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Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara and Citrin Cooperman Team Up to Champion Cybersecurity Awareness for Businesses with Original Series of Informational Podcasts

Rhode Island – May 8, 2019 – Cyberattacks are on the rise, with industries and organizations reporting rampant increases in phishing or business email compromise and a majority of Americans having personally experienced a major data breach. To address the heavy risk and cost of a breach in a company’s operations, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) and full-service assurance, tax, and business advisory firm, Citrin Cooperman have teamed up to produce a series of original podcasts dubbed “Cyber Crooks and Crime,” featuring PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, a leading voice and frequent commentator on social media and digital law and cybersecurity legal issues, and Kevin Ricci, CISA, CRISC, MCSE, QSA, a leader in the cybersecurity practice at Citrin Cooperman. The podcasts take a deep dive into the cybersecurity landscape, how hackers behave, and how best to make informed decisions to safeguard and protect an organization’s customers, employees, and brand.

“Cybersecurity is not set it and forget it,” said Attorney Lamoureux. “The entire ecosystem of how we live is connected one way or another, from our mobile devices to our refrigerators to our checking accounts and our cars. This seamless digital interconnectedness has its benefits, but if hacked or infiltrated by cyber criminals, it can wreak havoc. For businesses, the chaos caused by a cyberattack threatens their bottom line and exposes an organization to numerous legal issues.”

“There is no greater way to reduce the risk of a cyberattack than to have an informed employee,” said Ricci. “The starting point is with the executive team, the IT professionals and throughout the entire workforce. We know that the cost of a hack – internally or externally – is more than the damage of stolen data or lost productivity. Having an educated workforce that is aware and on the look-out for phishing emails or other compromising techniques used by hackers, can be the key difference between a successful rapid response following an attack or dire reputational damage to a company’s brand.”

Episodes of the podcast series cover topics including “Know the Cyber Criminal Landscape,” “Cybersecurity Breach Response and Preparedness in the 21st Century,” “Taming and Reforming the “Wild West” of Information in the Digital Age and Protecting Privacy Rights” and “Meet “Your” Hacker – Who Are the Bad Guys.”

Listeners will learn how to avoid falling prey to spoofing and phishing emails, factors to consider when conducting cybersecurity training, the real cost of a cyber incident to a company’s bottom line, the components of a cybersecurity plan and its importance to reducing the risk of litigation following a breach, legal issues regarding privacy rights and data protection, best practices when considering outsourcing cybersecurity and why cyber crooks are growing in numbers and how social media has given rise to the acceleration of cybercrime. Each month a new podcast will be released along with collateral material and other updates. To access the podcasts and resources, visit Cyber Crooks and Crime.

For further information, please contact Clare Eckert at PLDO at 401-855-2601 or email ceckert@pldolaw.com or Tracy Tavares at Citrin Cooperman at 401-421-4800 or email ttavares@citrincooperman.com.

About Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara (“PLDO”) attorneys are highly skilled with a proven track record of achievement representing clients with respect to complex matters in a wide range of disciplines and industries. The founders of PLDO were formerly partners in an international law firm and are trained in multiple disciplines. The primary areas of practice for the firm include business law, special masterships, government relations and legislative strategies, civil litigation, real estate development, commercial lending, municipal law, nonprofit law, cyber law, health care law, white collar defense, estate planning, probate administration and trust litigation. The core values of respect, integrity, quality service and responsiveness are stressed each day at PLDO and the firm is committed to supporting the community in a meaningful way. The firm has offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Florida. For more information, visit www.pldolaw.com.

About Citrin Cooperman

Citrin Cooperman is among the largest, full-service assurance, tax, and business advisory firms in the United States, having steadily built its business serving a diverse and loyal clientele since 1979. Our daily mission is to help our clients “focus on what counts.” Rooted in our core values, we provide a comprehensive, integrated business approach to traditional services, which includes proactive insights throughout the lifecycle of our clients wherever they do business, across the globe.  Citrin Cooperman is an independent firm associated with Moore Stephens International Limited. citrincooperman.com

R&B Legend and Rhode Island native Jeffrey Osborne returns to the Ocean State on June 6 to perform at Cranston’s Park Theatre.

CRANSTON, R.I. — On June 6, 2019, the Hereford Entertainment Group in partnership with the historic Park Theatre will present the long-awaited return of one of Rhode Island’s most celebrated musical sons ­- singer, songwriter and producer, Jeffrey Osborne. It’s been six years since Osborne last performed in the Ocean State, and this upcoming concert will mark his Park Theatre debut.

Osborne has proven himself a master at longevity through a career spanning over five decades. First as lead singer of the band L.T.D. with which he recorded the `70s Soul classics “Love Ballad,” “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again,” “Holding On (When Love is Gone),” “We Both Deserve Each Other’s Love” and “Shine On.” Going solo in the `80s, Osborne soared anew with enduring gemstones such as “I Really Don’t Need No Light,” “On the Wings of Love,” “Stay With Me Tonight,” “We’re Going All The Way,” “Love Power” (a duet with Dionne Warwick), “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)” (his biggest solo pop charter) and “Only Human,” earning four Grammy Award nominations as a solo artist along the way.

In 2018 Osborne released his first soul music album in 13 years. The critically acclaimed 12-song release, “Worth it All,” (Artistry/Mack Avenue Records) marked a triumphant return to the genre that catapulted him to international fame. The thoughtfully romantic project explored his 35-plus years of monogamous marriage set to a richly robust and diversified palate of sumptuous soul music. The album featured special guests Gerald Albright on saxophone, Rick Braun on trumpet and included “Work It,” co-written by his son, Jeffrey Osborne Jr.

A strict vegan and in the best shape of his life, Osborne still performs over 100 shows a year to legions of fans spanning three generations. His music continues to garner new fans through the work of contemporary singers such as Trey Songs, Rick Ross and Young Buck and others who have extensively sampled his work.

June 6, 2019 | 8 p.m.
Tickets: $65 – $85 Doors open at 7 p.m.
For tickets and more information, visit http://parktheatreri.com

About the Park Theatre ComplexBuilt in 1924, the Park Theatre was a cultural landmark for nearly eight decades until its closing in 2002. Following seven years and $10 million in renovations, the Park Theatre was reborn as Rhode Island’s newest performing arts center. A fully equipped, state-of-the-art multipurpose facility, the theatre features concerts, theatrical performances, opera, dance, children’s and family shows, and more. Through extensive renovations, the theatre boasts a larger, deeper stage and 1,000 plush seats with significantly more legroom than most theaters have. The complex also includes the Stage Door Night Club and Lounge, a soon-to-be-reopened offering a unique environment for guests to enjoy dinners, appetizers and cocktails before a performance. Free parking is available for all events. For more, visit www.ParkTheatreRI.comd Free parking is available for all events. For more, visit www.ParkTheatreRI.com.

Save The Bay to open public pier at Fields Point on May 20th.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – May, 14, 2019 – At 10 a.m. on Monday, May 20, in the second major event of its 50th anniversary celebration, Save The Bay will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a new Public Pier at Fields Point. The accessible pier, Providence’s newest public access point to Narragansett Bay, offers touch-and-go docking, kayak launches, fishing, and beautiful views of the Upper Bay. The opening of the pier will complete Save The Bay’s original vision for its Fields Point Bay Center as a community resource and urban access point to Narragansett Bay.

“From our earliest days nearly 50 years ago, Save The Bay has been committed to protecting the public’s right, enshrined in the state constitution, to access Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island’s stunning coastline. Our facility and grounds at Fields Point in Providence represent this commitment,” said Jonathan Stone, executive director of Save The Bay. The Bay Center grounds also offer trails to the rocky shoreline, year-round fishing, and an urban coastal greenway trail from dawn to dusk.

“We are delighted and proud to announce the opening of our new public dock and pier, open to all, for fishing, launching a kayak, watching osprey soar, or simply taking in the extraordinary beauty of the Bay. We invite our neighbors in South Providence, Washington Park, and Edgewood, and welcome all visitors from near and afar, to enjoy the new pier and grounds at Fields Point. And we thank our many partners and donors who helped make our vision of a new public pier a reality,” Stone said.
Special guests who will join Stone in speaking at the ribbon-cutting include Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, Gov. Gina Raimondo, Mayor of Providence Jorge Elorza, and representatives from the James M. Cox Foundation and REI.

“The James M. Cox Foundation is proud to support Save The Bay’s public pier to help ensure that Rhode Islanders will have access to Narragansett Bay,” said Jay Allbaugh, senior vice president and region manager, Cox Communications.
The public pier is made possible by generous support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Johnson and Wales University, the James M. Cox Foundation, REI, the Champlin Foundation, Island Foundation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Rhode Island College Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, and private funders.

About Save The Bay: Founded in 1970, Save The Bay is currently celebrating 50 years of advocacy, education, and restoration efforts in its mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed. An 18-month celebration marks the anniversary with special events and a capital campaign to unite the community and lay the foundation for Save The Bay’s continued work toward a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to everyone and globally recognized as an environmental treasure.

Rhode Island-Based Jobs up 4,200 from March; April Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.7 Percent.

CRANSTON, R.I. – The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.7 percent, the Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday. Over the year, the unemployment rate is down four-tenths of a percentage point from the April 2018 rate of 4.1 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in April 2019, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month and down three-tenths of a percentage point over the year.

The number of unemployed Rhode Island residents — those residents classified as available for and actively seeking employment — was 20,400, down 800 from March. Over the year, the number of unemployed decreased by 2,500.

A total of 11,441 individuals filed for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits in April 2019,*an increase of 527 from the 10,914 filed a year ago. This month, UI claimants accounted for 70.2 percent of the total unemployed.

The number of employed Rhode Island residents was 532,600, down 300 from March. Over the year, the number of employed Rhode Island residents was unchanged from April 2018 (532,600).

The Rhode Island labor force totaled 553,000 in April 2019, down 1,100 from March 2019, and down 2,600 from April 2018 (554,100).

Rhode Island-Based Jobs

Nonfarm payrolls in Rhode Island jumped to 500,300 in April, an increase of 4,200 jobs from the March revised payroll estimate of 496,100. April marks two consecutive months of job gains totaling 5,100 jobs. Revised estimates indicate that the last job decline reported in Rhode Island was in January when 2,500 jobs were slashed from the economy. The number of jobs is up 5,000 from April 2018.

The Professional & Business Services sector added 1,600 jobs in April, recouping all of the 1,100 jobs lost in March. Most of the job growth can be attributed to the Administrative & Waste industry sector, as payrolls rose significantly among landscaping companies. Over the year, Professional & Business Services employment is down 400.

Sizable job gains in April were also noted in Health Care & Social Assistance, as the number of jobs grew by 800. Growth within this sector came via the ambulatory health care services and hospitals subsectors. Health Care & Social Assistance has reported three consecutive months of job gains totaling 1,600 jobs and is up 1,900 jobs from a year ago.

Payrolls in the Accommodations & Food Services sector increased by 700 in April, as employment increases were found among caterers, full-service restaurants and drinking establishments. The number of jobs in Accommodation & Food Services is up 100 from April 2018.

The Financial Activities sector added 400 jobs in April. Over the year, the number of jobs in Financial Activities is up 700.
Jobs in the Educational Services and Retail Trade sectors were each up 300 in April, while jobs in Wholesale Trade grew by 200. All three sectors reported growth over the year, led by Educational Services (+700), followed by Wholesale Trade (+400) and Retail Trade (+100).

Three sectors reported an increase of 100 jobs in April; Government, Construction and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation. Over the year, job numbers are up in Government (+800) and Construction (+700), while being down in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (-600).

Manufacturing lost 400 jobs in April, all of which were among the durable goods manufacturing component. Manufacturing employment is down 1,100 from a year ago.

Payrolls in the Information, Mining & Logging, Other Services and Transportation & Utilities sectors remained unchanged from March.

Manufacturing
In April 2019, production workers in the Manufacturing sector earned $19.43 per hour, down twenty-four cents from March 2019, but up forty cents from April 2018.

Manufacturing employees worked an average of 38.4 hours per week in April, up eight-tenths of an hour over the month, but down three and two-tenths hours from a year ago.

*Refers to the number of new and reopened claims filed by UI beneficiaries and claims filed by those already collecting UI in the week that includes the 12th of the month.

Methodology: The unemployment figures are based largely on a survey of households in Rhode Island and measure the unemployment status of people who live in the state. Unemployment rates prior to 1976 are not recognized by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as official since the methodology used at that time is not comparable to today’s methods. The establishment of employment figures is derived from a survey of businesses in Rhode Island and measures the number of jobs in the state. Rhode Island labor market information is available at www.dlt.ri.gov/lmi. Additional information on procedures for producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) estimates is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/sae/cesprocs.htm. BLS will be releasing all states’ April labor force data and job counts on May 17, 2019. The Department of Labor and Training is scheduled to release the May 2019 labor force figures and job counts at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

About DLT: The Department of Labor and Training (DLT) offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunities to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island’s workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. For more information, please call the Department of Labor and Training at (401) 462-8000 or visit the website at www.dlt.ri.gov.