Guarantee Letter – Now Wash Your Hands http://nowwashyourhands.com/ Thu, 19 May 2022 16:36:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://nowwashyourhands.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-4.png Guarantee Letter – Now Wash Your Hands http://nowwashyourhands.com/ 32 32 Jordan’s king restricts Prince Hamzah’s ‘delusional’ travel and communications https://nowwashyourhands.com/jordans-king-restricts-prince-hamzahs-delusional-travel-and-communications/ Thu, 19 May 2022 15:31:22 +0000 https://nowwashyourhands.com/jordans-king-restricts-prince-hamzahs-delusional-travel-and-communications/ King Abdullah of Jordan issued a decree on Thursday restricting the movement, residence and communications of his half-brother Prince Hamzah. The king issued the royal decree after approving a recommendation submitted to him on December 23 by a council formed under the Royal Family Act, state news agency Petra reported. The King explained his decision, […]]]>

King Abdullah of Jordan issued a decree on Thursday restricting the movement, residence and communications of his half-brother Prince Hamzah.

The king issued the royal decree after approving a recommendation submitted to him on December 23 by a council formed under the Royal Family Act, state news agency Petra reported.

The King explained his decision, saying that when Prince Hamzah’s “sedition” actions came to light, he decided to handle the matter within the family in hopes that Prince Hamzah would “come to his senses”.

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“However, after a year and a half, he [failed] do it… and I [unfortunately] realized that he would not change his ways,” King Abdullah said in a letter. “I realized that he [suffers from] a delusion where he sees himself as the guardian of our Hashemite heritage and where he believes that [he is the victim] of a systematic campaign [launched against him] by our institutions.

The king also noted that Prince Hamzah’s words and actions “reflected his denial of the reality in which he lives” and showed he refused to take responsibility for his actions.

In April 2021, Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi said that Prince Hamzah had tried to mobilize local officials for actions aimed at undermining Jordan’s security.

Prince Hamzah apologized in March in a letter to the king for the attempt, saying he bears responsibility for any mistakes made against the king and the country and the consequences of his actions which amount to “sedition”.

“My brother, Hamzah, continues to ignore all facts and conclusive evidence,” the king also said, adding that Prince Hamzah had manipulated facts “to support his false account” of events.

“Unfortunately my brother really believes his claims,” ​​he added.

King Abdullah also described Prince Hamzah’s actions as “irresponsible” actions that aim to stir up unrest, noting that even though Prince Hamzah had pledged to desist from these actions, he quickly “got back on track.” which he adopted years ago”.

“He puts his interests above the interests of the country… and plays the role of the victim.

The king revealed that he had been patient and tolerant for years in the hope that one day Prince Hamzah would “mature” and contribute to serving the Jordanian people and protecting the country and its interests.

Prince Hamzah continued to suspect everyone around him while justifying his inability to serve the country by saying he was “targeted”, King Abdullah said.

The king also revealed that he had received complaints from army commanders and soldiers claiming that Prince Hamzah treated them arrogantly and was trying to “raise doubts about the professionalism of the armed forces”.

Acknowledging that he is well aware of the country’s challenges, King Abdullah said he welcomes constructive criticism. But, “these challenges cannot be solved by actions that attempt to exploit economic circumstances to sow despair.”

Commenting on Prince Hamzah’s absence from the funeral of their uncle Prince Mohammed bin Talal in April, King Abdullah said Prince Hamzah had refused to attend the funeral to “reinforce the idea that he was the victim”.

The King also said that Prince Hamzah had ignored advice from members of the royal family to mend his ways, adding that a private letter Prince Hamzah had sent to him on January 15 “misrepresented the facts…and ignored everything which does not agree with his version of events”. .”

“He ignored what was revealed about his suspicious relationships and communications with Bassem Awadallah as well as with Hassan bin Zaid who requested the assistance of foreign embassies to inquire about the possibility of supporting him in case of change of governance,” the king said, adding that Prince Hamzah was well aware of bin Zaid’s actions.

Awadallah, who was once a top adviser to the king, and bin Zaid, a member of the royal family, were convicted of sedition and incitement in July 2021 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

After Prince Hamzah sent him the letter in January, the king also explained that he replied to the letter and then met with him to present “a roadmap for restoring trust”.

“I was optimistic when he decided to acknowledge what he had done, and he sent me a letter [in March] apologize to the nation and to me.

However, it was only a few weeks before Prince Hamzah “proved his bad intentions, because he started playing the role of the victim again”, the king said, adding that Prince Hamzah had not left his residence for an entire month and had issued a statement renouncing his royal title even though he is well aware that granting and relinquishing titles is within the jurisdiction of the king.

Prince Hamzah also sent a private letter to the king asking him to allow him to retain the “financial and logistical privileges” of his title in the next phase.

The king noted that he would not allow anyone – not even his brother – to put his interests above the interests of the country.

“Therefore, I have decided to approve the council’s recommendation,” he said, adding that he had been patient in approving it because he wanted to give Prince Hamzah a chance to review his actions. .

“Given his destructive behavior, I would not be surprised if he utters abusive language. However, we will waste no time in responding to him as I [firmly believe] he will continue to [act upon] his deception [version of events] For the rest of his life.”

“Prince Hamzah will remain in his palace in accordance with the decision of the council and in order to ensure that he will not repeat his irresponsible actions – actions which will be dealt with if he repeats them,” the king added.

Read more:

Jordanian court upholds sedition convictions against royal court officials

US concerned about treatment of former Jordanian official Bassem Awadallah

Jordan coup plot defendants want Prince Hamzah to testify: lawyer

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Democrats want Colorado to be one of the nation’s first presidential primary states in 2024 – The Durango Herald https://nowwashyourhands.com/democrats-want-colorado-to-be-one-of-the-nations-first-presidential-primary-states-in-2024-the-durango-herald/ Sat, 14 May 2022 19:03:07 +0000 https://nowwashyourhands.com/democrats-want-colorado-to-be-one-of-the-nations-first-presidential-primary-states-in-2024-the-durango-herald/ The move comes as the Democratic National Committee seeks to take the spotlight away from Iowa and New Hampshire. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren reacts to members of the public during a campaign rally Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) The Colorado Democratic Party wants to make Colorado one of the national […]]]>

The move comes as the Democratic National Committee seeks to take the spotlight away from Iowa and New Hampshire.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren reacts to members of the public during a campaign rally Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Colorado Democratic Party wants to make Colorado one of the national flag bearers for the 2024 presidential primary.

Last week, the state party informed the Democratic National Committee that it intended to seek early presidential primary status in two years, which would likely ensure more and earlier candidate visits to Colorado.

Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll wrote in a May 5 letter to the DNC’s Rules and Regulations Committee that “presidential candidates would be better equipped to campaign in the rest of the states by listening and learning.” different regions, people and needs”. Colorado.

“We are the new model of American optimism and engagement in the political process,” the letter said, also claiming that Colorado has “some of the most progressive electoral and electoral laws in the nation.”

The DNC is inviting applications from states to become an early nominate or lead state in 2024 in a bid to shift attention away from Iowa and New Hampshire. The Iowa caucus process has been fraught with controversy, and some Democrats question whether either state is truly representative of the Democratic national electorate.

President Joe Biden fared poorly in both states in 2020, for example, before securing the Democratic nomination. Biden has said he plans to run for re-election in 2024, although experts aren’t so sure.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses a cheering crowd of thousands at the Colorado Convention Center on Feb. 16, 2020. (Moe Clark/The Colorado Sun)

The DNC’s rules and regulations committee voted last month to start a nomination process to help determine which states should be first to select the 2024 Democratic presidential nominee.

The Colorado Democratic Party believes Colorado deserves a chance to be one of the national flag bearers in 2024.

“Our state represents America’s hope and is unique in its diversity,” said Megan Burns, spokesperson for the Colorado Democratic Party.

Burns said the decision to seek early primary status “was unanimous from all of our Colorado DNC members because we are showing who we are as Democrats and our commitment to connecting with voters and to raise the base”.

Carroll’s letter said Colorado “is a fairly independent state and prominent among its … neighbors,” citing the large number of unaffiliated voters in the state and Colorado’s tendency to become more Democratic over the past year. the last decade.

It’s unclear exactly how the early holding of the Democratic presidential primary in Colorado may affect the Republican presidential primary in the state. It’s possible, if not likely, that the GOP primary will also have to be moved earlier, as unaffiliated voters have the option to vote in either.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks to Zachary Ro, 9, center, of Lone Tree, as Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold attends a campaign rally Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Aurora. The boy quizzed Buttigieg on how to tell people he’s gay. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Colorado secretary of state’s office said the national GOP’s position on the timing of Colorado’s presidential primary would likely factor into the decision. The governor of Colorado is ultimately responsible for setting the date for the presidential primary.

Colorado was a Super Tuesday state in 2020, putting it roughly in the middle of the pack in terms of presidential primary timing. As a result, candidate visits were relatively rare. In fact, Biden didn’t even make a public campaign stop in Colorado before the primary.

If Colorado were to have one of the nation’s first presidential primaries, candidates would almost certainly pay more attention to the state.

According to the New York Times, Colorado will have a lot of competition in the pursuit of status at the start of the primary. The newspaper reports that the list of other states that have applied to have one of the nation’s first primaries or nominating processes include:

Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Nevada, and Washington.

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A guaranteed basic income could end poverty, so why isn’t it happening? https://nowwashyourhands.com/a-guaranteed-basic-income-could-end-poverty-so-why-isnt-it-happening/ Thu, 12 May 2022 15:52:01 +0000 https://nowwashyourhands.com/a-guaranteed-basic-income-could-end-poverty-so-why-isnt-it-happening/ On April 27, Senator Diane Bellemare published an op-ed in the Globe and Mail oppose a guaranteed basic income proposal where all Canadian citizens and residents over the age of 17 would receive an unconditional guaranteed sufficient income. A recent poll suggests that almost 60% of Canadians support a basic income of $30,000. In another […]]]>

On April 27, Senator Diane Bellemare published an op-ed in the Globe and Mail oppose a guaranteed basic income proposal where all Canadian citizens and residents over the age of 17 would receive an unconditional guaranteed sufficient income.

A recent poll suggests that almost 60% of Canadians support a basic income of $30,000. In another poll, 57% of Canadians agree that Canada should create a universal basic income for all Canadians, regardless of their job.

Despite strong public support, Bellemare argued that “a basic income would be an unfair, complicated and costly way to eliminate poverty”. As a social scientist who has studied cash transfers, and an entrepreneur and organizational leader, we challenge the idea that basic income is “unfair”, “complicated” and “expensive”. Instead, we argue it can be fair, simple, and affordable.

Basic income can be just

Basic income can be fair for all Canadians and suitable for people with different needs. A system that includes basic income does not necessarily imply the clawback of existing benefits and services.

It is important to note that a phased and carefully designed basic income program can be monitored and adjusted over time, to ensure that diverse individual needs are always catered for.

Research from Stanford University suggests that a basic income program can inspire meaningful social integration – greater participation in social and civic activities in the community – while providing individuals with stability, safety and security.

An analysis of the Ontario Basic Income Trial showed that people with diverse needs reported better personal relationships with friends and family on a Basic Income. In turn, their sense of social inclusion and citizenship has improved.

Ontario’s Conservative government has canceled the Ontario Basic Income pilot launched by the government of former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Basic income can be simple

With careful planning, a basic income system could be designed to be simple, adaptable, reliable, and equitable. In other words, it could be a type of synergistic solution that involves an optimal combination of different policy programs that produce greater efficiency. For example, a basic income program could be combined with a wage subsidy program.

Contrary to Senator Bellemare’s assertion that “Basic Income would likely hinder participation in the labor market,” research has found that Basic Income has no negative impact on the labor market. In other words, the basic income does not have a negative impact on employment rates or wages.

With a basic income program, recipients would be motivated to participate in the workforce and feel empowered to discover the most satisfying way to work without fearing for their financial security.

Basic income can be affordable

Recent cost-benefit analyzes have demonstrated that carefully designed cash interventions can be cost-effective and generate net savings for society. Beneficiaries depend less on social services over time, which means governments pay less to fund these programs.

While Bellemare’s analysis suggests there may be a cost issue, other, deeper analyzes have considered the true costs and benefits of basic income programs and refuted this claim.

We caution against overly simplistic cost estimates and call for a more careful and thorough calculation of the true costs and benefits associated with basic income programs. In fact, Canada can adopt a basic income program without increasing its tax debt.

A fan of Canadian banknotes with a notepad resting on top
Basic income can be a reliable and powerful component of a national poverty reduction program.
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Last year, the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer of Canada estimated that a guaranteed basic income of $17,000 per person would cost the government $88 billion.

This amount could be offset by reducing tax credits that disproportionately benefit Canadians with higher incomes. In addition, a well-designed basic income program can provide non-monetary benefits that are not typically captured in cost-benefit analyses, such as improvements in health, education, social cohesion and productivity.



Read more: Giving people money unconditionally is good for their health, according to dozens of studies


Research supports Basic Income

There is a tremendous amount of research supporting Basic Income around the world. It is prudent to conduct considerably in-depth research to reduce hesitations about basic income for social and economic reasons. Basic income can be a reliable and powerful component of a national program to reduce poverty and enable all citizens to thrive.

Basic income should be part of a comprehensive and practical plan to end poverty in Canada. Indeed, there is an emerging political will to push for a national strategy for a guaranteed basic income.

Last summer, Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz sponsored Bill C-273, the National Guaranteed Basic Income Strategy Act. It was the first time that a Basic Income Bill had been debated in Parliament. And in February 2021, four senators — three from Prince Edward Island, one from Ontario — released an open letter calling for a nationwide Guaranteed Basic Income.

This is essential, because poverty is a useless and cruel abomination. Think of it this way: most Canadians probably have a close friend or family member who is affected by poverty, since one in 15 Canadians still lives in poverty.

Poverty affects us all — it is everyone’s tragedy, which is absurd because poverty can be reduced at an affordable price, as explained above. Hopefully, one day future Canadians will look to 2022 and wonder how a just society could have tolerated such needless suffering.

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Rally of non-permanent teachers of the School of the Institute of Art in favor of union membership. “The current situation is completely unsustainable.” – Chicago Tribune https://nowwashyourhands.com/rally-of-non-permanent-teachers-of-the-school-of-the-institute-of-art-in-favor-of-union-membership-the-current-situation-is-completely-unsustainable-chicago-tribune/ Tue, 10 May 2022 20:50:00 +0000 https://nowwashyourhands.com/rally-of-non-permanent-teachers-of-the-school-of-the-institute-of-art-in-favor-of-union-membership-the-current-situation-is-completely-unsustainable-chicago-tribune/ Non-tenured faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are considering organizing with the Art Institute of Chicago Workers United, the union representing staff at the Michigan Avenue museum and its school. At a rally on the steps of the Art Institute on Tuesday afternoon, professors called on their colleagues to join them […]]]>

Non-tenured faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are considering organizing with the Art Institute of Chicago Workers United, the union representing staff at the Michigan Avenue museum and its school.

At a rally on the steps of the Art Institute on Tuesday afternoon, professors called on their colleagues to join them in signing union permission cards, the first step towards filing for union representation.

“United, we negotiate,” they chanted. “Divided, we beg.

In an open letter on Tuesday announcing their intention to unionize, nearly 200 adjunct teachers and lecturers at the school called their working conditions ‘intolerable’ and protested a two-tier pay and benefits system. levels which they claimed created a “permanent underclass of contingent professors”.

“I love my job so much,” said Sid Branca, an assistant assistant professor in the school’s film, video, new media and animation department, at Tuesday’s rally. “And I continue to do that without the proper resources because I think it’s important.”

“The current situation is totally unsustainable,” said Branca, who signed a card in favor of joining the union. “Teachers are exploited and exhausted. And we always do our best because we care. But it doesn’t have to be like that. »

“We are here because we believe in the value of arts education. We take our roles as educators as seriously as we take our lives,” said Kristi McGuire, who has taught at the school since 2007.

In January, Art Institute workers voted 142 to 44 to form the Art Institute of Chicago Workers United, the city’s first major museum union. Staff at the Art Institute of Chicago school voted 115 to 48 in favor of the union in a separate ballot.

If a majority of about 600 non-tenured professors win a vote to join the union, they will more than double its current membership. The union now represents around 500 workers, including curators, retail workers, custodians and librarians at the museum, as well as educational advisers, administrative assistants and mailroom workers at the school.

The faculty would form the union’s third bargaining unit, separate from the existing bargaining units for museum and school staff. Once they have collected enough cards showing their support for a union, they can ask the school for voluntary recognition or request a formal vote before the National Labor Relations Board.

The union did not share the number of non-tenured teachers who had signed union cards on Tuesday.

According to the letter published on Tuesday, non-tenured professors make up more than three-quarters of the school’s teaching staff, but do not enjoy comparable pay or benefits despite carrying similar workloads to tenured professors.

The school’s lecturers and adjuncts are paid per class, with lecturers earning $5,769 per three-hour class and adjunct teachers earning between $6,800 and $8,769 per class this school year, according to Anders Lindall, gatekeeper. word of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, the union representing museum and school workers.

Lindall cited a 2021 compensation recommendation from the Modern Language Association, a professional association for language and literature scholars, which recommended minimum compensation of at least $11,500 for a three-hour semester course.

The teachers of the school do not benefit from health insurance. On Tuesday, teachers raised concerns about the exclusion of teachers from within-school promotions and, therefore, benefits.

Danny Floyd, a lecturer in the Visual and Critical Studies program, has taught at the school for eight years. “There’s no upward mobility and no chance of getting health insurance,” Floyd said.

He said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, part-time faculty contracts had been “emptied”. Part-time contracts previously guaranteed professors a certain number of lessons per year based on rank, he said, but those guarantees have been removed.

Bree Witt, the school’s communications director, confirmed that the school has suspended promotions from lecturer to assistant this academic year due to “the significant financial impact of the pandemic,” but said she is expected to resume next academic year, which begins in July.

Witt also confirmed that part-time faculty were only guaranteed one class last year, citing a drop in enrollment. Witt said “many” professors continued to teach their regular course loads despite the reduction in guaranteed classes.

“We have spoken with elected representatives of part-time faculty to come to an agreement on how we can reinstate course guarantees for as many faculty as possible with our even lower number of available courses,” Witt said.

In an email sent Tuesday to part-time teachers, school president Elissa Tenny and provost Martin Berger said they “did not believe unionization was in the best interest of the teachers or the school. “.

“It is a choice that part-time faculty will make individually and collectively,” the email read. “If a union is elected, we look forward to working with the bargaining team on employment issues.”

Art Institute of Chicago Workers United is part of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents public service workers nationally. The union represents museum and library workers across the country, including at the Chicago Public Library.

The academic support staff and museum workers bargaining units met with museum management for their first bargaining session last week, according to Lindall.

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City of Portland says refuge for asylum seekers not guaranteed https://nowwashyourhands.com/city-of-portland-says-refuge-for-asylum-seekers-not-guaranteed/ Thu, 05 May 2022 20:46:00 +0000 https://nowwashyourhands.com/city-of-portland-says-refuge-for-asylum-seekers-not-guaranteed/ The City of Portland has notified federal immigration authorities and community partners that it has “no more accommodation or hotel capacity” to receive or house asylum seekers from overseas. The email sent Thursday morning from the city’s Director of Health and Human Services, Kristen Dow, bluntly advises recipients, “If your organization sends a family to […]]]>

The City of Portland has notified federal immigration authorities and community partners that it has “no more accommodation or hotel capacity” to receive or house asylum seekers from overseas. The email sent Thursday morning from the city’s Director of Health and Human Services, Kristen Dow, bluntly advises recipients, “If your organization sends a family to Portland, Maine, they no longer have the guaranteed to be accommodated upon arrival in our refuge.” Management agency, office of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and Portland City Council and Mayor. The note was also forwarded to community and state partners who helped settle asylum seekers. OR hotel capacity in Portland, Maine. We have exceeded our refuge capacity for a while and have now reached the point where the hotels we use are also full. “Please be aware that due to our capacity limitations, if your organization sends a family to Portland, Maine, they are no longer guaranteed shelter upon arrival at our shelter. Also, as our staff is quite scattered, there is no guarantee that we will be able to assist people in their search for emergency housing. I ask you all to share this information widely within your organizations and with families with you work.” Commenting on the letter from the city’s health director to immigration authorities and community partners, Portland City Manager Danielle West told WMTW, “It’s definitely to say that if you send such people we won’t have the capacity to be able to help them due to our staff as well as our inability to get access to hotel rooms so yeah that’s to say “we are at full capacity, please send ez them in other communities”. West said the city is currently housing 1,771 people – more than 1,200 asylum seekers and more than 500 local homeless people in its municipal shelters and hotel rooms in Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Yarmouth, Freeport and Auburn – six cities in three counties. West said, “Tourist season is upon us, so hotel rooms are pretty scarce.” She added the number of foster families dwindling due to the lingering pandemic. Portland Expo or the YMCA are not available. Towns like Old Orchard Beach, which once offered hotel rooms, no longer do. The state reimburses Portland for 70% of its cost of lodging asylum seekers, while FEMA covers 30%. “So we have the money in the budget,” West said, even as the city waits for refunds. “Looking more into next year, we really see the problems because the FEMA money will disappear.”

The City of Portland has notified federal immigration officials and community partners that it has “no more accommodations or hotel capacity” to receive or house asylum seekers from overseas.

The email sent Thursday morning from the city’s Director of Health and Human Services, Kristen Dow, bluntly advises recipients: “If your organization sends a family to Portland, Maine, they no longer have the guarantee of being accommodated upon arrival in our refuge”.

The email was sent to immigration officials at the U.S. southern border, U.S. Customs & Border Patrol and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the office of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, as well than to the city council and the mayor of Portland.

The note was also forwarded to community and state partners who helped settle asylum seekers.

The email from Dow reads:

“I am writing this email to alert you that as of the date of this email, there is no more shelter OR hotel capacity in Portland, Maine. We have exceeded capacity from our refuge for a while and have now reached the point where the hotels we use are also full.

Please be aware that due to our capacity limitations, if your organization sends a family to Portland, Maine, they are no longer guaranteed accommodation upon arrival at our shelter. Also, as our staff is quite dispersed, there is no guarantee that we will be able to help people in their search for emergency accommodation. I ask you all to share this information widely within your organizations and with the families you work with.”

Commenting on the letter from the city’s health director to immigration officials and community partners, Portland City Manager Danielle West told WMTW, “It’s definitely to say that if you send such people, we won’t have the capacity to be able to help them due to our staffing as well as our inability to get access to hotel rooms, so yeah, that’s to say, ‘we’re at full capacity, please send them to other communities”.

West said the city is currently housing 1,771 people – more than 1,200 asylum seekers and more than 500 local homeless people in its municipal shelters and hotel rooms in Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Yarmouth, Freeport and Auburn – six cities in three counties.

West said, “Tourist season is upon us, so hotel rooms are pretty scarce.”

She added the number of foster families due to the ongoing pandemic.

Previous locations used to house asylum seekers since 2019, such as the Portland Expo or the YMCA, are not available.

Towns like Old Orchard Beach that once offered hotel rooms no longer do.

The state reimburses Portland for 70% of its cost of lodging asylum seekers, while FEMA covers 30%.

“So we have the money in the budget,” West said, although the city is waiting for refunds. “Looking more into next year, we really see the problems because the FEMA money will disappear.”

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Biden celebrates Mayo Day with a touching letter to the county https://nowwashyourhands.com/biden-celebrates-mayo-day-with-a-touching-letter-to-the-county/ Sun, 01 May 2022 11:19:39 +0000 https://nowwashyourhands.com/biden-celebrates-mayo-day-with-a-touching-letter-to-the-county/ US President Joe Biden released a letter to celebrate Mayo Day and honor his own county ancestors. In an open letter, Mr Biden wished everyone celebrating a “céad míle fáilte” and said “the places we come from are the places that shape us, rise in our hearts and never leave us”. . “From the cliffs […]]]>

US President Joe Biden released a letter to celebrate Mayo Day and honor his own county ancestors.

In an open letter, Mr Biden wished everyone celebrating a “céad míle fáilte” and said “the places we come from are the places that shape us, rise in our hearts and never leave us”. .

“From the cliffs of Downpatrick Head in the wild Atlantic to the view of Clew Bay atop Croagh Patrick, the beauty of County Mayo is matched only by the generosity and kindness of its people – a kindness I I felt during my visit a few years ago. and reconnected with my Irish family.

“The heart and spirit from Castlebar to Westport to Crossmolina and every town in between makes us who we are. And they remind us that we are all connected through our homes.

“Being Irish – as my mum always told me – is about family, faith and the belief that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity. As we celebrate Mayo Day, may- we will continue to be proud of all the ways County Mayo has shaped us,” the chairman concluded.

US Vice President Joe Biden is welcomed to Aras an Uachtaráin by Irish President Michael D Higgins. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Irish famine

Edward Blewitt, Mr Biden’s great-great-great-grandfather, grew up in Ballina and ran away during An Gorta Mór (the Great Famine). Like many Irish Americans, it was a trauma the Biden family carried with them for generations and profoundly influenced the president’s thinking on politics.

“When my great-grandfather got on a coffin boat in the Irish Sea, it was expected that he would live on that boat long enough to get to the United States of America.

“But they left because of what the British had done – they were in real trouble, they didn’t want to leave but they had no choice.

“I can’t guarantee we’ll fix everything, but I can guarantee we can make everything better,” President Biden asked of the people who risked their lives to cross the US southern border.

Home visits

As vice president, Joe Biden visited Mayo in 2016 and again in 2017 after leaving office; his distant cousins ​​still live there and are very proud of his political career.

“I’m sure he’s quite thrilled about it – I know we are anyway,” Laurita Blewitt in 2020 after her first election.

“We are delighted to have this relationship with him, and this friendship has been very strong for the past few years.

“He’s been very resilient and we’ve seen that over the last two months against all of his competitors in the Democratic race.”

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he wants to return to Ireland now that he is Commander-in-Chief, but no details have been finalized.

Main image: President Joe Biden participates in a virtual bilateral meeting with Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Micheal Martin on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

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IRS Updates Voluntary Disclosure Program to Include Crypto | Foodman CPAs and Advisors https://nowwashyourhands.com/irs-updates-voluntary-disclosure-program-to-include-crypto-foodman-cpas-and-advisors/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 15:38:07 +0000 https://nowwashyourhands.com/irs-updates-voluntary-disclosure-program-to-include-crypto-foodman-cpas-and-advisors/ The IRS wants to encourage participation in voluntary disclosure and reduce taxpayer uncertainty, but its Current voluntary disclosure program is not configured to succeed according to the National Taxpayers’ Advocate 2021 Annual Reportreleased in January 2022. Shortly thereafter, in February 2022, the IRS updated the program to include crypto reporting, a penalty structure for labor […]]]>

The IRS wants to encourage participation in voluntary disclosure and reduce taxpayer uncertainty, but its Current voluntary disclosure program is not configured to succeed according to the National Taxpayers’ Advocate 2021 Annual Reportreleased in January 2022. Shortly thereafter, in February 2022, the IRS updated the program to include crypto reporting, a penalty structure for labor tax and estate and gift issues and a inability to pay in full.

The National Taxpayer Advocate’s 2021 Annual Report to Congress says the current Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP) raises questions about whether the program is fulfilling the IRS’ historic policy of encouraging taxpayers to voluntarily identify themselves. The current VDP was amended on November 20, 2018, when the IRS issued a new interim guidance memorandum to address updated VDP procedures. The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) reports that the changes incorporated into the current VDP discourage taxpayer participation, expose taxpayers to possible criminal prosecution, and leave tax agents with wide discretion in penalties.

The current VDP

Is managed by the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit (IRS-CI). A voluntary disclosure occurs with the IRS-CI when a Taxpayer:

  • Provides truthful, timely and complete disclosure through designated procedures.
  • Cooperate in determining their fair tax liability.
  • Arranges in good faith to fully pay applicable tax, interest, and penalties due.

Timely, accurate, and complete voluntary disclosures are considered by the IRS-CI when determining whether to recommend criminal prosecution. While voluntary disclosure does not automatically grant immunity from prosecution, it historically does not result in any prosecution.

Current Voluntary Disclosure is a 2-STEP process

To claim the current VDP, a Taxpayer must first:

  • Complete Part I of Form 14457, the Voluntary Disclosure Practice Pre-Authorization Request and PDF Request to Request Pre-Authorization. Preclearance determines a taxpayer’s eligibility for the program, but does not guarantee preliminary acceptance. Part I can be faxed or emailed to IRS-CI. Part I is the preclearance application and it is required by the IRS-CI.
  • Submit Part II of the Voluntary Disclosure Application within 45 days or make a written request for additional time once the taxpayer receives confirmation of preclearance. Extension requests are approved on a case-by-case basis. No more than a 45 day extension is permitted. Part II is the actual voluntary disclosure and must include a narrative statement of facts detailing the taxpayer’s willful conduct.

The IRS-CI reviews Part II of Form 14457 and determines if the taxpayer is eligible to participate in the VDP. If his participation is approved, CI will provide the taxpayer with a preliminary acceptance letter and forward the taxpayer’s Form 14457 to a civil section of the IRS. Once a taxpayer’s case has been assigned, an examiner contacts the taxpayer. Full cooperation of the taxpayer with the examiner in providing documents and information is expected.

TAS concern

Under the current VDP, taxpayers are required to admit potentially incriminating details of their tax status in their pre-clearance which is signed under penalty of perjury before obtaining a preliminary acceptance in the VDP. This could be self-incrimination as the taxpayer proceeds without certainty from the IRS.

Although the program provides “general guidance” to an IRS examiner, CAS feels the examiner has significant discretion if a taxpayer refuses to agree to all tax and penalty calculations. offered. In the event that a Taxpayer disagrees with the Examiner’s calculations, the Examiner may label the Taxpayer as uncooperative, and the preliminary acceptance may be revoked. Additionally, the examiner may audit additional tax years outside of the normal six-year disclosure period; increased fines and penalties.

Determining whether a taxpayer’s behavior is deliberately more complicated than it first appears

Under the US tax code, a “wilful error” on a US tax return can mean the difference between financial consequences alone and a jail sentence. So yes, there is a substantial difference between an “innocent error” and a “willful error”.

In February 2022, the IRS announced a updated Form 14457, Voluntary Disclosure Practice Pre-Authorization Application and Request. Did they listen to TAS?

The IRS has announced that Form 14457, Voluntary Disclosure Practice Pre-Authorization and Request, has been revised, including expanding a section on reporting virtual currency. Form 14457 allows taxpayers who may be subject to criminal prosecution for willful violations of tax law to voluntarily disclose information to the IRS that they have not previously disclosed. The IRS said updates and additions to this form include:

  • IRS Criminal Investigation now accepts photocopies, faxes and scans of taxpayer signatures. Taxpayers can submit this form via eFax to 844-253-5613 to reduce filing and processing times. Previously, Part II of this form had to be mailed.
  • An expanded section for reporting virtual currency.
  • A penalty structure for labor tax and estate and gift issues.
  • A checkbox for inability to pay in full.

Do this:

  • Hire a US-licensed CPA with international tax practice who will recommend a US-licensed tax attorney so that all information and work performed prior to submitting amended tax returns can be protected under attorney-client privilege. counsel until a VDP is performed.
  • It’s obvious that the IRS is cracking down on potential cryptocurrency tax evasion. Have all your records up-to-date and organized to identify cost basis, taxable transactions, and potential capital gains, losses, and income.

The voluntary disclosures cover a period of six years and are intended for taxpayers who wish to comply and avoid possible criminal prosecution. If the IRS finds the taxpayer first, the taxpayer will not be eligible for the VDP.

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Letter to the editor: Hannaford should support farm workers and join the Milk With Dignity program https://nowwashyourhands.com/letter-to-the-editor-hannaford-should-support-farm-workers-and-join-the-milk-with-dignity-program/ Sun, 24 Apr 2022 08:00:23 +0000 https://nowwashyourhands.com/letter-to-the-editor-hannaford-should-support-farm-workers-and-join-the-milk-with-dignity-program/ Rising food prices are on everyone’s mind. As we grapple with this, we must also consider the working conditions of those who bring us the dairy products we enjoy. Maine has a vibrant farming community, including hard-working migrant dairy farm workers. Farmworker organization Migrant Justice is calling on Hannaford supermarkets in Maine to support the […]]]>

Rising food prices are on everyone’s mind. As we grapple with this, we must also consider the working conditions of those who bring us the dairy products we enjoy. Maine has a vibrant farming community, including hard-working migrant dairy farm workers.

Farmworker organization Migrant Justice is calling on Hannaford supermarkets in Maine to support the Milk With Dignity campaign, as Ben and Jerry’s is doing. If Hannaford signed, it would ensure that the dairy products in their stores, the ones we buy, come from farms where basic human rights such as adequate housing, safe working conditions and fair wages are respected.

Hannaford supports local food and healthy eating initiatives. Now is the time to add guaranteed human rights for migrant farm workers to the list of initiatives the company supports. While many Maine farms prioritize the living and working conditions of their farm workers, some do not. There are stories of unsafe housing, unfair pay, lack of free time and lack of safe working conditions. These are not things anyone should tolerate.

Hannaford supermarkets can play a vital role in solving this problem. As a company that benefits from the work of dairy farmers and migrant farm workers, Hannaford should sign up for the Milk With Dignity campaign. It is a moral obligation that Hannaford, a powerful part of the food supply chain, does everything in its power to ensure that those behind the production of the dairy products it distributes are treated fairly.

Mary Dunn
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AerCap’s $46m lawsuit highlights Russian plane lessor’s woes https://nowwashyourhands.com/aercaps-46m-lawsuit-highlights-russian-plane-lessors-woes/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 08:15:00 +0000 https://nowwashyourhands.com/aercaps-46m-lawsuit-highlights-russian-plane-lessors-woes/ Details of a $46 million claim made by an Irish subsidiary of Dublin-based aircraft leasing giant AerCap against UniCredit in London shed light on behind-the-scenes maneuvers initiated by aircraft lessors to limit their exposure to potential losses in Russia. Eastern plane lessors – many of which are based in Ireland – have had to terminate […]]]>

Details of a $46 million claim made by an Irish subsidiary of Dublin-based aircraft leasing giant AerCap against UniCredit in London shed light on behind-the-scenes maneuvers initiated by aircraft lessors to limit their exposure to potential losses in Russia.

Eastern plane lessors – many of which are based in Ireland – have had to terminate lease contracts with Russian carriers due to sanctions imposed on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine in February.

But Russia has seized leased planes that have remained within its borders, with little chance of the lessors regaining control.

AerCap’s Celestial Aviation Services has filed its $45.8 million (€42.2 million) claim against UniCredit, the Italian bank that guaranteed aircraft lease payments on behalf of Russia’s biggest lender, Sberbank .

Celestial’s claim against UniCredit relates to letters of guarantee related to leases for two Boeing 747-400ERF cargo aircraft and three Airbus A319-100 aircraft. The two 747s are leased to AirBridge Cargo Airlines, while the three Airbuses are leased to Aurora Airlines.

Aurora is a subsidiary of Aeroflot, controlled by the Russian state, and operates mainly from the far east of Russia.

AirBridge Cargo Airlines is part of the Volga-Dnepr Group headquartered in Moscow and is the largest air cargo carrier in Russia. However, its activity disintegrated following the imposition of sanctions.

Between 2017 and 2020, Russia’s largest lender, Sberbank, issued a total of seven stand-by letters of credit relating to the aircraft leased by Celestial, in favor of the Irish company. UniCredit guaranteed the letters of credit.

Lessors can call on these letters of credit in the event of default by a lessee.

The letters of credit required Celestial to state that it was drawing on the covenant due to default by the tenants.

On March 2 this year, just days after the Russian invasion began, Celestial wrote to UniCredit asking it to pay under four of the letters of credit provided by Sberbank. The amount requested is $44.5 million.

Two days later, Celestial made another claim regarding three of the letters of credit for a total of $1.3 million.

“Wrongfully and in breach of its obligations under the Letters of Credit, the defendant has refused to pay these sums or any part thereof,” Celestial said in its complaint to the High Court in London.

UniCredit wrote to Celestial on March 7, saying it was unable to make the payments because sanctions prohibited it from doing so. Celestial disputed this claim.

“Letters of credit operate independently of the underlying transactions (namely, leases) and create stand-alone payment obligations,” he said.

“Plaintiff is entitled and seeks the sum of $45.8 million,” Celestial notes in its claim. “Alternatively, plaintiff suffered losses and damages in the same amount and seeks damages in the same amount.”

Last month, AerCap said it had $260 million in letters of credit tied to its Russian assets. By the end of March, approximately $175 million had been received by AerCap under these instruments.

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April 20: Tax on vans, not enough EA, too many paper bags and other letters https://nowwashyourhands.com/april-20-tax-on-vans-not-enough-ea-too-many-paper-bags-and-other-letters/ Wed, 20 Apr 2022 10:03:04 +0000 https://nowwashyourhands.com/april-20-tax-on-vans-not-enough-ea-too-many-paper-bags-and-other-letters/ Not enough EA Regarding “Police still investigating educational assistant…” (April 12): Although we are among the least educated of all educators, education has nothing to do with the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident. This man should never have been alone with a student in an environment that could compromise that student’s safety. For years, unions […]]]>

Not enough EA

Regarding “Police still investigating educational assistant…” (April 12): Although we are among the least educated of all educators, education has nothing to do with the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident. This man should never have been alone with a student in an environment that could compromise that student’s safety. For years, unions have advised EAs to go to the bathroom in pairs to protect both themselves from false accusations and students from any threat of personal harm. This is exactly why this rule should be strictly followed. Being educated does not prevent sexual predators from committing heinous acts against their victims. To suggest that “not being educated enough” has anything to do with the aforementioned aggression is ludicrous. Adopting the proper protocol and precautions to protect the vulnerable is what is needed to prevent these horrific assaults from happening in the first place. It comes down to a lack of funding. Ensuring that there are enough qualified staff in place to do their job effectively and efficiently is what we should be focusing on.

too many bags

I enjoyed the thoughtful article, “Beating Plastic Pollution in Our Cities” by Kaeley Cole (April 12) and was moved to ask for another one; “Why?” I don’t often visit Tim Hortons, but when I do I usually buy a snack with my drink. This snack is always put in a paper bag even if I eat. I always ask the waiter to please dispense with the bag as it will be thrown away in a few minutes but am told that is policy and must be bagged! I dread to think of the number of paper bags that end up in the trash every day because of this policy! Why?

Democratic values

Regarding “Potential far-right victory in France seen as a threat to the EU” (April 13): I am disturbed to read the rise in popularity of far-right leader Marine Le Pen given the upcoming elections in France. To address the recent resurgence of populism around the world, people of all faiths and racial backgrounds must stand together against the current global climate of xenophobia. Only then can we guarantee our democratic values ​​to future generations.

Pickup tax

The people who drive these gas-guzzling mega-vans and who apparently have nothing but vanity and ego to drive them should indeed pay more consumption tax when they drive on our overloaded roads and highways.

Radio baseball

Growing up in West Vancouver in the 1950s, I spent hours listening to baseball on the radio while Bill Stephenson (later known to the CFRB) broadcast Vancouver RCMP games. It wasn’t until years later that I learned he wasn’t at the ballpark where the Orioles AAA club was playing, but rather in a studio, recreating the game from ticker messages on the balls, the strikes and plays, with canned crowd noise. and the sound effects of hickory on horse skin. I did not care. I thought he was there and he brought me with him through his voice (making me a lifelong Orioles fan in the process). So while I am sympathetic to the Blue Jays radio crew who will have to call games on the road from a studio, they will have the advantage of being able to see the action on a TV screen as it unfolds. in the field.

Youth voting

Forget high school civics, there’s a simple reason under-18s can’t vote.

You haven’t earned the right. If you’re too young to serve in the military to defend Canada and you hide behind the Young Offenders Act when you commit a serious crime against society, you don’t deserve the privilege of voting. You can’t have it both ways, either you’re an adult or you’re not. Every generation of teenagers thinks they invented sex and know more than their parents. The great American writer and humorist Mark Twain said it best: When I was 14, my father was so ignorant I could barely bear to have him around. But when I turned 21, I was amazed at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

Security solutions

The solution for Main and Dundurn (and other troublesome intersections in Hamilton) would be to have a green walk signal (for all directions) and have all cars on a red light at the same time. There would be absolutely no turns allowed on a red signal. It would slow down traffic, but is that a bad thing if it saves lives?

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