Village economy – Village Under Forest http://villageunderforest.com/ Tue, 31 Aug 2021 06:01:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://villageunderforest.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T171231.357-150x150.png Village economy – Village Under Forest http://villageunderforest.com/ 32 32 What are the Pros/Cons of Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? https://villageunderforest.com/what-are-the-pros-cons-of-filing-chapter-7-bankruptcy/ https://villageunderforest.com/what-are-the-pros-cons-of-filing-chapter-7-bankruptcy/#respond Tue, 31 Aug 2021 06:01:06 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/?p=845 Chapter 7 bankruptcy is one option for those who are in need of debt relief. It can help filers get rid of poverty and give them a fresh start. You will be able to start over by clearing all of your debts. But bankruptcy is a personal decision. Take the time to evaluate whether it’s right […]]]>

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is one option for those who are in need of debt relief. It can help filers get rid of poverty and give them a fresh start. You will be able to start over by clearing all of your debts. But bankruptcy is a personal decision. Take the time to evaluate whether it’s right for you. This article explores the pros and cons of filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

What are the pros/cons to filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy are both powerful debt relief options for folks in need of a fresh start. Chapter 13 bankruptcy has many advantages and disadvantages that Chapter 7. Chapter 13 may be right if you have an income that is large or non-exempt assets. Check out the article from https://bankruptcyhq.com/ to find out more about the pros and cons of filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

What are the advantages of filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy papers?

You can get immediate relief using the much-needed breathing spell

Your creditors will be protected once your case is filed with bankruptcy court. Filing bankruptcy triggers an automatic stay – or stop – on all collection actions. This means all phone calls, garnishments, and collection letters have to stop. Even temporary stops were made to repossessions, evictions and foreclosures.

Permanent debt relief via a bankruptcy release

Chapter 7 bankruptcy erases all types of debt. You are no longer required to pay this type of unsecured credit debt if the bankruptcy court grants you bankruptcy discharge.

It’s almost possible to get your bankruptcy relief

If you are honest and have passed the means test and have never filed bankruptcy, your bankruptcy discharge may be granted in as little time as 3 months. As long as you make sure you meet all requirements before and after filing your bankruptcy case, it’s basically automatic.

You’ll likely be allowed to keep all your stuff

The law protects exempt property from creditors in 95% of Chapter 7 bankruptcies. Whether that’s your monthly social security check, your watch, or your kitchen table, if it’s protected by an exemption, you get to keep it.

If you’d like, you can keep your vehicle even after bankruptcy filings

However, you’ll still be responsible for the car’s cost. Chapter 7 bankruptcy gives you the ability to get rid your car and to repay the loan. Here’s everything you need to know about keeping your car after filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The bankruptcy filing does not mean that missed monthly payments or other negative marks are removed from your credit report. This will not impact your credit score.

A bankruptcy discharge grants you a clean slate, which is your opportunity to rebuild and increase credit scores. Most people are able to have a better credit score one-year after filing Chapter 7. This is compared to when they started the bankruptcy proceedings.

Access to Banking and Credit is Improved

You’ll get more credit card offers right after filing your bankruptcy than you’ll know what to do with. This will help you rebuild your credit, increase your credit score, and give you access to the safety net provided by a card.

What are the Cons to Filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

The Chapter 7 bankruptcy process is not right for everyone. Although it might seem like the best choice for you in terms of debt relief, there are some downsides to Chapter 7.

Chapter 7 can’t be filed if you make too many dollars

If you’re making less than the median income, you’re probably wondering how that’s even possible. You don’t have to worry about it. It is all about people with money that they can put into savings, after paying their main living expenses.

That’s called having disposable income and it’s calculated by the means test. You cannot simply walk away if you have too many disposable income. After completing a Chapter 13 plan, though, bankruptcy can be filed but not Chapter 7.

Even if you have great credit, it may take a temporary hit

Those that are able to maintain their monthly payments and keep their credit score high before filing their bankruptcy petition will see their score drop initially. But, a bankruptcy filing often does more good than harm to the filer’s credit score. After their bankruptcy discharge is granted they can start increasing that pesky credit score immediately.

It doesn’t remove all unsecured obligations

Some unsecured debts, like alimony or child support can never be discharged in bankruptcy. Filing bankruptcy is not an easy way to get rid of tax debts or student loans.

You can lose some types property

For a discharge of bankruptcy in a matter that takes a few months to complete, you will have to give up some very expensive items. Nonexempt property – the type of property the bankruptcy trustee can sell to pay creditors in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case – is pretty rare.

If you own expensive property you don’t want to lose, it’s best to speak to a bankruptcy lawyer. That will help you determine whether Chapter 13 is a viable option and, if yes, how to proceed.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings do not provide protection for others

Chapter 7 bankruptcy does not eliminate your obligation or liability to pay the debt. It does not wipe out the debt for anyone else. Chapter 13 can only protect a cosigner. But, it only works because you ultimately pay the debt through your repayment program.

Filing bankruptcy can be expensive

Chapter 7 cases attract a $338 filing charge from the bankruptcy court. If you earn more than 150% of the federal poverty guideline, you have to pay this filing fee. If you are unable or unwilling to pay the whole fee in one go, you may file your case separately and pay the fees in four installments. But, if you don’t pay it in full, your case will be thrown out by the court.

You’ll need to pay attorney fees, as well as court filing fees, if you choose to work with a law office or bankruptcy lawyer. This amounts to approximately $1,500 which must be paid before your file is filed. You also have to pay the filing fee, and take the required credit counseling course.

Depending on your financial situation and the goals you want to accomplish with your bankruptcy filing, hiring the right bankruptcy lawyer for your case can be a great investment. However, many Chapter 7 cases are easy and can be resolved without the need for a lawyer.

BankruptcyHQ gives you the opportunity to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy completely free

BankruptcyHQ’s online app, which is completely free, can be used to help you navigate Chapter 7 bankruptcy. If your financial situation is a bit more complex, and BankruptcyHQ is not a good fit for you, it can help you find a bankruptcy attorney in your area.

Ready to move on? If so, take this short quiz to find out if BankruptcyHQ is a good fit for you. Don’t know how it works yet? Check out this 10-Step Guide on how to file bankruptcy for free. And feel free to browse our Learning Center to find answers to all of your questions!

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Kulluru Codes Get ‘Pacha Poga’ Type Glitter During Lockdown – The New Indian Express https://villageunderforest.com/kulluru-codes-get-pacha-poga-type-glitter-during-lockdown-the-new-indian-express/ https://villageunderforest.com/kulluru-codes-get-pacha-poga-type-glitter-during-lockdown-the-new-indian-express/#respond Tue, 31 Aug 2021 03:07:00 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/kulluru-codes-get-pacha-poga-type-glitter-during-lockdown-the-new-indian-express/ Express news service NELLORE: A “yedamai” and his “irusu” shopping for “pacha poga” may not make sense to many in Andhra Pradesh, unless one of the 5,500 residents of the small village of Nellore, Kulluru , did not decode the terms. The words would have been forgotten without the pandemic, which has forced many young […]]]>

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NELLORE: A “yedamai” and his “irusu” shopping for “pacha poga” may not make sense to many in Andhra Pradesh, unless one of the 5,500 residents of the small village of Nellore, Kulluru , did not decode the terms. The words would have been forgotten without the pandemic, which has forced many young people to stay at home with their elders. Now, many of them could translate “yedamani” by “man”, “Irusu” by wife and “pasha poga” by gold.

The village speaks a different dialect, which has more than three dozen words that are not part of Telugu or any other language. The words have been used by local traders for over seven to eight decades to carry out their businesses. The words gradually become part of the spoken language of the village.

Located on the Penna River between Venkatagiri and Atmakur Coven constituencies, Kulluru traded gemstones in the 1940s. Villagers used to visit Bombay (Mumbai), Calcutta (Kolkata), Mysore ( Mysuru), Surat and different parts of Tamil Nadu for business.

The code – or the words “padikattu” – was developed for clandestine communication during business transactions in the presence of other people. “To ensure secrecy during such visits, the ancestors of the village invented new words to communicate with each other. The practice continued until the late 1980s. But, the last generation showed no interest in these words. Only a few families continued to use them, ”said TS Ramachandra, a trader based in Kulluru.

However, the new generation of Kulluru seems to be interested in “padikattu”, which was an integral part of their village’s economy. Although fluent in Telugu and other languages, they showed interest in learning and using the codes.

Young people speak with code words

Interestingly, the young people began to partronize the code words during the Covid-19-induced lockdown, in which they spent time with the elders. Several villagers, although having migrated to other parts of the district, also use the dialect, in addition to those from neighboring villages. “Everyone, regardless of caste and religion, had used these code words in the village earlier. Now more and more villagers are showing interest in using these words, ”said a village elder.

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Pembroke man charged with fatal shooting https://villageunderforest.com/pembroke-man-charged-with-fatal-shooting/ https://villageunderforest.com/pembroke-man-charged-with-fatal-shooting/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 18:33:00 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/pembroke-man-charged-with-fatal-shooting/ July 14, 2021 BEAUFORT, SC – A Robeson County couple wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a Fairmont convenience store on Saturday were arrested here Tuesday when police found them after two more thefts were committed. Ronnie Maynor, 41, from Orrum, was arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts […]]]>

BEAUFORT, SC – A Robeson County couple wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a Fairmont convenience store on Saturday were arrested here Tuesday when police found them after two more thefts were committed.

Ronnie Maynor, 41, from Orrum, was arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of possession of a firearm while committing a violent crime, one count of possession of a stolen vehicle, one count of possession of a firearm by a criminal, and being a fugitive from justice, according to the Beaufort Police Department. Maynor’s girlfriend Alisha Hunt, 41, of Lumberton, has been arrested for being on the run from justice.

Maynor was being held on $ 410,000 bail at the Beaufort County Detention Center on Wednesday afternoon. Hunt was also being held without bail, detention center officials said.

The couple are wanted by the Fairmont Police Department for theft with a dangerous weapon, second degree kidnapping and other charges associated with the armed robbery at L&M Convenient Mart on Saturday.

“Once the charges are dealt with at SC, they will be brought back to Robeson County to be notified of our pending charges here,” Fairmont Police Chief Jon Edwards said in a statement.

Members of the Beaufort 4 Patrol Team and the Investigations Division responded around 1:18 p.m. Tuesday to a report of an attempted armed robbery at the Shell grocery store on Boundary Street, according to the Beaufort Police Department.

Police said a Caucasian suspect, later identified as Maynor, “demanded money and forced the salesperson behind the counter at gunpoint.” The suspect fled the store “empty handed” after being alarmed by the number of customers entering the store.

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Beaufort police searched Polk Village and could not find Maynor. He was later captured on surveillance footage as he allegedly robbed a Family Dollar store on the island of Saint Helena.

The suspect vehicle was identified after a BCSO detective recognized Maynor in surveillance footage of an unrelated case showing Maynor using a stolen vehicle in Colleton County and using the vehicle owner’s credit card in a local company, ”according to BPD.

A BCSO deputy located Maynor’s vehicle in the parking lot of America’s Best Inn on Boundary Street at around 5 p.m.

“Maynor was arrested without incident and confessed to both thefts,” according to BPD.

Authorities also arrested Dequam Youmans, 30, of Beaufort, and E’Nisha Robinson, 26, of Saint Helena. Youmans and Robinson were charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, BPD said.

The Fairmont robbery took place around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday when a man entered the store at 1309 Lake View Road in Fairmont, fired a handgun into the ceiling, and demanded money from the cashier, according to the FPD.

“The suspect then took an undisclosed sum of money and ran from the store to a vehicle, where his girlfriend was waiting for him,” the statement said.

The two fled the scene and left town on Lakeview Road.

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Green has many green spaces for outdoor fun https://villageunderforest.com/green-has-many-green-spaces-for-outdoor-fun/ https://villageunderforest.com/green-has-many-green-spaces-for-outdoor-fun/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 10:03:32 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/green-has-many-green-spaces-for-outdoor-fun/ George W. Davis GREEN: This town just south of Akron is set to celebrate its 30th anniversary next year, but its history spans over 200 years of history, not always being part of County of Summit. The city is teeming with a vast array of colorful landscapes, farmland, housing for all age groups, businesses, industries, […]]]>

George W. Davis

GREEN: This town just south of Akron is set to celebrate its 30th anniversary next year, but its history spans over 200 years of history, not always being part of County of Summit.

The city is teeming with a vast array of colorful landscapes, farmland, housing for all age groups, businesses, industries, hospitals and other medical facilities, as well as parks, historical monuments and a popular public school system, as well as private and vocational schools. schools, sports and other recreational programs and complexes.

A Nisan Titan pickup truck and a Dare Chevrolet dealership seen along Arlington Road on Green's Auto Mile.

There is a lot to do without even leaving the community.

Mayor Gerard Neugebauer, who became the city’s sixth mayor on January 1, 2016, and now in his second four-year term, is the city’s tallest cheerleader.

“It’s all there,” he said. “The Town of Green has some of the best parks in the area, great restaurants, top-rated schools, great neighborhoods, and the convenient and friendly Akron-Canton airport to take you to any destination in the world. The world There are so many gems here in Green – I invite you to come and visit.

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China’s delta epidemic may hurt second-largest economy https://villageunderforest.com/chinas-delta-epidemic-may-hurt-second-largest-economy/ https://villageunderforest.com/chinas-delta-epidemic-may-hurt-second-largest-economy/#respond Thu, 05 Aug 2021 07:57:27 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/chinas-delta-epidemic-may-hurt-second-largest-economy/ Beijing’s ability to balance its response to the virus and its economic growth faces a big test. Over the past few days, a dozen provinces have imposed travel restrictions, mass testing and other strict measures to contain an outbreak of the highly transmissible strain of the Delta coronavirus that has infected nearly 500 people. China […]]]>

Beijing’s ability to balance its response to the virus and its economic growth faces a big test. Over the past few days, a dozen provinces have imposed travel restrictions, mass testing and other strict measures to contain an outbreak of the highly transmissible strain of the Delta coronavirus that has infected nearly 500 people.

China has administered enough vaccines to completely inoculate 60 percent of its population, according to estimates from the Reuters vaccination tracker. Yet authorities continue to take a zero tolerance approach to new cases.

Some cities have banned residents from leaving, canceled major events, and closed tourist sites. This includes Wuhan, where the virus was first detected in 2019. In Jiangsu province, authorities have cautiously shut down more than 40,000 entertainment centers used for playing cards and mahjong.

Read more: COVID Delta arrives in China to haunt Wuhan under lockdown

The services sector, which is still recovering from the initial lockdowns of last year, will be the hardest hit at the moment. Household consumption spending recorded a two-year compound annual growth rate of 7% in the second quarter, still lower than the 9% seen in 2019, analysts at China International Capital Corporation estimated.

Sheltered travel plans and canceled movie shows just before summer vacation could hit companies like Trip.com (9961.HK) and Maoyan Entertainment (1896.HK) hard. Airlines and rail authorities are already reimbursing tickets.

The wider economic impact of the measures taken so far is expected to be limited. Goldman Sachs analysts believe this could cut China’s third-quarter annualized GDP by less than a percentage point. If this latest wave of the virus continues to spread, however, the country may miss the government’s 6% annual growth target.

The timing of the peak is also unfortunate, as it comes on top of growth concerns caused by recent flooding as well as a wave of crackdowns in real estate and other sectors.

As it stands, the People‘s Bank of China, which withdrew the pandemic-induced stimulus measures, will have no choice but to maintain more accommodating monetary policies. There may also be even more restrictions on travel within and outside the country, as this latest outbreak appears to have been attributed to passengers who flew from Russia to Nanjing’s main transportation hub.

The current short and brutal shock could still nip this epidemic in the bud. Otherwise, Beijing’s penchant for severe restrictions to eradicate all locally transmitted cases despite a high vaccination rate will cast a much bigger veil on the economy.

Context News

China reported 85 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the mainland as of Aug.4, including 62 transmitted locally, the National Health Commission said in a statement on Aug.5.

The recent resurgence of the virus is associated with an outbreak in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province, in late July, with the Delta variant likely being introduced on a flight from Russia, Chinese officials said.

Read more: Delta variant could head to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

The 31 provincial-level regions of mainland China have urged citizens not to leave the province where they live unless necessary, state news agency Xinhua reported on August 3. Among other measures, 23 train stations halted ticket sales to Beijing. bound passengers. All flights at Nanjing and Yangzhou airports have been suspended.

On August 3, the city of Wuhan announced that it would test its 12 million residents for the coronavirus after confirming its first domestic cases of the Delta variant. Wuhan, where the virus was first detected, had previously reported no local cases of coronavirus since May 2020.

Reuters with additional contribution from GVS News Desk

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New Zealand economy worsened by $ 293 million by America’s Cup as “large deficits” were revealed in a cost-benefit ratio https://villageunderforest.com/new-zealand-economy-worsened-by-293-million-by-americas-cup-as-large-deficits-were-revealed-in-a-cost-benefit-ratio/ https://villageunderforest.com/new-zealand-economy-worsened-by-293-million-by-americas-cup-as-large-deficits-were-revealed-in-a-cost-benefit-ratio/#respond Tue, 20 Jul 2021 21:11:11 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/new-zealand-economy-worsened-by-293-million-by-americas-cup-as-large-deficits-were-revealed-in-a-cost-benefit-ratio/ On June 17, 2021, Team New Zealand flight controller Blair Tuke said “very difficult times” were at hand during the America’s Cup offshore. Video / NZ Herald New Zealand’s economy lost $ 293 million after hosting the 36th America’s Cup, an official cost-benefit report revealed today. Three government-commissioned reports released this afternoon identify a range […]]]>

On June 17, 2021, Team New Zealand flight controller Blair Tuke said “very difficult times” were at hand during the America’s Cup offshore. Video / NZ Herald

New Zealand’s economy lost $ 293 million after hosting the 36th America’s Cup, an official cost-benefit report revealed today.

Three government-commissioned reports released this afternoon identify a range of factors, including Covid-19, a lack of tough unions and overly high public investment generated “large deficits” for Auckland and New Zealand.

Auckland’s economy alone was left with a financial deficit of $ 146 million as a result of the event – with a financial return of 72 cents for every dollar invested.

Reports indicate that when “unassessed social, cultural or environmental effects” are taken into account, the return to Auckland’s economy was 85 cents for every dollar spent and 79 cents per dollar in New Zealand, that is. which would bring the loss to $ 156 million. .

Auckland Unlimited General Manager Nick Hill highlighted several positive aspects of the event, including the most-watched America’s Cup of all time, with a total global audience of 941 million people.

“A record number of people from all over the world watched the AC75s fly over the Waitemata, and New Zealanders have come in their tens of thousands to show their support. These images will remain in people’s minds for years to come, and we look forward to welcoming these visitors when our borders permit. ”

Auckland council today revealed that its spending on the event was $ 92 million higher than previously disclosed as it advanced spending on work already planned. The council says progressing will result in future savings of $ 67 million.

The Council previously said its investment in AC36 was $ 113 million – but today those costs have turned out to be $ 215.2 million.

“To ensure the safe and successful delivery of the 36th America’s Cup, the Auckland Council Group has invested $ 215.2 million over four years in operating and capital expenses,” said a statement from CCO Auckland Unlimited from tourism.

“This included $ 106 million spent on key event infrastructure development and $ 14 million spent on operational aspects of the city such as transportation services, crowd management and security, marketing and promotion and support. to peripheral events through the Summernova festival. “

The council’s $ 92 million in fast-track work included the removal of tanks in the Wynyard neighborhood, toilet upgrades, new biosecurity signage, CCTV extensions and the relocation of SeaLink.

“While ultimately Tamaki Makaurau Auckland Aotearoa New Zealand was fortunate enough to be able to host a safe and successful event during a global pandemic, it became clear early on that the event would likely not return the investment made. “the report said.

“Fewer international challengers than initially anticipated and the subsequent impact of Covid-19, including international border restrictions, contributed to the event not being able to achieve the expected return.”

Another report – the 36th America’s Cup Impact Assessment, which was conducted independently by Fresh Info – identified two major main drivers that led to a benefit-cost ratio of 0.48 for New Zealand, which means a loss of $ 292.7 million.

The first factor was lower than forecast spending levels by foreign entities and visitors. Having only three Challengers rather than the planned eight included in the original screening was significant.

“The analysis indicates that each Challenger spent around $ 30 million in New Zealand, on average, so five additional Challengers would have injected around $ 150 million into the economies of Auckland and New Zealand.

“Only 35% of that expense would be considered a ‘net benefit’, so five additional Challengers would have increased net income by about $ 53 million.

“And while Covid-19 disrupted international travel at a critical time for the event, it is likely that the number of international visitors (including superyachts) would have been lower than expected in the absence of Covid-19 in because of the lower than expected number of challengers. “

The impact of Covid-19 was also considered to be part of this first driver of low attendance.

Despite the number of Challengers below expectations, the event generated great interest among international sailing enthusiasts and high net worth individuals. However, border restrictions caused by Covid-19 have prevented most of these people from visiting New Zealand, “said the 36th America’s Cup Fresh Info Impact Assessment Report.

The second factor in the loss of $ 292.7 million to the New Zealand economy was higher than the expected public investment.

This “has resulted in an increase in overall accommodation costs for Auckland and New Zealand,” according to the Fresh Info report.

“The initial economic projection was based on an investment of $ 200 million from local and central governments, while the actual investment was $ 348.4 million over four years plus public fund costs of $ 74.2 million. dollars, “the report says.

“The gap was mainly caused by the planned investment projects put forward by the Auckland Council to align with the AC36 projects (to reduce future disruption and duplication of efforts), the refocusing of some of these projects to meet America’s Cup requirements and the final cost incorporated operating expenses and leverage that were not included in the original economic projection.

Auckland Council finance and performance committee chairman Desley Simpson told the Herald after the reports released today that it was always “fantastic” to host a successful AC36 in “the middle of a global pandemic “.

Simpson said there was not much to be done about the economic outcome of the event once Covid-19 hit.

“At the end of the day, where in the world did you have an event, period? Watch the Olympics,” Simpson said.

“Toyota pulled out of the Olympics, but I think there is a general feeling in the sports community that the show needs to go on. I think there was an element of New Zealand that wanted it. [AC36] happen. “

Contrasting report from the America’s Cup Events

Unlike the cost-benefit reports from Auckland Unlimited and Fresh Info, an assessment of the benefits of AC36 was also released today by America’s Cup Events (ACE), which paints a more positive economic picture.

ACE’s Managing Director is Grant Dalton, who also heads the NZ team and oversaw the day-to-day running and logistics of the Auckland Viaduct event from December 2020 to March 2021.

The 110-page ACE Limited event final report describes a “world class” broadcast and event that fostered an “extended positive international profile” which “provided an unrivaled presentation of Auckland and New Zealand” .

The ACE report mentions that there were 860,000 visits to the Cup Village between December and March.

ACE outlined $ 45 million in total spending, including $ 26 million for administration, $ 3.7 million for television production, $ 2.4 million for Race Village, $ 1.1 million of dollars for social media, 629,000 dollars for website costs and 7 million dollars for a “challenger or record” event. fresh”.

However, the report cites “conflicting information has often been received” between various government agencies and interest groups when it comes to managing the Covid-19 risk for the event.

Auckland council also revealed today that its spending for the event was $ 92 million higher than what has yet been made public.  Photo / NZME
Auckland council also revealed today that its spending for the event was $ 92 million higher than what has yet been made public. Photo / NZME

“There were also mixed messages from the agencies as to which agency would be the approving or regulating authority when the plan [Covid-19 Response Plan] was implemented, which was frustrating, ”the report says.

This dysfunction also extended to ACE’s relationship with Auckland Unlimited in dozens of regular “unproductive meetings”.

“Unfortunately, due to the number of people in attendance and the fact that they were run by Auckland Unlimited, which was not responsible for organizing the event, they became very unproductive and the required results did not could be achieved. “

The AEC report also referred to a problematic working relationship with the Challenger of Record (COR) team Luna Rossa Prada – which was found to have invested more than $ 150 million in AC36.

Unfortunately, the concept of the event – He Waka Eke Noa – We all paddle in the same waka – was a very good intention, but stayed in the words; COR and ACE were rarely in the same waka, ”the ACE report said.

“A direct line between the COR, the hosts and the city would have been very helpful indeed, and not involving the COR in the negotiations, meetings and decision-making process with the hosts and the city was a major mistake: this situation generated a rather conflictual situation. and complicate the relationship.

“Finally, the treatment of COR by Panuku compared to the AMG structures on Halsey Wharf left a bitter taste in COR’s mouth.”

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Fijians harness the fundraising power of social media as their government tackles COVID-19 crisis https://villageunderforest.com/fijians-harness-the-fundraising-power-of-social-media-as-their-government-tackles-covid-19-crisis/ https://villageunderforest.com/fijians-harness-the-fundraising-power-of-social-media-as-their-government-tackles-covid-19-crisis/#respond Mon, 19 Jul 2021 00:33:00 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/fijians-harness-the-fundraising-power-of-social-media-as-their-government-tackles-covid-19-crisis/ The flow serious epidemic COVID-19 Delta variant in Fiji is pushing already strained health and community resources to the brink. With tourism at a standstill and the state seemingly unable to resolve the crumbling crisis, there has been a growing sense of distress in the Pacific nation. But despite the collapse of health infrastructure, rising […]]]>

The flow serious epidemic COVID-19 Delta variant in Fiji is pushing already strained health and community resources to the brink.

With tourism at a standstill and the state seemingly unable to resolve the crumbling crisis, there has been a growing sense of distress in the Pacific nation.

But despite the collapse of health infrastructure, rising death rate and an apparent overloading of mortuary services, the government has refused to issue a nationwide lockdown.

Instead, he placed his faith and the plight of his population of 900,000 in the vaccination program, a policy that has saw the accused to put commercial interests above the health of ordinary citizens.

Some village chiefs were so appalled by the government’s inaction that they instituted their own Mandatory 14-day closures.

Our research discovered that the same independent approach saw Fijians reinvent the age-old tradition of solesevaki – working together for a common cause – for the digital age. As Seattle-based Fijian Taniela Tokailagi explains, social media has allowed support networks to go beyond usual geographic or professional boundaries:

Solesolevaki in the digital age […] is how deeply connected we are, wherever we are in the world.

Disappointed hopes

While these initiatives are positive, the fact that they are needed has been a blow to Fijians who were optimistic after a year without COVID-19 since the first case was recorded on March 19, 2020.

In particular, the epidemic disappointed hopes of a tourist bubble with Australia (which is now also battling new outbreaks) and New Zealand. Instead of attracting tourists, Fiji welcomes Australian and New Zealand doctors, sent to help the crisis.

Doctors expressed serious concerns about Infection and death rate in Fiji and its health infrastructure in difficulty.



Read more: The Pacific went a year without COVID. Now everything is threatened


Financial aid New Zealand and Australia helped government and non-governmental organizations provide support. But while some residents received food rations and loss of livelihood payments of 50 FJD, many had to fend for themselves.

The government also introduced COVID-19 budget to support the unemployed in Fiji, designed to advance the economy to the opening of the borders at Christmas this year.

The news caused shared feelings given Fiji’s debt-to-GDP ratio of 96%, rumors of financial and economic collapse, and the ever-increasing hardship facing Fiji’s poorest people.

A policeman watches a checkpoint in the Fijian capital, Suva.
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At home and away

In the meantime, life must go on. As our research focused on how the people of the Pacific have responded to the pandemic shows, there is a clear trend towards self-help and digital innovation.

In Fiji, young designers – including artists, fashion designers and musicians – have used Twitter and other social media to raise funds for community groups providing humanitarian aid.

For example, groups formerly employed in resorts have used Twitter Spaces to organize virtual concerts. These #TeamFiji space jams attract mainly Fijian listeners, but also expatriates as far as the United States and even Mongolia.

Such events can bring in between 1000 and 3000 FJD, with funds directed to households in need, including single parents, widows and vulnerable sex workers.



Read more: Traditional skills are helping people in the Pacific Islands, deprived of tourism, survive the pandemic


The initiative quickly spread beyond supporting struggling artists themselves, as organizer Epeli Tuibeqa explains:

So far, we have hosted over 26 artists and raised over $ 40,000 […] There is a page on Facebook called “Families Helping Families Fiji” that we are also in contact with, and after some concerts we just contact them and they send us the number of a family and we send them money for their needs.

Facebook groups of cultural and provincial allegiance, such as the Urban Youth Bua and Hakwa gang, fundraising directly, with the latter providing food parcels to 50 households in the Sigatoka region, targeting elderly residents.

Each platform works

These community-driven efforts extend to members of the global Fijian diaspora. For example, Fijian rugby player Peceli Yato, who faced the All Blacks on Saturday, newly provided food for more than 80 families from his native village.

Another initiative, #FijiBackToSchoolAid, raised US $ 18,000 for the Fijian NGO, Foundation for the Education of Children in Need. It has helped hundreds of children with school supplies at a time when their parents struggle to provide basic necessities.



Read more: Sun, sand and uncertainty: the promise and the peril of a tourist bubble in the Pacific


Even the virtual players got involved. Dan Qalilawa started broadcast their matches live as an alternative source of income for his household, but realized he could use his platform to alleviate the pandemic.

Having recently raised over 7,000 FJD to help non-profit organizations such as Operation Grace, he touts the potential to use technology to make a difference:

While people may think of gambling as a waste of their time, it has saved me money to support strangers. Virtual spaces are opportunities for people to be creative and to use social connections to get things done for our people – it has been very rewarding to create change, even from the digital realm.



Read more: Pacific governments accused of using coronavirus crisis as cover for media crackdown


Give digital here to stay

The rise of online platforms as centers of community support is slightly ironic, given the role social media played in the recent creation. pyramid scheme scandals in Fiji.

But it seems clear that this will support a large part of Fiji’s community fundraising going forward. The peoples of the Pacific in general are harnessing social media and other digital tools to reinvigorate old traditions of adaptability, innovation and solidarity to support those in need.

Traditional reciprocal relationships are a good match for modern online giving. Tips and donations from the live group sessions continue to flow, reflecting the resilient and community nature of Fijian culture.

In the words of Epeli Tuibeqa: “The pandemic will not stop us!

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Goforth Joins NWA Council Executive Committee https://villageunderforest.com/goforth-joins-nwa-council-executive-committee/ https://villageunderforest.com/goforth-joins-nwa-council-executive-committee/#respond Fri, 16 Jul 2021 05:04:15 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/goforth-joins-nwa-council-executive-committee/ Submitted photo Sarah Goforth, Executive Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Sarah Goforth, Executive Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the U of A, joins the Northwest Arkansas Council Executive Committee effective July 15. “Northwest Arkansas Council has helped shape our little corner of the country – from attracting talented […]]]>

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Sarah Goforth, Executive Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Sarah Goforth, Executive Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the U of A, joins the Northwest Arkansas Council Executive Committee effective July 15.

“Northwest Arkansas Council has helped shape our little corner of the country – from attracting talented business professionals, to contributing to the arts, to transforming streets and parks by strengthening our economy,” said Matthew Waller, Dean of Sam M. Walton College of Business at U of A. “And Sarah too! She supports startups and helps our students understand how to build businesses, collaborate with investors, and work with other academic disciplines. She is a great addition to the board.

“Northwest Arkansas has always been my home, even during the many years I have lived and worked on the East Coast,” said Goforth. “Having followed the work of the council with great admiration over the years, I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the place I love in an exciting time of regional growth and introspection. “

Goforth joins Karen Roberts of Walmart; Todd Simmons of Simmons Foods, Nick Hobbs of JB Hunt, John R. Tyson of Tyson Foods, Jim Walton of Arvest Bank, Marshall Saviers of Cushman & Wakefield | Sage Partners, Carl George of George’s Inc., Amy Tu of Tyson Foods, Canem Arkan of Endeavor Northwest Arkansas, Carter Malloy of Acretrader and Steve Clark of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce are on the committee.

The Northwest Arkansas Council is a nonprofit organization that works to advance employment opportunities, talent recruitment, physical infrastructure, health care, and quality of life in Benton and Washington counties. . Find more information on advice on nwacouncil.org.

The U of A Entrepreneurship and Innovation Office creates and organizes innovation and entrepreneurship experiences for students of all disciplines. Through the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub, McMillon Innovation Studio and Startup Village, it offers free workshops and programs, including social and corporate innovation design teams, corporate internships, competitions and start-up coaching. To learn more, visit entrepreneurship.uark.edu.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in over 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes to more than $ 2.2 billion for the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of US colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. American News and World Report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the country. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

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For Allen & Co., a return to normal almost | Business https://villageunderforest.com/for-allen-co-a-return-to-normal-almost-business/ https://villageunderforest.com/for-allen-co-a-return-to-normal-almost-business/#respond Wed, 14 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/for-allen-co-a-return-to-normal-almost-business/ Billionaires wearing badges no longer walk around Sun Valley Village in casual clothes. Reporters from national public radio and financial publications have moved on to other hot spots. Shiny private jets no longer fill the parking lot at Friedman Memorial Airport. Allen & Co.’s 38th Annual Media, Tech, Financial and Sports Titans Conference concluded relatively […]]]>

Billionaires wearing badges no longer walk around Sun Valley Village in casual clothes. Reporters from national public radio and financial publications have moved on to other hot spots. Shiny private jets no longer fill the parking lot at Friedman Memorial Airport.

Allen & Co.’s 38th Annual Media, Tech, Financial and Sports Titans Conference concluded relatively calmly last weekend, with many guests returning home after events ended. organized on Saturday. As of Tuesday, no major acquisitions or mergers – one of the goals of the New York City investment bank hosting the conference – had been revealed. Nonetheless, the so-called ‘billionaire summer camp’ appeared to be a solid success, following a hiatus last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft chats with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos heads to the Sun Valley Lodge. Apple CEO Tim Cook smiles at reporters. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper arriving in a golf cart. Netflix mogul Reed Hastings sipping a cold San Pellegrino.

These were some of the fleeting images from the five-day conference at the Sun Valley Resort. In the end, they were very similar to other years. But the pandemic caused some changes, and other parts of the Allen & Co. confab just evolved.

Notable differences this year have reportedly included a requirement that guests be vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally, they were tested for the virus upon arrival. And, they didn’t bring their children, who in the past were invited to participate in activities ranging from golf and tennis to fly fishing and rafting.

In the past, scheduled roundtables and forums were held in the Sun Valley Inn conference center. This year, many gatherings were held outdoors, at the Sun Valley Pavilion and at smaller, makeshift venues in the village. Chefs and caterers animated the meals in the green spaces around the Sun Valley Inn.

Over the years, security has improved considerably. Many entry points into Sun Valley Village were blocked by large SUVs piloted by security guards equipped with radios. Temporary fences and hedges demarcated the gathering areas for guests. The guards stood near the entrances to the fenced areas, next to the signs indicating “Private function”.

Still, security didn’t seem to stifle activity. As guests walked between the village center and the Sun Valley Lodge, they smiled at reporters and photographers standing in a designated pen. Some questions with short answers.

The return from the conference was certainly a welcome event for the resort and other traders and independent workers in the Wood River Valley.

Harry Griffith, executive director of the nonprofit Sun Valley Economic Development, said an analysis of the economic impact of the conference conducted four years ago placed the value at “north of $ 3 million “over a period of five days. A full scan has not been repeated since then, Griffith said, but the figure has almost certainly increased.

“On a dollar per day basis, this is one of the most valuable events we have,” Griffith said.

Scott Fortner, executive director of the Visit Sun Valley marketing organization, said the conference had a major “downstream effect” outside of the Sun Valley Resort, for hotels, restaurants, guides, security guards, caterers and other parts of the Wood River Valley economy.

“This event is well planned and people can count on,” he said.

In addition, Fortner said, the conference contributes to the economy in other ways. Some participants choose to buy real estate in the area. And Allen & Co. has been a philanthropic partner in the community, he noted.

Last year, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in Blaine County, the company donated $ 1 million to the St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation, which raises funds to support various programs and health services in the Wood River Valley.

Meanwhile, the conference also provides valuable media exposure to Sun Valley and Wood River Valley, Fortner noted. International and national reports on the event generally describe Sun Valley as an idyllic retreat in the Rocky Mountains, indirectly providing a form of free marketing.

Another successful Allen & Co. conference marks a success for the community as a whole, Fortner said.

“It’s quite astonishing, the level of service that is provided,” he said. “I think the community should be pretty proud of this. “

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City of Round Rock files lawsuit against Texas Comptroller for changes to sales tax rules https://villageunderforest.com/city-of-round-rock-files-lawsuit-against-texas-comptroller-for-changes-to-sales-tax-rules/ https://villageunderforest.com/city-of-round-rock-files-lawsuit-against-texas-comptroller-for-changes-to-sales-tax-rules/#respond Tue, 13 Jul 2021 00:29:00 +0000 https://villageunderforest.com/city-of-round-rock-files-lawsuit-against-texas-comptroller-for-changes-to-sales-tax-rules/ Such a rule change would reallocate those local sales tax funds, which the city uses to fund essential city services, to locations in the state where products are delivered. (Claire Ricke / Community Impact Journal) The town of Round Rock has filed a lawsuit against Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar for a change in the state’s […]]]>

Such a rule change would reallocate those local sales tax funds, which the city uses to fund essential city services, to locations in the state where products are delivered. (Claire Ricke / Community Impact Journal)

The town of Round Rock has filed a lawsuit against Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar for a change in the state’s sales tax procurement rule.

A July 12 press release of the city’s changes to Texas Administrative Code 3.334 “Would Produce Sales Tax Revenue from Online Purchases to Buyer’s Location Instead of Seller’s Place of Business.” .

The rule would come into effect at the start of the city’s next fiscal year, October 1, 2021.

For Round Rock, which Dell Technologies calls home, the change will result in a significant loss in sales tax revenue, the statement said.

The city has been fighting the rule change for 18 months, the statement said, with Mayor Craig Morgan and City Attorney Steve Sheets speaking at a hearing held by the Texas Comptroller in February 2020. Sheets also took speaking at a Texas House Ways meeting. and the Means Committee that month.

“This rule change is bad for the state of Texas, bad for Round Rock and bad for our businesses,” Morgan said in the city’s July 12 news release. “This kind of fundamental change should only be made by our elected leaders to the Texas Legislature, not by the Comptroller. If this rule comes into effect, it will eliminate an economic development tool that was the basis of the “Texas Miracle” championed by former Governor Rick Perry and current Governor Greg Abbott. “

Community impact journal previously reported that the city’s budget is capped at 20% of Dell sales tax, which means the budget can only rely on the company’s sales tax to represent 20% of the total budgeted revenue of the city. city ​​in a given fiscal year. Sales tax represents 43% of the City’s planned budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Such a rule change would reallocate local sales tax revenue – which the city uses to pay for essential city services – to locations in the state where products are delivered, the statement said.

In February 2020, Community impact reported that the loss of sales tax could cost Round Rock $ 20 million in revenue per year.

At the July 8 Round Rock City Council meeting, officials voted to amend an engagement letter with the Bourland law firm, which represents the city in the lawsuit, to allow 300 $ 000 be spent on litigation. This is an increase from the previously established $ 150,000.

Sheets told the meeting that the increase was necessary if the case was to go through the court system all the way to the Texas Supreme Court.

Community impact journal will update this developing story as more details become known.

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