Thomas 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. 10.19.2009
May 1, 2009 — Update #2The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 365 cases of swine influenza H1N1 in 11 countries as of 7 pm. GMT (1 p.m. US ET) today, up from 331 cases reported earlier in the day. The case numbers by country are United States, 141 (1 death); Mexico, 156 (9 deaths), Canada, 34; Spain, 13; United Kingdom, 8; New Zealand, 3; Germany, 3; Israel, 2; and 1 each in Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and China (Hong Kong). [WHO update 8]Preliminary data from cases in the United States show a swine flu virus attack rate in the 25% to 30% range, which is consistent with seasonal influenza, Anne Schuchat, MD, interim deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) science and public health program, said at a media briefing today. The attack rate is the proportion of people exposed to a pathogen who actually get sick.None of 44 students with confirmed swine flu cases at a New York high school reported recent travel to California, Texas, or Mexico, according to an MMWR Dispatch from the CDC. However, hundreds of students who responded to an online survey after the school closed said they had a flu-like illness, and several of them reported they had traveled to Mexico in the week before Apr 20.An opinion poll from the Harvard School of Public Health revealed today that about 77% of Americans are paying somewhat or very close attention to flu outbreak news and that 59% are washing their hands or using hand sanitizer more often. Only 13% of respondents to the telephone survey said they have avoided eating pork products. CDC officials at a news briefing today said they were heartened by the findings.Federal officials today warned the public about swine flu product scams and said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will identify, investigate, and prosecute people or businesses that fraudulently promote unapproved or unauthorized products in an attempt to profit from the nation’s public health emergency.Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group in Washington, DC, today applauded Sen Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep Lois Capp, D-Calif., for introducing House and Senate bills that would guarantee emergency treatment for people affected by a major public health disaster. The Public Health Emergency Response Act would cover every American who seeks medical treatment during a pandemic, hurricane, terrorist attack, or other emergency.Though they are both H1N1 viruses, the novel swine flu does not appear to share any of the genetic markers for virulence that the 1918 pandemic flu virus possessed, Dr. Nancy Cox, director of the CDC’s influenza division, said in a briefing today, adding that much about the 1918 virus is still not under stood. [CDC briefing transcript]
The stimulus will also reduce and simplify restrictions for producers who import steel, alloy steel and its derivatives as well as several food commodities to ensure the availability of raw materials. The government will simplify regulations of animals, medicine and food imports as well.Moreover, authorities will incentivize “reputable traders” that have a “high level of compliance” by automatically responding to and approving applications for restricted exports and imports as well as removing surveyor report requirements for mandatory commodities. So far, the government has classified 735 companies as “reputable traders”.The government will also beef up its supervision through the National Logistics Ecosystem (NLE), a platform that integrates information systems between the government and the private sector. Such a move will help synchronize the flow of information and export-import documents at ports and other domestic goods trading.Particularly, the NLE plans to integrate information from the government’s export-import licensing website Indonesia National Single Window (INSW) with Indonesia’s port system (Inaport), the Trade Ministry’s online trade system (Inatrade), Customs-Excise Information System and Automation (CEISA), trucking systems, warehouse systems, transportation systems and terminal operator systems, among other systems.“This will be finished in the next three months so that importers and exporters no longer need to go back and forth to input [information] with the integrated system,” Airlangga added.The new stimulus adds to a Rp 10.3 trillion first stimulus package announcement on Feb. 25 that boosts staple need and mortgage subsidies for low-income families and fiscal incentives for travel-related industries. The government will also speed up disbursement of social spending in the first quarter as well as the new training subsidies called the pre-employment card this month. Indonesia announced on Friday it was allocating Rp 120 trillion (US$8.1 billion) from the state budget to stimulate the economy through tax incentives and subsidies for workers, businesses and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The non-fiscal incentive is part of a second stimulus package worth Rp 22.9 trillion announced on the same day that includes individual and corporate tax breaks as well as relaxation in loan disbursement and restructuring.Such non-fiscal policies include reducing the number of export restrictions, omitting the requirement to provide a health certificate and V-Legal documents unless required by importing countries. Similarly, it will scrap 749 harmonized system (HS) codes, consisting of 443 HS codes for fish and fish products and 306 HS codes for forestry products. The government has prepared a non-fiscal stimulus package that aims to ease current restrictions and accelerate export-import activities, targeting business sectors battered by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said both fiscal and non-fiscal stimuli were rolled out by the government to keep the real sector moving amid the novel coronavirus spread that disrupted business activity and global supply chains.“These stimuli took aim at fueling the real sector to work and maintaining people’s purchasing power,” Airlangga told a news conference in Jakarta on Friday. Topics :
Here, Omnisport picks out some of the key moments from the past 12 months following the Raptors’ impressive run to the title.MAY/JUNE 2018: CASEY CLOSED! NURSE STEPS UPDwane Casey was the newly crowned NBA Coach of the Year who had just led the Raptors to 59 wins in the regular season, good enough to be top seeds in the East.Crucially, though, they were not good enough to progress beyond James and the Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs.Just four days after being on the wrong end of a series sweep, Casey was fired. It was deemed by many at the time to be a harsh call — no coach had won more games in the franchise’s history, including three successive seasons with 50 or more victories.Mike Budenholzer was rumored to a potential replacement (he ended up in Milwaukee instead), but Ujiri went with an internal candidate to fill the post. Nick Nurse was well traveled in his coaching career and had served as an assistant in Toronto, yet his promotion to the top job — the first time he had been in such a role in the league — was a calculated gamble.”I love Nick Nurse’s journey, I truly do, it’s really incredible to me.” – @heydb pic.twitter.com/bJFZgzDQaV— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 29, 2018JULY 2018: HI KAWHI – FAREWELL DEMARWith his relationship with the Spurs beyond repair, Kawhi Leonard requested to be traded.Leonard eventually got his wish, only the Spurs struck a deal with a team that was unlikely to be too high, if appearing at all, on the player’s list of most desirable destinations.To get a former NBA Finals MVP (and Danny Green), the Raptors moved Jakob Poeltl, a protected first-round pick and DeMar DeRozan, who was not impressed to serve as compensation in the move for potentially a one-year rental, considering Leonard’s contract situation.”Be told one thing & outcome another. Can’t trust em. Ain’t no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quit for a little bit of nothing…soon you’ll understand… Don’t disturb…” DeRozan said in an Instagram story prior to the deal becoming official.Still, the franchise who had drafted him with the ninth pick in 2009 had decided the time was right to move on.FEBRUARY 2019: UJIRI MAKES HIS MARCWhile Nurse experimented with lineups and Leonard’s minutes were carefully managed over the course of the regular season, Ujiri decided to add another piece to the roster.Prior to the NBA trade deadline, Toronto sent former first-round pick Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles, and also a 2024 second-round pick to the Grizzlies to get Marc Gasol.The Spanish center was acquired with the postseason in mind. He was an upgrade in terms of outside shooting, defensive stability and, perhaps most importantly of all, playmaking abilities.Gasol’s presence proved to be crucial when the Raptors came up against the 76ers, as he went toe-to-toe with fellow big man Joel Embiid in a positional battle that demonstrated just why he had been acquired.MAY 2019: LEONARD DELIVERS MEMORABLE FINISHAfter the now customary first-game loss to start the playoffs, Toronto comfortably dispatched the Magic, setting up a second-round clash with the 76ers.The seven-game series ebbed and flowed throughout, resulting in a dramatic decider at Scotiabank Arena.Tied at 90 in the closing seconds, Leonard produced an iconic NBA moment with a game-winning shot from the corner, despite being under pressure from Ben Simmons and with Embiid attempting to block his attempt with an outstretched arm.The ball hit the rim several times before eventually dropping through the hoop, as looks of uncertainty inside the venue were quickly transformed into smiles amid the celebrations. The Raptors were in the conference finals for a second time.Kawhi Leonard is CLUTCH.#WeTheNorth | #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/CBcyrq8a9a— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) May 13, 2019MAY 2019: THE BUCKS STOPPED HEREA battle between the top two seeds in the East saw the Bucks — who finished the regular season with the best record in the NBA — take the opening two games, both staged in Milwaukee.Leonard suffered a leg injury in Game 3 yet proceeded to play 52 minutes as the contest went to double overtime, with the Raptors seemingly fighting for their playoff lives on home court. Warriors’ last show of Oracle spirit comes at huge cost Out went the most successful coach in team history and also one of the franchise’s most beloved players. In came a relatively untried name on the bench and a disgruntled star player who had barely been seen on a court in the previous 12 months.What followed was a remarkable season that climaxed with Toronto dethroning the Warriors to win the first championship in the franchise’s 24-year existence. Related News Raptors parade 2019: Time, route and how to watch NBA championship celebration A year ago, the Raptors were in a state of flux. Bounced out of the NBA playoffs yet again by a familiar foe in LeBron James, they seemed stuck in a situation where they were good, but just not quite good enough.So, Masai Ujiri, the team’s president of basketball operations and general manager, decided to make changes. Big changes, too. NBA Finals 2019: Raptors’ Kyle Lowry drew on experience to win ‘surreal’ title Kyle Lowry fouled out during the fourth quarter, but Leonard and Pascal Siakam came up with big plays down the stretch, the former snatching a loose ball against the odds to set up an easy dunk before his teammate crucially blocked a Brook Lopez attempt.It was a huge win, one that delivered a much-needed shot of confidence. Having figured out a method to slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo, they won four straight against the Bucks to reach the Finals.The rest, as they say, is history.