“End Lupus Now” Fundraiser Set for Sunday on Ocean City Boardwalk

first_imgThe Lupus Foundation of America’s Tri-State Chapter has a goal of 700 walkers and $50,000 for Sunday’s fundraiser on the Ocean City Boardwalk. (Courtesy Lupus Foundation of America Tri-State Chapter Facebook page)  By Tim KellyMost people have heard of lupus, but don’t necessarily know what it is.That lack of knowledge can sometimes be an impediment in the diagnosis and treatment of the potentially deadly disease, which currently has no known cure.“Lupus is what we call a masquerader because it attacks people in the prime of life and their symptoms can mimic conditions that aren’t serious,” said Cindy Messerle, CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America’s Tri-State Chapter.The Chapter hopes to raise awareness about lupus as well as funds to be used for research and education at Sunday’s 11th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now event on the Ocean City Boardwalk.Although online and mail-in registration for the walk ended, walk-up registration is welcomed beginning at 9 a.m. The walk itself steps off at 10 a.m. Signups take place at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk. Participants have the option of a 2-kilometer or a 4k course. There is no charge to participate, however, those who donate or raise $100 will receive a T-shirt and those donating or raising $25 receive a cooling towel.The event also features an educational program, kids games, music, food and drinks and a good morning of family-friendly fun, all for the benefit of wiping out a serious autoimmune system disease. If that weren’t enough, participants might just help the Tri-State Chapter achieve a major event milestone. Over the last decade, “the event has raised nearly $450,000,” Messerle said. She added she is hoping for 700 participants and a goal to raise $50,000.Thus, if Ocean City residents and visitors come through and the goal is reached, Ocean City’s Walk to End Lupus Now will have raised more than a half-million dollars since its inception.Many in the Walk to End Lupus Now participate in teams dedicated to a lupus sufferer, such as “Team Debbie,” at a recent Ocean City event. (Photo courtesy of Custom Ink) The Lupus Foundation of America calls the disease “the cruel mystery” because the average patient has suffered from the disease for six years before it is diagnosed – and also because the mystery of a cure has yet to be solved. It can attack virtually any organ, from the skin, to the brain, and potentially cause inflammation or even organ failure.“Because it strikes people usually in the 15-44 age range, doctors look at a symptom, such as fatigue, and tell the patient they need to slow down or take a vacation,” Messerle said.Meanwhile, the patient’s lupus is making its dangerous inroads. Researchers still haven’t figured out why, but lupus strikes mostly women, and people of color are two-thirds more likely to contract the disease. Currently five million people suffer from lupus, an estimated 1.5 million in the United States. Messerle said the local chapter estimates 40,000 lupus sufferers live in the Tri-State area. Representatives of that group will be among the walkers, she said. “Many of the walkers participate in teams in the name of people who suffer or who have passed away from complications of lupus,” said Messerle, who joined the Chapter as its CEO last October.“I used to be one of those people who didn’t have a personal connection.” That changed, she said, when it was learned her son’s girlfriend had been diagnosed recently. Awareness of lupus went up with the announcement last October by entertainer Selena Gomez that she had undergone a kidney transplant due to the effects of lupus. (Photo courtesy of Lupus Research Alliance) Several high-profile celebrities such as Toni Braxton and Nick Cannon suffer from lupus. Most recently, Selena Gomez underwent a kidney transplant and went public that she had the disease. As a result, more funds needed for research have been raised.Messerle noted “promising and exciting research” is currently going on and the Ocean City community “should come out, enjoy a great morning and help us further to stop lupus.”last_img read more

Penguin opts for caramel

first_imgUnited Biscuits UK has added a caramel wafer to its McVitie’s Penguin range, available in a nine-pack, to sit alongside the existing Penguin Wafer.”The introduction of McVitie’s Penguin Wafer has been one of our most successful brand extensions in recent years,” said brand director Matt Brown. “The new caramel-flavoured addition is the second most popular flavour in the wafer segment, after chocolate.” The product contains 160kcal and has no hydrogenated vegetable oil, artificial colours or flavours.last_img

Scottish Bakers offers tax relief service to members

first_imgAn innovative new scheme has seen bakers in Scotland receive £165,000-worth of tax relief for their research & development (R&D) work.Three businesses have benefited from a government initiative thanks to working with Scottish Bakers, including Brownings the Bakers in Kilmarnock and Maclean’s Highland Bakery.Scottish Bakers has teamed up with Jumpstart, a specialist in R&D tax credits, in a bid to achieve the savings for its members. Alan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers, told British Baker that businesses from across the country not just Scotland should try and benefit from the government’s tax relief.Companies have received tax relief for people’s time, electricity and fuel for the oven, while involved in new product development.He added: “There are very few bakers who are not involved in research and development activities, although I know they may not record them as such. In the current economic climate it is essential for bakers to avail themselves of all support on offer to them. In partnership with Jumpstart, we do all the necessary work and the bakers pay for service from the tax refund they receive.”John Gall, managing director of Brownings the Bakers, said: “Until we started using the Scottish Bakers service, provided by Jumpstart, we didn’t realise that an R&D tax credits scheme even existed. We have subsequently told many bakers in the industry about these missed opportunities.”Lewis Maclean, president of Scottish Bakers, added: “It’s important for the Scottish bakery sector to support this important government initiative, as we know the time and effort required to develop new products and consistently improve existing ones.”This scheme recognises the cost of developing new products and provides a real cash return for this work.”l For more information call 0131 229 1401 or send an email [email protected]last_img read more

January 1, 2004 On the Move

first_img January 1, 2004 Regular News January 1, 2004 On the Move Mitchell B. Rothman, formerly of the Rothman Law Offices in Tampa, has recently earned his Colorado law license and has opened The Rothman Law Firm with offices in the Sky Adventures Building at Walker Field, 817 Falcon Way, Suite 210, Grand Junction, Colorado 81506, telephone (888) 256-4824. He practices criminal defense, aviation law, personal injury, and real estate litigation.The Boca Raton law firm of Richard S. Lehman, P.A., has changed its name to Richard S. Lehman & Associates, P.A., to reflect the recent hiring of Andrew M. Shamp, formerly of Broad and Cassel in Ft. Lauderdale, as an associate. Offices are located at 2600 N. Military Trail, Suite 270, Boca Raton 33431, telephone (561) 368-1113. The firm concentrates its practrice in tax law, trusts, estate tax, asset protection planning, and international law. Suzanne K. Sterling, formerly of The Law Offices of Suzanne K. Sterling, P.A., has become Of Counsel with Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Miami. Sterling, a member of the firm’s Heath Law Practice Group, concentrates her practice in the representation of biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical, and medical device manufacturers, wholesale pharmaceutical distributors, dietary supplement manufacturers, and distributors and other companies whose products are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Florida Board of Pharmacy. Lori A. Nazry and Nekishia Lester recently became associates with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A., in Miami. Nazry practices in the area of general civil litigation. Lester practices in the areas of asbestos defense litigation, employment litigation, premise liability, and insurance-related litigation. Carin Elaine Bennett announces the opening of Carin E. Bennett, P.A., with offices located at 353 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville 32202, telephone (904) 355-9900. The firm concentrates in commercial litigation, immigration, family law, and appeals. Robert Allen Law, formerly Allen & Galego, recently announced that Charles Lea Hume, formerly of Baker & McKenzie, has joined the firm as a shareholder and will be practicing in the areas of commercial and corporate law; John Mischel has become a shareholder and will continue to practice in the areas of tax and corporate law; and Umberto Bonavita, formerly with Weil & Gotchal, has joined the firm as an associate, in the areas of commercial and corporate law. Offices are located at 601 Brickell Key Drive, Suite 805, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 372-3300. Yafit Tako has joined Smith, Currie & Hancock L.L.P., as an associate, with offices located at 1600 S.E. 17th St., Causeway, Suite 304, Ft. Lauderdale 33316, telephone (954) 761-8700. Tako concentrates her practice in the area of construction litigation. Michael S. “Mike” Hagen, former house counsel to the Lee County Property Appraiser, has returned to private practice to represent property owners in property tax matters, including consulting, administrative appeals and litigation. His address is P.O. Box 6808, Ft. Myers 33911-6808, telephone (239) 275-0808. Joseph L. Stone, Of Counsel to D’Ancona and Pflaum, advises that the firm has merged with Seyfarth Shaw L.L.P. Stone can now be reached at 55 E. Monroe St. Chicago, Ill. 60603, telephone (312) 781-8654. Stone also is the director of the Business Law Clinic at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1 E. Pearson St. Chicago Ill. 60611, telephone (312) 915-7130. Ann H. King, Catherine B. Parks and Michael R. Ragan have become partners with Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer P.A., Miami. King concentrates her practice in civil litigation, commercial litigation, insurance defense, general liability, medical malpractice, nursing-home defense litigation, and professional liability. Parks concentrates her practice in insurance defense, mass tort litigation, medical malpractice, and nursing-home defense litigation. Ragan represents physicians, dentists and nurses in civil and administrative litigation, hospital and nursing-home defense litigation, insurance coverage issues and health-care regulatory compliance. Michael S. Greene has joined Akerman Senterfitt as a shareholder in the West Palm Beach office and will practice in the firm’s new Indoor Environmental Group. Frank Bronchick, has joined ARC Mediation, with offices at 777 South Flagler Drive, Suite 800 West, West Palm Beach 33401, telephone (561) 515-604. Todd B. Reinstein, formerly with Ernst & Young, is now a senior tax associate with the Washington, D.C., office of Gardner Carton and Douglas, LLP, with offices at 1301 K Street, NW, Suite 900, East Tower, Washington, D.C. 20005, telephone (202) 230-5115. Thomas Rodes Gould, formerly of the Department of Environmental Protection, has become an associate with Steel Hector & Davis L.L.P., Miami. Gould will work in the areas of submerged lands permitting, industrial wastewater permitting, and real property. He also was responsible for contract reviews and negotiation, permit reviews, rulemaking, and providing legal advisory opinions. Derek Kurtz, Matthew Blackshear, Morris Richardson and Alexander Dobrev have become associated with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, in Orlando, and Richard Danley has become Of Counsel to the firm. Kurtz’ practice areas include real estate transactions, development and finance, and commercial leasing. Blackshear recently earned his law degree from Florida State University. Richardson’s practice area focuses on general litigation. Dobrev’s practice areas include real estate, and corporate/securities. Danley’s practice areas include real estate transactions, development, and finance. The Edwards Cohen firm has moved its offices to the Dyal-Upchurch Building located at 6 East Bay Street, Suite 500, Jacksonville 32202, telephone (904) 633-7979. The firm concentrates its practice in the areas of real estate, corporate, finance, land use, local government and public agency representation, and associated specialties. Harry Malka, formerly with Malka & Trainor, P.C., Atlanta, has joined Gelch Taylor Hodkin Kopelowitz & Ostrow, Ft. Lauderdale. Malka will practice in the areas of commercial litigation and family law. Steven C. Allender has joined the Office of Jerry W. Allender and the father and son firm will be known as Allender & Allender. Prior to joining his father’s practice, Steven Allender served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas D. Sawaya at the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach and was an associate with a commercial litigation firm in Sarasota. The firm, which has offices in Titusville and Cocoa Beach, focuses in the areas of elder law, nursing home/Medicaid planning, guardianships, and estate planning. Stanley Kiszkiel, formerly with Whelan, DeMaio & Kiszkiel, P.A., announces the opening of Stanley Kiszkiel, P.A., with offices at 9000 Sheridan Street, Suite 100, PMB No. 11, Pembroke Pines 33024, telephone (954) 862-2288. Kiszkiel will continue to practice in labor and employment law. Alan H. Lubitz has joined the Boca Raton law firm Sachs Sax Klein. Lubitz’s areas of practice include real property, community association law, including condominium and community development, homeowner and property owners association law, and land use and zoning. Jessica Santiago has joined Scott J. Brook, P.A., with offices in Coral Springs and Coral Gables. The practice concentrates in workers’ compensation, appeals, and family law matters. Shana Duehring, Jeffrey M. James, Michele G. Johnson, Brian Okay, and Joseph E. Parrish have joined Fowler White Boggs Banker as associates. Duehring will practice in the firm’s General Trial Practice Group where she will concentrate her practice in the area of defense of first- and third- party tort and contract claims including auto, property, personal injury, PIP, fraud, and general liability claims, as well as prosecution of commercial claims. James will practice in the firms Products Liability Practice Group where he will concentrate his practice in the areas of toxic torts, aviation torts, mold litigation, products liability, construction litigation, professional and medical malpractice, vehicular torts, and premises torts. Johnson will practice in the firm’s Products Liability/Technology Law Practice Group where she will concentrate her practice in the areas of civil litigation, with a focus on computer law, intellectual property law and general business litigation. Okay will practice in the firm’s Securities, Financial Services, and White Collar Practice Group where he will represent brokerage firms, financial institutions, corporations, and their associated persons in arbitration, litigation in state and federal courts and in investigations and proceedings before state and federal regulatory agencies and self-regulatory organizations. Parrish will practice in the firm’s Products Liability Practice Group where he will concentrate his practice in the areas of civil litigation, with a focus on products liability, premises liability, professional liability, vehicular torts, toxic torts, mold litigation, and construction litigation. Pete Cardillo, formerly the managing partner of Buchanan Ingersoll’s Tampa litigation department, has formed the Cardillo Law Firm at 2707 W. Azeele St., Suite 201, Tampa 33609, telephone (813) 801-9050. The firm will focus on business and civil litigation, concentrating in the prosecution of termite damage claims for commercial and multi-family real estate developers and condominium associations.last_img read more

Man sentenced for UPL

first_img April 15, 2005 Regular News A Pensacola man has been ordered by the Florida Supreme Court to serve a five-month sentence for violating a court order to cease the unlicensed practice of law.The court issued an order March 14 to the Escambia County sheriff directing that Michael Bowers be arrested and serve five months in county jail for violating a contempt order from the court.The case began in 1998 when the court issued an injunction to Bowers — who held himself out as a “J.D.” and operated businesses under the names of Legal Tech of Northwest Florida and Documentation Center, Inc. — to cease the unlicensed practice of law.Bowers, who dealt mostly in dissolution matters, promptly violated the injunction. After further investigation and hearings, the court held Bowers in contempt in 2002 but suspended the sentence and put him on probation when he agreed to cease operations.But a client soon complained to the Bar about a probate matter Bowers had handled for her and the Bar found that Bowers was still advertising himself as a J.D. That led to a further investigation and referee hearing, and the court’s March 14 order for Bowers’ arrest.If Bowers does go to jail, he would be the first in about 10 years to be imprisoned for violating a Supreme Court order to cease the unlicensed practice of law, and only the second since the Bar resumed prosecuting such cases in the early 1990s.Last year, the legislature increased the criminal penalties for UPL from a first degree misdemeanor to a third degree felony, with a maximum penalty of five years in jail. Bowers could not be prosecuted under the new law because his violations occurred before it was enacted. Man sentenced for UPLcenter_img Man sentenced for UPLlast_img read more

Bay Shore Crash Kills Woman

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old woman was killed when a car crashed into her stopped, disabled vehicle that was stopped on the side of the Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore on Wednesday afternoon.Suffolk County said Jessica Ortiz was sitting in her sedan west of exit 43, when a Chevrolet Caprice struck her car, which then hit the back of a flatbed tow truck that was stopped in front of Ortiz’ sedan at 12:35 p.m.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead. The tow truck had responded to assist her.The driver of the Caprice, 51-year-old Raymond Reinhardt of West Islip, hospitalized at the same medical center in critical but stable condition. The driver of the tow truck was not injured.Route 27 westbound was closed for hours while investigators were on the scene. It was reopened at about 6 p.m.Third Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Reviewing vendor contracts can yield big results

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr By taking a comprehensive look at existing service contracts, credit unions can find unexpected savings and improve the quality of the service you receive without changing vendors.An expert with pricing and vendor services knowledge can assist you through the process of determining what level of savings you should be able to expect from re-negotiating your service contracts, whether you have one vendor or dozens.What’s more, you may find that by simply changing the verbiage in a contract, you can ensure that a vendor is providing you with the services you need today, as well as what you anticipate needing down the road. So not only does your credit union get a better price when it’s time to renew an agreement, you may benefit from immediate, retroactive savings.When done correctly, re-negotiating a contract can be a “win-win” for you and your vendors: You get better service at a better price and your vendors keep a satisfied customer.However, if there are issues related to poor service or slow response to requests for support, getting the vendor’s attention during negotiations can lead to solutions for unsatisfactory treatment that can mend conflicts. continue reading »last_img read more

Stewart’s Shops help dairy farmers during pandemic

first_imgThey also are now helping dairy producers by having increased competitive premiums of 50 cents from .10 per cwt to .60 cents per cwt for the month of May and it could possibly extend into June. They also are extending their fuel savings with a decreased hauling charge for the month of May. In a statement from a local dairy farmer Chris Koval he said, (WBNG)- Stewart’s Shops has announced that they plan on helping dairy farmers as they have been forced to dump milk. “As a local farm family, we are proud to work with Stewart’s.  Our partnership is a true team effort.  We work together to put the best product from our cows out to store shelves.  It’s gratifying to be able to supply high quality, fresh product to our friends and neighbors. Stewart’s makes it easy to be proud of what we do.” On their website, they said that they have decreased the cost of their milk in their stores by 10 cents for their customers.last_img read more

Nordic roundup: PFA, Oslo Pensionsforsikring, Bærum, Swedish Pensions Agency

first_imgDenmark’s largest commercial pensions provider PFA has launched a new bid to shift customers out of traditional with-profits pensions and into its unit-link products. The DKK417bn (€559bn) pension fund informed customers in a statement they had a new opportunity to transfer their savings from traditional with-profits products to its unit-link product PFA Plus, involving new transfer rates.PFA said it was now using a a new model to calculate transfer sums which accorded with new rules laid down by the Danish FSA, Finanstilsynet.The company said it recommended that customers pooled their pension savings within the PFA Plus product, which it said gave a higher return at the same time as avoiding an administration fee. Danish pension funds have taken various steps over the last few years to move scheme members towards unit-link products and away from the reserve-heavy guaranteed pensions. However, marketing methods have sometimes been criticised. In March, Sampension found itself the subject of a writ from the Danish ombudsman as a result of an individual case where marketing literature had persuaded a member to switch out of a guaranteed product.Meanwhile, Norway’s Oslo Pensjonsforsikring (OPF) reported a slight fall in investment returns in the first quarter of this year as a result of weaker equities. Investment returns for customers fell to a value-adjusted 1.7% in the first three months of this year, compared with 2.4% in the same period last year.The public sector pensions provider described the return as good, given underlying conditions, but lower than the year-earlier result because of weaker price rises on equities markets.During the quarter, the fund’s asset allocation shifted away from bonds.Fixed income assets represented 54.8% of the portfolio at the end of March, down from 57.1% at the end of December, and equities expanded to account for 22.0% of assets, up from 20.6%.The property allocation increased to 22.2% from 21.8% Within equities, the proportion of assets held in quoted shares was 17.0%, down from 17.2% at the end of December, according to OPF figures.The allocation to private equity rose marginally to 1.9% from 1.8%.Group profit fell to NOK140m (€17.2m) in the first quarter from NOK147m in the same period a year before. Separately, the Norwegian municipality of Bærum has decided to establish its own pension fund, after testing the market for alternatives for the provision of the public service pension.The main provider of the public service pension to municipalities in Norway is Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP).According to the Norwegian pension association, Pensjonskasseforeningen, Bærum decided last year to put its pension provision out to competitive tender, looking for offers for two alternatives — an insurance-based pension and a separate pension fund for the municipality.After evaluating the offers received, the authority decided to establish its own pension fund, the association said. The new pension scheme will cover all of the municipality’s current and former staff including pensioners. It will have around 2,500 members. In other news, the Swedish Pensions Agency is to find options for changing the guaranteed pension so that individuals are encouraged to retire later.The Swedish government has tasked the agency with investigating and analysing methods that promote later retirement for those with low pensions. The aim of the exercise is to ensure that people with low pensions will have better financial outcomes in terms of the guaranteed pension, housing and support for the elderly when they retire, it said.The social security minister Ulf Kristersen said: “A longer working life leads to individual pensions being secured at a reasonable level, at the same time ensuring good welfare.”The pensions agency’s work will be based on the report from the retirement age inquiry (Pensionsåldersutredningen) entitled ’Measures for a Longer Working Life’, the government said.last_img read more

OAS calls for further co-operation during PAHO meeting

first_img Share 8 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional OAS calls for further co-operation during PAHO meeting by: – September 27, 2011 Image via: topnews.inWASHINGTON, USA — The assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, joined health ministers, government officials and country representatives from around the world for the inauguration of the 51st Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, DC. PAHO, one of the longest-standing institutions of the inter-American system, met in annual session at the start of the week to analyze its actions and review policies.During his address, Ramdin acknowledged efforts by PAHO to co-ordinate and collaborate with various agencies within the Inter-American System. Pointing as well to the co-operation recently demonstrated by Caribbean countries at the United Nations which led to the passage of an historic resolution on non-communicable diseases, Ramdin said strategic collaboration among organizations and countries has now become essential. “We see the potential that can be realized from closer partnerships between organizations like ours. By linking our priorities on social matters and making them an integral part of the region’s policy agenda, we can effectively ensure that health dimensions are included in the region’s economic, social and political integration and cooperation efforts, providing a platform from which to better confront the challenges,” said Ramdin. According to the OAS official, security, development and even democracy are all affected if health-related concerns of a population are not fully addressed. “It is impossible to speak of full democracy when there are people who lack basic health and sanitation services. Good governance requires strong, effective and respected institutions capable of shaping and implementing public policies needed to reach all segments of the population,” said Ramdin. PAHO director Mirta Roses Periago said, “It is fundamental for us to respond appropriately to the changing needs of diverse populations. It requires concerted action, repurposing, adaptation and strengthening of health systems to increase responsiveness.”Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more