Heavy wet snow knocks out power to 6,300 in Windham County

first_imgThe early season snowstorm that has knocked out power to 1.5 million customers in the Northeast, caused more than 6,300 CVPS customer outages in Windham County Saturday night. As of 9 am Monday morning, only 11 customers statewide were still without power.Heavy wet snow that started falling Saturday afternoon in southern Vermont brought down trees, tree limbs and power lines. Brattleboro and surrounding towns were hit hardest tonight. Multiple trees and limbs started coming down just outside of the downtown Brattleboro substation around 5 pm. No broken poles were reported, but the heavy wet snow also knocked out a transmission line in National Grid service territory around 8:30 pm, affecting about 1,000 CVPS customers. Many large distribution lines in Brattleboro were downed by trees and tree limbs. About 500 customers in Wardsboro and Dummerston are also without power. CVPS line crews, contract tree crews and support staff were working through the night and through Sunday to restore power. Slippery road conditions and continued snow fall through the night will slow restoration efforts, but crews will work as quickly as they safely can to restore power. Check vtoutages.com and http://www.cvps.com/CustomerService/outages(link is external) for up-to-date power outage numbers by town. SAFETY — STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES Don’t touch or even go near downed wires! These wires can be energized and can cause serious injuries or death. If the line is blocking the road or in contact with a vehicle with people inside, call your local police or fire emergency number first. Then call CVPS. Instruct others to keep at least 50 feet away, and keep pets and livestock away as well.Assume all objects touching the power line are also energized. Never attempt to remove trees or limbs from any utility lines! Notify CVPS of the situation. CVPS offered several safety tips for coping with the outages:Treat any downed line as if it is live. Report the line to your local utility and fire department, stay at least 50 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. CVPS 10.29.2011last_img read more

Christmas shines, but lack of support dooms Syracuse down low against UNC

first_imgCHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Syracuse’s post options start and stop with Rakeem Christmas. North Carolina’s post options start and seemingly don’t end.The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Kennedy Meeks. The 6-foot-9, but wiry 228-pound Brice Johnson. The 6-foot-10, 280-pound Joel James. And more length elsewhere.All composed a UNC group that outmuscled the Orange’s thin rotation. In a battle of the bigs, Christmas put up a valiant effort after an underwhelming first half. But his 14-point second half and flawless work from the free-throw line weren’t enough for Syracuse (14-7, 5-3 Atlantic Coast) to keep pace with No. 13 North Carolina’s (17-4, 7-1) stacked frontcourt in SU’s 93-83 loss Monday night in the Dean E. Smith Center.After just a 1-for-5 shooting performance in the opening 20 minutes, Christmas reverted into the producer the Orange needs him to be. But as the only true back-to-the-basket post scorer in Syracuse’s rotation, he was neutralized by the Tar Heels’ abundance of size up front.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUNC out-boarded the Orange, 42-27, and outscored Syracuse from the paint, 36-24.“We’ve hung in there on the boards for the most part this year,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “but they’re big and strong and more physical than anybody we’ve played.“(Christmas) had his work cut out for him today.”The big man connected from the left block to start the game for the Orange, but that would be it from the field for him in the first half.Christmas missed a pair of hook shots, double-dribbled a possession away and bobbled a touch on the right block that Johnson pounced on for a jump ball. And when the SU senior missed his first shot of the second half, his mark dropped to 1-for-6 from the field.“They were throwing a lot of big bodies at me,” Christmas said. “Just tried to get the ball and do what I do best. Just try to get around people.”Still, the Orange was out in front of the No. 13 team in the country by as much as six points in the first seven minutes of the second half. And although Syracuse’s leading scorer was worlds better from the free-throw line than he was against Miami on Saturday, he had only attempted four second-half shots from the floor by the six-minute mark — and made three of them.“It was impressive,” guard Trevor Cooney said. “They were throwing different guys at him and he just continued to score over them and that’s what he does.”When Christmas hit a low-angle shot off the glass from the baseline to make it 70-68 UNC with 5:10 left, it was his first shot attempt in six minutes of game time.Meanwhile, Meeks and Johnson were on their way to shooting a combined 9-for-11 from the field in the second half for 26 points with 15 rebounds — two more than the Orange grabbed as a team in the final 20 minutes. Without any concern for foul trouble due to North Carolina’s depth, Meeks sealed off Christmas for three easy post-up buckets and Johnson used his length to grab 11 rebounds in the game. SU’s rotation, barely seven men, doesn’t have the luxury of fearlessness.Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige answered Christmas’ baseline hook shot with a jumper. Christmas then responded with another bucket from the paint.“It wasn’t smart, really, to go away from him,” forward Michael Gbinije said.But that would be the senior’s last shot attempt until he air-balled a deep two with 19 seconds left.The final stat line — 22 points and 12 rebounds — was nothing new for Christmas. Neither was the Orange’s dependence on him in the second half.But that many competent bodies down low wasn’t something Syracuse had seen or was capable of handling Monday night.Said Boeheim: “We just don’t have enough size in there to help him.” Comments Published on January 26, 2015 at 11:41 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

AUDIO: Only Top Referees Would Handle AITEO Cup Games — NFF 1st Vice President

first_imgNigeria Football Federation (NFF) 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi says only top referees would be given a chance to officiate games in the 2017 AITEO Cup.First round matches of the competition take place on Wednesday, August 16, in various centers across Nigeria, and the drive for success from teams is, even more, this year with a record prize money on offer.The winners of the male category would receive 25 million Naira – a massive leap from the two million naira that was previously on offer, with the women champions receiving 10 million Naira.As the age-long competition grows in attention, and, obviously, in cash, the NFF wants to see an improvement in officiating – an area in the country’s football that, for decades, has been so pathetic, to say the least, and that has taken the shine off the once glamorous event.“We want to try and make it a world standard,” Akinwunmi, who is also the chairman of the AITEO Cup organizing committee, told busybuddiesng.com in a telephone interview. “All the officiating would be done by the top echelon of our officials—referees, match commissioners, match assessors and so on.”The competition, which involves 64 teams, will run until early in October when the most crucial matches will take place—the female final on the 2nd, and the male final on the 8th. Akinwunmi believes the 2017 edition could set the stage for bigger events in the future. But he admits that any gains in future will likely depend on how successful this year’s competition turns out to be and if the sponsors, AITEO Group, are satisfied at the end of it.“Don’t forget that if we do it well then the sponsor is happy and releases more money,” he said. “That’s our first port of call, make them happy—make Nigerians happy.”Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SHEYI-AKINWUNMI-officiating.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Relatedlast_img read more