Panellists quit corporate responsibility panel citing erosion of trust

first_imgOTTAWA — Citing an erosion of trust, civil society and labour representatives have resigned from a panel set up to advise the federal government on ensuring Canadian firms operating abroad are accountable for how they conduct themselves.The 14 members withdrew from the “multi-stakeholder advisory body on responsible business conduct” Thursday, complaining that a newly created adviser on corporate accountability lacks the teeth to ensure companies conducting business outside Canada do so in a responsible manner.The government announced in January 2018 the creation of a Canadian ombudsperson for responsible enterprise (CORE), saying the office would be given the tools to conduct credible, independent investigations.The ombudsperson’s powers were to include the ability to summon witnesses and compel documents.But civil-society leaders say the appointment in April of this year of a special adviser to the international trade minister instead, without giving that adviser proper investigative powers, backtracked on the pledge.And because of that, organizations operating under the umbrella Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability said they lost faith in the ability of the advisory body to function as originally envisioned.Amnesty International Canada secretary general Alex Neve said he was pleased to be vice-chair of the advisory body when it was established.“It was because of assurances that the CORE would have independence and real investigatory powers that we stood alongside the government in January 2018 and we promoted the announcement both nationally and internationally,” Neve said.“The government of Canada’s decision to backtrack on those promises … has led me to lose confidence. I will no longer be able to continue in this role.”Emily Dwyer with the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability also questioned how civil-society groups can be assured that actions will be taken in changing laws and policies when the government appears to have bowed to industry pressure.“Without independence and investigatory powers, the CORE amounts to nothing more than a broken promise,” she said.A spokesman for International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr expressed regret over the departures from the panel but said the government is making progress in promoting responsible business conduct and is looking forward to the ombudsperson’s office being up and running by fall.“We’re grateful for the time and service of these members in advising the minister and in helping to lay the groundwork for the Canadian Ombudsperson on Responsible Enterprise,” said an email from Michael Jones, Carr’s director of communications.“We’re disappointed in their decision to leave the advisory body,” said the statement.“While consensus on these issues remains elusive, dialogue between civil society and industry is critical to progress and walking away from that dialogue is a step backwards and regrettable.”The mining sector has been a particular target of groups demanding greater oversight of activities of Canadian companies operating abroad.Indigenous groups in South America and Africa have complained in recent years of violence and human-rights abuses connected to resource projects carried out by Canadian-controlled companies, which sparked calls for greater accountability.Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Revenue from gambling in the BC Peace rises 17 percent in the

first_imgCombined, both facilities saw customers spend $29.68 million last fiscal year, compared to $25.34 million the year before.Slot machines made up the lion’s share of revenues at both gaming service providers in the two cities, totalling $15.09 million in Fort St. John and $12.52 million in Dawson Creek this past year.Bingo revenues were higher in Dawson Creek than in Fort St. John, with revenues of $477,000 and $257,000 respectively.Chances Fort St. John, which is the only Community Gaming and Bingo Service Provider in B.C. that has table games, saw its tables bring in $1.33 million.Operator commission was $4.42 million at Chances Fort St. John and quite a bit lower – $3.24 million – in Dawson Creek. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Data from the B.C. Lottery Corporation released at the end of last month shows that revenues at the two Chances Gaming Centres in the B.C. Peace jumped over 15 percent in the last year.BCLC’s annual Gambling Service Provider Commissions Report shows that Chances in Fort St. John generated $14.51 million during the 2016/2017 fiscal year, an amount that jumped 15 percent to $16.68 million in 2017/2018.Chances Dawson Creek saw revenues rise 20 percent over the same period, from $10.83 million to 12.999 million.last_img read more

Confidence dropping in real estate market

by Cindy White Posted Dec 30, 2015 7:36 am MDT Confidence dropping in real estate market We know low oil is hurting Alberta’s economic confidence, but it’s also starting to make people in other parts of the country nervous heading into 2016.The latest Nanos survey for Bloomberg News found the biggest drop in three years in Canadian confidence in the real estate market.The index measures a number of things like job security, personal finance and expectations for the economy.It says the prairie provinces, once with the best consumer sentiment, continue to slide driving down the national average, and it has also hit a new regional low for the year.Also having an impact is the drop in the Canadian dollar to levels not seen in more than a decade. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse hoping to bounce back against Massachusetts

Junior attackman Reegan Comeault (8) looks for an open teammate during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternLooking to rebound from a triple overtime loss to Johns Hopkins, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is set to travel to Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday to take on the Massachusetts Minutemen in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic.Playing at Homewood Field for the first time since 2001, OSU was unable to come away with the win against Johns Hopkins after senior attackman Brandon Benn scored 59 seconds into the third overtime to help the Blue Jays escape with the victory.OSU coach Nick Myers said despite the loss, he liked the resiliency his players showed, which is something the team can build upon moving forward.“Our men fought hard,” Myers said Wednesday. “When that enthusiasm, that fight and energy is there, that is something we can look at and say is going to carry us until we get the schemes and the play to where we want it to be.”Coming off a 7-8 record in 2013, UMass got its season underway last weekend when it traveled to Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., to take on Army.Led by a pair of two-goal performances from junior attackman Grant Whiteway and freshman attackman Nick Mariano, the Minutemen were able to hold off the Black Knights and walk away victorious, 6-5.OSU senior defenseman Joe Meurer, who caused one turnover in the loss to Johns Hopkins, said as far as defensively, OSU is not worried about who is on the other side of the field, but it is more focused on playing its own game and growing together as a unit.“We’re continuing to build chemistry with our defense,” Meurer said. “It all goes back to our approaches on guys, playing loud, and playing with our sticks up to generate a lot of turnovers.”Offensively, the Buckeyes are likely to search for more weapons alongside junior midfielder Jesse King, who led the team in scoring against Johns Hopkins with a career-high five goals and also added an assist.However, OSU will have to do that against a UMass defense that has been ranked in the top 25 for three consecutive years.Myers said one of the things that has to improve for the Buckeyes if they are going to find that production this week is their extra-man opportunities, where OSU went 0-4 last Sunday.“We haven’t proven that we can score on a routine basis without Jesse in that group,” Myers said. “It’s something that we’ve focused on this week in practice and are expecting to see more of this weekend. It’s an area of focus for us.”Senior defenseman Dominic Imbordino said if the Buckeyes stick to their schemes, they can come away this weekend with the win.“It’s more about us right now,” Imbordino said. “If we play the way we know we can … if we keep building the foundation, we are going to be OK.”Game time is set for Sunday at 9 p.m. read more

Eickhoff continuous miners exceeding targets at Exxaros DorstfonteinWest

first_imgSouth Africa’s coal industry is the largest in Africa and boasts with the continent’s largest recoverable coal reserve and coal production base. South Africa mined about 260 Mt of coal in 2014 which makes it one of the global top ten coal producers. Approximately 75% of the South African coal produced is utilised locally whereas the balance is exported mainly via the Richards Bay Coal Terminal. About 80% of South Africa’s power generation comes from coal. The state-owned utility Eskom operates 13 coal fired power stations with two additional power stations currently under construction and to be integrated into the local power grid soon.One of Eskom’s suppliers of coal is the South African large mining house Exxaro with its recently established coal branch Exxaro Coal Central (ECC). This major player in the African coal industry has a long history of mining with roots dating back to the state owned mining company Iscor established in 1928. Today, Exxaro is JSE-listed and broad-based black owned and managed. Besides its local sales it is one of the largest exporters of coal in South Africa. Current coal production levels of ECC equates to approximately 3.9 Mt/y which is mined from one managed open cast and two underground operations.ECC runs a met coal operation at the Dorstfontein Complex. It is located 30 km south of eMalahleni at the Northern part of the Highveld coal field. The Dorstfontein Complex comprises the open cast East operations as well as the underground West operations. In 2015, Dorstfontein-West mined the Lower Number 2 Seam at an annual production of 700,000 t (Run of Mine). Currently there are three continuous miner (CM) sections and one drill and blast section in operation.One of the three continuous miners at Dorstfontein-West is an Eickhoff CM2H-30. The modern Eickhoff CM2-Series continuous miners are very popular in tough low seam mining applications. Apart from the CM2H-30 model, Eickhoff has 14 Continuous Miners currently operational in the market which also includes the CM2H-37 and CM2H-45 models. During the second half of 2015, the CM2H-30 machine arrived at Dorstfontein-West on a trial basis. This low profile CM prevailed in ECC’s challenging conditions. With this the mine decided to buy the South African-German jointly engineered and manufactured continuous miner. Since then, the machine has been exceeding its individual targets set by the mine.Eickhoff says it is proud to support one of the largest coal producers in South Africa. “Eickhoff’s local sales and service hub is committed to ECC’s operations and will continue to provide the bestlevels of service and support to guarantee maximum performance of Exxaro’s investment.”last_img read more

Ireland told to stop sending people to prison for not paying fines

first_imgTHE UN HAS expressed concern at the number of people going to prison for failure to pay fines.In an eight page document released by the international body’s Human Rights Committee yesterday, it said an alternative method needs to be looked at.This is despite the adoption of Enforcement of Court Orders (amendment) Act 2009 and Fines (payment and recovery) Act 2014 by the State.The UN committee said: “The State party should fully implement the Fines (payment and recovery) Act 2014 to provide for a community service order as an alternative to imprisonment used as a method of enforcing contractual obligations.”Welcoming the recommendations the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) called on the Government to act on the committee’s recommendations “without delay”.Deirdre Malone, executive director of the IPRT said: “The Committee is uncompromising in its statement that no one should be sent to prison for failure to pay fines or debts. The Fines Act 2014… must be fully implemented, and with urgency.“In the meantime, Ireland continues to send thousands of people to prison every year for being unable to pay fines,” Malone said.The committee also tells Ireland to ”step up its efforts” on improving living conditions for prisoners including addressing the practice of ‘slopping out’.Currently over 300 prisoners are slopping out in prisons across Ireland.It said improvements to living conditions, treatment of detainees, overcrowding and the practice of ‘slopping out’ should be looked at “as a matter of urgency” in line with the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.In its observations the committee welcomed measures taken by the State to improve prison conditions and to increase the use of community sanctions as an alternative to imprisonment.However, it criticised the lack of progress in eliminating “adverse conditions” in a number of prisons including overcrowding, lack of in-cell sanitation facilities and lack of segregation of remand and convicted prisoners.In reaction to this, Malone of the IPRT said: “Over 300 prisoners are still slopping out in Ireland today, many in crowded cells, where they also eat their meals. It is inhumane and degrading, and it must end.”UN tells Ireland to open an investigation into symphysiotomyUN: Ireland must take action to decriminalise abortionlast_img read more

Zones humides quatre nouveaux sites protégés au Mexique

first_imgZones humides : quatre nouveaux sites protégés au MexiqueA l’occasion du quarantième anniversaire de la convention Ramsar, signée le 2 février 1971 afin d’enrayer la disparition des zones humides à travers le monde, le Mexique a placé quatre nouveaux sites sous la protection de la convention. Avec ces quatre nouvelles zones humides, le Mexique protège désormais quelque 9 millions d’hectares grâce à la convention de Ramsar. En France, la superficie des zones humides ainsi protégées s’étend à ce jour sur 3.290 578 hectares, en comparaison. Comme le rapporte le site Goodplanet, ce sont la lagune de Cuyutlan, située dans l’Etat de Colima, l’estuaire du Soldado dans le Sonora, El Jaguey dans l’Etat d’Aguascalientes, et la Presa de Silva à Guanajuato, qui seront désormais protégés au Mexique.À lire aussiBrésil : des stades ‘verts’ pour la Coupe du monde 2014Les zones humides offrent une biodiversité unique, aux vertus biologiques, hydrologiques et économiques incomparables. Elles abritent de nombreuses espèces d’oiseaux, de plantes, d’insectes et de poissons, dont certaines sont menacées. Alors qu’en France, 50% de ces sites ont disparu entre 1960 et 1990, la convention de Ramsar vise à lutter contre cette érosion, en assurant la conservation et l’utilisation durable des zones humides.Alors que le Mexique ajoutait de nouveaux sites à la convention, la ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet annonçait le même jour le prochain lancement d’un appel à candidatures pour la création du premier parc national de zones humides français.Le 8 février 2011 à 18:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Knot expert testifies for defense in Coronado mansion death case

first_img Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, Posted: March 26, 2018 Updated: 10:40 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — An expert on knots testified Monday in the wrongful death case brought by the family of Rebecca Zahau.The witness for the defense analyzed the rope ligatures that were found around Zahau’s neck, wrists and ankles.Knot expert Robert Chisnall said based on his study of photos of Zahau’s body and from his own research, it looked like the knots around Zahau’s wrists were tied by her, and not tied by someone else.In July of 2011, Zahau was found bound, gagged and hanging from the balcony of her boyfriend’s Coronado mansion. Although the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department ruled her death a suicide, her family believes her boyfriend’s younger brother, Adam killed her, following a sexual assault in the mansion.Chisnall, the knot expert backed the defense claim that the knots were tied by Rebecca. He cited their looseness, their haphazard nature, their simplicity and the gap between her wrists as some of the characteristics that are common to a ligature that is self-tied, rather than tied externally.The defense continues its case on Tuesday. A criminologist is expected to be one of the final witnesses.Closing arguments are set to begin next Monday. center_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitter March 26, 2018 Knot expert testifies for defense in Coronado mansion death caselast_img read more

POLICE LOG for July 27 OUI Arrest Woman Brings Caged Bird To

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, July 27, 2019:Police came across suspicious activity on Middlesex Avenue. Individuals were a family in town for a wedding looking for a hotel. Situation checked OK. (12:58am)A Shawsheen Avenue caller reported a raccoon was stuck in a trap in his yard. Trap flipped over so caller cannot release it. Animal Control Officer responded and freed raccoon. (12:38pm)A 2-vehicle crash occurred at Middlesex Avenue and High Street. Airbag deployed. Both vehicles towed. No injuries noted. (3:17pm)A Grove Avenue caller reported a woman has been sleeping behind her residence for about a week. She has also been seen sleeping on the Silver Lake fishing dock. Police checked area and were unable to locate. (4:28pm)A Town Beach lifeguard requested assistance with parties on the beach not following the rules. Police responded. A party had a caged bird. Since there is no rules against it, party was allowed to stay. Lifeguard was told to gather her information for the Recreation Department to follow up. (5:55pm)Robert M. Foss, Jr. (31, Billerica) was arrested for OUI Liquor. A caller reported a possible drunk driver just left Simard’s. Police arrested Foss in the restaurant’s parking lot. (8:05pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 7: OUI Arrest; Warrant Arrest; Dude, Where’s My Car?In “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”last_img read more

These Christian moms think loving their gay kids is exactly what God

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Gay Zakar twin: ‘My boyfriend broke up with me on Valentine’s Day’WATCH: These Christian parents rethink LGBTI inclusionDuncan James shares cute story of how he came out to Geri Halliwell after dating herRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/these-christian-moms-think-loving-their-gay-kids-is-exactly-what-god-wants/ A group of Christian moms are sharing their beautiful stories of unconditional love for their gay children. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img These Christian moms love their gay children unconditionally. | Photos: supplied Sharmila Michael and son, MarkChristian mom Sharmila Michael and son Mark. | Photo: suppliedSharmila is a single mom who just passed her last year of academics in pharmacy school. Her son Mark is the CEO and Founder of Elderflower,She said: ‘The choices that make your child happy, should make the parent happy. Jesus loved everyone, even the leapers. Why would you not love who ever your son loves?‘God loves everyone equally. Who are you to say someone is more loved than the other,’ she said.Iman Zakar and sons Michael and ZachChristian mom Iman Zakar with her gay sons Michael and Zach. | Photo: suppliedIman in a parent of four, with twin sons who both identify as gay. Born in Iraq, she moved to Detroit, Michigan with her family and works as a dental manager.Her sons Michael and Zach just released their memoir, as well as an app called MyTwin Chat. The app aims to help those who have been in the same situation and need help/advice.Iman said: ‘I am not God, and I do not know all things. I know what I know and I am willing to learn.’Joyce Yestrepsky and son, AdamChristian mom Joyce and gay son, Adam. | Photo: suppliedJoyce adopted her son Adam. She lives in Michigan and works in optometry.She’s a devoted Christian but also loves her gay son unconditionally. Adam said: ‘Dealing with me made her more on the open side to see and learn.’Joyce said: ‘Did you love your child before you knew they were gay? Then it shouldn’t matter what your child comes to you with.’–––Starting on Sunday (13 May), you can get You Can’t Pray Away the Gay for free until Friday (18 May). After this time, it’s 99c on Kindle.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Featured in a new book by gay twins Zach and Michael Zakar, they wanted to show a side to religious families you don’t often see when it comes to being gay.The book’s called You Can’t Pray the Gay Away and came out earlier this week.It’s a mini-sequel to their memoir, Pray the Gay Away, released earlier this year.Zach and Michael Zakar. | Photo: Zakar twins / InstagramIn it, they detail their conservative Christian upbringing and their tumultuous relationship with their religious mother.When they both came out to her as gay, she threw holy water on them to turn them straight. She also force-fed them holy grapes blessed by a priest.It was a long time coming, but they now share a beautiful relationship with their mother.And they want to make it their mission to dispel myths about Christian moms.Michelle Skelton and son, EmeryChristian mom Michelle Skelton and gay son Emery. | Photo: suppliedMichelle is a single mom and nurse from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her gay son – Emery – is in college, studying a bachelors degree in business.This Christian mom believes you can be a strong Christian and also an ally to the LGBTI community.She said: ‘You can live in the past and lose your child or you can let go of tradition and gain the trust and love of your child. Which is more important: Tradition or a human? Tradition means nothing to God, God searches the heart for love and acceptance.‘Parenting is never easy and never perfect. Keep the lines of communication open and love,’ Michelle said. ‘I just wanted him [Emery] to know that I love him and God loves him.’last_img read more

Wyndham Surfers Paradise honoured with International Interior Design

first_imgSource = Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise Wyndham Surfers Paradise honoured with International Interior Design AwardWyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise has won an international award for best interior design at the Perspective Magazine Awards held in Orlando, Florida this month.The hotel is a mixed-use property offering stylish apartment accommodation to hotel guests, along with timeshare owners in the WordMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham, CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA and RCI Exchange guests.The hotel’s recently refurbished two-bedroom grand suite was recognised for its wow factor at the prestigious awards. The grand suite revamp was part of an overall 1.6 million dollar refurbishment of 64 apartments at Wyndham Surfers Paradise, which took place during 2016.“We are delighted to have received this award,” said Craig Alcock Senior Manager Property Development and Facilities. “We strive to create meaningful spaces that help to create personalised and memorable experiences for our guests.”“The apartments have been designed to have an ambience that reflects the beach – which is just a short walk from Wyndham Surfers Paradise. The new colour palette features sandy tones that are reminiscent of the world-class beach and complementary pops of orange to signify the sun,” he said.The artwork within the apartments features local beachside and famous Gold Coast landmarks in black and white photography from the 1970s.“The Gold Coast has evolved very quickly and the older pictures help to emphasise the rapid growth and reinforce the city’s colourful history as an all-year tourist town.” said Mr Alcock.A Trip Advisor Certificate of excellence winner since it’s opening in 2010, Wyndham Surfers Paradise is one of the city’s most popular hotels enjoying 90 percent occupancy all-year round.Considered to be one of the highest accolades in the global timeshare industry, the Perspective Magazine Awards were held for the 7th year.  Winners were determined by a panel of four judges along with online votes from the public where each judge represented 20 percent of the nominee’s overall score and the public vote accounted for the remaining 20 percent.Wyndham staff and departments were recognised across the board at the 2017 Perspective Awards for their innovation and dedication to the industry, also receiving accolades for marketing performance and best online media.Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific President and Managing Director, Barry Robinson said it was an honour for the company to be recognised for making such a significant contribution to the industry.Wyndham Surfers Paradise provides spacious and luxurious accommodation that sets the scene for a perfect beach holiday on the Gold Coast. The hotel offers a selection of Deluxe one or two-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom Grand apartments where guests experience magnificent views of the ocean, river or hinterland. Wyndham Vacation Resorts for more information, visitlast_img read more

Essence Suites Taringa was officially opened

first_imgSource = Essence Suites Taringa Essence Suites Taringa was officially openedEssence Suites Taringa was officially opened by the Hon Kate Jones MPLeading the way for the medical tourism sector, Essence Suites Taringa’s 63 luxuriously appointed suites are situated directly above the Westside Private Hospital in Brisbane’s west.With the brand-new building now complete, the hotel forms part of the $65-million 10-storey development and is managed by Essence Apartments and Suites’ parent company UniLodge Australia.UniLodge CEO Tomas Johnsson said while the hotel’s convenient location is perfect for outpatients, who have discharged from the hospital below, Essence Suites Taringa is also ideal for short and long term business and leisure stays.“As a uniquely integrated hotel and hospital building, Essence Suites Taringa is a fantastic new addition to our growing portfolio of healthcare accommodation properties and cements our role in the tourism space,” said Mr Johnsson.“The offering is ideal because patients will come in early, settle into the hotel, have the operation or treatment they need and rather than go straight home, they can rest and recover in the hotel with their loved ones, which is ideal for those living in both regional as well as metro locations.”UniLodge is hoping to open more integrated developments in the future because recent research from the accommodation provider shows Australia’s hospitals are currently experiencing a shortage of beds with studies suggesting the need for approximately 3,000-10,000 more beds.“This new concept frees up hospital beds for other patients, and creates further demand for more integrated hotel and hospital developments.“UniLodge and Essence have a number of live projects we are exploring; we are looking at major capital cities and other high-demand areas, with a selective approach to working with health partners alike.”The Hon. Kate Jones today said: “This is what we think is a first in Australia. It shows that innovation is real and it’s happening right here in Brisbane. This really does provide a seamless welcoming experience for people that come to Brisbane with a world-class facility.“When you couple a world class hospital with all of the allied services that are also here as well as a wonderful stay, I am sure it will be absolutely booked out.“I am very confident that this brand new product will absolutely put Essence on the map. I am very proud as a Queenslander that this is happening in our backyard.“When you listen to what consumers want, that is when you drive growth. We know that around 2 million Australians every year travel for surgery so to be able to provide them with a real seamless and world-class experience is something that the market has been crying out for, for a real long time.”last_img read more

Bank Brand Values Higher Than Ever Wells Fargo in the Lead

first_img February 1, 2013 490 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Bank Brand Values Higher Than Ever, Wells Fargo in the Lead Bank brand values across the globe are on the rise, charting their highest values ever and double their values in 2009, during the financial crisis, according to the results of an “”annual study by Brand Finance.””:http://www.brandfinance.com/images/upload/the_banker_brand_finance_banking_500_full_results.pdf[IMAGE]Following a $100 billion decline in brand values last year, this year’s study found a 15 percent increase in bank brand values worldwide to a total of $860.7 billion. U.S. banks hold the top five spots on Brand Finance’s list of most valuable bank brands. The most valuable bank brand worldwide is “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/, with a $26 billion brand, according to the study. “”CEO John Stumpf has spearheaded an impressive recovery from 2012,”” according to Brand Finance. [COLUMN_BREAK]Emerging markets are showing strong growth in bank brand values, particularly in Russia, the Philippines, and China. “”Chinese banks are still leading the charge in terms of the largest increases in brand value, but they are now being joined by leading US banks such as Chase, Citi, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo,”” said Brian Caplen, editor of _The Banker_, magazine, owned by “”Brand Finance.””:http://www.brandfinance.com/ Chinese bank brand values increased a total of 335 percent since last year. “”Only UK banks continue to lag behind the global recovery in both reputation and brand value,”” said David Haigh, CEO of Brand Finance. In fact, the United Kingdom, which is home to last year’s most valuable bank brand, “”HSBC,””:http://www.hsbc.com/ is the only top 10 country to experience a decline in bank brand value over the past year. The country’s bank brands experienced a 2 percent decline in value. HSBC fell two spots to the No. 3 brand this year. “”Chase””:https://www.chase.com/ took the No. 2 spot, and “”Bank of America””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/ and “”Citi””:http://www.citigroup.com/citi/ claimed the No. 4 and No. 5 spots on the list of most valuable brands. “”This year’s results show that globally the banking crisis is nearly over as both brand ratings and values are rising,”” Haigh said.center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Citigroup Company News Investors JPMorgan Chase Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Wells Fargo 2013-02-01 Krista Franks Brock Sharelast_img read more

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