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Unique Studies with OrbusNeich’s Genous(TM)Stent Further Validate Early Endothelial Progenitor Cell Coverage and Reduced Thrombogenicity in Human Circulating Blood Compared to Bare Metal Stents

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Data from Collaborative Studies Presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2010

HONG KONG, Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — OrbusNeich today announced that data from two studies demonstrate that the Genous Stent increases endothelial coverage and reduces thrombogenicity as compared to bare metal stents (BMS) by enhancing the specific binding of CD34+ endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs).

Eric J. Duckers, M.D., Ph.D., of the Thoraxcenter at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and co-investigators Saami Yazdani, Ph.D., and Renu Virmani, M.D., of the CVPath Institute Inc., in Gaithersburg, Md., presented collaborative data last week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010 that demonstrated the mechanism of early EPC capture and reduced thrombogenicity of the Genous Stent in human circulating blood in an ex vivo arteriovenous shunt model.

The data showed that the Genous Stent bound significantly more cells and had markedly less thrombus than BMS. Gene expression analysis showed that endothelial specific markers were significantly increased and thrombogenic markers were significantly decreased with the Genous Stent compared to BMS.

“These data demonstrate the importance of CD34+ cells for endothelialization and the prevention of thrombosis,” said Dr. Duckers. “This mechanism of early endothelization supports the design of the unique EPC capture technology of Genous.”

Before analysis, the stents were implanted in an arteriovenous shunt in 10 patients for up to two hours during which patients underwent elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). One subset of stents was analyzed at CVPath Institute by scanning electron microscopy followed by semi-quantitative determination of cell coverage and thrombus area. A second set of stents was also subjected to quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR ) analysis to determine gene expression of endothelial and thrombogenic markers in the attached cells.

The data comparing the Genous Stent and BMS were further validated in an in vitro coronary artery model infused with human peripheral blood CD34+ cells and human monocytes. The in vitro study demonstrated a higher affinity of CD34+ cells, which are associated with endothelialization, and a lower adhesion of monocytes, which are associated with inflammation, to the Genous Stent compared to BMS.

“We were able to see a significant difference between the Genous Stent and the bare metal stent in promoting EPC capture and reducing acute thrombogenicity,” said Dr. Virmani. “The Genous Stent appears to not only promote the adhesion of human EPCs, but also reduces the adhesion of fibrin, platelets and inflammatory cells, which is important for the prevention of thrombus.”

In a second study, increased cell coverage was observed for the Genous Stent compared to BMS in vivo. The study, carried out in rabbits, further showed the increased expression of endothelial specific genes for the Genous Stent compared to BMS. The study was designed to investigate the gene expression patterns of endothelial specific genes and endothelial coverage by scanning electron microscopy and qPCR after stents were implanted in carotid arteries for seven days.

“The data presented for each experimental model represent the mechanistic validation for our Genous Stent,” said Steve Rowland, OrbusNeich’s vice president of research and development. “This is further evidence that the technology behind the Genous Stent accelerates the healing of the vessel wall and provides an important alternative to those patients with a high risk for thrombosis.”

About Genous

Genous is OrbusNeich’s patented endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) capture technology that promotes the accelerated natural healing of the vessel wall after the implantation of blood-contact devices such as stents. The technology consists of an antibody surface coating that attracts EPCs circulating in the blood to the device to form an endothelial layer that provides protection against thrombosis and modulates restenosis.

The Genous Stent has been commercially available in over 60 countries since 2005. The Genous Stent has been proven as a safe, effective alternative to drug-eluting stents and is supported by data from more than 5,000 patients in company-sponsored clinical studies. There is a growing body of evidence from multiple clinical studies that the Genous Stent is effective for patients who are non-responsive to or cannot tolerate long-term dual antiplatelet therapy.

About OrbusNeich

OrbusNeich is a global company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets innovative medical devices for the treatment of vascular diseases. Current products are the world’s first pro-healing stent, the Genous Stent, as well as stents, balloons and guiding catheters marketed under the names of Blazer(TM), R stent, Scoreflex(TM), Sapphire(TM) and Sapphire NC. Development stage products include the Combo Bio-engineered Sirolimus Eluting Stent, or Combo Stent, which combines the Genous pro-healing technology for rapid endothelial coverage with an abluminal sirolimus drug elution for the control of neointimal proliferation. OrbusNeich is headquartered in Hong Kong and has operations in Shenzhen, China; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Hoevelaken, The Netherlands; and Tokyo, Japan. OrbusNeich, which has provided medical devices to physicians through its predecessor companies since 1979, supplies products today to interventional cardiologists in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit

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November 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm

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SiS International Holdings Limited to Divest its IT Distribution Business to Jardine OneSolution for US$130 Million

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Creation of One of the Largest, Fastest Growing IT Products Distribution and Services Powerhouses in the Region

HONG KONG and SINGAPORE, Nov. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — SiS International Holdings Limited (SEHK: 00529), one of the largest distributors of IT products in Asia, announced today that it has reached an agreement to divest its IT distribution businesses in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia to Jardine OneSolution (BVI) Limited (JOS), a member of the Jardine Matheson Group, in cash at a consideration of approximately US$130 million (subject to adjustment).

The transaction, expected to be completed in early 2011 following the fulfillment of certain conditions, will create one of the largest and fastest growing IT products distribution and services companies in the region.

“We believe this is an appropriate time to divest our investment in IT product distribution businesses as Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia are becoming mature markets for IT products. Now that we have achieved market leadership positions, the business requires a different structure, resources, and finance to take the company to the next stage of growth,” said Kia Hong Lim, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SiS International Holdings Limited. “At this stage, the divestment brings the best return for our shareholders as we take a pivotal role in the industry in changing our business model from IT product distribution in a mature market to the provisioning of distribution management services.”

“Moving forward, SiS will focus on expanding our distribution management services and expanding our mobile phone products and solutions distribution business,” Lim continued. “Our investment arm will also continue to seek new investment opportunities which have strong synergies with the businesses and our partners in the SiS Group.”

Commenting on the transaction, Lim said: “The new entity will benefit from SiS’s vast experience in IT distribution management and the strength and resources of JOS as part of a regional conglomerate in the Jardine Matheson Group.”

SiS is one of the largest distributors of computer systems, software, peripherals and networking products in Asia, operating through a strong network of resellers representing many of the world’s most renowned manufacturers.

JOS is one of the region’s leading IT products distribution and services companies best known for its extensive reseller network, representation of renowned IT brands, value-added distribution model, and customer portfolio spanning a wide spectrum of industry sectors including the governments of the region.

“By leveraging the IT distribution operations in these key countries, we believe that we will enhance our partnership with resellers and vendors,” said Steve Lo, Chief Executive Officer of JOS. “They will benefit from working with an industry leader that possesses a deep pool of combined experience, expertise and resources, supported by a value-added distribution model.”

“This is only the beginning of an investment strategy to create more opportunities for vendors and resellers in mature markets such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia,” Lim added. “The transaction is designed to drive vigorous growth across both our businesses allowing the new entity to be an even stronger company. SiS will provide distribution management services to JOS and the new entity to assist them in expanding their market shares in the existing markets and to explore new opportunities in the rest of the region. SiS will spearhead many of the new developments both in terms of market and product portfolio expansion.”

About SiS

Founded in 1983, SiS is one of the largest distributors of computer systems, software, peripherals and networking products in Asia. Headquartered in Hong Kong with regional offices( ) in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, SiS offers IT product manufacturers an immediate access into Asia with a well-established network consisting of more than 10,000 resellers, retailers, system integrators, software houses, value added resellers and OEMs strategically located throughout the region. SiS is a listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK: 00529). Find out more about SiS at

About Jardine OneSolution (JOS)

With more than 50 years of solid experience, Jardine OneSolution (JOS) first engaged in distribution in the 1960s. Today, JOS is one of the region’s leading IT products and distribution services companies best known for its extensive reseller network, representation of renowned IT brands, value-added distribution, unique hybrid distribution model, and customer portfolio spanning a wide spectrum of industry sectors. JOS differentiates itself with its value-added technical service and support provided to partners which is highly respected and sought-after in the industry. JOS is part of the regional conglomerate Jardine Matheson. Find out more about JOS at

SOURCE SiS International Holdings Limited

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November 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm

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Experience the Club and Suite Life at Marina Bay Sands

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2010-11-26 13:38 


The Club at Marina Bay Sands officially opens to club and suite guests; offers Chocolate Bar concept at night

SINGAPORE, Nov. 26, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Club and suite guests can now enjoy exclusive access to The Club at Marina Bay Sands, the brand-new executive-floor lounge located at the Sands SkyPark.

Located on top of Hotel Tower 2 at the height of 200 meters, this sophisticated lounge offers the most spectacular views of the city skyline from dawn till dusk.

Guests staying in the club rooms and suites can access the 218-seat lounge throughout the day, and enjoy perks such as all-day non-alcoholic beverages; free wireless internet, usage of iPads and laptops as well as newspapers and magazines.

From 7 am to 7 pm, they can also enjoy their complimentary breakfast, Afternoon Tea, evening cocktails, champagne and canapes, exclusively at this unique and beautiful venue that offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

By 8 pm every evening, The Club at Marina Bay Sands takes dining to a whole new level with Singapore’s first Chocolate Bar, some 57 stories above ground. This full-blown chocolate buffet will offer 57 chocolate-themed items, crafted by hand with Valrhona chocolate and created by executive pastry chef Alejandro Luna and his team. The Chocolate Bar, which retails at S$38++ per person, will be available to the general public as well. Reservations are required at +65 6688 8858.

Some 242 Club rooms, from the 35th floor upwards, are located directly below The Club at Marina Bay Sands, allowing these guests easy and convenient access to this lounge. These luxuriously decorated club rooms, measuring between 43-71 square meters, offers a sense of space that is distinctive with the rest of the architecturally stunning hotel.

In addition to the Club rooms, Marina Bay Sands offers another 230 ultra-luxurious suites, each boosting commanding views of the city skyline or the upcoming Gardens by the Bay. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows clearly offer the most stunning and unobstructed views of the Marina Bay area.

These suites offer an unparalleled bespoke experience, refined decor and personalized butler service.  The two, very exclusive Chairman Suites are 629 square meters each — equivalent to the size of over 2 tennis courts — yielding the largest suites in Singapore. Over 50 well-trained butlers, comprising the largest 24-hour butler team in a single hotel in Singapore, are on hand to serve guests on the suite floors.

Designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, the interiors of the suites use materials that are opulent in detail and rich in colors, bringing together international influences such as Italian stones and iconic European furniture.  In particular, the Presidential and Chairman suites feature handmade custom carpets, silk drapery, rich figured stone flooring and large baths.

These suites also boost a complete line-up of amenities fit for royalty — from two living rooms, a baby grand piano, private massage room with hairdressing salon facilities, entertainment rooms with karaoke equipment, fully-equipped gyms, saunas, pool tables, powder rooms, bar and pantries. Designed to convey a grand sense of space, the higher-end suites range from two to four bedrooms and are laid out as though they were private residences with the master suite separated from the other bedrooms.

“Apart from being the largest hotel in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands is also proud to offer some of the grandest suites in this part of the world. From the moment you enter our suites, you’ll be lavished with personalized attention from our butlers and luxurious amenities that are second-to-none. The views from each suite are absolutely stunning, from room to room. The Club at Marina Bay Sands on the Sands SkyPark completes the experience for these guests,” said Marina Bay Sands President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Arasi.

A Luxe Christmas Stay

A newly-launched Luxe Package will open up a world of indulgence for guests who want to reward themselves during this festive season. This package begins with a stay at a Club room or an Orchid Suite, including a complimentary bottle of Champagne upon arrival. It includes access to The Club at Marina Bay Sands for you to enjoy the complimentary club amenities, as well as an evening for two at the indulgent Chocolate Bar.  An array of exclusive retail surprises, including S$100 off with a minimum purchase of S$1000 at 18 luxurious stores, awaits guests. The Luxe Package is valid for stays from 27 November till 29 December. For details and booking, visit

About Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is the leading business, leisure and entertainment destination in Asia. It features large and flexible convention and exhibition facilities, 2,560 hotel rooms and suites, the rooftop Sands SkyPark, the best shopping mall in Asia, world-class celebrity chef restaurants, a casino, Paiza Club for premium players and an outdoor event plaza. It will also have a museum and theaters in which “The Lion King” will be the first resident show. For more information, please visit

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Marina Bay Sands’ Media contacts:

Val Chua
Tel:   +65-6688-0228

Venetia Chung
Tel:   +65-6688-0269


SOURCE Marina Bay Sands


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November 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm

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Tickets for Zee Cine Awards 2011 Go on Sale

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2010-11-24 15:24

Be part of a spectacular star-studded night at Marina Bay Sands on 14 January 2011

SINGAPORE, Nov. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Marina Bay Sands, Asia’s leading destination for business, leisure and entertainment, is pleased to announce that tickets for Zee Cine Awards 2011 are now on sale.

Having completed 12 glorious years, the star-studded event looks set to be an extraordinary night of celebrations for Bollywood stars and viewers alike.

Slated for 14 January 2011, the award ceremony will introduce the dashing Akshay Kumar as the host for the first time ever. One of the leading actors in Bollywood who has also performed with international celebrities like Kylie Minogue, Akshay Kumar will add star power to the glamorous event, with the witty Sajid Khan as his co-host.

Ticket-holders will experience an evening of spectacular performances, from India’s best choreographed dances to hit songs from award-winning movies, all expressing the beautiful world of cinematography through colour, humor and music. A-list celebrities such as King Khan – Shahrukh Khan, the sizzling Priyanka Chopra, the handsome Arjun Rampal and the mesmerizing Deepika Padukone will bedazzle the crowd with their amazing performances during Zee Cine Awards 2011.

Come January next year, Southeast Asia’s largest ballroom — Sands Grand Ballroom — will be transformed into a magnificent theatre infused with the opulence of Bollywood. To accommodate the larger-than-life setup, the stage is being custom-made from scratch and will be created for better viewing pleasure from every seat.

Marina Bay Sands President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Thomas Arasi said, “We are delighted that the months of hard work that has gone into planning Zee Cine Awards is materializing into an event of such splendor. This is our first time hosting an event of such caliber and this will definitely be the start of many new ventures ahead.”

To commemorate this special event, Marina Bay Sands is also offering an exclusive package that combines attractive rates for hotel room stays and show tickets. Additional information on these room packages are available on the Marina Bay Sands’ official website

The wait is over! Tickets are now on sale at


VVIP SGD 997.00
VIP SGD 697.00
A Reserve SGD 597.00
B Reserve SGD 387.00
C Reserve SGD 277.00
D Reserve SGD 197.00
* Ticket prices are exclusive of Sistic booking fees


Marina Bay Sands will be the leading business, leisure and entertainment destination in Asia. It will feature large and flexible convention and exhibition facilities, 2,560 hotel rooms and suites, the rooftop Sands SkyPark, a museum, the best shopping mall in Asia, world-class celebrity chef restaurants, a casino, Paiza Club for premium players, an outdoor event plaza and theaters debuting with “The Lion King.” For more information, please visit

About Zee

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited is one of India’s leading television, media and entertainment companies. It is amongst the largest producers and aggregators of Hindi programming in the world, with an extensive library housing over 80,000 hours of television content. With rights to more than 3,000 movie titles from foremost studios and of iconic film stars, Zee houses the world’s largest Hindi film library. Through its strong presence worldwide, Zee entertains over 500 million viewers across 167 countries.

Pioneer of television entertainment industry in India, Zee’s well known brands include Zee TV, Zee Cinema, Zee Premier, Zee Action, Zee Classic, Ten Sports, Zee Sports, Zee Cafe, Zee Studio, Zee Trendz, Zee Jagran, Zing, ETC Music and ETC Punjabi. The company also has a strong offering in the regional language domain with channels such as Zee Marathi, Zee Bangla, Zee Telugu, Zee Kannada, Zee Talkies and Zee Cinemalu.

The Zee stable owns an integrated range of businesses. All of these in singularity adhere to the content-to-consumer value chain model of media and entertainment business. Zee is a pioneer in every aspect of content aggregation and distribution through traditional media like satellite and cable and new media like the internet, in India.

Media contacts

Sarina Pushkarna
Tel: +65-9298-5728 / +65-6688-0013

Gayathri Ramasamy
Tel: +65-6688-1407

SOURCE Marina Bay Sands

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November 25, 2010 at 3:38 pm

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A Strategic Partnership Leads to New Growth Opportunities for Bulgari Watches in the Chinese Market

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Bulgari watches will be distributed in over 50 new multibrand stores for high-end watches located in the main cities of mainland China

HONG KONG, Nov. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Bulgari signed a strategic partnership with Hengdeli Holdings Limited, the largest retail company of high-end watches through multibrand watch stores located in mainland China.

In light of this agreement, Hengdeli will be the sole distributor of Bulgari watches through multibrand watch stores located in mainland China.

The agreement, to last for five years, aims at further increasing the visibility of Bulgari watches in the Chinese market through a presence in over 50 multibrand stores, located in the main cities of mainland China, which will be gradually opened in the next five years.

Cheung Yuping, Chairman of Hengdeli Holdings Limited, commented: “One of our important goals is to cooperate with top international brands to develop China luxury market. Bulgari is a distinguished brand name in the international luxury market and produces wonderful watches. We believe, with this agreement, that both companies can further develop their business and consumer recognition.”

Francesco Trapani, Chief Executive Officer of the Bulgari Group, commented: “The agreement with Hengdeli is very important for Bulgari: on one hand, it will allow us to even more effectively cover the watch market, in an area with a huge potential such as mainland China where we already have 20 monobrand stores; on the other hand, this agreement, signed with one of the most important companies in the world for the distribution of international high-end watch brands, proves that our strategy for the watch business is correct and extremely competitive”.

Bulgari is one of the global players on the luxury market. In 2009 the Group posted a turnover of 926.6 million Euro. Bulgari relies on a stores network in the most exclusive shopping areas in the world and on selected distributors. As of 30.09.2010 the number of the Bulgari stores in the world was 286 of which 171 as directly owned stores. Bulgari has a product portfolio that ranges from jewels and watches to accessories and perfumes. The Group is controlled by the Bulgari family, holding about 51% of the share capital. The remaining 49% is floating on the Milan Stock Exchange.

About Hengdeli Holdings Limited

Hengdeli Holdings Limited is the world’s largest retailer of renowned international watch brands. The Group’s strategic shareholders include the world’s largest watch manufacturer and distributor 每 the Swatch Group and global luxury giant 每 the LVMH Group.

The Group owns an extensive retail network that includes Elegant (for luxury watches), Prime Time (for middle- to high-end watches), TEMPTATION (for high-end fashion watches) and various other brand boutiques. As of 30 June 2010, Hengdeli had an extensive sales network of 302 retail outlets in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, from which it distributes over 50 deluxe international watch brands. Across its entire wholesale operations, Hengdeli serves approximately 300 customers in over 50 cities in the PRC.

As an integral part of its retail business, the Group offers world-class customer care, including professional after-sales services to customers in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Group’s ancillary production company also provides strong support for its principal business operations.

The Group maintains close relationships with numerous internationally renowned branded watch suppliers, including the SWATCH Group, the LVMH Group, the RICHEMONT Group and the ROLEX Group. Hengdeli also distributes many internationally elite watch brands, mostly on an exclusive basis.

Hengdeli has been listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited since September 2005 under stock code 3389. The stock name is Hengdeli for short.

Issued by Porda International (Finance) PR Group for and on behalf of Hengdeli Holdings Limited. For further information, please contact:

Porda International (Finance) PR Group

Ms. Helen Chung Tel: 3150 6730 Email: )
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Fax: 3150 6728

SOURCE Hengdeli Holdings Limited

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November 25, 2010 at 11:27 am

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2010 ASOCIO ICT Summit Exhibitors to Dazzle with Revolutionary Products

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ICT industry and IT Service businesses and organizations will exhibit revolutionary products/technologies on e-Government, e-Business, e-SME, Cloud Computing, and Digital Opportunity

TAIPEI, Nov. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Hosted by the Information Service Industry Association of Chinese Taipei (CISA), the 2010 ASOCIO ICT Summit will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, from December 1st to 3rd, at the Taipei International Convention Center. The summit, themed ASOCIO ICT Best Practices, will showcase ICT Best Practices from Australia, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and South Korea.

The 5 discussion topics are: e-Government, e-Business, e-SME, Cloud Computing, and Digital Opportunity. Seven pavilions will exhibit:

Smart Life: Chunghwa Telecom, a world-class telecom carrier, will demo Smart Life Applications that include iEN, i-Family Phone, e-Home, and Hami eBooks.

Leading Edge Technology: Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan’s largest applied technology R&D institution, will demo the OSGi Gateway, a comprehensive open services platform adhering to the OSGi spec. Designed for digital home solutions, services can be delivered from a remote site and managed for application life cycle management.

Cloud Services: Inventec, a leading technology company, will demonstrate the Education Cloud based on Dr. Eye translation software, including the Handheld Mobile Internet Terminal developed on the Android platform, Internet Banking and Wealth Management systems for financial institutions, and an Operating System for Mobile Data Center.

Innovative Services: Institute for Information Industry, which serves as think tank on ICT policy and consultant to the government on the ICT industry, will demo a Wide Area Differential GPS (WADGPS), a Web Application Security Guard and Security Sandbox for Enterprise, 3D Virtual Teaching Environment, and Classroom of the Future.

e-Government: The Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (RDEC) serves as an organization for policy coordination and integration for the Executive Yuan. RDEC will demo eGov, G2A, G2B, G2C, G2D, G2E, and G2F technologies and services.

ICT for Local Business: The Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, Ministry of Economic Affairs will exhibit “Taiwan e-SME: Embed Culture into Business”, using ICT to present Taiwan’s indigenous scenic spots and specialty products.

Information Security: Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs, helps 10 local security companies demonstrate cloud security and personal information protection solutions.

Please visit for more information.


The Information Service Industry Association of Chinese Taipei (CISA) is Taiwan’s sole representative body of information service industries. Its 750 corporate members comprise domestic, international companies and R&D institutes in software development, distribution, and information and network service businesses. For more details visit:


Since 1984, ASOCIO promotes, encourages and fosters relationships, while promoting trade between its member organizations. As a federation of computing industry associations from the Asian-Oceanian region, ASOCIO’s objective is to develop the computing society and industry in the region. ASOCIO is instrumental in linking up IT companies in its member economies. For more details visit:

SOURCE The Information Service Industry Association of Chinese Taipei (CISA)

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November 24, 2010 at 2:15 pm

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Pacnet Boosts Regional Capabilities with Singapore’s First Data Landing Station

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The new facility is part of Pacnet’s strategic plan to increase investments into its Singapore operations and enhance regional connectivity

SINGAPORE, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Pacnet today announced the launch of its Singapore Data Landing Station (DLS), the first data center facility in Singapore with direct high speed connectivity into Pacnet’s pan-Asian subsea cable network, and part of the company’s plans to increase investments into Singapore.

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“With Singapore already a regional hub for many multinationals and a growing infocomm industry that is worth some S$63 billion in 2009, we are increasing our planned investments into Singapore to grow our operations here to tap the regional telecommunications market,” said Bill Barney, Chief Executive Officer of Pacnet. “Besides our new Singapore DLS that is being launched today, we are also looking at Singapore as a possible location for the development of a larger ‘Asia Gravity Center’ data center facility in the near future.”

“We are also investing into our Singapore operations ahead of the planned construction of our West Asia Crossing subsea cable, which will deliver additional connectivity between India and Singapore and bring more network traffic through Singapore,” added Mr Barney. Facilities in Singapore that will be upgraded include Pacnet’s Network Operations Centre, which currently oversees its global network infrastructure.

Pacnet’s newly launched Singapore DLS is part of the company’s growth strategy to tap the growing demand for data center services which are coupled with the highest speed, lowest latency network connections available. According to Frost & Sullivan, the Singapore data center services market is expected to grow from US$180.2 million to US$263.8 million in 2011, at a compound annual growth rate of 13.5%.

The Singapore DLS, the first in the country and part of a regional network of DLSs, is located at Pacnet’s cable landing station in Changi. The facility is a 3,300 square feet Tier III data center and is the latest addition to the more than 96,200 square feet of data center space that Pacnet has globally. As a carrier neutral facility, the Singapore DLS also offers customers the flexibility of choosing the domestic carrier of their choice to deliver domestic connectivity to and from the DLS.

Pacnet’s DLSs are unique in that they are the only data center facilities that offer direct access to Pacnet’s EAC-C2C subsea cable, Asia’s largest privately owned subsea network. The DLSs leverage the power, space and network connectivity of existing cable landing facilities to offer state-of-the-art data center facilities including a high power density of up to 8 KVA per cabinet, fully redundant power and cooling systems, advanced fire detection and suppression systems as well as 24 x 7 security access systems.

Through the Pacnet DLSs in Singapore and Hong Kong, Pacnet is able to deliver the lowest latency connection between a data center in Singapore and a data center in Hong Kong. Additionally, customers are also able to get high capacity, low latency connectivity across Asia and the United States, with multiple resiliency options, through Pacnet’s EAC-C2C and EAC Pacific cable systems.

Pacnet’s full ownership of both the DLSs and EAC-C2C also guarantees rapid network and hosting scalability to meet the rapidly growing business requirements of today’s enterprises, whilst providing customers the added convenience of a single point of contact.

About Pacnet

Named “Company of the Year for Excellence in Growth” by Frost & Sullivan in 2009 and “Best Wholesale Carrier” at the Telecom Asia Awards 2009, Pacnet is Asia’s leading independent telecommunications service provider, formed from the operational merger of Asia Netcom and Pacific Internet. Pacnet owns and operates EAC-C2C, Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network at 36,800 km, with a design capacity of 17.92 Tbps to 30.72 Tbps to and from each of the landing countries, as well as EAC Pacific, which spans 9,620 km across the Pacific Ocean and delivers up to 1.92 Tbps of capacity between Asia and North America. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of industry leading IP-based solutions for carriers, large enterprises and SMEs. Pacnet is headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore, with offices in all key markets in Asia and North America. For more information, please visit: .

For more information, please contact:

Lorain Wong
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Roland Lim
Tel: +852-2121-2975


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November 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm

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Cable&Wireless Worldwide Wins Best Asian Wholesale Offering Award

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2010-11-23 09:00

Award is a strong testimony to the company’s track record in building a reliable network with good reach for the wholesale telecoms business in Asia

SINGAPORE, Nov. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Cable&Wireless Worldwide won the Best Asian Wholesale Offering at Capacity Awards 2010 in Amsterdam last week.

Given out annually, the awards have been created to recognise market players who have applied effective business techniques and strategies to their wholesale businesses and have established themselves at the forefront of the wholesale telecoms industry.

“The judges chose Cable&Wireless Worldwide because of the company’s good coverage in the region and its partnership arrangements to extend its areas of coverage. Its partners tell us the company is good at building relationships with other carriers and that it has a diverse network which is very reliable,” said Angela Partington from Capacity Media, organisers of the awards.

Diarmid Massey, Vice President International Carrier Services, of Cable&Wireless Worldwide said: “In today’s competitive environment, it is imperative that we establish solid relationships with other carriers and build out our infrastructure in a strategic and cost-effective manner to meet the customers’ needs. This Award is a strong validation of the quality, performance and reach of our network as well as our strategy in becoming a key player in the ever evolving wholesale carrier market.”

Cable&Wireless Worldwide is one of the world’s largest voice carriers globally. Its partnership approach to business is also why the company’s global IP network now provides Ethernet, MPLS and IP Transit services to over 500 national and international carriers globally.

About Cable&Wireless Worldwide

Cable&Wireless Worldwide (LSE: CW.) is one of the world’s leading mission critical communications providers, delivering a range of high-quality managed voice, data and IP-based services and applications to large multinational companies, governments, carrier customers and resellers across the UK, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East & Africa, Continental Europe and North America.

Reaching 20,500km in length, Cable&Wireless Worldwide owns the UK’s largest fibre network dedicated to business users of telecoms, and provides ubiquitous nationwide access through a combination of fibre, digital, microwave, radio and leased circuits. The network has presence in over 400 towns and cities in the UK, with 802 unbundled exchanges covering 55% of the population.

Internationally, Cable&Wireless Worldwide’s global next-generation network (NGN) stretches to more than 500,000km, including interests in 69 global cable systems, and provides connectivity to 153 countries. The Group’s IP-based Multi-Service Platform, operates across the NGN, offering a single environment on which voice and data applications can be converged to drive business efficiencies. Cable&Wireless Worldwide’s network is uniquely designed with inbuilt resilience and the capability to re-route traffic in the event of failure of one or more paths, particularly at the international level.

With more than 6,200 colleagues globally, Cable&Wireless Worldwide is committed to delivering exceptional customer service and developing long-term partnerships with its customers.

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Media Contacts:

Jasleen Kaur Makker
Head of Corporate Affairs – India and Asia Pacific
Cable&Wireless Worldwide
Desk: +91-80-2809-9853
Switchboard: +91-80-4038-3434
Handphone: +91-99-7232-6326

Angela Tan
Vice President
Financial Dynamics
DID: +65-6236-1626
Mobile: +65-9005-2068

Kelly Nguyen
Financial Dynamics
DID: +65-6236-1622
Mobile: +65-9766-9834

SOURCE Cable&Wireless Worldwide

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November 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm

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Global Sources opens door to larger ASEAN trade with debut of China Sourcing Fairs in Singapore

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Suppliers from Greater China offer latest designs of gifts & premiums, home products, garments & textiles, hardware & building materials, auto parts and accessories, and food & beverage products

SINGAPORE, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Global Sources (Nasdaq: GSOL) ( brings its highly successful trade show series to Singapore for the first time with the opening of the China Sourcing Fairs today.


Running through Nov. 24 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, the China Sourcing Fairs ( comprise six specialty shows featuring Greater China suppliers’ latest gifts and premiums, home products, garments and textiles, hardware and building materials, auto parts and accessories, and food and beverage products.

Global Sources’ India Sourcing Fair with high-quality decorative and functional products from India suppliers is also making its Singapore debut at the same time and venue.

The concurrent trade shows offer international buyers more than 580 booths of products from quality Asian suppliers.

Attending the opening ceremony for the inaugural China Sourcing Fairs in Singapore were Li Minglin, Minister and Counselor of Economic and Commercial Section of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Singapore, Ruan Weixing, Vice-Chairman, Fujian Chamber of Commerce of Import & Export and Merle A. Hinrichs, Global Sources’ Chairman and CEO.

Singapore shows make sourcing easier for buyers in ASEAN

China’s trade with ASEAN has soared by nearly 50 percent after a free trade agreement between the two sides became effective in January 2010. With costs effectively lowered and trade barriers removed in thousands of product categories under the agreement, China-ASEAN trade in the January-October period reached US$235 billion.

President of Global Sources Exhibitions, Tommy Wong, said: “As Singapore is a major trading center in ASEAN, this makes it an ideal location for hosting China Sourcing Fairs. By bringing our shows to Singapore, Global Sources offers ASEAN as well as international buyers operating in the region a convenient platform for meeting and doing business with Greater China suppliers.”

At the recent ASEAN-China Summit, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao put forward the goal of US$500 billion in China-ASEAN trade by 2015. This will further enhance relations between China and ASEAN.

Buying power across ASEAN, home to 600 million people, is strengthening, with many member states experiencing strong GDP growth. The World Bank projects the size of the middle class in Southeast Asia to increase 13-fold within two decades. This represents tremendous potential for trade expansion in ASEAN.

Singapore tourism representatives are also enthusiastic about the shows. “Singapore has built a robust calendar of business events over the years, supported by world-class facilities and excellent services. We are delighted to welcome the China Sourcing Fairs into our calendar of business events in Singapore, and believe they add to the vibrancy of our business events landscape, reinforcing Singapore’s position as a leading destination for tradeshows in the region. We welcome all international delegates and exhibitors and hope they will enjoy all the sights, sounds and tastes Singapore has to offer,” said Edward Chew, Director, Exhibitions and Conferences of Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau.

Wong concluded: “China has emerged as ASEAN’s largest trading partner. Launching China Sourcing Fairs in strategically positioned Singapore, the world’s second-largest entrepot after Hong Kong, will help suppliers from Greater China explore ASEAN markets more efficiently.”

Dates and times of the shows

Opening times for the China Sourcing Fairs and the India Sourcing Fair are:

— Nov. 22-23 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
— Nov. 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

More details about the China Sourcing Fairs and India Sourcing Fair in Singapore are available at

About Global Sources

Global Sources is a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with Greater China. The core business uses English-language media to facilitate trade from Greater China to the world. The other business segment utilizes Chinese-language media to enable companies to sell to, and within Greater China.

The company provides sourcing information to volume buyers and integrated marketing services to suppliers. It helps a community of over 967,000 active buyers source more profitably from complex overseas supply markets. With the goal of providing the most effective ways possible to advertise, market and sell, Global Sources enables suppliers to sell to hard-to-reach buyers in over 240 countries.

The company offers the most extensive range of media and export marketing services in the industries it serves. It delivers information on over 4.7 million products and more than 262,000 suppliers annually through 14 online marketplaces, 13 monthly print and 18 digital magazines, over 80 sourcing research reports and 20 specialized trade shows which run 57 times a year across 9 cities.

Suppliers receive more than 192 million sales leads annually from buyers through Global Sources Online ( alone.

Global Sources has been facilitating global trade for 40 years. Global Sources’ network covers more than 60 cities worldwide. In mainland China, Global Sources has about 2,700 team members in more than 40 locations, and a community of over 2 million registered online users and magazine readers for its Chinese-language media.

Global Sources Press Contact in Asia:
Camellia So
Tel: +852-2555-5021

Global Sources Press Contact in U.S.:
James W.W. Strachan
Tel: +1-480-664-8309

Global Sources Investor Contact in Asia:
Suzanne Wang
Tel: +852-2555-4747

Global Sources Investor Contact in U.S.:
Kirsten Chapman & Timothy Dien
Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates, Inc.
Tel: +1-415-433-3777

SOURCE Global Sources

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Camqueen of the Year, an Online Beauty Pageant with a Beautiful Twist

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2010-11-23 09:30
SINGAPORE, Nov. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The CAMQUEEN OF THE YEAR, crafted for YOU.C1000 of PT DJOJONEGORO C-1000 by THE CHING CHONG GROUP, was a contest where participants uploaded two photographs, one with no make-up and the other with make-up. The unique twist, unbeknownst to contestants before the grand announcement, was that they were being judged based on their ‘before’ picture for their natural beauty instead of their dolled-up version.

The contest has been a smash hit among Singaporean youth; it generated over 4.5 million page views, 400,000 votes via Facebook ‘likes’ and 200,000 unique visitors in just seven weeks (October 6 to November 22, 2010). The contest — where girls, hailing from Singapore to New Zealand and the United States, attempted to beautify themselves through make-up, choice camera angles and bright smiles — had clearly struck a chord with youths struggling to find an identity and external validation.

The winner of CAMQUEEN OF THE YEAR 2010, Tammy Tay, from Singapore, was unveiled on November 22. According to the judges, Tammy not only exemplifies the confidence of a modern-day woman, she is also street-smart and highly entrepreneurial. As the winner, she will receive a cash prize of SGD 5,000. The entry with the most votes, Catherine Chew Kai Lay, from Malaysia, is the People’s Choice and will receive a cash prize of SGD 1,000.

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About PT Djojonegoro C-1000

Founded in 2003 by Mr. Husain and Mr. Pudjiono Djojonegoro, PT Djojonegoro C-1000 produces YOU.C1000 Vitamin Lemon, YOU.C1000 Vitamin Orange and YOU.C1000 Vitamin Apple beverages. Each beverage contains 1000mg of Vitamin C which helps strengthen the immune system and contributes to radiant looking skin.

For more information about YOU.C1000, please visit

About The Ching Chong Group

The Ching Chong Group, founded in October 2009, is an award winning, hybrid creative agency that does integrated work across all mediums such as TV, print, direct marketing, social media and advergames. In addition to YOU.C1000, other clients include xinmsn, PaymentLink, Carlton Hotel and TOTO. The Ching Chong Group prides itself on offering big agency talent with a small agency culture.

For more information about The Ching Chong Group, please visit

SOURCE PT Djojonegoro C-1000

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