Give the Gift of Skiing & Riding with Ski Vermont Lesson PackagesTo sweeten your post-holiday plans, Ski Vermont is proud to offer an entire month of learn to ski and snowboard lessons during January, non-holiday. Beginners can sign up for $29 packages that include lift ticket, lesson and rental equipment starting Dec. 1, at www.skivermont.com(link is external). The holidays make December all the more enticing in Vermont’s snowy mountains with festivals, events and good natured cheer emanating from the resorts. Here is a sampling of some of the resorts’ holiday packages, events and deals.Holidays at Stratton are SpectacularEnjoy traditional celebrations like the Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K, feasting and fireworks and partake in events you won’t find anywhere else, such as Snowboard Celebration Week and Stratton’s Fiftieth… Read MoreJay Peak Resort Invents Weather-Proof Ski VacationThe team at Jay Peak Resort has invented a weather-proof winter vacation for your holiday pleasure. Using a quarter of a billion dollar investment, the resort began working on the innovation three years ago announcing various… Read MoreThe Stowe Points Card Offers Year-round Discounts and RewardsThe Stowe Points Card offers discounted lift tickets in the winter, along with discounts on attractions packages and greens fees at the Stowe Country Club in summer. In addition to…Read MoreSkiing Santas, $25 Tickets & Fireworks at Bolton Valley ResortBolton Valley, where big mountain skiing and riding is among the most convenient and affordable, opens Dec. 10. One of Bolton’s special December holiday deals returns for those who want to ski or ride free. On Dec. 18, show up in complete Santa attire and get a free lift ticket for that day…Read MoreSmugglers’ Notch Resort Creates Memories to Last a LifetimeCelebrating the holiday season at Smugglers’ Notch Resort creates memories that will last a lifetime. Santa arrives on Dec. 24 to meet the kiddies and get their final wish lists, sing…Read MoreVisit Mad River Glen for Value that Meets SatisfactionMad River Glen was just ranked #1 in Overall Satisfaction by Ski Magazine and #2 for Value. There is an array of daily and multi-day ticket options throughout the season including during the holiday periods. The values are getting better and better as skiers can now purchase lift tickets to Mad River Glen online. Visit www.madriverglen.com(link is external) to find out how affordable skiing at Mad River Glen can be.Trapp Family Lodge Offers Exclusive European Style GetawaysTrapp Family Lodge European style packages are an ideal way to truly get the most out of your vacation. Each package offers accommodations in the Austrian-style Main Lodge and features wonderful amenities. Enjoy the Bountiful Harvest Thanksgiving Package, visit their qualified staff and bring home a little of Vermont back with you for the Holidays with the Christmas Tree Package or simply stay and have Christmas with the von Trapps. For more details visit www.trappfamily.com(link is external).Sugarbush Holiday Vacation Packages are Full of CheerSugarbush Resort is an ideal place to carry on your holiday traditions. Nestled in the Mad River Valley, Sugarbush Resort comes alive as a winter wonderland during the holiday season. It’s hard to beat a day skiing and riding at Sugarbush followed by a fireside dining experience at one of the many area restaurants…Read More
U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Mari Carmen Aponte, said that her country respects the opinion of Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, who stated that the U.S. Treasury Department “inflated” the economic power of Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 when it was classified at the same level of major drug trafficking cartels, such as Los Zetas, from Mexico. The diplomat explained that the process allows the United States to conduct actions to ensure public security. “Due to its transnational character and transnational operations, these measures go under this statute, and we as the government can [enforce] the law to preserve public security.” “The President is entitled to have an opinion, and we respect it; I can tell you that the designation process against the gang [involved] at least three departments: the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Treasury, with all its agencies.” The official explained that the classification was the result of an “interagency” process. By Dialogo September 17, 2013 The U.S. government’s decision diverges from the actions conducted by the Salvadoran government, which has granted benefits to gangs imprisoned in the country, in exchange for keeping a truce in order to reduce murders.
Ethics hotline offers lawyers prompt adviceWhen lawyers are faced with ethical dilemmas and aren’t sure what to do, The Florida Bar’s Ethics Hotline is available to help.One of the first of its kind in the nation, the toll-free Ethics Hotline (800-235-8619) was established in 1984 to help guide lawyers through the minefields of conflict dilemmas, confidentiality questions, communication concerns, trust accounting problems, and other ethical difficulties unique to the profession.Last year, about 17,815 Florida lawyers contacted the Ethics Department hotline, according to Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert. The department also accepts written inquiries and has recently begun to take questions via e-mail, which can be sent to [email protected]“We began to offer e-mail service because we realized that many attorneys are computer-savvy, and we want our members to be able to contact us in whatever way is most convenient for them,” Tarbert said.Tarbert said hotline attorneys are authorized to respond to inquiries from members in good standing who are asking about their own contemplated conduct. When there is no Florida authority upon which to base an answer to an inquiry, ethics counsel can decline to issue an opinion. Staff must decline to render an opinion when an inquirer asks a question of law, a question about past conduct, a question about another attorney’s conduct, or a question about the subject of a pending grievance.The toll-free number can be reached between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and is used hundreds of times a week by Bar members. The department’s telephone system has recently been improved and now gives members the option to leave a message if all lines are busy. Members also may dial (850) 561-5780 to leave a message, which will be returned within one business day. “The majority of questions relate to conflict issues, but we frequently get questions on everything: what to do with closed files, retaining liens, ancillary businesses of lawyers, confidentiality, and just about anything you can think of,” Tarbert said.The Ethics Department also has a strong presence on the Bar’s website at www.FLABAR.org. Once you are at the Bar’s homepage, click “Member Services” in the left-hand column and then “Ethics Opinions.” There you will find an index of formal ethics opinions which are searchable by key word, or you may view the subject index of the opinions. There also are links to proposed advisory opinions; Chapter 4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct; resources for researching ethics questions on your own; and copies of Ethics Update, the quarterly publication of the Bar Ethics Department. Informational packets on frequently asked ethics questions are also available on the site.The ethics service has been consistently highly rated by Bar members in annual membership polls.“That’s one of the things I love; almost every single contact with the membership is positive,” Tarbert said. “Lawyers really want to do the right thing. Recent polls of the membership indicate ethics and professionalism rate among the highest concerns lawyers have about the profession.”Tarbert said the nine attorneys who answer the phones will discuss any issue, no matter how complex. But, occasionally, the staff may suggest, or an attorney may request, a written response because of the difficulty and amount of research involved in a question. If a member is unsure of or disagrees with a verbal answer from a staff attorney, that lawyer can then request a written response. If there are still doubts, the Bar member can appeal to the Professional Ethics Committee, which can affirm the staff opinion, reject the staff opinion, adopt the staff opinion or issue their own proposed advisory opinion. Those are publicized in the Bar News to get feedback from the entire membership.If the PEC formally adopts the opinion, an attorney who still has a question can appeal that to the Board of Governors, which can adopt, reject or modify the committee’s opinion.“Members who use the hotline feel they are really getting value for the service that we offer, and they can feel comfortable that they are acting ethically if they follow our advice,” Tarbert said.To receive a written ethics opinion, which takes three to five weeks, members of The Florida Bar in good standing may make written inquiries to The Ethics Department, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300. Ethics hotline offers lawyers prompt advice November 15, 2000 Regular News
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Republican Steven Rhoads beat Democrat Rita Kestenbaum in a special election Tuesday to fill the 19th Nassau County legislative district seat left vacant when former Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) resigned.Rhoads, a personal injury attorney who had twice tried to unseat Denenberg, beat Kestenbaum, a former Hempstead town councilwoman, by a margin of 58 to 41 percent out of more than 5,600 votes cast, according to unofficial votes tallied by the Nassau County board of elections. Both are from Bellmore.“I am very honored that our community has elected me as their representative in the Nassau County Legislature,” Rhoads said in a Facebook post. “Earning your trust, confidence, and support is extremely humbling and an honor for which I will always be grateful.”The GOP majority in the Nassau legislature is now just one seat shy of a super majority of 13 votes—they now have 12 of the 19 legislative seats. That margin would enable Republicans to approve borrowing measures without needing Democratic support.Last month, Republican James D. Kennedy, the son-in-law of the late Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa), handily beat Democrat Joseph Stufano in a special election to fill the 12th Nassau County legislative district seat left vacant when one-term Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), the son of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, was elected in November to fill the 8th New York State Senate seat, which former Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) vacated a year prior.Denenberg had resigned after pleading guilty to charging more than $2 million worth of legal services over eight years that he never provided.A third special election will be held on March 31 in Suffolk’s 12th Legislative District to fill the seat held by former Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset), who won his bid to become Suffolk County comptroller in November. Kennedy’s 58-year-old wife, Leslie, a longtime aide who ran her husband’s office, will be running for the seat herself.Kennedy’s Democratic challenger, Deborah Monaco, 55, is reportedly not going to run “an active campaign,” according to Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer, due to time constraints and other factors. She has been the secretary of the Suffolk Democratic Committee and has a job at the Suffolk Board of Elections. Republicans outnumber Democrats in this district, too.—With Spencer Rumsey
Budgeting may not be the most exciting topic. But it is something that has a huge amount of value for credit unions and their members. Let’s break it down from a member’s perspective.Advocacy First of all, encouraging your members to use the Personal Financial Management (PFM) solutions you provide (whether you provide them in budgeting, aggregation, reporting or some other form) shows them that you’re on their side. You’ll probably never make financial management entertaining for most people, but most will appreciate your support of the cause. If you offer a PFM with a budgeting tool, all the better. Walk them through how it works. This can then help start new conversations about the other platforms and services you provide.Relationships Building a better relationship with your members is one of the most important goals credit unions can have. You can’t compete with big, national banks on features and branches, but you can run circles around them when it comes to member relations. Credit unions are built on a model to foster this aspect of the business.Budgets are a great place to start this conversation. Members will reveal their goals for budgeting – saving for college, buying a house, buying a car, etc. – and that helps you understand how best to help them on an individual basis. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Thousands of informal workers have left Greater Jakarta for their hometowns with a sluggish economy impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Other regional leaders have also expressed concern that the numbers will escalate in Ramadan as people traditionally returned to their hometowns to celebrate Idul Fitri.Ramadan is expected to start on April 23, followed by Idul Fitri on May 23.Read also: COVID-19: ‘Mudik’ risks mass contagion across JavaSome 20 million people traveled to their hometowns to celebrate Idul Fitri in an annual tradition called mudik last year. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced that he would not officially ban people from traveling over the holiday owing to economic concerns, unheeded by warnings from public health experts, who have repeatedly cautioned the government and public not to travel outside Jakarta, the epicenter of the outbreak in the country, as doing so could lead to massive COVID-19 contagion in other areas, where healthcare systems are not up to par with those in big cities. Ridwan welcomed Ma’ruf’s plan in encouraging the MUI, saying that communities would listen to clerics if an edict on mudik was issued.He also told Ma’ruf during the call that allowing mudik to West Java could have dire consequences, as the province was conducting mass rapid tests to reduce undetected cases, adding that West Java was slowly reaching its capacity to handle local cases. Ridwan estimated that 70,000 people planned to head back to West Java this year, which would translate to 70,000 people needing to be supervised, as Jokowi urged regional administrations to track people participating in the exodus and to make sure they self-isolated.He said young people going home might also put the health of their older relatives at risk, as the province’s data showed there were 873 elderly people with other chronic illnesses in every subdistrict in West Java.He also said the dates of the Idul Fitri public holiday could be adjusted, as suggested by President Jokowi.Read also: Scientists call for lockdown to contain COVID-19 ahead of Ramadan, ‘mudik’His administration has also stepped up measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the exodus, including by preparing testing kits at entry points.“If we can control mudik, I can assure you that the area can be safely controlled in a measurable way. But factoring in the mudik makes us regional heads nervous, so hopefully it is an extraordinary concern [for the central government].”While the MUI has not issued a fatwa regarding the matter, the council’s secretary-general ,Anwar Abbas, has strongly advised against participating in an exodus during the pandemic, deeming that doing so was haram.”Mudik from one COVID-19-free area to another is OK but mudik from areas affected by COVID-19 could result in travelers spreading the disease to others. Since [the virus] is very contagious and dangerous, it means people who insist on participating in the exodus will have done something haram,” he said in a statement on Friday.Topics : Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has called on the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) to issue a fatwa declaring that participating in an exodus during a pandemic is haram, to prevent the wider spread of COVID-19 to corners of the archipelago.“We have pushed for the MUI to declare that an exodus during a pandemic is haram,” he said in a video conference with West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil on Friday.His statement came after Ridwan expressed concern that there had been an influx of travelers from Greater Jakarta to West Java.
Read More Arsenal fans blame Sead Kolasinac for ducking Kevin De Bruyne’s goal for Manchester City Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Dec 2019 5:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link949Shares About Connatix V67539 Coming Next Skip 1/1 / Advertisement Read More Comment Full Screen Skip Ad Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Top articles Video Settings Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Arsenal fans claim Sead Kolasinac ducked Kevin De Bruyne’s shot (NBC)Arsenal fans were accusing Sead Kolasinac of ducking out of the way of Kevin De Bruyne’s shot during the Gunners’ clash against Manchester City on Sunday.Freddie Ljungberg’s side were trailing by three goals at half-time as De Bruyne scored twice, while the Belgian also set up Raheem Sterling, who tapped in from close range.De Bruyne put the Premier League champions ahead in the second minute as he met Gabriel Jesus’ cutback with a brilliant first-time effort which flew into Arsenal’s goal.But Gunners supporters were upset with Kolasinac’s inability to block the effort as television replays caught the defender moving his head in the opposite direction to where the ball was heading.ADVERTISEMENT Read More SPONSORED PLAY Kolasinac isn’t scared of a 12 inch but he ducks out of the way of a football unreal— John 🎈 (@AFC_John_) December 15, 2019 1 min. story by Metro More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisementKolasinac was then at fault for City’s second goal as he failed to realise that Sterling was lurking at the back post and the England international met De Bruyne’s ball across to finish past Bernd Leno.The Arsenal defender was then forced off five minutes before the half-time whistle with a suspected ankle injury.And with Kieran Tierney already sidelined for three months with a dislocated shoulder, Arsenal now face a selection headache at left-back.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisement
The International Handball TV tournament Championshiops will be held in Doboj for the 45th time from 20-24 August at the Sports Games Stadium.As an introduction to the sports event, on 19 August a ”Sports Parade” is planned, where all sports clubs from the area of the city of Doboj will be presented on the main streets of Doboj.Participants at this year’s tournament are the teams “Dunkerque” from Franece, Bahrain national team, Tatran Prešov, Slovakia, Bešiktaš, Turkey, Celje, Slovenija, Vojvodina, Serbia, Borac, B&H and as always, the local team Sloga from Doboj.