Sheriff’s Office Helps With Southampton Town’s ASAP Program

first_imgThe Town of Southampton’s All Seniors Assistance Program is getting a helping hand from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies are now among the many volunteers making deliveries for the service for seniors living in the town.More than 1250 are registered for the program, which delivers groceries and prescriptions Monday through Friday between noon and 4 PM. At the end of March, there were just over 400.There are also more than two dozen merchants enrolled in the door-to-door service, and others are invited to register by going to the town website and completing the business participant form or by calling 631-702-1777.Seniors can register by visiting www.southamptontownny.gov/asap or by calling 631-702-1777 from 8:30 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday.Seniors can place orders with a participating merchant using an assigned five-digit ID number, and can pay ahead with a credit card. Once the order is ready, the merchant calls ASAP and a town employee, wearing protective gloves and a mask, delivers the items to the senior’s door.More than 400 deliveries have been made since the service began on March 25.Southampton has also provided a list on its website of all local businesses that offer their own delivery services and/or provide takeout orders. The list can be found on the town’s main page at [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

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Lawyers warning over family experts fee cuts

first_imgSlashing the fees of social work experts will put vulnerable children at risk and increase delays in the family court, their representative groups have warned. From October 2010, the Ministry of Justice will reduce by around 50% the fees paid to social workers who give independent advice to family courts in public law cases concerning children. Alison Paddle, spokeswoman at NAGALRO, the professional association for children’s guardians and independent social workers, said the fees would be cut from around £50-70 to £30 – the amount paid to CAFCASS social workers. ‘Despite courts relying on their assessments, independent social workers are already the lowest paid of the court’s expert witnesses. Yet it is often their report that draws together and puts in context the conclusions of more highly paid experts,’ she said. She said the fee cut could lead to people leaving the profession, diminishing the pool of experts available, which would exacerbate the already ‘unacceptably long delays’ in cases. A Ministry of Justice consultation is considering the fees paid to expert witnesses, but social workers are not included in it. Christina Blacklaws, Law Society council member for child care law, said there was a real disparity in amounts experts receive, with some getting £300 an hour while others earn much less. ‘It is completely wrong that the fees of social workers, who play an important role in proceedings, are being slashed,’ she said. ‘But let’s not forget that legal aid lawyers are paid a pittance – we get an average of £55 an hour and have huge overheads to cover,’ she said. An MoJ spokesman said that since 2003 Legal Services Commission guidance has said independent social workers should be paid the same rates as CAFCASS pays its self-employed contractors, and it was appropriate to follow those rates.last_img read more

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Costa Rica president sets date for OECD application

first_imgPresident Luis Guillermo Solís said that Costa Rica would present its application to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in June 2015, during remarks following a meeting with the organization’s president in Mexico on Sunday. The meeting with OECD President José Ángel Gurría took place during a business summit in Veracruz where Solís had been courting foreign investment over the weekend.“It was an extremely positive meeting. The meeting allowed us to reaffirm the Costa Rican government’s intention to advance its OECD candidacy as quickly as possible. My administration is committed to achieving it and that’s why we’re focusing our efforts on completing the steps in the action plan and getting prepared to accept the invitation next year,” Solís said in a statement from Casa Presidencial.Costa Rica has been eying membership in the elite club of developed nations for several years. The country has been working to bring its public institutions up to speed with OECD standards, including the passage of tax and financial transparency legislation in 2012 that elevated the country off the Paris-based organization’s tax haven list. During a visit to Paris in 2012, former President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) said that Costa Rica could contribute its experience with social investment, environmentalism and free-trade promotion.The OECD is made up of 34 members states, mostly from Europe and North America. Chile and Mexico are currently the only Latin American OECD member states. Besides Costa Rica, Colombia has also set out a road map to accession. The OECD does not issue loans or grants but member states have historically seen GDP growth after joining the organization, which says it fosters prosperity and fights poverty through economic growth and financial stability, according to its website.Besides meeting with world leaders at the summit in Veracruz, Solís also met with Mexican investors Sunday and on through Tuesday. Jorge Sequeira, general director of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, noted that Mexico represents an important source of foreign investment in Costa Rica, totaling $147 million in 2013.The president also attended the Ibero-American Summit during the weekend. Solís returns to Costa Rica on Wednesday. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica attracts over $2 billion in foreign direct investment in 2014 Costa Rica’s Solís hits the road again, this time to Canada Regulatory hurdles, inexperience contribute to China-Costa Rica trade imbalance UN: Foreign investment in Latin America falls 16 percent in 2014last_img read more

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