Six weeks prior to moveContact a real estate agent in the local area. Start by looking in the Military Buyer’s Guide of this publication.Obtain quotes from moving and self-service companies and gather DIY estimates. Decide on the type of move best for your circumstances.Determine employer-covered expenses.Four weeks prior to moveCheck the preregistration procedures to enroll children in school. Get children’s transcripts, textbook list and a copy of their current school’s grading system. Ask teachers to write descriptions of each student’s achievement level, interests and any unusual courses taken.Request that copies of all family members’ medical and dental records and birth certificates be sent to your new home. Don’t forget your pets’ veterinary records.Notify the post office of your new address and obtain a change-of-address kit. Send change-of-address cards to friends, subscription services, creditors, alumni associations, the Department of Motor Vehicles and insurance companies.Begin packing seldom-used items and dispose of unwanted items through charities — get receipts for tax purposes.Contact the IRS for forms and regulations regarding tax-deductible moving expenses.Transfer or arrange for insurance to cover your home, furnishings and automobile.Three weeks prior to moveArrange to have appliances, utilities, newspapers, laundry, phone and cable television disconnected. Check on deposits. Set up connections at your new home.Make travel arrangements.Two weeks prior to moveHandle bills, stocks, investments and banking transfers.Arrange to transport pets and plants. Some states prohibit certain plants, so research before you move.Clean cupboards and plan remaining meals so you can pack what you don’t need.One week prior to moveDiscontinue delivery services such as the newspapers.Clean and sort items in the garage and attic.Clean out your safety deposit box and place all valuables and documents together. If the items can’t be replaced, carry them with you.Two days prior to moveDefrost and dry refrigerators and freezers.Arrange for cash or traveler’s checks for trip expenses and payment to the mover upon delivery.Reconcile and close checking account. Withdraw savings.Conclude any financial matters relating to the lease or sale of your home.Pack luggage. Set aside items you will need immediately upon arrival — a few dishes, pots and pans, towels, soap, bedding, light bulbs, flashlights and toilet paper.Leave a forwarding address with new tenant or neighbor.Moving dayConfirm your delivery date with your mover and provide directions to your new residence as well as primary and secondary contact numbers or email addresses.Pay close attention to the mover’s paperwork. You will need to sign it upon completion of loading and then unloading at your new residence.Supervise the movers to make sure your instructions are understood. Review any damage to your belongings noted by the moving foreman or supervisor.Double-check your residence for forgotten items before leaving.Move-in dayClear and mark paths to all rooms to help the movers place the boxes.Supervise unloading.Note any damage to your boxes or furniture.Review paperwork carefully to make sure all your belongings arrived.
Women’s team bounces back at IowaThe men’s tennis team lost both of its matches on the road this weekend.Maddy Fox, Daily File PhotoSenior Paula Rincon-Otero competes against Iowa State at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday, Mar. 6. Jack WhiteMarch 28, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers women’s tennis team split the singles matches in both its duals over the weekend, leaving the doubles point to decide the outcome of each. The Gophers (11-7, 3-2 Big Ten) and Huskers split the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches on Friday, but Nebraska took the doubles point by winning the No. 3 match 7-6. “We were disappointed we didn’t get the Nebraska match,” head coach Chuck Merzbacher said. “The only way to respond is come back and get Iowa. Any match on the road in the Big Ten, you just got to battle. We won a very close doubles point [against Iowa], and that was important. We were in every single match that we played.” Nebraska defeated the team at home on Friday 5-2, and the Gophers lost to Iowa 4-1 on the road on Sunday. “We’re missing too much,” head coach Geoff Young said. “We have to keep our confidence at a higher level so we’re sure of our shots.” The Gophers then split the singles matches with their opponent again, but this time, they earned the victory. Weber and sophomore Felix Corwin’s singles matches went unfinished. “If you’re a really tough team, you’re going to just rebound,” Merzbacher said. “It’s not that bad things are going to happen to you; it’s how you respond.” Senior Jessika Mozia won in the No. 4 singles spot to stop a four-match losing streak while playing through an injury. Minnesota lost the doubles point and the dual at Nebraska 4-3 on Friday but rebounded to defeat Iowa on the road 4-3 on Sunday. The Minnesota men’s tennis team lost both of its matches over the weekend to start a long stretch of Big Ten play. The two teams then each won three singles matches to give the dual to the Huskers. Minnesota also lost the doubles point on Sunday to the Hawkeyes, and sophomore Matic Spec was the team’s only player to win a singles match. Senior Ruben Weber and junior Jeremy Lynn combined to win two singles matches for the Gophers, but the team lost the other four matches. Minnesota (6-11, 0-3 Big Ten) lost the doubles point against Nebraska to start off its second Big Ten dual of the year. Men’s team loses two matches “I just kind of kept playing,” Spec said. “I’m just trying to improve, trying to be more confident when I play and have a better game plan, and today it worked out.” Minnesota managed to win the doubles point on Sunday at Iowa, earning victories in the No. 1 and No. 3 spots.
Gareth Mitchell, partner, Pierce Glynn, London SE1 Martin Comport explains that ‘sometimes, cynical me thinks that [legal aid] certificates are given on the basis of “let’s say the chances are 50/50 or less but then they will be much greater when the opposition know that we have a certificate”’. Mr Comport can take comfort in the fact that for many years civil legal aid certificates have only been granted where prospects of success are greater that 50% (save in a limited number of exceptional cases, for example, where liberty is at stake), and that the Legal Services Commission’s Funding Code Criteria (which are published on the LSC’s website) contain a provision in the precise terms he suggests: ‘Full representation will be refused unless the likely benefits to be gained from the proceedings justify the likely costs, such that a reasonable private paying client would be prepared to litigate, having regard to the prospects of success and all other circumstances.’ If Mr Comport does not want to support the Law Society’s legal aid campaign that is his choice. But I hope he would agree that any debate about the future of legal aid should be based on accurate information about the operation of the current scheme.
Texans defensive lineman Christian Covington took time out of his schedule to visit Japan this spring. | KAZ NAGATSUKA KEYWORDS Tokyo, NFL, Osaka, Kyoto, vacations, Houston Texans, Christian Covington, Rice University Japan treated Christian Covington as well as he could have hoped.The Houston Texans defensive lineman took a private trip here along with a few friends, including former Rice University teammates, earlier this month. RELATED PHOTOS Christian Covington (left) poses for a photo with friends during his trip to Japan. | CHRISTIAN COVINGTON All of them agreed they had a blast during their stay in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.One night before they traveled back to the United States, they shared one last Japanese meal, chanko-nabe (one-pot dish), commonly eaten by sumo wrestlers, near the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo venue in Tokyo.Speaking to The Japan Times, Covington said coming to Japan had been “a dream of ours” since he and his friends met during their freshman football season at Rice.“It’s been a country that we’ve always had an interest in,” said Covington, a Vancouver native who was selected by the Texans in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. “It’s a country I’ve always admired with just the significant culture and history, art forms . . . the many different art forms are something that’s always really appealed to me.”During their trip, the 24-year-old and his friends had many unforgettable experiences, visiting some of the historical attractions in the three cities.In Tokyo, they were awed by the size of Nakamise-dori, a long, store-lined street from the Kaminarimon gate all the way to Sensoji Temple in the Asakusa district.In Osaka, they had their breath taken away by Osaka Castle, which solemnly and majestically sits in the middle of the western capital of Japan. They were also able to “catch the tail end” of the cherry blossoms, which came a little earlier this year because of warmer temperatures.“That was gorgeous, especially at Osaka Castle,” Covington said. “That was tremendous to be able to see the beauty and it’s such a delicate flower.”But what wound up being Covington’s favorite of the three cities was Kyoto. He said he was thrilled to see some of its historic and one-of-a-kind sites, such as the Thousand Gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Bamboo Forest Street.“That is the city that really spoke to me,” Covington said of Kyoto, where he would like to spend more time next time he visits Japan. “I just really felt a connection with it.”Actually, Covington already has a genetic connection to Asia and Japan. He said that he had recently taken a DNA test and found out he is partially Japanese.“So I know I’m part Asian on my mother’s side,” said Covington, whose father Grover Covington was a star defensive end for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and is the all-time sack leader in the Canadian Football League. “My great-grandmother was born in Hong Kong. I’m assuming that the Japanese may have come from her side of the family. The DNA test showed me to be 5 percent Japanese and the remaining 21 percent of my Asian DNA to be comprised of Chinese and Vietnamese.”Covington was also excited to set foot in urban areas, including the Shibuya scramble crossing in Tokyo. He got to know that now globally famous place through the action film “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.”He said visiting the crossing is like “when you go to New York, you take a picture in front of Times Square.”Covington, who is preparing for his fourth NFL season, cherished the opportunity to get away from the stress he is under in the extremely competitive NFL.“This is actually the first personal vacation I’ve been able to take for myself in, I want to say about 10 years,” said Covington, who missed the latter half of last season due to a torn right biceps. “I never really took vacation in college, and this is my first vacation I’ve taken for myself since I’ve been a pro. So this has been such relaxing experience, such a relaxing vacation. A chance to unplug (and) get away from the United States to be able to venture out, be abroad, travel abroad, witness a new culture. . . . It’s truly a way to unwind, relax and just get away from anything that can distract you from simple things.”But of course, once he gets back on the field, Covington will try to make something big happen for the Texans over the upcoming season.Covington said that he is “loving” the Texans’ chances for the 2018 campaign. He’s hopeful the team can rebound from an injury-plagued 2017 season during which both starting quarterback DeShaun Watson and star defensive end J.J. Watt suffered season-ending injuries.“I know a lot of us are hungry, really all of us are hungry,” said Covington, who has made seven starts and racked up four sacks in his pro career.Covington called the Texans “a special team” for which “the sky is the limit.” He suggested that Houston is a Super Bowl-caliber club.“I know every single person on this roster is going to try to fight for it,” he said. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5