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Rick Waugh announces his retirement from Scotiabank effective January 31, 2014; Brian Porter to take on role of President and CEO effective November 1, 2013

TORONTO, May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Scotiabank Chief Executive Officer Rick Waugh today announced his intention to retire as CEO effective November 1, 2013 after 10 years in the role and 43 years with the Bank.  He will remain a Director of the Board and assume the role of Deputy Chairman of the Bank until January 31, 2014.

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The Board of Directors has appointed Brian Porter to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer effective November 1, 2013.  Brian was appointed to the role of President on November 1, 2012, and just prior to that was Group Head, International Banking, overseeing all of the Bank’s personal, small business and commercial banking operations in more than 55 countries outside of Canada. Brian was also Scotiabank’s Group Head of Global Risk Management and Treasury.   He joined Scotiabank in 1981, and has held a variety of other management positions, including Deputy Chairman of Global Banking and Markets.

“Rick Waugh has guided Scotiabank through a period of tremendous growth, generating exceptional returns for shareholders and employees during some very turbulent times. His focus on customers, diversification, emerging markets and risk management along with his strong values, has shaped the growth and direction of the Bank over the last ten years,” said John Mayberry, Chairman of the Board.

The Board expressed its confidence in Brian Porter appointing him President in November 2012.  Mayberry added, “We are pleased to take the next step in succession today by confirming him in the role of President and CEO effective November 1, 2013.   Brian has a tremendous range of experience across the Bank, including the critical role of Chief Risk Officer. The Board is confident in Brian’s ability to continue to produce strong results and build on the straightforward and proven business model that has worked so well for customers, shareholders and employees.”

“I want to congratulate Brian Porter on his appointment to President and Chief Executive Officer,” said Rick Waugh, CEO, Scotiabank.  “He has had an exceptional career at Scotiabank.  Brian and the management team bring the right experience, values and culture to ensure our Bank’s continued success.”

“It is a distinct privilege to have been entrusted with the role of President and Chief Executive Officer, and I would like to thank the Board of Directors and Rick Waugh for their confidence in my ability to continue to deliver superior, consistent and predictable results for all of our stakeholders,” said Brian Porter, President, Scotiabank.

Scotiabank is a leading multinational financial services provider and Canada’s most international bank. With more than 83,000 employees, Scotiabank and its affiliates serve some 19 million customers in more than 55 countries around the world. Scotiabank offers a broad range of products and services including personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking. In December 2012, Scotiabank became the first Canadian bank to be named Global Bank of the Year and Bank of the Year in the Americas by The Banker magazine, a Financial Times publication. With assets of $754 billion (as at April 30, 2013), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York Exchanges (BNS). For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com.

For further information:

Diane Flanagan diane.flanagan@scotiabank.com (416) 933-2176
Ann DeRabbie ann.derabbie@scotiabank.com (416) 933-1344

The Definitive Caribbean Investment Forum Returns To New York City This June

may24thinviteCaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 24, 2013: The countdown is on to the Avalon Invest Caribbean Now forum, the definitive Caribbean investment meeting and the most promoted item on the Caribbean Week calendar, set for June 5th from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Martinique, 49 West 32nd Street at Broadway in New York City.

With over 1,000 media placements already including on the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg and Reuters, the conference remains true to its goal of matching international financial influencers with government officials and policy makers from “Paradise,” the last emerging market on earth.

Speakers and panelists confirmed for ICN 2013 are:

Anthony Eterno, U.S. State Department

Dr. Rufus Ewing, Premier Turks & Caicos Islands, (TCI)

Washington Misick, Finance Minister, Turks & Caicos Islands

Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Chairman, Caribbean Tourism Organization, (CTO) and Commissioner Tourism, USVI

Alan Lowenstein, managing director, Wedgewood Investment Group

E.Jay Saunders, CEO, Digicel TCI

Heather Floissac, managing director, Belle Vue Properties Ltd

Brian Lilly, CEO, Lilly Broadcasting and One Caribbean Television

Adam Goldstein, president, Royal Caribbean International

Miguel Reyna, director, port business development and asset management, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Dr. Grace Lappin, managing director, Avalon Partners

Xiaoguang Liu, consul in charge of economic & commercial affairs of the Consulate General of China in New York

Jianxin Lin, president of American Chinese Commerce Development Association, (ACCDA)

Li Li, managing director of the Chinese American Business Development Center, (CABDC)

Ganesh Ramanathan, creative director, Hard Beat Communications

Felicia Persaud, CMO, Hard Beat Communications.

Government attendees will include:

John Percy de Jongh, Jr,   Governor, US Virgin Islands

Hubert Hughes, Chief Minister, Anguilla

Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister Tourism & International Transport, International Trade, Industry, Commerce & Consumer Affairs, St. Kitts

Lorne Theophilus, Minister Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, St. Lucia

Stephen Cadiz, Minister Tourism, Trinidad & Tobago

Assemblyman Tracy Davidson-Celestine, Deputy Chief Secretary and Secretary, Division of Tourism and Transportation of Tobago

Mark Brantley, Minister Tourism, Nevis

Nicolaas Sneek, Commissioner St. Eustatius

Hugh Riley, secretary general, Caribbean Tourism Organization, (CTO).

Private sector representatives will include senior executives from JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, Nomura, CIBC World Capital, Ibis Investments, Aegis Capital, Portfolio Credit Management Limited, DHL, Marriott International, Spackman Capital, Royal Caribbean Cruise, Ltd., One Caribbean Television, Avalon Partners, Digicel, TCI, Scotiabank TCI and Sun Realty among others.

A VIP only reception for sponsors, speakers, panelists and special guests will precede the forum on June 4th at the Yale Club and will be sponsored by The Turks & Caicos Islands Investment Agency.

Tickets at US$185 are available only through May 24th for the June 5th forum at http://investcaribbeannow.com/registration/

The coveted 2013 ICN Leadership Award will be presented to Royal Caribbean International.

Invest Caribbean Now is organized annually by The Caribbean Tourism Organization and digital media solutions company, Hard Beat Communications, during Caribbean Week in New York.

ICN 2013 is sponsored by marquee sponsor Avalon Partners; gold sponsors, The Turks & Caicos Islands Investment Agency and Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd; bronze sponsor, One Caribbean Television and supporting sponsors, The Chinese American Business Development Center, the American Chinese Commerce Development Association and No-Jet-Lag.

2013 media partners are: The PR Newswire, CaribPR Wire, News Americas Now, WINN FM of St. Kitts, South Florida Caribbean, Caribseek, Antigua Tribune, Bahamas Spectator, Barbados Gazette, British Caribbean News, Caribbean ET Roundup, Caribbean Financials, Cuba Chronicle, Dominica Gazette, Dominican Republic Post, Dutch Caribbean News, French Caribbean News, Grenada Chronicle, Guyana Inquirer, Haiti Gazette, Jamaica Inquirer, Puerto Rico Tribune, St. Kitts Gazette, St. Lucia Chronicle, St. Vincent Tribune, Trinidad Tribune, the Bajan Reporter , The Bahamas Weekly and Bahamas Local.

Invest Caribbean Now Only Caribbean Investment Forum Confirmed For 2013

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CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues April 2, 2013: Following an announcement cancelling the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference, (CHTIC), Invest Caribbean Now 2013, (ICN 2013), officials reiterated this week that ICN 2013 is going strong and on for June 4 and 5th in New York City.  ICN 2013 is now the only investment forum on the Caribbean region confirmed for 2013.

Grace Lappin, managing director of Avalon Partners and the marquee sponsor of Invest Caribbean Now 2013, said ICN is the definitive investment forum which has brought together over 600 high powered investors and Caribbean government officials in the past two years. This year it is returning in an expanded form, with a June 4th pre-forum VIP cocktail reception at The Yale Club and the major event the following morning at the Radisson Martinique Hotel.

Lappin said ICN 2013 is saddened to hear of the cancellation of CHIC, but insisted that the ICN 2013 forum is more than ready to fill the void by providing a platform to connect overseas businesses and investors with investment opportunities in the Caribbean. This year’s expanded format will ensure organizers reach their goal of boosting foreign direct investment in the region through ICN’s exclusive match-making platform.

“The event will begin on June 4th from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Yale Club with a private VIP cocktail reception while the June 5th forum will see ICN2013 focus on real investment opportunities in this emerging market from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Radisson Martinique hotel in NYC.  Targeted discussions and panel presentations will include a spotlight on the Turks & Caicos Islands; attention to the Jamaica Stock Exchange as well as an exploration of opportunities across the region,” said Lappin. “Real estate and marina development options will also be shared while our major corporate awardee will be announced.”

Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Joe Bernstein at joe@investcaribbeannow.com or logging on to ICN’s brand new website at Investcaribbeannow.com.

Limited tickets for the June 5th forum are available. Register today at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=7phqhyn6&oeidk=a07e6oz57kp0f880fbe

Media partners for ICN 2013 are: One Caribbean Television, The PR Newswire, CaribPR Wire, News Americas Now, Caribbean Lifestyle Communications of Trinidad, WINN FM of St. Kitts, South Florida Caribbean, Caribseek, Antigua Tribune, Bahamas Spectator, Barbados Gazette, British Caribbean News, Caribbean ET Roundup, Caribbean Financials, Cuba Chronicle, Dominica Gazette, Dominican Republic Post, Dutch Caribbean News, French Caribbean News, Grenada Chronicle, Guyana Inquirer, Haiti Gazette, Jamaica Inquirer, Puerto Rico Tribune, St. Kitts Gazette, St. Lucia Chronicle, St. Vincent Tribune, Trinidad Tribune, the Bajan Reporter and The Bahamas Weekly.

Supplementary information on the event can be found on the event’s pages on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/invest.caribbean and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/InvestingCarib

2013 Caribbean ADDY Winners Announced After Historic Submission Record

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CaribPR Wire, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Fri. Mar. 8, 2013: The Caribbean Advertising Federation, (CAF), President, Renae Quinton with Electric Villages, Inc., in Barbados today announced the 2013 Caribbean Advertising Federation ADDY Award winners in a release to media, members and entrants.

The CAF is a member of the American Advertising Federation, (AAF), which represents thousands of advertising companies in the United States and the Caribbean. The ADDY Awards are sponsored by the AAF and are the advertising industry’s most comprehensive and prestigious competition recognizing creative excellence in numerous categories of various media types.

This year’s 678 entries were judged from over 37 different companies representing Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, Grand Cayman and Puerto Rico.

The 2013 Best of Show Overall winner.

The 2013 Best of Show Overall winner.

2013’s Best of Awards went to four different companies, with the coveted overall “2013 Best of Show” Award going to Everything Slight Pepper for the 3ZERO Rum bottle package design.

The judges, Gina Nacey, Creative Strategist with Adventure™ in Minnesota and Mike Rainy, Chief Creative Officer of Zehnder in Louisiana, and Interactive Judge Charles Rosenberger with MLB Creative felt the 3Zero high shouldered bottle to have elegant typography, excellent design of the bottle, dimensional label, cap, cork and seal.

Best of Print went to McCann Puerto Rico for The State Election Commission Poster Series. Best of TV to Collier, Morrison, Belgrave for Stag Santana Series Campaign, Best of Radio to Valdez & Torry for Lockhead Bake and Clutch “Beans” and Best of Interactive to Rostant DDB for  for Myenergytt.com web site for Trinidad & Tobago Energy Company.

The judges also awarded special recognition for Best Copywriting to Ross for Hoop of Life TV “for a flawless script;” Best Musical Score to Generousitas to Guardian Radio for incorporating  devices and gadgetry like listening to an episode of 24;” Best Illustration to Bepperton Entertainment Productions for Poppitz The Frog Who Flew because “every page was beautiful with phenomenal styling and creating a virtual environment for the mind;” Best Art Direction to OMG for Digital Voice – How I Roll for “subtle, elegant art direction” and Best Packaging to 3Zero Rum bottle.

An Award for best cultural diversity, The Mosaic Award, was given to Ross Advertising for “FireOne Independence Day Ad.”

Red Advertising & Marketing Ltd. from Barbados took the most awards with 15 Gold and 9 silver. Ross Advertising from Trinidad took 21 total awards; McCann Trinidad took 17; Generousitas from Jamaica 17, and Valdez & Torry 13, plus the Best of Radio award.

2013 ADDY Chairperson, Terri Brown with MLB Creative in St. Thomas, reported that entries increased by 58% over last year and the number of companies entering rose from 24 to 37.

CAF President Renae Quinto

CAF President Renae Quinton

President Renae Quinton was present at the judging in St. Thomas. “It is very inspiring to see such a huge collection of outstanding work created in the region,” said Quninton. “I am very impressed by the quality of work. The CAF had more entries than any other club in the 4th District of Florida. As a result, we are sending more than 150 entries on to compete in the next level of awards, the District competition. We expect many of those entries to move on and compete in the top tier, the National ADDY competition, bringing even greater exposure to the creative talent in the Caribbean.”

The Caribbean Advertising Federation is the first and only non-American member of the American Advertising Federation and is part of the 4th District of Florida and the Caribbean. For membership information and entry materials for the 2012 competition, email Terri Brown at terri@mlbcreative.com.

Top awards were:

2013 Best of Show Overall:

Everything Slight Pepper — 3Zero Rums Packaging

2013 Best of Show TV:

Collier Morrison Belgrave — Stag Santana Series

2013 Best of Show Radio:

Valdez & Torry International — Lockheed & Brake Clutch Interview

2013 Best of Show Print:

McCann Erickson Puerto Rico – State Election Commission

2013 Best of Show Interactive:

Rostant DDB – MyenergyTT.com Website

Judges’ Choice for Outstanding Copywriting:

Ross Advertising — “Hoop of Life” TV

Judges’ Choice for Outstanding Music:

Generousitas — “Guardsman” Audio

Judges’ Choice for Illustration:

Bepperton Entertainment Productions — Poppitz, the frog who flew

Judges’ Choice for Best Art Direction:

OGM Communications Limited — Digital Value “How I Roll”

Judges’ Choice for Best Packaging:

Everything Slight Pepper — 3Zero Rums Packaging

2013 Mosaic Award:

Ross Advertising — FireOne Independence Day Ad

Boxing legend Lennox Lewis, leading Canadian cardiologist Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay, former Ontario Cabinet Minister Mary Anne Chambers and The University of Toronto among honourees for The University of the West Indies fourth annual Toronto Benefit Gala Saturday, May 11, 2013

TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The University of the West Indies (UWI) today announced the honorees for its fourth annual Toronto Benefit Gala, which includes: Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay – renowned cardiologist, community leader, and philanthropist, Dr. The Honourable Lennox Lewis – boxing legend, Dr. Upton Allen – physician and Division Head at Sick Kids Hospital, Nicholas Brathwaite – PETNA co-founder, Dr. The Honourable Mary Anne Chambers – former Ontario Cabinet Minister, Dr. The Honourable Professor Jamal Deen – McMaster University, Honourable Douglas Orane, non-Executive Chairman, GraceKennedy Limited; Ms. Brigitte Shim – celebrated Canadian architect and the University of Toronto.

The UWI Toronto Benefit Gala will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, and hosted by Vice-Chair for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and renowned motivational speaker Michael “Pinball” Clemons and CTV anchor and Arts & Entertainment reporter Andria Case.

Under the theme Light, Learning and Liberty and the patronage of the Hon. G. Raymond Chang, OJ (Order of Jamaica), the UWI Toronto Benefit Gala raises funds for scholarships for outstanding academic achievers in the Caribbean, who are in great need of assistance.  Since the inaugural gala three years ago, 75 scholarships have been awarded.

The event also recognizes the outstanding and tireless work of community leaders. Past honorees include: award winning author Malcolm Gladwell, Dr. The Honourable Harry Belafonte; The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Former Deputy Chief of Toronto police Mr. Keith L. Forde, Mr. David Rudder; Hon. Michael Lee-Chin OJ, Olympian Mr. Donovan Bailey, leading professor of medicine Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong, Ryerson University and the University Health Network.

Awards in three categories will be presented during the evening to outstanding leaders of Caribbean and Canadian heritage. Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay, who provides spiritual and medical guidance in the community, and Lennox Lewis, retired boxer and undisputed world heavyweight champion are the recipients of the 2013 Luminary Award.

The 2013 Chancellor’s Award will be presented to the University of Toronto.

The Vice Chancellor’s Award will be awarded to six leaders, as follows:

  • Dr. Upton Allen is the Chief of Infectious Disease Division at Sick Kids Hospital. He is an alumnus of UWI and McMaster University and practiced at Ottawa General Hospital.
  • Mr. Nicholas Brathwaite is the son of Sir Nicholas A. Brathwaite, former prime minister of Grenada. Following a successful and rewarding career in the technology industry he co-founded the PETNA Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization he started with his wife Janice. PETNA is committed to impacting lives and improving communities. It has provided financial support for students, funds to rebuild homes lost to natural disasters and donated supplies and services
  • Mrs. Mary Anne Chambers is a Corporate Director, retired Senior Vice President at Scotiabank and a former Member of Provincial Parliament. She was appointed to the Executive Council of Ontario where she served four years, first as the Minister of Training Colleges and Universities and subsequently as the Minister of Children and Youth Services. In 2010, Ms. Chambers received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Toronto.
  • Professor M. Jamal Deen is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McMaster University and holds a Senior Canada Research Chair in Information Technology.
  • Honourable Douglas Orane is the non-Executive Chairman of GraceKennedy Limited, one of the Caribbean’s largest and most dynamic corporate entities. The company, founded in 1922, was a small trading establishment and wharf operators. It has expanded and diversified from a privately-owned enterprise to a public company listed on the stock exchange of Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Ms. Brigitte Shim is a principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects in Toronto, an architecture and design firm interested in the integration of furniture, architecture and landscape. She is also a faculty member at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.

In addition to the awards ceremony, silent and live auctions, guests attending the UWI Toronto Benefit Gala will enjoy live performances by internationally renowned Canadian jazz and blues artist Shakura S’Aida, Harpist Elizabeth Asuncion and Panman Pat’s Strolling Band, SwizzleStick Theatre Moko Jumbies and Michie Mee.

Tickets for The University of the West Indies Gala are now on sale and range from $350 – $2000. They can be ordered using the online form at www.uwitorontogala.com, by calling 416-214-7848 or by emailing toni@uwitorontogala.com.

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

For further information:

Ciarlo Communications
Tel: 416-763-3783
Cell: 416-458-5090
Email: vciarlo@ciarlo.ca

Novartis Pharma Logistics, Inc. voluntarily recalling in Barbados select lots of certain over-the-counter products due to bottle closure defect

– Voluntary recall of certain lots of Triaminic® Syrups, Theraflu Warming Relief® Syrups, Jack & Jill® brand pediatric syrups and Buckley’s ® Complete Liquids, issued to consumers, retail customers and wholesalers in Barbados

– Consumers who may have the product(s) being recalled are asked to return the affected products and receive a full refund

– The products being recalled were produced at a Novartis Consumer Health manufacturing facility in the United States prior to the voluntary suspension of operations in December 2011, and at a third-party manufacturing site in Canada using the same bottle and cap components

PANAMA CITY, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Novartis Pharma Logistics, Inc. announced today that it is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Triaminic® Syrups, Theraflu Warming Relief® Syrups, Jack & Jill® brand pediatric syrups and Buckley’s® Complete Liquids. Novartis Pharma Logistics has decided to issue a voluntary recall to consumers, retail customers and wholesalers in Barbados because the child-resistant feature of the bottle cap may not function properly, enabling the cap to be removed with the tamper-evident seal still in place. The affected bottle sizes are included at the end of this release.

Novartis Pharma Logistics has not received any adverse events due to the tamper evident seal causing a failure of the child resistant cap. Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. in the United States received four adverse events for Triaminic® Syrups related to this issue.

Triaminic® Syrups, Theraflu Warming Relief® Syrups, Jack & Jill® brand pediatric syrups and Buckley’s® Complete Liquids continue to be safe and effective when used as directed on the package label.

The products being recalled were produced at a Novartis Consumer Health manufacturing facility in the US prior to the voluntary suspension of operations in December 2011. In addition to production at in the US, Buckley’s Complete® was also produced until January 2013 at a third-party manufacturing site in Canada.  A consumer complaint in the US in late November 2012 triggered an internal investigation by Novartis Consumer Health that determined a voluntary recall was in the best interest of consumers.

Action to be taken by consumers
Novartis Pharma Logistics advises consumers who believe they have product included in this recall to discontinue use and return the recalled product to the store or pharmacy where it was purchased for a full refund.  Only recalled product in the original bottle will be eligible for a refund. Consumers may contact the Novartis Consumer Relationship Center at 877-769-8420 (available Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time) for more detailed information about the recall, including which products are impacted, and for information on how to return the affected products and receive a full refund.

Action to be taken by retailers and wholesalers
Retailers and wholesalers should stop distribution and return the affected lots using the Novartis Product Return information that is being provided to them. Retailers that receive product returns from consumers will be reimbursed by Novartis Pharma Logistics.

This recall is being conducted with the full knowledge of the Barbados Ministry of Health.

Disclaimer
The foregoing release contains forward-looking statements including express or implied discussions regarding potential future revenues from Novartis OTC products. You should not place undue reliance on these statements. Such forward-looking statements reflect the current views of management regarding future events, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. There can be no guarantee that Novartis OTC products will achieve any particular levels of revenue in the future. In particular, management’s expectations regarding such products could be affected by, among other things, unexpected regulatory actions or delays or government regulation generally; competition in general; government, industry and general public pricing pressures; unexpected manufacturing issues; the impact that the foregoing factors could have on the values attributed to the Novartis Group’s assets and liabilities as recorded in the Group’s consolidated balance sheet, and other risks and factors referred to in Novartis AG’s current Form 20-F on file with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Novartis is providing the information in this press release as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Novartis
Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, eye care, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines and diagnostic tools, over-the-counter and animal health products. Novartis is the only global company with leading positions in these areas. In 2012, the Group achieved net sales of USD 56.7 billion, while R&D throughout the Group amounted to approximately USD 9.3 billion (USD 9.1 billion excluding impairment and amortization charges). Novartis Group companies employ approximately 128,000 full-time-equivalent associates and operate in more than 140 countries around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.novartis.com.

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Theraflu Warming Relief® Syrups

PRODUCT

Item UPC NUMBER

NDC NUMBER

Case UCC NUMBER

Size

LOT

EXPIRY DATE

Theraflu ® Warming

Relief Flu and Sore

Throat, 8.3 oz.

300436265081

43626508

10300436265088

8.3 oz

10108935

03/31/2013

10096570

05/31/2013

10121298

05/31/2013

10123035

05/31/2013

10106483

06/30/2013

10126716

07/31/2013

Theraflu® Daytime

Warming Relief Severe

Cold and Cough, 8.3 oz.

300430461083

43046108

10300430461080

8.3 oz

10096571

04/30/2013

10117845

04/30/2013

10102070

06/30/2013

10118134

06/30/2013

10118135

08/31/2013

10126586

08/31/2013

10126729

10/31/2013

Theraflu®

Daytime/Nighttime Severe

Cold & Cough Value Pack

300436412164

67641216

10300436412161

10120065

03/01/2013

10116591A

03/13/2013

10116591

03/31/2013

10116593

03/31/2013

10106487

05/31/2013

10108285

05/31/2013

10116594

06/30/2013

10116597

06/30/2013

10116598

06/30/2013

10116600

06/30/2013

10116601

08/31/2013

10116602

08/31/2013

Theraflu® Nighttime

Warming Relief Severe

Cold and Cough, 8.3 oz.

300430460086

43046008

10300430460083

8.3 oz

10104954

04/30/2013

10104955

05/31/2013

10107018

05/31/2013

10118113

05/31/2013

10123039

05/31/2013

10104956

07/31/2013

10126861

08/31/2013

Theraflu® Warming Relief

Cold and Chest

Congestion, 8.3 oz.

300436296085

43629608

10300436296082

8.3 oz

10106482

01/31/2013

10102071

07/31/2013

10113497

07/31/2013

10122891

08/31/2013

10123274

08/31/2013

10126440

09/30/2013

10128457

11/30/2013

Theraflu® Warming Relief

Sinus and Cold, 8.3 oz.

300436407085

67640708

10300436407082

8.3 oz

10095358

04/30/2013

10104966

07/31/2013

Triaminic® Syrups

PRODUCT

Item UPC NUMBER

NDC NUMBER

Case UCC NUMBER

Size

LOT

EXPIRY DATE

Triaminic® Cold and

Allergy, 4 oz.

300436346049

67634604

10300436346046

4 oz

10092519

01/31/2013

10096507

02/28/2013

10092518

04/30/2013

10102344

05/31/2013

10102052

06/30/2013

10098505

07/31/2013

10106511

11/30/2013

10099191

12/31/2013

10122929

02/28/2014

10125956

05/31/2014

Triaminic® Cough and

Sore Throat, 4 oz.

300436348043

67634804

10300436348040

4 oz

10104678

02/28/2013

10107025

02/28/2013

10107026

05/31/2013

10117681

06/30/2013

10118052

08/31/2013

10126850

09/30/2013

Triaminic® Day Time

Cold and Cough, 4 oz.

300436345042

67634504

10300436345049

4 oz

10092520

01/31/2013

10095545

01/31/2013

10117453

02/28/2013

10097308

03/31/2013

10095904

04/30/2013

10099699

05/31/2013

10102053

06/30/2013

10103616

07/31/2013

10107024

08/31/2013

10103617

09/30/2013

10114266

10/31/2013

10116660

11/30/2013

10116869

12/31/2013

10116870

02/28/2014

10126445

03/31/2014

Triaminic®

Daytime/Nighttime Cold

& Cough Club Pack

300436417121

N/A

10300436417135

10095327

01/31/2013

10095907

01/31/2013

10097748

01/31/2013

10095298

04/30/2013

10117817

12/31/2013

10117818

03/31/2014

10117819

03/31/2014

Triaminic®

Daytime/Nighttime Cold &

Cough Combo Pack

300436216083

67621608

10300436216080

10095906

01/31/2013

10099216

02/28/2013

10100792

04/30/2013

10100793

04/30/2013

10101494

05/31/2013

10101495

05/31/2013

10106846

05/31/2013

10104675

06/30/2013

10106086

06/30/2013

10106088

07/31/2013

10106284

07/31/2013

10106848

08/31/2013

10110968

08/31/2013

10113146

09/30/2013

10113147

11/30/2013

10115037

11/30/2013

10116592

12/31/2013

Triaminic® Syrups (Cont.)

PRODUCT

Item UPC NUMBER

NDC NUMBER

Case UCC NUMBER

Size

LOT

EXPIRY DATE

Triaminic®

Daytime/Nighttime Cold

& Cough Combo Pack

(Cont.)

300436216083

67621608

10300436216080

10116595

12/31/2013

10116596

12/31/2013

10116599

03/31/2014

10123383

03/31/2014

10123388

03/31/2014

Triaminic® Dye‐free Long

Acting Cough, 4 oz.

300436350046

67635004

10300436350043

4 oz

10081942

04/30/2013

10082283

04/30/2013

10081940

06/30/2013

10097082

07/31/2013

10082927

09/30/2013

10095893

10/31/2013

10095894

10/31/2013

10102049

11/30/2013

10102048

12/31/2013

10106251

12/31/2013

10102051

01/31/2014

10107021

02/28/2014

10107022

05/31/2014

10118430

07/31/2014

10121529

08/31/2014

10129170

11/30/2014

Triaminic® Fever Reducer

Pain Reliever Bubblegum,

4 oz.

300436432049

67643204

10300436432046

4 oz

10093941

01/31/2013

10102270

02/28/2013

10112423

03/31/2013

10106334

05/31/2013

10116891

08/31/2013

Triaminic® Fever Reducer

Pain Reliever Grape, 4 oz.

300436431042

67643104

10300436431049

4 oz

10092719

01/31/2013

10108530

02/28/2013

10112422

03/31/2013

10106335

05/31/2013

10093939

08/31/2013

10126470

10/31/2013

10127629

11/30/2013

10130550

11/30/2013

Triaminic® Fever Reducer

Pain Reliever Infant

Bubblegum, 2 oz.

300676441597

67644159

10300676441594

2 oz

10115515

05/31/2013

10115516

05/31/2013

10115520

05/31/2013

10115521

05/31/2013

10119567

09/30/2013

10128589

11/30/2013

Triaminic® Fever Reducer

Pain Reliever Infant Grape,

2 oz.

300676440590

67644059

10300676440597

2 oz

10115517

05/31/2013

10115518

05/31/2013

10115519

05/31/2013

10115522

05/31/2013

10123421

09/30/2013

10128599

11/30/2013

10130570

11/30/2013

Triaminic® Multi

Symptom Fever, 3.4 oz.

300676394343

67639434

10300676394340

3.4 oz

10116856

06/30/2013

10116857

06/30/2013

10126948

09/30/2013

Triaminic® Syrups (Cont.)

PRODUCT

Item UPC NUMBER

NDC NUMBER

Case UCC NUMBER

Size

LOT

EXPIRY DATE

Triaminic® Multi

Symptom Fever, 4 oz.

300436394040

67639404

10300436394047

4 oz

10110769

02/28/2013

10095563

03/31/2013

10102058

03/31/2013

10102271

05/31/2013

10116866

06/30/2013

10116867

06/30/2013

10116868

06/30/2013

10121656

08/31/2013

10126740

10/31/2013

10128836

11/30/2013

Triaminic® Night Time

Cold and Cough, 3.4 oz.

300436344342

67634434

10300436344349

3.4 oz

10097303

03/31/2013

10097552

04/30/2013

10097554

06/30/2013

10108819

08/31/2013

10114273

12/31/2013

10126947

03/31/2014

Triaminic® Night Time

Cold and Cough, 4 oz.

300436344045

67634404

10300436344042

4 oz

10094309

01/31/2013

10095895

03/31/2013

10097312

04/30/2013

10097313

04/30/2013

10104673

05/31/2013

10102054

06/30/2013

10106850

07/31/2013

10108823

08/31/2013

10111184

08/31/2013

10101373

11/30/2013

10114269

12/31/2013

10118449

12/31/2013

10121342A

12/31/2013

10121812

02/28/2014

10106851

03/31/2014

10126742

05/31/2014

Triaminic® Syrups (Cont.)

PRODUCT

Item UPC

NUMBER

DIN

SCC

Size

LOT

Triaminic Chest & Nasal

Congestion – Tropical Fruit

58478 10163 7

2278308

20058478101631

100 mL

All

Triaminic Cold & Cough- Cherry

58478 47100 6

2243739

20058478471000

100 mL

All

Triaminic Cold & Nighttime Cough

– Grape

58478 47102 0

896179

20058478471024

100 mL

All

Triaminic Cough & Sore Throat

Grape

58478 47108 2

2130564

20058478471086

100 mL

All

Triaminic Long Acting Cough –

Berry Punch

58478 10168 2

2277972

200058478101686

100 mL

All

Triaminic Total Cold, Cough &

Fever – Bubble Gum

58478 47104 4

2239666

20058478471048

100 mL

All

Buckley’s® Complete Liquids

PRODUCT

Item UPC NUMBER

DIN

SCC

Size

LOT

Buckley’s Complete with Mucus

Relief Extra Strength

58478 10792 9

2357232

20058478107923

150 mL

All

Buckley’s Complete with Mucus

Relief Extra Strength

58478 10776 9

2357232

20058478107763

250 mL

All

Buckley’s Complete PM – Nighttime

58478 10777 6

2356457

20058478107770

150 mL

All

Buckley’s Complete

58478 10295 5

2279703

20058478102959

250 mL

All

Buckley’s Complete

58478 10295 5

2279703

20058478102959

250 mL

All

Buckley’s Complete

58478 10064 7

2279703

20058478100641

150 mL

All

Buckley’s Complete

58478 10064 7

2279703

20058478100641

150 mL

All

Jack & Jill® Pediatric Syrups

PRODUCT

Item UPC NUMBER

DIN

SCC

Size

LOT

Jack & Jill Bedtime – Grape

65515 00010 5

2241167

10065515000102

100 mL

All

Jack & Jill Cough & Cold – Cherry

65515 00021 1

2242588

10065515000218

100 mL

All

Jack & Jill Children’s Formula

Cough Liquid – Cherry

65515 00019 8

823023

10065515000195

100 mL

All

Jack & Jill Cough Syrup –

Raspberry

65515 00008 2

622036

10065515000089

100 mL

All

Jack & Jill Expectorant – Raspberry

58478 10798 1

2350084

20058478107985

100 mL

All

2013 Miami Rum Festival expands

MIAMI, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The fifth annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival — the largest gathering of rum experts, professionals and enthusiasts in the world — will span Monday, April 15 to Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Doubletree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center.

(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130123/FL45539LOGO )

Last year, more than 8,000 rum enthusiasts attended the festival with 20,000 square feet of exhibit space. The new space spans 40,000 square feet, twice the size of last year’s event. Festival organizers are preparing for 15,000 attendees.

In addition to a week-long series of VIP parties, tasting sessions and celebrity seminars, the rum festival brings together members of the esteemed International Rum Expert Panel (RumXPs) for their annual tasting competition.

Two full days of Grand Tasting events for the public will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21. More than 240 spirits from the Caribbean and beyond will be available for sampling, along with a selection of island-style cuisine.

New this year is a half-day exhibit session exclusively for the beverage trade on Friday, April 19. Liquor store buyers, food and beverage managers, bartenders and other spirits trade professionals will be invited to attend.

The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival attracts cane spirit products and brands from all over the globe. Companies large and small will be on hand to present their rums to a global gathering of experts, reporters, critics and consumers.

South Florida is regarded as the number one rum market in the world, with a high percentage of rum enthusiasts, liquor stores, bars and restaurants offering both popular and top-shelf luxury rum products to consumers.

According to event manager Robin Burr, the Miami Rum Fest has doubled in size each year, a testament to the fact that consumer interest in sugar cane spirits is growing faster than any other category of liquor.

“We’re proud to say that our prediction of rum’s resurgence in popularity was on the money,” said Robert A. Burr, festival organizer and publisher of Rob’s Rum Guide. “An incredible range of fine rums, from casual and fun mixers to luxurious top-shelf sipping rums will be on display. There is no better opportunity for the rum enthusiast to sample such a vast selection of spirits in one place.”

Rum lovers can choose between $50 day passes to the grand tasting events and $65 VIP tickets that allow early access to the exhibits and complimentary tickets to the celebrity seminars. VIP ticket holders also enjoy access to a private area featuring complimentary cuisine and VIP cocktails.

For those that wish to participate in the entire week of VIP special opportunities, a $250 Executive VIP pass grants admission to all events.

For more information on the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, activities planned during Miami Rum Week and exhibits at Miami Rum Fest, call 305-443-7973 or visit the web site at http://www.RumRenaissance.com

photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thatnimrod/sets/72157629655109120/

logo: http://www.rumrenaissance.com/images/RumRenaissancePoster2_678.jpg

interviews, details, follow-up contact:

Robert A. Burr
rob@rumrenaissance.com
305-439-1376 cell
305-443-7973 office

web site: http://www.RumRenaissance.com

Rum Examiner:
http://www.examiner.com/article/2013-miami-rum-festival-details-announced

Countdown Begins To Caribbean’s Next Top Model™

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CaribPR Wire, New York, NY, Thurs Jan. 17, 2013: The wait for the most anticipated television show in the Caribbean is over.

Caribbean’s Next Top Model™,’ (CNTM), the Caribbean’s own version of CBS’s internationally renowned  ‘Next Top Model™’ format, is set to begin airing across over 25 Caribbean countries on February 18, 2013 and will be hosted by Miss Universe 1998, Wendy Fitzwilliam.

CNTM will feature 23 Caribbean beauties – Xiea from Antigua & Barbuda; Sedia from Barbados; Jenelle and Kendra from The Bahamas; Treveen from The Cayman Islands; Stephany from Curacao; Treicy from The Dominican Republic; Ashley from Guadeloupe; Lisa and Trudy-Lee from Jamaica; and Semoy, Ornella, Anna-Rosa, Davia, Julianna, Athaliah, Candace, Susan, Sheriza; Rachel, Kim-Marie and Tinnitia from Trinidad & Tobago.

They will all be competing for the title of the ‘Caribbean’s Next Top Model’ and will be judged by Fitzwilliam as well as international photographer, Pedro Virgil and runway coach and creative director of Trinidad & Tobago’s Fashion Week, Richard Young, along with international and regional experts in fashion, who created a model “Boot Camp” giving the girls real lessons on what it takes to be an international model.

CNTM, which was shot in Trinidad & Tobago, will run for 11 episodes and air on various free-to-air stations, WSEE TV in Puerto Rico, One Caribbean Television and CaribVision, in Caribbean territories during prime time on Mondays, with repeat airings on Saturdays. Check your local TV listings for exact broadcast times.

International stylist and fashion pundit, Freddie Leiba is also set to appear on the show as a featured guest, along with music producer, Bryce Wilson; international photographer, Matthew Jordan-Smith, fashion designer, Claudia Pegus, reigning Soca Monarch, Machel Montano and Factor Model Management’s, Bridget Halanski.

CNTM is presented by bMobile, LIME, KCL Capital Market Brokers Limited, Caribbean Airlines, The Carlton-Savannah, Farouk Systems – CHI, Trinre, Sacha Cosmetics, Factor Women, Caribbean Belle, Blue Waters, Kalloo’s and Micles.

For a sneak preview to CNTM, log on to: www.caribbeansnexttopmodel.com. Share your thoughts on the show at facebook.com/caribbeansnexttopmodel or follow CaribeNTM on Twitter.

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company.  The executive producers are Ken Mok (“Making the Band”), Tyra Banks and Laura Fuest Silva. The series was created by Tyra Banks and developed by Mok and Kenya Barris. Tyra Banks also hosts the series, which will soon begin airing its 20th cycle in the United States. Currently, AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is under license in over 100 markets around the world and has 20 international versions in production.  AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL and the AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL format are licensed internationally by CBS Studios International.

CONTACT US:

For Corporate Sponsorships & Advertising contact: Roshan Persad @ Ads Media Intelligence – (868) 383-1282.

For Public Relations & Management including for for Model Inquiries & Wendy Fitzwilliam contact: Lowena West @ (242) 454-8528.

Caribbean 3rd Largest Volume To Submit Advertising Creative

CaribPR Wire, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  January 11, 2013: The Caribbean Advertising Federation, (CAF), is the only non-American territory chapter of the American Advertising Federation, (AAF).  CAF was established in 1997 by Terri Brown in St. Thomas to promote the well-being of advertising through a grassroots network of advertisers, agencies, media companies and educational facilities to help build the Caribbean economy. CAF also strives to assist member companies to grow their businesses within their national borders and to be recognized for superior work outside the region.

CAF accomplishes this through the annual advertising creative competition, the AAF ADDY Awards. The ADDYs recognize the best advertising across the US and the Caribbean to stimulate new creative and appreciation for the industry. The ADDY competition supports the entire profession, focusing attention on the high of level talent available in the region in all levels of advertising categories. This includes film producers, musicians, graphic designers, photographers, creative directors, social media experts and public relation specialists.

“The advertising industry is a major source of employment in the Caribbean,” says Renae Quinton, president of CAF. “The more awards the Caribbean Federation (CAF) wins the more we are able to showcase regional talent and forge new partnerships with the world’s largest advertisers.”

It is estimated that over $400 billion (KantarMedia) was spent worldwide on advertising in 2011; fifty per cent of the top 10 corporate advertising budgets have significant presence in the Caribbean.  Advertising is a creative industry that has a strong presence in the Caribbean region.

In 2012, CAF submitted the third greatest volume of entries out of 21 advertising federations in Florida and had an impressive number of winners. “Talent in the Caribbean is second to none. Several CAF ADDY winners have achieved national recognition, gaining them new huge exposure and clients,” explained Terri Brown, CAF ADDY chairperson.

The ADDY award program has three progressive tiers. The first tier is just about to come to a close on January 20th, 2013. This is where all creatives across the Caribbean are invited to submit their best advertising work to the CAF chapter. This competition is open to all types of creatives, from a single freelance designer to a 100 person advertising agency, to a marketing manager in a corporate department or industry supplier. All are welcome to enter (www.addycompetition.com or facebook.com/CAFADDY ) once they are members of the Caribbean Advertising Federation. Winners at the local level progress to tier two to compete with winners from Florida. District winners are then sent to compete in the final phase of the competition at the National ADDY level. CAF has had numerous District ADDY winners and two National ADDY winners in past years.

Selection of the most creative entries in each category is done by a panel of experienced international judges in St. Thomas USVI. A GOLD ADDY is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior to all other entries in the competition. Entries that are also considered outstanding and worthy of recognition receive a SILVER ADDY.  Highly coved “best of category” awards are given for print, radio, TV and Internet.

The CAF has grown each year since its inception in 1997. In 2013, it is the goal of the CAF to be the largest award winning chapter across the North America, further demonstrating the strength of creative talent in the Caribbean.

Hard Rock International Pays Tribute to Loyal Fans Around the World with Launch of Hard Rock Rewards™

Hard Rock International Opens Enrollment for New Global Loyalty Program

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Hard Rock International – with locations from London to New York, Singapore and Dubai – today announced the launch of its new global loyalty program, Hard Rock Rewards™, a unified guest affinity program developed to recognize and reward Hard Rock’s dedicated fans with exclusive privileges, when they stay and play at participating Cafes, Rock Shops, Hotels and Casinos worldwide. With two levels of participation available, Hard Rock fans have the choice of joining Hard Rock Rewards for free, or upgrading to the VIP level of membership for exclusive perks and benefits fit for a rock-star. All new members have the chance to win one of a kind experiences that rock, such as an all-expense paid trip to Hard Rock Hotel Orlando – to enjoy the Hotel California-inspired vibe and VIP access to Universal Studios theme park.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120405/CL82910LOGO)

“Hard Rock Rewards is the answer to the cry of our raving fans,” said John Galloway, chief marketing officer of Hard Rock International. “As a company that provides more than 79 million guest experiences each year across a rapidly growing network of venues in 60 countries, we’re thrilled to implement a program that allows us to truly support Hard Rock’s loyal fans on their journey around the world.”

Global customers can join Hard Rock Rewards by registering at a participating location or online at hardrockrewards.com – where fans choose between a free or paid level of membership. Once enrolled, all participants gain access to rockin’ program benefits, including monthly offers from participating Hard Rock Cafes, Rock Shops, Hotels and Casinos around the world, dedicated check-in lines, late check-outs and complimentary welcome amenities at participating Hotels – as well as a dedicated space on hardrockrewards.com to easily manage account details, track rewards and view Hard Rock locations visited on a personalized property map.

Members choosing to participate in the VIP Program enjoy additional benefits for an annual fee of $24.95, including faster point accrual on qualified purchases, a Collector’s Club membership with access to Hard Rock’s global pin catalog containing more than 44,000 iconic items, unlimited priority seating at participating Cafes, complimentary upgrades at participating Hotels, a VIP welcome gift with limited edition pin and designated membership to the Casino Players Club. VIP members also have the opportunity to receive Milestone Rewards – an exclusive feature of the program, created to celebrate and recognize visits made to unique Hard Rock locations around the globe. All VIP members have the ability to earn commemorative Hard Rock collectibles in honor of each milestone reached, which can be easily tracked online through their personalized property map.

For more information on Hard Rock Rewards, please visit www.hardrockrewards.com.

About Hard Rock International
With a total of 181 venues in 58 countries, including 142 cafes, 18 hotels and 8 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the companies’ two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Las Vegas, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Melaka and San Jose. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Aruba, Riviera Maya, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. New Hard Rock Casino projects in development include Hungary and Northfield, OH. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.