Turkish Airlines Kobe Bryant Selfie Sweepstakes Takes the Spotlight at The Global Business Travel Association Convention 2014 Jul 28, 2014 10:40PM

Fifteen Lucky GBTA Attendees Score Big Points with Kobe Bryant at Turkish Airlines’ Custom Selfie Zone Booth

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Turkish Airlines, voted Europe’s Best Airline for the fourth year in a row, brought the excitement of its globally recognized “Kobe vs. Messi: The Selfie Shootout” advertising campaign to The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention 2014 today in Los Angeles. The international carrier, which flies to 257 destinations worldwide in 107 countries, more than any other airline, hosted an exclusive sweepstakes for this year’s conference attendees to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet — and take their very own selfie — with Kobe Bryant himself.

Kobe Bryant and Turkish Airlines executives at the airline's Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) booth. Pictured from left to right: Turkish Airlines General Manager, New York, Ihsan Baytan; Turkish Airlines General Manager, Chicago, Levent Selvili; Turkish Airlines General Manager, Western Region USA, Fatma Yuceler; Turkish Airlines Brand Ambassador, Kobe Bryant; Turkish Airlines Vice President of Marketing and Sales, America and North Europe, Mustafa Dogan; Turkish Airlines General Manager, Washington, D.C., Handan Corekci; Turkish Airlines General Manager, Houston, Adem Ekmekci. (Photo: Business Wire)

Fifteen winners were randomly selected leading up to the GBTA conference, with the sweepstakes culminating on July 28 at the global convention. The selfies were taken onsite with the NBA superstar in Turkish Airlines’ custom selfie zone booth. Once these memorable moments were captured, winners were given the chance to upload them directly to Facebook and Twitter, in addition to receiving a printout in a commemorative Turkish Airlines’ frame.

“I’m proud to be an ambassador for Turkish Airlines and to have helped bring the magic of our highly successful commercial to the fans at this year’s show,” said Kobe Bryant, Turkish Airlines’ global ambassador.

Following the sweepstakes fulfillment, the Turkish Airlines selfie zone allows attendees to take their own selfies on July 29 through July 30, during the scheduled exposition hours.

In April 2014, Turkish Airlines was awarded the Most Viral Celebrity Spot in Advertising Age’s 2014 Viral Video Awards for “Kobe vs. Messi: The Selfie Shootout,” at the fifth annual ceremony held in New York City. Additionally, it took the No. 1 spot on YouTube’s Top 10 Ads of the Year List in 2013.

“The whole world has come to recognize and love what we at Turkish Airlines have accomplished with Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi, our star global ambassadors,” said Fatma Yuceler, General Manager for Turkish Airlines’ Western Region USA. “We were thrilled at the prospect of showcasing our viral, award-winning ad campaign at this year’s GBTA Convention. Through this ad, people’s awareness of the many benefits of Turkish Airlines – from flying to more countries than any other airline to our award-winning cuisine and unparalleled comfort and service – has grown substantially.”

To experience these premier in-flight amenities, Turkish Airlines is offering its customers the opportunity to obtain a Turkish Corporate Club Premium (TCCP) membership. The newly redesigned program provides companies, organizations and business travelers a number of unique advantages to further enhance flights and travel. These benefits include: exclusive corporate discounts, penalty waiving, baggage allowance, privileged check-in at Business Class counters and Business Class lounge amenities, no annual or membership fees, and many more.

To view the “Kobe vs. Messi: The Selfie Shootout” video, click here.

About Turkish Airlines:

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 257 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 257 destinations worldwide with 214 international and 43 domestic. According to Skytrax survey of 2014, Turkish Airlines was chosen “Europe’s Best Airline” for the fourth and “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the sixth consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world’s “Best Economy Catering Service” award, Turkish Airlines was this year awarded the world’s “Best Business Catering Service” prize in the Skytrax survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on their website: www.turkishairlines.com.

For Turkish Airlines

George Pappas

562 857-5680

949 260-4905

george@alpaytac.com

Source: Turkish Airlines


Elegant Evening Dresses Now Offered With Big Discounts at Dylan Queen Jul 28, 2014 10:35PM

(PRWEB) July 29, 2014

Dylan Queen, a distinguished dress manufacturer and retailer, has recently launched its new collection of elegant evening dresses recently. According to the manager of the company, all these new items are for sale with big discounts now.

All the dresses from Dylan Queen are offered in various colors and styles. The business hopes to catch every opportunity to spread its business to new markets. The company is always trying to do their best to create more high-quality products and provide better service to their new and old global clients.

The manager says, "We are very excited to unveil the new design of evening dresses. You can see each of them look elegant and charming. We try our best to create these outstanding wedding dresses. In order to allow more ladies to put on our beautiful dresses, we announce a big sale for our new and old clients around the world. Please visit our online shop as soon as possible, we guarantee you won't be disappointed."

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About Dylan Queen:
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Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Reports Earnings for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2014 Jul 28, 2014 10:17PM

PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) announced today its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 ended June 27, 2014.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2014 Highlights:

  • Net earnings for the quarter of $64.8 million;
  • Diluted EPS for the quarter of $0.49; and
  • Backlog at June 27, 2014 of $18.5 billion.

Jacobs reported today net earnings of $64.8 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, on revenues of $3.2 billion for its third quarter of fiscal 2014 ended June 27, 2014. This compares to net earnings of $108.9 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, on revenues of $3.1 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 ended June 28, 2013.

Included in the company’s results for the quarter ended June 27, 2014 is an aggregate after tax negative impact of $47.0 million or $0.35 per diluted share related to restructuring efforts.

Jacobs also announced total backlog of $18.5 billion at June 27, 2014, including a technical professional services component of $12.3 billion. This is up approximately 7.5% from total backlog and up approximately 11.2% from technical professional services backlog of $17.2 billion and $11.1 billion, respectively, at June 28, 2013.

Commenting on the results for the third quarter, Jacobs President and CEO Craig Martin stated, “Third quarter results reflect good underlying performance by the business. In spite of delays in investment decisions in a number of markets, we were able to continue to build backlog. Our control of SG&A costs was also good. Our customers' capital expenditure forecasts remain robust and our prospect list is good. Our outlook for the fourth quarter and for FY15 continues to be positive.”

Commenting on the Company’s earnings outlook for the remainder of fiscal 2014, Jacobs Chief Financial Officer John W. Prosser, Jr. stated, “We’re making good progress with the restructuring and expect it to be complete by the end of FY14. Excluding the unusual adjustments in the first half and the net impact of restructuring in the second, we expect our EPS for the year to be slightly below the midpoint of Q2 guidance which was $3.15 to $3.55 per share.”

Jacobs is hosting a conference call at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, which it is webcasting live on the Internet at www.jacobs.com.

Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services.

Statements made in this press release that are not based on historical fact are forward-looking statements. Although such statements are based on management's current estimates and expectations, and currently available competitive, financial, and economic data, forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, and you should not place undue reliance on such statements as actual results may differ materially. We caution the reader that there are a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from what is contained, projected or implied by our forward-looking statements. For a description of some of the factors that may occur that could cause actual results to differ from our forward-looking statements see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended September 27, 2013, and in particular the discussions contained under Item 1 - Business; Item 1A - Risk Factors; Item 3 - Legal Proceedings; and Item 7 - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, as well as the Company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We also caution the readers of this release that we do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements made herein.

Financial Highlights:Results of Operations (in thousands, except per-share data):

      Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
        June 27, 2014       June 28, 2013       June 27, 2014       June 28, 2013
Revenues $ 3,231,791       $ 3,080,995 $ 9,476,715       $ 8,675,720
Costs and Expenses:
Direct costs of contracts (2,670,052 ) (2,613,991 ) (7,944,731 ) (7,308,092 )
Selling, general, and administrative expenses       (437,802 )       (298,645 )       (1,140,565 )       (873,797 )
Operating Profit 123,937 168,359 391,419 493,831
Other Income (Expense):
Interest income 2,624 1,332 7,425 3,521
Interest expense (5,565 ) (2,786 ) (10,490 ) (9,515 )
Gain on sale of intellectual property, net 12,147
Miscellaneous expense, net       (2,950 )       1,518         (3,139 )       (1,195 )
Total other income (expense), net       (5,891 )       64         5,943         (7,189 )
Earnings Before Taxes 118,046 168,423 397,362 486,642
Income Tax Expense       (46,737 )       (56,334 )       (136,304 )       (162,941 )
Net Earnings of the Group       71,309         112,089         261,058         323,701  

Net Earnings Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests

      (6,467 )       (3,218 )       (19,024 )       (11,419 )
Net Earnings Attributable to Jacobs       $ 64,842         $ 108,871         $ 242,034         $ 312,282  
Earnings Per Share (“EPS”):
Basic $ 0.50 $ 0.84 $ 1.86 $ 2.42
Diluted       $ 0.49         $ 0.83         $ 1.83         $ 2.39  
 
Weighted Average Shares Used to Calculate EPS:
Basic 130,738         129,536         130,417         129,094  
Diluted       132,611         131,295         132,460         130,590  
 
 

Other Operational Information (in thousands):

      Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
        June 27, 2014       June 28, 2013       June 27, 2014       June 28, 2013
Revenues by Major Component:                  
Technical professional services $ 1,893,095 $ 1,719,986 $ 5,437,593 $ 5,026,034
Field services       1,338,696         1,361,009         4,039,122         3,649,686  
Total       $ 3,231,791         $ 3,080,995         $ 9,476,715         $ 8,675,720  
 
Depreciation (pre-tax)       $ 25,684         $ 17,737         $ 70,701         $ 49,828  
Amortization of Intangibles (pre-tax)       $ 13,641         $ 6,646         $ 35,329         $ 22,327  
Pass-Through Costs Included in Revenues       $ 700,294         $ 674,715         $ 2,152,875         $ 1,794,748  
 
Capital Expenditures       $ (25,081 )       $ (27,035 )       $ (92,033 )       $ (91,520 )
 
 

Selected Balance Sheet and Backlog Information (in thousands):

                  June 27, 2014             June 28, 2013
Balance Sheet Information:                  
Cash and cash equivalents $ 772,613 $ 1,295,517
Working capital 1,583,178 2,066,934
Total debt 830,767 444,976
Total Jacobs stockholders' equity       4,501,027               4,091,606
 
Backlog Information:
Technical professional services $ 12,324,244 $ 11,087,100
Field services       6,162,976               6,108,500
Total       $ 18,487,220               $ 17,195,600
 
 

Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures:

The following table reconciles certain elements of the Company's results of operations excluding the 2014 Restructuring to its U.S. GAAP results of operations. Although such information is non-GAAP in nature, it is presented because management believes it provides a better view of the Company’s operating results to investors to assess the Company’s performance and operating trends.

                                   

Without 2014

Restructuring

Effects of 2014

Restructuring

U.S. GAAP
Consolidated pre-tax earnings (loss) $ 174,701 $ (56,654 ) $ 118,047
Tax (expense) benefit (56,440 ) 9,702   (46,738 )
Net earnings of the Group 118,261 (46,952 ) 71,309
Non-controlling interests (6,467 )   (6,467 )
Net earnings of Jacobs $ 111,794   $ (46,952 ) $ 64,842  
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.84   $ (0.35 ) $ 0.49  
 

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

John W. Prosser, Jr.

Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration

626.578.6803

Source: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.


SPIE Leaders Step Up Advocacy to Loosen Restrictions On Government Employee Conference Travel Jul 28, 2014 10:00PM

ADELPHI, Maryland, and BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA (PRWEB) July 28, 2014

Conference travel restrictions for U.S. government researchers are impacting morale, limiting professional development, and putting national security at risk, leaders of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, told representatives of technical societies and federal agencies gathered to discuss the issue on Friday 25 July.

SPIE was among nearly two dozen not-for-profit organizations and federal labs participating in a summit on the impact of federal government restrictions on scientific and technical conference attendance held at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Maryland.

"The inability to travel to technical conferences both in the U.S. and abroad diminishes the researcher's ability to learn about the latest developments and update or learn new skills. Reducing access by governmental employees to emerging research and connections with the academic and industrial science and technology communities hinders scientific discovery, as government science has always been vital for photonics innovation," SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs said. The issue is one of several on which SPIE is working on behalf of its members and the larger community, he noted.

Arthurs said that support for exemptions and lower-authority-level approval of waivers for technical and scientific conference attendance is necessary in order for the U.S. to continue in its role as a global science and technology leader. "We will continue to pursue a reasonable resolution to this issue and to advocate for our constituents working for the federal government," he said.

Feedback gathered from government employees in the SPIE community on the impacts of current travel restrictions identified a range of issues:

   •  Government scientists are isolated from the outside R&D community, thereby falling behind others in their fields, reducing the quality of research being conducted within the federal agency, and jeopardizing national security.
   •  Early-career professionals are denied career development opportunities such as establishing important connections, presenting their work, and partaking of valuable educational resources, making government work a less attractive career path.
   •  Senior scientists are unable to commit to serving as session or conference chairs, lessening their role in determining conference focus areas, eroding their credibility, and weakening professional relationships.
   •  Research publication output for some agencies has hit a new low, and co-authorship with outside scientists is disappearing.
   •  Researchers and program managers who are unable to meet with suppliers and collaborators in the conference location must make separate trips throughout the world to meet with each.
   •  Per event quotas mean that some researchers are not able to attend the meetings where their core primary audiences are, diluting the impact and throttling communication of important results.
   •  Timing of approval of requests to attend is often only a short time before the event, resulting in higher costs per attendee and an inability to serve as conference organizers or keynote speakers.

"We recognize that we have a self-interest in this, but our work has been initiated by and driven by SPIE leadership who see the serious potential damage to the government science and technology infrastructure," Arthurs said.

SPIE, a not-for-profit educational society, organizes approximately two dozen technical conference events around the world annually. Government employees compose a large percentage of the society's 18,000 members and 256,000 constituents.

A memo issued in 2012 by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandated reductions in travel spending by 30%, impairing the ability of staff in every department to attend conferences and training events. Updated guidelines published last year acknowledged that bringing federal employees together with peers and suppliers, particularly at scientific conferences, can be the most efficient and cost-effective means to advance missions and program goals. But constraints still remain for many.

SPIE has participated in a number of communications on the issue of travel restrictions from the outset, and deepened its involvement in 2014, Arthurs said.

Last January, SPIE met with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering at the Pentagon to discuss ongoing issues at Department of Defense regarding the implementation of the OMB travel guidance.

In June, SPIE met with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to discuss how the administration could ease the approval process for scientific and technical conferences.

Most recently, the SPIE government affairs team has been lobbying to change language in a bill pending before Congress, S.1347, which would codify limitations on some government travel. SPIE initiated a sign-on letter opposing a specific provision within the bill and found strong support across technical societies. The letter was delivered to members of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee last week.

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 256,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided more than $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2013.

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Appsbar recognizes LGBT Social Mag as the appsbar.com App of the Day Jul 28, 2014 10:00PM

Deerfield Beach, FL (PRWEB) July 28, 2014

LGBT Social Mag has earned appsbar.com's App of the Day honor for showcasing how independent artists, labels, and publications are expanding on mobile platforms by utilizing the DIY app builder at appsbar.com.

The app serves as the mobile platform for a lifestyle magazine and social network catering to the LGBT community. The app allows users the opportunity to request information, read a blog, and follow social media links.

The app is optimized for both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and is available for free download through appsbar's affiliated app marketplace at appcatch.com. The app has nearly 500 downloads since its original launch.

Launched in 2011, Appsbar opens up the mobile marketing category for small and medium-size businesses, artists and musicians, and individuals who want to create in that space. Appsbar has done this by removing the two largest barriers: cost and programming expertise. Appsbar is doing for mobile apps what companies like Intuit and Blogger have done for novices looking to publish websites and blogs. To date, Appsbar has grown to over 500,000 users to become the most popular app building platform in the world.

In September of 2013, appsbar added mobile capabilities, allowing users to create, edit and publish apps directly from a smartphone or tablet.

To create an app of your own with the free and easy-to-use app maker, go to appsbar.com. To view and download other interesting new apps for free, visit appcatch.com.

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