Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is ‘honored and humbled’ by the hundreds of Vermonters who reached out to him over the weekend after his business, DuBois Construction of Middlesex, burned in a massive fire on Friday night.The building and some of the company’s equipment are considered a total loss. The exact cause of the fire is not yet known, but officials have ruled out arson.Friends, competitors and colleagues in the Legislature and state government expressed their condolences and desire to help. Some have even suggested wanting to hold fundraisers to help the business rebuild.‘I’m honored and humbled to be thought of in this way,’ said Scott, ‘but I can’t in good conscience accept any monetary donations, after having personally witnessed so many Vermonters losing everything as a result of Irene. Our company was insured. While insurance never makes you whole, we should be able to rebuild and stay in business, unlike many small business owners who will never rebound from their losses as a result of Irene.‘I understand people’s desire to help,’ Scott continued, ‘and I would encourage those who feel compelled to contribute in some way, to make a donation to one of the Irene recovery groups or to their local volunteer fire department. In our area, the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department and several other local departments worked tirelessly to try to save our building.’VT Long Term Disaster Recovery Group: http://www.vermontdisasterrecovery.com/donate(link is external)VT Irene Flood Relief Fund: http://www.vtirenefund.org/donate/(link is external)DuBois Construction was founded by Scott’s uncle in 1946. For the last 26 years, Scott and his cousin, Don DuBois, have run the business together. Scott and DuBois are determined to rebuild. With the help of friends, they set up a temporary office trailer over the weekend, and were ready to fulfill road salt orders as usual on Monday morning.Source: Lieutenant Governor’s office.
Ghana midfielder André Ayew who is recovering from injury, was seen in the famous Parisian nightclub VIP Room, accompanied by many PSG players.The Ghana international was pictured with several PSG players in a recent night out in Paris which has sparked the criticism from some Marseille fans.Arm in arm with Edinson Cavani and Jeremy Menez, the Ghanaian also posed with the business owner, Jean Roch, who published the photo.The photo also had Marco Verratti, Salvatore Sirigu and Ezequiel Lavezzi which sparked some suspicion among Marseille fans that Ayew is plotting to join PSG.But Ayew insists he is not leaving Marseille and that he is friends with players of others clubs.“Everyone knows my love of the club (Marseille) and the colours (of Marseille) have always been ingrained in me,” Ayew responded on Twitter. “Please lets have some respect for each other. There is the rivalry of the clubs but there is also a reality that we are all human beings.”Ayew is expected to return to action by the end of next month.