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Meritus Hotels & Resorts Tops 2012 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards by TripAdvisor

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SINGAPORE, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Meritus Hotels & Resorts, Singapore’s pioneering luxury hospitality group, adds to its growing list of industry accolades as it makes top ranking on the 2012 Travelers’ Choice Awards by TripAdvisor in the following categories:

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Top 20 Luxury Hotels in Singapore
Marina Mandarin Singapore

Top 25 Relaxation & Spa Hotels in Malaysia
Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi

“We are grateful to be recognised by our guests and TripAdvisor, and proud to be alongside this year’s illustrious list of winning hotels and resorts,” said Michael Sengol, Chief Executive Office of Meritus Hotels & Resorts. “This is indeed an inspiring affirmation of our brand’s impact on the international travel community. We thank our many guests for their continuous feedback and support, and our hotel teams for their stellar delivery of our signature service experience that made this award possible.”

Also recently conferred the distinction of Singapore’s Most Popular Heritage Brand, Meritus Hotels & Resorts is synonymous with Asian hospitality and heritage, delivering on its brand promise of Asian Grace, Warmth, and Care for the last four decades. Its current portfolio includes luxury properties strategically located in key cities and idyllic resort destinations in Singapore, Malaysia, Mainland China, and soon — in other parts of the world, as it expands its presence into fast-growing business and tourism hubs.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards honours the world’s best hotels and resorts, earning their distinctions from those who know them best — real travellers. Unlike any other hotel honours, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travellers around the world.

“With the help of millions of travellers around the globe, TripAdvisor is thrilled to recognise the world’s most outstanding hotels for the tenth year of the Travelers’ Choice Awards,” said Christine Petersen, President, TripAdvisor for Business. “From the best bargain hotels to the best luxury hotels, remarkable service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travelers’ Choice winners.”

To learn more about the TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Hotel Awards and view the full list of this year’s winners, visit

For more information on Meritus Hotels & Resorts, visit

Notes to Editors

About Meritus Hotels & Resorts

Meritus Hotels & Resorts is the hospitality division of Singapore Exchange-listed Overseas Union Enterprise Limited (OUE) which is amongst the key property players in Asia, and one of the few integrated developers in Singapore boasting a complete portfolio of prime assets across the retail, commercial, residential, and hospitality sectors.

As an award-winning hospitality brand, Meritus is synonymous with Asian hospitality and heritage, with luxury properties strategically located in key cities and idyllic resort destinations in Singapore, Malaysia, Mainland China, and soon — in other parts of the world. Its current portfolio includes the flagship Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Marina Mandarin Singapore, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi, Meritus Mandarin Haikou, and Meritus Shantou China.

For more information and to enjoy Best Rates by Meritus, visit

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor(R) is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 60 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor’s millions of monthly visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 18 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 65 million unique monthly visitors**. TripAdvisor’s travel media brands include:,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, August 2011
**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, August 2011

(C)2012 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

For further press information, please contact:

Janice Azupardo
Regional Vice President, Branding & Communications
Meritus Hotels & Resorts
Tel: +65-6831-6385

Grace Ho
Branding & Communications Executive
Meritus Hotels & Resorts
Tel: +65-6831-6054

SOURCE: Meritus Hotels & Resorts

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February 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm

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SITES(TM) Certifies Novus International Campus, One of the First Pilot Projects to be Certified, the First With a 3-star Rating

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ST. LOUIS, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The global headquarters campus of Novus International, Inc. is one of the first pilot projects to be certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative(TM) (SITES(TM)) for its sustainable site design, construction and maintenance. The Novus campus, lead by landscape architects SWT Design, was awarded a 3-star rating by SITES, making it the highest rated landscape project in the world.

“This level of certification represents the company’s commitment to minimizing our impact on the environments in which we operate,” said Novus President and CEO, Thad Simons. “Our successful application of land and development practices proves that companies can achieve a healthy sustainable work environment while reducing operating costs.”

SITES is an interdisciplinary effort led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices. Certification for the pilot rating system is based on The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines and Benchmarks 2009.

In May 2010, Novus’s campus was one of more than 150 national and international projects to be chosen by the SITES partners to test out the 4-star rating system and guidelines.

Novus is a global leader in animal health and nutrition with a strong emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. Sustainability at Novus is founded on the triple bottom line: social, economic, and environmental factors. The company’s global headquarters, located at the Missouri Research Park in St. Charles, Missouri, is a 9-acre site that has been developed to a new standard for sustainable site design.

“We are pleased to be among those taking a lead in applying the SITES rating system to enhance the environmental, social and economic aspects of our projects,” said Hunter Beckham, Principal at SWT Design, who was the project manager for the pilot project effort. Ted Spaid, Co-Founding Principal at SWT Design was the design lead. “This 3-star certification is evidence of our commitment to the environment, to our communities and to both Novus and SWT Design’s passion for sustainability.”

Among the specific sustainable design benchmarks met by the Novus Campus are:

— Improved human health and well being for site users
— Improved hydrology both on and off site
— Habitat improvements to various locations throughout the project site

Among those on the project team:

— Client: Novus International, Inc.
— SWT Design
— Landesign LLC
— University of Missouri
— Cowell Engineering
— Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc.
— Show Me Rain Gardens
— St. Louis Zoo
— National Wildlife Federation
— Missouri Botanical Garden
— Whitmire Wildflower Garden
— Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis
— Missouri Prairie Foundation
— Great Rivers Greenway
— Eastern Missouri Bee Keepers Association

Since 2005, the SITES partners, in conjunction with a diverse group of stakeholder organizations, have worked to transform land development and management practices with this first national rating system for sustainable landscapes. The guidelines apply to any type of designed landscape, with or without buildings, including shopping malls, streetscapes, subdivisions, corporate and academic campuses, transportation corridors, parks and recreation areas, and single family homes.

The U.S. Green Building Council, a stakeholder in the Sustainable Sites Initiative, anticipates incorporating the SITES guidelines and performance benchmarks into future iterations of its LEED Green Building Rating System(TM). While LEED minimizes the carbon footprint, SITES demonstrates how a landscape can actually sequester carbon and regenerate living systems. Working together, these initiatives will further revolutionize sustainable design.

The SITES Rating System includes 15 prerequisites and 51 different credits, measuring performance in areas such as the initial site selection, water, soil, vegetation, materials, human health and well being, construction and maintenance – adding up to a 250 point scale. The rating system recognizes levels of achievement by obtaining 40, 50, 60 or 80 percent of available points with one through four stars, respectively.

(R)NOVUS, ALIMET, MHA, ACTIVATE, ACIDOMIX, MINTREX, SANTOQUIN, AGRADO, are trademarks of Novus International, Inc. and is registered in the United States and other countries. (R)ADVENT is a trademark of Viridus Animal Health, LLC, and is registered in the United States and other countries.(R) ARENUS is a registered trademark of Novus Nutrition Brands, LLC. (R) STRATUM NUTRITION is a trademark of Novus Nutrition Brands, LLC, and is registered in the United States and other countries. (TM)MERA, and SOLUTIONS SERVICE SUSTAINABILITY are trademarks of Novus International, Inc. (C) 2012 Novus International, Inc. All rights reserved | 120002


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SOURCE﹛Novus International, Inc.

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February 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

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Global AgInvesting(SM) Welcomes Jim Rogers, Internationally-Renowned Economist, As Keynote Speaker

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BOSTON, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Attendees at Global AgInvesting(SM) 2012, to be held at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, April 23-25, will be privy to an exclusive presentation from world-renowned international investor, author, and financial commentator Jim Rogers, who will be the keynote speaker at this premier agricultural investing conference.

Global AgInvesting will offer a comprehensive overview of agriculture investment opportunities, risks and return profiles, and strategies for diversified ag portfolios, bringing together more ag investors than any conference in the world.

Rogers has been a source for investment advice and financial strategy for decades and is frequently featured in The New York Times, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and other prominent news outlets, and also has been a regular commentator and columnist in various media. He will present “How I See the World Today and What I Am Doing About It,” on April 24 and remain at the conference that day, providing an unparalleled opportunity for networking with this investment expert.

“Global AgInvesting draws more senior-level decision makers than any agriculture investment series in the world, providing the perfect audience to receive Rogers’ thought and action-provoking messages about the future of agricultural investment,” said Greg Mellinger, CEO of HighQuest Partners, host of the event. “Access to the vision from this global investment authority is another way we are providing our partners with the most current, cutting-edge knowledge in the industry and unrivaled networking opportunities in the sector.”

Rogers, who graduated from Yale and Oxford Universities, co-founded his first global-investment partnership, Quantum Fund, in 1973, which was so successful that he was able to retire at age 37. His newest index fund, The Rogers Global Resource Equity Index, focuses on the top companies in agriculture, mining, metals and energy sectors and those in the alternative energy space.

“The trend of investing in agriculture has already started. I can foresee that more and more farmers will become rich and agricultural commodity prices will continue to rise in the long-term,” said Rogers. “I think ag will be a great place for the next 10-20 years. This conference is a reflection of the real money at work in the space, as well as the increased interest from new allocators.”

For more information about Global AgInvesting in N.Y., Singapore and London, visit Learn more about the strategic advisory firm HighQuest Partners at

Frances Pratt, +1-978-887-8800

SOURCE﹛HighQuest Partners

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February 1, 2012 at 11:08 am

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Boston Scientific Announces New Asia-Pacific Organization

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SINGAPORE, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announces the creation of its Asia-Pacific regional organization that includes Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, South East Asia, Taiwan and Turkey. The Company believes this pan-Asia business model will help drive growth by leveraging best practices in the region, accessing the strong pool of local talent, and collaborating with healthcare professionals and regulatory agencies throughout the region.

“During the past year, we have laid a solid foundation for consistent growth in the key emerging markets of China and India. Our strategic investments in these countries have already begun to generate results and expand our regional footprint,” said Hank Kucheman, Chief Executive Officer of Boston Scientific. “We will now work to leverage these results to streamline our organization and strengthen our market position across Asia, the world’s fastest growing region, by creating Boston Scientific Asia-Pacific.”

The organization will be led by Supratim Bose, Executive Vice President and President, Asia-Pacific for Boston Scientific. Before joining Boston Scientific in January 2012, Mr. Bose was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Singapore-based Bose Consulting Group, which specialized in strategic management consulting services for the healthcare industry. Previously, he worked for nearly 30 years at Johnson & Johnson, where he concluded his tenure as the Company Group Chairman of its Medical Devices and Diagnostics (MD&D) business in 2009. In this role, he managed Johnson & Johnson’s MD&D companies throughout Asia-Pacific, including Japan, having pioneered its entry in all emerging markets in Asia, including China, India and Vietnam.

“I am honored to take on a leadership role in this newly created organization for such a well-recognized company and leader in the medical device industry,” said Bose. “Our mission is to serve more patients in every market in this region. We have an incredible opportunity for growth, and I am excited to lead this team in establishing a greater presence for Boston Scientific in Asia-Pacific.”

“Last year, Boston Scientific announced its plan to invest $150 million in China to build a facility for medical device manufacturing and healthcare provider training. Additional significant investments in India and other key markets in the region are planned,” added Bose. “A major emphasis for growth will be in our drug-eluting stent (DES) business where our current market share in much of Asia-Pacific is far eclipsed by the Company’s DES share in the U.S. and worldwide. We anticipate numerous planned product launches in the region in 2012, including the platinum chromium PROMUS Element(TM) Stent platform, which is expected to launch in Japan by mid-year.”

About Boston Scientific Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices that are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. For more information, please visit:

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Boston Scientific wishes to caution the reader of this press release that actual results may differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements and may be adversely affected by, among other things, risks associated with organizational structure, management transition plans, our market share, growth and business strategy, potential investments, product launch plans, and other factors described in Boston Scientific’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Australia/New Zealand
Mark Wallwork Managing Director

China/Hong Kong
Rob Sandfelder VP, China/Hong Kong

Bob Neidermire Country Director, India

Oh Kyung Yul Country Director, Korea

South East Asia & Taiwan
Daphne Wang Country Director, South East Asia & Taiwan

SOURCE﹛Boston Scientific Corporation

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February 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

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Jewellery Fairs 2012 — Free Digital Calendar for Download

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HONG KONG, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — JewelleryNetAsia( ) announced today the launch of a downloadable digital Jewellery Exhibition Calendar( ) for jewellery events staged in 2012. The calendar features over 240 entries of international jewellery exhibitions, conferences and pearl auctions staged all around the globe.

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The calendar is available free of charge for download from the trade show information pages of JewelleryNetAsia, the global jewellery trade portal. Once downloaded and opened, the jewellery show calendar is automatically displayed in Microsoft Outlook. It can also be displayed in Google and Yahoo calendars.

The Outlook jewellery calendar can also be synchronised to mobile devices. Busy professionals, whether trade jewellery buyers, wholesale suppliers or manufacturers, can thus refer to important dates, quickly and conveniently.

“We thought it would be great to have all shows in one digital file available anytime on our desktop and mobile devices. Over 50% of our users own a smart phone and are typically travelling a lot to trade shows. With the digital event calendar we provide them with a very smart tool for quick reference,” said Jerome Hainz, who is managing JewelleryNetAsia.

For enquiries, please contact:

Fiona Wong, Marketing Manager, JewelleryNetAsia
Tel: +852-2586-2180

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February 1, 2012 at 10:16 am