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Community Business Calls for Greater Boardroom Diversity as Latest Study Shows Little Progress on Women Representation on Boards in Hong Kong

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HONG KONG, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — According to the latest research launched by Community Business, the overall number of women holding directorship roles at Hong Kong’s 50 leading companies, as included in the Hang Seng Index (HSI), has increased by just three in the last 12 months and just 9.4% of all board directorships are held by women.

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Community Business, a leading non-profit focusing on corporate responsibility and a thought leader on diversity and inclusion in Asia, today released an update to its industry-leading study, the Standard Chartered Bank Women on Boards: Hang Seng Index 2013 report. This is the third study of its kind with previous reports, also sponsored by Standard Chartered, published in September 2009 and March 2012.

“With a growing focus on sound corporate governance and board effectiveness, increasing diversity on boards is critical. Gender diversity is just one aspect, and tracking the representation of women provides a tangible measure by which companies can assess the composition of their boards to ensure they are including a diversity of perspectives” said Fern Ngai, CEO of Community Business. “The poor results of our latest study show that more needs to be done in Hong Kong. If we assume that the total number of directors remains the same at 649, at the current rate of just four additional female directorships each year, it will take approximately 49 years to secure 30% representation of women on boards and 81 years to reach parity.”

Key Findings

Representation of Women on Boards of HSI Companies
The 2013 study reveals that out of a total of 649 directorships on the HSI, only 61 directorships are held by women. This represents just 9.4% and with an overall increase of just four new female directorships, a nominal improvement since last year when the figure was 9.0%. With some women holding multiple seats, these directorships are held by 53 different women – an increase of only three women since March 2012 when a total of 57 directorship roles were held by a total of 50 women.

HSI Companies with Women on Their Boards
Out of the total of 50 companies listed on the HSI there is a slight increase in the number of companies with women on their boards – from 28 companies (58.3%) in 2012 to 31 companies (62.0%) in 2013. However 19 companies (38.0%) continue to have all male boards.

The percentage of companies with more than one woman on their board has been steadily declining since 2009. In 2009, 35.7% of companies had multiple female directors, today that figure is 28.0%. This data point is significant because international research suggests that it is only once a critical mass of women in the boardroom is reached – with three or more believed to be the tipping point – that real culture change can occur and boards can reap the benefits of gender diversity.

Female Executive Directors in HSI Companies
Both the number of female executive directors and the number of companies with female executives has remained static since 2012 which means there has been an overall decline in the percentage of executive director roles held by women. Still only 15 women hold executive director positions (that represents 6.9% of all executive directorship roles) and still only 12 companies (24.0%) have female executive directors. This suggests that Hong Kong’s leading companies are continuing to fail to create workplace cultures or environments that enable women to rise up through the organisation and take on board roles. Of a total of 77 new appointments made in 2012, just nine directorships (11.7%) were made to seven different women.

These figures are consistent with statistics recently made available by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd which looked at female representation on the boards of all 1,551 companies listed in Hong Kong. The overall figure as at January 31, 2013 is 10.7% compared with 10.3% as at May 31, 2012. 40% of boards listed in Hong Kong are all male.

Ranking of Companies
The report includes a Women on Boards League Table which ranks the companies listed on the HSI in terms of the gender diversity of their boards, with those with the highest percentage of women on their boards appearing at the top. At the top of the list is China Construction Bank Corporation (reclaiming its 2009 position) with four women (33.3%) on its board of 12. Hang Seng Bank Ltd is second (down from top position in 2012) with five women (31.3%) on its board of 16. Bank of China Ltd is third with four women on its board of 15 (26.7%). HSBC Holdings Plc is fourth with four women (25.0%) on its board of 16 and China Resources Power Holdings Company Ltd is fifth with three women (23.1%) on its board of 13.

This report concludes that there continues to be little progress on the representation of women on boards in Hong Kong and that there is a need for a broader understanding and examination of the benefits of board diversity. “We commend the decision by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEx) in December 2012 to implement a new ‘comply or explain’ provision requiring all listed companies to have a policy on board diversity – which they must also report on, by 1 September 2013.” said Shalini Mahtani, Founder and Board Director of Community Business. “We are ramping up our efforts to support the Hong Kong business community to embrace this change, broadening our focus from ‘women on boards’ to ‘diversity on boards’, engaging prominent business leaders and providing advice and training to companies.”

The report released today was sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank.

“It is our hope that this report will allow us to continue building on the momentum of growing support for board diversity, and generate greater discussions and ideas towards a more diverse corporate-board landscape in Hong Kong and beyond. Standard Chartered is proud to support this work. We encourage all companies to review the findings of this report, and consider where some of the opportunities for achieving greater board diversity can be found,” says Steve Bertamini, Group Executive Director & CEO Global Consumer Banking, and Chair, Group Diversity & Inclusion Council, of Standard Chartered Bank.

The report has been published in English and Chinese and is available for download on the Community Business website at http://www.communitybusiness.org/DOB.

For more information:
Joy Tsang
Communications Manager, Community Business
+852-2201-1818
joy.tsang@communitybusiness.org

About Community Business

Community Business is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to lead, inspire and support businesses to improve their positive impact on people and communities. As a thought leader in corporate responsibility in Asia, Community Business conducts research, facilitates events and networks, leads campaigns and provides consultancy and advice. Its major areas of focus include: Corporate Responsibility Strategy, Diversity & Inclusion, Work-Life Balance and Community Investment. Founded in 2003 and based in Hong Kong, Community Business works with leading organisations across the Asia region. For more information, visit http://www.communitybusiness.org.

About Standard Chartered

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 more information on Standard Chartered, please visit http://www.standardchartered.com.

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March 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm

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CleanEquity Monaco 2013 — Awards & Closing

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LONDON/PRNewswire/ — CleanEquity® Monaco 2013, the forum for emerging cleantech companies, closed Friday 8th March with its Awards Ceremony and an address from His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.
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The event showcased cutting-edge high technology companies to a world-class gathering of specialist delegates, which included expert financial investors, corporate venturers, established industry players, key policymakers and international trade media.
The 20+ presenting companies from 10 countries were sourced and screened by Innovator Capital, the specialist cleantech and life science investment bank, with help from international partners in Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
The emerging companies and multinationals benefitted from an increased level of reciprocal corporate and business development activity at CleanEquity 2013.
The award for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Research went to:
ClearSign Combustion (USA) – runners up were MOF Technologies (UK) & CrayoNano (NO).
The award for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Development went to:
Amantys (UK) – runners up were ACAL Energy (UK) & EcoBasalt (IL).
The award for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Commercialisation went to:
Hydrogenics (CAN) – runners up were Heliocentris Energy Solutions (DE) & Organica Water (HU).
Mungo Park, Chairman of Innovator Capital said: “CleanEquity Monaco 2013 demonstrated that there is no slow down in the emergence of disruptive technologies or of serious people who remain committed to developing and investing in state of the art technology with strong IP protection, world relevance and huge commercial potential. We have had a hugely successful conference and I shall watch with keen interest the progress of the companies and relationships which continue to be built at our event.”
CleanEquity thanks Shanu SP Hinduja, Chairperson of the Hinduja Foundation for her continued commitment and support. Thanks go also to the CleanEquity collaborators and sponsors for their contributions; in particular, Qualcomm, Covington & Burling, MDB Capital, PR Newswire, Kwittken, the Monaco Chamber of Economic Development and the Monte Carlo SBM.
CleanEquity would also like to thank its contributing artists: Annie Cattrell for creating this year’s awards and the Sirocco Quartet for their music.
For information about CleanEquity Monaco 2013 please contact:
Mr. Tom Faggionato
Innovator Capital
+44-20-7297-6840
tom.faggionato@innovator-capital.com
http://www.cleanequitymonaco.com
Source: Innovator Capital

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March 13, 2013 at 11:43 am

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Baker Botts Announces Global Projects and Washington Office Management Changes

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HOUSTON /PRNewswire/ — In a related series of management changes, Baker Botts today named Jamie Baker as chair and Jason Bennett as deputy chair of the firm’s Global Projects department, and John Taladay as the new Partner in Charge of its Washington office.
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As chair of the firm’s Global Project’s department, Jamie Baker will lead a team that advises clients on the acquisition, divestiture, development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects around the world. Baker replaces previous department chair Stuart Schaffer, who held that position since 2002, and will retire from the firm at the end of this month. Baker’s new assignment is in addition to his current position as the firm’s International Partner. As such, Baker coordinates the firm’s international practice and strategy across its platform.
Bennett, who is based in Baker Botts’ Moscow office, steps in for Maura Goldstein of the firm’s Washington office, who has served as Deputy chair since 2007, to fill the position of deputy chair for Global Projects. Bennett’s practice concentrates on project development, oil and gas projects and transactions, project finance and international business transactions and investments.
“Jamie and Jason have both demonstrated the leadership and management skills that will further enhance the extensive services of our Global Projects team,” said Baker Botts Managing Partner Andrew Baker.
Contemporaneous with the changes to the leadership of the Global Projects Department, John Taladay will become the Partner In Charge of the Washington office, succeeding Jamie Baker. Taladay, who moved to the Baker Botts Washington office in March 2011, co-chairs the firm’s antitrust department along with Sean Boland. Thirty-six other former Howrey LLP antitrust lawyers also joined at that time. He is well known for his work in assisting clients in gaining merger approvals, as well as defending criminal cartel investigations, litigating civil antitrust cases and managing complex international competition matters.
Paul Cuomo, an antitrust lawyer who also joined Baker Botts from the former Howrey firm, will continue to support the Washington office in his role as the office’s deputy Partner in Charge.
“The growth and expansion of our antitrust group is only part of the Baker Botts story in Washington under Jamie’s leadership during the past eight years,” said Managing Partner Andrew Baker. “We are grateful for the terrific work he has done as Partner in Charge of the Washington, D.C. office. Our work for clients on the regulatory front, in litigation and in government relations remains among the best in our nation’s capital.”
Baker added, “I am pleased that John Taladay is willing to put his considerable skills to work to make certain we continue building our service products for our clients in Washington, D.C.”
About Baker Botts L.L.P.
Baker Botts is an international law firm of approximately 725 lawyers practicing throughout a network of 14 offices around the globe. Based on our experience and knowledge of our clients’ industries, we are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. Throughout our 173-year history, we have provided creative and effective legal solutions for our clients while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. For more information, please visit http://www.bakerbotts.com.
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Source: Baker Botts

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March 13, 2013 at 11:39 am

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MRC Global And NAWAH Enter Into An Exclusive Alliance To Open Distribution Facility To Support Iraq’s Energy Sector

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HOUSTON /PRNewswire/ — MRC Global Inc. (NYSE: MRC), the largest global distributor of pipe, valves and fittings (PVF) products and services based on sales to the energy and industrial sectors, and NAWAH LLC, a company aimed at building enduring businesses in Western Asia, today announced an exclusive logistics alliance to serve Iraq’s booming oil and gas market.
As part of the agreement, NAWAH (North America Western Asia Holdings) will open Iraq’s first comprehensive sales and service center focused on providing the equipment necessary to develop the country’s strategic energy reserves. The facility’s location in Basra, which is situated near many of the country’s most important oil and gas fields, allows quick delivery of MRC’s extensive inventory of quality PVF products.
MRC Global is a Fortune 500 company that operates from more than 400 service locations around the world. The company relies on this distribution network and long-standing, global manufacturer relationships to provide a unique value proposition to energy and industrial end users in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. MRC’s global customer base includes international oil companies operating around the world.
“Iraq is a natural focus area for us and for our customers,” said Andrew R. Lane, MRC’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “With some of the world’s greatest energy reserves, Iraq will continue to grow at a record pace. We are pleased to work with NAWAH to better serve our global customers in this active region. In 2012, MRC sourced $4.6 billion in product from 35 countries and will bring this global supply chain capability to the partnership.”
NAWAH is currently developing world-class logistics capability to serve its customers in Southern Iraq. These efforts include the current restoration of Maqal Port in the city of Basra, an operation that will offer complex cargo as well as container handling capability in the midst of one of the fastest growing cities in the Middle East. NAWAH LLC was formed in October 2011 by Paul A. Brinkley and U.S. businessman Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman and chief executive officer of the Pritzker Organization of Chicago, to invest in Iraq and the broader region.
“Iraq’s current and future prosperity relies on its ability to quickly rehabilitate its energy sector,” said Brinkley, NAWAH’s president and chief executive officer. “MRC is a trusted name in PVF distribution around the globe. With this new facility, the country’s energy companies will no longer have to wait weeks or months for critical equipment to be shipped in from the other side of the world. By having it here in Basra, all a customer will have to do is pick up the phone and have it delivered right away.”
About MRC Global Inc.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, MRC, a Fortune 500 company, is the largest global distributor of pipe, valves, and fittings (PVF) and related products and services to the energy industry, based on sales, and supplies these products and services across each of the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. More information about MRC can be found at http://www.mrcglobal.com.
About NAWAH LLC
North America Western Asia Holdings focuses on high-return frontier market opportunities. The company is dedicated to the communities it invests in through its strategic, long-term approach to business development and capital investment. More information about NAWAH can be found at http://www.nawah.com or by contacting Eric Clark, Vice President at 571-419-4219 or eric.clark@nawah.com.
Contacts:
James E. Braun, Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer
Jim.Braun@mrcglobal.com
+1-832-308-2845
Ken Dennard, Managing Partner
Dennard-Lascar Associates, LLC
ken@dennardlascar.com
+1-713-529-6600
Source: MRC Global Inc.

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March 13, 2013 at 11:26 am

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New Family of PFOA- and PFOS- Free Nanocoatings Under Brand Name “Nanofics 110”, Launched by Europlasma

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OUDENAARDE, Belgium /PRNewswire / —
Addition to the “Nanofics 120” coatings widely used to make consumer electronics, technical textiles and filtration materials water and oil repellent.
The “Nanofics 110” coatings are highly water repellent (water contact angle of 110 degrees according to ASTM D5964) and highly oil repellent (oil repellence level 6 according to ISO 14419) fluoropolymer type of nanocoatings deposited by low pressure plasma technology.
The unique aspect of these coatings is that they are completely free from PFOA and PFOS. The coatings are also durable. The “Nanofics 110” coating technology is protected by patents and patent applications owned by Europlasma.
Traditional nanocoatings with high levels of water and oil repellence are derived from long molecular chains which contain traces of PFOA and PFOS. There is a general trend to move away from these chemistries for health reasons.
Europlasma’s Product Manager Peter Martens comments: “In wet chemical DWR (durable water repellent) coating of technical textiles the switch from longer to shorter molecules is already well advanced. It is only a matter of time until the same switch will take place in the nanocoating market. Europlasma is now the first to offer PFOA- and PFOS-free nanocoatings for technical textiles. We also expect substantial demand for these coatings for lifestyle electronics and medical devices, such as hearing aids, where there is intense contact between the coating and the human skin.”
Europlasma was surprised to learn about the lawsuit announced by P2i during MWC 2013. Europlasma – until today – has not received any formal notice of this lawsuit, and is disappointed that P2i made the announcement during MWC 2013, and included copies of the announcement in the marketing materials distributed to its target customers during the show. We reserve all rights in this respect.
Read the full article on our website: http://www.europlasma.be/News/Press-release
Editorial note:
Europlasma NV – De Bruwaan 5d, 9700 Oudenaarde, Belgium – Tel +32-(0)55-30-32-05 – Fax +32-(0)55-31-87-53 – press@europlasma.be
For press inquiries, please contact our marketing representative Gretel Matthys at +32-(0)55-30-32-05 or press@europlasma.be
Source: Europlasma NV

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March 13, 2013 at 10:52 am

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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Arrives In Singapore For Consultations

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Facial Plastics Specialist Dr. David Alessi Responds to Singaporean Demand for Plastic Surgery with Upcoming Visit
BEVERLY HILLS, California /PRNewswire/ — The Alessi Institute is delighted to announce that Dr. David Alessi will visit Singapore the week of March 11, 2013, to discuss various plastic surgery procedures for an eager, yet underserved public. As Singapore grows in population and prosperity, so does its demand for quality plastic surgery.
Singaporean men and women looking to improve their facial structure and body shape often travel to China and South Korea to undergo non-invasive and intensive procedures, due to the lack of well-known and trusted plastic surgeons in the country. Dr. Alessi’s strong credentials and personal touch will serve to alleviate the hesitations of local patients and help them feel comfortable and confident throughout their treatment, while at home in Singapore.
Facial plastic surgery procedures are often more popular among middle-aged patients in the United States, but people of all ages in the Singaporean market are calling for a more robust facial plastics service industry. Even high profile Singaporean celebrities have traveled to South Korea and China to undergo plastic surgery, because specialists like Dr. Alessi are in very short supply.
Dr. Alessi recently associated with local Singaporean plastic surgeon, Dr. R. Sundarason, who has more than 20 years of plastic surgery experience and runs a successful hair restoration practice. All of Dr. Alessi’s meetings will take place at Dr. Sundarason’s Bosley Hair Restoration Clinic Singapore, formerly known as the Plastic Surgery and Hair Clinic, so that Dr. Alessi may aid Singaporeans interested in facial rejuvenation and body-contouring procedures with the best possible results.
Please join the Alessi Institute in thanking Dr. Sundarason for opening his practice to Dr. Alessi, in an effort to better serve the people of Singapore. “We are confident that our upcoming venture in Singapore will be rewarding for Dr. Sundarason, the Alessi Institute team, and most importantly, for our patients,” said Dr. Alessi. “We look forward to lending our expertise to Singaporeans seeking outstanding results in plastic and reconstructive surgery.”
About Dr. David Alessi
Dr. Alessi founded The Alessi Institute (http://www.facialinstitute.com), a cosmetic plastic surgery practice in Beverly Hills, which focuses on facial plastic surgery, non-surgical cosmetic enhancements, and cosmetic surgery for the face, eyes and nose. Dr. Alessi is certified by The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Alessi and his staff at the Alessi Institute are dedicated to helping patients restore and enhance their beauty.
About Dr. R. Sundarason
Dr. R. Sundarason is a plastic surgery specialist, accredited by the Singapore Ministry Of Health. He was one of the founding members of the Singapore Association of Plastic Surgeons and the Singapore Society of Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery. Dr R. Sundarason has extensive experience in treating post burn and acute deformity patients, including plastic and reconstructive surgery for leprosy victims. His practice focuses on hair transplant surgeries, ranging from common male pattern scalp hair loss, to eyebrow, eyelash, chest and beard replacement procedures. He now runs Bosley Hair Restoration Clinic Singapore (http://www.plasticsurgeon.com.sg/index.html).
If you would like more information about the Alessi Institute, or to schedule an interview with Dr. David Alessi, please call Alexis Linn at 469-999-4975 or email her at info@alexislinnpr.com.
Contact: Alexis Linn
Tel: 469-999-4975
Email: info@alexislinnpr.com
Source: Alessi Institute

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March 13, 2013 at 10:35 am

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Vikas Pota, CEO of the Varkey GEMS Foundation Selected as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum

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DUBAI /PRNewswire/ —
On 12th March 2013, the World Economic Forum selected Vikas Pota, Chief Executive of the Varkey GEMS Foundation as a ‘Young Global Leader’. This honour is bestowed each year to recognize the most distinguished leaders under the age of 40, nominated from around the world.
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Young Global Leaders (YGLs) represent the future of leadership, coming from all regions of the world and representing business, government, civil society, arts & culture, academia and media, as well as social entrepreneurs. These young leaders are proposed through a qualified nomination process and assessed according to rigorous selection criteria
Klaus Schwab, Founder & Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum said: “The Forum of Young Global Leaders provides a unique effort to engage the younger generation into the management of global affairs, working together and being integrated into the larger Forum community. The Young Global Leaders have an exceptional opportunity to improve the state of the world.”
Vikas Pota, Chief Executive of the Varkey GEMS Foundation, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been nominated and selected to join the World Economic Forum’s ‘Forum of Young Global Leaders’. Our world faces huge challenges and the one I have committed to concerns supporting the capacity of teachers to become more effective in the classroom. Knowing the magnitude of this task, I hope to use this Forum to learn more about our world, and by doing so hope to inform how we achieve our aim to improve education outcomes for the most needy.”
Past YGLs include Larry Page, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Google, USA; Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook; Abdulla Bin Ali Al Thani, Vice President of the Qatar Foundation; Salman Khan, Founder & Executive Director of Khan Academy; Marissa Mayer, Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo! Inc; Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico; and David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK.
Sunny Varkey, Founder Trustee of the Varkey GEMS Foundation said: “I’m delighted that Vikas has been selected to join the Forum of Young Global Leaders. The Varkey GEMS Foundation, which he leads, is engaged in fundamental work that improves the life-chances of underprivileged children by training teachers and school leaders to become better educators. This opportunity allows him to join hands with other driven and dynamic leaders who are equally committed to making a difference.”
He added: “Vikas is an exceptional person who deserves this accolade. Knowing him well, this platform will serve to motivate him further in his pursuit of improving the state of our world.”
About the Varkey GEMS Foundation:
The Varkey GEMS Foundation is the philanthropic arm of GEMS Education which has a global network of award-winning schools providing high quality education to 130,000 students globally. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, established to improve the standards of education for underprivileged children around the world. Through its expertise, networks, resources and partners, the Foundations projects deliver quality education where it is needed most. It believes in the power of education as a force for positive change. The Foundations goal is that for every child at a GEMS school, 100 underprivileged children will be impacted. The aim is to support millions of children around the world. The honorary Chair of the Foundation is former US President, Bill Clinton.
For more information please contact Rana Awad: rana.awad@gemseducation.com or +971-4-3477770 Ext 216
Source: Varkey GEMS Foundation

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March 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

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NetComm Wireless and SYNNEX Canada Sign a Distribution Agreement to Enhance M2M and End-to-end Mobility Solutions in the Canadian IT Channel

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC), a leading global developer of innovative broadband products, today announced a distribution agreement with SYNNEX Canada Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX) and a leading distributor of IT products, mobility solutions and services to more than 8,000 resellers throughout Canada, offering a new choice for Canada’s Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and end-to-end mobility value-added resellers.
NetComm Wireless Managing Director & CEO, David Stewart said, “This exciting new collaboration with SYNNEX Canada gives NetComm Wireless the capability to grow its presence in the North American markets. Our strategic relationship with SYNNEX’ Global Mobility Solutions group builds a new source for quality products and support for complete end-to-end mobility solutions, offering value-added reseller centric solutions backed by SYNNEX’ extensive distribution infrastructure and service-oriented commitment to their resellers.”
“SYNNEX Canada’s distribution agreement with NetComm Wireless presents M2M mobility solutions that are vital to our mobility value-added resellers’ overall competitiveness in multiple verticals across the Canadian market from one source,”said Mitchell Martin, President, SYNNEX Canada Limited. “NetComm Wireless’ high-performance, innovative and cost-effective products have not been readily available in the Canadian channel until now. With this relationship, SYNNEX Canada can help our mobility resellers create attractive offerings to secure end-to-end mobility solutions and hardware opportunities with their end-user customer base.”
About NetComm Wireless
NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) is a leading developer of innovative broadband products sold globally to major telecommunications carriers, core network providers and system integrators. For over 30 years NetComm has developed a portfolio of world first data communication products, and is arespected global providerof 3G and 4G wireless devices servicing the major telecommunications carrier, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Rural Broadband markets. NetComm’s products are designed to meet the growing needs of today’s data-intensive home, business and industrial broadband applications and customized to optimize performance in line with global network advancements. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, NetComm has offices in New Zealand, North America and the Middle East. For more information about NetComm visit: http://www.netcommwireless.com
SYNNEX, the SYNNEX Logo and all other SYNNEX company, product and services names and slogans are trademarks or registered trademarks of SYNNEX Corporation. SYNNEX and the SYNNEX Logo Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. Other names and marks are the property of their respective owners.
NetComm Wireless enquiries to:
Stephanie Wilson
NetComm Wireless Communications Manager
Phone: +61-2(0)450-391-792
Email: stephanie.wilson@netcommwireless.com
Canadian resellers interested in sourcing NetComm Wireless solutions through SYNNEX Canada should call 1-800-268-1220 or email UCCanada@synnex.com.
Source: NetComm Wireless Limited

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March 13, 2013 at 10:13 am

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Bio-Rad Receives the 2012 Frost & Sullivan North America Laboratory Researchers’ Choice Award for Future Market Leader

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– Bio-Rad is clearly the future choice in digital PCR, winning easily over nearest competitors
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif./PRNewswire/ — Based on Frost & Sullivan’s independent research, 2012 Quantitative and Digital PCR Instrumentation and Consumables Purchasing Trends, Bio-Rad’s QX100 Droplet Digital PCR emerged as the future leader in the digital polymerase chain reaction (dPCR) market segment among healthcare-related laboratory decision-makers in North America.
With digital PCR emerging as an exciting technology that is generating much attention in the industry for its precision, reproducibility, and promising potential in diagnostic and pharmaceutical applications, Bio-Rad is uniquely positioned to gain the strongest market share. Its QX100 Droplet Digital PCR system is the most popular dPCR platform on the market, with 56 percent planning to use it in 2013.
“The high sensitivity of dPCR makes it ideal for a growing number of applications, including copy number variation, rare mutation detection, and absolute quantification of nucleic acid sequences,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Karolina Olszewska. “In this high-growth, promising market, Bio-Rad’s investment in digital PCR will prove fruitful.”
As the industry develops new applications for the technology, making it more valuable to the user, adoption rates are expected to increase. In fact, Frost & Sullivan expects the dPCR instrumentation market to grow at a tremendous compound annual growth rate of 52 percent from 2011 to 2016.
“Our survey indicates that Bio-Rad will be a definite future leader in the dPCR market segment,” said Olszewska. “Over half of those who plan to install dPCR in the next 12 months intend to choose the Bio-Rad QX100 Droplet Digital PCR system.”
What sets the QX100 Droplet Digital PCR System apart from other dPCR platforms on the market is its precision, simple workflow, affordability, and easy integration into the laboratory. With a market-leading platform and a strong reputation among researchers, Bio-Rad is poised for success in the cutting-edge dPCR market, and is the ideal recipient of the 2012 North America Laboratory Researchers’ Choice: Future Market Leader of Digital PCR Technology.
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in one or more aspects of its operations. The award recipient has distinguished itself through its proactive strategies that position it as an industry leader. More specifically, award recipients are determined directly by survey respondents’ responses based upon their perceptions of the companies competing in a particular market segment.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.
About Bio-Rad
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March 13, 2013 at 10:08 am

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