Darn Tough Vermont has announced that their military issue flame resistant Merino wool boot sock is to be included in the recently awarded Fire Resistant Environmental Ensemble known as the FREE Clothing System. This is a multilayered, versatile, insulating system that is adaptable to varying mission requirements and environmental conditions.This four year contract worth $1 Billion dollars was awarded to ADS Tactical of Virginia Beach, VA, Darn Tough Vermont s long time partner and distributor to the defense industry. In support of this contract Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill will knit and provide the U.S. Army with their 100% U.S. sourced and manufactured Merino wool boot socks.Sales Manger Roland Beliveau states that, The announcement of this award represents the culmination of several years of hard work and many manufacturers coming together to develop and provide the U.S. Army with a high performance safe clothing system. We are excited to know that soldiers around the world will be more comfortable wearing our Vermont made socks. This contract is a significant milestone for our Northfield, Vermont community, Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill. It validates our long term commitment to domestic manufacturing, and will help ensure the stability and growth of our brands and knitting mill. All of us at the Cabot Hosiery Mill are proud to be involved in this project. Added Executive Vice President Ric Cabot, who is the third generation of his family to work in the hosiery business. When our troops go into a war zone like Iraq or Afghanistan, they need the most advanced gear available, said U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, co-chair of the Senate s 96-member National Guard Caucus and a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which handles the Senate s work in writing the annual defense budget. Senator Leahy has aggressively supported the efforts of Darn Tough to equip U.S. troops with their advanced footwear, writing several letters of support in 2006 that led to a significant contract and securing $1.6 million in appropriations in 2007 for Darn Tough to provide the footwear to the Marine Corps. These brave soldiers can go on patrols in extremely dangerous and challenging environments for days on end, continued Leahy. The last thing they should have to worry about is the quality and protection provided by their footwear. Vermont firms like Darn Tough have shown incredible skill and ingenuity in turning out products that meet all our troops needs in the toughest conditions. Darn Tough is already a regular provider to the military services, and this contract is a new vote of confidence from the Army and great news for the economy in Central Vermont.Congressman Peter Welch added, Darn Tough Vermont is a quintessential Vermont success story. Through their hard work, ingenuity and perseverance, they have created good jobs for Vermonters and a product that protects or soldiers around the world. They are a darn tough company with a darn good product!The FREE ensemble will be functional in multiple cold and wet weather climates and activities. Additionally, it is comfortable and ergonomically efficient for wear in the confines of aircraft and armored vehicles. New materials offer a wider range of breathability and environmental protection, providing wider versatility in meeting Soldiers needs. FREE is a comprehensive clothing system from skin to outerwear and from head to toe.Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill is owned and operated by Ric and Marc Cabot and is located in Northfield, VT since 1978. Darn Tough Vermont, The Premium All Weather Performance Sock, manufactures markets and distributes high performance hosiery to outdoor stores nationwide as well as to each branch of the US Military. To view the complete product line visit www.darntough.com(link is external)
Gov. Peter Shumlin is an enthusiastic supporter of smart grid technology. He sees deployment of the system as a way to enable Vermonters to curb their energy use. The benefits of a more responsive electric system are twofold, he said: Residents of the state will save money on electric costs and reduce their contribution to the carbon in the atmosphere that is causing global climate change.Shumlin, who also announced his Vermont Climate Cabinet on Tuesday, described his commitment to abating climate change through a familiar story about his family’s farm where buckthorn is thwarting the regeneration of an ancient maple grove and a pond that was once teeming with frogs is now nearly sterile.‘We are leading in the race to get off our addiction to oil, to capture jobs and to keep this planet livable for future generations,’ Shumlin said. ‘The planet is going to be fine. It’s the folks who live in it that are in trouble.’Shumlin told conference attendees that the state has to figure out how to make the power grid work with a more intermittent supply that includes a much larger amount of renewable energy from solar panels, biomass, methane from cows and hydro.‘The challenge of the Sandia partnership is to take the infrastructure of the past and transform it into the power of the future,’ Shumlin said. ‘We will show the rest of the nation how to get it right. We cannot move fast enough.’Key members of his administration ‘ Elizabeth Miller, commissioner of the Department of Public Service, Karen Marshall, director of ConnectVT, the broadband initiative, and Lawrence Miller, the secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development ‘ spoke at the conference about how the state will implement the new system.Commissioner Elizabeth Miller described several key issues around effective deployment of the smart grid, including public opposition to the installation of smart meters.‘We want to avoid that resistance here in Vermont because we truly believe that this new advanced meter is an infrastructure upgrade, really, and it’s an important upgrade for Vermont to compete in the energy future in front of us,’ Miller said.Miller said initially the department had a ‘mandatory mentality.’ In other states, where the smart meters have met with strong public resistance, the meter installations were proposed as required infrastructure upgrades. Miller said Vermont’s consumer behavior working group is considering an alternative approach to smart meter installation.‘We’re looking at whether narrow targeted opt-out programs that specifically both describe benefits to consumers and appropriately describe the costs â ¦ would allow consumers a choice that frankly tamps down concern and increases acceptance statewide,’ Miller said.Vermont is also looking to marry broadband and smart grid technologies, she said.‘In order for the meter system to communications to the utilities, you have to have a communication system,’ Miller said. ‘One way to think of smart grid is just an overlay of the communication system on the electric system we already have.’Utilities lay groundwork for deployment University of Vermont,by Anne Galloway, www.vtdigger.org(link is external) May 18, 2011 Thanks to technology, consumers are keenly self-aware. The Internet tracks our purchases, our favorite websites and our ‘friends.’ The web gives us constant updates on the weather, sports events and instant access to the intimate musings of complete strangers via Facebook and Twitter.What if you could track your electricity use in real time? Would you be more apt to turn off the lights and power down your computer if you knew it would save you a couple of bucks each day? Would information about just how much juice it takes to run the clothes dryer spur consumers to hang their laundry on a drying rack?Those are the kind of hypothetical questions interdisciplinary energy scientists and utilities are attempting to answer as part of an initiative yet to be implemented known as ‘smart grid’ technology.The ‘smart grid’ is a digital communication system designed to allow utilities to follow consumption patterns and gauge power outages in real time. Data would be collected from consumers ‘ commercial enterprises, manufacturers, farms or residences ‘ through a ‘smart meter,’ a wireless device that tracks electricity consumed by appliances, computers, lightbulbs ‘ anything that needs power to operate.Utilities would ‘read’ this digital information, use it to study energy consumption trends and change the power generation flow into the system as needed. The ‘smart grid’ is designed to save on energy consumption and costs.At a two-day conference in Burlington, ‘Powering the Future: The Vermont Smart Grid and Beyond,’ experts from the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, the University of Vermont, utilities and state agencies came together to talk shop about research, development and implementation of a ‘smart grid’ project that could revolutionize the way power is consumed and delivered in the state of Vermont. About 100 utility experts attended the invitation-only event on Tuesday; the symposium included a full slate of plenary panels and discussions on Wednesday.The federal government awarded $69 million to the state for the development of a ‘smart grid’ system in Vermont. The state’s 20 utilities are matching those funds and are deploying ‘smart meters’ to 85 percent of electricity customers in the state.Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who spoke at the conference, is the prime mover behind the federal-state partnership. Sanders approached Sandia National Laboratories three years ago and asked them to consider working with Vermont utilities on a ‘smart grid’ system.Vermont is the first state to develop an integrated electricity system for all its utilities, according to Richard Stulen, vice president of energy, climate and infrastructure security for Sandia National Laboratories. (In other areas of the country, a single utility is taking the lead.)The collaboration between the University of Vermont and Sandia will help the federal government leverage its investment in Vermont, Stulen said.Stulen said the level of collaboration between academia, utilities and the state is very rare. In New Mexico, he said, utilities compete with one another for smart grid projects. Stulen, who called Sanders the ‘sparkplug for all of it,’ said the senator is the only member of Congress to lead such an effort.‘I have never seen anything like this in the country,’ Stulen said. ‘I’ve never seen the galvanization of the state, industry and a university ‘ with a senator behind it.’Sanders’ original vision would have led to the foundation of a national energy laboratory in Vermont. Instead, Sandia agreed to create a ‘center for excellence’ at the University of Vermont. The two institutions have created an exchange for experts and academicians. Together, the team of experts will develop plans to help the state deploy the system.‘What is unique here is the state’s fierce independence and desire to do something progressive,’ Stulen said.Vermont’s small size helps, too. Stulen, who called the smart grid project a ‘human experiment,’ commeded the collaborative nature of the state’s project.The state’s role Mary Powell, the CEO of Green Mountain Power, said the smart grid system will increase reliability, shrink the state’s carbon footprint and contain energy costs.‘Vermont was the first state to put together a whole systems approach,’ Powell said. ‘That’s why we got our funding.’The state’s 20 utilities will match the $69 million in federal stimulus finding for the $138 million smart grid project. Eighty-five percent, or 300,000 Vermont households, will receive smart meters (at a cost of $125 apiece).The federal money is being administered by VELCO, Vermont’s statewide transmission utility, and it will be distributed to utilities throughout the state once the installation of smart meters and other upgrades are complete, according to Allen Stamp, program manager for VELCO.The goal is to improve the overall reliability of the electrical distribution system through better two-way communication between utilities and power consumers, Stamp said. The state’s utilities plan to leverage the existing cell and radio tower infrastructure for communication devices, he said.As part of the research and development phase of the smart grid project, Central Vermont Public Service and Vermont Electric Co-operative have received money from the U.S. Department of Energy to study the relationship between consumer behavior and energy efficiency.Powell said the smart grid system will profoundly improve utilities’ customer service. ‘You’ll never have to pick up the phone again (in the event of a blackout),’ she said. ‘We will instantly know you’re out of power.’The smart grid will increase energy conservation and possibly enable utilities to avoid building new power generation plants, Powell said.
On April 9, Brazilian company Embraer, the world’s third largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, announced the sale of six A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Guatemala for an undisclosed amount, in order to implement a system for surveillance and protection of the Maya Biosphere Reserve. The contract includes the six aircraft, three primary tridimensional radars, and a command system, as well as logistic support for airborne and training operations for pilots and mechanics, Embraer said in a press release. “The Maya Biosphere Reserve’s surveillance system will allow Guatemalan authorities to identify and combat deforestation, fires, illicit occupation and economic activities, such as the illegal exploitation of natural resources in an area greater than 21,000 km2,” the company stated. The Maya Biosphere Reserve is the largest area of tropical rain forest in Central America. With this acquisition, Guatemala has become the sixth operator of this aircraft in Latin America, after Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic, the report added. The aircraft is also operational in African and Asian countries. The Super Tucano is a turbo prop aircraft designed for light attacks, counter insurgency, close air support, air reconnaissance missions in low-threat environments, as well as for advanced pilot training. In the report, Embraer stated that there are over 210 orders for Super Tucano aircraft and that there are over 170 units in operation. By Dialogo April 11, 2013
FUSINA’s role in improving public safety For example, since January 1, FUSINA forces and other law enforcement officers have arrested more than 800 people suspected of participating in extortion schemes. Overall, since the beginning of the year, the Military and police have executed 1,634 arrest warrants for various crimes and broken up 55 criminal gangs. “This success is due to all the organizations that are fighting to reduce the violent death rate,” said Artillery Colonel José Antonio Sánchez Aguilar, Armed Forces Public Relations Director. “This decrease is the result of the security policies of President Juan Orlando Hernández to organize task forces throughout the country.” “If we continue our teamwork, we envision great change through a reduction in all crimes and violent death rates, since, as a society and as a system, we realize we must work as a team and transparently.” Homicides have been steadily decreasing in Honduras as a result of increased cooperation among the Armed Forces, the National Police, and other criminal justice officials. The country registered a 17 percent drop in violent deaths during the first five months of this year compared to the same period in 2014 — from 2,642 last year down to 2,203 in 2015. That change continues an ongoing decline in homicides that began in 2011, when Honduras register 7,104 killings for the year. By the end of last year, that number had dropped to 5,891 for 2014. “We are thrilled that the 2015 Global Peace Index removed Honduras from the list of the five most violent countries in Latin America,” said Sauceda, referring to the study published yearly since 2007 by the Institute for Economics and Peace measuring the level of peace and the absence of violence in a country or region. Cooperation yields positive results Improving the country’s ranking in the Global Peace Index and overall public safety has been a collaborative effort between the Armed Forces and civilian law enforcement officials. For example, the Interagency National Security Force (FUSINA), created in February 2014, has had a direct impact on the decrease in violence. FUSINA brings together the efforts of the Armed Forces and National Police together with judges, investigation agents, and prosecutors against organized crime, drug trafficking, and common offenses. Under their leadership, Armed Forces Troops and police officers conduct security patrols and man checkpoints throughout the country. FUSINA forces are confronting violent gangs, like Barrio 18 (M-18) and Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and transnational criminal organizations which engage in international drug trafficking. As of early June, the nation’s homicide rate was 27.29 per 100,000 residents, a dramatic improvement from the 33.23 killings per 100,000 residents the country recorded during the same time in 2014. The Department of Security’s goal is to lower the rate of killings to about 23 per 100,000 residents by the end of 2015, said Deputy Police Commissioner Leonel Sauceda, spokesman for the Department of Security. Targeting gangs is important because these violent groups are responsible for much of the violence in the country. “Many of the violent deaths are caused by conflicts between drug trafficking groups, territorial rivalries or disputes between gangs and other criminal groups, as well as the sale and distribution of drugs, extortion collections [war tax], hitmen, and common offenses,” Sauceda said. The Military and police have also improved public safety by launching security initiatives in penitentiaries, such as transferring gang leaders to maximum security prisons where they have less access to smuggling. Some incarcerated gang leaders have been known to use cellphones that were illegally smuggled into prison. “When the country faced powerful threats, all possible agencies got involved in the fight to confront domestic and international crime, which has enormous resources,” Colonel Sánchez said. Anti-crime operations conducted all over the country are directly related to the reduction in the number of violent deaths. By Dialogo July 08, 2015 I like what you are doing Security will continue to improve with continued cooperation between the Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies. “The Armed Forces have a very significant presence in communities,” Deputy Commissioner Sauceda said, “because they conduct important operations, dismantling groups and capturing drug trafficking or organized crime kingpins.” Partnerships and support from friendly nations such as the United States and Colombia are fundamental for combating the crisis of crime and violence that Honduras is experiencing, he added. “These partnerships can yield great results in the fight on crime,” said Allan Fajardo, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH). “The decrease in the murder rate in Honduras is a positive step in the right direction.” The coordination between the Armed Forces, civilian law enforcement officers on the streets of Honduras, and prison authorities responsible for the decrease in violence serves as a deterrent to organized crime operatives as well as common criminals.
23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Most credit unions have a business development department. A person or group of people responsible for going out into the community, working with businesses, serving on various committees or a doing a myriad of other “external” contacts.While it helps to have dedicated individuals responsible for these key duties, thinking that only having a few people doing business development will work is a false assumption. Why?Because everyone is in business development.Successful business development starts with a mindset: the attitude that no matter what position you hold in the financial institution part of your job is business development. Whether a teller, loan officer, accountant or any other title you can do some type of business development activity.While everyone is in business development, there are three particular positions that absolutely should perform those duties as part of their weekly tasks:CEO—Long gone are the days where chief executive officers sit behind a desk, crunch numbers all day or hold boring meetings. continue reading »
Sharing is caring! 105 Views no discussions BusinessLifestyleTravel Caribbean Airlines projecting TT$100 million loss by: – July 11, 2014 Share Tweet Share Share PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday July 11, 2014, CMC – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL) is projecting a loss of just under TT$100 (One TT dollar = US 0.16 cents) million for its financial year 2013.Finance Minister, Larry Howai, said that the airline has been enduring a difficult period but may now be emerging from it.“CAL has had some struggles getting its accounts done, they should be able to bring them up in a couple of months. It hasn’t been very good news but they have narrowed the loss down,” he said.The Finance Minister said he remains hopeful that CAL’s loss can be brought down to less than TT$100 million, maintaining that the airline industry worldwide was not an easy one.“Every one of those (international airlines) has gone bankrupt at one time or the other so it is a challenge,” he said.According to its financial statements for 2012, the airline, which a few years ago merged its operations with the cash-strapped Air Jamaica, registered losses that moved from US$43.6 million in 2011 to US$83.7 million in 2012.
Twenty-one members of the Saudi military were expelled from the United States after a cadet carried out a mass shooting at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida last month. EPA WASHINGTON –Twenty-one members of the Saudi military were expelled from the United States(US) after a cadet carried out a mass shooting at the Naval Air StationPensacola in Florida last month. The servicemenwere not accused of aiding the 21-year old Saudi Air Force lieutenant but USAttorney General William Barr said the cadets were found to have jihadistmaterial and indecent images of children in their possession. Barr added the21 cadets were disenrolled and returned home on Monday. Three sailorswere killed and eight wounded in the Dec. 6 attack, authorities said. Thegunman was killed by the police in the incident.(BBC)
Tourist arrivals in Boracay Island in Malay Aklan hit 2,034,599 in 2019, according to the Malay municipal tourism office, increasing by 116 percent from 2018. AKEAN FORUM BORACAY – The interagency task force leadingthe rehabilitation of this world-famous island scrapped this year’s staging of“Love Boracay.” “There are only few tourists coming toBoracay now. We decided to cancel all the related events due to the threat of COVID-19.We urged everyone not to panic,” Antiporda said./PN The Love Boracay slated April 26 to May2 features several events such as environment friendly parties, hammockfestival and beach cleanup, among others. The event started last year. Environment Undersecretary BennyAntiporda said the cancellation was part of precautionary measures againstcoronavirus disease 2019, which so far killed two individuals in the country.
Statewide—The Indiana State Department of Health announced Wednesday new reporting requirements for laboratories and congregate living facilities as part of the state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to improve data collection and help ISDH and local health departments more quickly deploy all necessary resources to help limit the spread of the disease.The order signed by State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, requires the following:Laboratories must report all negative COVID-19 test results for Indiana residents to ISDH within 24 hours of completing the test. Currently, all positive results must be reported to ISDH.All long-term care facilities, jails, prisons, or other congregate housing facilities must report positive COVID-19 test results for all patients, residents, offenders and employees within 24 hours of receiving a positive result.All long-term care facilities, jails, prisons or other congregate housing facilities are required to report any COVID-19-related deaths or suspected COVID-19-related deaths of patients, residents, offenders or employees to ISDH within 24 hours of the facilities’ knowledge of the death.While many providers and laboratories have been following these processes, this order ensures uniformity and timeliness in the reporting of cases and deaths.
(REUTERS)-England need two more wickets on the final day to keep their all-winning record in Tests against Bangladesh intact with the hosts 33 runs away from a famous victory in the closely-contested opening Test at Chittagong.Chasing 286 for their first win in nine tests against England, Bangladesh reached 253 for eight when bad light ended play on the fourth day yesterday. Debutant Sabbir Rahman (59) and Taijul Islam (11) were at the crease.England batted for some 20 minutes in the morning, adding 12 runs to their overnight second-innings total of 228 for nine before they were bundled out for 240.Bangladesh left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan finished with 5-85.Openers Tamim Iqbal (nine) and Imrul Kayes (43) gave Bangladesh a decent start on a Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium pitch that offered plenty of turn and bounce for the spinners.England captain Alastair Cook started with spin from both ends but did not see any success until the 10th over when Tamim was out to a bat-pad catch off Moeen Ali.Kayes was the more attacking of the pair and he continued batting positively, adding 46 for the second wicket with Mominul, who was dropped on four by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow off Moeen.The left-handed Kayes was not afraid to hit the ball in the air against the spinners and also employed sweep shots, both conventional and reverse, to good effect to find six boundaries in his 61-ball knock.However, he was out shortly before the lunch break trying to sweep leg-spinner Adil Rashid, the ball hitting his glove and looping to Joe Root at slip for a simple catch.Mominul Haque (27) and Mahmudullah (17) both fell leg before to Gareth Batty, who is playing his first test after a gap of 11 years, shortly after the lunch break.Shakib (24) then added 32 for the fifth wicket with Mushfiqur before edging Moeen behind to Bairstow.Captain Mushfiqur Rahim (39) and Sabbir were the last recognised batting pair for the hosts and added 87 for the sixth wicket, putting the pressure back on England.Batty returned for a spell and finally sent back Mushfiqur, caught at short leg with a delivery that spun sharply and bounced awkwardly for the batsmen to handle.England thought they had the match in the bag when Stuart Broad, who saw Sabbir dropped on 34 by Bairstow off his bowling, dismissed debutants Mehedi Hasan and Kamrul Islam in quick succession.But Sabbir and Taijul remained unbeaten, adding 15 for the unbroken ninth wicket to push the match into the final day.ENGLAND 1st innings 293 (M. Ali 68, J. Bairstow 52; M. Hasan 6-80)Bangladesh 1st innings 248 (T. Iqbal 78; B. Stokes 4-26)England 2nd innings (Overnight: 228-8)A. Cook c Mahmudullah b M. Hasan 12B. Duckett c M. Haque b Al Hasan 15J. Root lbw b Al Hasan 1G. Ballance c Kayes b T. Islam 9M. Ali c Rahim b Al Hasan 14B. Stokes lbw b Al Hasan 85J. Bairstow b Rabbi 47C. Woakes not out 19A. Rashid lbw b Al Hasan 9S. Broad run out (M. Hasan, Rahim) 10G. Batty lbw b T. Islam 3Extras (b-3 lb-8 pen-5) 16Total (all out, 80.2 overs) 240Fall of wickets: 1-26 A. Cook,2-27 J. Root,3-28 B. Duckett,4-46 G. Ballance,5-62 M. Ali,6-189 J. Bairstow,7-197 B. Stokes,8-213 A. Rashid,9-233 S. Broad,10-240 G. BattyBowling: M. Hasan 20 – 1 – 58 – 1,S. Al Hasan 33 – 7 – 85 – 5,T. Islam 15.2 – 2 – 41 – 2,K. Rabbi 8 – 0 – 24 – 1,Mahmudullah 1 – 0 – 6 – 0, Sh. Islam 3 – 0 – 10 – 0.BANGLADESH 2nd innings (Target: 286 runs)T. Iqbal c Ballance b Ali 9I. Kayes c Root b Rashid 43M. Haque lbw b Batty 27Mahmudullah lbw b Batty 17S. Al Hasan c Bairstow b Ali 24M. Rahim c Ballance b Batty 39Sa. Rahman not out 59M. Hasan lbw b Broad 1K. Rabbi c Ballance b Broad 0T. Islam not out 11Extras (b-9 lb-13 w-1) 23Total (for 8 wickets, 78 overs) 253Fall of wickets: 1-35 T. Iqbal,2-81 I. Kayes,3-103 M. Haque,4-108 Mahmudullah,5-140 S. Al Hasan,6-227 M. Rahim,7-234 M. Hasan,8-238 K. RabbiTo bat: S. IslamBowling: G. Batty 17 – 3 – 65 – 3, M. Ali 14 – 2 – 60 – 2,C. Woakes 7 – 3 – 10 – 0, A. Rashid 17 – 2 – 55 – 1,S. Broad 13 – 4 – 26 – 2, B. Stokes 10 – 2 – 15 – 0(w-1).