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Cruising Out Of Florida This Winter? Don’t Miss A World Of Culture In The Palm Beaches

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LAKE WORTH, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — International cruise travelers who plan to embark from Florida to the Americas, Caribbean, Panama Canal and Antarctica this winter are being encouraged to stay an extra night or two to experience a hidden world of art and culture in The Palm Beaches.

Palm Beach County, an area more culturally dense than anywhere in the USA south of Atlanta, is the world’s only destination that has a Cultural Concierge who works with visitors to curate cultural itineraries especially suited to their interests. The Cultural Concierge suggests that cruise enthusiasts take time before embarking to absorb the culture, art and history of The Palm Beaches.

Wintering in The Palm Beaches is a long-standing tradition for culturally sophisticated travelers from New York and Boston. Palm Beach County is an easy and scenic drive up the beautiful Atlantic coast from Miami or Fort Lauderdale – and well worth a detour for cultural tourism.

Visitors shouldn’t miss the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, a historic house and National Historic Landmark in Palm Beach, and the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach’s world-class art museum.

Miami City Ballet sells more tickets in Palm Beach County than in Miami, with performances at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Also appearing at Kravis Center this season: Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Prague Philharmonia, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National De Lyon, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Orchestra.

Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach will feature performances by the Vienna Boys Choir and Sir James Galway, as well as a fascinating array of art exhibitions and lectures in an intimate, historic setting.

In November, West Palm Beach’s CANVAS Outdoor Museum kicks off the Art Basel season with art in public places, transforming landscapes into an interactive art experience.

Palm Beach Jewelry Antiques-Design Show in December and Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show in February feature international exhibitors of fine art, antique and estate jewelry, furniture, porcelain, furniture, Asian art, American and European silver, glass, textiles, sculpture and more.

Performances at Old School Square outdoor pavilion in the artsy seaside village of Delray Beach will include China’s Shanghai Acrobats and the State Ballet Theatre of Russia. The venue also hosts the Palm Beach Poetry Festival during January.

The Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary art fair during January provides visitors with an opportunity to acquire important, never-before-exhibited works from the primary and secondary art markets.

The Downtown Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in February is the world’s largest festival of its kind, with more than 250 works that transform the street into a living canvas.

These and other activities can be part of your personally customized winter itinerary in The Palm Beaches. Contact the Cultural Concierge at +1 (561) 214-8082 or concierge@palmbeachculture.com.

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is the official support agency for arts and culture in The Palm Beaches, serving non-profit organizations, artists and arts districts. The Cultural Council administers $4.5 million in grants annually, supports arts and cultural education, provides capacity-building training, and advocates for arts funding and arts-friendly policies. The Council promotes Palm Beach County’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents through multi-platform marketing and public information programs, including its one-of-a-kind Cultural Concierge service.

The Cultural Council presents exhibitions featuring Palm Beach County artists and provides additional programming at its headquarters in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building in Downtown Lake Worth. Also at the Cultural Council headquarters are the Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store featuring products by Palm Beach County artists and the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Visitor Information Center, a VISIT FLORIDA designated Florida Certified Tourism Information Center.

The Cultural Council galleries, visitor information center and store are open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For a complete calendar of cultural activities in The Palm Beaches, visit palmbeachculture.com.

CONTACT
Judith Czelusniak
jczelusniak@palmbeachculture.com
+1 (561) 471-1602

Source: Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
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August 31, 2016 at 12:39 pm

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Andrews Kurth Welcomes Attorneys from Kenyon & Kenyon to Create Intellectual Property and Technology Powerhouse

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HOUSTON /PRNewswire/ — Andrews Kurth, an international business law firm with market-leading practices in energy, finance and technology, announced today that it has entered into an agreement that will allow it to bolster its intellectual property and technology practice by adding 55 lawyers from Kenyon & Kenyon. Kenyon is a top-tier intellectual property and technology firm long recognized for its global legal work in patent, trademark and copyright litigation, counseling and prosecution for Fortune 500 companies. The firm will market its intellectual property and technology practice and certain offices as Andrews Kurth Kenyon. The transaction is scheduled to close, and the Kenyon & Kenyon team would join the firm, in early September.

“It’s not often that you find a firm that shares a similar culture and core values, and it became clear early on that the Kenyon lawyers were a good fit for us,” said Bob Jewell, who will remain the firm’s managing partner. “Strengthening these practice specialties immediately makes us a top-tier destination for domestic and international clients for their intellectual property and technology needs.”

“We are extremely pleased to be part of this exciting firm. Andrews Kurth has a stellar reputation, and I am confident that with the broad geographic reach and deep resources of Andrews Kurth, we can build on our international success as a full-service intellectual property and technology firm,” said Kenyon & Kenyon managing partner Edward Colbert, who will serve on the firm’s Policy Committee and as global co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice.

“Information assets lie at the core of modern business, which is why a business law firm like Andrews Kurth has been expanding its intellectual property and technology practice over the past several years,” said Jeff Dodd, who will also serve as global co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice. “Andrews Kurth has been building a practice that has been gaining recognition, but this combination immediately catapults our combined practice into the top ranks.”

With the addition of these talented lawyers, the firm will enhance its ability to advise clients in sophisticated transactions and restructurings, high-stakes dispute resolution and complex regulatory matters, both domestically and internationally, with a much deeper intellectual property and technology group. The firm will add Kenyon’s established Silicon Valley presence in Palo Alto, CA, a key venue for technology innovation and intellectual property litigation, as well as venture capital and emerging company work and a bridge to the firm’s growing Asia-Pacific practice.

Kenyon’s core institutional client base will now have one-stop for their legal needs across a broad spectrum of practice specialties. Clients of Andrews Kurth Kenyon will have access to over 400 attorneys in 11 cities (Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, London, New York, Research Triangle Park, Silicon Valley, The Woodlands and Washington, DC).

Andrews Kurth is consistently ranked as a top-tier firm by Chambers & Partners USA, Thomson Reuters, mergermarket, Bond Buyer, Texas Lawyer, IAM 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, The Deal, Legal 500, U.S. News and World Report Best Law Firms, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Bloomberg and many others.

Kenyon & Kenyon has long been recognized as a Top IP firm by such publications as Chambers & Partners USA, Legal 500, IAM 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, Managing Intellectual Property and World Trademark Review. The firm has been cited for its work in all areas of intellectual property law, including copyright litigation, patent litigation and prosecution, and trademark litigation and prosecution.

About Andrews Kurth LLP
Since 1902, Andrews Kurth has built its practice on the belief that “straight talk is good business.” Real answers, clear vision and mutual respect define the law firm’s relationships with clients, colleagues, communities and employees. For more information visit andrewskurth.com.

About Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
Founded in 1879, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP has been a leading intellectual property law firm whose sophisticated and business-oriented approach helps clients succeed with their intellectual property strategies. Kenyon’s global clients, many of whom are worldwide industry leaders, have relied on Kenyon for years for high-stakes litigation, prosecution, licensing and counseling needs for decades. For more information visit kenyon.com.

Michael Blanchard of GLC Law Firm Consulting was hired by Kenyon & Kenyon to assist with the transaction.

For press inquiries please contact:

Ashley R. Nelly
Director of Marketing
Andrews Kurth LLP
600 Travis Street | Suite 4200 | Houston, Texas 77002
713.220.4410 Phone
ashleynelly@andrewskurth.com

Elise Rosenblum-Vazquez
Business Development Director
Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
One Broadway | New York, New York 10004-1007
212.908.6436 Phone
erosenblum-vazquez@kenyon.com

Source: Andrews Kurth LLP
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http://www.andrewskurth.com
http://www.kenyon.com

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August 31, 2016 at 12:34 pm

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Shell Divests Gulf Of Mexico Assets For $425 Million Plus Royalty Interests

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-Deal Marks Progress Against Divestment Target
HOUSTON /PRNewswire/ — Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its affiliate Shell Offshore Inc. (Shell), today announces it has an agreement to sell 100 percent of its record title interest in Gulf of Mexico Green Canyon Blocks 114, 158, 202 and 248, referred to as the Brutus/Glider assets, to EnVen Energy Corporation, through its affiliate EnVen Energy Ventures, LLC. In line with Shell’s global divestment plans, this transaction includes $425 million in cash.

The transaction is expected to close in October.

The Brutus/Glider assets include the Brutus Tension Leg Platform (TLP), the Glider subsea production system, and the oil and gas lateral pipelines used to evacuate the production from the TLP. The Brutus/Glider assets have a combined current production estimate of approximately 25,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).

Shell is a leading, global deep-water operator, with a strong development pipeline and production on-stream in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, and Malaysia as well as exploration and appraisal opportunities. Shell currently produces approximately 600,000 boe/d and plans to increase production to more than 900,000 boe/d by the early 2020s from already discovered, established reservoirs.

Disclaimer And Cautionary Note

The companies in which Royal Dutch Shell plc directly and indirectly owns investments are separate entities. In this release “Shell”, “Shell group” and “Royal Dutch Shell” are sometimes used for convenience where references are made to Royal Dutch Shell plc and its subsidiaries in general. Likewise, the words “we”, “us” and “our” are also used to refer to subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies. ”Subsidiaries”, “Shell subsidiaries” and “Shell companies” as used in this release refer to companies over which Royal Dutch Shell plc either directly or indirectly has control. Companies over which Shell has joint control are generally referred to “joint ventures” and companies over which Shell has significant influence but neither control nor joint control are referred to as “associates”. In this release, joint ventures and associates may also be referred to as “equity-accounted investments”. The term “Shell interest” is used for convenience to indicate the direct and/or indirect (for example, through our 23% shareholding in Woodside Petroleum Ltd.) ownership interest held by Shell in a venture, partnership or company, after exclusion of all third-party interest.

This release contains forward-looking statements concerning the financial condition, results of operations and businesses of Royal Dutch Shell. All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements of future expectations that are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements concerning the potential exposure of Royal Dutch Shell to market risks and statements expressing management’s expectations, beliefs, estimates, forecasts, projections and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”anticipate”, ”believe”, ”could”, ”estimate”, ”expect”, ”goals”, ”intend”, ”may”, ”objectives”, ”outlook”, ”plan”, ”probably”, ”project”, ”risks”, “schedule”, ”seek”, ”should”, ”target”, ”will” and similar terms and phrases. There are a number of factors that could affect the future operations of Royal Dutch Shell and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements included in this release, including (without limitation): (a) price fluctuations in crude oil and natural gas; (b) changes in demand for Shell’s products; (c) currency fluctuations; (d) drilling and production results; (e) reserves estimates; (f) loss of market share and industry competition; (g) environmental and physical risks; (h) risks associated with the identification of suitable potential acquisition properties and targets, and successful negotiation and completion of such transactions; (i) the risk of doing business in developing countries and countries subject to international sanctions; (j) legislative, fiscal and regulatory developments including regulatory measures addressing climate change; (k) economic and financial market conditions in various countries and regions; (l) political risks, including the risks of expropriation and renegotiation of the terms of contracts with governmental entities, delays or advancements in the approval of projects and delays in the reimbursement for shared costs; and (m) changes in trading conditions. All forward-looking statements contained in this release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this section. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Additional risk factors that may affect future results are contained in Royal Dutch Shell’s 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2015 (available at http://www.shell.com/investor and http://www.sec.gov). These risk factors also expressly qualify all forward looking statements contained in this release and should be considered by the reader. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this release, August 29, 2016. Neither Royal Dutch Shell plc nor any of its subsidiaries undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or other information. In light of these risks, results could differ materially from those stated, implied or inferred from the forward-looking statements contained in this release.

We may have used certain terms, such as resources, in this release that United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) strictly prohibits us from including in our filings with the SEC. U.S. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 20-F, File No 1-32575, available on the SEC website http://www.sec.gov. You can also obtain these forms from the SEC by calling 1-800-SEC-0330.

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Source: Shell
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August 31, 2016 at 12:26 pm

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Enterprise Holdings Hosting More Than 85 Countries at Global Franchise Meeting in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS /PRNewswire/ — Representatives from more than 85 countries and territories are convening in St. Louis tomorrow to participate in a global franchise meeting hosted by the world’s largest car rental company, Enterprise Holdings Inc., which operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.

“This event is specifically designed to provide a place for our franchise partners to come together and share best practices,” said Pete Smith, vice president of global franchising at Enterprise Holdings. “And since St. Louis is our hometown and world headquarters, we think it is an ideal place for business partners from all over the world to find some ‘middle ground’ and discuss a variety of issues, from operational procedures and employee recruitment strategies to urban mobility concepts and ethics and compliance policies.”

Customer service, however, remains the No. 1 priority for Enterprise Holdings’ integrated global network of regional subsidiaries and franchise locations. “As we’ve continued to expand our global footprint, we’ve learned that good customer service translates well in any language or culture,” stated Smith, who was a keynote speaker at the 2016 International Car Rental Show.

For years, the company’s footprint outside of North America was limited to several major markets in Western Europe, until the company’s 2007 acquisition of the National and Alamo brands, which included franchise markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2012, Enterprise Holdings acquired car rental operations in France and Spain, and made an investment in a leading car rental business in China. Later that same year, the company also announced it was franchising, for the first time in its history, its flagship Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand.

The company then launched an aggressive globalization initiative and international franchising campaign, and today the Enterprise, National and Alamo brands operate in more than 85 countries and territories, including North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe, as well as parts of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. In total, the annual revenues of Enterprise Holdings and its affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, rank near the top of the global travel industry, ahead of many airlines and most cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies.

“Completely Satisfied”

Enterprise Holdings has exported the power of its renowned Service Quality index (SQi) measurement program through its global expansion efforts. Every month, hundreds of thousands of customers are contacted and asked to rate the service they received, with each location earning a score based on the percentage of customers who say they were “completely satisfied” with their last rental experience. That “top box” ranking is the Enterprise gold standard for customer service excellence.

All franchises are evaluated through the SQi, ensuring that customers receive a consistently excellent car rental experience no matter where they are traveling in the world. Enterprise rolled out the SQi measurement program to its European franchise partners in October 2015. The widespread adoption of SQi allows every country to benchmark its service against a companywide, global standard.

“We have a very clear vision of how Enterprise, National and Alamo customers should be treated. As a result, we have developed a strong international network of exceptional franchise partners who share our passion for excellence across the board,” Smith noted.

“Some have already exceeded our company average – which is absolutely phenomenal when you consider that they have been participating in our SQi program such a short time,” he continued. “Yet that core competency of customer service is always balanced with an intuitive understanding of local cultures and characteristics, which means we are learning as much from our franchise partners as they are from us. It’s definitely a two-way street.”

About Enterprise Holdings
Enterprise Holdings – through its integrated global network of regional subsidiaries and independent franchises – operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. The company and its affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, together offer a total transportation solution, including extensive car rental and car-sharing services, truck rental, corporate fleet management and retail car sales. Combined, these businesses accounted for $19.4 billion in revenue, employed more than 93,000 and owned 1.7 million vehicles throughout the world in fiscal year 2015.

Enterprise Holdings currently is ranked as one of America’s Largest Private Companies. Furthermore, if it were publicly traded, Enterprise Holdings would rank on Fortune’s list of the 500 largest American public companies. In addition, Enterprise Holdings not only accounts for the largest airport market share in the U.S., but its domestic rental fleet also is one of the newest in the industry. The company’s affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, provides full-service fleet management to companies and organizations with medium-sized fleets. Other transportation services marketed under the Enterprise brand name include Enterprise CarShare, Enterprise Rideshare, Enterprise Car Sales, Enterprise Truck Rental, Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise, Zimride by Enterprise and Enterprise Flex-E-Rent.

This press release and car rental industry news are available in the Enterprise Holdings Press Room.

Source: Enterprise Holdings
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http://www.enterpriseholdings.com

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August 31, 2016 at 12:18 pm

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Resverlogix Hosts Symposium to Discuss the Role of BET-inhibition in Modifying Cardiovascular Risk at the ESC Congress in Rome, Italy

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-The presentations at the ESC Congress symposium highlighted apabetalone and the opportunity and need for a novel approach to the treatment of high risk cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
CALGARY /PRNewswire/ — Resverlogix Corp. (“Resverlogix” or the “Company”) (TSX:RVX) today announced that on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Rome, Italy, the Company hosted a symposium entitled “A novel approach for high CV risk patients with diabetes: The potential of epigenetics.”

The speakers and agenda were as follows:

Introduction
Stefano Del Prato, MD – Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy

The High Risk Diabetes patient with cardiovascular disease:
What else can we target to reduce cardiovascular risk?
Kausik Ray, MD – Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Understanding BET inhibition as a novel pathway for cardiovascular risk modulation
Jorge Plutzky, MD – Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

BET inhibition in cardiovascular disease: A new dawn?
John Kastelein, MD – Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Discussion & summary
Stefano Del Prato, MD – Kausik Ray, MD

Presentations will be made available at: http://www.pace-cme.org.

Donald J. McCaffery, President and CEO commented, “The presentations at the ESC Congress symposium highlighted apabetalone and the opportunity and need for a novel approach to the treatment of high risk cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Moreover, data presented demonstrated the important role for epigenetics in the underlying pathology of these diseases”. McCaffrey added that “based on its mechanism, we believe that apabetalone has the potential to address the significant unmet medical need in this patient population. Importantly, we remain encouraged by the recent data safety monitoring board review and recommendation to proceed with the BETonMACE phase 3 trial, as planned. The trial has already attained one quarter enrollment of the planned 2,400 patients and remains on track with internal projections.”

Resverlogix also presented a poster at the congress entitled: “Modulation of the complement cascade in cardiovascular disease patients by a bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) protein inhibitor”. The poster will be made available on the Resverlogix website at: http://www.resverlogix.com/media/presentations-publications.html#.V8Lq-pgrKhc.

The poster contained data demonstrating that apabetalone treatment reduced basal and cytokine-induced expression of complement factors in hepatocytes. Furthermore, in samples from CVD patients, the complement pathway was identified to be the top most downregulated by apabetalone treatment. This was supported by an observed reduction in the levels of complement proteins, which have been linked to cardiovascular disease and major adverse cardiac events (MACE). A reduction in the overall function of the complement cascade in plasma from cardiovascular disease patients treated with apabetalone was also presented.

About Resverlogix

Resverlogix is developing apabetalone (RVX-208), a first-in-class, small molecule that is a selective BET (bromodomain and extra-terminal) inhibitor. BET bromodomain inhibition is an epigenetic mechanism that can regulate disease-causing genes. Apabetalone is the first and only BET inhibitor selective for the second bromodomain (BD2) within the BET protein called BRD4. This selective inhibition of apabetalone on BD2 produces a specific set of biological effects with potentially important benefits for patients with diseases such as high-risk cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes mellitus (DM), chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Orphan diseases, and peripheral artery disease, while maintaining a well described safety profile. Apabetalone is the only selective BET bromodomain inhibitor in human clinical trials, currently in a Phase 3 trial BETonMACE in high-risk CVD patients with type 2 DM and low high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

Resverlogix common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RVX).

For further information please visit http://www.resverlogix.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @Resverlogix_RVX (https://twitter.com/resverlogix_rvx), or on our blog at http://www.resverlogix.com/blog

For further information please contact:

Investor Relations
Email: ir@resverlogix.com
Phone: 403-254-9252

This news release may contain certain forward-looking information as defined under applicable Canadian securities legislation, that are not based on historical fact, including without limitation statements containing the words “believes”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “intends”, “will”, “should”, “expects”, “continue”, “estimate”, “forecasts” and other similar expressions. In particular, this news release includes forward looking information relating to the Company’s Phase 3 clinical trial and the potential role of apabetalone in the treatment of CVD, DM, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Orphan diseases, and peripheral artery disease. Our actual results, events or developments could be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. We can give no assurance that any of the events or expectations will occur or be realized. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions and risk factors including those discussed in our Annual Information Form and most recent MD&A which are incorporated herein by reference and are available through SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement and are made as of the date hereof. The Company disclaims any intention and has no obligation or responsibility, except as required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: Resverlogix Corp.
Related stocks: Toronto:RVX

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August 31, 2016 at 12:14 pm

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Resounding Exhibitor Response to Malaysian International Furniture Fair 2017

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-Building Position for Bigger 2018 Show

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — With a reputation as robust as its trading floor, the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) goes into its 23rd edition next March with resounding support from returning and new exhibitors taking the opportunity to set up a stronger presence when the show expands in 2018.

MIFF 2017, 8-11 March in Kuala Lumpur – http://www.miff.com.my
MIFF 2017, 8-11 March in Kuala Lumpur – http://www.miff.com.my
MIFF 2017, organised by UBM Malaysia, is scheduled from March 8-11 at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) and Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC). In 2018, the show is set to grow 25% bigger to 100,000 sqm at the brand new Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) and PWTC. Exhibitors in 2017 will enjoy exclusive privileges to showcase at MITEC in 2018.

Buoyed by the strong buying mood of more overseas and new buyers at MIFF 2016 driving record sales of US$908 million, the 2017 edition is witnessing again a high return rate of exhibitors.

“Based on the pace of rebookings and feedback, MIFF 2017 marks a vigorous push by exhibitors to widen their network of buyers and showcase their products because many of them want bigger exhibition space in 2018,” said Ms Karen Goi, MIFF General Manager.

An annual sell-out with 500 international companies from over 12 countries and thousands of new products, MIFF remains a benchmark in global furniture trade, drawing 20,000 visitors from as many as 140 countries and regions. It now has the added boost of an online trading platform with Alibaba.com that debuted last year.

The diverse international presence, including one in four buyers coming from a neighbouring ASEAN country, bolsters MIFF’s position as the ideal gateway to capture business opportunities in Southeast Asia and other emerging markets such as South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe.

Importers, exporters and wholesalers make up over half of trade visitors to MIFF, a show renowned among international buyers for quality, value and wide selection of all types of furniture including the much sought Malaysian wood dining sets, bedroom and dressing furniture.

Besides home furniture, MIFF is the only trade show in Southeast Asia featuring an extensive and the biggest collection of modern workspace solutions in the region. In line with this, a designated area named MIFF Office is created in 2017 to showcase an expected 130 companies including from Malaysia, Taiwan, mainland China, South Korea and Indonesia, displaying executive office chairs, desks, workstations, conference/meeting room furniture, reception area furniture, partitions and storage.

“We are constantly looking for ways to benefit our customers. The global demand for office furniture is picking up again and the work place and work culture are also changing. With a designated area, MIFF Office will help generate more leads for exhibitors and for buyers to better access innovative products and suppliers. In short, they will have a more streamlined sourcing and productive experience at MIFF,” added Ms Goi.

Visitor registration will open in September on http://www.miff.com.my. Those who pre-register will receive free admission to all four days of the show, access to International Buyers Lounge, ticket to Buyers Night and a host of other benefits.

For more information about MIFF 2017 and free subscription to the MIFF e-newsletter to keep updated, click on http://www.miff.com.my.

About MIFF (www.miff.com.my)

Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) is an export-oriented furniture trade show held annually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is also a global leading trade show approved by UFI, The Global Association for Exhibition Industry. Since 1995, MIFF has nurtured invaluable partnerships between thousands of buyers and furniture makers across the globe.

MIFF 2017, 8-11 March – hall view at PWTC
MIFF 2017, 8-11 March – hall view at PWTC

MIFF 2017 launches MIFF OFFICE to highlight its office furniture section
MIFF 2017 launches MIFF OFFICE to highlight its office furniture section
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Source: UBM Asia (Malaysia)
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August 31, 2016 at 11:56 am

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Cement Industry of Indonesia: Exports Growing in a Challenged Environment

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JAKARTA, Indonesia /PRNewswire/ — Cements exports in the first 7 months of 2016 have risen by 63 percent (y/y). The rapidly increasing exports are a much needed balm to counter the nation’s cement oversupply caused by new entrants and the production expansion of existing cement players in a landscape of stagnant domestic consumption.

This year, six new cement factories were opened with a total combined annual production capacity of 14 million tons. As such, the country’s total installed capacity has reached about 92 million tons, whereas demand in 2016 is expected to remain at around 65 million tons.

Cement Industry of Indonesia: Exports Growing in a Challenged Environment
Cement Industry of Indonesia: Exports Growing in a Challenged Environment
A second challenge that can turn into an opportunity is the fact that the cement industry is one of the world’s most polluting: it accounts for 5% of man-made carbon-dioxide emissions each year.

Producing it implies vast amounts of energy and water. While almost all the remaining pollution comes from the burning of fossil fuels to heat the kiln. Cement producers have not yet attracted much of the attention of environmental campaigners. But that can change fast and pose a threat to the existing business. Therefore firms should start thinking about solutions now. Going green could also save money, as a recent article on The Economist explained (“Cracks in the Surface – Why grey firms will have to go green” – The Economist, August 27th).

As reported, some cement giants are at last taking action. LafargeHolcim already uses an internal carbon price of $32 per tonne; Heidelberg works with one of $23. In a changing regulatory and political environment, investors may pull out of companies lagging behind.

The latest updates and trends in the construction industry in Indonesia will be shared at Concrete Show South East Asia. Launched in 2013, this pivotal event has established itself as the only dedicated trade show for the concrete industry in the region. The next edition, held during 14-16 September 2016 at JIExpo in Jakarta, will showcase more than 200 companies from 28 countries and will implement a new, state of the art, business matchmaking platform. Concrete Show South East Asia is organized by UBM.

Extensive seminars and workshops will be held alongside the exhibition in partnership with the Indonesian Society of Civil and Structural Engineers, Indonesian Association of Precast and Prestressed Companies, Indonesian Association of Precast and Prestressed Engineers and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing Republic of Indonesia.

http://www.concreteshowseasia.com

For more information contact:

Abdi Fajrin
Phone Number: +62 21 2930 5959
Email: Abdi.Fajrin@ubm.com

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August 31, 2016 at 11:35 am

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