Leiber & Stoller’s Tony-nominated musical revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe has officially returned to New York. The tuner’s new revival opened at Stage 42 on July 22, marking the show’s first return since its history-breaking original Broadway run. Smokey Joe’s features 40 pop songs including rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues tunes composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The cast is led by Jelani Remy, Dionne D. Figgins, Dwayne Cooper, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Mike Sangerman, Emma Degerstedt, John Edwards, Alysha Umphress and Kyle Taylor Parker, bringing numbers like “Hound Dog,” “Kansas City” and “Don Juan” to life eight times a week. Check out the photos to feel the excitement from opening night! Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller View Comments Smokey Joe’s Cafe cast members Jelani Remy, Dionne D. Figgins, Dwayne Cooper, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Mike Sangerman, Emma Degerstedt, John Edwards, Alysha Umphress and Kyle Taylor Parker get together. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 4, 2018
Deborah Brown rarely plays in Kansas City, but is well-known on the international jazz circuit.Next Saturday, Kansas City native and vocalist Deborah Brown will take the stage as the headliner at the 2014 Prairie Village Jazz Festival, accompanied by saxophonist Joe Lovano.Earlier this summer, Brown was among the featured performers at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Vienne Jazz Festival in France. In April, Lovano was playing gigs in Paris and Austria. A week after his Prairie Village performance, Lovano will be playing a gig in Bogota, Colombia.Showcasing such internationally recognized talent was the goal of organizers putting together the lineup of this year’s festival, the fifth since its debut in 2010.“Scheduling begins with the headliners, and I knew where I wanted to start,” wrote Larry Kopitnik, the jazz expert who helped assemble this year’s lineup. “Anyone who has heard Deborah Brown knows her voice is one of the most magnificent in jazz today. But she rarely plays Kansas City, her hometown. Her extraordinary talent is better known in Europe, Asia and Russia, where she performs much of the year.”It’s a similar story with Kevin Mahogany, who will be playing the set before Brown and Lovano (who will be joined by Terell Stafford on trumpet). Mahogany, who will be accompanied by the Joe Cartwright Trio, is an Kansas City native perhaps better know on the international jazz scene than in his hometown. Earlier this summer, he was playing gigs and teaching in Italy.“The thing is, we think there’s a good chance there’s not going to be a lot of jazz played in the rest of Kansas City next Saturday night,” said Jazz Fest organizer Jack Shearer. “All the musicians are going to be in Prairie Village. They don’t get a chance to hear these musicians around here, and jazz fans know how good they are.”
On the Move Raymond (Ray) L. Schumann has joined the Rice Law Firm as the partner in charge of the real estate and business transactional sections. Garrett P. LaBorde has joined Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer as a partner in Pensacola focusing on intellectual property law, internet and technology law, and corporate and commercial law. Jason Breth has been elected a shareholder of Bryant Miller Olive in Tallahassee. He focuses on financing transactions. Gary Birnberg has joined JAMS in Miami and will serve as a mediator and arbitrator in a variety of disputes including business/commercial, class action/mass tort, construction, employment, financial markets, intellectual property, professional liability, and real property. Daniel Fleming and Philip Mokris have joined GrayRobinson in Tampa as shareholder and of counsel, respectively. Fleming is board certified in civil trial law. Mokris focuses on insurance defense and estate planning matters. Marc E. Brown has opened Attorney at Law Marc Brown, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale and has acquired and is now president of All Florida Title Company. Douglas Stein has joined ALG in Miami as a senior partner and will head the firm’s appellate litigation practice. Jeffrey R. Cooperman has become a partner with Solomon, Furshman & Cooperman in Miami. Cooperman focuses on developer representation, with a niche focus on HOA and condominium matters. Seth Alhadeff has joined Lewis Brisbois in Miami and Noel Johnson, Stefanie Phillips, Brian Goldenberg, and Ravika Rameshwar joined as associates. Alhadeff focuses on insurance, construction, securities, and criminal law. Johnson, Phillips, Goldenberg, and Rameshwar are members of the general liability practice with focuses ranging from complex commercial litigation to insurance coverage. Aleas Koos has joined Broad and Cassel in Orlando as an associate in the real estate practice group. Heather A. DeGrave and Thomas C. Valentine have become partners of Walters Levine & Lozano. DeGrave focuses on construction, collections, and business litigation. Valentine practices in the areas of commercial and construction litigation and insurance disputes. Jennifer Powers has joined Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger in North Palm Beach focusing on real estate and finance transactions. Luis Santos of Tampa and Amy Turci of Jacksonville have been named partners with FordHarrison. Santos focuses on the representation of employers in matters related to labor and employment law. Turci concentrates on litigating employment cases in state and federal courts. Brinkley Morgan has relocated its downtown Ft. Lauderdale office to 100 SE Third Ave. The new offices will occupy the 23rd floor of the One Financial Plaza building. Jameson Rice of Holland & Knight has transferred from the firm’s Washington, D.C., office to the Tampa office. Rice focuses on matters pertaining to the transportation industry. The Law Offices of Keith A. Seldin, P.A., has relocated to 270 South Central Blvd., Suite 203, in Jupiter. The firm focuses on real estate law, title insurance, corporation and business law, wills, probate, guardianships and trusts, first-party insurance claims and insurance law, and commercial litigation. Linda Worton Jackson is merging her Miami bankruptcy and corporate practice into Pardo Gainsburg’s real estate and construction law firm. The new firm will be known as Pardo Jackson Gainsburg, PL, with specialties in real estate, corporate, construction law, bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and hotel/hospitality law. Joseph A. Cafaro and Roger C. Simmons have joined Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale. Cafaro focuses on third-party insurance defense and general liability. Simmons focuses on workers’ compensation defense. Allison M. Stevenson joined Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa as an associate focusing on health litigation. Ralph P. Douglas and David R. Terry have joined McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern. Douglas focuses on workers’ compensation defense and health- care reimbursement disputes. Terry focuses on insurance defense, with an emphasis on employment law, general liability, and appellate Law. Scharome R. Wolfe has become managing partner of ROIG Lawyers’ Orlando office. Wolfe focuses on commercial litigation, real property litigation (premises liability, construction defects, fraud, and general liability arenas), and bad faith defense litigation. Ryan B. Cappy has opened The Law Offices of Ryan Cappy in Tampa focusing on plaintiff personal injury. Luis Salazar has launched Salazar Law, LLP, in Coral Gables. Formerly known as Salazar Jackson, the firm will continue to focus on complex commercial and business matters. Salazar also launched Sword & Quill Consultants, which focuses on providing law firms with guidance on cybersecurity compliance, harnessing artificial intelligence, and adopting project management techniques. Kalpesh “Kal” Mehta and Aaron D. Silvers have joined Gutterman Trial Group in Ft. Lauderdale as associates focusing on the representation of insurers and their insureds in all aspects of first- and third-party insurance matters. Laurie A. Thompson has joined Fowler White Burnett in West Palm Beach as a shareholder in the commercial litigation practice group. Michael P. Sampson of Orlando has established Sampson Collaborative Law and will be handling exclusively collaborative family law cases. C. Hunter Rawls has joined Fisher & Sauls in St. Petersburg as a member of its wills, trusts, and estates team. Hunter also focuses on probate and trust litigation matters. Wifredo A. Ferrer has joined Holland & Knight in Miami as a partner and will lead the firm’s global compliance and investigations team, which focuses on corporate compliance and government investigations within the firm’s white collar defense practice. April 1, 2017 On the Move April 1, 2017 On the Move
Judicial term limits clear the full House April 15, 2017 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Judicial term limits clear the full House Senior Editor With one vote to spare, the Florida House has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to set term limits for the state’s appellate judiciary, and Senate President Joe Negron announced the amendment will be taken up in the upper chamber’s Judiciary Committee. The March 29 debate in the House followed the arguments that had been made in committees as the proposed amendment moved through the legislative process. Supporters said it would impose accountability on district court of appeal judges and Supreme Court justices and set service limits similar to those that already apply to the executive and legislative branches, while opponents said it was an attack on the independence of the judiciary and would add time and expense to litigation. HJR 1 passed 73-46, or one more vote than the 60 percent required to send a constitutional amendment to voters. It was also a near party-line vote as six Republicans joined Democrats in casting the no votes. Speaking at a press availability shortly after the House action, Negron said the issue would be heard in committee, although he voiced some reservations. “Some senators have raised concerns that it may inadvertently create a situation where you would have appellate court judges having in the back of their minds that eventually they will need to get back into private practice, and I think we obviously want all of our judges at all levels of the courts focused entirely on the work before her or before him,” Negron said. Asked if he personally supported the measure, Negron said, “I’m going to let it move through the Senate process first — through our committees — and see what the final form is and then I’ll decide.” The amendment had not been placed on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s agenda — its first committee stop — as this Bar News went to press. If the amendment does pass the Legislature, it would go to voters on the November 2018 general election ballot. The House bill limits DCA judges and Supreme Court justices to two appearances on the merit retention ballot. The Senate version limits DCA judges to three merit retention elections and Supreme Court justices to two, sets a minimum age for both courts of 50, and also requires that Supreme Court justices have served a year as a judge before their appointment. The Senate versions would apply to sitting judges and justices. The House measure applies prospectively. Rep. Sean Shaw, D-Tampa, said the reduction in experience on the appellate bench would lead to more uncertainty in the law and reduce efficiency in disposing cases. “You don’t want a whole lot of new judges circulating in and out of the appellate bench,” he said. “No other state does this. This is not a good idea. This is something we’re going to regret if we do this.” “Last year I called this the worst bill moving through the process,” said Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs. “Not much has changed; it’s still the worst bill moving through the process.” He proposed a series of amendments changing the maximum number of terms, but they were all either rejected or withdrawn. Moskowitz noted that Nevada, Mississippi, and Colorado have all considered judicial term limits only to have voters reject the idea. “The founders made the judiciary special, they made them unaccountable because if we made them accountable, then they can be influenced,” he said. “If a Democrat brought this bill forward, I would still be against it, and I would vote against it. . . . It’s messing with a third of the government with little thought going into that before we just pass a bill.” Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Hollywood, said lawmakers were trying to punish the courts for decisions they didn’t like. He called the proposed amendment “an assault on a co-equal branch of government and the only sin of that co-equal branch is providing a check and balance when this branch runs afoul of the Constitution. It is short-sighted, and it is punitive. . . all because they actually had the gall to do their job.” But Rep. Larry Metz, R-Groveland, said term limits are appropriate because of overreaching by some judges. “The appellate bench, whether we like it or not, whether we admit it or not, consists of some individuals who make policy for the state of Florida,” he said. “Many times they go way beyond the case or controversy in question and they offer policy solutions.” He added he supports a legislative memorial, filed but not yet heard in committee, that calls on Congress to consider a constitutional amendment for term limits on the federal judiciary. Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Jacksonville Beach, said the amendment would not have that much of an impact because the average time of service for DCA judges is less than 12 years and less than 10 years for Supreme Court justices. “The government is responsible to the people. We are responsible to the people, the courts should also be responsible to the people,” he said. “This isn’t about going against the third branch, this is about serving the will of the people,” said Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Eustis, the prime sponsor of HJR 1. Noting that no justice or DCA judge has lost a retention race (although some Supreme Court retentions have been hotly contested), she added, “An accountability system that does not hold people accountable is not an accountability system.”
Opportunity4 Sons’s tedious and costly maintenance plan made simple with Cree LED lighting solutions.With twenty-one food and petroleum stores in the local Phoenix, Arizona area, Eric Seitz, Owner of 4 Sons Food Stores, Inc., was paying for a lot of lighting maintenance.“I was growing tired of the maintenance and expense involved with our lights and I wanted to lower the power bills at all of our locations,” said Seitz.That’s when Seitz contacted Treve Gibson, Owner of DemandDrop about upgrading his existing lighting to a more efficient lighting solution that wouldn’t alter his current lighting plan. Enter Cree.“We worked together to create a phenomenal cost-saving solution using Cree® LED lights,” said Gibson.SolutionIf you plan it, savings will come. Interior and exterior lighting upgrades completed over time.With multiple locations of various sizes and layouts to upgrade, Gibson developed a plan to upgrade two to three locations per month.“Each location has strict lighting rules and the existing lighting plans were already compliant. The Cree® luminaires savedus time, because they worked great as one-to-one (or less) replacement solutions. So, we didn’t have to redesign the entire lighting plan,” said Gibson.Throughout all of the stores, the canopy lighting was transitioned from 400W metal halide to the high-performing CPY Series which allowed Seitz to reduce the number of luminaires needed. Around the C-Store, 42W XSPWTM Wall Packs replaced 175W metal halide. For stores with car washes, the XSPWTM Wall Packs or CPY250TM Canopy/Soffit luminaires were used.Inside the stores, 12W CR6TM Downlights were used to replace 32W CFL fixtures, and the ZR Series Troffers replaced 3-lamp fluorescent T8 fixtures. ZR24TM luminaires provide 90+CRI to make merchandise colors and brands pop at 4,000 Kelvin.“I was skeptical about reducing the color temperature because I’ve always used 5,000 Kelvin at my stores, but it worked – the lighting is so much brighter and uses less energy,” said Seitz.In some locations, 2-lamp fluorescent T8 bulbs were easily switched to LED with the UR Series Upgrade Kits — using the existing housing allowed for reduced fixture waste.BenefitsSwitch to Cree® LED Lighting yields an impressive ROI that leads to significant energy savings and an overall pleasing outcome for 4Sons and their customers.By upgrading their light fixtures to Cree LED luminaires, 4Sons Food Stores, Inc. was able to save $1,500 to $1,800 per month per location on energy costs – about one third of the energy bill. In addition, each location saves thousands of dollars annually on maintenance costs since Cree LED lights are virtually maintenance-free for 10 years. For example, the Cave Creek location is estimated to save $3,500 in annual maintenance costs. By upgrading, each location was able to secure between $8,000 to $16,000 in utility rebates. In Cave Creek’s situation, the payback was brought down to 1.7 years.The cost savings doesn’t end with the lighting upgrade. “The money we have saved on energy and maintenance costs from the lights, allowed us to install programmable thermostats.Since the Cree® LED lights generate less heat than traditional lights, we were able to adjust the set temperature allowing us to keep the c-store comfortable, while our HVAC system uses less energy,” said Seitz. “The temperature change really pays off since it can be 115° or higher in the summer.”The benefits of Cree LED lighting doesn’t stop at cost savings – 4 Sons Food Stores, Inc. is also benefiting from the crisp white light creating excellent visibility and an inviting, safe atmosphere.“Our stores are so bright now that they bring in customers from the highway,” said Seitz. “Neighboring stations end up getting lost in the dark and we stand out in the crowd.”“The lighting is very comfortable,” said Gibson. “It’s bright, but not piercing to the eyes.” Plus, the interior LED lighting helps make the store merchandise and displays pop without being overbearing.“We are very happy with our decision to upgrade the lighting in all of our locations to Cree® LED lighting. From the crisp white light to the energy and maintenance savings – it’s a win for us,” said Seitz.
Aug 13, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – Pandemic H1N1 flu activity is intense in parts of India and New Zealand and is circulating at low-to-moderate levels in a few other parts of the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.Earlier this week the WHO declared that the H1N1 influenza pandemic was over and changed the pandemic alert phase to the post-pandemic period, but it warned that the virus was still circulating and warranted continued surveillance.Most of the flu in India is the pandemic H1N1 virus, which doesn’t appear to have peaked yet in the areas of most intense activity, which include Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and West Bengal states, the WHO said. For the week ending Aug 8, India confirmed 79 pandemic flu deaths. In the country’s Kerala state, one of the first to experience a post-monsoon spike in flu activity earlier this summer, flu appears to have peaked in early July and is declining.Meanwhile, New Zealand is one of the few Southern Hemisphere countries reporting an increase in flu activity. Doctor’s visits for flu-like illnesses have been increasing in recent weeks, with the majority of them linked to the pandemic H1N1 virus, the WHO reported. Flu activity is geographically uneven and seems to be focusing on areas that weren’t hit hard during the country’s first pandemic flu wave, according to the WHO.New Zealand’s health ministry said yesterday in a surveillance update that the central part of the Northern Island is currently the hardest-hit area, and it predicted that a number of areas, such as the South Island, may be vulnerable, because they did not experience high levels of transmission during the first wave of infections last summer.So far this year the health ministry has received reports of 332 hospitalizations and 46 intensive care unit (ICU) admissions for pandemic H1N1 infections. Calls to the country’s telephone flu line were running 25% higher than normal for seasonal flu.Elsewhere, the pandemic H1N1 virus is circulating at low-to-moderate levels in some parts of the Americas, West Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.The most active areas of seasonal influenza A/H3N2 circulation are currently in some tropical areas of the Americas, especially Central America, along with southern and western Africa and parts of Southeast Asia, the WHO reported. The focus of influenza B transmission appears to be parts of central and southern Africa.Yesterday two experts from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, in a Eurosurveillance report, said that for five Southern Hemisphere countries that conduct regular flu surveillance, the 2010 flu season has seen lower levels of activity than the 2009 season. “In these countries the level of illness is looking more like inter-pandemic influenza than the pandemic levels seen in the winter of 2009,” they wrote. However, they added that whether 2010 levels are normal for inter-pandemic flu is unclear, because some countries lack good baseline data.Most of the pandemic H1N1 viruses analyzed so far are closely related to the strain included in the monovalent and seasonal flu vaccines, and the WHO said it has not received any new reports of oseltamivir-resistant pandemic H1N1 cases.See also:Aug 13 WHO flu surveillance reportAug 12 Eurosurveillance report
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Before joining DURA, Trigui served for more than 20 years in advanced technology and product engineering leadership positions with Ford Motor Co. and affiliated brands in North America and Europe. Since 2007, he led the corporate sustainability strategy, developing and implementing strategic plans and enabling technologies for Ford products globally. His efforts yielded major improvements in the global product fleet’s environmental footprint, showroom competitiveness\ and brand-favorable perception. Trigui holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University. 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.” Advertisement AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – DURA Automotive Systems has announced the appointment of Nizar Trigui as EVP and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Trigui, most recently serving as global chief engineer of sustainable mobility for Ford Motor Co., will lead all DURA new product development, advanced engineering and innovation activities. The newly created executive position reports directly to DURA CEO Lynn Tilton. “DURA’s commitment to investing in technological innovation as a means to create new market opportunities is unsurpassed,” said Trigui. “It is a rare opportunity to work with such a great executive, advanced manufacturing and technology team. I look forward to creating a bolstered innovation agenda that will serve our customers for the future.” AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,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 “Creating a culture of innovation, in both product and process, that provides vision and competitive advantage to our customers will be the lifeblood of the new DURA organization,” said Tilton. “We are delighted that Mr. Trigui has joined our team as chief technology officer; in a world of rapidly-evolving technology, his extensive experience and insights will enhance execution of the bold initiatives set forth for the coming years by our executive leadership.” 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. With 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 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.
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ITIC has warned that the so-called ‘hold harmless’ clauses in many of the contracts entered into by its members may contain pitfalls which could prejudice their rights. A mutual hold-harmless indemnity clause should provide that each party to the contract agrees to take responsibility for – and to indemnify the other against – injury and loss to its own personnel and property and its own consequential losses, even if the accident and related losses are caused by negligence. But ITIC notes that, in many of the contracts it reviews, the party with the greater bargaining power will naturally seek to swing the balance back in its favour.Writing in the latest issue of The Wire, the ITIC newsletter for the offshore and hydrographic sector, Robert Hodge, Senior Underwriter for the Offshore Sector, says, “It is staggering how often we see contracts stipulating that ‘the consultant shall indemnify the company against any and all losses’, yet there is no reciprocal benefit to the consultant. The clause must have a mutual provision.”Meanwhile, the mutual hold-harmless clauses seen by ITIC often leave the distribution of third-party liabilities unclear. Hodge says, “A hydrographic consultant on a survey vessel, for example, should be protected from third-party claims arising from the operation of the vessel. The consultant should not be responsible for potentially multi-million-dollar pollution liabilities or collision damages to third-party property. These should fall on the party which has insurance for these liabilities.”ITIC notes that, in some cases, it sees hold-harmless clauses amended to state that if one of the parties is found to be grossly negligent it will not be held harmless. Robert Hodge emphasises, “There is no true concept of gross negligence under English law. The line between negligence and gross negligence can become blurred, and cases will turn on facts and expert evidence. The inclusion of gross negligence within a hold-harmless clause in a contract pursuant to English law can lead to uncertainty and increased litigation costs.”ITIC also warns that the distinction between indirect and direct loss can be complicated. Robert Hodge says, “A common misconception is that all ‘loss of profits’ is indirect loss. This is wrong. Loss of profits can be either direct or indirect, depending on the facts of the case. If, for example, a consultant was providing design work for sub-sea equipment and carried out the design negligently, this could cause not only damage to property but also lost drilling time, leading to lost revenue and profit. In such a case, a tribunal could find that the loss of profit arose naturally from the breach and was therefore a direct loss not excluded under the hold-harmless clause.“Taking into account the current day rates of drill rigs, this could form a substantial part of any claim. The clause should be amended to state that loss of profits is excluded, whether direct or indirect.”ITIC concludes that hold-harmless clauses should be carefully reviewed to ensure that they are actually mutual.ITIC, February 28, 2014