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Europe’s Highest-Altitude Railway Station Celebrates its Centenary

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INTERLAKEN, Switzerland, August 2, 2012/PRNewswire/ —

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The Jungfrau Railway was one hundred years old on 1 August 2012. To celebrate the centenary, 48 flares were lit on the north walls of the Eiger and Mönch showing the route of the historic railway through the two mountains.

One hundred years ago, Italian construction workers set off a huge charge of dynamite and succeeded in breaking through to the Jungfraujoch. Europe’s highest-altitude railway station was officially opened on 1 August 1912. Exactly 100 years later, the Jungfrau Railway celebrated its centenary with a grand firework display. Forty-eight flares burned for five minutes on the north walls of the Eiger and Mönch mountains to illustrate the route taken by the Jungfrau Railway. Visitors to the centenary celebrations followed the spectacle from beneath the Eiger North Wall.

During their one-hundred-year history, the Jungfrau Railway and the Jungfraujoch have developed into a tourist magnet. Today, some 750,000 people visit Europe’s highest-altitude railway station every year of whom more than 60 per cent come from Asia. In March 2012, a 250-metre-long experience round tour was opened, illustrating in artistic fashion the history of the Jungfrau Railway and the development of tourism in Switzerland. The Jungfrau Railway will also present its centenary at the Olympic Games in London and the World Exhibition in Yeosu.

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August 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

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JinkoSolar-Sponsored Valencia to Make a Football Fever in Indonesia

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Valencia Club de Futbol will have a friendly match with Indonesia National Football Team

SHANGHAI and JAKARTA, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.( (“JinkoSolar” or the “Company”) (NYSE: JKS), one of the world’s leading global solar power product manufacturers, today announced that Valencia Club de Futbol will have a friendly match with Indonesia National Team on August 4 at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Main Stadium, Jakarta.

As the main sponsor for Valencia team since early 2012, JinkoSolar has been moving forward with steady steps in Indonesia, an important emerging market for solar power. The Company has been providing its local customers with tailored products and dedicated services. Instead of utility-scale on-grid solar plants, off-grid house PV systems have been offered to customers since Indonesia is a multi-island nation featured by fragmented geography and uneven population distribution,

“It is a pleasure to work with Valencia C.F., an organization that shares the same passion and dedication to their craft as we do at JinkoSolar. IMS Research Institute has ranked our company as one of the top 6 crystalline PV manufacturer in their latest report. With the massive attraction of this football fever, we believe more and more people in Indonesia can get to know the big differences solar power can make in their life. I wish the game a great success,” commented Kangping Chen, CEO of JinkoSolar.

“This sponsorship is the manifestation of JinkoSolar’s multi-faceted marketing approach underpinned by a comprehensive range of new products,” said Dany Qian, Global Branding Director of JinkoSolar. “The sponsorship also represents a milestone for JinkoSolar’s new branding strategy that moves toward more open communications channels with our distributors, installers and other partners.”


JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) is a fast-growing, global solar power product manufacturer with production operations based in Jiangxi Province and Zhejiang Province in China and sales and marketing offices in Shanghai, China, Singapore, Munich, Germany, San Francisco, U.S., Queensland, Australia, Ontario, Canada, Bologna, Italy, Montpellier, France and Zug, Switzerland. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain with an integrated annual capacity of approximately 1.2GW each for silicon ingots, wafers, solar cells and solar modules as of December 31, 2011. JinkoSolar distributes its photovoltaic products to a diversified customer base in the global PV market; including Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain, the United States, France, Eastern Europe, China, etc.

SOURCE JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

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August 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm

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Avnet’s X-fest Breaks Records in Bangalore

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More than 300 engineers scramble to attend global technical seminar

BANGALORE, India, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Avnet’s X-fest 2012 global seminar series, which took place in Bangalore on July 17, set a new country attendance record by attracting more than 300 engineers, more than doubling the number of attendees who attended the same event last time and significantly exceeding the expected 200 attendees. The X-fest series of one-day training events for FPGA, ARM MCUs, DSP and embedded system developers, was organized by Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia, a business region of Avnet, Inc (NYSE: AVT).

X-fest has attracted significant interest in sessions held in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Beijing X-fest also set a new breaking record with almost 1,000 people attending the event, while the Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou sessions also drew higher-than-expected numbers of Avnet customers. Planning is already underway for upcoming events in Singapore, Bangkok, Xi’an, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Shenyang, where there are signs of equally healthy interest. The seminar series will continue until the end of August. Registration is open at Avnet’s online portal:

“The success and overwhelmingly positive responses for X-fest Bangalore 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 Terence Tan, regional president, Avnet Electronics Marketing, South Asia and Korea.

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

His views were echoed by Ramani Sundaresan, managing director of Avnet Electronics Marketing India.

“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 Sundaresan.

The X-fest 2012 program features twelve technical courses based on Xilinx’s new Artix™-7, Kintex™-7 and Virtex™-7 FPGAs, as well as the new Zynq™-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™-7000 EPP and 7 series FPGAs. Application-oriented topics include wireless communications, motor control, video and real-world analog processing.

The Zynq™-7000 EPP track provides four courses dedicated to the ARM dual core Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ 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 programmable 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

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SOURCE Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia

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August 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

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HONG KONG, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — With our media landscape heavily expanding, the demand for quality content on both the consumer and client side is amplifying. As the media landscape becomes ultra-transparent, the burgeoning question of how to create quality content has challenged seasoned marketers and communications executives.


PR Newswire invited more than a dozen senior communications professionals to a roundtable event to discuss the challenges of content creation and delivery. The group comes from a diverse background of the financial, legal, educational, retail, hospitality and chemical industries, as well as from the not-for-profit sector.

During this roundtable event, discussion was expanded from the questions such as who owns user generated content and whether there should be a subtle or overt call to action that drives engagement. What is deemed successful and what metrics do we use to measure these successes? Are Likes on Facebook justifiable? The purpose of this event was not only to highlight the current challenges of content transparency, but to hear from a select group of professionals how their organizations aim to overcome this continuing matter.

The Q&A Whitepaper, videos and photographs relating to this event are available for download in this release.

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August 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

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Solare Hotels & Resorts First in Japan to Display Best Rates and Availability Online in Real Time Through Google Maps

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Solare Hotels & Resorts Co. Ltd (Solare) is the first accommodation group in Japan to display room rates and availability online in real time.

BRISBANE, Australia, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Solare, who operates, franchises and asset-manages some 12,600 rooms throughout Japan, including core Chisun brand hotels, Loisir brand hotels and the Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa, is one of Asia’s fastest growing and most diversified hotel and resort chains.

Jack Tan, Chief Strategic Marketing and Technology Officer for Solare, believes the real time display of rates and availability will streamline the traveler’s experience and also generate additional incremental revenue for the group.

The functionality, which has become available through Solare’s partnership with CRS Provider, Trust International, allows inbound travelers to see property rates as they change in real time via Google Maps and Google Places.

The system offers an easy to use interface for travelers that only require the entry of arrival and departure dates to display the best prices and availability for Solare’s extensive portfolio of accommodation offerings within Japan.

Mr. Tan says, “We are proud to be the first hotel group in Japan to provide this new technology for our clients and also to be a continued innovator within our field of hospitality.”

Solare, who has remained at the cutting edge of technical innovation in Japan for many years and was amongst the first to introduce global standardized financial reporting systems and revenue management techniques appreciates the need to maximise outcomes.

The addition of real time rate and availability access is not only a win for travelers to Japan, but also strengthens brand exposure for Solare, whilst driving increased bookings and ultimately profit for its operators.

It is a further technical innovation in the history of Solare, whose groundbreaking integration of its information technology and marketing operational roles has positioned the group as a leader within the industry.

“Solare has a unique and yet highly evolved approach to operational integration,” says Mr. Tan.

It is an enviable strategy that has allowed the group to remain at the forefront of a rapidly changing global accommodation landscape, and to not only survive, but expand as a nation-wide brand within its own right.

“Our business model is highly flexible and with the growing and diversified range of online marketing and distribution channels flooding the market, we are well equipped to move with, and where necessary, ahead of the times and to generate maximum returns for Solare, its customers and our business partners.”


Solare Hotels & Resorts Co., Ltd. — “Nationwide for all occasions”

Solare commenced operations in 2003 with 2 hotels. As of July 2012, Solare Hotels & Resorts Co., Ltd., and it’s some 3,000 associates; operate, franchise and asset-manage 75 hotels and some 12,600 rooms throughout Japan, including core Chisun brand hotels, Loisir brand hotels and the Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa. Solare Hotels & Resorts is one of Asia’s fastest growing and most diversified hotel and resort chains.

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SOURCE Solare Hotels & Resorts


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August 3, 2012 at 10:15 am

DHL Wins Award Trio for Best Asia CSR Practices

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Judged outstanding by CMO Asia for carbon and climate accounting, and regulation of corporate social and environment behaviour
SINGAPORE, Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, has scooped a trio of top trophies at Asia’s Best CSR Practices Awards 2012, organised by CMO Asia. DHL was judged outstanding for its achievements in ‘Carbon Footprint Accounting’, ‘Accounting for Climate Change’ and ‘Regulation of Corporate Social and Environment Behaviour’, winning three out of 12 categories in an awards programme designed to benchmark best practices in CSR areas such as the environment, community development, health, education, and fair trade.

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Jerry Hsu, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific, said: “As the world’s leading mail and logistics group, DP DHL acknowledges that as well as being an economic growth and prosperity driver by delivering goods and information to all corners of the globe, our activities impact the environment. DHL was the first global logistics company to offer a carbon neutral shipping service. Called DHL GOGREEN Carbon Neutral (Note 1), it calculates the carbon emissions generated by each shipment and offsets these emissions by reinvesting in recognized climate protection projects such as hydropower, biomass or wind energy.”

DHL was the first global logistics provider to set quantified carbon dioxide (CO2) efficiency targets and it is on track to beat its target of improving the carbon efficiency of DHL operations and its transport subcontractors by 30 percent by 2020, compared to 2007. In 2011, DHL achieved record improvements of CO2 efficiency (Note 2) with results up 21 percent compared to 2010 for its Express division in Asia-Pacific, despite increases in volume due to the continued economic recovery.

Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific, said: “Carbon Footprint Accounting has been integrated into DP DHL’s Corporate Strategy 2015 and the DHL GoGreen program has been globally recognised for setting new benchmarks in green logistics. Regionally all our business units have set up systems and processes to monitor CO2 and environmental performance on a monthly basis for identification, tracking of industry trends and improvements. We are serious in our commitment to sustainability and are honoured to have been recognized for it by CMO.”

DHL began assessing carbon footprint in the Asia Pacific from energy consumption in real estate and ground transport to measure and improve carbon efficiency through abatement programs in 2008, and now covers over 1,000 facilities in 27 markets.

Paul Graham, CEO, DHL Supply Chain Asia Pacific, said: “Leadership for us includes being at the forefront of environmental protection and it is a key component of our business strategy with the obvious primary focus of controlling CO2 emissions and climate protection. We view climate change as an opportunity to demonstrate innovation within the logistics industry and create a competitive advantage through working closely with customers to develop greener supply chain solutions.”

This is the second CMO Asia Best CSR Practices Awards, launched to recognise corporations that have a significant and positive impact on communities, environment and people. A US-based organization dedicated to high-level knowledge exchange, thought leadership and peer networking among senior corporate marketing leaders across a wide range of global industries, the CMO Council has 6,000 members who control more than US$300 billion in aggregated annual marketing expenditures and over 20,000 global executives in over 100 countries.


1. DHL GOGREEN Carbon Neutral is an all-inclusive carbon
neutral transportation service. It comprises the calculation
of CO2 of every shipment, the offsetting of CO2 emissions
through DHL’s Carbon Management function, and the annual
verification CO2 offsetting by an external third party.
2. Includes Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Scope 1, 2 & 3 CO2
emissions on the ground, but excludes all aviation CO2

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DHL – The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 275,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of 53 billion euros in 2011.

For the latest news and happenings about DHL in Asia Pacific, visit .


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August 3, 2012 at 10:07 am

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A “handy” Way to Stay in Touch — An Ideal Hong Kong Travel Companion

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Enjoy Unlimited Local and International Phone Calls, as well as 3G Internet Services Anywhere in the City

HONG KONG, Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — At last, those dreaded data roaming and IDD bills after a trip to Hong Kong can be a thing of the past!

With handy smartphone rental services, tourists in Hong Kong can now surf the web and call their loved ones overseas without burning a hole in their pockets. They can check out the latest and hippest events in Hong Kong, locate the best dining and shopping spots, and connect with their friends and families back home — all without skipping a beat during their stay in Hong Kong.

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Available now, handy is the first-of-its-kind smartphone rental service in Greater China to offer unlimited phone calls, data and wireless internet services for inbound tourists. handy will provide users with unlimited 3G internet access at a daily rate of HKD88, as well as free local and international phone services during their stay in the vibrant city*.

Picking-up and returning of handy smartphones is easy. Tourists arriving in Hong Kong are encouraged to come to the two handy service counters in the Hong Kong International Airport (A03 and B12 of the Arrivals Hall). Before leaving Hong Kong, they just need to return the devices at the same spots, without any hassle.

Snap up the benefits now! From today until September 30, 2012, customers can reserve a handy device online before their trips to Hong Kong, and enjoy free rental on the first day of usage**. They are also welcomed to pay a visit to the counters and try out the handy service, making an IDD call home for free.

handy offers the following features:

— Leading-Edge Devices: handy is powered by the Samsung Galaxy Note — you will fall in love with its 5.3 inch high-resolution touch-screen and slick dual-core system.
— More Data, More Freedom: handy is designed to give tourists the freedom and flexibility to use their laptops without having to search for a Wi-Fi hotspot. By creating a mobile hotspot with handy, they can share handy’s high-speed internet connection on the go with as many Wi-Fi enabled devices as they want, at the same time.
— Hassle-Free Pick Up and Return: Tourists can easily pick up and return handy at the two service counters located at the Arrivals Hall (A03 and B12) in the Hong Kong International Airport.
— One Smartphone, Two Cities: handy also comes with unlimited 3G access in Macau — the fun never stops even when you travel to the next big hub for entertainment in Asia!

“From now on, prepaid SIM cards, paper maps, coupons, frenzied searches for W-Fi hotspots and physical guidebooks should be things of the past for tourists. We want our customers to experience the same level of wireless connectivity while travelling in Hong Kong as they do at home,” said Terence Kwok, CEO and Founder of Tink Labs Limited, the holding company offering handy services. “Whether they choose to surf the internet, respond to emails, update their social network status or enjoy convenient access to information such as maps and directions, we are making it more affordable than ever for them to enjoy connectivity services in Hong Kong.”

Terence added, “Tink Labs is all about elevating the experiences of tourists in Hong Kong. We are thrilled to be the only new tenant selected by the Hong Kong Airport Authority this year and set up our service counters there, which required a great deal of preparation and co-ordination with the authority. At the same time, we are also in discussions with various partners to include ticketing, coupons and city guide services at handy in the future to allow tourists to have an unforgettable journey in Hong Kong.”

Notes to editors:

Terms and Conditions:

— handy offers support for fixed line and mobile calls to these countries: China, USA, Singapore, Thailand, India and Canada.
— handy offers support for fixed line service only to these markets: Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Australia, UK, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Netherlands and Spain. For services outside these countries, pay-per-use rates apply. Please visit for more details.
— Availability, quality of coverage and services while roaming and surfing the internet are subject to service provider’s broadband subscription and coverage area.
— For countries, rates and additional details, please go to the website:, or contact the customer service team at +852 8120 2233.
— For further details about the “First Day Rental for Free” promotion, please visit the website:

About Tink Labs

Tink Labs believes in the capacity of mobile to simplify many of life’s complications and thus combine our zeal for problem solving with our flair for creativity to develop products that achieve this aim. Our current project, the handy aims to revolutionize the way people travel.

SOURCE Tink Labs Limited

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August 3, 2012 at 9:35 am