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Perfect World Officially Launches Forsaken World in Brazil

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BEIJING, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — On April 23, Beijing Perfect World Network Technology Co., Ltd. (“Perfect World”), a leading online game developer and operator based in China, formally announced the launch of Forsaken World in Brazil this month through its partner Level Up! Interactive S.A.

Forsaken World is Perfect World’s first 3D MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) created by a multinational development team of experienced professionals. The title creates a fantasy world while introducing an entirely new concept to the space. Forsaken World has been gaining increasing popularity among players since its launch in October 2010, thanks to the new gaming experience it delivers and to the game’s comedic text.

As for the official rollout of the game in Brazil, Level Up! Brazil CEO Mr. Julio enthusiastically exclaimed, “As an online game promoting the concept of innovation, Forsaken World is very refreshing due to its content and operability, both of which were major factors in leading to its wide acclaim by the public. We believe that through our collaboration with Perfect World, the game will bring Brazilian players a whole new and much more fun experience, and be a complete business success for us as well.”

“It is exciting to see the successful launch of Forsaken World in Brazil. As an online game created by Perfect World through mutual collaborative efforts, Forsaken World combines the knowledge and experience of development teams from many countries. The game is now witnessing excellent results in several countries and regions around the world and getting positive feedback and recognition from local players in the various markets. We think Forsaken World is set to deliver a more fun experience to Brazilian players and show better market value through our cooperation with Level Up!,” said Perfect World Interactive Entertainment president Zhu Qi.

SOURCE﹛Beijing Perfect World Co., Ltd.

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April 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm

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Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber Join Celebrity Wish Granters and Make-A-Wish(R) in Celebrating World Wish Day(R) on 29 April

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PHOENIX, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — This year, a special group of celebrity wish granters came together to craft a Public Service Announcement( http://youtube.com/MakeAWishIntl ) (PSA) to raise awareness about World Wish Day(R) and the Make-A-Wish(R) mission. Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, among other celebrities, have lent their voices to the World Wish Day campaign. In supporting this important cause, Miley Cyrus granted the wishes of 8 children from Australia, Canada, Spain and the US with a private meet and greet.

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Make-A-Wish will celebrate the third annual World Wish Day on 29 April 2012 with thousands of people across 48 countries the Foundation serves around the globe. Other celebrities who participated in the special World Wish Day PSA( http://youtube.com/MakeAWishIntl ) include Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro, renowned international photographer Nigel Barker, WWE Superstar John Cena, actress Tiffani Thiessen, and comedian Jon Stewart.

Make-A-Wish( http://www.worldwishday.org ) grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish has granted over 290,000 wishes since 1980.

World Wish Day is organized by Make-A-Wish to commemorate the anniversary of the wish that inspired the creation of what is now the world’s leading wish-granting organization. Seven-year-old Chris Greicius’ wish to be a police officer was granted in Phoenix, Arizona by volunteers on 29 April 1980.

To celebrate Chris’ wish and the work of the Foundation, Make-A-Wish affiliates, chapters and supporters from all over the world will be joining in the celebration through wish-granting events in their communities and online at worldwishday.org( http://www.worldwishday.org ).

Several Make-A-Wish International sponsors( http://worldwishday.org/en/supporters.php ) are helping us celebrate World Wish Day this year, including Mattel, Disney Stores Worldwide, CNN International. Hard Rock International and Ringo Starr’s Lotus Foundation, Brooks Brothers, TIME EMEA, Asia and South Pacific and FORTUNE Europe, Asia and South Pacific Magazines, NYSE Euronext, The Atlantic and Arnold Worldwide.

Mattel has been a World Wish Day supporter since 2011 and continues to be one of our strongest corporate supporters for the 2012 campaign through a generous cash donation and social media campaign. The world’s largest toy manufacturer also makes a difference in the global Make-A-Wish community throughout the year via product donations, helping to grant wishes and the work of employee volunteers through its charitable arm, the Mattel Children’s Foundation.

Jim Fielding, Board Chair, Make-A-Wish International and President, Disney Stores Worldwide, explains: “Everyone has the opportunity to Join the World(SM) in celebrating wishes around the globe this World Wish Day. A wish improves the life of the wish child and everyone touched by that wish. World Wish Day allows people from all over the world to come together to help make more wishes come true. This year, we ask individuals across the globe to Join the World(SM) by taking part in World Wish Day in their communities and by visiting worldwishday.org( http://www.worldwishday.org ).”

Other World Wish Day highlights include:

— WWE Superstar John Cena, granted wishes to children across
Europe throughout April, including wish children Aaron (7)
from Ireland, and Mark (7) & Alex (7) from the United Kingdom
— Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro will grant the wishes of 11 children,
including Roberto (16) and Alice (13) of Italy, and Fabio (15)
of Portugal in New Jersey on 23 April
— India: granting 110 wishes across India, including Aniket’s (10)
wish to be a police officer
— Panama: granting 16 wishes throughout Panama, including Adonis’
(6) wish to have his very own Power Wheels(TM) toy; A World Wish
Day party for 50 wish families will be held at Cinemark,
Multicentro where toys donated by Mattel Centroamerica will bring
even more joy to the celebration
— Spain: On 24 April, singer Miguel Draco Tena will perform songs
from his first album, El exito definitivo at a live show at Hard
Rock Cafe Madrid benefiting Make-A-Wish Spain
— Singapore: 28 restaurants will donate 50% of proceeds from their
selected Wish Dish during the month of April; Samuel (4) had his
wish to have an elephant themed party granted

Join the World and show your support of World Wish Day by making a donation at worldwishday.org( http://www.worldwishday.org ), sharing the celebrity PSA( http://youtube.com/MakeAWishIntl ), or by spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter.

About Make-A-Wish(R)

Make-A-Wish(R) grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The impact of a wish experience spans a lifetime; strengthening children as they fight their illness, encouraging their families and inspiring their communities. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading wish-granting organization, serving children in 48 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide, Make-A-Wish has granted over 290,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. For more information about Make-A-Wish International and World Wish Day, visit worldwishday.org( http://www.worldwishday.org ) and discover how you can Join the World(SM).

SOURCE﹛World Wish Day and Make-A-Wish

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April 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm

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St Petersburg International Economic Forum: The Expanding Silk Road: Russia and East Asia in the 21st Century

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ST PETERSBURG, Russia, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — On 25 April, 2012 the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum with the support of the Ministry for Economic Development of the Russian Federation, RTS group and Micex group will provide a unique platform for discussions, for the first time organized abroad and entitled “The Road to St. Petersburg. The Expanding Silk Road: Russia and East Asia in the 21st Century”. The event will take place in Hong Kong and gather 120 international participants, representing government and business leaders not only from Russian and Asian countries but from around the world. It is planned to organize this event annually.

The event discussion will host a range of prominent panelists, representing Russian and Asian political and business leadership as well as international investor community, and will be moderated by Bernard Lo, News Anchor, CNBC Hong Kong.

The panelists will include Sergei Sinkevich, Vice President, MICEX-RTS, Sean Glodek, Managing Director, Russian Direct Investment Fund, Hu Shuli, Editor-in-Chief, Caixin Media, Victor Huang, Partner, PwC Hong Kong, James Pearson, Managing Director and Global Head, Financial Institutions Strategic Coverage, Standard Chartered Bank, Sergei Beliakov, Head, Department for Investment Policy and Development of Private/Public Partnership, Ministry of Economic development of the Russian Federation, Jonathan Schmidt, Strategic Advisor, SPIEF, Andrey Zokin, Executive Vice-President, Gazprombank OJSC.

Participants of the event will explore the potential for Russia to expand trade and investment in Asia and further regional economic integration. In a wide ranging interactive debate, panelists will share their views about Asia’s potential role in investing in and developing Siberia to unlock resource and industrial development in East Russia, will discuss the Russian firms enhancing investment and trade in Asia. The results, suggestions, ideas of the session will be included to the programme of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum where participants continue Russia and East Asia dialogue.

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The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) established in 1997 is a leading international economic and business forum held annually in Russia. Since 2006 SPIEF is held under the patronage of the President of the Russian Federation.

http://2012.forumspb.com

SOURCE﹛St Petersburg Economic Forum

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April 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm

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Macau.com Presents Tasting Kitchen: Savour the Best-Kept Dining Secrets in Macau

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Check out the latest insider’s guide to the Macau’s best private kitchens and fine dining hotspots

MACAU, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Visitors planning a trip to Macau this spring, should make sure to click onto Macau.com’s Tasting Kitchen website (www.macau.com/dining) to find out which private kitchens and restaurants true gourmands are flocking to. The newly-launched website is the region*s most comprehensive online guide to fine dining in Macau. The site possesses many unique features, including: a searchable database of restaurants, dining articles, profiles of Macau’s star chefs and sommeliers, wine tips, recipes, and a gourmet dictionary. Tasting Kitchen celebrates Macau’s vibrant dining scene as the definitive guide to good food in the city.

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The website features articles written by Jean Alberti, chef-at-large, and founding partner of two iconic San Francisco restaurants – Evvia and Kokkari. According to Alberti, Macau is becoming the next big food tourism destination in the region, he reasons: “There are all these amazing home kitchens and the casinos have attracted a number of truly world-class chefs.”

Among the chefs profiled on Tasting kitchen are Victor Lo, who cooks custom meals at his quaint home kitchen and Regis Monges the Executive Pastry chef at the Grand Hyatt Macau – who delighted us with the most authentic macaroons.

“Tasting Kitchen is an incredible resource,” says Mamie Chen, Editor-in-Chief at Macau.com. “For anybody who likes to eat or cook, this is an online Shangri-la.”

ABOUT JEAN ALBERTI

All of his life, Jean Alberti has been at home in the kitchen. Raised in a restaurant family, he was bequeathed a sophisticated taste for food preparation. This genetic stamping, as it were, led to graduation with honours from the French Ecole de Hoteliere in Alsace.

Jean has his culinary skills in Michelin-starred restaurants in France and England, and has also worked across the pond as Executive Chef of Tower restaurant in Los Angeles. In 2007, Jean moved to Shanghai, where he opened a French restaurant, Shikumen Bistro, in the Heart of Xintiandi.

Jean is a vigorous advocate of organic and heirloom foods. Jean has committed himself to the preservation of tradition, culture, food biodiversity and sustainable agriculture. These are also characteristics of his newest enterprise, Wild & Bare Co., a tea sourcing company based in Macau.

ABOUT MACAU.COM

Macau.com (www.macau.com) is the premier destination marketing and travel platform for hotel accommodation, shows, and travel products for Macau as well as Hong Kong and Southern Mainland China. The online content covers every aspect of the Macau experience from tourist and event information, to fine dining recommendations — through the popular food and beverage channel – Tasting Kitchen, to shopping, resorts, and entertainment. Macau.com’s services are targeted for Macau-bound travelers visiting from Mainland China, Hong Kong and high growth origin markets including Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Australia, Japan and Korea. Macau.com is a member of Ignite Media Group.

ABOUT IGNITE MEDIA GROUP

Ignite Media Group (www.igniteasia.com) is a growing media conglomerate of online, out-of-home and print enterprises dedicated to promoting Macau as a premier entertainment destination. The Group includes several market-leading media brands: Macau.com, Qoos.com, Aomen.tv, Destination Macau, EC-Ad, Directel Macau, Prism Productions, Vproperty.mo, macauHR.com, Engage, New Macau Box Offices, and Ignition, a boutique marketing agency with expertise in digital marketing, event management, public relations, and custom publishing. Ignite Media Group is the exclusive Macau partner of several of Asia’s leading media brands including CNNGo, Groupon, ChinaMobile, Tencent, Youku.com, SINA, and OpenRice.com.

SOURCE﹛Ignite Media Group

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April 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

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MicuRx Pharmaceuticals Completes Phase 1 Trial For MRX-I, A Next-Generation Antibiotic

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— MRX-I Exhibits Favorable Safety in Clinical Study —

HAYWARD, Calif. and SHANGHAI, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — MicuRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation antibiotics, today announced the completion of its Phase 1 clinical trial for MRX-I, its first development-stage antibiotic drug candidate. The agent MRX-I, an oral oxazolidinone antibiotic, targets infections due to multi-drug resistant Gram-positive bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE).

The double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 1 study explored safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of MRX-I, both in a single ascending dosing of up to 1800 mg, and in a 15-day multiple-dose regimens of twice-daily 600 mg and 800 mg. The compound was safe and well-tolerated at all doses tested in 112 healthy male and female volunteers, with no evidence of myelosuppression (evidenced by no platelet reduction). MRX-I was well absorbed, with exposure levels similar to linezolid (Zyvox(R)). In preclinical testing, MRX-I demonstrated high potency and broad spectrum activity against Gram positive-bacteria including MRSA and VRE infections. MicuRx intends to present full results of the Phase 1 study in the fall of 2012.

“We are extremely pleased with the results of this clinical study, as it shows that MRX-I may represent the next generation of safer oxazolidinone antibiotics, not offered in the field to date,” said Zhengyu Yuan, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of MicuRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “Based on the positive results, we expect to initiate Phase 2 clinical trials in both the United States and China, to determine optimal dosing for MRX-I.”

MRX-I: A Potent and Safe Oxazolidinone Antibiotic

MRX-I is a next-generation oral oxazolidinone antibiotic for treating Gram-positive bacterial infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). In preclinical studies, MRX-I cures in vivo infections due to Gram-positive bacteria including MRSA and VRE effectively. In addition, the MRX-I concentration needed to inhibit the growth of 90 percent of MRSA isolates (MIC90 value) is half of that required for linezolid, indicating a very high potency of MRX-I. Preclinical toxicology studies have shown that MRX-I is safe with very low tendency to induce myelosuppression, a common problem of many oxazolidinone antibiotics, including linezolid. Specifically, in a four-week, repeated-dose preclinical study in rats comparing MRX-I to linezolid, MRX-I exhibited similar exposure levels as linezolid, but with no adverse effects observed at a dose level of 100 mg/kg.

Multi-Drug Resistance: A Growing Global Public Health Crisis

Modern antibiotics have substantially reduced the threat posed by infectious diseases and contributed to a dramatic drop in mortality rates over the past 40 years. However, pathogenic bacteria resistant to current therapies have evolved over the years and become ubiquitous. The World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and the Infectious Disease Society of America have identified multi-drug resistant bacteria as a major public health threat today and into the future. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70 percent of U.S. hospital infections are resistant to at least one of the commonly used antibiotics. In certain regions, an incidence of drug-resistant MRSA represents a major threat in hospital acquired infection. MicuRx’s agents directly address the escalating problem of multi-drug resistant bacteria, with the potential to be used both in hospital and community-based settings.

About MicuRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

MicuRx is discovering and developing novel antibiotics to combat infections due to resistant bacteria. Positioned to capture the benefits of United States research and development expertise together with the high quality, low cost discovery, preclinical and development infrastructure in China, the company has built a pipeline of discovery and development programs for the treatment of Gram-positive bacteria, Gram-negative bacteria and fungal infections. The company has research and development facilities outside San Francisco, CA in the United States and in Shanghai, China. MicuRx has raised $12 million in Series A venture funds from Morningside Group (http://www.morningside.com) and Devon Park Bioventures (http://www.dpbioventures.com).

SOURCE MicuRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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April 24, 2012 at 10:22 am