Daily Archives: April 26, 2019

Constellation Brands Appoints Robert Hanson As New President of Its Wine & Spirits Business

VICTOR, N.Y., April 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced it has appointed Robert Hanson as the company’s new Executive Vice President and President, Wine & Spirits. Hanson previously served as a member of Constellation’s Board of Directors from February 27, 2013 to April 24, 2019. Constellation’s Board accepted Hanson’s resignation from the Board prior to his acceptance of this new role with the company. Hanson will officially assume this new role on June 3, 2019.Robert L. Hanson

“Robert’s strategic orientation, brand-building abilities in high-end segments, understanding of global operations, and leadership capabilities have been a huge benefit to our Board of Directors over the past six years,” said Bill Newlands, President and Chief Executive Officer. “He will bring valuable perspective to our Wine & Spirits team that will help enhance our efforts to build strong brands consumers love, while delivering industry-leading growth and shareholder value in the years ahead.”

Hanson brings extensive consumer product goods and senior management experience to this role, having served as Chief Executive Officer at John Hardy Global Limited, a leading global luxury jewelry brand, where he will continue to serve as the company’s Board Chair. During his tenure at John Hardy, Hanson played an instrumental role in evolving the company’s strategy by strengthening its presence in the U.S. market, developing a line of distinctive artisan-crafted luxury products that resonate with today’s high-end jewelry customers, and launching differentiated marketing campaigns and influencer programs that helped extend the brand’s reach and foster meaningful connections with new customers. Prior to joining John Hardy, Hanson also served as Chief Executive Officer at American Eagle Outfitters and Global Brand President at Levi Strauss & Co.

“I have developed a deep admiration and respect for Constellation Brands, its talented team members, and the company’s iconic beverage alcohol portfolio over the years,” said Hanson. “In particular, Constellation’s Wine & Spirits strategy and portfolio of brands is highly aligned with evolving consumer trends and has tremendous potential and a very bright future ahead. I look forward to working with Bill Newlands and the rest of the team to capitalize on the opportunity that lies ahead and help drive the next phase of growth at Constellation.”

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported beer brands such as the Corona and Modelo brand families and Pacifico. Its high-quality, wine and spirits brands include the Robert Mondavi and The Prisoner Wine Company brand families, Kim Crawford, Ruffino, Meiomi and SVEDKA Vodka. The company’s portfolio also includes a collection of highly-rated, wine brands such as SIMI and Mount Veeder Winery wine brands, High West Whiskey and Casa Noble Tequila, as well as new wine innovations such as Cooper & Thief and Spoken Barrel.

Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Since its founding in 1945, Constellation’s ability to see, meet and stay ahead of shifting consumer preferences and trends across total beverage alcohol has fueled our success and made us the No. 1 growth contributor in beverage alcohol in the U.S.

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Avis Budget Group Wins Multiple Awards in the Middle East

LONDON, April 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Avis Budget Group has been awarded multiple accolades at the 2019 World Travel Awards, for its car rental brands Avis and Budget, across the Middle East, it was announced at an awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi last night.

The 26th annual World Travel Awards is globally recognized as a highly prestigious honours programme in global travel and tourism. The awards are voted for by travel and tourism professionals and consumers worldwide, and this honour recognises the brands’ commitment to excellence, with an ultimate industry accolade.

The awards won by these licensee markets within Avis Budget Group include:
Middle East’s Leading Business Car Rental Company 2019Avis
Bahrain’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019Avis
Iraq’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019Avis
Kuwait’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019Avis
Lebanon’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019Avis
Oman’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019Avis
United Arab Emirates’ Leading Car Rental Company 2019Budget Rent a Car

Mark Servodidio, President, International, Avis Budget Group said: “We’re delighted to celebrate these awards, and congratulate our colleagues and teams in each of these markets who have clearly delivered the high standards we pride ourselves on. These markets and their teams have clearly worked hard and invested wisely to help build and deliver high levels of customer experience and satisfaction. As a leading mobility solutions provider with a presence in approximately 180 countries around the globe, we rely on the expertise and professionalism which our licensees offer Avis and Budget customers in their markets. These awards help celebrate their hard work and dedication to excellence.”

About Avis Budget Group
Avis Budget Group, Inc. is a leading global provider of mobility solutions, both through its Avis and Budget brands, which have more than 11,000 rental locations in approximately 180 countries around the world, and through its Zipcar brand, which is the world’s leading car sharing network, with more than one million members. Avis Budget Group operates most of its car rental offices in North America, Europe and Australasia directly, and operates primarily through licensees in other parts of the world. Avis Budget Group has approximately 31,000 employees and is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J. More information is available at www.avisbudgetgroup.com.

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Lesson Indonesia learned from Sri Lanka, New Zealand

Bogor, W Java (ANTARA) – The ISIS has claimed responsibility for Easter Sunday’s deadly coordinated suicide bombings on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, the New York Times and many other global media reported this week.

While the ISIS claim still needs to be thoroughly investigated, the deadly attacks that killed more than 300 innocents were obviously a crime against humanity, with the ISIS, again hijacking Islam for its unjustifiable acts of terrorism.

Islam is indeed a religion of peace and is “rahmatan lil alamin” or a blessing for the universe but it is frequently hijacked by individuals or groups, including ISIS, who commit acts of terror and link what they do or their names to Islam.

In response to such crimes, Indonesia’s leading Muslim scholar Prof. Komaruddin Hidayat has urged inter-faith communities in Indonesia to stand firm in the fight against terrorism.

“The bombings in Sri Lanka are a testament to the fact that radical and terrorist movements are rampant everywhere,” Komaruddin Hidayat told ANTARA on Monday while speaking in response to the attacks.

Those behind the bombings and the recent mosque attack in New Zealand were targeting people at houses of worship, and such acts can trigger doubts and hate against particular religions, he cautioned.

The atrocity against several churches on Easter Sunday could offend Christians worldwide and trigger condemnation against the terrorists’ faiths, as religions transcend physical boundaries of nations and countries, he pointed out.

Hence, the ex-rector of Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic University cautioned of tensions arising among different faiths in case the fallout of the incident was not handled carefully while calling on the Sri Lankan government to take serious note of this and take the necessary steps.

The Sri Lankan Government’s apt handling of this atrocity will prevent other devastating acts aimed at undermining the nation’s solidarity.

The government and citizens of New Zealand had demonstrated their ability to aptly deal with the deadly mosque attack. Consequently, several nations across the globe extended their sympathies and support to members of the Muslim community in New Zealand, he noted.

CNN’s report showed that the synchronized wave of bombings on churches and hotels on Easter Sunday was claimed by officials as “a brand-new type of terrorism”.

The Indonesian Government had condemned in strong terms these coordinated bombings and extended deep condolences to the victims and their families.

The events in New Zealand and Sri Lanka have triggered a warning to other countries to be alert against the proliferation of radical and terrorist ideologies.

Considering its dangers, this issue has even been raised by Vice President Jusuf Kalla at an event of the Association of Indonesian University Mosques in Jakarta recently.

Based on statistical data, Indonesia has at least 4,586 higher educational institutions. All universities and colleges generally have at least one mosque to help its academic community members offer their obligatory prayers.

Wanting to ensure that no mosques in campuses are misused, Kalla has urged academic community members of universities across Indonesia to prevent the spread of religious radicalism on campuses.

While students or lecturers could become fanatical or enthusiastic with regard to their religious beliefs their fanaticism should not veer towards religious radicalism, which is then proliferated among members of academic communities at mosques within their respective universities, he affirmed.

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto has also warned that youngsters are more vulnerable to the spread of this radical ideology because most of them have access to the internet.

“We know that our youngsters can be affected by the proliferation of radicalism. Many of them are influenced by the teachings of radicalism which, eventually, end up as acts of terrorism,” he said when speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of the Southeast Asian Cyber’s Peace Ambassadors in Jakarta, Wednesday.

However, he did not possess the exact data on the number of Indonesian youngsters affected by radical ideology as compared to those from the older generation, Wiranto said.

The rapid development of digital technology and the internet has enabled radical groups to build opinions and recruit people, he said, adding that Indonesia has around 132 million internet users, 106 million social media users, and 371 million smartphones.

In fact, youngsters communicate and rely mostly on information that is disseminated through internet-based channels making them easy targets.

To prevent them from being influenced by radical content freely available on the internet, the younger generation needs to be empowered with critical thinking capability and digital literacy.

This could help protect them from being influenced by these destructive ideologies that carry out acts of violence and terror.

Therefore, he appreciated the presence of the Southeast Asian Cyber’s Peace Ambassadors for helping halt the proliferation of terrorism and extremist ideologies.

Besides a common need to save young Indonesians from being influenced by the religious radicalism, the proliferated ideology of white supremacists has also become a serious challenge for those in the West because the terrorist who had killed Muslims in Christchurch was a white supremacist.

The acts of violence carried out by both radicals and white supremacists are definitely crimes against humanity, and they are the common enemies of all nations.

Source: ANTARA News

Top legislator discusses land use, corruption prevention with voters in Can Tho

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on Friday met with voters in the town of Nhon Nghia , Phong Dien district, in the Mekong city of Can Tho, ahead of the National Assembly session.

High on the agenda were issues related to agriculture, rural areas, and farmers, including the impacts of climate change on production and daily activities, and increasing oil and electricity prices.

Addressing voters’ questions on restrictions caused by quotas on land use and the application of advanced technologies in agriculture, Ms. Ngan said: “The National Assembly has plans on law making for the whole 14th tenure, including amendments and revisions to the Land Law. The National Assembly will also maintain steady oversight in order to overcome existing issues at the grassroots level.”

Chairwoman Ngan said that all voters’ concerns will be heard and forwarded to relevant agencies as soon as possible.

Later the same day, Ms. Ngan met with more than 200 voters of Cai Rang district where she addressed their questions on corruption prevention and the process of confiscating corrupt assets.

“The National Assembly will increase its oversight by asking related agencies, including the Ministry of Public Security, the Supreme People’s Procuracy, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of Justice, to submit relevant reports to the National Assembly on its investigation, prosecution, and law enforcement ahead of every National Assembly meeting,” said National Assembly Chairwoman Ngan.

Source: VOV5