MEDIA RELEASEAugust 3, 2005Contacts:VELCODavid Mace, Process Owner, External CommunicationsPhone: (802) 770-6367Pager: (802) 742-3250Vermont Department of LaborScott Meyer, Program Manager Project WorkSAFE1-888-SAFE-YES (1-888-723-3937)VELCO applauded for workplace safety and health effortsFor Immediate Release: Aug. 3, 2005RUTLAND, Vt. Vermonts electric transmission utility has become the fourth Vermont company to be federally recognized for its safety efforts, the Vermont Department of Labor announced Wednesday.The Vermont Electric Power Co., Inc., also known as VELCO, formally joined the federal Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) during a ceremony at the companys Rutland headquarters.This certification is indeed an honor, and Im very proud of the VELCO team for their work in helping achieve the SHARP designation, said VELCO president and chief executive officer John Donleavy. In my 25-plus years in the electric utility industry, I have made a commitment to putting safety first one of my personal priorities. No team is successful no matter what business results are achieved if anyone gets injured.The formal letter of certification was presented by Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Pat McDonald.Acceptance into SHARP is an achievement of status that recognizes VELCO as a model employer for worksite safety and health, McDonald said. VELCO is the fourth Vermont employer to receive such an award. We hope that with the example VELCO and the other three employers are setting, we will be able to welcome more Vermont companies into SHARP SHARP is after all about recognizing the importance and benefits of workplace safety and health.The accreditation marks the end of a rigorous 15-month collaboration with Project WorkSAFE, Vermonts Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program.We applaud the employees and management of VELCO in this accomplishment. We must realize that their staff works in all types of weather in a variety of harsh environments and at fixed locations in an inherently dangerous occupation, said Scott Meyer, Director of Project WorkSAFE. To be conducting this type of work while maintaining a safe workplace speaks very well to the caliber and commitment of staff at VELCO. They have a lot to be proud of and we hope that other Vermont employers will follow in their lead.Donleavy said that as part of the companys strategic plan it had implemented new safety programs aimed not only at field workers but also at its office personnel, and promoting safety and health at home as well.As we move forward with constructing our infrastructure improvement projects, VELCO wants its associates to be as successful and productive as they can be, and that means enabling them to work safely and remain healthy wherever they are, he said. Its not just good for business. Its the right thing to do.The SHARP program is a nationally recognized program implemented by states under Federal OSHA. The SHARP program recognizes small, high-hazard businesses with exemplary safety and health programs.Upon receiving SHARP certification, the workplace will be exempt from programmed inspections during the period that the SHARP certification is valid. Currently there are 777 firms in the United States and 36 in New England with the SHARP certification.Ryegate Associates, a wood-fired electric generating facility was the first Vermont SHARP company; the second was DEW Construction, and the third Green Mountain Powers Western Division.For further information about the SHARP program or Project WorkSAFE, please visit the Department of Labor and Industry website: www.state.vt.us/labind(link is external).Founded in 1956, VELCO is the Vermont Electric Power Co., Inc., the Rutland-based company that builds, owns, maintains and operates the states high-voltage electric transmission system. That system consists of some 600 miles of power lines ranging from 115,000 volts to 450,000 volts and 25 substations, as well as other equipment and a sophisticated fiber optic monitoring and control system.The company does not own any generating plants or the distribution lines that bring power to individual homes and businesses. VELCO is a private company owned by the states retail utilities, investor-owned, municipal and cooperative. It employs almost 100 people.###
NICHOLS (WBNG) — Tioga Downs Casino and Resort employees have been furloughed for four months, and the casino owner says it can’t last much longer. “They don’t understand the mentality of our customers; I guarantee you none of them are waiting for Tioga Downs to open,” Gural told 12 News Tuesday. “They just jump in their car and drive to one of the casinos that’s open, and they’re not hard to find.” Tioga Downs has been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Owner Jeff Gural said the hotel reopened briefly because he thought the casino would be able to reopen as part of Phase 4, but when that didn’t happen he closed the hotel down as well. Gural said only P.J. Clarke’s restaurant is open on the weekends, and the racetrack is operating, but without spectators. He said almost counter-intuitively, not reopening the casino is making the Southern Tier less safe. Gural said under state law, any employee that is furloughed longer than six months will automatically be terminated. Additionally, Gural said the casino will go under if it has to remain closed another few months. Governor Andrew Cuomo has not given any additional guidance since July 6, when he said the state is reviewing reopening practices to ensure safety.
1:55 p.m.The NCAA is suspending normal building operations at its main office in Indianapolis, starting Wednesday through at least April 3. The NCAA national office staff will work remotely and continue normal operations. The NCAA says employees will continue to be accessible. The length of the suspension will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.___1:50 p.m.International Ice Hockey Federation chief René Fasel says it’s only a matter of time before the executive council is left with no choice but to cancel the men’s world championships because of the coronavirus pandemic. The distribution of tests began last Thursday as part of the league’s actions to support its clubs during the pandemic. ___1:05 p.m.All horse racing in Britain will be suspended starting Wednesday.It was the last remaining major sport to be continuing in the country amid the coronavirus outbreak. Associated Press The International Olympic Committee says financial interests will not dictate its decisions “thanks to its risk management policies and insurance.”The IOC says 43% of places at the games have yet to be confirmed.___2:25 p.m.This year’s European Championship has been postponed for one year. Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, four other judokas and five staff members have closed themselves in at a training center in Peja, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of Pristina.Kelmendi is the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic gold medal.Coach Driton Kuka is among the group. None of them has been infected by the virus.Kosovo has had 16 coronavirus cases. All sports and other entertainment or cultural activities have been suspended in the country and schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms and pools have been closed.___ 2:15 p.m.The Copa America has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.South American soccer body CONMEBOL says the tournament in Colombia and Argentina will be played between June 11 and July 11.CONMEBOL President Alejandro Domínguez says “it is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation, and it answers the fundamental need to avoid an exponential development of the virus.”___ 9:55 a.m.The Diamond League has called off its first three track meets of the season.The Diamond League was scheduled to start in Qatar next month. Two meets in China in May were to follow. The Diamond League says travel restrictions and disrupted preparations caused by the coronavirus outbreak have made it impossible to stage those competitions on time.The season is now tentatively set to begin in Stockholm on May 24.Only one of the three canceled meets has been rescheduled. The event in Shanghai is now set for Aug. 13. The meet in Qatar and the second Chinese meet have been postponed indefinitely but could be restaged after the Diamond League final in September. March 17, 2020 Race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation says Paris-Roubaix, the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege will be postponed.The cycling season has been turned upside down by the outbreak. Prestigious events like the Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and some early Belgian classics have been canceled or postponed. The Giro d’Italia also won’t start at its scheduled May date.ASO has yet to make a decision on the Tour de France. That race is scheduled to start in Nice on June 27.___noon Hertha doctor Uli Schleicher says “the player complained about the usual symptoms and we immediately separated him from the group. A test then produced a positive result for the virus. All players in our squad must now stay at home for the next two weeks.”Hertha general manager Michael Preetz says “it was to be expected that the virus would reach the team sooner or later. The most important thing now is that everyone sticks to the rules.”___10:10 a.m.The Kosovo judo team has been self-isolating as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics. 10 a.m.The Kentucky Derby has been postponed from May to September because of the coronavirus pandemic.Churchill Downs officials said Tuesday the race will move from May 2 to Sept. 5, marking the first time in 75 years it won’t be run on the first Saturday in May.The last time the first leg of the Triple Crown wasn’t held on the first Saturday in May was in 1945, when the federal government issued a ban on horse racing because of World War II. The ban was lifted on May 8, and the Derby was held on June 9. The only other year the Derby wasn’t held in May was in 1901, when it was raced on April 29.The date change still must be approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission at its meeting Thursday. The 2020 season was supposed to see a shift in how the Diamond League is run with an extended 15-meet season and fewer events at each.China has already resumed a partial track and field schedule after the virus outbreak subsided. It was supposed to host the world indoor championships this month in Nanjing but that event was moved to 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the spreading coronavirus “makes football and all life in Europe quite impossible.”UEFA plans to play the tournament next year from June 11 to July 11. The 24-team competition is being hosted in 12 different countries.The postponement clears space to give national leagues and the Champions League and Europa League a chance to finish their seasons by June 30.European soccer is in a shutdown and it is unclear when games can resume.___ Fasel spoke to The Associated Press shortly after the IIHF canceled the Division I Group A and B world championships, which were to be held in Europe in late April.The 16-team world championships are scheduled for Switzerland starting May 8. But Fasel says, if he had to make the decision today, “there is no chance we can skate.”Fasel says the IIHF is consulting with its host and marketing partners and insurance carrier to determine what contractual obligations must be met before deciding to cancel the tournament.The challenges to go ahead with hosting the tournament are many, Fasel said, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams.Another issue is players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons. On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potentially reopen practice. The men’s and women’s European gymnastics championships have been canceled.The European Gymnastics Union says it tried to find ways to keep its events going despite the spread of the coronavirus but found it impossible because of government restrictions and travel bans.The events offered Olympic qualifying spots.The women’s championships were due to be held in Paris from April 30-May 3, and the men’s championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, from May 27-31.Also called off are European rhythmic gymnastics championships in Ukraine and the European trampoline championship in Sweden, both in May. Soccer in Russia has been suspended until April 10.The Russian league was the best attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games.The Russian Football Union says its board agreed to immediately suspend all competitions at a meeting Tuesday.That follows a wave of tighter restrictions on public gatherings and events across Russia and a decision by CSKA Moscow to cancel its upcoming game against Zenit St. Petersburg.Fans made ironic references to the virus outbreak at games last week. Fans of Zenit chanted “we’re all going to die” on Saturday and CSKA supporters displayed a banner on Sunday with the club crest and the message: “This virus is inside me. I’m its carrier.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___8:05 p.m. The UEG says it hopes the events can be rescheduled for the second half of the year.___12:10 p.m.Formula One CEO Chase Carey has apologized to fans for the early part of the series being called of by the coronavirus outbreak.The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne wasn’t canceled last week until teams and drivers forced it. A McLaren team member had tested positive and some drivers had already flown home, but F1 still waited to cancel until just before practices were scheduled to start. ___1 p.m.The European Tour is postponing the Andalucia Masters that was schedule for April 30 to May 3 at Valderrama in southern Spain.That makes six regular European Tour golf tournaments have been postponed because of the new coronavirus. A total of eight events on the tour’s worldwide schedule have been postponed, including the Match Play and the Masters.The tournament is hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation. The tour said it would try to reschedule. ___1:45 p.m.UK Athletics says all clubs and groups should not be training or taking part in competitive races amid the coronavirus outbreak.The guidance follows directives outlined by the British government about limiting social contact.UKA said the suspension also applies to coaching and officiating. The president of the Spanish soccer federation has dismissed the idea of crowning Barcelona as league champion if the competition can’t resume because of the coronavirus pandemic.Luis Rubiales says the federation is not contemplating calling off the rest of the season and awarding the title to Barcelona, which was leading the league when it was suspended. Rubiales says the goal is to finish all competition by June 30, but they may be extended beyond that if necessary.He says he would prefer altering the calendar next season instead of making changes that could keep this one from finishing fairly.___2:40 p.m. ___1:10 p.m.The Spanish soccer league has offered about 500 coronavirus tests for its clubs.The tests have been distributed prioritizing teams that traveled to risk areas or already have players infected.Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay on Sunday became the first Spanish league player infected with the virus. ___10:35 a.m.Hertha Berlin’s players and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after one of the players tested positive for the coronavirus.The Bundesliga club doesn’t say which player was affected.The team had been due to return to training on Tuesday after three days of individual exercise. 2:30 p.m.Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and his wife, Sarah, are donating $100,000 to help provide assistance in Atlanta during the coronavirus outbreak.The donation will be split between two charitable organizations: Atlanta Community Food Bank, which provides food to the needy, and Giving Kitchen, which offers emergency assistance to food service workers.Ryan says he and his wife have a lot of friends in the restaurant industry and want to “create awareness for one of the industries that’s going to struggle during this time.”The Falcons’ starting quarterback for the past 12 years, Ryan has been heavily involved in the community through the Boys and Girls clubs and raising money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Europe’s last event was on March 8 at the Qatar Masters. Next on the schedule would be the GolfSixes in Portugal on May 10-11.___12:40 p.m.The Los Angeles Chargers have donated $250,000 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to make sure hunger relief services continue uninterrupted in Los Angeles County during the coronavirus pandemic. The Food Bank says the money will be able to help children and their families as children stay home from school, as well as seniors who are self-isolating and hourly workers who are experiencing interruptions to their schedules and paychecks. The inaugural 24-team Club World Cup was set to open on June 17, 2021, in China as a signature project of Infantino. The FIFA president suggests rescheduling the club tournament to later in 2021, or in either 2022 or 2023.FIFA also plans to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization for tackling the new coronavirus.___4:35 p.m.Three major one-day classic bike races in France and Belgium have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. But the British Horseracing Authority says the race meetings in Wetherby and Taunton — being staged without fans on Tuesday — will be last until the end of April.The BHA says the decision was taken “to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says its “first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff,” while saying it will do its best to support those whose livelihoods depend on what Rust said is a “4 billion pound industry.”___1 p.m. The following three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China have all been postponed.In an open letter on the F1 website, Carey wrote: “We apologize to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date. These decisions are being made … in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.”On Monday, tire provider Pirelli said one of its staff tested positive for the virus and was undergoing treatment in Melbourne.___11:45 a.m. The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The French Tennis Federation announced Tuesday that the clay-court event will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Main-draw competition was supposed to start in Paris on May 24.___3:20 p.m.The IOC says there is “no need for any drastic decisions at this stage” about staging the Tokyo Olympics with more than four months until the opening ceremony.After consulting with sports bodies about the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, the IOC says “any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.” ___4:50 p.m.FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is ready to ask China to postpone next year’s 24-team Club World Cup to make space for the European Championship and Copa America.Infantino says he will propose talks with the Chinese government and the country’s soccer officials in a call Wednesday with a panel of FIFA vice presidents.That group will include the leaders of European and South American soccer who pushed their marquee championships back one year because of the coronavirus outbreak. National Letter of Intent signings for college athletes have been suspended until April 15.The Collegiate Commissioner’s Association, which administers the letter of intent used by NCAA Division I and II athletes, says the suspension will be re-evaluated on or before April 15.The Division I football signing period began Feb. 5 and was scheduled to end April 1. It will be extended 30 days after it resumes. Most FBS schools have filled their 2020 classes.The Division I basketball signing period was scheduled to begin April 15 and end May 20.___ ___1:40 p.m.The Kontinental Hockey League and the VTB United League in basketball have suspended play.Both leagues say they will stop until at least April 10.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It had previously said it would pause for a week to draw up a new playoff format. It’s been left with six Russian teams in an eight-team bracket after Finnish team Jokerit and Kazakh team Barys withdrew. The Latest: Spanish league won’t crown Barcelona champion The Atlantic Coast Conference has canceled all athletics competition and practices through the rest of the 2019-20 academic year amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.The league announced the move Tuesday. The ACC had previously suspended those activities “until further notice.”The ACC’s statement said the cancellations came after a unanimous decision among league member schools, with Commissioner John Swofford saying league officials are “particularly disappointed for our student-athletes.” ___11:50 a.m.
Last Thursday afternoon, UW head coach Bret Bielema took a stroll down to the office of his former head coach and current Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez to speak about the 2005 spring football game.They weren’t the only ones talking.Quietly, those who have followed the football program and the team’s progress this spring feared the worst from the annual UW spring football game. Following the nigh unwatchable UW Cardinal-White contest from a year ago that ended in a 14-14 tie, this contest looked like it possibly could be even more dreadful, at least from an offensive perspective, as the seasoned Wisconsin defense had consistently outplayed the offense through the course of spring drills. “We knew coming in that we had the upper hand, having played all spring pretty well,” said senior linebacker Mark Zalewski. “We didn’t want to give up any points. We didn’t really state it, but we wanted to keep them off the board, just like you would in any game.”After the first two drives for the starters of the Cardinal squad, it appeared as if the nightmares were being realized. After a very quick three-and-out on the first drive, the next Cardinal possession got underway with P.J. Hill suffering a stinger on a dive to the right. On second down, junior defensive lineman Kurt Ware broke into the backfield and “sacked” quarterback John Stocco. And on the next play Stocco was picked off by Zach Hampton, who returned the pick 59 yards for a touchdown.Things weren’t looking good.In the end, however, the 2006 spring game was hardly a disaster at all and, unlike in 2005, lent optimism toward the upcoming season. The game was hardly a shootout, with only three touchdowns and a field goal, and it was sloppy at times, but most players and coaches left satisfied with the offensive performance.After its initial struggles, the first-team cardinal offense moved the ball well, and senior quarterback Stocco looked as in-tune with his receivers as he has at any point all spring, his pick-six to cornerback Zach Hampton not-withstanding.”Obviously, we still have some things to work on, but overall, I thought we did some good things today,” Stocco said. “It’s really just another practice for us, and we improved ourselves.”The Cardinal squad piled up 417 yards of offense, with Stocco netting 154 of those through the air. His throws were on target, and his reads were accurate. “I felt pretty good at making our throws, making plays, and I made my reads today, so it was a good day for me,” Stocco said.Hampton continues spring success: Hampton is making a name for himself as being an annual spring game star. In last season’s game, Hampton jumped in front of Jarvis Minton to pick off a John Stocco pass, solidifying what had been a fantastic spring for the aspiring safety.This year, after being moved to cornerback, Hampton repeated the feat and took it a step further, making it all the way to paydirt.On third-and-12, Stocco dropped back and attempted to hit wide receiver Paul Hubbard cutting across the field on a square route. The pass was behind Hubbard, who managed to get at least a hand on it, and was snatched by the opportunistic Hampton. He was then off to the races from there.”I was pretty much just trying to knock it down and it stuck,” Hampton said. “[Then] I saw the whole field, and I didn’t think anybody was going to catch me.”Nice reward: Offensive lineman Mike Van Someren tends to stick out in a crowd at 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds. However, the junior was even more noticeable than usual on Saturday, as he could be seen wearing a black jersey, symbolizing he was playing for both the cardinal and white, functioning as both the first- and second-string left tackle.Van Someren has become an iron man this spring, sometimes seeing 95 percent of the offensive line snaps. He has been one of the more impressive players during spring drills, if only for his endurance.His reward for the effort was somewhat dubious, having to play for both teams while wearing a black jersey on a very sunny day.”It was an opportunity, and I hope I took advantage of it,” Van Someren said. “I think, from an endurance standpoint, I think I showed them something. … With the sun beating down, it got pretty warm in there.”Infirmary report: Besides Hill, Hubbard appeared to be shaken up and said he rolled up his ankle in the first quarter but that he would be fine.Backup outside linebacker Jammar Crane also appeared to suffer an ankle injury in the fourth quarter.
Both players have experienced a Final Four, played on a No. 1 team and been affected by a self-imposed postseason ban in 2013-14. That’s a lot to digest, Roberson noted, even in the grand scheme of a 41-year coaching career.“It’s cool being here four years and seeing everything that’s happened to the program,” Roberson said. “The ups and downs, now finally seeing him get his 1,000 wins is meaningful.“He earned it.”As reporters continued to fling questions at Boeheim about the postgame circus on the court, whether he felt there was extra “oomph” or a different feel to the celebration, the head coach finally peeled off the proverbial muzzle placed on him by the NCAA.He wasn’t about to disclose his personal feelings about his career win total having an asterisk next to it, but he took on the perspective of the fans. The fans that plastered playful cutouts of his face on signs, and vigorously waved at him like they’d never get another glimpse of the iconic head coach.Boeheim knows what they all know: He’s won 1,000 games as Syracuse’s head coach.“The people here feel that we should not have lost those wins. That’s probably the way all fans would feel,” Boeheim said. “There was obviously some question whether some of those or all of those should’ve been taken. But, they have.” Comments Published on February 4, 2017 at 4:11 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+ With the Carrier Dome court swallowed by a sea of Syracuse fans, Jim Boeheim took his time leaving the floor. As he passed by several signs with his name juxtaposed next to the number 1,000, he stopped to give high-fives before disappearing into the tunnel.The crowd showered him with cheers as he soaked in the only public moment he was allowed to acknowledge a milestone that won’t be printed on anything produced by Syracuse University. It wasn’t long before he was standing behind a podium, dancing around questions focused on his unofficial 1,000th career win.“I don’t really talk about that stuff,” SU’s head coach said. “I’m happy that we got to 15 (wins this season).“I know how many wins I’ve had. I’m very proud of that. Very proud.”Boeheim had no choice but to play coy about his 1,000th win, a product of the Orange’s (15-9, 7-4 Atlantic Coast) upset over No. 9 Virginia (17-5, 7-3), which will not officially be remembered as a landmark victory. The NCAA vacated 101 wins from Boeheim’s coaching record on March 6, 2015, when it pegged SU for a flurry of violations over several years that was summed up as a “lack of institutional control” on Boeheim’s part.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the eyes of the NCAA, this was Boeheim’s 899th career win. In the eyes of most every other spectator in the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon, what unfolded after the buzzer was a celebration of Boeheim joining elite coaching company. Unofficially, he joins Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Stanford women’s basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer and former Tennessee women’s basketball head coach Pat Summitt as the only college basketball coaches to ever win 1,000 games.“The number I’m concerned about going into today was 15,” Boeheim said. “We had to get to 15 today. We’ve got tough road games ahead of us. Tough home games ahead of us. We have to win every chance we get.”For an SU team that starts four players in their first year with the program, experience is hard to come by when giving a quick glance at the roster. Tyler Roberson and Dajuan Coleman are the only seniors on the team to play their entire careers under Boeheim.MORE COVERAGETyus Battle scores career-high 23 points in Syracuse’s 66-62 upset win against No. 9 VirginiaWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 66-62 comeback win over No. 9 VirginiaBoeheim’s 1,000th* win brings importance to a once-lost seasonGallery: Syracuse beats No. 9 Virginia, 66-62