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MediaTek Drives Multi-Screen Convergence Technologies and Solutions at CES 2013: Making the Connected Home a Reality

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MediaTek’s wireless platforms enable the ecosystem to create devices and solutions that offer consumers seamless multi-screen connectivity

HSINCHU, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek, a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, is unveiling an array of industry firsts and award winning multi-screen platforms at CES 2013 to make the connected home a reality. With cross-platform advantages in the DTV, mobile and wireless markets, MediaTek is enabling the smart ecosystem to build innovative, multi-screen convergence solutions more quickly, and provide consumers with seamlessly engaging and interactive experiences.

In 2012 about 90 percent of people use multiple screens for their digital activities (Note 1), a trend that is dramatically accelerating the consumer demand for seamlessly integrated, high-quality multi-screen experiences in 2013 and beyond. As a key technology enabler with a leading position in the digital TV segment, numerous breakthroughs in the smartphone market and pioneering developments in wireless technologies, MediaTek is setting an industry’s first by integrating Miracast-certified Wi-Fi display technology with Near Field Communications (NFC) to seamlessly interlink a Smart TV with the latest MediaTek quad-core smartphone platform. With a simple tap of the device, it is possible to wirelessly stream HD quality video and other multimedia content such as video and games from mobile and other devices onto big screen HDTVs without connecting through an access point.

In addition, MediaTek will also be demonstrating:

A Smart Wi-Fi Router-on-a-Chip platform — MT7620A for Personal Cloud Computing that powers D-Link’s 2013 CES award winning DIR-508 11N Pocket Cloud Router.
The first and only smartphone platform in the Wi-Fi certified Passpoint™ program test bed — MT6575 + MT6620, which helps offload capacity-strained cellular networks.
802.11ac + 802.11n dual-band concurrent Wi-Fi router platform — MT7620A + MT7610E that delivers the superior Wi-Fi performance needed to drive seamless connectivity between all devices in the home.
Serving as the hub of the connected home is MediaTek’s MT5396 series — an innovative 4K2K 120Hz and Smart/3D TV SoC platform with integrated MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation) technology, TCON/OD, Wi-Fi, video decoder, as well as HTML5 and all-round screen sharing technology support. The MT5396 series makes it possible to develop affordable Smart TV products with rich functionality such as App Stores, Netflix VOD streaming, YouTube 2nd screen and a host of WebGL applications.
“Across the TV, tablet, and smartphone platforms, MediaTek sees device integration continuing to accelerate in 2013 and beyond, driven by end-users’ demand for new and innovative experiences that improve people’s lives,” said Ching-Jiang Hsieh, President of MediaTek. “While integrated smart devices have been available for some time, they have never delivered a truly seamless multi-screen experience, until now. We have taken a major step forward towards a world of advanced, innovative technology connected in a rich smart ecosystem that makes digital content and device functionality screen-agnostic and affordable by almost everyone — and it’s all enabled by MediaTek.

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About MediaTek Inc.

MediaTek Inc. is a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions. The company is a market leader and pioneer in cutting-edge SOC system solutions for wireless communications, high-definition TV, optical storage, and DVD and Blu-ray products. Founded in 1997 and listed on Taiwan Stock Exchange under the code “2454”, MediaTek is headquartered in Taiwan and has sales or research subsidiaries in Mainland China, Singapore, India, U.S., Japan, Korea, Denmark, England, Sweden and Dubai. For more information, please visit MediaTek’s website at

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January 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm

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Migrants Being Defrauded by Human Smuggling Criminals

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Anyone relying on human smugglers to try to get into Canada is just “throwing their life savings away,” Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said today.

“We are sending a strong message to those who are thinking of using the services of criminal human smugglers to sneak into Canada: Don’t do it. They’ll just take your money but leave you stranded,” said Minister Kenney. “Canada has a generous and open legal immigration system, but those who try to get into Canada through the back door using human smugglers will not succeed and are wasting their money trying.”

Thanks to very alert policing and intelligence action, recent human smuggling operations were shut down before they could leave port.

Other operations that planned to smuggle Sri Lankans to Canada from Thailand and Indonesia have also been disrupted in the past two years. To support ongoing efforts, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced $12 million in funding in March 2012 to help fight human smuggling, including support for projects in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

Canadian law enforcement agencies continue to work with their counterparts abroad to identify and prevent human smuggling operations that are targeting Canada. Canada boosted its international efforts to prevent human smuggling after the arrival of two smuggling ships in 2009 and 2010. Since then, no planned smuggling voyages have succeeded in getting to Canada.

Under the new Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, which became law in June 2012, law enforcement officials now have better tools to prosecute individuals who organize, engage in, and profit from human smuggling. The Act includes new mandatory minimum penalties, up to a minimum of ten years imprisonment for those convicted of human smuggling.

The Act also introduced mandatory detention of those individuals who arrive as part of a designated human smuggling operation, so that we can be sure we know who they are and that they do not pose a security threat before they are released. And those who arrive as part of a designated irregular arrival are now barred from applying for permanent resident status for five years. This means that they will be unable to sponsor family members to come to Canada during that period.

“We will continue to strengthen the integrity of Canada’s generous immigration system, which admits more immigrants per capita than any other country in the world, for those who come to Canada lawfully, including all legitimate refugees,” said Minister Kenney. “We will continue to work to make sure that human smugglers are put out of business.”

Canada continues to have one of the most generous resettlement programs in the world, welcoming approximately one in 10 refugees resettled worldwide through its programs. By 2013, Canada will annually resettle up to 14,500 refugees and other individuals in vulnerable circumstances.

While in Sri Lanka, the Minister also met with officials to reiterate Canada’s concerns about the lack of meaningful post-civil war reconciliation.

“Canada again calls on the government of Sri Lanka to live up to the standard of membership in the Commonwealth and show tangible progress on a process of national political reconciliation and to seriously address allegations of human rights violations by both sides during the civil war,” said Minister Kenney. “Our Government will continue to stand up against human rights abuses abroad, including with commonwealth member countries.”

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January 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

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GMR Energy Selects OpenLink for Commodity Transaction Management

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OpenLink’s solution provides forecasting, hedging, risk and contract management

SINGAPORE, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — OpenLink Financial (OpenLink), the global leader in Transaction Lifecycle Management (TLM) software, has been selected by GMR Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd to provide a commodity transaction management solution. GMR Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd will use OpenLink’s Endur solution for front office, enterprise-wide risk management, and reporting.

As part of good risk management practice, GMR Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd needs to manage its fuel and currencies exposures when operating in the Singapore National Electricity Market. With the OpenLink solution, GMR Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd will now be able to price and manage its hedges to fuel inputs, execute derivatives contracts, reduce operational risks from complex manual processes, create a foundation for further integration as its business expands, and provide enterprise-wide risk reporting across their operations.

Yu Tat Ming, CEO of GMR Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd, said, “We want to partner with a firm who understands our pioneering approach to solving cutting edge, sophisticated challenges – OpenLink was the obvious choice. Our goals are aggressive, but we know that we have a trusted advisor in OpenLink.”

Richard O’Keefe, Managing Director of OpenLink’s Asia Pacific region, commented, “GMR Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd is committed to efficiency and clean energy. OpenLink is proud to support GMR Energy (Singapore)’s pioneering vision with flexible, robust technology solutions that are a crucial part of infrastructure for firms, such as GMR Energy (Singapore), in a highly competitive market in Singapore.”

About GMR Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd

GMR Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd is building Singapore’s first greenfield electricity power generation plant by an international player since the liberalization of the Singapore Electricity Market. It is a highly valued investment by 2 international corporations – GMR Group, a global company headquartered in Bangalore with interests in Airports, Energy, Highways & Urban Infrastructure and, PETRONAS.

GMR Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd’s state-of-the-art 800 MW natural gas fired combined cycle power plant is expected to be completed and operational in 2013. With experienced field specialists specifically handpicked from the industry to provide superb service, GMR Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd endeavours to be a leading integrated energy company that delivers high quality and reliable power at competitive prices to its customers.

About OpenLink

Founded in 1992, OpenLink ( is the global leader in transaction lifecycle management solutions for the commodity, energy and financial services industries. OpenLink’s products address portfolio management, trading, risk management, and operations processing for both financial and physical assets.

Owned by leading private equity investment firm Hellman & Friedman, OpenLink is a global software and services business that has grown both organically and through strategic acquisitions, to achieve revenues in excess of US$300 million. The company serves over 500 clients, including 12 of the world’s largest commodity and energy companies, 9 of the largest financial institutions, and 11 of the largest central banks. OpenLink has 1,300 employees in 12 global offices on five continents, with headquarters outside New York City and field offices in Houston, London, Berlin, Vienna, Toronto, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Dubai, and Sydney.

OpenLink has received numerous industry awards and recognition, including citations as the industry leader by Gartner and first-in-class ranking by Energy Risk Magazine for Commodity/Energy Trading and Risk Management (C/ETRM) systems.

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January 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm

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Funding Announced for Flood Victims in Sri Lanka

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka /PRNewswire/ — Canada will provide $18,700 in disaster relief for families affected by floods in two districts in Sri Lanka, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
“Canada is pleased to be able to support Sri Lanka’s disaster relief efforts and we hope the relief items will help families as they try to rebuild their lives,” said Minister Kenney.
The funds will be provided to Caritas Sri Lanka – Social and Economic Development Centre, which is part of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 164 Roman Catholic relief, development and social service organizations operating in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. Caritas will use the funds to provide immediate humanitarian assistance for displaced people in the Mannar and Anuradhapura districts of Sri Lanka – areas hard hit in 2012 by a series of disastrous floods.
Relief will come in the form of non-food items, such as blankets, bed sheets, towels, soap and drinking water to people who lost their belongings in the floods.
Minister Kenney met with Caritas National Director Father George Signamoney and advised him of Canada’s contribution to relief support.
This disaster relief funding is being provided as part of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), which supports community level development projects through modest financial support to local organizations.
“While Canada is pleased to offer assistance to the victims of this particular tragedy, we also continue to strongly encourage the government of Sri Lanka to undertake meaningful reconciliation with all Sri Lankans in the wake of the country’s devastating civil war,” Minister Kenney said.
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January 8, 2013 at 10:57 am

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2013 C&D Xiamen International Marathon: Men’s Title Sets New Record in China

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XIAMEN, China/PRNewswire/ — The 2013 C&D Xiamen International Marathon came to a successful conclusion in the coastal city of Xiamen on January 5. Ethiopia’s Getachew Terfa Negari won the men’s title, clocking in at 2 hours, 7 minutes and 32 seconds, breaking the course record and setting the record for all marathon races ever held in China. Fatuma Sado Dergo, also from Ethiopia, clinched the women’s title in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 35 seconds.

A huge crowd at the starting point at the Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center
The Xiamen International Marathon has concluded its 11th year. The 2013 race featured 73,896 entrants from 45 countries and regions, including 25,049 full marathon runners. Champions in all categories broke former records. The top three men from last year also participated this year. The race had four starting times and began and ended at the Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center.
In the men’s group, Kenya’s Chumba, who took an early lead, had to drop out due to physical difficulties in the last few kilometers. Behind Negari, Kipchumba of Kenya and Warga of Ethiopia finished second and third, respectively.
In the women’s group, Kirwa, with the best qualifying time, led at the start, but Ethiopia’s Dergo surpassed her and finished first with 2 hours, 27 minutes and 35 seconds.
The 2013 C&D Xiamen International Marathon was again co-organized by the Chinese Athletics Association and People’s Government of the City of Xiamen and featured six categories: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10KM Run, 5KM Run, Wheelchair Half Marathon and Roller Skating. Starting this year, 10-time finishers within gate closing time were entitled to a permanent race number and a special number bib when they sign up for a new event. Eight athletes were able to choose their favorite numbers this year.
About Xiamen, China
Xiamen is called the Garden on the Sea while often being described as “a city on the sea, the sea in the city”. Xiamen is not only an UN Habitat Scroll of Honour Award City, a National Civilized City and one of the five Special Economic Zones set up during the launch of China’s opening-up and reform policy, but also a modern international port, a scenic tourism city, a center with modern services industries and technical innovations, and an international transportation hub.
Source: The Organization Committee of Xiamen International Marathon

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January 8, 2013 at 9:58 am

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