Shumlin taps AOT Deputy Secretary Minter as Irene Recovery Officer

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin has announced that Sue Minter, Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Transportation, will replace Neale Lunderville as Irene Recovery Officer. Minter will step into the new post on January 6, as Lunderville returns to his job at Green Mountain Power. ‘Neale has been critical in bringing Vermont through the immediate aftermath of the worst storm to hit this state in nearly a century, and to help shape the recovery plan as we move into 2012,’ Shumlin said. ‘I appreciate his willingness to help his state in a crisis.’ Minter, the Governor noted, has also been a pivotal player in the Irene recovery effort, working with AOT Secretary Brian Searles and the transportation crews to get 500 miles of damaged roads and 34 closed bridges re-opened before the brunt of the winter season hit Vermont. The last road ‘ Route 107 ‘ re-opened today. ‘We’ve had very strong start, but recovery will continue for months and years ahead. Irene is not behind us,’ Governor Shumlin said. ‘We need a recovery leader who will be able keep the momentum swift and strong into the new year, and Sue Minter has proven that she has the commitment to the state and the leadership needed to carry the Irene recovery effort forward.’ More than 7,000 Vermonters have registered with FEMA following the storm, which hit on Aug. 28. Approximately 4,300 of those have received individual assistance. In addition, 1,500 homes were substantially damaged by the storm, and roads and bridges ‘ both state and municipal ‘ were severely impacted. In addition to serving as Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Minter was a state representative from Waterbury (one of the communities hard hit by Irene) and worked in the state Agency of Commerce and Community Development for 10 years in community planning and revitalization. ‘I am honored to be asked to serve our state in this capacity at this critical time,’ Minter said. ‘I have the passion and determination to harness our ‘Vermont Strong’ spirit and to make government more effective and even better prepared for future events. Our work is not over until every Vermonter has recovered from Irene.’ Minter will report to the Governor through the Secretary of Administration. She will be a Cabinet officer with the responsibility and authority to oversee statewide recovery. Minter will work across agencies and with outside partners to sustain collaborative, mission-focused recovery efforts.last_img read more

Messi, Ronaldo still aren’t on Pele’s level claims World Cup winner

first_imgLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still haven’t reached Pele’s level according to Brazilian legend Tostao. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated football since their respective debuts and are regarded as two of the greatest ever. However, World Cup winner Tostao was quick to explain why the Barcelona and Juventus forwards can’t compare to Pele quite yet. He told FIFA.com per IBTimes: “I think Pele was better than all of them. For me, there’s no comparison. Pele was far more complete. He had every quality that a forward could have. He didn’t have one defect. Loading… “Messi’s spectacular, but he doesn’t head the ball like Pele did, he doesn’t shoot as well with both feet, he doesn’t pull off the moves that Pele did. Cristiano Ronaldo is an exceptional player, but he doesn’t have the ability that Pele had and he doesn’t pull off the incredible passes that Pele did. “If you take the qualities of Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, put them together, then you’d have a player to compare to Pele!” The former midfielder also addressed Diego Maradona’s standings in the ‘GOAT’ debate. “Maradona was spectacular, but he wasn’t on Pele’s level physically, he didn’t score the numbers of goals Pele did,” he explained. Read Also: Tension mounts in Premier League relegation battle “We cannot forget about Zico, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo while in Europe, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff. “Now, it’s not my fault, but I think Pele was better than them all.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img When Pele himself was drawn into the Messi vs Ronaldo chatter, he opted for Ronaldo as he is “more consistent”. “Today the best player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo,” Pele told YouTube channel Pilhado per Daily Mail. “I think he’s the best, because he’s more consistent, but you can’t forget about [Lionel] Messi, of course, but he’s not a striker.” Despite his glowing praise of the duo, Pele still arrived at a simple conclusion when deciding who is the best of all time – himself. “It is a question that is difficult to answer,” he begun when asked who is the best. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe6 Natural History Museums That Have World’s Greatest CollectionsMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconiclast_img read more