Mark Newton-Jones Joins Gordon Brothers as Senior Managing Director, Head of the U.K. & EMEA

London, Feb. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mark Newton-Jones has joined Gordon Brothers, the global advisory and investment firm, as Senior Managing Director, Head of the U.K. and Europe, the Middle East & Africa (EMEA), serving as the chief executive for the region.

Based in London, Newton-Jones will lead the continued expansion of the firm’s valuation, disposition and capital services working in partnership with a seasoned team of professionals to provide comprehensive solutions, including lending to, investing in and providing advice, for retail, consumer, commercial, and industrial clients and partners.

Newton-Jones has over 35 years of experience leading, operating and restructuring physical and digital retail brands to transform their approach toward strategy, marketing, design and buying, warehousing and distribution, and property and investment. He also has extensive financial services’ experience having managed the consumer debtor book of retailers and as a member of the board of directors at a neobank.

Prior to joining Gordon Brothers, Newton-Jones was the group chief executive officer of Mothercare plc where he led the retailer’s turnaround into a profitable global business. He was previously CEO of Shop Direct Group and transformed the company from a large-scale, loss-making, brick-and-mortar and catalogue operation to one of the U.K.’s leading digital retail businesses, known today as The Very Group. Newton-Jones spent the earlier part of his career at Next plc where he held various roles in retail operations before becoming the director responsible for its catalogue, taking it online in the late 90s.

“We are delighted to welcome Mark to the Gordon Brothers’ team. His experience in leading companies through transition exemplifies the core of our history and is part of our DNA,” said Frank Morton, Chief Investment Officer of Gordon Brothers. “Under Mark’s leadership, we look forward to expanding our global footprint to deliver comprehensive, bespoke solutions for our clients and partners throughout our established U.K. and European markets and into new markets in the Middle East and Africa.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining Gordon Brothers to lead the continued growth and expansion of the business across multiple territories and partnering with retail, commercial and industrial companies that are looking to grow, consolidate or exit their sectors,” said Newton-Jones. “There is a significant opportunity to build off the solid foundations already in place and partner with organisations through strategic change.”

About Gordon Brothers

Since 1903, Gordon Brothers ( has helped lenders, management teams, advisors and investors move forward through change. The firm brings a powerful combination of expertise and capital to clients, developing customized solutions on an integrated or standalone basis across four services areas: valuations, dispositions, financing and investment. Whether to fuel growth or facilitate strategic consolidation, Gordon Brothers partners with companies in the retail, commercial and industrial sectors to provide maximum liquidity, put assets to their highest and best use and mitigate liabilities. The firm conducts more than $100 billion worth of dispositions and appraisals annually and provides both short- and long-term capital to clients undergoing transformation. Gordon Brothers lends against and invests in brands, real estate, inventory, receivables, machinery, equipment and other assets, both together and individually, to provide clients liquidity solutions beyond its market-leading disposition and appraisal services. The firm is headquartered in Boston, with over 30 offices across five continents.

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Synchronoss to Showcase AI-Powered Personal Cloud Platform at Mobile World Congress

Purpose-Built and Widely Deployed by Leading Telecom Operators, the New Synchronoss Personal Cloud Includes Genius, BackTrack and Other Features to Ensure Data Security and Privacy

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Feb. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (“Synchronoss” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SNCR), a global leader and innovator in cloud, messaging and digital products and platforms, today announced it will showcase the latest version of Synchronoss Personal Cloud at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The new Synchronoss Personal Cloud platform enables telecom operators to offer premium and value-added services to backup and manage files, photos, videos, and digital content stored on mobile phones and other devices.

Leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) the new Genius feature provides tools to optimize photos. Users can colorize black and white photos, enhance photos, and touch up faces, among other effects. The addition of BackTrack provides the capability to revert back and restore files if they are deleted, corrupted, or lost. Additionally, by integrating machine learning, the platform’s Advanced Highlights feature makes it easy to categorize and tag photos, videos, and other digital content so they can be easily highlighted, managed, and shared.

“Unlike OTT apps, our cloud platform provides a carrier-grade solution for service providers to deliver value-added services that also focus heavily on data security and privacy,” said Jeff Miller, President and CEO of Synchronoss. “The capabilities of generative AI and machine learning allow us to deliver innovative functionality such as Genius, BackTrack, and Advanced Highlights, giving users new ways to engage and share their digital content.”

The new features of Synchronoss Personal Cloud are being rolled out to millions of subscribers, including cloud users at AT&T, Verizon, and one of the largest global operators that recently signed a multi-year cloud agreement launching later this year.

Entering Mobile World Congress, Synchronoss will also showcase its carrier-grade email platform, Synchronoss Email Suite. The company recently announced a new contract expansion with a prominent service provider that is delivering email services to over 50 million users, powered by Synchronoss Email Suite and the Mx9 core messaging platform.

“Representing the future of connectivity and drawing the biggest names in the industry, Mobile World Congress is a tremendous venue to build on the momentum of the new Synchronoss Personal Cloud and Synchronoss Email Suite platforms. We look forward to working with our global customers, partners, and new prospects to deliver innovative cloud, messaging, and digital solutions that drive new revenue opportunities for their business,” added Miller.

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Call for Entries Issued for The 20th Annual International Business Awards®

New Awards Categories for Achievements in Sustainability

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Stevie Awards are now accepting nominations for The 20th Annual International Business Awards®, the world’s premier business awards competition, which attracts nominations from organizations in more than 60 nations and territories each year.

All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – may submit nominations to The International Business Awards. The early-bird entry deadline, with reduced entry fees, is 12 April. The final entry deadline is 10 May, but late entries will be accepted through 14 June with payment of a late fee. Entry details are available at

Juries featuring more than 150 executives around the world will determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners. Winners will be announced on 11 August and celebrated at a gala banquet in Rome, Italy this October.

The International Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Categories include:

There are many new and revised features of The International Business Awards for 2023:

Stevie Award winners in the 2022 IBAs included Anexa BPO (Mexico), Abu Dhabi Ports Group (UAE), DHL Express (worldwide), Filinvest Alabang Inc. (Philippines), Halkbank (Turkey), IBM (USA), LLYC (Spain), Lotte Duty Free (South Korea), MDI Ventures (Indonesia), Megaphone (Australia), MetLife China, Octopus Energy (UK), Ooredoo (Singapore), Sleepm Global Inc. (Canada), Unicef Cambodia, Viettel Group (Vietnam), Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., and many more.

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Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

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Inscrições abertas para o 20th Annual International Business Awards®

Novas Categorias de Prêmios para Conquistas em Sustentabilidade

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Os Stevie Awards abriram as inscrições para o 20th Annual International Business Awards, a principal competição Stevie® para premiação de empresas que atrai indicações de organizações em mais de 60 países e territórios todos os anos.

Todas as pessoas e empresas de todo o mundo – públicas e privadas, com fins lucrativos e sem fins lucrativos, grandes e pequenas – podem enviar indicações ao The International Business Awards. O prazo para a inscrição antecipada, com taxas reduzidas, é 12 de abril. O prazo final para inscrições é 10 de maio, mas aceitaremos inscrições até 14 de junho mediante o pagamento de uma taxa de atraso. Os detalhes da inscrição podem ser encontrados em

Corpos de jurados com mais de 150 executivos de todo o mundo escolherão os vencedores do Stevie Award Ouro, Prata e Bronze. Os nomes dos vencedores serão anunciados em 11 de agosto e homenageados em um banquete de gala em Roma, Itália, em outubro.

Os International Business Awards homenageiam as conquistas em todas as facetas do local de trabalho. As categorias incluem:

Existem muitos recursos novos e revisados do The International Business Awards para 2023:

Os vencedores do Stevie Award nos IBAs de 2022 incluíram Anexa BPO (México), Abu Dhabi Ports Group (Emirados Árabes Unidos), DHL Express (em todo o mundo), Filinvest Alabang Inc. (Filipinas), Halkbank (Turquia), IBM (EUA), LLYC (Espanha), Lotte Duty Free (Coréia do Sul), MDI Ventures (Indonésia), Megaphone (Austrália), MetLife China, Octopus Energy (Reino Unido), Ooredoo (Cingapura), Sleepm Global Inc. (Canadá), Unicef Cambodia, Viettel Group (Vietnã), Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., e muitos mais.

Sobre os Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards são concedidos em oito programas: Stevie Awards Ásia-Pacífico, Stevie Awards Alemão, Stevie Awards Oriente Médio e África do Norte, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, Stevie Awards para Grandes Empregadoras, Stevie Awards para Mulheres Empresariais e Stevie Awards para Vendas e Serviço ao Cliente. Os concursos Stevie Awards recebem mais de 12.000 nomeações todos os anos de empresas de mais de 70 países. Honrando empresas de todos os tipos e tamanhos, e as pessoas por trás delas, os Stevies reconhecem excelente desempenho no local de trabalho em todo o mundo. Saiba mais sobre os Stevie Awards em

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Appel à candidatures émis pour la 20e édition annuelle des International Business Awards®

Nouvelles catégories de prix pour les accomplissements en matière de durabilité

FAIRFAX, Virginie, 22 févr. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Les Stevie Awards acceptent désormais les candidatures pour la 20e édition annuelle des International Business Awards®, le programme international de récompenses pour les entreprises le plus prestigieux au monde, qui attire chaque année des candidatures d’organisations provenant de plus de 60 pays et territoires.

Toutes les personnes et organisations du monde (publiques et privées, à but lucratif et à but non lucratif, grandes et petites) peuvent soumettre leurs candidatures aux International Business Awards. La date limite des premières candidatures, qui bénéficieront de frais d’entrée réduits, est fixée au 12 avril. La date limite des candidatures finales est fixée au 10 mai, mais les candidatures tardives seront acceptées jusqu’au 14 juin, moyennant le paiement de frais de retard. Les détails des candidatures sont disponibles à l’adresse

Les jurys composés de plus de 150 cadres à travers le monde détermineront les lauréats des Prix Stevie d’or, d’argent et de bronze. Les lauréats seront annoncés le 11 août et célébrés lors d’un banquet de gala qui se tiendra à Rome, en Italie, en octobre.

Les International Business Awards récompensent les réalisations dans tous les aspects du lieu de travail. Les catégories comprennent :

L’édition 2023 des International Business Awards propose de nombreuses fonctionnalités nouvelles et révisées :

Les lauréats de Stevie Award lors des IBA 2022 comprenaient Anexa BPO (Mexique), Abu Dhabi Ports Group (EAU), DHL Express (mondial), Filinvest Alabang Inc. (Philippines), Halkbank (Turquie), IBM (États-Unis), LLYC (Espagne), Lotte Duty Free (Corée du Sud), MDI Ventures (Indonésie), Megaphone (Australie), MetLife Chine, Octopus Energy (Royaume-Uni), Ooredoo (Singapour), Sleepm Global Inc. (Canada), Unicef Cambodia, Viettel Group (Vietnam), Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., et bien d’autres encore.

À propos des Stevie Awards
Les Stevie Awards sont décernés dans huit programmes : les Stevie Awards en Asie-Pacifique, les Stevie Awards en Allemagne, les Stevie Awards au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord, les American Business Awards®, les International Business Awards®, les Stevie Awards pour les grands employeurs, les Stevie Awards pour les femmes entrepreneurs et les Stevie Awards pour les ventes et le service à la clientèle. Les concours des Stevie Awards reçoivent chaque année plus de 12 000 candidatures émanant d’entreprises de plus de 70 pays. En récompensant les entreprises de tous types et de toutes tailles, ainsi que leurs collaborateurs, les Stevie Awards reconnaissent les performances exceptionnelles sur le lieu de travail dans le monde entier. Pour en savoir plus sur les Stevie Awards, rendez-vous sur le site

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Gain second citizenship in St Kitts and Nevis for a reduced fee – but only until end June 2023

Basseterre, Feb. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The luxurious island of St Kitts and Nevis is offering investors the chance to gain coveted second citizenship in the nation through its citizenship by investment programme. For a limited time only, investors can contribute a reduced amount of US$125 000.00 to the Sustainable Growth Fund – the offer ends 30 June 2023.

St Kitts and Nevis has been on a drive to attract discerning investors and recently announced substantial and industry-leading changes to its citizenship by investment programme. The changes will see high levels of integrity being injected into the programme thanks to these administrative improvements. The citizenship by investment programme has also been structured to allow for greater transparency and accountability, and investment options have been tailored to align with market realities while preserving the platinum brand.

From 1 January 2023 until 30 June 2023, those looking to tap into St Kitts and Nevis’ enriching base can make a donation of just US$125 000.00 into the country’s Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF) and gain second citizenship in just 60 days. From 1 July 2023, the contribution will increase to US$150 000.00 per main applicant.

Why should you invest in St Kitts and Nevis 

Being a dual citizen of St Kitts and Nevis offers a plethora of benefits – from family reunification and global mobility to enhanced security and increased economic opportunities, there are so many reasons entrepreneurs and families should seriously consider the dual island nation.

Situated between Anguilla and Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis features pristine beaches, wondrous volcanoes, and beguiling rainforests. St Kitts and Nevis has a population of over 52,000, with an economy reliant on tourism, export-oriented manufacturing, and offshore banking.

St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme is the world’s longest-running CBI programme (launched in 1984) and one of the most trusted, being the first of its kind.

Since the island has award-winning and internationally acclaimed education institutions like veterinary and medical universities, it attracts global-minded professionals. People from all over the world come to St Kitts and Nevis, over a million a year to be exact, because of its booming tourism sector. Many enjoy it so much that they end up staying. Now, with more work-from-home policies than ever, many see the Caribbean as the perfect destination to get away from the bustle of big cities while continuing to be connected when business calls.

In an increasingly globalised world, unrestricted mobility is a vital tool that can help level your business to an international market. A 2022 report released by the Financial Times’ Professional Wealth Management (PWM) magazine recognised St Kitts and Nevis for having the most extensive global mobility offering in the Caribbean out of all Caribbean CBI nations.

St Kitts and Nevis remains in high demand as a renowned port for its exceptional tourism, complemented by an unmatched experience. The nation achieved the honorary marquee tourist destination status and welcomed one million cruise passengers for two consecutive years prior to the pandemic. This means that no matter where you invest in the country, you can get a bang for your buck as almost every sector on the islands is touched by people coming and going.

Citizenship by investment programmes offer the opportunity for reputable individuals to legally obtain new citizenship in return for an investment in the economy of the host country. The main goal of these programmes is to find a win-win solution for both investors and the countries offering citizenship by investment programme.

This process aims to be relatively smooth provided that an investor delivers all the necessary documentation, passes all necessary due diligence checks, and makes the qualifying investment. The investment made by that individual is often put towards improving the quality of life for those inhabiting the host country.

The process to obtain citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis takes approximately 90 days from submission to approval in principle on the normal route. However, this can be fast-tracked to 60 days or less under the nation’s Accelerated CBI Application for an additional fee.

There are no obligatory travel or residency requirements for this programme and no interview or language requirements.

Investment options

St Kitts and Nevis’s citizenship by investment programme has four investment options:

The Sustainable Growth Fund

Limited Time Offer:
From 1 January to 30 June 2023, for a Limited Time Offer, a main applicant, following stringent background checks, can make a minimum investment of US$ 125,000 to the Fund and receive approval in principle within 60 days of submission of the application.

From 1 July 2023 onwards, applicants investing through the Sustainable Growth Fund are required to make a minimum investment of US$ 150,000 and can expect approval in principle within 90 days of submission of the application. The funds raised by the SGF go towards supporting sustainable growth initiatives in the country.

Real Estate 

This route involves investing in government-approved real estate, with independent investors needing to make a contribution of at least US$ 200,000 and hold the property for a minimum of seven years.

Private Homes 

The Private Home Sale Investment Option will be retained as a permanent investment option under the CBI Programme, where the minimum investment per application is US$ 400,000 in a private single-family dwelling house designated as an Approved Private Home.

Public Benefit Option 

Public Benefit Option requires a minimum investment per application of US$175,000 in an Approved Public Benefit Investment, payable to an Approved Public Benefit Investor.

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2023 Budget Speech: Minister to outline government spending

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana will this afternoon present the 2023 Budget Speech.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his State of the Nation Address on 9 February, announced government’s plans to address South Africa’s energy crisis and prevailing socio-economic challenges.

“In this regard, Minister Godongwana will provide details of spending and revenue collection proposals to implement these plans. He will also outline the funds to be allocated to different spheres of government, departments and entities,” said Parliament in a statement.

Minister Godongwana will, as part of the 2023 Budget Speech, also introduce the Appropriation Bill and table the Division of Revenue Bill to Parliament.

Godongwana is scheduled to deliver the 2023 Budget Speech at a sitting of the National Assembly (NA) to be held at the Cape Town City Hall at 2pm.

The speech is expected to be broadcast live on various news and radio channels, as well as the parliamentary channel.

You can also watch the live stream of the 2023 Budget Speech on the SAnews Twitter @SAgovnews feed.

Source: South African Government News Agency

President to open National House of Traditional and Khoi-San leaders

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday deliver the annual address to the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders (NHTKL) in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chamber, Parliament, in Cape Town.

President Ramaphosa will deliver the address in terms of section 33 (1) (b) of Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership, 2019 (Act 3 of 2019).

“The annual address will mark the official opening of the House which facilitates the important task of promoting nation building and social cohesion.

“The House plays and integral role in streamlining the interested of our communities which are championed by Traditional leaders as custodians of our heritage and diverse culture,” the Presidency said in a statement.

Invited guests include Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Premiers, MECs responsible for Traditional Affairs, Kings, EXCO Members of Provincial Houses of Traditional Leaders, CONTRALESA, Business Sector, Religious Sector, NGOs and representatives from amongst others, SADC countries, National Khoi-San Council as well Chapter 9 institutions.

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MEC welcomes arrest of former official for fraud, theft

Gauteng MEC for Transport and Logistics, Kedibone Diale-Tlabela, has welcomed the arrest of a former departmental official and her accomplice on charges of fraud, theft and defeating the ends of justice.

The accused appeared at the Durban Magistrates Court on Tuesday for a bail application.

The fraud and theft are estimated to have cost the Department of Roads and Transport (through g-Fleet Management) around R16 million. The pair also face another charge of the use of state vehicles without authorised consent.

“Today marks a great milestone not only for the department but for the people of our province and the people of KwaZulu-Natal and the rule of law. A strong message must echo within the corridors of our department, especially to those who abuse their positions of trust and steal from the people.

“These individuals shamelessly used state resources with common cause to fashion a private business for themselves. They thought this net would never close in on them, but their day has finally come.

“As we embark on this important step of rooting out fraud and corruption, maladministration, malfeasance in our entity, the g-Fleet Management Agency, we would like to assure Gauteng residents that the trust they have bestowed upon us will not be betrayed,” the MEC said.

The arrests are the culmination of an investigation spanning six years by the department’s Fraud and Anti-corruption Unit, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations and the National Prosecution Authority (NPA).

The former employee was a regional manager for both the Eastern Cape and Durban regions of the g-Fleet entity, which is in the business of renting and leasing vehicles to state departments.

The MEC thanked the team for their diligence and painstaking efforts to follow on acts of wrongdoing and bringing those who are suspected of pilfering state resources to have their day in court.

“While our intervention has brought us to the province of KwaZulu-Natal, our net is cast wide to those dark corners where officials think they can get away with leeching on the resources of the democratic state for their narrow personal gain.

“Today, we have fired only the first salvo to looters of state resources, those who hollow out resources that are meant for the people of Gauteng for their personal gain. I want to take this opportunity to warn these elements that their days are numbered.

“As we fight these rogue elements amongst us, that we remind those who continue to work as trusted stewards and patriots of our democratic state that ethical conduct and honesty also pays,” the MEC said.

Source: South African Government News Agency