StatewideTechnology Project Unveils New WebsiteConnectVermont Project Includes Fiber optic, Wireless,Online InformationMONTPELIER– The project responsible for bringing wireless Internet access tohighway welcome centers; putting tourism information online; and bringingmotorists road condition reports now has its website.Officials saidthe ConnectVermont program’s new website at www.connectvermont.com(link is external)would not only help visitors and Vermonters learn more about its many high-techservices but provide another way to access them.“Thiswebsite really shows how the ConnectVermont project is making a difference inpeople’s lives,” said Robert T. White, who is the project’sdirector within the Vermont Agency of Transportation. “From vacationerslooking for a cultural event using wireless internet at a welcome center to aVermont trucker trying to find out road and traffic conditions, technology isworking for all of us.”ConnectVermontis a program coordinated by the Vermont Agencies of Transportation and Commerce& Community Development, and composed of partnering organizations withdiverse missions including arts & humanities, tourism, public safety,natural resources, and economic development.In addition towebsites for these purposes, the initiative includes wireless internet serviceat all of the state’s welcome centers as part of its mission toestablish an Advanced Rural Traveler Information service.In addition toan integrated system of web sites, interactive kiosks, and a 511 informationline, the ConnectVermont Program will eventually include a fiber optic“backbone” running along Vermont’s highway system that willfurther support traveler information and transportation needs as well as helpexpand broadband access around the state.“I wouldencourage all Vermonters to visit the ConnectVermont website to learn about howthat State of Vermont is making traveling to, in and around Vermont safer andmore convenient,” said Senator Patrick Leahy, who helped secure much ofthe $15 million in federal funding that has fueled the project.“ConnectVermonthas transformed the way visitors search for information about Vermont and ithas begun to transform the way Vermonters know about road conditions, trafficreports and other critical travel information,” Leahy said.11 ofVermont’s 20 information and welcome centers are now offering freewireless internet access, Governor Douglas said, and the remainder are slatedto be completed in the next year or so.“Thiscomponent of my E-State Initiative will provide free Wi Fi access for businesspeople, tourists, and all those who use our highways,” Douglas said.“The ConnectVermont site is a great way to track the progress of this andother related projects.”The northboundand southbound sites in Sharon, Williston, and Randolph are on line, as areGuilford, Fairhaven, Alburgh, Derby and Highgate.For moreinformation, please visit:www.connectvermont.com(link is external)### 30 ###
Press Association Hull boss Steve Bruce has demanded an apology from out-of-favour defender Paul McShane. “We don’t know about Curtis, we’ll have to see how he is, but he is extremely sore,” he added. To combat the team’s personnel troubles, Bruce has recalled Tom Ince and Maynor Figueroa from their respective loan spells at Cardiff and Wigan. Neither player were knocking down the door before being sent away earlier this season, but may well find themselves involved in the busy festive period. “Ince and Figueroa have trained with us for the first time on Tuesday,” said Bruce. “We needed them to get games. They’ve had a few but not as many as I’d like, and, with the injuries and suspensions, we welcome them back.” He has also taken to retweeting fan comments about his continued exile, an act which has not gone down well with his manager. And while Bruce would not elaborate on the precise reasons for the current stand-off he was clear that there was only one way to resolve it. “I heard all this nonsense about what’s on Twitter and the rest of it but it’s quite straightforward: Paul knows exactly why he’s training with the Under-21 squad at the moment,” said Bruce. “He’s been quite quick to reveal that he is in there and I hope he comes out and tells the reason why. “If he apologises to myself and to the squad then he will come back into the fold. It’s entirely up to Paul.” Unless McShane works quickly he can expect to miss out once more against former club Sunderland on Boxing Day. With loanee Hatem Ben Arfa also having played his last game for an unimpressed Bruce, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore both suspended and Michael Dawson, Mohamed Diame and Robert Snodgrass all injured, there is as much first-team talent unavailable as fit and ready for action. Bruce is eager for captain Curtis Davies to pull through after suffering a calf injury against Swansea last weekend. The Republic of Ireland international, who is a fans’ favourite and the club’s longest serving player, has featured just six times this season and has not been seen since the Burnley defeat on November 8. Since then relations appear to have deteriorated significantly, with the 28-year-old sent to train with the development squad.