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
By Dialogo August 16, 2012 What a nice experience and I am so proud that this soldier, General Soto, is representing Colombia with the experience and knowledge of his long years of service. Hooray for the soldiers of Colombia. Major General Pedro León Soto Suárez paced the room with his gaze fixed on the map of the Panama Canal, listening to his advisors firing questions left and right. In recent days, he has eaten in a hurry, slept at times and played the game of war as though it was a real combat of life and death. Beginning more than a week ago, when military exercise PANAMAX 2012 began, the Colombian General has been leading a multinational army from his headquarters at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. From there, he directs a mock war against a fictional enemy bent on sowing terror and destroying a strategic point of the global economy and one of the most striking jewels in the history of humanity. Organized annually by the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), PANAMAX’s objective is to test a joint regional response -to protect the Panama Canal from a natural disaster or terrorist attack. In previous years, the exercise has been carried out with boats and airplanes; this time, however, it is a strenuous virtual exercise, that requires hours of intensive work from the part of 17 partner nations. Still, amid the roar of “combat”, Maj. Gen. Soto, made a strategic pause to chat with Diálogo. Around him, his army continued to respond to hypothetical threats, designed to test their capacity to react to a real emergency and attempt to prevent it. Diálogo: General Soto, could you tell us the specific role you play in representing Colombia during PANAMAX 2012? Major General Pedro León Soto Suarez: Currently, I serve as the commander of the Combined Force Land Component, as part of a coalition with which we work in coordination with the host unit, the United States Army. PANAMAX is an exercise that is carried out with the intention of providing security to our Panama Canal, which is a vital commercial center and critical trade route, and one of the more strategic pieces of infrastructure in the global economy. Basically, we collaborate jointly with a staff consisting of different countries taking part in the exercise at this time. Together, we develop and conduct operations in each of our designated theaters of operation. These activities are intended to achieve objectives channeled to train all personnel involved in joint and combined operations, first. Then, we also expect to integrate the different armies and infantry units under my command during the exercise. The third objective is the development of an operational concept of everything related to medical assistance and services. In addition, as in all military activity, you work toward producing efficient intelligence for future operational developments. Furthermore, we carry out interagency and coordination programs, with each of the states that participate in this activity, and finally, develop coordinated operations on land and at sea with the Air Force and Navy. Diálogo: Is this your first time participating in PANAMAX? What does it mean for you and for Colombia to be at the helm of land operations during the multinational exercise? Maj. Gen. Soto: It is the first time that I’ve been to the United States to participate in PANAMAX, but I have already collaborated in other opportunities in Colombia. With regard to what this participation means… militarily, it is an immense honor, it is a challenge that not every general has the opportunity to experience. It represents a crucial moment in my career, that’s why I took it. As commander of the exercise’s land component, I am very proud to be able to demonstrate our capabilities to face each and every one of today’s threats, and assume these challenges in a joint effort with representatives from other countries. As a representative of my beloved country, Colombia, it is important to show the camaraderie and unity in the pursuit of common regional goals in order to make our American continent accessible to everyone, make it a place where you can breathe peace and freedom. Diálogo: Colombia brings a very particular experience to the land component of the exercise. What specific contribution does the military of your country bring to PANAMAX 2012? Maj. Gen.Soto: From the perspective of the Colombian military, we have an opportunity to showcase our experiences -not only in conflict resolution, but in the way we face the threat. It has been a tough road we’ve had to travel for over 50 years; we have suffered the toughest rigors of war, where many of our men have been sacrificed for a very commendable cause, the defense of our country and the protection of our people. The training of Colombian soldiers during the years in conflict has provided us with great knowledge of what a true soldier is, and what it is to fight and to devote oneself not only to a territory and for a nation, but also for the defense of citizens in general. No one but the soldier who bears the deepest scars of war can tell the story of a country. I believe that is our main contribution to PANAMAX. In the end, we will leave behind the imprint of the Colombian soldier. Diálogo: For the first time, PANAMAX is being carried out as a virtual exercise. Does this make it more difficult, more interesting…? Maj. Gen.Soto: The fact that the exercise is virtual provides an opportunity to consider the smallest details, taking into account the rules of international law regarding armed conflict, respect for human rights, International Humanitarian Law, and compliance with the rules of war and engagement. Despite the fact that it is virtual, it is as though we were actually driving and moving our units in battle. It is a great learning experience that will prepare us for the possibility of it becoming a reality. Diálogo: Hopefully it won’t become necessary! Maj. Gen. Soto: That’s right. That is the ideal condition, that we continue to live and maintain the tranquility that we have at this moment, and that those that are used to living at the edge of the law realize that abiding by it is the best path.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Don Young (R-Alaska) led 62 of their colleagues in calling on House leadership to remove restrictions on credit unions that prevent them from fully serving small businesses in their communities during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle thanked the representatives for their support.“This letter will ensure that credit unions can be there for small businesses looking to get back to work helping Main Street communities quickly recover from this unprecedented crisis,” he said. “We thank Reps. Bonamici, Haaland and Young for their leadership in this crucial bipartisan effort.”The bipartisan group requested that the next coronavirus response package increase the arbitrary cap that prevents credit unions from lending to more of their small business members. Currently, the member business loan (MBL) cap restricts credit union business lending to 12.25% of assets.
Wins for Reliance Hustlers, Cotton Field Strikers and Affiance F.CTHE sixth round of the Central Essequibo T20 league was played on Sunday last with host Reliance Hustlers imposing a convincing 8-wicket win over Queenstown S.C.After winning the toss and batting, the visitors posted 153 all-out in 19 overs, with former National Under -19 opening batsman, Herell Green striking 38 (5x4s), Jonathan Sankar 26 (3x4s) and Herry Green 22 (4x4s). Consistent bowling by the host saw 2 wickets each for Narendra Mandolall (2-14 off 4 overs), Pavindra Persaud 2-19 (4) and Anthony Ifill 2-23 (4).The Hustlers then wasted little time in reaching the target of 158-2 from just 13 overs with the in-form Mark Austin blasting an unbeaten 85, decorated with 14x4s and 3x6s, while Mandolall was also unbeaten at the end on 33 (5x4s). At the same venue, Cotton Field Strikers earned a 20-run victory against Ramkissoon’s XI after taking first strike to be all-out for 151 in the 20th over.Opening batsman Parmanand Persaud was in sublime touch with a colourful 55 (8x4s) being the principal scorer. Veteran off-spinner Naitram had impressive figures of 7-10 from his 4 overs. In reply, Ramkissoon’s XI, despite an entertaining 43 (6x4s and 1x6s) from Fenton Benneth, were restricted to 131-9 when their overs expired, to concede defeat.At the Affiance Number 1 ground, host Affiance S.C held their composure to clinch a 4-run win against Ravens. Batting first, Affiance S.C got off to a decent start with a half-century opening stand. Wickets then fell regularly after the breakthrough as Ravens struck back.Opener Sanjay Rajkumar played superbly for 60 (10x4s and 2x6s) to carry Affiance S.C to 153 all-out in the 20th over. Left-arm seamer Alvin Bacchus grabbed 3-14 from 4 overs while Jermain Anderson had 3-31 from his 4 overs. In reply, Ravens lost early wickets in their pursuit of the target.Not daunted by the situation, Jamal Wilson kept them in the hunt with an aggressive half-century. He belted 5x6s and 3x4s in a cameo 58.However, when he departed, Affiance S.C regained the balance and kept the pressure on the remaining batsmen. Despite a late flourish from former Essequibo senior inter-county batsman , Elroy Stephney 32 (4x4s and 2x6s) and a 6 from the final delivery, Ravens couldn’t cross the line, ending on 159-8 from the allotted 20 overs.Meanwhile, the competition will continue this week-end with the following fixture: Reliance vs Rebels XI, Bacchus Bulls vs Ramkissoon XI, Affiance S.C vs Reliance Hustlers and Queenstown vs Ravens. (Elroy Stephney).