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

McConnell says stimulus Senate’s top priority before year end

first_img“I think that’s job one when we get back,” McConnell said. “Hopefully we get a more cooperative situation than we’ve had.”Although Republicans appeared set to retain their majority in the Senate as of Wednesday afternoon, McConnell struck a cautious outlook and cited tight contests in key battleground states.- Advertisement – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), gestures while giving election remarks at the Omni Louisville Hotel on November 4, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky.Jon Cherry | Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said his top priority remains passing a new economic stimulus bill before the end of the year.McConnell, who Tuesday evening won his reelection bid for a seventh six-year Senate term, said from a news conference in Kentucky that another relief package would be the chamber’s chief focus when it reconvenes next week.He also said that state and local aid, a consistent Democratic demand in relief discussions with the White House, could be included in a new bill.- Advertisement – Democrats did win the Senate race in Colorado, and are leading in Arizona, but as of 1:55 p.m. ET they appear to be set to fall short of becoming the majority. NBC News projects Democrats will keep control of the House of Representatives.Maine Democrat Sara Gideon’s concession to incumbent Sen. Susan Collins makes flipping the chamber even more difficult, though NBC News has yet to make an official call on that race.Still, McConnell’s comments could rekindle relief talks between the two parties after months of stalled negotiations between Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House officials including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.The mired talks come even as the U.S. recorded another 91,500 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the second-highest single-day tally to date, according to Johns Hopkins data. The disease has now killed more than 230,000 Americans.Up until the weeks immediately preceding the election, McConnell had warned that a potential $2 trillion package negotiated between Mnuchin and Pelosi may lack sufficient support in the Senate out of fears it could be too expensive.“The Speaker laid out a $2.5 trillion package with all kinds of things that I felt were simply unrelated to the subject,” the majority leader said Wednesday. “I laid on the Senate floor not once, but twice, half a trillion dollars …  targeting the school situation, the need to replenish PPP small loan program.”McConnell tried early in 2020 to advance his own, far-smaller bill that lacked fiscal support for state and local governments as well as omitted another round of $1,200 direct payment checks to most Americans.That effort was blocked by Senate Democrats — who argued that it lacked enough relief — and by some Republicans that said even the watered-down bill was too costly. Congress has not enacted any new major stimulus since the spring when lawmakers muscled through four bipartisan bills worth about $3 trillion.“Ultimately, you’ve got to kill the [virus] before we get back to normal. Because there’s no other way to get back to normal. You can keep keep pumping money into the economy forever And it won’t solve the problem until we kill the virus,” McConnell said.“Having said that, there are other sectors that need help and I outlined what I think is appropriate, but I don’t get to make the final decision. We have to deal with the Democrats,” he added. “And what I’m saying is, I think now that the election’s over, the need is there and need to sit down and work this out.” – Advertisement – “As I’ve said repeatedly in the last few months, we need another rescue package,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday morning. “Hopefully, the partisan passions that prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election. And I think we need to do it and I think we need to do it before the end of the year.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Black Satellites arrive in Kayseri for USA clash

first_imgThe Black Satellites have touched down in the city of Kayseri for the final round of group matches against the United States of America after struggling to get results in their first two games at the Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul.The Satellites will hope to get a result against the Americans and pray other results go their way if they are to make it to the next stage of the competition.With the Americans snatching a point against the highly fancied French side, they will clearly have a more realistic chance of making it to the next stage of the competition compared to their much touted counterparts.It has been a very difficult start to the competition for Ghana, a 3-1 loss to France was followed by a narrow 1-0 defeat to Spain.This has put the team’s qualification hopes very much in doubt but the four best placed third placed still stand a chance of making it through to the Round of 16.The lads are happy for this glimmer of hope and will look to take their chances against the USA at the Kadir Has Stadium Kayseri on Thursday at 5pm GMT.last_img read more

Bryson DeChambeau says camera operator jeopardized his ‘brand’

first_imgA shot off the pace at the start of Day 3, Wolff posted six birdies and two bogeys on the front nine to make the turn in 32. Two tied at 17-under. @matthew_wolff5 just eagled the par-5 14th. #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/Awa6CW01Hh— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 4, 2020After another bogey at the 10th, Wolff caught fire with two birdies and an eagle before another gain at the 17th moved him to 19 under overall, ahead of Ryan Armour (67) and Bryson DeChambeau (67). Troy Merritt (67), Mark Hubbard (69), Seamus Power and Chris Kirk (70) are five strokes behind Wolff heading into the final round. Mesmerizing.The swing of 54-hole @RocketClassic leader, @matthew_wolff5 . pic.twitter.com/nrnQab1N9g— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 4, 2020Kirk shared a one-shot lead with 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson following Friday’s second round, but the former saw his advantage evaporate. Simpson is one stroke further back in a tie for eighth after signing for a 1-under-par 71 — his first round in the 70s this week. DeChambeau’s round included him confronting a camera operator after making bogey on No. 7. DeChambeau said the operator kept the camera on him for too long while DeChambeau reacted angrily to a poor bunker shot on that hole. Bryson running a little hot. Caught up with him on 7 where he took a Sergio slash at the sand after splashing out of a greenside bunker, muttered an expletive after missing the par save and spent 60 seconds in a…testy discussion with a cameraman on his way to 8 tee. pic.twitter.com/ENjQt1U689— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) July 4, 2020The American said after his round that players should not be shown in a negative light and thus have their “brand” jeopardized.From Golf Channel :”As much as we’re out here performing, I think it’s necessary that we have our times of privacy as well when things aren’t going our way. I mean, we’re in the spotlight, but if somebody else is in the spotlight they wouldn’t want that either,” DeChambeau said. “I feel like when you’re videoing someone and you catch Tiger (Woods) at a bad time, you show him accidentally doing something, or someone else, they’re just frustrated because they really care about the game. It could really hurt them if they catch you at a potentially vulnerable time.”We don’t mean anything by it, we just care a lot about the game. For that to damage our brand like that, that’s not cool in the way we act because if you actually meet me in person, I’m not too bad of a dude, I don’t think.”Sporting News’ Tom Gatto contributed to this report. Matthew Wolff carded a second successive 8-under-par 64 to move to the top of the leaderboard after the third round at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Wolff surged to a three-stroke lead through 54 holes thanks to another low round at Detroit Golf Club in Michigan on Saturday. The 21-year-old is eyeing his second PGA Tour title after winning last year’s 3M Open. last_img read more