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Mirsky Wins Tense Final to Take the Gold Cup

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HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Torvar Mirsky won a sudden death final against Johnie Berntsson at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda to claim his second consecutive victory on the 2011 World Match Racing Tour. A win in the petit final for Francesco Bruni over Phil Robertson means just over six points now separate the trio of Ian Williams, Bruni and Mirsky with only the Monsoon Cup to go.

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Going into the final day, Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team was already assured of an automatic qualifying spot for the Monsoon Cup while Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing would retain tenth place overall regardless of his petit final result. They were fired up though, as were their opponents who were both seeking to close the gap on Tour leader Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar sponsored by Argo Group Gold Cup.

At the start of the Gold Cup, Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat and Berntsson were even on head to head wins this season. The final proved no different. In the first match, as they approached the first mark Berntsson careened into Mirsky’s stern and picked up a penalty, the umpires ruling that the Swede altered his course towards Mirsky and didn’t give him room to keep clear. A further penalty downwind forced the 2008 Gold Cup winner into an immediate penalty turn which he had to repeat after the umpires ruled he hadn’t completed the first properly. That spelt disaster for Berntsson but first blood to Mirsky who went on to take the win.

A pause for the Junior Gold Cup allowed Berntsson to re-focus and the Swede fought back brilliantly in the next match. His team were smooth through their manoeuvres and with no penalties this time, Berntsson went on to win with time to spare.

If Berntsson could avoid the penalties, it looked like he had the superior boat speed to win, but he was flagged in the pre-start of the next match. Again, he read the shifts well and his boat speed allowed him to take the lead however Mirsky continued to shake things up and kept it tight round the course. It proved critical. When Berntsson took his penalty turn on the line, he needed to get out the way of Mirsky who was on starboard with all the rights. Mirsky lined him up from 100 yards out and Berntsson didn’t keep clear, forcing the penalty back onto Berntsson and take the match. 2-1.

A comprehensive win for Berntsson in the next match, the Swede leading from start to finish with no penalty complications, took the final into sudden death. No team on port entry had won a match in this final so on paper it was Mirsky’s. A poor start from Berntsson gave the advantage to Mirsky who put in a series of classic match racing defence moves to deny Berntsson the lead. Mirsky continued to pick the shifts perfectly and built an unassailable lead to take the match and the 2011 Argo Group Gold Cup.

Mirsky was knocked out of the 2010 Gold Cup in the quarter-finals by Berntsson and more than avenged for that defeat this year. He said: “We are over the moon with winning two titles in a row. We’ve never done that well in Bermuda and we’ve never had many Tour wins so this is fantastic, we’re really on a roll. I’m so proud of the way the team sailed this week, everyone just knew what they were doing on board and we felt comfortable and confident. Johnie really tested us in the final which made for some great sailing.

“We are now close to Ian in the points and we have a big chance for the world title so we’ll be fighting for it! Hopefully we can keep on this roll and win in Malaysia too.”

Berntsson, who picked up 22 points for his win here to give his season a huge fillip, commented: “We’re disappointed but it was a great performance overall. The finals were really tight and we felt like it could have gone either way. We collected too many penalties though and lost the last pre-start and that really cost us. Torvar did a great job and was tough to beat so congratulations to him.

“Maybe in an hour we’ll be happy but right now we’re really disappointed because we came so close to winning. We’ve got a 3 year aim to finish on the podium so we’re progressing well towards that.

“We’re happy to get an automatic invite to Malaysia. That was our goal.”

Mirsky’s other arch rival for the Championship is Bruni who was involved in the petit final earlier in the day. The first match was really all over in the pre-start, Robertson picking up two penalties which forced him to take an immediate penalty turn and hand Bruni a sizeable lead that he maintained to cruise to a 1-0 lead.

Robertson made a cleaner start in the next match and managed to stay within touching distance as they approached the first mark. Despite not having raced the IOD class before, Bruni’s boat speed had been strong all week and he managed to open a gap on the first downwind leg which he extended on the final lap through to the finish for a deserved win.

Bruni, who now sits in 2nd place in the Championship, just six points adrift of Williams, said: “It was a really intense regatta for us. We came here knowing it was going to be tough – we didn’t know the boats but I think we adapted really well to them.

“The most important thing is that Ian didn’t go through to the semi-finals and we gained valuable points on him. Everything will now be played out at the Monsoon Cup and that was our aim heading into this regatta. We truly believe we can win in Malaysia.”

Robertson, who remains in tenth place overall, reflected: “It was a good result for us overall, the team have done a great job and if anything I let them down in the pre-starts today. It’s disappointing to lose the semi-final and then the petit final but it is what it is.

“It’s been an interesting year for us, very much up and down but we’ve learnt a lot and we are hoping to just keep learning and take it all away and use it to improve next year.”

Last year’s Tour leader going into the Monsoon Cup Mathieu Richard drops down to ninth in the overall Tour standings and will not get an automatic invite to the Monsoon Cup. The 2011 ISAF Match Racing World Championship will be decided at the Monsoon Cup which takes place from 22-27 November in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.

Argo Group Gold Cup Final result:
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat beat Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 3-2

Argo group Gold Cup Petit Final result:
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing beat Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 2-0

Argo Group Gold Cup standings:
1 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat
2 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team
3 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing
4 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing
5 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team
6 Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners
7 Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar sponsored by Argo Group
8 Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team
9 Bjorn Hansen (DEN) Mekonomen Sailing Team
10 Eric Monnin (SUI) Oklays Corum Sailing Team

Overall Championship Standings – after 7 stages:
1 Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar – 106pts
2 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing – 100pts
3 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat – 99.8pts
4 Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing – 78.8pts
5 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team – 75pts
6 Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team – 74pts
7 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team – 73.2pts
8 Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners – 71.2pts
9 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team – 69.6pts
10 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing – 64.4pts

For more information, please contact:

Audrey Lakai
Communications Department
World Match Racing Tour
+60-12-502-2206
audreylakai@wmrt.com

SOURCE﹛ World Match Racing Tour

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October 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm

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RS Components Wins 2011 EE Times ACE Award with DesignSpark PCB

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Free DesignSpark PCB professional design tool selected as Most Popular Product of the Year in IP/EDA category

SINGAPORE, Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — RS Components (RS) the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products and the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), has announced that its free DesignSpark PCB design software tool has received the award for the Most Popular Product of the Year in the IP/EDA category of the 2011 Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) awards.

The ACE awards, organised by EE Times, celebrate the creators of technology who demonstrate leadership and innovation in the global electronics industry. A panel of EE Times editors reviewed the most-viewed product stories of the past year and chose DesignSpark PCB as the winner for the category based on the highest number of online reader page views.

The free, professional DesignSpark PCB tool is available for download at www.designspark.com/pcb, providing access to a full suite of video tutorials, examples and a parts library. Since its introduction in July 2010, DesignSpark PCB has been hugely popular among design engineers, who are converting from other industry products, with more than 100,000 downloads now logged.

Glenn Jarrett, Head of Electronics Marketing for RS Components commented, “This award confirms that there is a growing demand among engineers across the globe for free downloadable tools and we are delighted that RS’ fully-featured DesignSpark PCB tool has captured the attention of EE Times readers.”

ABOUT RS COMPONENTS

RS Components is the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products serving 1.6 million customers worldwide. Through operations in 32 countries and 17 warehouses, the Group distributes 550,000 products ranging from semiconductors and optoelectronics to power tools and protective clothing. The product and service portfolio supports the entire product lifecycle from R&D through pre-production to maintenance and repair, shipping more than 46,000 parcels on the same day the orders are received.

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc. The Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year to 31 March 2011 had revenues of GBP1.18bn. For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-components.com.

ABOUT UBM ELECTRONICS

UBM Electronics is the global leader in media and marketing solutions for the electronics industry. UBM Electronics delivers results for the key influencers and decision makers involved in the design, development and commercialization of technology through its market leading brands, peer communities and professional education services. More than 2.2 million engineering professionals engage with UBM Electronics brands, which include EE Times, EDN, EDN China, EDN Asia, EDN Japan, Design News and Test & Measurement World, TechOnline, Designlines and Embedded.com across the globe to accelerate technology sales. The international electronics community gathers at UBM Electronics market leading events such as the Embedded Systems Conferences, DesignCon and ARM Technology Conference to share, learn, discuss, and advance the critical issues and challenges facing the electronics industry. Additionally, UBM Electronics provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation marketing, integrated media, custom solutions and research. UBM Electronics is part of UBM (UBM.L) a global provider of media and information services for professional B2B communities and markets.

Further information is available via these links:

Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
Tweet: RS Components
Hashtags: #ecommerce #electronics

RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
www.rs-components.com

DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com

Media Contacts:

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Tel: +65-6391-5745
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com

 

SOURCE RS Components

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October 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm

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Thomson Reuters Launches Book Citation Index for Web of Knowledge

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Most comprehensive index of its kind helps complete the research picture with the inclusion of scholarly books to the world’s most powerful search and discovery platform

PHILADELPHIA, LONDON and TAIPEI, Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of information for businesses and professionals, today announced the launch of the Book Citation Index, a new resource within the Web of Knowledge platform covering 25,000 books in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

The Book Citation Index is designed to enhance the powerful discovery and analysis capabilities of Web of Knowledge by incorporating comprehensive book citation data. Researchers can search for and identify the most relevant and esteemed literature along with the 12,000 peer-reviewed journals and 150,000 conference proceedings already indexed in Web of Knowledge, enabling users to navigate the links in citations across books, journals and proceedings. Books are indexed at the chapter level, resulting in improved searches and deeper insights into the citing behavior between books and the wider world of scholarly research.

The new layer of citation data created by the addition of the Book Citation Index to Web of Knowledge has implications for the entire platform and its users. Those who work primarily in the arts and humanities will benefit from increased visibility for their works, which may not have been indexed among other scholarly publications, while all researchers will have greater opportunity for collaboration as a result of increased citations. Initially, 13.5 million additional cited references will appear in Web of Knowledge as a result of theBook Citation Index launch.

Charles Watkinson, Director, Purdue University Press, said: “In the networked environment, books have been at risk of becoming invisible. The Book Citation Index will bring monographic literature back to the heart of the research process, where it belongs. It will be a major benefit to publishers, librarians, and scholars alike.”

Content for the Book Citation Index is comprised of scholarly books, both electronic and print, that present fully referenced articles of original research or reviews of the literature, and has been carefully selected based on well-defined criteria to offer the most significant literature available. The index consists of 25,000 books, dating back to 2005. Coverage is expected to rise to 30,000 books by the end of 2011, with 10,000 new books added each year.

In addition, universities and research institutions can connect their library’s book catalogue and collection of e-books with the Book Citation Index, increasing the visibility of valuable collections and subscriptions to users, and giving libraries greater value from their invested budget.

Keith MacGregor, Executive Vice-President at Thomson Reuters, commented: “We are excited about the launch of the Book Citation Index and the added benefits it will bring to Web of Knowledge. We look forward to connecting our customers to more high-quality books and helping to expand the scope of their research.”

For more information on the Book Citation Index, go tohttp://wokinfo.com/products_tools/multidisciplinary/bookcitationindex/. More information on the book selection process for the index is available at http://wokinfo.com/media/pdf/BKCI-SelectionEssay_web.pdf.

If you would like to see a book included in the Book Citation Index, please contact the publisher. If you are a publisher, please contact our Publisher Relations Team.

Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge provides access to the world’s largest citation databases, including Web of Science, which covers over 100 years of research in more than 12,000 of the highest impact journals, and over 150,000 conference proceedings records from around the world.

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.  We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization.  With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs more than 55,000 people and operates in over 100 countries.  For more information, go to http://thomsonreuters.com/.

 

SOURCE Thomson Reuters

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October 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

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