Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE-CV) honored retiring leader Bob Young at the annual meeting of shareholders today, and set out a bold new vision aimed at improving value for customers, shareholders and the state of Vermont. Lead Director Bill Sayre honored Young for transforming CV during his tenure as president, and presented him with a framed page from the Congressional Record that included a speech from Representative Peter Welch, D-VT, who feted him on the House floor. ‘When Bob Young became president, that utility faced many challenges,’ Welch said in the speech. ‘He faced them directly: rising costs, transmission system upgrades, a customer base that wanted reliable power but green power. Bob Young succeeded in making CVPS an award-winning company. He focused on customer service and environmental concern and stewardship, proving that green power could be reliable and affordable.’ Sayre showed a brief film of Welch’s speech, and praised Young for what he called his gentlemanly ways even in difficult times. ‘Bob had to orchestrate the complete reorganization of the company in the late ‘90s, the rebuilding of a clean, affordable power supply over the past few years, and the rehabilitation of CV’s reputation starting on day one,’ Sayre said. ‘Perhaps most importantly, he led senior management, the board and employees through a cultural transformation that is the stuff of business textbooks. Through it all, Bob remained focused on the big picture, and provided employees and the board of directors with a steady hand and calm, thoughtful guidance. ‘Bob revamped this company from top to bottom, improving its way of thinking, its environmental footprint, its commitment to customers and Vermont, and indeed its very soul. The CV Bob leaves today is a dramatically better company than the one he took over on December 31, 1995, and he deserves tremendous credit for that,’ Sayre said. ‘I am truly proud of the work we have done,’ Young said. ‘We’ve turned CV into a solid investment, a civic leader, an environmental steward, a great place to work, and a values-based, customer-focused business that is the envy of many in the industry. We’ve certainly faced many trials and tribulations over the years, but we’ve acted with integrity, and our employees have become true ambassadors for the company.’ Young praised CV’s employees, who he said were committed to customers and shareholders alike, and his successor, Larry Reilly. ‘He’s humble, intelligent, collaborative and focused, and he constantly espouses a belief that I have held every day at CV: Value creation for shareholders has to begin with value creation for our customers,’ Young said. On that point, Reilly announced a new CV vision: to be the best small utility in America. ‘We think we already are one of the best small utilities in America ‘ but we aren’t satisfied with that,’ Reilly said. ‘We’ll work extremely hard to get even better.’ Reilly said CV would work to improve already-high customer satisfaction and reliability; provide rates that are competitive in the Northeast; protect the environment; give customers new tools to manage energy consumption and reduce their costs and environmental footprints; demonstrate and expand CV’s corporate citizenship; and provide exceptional value for shareholders over time. ‘All that adds up to a tall order,’ Reilly said. ‘But the board, officers and employees are committed to our new vision, and will work hard every day to achieve itâ ¦ From J.D. Power scores to third-party assessments of CVPS SmartPower®, from total shareholder return to independent reviews of our corporate governance and management, we will look at every aspect of the company. Measures we’ll rely on will include bond ratings, dividends, carbon footprints, environmental achievements, bill comparisons, service quality matrices, surveys and a host of other independent measuresâ ¦ ‘CV already excels in many, many ways, and we wanted to create a vision to help management and employees build on our successes, ward off complacency, and continue to improve our value for all stakeholders,’ Reilly said. ‘I think we’ve done just that. This will not happen overnight. Just as it took many years for Bob Young to lead the way to CV’s turnaround and make the company the success it has become, we are in this for the long haul. We have no illusions about how much work will be required to achieve our vision. ‘But CV and its employees have demonstrated a substantial ability to develop and implement plans to improve service, reliability and value over a period of years. The difference this time will be that we are beginning from the great spot that Bob will leave us, with a team of employees dedicated to each other, our customers and our shareholders.’ May 3, 2011. Photos of Bob Yound and Larry Reilly courtesy of CVPS.
By Dialogo January 15, 2013 The European Union said on January 11, it is giving Haiti another 30.5 million euros ($40.7 million) in aid, three years after the Caribbean country was devastated by a massive earthquake. The quake killed around a quarter-of-a-million people with hundreds of thousands still living rough and exposed to a crime wave, a cholera outbreak and hurricanes. “The EU remains committed to helping Haitians in need and the country with its reconstruction,” said Kristalina Georgieva, the EU’s Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. “We need to continue with our efforts to give Haiti a chance to rebuild itself as a country much stronger than before the earthquake,” she added ahead of a visit to Haiti this weekend. Haiti is the largest beneficiary of the European Commission’s humanitarian aid in Latin America and the Caribbean, with more than 260 million euros ($347 million) provided since 1995.
From July 23 to August 12, 40 young volunteers are staying in the city of Nin, organized by the Croatian Heritage Foundation, the City of Nin, the Tourist Board of the City of Nin and in cooperation with the Nin utility company Komunalac Nin doo, Elementary School “Petar Zoranić” Nin and Solana Nin.Volunteers work on preserving the heritage and preserving the natural and cultural beauties of the Nin region in several different locations. Project participants came from 15 countries: the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Ecuador, South Africa, Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Spain, Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and are mostly descendants of Croatian emigrants.Through the ECO HERITAGE TASK FORCE project, the need to preserve our natural and cultural heritage has been emphasized, so the partner in the implementation for many years is the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency and the local community where the project is implemented. This year it is the City of Nin, which is rich in its historical contents and is a tourist destination that will be introduced to young people from all over the world through the project of the Croatian Heritage Foundation.The ECO HERITAGE TASK FORCE project began in the midst of Croatian war suffering in 1992, and the emigrant youth accepted it, enriched it and continued to maintain it with great enthusiasm to this day. Recognizing the value of this program, every year Croatian friends from abroad and representatives of Croatian national minorities from neighboring countries are joined by their friends from all over the world. This year, too, the voluntary program ECO HERITAGE TASK FORCE is traditionally organized, in which young people over the age of 18 work on environmental protection, restoring parts of the Croatian natural-monumental and cultural-historical space. The need to preserve our heritage is a challenge, so the inclusion of young emigrants is a natural need because they also come from Croatia and have a desire to contribute to the preservation of its natural environment and assets and thus get to know the homeland better.The project has so far been held in Plitvice, Skradin, Trsteno, on the island of Ugljan, in Daruvar, on Školjić, in Pula, Motovun, Duga Resa, Bakar, Zaostrog, Koprivnica, Rovinj, twice in Ston, Vis and Šibenik.
The Big East’s members, located in eight of the country’s top 36 largest media markets, are Butler, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier.___The American Athletic Conference will require all its schools to test football players for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before competition.The announcement Thursday by the American comes ahead of the expected release of recommendations from the NCAA.The Power Five conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — have been working toward a minimum standard for testing throughout major college football. Though the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced last week that they would play only conference games this football season to help minimize potential disruptions caused by COVID-19, other FBS conferences have not yet decided on scheduling formats for the coming season, which appears to be in peril because of the surging pandemic. ___Organizers of the Cancun Challenge are moving this fall’s Thanksgiving week college basketball tournament to the campus of Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida.They’re hoping the new venue will help keep athletes, coaches, staff members and fans safe as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage. The arena is located six miles from Kennedy Space Center and seats approximately 1,500 fans.Last fall organizers announced the field would feature men’s teams from Clemson, Illinois State, Mississippi State and Purdue on Nov. 24-25 and women’s teams from Florida State, Houston, Iowa, Northeastern, Purdue, Toledo, Southern California and VCU on Nov. 26-28. Tennessee was added to the women’s field later.Final details about hotels, travel packages, teams and schedules have not been finalized, organizers say, and fans are being asked to wait to book trips until more details are available. AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco says the testing protocols will apply throughout the regular and bowl seasons. More operational protocols are still being finalized, as are testing protocols for other sports. ___A top-division Russian soccer game has been called off after nine people at FC Sochi tested positive for the virus.The Russian Premier League says Sochi’s game against Tambov will not take place as scheduled on Thursday. The league hasn’t said how many of the nine are players.There was no mention of whether the game could be rescheduled. The league is scheduled to finish its season next Wednesday. July 16, 2020 Associated Press In statement issued by Executive Director Chrissie Juliano, the Big Cities Health Coalition made some recommendations about procedures to follow when the baseball season resumes July 23. They range from proper handwashing stations to only traveling on charter flights. “It is critical that the local public health status of COVID-19 be considered when determining if professional sporting events should take place in the jurisdiction, with or without spectators,” Juliano wrote. “We all want to see our teams back on their respective fields, but, frankly, this should not come at the expense of the health and safety of the people in their organizations and our community.”The coalition includes the top health officials from 30 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, including virtually every major league city. It noted that testing should not replace the quarantine of those diagnosed with COVID-19, and recommended that players and staff cooperate with contact tracing. Teams should report clusters of three or more positive cases that occur within a two-week period.___Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he’s reluctant to allow UConn’s football team to travel to states with high coronavirus infection rates this fall. ___The Big East Conference has joined several other leagues in deciding to play only conference opponents during the fall sports season, if it’s able to play at all.The basketball-focused conference announced the decision Thursday. The Big East still hasn’t decided whether it will conduct a fall season and championships.The league said in the coming weeks, it will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions across the country and in Big East communities and will provide further updates on dates and formats “as appropriate.” All decisions regarding fall conference competition will be guided by health and safety concerns and will be made in accordance with NCAA actions and policies.The sports affected are men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country, volleyball and field hockey. The Big East’s plans for the 2020-21 winter and spring sports seasons remain unaffected at this time. Wisconsin is delaying its renovation of the south end-zone seating area inside Camp Randall Stadium due to uncertainty caused by the pandemic.The project was scheduled to begin after the 2020 football season and completed by the start of the 2021 schedule.“We are obviously operating in a time of great uncertainty,” athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Given our construction timeline and the timing around when decisions had to be made, we felt it was best to be prudent and delay the project for a bit.’’The renovation includes enhanced seating options such as loge boxes and club seats as well as access to indoor and outdoor hospitality clubs and climate-controlled amenities and premium food offerings.Wisconsin’s renovation of the Kohl Center is on a different timeline and hasn’t been delayed at this point. The Latest: Health leaders want MLB to avoid risky behavior UConn, which is scheduled to play its first season as an independent after leaving the American Athletic Conference has road games scheduled at Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina and San Jose State. Lamont said should the team travel to a state where infection rates remain high, Husky players would be subject to Connecticut’s 14-day quarantine rule upon their return to Storrs.“Gov. Lamont has done a tremendous job leading our state through this difficult time,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “We will continue to consult with his team and follow the guidance of state and public health officials to find the best path forward.”___The Mid-American Conference will delay the start of its fall Olympic sports, including men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, to Sept. 3. The conference football season is also scheduled to begin that day. The conference said the decision will provide more time to provide for a safe return to competition.___ ___The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has suspended fall sports, becoming the third Division I league to postpone its football season.Following fellow FCS conferences the Ivy League and Patriot League, the MEAC announced it would not have competition in the fall and consider trying to make up the schedule for those sports in the 2021 spring semester.The MEAC is comprised of 11 historically black colleges, though its membership is in flux. Earlier this year, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman announced they would be leaving the MEAC and joining the Southwestern Athletic Conference next year. MEAC-power North Carolina A&T has announced it will be moving to the Big South in 2021.___ The San Francisco 49ers and Giants are teaming with a health care company to distribute hundreds of thousands of cloth masks throughout the Bay Area to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.The two teams announced the plan Thursday to work with Dignity Health and their flagship radio station KNBR on the initiative to support Governor Gavin Newsom’s campaign advocating wearing masks in public.The teams will each produce masks co-branded with Dignity Health’s logo that will be distributed at no charge to fans, workers on the front lines of the pandemic and community organizations. The Giants masks are currently being distributed with the baseball season scheduled to start next week. The 49ers masks are set to be distributed starting next month.The initiative will start with 200,000 masks and could reach 500,000 if there is demand.“If we want to get back to the ballpark and get life back to life as normal this is a simple step,” 49ers CEO Jed York said about wearing masks. The Miami Dolphins say they’re prepared to play with or without spectators this season, but they will not allow fans to attend their home preseason game or training camp, and there will be no tailgating during the regular season.The changes were made because of the coronavirus and announced Thursday.Stadium capacity for regular-season games will be determined later. Social distancing will be required if spectators are allowed, and fans and stadium employees will be required to wear masks when not eating or drinking.“Things are changing week to week, and we are still more than two months away from our first scheduled regular-season home game,” Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel said in a statement. “So we’ll wait and work with local authorities, and make the determination about fans or no fans based on the data as we get closer. … We’re ready for any scenario.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A coalition of health department leaders in major American cities cautioned Major League Baseball to avoid risky behavior when the season resumes next week. Sochi last month won a game 10-1 against FC Rostov after a virus outbreak forced Rostov to send a team of youth and academy players. Another club, FC Orenburg, forfeited two games following an outbreak at the club and has since been relegated. Another game was postponed last month after three virus cases among Dynamo Moscow players.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports