Vermont Department of Education to upgrade connectivity to Vermont schools

first_imgEducation Networks of America (ENA) and Sovernet Communications reported today that they have finalized an agreement to provide broadband Internet connectivity services to schools in southern, central and northeastern Vermont. The agreement allows ENA, which was recently awarded a statewide contract by the Vermont Department of Education to provide managed connectivity and communication services to Vermont’s public and private K’12 schools, to use Sovernet’s local fiber assets to help deliver the next generation of connectivity and communication services to public and private K-12 schools included in the Vermont FiberConnect project. The ENA-Sovernet agreement leverages each organization’s strengths to offer improved quality and value to potentially over 100 Vermont schools that ENA and Sovernet may jointly serve.  Earlier this year ENA was selected by the Vermont Department of Education to offer managed connectivity and communication services to Vermont K-12 schools. ENA is an experienced, education-focused managed service provider that will provide a ubiquitous statewide education network with a high level of quality support services. On behalf of all the state’s K’12 schools, the department had issued a request for proposal (RFP) for these services in an effort to increase affordable bandwidth availability across the state through group purchase pricing, as well as to maximize E-Rate program funding for these services. The federal E-Rate program provides subsidized discounts to school and libraries for the purchase of Internet access, communication and networking services, resources which are essential to both instruction and operations in today’s learning environments. Participation in the program is voluntary and not required by the state. The Vermont FiberConnect project, a 773-mile fiber-optic network across seven of Vermont’s counties, is a public-private partnership between Sovernet Communications and the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA). Vermont FiberConnect is funded by a $33.4-million federal Broadband Technology Opportunities (BTOP) grant and over $12 million from Sovernet, with additional funds coming from the State of Vermont and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via the Vermont Department of Libraries.  ENA has agreed to exclusively utilize Sovernet’s wholesale fiber-based connectivity services to offer a broader array of E-Rate eligible services to schools that were included in the Vermont FiberConnect project. By purchasing services through ENA, schools will have access to ENA’s extensive selection of network and communications services’including IP voice and video teleconferencing, content filtering, enterprise-grade e-mail platform, e-mail archiving and more’as well as ENA’s specialized expertise in serving schools, while enjoying the benefits of a state-of-the-art, fiber-based network from a local company. ‘We are delighted to serve Vermont’s schools,’ says David M. Pierce, president and CEO of ENA. ‘As a managed service provider with extensive experience successfully serving K’12 customers on a district-wide and statewide scale, ENA is uniquely positioned to make the most of existing and future infrastructure investments in Vermont. Sovernet is the kind of connectivity provider ENA looks for. The strength of our two organizations means great things for Vermont’s schools: an entire suite of powerful managed network solutions, conveyed via a first-rate modern network infrastructure, delivered right to students and educators.’ Sovernet CEO Rich Kendall commented, ‘We are excited to announce this ENA-Sovernet agreement and believe that the joint marketing effort will facilitate interactive learning applications across Vermont that will quickly lead to overall advancements in education.’ About ENAENA provides managed network and communication services to customers in the education, library and government sectors. Their scalable solutions facilitate collaboration, increase productivity and decrease the cost of information management through the convergence of data, voice and video technologies. ENA currently manages multiple statewide and district-wide education and library networks in Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont, successfully serving 5,345 end sites, 580 school districts, 240 libraries more than 3.1 million students, teachers, administrators and staff and more than 6.6 million librarians and patrons. Empowered by their networks and network partners, ENA’s customers can focus on what matters most: preparing students, strengthening communities and leading enterprises into the 21st century. For more information please visit www.ena.com(link is external). About SovernetFounded in 1995, Sovernet Communications provides reliable Internet and telecommunication services to residential, business and institutional customers throughout Northern New England. The company is headquartered in Bellows Falls, VT, with facilities in Winooski and Burlington. Sovernet is the sole sub-recipient of the $33.4M Federal BTOP award issued to the Vermont Telecommunications Authority in July 2010.  For more information, please visit www.sover.net(link is external) and www.vermontfiberconnect.com(link is external). (Bellow Falls, VT)’December 13, 2011’ Sovernetlast_img read more

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‘We’re considering all options’: Government mulls income tax relaxation to counter virus impacts

first_imgRead also: Airlines face $100 billion-plus virus hit, discounts ‘wouldn’t do any good’Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said recently that the government was finalizing a second stimulus package dedicated to relaxing export and import regulations, as the virus had started to disrupt supply chains. He said the second stimulus would be bigger than the first one. He projected the country’s economic growth to slow to 4.7 percent in the first quarter.Indonesia’s economy grew 4.97 percent in 2019’s fourth quarter, the slowest in three years.“We are taking into account all sectors, especially those hit [by the outbreak], and the impact [of the virus spread] on their balance sheets and how we can help them: the companies as well as individuals,” Sri Mulyani said. Topics : She said economic disruptions caused by the virus would be more complex than those during 2008 financial crisis and, thus, required certain policy responses.Sri Mulyani previously said the government was open to expanding the current stimulus to match the one it provided during the 2008 global financial crisis, which was approximately seven times larger than the first coronavirus stimulus package.Read also: Indonesia to launch second, ‘bigger’ stimulus to cushion virus impactThe government and financial services authority have ramped up efforts to anchor the country’s economy after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Monday the first two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia as investors dumped Indonesian assets.Bank Indonesia (BI) announced five measures to support the rupiah and Governor Perry Warjiyo later said the central bank saw ample room for both monetary and macroprudential policy easing, as the coronavirus was seen as dragging down economic growth in the first quarter.The Financial Services Authority, meanwhile, has relaxed rules on credit restructuring for companies affected by the outbreak and opened up the possibility to provide further relaxation.center_img The government is putting together a second stimulus package to counter the negative impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.“We are considering all options,” said Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati in Jakarta on Thursday, adding that her side was also mulling the acceleration of tax return payments.The government previously announced a stimulus package worth Rp 10.3 trillion (US$725 million) to strengthen spending and improve the tourist industry, which are expected to get hit by the spread of the pneumonia-like illness.last_img read more

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Suspect arrested after gunshot fired into wife’s vehicle

first_imgColumbus, IN—A Columbus man was arrested by Columbus police officers after he reportedly discharged a handgun into his wife’s unoccupied vehicle during an argument on Sunday evening. At approximately 9:20 p.m., CPD officers responded to Vinewood Drive in regards to a report of shots fired. When officers arrived at the residence, they observed Todd A. Turner, 33, of Columbus, in the front yard with his hands on top of his head. Turner was detained and officers determined that after having an argument with his wife, he reportedly fired a gunshot into the door of her unoccupied Cadillac SUV which was in their garage.CPD detectives received a search warrant and recovered a 9mm handgun from the home. Turner was charged with allegations of Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm.last_img

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Megan Rapinoe: ‘I’m not going to the f—ing White House’

first_img“I’m not going to the f—ing White House,” Rapinoe said. “No. I’m not going to the White House.”We’re not going to be invited.” Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: President Trump says Megan Rapinoe shouldn’t protest during anthem Megan Rapinoe gave a frank answer when it came to a potential White House visit.In an interview with the magazine Eight by Eight, the U.S. soccer star was asked if she was excited about going to the nation’s capital if the team were to win the World Cup. “We have a great burden of expectation but I think that also brings out the best in you and we just except to win every single game,” she told Eight by Eight. “So if we’re down two-nil with 10 minutes left, we expect to win that game.”We’ve been in those situations before and it’s just sort of ingrained in us.” Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Megan Rapinoe predicts match against France will be ‘crazy’ “I’m not going to the fucking White House.” – @mPinoe pic.twitter.com/sz1ADG2WdT— Eight by Eight (@8by8mag) June 25, 2019Rapinoe has called herself a “walking protest.” She was inspired by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest bringing attention to police brutality and racial inequality, and became the first white athlete to kneel during the national anthem before a sporting event in 2016.Rapinoe continues to protest the national anthem in her own way at the World Cup. She stands in silence while other members of the national team place their hands over their hearts and sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”President Donald Trump responded to her actions Tuesday.”No. I don’t think so,” Trump told The Hill when asked if Rapinoe should protest during the national anthem.He went on to say he loves watching women’s soccer.”They’re really talented,” he told The Hill.Rapinoe’s Eight by Eight interview also touched on the expectations that drive the team to chase another world title.The US had its closest match of the tournament Monday when Spain scored the first goal of the tournament against the international power house.Rapinoe scored the team’s only goals in that match, which the US went on to win 2-1, to move on to the quarterfinals. Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Megan Rapinoe scores twice to advance to France quarterfinallast_img read more

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Andrews powers Leafs past Border Bruins 4-2

first_imgAfter a scoreless second period, the Leafs scored twice during a three minute span in the third to secure the victory.Andrews, on the power play, and Kyle Chernenkoff, gave Nelson a 4-1 advantage.Trey Mason beat Patrick Ostermann in the Nelson nets for the game’s final goal.Nelson out shot the Bruins 33-23 in the contest.The Leafs continue a three-game-in-three-night stint tonight in Fernie against the Ghostriders before returning home Saturday to face the defending KIJHL champion Kimberley Dynamiters at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Meanwhile the Bruins host Castlegar Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Grand Forks Arena.BLUELINES: Cleary Ambrose, signed at the roster deadline, was in the lineup for the Leafs. . . . Netminder Josh Williams, 18, also joining Nelson at the deadline from the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the AJHL, was not dressed. Kootenay Ice goalie Kurt Doyle was the second goalie dressed for Nelson. .  . .The Leafs welcomes more than 80 international students to the game. Blair Andrews scored twice and added an assist to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 4-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Grand Forks Border Bruins Thursday night at the NDCC Arena.The victory moves the Leafs into a third-place tie in points with the Bruins, who have lost three straight games. Both teams have 35 points but Nelson has one more victory than the Bruins.Andrews opened the scoring in the first period on an innocent looking play. With the Leafs securing possession in the Bruins zone, Andrews slid a weak backhand that somehow got past Anthony Gilliart in the Grand Forks net.Chad Grambo tied the game four minutes later. But Kolten Nelson, scoring his third of the season, gave the Leafs the one-goal advantage heading into the first-period break.last_img read more

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