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

On the Blogs: The Coal Industry’s Fragile New Optimism

first_imgOn the Blogs: The Coal Industry’s Fragile New Optimism FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clyde Russell for Reuters:For the first time since 2012 there was a mood of optimism at the annual Coaltrans Asia meeting. What remains to be seen is whether this new-found view that the worst is past has any basis in reality, or whether it’s just a different type of delusion for the beleaguered coal industry.Much of the optimism is based on the fact that the benchmark Asian coal price, the Newcastle weekly index, has risen almost 3.9 percent so far this year, ending last week at $52.59 a tonne.If that sounds like a modest increase, it has to be seen in the context of a commodity that has fallen for the past five years, and is still 61 percent below its post-recession peak in January 2011 of $136.30 a tonne. Not to mention that it’s also worth little more than a quarter of its all-time high of $194.79 reached in the giddy boom prior to the 2008 global recession.The main reason for the collapse in prices was the switch from an under-supplied sea-borne market to one that was massively over-supplied as more production was brought on to meet what had been widely assumed to be China’s insatiable appetite for coal. While the supply-demand balance is (slowly) being restored, there is very little fundamental justification for prices to rise much further than current levels.Full item: Coal industry shouldn’t get carried away with new-found optimismlast_img read more

US Hails Haiti’s ‘Important Milestone’ After Vote

first_img The United States hailed the results of Haiti’s second round of elections as an “important milestone” and urged Haitians to keep their demonstrations peaceful as the process moves forward. Michel Martelly, a carnival singer who seized the mantle of change, is Haiti’s new president after storming to a landslide victory, preliminary results showed. “The announcement by the Conseil Electoral Provisoire (CEP) of the preliminary results of the second round of the elections is another important milestone as the people of Haiti move forward to rebuild their country,” the US embassy in Haiti said in a statement. Martelly, 50, faces the huge challenge of leading efforts to rebuild the Caribbean nation, which was the poorest country in the Americas even before a January 2010 earthquake flattened the capital Port-au-Prince and killed more than 225,000 people. With 67.57 percent of the vote, the popular singer trounced former first lady Mirlande Manigat, who was vying to become Haiti’s first democratically elected female leader but finished with a disappointing 31.74 percent showing. “Election-day accounts by Haitian and international observers uniformly reported that, while there were cases of irregularities and fraud on March 20, these cases were isolated and reduced, especially when compared to the first round of voting,” the US statement said. Washington “calls upon all political actors to resolve any outstanding questions of the electoral results through the contestation process. The Haitian people have shown great perseverance and patience throughout this process, and we hope that they continue to express themselves peacefully,” it added. By Dialogo April 06, 2011last_img read more

French asset-management promotion group outlines action plan

first_imgThe measures would also give asset managers the ability to improve their management fee disclosure, as well as to decide on whether to use the AMF’s fund classification, which has now been made optional.Other measures would allow management firms to use a wider range of liquidity management tools to manage their investment strategies in the best way, and make use of new pre-marketing possibilities, the organisations said.The AMF and the AFG also said FROG would institute an annual meeting to make sure the initiative continued developing.They named Jean-Louis Laurens as ambassador for the French asset management industry to promote the sector’s strengths within professional bodies and to major international investors.Laurens has been managing partner and chairman of the management committee of Rothschild & Cie Gestion since 2009, and headed up Robeco’s French subsidiaries from from 2005 to 2009. A newly established working group set up to make France’s asset management industry more attractive to foreign investors has outlined a series of steps to reach the goal.France’s Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) and the French asset management association – the Association Française de la Gestion Financière (AFG) – set up the working group earlier this year, calling it FROG as an acronym for “French Routes and Opportunities Garden”.FROG has now produced a report on the outcome of its deliberations including seven concrete measures.These seven steps will help the industry to compete on an international level by letting investors choose fund subscription and redemption solutions from a comprehensive catalogue, and giving them access to SICAVs (open-ended investment companies) that have opted to comply with a governance charter, the AMF and the AFG said.last_img read more

Eibach Springs continues awards program for six IMCA divisions

first_imgCORONA, Calif. – Another diverse group of IMCA drivers will receive post-season awards in 2017 from Eibach Springs.The Corona, Calif., manufacturer gives sets of three springs to champions in each of five IMCA Modified regions, both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions and both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions, and to national IMCA Late Model, Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod champions.Runners-up receive two springs while each third-place finisher gets a single spring from the nine-year IMCA sponsor.“Eibach Springs is excited to partner with the IMCA series once again to showcase our race proven products and help develop new products like our Platinum series springs that helped Ricky Thornton Jr. win Super Nationals with,” Sales Manager David Cardey said. “This is also our way of saying thank you to the weekly short track racers for their continued support of both IMCA and Eibach Springs.”Eibach awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Information about Eibach products and services is available at the www.eibach.com website and on Facebook.“Eibach has a popular and affordable spring package for the IMCA market and we see drivers choosing and staying with a brand like Eibach,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We appreciate their support of our organization and wish those drivers great success in 2017.”last_img read more

Bruce Bowen, saying he was excused for criticizing Kawhi Leonard, criticizes Clippers

first_imgBowen’s original comments about Leonard – a King High of Riverside graduate – came on Sirius XM Radio on June 22. In part, Bowen said: “I think there’s nothing but excuses going on. First, it was, ‘Well I was misdiagnosed.’ Look here: You got $18 million this year, and you think that they’re trying to rush you? You didn’t play for the most part a full season this year. And you’re the go-to guy, you’re the franchise, and you want to say that they didn’t have your best interest at heart? Are you kidding me?”According to ESPN, Bowen was expected to be offered a new deal calling Clippers games prior to those comments.Related Articles The Clippers declined to comment.The team could create enough salary-cap space to sign two max-contract free agents next summer, when they are expected to attempt to recruit Leonard.The Clippers hired Bowen before last season to partner with legendary play-by-play broadcaster Ralph Lawler. Bowen replaced longtime analyst Michael Smith. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Bruce Bowen defended comments that he said caused the Clippers to excuse him from his role as a television analyst after he criticized 2019 free-agent-to-be Kawhi Leonard: “If you can’t get free agents in California, in Los Angeles, that has nothing to do with Bruce Bowen, that has to do with the organization.”Speaking Thursday on “The Dan Patrick Show,” the three-time NBA champion with the Spurs said he was just doing his job when he expressed his thoughts about the strained relationship between the San Antonio Spurs and Leonard, the superstar who recently was traded to the Toronto Raptors and who reportedly has a desire to play in LA.“One thing that I thought about in all of this – Kawhi never said, ‘I want to play for the Clippers.’ Kawhi said he wanted to play for the Lakers,” Bowen told Patrick during the nationally syndicated sports talk show.“And so, unfortunately, if you’re going to run your organization based on hopes, maybe, and getting rid of others … if I tore him down and I was disrespectful to him, that would be one thing. But that’s not the case. As an analyst, I’m supposed to talk about what I think and what I feel for this game that I love, and so if you can’t do that, what does that say about your organization?” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Asked Thursday whether he thought Leonard had any influence on the Clippers’ decision to let him go, Bowen seemed doubtful.“I don’t think I am that powerful where I would be the reason that someone would not want to come to a team,” he said. “What are you doing? Are you playing or are you listening? And if you are listening, then listen to the words that are said and recognize constructive criticism, because that’s my job, to be critical of someone’s play.“But I don’t think I’m big enough that someone would say, ‘I’m not going there because Bruce Bowen is there and he’s on the mic.”last_img read more