Consolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NYSE: FRP) announced today a number of organizational changes. David Hauser, chairman and chief executive officer of FairPoint Communications, announced that effective immediately he is making several organizational changes in order to position the company to better tackle the integration issues of its systems in northern New England. Executive Vice President Jeff Allen of Essex Junction, Vermont, will now oversee all of FairPoint s Northern New England Operations. Over the past two weeks I have met with FairPoint s leadership team to assess our situation, said Hauser. From these meetings one thing is very clear to me. We must direct our full attention to tackle the integration of our systems serving northern New England. These changes will help FairPoint more effectively address the systems issues and address them quickly.On Tuesday (July 14, 2009) the Vermont Department of Public Service filed a Show Cause Petition with the Public Service Board, requesting an investigation to determine if FairPoint Communications is capable of continuing its telecommunications in the state. At stake is the company s Certificate of Public Good, or CPG which is their license to conduct business as a regulated utility in the state. Vicky Weatherwax has been appointed vice president of business solutions, and will report directly to Hauser. She will be responsible for developing a comprehensive plan of action with appropriate milestones to address the systems integration problems. The company s Project Management Office team will report to Weatherwax. She has more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications, including network design, construction, project management and network cost optimization. She has an MBA from Wake Forest University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology.Additionally, Executive Vice President Jeff Allen will oversee all northern New England operations. He will lead the operations, engineering, customer sales & service, sales, billing and support teams. Allen will report directly to Hauser. Allen joined FairPoint in 2007 and has more than 20 years of telecommunications experience. He has served in a number of leadership positions with FairPoint and recently led the company s systems stabilization plan in northern New England. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and prior to joining FairPoint served as chief executive officer of the data communications provider Intellispace, Inc. The company also annnounced that President Peter Nixon will oversee the supply chain function, regulatory compliance, external/government affairs, broadband stimulus package /economic development and Telecom Group operations. Nixon has worked at FairPoint since 1997 and began his career in telecommunications with Chautauqua and Erie Telephone Corporation. He served in a number of senior leadership positions with FairPoint, including chief operating officer and senior vice president of corporate development.Hauser also announced the company will hire a chief information officer and will immediately begin a search to fill this position.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).Source: FairPoint. PORTLAND, ME (July 15, 2009). Vermont Public Service Department, July 14, 2009.
(BBC) – Australia bowler Pat Cummins says he would support the Indian Premier League (IPL) being played behind closed doors if it is not safe for fans to attend matches.The IPL season was postponed from March 29 until April 15 because of coronavirus, but is expected to be further delayed or cancelled with India’s lockdown set to be extended.Asked whether he would support games without fans, Cummins told the BBC’s Stumped podcast: “Of course – whatever it takes to try and get cricket up and play those big events safely.”Cricket in the UK has been postponed until at least May 28, with England’s first game scheduled to start on June 4.Cummins, the top-ranked bowler in Test cricket and named one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year this week, has a £1.7M contract with the Kolkata Knight Riders, making him the most expensive overseas player in IPL history.The 26-year-old said he was “super hopeful” the tournament will go ahead but that he would be “surprised if it happened soon”.“The first priority is safety but the second one is getting back to normality, finding that balance,” he said.“If that unfortunately means no crowds for a while, then that is that, but hopefully people can watch at home on TV.“It would have a totally different feel about it. When people ask about the difference between playing cricket in India the first thing is the crowd.“They scream every single ball whether it’s a six or a wicket – it’s the same noise every ball – so that atmosphere is something that we love about playing in India.“It will be missed in the short term if it can’t happen, but I have no doubt it will be a great event even if it has to be played without crowds.”The IPL, which is set to feature 60 20-over matches, was originally scheduled to finish on May 24.
[wzslider]The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games, represents a winter multi-sport event which took place from 8–19 February 1984 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, in present-day Bosnia-Herzegovina. Other candidate cities were Sapporo, Japan; and Gothenburg, Sweden.It was the first Winter Olympics held in a Socialist/Communist state. It was also the second Olympics overall, as well as the second consecutive Olympics, to be held in a “Communist state” after the 1980 Summer Olympics were held in Moscow, Soviet Union. The only games that have since been held in a “communist state”are the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China. A fourth Olympic Games, and second Winter games, may be held in a communist country if Beijing is successful against Almaty in its bid for the 2022.With Beijing bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics, China will be hoping to make more progress in winter Olympic sports in future.“Beijing’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games will inspire the enthusiasm of engaging in winter sports across China, and even all over Asia,” Liu Peng, the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) president, said during Beijing’s presentation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Launsanne on Tuesday.China has remoulded itself from a winter sport minnow to a competitive force since its Winter Olympics debut in 1980.Claiming its first-ever Winter Olympic medal (a sliver) in Albertville 1992 and its first-ever gold at Salt Lake City 2002, China has collected 12 gold, 22 sliver and 19 bronze medals in the past 10 winter games.Two years after its historic haul of 51 gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, China reached its peak in winter sports with 11 medals, of which five are gold, in Vancouver 2010. For the first time China finished top 10 of the medals table at Winter Olympics.So far, China has ever qualified to compete in 11 sports of the past Winter Olympics, namely short track speed skating, speed skating, figure skating, curling, ice hockey, freestyle skiing, alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ski jumping and snowboarding.Liu believes that China, a world power in summer sports, will also become a giant in winter sports as being promised in Beijing’s bid file for the 2022 Winter Olympics.“The bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics will boost participation and involvement in winter sports across the country, open a bright future for winter sports in China, Asia and the world, as China has set off on an ambitious ‘Long March’ to get 300 million Chinese people involved in skiing and skating events,” said Liu.(Source: ST, xinhuanet)