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National Safety Council Launches New Driver Safety Program in the Caribbean

Global safety leader introduces driving course for countries that drive on the left side of the road

ITASCA, Ill., Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The National Safety Council, a global leader in driver safety training for almost 50 years, has launched the NSC Defensive Driving Course – Left Side of the Road for the Caribbean nations. This course is designed specifically for motorists who drive in countries with road systems that pass oncoming traffic on the left side.

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“Driving safety is a major global issue,” said Roger Marks, President, International Safety Council (a division of the National Safety Council). “Recognizing that about 30% of the world drives on the left side of the road, the Council felt the need to create this program to better keep people safe in more places around the globe.”

The Council operates in over 100 countries and has certified DDC training centers in 28 countries around the world. DDC-LSR is modeled after the same defensive driving principles that shape the world-renowned NSC DDC 8/6 Hour (9th Edition) program. Participants of the course will learn:

  • Practical knowledge and techniques to avoid collisions and violations
  • Sensible advice for choosing safe and responsible driving behaviors and habits
  • The importance of occupant safety devices and how to use them correctly
  • Guidance for dealing with difficult driving conditions, distractions and fatigue
  • Skills to recognize how attitude can help prevent accidents and improve decision making

To learn more about the DDC-LSR program, or how to become a certified training center in your area, please visit nsc.org/lsr.

About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.

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Dominica Hotelier Calls for Executive Changes at LIAT

CaribPR Wire, PORSTMOUTH, Dominica, Mon. Aug. 12, 2013: Dominica hotelier Gregor Nassief has issued an open letter to the Board of Directors of regional airlines LIAT calling for an executive shake-up, insisting that “heads must roll.”  The letter complains of disastrous customer service over the past two months as well as disastrous public relations and the damage this is causing to the region and to fragile economies of island states like Dominica so dependent on tourism and the airline’s service. The public complaint is enclosed for publication.

August 12, 2013

Board of Directors

LIAT (1974) LTD

V.C. Bird International Airport

P O Box 819

Coolidge

Antigua

Dear Directors:

Re:  Heads must roll

I respectfully ask you, on behalf of the people of the Caribbean, and the people that visit the Caribbean, and especially on behalf of the people of Dominica who depend on LIAT for their travel and also for their tourism industry, to enforce significant change in the executive ranks at LIAT.

This request is being made first because of 8+ weeks of disastrous customer service which continues to this day due to lack of foresight and planning on the part of LIAT’s executives, and second because of LIAT’s disastrous public relations which has revealed the depth of your executives’ indifference to your customers.

It is your duty to hold your executives accountable for their actions and performance.

Disastrous Service

There has been a complete breakdown in service for over 2 months now, which I and most persons traveling LIAT have experienced.  Here is a list of incidents:

Date Flight Number First name Incident
Aug 11 509, SXM to DOM Sandra & family Flight cancelled
Aug 11 364, BGI to DOM Johan Left 4+ hours late
Aug 11 523, DOM to BGI Janet Left 2+ hours late
Aug 8 310, POS to DOM Gregor Left 55 minutes late
Aug 7 726, POS to DOM Dennis & family Left 2+ hours late and family had to overnight in BGI before getting to DOM the following day
Aug 7 590, DOM to POS Gregor Left 2+ hours late, arrived just before 2 AM
Aug 4 565, SJU to DOM John & Susan Flight cancelled, arrived on the 6th
Aug 4 565, SJU to DOM Melissa Flight cancelled, arrived on the 6th
Aug 4 523, BGI to DOM Jack Arrived 11 hours late
Aug 3 310, DOM to SXM Monique Arrived 11 hours late, missed connecting flight
Jul 23 362, DOM to ANU Shane & Adam Arrived 8 hours late, missed connecting flight to London
Jul 23 364,  BGI to DOM Gary & family Arrived to Dominica 8 hours late
Jul 23 704, POS to DOM Gregor Arrived 4 hours late
Jul 19 362, DOM to SLU Anne Left 8 hours late
Jul 15 361, DOM to POS Gregor Left 2 hours late
Jul 13 563, ANU to DOM Jenny & Brett Arrived 4 hours late
Jul 13 563, ANU to DOM Nick & wife Arrived 3 hours late
Jul 13 563, ANU to DOM Robert & wife Arrived 3 hours late
Jul 20 561, DOM to SJU Robert & wife Left 4 hours late
Jun 21 512,  GEO to DOM Mahadeo, Rudolph, Tomesh, Doodnauth Flight cancelled for 3 successive days, arrived DOM on 24th
June 15 509, SXM to DOM Justin, Mario & Fitzroy Flight to DOM rerouted to ANU, 1st overnight in ANU, sent to SLU, 2nd overnight in SLU, arrive to Dominica on the 17th instead of 15th

20+ incidents in less than 8 weeks related to one island and connected to one person (the affected passengers include me and those known to me).   And none of these are related to Tropical Storm Chantal or bad weather.

LIAT introduced the new ATR aircraft in early July.  Your executives were well aware that pilots operating the new ATRs could not also operate the Dash 8.  LIAT also knew that before the ATRs began operating, pilots would have to be taken off line for training.  LIAT also returned Dash 8s that were on lease before the ATRs were operational.  LIAT went into their peak summer season with the implementation of new aircraft and with the full knowledge of what they were doing and of the risks involved.  There were no contingency plans, and everything fell apart.  The result is too few pilots and too few aircraft to adequately meet the demand and cover the routes.  The results have been a disaster for the region, and especially for Dominica (68% of our arrivals by air are on LIAT).

The inability to properly plan such a major event and to put the airline and its employees and especially its customers through such chaos, further damaging the reputation of LIAT and that of the tourism industry which it serves is, in to my mind, gross negligence. Who pays for the damage done to each customer, and for the damage to Dominica and its tourism industry, and to the region?  Who is accountable?

Do you believe a visitor traveling to the region for a hard-earned vacation can separate LIAT’s disastrous service from the rest of their experience?  Do think they will return or encourage others to come?

So many that work so hard to bring visitors to our region and to our island cannot and should not continue to the pay the price for the incompetence and actions of your executives.

Disastrous Public Relations

Your CEO has gone on record only once, as far I can see, explaining the crisis as follows: “an increase in unscheduled maintenance at a time when our schedule calls for maximum aircraft availability; crew shortages; bad weather; airport limitations; and delays in obtaining licences for operating our new ATR aircraft in some territories”.

Your Chairman has focused on maintenance issues with the old Dash 8s being the heart of the problem.

This is only part of the truth – poor planning and implementation is the crux of the matter.  It is a great disservice to your ultimate shareholders – the people of the Caribbean – to not deal with the crisis truthfully and clearly and to ensure swift correction action.  Who is accountable?

In the most baffling public relations event that I have ever witnessed, your Chief Commercial Officer responded via a YouTube video to a customer complaint letter which was publicized by Richard Branson.   Your executive said that “LIAT is second only to Virgin to receive the funniest complaint letter every written” and challenged Branson to a race to Necker Island saying that “the loser can wipe the other airline’s tail” or Branson can dress up as a flight attendant for LIAT.

This is your top marketing, commercial and PR executive, the face of your organization, the depth of your indifference to what customers suffer, and for me, the lowest point in my perception of what LIAT stands for.  Who is accountable?

Your customer-facing staff, who through this crisis have had to work incredible hours and deal with an unimaginable number of irate clients, are clueless as to what is happening operationally on a day to day basis.  They are typically unable to answer customer questions as to when or if a scheduled flight will arrive or depart.

Your customer-facing staff are your public relations link to your clients and are your best hope of lifting clients up in their moments of despair, yet your executives give them no information and no tools to manager your most important asset – your customers – through this crisis.  Who is accountable?

In Closing

A friend once said to me that the secret to a stress-free life is simply to lower your expectations, that way you are never disappointed.   I didn’t have to lower them, LIAT’s service to me and several people connected to me, did that for me.  LIAT did it consistently, dependably and ruthlessly.  Through a crisis like this, LIAT could have recovered at least to some extent the understanding and trust of its customers, through clear, honest and appropriate communication and public relations, followed with decisive action, all of which would have demonstrated that LIAT cares, that you care.

But do you care? Do you care about LIAT’s customers who get on and off its planes every day?  Do you care about the disruption to their personal and professional lives caused by LIAT’s incompetence and indifference?  Do you care about the damage LIAT’s poor service and reputation does to the fragile economies of island states like Dominica so dependent on tourism and the airline’s service?  Do you care that your customers are not getting what they pay for?  Do you care that your customers do not travel LIAT by choice, but because they have no other choice?  Caring for your customers is the first step and the raison d’être – the reason for existence – of a business.

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

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 Exeuctive Chairman of the Fort Young Hotel and the CEO of Tecsys Latin America.

See more at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFPNSAVt9qY and http://www.scribd.com/doc/159417966/Letter-to-LIAT-Board-of-Directors

Jamaica’s International Jazz Pianist Brings ‘One Love’ Vibrations To Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, NYC

Jamaican-Born Jazz Great, Monty Alexander.

Jamaican-Born Jazz Great, Monty Alexander.

CaribPR, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Aug. 6, 2013:  Monty Alexander, Jamaica’s legendary, international jazz pianist, will celebrate the 51st independence anniversary of his homeland with a return to Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City from August 14-18, 2013.

Alexander and his Grammy-nominated Harlem-Kingston Express band,  will soar with his positive vibrations of ‘One Love and Upliftment several stories above the expansive vista of Central Park at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Time Warner building, 10 Columbus Circle in New York City.

Show times each day are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., respectively.

The musician, whose 50th anniversary album, “Harlem-Kingston Express: Live!” was nominated for a Reggae Grammy and won rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal, The London Evening Standard and Jazz Times among dozens of other media houses, will return to his home state of New York from performances  in Seattle, WA.

Tickets for The Dizzy’s show are $40-45 and can be obtained by logging on here or to https://jalc.org/dizzys/events/event/av-136063#.UcSCc5wmwdo

“This is a celebration of my Jamaican roots and of Jamaica’s 51st anniversary of independence and I look forward to seeing my Caribbean music fans in the house,” said Alexander. “My band and I will be celebrating the vibes of one love and positive upliftment.”

Jamaica’s Commander of Distinction and ‘Luminary Award’ 2012 recipient, will next head to Ozawa Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts for an August 25th performance and celebrate Labor Day Weekend, August 29th to September 1st with the ‘Monty Alexander Jazz Festival’ in Easton, Maryland.

About Monty Alexander

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare, among others.

Alexander’s collaborations span multiple genres, styles, and generations. His projects have been as varied as assisting Natalie Cole in her tribute album to her father, Nat “King” Cole in 1991 (the resulting album, Unforgettable, won seven Grammy awards), performing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” under the direction of Bobby McFerrin at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and recording the piano track for the film score of Clint Eastwood’s Bird, a movie about the life of jazz titan Charlie Parker.

In August 2000, the Jamaican government awarded Monty Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. Two collections were released in 2011 that capture the excitement of Monty Alexander’s live performances around the world: Uplift, a trio album on JLP Records, and Harlem-Kingston Express on Motema Music.

Harlem Kinston Express: Live! was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination in 2012.

In the summer of 2012 Monty Alexander was awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz” and in November 2012 he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C. For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit www.montyalexander.com.

Guggenheim Expands Its Global Dialogue with Phase 2 of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative

Pablo León de la Barra Appointed Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America

NEW YORK, Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, today announced that distinguished independent curator Pablo León de la Barra has been selected as Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America. He is the second curator to have been chosen to participate in the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, an ambitious collaboration between the Guggenheim Museum and UBS that was launched last year.

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Through the Initiative, the Guggenheim is engaged in a multi-year effort to identify and support a network of artists and curators from three major regions—South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa—in a comprehensive program involving curatorial residencies, acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, international touring exhibitions, and extensive educational and online activities.

Pablo León de la Barra will undertake a two-year residency in New York, where he will work with the Guggenheim’s curatorial staff to identify recent artworks by artists of Latin American origin that reflect some of the region’s most significant contemporary cultural practices and ideas. Artworks chosen by León de la Barra will enter the collection and form the basis of an exhibition planned to open at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2014 before traveling to two international venues.

León de la Barra was nominated by a committee of five esteemed experts on this region: Magalí Arriola, Curator, Fundación Jumex, Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico; José Falconi, Fellow, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University; Gabriela Rangel, Director of Visual Arts and Chief Curator, Americas Society, New York; Ana Sokoloff, art advisor, New York, and Yolanda Wood Pujols, Director, Center for Caribbean Studies, Casa de las Américas, Havana.

About Pablo León de la Barra

Born in Mexico City in 1972, Pablo León de la Barra earned his Ph.D in Histories and Theories from the Architectural Association, London. He has curated or co-curated more than a dozen exhibitions over the past decade. In London, he was founding member of 24-7, a collective of artists and curators (2002–05), artistic director of Blow de la Barra Gallery (2005–08), and founder and co-curator of the community art space White Cubicle Gallery (2005–12). He is also the founder of the Novo Museo Tropical, and was the curator of the first Bienal Tropical in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2011). León de la Barra serves on the advisory committees of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, and the Fundación Luis Barragán, Mexico. In 2012, he received the first Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean. For a complete bio, please visit
www.guggenheim.org/new-york/about/staff-profiles/curators/pablo-leon-de-la-barra.

About Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative

Launched in April 2012, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is a multi-year collaboration that seeks to stimulate dialogue and creative interaction both regionally and globally through curatorial residencies, public and online programming, and collection building. The program is designed to reflect and augment the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s distinguished history of internationalism.

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For translations of the media release in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (traditional and simplified), German, Spanish, Basque, and Italian, visit: http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/press-room/releases/5551-maplatinamericacurator

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CONTACT: Betsy Ennis/Lauren Van Natten, Guggenheim Museum, +1 212 423 3840, pressoffice@guggenheim.org; Amy Wentz, Polskin Arts, +1 212 715 1551, wentza@finnpartners.com; For inquiries about UBS Corporate Communications: Karina Byrne, UBS Americas, +1 212 882 5692, Karina.Byrne@ubs.com; or Dominique Scheiwiller, UBS Switzerland, +41 44 234 84 28, Dominique.scheiwiller@ubs.com

Verus International receives support of Central Bank of Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Central Bank of Barbados has confirmed that any misunderstanding regarding the status of Verus International has been clarified and resolved.  Verus International is in good standing to conduct its business in Barbados.

In making the announcement, Governor of the Central Bank DeLisle Worrell explained, “Verus International has met all the criteria to operate as a private investment firm.”  He added, “The Company has been licensed under the International Business Companies Act in Barbados since 1999, and is approved to conduct business here.  We value Verus International’s long-standing presence in Barbados and are grateful for their vision and commitment to the region.”

Ajmal Khan, Chairman and CEO of Verus International, was pleased any miscommunication is now cleared up and reiterated the Company’s commitment to Barbados and continued investment in the Caribbean.  Mr. Khan explained, “Verus International has operated in Barbados for 15 years.  We appreciate the professionalism and support of the Central Bank of Barbados in this matter.”

Verus International, a leading diversified global investment group based in New York and Barbados, invests across multiple sectors including Energy, Infrastructure, Real Estate, Education and Health & Wellness.  Having already made significant investments into Real Estate, Hospitality, and Sports and Entertainment in the Caribbean, the Company is seeking additional opportunities in the Caribbean that leverage its global relationships and generate significant economic development for the region.

Diplomatic Service Dog Opens Doors in Cuba and Fetches Cuban Student

Bergin University of Canine Studies Awards a Cuban Scholarship

ROHNERT PARK, Calif., July 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Bergin University of Canine Studies Project Fidelity promotes International relations by awarding a scholarship to a Cuban student.

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Bergin University of Canine Studies (BUCS) is the only fully accredited college in the world that offers degrees in Canine Life Sciences. Cuban scholarship recipient Beatriz Amparo Labrador de la Osa has arrived at the Rohnert Park, Ca. campus. She has dreams of returning to Cuba and working to better the lives of the disabled by introducing the Assistance Dog concept in her native country. Beatriz fondly recalls Booster, the yellow Labrador retriever Service Dog who travelled to Cuba twice in recent years to demonstrate what he can do to help people. Booster travelled to Havana, Cuba as an ambassador for BUCS Master’s student Davis Hawn’s Project Fidelity.

According to Hawn, “My Project Fidelity sought to project fidelity between two Cold War adversaries utilizing my Service Dog Booster to prove my thesis that dogs are a social lubricant. With International help of Canadians and Bahamians we ventured into Cuba not speaking a word of Spanish. Booster was so successful that we met myriad leaders of organizations for the disabled. Booster removed the socks from a paralyzed man’s feet and we later appeared together on live educational television in Havana! The International relations spawned by my dog and a canine related education opened doors of enlightenment that I never previously envisioned. My life began at Bergin University.”

“In recognition of the warm Cuban reception we received I offered a scholarship for a Cuban dog lover to come to the U.S. to learn to train Assistance Dogs. The Cuban animal welfare association ANIPLANT introduced me to Beatriz. I was instantly impressed by her overwhelming love of dogs. She is currently attending BUCS’ classes under the tutelage of Dr. Bonita Bergin the founder of the Service Dog concept and Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). Beatriz  plans to open the first Assistance Dog training facility in Cuba and aptly name it The Booster Center in honor of my now cancer stricken dog Booster. I am so honored. I welcome any inquiries about my Project Fidelity and BUCS related educational experiences.”

“None of this would have been possible without the International help of Canadians and Bahamians. A Canadian firm, Cuba Education Tours arranged many important meetings. Bahamasair flew me with Booster at my feet into Havana and as a direct result Bahamasair now accommodates Assistance Dogs on all flights. When I fell in love with a homeless Cuban street dog, Canadian airline Airtransat flew him to Toronto free of charge. The little dog is Booster’s step-brother and his name is Fidelity!  I welcome any inquiries about my Project Fidelity and BUCS related educational experiences. My experience with both has created life-changing passion. “

Bergin University of Canine Studies attracts students from all over the world. Historically, students have come from 16 countries seeking a canine related education.  They aspire to implement canine related programs in their native countries. BUCS faculty, staff and students work together to create novel programs utilizing canines to help humans. For example, the BUCS program Paws for Purple Hearts teaches war veterans to train dogs for other disabled veterans in order to help them reintegrate into society when they return home. Anyone interested in attending classes, lending a hand, or donating is encouraged to contact the university.

For more information, please visit Bergin University of Canine Studies (BUCS)
http://www.berginu.edu/contact.html
707-545-3647

Caribbean Trade Mission Trip To China Planned

The Chinese panel at the 2013 Avalon Invest Caribbean Now forum on June 5 in NYC. (Hayden Roger Celestin image)

The Chinese panel at the 2013 Avalon Invest Caribbean Now forum on June 5 in NYC. (Hayden Roger Celestin image)

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 12, 2013: Caribbean governments and top private sector executives in the tourism and investment sectors are being urged to participate in a 10-day trade mission to four top cities in China, set for this September 14th-23rd.

The trip comes on the heels of the June 5th Avalon Invest Caribbean Now Forum in New York City and is being planned by Peter Zhang and Li Li of the Chinese American Business Development Center, in collaboration with Hard Beat Communications’ CMO, Felicia Persaud.

CABC has been leading trade missions for U.S. companies to China for the past 10 years while Hard Beat’s Invest Caribbean Now forum is in its third year.

The planned trip to Beijing, Shannxi , Zhejiang and Guangdong comes on the heels of Chinese President’s Xi Jinping first visit to the Caribbean island of Trinidad on May 31st and his pledge of more than $3 billion in loans to 10 Caribbean nations and Costa Rica on June 2nd.

The 2013 Caribbean/China Trade Mission is designed to help Caribbean premiers, ministers of governments, investment agencies and C-level private sector business leaders, meet with top Chinese officials from varied ministries, such as tourism and finance as well as  C-level company execs  including from the China Import Export Bank, to: promote  direct in country investment opportunities and company products and services; establish strategic connections, strengthen existing relations, explore opportunities for joint ventures, source potential suppliers and extend friendships and create relationships for return visits to the  Caribbean region.

The Mission will provide Caribbean governments and business leaders’ new access and close-up insight into the dynamic Chinese market— including its scale, diversity and potential.

Consequently,  the Chinese ministry and private sector executives will  be able to enhance  and expand business and investments to the Caribbean in their quest to  compete effectively in today’s global marketplace.

China’s 1.3 billion people are rapidly gaining purchasing power. In fact, by 2020, China will surpass the U.S. in middle class consumption. And as quickly as China is emerging as a new market for Caribbean real estate and products like tourism.

For event details and participation in the trip contact Felicia Persaud at felicia@caribpr.com.

MOKE DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE CARIBBEAN

MOKE DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE CARIBBEAN
CaribPR Wire,  Road Town, Tola, BVI, Fri. July 5, 2013: Moke International is pleased to announce they have selected Tola Moke Limited in the British Virgin Islands as the distributor for the Caribbean market.
A spokesperson for Moke International described Mr. Bruce Wong, of Tola Moke Limited, as “being enthusiastic about the new Moke whilst also being knowledgable about the cars history and also the future of the brand.
His long career and successful business experience in the Caribbean will be the key for the on-going support of the Moke and future model launches ”
Mr. Wong recently traveled to Shanghai to drive the test car and met with the engineering team behind the scenes.
“The car looks and drives great.  There has been an enormous amount of work to ensure the new Moke retains its heritage while still looking to the future” said Mr. Wong. “There is currently no other car that evokes so much passion and fun in the current market place, especially in the Caribbean.”
Mr. Wong will be travelling to Australia in September for the official launch of the Moke.  The event will be open to media and VIP’s in the automotive industry. “It will be time for all to drive the much anticipated car” said Wong.
Designed by Michael Young the new ‘Classic’ Moke is a project between Moke International, Chery Motors and Sicar Engineering. The new ‘Classic’ Moke still boasts all of its old features but has been re- engineered to comply with modern performance and safety standards.
The new features include but are not limited to, modern suspension technology, 9” front disc brakes, a new improved a fuel injected engine that will be available in Automatic and manual transmission and 3-point seat harnesses for front and rear seats. The engine, suspension, steering and brake systems are all well proven components on other Chery automobiles.  The Moke will also be available in right and left hand drives.
There are also plans for an Electric eMoke to be released in the near future and more details regarding this will be released soon.

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CaribPR Wire,  Road Town,  BVI, Fri. July 5, 2013: Moke International is pleased to announce they have selected Tola Moke Limited in the British Virgin Islands as the distributor for the Caribbean market.

A spokesperson for Moke International described Mr. Bruce Wong, of Tola Moke Limited, as “being enthusiastic about the new Moke whilst also being knowledgeable about the cars history and also the future of the brand.

His long career and successful business experience in the Caribbean will be the key for the on-going support of the Moke and future model launches .”

Mr. Wong recently traveled to Shanghai to drive the test car and met with the engineering team behind the scenes.

“The car looks and drives great.  There has been an enormous amount of work to ensure the new Moke retains its heritage while still looking to the future” said Mr. Wong. “There is currently no other car that evokes so much passion and fun in the current market place, especially in the Caribbean.”

Mr. Wong will be travelling to Australia in September for the official launch of the Moke.  The event will be open to media and VIP’s in the automotive industry. “It will be time for all to drive the much anticipated car,” he said.

Designed by Michael Young the new ‘Classic’ Moke is a project between Moke International, Chery Motors and Sicar Engineering. The new ‘Classic’ Moke still boasts all of its old features but has been re- engineered to comply with modern performance and safety standards.

The new features include but are not limited to, modern suspension technology, 9” front disc brakes, a new improved a fuel injected engine that will be available in Automatic and manual transmission and 3-point seat harnesses for front and rear seats. The engine, suspension, steering and brake systems are all well proven components on other Chery automobiles.  The Moke will also be available in right and left hand drives.

There are also plans for an Electric eMoke to be released in the near future and more details regarding this will be released soon.

Solar Market in Caribbean and Central America Heats Up with Enecsys – Glenn International Partnership

Region’s top distributor will sell Enecsys micro inverters in regions burdened with high cost of conventional electricity

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Enecsys Limited, a premier supplier of micro inverter products for the global solar market, announced the addition of a new distributor, Glenn International, to meet increasing demand from customers in the Caribbean and Central America.

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“The rate of growth in the solar energy market in this region is unprecedented,” said Ignacio Diaz, Director of Sales and Marketing at Glenn International. “We’re happy to be partnering with Enecsys, because we’ve found their Micro Inverter System maximizes solar energy harvest, which makes the switch to solar power easy and affordable for both installers and homeowners.”

As a major component of the Solar System, Enecsys offers two choices – Single and Duo micro inverters.  This provides installers the flexibility to mix singles and duos as needed in complicated rooftop installations, saving installation time and Balance-Of-System costs.

Enecsys Micro Inverters attach directly to the rack behind each module within a solar installation. The advantage of installing Enecsys Micro Inverters is that users gain visibility into the performance of each solar module, and can easily assess and address problems associated with shading, soiling or other obstructions.

“Enecsys is pleased to partner with Glenn International to distribute our micro inverter throughout the Caribbean and the rapidly solar emerging market of Central America,” said Thomas Nelson, Senior Director of Strategic Accounts. “Our new generation of micro inverters are designed to handle multiple grid settings in a single SKU, allowing Glenn International to be well positioned in supporting these regions.”

About Glenn International
With headquarters in Puerto Rico, Glenn International is the leading supplier of electrical, lighting and telecom equipment for the Caribbean and Central America. Since 1967, Glenn International has created energy solutions for customers in the region. With nearly a half century of experience, the company has the expertise to choose the best manufacturers and provide technical support that is unparalleled in the market.

About Enecsys
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LIXIL to Acquire ASD Americas Holding Corp., Parent of American Standard Brands

Kitchen & Bath Products Leader Will Serve as Platform for North American Presence as LIXIL Continues Globalization of Business

TOKYO, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – LIXIL Corporation (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President: Yoshiaki Fujimori), today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the share capital of ASD Americas Holding Corp., the parent company of American Standard Brands (Headquarters: New Jersey, US; President and CEO: Jay Gould, hereafter called “American Standard”) at an enterprise value of $542 million (53.1 billion JPY, $1=98JPY) from an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. (”Sun Capital”) (Headquarters: US).

American Standard is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high quality kitchen and bath products.  On completion of the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, the company will remain headquartered in the U.S., and continue operating all existing facilities.

LIXIL Group, 1.4 trillion JPY ($15.3 billion, $1= 94.05JPY) building products company, has been actively expanding its global business.  LIXIL Group’s international sales reached approximately 200 billion JPY, contributing over 14% of the sales for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 and will increase to approximately 300 billion JPY comprising approximately 20% of LIXIL Group revenues. LIXIL’s global operations are present in more than 30 countries. In North America, Permasteelisa Group, a high-end curtain wall contractor owned by LIXIL Group, has existing revenues of approximately 30 billion JPY. The addition of American Standard will provide LIXIL with greater scale and more opportunities in North America, and will continue the growth of the international business towards its mid-term goals.

Yoshiaki Fujimori, President of LIXIL Corporation, said, “American Standard is the leader in the kitchen and bath products market with a deep history of more than 130 years.  LIXIL is targeting 1 trillion JPY sales revenue in its international businesses, with the goal for the international business to grow to approximately 30% of total LIXIL Group revenues.  American Standard will serve as a key platform for LIXIL as we continue to fulfill our ambitions to become a worldwide leader in the building materials and housing equipment market. LIXIL already owns the American Standard brand in the Asia Pacific market, and this transaction will strengthen the brand and the company’s considerable manufacturing capabilities and technological best practices.”

“This transaction marks an exciting chapter in our 137-year history,” said Jay Gould, American Standard Brands President and CEO. “We and our customers will surely benefit by combining LIXIL’s quality control, manufacturing technology and product development with American Standard’s sales networks, and I believe these will help the company maintain our position as a market leader.”

“The market leadership that American Standard enjoys today has been fueled by considerable operational improvements, an expanded product platform achieved through four strategic acquisitions, and a commitment to innovation,” said Marc Leder, Co-CEO at Sun Capital, a leading private investment firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and investments in market–leading companies. “I expect LIXIL will continue to invest in these strategies, and that the combined technology and product development capabilities of American Standard and LIXIL will ensure significant progress in the years ahead.”

About LIXIL Corporation
LIXIL is Japan’s largest manufacturer group for building materials and housing equipment and has more than 75,000 employees worldwide. The Group recorded net sales of 1.4 trillion JPY in FY ended March 2013. It offers comprehensive solutions in housing and lifestyle and an extensive product lineup from windows, tiles, front doors, kitchens, bathrooms, and toilets under the brand name of American Standard (Asia Pacific), INAX and Tostem.

In Japan, LIXIL is the biggest housing and building materials company with top share in eight different categories currently led by President Yoshiaki Fujimori. Those include approx. 55% share in exteriors, approx. 50% share in housing sashes/doors, approx. 50% in curtain walls and approx. 40% in sanitary wares. LIXIL also is a top brand in tiles, washstand cabinet units, bathroom units and kitchen units. LIXIL, through the integration, now has a vast and unique business portfolio.

In the global market, its operations are led by group companies, such as Permasteelisa Group, which has strong presence in the curtain wall business with unmatched technology and designs. Their projects in the US include: New York by Gehry, One Bryant Park in NY and San Francisco Federal Building.

For more information about LIXIL, please visit http://global.lixil.co.jp/

About American Standard
American Standard is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality kitchen and bath products for residential and commercial customers in the North America, Canada and Mexico. The company employs more than 5,000 people and markets products under the brand names of American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane Plumbing®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®.

For more information about American Standard, visit:
www.americanstandard.com
twitter.com/AmStandard
www.facebook.com/AmericanStandardPlumbing.

About Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
Sun Capital Partners, Inc. is a leading private investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in companies that can benefit from its in–house operating professionals and experience. Sun Capital affiliates have invested in more than 320 companies worldwide with combined sales in excess of $45 billion since Sun Capital’s inception in 1995. Sun Capital has offices in Boca Raton, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as affiliates in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Shanghai and Shenzhen. For more information, visit www.SunCapPart.com.