Austria shuts museums, suspends all trains to Italy

first_imgMeanwhile, Vienna International Airport on Wednesday reported a 30 percent decline in passenger traffic so far in March compared with a year ago.National museum directors said their doors will be closed until March 31. The state opera and Musikverein, home to Vienna’s philharmonic orchestra, said on Tuesday they would also cancel concerts until the end of March to comply with the government ban on gatherings of more than 100 people in closed spaces.The Austrian National Library has also closed.The country of more than eight million people has so far reported 206 confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no deaths.Topics : Austria said Wednesday it will close its national museums and suspend all remaining trains to neighbouring Italy to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.The decision affects rail links from regions in western and southern Austria which border Italy. All long-distance routes — notably overnight trains to Rome, Milan and Venice — had already been cancelled.The country announced on Tuesday the near closure of its land border with its southern neighbour, now requiring a medical certificate for private individuals arriving from Italy. Cargo transport is exempt.last_img read more

Klinedinst approved to SRMC board, but concerns about personal liability still looms

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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Doctor · 272 weeks ago 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. What is the credibility of the Health care authority board as long as any member can face removal by the city manager thru this nonfeasance clause? Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 272 weeks ago As well this statement concerns me ” This could be something as simply voting against a motion at a Health Care Authority Board meeting”. If the person votes against or for an item that is not agreeable to the City Manager they can be removed? Granted this would be an extreme circumstance, why have a board then? Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 272 weeks ago My guess would be that this resolution was put in place as a safe guard against rogue members of the HCA, and manipulation by the board. Because it is an appointed position, the board does not have any personal accountability to the voters, and generally works with little oversight from the general public. That is not the case with the City Manager. He works at the direction of the City Council, and can be help more accountable when necessary. If the Council fails to act, then they can be held accountable by the voters of Wellington. If this policy were to be abused by the City Manager, it would become very public, very quickly. Whether it was the correct action or not, the recent removal of a board member made the news very quickly. The Council might want to revisit this ordinance, and strengthen the policy as it is written. Perhaps they should consider that a member of the board can be removed by the City Manager, WITH the approval of the Governing Body. Then again, that could make it a more political issue, which can muddy the waters pretty quickly. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 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 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — An interesting discussion popped up at the May 19 Wellington City Council meeting that begged to ask the philosophical question, “how much could it cost you to serve?”The council unanimously approved Tami Klinedinst to fill the vacancy left open by the resignation of Kelli McComb on the Sumner Regional Medical Center Health Care Authority board. Klinedinst joins Dr. Faustino Naldoza as new board members. Her term will expire in April 20, 2017.But before the appointment was approved, council member Vince Wetta asked Klinedinst if she knew what she was getting into.The question was not as much a backhanded swipe at SRMC or the board, as it was his concern that board members could be held personally liable for unpaid bills incurred especially with the Internal Revenue Service.SRMC CEO Leonard Hernandez confirmed the hospital still owes a month’s worth of federal withholding taxes from the payroll in 2014.“When we were struggling with all the billing and collection issues that were created in our workings with ‘The Outsource Group,’ we fell behind,” Hernandez said Friday in an e-mail to Sumner Newscow. “It is our goal to have those paid in its entirety over the next 30 days as we continue to work more efficiently and productively with our new billing partner Cerner. All 2015 taxes are current.”At last week’s meeting, Wetta was concerned that the hospital was behind with the IRS as many as five months. He also said that according to a city ordinance written June 14, 1994 if withholding taxes are not paid and this bill comes up, a person serving on the SRMC board would be personally liable.In an editorial to Sumner Newscow, Wellington citizen made J.P. Buellesfeld reaffirmed this concern: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“I don’t want you getting on the board, then the IRS knocking on your door,” Wetta said to Klinedinst who was in attendance at the meeting.Klinedinst, who recently ran for Wellington mayor, responded that she was worried about the situation and would like some clarification. Klinedinst was the only applicant for the position.“I don’t have many personal assets for the IRS to have,” Klinedinst said. “But, still, I would like a safety net.”Hernandez said as far as board members being held personally liable for those taxes, he personally has not found any statute that either specifically supports or eliminates that concern.“Comments being made about that are being based on a local interpretation and an Internet article,” Hernandez said. “However, the board is certainly aware of the importance and severity of the issue.”Hernandez said the HCA has in place for years, a specific directors and officers liability policy.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more