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Walden University Scholars of Change Demonstrate the Impact of Positive Social Change

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$55,000 awarded to students and alumni whose inspiring videos document efforts to make a difference

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Walden University Scholars of Change focus on the future, whether they are transforming the way children learn, mentoring, or improving living conditions for others. More than 175 Walden University students and alumni submitted inspiring videos of social change in their communities for the university’s 2014 Scholars of Change video contest. These scholars—along with hundreds of their fellow video contributors—are supporting Walden’s mission by putting their knowledge to use for the greater good.

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Five scholars each received $7,500 plus a $2,500 donation to the charity of their choice. The 2014 Scholars of Change are:

  • Jazmin Chi-Aguillon, B.S. in Business Administration graduate from Altamira, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She founded LevGrow, an organization that improves education for children by transforming how they learn culture and values through stories, games, interactive toys and animated videos. Her charity donation will go to Shanxi University in China.
  • Heather Hefner, Ph.D. in Psychology graduate from Cortland, Ohio. A clinical psychologist, she partners with Refuge, an after-school program run primarily by volunteers who donate their time for the sole purpose of mentoring, to provide mental health support for children in her community. Her charity donation will go to Refuge.
  • Benjamin Isaac, Doctor of Education student from Augusta, Georgia. Inspired by his daughter, who has cerebral palsy, he is creating an animated show featuring children with special needs with the goal to positively impact and influence children with special needs. His charity donation will go to the T.W. Josey Comprehensive High School.
  • Dorsey Kendrick, Ph.D. in Education graduate from New Haven, Connecticut. As president of Gateway Community College, she works to impact its more than 8,000 students and connect the college to the surrounding community. Her charity donation will go to the Gateway Community College Foundation.
  • Carol Zoffinger, Ph.D. in Human Services student from Lakeland, Florida. As founder of the nonprofit organization Zoe’s Journey, she provides a safe place to help women and their children rebuild their lives after addiction, incarceration or homelessness, changing generations to come. Her charity donation will go to Zoe’s Journey.

Other inspiring stories of social change from Walden students and alumni include 10 additional scholars, who each received $500.

  • Joy Bliss, Ph.D. in Management graduate from Honolulu. She took nursing students to impoverished Micronesia to provide needed healthcare.
  • Yvette Castell, Doctor of Business Administration student from Kingston, Jamaica. She volunteers in her Jamaican community as a teacher and mentor.
  • Lynn Cockburn, Ph.D. in Public Health and Master of Public Health graduate from Toronto. She is improving services for people with disabilities in Africa.
  • Karanja Crews, Doctor of Education student from Portland, Oregon. He turns his passion for hip-hop music into an innovative literacy program.
  • Bobby Gueh, Ed.S. in College Teaching and Learning student from Buford, Georgia. He led a summer enrichment program for children in Liberia.
  • Lal Gunasinghe, Doctor of Business Administration graduate from Singapore. He is improving the English curriculum at a remote Sri Lankan school.
  • Kelly Kelley, M.S. in Education graduate from Fort Collins, Colorado. She opened a coffee shop with a mission of providing jobs for the homeless.
  • Natasha LaBeaud, Ph.D. in Public Health student from San Diego. She couples her love for running with a passion to prevent childhood obesity.
  • Candice McDonald, Ph.D. in Human Services student from Salem, Ohio. A volunteer EMT and firefighter, she creates positive social change in the fire service.
  • Martina St-Germain Auguste, B.S. in Public Health student from Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. She provides clean water and improves living conditions in Haiti.

All 15 Scholars of Change videos are available for viewing online at www.WaldenU.edu/scholarsvideos.

The Scholars of Change program began in 2009 when Walden invited students and alumni to submit short videos showing how they were applying their Walden education and experience to create positive social change in their communities and around the globe.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 47,800 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 80 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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Charles S. Coffey, O.C. to receive inaugural G. Raymond Chang Award at the sixth annual University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala March 28, 2015

TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – The University of the West Indies today announced that Mr. Charles S. Coffey, O.C., will be honoured as the inaugural recipient of the G. Raymond Chang Award at the sixth annual The University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto.

The G. Raymond Chang Award has been established to honour outstanding individuals who exemplify the leadership and ideals of G. Raymond Chang, O.C., O.J. (1948-2014). Mr. Chang was a recognized outstanding business leader and philanthropist who embodied great humility and commitment to his fellow persons. Chang, who passed away in July 2014, was the Gala’s patron for the past five years.

The UWI Toronto Gala is proud to also award and celebrate other outstanding community leaders for 2015:

Justice Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré, O.Q. is the recipient of the Luminary Award, which is given to people of Caribbean Heritage who are outstanding achievers on an international scale in their respective fields or people who have brought to prominence issues which affect the Caribbean.

She is the first Black judge appointed in the history of Québec. She also holds the distinction of being the first Black dean of a Canadian law school (University of Windsor). A trailblazer in social justice and the first black woman to teach law, at the University of Montreal and at the University of Quebec at Montreal.

The Chancellor’s Award is given to Canadian organizations which have contributed significantly to The University of the West Indies and/or the Caribbean or outstanding organizations owned by people of Caribbean Heritage.

The 2015 honourees are Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival and George Brown College.

The Scotiabank Toronto Carnival is an expression of Toronto’s multicultural and multiracial society. In its 46th year it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. An increasing number of attendees and participants come from the U.S., and overseas. Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts.

Since its founding in 1967, George Brown College has evolved to support the labour needs of a variety of key economic sectors. With three main campuses and several other downtown locations, its alumni serve every major industry in Canada. From the Jamaica Project to the Nine Miles of Smiles initiative, George Brown College has played an influential role in education and health care across parts of the Caribbean.

The Vice Chancellor’s Award is given to people of Caribbean Heritage who have gone on to make significant contributions within their organizations and communities. The 2015 honourees are:

  • Mr. Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the world renowned Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). He is also a Film Programmer, Film Critic, and modern day cultural philosopher. As he travels the world searching for the films that emote, transform and create discourse, he remains a respected leader in his community, lover of all cultures.
  • Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow, a University of the West Indies alumnus and Executive Director of the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education (COE). Dr. Chandler-Crichlow has over three decades of talent development experience specializing in the areas of executive and leadership development, curriculum development and implementation, technology-mediated distance learning and program evaluation.

The University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala benefits the University’s Scholarship Fund, that, to date, has awarded almost 200 scholarships. The Patron of the sixth annual Gala will be The Chang Family, with Dr. Sheldon Levy, President and Vice Chancellor, Ryerson University and Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong, Co-founder, Centre for Excellence for Education and Practice as acting Co-chairs.

For tickets please order using the online form at www.uwitorontogala.com, or by calling 416-214-7848 or by emailing toni@uwitorontogala.com.

The University of the West Indies was established in 1948 as a College of the University of London. It achieved full university status in 1962. Today it is the only pan-Caribbean tertiary level institution offering a wide array of diverse and accredited programmes to 45,000 students throughout the region, with campuses in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Anguilla, Antigua, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos.

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Walden University Survey Reveals Younger Adults Are Believed To Be More Passionate About Positive Social Change

Insights also indicate that older adults are seen as being able to make more of a difference than younger adults

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – A young person’s passion can be powerful when it comes to positive social change, but knowledge and experience from older adults are necessary to transform it into action. According to Walden University’s 2014 Social Change Impact Report, a majority of adults (66%, on average) believe that younger adults are more passionate about positive social change than older adults, and 61%, on average, agree that young adults today are more involved in positive social change than they were 20 years ago.

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However, 57%, on average, agree that when it comes to positive social change, older adults can make more of a difference than younger adults. Paradoxically, adults in the countries surveyed with the youngest populations most likely agree: Brazil (62%), China (73%), India (71%), Jordan (52%) and Mexico (67%).

Commissioned by Walden and conducted online by Harris Poll June 1–17, 2014, the fourth annual survey about the state of social change around the world includes the perspectives of more than 9,000 adults in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Jordan, Mexico and the United States. This year’s report builds on the findings from the 2011–2013 reports and was designed to examine people’s perceptions of the impact of their engagement in positive social change.

Although six in 10 adults believe that older adults can have a greater impact on social change than younger adults, nearly as many believe that older adults are more resistant to innovation. Half of adults (53%, on average) agree that older adults are not willing to try new ideas to make a difference in positive social change. Nevertheless, nearly nine in 10 adults (86%, on average) agree that in order for positive social change to happen, it is necessary for older adults to share their knowledge and experience about social change with younger adults.

“Regardless of age, everyone can play an important role in the future of positive social change. At Walden University, we believe knowledge is most valuable when put to use for the greater good, and we prepare the next generations of change agents with the skills and knowledge needed to make a difference in their communities and around the world,” said Dr. Cynthia Baum, president of Walden University. “Social change is important and continuous, especially if everyone does their part to create an enduring impact.”

In Brazil, China, Germany and the U.S., young millennials (18- to 24-year-olds) are more likely than older adults (over 40 years old) to agree that younger adults are more passionate about positive social change than older adults.

  • Brazil (18–24): 77% vs. (over 40): 61%
  • China (18–24): 73% vs. (over 40): 60%
  • Germany (18–24): 58% vs. (over 40): 42%
  • U.S. (18–24): 63% vs. (over 40): 48%

In Brazil, China, Germany and the U.S., millennials are more likely than older adults (over 40 years old) to agree that older adults are not willing to try new ideas to make a difference in positive social change.

  • Brazil (18–24): 56% vs. (over 40): 40%
  • China (18–24): 70% vs. (over 40): 58%
  • Germany (18–24): 54% vs. (over 40): 38%
  • U.S. (18–24): 53% vs. (over 40): 44%

In addition to shedding light on the roles of both younger and older generations in effecting positive social change, the 2014 Social Change Impact Report also gives insight into people’s perceptions of the impact of their engagement. For more detailed findings, visit www.WaldenU.edu/impactreport.

Since its founding in 1970, Walden has believed that knowledge is most valuable when put to use for the greater good and that educational institutions have an important role to play in supporting positive social change. As a result of these guiding principles, Walden has attracted a community of students and scholars who are actively engaged in all facets of positive social change—whether it’s through their profession, research aimed at making a difference in their fields or ongoing volunteerism. This report is one of the many ways that Walden is leading the conversation and contributing to positive social change worldwide. Visit www.WaldenU.edu/socialchange to learn more.

About the Study
Walden University first commissioned this annual survey in 2011 to discover the current state of social change around the world. Designed to provide a barometer of who is engaged in social change, what is important to them and how they work together to advance social change issues of interest now and in the future, Walden’s Social Change Impact Report includes attitudes, behaviors and motivations from members of the international community.

The 2014 Social Change Impact Report survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Walden University between June 1 and 17, 2014, among a total of 9,138 adults within Brazil (1,009 adults ages 18–64), Canada (1,003 adults ages 18–64), China (1,021 adults ages 18–64), Germany (1,000 adults ages 18–64), India (1,021 adults ages 18–64), Jordan (1,027 adults ages 18 and older), Mexico (1,020 adults ages 18–64), and the U.S. (2,037 adults ages 18 and older). Data for each country were weighted to the general or online population within each country. The “Average Result” is the arithmetic average across the countries. This measure does not account for differences in population size and thus is not representative. This online survey is not based on a probability sample, and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. A complete survey methodology is available upon request by contacting Jen Raider at 1-443-627-7452 or jen.raider@waldenu.edu.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 80 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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If You Have Been Injured by Asbestos, Please Read this Notice of Voting Rights

WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – The following statement is being issued regarding the In re Specialty Products Holding Corp. matter (Case No. 10-11780 (PJW) (Bankr. D. Del. 2010).

A Joint Plan of Reorganization (”Plan”) has been filed to reorganize Specialty Products Holding Corp. (formerly known as RPM, Inc.), Bondex International, Inc., Republic Powdered Metals, Inc., and NMBFiL, Inc. (formerly known as Bondo Corporation) (collectively, “Debtors”) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (”Bankruptcy Court”).

Persons or entities with asbestos related personal injury claims against any of the Debtors may vote to accept or reject the Plan by December 2, 2014.

A detailed document describing the Plan, called the Disclosure Statement, was approved by the Bankruptcy Court on October 20, 2014.  The Disclosure Statement, a copy of the Plan itself and voting materials have been sent to known holders of asbestos related personal injury claims against the Debtors or to their lawyers.

Important Plan Provisions Regarding Asbestos Related Claims

The Plan proposes establishing a trust to resolve all asbestos personal injury claims against the Debtors.  Persons and entities with asbestos personal injury or related claims will be forever barred from asserting their claims against the Debtors or other parties specified in the Plan. If the Plan is approved by the Court, all current and future holders of asbestos personal injury claims against the Debtors can request and receive money only from the trust.  You should read the Plan and Disclosure Statement carefully for details about how the Plan, if approved, will affect your rights.

Voting Procedures

The Bankruptcy Court has issued an order describing how to vote on the Plan and the Disclosure Statement contains information that will help you decide how to vote.  Your legal rights will be affected if the Plan is approved.  For a vote to be counted, a ballot must be received at the address indicated on the ballot form by 5:00 p.m., Eastern time, on December 2, 2014.

Under the procedures approved by the Bankruptcy Court, lawyers for holders of asbestos claims may vote on the Plan on behalf of their clients, if authorized by the client.  If you are unsure whether your lawyer is authorized to vote on your behalf, please contact your lawyer.

How to Obtain Documents

Copies of the Disclosure Statement, which includes the Plan, the voting materials, and the notice of the hearing to consider confirmation of the Plan may be obtained by visiting the following websites:  www.deb.uscourts.gov and www.loganandco.com.  You may also obtain copies of these documents by sending a request, in writing, to Logan & Company, Inc., 546 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 (Attn: SPHC Voting Department) or by calling 1-866-692-2119.

Confirmation Hearing

A hearing to consider confirmation of the Plan has been scheduled for December 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm ET in Courtroom 4B at the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building, located at 844 North King Street, 4th Floor, Wilmington, Delaware 19801. You may attend the Hearing but are not required to do so.

Objecting to the Plan

If you want to object to the Plan, you must file and serve a written objection on or before 5:00 p.m. ET, on December 2, 2014. All objections must comply with the requirements in the notice of the Confirmation Hearing.

For more information and to obtain a copy of the Plan, Disclosure Statement and Voting Materials,

Visit:  www.deb.uscourts.gov OR www.loganandco.com.

Write: Logan & Company, Inc., 546 Valley Road,

Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

(Attn: SPHC Voting Department)

Call:  1-866-692-2119

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New Mangrove Restoration Project for Jamaica

LANDOVER, Md., Oct. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – This week the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation launches a year-long project to restore mangroves in Jamaica called the Jamaica Awareness of Mangroves In Nature (J.A.M.I.N.) project.

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The venture, joined with the University of the West Indies-Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory and the Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance, will work with teachers and students from the William Knibb High and Holland High Schools in Falmouth, Jamaica. The project will begin this week with a training session for teachers. This will provide them with information and materials to teach their students about the importance of mangroves for Jamaican marine ecosystems.

Mangrove forests are made of several species of trees and shrubs that grow in the intertidal zone. They provide important habitat for young fish and sea creatures, and help protect the coastline from storms.

Following the educational training sessions teachers and students will go on a mangrove walk to identify the different species of mangroves, observe the negative human impacts to the mangrove forest, and collect young mangrove seedlings called ‘propagules’ for future rehabilitation of a mangrove forest in West Falmouth. The students will plant the propagules in containers and track their growth over the coming school year while learning about mangrove survivability.

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory will continue running training sessions throughout the school year, and after several months will help students plant their young mangrove trees along the shoreline. The young trees will be planted in restoration sites monitored by the University of the West Indies.

About the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (LOF), founded by Khaled bin Sultan, is conducting the world’s largest coral reef survey and high resolution mapping expedition, as part of its 5 year Global Reef Expedition. The Expedition is helping LOF realize its mission to provide science-based solutions to protect and restore ocean health. As part of its commitment to Science Without Borders®, Living Oceans provides its data and information to leading ocean-focused organizations, governments, scientists, and local communities so that they can use knowledge to work toward sustainable ocean protection. For more information visit www.livingoceansfoundation.org

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CONTACT: Alison Barrat, Director of Communications, Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, Barrat@lof.org, 301 577 1288 x 204

The venture, joined with the University of the West Indies-Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory and the Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance, will work with teachers and students from the William Knibb High and Holland High Schools in Falmouth, Jamaica. The project will begin this week with a training session for teachers. This will provide them with information and materials to teach their students about the importance of mangroves for Jamaican marine ecosystems.
Mangrove forests are made of several species of trees and shrubs that grow in the intertidal zone. They provide important habitat for young fish and sea creatures, and help protect the coastline from storms.
Following the educational training sessions teachers and students will go on a mangrove walk to identify the different species of mangroves, observe the negative human impacts to the mangrove forest, and collect young mangrove seedlings called ‘propagules’ for future rehabilitation of a mangrove forest in West Falmouth. The students will plant the propagules in containers and track their growth over the coming school year while learning about mangrove survivability.
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory will continue running training sessions throughout the school year, and after several months will help students plant their young mangrove trees along the shoreline. The young trees will be planted in restoration sites monitored by the University of the West Indies.
About the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (LOF), founded by Khaled bin Sultan, is conducting the world’s largest coral reef survey and high resolution mapping expedition, as part of its 5 year Global Reef Expedition. The Expedition is helping LOF realize its mission to provide science-based solutions to protect and restore ocean health. As part of its commitment to Science Without Borders®, Living Oceans provides its data and information to leading ocean-focused organizations, governments, scientists, and local communities so that they can use knowledge to work toward sustainable ocean protection. For more information visit www.livingoceansfoundation.org
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CONTACT: Alison Barrat, Director of Communications, Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, Barrat@lof.org, 301 577 1288 x 204
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Walden University Offers New M.S. in Health Education and Promotion Program

Online master’s degree designed to meet the growing worldwide demand for health educators

MINNEAPOLIS, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health education and promotion is crucial to improving outcomes in the prevention and control of disease and meeting the organization’s health-related Millennium Development Goals to help build a better world. Walden University’s new M.S. in Health Education and Promotion program, one of the few online master’s programs of its kind, can prepare students around the world with the skills and knowledge to advance their career and meet the growing worldwide demand for qualified health education specialists.

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“Global healthcare is moving from a reactive sick model of care to a more proactive preventive model, and qualified health education specialists are needed to help guide the effort through educating individuals and communities about health, wellness and illness prevention,” said Dr. Michelle Burcin,  director of the new program. “Walden’s M.S. in Health Education and Promotion helps prepare students to become qualified health education specialists, dedicated to helping others adopt healthy lifestyles, prevent injuries and disease, and improve their quality of life.”

Walden has designed this program to reflect the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and to prepare students to sit for the USA’s Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exams.

The M.S. in Health Education and Promotion is similar to Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, but with an emphasis on communication and education, students explore emerging issues, core public health principles and best practices that they can apply globally to help encourage healthy behaviors, communities, and environments. Students can also choose a general program or specializations in Emergency Preparedness, Health Policy and Advocacy, and Self-Designed. These programs, along with the B.S. in Public Health, Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) and Ph.D. in Public Health, form one of the largest online suites of public health programs available today.

To help health services students and all other students achieve their goal of advancing their education, Walden is offering millions of dollars in grants, scholarships and tuition assistance when they start their program in 2014. To learn more about our online health degrees and  tuition assistance, call an enrollment advisor at 1-855-203-7874 or visit www.waldenu.edu.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 75 campus-based and online universities in 30 countries.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.waldenu.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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ADL Poll Of Over 100 Countries Finds More Than One-Quarter Of Those Surveyed Infected With Anti-Semitic Attitudes

Only 54 Percent Of Respondents Have Heard Of The Holocaust

NEW YORK, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today released the results of an unprecedented worldwide survey of anti-Semitic attitudes. The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism surveyed 53,100 adults in 102 countries in an effort to establish, for the first time, a comprehensive data-based research survey of the level and intensity of anti-Jewish sentiment across the world.

The survey found that anti-Semitic attitudes are pervasive around the world. More than one-in-four adults, 26 percent of those surveyed, are deeply infected with anti-Semitic attitudes. This figure represents an estimated 1.09 billion people.  The poll found that only 54 percent of those polled globally have ever heard of the Holocaust. Two out of three people surveyed have either never heard of the Holocaust, or do not believe historical accounts to be accurate.

The overall ADL Global 100 Index score represents the percentage of respondents who answered “probably true” to six or more of 11 negative stereotypes about Jews. An 11-question index has been used by ADL as a key metric in measuring anti-Semitic attitudes in the U.S. for the last 50 years.

In Spanish speaking countries, the numbers varied widely.  In Spain, 29 percent of the adult population holds anti-Semitic attitudes; Argentina, 24 percent; Bolivia, 30 percent; Chile, 37 percent; Colombia, 41 percent; Costa Rica, 32 percent; Dominican Republic, 41 percent; Guatemala, 36 percent; Mexico, 24 percent; Nicaragua, 34 percent; Panama, 52 percent; Paraguay, 35 percent; Peru, 38 percent; Uruguay, 33 percent; and Venezuela, 30 percent.

“For the first time we have a real sense of how pervasive and persistent anti-Semitism is today around the world,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  ”The data enables us to look beyond anti-Semitic incidents and rhetoric and quantify the prevalence of anti-Semitic attitudes across the globe. We can now identify hotspots, as well as countries and regions of the world where hatred of Jews is essentially non-existent.”

Available through an interactive web site at http://global100.adl.org, the ADL Global 100 Index will give researchers, students, governments and members of the public direct access to a treasure trove of current data about anti-Semitic attitudes. The survey ranks countries and territories from the least anti-Semitic (Laos, at 0.2 percent) to the most (West Bank and Gaza, at 93 percent).

There are also some highly encouraging notes. In majority English-speaking countries, the percentage of those with anti-Semitic attitudes is 13 percent, far lower than the overall average. Protestant majority countries have the lowest ratings of anti-Semitic attitudes, as compared to any other majority religious country. And 28 percent of respondents around the world do not believe that any of the 11 anti-Semitic stereotypes tested are “probably true.”

ADL commissioned the polling firms First International Resources and Anzalone Liszt Grove Research to conduct the poll of attitudes toward Jews. Data was gathered from interviews conducted between July 2013 and February 2014 in 96 languages and dialects via landline telephones, mobile phones and face-to-face discussions.

Respondents were asked a series of 11 questions based on age-old stereotypes about Jews, including stereotypes about Jewish power, loyalty, money and behavior. Those who responded affirmatively to six or more negative statements about Jews are considered to hold anti-Semitic attitudes. The margin of error for most countries, where 500 respondents were selected, is +/- 4.4 percent. In various larger countries, where 1,000 interviews were conducted, the margin of error is +/- 3.2 percent.

ADL Global Index: Anti-Semitism by Region
The highest concentration of respondents holding anti-Semitic attitudes was found in Middle East and North African countries (”MENA”), where nearly three-quarters of respondents, 74 percent of those polled, agreed with a majority of the anti-Semitic stereotypes.  Non-MENA countries have an average index score of 23 percent.

Outside MENA, the index scores by region were as follows:

  • Eastern Europe: 34 percent
  • Western Europe: 24 percent
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: 23 percent
  • Asia: 22 percent
  • The Americas: 19 percent
  • Oceania: 14 percent

More information on the ADL Global 100, including country-by-country comparisons, is available online at http://global100.adl.org

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

CONTACT: Todd Gutnick (212) 885-7755, adlmedia@adl.org

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Walden University Offers Millions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Tuition Assistance

Savings opportunities help put a degree within reach for students across all online programs

MINNEAPOLIS, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its continuing commitment to make higher education accessible and affordable, Walden University is offering millions of dollars in tuition assistance in 2014 for online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees across all programs through scholarships, grants and other tuition savings.

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“Our tuition savings opportunities, grants and scholarships are an investment in the future of our students and the communities they serve as advocates for positive social change. It is our hope that tuition assistance initiatives such as these can help put a degree within reach for students of all programs,” said Dr. Cynthia Baum, president of Walden.

This includes more than $1 million in a variety of merit-based scholarships to help students reach their educational goals. These scholarships are based on a student’s particular area of study and specific goals, and are available for education programs, health sciences and nursing programs, social work programs and management programs. In addition, scholarships are available for new online master’s and doctoral students who reflect Walden’s mission and demonstrate the capacity to effect positive social change.

“I am so grateful that Walden granted me a scholarship to pursue my Ed.D. with a specialization in Teacher Leadership. It has afforded me the opportunity to take what I’ve learned in 23 years of classroom teaching and expand the positive impact I can have on others in the world of education,” said Derek Olson, a recipient of a scholarship from The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership.

For additional information and eligibility requirements, contact an enrollment advisor at 1-855-203-7874 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers. To learn more about Walden’s tuition savings opportunities, visit www.waldenu.edu/savings.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 75 campus-based and online universities in 30 countries.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.waldenu.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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Walden University Adds New Research-Focused Ph.D. in Nursing

New program joins Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to prepare new leaders for the nursing profession

MINNEAPOLIS, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Continuous advancements in nursing science research, education and practice are increasing the demand for nurses with doctoral degrees. To help prepare new leaders in these expanding fields, Walden University is now offering an online Ph.D. in Nursing program for nursing professionals who want to directly impact nursing practice today or conduct cutting-edge research that improves patient care tomorrow.

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“In today’s complex healthcare environment, increasing importance is being placed on doctoral-level education to advance the science of nursing and the quality of patient care,” said Dr. Andrea Lindell, associate dean of the School of Nursing. “Through Walden’s Ph.D. in Nursing program, students can gain the credentials and interdisciplinary knowledge required to conduct research at the highest levels in their field, educate future nurses or shape healthcare policies, systems and processes.”

Students in the program will conduct original research that addresses increasingly complex healthcare issues, contribute to scientific nursing knowledge and help advance the nursing profession. Through multidisciplinary projects with other doctoral students from various health disciplines, students will develop the skills to lead or collaborate with diverse, cross-functional healthcare teams to promote positive change. Students can also develop advanced expertise in a focus area of their choice, such as Education, Healthcare Administration, Interdisciplinary Health, Leadership or Public Health Policy.

Walden’s new research-focused doctoral program joins the CCNE-accredited, practice-focused Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, which is designed to meet the country’s critical demand for doctoral-level nurses who can lead and mentor the next generation of nurses. The DNP program prepares nursing professionals to assume greater practice and leadership roles in healthcare organizations, promote a more effective and efficient healthcare system and evaluate and apply research that contributes to better patient outcomes.

Through Walden’s offering of both doctoral programs, students can now choose how they wish to play a key role in leading advancements in hospitals, educational institutions, public policy organizations, pharmaceutical companies and other health-related settings.

Walden’s portfolio of CCNE-accredited degree programs also includes the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with specializations in Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Leadership and Management, Nursing Education and Nursing Informatics and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program.

To help nursing and all other students achieve their goal of advancing their education, Walden is offering millions of dollars in grants, scholarships and tuition assistance when they start their program in 2014. To learn more about our nursing programs and tuition assistance, call an enrollment advisor at 1-855-203-7874 or visit www.waldenu.edu.

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 75 campus-based and online universities in 30 countries.

Walden offers more than 80 degree programs with more than 370 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.waldenu.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

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Hollywood Actor/Activist For Invest Caribbean Now 2014

Actor/Activist Malik Yoba

Actor/Activist Malik Yoba

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Mar. 10, 2014: Fresh on the heels of the Jamaican bobsled team’s participation in the 2014 Sochi Games, the man who played a Jamaican bobsledder and wrote the theme song in the now infamous movie, “Cool Runnings,” is set to attend the biggest investment summit on the Caribbean outside the region, Invest Caribbean Now, (ICN).

Hollywood actor and activist, Malik Yoba, will be among the top attendees at this year’s Caribbean Week in New York summit, set for June 4, 2014 at the prestigious Harvard Club of New York from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Yoba’s attendance expresses his support for the Summit’s goals of sustainable development and investment towards building a stronger more economically viable region for the next generation and for Caribbean American Heritage Month in the United States.

Thirty-plus acting credits have solidified Yoba’s status as a distinguished Hollywood actor. He has starred in a number of hit TV shows and movies including his groundbreaking role in the drama series ‘New York Undercover’ along with films like Tyler Perry‘s ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ and its sequel.

Aside from acting, Yoba keeps busy with his heavy involvement in youth activism and mentoring. He has educated and inspired urban youth through a variety of projects encouraging them to express themselves creatively and reach their full potential.

Yoba will be attending with his mother, Mahmoudah Young, the co-author of-the coming of age memoir, “The Screw Factory.”

WHO’S WHO FOR ICN

This year’s summit top delegates will include Caribbean government dignitaries from across the region, including Premier of Nevis, Vance Amory; Chinese government officials; New York City elected officials; chairman of over two dozen companies throughout the Caribbean, North America and Great Britain, including Sandals Resort, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart and representatives from the World Bank, the IDB, the US State Department’s IdEA, Merrill Lynch, Nomura, HBO Latin America, DHL, First Citizens Investment Services, Island Global Yachting, Lugano Group, Caribbean Airlines, Laparkan, Caribbean Television, the Russian American Chamber of Commerce, the Allied African Nations Chamber Of Commerce and the Chinese American Business Development Center, among numerous others.

Harvard, Princeton and Colombia graduate and Caribbean-born scholar, Dr. Isaac Newton will deliver the keynote address on the issue of economic development and global investment outreach while Woody Wilson, designer to stars like Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Terrance Howard, will launch his Tropical Collection for the Caribbean.

Special partnership and co-branding opportunities for this prestigious event are available by contacting sheila@investcaribbeannow.com or logging on to ICN’s brand new summit page at Investcaribbeannow.com.

Limited early bird tickets to the summit are available by booking here or at investcaribbeannow.com/earlybird

An exclusive Diamond Dinner has been added to this year’s summit for only 20 people who will include Malik Yoba, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart and Woody Wilson. Tickets are available on an invitation only basis by contacting Joe Bernstein at joe@investcaribbeannow.com.

ABOUT ICN

Invest Caribbean Now has as its main focus wealth creation for the region by capitalizing on global trends and indigenous creativity while managing scarce resources intelligently and building sound economics, investment in human development, and a strong alliance with nature.  In the past three years alone, over 600 investment bankers, private equity investors, Chinese and U.S. government officials, Caribbean ministers of governments and premiers, hotel developers, architects, real estate developers, financial advisors, entrepreneurs and the media have attended the event.  Past ICN honourees have included billionaire Sir Richard Branson and billion-dollar company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

ICN PARTNERS

Partners for ICN 2014 include: Hard Beat Communications, The Caribbean Tourism Organization, One Caribbean Television, The Woody Wilson Collection of Beverly Hills, The PR Newswire, the Caribbean Commerce Magazine, Blinglets, The Caribbean Council for Economic Development, the Chinese Business Development Center, Woody Wilson Fine Clothing, CaribPR Wire and News Americas Now.

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Biggest Investment Summit On The Caribbean Outside The Region Returns To The U.S. Diaspora

Xiaoguang Liu is consul in charge of economic & commercial affairs of the Consulate General of China in New York addressing delegates at Invest Caribbean Now 2013. (Hayden Roger Celestin image/ICN)

Xiaoguang Liu is consul in charge of economic & commercial affairs of the Consulate General of China in New York addressing delegates at Invest Caribbean Now 2013. (Hayden Roger Celestin image/ICN)

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Sun. March 2, 2014: The biggest investment summit on the Caribbean held outside the region annually, returns with a bang this Caribbean American Heritage Month to the U.S. Diaspora.

Global investors, business leaders and dignitaries from China, Russia, Africa, Dubai, the United States and the Caribbean will come together for Invest Caribbean Now 2014, (ICN) summit during Caribbean Week in New York this June 4, 2014 at the prestigious Harvard Club of New York City from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ICN returns with a revamped agenda and a focus on advancing wealth in the Caribbean region. The summit will kick-off with a panel on Global Investment Trends & The Caribbean with representatives from China, Russia, Africa, the U.S. and Dubai.

Also on the agenda this year will be a focus on medical tourism as an economic earner for Caribbean nations with CEO of Global Med Choices, Colin Childress, and Dr. Paul Angelchik, founder of American World Clinics. ICN will also spotlight on the Emerging Relationship Of Chinese Tourism & Investments In The Caribbean;  IT and Clean Energy in the Caribbean and The Caribbean Diaspora: A Real Source For Investment?  with the World Bank Group’s Qahir Dhanani, the US State Department’s IdEA’s Leigh Moran and Irwine Clare, advisory board member of the Jamaica Diaspora USA, North East.

Harvard, Princeton and Colombia graduate and Caribbean-born scholar, Dr. Isaac Newton, will deliver the keynote address on the issue of economic development and investment outreach while bridging the wealth gap to the people of the Diaspora and the Caribbean while this year’s project focus will be on the Caribbean Market Village, a brilliant, new innovative $30 million resort project/theme park set to be built in Dunnery, St. Lucia.

The summit will wrap up with the launch of the Woody Wilson Tropical Collection for the Caribbean. Woody Wilson is a renowned designer to stars like Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Terrance Howard among others.

Immediately following the Summit, ICN will present its 2014 networking awards and cocktail reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Harvard Club’s Cambridge Room, where a Hollywood celebrity will join delegates and honorees who will include the 2014 Leadership Awardee, Gordon, Butch Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resort.

A special addition to the ICN Summit of 2014 is the Diamond Dinner event for 20 individuals to network and do business privately. Attendance is by invitation only  from Joe Bernstein at joe@investcaribbeannow.com.

ICN Founder and Chairman Felicia Persaud, CMO of communications consultancy, Hard Beat Communications, says the 2014 Summit will be the best and biggest in the event’s four-year history because of the new team and board that’s been put in place to run the event and to market the Caribbean to the world.

ABOUT ICN

Invest Caribbean Now has as its main focus wealth creation for the region by capitalizing on global trends and indigenous creativity while managing scarce resources intelligently and building sound economics, investment in human development, and a strong alliance with nature.  In the past three years alone, over 600 investment bankers, private equity investors, Chinese and U.S. government officials, Caribbean ministers of governments and premiers, hotel developers, architects, real estate developers, financial advisors, entrepreneurs and the media have attended the event.  Past ICN honourees have included billionaire Sir Richard Branson and billion-dollar company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

PARTNERSHIP

For special partnership and co-branding opportunities for this prestigious event, contact sheila@investcaribbeannow.com or log on to ICN’s brand new summit page at Investcaribbeannow.com.

TICKETS

Early bird tickets are going fast but a few limited seats for the June 4th summit are still available at investcaribbeannow.com/earlybird.

ICN PARTNERS

Partners for ICN 2014 include: Hard Beat Communications, The Caribbean Tourism Organization, One Caribbean Television, The PR Newswire, the Caribbean Commerce Magazine, Blinglets, The Caribbean Council for Economic Development, the Chinese Business Development Center, CaribPR Wire and News Americas Now.

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RBC to sell its Jamaican banking operations

TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell RBC Royal Bank (Jamaica) Limited and RBTT Securities Jamaica Limited (collectively “RBC Jamaica”) to Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and is expected to be finalized in the coming months.

“Consistent with our strategy of being a competitive leader in the markets where we operate, we determined after a careful and thorough review that the best decision for the long-term future success of RBC Jamaica was to sell it to Sagicor,” said Suresh Sookoo, CEO of RBC Caribbean. “Sagicor is a well established financial franchise in Jamaica with the size, scale and complementary capabilities that RBC Jamaica does not currently possess.”

“RBC has operated in the Caribbean for over 100 years and remains committed to this region. This transaction will allow us to successfully reposition our Caribbean business for the future and focus on regions where we have significant market share,” said Dave McKay, group head, Personal & Commercial Banking, RBC. “We are focused on strengthening our business performance, service and competitiveness in markets where we can be a leading competitor over the long term.”

While financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, the purchase price approximately reflects the book value of RBC Jamaica. RBC expects the transaction to result in an estimated loss of C$60 million (before and after-tax) as a result of International Financial Reporting Standards, largely related to an estimated writedown for the proportionate share of RBC Jamaica goodwill and other intangibles acquired by RBC in connection with its acquisition of RBTT Financial Group in 2008. The transaction is not expected to have a material impact on RBC’s Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 ratio.

The loss is based on current estimates and is subject to change and will be reflected in the results of the first quarter ending January 31, 2014. RBC will release its first quarter 2014 results and host an earnings conference call on February 26, 2014.

About RBC
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) is Canada’s largest bank and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 44 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this press release may be deemed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of certain securities laws, including the “safe harbour” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and any applicable Canadian securities legislation. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the loss relating to the sale of RBC Jamaica expected to be reflected in our first quarter 2014 financial results. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as “believe”, “expect”, “foresee”, “forecast”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “estimate”, “goal”, “plan” and “project” and similar expressions of future or conditional verbs such as “will”, “may”, “should”, “could” or “would”.

By their very nature, forward-looking statements require us to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties, which give rise to the possibility that our predictions, forecasts, projections, expectations or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that our assumptions may not be correct and that our forward-looking statements, including statements about the loss relating to the sale of RBC Jamaica expected to be reflected in our first quarter 2014 financial results, will not be achieved. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements as a number of risk factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. These factors – many of which are beyond our control and the effects of which can be difficult to predict – include: credit, market, liquidity and funding, insurance, regulatory compliance, operational, strategic, reputation and competitive risks and other risks discussed in the Risk management and Overview of other risks sections of our 2013 Annual Report; the impact of regulatory reform; the business and economic conditions in Canada, the United States and certain other countries in which we operate; the effects of changes in government fiscal, monetary and other policies; and judicial or regulatory judgments and legal proceedings.

We caution that the foregoing list of risk factors is not exhaustive and other factors could also adversely affect our results. When relying on our forward-looking statements to make decisions with respect to us, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Material economic assumptions underlying the forward looking statements contained in this press release are set out in the Overview and outlook section and for each business segment under the heading Outlook and priorities in our 2013 Annual Report. Additional information about these and other factors can be found in the Risk management and Overview of other risks sections of our 2013 Annual Report. Except as required by law, we do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement contained in this press release.

For further information:

Investor Relations Contacts:
Karen McCarthy, Director, Investor Relations, karen.mccarthy@rbc.com, 416-955-7809
Robert Colangelo, Associate Director, Investor Relations, robert.colangelo@rbc.com, 416-955-2049

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CWH Limited Secures Majority Share in Capital G Limited

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Capital G Limited announced today that it had entered into a formal agreement on 31st December 2013 to amalgamate with Clarien Group Limited (”Clarien”), a wholly owned subsidiary of CWH Limited with continued growth plans to develop its business domestically and internationally as a world class offshore financial institution.

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Through Clarien, CWH Limited, a newly formed Bermuda exempted company will assume the majority ownership of Capital G Bank Limited, while Edmund Gibbons Limited will remain involved as a minority shareholder.

The transaction, which received approval from the Bermuda Monetary Authority and the Government of Bermuda, places Capital G Bank in a position to build a leading offshore financial company with expertise in asset management, private banking and investment banking to clients from around the globe.

CWH Limited founders include David Carrick, Robert Flohr, Zoran Fotak, Mitchell Hedstrom, Ian Truran and Keith Stock. Collectively they bring significant executive level experience to Capital G Bank and the newly formed Clarien Group. All founders will play an active role in the management and strategic growth of the institution and plan to live and work in Bermuda. Mr. Stock will be Chairman of Capital G Bank, Messrs. Fotak and Truran will be Co-Chief Executive Officers, Mr. Carrick will be Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Hedstrom will be Chief Risk Officer and Mr. Flohr will be the Chief Corporate Development Officer.

James Gibbons will remain actively involved and serve as a Director of Capital G Bank Limited.

The partnership exemplifies the appeal Bermuda has to global investors, partners and clients. The Island’s sophisticated infrastructure, intellectual talent and accessibility to the world positions the Clarien Group perfectly to bring some of the world’s most discerning institutional and private wealth clients to Bermuda.

It is expected that over the next five to ten years profitability of the institution will grow significantly with expansion into new lines of business and growth into new markets enabling the continued employment of Bermudian and international talent.

James Gibbons of Edmund Gibbons Limited stated, “Today’s announcement represents a significant achievement for Capital G Bank and one of our initial goals to build, diversify and grow our business in Bermuda and other markets around the world. The investment by CWH Limited represents a commitment in Bermuda, in Capital G, its valued clients and 180 plus employees.”

Zoran Fotak of CWH Limited added, “The Gibbons Family and the management of the Bank have built a first class organization. Bermuda is a world class financial services centre. We share the same values with the Gibbons Family: Client Focus, Teamwork and Integrity. We are committed to a partnership that continues with the strategy that makes this Bank the best in class financial services provider to all of its clients – domestic as well as international.”

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Cloud Capital Group Partners with Trusted Industry Leader e-Cycle to Offer Mobile Device Recycling and Buyback Programs

Cloud Capital Group brings e-Cycle’s sustainable, secure, and profitable mobile device recycling buyback program to Caribbean businesses

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. January 6, 2014: Cloud Capital Group, (CCG), the Caribbean’s trusted advisor and a leading provider of mobility solutions and cloud services, today announced its partnership with e-Cycle, a global leader in wireless mobile buyback, data security and recycling for businesses.

The workplace continues to evolve into a mobile environment, and with that, businesses and workers are consistently updating to the latest and greatest devices to stay ahead of the curve. For companies, this can be a financial burden as well as a security concern. More importantly, discarded devices can have a significant effect on the environment. As e-Cycle points out, electronic waste represents 70% of toxins in landfills. By participating in a buyback program and recycling used company devices, businesses can recoup lost revenue, take the necessary security precautions, and make a positive impact on the environment, all while updating their mobile fleet to the most up-to-date devices.

“Most people overlook the reality that ‘outdated’ devices still hold a value that can be profited from,” said Greg Ross, Vice President of Commercial Operations at Cloud Capital Group. “At the same time, discarded devices pose a serious threat to our environment. Additionally, these devices may still carry sensitive company data. With a buyback program like e-Cycle, businesses can upgrade to the newest technology and take advantage of lost profits, as well as securing and protecting their sensitive information, while making an effort to go green.”

e-Cycle’s mobile buyback program takes a simple approach to mobile device recycling. With e-Cycle’s program the environment is a top priority. During the recycling process all shredded materials, batteries and accessories are recycled in an e-Stewards Certified, EPA-registered facility; and the materials are recovered for reuse. Organizations receive reports detailing the positive effect their recycling efforts have made on the environment. With an effective mobile device buyback program like e-Cycle in place, it empowers organizations to safeguard the environment, protect their wireless security, and turn used mobile devices into alternative revenue.

In addition, with Cloud Capital Group, Caribbean businesses and organizations will be able to take full advantage of e-Cycle’s mobile device recycling program in the most simplified process. The mobile devices are shipped to e-Cycle, wiped clean of private company data and sent to be recycled, then the company receives a check.

Greg Ross states, “This can be a great advantage for businesses and organizations that are looking to update their mobile devices and get involved in a green solution that doesn’t cost anything; and we are excited to introduce e-Cycle’s trusted buyback program to the Caribbean.”

Cloud Capital Group can be contacted directly to learn more about e-Cycle’s buyback program.

About e-Cycle

e-Cycle helps organizations and individuals take a more responsible, secure and cost-effective approach to wireless recycling. The company collects mobile phones and tablets from businesses and individuals, reimbursing them for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The information on every device is either deleted or destroyed through the industry’s most rigorous data security measures. Through the e-Cycle Foundation, organizations can use proceeds from their wireless buyback and recycling programs to make tax-deductible donations to the charities of their choice. In 2012, e-Cycle became the first e-Stewards certified wireless buyback company in the world.

About Cloud Capital Group

Cloud Capital Group (CCG) is a global business technology company providing white-label cloud services for resale, support, maintenance, that also provides infrastructure build consulting, training and marketing for global telecommunications carriers, technology resellers, and managed service providers. CCG bridges the gap for these organizations by providing turnkey solutions to allow quick access to a wide array of applications and solutions running on our own infrastructure. Cloud Capital Group (CCG) prides itself on being more than just a cloud technology company. CCG works hand-in-hand with their customers, and shares the rewards of a successful partnership.

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Defendants Celebrate Antiguan Court Vacating Order Improperly Obtained by Davos International Bank

MIAMI, Dec. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Antigua and Barbuda dismissed an order sought by Davos International Bank against its ex-partners and ex-directors, Rodrigo Fernandez and Andres Omar Sotillo, due to grave failures in following the required legal procedure, including concealing judicial information, according to the judgment issued by the Court last December 6th.

Davos International Bank’s order was reversed by the highest court of Antigua and Barbuda, based upon the argument that the bank managed by David Osio did not meet the established legal procedures to serve the complaint and that it deliberately concealed the existence of a legal action against it filed by the Defendants before a US Court.

Davos International Bank’s complaint in Antigua and Barbuda also included the Bank’s former employees Jose Daniel Carrillo and Osleidys Estrada, who just as Fernandez and Sotillo had their responsibility in this Caribbean jurisdiction eliminated once the order was vacated.

Fernandez and Sotillo’s attorney, Michael Diaz, explained that that the Supreme Court’ decision was caused by the Defendants showing that Davos International Bank and its directors failed to serve the complaint pursuant to the applicable laws; and that the affidavits it submitted proved that the service of the complaint was “incomplete and ineffective.”

Additionally, the Fernandez and Sotillo’s attorneys stated that Davos International Bank “failed to reveal the existence of a previous legal action in Miami, in which Fernandez and Sotillo sued their former partner David Osio and Davos International Group, for different causes of actions including the commission of fraud.”

The highest court of Justice of Antigua and Barbuda also ordered Davos International Bank to cover the legal expenses incurred by the defendants to obtain the dismissal of the prior order.

As opposed to the false information provided by Davos International Bank in the press release dated October 14, 2013, the complaint of David Osio and Davos International Bank in Antigua is only a civil claim filed as a “defensive tactic” against Sotillo & Fernandez’s complaint which is moving forward in a Miami Court where it has been litigated favorably for more than two years.

The attorneys have also stated that the decision of the Supreme Court of Antigua and Barbuda ratified the lack of existence of any legal culpability determination in that court against Fernandez, Sotillo, Carrillo and Estrada.

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American Capital Energy & Infrastructure Partners with Veteran Management Team to Establish BMR Energy and Commits $25 Million to First Project

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – American Capital Energy & Infrastructure (”ACEI”) announced today that it has partnered with a veteran management team to create BMR Energy LLC (”BMR”), a new energy company focused on developing and investing in power and related energy infrastructure throughout Central America and the Caribbean.

Led by Bruce Levy as Chief Executive Officer, BMR’s management team has over 60 years of collective experience in global energy project development, acquisition and operations.  Mr. Levy has held key executive positions in the U.S. and international energy sectors for the past 30 years, most recently as President and CEO of International Power North America (now part of GDF SUEZ Energy International).  Mr. Levy is joined by Andrew Rovito and Pip Decker.  Mr. Rovito has extensive experience in global energy project development and finance and most recently co-founded Development Partners Group, a developer of fossil fuel independent power projects throughout the U.S.  Mr. Decker has been involved in the renewable energy industry, focused on the development, construction and operation of wind and solar facilities throughout the U.S., and, prior to BMR, focused on project development for Brookfield Renewable Power.

Mr. Paul Hanrahan, CEO and co-founder of ACEI, said: “We are excited to partner with Bruce, Andrew and Pip in building this new platform.  Bruce is a knowledgeable and successful international executive who leads a talented team with strong energy infrastructure development and operational experience.  This partnership will enable ACEI to expand into the Caribbean and Central American region with the development of competitive and environmentally responsible power and related energy infrastructure to serve the region’s growing energy needs.”

BMR’s first project is a 34 MW wind farm in Malvern, St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica.  In September 2013, the Office of Utility Regulation in Jamaica selected BMR to build, own, and operate the wind project, which is expected to be operational in 2015.  The company also has a mature project pipeline throughout the region.

Mr. Hanrahan added: “There is a tremendous opportunity for renewable and efficient fossil fueled generation and gas infrastructure to displace expensive oil-fired power plants in Jamaica, as well as throughout the Caribbean and Central American region.  With most of Jamaica’s electrical power produced by diesel and heavy fuel oil, Jamaica depends on relatively expensive petroleum imports to satisfy its national energy needs.  Renewable power and other energy infrastructure can substantially reduce the cost of power while also improving the environment in Jamaica.”

“ACEI’s deep operational and development knowledge, combined with its extensive global network in the industry, as well as its financial strength will add significant value to BMR and our first project in Jamaica,” said Mr. Levy. “Power from our Jamaica wind project should be among the lowest price available in the country.  We are pursuing similar opportunities for wind, solar and fossil fueled energy projects and expect that our technical and development expertise as well as our financial strength will offer new options to governments and energy users across the region.  We look forward to being a part of this effort.”

ABOUT AMERICAN CAPITAL ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE
American Capital Energy & Infrastructure invests in global energy infrastructure assets, including power generation facilities, power distribution and transmission networks, energy transportation assets, fuel production opportunities and product and service companies focused on the power and energy sectors.  ACEI is part of American Capital, Ltd.’s (Nasdaq: ACAS) (”American Capital”) asset management affiliate, American Capital Asset Management, LLC.  For further information, please refer to www.ACEI.com.

ABOUT AMERICAN CAPITAL
American Capital is a publicly traded private equity firm and global asset manager.  American Capital, both directly and through its asset management business, originates, underwrites and manages investments in middle market private equity, leveraged finance, real estate, energy and infrastructure and structured products.  American Capital manages $20 billion of assets, including assets on its balance sheet and fee earning assets under management by affiliated managers, with $117 billion of total assets under management (including levered assets).  Through an affiliate, American Capital manages publicly traded American Capital Agency Corp. (Nasdaq: AGNC) with approximately $10 billion of net book value and American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp. (Nasdaq: MTGE) with approximately $1 billion of net book value. From its eight offices in the U.S. and Europe, American Capital and its affiliate, European Capital, will consider investment opportunities from $10 million to $750 million.  For further information, please refer to www.americancapital.com.

ABOUT BMR ENERGY
Headquartered in New York City, BMR Energy was founded in 2013 to focus on acquiring, developing, owning and operating power and energy related assets in the Caribbean and Central America.  The BMR team brings more than 60 years of combined international energy infrastructure development and operational experience.

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West Kendall Baptist Hospital Tests Advanced CT System

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Ricardo Cury, M.D., leads clinical evaluation of GE Healthcare’s innovative Revolution CT


CaribPR Wire, MIAMI, FL, Tues. Dec. 17, 2013:  Radiologists at West Kendall Baptist Hospital have completed a clinical evaluation of a highly advanced new computed tomography (CT) system developed by GE Healthcare. A CT scan uses X-rays to make detailed, cross-sectional images of body organs.

GE Healthcare collaborated with West Kendall Baptist Hospital to demonstrate the capabilities of the new Revolution CT scanner. The clinical data obtained will be used to create sample clinical images for product and technology development, for FDA regulatory submission and inclusion in publications.

“This is innovation at its best and is really an all-in-one scanner,” said Ricardo Cury, M.D., Chairman of Radiology and Director of Cardiac Imaging at Baptist Health South Florida, who was the principal investigator of the study. “Diagnostic-quality images of the coronary vessels are now possible in patients with high heart rates with a single heartbeat acquisition, which is a significant advancement. The impressive ability of Revolution CT to combine improvements in coverage, spatial and temporal resolution in a single scanner will translate into many clinical applications and improved patient care.”

The Revolution CT addresses the challenges of getting accurate diagnostic images for patients with high or irregular heartbeats. Due to the speed, coverage and the unique intelligent motion-correction capability of Revolution CT, motion-free cardiac images are possible even for these patients. The system offers shorter scan times and optimized X-ray dose. There are also scan modes for pediatric use.

“The opportunity to partner with GE Healthcare for this clinical evaluation is an important step in building our reputation as a research and teaching facility,” said West Kendall Baptist Hospital Chief Executive Officer Javier Hernández-Lichtl. “Our physicians are pleased to contribute their expertise to this important initiative.”

“This will be the first CT scanner that’s right for everybody in every clinical specialty,” said Steve Gray, president and CEO of MICT & AW for GE Healthcare. “Revolution CT is able to scan even the most challenging patients, day in and day out, with remarkably clear images. And we made sure that using it is productive, logical and intuitive.”

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About Baptist Health International

Baptist Health International is one of the largest and most successful International programs in the United States. Thousands of people travel to Miami each year from around the world to receive care from our respected physicians at our medical facilities. Baptist Health International is dedicated to providing comprehensive, high-quality services for international physicians and their patients, including hospital admissions, outpatient testing and physician consult, as well as other concierge services.

About West Kendall Baptist Hospital

West Kendall Baptist Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. It includes Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Baptist Outpatient Services and Baptist Health Medical Group. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net and connect with BaptistHealthSF on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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USVI Corporations Have a “Can Do” Attitude

Loading up on cans for Canstruction® 2013.

Loading up on cans for Canstruction® 2013.

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CaribPR Wire, ST. THOMAS, USVI, Thurs. Nov. 28, 2013: Thanksgiving is traditionally a time when the community opens their hearts and wallets to help their less fortunate neighbors. Leave it to advertising professionals to come up with a clever way to collect food for the hungry.

The Caribbean Advertising Federation is hosting the territory’s first-ever Canstruction event in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Canstruction® is a competition that pits corporate teams against each other to create the best sculpture made entirely of canned foods. The works of canned art are judged, exhibited to the public, and then dismantled and distributed to Catholic Charities of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Salvation Army and Family Resource Center.

The competition is being hosted at Tutu Park Mall in the former FYE store this Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Just look for the store with truckloads of canned foods,” said Renae Quinton, President of the Caribbean Advertising Federation. “Also look for the corporate banners. We are very pleased that major corporations are choosing our Canstruction project to help the community and have fun doing it.”

Scotiabank’s sculpture alone will consist of more than 1,200 cans. Sadie Clendinen, Marketing Manager for Scotiabank is looking forward to this “uncanny” event.

“The employees of Scotiabank conduct a food drive every year. This is a different and very visible way of bringing community attention to the fact that we have hungry families right here on St. Thomas. We are making sure everyone on St. Thomas has a healthy holiday meal and having a great time doing it,” said Clendinen.

There is no admission fee to watch the Canstruction event and cheer on your favorite corporate team. Scotiabank, Choice Wireless®, MLB Creative and the V.I. Daily News will be vying for the best use of labels and structural design. You can vote for your favorite sculpture by donating one can of food, so bring a bag to donate and vote multiple times.

The Caribbean Advertising Federation is a division of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the largest advertising organization in the United States providing a professional conduit for networking, resource sharing and to promote member businesses. Current President, Renae Quinton from Barbados said “Our local leadership headed by MLB Creative has done a great job in collecting thousands of cans of food worth thousands of dollars. I would also like to thank Plaza Extra for providing our builders with a discount on the canned goods and TuTu Park Mall for the competition space.”

About Canstruction®

Canstruction® was founded in 1992 to help promote the design community and raise food hunger relief efforts. Canstruction® has held events in over 140 cities worldwide donating over 15 million pounds of canned food to alleviate the plague of hunger and malnutrition.

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Barbados To Host 1st CAF Workshop In 18 Years

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CaribPR Wire, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tues. Nov. 26, 2013: The Caribbean Advertising Federation (CAF) took home an impressive number of ADDY awards in 2013, confirming that the talent coming out of this region is bright and widespread.

On Wednesday December 4th, 2013 the Caribbean Advertising Federation (CAF) will be hosting a workshop at Accra Beach Hotel & Spa, Barbados for attendees to view last year’s national ADDY winning submissions. To win an ADDY at national level means to create advertising that stands out against over 40,000 competing pieces.

The CAF workshop serves to showcase the brilliant work created here in the Caribbean, to not only our regional counterparts, but also to our wider audience across the USA. It will also teach attendees how to use this year’s newly developed software for submissions, which are due on January 4th, 2014.

Winning Caribbean ADDY pieces are entered into the fourth district competition along with South Florida winners.  In last year’s awards, agencies that are part of the CAF took home an impressive amount of awards in almost every category. Everything Slight Pepper won a Charlie Award for Best of Sales Promotion and also a Gold ADDY for Single Unite Packaging for 3ZERO Rums by 3ZERO Ltd.

2013 was the first time in history a Caribbean agency has won a district Charlie Award. Trinidadian agency McCann Erickson took home the District’s coveted Mosaic Award that recognises cultural diversity.

Terri Brown, our founder and ADDY Chair, won The Jack Phillips Gold Medal award. This is the highest honor in the AAF Fourth District. This award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to advertising and furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence, and public service.

This not only shows the superior level of talent our Caribbean Universities and Colleges are churning out, but also how this talent is being used to create such dynamic advertising.
CAF members, marketing agencies, freelance talent, creative students, and marketing managers are the attendees who will be part of the workshop on the December 4th.

The purpose of this workshop is to launch and review the process for this year’s award submissions.  The new software will make submissions easier, less expensive and less time consuming than previous years. Terri Brown will be hosting this part of the workshop and providing an overview as well as tips for this year’s submission.

“The CAF was able to shine in last year’s submissions, but in seeing all the great package designs on our shelves and moving to radio jingles, there is a whole lot more that is award-worthy.  We are looking to make this the best year yet for CAF,” says Renae Quinton, President of CAF.

Once the software is learnt and the agencies are ready, we are looking forward to seeing what they all have to offer and how many awards we can bring home to the Caribbean next year.

The ADDY deadline is January 14th, 2014 for work published between January 1st, 2013 and December 31st, 2013.

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Conco Systems Announces New Partnership with Serpaga, Inc.

VERONA, Pa., Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Conco Systems, Inc. is proud to announce their new partnership with Serpaga, Inc. in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  While Serpaga’s name is new to the power generation industry, they inherited many years of experience from Passco, Inc., their predecessor.  Not only does Serpaga operate out of Passco’s former facilities, but Serpaga also continued the partnership started between Passco and Conco several years ago.  Now, Serpaga is a leader in providing tube and condenser cleaning products and services to the power generation industry in Puerto Rico.  Conco Systems has extended a letter of exclusive representation to Serpaga so that Conco products and services will once again be available in Puerto Rico.  Serpaga, Inc. will provide Conco Tube Cleaning, Leak Detection, and Eddy Current Testing.  In addition, Serpaga will be offering new services like Condenser Cleanliness Inspections and Total Condenser Performance Audits to local power plants and the power authority company.

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Founded in 1923, Conco is the world’s leading provider of condenser and heat exchanger services to the power generation industry with offices located in the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

For more information on Conco Systems, please visit: http://www.concosystems.com.

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