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.
Casey Research, a leading provider of investment research, with over 30 years of history, specializing in geopolitically informed investing, energy, base and precious metals, and technology, concluded its most recent summit, The Next Few Years in Boca Raton, FL. There they provided insight into the global economy, portfolio strategies, and specific investment ideas and recommendations. “I think the next few years are going to be critical as we move out of the eye of the hurricane, which is where we are right now, and enter the following edge of the hurricane. And it is going to be much bigger in all ways than it was a couple of years ago,” said Casey Chairman and Founder Doug Casey. “You can identify investment opportunities by taking advantage of politically caused distortions in the market such as the current unprecedented levels of government interference in monetary and fiscal policy.” To view a portion of Mr. Casey’s presentation go to: www.caseyresearch.com/caseyvideo(link is external).Presentations from Casey’s blue ribbon faculty provided participants unique insights into these market distortions and identified unique investment opportunities. Featured speakers included industry leaders such as Chris Whalen, co-founder of Institutional Risk Analytics and author of Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the America Dream; John Williams of Shadow Government Statistics; and James Rickards, Senior Managing Director Tangent Capital Partners.Chris Whalen discussed his grave concerns over this country’s misplaced reliance on the housing market to grow national wealth. “Housing is the thing that gives me nightmares. We have used housing as a growth engine in this country and the reality is it does not grow national wealth.” To view a portion of Mr. Whalen’s presentation, see: www.caseyresearch.com/whalenvideo(link is external).Another issue of concern for speakers, including James Rickards, is the conscious effort to devalue the US dollar in an effort to boost net exports. “If consumer spending and investments are flat and government spending hits the wall the only thing left is net exports. How do you drive net exports?” asks Mr. Rickards. “You try to devalue the dollar which is what has been behind QE, QE2 and low interest rates. The problem is it’s never worked.” For a video excerpt of Mr. Rickards’ presentation, visit:www.caseyresearch.com/rickardsvideo(link is external).John Williams gave participants a detailed explanation as to why he thought current actions were hiding the fact that the US is still in the thick of a great economic and banking solvency crisis. “We are heading into a really bad inflation problem, one that will eventually become a hyperinflationary great depression,” said Mr. Williams. A portion of Mr. Williams’ presentation is available at:www.caseyresearch.com/williamsvideo(link is external).Casey Research has made this sold out event available in a complete audio collection. For more information on the full list of speakers and availability of the CDs go to: www.caseyresearch.com/cd(link is external).To find out more about Casey Research go to: www.caseyresearch.com(link is external).SOURCE Casey Research STOWE, Vt., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/
RelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Atletico Madrid forward, Diego Costa, is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a slipped disc.“The club’s medical staff have done some scans on Diego Costa to assess the neck problems he has been suffering from in the last few days. Those tests have revealed that the striker is suffering from a slipped disc,” said a statement from Atletico.“In the next few days he will be assessed by neurosurgery specialists in order to establish a definitive treatment plan.”Atletico did not state for how long Costa would be out but Spanish media reports said he would miss Atletico’s next La Liga game away to Granada on November 23.Costa, 31, has had a largely unsuccessful second stint at Atletico since rejoining the club from Chelsea in January 2018.He has started eight of his side’s 11 La Liga games this season, scoring two goals. Tags: Atletico AMdridAtletico MadridLa Liga
Milan attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is brimming with confidence ahead of this weekend’s Serie A clash against Juventus, and the Swedish international has voiced his opinion that he is the best player in the world.The striker was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.”I’m the best player in the world. I really feel that way. You’re finished if you don’t belief in yourself. The fact that I’ve never won the FIFA Player of the Year award or the Ballon d’Or doesn’t mean that I can’t be the best player.”The striker also explained his decision to change clubs on a regular basis and pointed out that he needs a new challenge to stay fully motivated.He continued: “I feel that it’s better not to stay at the same club too long. You keep learning new things if you change clubs every now and then. You can get complacent if you stick with the same club too long. You need to be motivated to perform and moving clubs forces you to prove your worth again time and time again.”The former Barcelona and Inter attacker also talked about his future and revealed that he’s likely to retire at the age of 33.“Milan will probably be my last club. I expect to retire from professional football at the age of 33. I don’t want to end my career spitting blood after every match simply because I’m too old to keep up.” Source: Goal.com
Kylian MbappeMonaco, Principality of Monaco | AFP | Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has claimed that star striker Kylian Mbappe was left on the bench last weekend “to protect him” rather than as a punishment.The 18-year-old sensation reportedly wants away from the French champions, with Paris Saint-Germain his favoured destination but Real Madrid also reportedly ready to pay 180 million euros ($211 million) for his services.Mbappe started Monaco’s first two competitive matches of the season but sat on the bench for the duration of the principality club’s 4-1 Ligue 1 victory at Dijon on Sunday.Jardim said after that match that dropping Mbappe was a “decision by the club” but the Portuguese coach told media on Wednesday that it was not taken to punish the French international.“We never punish our players. That is not the right word. ‘Protected’ is a better word. When so many things are happening around an 18-year-old kid, it is our responsibility to protect him,” said Jardim.“That means me, Vadim (Vasilyev, the vice-president) and the sporting director (Antonio Cordon). It is always to protect the squad, the player and the club.“Kylian is not at 100 percent. He is not in great form. But that is to be expected of a kid who is just 18… Even you (journalists), if tomorrow another newspaper offers you a contract where you will earn 15 times more, you won’t be so good when it comes to tapping the keys on your computer keyboard,” he added with a smile.Mbappe, whose Monaco contract runs until June 2019, could again be left out when his side travel to Metz on league duty on Friday evening.“The philosophy at AS Monaco is to play those who are at 100 percent and totally available to the squad,” said the coach, whose side have won their opening two Ligue 1 matches. If he does not play, either Guido Carrillo or Adama Diakhaby will partner Radamel Falcao — scorer of a hat-trick in Dijon — against Metz.Mbappe won his first four caps for France at the tail end of last season but Jardim accepted that the current situation puts at risk his chances of being called up for his country’s World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands at the end of the month.But the former Sporting Lisbon boss is more concerned with what losing Mbappe might mean for his squad after seeing Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Valere Germain leave, amongst others, since winning the title.“I always say we have to adapt. Those who stay are always the most important. The objective is to be able to play well with those who remain. That is the mentality. I never cry about those who leave.“I know the transfer market. Twenty percent of it is about buying players to strengthen the team and the other 80 percent is about weakening the opposition and messing things up for everyone else.“It is a strategy. There are only two weeks left. After that it’s finished.” Share on: WhatsApp
27 July 2005South Africa and Malaysia are to establish a joint working committee to expand trade and investment between the two countries.The committee, which will meet in Malaysia at the end of the 2005, will facilitate trade between all strategic sectors of the two economies.Trade and Industry Minister Mandisa Mphahlwa says these sectors will include agriculture, tourism, science and technology as well as the automotive industries – a particularly promising area, with Malaysia aiming to become the automotive hub of the region.“We are talking about a huge demand of about 500 million people, and as a major exporter of automotives, we think establishing that kind of relationship could give us a wider market,” Mphahlwa says.The decision to set up the committee comes as Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his delegation are visiting South Africa.The Prime Minister held political and economic discussions with President Thabo Mbeki in Pretoria on Tuesday.Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry Rafidah Aziz signed an agreement on avoidance of double taxation.Manuel said the deal means that South African companies investing in Malaysia will not be taxed twice. “Malaysian companies that invest in SA will be taxed in Malaysia and South African companies that invest in Malaysia will be taxed here,” Manuel said.“And so, it’s just ensuring that in either case the government will get its fair share of the taxation deal.”While the leaders of the two countries urged increased level of investment between the two countries, Mbeki said South Africa and the whole continent had much to learn from Asia in addressing issues of economic growth and alleviating poverty.“It’s clear that with regards to responding to the many challenges, there’s a great deal that the African continent can learn from the Asian continent,” Mbeki said, citing Malaysia’s success in ensuring the growth of its economy after the crisis that the country experienced in 1997.“I think the Asia-Africa Partnership Forum increases the possibility of us to draw from the successes of Asia with regards to managing the economy, addressing issues of poverty, modernisation, and managing democratic processes.”Source: BuaNews
23 June 2009South Africa’s soccer team (whose nickname means “The Boys”) take on Brazil in a Confederations Cup semifinal at Ellis Park on Thursday. The two teams have only met twice before, both times in Johannesburg, the first time in one of the most memorable matches in Bafana Bafana’s short history.While Brazil, with a record five World Cup titles to their name, have a long history as one of the powerhouses of football, the same cannot be said for Bafana Bafana, whose first international outing as an integrated national team only took place in 1992.However, South Africa’s first outing against the South Americans remains a powerful memory for SA football fans.Africa champs vs world champsIt took place on 24 April 1996. The occasion was the Nelson Mandela Challenge, and the contest was eagerly awaited: it pitted the African champions of 1996 against the World Cup winners of 1994.The Brazilian line-up included some World Cup winners, as well as members of the Brazilian Olympic team, who were using the match as a warm-up ahead of the Olympic Games in Atlanta.Coach Mario Zagallo’s line-up included Rivaldo, who would go on to be crowned Fifa World Player of the Year and European Footballer of the Year (while playing for Barcelona) in 1999. He played 74 times for Brazil in his career, scoring an impressive 34 times.Bebeto, Aldair, DidaUp front, Bebeto was a household name. He had captured the attention of the world in the 1994 World Cup – the second of three in which he played – when he celebrated a goal against The Netherlands in the quarterfinals by rocking an imaginary baby; his wife had given birth to his third child only days earlier. Bebeto played 75 times for Brazil and netted 39 goals.At the back, the Brazilians had central defender Aldair, a man who made such a mark for Italian Serie A club Roma, for whom he played 415 matches, that when he retired in 2006 the team retired his number six jersey. He turned out for his country on 81 occasions.Goalkeeper Dida played even more matches for Brazil, making 91 international appearances.Clearly, it was a quality side.African Nations Cup winning captainFacing the Brazilians was a South African team captained by Neil Tovey, the same man who had led Bafana Bafana to victory in the African Nations Cup final against Tunisia at the same stadium where SA was to face the world champions.The man in charge was Clive “The Dog” Barker, the popular coach who had pulled the strings when South Africa lifted the continental title.At the back, in central defence, was Lucas Radebe, who would go on to succeed Tovey as captain and become one of the most popular players in the history of Bafana Bafana. As a star player for Leeds United, he was recognised as one of the best defenders in the tough English Premier League.The ‘most Brazilian’ South AfricanIn Bafana Bafana’s midfield was Doctor Khumalo, a player whose touch and skill made him the “most Brazilian” of the South African side, in the romantic sense in which Brazilian football is often viewed.The South African attack featured Phil “Chippa” Masinga, who would score the goal against Congo the following year that would earn South Africa a place at the 1998 World Cup in France.Alongside Masinga was Shaun Bartlett, who would go on to become Bafana Bafana’s all-time leading goal scorer – with 28 in 74 matches – before his mark was eventually surpassed by Benni McCarthy.‘For President Mandela’In the lead-up to match, Barker said the game was “for President Mandela. What a night it will be if we beat Brazil”. South Africa didn’t win, but what a contest it turned out to be.In a first half that left many of the home team’s fan incredulous, South Africa took the game to Brazil and were rewarded for their intent. Masinga put South Africa into a 25th-minute lead, and Doctor Khumalo made it 2-0 at the break, to the delight of Bafana’s fans.However, the Brazilians fought back after the break, with winger Flavio netting in the 56th minute. Twelve minutes later, Rivaldo made it 2-2.Then, with only four minutes left, Bebeto snatched the winner for the visitors.A top-class international outfitAlthough South Africa were beaten, the match provided ample proof that South Africa’s African Nations Cup title was no fluke; it validated the recognition the side sought as a top-class international outfit.It also proved to be a wonderful celebration of the game of football, and of the role Nelson Mandela played in bringing democracy to the country.In case you were wondering about Bafana Bafana’s second clash with Brazil, it took place in December 1997. Brazil won 2-1, with goals from Romario and Bebeto. Helman Mkhelele replied for South Africa.What will Thursday night bring? True fans would welcome a similar degree of entertainment, regardless of the result.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
20 January 2015Relief parcels have been distributed to flood-hit families in Malawi by the South African humanitarian group, Gift of the Givers.The parcels – worth R500 each – contained staple food, blankets, eating utensils, water purification tablets and plastic sheets, the organisation’s founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, said on 17 January.The eight-member Gift of the Givers team reached areas more than 100km away from Blantyre, he added. Distribution would also be carried out in Chikwana, Nsanje, Mangochi, Machinga, Balaka, Zomba, Phalombe and Mulanje regions.Continuous rain and the “baby” Cyclone Bansi have resulted in Malawi declaring 15 of its 28 national districts disaster zones, and the country has called for international assistance. An estimated 100 000 people have been left homeless and 173 are confirmed dead.The death toll is expected to rise as it is believed that 183 people have been swept away from one village alone. In addition, 11 000 homes have been damaged.Sooliman said the southern African country was probably facing the “greatest flood disaster in the history of its existence”. “Massive destruction to agriculture, roads, bridges and general infrastructure, including power facilities, has complicated the situation due to prolonged power outages.“The Malawi defence force has already rescued more than 4 000 people with the fear that many more are trapped in inaccessible areas,” said Sooliman.There are also concerns of a cholera outbreak and other water-borne diseases as there is no clean drinking water and the sewerage system is contaminated. The humanitarian crisis is expected to worsen as tropical Cyclone Chedza hit Malawi on 18 January.“It is expected to be far more destructive than Cyclone Bansi, bringing more heavy rains and greater flooding,” said Sooliman. Gift of the Givers has put water rescue teams from South Africa on standby for this eventuality, and medical teams are also ready if required.Sooliman has urged South Africans to contribute to the relief efforts.Meanwhile, its rescue mission in Mozambique is progressing well, according to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), which was deployed to the flood- stricken country after its government approached its neighbour for help.SANDF personnel left for Mozambique a week ago, and spokesman Lieutenant General Mabanga said the team was expected to spend seven to 14 days in that country. “Their stay will depend on the situation in that country.”Senior SANDF members would go to Mozambique on 20 January to assess needs.Tens of thousands of people have been displaced following torrential rains in Mozambique. Four people have died in Mocuba, one of two districts badly affected by flooding, while an estimated 5 000 have sought refuge in government shelters. According to reports, the waters have risen to double the flooding threshold.SANDF soldiers deployed in Mozambique include members of the South African Air Force, Navy divers and medical personnel. No SANDF members had been deployed in Malawi, Mabanga added.Source: SANews