Vermont Telecommunications Authority to fund NEK fiber link

first_imgThe Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) announced today its intention to fund a multi-provider fiber communications link between Newport and Hardwick.  VTA funds in the amount of $500,000 for construction of the fiber link were authorized in Act 53 of the 2011-2012 legislative session. VTA intends to ensure that the design of the proposed facility will include fiber strands which can be used for middle-mile and last-mile broadband purposes, as called for in the authorizing legislation.‘The VTA has received strong expression of community support for the expansion of fiber optic facilities in the Northeast Kingdom,’ said VTA Executive Director Christopher Campbell.  ‘This project will connect and extend existing and planned fiber networks in one of Vermont’s most rural regions.’The fiber link will be available to multiple communications service providers to serve key businesses and institutional customers, local cellular networks and for last-mile broadband expansion.In early November, the VTA received responses to an October 24, 2011 Notice of Grant Funding.  The VTA has invited all respondents to the Notice to participate cooperatively in the engineering and development of the project, and to receive strands on the project in return for partial capital contributions to the construction of the project. VTA intends to convene a process with the providers shortly to begin the design of the project. Construction of the link between two important regional centers, will provide new communications opportunities for economic development and education, while enabling new expansions of last-mile broadband and cellular services.last_img read more

NFL free agency news: Mark Ingram signs with Ravens

first_imgIngram has rushed for 1,000 or more yards rushing in two of his last three seasons. He finished with 645 yards in 2018 averaging 4.7 yards per carry after missing the first four games of the year due to a suspension. Pen to paper! ✔️ pic.twitter.com/vsLfarROwv— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 15, 2019The deal is for $15 million, ESPN reported. Running back Mark Ingram signed his new three-year contract with the Ravens on Friday. The Saints signed running back Latavius Murray to a deal this week and effectively brought Ingram’s time in New Orleans to an end.The team reportedly wanted to bring Ingram back before signing Murray, but the two sides were unable to come to an agreement on a deal. Related News NFL free agency news: Earl Thomas signs with Ravenslast_img read more

Lakers legend Elgin Baylor to receive statue outside Staples Center in April

first_img“I was just happy to be part of the organization for all those years,” he said, “just to be a professional player and play, but really I never have given it any thought about them giving me a statue or anything like that.”Baylor averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds over the course of his career. He appeared in 11 All-Star games and was a first-team All-NBA player on 10 occasions.He famously ended his illustrious career nine games into the 1971-72 season, retiring one game before the Lakers reeled off a league-record 33 consecutive wins en route to their first championship in L.A. He is generally considered one of the greatest players to never win a championship, having lost in the NBA Finals seven times.Baylor recognizes that a shrinking number of fans are old enough to remember his playing days. When asked what he hoped people remembered about his career, he paused as he searched for an answer.“Be honest, I never really thought about it,” he said. “Just that the fact that I went out, gave 100 percent, everything I had, enjoyed playing. I had terrific teammates, and just enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun. And nothing else to say, but pleased that they’re building a statue and excited to see how it goes.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers are expected to announce their plans for the statue on Tuesday.“I don’t know how I’m going to react or anything once I see it,” Baylor said, “because nothing like that has ever happened before. But I’m sure that I will enjoy it. Will get an opportunity to probably see some of the people I played basketball with, some of the guys. And I think it should be an interesting day, a fun day.”Perhaps the first great Lakers player of the Los Angeles era, Baylor made the move from Minneapolis with the team in 1960, and went on to spend his entire 14-year-career with the franchise. His No. 22 jersey is one of 11 to be retired by the Lakers and he ranks in the team’s all-time top five in points, minutes and field goals. He is the franchise’s career leader in rebounds with 11,463.Baylor spent 22 years as the Clippers’ general manager, winning Executive of the Year in 2006.To some, a statue for Baylor was long overdue. However, it was something Baylor said he had never really considered.center_img PreviousLakers great Elgin Baylor, right, will get a statue outside Staples Center this spring, an honor many believe was long overdue. (AP Photo)Lakers great Elgin Baylor, right, drives against Golden State’s McCoy McLemore during a game in 1965. Baylor will get a statue outside Staples Center this spring, an honor many believe was long overdue. (AP Photo)One of the best-shooting and passing forwards of all time, Elgin Baylor was among the league’s best players in the 1960s, leading the Lakers to the NBA Finals eight times in his 13 seasons. He was named first-team All-NBA 10 times and his 38.3 point average in 1961-62 is a Lakers single-season record. (Photo by Vernon Biever, NBAE via Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsElgin Baylor was at his best on April 14, 1962, when he scored 61 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in a 126-121 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Though the Celtics came back to win the next two games and the title, Baylor’s scoring feat remains a Finals record. (AP photo)The Lakers’ Elgin Baylor maneuvers his way through New York Knicks Bill Bradley, left, and Dick Barnett on his way to the basket during an NBA playoff games on May 1, 1970 at the Forum in Inglewood. Baylor’s career playoff scoring average of 27 points is surpassed among Lakers only by Jerry West and Shaquille O’Neal. (AP Photo)One of the best-shooting and passing forwards of all time, Elgin Baylor was among the league’s best players in the 1960s, leading the Lakers to the NBA Finals eight times in his 13 seasons. He was named first-team All-NBA 10 times. (NBA Photos/Getty Images)Lakers great Elgin Baylor, right, will get a statue outside Staples Center this spring, an honor many believe was long overdue. (AP Photo)Lakers great Elgin Baylor, right, drives against Golden State’s McCoy McLemore during a game in 1965. Baylor will get a statue outside Staples Center this spring, an honor many believe was long overdue. (AP Photo)NextShow Caption1 of 6Lakers great Elgin Baylor, right, drives against Golden State’s McCoy McLemore during a game in 1965. Baylor will get a statue outside Staples Center this spring, an honor many believe was long overdue. (AP Photo)ExpandElgin Baylor was on hand for the unveiling of Shaquille O’Neal’s statue outside of Staples Center last spring, just as he was when teammate Jerry West made his debut in bronze, and for ceremonies honoring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his friend Chick Hearn.This spring, Baylor will finally be the one whose likeness shines in the Southern California sun when the Lakers unveil a statue honoring the Hall of Fame forward on April 6.“It’s something people have been talking to me about for some time,” Baylor, 83, told the Southern California News Group. “I’m honored to have it happen.”After longtime Kings broadcaster Bob Miller received a statue at Star Plaza on Saturday, Baylor will become the 10th person, and fifth Lakers representative, to receive the honor. The ceremony to unveil Baylor’s statue, the sort he has attended as a supporter, will be held prior to the Lakers’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.last_img read more

Aubameyang cools Arsenal exit speculation

first_img“I don’t even think about that possibility with Auba,” said Arteta. “I want him here.”Arteta has made a positive impact in just over two weeks in charge with a 2-0 win over Manchester United on January 1 the blueprint for what Arsenal are hoping Pep Guardiola’s former assistant can bring to the Emirates.Aubameyang has also been impressed by the Spaniard and believes 2020 can be a far more successful year after a disappointing 2019 that ultimately cost Unai Emery his job.“You can see improvement in our performances and now it has materialised with a deserved win,” added Aubameyang.“The atmosphere was exceptional. When you are on the pitch and you feel the crowd roaring after every run, every tackle, every duel and after every chance, it gives you such a boost mentally. The Emirates felt like a fortress.“You were our 12th man and I felt like Manchester United could have played for hours and they would have never scored.“I really hope it will be like that until the end of the season. All together, we can have a great 2020! We need to be united more than ever.” AubameyangLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quashed speculation surrounding his future this month ahead of Monday’s FA Cup clash with Leeds.Aubameyang has scored 56 goals in 90 games since joining the Gunners just under two years ago, but has only 18 months left to run on his contract.Reports have suggested the Gabon international, 30, is keen to make sure he is playing Champions League football next season.Arsenal are nine points off the Premier League top four as they aim to end a three-year exile from Europe’s premier club competition. They could also secure a Champions League return by winning the Europa League.“I would also like to react to some of the rumours that are going around about me in the media,” Aubameyang told Arsenal’s official matchday programme.“People like making up stories and they should focus on what’s happening on the pitch. They talk too much and it does my head in!“I am the Arsenal captain. I love this club. I am committed to it and desperate to bring it back to the top, where it belongs.”New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said earlier this week that he is not even considering the possibility that Aubameyang could leave this month. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England Golf Partnership appoints new chairman and board member

first_img24 Mar 2016 England Golf Partnership appoints new chairman and board member Nic Coward has been appointed as the independent Chairman of the England Golf Partnership (EGP), which works to grow the game by increasing participation.Martha Brass, a senior operations executive in the media sector, becomes an independent member of the Management Board.Nic was the General Secretary of the Premier League until 2015, the world’s most followed and commercially successful league, and a non-executive director of the Football Association. Prior to that he was the first chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, the governing body of the UK’s second biggest spectator sport.He will also chair the EGP’s new Leadership Group which brings together key industry figures to collaborate on the development of a plan for golf in England for 2017 to 2021.Martha is the Chief Executive Officer, International Operations, of the Endemol Shine Group, a global content creator, producer and distributor with a portfolio of international hits including Big Brother, Broadchurch, Deal or No Deal, MasterChef, Mr. Bean and many more.  She is also a non-executive director of a leading Israeli commercial television franchisee.She will provide leadership for an EGP group measuring the return on investment across initiatives to grow the game that receive funding from Sport England.Nic and Martha join the Partnership at a time when figures from Sport England’s Active People Survey indicate that the decline in participation is stabilising.Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), said: “We are delighted to welcome Nic and Martha and look forward to working with them. This is a very exciting time for Partnership with the creation of the Leadership Group which will create new ideas and approaches.”Nick Pink, Chief Executive of England Golf, added: “Nic and Martha bring tremendous experience to the board and this will be invaluable in helping us to meet our goals of encouraging more people to play golf more often and to increase the number of golf club members in England.”The England Golf Partnership brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the Professional Golfers’ Association to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England National Lottery funding. The Partnership’s Whole Sport Plan for golf aims to increase and widen participation in golf, from grass roots to elite levellast_img read more