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I’m not leaving, am I?

October 9, 2006

I’m not leaving, am I? Cynthia Allen asked that question the other day.

Although I would like to write about the boy that Joey was, how everyone loved him and how much he wanted to improve and lead a normal life, I feel compelled to write about what really happened to Joey Aletriz and how his mom feels. resulting.

I stopped to think about his question and these thoughts came to mind:

Imagine how you would feel if you had a teenager who needed help dealing with the problems in his life. You and he together looked for help and thought you had found it. She enrolled him in a residential treatment program for children with the promise that in six months they could help him overcome his problems. Two months after putting him on the show, he gets a phone call, “I’m sorry Ms. Allen, but we don’t think Joey is going to make it.”

Imagine your pain and the feeling of disbelief, the thoughts running through your head as you recall your son’s words about a boy who had died there just weeks before. Imagine rushing to the hospital to find your lifeless son, lying on a bed, his bruised face almost unrecognizable. As a nurse, you understood everything that was said and everything that was going on around your child. You saw how they continued to try to revive him, only to give up when they knew there was no way for him to come back to life. Imagine having your child in your arms when he had no life left; This is the tragic scenario that Cynthia was forced to endure.

Cynthia was told that her son was immobilized because he did not want to return the hoodie he was wearing to the staff. But Cynthia remembers that the sweatshirt was within her dress code and that her son should have been allowed to wear it. Also remember that it was cold that day in February. Remember the barrack-style rooms the boys slept in and how cold it was there. Why was there a problem with her hoodie, her mother wondered?

As a nurse, Cynthia knew that what happened to her son was more than just a restriction. She has been trained in restraints and has had to perform restraints. If the restraints are made in accordance with policy and procedure, they do not cause the types of injuries your child suffered. He got it when he read the preliminary autopsy report. She was shocked to learn that the contents of her son’s stomach were in his nasal cavity. One side of his face was black and blue and the other side had a hemotoma from temple to jaw. His organs were damaged and he had bruises similar to those from a bullet or kick in different areas of his body. The list continued as her anguish grew.

Joey’s mom lives with the memory of that day every day. You cannot get rid of what has happened to your child. You cannot allow your death to be in vain. She cried last week when she said, “They didn’t even say they were sorry. No one has ever told me they were sorry for killing my son.”

I feel like Cynthia has good reason to be concerned and want to seek justice for her son, Joey. She is not only worried about what happened to her son, but about what has happened to countless others. Her goal is to make sure other parents don’t have to endure the agonizing pain that she has endured and continues to endure. She said, “I don’t know what I’m going to do, it’s almost the holidays. I don’t know how I’m going to survive without Joey this year. I’m going to have to put up with things for Alex.” Alex is her oldest son, who is also grieving the loss of his little brother.

The juvenile justice system failed to protect Joey when they suggested that his mother place him in a facility operated by a company with a history of abusive practices, some of which led to his death.

Below is a list of sixteen seventeen children who died within the past year while in youth programs (there are certainly others to our knowledge):

On September 11, 2005, 12-year-old Shirley Arciszewski was immobilized and died of suffocation at the Charlotte Group Home in South Carolina.

On September 13, 2005, 12-year-old Alex Harris died of dehydration and a blow to the head, allegedly when he fell headlong at Hope Youth Ranch in Minden.

On September 18, 2005, 14-year-old Linda Harris was physically immobilized by a Chad Youth Enhancement Center worker. He stopped breathing and then died.

On October 8, 2005, 13-year-old Kasey Warner was found dead in 12 “of water at ViaQuest Warren Avenue group home. Kasey was an autistic child who had never said a word. Although his mother was promised that he would have looked after and supervised the watch and that they would never leave it alone, they left it alone and drowned it in a 12 “tub of water.

On October 13, 2005, 17-year-old Willie Durden died at the privately run Cypress Creek Juvenile Offender Correctional Center in Lecanto, Citrus County. An autopsy concluded that Willie died of ventricular arrhythmia, due to an enlarged and diseased heart. A recent report says that guards waited about 20 minutes after discovering the lame teenager before calling 911 and beginning CPR. A guard told investigators that he waited to start CPR because teens sometimes “ play pranks. ”

On December 5, 2005, a staff member placed 12-year-old Michael “Mickey” Garcia in a holding basket at the Star Ranch facility in Texas. Mickey stopped breathing, couldn’t be revived, and then died.

On December 12, 2005, 16-year-old James White lost his life at SummitQuest Academy in Ephrata, PA. According to newspaper articles, his death is being investigated. Apparently he fell during the exercise and died.

On December 26, 2005, 14-year-old Johnny Lim complained of an excruciating headache, vomited and fell to the ground in his cell at the King County Juvenile Detention Center in Washington. The county coroner ruled the death a “spontaneous brain stem hemorrhage” attributable to natural causes. There are many unanswered questions from Lim’s family and the attorney representing the staff and the center.

On January 6, 2006, 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson died in a Pensacola hospital one day after Bay County Sheriff’s Office Boot Camp guards beat him, knelt, and put pressure on him. his head in an attempt to force him to keep running. . An autopsy ordered by a special prosecutor concluded that Martin died of asphyxiation after guards covered his mouth and shoved ammonia capsules into his nose. A use of force report said guards had thought Martin was faking.

On February 4, 2006, 16-year-old Giovanni “Joey” Aletriz died after being beaten and detained at SummitQuest in Ephrata, PA (details above).

On May 26, 2006, Angellika Arndt, 7, lost her life at the Northwest Counseling and Guidance Center in Rice Lake, WI. Angie had been immobilized nine times during the month she was there, each restraint lasted an hour or two, once she was immobilized for “gargling with milk.” She was immobilized again the next day, and the next day she died as a result of the immobilization.

On May 31, 2006, 12-year-old Lenny Ortega drowned while hiking at Star Ranch in Texas. The facility was under investigation for the death and alleged abuse of other children there; the facility has been closed pending an investigation.

On June 17, 2006, 13-year-old Dillon Tyler Peak died after becoming ill at Peace River Outward Bound Wilderness Camp in DeSoto County, Florida. Authorities say Dillon apparently died of a severe case of encephalitis. The death remains under investigation.

On July 16, 2006, 16-year-old Elisa Santry died after walking through the desert in 110 ° weather while attending an expedition to the Outward Bound desert. She was separated from her group for 10 hours before being found, dead, alone next to a cannon. She had complained that she was not feeling well early that morning, but was allowed to walk alone.

On July 31, 2006, 16-year-old Natalynndria Lucy Slim was found by a friend hanging from a computer cable. His death is under investigation and is considered a suicide at the Residential Treatment Center for Adolescents operated by Presbyterian Medical Services.

On August 4, 2006, 14-year-old Danieal Kelly died during a heat wave. She was bedridden, infested with worms, and nearly paralyzed with cerebral palsy. She died in extreme heat, dehydrated, weighing only 46 pounds when she died. She was wasted in bed with pressure sores, under the nose of the city’s social services agency, according to an MSNBC article on October 25, 2006, Pa. 14-year-old girl died of dehydration; the workers did not realize the negligence.

On August 12, 2006, 16-year-old Alex Cullinane died of dehydration at the Back to Basics Christian Military Academy. His death is under investigation. He did not eat for days, according to other children, and complained of a stomach ache. He died in the middle of the night after getting up to go to the bathroom.

Below are two children who died last year and were allegedly abused while at Tranquility Bay in Jamaica. Both boys appeared in the article “Rough Love” from June 22, 2006:

On June 6, 2006, Kerry Layne Brown was found dead in his bed. Layne spent nine months in the World Association of Specialty Programs (WWASPS) program, Tranquility Bay, where he was tortured – pepper sprayed multiple times a day for months (a staff member admitted this on videotape) , his genitals were scrubbed with toilet brushes. His life was never the same again and he died at the young age of 24. His death is under investigation.

On June 7, 2006, Carter Lynn was found dead hanging from the beam in his home. Carter had been interviewed about his experiences, also on WWASPS ‘Tranquility Bay program in Jamaica. His death is also under investigation.

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Smegma 101: what is it and how to deal with it

Smegma … seems to be a dirty, dirty word. In fact, it is literally a very clean word. It comes from the Latin which means soap or clean. So if it has a squeaky clean origin, why do people today associate it with nasty white funk hiding in a boy’s trash?

Well, it’s because people often hear about smegma when it’s so far away that it’s causing problems. It is actually part of a normal daily detoxification process that occurs naturally. Smegma is the end result of cleaning. It is made up of oil, dead skin cells, and other genital fluids. Men and women also produce it. In small amounts, some may see it as a lubricant. However, it gets a bad rap for the overabundance or overgrowth of this biological concoction which can lead to severe odor, inflammation, and even infection. Thank goodness it’s also something that can be quickly cleaned up for most men and then avoided in the future. Let’s talk about all things smegma.

Symptoms of smegma

Smegma is one of those things pretty clear. The symptoms of smegma do not vary much and are quite noticeable. Some of those symptoms are:

– Burning penis. When overgrowth occurs, the affected penis becomes red, irritated and painful, leading to the next symptom …

– Urinate like an angry dragon. All that fire has to come out of the body somehow! It is not uncommon to feel a burning sensation when urinating and many heartbeats once smegma reaches town.

– What is that smell? Smegma is often noted for its unique bitter, gag-inducing fragrance.

– White and thick texture with the consistency of cheese. It may look like ricotta cheese, but it sure isn’t! The texture and smell of this body buildup were called “cock cheese” for a reason.

Causes of smegma

There is practically only one cause of smegma: when a man does not wash his lower region properly and regularly. Therefore, lack of proper and regular hygiene is the main cause of smegma.

While it is not a suspected cause of smegma, men who are not circumcised are at higher risk for smegma problems because the foreskin is smegma’s favorite camping spot. This can cause a buildup that is so severe that it can cause the foreskin not to retract. Some men choose circumcision in adulthood if smegma is a chronic problem.

Get rid of Smegma

Simple cause, simple treatment. Clean up that Johnson! Implement a daily hygiene ritual for penis health. What should be included? Then excited it came up. Here’s an easy five-point guide to having the cleanest, healthiest, and smegma-free penis on the block:

1) Gently pull the foreskin back (if applicable). Note: If any smegma has hardened, the skin may not want to pull back. Do not force it! Not only can it cause extreme pain, but it can also tear very delicate genital skin, which can lead to bleeding and infection.

2) Use a mild cleanser and warm water to wash the area that is covered or usually covered by the foreskin. Be gentle but thorough. If the smegma has hardened, rub in some oil (coconut, olive, or grapeseed) first to loosen it.

3) Rinse thoroughly and air dry.

4) Follow the cleanse by nourishing the penis with a specially formulated penis health cream (Health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically shown to be safe and gentle on the skin) daily. Select a cream that has an all-natural hydrating base like shea butter or vitamin E. Look for the addition of nutrients like vitamins A, B, C, and D for their antibacterial, skin soothing, and cell-regenerating properties.

5) Repeat these steps every day until the smegma is gone and then continue with this new routine to prevent smegma until it is old.

If the smegma does not go away after a week of cleaning or the foreskin does not retract, see a doctor. Otherwise, enjoy a smegma-free limb!

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Ash scattering: determining where the ashes should be scattered

Spreading the ashes of your cremated loved one can make you feel at peace, closing a chapter in the deceased’s life and your own. As you determine where the ashes should be scattered, you can choose a place that your loved one finds very meaningful. It can be the Pacific Ocean or the top of Mount Everest. It could be the Yankees’ ballpark or your own backyard. You may want to scatter the ashes at the person’s birthplace, closing the circle of your life.

Four members of my family having been cremated, I know the dilemma of determining where the ashes should be scattered, or if they should be scattered. The ashes of one lie buried in the cemetery next to his wife’s plot. The ashes of a second fell into the waters of the ocean in front of a picturesque Canadian island. The ashes of the third crept to the ground beneath the beautiful aspens of the Rocky Mountains. Last I heard, the ashes in the room still rest in the widow’s house.

Ash scattering possibilities abound, but take your time before acting. Be aware of the legal, religious, and personal concerns involved, even if you have the express, written request of the person who left you. Until you make a decision, you can legally keep the ashes in your home indefinitely, and you may want to reserve a small amount for a monument that is unique.

Let’s look at some of those considerations together.


As you determine where the ashes should be scattered, take the time to understand the laws and regulations in your area. If you live in the United States, you will not find a specific national “ash-spreading law” in federal books. However, you will find a number of rules and regulations at all levels: national, state, and local.

Spreading ashes on private property is fine if you own the property. Otherwise, you are invading. You will be surprised to know which sports stadiums, museums, etc. qualify as private, not public property, and are subject to these regulations. You may be able to get permission to spread ashes on private property, but be sure to get it in writing.

Most national parks in the US allow you to scatter the ashes of a loved one, but you must follow specific regulations. You can’t just determine, for example, that the ashes will be scattered near the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, even if that was your loved one’s favorite scene and you have precious memories. Talk to the park’s chief ranger ahead of time to ask about a permit and what areas of the park are acceptable.

As you determine where the ashes should be scattered, you can opt for a burial at sea. Consider first, of course, the specific laws within the state that borders your chosen ocean location. California, for example, does not allow ash to be scattered within 500 yards of anywhere on its shore. In North Carolina, the dispersal of cremated human remains (ashes) at Cape Lookout National Seashore attracts many mourners, so authorities regulate it well. Even ash scattering from an aircraft should occur only after it has reached a minimum of 2000 feet in altitude. Other ocean riparian states have other specific regulations, so don’t risk breaking the law. The United States EPA states that spreading ash in the ocean is within legal limits, but you must obey the ash-dumping regulations (

There are many more rules and laws, but these give an idea of ​​what you are dealing with.

Ash scattering should not result in an appointment, so as you determine where the ashes should be scattered, research the areas you are considering.


Before scattering the ashes, discuss religious concerns with your religious leader. Of the thirteen (13+) religious perspectives on cremation, you will want to consider religious concerns when determining where ashes should be scattered.

The Greek Orthodox, Jewish Orthodox, and Muslim religions prohibit cremation entirely, as do some fundamentalist Protestant groups.

Roman Catholic readers will want to consider the position of the Roman Catholic Church on this matter, which is set forth in the Instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding the burial of the deceased and the preservation of the ashes in the case of the cremation. , published on October 25, 2016. It reads:

“The Church continues to prefer the practice of burying the bodies of the deceased, because this shows a higher esteem for the deceased. However, cremation is not prohibited,” unless it has been chosen for reasons contrary to Christian doctrine. “


While scattering the ashes has become a custom, as you determine where your loved one’s ashes should be scattered, you may want to consider reserving a small amount of the ashes (ashes).

Why do I suggest that?

An increasing number of us hate losing all trace of our loved ones and instead choose to order a unique monument that allows us to have continuous closeness with them. Cremation jewelry provides that closeness. Cremation jewelry can be a reminder.


“Cremation jewelry is the perfect way to keep your loved one’s ashes close to your heart.”

So writes Mark, the professional glass artist at Mark has worked with glass jewelry for over 20 years and his impressive blown work makes for a beautiful and lasting monument. I personally own several of Mark’s glass pendants and receive regular praise for their beauty. Mark’s blown glass marbles, one of which my husband rewards, are equally beautiful and durable.

Unlike impersonal cremation jewelry providers, Mark personally processes your order and creates the desired pendant or marble while thinking about the memories of his deceased loved one that you shared with him.

You receive a kit (small glass jar and measuring spoon) in which to send the ashes of your loved one. If requesting additional pendants or marbles for family members, place one tablespoon (about 1/4 teaspoon) of ashes in the jar for each memorial requested. Return the bottle in a prepaid mailing envelope along with any photos or written mementos of your loved one that you want to share. Mark returns all of these to you with your complete cremation jewelry.


Scattering ashes is still an option, but as you determine where the ashes should be scattered, you may also want to consider holding back enough ashes to order a precious and unique cremation memorial for each member of the family to treasure.

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A Kobe Bryant autograph is a valuable future investment!

This article explains why a Kobe Bryant autograph is not only a great collector’s item, it can also be seen as a valuable future investment that will only grow over time. For the past few seasons, Kobe has been at the top of the NBA. He has won 5 NBA championships, numerous MVP awards, scoring titles, Olympic medals, and many other honors. He has a multitude of commercial agreements, is a spokesperson for high-level sports companies, and has done many things during his professional career that have allowed him to be a mainstay of today’s media. When his career ends, you could say that Kobe will be one of the best players in NBA history.

Kobe merchandise is always popular with NBA fans. Their jerseys are regularly among the top sellers each season and their collectibles, especially basketball cards, are highly praised. As exciting as these items are, nothing beats getting a Kobe Bryant autograph. Not only does a signed item make a great gift for any Lakers, basketball, or sports fan, but it’s also a highly valued addition to any collection.

However, getting a Kobe Bryant autograph is not an easy task these days. Early in his career, when Kobe wasn’t that popular, you could buy an autograph in person by arriving early for games or staying up late when you left the stadium. But now, with increased security measures, combined with Kobe’s growing popularity, it is more difficult than ever to obtain his signature in person. As it is now, the easiest way to get a Kobe Bryant autograph is by purchasing it online. Some of the items available online include t-shirts, cards, photos, posters, and autographed basketballs. These items can be purchased through sites like Amazon or eBay. You can also buy them through certain affiliate websites found online. There are many websites that are dedicated exclusively to Kobe Bryant autographs and these sites are an excellent place to explore the available souvenirs.

A very important factor to consider when purchasing a Kobe Bryant autograph is to make sure that the item is legitimate, which is actually Kobe Bryant who signed that item. A good thing to keep in mind is making sure that the souvenir piece you are purchasing comes with a certificate of authenticity. This certificate guarantees that you are actually buying a Kobe Bryant autograph.

So, as I said earlier in this article, these Kobe Bryant autographs are not only great additions to a personal collection, they can also be a valuable future investment. These items can be expensive to buy right now, but it is inevitable that they will only increase over the years, especially when Kobe retires. When retired these autographed items will steadily increase in value as they will be highly sought after collectibles. This is because since Kobe will not be actively playing, there will be fewer memories for him to sign. Therefore, the values ​​of your current items will increase in value – your simple supply and demand. Think of all those people who got autographs from Wilt Chamberlain or Mickey Mantle back then. How much are these items worth now compared to the price they were purchased when you were active players?

So if you’re a fan of the Lakers, Kobe, or even a hobby enthusiast in general, buy a Kobe Bryant autograph today and watch his value steadily increase over time!

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Usher Raymond Height

Wondering how tall the popular superstar is? Have several photos with other celebrities made you curious about their height? This article will explain how tall Usher Raymond really is.

Usher Raymond’s artist name is Usher. He was raised in Texas and was born on October 14, 1978. Usher has sold millions of songs and is one of the most famous R&B artists of all time; He has over seven albums and began his music career in 1992. He also helped raise Justin Bieber and is an entrepreneur with his own record label. One of his best albums was called Confessions and had the highest first week sales for an R&B artist in history.

Many people have seen Usher alongside many celebrities, especially tall like Barack Obama, and it made people want to know how tall he is; He looks diminutive compared to Obama, who is 6’1 “. Usher only looks slightly taller than fellow musician Justin Bieber, who is around 5-foot-4. The celebrity has never revealed his actual height, so experts They have tried to predict his height with the help of photos taken with celebrities with known heights. The bottom line is that Usher must be around the 5 “7.5 range (five feet seven and a half – 8 feet. This is a few inches smaller than the 5 ft 9/5 ft 10 average of most Americans).

Many people say that he doesn’t look that short in his music videos and other ceremonies, but compared to other people of different heights, he seems shorter.

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Boychik Lit as Hipper Fratire

The new term brother, or frat satire, was coined a year ago by Warren St. John of the New York Times, presumably because its editors did not approve of another term that rhymes with “chick lit”.

But somehow, fratire just doesn’t seem catchy enough. And that concern for frat culture, is throwing up on your own shoes really that interesting?

What if – boychik bed instead of? Derived from the Yiddish word for a young man who has more cheek than brains? Boychik lit can be a counterpoint, an alternative and a parody of the very popular genre of fiction oriented to women. In addition, boychik lit challenges the widespread notion that today’s youth do not want or cannot read, presumably because they have been conquered, co-opted, and killed by the video game industry and excessive self-abuse.

As for the general population, even if they’re not rabid chick lit fans, the woman-on-the-street and her long-haired male companion will know something about The diaryof Bridget Jones Y The Devil Wears Prada. An even larger audience of viewers will have eagerly awaited episode after episode that will captivate the bodice of Sex and the City.

You don’t have to wander beyond the lush pastures of HBO to find the boychik lit demographic home. Entourage is a series about budding young men in Hollywood. As predictably repetitive as the subject of punctuation in Babe-alon is, not only young men, but also men of a certain age who fantasize about being young never seem to tire of Entourage.

Boychik’s godfather was Peter De Vries, a longtime New Yorker editor and (today) the sadly late and mostly anonymous teacher of the male-centered comic novel. For example, never someone who strays from subjects of questionable taste, wrote de Vries Hunched towards Kalamazoo, about a confused young man who eloped with his teacher, and Always panting about an actor in distress who divorces his wife to marry his mother-in-law.

To sum up, in the boychik-lit story:

  • The male lead character seeks sex and is baffled by emotional entanglements.
  • He’s a hacker and lazy, smart and resourceful but chronically lazy.
  • He is a quitter who cannot keep a steady job.
  • Far from being the hero with a single tragic flaw, the boychik is riddled with troubling flaws, with one or two possibly redeeming qualities.
  • The tone is observational and witty, sometimes sarcastic.
  • The boychik tells his story in a confessional first-person narrative.
  • By the end of the novel, the hero has almost managed to undo the complicated mess he has made in the course of the story and believes that he has learned important lessons, which may or may not be valid.

Oh, and one more crucial distinction: the romance novel typically takes place in New York City, where, ironically, many people easily understand what a boychik is. Boychik’s novel is set in Los Angeles, where many people will mistakenly assume that boychiks wear wigs and stilettos and hang out in certain West Hollywood bars.

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Everything you need to know to apply for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) in 2021

You may not have heard of Employee Retention Credit (ERC) until recently. If so, you are not alone! This is because businesses that applied for the 2020 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan were not eligible to apply for the ERC. In 2021, although that has everything change. Now companies that applied for the PPP loan are eligible for the Employee Retention Credit both retroactively and in 2021, which is HUGE! This news was released in December 2020 with the approval of the Consolidated Allowances Law.

So what does this all mean? What exactly is the Employee Retention Credit and how do you qualify to receive it? In this article, we’ll break it all down so you have a good understanding of what it is and how you can get the most out of your Employee Retention Credit.

First, what is the employee retention credit?

To understand the Employee Retention Credit, we’ll take a time machine through March 2020 (don’t worry, we’ll make sure to quickly get back to the present).

In March 2020, the US federal government signed a $ 2 trillion relief law, known in the CARES Act, that was intended to provide relief to individuals, businesses, and government organizations. As part of the CARES Act, if your company was severely affected by the effects of COVID-19, you were eligible to apply for one of two incentives that would help companies keep employees on their workforce during the pandemic. These incentives were known as the Pay Check Protection Program (PPP) and the Employee Retention Credit (ERC).

The PPP loan was the more notable of the two, making forgivable loans to companies with fewer than 500 employees. If you applied for the PPP loan, you were prohibited from applying for the Employee Retention Credit. The Employee Retention Credit is not limited by the number of employees and is a refundable payroll tax credit. The credit was available to taxpayers who totally or partially suspended their business during a 2020 quarter or had a drastic drop in gross income compared to the 2019 quarters. If they qualified, they could receive a credit of up to $ 5,000 per employee who received a qualifying salary.

Ok, that was a quick and fun synopsis of where we came from. Now let’s go back to the future and talk about what has changed in the present!

New law expands opportunity to claim employee retention credit

In December 2020, a new aid law, the Consolidated Allowances Law, was passed. This law extends the date of the Employee Retention Credit and also changes who is eligible to receive it. Originally, the ERC date was supposed to end in late 2020, however it is extended until June 2021.

Besides the extension date, the biggest change in eligibility is that everyone who borrowed a PPP loan can Not only apply for the ERC in 2021, but you can come back and apply in 2020. YES, this can mean a lot to businesses! However, the amount you received from the PPP loan will be different from that of the ERC. The PPP loan must be spent primarily on payroll, where the ERC is based on qualifying wages, including health care costs.

So how do you rate?

To be eligible for the Employee Retention Credit, companies must demonstrate one of the following circumstances:

  1. That the operations were totally or partially suspended due to government orders.
  2. If you apply for the credit in 2020, you must show a 50% or more decrease in gross income from the same quarter of the previous year.
    1. Or if you are applying for the credit in 2021, you must show a decrease of 20% or more in gross income for the same quarter of 2019

What salaries qualify?

If you meet one of the above criteria, then the wages below will qualify for the time period you are applying for:

From March 13th – December 31S t 2020, if you have less than or equal to 100 full-time employees in 2019, all salaries qualify. If you have more than 100 full-time employees in 2019, only qualify the salaries of employees who do not render services.

From January 1S t – June 30thth, 2021, if you have less than or equal to 500 full-time employees in 2019, all salaries qualify. If you have more than 500 full-time employees in 2019, only qualify the salaries of employees who do not render services.

* To determine how many full-time employees you had in 2019, use Form 1094-C. On page 2 of column B, enter the number of full-time employees you had each month. Add up the 12 numbers and divide by 12. That will give you the number of full-time employees you had in 2019.

How much credit can you receive?

For credits requested between March 13th – December 31S t, Range 2020, a credit of up to 50% of the first $ 10,000 in total qualified wages paid and health care costs can be claimed. This equates to $ 5,000 per employee.

For credits requested between January 1S t – June 30thth, 2021, A credit of up to 70% of the first $ 10,000 in total qualified wages paid and health care costs can be claimed. per room. This equates to $ 7,000 per employee. for each trimester.

How do you receive it and how do you send it?

Well, we just dove into a LOT of detailed information! Feel free to take a break if you need to. * DEEP BREATHING *

Now in the final stretch!

As you read the above, you may already have a ton of numbers running around in your head trying to figure out how much credit you could receive. Once you sit down and put all the numbers together, you will report your 2020 total qualified salary and related health insurance costs on the Quarterly Adjusted Federal Tax Return, Form 941-X. For 2021, you will report your total qualified salary and health insurance costs on your quarterly employment tax return on Form 941. Please note that this form is currently in draft mode and cannot be used. The final form for 2021 has yet to be published.

Over time, the credit will be deducted from your quarterly payroll tax bill against your employee’s share of FICA. If your tax credits exceed your tax bill, you will receive a check from the IRS.

Do you have questions about how to maximize your credits?

Now you know the basics and if you are eligible to receive the ERC. It’s time to start the process of claiming your credits!

As you can see, figuring out how much is eligible for the Employee Withholding Credit can be tricky. If you’re not sure where to start or have questions, work with your accountant or payroll specialist. In addition, there are external consultants who specialize in maximizing tax credits. If you want to make sure you get the most out of your CKD, it may be worth seeking out an outside specialist.

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The goddesses of Indian cricket

When women play, the gods come down as an audience to witness their perfect game shots.

However, we humans are mere spectators and when we have the opportunity to have a visual treat of 11 women on the launch board, you get as excited as if you have won the Congressional medal for pride.

I had the honor of seeing my best friends practice on the field of my hometown stadium. My burning desire to hold a bat in my hand and hit the ball with all my might came true.

They took me with them to the central board building of the cricket association. They were both healthy, healthy, playing for the nationals and aiming for the internationals. The field was huge and I saw several young cricketers hitting their best shots. Some were warming up as they had to participate in the afternoon sessions. Some were hitting the ball of red matches held by a long rope. I didn’t know what it meant, but it was nice. The 10 and 12 year old girls were filled with enthusiasm and pure energy that awoke in their spirits. They played like expert professionals. My friends took me straight to the net practice area where the great cricketers in the state used to train. The field was full of scattered players doing their jobs and no one cared who came in or went out. It was a gesture of dedication. Both girls introduced me to their friends and they were equally happy to see me. A senior player came over full of curiosity and asked who I was. I was feeling a bit vindictive as it was my first chance to meet those high ranking cricket goddesses. That young woman was warm and asked me questions about my writing profession. He also gave mandatory details on how they practiced and what their strategies were.

It was getting late and their coach told them to start the session. It was as if female warriors were preparing for a battleship. They put on their helmets, gloves and leg pads and took their precious bats with them. It was his source of energy. However, the reality was within their minds. It was their perseverance and their goal to reflect the best of themselves.

The party war began. My friend got on the court and started hitting while the others bowled. How they played! I was amazed at his running speed and the curve of his hands and the style of the ball. Not a single mistake and it was a flawless appearance. I could hear their ragged breaths and the tapping of shoes. For a moment, I felt that the players would replace the best and make their country proud. It was true, since they were better than the boys. The players moved their wrists and the ball almost hit the stumps, but my friend was acting like an alert lioness. He stroked that perfect punch on every googly, throw, yorker, and many others. The mere sight of the ball thrown by the girls made my hair stand on end. It did not affect them and they continued their session. The whole situation seemed as if the warrior women were preparing to bring medals for their country. They were going to decorate our national flag with their passion. I was very proud when my two friends, one skilled bowler and the other a flawless bat woman, fought their game smoothly.

His coach deserved a standing ovation. I wondered how he must have spent days and years shaping these girls to their best. The real work is in the hands of the preceptor and she was undoubtedly a genius.

The women who play on the field are only as good as the Major at fighting on a battlefield. They have horses, she has the bat and the ball. I was very proud of my two young friends who set a role model for aspiring young cricketers.

In fact, it is a commendable sport. Instead of holding the pans in hand, he gets up, hits the ball, and sends it over the edge. I saw that inner power within these female bodies. She was making her homeland proud as an undefeated soldier. I didn’t see any difference in a rifle and its bats.

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Fly-Drive the west coast of the USA

Fly Drive is becoming more and more popular these days, with people wanting to explore more and more places in a short amount of time. An easy way to describe air travel is to book a plane ticket somewhere, pick up a car at the airport, and set off. Staying in hotels on the road because you can’t drive for a week or two without stopping!

There are many different types of flight boosters. You can stay in one city and drive to other nearby cities, or you can start in one city and end in another. This would be particularly good if you plan to go to the US, as you can see many more cities on your vacation, rather than staying in one.

One really wonderful fly trip is the west coast of the US Drive to places starting in San Diego, California and ending in Portland, Oregon. Before leaving, I advise you to read guides on the different areas of this trip and get some maps and study them, finding the best routes to follow. The guide below is a rough guide, so to get the most out of your trip, do some study!

Get started in San Diego, pick up your rental car, and voila! I recommend that you watch the sunset over this city, there are not too many huge skyscrapers, but only enough to give a wonderful view. There are plenty of places to stay here as well, which is where your guides will come in handy as they provide information on different types of places to stay, from the cheapest to the most luxurious. Some of the attractions in San Diego are the variety of museums such as the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, and the District of Columbia, which has a variety of historic ship exhibits. There is also SeaWorld, Legoland, and the San Diego Zoo to visit.

Your next stop is a wonderful 2-3 hour drive along the coast on Highway No.5 towards Los Angeles. Before heading to town, if you feel like relaxing in Long Beach, there are some wonderful stretches of beach along this strip. This is a must-see city. You will definitely want to spend a few days here as there is so much to see. Head to Disneyland and Universal Studios for a fun-filled family park. Or go to Beverly Hills and Hollywood Boulevard and see the star-studded walkways, look inside the Kodak Theater where the famous Oscars are held, and indulge in some luxury shopping. Just make sure you have enough room in your suitcase for your next destination!

Next, we take a short detour up the coast, 4 to 5 hours in fact, to Las Vegas, Nevada. Now you will have to cross states, from California to Nevada, so have all your documents from your car rental company, driver’s license and insurance documents in case you are stopped and searched. It is also advisable to have your passport handy. Now Las Vegas is a sight to see in itself. The beautiful lights of the city at night are something to see. Also eat and eat in good restaurants and stay in some very elegant hotels like the Bellagio or the Ceaser’s Palace. Enjoy some of the many theatrical shows, such as the Blue Man Group, or you may have the opportunity to see performances by the Pussycat Dolls. Las Vegas is a wonderful city and you can even drive outside and see the Hoover Dam.

Once you are ready to leave Las Vegas, head down Route 95 for about 2-3 hours, again cross the border back to sunny California and you will find yourself in Death Valley National Park. Here you can enjoy walks and hikes. Keep in mind that it can be very hot, so take plenty of water with you! You can also camp at some of the May campsites and enjoy some inspiring views! It’s definitely worth staying the night, if you can cut through the heat.

The next destination is about 5 and a half hours away in a beautiful city called Fresno. Here are some wonderful things to do. If you go in season, you can enjoy the Fresno Country Blossom Trail which is home to some of the best peaches, nectarines, plums, orange and almond trees in full bloom. Also a must see is the Forestiere Underground Gardens, which were built over 40 years and have some amazing trees growing underground. There is also a selection of hotels to stay in, after a 5 hour trip I think you will need it.

Now we will head back towards the coast towards San José. It should take about 3 hours. In San José there are many parks to relax and have a coffee and there are also many trails around the city to enjoy. You must visit the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph which is the oldest parish in California and also Raging Waters, the largest water park in Northern California with 23 acres and millions of gallons of water.

Now a nice short trip to San Francisco, you should be there in less than an hour traffic permitting, and there are plenty to do here. Play a round of golf if you’re on the road with the lads, then head to River Rock Casino or see Fishermans Bay and go to the Aquarium. A must see is the Golden Gate Bridge and a tour of the Jelly Bean Factory! There are many more attractions to see in San Francisco, but the ones I let you find are part of the fun of a Fly-Drive vacation.

Hit the roads again for an hour or two to Sacramento, the capital of California. There are many things to see and do in Sacramento, some of them include drinking and dining at some fabulous restaurants, visiting the many art galleries and museums, or simply taking a city tour. A must see is the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay, which is a sundial but only 100% accurate on the summer solstice on June 21 or 22. Also the Turtle Bay Exploration Park, which has 300 acres of tranquil gardens.

Another 2 hours straight, passing the Oregon border, you will stop in the town of Medford. This is the time to relax with Alba Park, Medford’s oldest, and also head over to Vogel Plaza to see if you attend one of the many events held here.

Back on the road, you will drive for another 3 hours or so until you reach the town of Eugene. It is home to a number of cultural organizations, so you will have many different shows that you can enjoy here. From dances to concerts to opera, it will suit everyone. You can also meet some outdoor enthusiasts here!

Go away again! We are getting closer to our destination. Drive for just over an hour to Salem. Bush’s Pasture Park, a 90.5-acre urban public park and botanical garden located just south of downtown, or the Enchanted Forest, a fairytale land where you visit medieval castles, walk along wooden sidewalks in the wild west, or maybe stumble upon a ghost in the haunted mansion. This is a small theme park and has attractions for children and adults with an alpine roller coaster, bumper cars, trains, and more. In one of its many restaurants there is a magnificent water show with colored lights that bounce off the water currents. Next door is another attraction, Thrillville.

Portland is only an hour away, which is filled with wonderful parks and open spaces. Visit Mt Tabor Park which is located on an extinct volcano, Forest Park which is the largest natural park spanning over 5000 acres, and also Mill End Park which is the smallest park at 2 feet in diameter . Besides this, Portland has many cultural attractions. Visit the Portland Museum of Art and the Museum of Science and History. Also go see the Opera or the Ballet.

Finally a wonderful 3 hour drive to Seattle and you have reached your destination. Here is the birthplace of grunge music, mainly famous from Nirvana and Pearl Jam, also from great coffee drinkers, Starbucks was born. Seattle is a regional destination for the performing arts. That is why it is worth going to Fifth Avenue to enjoy some of the musicals. Go see the Jimi Hendrix statue! Here you can lay your head down to rest before finally flying home from such a wonderful plane ride all over the West Coast.

I recommend that you spend a few days in each city if you can so that you can absorb everything and see everything you can see, if not, you will spend 7 to 10 days spending a few hours in each city and in a few cities overnight.

It’s also a good idea to have more than one driver so everyone can switch between cities. In this way, one person does not drive all the way.

Total distance: 1933 miles (3111 km)

Total driving distance time without stops: 1 day 9 hours.

I advise you to plan your trip thoroughly, making sure you have enough stops to rest, eat, and gas (which is very important, otherwise you won’t get anywhere!), And plan overnight stays in advance. Also, as I said before, learn the routes! Make sure you know exactly where you are going, gas stops, and all border lines.

Auto Europe offers a great car rental service for driving in the US and allows you to pick up your car at one destination and drop it off at another.

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Relevance of DUI Attorneys in the Criminal Justice System

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a dangerous choice for both the driver and innocent bystanders. It is important to follow the proper guidance and regulations regarding driving regulations for personal protection and social welfare.

A DUI brings additional consequences that can include injury, loss of property, and even death. In addition, it affects education, professional licenses and social stigmas. The cost of a DUI is generally overwhelming. These costs include attorney fees, license reinstatement fees, higher insurance costs, attorney fees, and penalties.

Importance of DUI Attorneys

Driving under the influence (DUI) cases are generally complex depending on whether it is a 1st DUI, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or DUI with injuries. In some situations, the consequences are serious, including jail time and prison time. An experienced attorney with relevant experience dealing with specific details of the law will thoroughly investigate all aspects of the DUI arrest:

  • Field sobriety procedures

  • Breathalyzer maintenance records used during arrest

  • Retest blood samples for possible errors.

  • Defying the evidence

  • Review the evidence for possible flaws.

  • Challenge license suspension

  • Address issues of reduced sentences and sentences

DUI penalties depend on other relevant factors

  • Previous DUI Beliefs

  • Presence of any type of drug in the body at the time of the accident.

  • Driving with a suspended license

  • Cause injury to third parties

General consequences of DUI:

  • Conditional freedom

  • Fines and penalties

  • Completion of DUI classes

  • AA meetings

  • Suspension of driver’s license

  • Jail and prison sentence

Hiring a competent DUI attorney is highly recommended

Before hiring an attorney, the knowledge and experience of the attorney should be considered. Some of the relevant factors related to the attorney include:

  • Number of years practicing DUI law

  • Successful results history

  • Knowledge of local courts, judges, district attorneys, and probation officers

  • Is the lawyer guaranteeing results? If this is the case, request the guarantee in writing.

  • A good attorney will evaluate your specific legal problem to determine which defenses and legal approaches are best suited to resolve your case. Always ask your attorney for possible options.

Some people choose to represent themselves in court. This is often a disadvantage for them because people representing themselves would find it almost impossible to know the details of the law. Many criminal law rules are hidden in judicial interpretations of the federal and state constitutions. Choosing to represent yourself can result in higher sentences and higher consequences. Hiring a DUI attorney is essential, as they are experts in these legal procedures.

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