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IACA Launches the First Global Master in Anti-Corruption

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LAXENBURG, Austria /PRNewswire/ —
The International Anti-Corruption Academy’s (IACA) new Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) will train professionals from all sectors of society to better understand the phenomenon of corruption and apply innovative tools in devising sustainable strategies to prevent and counter it.
The inaugural class, consisting of 30 participants from all corners of the globe, with various professional backgrounds, will come together for the first on-site module on 16 February at the IACA campus in Laxenburg, Austria. A panel discussion will take place on 22 February, with participation open to the general public.
The two-year, part-time Master programme serves as an enhancement to professional development, offering advanced career opportunities in fields such as compliance, internal oversight, law enforcement, investigative journalism, academia, finance, and international affairs.
The MACS is interdisciplinary, providing technical assistance, knowledge and skills for building capacity in the field, and tools for helping bridge the gap between theory and practice. It combines distance learning with seven on-site modules, six of which will take place in Laxenburg, Austria and one in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Key elements of this academic programme also include teamwork, interactive learning, and professional networking.
Apart from the Master programme, IACA – an international organization with Members States from all regions of the world – offers a range of anti-corruption trainings, seminars, and research opportunities. Coming this summer, the third International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy will take place from 4 to 13 July. Applications are due on 15 March. A Best of seminar featuring internationally accredited political scientist Robert Klitgaard is scheduled for 10 and 11 July, with the registration period closing on 3 July.
For more information visit http://www.iaca.int or contact
Robert Gartner
T: +43-2236-710-718-109
E: robert.gartner@iaca.int
IACA
Muenchendorfer Str. 2
2361 Laxenburg
Austria

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February 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm

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Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Reaches Minus One Year Milestone!

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MOSCOW /PRNewswire/ —
Excitement fills the air as nine OMEGA Countdown Clocks tick away the seconds to the 22nd Olympic Winter Games
The 365-day countdown to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games officially began with the unveiling of new Countdown Clocks in eight cities across the Russian Federation. The excitement and anticipation for the next Olympic Winter Games grows as the days, hours, minutes and seconds tick away to 7 February, 2014 when the Opening Ceremony begins.
To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:
http://www.multivu.com/mnr/58690-sochi-OMEGA-olympic-winter-game-countdown
In May 2011, OMEGA revealed its first Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Countdown Clock in the host city. In addition to Sochi, the new cities that are now home to an official countdown include Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Pyatigorsk, Novosibirsk and Khabarovsk.
The clock’s design is intended to capture and reflect the spirit of a dynamic and diverse region which is defined as much by its history and tradition as by its contemporary outlook.
With their vibrant colours and transparent elements, OMEGA’s Countdown Clocks will have a noticeable presence in their respective cities and contribute to the energy surrounding the Olympic Movement. The clock’s appearance communicates the contrasting landscape in Sochi which features both the majestic mountains, where many of the events will take place, and the coast of the Black Sea.
OMEGA is proud to serve as Official Timekeeper at the upcoming Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, it will be the 26th time we have assumed the role since 1932. We look forward to serving the world’s finest winter athletes in Sochi at these Games marked with tradition, culture and the spirit of modern Russia.
As Official Timekeeper, we are proud to work with the IOC, sporting federations and athletes to ensure that the timekeeping technology used at the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games continues to fuel the Olympic spirit and captures every fraction of a second that defines an outcome.
OMEGA International Press Office
press@omega.ch
+41-32-343-9500
Video: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/58690-sochi-OMEGA-olympic-winter-game-countdown
Source: OMEGA

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February 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm

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CPhI Southeast Asia Broadens Focus to Highlight Vibrant ASEAN Pharma Market

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Adds Two New Co-Located Events to Include Equipment and Packaging Solutions
AMSTERDAM /PRNewswire/ — Leading events organiser, UBM Live, announced today that CPhI Southeast Asia, the first in its annual portfolio of global pharmaceutical ingredients events for 2013, will return on March 20 to 22 to the Jakarta International Expo in Indonesia. With strong projections for attendance and rebookings already secured from high-end exhibitors such as ACG, javaplant, BCN Peptides, Fuji Chemicals, Mensa Group, Procaps, Schott Pharma Packaging, Kalbe Group and SKY Softgel, this year’s event will feature an increased offering of learning summits and training workshops along with two additional co-located industry events. New this year, CPhI Southeast Asia will include P-MEC for pharmaceutical machinery, laboratory equipment and analytical technology and InnoPack South East Asia for innovative packaging and drug delivery soluctions.
The global CPhI portfolio centers on driving growth and innovation across the diverse sectors of the pharmaceutical industry. As part of this initiative, CPhI Southeast Asia debuted last year to highlight the vibrant ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) market and offer attendees and exhibitors direct access to a region with strong government support for pharmaceutical production, a large population of prospective customers and a dynamic and growing economy. The event will be further complemented by the addition of the CPhI Southeast Asia Pharmaceutical Summit for 2013 which serves to deliver the latest in market insight with in-depth dialogues from global and local practitioners. The high-level summit programme will run in an add on format from March 20 to 21, offering exceptional networking opportunities and discussions on ASEAN harmonisation, trade and border reguations, the contract services industry in Southeast Asia and a local healthcare perspective with a full view into the pharmerging markets. Also of specific importance, the summit will cover IP protection, successfully bringing pharmaceuticals to market, generics production and alternative medicines.
In its first year, CPhI Southeast Asia made a big impression on exhibitors and attendees. “I am really impressed. Although it is the first time, it is really very good — it is already an international standout CPhI event,” commented David Way of Colorcon, an exhibiting company from Singapore. Peter Liu of DSM in Signapore also noted, “It has been a very encouraging experience particularly having had several of our key customers visit us.”
CPhI Southeast Asia exists to expand exhibitor and visitor networks in the local ASEAN pharma market through a unique platform that facilitates face to face discussions that otherwise may not happen. The addition of P-MEC serves to highlight the growth of the finished dosage and generics sectors, which is currently being driven by rapid growth in the manufacture base of Southeast Asia. The introduction of InnoPack will further extend the scope of the event by bringing a focus to the important role that packaging plays in product development, safety, dosage and dispensing.
“The location in Indonesia is unique, as it offers a firsthand look into the ongoing harmonisation happening across the ASEAN region,” noted UBM Live Pharma Event Manager Martin Wilson. “Indonesia is currently the world’s fourth most populous country with around 238 million people and a CAGR of 11 percent, which is well above the world’s average. That said, this is a market that can bring significant benefits to our customer base, with CPhI Southeast Asia providing a unique oportunity to engage with industry leaders and decision makers from the region. We are pleased that the event was such a success in its first year with 220 exhibitors and 4,500 attendees, and we look forward to providing another focused, innovative event in a region that is actively building up infrastructure and encouraging foreign investment to our attendees and exhibitors in 2013.”
The 2013 return of CPhI Southeast Asia, with the addition of P-MEC and InnoPack will offer an effective venue for pharma professionals to make valuable business connections and maximise ROI both in Southeast Asia and across the globe. Beyond the strong growth in Indonesia, Vietnam’s pharma industry is expected to have a CAGR of 24 percent, with Malaysia and other countries in the region also poised for growth. The Deputy Minister of Health spoke to this huge growth potential at CPhI Southeast Asia last year, saying, “Rapid population growth and the improving economy are factors that will increase drug consumption here. The government’s 2014 social insurance programme has been designed to provide free healthcare for 76.4 million people, so if the poor people get sick, there is no need for them to pay, as everything is already paid for by the government. Under such a situation, we have many opportunities for investors and drug manufacturers to produce and meet the need and demand for drugs to the community.”
To learn more about this growing market and CPhI Southeast Asia, please visit http://www.cphi-sea.com.
The full schedule of annual UBM Live Pharma Portfolio of events includes: CPhI Russia (10-11 April, 2013 at the Manege Central Exhibition Hall in St. Petersburg); CPhI, ICSE, P-MEC, BioPh and Pharmatec Japan (24-26 April, 2013 at the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Centre in Japan); CPhI, P-MEC, ICSE, InnoPack, LABWorld, BioPh China (25-27 June 2013 at the SNIEC in Shanghai); CPhI South America (6-8 August, 2013 at the Expo Centre Norte, Sao Paulo, Brazil); CPhI Worldwide, ICSE, InnoPack, and P-MEC Europe (22-24 October, 2013 at the Messe Frankfurt, Germany); and CPhI, ICSE, P-MEC India and BioPh (3-5 December, 2013 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai).
To learn more about these global events, please visit http://www.cphi.com.
About UBM Live
UBM Live is a division of UBM Plc (LSE: UBM), a leading provider of business information services to the maritime, travel, fashion, technology, healthcare, media, and property industries. UBM offers services in trade shows, online, news distribution, and publishing to customers across the globe. Its brands are represented in more than 30 countries and are organized into specialist teams that serve their business communities helping them excel in their market by working effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to http://www.ubmlive.com.
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Beth Willers, Account Manager
beth@impresslabs.com
Tel + 1 503 928 7828
Company Enquiries:
Media Contact:
UBM Live
Liz Wakefield, Marketing Director
Tel +31 (0) 20 40 99 577
Source: UBM Live

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February 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm

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Ipreo and NIRI to Host Second Annual “IR Wisdom Roadshow”

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— Investor relations education event returns to China after tremendous success
HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Ipreo, a global leader in providing market intelligence, data, and technology solutions to all participants across the capital markets, announced they have again partnered with the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI)to offer a world-class educational experience to three cities in Greater China. The “IR Wisdom Roadshow” is designed to promote the investor relations profession through increased education, awareness and exposure. Three full-day events will be held in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong from Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28, 2013.
The IR Wisdom Roadshow represents a unique opportunity for investor relations professionals in the region to benefit from an exclusive gathering of influential local, regional and international industry experts and peers. This in-depth workshop will cover the expanding role of IR in China and the coming together of both local and global best practices. Event participants will receive a Certificate of IR Achievement to support continued career development for completing the one-day seminar.
Event attendees will also receive the option to become Global Subscribers of NIRI as part of the event attendance fee. NIRI is the world’s largest global IR community with members in 45 countries. NIRI members receive the benefit of access to world-class content through monthly publications, executive alerts, global IR surveys, professional career connections, education programs, and webinars. IR leaders around the globe look to NIRI for best-in-class practice standards and education.
“NIRI is dedicated to advancing the practice of investor relations and the professional competency and stature of IR practitioners around the world,”said Jeffrey D. Morgan, President and CEO of NIRI. “Based on the overwhelmingly positive response of last year’s events, we are delighted to return to China with Ipreo to share collective best practice knowledge directly related to the local Chinese marketplace along with the experience of the global investor relations community.”
“Education – on the markets, on the investment community, on the vital function of IR in public companies, and the development of IR within the management team – is extremely important to the growth and development of investor relations,” said Justin Reynolds, Managing Director of Asia-Pacific for Ipreo. “We are very pleased to be helping to drive that educational programming together with NIRI, by bringing practical content and expertise directly to the IR practitioners in China.”
To learn more about the IR Wisdom Roadshow, or to register for one of the events, visit http://www.niri.org/wisdom.
About NIRI
Founded in 1969, NIRI is the professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants responsible for communication among corporate management, shareholders, securities analysts and other financial community constituents. NIRI is the largest professional investor relations association in the world with more than 3,300 members representing over 1,600 publicly held companies and $9 trillion in stock market capitalization.
About Ipreo
Ipreo is a premier global provider of high quality data, market intelligence, and productivity solutions to investment banking and corporate clients. With decades of experience serving the capital markets, and a reputation for superior customer service, Ipreo is both a dynamic innovator and a trusted resource. Ipreo has more than 650 employees and operations throughout the world. Ipreo is majority-owned by private equity firm KKR (www.kkr.com). For more information, please go to http://www.ipreo.com.
Source: Ipreo

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February 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm

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The 113th Canton Fair: “Great Opportunities for Emerging Markets”

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GUANGZHOU, China /PRNewswire/ — As a window onto the Chinese marketplace, the Canton Fair – China’s most prestigious trade event – is proving increasingly important to buyers and sellers from emerging markets. With the 113th Fair kicking off on April 15, businessmen worldwide – especially those from emerging economies in Latin America, Asia and Africa – are gearing up to build on the success of last year’s event, which saw trade in this area prosper.
Last autumn nearly 190,000 buyers from 211 countries and regions around the world attended the 112th Canton Fair. A total of 552 foreign enterprises from 44 countries attended as exhibitors, many of them from developing countries. Many businessmen expressed their optimism about burgeoning trade with China.
Rafeeque Ahmed, President of the Federation of Indian Export Organizations, led a delegation of 52 Indian enterprises to the 112th Fair, offering everything from hand tools to kitchen appliances.
Indian companies are already active in exporting home appliances to the Chinese market, and are introducing products such as auto parts, medicine, crafts and garments, explained Ahmed. He predicted that Indian exports to China will reach US$100 billion by 2018, growing annually by around 30 percent.
“This is a challenging yet achievable target given the potential of the country,” said Ahmed.
Quality Chinese goods with competitive prices are welcomed by affluent African consumers, according to Luo Yifeng, a Chinese merchant who purchased products for his African retailers at the last Canton Fair.
“I have made purchases at the fair for buyers in South Africa and Tanzania,” said Luo, who has several stores in Africa.
The buying power of African consumers is changing with the continent’s rapid development – those with an annual household income of $5,000 or more spend half on goods other than food and shelter. It is estimated that 90 million African residents currently fall into this demographic, and this number will reach 128 million by 2020.
The Canton Fair is also proving an excellent platform for gathering business intelligence. A forum on doing business with Brazil, held at the 112th Fair, was particularly successful – the 113th Fair will host a similar forum on Russia.
Event organizers now look forward to welcoming participants to the 113th Canton Fair, the best window onto the Chinese market.
For further information please visit:http://www.cantonfair.org.cn/en/index.asp
Source: The Canton Fair

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February 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

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10,000 Students Respond to Clinton’s $1m Food Crisis Challenge

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World’s largest student competition yet
NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — The Hult Prize has just announced that it has received over 10,000 applicants for its annual social start-up competition, which awards $1m in funding to the winning venture. This year’s challenge; the global food crisis, was personally selected by key partner President Clinton, and has attracted students from more than 150 countries representing over 350 higher education institutions.
President Clinton, who has supported the Hult Prize since 2009, has described the initiative as “one of the top 5 ideas that are changing the world for the better”:
“The Hult Prize is a wonderful example of the creative cooperation needed to build a world with shared opportunity, shared responsibility, and shared prosperity, and each year I look forward to seeing the many outstanding ideas the competition produces.”
Founded only four years ago by Hult International Business School alumnus Ahmad Ashkar, the Hult Prize has fast tracked its way to the top and is now the world’s largest student competition.
“Our global reach is unmatched and partners like President Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative, along with Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, have really cemented our seat at the social entrepreneurship table. We host regional finals in five cities across the world and an online virtual round, giving us access to every college and university student and idea on the map,” says Ahmad Ashkar, CEO of Hult Prize.
The Hult Prize Global Finals will take place at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York on 22 September, 2013.
Calendar:
2 March 2013
– Regional finals to be held in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai
28 June 2013
– Regional and online winners fly to the Hult Accelerator to begin a 2 months boot camp-style incubation of start-ups. On-site mentors to include President Clinton and Muhammad Yunus.
22 September 2013
– Hult Prize Global Finals takes place at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York and President Clinton awards winning start-up $1m.
About Hult Prize
The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The annual initiative is the world’s largest crowd-sourcing platform for social good. The Hult Prize has been funded by the Hult family since its inception in 2009. To learn more, visit http://www.hultprize.org.
About Hult International Business School
Hult is the world’s most international business school with campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, and Shanghai, and rotation centers in New York and Sao Paulo. The school offers MBA, Executive MBA, Master and Bachelor degree programs. Hult’s one-year MBA program is ranked 1st in Percentage Salary Increase by The Economist and Top 10 in International Business and International Experience by the Financial Times. For more information, go to http://www.hult.edu.
Source: Hult International Business School

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February 8, 2013 at 11:14 am

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Veuve Clicquot and Joel Robuchon, Knights on a Quest for Excellence

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REIMS, France /PRNewswire/ —
In February 2013, the House of Veuve Clicquot and star chef Joel Robuchon will join their renowned savoir-faire to create the perfect ambiance, balancing quality with conviviality.
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http://www.multivu.com/mnr/58676-veuve-clicquot-ponsardin
Veuve Clicquot has long been known to partner with innovative designers and architects, fostering and celebrating creativity. Today Veuve Clicquot begins a great culinary adventure, partnering with Michelin-starred chef Joel Robuchon whose remarkable creativity has concocted world renown.
Passion and savoir-faire
Veuve Clicquot has pursued a noble quest for excellence for 240 sparkling years. Forever seeking to maintain “Only one quality – the finest,” as first asserted by Mme Clicquot herself, the House has set an unparalleled standard. Along the same trajectory, Joel Robuchon is today recognized as a “pope of gastronomy,” able to draw new qualities from the simplest of flavors and enhancing the pure qualities of his raw materials. The two notorious names, known for their high standards and a unforgivable perfectionism, today unite their specialties.
Video: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/58676-veuve-clicquot-ponsardin
Source: Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

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February 8, 2013 at 10:25 am

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$1,000,000 Global B.R.A.I.N. Prize Seeks Applicants

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TEL AVIV, Israel /PRNewswire/ —
R&D Award Will Recognize and Support Breakthrough in Brain Technology; Entries by March 15th
Israel Brain Technologies (IBT) is seeking applicants for its $1,000,000 Global B.R.A.I.N. Prize competition. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2013.
The Global B.R.A.I.N (Breakthrough Research And Innovation in Neurotechnology) Prize is an international R&D award to be granted to an individual, group or organization for a recent breakthrough in the field of brain technology.
The one-million-dollar prize will recognize a disruptive innovation on a path to commercialization with potentially significant impact to humanity. Innovations eligible for the award include:
1. Novel technologies that can augment scientific understanding of the brain
2. New technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of brain disease
3. Cutting-edge technologies to enhance human brain function
4. Groundbreaking Brain-Machine Interface technologies
5. Innovative brain stimulation technologies
6. Disruptive brain-inspired technologies in computation, communications and robotics
The prize will be awarded at IBT’s Global Brain Technology Conference to be held in October, 2013. The prize is aimed at supporting further development of the winning technology.
Full contest details, terms and conditions as well as an application form can be found here.
The international judging committee is composed of distinguished leaders in neuroscience, technology and business, including three Nobel laureates: Profs. Eric Kandel, Daniel Kahneman and Bert Sakmann.
About Israel Brain Technologies
Israel Brain Technologies (IBT), a non-profit organization, has embarked upon a mission to advance the neurotechnology industry and establish Israel as a global epicenter of brain technology and related research.
IBT promotes multi-disciplinary research and development projects in Israel as well as collaboration between the Israeli brain ecosystem and the global community of researchers and innovators.
IBT was inspired by the vision of Israeli President Shimon Peres, a leading proponent of brain research and technology.
IBT is led by a team of technology entrepreneurs and life-science professionals, and is advised by a panel of renowned academic, industry and public sector representatives including Nobel laureates.
For more information, please visit: http://www.israelbrain.org/
CONTACT:
Miri Polachek
IBT Executive Director
miri@israelbrain.org
+972-3-6441735
Source: Israel Brain Technologies (IBT)

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February 8, 2013 at 10:12 am

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