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Cummins Power South names Tess Truck & Equipment Sales and Services as an official Cummins Power Generation dealer in the Bahamas

ATLANTA, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – In April of this year, Cummins Power South announced plans for the expansion of its Cummins Power Generation business in the Caribbean.  A vital part of the Caribbean expansion focuses on partnering with local businesses in the area to provide customers with Cummins world class support and exceptional service.  Cummins Power South is pleased to announce Tess Truck & Equipment Sales and Services as the official Cummins Power Generation dealer in the Bahamas.

Tess Truck & Equipment Sales and Services has been in business since the early 1970s providing industrial vehicles and equipment to the Bahama islands through their flagship of Bahamas Mack.   Expanding upon their product offering, Tess Truck & Equipment Sales and Services will now provide the full line of Cummins Power Generation products from residential and light commercial generators to commercial generator sets and power systems.  As the infrastructure in the Bahamas continues to grow, Tess Truck & Equipment Sales & Services, with the support of Cummins Power South, will help meet the energy needs of expanding industries such as healthcare, hospitality, government and water management as well as supply dependable backup emergency power for residential homes and communities throughout the islands.  Tess Truck & Equipment Sales and Services will serve as the main source of Cummins Power Generation sales and service, offering legendary Cummins service as the only certified Cummins Power Generation dealer in the Bahamas.

Detailed information on Cummins Power South and the expansion in the Bahamas may be obtained by visiting the company’s website at www.cumminspowersouth.com/bahamas/ .

Established in 2006, Cummins Power South, LLC is a joint venture distributorship within the Cummins North American Distributor System. Cummins Power South specializes in the sales and service of all Cummins engines, generators and related products within Georgia, Florida, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, as well as selected areas of the Caribbean.  Cummins Power South is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) with service locations in Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, Gainesville, Savannah, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Ocala, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Chattanooga, TN. Additional information about the company may be found at www.cumminspowersouth.com

2nd Annual PanAfrican Entrepreneurs Conference to Convene in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic over Thanksgiving Holiday

Sister Organization of the National Black Chamber of Commerce Brings Entrepreneurs Together in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for Three Days of Extraordinary Networking

NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The second annual PanAfrican Entrepreneurs Conference (PAEC) will convene at the luxurious, all-inclusive Paradisus Palma Real Golf and Spa Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  The conference will be held over the US Thanksgiving holiday, from November 28 to December 1, 2013.

Amongst the invitees are American and foreign business and government officials ready to share insights on some of the conference’s key topics. These hot topics will range from intellectual property, trade secrets, and currency exchange issues to analyzing the anatomy of an international scam and more. “The mission of PAEC is to create an arena for entrepreneurs and business people within the Black Diaspora to meet and further business connections,” says Kay DeBow, president of PAEC, adding that “discussions will consist of policy improvements and issue awareness that will benefit the status of black entrepreneurs internationally.”

PAEC’s project strategies are to promote, help develop and expose procurement opportunities for entrepreneurs. These opportunities include:  infrastructure, energy, water management, agri-business, telecommunications, fashion, logistics, transportation, healthcare, environmental management, bidding/tender/RFP management, IT, and rare minerals.

Conference participants will learn about innovative capital formation through various avenues such as the World Bank, IMF, Export Import Bank, Hermes, Asian Development Bank, Equity Funding, European Union, and others.  Proud of the innovative techniques being showcased at the conference, Harry C. Alford, president/CEO of National Black Chamber of Commerce comments, “Several attendees possess the capacity to fund projects through BOTs (build-operate-transfer) and BOOTs (build-own-operate-transfer) and therefore do not require any investment assistance.”

Entrepreneurs in attendance will be integral to an international discussion on trade policy formation. This discussion will include: AGOA oversight, tariffs and duty relief, US Corrupt Practices Act, best practices in foreign business, DR-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and implications of Whole Foods, General Electric and Walmart in Africa.

This event is open to the public.  Reserve your suite now, early bird discount rates will expire September 30 and October 26 is the final deadline to register at www.panafricanec.org. Conference registration is free, and all food, beverages, gratuities, greens fees, nightly shows and beach activities are included in the hotel suite rate.

UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION AWARDED TO NOTED ARCHITECT RODNEY LEON TO HONOR VICTIMS OF SLAVERY AND THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE

The Winning “Ark of Return” Permanent Memorial Announced By Secretary-General

Ban Ki-moon During Special Ceremony At The United Nations on September 23, 2013

: Judges, Rodney Leon (standing, third from left) and the "Ark of Return," the winning design for the United Nations Permanent Memorial in Honor of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. (Photo: DPI/the U.N.)

Memorial designer Rodney Leon (standing, third from left) along side judges next to model of the “Ark of Return,” the winning design for the United Nations Permanent Memorial in Honor of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. (Photo: DPI / the U.N.)

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY (September 24, 2013) – Rodney Leon Architects announced its winning design of the International Competition for the Permanent Memorial at the United Nations as a significant symbol to remember and honor the victims of slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  The United Nations’ theme for the competition, “Acknowledge the Tragedy, Consider the Legacy, Lest We Forget,” formed the inspiration for Rodney Leon’s winning design entitled The Ark of Return.  Leon’s winning design expresses the cross-cultural and global impact of the slave trade, while honoring those who have died and those who have shared their struggle.

The international competition garnered 310 entrants from 83 countries.  A panel of internationally acclaimed design professionals, artists, and other relevant stakeholders served as jurors. Haitian-American Leon was unanimously chosen from among seven finalists representing countries including China, Columbia, Finland, France, Italy, Portugal and the United States. The competition was launched two years ago by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with support from the UN Department of Public Information’s Remember Slavery Programme, and Member States from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the African Union.  Jamaica serves as Chairman of the Permanent Memorial Committee.

A special Unveiling Ceremony was held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 23, 2013 to recognize the competition’s finalists and officially announce Leon’s winning design. Notable presenters and guests included: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal; Mr. John W. Ashe, President of the 68th session of the General Assembly; Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica; Arnold Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jamaica; Pierre Richard Casimir, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Religion of Haiti; UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova; and Mr. Courtenay Rattray, Chair, Permanent Memorial Committee.

Commenting on winning this groundbreaking competition, Leon noted, “It’s a privilege to have been chosen by the International Design Competition Panel of Judges to honor victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.  I designed The Ark of Return memorial as a sacred space to psychologically and spiritually transport visitors to the United Nations to a place where acknowledgement, education, reflection and healing can take place.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the memorial “will serve as a reminder of the bravery of those slaves, abolitionists and unsung heroes who managed to rise up against an oppressive system, fight for their freedom and end the practice.”

The memorial’s exterior form is constructed in a fashion to reflect the image of a vessel or ship in acknowledgement of the millions of African people transported on slave ships to different parts of the world during the “Middle Passage.”  Images of maps depicting the “Triangular Slave Trade” influenced the use of the triangle as a primary element in designing the memorial’s shape. The memorial is conceptually also organized in three parts and visitors are meant to pass through The Ark of Return to intimately experience three primary elements on the interior space.

Native New Yorker Rodney Leon, the founder and principal of Manhattan-based Rodney Leon Architects PLLC, has an architectural background as a designer on a diversity of projects including memorials, housing, churches and cultural institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Leon received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute School of Architecture and his Masters of Architecture from Yale University. As a graduate student, he served as a teaching assistant for the eminent African art historian professor Robert Farris Thompson and after graduation spent time living and working in the Ivory Coast, West Africa.  Among Leon’s various honors and accolades, in 2005 he was awarded the prestigious commission for design and construction of the African Burial Ground Memorial in New York City, which is the only National Monument in the United States dedicated to the contributions of people of African descent.

As a first generation Haitian-American, Leon is also an active supporter of philanthropic causes benefiting Haiti. He is a founding Board Director of The Haitian Roundtable and serves as a lecturer, media expert and presenter on the subject of Haiti’s reconstruction since the January 2010 earthquake.

For more information regarding the Permanent Memorial at the United Nations to honor victims of slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, please visit www.unslaverymemorial.org.  For more information regarding the award-winning work of Rodney Leon Architects, please visit www.rodneyleon.com

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Dominica Hotelier Issues Third Letter To Four Prime Ministers On LIAT Crisis

CaribPR Wire, PORSTMOUTH, Dominica, Fri. Sept. 13, 2013: Dominica hotelier, Gregor Nassief, has issued a third letter to LIAT, this time to the shareholders of LIAT, the Hon. Prime Ministers Dr. Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda, Freundel Stuart of Barbados, Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica and Dr. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines calling for them to “take ownership” of the airline and the crisis. The letter calls for them to “act in the interest of your citizens, your visitors and your economies” and to “break the cycle of perpetual unaccountability.”  The public complaint is enclosed for publication.

September 13, 2013

Honourable Dr. Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda

Honourable Freundel Stuart of Barbados

Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica

Honourable Dr. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

LIAT (1974) LTD

V.C. Bird International Airport

P O Box 819

Coolidge

Antigua

Dear Shareholder Prime Ministers:

Re:  Take Ownership

My letters of August 11th and August 19th to the LIAT Board and Chairman respectively were written after LIAT’s worse crisis in its 56-year history had stretched into its third month with no clear explanation of the crisis and with no one accepting responsibility despite clear indications of management and planning errors.  It was on that basis that I called for “heads to roll.”   As the crisis now stretches into its fourth month (see latest list of incidents attached) the calls for transparency and accountability have grown louder but remain unanswered.

As the effective “owners” of LIAT, the final decision lies with you.  You can follow the path of LIAT’s leadership and ignore the calls for transparency and accountability or you can take ownership and act in the interest of your citizens, your visitors and your economies.

Perpetual unaccountability

Your CEO’s explanations of the crisis have included a long list of issues (unscheduled maintenance, crew shortages, bad weather, airport limitations, delays in obtaining licenses for operating the new ATR aircraft in some territories, and a dire financial situation due to failure by your governments to deliver on committed finance, difficulty in selling Dash-8 aircraft and a 10 per cent decline in revenue).  He has taken no direct responsibility for the crisis and admitted to no errors, laying the blame on God and You.

In a brazen act of self-preservation and back scratching, your CEO has rejected a call from many, including the Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA), for an independent investigation into the crisis, choosing instead a “full post-mortem on what went wrong,” the objective of which would also be to reward staff for their “heroic duties and human service.”  And those who “dropped the ball” would be identified “for counseling or better training.”

If after a crisis as deep and wide as this, your CEO is allowed to get away with blocking an independent investigation (in which he would surely be the primary target) and throwing some niceties at staff (in order to calm a revolt), then it surely explains the culture of unaccountability that has led to EC$344m in accumulated deficits at the end of 2012 (sure to grow larger in 2013 as a result of the current mess).  Now add to that the gamble of EC$250m+ on the re-fleeting exercise and you end up with a half billion-dollar burden gift-wrapped in perpetual unaccountability that is now your responsibility.

Break the cycle

If no one is ever held accountable, then no matter how bad it is, it doesn’t matter, and so it just keeps getting worst.

As owners, I appeal to you to hold LIAT’s Board and Executive Team to a much higher standard of performance, one that delivers a great customer experience and a solid financial performance.

As owners, I appeal to you to reorganize and restructure the Board of Directors and Executive team and to hold them accountable to achieve the necessary objectives, giving them the autonomy and authority, free from political interference.

As owners, I appeal to you to be owners, to step up and to act in the interest of your citizens, your visitors and your economies and to break the cycle of perpetual unaccountability.

In Closing

As Victor Hugo said, “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”  The idea that LIAT can be and must be an airline that is well managed and delivers a great customer experience and a solid financial performance has come.  Constant disappointment, dismay and disruption must become a thing of the past.  Half billion-dollar burdens on our treasuries must end.

A culture of perpetual accountability and competent leadership must begin.  Take ownership, usher it in.

It is time to care.  It is time for change.  Heads must roll.

Respectfully Yours,

Gregor Nassief

Owner/Director – Secret Bay

Executive Chairman – Fort Young Hotel

LIST OF INCDENTS

On August 19th, LIAT announced its service would be “boosted” by the return to service of one of its two newly acquired ATR aircraft which was grounded in Barbados for about a week due to a technical issue.  On August 27th, LIAT announced that its operations would be “back to normal.”  While the explanations from the CEO vary on the cause of the crisis, it continues unabated.  Here is a list of incidents from August 19th onward, after the service was supposed to be significantly improved:

Date Flight Number First name Incident
Aug 25th LI 565, SJU to DOM Elise 3 hours & 20 minutes late; most bags did not arrive
Aug 18th LI 560, DOM to SJU Sondra 2 hours late
Aug 23rd LI 509, SXM to DOM Michelle Flight cancelled, arrived following day
Aug 30th LI 560, DOM to SJU Michelle 3 hours late, missed connecting flight
Sep 2nd LI 565, SJU to DOM George Flight cancelled 2 successive days, arrived September 4th – luggage arrived 5th
Sep 3rd LI 565, SJU to DOM Taki Flight cancelled, arrived following day, luggage arrived day after
Aug 19th LI 565, SJU to DOM Sue Cancelled, re-routed to Tortola, had to charter a flight to Dominica
Aug 25th LI 565, SJU to DOM Gail 5 hours and 45 minutes late
Aug 29th LI 565, SJU to DOM James Flight cancelled, arrived following day
Aug 23rd LI 509, SXM to DOM Jeff & Elena Flight cancelled, returned to the US as LIAT could not tell them when they could get to Dominica
Aug 24th LI 565, SJU to DOM Group of 6 5 hours late
Aug 29th LI 509, DOM to POS Gregor Cancelled, rerouted via Tortola, arrived 3 hours and 45 minutes late at 2:50 AM
Aug 28th LI 364, BGI to DOM Robert Flight rerouted and arrived 9 hours late
Aug 28th LI 524, BGI to DOM Jeremy 4 hours and 30 minutes late
Sep 2nd LI 565, SJU to DOM Phillip Flight cancelled 2 successive days, arrived September 4th
Aug 31st LI 560, DOM to SJU Mark, Kurt, Linsday, Adrian, Jennifer, Libby Flight left 7 hours late; they all missed their connection in SJU
Aug 28th LI 509, SXM to DOM Brittany 2 Hour Delay
Sep 2nd LIS 565, SJU to DOM Richard & Sarah Flight cancelled, returned to the US as LIAT could not tell them when they could get to Dominica

18 incidents in less than 3 weeks related to one island and connected to one person (the affected passengers include me and those known to me).

Regarding LIAT 565 on September 2nd mentioned above, please read the incredible story on the following page as told to me by a passenger who witnessed it all.

September 2nd.  LIAT 565.  Eye Witness Account.

Monday September 2nd I was to leave San Juan at 3:00 PM on LIAT 565 to Dominica to arrive at 4:30 PM.  After a series of incredible incidents including the physical assault by a LIAT supervisor of a 15-year-old Dominican boy, we finally arrived to Dominica on September 4th at 2:30 AM in the morning.

Here is what I experienced.

Our flight on the 2nd was cancelled, but the other flight from San Juan to Antigua, LIAT 563, left as scheduled at 3:25 PM.  Several passengers on that flight were actually going to Dominica, but via Antigua, and several passengers on our cancelled flight were going to other destinations, but via Dominica.  We were told to return the following day at 11AM in order to travel to Dominica.

The following day, September 3rd, all passengers arrived as they were requested to, and waited and waited and waited.  Only to see again the LIAT 563 leave to Antigua.  We were told that our flight would come in a couple of hours.  An unbelievable incident occurred on the flight to Antigua.   We witnessed a LIAT supervisor force a paying passenger off LIAT 563 in order to give a seat to a LIAT Pilot who was simply desperate to get home.  The woman was distraught.  September 4th in Dominica is the day schools re-open and her three children were waiting on her back in Dominica.  She explained all of this to the supervisor who simply said “Ma’m, we are taking you off this flight.”  The rest of the passengers were aghast – how could LIAT pull off a passenger that had paid for her ticket in order to give a LIAT employee a free ride back home?

The awaiting passengers, now there for over 24 hours and having seen two planes destined for Antigua leave, became very upset and frustrated.  A young boy from Dominica approached the LIAT supervisor, hit his hand down on the desk and began to demand answers.  He had been cool for the last 24 hours, but he was now frustrated.  After a verbal exchange, the LIAT supervisor slapped him.  None of us could believe it.  He tried to keep his cool and asked her how she could hit him.  She replied that he disrespected her.  The police came, and the Boy’s cousin who was present wanted to press charges (hitting a minor is illegal).  Eventually, she agreed not to but demanded that the police make a report of the incident to protect her cousin in the event that LIAT challenged their version of the story.

It was now stretching into our second night, and we all feared no plane was coming.  Then, apparently, the Puerto Rico authorities, viewing us as a security risk, arranged for a LIAT plane to come to get us.  We boarded at 12:45AM and arrived in Dominica at 2:15 AM in the morning, 30+ hours late.  The many passengers who were traveling via Dominica onto other destinations were now stuck at Melville Hall airport at 2:30 AM with nowhere to go.

I later found out the name of the LIAT supervisor was Ivette Santiago Torres.  I hear heads will be rolling.  Include hers, please.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Gregor Nassief is involved in the tourism business in Dominica and the technology business in Latin America.  He is the Owner and Director of Secret Bay, the Executive Chairman of the Fort Young Hotel and the CEO of Tecsys Latin America.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/167821082/Letter-to-LIAT-Shareholders-September-13-2013

International Cocoa Community Convenes In Santo Domingo With A Focus On Sustainability

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Global cocoa sustainability experts and practitioners will gather in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on October 15 – 16 for the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) 24th Partnership Meeting & Cocoa Sustainability Trade Fair. More than 300 guests representing the chocolate and cocoa industry, governments, NGOs, academia, and research institutes from Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, Africa, Asia and Europe will use the occasion to learn about the latest developments in efforts to ensure greater sustainability in the sector.

“The Partnership Meeting is a unique opportunity for the global cocoa community to discuss cocoa livelihoods worldwide,” said Bill Guyton, WCF president. “We’re honored to be hosting the Meeting in the Dominican Republic, and look forward to learning from the Latin America cocoa sector and exploring new opportunities in the region and how it relates to other cocoa-producing regions in West Africa and Southeast Asia.”

The agenda for the Meeting covers topics including Latin America’s role in the global cocoa sector, gender and cocoa, community development in cocoa-growing areas, agroforestry, cocoa genetics, technological advances and more. Speakers for the event feature top sustainability experts from cocoa companies, cocoa producing country governments, non-profit organizations, academia, and more.

The event will take place at the Hotel Occidental El Embajador in Santo Domingo. Running concurrently with the Meeting is WCF’s inaugural Cocoa Sustainability Trade Fair, which will feature information and displays about sustainability efforts being undertaken in the cocoa sector. The event will be followed by site visits to nearby cocoa farms to view on-the-ground sustainability efforts. Sponsors for the event include: Barry Callebaut; Cargill; Mondelez International; ADM Cocoa; The Hershey Company; Ferrero; Rizek Cacao S.A.S.; and Roig Agro-Cacao, S.A, with support from CEI-RD and Olam. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English will be available for the duration of the Meeting.

To register, view the agenda, or learn more about the Partnership Meeting, visit: worldcocoafoundation.org/wcf-partnership-meeting. Participate in the meeting remotely by following #WCFPM on Twitter.

About WCF
WCF is an international membership foundation of more than 100 companies that promotes a sustainable cocoa economy by providing cocoa farmers with the tools they need to grow more and better cocoa, market it successfully, and make greater profits. For more information, visit www.worldcocoa.org.

BROTHER INTERNATIONAL BOLSTERS OFFERING IN LATIN AMERICA WITH INTRODUCTION OF ENTRY LEVEL MONOCHROME LASER PRINTER AND ALL-IN-ONES

New Laser Printer Series for Home and Small Offices Brings “Designed in Japan Quality” to Latin American Consumers and Small Businesses at an Attainable Price

CaribPR Wire, ROSEAU, DOMINICA, (September 9, 2013) Brother International, the office equipment manufacturer world renowned for quality, reliability and value, introduces a new series of monochrome laser printers and all-in-one machines designed specifically for emerging markets around the globe including the Latin American region.  The new series was developed for consumers, entrepreneurs and small business owners who desire more professional looking documents but until now thought the cost was prohibitive.

The new series enhances the Brother offering in the region by adding a line of entry-level laser printers to its already extensive line-up of printers, all-in-ones, scanners and P-touch label makers.  The new series was designed in Japan specifically to enable entrepreneurs and small businesses owners to have a feature-rich machine at an affordable price.  In addition, the compact stylish design can fit in any home or small office where space is at a premium.

“The new laser series gives consumers the opportunity to afford a laser product from a company world renowned for its quality and reliability,” said Don Cummins, Senior Vice President of Brother International.  “This expansion to our current line of office technology products shows our ongoing commitment to the region by providing quality products for every office need and budget.”

The new series consist of a single function printer (HL-1112), a three-in-one (DCP-1512) and four-in-one (MFC-1810) to meet any document output need.  They offer fast print speeds of up to 21 ppm as well as a high quality output of up to 2400 x 600dpi.  In addition, the machines use economical replacement toners and feature a Toner Save Mode to help save money throughout ownership.  Brother International also provides a one-year limited warranty on all machines as well as free phone support for the life of the product.

In addition to the features available on all of the printers, the DCP-1512 and the MFC-1810 also provide fast, stand-alone copying (no computer required), a high resolution glass flatbed scanner, and a 150 sheet  capacity paper tray that holds up to  legal size paper.  The MFC-1810 four-in-one, featuring fax capability, has a 10-page capacity auto document feeder for easy copying, scanning and faxing.

New Monochrome Laser Printer and All-in-Ones

HL-1112

  • Paper tray holds up to 150 sheet capacity for legal sized paper
  • Stylish, space saving design to fit virtually anywhere
  • High-quality output at up to 2400 x 600 dpi
  • Toner Save mode option for less critical business documents
  • Economical, low cost replacement toner1
  • Designed in Japan for reliability
  • Fast printing speeds of up to 21 ppm2
  • 1 year limited warranty; toll-free technical support for the life of the machine

DCP-1512

All the same features as the HL-1112, plus:

  • High-quality scanning with resolutions up to 19,200 x 19,200 dpi
  • Stand-alone copying; ID copy and reduce/enlarge documents from 25-400% in 1% increments
  • Convenient flatbed for easy copying and scanning to email, file and image

MFC-1810

All the same features as the DCP-1512, plus:

  • Fax capability
  • 10-page capacity auto document feeder for easy copying, scanning and fax

About Brother

Brother International Corporation is one of the premier providers of products for the home, home office and office. The company currently markets many industrial products, home appliances and business products manufactured by its parent company, Brother Industries, Ltd. of Nagoya, Japan.  These products include an award-winning line of Multi-Function Center® machines and printers. Brother also provides a line of facsimile machines and is the leader in electronic labeling, with its full line of P-touch® Electronic Labeling Systems. For more information you can visit the website at www.latinamerica.brother.com.

NOTE: All trademarks and registered trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective companies.

1Additional purchase required.

2 PPM speed is based in printing in FAST mode and excludes time to complete first page and will vary depending on a variety of factors.

Digicel selects NAAP Global Solutions to provide Telecom Asset Management Software in the Caribbean

–        The agreement includes the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadalupe and the French Guiana

–        The NAAP´s Asset Management portfolio enables telecommunications companies to optimize and reduce their operational costs.

CaribPR Wire, Martinique, September 5, 2013.- Digicel has selected the NAAP Software(c) platform for their operation in Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana,. This Program is multi-modular asset lifecycle software that helps telecom operators to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs.

The NAAP Software(c) is one component of a complete array of services branded as NAAP Solution [TM], which provides as well 3D laser scanning of Telecommunication Sites and barcoding and network asset Inventory.

With the techniques of NAAP Global Solutions, Digicel will maximize the tracking and management of 350 telecom sites, drastically reducing operating expenses. Under the agreement, this solution will also include conducting a detailed inventory of over 50,000 installed telecommunications assets, barcoding and high definition 3D laser scanning.

Donato Van Splunteren, Vice President of Sales of NAAP Global Solutions, commented: “In Digicel we identified a real need and we positioned NAAP as the unified solution that will give them visibility and control over their assets.  Upon project completion, Digicel will have an operational tool that will enable the company to have a consolidated view of assets that are deployed in distant geographical territories, simplifying and empowering the decision making process.  Furthermore, NAAP offers flexibility: customers have the choice between two business models of NAAP (Purchase Licenses or Software as a Service). The implementation is modular and it offers professional services in order to assist the organization in its own implementation, and the ability to customize and develop customer-specific solutions. Once we are done with the implementation, Digicel will have all asset related information readily available to be useful to them from day one.”

ABOUT NAAP GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

Based in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, NAAP has been able to establish itself as a leading company in telecommunications asset managing in the region, with operators tracking assets through the NAAP Software platform in over 15 countries.

The innovative program NAAP Global Solutions enables operators to address the growing need for Telecom operational support systems (OSS) and expense management (TEM).

For more information about the company, visit: http://www.naapsolution.com

ABOUT DIGICEL

Digicel Group Limited is a leading global communications provider with operations in 31 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After 12 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$4.5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

Digicel runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.

Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams and individuals including the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt and Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel also sponsors the West Indies cricket team.  Since 2012, Digicel has been the title sponsor of the Myanmar Football Federation and the Myanmar Special Olympics Federation.

Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.

Digicel sélectionne NAAP Global Solutions pour fournir le logiciel spécialisé de gestion des actifs de telecom dans les Caraïbes

–        L’accord inclut les îles des Caraïbes suivantes : la Martinique, la Guadeloupe et la Guyane française

–        La gestion du portefeuille des actifs de NAAP permet aux entreprises de télécommunications d’optimiser et de réduire leurs coûts d’exploitation.

CaribPR Wire, Martinique, septembre 05, 2013.- Digicel a sélectionné la plate-forme du logiciel(c) NAAP pour leur activité en Martinique, Guadeloupe et Guyane française. Ce programme est un logiciel multi-modulaire du cycle de vie des actifs qui aide les opérateurs de télécoms à améliorer l’efficacité opérationnelle et de réduire les coûts.

Le Logiciel(c) NAAP est un élément d’un éventail trés complet des services de la marque de NAAP Solution [TM], qui fournit aussi le balayage au laser 3D des Sites de télécommunications, codages à barres et l’inventaire du réseau des actifs.

Avec les techniques de NAAP Global Solutions, Digicel maximisera le suivi et la gestion des 350 sites de télécom, réduisant drastiquement les dépenses d’exploitation. En vertu de l’accord, cette solution comprendra également la réalisation d’un inventaire détaillé de plus de 50 000 actifs de télécommunications installés, du codage a barres et du balayage en 3D de haute définition

Donato Van Splunteren, vice-président des ventes de NAAP Global Solutions, a commenté : « A Digicel, nous avons identifié un besoin réel et nous avons positionné NAAP comme étant la solution unifiée qui leur donnera une visibilité et un contrôle sur leurs actifs. À la fin du projet, Digicel aura un outil opérationnel qui permettra à l’entreprise d’avoir une vue consolidée des actifs qui sont déployées dans les territoires géographiques éloignés, simplifiant et en valorisant le processus de la prise de décision  En outre, NAAP offre de la flexibilité : les clients ont le choix entre deux modèles d’affaires de NAAP (acheter des licences ou des logiciels comme service). L’éxecution est modulaire et offre des services professionnels afin d’aider l’organisation de sa propre mise en œuvre et la possibilité de personnaliser et de développer des solutions spécifiques au client. Dans le cas de Digicel, une fois que nous avons terminé la mise en œuvre, ils auront toutes les informations associés aux actifs immédiatement disponibles afin de leur être utile dès le premier jour. »

A PROPOS DE NAAP GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

Basé à Tortola, îles Vierges britanniques, NAAP a su s’imposer comme une entreprise leader dans la gestion des actifs de télécommunications de la région.

Le programme novateur NAAP Global Solutions permet aux opérateurs de répondre aux besoins croissant des systèmes d’assistance opérationnels des télécom (Operational support system OSS) et de la gestion des dépenses (TEM).

Pour plus d’informations sur l’entreprise, visitez : http://www.naapsolution.com

A PROPOS DE DIGICEL

Digicel Group Limited est l’un des principaux fournisseurs de communications dans le monde avec des activités sur 31 marchés dans les Caraïbes, l’Amérique centrale et l’Asie Pacifique. Après 12 années d’exploitation, l’investissement total à ce jour s’élève à plus 4,5 milliards US$ dans le monde entier. L’entreprise est renommée pour fournir le meilleur rapport qualité/prix, le meilleur service et le meilleur réseau.

Digicel gère une grande quantité d’initiatives communautaires dans ses marchés et a mis en place les fondations Digicel en Jamaïque, Haïti, Papouasie, Nouvelle-Guinée et Trinidad et Tobago qui mettent l’accent sur les programmes de développement éducatif, culturel et social.

Digicel est le principal sponsor d’équipe de sport collectif et individuelle des Caraïbes, d’Amérique centrale et Pacifique dont l’homme le plus rapide du monde, Usain Bolt et d’équipes olympiques spéciaux d’un bout à l’autre de ces régions. Digicel parraine également l’équipe de cricket des Antilles.  Depuis 2012, Digicel est le sponsor de titre de la fédération du football de Myanmar et de la fédération de Jeux Olympiques spéciaux de Myanmar.

Visitez www.digicelgroup.compour plus d’informations.

BRAVO LEADS WEST INDIES SUPERSTARS IN SOUTH PACIFIC STORM

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PHOTO: L-R: Current West Indies Cricket one-day international Captain and global T20 superstar, Dwayne Bravo, former West Indies Captain Richie Richardson and West Indies fast bowler, Kemar Roach.


CaribPR, LONDON, England, Tues. Sept. 3, 2013: Current West Indies Cricket one-day international Captain and global T20 superstar, Dwayne Bravo, has signed an exclusive deal to act as development mentor and ambassador for a number of cricket advancement initiatives in the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea.

In his mentor and ambassadorship roles, Bravo will visit International Cricket Council, (ICC) Associate Member nation Papua New Guinea (PNG), next week, to participate in the ICC Award-winning “Don’t Drink and Drive Legends Bash,” a joint venture campaign sponsored by Cricket PNG and Pacific MMI Insurance.

This will kick-off Bravo’s PNG cricket advancement initiatives, ahead of the country’s Independence Day celebratory weekend. The famed all-rounder will be joined by fellow West Indian cricketing superstars, Kemar Roach and Richie Richardson, who both also will fly into the capital city of Port Moresby, next week.

The deal will see Bravo make sponsored visits across schools, academies and rural communities throughout greater Port Moresby, to motivate and inspire youth through cricket, assist with cricket development programs and mentor a flourishing influx of hard-hitting national and international-level Papua New Guinean cricketers, whose star performers have recently been under the keen scrutiny of global T20 leagues for their effortless impressive stroke play.

Bravo, supported by Roach and Richardson, will also launch Cricket PNG’s inaugural entry into the South Australian Cricket Association, (SACA) T20 Premier League, making Cricket PNG the first ever international team to enter the new Australian competition, due to get underway in September.

The thrilling West Indian trio, who between them hold remarkable amounts of accolades in international cricket, will be honoured at a VIP Gala Dinner in Port Moresby, which will be attended by the country’s ministers of Parliament, top dignitaries and other high-profile corporate and business sector leaders.

Cricket PNG’s CEO, Greg Campbell, a former Australian Test cricketer and uncle to iconic Australian cricketing superstar Ricky Ponting, said he reached out to Bravo’s Representative, Emma Everett, in a bid to request that the top cricketer play role of mentor and ambassador to PNG’s gifted international squad and the country’s cricketing framework at large..

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Cricket PNG CEO Greg Campbell at left.

“Papua New Guinea is a cricket-mad nation and our team have historically always looked up to West Indies cricketers,” said Campbell. “In fact, the West Indies were the first international team to tour PNG back in 1975 and our cricketers look to emulate their entertaining style of play and their spirit of the game. We wanted to align our top players with a mentor and a powerful global superstar who could inspire them with his presence and his invaluable international experience and guidance. Dwayne Bravo has achieved incredible heights of success within both West Indies Cricket and on a global platform, and as the current Captain of the West Indies ODI squad, we felt he was the perfect candidate.”

He added that Cricket PNG is participating in a number of crucial cricket advancement initiatives and their players and the public are elated at the forthcoming arrival of Bravo, Roach and Richardson on their shores.

“The atmosphere and excitement in the air that Dwayne Bravo, Kemar Roach and Richie Richardson are coming to town, has been astonishing,” said Campbell.

Bravo echoed the Cricket PNG CEO’s sentiments saying: “Advancing the game of cricket in developing nations of the world is something I have always wanted to become involved in. A cricketer today is a role model to millions and I wanted to use this opportunity to pass my knowledge, skills and expertise onto promising new talent and use my own experiences and leadership aptitude, to motivate youth across the world.”

Roach and Richardson agreed that visiting Papua New Guinea ahead of the country’s Independence Day celebratory weekend, in particular, would bring forth poignant memories of a world championship West Indies team from 1975, who were back then, the first international team to visit the South Pacific nation, and on that occasion too, during the country’s Independence Day celebrations.

Papua New Guinea is the strongest team in the ICC’s East Asia/Pacific region, having won Gold in the South Pacific Games on every occasion the tournament has taken place, to date. They have also played in every ICC Trophy tournament since its inception in 1979 and remain undefeated in EAP events since 2008 and command positions of T20 and 50 over Champions, respectively.

The first program of the Dwayne Bravo led PNG cricket advancement initiatives, will take place on Thursday 12th September, in Port Moresby.

SKIN CANCER DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE

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baptisthealthCaribPR Wire, MIAMI, Fla. – August 28, 2013: An aggressive form of skin cancer silenced the living voice of Bob Marley, the legendary reggae star, who died more than three decades ago in Miami. Marley’s musical legacy endures with sad notes about skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Every year more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed, the EPA reports.

No one is immune.  Asians, non-white Latinos, and people of African or mixed descent can develop melanoma and other forms of skin cancer—and are doing so at increasing rates, according to national statistics.

Due to the myth of melanoma immunity—outdated beliefs held by some patients and even doctors—people of color may not be diagnosed with skin cancer until it’s almost too late, when the disease is more dangerous and difficult to treat.  Delays in treatment can be fatal.

As was the case with Marley.

“What was dismissed as a soccer injury under his toenail turned out to be an aggressive form of melanoma that ultimately caused his death at 36,” the Skin Cancer Foundation reports.

Dorsey Goosby, M.D., a Board-certified pediatrician and chief medical officer at Homestead Hospital suggests that everyone, no matter what their skin color is, use broad spectrum sunscreens with sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and follow other sun-safety guidelines..

“We have a sun culture. We enjoy the outdoors. But we have to be careful and understand the potential harm of UV rays,” Dr. Goosby said. “The harm is accumulative. The sun damage from last summer is added to the sun damage from this summer, which will be added to next summer’s sun exposure.”

Dr. Goosby recommends these steps:

  • Limit your exposure to the sun, especially from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., even on cloudy days.
  • Cover up with hats, sleeves, or tightly woven clothing.
  • Reapply sunscreen regularly. Use and reapply sunscreen every two hours when you are outdoors or in the water.
  • Inspect your skin for new blemishes, moles and marks. Encourage other family members to do the same.

Dr. Goosby also tells parents to pay close attention to their child’s skin. “Every child should have an annual head-to-toe skin examination,” Dr. Goosby said. “No one is immune.”

About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. It includes Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, South Miami Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Doctors Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Mariners Hospital and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health.

About Baptist Health International

Baptist Health International is one of the largest hospital-based 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 the Baptist Health South Florida 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 concierge services.

AT&T 4G LTE Available In Jayuya

As Part of AT&T’s Project VIP Investment, Customers to Benefit From Nation’s Fastest and Most Reliable 4G LTE Network on the Latest Devices


JAYUYA, Puerto Rico, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – AT&T* has turned on the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network** in Jayuya, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. Watch here to see several of the benefits AT&T 4G LTE provides, including:

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  • Faster speeds. LTE technology is capable of delivering speeds faster than many other mobile Internet technologies***. Customers can stream, download, upload and game faster than ever before.
  • Reliability. AT&T not only has the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network, but now also has the most reliable 4G LTE network. According to independent third-party data, AT&T has the highest success rate for delivering mobile content across nationwide 4G LTE networks.
  • Cool new devices. AT&T offers several LTE-compatible devices, including new AT&T 4G LTE smartphones and tablets.
  • Faster response time. LTE technology offers lower latency, or the processing time it takes to move data through a network, such as how long it takes to start downloading a webpage or file once you’ve sent the request. Lower latency helps to improve services like mobile gaming, two-way video calling and telemedicine.
  • More efficient use of spectrum. Wireless spectrum is a finite resource, and LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than other technologies, creating more space to carry data traffic and services and to deliver a better network experience.

“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Jayuya responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, reliably, on the best devices,” said AT&T Regional Vice President for Puerto Rico & USVI Ray Flores.

AT&T’s 4G Network
This launch is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. Through this investment, AT&T is supporting its customers’ growing desire for high-speed Internet access and new mobile, app and cloud-based services. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to add more than 10,000 macro cell sites nationwide by year-end 2015, as well as deploy more than 40,000 small cells and add more than 1,000 Distributed Antenna Systems to increase the density of its wireless network.

AT&T’s innovation and investment has resulted in a nationwide 4G network with ultra-fast speeds and a consistent user experience. The great performance of AT&T’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network continues to be validated by independent third-party testing:

  • Our 4G LTE service was recognized as having faster average download and upload speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld/TechHive’s most recent 20-market speed tests — the second consecutive year that AT&T has ranked first overall. PCWorld/TechHive also ranked AT&T’s as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested.****
  • And AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study — and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.*****

Even as AT&T continues to expand its 4G LTE coverage, customers can get 4G speeds outside of 4G LTE areas on our 4G HSPA+ network, unlike some competitors, where smartphone customers may fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.

AT&T’s focus to deliver the best possible mobile Internet experience goes beyond 4G to embrace additional connection technologies. AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network******* including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 402,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

AT&T also is a leading developer of Distributed Antenna Systems, which utilize multiple small antennas to maximize coverage and speed within stadiums, convention centers, office buildings, hotels and other areas where traditional coverage methods are challenging.

Over the past five years, AT&T invested nearly $98 billion into its wireless and wireline networks across the country. Since 2008, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. In a July 2012 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. “Investment Heroes.”

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Speed claim based on a comparison of U.S. national carriers’ average 4G LTE download speeds for Android™ and Windows smartphones and iPhone 5. Reliability claim compares data transfer completion rates on nationwide 4G LTE networks. 4G speeds not available everywhere.
*** 4G LTE device and data plan required. Learn more about 4G LTE at
att.com/network.
**** PCWorld/TechHive, May 23, 2013, “AT&T clocks best overall speeds with 3G/4G combo”
***** PC Magazine, June 17, 2013;
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2420333,00.asp
******* A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See
www.attwifi.com for details and locations.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T │DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

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