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Press Release from Business Wire : Hilton HHonors

By on Apr 29, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

MCLEAN, (BSW) – Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program forHilton Worldwide’s13 distinct hotel brands, is making it simpler to max out on Points with a brand new, rich and limitless promotion. Members who book direct and stay at any hotel across Hilton Worldwide’s global portfolio will earn Double Points for all stays from May 1 – August 31, 2016, no strings attached. Taking the complexity out of earning Points and enabling members to get to their dream destination faster, theUnlimited Bonus Promotionhas no cap on the number of Points that can be earned, no exclusions and no minimum night requirements. Through the promotion, registered Hilton HHonors members who book direct will earn Double Points for each night at all Hilton Hotels Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels Resorts, Conrad Hotels Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. “Hilton HHonors has more members than ever, and we are thrilled to offer them even more Points this summer with theUnlimited Bonus Promotionat every hotel worldwide, every day,” said Aaron Glick, Vice President of Hilton HHonors. “Whether members use Points to meet their favorite artist through the Hilton Concert Series, redeem free nights for a weekend getaway, or experience a once-in-a-lifetime sporting event, double Points with no cap or restrictions will help them get there even faster.” In addition to taking advantage of promotions such as theUnlimited Bonus Promotion, all Hilton HHonors members who book directly through Hilton’s websites, Hilton HHonors mobile app and reservation call centers, or through preferred corporate travel partners and approved travel agents can gain instant access to benefits like an exclusive discount, free standard Wi-Fi, digital tools like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key, and the ability to earn and redeem Hilton HHonors Points for free nights. On top of these instant benefits, as Hilton gets to know its members better, they will receive personalized, targeted offers specific to their travel styles. To participate in theUnlimited Bonus Promotion, members must register before checking out from a qualifying stay between May 1, 2016, and August 31, 2016, atHHonors.com/UnlimitedBonus....

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Press release syndication

By on Apr 29, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

Some time ago, I was involved in a discussion about what it means to ‘syndicate a press release’. The individual I had the discussion with was of the opinion that syndication of a press release is the process of sending out the press release in mass and following up with the journalists to secure that said news is published in as many media titles as possible. I did not agree then, and I do not agree now. Upon consulting the English Oxford dictionary, it became clear that the noun ‘syndicate’ is defined as “an association or agency supplying materials simultaneously to a number of newspapers”; as a verb it means “to publish or broadcast (material) simultaneously in a number of newspapers, television stations, etc.”. These definitions did not answer my question about what it means to syndicate a press release to my satisfaction and I decided to consult with professor Google who in turn referred me to Wikipedia. According to the latter, there are two main distribution models for a press release: the traditional model, where an article is sent to a newswire such as the South African Press Association (SAPA) who then makes the story available to subscribing news organisations; and the self-published press release, which is sent directly to the news organisations or to free and paid distribution services. During my research on the topic, I found another word that is often misinterpreted: dissemination. The English Oxford dictionary defines it as “to spread (something, especially information) wide”. I like to refer to it as the spray-and-pray approach of press release distribution. After all the reading I have come to the conclusion that many PR professionals are confused about what it really means to write and distribute a press release. I think it is important to first and foremost establish what constitutes a newsworthy press release. This subject in itself is another article on its own so I will try and keep it short. One of the most important parts of your job as a PR professional is to make sure your client does not just send out a press release for the sake of sending it out. If you are announcing that a new assistant sales manager...

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Fraser Institute News Release: As Tax Filing Deadline Looms, Canadian Families Challenged by Increasingly Complex …

By on Apr 28, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – April 28, 2016) – Canadians are forced to navigate an increasingly complex tax system, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “Over the past several decades, Canada’s personal tax system has become more and more complicated, with Canadians spending significant time and incurring substantial costs for accountants, lawyers and software programs just to comply with the tax code,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Measuring Personal Income Tax Complexity in Canada. The study quantifies how complicated Canada’s personal tax system has become. For example, between 2001 and 2014, the number of federal tax credits, deductions and other special treatments (known as tax expenditures) increased from 103 to 128 — an increase of 24 per cent. The study notes that in 2013, the latest year of available data, the cost of the various tax credits, deductions and other measures was $5,918 per tax-filer. “Canada is in a unique position to simplify the tax code by reducing or eliminating most of these tax credits and other special treatments, making available resources that would allow the federal government to dramatically reduce personal income tax rates for Canadians,” commented Lammam. An alternative measure of tax complexity calculated in the study is the number of standardized pages represented by the tax code itself. Between 1971 and 2014, the number of pages (standardized for size) in the federal tax code increased 355 percent, from 573 to 2,612 pages. The study also noted the increasing complexity of provincial tax forms, which compounds the problems identified in the federal system. Between 2000 and 2015, the number of total lines in the tax forms of every province increased. For example, Ontario’s tax forms now have a total of 194 lines, up from 77. The study explains how each new addition to the tax code, whether it’s a new tax credit, tax rate, or tax law, can add to the complexity of an already complicated tax system. And the more complex the system, the more difficult — and more costly — that system is to understand and comply with. “Simplifying the tax code would reduce the time and costs incurred...

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Press Release from Business Wire : Electrolux

By on Apr 28, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

STOCKHOLM, (BSW) – Regulatory News: Electrolux (STO:ELUXA) (STO:ELUXB) Highlights of the first quarter of 2016 · Net sales amounted to SEK 28,114m (29,087). · Organic sales growth was 1.8% and acquired growth was 0.1%, while currency translation had a negative impact of -5.2% on net sales. · Improved results across most business areas. · Strong results for Major Appliances EMEA and Professional Products. · Continued recovery for Major Appliances North America. · Operating income increased to SEK 1,268m (516), corresponding to a margin of 4.5% (1.8). · Income for the period was SEK 875m (339), and earnings per share was SEK 3.04 (1.18). Telephone conference 09.00 CET A telephone conference is held at 09.00 CET today, April 28. The conference will be chaired by Jonas Samuelson, President and CEO of Electrolux. Mr. Samuelson will be accompanied by Anna Ohlsson-Leijon, CFO. Details for participation by telephone are as follows: Participants in Sweden should call +46 8 505 564 74 Participants in UK/Europe should call +44 203 364 5374 Participants in US should call +1 855 753 2230 Slide presentation for download: www.electroluxgroup.com/ir Link to webcast: www.electroluxgroup.com/q1-2016 Electrolux discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08.00 CET on April 28, 2016 Electrolux is a global leader in home appliances and appliances for professional use, based on deep consumer insight. We offer thoughtfully designed, innovative and sustainable solutions, developed in close collaboration with professional users. The products include refrigerators, ovens, cookers, hobs, dishwashers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners and small domestic appliances. Under esteemed brands including Electrolux, AEG, Zanussi, Frigidaire and Electrolux Grand Cuisine, the Group sells more than 60 million products to customers in more than 150 markets every year. In 2015, Electrolux had sales of SEK 124 billion and 58,000 employees. For more information go towww.electroluxgroup.com This information was brought to you by Cisionhttp://news.cision.com Contact Electrolux Catarina Ihre, Vice President Investor Relations +46 (0)8 738 60 87 or Merton Kaplan, Analyst Investor Relations +46 (0)8 738 70 06 or Electrolux Press Hotline +46 8 657 65 07. This material is not an AFP editorial material and AFP shall not bear responsability for the accuracy...

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