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TauRx Therapeutics Achieves Enrolment Target for Second Phase III Clinical Trial of LMTX™ in Alzheimer’s Disease

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ABERDEEN, Scotland and SINGAPORE, Sept. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — TauRx Therapeutics Ltd has achieved its target enrolment of 700 subjects with mild Alzheimer’s disease into the second of its two Phase III clinical trials of LMTX™, a tau aggregation inhibitor, for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. This multi-centre, placebo-controlled clinical trial (Protocol TRx-237-005) is aimed at assessing the efficacy of LMTX™ in people diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s disease. The study is also evaluating the safety and pharmacokinetic profile of LMTX™, and incorporates imaging endpoints in all subjects.

In July, TauRx announced that the Company had achieved its target enrolment of 833 subjects into its first Phase III clinical trial (Protocol TRx-237-015); this study recruited subjects with mild and moderate Alzheimer’s disease. The third global study, TauRx’s Phase III clinical trial (Protocol TRx-237-007) in patients with behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), continues to recruit subjects, and is on track to complete enrolment by early 2015.

Professor Claude Wischik, Chairman and co-founder of TauRx, said “Reaching our enrolment targets for both of our Phase III Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials is a major milestone for our Company and it is particularly apt that we can announce this on World Alzheimer’s Day. This achievement brings us another step closer to our objective to offer the first tau-targeted disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer’s disease – an important treatment advance for patients.” He added “Having recently participated in the G8 Dementia Summit legacy meetings, I am acutely aware of the call from governments, physicians, carers, patients and international Alzheimer’s groups for innovative treatments to slow or stop the inevitable cognitive decline to dementia. With both of our studies now set for completion in 2016, TauRx may be in the unique position of turning this hope into practical reality in the very near future.”

Dr. Serge Gauthier, MD, FRCPC of the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging, Montreal, Canada, a leading physician investigator participating in both TauRx Phase III clinical trials for Alzheimer’s and TauRx’s bvFTD trial, noted, “Having a tau-targeted treatment that slows or halts the progression of Alzheimer’s will be a breakthrough for people facing this disease worldwide. With many failed attempts in alternative approaches, we could at last be on the right path towards altering the underlying pathology that leads to dementia.”

Professor Wischik attributed the completion of enrolment into the clinical trials to the support of more than 100 global clinical research centres and dedicated physician investigators, a motivated TauRx project team lead by Dr. Jiri Hardlund as well as the contributions of its partner companies. He singled out two partner companies for their efforts in achieving enrolment targets: Worldwide Clinical Trials, a global Clinical Research Organisation that is managing the studies on behalf of TauRx, and MediciGroup®, Inc. [dba MediciGlobal Ltd] a specialty patient recruitment firm that brings innovative approaches to accelerate global patient recruitment and retention for clinical trials.

With both clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease now fully recruited, TauRx and its partners are turning their attention towards the bvFTD clinical trial. “LMTX™ has potential for the treatment of bvFTD because it targets aggregations of both the tau and TDP-43 proteins, which each account for about half of the cases,” Wischik said. “Patients and families living with bvFTD are encouraged to contact the nearest research centre to be included in this Phase III clinical trial before the window of opportunity closes shortly,” he added.

Interested people and families living with bvFTD are encouraged to visit or to find a clinical research centre in their area, and to see if they meet the medical criteria for the TRx-237-007 trial for behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia-[bvFTD].

About the TRx-237-015 clinical trial for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s

This Phase III double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (TRx-237-015) is designed to assess the safety and efficacy of LMTX™ in patients diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.  The treatment period is 15 months. The main measures are the change in study subjects’ cognitive performance at the beginning and the end of the study in three commonly used clinical assessments: The Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale – Cognitive Subscale (known as ADAS-cog11); the Modified Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study – Clinical Global Impression of Change (known as ADCS-CGIC) and the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study – Activities of Daily Living scale (known as ADCS-ADL).

About the TRx-237-005 Phase III clinical trial for mild Alzheimer’s

This Phase III double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial is designed to assess the safety and efficacy of LMTX™ in up to 700 patients diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s.  The study involves approximately 100 clinical sites primarily in the U.S. and Europe. The clinical efficacy measures are the same as the TRx-237-015 trial. In addition reduction in decline in glucose uptake in the temporal lobe is being measured by FDG/PET imaging and reduction in the rate of brain shrinkage shown by MRI.

About the TRx-237-007 clinical trial for mild Alzheimer’s

This Phase III double-blind placebo-controlled study is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of LMTX™ in patients diagnosed with behavioural variant Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD). The treatment period is 12 months. The study is planned to involve 180 patients and ~70 study sites located in Canada, U.S., U.K., Germany, The Netherlands, Australia and Singapore. The main measures of efficacy are the change in study subjects’ performance at the beginning and the end of the study in two commonly used clinical assessments: (1) the Addenbrookes’s Cognitive Examination (Revised), known as ACE-R; and (2) the Modified Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study – Clinical Global Impression of Change, known as ADCS-CGIC.

About TauRx Therapeutics Ltd

TauRx Therapeutics Ltd is a spin-out company from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and was established in Singapore in 2002 with the aim of developing new treatments and diagnostics for a range of neurodegenerative diseases. The company’s tau aggregation inhibitor, LMTX™, is currently in global Phase 3 clinical trials for Alzheimer’s and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). LMTX™ targets aggregates of abnormal fibres of tau protein that form inside nerve cells in the brain, giving rise to ‘tau tangles’. TauRx’s primary research facilities are headquartered in Aberdeen. For more information, please visit:

Source: TauRx Therapeutics Ltd

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September 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

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CNH Industrial’s Parts & Service business launches a single genuine parts identity

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— CNH Industrial Parts & Service, the Company’s spare parts, accessories and services business, has launched ‘CNH Industrial Genuine Parts’. This will provide a new identity and management of genuine parts for CNH Industrial’s 12 brands.

BASILDON, United Kingdom /PRNewswire/ — CNH Industrial Parts & Service has undertaken an extensive integration process across the Parts & Service businesses of the 12 agriculture, construction, commercial vehicle and powertrain brands, following the creation of CNH Industrial N.V. in September 2013. This process has brought together all Parts entities which were previously managed separately. This is in line with CNH Industrial Parts & Service’s three primary objectives of excellent service; the creation of a complete product offering which improves customer satisfaction; and making synergies to generate opportunities throughout the entire distribution chain.

The development of a single, unified ‘CNH Industrial Genuine Parts’ project will enhance CNH Industrial’s visibility globally, whilst drawing on the strength of each of the Company’s 12 brands: Case IH, Steyr, Case Construction Equipment, New Holland Agriculture, New Holland Construction, Iveco, Iveco Astra, Iveco Bus, Heuliez Bus, Magirus, Iveco Defence Vehicles and FPT Industrial. Furthermore it will enhance the quality and performance of all genuine parts and contribute to the standardisation and optimisation of the stock management processes of some five million genuine parts references. Visually, all parts marking and packaging across the ‘CNH Industrial Genuine Parts’ range will be provided with a homogenous identity.

“Each brands’ customers benefit from genuine parts that adhere to very strict specifications. Strengthening the image of our genuine parts is undoubtedly one of the pillars in our approach to customer loyalty. This is, among other things, also a step to increasing the awareness of CNH Industrial, and the creation of this new identity represents a total quality guarantee for our customers and our dealers,” said Dino Maggioni, President, CNH Industrial Parts & Service.

The new ‘CNH Industrial Genuine Parts’ identity brings many benefits including better customer service and greater protection against counterfeiting. Further advantages comprise enhanced efficiency from improved availability of parts thanks to greater flexibility in supply and storage which subsequently drives down logistics costs. Moreover, customers choosing ‘CNH Industrial Genuine Parts’ benefit from parts of certified quality.

CNH Industrial Genuine Parts will be rolled out from September 2014, replacing existing stocks upon replenishment.

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CNH Industrial Genuine Parts, key figures:

A global presence with 57 warehouses
The management of more than five million references
The annual delivery of 36 million lines of orders seven days a week, 24 hours a day
Coverage for a parc of 3.5 million machines and vehicles

CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI) is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website:

For more information contact:

Laura Overall

Alessia Domanico

Corporate Communications Manager

Corporate Communications Officer

CNH Industrial

CNH Industrial

Tel. +44 (0)1268 292 468

Tel: +44 (0)1268 292 992


Source: CNH Industrial

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September 23, 2014 at 6:13 pm

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Merck Strengthens Executive Board

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DARMSTADT, Germany /PRNewswire/ —

Stefan Oschmann appointed Deputy CEO and Vice Chairman of the Executive Board
Belen Garijo appointed new member of the Executive Board
Changes effective from January 1, 2015

Merck today announced that the Board of Partners has promoted Stefan Oschmann (57) to the position of Deputy CEO and Vice Chairman of the Executive Board. Concurrently, Belen Garijo (54) was appointed to the Executive Board to take over leadership for the Pharma business. The management changes will become effective as of January 1, 2015.

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Oschmann, currently CEO Pharma, will represent Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Executive Board. Both will share strategic management functions and will represent the company with politicians and international organizations.

As a member of the Executive Board, Garijo, currently CEO of Merck’s biopharmaceutical division Merck Serono, will take on responsibility for the whole Pharma business. Besides Merck Serono, this includes Consumer Health, Allergy and Biosimilars.

“With today’s management decisions we strengthen Merck’s leadership team and prepare the ground for continuity to reach our ambitious growth targets until the year 2018 and beyond,” said Johannes Baillou, Chairman of the Board of Partners of E. Merck KG. “Stefan Oschmann who has successfully reorganized our pharma businesses over the past years will familiarize himself with Group-wide functions and will increasingly assume external responsibilities for the company. Belen Garijo has many years of experience in the pharma industry, has proven that she can further develop our business organization and in her future role will provide a significant contribution to ensure the sustainable success of our pharma businesses.”

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Merck is a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors. With its four divisions Merck Serono, Consumer Health, Performance Materials and Merck Millipore, Merck generated total revenues of € 11.1 billion in 2013. Around 39,000 Merck employees work in 66 countries to improve the quality of life for patients, to further the success of our customers and to help meet global challenges. Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company – since 1668, the company has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. Holding an approximately 70% interest, the founding family remains the majority owner of the company to this day. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany is holding the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are Canada and the United States, where the company is known as EMD.
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September 23, 2014 at 5:57 pm

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SMART Offers the World’s Top Cities to Invest in Property

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — SMART is a free to attend expo and seminar. For investors and property buyers there are several captivating reasons to visit SMART. They will get first-hand information and direct overseas property developers’ prices; see luxury properties from some of the best current investment destinations; get professional advice; take advantage of guarantee yields from “buy-to-lets,” be the first to buy low into hotspots with high return on investment; find winning strategies that meet your own risk assessments and the first 150 SMART registered and attending visitors will each receive FairPrice $10 cash vouchers daily!

Asia’s longest established overseas property showcase – the SMART Investment and International Property Expo (SMART) will be back in Singapore from 27-28 September, 2014 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center,Marina Bay Sands in Hall A.

The SMART Expo is designed for serious investors who wish to broaden their horizons and look at investments with a different lens. With over 100,000 accumulated visitors, the organiser will be rewarding its loyal followers by offering the first 150 SMART registered attending visitors on each day with Fairprice cash vouchers value at SGD10 each. In addition, seminar attendees will have the chance to win numerous fabulous prizes including cash vouchers, watches and Arissto coffee machine.

Firsthand information and direct property developers’ prices are just some of the main reasons for visiting SMART. Serious investors will be delighted with the hundreds of attractively priced luxury properties from some of the best current investment destinations such as Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, USA, Philippines, Indonesia, London, Dubai, and many more.

“Whilst some global markets are far-reaching and at the same time others are enthusiastically overvalued. But in all cases there are always a winning strategy if you are ahead of the curve,” according to SMART’s organizer, Hoi Cheung, managing director of SMART Expo Ltd. With professional advice investors can snap up falling prices that now look good value again; take advantage of guarantee yields from buy-to-lets; and be the first to buy low into hotspots with high return on investment. At SMART investors will be able to find winning strategies that meet their own risk assessments. To help investors, SMART offers the world’s top cities to invest in property with two panel discussions, 22 seminar presentations and range of property and investment product exhibits.

Regionally, Manila and Tokyo are both top property investment markets in Asia for 2014, according to the “Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific” survey by the Urban Land Institute and PwC. Manila ranked fourth out of 23 Asian cities in terms of city investment prospects and Tokyo regained its status as the region’s most popular investment destination. SMART visitors will have the opportunity to be the first few to be offered Megaworld’s St. Moritz Private Estate at The McKinley West, Manila’s premier district. Other hot Philippinesdestinations include Makati City and Cebu with exhibits at SMART including the Rockwell Center and 32 Sanson respectively.

Not surprisingly, Tokyo’s popularity for investors is backed by sound reasoning. Tokyo’s property prices rose 13 percent in the last year, according to Knight Frank’s prime global cities index, and Tokyo winning the 2020 Olympics has already given a boost to property prices and they are likely to see even more percent rise. Popular developments such as Rising Place and Ryogoku Nibankan are being offered by Century 21, Singapore and Lives Group, Japan will exhibit its new project, Sumida Park Residence which is less than six minutes away from Tokyo’snew landmark, “Tokyo SkyTree.

Thailand’s economy has a long record of ignoring coups. For many its business as usual. In fact Thai price index for single detached houses was up by 5.71 percent during the year to end-Q1 2014, and price index for townhouses rose by 6.17 percent, according to the Bank of Thailand. Soaring property demand have added renewed impetus for luxury Thai property. The Bangkok Post, Thailand’s leading English language newspaper, is leading a group of top Thai developers to SMART including the Bhiraj Buri Group, which specialises in the development of high-quality, bespoke real estate initiatives in desirable locations throughout the Bangkok area. Other top Thai attractions include the Beach Condotel in Phuket, which are freehold condominiums on Kata Beach; Heights Holdings’ portfolio includes Arcadia Beach Resort Pattaya, The Wong Amat Tower, Laguna Beach Resort 3 – TheMaldives; Trillion Property’s Tidy Deluxe Condominium on Sukhumvit Soi 34; and Koh Jum Beach Villas a beachfront resort in Krabi.

Another popular investment destination for Singaporeans is Malaysia. Top Malaysian properties at SMART include R&F Princess Cove; Causeway Regency, an exclusive freehold development situated in the heart of JB City Center; and Arata, Kenny Hills, Kuala Lumpur’s most prestigious secluded haven.

From Australia, SODA is currently offering a limited number of apartments in a boutique development known as Pendulum Apartments. At this year’s SMART South East property will be showcasing a variety of commercial property from around Australia, from tenanted offices, tenanted retail stores to major shopping centres.

Incredible high yields of 15 percent from Transhudson Hotel rentals is a rare opportunity derived from the extreme lack of accommodation supply against monster demands fuel by the oil boom in North Dakota. Other high yield investments can be gained from numerous alternative investments at SMART. These investments cater for investors looking for superior risk-adjusted returns from sustainable investments such as oil palm and teakwood plantations offered by Cikidang Plantation Resort & Estate; aquaculture investments by RBI Holdings and Aqueous’s hydroponic agriculture investment which have hit many scientific headlines and is now attracting a lot of investors’ attention.

Helping investors to look at investment with a different lens will be over 25 renowned investment experts from stock trading wizards to chief economists to bestselling property and investment authors.

Don’t miss two powerhouse overviews and outlooks for Singapore by Ismail Gafoor, chief executive officer, P&N Holdings and PropNex Realty and Song Seng Wun, executive director, regional economist, CIMB Securities Pte Ltd. Also not to be missed are James Leong, CEO, Visions One Consulting Pte Ltd. one of ten influential professional speakers in Singapore according to The Singapore Business Review and Torgny Persson, CEO of Bullionstar Pte Ltd who will be offering timely advice to balance your investment portfolio during geopolitical tension.

Bestselling investment authors presenting include Collin Seow an award-winning remisier from Phillip Securities; the prolific author Jeslie Chui, chief strategic officer, Qilu International Holdings; Karen Foo, motivational speaker and financial trainer; Victor Chng a highly successful equity investor; and the renowned investor Sean Seah. Many of these speakers will be sharing their trading secrets as well as offering their market insights.

The SMART Expo opens from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daily, Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th, 2014. For full details please visit

Media Contact:

Marcus Wong
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SMART Expo Ltd.
Tel: (852) 2893 9956
Mobile: (852) 6891 1610
Singapore Mobile: +65 83879803 (Active from 26 Sept 2014)
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Source: SMART Investment & International Property Expo

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September 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm

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Perfect World again selected as one of Asia’s 500 Most Influential Brands

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-The thriving creative culture sector enhances the influence of Chinese proprietary brands

BEIJING /PRNewswire/ — On September 9th, the 9th Asia Brand Ceremony, themed “Thriving Culture, Huge Business Area, Big Data” and co-hosted by Asia Brand Association, Asia Television Limited, Global Times (a newspaper owned and operated by People’s Daily), China Economic Herald (a newspaper owned and operated by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)) took place in Hong Kong. Perfect World Co., Ltd., as a technology-driven export firm in the cultural sector, was selected as one of Asia’s 500 Most Influential Brands and the first game developer after many years to be awarded as one of the “Top 10 Influential Brands in Asia“. The prize is a genuine demonstration of Perfect World’s achievements.

Perfect World is selected as one of Asia's 500 Most Influential Brands for a second year in a row and awarded the prize as one of the Top 10 Influential Brands in Asia
Perfect World is selected as one of Asia’s 500 Most Influential Brands for a second year in a row and awarded the prize as one of the Top 10 Influential Brands in Asia

Companies shortlisted in the Asia Top 500 list and the winner of its various prizes have all undergone in-depth evaluations by expert committee members of ABAS (Asia Brand Assessment System) with a focus on four areas of performance. The list has become highly influential not only in the Asia Pacific region but also around the world and is regarded as “the Second-to-none List” when it comes to Asian brands. Perfect World’s acquisition of the two honors is undeniable proof of the growing influence of China-proprietary brands in world markets and an evidence that the theme “Thriving Culture, Huge Business Area, Big Data” is a true reflection of the trends being pursued by companies today.

As China’s biggest game developer in terms of exports, Perfect World has a defined and explicit plan for its strategic development: research, develop, operate and cooperate globally. As a not atypical representative of the creative culture industry, Perfect World has demonstrated consistent open-mindedness in driving the formation and development of a global, open-ended, sustainable and thriving culture-focused industry.

The theme’s second area of focus, the “Huge Business Area”, is a benchmark of Perfect World’s development model. Perfect World has expanded it footprint to all four corners of the globe and successfully exported its proprietary games to more than 100 countries and regions. The gamemaker has established a global operations platform worldwide with wholly-owned subsidiaries which run its various businesses in North America, Europe, andAsia. Their games have also been licensed to leading game operators in a number of countries and regions to better provide premium internet-based entertainment content to users globally.

As a technology-driven hi-tech organization, Perfect World’s performance has proven itself to be outstanding when it comes to using data. The gamemaker has been dedicated to leading the game sector in a convergence with a wide range of industries and using the convergence initiative as a key development priority as the firm stakes in place in the business of next-generation internet-based entertainment. Perfect World CEO Xiao Hong suggested at the meeting with the president of the College of Europe that, while running its game businesses, Perfect World has recognized that the behavior of game players in each country in which it operates is shaped by the culture of that country, and has accumulated massive data which can be source material for the investigation of cross-cultural issues. The College of Europe president agreed and has shown a strong interest in further pursuing the concept. Perfect World, insisting on independent research and development since its very beginning, has started collaborating with several well-known international schools in the healthcare and education sectors this year.

Thriving Culture, Huge Business Area, Big Data is needed for marketing in this interconnected era, and also is proving itself an endless source of information that can assist in the building and maintaining of a brand’s influence.

Source: Beijing Perfect World Network Technology Co., Ltd.

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September 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm

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The Fun of Traveling by Train — Japan’s “Ekiben Train Bento” Culture

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TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — East Japan Railway Company will attend Japan Travel Fair 2014 at Takashimaya Singapore from the 3rd to the 6th of October.

As new varieties are making their appearance all the time, Ekibens sold at the fair may be different from those described here. Ekiben is a packed lunch or bento available for sale to travelers on trains and at train stations across Japan. With a history going back more than 120 years, it is one of the representative foods of the country. Each region of Japan has its own varieties of Ekiben, providing an opportunity for travelers to taste truly local delicacies. It is one of the additional joys of traveling by train in the country.

The Ekiben contests recently held in Japan as well as the Ekiben shops throughout the country are gaining in popularity. Ekibenya Matsuri at Tokyo Station is one of the more popular Ekiben shops as it is well stocked with more than 170 well-known varieties of Ekiben from all over Japan that were previously only available in their respective local regions. Let’s take a look at the most popular varieties of Ekiben available at Tokyo Station:

Enjoy “Ekiben” along with the Japanese Train travel!
Enjoy “Ekiben” along with the Japanese Train travel!

1. Yonezawa Beef Charcoal BBQ Premium Marbled Beef Bento

Yonezawa Beef is the meat from one of the four most well-known Wagyu breeds of cattle in Japan, along withKobe, Matsuzaka and Omi Beef. This bento selects the finest marbled Yonezawa beef which is then slowly barbecued over charcoal. The bento is the specialty of Yamagata Prefecture. Tender and juicy, it is ideal for pairing with sweet rice. With its healthy-sized portion, this bento is more popular with men, and was ranked first in a survey taken at Tokyo station and which asked passers-by what is their favorite Ekiben that can be bought at the station.

2. Japanese selected bento

This bento, a favorite among overseas visitors, is not only pleasing to the eye but also serves up a panoply of flavors: sushi with fresh shrimp, sushi with sillago and kelp, chirashi sushi with a variety of luscious condiments, with simmer pumpkins and carrots as side items. The bento’s multilingual packaging is made of colorful Japanese traditional handcrafted “hair buib” and comes with instructions in Japanese, simplified and traditional Chinese as well as Korean and English.

3. E5 series Hayabusa bento

This bento is featured on JR East’s E5 Hayabusa bullet train, with the Kawaii train serving as the shape and logo of the box. The original bento box is one of the features that give Japanese Ekiben their appeal. Hello Kitty boxes and boxes featuring a snowman are favored by children and adults alike. Besides the cute styles, some boxes contain a heating mechanism: all you need to do is just pull down on the strings affixed to the box and wait for five to six minutes in order to be served food that is piping hot.

There are countless types of Japanese Ekiben, with new varieties coming out year round. The many exquisite and delicious Ekiben exemplify both Japanese diligence and hospitality. Partaking of an Ekiben will enhance your enjoyment during your journey.

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Source: East Japan Railway Company

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September 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm

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Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific to Offer Travel Agent Training at Leading Annual Cruise Event

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — In an ongoing effort to impart the value and revenue potential of the global cruise market to the callow Asian travel agent community, Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific will once again host a comprehensive travel agent training program, presented by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Presented by cruise industry veteran Peter Kollar from CLIA Australasia, this comprehensive education program will help agents better understand the cruise industry’s value and revenue potential, and ensure the development of the retail cruise business moving forward in Asia.

CLIA’s renowned education program was designed to teach agents best sales practices, help them monitor emerging trends, and discover new destinations, essentially in an effort to help them increase their business. “Travel agents in the Asia-Pacific region will be elated with the amount of tangible and practical knowledge they will receive during these training sessions,” said Brett Jardine, General Manager of CLIA Australasia. “This is really a wonderful opportunity to help agents explore the benefits of selling cruises.”

Following is the current line-up of training sessions:

November 20:
Building Your Cruise Business

This 2-part session is a must for any small business owner or travel agent that wants to succeed in cruise retail. Whether an online retailer, store agency, or individual seller, you will learn the proven methods of small business success and apply it to the cruise market. By the end of the sessions you will be able to:

  • Increase your sales by recognizing the current trends and future direction of the cruise industry.
  • Grow your business by learning to statistically analyse cruise data to evaluate and plan your cruise business future.
  • Improve your marketing by working with the cruise lines and understanding the importance of developing a loyal cruise community through social media.

November 21
Selling Cruise Destinations

One of the most underestimated tools used in selling cruise holidays is the ability to use the cruise itinerary and destination. This training session will excite you and engage you, delivered by one of the most well-travelled cruise experts in the industry. By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Learn the main strategy for converting your customers to clients.
  • Understand that each cruise region around the world has a different appeal.
  • Learn how to change your selling dialogue for each situation and destination.

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific will take place November 20-21, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. For information about exhibiting or attending Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific is organized by UBM plc and is exclusively supported by Cruise Lines International Association and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association. Official Event Partner: Hong Kong Tourism Board.

WHERE: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong. For more information, visit

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Media Contact: Jennifer Rosen, +1-212-600-3332,

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September 23, 2014 at 5:20 pm

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Australian Big Wave Surfer Mark Mathews Defies Death Shooting Virtual Reality

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SYDNEY, Sept. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In their 12 year quest to bring people as close as possible to the heart-stopping, adrenaline-pumped reality of Big Wave surfing, Mark Mathews and Producer Michael Lawrence have taken surf filming into another dimension.

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In a World First, Mark Mathews, with longtime friend, collaborator, producer and owner of Garage Entertainment Michael Lawrence, have finally captured Virtual Reality surfing footage using Triggar 360 Technology, for usage in Virtual Reality headsets taking the viewer inside the real time action of surfing the barrel of a 15 foot wave.

Mark Mathews says, “I’ve been trying to show people what it is like in a huge barrel my entire career and Garage Entertainment and Triggar 360 Technology have allowed me to achieve that.”

Michael Lawrence says, “This is the closest you are going to get to having a Big Wave surfing experience without paddling out yourself and taking your life in your hands.”

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Notes to Editors: 

Mark Mathews 

In the last 10 years Mark has come from penniless wannabe surfer, to an international brand name, Big Wave surfing legend and renowned keynote speaker. Winner of an unprecedented 3 consecutive Oakley Big Wave Awards, Mark’s incredible life is portrayed in the two-time AACTA (Australian Academy Awards) winning documentary “Fighting Fear” and the TV series “The Crew.” His story of courage, commitment and resilience continues to inspire audiences around the world.

Michael Lawrence

Michael Lawrence is a producer, executive producer and Company Director of Australia’s premier Action, Adventure and Extreme Films & TV distribution company Garage Entertainment. His impressive production credits include Executive Producer and Producer of the most successful Australian documentary ever made “Bra Boys,” narrated by Russell Crowe, Executive Producer and Producer of two-time AACTA Award winner “Fighting Fear” in 2013 and the hit TV show “The CREW,” now in its third season on Fox Sports and Nine Network. In five years, Garage Entertainment has rapidly established itself as a key player in the Asia Pacific Film & TV industry and a leader in the digital distribution revolution notably through SONY devices, Samsung and their own online movie VOD platform

Photographer: Chris Gurney – Copyright Garage Entertainment

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September 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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OIA GLOBAL Obtains Majority Ownership of TriMAX Joint Venture in Vietnam

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— Logistics, materials management, and packaging optimization leader announces OIA Global Vietnam Co., Ltd.

PORTLAND, Ore. /PRNewswire/ — OIA Global, a leading worldwide logistics, materials management and packaging solutions provider, announced today that it has obtained majority equity in its TriMAX JV, and formed OIA Global Vietnam Co., Ltd.

“This is an exciting time for OIA Global. We have operated in Vietnam for the past 10 years through our JV TriMAX. OIA’s clients will now experience a single brand, visibility through our operating system, and an expanded service offering. OIA Global gains the benefit of a majority owned company to enhance product development in our materials management, and packaging optimization,” said Charlie Hornecker, CEO of OIA Global.

“Converting this significant operation to an OIA Global entity in Vietnam realizes our long-term vision to grow in geography, customer base and strengthen our ability to serve our customers’ needs in one of the fastest growing and most important manufacturing markets in the world,” said T.H. Lee, General Director of OIA Global Vietnam.

OIA Global originally formed TriMAX Logistics JV Co., Ltd. with operations in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The corporation now owns a majority stake in the operation.

About OIA Global

Since its founding in 1988, OIA has grown to become a leading third party logistics provider delivering clients a unique combination of global logistics, materials sourcing, and creative packaging solutions. With a dedicated staff of over 850 professionals and an extensive worldwide presence in over 75 countries, OIA designs innovative solutions that can optimize supply chains around the world.  OIA is a part of LDI Ltd., an Indianapolis-based family office with more than a century of experience funding and operating high-potential, middle-market companies.  For more information please visit and

OIA Global Contacts
Christina Marini, Marketing Coordinator

T.H. Lee, General Director Vietnam
+84 3822 9139

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Source: OIA Global

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September 23, 2014 at 4:45 pm

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CNH Industrial brand receives Euro VI order from Zyle Daewoo Bus Corporation

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— FPT Industrial, the CNH Industrial brand dedicated to the design, production and commercialisation of powertrains, has signed a supply agreement with Zyle Daewoo Bus Corporation. The supply is for Euro VI Cursor 11 engines for coach applications.

BASILDON, United Kingdom /PRNewswire/ — CNH Industrial’s powertrain brand, FPT Industrial, has signed a supply agreement with Zyle Daewoo Bus Corporation, a leading South Korean bus manufacturer. The agreement sees the supply of Euro VI Cursor 11 engines for coach applications. Established in 1955, the Zyle Daewoo Bus range is primarily used for public transportation. The company’s products are sold in South Korea as well as throughout Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Representing the most advanced Euro VI solution on the market, FPT Industrial will specially customise its Cursor 11 engine for Zyle Daewoo Bus. The 11.1-litre, six-cylinder in-line engine, is built to run at peak performance without compromising its emission levels. Clean air in the cylinder and the latest generation Common Rail system allow for high combustion efficiency, ensuring excellent fuel consumption.

The engines will comply with the most stringent of emission standards thanks to the brand’s patented High-Efficiency Selective Catalytic Reduction (HI-eSCR) after treatment system. This unique and patented solution functions without the use of EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) and guarantees a reduction in emissions such as nitrogen oxide (NOx) and lower Total Cost of Ownership. The combination of the Cursor 11 and the HI-eSCR system results in longer intervals between maintenance, ensuring that these coaches incur low operating costs.

CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI) is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Group is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website:

For more information contact:


Laura Overall

Alessia Domanico

Corporate Communications Manager

Corporate Communications Officer

CNH Industrial

CNH Industrial

Tel. +44 (0)1268 292 468

Tel: +44 (0)1268 292 992



Source: CNH Industrial

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September 23, 2014 at 4:43 pm

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