Citizens Bank and City Market partnered with the Burlington Free Press for the fourth consecutive year in a food drive at participating schools known as Kids CAN Help. The food drive was designed to help raise awareness among school children that hunger is a year-round struggle for many families in our communities, especially with rising food and fuel prices.The campaign running Oct. 12-16, encourages children at 26 participating schools to compete to collect the most food. The school that collects the most non-perishable items will be thanked in a special ceremony at the school. Last year, students at the Robinson School in Starksboro were the winner, collecting 1,014 lbs. of food, which averaged over 7 lbs. of food per student! The total amount of food collected from all the schools, Citizens Bank branches, City Market and the Burlington Free Press was 8,894 lbs.“Citizens Bank is proud of the Kids Can Help program and the awareness it brings to local school children and their parents,” said Cathy Schmidt, president, Citizens Bank, Vermont. “We thank our customers and the public in advance for supporting this worthwhile cause that benefits so many in need.” “We think Kids CAN Help is a pretty special program that can bring hope to those in need, said Brad Robertson, president and publisher, Burlington Free Press. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Citizens Bank and City Market, for what we hope will be another record breaking year in donations. “HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP…Starting Oct. 12-16, please drop off non-perishable food items at your local Citizens Bank branch location or at The Burlington Free Press, or at the participating schools listed below.Weybridge Elementary School, Robinson Elementary School, Ferrisburgh Central School, Burlington High School Interact Club, Lawrence Barnes Elementary School Sustainability Academy, Rock Point School, St. Joseph School, Mt. Abraham Union High School, Albert D. Lawton School, Thomas Fleming School, Jericho Elementary School, Allen Brook School, Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg Community School, Williston Central School, Malletts Bay School, Richford Elementary School, Sheldon Elementary School, Cambridge Elementary School, Morristown Elementary School, People’s Academy Middle Level, People’s Academy Upper Level, Milton Elementary School, Milton Jr / Sr High School, Twinfield Union School and Winooski Middle School.About Citizens BankCitizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 23 branches and 23 ATMs in Vermont.RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $153 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets as of March 30, 2009. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s Web site is citizensbank.com. About City Market, Onion River Co-opThe Onion River Co-op is a consumer cooperative, with 2,800+ members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Located in downtown Burlington, City Market provides a large selection of local, natural and conventional foods, and thousands of Vermont-made products. Visit City Market, Onion River Co-op online at www.CityMarket.coop(link is external) or call 802-861-9700.About The Burlington Free PressAt The Burlington Free Press our mission is to provide Vermonters must-have news and information on demand across many print and digital channels, ever mindful of our journalistic responsibilities. Since 1827, Burlington Free Press has grown to be Vermont’s most trusted and most read newspaper. Over the years, the population growth of Chittenden County has led to expansion of coverage of local news and information with burlingtonfreepress.com the No. 1 news and information Web site in Vermont reaching 300,000 unique visitors. www.burlingtonfreepress.com(link is external).
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Albertson man has admitted to stealing $30 million from a bank over a five-year span while he was the chief financial officer of a Brooklyn-based energy company.Thomas Torre, the ex-CFO of Metro Fuel Oil Corp., pleaded guilty Wednesday at Brooklyn federal court to a charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.“Through his deceit and trickery, Torre defrauded New York Commercial Bank in an amount exceeding $30 million,” said Kelly Currie, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said the 63-year-old man schemed to overstate Metro Fuel’s accounts receivable in order to draw from a revolving line of credit issued by the bank from July 2007 to July 2012.He and others allegedly misrepresented the true accounts receivable by deliberately failing to account for the cash payments received from customers and by creating fictitious invoice amounts, authorities said.Metro Fuel filed for bankruptcy in September 2012 when company could no longer pay its bills. The company owed the bank more than $30 million by that time.Torre faces up to 30 years in prison, plus fines.
The closest Southampton came to an equaliser was when Chris Brunt deflected Ryan Bertrand’s second-half cross just wide. West Brom are now eight points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone in 13th, having lost just once under Pulis. Southampton, though, are clinging onto fifth place having won just once in their last five games. The Baggies were unchanged while the Saints brought back Bertrand, Morgan Schneiderlin, Dusan Tadic, Florin Gardos and Sadio Mane, after the forward had been dropped after being late in the build-up to their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool. Berahino had shaken off a minor knock to start and he made an instant impact after just 70 seconds. Brunt’s lofted free-kick was headed out by Maya Yoshida but only as far as Berahino and the striker unleashed a rasping half-volley which flew into the top corner from 16 yards. The striker is prolific at The Hawthorns, with 15 of his 17 goals this season coming at home. The Saints were ragged and Fraser Forster saved Claudio Yacob’s header before Gardos was replaced by Elijero Elia. The striker scored his 17th goal of the season with a brilliant half-volley after just 70 seconds to settle the game. The Saints dominated possession but rarely threatened the Albion goal as the Baggies kept their seventh clean sheet in 10 games under head coach Tony Pulis. West Brom took a giant leap towards safety after Saido Berahino condemned stuttering Southampton to a 1-0 defeat. Boss Ronald Koeman had seen enough and his side almost responded when Mane fired over after collecting Schneiderlin’s brilliant cross-field pass. The change altered the game’s dynamic and the Saints improved, although they failed to test Ben Foster as Mane shot off target again. Craig Gardner almost found an opening when he failed to control a long ball when clean through but it was a rare chance for the Baggies. Their defensive organisation, which has now seen them keep four straight clean sheets under Pulis, was evident though. Despite having the bulk of possession and pinning Albion back, Southampton struggled to break down the massed Baggies ranks. Steven Davis replaced Victor Wanyama at the break and referee Phil Dowd also failed to reappear, with fourth official Graham Scott taking charge. And Albion suffered a blow 10 minutes into the second half when Berahino limped off to be replaced by Youssouf Mulumbu. It took away the Baggies’ best outlet and Southampton continued to press and almost levelled after 67 minutes. Bertrand linked well with Elia on the left and when Graziano Pelle missed his cross, it deflected inches wide off Brunt. Brown Ideye wanted a penalty after tangling with Fonte during a rare Albion raid with 10 minutes remaining. And the visitors could have levelled with four minutes left when Pelle latched onto a Schneiderlin header only to mis-hit his shot straight at Foster. Press Association
BiH football player Miralem Pjanić said to sportsport.ba that he was happy for participating at the charity event organised by Edin Džeko.Pjanić commented his injury: ‘The situation is not very good. It is still early to talk about but I am satisfied with therapy and the injury is getting better, but I’m not 100% ready.’On the question what chances are of him playing against Greece, he said that the chances are very slim.Nonetheless, BiH team manager Safet Sušić said that he hopes that Pjanić will play on Friday in Zenica.Sušić added that the chances that Sejad Salihović plays are also very slim.On Friday, 22 March, BIH is playing a very important match of the World Cup qualifications against Greece. BiH is currently the first team of the group with the same amount of points as Greece.
No. 5 Alabama (10-1) travels to Jordan-Hare Stadium to face No. 16 Auburn (8-3) in the latest installment of the Iron Bowl. This is the Crimson Tide’s last chance to impress the College Football Playoff committee. Game time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on CBS.Alabama remains in the Playoff debate but will not have the luxury of playing in the SEC championship game. Backup quarterback Mac Jones replaced injured starter Tua Tagovailoa this week, and the margin of victory will be over-analyzed if the Crimson Tide can pull this one off. WEEK 14 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadAuburn is battle-tested, having played three games against top-10 opponents. Auburn lost all three of those games, but this is a chance for freshman quarterback Bo Nix to take some of the ever-present heat off coach Gus Malzahn.The Iron Bowl is always a big deal, and this year is no exception. With that in mind, here’s everything you need for Saturday’s matchup:Alabama vs. Auburn oddsSpread: Alabama -3.5Point total: 49.5Moneyline: Alabama -110, Auburn-110Alabama is a 3.5-point favorite, according to odds at Sportsbook Review, and 52 percent of the wagering has come in favor of the Crimson Tide:Alabama vs. Auburn all-time seriesThe Crimson Tide lead the all-time series with the Tigers 45-31-1. Auburn, however, is 13-9 when both teams are ranked.Three trends to know— Alabama coach Nick Saban is 8-4 against the Tigers since taking over for the Crimson Tide in 2007. Three of those losses were at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Saban also is 2-3 in the Iron Bowl when both teams are ranked.— The Tigers are 7-2 against the spread as a home underdog under Gus Malzahn. Auburn is 2-1 against the spread as an underdog this season.— Under Saban, Alabama is 30-20 against the spread as a road favorite — a 60 percent success rate.WEEK 14 PROJECTIONS: Bowls | PlayoffThree things to watchBo over the top?Nix has been all or nothing in spots for the Tigers this season, but he needs to follow the formula set by Nick Marshall (2013) and Jarrett Stidham (2017). Those two quarterbacks beat Alabama by completing 72.7 percent of their passes without throwing an interception in the last two victories. More importantly, they averaged 75 yards rushing with a touchdown apiece. Nix needs to be a factor with his legs in this game.Auburn defensive frontThe Tigers are at home, and this is a game where their defensive line has to be a factor against a quarterback making his first road start. Can Derrick Brown and Co. rattle Jones into a few ill-timed throws? That means forcing some third-and-longs and staying on their 3.3 yards-per-carry average. Look for Alabama to try to counter with Najee Harris early. Harris averages 6.0 yards per carry and 12.1 yards per catch.Beauty pageant effectAlabama can’t worry about the scoreboard: They need to win the game first. It will be interesting to see how the Crimson Tide handles this game if they pull away in the second half. Saban’s eight victories in the Iron Bowl have come by an average of 24.5 points per game. It might take that kind of blowout to keep the Crimson Tide in the CFP discussion. Stat that mattersJones averages 15.2 yards per completion with a few starts under his belt. If he can spread the wealth to that all-world group of receivers in Jerry Jeudy, DeVonta Smith, Henry Ruggs III and Jaylen Waddle, then Alabama should be able to get out of Jordan-Hare Stadium with a victory. The Tigers’ secondary has come up with just seven interceptions this season.Alabama vs. Auburn predictionEmotions run high early, and Auburn grabs an early lead after a Jones turnover. The Tigers can’t build on that, however, and Alabama eventually hits on the big pass plays. Harris is a major factor in the second half, and the Crimson Tide pull away. The Tigers hit a cosmetic touchdown late to keep this from being a full-fledged blowout.Final score: Alabama 34, Auburn 23
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) skates over the team logo at center ice before the start of a scrimmage on the first day on the ice at the NHL hockey training camp practice on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – Sidney Crosby’s jaw is fully healed. His head is clear. For the first time in three years, the Pittsburgh Penguins star arrived for training camp with no questions to face other than how he plans to move beyond his team’s four-game flop against Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.Not exactly the happiest topic, sure. But hey, it beats talking about concussions or dental work, issues that have plagued Crosby since New Year’s Day 2011.The lockout-shortened 2012-13 season combined with an early start due to the Olympics made for a pretty short summer. That’s just fine for the player only too happy to move past the debacle versus Boston, a series in which the Penguins never led.“I think you have to get over it pretty quickly and realize it’s a long season ahead of us and we’ve got to learn from that but obviously you can’t dwell on it,” Crosby said. “I think we’ve moved on.”With the same cast along for the ride.While other teams blew it up in the offseason, the Penguins decided to keep together the core that led the franchise to the best record in the East during the strike-shortened 2012-13 season. Former MVP Evgeni Malkin, defenseman Kris Letang and winger Chris Kunitz signed contract extensions. Forward Pascal Dupuis decided against free agency to re-up for another four years in the city where he wants to finish his career.Coach Dan Bylsma – who received the blunt of the criticism after Pittsburgh scored just two goals in four games against the Bruins – had another two years tacked onto his deal in a very public vote of confidence from general manager Ray Shero.The extension kickstarted a busy summer in which Bylsma accepted a job as the coach of Team USA in the Sochi Olympics. He estimated he has about “85 percent” of his pre-Olympic work done. The to-do list at his regular gig, though, is lengthy. The Penguins led the NHL in goals last season and won two rounds in the playoffs for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009 before being shut down completely by the Bruins.Tweaking a system to find something that works when things get tight will be the focus when the Penguins take the ice for the first time on Thursday.“We’re not going to shy away from (losing) and looking at ways we came up short and what we need to do better as a team,” Bylsma said. “That’s not something we’re looking to do April 20 when the playoffs come around, it’s something we have to do as a team. It starts right now in training camp.”The Penguins went “all-in” last season at the trade deadline, acquiring Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray and Jussi Jokinen in hopes of raising the Cup for the fourth time in team history. The dressing room had barely emptied after falling to Boston when all but Jokinen bolted. Iginla signed with the Bruins in free agency while Murray moved on to Montreal and Morrow was allowed to walk.Pittsburgh addressed Murray’s departure by bringing back defenseman Rob Scuderi. The veteran helped Pittsburgh win it all in 2009 and sprinted back to his former team when Shero approached him about a possible return.“It was impossible to say no, especially with the history I have with these guys,” Scuderi said. “I couldn’t say no.”The addition of Scuderi should help a defense that appeared leaky at times. Then again, so did the play in goal, where Marc-Andre Fleury gave way to backup Tomas Vokoun in the playoffs. Bylsma insists there is no controversy heading into the season. Fleury worked with a sports psychologist in the offseason and is entrenched as the No. 1 until further notice.Bylsma stressed he believes the Penguins have the “best tandem in the league” while promising Fleury will handle the “majority” of the workload.That faith is echoed by Fleury’s teammates.“I don’t think anybody’s worried in here,” Crosby said. “I think he’s had a lot of scrutiny. As a teammate we believe in him and he believes in himself. We don’t have any problems.”___Follow Will Graves at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAP