FairPoint Communications has expanded broadband to hundreds of homes and businesses in Enosburg Falls.FairPoint will be bringing total broadband coverage to half of its exchanges this year, including Enosburg Falls, as part of the company’s new high-capacity network called VantagePoint.‘VantagePoint is enabling us to expand broadband service into areas with no high-speed Internet access and provide enhanced services across the state,’ said Michael K. Smith, 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’s VantagePoint network, a fiber, IP-based network, providesresidential speed options as fast as 15Mbps. Broadband service on the VantagePoint network means customers can smoothly stream live video, play online games and upload photos and large files with ease. Always-on broadband access provides almost instant connections to information, news and entertainment.FairPoint’s high-speed Internet service will reach Enosburg Falls customers along all or portions of the following streets: Bakersfield, Bogue, Boston Post, Brave, Butternut Hollow, Carpenter, Chimney, Coits Gore, Courser, Daigle, Deming, Enosburg Mountain, Horseshoe, Joyal, Longley Bridge, Nichols, Old Boston Post, Page, River, Sand Hill, Shadow, Tyler Branch and Witchcat.Since April 2008, FairPoint has invested more than $50 million in the communications infrastructure and technology to bring broadband to Vermont, including building almost 1,000 miles of new fiber across the state.Internet packages start at $35.99 per month.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc., is a leading communications provider of high-speed Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other broadband services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable data network, FairPoint delivers data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. VantagePoint(sm), FairPoint’s resilient IP-based network in northern New England, provides business customers a fast, flexible, affordable Ethernet connection. The VantagePoint(sm) network supports applications like video conferencing and e-learning.Source: FairPoint Communications.
Another sports year has passed, marking the fourth consecutive year that none of New York’s major professional sports team has won a championship. It’d be funny if NY’s futility weren’t so embarrassing.Only one franchise—the Mets for Pete’s sake—made it all the way to the finals in its respective sport, and the Rangers, which boasted the top record in the NHL, fizzled in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, killing any hopes of consecutive Stanley Cup Finals appearances.As for the Mets’ American League counterpart, the Yankees, well, the bombers depleted their already-anemic arsenal by the time October came around, stinking up the Bronx in a do-or-die playoff game against the up-and-coming Houston Astros.NY’s hardwood franchises did not even put up a fight, with the Knicks amassing only 17 wins in an 82-game season, a historic low even by Jimmy “Guitar” Dolan’s standards. The Nets managed to slide into the playoffs but were ousted in the first round, making us all yearn for the days of Dr. J’s rocket-like pursuits to the basket inside Nassau Coliseum during the Nets’ glorious ABA days. On the ice, the Islanders couldn’t quite give NY hockey fans a dream playoff matchup against the Rangers, but what a magical season it was! The Isles had The Old Barn rocking again, reminding everyone why old, decaying arenas like the Coliseum hold a soft place in our hearts forever.By the time September rolled around, Giants fans had high hopes that Eli Manning’s arm would be enough to win the lousy NFC east. A handful of last-minute losses coupled with an injury-ravaged defense had us in a Big Blue daze that we have yet to wake up from. Leave it to Gang Green to prove anything is possible by embarrassing the reviled Patriots in overtime last Sunday, setting up a must-win game against that blowhard Rex Ryan and his Buffalo Bills with a spot in the playoffs on the line.Despite a mostly joyless sports season, Long Island boasted some highlights—none bigger than American Pharaoh’s dramatic Triple Crown-clinching win at the Belmont Stakes in June and a successful title-defending campaign for the North American Soccer League’s Cosmos, who have now won two titles in as many years. The Cosmos also engaged in a bit of soccer diplomacy, becoming the first professional sports team in the United States to play in Cuba since Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles in 1999.Things weren’t all bad. The Mets—wait, was it a dream?—played their first MLB Championship since 2000’s Subway Series but were done in by the pesky Kansas City Royals.Instead of wasting time on the losers that still get to call NY home despite their travails, we decided to honor the team from Queens. The Press enlisted our resident Mets fanboy, senior editor Spencer Rumsey, to genuflect over those lovable, maddening Metropolitans.Here it is:[dropcap]F[/dropcap]inally, the “wait until next year” mantra was over and nobody could deny it. That’s right, New York. The Mets, of all teams, actually made it to the World Series in 2015. What a crazy season it was: full of agita, tears and miracles. From being no-hit by a no-name pitcher in July to sweeping the Cubs and winning the National League Pennant in October. Who can believe it?But, to quote the baseball bard, Tug McGraw:Ya gotta believe!The bearded Daniel Murphy, our unpredictable second baseman, went on an amazing post-season streak: homering for six consecutive games and setting a major league record. One of his greatest contributions came when he stole third base against the Dodgers’ distracted ace, Zack Greinke, in game 5 of the NLCS. We’re gonna miss you, big guy, but can you do us a favor when you’re playing second base at Citi Field for the Nats next season and do that thing you used to do with your glove that would drive us fans to distraction? Just asking.As for our fearsome young flame-throwers on the mound, not only did our pitchers live up to the hype, they set the bar even higher! The lanky long-haired Jacob deGrom was brilliant. “Thor” Syndergaard unleashed his mighty hammer. Long Island’s lefthander Steven Matz had his dream come true when the Ward Melville High School grad got to make his MLB debut with the Mets on June 28. He struck out six, went 3-for-3 (including a double), and got four R.B.I.’s that day, too. An achievement that made his grandfather a fan for the ages when SNY cut to the family’s jubilation in the stands.This year, back from Tommy John surgery, Matt Harvey raised the stakes—and exceeded his pitch count when it mattered most to the team’s chances. The Dark Knight may have had his darkest night in the ninth inning of game 5 in the World Series—with the Mets holding a slender 2-0 lead over the Royals and desperately needing a win to send everybody back to Kansas City—when he bluntly told our silver-haired manager Terry Collins there was “no way” he was coming out so our closer Jeurys Familia could come in from the bullpen and get the save. It was probably the only move Collins made that didn’t work out the way we wanted it to.Ah well, it’s only a game, but we’ll take it, and be grateful for the good times. For this happy recap, let us recall how great was it to have Bartolo Colon in a Mets uniform! Never a dull moment watching this 42-year-old athlete at work—especially whenever he came up to the plate to hit.When the final scorekeeper in the sky comes to tally up the 2015 season, the chance to see our heroic captain, third-baseman David Wright, overcome his painfully debilitating spinal stenosis, which almost ended his season in April, and wind up playing fateful baseball in October is something truly special that Mets fans can treasure for a long time. What a year to remember! Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Some final thoughts…2015 may very well be remembered for what happened off the field. The Giants’ Jason Pierre Paul blew up his hands during a July 4th fireworks accident, forcing him to sit out the majority of the season. The injury, which was very much avoidable, may spell the end of his career as a Giant since he’s a free agent next year. Knicks coach Derek Fisher reportedly got into a physical altercation with a former teammate whose ex Fisher is apparently dating. Perhaps the most embarrassing moment of the year came in Week 15 of the NFL season when Giants superstar receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., was penalized three times for physical altercations against agitating Carolina cornerback Josh Norman. It was a shame Giants coach Tom Coughlin did not pull Beckham from the game. Beckham’s stupidity cost him, as the NFL suspended the dynamic pass-catcher for last week’s game against the Vikings. Not that it mattered, the Giants were eliminated from the playoffs one day earlier when Washington claimed the NFC east with a win over Philadelphia. And to cap off the year, Knicks benchplayer Derrick Williams was robbed of more than a half-million dollars in jewelry, and fellow benchwarmer, Cleananthony Early, was shot in the leg and robbed by masked gunmen who surrounded an Uber car he’d hailed after leaving a Queens strip club. As for the Knicks, at least, they have something to look forward to with the arrival of Latvian sensation Kristaps Porzingis. The 7-foot-3 20-year-old is averaging 13 points and 8 rebounds per game in his rookie season, and appears to be the real deal. Keep it up, KP. New York is desperate for a winner who could go all the way.
This partnership will also see PUMA working with Powell to design a Sub-10 King line of sportswear and spikes. Speaking about the new partnership with PUMA, Asafa Powell said, “PUMA has played a huge role in Jamaican track and field throughout my career – supporting the high-school programme that fosters young athletes, partnering with the JAAA and Jamaica Olympic Association and elite athletes such as Usain. It’s a brand I’ve been very familiar with throughout my career, and their longstanding commitment to Jamaican athletics is key as we continue to build and work to maintain our recent successes.” “They understand Jamaican culture, history, people and also the sport that this country loves, and I am very happy to be working with them,” Powell added. “Having Asafa as part of our team here at PUMA is great news for us. He has played such an important role in Jamaican track and field for more than a decade, demonstrating a consistently high level of performance throughout his sprinting career, which is a great testament to a great man,” said Pascal Rolling, PUMA’s head of sports marketing for Running. “He inspires those around him, is an excellent role model, and will bring great value to PUMA in the years ahead.” Asafa Powell has run the most sub-10-second 100m sprints in the history of track and field. The Commonwealth, World Championship and Olympic medallist has dipped below the 10-second mark 94 times and was the first Jamaican to win the IAAF Sportsman of the Year. Powell, who clocked the first sub 10 second time of the 2015 track season, was the first Jamaican to ever hold the world record for the 100m dash, with times of 9.77 and 9.74. Sub-10 King line PUMA yesterday announced a new endorsement deal with Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell. The former 100m world record holder who holds the record for the most sub-10-second 100m sprints having dipped below that mark 94 times, joins the Global Sports Brand’s growing portfolio of athletes preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, this roster has recently been bolstered by key additions, including NCAA 100m Champion Jenna Prandini, Australian sprint hurdler Michelle Jenneke and French 800m runner Pierra-Ambroise Bosse. Asafa Powell will become an ambassador for the PUMA brand in an Olympic year and beyond. He will feature in both global marketing activations promoting Running Training product lines and brand campaigns in the lead up to to the 2016 Olympics.
More Infiniti News New platform, new design language.Following a teaser image from less than a month ago, Infiniti has released the first fully revealing picture of its new concept vehicle. Meet the all-electric QX Inspiration concept which will make its grand premiere at the upcoming 2019 North American International Auto Show. Nissan & Infiniti Both Expected To Reveal Next-Gen EVs In Detroit The new concept is underpinned by a brand new platform specifically engineered for electric vehicles in support of the brand’s planned electrification push scheduled to begin in 2021. We don’t know what is powering the “future fully electric crossover” but, obviously, it has a pure electric powertrain of some sort underneath the skin.The QX Inspiration will be revealed in full at the 2019 NAIAS on January 14th, so stay tuned for more information and the debut livestream. Infiniti Electric Crossover Concept Teased Ahead Of Detroit Debut Infiniti CEO Says Brand Is Committed To Future Battery-Electric Vehicles Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 6, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News The Japanese premium manufacturer explains the crossover study previews the electric future of the brand and represents its plans for performance-oriented electrified vehicles. In addition, the QX Inspiration introduces an updated design language, also seen in the Q Inspiration concept, which will influence the future production EVs of the marque.“QX Inspiration is the beginning of a new era for Infiniti and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand. New technology has given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy – and the new vehicle communicates the serene strength at our core,” explains Karim Habib, Executive Design Director at Infiniti.Underlining its electric nature, the vehicle has illuminated Infiniti badge and lettering at the front, while the traditional side mirrors are replaced by miniature cameras. Sleek headlights and a prominent fascia give the concept an imposing look when viewed from the front.Infiniti says the new generation of architectures for electric vehicles enables the formation of “lounge-like interiors.” To that, the QX Inspiration adds hand-crafted touches using “traditional techniques” and a selection of materials “inspired by a subtle Japanese sensuality.”