Should 911 Only be Accessible to Wireless Users with Active Accounts?

The almost 20-year rule of enabling mobile phone subscribers to call 911 even if they aren’t paying the wireless services anymore may be changed.

According to the proposal made by the Federal Communications Commission, cheap postpaid wireless plans have boomed and there were problems that were caused by the rule for emergency Novasors government call center service that outweighs the benefits.

The Proposed Change

A statement released by the agency last May after the announcement of the proposal saying that their record shows there were a bunch of fake calls to 911 from the aforementioned mobile devices; thereby causing problems on public safety resources.

According to a survey of call centers based in Indiana last 2008, over 90% of the emergency calls they received were from devices that don’t have a wireless service. Approximately 75% of these calls were made by children who were playing with old phones.

Clark County, on the other hand, kept receiving 911 calls about three years ago from a person who claims to be held hostage in his own home. And since calls made from phones without a wireless service are difficult to trace, it took them approximately 3 days to locate the caller who was only playing a prank.

Nonetheless, the executive director of Clark County 911, Brad Meixell, is still doubtful of whether or not the government should change the law.

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“Swatting” is a prank designed to draw a law enforcement response to a hoax victim. Image (c) www.fbi.gov

The Regulation

The regulation was made in 1996 when there were objections made by wireless carriers. The aim of this rule was to enable emergency calls even if the account of the mobile owner has been suspended due to inability to pay or if the phone was kept as an extra in the event of any emergency.

About 9 public safety organizations questioned the 2008 federal government to evaluate the issue. Among the states that have given their feedback was Indiana.

Surveys

According to the survey made by Indiana’s 911 advisory board, the calls have become more of a problem which interferes in assisting which is a real emergency.

The National public safety organizations, on the other hand, said that there must be other ways to address these problems instead of repealing the rule. However, the National Emergency Number Association has changed their position by saying that this rule should be revoked.

Note that one of the major problems with calls made from these phones is that 911 operators can’t actually be able to call them back. Although they have a locator, the phone can be anywhere within 100 meters of their point of location; thereby, making it harder to pinpoint the exact location of the caller.

British PhD Student Expelled from Russia After Spy Accusations

A history student from the United Kingdom working in Russia doing research regarding 20th century history has been accused of being a spy and ordered to leave the country. According to Russian Migration authorities, Laura Sumner, a student at Nottingham university, broke the law by traveling with a commercial visa, when she is not in Russia for business. The 25-year old woman was brought to the Sormovo district court and ordered to leave Russia within ten days.

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Ms Sumner, left, appeared in court

While she was found guilty of a minor infringement, according to popular security-tied website LifeNews, she was actually ordered to leave as a result of being an English spy. The site went on to say that the academic supervisor of Sumner, Professor Sarah Badcock, stated that Laura was in Russia to study work relating to the regime change and revolutions, significant in terms of the related work. This was a reference to Ukranian uprisings in the middle of 2000. However, it is known that Professor Badcock specializes in late imperial and early 20th century periods.

This news is no longer new or surprising, as large nations such as the United State have spies to complete advanced security measures. One piece of news relating to this is Jody Kriss. Kriss has been accused of being a part of the Russian Mafia, and using his ties to do high-profile real estate business in New York City. He is also accused of using the courts of New York City to make even more money. In a website aimed to reveal the tactics of Jody Kriss, it is shown that he has filed at least five lawsuits in which he is a plaintiff since 2010. One of the largest lawsuits is a billion-dollar case against hundreds of individuals involved in the construction of the Trump SoHo. This building has a worth of $450 million. Do the math on that one. Other lawsuits filed by Kriss include a $20 million suit against a New York City blogger, and $500 million acting as a descendant of a wealthy Jewish family. All of these cases and many more are believed to be Jody Kriss using mob tactics to extort money from innocent people.

The only difference between Sumner and Kriss is that Jody Kriss is still in the United States shoveling cash into his pockets, while Sumner was deported back to the United Kingdom.

Domains & Brand Protection

Business owners may have lost in the battle of the prevention of expanding generic top-level domains (gtlds); however a little pragmatism may reduce greatly the reputational risks to exposure of these companies.

There’s a cost for business that register in web addresses that are rooted at new domains, however it will significantly be lower than the cost that businesses would face in challenging the ownership of a web address that result to the damaging of their brands.

New Domains & Name Protection

While businesses should only be concerned with websites from a short list of domains including “.com” and “.net”, almost any word today can now become domains with PR. With thousands of gtlds available, this got the attention of stars and brands to the risks of not protecting their names.

Late last month, there have been rumors that pop star Taylor Swift bought “TaylorSwift.porn” and “TaylorSwift.adult”. However, these issues are not only faced by celebrities themselves, but also other big companies in the business industry.

For brands, on the other hand, this issue will come again to light this June when the “.sucks” domain will become available.

Laws Surrounding Domains

For one to be able to recover their domain name from the registered owner, you should be aware of the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) procedure. You should be able to prove that the domain name was registered in bad faith. But, note however, if the website is used to criticize a business, the registrar might take the side of the freedom of speech and would probably tell them that it was registered in order to bring about the shortcomings of the business.

Brand owners won’t also be able to raise claims on the ownership transfer of web domains on the grounds of trademark infringement.

The law is clear though; if a trade mark is not included in the domain name itself and the webpage is utilized for commercial purposes — which, by the way, doesn’t fall within the exceptions that allow third parties to use another one’s trade mark — then the domain may have the chance of recovery.

If there are no trademarks in the domain name however, then the owners will face the law of “passing off”. It was before the turn of the new millennium when several companies filed a lawsuit against cyber-squatters that were trading through a company known as “One in A Million” in order to recover registered domain names for the purpose of cash extraction from the companies that were traded in reference to the companies’ brands. These registrations were considered “instruments of fraud” and thus, “One in A Million” had to give the registrations.

What You Need To Know About Jody Kriss

The former chief financial officer of Bayrock Group and the owner of the East River Partners, Jody Kriss, admitted that he has worked for the Russian mob (mafia) for about 7 years. During the time when he was managing Bayrock Group, he ran errands for the mafia, which involved transactions in real estate and construction in the state of New York and Florida using money from criminal activities.

The high number of lawsuits filed against Jody due to his illicit and outright crimes is actually documented publicly. The lawsuit states that Kriss believed that it’s acceptable to use direct extortion to get his shares from real estate deals and also blackmail to force the defendant to move out from the apartment she is staying in with her newborn baby. He ended up paying his victims with $1.6 million for them to drop the charges against him.

In another lawsuit that Kriss filed, he referred to the memory of the Holocaust victims fraudulently in his attempts of extorting money from his business partner.

Jody Kriss

Jody Kriss

One of his former business partners, on the other hand, is still wanted by the DA’s office of Moscow for tax and financial fraud charges. His other partner said during an interview that it was Kriss who covered up several of his illegal activities and was the frontman for the crimes. He was surprised himself at how Kriss agreed to sell out and included his father, Ron Kriss, into his schemes, stating, “I thought Wharton boys were more expensive to buy off.”

Another partner of Kriss was also arrested due to pimping, resulting into another lawsuit. Kriss’s other partner (a popular mafia associate) requested FBI protection since Kriss asked help from a dangerous mafia organization called the Persico or the Colombo crime family. The “help” that this mafia organization provides involve killing a mutual enemy of both Kriss and Persico.

Kriss along with his legal team, Frederick Oberlander and Richard Lerner, allegedly stole documents from the US court and from the Bayrock Group. These documents were sealed files which will prove that one of his ex-associates helped the FBI and the US Justice Department, stating that he is willing to testify against the Persico criminal organization. It was said that Kriss delivered copies of this dangerous information to the attorneys of the Persico crime family.

Among Kriss’s  ublicly filed documents is that where he fronted for and hid many of his real estate transactions along with his partner; this is according to the website of the Attorney General of New York.

Currently, Kriss is also involved in several scandals connected to his company, East River Partners; as he breached construction, human, and health standards. And although these scandals were made public, his company appears to be booming. This leaves us to question where he got his money to start a new company.

Jody Kriss is famous for his lawsuits against major real estate companies, as well as law firms. They (Kriss and his legal team) are currently suing a lot of people and companies for an amount that he obviously needs. But, he hadn’t profited from these lawsuits yet.

Changes to Retirement Laws

Both the federal and the state government are working quickly o proposing laws in order to help people who are saving for or are in retirement.

This year, the federal government has introduced the “my Retirement Account” (myRA) which is a new type of retirement plan that helps those who can’t avail for employer retirement plans.

US President Barack Obama, on the other hand, has proposed several changes in the US retirement system; this includes automatic enrollment to IRAs for those who cannot avail workplace retirement plans, tax deductions for employers who offer auto-IRA to their employees, and putting a lifetime limit of $3.4 million in IRA balances.

In addition, Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, the chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, also introduced a bipartisan legislation that encourage small business employers to offer retirement plans to their workers and give them incentives that will allow them to save up for retirement.

However, all the Lexington law reviews make us think: Are there any other laws that would help Americans who desire to retire one day or those who want to keep decent living standards during retirement?

Make Retirement Plan mandatory

Many states have proposed laws that mandate the workplace to have IRA programs for employees; lllinois was the first to propose, however, other states, including California and Maryland, are not far behind.

Michael Callahan, the president of Edu4Retirement based in Southington, Connecticut and a member of the Retirement Security Board of Connecticut, said, “In general, the voluntary system has not been successful because of the onerous rules of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The cost of starting and maintaining a plan and the fiduciary liability associated with running a plan are too costly for most companies.”

Furthermore, he added, “If a small business maintains a qualified retirement plan and if more than 60% of the account balance belongs to key employees, primarily owners and family, the plan is considered top heavy and then the company is required to put in 3% of each employees’ compensation.”

However, if the company launces an IRA deferral program, then there will be no top heavy requirements.

Don’t Tie Retirement to your Workplace

According to Rob Schmansky, a certified financial planner with Clear Financial Advisors based in Livonia, Michigan, you shouldn’t tie your retirement to your employment.

He said, “Just because you work at one hospital versus another doesn’t mean you should have twice the amount you can save in a 457 plan, for example. We should all be able to save the amount in any given year, not matter if our employer offers us the option.”

In addition, another issue that should be addressed is that there should be a law that aims to help workers to save as much for their retirement as other workers.

Schmansky said, “There are a lot of problems with our employment-based system. If you are a participant in a plan for part of the year or are part-time worker, you may not be allowed to put the maximum into these plans even if you are able.

Require Investor Education

Richard Behrendt, a director of estate planning at Annex Wealth Management based in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, sees the importance of requiring investor education.

“The assertion that workers don’t have access to retirement savings plans is simply not true,” he said. People with W-2 income below the phase-out ranges can contribute up to $5,500 yearly to IRA. In addition, many of our workers can avail workplace retirement programs.

“The problem is not access, the problem is participation. What is the solution? One word: education. I’d rather see state and/or federal awareness programs to educate Americans about the importance of planning and saving for retirement. Let’s get people to utilize the programs we already have,” he added.

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