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Students from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil win Airbus Fly Your Ideas Global Competition

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PARIS, June 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Air powered baggage handling concept claims top prize

To see each finalist concept brought to life, click here.

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A team of students from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil have claimed the top prize of €30,000 as winners of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013. Team Levar won with their proposal for a luggage loading and unloading system for airplane cargo compartments to reduce the workload of airport baggage handlers with an air cushion solution inspired by air hockey tables. Supported by UNESCO, Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a biennial competition which challenges students worldwide to develop ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry.

The winning team is comprised of Marcos Philipson, Leonardo Akamatsu, Adriano Furtado and Caio Reis, all studying design at the University of Sao Paulo, and Henrique Corazza studying at Loughborough University in the UK.

The runner-up prize of €15,000 went to Team CLiMA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, for their proposal to develop aircraft fuelled by a blend of sustainably produced liquefied biomethane and liquefied natural gas (Bio-LNG).

This third edition of the competition saw over 600 teams from around the world submit a proposal responding to one of six challenges set out by Airbus for aviation in the 21st century. Over 60 Airbus assessors evaluated the submissions for quality, environmental benefits, and for the level of innovation demonstrated by the team.

The final was held earlier this week at the A380 Final Assembly Line in Toulouse where just five remaining teams presented their disruptive concepts to a prestigious jury led by Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering. Team Levar convinced the jury with a powerful presentation which brought their idea to life.

Charles Champion said: “Team Levar’s response to the competition has been fantastic, with a truly innovative proposal for an air cushion solution inspired by hockey tables. They have taken a really broad view of how to improve the aviation industry as a whole, not limiting their ideas to aircraft alone but also considering ground operations and they are deserving winners. According to the students, passengers could collect their luggage 30% faster, start their holidays sooner, and luggage handlers would be put under less physical strain. This kind of idea is fundamental in ensuring the aviation industry continues to drive forward to a more sustainable future.”

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, said “The diversity of these students’ ideas is a huge source of inspiration. Their talent also serves to remind us of the urgent need to train more engineers, to develop the skills and competences needed to translate ideas into reality and put science into practice. This is UNESCO’s ambition and one of the objectives of this partnership with Airbus is to inspire more innovative ideas for our future, in sustainable transportation and even further”

In addition to the prize money the students now look forward to welcoming experts from Airbus’ innovation cell onto their campus for a week of workshops and training later this year.

The winning team will be at the Le Bourget Paris Airshow Monday 17th June at 15:00 in the EADS Pavillon.
Source: Airbus

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June 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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Herbalife Asia Pacific Extravaganza 2013 Mega Events Open with Record 55,000 Participants

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55,000 independent distributors are expected to attend largest Herbalife mega events of the year in Bangkok, Seoul and Bangalore

BANGKOK, June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Global nutrition company, Herbalife (NYSE: HLF), announces the opening of its Asia Pacific Extravaganza 2013 at a press conference held today at Impact Exhibition and Convention Centre, Bangkok.

The Herbalife Asia Pacific Extravaganza is the company’s annual regional event for its independent distributors to celebrate their business success, as well as to receive the latest training in products and business building initiatives from Herbalife leaders and nutrition experts. This year, to facilitate the demand from its ever expanding network of independent distributors, Herbalife is simultaneously holding the mega event in Bangkok, Bangalore and Seoul from June 14 to 16, expecting to attract a record 55,000 distributors from across and beyond Asia Pacific.

The Herbalife Asia Pacific Extravaganza is not only the largest annual event for the company in the region, it also promises to be the largest mega event in Thailand this year. Attended by over 23,000 Herbalife independent distributors from 12 countries in Asia Pacific, the Extravaganza in Bangkok is expected to generate revenues of US$60 million for Thailand, according to the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau.

William M. Rahn, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Herbalife Asia Pacific, said, “The continued growth momentum in Asia Pacific has made it necessary for us to stage our Extravaganza across different countries in Asia to accommodate the needs of the rapidly increasing number of our independent distributors. We have been experiencing consistent double-digit net sales growth in the region over the past five years. Asia Pacific is now Herbalife’s number one region worldwide, representing about 28% of the company’s global revenues in 2012, with net sales of US$ 1.14 billion (THB 34 billion).”

“The growth is mainly driven by a strong demand for our nutrition products from the increasingly health-conscious Asian consumers. Obesity and poor nutrition have been prevalent public health problems across the globe, including in many Asia Pacific countries. Together with our distributors, we are proud to be part of the solution,” he added.

The global nutrition transition has led to a worldwide obesity epidemic recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the WHO, for the first time in human history there are more overweight than undernourished people in the world. In Asia Pacific, according to a report by Euromonitor (Note 1), several countries are predicted to see among the fastest growth in obesity rates between 2010 and 2020, with Vietnam taking the lead with a whopping 225%, followed by Hong Kong (178%) and India (100%).

With its broad range of nutrition products and a rapidly increasing number of independent distributors, Herbalife is well placed to address the weight management and fitness needs of Asian consumers.

About Herbalife

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) is a global nutrition company that sells weight-management, nutrition, and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in more than 80 countries to and through a network of independent distributors. The company supports the Herbalife Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife program to help bring good nutrition to children. Herbalife’s website contains a significant amount of information about Herbalife, including financial and other information for investors at http://ir.Herbalife.com . The company encourages investors to visit its website from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted.

Note 1: Euromonitor: Understanding Weight Management in 2011

Media contact:
Herbalife Asia Pacific
Daliea Mohamad-Liauw
VP, Corporate Communications, Asia Pacific
DID: +852-3589-2643
Email: dalieal@herbalife.com

Source: Herbalife Asia Pacific

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June 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm

CenturyLink enhances Savvis Cloud suite with acquisition of AppFog, Inc.

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Addition of fast-growing Platform-as-a-Service capabilities supports developer community
MONROE, Louisiana /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced it has enhanced its Savvis Cloud suite through the acquisition of AppFog, Inc., a fast-growing Platform-as-a-Service provider used by more than 100,000 developers – with hundreds joining daily – who have deployed more than 150,000 applications.
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The acquisition adds AppFog’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities, which are specifically tailored to software developers, to the already-extensive Savvis Cloud product catalog. AppFog currently offers public cloud capability via http://www.appfog.com. AppFog’s reach will be extended by adding its public cloud PaaS to the savvisdirect online channel, as well as offering private, dedicated deployments to Savvis’ enterprise clients.
“AppFog leads the way in Platform-as-a-Service capabilities and continues to see strong adoption in the developer community,” said Jeff Von Deylen, president of CenturyLink’s Savvis organization. “Combining AppFog’s market-leading Platform-as-a-Service capabilities with Savvis’ industry-leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud services and CenturyLink’s global network will enable developers to securely and reliably operate and connect the applications they build and deploy.”
CenturyLink acquired the Portland, Ore.-based AppFog for an undisclosed price. Offering multiple programming languages and interoperability between public and private cloud environments, AppFog delivers a reliable, scalable and fast platform for deploying apps in the cloud.
“We are excited to introduce the AppFog developer community to CenturyLink’s Savvis organization, which is recognized globally as an innovative cloud leader,” said Lucas Carlson, whose role prior to the acquisition was chief executive officer at AppFog and who now serves as vice president, cloud evangelist, at Savvis. “Developers can expect to see enhancements to our PaaS capabilities, and we look forward to making the full suite of AppFog services available to existing and prospective CenturyLink and Savvis clients.”
For more information, visit http://www.appfog.com/savvis.
About Savvis
Savvis, a CenturyLink company, provides industry-leading IT infrastructure solutions that keep enterprises powered for business in today’s ever-changing global marketplace. Combining deep, proven experience with personal commitment, Savvis delivers cloud, colocation and managed-hosting services over advanced networks, enabling its clients to focus on their core environments and meet new market opportunities.
About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations.
For more information, visit http://www.savvis.com or http://www.centurylink.com.
Forward-Looking Statements
Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this communication, including statements regarding the expected benefits of the acquisition such as efficiencies, cost savings, enhanced revenues, growth potential, market profile and financial strength, and the competitive ability and position of the combined company, and other statements identified by words such as “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, many of which are beyond our control. Actual events and results may differ materially from those anticipated, estimated or projected if one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect. Factors that could affect actual results include but are not limited to: the possibility that the anticipated benefits from the acquisition cannot be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the possibility that costs or difficulties related to the integration of AppFog’s operations into CenturyLink will be greater than expected; the ability of the combined company to retain and hire key personnel; the timing, success and overall effects of competition from a wide variety of competitive providers; the risks inherent in rapid technological change; the effects of ongoing changes in the regulation of the communications industry; the ability of the combined company to effectively adjust to changes in the communications industry and to successfully introduce new product or service offerings on a timely and cost-effective basis; any adverse developments in commercial disputes or legal proceedings; changes in our future cash requirements; and other risk factors and cautionary statements as detailed from time to time in CenturyLink’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should be aware that new factors may emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to identify all such factors nor can we predict the impact of each such factor on the acquisition or the combined company. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this communication. Unless legally required, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Source: CenturyLink, Inc.

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June 17, 2013 at 11:51 am

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Suncheon Expo to Celebrate ‘North Korean Refugees’ Day’

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SUNCHEON, South Korea, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — “A variety of festive activities will take place at the Suncheon Bay Garden expo on Sunday to celebrate ‘North Korean Refugees’ Day’,” its organizing committee said.

Suncheon expo to celebrate 'North Korean Refugees' Day'
Suncheon expo to celebrate ‘North Korean Refugees’ Day’

Ranging from dance performances by North Korean defector artists and flying of inter-Korean peace wishing balloons to a singing contest, the event aims to provide South Korean visitors with opportunities to mingle with and develop better understanding of North Korean defectors living in the South.

“Some 1,000 North Korean refugees living in South Korea’s southwestern provinces near Suncheon city, where the expo is being held, have been invited to attend the event,” the committee said.

“This event, which hopes to foster mutual understanding between North and South Koreans, will have an added significance as it takes place among the picturesque gardens of the Suncheon garden expo,” said a committee official.

Since opening in mid-April, the International Garden Exposition Suncheon Bay Korea 2013 has entertained visitors with a wide range of cultural events, exhibitions and performances on top of offering scenic views of exotic gardens and wetlands.

The expo showcases 83 different types of gardens as well as expansive wetlands and paths, stretched across 1.11 million square meters.

It has attracted over 1.7 million visitors so far, well on track to reach its 4 million visitor target by its closing date on Oct. 20.

Source: The Committee of the International Garden Exposition Suncheon Bay Korea 2013

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June 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

China Digital TV to Present at Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts Virtual Investor Conference

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BEIJING, June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STV) (“China Digital TV” or the “Company”), the leading provider of conditional access (“CA”) systems to China’s expanding digital television market, today announced that it will present at the Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts Virtual Investor Conference at 1:45pm Eastern time, June 19, 2013.

At the conference, investors will be able to hear the management talk about the Company’s investment highlights, recent business updates and the strategy of the Company’s future development.

This will be a live, interactive online event where investors in North America are invited to ask questions about China Digital TV in real-time and to download the company’s information in our “virtual trade booth.”

It is recommended that investors pre-register. Participation is free of charge.

DATE:     June 19, 2013
TIME:       1:45pm EST
LINK:       www.adr.db.com
Direct Link to Registration page: https://vts.inxpo.com/Launch/QReg.htm?ShowKey=10481

If attendees are not able to join the event live on the day of the conference, an on-demand archive will be available for 90 days at above link in “Presentations.” Investors may also download shareholder materials from the virtual trade booth in “Exhibits.”

About China Digital TV

Founded in 2004, China Digital TV is the leading provider of CA systems to China’s expanding digital television market. CA systems enable television network operators to manage the delivery of customized content and services to their subscribers. China Digital TV conducts substantially all of its business through its PRC subsidiary, Beijing Super TV Co., Ltd., and its affiliate, Beijing Novel-Super Digital TV Technology Co., Ltd., as well as subsidiaries of its affiliate.

For more information please visit the Investor Relations section of China Digital TV’s website at http://ir.chinadtv.cn.

Investor Contact:

In China:
Nan Hao
China Digital TV
Tel: +86-10-6297-1199 x 9780
Email: ir@chinadtv.cn

Josh Gartner
Brunswick Group
Tel: +86-10-5960-8600
Email: chinadigital@brunswickgroup.com

In the US:
Cindy Zheng
Brunswick Group
Tel: +1-212-333 3810
E-mail: chinadigital@brunswickgroup.com

Source: China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.

Related stocks: NYSE:STV

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June 17, 2013 at 11:23 am

China Distance Education to Present at the Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts Virtual Investor Conference on June 19, 2013

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Company invites Main Street and Wall Street investors to attend interactive virtual conference

BEIJING /PRNewswire/ — China Distance Education Holdings Limited (NYSE: DL) (“CDEL”, or the “Company”), a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education, today announced that its management is scheduled to present at the Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts Virtual Investor Conference. This is the first virtual investor conference aimed exclusively at introducing Asian companies to North American investors in the depositary receipt industry.
DATE: June 19, 2013
TIME: 10:45 a.m. EDT
LINK: http://www.adr.db.com
Direct Link to Registration page: https://vts.inxpo.com/Launch/QReg.htm?ShowKey=10481
This will be a live, interactive online event where investors in North America are invited to ask Asia-based companies their questions in real-time and to download a company’s information in their “virtual trade booth.” If attendees are not able to join the event live on the day of the conference, an on-demand archive will be available for 90 days.
It is recommended that investors pre-register to save time and receive event updates. Participation is free of charge.
About China Distance Education Holdings Limited
China Distance Education Holdings Limited is a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education. The online courses offered by the Company are designed to help professionals and other course participants obtain and maintain the skills, licenses and certifications necessary to pursue careers in China in the areas of accounting, law, healthcare, construction engineering, and other industries. The Company also offers online test preparation courses to self-taught learners pursuing higher education diplomas or degrees and to secondary school and college students preparing for various academic and entrance exams. In addition, the Company offers online foreign language courses and offline business start-up training courses. For further information please visit http://ir.cdeledu.com.
Contacts:

China Distance Education Holdings Limited
Lingling Kong, IR manager
Tel: +86-10-8231-9999 ext1805
Email: IR@cdeledu.com

Investor Relations:
Bill Zima
ICR Inc.
Tel: +1 646-328-2550

Source: China Distance Education Holdings Limited
Related stocks: NYSE:DL

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June 17, 2013 at 11:17 am

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New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc. to Present at the June 19 Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts Virtual Investor Conference, the First Webcast of its Kind with Asia-Based Companies

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Company invites Main Street and Wall Street investors to attend interactive virtual conference

NEW YORK, June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc. (the “Company” or “New Oriental”) (EXCHANGE: EDU), the largest provider of private educational services in China, today announced that Louis T. Hsieh, New Oriental’s President and Chief Financial Officer will present at the Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts Virtual Investor Conference. This is the first virtual investor conference aimed exclusively at introducing Asian companies to North American investors in the depositary receipt industry.

DATE: June 19, 2013
TIME: 12:15 p.m. EDT
LINK: www.adr.db.com
Direct Link to Registration page: https://vts.inxpo.com/Launch/QReg.htm?ShowKey=10481

This will be a live, interactive online event where investors in the North America are invited to ask Asia-based companies their questions in real-time and to download a company’s information in their “virtual trade booth.” If attendees are not able to join the event live on the day of the conference, an on-demand archive will be available for 90 days.

It is recommended that investors pre-register to save time and receive event updates. Participation is free of charge.

About New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc.:

New Oriental is the largest provider of private educational services in China based on the number of program offerings, total student enrollments and geographic presence. New Oriental offers a wide range of educational programs, services and products consisting primarily of English and other foreign language training, test preparation courses for major admissions and assessment tests in the United States, the PRC and Commonwealth countries, primary and secondary school education, development and distribution of educational content, software and other technology, and online education. New Oriental’s ADSs, each of which represents one common share, currently trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ”EDU.”

Contact:

Mr. Martin Reidy
F T I Consulting
Tel: +86-10-8591-1060
Email: neworiental@fticonsulting.com

Ms. Sisi Zhao
New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc.
Tel: +86-10-6260-5568
Email:zhaosisi@xdf.cn

Source: New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc.

Related stocks: NYSE:EDU

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June 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

Oikocredit Committed to Client Welfare

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SIEM REAP, Cambodia, June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Social investor and worldwide cooperative, Oikocredit, today released its social performance results for 2012 at the annual general meeting in Cambodia. The social results reflect data reported to Oikocredit by over 634 organizations, reaffirming the commitment of Oikocredit’s partners to social goals and performance.

At 31 December 2012, Oikocredit’s development financing portfolio was EUR 530 million, with EUR 420 million invested in microfinance and the remainder in social enterprises including fair trade and agricultural cooperatives.

Through Oikocredit’s microfinance partners, 28 million people were reached in 2012, an increase of 11% from 2011. Of the total number of microfinance borrowers, 24% were agricultural, 56% lived in rural areas and 84% were women.

The social performance results showed that 59% of microfinance partners endorsed the client protection principles in 2012, up from 50% the previous year. During 2012, 38 partners began using the Progress out of Poverty Index, taking total number of Oikocredit partners using the tool to 70.

Positive social results
Oikocredit director social performance, Ms Ging Ledesma, said the results were positive, showing the continued commitment of Oikocredit’s partners to client welfare.

“The data clearly shows that our partners are reaching their target clients and more are implementing industry tools that guarantee improved outcomes for clients,” Ms Ledesma said.

Throughout 2012, Oikocredit funded over 100 capacity building initiatives and began the second phase of its social performance mentoring programme for microfinance institutions. During the year, the programme spanned six countries and will be developed in another four countries in 2013.

Microfinance institutions involved in this programme have reported changes in policies, operations and improvements in key result areas such as outreach and portfolio at risk.

Outlook 2013
In the coming year, Oikocredit will continue its social performance management strategy in selecting new partners as well as assisting existing partners to build capacity and perform both financially and socially.

Oikocredit will continue its strategic focus on Africa, agriculture and inclusive finance in 2013, as well as measuring, monitoring and reporting outcomes at client levels.

Ms Ledesma said avoiding client over-indebtedness and maintaining responsible returns and interest rates charged by partners will continue to be closely monitored.

“With Oikocredit reaching more partners and countries than other privately funded investors in the microfinance sector, we look forward to bringing partners together to share best practices,” added Ms Ledesma.

Oikocredit is one of the world’s largest sources of private funding to the microfinance sector, providing credit and equity to small businesses through microfinance institutions across the developing world and directly to trade cooperatives, fair trade organizations and small to medium enterprises.

Source: Oikocredit

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June 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

White & Case Releases New Report on Marine Industry

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Despite Significant Challenges, Growth Opportunities Exist in Sector

NEW YORK, June 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Global law firm White & Case LLP has announced the availability of a new report, “Restructuring & Beyond: The marine industry’s routes to safety.” The report focuses on survival strategies for those affected by the industry’s downturn as well as emerging opportunities for companies, banks and investors.

The report can be downloaded here.

“Market equilibrium remains out of balance, and risks remain for the maritime sector,” said Christopher Frampton, Partner and Global Head of the Asset Finance Practice of White & Case. “We have seen some contraction in the bank market. This, together with continued demand for capital, presents opportunities for alternate sources of finance. Private equity and the export credit agencies may bridge a part of the gap, but with portfolio composition evolving for other investors, we may see a fresh focus on the US capital markets.”

The report features insight from industry experts including Richard Haines, a ship broker at Howe Robinson; Paul Slater, chairman of First International; Erik Nikolai Stavseth, an analyst at Arctic Securities and Albert Stein, managing director at AlixPartners.

The report examines:

Strategic and practical measures companies under threat might take to preserve their future
How lenders and investors can support companies by continuing to deploy capital
New opportunities for investors and new sources of capital
The role of banks, private equity and, potentially, the capital markets in maritime financing
Which sectors of the maritime industry may represent the best opportunities for recovery and growth
The impact of US bankruptcy law on the global shipping business

Our lawyers are responsible for handling the strategic legal work on some of the most prominent and complicated restructuring, refinancing and capital raising transactions in recent years in the maritime sector. Examples include advising the creditors in connection with the successful restructuring of TORM (the Danish listed product tanker and dry bulk market operator) and the emergence of General Maritime from bankruptcy protection after just six months as well as representing the capital providers in structured financings for new delivery large container ships and various off-shore rigs (FPSO vessels and FSRUs).

About White & Case
White & Case LLP is a leading global law firm with lawyers in 39 offices across 27 countries. Among the first US-based law firms to establish a truly global presence, we provide counsel and representation in virtually every area of law that affects cross-border business. Our clients value both the breadth of our global network and the depth of our US, English and local law capabilities in each of our regions and rely on us for their complex cross-border transactions, as well as their representation in arbitration and litigation proceedings.

Contact:
Francine Minadeo
Media Relations Manager
New York
T: + 1 646 885 2218
fminadeo@whitecase.com
Source: White & Case

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June 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

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New DesignSpark ‘DesignShare’ from RS Components Inspires Collaboration in Electronics Design

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Major new area within the RS Components DesignSpark online community spurs project sharing and design co-operation

SINGAPORE, June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has revealed a major extension to its online DesignSpark platform for engineers with the launch of a new open-source ‘DesignShare’ area.

The purpose of DesignSpark ‘DesignShare’ is to host projects, and encourage sharing, collaboration and concept discussions in a design community environment. Developed in conjunction with Elektor, a leading magazine for electronics design engineers, ‘DesignShare’ is available via www.designspark.comand includes two main areas: ‘Ideas’ and ‘Projects’.

The ‘Ideas’ or ‘Incubator’ section enables DesignSpark members to post project ideas, generate discussion and invite comment from the community. The most popular and highest rated ideas will be created as projects by Elektor via its network of engineers. As the project develops through the stages (brief, proposal, design, prototype and test & evaluation) the assets will be uploaded and shared with the DesignSpark community.

In the ‘Projects’ area, users will find all of the available projects tagged with relevant keywords for easy navigation. The individual project pages include details of how the project developed at each stage, along with a collection of assets that will enable users to build the project themselves. Project assets may include PCB schematics and layout files for DesignSpark PCB, for example, along with mechanical blueprints, software code and/or machine code, mechanical drawings and CAD files. There is also a plug-in to the RS Components website where users can purchase the kit of parts.

For professional projects requiring commercial confidentiality there is a ‘privacy’ option that allows users to limit access to selected contributors. All publicly viewable projects will be available as open source and downloadable free-of-charge.

“We have developed the new ‘DesignShare’ area together to make it easier for engineers, students and hobbyists in the DesignSpark and wider community to collaborate on, share, and download projects and ideas,” said David Tarrant, Head of Community Development at RS Components. “This is very much part of the evolution of the online design resources we provide to support anyone involved or interested in electronics design, and is a great way for them to communicate openly on their projects, no matter whether they are designing for fun or in a professional environment.”

“We chose to partner with RS Components on the ‘DesignShare’ initiative as we have a common goal of inspiring people at any level to develop their electronics design skills,” said Wisse Hettinga, International Director for Elektor, part of the international publishing house, EIM. “The RS Components online DesignSpark community has gained enormously in popularity and reputation since it was introduced, and has an ever-increasing membership, so it is the ideal forum to reach budding and experienced engineers, and to foster collaboration and project sharing in support of continued innovation in electronics design.”

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 550,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of GBP1.24bn.

For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-components.com.

Further information is available via these links:

Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on LinkedIn:
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
www.rs-components.com

DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Esoochun.tan@rs-components.com
T: +65-6391-5745

The Hoffman Agency
Rasheed Abu Bakar
Senior Account Executive
Erscsg@hoffman.com
T: +65-6361-0250

Source: RS Components

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June 17, 2013 at 10:02 am