Leawood middle schooler’s Bar Mitzvah project raises $10,000 for local food pantryJonah Stein, a seventh-grader at Leawood Middle School, has raised $10,000 for a service project for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah that will help feed hundreds facing food insecurity in the Kansas City area.Stein created MASKerAIDs, a beaded necklace that connects to a person’s mask for easier wear. The funds from his project support Jewish Family Services and its Kesher KC Care Bag program, which contain food for walk-in clients of the program.“I saw a similar product and the wheels started turning about what I could do,” Stein said. “Creating MASKerAIDs allows me to not only solve a modern-day challenge, but also to use the funds I earn from the sales to support JFS and its Kesher KC Care Bag program.”Catholic Cemeteries cancels Veterans Day observance at Resurrection CemeteryCatholic Cemeteries of Northeast Kansas has canceled the Veterans Day observance and ceremony that would normally take place at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The organization canceled the event due to uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the health risks for individuals and families to gather.Lenexa to conduct CID public hearing for Ten Ridge project at Ridgeview and K-10The Lenexa City Council on Oct. 6 unanimously approved a resolution called for a public hearing to consider approving a Community Improvement District, a public financing incentives package, for a portion of the Ten Ridge project located at the northeast corner of K-10 Highway and Ridgeview Road.The public hearing is set for Nov. 3, when the city council will consider adoption of the Community Improvement District. The petition includes the levying of a 1% CID sales tax on all sales within the project area of roughly 15 acres. The public financing package is intended to help pay for construction, public improvements and other related costs for the project. The estimated total cost of the project is about $43 million.The developer, Ten Ridge LLC, is constructing a mixed-use development that is anticipated to include 80,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and commercial uses in eight buildings and also include a 90-room hotel. If approved, the CID sales tax will commence Oct. 1, 2022.
In the period from 9 to 12 May, the Croatian National Tourist Board organized a study trip for tourism professionals on the topic of health tourism, ie strengthening the capacity and offer of health tourism.The trip was held in Hungary, and in addition to employees of the Croatian National Tourist Board, this four-day trip was attended by representatives of the tourism industry, ie spas, spas, wellness hotels, travel agencies specializing in health tourism and associations, as well as Croatian media. Thus, the participants of the first day of the study tour visited the city of Hévíz and the lake of the same name, the largest biologically active, natural healing lake in the world and learned about the comparative advantages of Lake Hévíz and its use in the context of health tourism. An expert presentation on the topic of health tourism in Hungary was held by Adam Ruszinkó, President of Marketing at the Hungarian Health Tourism Association.During the second day of the study trip in the city of Sárvár, an expert presentation was held on the development and offer of health tourism Sárvár, known for its springs of healing thermal water, and those present were greeted by Mayor István Kondora. The third day of the study trip was held in Budapest, where Gordan Grlić Radman, the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Hungary, joined the study group. Thus, a tour of Terme Szechenyi, one of the most famous and largest thermal baths in Europe, was organized in Budapest. The last day of the study trip was also held in Budapest with a tour of the Aquaworld Budapest water attraction and an expert presentation on the development, comparative advantages and potential of dental tourism in Hungary. The presentation was held in the congress hall of the Aquaworld Hotel Budapest by Peter Takács, Marketing Director of the Hungarian State Agency for Dental Tourism.Photo: Aquaworld Resort BudapestThe experiences of health tourism in Hungary, presented during this trip, will certainly be of great help to Croatia and Croatian tourism workers. Namely, having in mind that Hungary is a country that realizes 40 percent of European dental tourism and a country where a quarter of total tourism takes place in SPA and wellness hotels, it is clear that many examples of good practice and experience can be applied in certain Croatian destinations. Although the role of the Croatian National Tourist Board, when it comes to health tourism, is primarily viewed from the perspective of promotion, we remind you that this product, according to estimates at the global level, is growing at a rate of between 15 and 20 percent per year. Thus, in accordance with the Annual Work Program of the Croatian National Tourist Board, in 2017 special attention is paid to the development and promotion of health tourism, as a highly growing product that is a significant motive for arrival in the pre- and post-season periods.In Hungary, a quarter of the total tourist traffic takes place in SPA and wellness hotelsThe Croatian National Tourist Board, as a national institution in charge of tourism promotion, will continue to make a strong contribution to the even stronger positioning of this product, which has a strong resource base and great potential in Croatia. It is certain that the activities of the Croatian National Tourist Board and other key stakeholders in developing a new offer and improving the quality of health tourism services will position Croatia in the near future as a renowned health tourism destination.Source: CNTB
The current practising certificate fee system is crude and unfair. It is a clumsy ‘one glove fits all’ approach to collecting the funds to pay for regulation. It takes no account of the type of work done by the solicitor, whether he or she handles client money and the statistical probability of regulatory attention. I am delighted to say that this will change in October. Although work on the detail and actual numbers continues, I am confident that the profession is about to have a fee structure that is fairer and which takes greater account of regulatory risk and the likely effort for the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Change was inevitable. The Legal Services Act 2007 requires the SRA to regulate firms as well as individual solicitors. The majority of the SRA’s effort is focused on firms. Lord Hunt recognised this in his recent review of legal regulation, when he recommended “that the practising certificate fee should be clearly and, so far as possible, equitably split between an entity element and an individual element. I recommend that in-house solicitors should pay only the individual element’. The SRA held two consultations, one of them in conjunction with the Law Society, before deciding the way ahead. We have striven for a system that is: Henceforth, 40% of the SRA’s income will be raised from individual fees and 60% from a firm-based fee. Our current assumptions lead us to expect the individual fee to be around £520. We came to the conclusion that the calculation of firms’ regulatory payments should be based on their turnover (defined in England and Wales as gross fees), assessed in different bandings. All firms in private practice already record turnover as part of their annual accounts process and use it when renewing their indemnity insurance. It is an excellent indicator of how much business a firm conducts, and is a reasonable proxy for assessing ability to pay. This measure should avoid an unfair burden falling on firms where the earnings of practising certificate holders are relatively low. In recent years, in-house solicitors working in local government and in commerce and industry have made a compelling case for not paying as much as colleagues in private practice. These groups make up 14.5% of all practising certificate holders. They do not handle client funds, pose a much lower regulatory risk and create relatively little work for the SRA. Henceforth, solicitors in these sectors will pay only the individual fee, not the firm-based fee. However, this will result in an increased fee burden on private practice of about 15%. Compensation Fund fees will be split equally between individuals and firms. The Compensation Fund currently has reserves £25m higher than target, so we propose to halve the surplus in order to lighten the burden on the profession. This year, individual solicitors, including those in the employed sector, are likely to pay a flat fee of around £10 towards the compensation fund. Firms that hold client money will pay a further flat fee of around £150. fair and proportionate, particularly in relation to small and new businesses; efficient and economic to administer; as stable and simple as possible; based on verifiable data; targeted on those who tend to create the bulk of the SRA’s work; and capable of enabling us to predict future income with accuracy. Unfounded rumoursI gather there are suggestions that the reform of the practising certificate fee structure is an underhand way of raising the SRA’s income. This is nonsense. I have already undertaken to do everything possible to reduce the regulatory burden on solicitors. That remains the case. I also understand there is concern that this is an attempt to shift the burden away from the major commercial firms towards smaller practices. Again, this can be categorically denied. While stressing that the figures are provisional, I can provide examples of two firms, both with three PCs. At the moment, both would pay the same. In future, one with turnover of £286,000 should pay significantly lower fees; another with turnover of £761,000 should pay more. I accept that some City firms conducting the largest transactions, generating the highest fees, will pay more. They will have large corporate clients with substantial in-house legal departments, which will be paying significantly less. Other firms which will certainly pay significantly more are those with large numbers of non-solicitor fee-earners, or put another way, firms of any size with high revenue per PC holder. With regard to access to justice, over 60% of firms which derive half their turnover from legal aid will have a reduction in fees, while overall fewer than 5% are likely to have an increase of 50% or more. Solicitors in such firms have to recognise that the SRA now regulates not only them as individuals, but also their organisation. Change in the method of paying for regulation was inevitable, because of the new types of legal practice enabled by the Legal Services Act. We have taken the opportunity not only to revise the system to cope with these developments, if needed, but also to end various historical inequalities. I am confident that the new system, with its closer focus on regulatory risk and the use of turnover to assess how much firms should pay, will be infinitely fairer than the present one. Charles Plant is chair of the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority