Amtrak signs Illinois contract

first_imgAN AGREEMENT securing Amtrak’s continued operation of three Chicago ’corridor’ services was announced on January 14. Illinois Department of Transportation had been threatening to invite open tenders for the State House to St Louis, Illini to Carbondale and Illinois Zephyr to Quincy, in an effort to lower the state’s subsidy payments.Amtrak said that it had been extremely aggressive in its efforts to retain the franchise and has made a number of concessions to win what it called ’an innovative, multi-year package’. Subject to annual appropriations from the state legislature, Illinois will pay US$7m in 1997-98, US$7·55m in 1998-99 and US$7·95m in 1999-2000, with Amtrak bearing the risk of any losses. The operator has promised to enhance service levels, improve productivity and develop a pricing structure affordable to Illinois and other states wishing to support services.Amtrak will operate the six return trips under parameters outlined by Illinois DOT including timings, scheduling and minimum seating capacity on each train. Food service must also be provided. Penalties will be payable if a train departs from an originating point more than 30min late or if departures from points of origin are less than 99% on time annually.last_img read more

Sumner Weekly Poll: The Washington Redskins question

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 (11) 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. +1 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 357 weeks ago It is tradition. They have been around for a very long time. If they wanted to complain about it they should have done it in the last 49 years since Title VII was established in 1964. The only thing that brought this on was Obama saying “if he was the owner he might think about changing the name.” Like anybody cares what Obama has to say now- a-days. Don’t you have more important things to worry about Mr. President than the name of team that has been around since 1932 (before you were born)? Report Reply 1 reply · active 357 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down October9thCommenter · 357 weeks ago I feel that if it is offensive, then it should be changed. What I can’t figure out, though, is whether or not it is actually offensive. I have read multiple articles that show how many, many Native Americans take pride in the name “Redskins.” Report Reply 1 reply · active 357 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 357 weeks ago There will always be a group of loons that find absolutely anything “offensive”. I kind of find the name of this website offensive. It’s suggesting that sumner co. residents are cows (fat). Cue, you should take some sensitivity training. 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Love the game · 357 weeks ago I believe they should be changed to the Washington Gridlocks Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down JaneBrown · 357 weeks ago Not unless Cleveland changes their name. As a Brown, I am utterly insulted & offended that a football team is named after me. Naw, the whole Redskin thing is just as silly as the Cleveland thing above. They should leave it alone and worry about bigger things. Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down guest · 357 weeks ago NO Don’t Change It! I’m Sick And Tired Of Everyone Whining About Everything. Get Over It. They Got The Name From The Native Americans In The First Place. This Whole Politically Correct BS Is Exactly That BS. And I’m Sorry But The President Needs To Worry About A Lot More Things Then The Redskins Name, NCAA FB Playoffs, Picking His Final Four Team, Or Going On Leno Or The View! Do Some Actual Work! Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Roadrunner · 357 weeks ago I will approve a change only if they call theymselves the Washington Obamas. They can’t run a decent football team and Obama can’t run a country seems appropriate. Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down charlie · 357 weeks ago The country is getting really stupid. Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down guest · 356 weeks ago They just need to take out the word ” Washington”, considering or government’s state of affairs. Report Reply 0 replies · active 356 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  Loading … Should the Washington Redskins change their mascot because it is offensive to Native Americans? Yes No View Resultslast_img read more

Greek Adonis tipped to be hottest hunk

first_imgHunky Andrew Barlas, 33, is one of the 12 finalists tipped to win the Blush Photography Find a Hunk Competition and the finals are only three sleeps away. The winner, to be selected by a panel of celebrity judges including Big Brother’s Bree Amer, and Make me a Supermodel winner, Rhys Uhlich will take away a whopping $30,000 prize.“Winners will be judged on their personality and aesthetics, their body, and how marketable they will be in the modelling industry,” says panel judge and body building champion Ellena Tsatsos. “We will also count the online votes, so you still have time until Thursday 5pm to go online and vote for your favourite hunk”. The website is www.blush.com.au/HH09. By entering you will also have a chance to win a date with your favourite bachelor as well as other prizes. NKEE speaks to Andrew below about the competition, his life goals and women- now it’s time for you to be the judge.Occupation? Proprietor of cleaning business.Describe yourself in 10 words Cheeky, fun, loving, romantic, adorable, passionate, strong, fit, resilient,  and loyal.What do you look for in a woman? Eyes through which one can see the depths of one’s soul. I love romantic and affectionate women who love to laugh and don’t mind quiet nights at home. I always look for inner beauty, confidence and strength.What are you passionate about? Healing, fixing injuries and balancing people with their souls. I love my family and friends dearly. I am passionate about body building, travel and exploring different cultures.Biggest turn on? Humour, warmth and confidence. Best thing about being Greek Australian? Listening to all your aunties whinge about everything, (he laughs). I am very proud of my Greek heritage as I am of being an Australian.Life goal? To try to master oneself and seeking emotional balance. I believe one needs self love and self faith to aspire and reach goals.I can’t live without… My family, my friends, gym, good food, my cat, spirituality and healing,… oh yes and my BlackBerry.How did you get involved in the competition? My sister pushed me into it, although I had done a bit of modelling previously and a friend of mine, Paul James, a personal trainer won the competition last year so I thought I’d give it a try.Favourite TV show? Seinfield.Drink of choice? Jim Beam/ Machiatto’s. Why should you win?Because a Greek Australian deserves to win it two years in a row! (he laughs) The final will take place at Cristal Lounge (the old Gamma Bar) on Chapel Street in South Yarra from 7pm on Thursday 19th March.  Goodluck Andrew! Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more