LÉ Niamh Rescues Two in Cork Harbour

first_img View post tag: Cork Harbour LÉ Niamh Rescues Two in Cork Harbour July 8, 2014 The Crew of the LÉ Niamh responded to distress call in Cork Harbour on July 3 and rescued two men from an upturned pleasure craft. Back to overview,Home naval-today LÉ Niamh Rescues Two in Cork Harbour Authorities Share this article View post tag: rescues View post tag: News by topic View post tag: LE Niamh View post tag: two View post tag: Naval View post tag: europe The LÉ Niamh, which was on patrol in the area, received a distress call shortly after 6pm and immediately dispatched a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) to the scene on the east of the harbour near East Ferry.On arrival at the scene they recovered two persons who were situated on the upturned hull of their pleasure craft. The Crosshaven Lifeboat took the vessel under tow and the sailors were transported to the medical centre in the Naval Base, Haulbowline by RIB where they were examined by the duty paramedic.As they were found to be medically fine, they were then transported by the Naval Service to Ringaskiddy. The two men, who are believed in their fifties, are from the Cork area and were reported to be in good spirits despite the incident.[mappress]Press Release, July 08, 2014; Image: Defence Forces Ireland View post tag: Navylast_img read more

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Vermont Telephone (VTel) Selects Turin Networks For Optical Backbone Upgrade

first_imgTurin Networks, Inc., a leading developer and supplier of multiservice optical transport platforms for network service providers, announced that Vermont Telephone Company, commonly known as VTel, has chosen Turin Networks’ Traverse™ Platform to build a high-capacity optical backbone for delivering broadband data services as well as traditional voice services to their customers.“We are dedicated to providing the members of our local community with the same type of advanced telecommunications services that are available in larger metropolitan areas,” said Norm Koch, VP of Network Operations, Vermont Telephone. “This upgrade increases the bandwidth capacity of our optical backbone four fold, enabling us to continue to provide our residential and business customers with affordable broadband data services such as DSL, and paving the way for VTel to offer emerging high-speed services such as Ethernet in the future.”“Turin Networks continues to meet the needs of customers like VTel with a cost-effective, evolutionary solution that supports demands for current and future growth, lowers costs, and accommodates a wide array of new revenue-generating services” said John Webley, president and CEO, Turin Networks, Inc. “The Traverse Platform continues to prove itself as an industry-leader in a very competitive marketplace.”Turin’s Traverse Multiservice Optical Transport Platform is designed to integrate smoothly into a carriers’ existing SONET-based infrastructure and provide OC-3/12/48/192 transport of traditional DS1, DS3/EC-1 and OC-N services, as well as switched Ethernet over SONET (EoS) services. Turin’s current platform provides new functionality that has been leveraged by VTel including integrated Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet switching with advanced VLAN capabilities and virtual concatenation. Other newly available features include support for integrated VT 1.5 switching/grooming, BLSR, and DS3/EC-1 Transmux functionality.last_img read more

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Affordable housing report proposes consolidating agencies to save $450,000

first_img-30- A new report on Vermont’s non-profit affordable housing providers says the state should consider consolidating them and introducing performance measures to increase efficiency and accountability. The report, which was commissioned as a result of the ‘Tiger Team’ efforts by the Douglas administration to find efficiencies and savings in state government, recommends combining the Vermont State Housing Agency; the Vermont Housing Finance Agency; and the affordable housing programs of the Vermont Housing Conservation Board and the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development into one agency.Noting that the non-profit agencies duplicate many functions and each has their own board of directors, offices, and staff, the report estimates conservatively that the annual savings of consolidation would be $450,000, which could be used to build more affordable housing.The report stated:”The dollars at stake are significant: from 2008 to 2010, Vermont invested nearly $211million in building and maintaining affordable housing ‘ almost all of which was eitherstate funds or federal funds that the state manages.The need is great: an additional 13,000 units of affordable housing will be neededbetween 2009 and 2014, according to the 2010 Vermont Housing Needs Assessment.How Vermont chooses to provide affordable housing can make a difference.”The report ‘ prepared by the Weidner Group, a firm specializing in finding efficiencies in government ‘ recommends combining the three non-profit quasi-governmental entities as well as the state’s affordable housing program into one agency, and setting specific goals and performance standards to be met.The $450,000 savings noted would come from eliminating staff:”The consolidation of organizations and programs provides clear opportunities to eliminate redundancy and redirect resources to supportaffordable housing. A review of the Program Assessments, staff rosters, and staff roles provides the following conservative estimates for annual salary savings in Administration positions, using low salary ranges for positions:”‘All of state government has taken steps to increase efficiency and move towards performance-based measures and contracts with our partners,’ said Kevin Dorn, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development. ‘Given the millions of taxpayer dollars spent on affordable housing, and the revenue shortfalls the state is facing, Vermonters expect and deserve wise stewardship of their money, and clear indicators of whether they’re getting what they pay for.’‘In addition, there is the savings in both money and time that would result from developers not being required to apply to each board for financing approval, which is what happens now,’ Dorn said. ‘This is a common-sense recommendation that warrants strong consideration.’Consolidating the functions of the non-profits would also increase accountability for achieving results, Dorn said, which is currently difficult because each has only a partial role in many projects.The Summary Recommendations in the report states, in part:”One Consolidated Affordable Housing Agency for the State of Vermont should beestablished. The programs of the Vermont State Housing Agency and the VermontHousing Finance Administration, along with the affordable housing-focused programs ofthe Vermont Housing Conservation Board and the Department of Economic, Housingand Community Development should be consolidated into one Affordable HousingAgency for the State of Vermont.Program performance should be clearly aligned to Priorities and Results. Programsshould measure their performance in ways that demonstrate their contribution to theaccomplishment of Priorities and Results.Select programs should be consolidated. Opportunities for consolidation of programsinclude:â ¢ The present Multifamily Housing programs in VHCB and VHFA should becombined into one program.â ¢ The Single Family Program in VHCB and the Single Family Mortgage Financeprogram in VHFA should be combined into one program.â ¢ The Neighborhood Stabilization Program in DEHCD and the NeighborhoodStabilization: Home Acquisition and Rehabilitation Program in VHFA should becombined into one program.Most programs should remain intact. The remaining affordable housing programsshould be brought into a consolidated agency intact. They provide separate outcomes anddo not appear to be duplicative.Conservation programs should not be included in the consolidated affordablehousing agency. The conservation-focused programs in VHCB should not be included ina consolidated affordable housing organization as they focus on distinctly differentcustomers and goals, objectives and results for customers.”The report has been sent to the governor’s office for consideration.To view the report please visit: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/10-13_Housing_Report_FINAL.pdf(link is external)Source: Agency of Commerce and Community Development. 10.26.2010last_img read more

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Breakdown: Wisconsin 24, Purdue 7

first_imgWhen the Badgers held just a 10-7 lead going into the locker room at half, concern over a second consecutive home letdown loomed over the Camp Randall stands.A dominant end to the third quarter, however, set the tone for what would end up being a comfortable 24-7 victory for Wisconsin (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) over their conference rival Purdue (1-6, 0-3 Big Ten).Another suffocating performance on defense from the Badgers limited the Boilermaker offense to just 191 total yards in the game, but failed opportunities in the red zone for Wisconsin kept Purdue in contention for the majority of the contest.Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave completed 30 of 39 pass attempts for 322 yards and an interception as the offense finished with 418 total yards. Dare Ogunbowale helped the cause with his second straight game of 100-plus yards from scrimmage, with 56 yards on the ground and another 51 through the air on six catches.Football: Second-half effort propels Wisconsin over PurdueIt wasn’t the prettiest performance for the Wisconsin football team Saturday, but it also didn’t have to be, as the Read…Purdue player of the Game: LeRoy ClarkWhile the Boilermakers were out-gained by 227 yards at the final whistle, LeRoy Clark was a big reason to why Purdue still had a chance to win late in the game.Clark’s first big play came when the Badgers were in the red zone for the second straight drive to start the game and threatening to go up by at least 10 points. However, an errant overthrow from Stave to junior receiver Rob Wheelwright was intercepted by Clark and returned it 66 yards to the Wisconsin 29 yard line. Purdue took the momentum from the play and capitalized for their only touchdown drive of the game.Later on in the first half, Clark bailed out the Boilermaker defense again by breaking up a would-be touchdown pass from Stave to receiver Alex Erickson in the end zone at the last second, forcing the Badgers to punt instead of taking a 17-7 lead. It wouldn’t be until the last play of the third quarter that the Badgers would score again.Wisconsin Player of the Game: T.J. EdwardsIn a game where Purdue’s offense didn’t attempt a pass until halfway through the second quarter, freshman linebacker T.J. Edwards made an impact early and often in stuffing the run for the Badgers. Despite 29 attempts on the ground, the Boilermaker offense managed just 55 rushing yards for a poor average of 1.9 yards per carry.Finishing the day with career-high 16 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, Edwards also forced a fumble late in the fourth quarter with Wisconsin up by 17 to cap off the team’s late-game charge.Turning PointAfter struggling to capitalize in the red zone in the first half, the Badgers offense had another opportunity late in the third quarter to extend their lead. Starting at Purdue’s 33-yard line, Stave bounced back from his early miscues by converting a crucial third-and-four to Erickson to keep the drive alive. On the next play, Stave hit Erickson again over the middle for a 19-yard gain inside the five. Ogunbowale then capped off the drive with a hard-fought run to put Wisconsin up 10.When you knew it was overFired up from the offense’s touchdown drive, the Badgers kept their momentum going on defense with an emphatic third-down sack initiated by linebacker Joe Schobert early in the fourth quarter. Purdue was forced to punt and their offense wouldn’t get another shot until they went down by 17 in the closing minutes.QuotableUW head coach Paul Chryst on the effort of T.J. Edwards:“He was flying to the ball. He looked like he was playing confident and believing what he saw, and certainly has some talent.”Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell on Joe Schobert and Vince Biegel:“People have not been able to block those two guys, and that’s one of the reasons why we wanted to put hands on them and not drop back in pass and let those guys pin their ears back.”Dare Ogunbowale on his role in the receiving game:“Every week, we have plays and opportunities for running backs to catch the ball out of the backfield, and today we took more advantage of it. We got things opened up for the wide receivers with guys looking at me, so it definitely helped the offense.”Alec Ingold on the changes he’s gone through since playing running back:“Three months ago, no one was asking about me. No one wanted to see what I was doing on a Saturday night. It’s pretty interesting, it’s been a whirlwind, but I’m grateful for it.”last_img read more

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