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RS Components and Allied Electronics Expand Semiconductor Offering Through Global Distribution Deal with ROHM

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Global agreement with RS and Allied guarantees fast, easy online access to expanded ROHM Semiconductor product range

SINGAPORE, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components(RS) and Allied Electronics (Allied), the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, have signed an agreement with ROHM Semiconductor that positions RS and Allied as an authorised global distribution partner of the electronic component vendor.

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RS and Allied hold a sizeable inventory of several hundred ROHM components, which includes discrete semiconductors, power management ICs, LEDs, display drivers, optical switches, video and audio processor circuits, and sensor devices. These devices are extensively deployed in a wide array of automotive, telecommunication, computer and consumer applications.

RS and Allied’s new authorised distributor status bolsters the company’s alliance with ROHM, and provides a platform from which to substantially broaden the selection of ROHM parts available direct from stock at the distributor’s global warehouses.

Jonathan Boxall, Global Head of Semiconductors at RS Components, commented, “Consolidating relationships with suppliers such as ROHM is an increasingly important consideration in our endeavour to sustain high levels of product availability for our customers, and to anticipate their future needs. The global demand for semiconductors continues to rise, so it is important that our offer reflects this, and meets the needs of design engineers and buyers to source parts quickly and easily in this highly competitive market.”

“Sourcing and purchasing ICs for complex designs is a time-consuming task for engineers and buyers due to the vast range of devices we now take to market,” said Masaki Sakai, Director of Euro-American Sales at ROHM. “Bringing RS and Allied on board as an authorised distribution partner will ease and accelerate this process, giving customers online access to more and more of our devices, and allowing us to respond more efficiently to growing demand.”

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About ROHM

ROHM Co., Ltd. is an industry leader in system LSI, discrete components and module products, utilising the latest in semiconductor technology. ROHM’s proprietary production system, which includes some of the most advanced automation technology, is a major factor in keeping it at the forefront of the electronic component manufacturing industry. In addition to its development of electronic components, ROHM has also developed its own production system so that it can focus on specific aspects of customised product development. ROHM employs highly skilled engineers with expertise in all aspects of design, development and production. This allows ROHM the flexibility to take on a wide range of applications and projects and the capability to serve valuable clients in the automotive, telecommunication and computer sectors as well as consumer OEMs.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of GBP1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at

Further information is available via these links:

@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

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RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Source: RS Components

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July 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

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Automation Helps United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Managing Multi-Region Operations

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — InfrasoftTech announced that UNRWA’s Microfinance Department, has gone live on OMNIEnterprise Microfinance Solution in four territories of its operations.

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The Microfinance department at UNRWA wanted a highly scalable Lending Management solution to reengineer business processes, optimize infrastructure costs, improve credit control, reduce multi-currency losses and seamlessly comply with financial & regulatory guidelines. The solution was to be rolled out across four territories, namely West Bank, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Gaza and Syria.

OMNIEnterprise has helped UNRWA to manage multi-entity, multi-currency and multi-lingual setup. It provides comprehensive functionality covering – Client Management, Credit scoring & Poverty indexing, Multiple Loan Types (individual, solidarity group lending, micro-enterprise, small enterprise, consumer, housing, women household, youth projects, poultry farming, making closets / furniture, support family income) Portfolio Management, Repayment, Collateral, Collection & Recovery, ABB, Remittances, PDC, Source of funds, GL, Fixed Assets, Reconciliation, Charges, Reports and Centralized BOD and EOD processes. The project offers one of the best case study of cloud based service delivery. The solution is hosted in Italy and the users from all 4 regions access it over secured internet connection.

Speaking on the occasion, Hani Cordiya, the Project Manager, stated, “We are confident to achieve our stated business objectives on implementation of InfrasoftTech’s solution, which is to see improvement in operations and enhancement in productivity. InfrasoftTech has worked with us truly like partners for the entire duration of this project and we look forward to their continued support to us.”

Ms. Jane Giacaman, Chief, Microfinance Operations at UNRWA, said, “It has been an important milestone for us to achieve complete automation of our operations in these regions. Beyond automation, the solution would help us streamline our processes. Having established a robust core platform, we now are looking to initiatives like offering savings products.”

Mr. Hanuman Tripathi, Founder & Group Managing Director, InfrasoftTech, said, “We are very glad to see that our software platform is being used by UNRWA to better the lives of millions of people. It is an honour to have worked with a UN agency providing technology for a socially relevant cause. We thank UNRWA in supporting us to implement the software solution in some of the most challenging regions in the world today.”

Harshada Deokar
Asst. Manager – Corporate Communications
Contact No – +91-22-6776 4000

Source: InfrasoftTech

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July 28, 2014 at 11:56 am

Statement of Daniel A. Pollack, Special Master in Argentina Debt Litigation

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NEW YORK, July 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Daniel A. Pollack, the Special Master appointed by Judge Thomas P. Griesa to conduct and preside over settlement negotiations between the Republic of Argentina and its Bondholders, issued the following Statement today:

“I had a brief follow-up meeting this morning with the delegation from the Republic of Argentina.   They will be returning to Buenos Aires tonight to confer with and seek further instructions from their Government. The Bondholders were not present this morning, but I briefed  them subsequently by telephone. They reiterated to me their availability and willingness to meet with me, and, indeed, with representatives of the Republic, at any time. No resolution of the impasse between the parties has been reached. Consistent with Judge Griesa’s direction of earlier this week in open Court, I anticipate that there will be further communications with the parties prior to the Default date (July 30).”

Mr. Pollack said that he would make no further statement publically at this time.

Source: Daniel A. Pollack

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July 28, 2014 at 11:46 am

POSCO E&C Initiates Carmichael Mine Development in Australia

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— Signed an MOU with Adani Mining, an affiliate of India’s biggest infrastructure company Adani Group
— Secured as a priority bidder for the EPC of Carmichael mine railroad project in Queensland

SEOUL, South Korea /PRNewswire/ — POSCO Engineering & Construction (CEO: Tae-Hyun Hwang) announced on July 18th that the company has signed an MOU on the 11th with India’s Adani Mining for the construction of standard-gauge heavy haul rail line that is to be used for the coal mining project in Galilee Basin Queensland, Australia.

POSCO E&C Initiates Carmichael Mine Development in Australia
POSCO E&C Initiates Carmichael Mine Development in Australia

Upon signing this MOU, POSCO E&C has become the priority bidder for the EPC of a 388km standard gauge rail, which is a project carried out by Adani Mining to connect Carmichael mine with Abbot Point export port, in Queensland.

Construction will begin in the first half of next year, after Adani Mining signing the final contract for EPC with POSCO E&C within this year. The completion of this railway will enable transport of 60 million tons of coal per year.

Adani Group, the parent company of Adani Mining and India’s largest integrated private power, port and infrastructure developer, currently operates power generating facilities with a total size of 9,240MW. It also owns Mundra Port in India, which is the biggest port of entry for coal in the world.

The area in which this railway will be constructed expects to create jobs for at least 10,000 people, and the state government of Queensland designated the target area as “strategic development area.” Since the route is designed for many parties including other mine developers to use the railway, this project matches the state government’s strategic infrastructure policies. Moreover, it is also expected to contribute greatly to the industrial development of Australia, which is the world’s biggest exporter of iron ore and coal.

Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani said, “The rail project will lead to the opening of the Carmichael mine project which will deliver, in excess of 10,000 jobs, and will also provide vital opportunities for Australian Infrastructure development and contribute to energy security of India by lighting the lives of millions of Indians.”

Adani Mining CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj said:  “I am delighted with the way the two teams worked together in a collaborative manner to get this binding agreement signed in a record time. This is the first major step towards finalising the Project’s construction contracts and we are proud to be associating with a partner of POSCO’s E&C standing. The binding agreement will enable us to develop a cost efficient rail solution and this relationship gives Adani access to Korean market, POSCO’s expertise and capital.”

“We’re happy to be participating in the rail infrastructure development project with Adani, and I’m sure we’ll produce excellent results if both companies display all the abilities to the utmost,” said POSCO E&C CEO Tae-Hyun Hwang. “This will be the biggest EPC project among the infrastructure projects we’re conducting in Australia. We’ll complete this project successfully by pulling together all our competences in construction, financing and procurement.”

POSCO E&C has experiences in many railway construction projects including the Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit and AREX (Incheon International Airport Railroad). The company’s participation in this project will further expand the opportunity for POSCO E&C to participate in upcoming projects by Adani Group as well as other railway projects in Australia.

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Source: POSCO E&C

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July 28, 2014 at 10:46 am

Action Needed ASAP to Fight Viral Hepatitis

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National action plans are urgently needed to prevent and control viral hepatitis, the leading cause of liver cancer. Liver cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Asia Pacific

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — The Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific (CEVHAP) is, in advance of World Hepatitis Day on 28 July 2014, calling upon governments across Asia-Pacific to develop and implement coordinated national action plans to fight viral hepatitis. Viral hepatitis is a leading cause of liver cancer.

In Asia Pacific, chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C together with other forms of viral hepatitis kill over one million people per year, a death rate that is three times higher than HIV/AIDS.1

Chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C are major reasons for liver diseases, causing 78% of all liver cancer globally.2 Across the world in less developed regions, people living with hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections are most susceptible to developing cancer, with data showing that the viruses are responsible for 32% of all new infection-caused cancer cases per year in low- and middle-income countries, more than any other types of infection.3

Data from the 2014 World Cancer Report show that liver cancer is now the second most common cause of cancer death in Asia Pacific.4

Although viral hepatitis is an enormous and complex health threat, practical actions can substantially reduce the disease burden.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a four-part blueprint — the Framework for Global Action — that guides national governments on effective ways to prevent and control the spread of viral hepatitis.  The Framework has four parts, or Axes, which can be summarized as “ASAP”:

A for Awareness raising, partnership promotion and resource mobilization (Axis 1)

S for Scientific evidence to drive policy and action (Axis 2)

A for Access to immunization and information to prevent transmission (Axis 3)

P for Provision of screening, care and treatment (Axis 4)

This practical framework can be of great assistance to governments across the region, as Professor Ding-Shinn Chen, Chair of CEVHAP and Immediate Past Dean of the College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, explains: “Socio-economic conditions vary between Asia-Pacific countries, but through front-line clinical practice and extensive research across the region, CEVHAP experts have found that the actions recommended by the WHO Framework for Global Action are applicable and urgently needed in most countries. We ask national governments use the framework as a guide to develop national action plans as soon as possible.”

This call to action was recently echoed by the World Health Assembly resolution on viral hepatitis, which urges member states to develop and implement coordinated national action plans for preventing, diagnosing and treating viral hepatitis. The new resolution on viral hepatitis (WHA67.6) was unanimously adopted during the 67thWorld Health Assembly in May 2014, representing a worldwide consensus on the need for more concrete action to fight viral hepatitis.

According to the WHO’s latest survey of ministries of health worldwide, only half of the countries surveyed in Asia Pacific have a national action plan to prevent and control the spread of viral hepatitis.5 This is despite the fact that 70% of the world’s hepatitis-related deaths occur in the region.1

National governments are not alone in the fight against viral hepatitis.  Drawing on lessons learnt from combating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, cross-sector partnerships have proven to be effective in mobilizing the expertise and resources needed to prevent and treat diseases of wide prevalence and high mortality.

Cross-sector partnerships will be particularly critical to the development of a much-needed international funding mechanism.  Funding issues present a significant barrier to the ability of governments to implement comprehensive measures aimed at reducing the disease burden of viral hepatitis, especially in low and mid-income countries.

Professor Stephen Locarnini, Director of the WHO Regional Reference Laboratory for Hepatitis B at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) and Joint Secretary of CEVHAP, says: “Over the past decade, we have seen the emergence of many avenues of funding which have significantly broadened access to diagnostics and treatments for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and we believe the same can be achieved for viral hepatitis.  It is time for governments to invest in their people’s health and liver health must be the top priority.  WHO has given a Framework to guide the development of national action plans and we urge them to use it.”

Available upon request:

  • Fact sheet and info-graphic on Asia Pacific viral hepatitis and liver cancer mortality
  • Fact sheet and info-graphic on the WHO Framework for Global Action


The Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific (CEVHAP) is the first organization of its kind in the region, established as an independent, multidisciplinary body to advocate for public policy reform to reduce the burden of and ultimately eliminate viral hepatitis in Asia Pacific.

Incorporated in October 2010, CEVHAP membership is comprised of many world-renowned hepatitis experts, including people living with the infections, utilizing the collective expertise of its members to assist the region through partnership with a broad range of stakeholders, including government bodies in public policy formation and health education.

CEVHAP is working closely with the WHO, having assisted the WHO in launching its landmark Global Hepatitis Network in Singapore in June 2013, as well as having taken part in the WHO Global Partners’ Meeting on Hepatitis in March 2014. For more information, please visit, or follow CEVHAP on:





World Hepatitis Day 2014 in Asia Pacific

The seventh annual World Hepatitis Day will take place on Monday, 28 July 2014, as part of an on-going campaign launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance in 2008. This is the fourth year that CEVHAP has helped support and coordinate World Hepatitis Day in Asia Pacific and also the fourth year that the WHO has endorsed World Hepatitis Day.

In Asia Pacific, CEVHAP’s members across Asia Pacific will be coordinating a wide range of events and activities to mark World Hepatitis Day.

Global Response to Viral Hepatitis

The first WHO resolution on viral hepatitis was adopted in 2010 (WHA63.18) and has, over the last three years, led to the formation of a dedicated viral hepatitis unit within the WHO, the development of the WHO Framework for Global Action and most recently, the founding of a WHO Global Hepatitis Network, of which CEVHAP is a member.  Information regarding the Global Hepatitis Programme, Framework and Network can be found here:

In May 2014, the World Health Assembly adopted the second WHO resolution on viral hepatitis (WHA67.6), providing guidance to governments on how to prioritize actions to tackle all forms of viral hepatitis in a coordinated manner.  The resolution requests that the WHO establishes a monitoring system to track progress made by member states, and consider setting goals for the elimination of hepatitis B and C.  The resolution also calls, for the first time, upon all UN funds, programs and agencies to move viral hepatitis up their agenda.  More information regarding the new resolution can be found here:


1. Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington. Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. 2013. Available: (data on file).

2. JF Perz1 et al. The contributions of hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus infections to cirrhosis and primary liver cancer worldwide. Journal of Hepatology, 45(4):529-38. 2006.

3. de Martel, C et al. Global burden of cancers attributable to infections in 2008: a review and synthetic analysis. Lancet Oncology, 13(6):607-6015. 2012.

4. International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organization. GLOBOCAN 2012. 2013. Available: (data on file).

5. World Health Organization. Global policy report on the prevention and control of viral hepatitis in WHO Member States. 2013. Available:

For further information please contact:

Linda Carroll

Elizabeth Fung

Tel: +852-2586-7834

Tel: +852-2586-7857



Source: Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific (CEVHAP)

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July 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

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SternAegis Ventures Congratulates Deem, Inc. on Recapitalization and Raising Expansion Capital

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– A return to innovation and high-growth

NEW YORK  /PRNewswire/ — SternAegis Ventures applauds Deem, Inc. on the completion of its recapitalization financing as well as on raising $50 million in expansion capital. Deem is a leading cloud and mobile commerce company, delivering Commerce-as-a-Service (CaaS) to a large and diverse ecosystem of customers, merchants and partners enabling them to lower costs, increase revenue and deepen customer loyalty. On July 21, 2014, Deem announced the completion of its recapitalization. The principals of as well as investors introduced by SternAegis Ventures participated in the recapitalization financing. On July 23, 2014, Deem announced it had raised $50 million in expansion capital funding.

Patrick Grady, CEO of Deem, said of SternAegis Ventures, “We needed an investment banking team who could understand the complexities of our situation and share the vision for our restructured company. Having a longstanding relationship with Adam Stern, I am fortunate that SternAegis Ventures has been providing capital and its expertise as we reposition our company for accelerated growth.”

Adam Stern, CEO of SternAegis Ventures and Head of Private Equity Banking at Aegis Capital Corp., said, “Our mission is to finance passionate, world-class management teams with disruptive technology. Accordingly, we are delighted to be working with Deem and its CEO Patrick.”

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About SternAegis Ventures

SternAegis Ventures is the management team within Aegis Capital Corp.’s Private Equity Banking group that is responsible for venture capital financing. SternAegis is committed to identifying and financing ventures that can potentially realize above-average returns for investors willing and able to accept above-average risk.

Founded in 1984, Aegis Capital Corp. is a full service retail and institutional broker-dealer located in New York City. Aegis Capital Corp. is a Member of FINRA and SIPC.

For more on SternAegis Ventures, visit

For more on Aegis Capital Corp., visit

For more on Deem, Inc., visit

For inquiries, contact Roger Baumberger, SternAegis Ventures +1-646-502-2511


An affiliate of SternAegis Ventures provides consulting services to Deem, Inc. SternAegis Ventures has in the past and may in the future provide financial advisory services to DEEM. Principals and affiliates of SternAegis Ventures own equity positions in Deem, Inc.

Source: SternAegis Ventures

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July 28, 2014 at 9:57 am

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4 Ways “Freebie” Marketing Is Good for Business

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Giveaways or “freebies” might seem counterintuitive to a marketing strategy aimed at driving sales, but what many don’t realize is that the exposure gained through free promotion can help build your audience and lead to future sales. While realistically not every download of a free content offering will lead to a purchase, your brand can still benefit from establishing its credibility and expertise. If you need further convincing, here are four reasons why free giveaways will result in greater pay-off for your business:

1. Freebies and strategic pricing helps your content get discovered. There are an estimated 350,000 books published each year. Stand out from the crowd by giving readers a reason to choose your book over another.

2. Freebies increase your exposure. Sites like Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Program Promoting can place your book directly in front of a large group of people at once. Additionally, promoting your giveaway via email, newsletters, and social media will attract more attention to your content.

3. Freebies can spark reader interest in other product offerings.  Thought-leadership builds credibility, expands your following, and persuades readers to become customers.

4. Freebies expand your fan base. You can continue to build upon new relationships with your audience by sharing ideas, posting great content, and making connections on social media. The more you reach out, the more effective you’ll be at building and growing your audience.

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For additional context and tips on how to use free promotions as a marketing tool, read the latest article by Penny C. Sansevieri, CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., on PR Newswire’s Small Business Toolkit:

PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that provides small businesses and entrepreneurs the tools to develop an affordable public relations and marketing plan that helps generate interest from potential customers, engage with key audiences and grow their businesses. The toolkit features relevant content such as informative white papers, interactive webinars and how-to articles and premium access to educational resources, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of special offers designed specifically for small businesses. To request information on how PR Newswire can help your small business, click here. You can receive updates on new Small Business PR Toolkit content by following @prnsmallbiz on Twitter.

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July 28, 2014 at 9:44 am

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