Russian ban on U.S. adoption worries local couple

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Russian ban on U.S. adoption worries local couple Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories Email the author Published 11:00 pm Friday, December 28, 2012center_img By Jaine Treadwell “Because Ivan’s condition is considered medically urgent, that gives us even more hope that his adoption will go through,” Wade said.Even before the Wades traveled to Russia to see Ivan for the first time, he was already “our little boy.”“From the moment we saw Ivan on a friend’s video, he has been in our hearts,” Wade said. “Now that we have held him in our arms, he will forever be ours. Nothing can change that.”Wade said Ivan seemed a little “bewildered” during their first visit. 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Sponsored Content You Might Like PHOTOS: Tornado damage on Shellhorn Road Click to enlarge photos. In the wake of the signing of a bill by Russian President Vladimir Putin that bars… read more In the wake of the signing of a bill by Russian President Vladimir Putin that bars Americans from adopting Russian children, Christopher and Laura Wade of Troy remain hopeful that their adoption of a three-year-old Russian boy, whose condition is medically urgent, will go through and he will be in the United States by late January or early February. Donations to help bring Ivan home may be made to www.followingwheregodleadsus.blogspot.comRussian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill Friday that bars Americans from adopting Russian children. The law goes into effect on New Year’s Day and puts a “snag” in the adoption process to bring a Troy couple’s “son” home.A snag.That’s all that Christopher and Laura Wade hope and believe that Russia’s ban on United States adoptions will mean for them and their “son” Ivan. And, their hearts go out to others who want to adopt Russian children. Next UpThe Wades returned Dec. 23 from a four-day visit with Ivan at a Russian orphanage and with high hopes that the three-year-old little boy with big, warm eyes would be “at home” in Troy by the end of January.“While we were in Russia, we heard that the State Duma had adopted the bill but our facilitator told us not to worry because we were already in the process and our adoption should be grandfathered in,” Wade said. “We are believing that the process will be completed and Ivan will come home.”Ivan has Apert Syndrome and is in urgent need of a surgery that will open his scull and allow his brain room to grow. He also has cleft palate and mitten hands that will require surgeries to give him fingers. Print Article “He was in an area of the orphanage where he had never been and he had never seen us before so that was understandable,” she said. “But, on the second visit, he played and giggled. ‘Papa’ and ‘mama’ are the same in Russian and, when I said ‘Where’s papa?’ Ivan looked right at Christopher. He has an amazing mind.”The Wades communicated with Ivan through a translator but Ivan doesn’t talk.“That’s more of an institutional thing than a physical one,” Wade said. “Ivan is the oldest child in his nursery and none of the children talk. But, in time, he will talk.”The Wades visited with Ivan twice a day and, after the third visit, he would run to them with open arms and would wave goodbye to them each time they left him.Wade said the Russian judge, who interviewed her and her husband, invited them to come back to Russia as soon as possible to complete the adoption.“We know we must hurry,” Wade said.The Wades were in Birmingham Friday to complete the INS paperwork that will allow them to bring Ivan into the United States if their adoption is not stymied by the ban.Their paperwork, which included a home study and financial information, had to be reviewed and they had to be fingerprinted in order to be cleared to bring Ivan home.“When we get the okay, we want to be ready to go,” Wade said. “With the ban, everything is up in the air but we are hopeful, not only for us but for the pending adoptions of 46 children.”For the Wades, time is precious because their “son” has medical issues that are urgent.“We need him here as soon as possible,” Wade said. “It will take $20,000 to go get him and bring him home. Last week, we needed $20,000. Friday, we needed $12,000. God is blessing us as we work to raise the money to bring Ivan home.”As the Wades were leaving the orphanage on Sunday, they looked back and Ivan was waving goodbye to them.“Christopher and I had told Ivan that we would come back and get him and he would never have to wave goodbye again,” Wade said. “As long as I have breath in me, I will never break that promise to him.”According to U.S. State Department figures, Americans adopted nearly 1,000 Russian children last year. Over the past 20 years, 60,000 Russians have been adopted by Americans. Behind China, Russia is the most popular country for U.S. citizens to adopt.The bill that Putin signed on Friday is viewed as retaliation for a law signed by President Barack Obama that imposes U.S. travel and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in Russia.last_img read more

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Commonly asked trust accounting questions

first_img November 1, 2001 Regular News Commonly asked trust accounting questions Commonly asked trust accounting questions the Bar’s Ethics Department Q. I have recently opened an IOTA trust account and have been informed by the bank that there will be fees for checks and other fees associated with maintaining the account. The bank has declined to provide these services for free and has asked for a transfer from my operating account to cover these expenses. I am concerned about commingling my own funds with the clients’ funds, but I cannot think of any other way to pay for these expenses. Is it permissible to do what the Bank has asked? A:Yes. While there is no specific rule which discusses this scenario, Florida Bar auditors are of the opinion that an attorney may use up to $100 of his or her own funds to open a trust account. The deposit should be treated like an individual client account with a ledger, etc. Once the balance gets low, the attorney can deposit additional sums to maintain $100 in the trust account to avoid using client funds to pay the bank fees. Q. I have recently decided to start charging clients a nonrefundable flat rate for some of the legal services I provide. Some of the services will require a payment for costs. In order to keep things simple I wish to include the amount for costs in the flat rate that I charge. I have spoken to some colleagues and have gotten mixed answers regarding whether the funds need to be placed into my trust account. Do I have to place the funds in my trust account when the fee is nonrefundable? A: The answer will depend upon whether the amount includes any costs as well as fees. Florida Ethics Opinion 93-2, in pertinent part, provides: Question 2. Does any applicable rule require that prepaid costs and prepaid fees for services to be performed be deposited and kept in the trust account until earned? Regarding prepaid costs, Rule 4-1.15(a) states that money entrusted to an attorney for a specific purpose, including advances for costs and expenses, is held in trust and must be applied only to that purpose. See also Rule 5- 1.1(a). Accordingly, in view of the specific requirement of these rules, advances for costs and expenses must be deposited in the attorney’s trust account and withdrawn and applied against such expenses as they are incurred and paid. As to prepaid fees, the key issue can be stated thusly: Is the money earned at the time it is received by the attorney? For example, a fee paid for the right to employ an attorney to perform future services (the “true retainer” situation) is earned by the attorney upon receipt and should not go in the trust account. A prepaid fee which the attorney and client have expressly agreed is nonrefundable is likewise earned upon receipt and so should not be held in trust but should be deposited into the attorney’s general account. Nevertheless, the lawyer may later be obligated to refund part, or possibly all of it, if the legal services are not performed, in which case the fee may be found to be excessive, but the money is the lawyer’s upon receipt of it. On the other hand, the prepaid fee may be given to the attorney with the understanding that it is a deposit securing a fee that is yet to be earned. Such money does not belong to the lawyer, and should be held in trust until it has been earned by performance of the agreed-upon services. The Committee believes that there should exist a presumption that prepaid fees are an advance deposit against fees for work that is yet to be performed. Certainly, this is the assumption that the typical client would make. The attorney should bear the burden of rebutting this presumption. Question 6. If an attorney receives a “flat fee” that is a payment for services to be rendered as well as the costs associated with the performance, does all or part of this payment go in the trust account? The entire payment should be first deposited in the trust account. Then that portion, if any, of the payment that is considered an earned fee upon receipt should promptly be withdrawn from the trust account. Any portion that does not constitute earned fees must remain in the trust account. The fact that costs are to be paid out of this “flat fee” complicates matters somewhat. As required by Rules 4-1.15(a) and 5-1.1(a), any advance of costs is to be held in trust until used to pay those costs. Therefore, the attorney must make a good faith estimate of the amount of costs to be incurred and must hold that amount in the trust account. Failure to hold the estimated costs in the trust account would result in the attorney paying the costs out of his or her own funds, which would violate Rule 4-1.8(e) (lawyer may not provide financial assistance to client, except to advance costs and expenses). Not holding the estimated costs in the trust account would also result in a commingling violation under Rule 4-1.15(a) when those funds, which should have been left in trust, are removed and commingled with the attorney’s own funds. To summarize, if money paid to the firm at the outset of the representation constitutes a fee that is understood to be earned when paid, then the money must be placed in the operating account. If money for costs is part of a prepaid lump sum that includes a fee that is deemed earned when paid, then the entire amount must be placed in trust and the earned fee portion promptly withdrawn. If money for costs is part of a prepaid lump sum that includes an advance deposit against fees to be drawn as the services are performed, then the entire amount must be kept in trust until the fees are earned or the costs incurred. If you have questions about the topics discussed in this article or any other ethics issues, please call the Florida Bar Ethics Hotline at (800) 235-8619 or (850) 561-5780. Ethics Opinions issued by the Professional Ethics Committee are available online through The Florida Bar’s website at www.FLABAR.org.last_img read more

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Virgin Hyperloop transports first passengers | News

first_img– Advertisement – The occupants made their maiden voyage on the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, which was custom-built with occupant safety and comfort in mind. While the production vehicle will be larger and seat up to 28 passengers, this two-seater XP-2 vehicle was built to demonstrate that passengers can in fact safely travel in a hyperloop vehicle.The announcement builds off of significant progress in Europe. The European Commission’s directorate-general for mobility and transport (DGMOVE) has held numerous workshops over the past two years with hyperloop companies in conjunction with regulatory authorities and standards bodies – leading to the establishment of a baseline for the functional blocks of a hyperloop system and safety requirements. The European Commission is now carrying out a nine-month study to develop a safety regulatory approach for Europe, the results of which will be used to develop the regulatory policy for hyperloop technologies. Active discussions are also underway with several European regulatory authorities.By combining an ultra-efficient electric motor, magnetic levitation, and a low-drag environment, hyperloop systems can carry more people than a subway, at airline speeds, and with zero direct emissions. OlderKenya takes top spot at Africa World Travel Awards “For the past few years, the Virgin Hyperloop team has been working on turning its ground-breaking technology into reality,” said Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group. “With today’s successful test, we have shown that this spirit of innovation will in fact change the way people everywhere live, work, and travel in the years to come.”The testing campaign was overseen by the industry-recognised Independent Safety Assessor. – Advertisement –center_img Having undergone a rigorous and exhaustive safety process, the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle demonstrates many of the safety-critical systems that will be found on a commercial hyperloop system and is equipped with a state-of-the-art control system that can detect off-nominal states and rapidly trigger appropriate emergency responses.“I can’t tell you how often I get asked ‘is hyperloop safe?,’” said Jay Walder, chief executive of Virgin Hyperloop. “With today’s passenger testing, we have successfully answered this question, demonstrating that not only can Virgin Hyperloop safely put a person in a pod in a vacuum environment, but that the company has a thoughtful approach to safety which has been validated by an independent third party.”- Advertisement – The first passengers have successfully travelled in a hyperloop pod in the desert of Nevada. The test was carried out by Virgin Hyperloop, one of a number of companies seeking to bring the technology to market. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Black Caps back at full strength for Aussie retro ODI series

first_imgNEW ZEALAND will have their first-choice pace attack restored when they chase cricketing redemption on Australian soil in this month’s Gillette ODI Series.Spearheads Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry are included in the 15-man squad for the three-match series starting next week after injury forced all three to miss the 3-0 sweep of an ODI series against India.The trio all played little or no part in the Black Caps’ humiliating Test whitewash by Australia over the Christmas period due to a variety of ailments.Ferguson and Henry have only played domestic cricket since then but left-arm swing merchant Boult returned in a starring role in New Zealand’s just-completed 2-0 Test series thumping of India.Tim Southee and breakthrough rookie Kyle Jamieson have retained their ODI spots, meaning no room for Scott Kuggeleijn and Hamish Bennett.Kane Williamson will lead a familiar batting line-up while the all-rounder group comprises Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner, all key figures in the Black Caps’ run to last year’s World Cup final.The last time Australia and New Zealand met in ODI cricket was in the group stage of last year’s World Cup, where Usman Khawaja top-scored with 88 and Mitchell Starc claimed a five-wicket haul in a 86-run win for Australia.The only player missing from their World Cup squad is hard-hitting opening batsman Colin Munro, replaced by Jamieson.Coach Gary Stead was pleased to have a full-strength side available to chase a first New Zealand ODI series win in Australia.“Playing Australia in Australia is one of the great challenges in world cricket and you know you will be severely tested in all aspects of the game,” Stead said.“Our one-day unit is a pretty settled one with plenty of experience and I think that showed in the recent series against India.“It’s great to welcome back the class of Trent, Matt and Lockie who spearheaded our run to the Cricket World Cup final last year.“Kyle’s made every post a winner since his international debut this season and he’ll be a handy asset to have in Australia.”Tall seamer Jamieson was a revelation against India, taking nine wickets at 16.33 across the two Tests.The squad leaves on Monday ahead of a series which starts at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 13.New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.First ODI: March 13 at SCG (D/N). 14:30hrs AEDT, Fox Cricket & KayoSecond ODI: March 15 at SCG. 10:30hrs AEDT, Fox Cricket & KayoThird ODI: March 20 at Blundstone Arena, Hobart (D/N). 14:30hrs AEDT, Foxlast_img read more

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Western bean cutworm monitoring continues in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Amy Raudenbush, John Schoenhals, CCA, Mark Badertscher, Lee Beers, CCA, Amanda Bennett, Bruce Clevenger, CCA, Sam Custer, Tom Dehass, Mike Gastier, CCA, Jason Hartschuh, CCA, Ed Lentz, CCA, Rory Lewandowski, CCA, Cecilia Lokai-Minnich, David Marrison, Eric Richer, CCA, Garth Ruff, Jeff Stachler, Curtis Young, CCA, Chris Zoller, Andy Michel, Kelley Tilmon, Ohio State University ExtensionAnother season of Western bean cutworm (WBC) trapping has officially begun! Bucket traps placed along the edge of a corn field with a lure were set between June 17th through 23rd and our first trap count is for WBC adults captured for week ending June 30th. Last week, 18 counties monitored 66 traps across Ohio for WBC adults. Overall, 76 WBC adults were captured and average moth per trap was 1.2 (Figure 1).Figure 1. Average Western bean cutworm adult per trap followed by total number of traps monitored in parentheses for week ending June 30, 2018.The adults begin to emerge in late June and peak flight occurs anytime between the 2nd through 4th week of July (Figure 2). Monitoring for the adults allows us to pinpoint the optimal time to begin scouting for egg masses as well as know when peak flight is across the state. It is important to note that WBC prefers to lay eggs in pre-tassel corn— and since the rain delayed planting in many parts of the state this year, Ohio has a lot of late planted corn. Therefore, a good scouting program is important!last_img read more

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Facebook Tries To Silence Blogger To Cover Up User Data Scandal [Updated]

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Bulgarian blogger and digital rights activist who made headlines on Tuesday when he reported acquiring more than one million Facebook data entries for just $5, said Friday he is cooperating with Facebook as it conducts an internal investigation, but won’t comply with the company’s request to remove blog posts or not talk about the investigation. Tags:#data#Facebook#hackers#privacy#security A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Shopov verified that some of the addresses were legitimate and had planned to notify people on the list that he had purchased the data. Facebook asked him to not notify people included on the list, Shopov said.“We agreed with Facebook not to do that,” he said. “That was actually my first reaction, to tell them and to teach them about their rights.”(Read Shopov’s original blog post I Just Bought More Than 1 Million… Facebook Data Entries. OMG!)Lead image: 1000 Words / Shutterstock.com Related Posts Facebook Requested SilenceIn an interview with ReadWrite, Bogomil Shopov said he had been contacted by Facebook’s Platform Policy Team after revealing on his blog that he had acquired the list, which included email addresses of active Facebook users who were primarily located in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Shopov said officials with the company were upset because they feared his public revelation would upend an internal investigation.(Read Shopov’s new blog post: Mixed Feelings After Conversation With Facebook.) Facebook declined elaborate on the details of its investigation.“Facebook is vigilant about protecting our users from those who would try to expose any form of user information. In this case, it appears someone has attempted to scrape information from our site,” Facebook spokesman Chris Kraeuter said in an email statement. “We have dedicated security engineers and teams that look into and take aggressive action on reports just like these. We continue to investigate this specific individual.” Facebook Wanted To Destroy The DataIn addition to requesting that he keep conversations with Facebook private, the company also requested that Shopov destroy the data after sending a copy to Facebook. Shopov said he complied with the request to destroy the data but was continuing to speak with news outlets to make Facebook users aware of the breach.That didn’t sit well with Facebook, according to Shopov. “Their version is [they are conducting] an ‘internal investigation’ and one of the reasons they are angry about my blog posts is that the seller can ‘go deep’,” Shopov said, explaining Facebook is concerned the seller will disappear before the investigation can figure out how the data was obtained.A Black Market In Facebook Data?Shopov provided ReadWrite with a cached link to the site where he purchased the data. The offer was removed within two days after his initial blog post on Tuesday, October 23, but the cached version shows that the seller obtained the data through an unidentified, third-party application. This raises the question of whether there’s an international black market where anyone can buy supposedly secret Facebook user data.  dave copelandlast_img read more

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Mourinho denies having anything to do with agents comments

first_imgJose Mourinho claims he had nothing to do with his agent’s comments regarding his Manchester United futureThe Portuguese coach has come under increased scrutiny this season with United eight points adrift of fourth-place Chelsea in the Premier League.While United have fared better in Europe, this hasn’t stopped reports spreading that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to succeed Mourinho at Old Trafford.Speaking on his client, Jorge Mendes made a rare statement last week in which he denied that United were unhappy with Mourinho and that the former Chelsea coach remains content to stay on.But, apparently, not even Mourinho himself was aware of Mendes’ statement.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Which statement?,” said Mourinho on the Belfast Telegraph, when asked about the intention behind Mendes’ statement.“No, I’ve nothing to do with the statement. It’s Jorge’s statement, not my statement.”As for whether he knew of Mendes’ plans, Mourinho added: “No, I didn’t know. I didn’t know at all and I don’t care about it.”Mourinho will lead his United side out against Valencia tonight in their Group H finale of the Champions League.last_img read more

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La Jolla Elementary School Principal apologizes for email warning parents

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Updated: 4:50 PM KUSI Newsroom, La Jolla Elementary School Principal apologizes for email warning parents KUSI Newsroom October 18, 2018 Posted: October 18, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The La Jolla Elementary School principal apologized this week for an email to parents that she says unintentionally perpetuated stereotypes about black people, it was reported Thursday.Last month, Principal Donna Tripi warned parents in an email about a man who had allegedly stared at and followed a parent’s daughter to a local Starbucks, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.Tripi described the man in her email as “an African American male about 30 years old, about 6’1”-6’2, dressed in all black and a hooded sweatshirt, according to the Union-Tribune. The email went on to give parents security tips “to keep your children safe,” including calling the police “if you see something that doesn’t feel right.”“We’re all hoping it was an isolated incident,” Tripi wrote in the email, “but reminders are always helpful.”This week, Tripi sent another email to parents apologizing for her vague description of the man.“My email was a mistake. While it is critical to keep our school family safe, the way I communicated didn’t provide enough specifics to identify the individual, but could easily lead to unnecessary and harmful reactions against other members of our community,” Tripi wrote in the email. “African American males continue to face discrimination in our society every day. The thought that I unintentionally contributed to that climate with a vague email is something for which I owe our community an apology.”Andre Branch, president of the San Diego Branch of the NAACP, told the Union-Tribune that he took as much issue with Tripi’s second email as the first one.“This apology is as disturbing as the original email,” Branch told the newspaper. “She repeats the description of the man, mentioning his race, but not that of the parents or the children. This repetition reinforces the idea that the parents and their children have something to fear from African- American men.”Out of 535 students enrolled at La Jolla Elementary last fall, five were black, the Union-Tribune reported. The school didn’t employ any black teachers last school year and 28 out of 31 teachers were white.The school will hold a forum on Monday at 6 p.m. regarding the matter and how to “support all families” at the school, Tripi wrote in the email.The community forum will be facilitated by Omar Passons, a black attorney and community leader who recently ran unsuccessfully for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, according to the Union-Tribune.Passons told the newspaper he reached out to school district officials after he saw Tripi’s first email posted on social media. FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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