FairPoint surpasses broadband milestone of 80 percent coverage

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications has met ‘ and surpassed ‘ another key broadband milestone in Vermont.FairPoint pledged to make broadband available to 80 percent of its customers by the end of 2010 and as of Oct. 31, the company has bested that commitment, said Michael K. Smith, FairPoint state president for Vermont.‘We’re at 80.5 percent and we still have two months to go in 2010,’ Smith said. ‘I don’t know of any other provider in Vermont who has done more to expand broadband for Vermonters than FairPoint. We’ve increased high-speed Internet from 66 percent in 2008 to now more than 80 percent.’In 2010, FairPoint has turned up more homes and businesses in Highgate, Thetford, Peru, Williston, Stockbridge, Westford and Marlboro, with additional communities scheduled to come online before year’s end, Smith said.FairPoint will be continuing to add broadband as it meets its commitment to provide total broadband coverage to half of its exchanges in 2011, with 95 percent completed by June 30 and the remaining 5 percent to be built on demand within 90 days.‘We’re building it as fast as we can and we won’t stop until we’ve reached all of our statewide commitments, which are aggressive, unprecedented and self-financed,’ said Smith.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external). ### Source: SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (November 4, 2010) ‘ FairPoint Communicationslast_img read more

Amityville Man Charged With Hamptons Home Invasion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York U.S. Marshals apprehended a suspect who was wanted for an armed home invasion in Bridgehampton last month in which a victim was pistol-whipped, Southampton Town Police said.Keriam Beauford was charged with burglary, assault, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.Police said the 27-year-old Amityville man broke into a residence on Sag Harbor/Bridgehampton Turnpike, attacked a victim inside and demanded money and drugs at 11:25 a.m. on Aug. 12.The suspect allegedly fled with a Playstation 4, X-Box One, an iPAD and a small amount of marijuana, police said.The victim was treated for injuries at Stony Brook University Hospital.Investigators took the suspect into custody on Thursday. He was arraigned Friday at Southampton Town Justice Court.last_img read more

Five myths of strategic execution

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions have thousands of guides about developing a strategy, but very few on how to execute one. And the difficulty of achieving executional excellence is a major obstacle at most companies, according to Kathy Pearson, Ph.D., who recently spoke at CUES Symposium: A CEO/Chairman Exchange.Leaders often attribute poor execution to a lack of alignment and a weak performance culture. However, it turns out that in most companies, activities line up well with strategic goals, and the people who meet their numbers are consistently rewarded, according to Pearson, founder and president of Enterprise Learning Solutions and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.Instead, for successful execution of strategy, companies must foster coordination across units and build the agility to adapt to changing market conditions.During her session, Pearson summarized research from “Why Strategy Execution Unravels–And What to Do About It” from the March 2015 Harvard Business Review, and shared five strategic execution myths and realities… continue reading »last_img read more

100 years down, how many more to go?

first_imgONE HUNDRED YEARS. Despite the many hardships we have experienced this year, 2020 marks one critically important milestone worth celebrating. On this day, 100 years ago, the 19th amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, granting women across the nation the right to vote.* What a milestone in our history – a century of women voters – and yet it’s hard to believe that it has only been 100 years.As thrilling as the century mark is, I can’t stop thinking of my great-grandmother – a woman I knew personally – who was born without this right. I can’t stop thinking of the millions of women throughout history whose voices went largely unheard. Perhaps most importantly, I can’t stop thinking that though as of today, women been have constitutionally allowed to vote for 100 years, the journey to true equality may take another 100 years – or more.Another 100 Years?That’s right, the World Economic Forum reported this year that at our current rate, it would take 99.5 years to close the overall global gender gap, with some projections as high as 257 years. (Their definition of gender gap includes gender-based differences in various dimensions such as economic opportunity, education, health, and political empowerment.) If you’re reading this article, you won’t see gender parity during your lifetime. Your children or grandchildren, on the other hand, might – if we take action now.On average, women earn 82 cents on every dollar a man earns. “Equal pay day,” representing how far into 2020 women must work to earn what men did in 2019, was on March 31 this year. Unfortunately – and you may have known this was coming – the outlook is even worse for women of color. In fact, equal pay day for black women happened just last week on August 13. Latina equal pay day won’t happen until the end of October.Pay is just one piece of the puzzle. Earlier this year, I wrote an article about the distribution of office housework (more often given to women) and glamour projects (more often given to men). Plus, early reports indicate that we may be heading backward in gender parity due to COVID-19’s disproportionate impacts on women. Global consulting firm McKinsey calculated that women’s jobs are almost two times more vulnerable to the crisis than men’s jobs. With more child care and sick care duties falling on women, the problem is especially exacerbated for caregivers and those in non-traditional jobs.Hidden BiasFew of us bat an eyelash when faced with all-male executive teams, boards of directors, conference keynoters, and lately, webinar speakers and panelists. We’re conditioned to accept that all-male groups are normal – after all, they have been just that for so long. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made headlines when she remarked that she won’t be satisfied until there is an all-female Supreme Court. Like she says, no one was fazed when there were nine men on the bench.Our conditioned blindness to gender disparity is not something we’re stuck with, though. Harvard offers an implicit bias test designed to help identify if one may in fact have a few blind spots regarding women in the workplace. (They also offer tests to uncover hidden bias in race, age, disability, sexual orientation, and more.) Knowing we have a bias is the first step in overcoming it.To borrow RBG’s argument: will we see credit unions with all-female leadership teams? Boards of directors? All of the largest credit unions and system organizations with female CEOs? And if we do see that – I wonder how much longer until we perceive it not as an anomaly, but as “normal.”Where Do We Start?The research about gender parity (despite 100 years of voting) is pretty clear. The problem may be enormous, but the starting point today doesn’t have to be.Turn on the GPS: Figure out where you are. Take stock of your organization. Do you have a pay gap? Are your hiring practices fair? Do you assign projects and promotions equitably? Do you support working parents (especially during the pandemic)? Be sure to use data, not anecdotes. Figuring out where you’re starting from is an important first step in growing. It may be humbling and challenging to admit that an organization isn’t perfect, but adopting transparency and implementing change is critical.Plug in the destination: Identify the vision. Your organization is unique in its challenges and strengths. Work with your team to identify the vision and end goal for you. What does the right change look like? Diverse women making up at least half of all levels of the organization? Women who are paid equally or more than their male colleagues? Transparent and supportive advancement opportunity and hiring practices for women, and especially those of color? Events where all of the speakers are women? All of the above? Most importantly, INVITE THE WOMEN into these discussions and make sure they have a microphone and a safe audience.Look at the turn-by-turn: Chart your course. Now that you have a clear vision of the end goal, it’s time to set goals (SMART ones) along the way so you know you’re headed in the right direction. Make sure there is open and ongoing communication, so everyone knows what the GPS says and how their actions impact your course. Hold your team accountable to meeting and exceeding those milestones along the way.One other thing on my mind: I often hear from men that they feel left out of discussions about gender equality. If you’re a man reading this – great! It’s true that listening to understand first is really important. But as you do that, every man also has a compelling opportunity to use his platform to speak up and advocate on behalf of the women around him. You are well-positioned as sponsors and advocates, and you can effect real change.CheersAs much as I would wish it, the work we put in today probably won’t pay off overnight. Lasting change on this front requires instead consistent and collaborative effort time and time again: today, tomorrow, next month, next year, a decade, and yes maybe even a century from now. We may not always see instant results. Our work may not always feel effective or fast enough for our liking; I know it doesn’t seem fast enough to me. In those moments, we can find a bit of hope in history. In fact, the 19th amendment was first introduced to Congress in 1878. Though it was ratified in 1920, it took more than 40 years to get there. Just like the fierce women and men who preceded us, the work we invest now will pay dividends not only for us today, but for every generation that follows us.Today, I raise a glass (and I hope you’ll join me!) to the many intelligent, strong, talented, confident, passionate, and fierce women who came before us and who are even now working tirelessly to close the gap. Women have so many gifts to give, and the great news is that collectively lifting up women everywhere elevates our industry and entire society.**As we celebrate today the 19th amendment’s 100th birthday, join me in committing to close the gender gap this century. Author’s Notes:*The ratification of the 19th amendment is an important milestone, as it prohibited denying the right to vote on account of sex. However, it’s critical to note that the right to vote for all American women was still not guaranteed with the constitutional amendment. Countless women (most especially women of color) were/are still disenfranchised well after it passed. **Research shows companies led by women often outperform their peers and are better for employees. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at CUInsight.com.She leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Two sent to hospital following plow truck involved crash in Oneonta

first_imgIt is unknown what the current conditions of the people are or what caused the crash. The fire department says that one of the patients was heavily entrapped in the vehicle and they say that they took 20 minutes to remove the person from the vehicle. ONEONTA (WBNG)- A pickup truck crashed into a plow truck on Sunday night in Oneonta causing two people to be sent to the hospital. The crash happened around 9 p.m. between exits 13 and 14 causing the left lane of the highway to be closed. The EMS crew then immediately jumped into action to care for the two people on the scene.center_img According to the Oneonta fire department, the crash was first noticed by the Sidney EMS who was traveling through the area after dropping off a patient at a local hospital. Stay with 12 News for further updates. Both people were transported to area trauma centers by both the Oneonta and Sidney ambulances. last_img read more

COVID-19: Muhammadiyah advises Muslims to not perform mass ‘tarawih’, Idul Fitri prayers

first_imgThe Islamic organization reiterated that daily prayers should be done by Muslims at home rather than at mosques. “The Friday prayer can also be replaced with dzuhur [midday prayer] at home.”Read also: Religion and COVID-19 mitigationNahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest Muslim organization in Indonesia, had also suggested Muslims living in COVID-19 red zones to temporarily stop engaging in mass prayers at mosques to flatten the infection curve.“It’s prohibited to perform mass prayers in red zones,” NU executive council said as quoted by nu.or.id.The government has marked most areas across Java Island as COVID-19 red zones after than 50 positive cases were recorded. Jakarta is the hardest-hit region with 747 cases recorded as of Tuesday.In total, Indonesia has reported 1,528 confirmed COVID-19-positive cases with 136 fatalities.Topics : Read also: COVID-19: Mosques defy ulema council appeal to suspend Friday prayerMuhammadiyah highlighted in the letter that such prayers were not obligatory, but rather sunnah (a voluntary act of worship).”If the COVID-19 situation remains [until the end of Ramadan], the string of events marking the Idul Fitri festivity shall not be organized, including the mudik [exodus],” according to the circular signed by members of the Muhammadiyah central executive board’s lawmaking and reform councils on March 21.The suggestion came a week after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on all Indonesians to engage in social distancing, also known as physical distancing, by working, studying and worshipping at home to curb the spread of COVID-19. Indonesia’s second largest Muslim organization, Muhammadiyah, has issued a circular advising Muslims to perform tarawih (a night prayer during the fasting month of Ramadan) at home should the COVID-19 pandemic show no sign of improving in the coming month.The organization had also suggested that the Idul Fitri prayers, usually performed in congregations at mosques or in open fields to mark the end of Ramadan, should not be held during the health crisis.This year’s Ramadan is to start on April 23 and end on May 23.last_img read more

Builders show you can have it all in a new home, without breaking the bank balance

first_imgBuyers are demanding more for their money.DeKor Homes director Jason Krueger said the demand for new homes by first-home owners was strong, however people were trying to fit a lot into their blocks due to limited budgets. “We’ve noticed people buying blocks suited to their budget, then trying to fit too much into the space inefficiently,” he said.“This prompted us to produce something people can relate to – a versatile home with a well-laid-out design that can fit a lot of features and remain homey.” The DeKor Homes display has an open floorplan which showcases the indoor-outdoor aspect popular among Queensland homeowners. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoBask Homes director Peter Andersen said homebuyers were no longer settling for basic homes and instead focusing on liveable aspects, like larger master suites and separate living areas, without compromising on privacy or finances. Vale display village, Holmview.THE LATEST in home designs at Stockland’s new Vale display village are proving that livability doesn’t have to be sacrificed for affordability as home buyers on a budget look for more bang for their buck. Of the seven homes on display, all have luxuries most first homes don’t include, like butler’s pantries, multiple living spaces and substantial outdoor areas. The new display village at Vale at Holmview showcases the latest in modern home designs by a range of Queensland builders, including Metricon, Ausmar Homes, Bask Homes, Integra Homes, Watersun Homes, Colossal Homes and DeKor Homes. New designs are constantly evolving.“It all comes down to good architectural design,” Mr Andersen said. “People are genuinely surprised when they come and see what can be built with a design that is specifically for that block and that there really isn’t a compromise on anything.” Modern and minimalistic design features help too, meaning homes are now spacious and functional, and also very flexible throughout the various stages of people’s lives.The Bask Homes display continues the open-plan trend, with a living space strongly connected to the outdoors by large and extending windows which use light and ventilation to achieve the luxury of space and efficiency. Stockland regional manager David Laner said home designs were constantly evolving to suit modern lifestyles.“Vale at Holmview caters for a wide range of budgets and lifestyles and the homes on show in our new display village demonstrate what can be achieved with the experience and guidance of our professional builder partners,” Mr Laner said. “The homes are very spacious and extremely liveable and it all comes down to good design and a knowledge of what homeowners value most.” The estate incorporates kilometres of bike and walkways, parks and open spaces. The Vale Display Village is at 43 Ridgevale Boulevard, Holmview.last_img read more

RFF officially inaugurated

first_imgTHREE decrees authorising the creation of the French railway infrastructure authority Réseau Ferré de France were published in the Journal Officiel on May 7, completing the legal process to launch the new body. Designated as an Etablissement Public Industriel et Commercial, RFF is a key part of the SNCF reform law approved by the National Assembly on February 13.RFF becomes the legal owner of the French national rail network, with a nominal debt of Fr134·2bn transferred from SNCF along with the assets. The new authority takes responsibility for network development and ensuring that the rail infrastructure is maintained to guaranteed levels of safety and capacity. It will have an annual budget of around Fr28bn. SNCF becomes an operating company, with an automatic right of access to the network, and will continue to maintain the infrastructure under contract to RFF.The new company will be managed by a Board of Administration with six representatives from the state, four railway experts and five members elected by RFF’s 200 staff. At its first meeting on May 14, the board was expected to endorse the government’s recommendation that Claude Martinand be appointed President of RFF. olast_img read more

Court rules against Olympic but PPF entry expected after DWP intervention

first_imgHowever, a trustee petition to UK courts to create a ‘qualifying insolvency event’ to allow the scheme to enter the PPF came too late – with operations wound down – leaving the scheme in limbo.Trustees continued to argue and petition courts for legal insolvency of the UK operations but failed in both the Court of Appeals and now the Supreme Court after yesterday’s ruling.After the Court of Appeals ruling and in anticipation of trustee failure in the Supreme Court, the UK government intervened to protect the scheme by changing the legal framework for PPF entry.The scheme is now expected to continue its PPF assessment but with uncertainty over who will cover pension payments and costs since the 2010 insolvency, as the scheme only entered assessment after legal changes made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Had it won yesterday’s judgment, the PPF could have assumed assessment began in 2010, thus providing financial assistance to pension payments from that date.This legal challenge, however, provides little clarity on the future outcome of similar potential insolvencies of EU parent firms with UK operations but no legal subsidiary.The regulation amendments passed by pensions minister Steve Webb after the Court of Appeal decision in 2014 may not aid other EU-based firms in similar circumstances.Martin Scott, partner at law firm Mayer Brown, said the legislation was done in such a way that it was almost inconceivable to see how it could apply to another pension scheme.“This is probably only going to help the Olympic Airlines case and will not help any similar EU company in a similar situation,” he said.“The decision provides a timely reminder that when an employer is based in the EU but is providing UK final salary pension schemes, it remains difficult to benefit from PPF protection.“It may prove crucial, once the local EU proceedings are underway, to start appropriate English insolvency proceedings as quickly as possible.”The ruling caps a long list of cases involving sponsor support and PPF protection for UK DB schemes.Last month, the Box Clever vs ITV case reached a new stage after the UK Court of Appeal referred it back to the Upper Tribunal after disputes over evidence.The Pensions Regulator and Box Clever trustees had been chasing ITV for s75 contributions for the failed digital venture’s scheme. The UK Supreme Court has ruled against the trustees of the Olympic Airline SA Pension Scheme on allowing an insolvency event, but members are still set to take advantage of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).The case relates to the 2009 insolvency of Olympic Airlines, a Greek carrier, which entered insolvency in Greece while having UK-based operations and a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme but not a subsidiary firm.Legal wrangling has been on-going since 2010, with the trustees of the UK pension fund looking to secure the benefits of members via the PPF.The scheme carried a £16m (€22.3m) deficit at the time of its Greek sponsor’s insolvency.last_img read more

Rebecca Lunsford

first_imgRebecca Lunsford, 63, of Moores Hill passed away Friday, August 31 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville.  Rebecca was born Saturday, November 6, 1954 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of Charles and Govie (Leonard) Merkel.  She married Larry Lunsford June 17, 1972 and he preceded her in death December 5, 2013.  She retired from Aurora Elementary Community School as a cook.  Rebecca was a member of Sparta Baptist Church, Women of the Aurora Moose and graduated from North Dearborn High School in 1972.  She enjoyed bingo, camping, traveling and spending time with her family.Rebecca is survived by son David (Beverly) Lunsford of Moores Hill, daughters: Teresa Cowan of Moores Hill and Jennifer (Joseph) Schantz of Brookville, brothers: Mike and Ken Merkel, sister Patti Sackett all of Lawrenceburg and seven grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband Larry and her parents.Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, September 5 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home at Milan with Pastor Rick Burcham officiating.  Burial will follow in Mount Sinai Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Tuesday, September 4 also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in honor of Rebecca to the American Cancer Society, Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati or Sparta Baptist Church.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S. Main St., Box 243, Milan, IN, 47031. (812) 654-2141 You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more