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Clerk’s Office hosts free legal forum: Evictions Update During COVID-19

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Photo by Zachary Kadolph on Unsplash The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replycenter_img TAGSCOVID-19EventEviction Diversion ProgramEvictionsForumLandlordsOrange County Clerk of CourtOrange County GovernmentQ & ATenantsVirtual Previous articlePet Supermarket, including Apopka location, to spread holiday cheer with “Pet sELFie” eventNext articleSix Tips to Keep Cravings at Bay Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Representatives from the Self-Help Center, judiciary, an attorney, and others will be on hand to answer questions through the Q & A feature towards the end of their presentationFrom the Orange County Clerk of CourtsOrange County Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore Russell invites you to attend a special virtual edition of our Legal Matters Forum Series – Evictions Update During COVID-19.This educational forum will give an update to the community about the evictions process during this difficult time where tenants and landlords are trying to make ends meet during COVID-19. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions through the Q & A feature towards the end of their presentation.The forum will be held Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Zoom platform.During the forum, participants will hear critical information from the County Clerk’s office Self-Help Center and Family Manager Roberta Walton, a perspective from the bench on the Judiciary process, a legal perspective from an attorney with the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, and the latest on the Orange County COVID-19 Evictions Diversion Program.Legal Matters was created as a service to make legal information more easily accessible to the public. “These forums are one of the best ways to give our citizens more access to justice, and I know evictions is such a critical topic right now,” said Clerk Russell.For more information, and to register for this legal forum, go to www.myorangeclerk.com.COVID-19 Eviction Diversion ProgramIn an effort to help curb the onslaught of possible evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners created the Orange County COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program.  The $20 million program is funded by the Federal CARES Act monies allotted locally and the Florida Housing CARES Act – Coronavirus Relief Funds.The income-based program assists Orange County’s most vulnerable tenants who are in imminent danger of eviction due to COVID-19 and provides the property owner with an alternative to eviction. The Program provides up to $4,000 in past due rent for landlords and tenants who meet the eligibility criteria.This Program is a partnership with the Orange County Bar Association, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida and other local legal assistance nonprofit agencies. The Orange County Bar Association will administer the program and process all applications. Orange County Government will provide final review of applications, and the Orange County Comptroller will provide payment directly to the landlords.The pre-screening form for eligible tenants as well as full applications for landlords are now available. The tenant or landlord can initiate the application process; however, both must agree to participate. If you are not eligible for the program, we encourage you to contact Heart of Florida United Way 2-1-1 for a list of local programs available to assist residents.This is not a rental assistance program, or a resource for mortgage relief. Homeowners with Federal or Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) backed mortgages can learn about forbearance or mortgage relief by visiting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.To apply, please visit the Orange County Eviction Diversion program application portal. For more information on housing and utility assistance, please visit our Resident Resources webpage.last_img read more

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US sanctions on Iranian and Syrian entities and individuals for monitoring and tracking dissidents online

first_imgNews United StatesAmericas Help by sharing this information April 26, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US sanctions on Iranian and Syrian entities and individuals for monitoring and tracking dissidents online to go further News RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News Organisation center_img June 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States United StatesAmericas News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders welcomes the executive order that President Barack Obama signed on 23 April imposing new sanctions on those who provide the Syrian and Iranian regimes with “information and communications technology that facilitates computer or network disruption, monitoring, or tracking that could assist in or enable grave rights abuses.”The sanctions, which are to include financial penalties and bans on entering the United States, have been prompted by the use of mobile phone tracking and Internet surveillance in Syria and Iran to identify dissidents, human rights activists and citizen journalists.“These technologies should be in place to empower citizens, not to repress them,” President Obama said, announcing the measures. Reporters Without Borders believes that human rights should be a priority in all negotiations between the US authorities and the Syrian and Iranian regimes.For the time being, only firms, organizations and individuals within Iran and Syria will be sanctioned. But, according to the Washington Post, the US government is also considering sanctions on entities in other countries that provide the two regimes with technology.The US administration has already issued an initial list of targets. They include Syria’s intelligence service and its director, Ali Mamluk, and Iran’s law enforcement organizations, Revolutionary Guard, and intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi. The Iranian Internet service provider Datak Telecom and the Syrian communications company Syriatel have also been sanctioned.Reporters Without Borders calls on the US authorities to continue to consult with human rights groups and civil society organization in the countries concerned in order to identify countries, entities or individuals that should be targeted. Western companies, including US and European ones, which are complicit in these activities, should not escape the sanctions.In Iran, why not also sanction the communication minister or members of the Supreme Council for Cyber-Space which the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, created in March? In Syria, the mobile operator MTN-Syria should also be targeted.Although this executive order is a step in the right direction, Reporters Without Borders points out that these two countries are not the only ones to use new technology to violate human rights. The sanctions should also apply to other countries that commit this kind of abuse such as Bahrain, a perfect example of a crackdown that succeed thanks to a news blackout made possible by a range of repressive measures, censorship and surveillance.Reporters Without Borders publishes a list of “Enemies of the Internet” each year. As well as Iran and Syria, they include Bahrain, Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The surveillance and censorship mechanism established by some of these regimes deserve similar sanctions. At the same time, the United States should continue efforts to provide badly needed censorship circumvention and anonymization tools to Internet users and human rights activists in the countries concerned.Reporters Without Borders urges other governments that care about human rights to take similar measures.Finally, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its opposition to the proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA), with its risks of disproportionate online monitoring, and welcomes the White House’s recent threat of a presidential veto if it is adopted by the US congress. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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White House tree planted by Presidents Trump, Macron mysteriously vanishes

first_imgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Something of a mystery has taken root at the White House — an oak tree sapling, planted by President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, has gone missing.The sapling was a gift from the French president during last week’s ballyhooed state visit.Washington media flocked to the South Lawn Monday to snap photos and shout questions as the two heads of state ceremoniously shoveled soil on the budding tree.But now, less than a week later, recent photos show an off-color, pale patch of turf where the sapling once stood.The White House did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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