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BBC.com Expands Site with the Launch of – Future

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LONDON, Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —

New section will explore latest trends from the world of Science, Technology and Health

BBC.com today unveiled the latest of its new sections – Future – to offer audiences outside the UK a host of universal topics focused on future trends in the worlds of science, technology, environment and health. The new pages will be rooted in robust research to ensure they are informative yet entertaining and complement the technology, science, environment and health news pages already available on the site.

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At launch, Future will comprise of 12 columns, specially commissioned features from leading writers in science and technology including: Ed Yong, Phil Ball and Sharon Weinberger, video content from Click, BBC World News’s guide to the latest gadgets and goings on from the world of technology, 60 second audio bites and beautifully created Infographics. The columns will consist of two to three stories and explore an array of practical questions including: ‘Why do we# recognize names and not faces’, medical myths such as ‘Should you ever wake someone who’s sleepwalking’ and ‘Will We Ever#decode dreams’.

Other columns will explore how we can live with and through technology changes, how we can intelligently design our planet to ensure its survival, current plans for the exploration of space and transport of the future. The features will delve even further into a number of current and topical debates such as seeking to uncover whether social media can predict the future, and revealing the work that is underway to ensure we can feed the world’s current population of seven billion. There will also be look into hospitals of the future, where scientist and designers work together in a bid to cut the spread of disease.

Overseas visitors to Future will be able to continue their journey and conversation with others via Twitter https://twitter.com/bbc_future and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/BBCFuture where fans will be asked to share their thoughts on the articles.

Chris Davies, acting MD of BBC.com said: “BBC Future is an exciting new addition to BBC.com, offering a new and in depth take on a diverse array of current topics from health to matters of the Universe. Like its sister site – BBC Travel – we hope this bespoke new section will offer users outside the UK with a thirst for science, technology, health and environment a more informative and entertaining experience.”

Jonathan Fildes, Features editor for Future added: “Our readers have been telling us that they want more science, technology and health on bbc.com, so we’ve worked hard to deliver this. Every story aims to combine the cutting edge with an understanding of how these advances affect our lives. And we’ve recruited some of the best science writers in the world to help tell those stories. So – whether you want to know what kind of car you will be driving 10 years from now, how your food will be produced in the future or how scientists are beginning to unpick the complexities of your brain – I hope readers agree there is something here for everyone and that they will enjoy exploring the site as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together.”

This latest addition to BBC.com has been created as part of the BBC’s commercial website for audiences out the UK, and is part of the sites ongoing strategy to offer a more relevant and personal experience for international users. It follows the 2010 launch of a bespoke Travel section and a number of refreshes most recently to the Sports page and homepages across Asia-Pacific. At launch Future will be supported by commercial partner LEXUS in America.

For more details on Future, please visit the site at: http://www.bbc.com/future or read more from acting MD, Chris Davies at: http://wp.me/p1k1eH-ek

NOTES TO EDITORS

BBC.com was launched in November 2007 offering users outside of the UK an international version of the BBC’s online site, supported by advertising. It is currently attracting around 58 million* unique users per month generating revenues to reinvest in BBC content and services.* Source: Omniture April-September 2011 monthly average. This is 17% up YoY, with page views up 33%. BBC.com is an English language site.

SOURCE﹛BBC Worldwide Limited

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February 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

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Bunge to Acquire Climate Change Capital

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. and LONDON, Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG) (“Bunge”), a leading global agribusiness and food company, and Climate Change Capital Limited (“CCC”), a U.K.-regulated sustainable asset manager and advisor, today announced that Bunge has agreed to acquire Climate Change Capital Group Limited (“CCCG”).

The transaction was approved by the U.K.’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) on February 20, 2012, and CCCG has obtained the required shareholder approvals to proceed. The transaction is expected to close in the coming weeks; financial terms will not be disclosed.

Daniel Rudolph, Managing Director, Bunge Financial Services Group, said, “Bunge’s Financial Services Group has been active in carbon markets since their inception, both as a buyer of carbon credits and an advisor to other market participants. The transaction builds on this long-term presence, combining two established players in sustainability markets and advisory services to create an organization with deep expertise and global reach. We also see strategic and operational synergies resulting from the combined business, including an enhanced ability to expand service offerings.”

James Cameron, Vice Chairman, CCC, said, “Bunge’s Financial Services Group is well-placed to support the best interests of existing investors and provide a stable platform to develop new investment opportunities. As the world’s population grows, putting pressure on scarce resources, there is a tremendous opportunity for companies like CCC and Bunge to work to transform the way societies cultivate, manufacture, distribute, consume and develop.”

Fee income derived from CCC’s advisory and asset management businesses will be fully consolidated for reporting purposes. Assets in CCC’s underlying investment vehicles are owned by the investors in the vehicles and are not subject to consolidation in Bunge’s financial statements.

About Bunge Limited

Bunge Limited (www.bunge.com, NYSE: BG) is a leading global agribusiness and food company with approximately 32,000 employees in more than 30 countries. Bunge buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains to serve customers worldwide; processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products for commercial customers and consumers; produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane; mills wheat and corn to make ingredients used by food companies; and sells fertilizer in North and South America. Founded in 1818, the company is headquartered in White Plains, New York.

About Climate Change Capital Limited

CCC (www.climatechangecapital.com) manages investments in companies, projects and technologies that provide products or services facilitating climate change mitigation or adaptation. Its asset management group has focused on four asset classes: carbon finance, private equity, property and energy infrastructure. CCC also provides financial, strategic and policy advice to energy-intensive industries, financial institutions, clean technology companies and governments. Climate Change Capital Group Limited (CCCG) is the parent company of Climate Change Capital Limited (CCC).

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains both historical and forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts, but rather reflect our current expectations and projections about our future results, performance, prospects and opportunities. We have tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words including “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “intend,” “estimate,” “continue” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. The following important factors, among others, could affect our business and financial performance: industry conditions, including fluctuations in supply, demand and prices for agricultural commodities and other raw materials and products used in our business; fluctuations in energy and freight costs and competitive developments in our industries; the effects of weather conditions and the outbreak of crop and animal disease on our business; global and regional agricultural, economic, financial and commodities market, political, social and health conditions; the outcome of pending regulatory and legal proceedings; our ability to complete, integrate and benefit from acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and strategic alliances; our ability to achieve the efficiencies, savings and other benefits anticipated from our cost reduction, margin improvement and other business optimization initiatives; changes in government policies, laws and regulations affecting our business, including agricultural and trade policies, tax regulations and biofuels legislation; and other factors affecting our business generally. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made only as of the date of this release, and except as otherwise required by federal securities law, we do not have any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

SOURCE﹛Bunge Limited

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February 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm

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Bunge to Acquire Climate Change Capital

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. and LONDON, Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG) (“Bunge”), a leading global agribusiness and food company, and Climate Change Capital Limited (“CCC”), a U.K.-regulated sustainable asset manager and advisor, today announced that Bunge has agreed to acquire Climate Change Capital Group Limited (“CCCG”).

The transaction was approved by the U.K.’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) on February 20, 2012, and CCCG has obtained the required shareholder approvals to proceed. The transaction is expected to close in the coming weeks; financial terms will not be disclosed.

Daniel Rudolph, Managing Director, Bunge Financial Services Group, said, “Bunge’s Financial Services Group has been active in carbon markets since their inception, both as a buyer of carbon credits and an advisor to other market participants. The transaction builds on this long-term presence, combining two established players in sustainability markets and advisory services to create an organization with deep expertise and global reach. We also see strategic and operational synergies resulting from the combined business, including an enhanced ability to expand service offerings.”

James Cameron, Vice Chairman, CCC, said, “Bunge’s Financial Services Group is well-placed to support the best interests of existing investors and provide a stable platform to develop new investment opportunities. As the world’s population grows, putting pressure on scarce resources, there is a tremendous opportunity for companies like CCC and Bunge to work to transform the way societies cultivate, manufacture, distribute, consume and develop.”

Fee income derived from CCC’s advisory and asset management businesses will be fully consolidated for reporting purposes. Assets in CCC’s underlying investment vehicles are owned by the investors in the vehicles and are not subject to consolidation in Bunge’s financial statements.

About Bunge Limited

Bunge Limited (www.bunge.com, NYSE: BG) is a leading global agribusiness and food company with approximately 32,000 employees in more than 30 countries. Bunge buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains to serve customers worldwide; processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products for commercial customers and consumers; produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane; mills wheat and corn to make ingredients used by food companies; and sells fertilizer in North and South America. Founded in 1818, the company is headquartered in White Plains, New York.

About Climate Change Capital Limited

CCC (www.climatechangecapital.com) manages investments in companies, projects and technologies that provide products or services facilitating climate change mitigation or adaptation. Its asset management group has focused on four asset classes: carbon finance, private equity, property and energy infrastructure. CCC also provides financial, strategic and policy advice to energy-intensive industries, financial institutions, clean technology companies and governments. Climate Change Capital Group Limited (CCCG) is the parent company of Climate Change Capital Limited (CCC).

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains both historical and forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts, but rather reflect our current expectations and projections about our future results, performance, prospects and opportunities. We have tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words including “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “intend,” “estimate,” “continue” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. The following important factors, among others, could affect our business and financial performance: industry conditions, including fluctuations in supply, demand and prices for agricultural commodities and other raw materials and products used in our business; fluctuations in energy and freight costs and competitive developments in our industries; the effects of weather conditions and the outbreak of crop and animal disease on our business; global and regional agricultural, economic, financial and commodities market, political, social and health conditions; the outcome of pending regulatory and legal proceedings; our ability to complete, integrate and benefit from acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and strategic alliances; our ability to achieve the efficiencies, savings and other benefits anticipated from our cost reduction, margin improvement and other business optimization initiatives; changes in government policies, laws and regulations affecting our business, including agricultural and trade policies, tax regulations and biofuels legislation; and other factors affecting our business generally. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made only as of the date of this release, and except as otherwise required by federal securities law, we do not have any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

SOURCE﹛Bunge Limited

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February 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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Air China to Open Shanghai-Chengdu-Mumbai Service on May 2

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BEIJING, Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — As part of its effort to build its hub in China’s southwestern city of Chengdu, Air China will open a Shanghai-Chengdu-Mumbai route on May 2, 2012.

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With the introduction of the new service, Mumbai will be the 10th city accessible by Air China’s flights from Chengdu; the other cities include Tokyo, Nagoya, Seoul, Singapore, Bangalore, Kathmandu, Karachi, Taipei China and Hong Kong China. The four weekly flights, CA429/430, will be offered with A319 by Air China’s southwestern offshoot.

Mumbai is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Known as India’s “west gateway”, it is the country’s largest port and important hub of transportation. As an economic center and industrial base, Mumbai boasts Asia’s longest “Gold Market Street”. It’s the birthplace of India’s textile industry and one of the world’s most important textile products exporters.

About Air China

Air China is China’s only national flag carrier and a Star Alliance member. Using a fleet of 306 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, we run 289 routes serving 30 countries and regions. Thanks to our admission to the Star Alliance, our route network, with Beijing as its hub, coupled with the even stronger network of the Star Alliance, is able to place 1,160 destinations in 181 countries within our reach.

PhoenixMiles is our frequent flyer program that allows our loyal customers to accrue mileage and request awards in our worldwide system. Air China’s frequent flyer program has a membership of 17 million.

In 2011, Air China was featured in the Top 500 World Brands rankings for the fifth consecutive year. For more information, please visit our website http://www.airchina.com.

SOURCE﹛Air China

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February 24, 2012 at 11:43 am

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Altai Technologies to Present 802.11n Super WiFi End-to-End 3G Data Offload Solution at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona

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HONG KONG, Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Altai Technologies, a carrier-grade Super WiFi equipment supplier, today announced that it will present its newly-developed end-to-end solution for 3G data offload in the Mobile World Congress 2012.

All 3G operators are under pressure to cope with their data hungry subscribers but network expansion requires heavy investment as well as taking time to acquire new installation sites. Altai’s state-of-the-art 802.11n Super WiFi end-to-end solution enables operators to make use of their existing 3G cell sites and in-building Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) to provide instant data offload.

“Our complete end-to-end 3G data offload solution enables mobile operators to increase their bandwidth immediately at minimal cost by co-locating Altai Super WiFi base stations with their existing 3G cell sites to provide outdoor WiFi coverage. Furthermore, the 3G operators can build their indoor WiFi networks quickly by integrating our DAS WiFi access points with their 3G DAS, and the integration of our backend to their 3G HLR provides seamless 3G/WiFi switching capability,” said Chi-hung Lin, President & CEO of Altai Technologies.

Altai will conduct a live demonstration of its complete end-to-end 3G data offload solution and to showcase its full series of Super WiFi products at its booth#2C96, Hall 2 in the Mobile World Congress (Feb 27 – Mar 1, 2012) in Barcelona of Spain.

The Altai Super WiFi Solutions are being trialled and deployed by more than 20 tier one operators around the world.

About Altai Technologies

Altai Technologies is a high technology company focused on the design, development and marketing of carrier-grade, innovative wireless broadband solutions. Altai has developed its patented long range WiFi technology that can dramatically improve the WiFi signal coverage while minimizing interference from other signals broadcasting within the 2.4GHz unlicensed frequency spectrum. Altai’s products are currently deployed worldwide in every major industry including logistic, education, municipal government, network operator, hospitality, manufacturing etc. The Altai Super WiFi Solution is offering a total wireless solution comprising of base station (A8/A8-Ei/A8i), access point (A2/A2e), CPE (C1/U1), access controller and wireless management software (AWMS).

Altai’s flagship product, the A8 Super WiFi base station, is being deployed with various WiMAX, 3G, CDMA and GSM mobile systems globally for 3G data offloading and city-wide WiFi networks. The Altai Super WiFi Solution has been proven in both urban and remote application in over 60 countries and regions.

For more information, please visit www.altaitechnologies.com

For media enquiries, please contact:

Altai Technologies Limited Annie Loi Tel: +852-3758-6000 Email: annieloi@altaitechnologies.com

SOURCE Altai Technologies Limited

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February 24, 2012 at 10:39 am