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first_imgLivinGPromiseS, a nonprofit charitable corporation, is offering, in conjunction with Akerman Senterfitt, two upcoming seminars on the rights of patients with breast or other cancers.The seminar, which has 2.5 CLE credits, will be help March 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Akerman’s Ft. Lauderdale office and March 12 at noon at the firms Miami offices.The program will have both health care and legal experts to address such issues as “Is it legal for a health insurance company to deny coverage of some health care options for breast cancer patients” and “How much should be spend on forcing insurers to provide treatment and coverage for terminally ill patients?”Training has been provided through the ABA Commission on Women Breast Cancer Legal Advocacy Program.The cost is $25 for advance registration, and checks made payable to LivinGPromiseS Inc. can be sent to Valerie E. Pitt, Law Office of Hugh J. Behan, 200 South Park Road, Suite 320, Hollywood 33021, phone (954) 981-3330. Those signing up should also indicate which location they plan to attend. Advance registration ends March 7.Registration at the door is $30 for attorneys and $15 for law students and the general public.ABA TECHSHOW offers discounts to Florida lawyers The Northwest Florida law firm of Matthews & Hawkins will make a $300,000 multi-year gift to the Florida State University College of Law to create an endowed professorship in property law.The named partners in the general service firm, which has offices in Destin and Grayton Beach, are Dana C. Matthews, a 1981 alumnus of the FSU College of Law, and John W. Hawkins, an alumnus of South Texas College of Law.According to FSU College of Law Dean Don Weidner, the gift to create the Matthews & Hawkins Professorship in Property Law “will enable us to be home to an outstanding scholar knowledgable about the difficult balancing of private property rights and environmental concerns.”Matthews, who also received his B.S. degree from FSU, practices in the areas of general and criminal litigation, real property transactions and litigation, condominium and construction law, complex commercial litigation, business tort litigation and personal injury law. He is a member of the Florida Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Okaloosa/Walton County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and The Florida Bar. He served as president of the Okaloosa/Walton County Bar Association in 1992-1993.“I’ve known Dana since he was a law student, and am thrilled that he and his firm are supporting us in this way,” says Weidner.Hawkins practices in the areas of civil litigation, complex commercial litigation, construction law, business formation and estate planning. He is a member of the Okaloosa/Walton County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, and the State Bar of Texas.In addition to Matthews, other FSU law graduates among the law firm’s staff of 19 include Richard A. Krause, Mary K. Kraemer, Mark Robert McMullen, and Lori Ellen Ward.Firm’s pro bono targets kids Briefs Lawyers for Affordable Housing, a collaborative project of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar and the Florida Housing Coalition, recently honored the lawyers who offered pro bono assistance during 2002 to qualifying nonprofit organizations that build or renovate affordable housing.Those honored include: Bruce I. Wiener, Tallahassee; Del G. Potter, Mount Dora; Kenneth C. Crooks, Melbourne; William L. Thompson, Orange Park; W. Christopher Hart, Destin; Richard H. Tami, Orlando; John A. Noland, Ft. Myers; and Robert C. Brighton, Ft. Lauderdale.Anyone interested in joining the panel of attorneys for the project, or wants more information concerning the project, may contact either Andrew M. O’Malley (813-250-0577) or Chris O’Ryan (813-639-9699).St. Pete Bar hosts community dialogue N ational Bar Association President Malcolm S. Robinson recently took part in a “Community Dialogue” on race and the legal profession, sponsored by the St. Petersburg Bar Association.Other panel members included Professor Ray Arseneault of the University of South Florida; Professor Gregory Padgett of Eckerd College; Enrique Escarraz; County Judge Myra Scott McNary; St. Petersburg NAACP President Darryl Rouson; Stetson Black Law Student Association President Ya’Sheaka Campbell; and Randy Lightfoot of the Pinellas County Schools.Tampa firms raises money for United Way The American Bar Association recently filed a memorandum arguing that the Federal Trade Commission arbitrarily and mistakenly applied to lawyers the privacy notice provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, contrary to the intent of Congress and to the detriment of consumers.The ABA is formally opposing a motion before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the FTC to dismiss the ABA’s suit seeking to overturn the FTC’s interpretation of the Act, expressed in a staff opinion letter last April.“Congress made clear that the act was designed to foster competition among financial institutions that provide consumer services by allowing them to form new affiliations. It added important consumer privacy protections and notice requirements to assure that those affiliations would not lead to financial institutions misusing customers’ personal financial information. Congress was clear, and the act is clear, that the new privacy notice requirements do not apply to lawyers. The FTC’s interpretation of the act represents a regulatory overreach, and goes beyond its congressional authorization,” said ABA President Alfred P. Carlton, Jr. “In adopting the Act, Congress recognized that lawyers’ clients already have greater protections than the Act could give them, by way of the attorney-client privilege,” he said.“The FTC’s overly broad interpretation risks confusing clients about the more stringent privacy protections they already enjoy,” said Carlton. “All lawyers are subject to the laws of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that strictly regulate the privacy, confidentiality and security of all client information. They offer broader and more stringent protections than are spelled out in the Act.“confusing clients about those protections, the FTC staff is thwarting the intent of Congress to increase consumers’ confidence in their privacy safeguards,” he said.The ABA Memorandum in Opposition to the FTC’s Motion to Dismiss the Complaint will be posted on the association Web site at www.abanet.org/poladv/glbfactsheet.html. Firm makes $300,000 gift to the FSU College of Law Carlton Fields raised more than $96,000 during its annual fundraising campaign for the United Way of Tampa Bay, the largest amount the firm has raised in its history for the Tampa Bay area United Way.The firm’s fundraiser took place in the St. Petersburg and Tampa offices, and lasted approximately seven weeks.“We are proud to have exceeded our fundraising goal for the United Way in slow economic ti mes, and happy to support our community through the United Way,” said Luis Prats, the Tampa office’s managing shareholder.Patients’ rights seminars setcenter_img Peter Williams, director of Florida’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, has been named the new statewide prosecutor by Attorney General Charlie Crist.Crist’s office made the announcement on January 6, the day before he was sworn in as Attorney General. Williams also took office on January 7, succeeding Melanie Hines who held the post for 12 years.Williams spent 10 years as an assistant state attorney in the First Circuit and also worked in the attorney general’s antitrust division. He served as inspector general for the Division of Business and Professional Regulation in addition to directing the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.“Peter is committed to protecting the people of Florida from those who engage in organized criminal activity,” Crist said. “His experience as a civil and a criminal prosecutor makes him the right choice for this very demanding job.”A graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, Williams also has a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.He was one of six finalists, along with Hines, nominated by the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission for the four-year term.Crist recognized Hines, who is chair-elect of the Bar’s Criminal Law Section, for her service in the post, to which she was first appointed in 1991 by former Attorney General Bob Butterworth.“I wish to thank Melanie Ann Hines for her close to 12 years of service as Florida’s third statewide prosecutor. I join her colleagues in wishing her the very best in any future endeavors,” Crist said.ABA still fighting to overturn Gramm-Leach-Bliley provision McDermott, Will & Emery has implemented a new pro bono initiative in all of its U.S. offices, the “MW&E: Kids First Project,” which focuses on representing children in need to ensure they receive appropriate public education and remain in school.MW&E: Kids First, organized in collaboration with a local referral agency in each office, will provide legal representation for a variety of needs, including special education for eligible children, legal inquiries regarding children with health needs, school access and registration, school discipline, school eligibility for immigrant and undocumented children, and law reform and legislative policy.“MW&E: Kids First is a unique opportunity for our lawyers to devote their skills, knowledge, and experience to help the children of our community,” said Ira Coleman of the firm’s Miami office. “The key to this program is our partnership with the local pro bono organizations, which give us the opportunity to help those children in need.”The Miami office is coordinating with the Dade County Public Defender’s Juvenile Division and Legal Services of Greater Miami. Participating attorneys have identified the opportunities available for their local MW&E: Kids First Project as follows: LSGMI will identify and refer three to five cases that are in the due process stage or beyond. The PD will identify specific state and federal court motions that will be useful to clients being denied educational rights, and firm attorneys will assist in drafting the motions. If the need for potential class action litigation to enforce educational rights arises, firm attorneys are prepared to assist as necessary. In select cases, McDermott, Will & Emery may serve as co-counsel with the PD.Section honors volunteer lawyers February 1, 2003 Regular News Seventeen lawyers have been elected without opposition to the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, while 16 others are running for seven contested seats.Filing for the seats closed December 16, and ballots will be mailed in late February to YLD members in circuits with contested races. Ballots must be returned to the Bar’s election company, election.com by midnight March 21. YLD members will have the option of voting with the paper ballot or online.Contested races are: • In the Ninth Circuit, Seat 1, Lawrence H. Kolin and Paul J. Scheck have filed. • In the 11th Circuit, Seat 1, Garrett Biondo, Mario Garcia, and N. Vail Gardner have filed. In seat 2, Cynthia Morales and Rodney Smith have filed. • In the 13th Circuit, Seat 1, R.J. Haughey II and Steven D. Lehner have filed. • In the 15th Circuit, Seat 2, Ron Ponzoli, Jr., and Michael A. Rodriguez have filed. In Seat 3, Ginny R. Neal and David J. Pascuzzi have filed. • In the 17th Circuit, Seat 3, Jill M. Bennett, Nicholas W. Romanello, and Leonard Wilder have filed.If any of the races result in a runoff, ballots for that will be mailed at the end of March, and must be returned by midnight, April 21.Those elected without oppoositon were: • In the First Circuit, Seat 1, Julie L. Jones. • In the Third Circuit, Seat 1, Kris B. Robinson. • In the Fifth Circuit, Seat 1, Renee E. Thompson. • In the Seventh Circuit, Seat 1, William M. Chanfrau, Jr. • In the Ninth Circuit, Seat 2, Jamie Billotte Moses; in Seat 3 Nichole M. Mooney. • In the 11th Circuit, Seat 3, Jennifer Ator; in Seat 4, Maria T. Armas; in Seat 5 Alexander T. Sarafoglu; in Seat 6, Clinton Payne. • In the 13th Circuit, Seat 2, Gregory P. Brown; in Seat 3, Lara J. Tibbals. • In the 15th Circuit, Seat 1, C. Wade Bowden. • In the 17th Circuit, Seat 1, Michelle Tomlinson; in Seat 2, Shari N. Hines; in Seat 4, Cleveland Ferguson III. Newly elected and returning board members will be sworn in during the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June. Williams named new statewide prosecutor Florida Bar members qualify for a $100 discount, in addition to a second $100 savings for early registration, for the upcoming ABA TECHSHOW 2003.The show is created by lawyers and related legal professionals for the legal community and brings together lawyers, information technology managers, and other legal and tech experts. The event is scheduled for April 3-5 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel.For more information, visit www.TECHSHOW.com, or call (800) 888-8300, ext. 9191. Those who register before March 8 can get a $100 discount, and Florida Bar members get an additional $100 off by indicating The Florida Bar’s promoter code — PP14 — on the registration form. CLE credit is also available.YLD board races setlast_img read more

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How Michigan credit unions achieved highest performance in 20 years

first_imgCredit unions are having a phenomenal year in just about every category, no doubt. To get a little proof in the puddin’, we invited Michigan Credit Union League President & CEO Dave Adams on the program to share how well Michigan credit unions have performed in 2015. In fact, Michigan credit unions have had their highest performance in more than 20 years. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

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Wear a mask even at home, Madrid region says

first_imgTopics : “We feel it is important since the majority of outbreaks happen in family or friends meetings or celebrations gathering people who don’t live together.”The official said it was up to each citizen to wear a mask in private gatherings, adding that most people in Madrid were already wearing one outdoors even without it being mandatory.Madrid was one of the hardest-hit regions at the peak of the pandemic, but has over the past weeks reported far fewer cases than Catalonia and Aragon, where most of the new clusters have been reported.The Canary islands region popular with tourists, the only other area in Spain where masks are not mandatory outdoors if people can keep a safe distance, has issued a video with a similar message.At the end of a clip that shows a family gathering, embracing and hugging for a grandfather’s birthday, one of the birthday presents turns out to be a respiratory device. A message on the screen reads: “A simple family gathering can bring you as a present 40 days in coma, or even death.”  Face masks should be worn even at home if you are with people you do not live with, an official from the Madrid region said on Thursday, even though he conceded there was no way to enforce such a recommendation.Spain already has Europe’s strictest rules on masks. In Madrid they are mandatory everywhere in public unless people are outdoors and can keep a 1.5 meter distance. In most of the country, they must be worn in public regardless of safe distances, but with no rules on wearing them at home.”We recommend, as a precaution, the wearing of masks in private spaces when there are meetings or gatherings of people who don’t live together,” Enrique Ruiz Escudero, the health chief of the Madrid region, told a news conference.last_img read more

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China takes over US consulate in Chengdu

first_imgPolice stand at a cordon near the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, July 27, 2020, as a deadline is due to expire for the departure of the final group of U.S. personnel from the consulate after China ordered its closure in response to a U.S. order for China to shut its consulate in Houston. REUTERS CHENGDU, China – China said it had taken over the premises of the US consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu yesterday after ordering the facility be shut in retaliation for being ousted from the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the consulate was closed as of 10 a.m. It said later that authorities entered the building and took over the premises. China ordered the closure of the facility on Friday after Washington last week gave China 72 hours to vacate its consulate in Houston, in a dramatic escalation of tensions between the world’s two largest economies. (Reuters) Chengdu police restricted access to the area around the consulate yesterday morning, and four officials in personal protective gear were seen walking towards the consulate at about 10:24 a.m. local time (0224 GMT).last_img read more

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Detectives continue to investigate 2018 Dearborn County murder

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN —Detectives from the Indiana State Police Versailles District continue to investigate the Memorial weekend 2018 murder that occurred on Highridge Court near Lawrenceburg in Dearborn County. On May 28, 2018, Thomas Biedenharn, 73, was found deceased in his residence in the Hidden Valley subdivision. An autopsy later confirmed that Biedenharn was the victim of a homicide.Information gathered during the investigation has led investigators to believe that more than one person was present with Biedenharn at the residence when the crime occurred. A newer model “electric or bright blue” four-door or extended cab truck was seen in the area of the residence around the time of the crime.The Biedenharn family is offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who is able to provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the murder of Thomas Biedenharn.Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Brian Earls at the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post at (812)689-5000.last_img read more

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Liverpool to begin Premier League title defence against Leeds

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool will begin defending their Premier League title on September 12 at Anfield, according to a fixture list for the new season, when they play newly promoted Leeds United, who return to the competition for the first time in 16 years.Manchester City and Manchester United will not participate in the competition until September 19, after they were guaranteed 30 days of rest following the end of their European seasons. City were due to open their season against Aston Villa and United against Burnley but those games will be moved.United will now kick off the season at home to Crystal Palace on September 19, according to the fixture list released by the league on Thursday, and City will travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers for their opener on the same day.Mikel Arteta will begin his first full season in charge of Arsenal with a trip to newly promoted Fulham, while north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur host Everton in the pick of the opening weekend’s fixtures.Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ opening matches are both scheduled for September 14, with the Blues travelling to Brighton & Hove Albion and Wolves visiting Sheffield United.Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool travel to Chelsea for their second game of the season before hosting FA Cup champions Arsenal. Tags: 2020/2021 SeasonEnglish Premier LeagueLeeds UnitedLiverpoolOpening MatchPremier LeagueTitle defencelast_img read more

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Builders Warehouse opens in Botswana

first_img13 October 2011South African DIY and home improvement chain Builders Warehouse has made its first foray outside South Africa with the opening of a new store in Gaborone, Botswana.The store, which opened at the Airport Junction Shopping Centre in Gaborone last month, aims to give customers in the city a new shopping experience by offering a wide selection of quality building materials and home improvement products.“As the largest home improvement retailer in the industry in South Africa, we are delighted to be opening in Gaborone,” Massbuild CEO Llewellyn Walters said at the store opening, which was attended by Botswana’s Labour and Home Affairs Minster Peter Siele and Assistant Trade and Industry Minister Vincent Seretse.“We look forward to bringing customers the best choice at the lowest possible prices, with exceptional service delivery thanks to our enthusiastic, experienced and committed staff.”Corporate social responsibilityCustomer appetite for the Builders Warehouse offering was re-enforced with opening sales that far exceeded targeted expectations.According to the statement, Builders Warehouse encourages continuous engagement and participation with the local communities that it serves and is specifically committed to supporting and promoting initiatives that focus on educational sustainability.Builders Warehouse Gaborone donated 20 000 pula each to Ikageng primary School, Tswaragano Primary School, Moamogwe Primary School, while the company’s staff visited each of the schools and have directly assisted them with minor revamping, gardening and painting.The chain store is a part of Massmart, which also owns retail chain stores like Game, Makro and Dion Wired. The world’s largest retailer, US-based Walmart, acquired a 51% stake in Massmart for R16.5-billion in May this year.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Top 10 Vertical and Social Web Trends For The Decade

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… On Jan. 6, 2011 we hosted our 64th free One Million by One Million (1M/1M) strategy roundtable for entrepreneurs, and the first for this year. We started this week’s roundtable with a discussion of all the resources we have brought together over the last three years to help entrepreneurs, including a comprehensive curriculum for entrepreneurship development on a large scale. This curriculum is based on the various questions entrepreneurs have asked me over these 64 sessions, spanning financing, positioning, customer acquisition, marketing, sales, channel, and various other early stage, startup-related issues. As usual, then, I worked with three entrepreneurs working on specific businesses..Mava ConsultingFirst up today was John Bertoni with Mava Consulting, who is setting up a part-time sales force for companies to use without having to invest the fully loaded cost of a direct sales rep per geography. John has rightly observed that many small companies, as well as foreign companies trying to get into the United States, have limited budget, and could use 25% of the time of a sales rep in each geography, say, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle. So, effectively, at the cost of one full-time sales rep, they can access coverage in four different regions. I like the idea, and recognize the problem. John already has a couple of customers, and needs about 50 customers to get to $1M in annual revenue. I offered to help him market his services through 1M/1M, since his target customer base overlaps rather nicely with the 1M/1M community.Juju BandNext Julie Acevedo presented Juju Band, a newborn navel protection band to cover the umbilical cord for about eight weeks from birth. Drawing on traditions in the Latin American community, Julie and her partner are bringing to market a very specific product to address a very specific pain, and I believe she can build a very successful e-commerce business based on this idea. In 1M/1M, we have extensive expertise on bootstrapping e-commerce businesses, and will be happy to help her navigate the paths of customer acquisition, inventory, merchandising, and financing. To begin with, today, I gave her a set of immediate action items, including starting a blog, a PPC campaign with some ideas on how to position her keywords, as well as some guidance on merchandising.Ancient TomorrowThen J.J. Yosh presented Ancient Tomorrow, a concept for a TV show drawing upon ancient wisdom to unearth alternative energy innovations used by ancient cultures. Very cool concept, designed by an energy scientist, upon which J.J. wants to develop a mystery show. He has written a first season with nine episodes, and has built some relationships on the production side. He is looking for financing for the show. My knowledge of television show financing is limited, although a friend of mine was the COO of Magical Elves, a Hollywood production company that has produced Top Chef and Project Runway. I’ve had several conversations over the years on TV show financing, and the basic formula is that you have to get a network to finance your show. This means, you have to convince a network that focuses on your topic – in this case, A&E, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, or perhaps History Channel – to buy into your concept, and agree to fund the production. And that is what I advised J.J. to pursue. In the Entrepreneur Journeys methodology, we focus on customer validation as early as possible. In the case of J.J’s business, the customer is the Network. Unless he can get a network to buy in, there will be no point in producing the show. Finally, I spent the last part of the session on the methodology that we teach in 1M/1M, as well as few minutes on Trends. In fact, in the discussion on JuJu brands is yet another validation of the verticalization and niche-ization of the Internet. This week, I published an article called The Top 10 Vertical and Social Web Trends where I have discussed this at length. I am pretty convinced that the Web will get increasingly more verticalized where appropriate and localized, and niche businesses will do very, very well. This is my core assumption on Web 3.0. In 1M/1M, we have a huge emphasis on helping today’s Web entrepreneurs navigate their ways into a Web 3.0 tomorrow. It is clear to me, after doing these strategy sessions for over two years, that entrepreneurs need a lot more training on positioning and go-to-market, financing strategies, including alternative financing besides venture capital. As such, I have created video lecture modules with case studies in the 1M/1M premium lounge on these topics with very specific guidance on what analysis to perform and how. The easiest way for me to teach a large number of entrepreneurs some of these basics is to have you spend 30-40 hours on the curriculum I have created, and then have you come work with me on refining your strategies and positioning at the private roundtables. I have thought a lot about how to make an entrepreneurship education and eco-system scalable and accessible to a vastly larger number of people. The answer to that question, I believe, is the 1M/1M Premium Lounge. You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here. Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M), an educational and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. She is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant who writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is the author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Photo by yirsh Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#StartUp 101 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img sramana mitra Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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