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GAIN Capital Hires Joseph Wald to Lead Institutional Business

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Former managing director at Knight Capital Group will oversee GTX’s growth strategy
NEW YORK, LONDON and SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GCAP), a global provider of online trading services, announced today the appointment of Joseph Wald as Executive Vice President, Head of Institutional. Joe will be responsible for leading GTX, GAIN Capital’s institutional business. He will report directly to CEO Glenn Stevens and will be based in GTX’s New York offices.
“Joe is a talented visionary with the proven ability to grow trading volumes and build innovative product and service offerings for leading institutional platforms,” said Glenn Stevens, GAIN Capital CEO. “Institutional trading is an important part of our growth strategy and having Joe lead this part of the business will help us build on the success we’ve had to date, and achieve our goal of becoming a market leading ECN in the FX space.”
Joe was most recently head of Knight Direct, Knight Capital Group’s institutional electronic trade execution business. Prior to Knight Capital Group, he was co-founder and CEO of EdgeTrade, a pioneering firm that served as an agency brokerage and developer of algorithmic trading and direct market access software for equity markets. EdgeTrade was acquired by Knight Capital Group in 2008. Joe holds a B.S. in Business, Management and Finance from Brooklyn College.
“Performance and innovation are crucial to the institutional FX space, given the significant number of competing venues and platforms,” said Joe Wald. “I’m looking forward to leveraging almost 20 years of experience in the equity world to bring a new level of innovation to the institutional FX space and help differentiate GTX from the competition.”
About GAIN Capital
GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GCAP) is a global provider of online trading services. GAIN’s innovative trading technology provides market access and highly automated trade execution services across multiple asset classes to a diverse client base of retail and institutional investors.
GAIN’s businesses include, which provides retail traders around the world access to a variety of global OTC financial markets, including forex, precious metals and CFDs on commodities and indices; GTX, a fully independent FX ECN for hedge funds and institutions; OEC, an innovative online futures broker; and GAIN Securities, Inc. (member FINRA/SIPC), a licensed U.S. broker-dealer.
GAIN Capital is headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey, with a global presence across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. For further company information, visit
Source: GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc.

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January 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm

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Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company Ltd. Announces the Opening of Mingcheng Jin Jiang Hotel in Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province, China

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SHANGHAI, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company Ltd. officially announces the opening of their new hotel with Jiangsu Bright Investment Co. Ltd. in Yancheng city, Jiangsu, scheduled to open in May, 2013.

Image of the exterior of Mincheng Jin Jiang Hotel, Yancheng city
This 5 star hotel is located in the prefecture-level, coastal city, Yancheng, also known as “Salt City”, which plays host to a thriving automobile industry and the sprawling Yancheng National Nature Reserve. The hotel, standing at 21 stories, is luxuriously designed and will provide high standards of service and a wide range of facilities, offering comfort and relaxation for guests. The hotel has 231 well-appointed guestrooms, all equipped with modern, high end amenities. There is an Executive Club Lounge on the 19th floor which provides exclusive treatments and services for business travelers. The hotel also features a range of meeting and ballrooms which can cater to a variety of banquets, conferences and events, on-site restaurants including private dining rooms, a swimming pool, tennis court, sauna, spa, yoga room and fitness center.

Mr. Bernold O. Schroeder, Chief Executive Officer of Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company Ltd. states in regards to the opening,

“We are looking forward to the opening of this hotel, which will join a number of hotels we have currently operating in Jiangsu province. It will, however, be the first Jin Jiang hotel to open in Yancheng city which is a great destination spot for tourists and business travelers alike and will allow us to truly showcase our hospitality services and to make a positive lasting presence in the city. ”

About Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company Ltd.

Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company Ltd., the largest star rated hotel management company in China, has a portfolio of over 111 distinctive star rated hotels with a room inventory of over 34, 000 hotel rooms spread across 73 cities in China. Under the Jin Jiang branding concept, the company has a new premium “J” hotel brand, five star properties which include the renowned heritage collection, their four star Jin Jiang properties and the Marvel Hotels, which are geared more towards business travelers.

Every Jin Jiang hotel is a memorable reflection of the destination’s unique style and culture. Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company Ltd. with its qualified hotel management background and passion for excellence, dedicates itself to offering reputable hospitality services to its valued customers. With experience originating from the 1920s, its core competitiveness has accelerated in recent years. Together, the professional corporate and hotel management teams have extensive international hospitality experiences and backgrounds. This renowned company is rapidly growing in and continues to strengthen and build its brand presence in China in addition to building a strong internationally known brand.

The company is part of Jin Jiang Hotels Group and together with their sister company Jin Jiang Inn and Interstate Hotels and Resorts, overall, the group privately owns and operates a collection of over 900 hotels ranging from premium upscale five star to economy hotels in more than 200 cities across China. In 2011, the Jin Jiang Hotels Group was ranked as the 9th largest chain globally amongst 325 top hotel companies worldwide in HOTELS Magazine’s annual ranking of the largest hotel chains in the world.

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January 18, 2013 at 11:41 am

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Farhad Darya, Valy Hedjazi, Aryana Sayeed, and Shabana Meheryar Headline Star Performers at the 7th Annual ATN Awards to be held in Delhi in January 2013; Celebration To Raise Awareness and Educational Funds for Young Afghan Women

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KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Some of the world’s most famous Afghan musicians and performers from around the world will gather on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the spectacular Kingdom of Dreams in Delhi, India to celebrate Ariana Television Network’s 7th Annual ATN® Awards 2012. The ATN Awards, the only Afghan Awards show of its kind, recognize and celebrate Afghan music and performing arts while encouraging unity among the global Afghan community through the preservation of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage. This year, in association with the Bayat Foundation, the artists will help raise awareness of the educational needs of young Afghan women.

With Mr. Asad Badie returning to host the event for the third time, the ATN Awards will feature thirteen categories including Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Song, Best New Male Artist, Best New Female Artist, Best Ghazal, Best Duet Song, Best Mahali Artist, Best Lyrics, Best Video, Best Patriotic Song, Best Sofie-Taswwufi Singer, a new category for the youngsters of Afghanistan, the Best Rap song, and a special Lifetime Achievement Award.

Among the male singers nominated and expected to attend, ATN will welcome Farhad Darya, Qais Ulfat, Valy Hedjazi, Latif Nangarhari, and Jawid Sharif. Talented women nominees include Aryana Sayeed and Naghma. A full list of those artists nominated and expected to attend can be found at A number of Indian stars and celebrities such as the famous Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas will join the celebration as well, as will Zeenat Aman, a leading Bollywood actress in the 1970s and 1980s, and Prem Chopra, a veteran Bollywood actor of more than 320 films.

According to Ehsan Bayat, Chairman of the Ariana Television Network, “The ATN Awards honor the most popular Afghan artists and most exciting contributions to Afghanistan’s cultural development over the past twelve months. The nominated artists and special guests are part of a growing group of cultural ambassadors and global entertainers who have worked tirelessly to elevate Afghan values in the creation of vibrant and authentic music, and have helped make the Awards show the most widely viewed award ceremony for Afghans in Afghanistan and around the world.”

This year, the ATN Awards show is partnering with the Bayat Foundation ( in an effort to support aspiring female Afghan students pursue and further their educational dreams by providing scholarships, materials, and financial support to educational institutions around Afghanistan.

“There is no doubt that Afghanistan’s future rests in the hands and hearts of its young population: It is this young generation – the most avid group of music fans and the most passionate followers of the artists we’re celebrating tonight – who will lead our nation towards a brighter future, a prosperous economy, and a dynamic cultural environment. Therefore, it is our honor to use this evening to provide more young Afghan women with the opportunity to attend school.”

About Ariana Radio and Television Network
Founded by Mr. Ehsan Bayat in 2005, Ariana Television and Radio Ariana 93.5 (ATN) are the largest private media channels in Afghanistan, covering 33 of 34 provinces and reaching over 20 million Afghans. ATN is also available via satellite to Dari and Pashto speaking viewers in Europe, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Central Asia, Middle East, South Asia, Australia, and North America, expanding its global reach to more than 70 million Afghan and non Afghan viewers worldwide. Focusing on information, content and entertainment, ATN programming places particular emphasis on education, health, children’s programming, women’s and world issues, and the ATN team takes great pride in broadcasting accurate, unbiased news to the audience as events occur.

ATN’s goal since launch has been one of inclusion and education, providing a “Window for a Better Tomorrow”. While exposing our radio and television audiences to the best of international arts & culture from around the world, we also expand opportunities for local writers, producers, actors, and directors within Afghan communities. Programs can be accessed via the ATN website, or via the HotBird and GlobeCast satellites.

About the Bayat Foundation
Since 2005, the US-based Bayat Foundation, a 501 c(3) charitable organization, has promoted the well-being of the Afghan people. Founded and directed by Ehsan Bayat and Fatema Bayat, the Foundation has contributed to more than 200 projects dedicated to improving the quality of life for the youth, women, poor, and elderly of Afghanistan. Projects have included the construction of new facilities and sustainable infrastructure in needy regions, and the promotion of health, education, economic, and cultural programs. In addition to his charitable initiatives, Ehsanollah Bayat founded Afghan Wireless (AWCC) in 2002 – a joint venture between Telephone Systems International, Inc. (TSI) and the Ministry of Communications – which was the first GSM wireless and Internet Service Provider in Afghanistan, and later established Ariana Radio and Television Network (ATN), which includes Ariana Radio (FM 93.5). For more information, please email

CONTACT: Montgomery Simus,, + 1 201 302 0400

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January 18, 2013 at 11:11 am

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Leuphana “Digital School” Launches in 91 Countries

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Students from all over the world design models for life in the city – architect Daniel Libeskind leads pilot course

LUENEBURG, Germany, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Leuphana University’s Digital School has entered into the age of collaborative online learning. Less than one week after the start of registration, participants from 91 countries have signed up for the first course “ThinkTank Cities.” The topic is the future of life in cities, and the course is taught by the renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, who holds a professorship at Leuphana University. Registration is open until January 21, and the program commences on January 23, 2013, finishing three months later in April. There are no preconditions and no tuition fee. A special feature is the awarding of credits. Depending on their home university, these credits may be applied towards the participating students’ degree program.

The opportunity to address the topic of urbanization in a globally accessible online course is an important step for the proliferation of new ideas and developing concrete frameworks for shaping the megatrend city. In addition to Leuphana University’s professors, distinguished academics from all over the world are collaborating in the teaching team, joining the course from Columbia University New York, London School of Economics, Goldsmiths University of London, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ETH and University of Zürich, Collegium Helveticum, Sun Yat-Sen University Guangzhou and Hong Kong’s City University and others.

Participants in the Leuphana online course “ThinkTank Cities” will be working in teams of five. They will solve theoretical and practical assignments and observe accompany the work of the other groups through commentary and evaluation. At the conclusion of the course they will visualize their ideas of the city of the future.

Leuphana Digital School can be found at

Henning Zühlsdorff, PR Officer
Phone +49-4131-677-1007

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January 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

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GfK Tests New Standard for Global SMA

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NUREMBERG, Germany /PRNewswire/ — GfK has successfully established consistent standards for their truly global and integrated Social Media Analysis (SMA) offer, thus addressing a long unmet need of marketers.
Dr. Ralph Wirth, a global innovation and digital specialist within GfK, said, “International marketing experts are often frustrated by the fact that there are hardly any truly global offerings in the field of social media analysis. This situation forces them to work with several different providers, which complicates the aggregation of results and the extraction of global insights.”
GfK’s new offering leverages the company’s global network to deliver flexible web content gathering and analyses in any language at market leading quality. Local specifics of the web landscape are taken into account, and the bigger picture is derived by integrating SMA insights with other essential context specific information available to GfK, such as survey data or knowledge on purchase behavior.
GfK piloted their new SMA standards in a recent “status quo” study, run in the People’s Republic of China, identifying, collecting and analyzing the online buzz for four leading smart phone brands. The success of the methodology has established GfK’s global standard for SMA analysis; delivering a unique, language-agnostic and fully scalable solution.
Wirth explains, “We chose China because it is the most challenging social media market available, combining strict regulations and a unique online landscape. Insights from our highly successful study have already been integrated into several ongoing projects in China. And we have proven that, by using human coders that are supported by automatic algorithms, we can deliver superior quality results and correct for nuances, such as irony and sarcasm – which is absolutely crucial for the way people talk online.”
GfK’s global SMA standards are the product of numerous projects run across their global network, including a broad range of commercial projects, as well as various “research on research” studies.
About GfK
To find out more, visit or follow GfK on Twitter:
Research contact:
Ralph Wirth, Global Innovation & Digital, T. +49-911-395-2812,
PR contact:
Amanda Wheeler, PR & Communication, T +44-7919-624-688,
Source: GfK

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January 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

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