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first_imgCVPS Aug. 30, 2011, noon ‘Entire lines have disappeared’CVPS says completely new systems to be built in some locationsLine crews across central and southern Vermont are building completely new lines ‘ often in new locations ‘ as they work to restore power in the hardest-hit areas. ‘We normally would rebuild lines where they previously stood, but in town after town, that’s no longer an option because roads are gone and the soil has washed away completely,’ said Bill Jakubowski, CVPS’s coordinator of capital construction and right-of-ways.  ‘The old locations, in many cases, are simply not an option.’ CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said customers in many areas will see new lines in new places over the coming days.  ‘Typically we’d have extensive discussion about the location of new power lines, but our focus right now has to be on getting service back to every community we can reach as quickly as possible,’ Costello said.  ‘This is not business as usual. Entire lines have disappeared.’ Costello said where possible the company is conferring with local officials, but in some cases CVPS will simply have to build the lines where they can find access routes.  CVPS employees will be out surveying new lines today and in the coming days in advance of construction.Up-to-date outage numbers (by town) can be found at: http://www.cvps.com/CustomerService/outages/(link is external) and http://vtoutages.com/(link is external)MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Conference Scheduled WHO: Governor Peter Shumlin; Senator Bernie Sanders; Representative Peter Welch; Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate. WHAT: Press Conference WHERE: Burlington International Airport WHEN: 4 pm, Tuesday August 30. BURLINGTON, Vt. ‘ Governor Peter Shumlin, Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch will greet Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate at the Burlington International Airport at 11:30 a.m., tour the storm-damaged areas of the state via helicopter with Fugate, and return to the Burlington airport for a press conference at 4 pm, Army Aviation Facility, 142 Shamrock Drive, South Burlington.  Governor Shumlin will be visiting the communities of Pittsfield (approximately 2:45 p.m.), Stockbridge (approximately 3:45 p.m.) and Rochester (approximately 4:25 p.m.) this afternoon. In addition, Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding and emergency officials will hold a press briefing to update on events at 4:30 p.m. at the Vermont Emergency Management operations center, now located in the FEMA offices in Burlington. Here is the most recent updates from various sources regarding the aftermath of Hurrican Irene, including emergency management action and news from some of the state’s electric utilities. Governor’s Office. August 31, 2011, 2 pm: CVPS Aug. 30, 2011 ‘ 7 a.m. updateIrene Restoration Day 2: More than 51,000 of the 70,000 customer outages restoredCVPS performs helicopter assessmentThousands will still be out for days, possibly weeks due to inaccessible roads Up-to-date outage numbers (by town) can be found at: http://www.cvps.com/CustomerService/outages/(link is external) and http://vtoutages.com/(link is external) As CVPS engineers and transmission supervisors performed helicopter flyovers Monday to assess the damage from the air, crews assisted by hundreds of outside line and tree contractors restored more than 51,000 of the more than 70,000 CVPS customer outages from Hurricane Irene. About 19,400 CVPS customers are without power this morning. CVPS support staff continued to work with state emergency management officials and the Vermont Agency of Transportation to develop travel and road work strategies to access customers. Route 4, East of Rutland on Monday. Photo: CVPSAn emergency bypass where Route 4 was washed out in Mendon will be completed today. Construction contractors worked through the night on the road. In cooperation with the Agency of Transportation, CVPS hired Belden Construction to build the emergency bypass, which will be available only to utility and emergency vehicles and will be monitored by law enforcement. A more permanent repair will require substantial planning and construction by the state.  Devastation is extensive across the CVPS system. A handful of examples among the dozens of major issues include: The near destruction of the Rochester Substation. Royalton Operations Supervisor Ben Bemis had to ride an off-road motorcycle to the site, which was inaccessible to trucks.  ‘The fence is gone, the transformer has been undermined, and debris is scattered all over the place,’ Bemis said.  ‘It’s looking pretty sad.’Numerous sections of Route 107 in Bethel virtually disappeared. The White River flooding took out numerous poles and hundreds of feet of line.The loss of a key bridge on Route 73 between Goshen and Rochester.  One end of the bridge supports washed out, dropping the span into the water below.  ‘The Route 73 bridge looks like a boat ramp going down into the river,’ Bemis said.The loss of not only dozens of utility poles, but the scouring of all of the soil that held the poles up.  Springfield Operations Supervisor Ed Whittemore said in many cases, even if the road existed, there is no soil left to install new poles.Projects that will entail the complete reconstruction of entire sections of the utility system.  In Jamaica, for example, crews were able to feed the center of the village through a backfeed, but the lines heading in both directions from the village center were washed away. In Wardsboro, Brattleboro Operations Supervisor Dave Miller said they found one washout that included five utility poles, but workers couldn’t go any further because the road was gone.  ‘God only knows what washouts there are beyond that one,’ Miller said.Up-to-date outage numbers (by town) can be found at: http://www.cvps.com/CustomerService/outages/(link is external) and http://vtoutages.com/(link is external) FEMA to Deliver Aid to VermontFEMA Distribution Center to be Established at Camp Johnson Monday, 10:30 pm: Thirty Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trucks carrying emergency supplies are scheduled to arrive in Vermont tonight to provide aid for the thousands of Vermonters affected by Hurricane Irene.FEMA vehicles, carrying supplies such as food, blankets and other necessary items, will be establishing a distribution center at Camp Johnson in Colchester. From there, the relief supplies will be distributed to the Vermont communities in greatest need starting at sunrise on Tuesday, August 30.  Some communities are unreachable by roadways, so helicopters will be dispatched to distribute those supplies. National Guard will distribute the supplies to the communities reachable by land. ‘Our goal is to reach all Vermonters who have been affected by the storm and find themselves in need at this time,’ said Gov. Peter Shumlin.  ‘We are utilizing all available resources ‘ local, state and federal ‘ to get commodities to those in need.’ ‘This identified objective of commodity distribution is consistent with the Governor’s goal of assuring the safety and stability of all Vermonters affected by this storm,’ said Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, ‘and is done with the cooperation of our federal, state and local partners.’ Officials ask the public not to come to Camp Johnson to pick up supplies but to wait for their distribution on Tuesday morning.  VTrans Announces Road Openings Montpelier, VT 8/29/11 21:00 ‘ The Vermont Agency of Transportation announces maintenance workers have restored travel on several roadways, including: Route 140 in the East Wallingford area, Route 302 in the Groton area (open to one lane only) Route 100 south of Waitsfield (open to local traffic only), Route 12 between Bethel and Randolph, and Route 17 in the Starksboro area (tractor trailers are not recommended). Waters have receded on the Battenkill River and VT 7A in the Town of Arlington is also open for traffic.  In addition, US 7 between Arlington and Manchester is opened now to two-way traffic.  Route 7 in  Brandon and Rutland still has closed areas, but traffic (excluding tractor trailers) can detour around the closed areas. VTrans has also hired four contractors to begin expedited work needed to address the washouts across VT9 between Marlboro and Brattleboro.  Work also began on a portion of VT9 this evening and more work will commence tomorrow. The VTrans district crews are working hard to get resources in place to begin the repair work on all damaged roads and bridges across Vermont.  Priority is being given to re-establishing access to several towns that are cut off due to downed infrastructure. VTrans will continue to notify the press as roads and bridges are being opened, and update the www.511vt.com(link is external) map as well. GMP As of 9 pm on Monday, Green Mountain Power had 1,154 outages, down from 12,000 last night. Crews will be working into the night to restore power. We expect to restore power to all customers  by the end of the day Tuesday, with the exception of those customers who experienced flooding and need electrical inspections before their power can be reconnected. About 150 of the outages were in southern Vermont, while the remainder were in Chittenden, Addison, Washington and Orange counties. Current numbers are available at www.vtoutages.com(link is external). Vermont Emergency Management as of 4:30 MondayEfforts continue around Vermont to clean up and dry out after Sunday’s flooding.  State officials have spent the day ensuring the safety of citizens, assessing damage, and beginning repairs wherever possible. Vermont State Police now say three people have been killed and one is missing as a result of the storm.  A female was killed in the Deerfield River in Wilmington; a man was killed in Mendon after being swept away by floodwaters and his son is still missing and feared dead.  A male in his 40s was found dead in Lake Rescue in Ludlow earlier today. Floodwaters have receded, but most rivers and streams remain above normal levels, and some are still dangerous in many areas.  Vermont officials recommend staying away from rivers that are still high and flowing rapidly.  You should stay out of all floodwaters because of pollutants or debris. Motorists are still encouraged to stay off roadways as many are unsafe and what roads are open are needed by emergency responders, road crews, and utility crews. Road closures are still too numerous to list.  Please call 511 or visit www.511vt.com(link is external) for updated road closures.  The public is asked to NOT call 211 for road closures ‘ those calls are hampering 211’s ability to help those who need shelter or other resources. State Police also ask that you only call 911 if you have an emergency. Around 35,000 power customers are without service.  Restoring power may be slowed for some utilities because of road conditions, so patience will be necessary. Before returning to your flooded home, you must have a licensed electrician inspect your electrical system.  Wet wiring can cause electrocution. Red Cross shelters:Brattleboro ‘ Brattleboro Union High SchoolHartford ‘ Hartford High SchoolBarre ‘ Barre AuditoriumRutland ‘ Rutland High SchoolBennington ‘ Mount Anthony Middle SchoolSpringfield ‘ Springfield High School There are still local shelters, call your community offices for information. Vermont Emergency Management will operate its Emergency Operations Center at the FEMA offices in Burlington at least until the end of the week.  Contact information for the media is 802-951-2708.  The VEM e-mail server is also down; a temporary e-mail address for the press to contact the information office is [email protected](link sends e-mail) .Killington Mountain School Monday nightIrene slammed Vermont with mind-numbing force on Sunday, and Killington is among the areas still cut off from the state highway system.  Pedestrian traffic to Rutland is possible, but vehicles are not currently allowed through.  Route 100 is washed out at numerous points between Killington and Stockbridge and at numerous points further north.  It is also washed out between Killington and Ludlow.  Route 4 between Killington and Woodstock is treacherous at best and passage has been restricted to emergency vehicles.  The Ramshead, Snowshed, and KBL base facilities at Killington received significant storm impact.This may seem like a dire report, but the reality for many of us is far brighter.  KMS did not sustain any wind or water damage during Irene and power returned mid-day Monday after dropping out at 10 p.m. Sunday night.  We consider ourselves lucky to have running water when many in town do not.  With working Internet and cable connections, we are able to stay connected with the outside world.Through those connections, and through travel within the bubble that contains Killington, we know that we are lucky.  Many families have suffered serious losses; I spoke with a women in Stockbridge who had watched her neighbors’ house wash off its foundation and go downstream.  Josef Podnecky, a former KMS chef, lost portions of his roof and some of his tools as the floodwaters surrounded his house; he may have also lost crops due to contamination from the floodwaters.  News reports indicate that the death toll in Vermont has reached three, with another person missing and feared dead.With the devastation around us, we do not plan to open for the ninth-month program as scheduled on September 6.  Instead, we plan to open on September 12, at which point we hope the repair crews’who have been hard at work since the storm struck’will have been able to restore access to the Killington area.  We hope that all of you have come safely through the storm, and we hope that those of you joining us for the ninth-month program will be ready to begin on Monday, September 12.For those of you in the area, if you are safe and your immediate needs are met, please consider volunteering to help with Irene cleanup efforts.  All indications are that as roads open, more opportunities to help will present themselves; vtresponse.com has been set up as a clearinghouse for those in need of help and those able to provide it.  If you are in the Killington “island” and need assistance, please contact me at KMS; we do currently have power as well as working vehicles and will do what we can.  Our landline phones are currently down; my cell has intermittent service (802.324.8307) and email has been the most reliable source of communication ([email protected](link sends e-mail)).For further updates on KMS, the Killington region, and the Vermont response to Irene, please keep an eye on our Facebook page as well as these other resources:Vermont 511’travel information from the Vermont AOTVermont Today’a Rutland Herald blog#vtirene on TwitterThe #VTResponse blog and #vtresponse on Twitter’providing information on ways you can help Vermonters recover from Irenelast_img read more


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first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Financial institutions have bristled at the success of online “marketplace lenders” for some time.These firms have built high profiles and even higher valuations by encroaching on what has long been considered financial institutions’ turf: extending moderate-sized personal and small business loans.So when marketplace lenders encountered difficulty recently in reselling loans to the secondary market to free up capital—an obstacle that sent valuations tumbling, and led to executives getting fired—credit unions understandably could be tempted to say, “I told you so.”That would be a missed opportunity.Notwithstanding the shortcomings of their business model, marketplace lenders have clearly demonstrated that consumer and small business demand exists for a new credit delivery vehicle. continue reading »last_img read more


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first_img See also: The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are seeking more information from China about its reported use of amantadine in poultry, according to reports today by the Associated Press (AP) and Agence France-Presse (AFP). The Washington Post reported on Jun 18 that Chinese farmers, with the knowledge and support of government officials, used amantadine on chickens as long ago as the late 1990s. The report called the drug use a violation of international livestock guidelines. Jun 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – International health agencies are questioning China about a report that the country has used a human antiviral drug in poultry for years, thereby causing the H5N1 influenza virus to become resistant to the drug. The FAO’s Beijing office was seeking information from China’s agriculture ministry, AFP reported today. Roy Wadia, a WHO spokesman in Beijing, said it’s premature to blame China for spurring resistance to amantadine, AFP reported. The drug dates back to 1976, and human resistance has been a problem. But Wadia added that China’s use might have hastened the development of resistance. Bui Quang Anh, animal health director in Vietnam’s agriculture ministry, called for “very high vigilance” against avian flu and said that some provinces were not taking the problem seriously, AFP reported. But he said there were no plans for mass poultry vaccinations. However, the story said researchers in Hong Kong found outbreaks in China in 1997, 2001, and 2003. News Editor Robert Roos contributed to this article. Amantadine and rimantadine make up an older class of antiviral medications used to reduce the impact of influenza. Some nations have made stockpiling amantadine part of their flu pandemic preparedness plans. A newer and more costly class of antiviral drugs, the neuraminidase inhibitors (oseltamivir and zanamivir), is also used against flu. According to the Post, pharmaceutical executives in China confirmed that amantadine had been used since the late 1990s to treat or prevent avian flu in chickens. China first reported an outbreak of avian flu to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Feb 2, 2004, according to the OIE listing of H5N1 outbreaks. Researchers found last year that the strain of H5N1 found in Vietnam and Thailand had become resistant to amantadine. The Post story quoted health experts outside China as saying they had suspected the link between resistance and use in poultry. The story said international researchers now believe the Chinese use of the drug is to blame. Halvorson emphasized that flu outbreaks in poultry must be addressed on a country-by-country basis because of national laws. He said the international community needs to reach out to those countries willing to get help. Halvorson could have predicted that resistance would arise if the drug were used in poultry. He worked on research with amantadine in turkeys about 20 years ago. “We found that resistance occurred quite quickly,” he said. Dave Halvorson, DVM, a veterinarian in avian health at the University of Minnesota in S. Paul, registered little surprise at the news today.center_img News out of Vietnam today served to underscore his point. Veterinary officials there announced that another 6,000 chickens were infected with H5N1, the first outbreak there in 2 months, according to AFP. The outbreak occurred in the southern province of Ben Tre, southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, the story said. Chinese authorities denied the report. OIE avian flu reportshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A_AI-Asia.htm Amantadine targets the “M” protein of flu viruses, explained Osterholm, who is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of this Web site. If a pandemic virus arose through the combination, or reassortment, of the H5N1 avian virus with a human flu virus, the M gene would come from the human virus, he said. As a result, “That [new virus] should still be relatively susceptible to amantadine,” he said. “These other countries are just overwhelmed,” he said. “Just finding avian flu is a big enough problem, let alone getting rid of it.” The government has never allowed farmers to use amantadine, said Xu Shixin, director of the agriculture ministry’s veterinary bureau, as quoted today in the newspaper China Daily. He added that the government will take action soon to curb illicit use. He also said avian flu in China was under control. If the H5N1 virus gives rise to a pandemic strain of flu, the resistance to amantadine might not necessarily carry through to the new strain, according to infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH. It would depend on the process that produced the pandemic strain. “People who thought about it must have figured out they were using amantadine in poultry,” he said. “The resistance is not new information.” However, “Either way it’s bad,” because even if a pandemic virus is susceptible to amantadine, the drug will be in short supply, he added. The impact of the amantadine treatment isn’t clear. One FAO official quoted by AFP said it’s important to find out whether China had found a safe way to deliver the drug to animals, but warned that underdosing causes resistance. Use of amantadine in livestock is banned in the United States and other countries, the newspaper reported. Yet veterinarians explained to Chinese farmers how to use the drug and even supplied it, the story said. However, if the H5N1 virus adapted to humans gradually through a series of mutations, rather than through reassortment, it could remain resistant to amantadine. “If it continues to mutate, and we see a pandemic strain arise through slow human adaptation, that could mean amantadine is all but done,” Osterholm said. “Amantadine is widely used in the entire country,” the Post quoted Zhang Libin, head of the veterinary medicine division of Northeast General Pharmaceutical Factory in Shenyang, as saying. “Many pharmaceutical factories around China produce amantadine, and farmers can buy it easily in veterinary medicine stores.”last_img read more


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first_img Lakers rumors: Los Angeles didn’t make having cap space for third star a priority in Anthony Davis trade Josh Hart bids farewell to Lakers via Twitter, thanks team for ‘believing’ in him Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles has ‘strong interest’ in bringing back D’Angelo Russell “And LeBron is such an incredible passer and driver, and he always makes his teammate better. So look for Anthony really to have probably one of his greatest seasons.”What are your Lakers predictions for 2020? @MagicJohnson gives us his predictions for 2020 with the Lakers. 💜💜 @jemelehill pic.twitter.com/5ojw8GqZJ8— BET (@BET) June 22, 2019Johnson notably called an impromptu meeting at the Staples Center in April to announce he was stepping down from his role as president of basketball operations. He cited maintaining a strong relationship with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss as a major factor in his decision.In fact, even after he left the Lakers franchise he still had a hand in bringing Davis to LA.In a separate interview with the Los Angeles Times, Johnson said he urged Buss and other top executives to finish the deal which sent multiple first-round draft picks and youngsters Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart away.”I’m still going to be right there and I’m still going to be calling and giving them notes,” Johnson said earlier in the month. “I told them that this trade could be great for the next 10 years for the Lakers. That’s what I sent in the note.” He also expressed confidence in Lakers star LeBron James and the newly acquired Anthony Davis.”LeBron is still, you know, the best in basketball,” he said. “And I think that when you put another superstar with him, an Anthony Davis, both of them will allow each other now to really play their game and dominate, because what happens, the floor will open up. Related News Magic Johnson’s time in the Lakers front office may be over, but he still has plenty to say regarding the future of the Los Angeles franchise.On Saturday, the long-time Laker took the stage at the 2019 BET Experience Genius Talks and shared predictions for the upcoming season. Johnson went on to discuss a number of things Saturday and urged audience members to go out and vote.Here’s a couple more clips from his interview with Jemele Hill:#MagicJohnson tells everyone to prepare for 2020 and to get out and vote. ✊🏽 #BETX #GeniusTalks pic.twitter.com/vKUlmQ72QT— BET (@BET) June 22, 2019#MagicJohnson talks about how he turned down #Nike when he was 19?and that he learned stock matters. #BETX #GeniusTalks @MagicJohnson @jemelehill pic.twitter.com/I3RkLwd2oG— BET (@BET) June 22, 2019last_img read more


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