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World-class DIVING, RESORT & TRAVEL EXPO Revisits town on December 15-17

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HONG KONG, Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The annual highlight in town for diving enthusiasts and anyone with a passion for the underwater world, the Diving, Resort & Travel Expo (“DRT Show”), will be held from December 15 to 17 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Over three days, a lineup of over 251 top-level exhibitors from 48 countries and regions including Europe, America, South Pacific and Asia, will be showcasing the latest diving equipment, water sports equipment, and dive resorts and travel information. The DRT show is open to the public for free. Anyone interested can access www.divingandresorttravelexpo.com for FREE admission registration.

Diving’s spotlight event for 3 consecutive years

This is the third year the DRT Show taking place in Hong Kong, and it has become the most important and ‘MUST VISIT’ event in the diving industry in Asia. This year, the show will continue to build on its prior success with 100% grown in exhibitor and taking place at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. With the vast exhibiting area, exhibitor numbers double compared to last year, to 251 booths. DRT Show is expecting to have more than 20,000 visitors this year.

DRT Show is also promoting lifestyle travel. There is an increasing number of participating tourism boards from world-class diving destinations this year, such as Fiji, Maldives, Indonesia, Thailand, Palau, Philippines, Malaysia, and Australia. It will also be the first time for Japan, Brunei, Guam and Yap Island to participate alongside other exhibitors.

Exhibitors will be making exclusive offers during the DRT Show, while local diving travel agencies will also be offering special diving packages and one-stop reservation services for travel schedule and accommodation.

Call for Action on Marine Conservation

Aside from showcasing the latest diving equipment and travel information, there will be informative stage presentations covering a wide spectrum of interesting topics including a talk by Dr. Samuel Hung on the dwindling population of Chinese white dolphins; underwater photography by renowned underwater photographers, Mr. Stephen Wong & Ms. Takako Uno; and professional workshops by Mr. Rommy Cheung, Mr. Edmund Yiu, Mr. Andrew Couch, Mr. Andrew Georgitsis, Ms. Isabella Brown and many more.

Underwater photo competition exhibition

The DRT Show 2012 will play host to the largest underwater photo competition in Asia Pacific, with the results being announced on the official website on December 15. All awarded pieces will be displayed during the show and the competition champion will be awarded US$30,000 worth of prizes.

For more information, please visit http://www.divingandresorttravelexpo.com.

About 3th Diving, Resort & Travel Expo
Opening Hour: December 15 – 12pm to 8pm
December 16 – 12pm to 7pm
December 17 – 12pm to 6pm
Fee: Free admission (by registration)
www.divingandressorttravelexpo.com

LX Development Group Limited is the organizer of 3th Diving, Resort & Travel Expo.

 

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December 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

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CAS Registers 70 Millionth Substance Just 18 Months After Reaching 60 Millionth Milestone

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Patents from Asian countries continue to be the leading source of chemistry disclosures
COLUMBUS, Ohio/PRNewswire/ — Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the world’s authority for chemical information, announced today a major milestone for the CAS REGISTRYSM, the largest collection of publicly disclosed chemical substance information. CAS scientists registered the 70 millionth substance from a patent application submitted to the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO).
The 70 millionth substance is a potential T-type calcium channel blocker discovered at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), a multidisciplinary research institute in Seoul, South Korea. Assigned CAS Registry Number® 1411769-41-9, the substance is one of several pyrazolyl-piperazine compounds disclosed in the patent application published by KIPO on November 14, 2012. This molecule may be useful in the treatment of epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and other conditions.
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“It’s exciting that this milestone was realized with a substance from a Korean patent considering our earlier reports that Asian scientists are disclosing more chemical research in patents,” said Christine McCue, vice president of marketing at CAS. “This year alone, 63 percent of all chemical patents covered by CAS originated in Asia. Our team of scientists analyzes documents in more than 50 languages, including more than 20 Asian languages, and is uniquely qualified to uncover important chemistry patented by scientists worldwide.”
Similar to the 60 millionth substance registered in May 2011, the 70 millionth substance again reflects the value of patents as an important source of chemical information. In fact, more than 70 percent of new substances from the literature registered in 2012 originated from patents. To ensure the completeness and quality of the CAS premier substance collection, CAS scientists analyze, organize and curate chemistry in patents from 63 patent authorities around the world, far more than any other service.
About CAS
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, is the world’s authority for chemical information. CAS is the only organization in the world whose objective is to find, collect and organize all publicly disclosed chemical substance information. A team of scientists worldwide curates and controls the quality of our databases, which are recognized as the most comprehensive and authoritative by chemical and pharmaceutical companies, universities, government organizations and patent offices around the world. By combining these databases with advanced search and analysis technologies (SciFinder® and STN®), CAS delivers the most current, complete, secure and interlinked digital information environment for scientific discovery. Learn more at http://www.cas.org.
Source: Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)

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December 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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Lutheran World Relief Responds to Devastating Philippines Typhoon

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BALTIMORE, Md. /PRNewswire/ — Families in Mindanao, Philippines, were still working to recover from 2011’s Tropical Storm Washi when Typhoon Bopha struck the island in the early morning hours of December 4. Now Lutheran World Relief is rushing to respond to the overwhelming needs of people whose lives have been devastated by the storm.
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According to the latest reports 331 people are confirmed dead as a result of the typhoon and hundreds remain missing. More than 348,000 people have fled to evacuation centers for safety.
“The amount of devastation is significant,” says Joanne Fairley, LWR’s regional director for Asia and the Middle East.
The storm made landfall three times as it passed northern Mindanao, central Visayas and Palawan, but southern Mindanao was the hardest hit. The typhoon brought 130 mile per hour wind gusts and heavy rainfall that triggered landslides and floods along the coast and in farming and mining towns inland.
Early government reports show that damage to housing and community buildings is severe; in some areas 95 percent of structures have been destroyed. Agricultural lands have also been affected, as have some LWR projects and partner communities.
In the community of Hinatuan, where LWR works with families to improve income, partners report that the damage from Typhoon Bopha is much greater than that of Tropical Storm Washi. Water on roads and highways are waist deep in some areas and more than 34,000 people have been evacuated to shelters. Abalone and fish caging, a main source of income in LWR project areas, were completely ruined.
Even before the storm went off-shore, Lutheran World Relief began assessing the damage on the ground and the needs of families in cooperation with the United Nations, local governments, fellow international non-governmental organizations and with local partner Habitat for Humanity Philippines. LWR is also working closely with partners in the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of church agencies engaged in development, humanitarian response and advocacy.
“As we get a clearer picture of the damage and the needs of the people, LWR will work with partners to develop an emergency response program that focuses on the most urgent needs, such as rebuilding livelihoods, providing shelter and creating financial resources for recovering families,” says Fairley. LWR will also send a shipment of Quilts and Personal Care Kits to affected areas.
Lutheran World Relief is accepting donations to its Philippines Floods fund to respond to this emergency. Donations can be made online at lwr.org, by phone at 800.597.5972 or by sending a check or money order to Lutheran World Relief PO Box 17061 Baltimore, MD 21297-1061.
WHO IS LWR? Lutheran World Relief, an international nonprofit organization, works to end poverty and injustice by empowering some of the world’s most impoverished communities to help themselves. With partners in 35 countries, LWR seeks to promote sustainable development with justice and dignity by helping communities bring about change for healthy, safe and secure lives; engage in Fair Trade; promote peace and reconciliation; and respond to emergencies. LWR is headquartered in Baltimore, Md. and has worked in international development and relief since 1945.
Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of U.S. Lutherans, serving communities living in poverty overseas.
Source: Lutheran World Relief

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December 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

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First Suit Against Nobel Prize Organization Citing Defamation And Unfair Competition Practices Is Filed

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LOS ANGELES/PRNewswire/ — Dr. Rongxiang Xu, the founder of “human body regenerative restoration science” and a renowned life scientist and medical scientist, has filed a lawsuit today against The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet, a Swedish corporation, aka, Nobelforsamlingen. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet is a body which awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The suit filed in Superior Court of the State of California, Orange County Central Justice Center cites Libel and unfair competition.
Dr. Xu, one of the leading scientists in the world, discovered in 1984 the existence of “regenerative cell” which was confirmed to be keratin-19 positive stem cell after 2000 (US patent 6991813B2), during his study of burn treatments that has benefited 20 million burn victims in 73 countries, claims his good reputation in the community was defamed by a statement published by defendants, The Nobel Assembly, causing damages to Dr. Xu by their conduct. The suit alleges The Nobel Assembly has been successful in garnering media attention for their Nobel Prize announcements in essentially every major news organizations and publications world-wide, proving they can affect the perception of an individual by misreporting information.
“My main priority for filing this suit was to clarify the Academy’s mistaken and misleading statements for the preservation of humanity and future generations, life science research should not desecrate the nature of human life,” stated Dr. Xu.
On October 8, 2012, The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012 was awarded jointly to Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent,” which was covered extensively in the media.
In an abstract published on its website made in conjunction with the selection, The Nobel Assembly described the scientists’ discovery. The Nobel Assembly claims that the scientists’ discovery “represents a paradigm shift in our understanding of cellular differentiation and of the plasticity of the differentiated state.” The abstract goes on to claim that: “[t]ogether, Gurdon and Yamanaka have transformed our understanding of cellular differentiation. They have demonstrated that the usually very stable differentiated state can be unlocked because it harbours a potential for reversion to pluripotency. This discovery has introduced fundamentally new research areas, and offers exciting new opportunities to study disease mechanisms.”
Dr. Xu believes, and alleges the Statement made by The Nobel Assembly is false as he was the scientist who made the discovery a decade earlier, therefore defaming his exemplary reputation. The Nobel Assembly states that the scientists who won the Nobel Prize “have transformed our understanding of cellular differentiation” because “[t]hey have demonstrated that the usually very stable differentiated state can be unlocked because it harbours a potential for reversion to pluripotency.” Those scientists did not demonstrate as such. It was ten years earlier that Dr. Xu made that discovery when he was able to explain how his discovery unlocked a somatic cell’s potential to revert to pluripotent stem cell in situ.
The Nobel Assembly’s use of the word “unlocked” compounds the falsity of the statement because it suggests that the scientists who won the Nobel Prize are harnessing an inherent ability of a somatic cell to revert to its pluripotent state through natural means that do not alter the cells integrity. If the Nobel Prize scientists’ findings consisted of leaving a somatic cell intact and unmodified, such as Dr. Xu’s finding, then the Statement would have been true and accurate. However, the Nobel Prize scientists’ discovery actually consists of the creation of an altered cell having nothing to do with human body pluripotent stem cell. The Academy also falsely stated that “[t]his discovery has introduced fundamentally new research areas, and offers exciting new opportunities to study disease mechanisms” which is also inaccurate.
The Statements made by the defendant has tainted and damaged Dr. Xu’s achievements in the eyes of the scientific community, business, potential investors and his ability to continue to be selected as a top keynote speaker for several major international conferences.
The Plaintiff is represented by the Ardent Law Group in California, case number: 30-2012-00615804. Please contact Jane Westgate 336.608.4439 or Cheryl Riley 703.683.1798.
Source: Mebo International

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December 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

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Integrated Biometrics Introduces Sherlock The World’s Lightest, Thinnest, Smallest, Appendix F Mobile ID Fingerprint Sensors

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. /PRNewswire/ — Integrated Biometrics, LLC (IB) today announces another technological breakthrough with the FBI certification of its newest finger print technology. IB’s development team created the new product using their patented Light Emitting Sensor (LES) technology along with a thin film transistor (TFT). LES technology utilizes a highly engineered charged polymer film interacting with the specific properties of human skin to luminesce fingerprint images. The TFT captures the image at the FBI’s standard 500PPI requirement. The combination of LES Technology and the thin film transistor (TFT) enables size and weight reductions of up to 95% when compared to other products serving the same function.
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IB provides custom finger print sensors for markets requiring Appendix F or PIV071006 biometric solutions and unlike other commonly used fingerprint biometric technologies is able to achieve the highest quality of images without compromising device thickness and overall size. This unique capability has produced the world’s first TFT based sensor to achieve the FBI’s Appendix F Mobile ID certification.
The technologies are being used to produce the world’s thinnest, smallest, and lightest Appendix F Mobile ID biometric sensors
About Integrated Biometrics
Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, Integrated Biometrics was founded in 2002 as an alternative solution to the commonly used optical and silicon technologies. Our stable and proven team, work with our patented technologies to create unique benefits and provide solutions that overcome the limitations of other biometric technologies. With facilities in South Korea and South Carolina, Integrated Biometrics continues to grow as a leading global provider of finger print biometric sensors.
“We provide leadership, enabling fingerprint capture technology in both standalone and embedded versions suitable for integration into our partners’ solutions.”
For more information: http://www.integratedbiometrics.com, toll free +888.840.8034, or Mike Grimes (864) 313.7111.
Source: Integrated Biometrics

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December 10, 2012 at 10:02 am