Media Advisory: Itinerary for Sunday, January 31, 2016

Media Advisory: Itinerary for Sunday, January 31, 2016

Government of Canada

Government of Canada

January 31, 2016 08:00 ET

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Jan. 31, 2016) –

Itinerary for the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, for Sunday, January 31, 2016:


Private appointments.

Media appearance

8:00 p.m. ET on CBC News Network

The Prime Minister will participate in CBC’s “Face to Face with the Prime Minister”, hosted by Peter Mansbridge.

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18,500 Migrant Workers in the UAE and KSA Benefit From Western Union’s Free Financial Training

DUBAI, UAE, January 31, 2016 /


The Western Union Company has successfully concluded the first phase of ‘Apna Sapna’, a financial literacy programme for migrant workers, with 18,500 participants attending free training sessions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The vast majority of participants say the programme has helped them understand and plan their finances better, to achieve long-terms goals.

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Western Union has also announced the launch of a second module of Apna Sapna that focuses on personal savings, with new training sessions held in workers’ accommodations in Dubai.

Launched in November 2014, Western Union’s Apna Sapna (‘Our Dreams’ in Hindi and Urdu) is designed specifically to help migrant workers develop the skills to manage their money and plan their future. The sessions are conducted in multiple languages – primarily for unskilled workers in the corporate and retail sectors – and are typically held at labour camps and workers’ accommodations on Fridays, or after work hours on weekdays.  

According to Hatem Sleiman, Western Union’s Regional Vice President – Middle East, “The Apna Sapna programme builds upon Western Union’s long history of commitment and engagement with migrant workers, and echoes the UAE government’s directions to focus on their welfare and help them safeguard their future through effective financial literacy.”

It is the impact and importance of the programme that has led to its resounding success,” he says. “When we launched Apna Sapna, we were hesitant to restrict ourselves with any target numbers, but the results have exceeded everything we expected.

Apna Sapna has not only proven very popular – in the number of participants and venues – but it has made a substantial impact in the lives of so many people.”      

Sleiman also explained the new modules of the programme: “The most important factor that has emerged out of the training sessions conducted to date is the need for personal savings. Thereby, the next phase of Apna Sapna highlights this particular aspect of financial literacy.”          

Based on interactive feedback, the new sessions instruct participants how and where to save their money, promotes smart money management among their family members, and imparts special training on saving towards setting up a small business.

Participants also receive a free booklet that lists a variety of recognised and legitimate savings schemes in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan at this stage of the programme – with more countries to follow in 2016.

The goal of this phase is to ensure that several thousand workers can upgrade their status from ‘survival’ to ‘stability’, Sleiman added.

Sessions of the modules that focus on personal savings were launched in Dubai, and will be rolled out across the rest of the UAE, and KSA in due course.  

Notes to editor  

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of September 30, 2015, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks. In 2014, The Western Union Company completed 255 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $85 billion of principal between consumers, and 484 million business payments. For more information, visit


Western Union’s Apna Sapna is a free financial literacy programme for migrant workers.

Translated as ‘Our Dreams’ in Hindi and Urdu, Apna Sapna is part of Western Union’s community outreach and corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, and draws from their corporate signature: Moving Money for Better

Conducted in 8 languages, the grassroots training programme aims to drive financial awareness, education and adoption where it is most needed. It is versatile enough for every participant to be able to track their expenses and set targets for savings – irrespective of age, ethnicity, employment, or earnings.  

The aim  

Apna Sapna is designed to address the many challenges of migrant workers who are unsure how to achieve their goals, and yet, wish to build secure futures for themselves and their families. By providing them with financial training and tools, participants are enabled to make proactive and timely decisions with a view to improving their lives.

In particular, the programme is designed to help empower women and foster their financial independence in the future. According to a white paper released in the UAE[1], migrant women are more reliable than men at remitting funds to their home countries, they contribute more to building human capital and living expenses, and they are also more likely to be a ‘safety net’ during financial emergencies. When women provide financial support to others, it is often at the cost of personal sacrifices and compromises.

Apna Sapna gives these women the tools and training to make smart financial decisions – as a means for them and their families to experience a better quality of life in the future.    

The delivery  

Conceptualised and customised by local financial experts, the training model integrates basics of financial planning and tracking, expense management, and prudent spending and saving. In summation, participants are taught how to manage their money better, in order to save some of it.

Training is typically delivered through face-to-face immersive sessions with small groups, and hosted at labour camps or workers’ accommodations. Each session is facilitated by two trained independent volunteers, in addition to Western Union staff who assist when needed.

The scope  

The financial literacy programme was launched in November 2014, with the intention of training migrant workers residing in the UAE and KSA.

[1].Women Migrants, Remittances and Their Impact in the GCC Region: Towards a More Supportive Social and Policy Environment, by Dr. Ismail Hakki Genc – Professor of Economics and Dr. George Naufal – Assistant Professor of Economics, American University in Sharjah.


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Liposuction Specialist Offers Advice Amid Wave of New Fat Treatments

    EUGENE, OR, January 31, 2016 / — Dr. Mark Jewell (, a plastic surgeon specializing in liposuction in Eugene, Oregon, says innovative fat reduction treatments that don’t require surgery can be effective choices for some people, but they can’t match the dramatic and consistent results achieved by liposuction surgery.

“The recent advances in non-surgical treatments offer some patients an excellent aLTErnative because they are convenient and typically more affordable,” Dr. Jewell says. “But these treatments aren’t for everyone, and it is important to understand their limitations, as well as their benefits.”

Dr. Jewell’s liposuction expertise is well established.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) honored Dr. Jewell in 2004 with the prestigious Tiffany Award, presented annually to one plastic surgeon for the best scientific presentation. Dr. Jewell’s research focused on ways to achieve safe outcomes with ultrasonic liposuction. That includes VASERlipo, a minimally invasive form of ultrasonic liposuction the physician often uses at his plastic surgery practice in Eugene.

Since arriving in Oregon, Dr. Jewell has also participated as a lead investigator during the 10 years of research and testing of Liposonix, a non-invasive liposuction alternative approved by the FDA in early 2012. In addition, Dr. Jewell in 2010 published an invited commentary questioning the benefit of laser liposuction, becoming the first plastic surgeon to do so.

Dr. Jewell touts the non-invasive fat reduction tools now available to plastic surgeons as ways to target specific areas, including the neck.

“KYBELLA, for example, reduces the neck fat that causes a double chin,” Dr. Jewell says. “For some patients, the injectable treatment is preferable to undergoing liposuction of the neck.” Still, Dr. Jewell says, KYBELLA and other non-surgical fat reduction procedures eliminate a much smaller percentage of fat cells than what can be accomplished by liposuction.

“It’s simply a trade-off that each patient has to decide upon.” he says. “With non-surgical options, you get a lot of convenience but somewhat limited results.

With liposuction surgery, you get more extensive results, but there’s also some limited downtime.” Additionally, liposuction can be combined with other procedures to tighten deeper structures such as neck lifting.

Patients who are concerned about the downtime following surgical liposuction are often surprised that VASERlipo is much gentler than traditional liposuction techniques and that recovery is faster, Dr. Jewell says.

As one of the leading plastic surgeons in Eugene and throughout Oregon offering VASERlipo and other liposuction techniques, Dr. Jewell also reminds anyone considering cosmetic procedures that choosing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon is ultimately more important than the specific device or technique being used.

“Regardless of the approach,” Dr. Jewell says, “patients get the best results from surgeons with proper qualifications and training in a variety of techniques.”

Dr. Mark Jewell ( is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Eugene, Oregon, who specializes in cosmetic breast enhancement, including breast augmentation, as well as body contouring and facial rejuvenation. Dr. Jewell earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas and has more than 35 years of experience performing cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. He is among the pioneers in the establishment of safety protocols in all facets of plastic surgery and in 2015 became only the fifth individual to be given the Leadership Award by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Oregon Health Science University.

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Best Online Credit Card Processing Services Rankings Ranked by for January 2016

Best Online Credit Card Processing Services Rankings Ranked by for January 2016


January 31, 2016 03:00 ET

NAPLES, FL–(Marketwired – January 31, 2016) – The independent authority on credit card processors,, has named their recommendations of the 30 top online credit card processing services in the payment processing industry for the month of January 2016. Each year thousands of payment processing services are put to the test by an independent research team dedicated to recognizing notable vendors. The recommendations are separated based on the type of solution being provided.

In order to create the top rankings possible based on the most detailed investigation of online credit card processing services the independent research team spends countless hours analyzing industry trends and market research. Each showcased service has been evaluated across five areas of evaluation. The five areas are critical to establishing the comparative performance of the service in relation to major competitors within the industry. To create an even more detailed investigation the independent research team also contacts a minimum of three client references of competing services.

The 30 best online credit card processing services for January 2016 are: 

1- National Bankcard Inc

2- Credit Card Processing Specialists

3- BankCard USA

4- Cayan

5- Allied Wallet

6- Record Retention Online

7- Intuit


9- Golden Gains

10- Affinity Solutions

11- CardConnect

12- EPX

13- Moneris Solutions

14- Rev Worldwide

15- MersaTech

16- Advanced Merchant Group

17- Solupay

18- 1ST Merchant Services

19- Meritus Payment Solutions

20- Merchant Express

21- MLS Direct Network


23- Electronic Payment Systems

24- PayPal

25- Rycom, Inc

26- BluePay Processing

27- BLM Technologies

28- Leap Payments

29- Intrix Technology, Inc.

30- GovTeller

ABOUT is an online Provider of independent reviews and ratings. The ratings of the top payment processing services are released monthly to assist businesses in connecting with online credit card processing services which feature a history of effective solutions. Thousands of payment processing services are put to the test while only the absolute best services are highlighted in the ratings.

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Best Online Credit Card Processing Services Rankings Ranked by for January 2016 Declares Aliant Payment Systems as the Top Merchant Cash Advance Service for January 2016 Declares Aliant Payment Systems as the Top Merchant Cash Advance Service for January 2016


January 31, 2016 03:00 ET

NAPLES, FL–(Marketwired – January 31, 2016) – The independent authority on credit card processors,, has named Aliant Payment Systems the best merchant cash advance service for the month of January 2016. Aliant Payment Systems was chosen based on their strong performance in an in-depth analysis of the solutions they offer. While there are thousands of services offering a variety of solutions, the ratings consist of the best highlighted based on the results of the meticulous evaluation process.

These services are analyzed through an in-depth evaluation process to identify which services to showcase in the rankings. While there are thousands of merchant cash advance services, the rankings are comprised of the absolute best the payment processing industry has to offer. The independent research team evaluates the competing services across five areas of evaluation in order to identify their overall level of competency in areas including customer support, efficiency, security, rates, and calculation methods.

For a more in-depth examination, the independent research team connects with customer references. Clients are questioned to obtain their insight on the solutions provided to them. This provides valuable insight into the internal processes and methodologies of the service offering the solution. In many cases clients contact directly to voice their opinions.

Customers of credit card processing solutions often turn to when looking for effective merchant cash advance services. The independent research team has named Aliant Payment Systems as the best service based on the results of the evaluation process. strongly believes in Aliant Payment Systems’s continued dedication towards excellence.

About is an established independent research firm focusing on the analysis and recommendations of credit card processing services all around the world. The recommendations are organized by the independent research team each month to highlight the top merchant cash advance services based on their performance and their rating achieved through the proprietary analysis process.

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