Pangea Unveils Annual Sustainability Report

Achieving Excellence in Environmental Stewardship and Ethical Practices

Rochester Hills, MI, June 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pangea, a pioneering force in the automotive leather industry, proudly unveils its annual Sustainability Report, showcasing remarkable achievements in environmental stewardship, ethical business practices, and social responsibility. The report highlights Pangea’s unwavering commitment to driving positive change and creating a sustainable future for generations to come.

This reporting year was an important year for Pangea who not only reduced their carbon footprint, and that of each product, they also introduced a new series of Advanced Leather Products—Ecoda, Terova, Vendura, and Nevila—each boasting distinct characteristics and improvements over standard materials, reinforcing Pangea’s commitment to innovation and quality.

Key Accomplishments Featured in the Report:

  • Gold Standard Accolades: Pangea attained the prestigious Leather Working Group Gold Standard across all leather producing sites globally, underscoring its dedication to responsible leather manufacturing practices.
  • Acclaimed Certifications: Renowned certifications from Supplier Assurance (NQC), Drive Sustainability, EcoVadis, and the Sustainable Leather Foundation (SLF) further validate Pangea’s commitment to sustainability and ethical sourcing.
  • Emissions Reduction: A remarkable 16% reduction in Scope 1+2 emissions compared to the prior year demonstrates Pangea’s dedication to lowering its carbon footprint. This reduction has led to a corporate average decrease from 1.14 kgCO2e/m2 to 0.96 kgCO2e/m2 of finished leather.
  • Energy & Water Conservation: Energy consumption decreased by approximately 5% across the board, while water usage was reduced by over 10%, showcasing Pangea’s proactive efforts in resource conservation.
  • Chemical Management: Nearly 20% of chemicals used comprised natural components or content from renewable sources, emphasizing Pangea’s dedication to safer and more sustainable chemical management practices.
  • Waste Recycling: Pangea recycled nearly 20% more waste than the previous year, demonstrating its commitment to waste reduction and circular economy principles.

Commenting on the release of the report, Pangea’s Sales, Marketing & Design EVP, Tim Brennan, expressed pride in the company’s achievements, stating, “At Pangea, sustainability is not just a goal; it’s a fundamental principle that guides our every action. Our annual Sustainability Report reflects our relentless pursuit of excellence in environmental stewardship, ethical practices, and social responsibility. We remain steadfast in our commitment to becoming the most trusted, sustainable supplier to our customers.”

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University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music Recognized in the QS World University Rankings

University of Rochester
The University of Rochester is a top-tier research institution which has the third highest percentage of international students among all U.S. universities (U.S. News). Guided by its commitment to equity, diversity, and sustainability, the institution embodies its motto: Meliora “ever better”. With seven schools, over 200 academic majors, nearly 12,000 students, six hospitals comprising a leading academic medical center, and the nation’s premier optics institute, it is a hub of excellence.
Dr. Jane Gatewood
Dr. Jane Gatewood, the University of Rochester’s Vice Provost for Global Engagement, is aninnovative leader with a 17-year career in global engagement within higher education andexpertise in global research partnerships, academic mobility, and economic development.Dr. Gatewood oversees large cross-functional teams with a global footprint. Her data-drivenand risk management-focused contributions have helped position the university as one of theworld’s top institutions with the largest number of international students. As a Fulbright-Nehru scholar in India, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the University of London, an instructor at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, and an editor of the Oxford English Dictionary as well as NAFSA’s Guide to International Partnerships (2020), she has significantly contributed to the global discourse on international education.
Jama J. Rossi
Jamal J. Rossi is the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.
Eastman School of Music at the University Rochester
Eastman School of Music Wind Ensemble, Kodak Hall in Rochester, New York. The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has been honored in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for 2024. Ranked No. 3 in North America and No. 11 globally, Eastman shares the stage with leading music institutions in the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, Finland, Denmark, and Hungary.

For over a century, the Eastman School of Music has been a beacon of excellence in music education and performance. Building from its foundational pillars of artistry, scholarship, leadership, and community, Eastman has cultivated a diverse environment where music thrives not only within our halls but also reverberates beyond, enriching lives and fostering engagement. The school is renowned for its holistic approach to music education, integrating rigorous musical training with humanities studies, leadership education, and interdisciplinary experiences. This commitment to comprehensive education produces graduates who are not only skilled musicians, but also well-rounded individuals prepared to use their talents to influence and inspire communities around the globe.

Dean Jamal J. Rossi commented on the school’s ethos and its recent accolade: “The Eastman School of Music is a vibrant community where some of the best musicians in the world come together to make each other better. Our century-long dedication to the core values of artistry, scholarship, leadership, and community has served as the foundation upon which our alumni have built impactful careers in all aspects of music, and they have enriched the world through their music. This recognition by the QS World Rankings reaffirms our commitment and mission to shape the future of music through artistic and scholarly excellence and innovative leadership.”

Jane Gatewood, Vice Provost for Global Engagement at the University of Rochester, also remarked on the significance of this achievement: “The QS World Rankings’ acknowledgment of the Eastman School of Music underscores our global impact and academic prestige. This recognition is a testament to our faculty’s dedication and our students’ talent, reflecting our leading role in preparing the next generation of world-class musicians.”

This year marks the inaugural inclusion of the music category in the QS World University Rankings. The QS ranking for music schools is derived from comprehensive evaluations of academic reputation and employer reputation, which contribute 80% and 20% to the total score, respectively. Criteria such as research quality, strategic partnerships, innovation, and employability play pivotal roles in this assessment.

For more information on the QS World University rankings for music, please visit: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-subject-rankings/music

For information about the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, please visit: https://www.esm.rochester.edu/admissions/

To learn more about the international admissions and global collaborations, please visit: https://www.rochester.edu/global

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‫كلية إيستمان للموسيقى بجامعة روتشستر تنجح في دخول تصنيف QS لأفضل الجامعات على مستوى العالم

روتشستر، نيويورك, June 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  تفتخر كلية إيستمان للموسيقى بجامعة روتشستر بإدراجها في تصنيف QS المرموق الذي يضم أفضل الجامعات على مستوى العالم وذلك لعام 2024. احتلت كلية إيستمان المرتبة الثالثة في أمريكا الشمالية والمرتبة الحادية عشر على مستوى العالم، لتنضم إلى قائمة من المؤسسات الموسيقية الرائدة في المملكة المتحدة وفرنسا وروسيا والصين وفنلندا والدنمارك والمجر.

وعلى مدار فترة زمنية امتدت لأكثر من قرن، مثلت كلية إيستمان للموسيقى منارة للتميز في تعليم الموسيقى والأداء الراقي. وانطلاقًا من الركائز الأساسية التي تعتمد عليها كلية إيستمان والمتمثلة في تعليم الفن الراقي ومهارات القيادة وتوفير المنح الدراسية والاهتمام بالمجتمع، قامت الكلية بخلق بيئة متنوعة تساعد على ازدهار الموسيقى ليس فقط داخل قاعاتنا ولكن يتردد صداها أيضًا في كل مكان، مما يؤدي إلى إثراء حياة الأشخاص وتعزيز مشاركتهم. تشتهر الطلبة بنهجها الشامل في تعليم الموسيقى، ودمج أساليب التدريب الموسيقي الدقيقة مع الدراسات الإنسانية وتعليم مهارات القيادة والتجارب التي تشمل تخصصات متعددة. يؤدي هذا الالتزام بتطبيق التعليم الشامل إلى تخريج ما هو أكثر من مجرد موسيقيين ماهرين فحسب، بل أفرادًا يتمتعون بخبرات جيدة ومستعدين لتطويع مواهبهم من أجل إحداث تأثير إيجابي على المجتمعات وإلهامها في جميع أنحاء العالم.

وفي هذا السياق، علق عميد الكلية/ جمال چيه روسي على منظومة وروح الكلية والتقدير الذي حصلت عليه مؤخرًا: “كلية إيستمان للموسيقى هي مجتمع نابض بالحياة يضم مجموعة من أفضل الموسيقيين في العالم يعملون على تحسين مستواهم معًا. لقد كان تفانينا الذي دام قرنًا من الزمان والتزامنا بإعلاء القيم الجوهرية للفن وتوفير المنح الدراسية وتنمية مهارات القيادة والاهتمام بالمجتمع بمثابة الأساس الذي بنى عليه خريجونا مسارهم المهني المؤثر في جميع نواحي الموسيقى، كما نجحوا في إثراء العالم من خلال موسيقاهم. يؤكد هذا الاعتراف من قبل تصنيف QS العالمية مدى التزامنا ورسالتنا الرامية لتشكيل مستقبل الموسيقى من خلال التميز الفني والعلمي والقيادة الإبداعية.”

. كما أشارت جين جاتوود، نائبة عميد المشاركة العالمية بجامعة روتشستر، إلى أهمية هذا الإنجاز: “يؤكد إدراج كلية إيستمان للموسيقى في تصنيف QS العالمي على مدى تأثيرنا والمكانة الأكاديمية التي وصلنا إليها على مستوى العالم. ويعد هذا الاعتراف بمثابة شهادة على تفاني أعضاء هيئة التدريس وموهبة طلابنا، مما يعكس دورنا الرائد في إعداد الجيل القادم من الموسيقيين أصحاب المستوى الرفيع.”

وقد شهد هذا العام أول إدراج لفئة الموسيقى في تصنيف QS لأفضل الجامعات على مستوى العالم. يستند تصنيف QS لكليات تعليم الموسيقى إلى تقييمات شاملة للسمعة الأكاديمية وسمعة أصحاب العمل تساهم بنسبة 80% و20% من الدرجة الإجمالية على التوالي. تلعب معايير مثل جودة الأبحاث والشراكات الإستراتيجية والإبداع والقدرة على توفير فرص العمل أدوارًا محورية في هذا التقييم.

لمعرفة مزيد من المعلومات عن تصنيف QS لأفضل الجامعات على مستوى العالم في مجال الموسيقى، يرجى زيارة الموقع:https://www.topuniversities.com/university-subject-rankings/music

لمعرفة مزيد من المعلومات عن كلية إيستمان للموسيقى بجامعة روتشستر، يرجى زيارة الموقع التالي:https://www.esm.rochester.edu/admissions/

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IXOPAY Appoints Brady Harris as CEO to Drive Global Payments Growth

Following the IXOPAY and TokenEx merger, new leadership strengthens the company’s market position and serves the evolving needs of customers

IXOPAY Appoints Brady Harris as CEO to Drive Global Payments Growth
Brady Harris, CEO of IXOPAY
Following the IXOPAY and TokenEx merger, new leadership strengthens the company’s market position and serves the evolving needs of customers.

TULSA, Okla., June 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, IXOPAY, announced the appointment of industry veteran Brady Harris as its new CEO. His appointment aligns with the recent merger of IXOPAY and TokenEx, highlighting a significant shift in the payments industry towards a multi-processor payment model, which empowers merchants and fintech companies to improve and diversify their payment strategies. The company thanks departing CEO Marc Olesen for his direction and contributions.

Harris, rated a Top 3 nationwide CEO on Glassdoor, brings over 20 years of experience and executive leadership in FinTech, Payments, and SaaS. As CEO of Dwolla, he oversaw the rapid growth of annual payment volumes from $10 billion to $70 billion, while adding 1.5 million new users monthly. Prior to Dwolla, as the President of Payscape, he was instrumental in its merger with Payroc, creating a global full-service payment provider with over 1,000 employees across 13 offices worldwide; the combined entity operating in 46 countries, serving 150,000 businesses.

His expertise in mergers, acquisitions, and scaling companies to successful exits under private equity sponsors is key as IXOPAY positions itself to become the one-stop solution in the payment industry. The merger has created a platform capable of offering omnichannel tokenization, payment orchestration, and card lifecycle management. The merger addresses the need for redundancy, geographic expansion, and fee negotiation capabilities that single-processor systems lack.

“Payments technology is rapidly advancing, and IXOPAY is set to lead this evolution,” Harris stated. “The integration of tokenization and orchestration allows us to offer a platform that not only supports multi-payment processing but also fosters the development of innovative services.”

“Under Brady’s leadership, IXOPAY is poised to set new benchmarks in the payment sector,” said Vik Verma, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Our bold strategy emphasizes scalability, security, and groundbreaking advancements that will redefine what payments can achieve.”

Harris and the IXOPAY team are attending Money 20/20 Europe in Amsterdam this week. They will showcase the expanded offerings following the merger, including advancements in payment orchestration, tokenization, risk management, and card lifecycle management. Join them at the RAI Amsterdam at Booth 8a202 to explore how these developments will shape the future of merchant payments.

For further information, please contact:
Nicholas Mueller
SVP, Marketing
n.mueller@ixopay.com

About IXOPAY
IXOPAY, a TokenEx company, is a leading payment orchestration platform that provides a flexible and independent payment solution to manage all payment services in one place. Following its recent merger with TokenEX, IXOPAY is positioned to expand its services globally, offering enhanced capabilities in payment processing and advanced security measures.

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Extremist settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque


Jerusalem: Scores of Jewish extremist settlers early Thursday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque/ al-Haram al-Sharif compound in occupied East Jerusalem, according to an official Palestinian source.

A statement by the General Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem said that the settlers carried out today’s raids through the al-Magharebah Gate in groups under the heavy protection of Israeli police.

“The settlers toured the mosque’s yards and provocatively performed Talmudic rituals,” it added.

Source: Jordan News Agency

A child died in a traffic accident in Tubas

Tubas – Ma’an – A 14-year-old child died on Monday as a result of a traffic accident (run over) that occurred yesterday in the city of Tubas.

Colonel Louay Irziqat, the police spokesman, stated that a report was received by the governorate police operations room about the accident, and the child was transferred to a hospital in the city of Jenin, and doctors announced his death today.

Colonel Arziqat added that the driver who caused the accident was detained, the Public Prosecution was informed, and an investigation was initiated by the Traffic Police to determine its causes.

Source: Maan News Agency

Najaf Governor: Poor storage caused the fire in the industrial area and losses amounted to billions of dinars

Najaf Governor Youssef Kanawi attributed the cause of the fire in the industrial area / Aden neighborhood southeast of the governorate, to poor storage and failure to take public safety measures in those warehouses, noting that the losses of those warehouses exceed billions of dinars and that there were no human losses.

Kanawi indicated the intention to fine the owners of companies that violate occupational safety procedures, stressing the participation of Civil Defense teams from Najaf Governorate and neighboring supporting governorates and the Imam Ali Combat Brigade and the Holy Shrine of Ali and the municipal effort in extinguishing the fire.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Babylon Police rescue a woman who attempted suicide by throwing herself into the Euphrates River south of Hillah

Babylon Police rescued today, Monday, a woman who attempted suicide by throwing herself into the Euphrates River passing through Al-Hashimiyah District, south of Hillah.

Director of Media for Babylon Police, Brigadier General Adel Al-Husseini, said, “The police were able to rescue a woman who attempted suicide by throwing herself into the Euphrates River passing through Al-Hashimiyah District and transfer her to Al-Hashimiyah Hospital for treatment.

He added that the police opened an investigation to find out the causes of the accident.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Interior Ministry: Civil Defense teams are fighting a fire that broke out in a warehouse and an electrical appliances showroom in Najaf

The Spokesman for the Interior Ministry and the Security Media Cell, Brigadier General Muqdad Miri, announced that the Civil Defense teams are fighting a fire that broke out in a warehouse and an electrical appliances showroom in the Aden neighborhood area in Najaf Governorate.

Miri said in a statement by the Ministry that “the Civil Defense teams fought a fire that broke out in a warehouse and an electrical appliances showroom in the Aden neighborhood area in Najaf Governorate, indicating that reinforcements were sent with specialized firefighting teams from the governorates of Karbala, Diwaniyah and Babylon as a support effort to expedite control and complete extinguishing of the fire.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

The conclusion of the Abu Tammam Festival for Arabic Poetry hosted by Mosul with the participation of Arab and Iraqi poets

The Abu Tammam Festival for Classical Arabic Poetry concluded in the city of Mosul, the session of the late poet Maad Al-Jabouri, with the participation of one hundred and twenty Arab and Iraqi poets.

The correspondent of the Iraqi National News Agency / NINA / said that “the festival, which lasted for four days, included poetry evenings in addition to singing events that reflected Mosul folklore.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Protesters block the road south of Hillah to demand water

Dozens of residents of the Ibrahimiyah district, affiliated with the Hashimiyah district, south of Hillah, demonstrated to demand the provision of water to their lands and the elimination of drought.

NINA’s correspondent said, “Dozens of residents of the Ibrahimiyah district, affiliated with the Hashimiyah district, south of Hillah, demonstrated today, Monday, and blocked the road between Hillah and the district, demanding a solution to the drought problem and saving their villages from water scarcity.

He added that the demonstrators threatened to sit-in and block the road until further notice if their demands are not met.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency