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Ehsanollah Bayat Selected As Radio Azadi’s Nowruz Man Of The Year; Recognizes Exceptional Individual Contributions To Peace, Democracy And Culture In Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty’s Afghan Service, Radio Azadi, selected dedicated philanthropist, Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) Founder, and Ariana Television & Radio Network (ATN) Chief Executive Officer, Ehsanollah Bayat as its Man of the Year on 19 March 2014. The award recognizes Mr. Bayat’s twelve years of committed efforts to connect Afghans across the nation and the world through mobile telephony, broadband services, and balanced radio & television programming, as well as, his significant humanitarian contributions made by the non-profit Bayat Foundation.
Upon learning of his selection, Mr. Ehsan Bayat remarked: “I am honored to have been chosen as Man of the Year by Radio Azadi, a wonderful organization noted for its objective and insightful understanding of Afghanistan’s culture and community. I have been fortunate to been able to participate in the development of a new and modern Afghanistan over the past twelve years and, through the Bayat Foundation, AWCC, and ATN, I have attempted to enable Afghans – regardless of location or language – to learn about the issues facing the nation and discuss challenges, develop solutions, and celebrate successes together in an Afghan-centric fashion.”
Mr. Bayat continued: “Nowruz is a time for visiting friends and relatives, feasting, exchanging gifts, and offering well-wishes to others. This act of connecting with one another is the central focus of the legacy and vision of my endeavors to date and I believe that services such as mobile telephony, internet, and balanced media help to open dialogue and debate among all Afghans to further support a unified Afghanistan’s growth and prosperity. We have overcome so many challenges throughout our country’s history, and we have seen the ability of Afghan citizens from all part of our nation to unite, rebuild, strengthen, and move our nation forward. Thus, it is my privilege to humbly accept Radio Azadi’s recognition this year.”
The “Person of the Year” award is selected and presented by Radio Azadi annually on the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, and recognizes exceptional individual contributions to peace, democracy and culture in Afghanistan. Mr. Bayat was chosen by a committee of Radio Azadi journalists from among a number of other individuals nominated and proposed by civil society groups and listeners.
Previous winners of the award include Ahmad Sarmast, director and founder of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music; former princess Hindia d’Afghanistan; Afghan musician and UN Goodwill Ambassador Farhad Darya; lawmaker Ramzan Bashardost; physician and human rights activist Anarkali Honaryar; and the governor of Nangarhar province, Gul Agha Sherzai.
About Ariana Television and Radio Network
Founded by Mr. Ehsanollah Bayat in 2005, Ariana Television and Radio (ATN) are the largest private media channels in Afghanistan, covering 33 of 34 provinces and reaching over 25,000,000 Afghans. ATN is also available via satellite to Dari and Pashto speaking viewers throughout Europe, Asia, Middle East, and North America. Focusing on information, content and entertainment, ATN programming places particular emphasis on education, health, children’s programming, women’s and world issues, and the ATN team takes great pride in broadcasting accurate, unbiased news to the audience as events occur.
ATN’s goal since launch has been one of inclusion and education, providing a “Window for a Better Tomorrow”. With a broadcast complement of two national television and two national radio channels (ATN and ATN News), our goal is to expose our radio and television audiences to the best of international arts & culture from around the world, while also expanding opportunities for local writers, producers, actors, and directors within Afghan communities. Programs can be accessed via the ATN website, http://www.arianatelevision.com or via the HotBird and GlobeCast satellites.
About Afghan Wireless
Founded by Ehsanollah Bayat and headquartered in Kabul, Afghan Wireless (AWCC) – a joint venture between Telephone Systems International, Inc. (TSI) and the Ministry of Communications serving over 4,000,000 subscribers throughout Afghanistan. Employing over 5,500 people directly and another 100,000 indirectly, Afghan Wireless is one of the largest employers in all of Afghanistan, and is a leader in delivering wireless and broadband communication solutions to residential and business customers. Additional information is available at http://www.afghan-wireless.com.
About the Bayat Foundation
Since 2005, the Bayat Foundation, a 501 c(3) charitable organization, has promoted the well-being of the Afghan people. Founded and directed by Ehsan Bayat and Fatema Bayat, the Foundation has contributed to more than 200 projects dedicated to improving the quality of life for the youth, women, poor, and elderly of Afghanistan. Projects have included the construction of new facilities and sustainable infrastructure in needy regions, and the promotion of health, education, economic, and cultural programs. For more information, please email info@bayatfoundation.org.
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Source: Bayat Foundation

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March 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Renault-Nissan Alliance Celebrates 15th Anniversary as Four Key Business Units Prepare to Converge

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AMSTERDAM, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Renault-Nissan, the auto industry’s longest-lasting and most productive cross-cultural partnership, celebrates its 15th anniversary today
New Alliance leaders prepare for converged operations in Engineering, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, Purchasing and Human Resources starting 1 April
Convergence is expected to increase synergies to EUR4.3 billion in 2016
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is celebrating its 15th anniversary today, only days before the global car group launches its next significant wave of integration.
(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140130/666713-a )
Renault and Nissan came together in 1999, when Renault invested 643 billion yen (approximately 5 billion euros or US$ 5.4 billion at the time) for a 36.8% stake in Nissan, which at the time was close to bankruptcy. Since then, the companies have reached sales of 8.3 million units, up from 4.8 million units in 1999, and moved into the top tier of global automakers. Today, Renault has a 43.4% stake in Nissan, while Nissan has a 15% stake in Renault.
“Together, Renault and Nissan have significantly expanded their global footprint and generated economies of scale vastly larger than either company could accomplish on its own,” said Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn. “Renault and Nissan have charted a unique course for 15 years, maximizing synergies while nurturing each company’s distinct brands and corporate culture.”
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is now the auto sector’s longest-lasting and most productive cross-cultural collaboration – a model business case in an industry notorious for corporate breakups.
To learn what independent, objective experts say about the Alliance and collaborations in the auto industry, watch this mini-documentary: http://blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com/node/1856. To see a timeline of significant events in Alliance history, check out this interactive infographic: http://blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com/page/timeline.
2013: Another Record Year
In 2013, the Alliance, including AVTOVAZ – Russia’s largest automaker – sold a record 8.3 million cars.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance accounts for one in 10 cars sold worldwide, the fourth largest car group globally. The Alliance has eight brands: Renault, Nissan, Renault Samsung, Infiniti, Venucia, Dacia, Datsun and Lada.
The Alliance generated approximately EUR2.8 billion in synergies in 2013, another new record. Synergies are generated from cost reductions, cost avoidance and revenue increases. Only new or incremental synergies – not cumulative synergies – are taken into account every year.
To see the full release, go to: http://www.media.blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com/news/4964
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Mia Nielsen
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March 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm

AEON and McDonald’s Launch Mobile Payments for McDelivery 1711 Using Swiff Technology

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First mPOS solution for global food service retailer in Thailand
BANGKOK, March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Swiff, the global innovator of secure mobile payment technologies, launched a new mobile payment service with AEON Thana Sinsap (Thailand) Public Company Ltd. and McDonald’s for McDelivery 1711. With this new mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) solution, McDelivery 1711 allows their customers to pay by credit card using mobile devices from wherever they make their orders.
This is the first time in Thailand for a global quick service restaurant chain to use mPOS when they deliver the orders to customers’ doorstep. “Since the launch of AEON Easy Pay built on Swiff’s mPOS platform last August, we have seen a growing number of consumers show preference for mobile payments. We are pleased that McDonald’s is introducing the first mobile credit card payment solution for their popular McDelivery 1711. Our goal is to become one of Thailand’s major players for mobile point of sales services and our partnership with McDonald’s is the latest step in our journey,” said Mr. Yasuhiko Kondo, Managing Director, AEON Thana Sinsap (Thailand) Public Company Ltd.
Swiff mPOS platform was selected for being secure, effective and complying to PCI standards. This initiative with AEON and McDonald’s demonstrates that Swiff’s solutions can meet the needs of transactions processed 24 hours a day with multiple transactions at any time and at different locations.
Miss Petcharat Uthaisang, Marketing Director of McThai Co., Ltd, said, “McDonald’s priority is to respond to the demands of diverse customer lifestyles and to deliver food and services conveniently and at great value anytime, anywhere. We are proud to serve our customers with the first credit card payment method for McDelivery 1711, AEON Easy Pay mPOS Service. With this new channel of payment, we are anticipating that cashless payments will grow 10-20% and our McDelivery 1711 will increase by 30%.”
Home-delivery services across the globe face increasing demands to accept card payments instead of cash. “The payment industry is continuously looking for options to address the need to replace cash on delivery. With our technology, companies can enhance mobility, payments, convenience and productivity improvements in their infrastructure and operations,” said Mr. Suvicha Nalita, Country Manager Thailand for Swiff. “We are proud to be the selected partner for McDonald’s and AEON in Thailand. Swiff will continue to work with industry leaders to provide mobile payment solutions in both emerging and mature markets.”
Swiff’s innovative technology enables secure and patent-pending 2-Factor Authentication, which permits mobile tracking, user authorization and fraud prevention. Swiff suite of solutions is EMV Level 2 certified and accommodates Chip & Pin, Chip & Sign and Swipe & Sign payment methods. Swiff mPOS is an affordable and easy way to accept credit card payments using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
About AEON
AEON Thana Sinsap (Thailand) Public Company Limited (“the Company”) was incorporated on September 18, 1992 by AEON Credit Service Co., Ltd. in Japan (“AEON Credit Service”). The Company currently has paid up capital of 250 million baht. AEON Credit Service, the major shareholder of the Company, was listed 1st section on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and provided financial services, including credit card, hire purchase, personal loan, and other services. Following its success in the Japanese market, AEON Credit Service has expanded its business to other Asian countries such as Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Mainland China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia, India, Singapore, Laos and Myanmar, respectively. For more information about the company please visit http://www.aeon.co.th/
About McDonald’s
McDonald’s is the leading global food service retailer with more than 35,000 local restaurants serving 70 million people in more than 100 countries each day. McDonald’s is one of the worlds most well-known and valuable brands and holds a leading share in the globally branded quick service restaurant segment of the informal eating-out market in virtually every country in which we do business.
Currently, there are 194 McDonald’s restaurants in Thailand with a range of convenience services at anytime, anywhere. In response to today’s customer lifestyles, McDonald’s offers 24/7 and Wi-Fi service in modern contemporary, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. For more information, please visit http://www.mcthai.co.th
About Swiff
Swiff is a global innovator in mobile payments and loyalty processing. Swiff’s product suite offers a wide range of complementary solutions for financial institutions, merchants and telcos. Swiff is the world’s first white-label mobile payment and loyalty platform that allows fast, easy and secure payments with seamless integration and authentication.
Incorporated in 2010 and headquartered in Singapore, Swiff delivers solutions and services to customers worldwide. For more information about Swiff, please visit http://www.goswiff.com
Source: SCCP PAYMENT SERVICES HOLDINGS LTD

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March 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm

DHL and UTLC Establish Strategic China-Europe rail Partnership

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SINGAPORE, March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, is to form a new strategic partnership to develop rail forwarding services on the China-Europe route with United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC). UTLC, which is expected to be established later in 2014, is a joint-venture partnership between OJSC Russian Railways, JSC National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy and State enterprise Belarusian Railway. UTLC will operate as an integrated provider of logistics and container rail transportation services between Europe and China. DHL Global Forwarding signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Moscow in March with the ‘Project office of UTLC’ (PO UTLC) ahead of the official incorporation of UTLC.
Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding China, who signed the MOU, said: “The potential for rail freight growth between Asia and Europe is huge but to grow it successfully requires high-level strategic partnerships such as the one we’ve established between DHL Global Forwarding and UTLC. To encourage clients to enjoy the benefits of rail on these routes, we need services that are frequent, fast and reliable in terms of both delivery times and pricing. Our partnership leverages both groups’ strengths to accelerate the development of rail forwarding services on the China-Europe-China route with UTLC providing all rail services in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan and DHL providing third party logistics and door-to-door delivery. For our customers, it will mean a one-stop, one price service.”
The DHL-UTLC partnership is committed to developing rail forwarding services between China and Europe by providing regular services to customers with a container delivery time of three weeks door-to-door.
Zhanar Rymzhanova, CEO, PO UTLC, who co-signed the MOU on behalf of three railways, said: “One of the project goals is to promote best client-oriented services. UTLC will be responsible for operating station-to-station rail service, including procurement of the rolling stock, and all related services on the route as well as pricing. UTLC transit product will be based on guaranteed train schedule. With weekly departures, there’s a great opportunity for development of transit potential of wide gauge track countries with cargo originating in China and Europe.”
The MOU augments DHL Global Forwarding’s growing Asia-Europe rail solutions. DHL Global Forwarding runs a daily service — departing, for example, from Shanghai, Tianjin or Qingdao and running along the trans-Siberian North corridor to Europe — with a slightly longer transit time compared to the West corridor, and a weekly China-Europe rail service launched last year along China’s West corridor using the Chengdu Express Train, dubbed the fastest rail connection between China and Europe. The block train starts in Chengdu, China and runs along China’s West corridor to DHL’s intermodal hub in Małaszewicze and Lodz, Poland.
In January, DHL Global Forwarding introduced the first temperature-controlled China-Europe rail service. Powered by a diesel-electric engine, DHL containers allow internal temperatures to be controlled, tracked and remotely modified. This provides an all-year round multi-modal shipping solution for temperature sensitive products, historically unable to use the fast and cost-effective trans-continental West rail corridor during the harsh winter and hot summer months.
DHL Global Forwarding provides a one-stop shop service in air and ocean freight, domestic transportation, multimodal transportation, project and charting and logistics management services through modularized service offerings and extensive network coverage.
DHL — The Logistics company for the world
DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 285,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.
JSC Russian Railways is one of the largest transport networks in the world with working mileage of 85 thousand kilometers. The Group accounts for nearly 44% of Russia’s cargo turnover, including pipelines, and for more than 30% of the country’s passenger turnover.
JSC “NC “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy” owns the rail network of Kazakhstan. The company accounts for approximately 50% of the total cargo turnover of the country, including a significant part of its exports and carries approximately 20 million passengers annually.
The Belarusian Railway operates the national rail network of the Republic of Belarus. The company’s cargo turnover makes up more than 75% of the total turnover of all public transport and accounts for approximately 40% of the country’s passenger turnover.
Source: DHL

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March 28, 2014 at 3:29 pm

National Instruments to Open First LabVIEW Academy in Vietnam

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SINGAPORE, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
News highlights:
NI partners with HCMC Vocational College to open LabVIEW Academy
LabVIEW Academy set to raise the standards of engineering education in Vietnam
Laboratory will feature latest experimental tools for research and teaching
National Instruments (NI) has announced its partnership with Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Vocational College to open the first LabVIEW Academy in Vietnam as part of a continuing commitment to help raise the standards of engineering education in Vietnam. NI and HCMC Vocational College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday.
A strategic partner of the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) in Vietnam, NI has been embarking on a series of initiatives that support the local academia in promoting innovative education. The NI LabVIEW Academy lab will feature the latest experimental tools for research and teaching. Working with the faculty of HCMC Vocational College, NI will develop classroom curricula and hands-on exercises for students and researchers.
Commenting on the collaboration, HCMC Vocational College Rector Dr Nguyen Tran Nghia said: “We are pleased to partner with an innovation leader like National Instruments and to house the first NI LabVIEW Academy in Vietnam. With this facility, our students will have the opportunity to ‘learn by doing’, using technologies that scientists and engineers use in industries worldwide.”
The HCMC Vocational College is a public school established in 1999 under the Ministry of Labor, Vietnam. Over the past 20 years, the Government of Vietnam has been strengthening the quality of vocational education and training to support economic and social development.
Chandran Nair, Managing Director of National Instruments in Southeast Asia, said ensuring Vietnam’s rapid path to progress requires a strong pipeline of innovative and work-ready future scientists and engineers.
“Vietnam has tremendous potential, and forward-looking institutions that are committed to deliver high standards of education are instrumental in fulfilling the country’s economic growth ambition. We greatly value HCMC Vocational College’s partnership in setting up the first LabVIEW Academy in the country,” Nair added.
Since opening its office in Ho Chi Minh City in 2011, National Instruments has grown its presence in Vietnam with customers in industries such as automotive, infrastructure, oil & gas, and electronics and semiconductor manufacturing. The company is also an active partner of the academia and research community in Vietnam, providing technologies and training support under HEEAP, as well as through direct linkages with a number of tertiary institutions and research agencies.
As part of HEEAP, NI has committed to provide increased access to software, hardware and training for eight engineering universities and technical vocational institutions that are members of the alliance. This includes comprehensive training and certification courses in NI LabVIEW.
About National Instruments
Since 1976, National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. NI’s graphical system design approach to engineering provides an integrated software and hardware platform that speeds the development of any system needing measurement and control. The company’s long-term vision and focus on improving society through its technology supports the success of its customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders.
National Instruments, NI, ni.com and Planet NI are trademarks of National Instruments. Other products and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.
Source: National Instruments

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March 28, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Increased Demand for Water Protection on Consumer Electronics Leads P2i to Open Facility in China

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SHENZHEN, China, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — P2i, the world leader in liquid repellent nano-coating technology, today opened a new technology center in Shenzhen, China, following increased demand for its protective coatings on consumer electronics such as smartphones, tablets and wearable devices.
Carl Francis, Chief Executive Officer, P2i, comments: “As a proven technology solutions provider, P2i is already experiencing commercial success with the Splash-proof nano-coating. Over 50 million consumers are already benefiting from more reliable devices as brands such as Motorola, Plantronics and GN ReSound apply the technology onto their products as a standard part of the manufacturing process.
“In 2014 the next generation Dunkable™ technology will be released into the marketplace, allowing devices to work underwater without heavy, expensive, bulky, and heat retentive seals and membranes. It is already generating huge interest and the opening of the new office is a reflection of this.”
Initially, the P2i Technology, Shenzhen office will host 17 staff in roles including administration and finance through to implementation technicians and process engineers.
Donald Zhang, General Manager China, P2i, comments: “The location of the new P2i office in Shenzhen is close to P2i’s customers, allowing us to deliver application development and technical capability at their greatest convenience. It also helps us to attract and retain the very best staff, as the Shenzhen area is a hot-bed for talented and experienced operational employees with high skillsets.”
With a large number of P2i nano-coating systems already in operation in customer facilities in China, the new office provides an opportunity to extend the operational support to include pre-production development work. The P2i Technology, Shenzhen office, will also provide a central hub for customer support services which ensure the uptime and efficiency of the P2i nano-coating systems within customer manufacturing sites.
Peter Rankin, Chief Operations Officer, comments: “In January alone, P2i had over a million smartphones going through our nano-coating systems in China. Having local support services means we can respond to any production stresses or potential issues in a timely manner. Routine interaction with the systems means we can update the technology offering, ensuring our customers always have the best possible performance.”
Media contacts
Powerscourt:
John Elliott
+44-(0)207-324-0492
or john.elliott@powerscourt-group.com
Juliet Clarke
+44-(0)203-328-9383
or juliet.clarke@powerscourt-group.com
Natasha Verniquet
+44-(0)1235-838-715
or natasha.verniquet@p2i.com
Source: P2i

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March 28, 2014 at 12:25 pm

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AMRI CEO to Present at the Thirteenth Annual Needham Healthcare Conference

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ALBANY, N.Y., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Albany Molecular Research Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRI) announced today that William S. Marth, President and Chief Executive Officer at AMRI, will present at the Thirteenth Annual Needham Healthcare Conference on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET.
A webcast of the presentation can be accessed at the Investor Relations’ section of http://www.amriglobal.com, or at the following URL: http://wsw.com/webcast/needham65/AMRI/
The webcast will be archived for 90 days following the live presentation.
About AMRI
Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (AMRI) is a global contract research and manufacturing organization offering customers fully integrated drug discovery, development and manufacturing services. For over 22 years, AMRI has demonstrated its adaptability as the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries have undergone tremendous change in response to multiple challenges. This experience, a track record of success and locations in the United States, Europe and Asia now provides our customers with SMARTSOURCING™, a full range of value-added opportunities providing customers informed decision-making, enhanced efficiency and more successful outcomes at all stages of the pipeline. AMRI has also successfully partnered R&D programs and is actively seeking to out-license its remaining programs for further development. For more information about AMRI, please visit our website at http://www.amriglobal.com or follow us on Twitter (@amriglobal).
Source: AMRI

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March 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm

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