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Second Edition of Indonesia International Furniture Expo, IFEX 2015, Officially Announced

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — At a press conference and ceremony held at the Ministry of Trade inJakarta on 15 July, the launch of the second edition of the Indonesia International Furniture Expo was officially announced. The annual IFEX furniture tradeshow is organised by the Indonesia Furniture and Craft Association (AMKRI) and PT Dyandra UBM International and will be held from 12-15 March 2015 at the Jakarta International Expo exhibition center.

Second edition of Indonesia International Furniture Expo, IFEX 2015, officially announced
Second edition of Indonesia International Furniture Expo, IFEX 2015, officially announced

 

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Speaking at the launch event, Mrs. Nus Nuzulia Ishak, Director General for National Export Development of the Ministry of Trade, said: “I sincerely hope that IFEX 2015 will spur further growth of the Indonesian furniture and craft industries and will inspire innovation and creativity of domestic artisans.”

Mr. Soenoto, Chairman of AMKRI remarked: “Indonesia’s furniture exports last year totaled US$1.7 billion, making us the 18th biggest furniture exporter in the world. I am certain that this exhibition will play a significant role in helping Indonesia achieve its target of US$5 billion in exports of furniture and craft products within the next four years.”

The first edition of IFEX, held in March this year, had over 400 exhibiting companies from 13 countries and attracted 6,113 buyers, of which one-third were from overseas. More than 80% of the available exhibit space for the 2015 show has already been reserved, reflecting the strong success of the first show. The organisers are increasing the exhibition space to accommodate the strong demand from exhibiting companies. In addition, the organisers announced that there will be a “Hall of Excellence” that will showcase the highest grade of furniture and furnishings produced in Indonesia.

Mr. Ernst Remboen, President Director of PT Dyandra UBM International said: “Right from the start, IFEX has established itself as one of the most important furniture exhibitions in AsiaIndonesia has abundant supplies of raw materials for furniture making, such as woods and rattan, a large and skilled labour force, and a rich tradition of craftsmanship and design. It is well positioned to supply the world market with high-quality furniture items to suite all tastes and budgets.” Reflecting these comments, the organisers have chosen “Merging local traditions with modern touch” as the slogan for IFEX 2015.

Facts and Figures about IFEX 2014

Organised by:

PT Dyandra UBM International and Indonesia Furniture and Handicraft Association (AMKRI)

Dates:

11-14 March 2014

Venue:

Jakarta International Expo

Exhibition size:

30,000 sqm (gross), 17,000 sqm (net exhibit space)

Number of exhibitors:

400 companies

Number of visitors:

6,113 (2,021 overseas from 108 countries; 4,092 domestic)

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

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Source: UBM Asia

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July 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Intralinks Survey Shows Deal Valuation Is Biggest Challenge in APAC M&A

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Results combine with Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator to provide unique insight into global M&A

SYDNEY, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A new survey from Intralinks® Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: IL) has confirmed that APAC M&A professionals feel asset valuation will be the greatest pain point on successfully completing deals over the coming 12 months.

The results were published as part of the Intralinks Global Sentiment Survey, a poll of more than 1,000 M&A professionals worldwide conducted in June 2014 that gauges dealmakers sentiments and views on the current state of the M&A market. Respondents said they believe deal valuation represents a greater challenge to the deal process than other factors such as shareholder activism against underperforming companies, or political interference.

“If we look at the varying valuations impacting current deals in APAC, the challenge around deal valuation for dealmakers is evident. A few prime examples include Singaporean agribusiness firm Wilmar’s current bid to takeover Australian food processor Goodman Fielder, and the recent takeover bids for premium Australian department store David Jones,” said Matt Porzio, vice president of M&A strategy and product marketing at Intralinks.

The survey also revealed that on a global level, 67 per cent of dealmakers indicated they are optimistic about the current deal environment in comparison to the previous six months, while for APAC in particular a slightly lower 65 per cent of dealmakers claimed they are positive about the current deal landscape. Interestingly, the Intralinks Global Sentiment Survey also uncovered that 80 per cent of dealmakers in APAC predict that deal volume will increase over the next six months (compared with 77 per cent globally), and 68 per cent said they do not expect a change in political interference in M&A activity over the next 12 months.

“The global M&A market is continuing to exhibit higher levels of activity than in 2013, maintaining optimism among dealmakers,” added Mr. Porzio.
Furthermore, Global Sentiment Survey results for APAC show:

* 63 per cent of dealmakers expect to participate in more M&A deals than six months ago;

* 56 per cent expect shareholder activism will continue to increase;

* Industry with the most M&A activity according to dealmakers is energy and power.

In addition, Intralinks today released the latest Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator TM (DFI), a unique predictor of future mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity. Combined with the Global Sentiment Survey, the research provides unparalleled insight into global M&A deal volumes and market trends through Q4 2014.

The Intralinks DFI forecasts changes in the volume of global M&A deals that are expected to be announced in the next six months. The latest data, compiled through the end of June 2014, shows 16 per cent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) and 12 per cent year-on-year (YoY) increases in early-stage global M&A activity, with particularly strong performances in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and North America.

Overall, this quarter’s results point to sustained momentum in M&A activity through the end of 2014, building on the strong levels of M&A activity seen in the last year. Based on the results of the Intralinks DFI so far this year and its strong correlation to the volume of future announced deals, Intralinks is predicting that global announced M&A volumes for 2014 as a whole will, for the first time since 2010, show an annual increase of between six and 10 per cent compared to 2013.

Deal activity levels in the APAC region however remain volatile, down 15 per cent YoY and QoQ. While Japan is quite strong, China, one of the largest investors in the region, continues its economic realignment which is decelerating overseas acquisitions, and is having a notable affect in Australia and beyond.

“A good lending environment with high quality assets and companies for sale are driving this growth. Deal volume continues to go up and we expect to see a good number of high profile deal announcements through the end of 2014, especially in sectors like manufacturing and telecommunications, media and entertainment,” said Mr. Porzio.

Intralinks DFI Highlights — Outlook for Q4 2014
The Intralinks DFI tracks global M&A sell-side mandates and deals reaching due diligence prior to public announcement, providing a predictor of future global M&A activity levels. The Intralinks DFI is based on Intralinks’ insight into a significant percentage of early-stage M&A transactions. Independent researchshows that the Intralinks DFI is a reliable predictor of future changes in the number of announced M&A transactions, with percentage changes in the Intralinks DFI typically being reflected in announced deal volumes approximately six months later. Highlights from the latest Intralinks DFI include:

North America
The level of North American early-stage M&A activity grew 17 percent YoY, sustaining the momentum in this market from 2013. Deal volume was up 22 percent QoQ, reflecting some seasonal variation, and the fact that some companies worked to complete deals while interest rates remain low and confidence in an economic recovery in the United States continues to increase.

EMEA
Europe continues to perform very strongly and consistently, with a 17 percent YoY increase, paired with a 17 percent increase QoQ. Even countries that were written off recently as poor environments for investments, such as Spain, Portugal and France, are making a comeback. Germany continues to be especially strong and is seen as a safe haven for investments. For the last four quarters EMEA has shown strong performance, and we anticipate this will continue through 2014.

Latin America
Latin America remains weaker than North America and EMEA, but is poised for growth. Although early stage M&A activity was down seven percent YoY, there was a healthy increase of 20 per cent QoQ. This surge was led by Brazil, which alone saw a 26 per cent increase QoQ, which we expect will be reflected in deal announcements later this year. Contrary to these findings, however, Intralinks’ Global Sentiment Survey showed that dealmakers in Latin America continue to express reduced optimism about prospects for the region, including for Brazil, for the remainder of 2014.

 

About Intralinks Dealspace™
Intralinks is a leading supplier of solutions for managing strategic transactions. Intralinks Dealspace, the market leading virtual data room (VDR), gives M&A professionals a complete solution to manage the full lifecycle of a deal. Intralinks Dealspace supports every step of the deal process, enabling deal teams to securely exchange data with buyers, sellers and advisors, helping speed strategic transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, capital raises and corporate restructurings.

For more information about the Intralinks DFI, please visithttp://www.intralinks.com/knowledge/intralinks-deal-flow-indicator.

About the Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator
The Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator provides Intralinks’ perspective on the level of M&A due diligence activity taking place during any given period of time. The statistics contained in the Intralinks DFI represent the volume of VDRs opened, or proposed to be opened, through Intralinks or other providers for the purpose of conducting due diligence on proposed transactions including asset sales, divestitures, private placements, financings, capital raises, joint ventures and partnerships. These statistics are not adjusted for changes in Intralinks’ share of the VDR market or changes in market demand for VDR services. These statistics may not correlate to the volume of completed transactions that may be reported by market data providers and should not be construed to represent the volume of transactions that will ultimately be consummated during any period of time. Indications of future completed deal activity derived from the DFI are based on assumed rates of deals going from due diligence stage to completion. In addition, the statistics provided by market data providers may be compiled with a different set of transaction types than those set forth above.

THIS PRESS RELEASE AND THE INTRALINKS DFI (COLLECTIVELY THE “MATERIALS”) ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. INTRALINKS MAKES NO GUARANTEE, REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND REGARDING THE TIMELINESS, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENT OF THE MATERIALS. THESE MATERIALS ARE BASED ON INTRALINKS’ OBSERVATIONS AND SUBJECTIVE INTERPRETATIONS OF DUE DILIGENCE ACTIVITY TAKING PLACE, OR PROPOSED TO TAKE PLACE, ON INTRALINKS’ OR OTHER PROVIDERS’ VDR PLATFORMS FOR A LIMITED SET OF TRANSACTION TYPES. THESE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE AN INDICATOR OF INTRALINKS’ BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OR OPERATING RESULTS FOR ANY PRIOR, CURRENT OR FUTURE PERIOD, NOR ARE THESE MATERIALS INTENDED TO PROMISE, GUARANTEE OR ASSURE FUTURE LEVELS OF COMPLETED DEAL ACTIVITY. THESE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO CONVEY INVESTMENT ADVICE OR SOLICIT INVESTMENTS OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER.

THE INTRALINKS DFI MAY BE USED SOLELY FOR PERSONAL, NON-COMMERCIAL USE. THE CONTENTS OF THE INTRALINKS DFI MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED, DISTRIBUTED OR PUBLISHED WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF INTRALINKS. FOR PERMISSION TO REPUBLISH DEAL FLOW INDICATOR CONTENT, PLEASE CONTACT info@intralinks.com.

Forward Looking Statements
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements are express or implied statements that are not based on historical information and include, among other things, statements concerning Intralinks’ plans, intentions, expectations, projections, hopes, beliefs, objectives, goals and strategies.  These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control and could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the results or commitments expressed, projected or implied by any forward-looking statements will be achieved, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date hereof.  As such, Intralinks undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise. For a detailed list of the factors and risks that could affect Intralinks’ financial results, please refer to Intralinks public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year-ended December 31, 2013 and subsequent quarterly reports.  Intralinks undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.

Trademarks and Copyright
“Intralinks” and Intralinks’ stylized logo are the registered trademarks of Intralinks, Inc. “Intralinks Dealspace” is a trademark of Intralinks, Inc. © 2014 Intralinks, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

Source: Intralinks

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July 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Newly-Published 8-Year Follow-Up Study Confirms the Safety, Efficacy, and Durability of Stretta in GERD Treatment

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NORWALK, Conn. /PRNewswire/ — A newly published peer-reviewed study that examines Stretta®therapy, further confirms the long-term effectiveness of this non-surgical treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The 8-year study published in Gastroenterology Research and Practice, entitled “Durability of Stretta Radiofrequency Treatment for GERD: Results of 8-Year Follow-Up” corroborates the findings of another recently published long-term study on Stretta with 10-year follow-up.

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The new study, authored by Drs. Luca Dughera, Maria De Cento, Paola Cassolino, and Fabio Cissaro of City of Health and Sciences Hospital, Turin, Italy, and Gianluca Rotondano of Maresca Hospital, Naples, Italy, concludes that Stretta is a safe and effective treatment with lasting results in patients for whom PPI therapy provides unsatisfactory control of GERD symptoms, and those that prefer a less invasive treatment option than surgery.

“Of the many important findings in this study, one of the most significant is the complete absence of any Barrett’s esophagus or erosive esophagitis in the follow-up population at 8-years,” stated Dr. Dughera. “These findings make clear that along with excellent symptom control, Stretta reduces patient dependence on medication while also reducing harmful effects of prolonged esophageal acid exposure, a principal cause of Barrett’s and esophagitis. In fact, in this study 76.9 percent of patients were still off their PPIs at 8-year follow-up,” said Dr. Dughera. “Stretta is a valuable non-surgical treatment option in the management of GERD,” he added.

Stretta uses low power and low temperature radiofrequency (RF) energy to remodel the lower esophageal sphincter muscle, thus reducing GERD and its symptoms.

“This 8-year follow-up study adds to a growing body of long-term data, which now includes 10-year, 8-year, and three 4-year studies, as well as 30 other studies of varied length follow up, making Stretta by far the most studied non-surgical treatment for GERD,” stated Will Rutan, CEO of Mederi Therapeutics, maker of Stretta. “The results in all of these long-term studies consistently show exceptional safety, effectiveness and durability of treatment,” Rutan continued. In February of 2013, Stretta earned The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) strongest GRADE recommendation in their Clinical Guideline on Endoluminal GERD treatments.

Stretta will be featured in live case demonstrations at the upcoming Endolive Roma in Rome, Italy on May 22-23,www.endoliveroma.it, and at the GEEW in Brussels, Belgium on June 23-25, www.live-endoscopy.com.

For the complete study go to http://www.hindawi.com/journals/grp/2014/531907/

More information on Stretta is available at stretta-therapy.com.

ABOUT STRETTA® AND MEDERI®

Stretta is a minimally invasive, outpatient treatment for GERD that involves delivery of RF energy to the LES and gastric cardia. It is a safe and effective alternative to long-term drug therapy or surgery, and is covered by many insurance plans.

Mederi Therapeutics manufactures Stretta and Secca – innovative devices that deliver RF energy to treat digestive diseases. Mederi therapies are available worldwide.

Contact: Julia Brannan
(908) 464-2470
julia@pascalecommunications.com

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130211/NY56794

Source: Mederi Therapeutics

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July 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

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Research Yields New Insights Into Bacteria Associated With Oral Health in Dogs

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LONDON  /PRNewswire/ —

Landmark studies discover critical differences between dog and human plaque and explain why dogs are more prone to gum disease than tooth decay

Results from two landmark studies that shed light on the bacteria associated with oral health in dogs were presented to the British Veterinary Dental Association (BVDA) in London, UK this month. The studies, conducted by the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition in conjunction with Professor Floyd Dewhirst from the renowned Forsyth Institute in BostonUSA, help to explain why tooth decay is rare in dogs, despite being prevalent in humans. The findings challenge the current practice of translating knowledge of human dental disease to dogs and will help to facilitate important discussions between veterinarians and pet owners about proper pet oral hygiene.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140507/685651 )

“Periodontal disease is one of the most widespread conditions in dogs, and this research represents an important step towards understanding how the disease develops,” said Dr. Stephen Harris, Oral Health Research Manager at WALTHAM®, part of Mars Petcare, who presented the findings.

For the first time, researchers were able to landscape the vast majority of bacterial species in dog plaque, discovering that most were previously undocumented. The scale of the studies enabled researchers to thoroughly characterize the dog bacteria, make comparisons to similar studies on human bacteria and determine which bacteria are the most prevalent in health and periodontal, or gum, disease. The findings show that dogs lack the bacteria that cause dental caries, or tooth decay, and that contrary to popular belief, the bacteria associated with periodontal disease are not the same in dogs and humans. While there are a few similarities, there are also many differences. These comparisons will help in determining which species of bacteria are critical for the development of periodontal disease in dogs and possibly even humans.

“These insights emphasize the need for dog oral care products to be designed and tested using robust science in dogs, rather than relying solely on data from human studies,” explained Dr. Harris. “It is important that pet owners help maintain their dogs’ optimal health with regular veterinary check-ups and oral hygiene products, such as dental chews that meet these criteria. Veterinarians have an important role to play in helping to inform pet owners about good practices and recommending beneficial pet products to maintain proper dog oral hygiene.”

Notes to the Editor:

WALTHAM® conducted two studies on the landscape of bacteria in dog plaque and presented the findings to the British Veterinary Dental Association on April 2, 2014:

The Canine Oral Microbiome: In an initial study, 51 dogs representing 25 breeds and ranging from three to eight years of age were recruited from within the UK. It provided an index and family tree comprehensively mapping the bacterial species in dog plaque. Of the 353 bacterial types found, 80 percent were previously undocumented and only 16.4 percent were shared between humans and dogs.

For reference information and to view the study findings published in PLoS ONE, please click here.

A Cross-Sectional Survey of Bacterial Species in Plaque: In a second study, subgingival plaque samples were collected from 223 dogs with healthy gingiva, gingivitis and mild periodontitis. Of the 274 different bacterial species identified in these there were no cariogenic Streptococcus spp., the bacteria that can cause caries. There were some similarities between the bacteria species in healthy and disease associated plaque for humans and dogs but also major differences.

For reference information and to view the study findings published in PLoS ONE, please click here.

About the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition:
Celebrating 50 years of innovative science, the WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition serves as a leading scientific authority in advancing the frontiers of research into the nutrition and health of companion animals. Located in Leicestershire, England, the renowned state-of-the-art science institute for Mars, Incorporated generates knowledge that enables the development of innovative products that meet pets’ needs in a practical way. Since the publication of its first original research in 1963, WALTHAM® has pioneered many important breakthroughs in the field of pet nutrition and human-animal interaction, resulting in more than 1,700 publications, including over 600 peer-review scientific papers. Today, WALTHAM® continues to collaborate with the world’s foremost scientific institutes, driving Mars’ Petcare vision to create a better world for pets and providing the science and expertise that underpins leading Mars brands such as WHISKAS®, PEDIGREE®, NUTRO®, TRILL®, CESAR®, SHEBA®, KITEKAT®, DREAMIES™, AQUARIAN®, WINERGY®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital and the ROYAL CANIN brand.

About Mars, Incorporated:

In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 72,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD Pet Hospital®, NUTRO®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and CESAR®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints. Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA ® Coffee Roasterscoffee, THE BRIGHT TEA CO.® tea, DOVE®/GALAXY® Hot Chocolate, and FLAVIA® brewer; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA®, WISDOM PANEL® and SERAMIS®.

For more information, please visit http://www.mars.com. Follow us: http://www.facebook.com/marshttp://www.twitter.com/marsglobal,http://www.youtube.com/mars.

 

 

SOURCE Mars Petcare

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July 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm

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Roger Federer Opens LINDT SWISS CHOCOLATE HEAVEN at the Jungfraujoch “Top of Europe” and Plays Tennis Show Match with Ski Racer Lindsey Vonn

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KILCHBERG, Switzerland/PRNewswire/ — Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli (Schweiz) AG and Jungfrau Railway Holding AG are teaming up. LINDT is making a trip on the Jungfrau Railway, 3,454 meters above sea level, into a sweet experience with Swiss Chocolate Heaven. The themed chocolate shop was officially opened today by none other than LINDT brand ambassador Roger Federer. The highlight was a tennis exhibition match between him and ski racing star Lindsey Vonn on the Aletsch Glacier overlooking the Sphinx.

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli (Schweiz) AG today celebrated the official opening of LINDT SWISS CHOCOLATE HEAVEN at the Jungfraujoch “Top of Europe,” 3,454 meters above sea level, together with the Jungfrau Railway and LINDT brand ambassador Roger Federer. The themed chocolate shop offers a wide range of the finest LINDT chocolate, and the adjacent Master Chocolatiers parlor gives visitors a fascinating insight into how chocolate is made.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:
http://www.multivu.com/mnr/71400585-roger-federer-lindt-Jungfraujoch-lindsey-vonn

Ernst Tanner, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Lindt & Sprungli, commented: “With the themed chocolate shop at the Jungfraujoch, we have positioned our brand at a lofty height. Our aim is to introduce tourists from abroad to our LINDT chocolate up there.” And Urs Kessler, CEO of the Jungfrau Railway, agrees: “SWISS CHOCOLATE HEAVEN is a perfect addition to our existing services, and provides attractive added value for our visitors.”

However, the highlight of the official opening was the tennis exhibition match between LINDT brand ambassador and tennis champion Roger Federer and American ski racer Lindsey Vonn, which was played on the Aletsch Glacier against the backdrop of the Alps. Roger Federer said: “I never cease to be amazed by the great ideas LINDT comes up with. Today on the Jungfraujoch was a real highlight for me.”

Photo and film material from the event is available at 6pm on:
http://www.photopress.ch/image/Lindt+Spruengli/Roger+Federer/Swiss+Chocolate+Heaven
Twitter: #chocolateheaven http://www.chocolateheaven.lindt.com

About Lindt & Sprungli:  Lindt & Sprungli is the worldwide leader in the premium chocolate segment and was founded more than 165 years ago in Zurich. Lindt & Sprungli quality chocolate is manufactured in eight own production facilities in Europe and the US and is sold by 20 own subsidiaries as well as a widespread network of independent distributors around the world. The Lindt & Sprungli Group employs around 9000 people and achieved sales of 2.88 billion Swiss francs in 2013.

About Jungfrau Railway Holding AG: The Jungfrau Railway Group is the largest mountain railway company inSwitzerland. Its main activity is the operation of excursion railways and winter sports facilities in the Jungfrau region. The most profitable segment is the trip to the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, situated 3,454 meters above sea level, within the UNESCO World Heritage Site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. The Jungfraujoch is an especially popular destination for Asian guests, and in 2013, it attracted over 800,000 visitors for the second time in a row.

Lindt & Sprungli media contact:
Nina Keller
Tel.: +41-78-718-93-33
E-mail: mediarelations-in@lindt.com

Jungfraubahnen media contact:
Patrizia Pulfer
Tel.: +41-79-222-53-10
E-mail: patrizia.pulfer@jungfrau.ch

Video: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/71400585-roger-federer-lindt-Jungfraujoch-lindsey-vonn

Source: Lindt & Sprungli

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July 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Posted in Food/Beverages, Sports

Starship Reveal First Glimpse of Pioneering IPs in Cookery, Games and Lifestyle Sectors

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ – Starship, the Liverpool-based digital entertainment company, today unveil the breadth of their cross-genre portfolio with details of three new IPs, including world firsts in the gaming and lifestyle sectors.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/71400537-starship-reveal-a-glimpse-of-world-first-IPs.

The studio, helmed by Evolution Studios founder and MotorStorm creator Martin Kenwright, today disclose top line details of a trio of pioneering products. Home to a dream team of world-class talent brought together by Kenwright and his vision, Starship are developing original content in the e-health, children’s gaming and lifestyle sectors. The studio has been purpose built to challenge and disrupt existing thinking, and ways of delivering digital and consumer experiences with everyday use and value.

The first product, CyberCook, aims to unite the entire cooking sector with the first truly interactive cookery platform. Featuring the world’s first hyper-realistic and time sensitive cooking simulation, CyberCook is a next-gen eco-system for cookery.

There has been no major step change in the evolution of consumer cooking experiences in over 20 years, saysKenwrightThe 19th century had cookery books, 20th century had TV, analogue media and live shows. Direct to consumer has come of age, with mass technology ownership allowing us to move beyond existing channels into a brave new world called CyberCook. Its an experience second only to real cooking, a genuine game-changing platform with infinite opportunities for collaboration, partnerships and social media.

Details are also revealed for children’s adventure series, Playworld, which Kenwright outlines as “the ultimate in create and play“. Designed from the ground up for ages five +, Playworld is a console quality game designed for children on next generation mobile devices. “Were out to empower kids creativity, he explains. Playworld offers children the ultimate craft creation tool, but its the amazing surprise inside that really sets it apart. Kids will love it, but parents will love it even more.

First versions of CyberCook and Playworld are set for a Q4, 2014 release on smartphones and tablets.

Further details are unveiled for e-health and lifestyle product Forget-Me-Not, a memory aid with multiple patents pending, which Kenwright describes as a “wearable second brain”.

In five years, I fully expect memory aids to be as ubiquitous as hearing aids, says Kenwright. Were now in a position where were waiting for the hardware to catch up with what weve created. We need the use of low-energy chipsets in the wearables sector to increase massively before the true power of Forget-Me-Not  can be fully realised.

While the IP announcements seem to veer away from Kenwright‘s genre-defining driving and flight sim heritage, the Starship CEO says VR is very much a part of the studio’s future plans. “Weve been flirting with VR for more than 20 years, he explains, make no mistake, that expertise will be put to good use. Were thinking about returning to our roots with a wicked twist. Original, made-for-VR propositions are on the way. Its truly a case of watch this space.

Starship  gives us the opportunity to take chances that an established company could not,” says Starship COOClemens Wangerin. “Our first three IP announcements will go some way to explaining how broad our horizons are and how far were reaching with our original contentWere out to develop the killer product for all next generation hardware. Were all extremely proud of Starships amazing debut, and incredible efforts of the team.

“We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to the IPs we’re developing from all corners of the industry; platform holders, device manufacturers and the press. Now we’re looking to connect with key people in each of the sectors we’re targeting – cookery, children’s entertainment and wearables – to work closely with us as the IPs we’re launching grow and develop further.”

About Starship

Starship are a Liverpool-based digital entertainment studio harbouring a dream-team of world-class talent hailing from the games, media, and marketing sectors. Founded by Evolution and Digital Image Design founder Martin Kenwright in 2013, the studio is built upon a proven and unbroken track record delivering next generation and platform launch titles.

Led by senior veterans from Evolution and Sony Studio Liverpool, the core team of 20 have collectively devised or delivered more than 69 games, including launch titles and AAA franchises such as MotorStormWipEoutFormula 1 and World Rally Championship. Currently developing original content across games, entertainment, lifestyle and e-health, Starship builds upon its core team’s gaming pedigree to create a proposition with interstellar ambitions.

http://www.starship-group.com

The Starship logo is a registered UK trademark of Starship UK Limited. UKTM Registration No. 3035465

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July 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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Max Bupa Recognized as ‘Model Insurer Asia of the Year’ for Effective Implementation of Technology Enabled by Newgen

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Max Bupa Health Insurance has been recognized as the Celent Model Insurer of Asia for 2014, one of the most coveted honour in APAC region, for effective technology usage in insurance. With a strong focus on utilizing technology to deliver the best in class service, Max Bupa is creating a benchmark in the industry through innovative IT practices. Max Bupa’s focus from the time of inception has been to evolve and transform customer experience, by offering exceptional customer service through smart and hassle free processes.

Max Bupa implemented Newgen Software Technologies’ BPM solution to automate core processes like New Business, Claims, Healthcare Provider Enrolment, Agent Licensing, and Renewals. These solutions together enhanced customer experience through improved interactions, and reduced customer response timelines. Newgen’s mobility application ZapIn enabled end to end automation of the highly critical New Business process thus providing a uniform end user experience. Through this implementation, Max Bupa became the first insurer in India to introduce a mobility application into its customer acquisition process.

Commenting on the win, Somesh Chandra, Director – Customer Service, Operations and Technology, Max Bupa said, “It is an honour to be recognized for our technological prowess by Celent. At Max Bupa, we have a strong focus on utilizing technology to deliver the best in class service and a seamless experience to our customers, partners and employees. We have a clear roadmap to ensure our technology implementation maintains a competitive edge and addresses evolving customer needs. The innovative IT solutions by Newgen have helped us streamline and automate our customer facing business processes.”

Puneet Nath Kapil, Vice-President (IT), Max Bupa added, “We needed a solution to bring about overall improvement in terms of process efficiency, SLA adherence and customer engagements. Newgen with its vast domain expertise, robust product platforms and invigorating business solutions helped us significantly improve our customer response rate.”

Diwakar Nigam, MD & CEO, Newgen Software said, “Every implementation we undertake comes with a unique set of challenges. We have, over the years strived to find invigorating solutions to these challenges. Max Bupa’s win is a testimonial of our success.”

Celent is a leading research and consulting firm focused on the application of information technology in the global financial services industry. Max Bupa won this honour amongst the 18 other insurers.

Media contact: Asif Khan, +65-6221-8432, Asif.khan@newgen.co.in

Source: Newgen Software Technologies Pte Ltd.

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July 18, 2014 at 12:42 pm

50 Chilean vineyards will be at Vinexpo 2014

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— The Chilean products are distinguished by their quality and flavor, influenced by the special geography of Chile

— The Chilean Pavilion will be in Hall 1, islands EF13, EG16, GH12, G5, H10, and H24 of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Once again Chile will be present at Vinexpo Hong Kong 2014, the most important fair in Asia Pacific for the promotion of wines and spirits. The event, to be held between the 27thand 29th of May, will host 50 Chilean vineyards that will display some of their sophisticated products in order to consolidate their presence in the market.

Wine is one of the main ambassadors for Chilean products in the international markets. This product represents all of the attributes of Chilean exports: quality, safety, reliability and geographical diversity, among others. It is not surprising that every day 16.9 million people worldwide drink a glass of Chilean wine.

In 2013, Chile exported $1,870 million dollars’ worth of wine to the world, equivalent to about 879 million liters. The principal destinations for bottled Chilean wine are the United States, United Kingdom and Japan. Chile also exported $13.7 million to Hong Kong, an equivalent of 385,586 liters.

“Hong Kong represents important opportunities for Chilean entrepreneurs. It is a mature market, where the consumers value the good quality and prices of the products. The Hong Kong consumer is looking for new strains, new valleys when choosing their wine, and Chilean products are capable of satisfying their demands”, says Helen Albano, Wine Product Manager of ProChile.

Wines of Chile, a group that brings together the vast majority of the Chilean wine industry, has proposed to position Chile, in 2020, as the number one producer in the world of premium, sustainable and diverse wines, with increased exports to the U.S. of $ 3,000 million by that date.

“This exhibition represents the gateway to Asia, and Hong Kong – being a mixture of East and West and an ancient place of trade – is the perfect place to present Chilean wines. This year we have come with 50 vineyards with samples from the valleys from the north to the south, and the geographical zones of the Andes, and Between Cordilleras, so we hope to truly demonstrate our great flagship product, as it is and has always been”, Alvaro Arriagada, Wines of Chile.

Wines of Chile, along with members of the association, has formed a committee whose task has been to change the designation of the origin of Chilean wine to better illustrate the diversity of the country. Thus we find Costa (coast), Entre Cordilleras (between cordilleras) and Andes, the three new divisions that, along with the valleys throughout the country, complement the wine experience.

This change is a huge step forward for Chilean wine, and the 2020 plan to make Chile a world leader in the production of premium, diverse and sustainable wines, as well as adds to the complexity of domestic wines.

Costa: The extensive Chilean coast, and the Humboldt Current that has a cooling effect on the Pacific Ocean, define not only the quality and taste of Chilean sea products, but also the climate and soil quality where the grapes grow. The result is a base of mineral and salt compounds that give Chilean wines a new dimension.

The wines of the coastal area are prime examples of fruity wines, with delicious acidity and a lovely balance and elegance, which increase the appeal of drinking them. The Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is among the most prized in the world, and the supply is significant and attractive to global markets. In addition, varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the coast are very different from the wines produced in the inner regions of the country. This has also opened up an opportunity to produce wines that are from warmer climates, or those close to the Andes, such as Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, that, when produced in the coast, show distinctive characteristics of a cold climate.

Between Cordilleras: This is the section of land running between the Andes and the mountain range of the coast. Its Mediterranean climate and silt-filled soils make this the best agriculture area in the country and, therefore, the birthplace of the national identity.

Although much of this area consists of plains that become progressively wider towards the south, the central valleys are far from flat. Transversal mountains and rivers cross from east to west, forming micro landscapes that, in turn, form a rich and fascinating mosaic of terroirs. It is precisely this area that is the origin of some of the most renowned wines – the majority reds.

The valleys of Limari, Aconcagua, Maipo, Colchagua and Cachapoal with their Carmenere, Syrah, Merlot and Carignan, among others, are part of this geographic area.

Andes: The Andes Mountains are part of the culture of Chile, and cross the entire territory. The influence of the Andes on the climate is enormous. In the extreme north, its height and width, in conjunction with the Humboldt Current, prevents the formation and free movement of clouds, which otherwise would cause significant rainfall. In fact, this is one of the primary conditions forming the Atacama Desert, the driest in the world. Besides affecting the climate, the large size and height of the Andes, which is reduced as we go south, also creates a barrier that prevents the existence of pests and diseases such as Phylloxera, which has destroyed vineyards in other parts of the world. Chile is a country free of Phylloxera, which has allowed it to develop Carmenere, a unique grape that has become one of the most produced varieties in the country.

In the Andes, in the early hours of the morning, masses of cold air form at high altitudes, and then descend to the valleys during the day. This allows the vines that are planted at the foot of the hills to maintain good ventilation and temperature control, as well as be protected from frost. The oscillating temperature between day and night defines the character of Chilean wines, giving rise to its flagship variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.

CHILEAN ACTIVITIES AT VINEXPO ASIA – PACIFIC

Chile joined with Argentina and South Africa to create Wines of the Beautiful South, a strategic alliance to coordinate efforts, and jointly promote the wines of the southern hemisphere. Since 2010 these three countries have been developing activities together; conducting seminars – “Flavours of the South” – and tastings – “The Beautiful South Tasting” – in major international events like ProWein in Dusseldorf.

For the first time, Argentina, Chile and South Africa, through Wines of the Beautiful South, will jointly participate at Vinexpo Asia-Pacific, conducting three unique seminars, led by a world-class speaker, and offering wine tastings to the fair participants.

The seminars will be held at Vinexpo on Tuesday, May 27th and Thursday, May 29th at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

  • Wines of the Beautiful South

11:30 AM, May 27th, Room 109/110

A collaboration between Wines of Argentina, Wines of Chile and Wines of South Africa working together in Asia for the first time. The attendees may taste some of the best wines from these countries of the Southern Hemisphere.

Speaker: Robert Joseph

Language: English and Mandarin

  • Pushing Boundaries

16:30 PM, May 27th, Room 109/110

An invitation to acquaint oneself with the charismatic wines from Argentina, Chile and South Africa that are creating new trends. Here you will discover captivating expressions from The Beautiful South.

Speaker: Fonyee Walker

Language: English and Mandarin

  • Champions of the South 90+

10:00 hrs, May 29th, Room 109/110

During this seminar you will taste a selection of awarded wines from Argentina, Chile and South Africa. All wines showcased here have been awarded at least a gold medal, 90+ or higher.

Speaker: Debra Meiburg MW

Language: English and Mandarin

Source: ProChile

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July 18, 2014 at 12:33 pm

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WISE Launches Online One-Stop-Shop for Global Innovation in Education

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DOHA, Qatar /PRNewswire/ — The World Innovation Summit for Education has launched unique digital services on its website to enable the global education community to stay informed on the latest developments in the field.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:
http://www.multivu.com/mnr/71400546-wise-launches-online-shop-innovation-education

Visitors to the fully rebuilt WISE website (http://www.wise-qatar.org) will discover the WISE ed.review and WISE ed.hub tools, dynamic platforms where audiences can read about the most innovative developments in global education, as well as directly discuss prevalent and emerging trends.

WISE ed.review features especially chosen reports addressing the most relevant and pressing issues in education; offering leading education practitioners, opinion leaders and other audiences, insights and trends from around the world. Taken from sources in five languages (English, Arabic, French, Spanish, and Chinese), this rich resource tool also includes exclusive blogs, reports, videos, and articles on innovative education practices. Along with a daily summary in English, a review of the week’s top international stories is provided in Arabic.

Among the original content available on the WISE ed.review, there are a series of EduDebates, which bring together thought leaders from around the world to debate the most relevant issues – from technology and the role of teachers, to STEM and STEAM, and game-based learning.

An online extension of the WISE Summit, the community-led WISE ed.hub service promotes innovative education projects and practices that have had a transformative impact. This provides grassroots practitioners around the world with a platform through which they can interact, share best practices and find solutions to common challenges. A dedicated moderator is available on the WISE ed.hub to bring practitioners together and guide the discussions.

Commenting on the launch of these new services, H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D., Chairman of WISE, Qatar Foundation, said: “Today WISE launches new services aimed at informing, connecting and inspiring education change-makers. I’m convinced that people working on building the future of education will be eager to explore new thoughts about education coming from different parts of the world on the ed.review. I also know that all education innovators are looking to collaborate further, get ideas, and find solutions. I hope that the ed.hub will help them achieve these objectives.”

For further information and to find out how to get involved and contribute, please visit the ed.review athttp://www.wise-qatar.org/edreview and the ed.hub at http://www.wise-qatar.org/edhub

About the World Innovation Summit for Education:

WISE was established by Qatar Foundation in 2009 under the patronage of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action. WISE is a global reference in new approaches to education. Through both the annual Summit and a range of ongoing programs WISE is promoting innovation and building the future of education through collaboration. WISE 2014 will take place 4-6 November in Doha.

Source: World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

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July 18, 2014 at 12:29 pm

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Simbionix’s Innovative Solution for Patient Specific Simulation Receives Further Global Recognition

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CLEVELAND /PRNewswire/ — Medical simulation technology provides an excellent approach to training physicians, nurses and allied health personnel. However, medical simulation development and utilization does not have to stop with training. SimbionixUSA Corporation advances the concept of using its proprietary technologies and capabilities to turn the simulation experience into an essential part of pre-operative surgery planning.

The company’s revolutionary PROcedure Rehearsal Studio™ (PRS) <http://simbionix.com/clinical-rehearsal/&gt; steps up simulation by enabling physicians to rehearse a complete endovascular procedure on a virtual 3D anatomical model based on a specific patient’s CT data. The virtual model can be used for simulating, analyzing and evaluating pre-operative surgical treatment options prior to performing an actual case, which may increase a physician’s confidence in the upcoming procedure.

The advantages of patient specific planning have long been recognized in other fields within the healthcare industry, such as medical imaging. Simbionix is pleased to announce the signing of a collaboration agreement with the market leader in medical image analysis software,Pie Medical Imaging BV <http://www.piemedicalimaging.com/&gt;. The company manufactures and distributes the 3mensio software, a clinical application that enables the visualization and analysis of patient CT scans in both 2D and 3D modes.

The collaboration will enable exporting the 3mensio Vascular™ model into the Simbionix simulation environment to form a comprehensive planning solution that combines 3DR, data analysis and simulation on the same platform. The solution will allow physicians and clinical specialists to rehearse a procedure in a complete virtual environment without the need for physical tools. This will take users of the 3mensio software to the next level of preparedness for endovascular procedures, as it will allow added simulation insights. Cases created by the software may also be imported to theANGIO Mentor simulator <http://simbionix.com/simulators/angio-mentor/&gt; for full procedure practice <http://simbionix.com/simulators/angio-mentor/library-of-modules/&gt; using fluoroscopy, guidewires, catheters, and other equipment that is used in the cath lab.

Simbionix recently received the CE marking of conformity for its patient specific simulation, an important step towards launching this innovative technology and expansion of its use in the clinical practice. The PRS CE mark demonstrates the product’s compliance with stringent requirements related to the quality, safety, and performance of medical devices determined by the European Union legislation.

In addition, Simbionix PRS has recently been granted a patent in China. The company now has patents for this technology in three key countries: theUSA <http://simbionix.com/2013/04/07/simbionix-revolutionary-patient-specific-simulation-procedure-rehersal-studio-receives-first-of-its-kind-us-patient/&gt;,UK <http://simbionix.com/2011/08/10/patent-granted-for-simbionix-procedure-rehearsal-studio%E2%84%A2/&gt; andChina. These patents represent recognition for Simbionix’s comprehensive line of products, which provide innovative solutions to advance medical performance and ensure patient safety.

Gary Zamler, Simbionix CEO added that “Growing interest from the image analysis market, which 3mensio is part of, demonstrates the need for more comprehensive planning solutions. The ability to evaluate surgical treatment options using simulation anytime, anywhere, is a major factor in achieving the goal to increase patient safety and improve procedure outcomes. The collaboration agreement, CE mark and additional patent are all examples of the company’s key position as a market leader and innovator in the field of medical simulation.”

Visit: http://www.simbionix.com <http://www.simbionix.com/&gt;, Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simbionix/328515966636&gt;, Twitter <https://twitter.com/SimbionixUSA&gt; and LinkedIn <http://www.linkedin.com/company/35459&gt;.

Contact: Rebecca LevyRebecca@simbionix.com <mailto:Rebecca@simbionix.com>, +1-216-2292040

 

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July 18, 2014 at 11:47 am

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