$5 million appropriated for Civil Legal Assistance Act

first_img $5 million appropriated for Civil Legal Assistance Act Mark D. Killian Managing EditorThe legislature has provided funding to take the Civil Legal Assistance Act statewide.House and Senate budget proposals — expected to be approved as this News went to press — contain $5 million each to expand the program that provides legal assistance funding for family law, assistance to victims of domestic violence, elder and child abuse, entitlement to public benefits, including veterans’ benefits and immigration, for economically disadvantaged Floridians.The act has been operational for the past three years in seven circuits designated as pilot projects.Foundation President Terry Russell said the benefits legal assistance brings to needy families in overcoming barriers to increased stability and independence have been proven over the last three years and now will be available to low-income families everywhere in Florida.“I give every lawyer in this state credit for doing what they have done as pro bono advocates, because without our ability to demonstrate to the legislature that we were doing our share, we would not have convinced them to have the state do its share,” Russell said. He added that it took a strong grass roots effort as well as support from key legislators, including Reps. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, Joe Negron, R-Stuart, Don Davis, R-Jacksonville Beach, and Sens. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, and Lisa Carlton, R-Osprey, to get it done.Now, Russell said, the challenge is going to be to maintain the funding.Goodlette said increasing the appropriation for the act — which promotes family stability by often helping families solve problems before they grow to the point where court intervention is required — was one of his priorities this session.“The success that the Foundation has experienced with the pilot program, in my judgment, speaks for itself, and this increase in funding is a tribute to the really excellent work that has been done and to the program’s many significant accomplishments,” Goodlette said.In the most recent reporting year, Civil Legal Assistance Act funds saved the homes of elderly Florida residents victimized by predatory lending practices, secured child support collection orders, gained independence for domestic violence victims, and assisted the disabled to obtain federal benefits needed to survive, according to the Foundation. The money cannot be used to sue the state or any of its subsidiaries, and most of the legal services provided are outside the courtroom. According to the Foundation, 83 percent of legal assistance for low-income Floridians funded by the act was in the form of counsel and advice, brief service, referral to other agencies, and negotiation.Rep. Don Davis, R-Jacksonville Beach, called the act “a wonderful program supported by members of The Florida Bar” to provide legal advice and assistance through legal aid organizations.“The citizens served by legal aid normally have no other alternative when they need legal advice or assistance, as they cannot afford a private attorney,” Davis said. “A very good friend of mine, [Bar President-elect designate] Hank Coxe of Jacksonville encouraged me to support this $5 million appropriation, and the leadership of the House was also in support.”The funding will be allocated as provided in the law based on the poverty population of each Florida county. Last year, the pilot projects provided legal assistance to roughly 4,700 clients in resolving their problems. In addition, legal aid grantees educated nearly 9,000 people about their legal rights and responsibilities through printed materials, seminars, and mailings.“It is exciting that House Appropriations Chairman Joe Negron and I could make this historic investment in providing legal assistance to most at-risk families in Florida,” Sen. Fasano said. “With this new funding, we can now move from providing help in just a few pilot project areas to implementing a statewide program to help so many more families.”Fasano said the money may now be used to serve up to as many as 10,000 families, which almost one in five have someone 65 years old or older who needs help.“increasing our funding to almost $5 million, it may now be possible to educate over 40,000 Floridians about their legal rights,” Fasano said. “We are thrilled that now thousands more Floridians will receive legal help.”With statewide resources, Fasano said, the program also should have a “dramatic impact” toward reducing court backlogs and will be of great benefit to many of Florida’s senior citizens.Jane Curran, the Foundation’s executive director, also said a great deal of the civil legal assistance funded by the state brings in federal funds to Florida in the form of Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, and veterans’ benefits.The Civil Legal Assistance Act was first enacted 2002. Goodlette was the chief House sponsor of the act and was joined by Sen. Burt Saunders, R-Naples, in the Senate. The legislature appropriated $2 million in the 2002-03 state budget, marking the first time Florida has provided funding for civil legal assistance, the 40th state to do so. The state funds were awarded as pilot projects and have only been available to serve low-income Floridians in seven of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits. In 2003 and 2004 funding for the pilot projects was cut to $1.5 million and $1 million respectively. The funds go to the Florida Department of Community Affairs. DCA contracts with The Florida Bar Foundation, which awards subcontracts on a competitive basis to local legal aid organizations. The Foundation also evaluates how effectively the legal aid programs use the state funds and to be sure that the funds are only used for purposes approved by the state. $5 million appropriated for Civil Legal Assistance Act May 15, 2005 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

The 19th Biograd Boat Show opened

first_imgToday in the western Marina Kornati in Biograd na Moru, the opening ceremony of the 19th nautical fair Biograd Boat Show was organized and hosted by Ilirija dd, a tourist company from Biograd na Moru.After the 18th consecutive record fair, the Biograd Boat Show has developed into a Central European fair at sea, with the most exhibitors and vessels on the Adriatic. With more than 320 exhibitors and more than 320 boats, the fair is unique, and the sunset marks the end of the exhibition and the beginning of the evening program, offering top-notch food and entertainment that continues downtown until late. Also, many accompanying events accompany the fair on the topics of business, education, socializing, cooking, sports and recreation.Today, ie all the next four days, three important events will be marked not only for nautical tourism but also for Croatian tourism: Grand opening of the 19th Biograd Boat Show – as the leading nautical fair and the largest exhibition of vessels at sea in Croatia and Central Europe , holding the first Nautical Days organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, thus recognizing the Biograd Boat Show as a congress of the Croatian nautical industry and a central gathering place for all its key segments and marking the 60th anniversary of the existence and operation of ILIRIJA ddAt the very beginning, the guests were addressed by the President of the Management Board of Ilirija dd, Goran Ražnjević, who pointed out in his welcome speech: “This year’s nautical fair takes place in a special atmosphere, considering that this year Ilirija marks 60 years of successful existence and activity on the Croatian tourist market and presence in the town of Biograd na Moru, which in its first 60 years it has shaped into a recognizable tourist destination. nautical tourism. “Today’s ILIRIJA as a modern, market-competitive and recognizable company in its business includes 5 segments of the offer in 3 destinations (Biograd na Moru, Zadar, Sv. Filip i Jakov): hotel business, nautical, camping, destination management company / DMK ILIRIJA TRAVEL and real- estate segment: Business and shopping center City Galleria in Zadar ” For years, the Biograd Boat Show has been a gathering place for all segments of the nautical industry and tourism: nautical tourism ports – marinas, charters, shipbuilders, shipowners, manufacturers of boat and nautical equipment and diving tourism. Almost forty years ago, Ilirija proved it with a pioneering and visionary endeavor – the construction of the first nautical tourism port of the Kornati Hotel Port, from which the development of nautical and charter tourism in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea began. Ilirija dd is proud to be a pioneer of nautical tourism. From that period until today, Bograd na Moru has become a center of nautical tourism on the Adriatic, which is annually visited by over 60.000 sailors from around the world. Through 19 years of existence, the Biograd Boat Show has become a congress of the Croatian nautical industry and tourism, which has been recognized by numerous business associations, especially the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, choosing the Biograd Boat Show as the venue for the congress program “1.HGK Nautical Days”Raznjevic added.The Nautical Fair was officially opened by the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Mr. Gari Cappelli, who pointed out that Croatian tourism this year exceeded all previous results, and a great contribution to these results was given by nautical tourism, as one of the most competitive segments of Croatian tourism. season and creating a chain of added value “Realizing the importance of nautical tourism, the Ministry of Tourism will soon establish special departments for the development of selective forms of tourism, including a department for nautical tourism that will actively implement the strategy of nautical tourism development in cooperation with local governments and other stakeholders. Our goal is for Croatia to become one of the top 2020 tourist countries in the world by 20, and a high-quality nautical tourism product will play a major role in this.Cappelli pointed out.Josip Zaher, Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Tourism, Trade and Finance, presented a special award to the President of the Management Board of Ilirija dd Goran Ražnjević on the occasion of 60 years of existence and successful business of Ilirija dd on the Croatian tourism market.The Croatian Chamber of Commerce did not doubt where to hold the Nautical Days, given the fact that the Biograd Boat Show brings together an extremely large number of representatives of the nautical industry and tourism. Ilirija dd and Biograd Boat Show occupy a significant place in promoting Croatia, especially its industry and tourism in the country and the world. “This year, the Biograd Boat Show records a record interest of domestic and international exhibitors – all available space for the fair three weeks before the start of the event is sold out in advance.This year, over 320 exhibitors have been contracted to exhibit 320 vessels, so for the first time in the history of 19 years of continuous growth, all available space for the fair was sold out in advance three weeks before the start of the event. The new 1000 m2 of exhibition space has been filled due to high demand, and will be arranged next to the entrance to Hall C to provide places for exhibitors from the long waiting list. Floating exhibition tents will also be set up for exhibitors who need space at sea. The pontoon bridge connecting the north and west marinas will be doubled in width and will also complete the entire event and an additional fourth large video screen.In the absence of exhibition space, Ilirija dd has created the Biograd B2B Nautical Business Networking event, which will enable business visitors to participate in the Biograd Boat Show without an exhibition stand. The City of Biograd is the sponsor of the event, while the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is the sponsor and participates with its congress part of the fair “1st Croatian Chamber of Commerce Nautical Days”.For more information on all events see at www.biogradb2b.comlast_img read more

Jerry West talks Presidential Medal of Freedom, Clippers’ tampering fine

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 West also weighed in on the tampering fine that the Clippers received from the NBA for comments Coach Doc Rivers made about Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard, who will be a free agent this offseason.“Well, I have to say, there’s a lot of players I greatly admire, I really do,” West said. “But it’s a slippery slope out there. And I think, Dan, there’s two sets of rules. You know when you’re in college and people want you to go to school, you get recruited? Well, heck, the players can do anything they want to today. And that’s acceptable. You say, ‘I’m gonna recruit this guy, I’m gonna recruit that guy.’“Well, I don’t think any player could ever recruit me. Never. I would want to play where I thought the situation was better for me, that maybe it’s someplace where I always wanted to consider. But free agency is difficult, and I think it’s really terrible when some of these great players are mentioned while the playoffs are going on, particularly by players.“Coaches – how do you promote the game? There are so many players I’d like to say nice things about, that I greatly admire and I really appreciate how they play, you just – you’re almost afraid to promote the game that you love.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters West, 81, was a 14-time NBA All-Star and 10-time All-NBA selection between 1961-1974 with the Lakers before he moved on to the front office roles, helping build eight title-winning teams with the Lakers and Warriors and twice earning recognition as NBA Executive of the Year.He’s also worked in the Memphis Grizzlies’ front office and currently is a consultant with the Clippers, whom he’s helped stay competitive while positioning themselves for a run at high-profile free agents this summer.No date was announced for when the award will be given to West, who said he learned he was to receive it from an email.“My wife said, ‘I gotta show you something funny,’ ” West said. “And here it was on an email she’d received. I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’ ” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Related Articles Hall of Famer Jerry West reacted Monday to the news that he was to receive the President Medal of Freedom, telling Dan Patrick he found it “frankly shocking.”President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that West is to receive the accolade: “The Great Jerry West will be receiving our Nation’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his outstanding career, both on and off the court.”During a nearly 14-minute segment as a guest on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Monday, West spoke about what the award meant to him as well as discussing, carefully, the tampering fine the Clippers were assessed last week.On the award, he added: “It’s not something I’ve ever really thought about, but I’ve looked at some of the people on the award who’ve been there and done some extraordinary things in sports, but more importantly, they made a difference in the way we look at minorities in this world. And some of them are my great friends and people I’ve admired for years. To be in that class, I’m really thrilled.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more