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Tang Prize Foundation Established in Taiwan: Academia Sinica to be Responsible for the Nomination and Selection of the International Awards in Taiwan

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TAIPEI, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Tang Prize Foundation has been officially established in Taiwan. The foundation has signed a contract with the country’s highest research institution, Academia Sinica, which will be responsible for the nomination and selection for prizes in four categories: Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology (excluding literary works), and Rule of Law. By recognizing the most original and influential work in these four fields, it is hoped that the Tang Prize will help promote first-class research to spur human development.
Tang Prize Foundation Established in Taiwan, Academia Sinica to be Responsible for the Nomination and Selection. Left: Samuel Yin, Founder of Tang Prize foundation; right: Chi-Huey Wong, President of Academia Sinica.
Tang Prize Foundation Established in Taiwan, Academia Sinica to be Responsible for the Nomination and Selection. Left: Samuel Yin, Founder of Tang Prize foundation; right: Chi-Huey Wong, President of Academia Sinica.

The Tang Prize Foundation was established by Dr. Samuel Yin with a donation of NT$3 billion (around US$102,000,000). Dr. Yin said, “Setting up the Tang Prize has been one of my biggest dreams. I hope that the prize will encourage more research that is beneficial to the world and humankind, promote Chinese culture, and make the world a better place.”

The four awards categories are important fields for humankind’s future social development. The Tang Prize Foundation hopes to increase attention to these award fields from both academic circles and the public, and further to encourage experts to dedicate themselves to innovative research in these four fields. The efforts channeled into the Tang Prize all focus on the ultimate goal of improving human life. The Tang Prize will become one of the world’s most prestigious and visionary awards and will allow Taiwan to be able to contribute even more to the international community.

The president of Academia Sinica, Chi-Huey Wong, said, “Historically, Academia Sinica has always had a first-rate reputation. Both at home and abroad, our academicians hold important positions in many fields, and thus have the professional capability to select the best candidates for the Tang Prize.”

“We shall carefully select experts from each field, both in Taiwan and abroad, to compose the selection committee. With the most rigorous objectivity, this committee will select individuals or institutions that have demonstrated the most creative and influential research in the four fields. In this way, the Tang Prize will gradually acquire international credibility,” he said.

From 2014, the Tang Prize will be awarded once every two years, to individuals or institutions that have made the most outstanding contributions in the four areas. Each will receive an amount not less than NT$40 million (around US$1,360,000) in prize money, and a further NT$10 million (around US$341,000) will be allocated for the execution of a plan submitted by the prize recipient(s) to promote and cultivate research and talent in the related area within a period of five years.

Nominations for the first Tang Prize will be drawn up by the Tang Prize selection committee, and invitations will be sent to eligible individuals and/or institutions in May 2013. The closing date for candidates to accept their nominations is September 30. The Tang Prize selection committee will present detailed reports on the final candidate(s) to the Tang Prize Foundation board at the end of April 2014. The Tang Prize Foundation board will announce the laureates on June 18, 2014.

About the Tang Prize Foundation

The Tang Prize Foundation was created in 2012 by chairman of the Ruentex Group, Dr. Samuel Yin, who invited a broad range of experts to serve on its board. The foundation is responsible for promoting the guiding principles of the Tang Prize and its sustainable management. It has commissioned Academia Sinica to organize a selection committee responsible for the nomination and selection process. The foundation will then select laureates based on the committee’s professional advice. The foundation’s website is http://www.tang-prize.org.

About the Tang Prize

The Tang Prize is an international award that recognizes the most original and influential researchers or institutes in the areas of Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceuticals Science, Sinology (excluding literary works), and Rule of Law. It is hoped that the prize will encourage scholars to dedicate themselves to research and development in these four areas and work towards sustainability and balanced development.

The Tang Prize is named after the Tang Dynasty, which is much admired by the prize founder. The dynasty was a golden age of cosmopolitan culture and the high point of China’s prosperity. The Tang Dynasty has inspired generation after generation with admiration for its vibrant characteristics of self-confidence and cosmopolitan inclusiveness. Such are the qualities that the Tang Prize seeks to promote.

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January 30, 2013 at 3:45 pm

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Kazakhstan Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna Expands the Investment Horizons

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ASTANA, Kazakhstan, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Samruk-Kazyna increases the potential for cooperation in the implementation of investment projects in the petrochemical, hydro and thermal power, renewable and alternative energy, engineering, pharmacy.

Kazakhstan Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna was established to improve the competitiveness of the national economy and prevent the negative impact of the world markets on the economic growth in the country. The main instrument to achieve these goals – diversification and innovative development of the national economy.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:
http://www.multivu.com/mnr/58682-kazakhstan-wealth-fund-expands-horizons

To date, the Fund that has successfully implemented the bailout program – is the effective holding company in relation to its subsidiaries and a strategic investor, which aims at creating a balanced investment portfolio.

Samruk-Kazyna is more than 500 companies in the industrial and production sector, working in the key areas of the national economy: oil and gas, mining, chemical, transport and communication, electricity and banking.

Following the last year, the international rating agency Standard & Poor’s upgraded the long-term credit rating of the Kazakhstan Fund from “BBB” to “BBB +”, forecast – stable.

The consolidated net income of the Fund for 2012, excluding second-tier banks is pre-evaluated in the amount of more than $ 4.6 billion. The growth to the last year made 10.6%.

At present, the Fund is an active business model, which implements the investment policy and thinks about the competitiveness of companies in the market principles. The state assets are successful participants in the international market.

Samruk-Kazyna plays a key role in the modernization and diversification of the economy of Kazakhstan; it is actively involved in the rapid industrialization of the country, implements a number of large projects and plans new ones. The total investment program of the Fund has 157 investment projects for $ 101 billion, of which 74 investment projects are currently being implemented for $ 54 billion.

Surely, industrialization requires long-term funding, including the external.

Some of the major national companies, including Oil & Gas Company KazMunayGas and Atomic Company Kazatomprom which are under the control of the Fund, are well known to the international investors. We want the other companies to become innovative companies able to compete globally.

The great potential of Kazakhstan in the oil and gas sector is already well known for the world community. This sector is open to foreign investors for 20 years.

Samruk-Kazyna also extends the priorities and opens the potential for cooperation in the implementation of investment projects in the petrochemical, hydro and thermal power, renewable and alternative energy, engineering and pharmaceuticals.

The choice of Kazakhstan is explained by the favorable geographical position of the country. Kazakhstan, being located in the heart of the Eurasian continent, connects the major markets in China, Europe, Russia, CIS countries, provides transportation services in the countries of Central Asia and the Persian Gulf, which is beneficial to investors, ensuring them the link between production and consumption.

Samruk-Kazyna. With confidence to the future!

“Samruk-Kazyna” JSC
http://www.sk.kz

Dr. Aidar Makhmetov
Tel.: +7 (7172) 55 40 99
Fax: +7 (7172) 55 40 69
press@s-k.kz

Source: Samruk-Kazyna

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January 30, 2013 at 12:04 pm

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CROMSOURCE Upgrades to the new Oracle Clinical Release 4.6.4

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VERONA, Italy, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

CROMSOURCE, a high quality ISO-certified international provider of outsourced services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, specialized in clinical development and staffing solutions, today announced successful completion of a project to upgrade their data management system to the new Oracle Clinical Release 4.6.4 (replacing version 4.5.3.).

‘Over the past 15 years, the Biometrics group within CROMSOURCE has conducted hundreds of important projects either as part of full-service agreements or as stand-alone assignments across all segments of the healthcare research sector, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies and vaccines,’ noted Hugo Hartmans, Director of Biometrics. ‘We consistently delight our clients by delivering high quality services and proactively searching for the most efficient solution. As part of this commitment to satisfy our clients’ needs, evidenced by our 80% repeat business level, CROMSOURCE decided to invest in upgrading to the latest Oracle Clinical Release.’

Key benefits of the upgrade include availability of web-based randomisation, provision of email alerts on entry of certain defined data (e.g. SAEs), increased flexibility of eCRF design and flow, conditional navigation and other increases in general usability. The combined effect of these changes is to increase the ease, speed and accuracy of data handling which in turn creates cleaner data, faster.

The upgraded version of Oracle Clinical and Remote Data Capture (RDC) is now installed and hosted on the state-of-the-art infrastructure in the CROMSOURCE European Headquarters, and is fully validated and maintained in accordance with all applicable international guidelines.

‘This is an important milestone and reflects our commitment to remaining at the forefront of technological innovation and providing best in class solutions to our clients,’ stated Oriana Zerbini MD, Chief Executive Officer of CROMSOURCE. ‘CROMSOURCE has an enviable record of delivering high quality statistics and data management projects to our sponsors on time, on budget and to the highest quality. I am convinced that this development will create many added benefits for our clients.’

About CROMSOURCE: CROMSOURCE is a high quality ISO-certified international provider of outsourced services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, specialized in clinical development and staffing solutions. The CROMSOURCE Biometrics team is headquartered in Aachen, Germany, with another large group working from the CROMSOURCE office in Stirling in the UK. During the last 15 years the Biometrics group at CROMSOURCE has completed over 230 data management projects and over 50 EDC based studies.

Contact: Margherita Mosconi
CROMSOURCE
Phone: +39-045-8222811
Fax: +39-045-8222812

(European Headquarters)
Via Scuderlando, 10
37135 Verona, Italy
http://www.cromsource.com

Source: CROMSOURCE srl

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January 30, 2013 at 11:57 am

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“Sticking Together for Celebration” — A Design of Designers Theme Party at ACF Furniture in Beijing

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SHANGHAI, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — On January 18, ACF Furniture, leader of Beijing Design Group for the 2013 Design of Designers event, held a special party in the ACF Showroom, located in Beijing’s 798 art district. The themes were Chinese Spring Festival and sticking together for Design of Designers.

Designers from the fields of architecture, interior design and product design enjoyed a happy get-together and celebrated the new Year of the Snake in advance.

Mr. Wang of ACF Furniture gives a short speech.

Mr. Wang Xin, the founder of ACF Furniture, has a hearty conversation with Mrs. Hong Huang.

On the event day, ACF founder Mr. Wang Xin, Mr. Song Tao of Zizao Society and Mr. Liu Feng of Liangshe Furniture respectively reviewed the exhibition themed as “Beijing Living Room”, with the participation of 13 original design brands and individual designers from the 2012 Design of Designers event. Also acting as the long-time exhibitor of Furniture China Expo, Mr. Wang made a joint rally with Mr. Li Yuanlong, representative from Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo Int’l Exhibition Co., Ltd. (the organizer of Furniture China Expo) for the 2013 Design of Designers event, inviting more of the designers present to be a part of the exhibition. With all of these excellent designers’ participation, they intend to create an original-themed exhibition of Beijing design with richer contents in September this year. They are determined to heat up the trend of design and originality, and to win a larger market share and business opportunities, as well as to earn more and more attention and praise.

That day, ACF’s showroom became a lively and cozy place, where old friends caught up and new ones met each other. Designers from different domains and followers of the design industry became more acquainted with each other, creating calligraphy and handicrafts, making Chinese dumplings and trying snacks, tasting wines and watching movies. They celebrated the Spring Festival with a mixture of traditional and fashionable elements. It is this kind of familial companionship that makes designers in Beijing stick together more closely.

As a part of the 19th Furniture China Expo, the 2013 Design of Designers will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Center from September 11 to 15. There will be four major themed exhibition zones from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, in addition to many independent designers and design firms on the scene. There, design enthusiasts in China and around the world are guaranteed to enjoy a visual feast.

To learn more about the 2013 Design of Designers Event, please visit: http://dod.furniture-china.cn/ OR http://www.shdw.com.cn/

Source: Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo Int’l Exhibition Co., Ltd.

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January 30, 2013 at 11:49 am

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Hong Kong Seeks to Reinvigorate its Entrepreneur Hub Status

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HONG KONG, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — A new Make a Difference (MaD) Venture Fellows Programme took place in Hong Kong from 24-27 Jan, marking the Special Administrative Region’s renewed efforts to nurture and attract a new generation entrepreneurial talents.

Hong Kong used to be known as the entrepreneurial hub of Asia. But the entrepreneurial spirit in this city has been dwindling in the last two decades. According to the International Total Entrepreneurship Activity (TEA) Index, Hong Kong has a relatively low level of entrepreneurship (4.7%), compared to 5.7% in Taiwan and Singapore, 10.3% in the US and 14.8% in mainland China. In addition, the majority of the entrepreneurial activities in Hong Kong have very limited innovation or innovative technologies, with two in every three entrepreneurial pursuits related to export/import and consumer oriented businesses.

New Make a Difference Ventures Fellow Programme

“Hong Kong faces the challenge of developing a more diversified economy, a fairer society and a greener environment. We need to nurture and attract, as a matter of urgency, a new generation of high impact, innovative and entrepreneurial talent, to inject new momentum to our economy and society. We need to inspire our young people to dream BIG and think DIFFERENTLY,” said Ms Rachel Chan, Convenor of the Make a Difference Ventures Programme at the MaD Ventures Salon on 25 Jan.

Sixteen innovative and high impact MaD Venture Fellows were invited to present at the MaD Ventures Salon, pitching to 300 people in the investment, finance and business communities in Hong Kong. The Salon, a public-private-NGO partnership sponsored by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR Government, DBS, Outblaze and A Better Tomorrow, is Hong Kong’s first international pitching platform to connect start-ups with potential investors and business partners.

“I am delighted that Hong Kong is hosting this event which brings each of the key elements; capital, talent and ideas together in a great networking environment to support the entrepreneurial spirit. I believe that Hong Kong has enormous potential to develop as a hot bed for innovation,” said John Tsang, the Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government and the officiating guest at the Salon.

“Hong Kong is renowned for its effective rule of law, robust IP protection regime, world-class financial infrastructure and experience in doing business in Mainland China and across Asia. All this, together with a full range of services, is highly conducive to the success of new start-ups,” he added.

3 MaD Venture Stars

A distinguished panel chaired by the HKSAR Executive Council Member Bernard Chan selected 3 Make a Difference Venture Stars from the MaD Venture Fellows, together with the Salon audience. The three winners were:

Insight Robotics, Hong Kong (www.insightrobotics.com), incubated at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, applies robotics technology to the protection of critical infrastructures and key resources around the world. It visualizes remote incidents like forest fire, structural damage in buildings, oil leak, water pollution, flooding, drought and security breach to management authorities and assist them to make the most efficient contingency plans. It also assists the management authorities in disaster recovery and in building a better world with less disaster.

“It is very important to have programmes like the MaD Venture Fellows Programme to connect Hong Kong start-ups with innovative entrepreneurs around the world. This will help build the international links of local start-ups and foster the development of a more innovative entrepreneurship ecosystem,” said Kevin Chan, founder of Insight Robotics.

Wibbitz, Israel (www.wibbitz.com) creates a text-to-video technology that automatically turns any text-based article, post or feed on the web into a video in 20 seconds. Its technology introduces a whole new way of consuming content and information in a much more visual and effortless way. It brings costs and production time down for SME publishers and content providers. It reduces the barriers of language limitations and content complexity. “I am amazed by the business culture of Hong Kong. I think more Israeli companies should consider using the Hong Kong platform for the Asia market, instead of focusing just on the US,” said Yotam Cohen, the co-founder of Wibbitz. This Israeli start-up received its Series A funding from K S Li’s Horizons Ventures in June last year.

Wifinity Tech, India (http://www.wifinitytech.com) applies innovative wireless sensing, artificial intelligence and machine to machine learning to help enterprises, buildings, hospitals and other organisations to monitor, manage and save their energy and water consumption. Users can save on average 20% of their energy bills. Wifinity Tech is an Indian company with market presence in India and the US. It is looking to establish a presence in Hong Kong to develop the East Asia market.

“I have benefited so much from the MaD Venture Fellows Programme,” said Jay Krishnan of Wifinity Tech. “I have got some potential investors and clients lined up and identified some manufacturing partners as well.” Wifinity Tech has decided to set up an office in Hong Kong to develop the East Asia market, in addition to their presence in India and the US.

Building Silicon Valley in Asia

Apart from the young entrepreneurs, international experts were brought to Hong Kong to discuss how Hong Kong can reinvorgorate its entrepreneurship ecosystem. Prof Wong Poh Kam of National University of Singapore believed that Asia should not follow blindly the Silicon Valley. A general consensus arising from the discussion is the importance of nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset and culture.

Prof Wong said Singapore has invested in changing the mindset of young people through the education system and establishing deep links with the entrepreneurial hubs in the world. Similar to Singapore, Hong Kong has to develop a new generation of investors with knowledge and experience in the new sectors.

Victor Hwang, co-author of “The Rainforest: the Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley” spelt out the unwritten rules of the Silicon Valley, including a culture that encourage breaking rules and dream, experimenting, sharing and encouragement and the ability to embrace failure. “It is critical to move into a new paradigm of innovation; resembling a rainforest, the best environment for unpredictable weeds to grow,” says Hwang. “To thrive in this rainforest setting, entrepreneurs and investors need what makes us uniquely human — dreams, trust and love.”

Yat Siu from Outblaze echoed the comments of Prof Wong: “We need to look at ourselves as global citizens, able to grow relationships, networks and ecosystems across the globe. We should not limit ourselves to the domestic arena.” He added: “Whilst the education system is very important, parents should not abduct their responsibiity.”

The Salon also sought to encourage more investors in Hong Kong to join the rank of impact investors, in providing funding and mentorship to start-ups that seek to create positive changes to the society, whilst doing well financially.

“Passionate start-ups need financial, social and intellectual captial. We would like to appeal to and grow a new generation of investors who seek to make both meaning and money — people who are looking for opportunities to give back to society, to pass on their experience and to leave a legacy,” Rachel Chan said.

Brigitte Baumann of GoBeyond Early Stage Investing believed: “It is not a matter of choice; it is time to start to invest differently by acknowledging all the stakeholders in stead of just the shareholders.”

In recent years, there are signs that the entrepreneurial scene in Hong Kong is regaining some vigor. There are start-up events almost every week. Universities are investing more resources into entrepreneurship courses. Several co-work spaces have also been established, including the Good Lab with Make a Difference as a founding partner. There is AcceleratorHK, a three-month accelerator programme for early stage startups focused on building hybrid mobile apps, attracting aspiring entrepreneurs from Hong Kong and beyond. General Assembly, a leading global start-up learning network, is hosting a three-month pop-up in Hong Kong. “The MaD Venture Fellows Programme is a timely initiative to put Hong Kong back on the map of the world’s leading entrepreneurial hub,” Rachel Chan concluded.

About Make a Difference

Make a Difference (www.MaD.asia) is a Hong Kong-based initiative launched in 2010 to inspire and empower a new generation of leaders. Targeting young people aged 16-35, MaD comprises an annual forum in January with 1,600 participants and over 20 inspiring speakers from different arenas around the world; and activities throughout the year in and outside Hong Kong to promote creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

MaD is a not-for-profit NGO-public-private partnership, organised by Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture and co-created by InnoFoco. The HKSAR Government is the patron and founding sponsor.

Photos:

1. MaD Venture Star Finalist pitching at the MaD Ventures Salon: https://docs.google.com/a/mad.asia/file/d/0B2pQRTw_3e4QXzlHYWo1YjdySFE/edit

2. Victor Hwang speaking at the MaD Ventures Salon: https://docs.google.com/a/mad.asia/file/d/0B2pQRTw_3e4QVGVlNUNjWW1SMGs/edit

3. Brigitte Baumann speaking at the MaD Ventures Salon: https://docs.google.com/a/mad.asia/file/d/0B2pQRTw_3e4QUzgyWHdmaEJPVm8/edit

For enquiry about the MaD Venture Fellows Programme, please contact:

Rachel Chan
InnoFoco, the Convenor of the Programme
venture@mad.asia
+852-2560-5226

Source: Make a Difference

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January 30, 2013 at 10:35 am

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World’s Largest Golf Club & Spa Resort Creates World’s Biggest QR Code

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New initiative unveiled by Mission Hills China to promote sustainable eco-tourism

SHENZHEN, China, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Some 2,000 employees of luxury golf and spa resort Mission Hills came together today to form the largest Human QR Code in an effort to promote eco-tourism to the world and to make sustainable tourism a global reality.

The world’s largest QR Code
The gigantic real life QR Code was created by staff carrying umbrellas and gathering at the Mission Hills driving range in Shenzhen, China. The aerial photo, taken from a height of 270 feet, is readable by a QR scanner and takes smartphone users to a campaign website promoting sustainable eco-tourism.

The first Mission Hills Resort was developed on a piece of barren land that was considered too acidic for plantation. For 20 years, Mission Hills has strived for ecological equilibrium by preserving the natural landscape in all its developments. The scale of the Mission Hills development has been such that it was accredited the World’s Largest Golf Club and Spa Resort by Guinness World Records TM.

Mission Hills has invested some US$50 million on the implementation of an environmental sustainability program that encompasses everything from air quality monitoring to energy, water, waste, and carbon emissions management in a concerted effort to prove that modern day golf course management can go hand in hand with eco-tourism development and environmental protection and sustainability.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr. Ken Chu, Chairman and CEO of Mission Hills Group said, “We are committed to building a sustainable and environmentally responsible leisure and tourism business that makes a positive economic, cultural and environmental impact on the local community and region. It is encouraging to see how businesses, destinations, and organizations from around the globe are setting new standards and achievements in sustainable tourism.”

“At Mission Hills, we are working interminably to improve our sustainability, ecological and environmental records and contributions. We have a good story to tell and want to do so in a way that is both entertaining and engaging for the world to see.” continued Chu.

In an effort to promote sustainable eco-tourism and in celebration of Mission Hills’ 20th anniversary, the Group is giving away twenty 3 day / 2 night Romantic Premier Spa Suite Getaway packages at Mission Hills Haikou Resort on the tropical island of Hainan. When users scan the QR Code, they will be directed to a campaign website to answer three simple questions related to sustainable eco-tourism. Those who complete the questions with the correct answers will be entered into the draw for a chance to win one of the Mission Hills Micro Holiday packages valued at US$2,600.

For detailed information and exciting photos about the Human QR Code formation, please visit the campaign website: http://www.missionhillschina.com/qr/

Or click the link to scan the QR Code: http://www.missionhillschina.com/images/mhqrcode.jpg

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Sundi Shi
Mission Hills China
Tel: (86 755) 2802 0888 Ext. 36022
Email: sundishi@missionhillschina.com

Source: Mission Hills China

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January 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm

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Consumers Launch Landmark Legal Case Against Google Snooping

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LONDON/PRNewswire/ — A group of internet users has launched a landmark privacy case against Google for undermining the security settings on Apple’s Safari browser to track online usage covertly.
In the first case of its kind in the UK, a number of people with concerns about Google’s behaviour have decided to take action and are forming a campaigning group called Safari Users Against Google’s Secret Tracking.
They have instructed the law firm, Olswang, to coordinate the claims and are marking Data Privacy Day tomorrow (Jan 28) by launching a Facebook page to provide information to the many other people who might also have been affected. The Facebook page can be found at http://www.facebook.com/SafariUsersAgainstGooglesSecretTracking
The claims centre around tracking cookies, which had been secretly installed by Google on the computers and mobile devices of people using Apple’s Safari internet browser.
The first claimant to issue proceedings, 74-year-old Judith Vidal-Hall, said: “Google claims it does not collect personal data but doesn’t say who decides what information is ‘personal’. Whether something is private or not should be up to the internet surfer, not Google. We are best placed to decide, not them.”
Through its DoubleClick adverts, Google designed a code to circumvent privacy settings in order to deposit the cookies on computers in order to provide user-targeted advertising. The claimants thought that cookies were being blocked on their devices because of Safari’s strict default privacy settings and separate assurances being given by Google at the time. This was not the case.
The practice was only stopped when an academic researcher noticed Google’s activity and published an expose in the United States. Google was subsequently found to be in violation of an existing order from the US Federal Trade Commission and was fined a record $22.5million.
Olswang say that this action breached their clients’ confidence and privacy and are now seeking damages, disclosure and an apology from the company.
Dan Tench, a Partner at Olswang, said: “Google has a responsibility to consumers and should be accountable for the trust placed in them. We hope that they will take this opportunity to give Safari users a proper explanation about what happened, to apologise and, where appropriate, compensate the victims of their intrusion.”
For information on joining the claim, email daniel.tench@olswang.com
Media enquiries: Olswang Press Office on +44(0)20-7067-3046.
Source: Olswang LLP

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January 29, 2013 at 5:23 pm

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Zhaopin.com Announces “China Annual Best Employer (2012)” Winners

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BEIJING, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The grand award ceremony of “China Annual Best Employer (2012),” the “Oscar Award” of China’s human resource management community, was held in Beijing on January 23. The highly anticipated “Top 30 Employers of the Year” list and winners of the individual awards were announced at the premier event of China’s HR community.

Zhaopin.com Announced the Results of the “Best Employers in China for 2012” on Jan. 23
Zhaopin.com, one of the leading human resource solutions providers in China, and Peking University’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Employer Brand Communication Research Center, jointly conducted the survey and selection process, which sought to recognize China’s outstanding employers in every aspect of what it means to be a good employer and to promote the notion of an employer brand.

The survey was conducted in 28 cities across the country over four months. More than 1,500 employers were selected during the first stage of the process. All selected firms were screened, which included a questionnaire, information research, face-to-face interview with employees, as well as a review by experts in the human resources field before the final award recipients were finally chosen. An external public survey and an in-depth internal employee investigation were combined to ensure the most accurate research results.

Following the series of selections and reviews, 30 outstanding firms across various industries and sectors, including Shanghai Volkswagen, Tencent, BMW China, China Merchants Bank, Pfizer China, DALIAN WANDA GROUP, GE, China Southern Airlines, Bosch China, SAP China, FAW, China Minmetals Corporation, Baidu, XCMG, Shell(China) Limited, DHL-Sinotrans, Oracle, China Telecom, Nokia, CGB, ZOOMLION, ifeng.com, Starbucks China, CBN, eLong.com, SHAANGU GROUP, SUNING APPLIANCE CO., LTD., Hilton Worldwide and CHINA EASTERN, were honored as the “Top 30 Employers of the Year.”Meanwhile, four individual awards — “Top 10 Employers Gaining Most Attention from Undergraduates,” “Top 10 Employers Gaining Most Attention from Women,” “Top 10 Employers Gaining Most Attention from Jobholders” and “Top 10 Employers Most Responsible for Society” — were also announced.

The “China Best Employer” survey constitutes a comprehensive indexing system comprising 6 primary indices and 18 secondary indices, all of which serve to describe the characteristics best employers are expected to possess. The survey data revealed significant changes in what job seekers and holders considered their priorities during 2012, with one of the most obvious trends being that job seekers are focusing more on stability. Among the 18 secondary indices, “Best Benefits Package” topped the list, overtaking “Competitive Salary,” followed by “Enterprises Having Excellent Growth Prospects,” “Harmonious Internal Interpersonal Relationships,” “Just and Fair Employing Principles” and “Opportunity to Improve Core Individual Abilities.” These trends evidenced job seekers’ heightened focus on stability rather than competitiveness. Compared to 2011, the new-generation job seekers — those born in the 1990s — are more willing to work in a state-owned enterprise, with 40-percent of them expressing such a desire.

More companies are focusing on talent recruitment and retention strategies, as well as on implementing a sustainable management policy, as they gain a better understanding of employer branding, according to specialists in the jury of the China Best Employer Award. At the same time, the connotation of “employer brand” is on its way to becoming a household word in the Chinese language and a generally accepted concept across China as time advances.

Source: Zhaopin.com 

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January 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm

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World Class Bartender of the Year Announces Global Final Location

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ —
WORLD CLASS sets sail to the Mediterranean to inspire the world of fine drinking
Today, WORLD CLASS, the world’s largest and most credible mixology competition, announced the 2013 Global Final will take place aboard boutique Azamara Club Cruise’s ship, Azamara Journey, from 4th – 9th July 2013. Each adding their own unique splash of creativity, dash of showmanship and twist of technique, only the 50 best bartenders will be selected to compete at the Global Final for the coveted title of Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130128/589479-a )
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130128/589479-b )
Setting sail along the French Riviera in Nice and Monte Carlo, the voyage will include stopovers in some of the Mediterranean’s most iconic and chic destinations including St. Tropez and Ibiza, before culminating in the Catalan capital of Barcelona.
The world’s most respected mixology cognoscenti as judges, boasting the likes of legends Dale DeGroff, Salvatore Calabrese, Peter Dorelli, Hidetsugo Ueno and Gary Regan, media glitterati, renowned bar owners and international stars of stage and screen, will join the Global Final. Together over 600 attendees will celebrate the craft of bartending with exclusive insight into testing cocktail challenges, high-profile evening events and inspiring industry talks and debates.
Rudy Paoli, Managing Director Diageo Reserve, said, “The WORLD CLASS Global Final is a landmark event in the luxury industry which has become an internationally recognized platform and mark of distinction for mixology. WORLD CLASS elevates the craft of the bartender, discovers new talent and previews the latest trends and must-have fine drinking experiences to the world. Given the strong growth of the Diageo Reserve business within Europe, the Mediterranean was a clear choice for the 2013 Global Final.”
“Embarking on its maiden voyage, WORLD CLASS recognises the increasing popularity of luxury cruises, which are becoming some of the most sought-after tickets in premium travel,” continued Roland Abella, Managing Director Global Travel & Middle East, Diageo. “The partnership with Azamara Club Cruises will offer a unique experience for the voyagers. The Global Final will take inspiration from the most exclusive ports in Europe and bring to them the most stylish, distinctive fine drinking experiences on board the ship.”
Larry Pimentel, President and CEO, Azamara Club Cruises, said, “Our team at Azamara Club Cruises is dedicated to creating compelling and exceptional destination-immersive experiences for our discerning, up-market travellers. We are delighted to be partnering with WORLD CLASS, bringing fine drinking experiences on board for our guests.”
Launched in 2009, WORLD CLASS has grown from humble beginnings into a fully fledged property, training 15,000 bartenders around the world each year. In 2012, the WORLD CLASS TV Show was broadcast in more than 110 countries, putting a spotlight on the WORLD CLASS bartenders. The WORLD CLASS social forum on Facebook is a collective of the world’s best bartenders where they connect, share and collaborate to discover new trends.
Throughout the annual programme, WORLD CLASS bartenders are trained using the collection of fine spirits from the Diageo Reserve luxury portfolio – KETEL ONE® vodka, CÎROC® vodka, TANQUERAY® No.TEN™ gin, DON JULIO® tequila, ZACAPA® rum and JOHNNIE WALKER® GOLD LABEL RESERVE™ Blended Scotch Whisky, JOHNNIE WALKER® PLATINUM LABEL™ Blended Scotch Whisky and JOHNNIE WALKER® BLUE LABEL™ Blended Scotch Whisky.
Follow the competition on Facebook at the ‘Global WORLD CLASS Finals’ page
http://www.facebook.com/GlobalWorldClassFinals.
For more information about Diageo, its people, brands and performance, visit http://www.diageo.com or contact:
Joanna Good
Neville McCarthy Associates
+44(0)207-940-2900
joanna@nevillemccarthy.com

Source: Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS

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January 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm

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Bausch + Lomb Completes Acquisition of Technolas Perfect Vision GmbH

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ROCHESTER, N.Y./PRNewswire/ — Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Technolas Perfect Vision GmbH, a leading ophthalmology laser company based in Munich, Germany. The combination of Bausch + Lomb and Technolas Perfect Vision marries two of the strongest brands in eye care. The new entity will be known as Bausch + Lomb Technolas, with a continued commitment to the development and commercialization of the finest surgical laser technology in the ophthalmic field.
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Bausch + Lomb originally announced its intent to purchase all outstanding and unowned shares of Technolas Perfect Vision in November 2012. Technolas Perfect Vision was established in 2009 through a joint venture between Bausch + Lomb and 20/10 PERFECT VISION AG to develop and sell advanced refractive and cataract technologies. Financial details of the acquisition are not being disclosed.
The Technolas Perfect Vision team will become part of Bausch + Lomb’s Surgical business, and their femtosecond and excimer laser platforms for cataract and refractive surgery will broaden the company’s already robust product portfolio and new product pipeline.
Since December 2011, the two companies have been co-promoting the VICTUS™ femtosecond laser, which can perform both cataract and refractive procedures on a single platform. The VICTUS platform received marketing approval from regulatory authorities in Europe in late 2011 and received key clearances from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2012. In addition to the VICTUS platform, Technolas Perfect Vision is developing excimer lasers for advanced refractive procedures and in the European Union is commercializing SUPRACOR®, a new technology for the treatment of presbyopia.
“The Technolas Perfect Vision team, led by CEO Dr. Kristian Hohla, have built a ‘best in class’ femtosecond laser platform and other exciting ophthalmic products that round out Bausch + Lomb’s surgical product portfolio and position us to become a ‘one-stop shop’ for ophthalmic surgeons,” said Brent Saunders, president and chief executive officer, Bausch + Lomb.
Adds John Barr, executive vice president and president, Bausch + Lomb Global Surgical, “Technolas Perfect Vision’s unique laser platforms will enhance our ability to grow the business and augment our new product pipeline with cutting-edge surgical technology. We are pleased to welcome the Technolas Perfect Vision team to Bausch + Lomb and are committed to a seamless transition as we continue to provide physicians with systems, instruments and intraocular lenses that improve patients’ sight worldwide.”
Kristian Hohla, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Technolas Perfect Vision, will serve as the president of Bausch + Lomb Technolas, reporting to John Barr in the Surgical business of Bausch + Lomb. Concluded Dr. Hohla, “I want to thank the shareholders of Technolas Perfect Vision for their financial support of our endeavors and our employees for their passion and dedication to these innovative laser technologies. We are excited about this new chapter of our business and look forward to working with our Bausch + Lomb colleagues to advance the frontiers of ocular surgery.”
About Bausch + Lomb
Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare companies in the world. Its core businesses include contact lenses and lens care products, ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments, and ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. Founded in 1853, the company is headquartered in Rochester, NY, and employs roughly 11,000 people worldwide. Its products are available in more than 100 countries. More information is available at http://www.bausch.com.
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January 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

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