News Article | May 8, 2017
ADDISON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--N-Dimension Solutions, a market leading Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) with innovative solutions that protect smart energy networks from cyber threats, announced Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) has deployed N-Sentinel Monitoring on their internal network to identify cybersecurity risks. In addition to alerting IT to issues it delivers in-depth insights identifying affected systems and providing guidance on actions to take. VEC is the largest member-owned electric distribution cooperative in Vermont. Their mission is to deliver safe, affordable and reliable power service to approximately 32,000 members across 8 rural counties in the state. The utility is nationally recognized for adoption of innovative and advanced technology used to help achieve their goals. “We have a perimeter firewall and intrusion protection system but it only monitors traffic coming in and going out of our network – not what’s going on inside of it,” said Fred Wiseman, Information Technology Specialist, VEC. “N-Sentinel Monitoring provides us with visibility into suspicious activities and provides the information we need to be proactive. It’s a solution every utility should consider. It’s easily installed, cost effective and is like having a cybersecurity expert on staff.” Examples of activities detected by N-Sentinel Monitoring on their network which VEC would not have had visibility into otherwise, include individuals accessing intranet sites using clear-text passwords, usage of outdated and vulnerable version of Java and other software versions, cloud-based storage services (e.g. Dropbox); downloads of executable files from the Internet; and use of external web services to resolve IP addresses. With N-Sentinel Monitoring, IT was alerted to these activities, some of which were not in compliance with the utility’s security policies. The IP address(s) of systems involved in the risky activity was included, enabling them to quickly identify who had take the action so they could take appropriate action. VEC was introduced to N-Sentinel Monitoring as a result of participating in a project led by the Cooperative Research Network (CRN), the technology arm of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The CRN project focused on evaluating the value of continuous network monitoring and cybersecurity community data, key attributes provided as part of N-Sentinel Monitoring. The project involved installation of N-Sentinel Monitoring sensors at NRECA member utilities for a 6-month period. Upon successful conclusion of the project, VEC opted to retain the N-Sentinel Monitoring service after experience its overall benefits. “Ongoing cyber threat vigilance of traffic inside the utility’s IT network is essential as risks can often bypass perimeter security devices,” said Tom Ayers, president and CEO, N-Dimension. “Our managed service is an essential tool providing IT staff with visibility and cybersecurity intelligence guiding them to take timely actions.” Upcoming events in which N-Dimension will be participating include the American Public Power Engineering & Operations Technical Conference (May 7-10); Electric Cities of Georgia Engineering & Operations Conference (June 7-9); and Milsoft Users Conference (June 13-15). N-Dimension is a market leading Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) with innovative solutions tailored to protect smart energy networks from cyber attacks, improving system reliability and safeguarding critical infrastructure, data and assets. The company’s N-Sentinel line of services delivers vigilance, detecting and alerting on cyber threats. It combines cloud-based security intelligence and cybersecurity experts to deliver actionable guidance that enables utilities to take timely, preemptive action to protect themselves against cyber threats and vulnerabilities. Company headquarters are in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada and U.S. headquarters are located in Addison, Texas. N-Dimension is the exclusive cybersecurity partner of Hometown Connections; and associate member of the American Public Power Association (APPA), National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and Electricity Distributors Association (EDA). For more information about N-Sentinel and to request a free demo, visit our website at www.n-dimension.com. Please follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn; check us out on YouTube and CrunchBase.
News Article | December 6, 2016
New Orleans, LA - In a paper published online November 30, 2016, in Melanoma Management, Adam Riker, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Surgical Oncology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, reviews approaches to manage melanoma, including one tested at LSU Health New Orleans that provoked a complete response in a patient with a long history of the disease. The editorial provides an overview, including progress made over the last few decades in treating this potentially fatal skin cancer. More recent studies have shown the promise of vaccines and immunotherapy. Combinatorial immunotherapy represents the newest advance. Riker and colleagues recently reported results of a novel combinatorial immunotherapy Phase II clinical trial at LSU Health New Orleans. Twenty-five patients were given a combination of an interferon and a melanoma vaccine genetically altered to trigger a potent immune response. The researchers found that the approach clearly activated the immune system in a select few, including the astounding complete response in a patient who had melanoma for eight years at the time of the study. "I saw this happy patient back in my office just a few months ago, still without evidence of disease," Riker reports. Riker and co-author Erika Bisgaard, now an MD and an alumna of LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, also discuss a first-of-its-kind therapy for inoperable melanoma in the skin and lymph nodes. The FDA recently approved talimogene laherparepvec (IMLYGIC®, T-VEC). It uses herpes simplex virus-type 1 designed to selectively replicate within tumors and produce GM-CSF, a white blood cell growth factor that enhances systemic anti-tumor immune responses. This combination has shown a complete response rate of 10.8%. Ongoing trials are studying its possible use in melanomas that are operable as well. "We still have much work ahead in our continuing efforts to identify effective treatment options that will stimulate and activate the immune system to destroy melanoma wherever it may grow," notes Riker. "Current research is very promising, though," he adds. "We have entered a truly exciting era in our ability to successfully treat patients with melanoma." Melanoma is a form of skin cancer in which cancer cells form in melanocytes (cells that make melanin, a pigment giving skin its color). Melanoma can occur anywhere on the skin. It is more likely than other skin cancers to metastasize or spread to other parts of the body, and the number of new cases has been increasing over the past 40 years. The death rate varies by age - fewer people younger than 50 have been dying from melanoma since the mid-1980s, with the death rate on the rise in people age 50 and older. LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans educates Louisiana's health care professionals. The state's most comprehensive health sciences university, LSU Health New Orleans includes a School of Medicine, the state's only School of Dentistry, Louisiana's only public School of Public Health, and Schools of Allied Health Professions, Nursing, and Graduate Studies. LSU Health New Orleans faculty take care of patients in public and private hospitals and clinics throughout the region. In the vanguard of biosciences research in a number of areas in a worldwide arena, the LSU Health New Orleans research enterprise generates jobs and enormous economic impact. LSU Health New Orleans faculty have made lifesaving discoveries and continue to work to prevent, advance treatment, or cure disease. To learn more, visit http://www. , http://www. or http://www. .
News Article | November 21, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Vectrus Systems Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectrus, Inc. (NYSE: VEC), has been awarded a $20 million modification for continued base operations support at Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Ala. This modification is...
News Article | November 8, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Vectrus, Inc. (NYSE:VEC) announced third quarter 2016 results, which included revenue of $283.8 million, operating income of $11.2 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.60. As of Sept. 30, 2016, year-to-date net cash provided by...
News Article | February 15, 2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Vectrus Systems Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectrus, Inc. (NYSE: VEC), was awarded a $14 million firm-fixed-price installation services task order in support of the U.S. Air Force at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. The...
News Article | February 17, 2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Vectrus (NYSE: VEC) will report its 2016 fourth-quarter and full year financial results on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, after market close. Management representatives will conduct an investor briefing and conference call at 5 p.m....
News Article | March 1, 2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Vectrus, Inc. (NYSE:VEC) announced fourth quarter and full-year 2016 financial results. For the fourth quarter, revenue was $288.2 million, operating income was $8.6 million, and diluted earnings per share were $0.40. For the full...
News Article | November 22, 2016
Virginia Eye Consultants is spreading awareness for Diabetic Eye Disease Month by encouraging diabetic patients to schedule their routine eye exam NORFOLK, VA--(Marketwired - Nov 22, 2016) - The doctors at Virginia Eye Consultants believe the best way to preserve eye health and vision is to have routine eye exams. Since November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month, the team is stressing the importance of check-ups for diabetic patients to prevent progressive conditions from worsening. When these individuals regularly visit their eye doctor, the Norfolk ophthalmologists explain that the development of eye diseases can be caught early and allow for prompt treatment. The VEC doctors point out that some of the most common conditions that tend to occur with little to no symptoms are glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. Without having routine eye exams, these can get progressively worse and may not be noticed until damage has been caused. The doctors explain that diabetic retinopathy, specifically, is a unique concern for those living with diabetes, especially those with Type 1 diabetes. If not caught early enough, the condition can permanently damage the retina. During routine eye exams, the VEC doctors explain that patients' eyes are checked not only for changes in prescription, but also for a number of potential conditions. Even if a condition like diabetic retinopathy is at its beginning stage, the eye doctors note this can often be detected early on, allowing it to be better managed for the long-term. The VEC doctors reveal some individuals even find out for the first time they may have diabetes, due to certain signs showing up in their eyes. Since such detailed information about a person's ocular health can be discovered through a simple check-up, the VEC ophthalmologists highly recommend everyone to schedule their routine eye exam. They add that even those without diabetes can benefit from a diabetic eye exam, as it can detect dangerous problems before any symptoms arise. Virginia Eye Consultants has been offering comprehensive eye care solutions to the Norfolk Roads area for over 50 years. The fellowship-trained and board-certified eye doctors put a high priority on state-of-the-art technology and the latest innovations in the eye care industry. This allows the practice to help patients address their vision and eye health concerns with the utmost safety and precision. Patients can visit any of VEC's five different locations for a wide range of solutions, including LASIK, cataract surgery, dry eye treatment, corneal transplantation, uveitis treatment, and much more. The doctors are available for interview upon request. For more information about Virginia Eye Consultants, please visit virginiaeyeconsultants.com and facebook.com/virginiaeyeconsultants. To view the original source of this press release, click here: https://www.virginiaeyeconsultants.com/news/norfolk-ophthalmologists-emphasize-routine-eye-exams-for-diabetics
News Article | November 15, 2016
The team at Virginia Eye Consultants now offers the KAMRA and Raindrop corneal inlays, the Symfony IOL, and Corneal Cross-Linking as part of its comprehensive procedural offering NORFOLK, VA--(Marketwired - Nov 15, 2016) - Ophthalmology is constantly evolving as more advanced solutions are developed to treat various eye conditions and diseases. The eye doctors at Virginia Eye Consultants (VEC) are committed to staying at the forefront of these changes and are able to do so through their involvement in clinical research for innovative treatments. This also allows the Norfolk eye care practice to offer their patients the most advanced solutions available. Most recently, the team has added four new procedures to its comprehensive list of eye care solutions: The ophthalmologists highlight the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay and the KAMRA™ corneal inlay, saying they are exciting new treatment options for people living with presbyopia. The doctors go on to describe the Raindrop® inlay as a clear lens that reshapes the cornea to restore near vision. The KAMRA™ inlay is also designed to restore near vision but in a different way. They explain the KAMRA™ works by only allowing focused light through a hole in the center of a small lens implanted in the cornea. Also new to VEC is the Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL) procedure and the TECNIS® Symfony IOL. The doctors note that CXL is a revolutionary advancement that can prevent keratoconus from progressing. During the non-invasive treatment, riboflavin drops are placed in the eye(s), which are then activated by a small amount of UVA light. This helps strengthen the cornea by increasing the crosslinking of its collagen, ultimately preventing the cornea from becoming more misshapen. Finally, the VEC doctors are pleased to announce the new Symfony IOL as part of their collection of intraocular lenses for cataract surgery. The Symfony IOL is unique in that it can also correct astigmatism and treat presbyopia, improving distance vision and providing a broader range of close-up vision. VEC is proud to offer the advanced new treatment options for patients living with conditions like presbyopia and keratoconus. They believe the innovative solutions will provide enhanced vision results for the right candidates. Virginia Eye Consultants is composed of a team of fellowship-trained and board-certified eye doctors. The practice has been offering high quality eye care solutions to the Hampton Roads area for more than 50 years. The ophthalmologists and optometrists specialize in a wide range of conditions to provide effective treatments for patients with varying eye care needs. These specialties include LASIK, laser cataract surgery, ocular infections, diabetes, macular degeneration, and more. The doctors are available for interview upon request. For more information about Virginia Eye Consultants, please visit virginiaeyeconsultants.com and facebook.com/virginiaeyeconsultants. To view the original source of this press release, click here: https://www.virginiaeyeconsultants.com/news/norfolk-ophthalmologists-offer-new-eye-care-solutions-for-enhanced-results/
News Article | March 28, 2016
The INTASAVE Energy program is deploying $30 million in developing low and lower-income countries to install more clean energy and low-carbon energy infrastructure. Initially, it is focusing on such projects in Africa in the form of solar nano-grids. Each grid will be able to supply clean electricity to about 50 households, and the program is targeting 75,000 households. The program also works with outside investors, including individuals, and will provide secure returns, says INTASAVE. CEO Dr Murray Simpson and Arran De Moubray, Head of Renewable Energy, answered some questions about the program. 1. In your target areas, what do you mean by Solar Nano-Grids? How many are you going to install, what are their benefits, and how much solar power do they produce? Solar Nano-Grids (SONGs) provide clean, reliable and affordable electricity to off-grid communities in developing regions, where larger solar installations are simply not viable. Solar energy has long been a solution for bringing electricity to rural areas, with various projects installed in the last few years with varying degrees of success. However, the main difficulty has always been finding a model that is affordable, easy to maintain and scalable to meet the growing energy needs of these rural communities and households as they develop. In contrast, SONGs are a unique combination of technologies that not only provide a “quick fix” for immediate electricity needs (both domestic and communal), but also a long-term sustainable, scalable, and affordable solution that allows communities to grow their electricity usage at their own pace. Each SONG consists of a small grid network and central solar hub that produces a direct current (DC) inverter-less power output of 3-5 kW and is not connected with a utility grid. The solar hub contains traditional lead-acid cells that store the power collected from the solar panels, and also houses the battery bank with portable battery packs that can be taken to be used in households and returned for re-charging. Each SONG can typically serve around 50 households at 20Wp per household – enough to power 3 light bulbs and a phone charger, for example. Using this model, SONGs can supply a community of individual households covering a radius of about 600M from each hub with power. Crucially the ‘hub’ model also enables the provision of collective community power. A proportion of the power generated from the SONGs solar hub can be effectively utilized to support small commercial, social or agro-industrial needs, such as water pumps, refrigeration units and egg incubators, and other micro-enterprises such as hair salons, mobile phone charging businesses, and solar mills. The SONG system architecture is also modular, which means it can easily be extended over time in keeping with the growing aspirations and needs of the community or individual households. What’s more, new photovoltaic (PV) panels can be installed and the existing nano-grids can then be interconnected to form a larger, more powerful system, or be connected to other new grids. By providing clean energy this way, SONGs can improve quality of life, empower women, improve health, increase children’s educational attainment, and boost the local economy. 2. Are everyday consumers eligible to participate in the investment opportunity? If so, what are the details as far as interest, duration, and so forth? The investment plan for SONGs involves two distinct phases. Phase 1 focused on raising sufficient funds to kick-start the projects through crowdfunding. Having achieved our initial goal of $100,000, we are already in the process of installing the first SONGs in two Kenyan communities – Lemolo B and Echareria. Three further SONGs will also be funded through the initial money raised. Phase 2 is a long-term impact investment initiative to raise more substantial funds to significantly expand the deployment of SONGs. INTASAVE Energy is targeting $30 million funding though this initiative, which will fund SONGs to support 75,000 targeted households and circa 375,000 people. Initially this will support 1,500 communities in Kenya in 18 months with further deployments in East and Southern Africa over the coming two years. The scalable US$30M INTASAVE Energy funding program is structured in a number of tranches and will raise a combination of equity, debt (senior and mezzanine) and grant capital aimed at enabling the implementation of the SONGs program. 3. Where would a person find out about how to make the investment? The best way to find out about investing is to get in contact with Dr Murray Simpson and the team of experts, through the INTASAVE Energy website. We have a range of resources to walk potential investors through the process. Details can be found there or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 4. Can people from countries outside of England become investors? Yes, absolutely. We are a global organization and are talking to potential investors in many countries, especially the UK, Europe, and USA – and of course investors from within Africa. 5. The initial focus is in Africa, but which countries and areas within those countries? Our key focus at the moment is Kenya. The first two installations are underway and three other projects in Kenya have been earmarked. Interest for further projects in the country is also already growing. Kenya was chosen as an ideal starting point in Africa because around 75% of its population (approximately 30 million people) are living without access to electricity. 95% of those people are located in off-grid rural areas, which are simply not viable for the larger solar installations. Currently these people rely on kerosene for lighting and diesel for agricultural machinery, both of which are expensive, cause pollution, and are harmful to health. As well as the clear need for better sources of off-grid power, Kenya is also well-suited to solar energy. An average of 5kWh/m²/day is available throughout the country, which is a significant resource to draw on. Indeed, Kenya’s annual averages for available solar energy are some of the highest in the world. INTASAVE Energy is working with local communities and national and regional partners to identify hundreds of appropriate locations for the SONGs using a range of technical, geographical, socio-economic, and livelihood criteria. 6. Will low-income people living in rural areas with no electricity be a focus? They are the main focus. SONGs are ideally suited for remote rural areas where there is no access to grid electricity simply because of the cost of bringing it to the location. Most Kenyan households lacking access to electricity are impoverished farmers and pastoralists living in rural areas growing their own food and, where possible, growing excess crops to generate income. Their only current access to power is through the use of kerosene and diesel, which as mentioned above both have significant drawbacks. The installation of a clean energy solution using solar power is therefore a very effective step forward for residents in these communities. The fact that SONGs support both individual household and community-level needs means that we can deliver significant positive impact in terms of education, health, gender empowerment, technical capacity and reduction of poverty. 7. How much of an impact does getting access to clean, renewable electricity have on their lives? The potential impact of clean energy for these communities is incredibly profound. Energy is crucial to sustainable development, and of course SONGs will have a direct benefit in terms of the economic advantages communities will be able to realize from the availability of reliable and affordable energy for both households and community use. Aside from the economic benefits there are a host of positive impacts that SONGs will deliver. As well as being expensive, the kerosene and diesel currently used to run enterprises, or as the fuel in lamps for lighting, is proven to be extremely harmful to health and well-being. For example, children are often forced to do their homework by kerosene lamp. As a result, one of the top reasons for clinic visits is fume inhalation or fumes affecting eyes. By using SONGs, communities can eliminate their exposure to health risks to lungs and eyes, reducing recorded respiratory disorders and deaths associated with indoor air pollution. The collective energy benefits of SONGs also mean that maternal health can be improved, owing to the reduced physical labor demands caused by new practices such as water pumping, corn-husking, and maize-milling. What’s more, communities are now able to store medicine, vaccines, and milk for themselves – something that until now had not been possible. In terms of education, children from electrified households are estimated to gain an average of two years of ‘educational achievement’ by comparison to those from non-electrified households. Households can also benefit from far greater access to radio, television, ICT and mobile telephones, all of which can be far more easily recharged via SONGs. 8. Who will be doing the work at the community level in the field? INTASAVE Energy will be installing the work at the local level via the INTASAVE Africa office. INTASAVE Africa’s staff are also undertaking the intensive consultations with the prospective communities. Working with local tradesmen and community members, INTASAVE Energy helps ensure that the solar hubs are built first, and local people help with the installation of the equipment for the solar panels and battery charging units. Each village will also have at least two community volunteers who learn the operation and maintenance of the SONG whilst developing entrepreneurial skills in order that they can assist in enabling micro-enterprises and other users to make effective use of the SONG. INTASAVE also helps to establish a Village Energy Committee (VEC) to manage the SONG, which plays a critical role in achieving the smooth functioning of the project. 9. If the initial focus is in Africa, will there be other focus areas after Africa, or running concurrently with the ones in Africa? We are already working on planning projects in other parts of Africa, especially Eastern and South Africa, but beyond that we are also looking at Asia and South America, with plans already underway for Guyana. The model we have developed works well in any location where the prevailing climate conditions are right. 10. If people who have been collecting wood from wild forests for fires get solar power and LED lights, do they then consume less wood? Absolutely – during our community consultation this was one of the key bits of feedback from the women in the communities. Currently they have to spend long hours collecting firewood for cooking and lighting their homes. They will still need firewood for cooking initially, but longer term they will become increasingly able to use solar electricity for more or even all of their household needs. “I’m very happy because my children will study freely with no struggles. Life will be easier. I won’t have to buy kerosene to light my house. 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