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Global Financial Technology Provider Equisoft Appoints Ruben Veerasamy as Head of the Caribbean Region

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MONTREAL, Oct. 30, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Equisoft, a leading global financial technology company providing advanced solutions for the insurance and wealth industries, today officially announced the appointment of Ruben Veerasamy as Senior Vice President, Caribbean.

Equisoft’s strategic objective is to diversify and accelerate their global expansion. The company has delivered significant strategic business value in the Caribbean market for more than 10 years, working with clients in Jamaica, The Bahamas, Bermuda and Trinidad, and is continuing to scale up rapidly. With the objective of developing a team dedicated to servicing Caribbean clients, the time has come to nominate a leader for the region.

Ruben has performed different delivery and sales roles at Equisoft for over 10 years. With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, he brings a strong expertise in establishing and managing sustainable client, partner and employee relationships.

“Ruben’s ability to build connections and confidence has been instrumental in helping us develop a great reputation in the Caribbean over the years,” said Equisoft’s CEO, Luis Romero. “We already serve six companies with our insurance and wealth solutions, and we are shortlisted for multiple large opportunities in the region. Appointing a dedicated leader was the next logical step to make sure that we provide our customers with the level of support they are expecting from their technology partner.”

“Being active in the region since 2009, we have a deep understanding of the specific challenges that Caribbean insurers and financial institutions are facing, both from a business and technology standpoint,” said Ruben. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with our customers to help them achieve their business goals.”

About Equisoft

Founded in 1994, Equisoft is a global provider of advanced digital solutions in life insurance and wealth management. Recognized as a valued partner by over 50 of the world’s leading financial institutions in 15 countries, Equisoft offers innovative front-end applications, extensive back-office services and a unique data migration expertise. The firm’s industry-leading products include CRM, financial needs analysis, asset allocation, quotes and illustrations, electronic application, agency management systems, as well as customer, agent and broker portals. Equisoft is also Oracle’s main global partner for the Oracle Insurance Policy Administration platform. With its business-driven approach, deep industry knowledge, state-of-the-art technology, and a growing team of over 400 specialized resources based in the USA, Canada, Latin America, South Africa and India, Equisoft helps financial institutions tackle any challenge in this new era of digital disruption. Website: equisoft.com

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Stone Pagamentos Co-Founder, Eduardo Pontes, acquires a minority stake in Tutuka

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Pontes and Tutuka looking to grow payments in Latin America and beyond

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Tutuka announced today that the Co-Founder of one of Latin America’s biggest fintechs, Stone Pagamentos, has acquired a minority stake in Tutuka.

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Tutuka is well known for its unique processor plus model which enables fintechs, mobile wallets, apps and banks across emerging markets to easily issue Mastercard and Visa payment products such as physical or virtual cards that are linked to the values in their customers’ wallets or accounts.

Pontes co-founded Stone Pagamentos in Brazil, which rapidly become one of the country’s largest acquirers and IPO’d on NASDAQ in 2018 with a valuation of US$8.8b.

The Latin American fintech market is growing at a rapid rate, with research conducted in 2018 by the Inter-American Development Bank and Finnovista showing a 66% growth of fintech startups from 2017 to 2018. With Tutuka’s deep experience in emerging markets and the ability to make payments happen quickly, easily and securely, the company is well-equipped to maximize the opportunities for growth in the region.

Tutuka has clients in over 19 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and now Latin America.

Pontes’ experience, coupled with Tutuka’s capabilities as a payments enabler, will support Tutuka’s expansion into Latin America and help to drive financial inclusion in the region.

About Tutuka

Tutuka (www.tutuka.com) is a third-party payments enabler that makes payments happen by enabling our clients’ customers to pay with Mastercard and Visa cards and products. Tutuka enables fintechs, mobile wallets, apps and banks across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America to issue virtual and physical cards and other Mastercard and Visa payment products. Tutuka’s processor plus model allows our clients to easily, cost-effectively and quickly link into card schemes without the complexity and slow timelines normally associated with processors.

About Eduardo Pontes

Eduardo Pontes (https://investors.stone.co/advisory-board/eduardo-pontes) co-founded Stone Pagamentos (https://www.stone.com.br) which IPO’d on NASDAQ in 2018. Eduardo Pontes is now principal of Arpex Capital.

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Aireon Signs Agreement With COCESNA To Expand Global Air Traffic Surveillance To Central America

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MCLEAN, Virginia, Oct. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Aireon LLC (Aireon) and COCESNA (Corporación Centroamericana de Servicios de Navegación Aérea) announced that they have signed an agreement to deploy space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The agreement also establishes a strategic partnership to enhance the operations and collaboration of air traffic surveillance in the Central American region.

Spanning the entire Central American flight information region (FIR), COCESNA’s region encompasses more than 2.6 million square kilometers terrestrial airspace and extensive oceanic areas in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Its central location in the Americas positions COCESNA as the major air traffic control provider at the crossroads of the Caribbean, North, South and Central America.

“Aireon is thrilled to welcome COCESNA as a customer, extending the benefits of space-based air traffic surveillance through Central American airspace,” said Don Thoma, CEO, Aireon. “This agreement represents the beginning of a long-term partnership that will boost operations and efficiency in the region.”

In addition to deploying space-based ADS-B throughout the region and within its member States, this agreement establishes a partnership by which COCESNA can utilize the Aireon data to support its leading role in advancing operations across the region. The strategic partnership brings a greater level of collaboration to the existing agreement and also enables the use of space-based ADS-B data for airspace and traffic optimization projects such as the CANSO ATFM Data Exchange Network for the Americas (CADENA) initiative.

Mr. Juan Carlos Trabanino, Executive President of COCESNA, said, “We pride ourselves as being a regional leader in efficiency and safety. From surveillance of our airspace to optimization about our services provided across Central America, Aireon’s data will radically improve all aspects of our business that assures seamless air traffic management across our land and maritime sectors.  We look forward to the beginning of operations in the third quarter of 2020, and are pleased to work with Aireon in this important development for aviation in our region.”

“This partnership demonstrates that Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data generates significant near, medium and long-term value and operational benefits to their organization,” said Thoma.

About Aireon LLC
Aireon has deployed a space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft throughout the entire globe. Aireon is harnessing next-generation aviation surveillance technologies that were formerly ground-based and, for the first time ever, is extending their reach globally to significantly improve efficiency, enhance safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings benefits to all stakeholders. Space-based ADS-B surveillance covers oceanic, polar and remote regions, and augments existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace. In partnership with leading ANSPs from around the world, like NAV CANADA, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Enav, NATS and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon is providing a global, real-time, space-based air traffic surveillance system, available to all aviation stakeholders. For more information, please visit www.aireon.com.

About COCESNA
The COCESNA (Corporación Centroamericana de Servicios de Navegación Aérea) is the non-profit, public service organization ensuring safe and efficient air navigation and aeronautical telecommunication to the Central American flight information region (FIR). The organization covers 2.6 million square kilometers of FIR, including six member states (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua) and maritime areas in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. For more information about COCESNA, visit: www.cocesna.org.

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Parkland announces launch of new JOURNIE™ Rewards Canadian customer loyalty program with CIBC as its strategic banking partner

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CaribPR Wire, CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 17, 2019: Parkland Fuel Corporation (“Parkland”) (TSX:PKI) announced today that it is launching JOURNIE™, a nationwide rewards and customer loyalty program with CIBC as its strategic banking partner. JOURNIE™ will offer Canadians compelling fuel savings and merchandise offers and will launch in select Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec markets this fall with a full national rollout in early 2020.

JOURNIE™ members that link their personal CIBC credit and debit cards will enjoy fuel savings of three cents per litre at participating locations when paying with their CIBC card. Following its full national rollout, JOURNIE™ Rewards and the CIBC fuel savings will be available across Parkland’s coast-to-coast network of approximately 1,300 Chevron, Ultramar, Pioneer and Fas Gas sites. In addition to instant fuel savings, customers can simultaneously collect JOURNIE™ Rewards as well as rewards they already earn with their CIBC credit card.

“The launch of our JOURNIE™ Rewards program and CIBC’s participation is a major milestone for Parkland,” said Ian White, Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Innovation. “By connecting our national network of fuel retail sites and On the Run and Marché Express convenience stores under a single proprietary rewards program with compelling fuel and merchandise offers, we are creating a powerful customer loyalty offer with nationwide scale.”

“This is an exciting loyalty program bringing together two innovative and customer focused companies that have an extensive nationwide retail presence and broad consumer reach,” added White. “In addition to enhancing our JOURNIE™ value proposition, our partnership with CIBC supports our strategy to grow our fuel sales volumes and increase foot traffic in our Canadian convenience stores.”

“This partnership builds on our exceptional credit card benefits, such as our four per cent cashback on fuel purchases with our CIBC Dividend® Visa Infinite* Card,” said Jeff Smith, Vice President, Client Loyalty Solutions and Partnerships, Personal Banking Products, CIBC.  “With JOURNIE™ Rewards, we’re making it radically simple for our clients to receive discounts at the pump, while helping them achieve their reward ambitions sooner.”

Parkland’s JOURNIE™ Rewards program is supported by a newly developed mobile app which will be available for anyone to download on iOS and Android platforms from October 23, 2019. For more information on JOURNIE™ and how to become a registered member please visit www.journie.ca.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward looking statements”). When used in this news release, the words “expect’’, ‘‘will’’, ‘‘could’’, ‘‘would’’, ‘‘supports’’ and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things, launch of JOURNIE™ in early 2020, the availability of JOURNIE™ in Parkland’s coast-to-coast network, growth of fuel sales volumes and increase foot traffic in our Canadian convenience stores.

These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by securities laws. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to: failure to achieve the anticipated benefits of the JOURNIE™ loyalty program, general economic, market and business conditions, industry capacity, competitive action by other companies, refining and marketing margins, the ability of suppliers and/or strategic business partners to meet commitments, actions by governmental authorities and other regulators including increases in taxes, changes and developments in regulations, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. See also the risks and uncertainties described under the headings “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” in Parkland’s current Annual Information Form, and under the headings “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” in Parkland’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the most recently completed financial period, each as filed on SEDAR and available on Parkland’s website at www.parkland.ca.

About Parkland
Parkland is an independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator. Parkland services customers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region and the Americas through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves.

Parkland creates value for shareholders by focusing on its proven strategy of growing organically, realizing a supply advantage and acquiring prudently and integrating successfully. At the core of our strategy are our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community and respect, which are embraced across our organization. *JOURNIE and associated work marks are trade-marks of Parkland Fuel Corporation.

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Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico Initiates Operations at Kingston Airport

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Oct. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (”GAP”) initiates operations at the Norman Manley International Airport in the city of Kingston, Jamaica. This is the second airport that the Mexican airport group operates outside of its borders: the first one is Sangster Airport, in Montego Bay, also in Jamaica.

In accordance with the terms of the Contract signed on October 2018, 12 months were granted for the transition and 25 years for the concession. One of the Group’s commitments is to improve the infrastructure and the equipment of the airports it operates. Therefore, during the first 36 months, it expects to make an investment of US$ 60 million in extension and modernization works in the Norman Manley Airport.

At the formal presentation ceremony of the Airport’s operations, GAP’s Director General, Raúl Revuelta, reiterated Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico’s commitment to diversify its airport portfolio and affirmed that “to compete for the operation of Norman Manley Airport represents a strategic decision that will contribute towards GAP’s positioning and it will strengthen the development and growth of Jamaica’s main airports.”

Kingston Airport is the fourteenth airport operated by the Mexican airport group. At the end of 2018, this airport had assisted a total of 1.7 million passengers, and 1.4 million in the period comprised between January and September 2019. This represents an 8.4% growth compared to the same period on the previous year; in other words, practically 30% of the country’s total traffic.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico has developed a service-commitment culture in order to improve the flight experience. Additionally, it keeps close relationships with passengers, airlines, business developers, industry members and, particularly, authorities, in an attempt to contribute to the economic and social development of the communities where it operates.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, S.A.B. de C.V. (”GAP”) is a Mexican company developing its activity in the airport sector. GAP operates in 12 international airports in Mexico and two in Jamaica, servicing over 330 destinations through 35 airlines. Its shares are listed both on the Mexico and the New York Stock Exchange.

In 2018, GAP serviced 44.9 million passengers, 10.4% more than in 2017.

The airports managed by Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico are located in:

  • Guadalajara and Tijuana, serving the main metropolitan areas.
  • Mexicali, Hermosillo, Los Mochis, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato and Morelia, serving developing medium-sized cities.
  • La Paz, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo and Montego Bay, serving some of the most important tourist destinations in the country and the Caribbean.
  • On October 10, 2018, GAP signed the concession contract with the government of Jamaica in order to operate, modernize and expand the Norman Manley International Airport (”KIN”) located in the city of Kingston.

The airports managed by GAP in Mexico are owned by the Mexican government and have been allocated in a 50-year concession starting in 1998, as part of a domestic initiative to privatize and improve the quality and security of the country’s airport services.

In Jamaica, the government owns the Montego Bay Airport and the concession granted for its operation is for a 30-year period, which will conclude on April 2033. The Kingston Airport was granted for a 25-year concession. GAP took control of the operation and administration this past October 2019.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico believes in the value of each individual and seeks to trigger his or her potential through education. Better-educated Mexicans will raise their quality of life and contribute towards the country’s development. GAP, in line with its business model and through its Foundation, is committed on being a factor of change. We work on two strategic pillars: work with the community, through GAP Schools, and on training the airport community, with Community Training Centers.

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The Cruise Industry Remains Committed to Both the Recovery of Grand Bahama and Abaco and Bringing More Guests to the Unaffected Majority of The Bahamas

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MIRAMAR, Florida, Oct. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — While the world mourns the destruction of Abaco and Grand Bahama and seeks ways to help the destinations build back better, the cruise industry continues to prove its commitment. Just a month after the historic event, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association that represents the mutual interests between the cruise industry and Caribbean and Latin American destinations and stakeholders, and its Member Lines, which operate more than 95 percent of the global ocean cruising capacity, have already provided and/or raised $8 million in donation pledges, more than 10 million pounds of food and supplies, 20,000 meals a day, hundreds of millions of dollars in accelerated investment plans and hundreds of thousands of marketing dollars focused on educating that most of The Bahamas is open, including 14 of its most-visited islands that are welcoming guests every day, and the best way consumers can help is to visit.

“Though we still mourn for all those impacted in Abaco and Grand Bahama, it is humbling and heartwarming to see our Member Lines’ enormous effort to not only provide the necessary relief, but also work with those in the destination toward sustainable recovery,” said Michele Paige, president, FCCA. “On behalf of FCCA, we are honored to help support that recovery in any way we can, and currently one of the best things any of us can do is visit The Bahamas, as nearly half of its GDP relies on tourism, and broadcast the message that most of its islands are open and welcoming guests every day.”

FCCA Member Lines have already donated and/or raised $8 million in relief efforts for The Bahamas, while also launching efforts to collect and provide support, resulting in more than 10 million pounds of food and supplies – filling over 250 shipping containers – by Carnival Corporation; 20,000 meals per day, as well as water, medical supplies, generators, and a team of specially trained employees and volunteers to assist with logistics and food and beverage efforts by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; 400 pallets of humanitarian aid – along with 300 qualified volunteer and 150 Bahamians – on a single relief mission by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line; MSC Group using its cargo and cruise resources to help, with a focus on providing semi-permanent prefabricated modular housing; and Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings are also using their cruise ships to deliver supplies and support.*

Additionally, FCCA Member Lines have sent high-level delegations to work directly toward both providing the most impactful relief and building toward sustainable recovery, while also reaffirming and accelerating investment projects that represent $455 million by Carnival Corporation and RCCL.

FCCA Member Lines also worked with the destination to relaunch cruise tourism and reinject its economic benefit as soon as possible, with cruise tourism calculated to have generated $405.75 million, in addition to 9,004 jobs paying $155.71 million in wage income, in The Bahamas during the 2017-18 cruise season and one average cruise call to the destination representing more than $650,000 in local economic benefits.

FCCA included The Bahamas in its award-winning, multi-faceted marketing campaign, Caribbean Is Open / Caribbean for Everyone, which began in September 2017 following Hurricanes Irma and Maria and generated more than 5.77 billion impressions, while showing a measurable improvement in Caribbean cruise bookings, between Oct. 2, 2017 – Oct. 28, 2018.

For initiatives tied to The Bahamas, focused on educating that most of The Bahamas is open, including 14 of its most-visited islands that are welcoming guests every day, and the best way consumers can help is to visit, as of Oct. 11, the efforts have already generated an audience of 78,656,435; 490 media placements; and promoted content with 13,873 clicks, 17,987 engagements and 150,527 video views with 59,357 minutes viewed, on track for more than 200,000 views by the end of October on social media alone – and other planned initiatives including the cover story in Travel & Cruise, the official magazine of the cruise industry, and sponsored e-mail content in partnership with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Additionally, FCCA has remained in constant contact with The Bahamas, while leveraging its resources throughout the industry to help the destination and its people in any way possible, including assisting to coordinate relief efforts and meetings, as well as providing numerous ways for Bahamian locals to further capitalize on the cruise industry’s economic potential.

Many of those opportunities and discussions will be engaged at the upcoming FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest and only official cruise conference and trade show in the Caribbean. With more than 150 high-level executives, including a record number of chairmen and above, from FCCA Member Lines on hand for the series of meetings, workshops and networking opportunities from Oct. 21-25, the #BahamasStrong delegation will have the chance to work directly with the cruise industry, and FCCA has coordinated specialized meetings and events for the delegation.

*For more information about individual FCCA Member Line relief efforts, please visit www.f-cca.com/relief.

About Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA)
Created in 1972, FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issues and builds bilateral relationships with destinations’ private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com and @FCCAupdates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter: 2020 Habitat for Humanity work project to take place in Dominican Republic

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Oct. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Dominican Republic will become the 15th country to host Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, the former U.S. president announced today. The announcement of the November 2020 build came at the conclusion of the 36th Carter Work Project in Nashville.

Former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter mark the announcement of the 2020 Carter Work Project by passing a ceremonial trowel to Cesarina Fabián and Celso Marranzini representing Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic.

Since beginning their work with Habitat for Humanity in 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have helped to build, renovate and repair 4,390 homes in 14 countries alongside more than 104,000 volunteers through their annual work project. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has served more than 22 million people around the world.

“We are honored to host the 2020 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in the Dominican Republic,” said Cesarina Fabián, national director of Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic. “President and Mrs. Carter are shining examples of service. We are so grateful to their commitment to building a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.”

The 2020 build will mark the third time the project has been hosted in the Caribbean. The former president and first lady traveled to Haiti to build alongside homeowners and hundreds of other volunteers in 2011 and 2012.

According to the Dominican Republic’s National Statistics Office, the country faces a deficit of more than 2.1 million housing units, which increases by 50,000-60,000 every year. About 60 percent of the housing deficit is due to the quality and safety of the housing available, and about 40 percent is due to the lack of available homes.

This week in Nashville, the Carters joined hundreds of other volunteers to build 21 new Habitat for Humanity homes. An additional 12 new single-family homes and 26 new townhomes will be constructed by 2021 with support of funding raised for the project. In total, funds raised through the 2019 Carter Work Project will have served 59 Nashville families.

Photos of the Carter Work Project in Nashville and previous projects are available at habitat.ngo/CWPphotos.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic

With the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic empowers families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Since its creation in 1986, Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic has made more than 26,000 housing solutions and impacted around 135,000 people. Habitat Dominican Republic contributes to its country by improving the living conditions of the families that do not have access to a decent place to live, either because they do not own a house or because their housing is not adequate. This goal is achieved through the execution of various programs such as construction of new homes, financial education, response and disaster risk reduction activities, capacity building on construction for families and masons, promoting access to microfinance products for house repair and improvements to low income families with technical construction assistance and the helping hands of volunteers. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitatdominicana.org.

Habitat for Humanity logo.

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Doing Business with the Cruise Industry: Easy as FCCA

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MIRAMAR, Florida, Oct. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Building business and relationships with top executives from FCCA Member Lines, which operate more than 95 percent of the global ocean cruising capacity, will take center stage at the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest and only official cruise conference and trade show in the Caribbean. Taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from Oct. 21-25 and already having the most-ever presidents and above from FCCA Member Lines confirmed in its history, the event will offer meetings and workshops along with networking, exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities for cruise tourism stakeholders to target some of the industry’s most influential players.

“We cannot be more honored and excited to already have the most presidents and above from FCCA Member Lines confirmed in the event’s over 25-year history,” said Michele Paige, president, FCCA. “This is a clear sign of cruise lines’ interest in proactively working with destinations and stakeholders, which is the event’s main goal and reason for creation, and every attendee will have an opportunity to positively impact their cruise tourism business.”

Thirteen presidents and above from FCCA Member Lines have already registered – the most in the event’s history – as part of the more than 100 total high-level executives, with projections calling for more than 150 cruise executives on hand for the Conference’s series of meetings, workshops and networking functions, as well as the Trade Show, which will offer exhibiting opportunities along with a host of private receptions and the most meetings between exhibitors and cruise executives in its history, including the first dedicated session for Trade Show Pavilion holders and Shorex executives.

Additionally, a wealth of opportunities are available to capitalize on the influential audience – from event signage and sponsorships to hosting private functions such as dinner with a selected FCCA Member Line CEO.

For more information and registration, please visit www.F-CCA.com/Conference. For Trade Show and sponsorship opportunities, please e-mail TradeShow@F-CCA.com or call 954-441-8881.

FCCA Member Line Presidents and Above Available for Meeting, Networking and Sponsorship Opportunities Including Private Dinners
Micky Arison, Chairman, Carnival Corporation, FCCA
Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line
Michael Bayley, President & CEO, Royal Caribbean International
Carol Cabezas, COO, Azamara
Arnold Donald, President & CEO, Carnival Corporation
Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line
Roberto Fusaro, President, MSC Cruises USA
Adam Goldstein, Vice Chairman, Royal Caribbean Cruises
Tom McAlpin, President & CEO, Virgin Voyages
Jason Montague, President & CEO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Richard Sasso, Chairman, MSC Cruises USA
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises
Jeff Vahle, President, Disney Signature Experiences

About Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA)
Created in 1972, FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that represents the mutual interests of the cruise industry and destinations’ private and public sectors. By building bilateral relationships with cruise tourism stakeholders and providing them a forum to work with executives from its Member Lines, FCCA fosters bilateral success for all parties. For more information, visit F-CCA.com and @FCCAupdates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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“Everything You Treasure — For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons” Exhibition Shown in Kazakhstan

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan and TOKYO, Oct. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The exhibition “Everything You Treasure — For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons” is on display in the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy in Nur-Sultan (Astana), from October 2 – 13, to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of nuclear weapons testing at the Semipalatinsk nuclear weapons test site and the 10th anniversary of the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia (CANWFZ).

With an estimated 1.5 million of its people suffering the effects of the testing of 456 nuclear weapons at Semipalatinsk over a 40-year period, Kazakhstan is known for its commitment to ridding the world of nuclear weapons. On August 29 this year, it became the 26th country in the world to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Cosponsored by the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy, this showing of “Everything You Treasure” aims to attract support for the nuclear ban treaty and to galvanize further interest in this issue in Central Asia. Kazakhstan is the 21st country in which it has been shown, and this is the first showing in the Russian language.

The exhibition asks viewers to consider how all they treasure in life would be threatened by nuclear weapons. It reexamines the nuclear weapons issue from diverse perspectives including environmental, medical, economic, human rights, energy, spiritual, gender, generational and security aspects.

Amerkhan Rakhimzhanov, Director of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy, Kuanysh Sultanov, Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Kazakhstan, and Hirotsugu Terasaki, Director General of Peace and Global Issues of SGI, spoke at the opening ceremony that was attended by 100 people.

Amerkhan Rakhimzhanov commented, “It is especially exciting for me to hold within this building this traveling exhibition. The Library of the First President deeply values partnerships with both local and international like-minded people.”

In his message to the opening (https://www.daisakuikeda.org/sub/resources/works/lect/20191001-msg-nuke-abol-kazakhstan.html), SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his respect for Kazakhstan’s contributions to nuclear abolition, stating: “Semipalatinsk was the venue for the signing ceremony for the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia. It was also a pivotal site for a popular movement opposing nuclear weapons…, the Nevada-Semipalatinsk Movement that famously developed into a global grassroots effort to ban nuclear weapons testing and nuclear weapons themselves.”

The exhibition “Everything You Treasure — For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons” (https://www.sgi.org/in-focus/2012/eyt-world-free-nuclear-weapons.html) was jointly created by the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist network and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner. It was first shown in 2012 in Hiroshima and has been shown in 90 cities around the world.

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Lamothe Advocates for “Climate-Smart Zones” in the Caribbean

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MIAMI, Sept. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — This week at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, Former Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe, stressed the importance of “Climate-Smart Zones” to mitigate the impact of natural disasters.  Speaking at the Smart Climate Day event hosted by the Monaco Better World Forum (MBWF), Mr Lamothe spoke about how climate change multiplies the power of cyclones and hurricanes. Island states and territories in the Caribbean are extremely vulnerable to extreme weather conditions.

“Haiti is a poster-child for natural disasters and I have experienced first-hand the devastation. Every year the Caribbean braces itself for hurricane season. As a region we need mitigation strategies that better prepare our countries for natural disasters. Large shares of the region’s population live in high-risk areas with weak infrastructure.  Economies rely heavily on sectors sensitive to weather, such as tourism and agriculture, while capacity and resources to manage risk are limited.”

It is for this reason that politicians and philanthropists from the Caribbean established the world’s first “Climate-Smart Zone” and Accelerator. The Accelerator has created an unprecedented coalition including 26 countries and over 40 private and public sector partners which will implement climate solutions for resilience, renewable energy, development of sustainable cities, oceans and transportation. This climate-smart zone will not only protect the region but create jobs and a new economy in climate-smart infrastructure.

The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator was formed in 2017 to strengthen the region’s readiness and response to disasters. Its objective is to help transform the Caribbean economy through fast-tracking sound public and private investment opportunities that support climate action. Building more resilient countries, cities, and industries through partnerships across the public and private sectors, with the goal of creating the world’s first climate-smart zone.

For more information visit https://www.caribbeanaccelerator.org/home

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