Pomerleau Real Estate Adds to Staff

first_imgPomerleau Real Estate is pleased to announce that Ed Helmer has joined their Commercial Real Estate Division.Helmer is a native Vermonter currently living in Colchester. In 2002, Ed graduated from Phillips-Exeter Academy and in 2002, graduated from Bates College as an English major. His current focus is on getting his real estate license and becoming a member of the Burlington community.last_img

Verizon Wireless to buy Unicel

first_imgJuly 30, 2007Verizon Wireless To Acquire Rural Cellular Corporation,Expand The Nation’s Most Reliable Wireless NetworkAcquisition Will Expand Coverage In Rural Markets In 15 StatesBasking Ridge, NJ ­– In a move to expand its wireless service coverage inrural markets, Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications(NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), announced today that it hasentered into an agreement to acquire Rural Cellular Corporation(NASDAQ:RCCC), for approximately $2.67 billion in cash and assumed debt.The acquisition will further enhance Verizon Wireless¹ network coverage inmarkets adjacent to its existing service areas. The combination willincrease Verizon Wireless coverage by 4.7 million licensed POPs(population), and increase its customer base by more than 700,000.”Verizon Wireless continually looks for opportunities to enhance ourcustomers’ wireless experience,” said Lowell McAdam, president and CEO ofVerizon Wireless. “The addition of Rural Cellular¹s markets will enable usto expand our services into areas where previously we had little or nopresence, and will give Rural Cellular¹s Unicel customers access to thenation¹s most reliable network and a broader range of voice and dataservices.”Richard Ekstrand, president and CEO of Rural Cellular Corporation, said,”Since the founding of Rural Cellular Corporation in 1990, our mission hasbeen to provide wireless service to rural areas across the country wheretourism, agriculture and small businesses are prevalent. Our employees aredeservedly proud of the tremendous growth and strong financial performancewe have achieved, while we continued to focus on providing innovativesolutions through wireless technologies and maximizing customersatisfaction.”Today, as the wireless industry continues to evolve, our Board of Directorshas concluded that it is in the company’s best interest to enter into a saletransaction with Verizon Wireless. As the nation’s leading wirelessprovider, Verizon Wireless has the resources and scale to provide a widerange of outstanding products and services to our customers, while alsooffering new opportunities for many of our employees.”Rural Cellular’s network served 716,000 customers as of March 31, 2007,spread across five regional territories. Its networks are located in thestates of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Alabama,Mississippi, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas,Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.Rural Cellular utilizes both CDMA and GSM technology separately across itsfive regional markets. Verizon Wireless plans to deploy CDMA service inRural Cellular’s existing GSM markets and convert the GSM customers to CDMAservice. Verizon Wireless, however, anticipates maintaining RuralCellular¹s existing GSM networks to continue serving the roaming needs ofother GSM carriers¹ customers.Verizon Wireless expects to realize more than $1 billion in synergies inreduced roaming and operations expenses. The addition of the new marketswill also offer the company additional upside growth opportunities.Deal TermsUnder terms of the agreement, approved by the boards of both companies,holders of Rural Cellular’s common stock will receive $45 per share in cashfor a total equity price of $757 million on a fully diluted basis.Including net debt as of the first quarter of 2007, the total transactionvalue is approximately $2.67 billion. The $45 price per share represents a16 percent premium to the average closing price over the last 10 tradingdays and a 41 percent premium to the last closing price of $31.88 on Friday,July 27, 2007.The acquisition, which is subject to governmental and regulatory approvaland approval of Rural Cellular’s shareholders, is expected to close in thefirst half of 2008.About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and datanetwork, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless companyand largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless isheadquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 employees nationwide. Thecompany is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone(NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web atwww.verizonwireless.com(link is external)About Rural Cellular CorporationRCC, based in Alexandria, Minnesota, provides wireless communicationservices under the Unicel brand to Central, Midwest, Northeast, South andNorthwest territories located in 15 states. For additional informationabout Rural Cellular Corporation, please refer to its web site atwww.unicel.com(link is external).last_img read more

French public sector scheme Ircantec adopts coal-exclusion policy

first_imgLastly, any company whose turnover is more than 20% linked to coal will be excluded.Announcing the policy on 4 October at an event in Paris, Jean-Pierre Costes, president of the board of directors at Ircantec, said these criteria would lead to exclusions equivalent to around 1% of the scheme’s portfolio (€92m). Costes framed the coal-exclusion policy in terms of stranded assets, saying the scheme was “not ruling out significantly reducing its investments in ‘stranded assets’, notably in the fossil fuel sector”.The board of trustees last week decided to take such a step with respect to thermal coal, he added.The move has been facilitated by the work Ircantec has done to measure the carbon footprint of its investments, according to Costes.He said companies whose businesses were linked to coal that were not captured by Ircantec’s new exclusion policy would be closely monitored.Considerations about coal should be integrated into all monitoring “levers”, said Costes, in particular shareholder voting and engagement carried out by asset managers on behalf of Ircantec.This activity should be aimed at providing assurance about companies’ efforts to reduce their exposure to carbon. The new exclusion policy is in line with the energy transition roadmap that Ircantec outlined earlier this year, said Costes.He also announced that Ircantec this week launched a request for proposal for asset managers to run a standalone green bond fund, as per plans unveiled earlier this year. Decree threatIrcantec, whose €9.2bn of assets are reserves, recently increased its exposure to corporate debt at the expense of euro-denominated sovereign debt, but its fiduciary manager recently told IPE the scheme’s diversification strategy could be scuppered if the Social Affairs Ministry follows through with plans for a controversial decree unveiled earlier this summer.  Ircantec has therefore asked to be exempt from the regulation. French public sector pension scheme Ircantec has adopted a coal-exclusion policy, which will affect around 1% of the fund’s total portfolio.Exclusions will be made on the basis of three criteria. The €9.2bn scheme will exclude mining companies that account for more than 1% of global coal production, based on turnover.It is also turning its back on energy producers whose energy mix is more than 30% derived from coal or that have a carbon intensity in excess of 500g of CO2.last_img read more

Wanyonyi hands AFC’s Mbungo debut loss

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mount Kenya United’s Timothy Wanyonyi celebrates his goal that proved to be the winner. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMACHAKOS, Kenya, Feb 6 – Timonah Wanyonyi scored the winner against his former employers as Mount Kenya United picked their second win in succession, beating AFC Leopards 2-1 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday afternoon.In other fixtures, Gor Mahia fresh from handing Zamakek a 4-2 beating in the CAF Confederation Cup match, beat Vihiga United 1-0 with Nicholas Kipkirui scoring the lone goal. At the Kisumu Stadium in Kisumu, Western Stima were 1-0 victors over visiting Zoo FC.In Machakos, focus was on new AFC Leopards head coach, Rwandese coach Cassa Mbungo who took charge of his first game having arrived in the country on Monday and announced as the club’s third coach this season yesterday.However, it was a poor start for Mbungo as Mount Kenya United handed him a rude welcome to the Kenyan Premier League.Defender Amani Kyata broke the deadlock for Mount Kenya after quarter of an hour before his nemesis on the opposite end Salim ‘Shittu’ Abdallah responded to take the sides to the half time break even.AFC Leopards new boss Cassa Mbungo during his side’s during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Mount Kenya United at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 6, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaWanyonyi however ensured bottom side Mount Kenya eased their relegation fears with a goal 17 minutes from time.Mbungo made several changes to the team with Rwandese keeper Eric Ndayishimiye starting ahead of Jairus Adira, Dennis Sikhayi returning at right back, Salim ‘Shittu’ Abdallah coming into defense while Jaffary Owiti was pushed back to his favorite position on the left side of attack.But, Ingwe who have won just twice this campaign were stunned quarter of an hour into the match when Amani scored his third goal in two matches, sneaking in at the backpost to head in from a Moses Odhiambo freekick with Ndayishimiye caught flat out.Mount Kenya had started the match with some belief of sorts coming into the tie after breaking Mathare United’s unbeaten run and before going ahead, they had a clean chance with Brian Nyakan missing a free tap in off a Timonah Wanyonyi cross.AFC should have drawn level after 20 minutes but Wayeka Tatuwe missed a glorious opportunity unmarked at the backpost when he arrived a fraction late after Saad Musa’s low corner was missed by everyone in the box.AFC Leopards’ defender Dennis Sikhayi vies for the ball with Mount Kenya United’s John Ndirangu during their Kenyan premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 6, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThree minutes later, keeper Philip Odhiambo had to be at his best to turn Robinson Kamura’s freekick from range behind for a corner and from the resultant setpiece that was defended with nerves, Musa sent a shot over from the edge of the area.Owiti had a golden opportunity on the half hour mark when he was sent through on goal with a peach of a through pass from Eugene Mukangula, but the winger failed to beat Odhiambo one on one.Three minutes later though, Ingwe were level.Abdallah marked his return to the starting team with a goal, rising highest at the edge of the six yard box to thump a Marcel Kaheza corner home.Mount Kenya almost threw in an immediate response but Ndayishimiye pulled off a brilliant save, leaping to his left to palm away an overhead kick from John ‘Softie’ Ndirangu off a Boniface Mukhekhe cross.Mount Kenya United head coach Medo Mellis instructing. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe two coaches made changes in the early minutes of the second half, Mount Kenya’s Medo bringing on Nahashon Thiong’o and Harun Nyakha for Samuel Ndung’u and Ndirangu respectively.On the hour mark, Oburu was gifted with a chance barely five minutes into the pitch when a poor fdefensive header by Mount Kenya fell in his path, but he failed to hit a strong shot when he was pushed wide to his weaker right foot.Medo was forced into a change minutes later, defender Mohammed Nigo coming off with a hamstring problem and was replaced by John Kamau.AFC continued to push and had two good chances, first Wayeka missing a crucial connection of the ball at the backpost from a brilliant cross from Kaheza. Later, Mount kenya lost the bal softly and Oburu fed Owiti, but his shot went inches wide.Chasing a winner, AFC were caught flat out in the 73rd minute off a counter attack, their former player Wanyonyi rounding the keeper before hitting into an empty net despite a late tackle from Kamura.Thrown off balance, Mbungo’s AFC went into attack mode again, Kaheza making way for Aziz Okaka, a change that didn’t go down well with the handful of AFC fans who had come into the midweek tie as he was one of their brightest players.last_img read more

NBA Finals: Warriors’ Stephen Curry couldn’t hit a shot all night, until …

first_imgAll that practice saved Curry from an imperfect ending Wednesday night. He drilled his only 3-pointer of the game with 2:38 to play, helping move the Warriors within reach of an NBA Finals sweep.By sibling rule, Curry was allowed to leave the gym.“Got it … Want Warriors news in your inbox? Sign up for the free DubsDaily newsletter.CLEVELAND — Growing up in a hoops-playing family, Stephen Curry and his brother, Seth, had a rule:No leaving the gym until you made your last shot.last_img

Plasma May Revamp Cosmology

first_imgA “diverse new field” of astrophysics is poised to revolutionize our understanding of stars, energetic galaxies, and perhaps the entire universe.  The properties and interactions of plasma, that hot, electrically-charged gas that makes up the sun and stars, have not been considered as often as matter and light have in astronomy.  A set of top ten questions about plasma astronomy was recently set down at a workshop for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), according to PhysOrg.    “Plasma physics governs much of the behavior of the visible universe at all scales, from tokamaks to extra-galactic jets that are 10 billion times larger than the solar system,” said Stewart Prager, Director of the PPPL (the article explained that “A tokamak is a type of magnetic fusion energy experiment”).  Since plasma (often called the fourth state of matter) responds to electromagnetism – a much stronger force than gravity – the new proposed research will bring together “experimentalists, astronomers, and computational scientists to identify the major puzzles at this intersection of laboratory physics and space science, and to map out new strategies for better understanding the plasma universe.”If you thought the universe was pretty well figured out, wait till we see what comes from plasma cosmology.  “Often, a detailed understanding of the plasma physics under the specific space and astrophysical conditions holds the key to many long-standing mysteries,” the article said.  Mysteries imply basic misunderstandings in our current science.  Can fundamental changes to our thinking be in store?  No one yet knows; science is tentative, not absolute.  Interdisciplinary approaches are likely to challenge basic assumptions and bring outside-the-box thinking to stale modes of inquiry.  The universe could look very different to future astronomers, just as it differs today from what astronomers thought they knew in 2000, 1900, 1800, 1700, 1600, ….(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – December 14, 2011

first_imgDouble the Geocaching Fun This YearPurchase a Magellan eXplorist GC this holiday season and Magellan will toss in a FREE Trackable.The eXplorist GC is 100% dedicated to geocaching adventures. The device has a detailed and accurate preloaded worldwide map, easy to navigate menus, and rich graphics. It’s paperless geocaching-friendly and comes preloaded with some of the most popular geocaches in the world. And it’s a great deal at $149.99.To receive your free Trackable, the eXplorist GC must be ordered through Magellan. Hurry. Trackable supplies are limited.This offer is only valid in the US and Canada.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – June 14, 2011June 15, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – May 18, 2011May 18, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 13, 2011April 13, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

Facebook’s VoIP Service Proves ‘Move Fast And Break Things’ Mantra Won’t Fly For Mobile

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts taylor hatmaker The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img If you can’t keep up with Facebook’s identity crisis, you aren’t alone. After claiming over and over that it would get serious about mobile – and then debuting an entirely un-mobile product at a press conference earlier this week – the company is now tacking on one more feature to its collector’s set of mobile apps: free phone calls over the Internet.The Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, launched earlier for Canada, eschews traditional telecom carriers but will still count against your mobile data plan if you’re not on Wi-Fi. The feature is now available on Facebook’s dedicated Messenger iOS app, one of the single-purpose apps in the company’s increasingly cluttered mobile utility belt.Yahoo Syndrome?Facebook’s well-known “Move fast and break things” motto is well enough suited for the Web – but spewing out a flood of not quite fully baked ideas won’t work for mobile. The voice calling update is just the most recent example.Mobile updates are user-initiated and deliberate by design. Even on a platform like Android with automatic updating enabled, downloading a mobile update feels like unwrapping a new, slightly less buggy present. But apps that constantly push tiny new updates quickly get annoying, even if they don’t require much more attention than a progress bar in a notification drop-down menu. And redundant apps like Messenger and the main Facebook app? That’s just twice as many notifications to wrangle. Not to mention a confusing roadblock to the otherwise split-second choice of which app to open for a given task. Facebook’s sheer scope can be an Achilles heel: Facebook is big – look at all the stuff it does! It’s a Foursquare, and a Yelp and a Snapchat… and who knows what else. No wonder the company is struggling to define itself on mobile. It’s suffering from mobile Yahoo syndrome. As in, nobody knows what kind of company Yahoo is – least of all Yahoo.The Department Of Redundancy DepartmentOn the Web, we mostly don’t notice Facebook’s weekly waves of teensy product tweaks. The company’s hacker ethos shines in its perpetual tinkering and improvements. But on mobile the same approach can get messy – and it already has.Facebook wants to have it both ways. It wants to mash stuff like search, messaging, photo sharing and check-ins up into a one-stop shop for its billion-plus members. But it also wants us to use its strange little umbrella of mobile apps and the main Facebook app – have your app and eat it too! The approach is confusing, the internal redundancies are piling up and Facebook’s mobile product strategy is starting to feel like a junk drawer. Everything you need is in there somewhere, but it’s a wreck and you can never seem to find the AAA batteries when you need them.Do It Like InstagramBut you know who does mobile updates right?Instagram.When Instagram is primed for its tiny download progress bar to inch toward the right, users actually get excited. Updates are polished and cohesive, with just enough lag time between pushes to make Instagrammers water at the mouth while they wait for the bell to sound. If only Facebook would peer over the proverbial cubicle wall and steal a few notes from its billion-dollar baby. Tags:#apps#Facebook#mobile A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Is the AJA CION the Biggest Bust in Modern Filmmaking?

first_imgWe had high hopes for the AJA CION – but it seems like the camera might flare out before it even gets started. Let’s take a look a the CION situation.Top Image Courtesy of Film and Digital Times.If you’ve been following us here at PremiumBeat you might recall the NAB 2014 post we wrote about the AJA CION. If you don’t remember the article, well, it basically said that we were excited to get our hands on the camera. In 2014 things were looking good for Cion, but the camera quickly ran into problems. Namely, it wasn’t released on time. While it’s not uncommon for a camera to be delayed, the Cion was released almost 6 months late on December 22 2014, to the dismay of all those who pre-ordered.It was only a 3 months later at NAB 2015 that Blackmagic announced updates to the URSA, and then introduced us to the URSA Mini. Suddenly things seemed bleak for the CION. So, while at NAB 2015, AJA decided to lend the CION to filmmakers, as a way to show professionals what the camera could do. AJA President Nick Rashby said in a statement:AJA is known for its generosity to customers with our support, return, and warranty programs, and as a private, diverse company we can make bold moves to show the community that we’re very committed to the professional camera market. We’ve invested heavily in building out a special try-and-buy loaner pool of CION cameras that we’re making available so that any interested shooters can experience this camera and the incredible film-like beauty of these images for themselves before committing to a purchase.This move was seen by many as a move of desperation, almost as if they couldn’t give the CION away in light of low sales numbers. However, when you actually sit down with the camera and look at what all it can do, you come away impressed — and before NAB 2015 the $9000 price point seemed reasonable. But again, Blackmagic dropped the URSA update and the URSA Mini.Now you can buy a 4.6K camera with 15 stops of dynamic range for $5000 and a standard 4K Mini that utilizes 12 stops of dynamic range, the same as the CION, for $3000. In order to compete with this, AJA announced their “Summer of Savings” promotion which cuts the CION price nearly in half, down to $5000. But is it enough? Only time and sales will answer that question. And to be honest, AJA may be extremely limited on time.The Dynamic Range ProblemCinema5D did a comprehensive overview of the CION which shows us the ins and outs of the camera. They also made the discovery that while the camera is listed to have 12 stops of dynamic range, it actually measures out at 8.2. Even if the dynamic range measurement of the URSA fell short, it would still be around 11 stops.With all of the doom and gloom, it hasn’t stopped directors and cinematographers like TJ Derry from using it on pro-level commercials. And we have to say, the image quality does look great, but is it worthy of dropping $2000 more on a camera, or even paying the same price for a 4.6K URSA Mini?ConclusionSo, the original question was: Is the AJA CION the biggest bust in modern filmmaking? It has the potential to be if AJA can’t right the ship and garner strong sales. But I’m not calling it yet, as others have. I say this because there are filmmakers out there who have used it and love it. Had the camera been released earlier it may have had a little stronger footing and an install base to really compete. But then again, given what they are having to compete against, going toe-to-toe with Blackmagic is easier said than done.Want more up to date news and cameras and gear? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.Choosing Between The Blackmagic URSA and URSA Mini8 Killer Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000Dream Camera Loadouts: RED Digital CinemaWhat are your thoughts on the CION? Do you believe it’s a doomed camera? Have you used it? Are you like the many who have used it and loved it? Sound off in the comments below.last_img read more

Pant phenomenal talent but gets too ahead of himself says Klusener

first_imgDharamsala: Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener feels that a phenomenal talent like Rishabh Pant will do well to learn from others’ mistakes rather than make his own in a bid to become more consistent for India in near future. An average of 22.90 in ODIs and 21.57 in T20s doesn’t do justice to the kind of talent the flamboyant left-hander possesses and his impetuous shot selection is an indication that he is getting ahead of himself, feels the 48-year-old Klusener. “It would hard for me to pinpoint but with a phenomenal talent like that, one always tends to get a bit ahead of himself,” Klusener, who is currently in India as the white ball batting coach of the South African team, said during an interaction. Klusener has seen a bit of Pant when he was roped in as Delhi senior team’s white ball consultant last year. “He needs to give himself time to get in and that bit of time will allow him to showcase his talent,” said Klusener, who played 49 Tests and 171 ODIs for the Proteas. While people believe that a player learns most from his own mistakes, Klusener has a different take on the matter. He believes it is more beneficial if the player manages to learn from others’ follies. “What gets you ahead in international cricket is learning from others’ mistakes rather than making your own mistakes along the way and learning,” he said. “I will tell you why. You can learn from your own mistakes but it will take a lot more time to realise, correct and become a better player using that process. If you look at mistakes others are making, you will learn quickly and thus improve fast,” said Klusener. The 1999 World Cup’s Player of the Tournament also believes that it would be great if Pant can soak in advice from all the great seniors in the Indian set-up. “It’s wonderful to have the talent like Rishabh in the twilight years of MS Dhoni’s career. From an Indian point of view, maybe they should try and get him to contribute more.” “He has some wonderful coaches and players around him so take their advice but at the same time don’t curb your natural talent,” advised Klusener. He, along with Jacques Kallis and England’s Andrew Flintoff, belonged to a generation of pure all-rounders (pace bowling) with Ben Stokes carrying the baton among the current crop of players.last_img read more