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  • Lawyers urged to support Challenge for Children

    first_img May 15, 2005 Regular News Lawyers urged to support Challenge for Children Lawyers urged to support Challenge for Children Contributions may be made through The Florida Bar’s annual fee statement For those of us who have ever grumbled about not getting a good night’s sleep, consider, for a moment, the case of Chris.A 17-year-old foster care student, Chris was “placed” on a couch in an office of the Department of Children and Families. Chris had been removed from his parents because of physical abuse and neglect, and had gone through a dozen placements in six years. When legal aid learned Chris had been sleeping in a break room at DCF, it requested an emergency hearing to remove him from his “couch-residence.” 5 p.m. that day, a judge ruled for DCF to find a new placement for Chris — a home that met his basic needs.Thanks to legal aid, Chris is now living with his grandparents, where he has a shower, a bureau for his clothes, and a warm bed.This story is detailed in a letter from Bar President-elect Alan Bookman accompanying the 2005-06 Bar fee statement. In the letter, Bookman asks members to add in a charitable contribution of $45 or more to The Florida Bar Foundation, with payment of their annual Bar fees. The Foundation will dedicate all fee statement contributions to children’s legal services.“Is there a greater responsibility we have in society than to see that our children have every opportunity possible?” Bookman asked.John Thornton, the Foundation’s president-elect designate, said for many it’s difficult to comprehend a child who needs the services of an attorney, yet the need for increased funding for children’s legal services continues to grow.“As members of the legal profession, we already do a great deal for our community, including our pro bono work and contributions to legal aid,” Thornton said. “Yet, every year thousands of low-income children in Florida routinely are denied their legal rights to education, health care, and other services essential for these children to become productive adults.”Additional problems faced by poor children, according to Foundation children’s legal services grantees, include school officials filing criminal complaints against special education children without meeting the requirement to advise law enforcement of their disabilities; parents denied the right to examine and photocopy their child’s school files; and children who do not receive the medical services to which they are legally entitled.Efforts to address the need for children to receive legal services, however, are beginning to receive more attention, Bookman said.“Last year, our Lawyers’ Challenge for Children generated more than $180,000 to fund grants for children’s legal services,” Bookman said. “The Florida Bar Foundation has and will continue to fund annual grants for representation of children out of IOTA funds. But the needs of children stretch well beyond the reach of IOTA funding. The grants provided for children’s legal services by The Florida Bar Foundation help assure that legal assistance will be available to assist and protect the legal rights of Florida’s most vulnerable population.”The Foundation has several goals for its children’s legal services grant program, but emphasizes access to special education required by law and the protection of the legal rights of foster children. For example, for foster children moved repeatedly from one foster home to another, the opportunity for a decent education often is lost. Also, transition training, and related benefits required by law to prepare foster children for independent living as adults, often is denied. Frequently, foster children traumatized by the constant upheaval in their lives, and who suffer from mental health problems, go untreated despite legal requirements that treatment be provided.Thornton said there have been tangible results to funding children’s legal services.“In the special education area, our children’s legal services grantees report that children served by the program show long-term improvement in academic performance and in their behavior,” Thornton said. “It’s too early to report long-term results from our emphasis on foster children, but the cost of failing these children is too high.”Thornton added, “Our chief grantee serving foster children reports that studies show 20 to 40 percent of homeless people used to be foster kids. State prisons are filled with inmates who come from foster care backgrounds.”Thornton said the children’s legal services grant program is one of the Foundation’s most “important and rewarding” efforts.“When our legal aid grantees send in their reports describing the kinds of cases they handle, I’m astounded at the obstacles poor children and their families have to overcome, and I am awed by the lawyers—and the Foundation—that have helped them do so,” Thornton said.“You and I have another opportunity this year to make a difference,” Bookman said. “Please join me in supporting the Lawyers’ Challenge for Children.”last_img read more

  • Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws

    first_img Ongoing Russian developments have seen the state Duma accept the second and third readings of Bill 647044-7, significantly modifying Russia’s existing sports betting laws.  Originally presented to the Duma on 30 April, Bill 647044-7 has amended ‘federal regulations on activities for the regulation and conduct of gambling’.Within its mandate, the bill will allow the Kremlin to implement ‘limits on types of sports events that can be wagered on’ and a further ‘increase on financial obligations of Russian sports betting licences’.The changes stated that licensed sportsbooks will only be able to accept wagers on sports events sanctioned by official foreign and domestic governing bodies.The bill remains unclear on its interpretation of ‘international sports organisations’ – but states that all international sports events have to be monitored by a corresponding governing body, keeping track of the event’s activities.As a result, the Kremlin will proceed with expanding its quarterly 5% GGR tax charge on international bet types, helping fund Russia’s wide-ranging sports federations – an obligation that was formerly applied on the wagering of domestic sports events.Further amendments have seen the Kremlin gain new legislative powers to directly suspend or terminate bookmaker licences on failure to meet tax obligations or for incumbents that have failed to register their wagering activities for a recorded period of six months.The Kremlin has also increased the obligations of licensed bookmakers, with operators forced to maintain a minimum liability of RUB 500m (€6m) in bank guarantees, with a RUB 1bn (12m) in net assets.  The above measure was sanctioned as 14 licensed sportsbooks had been exempt of the liability clause as they had been granted their licences prior to 2010, before financial requirements had been adopted.  At present, Russia maintains 20 licensed sportsbooks approved by the Russian federal tax authority, whose transactions are monitored and recorded by the government’s SRO system.Observing market developments, international law firm Dentons’ CIS office issued the following guidance note: “This bill will enter into force 60 days after its official publication, which will happen after the President assents to the bill and other technicalities are completed. In terms of timelines, we are looking at the new requirements taking effect in mid-autumn 2020.” Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Ukraine Gambling Law demands tough scrutiny on operator origins July 20, 2020 Submit Share Ukraine targets summer initiation for its new gambling law July 15, 2020 Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020last_img read more

  • “Africans should be proud of Asamoah Gyan” – BBC’s Isaac Fanin

    first_imgThe BBC’s African football expert, Isaac Fanin, believes Asamoah Gyan’s legacy in African football should not be tainted by his infamous penalty miss against Uruguay at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.Thursday July 2, 2020, marked ten years since the unforgettable night in Johannesburg.With renewed conversation around the game, Gyan’s status in Ghana football has come under scrutiny again.Now 35, the former Sunderland striker is Ghana’s record goalscorer with 51 goals, and Africa’s top scorer at the world cup with 6 goals.However, the penalty miss in South Africa has remained an episode his critics reference to question his status in the game.Fanin, who published an article where Ghanaian players, Hans Adu Sarpei and John Painstil, said they would never be able to forgive Suarez for the handball incident, contends that Gyan’s consistent top performances for the Black Stars over the years have cemented his legacy.“Asamoah Gyan was the main man for the Ghanaian team every time he went to the world cup and represented the country. I think his legacy is set,” Fanin told Citi Sports.“This is a really sad way for him to be remembered but even at that world cup, in the Round of 16, he scored an amazing goal against the United States.“He had a track record of coming up big for Ghana. His legacy should not be tainted by this difficult momen,” Fanin continued.“He tweeted that his family is proud of him and I think as Africans, we should be proud of him because he may have given us a difficult moment in African football history, but he also gave us amazing moments,” Fanin concluded.Background With the game heading for extra time, a goal bound short from Dominic Adiyiah was scooped out of goal by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez.The then Ajax striker was shown a red card and Ghana awarded the penalty.Asamoah Gyan stepped up, and missed, breaking Ghanaian and African hearts.The game went into extra time and then a penalty shoot out which Ghana subsequently lost.last_img read more

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