Climate protesters vow to halt London action if U.K. government discusses their demands

THE JAPAN TIMES LTD | April 22, 2019

Climate protesters vow to halt London action if U.K. government discusses their demands
Climate change protesters who have brought parts of London to a standstill said Sunday they were prepared to call a halt if the U.K. government would discuss their demands. Some 831 arrests have been made and 42 people charged in connection with the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests. On the seventh day of the demonstrations, which have occupied key spots in the British capital, Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the protesters, telling them: “Humanity is standing at a crossroads.” Organizers said they were willing to switch tactics from disruption to dialogue if the government entered talks. “We are prepared to pause, should the government come to the negotiating table,” Extinction Rebellion spokesman James Fox told AFP. “What the pause looks like is us stopping an escalation,” he added. “We can discuss leaving if they are willing to discuss our demands. At the moment, we haven’t received a response from the government … so we’re waiting on that.” Extinction Rebellion was established last year in the U.K. by academics, and has become one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental movements.

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The North American blizzard of 2010 included snowfall totals of 20–36 inches throughout the Washington D.C. region and closed the government for four days. It cost millions of dollars and served as the ideal use case to support the newly enacted Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, H.R.1722.

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The North American blizzard of 2010 included snowfall totals of 20–36 inches throughout the Washington D.C. region and closed the government for four days. It cost millions of dollars and served as the ideal use case to support the newly enacted Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, H.R.1722.

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Pure Capital Solution's subsidiary Nova Space adds FedLearn to its growing network of partners

Pure Capital Solutions, Inc. | November 22, 2021

Pure Capital Solutions, Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary Nova Space announces a strategic sales partnership with FedLearn to rapidly introduce US Federal Government agencies to critical space and astronautics professional development courses. This partnership makes it easier for government clients to seek, integrate, and provide asynchronous space educational courses to the thousands of government employees, contractors, and specialists needed to support the growing space ecosystem. The Nova Space / FedLearn partnership immediately offers the Nova Space Space Professional Course™—to FedLearn customers. The Space Professional Course is designed for novice and more experienced students and professionals who are interested in greater mastery of space operations and astronautics. The course covers a variety of topics through virtual interactions, including but not limited to: Why space matters Space history Space environment Electromagnetic spectrum theory Space mission areas Orbits Launch and reentry Mission design and engineering Space operations support "Nova Space is excited to partner with FedLearn as we bridge the global space industry's skills gap by providing an effective training course designed for all types of learners. "Space is a growing ecosystem that will require generations of people who understand the intricacies involved with space operations. We aim to demystify the myth that 'space in hard' and break down the perceived notion that you must be a 'rocket scientist' to contribute to the space industry. Our courses provide learners the necessary foundation to collaborate with and work within the space ecosystem, ultimately ensuring humanity's mastery of outer space." Miguel Alvarez, Nova Space Chief Revenue Officer and space subject matter expert "FedLearn is delighted to add Nova Space to our roster of content partners," said J. Keith Dunbar, FedLearn founder and chief executive officer, "Space is critically important to national security and defense today—and will grow in magnitude tomorrow. Our relationship with Nova Space will provide customers in both the public and private sectors a means to deliver foundational knowledge about the space industry to their workforces in a cost-effective and scalable manner." Nova Space brought together a group of space industry and adult e-learning experts to develop this first-to-market course designed to provide government, private industry, and academia a cost-effective, rapidly scalable, and highly engageming means of training future workforces in the core functions and topics required to effectively collaborate withing the space industry. About Pure Capital Solutions, Inc. Since 2006, Pure Capital Solutions, Inc has been assisting small to medium sized businesses by investment and consulting. We have provided short-term financing, factoring, loans and consulting using our diverse expertise. We also directly invest in our subsidiaries and help them grow. About Nova Space, Inc. Nova Space is a professional development company aimed at bridging the space industry's skills gap by offering virtual, asynchronous, and interactive space professional courseware to individuals from all backgrounds and to organizations that want to enhance their recruiting, training, and retention efforts to become more efficient and proficient within the growing space ecosystem. Our Space Professional Course offers prospective students and professionals a comprehensive and standardized foundation in space operations and astronautics and is designed to keep students engaged and prepare them to collaborate with other space professionals within the industry. About FedLearn FedLearn is transforming learning for the federal government. We offer the first specialized and contextualized online learning platform directly supporting federal government mission areas. Our solution combines the best of traditional classroom and elearning settings to offer a rich, collaborative learning experience available anytime and anywhere. FedLearn is a certified service-disabled veteran owned small business.

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NTIA, Pentagon Move to Tackle 5G Interoperability Complexities

NTIA | January 11, 2021

The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration needs criticism on the potential of another "5G Challenge" it might make to advance interoperability in the prospering domain—and backing the Defense Department's continuous military systems administration modernization endeavors. Quickening the improvement of an "open 5G stack biological system" to assist push with sending DOD missions would be a definitive point of the test movement NTIA is investigating, as per a notification of request set to be distributed in the Federal Register Monday. “Recognizing the vital importance of fifth-generation (5G) wireless communications to U.S. economic and security interests, [NTIA] has made it a top priority to engage in 5G across a broad spectrum of topics,” the agency wrote. It added that the Pentagon established its own 5G Initiative in 2019, which NTIA is working in this case “under sponsorship of and in collaboration with.” That year, Defense disclosed designs to deliberately dispatch 5G experimentations at various army installations. The archive's portrayal of the specialized inspiration driving the test clarifies that open-source usage pointed across a huge number of a 5G framework—including the convention stack—are acquiring foothold. Such stacks are essentially layers of components empowering capacities. At present, the open 5G stack network is "assorted," NTIA notes, yet "unique open 5G stack associations are centered around various segments of the stack, with no unmistakable division among the numerous usage right now accessible," and interoperability between those different executions isn't generally guaranteed. 5G offers supermodern abilities like organization cutting and versatile edge process that can be utilized to make a protected remote organization for arising arrangements, similar to the shrewd distribution center the Pentagon is now prototyping as a component of that more extensive activity, which the National Spectrum Consortium likewise more as of late got engaged with. “However the challenge the DOD is now facing is that these new 5G capabilities require interoperability between all the vendors that go into a specific solution,” 5G Security Advisor to the NSC Junaid Islam, told Nextgov over email Friday. “For example, a smart warehouse solution for asset tracking can easily involve 20 different products from beamforming antennas, asset tags, mobile compute, battery back-up, routers, application gateways, etc.” At the end of the day, a ton of custom joining is needed by existing 5G arrangements—yet that is neither versatile nor a savvy sending model for the Pentagon, Islam said. With NSC, he helps help the more extensive seller network handle the Defense Department's requirements. “To help facilitate and accelerate interoperability between vendors NTIA is seeking to create an open stack ecosystem,” Islam added. “This initiative is a true win-win for vendors and DOD as it seeks to create a plug & play for 5G solution architecture that will help the procurement and deployment process.” He further noticed that one objective of NTIA is to characterize normal application programming interfaces that can help streamline 5G arrangement parts' provisioning and the board, and another is to "make interoperability between unlicensed 5G [Open Radio Access Network] arrangements and transporter administrations from AT&T and Verizon to empower consistent wandering and improved flexibility." In the notification, NTIA said remarks got will broaden its comprehension of issues that may emerge in delivering and executing the 5G Challenge rivalry, and help guarantee that the movement "boosts the advantage to both the open 5G stack market and the DOD on a quickened plan." The office arranges different inquiries across three classifications: challenge structure and objectives, motivating forces and scope and, time span and foundation uphold.

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DHS Creates Tool to Predict How Long SARS-CoV-2 Lives on Surfaces

The Department of Homeland Security | May 29, 2020

Researchers in the Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate recently produced and continue to update a predictive modeling tool that forecasts the natural decay of SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—on surfaces under relevant temperature and humidity conditions. The SARS-CoV-2 Natural Decay Calculator pulls insights from in-progress research efforts conducted by S&T’s National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center. And while it doesn’t directly offer specific guidance, the interactive resource is intended to support response and re-entry efforts and officials’ decisions regarding courses of action to pursue within the facilities they're responsible for.

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