WiFi Takes Off at Vermont’s Visitor CentersVisitors and Vermonters who travel the interstate system are connected better than ever before to work, friends and family as they travel through Vermont. A stop at many of Vermont’s visitor centers now allows travelers to access the Internet via a fast and reliable broadband connection.On November 14, 2007, Governor Douglas inaugurated free WiFi service at state visitor centers announcing that “Travelers using our major roadways can now use wireless Internet service free of charge. This advancement of my E-State Initiative will make this resource more valuable for business people, tourists and all those who use our highways.”Since May 2007 the State has seen a 1298% increase in WiFi usage by travelers.The initial setup of WiFi services at Vermonts visitor centers has been funded through ConnectVermont, a program managed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development that aims to make traveling in Vermont safer and more convenient. Senator Patrick Leahy has secured $15 million in federal funding to allow the State to expand traveler services, enhance broadband Internet access and attract more visitors to Vermont through various ConnectVermont activities.More information about these projects is available online at www.connectvermont.com(link is external).Times have changed at Vermont’s visitor centers. While we used to see travelers stop to use our facilities now it is common to see them linger longer while sitting in a Vermont Folk Rocker and access e-mail or connect to work as they pass through the state said Ed von Turkovich, Director of the States Information Center Division. “Our usage is up dramatically and it is now common to see our visitors, who while commuting stop in to use the visitor centers as a temporary office,” said von Turkovich.Installing WiFi access at all state-operated information centers was a component of the Governors E-State Initiative to provide high speed Internet capability and mobile phone coverage to Vermonters in every community. “Providing High Speed Internet access to our visitors is one important piece of the puzzle” said Mary Evslin, Board Chair of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority. “Connecting Vermonters is critically important to the Governor’s initiative and to the State’s interest in ensuring that we have a comprehensive architecture of connectivity in place by the end of 2010.””For visitors to Vermont it sends the right message” said Al Levy of Summit Technologies the firm responsible for building the WiFi system on the interstate. “The world is moving at an ever-accelerating pace to connect itself via an ever-expanding world wide web. It only makes good sense that in Vermont visitors to our state know Vermont is following the same path,” said Levy.The State plans to continue expanding WiFi coverage at its visitor centers over the next 18 months. The State also plans to provide marketing opportunities to businesses looking for exposure on the State’s WiFi web portals located at visitor centers where WiFi has been installed. Businesses interested in exploring how they can benefit from this opportunity should contact Al Levy at Summit Technologies at 802-846-3030 x222 or email@example.com(link sends e-mail)# # #
… Bess optimistic that ‘elite athletes’ will medalTHE four-member Guyana team, currently in the Dominican Republic for the 46th Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, will be in action this weekend.President of the Guyana Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (GBBFF) Keavon Bess said that the competitors are ready for the spotlight.Two of Guyana’s representatives are no strangers to CAC, including five-time Mr Guyana and former CAC gold medallist Kerwin Clarke and four-time Mr Guyana (Men’s Physique) Emmerson Campbell, who has a CAC silver and a bronze medal under his belt.Meanwhile, the experienced former Mr Guyana Physique, Yannick Grimes, would be competing in his first CAC. Also making his maiden trip is Darius Ramsammy, who would battle in the U-154 category.TRAINING HARDThe Space Gym athletes: Clarke, Campbell and Grimes have been training hard over the last few months for the event.Kerwin Clarke is ready for another gold medal performance.Clarke even decided to retire from the Senior National Championships, which was held in August to focus on his training for the top regional bodybuilding and fitness competition.Campbell had fine-tuned his body and felt he was in top shape prior to leaving, while Grimes underwent some serious transformation and is expected to be in a much better shape than at Seniors.ELITE ATHLETES“I am confident that the team will do exceedingly well at the CAC 2019 Championships. It’s a small team but notably it is comprised of three elite athletes who have done well over the years,” Bess noted.He added: “Mr Clarke has put together a gold medal body and his aim is to replicate his performance in 2016. Mr Emmerson Campbell has signalled his intention to finally break through and to capture that elusive gold medal.“I am confident that he can do well and can capture another gold medal for Guyana. Yannick Grimes has grinded hard for a long time with the single aspiration of dominating a CAC stage. He has his chance and I expect nothing but gold from him in addition to being a transitioned athlete.”Bess added: “Mr Ramsammy who favours his chances at his first CAC will get the opportunity to share the stage with some of the best bodybuilders in the Americas and Caribbean.”
Long balls landed among the palm trees to no avail on Tuesday in one of the most picturesque parks in Southern California.Going deep · Senior outfielder Greg Zebrack (above) was USC’s top performer on Tuesday in the team’s 9-5 loss to the Pepperdine Waves. He finished 2-3 with a home run and two RBIs for the game. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (16-27), coming off a tough sweep at now No. 6 Oregon State, made their last stop of an eight-game road trip in Malibu, Calif. to take on the Pepperdine Waves (22-17).With both teams trading early home runs in Home Run Derby fashion, it appeared as though USC would out-launch the Waves to a much-needed victory. Once again, however, the Trojan bullpen could not evade an ugly big inning and USC ended its trip on a sour note with a 9-5 loss in a season sweep against Pepperdine.The long ball couldn’t help a Trojan team that has had difficulty taking advantage of runners in scoring position. An anemic offense contributed three home runs (five runs total) in the previous series against Oregon State and USC was ultimately unable to eke out a win against the Beavers.On Tuesday, the Trojans scored all of their runs via the home run, but this burst of offense couldn’t make up for sloppy defense.USC entered the game aiming to split both its road trip stretch and its season series against the Waves. The Trojans took the field in Malibu with a 3-4 record over their last seven away games, and in March, they suffered a 9-4 comeback defeat against the Waves at Dedeaux Field.A weary Trojan team wasn’t about to catch any breaks in the last game before its anticipated homecoming.The Waves won the last game they played on Sunday, April 21, before taking a week off for final exams and graduation. Aside from an extended rest period, Pepperdine had the advantage on the mound, sending out strong Sunday starter Aaron Brown, who looked to tack on another win to his consecutive five-game streak. USC, on the other hand, matched with its midweek starter, junior Sean Silva.The Waves jumped ahead early against Silva, putting a two-run dent in the scoreboard in the first frame. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases and the Trojans narrowly escaped a big inning by soliciting three ground balls that produced only two runs.Senior right fielder Greg Zebrack did some early damage control and answered with a home run to left field the very next half inning. Silva, however, was unable to suppress a retaliation effort by the Waves, who matched with a home run of their own.The Trojan offense, eager to break its drought at Oregon State, refused to be quieted for long.In the top of the third inning, freshman Timmy Robinson singled and demonstrated some heads-up baseball, advancing to third on a wild pick-off throw. Senior second baseman Adam Landecker tied the game at three with a timely two-run home run. Zebrack would add his second home run of the game in the top of the sixth, but the one-run lead was short-lived.In the seventh inning, Trojans let the game completely unravel. It was the Murphy’s Law of innings: anything that could go wrong did.Sophomore Nigel Nootbaar came in as relief and quickly found himself in a bases-loaded situation. He almost escaped the jam unscathed but the Waves capitalized on sloppy defense and poor pitching by the bullpen. Nootbaar and freshman Brooks Kriske allowed Pepperdine to excel thanks to three walks, two fielding errors, a wild pitch, a passed ball, a hit batsman — and only two hits. All runs by the relievers were unearned.To make matters worse, USC committed its third error of the game in the very next inning when Zebrack collided with Robinson in the outfield and dropped what should have been a routine fly ball.In the end, the five-run deficit was too much to overcome, even with junior Kevin Swick’s home run in the bottom of the ninth.USC heads home after a disappointing 3-5 road trip and amid a four-game skid. The loss is particularly hard to stomach, but the Trojans will have to forget and move on as they take on TCU on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Twins: Trevor Larnach (No. 93), Blayne Enlow and Stephen GonsalvesThe Twins have more than enough position-player talent to entice the Giants, but it’s very farfetched to believe they’ll give up either Royce Lewis or Alex Kirilloff, who might be a better prospect tandem than Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. But they could part ways with Trevor Larnach, who has been very good this year and is emerging as a very good prospect himself.Blayne Enlow has a ton of upside and Stephen Gonsalves still hasn’t gotten a chance in the rotation for whatever reason. He is hurt right now but if he is healthy he can be a guy you could put right into a rotation as the team rebuilds. What will it take to land Madison Bumgarner?Yankees: Jonathan Loaisiga (No. 97 MLB Pipeline), Albert AbreuThe Giants might not want to settle on a deal for Bumgarner, but if they want to trade him to the Yankees they might have to. While the Giants need a lot of everything, they really need position players because Evan Longoria, Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt are all 28 or older — and three are older than 30. The Yankees, though, don’t have a ton of position player talent in their minor-league system and they likely won’t give up Clint Frazier on a rental.But, if San Francisco has its heart set on dealing Bumgarner to the Yankees it could get back some good pitching with Jonathan Loaisiga, who could start in a lot of rotations now, and Albert Abreu, who has ace potential if he puts it all together. This deal will probably take a third piece too and it could come in the form of a lower-level prospect who few people have heard of. Also, take into account this deal will probably run something pretty similar to what Yu Darvish did in 2017. It will take a higher-level prospect and two more medium-level prospects to complete it.Astros: J.B. Bukauskas (No. 97), Freudis Nova and Abraham ToroThe Astros have almost exactly what the Giants need though they might not be aching to get Bumgarner. They have top-level pitching talent in J.B. Bukauskas, who will either be a good starter or a great reliever, and they have underrated mid-level talent in the infield with guys like Freudis Nova and Abraham Toro. Nova is probably going to be knocking on the door of the top-100 prospect list going forward and Toro is only at the Double-A level because Houston is stacked at Triple-A. He dominated the Arizona Fall League this year and is still only 22 years old.Braves: Drew Waters (No. 44), Kolby Allard and Joey WentzThe Braves could decide to move Christian Pache but that’s doubtful. Drew Waters would probably be the more likely guy to move, and while the Giants need position players, they also need lefties. Atlanta has an assortment of them. Kolby Allard is a former top-100 prospect and Joey Wentz is a raw and projectable lefty who could be very good very soon.Brewers: Corey Ray, Mauricio Dubon and Drew RasmussenThe Brewers don’t have quite as much high-end pitching talent as the Giants may want, but they have some good depth they could play with. They have some good position players at the top of their system with Corey Ray possibly being the best of the bunch aside from Keston Hiura, who Milwaukee will not move. Ray has speed and some power and could be a very good leadoff man in the future at AT&T Park.Mauricio Dubon is an older prospect but he has played very well of late. As for Drew Rasmussen, he could be a closer going forward, but he has been productive so far as a starter so until it is proven he can’t do it, he is a starting pitching prospect and a hard-throwing one at that. MLB trade rumors: Here’s who the Tigers could want from teams targeting Matthew Boyd Madison Bumgarner will likely be traded, but the Giants don’t want to give him up for nothing.However, it is unclear if they actually have that luxury. While San Francisco has been better this year than some might have thought, the Giants still need to rebuild due to the team getting up there in age. Right now, Bumgarner is likely to net the best return in a deal. Maybe Jeff Samardzija could too, but due to his age and the amount of money left, he probably won’t get quite as much as MadBum.So, what will it take from teams interested to get him in a deal? We take a look at what the Yankees, Braves, Brewers, Twins and Astros might have to give up to get him. Related News MLB trade rumors: What could Yankees, Astros, Padres offer for Noah Syndergaard? MLB trade rumors: Here’s who the Yankees could want from teams targeting Clint Frazier