CVPS wins second national award for storm response

first_imgVermont s largest electric company has won the industry s highest honor for storm recovery for the second time.CVPS President Bob Young today was presented the Edison Electric Institute s 2008 Emergency Recovery Award for the company s response to an historic ice storm in December.  The company s preemptive planning led to the restoration of service to more than 70 percent of affected customers after just one day, and complete restoration within a week. CVPS is the smallest company to ever receive the honor which it won for the second straight year. This is a tribute to the selflessness of our employees, the quality of our planning and the urgency of our response, Young said.  After we won the award for our response to the 2007 Nor icane, we never expected to face such devastation again, but December s ice storm brought tremendous challenges. Employees single-minded focus on our customers turned what could have been one of our darkest hours into one of our finest, Young said.  Many employees lives were relegated to working, sleeping and eating throughout our recovery and then many of them volunteered to go to New Hampshire to help out there.  We are blessed to have some of the finest workers in the industry.The ice storm wreaked unprecedented damage in southern and eastern Vermont, knocking down thousands of trees and power lines, along with cell service and radio communications.  CVPS marshaled all of its resources and brought in contractors and mutual aid from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Ontario, Canada.CVPS, which has 95 line workers, nearly tripled the number of line crews, bringing in 170 outside line workers, 150 tree workers and 75 other outside workers.  It required a massive logistics effort to supply, feed, supervise, organize and house them.  Hundreds of other CVPS employees provided support.John teRiele, CVPS s director of transmission and distribution, praised other utilities and state and local officials for their assistance, which he called invaluable.  Everyone we asked for help provided it, he said.  Vermont Electric Cooperative was particularly helpful, sending some of their crews, procuring staff from northern municipal utilities that were unaffected, and covering for them with skeleton crews left behind.Scott Massie, who manages CVPS s central scheduling office, said the restoration effort, though complex and difficult, was made easier by an outpouring of support from customers.  The amount of damage and the rural nature of the hardest-hit areas were daunting, Massie said.  But customers, through calls, letters and personal support, reminded us why we do what we do for a living.Dave Miller, operations supervisor for CVPS s Brattleboro District, which includes the rural towns of Readsboro, Marlboro, Dover and surrounding towns which were among the hardest hit welcomed the storm award, but hopes its CVPS s last.  I m proud of how we responded, but I hope I never see such devastation again, Miller said.  It is really no surprise that CVPS earned accolades from the Edison Electric Institute for a second year in a row.  With its exemplary storm response and safety record, Vermont s largest electric utility has long been the envy of the industry, said International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 Business Manager Jeffrey Wimette.  Our union is very proud to have 216 members working for CVPS.  This award is a wonderful example of labor and management cooperatively fostering a workforce that takes customer service and the success of the company very seriously.The EEI Emergency Recovery Award is presented annually. Winners are selected based on the ability to respond swiftly and efficiently, overcome difficult circumstances, utilize unique or innovative techniques, communicate effectively with customers, and restore service promptly. A panel of judges selected CVPS following an international nomination process.Final statistics from the December storm include:CVPS s repair costs totaled an estimated $5.1 million, a CVPS record, surpassing the 2007 nor icane.49,100 customers were affected.42.7 percent of CVPS customers lost service in the Royalton District, 62.7 percent in the Brattleboro District and 70 percent in the Springfield District.60 of 105 distribution feeders were affected.120 poles were broken.Employees and contractors worked an estimated 75,000 man-hours to restore service.last_img read more

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AP Study: Hits to head still prevalent in NFL

first_imgIn this Oct. 10, 2013, file photo, New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle (26) pushes on the helmet of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) during the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago. Rolle was penalized 15-yards for unnecessary roughness on the play. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)Almost once a game, an NFL player absorbs an illegal blow to the head or neck that could put his career — or worse — at risk.The NFL has been trying to prevent such blows over the past four years, targeting improper technique and making a point to penalize and fine players for hits that leave them and their opponents vulnerable. Yet an Associated Press review of penalties through the first 11 weeks of the season found those hits are still prevalent.The AP reviewed 549 penalties, 491 of which fell under the category of major infractions: unnecessary roughness, unsportsmanlike conduct, roughing the passer, face masks and roughing the quarterback.Of the penalties charted over the first 162 games of the season, the AP identified 156 involving contact with the head and neck — an average of .962 per game. Of those, 38 were for head-wrenching face masks, 25 were for horse collars and 93 were for hits to the head. Quarterbacks (40) and receivers (38) shared the brunt of those hits almost equally, with players at other positions absorbing the other 15 blows.The numbers can be interpreted a variety of ways.The league declined comment, though it made a statement of sorts in the offseason when it decided against the 5 percent hike in minimum fines, as allowed for in the union contract, after determining players were adjusting to the rules.A sentiment among the players the AP spoke to on offense was that they appreciate all the NFL has done to protect them. But, in the words of Titans running back Chris Johnson, they know that “sometimes you just can’t control where you hit somebody.”Defensive players acknowledged they have to do their part to make the game safer.“The face mask, that’s going to happen. The pass interference, those things are going to happen. The stupid fouls, hitting the quarterbacks late and doing all the other stuff we’ve done, we have to eliminate it,” said Titans safety Bernard Pollard, who has been fined $62,000 this season.But the defenders also reiterated a long-held belief that they’re held to a different standard than their offensive counterparts.“No doubt,” Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said. “Guys are still getting penalized for clean shots, getting fined for clean shots, and there’s no other explanation to it. Just like they’re holding us accountable for trying to make that right hit, they’ve got to hold themselves accountable for making the right calls on the field, and making the right decision on who to fine and how much to fine.”True to the defenders’ complaints, the AP review tallied 224 major infractions against the defense, with only 69 going against the offense.Similarly, penalties for low hits, which many thought would rise when defenders were forced to focus away from the head and neck, were relatively low — only 35. That small number included illegal cuts, chop and peelback blocks against the offense for hits on defenders — penalties the defensive players argue are called far too rarely and put their careers at as much risk as the above-the-shoulder hits.“The way offenses are playing now and the way running backs block now, I think it’s almost every play,” Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said when asked how often a defensive player’s legs get targeted.New England tight end Rob Gronkowski’s season ended abruptly Sunday with a knee injury when he took a low hit from Cleveland safety T.J. Ward. No penalty was called. Ward said he knows he can’t go for the high hit.“But we have to play this game,” Ward said. “We have to play it the way that they force us to, and unfortunately, it incurred an injury for him.”Of the 35 penalties for low hits, 10 came against the defense for hits to the quarterbacks. The league’s propensity for protecting the passer continues at almost every spot on the field. Over the first 11 weeks, there were 32 flags for infractions against quarterbacks that didn’t involve hits to the head or legs — for example, a late hit on a sliding quarterback.The NFL still makes a big splash out of suspensions and fines levied under the umbrella of protecting players. Ndamukong Suh, a multiple offender, got a $100,000 fine — largest in league history for on-field conduct — for his Week 2 low block on John Sullivan of the Vikings during an interception return.More recently, Titans safety Michael Griffin served a one-game suspension for a low hit on Oakland tight end Mychal Rivera. When asked what he could have done differently, Griffin said a league official “told me there’s no clear black-and-white answer.”“You have to start thinking about how you’re going to hit the guy when you get there,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “I think it’s very, very hard, very difficult. It definitely is necessary. I think it has helped the game in that way. But I think you’ve got to be careful in how these guys are fined and things like that going forward.”Whatever the mixed messages, the NFL appears satisfied with the way players are adjusting to the rules, given the league’s decision not to raise fine amounts.Total fines issued by the NFL have declined by 32 percent from 2009 to 2012 (668 to 451) and also decreased 4.5 percent between 2011 and 2012 (472 to 451). Fines for illegal hits on quarterbacks have declined 46.4 percent since 2009 (114 to 61).All of which points to a safer game — but a game that nevertheless, at least on average, puts at least one player in jeopardy in every game in every stadium every Thursday, Sunday and Monday.“It’s a warrior game,” said Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson, on injured reserve after suffering a dislocated hip on a play in which four players took turns blocking him, both high and low. “You’re going to have collisions. You’re going to have those injuries. You just try to do the best you can with them and play within the rules they set.”___AP Sports Writers Genaro Armas in Green Bay, Wisc., Teresa Walker in Nashville, Tenn., Tom Withers in Cleveland, Joe Kay in Cincinnati and Joseph White in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Cracking Valencia city derby in store between in-form Levante and Valencia on Saturday

first_imgAdvertisement 9y3xoNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3wpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eccavo( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5yfWould you ever consider trying this?😱1bqkCan your students do this? 🌚yvaRoller skating! Powered by Firework Saturday’s Valencia city derby (11:00PM IST) should be a cracker with both teams firing so far this season, and the huge local pride and global ambitions on each side.Advertisement  Expectations will be high around the city ahead of the game, with Valencia and Levante coming into the game separated by just three points and three places in the LaLiga Santander table. This follows Los Che’s gutsy 2-1 victory in another regional derby at home to Villarreal, while Los Granotas will want to bounce back from their 0-4 defeat at in-form Getafe.Advertisement ATHLETIC CLUB DE BILBAO-VALENCIAPARTIDO Levante have been really strong at their Ciutat de Valencia stadium this season, with just one loss through seven LaLiga games which have brought four victories including the famous 3-1 win over reigning champions Barcelona in early November.Advertisement  Valencia meanwhile have had some excellent results on the road, winning at Athletic Club’s daunting San Mames stadium and picking up an impressive draw away at Atletico de Madrid in recent weeks. Former RC Celta striker Maxi Gomez has made a strong start at the club, scoring six times already in LaLiga this season. Club captain Dani Parejo also has six so far – five penalties, and his superb late free kick equaliser at Atletico. Emerging teenage star Ferran Torres again underlined his quality with the winner against Villarreal last weekend, while fellow youngster Lee Kang-In also scored a fine goal against Getafe recently. Levante have also had many excellent performers throughout their team over the first four months of 2019/20. Jose Campana has again been a driving force in the centre of the park, while another former RC Celta player, Nemanja Radoja, has settled really well; both midfielders scored against Barça. Goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez has also been in spectacular form between the posts, while forwards Borja Mayoral and Roger Marti have also been among the goals recently. Among many extra twists adding an edge to Saturday’s derby is home coach Paco Lopez having represented both Levante and Valencia during his playing career. Lopez stepped up from the reserve side to save the senior team from relegation in 2017/18, and easily kept them safe again last year while playing really entertaining attacking football. Valencia coach Albert Celades has also had a positive influence since taking his first job in senior club management in September, drawing on his experience as a LaLiga winner with both Barcelona and Real Madrid as a player. Further connections include Celades knowing Levante’s Mayoral from their spell together with Spain’s Under-21 international team as coach and player. Meanwhile, Levante defender Ruben Vezo played for Valencia from 2014, before in January 2019 becoming one of the few players recently to move across the city. Recent seasons have seen the home side dominate this derby. Valencia have won the last five meetings at their Mestalla home, with Levante victorious in four of the last six in front of their own fans. Last season at the Ciutat de Valencia saw Roger Marti twice put the home side ahead, Denis Cheryshev and Parejo equalise both times, and Levante defender Coke sent off late on. Further excitement is likely in Saturday’s game, and both teams will see the three points as pushing them closer to the European places. Bragging rights around the city will also be at stake, meaning many reasons for supporters and neutrals all over the world to tune in. Advertisementlast_img read more

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