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National Food Institute Promotes Thai Cuisine and Ingredients as part of ‘Kitchen of the World’ Campaign; 2nd Thailand Culinary World Challenge, Aug1-3 Central Chidlom BKK Thailand

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BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — The National Food Institute (NFI) under the Ministry of Industry is to hold the 2nd Thailand Culinary World Challenge 2014. The winner will receive the H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn trophy and $17,500 in prize money. The competition is sponsored by Bangkok Bank, Central Chidlom, Foodstylist magazine, the Thai Chef’s Association and associated organizations. The competition is aimed at promoting the use of Thai ingredients in the preparation of Thai and international dishes. So far, chefs from more than 10 countries have signed up for the competition.

National Food Institute promotes Thai Cuisine and ingredients as part of 'Kitchen of the World' campaign; 2nd Thailand Culinary World Challenge, Aug1-3 Central Chidlom BKK Thailand
National Food Institute promotes Thai Cuisine and ingredients as part of ‘Kitchen of the World’ campaign; 2nd Thailand Culinary World Challenge, Aug1-3 Central Chidlom BKK Thailand

The contest is one of the activities aimed at promoting the development of Thailand’s food industry, in line with efforts to make Thailand the ‘Kitchen of the World’. Members of the general public are invited to join the event, take part in various activities and taste a wide variety of foods made by standards-compliant food producers. Highlights will include 60 menu items — all of which will cost only 60 baht each — created by renowned chefs. The proceeds of the food sales will go to the Ramathibodi Foundation under the Royal Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. There will also be an exhibition of 60 innovative food items inspired by Thai folk wisdom and a cooking showcase under the project ‘Thailand Food Forward’ by National food Institute. The competition will be held from 3pm to 9pm on August 1-3, 2014, Central Chidlom’s Morakot Parking Lot.

For more information, please contact:

Tel. +662-770-8899

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Source: The National Food Institute (NFI)

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August 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Posted in Food/Beverages

Extra Days Special! Eurail Offers up to Five Free Travel Days

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UTRECHT, The Netherlands /PRNewswire/ —

Eurail Select & Global Pass Holders Receive Free Extra Days to Explore Europe

From August 1 to September 30, 2014 Eurail’s latest promotion offers non-European residents additional free travel days on the Eurail Global Pass Continuous and 4-Country Select Passes.

By offering free travel days, Eurail aims to maximize its customers’ travel experience with the possibility of discovering even more of Europe by train. The number of extra travel days depends on the type of pass: the campaign offers one extra travel day for the 4-Country Select Pass, two extra travel days for the 15-day Global Pass Continuous, three extra travel days for the 21-day Global Pass Continuous and five extra travel days for the one month Global Pass Continuous. This special offer is applicable to all product variations for both first and second class.

As passes are available within a six month pre-booking period, Eurail customers can profit from this promotion until April 2015. Thus, they can further benefit from the many advantages that are synonymous with off-peak traveling. “The advantages of shorter lines in tourism sites and lower prices are obvious,” states Silvia Gorlach, Marketing Manager of the Eurail Group G.I.E. “As visiting Europe once the large crowds have left, is a completely different experience, in which tourists have the chance to discover Europe, its culture and inhabitants in a more authentic and relaxed environment.”

Eurail’s Extra Days promotion runs alongside Eurail’s “Free Roaming” promotion, launched on July 7, offering the first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card with a pre-paid credit of 18 Euros.

Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents. Please visit

Established in 2001, the Eurail Group G.I.E. is responsible for the marketing and management of the InterRail and Eurail Passes that provide unlimited rail travel across Europe. The organization is based in Utrecht(Netherlands) and is wholly owned by thirty railways and shipping companies. In addition, the Group has many benefit partners, including hotels, transport companies and museums, which offer their services either at a reduced rate or free of charge to rail pass holders.

Source: Eurail Group G.I.E.

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August 4, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Posted in Entertainment, Travel

Ke Chen joins Kurt Salmon’s Retail and Consumer Products Group

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SHANGHAI /PRNewswire/ — Management consulting firm Kurt Salmon ( ) is pleased to welcome Ke Chen as a partner in its Retail and Consumer Products Group practice inChina.

Mr. Chen is a retail expert with more than 15 years of experience serving leading global and local Chinese retailers across multiple sectors and formats, both as a consultant and as a retail executive. He specializes in merchandising and supply chain improvement, operations strategy, IT architecture/applications, and large transformation projects.

“Kurt Salmon has unparalleled retail and consumer goods industry expertise, from strategy to operations management,” said Mr. Chen. “I look forward to helping our clients improve their operations performance, strengthen their organizations and develop overall strategies for business growth.”

Before joining Kurt Salmon, Mr. Chen worked for Accenture and IBM GBS in China, where he developed services for leading retail accounts to improve their business performance and develop their expansion programs inChina. Mr. Chen was also on the business development and operations team at Walmart. Mr. Chen earned an M.B.A. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a bachelor of materials science and engineering fromNanjing University of Technology in China.

Rick Keller, who leads Kurt Salmon’s Retail and Merchandising work in China, lauded the diversity of Mr. Chen’s experience.

“We’re very excited to have Ke join Kurt Salmon,” he said. “He will bring invaluable insight to the challenges being faced by retailers inChina today.”

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August 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Hao Li joins Kurt Salmon’s Retail and Consumer Products Group

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SHANGHAI/PRNewswire/ — Management consulting firm Kurt Salmon ( ) is pleased to welcome Hao Li as a partner in its Retail and Consumer Products Group practice inChina.

Mr. Hao Li is a consumer products expert with more than 18 years of corporate strategy, governance and operations experience. He has served numerous multinational and domestic Chinese companies in the consumer goods, retail, industrial goods and financial service industries. He has deep expertise in a wide range of topics, including market entry strategy, S&M operation strategies, sales channel and distributor management, sales force organization restructuring, and IT planning. He has also published several books and papers about doing business in China.

“In addition to having a deep and focused expertise in retail and consumer goods,Kurt Salmon has a flexible and adaptive mentality, which is critical when working in such an ever-changing emerging market such asChina,” said Mr. Li. “I look forward to helping the firm grow its local client base here.”

Before joining Kurt Salmon, Mr. Li also worked for McKinsey, Accenture and BCG inChina, where he assumed various leadership positions and was in charge of developing and serving local Chinese consumer goods and retail clients. Mr. Li received his Ph.D. fromCornell University.

Rick Keller, who heads up Kurt Salmon’s Retail and Merchandising work in China, praised Mr. Li’s range of expertise.

“We’re thrilled that Hao has decided to join Kurt Salmon,” he said. “The breadth of his knowledge will add tremendous value to our team here.”

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August 4, 2014 at 11:26 am

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FARO Announces Acquisition of The CAD Zone, Inc. to Expand Presence in the Law Enforcement Products and Services Market

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LAKE MARY, Fla.  /CNW/ — FARO Technologies, Inc. (FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology, announced it has acquired The CAD Zone, Inc., a leading software provider in the law enforcement accident and crime scene reconstruction market. CAD Zone’s point cloud software application will be integrated with FARO’s laser scanning technology to provide turnkey solutions for crime scene and other forensic applications.

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FARO’s continued push into the $8.3 billion [1] law enforcement forensic technologies market supports its implementation of a long-term strategy of expansion into key vertical markets with its disruptive 3D metrology, imaging and realization products.

“We believe CAD Zone’s leading software solutions for law enforcement will provide FARO with a compelling integrated 3D documentation product offering,” stated Jay Freeland , FARO’s President and CEO.  “This acquisition is an important part of our strategic focus on penetrating key vertical markets that offer FARO the most market potential.  While law enforcement is a relatively small vertical market for FARO today, we believe it represents a significant opportunity for the right 3D documentation solution and our acquisition of CAD Zone takes a major step forward in creating that offering.”

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private SecuritiesLitigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to risks and uncertainties, such as statements about FARO’s growth, demand for and customer acceptance of FARO’s products, anticipated improvement in the markets in which FARO operates, and FARO’s product development and product launches. Statements that are not historical facts or that describe the Company’s plans, objectives, projections, expectations, assumptions, strategies, or goals are forward-looking statements. In addition, words such as “believe,” “is,” “will,” and similar expressions or discussions of FARO’s plans or other intentions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to various known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results, performances, or achievements to differ materially from future results, performances, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Consequently, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted insuch forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

  • the Company’s inability to successfully identify and acquire target companies or achieve expected benefits from acquisitions that are consummated;
  • development by others of new or improved products, processes or technologies that make theCompany’s products less competitive or obsolete;
  • the Company’s inability to maintain its technological advantage by developing new products and enhancing its existing products;
  • declines or other adverse changes, or lack of improvement, in industries that the Company serves or the domestic and international economies in the regions of the world where theCompany operates and other general economic, business, and financial conditions; and
  • other risks detailed in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 .

Forward-looking statements in this release represent the Company’s judgment as of the date of thisrelease. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, unless otherwise required by law.

About FARO
FARO is the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology. The Company develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and complex structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, rapid prototyping, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.

Approximately 15,000 customers are operating more than 30,000 installations of FARO’s systems, worldwide. The Company’s global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, FL ; its European regional headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany ; and its Asia/Pacific regional headquarters in Singapore . FARO has other offices in the United States , Canada , Mexico , Brazil , Germany , the United Kingdom , France , Spain , Italy , Poland , Turkey , the Netherlands , Switzerland , Portugal , India , China , Malaysia , Vietnam , Thailand , South Korea , and Japan .

More information is available at

[1] Transparency Market Research, Forensic Technologies Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019

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SOURCE FARO Technologies, Inc.


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August 4, 2014 at 10:50 am

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Exquisite Craftsmanship and Chinese Classic Art to Blossom at 2014 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair

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TAIPEI /PR Newswire/ — Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair, the biggest international jewellery fair in Taiwan, will be held from 21 to 24 November 2014 at the Taipei World Trade Centre, Hall 1.1

The current trend in Taiwan’s jewellery market is to combine Oriental flavor with Western quintessence.  The country’s designers are creating highly individualistic and unprecedented designs, which are filled with Chinese culture and modern aesthetics. The craftsmanship is developed and sophisticated, blending the designers’ infinite inspiration and innovative creativity. Many of them have received international awards and attention. Their artworks represent the strong personality and unique designs of Taiwan’s designers.

This year’s exhibition will feature a specially tailored “Designers’ Area” to spotlight the latest and most outstanding artworks of Taiwan’s leading and most talented jewellery designers. Over 40 designers will be exhibiting in this area and presenting their brilliant masterpieces.

Sneak Preview of Local Taiwanese Designers, Part II

Designer Chin-Tiao Shih

Mr. Shih has been working as a jewelry designer over thirty years. He loves to integrate folk culture and natural beauty into his artwork.

He has won numerous design accolades and patented his unique and innovative designs. He can transform the most traditional project into a forward thinking and modern masterpiece, and his aesthetic principal even breaks the limitation of techniques and materials to create a new breed of groundbreaking art. He attributes his endless inspirations to the ever-changing natural world.

As he says himself: “Art should imitate life, forever changing and evolving.”

Mr. Shih will present his own line, Atlen Jewelry Co., Ltd, at the Fair.

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Resplendent Phoenix

The Phoenix overlooks its splendid tail in a kingly way; you could feel its vigorous spirit through its condescending look toward us.

Its stately body and magnificent tail fully present the strength and beauty.

Mr. Shih uses a variety of precious stones with his superb skills into full play to present each stone’s characteristic perfectly.

Designer Wang, Yueh Yaw

Ms. Wang Yueh Yaw is well known for her Chinese influenced designs that pay homage to the rich tapestry of Chinese history and culture. You will find her artworks filled with oriental style design. She adores Chinese culture and loves to share the glory of it along with her jewelry to the world.

Her design mindset is usually based on Chinese auspicious meaning. She is inspired by each gemstone itself and gives each piece a rich story. You might consider them as an elegant landscape, a lyric or pastoral poem; when you purchase her jewelry collections, you are collecting a graceful story or historical series.

Ms. Wang’s designer pieces will be showcased in the designers’ area grouped with TCJDA.

Ms Wang_Moonlit Radiance on a Visage of Great Beauty
Ms Wang_Moonlit Radiance on a Visage of Great Beauty

Beauty under the Moon Series – Moonlit Radiance on a Visage of Great Beauty

Materials: Jade, Diamonds, 18KGold

Resplendently bright celestial crescent, under it stands a moonlit beauty, strumming delicately at her pipa, emanating forth the sweetest melodies. An oriole cheerfully chirps songs of joy, perched on a treetop; an enchanting harmony of entwined arias.

Designer Judie Ma

In 2011, Ms. Ma launched her flagship store Dynasty Artistic Jewellery Co., Ltd. Her sophisticated design is audacious and extravagant. Drawing inspirations from the Qing dynasty, her unique and extraordinary collection pays tribute to China’s last imperial dynasty.

Ms. Ma’s designer piece will be showcased in the designers’ area grouped with TCJDA.

Ms Ma_Qing Dynasty
Ms Ma_Qing Dynasty

Qing Dynasty — Imperial Classic Necklace

Materials: Tourmaline, kingfisher feathers, gilding, pearl, lazurite

The intricately designed necklace is quintessentially Asian with an aristocratic flair. Ms. Ma uses rare and exceptional stones such as dzi bead from Tibet and employs traditional techniques including Chinese filigree inlaying.

Designer Chun Ting Chang

Ms. Chang is a 23 year old young talented jewellery designer with a love for jadeite; she is always seeking for a fusion of jadeite and other precious stones. Her childhood memories and travel experience served as her design inspiration for transforming traditional jadeite pieces into modern stunning masterpieces. She gives a fresh take on classic jadeite jewellery.

Ms. Chang’s designer piece will be showcased in the designers’ area grouped with TCJDA.

Ms Chang_Jadeite Bangle Watch
Ms Chang_Jadeite Bangle Watch

Jadeite Bangle Watch

In addition to reviving the traditional jadeite bangle, a whole new jewellery watch was born. The watch is provided with the feature of a jadeite bangle, while the refined craft of jewellery watch promotes the integrity itself. The practical and gorgeous bangle watch was given a rebirth not only by the warm texture of the jadeite, but also the whole new perfection.

Further Information:

Above are just some of the designers that will showcase their collections at the 2014 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair. This B2B jewellery exhibition will feature group pavilions from Taiwan, India, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong,Germany, Italy, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand and USA. Due to last year’s overwhelming success, the upcoming 2014 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair will feature an additional special-themed pavilion. “Splendid Square” will showcase exquisite collections of the world’s finest jewellery, top quality loose diamonds, gemstones and other exclusive products. It promises to be a spectacular event.

For more details on the exhibition, please contact:
UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch
Room 306, 3F, No. 51, KeeLung Road, Section 2, Taipei 11052, Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-2738-3898
Fax: +886-2-2738-4886
Contact: Ms. Rita Hung

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About UBM Asia Ltd. ( )

Owned by UBM and publically listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is headquartered in Hong Kong and operates in all of the major countries across Asia. It has over 240 products, including and not limited to trade fairs, conferences, trade publications and on-line media. As Asia’s leading exhibition organizer, it stages market-leading events in numerous industries across the region. In the jewellery market, it organizes several jewellery exhibitions, including the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, the largest jewellery event worldwide.

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Source: UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch

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August 4, 2014 at 10:26 am

Posted in Fashion

主權專利基金 (SPFs):新一代貿易防禦措施?

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— 政府介入像 France Brevets 這樣的專利基金會如何威脅技術領域的開放貿易

布魯塞爾 /美通社/ —

以下內容由歐洲國際政治經濟中心 (ECIPE) 發佈:

現在新一代自由貿易協定 (FTA) 越來越要求限制國營企業 (SOE) 參加國際貿易,而與此同時,人們對主權專利基金 (SPFs) 發展壯大的爭論卻比較少,如今主權專利基金越來越多地利用智慧財產權來推進實施歧視性產業政策,試圖為地位不穩的國內冠軍企業增強競爭力,應對國外競爭。

現在新一代自由貿易協定越來越要求限制國營企業參加國際貿易,而與此同時,人們對主權專利基金 發展壯大的爭論卻比較少,如今主權專利基金越來越多地利用智慧財產權來推進實施歧視性產業政策,試圖為地位不穩的國內冠軍企業增強競爭力,應對國外競爭。

像 France Brevets(「法國專利」基金)這樣的某些主權專利基金,甚至被認為是針對國外競爭者的報復性或歧視性工具,而它們最初的訴求是否合法也已經無關緊要。由政府控制的實體對智慧財產權進行這樣的運用具有一定的威脅,很可能會變成像反傾銷或反補貼稅這樣的新型貿易防禦措施。


這就要求像 TTIP(跨大西洋貿易與投資夥伴協定)或 TPP(跨太平洋夥伴關係協定)這樣的新一代自由貿易協定要對限制國營企業設置不同的著重點。然而事實上,在回避抵消主權專利基金有可能更具破壞性和系統性的效應的同時,就國營企業出口進行辯論意義不大,這些主權專利基金還會產生溢出效應,妨礙創新,並對全球貿易體系不利。


發表詳情:Sovereign Patent Funds (SPFs): Next-generation trade defence?主權專利基金 (SPFs):新一代貿易防禦措施?),作者是霍素克-李-牧山浩石 (Hosuk Lee-Makiyama) 和派翠克-麥瑟林 (Patrick Messerlin),ECIPE 政策簡報編號:2014年6月,由歐洲國際政治經濟中心 (ECIPE) 發表,ISSN 號:1653-8994

消息來源: 歐洲國際政治經濟中心

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August 4, 2014 at 9:05 am

Posted in Business & Finance