The Nevada Department of Transportation is warning of a potential con in which scammers attempt to purchase computer equipment under NDOT's name.
In a press release, NDOT said the scammers, while using a fake "@nevadaddot.com" email address, have attempted to purchase computer equipment under NDOT's name without an official state purchase request or vendor solicitation.
The scammers have then attempted to get the equipment delivered to an out-of-state location.
Multiple companies have avoided the scam by contacting NDOT to verify what turned out to be illegitimate purchase requests. One vendor shipped computer equipment without verification, the press release said.
Computer equipment worth thousands of rands is on the line for schools which have the most entrants in the Spar Women’s Race Joburg.
Spar and Mustek Electronics have joined forces so that, come 8 October, three schools will take home a Mecer laptop with Win7 Starter, while the school with the most entrants will take home a Brother Flatbed colour print, fax, copy and scan printer.
The school which comes second will receive a Brother Flatbed laser mono print, fax, copy and scan printer. Any school that enters more than 20 girls is eligible for the prizes.
Entry forms must be submitted together before 25 September.
Girls taking part in the 10km challenge must be 15 or over, but there is also a 5km fun run open to girls who are nine and over. This means that primary schools also stand a chance of winning the equipment. In fact, the school that won last year was the Johannesburg Girls Preparatory School.
Penn State’s Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s University Infrastructure Grants program. Supplemented with an additional $600,000 in RSEC funds and equipment donations, the award will be used to update the control console and modernize the safety system at the Penn State Breazeale Reactor (PSBR).
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Constructed in 1955 under the “Atoms for Peace” program, the PSBR is the longest-operating licensed research nuclear reactor in the United States. The reactor’s current control console, installed in 1991, has operated continuously since then with only minor updates of computer components. However, as is the case with all operating nuclear reactors, obsolescence issues must eventually be addressed by replacing both hardware and software.
Kenan Ünlü, director of the RSEC, professor of nuclear engineering, and co-principal investigator for the award, recounted the history of the reactor console at the PSBR.
“The original Training, Research, Isotopes, General Atomics (TRIGA) control system, installed in 1965, used first-generation, discrete-component, solid-state devices,” he explained. “By the mid-1980s, some components in the 1965 control console had been updated, and a new reactor console system was planned. An Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL) console system was installed in 1991.”
The AECL console, a “hybrid” system, combined the latest industrial control computers with the newest nuclear-grade analog reactor safety circuits. “The system provided a large inventory of features not previously available to support research and education and proved to be the most reliable full-featured console of its era,” stated Ünlü.
The PSBR’s new console will be 21st century state-of-the-art, using completely digital technology.
“Many older university research reactors in the U.S. are interested in pursuing analog-to-digital upgrades,” noted James Turso, assistant director for irradiation services and operations at the RSEC, senior research associate, and principal investigator for the award. “Penn State’s console replacement will be the first of its kind in the country, with off-the-shelf digital control and safety systems, provided by a controls company, that have been proven for decades in industry. Due to the modularity and programmability of the new system, the RSEC staff will have the capability to enhance and improve the equipment as necessary and pre-empt future obsolescence issues. Additionally, all design, software and regulatory aspects of the new system will be openly available to other members of the research reactor community to expedite their adoption of the technology.”
Although the current console continues to provide excellent features and unrivaled reliability, Ünlü, Turso and their colleagues are looking forward to having a fully digital integrated control and protection system.
“This new system will enable students and researchers to implement advanced reactor control algorithms,” Ünlü said. “In parallel to this development, new computer code and equipment architecture will be developed for the Penn State TRIGA control system.”
Turso added, “Our new console will enhance the capabilities of our already ultra-safe reactor. With its programmable/modular architecture, functions such as power instrument calibration and control rod capability measurements could potentially be automated. Penn State will be the model for successful application of digital control and safety technology, not only for the research reactor community, but for the entire nuclear power industry.”
Police arrested Travis Tilley, of 883 Rubber Ave., on warrant Wednesday while he was at Waterbury Superior Court for a separate case. According to police, the investigation began in early August when a parent of the victim took the child to the hospital for a reported sexual assault.
Tilley was charged with first-degree sexual assault and illegal sexual contact of a victim under the age of 16 as a result of the investigation.
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Tilley is also facing a third-degree possession of child pornography charge stemming from an arrest in August.
Police executed a search warrant at Tilley’s apartment on Aug. 22 in connection with the sexual assault investigation. As police searched the home, officers noticed that a file was in the process of being downloaded on Tilley’s computer in his bedroom, the arrest report states. The file opened to seven images and one video depicting children under the age of 16 in various stages of undress and engaged in sexually explicit conduct and sexual intercourse, the report states.
Police seized the computer equipment for analysis after obtaining a second search warrant.
Tilley was held on bond and is scheduled to appear in court again on Sept. 27, according to information on the state Judicial Branch’s website.