first_imgVermont Technical College,Dr Philip A Conroy, Jr this week will begin his tenure as President of Vermont Technical College. He was appointed by the Vermont State College’s Board of Trustees earlier this year following a nationwide presidential search. Conroy comes to Vermont Tech from Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, where he served as vice president of enrollment management and marketing.But while he and his wife, Dr Jan Conroy, have yet to move into the president’s house, Conroy is no stranger to Vermont Tech. Following his appointment December 9th, he quickly formed a 20-plus member presidential transition team representing all areas of the college with which he’s been working to identify the college’s needs and priorities, as well as establish new directions the college will take under his guidance and leadership.Traditionally a two-year technical school offering a handful of baccalaureate degrees, Conroy’s long-term vision is to transform Vermont Tech into a ‘destination’ school offering primarily bachelor’s and, in time, even a few master’s degrees.‘I am intrigued by the vast potential Vermont Tech has to evolve into an ‘applied university’,” he said. ‘Through partnerships statewide with businesses, community leaders, and other institutions, I see the college evolving from its roots as an associate degree institution to a recognized and well-respected bachelor’s degree institution serving both Vermont and the greater New England region. I believe there are some exciting and intriguing times ahead for Vermont Tech.’Conroy, who has served in a variety of roles at Mount Ida since 1997, is an internationally recognized expert on higher education management, particularly in the areas of strategic enrollment management and institutional advancement ‘ specialties that will serve him well given Vermont’s current economic climate and plummeting high school enrollments.‘The challenges posed by the declining numbers of high school students graduating from northern New England high schools are many,’ Conroy said, ‘as are the financial realities of operating a public college in a state with limited financial resources. As I look ahead, however, I see Vermont Tech becoming an example of how strong an institution can be with a profound commitment to its public mission despite limited public funding.’Among Conroy’s first priorities will be rebuilding the college’s alumni and development offices and improving the quality of on-campus student life. He will also be working with his transition team to plan a statewide event this fall, where he will begin reaching out to business and community leaders to discuss the potential roles Vermont Tech could play in helping to build, support, and assist the state on a number of levels.‘Clearly we have our work cut out for us,’ Conroy said. ‘But the pieces are in place. We have the people, programs, and expertise to get it done. Now starts the difficult but extremely rewarding process of raising the college’s profile and enhancing its reputation throughout Vermont and across the region.’last_img read more

first_img The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas resumed their talks in Havana late on December 5, after a five-day recess. The rebels have called on the Colombian society to embrace this process in order to assure “an enduring peace.” The talks, with the first round held between November 19 – 29, resumed amidst new tensions due to the one-year deadline established by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to negotiate, after a military attack that killed 20 rebels, and a controversy over the FARC’s alleged kidnapping of people. “Our work aims at embracing all Colombian voices in the peace talk process. We believe that this is the only way by which we can create a lasting peace,” the guerrillas said in declarations read by delegate Marcos Calarcá, before starting the second round of talks. The Colombian government’s delegation, headed by former vice president Humberto de la Calle, avoided the press by accessing the premises through a back door in the Convention Palace in Havana, where the negotiations are being held. FARC chief negotiator Iván Márquez, also entered the building through a back door, escorted by Ricardo Téllez and Jesús Santrich while Calarcá was reading the declaration, AFP journalists informed. Meanwhile, Calarcá said, “we have all been both participants and victims of a conflict that has already been a burden to the whole nation. Peace can never be the result of a dialogue held without participation by the Colombian people, by the high commands, by unilateral imposition.” Before departing from Bogotá to Havana on December 4, De la Calle called on the FARC to clarify their position regarding kidnappings, after a guerilla said they are keeping “prisoners of war,” even though in February they claimed to have abandoned those practices. “The FARC must respond to the victims; they must clarify the kidnapping issue,” De la Calle highlighted, after Sandra Ramírez – FARC’s founder Manuel Marulanda’s widow – told the press that her organization was holding Colombian Military and Police officers as prisoners of war. By Dialogo December 07, 2012last_img read more

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo December 21, 2017 Brazil hosted the first Ibero-American Cyber Defense Exercise, October 23rd–27th, 2017, at the Electronic Warfare Training Center (CIGE, in Portuguese) in Brasília. The Cyber Defense Command (ComDCiber, in Portuguese) of the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) organized the exercise that brought together service members from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Portugal, and Spain, as well as observers from Peru—55 participants in all. “The objective of this exercise was to foster collaboration among the nations of the Ibero-American Cyber Defense Forum,” said to Diálogo EB Lieutenant General Angelo Kawakami Okamura, commander of ComDCiber. Brazil and Spain co-directed the training according to terms agreed at the first Ibero-American Cyber Defense Forum held in Madrid on May 27th, 2016. “Participants trained on identification techniques and vulnerability exploitation of data systems in simulated environments,” Lt. Gen. Okamura explained. “In addition, they shared information on security measures in systems and networks.” According to Lt. Gen. Okamura, all nations had the opportunity to share technical information and strengthen their relations. “We understand that mutual trust and knowledge are precepts that sustain cyber defense,” he said. Combat operations “Cyber defense is defined as actions taken in cyberspace that the Ministry of Defense coordinates and integrates within the context of strategic-level national planning,” EB Colonel Francisco Tarcísio Damasceno Filho, head of Media Communications for ComDCiber, told Diálogo. “Such operations are intended to protect information assets of interest to the National Defense, gather data to produce knowledge, and seek superiority over an adversary’s information systems.” Such measures gained importance in recent years. “Cyber defense became a combat operation,” General Juarez Aparecido de Paula Cunha, head of the EB’s Department of Science and Technology, said at the exercise’s opening ceremony. “That’s why we need to hold events like this, which promote progress and exchange of experiences among partner nations.” According to Col. Tarcísio, today, virtual networks are part of the battlefield. “Therefore, effective operations in cyberspace are necessary,” he said. “Service members are trained to know this operational environment and acquire the ability to respond to this scenario in simulated environments.” Virtual attacks The exercise was conducted in three phases. Participants learned about the administrative and operational features of the National Cyber Operations Simulator (SIMOC, in Portuguese) in the initial phase. SIMOC is a scenario-generating machine for cyber defense and attack training in the virtual world. In the active defense phase, service members identified technical vulnerabilities in information technology systems introduced by exercise administrators. In the third phase of collaboration through mitigation, each nation prepared a report on all problems encountered. “Then, each team shared possible solutions to mitigate the vulnerabilities found,” Lt. Gen. Okamura said. Electronic warfare pioneers EB is at the forefront of cyber defense. CIGE, established in 1984, was among the first institutions of its kind in Latin America. CIGE instructors offered training courses in England, France, Germany, and the United States, setting the foundations for Brazilian cyber defense. The Brazilian Armed Forces also acquired a Basic Electronic Warfare Experimentation Module, which was used to qualify personnel in the exercise. In 1989, Brazil’s first specialists in electronic warfare received their diplomas. The group of 28 service members was known as the “Pioneer Class,” and it included Army and Marine Corps officers and noncommissioned officers. At the same time, authorities of the Ministry of Defense formulated an electronic warfare doctrine. The result was the Cyber Defense Policy adopted in 2012. Its objective: jointly ensure the Armed Forces’ effective use of cyberspace (operational readiness and use), and prevent or hinder its use against Brazil’s national defense interests. In 2013, EB unveiled SIMOC to train service members for potential cyber warfare. At the time, Colonel Marcio Fava of the EB’s Communications and Electronic Warfare Center, told Agência Brasil (the national public news) that attacks against Brazil were “imminent.” Potential threats against organizations and citizens—although less lethal than against the government—could be just as harmful to the nation, Col. Fava then said. During the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Cyber Defense Command, made up of service members from the Brazilian Army, Navy, and Air Force, coordinated with the public and private sectors to prevent potential attacks. Since then, Brazilian service members have availed themselves of lessons learned at the games to improve technological battles and strengthen ties with partner nations. “We currently face the challenge of expanding participation for Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking nations in the Ibero-American Cyber Defense Forum,” Lt. Gen. Okamura said. “The model applied in this exercise proved to be highly efficient for the discussion and operational actions in this field,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_imgOne of the bedrooms.Over the years they added a quarter sized basketball court, a firepit, airconditioning, solar power and a back deck — which is Ms Stark’s favourite area.“Looking out into the surrounding bushland, you can just lose yourself,” she said.“It’s just so tranquil with all the beautiful birdlife and animals around.“There’s also no better place than sitting by the fireplace, looking back up toward the house and the property.“It’s just stunning.”Ms Stark was sad to leave but needed to move closer to family.“Our heart and souls is here and we’re very connected to the land, but it’s time for new people to enjoy it.” Looking up toward the house from the fire pit is one of Ms Stark’s favourite areas. The Cape Cod style cottage at 42 Banmore Court, Dayboro, is for sale.A LIQUID amber tree lined driveway added to the ambience of what would become Jacinta Stark and her partner’s fairytale dream home.At the end of the driveway was a two-level Cape Cod style cottage that would become their primary place of residence for the seven years that would follow.center_img Check out those ceilings!“As soon as we walked in we fell in love with the place,” Ms Stark said.“The surrounding bushland could never be built in, which was a real drawcard.“We had a private sanctuary and the liquid amber lined driveway was pretty appealing.”Ms Stark said they were also attracted to the architecture of the home, at 42 Banmore Court, Dayboro.“The house itself has exposed beams and high ceilings,” she said.“It allowed nature to come inside the house.”More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The kitchen is a decent size.The couple were not from the area, but moved for a tree change, a fact their friends had keenly taken advantage of.“There’s barely been a weekend friends and family haven’t used this as a bed and breakfast as an escape to the country.”last_img read more