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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_imgRay Parlour hopeful Unai Emery will give Mesut Ozil another chance in Arsenal first team Parlour is a fan of Ozil and would like to see him reintroduced (Picture: Getty)‘Hopefully he can get another chance in that Arsenal team.’There have been suggestions that Ozil could leave the Gunners when the January transfer window opens, having fallen so far down the pecking order under Emery, though the 31-year-old says he is committed to seeing out his contract until 2021.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 24 Oct 2019 11:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link229Shares The German has only made one Premier League appearance so far this season (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour is still hopeful that Mesut Ozil has a future at Arsenal and has urged the German playmaker to work hard in training and win back Unai Emery’s trust.Ozil, the highest-paid player at the Emirates on £350,000-a-week, has only played once in the Premier League this season and was omitted from the matchday squad entirely for their last three outings.Emery is believed to be concerned by Ozil’s lack of work rate in training and the two shared a frosty exchange at London Colney on Wednesday prior to the Europa League clash with Vitoria.What could possibly be going on here?… 💬👀Watch the full @Arsenal training session 🔴👇👇https://t.co/LXDlx0JLq6 pic.twitter.com/tx2bk5yYYV— Hayters TV (@HaytersTV) October 23, 2019 Advertisementcenter_img ADVERTISEMENTOzil is expected to be involved on Thursday night at the Emirates despite missing the club’s previous two European outings.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal were bereft of creativity in their last match, a 1-0 defeat on the road at Sheffield United, prompting calls for Ozil to be brought back into the side, and Parlour hopes he will be given another chance.‘Mesut Ozil is a big talking point at the moment. Will he play again for Arsenal football club?’ the former Arsenal star told VBET News.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘What he’s got to do as a player is work hard in training and try to prove to the manager he can still do a job for the team.‘We all know he’s such a quality player, but it’s getting him in the right position and obviously players around him helping out. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

first_imgD’Angelo Russell impressed Byron Scott in his pre-draft workout to spark comparisons to Magic Johnson and Chris Paul.But Scott remains undecided if Russell will start at point guard for the Lakers’ season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday at Staples Center. Scott described Russell’s last three practices as “pretty good.” Scott also praised Russell for “playing with more energy and was much more aggressive” after telling him to focus more on defense. So why the indecision?“It’s based on his development,” Scott said. “We have to figure out what’s best for him right now. What’s best for him is what’s best of the team as well.” Bryant waxed nostalgic about facing Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett, who enters his 21st NBA season.“It brings a smile to my face,” said Bryant, who played against Garnett in the 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals. “I remember about making my decision (to skip college) and speaking on the phone with him about going through his first season.”Bryant also sounded sentimental about former Minnesota executive and coach Flip Saunders recently dying of cancer. “He and I would have a lot of conversations on the sideline. He was extremely animated,” Bryant said of Saunders, who coached him in the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. He’s very passionate about the game and always in good spirits. It was a shock to me. He will be sorely missed.” New investmentBryant partnered with a venture capital firm to close a $15 million investment in The Players’ Tribune. Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter founded the company, which allows athletes to provide first-person essays. Bryant called the move “a smart investment” before offering a joke.“If they were doing a vote on the top players in the league, I probably wouldn’t be 93,” Bryant said, referring to ESPN’s player ranking on the Lakers’ star. “They have a higher level of expertise.” Staying afloatThe Lakers will have a float in the 127th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. The float will feature a replica of the NBA championship trophy, a large basketball and 16 stars representing the championships the Lakers won. The Lakers will also feature Bryant’s jersey and their nine retired jerseys, including Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, James Worthy and Jerry West. Injury updateAfter missing Monday’s practice because of soreness in his right hamstring, guard Marcelo Huertas practiced on Tuesday without any restrictions. Scott said he expects Huertas will play in the season opener. Kobe Bryant deferred questions about Russell’s role to Scott. But Bryant did not sound concerned about Russell despite the rookie averaging 6.9 points on only 39.6-percent shooting in eight exhibition games.“He’s been out here shooting for 45 minutes,” Bryant said. “If he continues to stay that course, he will be just fine. My responsibility is to show him the intricacies of the game.” Yet, Bryant conceded his uncertainty whether the Lakers make the playoffs partly because of the team’s young roster. “It all depends on the learning curve,” Bryant said. “Once you get out there and start playing and you have to travel and get on the road and work through the nuances of the schedule, that’s when you really learn.”Memory lanecenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more