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Extreme ice and tree damage knocks out power to 24,000 CVPS customers

first_imgExtreme ice and tree damage knocks out power to 24,000 CVPS customersRUTLAND -A storm that has caused hundreds of thousands of people to lose power across the Northeast has knocked out power to 24,000 CVPS customers Friday morning. The effort will take days, CVPS said, as the storm is comparable to the ice storm of January 2007, and the infamous ice storm of ’98.CVPS line crews are working with outside contract crews to assess the damage and start making repairs this morning, however, road conditions and continuing sleet and ice accumulation are slowing the restoration effort. Hundreds of downed trees, tree limbs and downed lines have been reported across central and southern Vermont. Windsor and Windham counties were hit the hardest, with significant outages in Orange, Rutland and Bennington counties as well.”We are seeing an inch or more of ice in some of the southern areas. We have a half dozen transmission problems, and about 350 separate problems reported at this time,” said CVPS spokeswoman Christine Rivers. “Our crews are in assessment mode right now, and are working to repair the large transmission problems. At this point, it appears the restoration effort will carry into early next week. Our crews will be working around the clock to restore power as quickly as they safely can.”CVPS offered the following tips for safely 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 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.* Turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns. Then, turn equipment back on slowly.last_img read more

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How to find the best CD rates

first_imgby: Rob BergerIt used to be easy. Compare CD rates at a couple of banks for the term you need and pick the certificate of deposit with the highest yield. With historically low rates today, however, this approach is no longer enough. We need to think strategically.Three features of most CDs come into play. The first is that longer CD terms have higher rates. A 5-year CD will have a significantly higher yield than a 6-month CD, for example. Second, those who close a CD before it matures typically incur an early withdrawal penalty. The amount of the penalty varies from one bank to another and from one CD term to another. Finally, unlike a savings account, you generally cannot make a partial withdrawal of a certificate of deposit. Withdrawals are all or nothing.It may at first glance seem odd that these features can help us navigate to a higher rate, but they can. Before we walk through these strategies, however, the starting point is still finding top paying CDs.Find the Best CD RateThe best CD rates come from online banks and credit unions. The benefit of CDs from an online bank is that they are easy to open, are available nationwide, and offer higher rates than traditional brick and mortar financial institutions.As an example, I have bank accounts at both Ally and a very large traditional bank. As of today, Ally offers a 5-year CD with a 2.00% APY (all rates in this article are as of April 2, 2015; rates change daily). My big bank currently offers the same CD paying a miserly 0.50% APY.Many credit unions also offer competitive rates. Navy Federal Credit Union, for example, offers a 5-year CD paying 1.95% APY. For those with more than $100,000 to invest, the rate bumps up to 2.05% APY. The downside to a credit union is that you must qualify to become a member. In some cases qualifying is easy, in other cases you may not be able to join at all. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Bachasson leads home Clonmel Oil one-two for Mullins | Racing News

first_imgBachasson ran the opposition into the ground to give trainer Willie Mullins a sixth success in eight years in the Clonmel Oil Chase at the County Tipperary track.The grey – having his first race since scoring over the course and distance just before the lockdown in March – proved too good for his shorter-priced stablemate Cilaos Emery.- Advertisement – “I didn’t look beyond today and we wanted to come down here and see where we were with them, although Cilaos Emery could now go for the Hilly Way at Cork.”Shattered Love took her 100 per cent record at Clonmel to three when repeating last year’s victory in the T. A. Morris Memorial Irish EBF Mares Chase.Gordon Elliott’s charge tracked the pace-setting Cabaret Queen until leading two out and quickly put daylight between herself and her three rivals.The 11-8 favourite crossed the line 10 lengths clear in the hands of Mark Walsh. Cabaret Queen just hung on by a nose from Western Victory for the runner-up spot.“She loves it around here, it was her third win from her third run and she seems to be a lot better in her own grade against other mares,” said Walsh.“She has won two Grade Ones as a novice but finds it easier against her own sex.“I’m delighted with how she did it and jumped brilliantly bar the last when we had a little mix up, but she was good.”Elliott had earlier saddled Sassy Yet Classy to win the Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap Hurdle in the hands of Denis O’Regan. – Advertisement – Mullins said: “He was very brave and David had lots of confidence in him – I thought he had gone too far out, but I think he had more confidence in the horse than I had.“Paul thought Cilaos Emery needed the race and I’m happy with both nice horses.”He went on: “After Bachasson got a fall in Cheltenham I wasn’t keen to go back over fences with him, but around these country tracks he is fine. He seems to enjoy doing that.- Advertisement – David Mullins set out to dictate affairs from flag-fall on Bachasson, with Cilaos Emery keeping in touch under Paul Townend.Although both horses made the odd mistake, it was Cilaos Emery who made a crucial one at the third-last.The 8-11 favourite could not bridge the gap after that and Bachasson (9-4) kept up the gallop to win by five and a half lengths. Snow Falcon was 26 lengths away in third place.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Interpret Europe certificates awarded to Podravina interpretation guides

first_imgSource / photo: TZP Središnja Podravina; Podravski.hr Interpret Europe – European Association of Heritage Interpretation (European Association for Heritage Interpretation) today has thousands of members in more than 55 countries in Europe and the world. In addition to the course for guide interpreters, Interpret Europe conducts training for coaches, hosts, planners, writers and a revived history. The education was approached out of the desire to present the extremely rich natural and cultural heritage of Podravina in a different way through a personal approach, interaction and storytelling. It was attended by 18 participants who learned about the importance of interpreting natural and cultural heritage, the roles of interpreter guides, techniques and creation of interpretive speech, and the interpretation of revived history. The training was held during September in Hlebine, Goli and Virje. The course was organized by the Tourist Board of the Central Podravina region, and conducted by Iva Silla, a certified trainer from Zagreb, with the assistance of Elizabeta Milanović Glavica, director of the Central Podravina Tourist Board. The participants translated everything they learned in theory in the field into inspiring speeches about the specifics of the municipalities of Virje, Hlebine and Gola, which they held in different places in order to meet all the prerequisites for obtaining the Interpret Europe certificate.center_img “This education is an investment in creating innovative tourism products that will, I hope, connect the local community in joint projects.”, Said Milanović Glavica. The training was co-financed by the Croatian National Tourist Board, through a public call, and the first training of this type was held in a rural area on the continent. The Tourist Board of the Central Podravina region organized a ceremonial awarding of certificates to interpretation guides who have successfully completed the training under the Interpret Europe license, reports Podravski.hr.last_img read more

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Bolsonaro, Trump talk coronavirus help as Brazil cases rise sharply

first_imgTopics : He told reporters that Brazil was having difficulty importing urgent medical equipment because the United States sent 23 planes to China to be filled up, and Brazil’s share was slashed as a result.Mandetta said on Monday that 200 million personal protective equipment items would arrive from China this month.Meanwhile, Bolsonaro repeated his insistence that jobs and the economy cannot be forgotten in the coronavirus fight and warned that imports of food were already falling.Figures on Wednesday showed that Brazilian manufacturing activity in March shrank at its fastest rate in three years, while the real sank to a record low of 5.27 per dollar.The government pledged billions more to help the poor but was criticized for fraying ties with congress that could delay aid reaching those most in need.Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said the government will spend about 98 billion reais ($18 billion) to help 54 million informal workers affected by nationwide lockdowns, part of an overall 800 billion reais government aid package. Criticism has grown over Bolsonaro’s handling of the crisis. The right-wing populist has attacked state governors for lockdowns that are causing job losses, played down the threat of what he calls “a little flu” and contradicted his own health minister’s position on self-isolation and social distancing.Brazil’s Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said the latest coronavirus figures were very worrying and expressed concern about the lack of protective equipment, medical equipment and ventilators.The Health Ministry said on Wednesday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil rose by 1,119 to 6,836 and the death toll by 39 to 240.A 20-year-old indigenous woman in a village deep in the Amazon rainforest was the first case reported among Brazil’s more than 300 tribes. Mandetta said monitoring indigenous people is a challenge, and their lifestyle could facilitate the spread of the virus.center_img Presidents Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday discussed cooperation between the two countries in the fight against coronavirus, as Brazil’s health minister warned that infection rates and lack of medical supplies were a big concern.The two presidents discussed medical and logistical cooperation on a telephone call but steered clear of confinement and quarantine policies, according to Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo. Both leaders have stirred controversy for their positions on the latter.The White House said they discussed the importance of working together through the Group of 20 nations, cooperating on vaccine development and restoring global economic growth.last_img read more

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Arsenal ‘send club medic to check out Everton Soares’ as £36m deal edges closer

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Jul 2019 8:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Comment Advertisement Advertisement Everton Soares has become a wanted man this summer (Picture: AP Photo)Arsenal have reportedly sent a club doctor to Brazil to check the status of Everton Soares as a deal to sign the Brazilian striker edges closer.Fox Sports in Brazil report that a medic has made the trip to do ‘exams’ on the forward, who is expected to make the switch from Gremio to the Gunners.A £36m deal has been agreed between the two clubs, according to the Sun, with an initial fee of £25m to be boosted by £11m in add-ons.Gremio had declared an asking price of £36m for the 23-year-old and it appears they have got what they want, although not all at once.ADVERTISEMENT Everton scored three goals at the Copa America (Picture: AP Photo)The Brazil international confirmed on Monday that he had an offer for a move, although he did not say that it was from Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Right now I have an offer on the plate, but I can’t say the name of the club in question,’ Everton said.‘Just as I cannot promise that I will be here again on Thursday to play against Bahia. We’ll see.’Gremio’s next match is indeed against Bahia in the Copa do Brasil this week, and with Everton refusing to confirm his place in that match suggests he expects an imminent deal.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal’s new technical director, Edu, reportedly spoke to Everton’s agent, Gilmar Veloz, last week and worked with the striker in his position as general coordinator of the Brazil national team.The Gremio forward scored three goals as Brazil won the Copa America this summer on home soil, attracting the attentions of a number of clubs around the world.Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for the Brazilian, but it looks like Arsenal have won the race for his signature.MORE: Arsenal director Josh Kroenke makes bleak trophy admission after fans question the club’s directionMORE: Dani Alves willing to join Arsenal on £200,000-a-week deal Arsenal ‘send club medic to check out Everton Soares’ as £36m deal edges closerlast_img read more

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Roy Hodgson speaks out on Wilfried Zaha after Arsenal target reportedly hands in transfer request

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Jul 2019 1:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal transfer target Wilfried Zaha has been given extra time off following his exertions at AFCON with Ivory Coast (Picture: Getty)‘I’m just expecting him back, looking forward to working with him and seeing some of the things he can do for us.‘I think he has got another 10 days or another week of holiday. I think he is back after we play Bristol City and before we play Hertha Berlin – that gives him his three weeks off.‘If he wants to come back earlier we will be very happy to see him.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Roy Hodgson expects Wilfried Zaha to report back for pre-season training (Picture: Getty)Roy Hodgson is adamant that Wilfried Zaha will return to pre-season training, amid reports the Ivory Coast star has handed in a transfer request in an attempt to engineer a move to Arsenal.The Gunners have already seen a £40million bid for the 26-year-old flatly rejected, with Palace holding out for at least double that sum.Palace are also said to have no interest in the likes of Calum Chambers and Mohamed Elneny, players Arsenal are willing to offer in part exchange, but are reportedly interested in cut-price £5million move for Carl Jenkinson.Everton, meanwhile, funded by former Arsenal shareholder Farhad Moshiri, are ready to rival the Gunners for Zaha’s services, but Hodgson remains hopeful Zaha will commit his future to Palace.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He has not spoken to me,’ he said after Friday’s 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest in a pre-season friendly.‘I don’t know if he’s spoken to the club [asking to leave],” said Hodgson, speaking at the City Ground.‘As far as I’m concerned, he is coming back, he is our player and I’ve been given no information that the club is interested in selling him at the moment. Comment Roy Hodgson speaks out on Wilfried Zaha after Arsenal target reportedly hands in transfer requestlast_img read more

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David Luiz reveals disagreement with Frank Lampard before leaving Chelsea for Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Southampton v Chelsea: Frank Lampard press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:54FullscreenSouthampton v Chelsea: Frank Lampard press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/southampton-v-chelsea-frank-lampard-press-conference-2019852/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘We had a different idea of ​​the future of the game and that’s why I chose to take a new path.‘It’s always very difficult because of the rivalry, but I made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal’s bid.‘As soon as I decided to leave Chelsea – after a few days – Arsenal’s proposal came, and as it was another great club, I didn’t think twice.‘It’s hard for rivalry, yes, but I couldn’t help but live a new story, in a new place, in a big club just because of the rivalry.’Luiz’s Arsenal face Bournemouth on Sunday while Lampard’s young Chelsea side travel to Southampton.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City David Luiz reveals disagreement with Frank Lampard before leaving Chelsea for Arsenal David Luiz left Chelsea to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)David Luiz ‘did not think twice’ about joining Arsenal in the summer and says he knew he had to leave Chelsea as he had ‘different ideas’ to Frank Lampard.In two spells at Stamford Bridge, Brazilian defender Luiz helped the Blues win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League.The 32-year-old was sidelined by new manager Lampard, however, and Chelsea agreed to sell him to Arsenal in August for £8million.Discussing his move from west to north London, Luiz told Brazilian journalist Mauro Cezar: ‘I always liked Chelsea, no doubt.ADVERTISEMENT Luiz says he had ‘different ideas’ to Frank Lampard (Picture: Getty)‘A new moment has come in my career, a new cycle where I have had the opportunity to move to another major club, pursuing ambitions to win titles.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I saw a possibility of writing a new story in a new place, but I am forever grateful to Chelsea, to all people, to friendships that are for life.‘I get messages to this day from everyone at the club because what I had there was true.’Asked to explain his motivation for leaving Chelsea for Arsenal, Luiz added: ‘It was an individual decision made through honest conversation – between me and Frank Lampard, no one else.center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 5 Oct 2019 5:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares Commentlast_img read more

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IORP II will increase regulatory pressure on pension funds: consultant

first_imgShe added that pension funds, like banks and insurers, would probably also have to state an opinion about the way their required assets were calculated.At the session about governance and bureaucratic risks, Thissen said governance had become much more complicated during the past 10 years, and had led to the establishment of new supervisory bodies and risk committees.Thissen noted that the number of thematic surveys by supervisors had also risen significantly.Pension funds should expect an increase in international regulation, Thissen said, adding that Dutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) would intensify its supervision domestically.“Following the ongoing consolidation, players are becoming ever larger and, combined with population ageing, pension funds are increasingly posing a [systemic] risk to the Dutch economy,” she argued.Adri Jansen, actuary and trustee at six small and medium-sized pension fund, responded that increasing supervision would cause problems for this category of scheme.Although he said that all supervisory questionnaires made sense, he warned that board members were effectively “brought to their knees” as a result of new and highlighted regulation as well as the way in which rules are enforced by watchdogs.Jansen noted that DNB had started to more strictly enforce existing regulation, including the rules on IT policy.In his opinion, many trustees had lost sight of the overall view because of the amount of fragmented questionnaires they were required to complete. This came at the expense of their motivation to be involved with risk management, he said.He added that small schemes’ budget for advisory services was limited and questioned whether this would contribute to “well-considered policy”. The new IORP II pensions directive will further increase regulatory pressure on pension funds, a Dutch consultancy has warned.In addition to communication rules and factoring in environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into risk management policies, IORP II would also come with conditions similar to Solvency II for insurers, said Lonneke Thissen, partner at Sprenkels & Verschuren. It also brought a requirement for pension funds to provide their own risk evaluation every three years.Thissen was speaking at the annual conference of IPE’s sister publication Pensioen Pro. IORP II came into force in January this year, and affected funds have until January 2019 to comply.Thissen said that pension funds were also expected to create key functions for risk management, audit and actuarial matters.last_img read more

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Enra inks $48M Petronas deal for Myanmar project

first_imgMalaysia’s Enra Group has secured a contract with Petronas to provide condensates storing, offloading facilities and services in Myanmar.The company will, through its subsidiary ENRA SPM, lease a single point mooring system and storage tanker Petronas.The facilities will provide condensate storing and offloading services for the Yetagun offshore gas field operated by Petronas’ subsidiary PCML in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Myanmar.The award is for a 4-year primary period with a total value of approximately $48 million. The leasing period is estimated to start upon the facilities being commissioned and delivered to PCML.last_img read more

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