5 Family Safety Tips for Visiting Crowded Places with Your Kids

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 2 COMMENTS The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here April 7, 2016 at 10:25 am Tenita Reid Tenita Reid Here is a little reminder if you decide to walk around the loop at Lake Apopka, either on foot from Magnolia Park, or riding in a car on the wildlife drive, and stopping and exiting the car with your kids and pets. Please, please view You tube video, ” Alligator Blocking the bike trail at Lake Apopka”, and think twice about taking your kids and pets out there to walk around!!!! They could get snatched and ate in a NY minute!!! Don’t risk it! Drive around in the vehicle with pets and kids, and stay in the vehicle! Keep your kids and pets away from the water’s edge everywhere in Florida around lakes, rivers, springs, creeks, retention ponds, watery ditches, and canals!!! Just because Orange County, Florida allows pets and kids to walk around out there, around Lake Apopka, does not mean it is safe! Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img Reply April 4, 2016 at 10:55 pm TAGSCrowded PlacesMacaroni Kidsafety Previous articleDonna’s Deals: 7 Ways to Save Money on PromNext articleOvernight News: Apopka Police receive reports of shots fired in The Pines Of Wekiva Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Also when you watch the you tube video, “Alligator blocking the bike trail at Lake Apopka”, I would not recommend doing what that man did, while biking the trail, which was to leave his bike way back behind, and walk up closer to the gator, trying to figure out what to do, to get the gator to move out of the way. He decided to throw a rock, is what I believe he said on the video, I will have to check the video out again to see for sure, but NO don’t do that! That gator could get irked, and run right over and attack, and definitely keep that bike with you, to keep it between you and the gator at least! They are extremely fast! If you are approaching and see one on the trail, turn and go back, do not proceed forward, OMG! Did you see the latest gator that was hunted and killed, the big one, that was hoisted up, beside that young kid? Keep that thought in mind, and do not risk death to your kids or pets, by walking on foot, or biking around Lake Apopka! I am serious, and I am not joking, you have to respect those creatures, they don’t play around! As the summer vacations near, it’s almost time for families to attend local festivals, visit places like the Zoo and take vacations. And while these adventures are always a great way to spend some quality family time together, going to crowded places, especially with young children can get stressful. There are some basic safety tips that can give you peace of mind this summer.Justin Lavelle, Communications Director for BeenVerified.com, shares these tips for families. BeenVerified.com is a tool that keeps families safe, by giving you access to information about neighborhoods and people interacting with your child.From the macaronikid.com1.Create an Action PlanMake sure your family has an action plan so that your kids know exactly what to do in the event you get separated, whether it’s the grocery store or Disney World. Create a clear cut strategy so your child will panic less and feel more able to handle the situation. If necessary, write the info down and have them put it in their pocket with your cell phone number. Always determine a place to meet at any location you’re going, such as the information desk.2.Keep Young Kids CloseThe child leash gets a bad rap, but for ages 3-5 they can come in very handy. It’s about safe parenting, not someone else’s opinion. A child leash allows freedom while also insuring their safety. The same rule of thumb goes for putting an older child in a stroller.3. Look for the HelpersTeach your kids who to look for in the event of an emergency. Statistically the person who is least likely to harm a child and offer the most support is a woman with children. So encourage your child to find a mom with kids and ask her for help. Also point out an employee so your child can see what the uniforms look like. Other good helpers are police officers and security guards.4.Provide Your Children with I.D.It’s best not to include your child’s name visibly so your child isn’t lured away by a stranger calling their name, but do provide them with a phone number. You can order child I.D. safety tattoos from SafetyTat.com. Safety tattoos are fun and colorful kids temporary tattoos that are applied to the arm of your child. They provide a highly visible form of identification that stays in place even when wet. You can include your mobile number and the place you are staying. You can also write your mobile number on your child’s arm with a permanent marker.5.Use KidTracker for Older KidsFor tweens and teens with mobile phones, download the app KidTracker to your phones. This way you’ll always be able to find your child. For children old enough to handle the responsibility, you can pick up an affordable pay-as-you-go phone and put enough money on it for the trip. It can then be used for any situation where you want to keep in communication with your kids. Although mobile phones are very helpful, they aren’t always reliable. Have an alternative plan in case the cell phone doesn’t work.Read more here. 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Foreclosure Filings Drop to 16-Year Low

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, News Home / Daily Dose / Foreclosure Filings Drop to 16-Year Low Previous: Brooks Resigns, Paulson to Become Acting Comptroller of the Currency Next: The Increasing Popularity of Virtual Home Tours Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Nationwide foreclosure activity plummeted in 2020 to record depths, according to new statistics released by ATTOM Data Solutions.Last year saw foreclosure filings—covering default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions—on 214,323 residential properties in 2020, a 57% decline from 2019 and a 93% tumble from the 2010 peak of nearly 2.9 million properties. The 2020 figures represented the lowest level since ATTOM began tracking these numbers in 2005.The 2020 foreclosure filings total encompassed only 0.16% of all housing units, compared to 0.36% in 2019 and 2.23% in the 2010 peak year.However, last year ended with something of a foreclosure filing uptick: ATTOM Data Solutions also reported there were 10,876 properties with foreclosure filings in December, an 8% increase from November—but also an 80% drop from December 2019.“The government’s moratoria have effectively stopped foreclosure activity on everything but vacant and abandoned properties,” said Rick Sharga, EVP of RealtyTrac, an ATTOM Data Solutions company. “There is a backlog of foreclosures building up loans that were in foreclosure prior to the moratoria; loans that would have defaulted under normal circumstances; and loans whose borrowers are in financial distress due to the pandemic. While it’s still highly unlikely that we’ll see another wave of foreclosures like the one we had during the Great Recession, we really won’t know how big that backlog is until after the government programs expire.”As 2020 closed, ATTOM Data Solutions determined that lenders repossessed 50,238 properties through foreclosure (REO), a 65% year-over-year decline. Lenders started the foreclosure process on 131,372 properties in 2020, down 61% from 2019.The states with the highest foreclosure rates in 2020 were Delaware (0.33% of housing units with a foreclosure filing); New Jersey (0.31%); Illinois (0.30%); Maryland (0.26%); and South Carolina (0.24%). Tagged with: ATTOM Data Solutions Foreclosure Filings REO Rick Sharga Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Phil Hall Foreclosure Filings Drop to 16-Year Low ATTOM Data Solutions Foreclosure Filings REO Rick Sharga 2021-01-14 Phil Hall Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago January 14, 2021 1,232 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire. Share Save Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Postlast_img read more

Statement to Parliament: Minister for Asia makes a statement to the House on the Rakhine crisis in Myanmar

first_img and 5,000 toilets. I am grateful to the Hon Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) for chairing this debate, and I pay tribute to all her industry and patience as Chair of the petitions committee.Today’s debate has been inspired by a number of petitions which attracted hundreds of thousands of signatures, demonstrating the British public’s heartfelt concern at the desperate plight of the Rohingya.The intensity of this domestic concern was something I saw for myself last month. I met representatives from the British Rohingya community and the British Bangladeshi community, at an exhibition of photographs from the refugee camps held in Spitalfields. Some of those present had family in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. Others had themselves been brought up as refugees from previous waves of Rohingya flight over the decades. They were close to despair.As I reassured them that night, I reassure Parliament today:Our Foreign Office and Department for International Development will not forget your plight.I shall set out what action we have taken so far in response to this crisis, and what we plan to do from here.Many of the petitions called for an end to the violence. Needless to say, this is what we want to see too.I have been personally horrified by the survivors’ accounts of what they experienced at the hands of the Burmese military in Rakhine State. This unspeakable violence including rape and savage assault is appalling and must end.It is also obvious that while the violence continues, there can be no hope of reassuring the Rohingya that they would be able to return safely, voluntarily, or with dignity.As I said in my statement to the House last month, the violence that broke out in August 2017 was only the latest episode in a long-running cycle of persecution suffered by the Rohingya in Rakhine.We have been urging the Burmese civilian government to take action to stop the situation deteriorating since it took office two years ago.The UN estimates that since last August, more than 680,000 people have fled from Rakhine into Bangladesh.The UK Government has repeatedly condemned the violence, as have the British people.We shall and we must continue to work tirelessly with our international partners to seek a lasting solution to this terrible situation.Last September the Foreign Secretary convened a meeting of Foreign Ministers in New York, calling on the Burmese authorities to end the violence against the Rohingya community.In November the UK proposed and secured a UN Security Council Presidential Statement on Burma, which called on the Burmese authorities urgently to stop the violence, create the necessary conditions for refugee returns and hold to account those responsible for acts of violence.I continue to discuss the crisis with counterparts across Asia, including in Malaysia and Japan last week.Tomorrow the Foreign Secretary will co-chair a meeting on the Rohingya crisis with fellow Commonwealth Foreign Ministers. We shall explore how to support Bangladesh, and how to ensure Burma responds to international concerns.The Foreign Secretary will then discuss the crisis at next Sunday’s G7 Foreign Ministers meeting, which I expect will send a strong and united message to the Burmese authorities.At the end of this month, the UK will be co-leading the visit of the UN Security Council to Burma and Bangladesh. We are confident that visiting the camps in Bangladesh, and seeing the situation in Rakhine, will further strengthen Council members’ resolve to find a solution to this crisis.I also hope the visit will prompt the Burmese authorities to accelerate the implementation of the Presidential Statement’s call for action.A number of the petitions referred to the violence as genocide.The UK Government has recognised that there has been ethnic cleansing, and indeed that what occurred may amount to genocide or crimes against humanity.However, genocide is a legal definition that can only be declared by a court of law, not by politicians or governments.As Burma is not a party to the Rome Statute, the International Criminal Court would only be able to consider a case of genocide if Burma refers itself to the ICC or the UN Security Council refers Burma to the ICC.The UK has, with EU partners, already called on Burma to refer itself to the ICC. So far it has not.We continue to judge there to be insufficient support amongst Security Council members for an ICC referral – though we keep this judgement under review.However, I can report today that there is some movement on accountability.Bangladesh has ratified the Rome Statute. The ICC Prosecutor last week asked the Court to rule on whether it would have jurisdiction over the forced displacement of Rohingya from Burma into Bangladesh, which if proven would constitute a crime against humanity.We await the International Criminal Court’s ruling with keen interest. The UK stands ready to support the Court should it decide it has jurisdiction.Also last week, the Burmese military announced the conviction of seven of its soldiers for killing Rohingya villagers at Inn Din. They have been sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment.The Burmese military do not have a good record of prosecuting and convicting their own. I believe this judgement shows that international pressure for accountability is having some effect.We have been clear with the Burmese authorities that they must do more. The international community needs to see a full, independent and transparent investigation into all of the human rights violations in Rakhine.In the meantime, we shall continue to support efforts to collate and collect evidence for use in any future prosecution, and continue to press for the release of the two Burmese Reuters journalists facing trial for investigating the Inn Din massacre.Ultimately, we want the Rohingya to return to their homes voluntarily, safely, and in a dignified manner. This was one of the issues the Foreign Secretary raised with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi when he visited Burma in February.He also called on Burma to allow the involvement of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in this process.Since then I can report some further progress: the Burmese Government has proposed a Memorandum of Understanding, to agree how UNHCR will be involved. UNHCR are preparing their response. If and when it is finalised, the UK will push for the swift implementation of this agreement once finalised.We shall also be examining in detail how we can support the longer-term change in Burma that the Rohingya and other persecuted minorities so desperately need to see.I am overseeing a review of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Conflict, Stability & Security Fund for Burma. We are planning to launch new pilot projects this year to help catalyse the democratic transition and strengthen the laws and protections the Rohingya and other minorities in Burma so urgently require.Turning to the question of sanctions, another issue raised in the petitions: we have not advocated sanctions on particular sectors or entities in the Burmese economy and its financial system. It can be difficult to predict or control the effect of financial sanctions on other parts of the economy.We do not want inadvertently to make the lives of ordinary Burmese people more difficult.However, this does not mean that we should rule out sanctions altogether: far from it.We have been proactive in advocating sanctions that restrict the finances and freedom of movement of senior military commanders who were directly involved in the atrocities in Rakhine last August and September.We have secured agreement on this from all EU member states, and expect implementation over the next month.We should remember that this crisis is above all a human catastrophe. Once again I commend the generosity of the Government and people of Bangladesh in providing refuge for so many people in desperate need.The UK is, and will remain, a leading donor to the humanitarian effort in Bangladesh. We have committed an additional £59 million since last August, including matching £5 million of public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal.With the monsoon and cyclone season nearly upon us, we are doing everything we can to support Bangladesh’s efforts to improve their disaster preparedness and protect the refugees.My Right Honourable Friends the Foreign Secretary and International Development Secretary last month wrote to Bangladesh’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, to reiterate the UK’s offer to help, and call on her as a matter of urgent priority to release more land for refugees.The UK is supplying: safe water for 250,000; reinforced shelter and sandbags for 158,000 people,center_img Note that this version has not been checked against delivery. The full statement and debate can be viewed on Hansard We continue a dialogue with the Bangladeshi authorities to ensure that aid can get through during the rainy season, by improving drainage, maintaining access roads, and reinforcing embankments and walkways.We are working with UN agencies to make site improvements to the refugee camps, in preparation for heavy rainfall.We also actively engaged in vaccination campaigns against cholera, measles and diphtheria, and UK aid is training healthcare workers to vaccinate as many children as possible before the rainy season.To conclude, the petitions have demonstrated the strength of feeling of the British people about the plight of the Rohingya. I hope this debate and my response have provided some reassurance to petitioners that their MPs, their Parliament and the Government feel equally strongly.We are doing everything we can to keep the refugees safe in the camps, while also keeping up the pressure on the Burmese authorities to end the violence, hold perpetrators to account and enable the safe return of the Rohingya to their homes.I cannot deny that progress is much slower than any of us would like, but the British public – and indeed the Burmese authorities – should be in no doubt of our determination to stay the course.last_img read more

Four reasons for RVA Financial’s rapid turnaround

first_img continue reading » For decades, the credit union born in the basement of the Richmond, Virginia, city hall in 1950 grew from its base of municipal workers by adding hospital, food industry and other employee groups. In 2007 it rebranded as New Generations Federal Credit Union. In 2014, it gained a community charter, striving to move up the financial services food chain.But that just wasn’t happening.At the end of 2016, the $61 million credit union’s net income was minus $650,000—the eighth time in the last nine years that it had finished in the red. The board of directors responded with a nationwide search for a CEO with experience in turning around troubled credit unions.As a result of the search, the credit union gave Rick Preble, 46, his first CEO job. He’d held executive positions at three other credit unions, including $1 billion and $3 billion organizations. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more