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The MENTOR Network Announces Acquisition of Adult Day Health (ADH) Provider Just Family, Inc.

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 luglio 2019

The MENTOR Network today announced the acquisition of Just Family, Inc. (“JFI”), a Kentucky provider of Adult Day Health (ADH) services. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, JFI serves approximately 800 residents of the Bluegrass State through 9 ADH Centers as well as home-based attendant care services.Through it center-based and home-based programming, JFI provides a range of person-centered day services to elders, including personal care, medication management, and nutritional and nursing support. The transaction, which closed on July 1, provides The MENTOR Network entry into the Kentucky ADH market, expanding its ADH geographic footprint to a 5th state.“We entered the ADH market in 2014 to establish another platform from which we could grow and fulfill our mission,” said Bruce Nardella, president and CEO of The MENTOR Network. “Since that time, we have made significant progress in establishing our ADH business, MENTOR Adult Day Health, as the leading provider of ADH services.“While we are impressed by the quality of Just Family, Inc.’s center-based care, we are especially intrigued by its smaller, but growing attendant care model, which provides cost-effective, home-based support to elders,” Nardella added. “Consistent with the mission that has driven The MENTOR Network for almost 40 years, Just Family, Inc.’s continuum of service allows elders to maintain their independence and dignity, while avoiding institutional care. We are thrilled to welcome the management and caregivers of the Just Family, Inc., as well as the individuals they support, to our organization.” Including the acquisition of JFI, MENTOR Adult Day Health now operates 37 centers in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire and New Jersey, serving approximately 5,300 elders.

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Names Family Resources a Winner of the Pittsburgh 2018 Top Workplaces Award

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 agosto 2018

Family Resources has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.
“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”“We are celebrating the cultural shift of our organization by being recognized as one of the Top Workplaces 2018 Pittsburgh,” said Aimee LeFevers, Executive Director. “Our family of staff feels supported, valued and cared for – and that’s the secret to providing the best services to families and ending a fiscal year with a positive number.” “Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”

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Judge Grants New Trial for Seattle’s Bigler Family v. Olympus

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 gennaio 2018

Bigler familyA King County court has granted a new trial for the family of Rick Bigler in the wrongful-death case against Olympus Corporation (OTCMKTS:OCPNY), finding that during a first trial Olympus concealed key evidence showing it knew its medical scopes had safety issues years before the devices were connected to dozens of superbug outbreaks and numerous deaths around the world. In addition to a new trial, Olympus must pay Bigler’s family $250,000 and cover all of their attorneys’ fees and costs to bring new Consumer Protection Act and punitive damages claims against the device maker. The order was signed by King County Superior Court Judge Steve Rosen on January 16, 2018.“All we wanted from the start was a fair and full trial, but Olympus turned it into a game of hide-and-seek,” said David Beninger of Luvera Law Firm, the attorney representing the Bigler family. “Unfortunately, not only was Olympus’ behavior ethically improper, it also was illegal, violating Washington’s legal discovery rules – and now the company has been dealt a punishment that fits its crime.”The court found that Olympus failed to meet its discovery obligations to disclose documents and witnesses in response to specific questions from the opposing counsel – a standard established by Washington State Physicians Insurance Exchange v. Fisons Corp., a historic case that Beninger and his partners handled nearly 25 years ago. “We’re pleased to have another opportunity to hold Olympus fully accountable for Rick’s death, and the harm it caused our family and so many others,” said Theresa Bigler, Rick Bigler’s widow. “But the way Olympus put my family through the pain of a seven-week trial when it knew it wasn’t playing by the rules, not to mention wasting the court and jury’s time, is absolutely unthinkable.” (Photo: Bigler family)

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The Cambridge Family Enterprise Group (CFEG) announces the appointment of Marlon P. Young as a Senior Advisor and Associate Partner

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 settembre 2017

Distinguished banker Marlon P. Young has joined the Cambridge Family Enterprise Group (CFEG) as a Senior Advisor and Associate Partner. CFEG is a leading, global advisory, education, and research organization dedicated to helping enterprising families build shareholder value and achieve multigenerational success.
CFEG Founder and Chairman, Dr. John A. Davis, welcomed Young, saying, “Marlon brings a deep understanding of how affluent families, wealth management, and international banking intersect to shape long-term wealth and diversification strategies.” Davis continued, “Thanks to Marlon’s more than 35 years of experience in private banking, corporate banking, wealth management, and advising entrepreneurs and family enterprises around the world, CFEG clients will be well served as they navigate the challenges of global wealth, family offices, and multigenerational continuity.”For the past 37 years, Young has held senior executive positions at both Citigroup and HSBC, culminating in overseeing a private banking operation with $72 billion under management.“Throughout my career, the issue that arose again and again was how to build, strengthen, and maintain strong families; that’s always been crucial and fundamental,” said Young. “Having the opportunity now to focus directly on the sustainability of families and their enterprises by way of family governance, corporate governance, leadership, ownership, family offices, and multigenerational wealth strategy is truly rewarding. Doing so as part of the leading firm in this field is particularly gratifying.”“I grew up in a family business,” said Young, “and I have firsthand experience in the ways that family dynamics and business ownership influence each other. I was born in the Philippines to Chinese parents, and I’ve lived and worked on three continents, so I deeply appreciate the nuances and importance of culture, tradition, and social norms to all families. Having said that, it is surprising how similar the issues are that families from continent to continent face.”Mr. Young earned his M.B.A. from the Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines and his B.S. in education from the University of South Dakota. He is based in New York City, but his work takes him throughout North and South America as well as Southeast Asia.

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October Marks More than Four Years of Price Appreciation in Miami

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 novembre 2015

miami1MIAMI — The Miami-Dade County real estate market continued to strengthen in October as properties sold fast and near asking price and sales prices again increased, according to a new report by the 41,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.October marked more than four years of consistent monthly median sales price increases for both single-family homes and condominiums in Miami-Dade. Last month, the median sales price for single-family homes rose 10.4 percent year-over-year, from $240,000 to $265,000.Single-family home and condominium prices remain at 2004 levels despite four years of consistent year-over-year increases.
The median sales price for existing condominiums increased 8.1 percent in October to $200,000 from $185,000 a year ago. Miami-Dade County condo prices have risen in 52 of the last 53 months, a period stretching nearly four and a half years.“Miami real estate continues to attract international buyers from all over the world as well as a growing number of domestic consumers,” said Christopher Zoller, a 27-year Miami-based Realtor and the 2015 Residential President of MIAMI. “South Florida offers world-class amenities, a top-tier arts and cultural epicenter, a diversified economy and more. The strong demand is leading to fewer days on the market for Miami single-family homes while buyer offers are near asking price.”
The average percent of original list price received for single-family homes was 95.6 percent in October 2015, an increase of 0.3 percent from a year earlier. The median number of days on the market for Miami single-family homes decreased 7 percent to 40 days in October 2015 from 43 days in October 2014.The median number of days on the market for condominiums sold in October 2015 was 59 days, a 1.7 percent increase from 58 days in October 2014. The average percent of original list price received was 93.8 percent, a 0.1 percent year-over-year increase.
Total existing Miami-Dade County residential sales, including single-family and condominiums, were consistent with historical averages despite experiencing a slight decline of 5.6 percent, from 2,712 sales in October 2014 to 2,559 last month.Miami-Dade County single-family home transactions decreased 4.4 percent year-over-year in October, from 1,204 to 1,151. Existing condominiums — which are competing with a significant rise in supply of new construction properties east of Interstate-95 — had 6.6 percent fewer sales in October, decreasing from 1,508 to 1,408.Mortgage rates remain at historic lows. According to Freddie Mac, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.80 in October from 3.89 percent in September – and from an average commitment rate of 4.04 percent a year ago.
In addition to increased sales of new construction properties, Miami existing condominiums have been impacted by a lack of access to mortgage loans. Of the 8,523 condominium buildings in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, only 23 are approved for Federal Housing Administration loans, down from 29 earlier this year, according to statistics released earlier this year from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and FHA.A new FHA policy, however, should qualify more South Florida condo buildings. On Nov. 12, the FHA announced plans to streamline the condominium recertification process, expand its definition of acceptable owner-occupied units to include second homes not owned by investors and change the way it views co-insurance clauses. The government affairs team of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® advocated for the changes, which go into effect immediately. Nationally, sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops decreased 3.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.36 million in October from 5.55 million in September, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). National sales are now 3.9 percent above a year ago (5.16 million).Statewide, closed sales of existing single-family homes rose last month with a total of 22,147, an increase of 1.2 percent over October 2014, according to Florida Realtors. Florida’s condominium sales totaled 9,294, down 0.9 percent compared to October 2014.The national median existing-home price for all housing types in October 2015 was $219,600, which is 5.8 percent above October 2014 ($207,500), according to NAR. October’s price increase marks the 44th consecutive month of year–over–year gains.The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes last month was $198,995, up 12.4 percent from the previous year, according to Florida Realtors. The statewide median price for townhouse-condo properties was $150,000, up 7.2 percent compared to last year.
In October, cash deals represented 51.5 percent of Miami’s total closed sales, which is more than double the national average. Just 24 percent of all U.S. housing sales were made in cash in October, according to NAR. Cash transactions represented 55.8 percent of total Miami deals in October 2014. Miami’s high percentage of cash sales reflects South Florida’s ability to attract a diverse number of international home buyers, who tend to purchase properties in all cash.Condominiums comprise a large portion of Miami’s cash purchases as 64.1 percent of condo closings were made in cash in October compared to 36.1 percent of single-family home sales.Only 23.7 percent of all closed residential sales in Miami were distressed last month, including REO (bank-owned properties) and short sales, compared to 34.9 percent in October 2014.
Short sales and REOs accounted for 5.1 percent and 18.6 percent, respectively, of total Miami sales in October. Short sale transactions dropped 40.1 percent year-over-year while REOs decreased 34.7 percent.
Miami-Dade County’s single-family sector is in a seller’s market, while condo sales reflect a balanced market between buyers and sellers. Inventory of single-family homes decreased 4.2 percent from 6,439 active listings last year to 6,169 last month. Condominium inventory increased 7.3 percent to 12,197 from 11,362 listings during the same period in 2014.At the current sales pace, there is a 5.2-month supply of Miami single-family homes, a decrease of 9.3 percent from 5.8 months in October 2014. There is a 9.1-month supply of condominium inventory, up from 8.2 months in October 2014, an increase of 10.6 percent. A balanced market between buyers and sellers offers between six and nine months supply of inventory.Active listings at the end of October increased 3.2 percent year-over-year, from 17,801 to 18,366. Active listings remain about 60 percent below 2008 levels when sales bottomed.New listings of Miami single-family homes decreased 7.6 percent from 2,316 in October of last year to 2,140 last month. New listings of condominiums increased 1.1 percent to 3,036 last month, compared to 3,003 during the same time period in 2014.Nationally, total housing inventory at the end of October decreased 2.3 percent to 2.14 million existing homes available for sale, and is now 4.5 percent lower than a year ago (2.24 million). Unsold inventory is at a 4.8–month supply at the current sales pace.
Strong sales in the preconstruction condominium Miami market east of Interstate 95 continue to reflect significant demand for new properties, according to the latest New Construction Market Status Report released by the preconstruction condo projects website Cranespotters.com and MIAMI.Thirty-one towers with 615 floors and 3,149 units have been completed in Miami-Dade County east of I-95 in the four years since 2011, according to the Nov. 12 report. There are 77 towers with 1,614 floors and 10,097 units under construction in Miami east of I-95.
According to the most recent developers’ price survey conducted by Cranespotters.com in May 2015:
▪103 projects with 119 towers comprising 17,199 units are selling.
▪71 percent of units have been sold.
▪The minimum price per square foot of these units is $949, compared to $952 in April 2015.
To access October 2015 Miami-Dade Statistical Reports, visit SFMarketIntel.com

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Miami Single-Family Home Sales and Prices Rise in April

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 Mag 2015

Miami-skyline-for-wikipediaMiami’s single-family home market registered its most robust sales month since December, and median sales prices for all housing types rose in April, according to a new report by the 35,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
Miami sold 1,247 single-family homes in April 2015, the most transactions for the market in the month of April since the 2007-09 global recession. In comparison, Miami had 950 sales in April 2012, 1,094 in April 2013, and 1,155 in April 2014. Last month’s sales total marks the most single-family transactions in a month since December 2014 when Miami had 1,250 sales.“The continued stability in Miami’s job market and low interest rates are improving buyer confidence,” said Christopher Zoller, a 27-year Miami-based Realtor and the 2015 Residential President of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS. “Not only are we seeing more single-family home sales in Miami, but we are seeing more homes and condos listed as seller confidence grows.”
Single-family home transactions — which set an all-time Miami annual record in 2014 — increased 8.0 percent year-over-year in April 2015, from 1,247 to 1,155. Existing condominium sales — which posted the second best year in Miami history last year despite an increase in new condo construction — declined 6.8 percent from 1,557 in April of last year to 1,451 last month. Combined, Miami-Dade County residential real estate sales decreased 0.5 percent to 2,698 last month compared to 2,712 a year ago.Access to mortgage loans for existing condominium buyers remains limited. The lack of Federal Housing Administration loans for a large number of existing Miami condominium buildings is preventing further market strengthening. Of the 8,523 condominium projects in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, only 29 received FHA loans, according to statistics released earlier this year from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and FHA. Just .0034 percent of local condo projects are getting FHA loans. The U.S. average is 30 percent.
“The MIAMI Association of REALTORS has created several initiatives to expand financing options for existing condo buyers, as we believe this could significantly increase the ability for many qualified prospective buyers to purchase a home,” said Danielle Blake, MIAMI’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs & Housing.
Nationally, sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops declined 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million in April from an upwardly revised 5.21 million in March, according to the National Association of Realtors. Despite the monthly decline, sales have increased year–over–year for seven consecutive months and are still 6.1 percent above a year ago.Statewide, closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 25,206 last month, up 17.9 percent over April 2014, according to Florida Realtors. Florida’s closed sales for condominiums totaled 11,643 last month, up 8.1 percent compared to April 2014.The national median existing-home price for all housing types in April was $219,400, which is 8.9 percent above April 2014. This marks the 38th consecutive month of year–over–year price gains and is the largest since January 2014 (10.1 percent. The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes last month was $195,000, up 11.4 percent from the previous year. The statewide median price for townhouse-condo properties in April was $155,000, up 10.3 percent over the year-ago figure.Cash deals represented 51.9 percent of Miami’s total closed sales in April 2015, down from 59.3 percent in April 2014. Nationally, just 24 percent of all national housing transactions are made in cash. Since 82 percent of foreign buyers in Florida purchase properties all cash, Miami’s high percentage of cash buyers continues to reflect South Florida’s ability to attract international buyers.Condominiums comprise a large portion of Miami’s cash purchases as 65.8 percent of condo closings were made in cash in April compared to 35.7 percent of single-family home sales.
New listings of Miami single-family homes decreased 3.6 percent from 2,150 in April of last year to 2,072 last month. New condominium listings declined 1.0 percent to 3,051 last month, compared to 3,082 during the same time period in 2014.Nationally, total housing inventory at the end of April increased 10.0 percent to 2.21 million existing homes available for sale, but is still 0.9 percent below a year ago (2.23 million). Unsold inventory is at a 5.3–month supply at the current sales pace, up from 4.6 months in March.
Strong sales in the preconstruction condominium Miami market east of Interstate 95 continue to reflect significant demand for new properties, according to the latest New Construction Market Status Report released by Cranespotters.com and MIAMI.
Since 2011, 12 towers with 313 floors and 1,977 units have been completed in Miami-Dade County east of I-95 since 2011, according to Cranespotters.com and MIAMI’s May 18 report. There are 75 towers with 1,644 floors and 9,399 units under construction in Miami east of I-95. About 71 towers with 1,731 floors and 11,130 units are planned, but have not begun development. There are also 57 towers with 1,472 floors and 9,024 units that have been proposed in Miami east of I-95.
Overall in Miami-Dade County, developers have announced 215 towers with 5,160 floors and 31,530 units since 2011. Of the above projects in Miami-Dade:
▪103 projects with 119 towers comprising 17,199 units are currently selling.
▪71 percent of units have been sold.
▪The mean minimum price per square foot of these units is $949, compared to $952 last month.Access April 2015 Miami-Dade Statistical Reports: SFMarketIntel.com
Statistics in this news release may vary depending on reporting dates. MIAMI reports exact statistics directly from its MLS system.

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Catiuscia Marini, new President of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 febbraio 2015

At its constitutive meeting, held ahead of the first plenary session of the 6th term of office of the Committee of the Regions, the PES Group elected Catiuscia Marini President of the Umbria region (Italy), as their new Group President. She is succeeding Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Parliament of the German-speaking community of Belgium, who becomes First Vice-President of the CoR. In full respect of the gender balance principle, the Group also elected Markus Töns, Member of the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) as its 1st Vice-President.”For our Group to be successful, we need to stand united and to carry out our work in a spirit of solidarity and a shared sense of responsibility. It is these fundamental principles that will guide my leadership”, Marini stressed, thanking PES Group members for their trust in her. The new President pledged to continue taking forward the Group’s political priorities, that is, fighting for quality jobs, for investments in public services in EU cities and regions and for ambitious climate targets and an energy-efficient economy.”We must strive to maximise our impact within the CoR, the other European institutions and on the ground”, she pointed out, while underlining the need to further deepen the Group’s cooperation with the S&D Group in the European Parliament and with the PES family and to actively contribute towards strengthening the voice of progressive forces in the EU. “Together, we will work to create a Europe that is more equitable, more social and more oriented towards the real needs of its citizens”, concluded the newly elected President.
Catiuscia Marini has been a member of the CoR since 2010. From June 2014 to January 2015, she was First Vice-President of the CoR. She has been rapporteur on the General regulation for Structural Funds for the period 2014-2020, on the Future of the European Social Fund and on State aid to regional airports. Prior to her election as President of the Umbria region in 2010, she was Member of the European Parliament (2008-2009).

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Mark Roden named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 ottobre 2014

markDublin, Ireland Mark Roden has been named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014. Mark is Founder & CEO of ding*, a company which enables people from emerging markets working abroad to send top-up directly to the mobile phones of their family and friends back home. Mark was presented with the award at a gala dinner in Citywest Hotel on Thursday night by Mike McKerr from Ernst & Young. “I am absolutely delighted and completely overwhelmed. It’s been an incredible journey growing ding* to where it is today and this is great recognition of all the hard work and dedication put in by everyone at ding* over the past 8 years. I’m grateful to so many people who have played a part in this achievement but special thanks must go to my wife and family who have remained so incredibly supportive over the years,” said Roden.In addition to being selected as overall winner, Mark Roden was named International EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winning the international category in recognition of the global nature of the network he has built with ding*. John Purdy of Ergo, a leading consultative IT services partner to corporate and enterprise organisations, picked up the award for EY Industry Entrepreneur Of The Year; while Terry Fox of bespoke paper cup manufacturer, Cupprint, was named as the EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year. Speaking of his fellow finalists, Mark commented: “It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to know so many terrific individuals throughout the process; it shows how innovative we can be here in Ireland.” Also recognised at the ceremony was Peter Sutherland Chairman of Goldman Sachs International and former Attorney General of Ireland who received The Special Award given to a person who has make a profound contribution to Ireland. Speaking of the EY competition as a whole, Mark praised Ernst & Young on their fantastic programme and commented on the other finalists: “The whole experience has been fantastic. Beyond getting to know inspiring individuals, being part of the programme has really put ding* and all the companies involved on the global map.”Established in 2006, ding* has built an unrivalled global network and is connected to 300 mobile operators in 130 emerging markets with a reach of 3.5 billion phones. People can send top-up to these phones on http://www.ding.com, the ding* app and in 500,000 retail locations around the world. The real power is in what a topped-up mobile phone means to individuals in emerging markets. ding* leverages the power of the mobile which not only helps people stay connected to loved ones, but also allows them access to data and a wealth of information at their fingertips. To date, ding* has sent over 80 million top-ups all from advanced technology built in Dublin.“I am truly commitment to our vision of connecting billions of people through the power of mobile top-up. It is extremely rewarding to receive this sort of acknowledgment from such an incredible group of people.” says Mark. (mark)

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Family Planning Summit in London in July

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 marzo 2012

United Nations, New York,An event is scheduled to be held in London in July to generate political commitment and substantial resources to meet the family planning needs of women in the world’s poorest countries by 2020. The event will be organized by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with support from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and other partners.
“The freedom to choose how many children to have and when is a fundamental human right. By making this right a reality for all, we can advance maternal health, child survival and gender equality,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin.”I call on all stakeholders to join the global effort to improve access to voluntary family planning as an integral part of national health systems,” added Dr. Osotimehin. “It is one of the smartest and most cost-effective investments countries can make towards sustainable development and the empowerment of women and young people.”In trying to exercise their basic human right to determine the number and spacing of their children, more than 215 million women in developing countries want to delay or avoid a pregnancy, but lack effective means of family planning. The July event is meant to intensify efforts to close the gap of unmet needs so that individuals and couples will have the means to make their human right to voluntary family planning a reality. Increasing access to voluntary family planning information, services and supplies has dramatic health benefits for women and children, preventing up to a quarter of maternal deaths. It is also an extremely cost-effective investment towards the achievement of the maternal and child health Millennium Development Goals and wider development outcomes. And yet, global funding on this issue has been lacking.

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Dade Pending Home Sales Increase

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 dicembre 2010

Miami, FL – Total cumulative pending home sales – including single-family homes and condominiums – in Miami-Dade County increased 26 percent in November compared to a year earlier, from 8,288 to 10,495, and increased 2.3 percent, up from 10,264, compared to the previous month according to the MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service (SEFMLS).  November marks the fourth consecutive month of increased pending home sales in Miami-Dade County.Pending sales of condominiums in Miami-Dade County continue to perform stronger than that of single-family homes.  In November, condominium pending sales increased 38 percent compared to the previous year, from 4,414 to 6,094 and increased 3.68 percent, up from 5,878 the previous month.  Pending sales of single-family homes in November increased 14 percent from the previous year, from 3,874 to 4,401, and increased .34 percent from the previous month, when pending single-family home sales totaled 4,386.
Increased pending sales are an indication of increased future sales.  A sale is listed as pending when a contract is signed but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.
The MIAMI Association of REALTORS was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating its 90th year of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida.  Comprised of four organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward County Board of Governors, and the International Council, it represents more than 24,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage.  It is the largest local association in the National Association of Realtors, and has partnerships with more than 60 international organizations worldwide.  MIAMI’s official website is http://www.miamire.com.

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“Corporate family responsibility”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 ottobre 2010

Roma 22 ottobre alle ore 14, al Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II in Città del Vaticano, sarà presentato il Corso Executive “Corporate Family Responsibility” pensato per una formazione ai temi della responsabilità sociale d’impresa, con un’attenzione particolare alle esigenze della famiglia. Parteciperanno all’incontro membri dell’advisory board e docenti del corso, tra i quali: Francesco Belletti, Guglielmo Faldetta, Giulio Gallazzi, José Granados, Stanislaw Grygiel, Stephan Kampowski, Stefano Lucchini, Livio Melina, Daniele Pace, Bernhard Scholz e Giorgio Trombetta.  Il percorso formativo è rivolto a imprenditori e dirigenti come rappresentanti di aziende attente e sensibili alla domanda di responsabilità aziendale.  Il corso è frutto della collaborazione fra il Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II per Studi su Matrimonio e Famiglia, la Fondazione Benedetto XVI pro Matrimonio et Familia, SRI Group e SRI Capital Advisers.

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“Demographics and the Family in Europe”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 settembre 2010

Zagreb from 30 September – 3 October 2010 Plenary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE),  on the theme: “Demographics and the Family in Europe” With a view to defining the role of the family institution in European society in reference also to demographic trends, policies in support of families adopted by individual States and the pastoral work undertaken by the Church, CCEE has promoted research among the Bishops’ Conferences. In this way information concerning demographic development, birth rate, the relationship between immigration and local growth, the impact of demographic change on the life of families, on work and on social welfare, was gathered together; as well as information on adoption programmes, laws, specific policies and programmes supporting large families and the definition of the family within the different Constitutions. ..The research will serve as a basis for reflection by the European prelates about the measures in progress and to be adopted by the Church, perspectives for the next few years and the economic, social and cultural consequences at stake. The reading and summary of this report was entrusted to three experts in the field, and in particular to Dr  Lola Velarde, President of the European Network of the Institute for Family Policies, to Mgr Carlos Simón Vázquez, Under-Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, and to Dr. Virgilijus Rudzinskas, a Lithuanian doctor.
Part of the work will be dedicated to dialogue with the European institutions (the European Union and the Council of Europe), with contributions from Mgr André Dupuy, Apostolic Nuncio to the European Union; Mgr Aldo Giordano, Permanent Observer at the Council of Europe, and Mgr Piotr Mazurkiewicz, ComECE General Secretary.
During the meeting, the Presidents will also receive brief reports on current issues: the challenges presented by sects; the presence of travellers in Europe; and World Youth Day (August 2011). It will also be the opportunity for a presentation on the work of the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians. CCEE’s planned activities for the next year will also be approved.

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Vincitori Fiuggi family festival

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 agosto 2010

Dagli Oscar al Fiuggi Family Festival. From time to  time, fantasy del regista Julian Farrow e Viky il Vichingo di Michael Herbig, trionfano ex aequo come migliori film alla terza edizione del Fiuggi Family Festival. Il film del cineasta inglese – già premio Oscar nel 2002  per la sceneggiatura di Gosford Park di Robert Altman – è ambientato nel 1944 e narra la storia del tredicenne Tim alle prese con fantasmi e strane presenze nella vecchia casa di famiglia. Il ragazzo vive un’avventura ricca di fantastiche scoperte e di un’amicizia capace di affrontare ogni prova. Il lungometraggio Viky il Vichingo (Germania, 2009), di Michael Herbig, è un film d’avventura tratto dall’anonimo cartoon degli anni ’70: il giovane e intelligente piccolo vichingo Vichy vive con i suoi genitori Halvar e Ylva nel piccolo villaggio di Flake. Non è molto forte ma è furbo, e un giorno decide di imbarcarsi su una nave alla scoperta del mondo. La giuria presieduta dal produttore della Lux Video, Luca Bernabei, ha premiato From Time to time  E’ stato inoltre assegnata una menzione speciale al film Letters To Father Jacob diretto dal finlandese Klaus Haro, per “l’autentica ispirazione poetica e per la toccante identificazione dei due attori protagonisti con i propri personaggi, ai quali fanno vivere fino in fondo l’incontro con il dolore, il perdono e il senso del trascendente che porta alla salvezza”. Protagonista del film del regista finlandese Haro, Leila, una donna  che dopo 12 anni di prigione  si trova a fare da segretaria in una remota parrocchia a un vecchio pastore cieco. I componenti della giuria, oltre ai membri del Comitato scientifico del festival presieduto da Giancarlo Fumagalli sono Pierluigi Bartolemei, direttore di Scuola Elis, Corrado Catania, segretario generale del Premio Internazionale Efebo d’Oro, Umberto De Giovanni, responsabile del reparto cinematografia scientifica del Cnr, Ilaria Giudici, story editor di fiction televisive, Carlo Micciché, dirigente Mediaset e il poeta e scrittore Davide Rondoni.

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Family day

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 settembre 2009

«Bene fa il sottosegretario Giovanardi a chiedere al governo, in vista della Finanziaria, un forte segnale politico in favore della famiglia» afferma Francesco Belletti, presidente del Forum. «Le promesse al Family day, gli impegni elettorali ed il programma di governo avevano lecitamente alimentato nelle famiglie italiane le speranze di vedere finalmente una manovra in favore delle famiglie. Ed invece si sono viste solo iniziative di lotta alla povertà ed un Bonus famiglia che si è poi scoperto favorire soprattutto le coppie senza figli e single. «Il Forum rinnova con forza la richiesta che venga avviato il processo orientatoad una fiscalità a misura di famiglia, come confermato da un milione e duecentomila italiani che hanno sottoscritto la Petizione popolare presentata al Capo dello Stato nello scorso anno. Nella logica della gradualità chiediamo l’introduzione di un quoziente familiare (o sistema analogo) che impegni le finanze pubbliche nella stessa misura (2,4 miliardi di euro) del Bonus famiglia 2009. «Chiediamo inoltre un Piano casa che favorisca le giovani coppie e le famiglie in situazione di bisogno abitativo per un valore di un miliardo di euro da integrare al Piano caso attualmente in vigore. «A fronte delle questioni poste da Giovanardi e delle nostre richieste reiterate in vista della prossima Finanziaria» conclude Belletti «restiamo in attesa della risposta di Berlusconi e del governo nel suo insieme. Fin da ora chiediamo al Premier ed ai ministri economici un incontro per illustrare il senso ed i contenuti delle nostre richieste»

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British Private School Pupils Earn 30% More In Later Life

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 giugno 2009

Students who attended independent schools go on to obtain an average of 30% higher earnings than state school students, according to a study published today in Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society.  When compared against like for like family background, the gap is reduced to an increase of 20% in earnings. Most of this gap came from the achievement of higher qualifications.   For several decades 7-8% of children in Britain have been educated in private/independent schools. Yet, small though this proportion is, privately educated people have gone on, in adulthood, to occupy a much larger share of the prominent positions in public and private life.  This throws up several questions. Is this because of the background and connections of students whose families can afford this education?  Do private schools give more added-value, such as self-esteem and a wider view of the world through more extra-curricular activities? Is it the networking abilities and contacts which lead to increased earnings? The study looked at data from 10,000 British residents and compared them on earnings, schooling, qualifications, family background, age, and region lived in.  Whilst family background did have an impact on earnings, the main difference was in relation to the qualifications gained, implying that if the average person attending private school were to fail their exams, there would be no other benefits to fall back on. The study also compared the effect on earnings of attending a private school prior to 1960, and after.  The results showed that the estimated impact had increased over time.  “Given this finding, it seems that today’s pupils might expect to see even greater benefits,” added Green.

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