CVPS completes restoration of power

first_imgCVPS 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 3.1.2010last_img read more

North and South Dakotas, Indiana to launch Open Your Eyes to a CU in July

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA announced Tuesday that the Awareness initiative’s Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® campaign will launch in three new states within the next month. Currently running in Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina and Michigan, the campaign is set to expand to North Dakota, South Dakota and Indiana.CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle made the announcement during his presentation at America’s Credit Union Conference (ACUC) taking place in Orlando, Fl. at Walt Disney World®.“I’m thrilled to announce that Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union® is expanding to more states in July. The campaign has been extremely successful to date and is performing beyond our expectations,” said Nussle. “Thank you to the hundreds of credit unions that have made contributions to this initiative and to the Credit Union Association of The Dakotas and Indiana Credit Union League. I’m confident that nearly doubling our state presence across the country will continue to spur more positive momentum.” continue reading »last_img read more

MBB : SELECT COMPANY: Syracuse defeats Wisconsin to advance to Elite Eight for 1st time since 2003

first_img Published on March 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img BOSTON – The last 3-pointer would have brought Dion Waiters to tears. Wisconsin couldn’t really hit a 15th shot from beyond the arc, could it?So as Waiters flew through the air, right arm extended to contest Jordan Taylor’s shot from the top of the key with three seconds remaining, he prayed. Sixty times the Syracuse sophomore guard said he prayed to God that Taylor’s shot wouldn’t fall through like so many of Wisconsin’s attempts already had.He snapped his head back around just in time for the moment of truth, with the ball a mere inches from the rim.Waiters didn’t shed a tear.‘If he would have made that shot, I probably would have cried,’ he said. ‘I haven’t cried in so long but I would have cried if he made that shot, I’m going to be honest.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTaylor’s final shot came up short and a putback attempt by Josh Gasser went awry, as No. 1 Syracuse (34-2) hung on for a 64-63 win over Wisconsin in front of a sold-out TD Garden. A dazzling shooting performance by the fourth-seeded Badgers (26-10) fizzled during the game’s crucial moments, as SU’s zone defense forced five consecutive misses from 3-point range to close out the game.The Orange withstood 14 3s to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since winning the national championship in 2003. Syracuse will play No. 2 Ohio State at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday after the Buckeyes knocked off Cincinnati later Thursday night.It was no secret coming in to Thursday night’s game that the Badgers had the personnel to bust Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, with five players shooting better than 30 percent from 3-point range. And in SU’s two losses this season, white-hot shooting from long range was a key component in knocking off the Orange.But the clinic put on by the Badgers in the second half was something from another world. Wisconsin hit nine of its 16 attempts, including a stretch of six consecutive makes.‘It was crazy,’ Syracuse forward James Southerland said. ‘They had one of the greatest shooting nights I’ve seen in the second half all year.’The Badgers finished the game with twice as many 3-point field goals (14) as two-point field goals (seven). But by the end of the game, they had turned into a one-dimensional team.The two guards at the top of the Syracuse zone defense and the two wings along the back line began to step out further on the Wisconsin shooters, pushing them off their spots, as SU head coach Jim Boeheim called it.With no interior threat to worry about, the Orange felt comfortable leaving sophomore center Baye Keita alone inside to shoulder the defensive load.Wisconsin managed just 10 points in the paint during the game, only two of which came after halftime.‘It starts with the guards,’ Waiters said. ‘You saw how far we extended the zone. We were not letting them shoot. Especially Jordan (Taylor). We were not letting him shoot anymore.’Taylor orchestrated the brilliant shooting stretch that kept the Badgers in the game throughout the second half, but he also led the ice-cold final seven minutes that sent Wisconsin packing.Taylor nailed a 3 from the left wing with 7:05 to go, giving a Michael Jordan-esque shrug to teammate Ben Brust as he jogged back down court following his fifth made triple of the game.It would be his last.The Badgers failed to hit another 3-pointer the rest of the way, with their last field goal coming on a tough, contested jump shot by Ryan Evans. Four different players missed from long range during that stretch, including a pair of misses from Taylor, who finished with 17 points.‘We knew if you live by the 3, you’re going down by it some day,’ Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘And today they died by it.’But as Boeheim noted in his postgame press conference, the Badgers nearly lived. Their 14 made 3-pointers were tied for the fifth-highest total a team has ever tallied against the Orange.They copied the recipe of success put forth by Notre Dame and Cincinnati, the only two teams to beat Syracuse this season, yet still came up short.‘This is one of the best games I’ve been involved with in a long time,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think the best game anybody has ever played against us and didn’t beat us.’Yet as Taylor’s final shot was in the air, Waiters was still unsure. Sure he’d contested the shot, but that hadn’t stopped Wisconsin before.This particular closeout required more than a hand in Taylor’s face. Waiters sought help from above, and his prayers were answered with a trip to the Elite Eight.‘I think I prayed 60 times in two seconds, man,’ Waiters said. ‘It was – I’m glad he missed it.’mjcohe02@syr.edulast_img read more

Brandon Ingram finds drive to improve for Lakers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He was aggressive and didn’t shy away from contact,” Randle said. “BI is a buck 20 (actually 190) but he is going up and dunking on people. It shows the potential he has. He’s going to be great for a long time.”As a result, Ingram averaged 13.5 points on 51.7 percent shooting and 4.1 rebounds through 11 starts in March, a sharp increase from the 8.2 points per game he averaged on a 37.1 percent clip in previous months. As for his increased dunks and drives to the rim, Ingram believed those moves “just shows how much more comfortable I got on the basketball floor.”“I knew I was going to get better throughout the months of this season,” Ingram said. “It’s all mental. When you want to play basketball and you get paid for playing basketball, you want to do it every single day. I don’t think I’ll be tired of doing it.”The Lakers did not appear tired with complementing Ingram, either.“Brandon really got better,” Brewer said. “He’s a rookie so he works his butt off. At the end of the year, you’ve seen he started to be more aggressive. I think he’s going to have a big year next year.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO >> With the ball in his hands and a screen set for him, Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram performed a series of moves that had not always defined his mindset.He looked to score instead of worrying about others. He charged toward the lane without appearing intimidated a defender might knock around his 6-foot-9, 190-pound frame. He then soared over New Orleans rookie forward Cheick Diallo, threw down a one-handed dunk over him and then let out his emotions.“When he jumped to block it, (Ingram) was still above him,” marveled Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., who knows a thing or two about dunking. “He’s got those go-go gadget arms. It doesn’t even look like he’s jumping that high, but his arm is two feet above the rim.”That play represented more than just a highlight reel toward the end of the Lakers’ 2016-17 season. It showcased Ingram’s aggressiveness, a trait that explained why Nance, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Nick Young, Corey Brewer and Tyler Ennis singled out Ingram as the young core’s most improved player.center_img The Lakers did not always offer such praise toward Ingram so freely. Though Ingram admitted having ambitions to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award, he hardly posted the kind of numbers warranted for consideration. Although the Lakers liked his work ethic, attitude and fundamentally sound game, Ingram entered the NBA All-Star break ranking seventh in his rookie class in scoring (8.0) and 18th in field-goal percentage (38.6).During those times, Clarkson said he often teased Ingram on how he attacked the basket. As Clarkson recalled, “he used to look like a string bean and double pump it a lot of times when he’s going to the rim trying to finish.” Though Ingram downplayed feeling intimidated with his skinny frame, he admitted some fear in facing the likes of Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard did.“Before when you come into the league, you kind of show a little too much respect to some of those stars in the league,” Ingram said. “I definitely thought I could attack them. I definitely try to get some respect in this league and show how I’m going to come back.”So with Ingram in New Orleans for the Rising Stars Challenge as part of NBA All-Star weekend, he spent his free time reflecting on the good and the bad.He began realizing his reluctance to become a vocal leader did not necessarily stem from his publicly stoic demeanor.“It’s always hard,” Ingram said. “You’re the rookie that comes in. These guys up here have been in this league so long. So many of the stuff you tell them, they already know.”He further studied NBA stars, such as Durant and Leonard, on how they dissect defenses.“They’re going to attack you every chance they get,” Ingram said. “The common factor is they all attack you in different ways. They definitely have a lot of things in their tool box.”Ingram also found comfort in his previously steady growth. Lakers coach Luke Walton had assigned him various responsibilities as a ball-handling guard, a wing defender and post player. The Lakers liked that Ingram frequently worked with assistant coach Brian Keefe in practice and pregame workouts to improve the consistency in his shooting and finishing. In early February, Walton had also named Ingram a definitive starter over veteran Luol Deng to accelerate his development.So, Ingram returned determined to build off of that foundation.“I’ve gotten more confident, especially in the months of January and after All-Star a little bit,” Ingram said. “It all took repetition. You have to put up a certain amount of shots before you definitely feel comfortable in this league. I became more vocal on the basketball court. When the mentality is there and the focus is there, you shock yourself a little bit.”The Lakers were not shocked with Ingram’s growth. They selected him No. 2 in the 2016 NBA draft for a reason. But after observing Ingram had “a rough time” to open the season, Nance then saw Ingram as “a completely different dude on the court and off the court.”“A switch went off,” Nance said. “There was not anybody who could guard him.”With Ingram simply describing his rookie season as “OK” given the Lakers’ third-worst NBA record (26-56), he and the Lakers’ front office outlined an extensive to-do list this summer. He plans to train with Kobe Bryant, compete in Summer League and bulk up in the weight room. But with every drive to the basket he made, Ingram gave his teammates stronger confidence about his future.“You see toward the end of the year he’s going to the rack strong and keeping the ball high, finishing and dunking on people,” Clarkson said. “He’s going to be a great player in this league once he gets it going.”last_img read more

Hermin Garić Performed at the New York City Marathon in a Wheelchair

first_imgHermin Garić, 23 years old from B&H who lives in the United States made all the citizens of Utica proud by performing at the New York City Marathon in a wheelchair. He was born in Zavidovići and was injured by a grenade in his city in 1994. While he was escaping with his parents to a safer house, a grenade exploded near him and he sustained injuries.The ambulance, which was transporting him to the hospital, flipped into the creek, and injured Hermin’s spinal cord.Hermin found his peace in the city of Utica, New York 13 years ago, where he went for treatment.He began to be involved in sports in a wheelchair. This year, he was the only representative of his city at the prestigious New York City Marathon and that made citizens of Utica very proud.During the first few kilometers he was leading and completed the marathon in 33rd position, in 2 hours and 24 minutes.(Source: read more