Manatee Chamber launches awards for healthcare

February 8, 2013 

MANATEE -- The Manatee Chamber of Commerce is planning the inaugural Champions of Healthcare Awards.

The awards will recognize individuals, institutions and programs that have made an extraordinary impact in the Manatee County healthcare community, according to the chamber's release. Their acts, the chamber states, reflect dedication to excellence in their area of expertise beyond the scope of their profession.

Nominations are being sought in the following categories:



Allied Health Professional

Individual of Merit



Youth Volunteer

Lifetime Achievement

The awards will be presented in a breakfast ceremony, 7:45-9:30 a.m. April 25 in the Fete Ballroom at the Polo Grill & Bar, Lakewood Ranch.

For nomination packets or reservations to the Champions of Healthcare Awards Breakfast, visit the chamber's website at or call Jacki Dezelski at the chamber at 941-748-4842, ext. 131.

The Bradenton Herald is the media sponsor for the awards.

USF School of Accounting ranked No. 1 for research

The University of South Florida's School of Accountancy has been ranked first in the nation in the accounting information systems field, with its faculty leading the way in research at the intersection of accounting and information technology, according to a press release.

The ranking is featured in the preliminary national accounting research rankings for 2012 released by Brigham Young University. The School of Accountancy, which had been ranked third in accounting information systems research, is also in the top 30 in audit and tax research.

"The fact that we're now ranked first validates our strength in accounting information systems and our focus on that area," said Uday Murthy, interim director for the School of Accountancy, in the release.

"We are also one of the few schools in the country that produce PhD students that specialize in accounting information systems."

McClatchy reports lower profits in fourth quarter

The McClatchy Co. Thursday reported lower profits and revenue for the fourth quarter, citing disappointing December holiday advertising.

Sacramento-based McClatchy, which owns the Bradenton Herald, said profits excluding one-time adjustments fell to $33.8 million from $43.2 million.

The one-time adjustments -- including a $60 million after-tax loss because of the costs of a major debt refinancing -- resulted in a net income loss for the quarter and all of 2012.

Revenue actually grew 1.2 percent during the quarter, but that was because the 2012 quarter had 14 weeks vs. the 13 weeks for the 2011 quarter, company officials said.

For the full year, the company lost $100,000 compared to a gain of $54.4 million in 2011.

The bottom line numbers were skewed by millions spent refinancing debt.

In early December, the company said it was able to refinance about $846 million in bonds, or roughly half its total debt.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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