Credorax and AMD Bring NextGen Payment Processing to Online Merchants and IPSPs

Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 20, 2011

Credorax, a leading developer of next generation technology for the processing of online payment transactions, and a Financial Institution licensed under the EU Payment Services Directive (PSD), announced today that it has selected AMD (NYSE: AMD) Opteron? processors for its proprietary NextGen ePowerTM Payment Processing and Acquiring Platform.

Through this collaboration, the AMD Opteron technology, which features up to 16 processor cores per CPU to enhance performance when combined with Credorax?s technology, will help establish a new industry standard in online payment processing and value-added end-to-end services to merchants and Internet Payment Service Providers (IPSPs) worldwide.

Credorax provides advanced online payments, business intelligence and value-added business optimization tools to help grow online merchant businesses. With its incredible performance for parallel applications, AMD Opteron processors will help increase operational services backed by ePower, Credorax?s proprietary cloud-architecture payment processing system with advanced production techniques for fraud management, analysis and velocity data checks.

?AMD technology enhances ePower with the high performance, scalability and reliability we need to continue to provide our customers and partners with NextGen technology and first-class services,? said Michael J. Ellis, chief information officer of Credorax. ?Together, we?re building a world-class system that supports Credorax?s high business growth and global coverage.?

?The highly parallel processing capabilities of the new AMD Opteron processors are uniquely suited for the rigorous high-volume online payment processing market, and will help Credorax?s NextGen ePower solution process as many payment transactions that the network can support,? said Paul Struhsaker, corporate vice president and general manager, Commercial Business, AMD. ?Our robust family of server processors is powering ecommerce with innovative companies like Credorax, bringing next-generation technology and value-added services to the world of online payment processing.?

Credorax is unique in that it owns both the hardware and software of the ePower platform, allowing it to optimize each system, respectively. Additionally, the platform?s web-based nature favors hardware environments with multiple memory channels and high core-counts, making it a natural fit for AMD-based systems. Similarly, the unique architecture of the AMD Opteron processor also makes it ideal for the demands of high-transaction rate applications and platforms in the online processing market.

Featuring Direct Connect Architecture, an integrated memory controller and HyperTransport? technology for additional memory bandwidth, speed gains, low latency and superior scalability, AMD Opteron processors with Credorax?s next-generation technology deliver the right mix of performance, reliability and scalability for large-scale ecommerce payment processing.

About Credorax

Credorax provides online payment processing & acquiring bank services under one roof, to a diverse range of online merchants and IPSPs, worldwide. Credorax provides smart acquiring solutions backed by next generation technology. Credorax customers enjoy seamless integration payment services, excellent rates, high transaction approval rates and a wide range of value-added customer services.

Credorax is a licensed financial institution and a Visa and MasterCard principal member.

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Two Belize Resorts Team up with White Sands Dive Shop to Bring the Underwater Paradise of Belize to Scuba Divers

San Pedro, Belize (PRWEB) March 6, 2009

Las Terrazas (, Belize’s premier luxury residential resort, and neighboring Journey’s End Resort ( announce their partnership with the White Sands Dive Shop ( on the island of Ambergris Caye. This partnership will allow discerning scuba divers from all over the world to enjoy top-notch accommodations and world-class scuba diving off of the largest barrier reef in the Western hemisphere.

The White Sands Dive Shop is a full service PADI dive center specializing in daily diving, SCUBA instruction and snorkeling for the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. White Sands is a PADI International Resort Association member and is licensed by The Belize Tourism Board.

“We are excited for the opportunity to enter into a mutually beneficial partnership with Journey’s End Resort and the newest of the luxury Belize resorts, Las Terrazas”, said Elbert Greer, PADI Staff Instructor and owner of the White Sands Dive Shop. “By merging our services with the solid reputations that these resorts have achieved in Belize as premier dive resort destinations we feel we will be able to offer divers an unparalleled experience”, added Elbert Greer.

Since Jacques Cousteau popularized the sport in the 1970s, scuba diving has been steadily increasing in numbers. With the recent ‘Planet Earth’ phenomenon, the public surge to explore the ocean floor has reached an all time high. As a result the interest to explore the underwater mysteries of the Caribbean off the coast of Belize and around its many cayes (islands) has been drawing bigger crowds year after year.

“Tourists aren’t just looking for sandy beaches and cocktails anymore, they’re expressing a genuine interest in finding out about the local dive sites, equipment rentals and dive boat availability,” says Ovel Leonardo of Journey’s End Resort in Belize.

Perhaps one reason why scuba diving in Belize is experiencing such a boom is that the natural wonders in its coastal waters were enough to attract even the great Jacques Cousteau in his televised explorations. The country of Belize boasts the second largest barrier reef in the world – second only to that of Australia, and is host to over 300 species of fish and 65 species of coral. Belize also provides drivers an opportunity to explore the world’s most famous blue hole – known somewhat uncreatively as the Great Blue Hole. The Great Blue Hole presents divers with a unique stalactite filled underwater sinkhole stretching 400 feet down, is a World Heritage Site, and is thought to have been first formed thousands of years ago as a limestone cave system where the roof eventually collapsed as the rising sea levels engulfed the system of caves.

With 347 miles of reef to choose from and vacations lasting only a week at best – making sure you dive the best sites is essential. Locals claim the country’s largest island – Ambergris Caye – offers the best of the underwater world. Home to 40 popular dive sites stretching over 20 miles of reef, the aquatically interested tourists should plan to make the island of Ambergris Caye their base.

According to Elbert Greer of White Sands Dive Shop, it’s not just the Cousteau’s of the world who are excited to strap on a tank, “We now offer courses from beginner to expert, guided tours, everything – people of all skill levels are coming down here to dive. And flights to Belize from the United States are just as accessible as many of the popular and more well traveled Mexico destinations.”

So while the ancient ruins and rain forest trails of Belize still appeal to world travelers who are not aquatically inclined, the undersea interest in the coastal waters that team with exotic fish within an intricate system of coral reefs is showing no signs of slowing. If you want a truly unique and unforgettable dive experience book a Belize vacation with Las Terrazas or Journey’s End Resort and let the experienced dive-masters of White Sands Dive Shop show you the underwater wonders of Belize.

About Journey’s End Resort:

A welcome escape to rustic luxury and a barefoot family adventure, Journey’s End Resort ( is an oceanfront getaway on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. Journey’s End has an assortment of comfortable accommodations to choose from including beachfront cabanas and a 3-bedroom beachfront villa. Journey’s End Resort offers an onsite restuarant, spa, pool and scuba diving facility all within easy reach. The resort also offers many options for guided fishing, scuba, or adventure tours. For reservations, visit our Web site or call toll-free 1-800-460-5665.

About Las Terrazas Resort and Residences:

Las Terrazas (, a five-star luxury oceanfront resort and residential development on the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize consists of 38 one- to three-bedroom oceanfront town houses that are sold fully furnished and rented as hotel rooms when owners are away. The residences / guest townhouses include balconies, some with plunge pools, as well as custom mahogany furniture, roomy kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, and large plasma TVs. There is a private beach, a 70-foot-long infinity pool and a fitness center, and diving trips can be arranged. Las Terrazas truly is the natural way of life. Las Terrazas has recently gained membership in the exclusive “Preferred Hotels and Resorts” program as a Boutique Resort. For reservations, visit our Web site or call toll-free 1-800-447-1553.


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Vermont Ski Resorts Bring Vast Upgrades To 2011-12 Season

Montpelier, VT (PRWEB) September 28, 2011

Among the variety of new construction and improvements at Vermont?s resorts, one theme unifies. These snow-centric businesses listen to their guests and year after year, strive to create the best possible experience for their extended family of skiers and riders. Here?s the latest according to Ski Vermont:


According to Bolton Valley Resort President George Potter, skier visits, which included lift ticket and season pass sales, were up more than nine percent last year from the previous season. Ski and snowboard school participation also increased from the previous year, an indication that Vermonters still turn to their local mountains to either learn to ski or ride or to improve their skills. Headed into 2011-2012, Potter and his team continue to run full steam ahead preparing for a December opening with an increase to the resort?s snowmaking efficiency and the addition of a new groomer. The resort will continue to expand its retail inventory.


In advance of the new KidsRule Mountain Camps program, Bromley plunked close to $ 1 million into a brand new, 3,000 square foot kids facility and gave the Learning Area a top-to-bottom makeover. The resort added a ?Kids? Cabin? for bathroom breaks and warming up and installed a fully enclosed carpet lift.

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Bromley has also added a new trail named ?Orion,? a black diamond glade located between Havoc and Pushover on the East Side. Developed in close coordination with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and the Green Mountain National Forest, the goal of the new trail is to not only provide great new terrain, but to ensure a sustainable forest both in and around the expanded terrain.


As the home mountain to more than 50 Olympians, Burke has had its share of exciting winters, but this season may top them all. After much anticipation, a new high-speed quad will carry guests to the summit in one-third the time of the Willoughby Chair. Skiers and riders will enjoy more time on Burke?s winding trails or deep in the 100+ acres of glades. Burke also added five trails at the summit and a new wind turbine to help offset the energy consumption of the new lift and other resort services. At Mid Burke, the resort is breaking ground on some of the East?s most energy efficient and affordable ski-in/ski-out single family homes; this new construction represents Burke Mountain?s first mountain-run real estate. There?s plenty happening up north this season and it?s just the beginning.


What happens when you give a group of delightfully insane resort marketers a quarter of a billion dollars and ask them to invent a weather-proof ski vacation? Well, you get Jay Peak?s Pump House waterpark. This season Jay Peak will open the Pump House, a 50,000-square foot indoor waterpark ensconced in glass that guarantees happy memories, no matter what the weather. The park features a 50-seat bar overlooking the rides, a slide that drops its passenger into a free-fall and then shoots him or her upside down, and the Double Barrel Flowrider?a standing-wave ride that will allow visitors to ?surf? in Vermont. And when the sun shines and the mercury heads out of the chill zone, the Pump House?s retractable roof will bring the outside in. Should folks be having so much fun they want to spend the night, the attached new Hotel Jay has space for more than 700 guests.


Host Analytics Partners with Paradigm Analytics to Bring Integrated Cloud Finance Solution to Customers Customers with Existing Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions

Denver, CO (PRWEB) December 07, 2011

Host Analytics, the leading provider of SaaS corporate performance management (CPM) solutions, and Paradigm Analytics, a leading management consulting and technology systems provider, today announced a strategic partnership that will allow Paradigm Analytics to offer a complete, on-demand CPM solution for its customers interested in enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions.

?The benefit of bringing cloud ERP and CPM solutions together continues to resonate,? said Jon Kondo, CEO at Host Analytics. ?Integrating these technologies allows resellers to provide true end-to-end solutions to their customers. What?s more, because of our cloud-based delivery model, the payoff in implementation time and ROI is clear and significant. We look forward to working with Paradigm Analytics to help bring their customers such a solution.?

The comprehensive new offering, to be available by the end of the year, extends current enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions and features packaged connectors with Host Analytics for seamless integration with a proven SaaS-based CPM solution. Host Analytics will give Paradigm Analytics customers seeking ERP the most complete solution to manage their operational business, including a management layer of CPM to drive better decisions, and the ability to pull in external industry data such as key performance indicators and benchmarking data.

?This strategic partnership truly does bring our ERP customers the best of both worlds,? said C. Sterling, CEO of Paradigm Analytics. ?The wealth of experience Paradigm Analytics provides around current finance procedures and regulations will be amplified by Host Analytics? innovative SaaS technology, so we will now be able to offer customers a complete cloud finance solution. This alliance benefits both organizations, offering the end users a service that easily justifies the cost while enhancing the user experience with Host Analytics and its product lines.?

Host Analytics? suite of SaaS CPM solutions helps finance executives drive fact-based decision making throughout their organizations and puts rigor into financial processes such as planning and budgeting, scorecarding and financial consolidation and reporting.

About Paradigm Analytics

Paradigm Analytics (Denver, Colo.) is a leading and privately held management and technology consulting firm. The company has more than 10 years of expertise in complex engagements that deliver high-level performance and results to clients throughout the world. Paradigm Analytics is headquartered in Denver with offices in Dallas and Chicago.

About Host Analytics

The Host Analytics Decision Platform? reveals the full implications of decisions ? both risk and reward. As the industry?s first cloud-based corporate performance management (CPM) suite, Host Analytics improves budgeting, forecasting, financial consolidations, dashboarding, scorecarding, reporting and analysis to drive fact-based decisions for finance executives. Host Analytics serves midsize to large customer organizations including AT&T, National Public Radio, NexTag, Crocs, Thule, Otis Spunkmeyer, Schumacher and Red Roof Inn. Founded in 2000, Host Analytics has received industry recognition including JMP Securities’ Hot 100: The Best Privately Held Software Companies, AlwaysOn OnDemand 100, AlwaysOn Global 250, the Ventana Research Leadership Award, the Editors’ Choice Award From TechWeb’s Intelligent Enterprise and the Red Herring Top 100 North America Tech Startup Award.

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As Santa Ana Winds Bring Wildfire Risk to Southern California, IBHS Offers Important Tips to Reduce Wildfire Losses

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) December 05, 2011

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) reminds property owners in Southern California that wildfires are one of the biggest threats posed by Santa Ana winds.

According to the National Weather Service, Southern California will receive another powerful blast of Santa Ana winds today with gusts reaching over 60 mph.

?Santa Ana winds are generally warm and dry, creating tinderbox conditions, but even when temperatures are cooler, they can be a problem? said Dr. Steve Quarles, senior scientist at IBHS. ?From a wildfire risk perspective, when these winds are blowing, there is rapid fire spread and the fire is very difficult to control.?

Santa Ana winds were blamed for fueling the fast-moving Witch Creek Mega-Fire in San Diego County in October 2007, which ultimately caused $ 1 billion in property damage. The Witch Creek Fire and other significant wildfires in Southern California have destroyed thousands of residential and commercial properties in the past several years.

There are three threats or exposures that a building can experience during a wildfire: windborne embers (also known as firebrands); radiant heat; and, direct flame contact. When considering the vulnerability of a home or business to wildfire, property owners should evaluate and address all of these potential exposures, and work to reduce vulnerability to each.

?Ember exposure is considered the most important risk, because most building ignitions have been attributed to them,? said Dr. Quarles. ?Embers can ignite building components and contents directly, or ignite vegetation and other combustible items adjacent to or near a building. This then can result in a radiant heat and/or direct flame contact exposure.

?Homes built on, or at the top of, a slope can be more vulnerable to wildfire because of increased fire threat resulting from fire burning up a slope and the elevated wind speeds during Santa Ana conditions. In this case, avoiding direct flame contact exposure may require increased defensible space around the home,? Quarles explained.

Fortunately, it is possible to significantly reduce the likelihood of damage from a wildfire. IBHS provides residents and business owners with a Wildfire Retrofit Guide ? Southern California Edition, which addresses the unique building styles and characteristics found in that area. The guide also includes information about how to create a wildfire-resistant landscape. Property owners can use the Wildfire Risk Assessment Checklist at the end of the guide to determine the retrofit projects they want to undertake, and use the cost estimator in the checklist to help prioritize the projects they can do now and those that should be part of future maintenance and renovations.

In March, IBHS conducted the first-ever full-scale wildfire ember storm demonstration at the IBHS Research Center in South Carolina. This demonstration was part of a building science initiative designed to illustrate how easily some commonly used materials and items near or on houses can ignite from embers, and what homeowners can do to better protect their homes.

For example, property owners can prepare for wildfires by cleaning up dead vegetation around the property, in gutters and on the roof. Find out other ways to reduce wildfire risk with guidance from IBHS at

To arrange an interview with IBHS, contact Joseph King at 813-675-1045/813-442-2845, jking(at)ibhs(dot)org or via direct message on Twitter @jsalking.

Visit for more information about how to make your buildings more resistant to a variety of disasters, big and small. Follow IBHS on Twitter at @DisasterSafety and on Facebook.

About IBHS

IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks to residential and commercial property by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.


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Comedian Jonathan Perry, ?The Cajun Ambassador,” is Set to Bring Cajun Comedy to Baton Rouge Manship Theatre

Baton Rouge, LA (PRWEB) July 18, 2011

One of the most sought after Cajun Comedians in the world, Jonathan Perry ? ?The Cajun Ambassador? will have the crowd gasping for air when he takes the stage at the Manship Theater at the Shaw Center for the Arts to film his new live comedy DVD ?For Real?? on Tuesday, August 9th at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at

Jonathan Perry was born and raised in Kaplan, Louisiana right in the heart of ?Cajun Country.” A past King of the International Cajun Joke telling contest, Perry has been featured on television and in publications throughout the country. He has also performed at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and for corporate clients such as: Aflac, Northrup Grumman and Conoco Phillips.

Perry currently is a private practice attorney, having previously served as a city councilman and police officer in his hometown of Kaplan. He has also served as a former prosecutor for the 15th Judicial District Court. Jonathan is a current member of the Louisiana State Senate where he represents Vermilion and portions of Acadia, Lafayette & St. Landry Parish.

The Grable Group is pleased to serve as the exclusive agent for Cajun Comedian Jonathan Perry. With over two decades of experience in the comedy industry, Tim Grable has been privileged to help clients successfully accomplish their goals. His other clients include Taylor Mason, Jeff Allen, Bob Stromberg and Daren Streblow.

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Recent Automobile Recalls Bring Attention to Safety Risks Faced by South Carolina Consumers, Columbia Product Liability Attorney Says

Columbia, SC (Vocus/PRWEB) March 08, 2011

Recent recalls by Ford and Toyota should remind South Carolina consumers of the potential safety risks posed by dangerous and defective automobiles and automotive parts, according to Columbia product liability attorney Bert Louthian.

“Fortunately, in many cases, an automaker or parts manufacturer will voluntarily recall a defective product,” said Louthian, a partner of The Louthian Law Firm, P.A., which represents injured consumers in product liability cases across South Carolina.

“However, there is always the risk that consumers may have suffered injury or death as a result of the defect before the recall was issued, or that there may be consumers who continue to ride around in a defective automobile without any knowledge of the recall,” Louthian said.

Last week, the Ford Motor Company recalled nearly 32,000 vehicles because of potential fuel line and electrical issues.

According to Reuters, the recall involves nearly 24,000 Ford Ranger trucks that may have had a fuel line improperly installed near the vehicle’s throttle body shield, which could lead to a fuel leak and fire. Reuters said the company had not reported that any actual fires had yet occurred.

Around another 8,000 Ford vehicles have been recalled due to potential electrical fires, including 2011 model year versions of the Ford Edge crossover, Lincoln MKX crossover and F-150, 250, 350, 450 and 550 pickup trucks, Reuters reported.

“That’s an example of a voluntary recall that has been prompted by a potential danger to consumers,” Louthian said. “You can only hope that, as a result of any recall, disaster has been averted.”

In some cases, a recall receives national media attention, such as Toyota’s recall of nearly eight million vehicles over the last two years due to pedal malfunctions, as reported by ABC News. According to the news outlet, Toyota announced last month that it would be recalling another 2.17 million vehicles due to pedal entrapment issues.

“My concern really lies with the safety issues that aren’t widely reported, such as issues with brakes, fuel leaks, electrical fires, roofs or doors,” Louthian said. “There are many recalls of defective automotive parts that don’t make it on to the national radar, but those automotive defects pose just as serious of a risk.

“U.S. consumers and their families deserve safe, defect-free cars, and when flaws surface, action needs to be taken to protect other consumers from similar harm,” he said.

About The Louthian Law Firm

The Louthian Law Firm, P.A., of Columbia, S.C., is a South Carolina personal injury law firm that has been obtaining fair compensation for defective product victims since 1959. The firm was founded by Herbert Louthian, who has more than 50 years of trial experience and is licensed to practice in all courts in South Carolina. The Louthian Law Firm represents truck accident victims and their families throughout South Carolina in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, including those in the communities of Columbia, Charleston, Florence, Greenville, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach and Rock Hill. For a free, confidential case evaluation, contact the firm by phone at (866) 410-5656 or through its online form.


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