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first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc (NasdaqCM: FRP) today announced plans to reduce its workforce over the next several months by approximately 400 positions. Vermont will lose 55 jobs, New Hampshrie will lose 190 and Maine 130. Another 25 positions will be let go in other states.”We value the contributions of our employees and workforce reductions are never easy,” said CEO Paul Sunu. “We are making this decision after careful evaluation to ensure that FairPoint is staffed appropriately to serve our customers well, while prudently managing expenses.”Both management and union employees will be affected across the company. The company intends to notify approximately 100 affected management employees later this month and will follow prescribed steps in the collective bargaining agreement covering union employees. FairPoint has declared an employee surplus affecting approximately 300 union positions.FairPoint expects the reduction in force to result in annualized operating expense savings of approximately $34 million, with the full benefit realized in 2012.The company expects to provide severance or incentive payments to eligible affected employees. The total amount of such payments is expected to range from $7 million to $13 million.About FairPoint Communications, Inc.FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) (www.FairPoint.com(link is external)) is a leading communications provider of high-speed Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other broadband services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable network, FairPoint delivers data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. VantagePoint(sm), FairPoint?s resilient IP-based network in northern New England, provides business customers a fast, flexible, affordable Ethernet connection. The VantagePoint(sm) network supports applications like video conferencing and e-learning. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2011) – FairPoint Communications, Inclast_img read more

first_imgI’ve had my fair share of close calls from motorists skimming the hairs on my arm or unexpectedly jamming their breaks to avoid rolling me over the hood of their cars. Between beer bottles, apple cores, McDonalds Chicken McNugget containers and the unoriginal slurs, I have had plenty of things hurled at me from the passenger side window.The most terrifying experience occurred on a backcountry dirt road where I was chased by what appeared to be an intoxicated driver and forced off my bike. Two brutish men jumped from the car and immediately began berating me. I escaped unscathed. I was one of the lucky ones.And that’s when I decided to change my own attitude towards motorists.Until this incident, I was the guy who needed to be on a leash following a close call with a vehicle. Like a shark smelling blood in shallow waters, I was immediately angry, screaming, throwing water bottles, and making damn sure that whale of a Suburban knew I would break off his mirror if I saw him at the next light. But I am not a shark. I am a blue gill …at best.This strategy does not work. It’s simple. I’m a buck 40 soaking wet. A ’95 Honda Civic, one of the smaller cars on the road, comes in at 2500 pounds. You don’t have to be a physics major to understand that the momentum equation doesn’t work in a cyclist’s favor. So what can we do?I wave. Yes… I wave. I wave at everyone.The adversarial bike-verses-car mentality doesn’t work. In order to coexist on the road, motorists and cyclist must understand one another first. In developing a mutual respect, one party must make the first move. That’s my goal with this simple gesture—a preemptive wave to cut tension before it boils over.Sometimes you can “feel” a car coming, and you know they aren’t expecting you. Perhaps you hear the roar of a tractor trailer or a Penske moving truck rolling at light speed like a star destroyer. I know I need first to be seen, then stay to the right and give my hand a quick wave. The wave says, “I hope I’m not in your way. Thanks in advance for acknowledging my presence and giving me a few feet.”I’m not always right either. Sometimes, I don’t hear that Prius behind me, or I have gone to the yellow line to avoid some man-eating potholes. Get that hand up there again. This time I’m saying, “My bad! I’m sorry about that, please don’t hold it against me (or my similarly dressed friends.)”I wave at kids on the sidewalk – one day they too will be drivers. I wave at farmers on tractors and soccer moms coming the other way, just to say hello. The postman gets another wave, and fellow cyclists, they get one too. And now, instead of chasing down and screaming at the car that nearly puts me in a ditch, I still wave. (Ok, maybe I swear to myself once they are out of sight.) It’s a lot of waving, but hey I’m a cyclist and the upper body could use some more exercise.It is my hope, and my goal, that something as simple as a wave will help more cyclists to recognize and respect the drivers around them, and that motorists see cyclists not as a burden, but as another life, another father, another mother, a son, a daughter… another person worth waving back to.last_img read more

first_img silverware Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack I don’t know if there’s anything I want to see more in the world than Marcelo Bielsa’s notes on an under-23 match. I see him scribbling from afar. Bound to be something profound and revolutionary. #lufc #mot— Beren Cross (@BerenCross) August 13, 2018 gameday cracker BEST OF Bielsa at the Under 23’s tonight. This sums him up perfectly. Doesn’t know when to stop. Complete dedication to know every aspect of the club completely. 😍 #lufc #leedsunited pic.twitter.com/2RvIg8Vg2S— Tim Hoolahan (@TimHoolahan) August 13, 2018 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? predicted possible standings impact whoops England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures revealed And supporters on Twitter were thrilled to see Bielsa at the game, particularly after giving youngster Jamie Shackleton a debut in their 4-1 win over Derby County at the weekend, and then handing him a new contract.Some pointed out it was fairly normal for a manager to attend Under-23 games but nonetheless, a portion of the Leeds support were in awe of their new gaffer’s dedication as he acclimatises to life in English football.You can see what some fans said on Twitter below. smart causal Leeds United fans are continuing their love-in over new manager Marcelo Bielsa after he was spotted watching the club’s Under-23s in action against Coventry City.The Whites’ youngsters won 2-1 on the night thanks to a Sam Dalby double and will have impressed the Argentine coach, who is keen on his ideas being taken on throughout the club’s academy. Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is making a big impression at Elland Road. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions I wish someone looked at me the way Marcelo Bielsa looks at a U23 side. #lufc pic.twitter.com/f497W14OsY— Batesy Douglas (@BatesyLufc) August 14, 2018 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 1 That must feel absolutely immense for the U23s – also very encouraging for anyone able to get along to the u23 games who love watching the man in action – leeds would bring more? #lufc #mot— Philip Turner (@oscars_vinyl) August 13, 2018 Man lives and breathes the game…. wants to see players and judge first hand as opposed to getting reports from others…… class 👏🏻— Mick Ward (@MWardy21) August 13, 2018 Great to see Bielsa at the U23 game last night encouraging all our young players at the club . He realises the value of youth at the club for future success , hence putting on 18yo Shackleton at Derby . Just wish ‘The Godfather ‘ was 10 years younger [ like most of us do ] #LUFC— chris (@LeedsLoudHaler) August 14, 2018 latest Most Popular Football News Bielsa watching the u23’s. To think there were actually Leeds fans on here that didn’t want him. The guy is an instant Leeds hero.— Danny (@zidaniel91) August 13, 2018 Bielsa at the U23’s Game tonight. 😍We have deserved a Manager who cares about our Club like him for many a year, the amount of love for him already speaks volumes of not just the type of Gaffer he is but as a Person.With him in charge I believe anything is possible!#lufc pic.twitter.com/JzdqicNCh6— Ry (@RyanLUFC91) August 13, 2018last_img read more

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. A selection of health policy stories from Arizona, Virginia, Nevada, Massachusetts and California.Arizona Republic: Brewer Vetoes Bill Requiring Doctors To Post Prices OnlineGov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation Friday that would have required doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to post prices for their most common services, a move the bill’s sponsor said was a blow to consumers and driven by industry pressure. In her veto letter, the governor said the measure’s “ambiguous terms and definitions” could conflict with state and federal laws and expose the state to lawsuits. … Sen. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix, dismissed the governor’s explanations as “red herrings” and accused her of bowing to pressure from the hospital industry, which opposed Senate Bill 1115 (Reinhart, 4/12).Richmond Times-Dispatch: Long-Term Care Costs Rise In VirginiaThe cost to receive care at home in Virginia through a home health aide increased during the past five years, a new survey shows. The Cost of Care survey by Henrico County-based Genworth Financial found that the costs are increasing faster in Virginia than national levels in some cases. The survey, released last week, shows the hourly rate for homemaker services and home health aide services in Virginia is $17 and $18, respectively (4/14).The Associated Press: Psychiatric Hospital Accused Of Patient DumpingNevada’s primary state psychiatric hospital has transported more than 1,500 mentally ill patients to cities across the nation by Greyhound bus over the last five years, according to a published story. As Nevada has slashed funding for mental health services, the number of such patients being bused out of Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas climbed 66 percent from 2009 to 2012, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday (4/14).Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Programs Help Independent Artists Access Health CareFreelance artists are part of the estimated 15 million people who are currently self-employed, according to a U.S. Department of Labor 2012 estimate. … Programs like Springboard and the Freelancers’ Union co-ops help a community that Hunt said is often underinsured because many artists have low incomes — between $12,500 and about $25,000 — especially when they are not yet established (Rao, 4/15).Boston Globe: Holistic Criteria Aid Medical SchoolMedical schools traditionally have accepted students with the highest test scores and best science grades. But in an article published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Robert Witzburg of Boston University School of Medicine writes about what he considers a better approach to choosing future physicians: holistic review. Medical schools that use this method give potential students points for overcoming adversity, showing resilience, and being empathetic — as well as for academic achievement. Admissions officers consider letters of reference, interviews, and community service experience to evaluate these qualities (Conaboy, 4/15).Boston Globe: Support Grows For Legislation Requiring Paid Sick LeaveA nearly decade-long effort to require Massachusetts employers to offer paid sick days is gaining momentum as lawmakers pass similar proposals across the country. At least five cities and one state, Connecticut, have mandated that employers provide the benefit in recent years, with New York City poised to join them after the City Council agreed to enact legislation requiring businesses with 20 or more employees to offer five paid sick days a year. Similar proposals are under consideration in Philadelphia and Vermont (Woolhouse, 4/15).California Healthline: Step Forward For Oral Chemotherapy BillThe Assembly Committee on Health approved a bill Tuesday that would require health insurers to provide oral chemotherapy therapy to their members with a maximum out-of-pocket $100 co-pay per prescription. Another version of AB 219 by Assembly member Henry Perea (D-Fresno) passed the Legislature last year, but was vetoed by the governor. “This bill would ensure cancer patients have affordable access to the most appropriate cancer treatment covered by insurers,” Perea said. “When the governor vetoed a similar bill last year, he encouraged me to work with his administration to design a policy that will work for California. AB 219 represents a new strategy to make oral chemotherapy affordable” (Gorn, 4/12). Roundup: Long-Term Care Costs Soar In Virginialast_img read more