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Frost & Sullivan: Telecommunications Providers Explore Innovative Business Models for Healthcare Service Delivery in Asia-Pacific

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— Strong government backing could assure a favorable regulatory environment and profitable project pipeline

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Telecommunication companies in Asia-Pacific are increasingly exploring vertical markets like healthcare to open up new revenue streams. The market in the region holds great potential for telecommunication service providers owing to the large size and diverse healthcare issues across countries. The active participation of all industry stakeholders towards driving technology adoption in healthcare, along with government initiatives to improve efficiency and resource utilization, will have a profound impact on uptake.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Assessment of Telecommunications Service Providers in Healthcare, finds that although the industry presents promising opportunities, few telecommunication service providers have been able to establish successful business models in this space. Whereas traditional telecom services have achieved strong penetration in the healthcare industry, more sophisticated solutions are only now starting to generate returns and have a long way to go in terms of enabling a new-age healthcare system.

In addition to innovative service offerings telecommunication providers within the region are also turning to the west for ideas as they struggle to develop and communicate a compelling healthcare business strategy. Competition too is brewing as several leading multinational telecommunications companies look to expand their footprint into emerging Asia-Pacific markets.

“Communication service providers are opportunistic in that they seek out products and services that are comparatively easier to monetize based on government priorities and reimbursement policies in the region,” stated Frost & Sullivan Connected Health Senior Analyst Natasha Gulati. “Such products and services lay the foundation for sustainable revenues while more innovative pilot projects, such as telehealth networks for rural areas or mHealth-based educational programs, are tactics to underline their presence in healthcare as well as demonstrate the need for technology adoption.”

Telecommunications companies are also partnering with universities to gain access to turnkey projects. For instance, British Telecom signed a deal with the General Hospital of Ningxia Medical University in China to offer healthcare IT consultancy services.

“Building an ecosystem of services is the key to success,” advised Gulati. “The ideal strategy is to create a network of partners that includes software vendors, mobile app companies, medical device companies, pharmaceutical participants and hospital chains, among others, that can deliver holistic solutions to consumers in the Asia-Pacific market.”

To learn more about emerging business models and key success factors for telecoms establishing a healthcare presence, watch Frost & Sullivan’s complimentary webinar at https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/5565/109331.

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an e-mail to Donna Jeremiah, Corporate Communications, at djeremiah@frost.com, with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company e-mail address, company website, city, state and country.

Global Assessment of Telecommunications Service Providers in Healthcare is part of the Connected Health (http://www.connectedhealth.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Video Telemedicine Market in Europe, Digital Pathology Market in China, Global Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Market for Healthcare, and Healthcare Cloud in APAC. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

Contact Us: Start the discussion

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Global Assessment of Telecommunications Service Providers in Healthcare
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Contact:
Donna Jeremiah
Corporate Communications — Asia Pacific
P: +61 (02) 8247 8927
F: +61 (02) 9252 8066
E: djeremiah@frost.com

Carrie Low
Corporate Communications — Asia Pacific
P: +603 6204 5910
F: +603 6201 7402
E: carrie.low@frost.com

Melissa Tan
Corporate Communications — Asia Pacific
P: +65 6890 0926
F: +65 6890 0999
E: melissa.tan@frost.com

http://www.frost.com

Source: Frost & Sullivan

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June 27, 2014 at 2:09 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Fast Forward to 2022 – The Future of the Chemicals Sector

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Why Africa needs to be part of your growth strategy

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

WHEN:                                 

2 July 2014

TIME:                                  

15:00 (14:00 BST)

LOCATION:                              

Online, with complimentary registration

PRESENTERS:                            

Mani James, Operations Manager,

Frost & Sullivan Africa

Ross McLean, President, Dow Chemicals Africa

Seven of the fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa. A total of 40 percent of Africans lack access to safe drinking water and only 30 percent of the rural population has access to all-season roads. These challenges will translate into massive opportunities for the chemicals sector over the coming years.

“There are significant opportunities for chemicals manufacturers and suppliers,” notes Frost & Sullivan Operation Manager for Frost & Sullivan Africa, Mani James. “Supply chain efficiencies, for one, will be a key factor to succeed when doing business in Africa. Identifying these areas of opportunity will enable chemicals companies to not only grow and expand their business, but also improve their overall market share.”

This briefing will highlight:

  • Mega Trends Frost & Sullivan has predicted for the chemicals sector over the past 5 years and which ones have developed so far
  • How Africa should be aligned with the growth strategy of chemicals companies
  • Case study – The Dow Chemicals Company success story and how the organisation has improved market share by aligning their growth strategy with the right opportunities in Africa

DOWNLOAD a complimentary copy of the summary slides here – http://ow.ly/yqcnd

This briefing will benefit global and African chemical manufacturers and suppliers, distributors, government agencies, as well as major end users.

A live question and answer session will follow the presentation.

If you are interested in attending the briefing, or wish to receive a copy of the presentation slides and a link to the audio recording, kindly email samantha.james@frost.com your full name, job title, company name, company telephone number, company email address and website, city, state and country.

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About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organisation prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

Contact Us:     Start the discussion

Join Us:           Join our community

Subscribe:       Newsletter on “the next big thing”

Register:        Gain access to visionary innovation

Contact:
Samantha James
Frost & Sullivan
+27 21 680 3574
samantha.james@frost.com
Twitter: @FrostSullivanSA

 

 

Source: Frost & Sullivan

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June 27, 2014 at 1:45 pm

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Volvo Cars Adds Android Auto to its Next Generation Cars

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Volvo Car Group joins the Open Automotive Alliance

GOTEBORG, Sweden /PRNewswire/ — Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) has joined the Open Automotive Alliance to make the Android smartphone platform available to drivers through its new ground-breaking user interface. This move brings together one of the world’s most progressive car companies and the world’s most popular smartphone platform, developed by Google.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/71400558-volvo-smartphone-integration

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The integration of Android Auto™ promises to add yet another dimension to the Volvo in-car experience. Android Auto brings features and services familiar to Android smartphone and tablet users directly into the car via Volvo Cars’ large centre console touch screen display.

“Google’s approach to user-centricity and the application of technology to improve peoples’ everyday lives makes Android Auto a perfect addition to the Volvo experience,” says Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.

The interaction between Android Auto and Volvo Cars’ brand new user interface transforms the look and feel of a car’s interior. Volvo Cars’ interiors will be characterised by their high-tech simplicity and functionality.

“We have worked hard to ensure an enjoyable user experience with Android Auto. This will offer our customers a new degree of fluidity and accessibility in the usage of their mobile devices, and bring the digital ecosystem our customers already enjoy into the car, complementing Volvo Cars’ existing connected car services and applications,” says Hakan Samuelsson.

Android Auto will provide access to Google Search, Google Maps, Google Play Music and specially adapted third party applications, such as Spotify. All phone-based applications can be controlled via voice or steering wheel controls or the car’s touch screen ensuring the entire interaction with Android Auto content is both safe and easy.

Volvo Cars’ portrait touch screen provides users with the benefit of having both Volvo Cars and Android Auto content on the screen simultaneously, removing the need to switch between car and Android phone screens.

“Android smartphone users will feel completely at home in a new Volvo. We have created a wholly-integrated user experience in our large portrait-oriented touch screen that takes the in-car mobile device experience to a new level. That, coupled with the obvious driver safety benefits of an advanced voice control system offered by Google, made Android Auto a perfect match for Volvo,” says Hakan Samuelsson.

Android Auto will be available on all new Volvo cars based on the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), starting with the all-new XC90, due to be publically revealed at this year’s Paris Motor Show.

Keywords:

Life Style, Technology, Design, Smartphone, Google, Connectivity, Touch screen, Android Auto

Notes to editor:

 

  • The Open Automotive Alliance is a global alliance of technology and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars.
  • Volvo Cars will also include Apple CarPlay™ interoperability in all new models based on the new Scalable Product Architecture. This will make it possible for Volvo car drivers to connect the most widely used smartphone platforms directly to their car’s touch screen display. For more information please visit Volvo Cars Global Newsroom.

Stefan Elfstrom
Media Relations Manager
Corporate Communications
Volvo Car Corporation
Dept. 50250/PVH50
Goteborg
Sweden
Telephone +46-31-3251878
Stefan.elfstrom@volvocars.com

Video: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/71400558-volvo-smartphone-integration

Source: Volvo Car Group

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June 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm

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Simbionix Introduces the First VR Training Module for the Practice of Vaginal Cuff Closure Suturing Using Barbed Sutures With State of the Art Haptics

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CLEVELAND /PRNewswire/ — Hysterectomies are one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States, with over 600,000 performed each year. Studies show that performing the procedure using a laparoscopic approach is associated with reduced short-term morbidity (less blood loss, wound infections, and postoperative pain), shorter hospital stay, and faster resumption of normal activities when compared with abdominal hysterectomy.

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Laparoscopic hysterectomy is a relatively complicated procedure to perform, and requires specialized training and considerable skill and experience on the part of the surgeon. Simbionix USA Corporation, the world’s leading provider of medical education and simulation training products for medical professionals and the healthcare industry, developed and introduced the first Hysterectomy VR training module over two years ago.

Simbionix is now proud to release the first VR training module for Cuff Closure Suturing using unidirectional and bidirectional barbed sutures. The hands-on training cases comprise unique educational aids including an anatomical 3D map, real-life videos, and intuitive self-explanatory guidance steps, all intended to help trainees become more confident in this challenging task. Training includes a variety of potential complications such as suspected injury to the bladder, ureters, colon and iliac vessels. This innovative module also features state of the art haptic feedback providing a life like scenario.

“Understanding the importance of promoting women’s health, Simbionix continuously enhances its portfolio of products and solutions to train medical professionals in this field. We keep improving our visualization and simulation technologies in order to support complicated scenes within advanced procedures,” said Simbionix President, Ran Bronstein. “The graphics in this new module are extremely realistic and the enhanced haptic technology enables accurate interaction between the tool and the suture to help physicians acquire the necessary skills to perform the challenging cuff closure suturing before performing the procedure on a patient.”

The new module is part of the extensive LAP Mentor™ library of modules, and will be shown together with the GI-Express Mentor™ at Simbionix booth #14 at the EAES exhibition in ParisJune 26-28.

Simbionix USA Corporation offers a full array of medical training simulators, PROcedure Rehearsal Studio™ for case rehearsal and planning and MentorLearn™ Simulator Training Management. The company is committed to advancing clinical performance and optimizing procedural outcomes through education and collaboration.

Visit: http://www.simbionix.com  FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

Contact: Rebecca Levy, Manager of Marketing Communications, at Rebecca@simbionix.com or +1-216-2292040

 

Source: Simbionix USA Corporation

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June 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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IPEC Bureau Announces Mou Signing for Strategic Partnership with Isccc of China

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — International Persons Certification (IPEC) Bureau signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the strategic partnership with Information Security Certification Centre of China (ISCCC), during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) Readiness Project in Persons Certification (ISO/IEC 17024:2012), held in Jakarta, Indonesia between 14 and 16 April 2014.

The Director of China ISCCC, Dr Zhang Jian (on the left) and the CEO of IPEC Bureau,  Dr. Juliana Lim at the MOU signing ceremony during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) Readiness Project in Persons Certification (ISO/IEC17024:2012), held in Jakarta, Indonesia between 14 and 16 April 2014.
The Director of China ISCCC, Dr Zhang Jian (on the left) and the CEO of IPEC Bureau, Dr. Juliana Lim at the MOU signing ceremony during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) Readiness Project in Persons Certification (ISO/IEC17024:2012), held in Jakarta, Indonesia between 14 and 16 April 2014.

 

Dr. Juliana Lim (seated third from the right) with fellow APEC economies’ representatives from China, Russia, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Brunei, Indonesia and Philippines.
Dr. Juliana Lim (seated third from the right) with fellow APEC economies’ representatives from China, Russia, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Brunei, Indonesia and Philippines.

IPEC trusts the collaboration with ISCCC, the leading commercial arm in certification of Information Security for workforce and professionals will foresee in the promotion of comprehensive cooperation between the two countries in honour of the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Malaysia and China.

Under the MOU, IPEC and ISCCC will build a framework of dialogue for strengthening mutual cooperative ties. With the framework, both certification organisations seek to forge a closer cooperative and collaborative relationship, wherein they could jointly consider support for those information security related projects such as Information Security Certification and Information Professional Certification that will facilitate the Asia Pacific market. “In line with the 40 years of bilateral relationship forged between Malaysia and China, IPEC aspires to expand its wings to China, the emerging superpower through related field of joined certification that will enhance our positioning in the booming Asia Pacific region and international arena,” said the Chief Executive Officer of IPEC Bureau, Dr. Juliana Lim.

“To further fortify this newly established partnership, IPEC will be attending a meeting with the management of ISCCC in Beijing’, China between 25 to 27 June. Both IPEC and ISCCC have shown intention to exchange knowledge and skills in the certification and training standards development of Information Security Certification Scheme, under the industry scope of Information Technology Management for Asia Pacific Region,” added Dr. Juliana who had earlier attended the APEC project for 3 days along with fellow APEC economies’ representatives from China, Russia, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Brunei, Indonesia and Philippines.

As an accredited certification body by the Department of Standards Malaysia (Standards Malaysia), IPEC’s active participation in the project has only further ascertained their undivided commitment towards empowering and enhancing the human capital capabilities as well as serving the needs of the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA). IPEC was awarded by the National Standards and Accreditation Award its achievement in obtaining accreditation from Standards Malaysia in the field of certification of persons in year 2012.

In compliance with the ISO/IEC 17024 guideline, IPEC is currently engaged in developing and operating certification programs for persons involved in various platforms, such as Beauty Science, Operational & Services Excellence, Oil and Gas, Anti-Money Laundering Industry, Public Sector Management, Life Science and many more with the objective of meeting both consumer and business expectations.

“Our initiatives are driven by the mission to develop and strengthen the industry’s productivity, innovation and efficiency under the manpower transformation scheme that focuses on up-skilling and re-skilling of workforce. In correspondence with the government’s aspiration to attain the status of a high-income nation by year 2020, IPEC sees itself playing a major role in stimulating the macro societal economy that creates new employment opportunities,” she further elaborated.

IPEC’s contribution in this key project serves to provide an assurance to its stakeholders, industry committees, directors and certified members, in an attempt to build a developed nation that endorses industry best practices.

Since its establishment in 2008, IPEC via its dynamic Research and Technology Development Division has been offering unique methodologies for SME & SMI to develop industry defined competency standards that are examinable and measurable. Apart from Certification of Persons, IPEC also caters for Professional Licensing, Public Policy Management and Industry Scheme Customisation, to name a few.

ISCCC is the specialised organisation to implement information security certification, with the approval of the State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform and authorised by eight People’s Republic of China’s government authorities and ministries, including Information Work Office of State Council, Ministry of Public Security of People’s Republic of China, Ministry of State Security, Ministry of Information Industry of People’s Republic of China, State General Administration of the People’s Republic of China for Quality Supervision and Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), State Secrecy Administration, Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA) and State Cryptography Administration.

For further information about IPEC CERTIFICATION BUREAU, kindly contact:
Tel: +603-2026-7733 (Malaysian No.)
Email: info@ipecbureau.org

Source: IPEC Bureau

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June 27, 2014 at 12:02 pm

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Ulmart Plans to Expand Its Online Platform to Help Small Businesses in Russia Grow

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MOSCOW /PRNewswire/ — So as not to rest on its laurels as the leader of Russian internet-retail, Ulmart is taking the initial steps to prepare the company for a deeper level of fulfillment. Ulmart’s A-Team notes that many an entrepreneurial Russian sees the development of good ideas stymied because of the lack of retail platforms. If not selling the items at trade fairs, through social networking sites or to friends, growing sales has proven very difficult.

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The Ulmart project will emphasize the company’s clear competitive advantage by actively using the expansive network of nearly 400 pick-up/order points (Outposts).

This “pre last-mile” infrastructure is one of the key elements that has enabled Ulmart to reach nearly 85% of Russia’s consumption power and is putting the company on target to reach sales of $1.65 billion (with VAT) in 2014.

A customer will be able to find goods supplied by Russian small businesses via the Ulmart electronic-catalogue (currently with 67,000 SKU); the seller is obligated to deliver the item to the Outposts.  The seller pays a fee to Ulmart based for placing the item, on the value of the sale and an additional fee should Ulmart deliver it to the Outpost.

“We expect these sales to become a fair amount of our revenue by 2018.  This effort is both a ‘service’ to small business and a benefit to consumers-we want Russian online shoppers to find what they are looking for at Ulmart.ru and we believe this proposition can further increase our level of fulfillment,” Brian Kean, Ulmart’s Director for Communications and an A-Team member commented.

While the goods to be sold via the Ulmart platform will widely vary, for certain is that 100% of them be provided by small businesses located in Russia and the A-Team gives priority to technical ones like solar rechargers, external, high-powered speakers for mobile devices, etc.

“Any good idea that comes from the minds and hard-work of a small, Russian entrepreneur could very likely appear in the electronic-catalogue.”

As a reminder, the A-Team is a group of Ulmart employees from different specialties who brainstorm ideas and suggest them to top-management.  The A-Team came up with the unique idea of establishing an order-point for Russians living abroad, tried to launch the use of Bitcoins until the Russian government outlawed them and had launched other ideas internally.

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June 27, 2014 at 11:52 am

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Mercuria Energy Trading SA Successfully Renewed and Increased a USD 2.65 Billion Multi-Currency Revolving Credit Facility

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GENEVAJune 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mercuria Energy Group is pleased to announce the successful signing on 20th June 2014 of a USD 2.65 billion revolving credit Facility for its subsidiary Mercuria Energy Trading S.A

This new Facility was massively oversubscribed, circa 60% above the initial launch amount and subsequently increased to USD 2,650,000,000 in aggregate (USD 2,055,000,000 364-day and USD 595,000,000 3-year), following strong demand from the market. It will be used for general corporate purposes and to refinance the Company’s maturing USD 1,350,000,000 364-day and USD 450,000,000 3-year revolving credit facilities dated 1st July 2013.

Guillaume Vermersch, Group CFO for the Company, commented: “This is a terrific outcome and a strong vote of confidence from the market. Mercuria is consistently executing a strategy of controlled growth in its selected markets and locations. These additional resources made available to the Company provide a strong platform for the integration of the J.P. Morgan commodity business and position the Group to seize future opportunities as they arise.”

About Mercuria

Mercuria is one of the world’s largest independent energy and commodity groups. With a 2013 turnover of USD 112 billion, the Group, primarily focused on energy, is present all along the commodity value chain with activities forming a balanced combination of commodity flows, strategic assets, structured finance and equity participations. 1000+ Mercuria people are operating from 38 offices worldwide to sustain the group extensive business reach with their market knowledge, diversity and experience.

Mercuria’s expertise covers all segments of the energy market, including associated environmental products, and extends to iron ore, dry-bulk freight, base metals and petrochemicals.

The Group also invests in upstream oil, gas and coal mining assets around the world. These investments underpin our growing presence as a major player in the global market.

The Group maintains sound infrastructure capabilities, including oil petroleum products storage terminals and production assets. Our logistics, storage and blending facilities enable us to deliver a wide range of products on time and anywhere in the world.

communications@mercuria.com

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June 27, 2014 at 10:51 am

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3D Mammography Significantly Increases the Detection of Breast Cancer Concludes a Study that Reviewed Close to Half a Million Exams Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

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BEDFORD, Mass. /PRNewswire/ — Hologic, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOLX) today announced that a groundbreaking study published in the June 25, 2014 issue of theJournal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that Hologic’s 3D Mammography (breast tomosynthesis) screening technology finds significantly more invasive cancers than a traditional mammogram. The researchers also found that 3D mammography reduces the number of women called back for unnecessary testing due to false alarms. That reduces anxiety, as well as health care costs.

To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7254154-hologic-3d-mammography-systems-increases-breast-cancer-detection-jama

The study, “Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography,” was led by Sarah M. Friedewald, MD of the Caldwell Breast Center, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.[1] A total of 454,850 examinations (281,187 conventional mammograms compared to 173,663 3D mammography exams) were included in the study.

Significant findings include:

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers. (p<.001)
  • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers. (p<.001)
  • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging. (p<.001)
  • A 49% increase in Positive Predictive Value (PPV) for a recall. (p<.001)
    PPV for recall is a widely used measure of the proportion of women recalled from screening that are found to have breast cancer. The PPV for a recall increased from 4.3 to 6.4%.
  • A 21% increase in PPV for biopsy. (p<.001)
    PPV for biopsy is a widely used measure of the proportion of women having a breast biopsy that are found to have breast cancer. The PPV for a breast biopsy increased from 24.2 to 29.2%.
  • No significant change in the detection of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).
    DCIS is a non-invasive cancer. It has not spread beyond the milk duct into any normal surrounding breast tissue.

“The JAMA 3D study validates the findings of previously published studies but on a much larger scale,” said Peter J. Valenti III, Hologic Division President, Breast and Skeletal Health Solutions. “The study addresses the two most frequently cited concerns with breast cancer screening – that we are finding too many cancers that don’t need to be treated and that too many women are being called back for unnecessary additional testing. Each of the outcomes measured was statistically significant and reinforced the benefits of Hologic 3D Mammography in addressing these challenges.”

Five leading academic hospitals participated in the study: Massachusetts General Hospital; Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut; University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Ohio; Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, and the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania.

Eight community-based sites participated in the study: Caldwell Breast Center of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Illinois; TOPS Comprehensive Breast Center inTexas; Washington Radiology Associates, PC in Washington, DC; Radiology Associates ofHollywood and Memorial Healthcare System in Florida; Evergreen Health Breast Center and Radia Inc, PS in the state of Washington; Edith Sanford Breast Health Institute inSouth Dakota; Invision Sally Jobe Breast Centers and Radiology Imaging Associates inColorado; and John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center in Arizona.

About Hologic 3D Mammography:

While digital (2D) mammography is considered one of the most advanced breast cancer screening technologies available today, it provides only a two-dimensional picture of the breast. The breast is a three-dimensional object composed of different structures, such as blood vessels, milk ducts, fat, and ligaments. These structures, which are located at different heights within the breast, can overlap and cause confusion when viewed as a two-dimensional, flat image. This confusion of overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary call backs.

Hologic 3D Mammography is the first and currently the only FDA approved 3D mammography system in the U.S. It has been shown in numerous clinical studies to significantly increase the detection of invasive breast cancers while simultaneously reducing recall rates across all patient populations and breast densities. This technology was approved for breast cancer screening and diagnosis in the U.S. in February, 2011 and has been available in countries recognizing the CE mark since 2008. Hologic’s 3D mammography technology is in use in all 50 states and over 50 countries.

An estimated 6 million women in the U.S. will be screened with the technology in 2014. Hologic has over 1,100 3D mammography systems installed in the U.S. A Hologic 3D Mammography site finder is available at www.3Dmammography.com.

About Hologic, Inc.:

Hologic, Inc. is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostic products, medical imaging systems and surgical products. The Company operates four core business units focused on breast health, diagnostics, GYN surgical, and skeletal health. With a comprehensive suite of technologies and a robust research and development program, Hologic is committed to improving lives. The Company is headquartered in Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.hologic.com.

Forward-looking Statement Disclaimer:

This News Release may contain forward-looking information that involves risks and uncertainties, including statements about the use of Hologic’s 3D Mammography (breast tomosynthesis) technology. There can be no assurance this product will achieve the benefits described herein and that such benefits will be replicated in any particular manner with respect to an individual patient as the actual effect of the use of the products can only be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the particular circumstances and patient in question. Hologic expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements presented herein to reflect any change in expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such data or statements are based.

Contacts:

Investor

Deborah R. Gordon

Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications 

+1-781- 999-7716

deborah.gordon@hologic.com

Al Kildani

Senior Director, Investor Relations

+1-858- 410-8653

al.kildani@hologic.com

Media

Jim Culley

Senior Director, Corporate Communications

+1-781-999-7583

jim.culley@hologic.com

Marianne McMorrow

Manager, Corporate Communications

+1-781-999-7723

marianne.mcmorrow@hologic.com

[1] Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, Durand MA, Plecha DM, Greenberg JS, Hayes MK, Copit DS, Carlson KL, Cink TM, Barke LD, Greer LN, Miller DP, Conant EF. Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography. JAMA.June 25, 2014

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June 27, 2014 at 10:37 am

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Visitor Registration for Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific 2014 Opens Today

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SINGAPORE, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Conference delegate and visitor registration for the 2014 Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific conference and exhibition is now open. The world’s only annual cruise industry event focused on the entire Asia-Pacific region is scheduled for November 20-21, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Online registration is available at http://www.cruiseshippingasia.com

The fourth edition of this annual event comes to Hong Kong for the first time in an effort to showcase to exhibitors and visitors the enormous growth opportunity for the Asian cruise market, particularly in North Asia.

Returning to the event this year will be the two-day conference and full exhibition featuring the fastest emerging sectors in the Asian cruise industry including ship repair and refurbishment, ship equipment, information technology, and destinations.

“The opportunity in this market for exhibitors and attendees is unprecedented” said Paul Wan, Managing Director of UBM Media Singapore, the event organizer. “Participants can expect the show to offer vanguards early entry into the burgeoning Asia-Pacific cruise market, one expected to surpass 4.5 million passengers from China alone by 2020.”

Additionally, travel agents are invited to attend free comprehensive cruise training presented by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Those agents may also walk the show floor to meet various suppliers and destinations, which combined with the training, will offer them a 360 view of the industry and help them grow their respective businesses.

The 2014 event will also host the second annual Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia. The award was established in memory of Rama Rebbapragada, who was instrumental in creating awareness of the potential of the Asia-Pacific cruise market to the international cruise community during his quarter century-long career with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

The early bird registration price to attend the conference is US$995 and is valid until October 18, 2014. Any registrations made after October 18th will be subject to the general rate of US$1,095. This fee includes unlimited admission to all conference sessions, sponsored functions, the exhibit hall and a copy of the show directory. There is no charge to attend the trade show only and a show directory is included.

For information about exhibiting or attending Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific visit http://www.cruiseshippingasia.com

WHERE: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong. For more information, visit http://www.hkcec.com

MEDIA REGISTRATION: Media credentials are issued to bona fide journalists covering the convention. Review the media policy, request a media registration online or contact Jennifer Rosen.

Social Media
Additional news, information and announcements about Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific are available at http://www.cruiseshippingasia.com. Find Cruise Shipping on Facebook, on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific is jointly organized by UBM and UBM Asia in partnership with Seatrade.

About UBM
UBM connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Routes, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.

About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organizer and the biggest commercial organizer 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 network of 30 offices and over 1,200 staff in 25 major cities. We operate in 19 market sectors with 160 exhibitions, 75 conferences, 28 trade publications, 18 vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

About Seatrade
Connecting the global cruise community — www.seatrade-global.com
Established 40 years ago, Seatrade is a leader in cruise and maritime publications, conferences and exhibitions, training, awards and other special projects. Regular events include international trade exhibitions and conferences across all maritime sectors, management training courses for shipping professionals, training seminars for travel agents and award schemes, including the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards. Seatrade publications include magazines, supplements and yearbooks, whilst SeatradeInsider provides daily cruise news online at www.seatrade-insider.com/

Source: Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific

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June 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm

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Philippines’ Smart Communications Using Sandvine to Offer “Bite-Sized” Mobile Internet Plans

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SMART’S PowerApp offers short-term access to highly-valued applications – anywhere!

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Sandvine (TSX: SVC), a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators today, announced that Smart Communications is using Sandvine’s Network Policy Control solutions to support PowerApp – the world’s first mobile Internet store – which allows users to purchase “bite-sized”, application-specific, mobile service plans to fit their particular preferences and needs.

PowerApp, developed by Smart Communications’ technology partner, Chikka Philippines, communicates with the data network to enable applications to dispense mobile data on demand, at precise speeds and bandwidths for highly valued services. Integrated with Sandvine’s Usage Management solution, PowerApp offers users service plans, such as Email, Chat, Photo and Social packages, in 15-minute, 3-hour or per-day unlimited access, depending on the particular application and plan, for an incredibly low fixed price. The packages provide “always-on” access to top apps anywhere, without the need for a Wi-Fi connection.

“In the Philippines, nearly 95% of subscribers are on pre-paid or pay-as-you-go plans. PowerApp represents an affordable model that makes sustainable economic sense for consumers and for telcos, which are able to distribute data more efficiently and profitably across all customer segments,” said Michele Curran, Data and International Services Head at Smart Communications. “With the perspective of emerging markets, Chikka together with Sandvine helped rationalize the mobile data business for Smart Communications, and together we are helping lead the worldwide race to connect the unconnected.”

PowerApp was launched in December 2013 and already millions of Smart subscribers have adopted plans.

“Sandvine’s Usage Management solution enabled us to create innovative service plans that are highly-valued by our customers, so they can keep posting, liking and tweeting everywhere they go, making the experience truly mobile,” added Curran.

“To meet the needs of this emerging market segment, Smart Communications needed to quickly create new, innovative, app-like mobile data plans that offered access to highly-valued applications in affordable, bite-sized increments,” said Tom Donnelly, co-founder and COO, Sales and Global Services. “Sandvine’s Usage Management product offers the flexibility, ease-of-deployment and time-to-market advantages that rigid incumbent solutions, which rely heavily on custom professional services, could never deliver.”

For more information about PowerApp, click here.

To view the Smart Communications success story, click here.

ABOUT SMART COMMUNICATIONS INC.

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is the Philippines’ leading wireless services provider with 55.4 million subscribers on its GSM network as of end-March 2014. Smart has built a reputation for innovation, having introduced world-first wireless offerings such as Smart Money, Smart Load, Smart Padala, and the Netphone. Smart offers 3G, HSPA+, and LTE services, while its satellite service Smart Link provides communications to the global maritime industry. Smart Broadband, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, offers a wireless broadband service, Smart Broadband, with 2 million subscribers as of end-March 2014.

Smart is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Philippines’ leading telecommunications carrier, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. For more information, visit http://www.smart.com.ph/.

ABOUT SANDVINE

Sandvine’s network policy control solutions add intelligence to fixed, mobile and converged communications service provider networks to enable services that can increase revenue and reduce network costs. Powered by Sandvine’s Policy Engine and SandScript policy language, Sandvine’s networking equipment performs end-to-end policy control functions including traffic classification, and policy decision and enforcement across the data, control and business planes. Sandvine’s products provide actionable business insight, the ability to deploy new subscriber services and tools to optimize traffic while enhancing subscriber Internet quality of experience.

Sandvine’s network policy control solutions are deployed in more than 250 networks in over 90 countries, serving hundreds of millions of data subscribers worldwide, www.sandvine.com.

INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT

Rick Wadsworth
Sandvine
+1-519-880-2400 ext. 3503
rwadsworth@sandvine.com

MEDIA CONTACT

Dan Deeth
Sandvine
+1-519-880-2232
ddeeth@sandvine.com

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this release which are not historical facts constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (“forward-looking statements”) and are made pursuant to the “safe harbour” provisions of such laws. Statements related to the scope of deployment of Sandvine’s products by a specific customer and the potential revenue opportunity with any particular customer or in any market segment are forward looking statements. In addition this release may also reference certain orders that have not yet resulted in revenues for Sandvine and there is no assurance that such orders will result in revenue or the timing upon which such may occur. There may be conditions or other circumstances that may impact if and when such orders actually translate to revenue. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve both known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Sandvine to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, changes in internal deployment strategies or plans by specific customers; the growth of broadband internet usage and levels of capital spending on broadband network management systems; the timing of orders and manufacturing lead times; changes in customer order patterns or customer mix; insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; increased competition in the broadband network equipment industry; dependence on the timely development and market acceptance of new product offerings and standards; rapid technological and market change; manufacturing and sourcing risks including dependence on key suppliers and key technologies; dependence upon indirect channel sales and resellers; factors such as business and economic conditions and growth trends in the broadband network equipment industry and in various geographic regions; global economic conditions and uncertainties in the geopolitical environment including the impact of regulation related to the internet and the delivery of internet services. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions, and Sandvine does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements should assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions change.

Source: Sandvine

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June 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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