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Under-Treated Heart Condition that Causes a 500 Percent Increase in the Risk of Stroke Unites Medical and Patient Communities

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Global Patient Charter Ignites Action to Address Preventable Strokes Caused by Atrial Fibrillation

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — World Heart Federation, World Congress of Cardiology Scientific Sessions 2012 每 April 18, 2012 – The Global Atrial Fibrillation Patient Charter, endorsed by 68 medical and patient organisations from 39 countries, was launched today at the World Heart Federation’s World Congress of Cardiology Scientific Sessions 2012. In an unprecedented worldwide call to action, the Patient Charter and supporting Sign Against Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation campaign address this under-recognised but growing cardiovascular public health emergency. The Charter offers strategies and solutions that could prevent millions of people across the Asia-Pacific region from dying or becoming disabled from a stroke caused by atrial fibrillation (AF), an under-diagnosed, under-treated and potentially life threatening condition.

An increasing number of people in the Asia-Pacific region are living with AF. In China alone, up to eight million people suffer from AF, an abnormal heart rhythm and a major risk factor for stroke. AF causes the heart to beat irregularly, allowing blood to pool and create clots, which can travel to the brain and trigger a major and often fatal stroke.

In a global call to action, 68 patient organisations and medical societies from around the world are asking the general public, healthcare professionals and policy makers to work with them to drive action that will prevent serious and devastating AF-related strokes. People are being encouraged to show their support by visiting the campaign website,, and signing the Charter.

“Every year, millions of people in the Asia-Pacific region who suffer an AF-related stroke are left disabled,” said Professor Dr. Han Hwa Hu, President, Taiwan Stroke Association. “It is imperative that we all act together to improve the diagnosis and management of AF if we are to prevent the enormous life-changing consequences that AF-related stroke has for patients and carers. That is why we are asking people around the world to visit the website and sign the Charter.”

Atrial fibrillation has no geographic, gender or socio-economic boundaries and is responsible for approximately 20 percent of all strokes caused by blood clots.

Patient Charter Underscores Need for Immediate Action

In the Asia-Pacific region in 2004, the approximate number of patients who had survived a stroke at some point in their lifetime was 4.4 million in Southeast Asia, and 9.1 million in the Western Pacific region. In the same year, the number of first-ever strokes was 5.1 million across these regions. This was higher than the estimated number of new cases of cancer.

“AF-related strokes are more serious than those resulting from other causes,” said Professor Dr. Sim Kui-Hian, President, National Heart Association of Malaysia and President Elect, Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology. “However, the majority of AF-related strokes are preventable. The implementation of the recommendations in the Global AF Patient Charter will contribute to the prevention of stroke in patients with AF and, in turn, reduce the dramatically increasing clinical, economic, and social burden of stroke in Asia-Pacific.”

Crucially, AF-related strokes are more serious than those resulting from other causes. This means that people who do suffer an AF-related stroke are less likely to be able to return to their own homes and will need more care from their families or nursing homes. However, with more attention to education, diagnosis and treatment, the impact of these strokes on individuals themselves, the health system and society can be reduced.

AF-Related Strokes are Preventable…So Let’s Prevent Them

The Charter’s supporting campaign, Sign Against Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation, aims to gather signatures from around the world in support of the Global AF Patient Charter and its “five critical recommendations”:

1. Implement public information and education campaigns to raise
awareness of the early signs of AF, the risk factors of stroke
and the importance of pulse checks
2. Make AF-related stroke prevention and care a national healthcare
3. Implement widely accepted clinical guidelines on the treatment
of AF and AF-related stroke at a national level
4. Enhance medical education and best practices in the healthcare
workforce to improve prevention, detection and management of AF
and AF-related stroke
5. Ensure technologies that improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment
of people with AF or at risk of AF-related stroke are made appropriately
available at the earliest opportunity

“Bayer HealthCare is proud to be supporting this campaign,” commented Dr. Flemming Ornskov, Head of General Medicine, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. “Improving patient outcomes is of utmost importance. However, it will require everybody to work together, patients, healthcare professionals, policy makers, non-governmental organisations and industry. None of us can achieve this alone.”

About The Global AF Patient Charter and Sign Against Stroke Campaign

The Global AF Patient Charter has been developed by a Steering Committee of organisations, including AntiCoagulation Europe, Arrhythmia Alliance, Atrial Fibrillation Association, Irish Heart Foundation, and Stroke Alliance for Europe, in collaboration with 39 patient organisations from 20 countries.

The Global AF Patient Charter has been designed to bring a worldwide, unified voice to improving the treatment and care of individuals living with AF, and those at risk of AF-related stroke. It contains recommendations about critical actions that policy makers, healthcare providers, payers and national governments can take to save lives, reduce the burden of disease and the huge associated medical costs.

The Sign Against Stroke campaign aims to raise awareness of AF and the need to prevent AF-related stroke by encouraging all relevant stakeholders, including the general public, to visit,, and show their support by signing the Global AF Patient Charter.

The goal of Sign Against Stroke is to gather 1.7 million signatures in support of the Charter one for each of the estimated number of grandparents, mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles killed or disabled by AF strokes every year.

Bayer HealthCare supports the Global AF Patient Charter and Sign Against Stroke campaign.

SOURCE﹛Sign Against Stroke

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April 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

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HCL Technologies Rest of World Region Revenues up 23.8% YoY (on LTM basis)

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– HCL Technologies Q3 2012 Revenues at US$ 1,048 mn, Up 14.6% YoY and 2.5% QoQ

NOIDA, India, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — HCL Technologies Ltd. (HCL), a leading global IT services provider, today announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. In this 3rd Quarter of FY 2012, HCL’s revenues reached US$ 1,048 mn, up 14.6% YoY and 2.5% QoQ. This quarter also marks HCL’s achievement of $4 bn LTM revenue milestone.

HCL Rest of World (ROW) region posted a revenue increase of 23.8% YoY (on LTM basis).

RoW’s highlights for Q3 FY 2012:

— HCL has strategically aligned with Cisco to open a
South Africa Glocal Centre of Excellence (GCoE) in
Johannesburg as part of its commitment to build a
socially responsible business. The Johannesburg GCoE
will serve as a local support center for HCL and
Cisco’s South African clients. It will also train local
engineers on advanced Cisco technologies to support
clients across Africa and specifically South Africa.

— HCL entered into an engagement with a leading state
government road authority to develop a smarter, integrated
and inter-connected traffic management system. This
innovative Enterprise Standard Traffic Information System
is the first of its kind in the APAC region.

— HCL has won a Core Banking Transformation deal from a
large state owned bank in Malaysia.

— HCL has won a deal with a leading consumer-electronics
company in Japan to develop and test Android applications
for their digital camera models as well as to develop
functions for their Digital Imaging Products.

HCL Technologies – Financial Highlights

— Revenue at US$ 1,048 mn; up 14.6% YoY & 2.5% sequentially
on US$ basis
— EBIT at US$ 164 mn; up 24.6% YoY
— Net Income at US$ 121 mn; up 17.1% YoY
— Deals won exceed US$1.5 bn in TCV
— HCL crosses US$4 bn in LTM revenue
— Total headcount at 82,464

Rest of World (RoW) – Financial Highlights

— RoW grows 23.8% YoY (on LTM basis)
— RoW Q3 2012 Revenues up 11.4% QoQ
— RoW’s contribution to overall HCLT’s revenue during
the quarter is 15.7%

For more details please visit:

Click to access hclt-q3-2012-jfm12-ir_release.pdf

For details contact
Samrat Banerjee
HCL Technologies Ltd.
Tel: +65-6512-9444

SOURCE﹛HCL Technologies Ltd

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April 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm

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Integrated Motors and Drives: Demand for Compact and Efficient Solutions to Power the European Market, Says Frost & Sullivan

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High initial costs and low-cost competition pose a serious challenge to market prospects
LONDON, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The European integrated motors and drives (IMD) market has recently recorded consistently high growth rates, except in 2009 when it was affected by the economic recession. During that year, the European IMD market witnessed greater decline in demand (about 14%), compared to the global IMD market (about 13%).

However, with numerous drivers and fewer addressable challenges, the European IMD market is ready to bounce back. Frost & Sullivan anticipates a cumulative annual growth rate of 12.1% from 2010 to 2017.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan ( )), European Market for Integrated Motors and Drives, finds that the market earned revenues of $285.3 million in 2010 and estimates this to reach $632.8 million in 2017. The research covers AC, DC, servo and stepper integrated motors and drives.

“The demand for high efficiency, along with the need to reduce energy consumption, is set to attract investments in IMD solutions,” notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Ramasubramanian Natarajan. “Heightened knowledge about their potential benefits will extend the implementation of IMDs across an extensive range of industrial applications.”

IMDs are expected to gain preference over stand-alone motors and drives over the long-term. This, however, will depend on anticipated technological advancements in functionality and the availability of the technology at an affordable cost.

“The optimal compatibility of the variable frequency drive (VFD) with the motor in an IMD ensures efficient performance, with efficiency levels exceeding 90%,” remarks Ramasubramanian. “This also makes IMD units easier to deploy than procuring motor and drive as two separate components and then combining them to achieve desired performance. It also reduces lag time and increases productivity.”

While these are positive signs, the immediate challenge for IMD manufacturers will be to scale down high initial costs and project product benefits more clearly to end-users. Another issue has been the technical inability, so far, to develop IMDs for higher power ratings.

“Due to technological limitations, above a certain point, the physical size of the product makes the integration of motor and drives lose its meaning,” explains Ramasubramanian. “While VFD solutions are in position to meet customer demands for higher power rating applications, IMD solutions are not perceived to be cost-effective at high power levels, thereby limiting the overall growth potential of the market.”

Technological advances and their availability across a range of power ratings will lead to the deeper penetration of IMDs into a wider range of applications. This, in turn, will boost customer acceptance of the technology. Competitive price levels will also contribute to encouraging demand for integrated motors and drives across key end-user industry segments.

“In order to compete effectively against low-cost imports, European IMD manufacturers can outsource the production of non-critical components to regions which offer low-cost labour and raw materials,” advises Ramasubramanian. “The final component can then be inspected and assembled by more skilled labour.”

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an email with your contact details to Anna Zanchi, Corporate Communications, at ).

European Market for Integrated Motors and Drives is part of the Mechanical Power Transmission Growth Partnership Services programme, which also includes research in the following markets: Strategic Analysis of Servo and Stepper Systems Market in Europe, Electric Drives Market in European Packaging Industry, Electric Drives in European HVAC Industry and European Gearbox and Gear Motors Market. All research included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company’s Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO’s Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages 50 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 40 offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit

Anna Zanchi
Corporate Communications – Europe
P: 0039 02 46514819

SOURCE: Frost & Sullivan

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April 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm

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Otis Elevator Company Announces 2014 FIFA World Cup Stadium Contract in Brazil

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FARMINGTON, Conn., April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Otis Brazil, a unit of Otis Elevator Company( ) and United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced a significant contract win to install 21 energy-efficient elevators and escalators at Rio de Janeiro’s famous Maracana Stadium — the site of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final championship match and the 2016 Summer Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies. Otis also recently won contracts to supply equipment at two other Brazilian World Cup Stadiums, the Salvador Arena in Bahia and Pernambuco Arena in Sao Lourenco da Mata.

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“Maracana Stadium will soon host two of the planet’s most viewed sporting events and Otis is thrilled to play a role in its enhancement,” said Pedro Baranda, president of Otis Elevator Company. “Energy-efficient elevators and escalators from Otis will help transform this historic arena while reliably transporting thousands of fans. We look forward to applying Otis technology and expertise to upgrade the passenger experience at Maracana.”

The Maracana Stadium renovation will include the installation of 15 Otis Gen2(R) elevators and six escalators, all with energy-saving ReGen( )(TM) drives. The Gen2 elevator systems featuring ReGen drives reduce energy consumption by up to 75 percent compared to conventional systems with non-regenerative drives. In addition, the Otis escalators, which also feature ReGen drives, capture energy generated by the escalator on the way down and deliver it back to the building for use by other systems, reducing energy consumption by up to 45 percent compared to traditional escalators. These units will utilize Otis’ web-based EMS Panorama(TM) system, which enables users to efficiently monitor and control equipment and optimize building management in real-time.

Maracana Stadium previously hosted the deciding match of the World Cup in 1950. The giant arena was also the site of Pele’s 1000th career goal, in November 1969. The FIFA World Cup will open on June 12, 2014 and end on July 13. Maracana Stadium renovations are expected to be completed in early 2013.

Brazil continues to play a critical role in Otis’ South American operations and overall growth. This year, Otis will open a new 200,000 square foot factory in Sao Paulo, which will manufacture Gen2 elevators and other energy-efficient products for the South American market.

About Otis Elevator Company

Otis Elevator Company is the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. With headquarters in Farmington, Connecticut, Otis employs 60,000 people globally, offers products and services in more than 200 countries and territories and maintains over 1.8 million elevators and escalators worldwide. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries.

Melanie Rener — Manager, Public Relations Dianne Falaguerra — Client Services
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Otis Elevator Company
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SOURCE﹛Otis Elevator Company

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April 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

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Perfect World Officially Launches Dragon Excalibur in Vietnam

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BEIJING, April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Beijing Perfect World Network Technology Co., Ltd. (“Perfect World” or the “Company”), a leading online game developer and operator based in China, has formally announced the launch of Dragon Excalibur in Vietnam through its partner FPT Online Service Joint Stock Company (“FPT”). The launch took place this month.

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Dragon Excalibur, rolled out in 2010, is Perfect World’s first 2D real-time fantasy MMORPG. Set against a backdrop based on 5,000 years of Chinese history and mythology, the game allows players to travel through a virtual world replete with fantasy scenes. With its highly ornate visual effects, a multiplicity of pet systems, and innovative game elements, Dragon Excalibur is being enthusiastically embraced by players the world over.

“Dragon Excalibur is a premium online game with Chinese cultural characteristics which has been avidly received by eager gamers in many countries for its innovations in both content and operability. We believe the game will become an immediate hit in Vietnam through our close cooperation with Perfect World,” said Pham Quoc Thang, Executive Vice President of FPT, as he commented on the official launch of Dragon Excalibur in his home country.

Zhu Qi, President of Perfect World Interactive Entertainment, said, “We are very excited about the successful launch of Dragon Excalibur in Vietnam. As an online game based on Perfect World’s strategy of delivering best-in-class products, Dragon Excalibur has already been launched in several markets outside China, and, in each market, has received more than positive feedback from local players. We are confident that through our cooperation with FPT, the title will create great value in Vietnam, while providing a highly enjoyable gaming experience for players across the country.”

SOURCE﹛Perfect World Co., Ltd.

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April 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

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