New Service from San Juan to the British Virgin Islands

Daily Nonstops Begin December 8

SAINT CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands, Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Seaborne Airlines, the regional carrier based in St. Croix, USVI, and the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board in collaboration with the BVI Airport Authority today announced daily round-trip flights between San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport, serving the British Virgin Islands. The new service will operate with 17-seat Dehavilland Twin Otters with twenty four (24) flight segments per week starting December 8, 2012. Starting in February, the market will be operated with 34-seat Saab turboprop equipment with two pilots, flight attendant, in-flight service and a lavatory.  By April 2013 Seaborne plans to operate 49 weekly round-trip flights with over 3,300 weekly seats into and out of the market.  Service is scheduled to begin December 8.

Additionally, on December 8, Seaborne plans to operate new service from San Juan non-stop to Virgin Gorda, with twelve (12) flight segments weekly with 17-seat Twin Otter service. Seaborne also plans to introduce special promotional fares for BVI residents traveling to San Juan and beyond.

“We’re pleased to introduce the first scheduled Saab service to The British Virgin Islands from our connecting complex in San Juan, Puerto Rico,” said Gary Foss, president, Seaborne Airlines.  “This schedule will allow customers from throughout the United States and Canada easy connections to the beautiful and upscale British Virgin Islands, renowned for their powdery white-sand beaches, lush green mountains and sheltered yacht filled harbors.  We are especially eager to provide nonstop service directly from San Juan to Virgin Gorda, home of Little Dix Bay, the Bitter End Yacht Club, Biras Creek, other upscale resorts, villas and small locally owned properties.  And of course, there are The Baths, a national park where granite boulders create mysterious grottos in the sea”.

BVI travelers will also have access to Seaborne’s premium lounge at San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. The lounge offers comfortable seating, work areas, charging stations, light refreshments, WIFI access, and Direct TV. Additionally, Seaborne customers have access to FasTrak SJU security access, which allows travelers to go to the head of the TSA line.

Here is the schedule December 8 – February 1 (all times local):

San Juan to Tortola

Flight          Departs   Arrives      Frequency

11:45     12:35    Daily. Except

4546              a.m.      p.m.         Wed

7:00      7:50    Daily, Except

4602              p.m.      p.m.         Wed.

Tortola to San Juan

Flight          Departs   Arrives      Frequency

6:10      7:00    Daily, Except

4503              a.m.      a.m.        Thur.

1:00      1:50    Daily, Except

4557              p.m.      p.m.         Wed.

San Juan to Virgin Gorda

Flight          Departs   Arrives      Frequency

1:00      1:55    Daily, Except

4556              p.m.      p.m.         Wed.

Virgin Gorda to San Juan

Flight          Departs   Arrives      Frequency

2:30      3:25    Daily, Except

4569              p.m.      p.m.         Wed.

About Seaborne Airlines

Seaborne Airlines – named Best Small Air Transport serving the U.S. Virgin Islands every year since 2007 – operates 337 weekly departures to San Juan and Vieques in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas and St. Croix in the USVI.  Operating for 17-years in the Caribbean, Seaborne has carried more than 2 million customers.  With both Seaplane and Airport operations, all aircraft operate with two pilots.  Flights can be reserved via the internet: www.seaborneairlines.com or calling 866-359-8784.

New Breast Cancer Treatment Clinics Await Approval to Operate

SAINT JOHN PARISH, Nevis, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Cancer Cleared Clinics, a Nevis LLC, announced today that it is waiting for approval to operate it’s Breast Cancer Clinics in thirty countries. Cancer Cleared Clinics has a unique and tested combination of therapies that are more effective and less harmful to the body than the current methods of cancer treatment used in the United States. This treatment is not available in the United States.

Eugene Steele, cancer historian, said, “I have a personal war against cancer and those that prevent better treatments. The Standard American Diet is the major cause for the two largest killers: heart disease and cancer. Every person has cancer created in their bodies everyday. Our bodies are equipped with an immune system which attacks and destroys these cancer cells. When we eat a Standard American Diet we weaken the immune system and it cannot destroy the cancer cells. This can all be reversed and has been available for over 100 years.”

The Cancer Cleared Clinics’ method is to remove the protection the breast cancer cells have, and let the body destroy these cancer cells in seven days. Cancer Cleared Clinics offers a money back guarantee and a fixed fee of $3500. No other clinics in the world will make this offer. “There have been many developers of cancer therapies that have been blocked or ignored,” stated Mr. Steele. “The United States lags behind many other countries in delivery of ground-breaking advances in quality medical care.”

Steele adds, “There are more effective treatments for cancer, but because of the politics and restrictive laws in the United States, doctors can only make quiet suggestions to their patients because these doctors do not want to incur the wrath of the FDA and the medical establishment, and jeopardize their license to practice medicine.”

Cancer Cleared Clinics is in the last phase of financing. Each Clinic costs $200,000 to establish. They have a new concept of cancer medical tourism. Each clinic will be located in a resort making the treatment a vacation. The treatment only requires 45 minutes a day for seven consecutive days. The rest of the day the client is free to enjoy their vacation with their family. There is no chemotherapy, surgery or radiation.

www.cancercleared.com

The WISE Awards Honor World’s Best Initiatives in Innovative Education

Six projects from around the world are awarded for their transformative impact on education and society

DOHA, Qatar, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) announces six groundbreaking projects from around the world as Winners of the 2012 WISE Awards under the theme "Transforming Education".

Now in their fourth year, the WISE Awards identify, showcase and promote innovative educational projects from all sectors and regions of the world in order to inspire change in education.  Winning projects, which are selected for their concrete, positive impact upon society, receive global visibility and a prize of $20,000 (U.S.).  

Hailing from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Denmark, India and the United States of America, the winning initiatives have been selected for their tangible, positive impact upon society and their innovative approach to solving important global problems.

The diverse projects offer unique solutions to today’s most important challenges, from poverty to climate change. Solutions include unconventional business models to assist low-income families with affordable education, as well as original ways of bringing high-quality education to remote and destitute parts of the world.

This year one of the WISE Awards is for a project that, in addition to "Transforming Education", has best provided innovative financing of primary education. The winning project comes from Bangladesh, where solar-powered floating schools ensure year-round primary education to students in flood-prone areas, even during the height of the monsoon period.  

This emphasis on primary education reflects the support of Qatar Foundation Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser for United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2 on achieving universal primary education. The WISE focus in 2012 on an innovative financing project is designed to stimulate efforts worldwide to reach MDG 2.

Finalists and Winners of the WISE Awards will participate in the annual WISE Summit taking place November 13 – 15 at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar, under the theme "Collaborating for Change".

List of the 2012 WISE Awards Winning Education Initiatives:

  • Cristo Rey Network Corporate Work Study Program, United States of America
  • PSU Educarchile, Chile
  • RoboBraille, Denmark
  • Satya Bharti School Program, India
  • Solar-Powered Floating Schools, Bangladesh (WISE Awards Winner for innovative financing of primary education)
  • Transforming Steung Meanchey Through Education, Cambodia

 WISE 2012 will take place in Doha 13-15 November 2012. http://www.wise-qatar.org

To find out more about the WISE Awards, please visit: http://www.wise-qatar.org/awards

PanAfrican Entrepreneurs Conference Announces Launch

The New Economic Frontier – Global Markets

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The PanAfrican Entrepreneurs Conference (PAEC) president, Kay DeBow, has announced the launch of a new nonprofit global business organization.  The first conference convenes in Houston, Texas, during November 15-18, 2012. 

PAEC’s mission is to create an arena for entrepreneurs and business people within the Black Diaspora to come meet and further business connections.  Also, to suggest policy improvement and issue awareness that will benefit the status of black entrepreneurs internationally. This conference is for entrepreneurs who are doing business or who desire to do business globally. 

DeBow, who has served as the Executive Vice President of the National Black Chamber of Commerce since 1993 states, "This conference is the optimum time to make global connections.  It is past time to think about doing business outside the United States. The Diaspora is exploding and we need to reconnect and participate now!"

The conference will focus on agribusiness, technology, infrastructure and energy.  Water sustainability and logistics, capital access and health care are on the agenda.  The glamour industries of entertainment, fashion and beauty will also be addressed. There will also be ample time to network and have face-to-face meetings.

The speakers will include corporations that are doing business globally. Notably, Robert Agbede, chairman, president and CEO of Chester Engineers will present on doing business in Africa, Asia and the US. Chester Engineers is the global leader in building urban infrastructures and economies.  Included in their portfolio is the experience to provide water and wastewater engineering solutions to public and industrial clients. Chester Engineers is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.

Additionally, we are honored that Prosper Adabla, president and CEO of New Capital Holdings, LTD has agreed to be a presenter. He is an industrialist, a financial consultant and businessman. He worked on Wall Street for 15 years and currently serves as Vice President for the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Accra. Mr. Adabla will present on innovative financing in the global market.

This event is open to the public and Early Bird registration is available until the end of September at www.panafricanec.org. The PanAfrican Entrepreneurs Conference will be held at the luxurious Four Seasons Houston.  Hotel reservations can be made at www.panafricanec.org or by calling 800 734-4114. See you in Houston!

Walden University Awards Scholarships to Five Haitian Students

Full-tuition certificate program opportunities reflect university’s mission of positive social change

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — After the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti, Walden University made a commitment to put its mission of social change into action by providing educational opportunities to Haitians who could then use their knowledge to help others and make an impact in their communities. To achieve this goal, Walden partnered with the Organization of American States (OAS) to identify Haitians residing on the island who would be eligible to receive five full-tuition scholarships for certificate programs in the School of Public Policy and Administration. 

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"Helping students and graduates lead positive social change has been a part of our university’s mission for more than 40 years. These five remarkable Haitians are committed to improving the future of their country, and we are proud to play a role in helping them achieve their goals," said Dr. Cynthia G. Baum, president of Walden University.

The Walden OAS Haiti Scholarship program is administered in part through the Organization of American States Department of Human Development, Education and Culture (OAS-DHDEC), which has worked tirelessly since the earthquake to provide Haitians with opportunities to redevelop and enhance the nation through its people. OAS also is providing a dedicated space at the Port-au-Prince Education Center with computers and Internet service for the scholarship winners to study and pursue their online programs.

"I believe this opportunity will strengthen my professional development as well as help me better understand leadership management. It will also provide me with the knowledge and skills to become a change agent in my community and build a nonprofit organization with a mission to help the most vulnerable," said Patricia Dufane, a project manager for Catholic Relief Services-Haiti from Port-au-Prince and recipient of a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management scholarship.

In addition to Dufane, four students were awarded Graduate Certificate in Public Management and Leadership scholarships:
• Jeannot Chataigne, tour and visit administrator for Compassion International in Haiti from Port-au-Prince
• Charles Myrlande Gaspard, agronomist and part-time radio operator for UNOPS from Les Cayes
• Marie Laura Jean, finance assistant for the World Food Programme from Les Cayes
• Raphney Rendel, logistic officer for ActionAid Haiti from Port-au-Prince
"It is a great privilege for me to receive this scholarship. I plan to share my skills with the people in my community in order to improve their way of thinking and act as agents of social change," said Jean.

Since its founding in 1970, Walden has attracted a community of lifelong learners who share a common desire to make a difference. Walden students, alumni and faculty and staff members bring Walden’s mission to life through research, conferences and service projects focused on effecting positive social change. To learn more about Walden’s ongoing commitment to social change, including the recent release of the Social Change Impact Report, visit www.WaldenU.edu/socialchange.   

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 48,500 students from all 50 states and more than 140 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 60 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries.

Walden offers more than 65 degree programs with more than 330 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

Albany Breaks Ground On Marina Residences

NASSAU, Bahamas, Sept. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — As Albany nears its second anniversary, the luxury resort community is expanding by starting construction on its first phase of Marina Residences.

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The groundbreaking of the first three buildings occurred earlier today with all three buildings slated for completion throughout 2014.

“This important second phase of construction at Albany is a terrific vote of confidence for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,” said Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie. “The sales success that Albany has experienced is also a resilient validation of The Bahamas and its international appeal.”

Twenty-four of the 35 residences have already been sold through Albany’s preconstruction sales program that launched during the first quarter of this year. The three six-story towers, totaling 275,000 square feet, were designed by leading architects Morris Adjmi Architects, Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects and HKS Architects.

Albany’s Marina Residences combine the best in waterfront living with unparalleled luxury and extraordinary views across Albany’s marina and out to sea.

Offering both modern and classic profiles, the floor plans range from two to six bedrooms with movie theaters to large penthouses with private swimming pools. Two of the three marina buildings will offer ground floor office space.

“We are very excited to begin construction of this important phase of development at Albany, and we are gratified at how well-received the Marina Residences have been,” said Christopher Anand, Albany’s managing partner.

The Marina Residences at Albany overlook one of the finest marinas in the Caribbean with 71 slips and state-of-the-art floating concrete docks that can accommodate boats from 50 feet in length up to 300 foot mega-yachts. Each slip offers electric, cable and internet connectivity, while marina attendants are available seven days a week to provide docking assistance to vessels. Albany marked the sale of its 40th marina slip this quarter.

“Albany Marina is one of the finest deep-water marinas in the world and has been designed for the most demanding yacht owners,” said Todd Turrell, principal of marine, environmental and coastal engineering firm Turrell, Hall & Associates. “The Marina Residences at Albany are a wonderful complement to this already majestic harbor.”

Jointly owned by Tavistock Group, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, Albany is becoming recognized as the ultimate yachtsman’s retreat highlighted by a modern mega-yacht marina, Ernie Els championship golf course, a luxury boutique hotel, a fitness center and spa, an adult pool and bar, a family water park, a kids’ clubhouse and casual and fine dining restaurants.

Albany Marina enjoys a prime location amidst The Bahamas’ 700 islands. Pristine beaches, world-class fishing destinations and an international airport lie minutes from Albany Marina.

ABOUT ALBANY – THE BAHAMAS
Albany, located in The Bahamas, is a luxury resort community jointly owned by Tavistock Group, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els. Opened in 2010, Albany is nestled along approximately 600 oceanfront acres on the southwestern end of New Providence and conveniently located seven minutes and five miles from Nassau’s international airport. Albany features an array of residential offerings and amenities for all members of the family, including a well-appointed boutique hotel, a 71-slip mega-yacht marina, an Ernie Els-designed golf course, a fitness center and spa, an adult pool and bar, a family water park, a kids’ clubhouse and casual and fine dining restaurants. Albany’s deep-water marina is being designed and built to aesthetically rival the great resort ports of the world. For more information, visit www.albanybahamas.com.

ABOUT TAVISTOCK GROUP
Tavistock Group is an international private investment organization founded by Joe Lewis. With investments in more than 200 companies across 15 countries, Tavistock Group’s investment portfolio includes: life sciences, sports teams and sporting events, manufacturing and distribution, oil, gas and energy, financial services, restaurants, commercial properties, private luxury residential properties, resort properties and master-planned real estate developments. For more information, visit www.tavistock.com.

Smirnoff Reinvents Nightlife With Launch Of Global “Smirnoff Midnight Circus”

Collaborates with Artist David LaChapelle to Create Interactive Art Installation to be Unveiled at Events in Mexico City and Bangkok

NEW YORK, Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Smirnoff, the world’s leading vodka brand, is breathing new life into the night with the launch of Smirnoff Midnight Circus, a global tour celebrating unique nightlife experiences in more than 25 cities. The program is a collection of ideas – a celebration of the newest, most extraordinary spectacles in nightlife. It is not a circus in the traditional sense of the word, but a modern interpretation by the brand in collaboration with influencers and cutting-edge artists.

To help bring the vision to life, the brand is collaborating with renowned artist and photographer David LaChapelle to create an interactive art installation to be unveiled at premiere events in Mexico City and Bangkok on September 7 and 15, respectively. The piece will inspire a series of innovative experiences taking place around the world over the next six months.

"I was drawn to the creative possibilities in bringing this project to life, and Smirnoff’s wish for me to not hold back in doing so," said David LaChapelle. "The installation embodies a modern futurism of today’s nightlife culture with innovative body art and ornamentation."

"We’re launching this global effort to not only provide fans with unexpected experiences, but also encourage them to find inspiration by trying something new," stated Michelle Klein, Vice President, Smirnoff Global Marketing. "Our collaboration with LaChapelle is bringing that vision to life in a big way."
At events around the world, fans of legal purchase age will find cutting-edge DJ’s, performers, mixologists, and acts unlike any other. The experiences will feature two themes: events driven by an innovative use of light to elevate the nightlife experience, and "Secret Sessions" –incomparable experiences at unexpected venues with unannounced performances by top musical acts.

Currently in production, LaChapelle’s installation, titled "You’re In My Head," will evoke a feeling of enchantment and mystery. The piece will feature a double-sided head inspired by traditions of dance and music that can be found in contemporary electronic music culture worldwide.

A behind-the-scenes view into the creative process and collaboration between the brand and David LaChapelle can be found at www.youtube.com/Smirnoff.
The countries participating include: Argentina, Armenia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, Guatemala, Malta, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela and Vietnam.
The program is the newest effort to support the brand’s mission to discover the most unique and interesting nightlife, and the latest example of a long standing tradition of partnering with world-renowned artists. In 2011, the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project was implemented. For this initiative, 50 countries shared and swapped the unique aspects of their nightlife, culminating in one-of-a-kind experiences on the same night all over the world.

More information on Smirnoff Midnight Circus can be found at Smirnoff.com.

The Smirnoff word and associated logos are trademarks. © 2012 The Smirnoff Co.

About Diageo

Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines, and beer categories.  These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.  Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 180 countries around the world.  The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE).  For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at Diageo.com. Visit www.drinkaware.com and Diageo’s own global resource www.DRINKiQ.com for information and guidance on responsible drinking.  In Great Britain, Diageo is a member of The Portman Group and supports The Drinkaware Trust.

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

ALTA and UBM Aviation Join Forces to Launch Major Airline MRO Event in the Latin America and Caribbean Region

LONDON, Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — UBM Aviation and the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) have announced the launch of a major new event for the region’s airline engineering and maintenance community. The Latin America & Caribbean Engineering & MRO Summit 2012 will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 17-19, 2012 and will bring together senior representatives from the entire MRO spectrum from across the region, and their international counterparts.

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Through this new partnership ALTA and UBM Aviation will work together for the benefit of the region’s aviation industry. UBM Aviation’s CEO Phil Callow said that "with regional MRO growth rates exceeding 5% annually over the next decade, this collaboration is the perfect marriage of ALTA’s leadership in this rapidly-developing region and UBM Aviation’s expertise at facilitating knowledge-sharing and networking in this industry."  He added, "We look forward to working with ALTA to create a summit which will serve as the region’s meeting place for airlines, MROs, OEMs, lessors and other suppliers from around the world."

Alex de Gunten, ALTA´s Executive Director, noted, "ALTA is delighted at the opportunity of working together with a world-class organization, like UBM, with expertise in such a broad range of aviation related services.  This will allow us to apply our know-how and relationship-building experience in the Latin America and Caribbean, leveraging our leadership, expertise and presence in the Region to continue promoting a safer and more efficient industry."   ALTA recently held the long-standing and highly successful Aeronautical Material Procurement Committee (CCMA by its Spanish acronym), an event that hosted over 800 attendees and sold out nearly one month before the conference.

The region’s airline community is supporting this new event which is expected to act as a catalyst for the development of cutting-edge maintenance and engineering services in one of the world’s fastest – growing aviation regions. The high-profile conference will take place over two days and will feature a high level summit, closed airline sessions, a gala dinner and a host of other networking and learning opportunities. 

For full programme information and to register please visit http://www.alta-ubma-mrosummit.com

About UBM Aviation
UBM Aviation, a UBM plc company, is the pioneer of innovative market leading aviation solutions. Our instantly recognisable brands provide the data, analysis, events, media and consultancy services that drive route development and financial growth for our customers’ businesses.
For more information, visit http://www.ubmaviation.com

About ALTA
ALTA (Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association) is a private, non-profit organization, whose more than 40 member airlines represent over 90 percent of the region’s commercial air traffic. ALTA coordinates the collaborative efforts of its members in order to facilitate the development of safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly air transport in the Latin America and Caribbean region for the mutual benefit of the association’s members, their customers and the industry.

For more information, visit http://www.alta.aero

Pan-American Life Insurance Group Completes Acquisition of Majority of MetLife® Assets in the Caribbean, Panama and Costa Rica

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG), a leading provider of insurance and financial services throughout the Americas, today announced it received regulatory approval and has completed its acquisition of assets and businesses of MetLife (NYSE: MET) in the Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Panama, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. In an important next step, PALIG expects to receive regulatory approval and close on the remaining Caribbean countries over the next few months.

Upon closing in all jurisdictions, the PALIG acquisition will represent approximately US$675 million in assets, encompassing 15 countries in Central America and the Caribbean. In total, the acquisition will represent more than US$170 million in revenues (as of 2010).

"This purchase solidifies Pan-American Life Insurance Group’s strategy to become one of the leading life and health insurance providers in the Americas," said Jose S. Suquet, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Pan-American Life Insurance Group. "For more than 100 years, Pan-American Life Insurance Group has provided trusted financial security to our policyholders. The acquisition enhances Pan-American Life Insurance Group’s financial strength and expands our size and geographic footprint, and makes available our high quality of service to customers in the Caribbean." 

The regions acquired through this transaction greatly expand PALIG’s international revenues further making these markets a priority as the company continues to expand its global footprint.  In the Caribbean, the Alico/Algico acquired premiums represent 11 percent of PALIG’s overall premium distribution and 20 percent of its international portfolio, thus making the Caribbean market one of the most important for PALIG.

"This transaction aligns with our dedicated focus on our core competencies of life and health insurance. The addition of the MetLife – Alico/Algico business fits perfectly with Pan-American Life’s strategic focus of becoming a leading life and health insurance carrier with international reach for insureds of both our corporate and personal lines," said Mr. Suquet. "Additionally, it ranks PALIG in the top three among life and/or health insurance carriers in nearly all markets in which it competes outside of the United States."

MetLife – Alico/Algico customers in the Caribbean and Central America will benefit from being insured by a provider that has a high-quality asset base, a strong balance sheet, financial strength ratings of A (Excellent) from AM Best and Fitch Ratings, an expanded footprint and 100 years of experience with a distinct focus of life and health insurance in the Americas, the Company said.

In connection with the acquisition, a PALIG insurer is now a MAXIS Global Benefits partner in the Caribbean, Panama and Costa Rica, as well as in Central America and Ecuador.  The MAXIS Global Benefits Network is a worldwide network created by MetLife and AXA to deliver optimal local insurance coverage to multinational companies through their own operations as well as independent carriers.

Working together with the senior management team, leading the PALIG business in the Caribbean will be Miguel Sierra, as Managing Director of the Caribbean Operations and Jacinto Martinez, Vice President, Regional Director of Agencies.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Pan-American Life
The Pan-American Life Insurance Group is a leading provider of insurance and financial services throughout the Americas. New Orleans-based Pan-American Life Insurance Company, the Group’s flagship member, has been delivering trusted financial services since 1911, employing more than 1,300 worldwide, providing top-rated life and health insurance, employee benefits and financial services in 47 states, the District of Columbia (DC), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Group’s member companies offer individual and/or group life and health insurance throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Group has branches and affiliates in Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, and 15 Caribbean markets*, including Barbados, Cayman Islands, Curacao* and Trinidad and Tobago. For more information, visit the Pan-American Life Web site at palig.com.

* Pending Regulatory Approval

HBO Presents “Where the Music is Always Alive: Jamaica Jazz & Blues 2012″

KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — In the midst of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence, HBO and Flow will host a private screening of the HBO Special, Where the Music is Always Alive: Jamaica Jazz & Blues 2012. The program, debuting in the Caribbean August 4th and throughout Latin America in September, showcases the most important musical event of the region, which this year includes legendary artists such as Celine Dion, Shaggy, Damian Marley, John Holt and Jully Black.

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"We are thrilled to be sharing in this celebratory moment, together with Flow, here in Kingston," said Javier Figueras, Corporate Vice President of Affiliate Sales for HBO Latin America Group. "By investing in local productions, we continue to bring Jamaica’s cultural wealth and natural beauty to a forefront throughout both the Caribbean and Latin American regions."

In addition to celebrating Jamaica’s musical tradition, the HBO Special also brings the emblematic landscapes and scenic views of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Dunns River Falls and the Blue Mountains into sharp focus. While capturing the rhythmic beats of Reggae, Ska, Mento and Rocksteady, Where the Music is Always Alive: Jamaica Jazz & Blues 2012 also highlights the island’s appeal as a sunshine paradise.
 
"This fascinating Special will bolster our ongoing efforts to tap into the burgeoning Latin American market, as many viewers will certainly be lured to our shores by the captivating sights and sounds of our beautiful island," said the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism and Entertainment. "The fact that it will showcase Jamaica to viewers in Caribbean and Latin American countries means it will provide a unique and invaluable opportunity to further market our destination and build brand Jamaica. It not only shines the spotlight on the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival but also puts our rich culture and history on display as we celebrate our 50th anniversary of independence. We are honoured to be associated with this brilliant initiative, which continues to redound to the benefit of our wonderful destination. I must commend Flow and HBO for the production of what has proven to be a very innovative and effective marketing tool, which continues to provide destination Jamaica with significant exposure in the Caribbean and Latin America."

With one-third of its patrons being visitors to the island, this year’s Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival saw the largest audience turn-out in the three-day concert’s history. The HBO Special shares this vibrancy onscreen, not only through performance vignettes, but also through energetic commentaries featuring acclaimed artists such as Kymani Marley, Marcia Griffiths, Mykal Rose, The Temptations, Tessane Chin and Tami Chynn, among others. 

"This was an extremely important opportunity for us to use our technology and platforms to help widen the reach of Jamaica by highlighting the very best of what the island has to offer," said Michele English, President and COO of Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, operators of Flow and Columbus Business Solutions brands. "Our partnership with HBO for a second year in a row demonstrates our continued commitment to support, share and celebrate local culture with the rest of the world, and, at the same time, garner international attention for Jamaica."

The half-hour program will have a repeat showing on Monday, August 6th (Jamaica’s Independence Day); additional showings will air in the Caribbean throughout August and September. The show will also be available to HBO On Demand subscribers (contingent upon cable operator).

About HBO Latin America 
HBO Latin America is the leader in paid, Premium television network broadcasting in the region, who as well as being recognized for the quality and diversity of its original programming, movies, and documentaries, delivers services of the highest technology in SD and HD formats in over 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean through its channels HBO®, HBO2®, HBO® Plus, HBO® Family, HBO Caribbean®, Cinemax®, Max®, Max HD® y Max Prime(SM) and its SVOD service.

About Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited (Flow & Columbus Business Solutions)
With just about six years since its entry into Jamaica, Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, operators of Flow and Columbus Business Solutions, has already made an indelible impact on the local telecommunications industry placing Jamaica as a regional industry leader for data connectivity and innovative digital products. With its dynamic triple play of services – digital cable TV, digital landline and blazing speed Internet, Flow is helping to build a tech savvy, digital, knowledge-based society as Jamaicans forge ahead in keeping apace with the latest global technological trends.

Flow has made a significant commitment to Jamaica, investing over US$300M million to date; in developing human resources, building an island wide all digital infrastructure and enhancing digital education in schools as part of the company’s social development programme.  Jamaica is now the only country in the region with a direct undersea fibre-optic connection to the United States and South America as Flow via its express, direct, network system to Boca in Florida and Cartagena in Colombia.  The record investment in the undersea system also provides Jamaica with unprecedented capacity, resiliency, redundancy and reliability for broadband data communications.

In 2011, Flow launched its business arm. Columbus Business Solutions, the combined forces of Flow’s (Jamaica’s broadband Company) superior business services and its sister company, Columbus Networks’ regional state of the art, scalable, network, boasting the latest high tech infrastructure, found in the region.  Columbus’ sub-sea fibre optic network touches 22 countries in the region and carries over 60% of all internet traffic in the Caribbean.

Columbus Business Solutions leverages Columbus’ superior network and expertise to bring the best products services to our customers.  This means that even the smallest business, as well as the largest established multinational organizations can benefit from the most advance expertise and technology in the region. 

Flow is also demonstrating excellence in corporate social responsibility by supporting enhanced learning via its Building Leaders Through Technology Programme which offers schools free of cost commercial grade internet and digital cable connection; mentoring and youth development activities with the service clubs in communities across Jamaica and investments to athletic developments in Jamaica. Flow is also ‘a major supporter of sports in Jamaica via its title sponsorship of the Flow Champions Cup, the national basketball team and basketball league -Flow National Basketball League.  The company also supports the development of local cultural by partnering with various groups including CALABASH and the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festivals.

Press Contacts
HBO Latin America
Publica Relations
Victoria Ferreira
+ (305) 648-8681
vferreira@hbo-la.com

FLOW
Public Relations, Manager
Jeanette Lewis
876-620-3633 (SL)
jlewis@flowjamaica.com