Ukraine launches new reconnaissance ship in Kyiv

first_img View post tag: Reconnaissance Photo: Photo: Ukraine defense ministry View post tag: Ukrainian Navy Ukrainian shipbuilder PSC Kuznya on Rybalsky launched a new medium reconnaissance ship for the Ukrainian Navy on April 23.Video of the launch and images were shared by the Ukrainian defense ministry but no vessel specifics or delivery schedules were revealed.As pointed out by Ukrainian Military Portal, the new reconnaissance ship is based on the Project 502EM model which, according to shipbuilder specifications, measures 54.8 meter in length, displaces 1,220 tons and has a range of 7,200 miles.Reconnaissance ships are often referred to as spy ships and are used to gather intelligence on adversaries.center_img Photo: Ukraine defense ministry Share this articlelast_img read more

Hovis, health and hitting the headlines

first_imgJon Goldstone, you terrible tease! A long, involved chat with the brand boss, sat in Hovis HQ in Windsor arranged to find out the secrets behind the bread’s recent runaway success gave no hint of the epoch-shifting announcement he would make a week later (a day after BB went to press): from January 2010, Hovis would be using 100% British wheat across its entire range. We caught up with Goldstone on his hands-free kit. “You kept that one quiet!” we exclaimed. “We were going to launch it in December, but we thought now would be a good time” he explains, hinting at an intriguing PR cat-and-mouse game, played out behind the scenes. Hovis was gearing up to announce the news next month, but caught wind that rival Warburtons was about to launch two all-British loaves using UK wheat. The Bolton baker played its card and Hovis’ PRs sprung into action to deftly grab the headlines by announcing its full-range UK wheat switch.”I’m glad it’s hit the headlines, because it is a big commitment for us to make. Every single product that has the name Hovis on it will be using 100% British wheat,” he says, when asked about stealing Warburtons’ thunder. “I think it is one of the most exciting and powerful things that we could have done as a brand.”Undoubtedly. Plant bakers have always blended lower-protein UK wheat with Canadian wheat wheat that could not previously be grown in our dismal climate. But, for five years, Hovis has been trialling a red wheat to match Canadian wheat quality in the UK. This equates to £18m of wheat that will now be bought from the 600 farmers already signed up. What’s more, there will be no change to the price of Hovis, despite the higher costs involved. How is that possible?”There is an on-cost,” admits Goldstone. “We’ve made a commitment not to increase our retail prices next year.”The move marks the culmination of a great year and a return to form for a brand that was in dire straits a year ago. From mid-2006 to October 2008, Hovis was in a worrying decline; Premier Foods was in the process of buying RHM, including Hovis a period during which brand investment slipped. Quality fell and marketing tailed off. At the same time, Warburtons’ rise appeared unstoppable.Hovis was relaunched in September 2008 with new recipes and packaging, updating its pack styling with a nod to its heritage and an award-winning TV and cinema ad campaign. “All of that, together with significant improvements in our relations with the grocery trade, drove a real step-up in volume,” says Goldstone. The company has now restored its market share to 2006 levels, around 28%, with a volume growth of 16.4% year on year in a market that declined 2% (October 4, IRI).Maintaining momentumThe last trading update from Premier noted a shift away from building volumes towards building the brand. How will this manifest itself? “For us it’s about maintaining momentum,” says Goldstone. “We had a horrible two-and-a-half years as a brand and, as a business, we’ve gone through a turnaround stage sorting out the basics getting our quality back, getting our communications back to the standard they should be, offering the right level of value for consumers. We’ve done the basics and we’ve benefited from that. The next phase for us will be sustaining responsible growth over the medium to long term through a blend of campaigns featuring our existing products and new launches.” Not that it’s all been plain-sailing: Goldstone admits that Hovis has found sustaining volumes in the rolls category tough. And the Nimble brand has dipped, due to people switching to one standard family loaf, he says. The retailers, of course, want to see volume return to the bread category rather than see the brands trading market share. The key battleground to achieving this will not be a brand bun fight, but weaning people off cereals by making them aware of the healthiness of bread, says Goldstone. “The really important thing is to shift the perception of the healthiness of bread,” he says. “At the moment it is not perceived to be any healthier than rice, pasta or potatoes. A big part of our role as a brand is to convince people that bread not just Hovis is a healthier category than they might otherwise perceive.” He points to consumer research: “If you ask people whether they agree with the statement ’This category is healthy’, around 60% will agree that breakfast cereals are healthy. That compares to around a quarter for bread. There is a massive perception issue, but when you look at the nutritional facts of two slices of bread relative to a bowl of cereal, on a lot of the measures, particularly sugar and sat fat content, there is a really strong case for bread.”Hovis has undergone a series of format-based health messages, such as The Wholemeal Challenge, which encouraged consumers to eat wholemeal and feel healthier or get their money back. Best of Both was relaunched with the message that two slices had the equivalent calcium of a glass of milk. And the Seeds Sensations range has been promoted, latterly in conjunction with the Poppy Appeal. As a result, he says, “42% of con-sumers strongly agree with the statement that Hovis is ’healthier than others’, compared to 19% for Warburtons and 14% on Kingsmill. That gap has really opened up over the last year.”Even so, studies have shown health has dropped behind practicality and convenience as one of the three so-called macro-drivers. Is that significant? “Those things can be so broad-brush that they become meaningless,” shrugs Goldstone. “Bread couldn’t be more practical or convenient and it’s good value. They’re such table stakes of the category that it’s a bit of a ’so what?’ Until the recession struck, you saw these big drivers of people looking for environmentally friendly, healthy and provenance. The recession blew over the top of that, so a lot of those trends felt like they went away. The reality is they are still there but morphing as you come out of a recession.” With Hovis closing in on Warburtons and buoyed by its UK wheat PR coup, are the eyes now on the prize of regaining the top spot? “They’re a tough competitor, a really good company with good products, and it would be completely wrong of us to say our ambition is to steal market share from them, because life doesn’t work out like that,” says Goldstone, showing respect for a resilient foe. “We’re much more interested in playing our own game and doing the right thing for our own consumers. We know that if we offer great quality, value and some innovation, the brand will grow. That has to be a good thing for the thousands of people who work for us and for Premier Foods as a group.”last_img read more

Mix business and pleasure at the annual get-together

first_imgNAMB BUSINESS/SOCIAL WEEKEND 27-28 NOVEMBER 2010The NAMB is returning to the fantastic Menzies Welcombe Hotel and Spa in Stratford-Upon-Avon and is happy to announce that the hotel has held the very favourable rates they gave us for 2009.Sir Mike Darrington (formerly of Greggs) and Alette Addison from the Food Standards Agency (who headed up the salt project) will be our guest speakers on the Sunday morning. So do come along and participate.The hotel boasts comfortable lounges with log fires along with a 24-hour bar where bakers can put the industry and the world to rights! The old former mansion has a gym and state-of-the-art therapeutic pool (with snack bar) as well as a swimming pool. There will be something for everyone and, as Christmas is a family time, why not bring the kids?There are a limited number of rooms, so once the booking forms are sent out, you are advised to return them without delay. At £130 per person for dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch what are you waiting for?Put the date in the diary and we look forward to seeing you there.last_img read more

News story: NHS to reuse more medical equipment

first_img There are some great examples of hospitals already reusing vital medical equipment ‒ such as wheelchairs and walking aids ‒ and we want to see more of this across the country. In too many instances, however, medical equipment is being used once and then thrown away at a time when the public is increasingly aware of the impact of waste on the environment. Patients should be able to return the countless pairs of perfectly good crutches sitting unused in the corner of living rooms across the country and know they will be put to good use helping others, either in the NHS or elsewhere through charity donations. It is not only the kind of creativity and common sense the public wants to see from the NHS, but will also help ensure equipment is used in an environmentally friendly way and that taxpayers’ money is spent wisely – a crucial part of our long-term plan for the NHS. Minister of State for Health Steve Barclay has urged NHS staff to accept patients’ unwanted medical equipment and reuse it, where safe to do so.The move is part of plans to reduce the NHS carbon footprint and put a stop to nearly-new crutches and wheelchairs being thrown away or left unused in homes, rather than reused or recycled.This supports the long-term plan for the NHS by reinvesting savings into frontline care for patients and staff. The move also boosts efforts to promote a ‘greener NHS’ and help local charities.Some hospitals already recycle equipment, using innovative approaches to ensure money spent on medical equipment is not wasted. These schemes include: Airedale NHS Foundation Trust – a project run by the trust and shared across local areas has seen over 800 wheelchairs recycled by the charities for use overseas, including in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust – a scheme to change the types of container it used for ‘sharps’, moving from disposable containers to long-span bins which last for 10 years, helping to save around £20,000 per yearcenter_img Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust also operates a furniture reuse scheme, distributing unneeded equipment to local care homes and donating items to charity where local reuse is not possible. Last year this helped avoid 8 tonnes of waste.Health Minister Steve Barclay said: Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust – runs a scheme to reuse returned walking aids, such as frames and crutches. Returned items are examined, decontaminated and reused or recycled. Last year 21% of crutches and 61% of frames were returned. This saw over 2,000 pieces of equipment reused and generated savings of over £25,000last_img read more

Marks & Spencer food sales continue to grow

first_imgTotal food sales at Marks & Spencer (M&S) were up 4.2%, and like-for-like sales were up 1.7% in the in the 13 weeks to 28 June.The growth offset the decrease in like-for-like sales in non-food products, which were down 1.8% in the quarter.Marc Bolland, chief executive, said: “Our Food business had another great quarter, continuing to outperform the market through our focus on differentiation through quality and innovation.”The retailer said it was still on track to open 150 new Simply Food stores in the next three years.It attributed its specialist strategy, which provided “unrivalled quality and innovation”, for its performance in the food market. In its quarterly trading statement today, M&S also pointed to the success of 700 new products, which have expanded the choice range for customers.Sales at M&S.com were down 8.1% this quarter, with Bolland stating that the new website had had an “impact on sales”.The site had intended to transform the 130-year-old business, but customers were forced to re-register and there were reports of navigation problems.last_img read more

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Buried in health care imbroglio, trillion-dollar questions

first_imgA bipartisan group of lawmakers is working to address flaws in the Affordable Care Act while President Trump, upset at the failure of repeal and replace, threatens to gut the law by cutting subsidies to insurers. Republican leaders, meanwhile, seem intent on moving on to other legislative priorities. David Cutler is the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a professor of global health and population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. An expert on the economics of health care, he served as an adviser to President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. In a Q&A he talked about lessons repeal-minded Republicans might take from failure, out-of-control costs, the potential for bipartisan progress, and more.GAZETTE: Is there a takeaway from the Republicans’ failed attempts to get rid of Obamacare?CUTLER: I think there are probably a couple of messages. One is that one needs to pay attention to overpromising. What the public wants is for their health costs to be lower and for them to have more security. And given the existing structure, the existing cost of medicine and cost of doctors and so on, there’s no way to do that without spending a lot more money. The Republicans’ problem is that they promised that medical care would become cheaper and that government would spend less money. Those are conflicting promises and, in the end, they were promises that couldn’t be kept.The second lesson is that we need to address the issue of why medical care costs what it does. We don’t have to spend what we spend on prescription drugs. And we don’t have to spend what we spend on doctors and administrative costs and hospital waste and inefficient care delivery and all that. If we really want to get better, we’re going to have to focus on that. All the talk about “Should there be one pool or two pools?” or “Should people get their coverage this way or that?” is avoiding the really hard questions of how are you going to make things cost less. Because if you could make them cost less, then you can do lots of stuff.GAZETTE: Once things cost less, a lot of the political hurdles go away?CUTLER: The U.S. health care system spends about $3 trillion a year. Our best guess, as scientists, is that about $1 trillion is not doing much good. So, if you could run the system better, you could save a trillion dollars. You could do a lot of things with a trillion dollars. You could cover people. You could have tax cuts. You could spend more on the military. You could have much lower [health care] cost sharing. You could do whatever you want. And that’s $1 trillion each year.All told, we shouldn’t focus so much on what the Senate and the House got themselves bogged down in: the details of who’s going to be covered where. Should healthy people have to cover sick people? Should healthy people get to be in a different policy from sick people? Who’s going to pay for maternity care? Who’s going to pay for psychiatric care? Those are different problems from saying, “Hey, when we do need maternity care and we do need psychiatric care, how do we deliver it effectively?”GAZETTE: How do we get from here to there, though? It seems like it’s not even a matter of having new ideas; we have to have a different conversation.CUTLER: It is a different conversation. First, there are things that are not working great in the insurance exchanges and we need to fix those, because there are parts of the country where insurers don’t want to be, and that is a problem. It’s actually pretty easy to fix those issues. It’s been in a Republican bill; there have been Democratic proposals. The fighting was not over whether it’s possible to do that. The fighting was over whether to do much bigger stuff. So that would be easy enough to fix. If Republicans give up on the idea that they’re going to totally rewrite heath care in some less generous way, the two parties could fix the exchange problems in a month if they wanted to.GAZETTE: We’ve heard rumblings of Democrats and Republicans getting together for a bipartisan solution, with fixing the exchanges being No. 1 on their list.CUTLER: That’s correct. Sen. [Lamar] Alexander and Sen. [John] McCain said we should do it bipartisan. It’s not a hard issue. But Republicans were opposed because they didn’t want that to substitute for doing something bigger. Once you do that, we can then say, “OK, it’s time to tackle the two big issues.” One is what we were just talking about, which is how do you reduce how much it costs to care for people.Basically, all of medical spending is on people who are very sick. Annual trips to the doctor cost very little. And well-baby visits cost little. What’s very expensive is having a debilitating illness, being at the end of life, having severe heart disease and cancer, mental health impairment. How do you reduce the cost when someone is very sick? That’s a really hard problem. It’s not that there are no answers, but we don’t have the full answers mapped out.Parts are relatively straightforward. For example, take someone with rheumatoid arthritis, which is a relatively small share of the population. The annual cost of medications for rheumatoid arthritis is $30,000 to $50,000. In Canada, it would be a fraction of that. So you could reduce the cost of treating rheumatoid arthritis very substantially by reducing the cost of medication. We don’t know how to prevent rheumatoid arthritis, but you could reduce the cost very substantially just by reducing the cost of medication. And that’s true in disease after disease. In other cases, we also know ways to prevent disease. We can prevent some heart disease, many cancers, and other conditions. So there are a whole bunch of things we can do, some as simple as not paying more than we need to. Others are more complicated, involving how to deliver care better and reducing unnecessary service use and things like that.GAZETTE: Just to backtrack to the cost of medications for a moment. Why are rheumatoid arthritis drugs so expensive here and so much less in Canada?CUTLER: There are price negotiations by other countries. The government of Canada just says we’re not going to pay more than X.GAZETTE: Can the president make the system collapse? He keeps talking about it.CUTLER: He can’t make it collapse but he can make it a lot worse. And the group of people he can make it worse for is, ironically, middle-income people. Low-income people are still subsidized; they only pay a share of their income. The premium might be $6,000 per family, and they might be paying $1,000. He could screw things up so the premium goes from $6,000 to $7,000 but they’re still only paying $1,000. The people who would be severely hurt are the people who are paying the $7,000 who are not being subsidized. He could really make life terrible for them. Why he would want to do that, I have no idea.GAZETTE: Whatever the ultimate fate of Obamacare, has it changed the nature of the debate to how do we best cover as many people as possible? Before, it wasn’t necessarily guaranteed that people would be covered.CUTLER: Before Obamacare, what was acceptable was that 15 percent were uninsured. Post-Obamacare, if you had all the states expand Medicaid and really pushed to get more people covered through the exchanges, by not discouraging them from signing up and not canceling the ads, you could get close to universal coverage for the intended population. So, one way to think about it is that we’re inching toward universal coverage.Republicans promised people that they would keep that [as a goal], but the actual policy didn’t deliver. Neither the House nor the Senate would say openly, “No, we don’t think that’s the right goal.” Instead, they said, “That is what we want, and our plan will get us there better.” The problem was it didn’t.GAZETTE: Are there particular milestones in the weeks ahead that will indicate which way this is going to go?CUTLER: If Democrats and Republicans can agree on the easy fixes to the exchanges, that’s a very good sign. It may not even be the leadership that leads this. It may be that leadership gets dragged into it. But if they can come up with something bipartisan that says, “We’ll deal with the fact that some of the insurers don’t want to enter some of these areas. We’ll deal with the cost-sharing reduction payments that the president is threatening to withhold. And then we’ll move on to other, harder stuff” — if they could do that, I’d be pretty optimistic.last_img read more

SMC lecture examines relationship between humanity, nature

first_imgNorman Wirzba, professor of ecology and rural life at Duke Divinity School and author of several books, explained the scientific and theological significance of soil on Thursday in a lecture titled “For God So Loved the Soil.” He said over the past 100 years, the human relationship with soil has shifted in such a way that by harming the soil, humans are also harming themselves.“This is a totally new situation we find ourselves in because we now have more people in cities across the world than on the land,” Wirzba said. “This matters, because human beings are growing up without any deep appreciation for why land matters. We are terrestrial beings, which means we draw our very life from the soil.“And if we don’t know anything about the soul, we are more likely to become negligent, or even worse, abusive.”Human abuse of the soil increased during the 20th-century period known as the Green Revolution, when more minerals and pesticides were added to soil alongside root-destructive farming techniques, all of which degrade the life of soil while increasing calorie output, he said.“We had this relationship to the land that was the direct result of your day-to-day livelihood … you had to get your hands in dirt,” Wirzba said. “What we’ve done is change the way we treat the soil. Instead of thinking about soil as a complex reality, we have come to think of soil as a receptacle for certain kinds of minerals we need to grow food.”Along with being an environmental concern, care for the soil is also a vocation of humanity, he said. The complex mineral element interactions of soil provide the flavor and nutritional value of foods as well as valuable kinship with the surrounding environment, Wirzba said.“If you despise the ground, you despise the creatures that depend upon it,” Wirzba said. “The relationship that joins us to the land becomes very clear once you start to trace patterns of health and ill-health in different forms of organisms in the circular chain.”From a theological perspective, Wirzba said humans have always had a connection to the soil. Indeed, he said the name “Adam” comes from a Hebrew word meaning “from the soil.”According to Wirzba, in the Garden of Eden, God is not depicted as a warrior but a gardener working close to humanity.“This is a God on his knees holding soil so close as to breath into it the life that is human … you are an en-soiled being, not just an ensouled being,” he said.Wirzba said working in a garden — such as the way Adam works in the Garden — should be viewed as an invitation to develop humanity and better see the world as God does. He said working with soil provides valuable life lessons.Wirzba said the idea of caring for the soil is relatively new to humanity, but that there are ways to re-shape today’s culture. There is research being done on regenerative and organic forms of agriculture which take into account the integrity of the soil, he said.“By not learning to love the land, the place you are in, you have not been able to experience the reality that the land loves you back,” Wirzba said. “Fertile soil is the place where God’s love becomes active, and why would you want to pull away from that?”Senior biology major Cinthya Benitez said she was impressed with the lecture and appreciated the new perspective on the human relationship with soil.“The relationship with the soil goes beyond ourselves,” Benitez said. “There were a lot of interesting ideas I had never thought of before, like how we are connected to the soil through Adam and also so interconnected with everything else.”The lecture was the first of four in a series titled “Earth, Water, Air and Fire: Theology, Ethics and the Elements of Life,” sponsored by the Center for Spirituality. The series intends to look at the environment through the lens of theology in response to Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato si’. The next lecture will be Sept. 29.Tags: agriculture, Norman Wirzba, soil, spiritualitylast_img read more

Couple donates $10 million to University

first_imgA $10 million donation from New Jersey couple Anthony and Christie de Nicola will help develop Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture, the University announced in a Jan. 8 press release.Renamed the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture in the family’s honor, the Center was originally founded in 1999 by professor David Solomon and then-provost Nathan Hatch. The Center focuses on student formation, academic research, programming and publishing, “Culture of Life” — or pro-life — programming and mission hiring.“For two decades, the Center for Ethics and Culture has played a critical role in fostering dialogue both on our campus and in our broader society, especially around issues involving human dignity and the common good,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “This tremendously generous gift from Tony and Christie will allow us to expand the reach of the Center. We at Notre Dame are truly grateful.”The de Nicola’s donation will help “expand [the Center’s] work forming and mentoring Notre Dame students, engaging in interdisciplinary programming and research and promoting a culture of life worldwide through teaching, exchange and service,” the release said.“Tony and Christie have been instrumental in supporting the Center throughout my tenure as director; their vision, commitment and generosity are the sine qua non of the center’s growth and success,” Center director O. Carter Snead said in the release. “The staff and fellows of the de Nicola Center are honored and humbled by their gift and are excited to continue our work in service to Our Lady’s University and its distinctive mission as the world’s preeminent Catholic university.”“Tony and Christie are extraordinary benefactors of the Archdiocese of New York, and dear friends of mine. I am inspired by their devotion to our Blessed Mother’s University and their commitment to the Center for Ethics and Culture — a jewel in the crown of Notre Dame,” Archbishop of New York Timothy Cardinal Dolan said in the release.The de Nicolas are parents of two recent Notre Dame graduates, the release said.Tony de Nicola is the president and managing partner of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a New York private investment firm. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and computational mathematics from DePauw University, and after working as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs, received and MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1990. Tony has held seats on numerous boards, including the Partnership for New York City, Toigo Foundation, Inner-City Scholarship Fund for the Archdiocese of New York and the New York Catholic Foundation.“We are drawn to the mission of the University and in particular to the Center for Ethics and Culture because we believe they are shining beacons of the complementarity of faith and reason, as they share and explore the transcendent truths of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition with students, scholars and public policymakers,” he said in the release. “Through its engagement with eminent academia and the public square, the Center for Ethics and Culture demonstrates that the truths affirmed by the Church about the dignity of the human person are intelligible and attractive to people of all backgrounds, religious and secular.”Christie de Nicola graduated from Ferris State University and has served on the boards of St. Elizabeth Home School Association and Don Bosco Preparatory High School.The de Nicolas are Stewards of St. Peter in the Papal Foundation and belong to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. They have received Notre Dame’s Sorin Award for Service to Catholic Schools and the Spirit of Service Award from St. John’s University. Additionally, the couple was recognized for outstanding service from the Archdiocese of New York and the Archdiocese of Newark.“Through initiatives like the Sorin Fellows student formation program and the Vita Institute for pro-life leaders worldwide, the Center reflects Notre Dame’s institutional commitment to building a culture of life both on campus and in the global public square,” Christie de Nicola said in the release. “Our faith calls us to speak out in defense of the unborn child, the refugee, the poor, the disabled and the elderly. We are proud to add our name to this center.”Tags: Center for Ethics and Culture, de Nicola, donationlast_img read more

GAW Acquires Power Shift’s Wireless Network

first_imgOn February 1st, GAW (Brattleboro, VT) acquired Power Shift of Stowe, VT, the second largest broadband Internet provider (based on coverage area) supporting northwestern, VT with service from Stowe to Morrisville and greater Lamoille County. From its humble beginnings as a small computer services company in Montreal, Canada, Power Shift’s President, Joe Allen, moved the business to Stowe, VT in 1995. Rapid demand for Internet services in the area required Power Shift to become an ISP (Internet Service Provider) enabling them to serve thousands of previously under-served area residents. Power Shift’s long standing reputation and commitment to quality service is well known.GAW’s acquisition of the Power Shift wireless network means existing customers and Lamoille County residents will be well supported by Vermont’s largest Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP).Power Shift customers can expect enhancements to service offerings in the coming months, including more service plan options, and eventually a cost-effective high-speed voice and data plan.  As the largest wireless broadband provider in Vermont, GAW is committed to rural broadband development.  “We recognize that when we can bring broadband Internet to regions of Vermont discovering this for the first time, or when we can combine voice and data offerings for lower cost to Vermonters, we connect communities and significantly expand people’s horizons, stated Josh Garza, CEO of GAW.  “Maintaining the Vermont environment we cherish, while bringing services that allow us all to connect and compete with the world is fundamental to GAW’s mission.”GAW will leverage its extensive technical resources and experience serving many other rural communities in Vermont.  Some of the coming enhancements to the network include:More cost-competitive service offerings for customersImproved broadband speedsVoice and Internet bundled services, offering better value alternatives to separate voice and Internet plansEnhancements to the back-haul infrastructure that feeds the wireless towersBetter support for customers through access to a state-of-art customer service centerLocal call center in Vermont–offering Vermonters the peace of mind that they are speaking with VermontersSteve Ames, a long time Power Shift customer stated, “I am excited about the potential for faster download and upload speeds from my house in the woods.  I am also thrilled that another Vermont company is continuing the great work Power Shift began with its wireless services.”  In addition, to current subscribers, State Senator, Vincent Illuzzi pointed out what is at stake for Vermont, when it comes to ensuring broadband access for Vermonters.”Broadband access, including high speed Internet access, is as necessary today as electricity at the turn of the last century.  You cannot have economic development without it,” stated State Senator, Vincent Illuzzi.Current Power Shift customers may go to www.GAW.com(link is external) for complete details of new and enhanced service offerings. For new customers seeking information or to sign-up for service, visit the site or call 877-220-2873 and speak with a GAW Customer Service Representative. Anyone who is not able to receive service currently in their area may add themselves to the list of people who wish to receive service by submitting a request through the community application (http://gaw.com/community(link is external)). This information will be used for evaluation of any future expanded coverage. About Great Auk WirelessGreat Auk Wireless (GAW) was formed in 2005 by Josh Garza and partners. Great Auk Wireless (www.gaw.com(link is external)) currently operates a successful wireless Internet service to subscribers in Vermont and New Hampshire. Great Auk Wireless offers subscribers broadband wireless Internet access on a network that defies rough terrain and topography in areas not currently served by standard cable or telephony-based broadband services. With more than $5 million committed in network infrastructure and deployment, Great Auk Wireless is committed to the future of rural High-Speed Internet access in areas under served or not served at all by traditional cable or DSL services. For more information about Great Auk Wireless or to find out how to get deployment of Great Auk Wireless services, visit www.gaw.com(link is external), call 1.877.220.2873 or email [email protected](link sends e-mail).last_img read more