first_img October 1, 2001 Regular News Would you be prepared in the event of a disaster? By: J. R. Phelps Director, The Florida Bar’s Law Office Management Assistance ServiceI’ll get around to it… someday ! As we all watched in total disbelief the horrific collapse of the World Trade Center in New York, how many of us thought, again, that we really do need to prepare our firm’s disaster preparedness and recovery plan. Yet even today, almost a decade after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew, many law firms in Florida do not have a disaster plan. Unfortunately, even the most comprehensive of plans won’t help when no one survives to carry on. Many of the law firms in the World Trade Center had branch offices elsewhere or, most fortunately, someone survived. In those cases, a disaster recovery plan will be of immense assistance in getting reorganized and back in business. Additionally, there are many adjacent buildings that were badly damaged or destroyed. Firms in those buildings with disaster recovery plans in place will find it far easier to get up and running again. No disaster recovery plan however, takes away the pain, angst, and losses. They just make it a little easier to recover. I’m occasionally asked if LOMAS can provide a sample disaster preparedness plan. As with many things in life, the answer is both yes and no. On the LOMAS portion of the Florida Bar’s webpage you will find an outline detailing the many considerations and issues that form the backbone of any disaster preparedness or emergency response plan. The detailed planning and implementation can only be accomplished by input and direction from the firm’s leadership — not blindly copied from another’s planning guide. Many decisions need to be made beforehand and that’s a task best accomplished with guidance from the firm’s leadership. Any disaster recovery plan should, at a minimum, address the following issues: • Employee home telephone numbers personal and cell phone numbers, along with home addresses and e-mail addresses will be needed. Establish a telephone tree in order to facilitate staff contact if a disaster occurs. One or two individuals with cell phones should agree to allow individuals to call them in case there is limited telephone service. Lawyers who regularly use a PalmPilot, Blackberry, or similar personal digital assistance can easily update emergency staff information as well as client and case information for use in an emergency. • Building management and key personnel work and home phone numbers. Information about a building emergency, security following an emergency, and building access is much easier if the key contact information is at hand when needed. The Fire Department Emergency Coordinator in most cases will be working directly with the building management rather than individual tenants during an emergency situation. Having key building management personnel work and home telephone numbers available could be crucial in learning about building access or additional security precautions so that staff can be advised in a timely manner. • Insurance policy information, including policy numbers, coverage, and contact information following a disaster can be crucial in trying to get the firm operating again as quickly as possible. • The firm’s master docket and firm-wide calendar will be crucial to the continuation of client representation and quick recovery following a disaster. Re-creating a firm’s calendar following a disaster could be an impossible task. Emergency preparedness plans should always include a means to restore such vital information. Fortunately, technology today offers a number of alternatives such as: computer backups, personal digital assistants, and off-site data storage. While disaster recovery plans usually identify the need for finding alternative work locations, I’m afraid New York lawyers, after sustaining the loss of millions of square feet of rental space, will be facing a challenge well beyond anything ever before anticipated in a disaster recovery plan. However, just as in Florida following hurricane Andrew, the law firms in New York are doing everything they can to assist by sharing every available office or conference room. Fortunately, software and the Internet have now advanced technology to the point that working from home is a viable option. While everyone working from home would certainly not be an attractive or first choice option, given the space crunch in New York, it may be the only option. Unfortunately, in buildings surrounding the World Trade Center complex even with a disaster recovery plan in place, equipment and paper files may have already become un-recoverable. The first 24 hours following a disaster are critical in preventing irreparable damage. Corrosion and mildew damage begin immediately following a fire or flood. Electrical and electronic equipment, while outwardly looking okay, after the delay of six or seven days, may well be beyond economic repair due to internal corrosion. Paper records and files, if wet, will already be in a state of decay from mold, fungal or bacterial growth after such a lengthy delay. Salvage of wet paper will now be much more difficult — if at all possible. The best hope for document recovery, according to experts in the document restoration business, is to quickly freeze all affected documents until professional help becomes available to begin the restoration process. When it comes to disaster, reaction after the fact is never an adequate substitute for planning beforehand. I am constantly amazed at the number of firms lacking even the most elementary form of disaster prevention — backing up critical information on their computer system daily and taking the backup off-site every night. Once again, a disaster of this magnitude reminds all of us of the opportunity to prevent the “would’ve, could’ve, should’ve” recriminations of our failure to plan. Foresight and planning can make the difference between your practice surviving a disaster, or not. Isn’t it time to get around to it? The New York State Bar Association’s Mass Disaster Response Team website,, is being updated as needed and provides answers to frequently asked legal questions for those impacted by this tragedy. Lawyers willing to donate computers or other equipment can let the NYSBA know by calling (877) HELP-321. Additional information on disaster and recovery planning is available by searching the web (key words disaster recovery) or by calling: Federal Emergency Management Agency (800) 462-9029; BMS Catastrophe, Inc., (800) 433-2940; Disaster Recovery Services, Inc., (800) 856-3333; or Document Processing (Freeze-Drying), (716) 654-4500. Would you be prepared in the event of a disaster?last_img read more

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Peter StrozniakFour credit union executives were named to the inaugural class of the African American Credit Union Hall of Fame Tuesday during a reception at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington.The inductees included William Bynum, president/CEO for the $178 million Hope Federal Credit Union in Jackson, Miss.; Michael Hall, executive vice president and chief strategy officer for the $1.2 billion Arizona Federal Credit Union in Phoenix; Clarence Hall Jr., president/CEO for the $1.2 million Issaquena County Federal Credit Union in Marysville, Miss., and Sheilah Montgomery, retired president/CEO for the $70 million Credit Union of Atlanta and founder of the African American Credit Union Coalition. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgThe police department costs the towns’ tax payers $181,000 a year. The town says they want to save those dollars. The town is considering cutting the department because of the pandemic and New York state cutting certain funding by 20 percent. The public hearing is October 13th at 5:50 p.m. at the New Berlin Town Hall. Starr says the town board has discussed cutting the police department but now wants to hear from the public. “We’ve operated in and around the calls in New Berlin when they aren’t around anyway,” Cutting said. “Other than us and the state police we’re the call when the call for help goes out. We’re going to respond.” NEW BERLIN (WBNG) — The Town of New Berlin is asking people to share their thoughts as they consider getting rid of the police department to save money. Robert Starr, town supervisor, says the town is trying to figure out how to not cut other things the community needs. “Do we continue to fund the police department for $181,000 or do we go another route and save that $181,000 for more important, at least as important, for funds like maintaining our highways,’ Starr said. Ernest Cutting, Chenango County sheriff, says if the department does get abolished, there will still be police ready to respond. “Closing the police department down to save ourselves tax dollars, including themselves because them along with everybody else here is a tax payer in the town of New Berlin,” Starr said. last_img read more

first_imgBuy a boat horn. When prompted to press 1 to speak to an operator, go ahead and give them a blast.Fred AmesMalta Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFed up with getting annoying robo callsStop the annoying robo calls. I don’t need your student loan fixed. Social Security doesn’t contact you by phone. Credit cards don’t need fixing. I’m wondering how many politicians have stock in the companies that make plastic bags.I know they can be a pain, but I use the grocery store ones to line my wastepaper baskets. I have one in every room and one at the end of my countertop to collect stuff in. Without those bags, I’d have to buy some. So is that what they want? Do they want to force us poor people who make good use of the grocery bags to have to spend money to buy them?When I buy items that don’t really need a bag, I tell the cashiers not to put them in a bag. So the ones that I do get, I make very good use of.I know that the stores put the price of the bags onto the items in the store. So are they going to lower prices because now they don’t have to use bags? I seriously doubt it.It’s not healthy to use cloth bags, especially if you buy meat products. They always put them in a separate bag and I just cannot imagine having to put the groceries together because somebody decided that they can make money from their stock as they force us to buy bags now.With all the problems we have that need fixing, I cannot see why they are concentrating on such a small thing. I recycle and try to do my best to protect the environment. But I do believe this is going too far.Wanda E. HunterSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists State’s new plastic bag ban goes too farcenter_img Beavers are a help to the environmentA nature preserve where people do not enjoy seeing wildlife is a rare place indeed, according to the April 8 Daily Gazette story. And there’s a growing awareness of beavers as “eco-heroes” that combat our worst environmental problems — for free. Why did none of this matter in the recent effort to remove beavers from the Woodlawn Preserve? A heartbroken Schenectady couple called our nonprofit and said they’d been visiting beavers at the “Preserve” regularly for years.Imagine their shock at finding that family’s dam breached and ringed with six large conibear traps.These powerful traps often kill pet dogs and rare species, too.  Children have been hurt, and one set for beavers even broke a man’s leg.Where there is vacant habitat, beavers will return. Instead of trapping, using a leveler in a dam to manage the water level gives a lasting, win-win solution.Even if a professional installer is hired, the savings versus the short-term solution of killing is impressive. When the Virginia Department of Transportation had beaver devices installed, for each dollar spent, taxpayers saved $8.37. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife program, Partners for Wildlife, may provide free materials for a leveler.Beaver dams restore wetlands that almost half our rare species require. Dams both cleanse and help stabilize streams. That reduces the costly damage from floods and droughts that are worsening with climate change. More people are now partnering with beavers, especially in the West.There will be a free screening of the Beaver Believers documentary today (April 18) at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Falls Public Library. All are welcome. Sharon T. BrownDolgevilleThe writer is a wildlife biologist.last_img read more

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has reiterated his commitment to eliminating overlapping regulations and developing more industrial parks across Indonesia.“Regulatory reforms must be carried out. Regulations that are overlapping, complicated and misleading [for] those [who] are at risk must be put to an end,” Jokowi said in a televised state of the nation address at the People’s Consultative Assembly on Friday.Read also: What you need to know about Batang industrial zone development Red tape prevented Indonesia from climbing up the World Bank’s ease of doing business ranking last year, hence why the country has been ranked 73rd since 2018. The President wants the country reach the 40th position this year.To achieve the goal, the Jokowi administration has proposed an omnibus bill on job creation to carry out regulatory reform. It seeks to attract investment by revising 79 laws and more than 1,200 articles deemed harmful to Indonesia’s ease of doing business.In addition to regulatory reform, the government is also developing industrial parks, such as the Batang industrial park in Central Java and one in Majalengka regency, West Java, to solve land acquisition issues usually faced by investors.The government is planning to develop at least 27 industrial parks, according to the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN). Most of them will be developed outside Java Island. “Similar industrial estates will also be built in various regions all over Indonesia, always taking into account cooperation with community entrepreneurship and micro, small and medium enterprises to provide employment opportunities for the unemployed young generation and boost equitability of development in all corners of the country,” said the President in his speech.“Consequently, a favorable national ecosystem for the expansion of quality employment opportunity must be established.Read also: Guide to omnibus bill on job creation: 1,028 pages in 10 minutes“We dedicate all of this to a fair national economy that caters to the interests of workers and job seekers in order to alleviate poverty by providing the widest possible quality employment opportunities.”The Indonesian economy contracted 5.32 percent in the second quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic hit demand and disrupted the supply chain. As a result, around 3.7 million individuals have lost their jobs so far this year, according to data from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), with the number expected to hit around 10 million by the end of the year. The speech came at a time when the government is pushing forward the conclusion of deliberation of the omnibus bill at the House of Representatives amid heavy scrutiny from observers, international institutions and labor unions that say the bill could jeopardize environmental protection and labor rights.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe chair of the parliamentary committee charged with scrutinising pensions policy has argued that the benefits of increased tax income is a driving factor behind the UK government’s move to create flexibility in defined contribution (DC) pensions.Speaking at the industry conference, Pensions and Benefits UK, Labour MP Dame Anne Begg said she was sceptical whether the government had fully considered all its options before selecting its chosen route.In March, during the annual Budget, Chancellor George Osborne announced reforms to the DC market that remove compulsory annuitisation for pots sized between £18,000 and £310,000.The changes, announced by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition, will allow DC savers full flexibility, including withdrawing pots as cash charged at the marginal tax rate. It was seen as reaction to a failing annuities market, beset by falling annuity rates for consumers due to lack of awareness and competition.However, the changes set to be implemented by April 2015, have been criticised over the scale of the reforms, the reasoning behind them and the timescale.Begg, chair of the cross-party work and pensions select committee, told the conference: “I do wonder if [the government] fully exhausted all the options for improving the annuity market.”“Some of this was done because [the government] sees an immediate tax advantage, and it has more to do with that.”The increase in income is to be fuelled by savers withdrawing their pots as cash and paying associated tax charges.However, the notion of government income increasing as a result of the reforms was contradicted by other speakers.Con Keating, head of research at Brighton Rock, said while immediate advantaged would be seen, in the long-run it was not the case due to a fall in demand in Gilts from annuity providers.“What happens with Gilts will actually offset the tax advantage, and will add to the deficit.“Based on the work the Bank of England has done on the effect of pension scheme and annuity buying on the level of interest rates, three years on, expect a tax bill because of these changes rather than a benefit.”Begg also berated the government over the timescales of the reforms.“It does seem strange the announcement was made before the consultation was launched and it is yet to make the case that people can get a higher, or a more secure income, under a more flexible system,” she added.“It is an incredible challenge for the industry because of the way the DC system works,” she added. “It is going to be tight.”Concerns over the timescale for implementation were echoed by the National Association of Pension Funds, which, in its response to the government consultation, said scheme members were at risk due to the speed of change.“It is difficult to recall a time when UK workplace pensions have had more to deal with,” said Joanne Segars, chief executive from the NAPF.“Even with the best intentions, this can only jeopardise good outcomes for scheme members and schemes should be given time to put the changes from the Budget in place first. We recommend the Government reviews the timetable.”last_img read more

first_imgAlthough he conceded the £8.4bn mandate was sizeable – it accounted for approximately 28% of the manager’s £29.5bn in assets under management as of the end of September – he pointed out that it accounted for just 3% of the company’s annual revenue, and produced only a small profit.“It was marginally profitable, but only marginally,” he told IPE. “In terms of bottom line, it honestly doesn’t make a difference.”Nusseibeh said discussions were ongoing with two staff directly affected by BTPS’s decision to terminate the mandate, but he would not be drawn on any departures.Hermes has steadily increased the level of revenue from third-party clients, rising from 18% at the end of 2011 to 51% by September 2015, according to figures provided by the manager.According the company’s 2014 annual report filed with the UK’s Companies House, it saw income from management and performance-related fees increase by £2.8m to £32.8m over the course of the financial year – broadly on par with the £32.6m reported at the end of 2011.Over the nearly four-year period, Hermes has only seen assets under management increase by around £3bn.But its stewardship business, Hermes EOS, has seen assets under stewardship increase to £146bn, up from £86bn in 2011.BTPS remains loyal to Hermes in other areas, recently doubling the size of a private equity mandate overseen by Hermes GPE. Hermes Investment Management’s chief executive has blamed the changing investment landscape for the BT Pension Scheme’s (BTPS) decision to terminate a £8.4bn (€11.9bn) bond mandate.According to a statement released by BTPS, the UK’s second-largest fund decided to move away from the actively managed government bond strategy after concluding a passive approach would be more cost effective.The statement added that Hermes achieved a strong performance from the mandate, and that the manager wholly owned by BTPS would continue to oversee 30-40% of its assets – a reduction from half of the fund’s assets at the end of June 2014.Saker Nusseibeh, who has been chief executive of Hermes since 2012, said he “wasn’t particularly surprised” on hearing last week about the loss of the mandate, noting the trend among UK pension funds to focus on liability management.last_img read more

first_img Futuristic submarine-inspired development surfaces in Brisbane Inside the house with a huge built-in skate bowl Professional cricketer Chris Lynn celebrates after scoring a century during the Pakistan Super League T20 cricket match between Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore in March. Photo: Arif ALI / AFP.WHAT does a professional cricketer do when his livelihood is put on hold because of a global pandemic? He delves into property development of course.Brisbane Heat skipper Chris Lynn has been beating the boredom of isolation by helping one of his best mates build a brand new home in the inner north suburb of Kedron. 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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 MORE: Live in Brisbane’s newest tallest building Professional cricketer Chris Lynn is behind a new home for sale in Kedron.This home at 8 Bloxsom St, Kedron, is for sale with a brand-new car for free.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom house on 607 sqm at 8 Bloxsom Street has just hit the market, and the lucky buyer will also get a brand-new car for free.Lynn should be in India playing for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, but was forced to come home in March due to COVID-19.With a keen interest in the property market, Lynn decided to give his builder friend Michael Merker a hand finishing and marketing the project. Professional cricketer Chris Lynn having a hit in the backyard of this home in Kedron.The back of the house at 8 Bloxsom St, Kedron.“Projects like this always excite me,” Lynn said.“There’s always a good time to buy property I believe.”Lynn, who owns a home in Windsor and another two investment properties in Kedron, is already on the lookout for his next project.Professional cricketer Chris Lynn at the Kedron home he is helping to market in Kedron.One of the living rooms in the property at 8 Bloxsom St, Kedron.“It’s always been my outlook since I started playing cricket to have a balance, so it’s not just cricket, cricket, cricket, whether that’s work, study or other interests,” he said.“I sometimes think Brisbane is saturated with units at the moment, so something like townhouses is probably preferred. I would also love to live up the coast.”The indoor/outdoor living area of the home.As an ambassador for Lexus, Lynn thought of the idea of asking Scifleet Toyota to throw in a brand new Lexus NX 300. “With tough times at the moment, it’s good to have a feel-good story and help people out wherever we can,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoOne of the bathrooms in the home at 8 Bloxsom St, Kedron.He may also be persuaded to offer a free cricket lesson to the lucky buyer.The property is Mr Merker’s first new build and he’s pretty proud of it, having laid the slab down back in August 2018 after the existing post-war house on the block was moved to Bundaberg. One of the five bedrooms in the home.“I was looking for about six months and went around with my grandma and mum and they actually picked it out because it was facing north and had lots of potential,” Mr Merker said. “I didn’t really want Hamptons style, just contemporary and classic, so I’ve designed the home so it will stand the test of time and won’t date 20 years down the track.”The kitchen in the home at 8 Bloxsom St, Kedron.The property is being marketed by Ross Armstrong and Matthew Jabs of Place Newmarket and is for sale now without a price guide.Brisbane Heat skipper Chris Lynn has a passion for property.last_img read more

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica should tap into resources from Cancun- Dr. kenneth Darroux by: – June 27, 2011 Sharecenter_img Tweet Dr. Kenneth DarrouxFisheries Minister Dr. Kenneth Darroux believes the time has come  for Dominica to tap into the resources coming out of a meeting in Cancun in 2010. He says, coming out of the United Nations Framework for climate change in Cancun where the negotiations at that meeting were very successful, it is important that Dominica tap into those resources to help develop boost the island image. These resources he says will contribute significantly to the islands, environment and tourism and fisheries sectors. Meanwhile, Dominica stance on the International Whaling commission continues to be a debate each year among countries which have signed unto the agreement of whaling with Japan. Dominica has abstained from the IWC meeting for the last 5 years. Doctor Darroux says, while most of the other OECS Countries have taken a pro whaling stance, he believes that based on information given, it is important that Dominica continues to abstained from the IWC.Dominica Vibes News 27 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

first_imgSeveral local school corporations are among many across Indiana receiving grant funding through the Secured School Safety Grant Program. Governor Mike Pence announced Wednesday more than $9 million in funding to more than 250 schools throughout the state.“It’s a great honor to announce the continuation of these grants to our local schools across the state. All of Indiana’s students deserve to learn and grow in a safe environment,” said Governor Pence. “This is a large step in our partnership with Hoosier families and the local schools to help protect Indiana’s students.”This is the second time Secured School Safety grants have been awarded. The first awards, announced November 1, 2013, also totaled more than $9 million. During the 2014 legislative session, the pool of eligible recipients was expanded to include cooperative career and technical education centers.The Secured School Safety Grant program is a dedicated state grant fund that provides matching grants to school corporations, charter schools, or coalitions of school corporations and/or charter schools applying jointly to:Conduct a threat assessment;Purchase equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders; and/orEmploy a school resource officer (SRO).The list of awards, by county:DearbornLawrenceburg Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.South Dearborn Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.DecaturDecatur County Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.Greensburg Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.FranklinBatesville Community School Corporation was awarded $37,500 for equipment.Franklin County Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.JenningsJennings County School Corporation was awarded $21,600 to employ an SRO.RipleyJac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation was awarded $35,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.Milan Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.South Ripley Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.Southeastern Career Center was awarded $35,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.Sunman Dearborn Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.RushRush County Schools was awarded $20,000 to conduct a threat assessment.School corporations, charter schools, or coalitions with an average daily membership (ADM) of at least 1,000 students applied for grants of up to $50,000. Eligible entities with an ADM of less than 1,000 students applied for grants of up to $35,000.last_img read more