Related In its latest release, Zoot Sports is proud to announce the addition of ITU Triathlon World Champion Javier Gómez Noya to its stable of professional athletes.‘Javi’ will train and compete in Zoot footwear and wetsuits for the next two seasons, with his ultimate sights on the London Olympic Games in 2012.Gómez said, “It’s a real honour to be part of the team and I’m very excited to work closely with the developers and to compete in Zoot.”For the next two years, Javi’s focus will be on retaining his 2010 ITU World Championship title, in addition to qualifying for the 2012 Olympics in London.Gómez’s race shoe for 2011-12 is Zoot’s Ultra Race 3.0. According to Zoot, ‘The 3.0 is cleaner, lighter and faster; offering a better fit and ultimately providing athletes with that all important competitive edge. Equipped with a Quick Entry System and BareFit Technology, the Ultra Race 3.0 allows flawlessly fast transitions, when it matters most: on race day.’Gómez added, “Every second you can gain in the transition is so important. Not only is it faster, it’s easier!”Being a former swimmer, Javi looks for flexibility, freedom of movement and flotation in his wetsuit. Zoot’s The Prophet’ gets high marks on all accounts, making this Javi’s choice of wetsuit for 2011-12.www.zootsports.com
LAPD News:New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made the announcement Monday of a statewide stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 virus. Many people are staying inside their homes as COVID-19 spreads across the nation. Self-isolation and social distancing is necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. When people are cooped up together for a long period of time, emotions are high, people are stressed, and there is a greater risk for domestic violence.Some Examples of Domestic Violence Include:Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling;Sexual Abuse: Coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact or behavior without consent;Emotional Abuse: Undermining an individual’s sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem is abusive;Economic Abuse: Making or attempting to make an individual financially dependent by maintaining total control over financial resources;Psychological Abuse: Elements of psychological abuse include – but are not limited to – causing fear by intimidation; threatening physical harm to self, partner, children, or partner’s family or friends; and destruction of pets and property; and forcing isolation from family, friends, or school and/or work.If you are experiencing domestic abuse, feel unsafe, or there’s an increase of tensions within the home, the victim assistant is available by phone at 505.663.3511. The most important thing is that you are emotionally and physically safe. You don’t have to file a police report for services—the conversation is kept confidential. The victim assistant will do everything to help you feel safe, so you don’t have to feel alone. Available services:Crisis Intervention;Safety planning;Order of protections; andReferrals.If you are in immediate danger, call 911.Other resources Shelters Crisis Center of Northern NM (505) 753-1656; andEsperanza Shelter (800) 473-5220.Crisis HotlinesNational Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233;National Sexual Assault Hotline (800) 656-4673; andNM Crisis and Access Line (855) 662-7474.Sexual Assault ServicesSolace Crisis Treatment Center (800) 721-7273;Sexual Assault Nurses Examination (505) 989-5952; andNM Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (888) 883-8020.
Florida homeowners could pay less for property taxes The Florida Legislature looks set to vote in favor of a measure that could eventually significantly reduce property taxes for South Florida homeowners whose property is valued over $100,000.The possible tax reduction, if the measure is agreed, would be determined by voter’s decision on a constitutional amendment to be placed on the 2018 ballot. Specifically, the amendment would ask voters to vote for an additional $25,000 homestead exemption for residential properties valued over $100,000. Should 60 percent of the voters approve the amendment homeowners would be relieved of paying taxes on another $25,000 of the value of their property beginning in 2019.Florida residents who own and live in their home as their permanent resident are currently eligible to apply and receive a deduction of up to $25,000 off their property’s assessment. This provides several hundred dollars in tax savings to homeowners.However, an increase in the homestead exemption while a positive gain for homeowners could be a pain for Florida municipalities. The measure would mean less revenue for cities and counties, forcing them to either cut back on essential services like fire and rescue services, or increase millage rates on commercial and other properties.Preliminary estimates indicate that there could be a fall in revenue for all counties and cities in the state of approximately $644 million. Miami-Dade County, for example, could realize an annual decline of about $50 million in revenue and the city of Miami, $17 millionAccording to Tax-Rates.org that computes data for the Florida Department of Revenue the median property tax in Florida is $1,773 per year for a home with a median value of $182,400.Opponents of the measures see it as a political ploy to woe voters who are homeowners to vote for Republicans in the next year’s elections. Included on the state ballot next year are races for state governor, 27 congressional representatives, several seats in the Florida Senate and all the seats in the Florida House.Opponents also claim any further reduction of property tax to homeowners, most of whom are from the middleclass, would be unfair as it will shift tax burden to low-income residents who are mainly tenants struggling with the cost of rental.