City of Burlington issues response to Larkin Report over Burlington Telecom

first_imgBurlington Telecom,The City of Burlington has issued a response to the report by Larkin and Associates with respect to Burlington Telecom (’Larkin Report’).  The Larkin Report was initiated in October 2009 by the Vermont Department of Public Service in relation to proceedings on BT before the Vermont Public Service Board. The Report was released over a year later on December 10, 2010 and contains several conclusions related to BT’s compliance with its CPG, knowledge of those compliance issues, accounting practices, and the viability of Burlington Telecom.The City’s response addresses Larkin’s methodology in developing the report, Larkin’s conclusions related to BT as a going concern, the City’s response to BT’s finances, Condition 60 of BT’s Certificate of Public Good, and several accounting matters.In a memo to the City Council regarding the report, Mayor Bob Kiss stated: ‘I encourage you to review these issues carefully. The Larkin report omits critical facts, contains inaccuracies, fails to verify assumptions and relies on dated information.  Moreover, Larkin did not engage person-to-person with key City staff or the City’s auditing firm and financial consultants.’Mayor Kiss adds that ‘while we have several concerns about the Larkin Report that needed to be addressed, our focus is to continue to move forward to preserve Burlington Telecom as an asset providing significant value to Burlington and potentially Vermont.’The full response can be found at: www.ci.burlington.vt.us/docs/3367.pdf(link is external).In partnership with the City Council, Mayor Kiss has called a special City Council meeting on BT for January 27 at 6:30 pm in Contois Auditorium. The meeting will be an opportunity for the public to get information about the status and future of Burlington Telecom and have questions answered.  The City is encouraging those with questions to submit them in advance, to be answered at the meeting.  In addition to asking questions at the meeting, questions may be submitted in advance at www.ci.burlington.vt.us/bt(link is external).January 25, 2011 – Burlington, VT. January 25, 2011 – Burlington, VT.  January 25, 2011 – Burlington, VT.last_img read more

Greensburg Rotary honors two

first_imgGreensburg, In. — The Greensburg Rotary Club continues its tradition of honoring local citizens whose lives have followed the Object of Rotary International, by naming two local residents Paul Harris Fellows. This recognition acknowledges that the Greensburg Rotary club has contributed $1,000 each to the Rotary Foundation in the recipient’s name. To date, this local effort has seen the Greensburg Rotary Club contribute over $33,000 to the Rotary Foundation.Two outstanding selections were honored as the newest Paul Harris Fellows by the Greensburg Rotary Club, as a result of nominations submitted on behalf of the recipients.Accepting their award Monday at a special Rotary evening meeting at the home of Rotarians Bev and Larry Moore, were Sheila Doerflinger and Pat Smith.Sheila Doerflinger was nominated by Barb Jakad, who in part wrote in the application: “Sheila is a fine example of someone who lives by the Rotary 4-Way Test. Besides being truthful, fair and beneficial in her service to the community, she undoubtedly builds goodwill and better friendships in doing so.”Doerflinger has been very active in the Greensburg/Decatur County community as a strong supporter of the Decatur County Family YMCA; a member of the PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization); the St. Mary’s funeral meal committee; long-time volunteer for the Greensburg Daily News Cheer Fund; volunteer for the Decatur County United Fund; managing the gift shop and its staff at Decatur County Memorial Hospital.Pat Smith, perhaps best known for her musings in the Greensburg Daily News, was nominated by three people including Mary Lou Davis, Melina Ann Fox and Roger DuMond.“Pat has been and continues to be a role model for community engagement,” according to the nomination letters. “Pat Smith’s profession as a journalist for 40 years at the Greensburg Daily News has peaked our interests and inspired us to know more about local history, the service of our brave Veterans, organizations and individuals making a positive difference, and the list is endless. Pat reminds us to treat animals humanely, and Pat lives here life with integrity and authenticity… she is a “Rock of Gibraltar” in our community… She is the voice of all that is good about the Greensburg area… Just getting to know Pat is a benefit to all concerned.”The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; high ethical standards in business and professions … as an opportunity to serve society; the application of the idea of service…; the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through fellowship. The nominees should also follow the Rotary 4-way Test, which states: “Of the things we think, say and do: First, is it the truth; second, is it fair to all concerned; third, will it build goodwill and better friendships; and fourth, will it be beneficial to all concerned.last_img read more

Area Boys & Girls Basketball Scores (12-19)

first_imgArea Boys & Girls Basketball ScoresTuesday  (12-19)Boys ScoresBatesville  50     Union County  42Batesville JV Won 59-39East Central  48     Jennings County  43Lawrenceburg  55     Taylor  50Connersville  40     Greenfield central  25Morristown  60     SW Shelby  41Girls ScoresColumbus East  60     Batesville  39CE JV Won 31-22East Central C-Team defeated Batesville 42-31Rushville  62     North Decatur  31Connersville  40     Greenfield Central  35Waldron  51     Shelbyville  31last_img read more

Dalung Pledges Support for Aruna Quadri

first_imgITTF WORLD CUPMinister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has congratulated Nigeria’s number one table tennis player, Aruna Quadri for booking a ticket as Africa’s sole representative to the ITTF World Cup in France.The minister described the feat as a confirmation of the Oyo State-born ping pong star’s superiority in Africa and also his emergence as a force to reckon with at the global level. “This victory has once again demonstrated the superiority of Quadri in Africa. This is good news to us in the ministry and also all sports loving Nigerians who have been following his career.”Dalung described Aruna who recorded a hard fought 4-3 victory over his continental rival, Omar Assar in the finals of the 2017 ITTF Africa Cup as a “true patriot and consummate professional.”“This is a master class act from a true patriot and consummate professional who against all odds overcame all obstacles to emerge as the King of Table Tennis in Africa.”The minister promised that the ministry will play its part in ensuring a good World Cup outing for Africa’s sole flag bearer he described it as an “African Project.”“The federation must not wait till the 11th hour before they approach the ministry for assistance. The earlier they reach out, the better for all parties involved,” stressed Dalung.He advised that the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) should put machinery in motion to ensure that Aruna is given the needed preparation ahead of the tournament in France.“For an event of this magnitude, the NTTF must explore all avenues to source for funds to give Quadri the deserved training. The new board needs to shift its attention to the private sector and others who are willing to associate with this growing brand in the global circle,” concludes the minister.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

A Big Test for NFF’s VIP Scouting Plan

first_imgJoshua ZirzeeSince coming to office, the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has never hidden his plan at ensuring that players of Nigerian root doing well abroad are encouraged to star for the Super Eagles, in what he termed VIP Scouting. He will, however, be facing a litmus challenge in the federation’s attempt to scout Bayern Munich kid sensation, Joshua Zirzee, especially with recent calls for his inclusion in Holland’s upcoming international friendliesSuper Eagles manager Gernot Rohr embarked on a scouting mission to Germany last weekend and the Franco-German tactician was among the 30,150 spectators that witnessed the Bundesliga clash between Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich at the PreZero Arena.Bayern Munich teenage sensation Joshua Zirkzee went the distance on his full German Bundesliga debut and Rohr must have been impressed by what he saw of Zirkzee, with the Bayern Munich number 35 scoring 15 minutes into his debut. The onetime Bayern Munich central defender monitored the player with a view of a possible call-up to the Super Eagles in the nearest future.Born in Schiedam, on the outskirts of Rotterdam, Jushua, whose middle name Orobosa denotes is of Edo State origin. His parents are both Nigerians.It was therefore no surprise that Zirkzee has been included in the Bundesliga Team of the Week after his impressive performance against Hoffenheim.The youngster, who is eligible to play for Nigeria or the Netherlands at international level, scored a goal in the 15th minute of last Saturday’s league tie to give his team a 3-0 lead.Bayern Munich went on to secure a comfortable 6-0 win on the road with the Nigerian descent playing for the duration.Zirkzee, scorer of three goals in four Bundesliga games this season led the Bavarians’ attack in the absence of the club’s leading scorer Robert Lewandowski.Giving reasons for selecting 18-year-old Zirkzee ahead of Lewandowski against Hoffenheim, Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick said: “Things worked really well in the Chelsea game, so I wanted to change things as little as possible in the team,” Flick was quoted as saying“By doing that, the understanding between the players and automations are still there. Joshua’s trained well, and he’s showed in training that he’s got good quality and is a good finisher.“He can hold the ball up well and has the physicality to do so, which is important when things are tight up top. So that was our thinking, to make a like-for-like replacement for Lewandowski. It was good.”Meanwhile, Netherlands legend Willem van Hanegem is convinced that the Bayern Munich super kid deserves to be promoted to the Dutch senior squad and has urged Dutch coach Ronald Koeman to invite the striker for the upcoming international friendlies against United States and Spain.“I hope that Ronald Koeman will really summon that boy for the upcoming international matches against the United States and Spain,” Van Hanegem told Algemeen Dagblad, according to voetbalprimeur.“I saw at Bayern how Thomas Müller gets to work with him. He plays with Zirkzee, makes him really grow.Zirkzee is only 18, but already deserves a chance at the Oranje. I think it will be soon with him.”The 18-year-old Zirkzee became provisionally cap-tied to the Netherlands when he made an appearance off the bench in a European U-17 Championship qualifier against Hungary in October 2017, and has also been capped at U-15, U-16, U-18 and U-19 levels.Without Lewandowski there were concerns that Bayern Munich would struggle without their main source of goals, but they had no reason to worry. Academy player Zirkzee looked right at home.Just 120 seconds in and the teenager’s instinctive touch set Bayern on their way to their first goal. Five minutes later, his blocked shot led to Bayern’s second. It wasn’t long after that the teenager making his starting Bundesliga debut scored one of his own. Like much of his so far young career at Bayern, Zirkzee didn’t need any time at all to make his impact.Without Lewandowski, there were concerns Bayern’s great run under Hansi Flick would start to stutter. Could Bayern pose the same problems in attack, where would their goals come from, and would Hoffenheim secure another upset against the defending champions?Bayern needed just a quarter of an hour to silence any concerns. Flick’s side were as ruthless as they have been all season, pressing and pushing for more in a manner that Bayern haven’t really done since the Pep Guardiola years. This was a demonstration of power, a reminder of who the real sheriff in Bundesliga town is, and a young Dutchman was at the heart of it.At 1.93m, Zirkzee is a bigger figure than Lewandowski. He used that strength to hold off Sebastian Rudy before turning the former Bayern and Germany midfielder around. Keeping his composure, the 18-year-old simply waited for the space to open up in the box. When it did, he didn’t hesitate to use his weaker foot to apply the necessary finish.Bayern’s hosts played their part, but Bayern also did more than accept the invitation. They took the vibe to another level. Philippe Coutinho went from looking down and out to scoring two goals, while Thiago continued to conduct proceedings with his usual mastery. Bayern were so relentless that they scored one minute after the restart and even at the arrival of the hour mark, they looked desperate for more.The Dutchman never forced the issue because he didn’t need to. He was in rhythm with Bayern’s beat. His touch and feel for the ball looked like those of a more experienced player. Zirkzee ran, he passed, he slipped in and out of the channels, he even delivered a crunching tackle on the edge of the box he was attacking. He was everywhere.After scoring the winner against Freiburg with his first touch off the bench on his debut in December, Zirkzee needed just three minutes to break the deadlock against Wolfsburg three days later. In Sinsheim, the teenager needed a quarter of an hour to prove that he is at home at this level.Just a day after Bayern Munich celebrated their 120th birthday, the real gift for Bayern wasn’t another rousing performance but the long-awaited unleashing of an academy talent in a position they so desperately need depth in.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more