FairPoint expands coverage in Bethel, Pittsfield, Rochester and Stockbridge

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) has expanded broadband to more than 190 homes and businesses in Bethel, Pittsfield, Rochester and Stockbridge.FairPoint’s new fiber-based, high-capacity network offers customers a better, faster way to communicate.‘Our next-generation network allows us to expand broadband service into areas with no high-speed Internet access and provide enhanced services across the state,’ said Beth Fastiggi, FairPoint state president for Vermont. ‘Broadband availability opens the doors to the world for the residents and businesses in Vermont and is fundamental to the state’s future economic growth.’FairPoint provides residential speed options up to 15Mbps. Broadband service on the next-generation network means customers can smoothly stream live video, play online games and upload photos and large files with ease. Reliable broadband access provides almost instant connections to information, news and entertainment.FairPoint’s broadband Internet service will reach customers along all or portions of the following streets:In Bethel: Hooper Hollow Road.In Pittsfield: Emerson Way, Liberty Hill.In Rochester: Col Dehart Stand, Jerusalem Hill, Liberty Hill, Marsh Brook Road, New Boston Road, North Hollow Road, North View Drive, Middle Hollow Road, Oak Lodge Road, Quarry Hill Road, Rocky Road, Route 100, Saw Mill Hill, Town Line Road, Twitchell Settlement.In Stockbridge: Olmstead Drive, Route 100.FairPoint has invested nearly $100 million in its network in the Green Mountain State and has added 1,100 miles of new fiber, providing high-speed access to 90 percent of its Vermont service areas.last_img read more

Alkohol ist sozialer Schmierstoff für Männer (Alcohol is a social lubricant for men)

first_imgDer Spiegel:Der Mensch ist ein soziales Wesen. Er trifft sich gern mit Freunden, freut sich mit anderen und leidet mit ihnen. Mitunter lockert ein Bier oder auch ein Glas Wein die Zunge und bringt Menschen schneller einander näher. Psychologen der University of Pittsburgh haben die Wirkung von Drinks auf die soziale Interaktion nun in einer Studie mit 720 Probanden untersucht. Ihre Beobachtungen klingen zunächst wenig überraschend: Wer Alkohol trinkt, auf den wirkt das Lächeln anderer Menschen ansteckender.Allerdings gab es diesen Effekt kurioserweise nur in Männergruppen, berichten Catharine Fairbairn und ihre Kollegen im Fachblatt “Clinical Psychological Science”. Sobald eine Frau mit am Tisch saß, verstärkte Alkohol die ansteckende Wirkung eines Lächelns kaum.Read the whole story: Der Spiegel More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

‘A lot of pain’: Marlins cope with Fernandez’s death

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. MIAMI (AP) – Jose Fernandez’s name and number showed on the video screen at Marlins Park on Monday when his teammates took the field, preparing to face the New York Mets without him.Fernandez made his major league debut against the Mets in 2013 and was scheduled to face them again Monday night. Instead, Miami mourns and the Marlins are pushing on without their 24-year-old ace, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday.“Deep in our hearts there is a lot of pain,” third baseman Martin Prado said. “Somehow we’ve got to overcome that.”His death sent shock waves throughout Major League Baseball. Fernandez and two other men were killed when his 32-foot SeaVee slammed into a rock jetty that extends off the southern tip of South Beach. A Coast Guard crew going out on patrol discovered the wreck at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.The boat landed upside down, with its engines partially submerged, its bow pointed skyward and debris scattered over the large jagged rocks.The exact time of the accident and who was behind the wheel have yet to be determined, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. There’s no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs factored into the crash, added a commission spokesman, Lorenzo Veloz.Also killed were Emilio Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, according to Darren Caprara, operations director of the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office. The medical examiner will establish the cause of death for all of the victims.Fernandez is the registered owner of the vessel. The wreck was taken from the scene to a secure facility where investigators will examine the evidence, the commission’s statement said.All of the Marlins players planned to wear Fernandez’s No. 16 in Monday’s game, the team said.Fans established a memorial on the plaza outside the ballpark entrance, leaving dozens of flower arrangements – daisies, carnations, roses and lilies, the result as colorful as Fernandez’s personality. There were also candles, and messages scrawled on balls, balloons, photos and jerseys.Fernandez won the NL Rookie of the Year award and became a two-time All Star; he also was expecting his first child, with his girlfriend. But his backstory made his death even more heart-wrenching: He escaped from Cuba by boat on his fourth try as a teenager, and when his mother fell into the Yucatan Channel during the journey, he jumped in and pulled her out.The Marlins canceled their Sunday afternoon game against Atlanta, but there were pregame tributes and moments of silence for him throughout both leagues. Many teams hung jerseys with his name and number.“This was not only one of the greatest pitchers in the modern game, but one of the finest young men you’d ever meet, who played the game with passion and fun and enjoyed being out there,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.Marlins players and team officials gathered to grieve together; some failed to hold back their tears.“All I can do is scream in disbelief,” said Hall of Famer Tony Perez, a Marlins executive and native of Cuba. “Jose won the love of all. I feel as if I had lost a son.”Nighttime speed limits have been established in the waters off Miami for holidays but officials have resisted requiring licenses and safety training for adult boaters, said Terry Claus, a fishing charter captain who advocated for tougher safety regulations after a July 4, 2014, crash in Biscayne Bay killed four people.News photos of the boat involved in Fernandez’s death appear to show that it had blue interior lights, a decorative feature that – if they were on – could have impaired the driver’s vision, Claus said.“You’re surrounded by all this blue light, and you can’t see what’s in front of you,” Claus said, adding that a boater safety course would have explained the danger.“Those blue lights are supposed to be on at the dock to make the boat look pretty, but when you’re on the ocean, everyone can see you but you can’t see anyone else.”Wildlife commission spokesman Rob Klepper said he could not confirm whether the vessel had interior lights that may have impaired the driver’s vision.Miami’s Government Cut is a busy channel for cargo and cruise ships, smaller fishing boats and personal watercraft. At 3:15 on Sunday, it was nearing high tide and the jetty that protects its entrance was partially submerged.So if the boat was going fast enough for the bow to rise out of the water, “then it’s very possible that he could not see any of those rocks in front of him,” Claus said.Also, while the area is well lit at night by South Beach’s neon hotels and condominiums, this also creates a glare that can make spotting a safe route through the channel more difficult, Claus said.“Especially if you’re going fast, there’s too much to take in,” Claus said. “There’s a lot of lights, there’s a lot of markers for the cruise ships – red lights flashing, green lights flashing, white lights flashing, and there’s a lot of boats running around. You have to be alert, and you have to slow down.”A native of Santa Clara, Cuba, Fernandez spent months in prison after trying to defect. At 15, he and his mother finally made it to Mexico, and were reunited in Tampa, Florida, with his father, who had escaped from Cuba two years earlier.The Marlins drafted him in 2011, and Fernandez was in the majors two years later at 20. He went 38-17 in his four seasons with Miami, winning the NL’s Rookie of the Year award in 2013, and was twice an All-Star.Last week Fernandez posted a photo of his girlfriend sporting a baby bump on his Instagram page, announcing that the couple was expecting its first child.Fernandez became a U.S. citizen last year and was enormously popular in Miami thanks to his success and exuberant flair. When he wasn’t pitching, he would hang over the dugout railing as the team’s lead cheerleader.“When I think about Josie, it’s going to be thinking about a little kid,” Manager Don Mattingly said, pausing repeatedly to compose himself. “I see such a little boy in him … the way he played. … Kids play Little League, that’s the joy Jose played with.”Mattingly then wiped away tears, and he wasn’t alone. Author: AP SHAREcenter_img ‘A lot of pain’: Marlins cope with Fernandez’s death Published: September 26, 2016 6:41 PM EDT Updated: September 26, 2016 10:35 PM EDT last_img read more

WEEKEND BETTING TIPS

first_imgI admit it: I went too hard and too far last week.Not the win for Athletic Bilbao; that looked like a pretty good call. Calling a Sergio Aguero goal wasn’t bad either, but I definitely should have been a tad cautious going for the Under 2.5 when Inter Milan played the bottom team in Serie A, Sampdoria.Yet, backing Barry Town to win or draw @3.30 was an absolute masterstroke. Indeed, if you had put some money only on a Barry Town win, you’d be incredibly rich right now. So here’s to taking more risks. And if you still have some of that Barry Town money left, here are some good value picks to stake on this weekend.Osasuna vs Villarreal: Over 2.5 @ 2.00It’s criminal for a punter to not take advantage of the burst of goals in Villarreal games so far this season. The Yellow Submarines are topscorers [18 goals] in La Liga, have the joint-fourth worst defence [11 goals] in the league, have seen at least three goals in all but one of their seven league games this season, and even have the league’s topscorer [Gerard Moreno] just for good measure. Even history backs an over 2.5 game. Villarreal themselves have scored over 2.5 goals in each of the last four meetings between both sides. Admittedly, two of these games were over five years ago. But you get the point…However, for some reason, the bookies have decided to offer as much as 2.00 for [at least] a three-goal game. The fear of Osasuna is real. Los Rojillos have seen only one game with three goals this season – their 2-2 draw against Barcelona – and have one of the worst offences in La Liga so far.So what’s going to give? While you are at it, there’s a really tempting 2.30 for Villarreal themselves to score at least two goals. That’s something they’ve achieved in five of their seven league games this season.Torino vs Napoli: Over 2.5 @1.67Like Villarreal, Napoli love goals a lot too. But unlike Osasuna, Torino haven’t been bad themselves when it comes to being involved in goals.Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli have been involved in the most goals in Serie A this season [25 goals], they have the joint-best offence in the league [15 goals scored], and their 10 goals conceded places them in the top six for goals conceded so far. Dating back to last season, there have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Torino’s last 10 home games in Serie A. They do love a goal feast at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.Napoli have bested their opponents in their recent fixtures too, winning the last four meetings at Sunday’s ground while scoring at least two goals in each of the games.You get a decent 2.27 for a Napoli win + Over 1.5, and that doesn’t look bad at all too.Schalke 04 vs Cologne: Schalke 04 win + Over 1.5 @1.68David Wagner’s Schalke 04 side have been one of the surprise packages of the Budesliga this season. The Royal Blues currently sit fourth in the table, just one point behind league leaders and defending champions Bayern Munich. Two weeks ago, I called the win + over 1.5 combo @2.05 in their 2-1 win over Mainz, and I’m going for a similar call again as they host second from bottom, Cologne.Cologne have lost five games this season [one win], but haven’t had a single draw. Their losses have been heavy too, especially in the last two games, where they conceded four each against Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin.Then there’s Schalke; Wins in their last four games, with all of their last five seeing at least three goals. Cologne could really be blown apart here…Barcelona vs Sevilla: Both Teams To Score @1.62Despite the best efforts of the Marc-Andre ter Stegen – who’s been incredible to say the least – Barcelona have kept just one clean sheet in their seven La Liga games the season. With Messi fully back and Luis Suarez back in form, Barcelona don’t seem to have any problems upfront. But it is in defence that they are set to build the desired solidity.Sevilla on the other hand have scored in all but one of their games in La Liga this season. They have looked good under Julien Lopetegui, and were particularly impressive in their 3-2 win over Real Sociedad last weekend.Games between these two sides tend to produce a lot of goals; though Sevilla have been on the receiving end mostly, they have played their part too, scoring in four of the last five.I’m not expecting either side to hold back at the Camp Nou on Sunday evening, and if their midweek engagements have any effect, then we could see yet another rush of goals.Livingston vs Celtic: Over 2.5 @1.54Livingston have lost their last 3 matches in the league; their last four in all competitions. They are facing the best team in the league coming off very poor form. Celtic meanwhile are undefeated in their last 23 matches against Livingston in all competitions and have won their last five at the Almondvale Stadium.A lot point towards a Celtic win, but you don’t get much for that – an unflattering 1.27. But you can get a good 1.54 for over 2.5.And that’s not a bad punt either as there have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Livingston’s last 6 games. Celtic themselves are no slouch when it comes to scoring, as they boast the best attack [22] in the league so far this season.Bonus: Liverpool vs Leicester City – Liverpool win or draw @1.09Liverpool can inch closer to the Premier League record for most consecutive wins by grabbing their 17th straight when Leicester visit Anfield Saturday afternoon.Leicester City have been in great form this season; currently in third place, and just two points behind last season’s champions Manchester City. So if ever there was a team to halt Liverpool’s run…But what Leicester City may not be able to stop is Liverpool’s unbeaten run at home in the Premier League. It’s now at 41, and considering that the Foxes haven’t done it in their last eight attempts, this seems like the perfect ‘banker’.RelatedWeekend Betting PicksSeptember 20, 2019In “England”Weekend Betting PicksSeptember 27, 2019In “Opinions”Weekend Football Betting PicksSeptember 13, 2019In “England”last_img read more

‘My biggest regret’ – Campbell: At the same time I know I have left a mark on the sport

first_imgNEW ROCHELLE, New York: If Jamaican athlete Kemoy Campbell were to end his career today, he would go down as one of the country’s best ever products in the distance events. It would be fair to say that his miles have largely been clocked on the back streets, where Jamaican athletics fame is concerned, but five straight national titles, three national outdoor records, two national indoor records, a 2016 Rio Olympics appearance, and him being the first Jamaican male to feature in a distance final at the IAAF World Championships, points to an athlete that has certainly made his mark. Still, as he continues his recovery following his shocking collapse while competing at the Millrose Games in New York on February 9, Campbell has found himself with more time than usual on his hands. It has given him the opportunity to reflect on what was and what isn’t. The 28-year-old, who spent more than two weeks in the ­hospital following the incident and, who now has an Implantable cardioverter defibrillator in his chest to mitigate against a ­reoccurrence of his heart failure, will not know whether he will be able to resume his professional career until no earlier than late August into September this year. The doubts and uncertainty pull at his heart, and as he contemplates his future, the Manchester native can’t help but think about the things he was not able to do on the track up to this point. “The biggest disappointment would be not medalling in one of these events,” Campbell told The Gleaner during an interview on Wednesday in New Rochelle, New York, where he is ­temporarily based until his recovery and check-ups are completed. “That was one of the goals that I set out for myself. This was something mentioned a lot of times, that I want to be the first Jamaican to medal for the country in a distance race, so that would be one of the disappointments. At the same time, I know I have left a mark the sport. I think if I can share my experiences with people, it can be a great impact as well,” added Campbell, who sees his recent struggles as an opportunity to engage and encourage others. PUSHING EVERY DAY Campbell, who created history when he qualified for the 5000m final at the London 2017 World Championships, says his ­experience has made him more appreciative and is pushing him every day to become stronger and to make the most of his second chance at life. “I have got stronger mentally. Yes, there are times when I have had a breakdown, but I think mentally, when it comes to pushing myself to get back up there, I have that drive to get myself back in it as fast as I can. The toughest thing is knowing I’m not going to get there as fast as I want to, but I know I have to be patient. I have family and friends around who I know will help me to get through this process for sure,” added Campbell. For now, there is no target for his return, no circled date on a calendar, no timeline. Campbell made it clear that he is in no rush as he has shown on the track throughout his career. He is prepared to go the distance to return to his best in what he hopes will be another push towards achieving the podium target that he so greatly desires. “When I start training, I don’t play around. You can ask any of my coaches I have worked with. I push myself really hard. If they (doctors) do give me the go-ahead, I will be a little more cautious. I would try to get back around as quickly as I can while being as safe as I can. There are goals that I have set for myself. When the moment comes, I will figure out how to adjust those with what my body can give me,” he shared. [email protected]last_img read more

CAA Asaba 2018: Ogba Condoles With Kenya Over Death Of Former World Champion

first_imgThe Local Organizing Committee, LOC for the recently concluded 21st African Senior Athletics Championships, has expressed deep shock at the news of the sudden death of Kenyan athlete, Nicholas Kiplagat Bett.Bett passed away on Wednesday morning, a day after returning from Asaba, Delta State where he and his colleagues did Kenya proud to emerge as the overall champions at the continent’s flagship athletics event; a feat the East African country last achieved over three decades ago.In a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, Head Media and Publicity for Asaba 2018, the LOC Chairman, Solomon Ogba said the sudden demise of Bett was a big blow not just to Kenya but to the rest of Africa.“We were deeply touched when we heard the news of Bett’s death on Wednesday,” Ogba began.“Coming at a time when the athletics family in Kenya are still celebrating their heroic performance in Asaba, it is painful that the former world champion is no longer around to savour this magic moment with the rest of his colleagues.” The LOC boss added.While Ogba is condoling with the athletics family in Africa, he advised that the legacies of Bett must be sustained and the former world champion must be immortalized.“He was a great son of Kenya and Africa so I expect that his legacies must be well protected, I pray for his family and his loved ones to have the strength to bear this irreparable loss” Ogba concluded.According to Nandi police commander Patrick Wambani, Bett died on the spot after the car he was driving veered off the road and landed in a ditch near Lessos along Eldoret-Kapsabet road on Wednesday morning.The 28-year-old former world champion was the first Kenyan ever to win a Worlds gold in hurdles after his magnificent run in Beijing 2015 Championships.RelatedAfrican Senior Athletics Championships: Athletes Depart Asaba After Big ShowAugust 6, 2018In “Athletics”CAA ASABA 2018: Kalkaba Commends LOC As CAA Director Thanks AlliAugust 9, 2018In “Athletics”International Athletes Left Stranded Ahead Of CAA 2018 (Photos)July 31, 2018In “Africa”last_img read more

NASA’s new planet hunter explores universe, searches for ‘signatures of life’

first_img Related NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center(NEW YORK) — A new NASA program years in the making will attempt to do what no spacecraft has ever done before — scan the universe to find thousands of planets orbiting stars outside our solar system.But the question on everyone’s mind yet to be answered: Is there life on any of those planets?The agency’s new planet hunter — named TESS, or the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite — is one of its most important missions, says astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi.“TESS will discover planets around the nearest brightest stars seen from Earth,” he said.Not too long along, there were nine planets in the solar system. But then scientists scratched Pluto off the list — to the dismay of many planet lovers who still wonder what happened to the ninth planet.Well, Pluto is still a planet, but now it is now considered a dwarf planet.Beyond the planets in the Kuiper belt, though, scientists hope TESS will find more planets. NASA astronomers have already discovered thousands of exoplanets.But TESS — the first-ever spaceborne, all-sky transit survey — will identify a wide range of planets, from Earth-sized to gas giants.Oluseyi said TESS has that capability because of the physics of shadows and light.“Light passing through the planets’ atmospheres, or bouncing off their atmospheres, will provide details of the planets’ chemistry and search for signatures of life,” he said.So when a planet passes in front of its host star, the light will dim, Oluseyi said, and that’s what TESS will be looking for — those dimming lights that astronomers call dips transits.What would be the dream discovery for TESS?An Earth-sized planet that has survived the life cycle of the star it orbits and is orbiting a white star. It’s an elusive discovery for astronomers.TESS is expected to find thousands of other planets during its two-year mission exploring the nearest and brightest stars in our galaxy to see if there are unknown worlds hiding in their light.TESS is scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Monday at 6:32 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more