On March 17th, GAW High-Speed Internet (GAW) of Brattleboro acquired the fixed wireless network of APC Services (All Pro Communications, Inc) of Rutland, Vermont. With coverage over much of Rutland County, the acquisition compliments GAW’s existing network, and offers enhancements for APC Service’s existing customers.APC Services has been a trusted source for Rutland County companies for many years, specializing in a complete line of telecommunications products and services. Through their partnership with Go2Web Internet Services, APC Services became a local leader in complete advanced Internet solutions for home and business and implemented an extensive wireless network in Rutland County.As Vermont’s largest Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), GAW continually enhances its wireless network. Acquiring the APC network extends GAW’s wireless network into central Vermont. What is more, GAW will be increasing service offerings, including cost-effective high-speed data and voice combination plans for consumers and businesses. “Given the challenges our communities face in the current economic climate, GAW continually looks for ways to bring increased value to its customers by leveraging its innovative talent and infrastructure,” states Josh Garza, CEO of GAW. Brian Ferguson, Manager of APC Services, also sees the move as a benefit for the Rutland area: “GAW’s acquisition of our wireless infrastructure will bring additional products and services currently unavailable to Rutland County residents. In addition we are convinced that GAW can deliver the high level of customer service that our customers depend on.”Area residents and businesses looking to stay competitive and technologically up-to-date will benefit from GAW’s services, which include:More cost-competitive service offerings for customersImproved broadband speedsVoice and Internet bundled services, offering better value alternatives to separate voice and Internet plansEnhancements to the back-haul infrastructure that feeds the wireless towersBetter support for customers through access to a state-of-the-art customer service centerLocal call center in Vermont–offering Vermonters the peace of mind that they are speaking with VermontersCurrent APC Services customers may go to www.GAW.com(link is external) for complete details of new and enhanced service offerings. For new customers seeking information or to sign-up for service, visit the site or call 877-220-2873 and speak with a GAW Customer Support Specialist. Anyone who is not able to receive service currently in their area may add themselves to the list of people who wish to receive service by submitting a request through the community application (http://GAW.com/community(link is external) ). This information will be used for evaluation of any future expanded coverage.About GAW High-Speed InternetGAW High-Speed Internet (GAW) was formed in 2005 by Josh Garza and partners. GAW (www.GAW.com(link is external) ) currently operates a successful wireless Internet service to subscribers in Vermont and New Hampshire. GAW offers subscribers broadband wireless Internet access on a network that defies rough terrain and topography in areas not currently served by standard cable or telephony-based broadband services. With more than $5 million committed in network infrastructure and deployment, GAW is committed to the future of rural High-Speed Internet access in areas under served or not served at all by traditional cable or DSL services. For more information about GAW or to find out how to get deployment of GAW service, visit www.GAW.com(link is external), call 1.877.220.2873 or email email@example.com(link sends e-mail).
MailOnline 10 July 2014Legalising assisted suicide is a slippery slope toward widespread killing of the sick, MPs and peers were told yesterday.A former euthanasia supporter warned of a surge in deaths if Parliament allowed doctors to give deadly drugs to their patients.‘Don’t do it Britain,’ said Theo Boer, a veteran European watchdog in assisted suicide cases. ‘Once the genie is out of the bottle, it is not likely ever to go back in again.’His native Netherlands, where euthanasia has been legal since 2002, has seen deaths double in just six years and this year’s total may reach a record 6,000.Professor Boer’s intervention comes as peers prepare to debate the Assisted Dying Bill, promoted by Lord Falconer, a Labour former Lord Chancellor.The bill, which has its second reading next week, would allow doctors to prescribe poison to terminally ill and mentally alert people who wish to kill themselves.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2686711/Dont-make-mistake-As-assisted-suicide-bill-goes-Lords-Dutch-regulator-backed-euthanasia-warns-Britain-leads-mass-killing.html
Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson, has heaped praise on top scorer Jordan Ayew ahead of Palace’s clash with Liverpool on Wednesday.The Ghana international leads the scoring for Palace this season with 9 goals so far.Ayew, who is in his second season with Palace, after spending last season on loan from Swansea, has been strongly tipped to be named as the clubs player of the season.Roy Hodgson has lauded the 28 year old for his amazing form this season.“Jordan has been very good. I have seen a constant improvement in his game,” Hodgson said.“He has always had the attitude and desire and now he’s fitting in better and better here.“All the work he has been doing is now being crowned by scoring and making goals,“ he added.Crystal Palace will take on league leaders Liverpool on Wednesday, live on Citi 97.3 FM.
Editor’s note: This is the March 30 edition of the Purple and Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Few things remind me of the stark difference between the world we used to live in versus the one we live in now like a moment that happened days before the NBA closed up shop.The NBA had enacted a policy requiring reporters to stand back from the athletes (though notably not standing apart from each other). The press was bundling together still, leaning over a roped-off square. LeBron James stood a mandated 6 to 8 feet from us, his hands tucked in the front of his jersey as if it were a pouch.“I miss you guys being right here,” he said, pantomiming a barrier with his hands, “like right here in my bubble.” • Speaking of Dwight: He’s someone who actively invites interaction with the people around him when he’s in a good mood. One of his most beloved pranks is to tap people on one shoulder while standing on the other side of them, seeing if he can fool them into turning the other way. Howard’s playful spirit manifests in ways you can see on the court, but in the locker room, this comes out even more: He played songs from his children’s album during one pregame locker room availability. One of the most memorable postgame sessions this year was when Howard talked about his snakes, including one he claims to call “She Hulk”. On his 34th birthday, I passed Dwight as I was walking out of the locker room and wished him a happy birthday. As I kept walking, I heard Dwight clear his throat, then I turned around. His fist was raised in the air: “I’m trying to give you a bump,” he said, “but you weren’t paying attention.” We bumped.• Other pregame routines that you might not spot if you only ever watch on TV: Early in the season, several Lakers including Howard, Cook, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo would mock a football down with Rondo almost inevitably as the quarterback, throwing a long pass to KCP. I stood baseline during a game in Portland watching this routine and nearly was bowled over by Dwight as he executed a block on a pass-rushing Cook. JaVale McGee also has a pregame ritual that, if you consider the thinking around COVID-19, we might never see again: He dribbles from side to side at midcourt, then passes the ball to strangers in the crowd who then have to pass it back to him. For anyone who was lucky enough to sit down in the lower bowl near midcourt who got their hands on that ball, it must have felt like the closest encounter they might ever have with an NBA player.• It’s hard to think of a player more innocuous than Quinn Cook, listed at perhaps a generous 6-foot-1 who many casual NBA fans might be hard-pressed to recognize on sight – even though he’s been a McDonald’s All-American in high school, a star at Duke, and an NBA champion with Golden State. This is not mere speculation: At a corporate event that Davis hosted in downtown L.A., Cook was one of two Lakers teammates who attended (along with Jared Dudley). Not only is Cook one of the chattiest Lakers, he’s one of the most unassuming: I watched him casually play pop-a-shot with a few fan attendees, trick shooting from distance and attempting high-arcing rainbows. The crowd had mobbed Davis and Dudley earlier in the evening, and the difference in reception was stark. While some people might have known who Cook was, he seemed anonymous to the majority of the attendees who didn’t know a Laker was in their midst. The next night, he scored 22 points on the Orlando Magic.• I did a story early in the season on Danny Green, which involved going on a trip to a haunted hayride at Griffith Park. Danny was working with a group, 4wrd Progress, of teenage boys. It was strange and surreal to try to sit and take notes while sitting on a clump of hay in the dark on a creaky wagon, as Danny listed off his favorite horror movies to the kids. Danny went on to buy the kids pretzels and lemonades at a stand between stops, and I’ll never forget how they clustered around him as we walked through haunted mazes and masked performers popped out of dark corners. It’s not basketball, but it’s definitely one of the most unusual close encounters I had with a player this year.• I did an interview with McGee earlier this year that impressed me, not necessarily because of his responses but because of a surprising ability to multi-task. He agreed to speak to me as he was autographing jerseys and basketballs – he never broke rhythm, not even once. He talked to me both about his music collaboration with Justin Bieber and the HBO documentary starring his mother as he whipped a sharpie with machine-like efficiency. He probably signed a hundred or more items as I stood beside him. The interview itself was thoughtful and engaging – as if somehow he was able to compartmentalize the part of his brain moving his hand and the part that was thinking of answers to my questions.• Depending on the day, LeBron is particularly chatty with people in the large horde in his postgame scrum. Some things he’s chatted with the media about before we’ve hit record: the results of other games in other sports; his regimen of skin care products; the difference between Twizzlers and Red Vines. Other times, he doesn’t talk at all as he goes through a post-shower routine that particularly L.A.-based media have come to understand well. You know LeBron is getting close to talking to the press when he begins to put on his jewelry – several dozen people hold their breath as he fiddles with the clasp on his bracelets and necklaces, which sometimes can be frustratingly finicky and add to the wait. It’s one of those very minor inconveniences that gives a certain kind of nostalgia once you no longer experience it.• I’ve been fortunate enough to be up close for several big games, some with tight finishes: close wins at Dallas, Oklahoma City and Memphis come to mind, as well as a very enjoyable clash in Miami. But one of the most memorable things I’ve seen in the actual arena happened when the Lakers were in New Orleans, dealing with a myriad of storylines the day before Thanksgiving. After the Lakers won and the game ended, reporters in press row could see a swell of fans in the stairs down to the court. Once I climbed down there, I saw a boy with a pair of LeBron’s shoes in tears. People were telling him how lucky he was. LeBron had climbed up to the stands and handed him his shoes after adults had taken his sleeves that he had tossed toward kids in the crowd. It ultimately is a small gesture to NBA superstars, who can usually get new shoes or equipment with little effort. But it is absolutely a superpower of a kind, one that helps grow a love of the game, especially for kids, and makes a huge impression. LeBron understands that as well as anyone: On the night he passed Kobe Bryant on the all-time scoring list in Philadelphia (hours before Bryant died) he described the excitement he felt when the Lakers’ star gave him a pair of shoes during All-Star Weekend. James wore them in his high school game the next day.• After Kobe Bryant died, the Lakers were at the throbbing center of a sports world in grief. It was surreal to see so many moments that will linger with me: I think of the droves of mourners who left tributes and messages outside Staples Center; the speech LeBron made on the first night back against Portland; the power of listening to Vanessa Bryant talk about her husband and daughter to an audience of millions. But in terms of closeness, I’ll never forget finding a message on one of the memorial walls outside of the Lakers’ El Segundo practice facility signed by Quinn Cook, a message to Kobe from his “biggest fan.” I waited three days before I saw him sitting on a bench preparing for the Trail Blazers game, showed him the message on my phone, and asked if he had written it. He said yes, and said he wished he had written more legibly. That’s how I remember that traumatic event: NBA players at their core were shaken by the loss of a player who had been one of their childhood heroes. While Quinn Cook knew Kobe personally, in that moment, he was a heartbroken fan just like everyone else.These are moments I’ve realized we might never see again in a post-COVID-19 world – one in which we’re fearful of touching other people or touching the things they’ve touched. The thing many of us crave right now is closeness, something that is very literally dangerous.Like you all, I crave a return to normalcy. And while these memories seem all the more precious because of the world we now live in, I hold out hope that it’s also something we can return to before long.Be well, and stay home.— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: This is the March 30 edition of the Purple and Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Link in while locked downHow the Lakers stay in shape – I talked to Danny Green and Gunnar Peterson from the Lakers’ strength and conditioning staff for insight into quarantine workouts.Anthony Davis rolls out support – How the Lakers’ All-Star big man has pledged to help medical workers and out-of-work Staples Center employees.LeBron plugs in – He voiced his opinions on playing without fans, and what it will take to get back in shape for a potential postseason.Open Forum – Mirjam has the latest on the Clippers buying the Forum, clearing a hurdle to building their own arena.Follow our COVID-19 news coverage – The latest on local cases and procedures to limit the pandemic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMaybe he was being slightly tongue-in-cheek. Maybe he was being a little indulgent to reporters. But there’s no doubt we spend a lot of time up close and personal with the Lakers. Of the 63 games the Lakers played this season, I worked at 61 of them: Going into locker rooms, sitting at games, talking with the people who make up the NBA. I’ve often thought of my job as taking you, the reader, behind the scenes of NBA games. In the last few weeks, I’ve been reminded it’s also a privilege.Physical closeness is something we’ve probably all ruminated on during the last three weeks in a world that now fears proximity. We can hardly see other people, much less give them a hug or a handshake. The societal trauma of a quarantine that could last anywhere from weeks to months might forever change the way we physically interact and how we perceive how safe it is to be close to people.With that in mind, I decided to do something more personal for today’s newsletter: close encounters. I’ve compiled memories and scenes from this singular season covering the Lakers in which physical closeness makes them unique and which I now share with you in no particular order:• The press seats at the FedEx Forum in Memphis are one row behind the scorers’ table, close enough to breathe in the chalk dust from one of the most well-known pregame rituals in the NBA. Some people don’t appreciate LeBron’s chalk dust routine or write it off as showboat-y, but for many others, it’s as iconic as a tip-off: seeing him rubbing chalk on his hands, then lifting them into the air and creating a cloud above his head. LeBron has been doing this for the better part of two decades, and that history lends it gravitas that feels even more special up close.You also can see people like teammates Danny Green and Quinn Cook, pretending to cough in LeBron’s aura, or Dwight Howard doing his own pantomime in tribute. Now, as we sit in our homes waiting for games to resume, I find myself looking forward to seeing this again – to me, it will be as familiar a sign as any that the NBA is back in business. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
…says 11 weeks later no wordSchool of the Nations Principal, Dr Brian O’Toole said that he is dissatisfied with the slothfulness of the Guyana Police Force into the investigation regarding his shooting.School of the Nations Principal, Dr Brian O’TooleO’Toole said that 11 weeks have since elapsed since two letters were dispatched to Police Commissioner Leslie James with information regarding the incident and he has not received a response.Speaking with Guyana Times, the principal said that it is worrisome that the contents of the letters given to a sergeant (name withheld) and the Police Commissioner were leaked to the media.O’Toole described the situation as “disgraceful” and pointed to the fact that he had a few months ago received one of the highest national awards by President David Granger and this is the way he is now being treated.He said that after making a public statement saying that the person who made threats to him prior to the shooting was flown out of Guyana, two detectives visited him and requested a statement.Police Commissioner Leslie JamesDuring the 90-minute meeting, O’Toole said the detectives asked that he respond to media reports that he knew who his shooter was.“I did say I knew the person that made the threats. He posted that he was going to blow up the school. There is no question that he was the one and he begged for immunity and promised to cooperate and give all information and was subsequently flown out of the country,” O’Toole said.Meanwhile, he noted that he has been interviewed by several media outlets in England, the United States and the Caribbean, who were all appalled at the pace and status of the investigations here. He explained that as a result of the shooting, which was highly publicised in local and international media outlets, overseas-based Guyanese, as well as foreigners, are now questioning the state of Guyana with respect to crime.Crime Chief Lyndon Alves on Wednesday called on the Principal of School of the Nations, Dr Brian O’Toole, to provide the police with the identity of the shooter.On Wednesday, the Crime Chief told Guyana Times that there were no new leads into the investigations and no new person or persons of interest as to who may have perpetrated this act.According to O’Toole, the lack of prosecution and delay in justice is due to the fact that the parents of the teen flew their son out of the country less than 24 hours after he admitted to being involved in the threats.On Thursday last, at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Georgetown, O’Toole stated that regardless of the professions of parents, they should not allow their children to pursue the wrong path and engage in such illegalities.On January 27, O’Toole was shot three times as he was returning to his Bel Air, Georgetown residence, hours after an emergency meeting with parents and guardians about violent threats on social media to injure students and teachers of that school.