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Master Hsing Yun Calls for Honesty and Integrity at Boao Forum

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BEIJING /PRNewswire/ — As Asia grows aware of it’s soft power, the virtue of honesty and integrity are caught in a crisis. Master Hsing Yun, the founder of the Buddha’s Light International Association was invited, with Mr. Liu Changle, Chairman of Phoenix TV, to discuss the strength of honesty and integrity at the 2013 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) on April 6. They tried to answer questions such as why we have broken off so desperately with the ideals and idealism we once firmly adhered to, what has been going wrong and where the way out is.

During the 2013 Boao Forum for Asia, Master Hsing Yun was invited to discuss the strength of honesty and integrity on April 6
Master Hsing Yun believes that the loss of honesty and integrity will harm the whole society. “The Chinese character for honesty (cheng) is composed of words and success. It indicates that if you want success then you should keep and fulfill your promises. In other words, make your words credible”, he said. Most ancient Chinese philosophers, including Confucius, Mencius and Laozi, believe in the virtue of honesty and integrity, so do Buddhists. Master Hsing Yun thinks everyone should try to be an upright person first before he or she asks others to. He emphasized that one’s honesty and integrity measure the worth of a person.
A recent survey shows that people now find it hard to trust others. In recent years, tension and conflicts between police and citizens, doctors and patients, enterprises and customers are not rare.
The rise of a country is based on more than economic growth. Its cultural charm, i.e., soft power, sometimes speaks louder. The loss of honesty and integrity was categorized by Mr. Liu into three groups: relationship between government and citizens, enterprises and customers, and people in society. For example, public trust for civil servants, teachers, or doctors, who have been highly respected in the past, is declining. Corruption damages public trust. Liu also discussed the problematic integrity of mass media itself and emphasized the urgency of the problem.
As a non-government, non-profit international organization, BFA brings the voice of Asia to the world, attracting thousands of leaders in government, business and academia in Asia and other continents to share visions on the most pressing issues in this dynamic region and the world at large.
Source: Secretariat of the Boao Forum

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April 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm

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Mobile Messaging Leader Acision Taps European Regional GM to Head its NA Operations and Former Mavenir Executive to Lead Europe & Russia

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In moves aimed at addressing emerging opportunities in the mobile industry, Acision, the global leader in mobile messaging, today announced it has strengthened its management team with two Regional Head appointments. Former Mavenir executive, Glen Murray, has joined Acision as Senior Vice President and General Manager for its Europe and Russia (E&R) region, with Russell Grahame, former Acision E&R Head, taking the Senior Vice President and General Manager at its Acision North American operations.
“With these executive appointments, we are taking steps aimed at accelerating new and exciting opportunities in two key regions for Acision and the mobile industry,” said Jorgen Nilsson, Chief Executive at Acision. “The North America, and Europe and Russia regions are home to some to some of the World’s leading operators – who are steering the way in the development and delivery of rich, IP-based communications and services, and the launch of new mobile engagement initiatives.”
Acision is poised to play a leading industry role as mobile messaging evolves in the years ahead, driven by the profusion of new IP, over-the-top (OTT) and social network messaging services penetrating the industry. Researchers forecast that global mobile messaging revenues could grow to $195.9 billion by 2016, with messaging traffic from these new services likely to double over the next three years. Acision offers a solid portfolio of products and services to help operators adapt to the shifting messaging market and launch new game-changing services.
Grahame will work with the regional team to evolve and build the organization to support Acision’s traditional products while creating demand for new, innovative mobile services. Grahame brings broad experience across a number of regions worldwide to this new leadership role in North America. In addition to heading the E&R region for the company since 2010, Grahame held senior sales roles in other leading technology companies, including IBM, BT and HP, as well as for Motorola, where he led the worldwide sales organization based in North America.
Based in Acision’s Headquarters in Reading, Murray joins Acision from HMCA Partners, a consultancy he founded to support the establishment of emerging technology companies in the Europe, Middle East and Asia. Prior to this, Murray was Mavenir’s Regional VP for EMEA, where he worked to re-focus the sales organization after the acquisition of Airwide. During his tenure at Mavenir, Murray signed major contracts with several large operator groups in Europe. Prior to Mavenir, he held senior global sales roles at Neustar NGM, Anam, Openwave and Netscape.
“We are entering a very exciting period for Acision and the industry at large,” said Grahame. “LTE networks with richer messaging services, such as RCS, and new mobile engagement models are taking center stage in North America, and are some of the strategic initiatives we are focusing on. I look forward to working with the team here to not only strengthen our dialogue with customers but ensure they are our connected to our IP Innovation Center in Richmond, while also continuing to build on our leadership role in the mobile ecosystem by delivering new consumer services and engagement models to market.”
“Driving the team in E&R, I aim to deliver further growth and development in the region, building on Acision’s success and market leading position,” said Murray. “I’m especially encouraged by the opportunities we have to enhance our position in richer IP messaging, to drive our Cloud strategy and to increase Acision’s relevance with operators and brands as they work to deploy new messaging services.”
Acision recently made a number of announcements that support these and other developments in mobile messaging, including the release of new research on consumer messaging behaviours; the launch of global services that support the entire messaging lifecycle; and the availability of Rich Communication Suite (RCS) services as a hosted solution from the Acision Cloud environment. Acision also reaffirmed its partnership with strategic mobile marketing partner Soli International.
About Acision
As the global leader in mobile messaging, Acision connects the world by powering relevant, seamless messaging services, which enrich the mobile communications experience and create new opportunities for carriers and enterprises across the world. For more information, visit Acision at
Source: Acision

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April 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

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CORRECTION – Future Pipe Industries Group (FPIG): Future Pipe Industries Group Acquires Specialty Plastics, Inc.

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DUBAI, UAE/PRNewswire/ —
In the news release, “Future Pipe Industries Group Signs Agreement for the Acquisition of Specialty Plastics, Inc.” issued on 9 Apr 2013 08:00 GMT, by Future Pipe Industries Group (FPIG) over PR Newswire, we are advised by a representative of the company that the headline should read “Future Pipe Industries Group Acquires Specialty Plastics, Inc.” and changes have been made to the subheadline and first paragraph. Complete, corrected release follows:
FPIG acquires 100% of Specialty Plastics, Inc.
Future Pipe Industries Group (FPIG), as part of the execution of its global growth strategy, has acquired 100% of the fibreglass reinforced pipe business, Specialty Plastics, Inc. (SPI) from ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS).
SPI, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, is a leading supplier of fibreglass pipes and systems for offshore platforms and marine vessels. The takeover is a strategic addition to FPIG’s composite pipe business and adds a significant new offering to its already extensive product range extending FPIG’s global capabilities in the offshore rig and floating production and storage of oil (FPSO) market.
“We are excited about this new opportunity,” said Fouad Makhzoumi, Chairman and CEO of Future Pipe Industries Group. “The acquisition of Specialty Plastics, Inc. is a strategic fit to FPIG that will complement its product offerings, geographical reach and customer sectors. SPI’s solutions, people and expertise will extend our ability to deliver competitive services particularly in the Americas and continue to strengthen FPIG as a leading global provider of composite pipe systems.”
“The acquisition of SPI is in line with our strategy of organic growth coupled with the acquisition of other complementary businesses which have prominence and demonstrated technical excellence in their own markets. The acquisition of SPI will further enhance our existing manufacturing and sales operations in the US and expand our reach within the Oil & Gas sector,” concluded Makhzoumi, Chairman and CEO of Future Pipe Industries Group.
About Future Pipe Industries Group
Future Pipe Industries Group was established in 1984 and has since grown to become a global leader in anti-corrosive fiberglass pipe system design and manufacturing. FPIG offers a complete product range and solutions to complex engineering projects for a wide variety of applications in the Oil & Gas, Marine, Industrial, and Infrastructure sectors. FPIG currently operates 9 factories around the world with more than 3500 employees and serves more than 300 major customers in over 50 countries.
For further information, please contact:
Future Pipe Industries Group
Mariana Missakian
Corporate Communications Director
T: +971-4-3896152
Source: Future Pipe Industries Group (FPIG)

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April 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

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Professional Golfer Adam Scott Appointed as UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassador

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Prominent Pro to Wear UNIQLO Apparel in Competitions

TOKYO, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — UNIQLO today announces that it has signed a multi-year contract with Australian pro golfer and world number seven, Adam Scott, for him to act as a Global Brand Ambassador to the leading global Japanese retailer. The first time for UNIQLO to partner with a professional golfer, under the partnership agreement Mr. Scott will wear UNIQLO apparel in all competitions, commencing at the 2013 Masters Golf Tournament from April 8, in Augusta, Georgia. He will also take part in a range of promotional activities for the company, including a UNIQLO global polo shirt campaign to launch in mid-April.

Commenting on the appointment, Tadashi Yanai, Fast Retailing Chairman, President & CEO, said, “Our Brand Ambassador initiative targets individuals who are not only successful and ambitious in their own right, but also socially conscious and driven to give back to society. From this perspective, Mr. Scott is a wonderful addition. UNIQLO understands, and appreciates, Mr. Scott’s determination to become the best golfer in the world. As a company, we aim to provide clothing that meets the needs of anyone, anywhere. Given its widespread following worldwide and accessibility regardless of age, golf is a good match for us. Through this kind of initiative, we aim to improve the lives of people the world over.”

Mr. Scott said, “I am thrilled to have been appointed as a UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassador. I have come across UNIQLO many times in my travels, and frequently visit UNIQLO stores. It is a brand with an established history of innovation, offering high quality clothing backed by quality materials and an attention to detail. ”

As of April 2013, Mr. Scott is the seventh ranked professional golfer in the world. A winner of twenty events worldwide, he first competed in the Masters in 2002. Mr. Scott’s global victories include the 2004 Players Championship, 2006 Tour Championship and 2011 WGC Bridgestone Invitational, and he has ranked as high as number three in the official world golf rankings. Mr. Scott was born in Adelaide, Australia on July 16, 1980. To learn more about Adam Scott, please visit

About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under seven main brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, g.u., Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, Theory, and UNIQLO. With global sales of approximately 928 billion yen for the 2012 fiscal year ending August 31, 2012, Fast Retailing is currently the world’s fourth largest apparel retail company, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world’s most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a truly global brand .Today the company has a total of more than 1,100 stores in 13 markets worldwide including Japan: China, France, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and U.S. UNIQLO operates an integrated business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and sells high-quality, casual apparel. The company believes that truly great clothes should be supremely comfortable, feature universal designs, are of high quality and offer a superb fit to everyone who wears them.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please and

For media queries, please contact:

Fast Retailing,
Corporate PR Department,
Global PR
Aldo Liguori or Oliver Ormrod
Tokyo, Japan, Tel. +81 (0)3 6885 0960

Source: UNIQLO

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April 10, 2013 at 11:22 am