BED to Hold Off on Rate IncreaseBurlington Electric Department, which had received approval from the Electric Commission to seek up to a 5.9 percent rate increase, has agreed to withdraw the request at this time.The need for the rate hike, largely driven by increased power and transmission costs, still exists, but short-term borrowing will take place while the financial markets settle down. Jonathan Leopold, the City’s Chief Administrative Officer, said that because of the current chaos in the financial market, it would be impossible to sell a revenue bond with affordable terms. BED will place an item on the Town Meeting Day ballot asking the voters to change their approval of a revenue bond, which was favorably voted on last March, to a general obligation bond. This would lower the cost of BED’s long-term debt and influence the size of a rate increase going forward. Once these actions have taken place the rate increase will be decided upon, and the ratepayers will be notified of the date and the amount of the increase; this most likely will happen after the March vote.Both the City Administration and the Finance Board realize that BED will still be in need of a rate increase in the near term because of these expenses beyond its control.In the meantime, BED has advanced its ongoing major capital projects, the McNeil air quality improvements and the East Avenue reliability upgrade, through favorable short-term borrowing arranged through the City. This allows BED to reap the benefits of these projects in lowered operating costs as it moves into 2009 without fully absorbing the cost of the debt the projects will require. “These projects will still need long-term financing in a bond market that is very uncertain, given the current financial turmoil,” said BED General Manager Barbara Grimes. “Though thankfully we have voter support to obtain bond funding, and we prefer long-term to short-term debt, the bond market is currently expensive. It is difficult to say today when the time will be right. But by implementing these cost-effective projects now, we can count on reaping their benefits to lower the amount needed when we do go for long-term financing.”Ms. Grimes said, “Energy efficiency steps remain a customer’s best tool in controlling their electric costs.” All BED customers are encouraged to explore what’s available for reducing their bills by visiting BED’s web site, www.burlingtonelectric.com(link is external), or by calling 658-0300.BED will continue to monitor closely the revenues and the expenses of the department.#30
Follow along all week as we showcase some of Patrick’s work on our Instagram account, and check to know him a little better with this short Q & A. BRO: What is your current home base and where are you from originally?PW: I currently live in Asheville North Carolina, but I am originally from Durham.BRO: You obviously focus a lot of your efforts on fly fishing. Any other outdoor pursuits you enjoy documenting? PW: Yes, I love landscape photography, which I regard as a way to document the spectacular hiking opportunities in Western North Carolina. I have also dabbled in shooting paddlers, climbers, and skiers, which I hope to do more of in the future. BRO: Do you focus your efforts mainly on the Blue Ridge or are you all over the place?PW: Both. I mainly shoot Western North Carolina, but I am an avid traveller, and I’m always ready to shoot a new location. Just this year I have been lucky enough to visit the Alps to photograph some ski touring and winter hiking, Mexico for fly fishing, and Maine for landscape photography.BRO: Fall is all but here. Any favorite spots for photographing fall foliage in the Blue Ridge?PW: There is something magical about a river in fall. I will usually spend September and early October probing small creeks off the Blue Ridge Parkway, when the high altitude leaves begin to change, I’ll make my way down the valley rivers as the season progresses into late-October and November. I try to visit a new area every year, so no one spot in particular stands out, there are simply too many to name.BRO: What is your favorite town in the Blue Ridge Mountains and why?PW: I would have to say Brevard, North Carolina. It has the perfect combination of small town feel, support of local industries and artists, and you are right next to excellent fishing, hiking, paddling, mountain biking, waterfalls, and even a bit of climbing.BRO: If you could only choose one area to hike, explore, fish and photograph for the rest of your life what would it be? PW: That’s a real tough question, so I’ll have to break that up regionally, nationally, and internationally. Close to home I would have to say Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness areas in the Pisgah Ranger District hold a special place in my heart. Nationally, I would have to say northern New Mexico, a place I lived for two summers which is a landscape photographer’s dream. Internationally, I would have to say northern Mongolia, because its hard to beat floating through pristine rivers meandering through granite cliff canyons to catch a 5 ft Taimen (largest relative of trout and salmon) on giant popping flies. BRO: One piece of gear (minus your camera) you wouldn’t head into the woods without? PW: A headlamp for sure, and that goes for fishing and photography. Some of the best dry fly action happens after the sun goes down, and if you want to photograph sunrises and sunsets, you gotta spend a lot of time in the dark. BRO: What advice would you give someone who is looking to break into the world of outdoor adventure photography? PW: I’m still trying to figure that one out for myself to be honest. I would say that the most important thing is to always be practicing, seek out criticism and feedback from other photographers, and always think about the story your composition tells. It’s a continuous learning process, so treat it as such. Always try to grow and refine your skill set. This month’s Instagram Takeover features Patrick Williams of @ecoclinephotography. A native of North Carolina, Patrick loves to capture scenes and images of fly fishing, travel, and nature.He spends the majority of the year teaching high school math and science, and summers with clients as a fly fishing guide. In the times between, he can probably be found with his camera in tow. Through years spent on the water, on the trail, and traveling, Patrick says he’s developed a passion for capturing the art of the outdoors.
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Share 13 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Police to probe fraud in award of government contracts by: – June 2, 2011 KINGSTON, Jamaica – Information implicating three Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Parish Councilors in alleged fraud in the award of Government contracts is now being investigated by police and has also triggered a wider probe.The multi-million dollar scam involved a fake contractor getting contracts from the country’s largest Parish Council, the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Council (KSAC), and then passing over money paid for that work to the three implicated Councilors and a KSAC staff member. Contractor General Greg Christie said the particulars of 114 contracts valued at J$98.4 million (US$1.16 million), as well as taped interviews and other evidence, was sent by his Office to Police Commissioner Owen Ellington yesterday, following the submission of statements the previous day.The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) said of those contracts in question, 104 valued at a total J$83.4 million (US$985,233) were awarded to the sham contractor by the KSAC, while the others were given by five other public bodies – the Ministry of Education and Youth; the Ministry of Education; the Factories Corporation; the National Water Commission; and the Social Development Fund.“The OCG, commencing today, will be working very closely with police investigators to assist them in their investigations into the matter,” Christie said in a statement issued yesterday.The names of those implicated in the scandal are not being released even though it has been ascertained that they are from the PNP.Christie revealed what his Office had discovered in statements issued to the media over the past two days. The first one said the OCG had “uncovered evidence of corruption and what appears to be another major fraud in the award of Government contracts”.According to the OCG 104 contracts, mostly for gully and drain cleaning, were awarded between November 2006 and November 2010 to a contractor who has admitted, in a sworn, tape recorded and signed statement, that she is a fake who was merely acting as a front for the three Parish Councilors and a staff member of KSAC’s Roads and Works Division.“The fake contractor who, based upon OCG internal investigations, fraudulently secured registration with the National Contracts Commission (NCC) as a Government works contractor, had listed three staff members on her NCC Contractor Re-registration Application Form. However, two of the persons, when interviewed by the OCG, disclosed that they neither knew of the contractor nor had they worked for her,” the statement on Monday said.“The fake contractor, who was summoned to the OCG to account for the discrepancy in the sworn representations which she had made in her application form, cooperated fully with the OCG and disclosed the extent of the alleged scam.”According to the OCG, she disclosed that she was simply used as a “front” and did not have any construction experience or any real business. She explained that she received the contract awards or projects from the implicated Councilors and staff member and the projects were then undertaken by their own agents. After being paid by KSAC, she took the money from the bank and paid it over to the KSAC personnel who gave her a fee, equivalent to 10 percent of the contract sum.She said there were also other Councilors with whom she worked but said she could not recall their names.Following on the heels of this information, Christie yesterday announced that his Office is widening its own investigation into the contractor and will also review the NCC files of all works contractors who have received contracts from all of the island’s Parish Councils since 2006. “The OCG’s investigation will be aimed, among other things, at identifying if any of the referenced contractors are sham contractors and, if so, whether and to what extent such contractors may have had illicit links with Parish Councilors or other public officers or officials,” he said.Meantime, the PNP has indicated that the Councilors have maintained their innocence and have vowed to defend themselves vigorously. They met yesterday with party leader Portia Simpson-Miller.Caribbean 360 News
Area Girls Soccer Sectional Championships.Saturday (10-11)Class 1A @ Rising Sun.Lawrenceburg 8 Switzerland County 0Class 1A @ Centerville.Triton Central 2 Centerville 1Class 2A @ East Central.East Central 2 Batesville 0Class 2A @ Richmond.New Castle 7 Richmond 1Courtesy of Rising Sun AD Brian Graham and The IHSAA.
A club spokesman said: “Tensions were understandably running high in the dressing room after Cardiff’s late equaliser, but the incident has been sensationalised in the media. “What happened is not uncommon in a dressing room and shows that the players care. “The players involved have apologised. The club has drawn a line under the matter and is now fully focussing on Saturday’s important game at Norwich.” Reports on Tuesday morning suggested England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino, a 72nd-minute replacement for Morgan Amalfitano, had been confronted by angry team-mates after conceding possession in the run-up to Daehli’s strike. However, sources in the midlands have refuted suggestions that chief executive Mark Jenkins was forced to read to riot act to the players. Indeed, Press Association Sport understands the repercussions were dealt with in the dressing room and that order was soon restored. Saturday’s draw saw West Brom pass up the opportunity to ease themselves six points clear of the relegation zone. They led 2-0 after just nine minutes through goals from Amalfitano and Graham Dorrans, but were pegged back as Jordon Mutch and Steven Caulker struck either side of the break. Tempers flared following Saturday’s 3-3 draw with the Bluebirds at the Hawthorns after Mats Daehli snatched a last-gasp equaliser for the visitors. However, the Baggies have insisted the incident was nothing out of the ordinary and has been dealt with. However, substitute Thievy Bifouma looked to have snatched victory in the fourth minute of injury time, only for Daehli’s late and, for the home side, costly intervention. West Brom sit in 17th place in the table, three points better off than Cardiff in 18th and having played a game fewer. Their seven remaining games include home fixtures against Tottenham, West Ham and Stoke, while they must travel to Norwich, Manchester City, Arsenal and Sunderland. West Brom have played down claims of a dressing room bust-up in the wake of their dramatic Barclays Premier League draw with Cardiff. Press Association
New Delhi: Ramesh Powar, Indian women’s cricket coach, on Wednesday admitted that his professional relationship with senior player Mithali Raj was strained as he always found her aloof and difficult to handle. On Tuesday, Mithali broke her silence on her omission from the World T20 semifinal against England and slammed Committee of Administrators’ member Diana Edulji and Powar. Mithali said while Powar humiliated her during the ICC Women’s World T20, Edulji used her position against her.On Wednesday, Powar met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim. He met the two Board officials at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.The senior-most batswoman of the Indian team, in a scathing e-mail to Johri and Karim, alleged that Powar humiliated her during the World T20 in the West Indies and she was left in tears after the axing from the team.”Ramesh admitted that his professional relationship with Mithali was strained as he always found her aloof and difficult to handle,” a BCCI source told news agency PTI on conditions of anonymity.The official added that the Indian coach insisted that Mithali’s axing from the semifinal, which India lost to England by eight wickets, was based on strategy and not acrimony.”He maintained that it was due to poor strike rate that she was dropped against England and also because the team management wanted to maintain a winning combination,” the official said.Interestingly, Powar had no answer to defend his decision when he was asked why Mithali’s strike rate didn’t come in the way of her selection for the games against Ireland and Pakistan. Mithali scored half centuries in both the games and was adjudged Player of the Match.The source said Powar denied receiving calls from anybody but claimed to be aware of one “powerful individual in the BCCI” being in touch with team manager (Trupti Bhattacharya) and tour selector (Sudha Shah).The 40-year-old Powar’s interim tenure comes to an end on Friday.(With PTI inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
THE curtains came down on the Guyana Squash Association (GSA) second junior tournament for 2017, the Woodpecker Products Ltd Junior National Squash Championships, which were held at the Georgetown Club Inc courts.Ten champions were crowned, with Shomari Wiltshire and Taylor Fernandes being the top players on show.Shomari Wiltshire defeated Daniel Islam in three tough games to win both the Under- 17 and Under- 19 titles: 11/6, 11/8, 11/7, while Taylor Fernandes outplayed Rebecca Low in the final Under-19 match, winning comfortably in straight games: 11/4, 11/5, 11/6.Other winners in the tournament included: Beau Fernandes who took the Girls Under-11 title ahead of Christiana Fernandes and Isabella Ramjohn, while on the male end of things, Mohyryan Baksh beat Louis Da Silva, Nathan Rahaman and Shiloh Asregado in that order.At the Girls Under-13 level, Kirsten Gomes triumphed over Paige Fernandes and Haley Carpenter, while Michael Alphonso was victorious over Demetrius De Abreu and Ethan Jonas respectively, in the Boys’ division.Makeda Harding was able to overcome the challenges of Abosaide Cadogan and Kirsten Gomes respectivel, to take the Girl’s Under-15 title, while Shomari Wiltshire held off the challenges of Samuel Ince – Carvalhal and Gianni Carpenter in the Boys’ division.Harding also picked up the Girls Under-17 title ahead of Cadogan and Gomes, while in the men’s division, Wiltshire showed his class to outwit Daniel Islam and Alex Cheeks.The Girls Under-19 class belonged to Taylor Fernandes who got the better of Makeda Harding and Rebecca Low.Additionally, Kirsten Gomes took the most improved girl’s trophy, while her male counterpart was Michael Alphonso.Harding and Wiltshire took the female and male awards respectively for the most outstanding players of their genders.Prizes were presented to all winners by Robert Fernandes who represented the sponsors.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre has bought 250 tickets for Sunday’s NCAA tournament second-round game, assuring that the first 250 students who arrive at SU Soccer Stadium on Nov. 23 with their student ID card get free admission.The Orange will play either Hartwick or Penn State. The game will be during Thanksgiving break for SU students, but McIntyre said this was more about making a small gesture to the fans who have supported the team throughout the record-breaking season.“The SU Soccer Stadium has turned into a special place to watch a soccer match,” McIntyre said. “… So just in a small way, it’ll hopefully get some of our supporters in the stands and at the same time, have a chance to say thank you.“I know some of the student body will be heading home so timing’s not ideal from that perspective, but I think our Syracuse soccer community will really enjoy this one.”No. 4 Syracuse (15-3-1, 5-2-1 Atlantic Coast) is the tournament’s No. 9 seed, with the seeding being based on the NCAA’s ratings percentage index rankings and not the official National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHartwick (6-9-4, 3-1-1 Sun Belt) and Penn State (12-5-1, 5-3 Big Ten) will face off in a play-in game on Thursday at 7 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania, a game McIntyre said he’ll catch in person. The winner will play the Orange on 2 p.m. on Sunday.McIntyre added how sometimes the team doesn’t get the chance to interact directly with the crowd, but the players have been able to do so as the program has evolved.Sunday’s game will be the first-ever NCAA tournament game Syracuse hosts and the second postseason game this season. After attracting a program-record 2,533 fans for the ACC quarterfinal against Duke, McIntyre hopes for a similar environment this weekend.“There’s nothing quite like postseason college soccer,” McIntyre said. “That’s the wonderful thing about our sport, the crowd is part of the action, is part of the event. We saw that at the Duke game.“I hope that it’s the same way on Sunday.” Comments Published on November 19, 2014 at 12:19 am Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman
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