Total of 84,800 customer power outages since storm began Tuesday

first_imgAs utility crews whittled tens of thousands of outages down to a several thousand late Thursday, the second hit from a two-punch storm knocked out service to thousands more customers. As of 8 a.m., about 23,600 CVPS customers were without power.Widespread outages were scattered across the state, with Addison Bennington, Orange, Rutland, Windham and Windsor counties hardest hit.“We took a long, hard hit from the first punch of this storm, and this wind certainly adds insult to injury, but we anticipated the damage and secured outside crews to assist us in hitting back,” CVPS spokeswoman Christine Rivers said.  “Thus far, this storm has caused the highest number of customer outages in our history, outstripping the 2007 Nor’icane. Unlike 2007, this hit a much broader cross-section of our service territory.”The Nor’icane, a wind event similar to last night’s, caused 68,000 customer outages, and recovery efforts totaled more than $5 million. So far, 84,800 customer outages have occurred in this week’s two-part storm.  Crews have restored more than 61,000 customer outages since the storm began.Many customers are without power for a second time with this two-part storm, as Windham and Windsor counties were hard hit again, and Rutland County saw some of the highest winds, with a gust of 62 mph reported at the Rutland Airport.“We brought in dozens of outside crews to help, but we face a tremendous challenge in restoring service,” Rivers said.  “Some of the damage is extensive, and will require intensive efforts to repair, but our crews are committed to doing whatever it takes to restore customers’ service.  We have a lot of downed trees, tree limbs, and downed lines. We hope to make a lot of progress today, but complete recovery will likely last through the weekend. Restoration efforts may be slowed by over two feet of snow and rough travel conditions.”As part of the restoration effort, CVPS:Brought in 83 outside two-person line crews and support staff from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Ontario, along with 15 tree crews, and other Vermont contract crews.Is delivering midday meals to workers in the field to maximize their work time.Returning numerous CVPS retirees to work to assist in the recovery effort.Coordinating efforts with Vermont Emergency Management and other utilities.Moving dozens of CVPS employees from areas like HR and information systems into storm support roles.CVPS offered several safety tips for coping with the outages:· Treat any downed line as if it is live, even if appears to have been down for a long period of time. REPORT the line to your local utility and fire department, stay at least 30 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away as well.· If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting the generator.  Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure.  Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.· Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.· If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns.  Then, turn equipment back on slowly.Source: Central Vermont Public Service. 2.26.2020last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, April 29

first_imgBe consistent when correcting the pastIt wasn’t long ago when statues commemorating former Confederate soldiers were torn down because of the of their past actions and who they offended. Now they’re tearing down Kate Smith’s statue because she sang two songs that spoke of slaves and “darkies.”Yes, those terms are offensive to many. Now explain to me why Mount Rushmore is still standing.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump fans should rethink their supportI want to thank Dave Edwards for bringing a bit of mirth into my life with his April 22 letter:  “Trump stands up for American people.”I agree that Hillary Clinton was an imperfect candidate in 2016. A better candidate would have won the election in spite of the documented interference by the Russians.However, to claim that Mrs. Clinton is corrupt and greedy, especially when compared to Donald Trump, is quite bizarre.  Donald Trump is the most dishonest and corrupt president in my lifetime. He makes policy decisions based on what is good for him, instead of what is in the best interest of the country.He has encouraged violence against members of the news media. He has encouraged local and federal law enforcement personnel to violate the law. It honors both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Both were slave owners. Are you saying it’s OK to own slaves as long as you don’t sing about them? Anything with their picture on it should be abolished.I’m sure a new Mount Rushmore could be created easier than the original.It could have the busts of Frederick Douglas, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King. I’m sure others would want Barack Obama included.As long as you’re correcting past injustices, please be consistent. A clean sweep of everyone and everything.Pete PidgeonScotia He has encouraged people who work for him to not cooperate with law enforcement. He lies about things big and small on a daily basis. He has tarnished the presidency.I would suggest that people stop watching the propaganda spewed by Fox News. Use the time to actually read the Constitution of the United States, the Mueller report and the Federalist Papers.After that, ask yourself if you still believe that Donald Trump has fulfilled his oath to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”Victor RobertsBurnt Hills Agree with writer on faith, sex abusesI would like to say one word in regard to Jerry Bubniak’s April 22 letter, in which he maintains his faith while condemning the Catholic Church for enabling child sex abuse: Amen.Sandra SarnowskiScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Spurs’ Son to begin military service during league suspension

first_imgTottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min will begin mandatory military service in his native South Korea while the Premier League remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the London club announced on Monday.Son, who returned to South Korea at the end of March, is currently in quarantine and will begin service later this month.The 27-year-old, who has been sidelined since he fractured his hand in February, was originally meant to serve 21 months but earned an exemption when he led South Korea to gold at the 2018 Asian Games. “The club can confirm that Son Heung-Min will commence his mandatory military service in South Korea this month,” Spurs said in a statement https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/2020/april/son-update.”Our medical staff are in regular contact as he concludes his recovery after fracturing his arm in our 3-2 win against Aston Villa on Feb. 16 and continues to train.”Tottenham, who were eighth in the league table when the season was suspended, said Son would return to London following the conclusion of his military service in May. Topics :last_img read more

Fair remains borderline NBA Draft selection after staying for senior season

first_imgC.J. Fair was mulling over one of the biggest decisions of his life this time a year ago.Now, as he travels across the country auditioning for half of the NBA, he’s out to prove that he benefited from returning to Syracuse for his senior season. “There’s no regrets,” said Carl Fair, his father. “We knew last year that this draft was going to be tougher but the thing is in the NBA, you go out there and play against top-line guys. “You worry about yourself, when you’re ready and the things you can improve on.”While former Syracuse teammates Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant are expected to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, Fair remains the biggest question mark of the three. Draft projections suggest he may have been better off going pro last year, when he was a borderline first-round prospect. This time, though, a stronger class gives Fair less of a chance to go in the first 30 picks. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the predictions and mock drafts become irrelevant once the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the clock Thursday night, and Fair’s camp is confident he will hear his name called at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.“I had a chance last year, but I didn’t want to come to the NBA the third or fourth option on my team,” Fair said to reporters at the NBA Combine in May. “This year I was the first option. Knowing how to be consistent, bring my game each day, I think that’ll translate to the NBA.”And if Fair isn’t taken, it’s likely he’ll still get a shot at cracking an NBA roster as an undrafted free agent.“C.J. Fair is probably a second-round pick,” ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said in a teleconference Tuesday. “Not a great player, but a good one, and a guy that can certainly play in the NBA.”Although Fair led the Orange in scoring his junior year, James Southerland, Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams overshadowed him at times.But this past season, the SU offense ran mostly through Fair. He again topped SU in scoring while earning first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference and second-team All-American honors.Returning for his senior year was worth it, his father said.“I think (his game) improved,” Carl Fair said. “The NBA floor is a lot bigger. It’s spread out, and C.J. excels when he has room.”There is some doubt that Fair doesn’t have the ball-handling skills, 3-point shooting consistency or the ability to create off the dribble to make it as an NBA small forward — the position his father expects the 6-foot, 8-inch, 215-pound Fair to play.Some projections say he’ll be chosen in the second round this year; others think he’ll go undrafted. “I don’t think he was a big-time draft prospect a year ago and I don’t really think his status changed much,” DraftExpress.com’s Jonathan Givony said.Locked into the wings of Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone the past four years, Fair’s man-to-man defense is unknown.Still, the NBA teams he’s worked out for have liked what they’ve seen, Carl Fair said.“He can shoot better than they thought he could shoot,” he said. “Some teams said they think he can be a defensive stopper. He’s been playing great defense and they see him being able to come off picks and knock down open shots.“Nobody has said anything they don’t like about him. He’s been doing everything pretty solid.”By the time the draft starts, 15 teams will have given Fair an extensive look.His length served him well at Syracuse. His highlight-reel dunks proved his athleticism, and he was dangerous from mid-range. But whether or not Fair improved enough in other areas will be revealed Thursday night.“I think competition-wise, I’m really prepared,” Fair told reporters after his workout with the Utah Jazz this month. “I had teammates that are in the NBA now so I know what it takes to get to the NBA. Now it’s about me getting my opportunity and showing teams that I’m that guy.”Asst. copy editors Sam Blum and Matt Schneidman contributed reporting to this story. Comments Published on June 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

BetConstruct boosts front-end experience through Vegas Kings

first_img Share New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 BetConstruct has struck a deal with creative agency Vegas Kings to customise the front-end experience for its partner operators.Vegas Kings, who will help online partners of the software developer to improve websites with bespoke design using BetConstruct API’s, has also launched two exciting games using BetConstruct’s SlotBuilder.Configuring the playlines, symbols and reels through this SlotBuilder, Vegas Kings was able to put forward two authentic HTML5 games, Bling Spins and Soccer Shootout, both of which have already made it into BetConstruct’s vast catalogue of casino games.Ashley Adir, CEO of Vegas Kings, said: “Thanks to BetConstruct for giving Vegas Kings the amazing opportunity to work on the SlotBuilder platform. We were surprised at how easy, user-friendly and intuitive it was to build two games for the African market and working with BetConstruct as a partner made the process extremely smooth and efficient.”Edgar Mkrtchyan, Gaming Group Product Manager of BetConstruct, added: “SlotBuilder was created to provide freedom and artistry for anyone who wants to design their dream slots. We are very happy that so many companies have had an outstanding experience with it. And now we gladly welcome creative minds of Vegas Kings with their games that are going to hit the top charts.”It was notable that BetConstruct, winners of the White Label Supplier of the Year at last week’s SBC Awards, chose to partner with an igaming specialist, who this summer secured a 12-month retainer to handle all creative and web development requests for Resorts Digital.last_img read more

Five star KCCA a point away from retaining Uganda league title

first_imgKCCA striker Sserunkuma. PHOTO KCCA MEDIAKampala,Uganda | KCCA|  KCCA moved to within a point of retaining their Azam Uganda Premier League title following a commanding victory over Kirinya Jinja at Lugogo on Saturday.Derrick Nsibambi scored a brace in addition to further strikes from Sulaimon Akinyemi, Geoffrey Sserunkuma and Noel Nasassira in the 5-1 victory.Coach Mike Mutebi named youngsters Mustapha Kizza and Peter Magambo in a lineup that had Douglas Kisembo in goal while league leading striker Geoffrey Sserunkuma was partnered with in-form Derrick Nsibambi upfront.Victory consequently moved KCCA to 57 points, five ahead of nearest challengers. Villa who also won against Soana. With three games left, KCCA now require to only avoid defeat against Lweza in the next encounter on Tuesday to retain their crown.READ FULL STORY HEREShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County Hires Former Corporate Executive,…

first_imgFacebook53Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Business BankAfter a nationwide search for a Chief Executive Officer, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County is proud to announce the hiring of Craig McElfresh as their new CEO.Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County announces the hiring of Craig McElfresh as their new CEOThe 8- member board and community leader search committee conducted an extensive, nationwide search with the help of a professional search firm. “We are extremely grateful for the committee’s dedication and expertise to select Craig as our new CEO from a field of very competitive candidates”, says Search Committee Chair, Christie Agtarap.“We wanted to leverage our growth and impact, to serve more kids and recognized that we needed a transformational leader to take the organization to another performance level and we found that leader in Craig,” says Sam Bovard, Board Chair.McElfresh cultivated his drive for excellence in organizational leadership and management during his 36 years at The Boeing Company.  There he held various technical and senior management roles in process engineering, product development, project management, quality assurance, business operations, program management, and technology planning for commercial, space, and defense sectors. He led regional, national, and international teams and projects, including support for the advanced technology 787 commercial airplane.In 2015, McElfresh joined the non-profit, Pioneer Human Services, a company focused on treatment, employment, and housing for youth and adults with criminal histories or justice involved. There he held increasing roles of executive level responsibility.His passion and leadership in youth development in his community is evident in the leadership and volunteer roles he has assumed during his career.  He has coached youth of all ages, boys and girls, in baseball and basketball. He originated a 501c3 community-centered baseball program for youth, and co-developed a community-centered youth basketball program. He was on the Auburn Youth Career Advisory Council, the Auburn YMCA Board of Managers, and mentored youth in a leadership program supporting the regional youth career fair.Craig earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Project Management emphasis, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and holds an active Certification in Project Management from Project Management Institute.Craig is excited about his new role in a vibrant community saying, “Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County are located in towns and cities, in the heartbeat of the community, where precious kids are supported and served by compassionate adults who commit their resources to provide quality facilities and life-enriching programs. This is an exciting, pinnacle opportunity for me to work with diverse people and organizations, build upon the club-level success of the past 17 years, and grow our ability to positively impact the lives of more kids. Converging almost 40 years of career and professional experience with parallel community service for kids is a dream come true. My wife and I are absolutely thrilled to live in this community and join this amazing organization!”Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County’s mission is to inspire and enable youth to realize their greatness.  They provide safe places to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals; life enhancing programs; character development experiences; hope and opportunity.  The Clubs promote academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles so they are better prepared to graduate from high school and thrive as adults.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County has grown to five Clubs in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey, Tenino and Rochester in 17 years serving on average 700 youth per day and over 3,000 youth annually.last_img read more