CVPS completed restoration efforts late Sunday night in the aftermath of last week’s two-pronged snow and wind storm that knocked out power to more than 1 million electric utility customers across the Northeast, finishing one day ahead of initial estimates.“This was certainly one of the most trying yet productive work weeks in our company’s history, and it revealed the tremendous spirit of our employees and the people we serve,” President Bob Young said. “But this storm is not over for many in the New England. This morning we sent six crews to help Public Service of New Hampshire in their restoration efforts, which are ongoing.”More than 91,000 CVPS customer outages occurred over the course of the storm, making it the largest in company history. CVPS staged an unparalleled restoration effort, which included more than 90 CVPS linemen, more than 90 two-person contract line crews, more than 20 two-person tree crews and hundreds of support staff. Employees from departments across the company – finance, human resources and strategic planning, information technology and the like – took up other assignments, helping customer care advocates handle tens of thousands of calls; deliver meals to workers in the field and stage buffet breakfasts and dinners for crews across the state; plot restoration efforts; and deliver materials and supplies to job sites. Line crews came from all across New England, and as far away as Ontario, and state regulatory and emergency management officials worked closely with CVPS to hasten recovery.“This storm wreaked a tremendous amount of damage statewide to our transmission and distribution lines,” Young said. “Good planning, hard work and collaboration were critical to the recovery.”Here’s an updated look at the storm by the numbers.Customers outages: more than 91,000Repairs required: 1,700-plusCustomer calls: 54,000Distribution circuits knocked off-line: 19Transmission circuits knocked off-line: 4Total broken poles: 34Total CVPS line crews: 42Outside line crews: 90-plusTree crews: 24Estimated cost: $4 million (A final number will not be available until June, when all the bills have been received.)One of the many unique aspects of this storm is that it did damage to every one of CVPS’s 10 districts across the state. Below is a list of our districts, and the percentage of customers affected by the storm in each district:Middlebury: More than 40 percent of the district’s 15,800 customersRoyalton: Nearly 70 percent of the district’s 18,600 customersRutland: More than 30 percent of the district’s 25,000 customersPoultney: Nearly 65 percent of the district’s 9,000 customersSpringfield: Nearly 50 percent of the district’s 19,000 customersBradford: Nearly 35 percent of the district’s 4,700 customersSunderland: More than 40 percent of the district’s 23,300 customersBrattleboro: Nearly 50 percent of the district’s 14,700 customersSt. Johnsbury: About 15 percent of the district’s 7,500 customersSt. Albans: Nearly 20 percent of the district’s 20,800 customers Source: CVPS 3.1.2010
A 12-match unbeaten sequence towards the end of 2012 meant Spurs were odds-on to qualify for the Europe’s top club competition, but defeats against Liverpool and Fulham mean Spurs are now in danger of blowing their chances for a second successive year. “Everyone was disappointed with the result against Fulham but that’s behind us now and we have to push on again,” Dawson told Spurs TV Online ahead of Saturday’s clash with Swansea. Michael Dawson has challenged Tottenham to end their dismal losing streak and go on another unbeaten run to secure their place in next year’s Champions League. Press Association “We showed exactly what we’re capable of when we went on that unbeaten run and we’ve got to look to do something similar between now and the end of the season. We know it will be tough, but the determination is there.” Swansea’s victory in the Capital One Cup final last month means they have little to play for. Arsenal had next to no trouble beating the Swans 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium last time around, but Dawson has warned it would be foolish to underestimate Michael Laudrup’s classy outfit. “Swansea have impressed everyone again this season,” Dawson added. “They play good football and the Liberty is always a tough place to play, but we have to go there and bring back a positive result.” Dawson will be fit for the trip to Wales after overcoming a hamstring injury which cruelly ruled him out of making his first international appearance in two years last week. His withdrawal from the England squad meant his Spurs team-mate Steven Caulker made the bench for the games against Montenegro and San Marino, and the 21-year-old, who is returning to the club where he spent last season on loan, was delighted to be involved in the England set-up again. “It was my third trip with the squad and I’m getting that little more familiar with the lads,” said Caulker. “That’s how your confidence grows, when you feel more comfortable you will produce better performances. It was a great experience. Of course, I would have loved to get on the pitch, but it’s not too much of a disappointment as I know it was a trip for me to learn. “I took a lot from it, being in and around the senior professionals and they are all friendly and welcoming. Everyone gets on well. We’re at the business end of World Cup qualifying and the games really matter. I really felt part of it.”
New Delhi: Usman Khawaja finally broke his jinx in ODIs with a magnificent century in the Ranchi ODI against the Indian cricket team. Khawaja became the second-oldest Australian player after Adam Voges to score a maiden century in this format. Khawaja’s century, along with Aaron Finch’s 93 helped Australia break their rut in ODIs as they secured a 32-run win at the JSCA stadium in Ranchi to stay alive in the five-match series. However, this was taken as an opportunity by one Pakistan news website to ‘mock’ India, the Indian Air Force and also Khawaja. The match report of thenews.com.pk took the entire story from AFP, but they used the headline ‘Pakistan-born Khawaja’s ‘surgical strike’ destroys India’. The headline ‘mocked’ the recent effort of the Indian Air Force which had carried out an air strike in Balakot, located in Khyber-Pakhtunwa which targeted the camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror outfit, the group that was responsible for the murder of 40 CRPF Jawans in Pulwama on February 14. India lost the Ranchi ODI by 32 runs against Australia.Virat Kohli smashed his 41st century.Usman Khawaja slammed his maiden century. highlights The headline also highlighted the ethnicity of Khawaja in a poor state. The left-hander was born in Islamabad but he migrated to Australia at a young age. In 2011, Khawaja made his debut in the Ashes Test against England in Sydney and since then, he has gone on to make an impact for Australia in all formats. The Pakistan website used Usman Khawaja’s ethnicity in a poor taste.(Image credit: news.com.pk)Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s 41st ODI century went in vain as Australia managed to register their first win in the five-match series at Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) with a tense 32-run win. India lost Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu cheaply to be reduced to 27/3. Kohli and Dhoni shared a 59-run stand but after breaking the record, Dhoni was bowled by Adam Zampa for 26. Kohli shared an 88-run stand for the fifth wicket with Kedar Jadhav (26) and Kohli notched up a record century in a chase. Vijay Shankar batted aggressively but India lost wickets at regular intervals to lose the match by 32 runs and keep the series alive heading into the fourth game in Mohali. Dhoni has been rested for the last two ODIs. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Source: BBC Sport Manchester City won the Community Shield on penalties after edging Liverpool in an entertaining game in front of a raucous Wembley.Georginio Wijnaldum’s penalty was saved by Claudio Bravo with Gabriel Jesus scoring the winning kick.The meeting between two outstanding sides did not disappoint.City’s Raheem Sterling finally scored his first goal against his old club when he turned home David Silva’s flick-on from close range.The woodwork was hit three times in quick succession in the second half, as Sterling struck the post with a one on one, Virgil van Dijk shot against the underside of the bar and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah hit a post.The Reds were level when Joel Matip headed home from Van Dijk’s cross.At that stage, Liverpool were the most likely team to win with Salah having at least three chances – most remarkably when his header was sensationally cleared off the line by a Kyle Walker bicycle kick.And so the game went straight to penalties with City scoring all of theirs.A game whose competitive status is often questioned – and might end up meaning little as the season goes on – was nonetheless an entertaining start to the top-level season. A curtain-raiser if you will.City start season with more silverwareManchester City started the game with no recognised striker and Sterling playing up front. That only lasted 13 minutes, because an injury to Bayern Munich target Leroy Sane meant Jesus was brought on. Sane was fit enough to later climb the Wembley steps and collect his medal.By the time he has departed, City were ahead, with Sterling netting during a period they were down to 10 men.Kevin de Bruyne, who missed a large portion of last season through injury, was majestic – especially in the first half – with a big hand in the opening goal.The Belgian found David Silva, who knocked the ball on for Sterling to blast home. His shot was straight at Alisson, but hit with such venom from close range he could not keep it outCity definitely flagged after the break, but they could still have scored more with Sterling hitting the post after Jesus stepped over a David Silva through ball.And then he really should have done better after being sent through again, this time by Walker, but he stumbled when trying to go round Alisson.Debutant Rodri, playing the Fernandinho role as a sitting midfielder, was solid for the most part, doing the simple things well without making any headline-making passes.But he was caught daydreaming once as Salah took the ball off him but Bravo – who was excellent in his first appearance since last year’s Community Shield – was off his line quickly to stop the Egyptian.One slight change to the way City played saw Bravo play short goal-kicks in his box to Nicolas Otemendi, taking advantage of the new laws this summer which passing teams like City and Liverpool are likely to utilise.They were perhaps lucky the game went straight to penalties and not extra time, with Liverpool in the ascendancy once they had equalised.But City start the season – as they started last year – with the Community Shield.Liverpool pay for missed chancesReds boss Jurgen Klopp said before the game he was surprised the Community Shield is not taken more seriously – and went on to question what the point of holding the game even was.It was the first of seven competitions Liverpool take part in this season, with their Premier League opener against Norwich on Friday followed by the Uefa Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday.Klopp, despite his reservations about the game, named the strongest team he could – including nine of the XI who started the Champions League final in June.Divock Origi might have been their unlikely hero last season, but Sadio Mane he is not. The Senegal forward returns to training on Monday after his Africa Cup of Nations final heartbreak. And Origi lacked the killer edge on the left side of the front three.Roberto Firmino and Salah – who both played less than one pre-season friendly each after summer internationals – looked sharp without scoring.Firmino’s volley after a good turn was well saved and Salah should have done better twice after Zinchenko errors.Liverpool looked a better team after the break though – with 64.3% possession and 13 shots to City’s three in the second half.Van Dijk – one of three Liverpool players nominated for the Fifa Best award last week – was so unlucky not to equalise when the Dutchman’s’s shot went over Bravo but hit the underside of the bar and bounced onto the line.But he did set up Matip’s equaliser after City failed to sufficiently clear Jordan Henderson’s free-kick.Salah really should have won the game for Liverpool. One shot looped off Zinchenko and hit the roof of the net, before he took advantage of Rodri’s mistake only to be denied by Bravo.And the big moment was when he had a shot saved by Bravo, but turned the rebound over the keeper into what appeared to be an empty net before the fantastic intervention of Walker.On to penalties it went and Bravo’s save from Wijnaldum was the difference. Tags: LiverpoolMan City