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first_imgStatewide—Applications for the second round of the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant program are now open.Established by the General Assembly in 2019, the $100 million Next Level Broadband program is the largest single-state investment in broadband and works to ensure reliable and affordable broadband service is available to all areas of our state.Broadband providers and utility cooperatives can apply for up to $5 million to expand service to unserved areas if they provide a minimum 20% match of the total allowable project costs. Unserved areas are those without at least one telecommunication provider offering internet fast enough to provide the most basic services – at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload.In order to apply, applicants must first submit a letter of intent including a list of census blocks the project would serve. Click here for more information on the Next Level Broadband initiative.last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES — A street leading to Dodger Stadium will be named after the team’s longtime play-by-play announcer Vin Scully, who plans to retire after 67 seasons with the Dodgers.• PHOTOS: Dodgers broadcasting legend Vin ScullyThe council voted 12-0 to begin the process for renaming Elysian Park Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Stadium Way as “Vin Scully Avenue.”“Now we’re going to say, ‘Hey, go up Sunset and make a right on Scully Avenue’ — that’s going to be the new directions to get to Dodger Stadium,” said Councilman Gil Cedillo, who proposed the street name change. Cedillo called Scully “the voice and symbol of baseball, not just for the Dodgers but the entire nation.”“I remember growing up in the city, and I couldn’t always afford to go to the games,” Cedillo said. “We had a little radio, as all young boys and girls did in that time period. While you may not have been able to afford the games, you could turn on the radio, and with that you can see the Dodgers, each and every pitch, each and every play … just amazing storytelling that was unparalleled.”Councilman Paul Krekorian said the recognition “is a few decades overdue.”“I’m so glad Mr. Scully has finally consented to our doing this,” he said. “He’s a man of great humility who has resisted this kind of recognition, but it’s so important that we do so.”Dodger manager Dave Roberts told the council that “on behalf of the players, the organization, we’re deeply honored, as Vin has called many great monumental moments” in Dodger history. Former Dodger stars Orel Hershiser, Maury Wills and others were on hand for the vote, as were several active players.The visit by the Dodger contingent to City Hall is part of their week of service tour in the Los Angeles area, dubbed by the team as the “Dodgers Love L.A. Tour.”The Dodger team tweeted a statement from Scully, who said he was “overwhelmed” by the decision to rename a street after him.“I was raised on the streets of New York and to have a street named after me in Los Angeles is almost too much to comprehend,” he said.“A path to Dodger Stadium is a pathway to my heart. For 55 years, it has been an honor to walk that road to one of the greatest entertainment centers in the world, a place that has brought so much joy to all of us. I thank God for this great honor,” he said.The 88-year-old Bronx-born Scully has announced Dodger games since 1950, when the team played in Brooklyn. He said in August that the 2016 season likely will be his last.Scully has been an announcer longer than anyone else in sports history. A ranking system devised by author Curt Smith for his 2005 book “Voices of the Game” determined that Scully was baseball’s greatest announcer, giving him a perfect score of 100, based on such factors as longevity, language, popularity and persona.When Mayor Eric Garcetti made a similar street-naming proposal in 2013 in response to a viewer question on a public affairs television program, Scully said he would prefer for a street near Dodger Stadium to be renamed after Walter O’Malley, who brought the team to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, or his son Peter, instead of himself.“The mayor of Los Angeles has a great deal more important things to do than name a street after me,” Scully said at the time. “And if he is considering that idea, better the street should be named after Walter or Peter O’Malley than myself.”Peter O’Malley succeeded his father as the team’s chairman of the board upon the elder O’Malley’s death in 1979. The O’Malley family continued to own the Dodgers until their sale to the Fox Group in 1997.In 2013, when Scully announced he would be returning for the 2014 season, Garcetti said that “Vin Scully is more than the voice of the Dodgers.”“L.A. Little Leaguers hear his voice when swinging for the fences and as adults, we hear his voice during those big moments in our lives,” Garcetti said. “Vin Scully transcends L.A.’s ever-changing ‘A List.’ In his seventh decade here, he is an icon to grandparents, parents and our kids and earns new fans with each new child who tunes in to their first Dodgers game.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgForeign Minister Marjon V. Kamara has told Liberians that the withdrawal of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from Liberia by June 30, 2016, puts the nation at a crossroad. “We are being closely watched by the international community, to see if the years of reform and investments in democratic processes, including security sector reform will indeed yield sustainable peace,” Ambassador Kamara said. “Our partners have high expectations of us.”Minister Kamara made these remarks on Thursday, February 11, when she served as the Keynote Speaker at Liberia’s 59th Armed Forces Day celebrations, held at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) in Monrovia.She, however, expressed her confidence that Liberia can provide security and maintain peace after the inevitable departure of UNMIL. “I believe sincerely that we can and, indeed, we must,” she added.The new Foreign Minister nevertheless warned that the security of the state and the maintenance of peace in the post-UNMIL era will not and should not rest with the military alone. Reflecting on history, she said, sustainable security and continuing stability in this country will be defined more by the efforts all Liberians make – as a government and as a people – in addressing national challenges such as youth unemployment, reducing inequalities in income and opportunities, reconciliation and national healing, decentralizing social and security services, improving the quality of education and maintaining an enabling environment for investment. She indicated that cooperation and coordination between military and civil law institutions are key in the post-UNMIL environment; noting that the military can be useful in multidimensional ways in that environment.The Foreign Minister noted that some Liberians do not believe that Liberians have the ability to secure the country. “We must make our people understand – even if it means communicating in our local dialects – that there will remain a reduced UNMIL presence of military personnel and civilian police beyond June 30. However, security responsibilities once performed by UNMIL will now be solely in the hands of state security,” she clarified. Reflecting on the military in the past, the Minister said today’s Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has evolved to become the most educated in the nation’s history with specialized skills in many disciplines.“Our men and women in uniform reflect high quality and standards, integrity, loyalty and commitment not to any particular ethnic group but to the nation. They are being trained not only in national defense but also in strategic institution building and civic responsibilities,” she told the audience. She stated that the military has also moved beyond its traditional role to being more civil and has become true to its mandate, as enshrined in the National Defense Act of 2008, in building a respectable track record for supporting civil authority. “The Health Department of the Ministry and the Medical Command of the Armed Forces have been providing medical examinations, treatment and HIV/AIDS counseling as part of their outreach to communities,” she said.She thanked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is also Commander-in-Chief (CIC) of AFL, for her able and farsighted leadership and direction of the country and for the orientation of the nation’s security architecture, which began when she served as Chairperson of the Governance Reform Commission.Among other things, the Foreign Minister said that she is particularly impressed with the progress that the military has made in integrating women. “I understand that seven female officers and 73 enlisted women currently serve in the military, and that the Ministry of National Defense desires to reach a goal of 20 percent female enlistment.”Minister Kamara urged the Defense Ministry and the AFL to attain this target, which will contribute to the national objective of gender mainstreaming. “We congratulate the AFL for all of these exemplary works and the continuing dedication to helping breach capacity gaps and render assistance where it is needed. In the presence of UNMIL, the military has demonstrated that, in addition to its statutory responsibility to defend the territorial integrity of the state, it can provide effective support to civil authority. We expect them to do no less in the post UNMIL environment,” she added. The Foreign Minister reminded Liberians that they should not lose sight of the fact that the military is a part of the broader security architecture of the country that encompasses the police, immigration and other agencies. She asked these security agencies to collaborate under a well-coordinated framework to build synergies for the protection of Liberians within safe and secure borders. Ambassador Kamara also called on Liberians to envisage a post-UNMIL environment with a strong, well-trained, equipped and people-friendly national police force, decentralized and deployed throughout the length and breadth of this country. Following her speech, the Commander-In-Chief of the AFL, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf conferred upon her the nation’s Distinguished Service Order (DSO).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgGAA: Former Kerry legend Tómas Ó Sé has come up with a unique way of dismantling Donegal’s ultra-tight defensive structure.Ó Sé, now an analyst on The Sunday Game was asked how do Derry approach their semi-final against Donegal and what to do they need to bring to the table to beat them.Ó Sé jokingly hit back and said “A couple of KANGOS and a few snipers will do the job rightly.” That prompted laughter in the studio, but on a more serious note Ó Sé did concede that Derry face a hell of a task coming up with a strategy to defeat Donegal.He doesn’t believe they have the firepower to hurt Donegal despite Eoin Bradley and Mark Lynch’s impressive performances last week against Down.Ó Sé did say that Donegal will be presented with a more difficult challenge than the one poised by Armagh and expects Derry to adopt an ultra-defensive approach similar to the one they employed against Dublin in the league.Former Kildare star Dermot Earley believes no team plays the defensive system better than Donegal and thinks they’ll be there or thereabouts comes the business end of the season. Earley said, “Donegal are a serious, serious side, and nobody in the country plays this defensive style of football better than them.“They’re so good at it, and everybody knows there role, other teams get behind the ball and mark space but don’t necessarily know how to play it.“Donegal on the other hand are a different breed, every players knows where to be and what they have to do.“They also have so much variation in their attack and that makes them so hard to play against.Will Derry manager Brian McIver bring the KANGO’s to Clones on June 27th? Judging by today’s awesome performance he’s going to need them.HOW DO YOU STOP DONEGAL? “A FEW KANGOS AND A COUPLE OF SNIPERS SAYS FORMER KERRY STAR” was last modified: June 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAKerrynewsSportThe Sunday GameTomás Ó Sélast_img read more