Puerto Rico Governor Calls For Termination Of Whitefish Contract
01:36, Oct 30, 2017
Copyright 2015 All rights reserved. This material can't be published, transferred, copied or redistributed.
Ricardo Rossello wants the $300 million contract that Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority signed with Whitefish Energy to be canceled "immediately", CBS News' David Begnaud reports.
"This is a contract that was determined by local authorities", she said, asserting that the federal government "has nothing to do" with the contract.
Ricardo Rosselló talks to students at Julio Selles Sola Elementary School during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday. Nearly six weeks later, more than two thirds of customers remain in the dark.
"With most of Puerto Rico still without power, and far too many lacking drinking water and proper sewage treatment, the administration patting itself on the back couldn't be more premature or inappropriate, " Schumer said. But questions arose soon after news broke on October 19 that the Montana-based company was chosen over bigger and better known companies vying for the job.
Thirty-nine days after Hurricane Maria hit the territory, Rossello said that he would request assistance from Florida and NY under mutual aid arrangements that utilities traditionally activate to help other states during an emergency.
The $300 million contract between Puerto Rico's power utility and the Montana-based energy firm has been criticized in recent days.
Under the contract, Whitefish is charging $330 an hour for a site supervisor and $227.88 an hour for a "journeyman lineman". The per diems are also expensive: nearly $80 a day for meals, and $332 a day for lodging.
Critics have queried why Puerto Rican authorities did not seek aid from other public utility companies - as is customary during disasters. The power authority declared bankruptcy in July.
See the full text of the contract here.
In defense of the contract with Whitefish, Puerto Rico officials have said the company was willing to work without a down payment, which made it more attractive to the debt-ridden island. "Any attempts by the dishonest media or political operatives to tie me to awarding or influencing any contract involving Whitefish are completely baseless". One of Zinke's sons worked for Whitefish Energy over the summer. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr. Trump asked Mr. Zinke "just for clarification" purposes.
And that the Puerto Rican government "waives any claim against contractor related to delayed completion of work". FEMA on Friday said that it had not approved the Whitefish Energy agreement.
Fema also said it had "significant concerns" with how Prepa procured this contract and had "not confirmed whether the contract prices are reasonable". "FEMA was not involved in the selection".
Ramos said he is "very comfortable with any investigation" by Congress.
The US House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Caribbean island, is also scrutinising the contract. He also flew to Puerto Rico in a "leap of faith" in hopes of getting the contract. Just last week, the oversight board said it would use its authority to install its own emergency manager to pay closer attention to the day-to-day operations of the utility.
The spread, or difference, between Brent and WTI means US oil is more competitive against other benchmarks in some markets. Energy Information Administration reported that crude inventories rose by 856,000 barrels in the week to October 20.
A spokesperson of IRCTC added, "Initially, seven passengers complained of nausea and were attended by the on-board supervisor". As reported by the hospital, none of the patients was in serious condition, IRCTC claimed in its statement.
Even if you choose in-home delivery, couriers are instructed to ring the bell or knock on the door first. Meanwhile, the courier will receive a prompt on their app and can then unlock the door with a swipe.
However, after breaking the news, the interviewer assured readers that "after a long pause. she reassures me she's joking". If Kourtney really is with child, she will join a list of Kardashian women who are now mothers-to-be.
Gahler told reporters the suspect is Radeed Labeeb Prince, a 37-year-old black male, and showed media the suspect's photograph. Schools in the Edgewood, Maryland, area, are on a " modified lockdown ", according to Harford County Public Schools.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told senators he won't discuss "confidential" conversations he had with President Donald Trump . Clinton of criminal wrongdoing while an investigation into her secret email server was underway.
In a statement , the Turkish government said it would stand by Baghdad to provide peace and stability in the region. The status of Kirkuk and fate of the Kurds were left unsettled 14 years ago when a USA -led invasion toppled Saddam.
Carriers will probably engage in a fierce iPhone X pricing war come November, looking to ink as many new subscribers as possible. Kuo believes shipments of iPhone X could show 50% quarter-over-quarter growth in the first quarter of 2018.
Polestar 2 will start production later in 2019 and will be the first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) from the Volvo Car Group. Polestar will also open dedicated spaces, that will give a preview, test drive and demonstrate the Polestar cars.
Catalan Parliament Votes To Declare Independence From Spain
Catalonia represents a fifth of Spain's gross domestic product and polls show its people roughly evenly divided over independence. Britain "does not and will not" recognise Catalonia's declaration of independence, Downing Street has announced.
Taco Bell is giving away free Doritos Locos Tacos
He was so excited, in fact, that he gave himself an unwieldy nickname: Steal a Base, Steal a Taco Guy. To claim your free Doritos ® Locos Taco, just stop in to Taco Bell on November 1 from 2-6 p.m.
This Robot Was Granted Citizenship in Saudi Arabia
In an article following the event, the BBC questioned whether the robot now had more rights in Saudi Arabia than human women. Indeed, conveying emotions is quite a specialty of Sophia , who frowns when she's displeased and smiles when she's happy.
London's new £10 T-Charge launches today
The fee mirrors the Congestion Charge by applying only to the central London zone and cars operating weekdays between 7am and 6pm. He added that the additional charge to drive in London can help persuade drivers to buy more environmentally friendly vehicles.
Scaramucci Post deletes Holocaust tweet after backlash
The former Trump aide kicked off his ambiguous project with partner Lance Leifer, who like Scaramucci is a hedge fund manager. Laifer also received publicity in 2007 when he made it his mission to raise as much money as possible for malaria research.
People trapped in rubble after Mogadishu blast
A huge explosion has reportedly hit one of the busiest street in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu, number of casualties is unknown. The prime minister's office announced the resignation of Abdullahi and army chief Ahmed Mohamed Jimale Irfid on Thursday.