CVPS ranks third in JD Power customer satisfaction rankings

first_imgResidential customers of electric utility providers indicate that their monthly electric bill amounts have declined and power reliability has improved from 2009, resulting in a notable increase in overall satisfaction, according to the JD Power and Associates 2010 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study released today. Central Vermont Public Service ranked third in the East for mid-sized companies and PSNH ranked eighth.The study measures customer satisfaction with electric utility companies by examining six key factors: power quality and reliability; price; billing and payment; corporate citizenship; communications; and customer service.Residential customer satisfaction with utility companies averages 630 on a 1,000-point scale in 2010—increasing from 618 in 2009. In 2010, customer-reported bill amounts have decreased by 5 percent from 2009. Power reliability has also improved, with customer-reported service interruptions decreasing by 8 percent. Overall, 37 percent of customers indicate experiencing no power interruptions in 2010, compared with 33 percent in 2009.When outages do occur, utility companies are doing a better job of communicating with their customers about power restoration, as well as meeting estimated restoration times in 2010, compared with 2009.”Utility companies are continuing to improve when it comes to managing customer expectations around power outages and restoration of service,” said Jeff Conklin, senior director of the energy and utility practice at J.D. Power and Associates. “Even though outages can have a negative impact on satisfaction, utility providers who manage these incidents properly—by providing sufficiently detailed information about the outage and restoring power when they say they will—may be able to mitigate declines, or even improve satisfaction.”The study finds that 11 percent of customers have contacted their utility company regarding an overdue bill amount. While overall satisfaction is particularly low among these customers (611, on average), efforts taken by utility companies to assist customers with their bills may substantially raise satisfaction. In particular, among customers whose utility companies waived their late payment fees, satisfaction averages 704—well above the industry average, and also higher than satisfaction among customers who didn’t have an overdue balance (634, on average).Fulfilling key performance indicators may have a substantial positive impact on customer satisfaction with electric utility companies. In particular, among customers who say that their utility delivered on five key performance indicators—such as making customers aware of community outreach activities and conservation programs—satisfaction averages nearly 275 points higher than satisfaction among customers whose utilities performed only one key indicator.The study also finds that fewer than one in six residential customers say they are aware of actions taken by their utility to implement smart grid and smart meter technology. While overall awareness of utility actions to implement smart grid technology is relatively low, awareness has increased slightly during the past year, from 12 percent in July and August 2009 to 16 percent in April and May 2010.However, when residential customers are aware of smart electricity technology and their utility’s actions around it, overall satisfaction with the utility company increases notably. This presents an important opportunity for utility companies seeking to increase customer satisfaction, which often has significant bearing on rate case decisions.The study ranks large and midsize utility companies in four geographic regions: East, Midwest, South and West. Companies in the midsize utility segments serve between 125,000 and 499,999 residential customers, while companies in the large utility segment serve 500,000 or more residential customers.East RegionAmong large utilities in the East region, Central Maine Power ranks highest for a third consecutive year. Following in the segment rankings are PPL Electric Utilities and Public Service Electric and Gas, respectively.In the East region midsize utility segment, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative ranks highest for a third consecutive year, followed by Rochester Gas & Electric and Central Vermont Public Service, respectively.Midwest RegionMidAmerican Energy ranks highest among large utility companies in the Midwest region for a third consecutive year. Xcel Energy—Midwest follows MidAmerican Energy, while KCP&L ranks third in the segment.Omaha Public Power District ranks highest among midsize utility companies in the Midwest region and receives an award in the study for a 10th consecutive year. Following Omaha Public Power District in the segment are Indianapolis Power and Light and Kentucky Utilities, in a tie.South RegionDuke Energy—Carolinas ranks highest among large utility companies in the South region. Following Duke Energy—Carolinas in the rankings are Oklahoma Gas and Electric and CPS Energy, respectively.Jackson EMC ranks highest among midsize utility companies in the South region, followed by NOVEC and Santee Cooper, respectively.West RegionSalt River Project ranks highest in the West region large utility segment and receives an award in the study for a ninth consecutive year. Following Salt River Project in the segment rankings are Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Portland General Electric, respectively.Clark Public Utilities ranks highest among midsize utility companies in the West region for a third consecutive year, followed by Tacoma Power and Intermountain Rural Electric Association, respectively.The 2010 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study is based on responses from more than 85,000 online interviews conducted from July 2009 through May 2010 among residential customers of the 121 largest electric utility brands across the United States, which collectively represent more than 93 million households.Customer Satisfaction Index RankingEast Region: Large Segment(Based on a 1,000-point scale)Central Maine Power646PPL Electric Utilities630Public Service Electric and Gas620PECO Energy619Allegheny Power617Penelec612NSTAR609Jersey Central Power & Light607East Large Segment Average605Duquesne Light602New York State Electric & Gas602Baltimore Gas and Electric600Pepco600National Grid599Con Edison Company of New York595Appalachian Power584Long Island Power Authority581Connecticut Light & Power579East Region: Midsize SegmentSouthern Maryland Electric Cooperative662Rochester Gas & Electric635Central Vermont Public Service624Met-Ed612Penn Power611Atlantic City Electric608East Midsize Segment Average607Public Service of New Hampshire604Western Massachusetts Electric603Delmarva Power597Orange & Rockland591United Illuminating584Central Hudson Gas & Electric579Midwest Region: Large SegmentMidAmerican Energy687Xcel Energy—Midwest656KCP&L655We Energies653Alliant Energy646Duke Energy—Midwest632Indiana Michigan Power630Westar Energy625Midwest Large Segment Average624AmerenUE621Detroit Edison621Ohio Edison617Consumers Energy611AEP Ohio608ComEd605Ameren Illinois Utilities599The Illuminating Company599Midwest Region: Midsize SegmentOmaha Public Power District693Indianapolis Power & Light656Kentucky Utilities656Wisconsin Public Service646Louisville Gas & Electric638Midwest Midsize Segment Average629Dayton Power & Light608Toledo Edison601Empire District Electric587NIPSCO587Vectren586Kentucky Power584South Region: Large SegmentDuke Energy—Carolinas  656Oklahoma Gas and Electric655CPS Energy654Progress Energy Carolinas651Georgia Power650Alabama Power647Florida Power & Light645South Large Segment Average640Dominion Virginia Power636Entergy Louisiana634South Carolina Electric & Gas632Entergy Arkansas611Tampa Electric610Progress Energy Florida598South Region: Midsize SegmentJackson EMC707NOVEC690Santee Cooper688SECO Energy684Sawnee EMC682Clay Electric Cooperative676Southwestern Electric Power665Mississippi Power659Xcel Energy—South658EPB656Austin Energy650Pedernales Electric650Middle Tennessee EMC649Entergy Mississippi648Gulf Power647Huntsville Utilities645Orlando Utilities Commission645South Midsize Segment Average643Entergy Texas635Cobb EMC632Nashville Electric Service632Cleco Power630Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative630Knoxville Utilities Board627Public Service Co. of Oklahoma615JEA602Lee County Electric Cooperative602Memphis Light, Gas & Water599West Region: Large SegmentSalt River Project708Sacramento Municipal Utility District691Portland General Electric677APS661Southern California Edison658Rocky Mountain Power651West Large Segment Average648Pacific Power645Puget Sound Energy645San Diego Gas & Electric644Pacific Gas and Electric643Xcel Energy—West627L. A. Dept. of Water & Power609NV Energy607West Region: Midsize SegmentClark Public Utilities720Tacoma Power665Intermountain Rural Electric Assoc.664Colorado Springs Utilities663Seattle City Light662Snohomish County PUD657Idaho Power656Tucson Electric Power654West Midsize Segment Average652Avista648El Paso Electric646PNM634NorthWestern Energy615About J.D. Power and AssociatesHeadquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, Web intelligence and customer satisfaction.  The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually.  For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.About The McGraw-Hill CompaniesFounded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) is a global information and education company providing knowledge, insights and analysis in the financial, education and business information sectors through leading brands including Standard & Poor’s, McGraw-Hill Education, Platts, and J.D. Power and Associates. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2009 were $5.95 billion. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/(link is external).  Source: JD Power. WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., July 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Dominion, Orsted begin producing power from 12MW offshore wind pilot in Virginia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Offshore Engineer:Dominion Energy and Orsted have brought online two offshore wind turbines, which are part of the 12-megawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project, offshore Virginia Beach, USA. “We’re excited that the two CVOW wind turbines are officially generating power as electrical and reliability testing gets underway 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. Together with Siemens and Ørsted, we are working hard to reach the finish line,” Dominion Energy said on Facebook on Tuesday.The 12-megawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project will pave way for the development of a much larger, 2.6 gigawatt, offshore wind farm project.Dominion Energy has said that it will apply the permitting, design, installation, and operations experience from the pilot project to its proposed 2,600-megawatt commercial project.The 2,600-megawatt project is the largest announced offshore wind project in North America, and is on track to start construction in 2024, and upon completion, will provide enough renewable electricity to power up to 650,000 homes. The two pilot turbines will produce enough electricity to power 3,000 Virginia homes.More: Power on at two coastal Virginia offshore wind turbines Dominion, Orsted begin producing power from 12MW offshore wind pilot in Virginialast_img read more

NAFCU at meetings on cybersecurity, payments systems

first_imgNAFCU Senior Regulatory Affairs Counsel Michael Emancipator on Monday attended an Obama administration-led meeting on the administration’s development of a plan to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections.The meeting focused on potential cyber-threats to the financial services sector and how public and private entities can collaborate to combat cyber-threats.The meeting also included a discussion of the NAFCU-backed S. 754, the “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act” (CISA), which would encourage the faster sharing of cyber-threat information among the business and government sectors. (The bill was passed by the Senate last October and awaits House action.) Panelists also discussed cyber insurance and research and development into ways to mitigate cyber-threats.NAFCU continues to remain engaged on cyber and data security issues and to advocate passage of the “Data Security Act,” which would hold retailers to the same standards financial institutions follow under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Suffolk Cops Save Unconscious Woman, 67, from Burning House

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three Suffolk County police officers rescued an unconscious woman from a burning house in Brentwood late Thursday night. The Third Precinct officers, Jesse Zuckerman, Darrell Randolph, and Ronald Racioppi, responded to a 911 call shortly before midnight reporting a fire at 11 8th Avenue in Brentwood, police said. By the time officers arrived the house had already been fully engulfed in flames. They were met by a 71-year-old man yelling in Spanish that his wife was still inside the burning house, police said. Officer Randolph understood enough of what the man was saying, and the three officers sprang into action, despite the heat and smoke. Battling low visibility, the trio was approximately 15 from the front door when they spotted the woman’s foot, which they grabbed. They then picked her up by her arms and carried her outside, where they administered oxygen. The woman was going in and out of consciousness by the time the Brentwood Fire Department arrived. The three officers were in and out of the house in 35 seconds, police said. The woman, who was not identified, was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for treatment of smoke inhalation. Along with the woman’s husband, four downstairs tenants—two adults and two children—safely evacuated and were not injured, police said. Brentwood firefighters responded and extinguished the blaze. Police did not immediately release a cause of the fire. Arson detectives are investigating the incident, but police said the blaze appears to be “non-criminal” at this time.last_img read more

Binghamton Chamber of Commerce holds Job Fair, accepts resumes online

first_imgEvans said they will be creating a database for everyone who has attended the fair, as well as those who send in their resumes and employers. Dozens of local employers were in attendance showcasing a multitude of job openings in our area. Companies including Raymond Corp., Visions Federal Credit Union, and Mirabito were at the job fair speaking with prospective hires. “I’m encouraging everyone to send us your resume at GreaterBinghamtonChamber.com”, Evans said. Representatives with the Binghamton Chamber of Commerce say there are many ways they can help you find a job. Debby Evans, Event Manager with the Binghamton Chamber of Commerce said if the in-person job fair is nerve wreaking due to COVID, you are still able to send your resumes to the Chamber. If you would have liked to attend the fair but didn’t, or don’t feel safe networking in-person during the pandemic, don’t worry. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Job seekers fled to the Holiday Inn in Binghamton Friday to take part in the Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Project Homecoming Job Fair. The Chamber of Commerce said social distancing protocols were put in place for Friday’s Job Fair for both the safety of the job seekers and employers.last_img read more

North Queensland market on the way up

first_imgWoman Holding House KeyIT’S widely acknowledged that the local economy has hit some turbulence, with consumer spending at an all-time low and confidence in the property market at rock bottom. But for those who are experienced in property cycles there is certainty, and a level of comfort, in the predictability of a property cycle — what goes up most certainly comes down and vice versa. And while suggesting we have finally hit rock bottom may not sound like a good thing, if you are a savvy purchaser it is music to your ears. You know that once the market hits bottom you have limited time to act if you are to enjoy what we call capital gains. For local real estate agents one of the earliest indicators we see that the tide is finally turning comes in the form of investor inquiry on our local property listings. In the past four weeks two of our properties have attracted significant investor interest. About 90 per cent of total inquiries are coming from investors in Sydney. One of the properties, a two-bedroom unit priced under $200,000, received only one local inquiry and 13 from interstate. The property was snapped up and put under contract immediately.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Talking to my fellow agents, they are optimistic and feel that the market is about to perform well. We are all fielding regular inquiries from investors outside our region as well as from southerners looking to relocate here for work. And as we approach the traditional spring selling season we expect these inquiries to ramp up.However, when we speak to our local community it’s a very different picture. Everyone has been so beaten and battered by the tough economy they have no motivation when thinking of listing their home for sale.I would (and so would my industry colleagues) urge anyone that is unsure about selling their home right now, to talk to their preferred local agent about what is actually happening out there rather than put too much weight on talk around the water cooler. We are seeing days on market shortening and multiple offers being made on well-priced property. This activity, along with the increased interest from outside our region, is the earliest signs that things are about to change for the better. Townsville typically enjoys a bumper level of real estate sales activity in the months that lead into the Christmas period and this year is poised to be quite interesting as the tight market conditions from the beginning of the year are starting to loosen.So my message is simple — don’t believe the hype. Talk to a few agents (not just one), listen to what they’re saying and trust that those professionals who work at the coal face know what’s really happening.Now is a great time to sell and you know what they say about the early bird!last_img read more

La Liga: Messi assists three goals as Barca return to winning ways at Betis

first_img Their lead lasted just three minutes, though, as De Jong chested down Messi’s superb ball over the top and volleyed past Joel Robles from six yards. Fekir rounded off a swift counter-attacking move with a fine low strike from 18 yards past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to restore Betis’ advantage just before the half-hour mark. Messi was again the provider for Barca’s equaliser in first-half stoppage time, his deep free-kick turned in by Busquets from eight yards. Clement Lenglet then headed home Messi’s free-kick 18 minutes from time to ensure Barca remain three points behind leaders Real Madrid after their 4-1 win at Osasuna earlier in the day, although the Frenchman blotted his copybook by picking up a second yellow card soon after Fekir’s dismissal. Betis opened the scoring in the sixth minute, Canales stroking home from the penalty spot after Lenglet had handled Fekir’s strike inside the penalty area. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWorld’s Most Delicious Foods8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes Lionel Messi grabbed a hat-trick of assists as Barcelona ended a tumultuous week with a pulsating 3-2 LaLiga win over Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday. The Catalan giants were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Athletic Bilbao in midweek, while Messi has been involved in a public spat with technical director Eric Abidal after he questioned the work ethic of some players under previous boss Ernesto Valverde. Quique Setien’s side got off to a terrible start against his former employers, with Sergio Canales’ penalty putting the hosts ahead early on, but a wonderful goal from Frenkie de Jong pulled the champions level soon after. Nabil Fekir – who was later dismissed for two bookable offences in quick succession – restored the hosts’ advantage with a fine finish, before Sergio Busquets scored a second equaliser on the stroke of half-time. Read Also: La Liga: Bale returns as Real Madrid come from behind to beat Osasuna Messi was twice denied by Robles after the interval but he was central to Barca’s winner, floating in a free-kick that was headed home by a towering Lenglet. Fekir saw red 14 minutes from time, picking up quickfire bookings for a foul on Lenglet and dissent, while Barca’s French defender also received his marching orders three minutes later after catching Joaquin. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

‘NPA rebel’ facing slay charge falls

first_imgBACOLOD City – Charged with murder, an alleged New People’ Army (NPA) member was arrested in Barangay Merville, Parañaque City, Metro Manila. Lumanog was believed to be a member of the NPA’s South West Front in this province, it added. The 36-year-old Roger Lumanog of Barangay Camindangan, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 12:25 p.m. on June 3, a police report showed. The suspect is currently detained in the lockup cell of the Taguig City police station./PN Officers of the Southern Police District, in coordination with Sipalay City police station, served the warrant issued by Judge Rodney Magbanua of the Regional Trial Court Branch 61 in Kabanalan City.last_img

Lukaku hails strike partner Eto’o

first_img Press Association The Toffees pair both signed from Chelsea in the summer, but did not bring a ready-made partnership due to Lukaku spending the majority of last season on loan at Goodison. The Belgian’s club record £28million price tag – and a lengthy list of rival suitors – might have made him Everton’s marquee arrival, but Eto’o’s free transfer appears an equally sound piece of business. The veteran, arguably Europe’s most feared goalscorer during his time at Barcelona, rolled back the years against Burnley on Sunday, netting a bullet header and classy long-ranger. They were his third and fourth of the season but Lukaku, who was also on target in a 3-1 win at Turf Moor, believes Eto’o’s value as a mentor is just as important. “He’s a world class player. He’s scored so many goals throughout his career and I’ve been blessed to be working with him,” said Lukaku. “I spend most of the time with him. I come in at the same time as he does, I leave at the same time. We do everything together on and off the pitch as well. “In training we have a finishing competition and the one who loses has to do sprints. “We see each other quite often. He comes to my house, I go to his house. I try to learn as much as I can from him and he tells me stories about how he worked when he was younger.” Lukaku has not been short of decorated senior figures to learn from during his time in England and he has set his sights on making a name of his own that will rival the very best. “Samuel has the same impact as (Didier) Drogba and (Nicolas) Anelka had on me when I was younger at Chelsea,” he said. Romelu Lukaku feels “blessed” to be working with strike partner Samuel Eto’o at Everton. “In that aspect I think I’ve been blessed to work with top strikers like them. I hope to be one of them in the future.” The 21-year-old still has a way to go before he can bracketed with those stellar performers, but his potential remains huge. His goal against the Clarets, an untidy but effective finish, was just his fourth in 15 appearances this term – a mark he had already reached after four games last year. “It was a slow start but now I’m getting where I want to be,” he said. “I’ve scored back-to-back Premier League goals now so I only want to look forward. “I’m working very hard and I’m almost at 100 per cent. I think the best has yet to come. “I put myself under pressure, I really want to succeed and I really want to help my team-mates and the club by scoring goals, by winning games. It’s nothing special, it’s nothing new.” For Burnley boss Sean Dyche it was another day to reflect on the scale of the challenge ahead. Now winless in their first nine fixtures and with a shoestring budget to operate on, few pundits give Burnley much chance of winning their battle with the drop. Dyche confronts that assessment head on. “We were written off the day we got promotion,” he told Clarets Player. “Everyone from outside will say all that but we’re not broken – we’re wounded, because we want to win games, but not broken and you can see that from the performance (against Everton). “There were a lot of good signs but they’re only nice for neutrals. We want to win games so we want to turn good signs into even better performances. “We go again, it’s as simple as that.” last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img April 3, 2020 Ohio State’s Wesson intends to enter NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Ohio State star Kaleb Wesson has announced in a tweet that he would forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the NBA draft.Analysts have projected him as a second-round pick. Wesson can sign with an agent for exploratory purposes and still protect his final year of eligibility. He has until June 3 to make a decision.Wesson averaged 14 points and 9.3 rebounds in leading Ohio State to a 21-10 record and 11-9 in the Big Ten Conference.In other college basketball news: — Golden Gate Fields in the San Francisco Bay area has been closed for live racing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Alameda County Public Health Officer ordered the track to close, which resulted in the cancellation of Thursday’s card. Santa Anita near Los Angeles has been without live racing since March 27 under a similar order from the Los Angeles County Health Department. Both tracks had been racing without fans and limiting attendance to horsemen and necessary racing and track employees.— The California State Athletic Commission has canceled all combat sports events through May due to the coronavirus pandemic. Several dozen events were scheduled for May, mostly in Southern California.— World Sailing has canceled the World Cup Series Final in Enoshima, Japan, in June because of the coronavirus outbreak. The regatta was to give valuable competition for the Olympic classes just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Games. The Olympics have been postponed to 2021.— A European plan is being formed to resume soccer around July and August, with domestic leagues told Thursday not to abandon competitions yet due to the coronavirus pandemic. The aspiration was outlined in a letter that has been seen by The Associated Press and was signed by UEFA (yoo-AY’-fah), the European Club Association and European Leagues body and was being sent to their members. Competitions, including UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League, were put on hold last month as the COVID-19 outbreak spread across Europe.— Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train. They were in breach of a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. Update on the latest sports Associated Press — The Ivy League has decided not to allow its spring-sport athletes to have an additional year of eligibility despite having their seasons shortened by the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was consistent for the Ivy League, which hasn’t allowed athletes who received medical redshirts to play for a fifth year. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to give spring-sport athletes a way to get back the season they lost regardless of their year in school, but it did not guarantee financial aid to the current crop of seniors if they return to play next year.— A survey of more than 100 athletic directors across the country finds deep concern for academics and athletic department finances amid the pandemic. Some 75 percent say they are concerned about a drop in donations and nearly as many are worried about ticket sales and money that comes from games and other fan events.— McLaren’s Formula One drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris have agreed to take pay cuts as part of protective cost-cutting during the coronavirus pandemic. The team is furloughing other employees. McLaren said that both drivers and senior management all agreed to voluntary pay decreases. No figure was given but McLaren said the percentage of the cut is the same figure for all employees who are not furloughed.— The coronavirus pandemic has left rugby on its knees over the last two weeks and there is the prospect of more pain to come because of the uncertainty over whether leagues, tours and international competitions can resume or go ahead. USA Rugby has filed for bankruptcy and the Australians are facing a black hole of more than $70 million. English rugby leaders have drawn-up worst-case scenarios of an even bigger financial hit.— The CEO of World TeamTennis says the league has sent $1,000 each to about 60 players and coaches as a “gift” to help them deal with the financial hardships presented by the coronavirus pandemic. The nine-team league was founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. League CEO Carlos Silva says the payments were not an advance of salary. Rather, they are a way to say thank you and to be used for rent or groceries or anything else the players might need. All professional tennis events have been postponed or canceled until early July because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The 149th edition of the Open Championship is scheduled to take place July 16-19. The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II.The R&A released a short statement in response to media speculation about the staging of the event. Chief executive Martin Slumbers says the “process is taking some time to resolve” because of a range of external factors.On Wednesday, Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II. The All England Club announced Wednesday after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis will not be held in 2020.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The Senior PGA Championship in Michigan has been canceled. The PGA of America says it based its decision on Michigan’s stay-at-home order that was enacted March 23. The Senior PGA in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was to be played May 21-24. It will be held next year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will return to Benton Harbor the following year. Henry rushed for an NFL-leading 1,540 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per carry while earning his first Pro Bowl invitation last season.In other NFL news:— The Saints have agreed to bring back free agent cornerback P.J. Williams. Terms of the new contract haven’t been released. Williams has spent his whole career with the Saints, who selected him in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft out of Florida State. He has four interceptions in 47 career games.— The Packers have signed wide receiver Devin Funchess as he tries to bounce back from an injury-shortened 2019 season. Funchess played for the Indianapolis Colts last year but went on injured reserve after breaking his collarbone in a season-opening 30-24 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Funchess had his best season in 2017 with 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWScenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBritish Open could be postponedUNDATED (AP) — British Open organizers say postponement is an option for this year’s tournament at Royal St. George’s. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — North Dakota forward Jordan Kawaguchi (kah-wah-GOO’-chee), Minnesota Duluth defenseman Scott Perunovich and Maine goalie Jeremy Swayman are the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the most outstanding player in college hockey.Kawaguchi ranked second nationally with 45 points and Perunovich became the first defenseman to lead the NCHC in scoring. Swayman was 18-11-5 and the nation’s second-best save percentage at .939 despite facing the highest number of shots.MLB-OBIT-FARMEREd Farmer, White Sox broadcaster, former pitcher, dies at 70CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox broadcaster and former Chicago reliever Ed Farmer has died at 70. — Former baseball All-Star Jim Edmonds says he tested positive for the new coronavirus and for pneumonia. Edmonds says in a video posted on Instagram that he is symptom free now and doing “really well.” He thanked people for their well wishes. The 49-year-old played 17 major league seasons from 1993-2010, mostly for the California and Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. He hit 393 home runs.— The Ottawa Senators are making temporary layoffs and salary reductions because of COVID-19. The team’s parent company says the full-time workforce will be reduced starting Sunday, when the NHL club’s season was originally scheduled to end. Those not laid off could be placed on furlough. Others could have their salaries reduced. Health benefits will continue uninterrupted.— Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli say they will pay their 2,100 part-time employees across all of their sports and event management companies through June 30 for work that was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Samuelis’ Anaheim Arena Management company operates Honda Center, the Ducks’ home rink. They also own two large ice hockey complexes in Orange County — including Great Park Ice, the massive new winter sports facility that houses the Ducks’ training complex in Irvine, California.— Major League Soccer has extended its training moratorium through April 24 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Team facilities are closed to players and staff — except for players requiring treatment that cannot be administered at their homes. Players are expected to remain in market with their teams during the moratorium to avoid the spread of the virus. The league will consider individual requests for players to travel to another city by car. MLS teams were two games into the season when it was suspended on March 12. A Philadelphia Union player with mild symptoms recently tested positive for the virus.— Alabama football coach Nick Saban doesn’t believe extending preseason camp for college teams around the country is necessarily the best way to get them ready for the season. Saban says that he’d prefer some “teaching sessions on the field” over the summer to prepare for camp, even if it is in shorts and T-shirts. The coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of spring sports, including football practices, across the nation. — DePaul men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao (LAY’-toh) has accepted a contract extension through the 2023-24 season after a year in which the Blue Demons opened 12-1 and finished 16-16. Leitao has a 122-132 record over eight seasons and two stints at DePaul. The NCAA suspended Leitao for the first three games and placed the program on probation for three years, saying he should have done more to prevent recruiting violations by his staff.— Gonzaga and Michigan were the standouts in a study that seeded men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament brackets based on graduation rates, academic success and diversity in the head-coaching ranks. Gonzaga was a No. 1 seed in both brackets released Thursday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida. Michigan was a 1-seed for the men and a 3-seed for the women. Arizona State was the only other school to appear in the top 16 of both brackets. The report focused primarily on each team’s Graduation Success Rate and Academic Progress Rate scores for seeding purposes.— North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham is joining the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee that selects the field for the 68-team NCAA Tournament. Cunningham is UNC’s first-ever appointee. He begins a five-year term in September and replaces Duke athletics director Kevin White, whose term ends Aug. 31.COLLEGE HOCKEY-HOBEY BAKER FINALISTHobey Baker finalists announced — The governor of Tokyo is talking about the possibility of using the under-construction Olympic Athletes Village as a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients. The massive village on Tokyo Bay will house 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes and staff. The complex will eventually grow to 24 buildings and is expected to remain empty with the Olympics delayed for 16 months.NFL-NEWSHenry accepts franchise tenderUNDATED (AP) — Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has signed a franchise tender that puts him under contract for the 2020 season as the two sides work toward reaching a long-term deal with the 2019 NFL rushing leader.The Titans gave him a franchise tag March 16, a move that means he will be paid $10.2 million in the 2020 season unless they sign him to a long-term deal by July 15. Farmer was 30-43 with a 4.30 ERA and 75 saves while pitching for eight teams over 11 seasons. He was an All-Star for the White Sox in 1980, when he set a club record with 30 saves.Farmer joined Chicago’s radio booth on a part-time basis in 1991 and became a full-time analyst in 1992 alongside play-by-play announcer John Rooney. He assumed play-by-play duties in 2006 and completed his 29th season in 2019.The White Sox say he died Wednesday night in Los Angeles following complications from an illness.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more