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Month: September 2016

Two new floor plans introduced at Barrington Cove

As the North Naples community of Barrington Cove enters its final phase of new homes for sale, D.R. Horton’s Southwest Florida division is introducing two new home plans. The new Clifton and Delray plans offer smart design and livability that is easy to maintain for those with an active lifestyle. Surrounding wooded areas and preserves also make Barrington Cove unique.   With the addition of the Clifton and Delray, Barrington Cove now offers a distinctive portfolio of 10 home plans, ranging from 1,816 to 3,609 square feet. The Clifton features two bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage. His-and-her walk-in closets provide plenty of storage in the master suite and an optional den or flex room could also be configured as a third bedroom. Both of the new floor plans feature a welcoming front porch and foyer, which lead to the great room, open kitchen and dining area. Outdoor living space is a feature that is well-suited for entertaining or taking in the views. The Delray offers an additional bedroom.    The public is invited to tour the professionally decorated 2,587-square-foot Bedford model at Barrington Cove. This two-story home plan offers a spacious kitchen and café that are open to a large great room and lanai, as well as a formal dining room. With three bedrooms and two-and-a-half-baths, this plan offers the flexibility of open loft space, a two-car...

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Toscana Isles neighborhood transforms with new sales in North Venice

Offering prime waterfront views and an incomparable North Venice location, Toscana Isles is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Since opening for sales in the winter of 2015, 45 homes have sold in this community by D.R. Horton’s Southwest Florida division. Just nine months after opening, homebuyers have established a charming neighborhood character in this Mediterranean-style gated community. For those wanting to make Toscana Isles their home this season, several quick move-in homes are expected to be complete this fall and winter.   Home seekers who toured the community a year ago will find a different, more-vibrant Toscana Isles now that many families call it home. Only a 20-minute drive to the fine dining, world-class shopping and cultural events of downtown Sarasota, discover a beautiful community offering nine spacious home plans starting in the low-$300s. Even before the busy snowbird season begins, tours of the professionally decorated models at Toscana Isles are available seven days a week.   Toscana Isles features a grand entry fountain, stone architecture features, bridges, lakes and miles of pedestrian-friendly walkways. The diverse home plans are designed to match the elegant character of the community’s Mediterranean-inspired aesthetic. Many residents enjoy stunning views of two connected lakes, approximately 55 and 94 acres in size, and the ability to launch a kayak or canoe from their back yard.   Located just one mile east of the I-75 Laurel Road exit...

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Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates

Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA, September 30, 2016- Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates, today announced that it is offering the first and only cross-linking treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for keratoconus and corneal ectasia following refractive surgery, two progressive and sight-threatening eye conditions that, combined, affect more than 170,000 Americans. The newly approved treatment- Avedro’s Photrexa products and KXL System- halts disease progression by making the cornea stronger. Corneal transplant is the only other approved treatment alternative to stopping disease progression. In keratoconus patients, the typically round, dome-shaped cornea progressively thins and weakens, causing the development of a cone-like bulge that produces optical irregularities that affect vision. A rare condition, keratoconus typically appears in individuals who are in their late teens or early twenties. Early symptoms include blurring or distortion of vision or increased sensitivity to light. Corneal ectasia, also marked by progressive corneal steepening and thinning, is a rare but serious complication resulting from vision correction procedures- such as laser-assisted-in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), and is associated with worsening of vision. Ernest W. Kornmehl, M.D.,F.A.C.S., Medical Director, Kornmehl Laser Eye Associates and Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School states “patients who demonstrate progressive keratoconus should be treated with collagen cross-linking immediately. Managing these patients with contact lenses is completely inappropriate. Collagen cross-linking will significantly reduce the number of corneal transplants performed in the U.S.” “Avedro’s...

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Nourish your mental illness awareness at Food for Thought

Miss District of Columbia Haely Jardas returns to her hometown of Fort Myers for a special engagement as keynote speaker at the annual Mental Health Educational Symposium, presented by HOPE Clubhouse of Southwest Florida. Tickets are now available for “Food for Thought: Feeding the Mind, Body and Soul” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.   “Food for Thought” is a continuation of a theme that grows from HOPE Clubhouse’s new edible Garden of Hope, which promotes better nutrition and healthier lifestyles for adults living with mental illness.   A Cypress Lake High School grad, Jardas was inspired by her own experience with generalized anxiety disorder to make “Mental Health Matters” her winning platform for the Miss District of Columbia pageant. She recently spoke on the topic of mental health at a TEDx event hosted by Howard University. She will present an engaging and frank discussion on body image issues encountered in the pageant world and as an actress, which can manifest as eating disorders such as anorexia, and the importance of good nutrition for the proper functioning of the mind.   Additional speakers will include the Honorable Andrew H. Swett, 20th Judicial Circuit Judge and founder of the Lee County Mental Health Court, respected Fort Myers psychiatrist Dr. Omar Rieche, and Hope Clubhouse member Cindy...

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Lee County Sheriff’s Youth Activities League appoints new board of directors

The Lee County Sheriff’s Youth Activities League (SYAL) recently appointed its new board of directors. The following individuals provide direction and oversight in the organization’s mission to lead and inspire youth in an effort to transform their lives and become healthy, civic-minded citizens of Lee County through community-based activities and programs:    President – Hannah Pelle, United Way Vice president – Jay Anderson, Stay Alive…Just Drive Treasurer – Neil Hopgood, Diamond Head Resort & Spa – SunStream Resorts Secretary – Colleen Via, Lee County Parks and Recreation Executive director – Lieutenant Larry King, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Director – Kim Samuelson, Golisano Children’s Hospital Director – Regina Toops, D.R. Horton Director – Carrie Root, Children’s Advocacy Center Director – James Chouinard, James A. Chouinard, CPA, LLC Director – Jeffrey Peterman of Fort Myers  Director – Staff Officer Claude “T” Tyus, Lee County Sheriff’s Office   New board members Director – Lena Neroni, Michael DeCarlo Foundation Director – Joey Belanger, The Fort Myers YMCA Director – Lisa Weaver, Lee County Parks and Recreation Director – Susan Malach, MLS Title   “The board is dedicated to fulfilling our mission to develop and implement youth-oriented activities by partnering with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and groups that have a positive impact in the community and the young people we serve,” explained Lee County Sheriff’s Youth Activities League president, Hannah Pelle.   The Sheriff’s Youth Activities League was established to fulfill the need for recreational,...

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Registration is now open for Florida Public Relations Association Southwest Florida Chapter’s 2016 PR University

Registration is open for The Florida Public Relations Association Southwest Florida Chapter’s (FPRA SWFL) PR University, “Navigating the Future.” This professional development seminar will bring together some of the best public relations professionals from across the Sunshine State to examine trends in the changing market and the fusion of new media opportunities with traditional communications elements. PRU takes place on Thursday, October 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers.   Topics and speakers for the seminar include: •“Getting Saucy: How to Stay Relevant above the Noise” with Tijuana Flats Chief Marketing Officer Monique Yeager. She will talk about how maintaining relevancy in our noisy world involves putting people first, always; and how thinking outside the box and being creative in all areas of business will keep you on top. •“Top Ten Apps for PR Pros” with Pushing the Envelope President Samantha Scott, APR. Scott will help attendees learn about the top 10 apps for public relations professionals and how-to tips to implement them – and make their job a little easier. •“Social Media 2.0: The Live Streaming Revolution” with Fuller Online Solutions President Ingrid Fuller. She will teach attendees all about the most popular the most popular live streaming sites and apps, how to use them to your advantage, and how to stand out. •“The Digital Consumer Experience” with News-Press Media Group...

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Florida Public Relations Association Southwest Florida Chapter members  Holly Boldrin and Melissa Cofta earn professional public relations accreditation

The Florida Public Relations Association Southwest Florida Chapter is pleased to announce that members Holly Boldrin, APR, CPRC and Melissa Cofta, APR, CPRC recently earned professional certification in public relations and received the designation of Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC).   Earning the CPRC designation distinguishes senior members of FPRA who have demonstrated understanding and mastery of core public relations principles and practices and have been certified to act as public relations counselors. Currently, there are 107 CPRCs in Florida, including 12 in southwest Florida.   Boldrin and Cofta both work at Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida. Boldrin is the director of public relations and Cofta is the marketing and public relations account manager.   To earn the CPRC credential, candidates must have 10 years of experience in the field; have earned the first tier of accreditation, the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential; successfully completed a verbal presentation; and passed a five-hour written...

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Joint statement by NGOs, human rights groups at UN Human Rights Council condemns 1988 massacre in Iran

A joint statement was issued on 13 September by five NGOs with “U.N. consultative status” and five human rights organizations at the thirty-third session of the U.N. Human Rights Council condemning the 1988 massacre of an estimated 30,000 political prisoners by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The statement, entitled “The massacre of 30,000 prisoners in Iran in 1988 constitutes a crime against humanity”, became an official document after being published by the council secretary. Submitted by the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty, the Women’s Human Rights International Association, France Libertes: Fondation Danielle Mitterrand, International Educational Development, Inc., and...

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Gear up! Don’t stop…Watch Bond PIXathon only on Sony PIX

Gear up! Don’t stop…Watch Bond PIXathon only on Sony PIX ~Get ready to spend your Sunday watching the smart, suave and stylish, secret agent – James Bond in the Bond PIXathon on 2nd October, 10:00AM onwards only on Sony PIX-Stay Amazed~ Press Note Chennai 30thSeptember 2016: Envy him for his sophisticated gadgets or love him for his charming attitude, you definitely cannot ignore this iconic secret agent, who will sweep you off your feet with his impeccable style and wit. The name’s Bond…James Bond – the panache that remains unparalleled since 1962. Catch the most complicated cases getting solved by codename 007 only on Sony PIX with Bond PIXathon. Watch some of the best films from the James Bond franchise back-to-back all day long on Sunday, 2ndOctober from10:00AM onwards. Bond movies have succeeded in keeping the viewers on the edge of their seats. While the oh-so-charming Pierce Brosnan, will keep you enthralled with his back-to-back three movie marathon, Tomorrow Never Dies at 10:00AM, The World Is Not Enough at 12:30PM and Die Another Day at 3:15PM, there is more in the offing. The channel will then move on to satiate your appetite by showcasing movies of the drop dead gorgeous, Daniel Craig-Casino Royale at 6:00PM and Quantum of Solace at 9:00PM. The Bond series have a lot to offer – from the well suited Bond style and the theme...

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ITDC Declares 15% Dividend

India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the public sector undertaking under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism, conducted its 51st Annual General Meeting at the Group’s hotel, The Samrat, New Delhi.  The Corporation closed the year once again with the remarkable performance. The Turnover of the Corporation during the Financial Year 2015-16 was Rs.465.69 crore.  The net profit before tax has been recorded to Rs.32.42 crore during 2015-16  The profit after tax was Rs.22.55 crore.  The highlights of the AGM was the declaration of a dividend of 15% amounting to Rs.12.86 crore approximately as recommended by the Board in the meeting held on 30th May, 2016. Out of Rs. 12.86 crore, an approximate amount of Rs.11.20 crore will go to the Government of India.  The meeting was chaired by Shri Umang Narula, IAS, Chairman & Managing Director of the Corporation  The Board of Directors present at the meeting were Sh. Piyush Tiwari, Director (Commercial & Marketing), Shri Pradip Kumar Das, Director (Finance), Government Nominee Directors and the Independent Directors.  The Corporation has shown a significant improvement in the operational efficiency. Overall occupancy during 2015-16 was 52% as against 47% during 2014-15 with flagship Hotel ‘The Ashok’ recording occupancy of 54% during 2015-16.  The Corporation is determined to perform even better in the coming years both in terms of profitability and in...

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