Brayton Purcell Fighting Against Unfair Asbestos Legislation

Brayton Purcell Fighting Against Unfair Asbestos Legislation

Four clients of the Brayton Purcell law firm will travel to the capitol to fight against proposed asbestos legislation (S. 852). Three have developed cancers due to asbestos exposure; the fourth is a widow whose husband died from asbestos-related cancer.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 27, 2006

Four clients of the Brayton Purcell law firm will travel to our nation’s capitol next week to make their voices heard against S. 852. This unfair asbestos legislation would deny access to the courts for asbestos victims, who instead would be required to pursue their claims through an asbestos trust fund. Congressional analysts and other government experts predict that the trust fund would run out of money well before all asbestos victims could be compensated. Medical experts question the criteria that the bill uses to identify and classify the diseases related to asbestos.

A Father Suffering From Mesothelioma

One client, David Bakkie, was exposed to asbestos when he worked as an assembler, a lineman and a line construction supervisor. He is 50 years old and has two teenage sons, Christopher and Charles.

Last September, Mr. Bakkie was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that first attacks the membranes surrounding the lungs. The disease is caused by asbestos exposure.

A Ship Rigger’s Exposure to Asbestos

Ron Dutton is married and 51 years old. He has two daughters and a granddaughter. For many years, Mr. Dutton worked as a rigger on ships, a job that exposed him to asbestos. Like most other workers, he did not know about the danger to his health and was given no protection. Now he has asbestos–related colon cancer and asbestosis. Asbestosis is a progressive scarring of the lungs that is only caused by exposure to asbestos.

Mr. Dutton says that he is going to Washington to let the Senators know that workers who were exposed to asbestos have real illnesses and have the right to be compensated. He poses this question: “The government didn’t get in the way when asbestos manufacturers made huge profits, so why should it make it hard for people like me to be compensated when they become sick from asbestos products?”

An Asbestos Victim’s Widow

Joan Nettler Kiss became a widow last year when her husband, John, died of metastatic colon cancer. An insulator for 35 years, John Kiss was an active member of the Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 16 in San Francisco. He had worked in power plants, shipyards, and industrial and commercial sites throughout Northern California. He contracted asbestosis and colon cancer due to his exposure to asbestos at these jobs

After he retired as an insulator, Mr. Kiss began a second career as an investigator at Brayton Purcell because he wanted to help other asbestos victims. He was very proud of this job. His co–workers came to rely on his extensive knowledge of asbestos products and his ability to put clients at ease. Mr. Kiss eventually became the manager of the firm’s Investigations Department.

John Kiss had three children of his own and also helped raise two of Joan’s children. He was a proud grandfather to his eight grandchildren. He is sorely missed by his family, friends and co–workers.

A Machinist With Asbestos Lung Cancer

Mr. George Goodyard is married with four daughters. For 34 years, he worked as a machinist in naval and private shipyards. He now has asbestosis and lung cancer as the result of his on–the–job exposure to asbestos. He has had part of his lung removed, and visits his doctor every three months for a check–up and X–rays. He receives a CAT scan every six months, and hopes that his condition does not deteriorate further.

“They knew about asbestos in 1970, but didn’t tell us anything about it,” Mr. Goodyard said. “We didn't know about the risks we were taking.” He also points out that even today, the insulation used in ships may be 30 to 40 years old and contain asbestos. The asbestos can be easily disturbed and become airborne, allowing workers to breathe in asbestos fibers.

Mr. Goodyard has a court date set for later this year. However, if S. 852 becomes law, his asbestos case could be thrown out, and he would have to apply to the asbestos trust fund program instead. The delay would be a hardship for Mr. Goodyard and his family. The asbestos trust fund will not be up and running immediately, and S. 852 creates an unwieldy bureaucracy that may not be efficient or effective.

Protest Against S. 852

S. 852 is extremely bad legislation that will help asbestos–related companies, but harm people with asbestos diseases. Please call or write to your Senators and urge them to vote NO on S. 852. The bill may come before the Senate in early February, so it is important to do this right away. You can find your Senators’ names, e–mails, and telephone numbers on the U. S. Senate web site at http://www. senate. gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm. cfm (http://www. senate. gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm. cfm)

List of Client Cases

The four clients are involved in these cases:

David Bakkie: David Bakkie vs. Asbestos Defendants, San Francisco Superior Court, No. 491129

Ron Dutton: Ronald Dutton and Terri Dutton vs. Asbestos Defendants, San Francisco Superior Court, No. 420971

Joan Nettler: Joan Nettler, et al vs. Asbestos Defendants, San Francisco Superior Court, No. 413663

George Goodyard: George Goodyard vs. Asbestos Defendants, San Francisco Superior Court, No. 434978

About Brayton Purcell

For over 20 years, Brayton Purcell has helped clients protect their legal rights in the face of devastating losses such as illness, injuries, and harm to family members. The law firm enjoys a national reputation for the high quality of its personal injury and product liability work, particularly in the area of asbestos litigation. For more information, call 415-898-1555 or visit the firm web site at http://www. braytonlaw. com (http://www. braytonlaw. com).

For information about asbestos and asbestos-related diseases, see the firm’s web sites, Mesothelioma Network, http://www. mesotheliomasite. com (http://www. mesotheliomasite. com) and Asbestos Network, http://www. asbestosnetwork. com (http://www. asbestosnetwork. com).

Viator. com Goes Green With Carbonfund. org

Viator to offset company travel and educate travelers in minimizing climate footprint.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 3, 2007

Viator. com, the leading online resource for researching and booking activities in 75 countries worldwide, has formed a partnership with Carbonfund. org to offset its company-related carbon emissions and help educate travelers about minimizing their carbon footprint on the environment.

Through its partnership with Carbonfund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting climate change education, carbon offsets and green power, Viator is targeting a 100 percent carbon-neutral corporate environment. As part of its roadmap to reach its goal, Viator will offset its corporate travel - estimated at 1.2 million miles in 2007 - with renewable energy credits, and minimize business-related CO2 emissions through conservation practices and more conscientious technology purchases. As an e-commerce business, Viator's operations are virtually paper-free and involve limited shipping, often associated with high CO2 emissions.

Viator will also serve as an information source for travelers who want to learn more about carbon offsetting and environmental sustainability. As Viator's customers research and book destination activities, they will also have the opportunity to link to Carbonfund. org to offset their travel-related emissions, and any CO2 emissions related to their annual household carbon footprint.

"At Viator we are passionate about travel, but also sensitive to the effects many types of travel can have on our environment," said Rod Cuthbert, CEO and founder of Viator. com. "As a global travel company, we have an important responsibility to neutralize our impact on the environment while also helping our customers around the world minimize theirs. Carbonfund. org is an ideal partner and we're excited to join with them to work toward a solution to this very complex problem."

"Carbonfund. org is thrilled to partner with Viator in the fight against climate change," said Carbonfund. org Executive Director Eric Carlson. "Climate change affects every one of us, we are all responsible for it and we all must be part of the solution. Viator's leadership is further proof that protecting our climate is good for the environment and business."

Many of the products in Viator's range of more than 5,000 destination activities have low-to-no impact on the environment they explore. Walking and hiking tours, bicycle tours and Segway excursions (battery operated) are all increasingly popular (and aerobic) ways to explore a destination that help to minimize any environmental impact.


About Viator

Viator is the world's leading online resource for travel experiences - the things you do when you get there - providing access to more than 5,000 sightseeing tours, attractions and activities in 450-plus destinations in more than 75 countries, as well as customer reviews, star ratings and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator -- the Latin word for traveler -- offers online consumers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities that meet a variety of tastes and preferences, including sightseeing tours, theater tickets, soft adventure trips, attraction passes, wine and culinary excursions, and many "well kept secrets" off the beaten path. Viator's in-house travel experts help take the guess work out of planning by hand-picking respected and trusted local operators to ensure a quality experience, value and service. Viator, founded in 1995, sells its products directly to consumers at www. viator. com and through its growing global network of more than 4,000 affiliates that include major hotel and airline companies, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.


About Carbonfund. org

Carbonfund. org is the country's leading carbon reduction and offset organization. Carbonfund. org educates the public about the dangers of climate change and makes it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbonfund. org is reducing the threat of climate change by promoting cost-effective carbon reductions and supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce and offset carbon dioxide emissions. Carbonfund. org works with over 100 corporate and non-profit partners including the National Wildlife Federation, Dell, IMD, Ovation Travel Group and Working Assets.

St. Charles Consulting Group Launches Virtual Classroom Service for U. S. Accounting Firms, Delivers High-Impact, Cost-Effective Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

St. Charles Consulting Group Launches Virtual Classroom Service for U. S. Accounting Firms, Delivers High-Impact, Cost-Effective Continuing Professional Education (CPE)


Accountants experience the interactive benefits of live CPE training via a shared web-browser window, while eliminating travel, reducing opportunity costs, and minimizing program expense.


Saint Charles, IL (PRWEB) July 28, 2010


The St. Charles Consulting Group brings its proven CPE expertise to live classroom training on the web, delivering key benefits to clients:


  • Up to 75% savings over traditional classroom training
  • Accelerated content delivery and expanded reach
  • Reduced professional time away from clients
  • Employees engaged in timely, relevant learning
  • Opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing
  • On-demand learning through program rebroadcasts
St. Charles virtual classroom programs bring learners together online in a shared web-browser window, running audio and video along with presentation slides. When well designed, virtual classroom programs (also called webcasts and webinars) provide an interactive experience where learners can electronically “raise their hands,” react to surveys and polls, post online questions for presenters, and access handouts and other learning resources. The programs are designed to meet all CPE standards.

St. Charles partners with client firms to create virtual classroom programs with the latest content, instructional approaches, and webcast technology. “We complement what the client brings to the table,” according to St. Charles’ managing partner, Phil Davis. “As in most things related to training, one size does not fit all, and it is important to customize the solution to the specific needs of each firm.” Davis noted that, if an accounting firm does not already have a webcast delivery platform, St. Charles can deploy a state-of-the-art tool that has been endorsed by NASBA to meet all CPE requirements.

“In the current business environment,” in Davis’ view, “accounting firms can’t afford to sacrifice the quality of training. But, at the same time, they also can’t afford to train in the resource-intensive ways of the past. Virtual classrooms offer the best of both worlds – quality training at a manageable cost.”

St. Charles assigns top industry talent with skill sets as needed to steer accounting firm clients through any and all aspects of virtual classroom program design, development, and delivery.

About the St. Charles Consulting Group

The St. Charles Consulting Group is known for its expertise in providing innovative and highly effective learning solutions. The firm, based in St. Charles, Illinois, is rooted in Arthur Andersen’s “gold standard” training organization. It was founded in 2002 by two former Arthur Andersen partners who held global leadership roles.

St. Charles operates out of 3 locations – St. Charles, Dallas, and San Francisco. It currently has 4 partners, 35 fulltime personnel, and a network of over 200 consultants and 250 executive coaches. Over half of its consultants are experts in the field of learning, including learning strategy, curriculum development, instructional design, eLearning production, and program delivery. St. Charles is also deeply skilled in organization development, knowledge services, and workforce planning.

Dream Team Can Take Your Company to Profitable Competitive Leadership

If your company was highly profitable and the undisputed leader in your competitive fieldÂ…that would solve a lot of problems, wouldnÂ’t it? Getting you to that place is the one and only goal of a remarkable consulting company called Visionary Oasis, Inc. headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.


(PRWEB) June 25, 2003


If your company was highly profitable and the undisputed leader in your competitive fieldÂ…that would solve a lot of problems, wouldnÂ’t it?

Getting you to that place is the one and only goal of a remarkable consulting company called Visionary Oasis, Inc. headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. TheyÂ’re small and they like it that way, having seven partners spread across the country. Think of them as a "Dream Team" of world-class experts in the vital aspects of what it takes to achieve and then sustain profitable competitive supremacy.

They are competitive advisors to small and mid-size companies who see huge potential in front of them but need independent and expert help in fulfilling that potential. “What we don’t want our clients to do,” says co-founder Doug Hatfield, “is follow the lead of the big corporations we keep hearing about who have tried to lie and cheat their way to profitability and competitive leadership.” Adds partner Odoch Hawkins, “Once you’ve sold your corporate soul, you’ve lost everything that has value. We show them a much better way where you keep your integrity, do wonderful things for your customers and make money too.”

The biggest mistake companies are making, according to the Visionary Oasis team, is that they try to “duct tape” their way to success. “They spend a fortune on the latest technology but have to cut back on marketing to pay for it. Many times they are sold the wrong technology so it causes more problems than it solves. Then when sales drop, they run over and try to fix the sales arm. Then they restructure everything to try and cut costs further and end up annoying what customers they do have and discouraging their people. All this craziness without an overall competitive plan.”

The key, this ‘Dream Team’ insists, is integration and alignment. Hatfield explains: “What we do first in laying out a step-by-step competitive strategy, is get a crystal clear picture of where the company stands in relationship to its competitors, the potential of its market, and how efficiently it is organized internally. We look at everything from the spirit of the people who work there to the capabilities of their systems.”

This is part of what separates them from other consulting companies who tend to look at single pieces of the puzzle. If you don’t get every dimension of your business in alignment you literally end up working against yourself. “Failure is usually a self-inflicted wound,” says Ian Percy one of the co-founders and an Organizational Psychologist.

They then work with the company’s leadership to fashion a comprehensive competitive strategy with each step justified by a factual and measurable Return On Investment analysis. “It is unforutnate that so many companies spend huge amounts of money, time and energy with absolutely no idea if it will actually pay off.” adds Arnie Kennedy a partner based in California.

So what can they do for you? You might be surprised to learn that they will commit to only one company in any competitive field. If they are already working with one of your competitors, youÂ’re out of luck. That too is different from most consulting companies.

What our clients appreciate most, Hatfield explains, is that they get all of us. We develop long-term relationships based on mutual trust and the clients are not passed down to junior staff – which is a good thing because they don’t have any. They work on a fixed fee basis and at times have substantially reduced their fee in exchange for an equity position in the company. “We have absolute confidence in our ability,” they assert, “and we are prepared to share the risk with the client. We travel the road to profitable competitive leadership together.”

The scope of their expertise is impressive to say the least. Dave Linnen is one of the best supply chain specialists in the world. George Droll focuses on market driven strategy and technology assessment. Odoch Hawkins knows complex technology like the back of his hand and is a crisis management expert. Arnie Kennedy is renowned in manufacturing circles and the incoming President of APICS the global authority on manufacturing and operations management. Howard Hohnadel is an e-business phenomenon. Doug Hatfield is unmatched in strategic planning, project management and competitive intelligence. And Ian Percy is a master change agent, vision expert and an internationally acclaimed business speaker and author.

One thing they all agree on; “When you have purpose and passion in what you do, the profit will be there too – to say nothing of the fun!” You can contact Visionary Oasis through www. VisionaryOasis. com or call 1-866-502-0030.

One Thousand Origami Cranes, Without the Paper

One Thousand Origami Cranes, Without the Paper

The peace crane is a familiar origami form. What makes the work of award-winning polymer clay artist Judy Dunn different is that her cranes are folded from polymer clay rather than paper. On October 23, 2006, Dunn folded her 1000th crane from polymer clay. The cranes are a symbol of peace, prosperity, fidelity and long life, and Japanese legend has it that by folding 1000 cranes, a wish will be granted by the gods.

Acton, MA (PRWEB) October 25, 2006

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of folding a sheet of paper into various forms. Polymer clay artist Judy Dunn of Acton, Massachusetts has put a new twist into this ancient art form. On October 23, 2006 she folded her one thousandth crane, but not from paper. This crane was the 1000th crane Dunn had folded from polymer clay.

About six years ago Dunn began an attempt to fold 1000 cranes the traditional way, from paper. She had learned of the legend that folding 1000 cranes would grant the folder a wish from the gods. Dunn also learned of the the story of Sudako. Sadako was a little girl in Japan who contracted leukemia from exposure to the radiation of the atomic bomb. She attempted to fold 1000 cranes to be granted a wish of healing. Although Sadako was not able to fold 1000 cranes before her death, a peace memorial resides in Hiroshima in Sudako's honor, and for all children who died as a result of the atomic bomb. People from around the world send 1000 cranes to the memorial each year, with the wish for world peace. All these ideas were in Dunn's mind as she folded the cranes. Over time she had folded several hundred cranes.

But in the spring of 2003, Dunn started working with polymer clay. Her fascination with the material became immediate. The versatility of the medium, and wide palette of colors appealed to her artistic sense. Yet almost from the beginning Dunn was asking, "Can I fold a crane?" After some experimenting, Dunn figured out how to do what seemed impossible. Fold a crane from clay, and cure it. Creating a durable, sculptural crane, using the same folds she used to create a paper crane.

"Part of the enjoyment of making cranes from clay is doing all the decorative work on the surface of the clay, prior to folding the crane," says Dunn. "Each crane ends up being unique because of this process."

The other thing that keeps Dunn folding cranes is the stories and people's connections to the cranes. There was the pair of gold cranes purchased for a parent's fiftieth wedding anniversary. Or the crane that traveled to China as a gift to the foster mother for a newly adopted daughter. Or the connection that was made with a family in Indiana who lost a son/nephew/husband to the war in Iraq. He loved origami and folded cranes to hand out to the kids in Iraq. The crane has become a symbol to memorialize his spirit for this family. "It is a gift to be able to create something that I love doing that also has so many rich emotional connections for people. It is what keeps me folding cranes," says Dunn.

Dunn is an award-winning polymer clay artist who also creates one of a kind jewelry and sculptural vessels from polymer clay and metal clay. Her work has appeared in several national publications. Dunn's work can be found in galleries and shops across the country, and at the several fine art and craft shows she does each year. Her work can be seen on her website, www. judydunn. net.

Remote Desktop Support Virtually Eliminates On-Site Visits

Remote Desktop Support Virtually Eliminates On-Site Visits



Remote Support Simplified for Australian Mortgage Broker Market Leader



Ridgeland, MS (PRWEB) April 17, 2007



IT personnel at Australian Financial Group (AFG), the largest third-party wholesaler of mortgages in Australia, are responsible for everything from software support for their customers to network and server administration for their primary and satellite offices. With customers and employees throughout Australia, AFG support reps could not travel on-site every time support was needed. After searching for a suitable remote support tool, AFG chose the BomgarTM (http://www. bomgar. com/?utm_source=E+PR&utm_medium=041107AFG) (formerly NetworkStreaming) remote desktop support (http://www. bomgar. com/remotedesktopaccess/solutions. htm? utm_source=E+PR&utm_medium=041107AFG) appliance and has now virtually eliminated on-site support visits.



Before purchasing BomgarTM, AFG's support reps often had to walk end-users through complex tasks over the phone. "It was very hard to navigate customers through various PC tasks," said Jon Craik, AFG helpdesk representative. "We relied on screen shots emailed to us from members to view errors, and this was time-consuming. Most of our customers were outside our domain, and it made it very difficult to connect to their PCs."



AFG used trials of several remote control support products, including WebEx™ Support Center and Symantec pcAnywhere™, but these options did not fill AFG's needs. "We found these alternatives under-performed," said Craik. "Our customers and support reps found it difficult to connect to each other, and they seemed to run slower when connected."



The Bomgar BoxTM, Bomgar's remote desktop support tool, known as the SupportDesk™ appliance prior to the company's name change, with its ease of use, simple setup, and ability to push remote control sessions to unattended systems within AFG's company LAN, was the ideal fit for AFG's support needs.



Since deployment of Bomgar's remote desktop support appliance, AFG has increased first-call resolution rates by 50 percent, reduced call resolution times by 30 percent, and increased call-handling capacity by 20 percent.



According to Paul Blackman, AFG IT Infrastructure Manager, visits to customer sites and AFG satellite locations for the purpose of technical support have been completely eliminated, significantly decreasing downtime and travel costs, and increasing customer satisfaction and retention. "We are able to connect to 99% of our customers quickly and hassle free," said Blackman. "Our customers feel confident that when we connect and take control of their PCs, we will be able to solve their problem the first time."



For more information on appliance-based remote desktop support (http://www. bomgar. com/remotedesktopaccess/solutions. htm? utm_source=E+PR&utm_medium=041107AFG) appliance, visit the Bomgar website (http://www. bomgar. com/?utm_source=E+PR&utm_medium=041107AFG).

Doubletree Hotels Encourages Travelers to Help Save Endangered Animals One Room at a Time

Doubletree Hotels Encourages Travelers to Help Save Endangered Animals One Room at a Time



Doubletree Hotels announce that for every online reservation booking through Doubletree. com for any date in the future, made before 15th December, Doubletree will donate to the World Wildlife Fund



Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) December 29, 2006



Booking travel plans online for the holidays has never felt so good … let alone helped to save thousands of endangered and threatened animals worldwide. As part of an exclusive promotion between Doubletree Hotels and World Wildlife Fund, the hotel brand has developed a unique, online travel promotion that benefits the protection and survival of threatened and endangered animals.



For every reservation made on www. doubletree. com at any one of more than 180 hotels and resorts across the U. S. and Canada between the dates of November 15 and December 15, 2006, Doubletree will donate $1.00 to World Wildlife Fund to help protect threatened and endangered animals and support the organization's conservation efforts around the globe*.



"At Doubletree (http://doubletree1.hilton. com/dt/index. do (http://doubletree1.hilton. com/dt/index. do)), our communities and the world we live in are just as important to take care of as our guests," said Ronnie Kaiser, vice president - marketing for Doubletree Hotels (http://doubletree1.hilton. com/dt/index. do (http://doubletree1.hilton. com/dt/index. do)). "We hope that business and leisure travelers will celebrate this vision with us during the next month by simply booking reservations on Doubletree. com as part of their future travel plans, and we'll do our part to by supporting World Wildlife Fund to help preserve our planet for future generations."



World Wildlife Fund is one of the largest conservation organizations in the world. For 45 years, WWF has worked to save endangered species, protect endangered habitats, and address global threats such as deforestation, overfishing, and climate change. The funds donated by Doubletree as a result of online hotel reservations made between November 15 and December 15 will benefit the more than 2,000 conservation programs World Wildlife Fund supports in more than 100 countries.



As part of the hotel brand's award-winning Teaching Kids to CARE (http://doubletree. hilton. com/en/dt/promotions/teach/index. jhtml (http://doubletree. hilton. com/en/dt/promotions/teach/index. jhtml); ) community program, Doubletree Hotels - with help from World Wildlife Fund - has developed an appropriately themed "Wild for Wildlife" initiative to help educate children about the importance of wildlife preservation. This fall, approximately 10,000 children at elementary schools and youth organizations will work with Doubletree hotel teams to learn about threatened and endangered species worldwide and how kids they show they care through environmental awareness and protection.



Teaching Kids to CARE, a community-based outreach program developed by Doubletree Hotels, is dedicated to educate and encourage children to start making conscious decisions at an early age to show they care about their communities and the world in which they live. From its humble beginnings as a grass-roots initiative to the social responsibility projects it encourages today, the Teaching Kids to CARE program has grown to become a widely recognized and honored community service program. Celebrating its fifth year, Doubletree employees have inspired and educated nearly 100,000 elementary school students across the U. S. and Canada, empowering them to make a difference in their local community, state, country and even the world. Teaching Kids to CARE is a semi-annual community outreach initiative occurring in 150 communities across the U. S. and Canada.



For more information on the Doubletree online reservation promotion to benefit World Wildlife Fund, visit the special promotional Doubletree (http://www. doubletree. com/tkc/wwf/ (http://www. doubletree. com/tkc/wwf/)) website. To find out more about wildlife preservation visit the World Wildlife Fund (http://www. worldwildlife. org/ (http://www. worldwildlife. org/)).



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Donations will not be made for reservations made by residents of Alabama and Maine.