Governor Shumlin applauds new rail designation for high speed corridor

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin said today he’s pleased that the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) is designating the Northeast Corridor (NEC) as a ‘high speed rail corridor,’ a definition that allows NEC states to compete for federal rail funds.As Chair of the Transportation Committee for the Coalition of New England Governors (CONEG), Shumlin has been working with his counterparts across the region to advance the vision for a regional high speed rail network. ‘This is an important step for advancing the New England rail network. It will finally enable the Northeast Corridor to compete for federal rail dollars,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘Enhancing passenger rail investments throughout our region will benefit Vermont’s vision of a robust and vibrant passenger rail network connecting Vermont with New York, Boston, and Montreal.’ The Governor said rail investments throughout the region will continue to reduce travel times along the Amtrak route, increase mobility for Vermonters and improve energy efficiency across our region. ‘I am pleased to be working in concert with other New England Governors to make this vision a reality,’ he said.As part of the Northern New England network, Vermont is already eligible for such designated funds. However, the NEC is a linchpin in the broader regional rail network. With this decision, projects along the Northeast Corridor will now be able to compete on a’ level planning field’ for any current and future federal funds intended to improve and advance high speed rail corridors and service. Without this designation the NEC, including the congested Boston-to-Washington Corridor, would be ineligible to pursue these federal funds.The CONEG Governors recently wrote to USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood urging that all the northeast states be considered in the reallocation of any high speed-intercity passenger rail grant funds that might become available. Home to more than 20 percent of the nation’s population, the northeast states have worked cooperatively to advance projects needed to improve the current rail system, and develop joint plans and projects that contribute to the goal of high quality, expanded passenger rail service and significantly increased ridership.MONTPELIER — 3.15.2011last_img read more

AllianzGI to split CIO, CEO roles as Utermann retires

first_imgAndreas Utermann, outgoing CEO of AllianzGIJackie Hunt, member of the Allianz board of management with responsibility for asset management, said Utermann would be missed.“He hands over the leadership of the firm to individuals who are well placed to make the best of the options available to AllianzGI to continue to serve clients well in a period of change within the industry,” she added.Pross has worked for the Allianz Group for 20 years, and has been a member of AllianzGI’s global executive committee since 2015.Zurkow joined AllianzGI in 2012 as CIO and head of infrastructure debt, having been CEO of Trifinium Advisors before that. In a statement, AllianzGI said she had overseen the rapid growth of its alternatives platform, which now accounted for over €80bn in assets under management, and had championed the opportunity for institutional clients to co-invest alongside Allianz in a number of AllianzGI’s private market strategies.Zurkow has been a member of AllianzGI’s global executive committee since 2016.The €557bn asset manager firm said Utermann would be available to his successors on an advisory basis for the first six months of 2020. The leadership changes take effect from the 1 January. Andreas Utermann is to retire from Allianz Global Investors in January, the asset manager announced today.Tobias Pross, currently global head of distribution, will take over as CEO, while Utermann’s chief investment officer responsibilities will be handed to Deborah Zurkow, currently global head of alternatives. As global head of investments, she will report to Pross.Utermann joined Allianz in 2002, initially serving as global head of CIO equities and then becoming global CIO and co-head alongside Elizabeth Corley in 2012. In connection with Corley’s stepping down from the CEO role, Utermann became CEO in 2016, retaining responsibility for investment matters.Utermann said leaving AllianzGI “will not be easy”. “Having had the opportunity to work alongside so many talented and engaging people, to develop and lead a strong team and to build a respected global investment business, is a source of great pride,” he added.last_img read more

COVID-19: Wealthiest Serbian footballer sentenced to three months detention

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Serbian football international Aleksandar Prijovic was sentenced to three months of home detention for violating lockdown rules in connection with the novel coronavirus pandemic, local media reported on Sunday. The Saudi side Al Ittihad striker was arrested on Friday for breaking the rule banning groups larger than five and was arrested along with over dozen people attending an impromptu party in a Belgrade hotel. Prijovic pleaded guilty with the Belgrade prosecutor’s office in exchange for the mildest punishment a day later while his verdict still needs to be verified by a court. Prijovic, 29, is billed as the wealthiest Serbian player, with a four-and-a-half-year, 19.25-million euros ($20.8 million) contract from January 2019. According to the daily Blic, Al Ittihad are unhappy with Prijovic’s performance, however, his contract is guaranteed and can be terminated without pay only if he harms the club’s image. The report speculates that the arrest and the sentencing may provide the Saudi side an argument to cut Prijovic without compensation. dpa/NAN.Tags: Al IttihadAleksander PrijovicCoronavirusLockdownlast_img read more

Guest Editorial: Health Care Authority Board appointments are the most important positions available

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (20) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -6 Vote up Vote down dave · 278 weeks ago Thanks to the IRS for their interest. BTW, this is a non-paying trustee position. We will have citizens lining up at the door for this. Please don’t post this since the IRS might be watching this web site, and come after me thinking I’m bad-mouthing them. Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down Why bother? · 278 weeks ago it is important that we fill our local boards with qualified citizens. And I’m sure that there are man. However, why would anyone subject him/herself to the criticism and humiliation by Councilman Valentine? It is appalling how he has treated recent candidates for city boards. And when we do get people on these boards who actually serve a worthwhile function, Eckert kicks them off. Report Reply 4 replies · active 278 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down Nickname · 278 weeks ago If a city authority board member effectively serves at the pleasure of the city manager through this stupid “non-feasance” removal clause, then how can any such board member effectively serve on any city board and make a difficult decision? If Roy Eckert disagrees with them he can remove them from that board and they have no due process. Report Reply 2 replies · active 277 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Reconsidering · 278 weeks ago Mr. Buellesfeld closed his guest editorial by stating, “I believe it is of critical importance that the City Council, Mayor, & City Manager give these individuals their total support or the city authority boards have lost all credibility.” In my humble opinion, the recent Housing Authority debacle that unfolded in both public City meetings and the comments section of sumnernewscow.com has and will continue to severely hinder the pool from which the council will be able to draw qualified candidates to serve on public boards. Watching what took place with the WHA Board erased my confidence in the council as it relates to the working relationship with its various appointed board members. Councilman Valentine was able to ramrod the council on this particular issue and did so with seemingly no consequences. Citizens that may have been considering a board will mostly likely not run or, at best, are reconsidering. Whether justified or not, I’m afraid that the perceived lack of trust coupled with ineffective communication protocols will turn away many that may have been considering a board. Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 278 weeks ago People worry too much with being criticized. It’s the ramifications of public service. The greatest leaders were those who took the most grief. I’m reading a biography on Abraham Lincoln. Here’s a man who had the courage and conviction of doing what he thought was right. He was crucified by so many factions – not just from the south, but from north radicals. Lincoln’s own cabinet, filled with what were once his political adversaries, weren’t always supportive of him. He almost didn’t get re-elected and when he did he was shortly assassinated thereafter. He is now considered the greatest leader of our history. Public service isn’t easy and it takes courage. But those who do it, will forever be remembered, long after criticism at a public meeting or a disgruntled comment on this site. Report Reply 2 replies · active 278 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down paula mortimer · 278 weeks ago As a past council member I know how hard it is to get people to volunteer to serve on these boards. Then you have an over zealous council member that loves nothing more than to pander to the camera make mean spirited comments towards the only people who want to serve on those boards, and next you will find yourself with no one willing to serve. It will be a very sad day for sure when volunteers like myself just quit being willing to put yourself out there on such a very high limb knowing that there is no net and at least one council member with an crazy axe to grind. Report Reply 4 replies · active 278 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down guest · 278 weeks ago Hopefully another physician will step forward take on the role. There must be a lot to the story to have 2 people step down. It is a hard position for people to take when SRMC is in a financial crisis. Has there been any financial updates since hiring the new surgeon? People who are qualified and want to help probably feel the track record of the previous board and the hospital problems are not worth the time, effort and ridicule. Unqualified board members could be blamed for a lot of SRMC past problems. Lots of professionals have left the hospital and some had to do with dealing with an unqualified board. Before Dr MCcue there wasnt anyone on the board with any healthcare knowledge. To bad Shelley left because he seemed to have such a positive image on the board. Maybe its time to look into other options to oversee the hospital than begging people for warm bodies. Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JP Buellesfeld · 278 weeks ago binabati kita sa Dr Naldoza at ang kanyang Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments EDITOR’S NOTE — The following is a guest editorial written by J.P. Buellesfeld, who is owner of Buellesfeld Financial Services Inc.Recently, Steve Shelley and Kelli McComb resigned from the Health Care Authority Board which oversees Sumner Regional Medical Center. The city of Wellington is taking applications to feel the positions and people can do so at the city of Wellington offices at 317 S. Washington. By J.P. BuellesfeldJ.P. BuellesfeldThe Health Care Authority Board for the City of Wellington currently has two openings out of a five member board.  The Health Care Authority Board is the most important authority board in Sumner County as it is 100 percent in control of the governance of Sumner Regional Medical Center.Sumner Regional Medical Center is one of the largest employers in Sumner County.  The Council of the City of Wellington had no applicants for the first (15) day application period that ended March 25, 2015.  The City Council is currently accepting applications in the second (15) day application period through April 13, 2015.  The City Council will then be appointing two new members to the Health Care Authority Board.  I believe now is a good time to explain how critically important this decision is.In the case of Verret v. United States, a Texas federal district court upheld an Internal Revenue Service determination that the chairman of a non-profit hospital’s board of trustees was personally liable for the hospital’s non-payment of federal withholding taxes, Stephen Verret had been chairman of the board of Doctors Hospital in Groves, Texas. On appeal, the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision.The IRS has repeatedly demonstrated that it will be extremely aggressive in classifying board members, as “responsible persons,” and holding them personally liable for unpaid federal withholding taxes.  The IRS has also repeatedly demonstrated that it will treat non-profits no differently than their for-profit counterparts.  The IRS generally considers board members as responsible persons, and the federal courts usually agree absent strong evidence to the contrary.Resolution No. 4080 allows any member of the Health Care Authority Board to be removed by the city manager, at his discretion, for nonfeasance.  The legal definition of nonfeasance is the failure to act when action is required.  This could be something as simply voting against a motion at a Health Care Authority Board meeting.The intent of this guest editorial is to demonstrate the great commitment that is asked of an authority board member for the City of Wellington, Kansas.  Authority board members face great time commitments, receive no compensation, are often severely criticized for making difficult decisions.  They also face possible impeachment from the board for nonfeasance and can eventually face personal liability for federal payroll withholding taxes.This is not meant to suggest that federal payroll withholding taxes are not current at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  I believe it is of critical importance that the City Council, Mayor, & City Manager give these individuals their total support or the city authority boards have lost all credibility.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

“It was never in my hands, I wanted to stay at Barça”

first_imgRonaldo Nazario counted on DAZN Italy an anecdote hitherto unknown about how his departure from Barcelona. Everyone knows that the Brazilian, after making a historic season in the Barcelona in which he finished as top scorer of the Spanish league and winner of the European Cup Winners Cup, he left at Inter de Milan for an amount of stratospheric money at that time, the 4,000 million of its termination clause. However, he himself acknowledges that his intention was to renew, but that the Barca club chaired by Josep Lluis Núñez, backed out in a matter of days: “I would have signed a renewal contract at the end of the season and I left with the Brazilian team. Five days later, they called me to tell me that they could not continue with the renewal. It was never in my hands. I wanted to stay.” . The forward says he was forced to leave when the negotiations broke down and that he wanted to continue wearing Barca: “If the club did not value me as I thought, then the decision was not in my hands. I would have liked to stay but it did not depend on me.” The former player confessed that it was Roberto Carlos who convinced him that playing at Real Madrid was a great idea, although it took years to follow his advice: “I played with Roberto Carlos in Brazil and he told me everything that Real Madrid represented and his experience there. It stuck in my mind and after a few years I wanted to see it with my own eyes.” He also acknowledges that he exceeded his expectations: “I came to Madrid and it was even better than what Roberto Carlos had told me, bigger than I could imagine. It’s Real Madrid. There is great expectation and great pressure. Of course, there are also the best players in the world. I I was delighted to discover a huge club and could help make it even bigger. “ The president of Valladolid He also talked about ‘Galactic’, which in addition to offering a great show within the playing fields, made the club’s business models evolve in terms of transfers: “There was a lot of expectation for the ‘Galactics’. In the end we gave a lot of show being a winning generation and we changed the way we do business in football. Since then, clubs have generated more money and sold better to their players. That was the big change in the new era of football. “Finally, the Brazilian could not say in which team the best Ronaldo was seen, although he acknowledges that he was happy in all the clubs in which he was until his retirement: “However, I couldn’t tell you which version of me was better. I enjoyed all of them, of course. I love playing football and I love football. I think it’s a question more for the fans than for me. I tried to do my best. throughout my career. “last_img read more