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RiMO Supply Builds First Ever Race Kart Track at Sea on Board Norwegian Cruise Line’s Newest Ship

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SUNDERN, Germany /PRNewswire/ — Cruise ship passengers can look forward to an outstanding attraction onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s next vessel Norwegian Joy, which will feature a fully equipped premium Go-Kart track built by RiMO Supply, a company of the RiMO Germany Group and a world leader for rental karts and tracks.

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Norwegian Joy is currently under construction at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany and will be designed for 3,900 guests. The ship’s racetrack will be located on the ship’s upper decks, 18 and 19, and will be equipped with 20 karts, a viewing platform, covered pit lane, workshop, storage room, timing system, floodlights and a track that reaches 230 meters in length. This prestigious project represents a further milestone in the successful company history. With steel construction company B. Levermann GmbH, located in Neuenrade, a competent partner out of the region is also involved.

RiMO Supply’s electrically powered race karts utilize the latest generation of technology to ensure optimal usage under the unique conditions of intensified UV and saltwater exposure that exist onboard a cruise ship. All karts are being constructed according to the highest international standards and the track’s functionality is equal to any high class land-based karting facility – with the addition of an incredible view at 60m height.

The growing popularity and importance of electronic technology can be noticed in the karting sector as more and more companies opt to use this environmentally friendly and low-maintenance technology. RiMO experts are convinced that electric powered vehicles are the future in kart sports.

“We are proud to contribute our years of experience to such an outstanding project,” said Peter Bertram, owner and CEO of RiMO Germany Group.

“The electronically controlled engine sound as well as the non-existent exhausts are sure to meet cruise passengers’ expectations of a relaxed but varied and unique ride. Cruise ship passengers of nearly every age should be excited to have the opportunity to enjoy this one-of-a-kind amusement ride found only on Norwegian Joy.”

Home porting in Shanghai & Tianjin (Beijing), Norwegian Joy was designed by the team at Norwegian Cruise Line to provide First Class at Sea experiences specifically for the Chinese traveler, with onboard amenities that cater to the unique vacation desires of Chinese guests.

Press contact:

RiMO Supply GmbH
Stephan Graulich
Tel: +49-(0)2933-978230

Source: RiMO Supply GmbH

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May 23, 2016 at 3:00 pm

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Balqees Continues to Establish Herself on the World Stage as First Arab Artist to Perform with the Legendary Andrea Bocelli

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ABU DHABI, UAE /PRNewswire/ —

On April 22, 2016, at the du Arena in Abu Dhabi, Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees joined iconic tenor Andrea Bocellion stage. Accompanied by the UAE-based NSO Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the duo dedicated a soaring rendition of Bocelli’s “Canto Della Terra” to the memory of Prince.

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Eager to showcase a peaceful, art-loving image of the Arab world, far removed from the violence, war and terrorism with which it is too often associated, Balqees expressed gratitude at the opportunity to achieve such a milestone, hoping for future global, operatic success. A member of the UAE NSO Symphony Orchestra since 2013, Balqees possesses a gifted range, mastering opera in four languages – Arabic, English, French and Italian – and has performed for prestigious audiences worldwide.

Speaking of this historic performance, Balqees enthused, “It was an honor to be the first Arabic artist to perform with the legendary Andrea Bocelli. I came to know how kind and down to earth this person is after I worked with him. I wish to repeat this amazing experience and sing with him again, for this has enriched and added a lot to my journey.”

About Balqees

Since first stepping into the limelight four years ago, Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees Fathi has established herself as one of the Arab world’s biggest names in contemporary music.

Balqees’ breakthrough was “Masaa’la Sahla”, her first song, produced in collaboration with HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and the artist Fayez Al-Saeed. Her record-breaking album “Majnoun Balqees”, released in 2013, hit 22 million views on YouTube, and her 2015 follow-up, “Zay ma ana” became the highest-selling and most downloaded album on iTunes in the Middle East, winning her the title “Best of 2015” Arabic singer in the Middle East by Apple Music.

Balqees has earned many awards and titles including L’Officiel Middle East Arab Woman of the year award for “Young Talent 2012″, along with “Best Young Talent” as per Al Sada and Zahrat Al Khaleej Magazine’s surveys.

Her philanthropic work includes involvement in charities that aid Yemeni refugees in Djibouti, and fronting campaigns that create awareness about domestic violence in the region. 2016 has seen Balqees chosen to be the media face of premium international brands such as Pantene Hair Products, Coca Cola and Zain Telecom.

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Source: Balqees Media Office

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May 23, 2016 at 2:51 pm

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Wincor Nixdorf ProCash 280 crosses 100,000 shipment milestone

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PADERBORN, Germany and SINGAPORE  /PRNewswire/ — Wincor Nixdorf has reached a major milestone in its quest to deliver one of the most robust self-service machines in the industry – it has shipped its 100,000th ProCash 280 globally. The recipient of the recently rolled out 100,000th ProCash 280 is one of the leading banks in Thailand.

“We are proud to have reached this milestone in less than six years.” said Thomas Jaeger, Wincor Nixdorf vice president for ProCash Business Unit Systems. “And we are encouraged by our customers’ interest and support in the high-performance and reliable capabilities of our ProCash line of ATMs world-wide. The ProCash 280 has also become the most rapidly growing ATM model in key markets such as Africa and the Middle East.” added Jaeger.

Wincor Nixdorf, which shipped its first ProCash 280 system in 2010, has since expanded its footprint to 125 customers in 65 countries across five continents. The success of the ProCash 280 systems is based on its true “workhorse” features, including high availability rate due to their robust design, ease of maintenance, and rapid error rectification, making them very service friendly. Additionally, they are easy to operate, consume less power and take up a small footprint, with a long service life span.

“The development of the ProCash line is another demonstration of Wincor’s commitment to growing in the emerging markets. Wincor is dedicated to providing innovative solutions best suited to every customer’s unique needs.” said Karsten Kemna, Wincor Nixdorf vice president for Banking Asia Pacific. He added that over the last 5 years, satisfied customers for almost all the Asia countries have complimented Wincor Nixdorf on this best-in-class cash dispenser.

About Wincor Nixdorf

Wincor Nixdorf is one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions and services to retail banks and the retail industry. The company is headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, and is publicly traded on the Frankfurt Securities & Stock Exchange. The main focus of the Group’s comprehensive portfolio lies on business process optimization, especially in the branch operations of both sectors. Wincor Nixdorf has also been drawing on its expertise from its core business with banks and retail companies to expand into related markets. These include postal companies and service station operators.

Wincor Nixdorf has established a presence in around 130 countries around the globe, giving it an outstanding profile when it comes to customer proximity. The parent company has subsidiaries in 42 countries. Wincor Nixdorf has a total workforce of around 9,000 people. Over half are based outside Germany.

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Press Contact:

Ulrich Nolte
Wincor Nixdorf Germany, Press Office

Christine Tan
Wincor Nixdorf Singapore, Regional Corporate & Marketing Communications, APAC
Phone: +65 6740 2452


Source: Wincor Nixdorf

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May 23, 2016 at 2:35 pm

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Chubb’s Travel Survey Reveals Four Leisure Travel Trends

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Chubb today revealed four trends pertaining to leisure travel inSingapore. From November to December last year, 1,998 Singapore travellers participated in an online survey conducted by Chubb Travel Insurance. Their responses uncovered the following insights:

  1. Seventy-nine percent of Singapore respondents travelled twice a year or more, across all ages and gender.
    Singapore travellers continued to be avid travellers despite the slowing economy during the last quarter of the year. Although this was a mere 2% drop from a similar survey done in 2014, it reinforced the fact thatSingapore travellers have a large appetite for vacations overseas. The additional public holiday from the SG50 celebration also had a part to play.
  2. Their vacations overseas have not been totally incident-free as 80% of the respondents had experienced a travel mishap, up from 75% in 2014.
    – Flight delays continued to occupy the top spot. Falling ill was the next most common incident, followed by trip postponement or cancellation.
  3. The survey respondents also indicated that theft (52%) was their top travel fear, followed by being injured in an accident (44%) and then loss or delay of luggage (43%).
    – It appears to be a trend for younger respondents (those less than 30 years old) to be most worried about travel inconvenience such as theft and loss or delay of luggage. This is in contrast to the older respondents of 40 years and above, who were worried most about suffering an injury and falling ill. This is a similar finding in the 2014’s survey results.
  4. Thirty percent of the survey respondents have travelled without insurance but wish they hadn’t.
    – This is an increase from 23% last year.

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“With the proliferation of mobile devices in a highly connected society such as Singapore, it is not surprising that 88 percent of the respondents would frequently book their leisure trips online while 72% would purchase their travel insurance online. What is disturbing is that close to 30% of the survey respondents have travelled without insurance but wish they hadn’t. We delved further and found that half of them travelled thrice or more in a year, incurring a higher exposure to travel mishaps without the safety net provided by travel insurance. The findings reinforce our push to educate consumers on the benefits of travel insurance and also provide useful tips to help our customers travel smarter and be better prepared for their trips,” said Greg Dodds, Country President of Chubb Insurance Singapore Limited.

Jon Ford, Vice President & Regional Head of Travel, Asia Pacific for Chubb, commented, “We are constantly seeking to understand Singapore travellers’ attitudes towards travel insurance and their motivation for purchase. As a responsible insurer, we also want to identify potential travel mishaps that they are likely to encounter so that we can tailor our travel insurance product to provide relevant and timely coverage. By conducting surveys, coupled with an innovative approach to product development and testing, we are committed to meeting the evolving needs of today’s consumers.”

Click here for an infographics of the key survey findings.

With the upcoming June holidays, travel is expected to peak. Travel Smarter by being better prepared. Check out the Chubb Travel Insurance website – before you leave for your holidays.

About Chubb Travel Insurance

Chubb Travel Insurance is a global leader in the provision of travel insurance products and services, covering millions of travellers around the world. Coverage can range from reimbursement or direct payment of medical expenses incurred overseas, to travel inconveniences such as trip cancellation, flight or baggage delay, coverage for terrorism-related events and more. This year, we will service and pay claims for over 100,000 travel insurance customers across the Asia Pacific region.

With access to 24-hour emergency assistance services, customers are able to seek assistance and advice on any travel mishap with just a simple phone call. When you are Chubb insured, you can pack your peace of mind wherever you go.

About Chubb in Singapore

Chubb is the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurer. With operations in 54 countries, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. The company is distinguished by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength, underwriting excellence, superior claims handling expertise and local operations globally. Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London and other locations, and employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide. Additional information can be found at:

Chubb Insurance Singapore Limited, via acquisitions by its predecessor companies, has been present in Singaporesince 1948. Chubb in Singapore provides risk management and underwriting expertise for all major classes of general insurance, including Property & Casualty, Marine, Liability, Financial Lines and Group Personal Accident insurance. As one of the leading providers of Accident & Health insurance through direct marketing, the company partners with financial institutions and other companies to tailor individual policies for their clients and employees. In addition, it offers a suite of customized Personal & Specialty insurance solutions to meet the needs of consumers.

Over the years, Chubb in Singapore has established strong client relationships by offering responsive service, developing innovative products and providing market leadership built on financial strength. The company has been assigned a financial strength rating of AA-/Negative and the highest ASEAN credit rating of axAAA by Standard & Poor’s. It has also been awarded the Singapore Quality Class STAR (SQC STAR) and Singapore Service Class (S-Class) certification for achieving all-round business excellence and high levels of service respectively by SPRINGSingapore, the national standards and accreditation body.

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Source: Chubb

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May 23, 2016 at 2:33 pm

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Ateneo de Manila, Open Garden Partner On FireChat Alerts

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-Leading research university and world’s pioneer in peer-to-peer networking launch collaboration on disaster preparedness for the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines and SAN FRANCISCO /PRNewswire/ — Open Garden and Ateneo de Manilaannounce today they are joining forces on the deployment of FireChat Alerts, a breakthrough technology that will increase community resilience in the Philippines.

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FireChat Alerts is the first service that leverages peer-to-peer mobile mesh networking technology for disaster preparedness. It acts as a resilient and large-scale broadcasting system that allows governments and organisations to reach people on their smartphones and deliver text and visual information including early warning, emergency and health advisories, as well as weather and traffic information. It works even when cellular networks and Internet access are not available.

The Ateneo Social Computing Science Laboratory, Department of Information Systems and Computer Science led by Maria Regina E. Estuar, Ph.D, is the home of eBayanihan disaster management system. The laboratory is recognised for its pioneering work with several private and government entities on developing new technology for disaster risk reduction.

“We’re very keen to understand and apply the potential of new technologies for practical purposes in the Philippines,” said Marlene M. De Leon, Ph.D, Chairperson of the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science at the Ateneo de Manila University. “The ability to create a new type of resilient mobile network could have far-reaching implications and benefits for emergency communications and disaster prevention.”

The Philippines are widely recognised as a forward-thinking nation in terms of leveraging technology for disaster preparedness,” said Marina Azcarate, Head of Global Marketing at Open Garden. “We are honored to partner with Ateneo de Manila, the leading research university in the nation.”

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For more information about FireChat Alerts, please visit or watch this shortvideo.

About Ateneo de Manila
Ateneo de Manila is a leading private research university founded in 1859. It offers programs from elementary to graduate schools. It currently hosts more than 20,000 students across four campuses.

Aside from teaching and research, Ateneo de Manila also engages in social outreach. The Department of Education has recognised several Centers of Excellence within Ateneo de Manila, including Information Technology. The Ateneo de Manila University also hosts a research hub in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and management, the Ateneo Sustainability Institute and the Ateneo Innovation Center, a part the School of Science & Engineering.

About Open Garden & FireChat
Open Garden is a San Francisco-based startup dedicated to connecting the next 5 billion mobile devices with peer-to-peer connections. Open Garden is the creator of FireChat.

Often called the “people’s network,” FireChat is a free messaging app, available on iOS and Android devices. Built on revolutionary peer-to-peer mesh networking technology, FireChat allows people to communicate privately or publicly, with other people “offline” even if they cannot connect to the Internet or to a cellular phone network.

Launched in March 2014, FireChat has reached the top 10 among social networking apps in 124 countries around the world. In 2015, FireChat received an Innovation Award at SXSW, the Boldness in Business Award by theFinancial Times, and the Tech4Resilience Award by Making All Voices Count.

For more information about how FireChat works, please watch this short video.
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May 23, 2016 at 2:24 pm

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Golden Band Announces Court Order Obtained In Regard To Debt Restructuring Efforts

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SASKATOON, Saskatchewan /PRNewswire/ — Golden Band Resources Inc. (“Golden Band” or the “Company”) (TSX.V (NEX Board): GBN.H) announces that, in connection with the proposal proceedings initiated by the Company on April 15, 2016 under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada) (the “BIA”), it has obtained an Order of the Court of Queen’s Bench For Saskatchewan granting it  approval to, among other things, extend the stay of proceedings outlined in the news release issued on April 15, 2016 for a further 45 days and undertake a sales and investment solicitation process (the “SISP”) to sell the assets and/or the shares of the Company at the best possible price available in the marketplace (the “Restructuring”).  In that regard, the Company has engaged Deloitte Corporate Finance Inc. to act as sales agent in connection with the SISP. The deadline for submission of non-binding letters of intent (“LOI”) is 5:00pm Saskatoon time on Monday, June 27, 2016.

The Company has also entered into a $1,185,000.00 (CAD) debtor-in-possession term sheet (the “DIP Term Sheet”) with CAMCE Holding Inc., an affiliate of Procon Resources Inc. (“Procon”), the lender under the senior secured gold stream credit agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) dated August 3, 2012 assigned to Procon effective February 22, 2013.  Advances made pursuant to the DIP Term Sheet will be used to implement the Restructuring and to provide for working capital and other ordinary course expenditures of the Company.  All obligations of the Company pursuant to the DIP Term Sheet (collectively, the “DIP Obligations”) shall be secured by a first (except as otherwise set out therein) ranking, court ordered charge on all of the property of the Company.

Procon has also submitted a stalking horse credit bid (the “Stalking Horse Credit Bid”).  In the event that the result of the SISP is that the Stalking Horse Credit Bid is put forward to the Court for approval as the best offer available pursuant to the SISP and is implemented as a share bid, then (subject to court approval) all of the existing equity interests in the Company will be retracted, cancelled and extinguished and new equity interests in the Company will be issued to Procon pursuant to a BIA Proposal To Creditors.  In the event that the result of the SISP is that the Stalking Horse Credit Bid is put forward to the Court for approval as the best offer available pursuant to the SISP and is implemented as an asset bid, then (subject to court approval) all of the material assets of the Company will be conveyed to Procon free and clear of any security, charge or other restricted, other than permitted encumbrances.  In the event that the result of the SISP is to yield a superior offer from a third party other than Procon that is put forward to the Court for approval as the best offer available, then the transaction arising out of such third party offer would be implemented and put forward for court approval in a similar manner (as either a share bid or an asset bid, as the case may be).

The purchase price offered by Procon pursuant to the Stalking Horse Credit Bid is equal to the obligations of the Company to Procon under the Credit Agreement as of the closing date (which, as of April 8, 2016, were approximately $19.6 million, exclusive of professional fees and costs), all obligations owed by the Company pursuant to the DIP Term Sheet and any obligations of the Company that are outstanding as of the closing date and that rank in priority to the DIP Obligations.  The closing date is expected to be no later than August 12, 2016.

These matters are subject to various conditions and there can be no assurance that the Restructuring or any transaction described above will be successfully completed.

About Golden Band

Golden Band Resources Inc. is a former gold producer operating in the La Ronge gold belt in northernSaskatchewan and is listed on the NEX board of the TSX Venture Exchange in Canada under the symbol GBN.H. Commercial production was declared on April 1, 2011. The Company has suspended mining operations (see news release of June 30, 2014) but has been actively exploring the La Ronge Gold Belt since 1994 and has assembled a land package of 870 km2, including 13 known gold deposits and five former producing mines, being Jolu, Decade,Star Lake, EP and Komis (the La Ronge Project area). On April 15, 2016, the Company filed a Notice of Intention To Make a Proposal to its Creditors under section 50.4 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada), to assist its restructuring efforts.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Golden Band Resources Inc.,

Paul Saxton
Paul Saxton, CEO

For further information please contact:

Investor Relations:  604-682-6852 

Deloitte Corporate Finance Inc., Sales Agent:

All parties with an interest in submitting a proposal for the assets and/or shares of the Company should contact Deloitte Corporate Finance Inc. for additional information and further instructions on the sales process:

Kevin Becker: 604-640-4926

The Bowra Group, Trustee:

Kristin Gray: 780-809-1224

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information and Statements

This news release includes certain forward-looking statements or information. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding the potential restructuring and financing plans, objectives or expectations of Golden Band Resources Inc. (Company) are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s plans or expectations include risks relating to the failure to obtain restructuring proposals acceptable to the Company, necessary regulatory or shareholder approvals, regulatory changes, timeliness of government or regulatory approvals and other risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the Company. The Company makes all reasonable efforts to update its corporate information on a timely basis.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Source: Golden Band Resources Inc.

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May 23, 2016 at 2:10 pm

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Recognized as Top Employer of Interns and College Graduates

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ST. LOUIS /PRNewswire/ — For the second straight year, has ranked Enterprise Rent-A-Car the No. 1 Entry-Level Employer of college graduates for 2016. The job site also recognized Enterprise as a Top Intern Employer. Top Entry Level Employer Top Entry Level Employer

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Enterprise expects its 2016 entry-level hiring to increase 5 percent over last year – to nearly 9,000. In addition, hiring for Enterprise’s Management Internship program is expected to increase from 1,700 last year to 2,000 this year.

At Enterprise, most full-time entry-level employees get their start in the renowned Enterprise Rent-A-CarManagement Training program. These positions are available at most of the more than 5,600 fully staffed neighborhood and airport Enterprise offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. Management Trainees receive a hands-on experience that teaches them how to run a business, empower teams and provide excellent face-to-face customer service. Other hallmarks of the program include extensive training in a wide range of business skills; including profit and loss management, business-to-business marketing and sales, and logistics. Interns take on many of the same tasks as Management Trainees, learning what it takes to run a successful business and honing their entrepreneurial skills.

According to, entry-level employers project an overall increase in entry-level hiring of 2.3 percent in 2016. The Top Entry-Level Employers list represents more than 125,000 jobs for the class of 2016, and is available online at

Global Hiring

Enterprise Holdings Inc., which through its integrated global network of regional subsidiaries and independent franchises owns and operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand, has long been recognized as one of the largest recruiters of college graduates in the United States.

The Management Training program also has been recognized globally. Enterprise operates the program in Canada,France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the U.K. Most recently, the company’s U.K. operations were awarded the prestigious Graduate Employer of the Year Award at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards held in London. The award was determined by a select student judging panel and a national survey of 52,000 students and graduates from 120 universities. Enterprise was recognized for being at the forefront of graduate hiring, as well as for its innovative on-campus recruiting program and focus on creating a long-term career structure for graduate hires.

“Building our talent pipeline through both entry-level positions and our internship program is critical to fueling the promote-from-within culture that has served us so well over the years in developing the future leaders of our company,” said Marie Artim, Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition at Enterprise Holdings.

Enterprise Holdings employees have a chance to advance their careers quickly, thanks in large part to the thorough preparation they receive in the Management Training program. In addition, the company’s promote-from-within culture is a driving force behind its need to recruit thousands of innovative, college-educated individuals each year. In fact, in 2015 nearly 15,000 employees were promoted or took on new challenges in various positions throughout Enterprise Holdings, contributing to new opportunities for recently hired management trainees and to the need to add even more.

Both Enterprise Holdings’ President and Chief Executive Officer Pamela Nicholson and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Christine Taylor began their careers in the Management Training program.

The company is also a strong proponent of hiring student athletes and has been recognized as one of the top 10 companies excelling in social recruiting.

For more information about career opportunities at Enterprise, visit

About Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Founded in 1957, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is an internationally recognized brand known for an extensive network of convenient locations, affordable rates and outstanding customer service. Enterprise has been ranked onBusinessWeek magazine’s annual list of “Customer Service Champs” for four years in a row. The Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand is owned by Enterprise Holdings Inc., the world’s largest car rental provider – as measured by revenue, fleet, and employees – and part of a global network exceeding 9,000 offices and 1.7 million vehicles throughout more than 80 countries and territories.

This press release and car rental industry news are available in the Enterprise Holdings Press Room.

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May 23, 2016 at 12:03 pm

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4 Ways Small Businesses Should Leverage Text Message Marketing

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — For small businesses that are looking to differentiate themselves from large companies, one powerful mobile marketing tool to consider is text messaging. This easy-to-use and affordable tactic is an excellent way to quickly reach existing customers and develop closer relationships with those clients.

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If you are wondering how SMS marketing can work for your business, here are four easy ways to get started:

  • Provide coupons and discounts. Mobile coupons are convenient and travel with consumers everywhere they go, which leads to higher redemption rates and increased sales.
  • Timing. Knowing when to send your messages and understanding consumer behavior both play an important role with text message marketing. Avoid rush hours, Mondays, and if you are looking to increase in-store foot traffic, don’t send promotional texts on weekends only.
  • Build a strong list. Your text message campaign can only be successful if you have a strong list to message. Use short codes to encourage simple sign-ups and consider segmenting this audience further, which can allow you to target and nurture these leads.

For further discussion on the text message marketing, read the latest article posted to PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit here.

PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that provides small businesses and entrepreneurs the tools to develop an affordable public relations and marketing plan that helps generate interest from potential customers, engage with key audiences and grow their businesses. The toolkit features relevant content such as informative white papers, interactive webinars and how-to articles and premium access to educational resources, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of special offers designed specifically for small businesses. To request information on how PR Newswire can help your small business, click here. You can receive updates on new Small Business PR Toolkit content by following @prnsmallbiz on Twitter.

About PR Newswire
PR Newswire ( is the premier global provider of multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, sustainability officers, public affairs and investor relations officers to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry over 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — from rich media to online video to multimedia — and then distribute content and measure results across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire enables the world’s enterprises to engage opportunity everywhere it exists. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas,Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and is a UBM plc company.

Amanda Eldridge
Director, Strategic Channels

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May 23, 2016 at 11:42 am

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Cendyn Announces Strategic Equity Partnership with Accel-KKR

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BOCA RATON, Florida /PRNewswire/ — Cendyn, the leader in software solutions for driving sales and marketing performance in the travel and hospitality industry, announced today it has received a growth equity investment from Accel-KKR, a leading technology-focused private equity firm. As a result of the new partnership, Cendyn will accelerate its investments in its existing product portfolio, new product innovation, and market expansion driving more value for its current and future customers. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

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Founded in 1996, Cendyn develops cloud-based software used by tens-of-thousands of hotels and resorts around the world. Cendyn offers two core product lines. Cendyn/ONE combines CRM with Data-Driven Digital Marketing in a single, fully integrated platform. This innovative solution delivers a centralized view of guest data that enables highly targeted communications across all digital media channels and throughout the entire guest lifecycle. Cendyn Arcaneo, provides an integrated platform for meeting planners, suppliers, and enterprises to plan, source, manage, and measure end-to-end meetings and events execution.

“For more than 20 years, Cendyn has found success by leveraging our deep travel and hospitality domain expertise to develop market leading products that meet the needs of our clients,” said Charles Deyo, CEO of Cendyn. “We are excited to be partnering with Accel-KKR. This partnership positions us to capitalize on the growth opportunities in the market and to accelerate our product innovation.”

“Cendyn has all the characteristics that Accel-KKR looks for in an investment: an industry-leading technology platform, a superior service delivery platform, proven market leadership demonstrated by a world-class client base and a talented management team,” said Rob Palumbo, Managing Director at Accel-KKR.

About Cendyn
Cendyn is a cloud-based software and services provider that develops integrated technology platforms for driving sales and marketing performance in the travel and hospitality industry: Cendyn/ONE, providing an integrated CRM and Data-Driven Digital Marketing platform for hotels and resorts; and Cendyn Arcaneo, providing an integrated Meetings and Events Management Platform which is revolutionizing the way clients plan, source, manage and measure events worldwide. With office locations in Boca Raton, Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, London and Singapore, Cendyn proudly serves over 30,000 clients in 143 countries with enterprise spend levels in excess of $1 billion USD. For more information on Cendyn, please visit

About Accel-KKR
Accel-KKR is a technology-focused investment firm with $4.0 billion in capital commitments. The firm invests in software and IT enabled businesses well-positioned for topline and bottom-line growth. At the core of Accel-KKR’s investment strategy is a commitment to developing strong partnerships with the management teams of its portfolio companies and a focus on building value through significant resources available through the Accel-KKR network. Accel-KKR focuses on middle-market companies and provides a broad range of capital solutions from minority-growth investments to buyouts, recapitalizations, divisional carve-outs and going-private transactions. The firm has offices in Menlo Park, Atlanta and London. For more information, please visit

Dee Surico, Marketing Manager
Phone: +1.561.419.2147

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May 23, 2016 at 11:39 am

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Nick Parker, Corporate Vice President of OEM Division, Microsoft, Unveils the Powerful Ecosystem of Windows at COMPUTEX 2016

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-Windows 10 Anniversary Update Enabling Modern Windows Devices & Experiences

TAIPEI, Taiwan  /PRNewswire/ — One of the largest global ICT events, COMPUTEX Taipei, will have its grand opening on May 31st. This year marks Microsoft’s 14th year at COMPUTEX and the booth will be located on the 4th floor at Nangang Exhibition Hall 1 L0110. Together with partners, Microsoft will showcase innovative Windows devices in gaming, industrial automation, education, smart retail scenarios, as well as other new devices that light up the latest capabilities in Windows 10.

Nick Parker, corporate vice president, OEM Division, Microsoft Corp., will give a keynote speech at 2:00pm onWednesday June 1st at the Taipei International Convention Center. In the keynote titled “Enabling Modern Windows Devices & Experiences,” Parker will showcase a range of the latest OEM Windows 10 devices and new ways people can use them to achieve more. He’ll also discuss how Microsoft’s cloud, Windows and productivity services are generating strength and opportunity for the ecosystem.

In view of the constant innovation in Taiwan’s hardware industry, together with the support from industry, government and academia, the IoT ecosystem in Taiwan has grown to be more complete and offer businesses increased impact and insight. As of today, about 40 devices are Azure IoT certified, which makes this year’s COMPUTEX more intriguing.

Microsoft will also demonstrate the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. At BUILD in March, Microsoft revealed many new features along with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, including enhancements to Cortana, Xbox One, Skype, Windows Hello and the Universal Windows Platform.

The COMPUTEX 2016 Microsoft Keynote “Enabling Modern Windows Devices & Experiences,” will be held at2:00pm on Wednesday June 1st at the Taipei International Convention Center. Visitors are encouraged to explore an adventurous and innovative journey with Microsoft at COMPUTEX 2016. Online free registration can be found at

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Press Contacts

Angela Wang, PR Manager at Microsoft Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-3725-3773
Mobile: +886-910-030-255

Tasha Chang, Assistant Account Manager at Veda International Corp.
Tel: +886-2-2704-3024 #112
Mobile: +886-916-105-457

Source: Microsoft

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