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Light Reading to Host ‘Big Telecom Event’ Debuting in June 2014

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  • Industry showcase in Chicago, June 17-18, to focus on real-world, cutting-edge technology demonstrations, an interactive conference, and unrivaled networking opportunities.

NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Light Reading, UBM Tech’s market-leading online community for the global communications sector, is to host the inaugural Big Telecom Event in Chicago, June 17-18, 2014, to bring real-world, cutting-edge technology demonstrations and insight to the communications service provider executives currently facing some of the toughest decisions of their careers.

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Telecom, mobile, cable, datacenter, and large enterprise networking infrastructure operators are reaching critical points in their short-, medium-, and long-term business and networking strategic decision-making processes. The Light Reading organization, in partnership with leading industry organizations such as the Open Networking Foundation (ONF ‒ www.opennetworking.org) and independent technology test facilities, has devised an industry event focused on show floor demonstrations of networking technologies and applications that deliver real insight and tangible value to attendees.

Combining the educational power of interactive conference sessions devised and hosted by Heavy Reading’s stable of experienced industry analysts, with multi-vendor interoperability and proof-of-concept networking and application showcases, the event sports the tagline “Specs & Plugs & Rock & Roll.” It is geared toward helping attendees better understand concepts such as software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), small cell architectures, next-generation policy and charging, big-data analytics, and mobile network security.

“ONF believes SDN will pervade nearly every aspect of network operators’ businesses in a beneficial way, and a show such as the Big Telecom Event, with its focus on proof-of-concept live showcases, will help educate and inspire network operators of all types,” stated ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt. “This is the kind of event the industry needs, and we’re jazzed to be involved from its inception.”

“This event is all about bringing real value to network operator decision-makers and their key supplier partners through an unrivaled mix of show floor displays, incisive conference sessions, and structured, targeted networking opportunities,” said Light Reading founder Stephen Saunders. “Big Telecom Event attendees will leave the show with greater insight into the hottest telecom trends and the relevance of those developments to their everyday working lives. And, of course, they’ll also have had to chance to share their experiences, and party hard, with other industry go-getters.”

“This event stands for everything that we’re about – informing and entertaining the telecom community,” stated Light Reading Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre. “This will be the standout industry event of 2014. Socks will be knocked off,” he added in typical British understatement.

The Big Telecom Event will take place on June 17 and 18 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.  Speaking and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact: sales@lightreading.com.

Contact
Amy Averbook
Sr. Marketing Director
UBM DeusM
+1-917-743-2693
averbook@deusm.com

About Light Reading
Light Reading (www.lightreading.com) is a research-led media company serving the global communications market. Lightreading.com is the ultimate source for technology and financial analysis for more than 300,000 subscribers each month, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. Light Reading produces targeted communications events, including TelcoTV, Ethernet Expo New York, Ethernet Expo London, and The Tower Summit @ CTIA, as well as focused, one-day conferences each year for cable, mobile, and wireline executives across five continents.

About UBM Tech 
UBM Tech (http://www.ubm.com/tech) is a global media business that provides information, events, training, data services, and marketing solutions for the technology industry. Its media brands and information services inform and inspire decision makers across the entire technology market ‒ engineers and design professionals, software and game developers, solutions providers and integrators, networking and communications executives, and business technology professionals. UBM Tech’s industry-leading media brands include EE Times, Interop, Black Hat, InformationWeek, Game Developer Conference, CRN, and DesignCon. The company’s information products include research, education, training, and data services that accelerate decision making for technology buyers. UBM Tech also offers a full range of marketing services based on its content and technology market expertise, including custom events, content marketing solutions, community development and demand generation programs. UBM Tech is a part of UBM (UBM.L), a global provider of media and information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

Source: Light Reading

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September 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm

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Astana Opera Opens the Doors to the World

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ASTANA, Kazakhstan, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — On the 21st of October 2013 in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, the grand opening of Eurasia’s largest theatre “ASTANA OPERA” will take place. Construction of the world’s third largest Opera House was realized by masters from Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic. The colossal building of the theatre, constructed with the most modern technologies, allows on its stage to implement performances of any degree of complexity. The scene includes two side “pocket” and arerscene. Under the stage the lowest level the hall with automatic control system is located. The orchestra pit is designed for 120 musicians. Stage equipment was provided by specialists from Germany, acoustics was performed by Italian masters. The theater auditorium contains 1250 seats. The main hall is ornamented with decorative fretwork, laid out with wood and brass panels, that provides the excellent acoustics. Such kind of technology is also applied in rehearsal halls, there are 26 of them and more than 60 makeup rooms. The foyer fascinates view with splendor of finishing made of marble of different colors, that intertwines in various geometric patterns, frieze on the balcony was designed with stylized Kazakh ornament. On the wall mural on one side the monument to Kazakh nature Charyn Canyon, and on the other Burabaj are depicted. No less spectacular the facade of the theater is: on the both sides from the main entrance the sculptures of musicians playing ancient Kazakh instruments — kobyz and zhetygen, are placed. The pediment is decorated with traditional Quadriga, operated by Saka Tsarina Tomiris.

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“ASTANA OPERA” performs the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera «Attila». Music Director and Conductor –Valery Gergiev (The Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg). Production — Pier Luigi Pizzi (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Italy). Opera director will show Attila in the image of an outstanding general, and not a cruel barbarian, as he is traditionally presented. On the interpretation of the Italian master, Attila will be performed as a man with high intentions, feelings, saved the library from the fire, forgiving his enemies, who were building plots against him.

The title role in the opera is performed by Ildar Abdrazakov, by rights considered as one of the world’s best executant of the party «Attila».

Cultural worldwide event — Birth of the theatre “ASTANA OPERA” became possible thanks to the personal initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Source: Astana Opera

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September 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Greenpeace and WWF at Global Tissue Sustainability Summit

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Global Tissue Sustainability Summit with Retailers, Manufacturers, Suppliers and NGOs is new feature at Tissue World Miami conference next March 18-21 2014.

NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Miami Beach . . . Environmental impact and Sustainability matters regarding tissue paper products are rapidly rising on the radar screen of consumers and environmental groups, as well as tissue retailers, distributors and manufacturers. This is because the three most important raw materials, wood fibers, energy, and water, are natural resources that are scarce and have even led to armed conflicts.

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To examine numerous angles of these issues in depth, Tissue World in Miami will for the first time ever include the new Global Tissue Sustainability Summit, which will include speeches and panel discussions with sustainability executives and directors from leading retailers and manufacturers, as well as campaign leaders from Greenpeace and WWF.

While the tissue industry for the most part has a very strong environmental record it can be proud of, fibers sourcing has been a hot topic as NGOs such as Greenpeace and WWF have in recent years carried out high-impact, high-profile campaigns against sourcing practices they feel are irresponsible. Environmental issues have become a high priority for many progressive retailers, manufacturers and raw material suppliers, who see them much more as a business opportunity to profit from, rather than a threat to ignore and suppress.

Part of new focus on sales channels, retailers and distribution

The Global Tissue Sustainability Summit will be part of a new feature at Tissue World called the Tissue Retailers and Distributors Insight Forum, TRIF. Within 2 weeks of announcing TRIF, preregistrations have already come in from several dozen of the world’s leading tissue retailers and distributors. This means in addition to the 300-400 tissue manufacturing people that typically attend the conference, an estimated 50-60 key players in the retail and distribution sales channels from both North and Latin America, as well as Europe and Asia will also be attending. Likewise a much larger number of sales and marketing professionals from tissue manufacturing companies are expected.

In addition to the Global Tissue Sustainability Summit, other timely topics at TRIF include:

  • Brands and Private Label: What Strategies are Best?
  • New Sources of Supply in the Americas and Changes in the Supply/Demand Balance
  • New Product Innovations both Big and Small
  • Evolving Consumer/Household Needs and Trends and Implications for Tissue
  • New Tissue Making and Converting Technology Approaching TAD Quality

To register for Tissue World, TRIF and the Global Tissue Sustainability Summit, go tohttp://www.tissueworld.com/TRIF-RetailerRegistration

Contact Person: Ivan Ferrari
Phone Number: +65-6592-0886
Email: Ivan.Ferrari@ubm.com

Source: Tissue World – UBM

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September 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Kobe Bryant Receives DMCC Trade Licence to do Business in Dubai

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DUBAI, UAE /PRNewswire/ —
Basketball superstar’s first trip to Middle East began with an exclusive press show at Almas Tower
DMCC’s Executive Chairman Ahmed Bin Sulayem presented Kobe Bryant with a DMCC Free Zone Licence
DMCC’s role as title sponsor of the weekend highlights the Free Zone’s commitment to promoting a healthier and more active UAE
Today marked the beginning of the highly anticipated Kobe Bryant Health and Fitness Weekend, presented by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (‘DMCC’). The Weekend officially commenced today with a press show held at DMCC’s headquarters in Almas Tower, the tallest commercial tower in the Middle East.
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The event opened with introductory speeches from Kobe Bryant; DMCC Executive Chairman Ahmed Bin Sulayem; Dr. Ghada Aoun, Medical Director and Specialist Endocrinologist & Diabetologist at Boston Diabetes and Endocrine Centre; and Sarah Omolewu, Managing Partner, Maven Marketing & Events; with a strong focus on the parallels between a healthy lifestyle and success in sports and business.
Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of DMCC, also took the opportunity to present Kobe Bryant with a DMCC Free Zone business licence (recently announced as the largest free zone in the UAE), that will enable the basketball star and business mogul to operate a business from Dubai with 100 per cent ownership and 0 corporate tax.
“We are honoured to welcome Kobe (Bryant) to Dubai, especially as this is his first visit to the Middle East but also because he is here to help raise awareness of the importance of health and fitness. Health is the world’s most precious commodity and a topic we are passionate about here at DMCC.
“Now the largest and fastest growing Free Zone in the UAE with a growing global presence, we are excited to introduce Kobe – who continuously inspire people across the globe in sports and in business – to the DMCC corporate family by presenting him with a DMCC Free Zone business license”, said Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC.
When asked about his first impressions of Dubai, Kobe Bryant said:
“This is my first trip to Dubai, I’m going to use it to learn about the cultural and business priorities of the region and to understand how they align with my core competencies.”
The Kobe Bryant Health and Fitness Weekend will continue tomorrow with a youth basketball skills clinic for 40 lucky students at GEMS American Academy in Abu Dhabi. Bryant will be joined by players from the Real Madrid basketball “Legends” team, giving the students access to quality training from some of the best in the business.
The weekend will culminate in the highly anticipated celebrity basketball game on 27th September at the state-of-the-art Knights Arena at American University in Dubai. Bryant will lead the warm-up and coach a team of celebrity players, called Team Black Mamba. Playing against Team Black Mamba will be the Real Madrid basketball legends.
More information on the Kobe Bryant Health and Fitness Weekend presented by DMCC is available on: http://www.kobefitnessuae.com.
Notes to editors:
About The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre
The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) is a strategic initiative of the Government of Dubai, was established in 2002, with a mandate to provide the physical, market and financial infrastructure required to set up a commodities market place in Dubai. The Centre attracts key players throughout the entire value chain of a wide range of commodities sectors, together with relevant support industries such as finance, logistics and insurance. DMCC has established a robust infrastructure, including free zone status, trade networking platforms, secure vaults and purpose-built storage facilities. Resident companies of DMCC are offered highly attractive benefits under a free zone status, including 50-year guaranteed 0% corporate and personal income tax, 100 per cent business ownership, full ownership of business premises, and a secure regulated environment. DMCC has also implemented a dedicated compliance policy in the organisation, which is in line with the compliance related laws and regulations of the UAE Federal Government and the competent international bodies. DMCC owns three fully operational towers which host the majority of the physical, market and financial infrastructure including the Jewellery & Gemplex facility, the specialised diamond and pearl exchanges and gold vault. http://www.dmcc.ae
Media Enquiries:
DMCC
Henriette Svensen
PR & Corporate Communications Manager
+971-4-375-2207
henriette.svensen@dmcc.ae
Brunswick Group
Katharine Cralle
Associate
+971-56-174-0292
kcralle@brunswickgroup.com
Source: Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)

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September 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

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Daimler Financial Services Shapes Digital Footprint in Africa and Asia Pacific Region

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SINGAPORE, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

  • New Customer Online System enables customers to access contractual information at their convenience
  • Industry-leading finance and insurance calculator creates full transparency on finance and insurance rates
  • With over 42,000 downloads so far, Android and iOS users take advantage of full mobile App coverage in Africa & Asia Pacific region

Daimler Financial Services Africa & Asia Pacific (DFS AAP) is expanding its digital footprint across the region for potential and existing customers. “We are working at full speed to continuously deliver digital solutions for our customers and dealers,” said Richard Howard, President & CEO of DFS AAP and Member of the Board of Management Daimler Financial Services AG.  He continued, “We are focused on being number one in customer and dealer satisfaction. Providing customers with an intuitive, interactive digital experience is fundamental to that aim.”

For existing customers, DFS is introducing a new Customer Online System (COS), which is currently available in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand & Taiwan. Aimed at enhancing the customer interaction experience, the COS portal is specially designed to provide customers with easy-to-use tools that enable them to manage their automotive financing from anywhere at any time.

For potential customers, DFS has developed an industry-leading finance and insurance calculator.  To date, customers across five markets (Malaysia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore & India) can use the mobile device-friendly calculators to easily browse vehicles of their choice and find out the monthly finance and insurance cost — all from the comfort of their homes.  The finance and insurance calculator will be available in all 12 markets (Mainland China, Japan, Australia, South Africa, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and New Zealand) by the end of 2013.

Additionally, DFS AAP became the first captive financial services provider to offer full mobile App coverage across all 12 markets. The myMBFS App is available on the two most dominant operating systems, iOS and Android, in each market.  With a total of 24 Apps, users across the region can now locate the nearest Mercedes-Benz dealer, contact a customer service representative, customize their monthly payment plans and view current promotions from Daimler Financial Services (DFS).  The myMBFS App has been downloaded over 42,000 times since its launch in November 2012.

Further information from Daimler is available at: www.media.daimler.comwww.daimler.com andwww.daimler-financialservices.com

About Daimler

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services. The company’s founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group’s focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. For many years now, Daimler has been investing continually in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now has the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world’s most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Maybach, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2012, the Group sold 2.1 million vehicles and employed a workforce of more than 271,000 people; revenue totalled EUR114.5 billion and EBIT amounted to EUR8.6 billion.

Contact:

Michael Braun
+65-6849-5632

Source: Daimler

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September 27, 2013 at 10:27 am

Opera Mediaworks launches new rich-media platform for mobile video and voice advertising

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– Platform powers JetBlue’s “Air on the Side of Humanity” campaign voice ad units
SAN MATEO, Calif./PRNewswire/ — Opera Mediaworks, the world’s largest mobile advertising platform, today announced a new suite of mobile advertising products that will help brands, advertisers and marketers reach out to and engage a vast smartphone and tablet audience. This will be enabled using video and voice – two of the most used features on mobile devices.
Advertisers now can seamlessly execute effective rich-media campaigns from start to finish through the Opera Mediaworks platform. Publishers gain access to these capabilities through the AdMarvel platform and SDK and advertisers can utilize these innovative ad units through Mobile Theory and 4th Screen Advertising.
The Opera Mediaworks platform serves 60+ billion ad impressions per month via 13,000 mobile sites and apps, reaching 400 million consumers a month globally.
Opera Mediaworks’ new comprehensive mobile video and voice advertising offering includes:
Mediaworks VideoRich: Video ad units leverage the core AdMarvel SDK, the leading mobile ad server and ad exchange, to help advertisers offer interactive overlays to their mobile video campaigns, including social media integration or full rich-media overlays.
Mediaworks Voice: Voice ad units, with technology from Nuance Communications deemed Nuance Voice Ads, make use of the AdMarvel SDK to enable advertisers to interact with their customer through voice. Advertisers use pre-recorded scripts to “talk” to consumers and direct them toward different calls to action such as “Email me this deal” or “Share on Facebook”.
Mediaworks Studio: A rich-media creative ad builder, that allows agencies to build precertified video creative and easily deliver it across ad networks. The creative ad builder will enable agencies and media buyers to successfully measure ad campaign effectiveness through reporting and analytics.
An incomparable list of demand sources that includes over 125 ad networks and DSPs (demand-side platforms), including Opera Mediaworks’ premium ad networks Mobile Theory, 4th Screen Advertising and Opera Mediaworks Performance – the performance-based mobile ad network.
Opera Mediaworks’ platform supports all the different ad units that run through demand networks and also adheres to VAST and MRAID mobile video standards. The platform has a diverse list of popular mobile publishers – among them 20 of the top 25 media companies around the world, including CBS, News Corp, MLB and Pandora.
JetBlue is the first national brand in the U.S. to use the voice ad units as part of its “Air on the Side of Humanity” campaign that launched last week. The airline is partnering with Mobile Theory, part of Opera Mediaworks, to launch mobile ads that will allow consumers to interact with the ad on their smartphones through voice.
“JetBlue always likes to use the latest innovation to connect with our existing and potential customers, and I think it is also what people expect from our brand,” says Elizabeth Eelman, Manager, Advertising, JetBlue. “The voice ad unit is a fitting progression to further bring this unique campaign to life and encourage engagement with customers in a natural (and new) way.”
Mobile video advertising is emerging worldwide, with eMarketer recently stating that U.S. mobile video ad spending is projected to be $518 million for 2013, reaching $2.7 billion in 2017. According to eMarketer, growth rates for mobile video ad spending will be far greater than for any other related channel (i.e. television, online or total digital).
Furthermore, the Opera Mediaworks State of Mobile Advertising report, released July 23, stated that, during Q2 2013, advertisers increasingly began to adapt relatively new, but highly effective, ad types including VAST interstitial (mobile video) units, which resulted in deeper engagement with consumers.
“As mobile display is poised to overtake mobile search, leading brands and agencies are focused on ad formats and creative that drive engagement,” says Mahi de Silva, CEO, Opera Mediaworks. “Rich-media ad formats using video and audio ads have proven to have much higher engagement and conversion rates. Opera Mediaworks provides the most comprehensive platform, with quick and effective ways for brands to reach and engage their target audience.”
Opera Mediaworks will be at Advertising Week in New York City from September 23 through September 27. To arrange a meeting, please contact Falguni Bhuta at falgunib [at] opera.com.
About Opera Mediaworks
Opera Mediaworks is the world’s largest mobile advertising platform, helping to power the global mobile economy. We improve efficiency, through technology, innovation, transparency and trust, to create an open and vibrant marketplace for publishers and advertisers across the globe. Opera Mediaworks includes AdMarvel, a mobile ad server and ad exchange; Mobile Theory, a premium mobile ad network in the United States; 4th Screen Advertising Ltd., a premium ad network in the United Kingdom; and Mediaworks Performance, a results-driven, mobile ad network. Also included are impressions served within Opera mobile properties, including the Opera Mini Smart Page and the Opera Mobile Store. Opera Mediaworks is part of the Opera Group.
Source: Opera Mediaworks

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September 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

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River Safari Soft Opening in Singapore

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Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park home to rare and endangered animals from iconic river habitats including India’s Ganges River; boat rides to be ready at a later date

SINGAPORE, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Visitors from India can look forward to discovering the exotic wildlife found in iconic river habitats with the opening of River Safari, located next to the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari.

 

Venture down to Singapore's River Safari, Asia's first and only river-themed wildlife park. At the Ganges River zone, visitors will be able to view a cross section of the Ganges River set against a backdrop of the iconic Varanasi river bank temple. Animals featured here include the Indian gharial, turtles and the goonch.
Venture down to Singapore’s River Safari, Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park. At the Ganges River zone, visitors will be able to view a cross section of the Ganges River set against a backdrop of the iconic Varanasi river bank temple. Animals featured here include the Indian gharial, turtles and the goonch.

 

The 12-ha River Safari is the newest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s portfolio of award-winning parks and will showcase animals from freshwater habitats inspired by the world’s iconic rivers including the Ganges, Nile, and Amazon rivers. The park will be home to 5,000 animal specimens, including one of the world’s largest collections of freshwater animals.

At the Ganges River zone, visitors can come up close to rare freshwater creatures of India’s longest river. Inspired by the temples along Varanasi, this zone features the critically endangered Indian gharials — one of the world’s longest crocodiles — and the goonch catfish, also known as the giant devil catfish.

Other unique animals featured are endangered river giants such as giant freshwater stingray and Mekong giant catfish. River Safari is the only park in Asia to feature the giant river otter, the world’s largest otter that can grow up to 1.8 metres.

As the first and only river-themed wildlife park in Asia, River Safari aims to bring visitors up-close to the fascinating wildlife that live in river habitats which are disappearing faster than forest and marine environments, highlight the importance of freshwater ecosystems, and inspire positive actions for conserving them. It also seeks to play a part in global captive breeding programmes for endangered freshwater species.

River Safari is designed with the utmost concern for the environment, the park brings together the best in zoological architecture and design, with state-of-the-art exhibit artistry and technology.

Visitors can walk through River Safari’s freshwater galleries and immersive exhibits, including the world’s largest freshwater aquarium at the Amazon Flooded Forest and the Giant Panda Forest. The park’s boat rides will not be available until later this year as they are undergoing technical adjustments.

More information can be found on www.riversafari.com.sg.

ISSUED BY:
Ruder Finn Asia on behalf of Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Seraphim Cheong
+65-6235 4495 (Office)
cheongs@ruderfinnasia.com

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Source: Wildlife Reserves Singapore Pte Ltd

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September 27, 2013 at 10:02 am

Workplace transformation is key to driving business success

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— Jones Lang LaSalle highlights how companies can create value by redefining workplace productivity
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — As workplace experts convene at WORKTECH 13 Asia in Singapore this week, Jones Lang LaSalle shows that companies need to refocus their workplace initiatives in order to support the activities that create business value.
According to a review of workplace initiatives within multinational companies in Asia Pacific, employees spend most of their time with emails, phone calls and formal meetings; all of which are facilitated by the traditional workplace. Conversely, in order to create organizational value, businesses must focus on enabling creative collaboration, concentrated solo work, and informal interactions, all of which require changes to the traditional workplace.
Su Lim, Head of Workplace Strategy for Jones Lang LaSalle in Asia Pacific, said “Product development is becoming more complex, with a combination of individual work and collaborative activity required in order to get new products and services to market quickly. People are also moving back and forth between activities more frequently. In this environment, value is created when a business can balance different types of work in the right way – it’s important not to drive collaboration at the expense of concentration.”
Effective workplaces are a necessity as businesses face mounting pressure to increase productivity while still maintaining costs. Jones Lang LaSalle’s Global Corporate Real Estate Trends 2013 reveals that 72 percent of companies globally hold high expectations for real estate to deliver workplace productivity outcomes.
Quantifying results is critical for the success of workplace transformation. However, productivity is often miscalculated in cost-per-square-foot, as it’s easier to measure, instead of by contribution to business performance.
“Achieving greater density is not the same as improving productivity. Companies must start to look at ways to measure results based on business value, such as how the workplace can enable more efficient and effective workstyles; position employees and the business for growth; improve talent attraction and retention; enhance customer experience; or reinforce the company’s culture and brand,” said Ms Lim. “There is no one-size-fits-all solution, companies must align initiatives and metrics with what productivity means for the business and how the workplace can best enable that.”
Notes to editors
Download our infographic on measuring workplace productivity:http://www.joneslanglasalle.com/Pages/Workplace-strategy-infographic.aspx
About Jones Lang LaSalle Corporate Solutions:
A leader in the real estate outsourcing field, Jones Lang LaSalle’s Corporate Solutions business helps corporations improve productivity in the cost, efficiency and performance of their national, regional or global real estate portfolios by creating outsourcing partnerships to manage and execute a range of corporate real estate services. This service delivery capability helps corporations improve business performance, particularly as companies turn to the outsourcing of their real estate activity as a way to manage expenses and enhance profitability.
About Jones Lang LaSalle Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual revenue of $3.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle operates in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services to a property portfolio of 2.6 billion square feet and completed $63 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2012. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $47.7 billion of real estate assets under management.
Jones Lang LaSalle has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with over 26, 100 employees operating in 79 offices in 14 countries across the region. The firm was named ‘Best Property Consultancy’ in three Asia Pacific countries at the International Property Awards Asia Pacific 2013, and won nine Asia Pacific awards in the Euromoney Real Estate Awards 2013. http://www.ap.joneslanglasalle.com/
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September 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm

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PSUAD Organises The Golden Age of Arab Sciences Exhibition for the First Time in the UAE

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ABU DHABI, UAE, Sept. 25, 2013/PRNewswire/ — HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development, opened The Golden Age of Arab Sciences exhibition in Paris – Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. The exhibition will run from 24 September 2013 until 14 January 2014.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130923/642437-a)
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130923/642437-b)

The Golden Age of the Arab civilization, from the beginning of the eighth century until the fifteenth century, saw the discovery and production of major scientific and intellectual feats that became a catalyst for the development of European culture and knowledge towards a highly developed world. The exhibition brings the accomplishments of the Arab and Islamic world to the fore, giving the youth and the public a deeper understanding of their importance.

HE Jack Lang, former French Minister of Education and President of the Institut du monde arabe, highlighted the importance of this exhibition in reminding us of a period of phenomenal prosperity during with the Arab world carried intellectual growth forward at an astronomical rate, stating: “We in Europe are fully aware of the importance of Arab and Muslim civilisation because we, at a certain point, built on and benefited immensely from the surge of thought and invention that this great culture produced during its golden age, bringing us into a period of Renaissance and growth in the arts and sciences.”

Commenting on the role of the Paris – Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in organising this exhibition, HE Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Vice President of PSUAD, said: “This exhibition will encourage younger generations in the UAE to innovate and contribute towards creating a better future, and ensuring that the UAE is prepared to take on a leadership role in technology and the sciences.”

Professor Eric Fouache, Chancellor of Paris – Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, describes his university as the epitome of cultural exchange, with its vision as a “Bridge between civilizations” being vividly represented by the 65 nationalities that interact, bringing Abu Dhabi to the world and the world to Abu Dhabi.

The exhibit will be equipped with audio visual guides, short films, and digital screens that further elaborate the various elements of the history of the Arab golden age, alongside the curated artefacts and scripts by their different eras. There will also be several talks, schedules of which can be found on the website soon.

Contact: Mourad Tlili, +971-50-6167652, mourad.tlili@psuad.ac.ae

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Data Show Sanofi’s Lyxumia(R) Added to Basal Insulin Lowered Blood Sugar Especially when Fasting Plasma Glucose was Controlled

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PARIS, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

– Findings Consistent with Known Post-Prandial Effect of Lyxumia Supporting Combination with Basal Insulin –

Sanofi (EURONEXT : SAN and NYSE : SNY) announced today new GetGoal-L sub-analysis results showing that reductions in HbA1c with Lyxumia® (lixisenatide), when added to basal insulin, were greatest in patients with type 2 diabetes who had well-controlled baseline fasting plasma glucose (FPG). These findings are consistent with the efficacy profile of Lyxumia, which shows a clinical and statistically significant reduction in HbA1c across different patient populations.

The results also showed that reductions in body weight with Lyxumia, when added to basal insulin, were greatest in this group. The GetGoal-L sub-analysis was shared during an oral presentation at the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, in Barcelona, Spain.

“The study showed that Lyxumia is an effective post-prandial glucose lowering option that improves HbA1c levels when added to basal insulin,” said Professor Josep Vidal, Endocrinology and Nutrition, University of Barcelona. “We analyzed data from patients who were not at their target HbA1c level, despite controlled fasting plasmaglucose, and we found that a treatment regimen that targets post-prandial glucose, as well as fasting plasmaglucose, could be an effective choice for these patients.”

As type 2 diabetes progresses over time, patients treated with basal insulin may no longer maintain their target HbA1c level (average blood sugar levels over the past 2 to 3 months), despite typically sustaining good control of FPG with basal insulin. For these patients, Lyxumia can significantly reduce HbA1c by primarily reducing post-prandial (after-meal) glucose levels through its complementary action with basal insulin. Targeting both FPG and post-prandial glucose could be an effective way to lower HbA1c in certain patients with type 2 diabetes.

Results of Analysis

This sub-analysis examined 496 patients with type 2 diabetes and inadequate glucose control. Results showed that the addition of lixisenatide to basal insulin treatment, with or without metformin (oral anti-diabetic therapy), reduced overall HbA1c, body weight and post-breakfast self-monitored post-prandial glucose in all groups. These effects were greater in patients with relatively well-controlled baseline FPG levels (below or equal to 6.7 mmol/L; FPG in people without diabetes is ~5.5 mmol/L(Note 1)) compared to those with higher baseline FPG levels (between 6.7 and 8.9 mmol/L, and over 8.9 mmol/L, respectively).

The GetGoal-L sub-analysis abstract is entitled: ‘Therapeutic efficacy of lixisenatide added to basal insulin is greater when FPG is well-controlled’ (Vidal J, et al. [Abstract no. oral presentation 6]).

About Lyxumia® (lixisenatide)

Lyxumia® (lixisenatide) is a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA) for the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. GLP-1 is a naturally-occurring peptide hormone that is released within minutes after eating a meal. It is known to suppress glucagon secretion from pancreatic alpha cells and stimulate glucose-dependent insulin secretion by pancreatic beta cells.

Lyxumia was in-licensed from Zealand Pharma A/S (NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen: ZEAL),www.zealandpharma.com, and is approved in Europe for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus to achieve glycemic control in combination with oral glucose-lowering medicinal products and/or basal insulin when these, together with diet and exercise, do not provide adequate glycemic control. Lyxumia is also approved in Mexico, Australia, Japan and Brazil for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes. Sanofi plans to resubmit the New Drug Application for lixisenatide in the United States in 2015, after completion of the ELIXA cardiovascular outcomes study. Lyxumia is the proprietary name approved by the European Medicines Agency and other health authorities for the GLP-1 RA lixisenatide.

The Lyxumia pen is the winner of a number of innovative design awards, including the Red Dot Award, the Good Design Award, and the iF Product Design Award.

About Sanofi Diabetes

Sanofi strives to help people manage the complex challenge of diabetes by delivering innovative, integrated and personalized solutions. Driven by valuable insights that come from listening to and engaging with people living with diabetes, the Company is forming partnerships to offer diagnostics, therapies, services, and devices including blood glucose monitoring systems. Sanofi markets both injectable and oral medications for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

About Sanofi

Sanofi, a global and diversified healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients’ needs. Sanofi has core strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and the new Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

Reference

1. International Diabetes Federation. Global Guideline for Type 2 Diabetes (2012). Available at:www.idf.org/sites/default/files/IDF-Guideline-for-Type-2-Diabetes.pdf. Date accessed: September 2013.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Source: Sanofi Diabetes

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