Bar LRS now covering Miami-Dade

first_img October 15, 2008 Regular News Bar LRS now covering Miami-Dade Bar LRS now covering Miami-Dadecenter_img The Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service has added Miami-Dade County to its coverage area.The Bar’s LRS will start making referrals in Miami-Dade County beginning October 1, which coincides with the publishing of the new phone books, according to Karen Kelly, director of the Bar’s public service programs.Kelly also invites Miami-Dade lawyers to join the Bar’s LRS. The service refers callers to an attorney in their county who practices the type of law requested.More than 1,200 attorneys participate in the lawyer referral service program statewide. Florida Bar members in good standing who have an office in a county covered by the Bar referral service are eligible to join the service by completing an application and submitting a $125 membership fee. The attorney must also carry at least $100,000 in professional liability insurance.Prospective clients may reach the service by calling (800) 342-8011 from anywhere in Florida or visiting www.floridabar.org.last_img read more

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SMKBA plans diverity workshop

first_imgSMKBA plans diverity workshop THE SOUTH MIAMI KENDALL BAR ASSOCIATION will host its first Diversity Workshop September 16 at the Bankers Club in Miami. The event will review old definitions and approaches to diversity and inclusion and introduce new ways of approaching the subject in the profession and community. The workshop will also provide participants with some practical tools to overcome obstacles and leverage the benefits of diversity to advance client trust, attorney relationships, firm values, and business goals. The main speaker/facilitator for the workshop is Philadelphia-based David Tulin, a nationally recognized expert on professional diversity and inclusion best practices. For the past 20 years, Tulin has designed and implemented diversity and inclusion programs for executives, Fortune 500 companies, law firms, court systems, government agencies, universities, and community groups. Pictured are South Miami Kendall Bar board mkembers, back row from the left, President Kevin Deeb, Michael Capiro, David Weissman, and Steven Paulson. In the front from the left are Josh Wintle, Diane Kuker, Debbie Lowe, Karem Hadjez, Calrie Marsh, Sharon Azoulay, and Craig Hirsch. Register online athttp://smkba.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Sharon Azoulay at martinandazoulay@bellsouth.net, Calrie Marsh at cmarsh@pinkertlaw.com, or Michael Capiro at mcapiro@capirolegal.com. August 15, 2011 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Minnesota shows promise despite adversity-filled season, departures

first_imgFinding a pairing to replace Stecklein and defensive partner Megan Wolfe will be no short order, but Minnesota has plenty of players ready to fill the holes left behind by their predecessors.Sydney Baldwin saw significant time on the Gophers back line this season, as well as skilled freshman Patti Marshall, who sealed Minnesota’s Frozen Four berth with the only goal in its quarterfinal match-up against UMD.Minnesota also returns starting goalie Sidney Peters, who garnered a .917 save percentage this year.But, the biggest question mark comes from the international stage.Sarah Potomak had a breakout sophomore season, and finished second on the team with 53 points. She would return as a clear difference-maker for Minnesota.The impending 2018 Winter Olympics say otherwise for Potomak, as her status as a top Canadian forward could bring a redshirt year, and wouldn’t see her return until the 2018-2019 season. “Hopefully, Sarah’s doing some bigger things [next year], but I would love to play with her again, she’s so fun to play with, so dynamic, and so sneaky. I can’t say enough great things about her, and her future is so, so bright,” Pannek said.Despite the uncertainty and the departures, the Gophers look to build on a mostly solid foundation and get back en route to another national championship.“It’s gonna be hard to lose those guys,” said head coach Brad Frost. “With a program like ours and other top teams, you’re losing great players every year and it’s our job as coaches to bring some great ones in and develop the ones we have. We’ll be okay.” Minnesota shows promise despite adversity-filled season, departuresThe Gophers senior class went 133-17-11 in their careers.Chris DangSophomore forward Loren Gabel handles the puck on Friday, Mar. 17, 2017 in St. Charles, Missouri at the Family Arena. The Gophers lost 4-3 against Clarkson University Golden Knights. Tommy SlettenMarch 18, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintLee Stecklein finished her senior season just short of a perfect career – four national championships.After a 4-3 national semifinal loss to Clarkson University on Friday, Stecklein will leave the Gophers as one of the most storied players in program history.“It’s been a great four years at Minnesota, regardless of how it ended,” Stecklein said. “I’m gonna miss these girls, but it’s been the best four years.”Along with Stecklein, the Gophers lost five seniors earlier than they would have hoped after friday’s loss, including a top defensive pairing, and four forwards.Hope, however, is not all lost for Minnesota.The Gophers return the regular season NCAA scoring champion in Kelly Pannek, who will lead her team as a senior next year.“Any time you lose a senior class it’s really hard – I mean, they’re some of my best friends,” Pannek said. “Just to see how they love this team has been really fun to be a part of. We had two sophomores score goals tonight [Sophie Skarzynski and Sarah Potomak] and we have some really talented freshmen.”In its offensive corps, Minnesota also returns Caitlin Reilly, a grizzled veteran who has a knack for finding the net, Sophie Skarzynski, a talented utility player, and Alex Woken, a highly-touted recruit whose freshman year was cut short due to injury.Freshman forward Lindsey Agnew saw limited impact in her first year, but will look to provide a larger contribution in her sophomore season.last_img read more

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Scientists identify two brain networks influencing how we make decisions

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on Facebook Email LinkedIn Sharecenter_img Scientists at the Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford have pinpointed two distinct mechanisms in the human brain that control the balance between speed and accuracy when making decisions.Their discovery, published in eLife, sheds new light on the networks that determine how quickly we choose an option, and how much information we need to make that choice. A more detailed understanding of this intricate wiring in the brain holds the key to developing better treatments for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.The fundamental trade-off between speed and accuracy in decision making has been studied for more than a century, with a number of studies suggesting that the subthalamic nucleus region of the brain plays a key role. Pinterest “Previous behavioural studies of decision making do not tell us about the actual events or networks that are responsible for making speed-accuracy adjustments,” says senior author Peter Brown, Professor of Experimental Neurology at the University of Oxford. “We wanted to address this by measuring the exact location and timing of electrical activity in the subthalamic nucleus and comparing the results with behavioural data collected while a decision-making task is being performed.”Brown and his team first studied the reaction times of 11 patients with Parkinson’s disease and 18 healthy participants, who were each asked to perform a moving-dots task. This required them to decide whether a cloud of moving dots appeared to be moving to the left or the right. The difficulty of the task was varied by changing the number of dots moving in one direction, and the participants were given randomly alternating instructions to perform the task with either speed or accuracy.The researchers found that participants made much faster decisions when the task was easier – with the dots moving in a single direction – and when instructed to make a quick decision. They also found, in line with previous studies, that participants made significantly more errors during tests where they spent longer making a decision after being instructed to emphasise accuracy.Using a computational model, they saw that it took longer in the more difficult tests for the brain to accumulate the necessary information to reach a critical threshold and make a decision. When the participants were asked to focus on speed, this threshold was significantly lower than when they focused on accuracy.“The next step was to determine the activated networks in the brain that control these behavioural modifications and the trade-off between fast and accurate decisions,” explains first author and postdoctoral fellow Damian Herz. “We measured the electrical activity of groups of nerve cells within the subthalamic nucleus in patients with Parkinson’s disease, who had recently been treated with deep brain stimulation. We found two distinct neural networks that differ in the way they are ordered and the way they respond to tasks.“One network increases the amount of information required before executing a decision and is therefore more likely to be activated when accuracy is important, while the second network tends to lower this threshold, especially when the choice needs to be made quickly.”The findings add to the increasing evidence that the pre-frontal cortex region of the brain contributes to decision making and opens up further interesting avenues to explore.“We know that changes in activity of one of the sites we identified is also related to movement control,” adds Brown. “Close relationships between these neural networks could mean that a common signal is responsible for adjustments in both the speed of decision and of the resulting movement. A better understanding of these mechanisms might make it possible to focus therapeutic interventions on specific neural circuits to improve treatment of neurological disorders in the future.”last_img read more

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Visiocorp Names Global Account Director, North America

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. MARYSVILLE, MI — Visiocorp USA, Inc., a manufacturer of car and light truck mirrors, has announced that Jeff McQueen has joined the company’s Detroit sales office as the global account director – North America, with global responsibility for the commercial business of Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. He is the local contact for all sales activities in North America, and will partner with other Visiocorp global account directors around the world for business development. He was previously North American director of sales at REHAU, Inc. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement McQueen will assist in supporting the North American commercial activities for Visiocorp’s key account managers who are responsible for the Korean, Japanese and European accounts based in North America. McQueen is the fourth generation of his family to work in the global automotive industry. He has a bachelor of arts from Kalamazoo College and an MBA from Michigan State University. McQueen also speaks several languages including German, French, Japanese and Spanish, and has lived in Europe and Asia. He joined Visiocorp in November 2007. For more information about Visiocorp, go to: www.visiocorp.com.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Matt Schmidt Joins Los Alamos Community Foundation Finance And Investment Committee

first_imgFrom left, Los Alamos Community Foundation Treasurer Cindy Rooney, new member Matt Schmidt and Executive Director Rachel Kizielewicz. Courtesy/LACFLACF News:Los Alamos Community Foundation announces the addition of Matt Schmidt to its Finance and Investment Committee. Schmidt is president and CEO of the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union, a role he has had since 2007.“I’m excited to guide, assist and provide additional oversight to our Community Foundation and the funds that many community members and organizations have entrusted to it,” Schmidt said.“Matt has a wealth of experience and will be a fantastic asset to this committee,” LACF Executive Director Rachel Kizielewicz said. “The committee serves an important role for the foundation, ensuring the prudent management of our assets, and we are thrilled to have Matt’s expertise.”Schmidt joins fellow committee members Edward Jones Financial Advisor Shelly Wiemann, LACF Advisor Rick Riess, LACF Vice President Pat Soran and LACF Treasurer Cindy Rooney. Enterprise Bank’s Eric Loucks is the foundation’s investment manager.The Finance and Investment Committee meets at least quarterly to supervise, monitor and evaluate the foundation’s invested assets. Committee members act in an expert advisory role on behalf of the foundation, regularly reviewing investment performance and asset allocation.    Schmidt’s commitment to Los Alamos extends beyond his job. He regularly participates in community activities, fundraisers and events. He is a current member and past president of The Family YMCA Board of Directors.About the Los Alamos Community Foundation:Established in 2015, the focus of the Los Alamos Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy, and building the capacity of our local nonprofit organizations. The Los Alamos Community Foundation currently stewards six local endowment funds and total assets of more than $266,500. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit www.losalamoscf.org.last_img read more

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Portsmouth opening hit by another delay

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Alliance Brings On Northwood Grad As Field Sales Rep

first_imgThe Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc. recently announced the recent hire of Kendall Schaus as the company’s new field sales representative. Schaus graduated from the Northwood University DeVos Graduate School earlier this year after earning both her bachelor’s degree and Master of Business Administration in four years.Schaus will be working directly with Alliance National Accounts and Auto Value, Bumper to Bumper and Confidence Plus Certified Service Centers. She will also be assisting all shareholder owners with various sales initiatives. She reports directly to JC Washbish, vice president of sales and marketing at the Alliance.“We are thrilled to welcome Kendall to the team,” Washbish said. “The Alliance continues to focus on expanding our work with national accounts, growing our Certified Service Center program, and investing in a variety of other sales projects. I’m confident Kendall will play a key role in these efforts.”AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

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PD&MS Energy Scoops BP Norway Contract

first_imgPD&MS Energy, a leading UK oil and gas engineering consultancy, has secured a call-off engineering contract with BP Norway. The contract will see the Aberdeen-based business deliver engineering, procurement and offshore construction services for drilling upgrades for BP in Norway.This latest agreement for PD&MS follows on from a significant win for similar work on BP’s entire UK North Sea platform drilling assets.Simon Rio, managing director of PD&MS Energy, said: “We are delighted to be awarded yet another contract with BP. We are extremely proud of what we have achieved over the past four to five years with BP and this latest contract covering Norwegian assets is testament to their confidence in the services we provide.“The contract award is a further endorsement of PD&MS capabilities in the UK and international markets and one which will further strengthen our position as one of the leading engineering firms specialising in drilling facilities modifications and upgrades.”PD&MS Energy, which now has over 200 onshore personnel on board, recently secured additional office space in its Atholl House and Exchange Street premises to facilitate the continued growth of the business and to meet the increased demand for its services.The multi-disciplined engineering business delivers full project design and management services to the oil and gas industry, focussing mainly on brownfield engineering, including upgrades and fabric maintenance for fixed platforms and mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs).Established in 2002, PD&MS Energy’s services include project management, detailed design and design verification and engineering across structural, piping/mechanical, electrical and instrumentation, process and HVAC disciplines, to the oil and gas production, drilling and marine industries.[mappress] Press Release, August 27, 2013last_img read more

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CEEQUAL for Torry Quay Works

first_imgAberdeen Harbour Board’s £30 million redevelopment of Torry Quay, completed earlier this year, has received an Improving Sustainability Award from CEEQUAL.The Project Team for the development, which included Aberdeen Harbour Board, Arch Henderson and McLaughlin & Harvey, were praised for various aspects of the project including the re-use of 78% of the total on-site demolition waste as fill for Torry Quay, the use of an extensive silt curtain, during the infilling operation, and the application of Marine Mammal Observer’s during dredging works.The application was particularly important given that the construction project was taking place on the lower stretches of the River Dee, which is designated as a Special Area of Conservation.CEEQUAL, is the Assessment and Awards Scheme for improving sustainability in civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and works in public spaces. It is promoted by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a group of civil engineering organizations including CIRIA, CECA AND ACE.Its objective is to encourage the attainment of environmental excellence in civil engineering, and thus to deliver improved environmental and social performance in project specification, design and construction.[mappress mapid=”19056″]Press Releaselast_img read more

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