North-Link Construction to Begin

first_imgNorthern Enterprises is pleased to announce the commencement of the North-Link network on Friday, May 4th, 1:45 pm at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Senator Patrick Leahy and other dignitaries will be on hand to formally launch construction of this fiber optic high-speed network. The fiber optic system will serve as a backbone for broadband access throughout the Northeast Kingdom where major areas have been sidelined from high speed internet access. North-Link is a $ 10 million fiber optic network designed by Northern Enterprises, in cooperation with the Economic Development Council of Northern Vermont, that encompasses eight Vermont Counties, three States and two countries. The network is a public-private partnership with financial backing coming from the federal government, local businesses and communities.last_img read more

Editors discuss Pat Haden controversy

first_imgQ: Should current ADs be permitted to vote on the selection committee?AK: If coaches get a vote in the Coaches Poll each week, why shouldn’t athletic directors be able to serve on the college football playoff selection committee? Haden arguing a call on the sidelines does not that mean that he is incapable of making an unbiased decision when it comes to the playoff teams. Six of the 13 members of the committee are or were athletic directors at some point, and I’m sure the founders of the committee thought long and hard about allowing them on. Each member of that committee will have a slight bias, toward his or her alma mater at least. But they all must do their best to suppress that when it comes time to make the big decisions.WH: Yes, for now at least. The current makeup of the committee is balanced enough for at least a trial run. The recusal policy, which forces any active AD to leave the room while his or her team is being considered, is a no-brainer, but I’m not sure if it’s enough. Athletic directors could still favor their own conference in negotiations. Even worse, they could hypothetically vote for teams that they feel are a better matchup for their own school. I’m not convinced this will happen. In fact, I really doubt it. Still, if any evidence of this type of tampering comes up there will be no doubt that this was a failed experiment. USC Athletic Director Pat Haden left the press box during the third quarter of last Saturday’s 13-10 win over Stanford’s to personally challenge a refereeing decision. Haden, who is a member of the  College Football Playoff Selection Committee, explained that head coach Steve Sarkisian had requested his presence after Sarkisian no longer felt comfortable arguing an earlier sideline warning. Haden was criticized for his decision to head to the sideline, and on Monday received a $25,000 fine from Pac-12 conference officials.One fine day · USC Athletic Director Pat Haden was fined $25,000 by the Pac-12 for confronting game officials on the sideline at Stanford. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanDaily Trojan sports editors Aubrey Kragen and Will Hanley discussed Haden’s decision, his punishment and the role of active athletic directors in the new selection committee. Q: Do you agree with Haden’s decision to respond to his coach’s request and head down to the field?AK: I definitely do. Athletic directors, university presidents and miscellaneous celebrities roam the sidelines at games quite often, so I can understand Haden deciding to head down. It was a huge game for the Trojans, so why wouldn’t he come when he heard that his head coach needed help? The officiating in that game was already questionable, so after Sarkisian had already been dealt an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, Haden stepped in like an overprotective mother. It happens.WH: I do, and I don’t. You have to remember, Haden’s a football guy at heart. More than that, as Sarkisian explained after the game, he’s a Trojan. Of course he was going to go help out his head coach in the tensest moment of maybe the most important game of the year. Sarkisian had a job to do and wasting his time arguing with officials while he should be focused on the task at hand would have been a huge mistake. Plus, because of his earlier sideline warning, Sark was risking a possible ejection. If the Trojans had to play that last quarter without their captain and their head coach, things might have turned out differently.Still, Haden could have gone about it better. I completely understand the running, the screaming and the arm waving, but a guy as experienced as Haden should have known better. Not only was his demonstration perfect highlight material for a tired, underpaid associate producer at ESPN, but it reignited a seemingly dormant debate about his role on the NCAA selection committee. By calmly walking down to the field and quietly engaging an official, he could have avoided a lot of this mess. Q: Overall, how well do you think Haden, Sarkisian and the Athletic Department handled the aftermath of the situation?AK: I think Sarkisian came out of this looking a little sheepish. Calling Haden down in the first place looks, in retrospect, like a kid having someone bigger fight his battles for him. But he and Haden have apologized, and I’m sure people will forget about this by Sunday morning.WH: Haden is actually coming out of this looking pretty good. He and the Athletic Department have spun this into a simple case of a passionate AD coming to his coach’s aid in a crucial situation. Plus, that $25,000 kick to charity won’t hurt. The guy who took the real hit in this situation was Sarkisian. First, he got hit with a sideline warning in an incredibly important game, then compounded that warning by arguing about it. He had good motives at heart when he asked Haden to come down and deal with the situation while he coached the game, but Sark definitely had other options. In the end, this won’t be a big problem for either guy. Haden will be fine, and Sark was open and apologetic enough that this will all blow over. Q: Was the Pac-12 right to fine Haden? Should he face any other punishment?AK: I’m not sure I agree with the $25,000 fine. Media reports of his “confrontation” with the officials are really exaggerated, and I don’t see anything wrong with him arguing a call. I do understand, though, the Pac-12’s desire to take a stand on the issue.WH: Yeah, the conference probably did the right thing here. The fine sets a good precedent, even if it was borne out of one of the more bizarre events I’ve ever witnessed. I can’t imagine the NCAA levying any further punishment on Haden; he’s accepted the Pac-12’s punishment and even picked up some public goodwill by negotiating with the conference to have the fine donated to charity. The NCAA has felt some heat for revoking Penn State’s sanctions, and I doubt strengthening its apparent vendetta against USC by punishing Haden would look all that great. As far as the selection committee goes, he’ll stay on. The head of the committee is voicing his outright support for Haden, and I doubt the committee wants to make such a significant change this late in the game.last_img read more

Man City stumble again to Shelvey stunner at Newcastle

first_imgBut the sharpness and accuracy of passing that has characterised City’s two title triumphs under Guardiola was lacking as the visitors’ struggled to unlock the mass ranks of the Newcastle defence.City finally began to work Martin Dubravka in the Newcastle goal in the final quarter as De Bruyne’s shot from a narrow angle was turned away before Gabriel Jesus had a huge chance to make his mark in Aguero’s absence.The Brazilian was played clean through on goal by Silva but shot straight at Dubravka before De Bruyne’s follow-up effort was blocked.Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden were called upon from the bench to make and impact in the final 20 minutes and with his first touch Bernardo dragged wide another glorious chance on his normally trusty left foot.De Bruyne was the one constant threat for City and looked to have won the game when he chested down a looping clearance before smashing the ball in off the underside of the bar.Newcastle had barely mustered a single attack in the second half, but after Fernandinho conceded a needless foul and was lucky to avoid seeing a second yellow card, Christian Atsu picked out Shelvey unmarked on the edge of the box to find the bottom corner.City still had one more chance to take all three points in stoppage time when De Bruyne picked out Sterling, but his shot lacked the power to beat Dubravka and with that opportunity may have gone their chances of a third title in a row.Share on: WhatsApp Guardiola frustrationNewcastle, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City’s Premier League title hopes faltered once more as the champions twice blew a lead to draw 2-2 at Newcastle on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s men were frustrated for long spells after Jetro Willems quickly cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s first half opener, but seemed to have found the moment of magic they needed thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s sensational strike eight minutes from time.However, City’s defensive flaws were soon exposed once more as Jonjo Shelvey swept home a well-worked free-kick six minutes later.City have now dropped points in five of their 14 league games this season and could end the day 11 points behind leaders Liverpool.Guardiola was without Sergio Aguero who has been ruled out for a couple of weeks by a thigh muscle injury and City missed his predatory instincts as they failed to make nearly 80 percent possession count.Sterling has usurped Aguero so far this season as City’s major source of goals and was clinical 22 minutes in after a lovely backheel from David Silva set the England international up for his 15th goal of the season.However, the lead lasted just three minutes as the normally goal-shy Magpies produced their own moment of quality when Miguel Almiron teed up Willems to slot past Ederson into the far corner.When City lost on their last visit to St James’ Park back in January the title seemed lost, only for a 14-game winning streak to end the campaign to pip Liverpool to the post.The Reds’ relentless form at the top of the table meant City started the day nine points behind and with precious little margin for error even before November is out.last_img read more

CDC Bans Cruises in U.S. Waters Until October, Due to Outbreaks

first_imgIf you were hoping to set sail in the coming months, you could be out of luck.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that it has banned cruising in U.S. waters until at least Oct. 1, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The agency extended its no-sail order for cruises, which was set to expire July 24, for the second time in recent months, amid continued virus outbreaks on cruise ships.Companies that are members of the cruise industry lobbying group Cruise Lines International Association, including Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Group, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, MSC Cruises, Disney Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages, had already cancelled all of their sailings through at least Sept. 14.Meanwhile, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line had cancelled its cruises through Aug. 28. Although the last cruise passengers disembarked in early June, thousands of crew members are still awaiting repatriation without pay.In addition, some crew members are still contracting COVID-19 on board.Since March 1, cruise companies have reported a total of 2,973 COVID-19 or COVID-like illnesses to the CDC on cruise ships in U.S. waters and 34 COVID-19 deaths, according to the agency.About 1,000 of those confirmed and suspected cases, and one of the deaths – a crew member on the Disney’s “Wonder” ship – have occurred since June 23, according to records.The CDC clarified that the confirmed and suspected cases were part of 99 outbreaks on 123 different cruise ships.According to U.S. Coast Guard data, there are 67 ships in and around U.S. waters, with 14,702 crew members onboard, as of July 10.last_img read more

Historic Church Bell Will Ring Again

first_imgFinegan said that when his great-grandfather gave the organ to the church it cost $750, which was around two years’ salary for a middle class person, Now he said it would cost $150,000 to replace.He said it had to be rebuilt two times, once in 1935 and then again around 2002.The church now holds organ recitals on the third Saturdays of each month.Because of the Labor Day weekend, the next concert will be on Sept. 10, with refreshments served at 10 a.m. and the recital beginning at 11 a.m. In 1892, the church was rebuilt, in brick this time. The bell, produced by the McShane Foundry in Baltimore was made in 1892. According to Wikipedia, the foundry was established in 1856, and made “tens and thousands of bells and chimes shipping them out to churches and public buildings,” including “the 7,000- pound bell that hangs in the dome of Baltimore’s City Hall.”The company has moved to Glen Burnie, Maryland, and is now “the only large Western-style bell maker in the United States,” according to the entry.Another feature of the church is the pipe organ, which was donated by E.S. Nesbitt in 1893 after the fire that destroyed the church. By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – On Sept. 11, the 124-year-old bell at the Sea Bright United Methodist Church will once again ring four times, marking the time one of the four planes involved in the 9/11 attack crashed.The bell has been silent for the last three anniversaries of the terror attacks, said George Finegan, the lay leader and musician at the church. It had ceased to function when the wheel broke that supported the rope that pulled the bell.The mechanism was repaired by John Conway of Navesink. Conway, a master carpenter, donated his services and constructed a new wheel that placed the bell back into service, said Councilman Charles Rooney, III. “John and I brought the wheel up in six pieces,” Rooney said Friday. “It was a tight squeeze’” getting the pieces through the small opening at the tower’s entrance, he said. But once the pieces were there, Conway was able to join the pieces together.Finegan said the bell is rung on Sundays at 9:25 a.m. before church services as well as on New Year’s, Memorial Day and other national holidays.The church also has a carillon bell system that plays on Saturdays at 9 a.m., noon and 6 p.m., he said.He is the one who will ring the bell. There is an art to it, he explained. “The bell will ring itself. You got to feel the rope. If you fight the rhythm it will break,” Finegan said.Finegan’s great-grandfather, who came to Sea Bright in 1863, was one of the original members of the church, which held its first services on the beach.In 1887, the group built a church on the site it now occupies at 1104 Ocean Ave. in the center of the town, Finegan said. Four years later, a fire swept through the town, from where the 7-11 store is now located to the site of the present Sea Bright-Rumson Bridge, and “most of Sea Bright was destroyed,” he said.last_img read more

Whitewater set to open, preps for development at base of hill

first_imgBack in the saddleThe first weekend in December is expected to usher in a new season in paradise as Whitewater Ski Resort will deliver over 600 acres of new skiing, three new top-to-bottom intermediate runs, and the Glory Ridge chair lift (2,044 vertical feet.The new lift will open by Dec. 16, with the final pieces of the lift and testing still yet to be completed. The galvanized metal triple lift was brought in from Vail, Col., at “a steal” of a price.Whitewater management will also try to assess the impact of the new triple lift on the Summit double lift — Summit could be overloaded at certain peak times to get people to the top, said Cusack.“But between the three lifts there we should have pleasant lift lines,” he said.The Mountain opens fulltime on Dec. 11. Last year, thanks to a huge dump of snow in the middle of November, Whitewater opened in the third week of November.Over 100 centimetres of snow have fallen on the top of the mountains at Whitewater, with around 40 cm. accumulating at the base. Note:In areas with heavy snowfall, changes are in the works. Backcountry skiers heading to Revelstoke’s Glacier National Park will find anyone entering a prohibited area or a winter restricted area that is closed could be hit with fines of $2,000.For information on the Winter Permit System call 250-837-7500 or check out By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily With the weekend opening of the Whitewater Ski Resort season one day away, an opening of another sort on the mountain is still gestating, says the hills’ general manager.Brian Cusack said the master plan — finalized and adopted by Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts in the beginning of June — is still on schedule to see the first shovel hit the ground on real estate development in 2013.The notion of a $40-million expansion and development project still looks promising, he said, but right now they are in a studious mode, with actual planning expected to come later once it the area has revealed its real working possibilities.The groundwork for the real estate development is now being assessed, with a water study underway for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, as well as a search for a septic field that meets approval of the Ministry of Environment.Cusack believes the consultants on the project have found a suitable field that can take all of the sewage they can throw at it.There is also a water table and water source analysis ongoing to see how much water the new development can use without impacting the nearby creek and its resultant habitat.A hydro geologist is studying the possibility of water being collected over time from an aquifer and stored in huge water tanks, as opposed to taking it on demand from the creek, the current method of water usage at Whitewater.The former idea has a much gentler impact on the environment, said Cusack.“We believe we have a sufficient amount of water in the valley floor in the aquifer,” he said.The master plan — only a portion of the resort’s Master Development Agreement with the Province — is somewhat scaled back in terms of its real estate (originally believed to be in the range of $90 million) and leaves the sensitive Qua Basin and its mountain caribou denizens untouched inside the resort’s Controlled Recreation Area (CRA).An agreement was struck in June with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts to retain the Provincial Government’s Action Regulation (GAR) order under the Mountain Caribou Recovery Strategy, specific to Qua Basin.The depth and breadth of the “wish list” for the development project includes 127 units of housing and six new lifts, expanded and increased runs, the creation of up to $40 million in real estate at the base of the mountain — all with the intent of increasing skier visits from 85,000 to 110,000 per season.In all, there will be $10 to $15 million worth of infrastructure improvements made, including the possibility of geothermal heat, with $40 million worth of strata-type real estate created over the next 10 years.In the base area there would be a core set of buildings created, with a commercial building housing a ski shop, rental shop and the ski school.There will be a small hotel with a bar and restaurant and a hostel — 50 units between the hotel and hostel — that may include some condominium units. There would also be 123 multi-family and single-family units phased in around the bowl.This would put 694 beds on the mountain,The whole complex will be divided into areas: 35 single family housing units (210 beds)38 duplex units (152 beds)54 multi-family units (216 beds)12 hostel units (46 beds)24 hotel/condo units (46 beds)10 remote lodge units (20 beds)editor@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Mates open the 2012 season by pounding Vikings

first_imgLast season the Dam Inn Mates looked very impressive in the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League Final.The Mates continued that impressive showing Sunday as Dam Inn opened the 2012 season with a lopsided 29-6 victory over Castlegar at the Mount Sentinel Field. In the other game on opening day, the Brewers defeated Nelson Hour Glass by forfeit.The West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League is a four-team league and plays Sundays at Mount Sentinel.Game times are 11a.m. and 1 p.m.Sunday the Mates meet Brewers at 1 p.m. while Hour Glass battles Castlegar in the preliminary game at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Why this Liverpool and Man United target has been compared to Messi!

first_img1 Emre Mor, the 18-year-old, is interesting Man United and Liverpool Emre Mor, the Danish sensation whose skill and finishing, has already seen him compared to Lionel Messi, is reportedly interesting both Man United and Liverpool.Check him out in action in the video below.Name: Emre MorDate of birth: 24/07/1997Position: StrikerClub: FC NordsjaellandWhat’s the latest?Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reportedly been an admirer of Mor since his days in charge of Borussia Dortmund, and the German side have retained thier interest, putting them in competition for the young striker’s signature with the Reds and Man United.Scouts from a number of leading clubs in Europe have been sent to watch him in recent weeks, with the race hotting up.Mor is tipped by many to become a future star, so you can expect to hear more about him as the winter transfer window edges closer.Video evidence:In the Danish Under-19 Cup final in May, the teenager scored a sublime Messi-esque goal from outside the box with his left foot.And this video shows exactlly why he has Europe’s major clubs fighting for his signature.For Liverpool or Man United fans, it could be a very exciting month!last_img read more