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PayPal Powers Payments on Earth Hour Blue

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– Earth Hour’s First Global Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing Platform
PayPal enables people around the world to fund on-the-ground environmental projects that help build a more sustainable future.
SINGAPORE, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Earth Hour, the global movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), has announced PayPal as the Official Payments Partner for Earth Hour Blue, its first global crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform. Launched from Singapore, Earth Hour Blue taps into the collective effort of individuals around the world to help raise funds and take action on environmental issues important to them.
As a global leader in online and mobile payments, millions of people around the world trust PayPal as a faster, easy-to-use and more secure way to support the causes they care about most. In 2013, PayPal processed US $4.9 billion for charities globally. With over 143 million active accounts in over 193 markets around the world, PayPal will today empower international donors to contribute to over 15 projects under Earth Hour Blue, driving conservation and environmental sustainability efforts.
The projects now live on powered by Crowdonomic, a Singapore-based crowdfunding platform, include “Bancas for the Philippines” which brings fibreglass boat technology to coastal communities in the Philippines ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan, “Stop the Killing” which aims to break down Southeast Asia’s wildlife crime network from Singapore, and the “Far-Eastern Leopard Reality-Show” project from Russia, which aims to restore the rare leopard population in the Sikhote-Alin region.
“We are thrilled to be the Official Payments Partner for Earth Hour, enabling crowdfunding to support important environmental initiatives that help build a sustainable future for our planet. This partnership ensures millions of customers around the world can contribute to Earth Hour Blue projects more securely and in just a few clicks, whether online or on their mobile devices,” said Lawrence Chan, Vice President of Asia Pacific Merchant Services and General Manager for Southeast Asia & India at PayPal.
He adds, “As we drive technology-enabled commerce, our innovative solutions have the power to significantly increase fundraising for worthy causes through online and mobile platforms. At PayPal, we want to empower everyone — whether individuals, nonprofits or global brands — to take action and support the causes that matter to them.”
Earth Hour first began as a lights-off event which has swept rapidly across the world, and is celebrated in over 7,000 cities and towns in over 154 countries. Much of the success of Earth Hour has been fuelled by the global mobilization of people across the world taking part in the lights off event, which will be held this year on Saturday, 29 March, 2014 at 8.30pm (local times).
“We are excited to be partnering with PayPal to help people around the world to contribute directly and more securely to causes that matter to them. Earth Hour has always been more than just lights off. The world’s largest grassroots movement to protect the planet was created for anyone to use their power to make a difference, and this is becoming easier as more of us use digital technology to connect far beyond what we ever thought was possible,” said Andy Ridley, CEO and Co-Founder of Earth Hour from the movement’s home in Singapore. “Today, anyone can make an impact whether by using their voice or by giving a few dollars, and our partnership with PayPal ensures you can incite positive change for the planet from the palm of your hand.”
As the home of Earth Hour, Singapore will hold its lights-off event at The Float@Marina Bay on Saturday March 29 at 8:30PM, putting the country at the heart of Earth Hour celebrations worldwide.
To help fund Earth Hour Blue projects, visit
About PayPal
PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid. The service gives people simpler ways to send payments without sharing financial information, and with the flexibility to pay using their account balances, bank accounts (where available) or credit cards. With 143 million active accounts in 193 markets and 26 currencies around the world, PayPal enables global commerce, processing more than 9 million payments every day. Because PayPal helps people transact anytime, anywhere and in any way, the company is a driving force behind the growth of mobile commerce and processed $27 billion in mobile payments in 2013.
PayPal is an eBay (Nasdaq:EBAY) company and contributed 41 percent of eBay Inc.’s revenues in 2013. PayPal is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. and its international headquarters is located in Singapore. More information about the company can be found at
About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a global environmental movement of WWF. As one of the first open-sourced environmental campaigns, Earth Hour has grown from a symbolic event in one city into a global movement, crowdsourcing actions from individuals, businesses, organisations and governments to generate environmental outcomes. In 2014, the Earth Hour Blue sees the movement enter the most exciting stage of its evolution, to be at the forefront of crowd funding and crowdsourcing for causes, innovation and creativity for the planet.
About WWF
WWF — World Wide Fund for Nature is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations, with almost five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
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March 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Presenting the Glen Grant 50 Year Old. The Time has Come

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MILAN, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –This year Glen Grant is releasing an exceptionally rare edition, the Glen Grant 50 Year Old – a fitting tribute to the innovation and whisky craftsmanship woven into the legend of Glen Grant.

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On 28 October 1963 a rather special cask was hand filled by a young man who, at the time, was unaware that this liquid gold would ultimately shape his destiny. It would slowly mature for 50 years until 25 November 2013, when it reached its zenith – a robust, full-bodied and perfectly balanced single malt of distinction.

That young man, Dennis Malcolm, became the Master Distiller of one of Scotland’s finest distilleries, Glen Grant. The cask he watched over for half a century, containing a true masterpiece, is now ready to be presented to the world – once again proving that Glen Grant excels at making single malt – from barley to bottle.

Dennis Malcolm comments, “Only time measures our pursuit of perfection. Maturation cannot be rushed. Like people, casks mature at their own pace. I have protected and cared for this barrel for 50 years, letting it breathe and patiently waiting for the magic and interaction of whisky and wood.”

Only 150 bottles of this exclusive timeless collector’s item will be released globally. Each piece is unique and handcrafted in every sense – presented in a hand-blown crystal glass decanter, masterfully created and individually refined by the skilled craftsmen at Glencairn Crystal, the last family-owned crystal glass company in Scotland. Each decanter is hand engraved, hand numbered and finished with the number 50 in 18-carat gold lettering. The design of the decanter is an exact replica of Glen Grant’s tall, slender pot stills – a creation of Glen Grant’s legendary innovator, James ‘The Major’ Grant.

It is housed in a copper-lined Scottish oak box – made from new oak, worked by a skillful cabinetmaker with a practiced carpenter’s hand and an astute eye for detail.

Each Glen Grant 50 Year Old comes with a certificate of authenticity, signed by Dennis Malcolm and every craftsman involved.

In an age beset by instant gratification, that which has been expertly crafted by hand – with skills honed and passed down through the ages – is a true rarity.

The Glen Grant 50 Year Old is the apotheosis of master craftsmanship: a wide array of age-old skills creating a collective masterpiece that is unquantifiable. It is both aged and timeless. But now, the time has come.

The Glen Grant 50 Year Old will be launched in Asia’s Travel Retail Market. It will be available in Hong Kong from Friday 21 March and shortly following in Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing and Taipei. As of June 2014, it will be launched internationally in other duty free and domestic markets.

Price: Upon Request

Notes to Editors

About Glen Grant

Glen Grant became part of the Gruppo Campari portfolio in 2006. The Glen Grant range includes the refined Major’s Reserve, 10 Year Old, 16 Year Old, 1992 Cellar Reserve, the 170th Anniversary Limited Edition, the Five Decades Edition and the Glen Grant 50 Year Old. Glen Grant was founded in 1840 in Speyside, Scotland by former smuggling brothers John and James Grant. The unique and seductively smooth taste for which Glen Grant is renowned is the result of the innovative tall slender stills and special purifiers that James ‘The Major’ Grant, son of founding brother James Grant, introduced over a century ago and that are still used to this day.

About Gruppo Campari

Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A., together with its affiliates (‘Gruppo Campari’), is a major player in the global beverage sector, trading in over 190 nations around the world with leading positions in Europe and the Americas. The Group was founded in 1860 and today is the sixth-largest player worldwide in the premium spirits industry. The Group’s portfolio, with over 50 brands, spans spirits, the core business, wines and soft drinks. Internationally-renowned brands include Aperol, Appleton, Campari, Cinzano, SKYY Vodka and Wild Turkey. Headquartered in Sesto San Giovanni, Italy, Campari owns 15 plants and 4 wineries worldwide and has its own distribution network in 16 countries. The Group employs over 4,000 people. The shares of the parent company, Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. (Reuters CPRI.MI – Bloomberg CPR IM), are listed on the Italian Stock Exchange since 2001. For more information:

Please enjoy our brands responsibly

Source: Gruppo Campari

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March 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm

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Ethisphere Announces 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies

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— Award Recognizes Leading Companies That Place Ethical Business Practices and Standards as a Central Element of their Growth and Performance Objectives
NEW YORK, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and compliance, announced today the selection of the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies®. The World’s Most Ethical Company designation recognizes companies that truly go beyond making statements about doing business ethically and translate those words into action. World’s Most Ethical Company honorees not only promote ethical business standards and practices internally, they embed the theory of “conscious capitalism” into everything they do, every employee they hire, and every partner they bring into their network to ensure they deliver long-term value to key stakeholders including customers, suppliers, regulators, and investors. By leading their industries in compliance, corporate governance and social responsibility, the World’s Most Ethical Companies effectively align ethical business practices with performance and shape future industry ethical business standards.
“In today’s complex global economy, it can be increasingly challenging for companies to meet performance expectations, while addressing the varying regulatory, compliance and sustainability needs across geographies and cultures,” said Tim Erblich, CEO of the Ethisphere Institute. “Global economic and social challenges from anti-corruption to security and privacy are accelerating the need for companies and organizations to embrace ethics and governance as critical business imperatives. Failure to establish the highest ethical business standards and practices throughout an organization can result in unacceptable consequences that include both human impacts and operational risks. These organizations have taken this challenge head on and recognize that leading ethical business practices present an unprecedented opportunity to deliver significant tangible and intangible organizational benefits. This year’s honorees from all countries and industries understand that outstanding compliance programs, investment in a corporate culture of integrity, and sound business ethics have key roles in attracting and retaining talent, expanding business globally and driving financial performance. Together, we are committed to establishing best practices across industries and developing effective benchmarking tools to influence and assist other organizations in meeting this shared challenge.”
This year’s 144 honorees represent 41 industries and include 21 first-time honorees. In this eighth year of recognizing companies, Ethisphere is honoring the largest group of organizations based outside the U.S. – 38 organizations from 21 countries and 5 continents.
“Ethisphere’s tenet that ‘ethics drives performance’ resonates with us and aligns with Marriott’s approach to doing business continually with integrity,” said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc.
“We’re honored to be named one of Ethisphere’s 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies, as it underscores GE’s unwavering commitment to our customers, business partners and employees to perform with integrity and lead by example every day,” said Brackett Denniston, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for GE.
“Gap Inc. is proud to receive this honor for the eighth consecutive year. It is a testament to the hard work of our incredible employees, and the ethical principles that drive our interactions and are integral to our future growth and success,” said Wilma Wallace, Deputy General Counsel and VP, Gap Inc.
“We are thrilled to be recognized with this honor. Being selected as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company underscores our commitment to maintaining the highest level of standards which are essential to building and maintaining trust with our stakeholders,” said Rodney O. Martin, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ING U.S. “These standards are part of our policies and our values, and most importantly, we practice them in the way we conduct our business every day. I am proud of our employees and the company.”
The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ framework. The Ethics Quotient framework has been developed over years of effort to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. Rather than measuring all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics, Ethisphere collects a comprehensive sampling of definitive date in core competencies. The Ethics Quotient framework and methodology was determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from Ethisphere’s network of thought leaders and from the World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel. Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (25%), reputation, leadership and innovation (20%), governance (10%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (25%), and culture of ethics (20%).
The full list of the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at
The Ethisphere® Institute
The Ethisphere® Institute is an independent center of research, best practices and thought leadership that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and compliance and enables organizations to improve governance, mitigate risk and enhance relationships with employees, business partners, investors and the broad regulatory community. Ethisphere evaluates and benchmarks compliance and governance programs, honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Company® recognition program and publishes Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs that include: Ethics Inside® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program Verification™.
Source: Ethisphere Institute

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March 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Takeda Appoints Giles Platford Head of Emerging Markets

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ZURICH, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Takeda Pharmaceuticals International GmbH (“Takeda”) today announced that Giles Platford has been appointed Head of Commercial Operations, Emerging Markets, reporting to Christophe Weber, Chief Operating Officer of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited as of April 1, 2014.

In this role he will be responsible for leading the continued expansion of Takeda’s commercial activities in this region, which comprises Russia-CIS, Latin America, Middle East/Africa and South Asia.

A UK national, Platford has been with Takeda since 2009. Most recently, he served as Head of the Middle East, Turkey, Africa (META) region where he restructured the business, generating 60% of growth versus previous year in the first three quarters of the fiscal year. Prior to this, Platford was General Manager of Takeda Brazil, where he led the successful acquisition of Multilab, a mid-sized company focused on branded generics and over-the-counter (OTC) products, positioning Takeda as one of the top 10 pharmaceutical groups in Brazil. He previously spent eight years in the pharmaceutical industry in Asia Pacific, assuming various Business Development, Commercial and General Management roles.

Takeda’s commercial goal is to adopt a flexible and targeted approach for each individual market, combining innovative, novel products with well-established, branded generics and OTC products. Emerging markets are expected to contribute 70% of total global pharmaceutical market growth between 2013 and 2017 (IMS Health).

About Takeda Pharmaceuticals International GmbH

Headquartered in Zurich as a wholly owned subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Osaka, Japan, the Company has a commercial presence covering more than 70 countries, with particular strength in Asia, North America, Europe and fast-growing emerging markets including Latin America, Russia-CIS and China. Areas of focus include cardiovascular and metabolic, oncology, respiratory and immunology, central nervous system, general medicine, and vaccines.

Takeda is a research-based global company with its main focus on pharmaceuticals. As the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and one of the global leaders of the industry, Takeda is committed to strive towards better health for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Through the integration of Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Nycomed, Takeda has been transforming itself, broadening its therapeutic expertise and geographic outreach.

Additional information about Takeda is available through its corporate website,

This press release has been issued by Takeda Pharmaceuticals International GmbH, Thurgauerstrasse 130, CH-8152 Glattpark-Opfikon, Zurich, Switzerland.
Source: Takeda Pharmaceuticals International

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March 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

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Fluke Networks Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant in Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics

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– Evaluation based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

EVERETT, Washington, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Fluke Networks, a world-leading provider of network monitoring and test solutions, today announced Gartner, Inc. has positioned the company’s Visual TruView™ solution in the Leaders quadrant of the “Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD)” report.*

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The report, which is the first Magic Quadrant from Gartner on the Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD) market, foreshadows growth in this emerging technology market. It emphasizes the need for a single integrated solution to monitor, troubleshoot and analyze networks and—even more important—the applications and services they carry.

Market analysis conducted by Gartner noted the growing interest in the NPMD market, also referred to as Application-aware Network Performance Management (AANPM). Increasingly, companies are realizing how essential it is to understand their customers’ and end users’ experience with their networks and applications. They recognize the need to proactively monitor their networks’ performance and quickly react to troubleshoot and repair outages and degradations that affect the experience of users and customers. Real-time performance, historical performance and predictive behavior capabilities were among the criteria in the quadrant, as were flow-based data and network packet analysis.

“Gartner’s decision to develop the NPMD report highlights the growing importance of this market and emphasizes just how vital network and application performance management is to helping enterprises achieve their business goals,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of the Fluke Networks Visual business unit. “As one of the leading NPMD solutions, Visual TruView helps IT professionals redefine their ability to deliver first-rate network and application experience to end users and customers by empowering teams to collaborate across domains and focus on service, rather than defending their turf.”

A recent survey of network professionals conducted by Fluke Networks** indicated that more than half do not have the tools they need to quickly and accurately identify issues with VoIP, applications and other network performance issues. Fluke Networks’ offering in the NPMD space – Visual TruView – is a unified AANPM solution that incorporates five tools in one, including real-time user experience monitoring, packet stream-to-disk, NetFlow/IPFIX collection, device health, and VoIP QoS. TruView enables network engineers to gather data from multiple sources, providing both a wide breadth of visibility and the detailed forensic data required to solve the toughest problems.

TruView was also designed with ease of use and ultimate value in mind. From deployment and day-to-day use to expansion, TruView is regarded as one of the best values in the industry. When combined with other offerings in the Fluke Networks portfolio, TruView provides unique capabilities; for example, by using OptiView XG as an endpoint, Visual TruView can extend into the access network to solve Wi-Fi issues and other site-based concerns.

To read a complementary version of the Gartner, Inc. “2014 Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics,” visit

About the Magic Quadrant Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centers. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit or call +1 (425) 446-4519.

For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetVisual, on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company or Group page.

*Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics” by Jonah Kowell, Vivek Bhalla and Colin Fletcher, March 6, 2014

**Fluke Networks Market Research, 2013
Source: Fluke Networks

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March 21, 2014 at 11:16 am

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