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BioTime, Inc. , a biotechnology company that develops and markets products in the field of regenerative medicine, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Michael D.

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Since New Jersey legalized Internet gambling in November, offshore operators have intensified efforts to entice gamblers in the state to their unauthorized sites, according to an executive at one of the companies authorized to offer online gambling.

“There’s increased activity by offshore operators again into New Jersey, driving heavy promotions. There’s new companies coming now who are actually trying to capitalize on that opportunity,” Norbert Teufelberger, chief executive of Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment P.L.C., said in a March conference call with investors.

“It’s quite amazing how high the criminal energy can be, but we are quite confident that the [Division of Gaming Enforcement] will shut that down quite efficiently and soon,” said Teufelberger, whose Gibraltar firm is partnered with Borgata in New Jersey.

The state Division of Gaming Enforcement confirmed it was “aware of this issue and is taking steps to coordinate an appropriate response to this illegal activity,” said Kerry Langan, a spokeswoman.

Asked for details, Langan said only that “the illegal activity is offshore companies offering online gaming to New Jersey residents without licensing or approval” by authorities.

John Shepherd, a spokesman for Bwin.Party, said Friday the federal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 did not stop all overseas companies from allowing people in the United States to gamble online.

“It’s only companies like ourselves that switched off,” Shepherd said.

The legalization of Internet gambling in New Jersey made people aware they could play poker and other casino games online, Shepherd said.

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BioTime, Inc. , a biotechnology company that develops and markets products in the field of regenerative medicine, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Michael D.

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The Yellow pages has gone the way of the dinosaur, yet many small business owners still rely on it to attract new business. A more effective strategy and one growing in popularity with businesses of all sizes is search engine optimization or SEO.

The idea behind SEO is to have your business show up high in the search results when people are doing an Internet query. Since most people use the Internet to research products and services before buying, having your business appear in the first page of the results can increase the chances of getting new business. Seems like a no brainer right? But the costs and complexity of launching a SEO strategy leaves many business owners sitting on the sidelines.

If you’re selling products or services and have an older demographic that may still use Yellow pages, or may be receptive to other traditional forms of marketing such as direct mailers, etc., then it’s still quite possible to thrive, says Sean Bolton, co-founder and Chief Executive of online marketing company Lead To Conversion. However, if you’re selling products and services and your target audience references online resources with great frequency, then the probability of thriving diminishes.

Not only will SEO get your business found by potential customers, but Julie Joyce, owner of Link Fish Media says it can help generate clicks to your website, which will hopefully turn into paid customers.

Many small businesses who want to launch an SEO strategy will hire a firm to handle it for them. According to Bolton, it can cost anywhere from $500 a month to more than $3,000 a month. While price will dictate which SEO firm a small business goes with, Bolton says business owners have to carefully choose the company they work with.

Bolton says hes consulted many small business owners who are on their second, third or even fourth SEO company, which means they are throwing away money in their quest to build their brand.

Its also a bad idea to shop on price alone.

It is important to remember you are looking for the best service and highest level of expertise to drive results, says Eric Schiffer, CEO of DigitalMarketing.com. There are companies that promise cheap/quick fixes but they are usually black hat at best and only result in temporary results that can later get you penalized.A great SEO team will be bring top strategic counsel.

If you are going to do it on your own, experts say the first thing you want to do is set up Google Alerts to track how often you and your business are mentioned on the Internet. You also want to look at your current search results and, according to Schiffer, ask yourself if the titles and descriptions found in the search results are compelling enough to get someone to click on your link. Answer no and he says you have to update and rewrite them.

Its also a good idea to keep your Website fresh with new content and to embrace social media.

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NEW YORK and MELBOURNE, Australia — Regenerative medicine company Mesoblast Limited (ASX:MSB; USOTC:MBLTY) today announced that William M. Burns, former Chief Executive Officer of Roche Pharmaceuticals, …

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tengion, Inc. (OTCQB:TNGN), a leader in regenerative medicine, today announced that John L. Miclot, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tengion, will present at the upcoming …

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HONG KONGThousands of protesters joined the Free Speech, Free Hong Kong march held by the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) to challenge the unprecedented suppression of Hong Kongs freedom of press.

About 6000 people showed up for the march and rally outside the Chief Executive Office on Feb. 23. Well-known journalists gave speeches about the importance of Hong Kongs freedom of press, which is increasingly violated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in mainland China.

Some journalists said they have received phone calls from the HK government, consortium bosses, and mainland Chinas liaison office in Hong Kong, who exert pressure on the media to report the way they want.

Former radio host Li Wei-ling, who was recently fired without warning from her job at Commercial Radio Hong Kong, said this rally was not the end, but the beginning.

Many people have come here today, but we are only representing the first batch of awakened people, Li said. In reality many Hongkongers still have not woken up.

The protesters tied blue ribbons representing freedom of speech on the fence outside the office of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to express their demands. Li said she hopes the blue ribbons can blossom everywhere, awakening more people to stand up for freedom.

If we remain silent, we will be forced into silence, said Li. Therefore I hope everyone can join me in fighting this battle.

Senior journalist Ching Cheong, a representative of the newly founded Independent Commentators Association, challenged the idea that Lis dismissal and the recent replacement of the chief editor of the Ming Pao newspaper were purely commercial decisions.

If those were regular personnel changes, why did it only affect the outspoken journalists? Ching asked.

Another sacked Commercial Radio Hong Kong host, Albert Cheng Jing-han, was on stage with Li.

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Both the Government and the public respect and treasure Hong Kong’s free speech and freedom of the press.

The Government made the statement today in response to the public procession held by some media groups.

It noted the Chief Executive publicly stated that both the Government and he himself has attached great importance to these freedoms and will continue to do so.

The Government will strive to safeguard these core values as they are the major elements to sustaining Hong Kong’s status as an international metropolis, and its continuous development.

On community concern expressed over staff changes in media organisations in recent years, the Government said it cannot interfere with the editorial freedom, independent operation and internal management of these organisations.

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Australia may be home to the world’s largest coral reef system, but our islands don’t rate on TripAdvisor.

Australia has failed to make a list of the world’s top 10 islands, based on reviews and opinions on the popular travel website.

TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its 2014 Travellers’ Choice Islands Awards, with Ambergris Caye in Belize being voted the best.

In second place is Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos, followed by Bora Bora in French Polynesia.

The awards are in their second year and recognise more than 100 islands globally. Along with the world’s best, the awards also rate the top 10 islands in the South Pacific, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and the United States.

Australia fared better in the South Pacific list, taking seventh spot with Norfolk Island and ninth place with Kangaroo Island.

Bora Bora was rated the best, followed by Aitutaki in the Cook Islands and Moorea in French Polynesia.

Glen Buffett, General Manager of Norfolk Island Tourism, says it’s great to see travellers sharing their positive experiences about Norfolk online.

“It’s the diversity in nature, history and activities on Norfolk Island that makes it so unique,” Buffett said in a statement on Wednesday.

South Australian Tourism Commission Chief Executive Rodney Harrex says the award for Kangaroo Island is credit to the destination’s beauty, experiences and people.

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BioTime, Inc. , a biotechnology company that develops and markets products in the field of regenerative medicine, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Michael D.

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Political delegations from several small Caribbean islands who gathered on British tycoon Richard Branson's private isle have committed to working with his renewable energy non-profit organisation and move at a faster pace to cut their dependence on fossil fuels. Branson, the billionaire entrepreneur who is chief executive and founder of the Virgin Group of companies, which includes an airline …

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Liberty Media (LMCA) and Discovery Communications (DISCA) are in talks to acquire a minority stake in global racing circuit Formula One, according to a New York Post report on Monday.

Media mogul John Malone is working to make a deal happen through Liberty Media and Liberty Global (LBTYA), hoping to buy as much as 49% of Formula One from private equity firm CVC Capital.

The report said talks between Liberty, Discovery and CVC Capital are in an early stage and could still fall apart.

A Discovery spokesperson declined to comment. Representatives of Liberty Media and CVC didnt respond to inquiries from FOX Business.

A Formula One deal would put Malones cable entities in a position to better control rights fees for sports content. Liberty Media owns U.K. cable giant Virgin Media and holds a 27% stake in Charter Communications (CHTR), which is in a fight to buy larger rival Time Warner Cable (TWC).

Liberty Media is also the owner of Major League Baseballs Atlanta Braves and controls 29% of the voting power in Discovery.

Meanwhile, Discovery recently agreed to up its stake in international sports network Eurosport to 51% from 20%. Chief executive David Zaslav indicated that Discovery would look to bolster Eurosport with more rights to programming.

Formula One Group, which operates 19 races around the world each year, generates annual revenue of more than $1.5 billion. The Monte Carlo Grand Prix in France is said to be worth $7 billion to $8 billion alone, the Post reported.

Longtime Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, 83, resigned from the board last month. He is facing bribery charges in Germany.

Shares of Liberty Media fell 2% to $129.02 in recent trading. Discovery was down 1.6% at $78.50.

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Tax Havens News Actavis Managers Reap $115 Million After Buying Warner Chilcott

Actavis Plc awarded Chief Executive Officer Paul Bisaro and four top managers about $115 million in early-vested stock and retention bonuses after the U.S. generic- drug maker bought Ireland-based Warner Chilcott Plc. It was a rare instance of rewarding executives of the acquirer.

Municipal investors looking for an escape from Puerto Rico, whose debt has lost the most since at least 2000, may find one almost halfway around the world in Guam.

H. Ty Warner, the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies plush toys, pleaded guilty last month to evading taxes on secret Swiss bank accounts that held as much as $107 million.

Lionel Messi, one of soccers biggest stars, has gotten rich by avoiding tackles on the field — and taxes off it.

Offshore financial centers, also known as tax havens, send massive capital flows to London and are unduly criticized in the U.K. for secrecy and helping tax avoidance, Conservative party lawmaker Mark Field said.

Tax havens under European Union jurisdiction hold 9.5 trillion euros ($12 trillion) in global offshore wealth that translates into $100 billion in lost government revenue each year, according to a study released today by Oxfam International.

Colombia will publish a list of tax havens within two weeks, clearing the way for investors not based in such jurisdictions to obtain lower tax rates on locally sold government bonds.

Executive stock options, corporate jets and the tax break enjoyed by hedge-fund managers are among the targets for Democratic lawmakers seeking to negotiate a budget deal by next month.

The origins of the offshore finance industry dates back to Vienna, Austria, in 1815, when Switzerlands neutrality was established at the Vienna Congress.

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ST. LOUIS, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –ISTO Technologies, Inc., a privately-held orthobiological regenerative medicine company, announced today that George W. Dunbar, Jr., a well-recognized senior executive with over 25 years' experience in the field of life sciences, was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mitchell Seyedin, Ph.D., will continue to serve the …

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Consumer advocate Ralph Nader said Liberty Media Chairman John Malones offer to buy out the remaining stake in satellite radio company Sirius XM was ludicrous and called for activist investor Carl Icahn to take notice.

Nader, a Sirius shareholder, said on Monday that Libertys $3.68-a-share bid was below the $4 where the company was trading a few weeks ago.

I am sure that I along with other shareholders in Sirius XM will be interested in a legal challenge to John Malones company for lowballing Sirius XMs shareholder value, the 79-year-old consumer crusader said in a statement. Carl Icahn take notice and interest.

It was not immediately clear how many Sirius shares Nader owns. Nor was it clear whether Icahn is a shareholder of the company.

A spokeswoman for Liberty Media did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Liberty Media, which already owns about half of the satellite-radio company, made an offer Friday valuing the rest at $3.68 a share, or about $10.6 billion.

The stock closed at $3.83 today in New York, more than 4 percent higher than the bid by Liberty, an investment company controlled by billionaire John Malone.

The reaction signals that Liberty may face opposition in getting investors to approve the current deal.

Greg Maffei, the companys chief executive officer, said last week that Liberty plans to tap the cash of Sirius to potentially finance other transactions, including a possible bid for Time Warner Cable.

Liberty Media is contemplating making a Time Warner Cable deal through another of its holdings, Charter Communications.

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FILE — John Malone of Liberty Global (John Leyba, Denver Post)

Liberty Global PLC is putting the final touches on an acquisition of Dutch broadband provider Ziggo NV as the cable company expands its European operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Liberty Global, controlled by Colorado billionaire John Malone, and Ziggo aim to announce a friendly deal as early as the middle of this month, and are hammering out a final acquisition price and other terms, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private negotiations.

Ziggo’s shares rose 3.6 percent in Amsterdam to 33.77 euro, valuing the company at about 6.75 billion euro or $9.2 billion.

Outstanding issues include determining whether Ziggo chief executive officer Rene Obermann, a former CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG who started this month, will stay at the Dutch company if it is bought by Liberty, the people said. Liberty Global already owns about 30 percent of Ziggo, which it has gradually amassed. The companies are also discussing how to protect jobs once Ziggo’s operations are combined with Liberty Global’s existing Dutch unit, UPC, the people said.

Malone has built a European cable and broadband empire through acquisitions in countries including the U.K. and Germany.

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Sirius XM Holdings Inc. shares climbed above the buyout offer from its majority owner Liberty Media Corp., signaling that investors expect the bidder to sweeten its offer.

Liberty, which already owns about half of the satellite-radio company, made an offer last week valuing the rest at $3.68 a share, or about $10.6 billion. The stock climbed as high as $3.86 today, marking the biggest intraday jump since August 2012. Thats almost 5 percent above the bid by Liberty, an investment company controlled by billionaire John Malone.

The reaction signals that Liberty may face opposition in getting investors to approve the current deal. Greg Maffei, the companys chief executive officer, said last week that Liberty plans to tap the cash of Sirius to potentially finance other transactions, including a possible bid for Time Warner Cable Inc. Liberty is contemplating making a Time Warner Cable deal through another of its holdings, Charter Communications Inc.

Liberty is essentially offering a very low premium, Jim Boyle, managing director at SQAD Inc., an advertising tracking and forecasting firm, said in an e-mail. Theres speculation that the Sirius special committee of independent board members will counter higher.

Siriuss board is forming a committee of directors to consider Libertys proposal. Any deal would be subject to approval by those board members, as well as a majority of the New York-based companys shareholders.

Liberty has proposed creating a new class of stock, called Series C, and offering 0.076 of a share for each Sirius share. The deal would give Sirius a market value of about $23 billion.

Sirius XM will generate more cash for Liberty, Maffei said last week. Its still below its target leverage rate, which we might increase. That could be put toward financing a Time Warner Cable deal.

Charter, meanwhile, is preparing a takeover offer of about $135 a share for Time Warner Cable, people familiar with the situation have said.

The Sirius deal would provide incremental capital for Liberty that would help it avoid being diluted in any deal between Charter and Time Warner Cable, Maffei said. Sirius has generated about $895 million in free cash flow over the past 12 months, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Sirius shares have more than doubled over the past two years, fueled by a recovering auto market. A surge of car sales has increased the number of satellite-radio installations, helping lift Siriuss subscriber count to 25.6 million at the end of September.

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Surf Life Saving New Zealand is frustrated basic water safety messages are being ignored.

Labour Weekend marks the start of lifeguards patrolling beaches, and they’re gearing up for another busy summer.

Conditions were perfect at Orewa Beach today as young lifeguards were put through their paces. Four-thousand volunteer every summer and have to be brought up to speed.

“We’re making sure their fitness is up to scratch, their rescue skills are there,” says northern region Surf Life Saving manager Tom Burgess. All our lifeguards are trained in CPR and first aid, so we’re refreshing those.”

Mr Burgess says the public needs to be brought up to speed too. He’s frustrated the same messages are ignored year after year.

“A lot of people know the messages but they don’t respond to them because they don’t see the hazards,” he says. “They don’t see the risks and a lot of people just get caught out.”

The beach where swimmers get caught out most often is at Piha.

Last year 98 people drowned one of the lowest tolls since records began. But there’s one statistic that’s really worrying Water Safety New Zealand 80 percent of 10-year-olds can’t swim well enough to save themselves. It means parents need to be extra careful when their children are near water.

“It’s typically blokes over summer and small children that are going to cause the most issues,” says Water Safety New Zealand chief executive Matt Claridge. “For parents, mums, wives, be the nag, be the one planting the message.”

Males make up the vast majority of drownings, many of these on boats.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA–(Marketwired – Oct 23, 2013) – JTH Holding, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX) (the “Company”), the parent company of Liberty Tax Service, announced today that Chris Carroll will assume the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.Mr. Carroll has over 30 years of marketing and advertising experience, including tenure with large franchisors such as Subway Restaurants, Burger King and Cosi Restaurants.Most recently, Mr. Carroll served as Executive Vice President and Chief Client Officer and Executive Group Director of Zimmerman Advertising in Florida, where he was responsible for overseeing agency operations of that company’s retail division.In this position, Mr. Carroll worked with numerous clients, including several franchisors, on marketing strategies, creative development and franchisee recruitment.

“We are excited to have someone with Chris’s background joining our team.His long history of working for and with franchisors will bring new ideas and innovations to expand our current marketing techniques,” said John Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer.”The addition of Chris completes one part of the management team expansion we announced recently, and adds someone with significant franchisor marketing capabilities to a team that is already the most experienced in the industry.”

About JTH Holding, Inc.Founded in 1997 by CEO John T. Hewitt, JTH Holding, Inc. is the parent company of Liberty Tax Service.As the fastest-growing tax preparation franchise, Liberty Tax Service has prepared almost 16 million individual income tax returns.Liberty Tax Service also offers an online tax service, eSmart Tax, which enables customers to do their own taxes wherever there’s a computer.eSmart Tax is backed by the tax professionals at Liberty Tax Service and its nationwide network of over 30,000 tax preparers, ready to offer their assistance at any time. For a more in-depth look at Liberty Tax Service, visit www.libertytax.com.

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PARIS: The practice of funnelling money to tax-free or low-tax countries such as Switzerland in order to avoid paying more punitive taxes at home is finished, the head of French bank Societe Generale said yesterday.

Governments and regulators across the world have cracked down on tax evasion in the wake of the financial crisis, a drive that has seen the United States and Europe heap pressure on Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco and others to surrender more information.

“With all the reforms today that have been done by various governments, tax havens – that is to say people with secret bank accounts hidden somewhere to avoid the tax authorities – in my view, that is over,” SocGen chief executive Frederic Oudea told French television channel BFM.

Citing the example of Switzerland, he said: “What is happening right now means that nobody will take that kind of risk any more.”

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