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Plan a Meeting by Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Review Singapore Island Hotels

If the views from your meeting space consist of traffic, concrete or other buildings, the answer to your problem is simple. It’s island time!

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Located just 50 minutes from Houston, this 32-mile-long island offers more than 5,000 sleeping rooms, replenished beaches and a variety of world-class attractions to make your next meeting far from ordinary. And, if you’re on a budget, you can join the more than 5 million visitors that flock to Galveston annually to experience the laidback lifestyle of a seaside city without the high price tag of most beach destinations.

Your first step? Discover all the in-kind and cash incentives for which you may qualify! Contact the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau to get the best head start possible on planning a successful, stress-free meeting.

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There’s nothing like spending “island time” with your family, taking in the Galveston coast while making memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. While your memories may be priceless, capturing them in a photograph could lead to some extra bonuses.

First of 1 Million Cubic Yards of Sand Has Been Pumped Onto the Beach

The first of 1 million cubic yards of sand has been pumped onto the beach in a $19 million project to replenish over 3.5 miles of beach along Galveston's seawall.

Group Activities Beckon & Abound on Galveston Island

If you’re looking for group activities, there’s plenty of things to on our charming little island.

Planning a Meeting? Why Not in Galveston?

Most visitors come to Galveston to relax on the beaches, stroll the Strand, maybe visit museums and to dine at some of the island’s most popular restaurants. Yet despite it being a vacation destination, Galveston is also a great place to hold meetings.

Dellanera RV Park Offers Hook-Up Sites Right on the Beach

Have you ever dreamed of having a home right on the beach? That’s what those visiting the island in an RV can have – so to speak.

The Galveston Island Pass is your Ticket to Island Adventures and Savings Too

Whether you’d like to kayak on Galveston Bay, visit the Railroad Museum or watch the sharks at Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid, the Galveston Island Pass is your ticket to island adventures.

Major Galveston Beach Expansion Now Underway

A major beach expansion is now underway in Galveston, representing the largest sand nourishment project to take place on the Texas Gulf Coast this summer.

Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing Review Singapore Hope you experience this “causeway cure” where flip-flops replace dress shoes and the scenery.

Join a group thrilled you have decided to explore Galveston Island.

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Cyber Security: Protecting Seniors Online from Scams, Hacks and Tax Fraud

The vast majority of seniors today are using the Internet at least once a week to check email, pay bills online and keep in touch via social media. But all that time online puts them at risk for scams and hacks, such as tax fraud.

In fact, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, found that 67 percent of surveyed older adults have been the victim of an online scam or hack.

Encouraging seniors to practice cyber security can go a long way toward protecting their identity and sensitive financial information. Home Instead collaborated with the National Cyber Security Alliance to create Protect Seniors Online, available at www.ProtectSeniorsOnline.com, a free resource that educates older adults about cybersecurity. Here, seniors can test their cybersecurity skills with the "Can You Spot an Online Scam?" quiz.

Older adults can take the following steps now to protect themselves online:

  • Password protect and secure devices, accounts. Lock all devices (including computers, tablets and smartphones) with secure passwords in case devices are lost or stolen.
  • Think before clicking. When faced with an urgent request -- like emails asking for money -- think before clicking or get a second opinion. Clicking on links is often how scammers get personal information. When in doubt, trash an unusual message.
  • Share with care. More than half (51 percent) of seniors surveyed by Home Instead use social media to stay connected. Use care when sharing personal information, adjust privacy settings to limit who can see your information, and turn off location sharing.
  • Use security software. Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software and program it to run regularly. And be wary of pop-up ads or emails, many of which contain malware that can infect computers.
  • Log out. Log out of apps and websites when you are finished. Leaving apps and websites open on computer screens could make you vulnerable to security and privacy risks.
  • Recommend support. Older adults who live alone may need help from a trusted source -- such as a family member, tech-savvy friend or professional caregiver --to serve as a second set of eyes.

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Southbourne Positive Living Group: 15 Tips for Being More Positive

Positivity is choosing to see the bright side of life. It is recognizing that struggle and pain are not all that’s there, even if they’re all we can see in a certain moment. It is seeing the good in people, even when we have to search (really, really hard) for it. And it is about trusting ourselves. I guess it all comes down to this: even with pain, sorrow, and evil, there is always good, and that, friends, is what we should focus our energy on.

On the contrary, negativity is about finding fault and worry in people and situations. It’s about focusing on the one thing that went wrong when a zillion others went right. And it’s about belittling people without attempting to see who they are. But what if our lives aren’t perfect? Should we pretend like our struggles don’t exist? No way Jose! I used to think that if I shared my hardships, people would think I was being negative. Then I realized that holding in all the bad stuff made me feel even worse. Instead of feeling free and optimistic, I felt trapped.


Rather, it’s about choosing to see the good in life, believing in the power of encouragement, and having hope that things will get better (even when they really, really suck).

Now to the good stuff. No matter where you’re at with choosing positivity, here are some tips for adding some optimism to your life, even when the world craps all over you.

1. Listen to music that gives off the same mood you want to be in. Consider both the tone and type of music and also whether it brings back positive memories from the past. Music is indescribably powerful and using its voodoo magic to brighten up my day has always helped me immensely.

2. Eat healthy. Recently, I’ve been eating healthier and drinking a lot of smoothies packed with nutrients and veggies. I can’t think of anything else to describe my recent mood besides blissful. It is honestly almost odd. I just feel really great each and every day.

15 Tips for Being Positive [via The Nectar Collective]

3. Make a sunshine file or box. Often times, when people send me kind messages or letters, I save them as a screenshot, either in a file on my computer or in a box in my house. Besides the fact that I’m a hoarder collector, these messages are dear to me during times when I’m struggling or feel like I don’t matter to the world (we’ve all been there, right?).

4. Surround yourself with positive influences. Find people who believe in you and your dreams. Seek out others who make your spirit feel full and lifted. The other people who bring you down? Decide for yourself if they really have a place in your life. If they don’t, have the courage to move on. For the record, anyone who makes you feel like crap about yourself does not have a place in your life.

5. Practice positivity. By this, I’m talking about actively weaving positive activities into your life to little by little, change your mindset. Just the way a photographer eventually starts seeing the world in pictures, there are things we can all do to eventually see the world in a positive light.

6. Set goals. Having goals to work towards can make us more positive. When we feel stagnant and unconfident, it’s a lot easier to see the bad parts of life. Start small, and remind yourself of all the great things you can accomplish. We love goals here at TNC and, have quite an archive of posts on goal-setting, if you’re interested.

7. Challenge negative thoughts with positive ones. Negative thoughts are the very foundation of negativity and they can seem hard to avoid or erase. But negativity is all about mindset and mindset is all about creating habits. Whenever you think something negative, try to search for the bright side of the situation. Eventually it will feel like second nature. Also, this article is a wonderful resource for getting started and for understanding what positivity is in general.

8. Smile. Simple enough, right? There are actually studies that have proven that just cheesin’ it up can make you happier and more optimistic.

9. Get a pet. I know this tip isn’t for everyone, but getting a dog recently has done wonders for my sense of purpose and happiness. It is amazing what taking care of another being can do for ourselves.

10. Share your issues. Letting your struggles bottle up inside is just a breakdown waiting to happen. If we share our hardships, we can receive encouragement from others that will help us re-focus on our strength, courage, and perseverance. This can be in a variety of ways, from calling a friend to writing a heart-felt blog post.

11. Make your home a positive place to be. I mean, who feels inspired by hospital colored walls and a dirty kitchen? Try adding quotes that inspire you or little pick-me-up messages around your house. Coming home to a house that welcomes me with inspiration is like walking into the arms of a friend who squeezes you tight and reminds you how special you truly are. In case you’re up for a DIY challenge, you might like this positivity garland I made last month. It’s currently adorning my walls and reminds me of the nectar of life each time I see it.

15 Tips for Being Positive [via The Nectar Collective]

12. Ask yourself – does this really matter? Usually when I find myself being negative, it’s over trivial things that won’t stand a chance in my long-term memory. So why do I let them get to me in the moment? Beats me! When my problems are trivial, I do my best to remind myself that they’re not important. And then I move on.

13. Encourage others. Studies have proven that a lot of our happiness comes from making other people happy (but did you really need a study to tell you that?). If we build positive relationships and motivate other people, we feel good about ourselves, which builds confidence and leads to a positive perspective. Not to mention, it makes other people feel like the unique, special beings they are. Talk about a win-win!

(Related: 5 Ways to Look and Feel More Confident)

14. Focus on the problems in your life. Well, kind of. What I really mean is that in order to be truly positive, we need to shed our negative skin instead of suppressing it. Sometimes, it’s best to recognize the negativity pervading our life, admit it, and then decide that it no longer has a place in our lives. Often, recognizing the problem is a vital part of the solution.

15. Remember, it’s all you. I recently quit a job that brought out the absolute worst in me. I was depressed, negative, and kept telling myself, this isn’t you. I don’t really know who I thought it was, because it was most certainly me being rude and angry. It was later that I realized, it’s all me — the good and the bad. But that doesn’t mean it has to be all me, all the time. I still have a choice whether I want to choose positivity or negativity, kindness or anger. I always have a choice. And guess what? So do you

Southbourne Positive Living Group (SPLG) meets on the last Wednesday of the month (excluding holidays)

Join a group of like-minded people and rediscover the purpose and meaning of your life.

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Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group Review Delivering trusted service

For more than 10 years, Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group has been providing dependable service to customers with their effective team. Each member of their team is hard working and has sufficient know-how in handling car issues.

A lot of people, especially residents of Southbourne, have been recommending the company to their families and friends with car-related problems throughout the years. Customers’ good reviews are a solid testament to the amicable and wise service of the team. Managers are also worthy of praises because of their commitment to the company and to their customers.

Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group also builds good relationship and friendship with their customers, and their professionalism can really solve any car problems with their great skills. This family run company has been entailed with the trades in South Coast of Hampshire as well. Their professionals can do a good evaluation of your car and can even see forthcoming problems and do immediate actions to prevent them.

The members of the company have been doing their tasks with careful thought, making their service acquire first-rate quality. They offer brake checks, car servicing, looking for good tyres, MOTs, along with free seasonal checks. Tyre&Auto also has an online service that can help you reserve your tyres for fitting and get a fast tyre quote.

Tyre&Auto Southbourne Group always prioritizes the convenience of their customers, so they are providing them with a local collect and a return service in which you may ask their team about the service when you booked. Their services don’t stop on those mentioned above because they can also check your car’s windscreen wipers and can do a full engine overhaul on your vehicle.

Contact their local depot today to know more info about them and make yourself a witness to their trusted service. You will then talk to one of the members of their effective team and see their unparalleled service comes to light.

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Coalition Against Insurance Fraud: Lemons or lemonade?

First P2P insurer says it will slash fraud costs

Do insurance consumers have a thirst to buy policies using their smartphones? Will they be less fraud-prone knowing some of their excess premiums get donated to charity? And will the prospects of quick claim cash motivate them to switch carriers?

One new insurance startup is betting yes, offering to quench that thirst.

Lemonade, the first so-called peer-to-peer insurance company, debuted this week to much fanfare.

Started by technology entrepreneurs, the company is targeting smartphone users by offering ease-of-service transitions and cheap prices on homeowners and renters coverage.

Lemonade says most insurance “sucks” (their words) because insurers hassle claimants, are bloated and make too much profit. And thus, claimants are more likely to file inflated or fake claims.

The company says it will undercut traditional insurers by using streamlined, tech-oriented transactions and reduced fraud costs. In an interview this week, Lemonade president Shai Wininger said:

“With insurance, over 90 percent of the fraud is perpetrated by supposedly normal upstanding citizens like you and me. So what is about insurance that brings out the devil in us? Why is it that when it comes to insurance, we feel entitled to break the law?”

Research suggests consumers are less likely to defraud a company they feel good about. Customers designate a favorite charity to receive their share of company profits at the end of the year, if there are any.

Call me skeptical, but I doubt Lemonade’s approach will make that much difference in policy pricing.

Still, Millennials who love transacting business on their cellphones and are socially conscious should be drawn to this model. It will be interesting to see if Lemonade has a magic formula to reduce fraud. We’ll be watching to see if this new player leaves a sweet or sour taste in the mouths of its customers.

About the author: Dennis Jay is executive director of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.


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To Prospective Applicants

Established in 1957, our company has been in business for more than 50 years. Our business is to provide technologies and services for infrastructure construction in the phases of surveying, planning, design, maintenance, management and operation. In Japan, we are a leading technology holder, particularly in the fields of bridges, roads and transport. Recently, we have been working to expand our business domains. For instance, we now engage in overall management of state-run parks. Overseas, we engage in a wide variety of areas such as the development of master plans for the entire county, national project management for international airports, seaports and railways, tourism development, environmental and energy development, medical care, and education.

In marking our 50th anniversary, we drew up a business plan titled I-Plan. I-Plan stipulates that our mission is to offer comprehensive intellectual services to realize secure and abundant lives for people around the world. It also specifies the stance of seeking employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction and social contribution as the highest priority values that we emphasize for fulfilling the mission. We consider the importance of employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction and social contribution. We also believe that enthusiasm and purposefulness are defined as driving forces that make us that type of company.

We wish to develop a company that fulfills this corporate philosophy. The company we aspire to be has three dimensions. The first is to be a company that allows its employees to feel a sense of pride. We are proud of our services that are extremely important in increasing local security and reassurance and in building a foundation for vitality. We therefore wish to maximize our service domains and service coverage area. The second is to be a company where employees can enjoy a feeling of accomplishment through performing their duties. We therefore focus on human resource development to maximize the abilities of staff and the organization. And the third is to be a company where employees are energetic. We will therefore improve the environment and system for working.

External circumstances today are changing dramatically. Seeing this as an opportunity, we will be united to boldly confront the challenges we face. We hope that those with the following attributes will join us to actively take up these challenges. The first attribute is leadership. We want our staff to think and act proactively, not take a passive attitude. The second is teamwork. We want our staff to communicate effectively and work together with others. The third is persistence. We want our staff to be persistent in pursuing their challenges, until they reach their goal. We look forward to your pursuing employment with us.


                                                                          Hidenori NOZAKI

                                                                          President and Representative Director

                                                                          Oriental Consultants Co., Ltd.      

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Public Filings

To view BGC Partners, Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including annual (10-K), quarterly (10-Q) and currents reports (8-K), proxy statements (DEFA 14A) and registration statements (S-1, S-3, S-4, S-8, prospectuses, etc.) , please access the following link: http://ir.bgcpartners.com/financial-reports-filings/sec-fili...

Long Term Incentive Plan and Partnership Documents

            • Sixth Amended and Restated Long Term Incentive Plan

            • Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-207257)

            • Registration Statement on Form S-4 (File No. 333-169232)

            • Long Term Incentive Plan – Description and Frequently Asked Questions

            • BGC Holdings, L.P. – Agreement of Limited Partnership, as amended and restated (together with amendments thereto)

            • BGC Holdings, L.P. – Participation Plan

Corporate Governance

            • Complaint and Investigation Procedures for Accounting, Internal Accounting Controls or Auditing Matters

            • Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

This code of conduct is also available in the following languages:

            • Chinese

            • Danish

            • French

            • German

            • Hebrew

            • Italian

            • Japanese

            • Korean

            • Portuguese

            • Russian

            • Spanish

            • Turkish

            • Charter of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors

            • Charter of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors



BGC Financial, L.P. Annual Regulatory Disclosures

BGC Financial, L.P.Privacy Policy

CFTC Rule 1 55(k) Firm Specific Disclosure Statement

CFTC Rule 1 55(b) Risk Disclosure Statement

SEC Order Routing Disclosure


Mint Brokers Privacy Policy

Mint Brokers Annual Regulatory Disclosures

CFTC Rule 1 55(k) Firm Specific Disclosure Statement

CFTC Rule 1 55(b) Risk Disclosure Statement


Where a service and/or information is provided by BGC in the United Kingdom, it has been approved by BGC Brokers L.P. whose address is One Churchill Place, Canary Wharf E14 5RD. BGC Brokers L.P. is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Their FCA Register Numbers is 454814 respectively. Access to the FCA Register can be gained via the following link: www.fsa.gov.uk/register/. The investment services displayed on the BGC website are not available to any UK “Retail Client” (as defined by the Financial Conduct Authority). BGC does not deal with or for Retail Clients. To receive a copy of the Pillar 3 disclosures or Country-by-Country Reporting for BGC Brokers L.P., please email: compliancebgcuk@bgcpartners.com.


1. Introduction

The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) came into force on 1st November 2007. One of its requirements is that BGC implement a ‘Best Execution Policy’. Information on the BGC Best Execution Policy is set out below.

2. Scope

The BGC Best Execution Policy applies when BGC executes orders or receives and transmits orders on your behalf.

BGC will be executing orders on your behalf where you legitimately rely on us to protect your interests in relation to pricing or other aspects of the transaction that may be affected by how BGC executes the order. For example this will be the case when BGC:

executes an order by dealing as agent;

executes an order by dealing as riskless principal on your behalf; and

“works” an order on your behalf.

BGC will not be executing orders on your behalf (and will not therefore owe a duty of best execution) where we publish a quote or provide a “request for quote” service and you transact with us on the basis of that quote.

3. The Quality of Execution

When executing orders on your behalf in relation to financial instruments, we will take all reasonable steps to achieve what is called “Best Execution” of your orders. This means that we will have in place a policy and procedure designed to obtain the best possible execution result for your order.

We will take into consideration a range of different factors such as price, the cost of the transaction, the need for timely execution, the liquidity of the market, the size of the order and the nature of the financial transaction. We will also take into account your understanding and experience of the market in question, your dealing profile, the nature of the dealing service you require of us and the specific and general instructions given to us by you which may prioritise how we are to execute your orders.

In the absence of specific instructions from you, we will exercise our own discretion in determining factors we need to take into account for the purpose of providing you with Best Execution.

Our commitment to provide you with Best Execution does not mean that we owe you any fiduciary responsibilities over and above the specific regulatory obligations placed upon us or as may be otherwise contracted between us.

4. Exemptions from Best Execution

There are certain circumstances where the Best Execution obligation does not apply:

Eligible Counterparties

If you are classified as an Eligible Counterparty the rules relating to Best Execution do not apply.

Market Practices in OTC markets

In the wholesale OTC derivative and fixed income markets in which we operate it is normal practice for our clients to approach a number of different brokers and dealers for quotes. Clients then make their own decision to trade based on these quotes. In these circumstances there is no expectation between the parties that BGC is acting ‘on behalf’ of the client, and therefore Best Execution does not apply.

Name Passing Transactions

When we act in a name passing (or name give-up) capacity we are receiving and transmitting clients’ orders. However, as we are not receiving and transmitting clients’ orders for execution, the requirements in respect of Best Execution do not apply.

Specific Instruction

When you give us a specific instruction in relation to your order, or any particular aspect of your order, including an instruction for your trade to be executed on a particular venue, we will execute the order in accordance with your instructions. In following your instructions we will be deemed to have taken all reasonable steps to have provided you with the best possible result for the aspect of the order to which the specific instruction relates.

Please be aware that any specific instructions from you may prevent BGC from taking steps that it has designed and implemented to obtain the best possible result in respect of the elements covered by those instructions.

In addition when you place an order on a multilateral trading facility (MTF), the best execution provisions of MiFID will not apply to the operator of the MTF as your order will be classified as a specific instruction.

Although the Best Execution rules do not apply in the above circumstances, we will still continue to act in your best interests and provide you with the same high standard of service which we apply to all client orders.

5. Execution Factors

We will have regard to the following factors when taking steps to obtain the best possible result when executing your orders:

            • price

            • costs

            • speed of execution

            • likelihood of execution

            • speed of settlement

            • likelihood of settlement

            • size of the order

            • nature of the order

            • any other consideration relating to the execution of the order

We will take into account the following criteria when determining the relative importance of the above factors:

            • the characteristics of the client

            • the characteristics of the order

            • the characteristics of the financial instrument subject to the order

            • the characteristics of the order execution venues to which that order can be directed

When executing orders on your behalf, the relative importance that we assign to the factors in providing you with Best Execution is in most cases price followed by speed and likelihood of execution. The other executing factors will then be determined on the basis of discussions with you and on market conditions which may be subject to sudden change.

6. Execution Venues

Execution venues (sources of liquidity) will be selected on the basis that the venue is likely to provide the best possible result for the order. These will include:

            • Regulated markets

            • Market makers or other liquidity providers

            • Multilateral trading facilities (MTFs)

Some client orders will therefore be executed on venues not deemed to be either Regulated Markets or MTFs, for example when an order is executed through BGC’s client base. You are required to give your express consent to enable us to execute orders on your behalf in this manner. Please ensure that you return the Client Acknowledgment and Consent slip.

BGC will assess on a regular basis the quality of the execution afforded by these venues on which we execute your orders and whether we need to change any execution arrangements.

We will take steps so that we do not structure or charge commissions in a way which will discriminate unfairly between execution venues.

Please also note that, as a regulated market will charge exchange fees which reflect the quality of its execution facilities, we have to price the cost of our own business model and the utilisation of our capital to support our dealing with you (including carrying the risk of those dealings e.g. credit risk) as part of our assessment of the quality of execution offered to you.

7. Monitoring the Best Execution Policy

We will continually monitor the effectiveness of the policy. We will review annually, or whenever a material change occurs, the quality of execution afforded and whether we need to change our execution arrangements. This policy will be posted on our website and you are advised to review the website from time to time for any material changes.

8. General Consent

There is a requirement to obtain your prior consent to this order execution policy. If we receive an order from you on or after 1 November 2007, you will have deemed to have given your consent to this policy.


BGC –BGC Brokers, L.P. or any branch thereof located in the EEA.

Execution Venue – A regulated market, an MTF, a systematic Internaliser, or a market maker or other liquidity provider or an entity that performs a similar function in a third country.

Financial Instruments – Instruments specified in Section C of Annex I to MiFID.

MiFID – The European Parliament and Council Directive on markets in financial instruments (no. 2004/39/EC).

Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF) – A multilateral system, operated by an investment firm or a market operator, which brings together multiple third party buying and selling interests in financial instruments – in the system and in accordance with non discretionary rules – in a way that results in a contract in accordance with the provisions of Title II of MiFID.

Dealing on Own Account – Trading against proprietary capital resulting in the conclusion of transactions in one or more financial instruments.

Professional Client – A client meeting the criteria laid down in paragraph 1 of Annex II of MiFID.

Regulated Market – A multilateral system operated and / or managed by a market operator which brings together or facilitates the bringing together of third party buying and selling interests in financial instruments in a way that results in a contract, in respect of the financial instruments admitted to trading under its rules and/or systems, and which is authorised and functions regularly and in accordance with the provisions of Title III of MiFID.

Systematic Internaliser – An investment firm which, on an organised, frequent and systematic basis, deals on own account by executing client orders outside a regulated market or an MTF.

Please note that system response and account access times may vary due to a variety of factors, including trading volumes, market conditions, system performance, and other factors.

The registered office of BGC Brokers L.P. is at 1 Churchill Place, London, E14 5RD.

The FCA register appears at http://www.fsa.gov.uk/register/. The FCA regulates the financial services industry in the United Kingdom and is located at 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5HS.

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BGC Partners Limited Tokyo: CHARITY DAY


Every year on September 11th, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, we remember our 658 friends and colleagues and the 61 Eurobrokers employees who were tragically killed by distributing 100% of our global revenues to the Relief Fund and many other charities around the world.

BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, commemorate our 658 friends and colleagues and 61 Eurobrokers employees, who perished on September 11, 2001 by distributing 100% of our global revenues on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and dozens of charities around the world.

Since its inception, Charity Day has raised approximately $125 million globally. Each anniversary is a poignant occasion for us. Charity Day is our way of turning a tragic day into one that is positive and uplifting by helping others.

Charity Day 2015 was held on Friday, September 11, 2015 and raised approximately $12 million.

Charity Day 2016 will take place on Monday, September 12, 2016. To apply for Charity Day 2016 in NYC, email charityday-ny@bgcpartners.com and request an application.


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International Financial Corporation Securities Regulatory Commission World Bank Group on Changing the Energy Landscape in Central America

Central American residents pay nearly twice as much to keep their lights on as do their neighbors in South America. The high energy costs hurt the region’s businesses and its residents, hampering job creation and making it harder for people to improve their lives.

Soaring electricity rates have long burdened Central America, as the region is highly dependent on imported fossil fuel and at the mercy of fluctuating oil prices. At the same time, rising demand is putting pressure on the region to expand its capacity to generate electricity. It is crucial that the region develop alternate power sources to lower costs, ease the reliance on fuel imports, and reduce carbon emissions.

To tackle this challenge, IFC has supported private sector developers and financed a series of projects in the region—building on our decades of experience in supporting electricity generation, transmission, and distribution upgrades in developing countries.

The latest one is AES Colón—Central America’s first integrated plant that generates power from liquefied natural gas. In July, we completed a $150 million financing package for the construction and operation of the 380-megawatt plant, which will help mitigate the risk of electricity shortages while introducing a clean, cost-effective, and reliable energy source


Natural gas—a cheaper and cleaner alternative to fossil fuels—holds great potential as a source of energy in Central America. The region currently relies on heavy fuel oil and diesel for over 40 percent of its installed generation capacity.

Over the past decade, Central America struggled to get natural gas projects off the ground. These plants demand large investment, and the energy markets in the region were not big enough to attract investors. As a whole, Central America has roughly the same capacity to generate electricity as Colombia, further south.

IFC is helping to change that. Located on Panama’s Atlantic coast, AES Colón includes an onshore terminal where liquefied natural gas is regasified to feed the power plant. The facility is sponsored by AES Corporation and Panama-based Motta Group.

By its third year of operation, AES Colón is expected to generate 2,100 gigawatt hours of power which would otherwise be produced using heavy fuel and diesel. This will represent a reduction of about 1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year—the equivalent of taking more than 200,000 cars off the road. Once operational, the project is expected to reduce Panama’s carbon dioxide emissions by about 4 percent.

In addition to reducing carbon emissions, natural gas complements renewable energy by ensuring a steady supply of clean power that is able to balance the inherent variability of wind and solar energy.


Since 2010, IFC has supported the implementation of over 900 MW of new renewable energy capacity in Central America, including 215 MW of wind and 215 megawatt-peak of solar photovoltaic projects, helping offset a slowdown in the construction of hydropower projects in the region.

In Panama, we have provided a $300 million financing package for the Penonome wind power plant, the largest wind farm in Central America. The project is expected to generate the equivalent to 5 percent of the country’s total energy demand. In Honduras, we have recently supported three of the first large-scale grid-connected solar projects in the country.

In Costa Rica, the Reventazón 305-MW hydropower plant we are supporting will bring light to half a million homes. In recent years, we have also financed a 72-MW geothermal plant in Nicaragua and 123 MW of run-of-the-river hydroelectricity projects in Panama and Honduras—where little or no water storage is necessary.

From Panama to Costa Rica through Nicaragua and on to Honduras, new renewable and clean-energy projects are helping transform Central America’s energy landscape and demonstrate that the region can develop the power infrastructure it needs to grow sustainably.


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Bacall Associates Travel: Easy steps to include Social Media into Sales Promotions

The tremendous impact of social media has brought to the business arena is phenomenal and Bacall Associates has been witnessing this phenomenon over the years. A social media campaign could add a cutting-edge facet to traditional sales promotions. Many customers prefer social media in looking for trusted reviews of different people about a particular service or product.


A well-designed social media campaign can be a powerful and effective sales tool as it enables your business to develop continuing relationships with your target audience and followers, and improve your understanding towards their needs.


Getting social media success usually includes a long process, particularly in small businesses, so you must flourish your profiles first and develop a genuine relationship with your business followers before easing into any type of sales promotions. The following are some of the easy suggestions prepared by Bacall Associates where you can use social media to your sales promotions.


Select the best platform for your business

Understanding on where you’re being found by your prospective customers on social media can assist you in determining on which platform you’re going to use for your brand. You can request your marketing team to report this information to you. But in the end, the platform should match your target audience. If your business is focused towards promotions and B2B then LinkedIn is an ideal option for you, but if you're aimed towards the consumer market then Facebook is for you.


Build a trustworthy image

This will not be easy, but you must do your best to build your business' creditability. You can begin with creating a professional profile and see to it that your posts and updates are discussion-worthy with only a small percentage of being directly promotional posts.


Properly handle gathered information

Social media provides an enormous quantity of data about qualified leads. A well-designed campaign using a combination of promo codes can provide many in-depth data, which is why most social media sites offer analytics to examine these data for future campaigns. It's important to correctly handle the data once these leads have been gathered.


Sell using social media

You can also achieve effective selling with social media. It is the best for daily deals or acts now offers. Encourage immediate action from your followers and motivate them to interact and share the offer, just make sure that it is a great deal to begin with so that they will be interested in sharing it.


If properly implemented, Bacall Associates is convinced that social media sites can be an excellent addition to your marketing and sales toolkits. Since 1994, the Bacall team has been providing comprehensive public relations, marketing communications, and sales promotion services to their customers.

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