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

Multiple local temporary closures announced due to COVID

first_imgBeer Tree Brew Co. located at 197 Route 369 in Port Crane announced they will be closing as a precaution of the uptick in COVID-19 cases. The locations say they are closing for the health and safety of the community and staff and will continue to post updates as decisions are being made. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A few locations in Binghamton have announced they will be closed until further notice. center_img Garage Taco Bar will also be closing temporarily after they had been made aware of a positive COVID case.last_img read more

Šibenik connects its fortresses by minibus

first_imgAs part of the European project “Revitalization of the fortress of St. Ivan ”, the City of Šibenik procured a midibus with the aim of conducting educational programs and workshops, ie, for the needs of transfers and tours of archaeological sites in the Šibenik-Knin County, as part of the field work of the educational campus of St. Ivan. Also, all three Šibenik fortresses will be connected by bus.”We will connect all three fortresses by bus, and will serve in carrying out various educational activities intended primarily for children, the domicile population, but also tourists. Our goal is to extend the season, and just one of the facilities at the Fortress of St. Ivana is an educational campus intended for educational programs that will last all year round. Fortress of St. Ivana will be the starting point, and all cultural and archaeological assets in the city of Šibenik and its surroundings will be the subject of visits and various activities.Said the mayor of Sibenik, Zeljko Buric.Midibus, Otokar Navigo C brand, has a total capacity of 40 people, including wheelchairs. The total financial value of the project “Revitalization of the Fortress of St. Ivana ”amounts to HRK 50.014.742,95. The European Union co-finances the project with HRK 41.486.646,05 from the European Structural and Investment Funds within the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion, while the rest of the funds are provided by the City of Šibenik.last_img read more

National consortium aims to finish local COVID-19 vaccine in 18 months

first_imgPrevious research identified at least three different types of coronavirus strains affecting the world – types G, S and V. Ali said that many samples sent from Indonesia apparently did not match the aforementioned three types, meaning that scientists had to develop local vaccines to combat the coronavirus strain in the country.The whole genome sequencing is part of the initial stage of vaccine development, as it will allow scientists to determine the complete RNA sequence of specific coronavirus strains. Subsequently, scientists will be able to detect the antigen of the virus strain in Indonesia.Apart from doing the sequencing, Indonesia is also collaborating with several countries, including South Korea, to develop a vaccine.Local pharmaceutical company PT Kalbe Farma, for example, is working with a South Korean company for the development of a vaccine using a DNA virus platform. “Phase two of the project’s clinical trial is scheduled for August 2020,” Ali said.Topics : Indonesia’s national consortium for COVID-19 vaccine development is aiming to finish its work within the next 18 months in an effort to eradicate the coronavirus in the country.”Vaccines usually take years to develop. However, given the emergency situation, we are currently expected to develop local vaccines in around 18 months,” consortium chairman Ali Ghufron Mukti said during a press conference on Thursday.He said the country had submitted 16 complete genome sequences of Indonesian strains to GISAID, an initiative that promotes the sharing of genetic data on influenza viruses and the coronavirus. Three of them have so far been classified as “unidentified strains”, while one was identified as “type G”.last_img read more