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No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia Opens at the Guggenheim on February 22

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Inaugural Exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative in New York Showcases Work by Artists from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam

NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — From February 22 to May 22, 2013, the Guggenheim Museum in New York presents No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, the inaugural exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, featuring work by 22 artists and collectives representing some of the most compelling and innovative voices in South and Southeast Asia today. Focusing on the region’s shifting spectrum of creative practices, the New York presentation features painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, and work on paper, the majority of which will be on view in the United States for the first time. All works have been newly acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund. Following its presentation in New York, No Country will travel to Asia Society Hong Kong Center, October 2013-February 2014. The exhibition is also expected to travel to Singapore.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130221/DC60944)

No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia was curated by June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, who was invited by the Guggenheim for a two-year residency in New York to organize the exhibition. She received assistance from Helen Hsu, Assistant Curator, Guggenheim Museum, and guidance from Guggenheim Museum Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, Alexandra Munroe. Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Guggenheim Foundation, New York, and Joan Young, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Guggenheim Museum, provide curatorial oversight for the multi-year Initiative.

Exhibition Overview
The exhibition expands the Guggenheim’s global dialogue and significantly increases its holdings of art from these dynamic communities. The exhibition title, No Country, is drawn from the opening line in W.B. Yeats’s poem “Sailing to Byzantium” (1928), which was later adopted by Cormac McCarthy for his novel No Country for Old Men (2005), and evokes the idea of a culture without borders. The exhibition investigates the diversity of contemporary artistic practice in South and Southeast Asia through the work of a cross-generational selection of artists and in the context of the region’s historically-shifting borders.

Curator Yap notes: “No Country frames a new look at the network of relationships — between places, people, traditions, ideas, and languages — that defines this interrelated but diverse group of countries. It proposes an understanding of its cultural practices that transcends physical and political borders, revealing a complex pattern of influence. Accompanied by programs for engagement with different local and international audiences, No Country is more than an exhibition; it is a platform for discussion and exchange, and for the undoing of barriers to mutual understanding.”

The Artists
The artists in the exhibition are: Amar Kanwar (b. 1964, New Delhi, India), Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (b. 1957, Trad, Thailand), Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo (b. 1978, Bandung, Indonesia), Aung Myint (b. 1946, Yangon, Myanmar), Bani Abidi (b. 1971, Karachi, Pakistan), Ho Tzu Nyen (b. 1976, Singapore), Khadim Ali (b. 1978, Quetta, Pakistan), Navin Rawanchaikul (b. 1971, Chiang Mai, Thailand), Norberto Roldan (b. 1953, Roxas City, Philippines), Poklong Anading (b. 1975, Manila, Philippines), Reza Afisina (b. 1977, Bandung, Indonesia), Shilpa Gupta (b. 1976, Mumbai, India), Tang Da Wu (b. 1943, Singapore), Tayeba Begum Lipi (b. 1969, Gaibandha, Bangladesh), The Otolith Group (est. 2002, London, United Kingdom), The Propeller Group (est. 2006, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Los Angeles, California), Tran Luong (b. 1960, Hanoi, Vietnam), Truong Tan (b. 1963, Hanoi, Vietnam), Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976, Saigon, Vietnam), Vincent Leong (b. 1979, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Tun Win Aung (b. 1975, Yalutt, Myanmar), Wah Nu (b. 1977, Yangon, Myanmar), and Wong Hoy Cheong (b. 1960, George Town, Malaysia).

Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund Permanent Collection Additions
In addition to the works exhibited in New York and in the exhibition tour, the Guggenheim is in the process of acquiring works by Kamin Lertchaiprasert (b. 1964, Lop Buri, Thailand), Simryn Gill (b. 1959, Singapore), Sopheap Pich (b. 1971, Battambang, Cambodia), and Vandy Rattana (b. 1980, Phnom Penh, Cambodia), which will become part of the Guggenheim’s collection through the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund.

Expanding the Dialogue, On the Ground and Online
As part of its mission to encourage cross-cultural dialogue about contemporary art and cultural practice, the Guggenheim is presenting an extensive series of discussions and commentaries, accessible at participating venues in South and Southeast Asia and New York City, and online on the Initiative’s website. The online platform features written texts, audio, and video by curators, art historians, artists, and regional experts. Browse film screenings, artist talks, family workshops and more in the MAP education brochure. Visit guggenheim.org/MAP.

About Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia inaugurates the exhibition component of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative: a multi-year collaboration that charts contemporary art and creative activity in South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. Guggenheim UBS MAP encompasses curatorial residencies, international touring exhibitions, audience-driven educational programming, and acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. The initiative seeks to stimulate dialogue and creative interaction both regionally and globally, in museums and among artists, scholars, museumgoers, and online communities.

Website: guggenheim.org/MAP

For updates on the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, follow #GuggUBSMAP on Twitter. For the press release, go to guggenheim.org/pressreleases.

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February 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

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No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia Opens at the Guggenheim on February 22

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Inaugural Exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative in New York Showcases Work by Artists from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam

NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — From February 22 to May 22, 2013, the Guggenheim Museum in New York presents No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, the inaugural exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, featuring work by 22 artists and collectives representing some of the most compelling and innovative voices in South and Southeast Asia today. Focusing on the region’s shifting spectrum of creative practices, the New York presentation features painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, and work on paper, the majority of which will be on view in the United States for the first time. All works have been newly acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund. Following its presentation in New York, No Country will travel to Asia Society Hong Kong Center, October 2013-February 2014. The exhibition is also expected to travel to Singapore.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130221/DC60944)

No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia was curated by June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, who was invited by the Guggenheim for a two-year residency in New York to organize the exhibition. She received assistance from Helen Hsu, Assistant Curator, Guggenheim Museum, and guidance from Guggenheim Museum Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, Alexandra Munroe. Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Guggenheim Foundation, New York, and Joan Young, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Guggenheim Museum, provide curatorial oversight for the multi-year Initiative.

Exhibition Overview
The exhibition expands the Guggenheim’s global dialogue and significantly increases its holdings of art from these dynamic communities. The exhibition title, No Country, is drawn from the opening line in W.B. Yeats’s poem “Sailing to Byzantium” (1928), which was later adopted by Cormac McCarthy for his novel No Country for Old Men (2005), and evokes the idea of a culture without borders. The exhibition investigates the diversity of contemporary artistic practice in South and Southeast Asia through the work of a cross-generational selection of artists and in the context of the region’s historically-shifting borders.

Curator Yap notes: “No Country frames a new look at the network of relationships — between places, people, traditions, ideas, and languages — that defines this interrelated but diverse group of countries. It proposes an understanding of its cultural practices that transcends physical and political borders, revealing a complex pattern of influence. Accompanied by programs for engagement with different local and international audiences, No Country is more than an exhibition; it is a platform for discussion and exchange, and for the undoing of barriers to mutual understanding.”

The Artists
The artists in the exhibition are: Amar Kanwar (b. 1964, New Delhi, India), Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (b. 1957, Trad, Thailand), Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo (b. 1978, Bandung, Indonesia), Aung Myint (b. 1946, Yangon, Myanmar), Bani Abidi (b. 1971, Karachi, Pakistan), Ho Tzu Nyen (b. 1976, Singapore), Khadim Ali (b. 1978, Quetta, Pakistan), Navin Rawanchaikul (b. 1971, Chiang Mai, Thailand), Norberto Roldan (b. 1953, Roxas City, Philippines), Poklong Anading (b. 1975, Manila, Philippines), Reza Afisina (b. 1977, Bandung, Indonesia), Shilpa Gupta (b. 1976, Mumbai, India), Tang Da Wu (b. 1943, Singapore), Tayeba Begum Lipi (b. 1969, Gaibandha, Bangladesh), The Otolith Group (est. 2002, London, United Kingdom), The Propeller Group (est. 2006, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Los Angeles, California), Tran Luong (b. 1960, Hanoi, Vietnam), Truong Tan (b. 1963, Hanoi, Vietnam), Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976, Saigon, Vietnam), Vincent Leong (b. 1979, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Tun Win Aung (b. 1975, Yalutt, Myanmar), Wah Nu (b. 1977, Yangon, Myanmar), and Wong Hoy Cheong (b. 1960, George Town, Malaysia).

Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund Permanent Collection Additions
In addition to the works exhibited in New York and in the exhibition tour, the Guggenheim is in the process of acquiring works by Kamin Lertchaiprasert (b. 1964, Lop Buri, Thailand), Simryn Gill (b. 1959, Singapore), Sopheap Pich (b. 1971, Battambang, Cambodia), and Vandy Rattana (b. 1980, Phnom Penh, Cambodia), which will become part of the Guggenheim’s collection through the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund.

Expanding the Dialogue, On the Ground and Online
As part of its mission to encourage cross-cultural dialogue about contemporary art and cultural practice, the Guggenheim is presenting an extensive series of discussions and commentaries, accessible at participating venues in South and Southeast Asia and New York City, and online on the Initiative’s website. The online platform features written texts, audio, and video by curators, art historians, artists, and regional experts. Browse film screenings, artist talks, family workshops and more in the MAP education brochure. Visit guggenheim.org/MAP.

About Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia inaugurates the exhibition component of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative: a multi-year collaboration that charts contemporary art and creative activity in South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. Guggenheim UBS MAP encompasses curatorial residencies, international touring exhibitions, audience-driven educational programming, and acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. The initiative seeks to stimulate dialogue and creative interaction both regionally and globally, in museums and among artists, scholars, museumgoers, and online communities.

Website: guggenheim.org/MAP

For updates on the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, follow #GuggUBSMAP on Twitter. For the press release, go to guggenheim.org/pressreleases.

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February 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm

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Simbionix Signs an Agreement with the Laparoscopic Surgical Skills Foundation (LSS)

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CLEVELAND, Ohio, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Simbionix and the Laparoscopic Surgical Skills Foundation (LSS) signed a collaboration agreement that is supported by Europe’s most prestigious society in the laparoscopic discipline, The European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES). Training materials and assessment tools for the European Laparoscopic Skills Curriculum will be the result of this initiative.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120502/529202-a )

Recent safety and surgical quality performance reports from the World Health Organization and others stress the urgent need for the improvement of training, assessment, and accreditation for technology-dependent surgical procedures such as laparoscopy. LSS is an initiative by the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) to provide a standard to (re)credential surgeons to perform laparoscopic surgery effectively and safely. LSS goes beyond the basic skills and focuses on safeguarding the quality of performance in laparoscopic procedures.

This agreement is a continuation of successful two-year collaboration during which the LSS program has been operating in training centers across Europe. This incorporates the Simbionix LAP Mentor in the process of defining and validating the criterion-based assessment tool and clinical assessment of index procedures performance.

Professor Jakimowicz, MD, PhD, FRCS Ed said, “This agreement shows the benefit of industry and professional society collaboration. The structure of the training, applicability of the course content in practice and the proportion of theory and hands-on training are rated positively by the trainees.” Prof. Jakimowicz added, “The LSS program appeals to both residents in training and already accredited surgeons. International participation indicates that the LSS program has the potential to become a future European standard in surgical education in laparoscopic surgery. ”

Ran Bronstein, President of Simbionix, expressed excitement about the agreement: “As a leading provider of medical simulators and online medical education, Simbionix understands the importance of providing access to standardized training. This collaboration, by leveraging the clinical knowledge and experience of the EAES and the innovative technologies of Simbionix, will set a new standard for laparoscopic skills training in Europe.”

About the LSS:

Laparoscopic Surgical Skills (LSS) program, developed under the auspices of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES), aims to provide a standard to credential surgeons to perform laparoscopic surgery effectively and safely.

About Simbionix:

Simbionix is the world’s leading provider of medical simulation training and education solutions for the healthcare industry. Visit: http://www.simbionix.com

Contact: Susan Vetrone, North American Director of Marketing susanv@simbionix.com Toll Free 866-SIMBIONIX or +1-216-229-2040, Fax +1-216-229-2070.

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February 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

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Standard Chartered Unveils New Consumer Banking Website

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India the launch pad for the Bank’s fully responsive, device agnostic and social media integrated internet banking website


MUMBAI, India, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Standard Chartered Bank( http://www.standardchartered.com ) has unveiled a new standard for its global consumer banking websites( http://www.standardchartered.co.in ) with customers in India the first to experience the Bank’s redesigned online sales and service channel.

(Photo: http://www.prnasia.com/sa/2013/02/21/20130221131726546594.html )

Aman Narain, Group Head of Internet and Mobile Banking, said:

“In the most extensive redesign undertaken to date of Standard Chartered’s online consumer banking services, we aimed to create a user experience that is even more intuitive and personalised for our customers. With the smartphone and tablet revolution resulting in the explosion of mobile browsing, Standard Chartered has launched a fully responsive, device agnostic internet banking website which works just as beautifully on computers, tablets and smartphones. Our new responsive web design sets the standard for the banking industry by allowing content to orient around different devices or browsers without the need to develop multiple versions. This provides not only a better and more consistent user experience, but also a more efficient and cost effective way for the Bank to provide information and serve our customers.”

Sanjeeb Chaudhuri, Regional Head of Consumer Banking South East Asia, said:

“Standard Chartered selected India as the first market for the global launch of our new consumer banking websites in recognition of the country’s growing segment of globally-connected customers who are on-the-go, tech-savvy, socially networked and who demand transaction freedom. In addition to its more intuitive and user-friendly interface, the new website also includes integration to key social media sites to facilitate better information sharing.”

In tech-savvy India, mobile internet traffic has reached 60%, surpassing desktop internet traffic, which has declined to 40% (source: Mary Meeker at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, May 2012). India’s smartphone market is expected to grow by over 60% this year with 26.5 million handsets forecasted to be shipped to the market in 2013 (Canalys, Report: Developing markets will drive smart phone market growth in 2013, Jan 2013) making it the world’s fifth largest smartphone market after China, USA, Japan and Brazil.

The launch of Standard Chartered India’s new consumer banking website, http://www.standardchartered.co.in, marks the beginning of a more unified customer experience which will extend across the Bank’s digital channels including its Breeze suite of award-winning mobile banking and lifestyle applications –making banking easier and even more convenient anywhere, anytime.

New and improved consumer banking websites will be gradually rolled out in 2013 across key markets including mainland China, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and the UAE — a tangible reflection of the Bank’s ongoing commitment to deliver a superior, unified customer experience across all channels.

Attachment: 6 Reasons Why You’ll Love Standard Chartered*s New Web Design( http://www.standardchartered.co.in )

NOTE TO EDITORS

Standard Chartered — leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Standard Chartered is a leading international banking group. It has operated for over 150 years in some of the world’s most dynamic markets and earns around 90 per cent of its income and profits in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This geographic focus and commitment to developing deep relationships with clients and customers has driven the Bank’s growth in recent years. Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong stock exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

With 1,700 offices in 70 markets, the Group offers exciting and challenging international career opportunities for 87,000 staff. It is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and is trusted worldwide for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity. Standard Chartered’s heritage and values are expressed in its brand promise, ‘Here for good’.

For further information please visit http://www.standardchartered.com. Follow Standard Chartered at http://www.facebook.com/standardchartered and on Twitter @StanChart( http://twitter.com/stanchart ).

For further information, please contact:

May Meere
Group Technology & Operations
Standard Chartered Bank
Mobile: +65-9366-2351
E-mail: may.meere@sc.com

SOURCE﹛Standard Chartered

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February 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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2013 Global Outlook on Manufacturing and Process Industries: Renaissance or Ruins?

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– Interactive webinar evaluating key global trends, with a discussion led by Frost & Sullivan’s Industrial Automation and Process Control global thought leaders
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif./PRNewswire/ —
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, March 5,
2013
LOCATION: Online, with complimentary
registration
CHAIR: Frost & Sullivan’s Industrial
Automation and Process Control (IPC)
Global Vice President Sath Rao
SPEAKERS: Chief Economist Vinnie Aggarwal
Manufacturing Leadership Council
Global Vice President David Brousell
IPC and Measurement and
Instrumentation (M&I) Director Muthu
Kumar
IPC and M&I Vice President of Asia-
Pacific Satish Lele

The global recession of 2009-2010 is in the rear view mirror, but key industries and regions are sputtering while others are on fire. This discussion and presentation brings together both regional and industry experts to provide insights on the “lay of the land” projected for 2013 in the global manufacturing and process industries. Frost & Sullivan’s panelists will discuss:
The global economic outlook for 2013, with a focus on manufacturing, process control, automation, pumps, valves, compressors, and motors and drives
The most critical issues for manufacturers today
Perspectives on manufacturing moving back to the U.S.
The general economic mood in Europe, Asia-Pacific, China and India, and what these dispositions mean to the manufacturing and process industries, with highlights of the top five trends and opportunities for all regions
How the top five trends are driving opportunities for value chain participants
This briefing will benefit industrial suppliers throughout the value chain by providing trends, forecasts and projected hot spots for the global manufacturing and process industries.
Supporting Quote
“In making investment and sales decisions, it is imperative that executives understand the context within which they will be operating,” said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation and Process Control Global Vice President Sath Rao. “Game changing trends exist in many areas — the U.S. shale boom is one example. Manufacturing competitiveness in the U.S. is likely to improve as a result of the shale gas revolution. The growth in this industry is expected to place downward pressure on natural gas prices, which will benefit the manufacturing and process industries even further, and have repercussions for industries globally.”
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Attendees will receive a whitepaper including expanded commentary post-event
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Receive a recorded version of the briefing anytime by submitting the aforementioned contact details.
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Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.
Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.
The Integrated Value Propositionprovides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.
For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?
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February 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm

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Measure temperature and humidity with your mobile device

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STAEFA, Switzerland/PRNewswire/ — Swiss sensor manufacturer Sensirion announced the successful integration of the world’s smallest humidity and temperature sensor into smartphones at the MWC 2013, setting a new standard for ambient sensing.
Sensirion’s previous sensor models already provided a complete sensor solution for mobile devices and have been successfully integrated into millions of mobile phones. With the new SHTC1 humidity and temperature sensor, Sensirion has responded to calls from industry and developed the world’s smallest sensor in its class. It measures just 2 mm x 2 mm x 0.8 mm and is based on proven CMOSens®Technology, which combines the sensor and processing electronics on a single silicon chip to achieve the tiny device size.
The sensor measures relative humidity over a range of 0 to 100% RH with a typical accuracy of ±3% RH. The temperature measuring range is -30 to +100 °C with a typical accuracy of ±0.3 °C. The sensor is fully calibrated, has a digital I²C interface, and is suitable for reflow soldering. This makes it compatible with standard industrial mass production processes for electronic modules. To ensure effective integration of the sensor in complex applications and a smooth implementation of projects, Sensirion draws on its many years of experience with the deployment of millions of sensor products. The new SHTC1 humidity and temperature sensor delivers miniature size with maximum performance.
More information: smart.sensirion.com
About Sensirion
Sensirion AG, headquartered in Staefa, Switzerland, is the world’s leading manufacturer of digital microsensors and systems. The product range includes humidity and temperature sensors, mass flow controllers, gas and liquid flow sensors, and differential pressure sensors. An international network with sales offices in the USA, Germany, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea supplies international OEM customers with tailor-made sensor system solutions for a vast range of applications. Among other things, these include analytical instruments, consumer goods and automobiles, as well as the medical and HVAC industries. One of the hallmark features of Sensirion products is the use of patented CMOSens technology. CMOS-based sensor elements and systems permit intelligent system integration, including calibration and a digital interface. Sensirion’s credentials as a reliable OEM supplier are underscored by its ISO/TS 16949 certification.
Source: Sensirion AG

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February 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm

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edX Expands Internationally and Doubles its Institutional Membership with the Addition of Six New Schools

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– edX welcomes The Australian National University, Delft University of Technology, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, McGill University, Rice University and University of Toronto to its X University Consortium of the world’s leading higher education institutions

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — EdX, the not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), announced today the international expansion of its X University Consortium with the addition of six new global higher education institutions. The Australian National University (ANU), Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, McGill University and the University of Toronto in Canada, and Rice University in the United States are joining the Consortium and will use the edX platform to deliver the next generation of online and blended courses. This international expansion enables edX to better achieve its mission of providing world-class courses to everyone, everywhere, and is the natural next step to continue serving the large international student body already using edX on a daily basis.

While MOOCs, or massive open online courses, have typically focused on offering a variety of online courses inexpensively or for free, edX’s vision is much larger. EdX is building an open source educational platform and a network of the world’s top universities to improve education both online and on campus while conducting research on how students learn. To date, edX has more than 700,000 individuals on its platform, who account for more than 900,000 course enrollments. The addition of these new higher education institutions stretching from North America to Europe to the Asia Pacific will double the number of X University Consortium members and add a rich variety of new courses to edX’s offerings:

The Australian National University, a celebrated place of intensive research, education and policy engagement, will provide a series of ANUx courses to the open source platform including Astrophysics taught by Nobel Laureate and Professor of Astrophysics Brian Schmidt and his colleague Dr. Paul Francis, and Engaging India, taught by Dr. McComas Taylor and Dr. Peter Friedlander.
Delft University of Technology, the largest and oldest technological university in the Netherlands, will provide a series of DelftX courses under Creative Commons license, including Introduction to Aerospace Engineering by Professor Jacco Hoekstra, Solar Energy by Dr. Arno Smets, and Water Treatment Engineering by Professor Jules van Lier.
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, one of the most famous institutions of science and technology in Europe, will provide a series of EPFLx courses specially tailored to fit the edX format, originating from its five schools — Engineering, Life Sciences, Informatics and Communication, Architecture and Basic Sciences.
McGill University, one of Canada’s best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world, will provide a series of McGillX courses in areas ranging from science and the humanities to public policy issues.
Rice University, in Houston, Texas, is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. Rice’s Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology was the world’s first nanotechnology center when it opened in 1991. Rice will initially provide four RiceX courses and investigate ways to integrate its learning analytics tools from OpenStax Tutor to enable students and instructors to track their progress in real time.
University of Toronto, one of the most respected and influential institutions of higher education and advanced research in the world, will provide a series of TorontoX courses including Terrestrial Energy System by Professor Bryan Kanrey, Behavioral Economics by Professor Dilip Soman, The Logic of Business: Building Blocks for Organizational Design by Professor Mihnea Moldoveanu, and Bioinformatic Methods by Professor Nicholas Provart.
“We have had an international student community from the very beginning, and bringing these leading universities, from North America and Europe and the Asia Pacific into the edX organization will help us meet the tremendous demand we are experiencing,” said Anant Agarwal, President of edX. “Each of these schools was carefully selected for the distinct expertise they bring to our growing family of edX institutions. We remain committed to growing edX to meet the needs of the world while maintaining a superior learning experience for all.”

Courses offered by institutions on the edX platform provide the same rigor as on-campus classes but are designed to take advantage of the unique features and benefits of online learning environments, including game-like experiences, instant feedback and cutting-edge virtual laboratories. Through edX, the new X Universities will provide interactive education experiences for students around the world. All that is required of edX students is access to the Internet and a desire to learn. By breaking down the barriers of location and cost and enabling the global exchange of information and ideas, edX is changing the foundations of both teaching and learning.

The new member institutions will join founding universities MIT and Harvard, as well as the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Texas System, Wellesley College and Georgetown University in the X University Consortium. ANUx, DelftX, EPFLx, McGillX, RiceX and TorontoX will offer courses on edX beginning in late 2013. All of the courses will be hosted on edX’s open source platform at http://www.edx.org.

About edX

EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on transforming online and on-campus learning through groundbreaking methodologies, game-like experiences and cutting-edge research. EdX provides inspirational and transformative knowledge to students of all ages, social status, and income who form worldwide communities of learners. EdX uses its open source technology to transcend physical and social borders. We’re focused on people, not profit. EdX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the USA.

Media Contact:

Dan O’Connell
oconnell@edx.org
+1-617-480-6585
Source: edX

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February 22, 2013 at 11:48 am

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Boston Scientific Signs Agreement with Fukuda Denshi for Distribution of Neuromodulation Devices in Japan

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TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — (Feb. 20, 2013 US Time) Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) subsidiary Boston Scientific Japan K.K. has reached an agreement with Fukuda Denshi Co., Ltd. to market and sell the Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Precision Plus System and accessories throughout Japan. Fukuda Denshi’s extensive sales resources, distribution network and service capabilities are expected to enable Boston Scientific to reach substantially more accounts, customers and patients in Japan. Fukuda Denshi will begin distributing Boston Scientific Neuromodulation products April 1, 2013.
Boston Scientific is a leading developer of Neuromodulation devices used to manage chronic neuropathic pain. The Boston Scientific Spinal Cord Precision Plus System is the only device on the market with 16 dedicated, independent current sources designed to precisely target patient pain and the only device to offer patients wireless charging and wireless remote control to treat their pain. The remote controller is designed for patient ease of use due to its small size.
“We are pleased to reach this agreement with Fukuda Denshi to distribute our Neuromodulation products in Japan,” said Yusuke Naiki, president, Boston Scientific Japan. “Fukuda Denshi has been an established player in Japan for more than 70 years, with a proven track record and a long and successful history of delivering results. We look forward to a successful relationship.”
Currently, more than 60,000 patients around the world are using The Precision Plus System.
About Boston Scientific
Boston Scientific transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. As a global medical technology leader for more than 30 years, we advance science for life by providing a broad range of high performance solutions that address unmet patient needs and reduce the cost of healthcare. For more information, visit us at http://www.bostonscientific.com.
About Fukuda Denshi
Founded in 1939, Fukuda Denshi is a global leader in the research and development, manufacture and sale of medical electronics equipment. With corporate headquarters in Tokyo, the company supports direct sales and distributor networks globally.
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Factors that may cause such differences include, among other things: future economic, competitive, reimbursement and regulatory conditions; new product introductions; demographic trends; intellectual property; litigation; financial market conditions; and future business decisions made by us and our competitors. All of these factors are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of them are beyond our control. For a further list and description of these and other important risks and uncertainties that may affect our future operations, see Part I, Item 1A – Risk Factors in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which we may update in Part II, Item 1A – Risk Factors in Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q we have filed or will file hereafter. We disclaim any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or in events, conditions or circumstances on which those expectations may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. This cautionary statement is applicable to all forward-looking statements contained in this document.
CONTACT:
Kenichi Kitawaki
03-5322-3559 (office)
Corporate Marketing
Boston Scientific Corporation
Kenichi.Kitawaki@bsci.com
Steven Campanini
508-652-5740 (office)
Media Relations
Boston Scientific Corporation
media@bsci.com
Michael Campbell
508-650-8023 (office)
Investor Relations
Boston Scientific Corporation
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Source: Boston Scientific Corporation

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February 22, 2013 at 11:37 am

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PPI Group Selected as Media Partner for Cruise Shipping Miami 2013

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PPI’s broadcast division to cover the event at the Miami Beach Convention Center March 11-14, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — PPI Group, the new multimedia partner of Cruise Shipping Miami 2013, is set to document this premier event with its state-of-the-art broadcast division and award-winning production team. With more than 1,000 exhibitors spotlighting the world of cruising, Cruise Shipping Miami is the leading exhibition and conference for companies and organizations that do business with the international cruise industry.
PPI Group will be there to capture every moment of this annual event, with interviews and footage featuring top executives, industry insights, trends in cruise ship design, new and exciting destinations, and more. PPI Group will film and produce live feeds, on behalf of Cruise Shipping Miami, that will screen on an extensive video network throughout the exhibition.
“This is an excellent opportunity to highlight the most integral and exciting moments of Cruise Shipping Miami for our exceptionally wide audience,” noted Daniel Read, Portfolio Director for UBM Live, owners and organizers of Cruise Shipping Miami. “PPI’s relationship with the cruise industry goes back almost as long as ours does, and with that comes a deep understanding of the business that will be clearly conveyed throughout the show and, of course, in a fantastic finished product.”
PPI Group CEO and President Bill Panoff commented on the new union between Cruise Shipping Miami and PPI Group: “We are honored and privileged to partner with Cruise Shipping for this year’s show. We’ll have a highly talented crew and hosts attending all key events and mingling with exhibitors in order to capture the pulse of the convention in a way that only PPI can.”
“I am especially pleased as PPI Group celebrates 25 years in this industry,” added Panoff. “Our broadcast division is expanding, and this project is one of many that showcases our expertise to the entire cruise industry.”
PPI Group will exhibit its own 600-square-foot exhibition space at Cruise Shipping Miami 2013 in one of the busiest areas of the show, showcasing its varied and dynamic promotions and marketing solutions, among them its port shopping promotions programs, which serve 12 cruise lines and 4.5 million passengers per year.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sharon Cherry, PPI Group, +1-954-377-7777, ext. 241; scherry@ppigorup.com
About PPI Group
Based in the bustling tourism hub of Fort Lauderdale, PPI Group specializes in custom publishing, video production and onboard and shoreside programs for the cruise and travel industries. PPI Group serves as the connection between consumer, product, and retail services.
The company’s flagship publication, Porthole Cruise Magazine, is in its 17th year. Published bimonthly and available worldwide via newsstand and subscription, Porthole offers cruise and travel features about destinations and itineraries, the latest industry trends, ship reviews, onboard cuisine, entertainment, activities, spas, and more. PPI Group’s publishing division also creates a wide range of custom books and magazines for premier cruise lines and on-land entities.
PPI Group’s award-winning custom programming showcases onboard revenue centers, port shopping opportunities, and destination highlights through its broadcast division’s array of digital videos, including commercials, sales promotions, demos, shore excursion experiences, employee training, and product marketing.
PPI Group’s revenue programs include customized promotions and highly trained Port and Shopping Presenters who provide cruise guests with port information, shopping tips, and shore excursion opportunities. To learn more, visit http://www.ppigroup.com and http://www.facebook.com/ppigroupinc.
Source: PPI Group

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February 22, 2013 at 11:13 am

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The Complete Solution for Sheep and Goat Farms

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Afimilk provides its full management system to small ruminant dairy farms throughout North America
AFIKIM, Israel/PRNewswire/ — Afimilk has entered its sheep and goat management system, AfiShepherd, to the US market. Already, the AfiShepherd system has been successfully integrated into six dairy farms in the USA and Canada.
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The North America sheep and goat dairy market is rapidly growing, and is supported by some five million animals. Farms there are seeking to boost production and efficiency to meet the great demand for sheep and goat milk-based dairy products, which offer a special tangy taste and excellent health benefits but also rich creams, gentle soaps and much more.
AfiShepherd represents the world’s leading management system for sheep and goats. Monitoring animal health, production and fertility, the system contributes to increased milk production, automatic selection and group level management and labor efficiency.
The product of years of field-tested and proven experience, the AfiShepherd system improves all major aspects of sheep and goat farming. For example, it increases herd productivity by identifying non-productive animals for culling. Further, the system enables branch specialization by gathering the most productive animals and breeding the best milk producers. Thus, guaranteeing that every group of animals receives its optimal ration, AfiShepherd optimizes feed consumption, and by enabling genetic improvement, enhances individual animal production. The ICAR- approved AfiFree milk meter also monitors the quality of the milk with conductivity measurement.
“Our only regret with the Afimilk system is that we didn’t purchase it sooner,” say Jason and Clare Heberlein from Fennimore, Wisconsin, who milk 600 dairy goats. They add, “No more paper and pens! This saves us a huge amount of time. Chores take less time and our records are more accurate than ever with the AfiShepherd system. Within months of purchasing the system we were able to cull 150 goats that weren’t making our breakeven. Now our herd is making us more money with fewer animals.”
The Afimilk solution for the sheep and goat market has been sold successfully worldwide, particularly in Mediterranean countries, where the company has strong connections to breeding associations.
Afimilk systems are at work in more than 50 countries on five continents. Kibbutz Afikim and Fortissimo Capital, Israel’s leading private equity firm, are the two shareholders in Afimilk.
For more information, visit our website: http://www.afimilk.com
Contact information: Mrs. Noa Yonish, Marketing Communication Manager, Tel: +972-50-7589973, mail: noa@afimilk.co.il
Source: Afimilk Ltd

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February 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

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