Briefs

first_imgBriefs November 15, 2004 Regular News Briefs Sections seek Limited Partnership Act update The Business Law Section has joined the Tax Law Section and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section in supporting an update of Florida’s Uniform Limited Partnership Act. The section was authorized to seek that change by the Bar Board of Governors at its October 15 meeting. The new legislative position is that the section “Recommends the adoption of the new Uniform Limited Partnership Act as approved by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) subject to such modifications as recommended to conform certain features to existing state law.” Veterans pro bono training offered A Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program has been set for December to train attorneys to represent veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Florida Sen. Bob Graham, ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program are sponsoring the pro bono training in Orlando on December 17. The law firm of Akerman Senterfitt will host this training, which is limited to 20 attorneys, and attendees will receive eight general CLE credits. Those interested in participating in this program may contact Dahlia Melendrez of Sen. Graham’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee staff at (202) 224-2074. Trial Lawyers give $1,000 to Challenge for Children The Trial Lawyers Section recently donated $1,000 to The Florida Bar Foundation Lawyer’s Challenge for Children. “Thanks to the generous contribution of the Trial Lawyers Section, the Florida Bar Foundation can continue providing legal help for our state’s most defenseless residents — our children,” said Terry Russell, president of The Florida Bar Foundation. “We are truly grateful to the section for their demonstrated commitment to caring for children.” Foundation Secretary/Treasurer William H. Davis said there may be no more powerful way to change the life of a poor or hurting child than to provide the legal help needed to get that child the benefits or opportunities that the law means for them to have. “The Trial Lawyers Section obviously knows that, and its generous contribution will surely help to make the promise of access to justice a reality,” Davis said. Money raised for Children First Florida’s Children First, a statewide, nonprofit child advocacy organization, raised $41,000 during a recent cocktail reception and awards ceremony in Palm Beach. The law firm of Babbitt, Johnson, Osborne & Le Clainche led all corporate giving with a $10,000 check that will be used to help Florida’s foster children who struggle to receive a decent education or health care. “When children are bounced around the foster care system they lose weeks if not months of their education,” said FCF President Howard Talenfeld. “The money raised in Palm Beach will go a long way in furthering our mission to ensure that these children have a stable and quality education.” The event, held October 7 in North Palm Beach, celebrated the community’s coming together to help solve the foster care crisis. Lois Pope was honored for her work helping children and others. Through the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Pope has provided funds to send more than 11,000 underprivileged and needy children to eight weeks of constructive fun in summer camp. Her foundation also supports the City College of New York with medical scholarships to deserving students, and awards research grants to an outstanding medical researcher at the Lois Pope LIFE Center at the University of Miami. Mrs. Pope is the founder of the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation which is leading a successful drive to erect the first memorial in Washington, D.C., honoring America’s more than three million disabled veterans, as well as all throughout American history. “Mrs. Pope is a model for the nation on what can and should be done to help make children a priority,” said FCF Executive Director Gerard Glynn. Zebersky honored for guardian work One World Adoption Services, Inc., a Florida-licensed not-for-profit child placing agency, has bestowed its “Child Advocate of the Year Award” on Edward H. Zebersky of Hollywood in recognition of his “tireless and selfless efforts” as guardian ad litem to 2-year-old Loren Hinton, a near-drowning victim, in Loren’s civil suit. Due to the complexity of the litigation, Mr. Zebersky spent a great deal of his firm’s time and his own personal time helping Loren. The case ultimately yielded an “extraordinarily high” monetary settlement, and Zebersky waived what might have been a six-figure fee for his time and efforts on behalf of Loren, according to One World Adoption Services. Each year, One World Adoption Services’ board presents its “Child Advocate of the Year Award” to one individual who goes “above and beyond the reasonable call of duty to demonstrate a true, selfless commitment to helping the children of our state.”last_img read more

Hurricane Cristobal Won’t Ruin Labor Day Weekend on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hurricane Cristobal is churning up the Atlantic Ocean, but the storm won’t ruin Labor Day weekend on Long Island, when beachgoers will spend their last few days at the shore before summer’s unofficial end.The storm, recently upgraded to a Category 1 storm, will be traveling too far off the coast to impact the Island in any significant way, but the hurricane is contributing to dangerous rip currents on the South Shore. A high surf advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday for southern Nassau County and southeastern Suffolk County, according to the National Weather Service.“Longer period swells coming out from the center of Cristobal that are contributing to the building waves,” NWS meteorologist John Murray said.People swarming local beaches from New York City to Montauk on Wednesday and Thursday are being warned that waves could build to as high as eight feet from now until Thursday. Forecasters expect the waves to subside late Thursday.The weather service is telling swimmers caught in a rip current not to fight it and to swim parallel to the beach to escape. They also advise people to yell and wave for help if they get caught and cannot swim.Aside from dangerous rip currents, minor beach erosion can also be expected.Long Islanders should expect more pleasant weather Friday and the weekend.Forecasters are calling for sunny skies and a high of 78 Friday, another sun-splashed day Saturday with temperatures pushing 80, and temperatures topping 85 Sunday.It’s early, but forecasters are predicting a 30-percent chance of showers on Labor Day with a high near 84. Thunderstorms are also possible.last_img read more

Advancing the credit union industry through powerful partnerships

first_imgIf the active, enthusiastic participation at the African American Credit Union Coalition Annual Conference is any indicator, the “people helping people” credit union philosophy is not only alive, it’s on overdrive. At the conference, held recently in Charlotte, N.C., more than 300 credit union professionals gathered to share ideas to foster member financial wellbeing and leverage the power of diversity and inclusion to strengthen the global credit union movement. To maintain this momentum and advance the “people helping people” philosophy, it is important for organizations across the industry to embrace the power of partnerships and understand the importance of coming together to address some of the industry’s leading opportunities and challenges. Strategic partnerships can not only provide different strengths and capabilities, but also diverse opinions that make it possible to reach specific objectives. For example, in our space, smaller organizations can lean on larger organizations for resources and support or to reach a broader audience, while larger organizations can utilize the feedback and input of smaller groups to ensure their goals and initiatives are inclusive and beneficial for all. From partnerships created among internal groups to larger relationships between big businesses, harnessing this power can be valuable for all partners and lead to influential changes and achievements.At the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC), we have experienced the powerful impact partnering with like-minded organizations can have on our group firsthand. The AACUC was created to increase diversity within the credit union community through advocacy and professional development. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization recognizes the differences and distinctions of each individual, group or organization that are represented in society and within the credit union movement, and it welcomes any and all of these entities as members in furtherance of its mission to strengthen the global credit union movement.Throughout 2019, the AACUC worked with PSCU, the nation’s premier payments CUSO, to launch a brand new initiative – the Women’s Power Series, which was created to cultivate and connect a network of professionals who champion women’s leadership and ongoing contributions to the evolution of the credit union industry. The partnership between the AACUC and PSCU was established as a result of the National Credit Union Foundation’s Credit Union Development Education (CUDE) Program, which gathers credit union industry executives for experiential training to promote the education and application of credit union business principles and philosophy. During our CUDE training, we saw the need for ways to support AACUC women and other advocates to connect, network and sharpen skills for career progression. As a result, PSCU, a long-time champion of diversity and inclusion issues, stepped in to establish the Women’s Power Series. Through close collaboration, we built the content, promoted and facilitated events, allowing the AACUC to further its mission and continue spreading its message of diversity and inclusivity to a larger pool of potential participants.Since its launch in April 2019, AACUC and PSCU have hosted two webinars as part of the Women’s Power Series, with more webinars and in-person leadership sessions planned throughout the remainder of the year and into 2020. Attendance for each session has grown steadily – with more than 350 attendees joining the webinars and packed rooms for in-person meetings – and interest continues to increase among AACUC members, PSCU employees, credit unions and other industry organizations. The Women’s Power Series is a testament to the power of partnerships. Collaboration, teamwork and establishing trusted partnerships are fundamental to strengthening the credit union industry, advancing the credit union movement and empowering employees, members and other players to be part of the change and betterment of the industry.Co-Authored by: Renée Sattiewhite is the President and CEO of the AACUC. With over 35 years of experience in finance, her background is in training and marketing, specializing in customer service, effective communication, board development and strategic planning. She has been involved with credit unions for over 25 years and was the first Internship Program Director for the AACUC. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Merry Pateuk Merry Pateuk is vice president of industry engagement at PSCU. Since 1989, Merry has served in a wide range of senior leadership roles, each of which were critical to building … Web: www.pscu.com Detailslast_img read more

Croatia Airlines is suspending scheduled flights from its international destinations to Split, Dubrovnik and Rijeka

first_imgPassengers from canceled flights, in addition to the possibility to continue their journey to their final destinations via Zagreb, have the right to change the flight date or refund in case they cancel the trip altogether, reports CA. In accordance with the latest situation regarding coronavirus infection in Croatia and in accordance with the latest protection measures and recommendations of the competent Croatian public health authorities, Croatia Airlines will suspend planned flights from international destinations to its Croatian destinations on the Adriatic coast – Split, Dubrovnik and Rijeka.  In particular, international flights Split – Frankfurt – Split, Split – Munich – Split, Dubrovnik – Frankfurt – Dubrovnik and Rijeka – Munich – Rijeka are suspended, and passengers from these flights to their final destinations will be transported via Zagreb, which will allow Croatian public health at the same time enable and facilitate health surveillance of air passengers.center_img Photo: Zagreb Airportlast_img read more

West Coast view: Roger Vincent

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Dutch government ‘offers concession on retirement age’: report

first_imgThe FNV has also demanded an improved approach to inflation compensation, as well as mandatory pensions accrual for people in flexible work contracts and self-employed workers.De Volkskrant reported that the cost of the compromise was estimated at €500m. The Dutch government is prepared to slow down its planned increase for the retirement age for the state pension in return for trade unions’ support for reforming the Netherlands’ pensions system, according to a national newspaper.De Volkskrant cited several sources as confirming that social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees had offered to roll back the government’s earlier decision to raise the state pension (AOW) age to 67 in 2021.Instead, the increase would be postponed by four years, to take place in 2025.Slowing down retirement age increases is particularly important to FNV, one of the Netherlands’ largest unions, which had made the issue conditional to its support for system reform. Wouter Koolmees, the Dutch government’s social affairs ministerPreviously, Koolmees had stuck to the government’s decision to increase the AOW age to 67 in 2021, with subsequent rises linked to life expectancy improvements.The FNV declined to comment on the Volkskrant report, with a spokesman highlighting that the minister hadn’t issued an official announcement.“Moreover, the AOW age is part of the current complex negotiations about a new pensions system,” he added.A spokesman for the minister also declined to comment this morning.More hurdles to tackleIf the Dutch government was prepared to slow down the increase of the retirement age for the state pension, it would remove one hurdle to reaching an agreement about system reform.However, the controversial issue abolishing average pensions accrual would remain.The government wants to adopt a degressive accrual approach, meaning younger workers would accrue proportionally more pension rights than their older colleagues. However, it has not made any commitment to compensate older workers as a transitional measure.The costs of a transition from average to degressive pensions accrual have been estimated at between €25bn and €100bn, depending on the degree of compensation.Trade unions and employers have been negotiating a new pensions contract, as the backbone of a new pensions system, for several years.The latest deadline of 1 April 2018, set by Koolmees, passed without a result, meaning the government’s stated aim of bringing a new system in 2020 was unlikely to be met.last_img read more

Charming Queenslander with a ’mini-me’ treehouse up for grabs

first_imgREAD MORE Unique home with a cricket pitch in the front yard More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 READ MORE This house at 161 Francis St in West End is going to auction on August 3.THIS charming Queenslander wouldn’t look out of place on the set of Alice in Wonderland, with its off-white complexion, original features and tropical garden creating a fantasy-style ambience. The property in Townsville’s inner city suburb of West End is up for auction on the first Saturday of August and there’s no doubt the kids will be convinced.Setting a new precedent for cubby houses, the property boasts a two-storey treehouse surrounded by mature gardens and lush lawn. “It (the treehouse) has been beautifully constructed, it’s very much the same style of the home.”The main house also has plenty of character, featuring a retro-style orange and white kitchen splashback and large glass doors boasting an outlook to the tropical back yard. Keeping with tradition it also has charming Queenslander features like casement windows, high ceilings and tongue and Groove walls. REMAX agent, Michele Hyde, who is marketing the property said the house has already attracted a string of buyer attention with the treehouse being a main attraction. “At the first open house we had about 20 people through it and got one offer,” Ms Hyde said“When the current owners were looking at it they couldn’t get their children out of the treehouse, and that’s certainly what were finding with other families at the open homes. Where property prices have risen most over the past year “There’s not much else like it so it’s hard to put a price on it. “People always respond well to a well maintained Queenslander.” Ms Hyde said the house has been well-kept and cherished by the current owners. “The house has been beautifully maintained and the owner is an architect so he’s actually extended part of the house,” she said. last_img read more

Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus

first_img MORE: Amazing home has an entire skate park inside it Mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag Queenslanders have been fortunate to avoid Melbourne-style coronavirus lockdown, with most against moving interstate now.Queenslanders were also the most likely to move home in the next 10 years, coming in at 50 per cent compared to the national figure of 43 per cent.When it came to where Queenslanders’ dream home location was, it was all about parks and wildlife.A massive 44 per cent said post COVID-19, “I now prefer living somewhere with easy access to parks and green spaces.One in five Queensland said the location did not matter as much now but cost and affordability did, which was also the same for those who now want to live closer to family (20 per cent).Just 8 per cent want to live in the city now while 15 per cent were after a change living away from the city.Stockland Communities sales general manager Stephanie Mackenzie said the global pandemic had forced Australians to spend more time in their homes and communities.“The phrase ‘there’s no place like home’ is ringing true more than ever. This new way of life has seen people think more critically about whether their current home and neighbourhood meets their needs and lifestyles and, importantly, the impact of these on the health and wellbeing of their families,” she said. Just 8 per cent of those surveyed wanted to live in the city now, with more people looking for wider spaces.“A new trend has emerged, with Australians now wanting the convenience and services of the inner city but the space and community living of the suburbs. People don’t want to settle for one or the other.”Despite everything Queenslanders, South Australians and Tasmanians were the least likely to move interstate, with 77 per cent of Queenslanders saying they would not consider it, an 83 per cent of South Australian and Tasmanian respondents.If a Queenslander did decide to move post COVID-19, it would be for a better lifestyle (65 per cent, for better job opportunities (35 per cent), to be closer to family/friends (35 per cent), to buy the home I want for less money (21 per cent) or because it’s too busy in my current city/state (8 per cent).More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ8 hours ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 COVID-19 sparks Aussie renovation boomcenter_img Alyse MacPherson and her partner Jarrod Macumber at their new home in Springfield. Picture: Supplied.Forget butler’s pantries and all that jazz, if you want to know what Queenslanders want most out of where they live post coronavirus, you’re going to have to get a little wilder. New research by one of the country’s biggest developers of housing estates Stockland found that Queenslanders were the least satisfied of all Aussies (17 per cent) with the space in their home “after having spent significantly more time there during lockdowns”. Over half of Queensland respondents said sustainability and environmental features were more important to them now (51 per cent), while 47 per cent said outdoor living was more important to them now, and 35 per cent picked smart technology.“Connectivity to outdoor space, community and parks remain the preference, more so than before COVID,” according to Stockland, with 73 per cent of Queenslanders preferring a smaller home with little outdoor space but connected to a great community and parks.Australian social researcher, Dr Rebecca Huntley, said spending months at home and away from family and friends had seen a significant shift in Aussies’ desire for personal space but also closeness and connectedness to the world around us. “Our homes have always been important to us but they are now our ‘everything’. I anticipate we’ll see a remarkable change in how and where we live in the future, as well as increasing emphasis on looking for communities that meet our changing needs.”Among those who have chosen to live close to parks and wildlife were Alyse MacPherson and her partner Jarrod Macumber who have bought in Springfield in Brisbane west. LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWSlast_img read more

City Approves Abatement For Proposed Apartments

first_imgCity officials in Batesville are set on attracting more young professionals to the downtown area.Council approved a10-year tax abatement for RomWeber Flats, as developer Bruce Rippe begins an apartment project strategically aimed at providing local living space for employees at top local corporations.The plan is to construct 45 apartments that will offer unique amenities including a tanning and exercise area, community rooms, and storage lockers. Rippe says the rent will be in the range of $800 to $1,000.The $6.6 million project will include one and two-bedroom apartments that will be energy efficient with utilities cheaper than in other locations, Rippe added.“The project can fill a [need] that is here or really anywhere in Southeastern Indiana,” Rippe said. “Between Cincinnati and Indianapolis there is nothing really like this.”“It is a really important element to success of major employers to have talent living in Batesville rather than commuting.”The 10-year abatement was approved unanimously by council members. The next step for Rippe is to finalize financing on the project. He says construction could start by the end of 2014 and may take a year before completion.last_img read more

Ince joins Forest on loan

first_img Ince, who Pearce knows well from his time as England Under-21 manager, joined Hull from Blackpool in the summer but has found first-team opportunities limited at the KC Stadium and has not been involved in Steve Bruce’s squad for the past month. Ince is a proven quality at Championship level, having scored 18 goals for Blackpool during the 2012/13 season – a campaign which saw him named the Football League Young Player of the Year. Reds boss Stuart Pearce has been in talks with the Barclays Premier League club for several days and on Thursday morning an agreement was reached for the 22-year-old winger to move to the City Ground on a deal until December 28. Pearce is keen to breathe new life into his side’s promotion push, following a seven-match winless run in the Sky Bet Championship, and Ince will go straight into the Forest squad for Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield. Press Associationcenter_img Nottingham Forest have completed the loan signing of Hull midfielder Tom Ince.last_img read more