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Avnet’s X-fest Breaks Records in Beijing

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HONG KONG, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The X-fest 2012( ) global seminar series, which kicked off in Beijing on July 10, set a new attendance record by attracting a thousand attendees to a single event. The X-fest series of one-day training events for FPGA, ARM MCU’s, DSP and embedded system developers, was organized by Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia( ), a business region of Avnet, Inc( ) (NYSE: AVT( )).

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X-fest has also attracted equally healthy interest in upcoming locations, including Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shenyang, Hsinchu, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Bangalore, Seoul, Singapore and Bangkok. The seminar series will continue until the end of August. Places are still available and registration is open at Avnet’s online portal:

“The success and overwhelmingly positive responses for X-fest Beijing demonstrate that engineers find the event truly helpful to their work. They learned a lot about how to design their products with new technology,” said Stephen Wong, president, Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia.

“The record attendance at X-fest is a testimony to our ability to understand what our partners truly need and demonstrates our commitment to delivering added value,” said Wong.

His views were echoed by Alan Chui, regional president of Avnet Memec China and Avnet YEL.

“Avnet is committed to bringing new technology to customers and at this year’s X-fest, we feature revolutionary technology – 28nm, Zynq-700 EPP and Xilinx 7-series as well as new applications. Through this event, we are also able to deliver system level solutions that facilitate time-to-market benefits for our customers. Our team of experienced engineers and our partners have come together to directly interact with their fellow engineers, showing them the best ways to integrate today’s leading technology into their designs,” said Chui.

The X-fest 2012 program features twelve technical courses based on Xilinx’s new Artix(TM)-7, Kintex(TM)-7 and Virtex(TM)-7 FPGAs, as well as the new Zynq(TM)-7000 Extensible Processing Platform (EPP) family. Attendees have the ability to customize their day by selecting four courses from any of the three unique training tracks:

— The FPGA Fundamentals track features four courses aimed at
common design issues facing both new and advanced FPGA
designers. Topics around Xilinx 28nm 7 series FPGAs include
power design, optimizing memory interfaces, clocking and
PCIe interface implementations.
— The Applications track delves deeper into design methodologies
and techniques required in designing with the Zynq(TM)-7000
EPP and 7 series FPGAs. Application-oriented topics include
wireless communications, motor control, video and real-world
analog processing.
— The Zynq(TM)-7000 EPP track provides four courses dedicated to
the ARM dual core Cortex(TM)-A9 MPCore(TM) based device. Topics
include an introductory overview of the Zynq-7000 EPP
architecture, Zynq-7000 EPP development tools overview and
software acceleration techniques using the Zynq-7000 EPP’s
programable logic.

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About Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia( )

Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has a significant presence in Asia. With its regional headquarters in Singapore, the company has offices in 49 locations in Asia. Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia distributes semiconductors, interconnects, passive and electromechanical components to serve a wide range of customers including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers, and small- to medium-sized businesses, and provides associated design-chain and supply-chain services. More information is available at .

For further information please contact:

Jaime Chan

Brian Paterson

SOURCE﹛Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia

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July 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

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Air China Introduces “Fast Track” Service at Airports of Rome and Milan

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BEIJING, July 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Air China recently introduced the “Fast Track” immigration service at the airports of Rome and Milan. First Class/Business Class passengers and PhoenixMiles Platinum members on flight Rome-Beijing operated by Air China as well as First Class/Business Class passengers on flight Milan-Beijing/Shanghai operated by Air China can head to the specified location carrying the sign “FAST TRACK PASS”, where they should produce their valid credentials to qualify for the service.

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The service spares the passengers the trouble of having to stand in a line waiting for clearance.

Now the service is available at the overseas airports of six cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Paris, Tokyo, Rome and Milan, and Air China will make continuous improvements in the service, making it “a track truly for the privileged few”.

Note: The specific contents and processes of the service could differ according to airports. For details, call our hotline 95583.

About Air China

Air China is China’s only national flag carrier and a Star Alliance member. In addition to commercial operations, it also provides special flight services for the country’s state leaders on official visit to other countries.

With a fleet of 432 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, we run 282 routes, in 30 countries and regions. Thanks to our admission to the Star Alliance, our route network, with Beijing as its hub, is able to place 1,160 destinations in 181 countries within our reach.

For more information, please visit our website

SOURCE Air China

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July 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

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Redbubble Launches Major Rebrand

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The original e-commerce marketplace for independent art and design products redesigns to favor individual consumer choice over corporate-curated taste

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Redbubble today announced the culmination of a major rebranding project on The resulting new site design and logo reflect Redbubble’s continued commitment to support independent art and design. The rebrand emphasizes the company’s core conviction that shoppers prefer distinctive products with meaning, soul, and wit over the mass produced, corporate-curated merchandise that has become a mainstay of malls and chain stores in the U.S. and abroad.

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Redbubble began its rebranding project more than a year ago to refine how the sites’ artists connect with the more than five million monthly visitors. Launched in 2006, the site now hosts more than 200,000 contributing artists worldwide who together have uploaded 10 million works. Shoppers can order original works as framed and unframed prints, canvasses, posters, t-shirts and other apparel, decals, cards, and technology accessories, such as iPhone and iPod cases.

“Other companies in the print-on-demand and ‘crowdsourcing’ space have chosen to grow their businesses through licensing partnerships with mass brands and by sanitizing their offerings to suit large retail outlets,” said CEO Martin Hosking. “We have decided to move in a different direction: toward a marketplace that honors art and design while empowering consumers to decide what’s interesting, meaningful, clever and, ultimately, what sells.”

The relaunch is the result of an extensive project, which involved quantitative surveys, qualitative focus groups and usability research as well as interviews with artists, designers and shoppers worldwide, all with the mission of bringing more art into more people’s lives while increasing the success of the website’s rapidly expanding community of artists and designers.

The rebrand represents the first major change to the Redbubble identity since the site was launched. For the rebranded logo design and research, Redbubble partnered with Australian-based brand and communications agency Cornwell and the research group Pegasus. The new design and logo position Redbubble as a window onto the art. The logo acts as mask, stencil, and navigation element highlighting the art and the artists. Among the changes to the site are navigational refinements, which greatly simplify common user paths and a new home page layout that provides a constant visual feast for artists and shoppers alike.

Please visit the newly rebranded Redbubble at:

About Redbubble:

In a world of mass brands, chain stores and chain malls, Redbubble is an online marketplace where products have personality, wit, soul and meaning. The secret: artists from around the globe fill the site with their brilliance, and Redbubble turns that aesthetic genius into ultra high quality products like t-shirts, phone cases, stickers, and art to liven drab walls, giving shoppers millions of individualized, authentic and affordable choices. Redbubble was originally founded in 2006 in Australia where it continues to maintain headquarters in Melbourne. The company has also established a U.S. base in the San Francisco Bay Area. Redbubble is proud to be known internationally as the premier source for high quality independent art and design and is the largest on-demand site of its kind in the world.


Victoria Shaw +1-650-387-0214 Email:

SOURCE  Redbubble


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July 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

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China Botanic Attends 2012 Trade Fair

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HARBIN, China, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — China Botanic Pharmaceutical Inc. (NYSE AMEX: CBP) (“China Botanic” or the “Company”), a developer, manufacturer and distributor of botanical products, bio-pharmaceuticals and Traditional Chinese Medicines (“TCM”) in China, today announced that on June 28, 2012 the Company attended the 47th session of the National New and Special Medicine Trade Fair (the “Trade Fair”), held in Qingdao, Shandong province.

The Trade Fair attracted more than 1,500 pharmaceutical companies and 70,000 visitors from around the world. At the Trade Fair, China Botanic exhibited a wide a range of products, including Siberian Ginseng Extract, Ginseng and Venison Extract, Banlangen Granules, Tianma Tablets, Compound Honeysuckle Granules, Shengmai Granules, Siberian Ginseng Tablet, and Badger Oil. The Company received a positive response from participants at the Trade Fair and has signed two Letters of Intent valued at approximately RMB2.8 million (US$0.4 million).

“We have received positive responses from participants at the Trade Fair. This event provides a great opportunity to market our products to players from China’s pharmaceutical industry and increase awareness of our products and improve our corporate visibility,” commented Mr. Shaoming Li, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Botanic. “We are committed to participating in industry events which we believe help expand our market presence, brand recognition and drive revenue growth.”

For more information on the Event, please visit


China Botanic Pharmaceutical Inc. is engaged in the research, development, manufacturing, and distribution of botanical products, bio-pharmaceutical products, and traditional Chinese medicines (“TCM”), in the People’s Republic of China. All of the Company’s products are produced at its three GMP-certified production facilities in Ah City, Dongfanghong and Qingyang. The Company distributes its botanical anti-depression and nerve-regulation products, biopharmaceutical products, and botanical antibiotic and OTC TCMs through its network of over 3,000 distributors and over 70 sales centers across 24 provinces in China. For more information, please visit

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains certain statements that may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon management’s beliefs, assumptions and expectations of the Company’s future operations and financial performance, taking into account the information currently available to management. These statements are not statements of historical fact. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, some of which are not currently known that may cause actual results, performance or financial condition to be materially different from the expectations of future results, performance or financial condition expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current plans and expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties including, but not limited to, the Company’s ability to manage expansion of its operations effectively, and other factors detailed in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You are cautioned not to unduly rely on such forward-looking statements when evaluating the information presented herein.

Company Contact:
CCG Investor Relations:

China Botanic Pharmaceutical Inc.
Mr. Mark Collinson, Partner

Ms. Portia Tan, IR Contact
Phone: +1-310-954-1343 (Los Angeles)

Tel: 86-451-8260-2162


SOURCE China Botanic Pharmaceutical Inc.

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July 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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The SGPA (Global Support to Agricultural Production): The Per-Capita Farm Support is Close to Three Times Higher in the United States Than in the European Union

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PARIS, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The momagri SGPA indicator has come to expose a little known fact: Agricultural subsidies in the U.S. are quite higher than the figures usually given, and very largely exceed those granted by the European Union (EU) and its member-states.

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In fact, over $172 billion[1] were appropriated in the U.S. in 2010, against 76 billion euro in the E.U., or 422 euro per capita in the U.S. against 151 euro per capita in the E.U., i.e. close to three times more. This observation goes against stereotypes claiming that European farmers are the most assisted. And the gap continues to increase since 2008.

On the other side of the Atlantic, policies aim to stimulate and secure agricultural output, from farmers to consumers, in a counter-cyclical manner, i.e. in taking market conditions into account. One other specific feature is domestic food aid (54 percent of SGPA in 2010), generally considered as a social subsidy, which in fact represents an active subsidy to the American agricultural and agro-food sector, and is assessed at more than $94 billion. The ongoing reform 每 the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 – is considering changing income protection mechanisms, but is maintaining the strength of an arsenal of subsidies.

In the E.U., farm support mostly includes direct subsidies for farmers’ living standards (64 percent of SGPA in 2010), especially incorporating the Single Payment Schemes (SPSs), which account for 47 percent of all farm support paid in 2010. The support rationale is geared to farmers, but is decoupled from production and market prices. The European policy thus does not have the tools to react efficiently to price instability. And the post-2013 CAP reform proposed by the European Commission makes matters worse, without meeting the challenges of European farmers.

In the light of this study, momagri calls on European leaders to incorporate in the future CAP genuine regulatory mechanisms that stabilize prices and agricultural incomes, while introducing more efficiency in E.U. spending.

If not, the E.U. must take on increased food dependence and all its consequences in social, financial and political terms. The process has already begun, since the European Union has by now doubled imports during the past decade, and seems to import the equivalent of the production of 87 million acres of farmland, i.e. the size of Germany[2].

1. Or 130.5 billion euro (exchange rate US$/ euro130,5 milliards euro = 0.755, as per OECD, 2010).



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July 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

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