To some, Galveston will always be an island defined by its storied past, its 19th-century elegance, big-city ambitions, notorious seaport and even more notorious storms. But visitors to the island these days might be forgiven for thinking they’ve happened upon a new golden age, one even more glorious than the last.

From world-class museums to brand-spanking-new cruise ships, from the explosion in entertainment and dining options to the ever-growing number of places to stay, shop, and explore, this is not your grandfather’s Galveston - or your father’s, for that matter. Except that it is.

The atmosphere is still as warm and friendly as the breezes. The beaches - as beautiful and inviting as they’ve ever been- still go on forever. It’s Galveston as you always knew it, and always knew it could be.

Fortunately, the island offers a wide variety of accommodations, from swanky resorts and beach houses to budget-conscious lodging and cozy bed-and-breakfasts. Choosing the place that’s right for you may seem like an overwhelming task, but the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is happy to help!

Moody Gardens Offers New Attractions, Discounts for Spring Break

Spring break is almost here and Moody Gardens is offering new attractions, experiences and discounts to provide an enjoyable daytrip or extended vacation at one of the most popular tourist destinations in Texas.

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It’s that time of the year when the sun’s rays provide the perfect backdrop for dancing, partying and flirting during the annual freedom pilgrimage called Spring Break Galveston. It takes place March 1 - April 30.

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Galveston’s Pier 21 has restaurants, an exclusive hotel, marina, theater, harbor tours and attractions.

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There’s nothing like spending “island time” with your family, taking in the Galveston coast while making memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. While your memories may be priceless, capturing them in a photograph could lead to some extra bonuses.

Get a Taste of Downtown Galveston

Galveston’s 70-block historic downtown is a veritable treasure chest of culture

10 Reasons You Should Get On "Island Time" in Galveston

The advent of spring in the Lone Star State heralds the arrival of warm weather, vibrant blue skies and blooming bluebonnets.

Exploring Galveston's Past through Museums, Attractions and Historic Buildings

When visiting the beach or relaxing at one of Galveston’s renowned resort hotels, the island’s historic past might not be the first thing that comes to mind.

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If you’re looking for group activities, there’s plenty of things to on our charming little island.

An Art Lover's Guide to Downtown

What comes to mind when you think of Galveston? Most visitors might say sand, surf and seafood; you may be surprised to know there's a nice bit of art out there as well.

Rare & Endangered Pygmy Slow Loris Twins Born at Moody Gardens

Guests will see double in 2017 as the Moody Gardens Rainforest staff celebrated the birth of two small, fuzzy Pygmy Slow Loris twins in the Nocturnal Exhibit of the Rainforest Pyramid.

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A dependable and trusted service, Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group has it. What’s more is their amiable and knowledgeable team. Customers were often satisfied with their services and good reviews about them were abundant on the internet.

Taking care of your car has never been this special with Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group. George Mandair, along with other seasoned managers, frequently receives good feedbacks from their customers because of their trustworthy and good service. They always give their best shot in assisting people with car related concerns.

With their years of experience in this field, Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group has also been active in the trades on South Coast of Hampshire. Their good service has been known to a lot of people there for more than a decade already.

Defined as a reliable family run company, Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group could indeed handle properly any of your car issues. They can assist you in brake checks, car servicing, looking for good tyres, MOTs, along with free seasonal checks. With their current online service, you can also get a quick tyre quote as well as reserve your tyres for fitting.

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Stated earlier are some of the services that their entire depots offer to customers. But the company has more to offer and it includes checking of your car’s windscreen wipers and doing a full engine overhaul to your vehicle.

A lot of customers had seen their good skills and capability in handling car-related works, and most of them were pleased with the company’s honest service. In addition, Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group offers a good array of free service checks as well. You may inquire at their local depot to find out more about their services.



NEW YORK, March 31,2016 /PRNewswire/ -BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP) (“BGC Partners,” “BGC,” or the “Company,”) aleading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estatemarkets, today announced that it has updated its outlook for the quarter ending March 31,2016.

BGC expects its quarterly revenues for distributable earningsand for its pre-tax distributable earnings to be towards the mid-point of therange of its previously stated guidance. BGC’s first quarter 2016 outlook was originally published in a pressrelease dated February 10, 2016, and was as follows:

Original First Quarter2016 Outlook Compared with First Quarter 2015 Results

-         BGCanticipated first quarter of 2016 distributable earnings revenues to increaseby between approximately 13 percent and 21 percent and to be between $635million to $680 million, compared with $563.9 million a year earlier.

-         BGCexpected first quarter of 2016 pre-tax distributable earnings to increase bybetween approximately 6 percent and 26 percent and to be in the range of $80million to $95 million, versus $75.2 million a year earlier.1

-         BGCexpected full year 2016 Real Estate services distributable earnings revenues toincrease by approximately 20 percent to $1.2 billion, compared with $1 billionin 2015.

-         BGCanticipated its effective tax rate for distributable earnings to remainapproximately 15 percent for the year.2

The Company currently expects to report its financial resultsfor the first quarter of 2016 at 10:00 AM ET on April 27, 2016.  Details of the related conference call areexpected to be forthcoming.

Distributable EarningsDefined

BGC Partners uses non-GAAP financial measures including“revenues for distributable earnings,” “pre-tax distributable earnings” and“post-tax distributable earnings,” which are supplemental measures of operatingperformance that are used by management to evaluate the financial performanceof the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries. BGC Partners believes thatdistributable earnings best reflect the operating earnings generated by theCompany on a consolidated basis and are the earnings which management considersavailable for distribution to BGC Partners, Inc. and its common stockholders,as well as to holders of BGC Holdings partnership units during any period.

As compared with “income (loss) from operations before incometaxes,” “net income (loss) for fully diluted shares,” and “fully dilutedearnings (loss) per share,” all prepared in accordance with GAAP, distributableearnings calculations primarily exclude certain non-cash compensation and otherexpenses which generally do not involve the receipt or outlay of cash by theCompany, which do not dilute existing stockholders, and which do not haveeconomic consequences, as described below. In addition, distributable earnings calculations exclude certain gainsand charges that management believes do not best reflect the ordinary operatingresults of BGC.

Revenues for distributable earnings are defined as GAAPrevenues excluding the impact of BGC Partners, Inc.’s non-cash earnings orlosses related to its equity investments. Revenues for distributable earnings include the collection of receivableswhich would have been recognized for GAAP other than for the effect ofacquisition accounting.  Revenues fordistributable earnings also exclude certain one-time or unusual gains that arerecognized under GAAP, because the Company does not believe such gains arereflective of its ongoing, ordinary operations.

Pre-tax distributable earnings are defined as GAAP income(loss) from operations before income taxes excluding items that are primarilynon-cash, non-dilutive, and non-economic, such as:

-         Non-cashstock-based equity compensation charges for units granted or issued prior tothe merger of BGC Partners, Inc. with and into eSpeed, Inc., as well aspost-merger non-cash, non-dilutive equity-based compensation related to limitedpartnership unit exchange or conversion.

-         Allocationsof net income to founding/working partner and other limited partnership units.

-         Non-cashasset impairment charges, if any.

Distributable earnings calculations also exclude chargesrelated to purchases, cancellations or redemptions of partnership interests andcertain unusual, one-time or non-recurring items, if any.

“Compensation and employee benefits” expense fordistributable earnings will also include broker commission payouts relating tothe aforementioned collection of receivables.

BGC’s definition of distributable earnings also excludescertain gains and charges with respect to acquisitions, dispositions, orresolutions of litigation.  Thisexclusion includes the one-time gains related to the Nasdaq and Trayporttransactions.  The calculation ofdistributable earnings also excludes the non-cash mark-to-market gains orlosses related to the shares of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. received inconnection with the Trayport sale. Management believes that excluding these gains and charges best reflectsthe ongoing operating performance of BGC.

However, because Nasdaq is expected to pay BGC in an equalamount of stock on a regular basis for a 15 year period as part of thattransaction, the payments associated with BGC’s receipt of such stock areexpected to be included in the Company’s calculation of distributableearnings.  To make period-to-periodcomparisons more meaningful, one-quarter of the annual contingent earn-outamount, as well as gains or losses with respect to associated mark-to-marketmovements and/or hedging, will be included in the Company’s calculation ofdistributable earnings each quarter as “other revenues.”

Investors and analysts should note that, due to the largegain recorded with respect to the Trayport sale in December, 2015, and theclosing of the back-end merger with GFI in January, 2016, non-cash chargesrelated to the amortization of intangibles with respect to acquisitions will beexcluded from the calculation of pre-tax distributable earnings for periodsbeginning with the first quarter of 2016. These charges were approximately $5 million in the first quarter of2016.

Since distributable earnings are calculated on a pre-taxbasis, management intends to also report “post-tax distributable earnings” and“post-tax distributable earnings per fully diluted share:”

-         “Post-taxdistributable earnings” are defined as pre-tax distributable earnings adjustedto assume that all pre-tax distributable earnings were taxed at the sameeffective rate.

-         “Post-taxdistributable earnings per fully diluted share” are defined as post-taxdistributable earnings divided by the weighted-average number of fully dilutedshares for the period.

-         BGC’sdistributable earnings per share calculations assume either that:

-         Thefully diluted share count includes the shares related to the dilutiveinstruments, such as the Convertible Senior Notes, but excludes the associatedinterest expense, net of tax, when the impact would be dilutive; or

-         Thefully diluted share count excludes the shares related to these instruments, butincludes the associated interest expense, net of tax.

The share count for distributable earnings excludes sharesexpected to be issued in future periods but not yet eligible to receivedividends and/or distributions, such as those related to the GFI back-endmerger.

Each quarter, the dividend to BGC’s common stockholders isexpected to be determined by the Company’s Board of Directors with reference topost-tax distributable earnings per fully diluted share.  In addition to the Company’s quarterlydividend to common stockholders, BGC Partners expects to pay a pro-ratadistribution of net income to BGC Holdings founding/working partner and otherlimited partnership units, and to Cantor for its non-controlling interest.  The amount of all of these payments isexpected to be determined using the above definition of pre-tax distributableearnings per share.

Certain employees who are holders of RSUs may be grantedpro-rata payments equivalent to the amount of dividends paid to commonstockholders.  Under GAAP, a portion ofthe dividend equivalents on RSUs is required to be taken as a compensationcharge in the period paid. However, to the extent that they represent cashpayments made from the prior period’s distributable earnings, they do notdilute existing stockholders and are therefore excluded from the calculation ofdistributable earnings.

The term “distributable earnings” is not meant to be an exactmeasure of cash generated by operations and available for distribution, norshould it be considered in isolation or as an alternative to cash flow fromoperations or GAAP net income (loss.) The Company views distributable earnings as a metric that is notnecessarily indicative of liquidity or the cash available to fund itsoperations.

Pre- and post-tax distributable earnings are not intended toreplace the Company’s presentation of GAAP financial results.  However, management believes that they helpprovide investors with a clearer understanding of BGC Partners’ financialperformance and offer useful information to both management and investorsregarding certain financial and business trends related to the Company’sfinancial condition and results of operations. Management believes that distributable earnings and the GAAP measures offinancial performance should be considered together.

Management does not anticipate providing an outlook for GAAP“revenues,” “income (loss) from operations before income taxes,” “net income(loss) for fully diluted shares,” and “fully diluted earnings (loss) pershare,” because the items previously identified as excluded from “pre-taxdistributable earnings” and “post-tax distributable earnings” are difficult toforecast. Management will instead provide its outlook only as it relates to“revenues for distributable earnings,” “pre-tax distributable earnings,” and“post-tax distributable earnings.”

For more information on this topic, please see the tables inthe most recent BGC financial results press release entitled “Reconciliation ofRevenues Under GAAP and Distributable Earnings,” and “Reconciliation of GAAPIncome (Loss) to Distributable Earnings,” which provide a summaryreconciliation between pre- and post-tax distributable earnings and thecorresponding GAAP measures for the Company in the periods discussed in thisdocument.  The reconciliations for priorperiods do not include the results of GFI.

About BGC Partners,Inc.

BGC Partners is a leading global brokerage company servicingthe financial and real estate markets. BGC owns GFI Group Inc., a leading intermediary and provider of tradingtechnologies and support services to the global OTC and listed markets.  The Company’s Financial Services offeringsinclude fixed income securities, interest rate swaps, foreign exchange,equities, equity derivatives, credit derivatives, commodities, futures, andstructured products. BGC provides a wide range of services, including tradeexecution, broker-dealer services, clearing, trade compression, post trade,information, and other services to a broad range of financial and non-financialinstitutions.  Through brands includingFENICS, BGC Trader, and BGC Market Data, BGC offers financial technologysolutions, market data, and analytics related to numerous financial instrumentsand markets.  Real Estate Services areoffered through brands including Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, the Companyprovides a wide range of commercial real estate services, including leasing andcorporate advisory, investment sales and financial services, consulting,project and development management, and property and facilities management.

BGC’s customers include many of the world’s largest banks,broker-dealers, investment banks, trading firms, hedge funds, governments,corporations, property owners, real estate developers, and investment firms.BGC’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the tickersymbol (NASDAQ: BGCP).  BGC also has anoutstanding bond issuance of Senior Notes due June 15, 2042, which trade on theNew York Stock Exchange under the symbol (NYSE: BGCA).  BGC Partners is led by Chairman and ChiefExecutive Officer Howard W. Lutnick.

BGC, BGC Trader, GFI, FENICS, FENICS.COM, Capitalab,Swaptioniser, Newmark, Grubb & Ellis, and Grubb are trademarks, registeredtrademarks and/or service marks of BGC Partners, Inc. and/or itsaffiliates.  Knight Frank is a servicemark of Knight Frank (Nominees) Limited.

Discussion ofForward-Looking Statements about BGC Partners

Statements in this document regarding BGC’s businesses thatare not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” that involve risksand uncertainties. Except as required by law, BGC undertakes no obligation torelease any revisions to any forward-looking statements.  For a discussion of additional risks anduncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those containedin the forward-looking statements, see BGC’s Securities and Exchange Commissionfilings, including, but not limited to, the risk factors set forth in itspublic filings, including the most recent Form 10-K and any updates to suchrisk factors contained in subsequent Forms 10-Q or Forms 8-K.

1 Investors and analysts should note that, due to the largegain recorded with respect to the Trayport sale in December, 2015, and theclosing of the back-end merger with GFI in January, 2016, non-cash chargesrelated to the amortization of intangibles with respect to acquisitions will beexcluded from the calculation of pre-tax distributable earnings for periodsbeginning with the first quarter of 2016. These charges were approximately $5 million in the first quarter of2016.  Please see the revised definitionof distributable earnings found later in this document for a discussion of thisand other GAAP items that are excluded in order to calculate the Company’snon-GAAP results, and for a complete and updated discussion of and how, when,and why management uses terms related to distributable earnings.

2 Investors and analysts should note that BGC’s post-taxdistributable earnings per share calculations assume either that the fullydiluted share count includes the shares related to the dilutive instruments,such as the Convertible Senior Notes, but excludes the associated interestexpense when the impact would be dilutive, or that the fully diluted share countexcludes the shares related to these instruments, but includes the associatedinterest expense.  In the first quarterof 2016, the pre-tax interest expense associated with the Convertible SeniorNotes was expected to be $3.0 million while the post-tax interest expense wasexpected to be $2.6 million, and the associated weighted-average share countwas expected to be 16.3 million, all based on distributable earnings.




Criminal defense lawyers are an exceptional class ofexperts, highly demanded and selected with a lot of care from a number of otherprofessional lawyers. In order to be an effective criminal lawyer you need tobe knowledgeable, along with numerous other traits that will make youfriendlier as well as more professional. Criminal defense lawyers representinstitutions or clients suspected of illegal misbehaviour. Public defenders aredefense lawyers, hired by the government, to defend suspected criminals.


A criminal defense lawyer does thefollowing:

• Investigates the case and interviews the witnesses

• Research case law, rulings, offenses codes and procedurallaw

• Establish a defense and develop a case plan

• They negotiate bargains with the prosecution to reducecharges

• File, draft and contend motions, e.g., motions toterminate and motions to defeat

• Supports for the suspect at trial

• Draft, file and contend petitions


The essential attribute of an efficient criminal defenselawyer is that he should disseminate himself with the details of the client’slife and case. It involves widespread research and study. Several times,judges’ side with the client based on some intolerable suffering the client enduredin the past, thus causing the ruling to be in their favor. While doing relatedresearch, the lawyer can come across proof, which the client might have missed,yet the proof is in client's favor. Investigations like this are not onlylimited to textbook research, but they also extend to field inquiries. Itentails traveling to different places, seeking dialogs with client's family,acquaintances and friends. It also involves seeking authenticity of hischaracter amongst his peers and having an excellent understanding of his life.There is an enormous difference between books about the law and performing thelaw in court. It is vital to understand the currents, delicacies, recedes andmovements of a criminal hearing is what can make an alteration between losingand winning your case.


A goodcriminal defense lawyer constitutes of the following


He or she should be honest. Honest is an essential qualityfor a criminal defense lawyer, but it should go hand in hand with patientrestraint. A good criminal lawyer should offer the client with a shred of truthoccasionally check though not in a way that will disappoint them. Lawyers mustkeep their objective aim in sight and work towards it without allowing theirruling to be troubled by connecting themselves emotionally with the case.Fairness trustworthiness provides a clear insight into the reality of successin a case.


2.Upholds Reputation and Credibility

Building a perfect reputation takes time. However, the lossof a good reputation can happen within a short time. It is paramount tomaintain credulity and good reputation so that any representation a criminaldefense lawyer represents to a jury is worth much more. Good lawyers will nottwist the evidence because they are sure that any value added presently forthat specific client will be uncompleted by several months of distrust.


3. Knowledge of the Facts

It is devastating to have a defense lawyer who does not havethe evidence on their fingertips. Criminal defense lawyer should take some timeto read the report that way things will work out quickly and smoothly.


4. Knowledge of the Law

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5.Client Control

Criminal defense lawyers deal with the most difficult taskof advising their clients about the law. They also clarify the legal positionof their clients. It is a hard task since most of the clients think that theyhave enough knowledge about the law. A defense lawyer withstands doubts,mistrust and total verbal abuse from their clients. However, they want to earnrespect and attention from their customers and that is why they need to controltheir client’s anger and to gain the trust as well. Good client control skillsensure that the job is through within the stipulated period.


6. Patience

A good defense lawyer is always patiently waiting for the clients,judge and the prosecutor. Those that do not allow their frustration bubble overremains the best frame of mind to get the job done.


7.Presentations Skills

A good criminal defense lawyer should have good skills topass a coherent message to the judge.


8.Maintains Perspective

It is professional to keep your standpoint. Even if theclient is guilty, they work hard to represent them to get the best deal.Maintaining perspective will also ensure that a proper criminal lawyermaintains credibility.


9. KeepExtensive Records

A good criminal defense lawyer keeps records of the casesthey handled together with his or her competitors. These records will help thelawyer to gain a better understanding of varied industries those clients whowant their services work in and the records can help the lawyer find manyclients through referrals.


To summarize, good defense lawyers should have an adequatelevel of education, and they should be knowledgeable in different aspects ofcriminal law. In fact, they should not only read the law but they should aswell practice the law. Lawyers should always be honest and patient becausedoing so allows them to maintain credibility and a good reputation. Inaddition, defense lawyers should know facts, they should know the law as welland they should have client control skills. Finally, defense lawyers must haveexcellent presentation skills, maintains perspective and extensive records. Allthe above attributes will help the lawyers do their job smoothly and thuscreating an admirable reputation. In order to select a good criminal defensefor loved one or yourself, it is always good to know the attributes of a gooddefense lawyers. This is a clear guide through what constitutes a good defenselawyer and it should give you a clear view of good criminal lawyers. Be verydoubtful of any criminal defense lawyer who assures you a precise outcome in acriminal case before making a court attendance and before going through all thedocuments and proof.



Therehas been an alarming upward trend in the costs of similar treatments, as moredrugs are developed and come on to the market, new Pharmac figures show.

Andas the price of life-saving medicines soar andpharmaceutical companies show no signs of justifying their costs, theGovernment is warning that something has got to give.

Pharmac,the Government’s drug buying agency, began funding a key blood cancer drug Thalidomide, manufactured by druggiant Celgene, in 2002. While the true costs of what Pharmac pays areconfidential, the list price for the drug in 2002 was $360, based on a dailyaverage dose for a month.

Comparethat with a later iteration of the same drug - Lenalidomide - which in 2014carried a list price of $8353. A third option for blood cancer patients, whosecondition might not respond so well to the first two, was Bortezomib, which hada list price of $9742.

Thebenefits of treating cancer with any of the drugs were similar, and limitedstudies comparing Lenalidomide and Thalidomide showed no survival difference.

Whenit came to differing forms of chemotherapy for breast cancer, list prices hadrisen 443 per cent.

Anthracycline,a common chemotherapy, was listed at $975 in 2002. As two more options cameonto the market - Docetaxel, also in 2002, and Trastuzumab, in 2007 - listprices rose to $2488 and $5300 respectively.

Asimilar trend was also shown across medicines for the treatment of kidneycancer, and lung cancer, rising 411 and 44 per cent respectively.

Whileall those costs related to the list-price of the medicines, chief executiveSteffan Crauzas said Pharmac did not pay that much.

Howmuch less Pharmac paid was confidential, but the increase in the list-priceshowed an alarming trend that the overall cost of providing New Zealandersaccess to medicines was becoming more difficult.

Costswere symptomatic of a price-war raging overseas, where the medicines market wasnot so tightly controlled by a public purchaser.

Accordingto the World Health Organisation, medicines accounted for over half of totalhealth expenditures and were often “unavailable and unaffordable to consumerswho need them”.

Itrecommended making some essential medicines exempt from taxation.

BreastCancer Aotearoa Coalition chair Libby Burgess, who led a campaign for thepublic funding of breast cancer drug Herceptin, said the problem was thePharmac model.

Shecited Australia, where two separate bodies took care of funding decisions andthen purchase of the medicines respectively.

“Allof that happens under one roof in Pharmac, which means its very easy for onepart of the process to compromise another.”

MidCentralDHB Oncologist Dr. Richard Isaacs said the prices bigpharma was charging was “gobsmacking”.

“There’sbeen a lot of criticism of Pharmac over the years, and I was involved inadvocating for Herceptin, but I strongly believe now there needs to be a strongfocus on the costs that pharma are charging when they introduce new targetedtherapies into the market.

"Wecertainly can’t afford all of them and I think our process of carefullyassessing the drugs is a good one.”

AssociateHealth Minister Peter Dunne said Pharmaceutical companies needed to justifytheir costs more.

“Ithink that there’s a real question about how everything starts with severalzeros behind it, and think that is a question mark… but it may not solve theissue as far as access to medicines in New Zealand is concerned.”

Instead,it was Pharmac that would likely undergo changes in the next 10 to 15 years.Those changes were unlikely to be the kind Burgess was after, however.

“Pharmacare remarkably skillfull… and they are ableto put these packages together, which are impressive. But the issue I thoughtthey would have done a little more on, is actually evaluating their decisions;was there a benefit from funding Herceptin, for instance?

"Wecan be confident in the model at the moment, and in the forseeable future. Butthat’s not going to [last forever].” Dunne said.

“[Drugcompanies] have got the upper hand, and they know it. At the end of the day, nogovernment is going to deny its citizens access to medicines.”