The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee, joined by members of the Senate Economic Development and Finance Committees, will hold a FairPoint Communications briefing and update on Thursday, September 24. The hearing will be an opportunity for legislators to gain a fuller understanding of the challenges facing FairPoint and explore ways in which the legislature can ensure Vermonters’ interests are protected. The House and Senate Committees will hear from the President of FairPoint Communications, the Department of Public Service, the Vermont Telecommunications Authority, and Labor representatives.The agenda for the hearing is pasted below and attached to this advisory.What: FairPoint Communications HearingWhen: Thursday, September 24. 1:00-4:30 pmWho: House Commerce and Economic Development, Senate Economic Development and Senate Finance CommitteesWhere: Room 11, State HouseAGENDARoom 11, State HouseThursday, September 24, 20091:00 p.m. FairPoint Communications Briefing and UpdateHouse Commerce and Economic Development Committee joined by Members of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee Peter Nixon, President, Fairpoint Communications David O’Brien, Commissioner, Department of Public Service Charles King, Principal, Liberty Consulting William Shuttleworth, Executive Director, Vermont Telecommunications Authority Mike Spillane, Business Manager, Local 2326, IBEW.Source: Senator Shumlin’s office. 9.18.2009
Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has claimed that its legislators received death threats on Tuesday.The threats were allegedly sent to the legislators via SMS just before President Robert Mugabe read his opening of parliament speech to officially open the third session of the eighth parliament.The president went ahead to read the wrong speech in Parliament due to an apparent mix-up by his secretarial office.The death threat messages were allegedly sent by an unknown number, though they were signed off as ‘Death’.The message warned the members of parliament not to heckle the president during his address as they had done last year. It told them that the parliamentary immunity that protects them inside parliament will not apply once they step out of parliament.Weeks earlier, the opposition had heckled and booed the president during his state of the nation address.The recipients of the threats took the matter up with the Speaker of Parliament and they expressed their hope for investigations to be carried out.