title. The franchise is currently tied with Chennai Super Kings with three titles each and will be eager to make the top spot theirs alone.The new season of the domestic T20 competition will begin on 23 March with the first match between the Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Mumbai Indians will begin their campaign a day later when they take on the rebranded Delhi Capitals at their home turf at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.last_img read more

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Dollar General dedicates specific shopping hours to seniors

first_imgTo help combat the spread of the coronavirus to the older population, Dollar General had dedicated specific store hours to senior shoppers.In a statement released on Monday the store introduced their “Senior Hour Encouragement” program:“In keeping with our mission and our ongoing commitment to serve our communities, we are dedicating the first hour of each day to seniors,” Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos said. “We appreciate our customers’ understanding of our decision and request they visit our stores later in the morning to allow at-risk populations the ability to purchase the items they need at affordable prices.” During these hours seniors will be able to avoid the larger crowds during busier hours.The store also announced that it will be closing it’s doors an hour earlier to allow employees to clean the store and restock the shelves.For more information on store hours click here.last_img read more

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