Fiber-optic connections now available in some Richmond areas

first_imgFiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) service is now available for a growing number of customers in Richmond, Vermont. Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom customers in parts of the East Main Street, Snipe Ireland Road and O’Neil Road area, are in the process of being converted to 100% fiber-optic service. Fiber-optic service allows even greater speeds and increased reliability. In addition, recent equipment upgrades now allow approximately 60% of its High-Speed DSL users to upgrade their Internet speeds to 12Mbps, or about twice the previously available speed via the new “Elite” service.“Our work on the network never really stops,” said Gregg Haskin, president and CEO. “It was only a few years ago that we became one of the first telecom companies in Vermont to make high-speed Internet service available to 100% of our customers. With FTTH, we’ll be bringing the network backbone right to people’s homes. It will take time to reach everyone, but in the long term this is the way to go for the fastest and most reliable service possible. In the meantime, we keep evolving our network to provide increased speeds, improved reliability and more services to our customers.”Subscribers in the FTTH area will be upgraded free of charge and will maintain their current service level through the fiber-optic network. The changeover will require some scheduled work to add a new optical network terminal at each location. A direct fiber connection also includes an uninterruptible power supply that means even if electric service is interrupted, telecommunications are not affected in the short-term.###About Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom:Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom is a family owned, independent telephone company serving over 20,000 customers in the Mad River and central Champlain Valley regions of Vermont. The company was incorporated on November 30, 1904, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2004. Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom provides local and long distance telephone service, and high-speed Internet access through its Green Mountain Access subsidiary. Source: WCVT. Waitsfield, VT – June 8, 2009 –last_img read more

Guatemala to Open Bases on Border with Mexico

first_imgBy Dialogo September 06, 2012 Guatemalan President Otto Pérez announced the opening of three military bases on September 3, two near the border with Mexico and one in the Caribbean, as part of its strategy to combat organized crime, especially drug trafficking. In the military exhibition there will be National Civil Police, Immigration, and Tax Authority agents, whose goal is to counter the actions of drug trafficking, smuggling and human trafficking, Pérez explained to the local press. The bases will be installed in the departments of San Marcos (west) and Petén (northern), both of which border Mexico, and Izabal (northeast), in the Caribbean, he specified. Pérez, a retired general who fought against the guerrillas during the Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996), commented that the creation of these new bases will be made possible thanks to the increase in the Army’s budget, of about 50 million dollars. The budget increase also includes the purchase of Brazilian-manufactured radar and aircraft, to strengthen the work of the intelligence command and information technology, Pérez pointed out. “We have many requests to install detachments (military) to assist in the issues of security. In Puerto Barrios (Izabal), for example, they asked for more presence to restore order on the spot,” he argued. For two weeks, about 200 U.S. Marines will support security forces in Guatemala, in an unprecedented deployment to combat drug trafficking in the Pacific waters. Guatemala has become one of the most violent countries on the continent, with an average of 16 deaths a day, especially by the incursion of drug cartels, including the Mexican Zetas.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgHill started 25 of 30 games for the Bruins under first-year coach Mick Cronin last season, averaging 9 points and a team-leading 6.9 rebounds. Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press the Dallas Cowboys have signed Andy Dalton to a one-year deal, two days after he was released by the Bengals. The contract guarantees the former Cincinnati starter $3 million and could be worth up to $7 million, although he is expected to serve as Dak Prescott’s backup.The Houston native led TCU to an undefeated season that included a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin during the 2010 campaign. He led the Bengals to five playoff berths in his nine seasons with the team but was never able to win a playoff game.Dalton owns most of Cincinnati’s passing records and started 13 games for the Bengals last season.Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears are indicating they are running out of patience with Mitchell Trubisky.A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the Bears have declined their fifth-year option on the quarterback for the 2021 season. Nadal won the second division, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a sweep of the two events.Charlatan led all the way in a race pushed back three weeks to help fill a void when the Kentucky Derby was postponed until September due to the coronavirus pandemic. Twenty-one 3-year-olds ran in two divisions of the Derby at Oaklawn, each worth $500,000.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BORDER WARKansas, Missouri renew Border War with 4-game football setKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas and Missouri are resuming their bitter Border War in football. Associated Press — The NCAA’s chief medical officer says widespread testing for coronavirus will be crucial to having college sports in the fall, especially contact sports such as football and basketball. Dr. Brian Hainline expressed cautious optimism in an interview with The Associated Press. The NCAA unveiled a three-phase recommended plan for getting sports up and running on campuses this fall. They all depend on schools having students back on campus.— Cycling’s European Road Championships have been postponed until next year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The championships were scheduled to take place Sept. 9-13 in Trentino, Italy, but the European Cycling Union says the “uncertainty of the current health crisis” means there are not enough guarantees “for organizing an event of such magnitude.” The championship will move to either Sept. 1-5 or 8-12 in 2021. The International Cycling Union is expected to announce which dates when it publishes next year’s calendar in the coming months.HORSE RACING-ARKANSAS DERBYCharlatan takes first division of Arkansas DerbyHOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP)— Charlatan romped in the first division of the Arkansas Derby, outlasting Basin and Gouverneur Morris. The move is hardly a surprise considering the way Trubisky struggled in his third season since the Bears drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick. His 2019 statistics sagged across the board from the previous season as he finished with 3,138 yards passing, a 63.2% completion rate, 17 touchdowns and an 83 quarterback rating.General manager Ryan Pace largely staked his reputation to Trubisky when he traded up a spot with San Francisco to draft him ahead of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Houston’s Deshaun Watson.The Bears acquired 2018 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles from Jacksonville in March and plan to hold an open competition for the starting job.In other NFL news:— The Chiefs have agreed to a contract with defensive end Taco Charlton, the 28th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Charlton flamed out in Dallas and Miami, but his athleticism is a perfect match for coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. The 25-year-old made seven starts for the Cowboys before sustaining a shoulder injury. He was waived just two weeks into last season and was let go by the Dolphins on Thursday. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSecretariat wins Kentucky Derby…againUNDATED (AP) — Secretariat has won a virtual Kentucky Derby against 12 fellow Triple Crown winners, 47 years after the chestnut colt won the real race at Churchill Downs.Secretariat was the 7-2 favorite, although there was no wagering. Instead, fans selecting the winning horse online were entered to win a VIP experience at the Derby this fall.Saturday’s 1 1/4-mile race featured computer-generated imagery and was held the same day the 146th Derby had been scheduled until it was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Derby has been re-set for Sept. 5.center_img Update on the latest sports In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Brighton has become the first English Premier League club to publicly oppose plans to try to restart the season in neutral stadiums during the coronavirus pandemic. Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says the league’s integrity would be damaged if teams couldn’t play at home. The Premier League sees using only up to half of the 20 stadiums as the most viable way of completing the season, which was suspended almost two months ago. West Ham vice chair Karren Brady says “no one wants” neutral stadiums but government and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority would have to approve the locations of games.— Cologne’s players are continuing to train despite three positive tests for coronavirus that have unsettled the German soccer league’s restart plans. The squad is currently training in small groups. Players and staff around the league began giving samples Thursday as part of a testing process designed to enable teams to return to full training and then to games later this month. Cologne said Friday that three people had tested positive but didn’t name them or say whether they were players.— Scott McLaughlin has won his second IndyCar iRace in a wild finish that saw most of the leaders crash as they rushed toward the checkered flag. Formula One driver Lando Norris was headed for what appeared a 1-2-3 podium sweep for the Arrow McLaren SP entries on the final lap. But Norris ran into the back of Simon Pagenaud and the defending Indy 500 champion, to take himself out of contention. Conor Daly finished second and was followed by Santino Ferrucci, who figured there would be a lot of angry drivers after the 175-mile race.— Formula One hopes to finally start the season with a double-header in the naturally isolated environment around the venue for the Austrian Grand Prix. Despite the first 10 races having been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the targeted start date is July 5 in Austria. F1 still hopes to hold 15 to 18 of the 22 scheduled Grand Prix races. One way to make up for lost time would be to have consecutive weekends on one circuit, like the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Its location in the mountains makes it naturally isolated. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSCowboys land Dalton…Bears pass on Trubisky optionUNDATED (AP) — One veteran NFL quarterback has found a new team, while another appears to have worn out his welcome. The former Big 12 rivals have agreed to a four-game series in which each school will play two home games beginning in September 2025.The fourth-longest rivalry in college football dates to 1891, but it has been on hiatus since Missouri departed for the Southeastern Conference. The schools recently announced a six-game series in men’s basketball beginning with the upcoming season that includes two games on each campus and two in Kansas City, Missouri.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-UCLA-HILLUCLA’s Jalen Hill withdraws name from NBA draftLOS ANGELES (AP) — Jalen Hill is staying at UCLA for his redshirt junior season. A team spokesman says Hill has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft. May 2, 2020last_img read more

Trojans return home to take on Gauchos

first_imgThe No. 4 USC men’s volleyball team is gearing up for a two-game homestand this week against UC Santa Barbara and UCLA after spending the last two weeks on the road.Ready to go · Senior outside hitter Tony Ciarelli is a four-year starter and team captain. He and USC, however, have struggled against UCSB. – Daily Trojan file photo“You get used to playing at Galen,” said senior middle blocker and co-captain Steven Shandrick. “You like the vibe from playing at home, and we have been getting great fan support.”After losing to No. 2 UC Irvine last weekend, the Trojans (4-3, 3-3) returned to the gym with a fresh intensity. Even though this week will have only one full practice, the Trojans’ string of weekend doubleheaders has given them more solid practice time than they have had thus far in the season.“This was the best Monday practice this year by far,” said coach Bill Ferguson. “The intensity level was great no matter what we were doing. And with the short week, you get the sense of being painted in a corner so you have to improve.”UCSB (2-5, 2-1) graduated six of their seven starters from last year’s team that eliminated USC from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship match as well as the NCAA Final Four. What used to be one of the most veteran teams in the conference is now one of the youngest.“There’s no talk of a grudge match in our gym,” Ferguson said. “Both teams have moved on and we’re both on another level.”The Gauchos are tied for last in the MPSF. Similar only in name to last year’s NCAA finalist, the match is a far cry from the heavyweight bout from last year.“This is a must-win for us. There’s definitely a little bit of that feeling of revenge after UCSB knocked us out of the MPSF and Final Four for the older guys,” Shandrick said. “They’re beatable, and if we execute … we should win.”First serve is 7:30 on Wednesday at the Galen Center.last_img read more

Hawks of Gambia to Arrive Uyo Feb 7 for Akwa Utd

first_imgCAF CONFEDERATION CUPAkwa United opponents in the CAF Confederation Cup, Hawks FC of The Gambia will hit Uyo on Wednesday, February 7 for their February 11 match billed for the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.A letter signed by the Secretary General of the Club Mr Sadibou Kamaso informed their host that whereas an advance delegation will arrive Nigeria two days earlier, the main delegation comprising 18 players and nine officials will hit Lagos later onboard A-Sky Airlines by15.05 pm. Akwa United is to be responsible for the transit accommodation of the visiting team in Lagos and the airlifting to and from Uyo as stated by CAF rule on destinations beyond 200 kilometres from Lagos and Abuja.The return leg is fixed for Banjul on Wednesday, February 21Meanwhile, Akwa United FC players and officials are satisfied with the one-all away draw recorded at FC Ifeanyiubah in a Match-day 6 NPFL fixture in Nnewi on Wednesday.‘The Promise Keepers’ made the game look easy and simple with their crisp passes and deft touches to the admiration of even their opposing supporters.And they left no one in doubt when they went in front 12 minutes after kick-off courtesy of Cyril Olisema, who burst from the left to fire home a deflected effort.The home side drew level two minutes into the second period through captain fantastic Patrick Ikokwu.A delighted Chairman of Akwa United, Paul Bassey, told the draw was a fair result for the two sides.“We should have won. They could have won also. So, I must say it was a fair result,” he remarked.The result ensured the Federation Cup holders maintained their top spot on the NPFL standings. They also extended their unbeaten run to four games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jagdeo slams sloth in charging Minister

first_img– says SOCU completed investigation months agoIt is a case that the Public Procurement Commission (PPC), set up by this very Government, has already found wrongdoing and pronounced on since August of last year but yet, despite an investigation from the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), no charges have been filed.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe case in question is the single sourced contract to Dutch company LievenseCSO for a feasibility study into constructing a new Demerara River crossing. At his recent press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo questioned what he described as the “foot dragging”, especially when Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson was questioned by SOCU in relatio9n to the matter.“Until now, we’re still waiting on SOCU for Patterson. They’ve completed the investigation but nobody is following up on this… about when charges will be laid against Patterson. Since January they have concluded the investigation, five months ago. The report was made since August 2018. And there’s evidence of the wrongdoing here. And no charges,” the Opposition Leader said.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonAsked whether his concern over SOCU deviating from its original mandate meant the agency should not handle the case, Jagdeo noted that he had no qualms with them handing the case over to the regular Police.“I don’t have a problem with us shifting the Patterson issue over to the CID. Because SOCU already did the investigation. And if, in this case it’s a regular case of corruption and a report has been made, I don’t have a problem with any department of the Police Force doing this,” Jagdeo added.A probe conducted by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC), upon request from the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), had flagged Patterson for requesting from Cabinet that the $148 million contract be sole-sourced instead of being processed through the Procurement Board as the law says should be done.As a result of the findings, the Opposition last August asked the Guyana Police Force’s SOCU to investigate the PPC’s findings. Based on a complaint filed by then Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, the Procurement Commission completed its investigation into the award of the contract for a feasibility study on a new Demerara River bridge and handed its report over on August 7, 2018.The report noted that several companies had bid for the project to do the feasibility study and design for the new Demerara River bridge and 12 companies were shortlisted. It further outlined that only two of the 12 companies had made proposals.As such, the bidding process was annulled. It added that on November 12, 2016, the Tender Administration Board approved the move for the project to be re-tendered. The project was not re-tendered; instead, Dutch company LievenseCSO was engaged by the Public Infrastructure Ministry to do the work.Page seven of the report noted that the bid from LievenseCSO was “unsolicited”, but Patterson took the company’s proposal to Cabinet for approval, and Cabinet granted approval for the company to be engaged. The report, on page seven, stated that monies to be spent on the project were taken from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (Asphalt Plant Accounts).It was subsequently announced that SOCU would be investigating the matter. Patterson submitted a statement to the investigative unit in September 2018, although this was criticised as the Opposition said the same standard utilised for questioning its members should apply to Government.Around that time, Opposition politicians were being questioned at SOCU headquarters over other matters. After much pressure from the Opposition, SOCU did take the Minister in for questioning on November 19, 2018. The file has since been sent to the Guyana Police Force legal adviser.last_img read more

B.C. Hydro maintains need for Site C, promises to work to mitigate effects

first_img“The decision to advance this project to this stage has not been made lightly. It has resulted from the careful consideration of the future electricity needs of our customers following many years of review and analysis,” she states. “Since B.C. Hydro’s last major facility was built, the province’s population has grown by more than 1.5 million people. Along with that population, B.C.’s economy has continued to expand, bringing more residences, businesses and industrial activity.” However, Yurkovich also acknowledged the areas where the project is expected to have “significant residual adverse effects”: fish and fish habitat, wildlife resources, vegetation and ecological communities, and current use of land and resources for traditional purposes. She admits that for some, the proposed mitigation measures will not satisfy their concerns. “We believe that the substantial work undertaken as part of this assessment demonstrates that the potential adverse effects of the project can largely be mitigated through careful planning, comprehensive mitigation programs, and ongoing monitoring during construction and operations,” she says. “If the Site C project proceeds, it is our intention to work hard to mitigate the effects of the project, and to deliver on our commitments to both First Nations and communities.” – Advertisement -At the same time, she argues there will be many benefits to rate payers, tax payers, local and Aboriginal communities.In the general presentation, Yurkovich made reference to comments made by former B.C. Lieutenant Governor George Pearkes when the W.A.C. Bennett Dam was first opened, noting that they could have easily have been made about this project. In the 1967 opening address, he argued that while everyone may have seen the benefit to the dam at that point, there were many who had concerns about the cost, and whether there would be enough market. Tim Howard, lawyer for the Peace Valley Environmental Association, questioned the relevance of the quote, arguing that Hydro has a far broader range of energy choices than it did forty years ago. Advertisement Yurkovich noted that the knowledge of the project was much higher in the Peace Region, but added that meetings were held in Vancouver in the early stages of consultation. The rest of the public hearing this afternoon at the Pomeroy Hotel is dedicated to looking at the need, purpose and alternatives, continuing through Tuesday. “Is it reasonable to say… that the era that that quote arose from, there are a broader array of choices available to B.C. Hydro today, in terms of evaluating flux load to meet future demand?” he asked. “The implication of the presentation was that what was good in 1967 would be good today.” Yurkovich responded that she’d only brought it up as a point of interest, but responded that Hydro does has a number of choices, and 20 per cent of its energy comes from Independent Power Producers, primarily wind and run-of-the-river hydroelectricity. In a response to a later question by PVEA’s Tony Atkins, she added that those sources can be intermittent and that Hydro must have the necessary capacity. Yurkovich also mentioned in her opening statement the recent poll that B.C. Hydro argued showed more than 80 per cent of residents would be comfortable with the project provided their views are taken into account, the project is approved by the independent review, and conservation efforts are made. Resident Marina Hoffman questioned the validity and credibility of the poll, asking whether the respondents were fully informed of the project and its potential impacts. “How many consultation meetings have you had in the south of British Columbia to make sure that people are well informed before you poll them?” she asked. Advertisementlast_img read more