CAF promotes charity gift vouchers as Valentine’s gift

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 5 January 2006 | News CAF promotes charity gift vouchers as Valentine’s gift About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is encouraging people to give its Charity Gift Vouchers instead of flowers or chocolates on Valentine’s Day.CAF Charity Gift Vouchers can be donated to any registered UK charity. Sold in denominations of £10 and £25, they can be presented in an attractive greetings card.CAF says that “the romantic gesture will boost your own star rating and help good causes to benefit at the same time”. Advertisement  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The charity has previously promoted them as a good gift for Christmas.Recipients simply choose their favourite charity and enter the organisation’s name on the voucher, giving it to them as they would an ordinary donation.last_img read more

Dormant Accounts funding still elusive in Northern Ireland

first_imgDormant Accounts funding still elusive in Northern Ireland Howard Lake | 12 July 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 Tagged with: dormant accounts Funding Northern Ireland No money has yet been allocated by the Dormant Accounts Scheme first announced in 2008 in Northern Ireland, according to recent Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.Over the past few months Neil Irwin, fundraising consultant and chair of the Institute of Fundraising, has asked a series of questions of the Department of Finance, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), to try and find out when these finances will be unlocked.The Northern Ireland government and specifically the Department of Finance holds the Dormant Accounts money and it is understood that the Big Lottery Fund locally will be distributing the money.  So far none of the over £7.3 million available has been released, despite four different finance ministers announcing its availability.In response to Mr Irwin’s FOI questions the Department of Finance said:How much money is currently available for distribution in Northern Ireland from dormant accounts?There is currently £7.3m available for distribution in Northern Ireland from Dormant Accounts.How much money has been spent in Northern Ireland from dormant accounts under The Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008?To date here has been no money spent from the Northern Ireland Dormant Accounts allocation.What is the current policy for distribution of dormant accounts in Northern Ireland?The Policy for the New Opportunities Fund which will enable the utilisation of the Dormant Accounts funds is currently being developed.How many times and by which ministers has dormant accounts funding been announced since 2007?The intention to develop a scheme for the use of Dormant Account funds in Northern Ireland has been announced on 4 separate occasions by the following Ministers: Sammy Wilson, Simon Hamilton, Mervyn Storey and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.May I have a copy of the consultation response to the public consultation that closed on 29 October 2009?A response to the “Dormant Account Scheme Consultation on Spending Priorities for Northern Ireland” which closed 29 October 2009 was not published as the outcome was inconclusive.Mr Irwin said he suspects that no money has been allocated because politicians can’t agree on how the money is spent.“There must be disagreement on its allocation. The report on its consultation was never published, so they must not have been able to agree,” he said. Advertisementcenter_img  157 total views,  1 views today  158 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Photo: Dormant accounts – sleepy piggy-bank by Chris Brignell on Shutterstock.comlast_img read more

Trump acquitted, denounced in historic impeachment trial

first_imgLocal NewsUS News Pinterest TAGS  Trump acquitted, denounced in historic impeachment trial WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleDosunmu gets hot late, No. 6 Illinois tops Nebraska in OTNext articleGraves, Nickelberry carry Buffalo past W. Michigan 86-54 Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img Twitter Facebook Facebook Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 13, 2021 WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was acquitted Saturday of inciting the horrific attack on the U.S. Capitol, concluding a historic impeachment trial that spared him the first-ever conviction of a current or former U.S. president but exposed the fragility of America’s democratic traditions and left a divided nation to come to terms with the violence sparked by his defeated presidency. Barely a month since the deadly Jan. 6 riot that stunned the world, the Senate convened for a rare weekend session to deliver its verdict, voting while armed National Guard troops continued to stand their posts outside the iconic building. The quick trial, the nation’s first of a former president, showed in raw and emotional detail how perilously close the invaders had come to destroying the nation’s deep tradition of a peaceful transfer of presidential power after Trump had refused to concede the election. Rallying outside the White House, he unleashed a mob of supporters to “fight like hell” for him at the Capitol just as Congress was certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s victory. As hundreds stormed the building, some in tactical gear engaging in bloody combat with police, lawmakers fled for their lives. Five people died. The verdict, on a vote of 57-43, is all but certain to influence not only the former president’s political future but that of the senators sworn to deliver impartial justice as jurors. Seven Republicans joined all Democrats to convict, but it was far from the two-third threshold required. The outcome after the uprising leaves unresolved the nation’s wrenching divisions over Trump’s brand of politics that led to the most violent domestic attack on one of America’s three branches of government. “Senators, we are in a dialogue with history, a conversation with our past, with a hope for our future,” said Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa.., one of the House prosecutors in closing arguments. “What we do here, what is being asked of each of us here, in this moment, will be remembered.” Trump, unrepentant, welcomed his second impeachment acquittal and said his movement “has only just begun.” He slammed the trial as “yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country.” Though he was acquitted of the sole charge of incitement of insurrection, it was easily the largest number of senators to ever vote to find a president of their own party guilty of an impeachment count of high crimes and misdemeanors. Voting to find Trump guilty were GOP Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania. Even after voting to acquit, the Republican leader Mitch McConnell condemned the former president as “practically and morally responsible” for the insurrection. McConnell contended Trump could not be convicted because he was gone from the White House. In a statement issued several hours after the verdict, Biden highlighted the bipartisan nature of the vote to convict as well as McConnell’s strong criticism of Trump. In keeping with his stated desire to see the country overcome its divisions, Biden said everyone, especially the nation’s leaders, have a duty “to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.” “That is how we end this uncivil war and heal the very soul of our nation. That is the task ahead. And it’s a task we must undertake together,” said Biden, who had hardly weighed in on the proceedings during the week. The trial had been momentarily thrown into confusion when senators Saturday suddenly wanted to consider potential witnesses, particularly concerning Trump’s actions as the mob rioted. Prolonged proceedings could have been especially damaging for Biden’s new presidency, significantly delaying his emerging legislative agenda. Coming amid the searing COVID-19 crisis, the Biden White House is trying to rush pandemic relief through Congress. The nearly weeklong trial has delivered a grim and graphic narrative of the riot and its consequences in ways that senators, most of whom fled for their own safety that day, acknowledge they are still coming to grips with. House prosecutors have argued that Trump’s was the “inciter in chief” stoking a months-long campaign with an orchestrated pattern of violent rhetoric and false claims they called the “big lie” that unleashed the mob. Five people died, including a rioter who was shot and a police officer. Trump’s lawyers countered that Trump’s words were not intended to incite the violence and that impeachment is nothing but a “witch hunt” designed to prevent him from serving in office again. The senators, announcing their votes from their desks in the very chamber the mob had ransacked, were not only jurors but also witnesses. Only by watching the graphic videos — rioters calling out menacingly for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the January certification tally — did senators say they began to understand just how perilously close the country came to chaos. Many senators kept their votes closely held until the final moments on Saturday, particularly the Republicans representing states where the former president remains popular. Most of them ultimately voted to acquit, doubting whether Trump was fully responsible or if impeachment is the appropriate response. “Just look at what Republicans have been forced to defend,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. “Look at what Republicans have chosen to forgive.” The second-ranking Republican, John Thune of South Dakota, acknowledged, “It’s an uncomfortable vote,” adding, “I don’t think there was a good outcome there for anybody.” In closing arguments, lead defender Michael van der Veen emphasized an argument that Republican senators also embraced: that it was all a “phony impeachment show trial.” “Mr. Trump is innocent of the charges against him,” said van der Veen. “The act of incitement never happened.” The House impeached Trump on the sole charge of incitement of insurrection one week after the riot, but the Senate was not in full session and McConnell refused requests from Democrats to convene quickly for the trial. Within a week Biden was inaugurated, Trump was gone and Pelosi sent the article of impeachment to the Senate days later, launching the proceedings. The turmoil on Saturday came as senators wanted to hear evidence about Trump’s actions during the riot, after prosecutors said he did nothing to stop it. Fresh stories overnight had focused on Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state, who said in a statement that Trump had rebuffed a plea from House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy to call off the rioters. Several Republican senators voted to consider witnesses. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina changed his vote to join them on that 55-45 vote. But with the Senate facing a prolonged trial and the defense poised to call many more witnesses, the situation was resolved when Herrera Beutler’s statement about the call was read aloud into the record for senators to consider as evidence. As part of the deal, Democrats dropped their planned deposition of the congresswoman and Republicans abandoned their threat to call their own witnesses. They also agreed to include GOP Sen. Mike Lee’s time stamp of a call from Trump around the time Pence was evacuated, minutes after Trump sent a tweet critical of his vice president. Impeachment trials are rare, senators meeting as the court of impeachment over a president only four times in the nation’s history, for Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton and now twice for Trump, the only one to be twice impeached. There have been no convictions. Unlike last year’s impeachment trial of Trump in the Ukraine affair, a complicated charge of corruption and obstruction over his attempts to have the foreign ally dig up dirt on then-campaign rival Biden, this one brought an emotional punch displayed in graphic videos of the siege that laid bare the unexpected vulnerability of the democratic system. At the same time, this year’s trial carried similar warnings from the prosecutors that Trump must be held accountable because he has shown repeatedly he has no bounds. Left unchecked, he will further test the norms of civic behavior, even now that he is out of office still commanding loyal supporters, they said.last_img read more

Quick Turnarounds for Foreclosure Sales

first_img Share Save foreclosure sales Foreclosures MLS REO 2019-09-03 Seth Welborn Tagged with: foreclosure sales Foreclosures MLS REO Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles The majority of foreclosure sales to third-party buyers are owner occupied within a year, according to a new study from’s Seller Strategy Report notes that 56% sold of properties sold to third parties at foreclosure sale in Q2 2018 were Owner-Occupied a year later, compared to 43% that reverted to the lender.Additionally, third-party foreclosure sales executed higher relative to credit bid at the foreclosure sale than did properties sold as REO, and properties sold via “Day 1” REO online auction sold on average 95 days faster than REOs sold via the MLS..“By synthesizing the rich transactional data from our market-leading platform with public record and MLS data, we’re able to provide a holistic view of the disposition metrics that matter to distressed property sellers,” said Jason Allnutt, CEO at “At the top of that list are execution of the sale price relative to credit bid, time to sell a property, and impact on the surrounding neighborhood.”Opportunity Zones execute higher to reserve than non-opportunity zones, with properties in Opportunity Zones that sold to third-party buyers at foreclosure auction executed 5 percentage points higher relative to reserve than properties located outside of Opportunity Zones. Homes in Opportunity Zones are cheaper, in general, as well. ATTOM Data Solutions reports that 80% of these zones had median home prices in the Q2 2019 that were below the national figure of $266,000, and that half had median prices of less than $150,000.Additionally, compared to the surrounding regions, median Q2 2019 prices in about one in four zones were less than 50% of the typical value in the Metropolitan Statistical Areas where they exist. Within Opportunity Zones, 86% had median Q2 2019 sales prices that were less than the median sales price for the surrounding Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Roughly 26% had median sales prices less than half the figure for the MSA. Only 14% had median sales prices that were equal to or above the median sales price in the MSA. Previous: Gateway Mortgage Group Names Makes Inc. 5000 Next: Fintechs Leading the Way for VA Loans The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. center_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News, REO, Secondary Market Quick Turnarounds for Foreclosure Sales Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago September 3, 2019 2,368 Views Home / Daily Dose / Quick Turnarounds for Foreclosure Sales Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

A Closer Look at a Record-Breaking Year

first_img Last year was a record-breaking year within the housing market—low interest rates, high demand, low inventory, high home prices, and home price growth, to name a few of the all-time and longtime highs and lows recorded in 2020. Thanks to government and agency programs, the foreclosure rate is low, even as delinquencies are way up.  It also turned out to be the best year on record for first-time homebuyers. In fact,  2.38 million Americans reportedly became first-time homebuyers in 2020, which is up 14% from the same period a year ago.Genworth Mortgage Insurance’s Chief Economist Tian Liu dives into trends’ causes and effects in the company’s fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 report.“Out of 2020 came a housing boom with rapidly rising home prices and a new construction boom in single-family homes,” Liu said. “More recently, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and a deep recession, the U.S. housing market has staged an unexpected and strong rebound in the second half of 2020, resulting in a record number of first-time homebuyers,” Liu said. She added that the pandemic and resulting economic impact increased housing demand in many ways. “Working from home, remote learning, and other social distancing measures have forced homes to become the end all be all, ultimately resulting in an increase in a home’s value to homebuyers. Large expenditures on travel, leisure, entertainment, and personal services have decreased significantly throughout the pandemic, freeing up disposable income to be used toward housing.”While the unemployment rate has increased overall, its impact, Liu says, “has been more muted on higher-income earners who are more likely to become potential homebuyers—so the job losses have had less effect on housing.”She also spoke about the effect of pandemic-related forbearance programs, which, she says, might have benefitted some home shoppers, possibly influencing opportunities and behaviors. Not only has foreclosure moratoria and forbearance allowances kept many in their houses, forbearance programs on student loans, credit cards, and auto loans, temporarily reduced debt repayment for some.”The real estate and housing finance industries have successfully maintained the functioning of the housing market by reducing the amount of face-to-face interactions in homebuying, selling, and financing,” the economist says. “The forbearance program in the mortgage industry prevented foreclosures by borrowers impacted by the pandemic and helped stabilize the housing market. Finally, fiscal stimulus under the CARES Act helped to maintain spending and income levels, which prevented spillover from the public health crisis into a broader economic and housing crisis. Together, all of these factors made 2020 the best year on record for the first-time homebuyer market.”Some further takeaways from the Genworth report include:657,000 single-family homes were purchased––up 26.4% from a year ago; First-time homebuyers reached 2.76 million (seasonally-adjusted annual rate) in Q4, their fastest pace on record.For the full year, first-time homebuyers represented a higher percentage of homebuyers (40% vs. 38% in 2019) in the single-family housing market, and a higher percentage of purchase loan borrowers (56% vs. 55% in 2019) in the mortgage market.The aging of the millennial population implies that the increase in first-time homebuyers over the age of 30 may lead to an overall increase in the number of first-time homebuyers in the 25-44 age group, which could be in the order of 580,000 first-time homebuyers over five years.Affordability conditions remained favorable for first-time homebuyers compared to the pre-pandemic period in 2019. Rapid growth in housing demand and rising home prices were powerful incentives for homebuilders to ramp up production with single-family housing starts increasing by 18 percent during Q4’20 to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million units, the highest quarter since the fourth quarter of 2006.These mortgages financed 1.94 million (81 percent) first-time homebuyers in 2020, up two percentage points from 2019; The biggest year for the low down payment mortgage market in history.899,000 first-time homebuyers used conventional mortgages with PMI to finance their first home purchase in 2020, up 25 percent from a year ago. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 1 day ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 1 day ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly,, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. A Closer Look at a Record-Breaking Year Home / Daily Dose / A Closer Look at a Record-Breaking Year Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 1 day ago March 23, 2021 785 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 1 day ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago 2021-03-23 Christina Hughes Babb Share Save  Print This Post Previous: Forbearance Requests Slide to New Lows Next: Best Metros for Renters Looking to Buy a House Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Two Salvadoran migrants die after being apprehended at border

first_imgmdurson/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Federal authorities have confirmed two Salvadoran migrants died over the weekend after being apprehended along the U.S.-Mexico border. One of the migrants was a transgender woman, according to LGBTQ immigrant advocates.Jonathan Alberto “Johana” Medina Leon, a 25-year-old trans woman, crossed legally through a U.S. port of entry in El Paso, Texas and was later taken to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center, the agency said Monday.Medina Leon was in custody for more than a month when she was transferred to the hospital after complaining of chest pains. She was released from ICE custody at the hospital and died there four days later, the agency said.“This is yet another unfortunate example of an alien who enters the United States with an untreated, unscreened medical condition,” said Corey Price, an ICE field office director in El Paso. “There is a crisis at our southern border with a mass influx of aliens lured by the lies of human smugglers who profit without regard for human life or well-being. Many of these aliens attempt to enter the United States with untreated or unknown diseases, which are not diagnosed until they are examined while in detention.”According to an ICE official, Medina Leon was brought to a facility in Otero County, New Mexico, where authorities have been accused by advocate groups of mistreating gay and transgender detainees. The Washington Post was first to report the news.U.S. Customs and Border Protection also announced the death of an unidentified 33-year-old Salvadoran man who suffered a seizure moments after the Border Patrol apprehended him in Roma, Texas on Sunday.“On behalf of the men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, we extend our deepest condolences to those who are just learning of the tragic death of their loved one,” CBP Acting Commissioner John P. Sanders said in a statement Sunday.Following the deaths, immigrant advocates renewed calls for better treatment of those in custody and demanded detainees have options for supervised release when necessary.Last year, another transgender migrant from central America died in ICE custody. As the Associated Press reported at the time, Roxsana Hernandez, 33, traveled from Honduras as part of a caravan of migrants and was taken into custody in San Diego before getting transferred to a detention center in New Mexico.The Transgender Law Center, a group that advocates for gender rights in the criminal justice system, sued ICE and accused the Trump administration of withholding information related to Harnandez’s case. The group criticized authorities for acting with “cruelty, inhumanity, and lawlessness” and blamed the administration for causing the deaths.“Justice for Johana and Roxsana means an end to the conditions that killed them, conditions that transgender people in migrant prisons across the country continue to endure,” the Transgender Law Center said in a statement Sunday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ending Section 21 evictions will be a disaster, agents and landlords warn

first_imgThe largest ever poll of landlords and letting agents conducted in recent times has found that 46% are expecting to scale back their activity in the private rental sector if the government ends Section 21 evictions.Conducted by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), it received responses from 6,500 letting agents and landlords, the largest in its history.The proposed end to Section 21 evictions would  appear to be a ‘final straw’ for many following the tenant fees ban, tax relief reductions, Stamp Duty increases, proposed ‘indefinite tenancies’ and mandatory qualifications for letting agents.This is because, the RLA claims, the alternative Section 8 notice court process can take up to five months to complete.According to the survey, of those landlords with experience of such repossessions, 79 per cent did not consider the courts to be reliable.Housing courtThe survey is not all fire and brimstone. Landlords and letting agents overwhelmingly support the introduction of a national housing court to bring all disputes under one roof, and 40% of respondents said they’d wait and see what other regulations might be in the pipeline before deciding whether to rein back their private rental sector activity.“Security of tenure means nothing unless the homes to rent are there in the first place,” says David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association.“With the demand for private rented housing showing no signs of slowing down it is vital that landlords are confident that they can quickly and easily get back their property in legitimate circumstances.“Whilst the system should clearly be fair to tenants, it needs also to support and encourage good landlords.”   Residential Landlords Association section 21 evictions Section 21 Section 8 Section 8 evictions David Smith RLA May 22, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Ending Section 21 evictions will be a disaster, agents and landlords warn previous nextRegulation & LawEnding Section 21 evictions will be a disaster, agents and landlords warnPoll of 6,500 businesses within the private rental market reveals huge worries over proposed end to ‘no fault’ evictions.Nigel Lewis22nd May 201901,650 Viewslast_img read more

Riecken Urges Winnecke to Reconsider Speaking to Local Veterans

first_imgMayoral Candidate Gail Riecken expresses her disappointment and calls on Lloyd Winnecke to reconsider attending the candidate forum hosted by area Veterans on September 23, 2015.Mayor Winnecke declined the appearance in front of the local Veterans Council to attend instead a monthly traveling town hall meeting.  Democrat candidate for mayor Gail Riecken called on Lloyd Winnecke to take advantage of the opportunity to debate her on questions coming directly from the public: “the citizens of Evansville have questions, and no other forum in this election cycle has a format where anyone can submit a question for a Mayoral debate.”In acknowledging the importance of regular meetings in the community, Riecken pointed out that most of the monthly town hall meetings have more City or County employees in attendance than members of the public and that Mayor Winnecke himself is rarely the primary speaker. “Any number of staff members could take Winnecke’s typical place as the night’s emcee. He should not thumb his nose at the Veterans Council or anyone who has questions about the City’s future. This election is about whether the current Mayor has done a good job for the City as a whole and where we go from here over the next four years.”Democrat Gail Riecken went on to say, “questions directly from the public are often the hardest to answer, and the great citizens of our City deserve to ask about what most concerns them. I look forward to the opportunity to answer the tough questions and discuss my plan for Evansville’s future.”Gail Riecken is running for Mayor of Evansville and is a former Evansville City Council-woman, Evansville Parks Director, and a current member of the Indiana State House of Representatives.  She is a lifelong Evansville resident, has been married for 47 years, and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.Please take time and vote in today’s “Readers Poll”. Don’t miss reading today’s Feature articles because they are always an interesting read. Please scroll at the bottom of our paper so you can enjoy our creative political cartoons. Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without our permission.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City Financial Group: Helping Residents Navigate New Tax Laws

first_imgJodie Booth and Mark Reimet, of Ocean City Financial Group, urge customers to review their credit card and other financial statements for accuracy. By Maddy VitaleFrom the simplest financial matters, all the way up to the most complicated changes in tax laws, Ocean City Financial Group is here to help residents understand and navigate today’s financial climate.“There are a lot of changes happening with tax laws right now,” said Ocean City Financial Group Financial Planner Jodie Booth. “People of all financial levels are affected and are looking for guidance.”Booth, a married mother of two who graduated top of her class in finance at Stockton University and received several accolades and awards, said she understands going to a financial planner could be daunting. At Ocean City Financial Group, located in the heart of town at the top of the Crown Bank building on 8th Street and Asbury Ave., clients of all personal wealth levels receive the same personalized service.“If I was going to a financial planner, I could see how it would be intimidating, I would worry they would judge me. But everyone can benefit from talking to a financial planner – especially in this changing environment.” Booth said.A personalized, warm touch and understanding, as well as expert advice in financial matters, is the service both Booth and Mark Reimet, who opened Ocean City Financial Group in 1997, provide.Reimet, a married father of two who lives in Ocean City, has carved out a niche as a planner in three specific ways ¬– advising families on risk management and investment planning needs, working with business owners on employee benefits and retirement planning and helping retirees with investment and estate planning needs.Reimet has seen a lot of changes in the market and the world of financial planning, since he began in 1988. But one thing he hasn’t seen, is such a comprehensive change in the tax laws. Until now.“These are the biggest changes to tax law since Reagan’s Tax Reform Act of 1986,” Reimet said. “Many of my clients have been asking questions, trying to understand how it pertains to them and how to properly plan for it.”Here are five of the biggest takeaways for Ocean City residents:Most Americans would see at least a 10% reduction in income taxes, effective through 2025. The standard deduction of $6,350 for single taxpayers and $12,700 for joint returns would increase to $12,000 and $24,000 respectively. The maximum annual child tax credit would increase from $1,000 per qualifying child to $2,000 with $1,400 refundable, phased out beginning at $200,000 single and $400,000 joint, reducing tax for qualifying families with children or other dependents.Section 529 plans would be allowed to be used for K-12 tuition and related expenses annually in addition to post-secondary expenses.Estate and gift tax exemption would be doubled from $5 million to $10 million (inflation adjusted, $11.2 million exception in 2018), reducing the number of estates subject to estate tax and providing more opportunity for lifetime planning.While these changes have been passed by the Senate, House of Representatives and signed by the President, many of the provisions will require action from the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, in order for the changes to be implemented. And many of these changes do not extend beyond 2025, possibly causing taxes to increase at that time. “The time to do the planning is now. There is no better time to gift for estate planning, transfer of assets or wealth or legacy planning,” Reimet said. “The financial advisor is often the best liaison to manage the process of planning with your tax counsel and attorney.”  For more information visit or call Ocean City Financial Group at (609) 814-1100.Mark Reimet opened Ocean City Financial Group in 1997.last_img read more

News story: Smart-city modeller wins data pioneer of the year award

Read about other businesses that have benefitted from Innovate UK funding and support. The UK Business Tech Awards feature 18 categories across various disciplines including education technology, finance technology, best app and entrepreneur of the year. Citi Logik was 1 of 6 companies shortlisted for the data pioneer of the year award. We’ve taken a very specific decision to work in a very precise area of the smart city market, by working with data for a public benefit. The award is recognition that that’s a good thing to do and that this is the way forward for managing data. Insights and predictive analytics company, Citi Logik, has won the data pioneer of the year’ award at the 2018 UK Business Tech Awards, following a series of projects that assist urban planners.Its technology – CitiAnalytics – creates a detailed analysis of road and transport movements using anonymised 3G and 4G mobile network data. It then provides a transport model to help with future infrastructure planning and development around vehicles, walking and public transport. Citi Logik Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Leece said it’s important that companies that use data for public good are recognised: Find out more about Citi Logik’s work with Hull on planning transport infrastructure. Local authorities are now mandated to identify areas that need attention and they need a plan to reduce the impact. We’ll be providing statistical data of people’s movements by their own vehicles, foot and public transport to help them build a strategy based around it, whether that’s persuading people to take different routes or to charge vehicles within certain zones. New contracts, new projectsCiti Logik, which is now based out of the Future Cities Catapult in London, has followed its success at the UK Business Tech Awards with new contracts to evaluate the core data of travel models in 2 cities in Yorkshire and the north east.The first will provide a similar model to the Hull project, using anonymised mobile data, while the second will look at air quality.Stephen continues: Ongoing supportCiti Logik has benefitted from various funding and support from Innovate UK.In 2011, small-scale grants from Innovate UK and Transport for London led to high-profile contracts to analyse traffic flows around the Heathrow and Gatwick airports.Further funding in 2017 enabled the company to test its platform in a real-world environment with the city of Hull.This year the company received an innovation loan – Innovate UK support designed for businesses close to market – to help them commercialise their innovation. Search and apply for innovation funding. read more