Submitted image.FALCONER – A local organization dedicated to providing children with special needs the opportunity to participate in sporting events is holding an online raffle this week.Exceptional Stars Athletics founder Rich Bianco says all proceeds benefit the program’s works.A hand-crafted wooded American flag made by Jacob Youngberg, a round USA flag wall hanging made by Ginger Hitchcock, two 25 oz. tumblers made by Kylee Lindahl of Kylee’s Kreations, and a $40 gift certificate to Hippie Stitches run by Ashley Thierfeldt are available.Furthermore, Julie Freling, a Dunkirk School 7 teacher, donated a set of four long-stem wine glasses with the Buffalo Bills logo and a Bills tie-dye t-shirt. “We got all of these items from local people running super successful side gigs,” said Bianco. “They’re awesome, we’re supporting local small business in order to help raise funds for our group.”Bianco says the raffle will run through Wednesday with a randomized drawing to determine prize winners.Chances are available as follows:1 chance for $55 chances for $2015 chances for $4025 chances for $50Donations can be sent via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org, or Venmo @Exceptional-Stars-1. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
View Comments Following the explosion and fire in the East Village, the off-Broadway production of Stomp has canceled the March 26 performance. The long-running show performs at the Orpheum Theatre, which sits across the street from the site of the collapse on 2nd Avenue.Stomp is an energetic revue in which matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans and more are transformed into percussion instruments. The daily objects weave together a performance featuring dance, music and improvisation.The cast of Stomp currently features Jesse Armerding, Alan Asuncion, Marivaldo dos Santos, Dustin Elsea, Fritzlyn Hector, Brad Holland, Aaron Marcellus, Jason Mills, Manny Osoria, Krystal Renée, Indigo Smith and Carlos Thomas.
In its 60 years as one of the leading apparel companies in the outdoor industry, Patagonia has never run an advertisement on television.That changed a few days ago when the company purchased a 700,000 TV spot, featuring the company’s founder and staunch public land advocate Yvonne Chouinard.In the one minute video, Chouinard reflects on the important role that public lands played in the founding if his now thriving business empire and laments about the threats facing America’s public lans in the current political climate.“Public lands are under threat now more than ever because of a few self-serving politicians who want to sell them off and make money,” Chouinard says in the video. “Behind the politicians are the energy companies and the big corporations that want to use up those national resources. It’s just greed—this belongs to us—this belongs to all of the people in America.”The ad was released in anticipation of tomorrow’s national monument deadline, which will require Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to submit his recommendations for the future of 27 national monuments across the United State—stretching form California to Maine.At least 15 of the monuments are considered vulnerable to revision, reduction or even complete reversal.
Panel rules on ‘advance funding’ advice July 15, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Panel rules on ‘advance funding’ advice Senior Editor Lawyers can tell their personal injury clients about “advance funding” options, but shouldn’t become involved in evaluating such proposals or provide a letter of protection to such a lender, according to the Professional Ethics Committee. The PEC, meeting June 22 at the Bar’s Annual Meeting, approved Proposed Advisory Opinion 00-3, which it has been debating for more than a year. The approval came only after a vigorous discussion and by a close 17-14 vote. The opinion addresses questions about advance funding third parties that offer nonrecourse loans or buy part of an anticipated judgment which is unsecured except for the hoped-for case proceeds which were not addressed in earlier opinions. Lawyers may not, the committee said, have an ownership interest in the lending company or receive a referral fee. The final opinion can be appealed to the Bar Board of Governors, and will be posted on the Bar’s website at www.FLABAR.org. The opinion will also be published as an official notice in the August 15 News. The committee noted that its earlier rulings remain unchanged. Those hold that Bar rules prohibit attorneys from directly lending money to clients, or doing indirectly what they cannot do directly. Also, in a 1992 opinion, the committee held that lawyers could not routinely refer clients to a company and then actively participate in the loan transactions. The Supreme Court upheld that position when a petition was presented to it for a rule change. Not addressed in earlier opinions, the committee said, was how an attorney could try to get help for a financially strapped client without becoming involved in the loan and whether the attorney could honor a letter of protection to a loan company. Noting that most other states which have considered the issue allow attorneys at least to tell clients about the existence of such loans, the committee wrote, “This committee can conceive of only limited circumstances under which it would be appropriate for an attorney to provide clients with information about finance companies that offer non-recourse advance funding or other financial assistance in exchange for an assignment of interest in the case.” The committee concluded: • An attorney can tell clients about the existence of such loans and provide the names of companies, but not discuss the costs of such loans or that those costs might outweigh the benefits. The committee also expressed concern from earlier opinions that clients who get those loans may lose incentive to cooperate with completing a case. • An attorney should not recommend clients’ matters to finance companies, nor contact finance companies on clients’ behalf. • An attorney must not allow finance companies obtaining an interest in the judgment to direct or become involved in the case, or affect the attorney’s independent judgment. • The attorney may not have an ownership interest in the loan company. And since referrals are prohibited, the attorney also may not receive any compensation from the loan company in exchange for making a referral. • The attorney may provide information to loan companies about the case only with a written request from the client, but in any case may not provide the company with an opinion about the value or worth of a case. “Before providing the company with such information, the attorney must consult with the client about the effects of the disclosure, including whether any privileges may be waived if the information is disclosed to the finance company, and obtain the client’s informed consent,” the opinion said. • The attorney, at the client’s request, may honor a finance company’s letter of protection or the client’s irrevocable assignment of part of the recovery to the company, but the attorney may not provide a letter of protection to the company and signed by the attorney “because to do so would become a part of the loan process.” “In conclusion, an attorney may, in appropriate circumstances, provide a client with information about companies which offer non-recourse advance funding and other financial assistance in exchange for an interest in the proceeds of the client’s case,” the opinion said. “The attorney may provide factual information about the case to the finance company with the informed consent of the client. Although the attorney may honor the finance company’s letter of protection signed by the client, the attorney may not issue a letter of protection to the finance company.” Much of the committee’s debate centered on what if any help a lawyer could give a client interested in an advance funding loan. Steve Rothenberg, representing Al Cone, an attorney who runs a funding company and one of the lawyers requesting an opinion from the committee, said the proposed opinion was too restrictive. He said it was wrong to say the loans would help only in “limited” circumstances and that lawyers should be able to issue letters of protection, saying it would make the loan more secure and would lead to lower interest rates for the client. “We believe the letter of protection is very important. We think there is no distinction between the letter of protection the lawyer gives a doctor and the lawyer gives the funding company,” he said. “It’s the property of the client and if the client says give the letter of protection, the lawyer should have the right to give the letter of protection.” But committee members disagreed. “The deal is with the client,” said committee member Emmet Abdoney. “There’s an ethics opinion that says if the letter of protection isn’t honored, then the lawyer is in trouble. That’s a concern we had. I would rather throw it back on you and you take care of yourself.. . . We can see that we get dragged in probably a little farther than we want to.” Committee member Don Beverly agreed, saying letters of protections for doctors are a completely different matter than guaranteeing a loan for an advance funding company. “I think we are going to create a situation and sort of fictitiously characterize it as like a letter of protection. That’s not giving on point protection to members of The Florida Bar,” he said. Beverly also said lawyers giving lenders information about litigation create problems, such as in cases where a client desperately needs money, but the lawyer might think there is a poor chance of any recovery. Other committee members saw a variety of problems. Some said financially strapped clients are frequently forced to settle for a pittance because they need the money, and advance funding could help. But others, noting lending rates can vary from two to 15 percent a month, said the loans will subject clients to predatory practices. Likewise, some committee members said it was important for lawyers to give their clients advice about loans and warn them if a loan isn’t in their best interest or the best deal available. But others said that would impermissibly involve lawyers in the loan. The committee first rejected a motion to adopt a draft prepared by a subcommittee but to drop language that prohibited the attorney from issuing a letter of protection. The committee then voted 17-14, with two abstentions, to approve the subcommittee’s draft, but omitted sentences that would allow the lawyer to give limited advice. One stricken line said the lawyer should discuss with the client whether the costs of the advance funding outweighed benefits. The other deleted section said the lawyer should discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the loan and also advise whether it was legal under applicable statutes.
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“We will do our utmost to make the best estimate of what to do at the moment. There are protocols when it comes to an earthquake. But when it comes to an earthquake combined with the global pandemic, then it is a much more complicated situation,” Bozinovic told local media.Plenkovic said the quake, with a magnitude of 5.3 according to GFZ, was the biggest to hit Zagreb in 140 years. It struck 6 km north of the city and was felt across the Western Balkans.Zarko Rasic, head of the Zagreb Emergency Medicine Institute, a children’s hospital, said a 15-year-old was in a critical condition after being found by an emergency services team under a collapsed building and another minor had been admitted with head injuries from a falling roof. He did not give further details on the persons’ identities.The Zagreb Fire Department said firefighting and rescue operations were ongoing at several locations. Read also: Croatian designer launches ‘cheerful’ virus mask linePlenkovic said the army had been called in to help clean up debris in Zagreb and urged citizens to “stay outside and keep your distance”.”The situation is contradictory, we invited people to stay at home to avoid spreading of the corona virus, and now we are advising them to leave their homes,” Plenkovic told a press conference.GFZ downgraded the magnitude of the quake from an initial reading of 6.0.”It lasted over 10 seconds. By far the strongest I have ever felt,” one witness said, adding that it was followed by several aftershocks.A Reuters reporter on the scene saw a church bell tower damaged, some buildings fell down as people fled apartments and took to the streets.The government convened an urgent cabinet meeting and said it would hold another press conference on Sunday afternoon.The US Geological Survey said the quake measured 5.4, while the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) also reported 5.3 magnitude, followed by another 5.1 magnitude earthquake. Topics : A large earthquake struck near the Croatian capital Zagreb on Sunday, leaving a teenager critically injured after an apartment building in the city collapsed, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences and a hospital official said.Another minor was badly injured and the quake caused several fires and power blackouts in parts of the capital, hospital and emergency services said.Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic called on citizens to remain outside their homes amid potential aftershocks. Plenkovic and Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic also appealed for people rushing onto the streets to keep social distances from each other as the country struggles to contain the spread of coronavirus. So far, Croatia has reported 206 cases of the virus and one death.
Friday’s report pointed out that the crisis would likely cause a significant rise in poverty.According to the World Bank, the number of people in extreme poverty could potentially skyrocket by up to 60 million this year alone.”As the pandemic wreaks havoc on family incomes, without support, many could resort to child labor,” ILO chief Guy Ryder said in a statement.The relation between swelling poverty and a surge in child labor appears clear, the report said, pointing to studies from some countries indicating that a one-percent increase in poverty leads to at least a 0.7-percent rise in child labor. Millions of children could be pushed into work by the coronavirus crisis, the UN said Friday as it braced for the first rise in child labor in two decades.In a joint brief, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, noted that the number of children locked in child labor had declined by 94 million since 2000.But the UN agencies warned that “the COVID-19 pandemic poses very real risks of backtracking.” ‘Coping mechanism’ The brief pointed out that children who lose one or both parents during the coronavirus crisis could be forced to step in as breadwinners or find themselves more vulnerable to exploitation.Girls, it warned, were particularly vulnerable to exploitation in agriculture and domestic work.”In times of crisis, child labor becomes a coping mechanism for many families,” UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore said in the statement. The agencies voiced alarm at mounting evidence that child labor has risen as schools have closed during the pandemic.They noted that temporary school closures were now affecting more than one billion pupils in over 130 countries.And even when classes restart, parents might no longer be able to pay for school.The brief proposed a range of corrective measures, including the elimination of school fees, and urged countries to boost social protections and provide easier access to credit for poor households.”As we re-imagine the world post-COVID, we need to make sure that children and their families have the tools they need to weather similar storms in the future,” Fore said.”Quality education, social protection services and better economic opportunities can be game changers.”According to the most recent ILO estimates published in 2017, around 152 million children were forced into work from 2012 to 2016, including 73 million in hazardous positions.The UN is to release fresh data on the extent of child labor globally next year. The report also stressed that the crisis could push children already working to put in longer hours under worsening conditions.Others could be forced into the worst forms of labor, seriously threatening their health and safety, it said. Topics :
Budget News, Fiscal Cliff, Press Release Seven Springs, PA — Governor Tom Wolf joined the Allegheny League of Municipalities (ALOM) at their Annual Spring Conference today to discuss the issues facing municipalities across Pennsylvania. With Pennsylvania facing a more than $2 billion budget deficit, the state is facing a fiscal cliff for the 2016-17 year. The impact of failing to address this financial crisis will directly affect local municipalities.“If Pennsylvania’s financial house is out of order, then the commonwealth cannot be the full partner that local communities need us to be,” said Governor Wolf. “Today, I want to reassure you that I will continue to fight for a fair, smart, and honest budget in Harrisburg so that our local communities can have fair taxes, good schools, and manageable operating costs. Let’s get Pennsylvania back on track together.”In March, Governor Wolf let the Republican 2015-16 budget become law in order to move on from the budget impasse and address the state’s financial challenges in the 2016-17 budget. However, if the General Assembly does not approve a responsible plan to solve this crisis this year, every Pennsylvanian will suffer real, immediate consequences.At the conference today, Governor Wolf outlined four changes at the state level that will avoid these severe consequences and make local communities more successful:The state needs to level the playing field of the tax system by alleviating the inherently unfair reliance on local property taxes, which places an especially tremendous burden on older and poorer communities.Pennsylvania needs to improve its schools by taking on a larger state share of the education funding burden and distributing state proceeds according to a fair funding formula. Pennsylvania will not prosper if we don’t commit ourselves to fair and adequate funding of our schools.The commonwealth needs to work with local municipalities to address the legacy costs that communities are faced with, including municipal pension costs.Finally, Harrisburg needs to pass a fiscally responsible budget that addresses the state’s deficit. Pennsylvania has been downgraded five times in five years by the Standard and Poor, Moody’s, and Fitch credit agencies, and this financial mess has already hit local communities in the form of cuts to education and human services.“The policy environment in Pennsylvania has grown increasingly hostile to older municipalities over the past half century, particularly in our heavy reliance on local property taxes to fund essential services” said Governor Wolf. “We need to change course when it comes to shaping the environment in which our state’s municipalities operate and serve.”ALOM is a voluntary umbrella organization of boroughs, townships, cities, home rule municipalities, municipal authorities, and Allegheny County officials which coordinates a systematic and cooperative approach to municipal legislation and services. The League works with government associations to encourage intergovernmental cooperation and improve government liaisons. The three-day conference addressed topics such as pensions, education, workforce development, public utilities, infrastructure, healthcare, emergency preparedness, and the opioid epidemic.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf At Allegheny County League of Municipalities Conference, Governor Wolf Warns of Fiscal Cliff Facing Pennsylvania April 08, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Nathan Birch used equity elsewhere to buy this Gold Coast property for $161,000 last year and has seen its value go to $230,000. He rents it out for $240 a week.TURNING your home into an income earner for the family has become increasingly popular as interest rates hit record lows. Here are five strategies to make the most of the equity you’ve built up.Property investment group BInvested.com.au head Nathan Birch, who built up major property portfolio by reinvesting equity into further properties, said homeowners had several strategies at their disposal to put their equity to work for them.He recommended five – only two of which actually involved further funds going into property. Nathan Birch’s real estate investments includes four residential properties in Queensland. Deposit for an investment property Putting home equity up for a deposit to buy another property was one of Mr Birch’s key strategies to build a multimillion-dollar portfolio. He believed that building wealth through property was key to a passive income and early retirement. “With multiple investment properties where rent is covering the repayments, you can set yourself up for the future,” he said in a statement. “Look for properties that are below market value, have high growth potential and a strong cash flow.” The upstairs deck of the Mount Coolum investment unit that’s rented out at $520 a week. Education Using home equity to upskill and ultimately increase your salary or add value “can be another way to invest your equity wisely”. “Look for a skill gap in your current workplace where you can add value and let your employer know that you’re interested in learning a new skill.” Rest and Rejuvenation Surprisingly given all the hype of growth in household debt, Mr Birch believed that using some of that home equity for a short break can be a good thing. “It might sound counter-productive to spend a little of your equity on a short-term experience, but a short break to hit reset can help you gain a fresh perspective and clarity on what you’ve achieved and where you’re heading.” He justifies it by saying a break could help “refocus on the long-term view”. Invest in other wealth-building opportunities He said there were other investment opportunities that could put your equity to work. “Can you start a new business? Invest in shares? Invest in start-ups? Invest in new currencies?” But he said do the research and make “an informed decision about the best use of your coin”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX Mr Birch paid $370,000 in 2011 for this three storey unit in Mount Coolum. He bought this Gold Coast house in 2014 for $200,000, has seen another $80,000 added to its value and currently rents it out at $250 a week.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago Renovate an existing property Mr Birch’s strategy when deciding whether to use equity to renovate a property was to ask himself “is this renovation going to make a return, will it stop me losing more money, or is it just an emotional decision?” He said it was important to know what the work was being done for and how it would help long-term goals because “not all renovations will bring a financial return”. “Do the minimum but make sure the property is kept up to standard. If you have a badly maintained property, you’ll attract bad tenants. Similarly, if you don’t repair things like faulty taps, they’ll cause you more trouble down the line.” WHAT A MILLION-DOLLAR MAKEOVER GETS YOU IN BRISBANE HOUSE SOLD FOR LESS THAN COST OF UNIT NO RBA RATE RISE FOR A GENERATION