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first_imgAs part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T today announced the activation of a new mobile broadband cell site in Cabot that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses. With mobile broadband speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.The new cell site is one part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to drive investment and innovation to deliver the nation’s best, most advanced mobile broadband experience for customers. With the nation’s fastestmobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities.”We want you to have an extraordinary experience when you make a call, check e-mail or surf the Internet on your device,” said Steve Krom, vice president and general manager, AT&T in New England. “Investing in the local wireless network is just one way to accomplish this. In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network in Vermont. If approved, this deal means that we’ll be able to expand the next generation of mobile broadband ‘ 4G LTE ‘ from our current plan of 80 percent of the U.S. population to 95 percent.”AT&T’s mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T has the broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as mobile broadband services in more than 130 countries.AT&T also operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network with more than 24,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to more than 125,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly data plans.For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Vermont or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.About AT&TAT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates ‘ AT&T operating companies ‘ are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.Source: AT&T Inc., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/last_img read more

first_img1. Assembly Hall — IllinoisThe “Orange Krush” has helped build the Illini’s Hall into one of the best home-courts in the Big Ten.The spaceship-looking arena, opened in 1963, seats 16,618 fans and has ranked in the top 10 nationally for attendance in recent years.”There’s been a lot a talk down here about either renovating or replacing the Assembly Hall, but the truth is, at nearly 44 years old, it still gets the job done,” said Brian Klein, sports editor of The Daily Illini. “The Orange Krush is still one of the premier cheering sections in the country, while locals regularly sell out the stadium and come wearing orange. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?”However, it isn’t the finest of facilities. Hallways are tight for space, and there isn’t a single suite in the house.But with a sea of orange and rowdy students filling courtside seats, the atmosphere alone makes Assembly Hall.2. Kohl Center — WisconsinThe Center that Herb Kohl built has quietly grown into one of the most hostile environments for opposing teams in all of college basketball.While some of that may have to do with the Badgers’ continual improvement under sixth-year head coach Bo Ryan, having a fine facility such as the Kohl Center certainly helps.Opened in 1998 and home to both Badger hoops and hockey, the Kohl Center has 17,190 nice seats, including 36 luxury suites. Also, courtside seats were just added before this season for fans wanting to get closer to the action — for a pretty penny, of course.3. Breslin Center — Michigan StateNamed after MSU alumnus Jack Breslin, a Spartan varsity letter winner in baseball and basketball, the Breslin Center has become one of the nation’s most recognizable arenas in the new millennium.Opened in 1989, the Breslin Center took off in parallel fashion to Tom Izzo’s career. Izzo, hired in 1995, quickly brought success to the Spartans’ program, making the Sweet 16 in just his third season and not missing an NCAA tournament bid since.Nearly 4,000 out of the Breslin Center’s 14,992 capacity fill the “Izzone” student section, making it one of the toughest places to play.4. Assembly Hall — IndianaFirst opened in 1972 — in just the second season of Bobby Knight’s tenure — Assembly Hall has been petitioned by ESPN personality Dick Vitale to be renamed after the General. The building hasn’t changed much since, with the exception of the banners hanging in the rafters courtesy of the championships won by Knight.Assembly Hall is one of the sacred buildings in college basketball holding a wealth of history.”It holds 17,456 fans, and students are allotted approximately 8,000 seats for every game, which is the largest amount in the Big Ten,” said Jake Brown, sports editor of the Indiana Daily Student. “There is not a unified student section like at other Big Ten universities, however, which detracts from the overall environment. The home crowd in Bloomington is continually one of the best in the country despite the lack of [a] unified student section.”Assembly Hall is a time capsule of basketball and a building to be revered, even if the mid-court logo looks a little goofy.5. Jerome Schottenstein Center — Ohio StateThe one thing that first comes to mind when walking into Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center is how the arena can fit below the atmosphere. The roof appears to be literally sky high. Under that atmospheric roof, up to 19,200 fans can be seated, good for the largest capacity in the conference. However, it was not until recently that sell-outs become common. (OSU averaged 15,390 fans per game last season, still good for 18th in the country.)Even with the capacity crowd, the Schottenstein Center lacks the college feel of some other Big Ten arenas.”The Schott — full of high-income fans, luxury boxes and hospitality suites — is suited for the college game like Howard Stern is suited for child care,” said Scott Woods, sports editor of The Lantern. “Despite its sterilities, however, when big games come, all 19,000-plus keep their NBA arena pulsating with the unmistakable vibe that is college athletics in Columbus.”6. Carver-Hawkeye Arena — IowaHaving opened its doors in 1983, Carver-Hawkeye arena is one of the less impressive arenas to gaze upon in the Big Ten. It is dug into the ground and has housing bowl seating all the way around to seat up to 15,500 fans. On the inside, it isn’t exactly Rembrandt, either. Much of the lighting is harvested from the sun, which shines through the roof for day games, giving an unusual feel to the arena.”Carver-Hawkeye Arena has provided a solid home-court advantage for the Hawkeye hoopsters over the past 24 seasons,” said Charlie Kautz, sports editor of The Daily Iowan. “Its bowl-shaped construction makes for an enjoyable place to catch a game.”The arena’s students are pretty noisy and rowdy but aren’t to the level of Illinois or Michigan State, to be sure, though the corner seating might have a bit to do with that.7. Williams Arena — MinnesotaWilliams Arena may be the most unique arena in the Big Ten.There’s the raised floor, its barn-loft suites and bathroom troughs — hence its nickname, “The Barn.””While the Gophers certainly can’t claim home-court advantage anymore, you can’t help but step in Williams Arena and feel college basketball,” said C.J. Spang, sports editor of The Minnesota Daily. “To me, it’s all about that old-school feel. If I want an NBA-style arena, I’ll head to the Target Center. But for college basketball, it’s all about the raised floor of the Barn.”Williams Arena is the oldest in the Big Ten, dating all the way back to 1928 when it was known as The University of Minnesota Fieldhouse. Back then, it housed basketball, track and field, tennis and winter football practice.Plain and simple, Williams may just be past its prime as a viable arena.8. Mackey Arena — PurdueOne of the Big Ten’s more historic arenas, Mackey first opened its doors way back in 1967 as the home of the world’s most abrasive comb-over, that of Gene Kaedy, who stomped on the court there for 25 years (the actual floor is now named after him).The arena is warm and friendly. It’s also very well-lit and home to some of the best fans in the nation. Plus, it is scheduled to receive a $70-80 million facelift to be completed in 2011 or 2012.”There are no luxury seats, no comfortable chairs and no removable courts,” said Jon Nyatawa, sports editor of The Purdue Exponent. “Mackey’s simply for basketball, where fans cram together on bleachers in a 39-year-old arena to get a feel for the past. Plus, the golden dome on top just fits perfectly.”Considering the coach who made the building famous, maybe the roof would be better off being chrome.9. Crisler Arena — MichiganSometimes described as the 40-year-old landfill behind Michigan Stadium, Crisler Arena is in dire need of an overhaul. The 13,751-seat facility houses cushioned metal folding chairs and plenty of empty seats, as the arena is rarely sold out completely. It also is home to some of the more indifferent and quiet fans in the league, though Big Blue hasn’t had much to root for since the days of the Fab Five.”The arena is pretty mediocre, considering the attention Michigan pays to its athletic programs and athletic department,” said Daniel Bromwich, senior editor at the Michigan Daily. “It is rarely filled up; only for Michigan State or Wisconsin games is the upper bowl full. The arena itself is old and not very nice.”Still there are some positives, such as the perfect student seating — courtside, all the way down on one side — and no advertising anywhere in the building is a welcome comfort. Despite the few positives, the building is aging like vinegar at this point, not wine.T-10. Welsh-Ryan Arena — NorthwesternWhile receiving an acceptance letter from Northwestern University is no easy chore, getting into Welsh-Ryan Arena is no problem.The Wildcats’ Arena looks worse than some high school courts and seats a measly attendance of 8,117 — much of which is filled by opposing fans.Nevertheless, it is still a tough place to play for opponents for whatever reason — maybe it’s the dim lighting, maybe it’s a shortage of bathrooms or maybe it’s the batting cage turned press room. Whatever it is, opponents just want to leave Evanston, Ill., as quickly as possible.”The most unfortunate aspect of Welsh-Ryan, aside from its ugly airport hanger-esque interior design, is that far too often, visiting Big Ten fans will out-number supporters of the Wildcats,” said Dave Kalan of the Daily Northwestern. “Still, the fan section tends to be pretty rowdy, and because of NU’s lackluster tradition and uninteresting aesthetics, visiting teams have difficulty getting excited to play.”T-10. Bryce Jordan Center — Penn StatePenn State’s state-of-the-art facility that opened in 1996 is the lowest ranking of the three shiny new arenas for one simple reason: Fan support — or more accurately, a lack thereof. The Bryce Jordan Center from the inside looks like a carbon copy of the Kohl Center — painted in navy, of course — but the key difference is that the seats at Bryce Jordan are empty. Average attendance is floundering at 7,589 per game this season.”The student section and PR staff are doing great jobs in promoting the program and the ‘Nitwits’ do try to be loud, but there’s not much to cheer for. You can’t be loud when your team’s down by 20-plus,” said Andrew Wible, men’s basketball writer of The Daily Collegian. “It is essentially a cave, and appears so when the curtains in the upper deck are dropped to make it appear as though the place is packed, when it isn’t even half full.”Affectionately referred to as the spaceship or UFO due its disc-shaped exterior, Bryce Jordan is not nearly as aesthetically pleasing from the outside as its opposite numbers at Wisconsin and Ohio State.last_img read more

first_imgIt is one of the most gut-wrenching and disappointing sights in baseball: watching the other team celebrate a walk-off victory.Eight weeks ago, the USC baseball team watched Long Beach State celebrate a walk-off win on a frigid Tuesday night in Long Beach. Today, the Trojans (18-21) have a chance to return the favor as they host the Dirtbags (19-18) at 6 p.m.Bounce back · With junior pitcher Ben Mount’s move to the closer role, freshman pitcher Kyle Richter will be called upon to make his third career start. Richter will look to get the Trojans back on track after they suffered an 8-2 defeat at Washington on Sunday. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan “[Long Beach’s] game-winning single was hit to me,” said junior right fielder Alex Sherrod. “I had a chance to throw the guy out and I bobbled it. You try to release the mental brick, but personally, I’m still hanging on to that. You try to put your losses behind you, but I’m still thinking about it.”When the Trojans last faced Long Beach, they scored two runs in the seventh to even the game at four and threatened to take the lead in the ninth. It was the Dirtbags, however, who came through with an RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth off junior closer Chad Smith to walk away with a 5-4 win.Junior pitcher Ben Mount started that game and gave the Trojan’s five innings of one-run ball. But with Smith out for the season with an elbow injury, USC interim coach Frank Cruz is trusting Mount to fill the closer’s role.The righty is third on the team with a 2.89 ERA and has allowed just one run in his last eight and one-third innings of work.“Mount has a lot of confidence right now,” Cruz said. “He’s keeping the ball down well. Most importantly, he’s just throwing strikes.”Mount’s move to closer means freshman Kyle Richter will make his third career start today.The young lefty has electric stuff, as opponents are hitting just .216 against him. But he has struggled throwing strikes, issuing 13 free passes hitting two batters in 19 and two-third innings of work.Against Loyola Marymount last Tuesday, however, Richter started the Trojans off with two perfect innings before being removed to save his arm for the weekend.“That won’t happen this week,” Cruz said. “We’ve got an extra day’s rest, so we’ll let Richter go a little more.”Last weekend, the Trojans played Washington in a Thursday through Saturday series instead of the traditional Friday through Sunday to avoid playing on Easter, meaning the team only had Wednesday off.This weekend the Trojans are back to the classic scheduling, giving them the usual two days of rest.USC took two of three from the Huskies this weekend to notch its third-consecutive Pac-10 series win, but dropped the final game of the series for just the second time this season in Pac-10 play.Although the series victory is important, losing the final game leaves the team and Cruz with what the first-year coach calls a “sour taste.”“It was a good series,” Sherrod said. “But obviously you want to complete the sweep when you have the chance.”Although the Trojans cannot sweep the Dirtbags, they have a chance for something almost as special: revenge.But Cruz, Sherrod and the rest of the team know that they can’t get too caught up in that.“Obviously you want to get them back,” Cruz said. “But it’s not so much about exacting revenge as it is about us just getting back on the winning track.”First pitch is at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.last_img read more

first_imgAccording to a national real estate analysis, Miami is running out of apartments for residents. The “Barriers to Apartment Construction” was commissioned by the National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association indicated Florida is home to 1.1 million apartment residents, but has about 472,000 apartment units.By 2030, it’s estimated the city will need an additional 185,000 new apartments.“The Miami metro area will need all types of apartments and at all price points,” said Kristy Novak, legislative committee chair of the South East Florida Apartment Association, the local division of the trade group. “Miami apartment developers, owners and managers and their residents contribute $18.7 billion to the local economy annually, and that number is expected to rise with increased demand.”“The shortage of affordable rental housing creates significant hurdles,” Novak said. “This is not just a problem for today. By 2030, the affordable housing crisis will become even more severe unless public and private sector leaders take bold, innovative action.”South Floridians face a twin problem related to each other. The region’s average salary of $45,119 annually is among the lowest nationally, but the regions average monthly rent prices for one-room apartments ($1200), two-bedroom apartments ($1,450) and three-bedroom ($1,650) are higher than the national average.Without an influx of new apartment units it is expected that the cost of affordable rental will increase in ensuing years not only in Miami, but across South Florida.last_img read more

first_imgThe investigation into the Lindo Creek Massacre continued on Tuesday at the Public Service Ministry’s building, with more testimony from family members of two victims – Horace Drakes and Compton Speirs.The Attorney for the Commission, Patrice Henry fielded questions from the witnesses who all said that they were still seeking justice for their family members.Drakes’ Aunt, Natalie McDonald, told the Commission that she learnt about her nephew’s death while on her way to visit her aunt at the Georgetown Public Hospital back in June 2008.Carmen Gittens“I heard the newspaper man said ‘get the news, get the news, Lindo Creek Massacre, eight men die’.”McDonald said she later visited Drakes’ mother, who immediately made contact with a family member in the interior, who confirmed that her son had indeed died. She added that none of her family members was contacted by the Police, or attended any autopsy or funeral service. The family, however, held a memorial service at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, in Stewartville, West Coast Demerara.Speirs’s sister, 80-year-old Carmen Gittens said she became the guardian of her brothers and sisters when their mother died. She said the last time she saw her younger brother was a month prior to his death when he informed her that he was travelling into the interior to work.Natalie McDonaldAlso appearing before the Commission was retired Detective Carl Jacobs, who was responsible for preparing the coroner’s order of the death of the miners.The CoI into the Lindo Creek Massacre is seeking to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the death of Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Horace Drakes, Bonny Harry, Lancelot Lee, Compton Speirs, Nigel Torres and Clifton Berry Wong, on or about June 28, 2008 and to report the findings and recommendations to President David Granger.last_img read more

first_img“I felt good,” Mickelson said. “You know, I hit some good shots, and I was able to shoot a good round. But it’s a little humbling to shoot what I thought was a good round and then get lapped by three (shots).” It was even more humbling to know that Harrington had never played in the Nissan Open and played the course only once before this week. Harrington played Riviera with friends while he was in Los Angeles for the Target World Challenge. “Obviously, someday it will catch up to me, the fact I don’t know the golf course,” Harrington said. “Today it didn’t. And whenever I did miss a shot, it seemed to be OK. There are a lot of pitfalls on this course, the catches, but they didn’t today.” Tiger Woods skipped the tournament this year, but eight of the top-10 ranked players in the world are in it and they’re playing like the best. Four of those players – Harrington, Mickelson, Jim Furyk, and Vijay Singh – are in the top 10 on the leaderboard. Furyk shot a 4-under 67 and Singh a 68. Sergio Garcia and Kevin Stadler – a USC product – are tied with Furyk and others at 67. They’re three shots behind leader Padraig Harrington, who made 10 birdies and shot an opening-round 63. This isn’t Mickelson’s hometown tournament, it just seemed like it Thursday. Mickelson and playing partners Ernie Els and Vaughn Taylor had the biggest and best gallery, with the majority of fans pulling for Mickelson. PACIFIC PALISADES – Phil Mickelson missed the Nissan Open the last five years, but he didn’t miss a beat in his return. Mickelson shot a 5-under par 66 in Thursday’s first round at Riviera Country Club and is tied for second with Briny Baird and Pat Perez. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more