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Indonesia’s Largest Ever Furniture Exhibition IFEX 2014 Opened Its Doors

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JAKARTA, Indonesia, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The largest furniture tradeshow ever to be held in Indonesia, the Indonesia International Furniture Expo, IFEX 2014, opened yesterday at the Jakarta International Expo fairground. The exhibition completely fills all of the permanent halls of the fairground as well as a number of temporary structures that have been built to accommodate the demand to participate from exhibitors.

Indonesia’s largest ever furniture exhibition IFEX 2014 opened its doors
Indonesia’s largest ever furniture exhibition IFEX 2014 opened its doors

Signifying the importance of the furniture industry and furniture exports to the Indonesian economy, the exhibition was opened by two government ministers; Mr. Muhammad Lutfi, the Minister of Trade, and Mr. Mohamad Suleman Hidayat, the Minister of Industry. Mr. Soenoto, Chairman of the Indonesia Furniture Association, AMKRI, declared in his speech at the opening ceremony that his association was targeting export growth of 20% per year over the next five years to reach a total of US$5 billion, and for Indonesia to become one of the top five furniture exporting countries in the world.

Over 400 companies are exhibiting in the exhibition with a wide range of furniture and home furnishing products. The majority of exhibitors are from Indonesia with a focus on wooden furniture and rattan furniture products. The exhibition also features a number of overseas furniture manufactures, including those from Malaysia, mainland China, and Taiwan.

The exhibition is organised by UBM Asia in collaboration with Indonesia’s leading exhibition organiser, Dyandra, and is hosted by the Indonesia Furniture Association (AMKRI). Mr. Christopher Eve, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia, commented, “Indonesia’s furniture industry has huge potential. The nation has abundant supplies of sustainable raw materials such as wood, rattan, bamboo, and textiles, as well as a highly skilled labour force and extensive manufacturing capacity. UBM Asia is excited to be organising IFEX and we expect it to become one of the most important events in the global calendar of furniture exhibitions.”

For press enquiries, please contact:
Jennifer Law, Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications
UBM Asia
Tel: +852 2516 1691
Fax: +852 3749 7342
Email: Jennifer.Law@ubm.com

Christy Chan, Corporate Marketing & Communications Executive
UBM Asia
Tel: +852 2516 1679
Fax: +852 3749 7342
Email: Christy.Chan@ubm.com

Notes to Editors

1. About UBM Asia (http://www.ubmasia.com/)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India, and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong, UBM Asia operates in 25 cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff. UBM organises several major furniture exhibitions including Furniture China in Shanghai, Malaysian International Furniture Fair in Kuala Lumpur, and the Index furniture fairs in India.

2. About Indonesia Furniture Association AMKRI (www.amkri.org)

AMKRI is non-profit organization comprised of companies that are engaged in the furniture and handicraft industries. The Association encourages the development of innovation and creativity of Indonesian manufacturers of furniture and handicrafts, principally wooden and rattan-based products.

3. About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events and online, as well as producing and distributing news and specialist content. Our 5,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into expert teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For more information, go to http://www.ubm.com; follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc to get the latest UBM corporate news; follow @UBM for news and updates from across the businesses and selected members of UBM’s Twitter.
Source: UBM Asia

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March 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm

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The View from Wall Street on the Private Label/Brands Question

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Tissue World opens in Miami next week; visitors from 80+ countries

NEW YORK, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — More than 2,000 tissue professionals comprising the entire Tissue Value chain, ranging from retail and commercial buyers, across manufacturers and converters, and through to machine technology and raw material suppliers, will be in Miami Beach next week for Tissue World Americas.
Wall street
Wall street

The world’s leading tissue Trade Show of Vendors will host over 1,500 visitors, from more than 80 countries. 175 world-class supplier companies will be exhibiting, giving tissue makers a unique opportunity to make side-by-side comparisons of equipment and solutions for upcoming investments.

The Tissue World Technical and Market Conferences have already attracted over 500 registered delegates, the largest number in the 21-year history of Tissue World. In total 60 speakers will address the conference over 4 days. Two very interesting late additions to the agenda include speeches covering “The View from Wall Street on the Private Label/Brands Question”; and the “IKEA Group Sustainability Direction for 2020.”

The reasons for increased attendance may be the rebound of the North American economy, as well as the continued strong growth in South America. Tissue makers are now planning their next investments and therefore coming to Tissue World, the world’s true marketplace for the tissue business. In addition, the brand-new TRIF, Tissue Retailers and Distributors Insight Forum, covering the sales, marketing and distributional channels more than ever before has attracted new sectors.

Register today at http://www.tissueworld.com/registration

Contact Person: Ivan Ferrari
Phone Number: +65-6592-0886
Email: Ivan.Ferrari@ubm.com
Source: Tissue World – UBM

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March 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm

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Mobile Device Usage: Singapore v/s Hong Kong

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SINGAPORE and HONG KONG, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Singapore and Hong Kong have been the most rapidly developing and fiercely competitive metros in Asia Pacific in the last four decades. Hong Kong has a longer history as a business center but Singapore has caught up quickly. It’s only natural that among other socio-economic and financial comparisons the two cities also get compared for their connectivity and mobile usage.

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comScore shares some interesting data that shows how mobile device usage in Hong Kong and Singapore compares.
comScore shares some interesting data that shows how mobile device usage in Hong Kong and Singapore compares.

We are excited to share some interesting data that shows how mobile device usage in Hong Kong and Singapore compares. This data is made available through comScore Device Essentials™, a service that offers global mobile insights from sixty countries with region-level reporting. Device Essentials provides unique device and traffic share information by network operator, along with device characteristics, to deliver an in-depth profile of audience traffic for any market.

This infographic provides some key findings:

Tablet adoption in Singapore is slightly higher than Hong Kong
Singapore continues to favor iOS while Android is more popular in Hong Kong
News Information /Weather is amongst the most popular category on mobile phones
Singaporeans get their Sports updates on mobile devices while Hong Kong residents bid and shop “on the go”

Click here to download the full size infographic.
Source: comScore, Inc.

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March 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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ViaSat Broadband System Terminal Deliveries Reach 2 Million

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— Includes one million second generation residential terminals

CARLSBAD, Calif., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — With installations in North America, Europe, and the Middle East ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) has delivered over 2 million of its Ka-band broadband satellite terminals, making it the leading choice for Internet by satellite. The two million terminal total includes over one million second generation broadband terminals, which are part of the Exede satellite services network that features the world’s highest capacity satellite, ViaSat-1.

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Customers and partners are using the family of satellite broadband terminals for consumer, enterprise, on-the-move, and portable applications because the ViaSat Broadband System changes the economics and performance of satellite communications for a number of markets:

Residential Internet that has enabled satellite to overtake all ISPs in delivering promised speeds, transforming satellite broadband from last-resort to a great Internet alternative.
Live event communications with sufficient capacity to supply thousands of spectators, vendors, sponsors, broadcasters and organizers with HD video streaming and high-speed data simultaneously, at virtually any location.
Faster in-flight Internet that can provide a guaranteed service level to everyone onboard, encouraging much higher take rates and engagement among passengers.
Economics that enable the real-time broadcast of big moments in life such as weddings, local sports, and graduations.
Portability that enables an office-like, enterprise-level broadband connection virtually anywhere with multiple simultaneous Internet connections.

“The applications – residential Internet, newsgathering, in-flight Internet, and enterprise – are familiar, but the service performance, ability to serve millions of users with high-speed services, and operation with the highest capacity Ka-band satellites are what distinguishes ViaSat broadband from other systems that may be labeled high throughput satellite,” said John Zlogar, VP of ViaSat Commercial Networks.

The new delivery milestones continue the success of SurfBeam®, the first satellite networking system designed from the ground up for economical, mass-market broadband networking. The ViaSat Broadband System combines the terminal integration, data speeds, network scale, and management systems needed to deliver a fast web experience that enables satellite service to compete effectively against terrestrial alternatives such as DSL and terrestrial wireless.

For more information visit http://www.viasat.com/broadband-networks.

About ViaSat (www.viasat.com)

ViaSat delivers fast, secure communications, Internet, and network access to virtually any location for consumers, governments, enterprises, and the military. The company offers fixed and mobile satellite network services including Exede by ViaSat, which features ViaSat-1, the world’s highest capacity satellite; service to more than 2,900 mobile platforms, including Yonder® Ku-band mobile service; satellite broadband networking systems; and network-centric military communication systems and cybersecurity products for the U.S. and allied governments. ViaSat also offers communication system design and a number of complementary products and technologies. Based in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat employs over 3,000 people in a number of locations worldwide for technology development, customer service, and network operations.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about satellite broadband Internet connections, speed, and capacity. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include the ability to successfully develop, introduce, and sell new products and enhancements; contractual problems; product defects; manufacturing issues or delays; regulatory issues; technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; increased competition; the ability to successfully implement ViaSat’s business plan for broadband satellite services on ViaSat’s anticipated timeline or at all; risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of ViaSat’s satellites, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; and other factors affecting the communications industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat’s SEC filings available at http://www.sec.gov, including ViaSat’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Exede and Yonder are registered trademarks of ViaSat Inc.
Source: ViaSat Inc.

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March 13, 2014 at 11:45 am

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Sunway Celebrates its 40th Anniversary with the Launch of Its New Loyalty Programme Powered by Fusionex

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Malaysia’s largest shopping mall operator introduces a first-of-its-kind loyalty programme and system

SELANGOR, Malaysia, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In conjunction with its 40th anniversary, Sunway Group, Malaysia’s leading property developer, realty group and the largest shopping mall operator in Malaysia, launched a new point-based loyalty programme powered by Fusionex, an international software provider specialising in Analytics and Big Data.

The launch of the Sunway Loyalty Programme (Sunway Pals) was held at the Blue Concourse of Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall on Friday, February 28th, and was officiated by YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Founder & Chairman of Sunway Group.
Evan Cheah, Executive Director – President’s Office & Information Technology witnessing the occasion where YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Founder & Chairman of Sunway Group, is presented with an Honorary Loyalty Card by Ivan Teh, Fusionex Managing Director, at the Loyalty Programme Sneak Preview for Merchants
Evan Cheah, Executive Director – President’s Office & Information Technology witnessing the occasion where YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Founder & Chairman of Sunway Group, is presented with an Honorary Loyalty Card by Ivan Teh, Fusionex Managing Director, at the Loyalty Programme Sneak Preview for Merchants

The Sunway Group has become one of Malaysia’s biggest success stories, with more than 10 business units and 40 locations worldwide, and is parent to various successful business units including:

Sunway Property, one of the anchors of Sunway Group with an extensive portfolio of award-winning properties on Malaysian soil as well as abroad. Its success spurs market expansion to other countries such as China, India, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore. Sunway Property also recently acquired 691 acres of land in Medini Iskandar, Johor,
Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway Group’s healthcare provider. Sunway Medical Centre was established in November 1999 and boasts of the first private hospital to perform Deep Brain Stimulation for the management of Parkinson’s disease. Another noteworthy achievement would be the healthcare provider’s implementation of The Cochlear Implant Programme to treat profound hearing loss,
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, the internationally famed award-winning theme park that currently houses the world’s largest water ride, The Vuvuzela,
Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Malaysia’s first ever themed shopping and entertainment hub,
Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, which forms part of Sunway Group’s Hospitality range boasting of five star hotels with world class convention, meetings and exhibition facilities, luxurious villas, serviced apartments, four and three star range of hotels to technical services, franchise management as well as hotel marketing affiliation services,
Sunway Education Group which consists of amongst others; Sunway University, Sunway College, Monash University Sunway Campus and Le Cordon Bleu, Malaysia.

To commemorate Sunway’s 40th anniversary and the launch of Sunway Pals, and in line with the pioneering theme of the Sunway Pals Programme and the system powering it, a number of the Sunway Group’s earliest and forefront customers were invited to attend the event. These include the first buyers of properties launched by Sunway Property, the family members of the first infant that was delivered at the Sunway Medical Centre, the first Sunway Lagoon customer who signed up for the theme park’s membership card, the first few tenants of Sunway Pyramid, the first guests of Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, as well as two generations of individuals within the same family who studied at Sunway Education institutions.

As a mark of gratitude and appreciation, these selected individuals were presented with a preloaded Sunway Pals loyalty card and those interested were also guided on the steps to download the app which allows users to ‘go card-less’ where the Sunway Pals Programme is concerned.

Under the Sunway loyalty programme — called Sunway Pals — members will earn one point for every dollar spent in participating merchants’ stores with additional points available on special offers. Every 100 points accumulated will translate into a dollar which is then redeemable at participating merchants’ stores.

The software system powering Sunway Pals Loyalty Programme is a unique innovation among retail loyalty programmes and is designed to suit any merchant and any member. In addition to the many features available, the system not only allows for the conventional card system and EDC terminal support, but also comes with card-less capabilities — a move that is expected to resonate well with consumers. Members can opt to use a Sunway Pals App downloaded on their smartphone for points awarding and redemption.

“The Sunway Pals programme is the Sunway Group’s flagship loyalty programme, it offers free membership, both a card as well as card-less option, with fuss-free earning of Sunway loyalty points, the equivalent of cash rebates,” said Evan Cheah, Executive Director – President’s Office & Information Technology and one of the main drivers behind Sunway Pals programme. “Fusionex is our exclusive loyalty program provider and has deployed for us its own cutting-edge proprietary technology with Big Data capabilities. I am happy to have Fusionex and their world-class leadership team as a key partner in our Sunway Pals program, and we are committed to delivering a continuously evolving loyalty programme; one that gives strong value to our customers and society, and is vastly different from any other programme in Malaysia.”

“Sunway is undoubtedly a highly reputable group and its diversified business units has an excellent track record of contributing to the society and touching lives within communities,” said Ivan Teh, Fusionex Managing Director. “They continuously look at innovation and methods to better serve their customers and ecosystem. The Sunway Pals Programme powered by Fusionex brings about a manifestation, a unique breakthrough in the field of customer loyalty and Big Data. We are very privileged and would like to thank the Sunway Group for its confidence in selecting Fusionex’s technology for its Loyalty Programme, which confidence was instrumental in making this initiative a reality.”
YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Founder & Chairman of Sunway Group, officiating the Sunway Pals Programme Launch in conjunction with the Sunway Group’s 40th Anniversary
YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Founder & Chairman of Sunway Group, officiating the Sunway Pals Programme Launch in conjunction with the Sunway Group’s 40th Anniversary

The Sunway Pals App has been launched in Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall as well as Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, and is expected to be implemented nationwide across Sunway’s diversified business units over the course of the next few months. Sunway is confident that the Sunway Pals Programme will be a revolutionary move which will drive consumer convenience and satisfaction to a whole new level in its bid to improve the community experience wherever Sunway is involved.

About Sunway

Sunway Group has thrived since 1974 to become one of Malaysia’s most formidable property developer and construction groups, with a multitude of established businesses in more than 40 locations worldwide. It encompasses more than 10 business divisions namely Property, Construction, Hospitality, Retail, Leisure, Commercial, Trading & Manufacturing, Building Materials, Quarry, Healthcare, Education and Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).

Underlying this worthy corporate endeavour is the Group’s philosophy of ‘business with a heart-giving to the community it serves through its award-winning corporate responsibility (CR) initiatives chiefly championed by Education, Healthcare and Sustainable Community. Some of the more highly regarded CR programmes Sunway Group espouses include the formation of Jeffrey Cheah Foundation aimed at bringing high-quality and affordable education to the needy and deserving, Sunway Job Training Programme for special children; Sunway Safe City Initiative, Recycling Programmes and sustainable Socio Economic programmes for the community.

To know more about Sunway, please visit http://www.sunway.com.my

About Fusionex

Fusionex (LSE: FXI) is a multi-award winning provider of enterprise business software through its core transactional engine (CTE) and business intelligence (BI) & Analytics products, notably in relation to addressing the Big Data challenge. Committed to its clients’ success, Fusionex helps its clients manage and derive value from their data. Fusionex’s products and solutions are ideal for companies seeking superior level yet user-friendly solutions including business intelligence (BI) and Analytics, data management & large databases (Big Data & Cloud based solutions), mobile solutions including loyalty systems, CPM as well as core transactional solutions.

For further information, please visit http://www.fusionex-international.com
Source: Fusionex

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March 13, 2014 at 11:32 am

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Global Maritime Designs Offshore Fish Farm

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OSLO and HOUSTON, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Global Maritime has performed the technical design and engineering (FEED) of an offshore based fish farm for Ocean Farming AS in Norway, a subsidiary of the SalMar Group. The new design combines the best of existing technology and solutions from the Norwegian fish farming industry and the offshore oil and gas sector.

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The facility is a permanently moored semi-submersible structure with favourable motion characteristics, suitable for operation in exposed locations with water depths between 100 to 300 meters, where the aqua biological conditions are more ideal for aquaculture on “the fish’s terms”. The project is based on proven technology developed for optimal fish farming.

According to Ocean Farming AS, this is a great example of combining Global Maritime’s expertise from the oil and gas sector, with their own, within fish farming. Also Global Maritime’s project manager views the cooperative nature of the project as a key benefit: “The concept has been developed with Ocean Farming, and we have applied established regulations, design principles and methods from our rig design portfolio, in a new field of operation.”

Feasibility studies started in 2012. During spring 2013, Ocean Farming presented a conceptual solution that is suitable for installation and operation in exposed ocean (offshore) areas. The facility combines construction and streamlined/automated operations to create competitive production costs. Ocean Farming has received grants from Innovation Norway to develop this project.

A basin model test has been performed by MARINTEK (Sintef), which confirms suitable performance of the facility during harsh weather conditions, as documented in the design by Global Maritime.
Source: Global Maritime

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March 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

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30th Annual Cruise Shipping Miami Opens Today

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10 percent larger exhibition expected to attract 30 percent more attendees

MIAMI, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The 30th annual Cruise Shipping Miami conference and exhibition opens today at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The show runs through Thursday, March 13.

The annual gathering usually draws around 11,000 attendees, but UBM, owner and organizer of Cruise Shipping Miami, anticipates a jump of more than 30 percent in visitors and delegates to the three–day exhibition and four-day conference. The trade show, which is almost 10 percent larger than last year, features 140 new exhibitors for a total of nearly 900 exhibiting companies from 127 countries.

“No one could have predicted 30 years ago that from a meeting of 150 cruise executives in a hotel in New York that Cruise Shipping Miami would grow to become the industry’s premier annual event,” said Daniel Read, director of UBM’s Cruise Event Portfolio. “The conference sessions, State of the Global Cruise Industry panels, Emerging Products Zone and Cruise Trends Theater all will address issues and developments that will shape the cruise industry of the future.”

Cruise Shipping Miami kicks off today with the World Cruise Tourism Summit, a series of roundtable discussions led by industry experts.

The conference officially opens Tuesday, March 11, with the “State of the Global Cruise Industry” plenary session featuring the top executives from the world’s largest cruise corporations: Carnival Corporation & plc, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises.

The session also features Katty Kay, anchor of “BBC World News America,” as the event’s first moderator from outside the cruise industry.

New for 2014 are three additional “State of the Global Cruise Industry” panels led by cruise line chief executives addressing trends and developments in the world’s major cruise regions: the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The exhibition, which covers all four halls of the Miami Beach Convention Center, officially opens Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. and closes Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.

Represented in the trade show are the world’s largest shipbuilders, 400 destinations, cutting-edge information technology providers, ship equipment suppliers and entertainment companies. New this year is an interactive Food & Beverage Pavilion focusing on the latest in shipboard culinary trends, products and equipment. Other industry sectors include ship design and refurbishment, ship services and hotel operations.

The exhibition features trade delegations from Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Spain and Turkey.

Cruise Shipping Miami is the global flagship of UBM’s Cruise Events Portfolio, which includes the annual Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific and the biennial Seatrade Med Cruise Convention.

To register to attend Cruise Shipping Miami, visit:
https://www.compusystems.com/servlet/ar?evt_uid=710

For more information about Cruise Shipping Miami or to exhibit visit:
http://www.cruiseshippingmiami.com

HOTEL RESERVATIONS:
https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=10739532

MEDIA CONTACT: Buck Banks, +1 305-461-3300, toll-free +1 855-446-7935; press@cruiseshippingmiami.com

CONVENTION CONTACT: UBM Live, 300 American Metro Blvd., Suite 125, Hamilton NJ 08619 USA
Phone: +1 609-759-4712; fax: +1 609-759-4774
email: sales@cruiseshippingmiami.com

SOCIAL MEDIA: Additional news and information about Cruise Shipping Miami are available at http://www.cruiseshippingmiami.com. Find Cruise Shipping Miami on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Since 1985 Cruise Shipping Miami has been the premier annual event of the worldwide cruise industry. From a small gathering of 150 cruise industry executives in a hotel meeting room in New York City, Cruise Shipping Miami has grown into a four-day conference and three-day exhibition drawing 11,000 attendees, more than 900 exhibiting companies from 123 countries and over 300 international journalists to become the cruise industry’s annual marketplace of ideas, products and services.

Cruise Shipping Miami is exclusively supported by Cruise Lines International Association and Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.
Source: Cruise Shipping Miami

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March 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

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ASIAWATER 2014 Gathers Top Information Water Experts through Conference and Seminar Learning

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The AWARE’14 (Asia Water Resource 2014 Expo & Forum) in conjunction with “World Water Day” themed — Water Security in Developing Asia will be held in Diamond Grand ballroom, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur.

ASIA WATER Resource 2014 Conference describes the event as a showcase of leading edge towards future direction for Water Resources industry in ASEAN.

AWARE’14 is held co-located with by Asia Water 2014, supported by Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Malaysia (JPS) under the direction of Ministry of Natural Resources of Environment Malaysia.

It is an honour to have keynote speakers Y.Bhg Datuk Ir. Hj Ahmad Husaini bin Sulaiman, (Chairman of ASIAN Work Group in Water Resources Management) and Y.Bhg. Prof Dato’ Seri Ir. Dr Zaini Ujang (Secretary General II, Ministry of Education Malaysia) to address delegates and lead discussions on the importance of genuine social and environmental responsibility towards Water Security in ASEAN Region.

ASIAWATER2014 will also hold another conference in conjunction with The Malaysian Water Association to address the right and smart planning on water efficiency towards the right direction of learning and educating the audience towards Waste Water, Water Safety, Technology and Treatment. This conference will be held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from the 19th-21th March 2014.

8th ASIA WATER Conference and AWARE’14 and workshop provide a unique opportunity for members of the industry to strengthened their knowledge and to address innovative ways to uphold the current issues, demand and future for water related industry.

The ministry also believes that these forums and conferences are no longer simply a moral choice in business: it is essential to understand the sustainability of a company and its future to provide the right solution to the market or current country development.

Discussion topic that holds in the AWARE’14 (ASIA WATER Resource 2014) conference would be

National Water Resources Policy — Guiding Malaysia Toward the future in IWRM
South Korea Four River Restoration Projects by Korea Water Resources Corp
Water Resources Management Challenges in Philippines
Water Resources Management Challenges in Thailand by Department of Water Resources Thailand
Water Resources Security and Sustainability Challenges: Indonesia Experiences by President Director of Jasa Tirta 1
How Climate Change affect Water System
Improving Water Environment in Urban
How to cope future Water Demand
Innovative Water Usage in Agriculture Sector
Impact of Uncontrolled Development in Highland on Water Resources

There would also be 5 different sessions that would carry the 8th ASIA WATER Conference into a successful knowledge transfer period to all members within water industry:

Right to water — Policy Imperatives and Regulatory Requirements
Climate Change and Water Resources
Sustainable Technology for Water Treatment and Distribution
Sustainable Technology for Waster Water Collection and Treatment
Re-use of Waste Water

Along with AWARE’14 and Asia Water 2014 conference, ASIAWATER2014 would also be holding a seminar called Asia Water Technology Symposium themed “Leading the Way to Sustainable Water Technology”.

Asia Water Technology Symposium will address ways to sustain your business, obtain advanced knowledge on latest information regarding trends and challenges, as well as the solutions for sustainable water technology.

Participation in Asia Water Technology Symposium would be an ideal information medium, instant reward of new innovation and technologies, solutions for water solutions and many more added advantages.

To book your seat at AWARE’14, please register your seat now at http://www.asiawater.org/aware

For 8th ASIA WATER Conference, please contact the secretariat, Ms Rubby Mahmood or Ms Shushan at 603-62012250 or email at info@mwa.ord.my / shushan@console.com.my

For Asia Water Technology Symposium, please register your seat now at http://www.asiawater.org/symposium/index.html

Notes to Editors:

1. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 21 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 70 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 50 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.

2. About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events via online and print providing them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional communities from doctors to game developers, journalists to jewellery traders, farmers to pharmacists. Our 6,500 staff members in more than 40 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

This press information is issued by:

The Marketing Communication (MARCOM) Department
UNITED BUSINESS MEDIA (M) SDN BHD
A-8-1, Lvl 8,
Hampshire Place Office
157, Hamphire 1
Jalan Mayang Sari
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603-2176-8788
Fax: 603-2164-8786
E: Dliana.Sahadan@ubm.com
W: http://www.ubmasia.com

For more information on ASIAWATER 2014, contact:

Ms Airin Rushdi (General Manager)
Airin.Rushdi@ubm.com

Ms Suraya Ali (Senior Sales Manager)
asiawater@ubm.com
Source: UBM Malaysia

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March 13, 2014 at 7:58 am

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Canada and the United Kingdom join forces to tackle climate change in Africa and Asia

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NAIROBI, Kenya, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) have announced today the selection of four multi-partner research initiatives aimed at tackling the impacts of climate change in Africa and Asia. Funded under the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) program, a seven-year, $70 million research initiative, this work takes a fresh approach to understanding climate change and adaptation in some of the most vulnerable regions of Africa and Asia.

Organized around four multi-regional consortia, CARIAA will focus on three global “hot spots,” namely semi-arid regions in Africa and South and Central Asia; deltas in Africa and South Asia; and the Himalayan River Basins, with a view to contributing to effective policies and action on the ground. The program straddles countries, regions, and sectors, using the hot spot itself as a lens for research. In Africa, CARIAA will address two hotspots: semi-arid regions in East, West, and Southern Africa and the Volta and Nile river Deltas.

“The research will produce practical advice for policymakers and local decision-makers. It will help business leaders, economic ministries, and regional economic communities develop policies and investment strategies that reduce poverty while strengthening adaptation,” said IDRC President, Jean Lebel. “It will also shed light, for example, on how firms can respond to new market opportunities and threats created by climate change and other key drivers in semi-arid lands, and how governments can support them in adapting to climate change impacts on their production and value chains.”

“CARIAA’s focus on developing a robust evidence base for what works and what doesn’t in assisting some of the most vulnerable communities in the world to build resilience to extreme weather events and adapt to climate change is very welcome,” said Virinder Sharma, Climate Change Advisor, DFID Kenya. “I am particularly encouraged to see that the programme aims to work at all levels, and plans to engage stakeholders from local to national, regional and international levels from the outset. Particularly significant is the focus of this programme on bridging research to policy and practice. This process of collaborative development will be important in ensuring the evidence is useful to the relevant decision makers”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report that will be released this March projects that the world’s dry regions will become even drier due to global warming. These already harsh environments will face higher temperatures and shrinking water sources, putting further stress on those who depend on natural resources for their livelihoods, such as in farming, fishing, or forestry.

By mid-century, average summer temperatures across large portions of Africa could exceed the hottest temperatures on record, leading to water shortages and crop failures. The length of the growing season may decline by up to 20 percent across parts of the West African Sahel, Southern Africa, and Eastern Africa, the report adds.

Climate change is also expected to affect coastal regions such as the Nile Delta, which is highly vulnerable to seal level rise and soil salinization, leading to the potential displacement of around 1.3 million people by 2050. Similar impacts are projected in major deltas in India and Bangladesh, where more than 100 million people may be affected.

The stress of these climatic changes is compounded by development pressures in areas that are already fragile. Kenya’s Rift Valley, for example, is experiencing erratic rains, with alternating droughts and floods affecting people, livestock, rangelands, wildlife, and infrastructure. Unplanned land-use changes and unstable patterns of land tenure are adding to these climate stresses. Farmers and pastoralists with little access to capital are most at risk. But the changes underway will affect both urban and rural people. If high-end projections for climate change come to pass, by the second half of this century entire livelihoods systems may need to be transformed in these semi-arid lands.

More information, including the list of institutions selected as part of the four consortia, is available at: CARIAA. Backgrounder available upon request.

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About IDRC
A key part of Canada’s foreign policy efforts, IDRC supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. At IDRC, tackling climate change through research is one of our key activities. Read more about our climate change work.

About DFID
The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK government’s fight against world poverty.

For further information:

Media contact:

Gloria Lihemo | Kenya | +254 727 903 983 | glihemo@idrc.ca |@IDRC_ROSSA

Isabelle Bourgeault-Tasse | Canada | +1 613 696-2343 | ibourgeault-tasse@idrc.ca | @IDRC_CRDI
Source: International Development Research Centre

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