Hotline to assist Floridians facing foreclosure Hotline to assist Floridians facing foreclosure July 15, 2008 Regular News Florida lawyers are now available to assist homeowners facing forclosure.Florida Attorneys Saving Homes is a collaborative effort of The Florida Bar, The Florida Bar Foundation, Florida Legal Services, and the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section designed to provide pro bono assistance to distressed homeowers.As of June, an estimated 77,000 Floridians were in foreclosure and a recent report indicated that 11.6 percent of Florida property owners were more than 30 days past due on a mortgage payment or in foreclosure, suggesting more trouble ahead, said Kent Spuhler, executive director of Florida Legal Services, Inc.In response Florida Attorneys Saving Homes has launch a toll-free hotline — (866) 607-2187 — to take calls weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from those who fear they may soon be unable to make their mortgage payments or have already missed payments.“We believe this is the first project of its kind that pairs homeowners with volunteer attorneys before the foreclosure is started in an effort to hold back the flood of foreclosures,” Spuhler said.Bar staff will collect information from the callers and Florida Legal Services will screen the calls and forward to the RPPTL volunteers only those homeowners who appear “ripe” for a workout with their loan, according to Terry Hill, director of the Bar’s Programs Division.The pro bono lawyers will in turn negotiate with the lenders on behalf of the homeowner with the hope of creating a relationship where the lender and the homeowner can together create a loan that allows the homeowner to remain in the home, thus avoiding foreclosure.“The concept for the project began with the announcement from the banking industry of their HOPE NOW and Project Lifeline Projects,” Spuhler said. “We felt homeowners having trouble with their mortgage would have better success negotiating with their lender if they had the assistance of an attorney.”Several months ago, Florida CFO Alex Sink approached The Florida Bar Board of Governors and asked that the Bar try to help Floridians facing foreclosure, said Sandra Fascell Diamond, chair of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section.“The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section is pleased to have the opportunity to assist with the coordination of the efforts of volunteer attorneys in this task,” Diamond said. “We hope to help individual owners and their families find a way to keep their homes.”Lawyers interested in volunteering for the effort can visithttp://www.floridaprobono.org for more information.
Athlone musician, Nur Felix, is releasing his latest music video on YouTube today. An Athlone artist says he is using his platform as a musician to spread love, joy and truth, because there are too much darkness and sadness in the world.Nur Felix is releasing his latest music video, called All the men, on YouTube today, and he is also launching his weekly series, Songs from my kitchen, on Instagram, where he’ll sing a new song, unplugged, every week. Roy Zetisky directed the music video for All the men.Mr Felix is celebrating 10 years in the music industry and describes his genre as inspirational, conscious music. Most of the songs he writes are inspired by life events and things he observes.All the men was among those songs birthed from life’s observations, he said.“It is sad that the society we live in today, is not what it was. Relationships are not what it used to be years ago. We live in an era of swipe left (on dating sites) and easy hook-ups. People don’t want to engage in authentic relationships, instead they want instant gratification and one-night stands – and then some dip into depression,” Mr Felix said.Growing up, Mr Felix was shy and quiet. He was encouraged to take up drama to get out of his shell, and he has never looked back since.“I got out of my shell by doing the extreme – getting into the entertainment industry,” he laughed.He is not just passionate about music, but also about making positive changes in society. Last year he collaborated with a Canadian singer and songwriter, Nancy Beaudette, to produce a song about peace. The pair’s song, called Peace Date, took fifth place at the International Peace Song Awards, which happened in Los Angeles, America, beating thousands of other entries from across the world. Children from Manenberg Primary School feature in the music video.“I believe one has a responsibility as an artist. People must be able to take away something from your concert and implement whatever they take away to enrich their lives. There are a lot of darkness and sadness in the world, and a lot in the entertainment industry that perpetuates that darkness. I just want to spread the light,” Mr Felix said.Catch Mr Felix with his weekly uploads of Songs from my kitchen,@felix.nur on Instagram.
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, has launched the RL78/G14 Fast Prototyping Board – a low-cost, function-rich board to enable rapid product development for IoT endpoint equipment. Quicker development prototyping and lower costs give users the agility to respond to rapid changes in technology and market needs and reduce the time to market window for new products. Renesas also introduced the RL78/G1D BLE Module Expansion Board, which users can combine with the new prototyping board to add Bluetooth Low Energy wireless communication functions with ease.The new prototyping board is based on the RL78/G14 microcontroller (MCU), which provides the richest set of functions in the low-power RL78 Family, making it well suited for motor control in portable equipment and IoT sensors, as well as a wide range of IoT endpoint equipment, such as home appliances, industrial equipment, building automation, and health care equipment.The rate of IoT equipment evolution is increasing and the ability to realize and prototype new ideas has become a critical point for business success or failure. The new prototyping board will allow Renesas’ customers to jump-start development and will contribute to the timely market entry of new products and customers’ business success.Features of the RL78/G14 Fast Prototyping BoardPreviously, the RL78/G14 starter kit and target boards required an external emulator, and additional costs were associated with high-performance versions. The new prototyping board released today is easily affordable and has an on-board emulator circuit with the same functions as the E2 Emulator (E2 Lite), removing the need to purchase additional debugging tools. The new board provides access to all of the RL78/G14 signal pins and includes Arduino and Pmod™ interfaces to allow easy functional expansion. Additionally, by combining a Semtech SX1261 or SX1262 LoRa® transceiver with this prototyping board, prototyping for IoT sensor devices using wireless communication based on LoRa® with extended period battery drive becomes possible. Furthermore, Renesas provides not only these boards, but also circuit diagrams, parts lists, and user manuals necessary to jump-start development, in addition, to sample code and application notes related to these products.The RL78/G14 is the most powerful MCU in the RL78 Family, achieving a numerical processing performance of 51.2 DMIPS at 32 MHz. It includes up to 512 KB of flash memory and up to 48 KB of RAM, and provides functions such as timers and 8-bit D/A converters. In particular, it achieves the industry’s lowest levels of current drain, 66 µA/MHZ, when the CPU is operating and 240 nA in standby mode (STOP). This MCU is optimal for battery-powered portable equipment and IoT sensor terminals, as well as a wide range of IoT endpoint equipment.Pricing and Availability: Both boards are available now with recommended reference prices of US$20 per unit for the RL78/G14 Fast Prototyping Board and US$25 per unit for the RL78/G1D BLE Module Expansion Board.Click here to know more about the RL78/G14 Fast Prototyping Board.Click here to know more about the RL78/G1D BLE Module Expansion Board.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped one spot to 35th in the world in the latest FIFA men’s football world rankings released on Thursday.The three-time African champions failed to improve their position despite playing a 1-1 draw with five-time world champions Brazil in their last friendly match in Singapore. Nigeria occupy third spot in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia who occupy the top two positions.African champions Algeria are ranked fourth in Africa and 38th in the world. Morocco are fifth in Africa and 42nd in the world, while Egypt are 6th on the continent and 49th in the world. Meanwhile, the top four positions on the World Rankings remain unchanged from September with the only movement from Uruguay taking the place of Portugal in the top five.Belgium are still at number one while world champions France in second place. Five-time world champions Brazil are third in the world, while 2018 World Cup semifinalists England remained in fourth position. Uruguay move one spot up to fifth.Africa Top 10Senegal (20)Tunisia (29)Nigeria (35)Algeria (38)Morocco (42)Egypt (49)Ghana (51)Cameroon (52)DR Congo (54)Cote d’Ivoire (56)RelatedNigeria Drops in Latest FIFA RankingNovember 30, 2018In “FIFA”Super Eagles Move Up In Newest FIFA RankingApril 12, 2018In “National Team”Super Eagles Benefit From International Break in Latest FIFA RankingsApril 4, 2019In “National Team”