FairPoint updates voice services

first_imgAbout FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).Source: FairPoint. ‘This new IP-based voice mail platform improves current features right off the bat and allows for future ‘bells and whistles,’‘ said Mike Smith, Vermont state president for FairPoint. Duplicate user guides for home and business voice mail customers are available online at: http://www.fairpoint.com/northern_ne/support.jsp(link is external). Additional questions can be answered by FairPoint representatives by calling 866-984-2001 (home) or 866-984-3001 (business). Consolidated Communications,FairPoint customers around Vermont are getting a new voice mail system, one that offers improved features on a new next-generation voice mail platform. FairPoint began rolling out the new voice mail this month, starting with Essex Junction customers. Bennington, Brattleboro and Rutland will be added this week and the transition to the new system will continue community by community over the next three weeks. And, for the first time, Island Pond customers will soon have voice mail availability. FairPoint customers will receive instructions for the new voice mail system by mail, which includes a user’s guide, followed by voice mail messages as the transition date approaches.last_img read more

LION’S SHARE: After taking over the starting job his freshman season, Jamie Trimboli is expected to lead a young Syracuse offense

first_img Comments The biggest moment of Jamie Trimboli’s young career came at the end of his first-ever start.Last March, in overtime against Duke in the Carrier Dome, his teammate and redshirt senior Sergio Salcido drove toward the goal. Trimboli shuffled back, readying himself to catch the pass that eventually came from Salcido. Duke’s Sean Cerrone shoved Trimboli, who spun back toward the middle of the field.He found himself alone, 15 yards out.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis whole extended family watched from the bleachers. His dad, Joe Trimboli, thought to himself: “You’re a freshman, do you really want to take this shot?”Trimboli did not hesitate.The shot beat Duke goalie Danny Fowler top shelf. Trimboli pounded on his chest twice, screaming. Salcido tackled Trimboli and eventually everyone else piled on.,This year, Syracuse is not the experienced team it’s been in the past. It’s lost over half of the points from its starting offense last season. The two best players — midfielders Salcido and Nick Mariano — led the Orange with 51 and 50 points, respectively, en route to All-American seasons. Those two drew the long poles and most defensive attention, which allowed Trimboli to break out as a freshman.“It’s different,” Trimboli said about his new role, “because last year I had two All-Americans on my line. This year, I get a little more attention.”Only three Syracuse players that ended last season as a starter return, and just one has played in head coach John Desko’s system for two years — junior Nate Solomon. For Syracuse to return to its dominant history, one that just graduated its first class without a Final Four appearance since 1979, Trimboli, a sophomore, will need to step up as a veteran midfield presence and a leader of the offense.On last season’s midfield line, Salcido constantly joked Trimboli was the “lion cub,” since he was the only non-senior. Trimboli earned playing time early, and he was named the starter just seven games in. Right before, Trimboli had the game-tying assist in an eventual overtime win at longtime rival Johns Hopkins. Then he hit the Duke shot.“He played a lot bigger than he talked about,” Salcido said. “He stepped up in times where we needed it. That’s where you get that lion-like, competition-type mindset.”This attention was nothing new for Trimboli. At Greece Athena (New York) High School, he had been the star player. But the program was fairly new, Joe said, and the team struggled to boast a team as dominant as nearby powerhouse Victor (New York) High School.In summer 2013, Joe stood on the sidelines, talking to other dads on Trimboli’s club lacrosse team, Sweetlax. Trimboli had just finished a strong freshman season at Greece Athena. Most of Sweetlax’s players played for Victor, yet had been unable to take home the state title. One of the dads mentioned that, with Trimboli, Victor “would win the states for sure.”A few months later, after talking to his wife, Joe decided to sell his house and move. It was in the middle of Trimboli’s sophomore year right before lacrosse season began. The initial sale of the house fell through, but his dad knew the importance of playing lacrosse at Victor, so he moved himself and Trimboli into an apartment there while the rest of the family remained.Leaving home meant leaving the place where Trimboli honed his skills. It was in the backyard of his house, where he’d work with his older brother, Joey, on mechanics. But Trimboli knew the competition level was much higher and Victor would be the best opportunity for him to develop as a lacrosse player.For almost 15 months, Joe and Trimboli lived together in a “bachelor pad,” Joe joked. They drove the roughly 25 miles home on weekends to stay with the rest of the family. The decision to still move allowed Jamie to compete at a higher level, as he soon developed into Syracuse’s top-ranked recruit in the 2016 class.“(Jamie) got to be better and here we are at Syracuse,” Joe said. “Jamie’s dream come true. This is what he wanted and it just worked out.”,At Victor, defenses honed in on shutting down Trimboli. His right hand and quick first step made him a hot commodity and often the center of opposing defense’s game plans. To limit Trimboli, the defense tried forcing him left.With the added attention he was receiving, Trimboli found it to be the perfect time to work on dodging and shooting left. Joey would often watch his brother shoot right and then left, pointing out any differences in his shot.“Everyone was trying to shut him off in high school and take away his right hand,” Joey said. “… Playing at Syracuse, he had to play with a left hand.”The next step was using his left hand in games. Because of Victor’s long-standing success — Trimboli made the state title game all three years he was there, winning his last two years — the team often won games handily.When Victor took large leads, Trimboli decided to strictly play left handed. The repetition resulted in the midfielder becoming nearly ambidextrous, something the defense and analysts recognized right away upon his arrival to Syracuse. Mark Dixon, an ESPN lacrosse analyst, came away impressed with his ability to shoot on the run with both hands, and defender Tyson Bomberry initially couldn’t tell which hand his teammate was dominant with.“If you had told me if he was a righty or lefty before we went out, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell you,” SU goalie Drake Porter said. “That’s how good he is down both alleys on the run … both are perfect form. … On the run he does have the best (off-hand).”The ability to go left will be critical in Trimboli’s sophomore campaign. He’s no longer blanketed by two All-Americans. He will draw the attention of the long-stick midfielder rather than a short stick defensive midfielder, which adds a new element to dodging and creating offense at the collegiate level.As it became seemingly clear Trimboli would be the future of the midfield, plus the added pressure from the expectations of being a first-line midfielder as a freshman, Trimboli wanted to improve his skill set. So when he had free time, he worked on his shot. Often times, it was with Salcido before practice.Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorThere, Salcido gave him pointers. By feeding each other and watching Trimboli’s shots, Salcido taught the then-freshman where to release his shot and how to get it off quicker.Trimboli said he usually held onto the ball and took “a little too long” to shoot after high school, and Salcido knew to play collegiately, faster shots were crucial. He helped guide Trimboli through the beginning bumps and transition. It took Trimboli just two games to score his first goal, coming in a one-goal victory over Albany.Salcido was there to guide him through the process. And with whatever Salcido said, Trimboli listened. He finished the year with 13 goals and poured in two in SU’s 11-10 win over Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.“I think he’s going to take the next step,” Dixon said. “Oftentimes you see the great ones in the game jump from that really good freshman year, a lot of them become first-team All-Americans in their sophomore campaigns.”Trimboli needs to progress from a freshman who, just a year ago, was the last option on a star-studded midfield line. Though there were moments where he shined, he still remained in the shadows of a Syracuse team that fell in the Elite Eight.But this season, he needs to step into the spotlight. It’s his turn to become a lion.Banner photo by Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerSponsored by Published on February 4, 2018 at 6:22 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco,Comments are closed.last_img read more

Nigeria lose 1-2 to Uruguay in Confed Cup

first_imgDiego Forlan marked his 100th cap with a stunning second-half winner in Salvador as Uruguay beat Nigeria in the Confederations Cup.The 34-year-old, who had not scored in his previous 12 internationals, lit up the Arena Fonte Nova with a thunderous strike to see off the Super Eagles.Diego Lugano had given Uruguay a scrappy first-half lead from close range, only for Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi to bring Nigeria level with a brilliantly taken goal shortly before the interval before Forlan’s winner.As Nigeria pressed for a second, Uruguay raced away on the counter attack and the former Manchester United striker thumped home a thunderous left-foot winner from 16 yards after a fluid break that involved Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.The result ends Nigeria’s 18-match unbeaten run, stretching back to May 2012, and leaves the Africa Cup of Nations champions facing a tough task in their final Group B match with Spain. The world and European champions top the group with six points, while Nigeria and Uruguay are level on three points.Throughout the match, the deep rumblings, loud bags and the crackle of police weapons could be heard in the streets nearby. And yet on the field the battle raged on with both teams knowing the importance of victory to their chances of progressing to the semi-finals. With Spain clear favourites for Group B and Tahiti obvious minnows, this contest was always going to be the most fiercely contested of the group – and so it proved.Nigeria had looked grateful that they had only had to overcome Tahiti in their first match of the tournament after a disrupted build-up. But Uruguay were an entirely different proposition with Suarez, Cavani and Forlan forming a formidable frontline, albeit in an ageing team.And it was the South Americans who found their fluency first, slicing through the Nigeria defence time and again. Cavani might have done better on two occasions while Cristian Rodriguez also went close.The mostly Brazilian crowd soon took the Super Eagles to their hearts but just as they began to find their rhythm, Uruguay burst their bubble with the scrappiest of goals.Forlan found the ball back at his feet after a poor corner and slid his pass along the six-yard line. Cavani missed an attempted flick between his legs but Lugano forced the ball over the line with his shin from six yards. It mattered not. Nigeria’s fragile confidence had been rocked but Stephen Keshi has built a squad that is nothing if not resilient and they responded in a way few inside the ground had expected. Uwa Echiejile found Brown Ideye, who in turn slipped the ball to Mikel, some 20 yards from goal.The Chelsea midfielder skipped beyond the static Lugano and steered a rising left-foot shot beyond Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and high into the top left-hand corner of the net.But from nowhere, Uruguay’s trio of attacking talent clicked into gear. Suarez and Cavani combined to set Forlan racing free down the left of the penalty area and from there he thumped a rasping left-foot shot that was beyond Enyema before he knew it.Having offered very little for so long, Uruguay suddenly found their spark. Cavani was put through on goal, only to slice his shot woefully wide, while Maximiliano Pereira almost beat his own goalkeeper at the other end.Napoli forward Cavani headed over shortly after but Forlan had done the damage and Nigeria, barring a massive upset against Spain in Fortaleza on Sunday, are heading home. Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said: “I think my players played well and played to instructions. It was just one minute’s lack of concentration that made the difference. Otherwise it was good.”last_img read more

Conte upset by lack of credit for champions’ run

first_imgHowever, it still leaves them third, 14 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, who have won a record 16 successive league matches.“We won a difficult game and I want to remember that in the last ten games we won eight, drew one and lost only one,” said Conte.“If someone said to me ‘in the next ten games are you ready to sign for these results’, I’d say ‘I’m ready!’“Someone is forgetting this run because we see that there is another team that is winning every game.”The win would have been more convincing with better finishing.Conte wants his team to be more clinical in front of goal after complaining that single-goal victories do not allow him, his team or the Chelsea fans to relax.Chelsea had 24 shots against Southampton, an average of one every four minutes, but only eight were on target, and only Alonso’s sublime free-kick was able to beat Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster. Forster also pulled off several good saves and Pedro saw a deflected effort hit the base of the post, but Chelsea were guilty of misses, including a close-range effort from Cesc Fabregas that went through Forster’s legs but rolled across the goal and past the far post.“It was only 1-0 (although) we had many chances to score the second goal so you could be more relaxed,” said Conte.“I am very happy because I saw commitment and we finished with a clean sheet.“But for sure this season I think that we have created many chances but we must be more accurate with our finishing.“Because when you score more than one goal you can be more relaxed.”That absence of accuracy put more pressure on the defence and although they restricted Southampton to a handful of chances, Thibaut Courtois was forced to make two good saves from Southampton substitute Charlie Austin.“We had to pay attention to Southampton because they’re a good team with young players who are very fast,” said Conte.“But I’m happy because my players played the game with great concentration and we deserved to win.”Share on: WhatsApp Conte upset by lack of credit for champions’ runLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that Manchester City’s run of victories has denied his team the credit they deserve for their own recent good spell.A narrow but deserved 1-0 victory for the Premier League champions over a defensive Southampton, which came thanks to Marcos Alonso’s free-kick on the stroke of half-time, made it eight victories and a draw from their last ten matches.last_img read more