(Vermont Biz April 6, 2010) – Comcast, a leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services, today announced it has made the leap from broadband to wideband with the launch of next-generation DOCSIS 3.0 in 29 communities across Vermont. With wideband, Comcast has introduced a new echelon of Internet speeds, redefining the customer experience online and creating a platform for Internet innovation in the years ahead.Comcast now offers among the fastest speeds available today with wideband, including the Extreme 50 tier with download speeds of up to 50 Mbps. Wideband has also enabled Comcast to double speeds for the majority of its existing residential high-speed Internet customers.The new extreme speeds are now available to residential homes and businesses in the communities of Burlington, Essex, Huntington, Saint George, South Burlington, Williston and Winooski, as well as the Addison County communities of Bristol, Lincoln, Middlebury, Monkton, New Haven, and Starksboro. Comcast also offers wideband speeds in the Upper Valley area in the towns of Bridgewater, Cavendish, Chester, Hartford, Hartland, Londonderry, Ludlow, Norwich, Plymouth, Reading, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, Weston, Windsor and Woodstock.“Wideband utilizes our existing advanced fiber-optic network in neighborhoods across our footprint to dramatically enhance our customers’ online experience,” said Pam Mackenzie, Vice President for Comcast in Vermont. “This new service will enable us to continue to offer our customers even faster speeds and an entirely new realm of Internet innovation.”As part of the wideband deployment, Comcast has launched a new 50 Mbps premium speed tier to its residential and business customers. This new service is ideal for households or businesses simultaneously using several computers or Internet-connected devices. They also appeal to those who simply want some of the fastest speeds available today:New Residential TierExtreme 50, offers up to 50 Mbps of downstream speed and up to 10 Mbps of upstream speed at $99.95 a month.*With Extreme 50, Comcast customers will be able to download a high-definition movie (6 GB) in about 16 minutes, a standard-definition movie (2 GB) in about five minutes and a standard-definition TV show (300 MB) in a matter of seconds. Customers with Extreme 50 also will be able to download digital photos, songs and games faster than ever.In addition to the new speed tier, Comcast also is increasing speeds for most of its existing customers:Performance tier customers will benefit from doubled downstream and upstream speeds, offering up to 12 Mbps and 2 Mbps, respectively.Performance Plus customers will be upgraded to Comcast’s Blast! tier, which will double their download speeds to up to 16 Mbps and provide up to 2 Mbps of upload speed. Plus, with PowerBoost technology, customers are able to enjoy even faster speeds to download and upload files such as videos, games, music and photos.New Business Class TiersBusiness customers will also benefit from wideband with increased efficiency and productivity. Customers can sign up for the Deluxe 50 Mbps / 10 Mbps tier for $189.95 a month, which includes a full suite of features and support. As part of their service, Comcast Business Class customers receive Microsoft Communication Services, providing corporate class e-mail, calendaring and document sharing, as well as additional benefits such as firewall protection, static IP addresses, multiple e-mail addresses and business class 24/7 customer support. Existing Business Class customers also will receive speed increases in the near future – speeds on the Starter tier will be doubled to up to 12 Mbps / 2 Mbps – and a second new Premium Tier is also now available, offering speeds up to 22 Mbps / 5 Mbps for $99.95 a monthAs of today, Comcast has rolled out the new wideband technology to more than 75 percent of its footprint across the nation, which means that more than 38 million homes and businesses can now enjoy one of the fastest Internet services in the country.For more information on Comcast’s wideband services, customers can call 1-800-COMCAST or visit www.comcast.com/fastestfast(link is external).* Pricing for residential customers and requires subscription to Comcast Cable service.About Comcast in VermontSince entering Vermont in November 2006, Comcast has aggressively expanded its services across the state, investing in its advanced fiber-optic network to bring broadband services to previously unserved homes and businesses and partnering with local communities. The company has launched a number of its advanced services in this time, including Digital Cable with On Demand, High-Definition Television Service, Digital Video Recorders, Comcast High-Speed Internet service, Digital Voice, and the company’s Business Class suite of voice, Internet and cable television services for small and medium-sized businesses. In addition, Comcast has offered programming of special interest to Vermonters. Comcast also assists local non-profit organizations in Vermont with financial, in-kind and employee volunteer support.About Comcast CorporationComcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com(link is external)) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.6 million cable customers, 15.9 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.6 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, 11 regional sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net(link is external)). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, which owns two professional sports teams, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, and a large, multipurpose arena in Philadelphia, the Wachovia Center, and manages other facilities for sporting events, concerts and other events.Source: SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – (April 6, 2010) – Comcast# # #
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday Beijing has been “transparent” throughout the coronavirus crisis, and offered to share a vaccine as soon as one was available — as well as $2 billion in aid. Governments including the US and Australia have called in recent weeks for an investigation into the origins of the virus, which has become a flashpoint in deteriorating tensions between Washington and Beijing. Both US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have accused China of a lack of transparency over the issue, and repeatedly pushed the theory that the virus leaked from a Chinese maximum-security laboratory. Topics : Addressing the first-ever virtual gathering of the WHO’s annual assembly, Xi said China has “always had an open, transparent and responsible attitude,” and had shared information on the virus in a timely manner.Chinese scientists have said that the virus emerged from a market that sold wild animals in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December, though officials have more recently cast doubt about its origins.Authorities in Wuhan have come under fire for reprimanding and silencing doctors who raised the alarm about the virus late last year. China is also accused of having delayed confirmation that the virus was transmissible between humans.China has strenuously denied accusations of a cover up, insisting it has always shared information with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other countries in a timely manner. The assembly was set to discuss a resolution tabled by the European Union that calls for an “impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation” of the international response to the coronavirus crisis.Speaking via videolink with a painting of the Great Wall in the background, Xi said China supports a “comprehensive evaluation” of the global response to the pandemic after it “has been brought under control” and that the probe should be led by the WHO.The inquiry should “sum up experiences and improve shortcomings” and “adhere to the principles of objectivity and fairness”, Xi told the World Health Assembly.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pledged at the assembly to launch an independent probe to review the coronavirus pandemic response “at the earliest appropriate moment”. Making vaccine ‘global public good’ While Washington has tried to pin the blame for the pandemic on China, Beijing has sought to reframe the narrative, offering medical aid to countries around the world.With the world racing to find a drug to stop the pandemic, Xi pledged Monday to make any potential vaccine developed by China a “global public good” once it was put into use.This move would be China’s contribution to achieving accessibility and affordability of a vaccine in developing countries as well, Xi said.China says it has five potential vaccines in clinical trials.A top Chinese health official said last week that more vaccine candidates are in the pipeline and awaiting approval for human trials.Experts say it will take at least 12 to 18 months to develop an effective vaccine, or even longer.Xi also told the assembly that China will provide $2 billion in international aid over two years to help with COVID-19 response and economic development in affected countries, especially in the developing world.”China will work with members of the Group of 20 nations to implement the debt relief initiative for the poorest countries,” he said.Xi also said China would work with the United Nations to set up a “global humanitarian response depot” in China and facilitate the international movement of medical supplies.
IBF Lightweight world champion, Richard Commey, says he is willing to put in all effort to defeat challenger, Teofimo Lopez, on December 14 in their bout in New York’s Madison Square Garden.Commey has been getting ready for the bout which was put together in September this year after Lopez defeated Japan’s Masayoshi Nakatani to become the number one contender in the division.The December 14 bout is very important for the two boxers since it holds the key to a potential unification bout with Vasyl Lomachenko who holds all the other belts in the division.For Commey, he believes he is ready to face Lopez and he is promising to give his very best.“I am going to do what I do best and joy myself. This is a major bout for me and it holds the future. I am working hard in the gym and I am not taking anything for granted.God knows why I got this opportunity and I believe He has something good for me and definitely, I will defend my title.”Commey added that even though he had been training and getting ready for the bout, he would have a better idea of Lopez’s quality and abilities on the night of the bout.“I cannot really say much in terms of what Lopez can do. I have seen bits of him but in the ring, he will be totally different. That is where I will see what he really has.”Commey’s bout with Lopez represents his second defence of the IBF Lightweight title. After winning it against Isa Chaniev in February this year, he defeated Ray Beltran in June for his first defence.
Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 knockouts) defeated Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) by unanimous decision Saturday night at Mandalay Bay to claim the WBC middleweight title.Alvarez, who was more aggressive than usual, was able to dominate most of the rounds with his heavy punches and uppercuts. Cotto, 35, tried to outbox the younger Alvarez, 25, but was often on the short end of exchanges.The judges scored it: 117-111 (John McKaie), 119-109 (Burt Clements) and 118-110 (Dave Moretti). The referee was Robert Byrd.Cotto (40-5, 33 KO) fought well, but was at times overmatched by the younger, bigger, stronger Alvarez’s power, and that made the real difference in the bout. While Cotto couldn’t seem to back Canelo down at any point, Alvarez could hurt Cotto, and did so a few times. Canelo also seemed to have made some real improvements, and Cotto’s attempts to move laterally and outbox Canelo were not as successful as he and trainer Freddie Roach may have hoped.Alvarez is reportedly being ordered by the WBC to fight Gennady Golovkin next, and supposedly has to make that deal within the next 15 days. Golovkin owns the WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight titles. But for now, Canelo’s coming off of the biggest win of his career, and has established himself as a new superstar for the sport of boxing.The win for Canelo makes him the new lineal middleweight champion in addition to the WBC middleweight. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
French tennis player Kristina Mladenovic has launched a scathing attack on Maria Sharapova, saying the five-time major title winner is just a cheat and everybody on the Tour knows it.”All the other players are saying she’s a cheater,” Mladenovic told French newspaper Le Parisien. “You sure doubt and think that she didn’t deserve all she won until now.”That’s dreadful, but it’s good that it’s finally out. As far as I am concerned, if I take an aspirin I worry 10 times about what I do.”She’s been taking this drug for 10 years and it’s a serious drug. She has played with the rules and thought, if it’s not banned, then I can take it.”She’s been taking this drug for 10 years and it’s a serious drug. She has played with the rules and thought, if it’s not banned, then I can take it.”For me that’s very disappointing. I don’t like the mentality to be the best by playing with the rules.” Sharapova tested positive to meldonium (a drug she knew by the alternative name of Mildronate) during the Australian Open in January.The former world number one has taken the medication over the past 10 years and claims it was used to combat flu-like symptoms and reduce the risk of diabetes, which runs in her family.She also denied she was warned five times about meldonium being banned, a mitigating factor her lawyer John J Haggerty believes can see her escape punishment.Sharapova took to Facebook on Sunday to defend herself against claims she had adequate warning about the implications of taking meldonium.”In order to be aware of this warning you had to open an email with a subject line having nothing to do with anti-doping, click on a web page, enter a password, enter a username, hunt, click, hunt, click, hunt, click, scroll and read,” she wrote. “I guess some in the media can call that a warning. I think most people would call it too hard to find.”There was also a wallet card distributed at various tournaments at the beginning of 2016, after the ban went into effect. This document had thousands of words on it, many of them technical, in small print. Should I have studied it? Yes. But if you saw this document (attached), you would know what I mean.”But the 22-year-old Mladenovic feels no sympathy.”She can play with words and find a good lawyer but on the principles of the situation, she’s wrong,” Mladenovic said. “She has no excuse that can defend what she’s done. For me there’s no doubt.”She wasn’t really liked. I respected her for her career but she wasn’t really nice nor polite, let’s be honest.”At least the good news to come out of all of this is that the anti-doping program is working and that even if you’re among the best players you’re going to get caught and it’s going to get out.”—
MORE: 10 best Playoff combinations, from reasonable to absurdThe Big 12 is known for its high point totals, and quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Sam Ehlinger have proven they can score at will. No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 14 Texas entered the final weekend in a three-way play-in with West Virginia for a championship game berth, but the Sooners defeated the Mountaineers head to head in a 59-56 shootout to seal their bid.The Longhorns (9-3) held off Kansas 24-17 for a shot at their first conference championship since 2009.Here is everything to know about how to watch the Big 12 championship game game plus a full list of past winners. Who is playing in the 2018 Big 12 championship game?Three teams — No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 11 Texas, and No. 12 West Virginia — entered the final weekend in contention to play in the Big 12 championship game. Texas had the easiest path, and it defeated Kansas 24-17 for a berth. The Sooners beat the Mountaineers and will play for a fourth straight conference title.What time is the Oklahoma-Texas game?The Big 12 championship game will be at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 1.What channel is the Oklahoma-Texas game on?The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC. Where is the Big 12 championship game played?AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, will be the site of this year’s game. Oklahoma vs. Texas betting oddsOklahoma is favored (-8) to win the 2018 Big 12 championship game, according to OddsShark.com. The over/under is 77.5 points.Big 12 championship game historyYearChampionRunner-upScore1996TexasNebraska37-271997NebraskaTexas A&M54-151998Texas A&MKansas State36-331999NebraskaTexas22-62000OklahomaKansas State27-242001ColoradoTexas39-372002OklahomaColorado29-72003Kansas StateOklahoma35-72004OklahomaColorado42-32005TexasColorado70-32006OklahomaNebraska21-72007OklahomaMissouri38-172008OklahomaMissouri62-212009TexasNebraska13-122010OklahomaNebraska23-202017OklahomaTCU41-17Note: The Big 12 didn’t hold a championship game from 2011-16. Oklahoma will get another shot at Texas in the 2018 Big 12 championship game, a rematch of the Sooners’ only loss this season that will carry College Football Playoff implications.And one thing seems extremely likely: It will be an offensive showcase.
St. Eunan’s G.A.A. Club, in association with Diver’s Hyundai, Letterkenny proudly present our Annual Golf Classic, this Saturday, May 23rd at Letterkenny Golf Club.Entry for a team of 4 is only €100 and we have some excellent prizes and spot prizes on offer:1st Prize – 4 x Computer Tablets2nd Prize – 4 x Golfbags3rd Prize – 4 x Donegal jackets There will also be a number of other prize categories, including:Longest Drive – LadiesLongest Drive – GentsNearest the PinPlease contact James Friel on 086-8255474 or Paul Carr on 087-2836567 for bookings and further information.SUPER PRIZES IN THE ST EUNAN’S GOLF CLASSIC THIS SATURDAY was last modified: May 21st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Golf classicSt Eunans