Shumlin names Peterson as Tax Commissioner, Duffy to be HR Commissioner and Ide to stay at DMV

first_imgGovernor-elect Peter Shumlin today announced the appointments of Vermont’s next Tax Commissioner, Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and Commissioner of Human Resources. Mary Peterson will be Tax Commissioner, Kate Duffy will be Commissioner of Human Resources and Robert Ide will remain as Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.‘Mary has the skills and experience to ensure that we implement a tax system that grows wealth and grows jobs,’ said Shumlin. ‘I am grateful that she has agreed to take on this important challenge.’YouTube Video courtesy of vtdigger.org (story and more videos)Mary Peterson served six years (2002-2008) in the Vermont House of Representatives. She was Clerk of the Ways & Means Committee for all three terms, involved in numerous major tax bills in that time. Prior to serving in the House, she was Chair of the Williston Selectboard, and also served on the Board of Directors of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. She returned to private legal practice in 2008 with the Burlington firm of Spink & Miller, having worked previously as an attorney with the Department of Public Service and a Boston, Massachusetts, law firm. As commissioner, Mary’s salary will be approximately $85,000.‘I am honored that Rob has agreed to stay on as Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles,’ said Shumlin. ‘Rob is a 7th generation Vermonter and long time small business owner who has successfully brought his business skills to state government.’Robert Ide is currently the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles. He is a graduate of Danville High School, Vermont Technical College, and the University of Vermont. He was employed in his family’s feed and grain business in St. Johnsbury, where he was President of the corporation during the divestiture of the Ide family feed stores. In 1992, Rob was elected to the Vermont State Senate, a position he held until March of 2003 when he resigned his Senate seat in order to accept the appointment as Vermont’s Director of Energy Efficiency in the administration of Governor Douglas. In June 2008, Rob transferred from the Department of Public Service to head the Rail Division of the Vermont Agency of Transportation. And, on August 18, 2009, he started his tenure as Vermont’s Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. As Commissioner of the DMV, Rob’s salary will be approximately $91,000.‘As Deputy Commissioner of Human Resources, Kate has done a fantastic job and I am thrilled that she will now be taking on the role of Commissioner,’ said Shumlin. ‘Kate’s expertise and knowledge of state government will be critical in this difficult economic time as we work to boost the morale of state workers and ensure they can fulfill their duties to Vermonters.’Kate is currently the Deputy Commissioner of Human Resources. Prior to this, she was Vermont’s Assistant Attorney General from 2004 until 2010. Kate attended George Washington Law School and resides in Williston. As Commissioner of Human Resources, Kate’s salary will be approximately $82,000.last_img read more

Happy Friday the 13th: The mystery of negative framing

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I’ve always been drawn to the intrigue of mystery, thrillers, and the intersections of life when the world goes a bit dark. I love “Silence of the Lambs,” I’ve read most of James Patterson’s Alex Cross series, and I can’t wait for Halloween to arrive so we can visit a haunted house or two. That makes it lots of fun when Friday the 13th rolls around. Today, on this Friday the 13th, I woke up thinking less about darkness we might seek out for fun, and more about the darkness that each of our minds can create with negative framing.I recently had a few business trips for speaking engagements. During my time at the Filene Research Institute, I used to travel weekly. In my role at Canvas, I am not traveling nearly as much as I once was. While traveling can be taxing, when I traveled a lot, I had a routine that was fairly well-tuned. I packed well. My parking or Ubering was finely honed. When things went awry with flights, I had a good sense of when to respond, how to respond, and how to navigate the inner workings of the airlines. I’m a little rusty (and gladly so).When I landed at home in Denver after a trip two weeks ago, I moved quickly through the airport. I am a big believer in not checking a bag, so I was able to head straight to the parking garage. Despite not traveling a lot, I have very quickly fallen into a new routine when I do fly. I park in generally the same area each time. Without much thought, I headed out the door to find my car. I was so excited to see my daughter, MacKenzie, and my heart beat quickly, thinking about having dinner with her and hearing about her day. continue reading »last_img read more

‘Indonesia won’t be military base for any country’, Retno says, dismissing Pentagon report

first_imgForeign Minister Retno LP Marsudi has asserted that Indonesia will not be the military base for any foreign country, including China, following a report from the United States’ Department of Defense that states China is planning to build an overseas military logistics facility in Indonesia.“I want to emphasize that, in accordance with the lines and principles of Indonesian foreign policy, Indonesian territory cannot and will not be used as a military facility base for any country,” Retno said during a press briefing on Friday.“I repeat, Indonesian territory cannot and will not be used as a military facility base for any country.” Previously, the US Department of Defense released its annual report titled Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2020.The report was mandated to US Congress as an authoritative assessment on military and security developments involving China.Read also: Thawing out Cold War declaration, ASEAN sets stance in great powers rivalryIt analyzes the contours of China’s national strategy, its approach to security and military affairs and potential changes in China’s armed forces over the next 20 years.“Beyond its current base in Djibouti, the PRC [People’s Liberation Army] is very likely already considering and planning for additional overseas military logistics facilities to support naval, air and ground forces,” the report says.“The PRC has likely considered locations for PLA military logistics facilities in Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania, Angola and Tajikistan.”China, according to the report, is seeking to establish a more robust overseas logistics and basing infrastructure to allow the PLA to project and sustain military power at greater distances.Topics :last_img read more

Homes selling fast in popular Brisbane street

first_imgThe McCormack family, Mick and Kelly with children, Ruby, 4 Ava, 2 and Lachlan (11 weeks) outside their home at 27 Main Ave Wilston. Picture: Mark Cranitch.MAYBE it’s the convenience of having Wilston Village just around the corner.Maybe it’s the friendly neighbours, the wide, welcoming street or the walking distance to schools.Whatever it is, there’s something about Main Avenue in the usually tightly-held, inner northern suburb of Wilston that’s whipping up a buying frenzy.One agent in the area has sold four homes in the street in just the past four months – all for over $1 million.Garry Jones of McGrath Estate Agents said there had been a surge of interest in the street since Spring.“Wilston Village is literally at the end of the street and it’s walking distance to local schools, which is a huge drawcard for the Wilston catchment,” he said.“It’s a bit of a coincidence, but it’s not uncommon when one property has sold for a great result for it to generate further activity in a street. “It becomes a hotspot of attention and other local property owners often capitalise on the momentum.” GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE One of those property owners is Kelly McCormack, who admits she and her husband are reluctant to say goodbye to their home at 27 Main Avenue after five years.The four bedroom, two-storey Queenslander was snapped up just six days after listing.The house was originally put up for auction early last year but didn’t attract anywhere near the same level of interest.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“We only had two open homes before it sold and 34 couples came for the first one,” she said. “The area seems to be really hot and lots of people are trying to get into it.”Marian Thomas says she will also miss living in the street.“It’s a beautiful wide street and it’s handy, so close to everything,” she said.“We had the best neighbours.“I reckon people only leave because of work or lifestyle commitments.”She recently sold her five bedroom house at 30 Main Avenue for $1.75 million as she and her family are moving interstate.“We’d just come to a point in our lives when it was time to move on,” she said.Mr Jones said there had been a lot of interest from buyers in Sydney and Melbourne.“Brisbane represents much better value for long-term family lifestyles,” he said.last_img read more

Survey: Colorado leads nation in youth marijuana use

first_imgKRDO.com 18 December 2015For the first time, Colorado ranks first across the country for marijuana use by youths, according to a new federal survey released Friday.The survey, released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.Colorado ranked third and fourth, respectively, in the previous two surveys.The survey gathered responses from 70,000 people between the ages of 12 and 20.  Each participant earned $30.Experts said the survey results make sense because youths in states with legalized marijuana are exposed to it more and have a greater possibility of using it.Kimble Gingrich, a senior deputy with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and a school resource officer, said he’s not surprised by the results because it bears out what he hears from students every day.“I believe that marijuana gets in the way of kids being successful at school,” he said.  “But they don’t tell me specifically where they use it, when they use it.  They don’t give me the information I need to get in the way of it.  Because it’s legal, we have desensitized our kids to the dangers of it.”http://www.krdo.com/news/Survey-Colorado-leads-nation-in-youth-marijuana-use/37031852Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Canine influenza notice issued in Indiana

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Indiana State Board of Animal Health is warning residents about the possibility of canine influenza. Although Indiana has only reported a handful of cases, neighboring states have reported many more.The highly contagious disease can be transmitted by respiratory secretions from other dogs. The first sign of infection is typically a cough followed by fatigue, eye discharge and decreased appetite. Immediate treatment is recommended.The sickness is not known to have any effect on humans.last_img read more

Oscar not leaving Blues

first_imgOscar has told French media that he has had contact with Paris St Germain this summer but has no plans to leave Chelsea. The 22-year-old Brazilian is the latest Stamford Bridge star to be linked to PSG, with Eden Hazard heavily rumoured to have been high on Laurent Blanc’s summer wishlist before he confirmed his commitment to Chelsea. Fellow Brazilian David Luiz also recently sealed a big-money move to the French capital. Press Associationcenter_img Oscar, who has played a key role for the hosts in the World Cup so far, has now followed in the footsteps of Hazard in publicly declaring he wants to stay at the London club. “I had contact with PSG, it’s true but it did not go further,” he is quoted as saying by L’Equipe. “The next season, I will stay at Chelsea.” last_img read more

Allardyce wants full stadiums

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes filling your home ground is paramount to Premier League clubs – with the Hammers announcing their new season-ticket structure ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium. Press Association And Allardyce believes performing in front of a sold-out crowd is something that should not go unappreciated as the other 19 Premier League clubs are now being pushed to follow West Ham’s lead. “The most important thing at a football club is to fill the stadium,” he said. “I think filling the stadium is the ultimate for the success of the team. Obviously it’s not from a revenue base like it used to be. “The revenue base for a football club used to be the sustainability of the football club in my years before the Premier League and before Sky made it a worldwide brand. “It’s about creating the atmosphere in a stadium that thrills not only the fans there enjoying the atmosphere, but the players who respond to that “To make sure everywhere you go in the Premier League maintains a high level of attendance and selling out your stadium has to be the ultimate goal for any Premier League football club, for me. “What we’ve announced has to be the best piece of business, for me, seen in the Premier League for a long, long time. “Hopefully everybody at West Ham football club, particularly the fan, will come and enjoy, as Karren says, a fantastic facility for less. That will only encourage future young West Ham supporters to be West Ham supporters.” center_img Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham, announced during the week that the club would be making significant cuts to their current pricing as the move is being offset against increased television revenue. The cheapest season ticket at Upton Park is £620 but there will be £289 seats on offer from the 2016/17 season – the club’s first in the 54,000-seater Olympic Stadium. last_img read more

Manchester United in contract talks with David de Gea, according to reports

first_imgManchester United are in talks with goalkeeper David de Gea about a new contract, according to reports. The BBC and a number of national newspapers said on Thursday night that the Spain goalkeeper was talking about a new deal, just 10 days after a move to Real Madrid collapsed. De Gea looked set to join Madrid on deadline day in a long-mooted move, only for administration errors to scupper a deal. Press Associationcenter_img Pictures carried by the Daily Mail showed De Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in Manchester on Thursday afternoon, giving rise to talk of negotiations. De Gea has not played for United this season as a result of the uncertainty surrounding him, but could be in line to return against Liverpool this weekend. United manager Louis van Gaal is set for his first club media commitments since deadline day on Friday. There was no comment from the club on Thursday night. last_img read more

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho not content with just finishing above Arsenal

first_imgLONDON: Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho stated he isn’t content with just finishing over Arsenal in the Premier League table and reiterated his desire to help the club secure a place in next season’s Europa League. Spurs got the better of Arsenal in the London Derby 2-1 on Sunday and courtesy of that win, they now have two points more than Mikel Arteta’s troops and are placed at eighth spot compared to Gunners’ ninth. Mourinho said that finishing above Arsenal will hand bragging rights only to the fans. Historically, Arsenal have finished above Spurs more times in the league but in the last three years, the latter have turned out be the London club who have been on top at the end of the season. “That is a fan’s view. I have to be more ambitious than that,” Mourinho said during a news conference as per Goal.com. “I know I could look at in a selfish point of view and say since I arrived, if the championship started in that moment, even with all the problems we had I think we would now be fourth or fifth in the table. “I don’t want to be selfish, I don’t want to look at it just as a fan that is happy to finish above Arsenal,” he added. Mourinho also urged his players to continue the form and secure a place in next year’s Europa League. The last time Mourinho was part of a team in the Europa League, he took Manchester United to the title and thus helped them gain a position in the Champions League. “I would love to play Europa League. It is not a competition I am in love with, it is not a competition I would like very much to play, but when you cannot play Champions League you play Europa League,” Mourinho said. IANS Also Watch: High Court Rejects BPF Plea Against Governor’s Ruled In BTADlast_img read more

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