Broadband Wireless network in Grand Isle and South Hero, Vermont

first_imgSoundtivity Wireless, Inc Announces deployment of new NLOS (Non-Line-of-Site) Broadband Wireless network in Grand Isle and South Hero, VermontFebruary 21st, 2006. Burlington, Vermont Today, Soundtivity announced the beginning of construction of a wireless telecommunications system that will bring High Speed Internet and other advanced IP services to the Towns of Grand Isle, South Hero, and the Vermont and New York shores of Lake Champlain.The new system will pave the way to further economic development in the Champlain Valley allowing residents to work from home, local businesses to conduct global commerce, and school children to have access to a wealth of information online all at the speed of thought.We believe that high-speed Internet services are the cornerstone of the new economy and a necessary building-block to the future of our state, said Soundtivity CEO Jeremy Ward.Similar systems have been deployed in Jericho, Shelburne, Colchester, and Burlington by the company, but this one is special. A $49,500 Broadband Demonstration Grant has been secured by the Town of South Hero, Soundtivity, and the Grand Isle Broadband Council, a local citizen activist group.A similar grant for $36,400 has also been secured for North Hero by Soundtivity and the Grand Isle Regional Development Corporation. The North Hero leg of the network will be added on once Grand Isle and South Heros deployment has begun.We met a lot of challenges in the permitting process on one of our primary transmission sites, a water tower located at the Ed Weed Fish Hatchery. These challenges have made this a long road up until this point, but it will all be worth it when the first subscriber comes online, continued Ward.On Wednesday, Governor Jim Douglas and others will join together at the Ed Weed Fish Hatchery for a ceremonial ground-breaking to officially kick-off the project. The event will begin at 3:00pm.Press Contact: Richard Frosolone (802) 658-5400×209last_img read more

Mexico: Reducing Arms

first_img Effective January 25, 2012, Mexico became the 41st participating state to join the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies. To be admitted, a country must produce/export arms or sensitive equipment and maintain nonproliferation policies as well as appropriate national export controls. Admission of new members requires the consensus of all members. Mexico is only the second country in Latin America to gain membership after Argentina. U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Mexico, By Dialogo April 01, 2012last_img

Argentine Air Force Develops Drones Using Domestic Technology

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo October 31, 2017 Felicitaciones a la FF.AA., nada que envidiarle a ningún país de la tierra. Todo nacional. Me alegra que se esté por empezar a producir en serie ,ojala con el tiempo,ESTEMOS AL NIVEL DE ISRAEL O EEUU,CON VOLUNTAD Y PERSISTENCIA SE PUEDE TODO ES IMPORTANTE,Y MÁS EN LOS TIEMPOS TAN LOCOS EN EL CUAL VIVIMOS.LA ARGENTINA CORRE GRAN RIESGO POR SUS RIQUEZAS QUE TIENE(AGUA PETRÓLEO,GAS,PESCA,ETC),ESTARIA BUENO SI SE PUDIERA QUE SE ACORTEN LOS TIEMPOS DE PRODUCCIÓN,PERO LO ENTIENDO,LOS FELICITO Y LES MANDO UN ABRAZO. The Argentine Air Force is developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with next generation equipment for surveillance, control, and search-and-rescue operations. The Aukán and Vigía 2B prototypes, currently in the evaluation phase, are the result of joint efforts from two bodies of the Argentine Air Force: the Directorate General for Research and Development (DGID, per its Spanish acronym) and the Center for Applied Research. “This development project uses entirely domestic engineering,” Major General Guillermo José Alsúa, the chief of the Argentine Air Force’s UAV System Implementation Program (SART, per its Spanish acronym), told Diálogo. “Every member of the engineering team involved in the development process belongs to the Argentine Air Force.” According to Maj. Gen. Alsúa, Aukán and Vigía 2B “are a break from the traditional concept, still seen in many air forces, that everything that flies involves a pilot or an operator in the aircraft.” The rollout of this program “reflects the Air Force’s need to change the way such weapons systems are incorporated into the institution,” he added. “UAVs can serve as support not only for military operations, but also for community assistance and natural disaster situations,” Maj. Gen. Alsúa explained. “Aukán will operate within a tactical range of up to 150 kilometers from base,” he stated. “In turn, Vigía 2B can operate from practically any distance, regardless of the location of the base.” Colonel César Daniel Cunietti, the assistant director of Research and Development for the Argentine Air Force, told Diálogo that security forces, as well as different government agencies, could benefit from the real-time information drones generate. “They could be used by the Ministry of Agriculture or the Ministry of Science and Technology for example, to do different surveys, such as the progress of crops and harvests,” Col. Cunietti added. Vigía 1 and Vigía 2A The development process for these Argentine drones began in 2010, through a comprehensive approach between DGID and the Center for Applied Research. “The team first developed a model that was tested in a wind tunnel, which allowed for the simulation of flight conditions and to take precise measurements,” Maj. Gen. Alsúa said. From that model, the first unit, Vigía 1, was produced as a small electric prototype with a pusher configuration (with the propeller mounted behind the engine) and a V-shaped tail, he added. Following positive results with Vigía 1, the Air Force began producing another prototype — Vigía 2A — which weighs about 840 pounds, and has a 26-foot wingspan and a 60-horsepower engine. Since its first flight in 2015, Vigía 2A continues to fly successfully. “We will keep Vigía 2A as a model to evaluate technology to test sensors, autopilot systems and communication systems that will later become part of the two prototypes to be mass-produced for the Air Force,” Maj. Gen. Alsúa stated. Aukán: operations in the tactical environment One such prototype is Aukán, which weighs between 200 and 220 pounds. Even though it is a Class I model (about 330 pounds or less), it has next generation equipment to train pilots who will later be flying the heavier Vigía 2B prototype. “Aukán will initially equip the Military Aviation Academy. Given its equipment and features, it’s a good model for operations in the tactical environment,” Maj. Gen. Alsúa said. “That means that it can serve as support not only in military operations, but also in community assistance tasks, disaster situations, and logistics support, among other government functions.” Aukán has a high-definition multi-sensor system, infrared vision and a designator to track targets in motion. With a 20-horsepower engine, it has already successfully performed several flight tests. “We’ve checked several units, and technical and budgetary issues notwithstanding, Aukán should be ready for mass production beginning in 2018,” Maj. Gen. Alsúa said. Vigía 2B: operational tasks The Vigía 2B prototype is even more advanced and will be certified under NATO Standardized Agreement (STANAG) 4671. Its dimensions were increased in order to end up with a vehicle that could comprehensively meet the Operational Requirements of the Air Force. “We chose an engine over 120 horsepower, and that transformed the aircraft into a Class II heavy unit with a MTOW [maximum takeoff weight] of 2,100 pounds, which will carry the electronic systems and sensors almost of a Class III,” Maj. Gen. Alsúa explained. “In other words, it’s a heavy Class II, but with many of the capabilities that would make it a Class III.” The Air Force plans to develop three Vigía 2B prototypes. Each will undergo different tests in flight and on the ground. The first prototype will mostly focus on in-flight testing, flight characteristics, speeds and altitudes. The second will have sensor integration, while the third will meet all of the requirements for production. “The first prototype should be ready for ground testing by the end of this year [2017] or the beginning of next. Which means that, excluding any major issues, it could do its first flight by the middle of next year [2018],” Maj. Gen. Alsúa said. “Vigía 2B will be used for operational duties, which are the typical military duties SART teams carry out. It will also have greater capacity to cover disasters and assist communities,” he stated. “We estimate that it will end up being an aircraft with more than 15 hours of autonomy.” Ground control station Another Air Force achievement is the Ground Control Station (GCS) that operates domestically manufactured UAVs. GCS has command posts for the UAV operator, systems controller and mission commander. “GCS is the same for Aukán and Vigía 2B,” Maj. Gen. Alsúa explained. “And since Aukán flies with equipment that’s similar to Vigía 2B, transferring an operator trained on Aukán to a heavier unit is much quicker and more efficient.” Chamical UAV Operations Center One of the Air Force’s future SART operations centers is at Chamical Air Base in the province of La Rioja. The base is in the process of being reactivated. “The goal is for the base to be converted into a center where tests and flights can be done at once with drone operators and pilots from all of the armed forces,” Argentine Defense Minister Julio Martínez stated during a visit to the base on February 24th. The Self-Propelled Projectiles Experimentation and Launch Center, under DGID, is operational at that military facility. “In Chamical, we have the advantage of having quite a large amount of air space restricted for specific use by Argentine Air Force, with no air traffic congestion,” Col. Cunietti added. “But it would be erroneous to think that Chamical will be the only place for launching UAVs. Precisely, one of the advantages of these vehicles is that they are quite adaptable. They will be able to be operated from airports and from locations with dirt runways with no need for radio assistance on the ground. But within that context, Chamical is incredibly interesting for our current stage,” Col. Cunietti concluded.last_img read more

NW CUs meet with Congress, NCUA during Congressional recess

first_img Northwest credit union leaders welcomed an opportunity to meet in Olympia last week with Todd Harper, recently sworn in as a Director on the three-person board of NCUA. Rep. Denny Heck, (D-Wash.) helped to facilitate the meeting, and Washington State Employees CU (WSECU), Olympia, Wash. hosted the event.“Nearly every credit union with a presence in Congressman Heck’s district attended and we had a very informative dialogue,” said John Trull, vice president of regulatory advocacy, Northwest Credit Union Association. “We appreciate WSECU for hosting our colleagues, and Congressman Heck and Director Harper for the opportunity.”During the meeting, Heck presented a letter signed by many of his Northwest colleagues in Congress. It urges NCUA to make a rule change that will allow credit unions to better serve 1.3 million military service members and their families in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.“Our service members serving abroad deserve to benefit from the additional products and services that are offered by low income designed credit unions, including greater opportunities to obtain a business loan,” the letter stated. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.) and NCUA board member Todd Harper met with Northwest credit union leaders earlier this month. (NWCUA photo)center_img continue reading »last_img read more

EU air safety agency urges masks, social distancing for flights

first_imgThe EU’s air safety agency EASA is recommending airlines and airports impose measures such as masks and social distancing to limit the risk of coronavirus for passengers.The guidelines, produced jointly with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and released late Wednesday, aim to be “pragmatic” while emphasizing measures they want to see taken.As well as facemasks and physical distancing, frequent hand hygiene and reassuring the flying public that “filtered air on airplanes is safer and cleaner than [the air that] many of us breathe on the ground” are important, EASA said in a statement. The document said passengers with COVID-19 symptoms should not even go to the airport, and urged airlines to offer cost-free reticketing or refunds to encourage this.Healthy-seeming passengers who do fly should expect to enter the airport without being accompanied by non-flying family or friends, wear facemasks from that point on until they leave their destination airport — except for brief instances such as security checks — and try to avoid touching any surfaces unnecessarily.Passengers who refuse to observe those or other recommendations, such as sneezing or coughing into an elbow or a tissue even when wearing a mask, should face being turfed out of terminals or being barred from boarding.Self check-in and limiting carry-on luggage were also recommended. The guidelines urged physical distance of 1.5 metres (five feet) between people, and — “to the extent possible” — physical distancing on board planes, except for families in the same household traveling together.That feeds into a debate between airlines about whether to keep the middle seat free in economy to better space out passengers. Some are adopting that as a safety measure, but others say it would make their operation economically unviable.EASA said that “if physical distancing cannot be guaranteed because of the passenger load, seat configuration or other operational constraints, passengers and crew members on board an aircraft should adhere at all times to all the other preventive measures including strict hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and should wear a face mask”.Masks should be changed every four hours, they said — meaning passengers or airlines doing long-haul flights might need to stock up on fresh ones.Also, there should be no more duty free sales on board, and reduced food and drink service, with items individually packaged.If a patient with suspected COVID-19 is identified during the flight, EASA recommended they be isolated at the back of the plane, with two rows around them cleared, and a toilet designated for them alone. Also, the air nozzle above them should be turned off to try to limit the spread of droplets.Topics : Getting passengers back in the air — safely — is seen as crucial for Europe’s airlines and tourism industry, both of which have been hard hit by the virus lockdowns and public fear of being in enclosed spaces with many strangers.”The assurance of health safety is a critical factor for the resumption of commercial air travel,” EASA chief Patrick Ky said. The 28 pages of EASA-ECDC recommendations cover the end-to-end experience for passengers, from check-in at airports, to boarding planes and the journey itself, to arrival.They warn that, if situations were not properly managed, there would be an increased risk of conflict that “may be due to passengers not wishing to sit next to each other or accusing each other of not following the rules”.last_img read more

Rape survivor shares story on social media after police investigation stalls

first_imgWhen she followed him to her dressing room, she realized that she had never seen him before. She said the man beat her with what she believed was a piece of metal until she was almost unconscious and raped her.”I saw he was holding a knife and I was pleading him not to kill me, he told me to stay quiet and proceeded to sexually assault me,” she wrote.She said the man then left the room and she sought help from her neighbors as soon as she was sure that the man had left her house, when she also noticed that her phone was missing. On the same day, she was taken to a hospital for a physical examination for a police report that she filed shortly after.She said the perpetrator had contacted her through text messages to apologize as well as threaten her. In the Instagram post, she also showed several screenshots of texts and nude photographs that the the alleged perpetrator sent to her . She identified the perpetrator as a man who lives near the Permata Bintaro housing complex in South Tangerang.”I would not have [shared this post] if the police had taken action, but by law, I do not have enough evidence to put this [expletive] in jail, so all I can do is expose him,” she wrote.Uli Pangaribuan of the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice’s Jakarta office said Amy had contacted the foundation for legal assistance.Uli told The Jakarta Post on Saturday that neither she nor Amy had received any documentation from the South Tangerang Police regarding the case, making it harder for them to follow up. She said Amy had received no updates from the police since she filed the report.However, South Tangerang Police criminal investigation head Adj. Comr. Muharam Wibisono said his unit had been investigating the case since the survivor filed the report last year and that the police had identified a suspect and were currently working to arrest them.”The process took a long time because we had to identify the perpetrator,” Muharam told the Post on Saturday.Muharam went on to say the police would also investigate the man that Amy identified in her post to see whether he was the same person as the one the police had identified as a possible suspect. “Hopefully, we can [finish the case] soon,” he continued.In light of the case, Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) chair Asfinawati said sluggish police handling of sexual violence cases and a lack of victim protection was a common occurrence in cases that she had handled. She said the sexual violence bill (RUU PKS), which was recently removed from this year’s priority legislation list by the House of Representatives, would, among other things, reduce the amount of bureaucracy and administrative requirements for sexual assault cases.”It can also ensure law enforcers’ obligation to be quick [in handling the case] and to always keep the survivor and their family updated,” she told the Post.Amy has since posted a message of thanks for the support she received from social media users for her initial post.“Thank you for your support and your prayers especially women who have experienced the same thing,” she wrote on her Instagram story. “Don’t be afraid to speak up so that there will be no future victims.”Topics : A rape survivor from South Tangerang, Banten, has shared her experience on Instagram, expressing her frustration that the police investigation into the case has stalled.In a post that has since gone viral, Amy Fitria wrote about how she was attacked by a man in her home on Aug. 13 last year. She also posted pictures of CCTV footage allegedly showing the perpetrator.“[…] it was around 9:30 a.m. Someone seemingly had purposely woken me from my sleep, and I saw a tall silhouette leaving my room,” she wrote, adding that she mistook the man for someone she knew because she had only just woken up.last_img read more

Amid pushback, Prabowo begins US working visit

first_imgPrior to his arrival, 12 civil society organizations raised concerns over the issuance of a visa for Prabowo, claiming that the move may have contradicted the law. The civil society groups voiced their objections in a joint letter to US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. They urged the US government to revoke its invitation if it included immunity for the crimes allegedly committed by Prabowo.From the US, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy opposed the issuance of his visa, saying that by approving Prabowo’s visit, US President Donald Trump and State Secretary Pompeo “have shown once again that for them law and order is an empty slogan that ignores the imperative of justice”.The concerns were brushed off by the Indonesian minister’s personal spokesman, Dahnil Azhar Simanjuntak, who said on Thursday that Prabowo was used to receiving criticism. This time, he added, the visit would fulfill an official invitation from the US government.Other Indonesian officials echoed the sentiment, saying that as a government representative, Prabowo could expect to be given proper treatment upon his arrival. Despite concerns over his role in past alleged human rights violations, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto began his official visit to the United States this week to discuss various forms of cooperation.The former Army general arrived in the US on Thursday and is scheduled to meet with his American counterpart Mark Esper and other officials at the Pentagon on Friday, just a day before his 69th birthday.His visit ends on Monday, which would still allow him time to meet with think tank figures and other interested parties. “Whoever is visiting in an official capacity […] is a representative of the country,” Febrian Ruddyard, the Foreign Ministry’s director general for multilateral cooperation, told reporters in a briefing on Friday.Prabowo was previously barred entry to the US due to a blanket ban on the Indonesian Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) officers who allegedly carried out human rights violations in formerly occupied East Timor.Read also: Prabowo’s past US travel ban haunts Indonesia arms procurementIn the year 2000, he was prevented from attending the graduation of his son in Boston, Massachusetts. Reuters reported that in 2012, he was again denied a US visa.According to reports citing US documents, Prabowo had sought out the services of American lobbyist James Frinzi a few months after he was named defense minister. The lobbyist was recruited to “arrange political and commercial meetings that are productive for the minister”, according to the documents.And while US diplomats have suggested privately that the embassy in Jakarta would be obliged to give him a visa if he was to visit in an official capacity, Prabowo had every reason to seek assurances so that his trip would not be disrupted.Timeline of Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto’s travel restriction to the US (JP/Swi Handono)Two former generals, Sintong Panjaitan and Johny Lumintang, were served with summonses over their involvement in East Timor while visiting the US on separate occasions years ago.In 2017, then-military commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, was prevented from boarding a flight bound for the US, after the airline raised clearance issues about his visa. Despite being invited by his US counterpart, Gatot and his entourage eventually canceled the trip.Unlike the other military generals, however, Prabowo’s arrival in the US appears to serve a more meaningful purpose.American affairs expert Suzie Sudarman from the University of Indonesia said that the US invitation was likely motivated by Washington’s decision to engage with Indonesia again through Prabowo, who had a long-standing and amicable relationship with the US before he was ousted from the military in 1998.“The first thing that America always turns to is profit, and now with Prabowo as defense minister, he can buy out a primary weapons system, and for that, all his prior ‘mistakes’ can be set aside – and that is saying nothing about the possibility of him leading in the future,” Suzie told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Read also: Prabowo to visit Austria to talk about possible Typhoon jet fighter deal: Leaked documentWashington has plenty of reasons to close ranks with Prabowo, especially since former US defense secretary James Mattis – a key link to Indonesia – departed from the Trump cabinet.Since he was appointed defense minister last year, Prabowo has met with counterparts from China, Russia and other major world arms suppliers – all US adversaries – to discuss Indonesia’s defense needs, while also treading carefully on regional issues. The minister rarely talked about the nation’s stance on the Natuna Sea, which borders the South China Sea, the contentious body of water in which Washington has renewed its interests.The US is once again turning to Southeast Asian allies in an effort to undermine the growing influence of superpower rival China in the Indo-Pacific region. Indonesia is one country of particular interest, observers have said.Sources say that during Prabowo’s US visit, negotiations for weapons will be held behind closed doors. They also say that the US would publicly raise the issue of China’s increasing military power and presence in the South China Sea.Additionally, Prabowo is arguably Indonesia’s most intensively US-trained officer, having spent the bulk of his formal and military education in the US. He participated in the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program, and attended courses at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Benning in the state of Georgia.Jakarta also recently sent another US-educated figure, M. Lutfi, to become Indonesia’s new ambassador to the US.For the most part, Suzie argued, Indonesia remained “a mysterious creature” in Washington because it did not have a significant lobbying presence in the US capital to make itself more visible.“So when Prabowo visits, not many people will notice that this is a person who was cut off by the United States, just because Indonesia is a blind spot [there],” she said.Topics :last_img read more

Kalama Annual Maintenance Dredging Kicks Off

first_imgImage source: Port of KalamaThe Port of Kalama in Washington officially started its annual maintenance dredging program at the TEMCO grain elevator berth on September 1. The Port board of commissioners awarded the ongoing 2019 maintenance dredging contract to Ross Island Sand and Gravel for $687,225.00, including tax.According to their official announcement, the project will remove a projected 55,000 cubic yards of material to depths between 43 to 47 feet.This maintenance dredging program ensures the draft necessary to keep cargo ships sailing smoothly at the terminal.The dredging procedure removes sand in front of the TEMCO LLC terminal and uses the clean materials to continue beach nourishment on the Port of Kalama riverfront.It is expected that this dredging program will be completed no later than September 30, 2019.last_img read more

Acquitted carers still labelled ‘abusers’

first_imgNZ Herald 10 May 2014Two former Child, Youth and Family caregivers acquitted of assaulting boys in their care say they hold no grudges but are disappointed CYF still labels them as abusers.Auckland couple Andrew John Hemara, 55, and Jenny-Lee Hemara, 51, were found not-guilty this week on charges of assaulting and ill-treating two boys, aged between 6 and 14, over a six-year period until 2010.Many of the worst allegations against the couple, including that they made the two boys brush their teeth with a wire brush and run until they vomited, were dropped after the boys recanted key evidence.But they were still accused of punching and kicking the boys and making one sleep outside with no bedding.Soon after the verdicts were delivered in the Auckland District Court, CYF regional director Sharon Thom said: “While they were found not guilty of criminal charges in court, our own investigations into abuse were substantiated”.Ms Thom said the use of physical force to discipline was never acceptable and the Hemeras would not be allowed to foster more children. read more

Death toll climbs to 10 as typhoon hits Japan

first_imgAuthorities warnedof the chance of further landslides and floods, especially in areas hit bylevee breaks that have yet to be repaired after Typhoon Hagibis lashed centraland eastern Japan with heavy rains. According to NHK, that typhoon killed atleast 88 people with seven others still missing and over 300 injured.(Reuters) Landslidesripped through waterlogged areas in Chiba and Fukushima prefectures on Friday –two weeks after the region was hit by a powerful typhoon. TOKYO – Thedeath toll from torrential rains in eastern Japan reached 10 with three othersmissing, according to public broadcaster NHK. Prime MinisterShinzo Abe held a disaster task force meeting on Saturday, calling for theutmost efforts in rescue and relief work, and assessing the damage. A house was destroyed due to a landslide in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Japan on Oct. 25. MANDATORY CREDIT KYODO/VIA REUTERSlast_img read more