Construction set to begin on Amon G. Carter Stadium expansion

first_img Previous articleGoing, going, gone: Baker selected on Day One of MLB DraftNext articleFive Horned Frogs selected in 2018 MLB draft Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedin Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Linkedin Twitter ReddIt Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases Twitter Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Courtesy: GoFrogs.com Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall printConstruction is set to begin on the $100 million expansion of the premium seating at Amon G. Carter Stadium, TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jeremiah Donati announced Thursday.The upgrades, which will include 48 new boxes, two private clubs, more than 1,000 club seats and 22 luxury suites, are set to be completed by the 2019 football season.The side nearest TCU’s campus and Frog Alley will be receiving the upgrades seen in this rendering. Photo courtesy of TCU AthleticsThe project will also add an 100-foot outdoor balcony overlooking Frog Alley and the TCU campus, as well as a new video board in the north end zone.A rendering of how Amon G. Carter stadium will look after the newest renovations. Photo courtesy of TCU Athletics“This is more than just a football project,” Donati said. “This facility will be used to the benefit all 21 of our sports, our campus community and Fort Worth. It’s an appropriate expansion with all the cutting-edge technology, to what is already the finest football stadium in the country.”Donati also talked about how the fundraising for the project has attracted a new and younger group of donors, some of whom are donating to TCU for the first time.“Fundraising is ongoing but reached a financial threshold significant enough to begin construction,” he said. “Philanthropic support has been tremendous thus far.”In addition to upgrading the capacity of the stadium from 45,000 to 47,000, the project will include meeting spaces for corporate events, which will foster year-round use of the facility outside of football season.The new renovations will add meeting spaces and club areas to Amon G. Carter Stadium. Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.com“Our stadium expansion project will have a positive impact on our recruiting efforts, plus our fan experience,” TCU Head Football Coach Gary Patterson said. “This project will also further strengthen our university’s foundation going forward in the near future.” ReddIt Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebook Facebook Benton McDonald + posts Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

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TV technician killed in Coahuila attacks – what happened to protection mechanisms?

first_imgNews MexicoAmericas February 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV technician killed in Coahuila attacks – what happened to protection mechanisms? 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 5, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora statecenter_img Gunmen staged separate attacks on a TV station and a radio station in Torreón, in the northern state of Coahuila on 9 February, killing a young engineer, Rodolfo Ochoa, in the attack on Canal 9 (Milenio TV), which is owned by the Multimedios Laguna group. Equipment was destroyed in the attack on the radio station, Radiorama, which has been off the air ever since.A Canal 9 employee told Reporters Without Borders: “The attack took place at dawn. The station went off the air for a while but is now operating normally. The attackers made off with monitors and tools. They clearly intended to damage equipment as you can see the marks of blows and the door was forced. But, obviously, it is the death of our employee, Rodolfo Ochoa, that has affected us most.”Aged 27, Ochoa was covering the night shift, Milenio reported on its website. When he noticed the presence of intruders, he tried to phone one of his colleagues but was shot several times by the gunmen.The police have placed the TV station under patrol car surveillance, which is a useful short-term measure but is not enough. A thorough investigation is needed. This is not the first time that this media group has been targeted. Its correspondent in the state of Durango, Eliseo Barrón Hernández.On the night of 9 February, three hooded gunmen raided the premises of Radiorama, attacked the night watchman and a woman companion, forced their way inside and destroyed the station’s transmission equipment, reducing it to silence.A local media source told Reporters Without Borders: “It is incredible that (the authorities) had not foreseen this kind of situation, in a strategic area where there are other broadcast media and where a criminal organization is operating.”Newspaper distributor kidnappedAn armed group meanwhile briefly kidnapped the distributor of the El Norte and Metro newspapers (owned by the Reforma media group) in Nuevo Laredo, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. After the delivery man had been tied up and thrown into the back of a vehicle, his abductors ordered him at gunpoint to stop distributing El Norte in Nuevo Laredo. They then set fire to the 1,100 copies he had been transporting and released him.El Norte had just published a report about the murder of Gen. Manuel Farfán, the head of public security in Nuevo Laredo.Armed attacks on media premises have increased since the start of 2010, as the federal government continues an offensive against drug-trafficking in which around 30,000 people have been killed since December 2006. Journalists have not been spared.Reporters Without Borders urges the federal authorities, in consultation with press freedom NGOs, to quickly apply the new mechanisms for protecting journalists that were announced at the interior ministry on 3 November 2010.Reporters Without Borders is supporting the “¡Basta de Sangre!” (Enough Blood) campaign which 10 press cartoonists launched last month and which has a presence on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Basta…) and Twitter. A portfolio of the cartoons can be seen on the Reporters Without Borders website.Cartoon: El Fer News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on Mexico Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Limerick invention could help solve global water crisis

first_imgEmail Professor Michael Zaworotko at work in the University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute.Photo: Sean CurtinA new material developed at the University of Limerick could help solve the global water crisis by producing water from air.The material has favourable properties for absorbing and releasing water from the atmosphere with the potential to provide water in drought-hit regions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Professor Michael Zaworotko, Research Professor at University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute, has developed the crystalline material after decades of research.It has been developed as a commercially viable nanomaterial by Molecule RND, an international incubator fund established at UL to work in collaboration with Prof Zaworotko.Molecule already has orders for the first available commercial units, with a prototype water generator delivering water with low purity without any filtration.Stating that the material could replace the silica traditionally used in dehumidification systems in buildings, Prof Zaworotko said that it would require substantially less energy to maintain air quality in buildings around the world,”The material could also capture water from the atmosphere in arid regions.“Even in zones of very low humidity, there is still some water in the atmosphere. This material could be applied to capture the water from the air, meaning you could potentially grow crops there.“Without water, there is no life. About one-third of the world’s population does not have access to pure water and this technology helps to solve that problem,” he added. Facebook University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party TAGSeducationLimerick City and CountyNewsResearchUniversity of Limerick University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineering Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick Printcenter_img Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleGlobal Limerick Company Shortlisted for National AwardNext articleDrugs epidemic threatens to engulf Limerick City Meghan Brosnan NewsEducationLimerick invention could help solve global water crisisBy Meghan Brosnan – October 31, 2019 292 Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties last_img read more

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Thousands turn out in Letterkenny for protest against water charges

first_img Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week By News Highland – November 1, 2014 Facebook Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ Homepage BannerNews Previous articleChairman delighted to have three managerial roles filledNext articleKilcoyne looks ahead to Senior Football Championship Final News Highland Thousands of people turned out in Letterkenny today for a protest against water charges.It’s estimated that between 8,000-10,000 people turned out in the pouring rain.Protesters marched from the Port Roundabout to Market Square.Our reporter Barry Whyte was at the Letterkenny protest:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/protestmix.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Hundreds more also turned out for protests in Lifford and Ballyshannon today.Hundreds also turned out for a protest in Lifford today as well Facebook Google+center_img Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Thousands turn out in Letterkenny for protest against water chargeslast_img read more

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Gujarat High Court Quashes Sedition Case Against Journalist Who Reported On Possible Change In State Leadership [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesGujarat High Court Quashes Sedition Case Against Journalist Who Reported On Possible Change In State Leadership [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay8 Nov 2020 9:08 PMShare This – xThe Gujarat High Court on Friday (06th November) quashed a sedition case registered against a Journalist Dhaval Rajnikant Patel (editor of online Gujarati news portal Face of Nation) for allegedly publishing a report on a possible change in state leadership due to criticism over the rising number of COVD-19 cases in the State.The Bench of Justice R. P. Dholaria quashed the case, after Patel…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Gujarat High Court on Friday (06th November) quashed a sedition case registered against a Journalist Dhaval Rajnikant Patel (editor of online Gujarati news portal Face of Nation) for allegedly publishing a report on a possible change in state leadership due to criticism over the rising number of COVD-19 cases in the State.The Bench of Justice R. P. Dholaria quashed the case, after Patel filed an unconditional apology “without admission of any guilt” for the “allegedly offending article”.BackgroundAs states, the Petitioner/Journalist, Dhaval Rajnikant Patel is working as Journalist and allegedly, he published an article in the Web Portal called “Face of the Nation” wherein he stated that looking to the failure of the Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat, he is likely to be replaced.He had also named the replacing of the Honourable Chief Minister which led to filing of the complaint against him by the CID Crime and therefore, the petitioner moved an application before the High Court for the quashment of the complaint which was entertained and placed for final hearing.The Advocate for the petitioner indicated before the Court that the petitioner tendered unconditional apology wherein he stated,”I tender my unconditional apology for the allegedly offending article published by me in my web portal face of the Nation basis which the impugned FIR has been registered against me. My unconditional apology is without prejudice and without admission of any guilt.”Court’s OrderUpon hearing the Advocates for parties and considering the submissions advanced by the Counsel for the Petitioner, the Court said,”Since the present petitioner is a young journalist and he has begun his career and that from the deepest corner of his heart, the petitioner has tendered apology as quoted above and therefore, this Court is satisfied with the apology tendered by the petitioner.”Under the circumstances, the Court was of the considered opinion that the interest of justice would be served if the proceedings/FIR are quashed. Accordingly, the petition stood allowed.The impugned FIR/proceedings were quashed and set aside with “caution to the petitioner that as and when he may publish an article in future, no such comments be used against any constitutional functionaries without verification and he shall be cautious of not repeating the same.”According to a report of The Indian Express, Dhaval Patel, was booked under Indian Penal Code Section 124A for sedition and Section 54 of the Disaster Management Act (punishment for false warning) by the Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) on May 11 for “trying to create unrest in society”, for allegedly writing and publishing a report on his portal on May 7 titled “Mansukh Mandaviya called by high command, chances of leadership change in Gujarat”.It may be noted that the Punjab & Haryana High Court on Friday (30th October) made an observation that “in a democracy, every citizen has a right to voice his/her opinion freely and criticize the functioning of the Government.”The Bench of Justice Sudhir Mittal further remarked that,”The State needs to be more tolerant and circumspect while invoking laws pertaining to sedition and religious disaffection. The current tendency to the contrary has been frowned upon by the Supreme Court of India.”Further, the Uttarakhand High Court, while granting interim bail to a Journalist had recently stated,”What troubles more is as to how Section 124-A IPC is added? Even if for the sake of arguments, it is admitted that some allegations were levelled against some high functionary, does it per se amount to sedition, which is punishable under Section 124-A IPC? Why was the State in such haste? Is it a cruel hand of the State, which is running over? Many questions would perhaps also require an answer in this bail.” (emphasis supplied)Case title – Dhaval Rajnikant Patel v. State Of Gujarat [R/Special Criminal Application No. 2301 of 2020]Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Triple Talaq- Relatives Of Husband Cannot Be Accused Of Offence Under Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act: Supreme Court

first_imgTop StoriesTriple Talaq- Relatives Of Husband Cannot Be Accused Of Offence Under Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act: Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 Jan 2021 4:26 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has observed that relatives of a ‘husband’ cannot be accused of an offence under Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act.On a preliminary analysis, it is clear that the appellant as the mother-in-law of the second respondent cannot be accused of the offence of pronouncement of triple talaq under the Act as the offence can only be committed by a Muslim man, the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has observed that relatives of a ‘husband’ cannot be accused of an offence under Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act.On a preliminary analysis, it is clear that the appellant as the mother-in-law of the second respondent cannot be accused of the offence of pronouncement of triple talaq under the Act as the offence can only be committed by a Muslim man, the bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said while granting anticipatory bail to an accused.Under Section 3 of the Act, a pronouncement of talaq by a Muslim husband upon his wife has been rendered void and illegal. Under Section 4, a Muslim husband who pronounces talaq upon his wife, as referred to in Section 3, is punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years. In this case, the mother in law of the complainant was accused under the provisions of Section 498-A read with Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code and the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act. She approached the High Court seeking anticipatory bail which was denied. While considering the appeal, the Apex Court bench, also comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee, observed:The provisions of Section 7(c) apply to the Muslim husband. The offence which is created by Section 3 is on the pronouncement of a talaq by a Muslim husband upon his wife. Section 3 renders the pronouncement of talaq void and illegal. Section 4 makes the Act of the Muslim husband punishable with imprisonment. Thus, on a preliminary analysis, it is clear that the appellant as the mother-in-law of the second respondent cannot be accused of the offence of pronouncement of triple talaq under the Act as the offence can only be committed by a Muslim man.The court observed that an offence under the Act is by the Muslim man who has pronounced talaq upon his spouse, and not the appellant, who is the mother-in-law of the second respondent. The bench, while granting her pre-arrest bail observed that there is no bar on granting anticipatory bail for an offence committed under the Act, provided that the competent court must hear the married Muslim woman who has made the complaint before granting the anticipatory bail. It would be at the discretion of the court to grant ad-interim relief to the accused during the pendency of the anticipatory bail application, having issued notice to the married Muslim woman. Case: Rahna Jalal vs. State of Kerala [Criminal Appeal No 883 of 2020 ]Coram: Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira BanerjeeCounsel: Adv Haris Beeran, Sr. Adv V. Chitambaresh, Adv Harshad V. Hameed, Adv G. PrakashClick here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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LYIT awarded €2.8million under new education fund

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ The Minister for Education has announced Letterkenny IT is to share in a near €3 million funding pot to drive flexible learning options in the north-west.The college is one of 23 third level bodies sharing a slice of a €23 million package under the new Higher Education Innovation and Transformation Fund.The fund was launched in 2018 as part of the modernisation and reform of the funding model for higher education.Minister McHugh visited Letterkenny IT as he confirmed the massive allocation of funding for the college and also met LYIT president Paul Hannigan, GMIT president Dr Michael Hannon and IT Sligo president Dr Brendan McCormack.Minister McHugh said: “It is a real privilege to be able to share news like this – €2.84 million in Government funding over the next three years to reward and support LYIT, and their close colleagues in IT Sligo and GMIT, as top class academic staff chase innovative ideas to attract more people to third level education and do more to create flexible options for learning in the north-west. Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img LYIT awarded €2.8million under new education fund WhatsApp Previous articleOnly one week left before LIS Scheme application deadlineNext articleNew stats reveal ‘worrying situation’ at Donegal’s Community Hospitals News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook By News Highland – February 8, 2019 Twitter Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

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Why Foxtons’ results are even worse than its competitors

first_imgProptech consultant James Dearsley (pictured, below) says Foxtons’ results revealed recently in its half-year results has been created by the legacy of its once might CRM system called BOS.The results, which were worse than many of its competitors within the struggling London property market, saw sales drop by a third.James says its IT system, created during the early noughties at a cost of £2 million, initially helped create Foxtons’ success by freeing up its talented but famously ruthless staff to concentrate on the sell, automating almost everything else years before most other competitor agents had developed anything similar.James, who used to work at Foxtons, says the company has “developed itself into a corner” by creating a system that no else uses or can plug into, and that while most other agents now use CRM systems that they can ‘plug and play’ the latest innovative products, Foxtons is left with an inward-looking bespoke system and left to play catch-up.A case in point is the lettings maintenance management software Fixflo which James’s company Proptech consult helped integrate into Connells’ and Countrywide’s systems, but which would struggle to be added to Foxtons’.“[This] leaves them at a competitive disadvantage in a sector where similar outfits, with newer business models and technologies are offering new value to the consumer,” he says.“Foxtons must recapture their spirit of technological innovation, throw BOS in the bin and start again with another 20-year roadmap in mind.”James also says Foxtons’ strategy of investing heavily in low-basic pay negotiators and new branches is misguided when more flexible, hybrid models are starting to threaten the traditional model.Digital transformationNic Budden (pictured, right), who is a company man with 12 years’ at Foxtons, must lead the digital transformation of Foxtons from the front in much the same way Alison Platt has at Countrywide, says James.“With so much [tech] innovation available to landlords and occupiers, Foxtons must establish a new value proposition to ensure they create a meaningful place in this market,” he says.“In an environment where processes are under such pressure from external operators, and consumers are seeking new value propositions, this will not be easy.”Read PropTech Consult’s full report on Foxtons. James Dearsley nic Budden Foxtons August 3, 2017Nigel 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 » Agencies & People » Why Foxtons’ results are even worse than its competitors previous nextAgencies & PeopleWhy Foxtons’ results are even worse than its competitorsDigital expert and former Foxtons employee James Dearsley says the company’s legacy IT system developed 17 years ago is starting to be a millstone.Nigel Lewis3rd August 201702,039 Viewslast_img read more

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CURRENT ISSUES IN THE AREAS OF ESTATE, TAX AND PERSONAL AND BUSINESS PLANNING

first_img$390$730 $1,460 $3,900 $4,870 The information that follows summarizes some of the current issues in the areas of estate, tax and personal and business planning which may be of interest to you. Although this information is accurate and authoritative, it is general in nature and not intended to constitute specific professional advice. For professional advice or more specific information, please contact my office.Federal Estate Tax Exclusion Increase. The federal estate tax exclusion amount for decedents dying during 2016 will be $5.45 million, an increase from the $5.43 million exemption amount for 2015. The annual gift tax exclusion amount on a per donee basis will remain at $14,000 for 2016. The effect of the increase in the federal estate tax exclusion amount is that, in the case of a husband and wife, the two spouses together can have a total of $10.9 million at the time of the two deaths and not pay any federal estate tax. Obviously, the federal estate tax is no longer an issue for more than 99 percent of American taxpayers. The gift tax (per donee) annual exclusion amount of $14,000, as discussed in previous issues of this newsletter, is a concept which is vastly misunderstood. Many people think that gifts in excess of that amount will result in a gift tax actually being paid, but that is usually not true. The gift tax exclusion applicable to taxable gifts over a person’s lifetime is “unified” with the federal estate tax exclusion amount, which means that total gifts of $5.45 million could be made in excess of the cumulative $14,000 annual “per donee” exclusions without paying any gift tax. The gift tax is imposed on the donor of the gift, not the donee. Gifts are non-taxable for income tax purposes. Consequently, for most people, gifts of any amount can be given without any immediate tax consequences. For those who may be subject to the federal estate tax, cumulative “taxable gifts” in excess of the annual $14,000 “per donee” exclusion amounts will reduce the federal estate tax exemption amount, so that the federal estate tax exemption amount will be reduced by the same amount that a person uses of his or her cumulative federal gift tax exclusion amount of $5.45 million in 2016.Deductions For LTC Insurance Increase. The deductible amount that taxpayers with qualified long term care insurance can claim as deductions on their individual returns has been increased for 2016. The maximum amount is as follows: Only the amount paid is deductible. If the premium is higher, the maximum deduction is the amount indicated for the age group shown.Medicaid Figures Not Likely To Change. Because the September 2015 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) is actually lower than the September 2014 factor, most commentators believe that the spousal impoverishment figures applicable in the context of Medicaid will not increase. This would mean that the maximum community spouse resource allowance (CSRA) for 2016 would remain at $119,220, with a minimum of $23,844. The maximum income standard (called the “monthly maintenance needs allowance”) would remain at $2,980.50 per month, and the income cap applicable to a Miller trust (also called a “qualified income trust”) would remain at $2,199. The home equity limit would also remain unchanged at $552,000 (which in states allowing a larger amount could not exceed $828,000). Please refer to previous issues of this newsletter for discussions relating to the community spouse resource allowance, how the allowance is determined, and some of the distinctions between “countable” assets and “exempt” assets which enter into the calculation.Legal Advice For Health Care Advance Directives. A recent article in the “To Your Good Health” column in the Evansville Courier & Press contained simplistic and misdirected comments. I was writing health care advance directives before there was even a statutory basis for them, and I have dealt with them in innumerable client situations. The suggestion was made that a lawyer “may be helpful” for estate planning, but that they were not needed for health care advance directives. In fact, an attorney is as essential to estate planning as a surgeon is to a surgical procedure. Often the legal estate planning processes are much more complex than surgical processes. It is entirely incorrect even to suggest that an attorney is not needed for health care advance directives. Most of my physician clients do not fully understand health care advance directives, and there are many myths and misunderstandings associated with them, as is the case with many legal issues and concepts. I find it interesting that it is often said that a person should consult with a physician even before taking an aspirin. For anyone to suggest that an attorney is not needed during the course of a process as important as understanding and implementing correct health care advance directives is a canard as well as a disservice to the general public. While it may be correct to state that many people implement health care advance directives without the advice of legal counsel, it is not correct to state or suggest that it is a good idea. I have written thousands of health care advance directives, and read tens of thousands more, and I am of the firm opinion that the vast majority of health care advance directives are either written incorrectly, or implemented improperly, and are rarely understood fully. I would encourage readers of this newsletter to refer to previous issues addressing health care advance directives. When I meet with my clients to discuss estate and asset protection planning issues, one of the most important areas of discussion is “lifetime planning” involving powers of attorney and health care advance directives. We spend a reasonable amount of time discussing those concepts so that I can explain them to people and be sure that they understand them. I know from my vast experience that most people do not.Additional Information. Future issues of this Newsletter will address other issues of current interest. Please contact my office with any questions that you might have. 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Jersey City subsidies

first_imgThank you for reading,Daniel Levin Dear Editor:Jersey City has been benefited from its location, transportation infrastructure and a lot of prime developable land. What it has lacked is competent government to make the most of our strengths and minimize the impact of our weaknesses. While Jersey City has been growing, much of that growth has been driven by local and state subsidies.The day of reckoning is coming to Jersey City. PILOTS (payments in lieu of taxes) from tax abatements have been used for far too long as a crutch for the city budget. They’ve created immense distortions in the local economy and tax base while failing to pay our fair share for our schools. Combine this with the long-postponed property tax revaluation, there’s going to be a massive tax shock awaiting JC taxpayers in the coming months.The city successfully delayed the property tax revaluation that continued a gross disparity in having poor non-whites paying significantly higher tax rates than wealthier whites. Now with the delay, the cost to taxpayers has approached $5m which includes the cost of the wasted original reval, the higher cost of the actual reval and legal expenses incurred through the process of fighting it. Add to that, some owners have lost out of four years of property tax savings while those who will see increases now have substantially higher assessments. We all lost.This has occurred while the city, rather than become more efficient has expanded spending at the rate of 5% per year.What comes next? Jersey City needs to focus on a host of challenges and problems that include financial stability, modernization of services and resources, improving all forms of mobility, and rational development.When selecting candidates to vote for this year try to look deeper to see they have the intellectual capability to understand and dig into the issues, look at their history to see if you believe that they have the fortitude to stand their ground and break with their team if necessary. We have been disappointed for so long, so choose deliberately and wisely.last_img read more

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