Burlington Mayor Kiss fights back, to call special council meeting on BT

first_imgBurlington Telecom,Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss has taken issue with several aspects of the audit of Burlington Telecom. The audit offered a scathing rebuke of the city’s administration and the financials of the ailing municipal cable, voice, Internet company. The mayor said Friday the city was continuing to review the Larkin Report, anticipating a further response this week.The report was initiated by the Vermont Public Service Department in the Fall of 2009 and released December 10, 2010 (STORY). So far, Kiss said the city has identified several gaps and omissions in the report, including but not limited to:· Larkin staff never contacted or interviewed City officials or the City’s consultant Dorman & Fawcett;· Larkin never interviewed the City’s independent auditors, Sullivan, Powers & Co. (’SPC’);· Larkin’s analysis fails to include recent developments with CitiCapital; and· Larkin failed to account for BT’s current financial status and improvements implemented since Dorman & Fawcett took over interim management of BT nearly 4 months agoThe City’s ongoing review of Larkin’s accounting claims about BT also shows that almost every issue cited from the City’s management letters, in section L of the report, had been addressed by the City by the end of FY10, at least six months before Larkin completed its report. In addition, a formal process for monitoring the Certificate of Public Good (’CPG’) was addressed in September 2009 prior to initiation of the Larkin report; however Larkin failed to note this significant development.‘Our review shows that Larkin failed to understand how and when the City addressed issues identified in auditor management letters, causing the report to be misleading,’ said Chief Administrative Officer Jonathan P.A. Leopold.The Larkin Report does not discuss or address in any way recent developments related to the work of Dorman & Fawcett. The City has terminated its lease agreement with CitiCapital and, through Dorman & Fawcett, is in advanced discussions with several interested strategic and financial partners to procure replacement equipment. Dorman & Fawcett assumed interim management of BT in August 2010, implementing several changes, showing revenue levels above last year’s, and reaching a cash flow position well above operational costs. Larkin failed to contact Dorman & Fawcett about these or any other issues.‘The Larkin Report lacks credibility,’ said Mayor Bob Kiss. ‘Larkin praises the Blue Ribbon Committee but fails to observe that the City has been implementing the Committee’s primary recommendations. With the assistance of Dorman & Fawcett, the City has sought to address the CitiCapital lease while improving BT’s cashflow and the efficiency of BT’s operations. BT’s viability is of paramount importance. It is a major mistake to rely on the Larkin report. It is dated, incomplete, and contains numerous omissions.’Mayor Kiss added, ‘This report has been characterized as independent, which is not true. In reality, it was prepared for the Department of Public Service and David O’Brien in the context of an adversarial proceeding.’ Larkin has been involved with the City and Public Service Department in prior proceedings late last year related to a Burlington Electric Department rate increase. Larkin’s analysis in that case was ultimately rejected by the parties in favor of the City’s position.Mayor Kiss said the City will respond in more detail next week, after additional time to review the report. The City will also consider whether to formally respond to the report to the Public Service Board.In related news, Mayor Kiss announced Friday he will call a special City Council meeting on BT sometime in early January.Burlington, VT ‘ December 17, 2010. The City of Burlingtonlast_img read more

Aruna can’t afford to miss Tokyo 2020 – ATTF

first_img For the Olympic Games, El-Salhy said 86 men and 86 women are expected to compete at Tokyo 2020 with each country having two players each in men and women events. For now, Olajide Omotayo remains the only Nigerian that has qualified as Nigeria still has one more slot to be part of the tournament. “I completely believe that a top player like Aruna Quadri has a very big chance to join the African qualifiers through one of the remaining two stages of qualification due to his ranking and super performance whenever he recovers from his injury soon,” the ATTF boss said. Read Also:Aruna Quadri, Abiodun claim fifth Portuguese Super Cup “I have to admit that Aruna Quadri is a special top player in Africa and with his current ITTF ranking making him among the top 20 while his performance has shown worldwide in all previous World, Olympic, Continental and sanctioned events during the recent years. I think he cannot afford to miss the Olympic Games this year,” El-Salhy said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Reacting to speculations over the possibility eventual qualification of Africa’s highest-ranked player for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the ATTF President, Khaled El-Salhy said: “For sure the participation of Aruna Quadri in the Olympic Games is very important to ATTF as the top African ranked player and his expected super performance in such special event as he did in the last edition in Rio 2016. Normally he should have qualified in the African Qualification Tournament, unfortunately, he could not continue due to his sudden injury during the 3rd stage of group matches.” “Now the situation is that we have fulfilled two qualification stages (Team Qualification & Continental Qualification), then ATTF should work hard together with NTTF for the coming stages of qualification,” he added. According to ATTF chief, the first qualification for Quadri is to attend the final World Singles Qualifying Tournament which will be held in Qatar on May 28 to 31, with eight top players expected to qualify from the tournament. However, he said the last option which the Nigerian had met is through the June 2020 ITTF World Ranking with the top 13 players in the world expected to get their qualification through their world rating. Continental table tennis ruling body, African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) has insisted that Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri is Tokyo bound based on his world rating. Loading… Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe15 Most Astonishing Staircases In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?He Didn’t Agree With His Character Becoming Gay And Quit A Role2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Split Games With Lady Knights

first_imgThe 7th Grade Batesville Girls’ Basketball team earned their third straight win defeating South Dearborn by the score 21-14.Seven different players scored for the Lady Dogs. Abigail Westerfeld had 6 points to lead the team, while Liz Heidlage and Macy Prickel scored 4 points each. Ellie Cassidy, Gwen Martin, and Kari Reer all chipped in with 2 points, while Kayla Meyer went 1 for 2 from the free throw line to round out the scoring.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.The BMS 8th Grade Girls’ Basketball team lost to South Dearborn in a hard fought, close game. The final score was 17 to 15.Hattie Westerfeld scored 7 points and Stephanie Nobbe contributed solid defense throughout the game.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Thomas Barnett.last_img read more

Mark Frissora – Caesars future growth must be guided by responsibility & diversity commitments

first_img AIDP adds two new global advisors August 12, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Related Articles Nasdaq-listed Caesars Entertainment Corporation has released its ninth ‘Corporate Social Responsibility – CSR Report’, detailing its sustained commitment to its employees., communities and wider stakeholders.The US gambling group continues its corporate guidance under the ‘People, Planet, Play’ framework which seeks to deliver a positive corporate impact on society.‘People, Planet, Play’ focuses on five core responsibility dynamics; improving employee well-being, increasing diversity and inclusion, delivering social/community values, leading industry social responsibility practices and protecting the environment.“The ninth annual report highlights Caesars Entertainment’s leadership in areas important to our company and society,” said Mark Frissora, President and CEO of Caesars Entertainment.“As we expand our presence internationally, we are finding that PEOPLE PLANET PLAY is a core driver of value and a differentiator in new markets. It demonstrates that we continue to make new and exciting commitments to further enhance the value we bring to our guests, team members and communities.”Publishing its 2017/18 CSR report, Caesars will launch a new ‘domestic partner benefits’ scheme inbound for 2019, which will widen the scope of its employee benefits to family members and partners.“The updated benefits widen Caesars’ offering to new and current employees by enhancing the opportunities for the same sex as well as opposite-sex domestic partners. Benefits include medical, dental and vision plan options, short and long-term disability, life insurance and a selection of other voluntary benefits” details Caesar’s corporate update.Further CSR highlights see Caesars indexed as an A-score US enterprise in the carbon-disclosure-project (CDP) global rankings.On diversity and inclusion, Caesars details significant progress on its mandate to deliver ‘gender equity’ in leadership by 2015.“In 2017, 32 percent of managers were people of color, 4 percentage points higher than the national average of 28 percent”.“Caesars Entertainment is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and strives to treat our employees equally,” said Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive VP of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility for Caesars Entertainment.“We know our team members perform best when they can feel confident and know that their loved ones are well-cared for. This new offering is a reflection of the tremendous diversity found in our 65,000 team members worldwide.” Share Share Submitlast_img read more

Former Newcastle star tells talkSPORT how shock Sunderland move came about

first_imgSteve Harper joined talkSPORT on Monday to reflect on his shock move to Sunderland.The veteran goalkeeper’s decision to join Sam Allardyce’s side surprised many considering his long association with their bitter rivals Newcastle.Harper, who has penned a deal with the Black Cats until the end of the season, spent 20 years on the Magpies’ books, making 199 appearances for the club.Discussing how the Sunderland deal came about, the 40-year-old told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I got a phone call on Thursday afternoon from the gaffer who said, ‘how are you?’ I said I am still in decent nick and he asked if I fancied coming in for a chat, which I did, and the rest is history.“There was always going to be a reaction but I am not the first, I certainly won’t be the last and bigger and better players than me have done it and played for both clubs with no issues.“I think I am the first to do it in the new social media age so I read the script and deactivated my Twitter account before I signed so as not to get involved. But every message I have had from friends, ex-colleagues and even genuine, hard core Newcastle fans have said: ‘great to see you back in the game and good luck’.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Dolmen House in RameltonOne of Donegal’s most unusual houses has been put on the market with a price tag of a cool €750,000.The Dolmen House occupies an elevated site of 0.75 acre with an impressive view of Lough Swilly and the surrounding countryside.Designed by MacGabhann Architects of Letterkenny, a triumph of modern design has produced a highly individual home that is instantly captivating. The houses 350 sq m form was inspired by Gortnavern Dolmen, a Megalithic Portal Tomb a few metres north of The Dolmen House site.The inhabitants feel as though they are living within the landscape, because of the ground floor facade, which also maximises the outstanding views and allows the home to optimise substantial amounts of natural light throughout the day.The house is being sold by Franklin Estate Agent in Letterkenny.ONE OF DONEGAL’S MOST UNUSUAL HOUSES PUT ON MARKET FOR €750,000 was last modified: September 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalRameltonSALEThe Dolmen Houselast_img read more