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Democrat Miro Weinberger announces candidacy for mayor of Burlington

first_imgMiro Weinberger announced his candidacy today for the 2012 Burlington mayoral race, promising the opportunity for a fresh start in City government.Joined by his wife Stacy, daughter Li Lin, and a crowd of supporters in downtown Burlington, Weinberger, a Democrat, pledged to put Burlington’s fiscal house in order, restore accountability to City government, and provide strong, vocal leadership on important priorities.‘It is critical that we succeed as a City at putting our fiscal house in order and restore trust to our government.  Without fiscal responsibility, little progress will be made on other important priorities,’ said Weinberger.Weinberger brings a fresh perspective to Burlington politics.  ‘I come to this race not as a career politician, but with 15 years of highly-relevant experience in both business and nonprofit management,’ said Weinberger.  ‘I will lead by restoring a culture of accountability to the mayor’s office.  When I am mayor the buck will stop with me, not with my appointees.’Weinberger is a small business owner, having co-founded the Hartland Group in Burlington, which has built over 200 affordable and market rate homes consisting of over $40 million in development in the region.  He is also a former vice president for a non-profit community development organization in New York.Born and raised in Vermont, Weinberger attended Yale University and has a master’s degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He has worked for two US Senators, including Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT).Jessica Nordhaus, founder/original CEO of Horny Toad Apparel and mother of three added, ‘I have known Miro for over 20 years.  He is trustworthy, diligent and fiscally responsible ‘ just the type of person we need in City Hall right now. I know he will engage the community in critical conversations and will not be afraid to make the tough decisions. He will strengthen our city and lead us to an even better Burlington.’‘This election will be about selecting the candidate most capable of moving the City forward.  This should be an election about Burlington being its best,’ Weinberger added.  ‘It’s what will keep our families here and attract small businesses.  It’s what provides us the jobs, tourism, entertainment events and the economic prosperity we need to thrive.’Weinberger also launched www.miroformayor.com(link is external), which includes his announcement speech, early endorsements, and more information on how people can get involved.last_img read more

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Board considers two-tier plan for state paralegal regulation

first_img April 30, 2006 Regular News Board considers two-tier plan for state paralegal regulation Board considers two-tier plan for state paralegal regulationcenter_img ‘It’s a wonderful jumping-off document to get paralegals into our programs in The Florida Bar’ Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The Bar Board of Governors got its first look at proposals to regulate paralegals, and members raised questions about how some paralegals would be “grandfathered” under the new scheme.Board members received the report from the Special Committee to Study Paralegal Regulation at their April 7 meeting. They are scheduled to fully debate the recommendations, which would create Chapter 20 in the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, and vote on the proposal at their June 2 meeting.“It’s a wonderful jumping-off document to get paralegals into our programs in The Florida Bar and keep them away from [regulation by] the executive branch,” said committee member Scott Rubin.The committee has proposed a two-tier system for regulating paralegals. The first tier would encompass paralegals as currently defined by Bar Rule 10-2.1. That rule holds that a paralegal is someone qualified with education, training, or work experience who, under the supervision of a lawyer, performs delegated substantive work for which the lawyer is responsible.Tier two paralegals would have to meet experience, education, and continuing education criteria and then could hold themselves out as “Florida Registered Paralegals.”The proposal’s grandfathering provision would allow paralegals who can show substantial experience, but who don’t meet the education or certification requirements, to become registered paralegals. That provision is limited to the first three years of the program.Bar President Alan Bookman reminded the board that state lawmakers had introduced bills that would set up a regulatory system for paralegals and place it under the Board of Business and Professional Regulation. He said the Bar has been working with Rep. Juan Zapata, R-Miami, the House sponsor of the bill, and he is satisfied with the special committee’s plan and won’t pursue that legislation this year.“He agrees this is a matter that should be addressed by the Supreme Court and the Bar,” Bookman said. “We worked very closely with Rep. Zapata and he is very appreciative of the work the Bar and this committee have done.”Board member Andrew Sasso said he had several people ask him about the grandfathering section.“The grandfathering provision was a product of compromise. It is a limited grandfathering,” Rubin said. “Some of the people want an unlimited grandfathering and some wanted none at all.“There are a number of qualified people now in law offices doing the work that qualifies as paralegal, who are called paralegals, and being billed as paralegals, and are as qualified as those who received education and passed [certification] exams,” he added. “As the registered program, the tier two program rolls in those people who are in that circumstance and they would be grandfathered.”But the long-term goal, Rubin said, is for tier two status to be restricted to those who meet the education or certification requirements.“Grandfathering protects the persons who are in our offices who have been doing this for 30 years and know it better than we do, but don’t have that certificate on the wall,” Bookman said.The president also reported that a letter had been received from the South Florida Paralegal Association, which advocated mandatory compliance with tier-two requirements by anyone using the title paralegal. But Bookman said that Tana Stringfellow, of the Florida Alliance of Paralegals — an organization that brings together the statewide Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., and six other regional paralegal groups in the state — and a member of the Bar’s special committee, said the alliance still supports the proposed Bar plan.Any rule change approved by the board in June would be submitted to the Supreme Court for its review.last_img read more

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Manorville Pedestrian Wounded in Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old man was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver while walking in his hometown of Manorville over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Nicholas Cerulli was walking on Country Club Drive in the Villas at Pine Hills apartment complex, when he was struck by a vehicle at 11:10 p.m. Saturday, police said.The vehicle, which may have front end damage, fled the scene. Cerulli was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was admitted and treated for injuries to both his legs and his left arm.Seventh Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident or with information regarding this incident to call them at 631-852-8752 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.  All calls will remain confidential.last_img read more

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EMV rewind to 2010

first_imgLong before Europay, MasterCard, Visa became a popular discussion around conference room tables, members at then $3.3 billion/90,000-member (now $4.2 billion/113,000-member) United Nations Federal Credit Union, New York, were demanding the chip cards their European counterparts already had. “With 60 percent of our members living outside the U.S., and 24 percent within Europe, it wasn’t just a perk, but a necessity,” says AVP/Card Services Merrill Halpern.Halpern, who oversees global credit and debit card services for UNFCU, helped the CU successfully launch its chip and PIN card program in 2010. “It was a long path getting there, a five-year time span. With the help of our partner and card processor, CUES Supplier member The Members Group, Des Moines, Iowa, we were able to launch the chip and PIN technology in the U.S.”UNFCU was the first financial institution in the U.S. to offer the chip card. By partnering with Gemalto for cards, UNFCU leveraged Gemalto’s ability to work with payment processors to quickly achieve compatibility with global payment standards. Gemalto’s multi-national processing centers also enabled cards to reach foreign destinations sooner. “This ensured worldwide card acceptance and, as a result, improved members’ experience when traveling and at home,” says Halpern.For members living in Europe, the conversion to EMV was a non-event. “All terminals already had the chip technology overseas,” explains Halpern. “Introducing the cards just made it easier for our members abroad to use their cards.” UNFCU did a mass reissue – 8,000 cards in September of 2010. “The reissue went smoothly, partly because of the amount of time and effort we devoted to member education,” adds Halpern. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Tax bill imposes excise tax on excess executive compensation

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr On December 22, President signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) into law.While the legislation preserved the credit union industry’s income tax exemption, the legislation will impose an excise tax on excess executive compensation at credit unions and other tax-exempt entities.Specifically, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act imposes a 21 percent excise tax on executive remuneration that exceeds $1 million annually. The tax would apply to the compensation paid to the five highest-paid executives at a tax exempt organization, if their compensation exceeds $1 million.Executive remuneration includes employee total compensation (including benefits, except those to a tax-qualified retirement plan, such as Roth IRA plans and 457(b) deferred compensation plans, and amounts not included in gross income). Non-qualified deferred compensation will be treated as income for the first taxable year when there is no substantial risk of forfeiture. continue reading »last_img read more

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Woman’s Death in Lake Grove Sparks Murder Probe

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 42-year-old woman who was found dead in her Lake Grove home on Thursday may have been a victim of foul play, Suffolk County police said.Fourth Precinct officers responded to a 911 call at a Win Place home, where they found Tricia Odierna dead shortly before 2 p.m., police said.Detectives are investigating the cause of the death, but it is believed to be criminal, police said.Homicide Squad detectives ask anyone with information on this incident to call them at 631-852-6392, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.last_img read more

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New avian flu cases confirmed in Thailand, human transmission suspected

first_imgSep 28, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Thailand’s avian influenza outbreak is drawing widespread international attention with the confirmation of two more human cases, one of which opens the possibility of human-to-human transmission.Thai officials announced yesterday that a 37-year-old woman who remains hospitalized in stable condition has the H5N1 strain that has seen a resurgence in recent months. Confirmation has now come of the disease in the woman’s sister, who died Sep 20, according to news service reports.The latter woman’s 11-year-old daughter, the index case in this family cluster, died Sep 8 of pneumonia and is considered a probable case of H5N1; confirmation may not be possible in her case because her body was cremated and only a small sample of lymph tissue was saved, according to a story in the Thai newspaper The Nation. Testing is being carried out on another hospitalized but recovering family member, a 6-year-old cousin of the index patient.The index patient was living with her aunt, the woman whose case was confirmed yesterday, in Kamphaeng Phet province in north-central Thailand when she became ill. Her mother was away working and living in the Bangkok area but returned to give her daughter bedside care in the hospital.Home-raised chickens are known to have died at the residence of the aunt and cousin where the girl was living, making bird-to-human transmission the likely cause in those cases. Reports are not clear on whether the girl’s mother could have been infected via this route as well. The Nation story and an Agence France-Presse story say she stayed at her sister’s home for two nights. Other reports say the mother had no known contact with ill or dead chickens, raising the possibility of human-to-human transmission from the hospitalized daughter. This would be the first such transmission in the H5N1 outbreak that began last fall, ebbed in the spring, and reappeared this past summer.A World Health Organization (WHO) update on the situation today says that while the new Thai cases do provide evidence of possible human-to-human transmission, they appear to be limited to this family cluster. Kumara Rai, the acting WHO representative in Thailand, and Scott Dowell, director of the International Emerging Infections Program, say the situation should be viewed with concern but not cause public alarm at this point because the human transmission, if it did indeed occur, was among family members with sustained intimate contact, according to an Associated Press story.The Thai Public Health Ministry has reported no further cases in the village where the index patient, her aunt, and her cousin lived or in the hospital where they were treated, according to the WHO statement. However, surveillance efforts in Thailand have been ramped up and samples from the cluster patients are undergoing genetic and antigenic analysis to determine whether the H5N1 virus is evolving to a form that could be easily transmitted between humans—a process experts fear could spark an influenza pandemic.See also:WHO Sep 28 updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_09_28a/en/last_img read more

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Kim throws down gauntlet with huge new ICBM

first_imgThe gargantuan new missile North Korea put on show at a military parade is an explicit threat to US defenses and an implicit challenge to both the current and next American president, analysts say, warning Pyongyang could test the weapon next year.Leader Kim Jong Un watched the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) roll through Kim Il Sung square — named after his grandfather — in Pyongyang at the climax of an unprecedented night-time parade on Saturday.Analysts concurred that it was the largest road-mobile, liquid-fueled missile anywhere in the world, and was highly likely to be designed to carry multiple warheads in independent re-entry vehicles (MIRVs). Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies said it was “clearly aimed at overwhelming the US missile defense system in Alaska”. If the ICBM carried three or four warheads, he added on Twitter, the US would need to spend around $1 billion on 12-16 interceptors to defend against each missile.”At that cost, I am pretty sure North Korea can add warheads faster than we can add interceptors.”The missile was estimated at 24 meters long and 2.5 meters in diameter, which specialist Markus Schiller said was big enough to carry 100 tons of fuel, which would take hours to load. It was so big and heavy that it was practically unusable, he added: “You can’t move this thing fueled, and you can’t fill it at the launch site. “This thing makes absolutely no sense at all, except for threat equation games, like sending the message of ‘we now have a mobile ICBM with MIRVs, be very afraid’.”North Korea watchers regularly caution that the devices Pyongyang puts on show at its parades may be mock-ups or models, and there is no proof they work until they are tested.But the missile was carried on an enormous and previously unseen 11-axle transporter-erector-launcher, far larger than the eight-axle Chinese-made vehicles the North has employed so far.”The truck may be a scarier story than the missile,” said Melissa Hanham of the Open Nuclear Network. “If the DPRK is indigenously producing their own chassis, then there is less of a constraint on the number of ICBMs they can launch.”Shortly before being inaugurated in 2017, Donald Trump tweeted that North Korea developing a weapon capable of reaching parts of the US “won’t happen!”.He spent the first year of his presidency — which saw the North launch an ICBM with the range to do exactly that — in an escalating war of words with Kim before an extraordinary diplomatic bromance developed between them.But nuclear negotiations have been deadlocked since the collapse of their Hanoi summit early last year over sanctions relief and what the North would be willing to give up in return.The ICBM was proof that the North had continued to develop its arsenal throughout the diplomatic process, analysts said, and gave Pyongyang greater heft to demand a return to the negotiating table.”Like it or not North Korea is a nuclear power and is probably the third nuclear power which is capable of striking American cities, third after Russia and China,” Andrei Lankov of Korea Risk Group told AFP.Kim was sending the US a message that the North’s capabilities were improving and that “if you don’t want to make a deal now, sometime later you will have to make a deal which will be worse for you, the international community”, he added.More than 12 hours after the end of the parade broadcast on North Korean state television Trump had not yet tweeted about it — and nor had his Democratic rival Joe Biden.Trump has made much of Kim’s promise not to carry out any further ICBM or nuclear tests, and Shin Beom-chul of the Korea Research Institute for National Strategy said that by displaying the missile rather than launching it, Pyongyang had stopped short of crossing his red lines.”But it also signals that North Korea could carry out a launch if Trump is re-elected and ignores the North Korean issue,” he said, adding: “If Biden is elected and he doesn’t listen to North Korea, it will carry out a launch.”Topics :last_img read more

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RBA holds but mortgage ‘rates keep tumbling’

first_img MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS: The Reserve Bank of Australia’s July monetary policy meeting saw the board decide to maintain its cash rate target at 0.25 per cent. Governor Philip Lowe said “the Board decided to maintain the current policy settings, including the targets for the cash rate and the yield on 3-year Australian Government bonds of 25 basis points”.He said the Australian economy was “experiencing the biggest contraction since the 1930s” with 800,000 people having lost their jobs since March and “many others retaining their job only because of government and other support programs”. RBA Governor Philip Lowe conducted virtual board meetings post-COVID-19.RateCity.com.au data showed that despite the RBA holding at 0.25 per cent, home loan and deposit rates tumbled in the past month, with 19 lenders cutting at least one variable home loan rate, and 22 lenders cutting at least one fixed home loan rate.Competition in the home loan market meant an average borrower taking out a $400,000 home loan at the lowest two-year fixed rate today, compared to a year ago, would pay $7,344 less in interest over the two-year fixed period, a RateCity statement said.The market-leading two-year fixed home loan rate for new customers was Homestar Finance’s 2.06 per cent – almost a full percentage point lower than the same time last year (-0.93 per cent). The lowest variable home loan was Freedom Lend’s 2.17 per cent.Sally Tindall, research director at RateCity.com.au, said “rates keep tumbling”. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:56Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Spring property predictions 202002:57 Honey, I bought a house while you were in lockdown Inside the Gold Coast mansion where sports are king CM New Estates – generic image – Australian suburban streetRecordbreaking scenes are unfolding that could see “teaser rates” dip below the current 2.06 per cent lowest available home loan rate – even if the Reserve Bank continues to refuse to budge on its cash rate target. “It’s been a record-busting month for mortgages as lenders leapfrog each other in a bid to offer the lowest-rate home loans,” she said.“With refinancing on the rise, lenders have to keep whittling down their rates if they want to be in contention for these borrowers.”International property buyer, finance and real estate expert Pete Wargent of Allen Wargent property buyers said while the chances of much lower mortgage rates were “pretty slim” – given three-year bond yield was already at RBA’s target of 0.25 per cent – it was possible.“Yes it’s possible that we see lower one or two-year fixed rates, but borrowers should alway be mindful of what happens at the end of the fixed rate period,” he warned.“It’s possible that banks offer shorter fixed term ‘teaser rates’ to win business, but I doubt we’ll see much better deals than are available out there already”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

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Married people 3x more likely to survive middle age

first_imgDaily Mail 11 Jan 2013Being married could be the key to a longer  life – by improving your chances of surviving middle age, claim  scientists. People who never married were almost three  times as likely to die early than those who had been in a stable marriage  throughout their adult life US researchers found. The new research suggests for the first time  that not having a spouse in midlife increases the risk of dying during those  years. Being single after 40, or losing a partner  without marrying again, increased the risk of early death during middle age and  cut the chances of getting to 60. Even when personality and risky behaviours  such as smoking and drinking were accounted for, married people were still 2.3  times more likely to survive. The new study was carried out by Dr Ilene  Siegler and colleagues from the department of behavioural sciences at Duke  University Medical Center, North Carolina. She said ‘In sum, having a partner during  middle age is protective. ‘Being single or losing a partner without  replacement are the situations that increase mortality risk during middle age  and decrease the probability that one will survive to be elderly.…A recent huge study carried out in seven  European countries found married people enjoy better mental and physical health,  and are up to 15 per cent less likely to die prematurely. Meanwhile U.S researchers have found heart bypass patients with supportive spouses are more than three times as  likely to  still be alive 15 years later than those who have never tied  the  knot. Plus a Swedish study shows being married  protects you against Alzheimer’s in later life, with people who have a partner  in middle age at half the risk of developing dementia as those who live  alone. Getting divorced and becoming widowed in  mid-life raised the risk three-fold. Other work has shown that married people have  a better chance of surviving cancer than those who are separated or divorced and  tend to live longer than singletons.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2260844/Married-people-THREE-times-likely-survive-middle-age.html#commentslast_img read more

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