Comcast Cable,Vermont Business Magazine Comcast announced that Xfinity Mobile(link is external), a new wireless service designed for the way people use their phones today, is beginning to roll out in Xfinity Stores in Vermont. Comcast is introducing the service in its retail stores market-by-market and it is now available at the Xfinity Store in South Burlington. “We’re excited to be one of the first areas of the country to unveil Xfinity Mobile at Xfinity Stores,” said Michael Parker, senior vice president for Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes Vermont. “Xfinity Stores are the ultimate showcase for consumers to experience how Xfinity Mobile integrates with our other Xfinity products including X1, Xfinity Home, and xFi – and our goal is to ensure our customers leave knowing a lot more about our capabilities and the benefits of being a Comcast customer.”The press release says Xfinity Mobile combines the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network with the largest WiFi network of more than 17 million hotspots(link is external) nationwide to support a seamless internet and entertainment experience inside and out of the home. Available to all Xfinity Internet customers, the service is designed to save customers money with up to five lines included, unlimited nationwide talk and text, and no line access fees.Each Xfinity Mobile customer receives 100 MB of shared data across all lines on the account to get them started, and the freedom to choose from two straightforward data options:Unlimited – $45 per month, per line on up to five lines with no usage limits1.By the Gig – $12 per GB of shared cellular data across all lines on an account each month.Using the Xfinity Mobile app, customers can easily “switch and save” on their data plan – changing from “By the Gig” to “Unlimited” data options at any time during their billing cycle for no additional cost and then switching back to “By the Gig” at the beginning of the next billing cycle. In addition, with Xfinity Mobile, families can mix-and-match on an account so that each individual has the data option that makes sense for them.Xfinity Mobile offers the most popular devices(link is external) on the market today. Payment options for devices include monthly installments across a 24-month period, or a one-time, upfront payment of the full retail price of the phone.Sales of Xfinity Mobile, both online and through call centers, began in all of Comcast’s service areas on May 17.About Xfinity MobileXfinity Mobile is the nation’s first wireless service combining America’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network with 17 million Xfinity WiFi hotspots to deliver a great wireless experience, for less money, on the most popular devices. With Xfinity Mobile, customers can choose to pay only for the gigabytes they use, one gigabyte at a time, or select the unlimited data plan – easily switching from “By the Gig” to “Unlimited” at any time and no cost using the Xfinity Mobile app. For more information on Xfinity Mobile, go to www.xfinitymobile.com(link is external).About ComcastComcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com(link is external) for more information. Source: South Burlington, VT (July 17, 2017) – Click here(link is external) to locate the closest Xfinity Store. For more information and to purchase Xfinity Mobile online, visit http://xfinitymobile.com(link is external).1. Speeds reduced after 20 GBs.
Strike Over Vermont Fuel Dealers Association A tentative agreement has been reached with the 3,200 Canadian National rail employees who were on strike for more than a week. CN employees returned to work(link is external) yesterday afternoon. Delays are expected as the surge of backlogged traffic works its way through the rail network. It will take some time before everything gets back to normal. In collaboration with NPGA, PGANE and our state association partners, VFDA is still working on a regional waiver for propane transports from federal hours of service regulations in response to the logistical issues posed by the work stoppage.Tank MemoThe Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation issued a guidance document (found here(link is external)) which urges fuel dealers to suspend routine inspection of tanks until after the winter is over. Please note that this is not a suspension of inspections on first fills for new customers or first fills on new tanks. The document also provides clarification on hand filling tanks that have been red tagged. More information about Vermont’s AST Regulations can be found at vermontfuel.com/tank(link is external). TanksThe 2019 VFDA Tank Rebate Program is closed. Since 2018, VFDA and NORA have helped more than 800 Vermonters get a new oilheat tank by distributing over $200,000 in rebates. Our goal is for all Vermonters to have their tanks inspected to ensure they are safe and meet Vermont’s AST regulations. Go to vermontfuel.com/tank(link is external) to learn more.1740 degrees days have been recorded in Montpelier since July 1. That’s 4% more than the ten year average but about the same as last year.__________VFDA Training: Get Certified, Stay Certified.Propane/Natural Gas Continuing Education — December 11 — Rutland Class full.Propane/Natural Gas Continuing Education — January 8(link is external) — WillistonBasic Oilheat Tech Training — February(link is external) — RutlandPropane CETP Series — March(link is external) — MontpelierPropane/Natural Gas Continuing Education — March 27(link is external) — BerlinBasic Oilheat Tech Training — May(link is external) — Montpelier__________News of NoteThere are more 50 city governments across the country contemplating regulations that would ban the use of of fossil fuels. Residents of Brookline Massachusetts voted earlier this month to ban natural gas, propane and oilheat(link is external) on all new construction and renovations.Scientists have yet to discover, and entrepreneurs have yet to invent, anything as remarkable as hydrocarbons in terms of the combination of low-cost, high-energy density, stability, safety, and portability(link is external). Batteries aren’t the solution. At least not yet. The annual output of Tesla’s Gigafactory, the world’s largest battery factory, could store three minutes’ worth of annual U.S. electricity demand. It would require 1,000 years of production to make enough batteries for two days’ worth of U.S. electricity demand. Meanwhile, 50–100 pounds of materials are mined, moved, and processed for every pound of battery produced.Tesla claimed its pickup truck was ‘bulletproof’ — then smashed its windows(link is external) with a metal ball.Vermont’s Commerical Vehicle Enforcement Unit inspected hundreds of trucks last week. Go to vermontfuel.com/crash(link is external) to check out the latest incident report and find out who got stopped and for what.________News from DCA provision extending the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit (BTC) through 2021 was included in the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act proposed by House Democrats earlier this month. The provision also provides for a retroactive extension of all sales from Jan. 1, 2018, to the date of enactment. Should the GREEN Act pass through, the biodiesel tax credit would go down each year from $1/gal to 75-cents to 50-cents to 33-cents before it is phased out in 2025. The Fuels Institute recently released a literature review of the environmental impact of electric vehicles as compared to an internal combustion engine titled “Supercharged: The Environment Impact of Electric Vehicles.” The report notes that while an EV does not have tailpipe emissions, its production and operation still produce significant global climate change emissions due to such factors as the source of electricity charging the battery, energy usage and the efficiency of the vehicle, and manufacturing and production. Overall the report concludes that there are numerous variables that drive the environmental impacts and that “there is no consensus break-even set of conditions that need to occur in order to realize the environmental benefits that the public attributes to the adoption of EVs.” The environmental benefits of EVs are predicated on widespread build-out of infrastructure, electricity generated by renewables, and other variables that can impact carbon emissions. Click here(link is external) to download the study.Copyright 2019 by the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association. All rights reserved. Montpelier. vermontfuel.com(link is external)
Related US biking pressure group Bikes Belong has promoted one of its senior staff to recognise his commitment to furthering the cause of cycling across the country.Bruno Maier, who joined the Bikes Belong staff in June 2009 as Membership and Development Director, has been promoted to Vice President. Maier will continue to direct Bikes Belong Coalition and Bikes Belong Foundation membership and fundraising programmes, provide marketing guidance, and help lead the organisation’s growing staff.”Bruno’s been doing great all-around work,” said Bikes Belong CEO Tim Blumenthal. “He’s improved communication with all our members and enlisted many new supporters. He’s taken a leadership role in working with our entire staff. More than anything, he’s applying his 15 years of bike business experience to make Bikes Belong more effective and focused.”Maier joined Bikes Belong after many years as a top executive at Pacific Cycle and Cycling Sports Group, where he provided senior management expertise for the Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, and Mongoose brands. He was most recently Executive Vice President of Marketing at CSG.Maier began his work in the bike industry at his family’s bike shop in Ohio. He later worked for the Huffy Corporation and Brunswick Bicycles before joining Pacific/CSG in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2001.www.bikesbelong.org
ZyroFisher has an exclusive distribution deal in place with Bont Cycling that will launch at the UK’s Core Bike Show 2017, and will position the brand within the Fisher portfolio.Bont, the Australian producer of handmade carbon based footwear, has appointed ZyroFisher as its exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland. Since 1975, Bont notes that it has driven for innovation aimed at rider performance, ‘pioneering moulded monocoque designs that support the whole foot with low stack height and supreme power transfer’.ZyroFisher is a leading UK distributor of parts, accessories and clothing to the UK and Irish cycling markets. The company focuses on providing value added service to its brand partners and customers. Sitting within the Fisher portfolio, Bont will be serviced by an experienced team of territory account managers with Tim Bayley as the Brand Manager.Steven Nemeth, Chief Executive Officer, Bont, said “As the leading distributor of cycling parts, accessories and clothing, ZyroFisher are perfectly placed to grow our brand in the UK and Irish markets. We look forward to launching a number of new products to market this year and are excited to work with ZyroFisher to fulfil our potential.”Ian Calvesbert, Commercial Director at ZyroFisher, said “We are thrilled that Bont have decided to appoint ZyroFisher as their distribution partner in the UK and Ireland and are looking forward to adding value to Bont’s proposition. As a leading manufacturer of performance cycling shoes across the globe, Bont’s innovative range will enable retailers to enhance their instore experience and drive sales.”Initial stock will be available from ZyroFisher from late February 2017.www.zyrofisher.co.uk Related
The bathrooms and shelter at Nall Park are in need of repair.In addition to its move this week to use funds freed up from a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) to help explore the potential redevelopment of the old pool site, the Roeland Park City Council also agreed to move several thousand dollars toward deferred park maintenance.It also was revealed that Nall Park on the city’s northwest corner is being considered as a possible site for a disc golf course and a technical mountain biking trail.One concern raised by council members is that Nall Park may be out of compliance with agreements that were put in place to obtain grants several years ago from the state and county. Keeping facilities in good working order was one of the obligations of the city, Councilor Teresa Kelly said. “We are not in compliance with our agreement.” The restrooms at Nall Park have not worked in more than a decade.“I feel strongly we need to not keep kicking it down the road,” said Council President Becky Fast, who has been a primary Nall Park advocate on the council. “Past councils just kept deferring,” she said. “We need to maintain our city property.”The TIF district that includes city hall, McDonald’s, Walgreens and QuikTrip, will expire in 2021 and produce about $1 million that could be used for capital improvements from 2016 to 2021. Some money from the TIF can be used for corrugated stormwater pipe replacement that in turn frees money from a special infrastructure fund.Mayor Joel Marquardt said the city in the past has not made a concerted effort to improve the parks. “The city should allocate money to make them what we want,” Marquardt said. Much of the improvement work in R Park recently has been spearheaded by a citizens fundraising committee.Councilor Michael Rhoades said he wanted some of the money dedicated for sidewalks and reminded the council that sales tax revenue will be reduced when Walmart leaves the city. Councilor Ryan Kellerman also said the council needed to keep in mind the tax rate.The council also debated the practicality of the portable toilet now located at the park with most councilors saying it is not an adequate solution for needed restrooms at the park. Kellerman at one point suggested people could walk to the community center for a restroom but that was rejected as impractical by other members. Fast said the toilet costs the city money and is not ADA accessible.The councilors agreed to move about $70,000 toward park maintenance.
VO’s Service Delivery Platform Records TV Programs in the Cloud, Reducing the Operator’s Storage Costs While Improving the Viewer Experience PARIS — Dec. 16, 2020 — Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Orange France is personalizing the viewer experience with VO’s Service Delivery Platform (SDP). VO’s SDP features advanced NPVR capabilities that enable Orange France subscribers to schedule and record linear channels from any device. By storing recordings in the cloud, VO drastically reduces the operator’s storage costs while ensuring the best viewer experience. “NPVR is a must-have feature today for pay-TV services. It gives viewers the flexibility to record, watch, and resume their favorite television program anytime, anywhere, from any screen,” said Christian Bombrun, Executive Vice President, Product Services at Orange France and EVP Orange Content. “VO is our partner because of their extensive technology know-how and deployment expertise in NPVR. As a global provider of TV platforms to millions of customers and devices, VO offers an extensive ecosystem of partners and integration plug-ins, enabling us to deliver outstanding TV experiences.” “VO’s platform is everything we need in a NPVR solution: it’s easy to customize and manages the recording of content in the network, which is critical for cost efficiency,” said Yvonnick Boursier, TV Technical Director at Orange France. “Since VO’s SDP is based on a microservices architecture, it assures high performance and scalability.”VO’s TV platform optimizes NPVR storage consumption using a shared copy method, on-the-fly packaging capabilities, and automatic recording deletion with easy recovery in case of unintentional unsubscription. The SDP reduces capex for the operator by eliminating the need for a storage disk. “Television viewers today expect a rich viewing experience, with innovative features like NPVR,” said Philippe Leonetti, CEO of Viaccess-Orca. “With multi-DRM support, our SDP simplifies subscriber management for Orange France, enabling them to handle consumption rights on multiple devices, including STBs, smartphones, and tablets, within each household. Recording and watching a television program is intuitive for viewers with our platform, which is important for increasing customer satisfaction and reducing churn.”
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It might not be long before you’re taking financial advice from, well, a robot.IBM is aiming to shake up the world of financial services with Watson, its artificial intelligence computing system, said Mike Rhodin, senior vice president of IBM’s Watson’s group, told CNBC.The system is being adopted by banks and other financial institutions to be used for customer service and scaling wealth management.A possible scenario: A customer would call (or text) their bank for more information about a mortgage rate and end up talking with Watson—really a Watson-based chat advisor application built for the bank. The app could even offer up a formal rate to the caller that could later be presented by a mortgage expert at a convenient time.Companies are already using these kinds of Watson-based applications for customer service purposes, and on Tuesday IBM announced a deal with Genesys that propels its move into the space. continue reading »
Workers’ Comp Judges Sturgis, Spangler seek reappointment W orkers’ Comp Judges Sturgis, Spangler seek reappointment The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims will meet August 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the Orlando World Center Marriott for the purpose of interviewing the following judges of compensation claims for reappointment: Judge E. Douglas Spangler, Jr., and Judge Kathy A. Sturgis.Any questions or comments relating to any of the above judges of compensation claims should be addressed in writing to Victor Marrero, SNCJCC Chair, Director of Risk Management, Broward Sheriff’s Office, 2601 West Broward Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale 33312.If you wish to speak at the meeting in opposition to the reappointments, written notice must be provided to the chair and each commission member no later than 5 p.m. EST, July 26.Your letter should include your intention to address the commission and a brief explanation regarding your request. If you wish to present any documents in support of your appearance before the commission, copies must be provided to the chair and all commission members by 5 p.m. EST, July 26. A list of the names and mailing addresses of each SNCJCC member is provided on the Division of Administrative Hearings website at www.fljcc.org or The Florida Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org. The commission will not grant any requests for personal appearances to speak in favor of any of the above sitting judges, but will accept letters in support of the current judges. July 15, 2010 Regular News
More likely though, Minnesota’s best chance to get off the schneid will be Sunday against Penn State (6-9, 1-5). The Nittany Lions were theGophers’ lone victim in conference play last season, and Minnesota has lost seven straight Big Ten matches since then.But Thomson said the team is approaching the weekend with a must-win attitude, and he likes the team’s chance to get a win with its home-court advantage.“Indiana’s very good and deep, but there’s not a real big gap between us and them,” Thomson said. “Both matches are winnable, and it’d be really nice to get a win.”Men return to actionNo. 55 Minnesota’s men’s tennis team (6-10, 3-3) returns to the road for the first time since March 27, traveling to No. 56 Indiana (10-9, 4-2) for a Saturday dual and to No. 62 Penn State (13-5, 2-4) on Sunday.After playing three duals during the weekend and resting up at the start of the week, the team had a fairly normal week of practice, interim coach David Wheaton said.“There’s not a whole lot we do different,” Wheaton said. “We’re just looking for good attitude and effort every day, and that stuff will transfer over into their matches.” Women seek win at home Bob WotheApril 15, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIt would be an understatement to say Minnesota’s women’s tennis team is glad to be returning to the Baseline Tennis Center.After all, the Gophers have lost four straight matches without truly being threatening in any of them since last playing at home March 27.That’s why coach Tyler Thomson is hailing the team’s homecoming as just the right prescription for the only Big Ten team without a conference win.“The whole team feels that we have a home-court advantage,” Thomson said. “Over the years, we’ve always had a boost here and gotten some big wins.”No. 75 Minnesota (5-11, 0-6 Big Ten) will certainly need some sort of lift to end its seven-dual losing streak that dates back to March 13.But sophomore Ida Malmberg said the team’s record is not indicative of its true ability.“We’ve been losing a lot of matches,” Malmberg said. “But you can’t tell how close they are by just looking at the scores – we’re right in all of them and losing close two- or three-set matches.”The team’s first chance to break the streak will come today against defending Big Ten co-champion and 37th-ranked Indiana (11-9, 5-1).
Over 60 attractive electric racing cars, mostly attractive Tesla vehicles model S and X, were driven through Istria these days on the route of the fourth edition of the international “Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia 2017″.On the route through Istria, they first visited the Pula Arena, and then the town of Vodnjan. In Vodnjan, the arrival of vehicles on the central Narodni trg was organized, where electric vehicles were exhibited and many citizens present had the opportunity to see them. Rally participants, coming from Germany, Austria, Norway, Belgium, Finland, France, Switzerland, Serbia, Slovenia, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Denmark, Finland and Croatia, visited the center of Vodnjan and the church of St. Blaža. After a two-hour stay in Vodnjan with an organized tasting of extra virgin olive oil from the Chiavalon olive grove, they headed to the city of Porec.”Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia” traditionally starts on the main city Freedom Square in Poreč. Numerous visitors, passers-by, tourists and lovers of electric vehicles filled the town square. The Deputy Mayor of the City of Poreč, Mrs. Nadia Štifanić Dobrilović expressed her satisfaction that Poreč has been the host and main base of the “Nikola Tesla EV Rally” in Istria for the fourth year in a row.”By setting up one of the first charging stations for electric vehicles two years ago, the city of Poreč has settled on the map and joined the network of cities that, with awareness of the implementation of new technologies, enable guests with electric vehicles to come to our city.. ”Said the deputy mayor. She also pointed out that the implementation of such projects contributes to global awareness of reducing environmental pollution and endangering the health of the population, which raises the level of communal equipment of the city of Porec, the overall quality of the tourist offer and facilitates planning a stay in Porec.In addition to the exhibition program on Freedom Square, a skill test was held in Poreč in a large city parking lot, next to the city charging station for electric vehicles. After the solemn ceremony 1.6. in Poreč, participants of “Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia” continued their journey towards Rovinj. 2.6. the tour of Istria continued. In Berm in the Gothic church of St. Marija na Škrilineh, the participants toured the famous fresco “Dance of the Dead”, after which they visited the smallest town in the world, Hum.After the Hum rally, it continues to Croatia through Opatija, Senj, Krk, Cres, Lošinj, Pag, Paklenica, Zadar (Greetings to the Sun and Sea Organ), Šibenik, Krka National Park, Vransko Lake, Split, Imotski, Smiljan, Plitvice Lakes and Zagreb. As much as eight days of driving on a 1300 km long route through beautiful landscapes leads over 5 islands and 6 national parks with many attractions on the route, which is also the official “Green Electric Highway”. No stopping point was chosen by chance but to show the best that Croatia has to offer from its wine / gastronomic offer, natural beauty and cultural heritage. „BWe had a very nice time in Istria, and we are glad that we showed guests from all over the world the natural and cultural beauties, as well as the gastronomic offer of Istria. We have been traditionally in Istria for 4 years now, and we believe that we will be in the coming years as well. We truly connect people and projects, and we are especially proud of the fact that we are the organizer of the most beautiful rally of its kind in the world”, Points out the main organizer Tina Kolovrat.Find more details on our website: www.nikolateslaevrally.com.hr