The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is scheduled to release its winter fuel outlook in Washington, DC, on October 13, 2010.While the EIA’s survey provides an overview for the country, it does not provide specific details of what’s happening in Vermont. For instance, the last EIA update in July suggested that oil would be over $3 a gallon heading into winter, which is not the case. The most recent survey from the Vermont Department of Public Service finds that fuel oil is averaging $2.70 a gallon, which on a BTU basis is price comparable to natural gas and wood pellets. Electric heat, on the other hand, costs nearly twice as much as oil heat, according to the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association.Oil heat consumers can save even more on winter heating costs, the VFDA states, by tuning up their heating systems now, as well as taking other simple steps to conserve energy. Today’s oil furnaces are highly efficient, but an annual tune-up keeps existing equipment functioning at top performance. Properly maintained boilers and furnaces can operate at higher temperatures while burning less fuel— which can reduce heating bills by up to 10 percent.“Tuning up heating systems before winter is a great way for consumers to lower their heating costs, conserve energy, and help the environment,” said VFDA Executive Director Matt Cota.Most Vermont homes – over 139,000 (56 percent) – are still heated with oil. Data from the Energy Information Administration show that heating oil inventories are 17 percent above their five -year average. The majority of Vermont’s heating oil comes from the United States and Canada.Source: VFDA vermontfuel.com.
Jose Mourinho suggested he would have been given a stadium ban had he been the perpetrator, rather than the victim, of Arsene Wenger’s push. Mourinho, who has a history of falling foul of disciplinary regulations, did not expect Wenger to be punished, but believes he would have been had the roles been reversed. “No, I’m not surprised,” Mourinho, whose side play Crystal Palace on Saturday, said. “I’m not surprised.” When asked if he felt he would have been charged had he pushed a rival manager, a smiling Mourinho said: “Charged? Charged? Or stadium ban?” It was the second successive home game in which Mourinho had irked rival coaching staff after Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert and his assistant Roy Keane expressed their annoyance when a handshake was offered by the Portuguese prior to the end of their side’s 3-0 loss. Lambert and Keane declined, with both expressing their annoyance towards Mourinho in the last 10 days. Keane, who labelled Mourinho’s behaviour “disgraceful”, was scathing in his criticism, saying: “The game is still going on. You wouldn’t do that on a Sunday morning, you would get knocked out.” Lambert agreed when asked this week if he felt Mourinho was “disrespectful” by not waiting until the end of the match for the handshake. Mourinho added: “I don’t comment. I’d prefer not to comment. “I don’t know if he (Keane) really feels it, or if he wants to sell books and needs my help for that. I don’t know. “I know my nature, I know my intentions.” Mourinho, with a sarcastic tone, added: “But, from people like him and his boss, I think I have a lot to learn about how to behave and I appreciate the comment.” Asked if he would do it again, Mourinho responded “yes”, before responding “no” when asked if he could understand why someone would be upset by his actions. He refused to comment when asked to respond over suggestions the action was arrogant. Chelsea have a number of fitness concerns ahead of the trip to Selhurst Park. Diego Costa, Ramires (groin), Didier Drogba (ankle), Andre Schurrle (illness) and John Obi Mikel (undisclosed) will be assessed prior to the match. Costa’s fragile hamstrings have been the subject of much debate, but it is unclear what the latest issue is. The £32million signing from Atletico Madrid, who has scored nine goals in seven Premier League games, reported to Chelsea’s Surrey training base on Monday morning despite having been told to take two days off and return to training on Wednesday afternoon. Asked if Costa was reporting for treatment, Mourinho said: “No comments.” Mourinho told the Daily Telegraph he would not hesitate to commit his long-term future to the club were he offered a new contract. “I (would) sign tomorrow,” he said. “That’s what I want. “I want to stay in Chelsea and English football because I think I won the right. Unfortunately, Chelsea’s not my club. I depend on the club and I depend on the results.” The Blues have made a strong start to the Premier League season, taking a five-point lead over second-placed Manchester City after only seven games. Mourinho pointed to their improved mental strength as the main difference from last season, when they finished third in the table. “Last year, I was feeling that we could (win the league) but we were not ready to cope with that pressure,” he said. “We couldn’t cope with certain moments of the game. “This season we improve footballistically, with Diego and (Cesc) Fabregas, no doubt. We were lucky to have in the market available for us exactly the style of player we need. But what people maybe don’t realise is that the maturity of our team changed a lot. “I think Man City have everything. I think they have lots of talent and lots of physicality. They have more options than everyone else. They have ‘replicas’ for every position (but) they don’t have young players in the development phase. “You tell me – if we keep this team, and they keep that team: in five years’ time who is going to be better? I say immediately – us, because in five years I’m going to have (Eden) Hazard, Oscar, Willian, (Cesar) Azpilicueta, (Kurt) Zouma, in the best moment of their careers, and the fantastic players I have now at 28, 29. A fantastic team with lots of solutions.” Press Association The Chelsea boss was pushed firmly in the chest by the Arsenal manager during the Premier League leaders’ 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge earlier this month as Wenger’s winless run against his nemesis extended to 12 games. The Football Association took no further action as the touchline fracas, which came after Gary Cahill’s foul on Alexis Sanchez, was witnessed and dealt with by the match officials.
Lakers fans have a new target for their scorn. Sixers forward and No. 1 draft prospect Ben Simmons drew boos as soon as the scoreboard showed him.“I knew every layup they were going to go crazy,” Simmons said. “But that’s L.A. fans for you. They’re great fans.”They had reason to care. The Lakers selected Brandon Ingram at No. 2 overall, though that storyline will have to live up to the hype another day. While Simmons had eight points on a 3-of-8 clip, 10 rebounds and eight assists, Ingram only had seven points on 3-of-12 shooting.Despite missing his first seven shots, though, Ingram made three fourth-quarter jumpers. “When you don’t knock shots down, you have to find something else to impact the game in another way,” Ingram said. “So just try to get after it defensively.”Welcome to the NBAIt did not take long for Croatian rookie center Ivica Zubac to experience adversity. Philadelphia forward Jerami Grant dunked over Zubac by delivering a one-handed dunk while hurdling his right leg over Zubac’s head.A reporter then informed Zubac his Wikipedia page indicated he “died” from the incident.“I did a little bit,” Zubac joked. Pay dayJordan Clarkson could have currently sweated out the Lakers’ decision. Would the organization want him badly enough to match an offer sheet he signed with another team? Instead, the third-year Lakers guard attended the team’s summer league opener a day after signing his contract worth $50 million through four years.“I ain’t never seen that kind of money ever in my life,” he said, laughing. As the 46th overall pick in the 2014 draft, he earned just over $500,000 as a rookie and about $850,000 last season. “I don’t want to be the guy that leaves this city when stuff’s going bad,” Clarkson said. “I want to be here when we start winning and really putting it all together.”With his new contract, Clarkson is currently looking to buy a house. He apparently planned to treat his teammates to dinner on Saturday night, too. Said Russell: “Everybody’s getting steaks.”Coaching carousel The Lakers did not retain player development coach Thomas Scott, according to league sources.Scott will seek other possible openings, including the Development League.Staff writer Bill Oram contributed to this report So much that Russell reported telling his teammates, “I was going to win this game.” Russell made two consecutive jumpers and made one of two foul shots to cut the Lakers’ deficit to 67-63 with 2:26 left.The Lakers initially had ice in their shot, though. The Lakers went 7 of 30 from the field in the first half while the Sixers went 9 of 35 through two quarters. Russell also struggled with six turnovers and exchanged words with Larry Nance Jr. over a missed defensive assignment.Afterward, however, everyone seemed happy as teammates rushed to hug Russell for his late-game heroics“There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that it was going in,” Nance said. “He’s got ice in his veins.”Endless comparisons LAS VEGAS >> On a night where it often felt humid in a stuffy arena, the ice in D’Angelo Russell’s veins returned.Russell hit a game-winning 3-pointer that lifted the Lakers to a 70-69 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Summer League play on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center. After nailing the shot, Russell pointed to the veins in his left forearm, the same gesture he did after posting a career-high 39 points last season against the Brooklyn Nets.“I can get my shot whenever I want,” said Russell, who had a team-leading 22 points, on 8-of-20 shooting, and five assists. “Whether it’s a a jump shot or getting to the rim, I just had confidence shooting the ball.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error