VTA selects vendors for cellular coverage expansion

first_imgNorthern Reliability,Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) has selected two vendors to complete projects that will significantly expand cellular coverage in unserved areas of the state. The expansion will include at least 450 miles of coverage along many state highways plus some well-traveled town roads. The VTA focus is on roadways with no cell service at all or where drop zones are significant.The VTA has selected Vanu CoverageCo (CoverageCo), based in Massachusetts and Virginia, to build and operate the project’s cellular network. In 2011, CoverageCo was chosen by the VTA to install its small-cell technology on utility poles. These cellular sites provide targeted coverage along previously unserved roadways, as well as adjoining areas. Through VTA funding and its own private investment, CoverageCo has already deployed approximately 90 miles of cellular technology along highway corridors in Caledonia, Orange, and Windham Counties. With additional funding, this technology will provide cellular service along previously unserved road segments touching almost 60 towns, as far north as Canaan, and as far south as Readsboro.CoverageCo, while not a retail cellular carrier, leases wireless spectrum owned by Sprint in order to provide coverage to customers of other carriers through standard roaming agreements. Sprint’s customers have been able to utilize CoverageCo’s cellular system from its inception in Vermont in 2013. Roaming agreements are also in place with T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, as well as the leading Canadian cellular carriers. Verizon Wireless customers will be able to access service over the next three to six months. CoverageCo continues to seek agreements with additional providers. “We’re delighted to build upon our success with the VTA in bringing much needed cellular communications for Vermonters,” stated Richard Biby, CoverageCo CEO. Through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), this expansion includes areas within towns most impacted by Tropical Storm Irene and other 2011 flooding. The EDA grant also provides for individual cellular communication sites in nine town or village centers that suffered significant damage. These “resilient communication sites” will have ongoing back-up power as well as back-up satellite Internet service. They are planned for Halifax, Hancock, Norton, Readsboro, Rochester, Roxbury, Stockbridge, Townshend and Whitingham, and will go a long way to reduce the digital isolation so many towns experienced after Tropical Storm Irene.“I am grateful for the EDA funding made available to Vermont following Tropical Storm Irene.  Ensuring that Vermonters are prepared for another devastating storm and have the ability to communicate will be important for our residents, businesses and public safety teams. Expanding cellular coverage in our state, particularly in the more rural areas, continues to be a high priority,” Governor Peter Shumlin said.  “I’d also like to extend my appreciation to Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders and Congressman Welch for their continued help in bringing important federal dollars to Vermont.”The VTA has selected Northern Reliability, Inc, based in Waitsfield, Vermont, to design and install the electric power back-up for the nine resilient communication sites.  The battery back-up power systems also feature a solar array. General Manager Charles “Charlie” Van Winkle stated, “We are very pleased that VTA chose Northern Reliability to deliver such a critical component and our team is looking forward to contributing to the success of this exciting project.”  Funding for the projects includes the EDA grant and VTA funding from state capital appropriations. Vendor contracts are contingent on approval by the EDA. CoverageCo will be providing additional infrastructure through its own private investment.The VTA supports broadband and cellular expansion across Vermont. To stay up-to-date on projects, visit www.telecomvt.org(link is external) and www.broadbandvt.org(link is external).April 25, 2014 The Vermont Telecommunications Authoritylast_img read more

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Mar 12, 2020

first_imgMDR Klebsiella cluster detected in Arizona nursing homeA paper today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describes a small cluster of multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae detected at an Arizona nursing home.The cluster was first detected in August 2018 when the Mariposa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) identified two isolates of carbapenemase-producing K pneumoniae (KPC-KP) in urine samples from two residents of a ventilator-capable unit in a skilled nursing facility. Both residents had urinary tract infections and resided in neighboring rooms. Further analysis of the isolates by the CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network suggested healthcare-associated transmission, and the Arizona Department of Health Services investigated the cluster to prevent additional cases.Immediate contact screening for KPC-KP colonization among 26 residents who were in the ventilator-capable unit at the same time as the index patients detected KPC-KP isolates in five asymptomatic contacts, three of which had indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns from the isolates in the two index patients, a finding that further supported healthcare-associated transmission. A site visit to the facility in September 2018 to observe infection control practices found missed opportunities for hand hygiene before and after physical contact with residents, and lapses in aseptic technique during routine sterile procedures.Re-screening of the 26 contacts in November 2018 to determine whether MCDPH’s recommended control measures were successful in containing the cluster identified three additional cases of KPC-KP colonization.The authors of the report conclude, “Closer adherence to CDC recommendations that could prevent health care–associated KPC-KP transmission include housing together residents with infection, improving adherence to hand hygiene, using gowns and gloves when interacting with residents who require mechanical ventilation or have tracheostomies, and implementing contact precautions for uncontained body fluids.”Mar 12 MMWR Notes from the field Pharmacy-led UTI test demonstrates benefits in UK pilot studyA community pharmacy-led test-and-treat service for women with uncomplicated urinary tract (UTI) infections helped support appropriate use of antibiotics and reduced demand on other National Health Services (NHS) resources, English researchers reported today in JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance.In the pilot study, researchers analyzed data on 764 women who presented to 23 pharmacies with UTI symptoms from December 2018 to April 2019. The test-and-treat service, developed by a team of physicians, pharmacists, and microbiologists, clinically assessed women aged 16 to 64 years for the possibility of uncomplicated UTI, with treatment based on the outcome of a urine dipstick test and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines. A novel smartphone app provided instructions on use and analysis of the dipstick test and recorded test results. Women were either advised on self-care, supplied with antibiotics, or referred to their general practitioner (GP).Urine dipstick test results indicated 372 of 496 women (75%) were likely to have a lower UTI, and 360 of 372 of these women (96.8%) purchased antibiotics. Analysis of data indicating what action the women would have taken had the service not been available showed that nearly three-quarters (214/301, 71.1%) would have visited their GP, and more than one-third (116/301, 35.8%) would have attempted self-treatment.”As pharmacists working within the community become more integrated into primary care networks, there is an opportunity for them to embed services such as this to support self-care and appropriate use of NHS resources,” the study authors write. “This would support changing behaviour of patients with UTIs to utilize community pharmacies as the first port of call (i.e. changing to a ‘pharmacy first’ mentality) and allow for effective triage and treatment within this environment.”Mar 12 JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance studylast_img read more

Market needs more lawyers, says super-regulator

first_imgThe Legal Services Board has said there is no evidence of an oversupply of lawyers in the market and proposed introducing ‘fewer restrictions to the way that people are able to qualify’.In a consultation published today on ‘proposed statutory guidance’ for implementing the recommendations of the Legal Education and Training Review the super-regulator says that despite concern at the number of individuals who fail to obtain pupillage or training contracts, ‘it is very difficult to accept the argument that there are too many lawyers’.In evidence, it cites ‘the levels of unmet need identified in research looking at both individual and small-business consumers’.It suggests that ‘it is perhaps more likely that the market cannot sustain the number of lawyers at the current cost’.Saying that restricting numbers through regulation would not promote competition, the LSB proposes ‘fewer restrictions to the way that people are able to qualify and the range of options open to individuals wishing to pursue a career in the legal services market’. David Edmonds, chairman of the LSB, said the draft guidance was built on the view that a liberalised legal services market ‘can only function effectively for consumers if there is a significantly more flexible labour market’. He said the profession needs ‘a blueprint for action to give society the legal workforce it needs for the future’. The consultation document also says the board disagrees with the Legal Education and Training Review’s recommendations to introduce a licensing regime for paralegals. The vast majority of paralegals are employed in regulated entities and are supervised by authorised persons, it says.Edmonds noted there was a risk that regulators would not share the same interpretation of the LETR’s report. ‘There is perhaps an even bigger risk that debate about the meaning of the report will slow down momentum.’John Wotton, chair of the Law Society’s education and training board, described the LSB’s proposal as ‘inappropriate and misguided’. He said the proposed statutory guidance ‘trespasses upon the proper role of the approved regulators and this consultation represents an unwelcome distraction from the work that the approved regulators need to get on with.‘The LSB and its chairman may be disappointed with the contents of the [LETR] report, but we strongly urge the SRA and other ARs not to dance to the LSB’s tune in discharging their responsibilities in this area, which is so vital to the future health of the legal sector.’The LSB’s consultation closes on 11 December.last_img read more

Gilas eyes Olympic spot in FIBA classification

first_imgThe highest-ranked Asian team at theend of the FIBA World Cup – outside of Japan, which is already qualified as thehost – will punch a ticket to the Summer Olympics next year. Paul Lee of the Philippines is hounded by three Angola defenders during their Sept. 4, 2019 match in China. FIBA PHOTO Gilas head coach Joseller “Yeng” Guiaoadmitted that it will be close to impossible, but that is what’s left for thenational men’s basketball team after ending the Group D matches with 0-3win-loss slate. “It’s hard to think about the Olympicsat this point,” said Guiao. “I don’t want to speculate about the Olympics. Ithink China has an inside track already (after winning one of their twogames).” The 16 best remaining teams in theongoing World Cup, along with two teams per region, will compete in fourqualifying tournaments ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.center_img “We have to think about it (Olympicsqualification) and prepare. There are a lot of factors that will come in andthere are a lot of factors that we cannot control. We have to be ready,” Guiaosaid./PN MANILA – After failing to reach thesecond round, Gilas Pilipinas will now vie for an outright 2020 Tokyo Olympicsspot in the classification round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup starting today atthe Wukesong Sports Arena in Beijing, China. If the national men’s basketball teamfails to secure an Olympic berth through the FIBA World Cup, they can still doso through an Olympic qualifying tournament slated early next year.last_img read more

QB Den: Hard work key to longevity in football

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 He doesn’t lose his cool. He now takes off and fearlessly rushes forward to gain yards.A 41-year-old quarterback, Masamitsu Den has been doing this for a long time — and he can still throw and run the ball as well as a 25-year-old signal-caller.Getting old isn’t bothering Den. What Den hates most as an athlete is to give up. Den believes that even in such a tough, physically-demanding sport like American football, a player can extend his career by working out properly and sustaining a love for the game.“In the X League (Japan’s top football circuit), most players start thinking about stepping out of the sport when they turn 30-years-old or so, and it’s been believed to be natural,” said Den, the starting quarterback and manager of Club Huskies, a Division Two team of the X League. “But to me you can play more and longer by making an effort”.While working as a normal employee on weekdays, Den devotes most of his spare time to building his body. He goes to a gym a few times a week and works out for hours at a time. He commutes by bicycle between his home in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, and his company in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, a distance of about 20 km.By Den’s simple logics, winning simply comes from extensive training.“It’s easy to win the ballgame — if you train and run hard,” he said after an spring league game in Tokyo. Den has been known for his cannon arm in Japan, and thanks to his uncompromising training, he said he can still throw the ball 70 yards or so.“My ideal is to throw a liner in a quick release, though,” Den said.Den is a former player of the Onward Skylarks of the X League Division One and a collegiate player at Nihon University under the late and legendary coach Mikio Shinotake. Den said he has never felt a burden in playing at the the most nerve-racking of positions while also keeping an eye on his team as manager.“I think you can do better if you try to do better,” said Den, who comes up with all the passing plays of the Huskies.“I just want to help keep the population of this sport. Kudo (the Yokohama BayStars’ 44-year-old pitcher Kimiyasu) is still playing. In this sport, once you quit, it’s over and you can’t make a comeback.”Den also is a die-hard NFL fan. He wears No. 12 for his team and it came from Terry Bradshaw, a former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback. Den said that this summer he wants to visit the preseason training camps of Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots, to study quarterbacks Payton Manning and Tom Brady.Den’s work will never end. He has always persevered to be more than a football player. Not that he is thinking about his career as a player coming to an end any time soon.“I think I can play until around 50,” Den said with a laugh. “I’ve not given up my dream to play in the World Cup, either. The next time, I will be about 45-years-old, though.” center_img He takes a snap from the center and steps back, looking for a target to throw a pass to. But every receiver is covered, and defensive ends are surging toward him.Quarterback Masamitsu Den of X League Division Two team Club Huskies passes the ball during a springleague game in May at Oi Stadium in Tokyo. The 41-year-old cannon-armed signal-caller/manager works hardin training to extend his playing career. KAZ NAGATSUKA PHOTOlast_img read more