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RESTON, Va. вЂ” SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, has teamed with prime contractor Bushtex, Inc. to provide commercial Ku bandwidth to U.S. Air Combat Command (ACC), SES announced today. This satellite communications capability will support training and testing operations in the continental U.S.
Bushtex Inc., a woman- and minority-owned small business based in Gilbert, AZ, is a satellite communications provider that currently delivers commercial services for a variety of Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other U.S. Government agencies. To support this contract, Bushtex leveraged SES GSвЂ™ extensive experience in providing satellite communication services for the U.S. DoD, and more specifically for the U.S. Air Force, over the past 30 years.
вЂњWe are proud to support Air Combat Command and our small business industry partner, Bushtex, for this network. It allows the mission partner to conduct training and operations that help validate and refine Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures,вЂќ said Pete Hoene, President and CEO of SES Government Solutions.
The contract is a 12-month base year with four one-year option periods starting on 1 August 2018. The total contract value is USD 29.3 million. The award includes the ability to provide optional surge capacity over the life of the contract, with a six-month extension option.
About SES Government Solutions
SES Government Solutions (SES GS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of global satellite operator SES. SES GS operates under a proxy board allowing them to provide services through contracts with the U.S. Government, including classified work. SES GS is exclusively focused on meeting the satellite communications needs of the U.S. Government. Leveraging more than four decades of experience in the government SATCOM market, SES Government Solutions offers robust and secure end-to-end satellite communications solutions.
SES is the worldвЂ™s leading satellite operator with over 70 satellites in two different orbits, Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). It provides a diverse range of customers with global video distribution and data connectivity services through two business units: SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video reaches over 351 million TV homes, through Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and cable, terrestrial, and IPTV networks globally. The SES Video portfolio includes MX1, a leading media service provider offering a full suite of innovative services for both linear and digital distribution, and the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest DTH television reach in Europe. SES Networks provides global managed data services, connecting people in a variety of sectors including telecommunications, maritime, aeronautical, and energy, as well as governments and institutions across the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the Luxembourg government, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system delivering fibre-like broadband services today.
Bushtex, Inc. is a woman and minority-owned small business based in Gilbert, AZ. Founded in 1994 by husband and wife team, Barry and Adelaida Severson, Bushtex has since expanded into a pool of experienced video, audio and satellite engineers, technicians and cameramen who specialize in remote satellite transmissions both domestically and internationally. With combined 45 years of experience in the business, Bushtex has supported remote satellite transmissions for television, corporations and the Government all over the world. The companyвЂ™s mission is to provide SATCOM service to its clients with responsiveness, honesty, professionalism and clarity. Through their work with government agencies of DHS, CBP, MDA, Marine, Navy, NASA and Air Force missions, Bushtex has not only customized their RF links and ground stations, but also manages and operates their flight missions on the ground, with hand-offs to its NOC вЂ“ providing experienced and secret cleared program managers, engineers and technicians. Years of expertise in the field for commercial broadcast news in high conflict areas effortlessly extend over to BushtexвЂ™ ability to respond quickly and efficiently to the Government sector needsвЂ“ work that Bushtex has been doing for the past 24 years.
LOS ANGELES вЂ” Nearly 20 per cent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety.
The testing has been especially tough on cannabis-infused cookies, candies and tinctures: about one-third have been blocked from store shelves.
In much smaller numbers, testing companies licensed by the state are finding unacceptable levels of pesticides, solvents and bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, according to data provided to The Associated Press by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control.
In the first two months, nearly 11,000 samples were tested and almost 2,000 failed. In some cases, the product must be destroyed. But many involve labeling issues that can be corrected. For example, a marijuana bud thatвЂ™s tested to show a different potency than whatвЂ™s on the label can be relabeled and sold with the right specification.
To the state, the strict testing program is largely doing what it was designed to do: identify marijuana buds, concentrates, munchies and other products that are in some way tainted and unsuitable for eating or smoking.
вЂњMandatory statewide testing is a new thing and itвЂ™s going to take some time for everything to run smoothly, but on the whole weвЂ™re pleased with how things are progressing,вЂќ Bureau of Cannabis Control spokesman Alex Traverso said.
But as regulators consider recasting rules governing the nationвЂ™s largest legal pot economy, they are facing pressure to revamp testing requirements that are being alternately described as going too far, not far enough, or an overly costly burden.
The California Growers Association, an industry group, is among those concerned the state is forcing growers and manufacturers to hit too tiny a target when gauging levels of THC, the psychoactive chemical that causes marijuanaвЂ™s high.
Rules require the THC concentration come within 10 per cent of what is advertised on a product label. Company executives say some products are being rejected after landing outside the margin by tiny amounts.
The California Cannabis Manufacturers Association, another industry group, is pushing for changes that include allowing companies to challenge lab testing results.
вЂњEven if the lab admits it made an error, there is no way to change those results,вЂќ said Bryce Berryessa, an association board member who is CEO of TreeHouse dispensary in Santa Cruz County and president of La Vida Verde, which produces infused cookies.
вЂњLabs are not perfect. Mistakes get made,вЂќ he said.
At a state hearing last month, the Santa Ana-based testing company Cannalysis urged regulators to broaden their rules to include a test used in food and pharmaceutical industries that company officials say can detect a large number of potentially harmful species of mould and yeast not currently covered in state guidelines.
The company has seen examples where mould was on cannabis but the sample passed state tests.
Swetha Kaul, the companyвЂ™s chief scientific officer who sits on the board of the California Cannabis Industry Association, said in an interview the state needs to вЂњcreate a bigger net to catch things.вЂќ
By limiting its required review to a few mould species the state is вЂњessentially creating a loophole where every other species can get by,вЂќ she said.
California began broad legal sales on Jan. 1 and gave companies six months to sell off stockpiles of marijuana, oils and edibles produced without strict testing requirements.
The rules require all cannabis products to clear a range of tests at labs before reaching consumers, from ensuring THC is distributed evenly in chocolate bars to making sure buds have not been contaminated by fuzzy blankets of mould.
From July 1 through Aug. 29, labs tested 10,695 product batches and 1,904 were rejected, a failure rate of about 18 per cent.
Claims on the label, such as TCH content, accounted for 65 per cent of the failures, or 1,279 tests.
This is how the rule works: If a bottled juice drink said on the label it was 25 per cent apple juice, testers would have to find that the concentration in the juice was within 10 per cent of that mark, plus or minus. ItвЂ™s the same with cannabis.
Next in line: About 400 batches were flagged for unacceptable levels of pesticides. Impurities such as bacteria and mould caused 114 rejections.
Ninety per cent of the buds that were tested were sent on to shops, suggesting a mostly clean market for legal growers. The rejection rate was double that for concentrates: 20 per cent of oils and вЂњwaxesвЂќ tested didnвЂ™t make the cut.
In a statement, the California Department of Public Health said it had not received any verified reports of illness resulting from consumption of a cannabis product attributed to mould or bacteria, although three complaints were submitted anonymously and were unverifiable.
The debate over testing isnвЂ™t just about lab procedures or allowable levels of pesticides. It all comes with a cost, which companies say is straining their budgets.
вЂњTesting is currently costly, slow, and inconsistent,вЂќ the growers association told the state in a recent letter.
Testing for a small, outdoor marijuana farm can typically run $5,000 to $10,000 in California. There have been similar complaints in pot-friendly Colorado, where cultivators are dealing with new, required pesticide tests.
While California now has the nationвЂ™s largest legal market, a huge black market still exists. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore spotlighted the risk of buying on the illegal market last week, warning consumers that the price from money saved вЂњcan be their life.вЂќ
He said unlicensed shops are known to lace their pot with Fentanyl and other narcotics. In an illegal shop вЂњthereвЂ™s no telling what theyвЂ™re actually buying,вЂќ Moore said.
BEIJING вЂ” A wave of Chinese-financed railways and other trade links in Africa and Asia that have prompted worries about debt and BeijingвЂ™s ambitions is reducing politically dangerous inequality between regions within countries, a multinational group of researchers said Tuesday.
The study led by AidData at the College of William & Mary in Virginia strikes a positive note at a time when governments from Washington to Moscow to New Delhi are uneasy about BeijingвЂ™s вЂњBelt and RoadвЂќ initiative.
The study of 3,485 projects in 138 nations across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East in 2000-14 found they led to a more equal distribution of economic activity by improving access to jobs and markets. It said that helps reduce economic differences that вЂњelevate the risk of violent unrest.вЂќ
вЂњWestern pundits and politicians often claim that Beijing is a reckless, self-serving or sinister actor,вЂќ said AidDataвЂ™s executive director, Bradley C. Parks, in an email. But by helping to spread economic activity more evenly, вЂњBeijingвЂ™s investments address one of the root causes of instability around the globe and thus make it easier for Western powers to tackle other global threats and crises.вЂќ
The report stressed it focused on only one aspect of Chinese financing. The overall impact is вЂњa more complex question,вЂќ it said, noting other research has found corruption and environmental damage linked to Chinese projects.
Leaders in Africa, South Asia and other regions welcome Chinese projects including вЂњBelt and Road,вЂќ President Xi JinpingвЂ™s signature foreign policy initiative, but face complaints about costs. It calls for expanding trade by building railways, ports and other infrastructure across a vast arc of 65 countries from the South Pacific through Asia to Africa and Europe.
Governments including Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand have scrapped or scaled back projects due to high costs or complaints too little work goes to local companies. Most projects are built by Chinese contractors and financed by Chinese bank loans at market interest rates.
In Kenya, President Uhuru KenyattaвЂ™s government faces protests and a strike by filling station operators after imposing a 16 per cent tax on fuel this month to repay construction costs. KenyaвЂ™s payments to Chinese banks are due to triple in 2019 from this yearвЂ™s level.
Kenya is вЂњgradually sinking deeperвЂќ into вЂњChinese debt-trap diplomacy,вЂќ wrote commentator Jaindi Kisero in the Daily Nation newspaper.
Beijing suffered a public blow last month when Malaysia cancelled Chinese-built projects, including a $20 billion railway. Its prime minister said the Southeast Asian country couldnвЂ™t afford them.
Chinese officials have released few financial details but deny вЂњBelt and RoadвЂќ and other projects lead to debt problems.
вЂњPeopleвЂ™s livelihoods and economic development have been boosted,вЂќ said a Cabinet official, Ning Jizhe, at an Aug. 28 news conference. вЂњNo вЂ?debt trapвЂ™ has been created.вЂќ
Other governments worry Beijing is trying to gain strategic influence by creating a trading and financial network centred on China, the worldвЂ™s second-largest economy.
AidDataвЂ™s first report in 2013 focused on Chinese financing to Africa. The group includes researchers from Harvard University, GermanyвЂ™s Heidelberg University and other schools and research institutes.
They reported last year China was close to matching the scale of U.S. grants and loans to developing countries. But they said BeijingвЂ™s financing served its own economic interests and provided little benefit to recipients.
вЂњBelt and RoadвЂќ was formally launched in 2012 but also includes Chinese-financed projects begun before that.
For their latest report, researchers made a list of projects from news reports, government statements and research by academics and non-government organizations.
Some 43 per cent were infrastructure such as roads, railway, bridges, ports, airports, power grids, cellphone towers and fiber optic cable lines. Another 42 per cent were services including hospitals, schools and sewers.
To measure economic impact, the researchers looked at changes in nighttime use of lights across cities and rural areas. That was based on satellite images from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Those changes вЂњcorrelate strongly with traditional measures of welfare down to the village level,вЂќ the report said.
Projects financed by Beijing might produce a bigger payoff because Chinese companies work faster and often complete projects within months, while traditional Western-backed projects can require years, Parks said.
Also, they often focus on linking inland areas with ports, which increases export revenue, in contrast to traditional projects that connect areas within the same country, he said.
The ruling Communist Party has financed building projects abroad since the 1960s, when it paid for a railway to carry copper from Zambia in southern Africa across Tanzania to the port of Dar-es-Salaam.
Lending boomed following rapid Chinese economic growth in the 1990s.
In the 15 years through 2014, Beijing lent or gave $354.4 billion in Africa, Asia and elsewhere, equal to nearly 90 per cent of the $394.6 billion from the United States, according to AidData. But it said only 23 per cent of Chinese spending counted as aid by international standards, compared with 93 per cent of U.S. spending.
Associated Press writer Tom Odula in Nairobi, Kenya contributed to this report.