Top U.S. Veterans Announced for Distinguished Awards Oct 23, 2014 05:20AM

Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

Today, the American Veterans Center (AVC), which honors all who have served our country, announced the top veterans for its distinguished 2014 awards. These war heroes have served in conflicts ranging from WWII to the war in Afghanistan, and all have shown bravery and valor above and beyond the call of duty.

These heroes will be recognized at The American Veterans Center Honors, just before Veterans Day. The program will be broadcast later in the month, making it the first televised awards show honoring our military heroes.

"The American Veterans Center is honoring this particular group of men and women because they've each made heroic contributions to our country. Their service in many cases changed history, and as always on Veterans Day weekend we celebrate these extraordinary stories, and all who've served our country," says Jim Roberts, President of the AVC.

The awardees for the 2014 American Veterans Center Honors are:

   •  LTC James Megellas (Wisconsin) – The most-decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division, he commanded a company during World War II, and earned a Distinguished Service Cross, and a Silver Star.
   •  The 101st Airborne Division in World War II – 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the division's drop into Normandy on D-Day and Holland in Operation Market Garden, and their legendary stand at Bastogne which helped secure victory in the Battle of the Bulge. The division will be represented by veterans from the Second World War.
   •  Elinor Otto (California) – A 94-year-old "Rosie the Riveter", who answered the nation's call for women factory workers in 1942 during WWII, and is still working at a C-17 plant in Long Beach, California.
   •  The "Borinqueneers" (Puerto Rico) – The Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army that gained its highest acclaim for heroic service during the Korean War, and was recently voted to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.
   •  SFC Melvin Morris (Oklahoma) – Recently awarded the Medal of Honor for risking his life in a daring mission to recover a fallen comrade in Vietnam.
   •  Lt. General Susan Helms (Oregon) – Former Commander of the 14th Air Force and former NASA astronaut. She was a member of the Space Shuttle Endeavor crew and was the first U.S. military woman in space, holding the record for the longest spacewalk at nearly nine hours.
   •  SFC Joe Kapacziewski (Connecticut) – After losing a leg following an enemy attack in Iraq, Kapacziewski is the only Army Ranger to return to direct combat with a prosthetic leg. To date, he has served 11 tours in the Middle East, six as an amputee.
   •  Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer (Kentucky) – Marine Corps Medal of Honor Recipient, who during a battle in Afghanistan risked his own life to recover the bodies of four missing service members and help American and Afghan troops escape to safety. A detailed list of AVC Honorees, including details about their service as well as photographs of each, is available at The honorees will accept their awards at The Honors gala and taping on November 8th at 7:00pm at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Interviews from AVC leadership and veteran honorees available upon request.

About the American Veterans Center: The American Veterans Center (AVC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational foundation dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of our military personnel. The Veteran's Day events are held annually in Washington D.C. For more information, visit

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Appway and WealthBriefing Release New Global Client Onboarding Report Revealing How Wealth Managers Can Convert Compliance Challenges to Business Benefits Oct 23, 2014 05:15AM

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At a highly-anticipated industry event series for wealth managers across the globe, Appway and WealthBriefing are presenting the results of an in-depth study exploring client onboarding practices, challenges and priorities in wealth management worldwide. The report, co-sponsored by KPMG and SIX Financial Information, illuminates insights from over 200 wealth management and private banking professionals, industry consultants and technology experts. The results reveal significant global trends and challenges facing the industry and offer best practice solutions to transform these challenges into business benefits.

Improving clients' experience of onboarding and improving a firm’s ability to adapt to new regulations is a top priority for wealth managers, as over half of participants reported that additional regulation has significantly increased the time it takes to convert a prospect into a client. Because of extended compliance-related questions and more arduous paperwork, a majority of wealth managers believe that the overall client experience during onboarding has suffered. As a result, almost three-quarters of respondents expressed concern about clients dropping out during the onboarding process.

Despite these worries, more than half of respondents still have no active procedures for preventing dropouts. In fact, while digitalization in wealth management is increasing, digitalization of the onboarding process remains low: 70% of wealth managers continue to employ a combination of paper and electronic workflows, while only 6% have digitalized completely.

To download your complimentary copy of the report and gain access to the latest industry insights, please visit:

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About Appway

Appway is the global leader in client onboarding for the financial services industry. In an era of soaring global competition and increased regulations, Appway Client Onboarding boosts efficiency, assures legal and tax compliance, and guarantees outstanding client experience. Flexible and agile, Appway’s award-winning Client Onboarding empowers financial institutions to adapt quickly to external pressures and create high-quality digital experiences. Headquartered in Zurich with offices in New York, Ticino, Hong Kong, and Singapore, Appway and its award-winning technology serve over 120 service institutions and 175,000 individuals worldwide.

More Information:

Appway | Numcom Software AG

Madeline McSherry

Marketing and Communications

+41 43 204 09 06

Source: Appway

Metso's Interim Review January 1 - September 30, 2014 Oct 23, 2014 05:08AM

HELSINKI, Finland, Oct. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- We will arrange an audiocast on Metso's January-September 2014 Interim Review at 15:00 EEST ( 8:00 EDT, 13:00 BST, 14:00 CEST). The audiocast is viewable at A simultaneous conference call is arranged which allows participants to ask questions.  Details of the event can be found at the end of this release.

This is a summary of Metso's January-September 2014 Interim Review. The complete report is attached to this release as a pdf-file and is also available at

Figures in brackets refer to the comparison period, i.e. the same period last year and all figures relate to Metso's continuing operations, unless otherwise stated.

Third quarter 2014 in brief

  • Metso launched its new strategy targeting focused growth and higher profitability
  • Market conditions remained largely unchanged compared to the previous quarter
  • Services business continued to develop well
  • Orders received: EUR 786 million (EUR 825 million), of which EUR 493 million (EUR 470 million) were services orders
  • Net sales: EUR 861 million (EUR 937 million), of which EUR 490 million services (EUR 495 million)
  • EBITA before non-recurring items: EUR 104 million or 12.1 percent of net sales (EUR 129 million, 13.7%). Non-recurring items totaled EUR -27 million (EUR 0 million), majority of which was related to the impairment loss of a long-term loan to Northland Resources.

Financial guidance for 2014

Our guidance for 2014 (originally published on February 6, 2014) remains unchanged. We estimate that our net sales in 2014 will be somewhat below 2013 and that our EBITA margin before non-recurring items for 2014 will be around 12 percent of net sales.

This guidance is based on our current market outlook, the order backlog for 2014, and cost efficiency actions, as well as foreign exchange rates remaining similar to those in September 2014.

President and CEO Matti Kähkönen:

"The most important highlight for us in the third quarter was the launch of Metso's new strategy. Under this, we will continue our transformation into a more focused and more integrated company with higher profitability. Metso is in a good position to leverage its core competencies and assets to strengthen its leadership in minerals processing, as well as gain ground in flow control. Going forward, we will scale up our efforts aimed at reaching our operational and financial targets and delivering greater value for our shareholders.   Operationally, there were two aspects to our third quarter. Positive developments were seen in the Services business and in Flow Control, both of which reported increased orders and higher profitability year-on-year. Challenges in the mining equipment market, which we have seen for a number of quarters, continued, however. Demand remained weak, at roughly the same level of the two previous quarters this year. A smaller order backlog puts pressure on net sales for this business, and this has had a negative impact on our quarterly result. I must say, however, that I'm pleased to see that these challenges are largely volume-driven, and that our personnel have worked hard to maintain stable gross margins in these difficult circumstances."   Key figures

EUR million   Q3/ 2014   Q3/ 2013   Change % Q1-Q3/ 2014 Q1-Q3/ 2013   Change %   2013
Orders received 786 825 -5 2,608 2,824 -8 3,709
Orders received by the services business 493 470 5 1,572 1,581 -1 2,038
  % of orders received 63 57   60 56   55
Order backlog at the end of the period       1,872 2,117 -12 1,927
Net sales 861 937 -8 2,640 2,840 -7 3,858
Net sales of the services business 490 495 -1 1,435 1,468 -2 1,976
  % of net sales 57 53   54 52   51
Earnings before interests, tax and amortization (EBITA) and non-recurring items 104 129 -19 323 349 -8 496
  % of net sales 12.1 13.7   12.2 12.3   12.8
Operating profit 72 124 -42 250 315 -21 423
  % of net sales 8.4 13.3   9.5 11.1   11.0
Earnings per share, EUR 0.26 0.52   0.89 1.24   1.59
Free cash flow 46 104 -56 141 186 -24 251
Return on capital employed (ROCE) before taxes, annualized, %       15.5 18.5   18.6
Equity-to-asset ratio at the end of the period, %       38.9 36.1   36.9
Net gearing at the end of the period, % 4 46   49.6 40.4   41.6

For illustrative purposes, the balance sheet key figures for the comparison period have been restated to represent continuing operations.

Short-term market outlook

We expect demand for mining equipment and projects to remain weak but stable. Due to our large installed equipment base and our stronger services presence, we expect demand for our mining services to remain good.

Demand for aggregates equipment and related services is expected to be satisfactory.

Demand for products and services for our valves and pumps businesses is expected to remain good, whereas demand for our process automation systems business is expected to remain satisfactory.

Metso is a leading process performance provider, with customers in the mining, oil and gas, and aggregates industries. Metso's cutting-edge services and solutions improve availability and reliability in minerals processing and flow control, providing sustainable process and profit improvements. Metso is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland. In 2013, Metso's net sales totaled EUR 3.8 billion. Metso employs approximately 16,000 industry experts in 50 countries. Expect results.,

Further information, please contact:

Matti Kähkönen, President and CEO, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 20 484 3001 Harri Nikunen, CFO, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 20 484 3010 Juha Rouhiainen, VP, Investor Relations, Metso Corporation, tel +358 20 484 3253

Metso will arrange an audiocast today at 15:00 EEST (8:00 EDT, 13:00 BST, 14:00 CEST). The audiocast is viewable at A simultaneous conference call is arranged which allows participants to ask questions.

Recording of the event is available at same location after the event has finished and a transcript will be available on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the latest.

Conference call details

Conference call participants are requested to dial in five minutes before the scheduled time on: United States: +1 855 269 2605 other countries: +44 20 3194 0550

Metso will not arrange a separate event at its headquarters for investors, analysts or media.

Metso Corporation

Harri Nikunen


Juha Rouhiainen

VP, Investor Relations


NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd


Metso interim review Q3 2014


Source: Metso Corporation

Yapital Announces Cooperation with Goodgame Studios and Reaches the Next Level in the Gaming Industry Oct 23, 2014 05:05AM

LUXEMBOURG, October 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Mobile payment in Europe: Yapital expands its presence / Leading game developer to start cooperation with Yapital before the end of this year   

Yapital continues its expansion into key consumer industries: Goodgame Studios, the game developer with the largest workforce in Germany, has selected Yapital as a partner. The first European cross-channel payment solution will be integrated as a new payment method before the end of this year.

Soon, over 230 million registered gamers can quickly and easily pay for virtual goods in games such as Shadow Kings, Goodgame Empire and Goodgame Big Farm, by simply scanning a QR code with the Yapital smartphone app or through the Yapital web checkout. In addition, online gamers can access the Yapital transaction overview at any time to view a comprehensive and up-to-date summary of all payments.  

Goodgame Studios is a leading developer and publisher of mobile and browser games with more than 150,000 new user registrations every day. Currently, over 10 games are available in 26 languages. The company also develops and publishes social online games and is working with more than 7,000 publishing partners as well as 20,000 partner sites to constantly expand the gamer base.

"The cooperation with Goodgame Studios moves us directly to the next level in the games industry," says Nils Winkler, CEO of Yapital. "Online gamers are extremely receptive to innovative mobile payment methods, as we´ve seen from cooperating with other partners. It makes sense, because virtual goods can be paid for quickly, easily and securely, without having to tediously type in payment details. With millions of gamers around the globe and the number of gamers growing rapidly, Goodgame Studios makes a significant contribution to our continued positioning as an Everywhere Payment solution."

Oleg Savschouk, Head of Monetization and Payment, Goodgame Studios, adds: "In the same way that we focus on the development and publishing of compelling games, gamers want to concentrate on gaming. This is precisely what Yapital enables us to do, because it is very easy for gamers to buy the premium content they want. We are pleased to provide significant added value for our users and expect that the gamers will quickly accept this offer."


Press release issued by

Yapital Financial AG
5 Rue Eugène Ruppert
L-2453 Luxembourg

About Yapital Financial AG  

Yapital is the first European, cashless cross-channel payment solution operating across all channels: in-store, mobile, online and by invoice. Operation is easy, fast and secure: following online registration, the user can immediately make payments, send and receive money with Yapital, across all channels.

For business customers, Yapital is a guaranteed means of payment - this provides process security and reduces administrative costs. In addition, Yapital seamlessly covers all trade and service channels, thus enables marketing channels to be converted into sales channels. Business customers can therefore not only reduce costs with Yapital, but can also simultaneously open up new revenue potential.

Yapital was established in 2011 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Otto Group. Yapital Financial AG is licensed in Luxembourg as an electronic money institution.

More information on Yapital:


Martin Zander
Yapital Financial AG
Tel.: +352-203-10-111

About Goodgame Studios  

Goodgame Studios is a leading company in game software and specializes in the free to play market. The company offers more than 10 games in 26 languages and has over 230 million registered users worldwide. The focus is on mobile and browser games. With more than 1,000 employees, the company has the largest workforce compared to other German computer game developers. Goodgame Studios was founded in Hamburg in 2009 and is owner-operated. Along with the headquarters, there are also subsidiaries in Tokyo and Seoul. Goodgame Studios only markets and publishes games which it develops in-house. You can find them on its portal as well as through an extensive global partner network.

The development of the company has been recognized by multiple reputed awards like "Entrepreneur of the Year 2011" from Ernst & Young, as well as "Best European Studio" at the European Games Awards 2014. The company's games have been recipients of several industry awards on a regular basis.

Andreas Haase, Press Officer
Tel.: +49-40-219-880-172

SOURCE Yapital Financial AG

Dr. Gayla Kalp Jackson, Ms. Senior California 2014 Vies for Ms. Senior America Title Oct 23, 2014 05:05AM

Moorpark, CA (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

Dr. Gayla Kalp Jackson a resident of Moorpark, California was crowned Ms. Senior California 2014-2015 this past August and will now advance to the Ms. Senior America Pageant in Atlantic City on October 26-30, 2014. Dr. Kalp Jackson competed against 13 other senior beauty contestants who came from all over California to win the crown of Ms. Senior California 2014-2015. The women competed in interview, evening gown and talent competition as well as reciting their philosophy of life.

The California delegation is the largest of the Ms. Senior America pageants in the nation. Dr. Kalp Jackson will now compete with 42 senior ladies coming from all over America who will be vying for the coveted title of Ms. Senior America 2014-2015 who have reached the "Age of Elegance" - 60 years of age and up. The Pageant seeks to elevate Baby Boomer women as well as senior women, encouraging them to "stay vital and connected with life", to be role models for their peers and younger generations.

"It has been a great honor to have won Ms. Senior California 2014", said Dr. Kalp Jackson. She continued, "I am looking forward to competing and representing the State of California at the National Pageant as my goal is to share with other women that we are never too old to have fun, encourage others and be leaders to women of all ages."

Dr. Kalp Jackson started her career as a professional actress and toured all over Europe with the American Theater Company. She then earned two Masters Degrees in Education and Psychology and a Doctorate in Business Administration. In her second career, she headed a successful international cable television management corporation and was named "Queen of Cable Television" by the National Cable Television Association. Her third career was with the Glendale Police Department as a psychotherapist working with gangs and troubled teens and she is currently on the committee for a new restorative justice program for the Ventura County prison system. Dr. Kalp Jackson is also involved in teaching parenting classes and providing psychotherapy to troubled families.

Dr. Kalp Jackson is extremely involved with various organizations and volunteers her time to the following organizations: Ventura County Youth Authority, by providing pro bono therapy; The Assistance League of Conejo Valley where she helps women and impoverished children, and the University of Southern California Trojan Club, which she is an alumnus. She also belongs to the Daughters of the America Revolution, Eastern Star, National Charity League, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the National Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Kalp Jackson's hobbies include raising orchids, traveling around the world and throughout the USA with her husband. Her newest hobby is now competing in pageants to encourage women of all ages. Dr. Kalp Jackson is 67 years young, is married in a blended family and has one daughter and three step daughters and one granddaughter, and three step grandchildren.

Connect with Dr. Gayla Jackson, Ms. Senior California 2014 on social media Facebook Fan Page @Dr.GaylaJacksonMsSeniorCalifornia2014, Twitter @GaylaMsCA, Instagram @GaylaMsSeniorCA2014, and LinkedIN in @Gayla Jackson.

For media inquiries, interviews, and speaking engagement, please contact Kelly Bennett of Bennett Productions Unlimited PR/Marketing/Branding Kelly(at)BPUnlimited(dot)com or (949) 463-6383

Ms. Senior California of America, Inc. was established as a non-profit corporation in 2010 and is affiliated with Ms. Senior America, Inc., founded in 1971. For more information please visit

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