ECFiber reaches into Woodstock

first_imgECFiber,Vermont Business Magazine ECFiber has announced the launch of a new project which will bring ECFiber’s fast Internet service to many residents of Woodstock this year. The project is intended to connect the northern part of the ECFiber network (Barnard, Pomfret, Bethel, and beyond) to the southern part of the network (South Woodstock, West Windsor, and Reading).Many Woodstock residents on the planned route will have access to ECFiber’s reliable, fast and locally supported network. “Connecting the southern most areas to our main network allows us to build in redundancy and greater reliability in case of an unplanned outage on one of our key routes” explained Carole Monroe, CEO of ValleyNet. ValleyNet is the design, build and operating contractor for ECFiber.According to the plan, the ECFiber network which currently terminates at the Barnard and Pomfret borders, will be extended down Pomfret Road to Thompson’s Corner, up Barnard Road (Rte.12) to Prosper Road, then down to Woodstock Union High School on Route 4. ECFiber cables will cross the Ottauquechee River behind the school, then follow College Hill Road and Riverside Park Road west to Fletcher Hill Road. The route then heads south on Fletcher Hill Road to where it branches east on Fletcher Schoolhouse Road toward the village of South Woodstock and west to Benedict Road and Long Hill Road. Side roads off this main route and our existing route in South Woodstock will be built at the same time.“The network extension will pass over 500 premises and add 28 miles of new network to Woodstock,” commented ValleyNet CEO Monroe. “While we are working on this infrastructure build, we will also be doing a network design including more of Woodstock. Eventually, we’ll want to serve those residents and businesses, too.”ECFiber is a consortium of 24 Vermont towns organized as a Communications Union District (30 V.S.A. § 3052) with the mission to build a community-owned, locally-operated fiber-optic network bringing fast and reliable broadband Internet service to every resident and business in its member towns.Source: ECFiber. www.ecfiber.net(link is external)last_img read more

PSD expands Arrearage Assistance to more water and sewer utilities

first_imgAs with other regulated utility charges, those eligible for funding under the VCAAP must be at least 60 days in arrears. Consumers will also need to attest to financial hardship due to COVID-related loss of income.   Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Public Service announced Thursday that effective November 12, the VT COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program (VCAAP) is now providing assistance with past-due bills from an expanded list of water and wastewater (sewer) utilities. In addition to helping out with past-due electric, landline telephone, private water company, and Vermont Gas bills, consumers can now also apply to VCAAP for assistance with their delinquent water and sewer/wastewater charges.The expanded list of utility bills that VCAAP can help with now includes municipal water and sewer/wastewater departments, community water systems, fire districts, and other systems that provide water and sewer/wastewater services to consumers.   For more information and to apply, please visit the Department’s Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program webpage.(link is external)  Source: Department of Public Service 11.12.2020center_img Consumers will not need to upload a water and sewer/wastewater bill with the application. last_img read more

Bar hawk on the mend

first_img AN INJURED RED-TAILED HAWK, discovered sitting on the Bar headquarters’ front porch in Tallahassee recently, is being treated by the St. Francis Wildlife Association, which rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild animals in North Florida. The hawk had a concussion, an injured wing, some bleeding from his beak, and scratches on his back, but there were no fractures. In a sign of his recovery, he is considered well-fed and has a good appetite. In such cases, St. Francis keeps the hawks for several weeks to make sure they are fully recovered before being released. Concussions can lead to blindness, but this hawk — which has lived near the Bar for years — doesn’t seem headed down that path. St. Francis releases rehabilitated birds in the area they were found. St. Francis is a nonprofit and accepts donations: St. Francis Wildlife, 5580 Salem Road, Quincy 32352, www.stfranciswildlife.org. August 1, 2011 Regular News Bar hawk on the mendlast_img read more

North American International Auto Show Adds European Industry Executive to Team

first_imgDETROIT – The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has named to its team former director of the Frankfurt International Motor Show, Dr. Kunibert Schmidt. The announcement, which is effective immediately, was made by Rod Alberts, executive director, NAIAS. Alberts said Schmidt will bring years of valuable, international auto show experience to NAIAS.   “Kunibert Schmidt is a highly creative, and respected individual, and one of the true all-stars in the business of international motor shows,” said Alberts. “Under his direction, the Frankfurt show became one of the largest and most important in the world. As a result, in one way or another, we’ve all learned from the Frankfurt show.”   After 32 years with the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), which presents the Frankfurt show biennially, Schmidt retired in early 2010 as managing director. He also served as a member of the VDA Management Board for 19 years. He joins the NAIAS as an industry consultant, and is responsible for representing the Detroit show to manufacturers, media, suppliers and other important audiences in Europe.   Schmidt, who is based in Berlin, has and continues to be a consultant to global Tier One automotive supplier Schaeffler.   Former German Transport Minister and current VDA President Matthias Wissmann said Schmidt has earned an impeccable reputation in the automotive industry.   “Dr. Schmidt is an individual who is highly regarded and respected around the world by auto manufacturers and suppliers, as well as the automotive press,” said Wissmann. “These are the very people who are critical to the success of motor shows here and abroad. His addition to the Detroit team will also come as good news to German manufacturers, which continue to look to the North American International Auto Show for critical worldwide product introductions.”   AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Reilly: Thursday’s 75th Anniversary Of Trinity Test

first_imgBy T. DOUGLAS REILLYLos AlamosTomorrow, Thursday July 16, 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the Trinity Test of The Gadget in southern New Mexico. This morning I heard on the radio of a ceremony in Santa Fe to highlight the cause of the Downwinders in the Tularosa Basin who believe strongly that their health and that of their parents and siblings was seriously damaged by the fallout from Trinity.I know the group has produced a video that was premiered several months ago by the Santa Fe chapter of Global Zero. Monday’s Report from Santa Fe, hosted by Lorene Mills, was an interview with Tina Cordova, the director of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium.Our congressional delegation has voiced strong support for the Downwinders. To be sure, the Downwinders could never be convinced that they weren’t affected by the test. I should add that the New Mexico Department of Health has said the rate of cancers in the basin is the same as that in similar parts of New Mexico.Actually, the Downwinders were Not Downwind of the Trinity fallout. Los Alamos and the Army conducted extensive monitoring of the radiation and fallout from Trinity. This shows that the wind took the fallout cloud to the northeast, not south toward the Tularosa Basin. Should anyone be interested, there’s a declassified report sent to Gen. Groves detailing the results of these measurements.Incidentally, I’ve always found the Spanish name of the test location very interesting, El Jornado de los Muertos, The Journey of Death. This was a short cut on the Camino Real; its lack of water meant many travelers died of thirst.In a little over two weeks, we come to Aug. 6, 1945, the bombing of Hiroshima, and three days later, the bombing of Nagasaki with Fat Man, the same design as The Gadget. The morality of these acts has been argued ever since. I don’t believe President Truman had any other choice; as he said, “I never lost any sleep over that decision”.Secretary of War Harold Stimson has said that the estimated loses if we had attacked mainland Japan, were one-half to one million USA and allied soldiers and 8 to 10 million Japanese. In other words, these two acts actually saved millions of lives both allied and Japanese.As a docent at our History Museum, I’ve had several encounters with old soldiers who related stories like this: “I was on a troop ship off the coast of Japan awaiting the order to launch the assault. One day on deck, the Skipper came over the PA and said, ‘gentlemen, please go to the port side of the ship and watch our shadow as we turn 180o and head home. Some new bombs were dropped on Japan and it has surrendered. This terrible war is finally over.’” Then the man says, “I’ve always wanted to come to Los Alamos because some folks here may have helped save my life!”War is Hell! The nature of the weapon that kills a person is really unimportant. As Gandhi once said, “the dying care not whether their killer comes from a democratic nation or from a despotic dictatorial one”. I believe in the same sense, they don’t feel happier that they’re dying by a so-called conventional weapon.last_img read more

Lee Wybranski

first_imgA show featuring renowned golf artist Lee Wybranski at the Southampton Cultural Center coincides with the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. An opening reception was held on Saturday. The show runs through June 30. Sharelast_img

SRA urged not to dispense with accounts requirement

first_imgThe Law Society has urged the Solicitors Regulation Authority to maintain some form of independent check over firms’ accounts.The regulator has proposed to abolish the requirement for firms to have and submit an accountant’s report every year.The proposal, one of several potential reforms aimed at easing the regulatory burden on firms, is that compliance officers for finance and administration (COFAs) instead make a declaration that client accounts are in order.But the Law Society, in a consultation response submitted last week, is concerned that independent accounts are currently the only check on a firm’s ‘honesty and the state of its accounts’.Removing the compulsory reporting requirement would leave the regulatory regime ‘significantly weaker’ and could reduce assurance to clients.The SRA notes that very few submitted accountants’ reports lead to a formal investigation into a firm, the Society said. ‘However, what cannot be quantified is the importance of them as a regulatory tool, both in terms of deterring dishonesty and in preventing poor accounting practices. The requirement to have an annual review of accounts acts as an incentive to ensure that records are kept up to date and in order.’Instead of removing the reporting requirement altogether, the Society called for a form of independent review to be retained.The response backs a change to the Accounts Rules to require accountants to report only ‘systemic’ breaches, with the SRA encouraged to develop a more efficient, online method for submitting reports.The Society also voices concerns that the role of the COFA has changed ‘significantly’ from what was first envisaged, and now requires a member of the management team rather than an employee to take it on.It said the added responsibility of checking accounts could ‘create an environment in which some may be put under pressure into making a declaration without being able to fully verify compliance’.Meanwhile, the City of London Law Society has said it is ‘inappropriate’ to dispense with the mandatory requirement wholesale, particularly when the SRA has said it brings some benefits.The City society said no changes should be made before a wider review of accounts rules, with any subsequent reforms ‘premature’.last_img read more

TT and US pledge to combat terrorism

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago and US pledge to combat terrorismThe Governments of Trinidad and Tobago and the United States have reiterated the need to continue working together to combat acts of terror against innocent citizens.Rowley meets US Commander This collaboration was discussed during a meeting in Port-of-Spain on Monday between Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and the Commander of US Southern Command, Admiral Kurt Tidd.The discussions focused on a number of areas which have been identified as important for the continued development and enhancement of the relationship between Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.Rowley expresses sympathyRowley, took the opportunity to express his sympathy to the US in the wake of the recent terrorism attack in New York and the mass shooting in a Texan church on Sunday.Admiral Tidd also commended Trinidad and Tobago’s efforts to treat with radicalization which he said plays a role in these types of incidents.The admiral also addressed the issue of money laundering and spoke about its connection to terrorist and other organized criminal activity, stressing the need for collaboration to eradicate these types of crimes.To dismantle drug smugglersIt was agreed that Trinidad and Tobago and the United States will continue to work closely together to dismantle drug smuggling networks.The provision of training in Information Communications Technology, cyber crime and specialized aircraft to assist in the fight against crime was also discussed.For a recent article on terrorism and Trinidad and Tobago, click the link: TT Government concerned about UK travel advisorylast_img read more

Uncertainty surrounds Clash of the Tents

first_img Tweet Share Manager of Showdown Mas Camp, Daryl Bobb (SAT Telecoms photo)One week after it was announced that a clash of two tents would finally come through on Friday, February 21 at the Harlem Plaza in Newtown, uncertainty has surrounded the event.Leeroy “Wadix” Charles, the public relations officer of the Stardom Tent said last week that thirty (30) calypsonians from Showdown Mas Camp and Stardom Tent would participate.However, manager of Showdown Mas Camp, Daryl Bobb revealed to state owned DBS Radio on Wednesday, February 19, that although they’ve done everything to accommodate the Stardom Tent, the proposal was not accepted.“We are still in a position where we are ready to do the show on Friday for the Clash of the Tent”.He explained that his camp offered to give up the last Friday before Showdown’s Champ of the Camp so that the Clash of the Tents could be possible.“We understand how important it is for the calypso lovers in Dominica and we made a proposal that we’d go fifty/fifty after all expenses and for some reason Stardom doesn’t think that this is good enough for them”.Thus, the Showdown Mas Camp is preparing to host its camp as usual on Friday, but they are still hoping that Stardom would agree to do the show.“We’re still in the spirit of doing the show, we don’t know at the last minute probably we could decide to have it if common sense prevails on the other side in the interest of the general public, but we are still going ahead with our show as usual”.Bobb added that they are all inclined to do this show for the patrons.“I just hope that at the end of the day, people get a show that they are waiting for and people are satisfied with a very good 2014 calypso season”.According to Bobb, there are some calypsonians in Stardom Tent who are working hard so that the clash of the tent is possible.“These guys are really working hard to make this thing happen you know, it’s not a problem with them at all, they are really, really working hard and it’s really embarrassing that the decision is only with the band management”.Stardom Tent will convene a meeting this evening to discuss the matter and therefore declined to comment at this time.Calypsonians like Hunter, Daddy Chess, Observer, Beno, Black Diamond, Web, Jaydee, Jamma B, Lady Star, Checker and Checko from Stardom Tent while King Dice, Sye, Boople, Soul Puss, Vigilante, Daddy Miller and Leona from the Mas Camp Tent were announced on the line-up to compete.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img EntertainmentLocalNews Uncertainty surrounds Clash of the Tents by: – February 19, 2014 Sharing is caring! 27 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

NegOcc volleyball federation age group volley kicks off

first_imgSt. John’s Institute-Bacolod (SJI), onthe other hand, cruised to a straight set victory over Victorias, while Cadizwalloped the Colegio San Nicolas de Tolentino-Recoletos (CSNT-R) in two sets. Meanwhile, in the U-13 girls, Talisay defeated STI-WNU, SJI cruised past DBTI, USLS edged STA and TCS prevailed over Silay. The Silay squad defeated LES-VT in the boy’s category.            In the U-18 boys, Victorias defeatedUSLS and STA-B, while USLS was also beaten by the Cadiz squad. CSNT-R alsosuffered twin defeats at the hands of Luisa Medel and Silay. The Power Tippersswept Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI), Talisay tripped STA-B and STI-WestNegros University dropped STA-A. In the 30-and-up, Silay B swept Tribu Pula, Diwati Prints defeated Silver Core Builders, Silay slammed Nonzie’s Apparel and Silay A edged Bacolod, while in the 30-and-under, Nonzie’s Apparel defeated Volleylife./PN In the U-18 girls division, JGM DreamsFoundation-A defeated the squads from the University of St. La Salle (USLS) andTrinity Christian School (TCS), while the JGM Dreams Foundation-B edged E.B.Magalona.center_img With the U-15 boys, on the other hand, STA ousted SBS and Silay, La Carlota defeated Frfes, SBS defeated DBTI and Frfes notched its first win against DBTI. SILAY CITY, Negros Occidental – Negrensevolleyball players showcased their wares in the start of the 2nd NegrosVolleyball Federation-NOCSF Age Group Volleyball Tournament held here. In the U-15 girls, JGM Dreams Foundation defeated TCS, USLS edged Silay in three sets, SCSS/FMT dominated La Carlota in two sets, while SJI manhandled SBS. last_img read more