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Electric Run(TM) is Coming to Malaysia!

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-The world’s premiere night run which combines lights and sound is set to make its debut for the first time in Malaysia on August 30 at the Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — One of the world’s most popular fun run is set to illuminate its first course ever in Malaysia in what will be a never before seen creative, neon coloured nocturnal run on August 30 at the Selangor Turf Club. Organized by The Livescape Group and supported by Malaysia Major Events (MME), the one-night-only 5km fun run is set to attract over 10,000 runners of all ages.

Electric Run, 30th August, Selangor Turf Club
Electric Run, 30th August, Selangor Turf Club

“Electric Run™ is an internationally well-known brand and we are thrilled to be able to organise this for the first time in Kuala Lumpur. It is one of the few runs where the crowd’s energetic participation, colourful neon attire and world class light show make up one of the main attractions of the sense-bounding event. All around the world, Electric Run™ is known to bring the running experience to a whole new level and we want to make this night fun run a memorable one for our fans, both young and old, as we promote fitness and health in the liveliest way possible. As the country looks to celebrate its 58th birthday, we wanted to host a unique event where tourists can also join in and be a part of our Merdeka celebrations” Muhammad Iqbal, Group Chief Executive Officer of The Livescape Group said.

The fun night run features brightly lighted lands throughout the course as the runners make their way through the 5km course, culminating at a live music stage at the finish line. As participants run, walk or dance through the route to the finish line, they will encounter different lands along the 5km course, each decorated brighter and with more gusto than the last. Runners will begin the race with the Stickman flagging them off to pumping music and colourful lights, stimulating their senses as they encounter various unique activations and decorations throughout the course.

Electric Run Malaysia will take place at Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur on 30 August 2015.  Registration to the run opens on June 10 via For more information or to obtain updates on Electric Run in Kuala Lumpur, logon to or follow us on Twitter at @electricrunmy and Instragram at @electricrunmy. Electric Run Malaysia is organised by The Livescape Group and supported by the Malaysia Major Events (MME).

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About The Livescape Group

The Livescape Group is a youth-centric music and creative events group of companies, specialising in conceptualising and executing formidable creative and activation platforms for some of the best known brands on the planet. We don’t do the ordinary and dare to try new ideas. This belief has driven us to be one of the key players in the Malaysian and Southeast Asian live events market.

At Livescape, we believe in a 360-degree approach to conceiving, marketing and executing events while injecting fun and sass into the work we do. We have an in-house marketing, creative design, event production, logistics management, and artist management and booking team to ensure that we put on a show people will not only remember but also talk about. Among those include Future Music Festival Asia, IT’S THE SHIP, A State of Trance, Rockaway Festival, and After Dark Social Club (ADSC).

The Livescape Group also consists of:

●     Livescape Singapore Pte. Ltd. – Livescape’s first foreign office based out of Singapore which operates as both a live events organiser and a creative events and activation agency

●     Livescape Events – A world-class creative and event production arm that supports the The Livescape Group’s platforms. Livescape Events also provides customised event solutions for television and corporate lifestyle clients such as CHANEL, Superdry, RedBull, Asia’s Got Talent, Supermodelme, and the Ironman Triathlon among others

●     After Dark Agency – Curators and brand owners of the underground club night, After Dark Social Club (ADSC), which aims to experiment and expose lesser known Electronic Dance Music genres to the masses. After Dark Agency is also an artiste management and touring company and is predominantly responsible for engaging the various international acts for The Livescape Group’s brands such as Future Music Festival Asia and IT’S THE SHIP. The agency also provides talents to promoters around the region.

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June 30, 2015 at 5:38 pm

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2015 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair – Visitor Registration is Now Available Online

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TAIPEI /PRNewswire/ — The only B2B trade portal in Taiwan – Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair is going to take place during November 20th to 23rd, 2015 at Hall 1 of Taipei World Trade Centre. To save visitors’ time at the fair registration desk on-site, the pre-registration has been made available on the official website. All trade buyers are invited to take advantages of this quick and easy online registration system. During the fair, visitors simply need to present the photo ID used for online registration, registration code and business card to retrieve the free admission. Please note that each registration code grants one free admission ONLY.

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2015 Taiwan Jewellery& Gem Fair
2015 Taiwan Jewellery& Gem Fair

The first edition of Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair launched in November 2013, organized by UBM Asia Ltd., TaiwanBranch and Taiwan Jewelry Industry Association. Each edition of the show has acquired enthusiastic feedback from exhibitors and visitors. Exhibition products vary from raw materials, manufacturing equipment and tools, packaging materials to high-end fine jewellery and stones. Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair is not only a leading trade platform for the jewellery industry in Taiwan, but also an excellent tradeshow for business opportunities between overseas and local jewellery companies.

Media Contact: Ms. Rita Hung
UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch
Tel: +886-2-2738-3898 | Fax: +886-2-2738-4886
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About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asiaand the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kongand subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 30 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 23 targeted trade publications, 20 round-the-clock online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai,Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 40 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise 40 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.

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June 30, 2015 at 4:51 pm

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Timorex Gold(R) is the 1st Organic Fungicide for the Control of Black Sigatoka in Banana

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Stockton-Agrimor Philippines, Inc. a member of the Stockton Group (STK), announced today that the Philippine’s Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards has approved the full registration of Timorex Gold® use in Black Sigatoka disease.

Growers in the Philippines will now have an effective organic fungicide for the control of Black Sigatoka in conventional and organic production of banana and plantain. Timorex Gold® is an excellent rotational tool for effective Resistance Management. By incorporating it regularly, Timorex Gold® helps to reduce the overall chemical load and harmful residue levels in the plant. Timorex Gold® is an eco-friendly biofungicide. It leaves no residue in the soil, water or air.

“This is an important breakthrough for the Philippines,” said Arturo A. Alejar Jr., Country Manager of Stockton-Agrimor Philippines, Inc. “In the Philippines, Timorex Gold® is the 1st organic fungicide for Black Sigatoka registered in pursuant of Republic Act 10068 otherwise known as the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010.

Timorex Gold® was also certified to be in compliance with the organic standards by the OCCP (Organic Certification Center of the Philippines). The certificate of registration is valid for three years until June 2018.

During field trials, Timorex Gold® has demonstrated multiple sites of action and powerful prophylactic and curative efficacy against Black Sigatoka with exceptional performance in the most intense disease pressure conditions. It offers a unique advantage under stress conditions caused by Mycosphaerella fijiensis in its different infectious stages.

Timorex Gold® is certified by leading organic associations worldwide, does not damage beneficial insects, and is a fully secure product for aerial spray application and other conventional methods. It addresses the banana growers’ requirements for a greener and sustainable agricultural environment.

The Stockton Group (STK) will be launching Timorex Gold® on Thursday, July 30 in Davao City, Philippines.

About the Stockton Group

The Stockton Group (Stockton) specializes in the development and marketing of plant extract-based bio-pesticides. Its core focus is on the incorporation of these bio-pesticides into conventional agriculture spraying programs that use conventional chemical products, thus creating a balanced, cleaner and healthier agricultural environment.

Stockton has an active R&D program for the development of future natural products for crop protection. Its unique research and development center in Israel invests substantial resources in developing ‘green’ products. Stockton has a variety of products adapted to regional needs, biological parameters and regulatory guidelines, and is active in more than 35 counties worldwide.

Stockton’s flagship product Timorex Gold® is used to control a broad spectrum of crop diseases. The product demonstrates an efficacy similar to that of chemical fungicides, and is suitable for use with both conventional and organic crops. Timorex Gold is registered and sold in over 29 countries.

Stockton is a global company established in 1994 as a privately owned company and has a staff of 40 employees in Israel and around 120 employees worldwide. The company has offices in 20 countries and operates in over 40 countries.

Contact: For more information, please visit our website: or contact Judy Jamuy at: +972-52-7599242 or

Source: The Stockton Group (STK)

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June 30, 2015 at 4:35 pm

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PR Newswire Named Official News Distribution Partner of Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2015

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Global provider of news release distribution and multimedia platforms, PR Newswire has been named the Official News Distribution Partner of the 8th annual Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2015.

Organized by the Energy Market Authority (EMA), a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry ofSingapore, SIEW is the leading platform in Asia for energy insights, partnerships and dialogue. The annual week-long event leverages Singapore’s position as a leading global energy hub, helping to chart the vision, structure and progress needed for the future.

Under the theme “Global Energy Transitions”, delegates at this year’s SIEW will discuss the main drivers and impacts of oil price volatility, rising energy demand, technological advances and sustainability on the global energy system.

“We are very glad to come onboard as the official news distribution partner of SIEW this year,” said Royce Shih, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing of PR Newswire in Asia Pacific. “Through our distribution and syndication network in Asia Pacific, SIEW can engage with their key audience in the energy industry.”

Besides supporting SIEW in their news distribution in Asia Pacific, PR Newswire will also distribute news releases to China, Japan and India. In Asia Pacific alone, PR Newswire‘s distribution network covers over 73,000 journalists and editors from more than 19,000 media outlets and reaches over 8,200 websites, databases and online services.

SIEW 2015 will be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands Singapore, from 26 to 30 October 2015. Registration will commence on 1 July 2015 at

About PR Newswire    

PR Newswire ( is the premier global provider of news release distribution and multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, public relations officers and investor relations professionals to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry in 1954, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, distribute, target and measure text and multimedia content across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, we enable the world’s enterprises to tell their stories to the world. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and is a UBM plc company.

About Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW)

In its 8th edition, Singapore International Energy Week is the premier platform in Asia for energy insights, partnerships and dialogue, which brings together the world’s leading conferences, exhibitions, and roundtables in one week, one location. SIEW enriches the global energy conversation by convening political, business, academic and energy industry thought leaders to define and advance the world’s leading energy challenges, solutions and actions across the energy spectrum of oil & gas, clean and renewable energy, and energy infrastructure financing. Please visit for further information.

For further information, please contact:

PR Newswire’s Asia Marketing Team
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June 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm

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Merck Launches “More Than a Mother” Campaign Aiming to Reduce Social Suffering of Infertile Women in Africa

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NAIROBI, Kenya, June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

  • “More than a Mother” will first be implemented in Kenya in partnership with University of Nairobi and Kenya Women Parliamentary Association and progressively rolled out in further African countries

Merck, a leading company for innovative, top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials, today announced the launch of the “More than a Mother” campaign as part of the Merck Capacity Advancement Program. The campaign will first be implemented in Kenya, in collaboration with the University of Nairobi and the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association, and progressively rolled out in further African countries.


In some cultures, childless women still suffer discrimination, stigma and ostracism. As such, a central difficulty associated with infertility is that it can transform from an acute, private distress into a harsh, public stigma with complex and devastating consequences. An inability to have a child or to become pregnant can result in being greatly isolated, disinherited or assaulted. This may result in divorce or physical and psychological violence.

“Providing access to infertility care is important, but it is even more important to intervene to decrease stigmatization and social suffering arising from this condition,” said Belén Garijo, Member of the Executive Board of Merck and CEO Healthcare at Merck, during her meeting with the University of Nairobi and the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association to kick off the campaign.

Merck’s Capacity Advancement Program (CAP) forms a key pillar of the Group’s Corporate Responsibility activities in the strategic area of activity health. The five-year program aims at expanding the professional capacity in developing countries in the areas such as research and development, advocacy building, medical education or community awareness. By the end of 2018, Merck plans to target more than 19,000 students in African, Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern countries, with special focus on non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and fertility management.

Prof. Koigi Kamau, University of Nairobi stressed: “Through the “More than a Mother” campaign, we will challenge the perception about infertile women, their roles and worth in society, both within and beyond the medical profession in order to achieve any systemic shift in the current culture of gender discrimination in the context of fertility care.”

The program will provide medical education and awareness for medical students and general practitioners and will also support governments to define policies to improve access to safe and effective fertility care, address the need for interventions to reduce stigmatization and social suffering of infertile women and raise awareness about male infertility and the necessity for a team approach to family building among couples.

Through this campaign Merck, a pioneer in reproductive health, will address together with local stakeholders, the key challenges that are associated with resource-constrained settings such as prevention of infertility, education and self-development, regulation of assisted reproductive technology (ART) and in-vitro fertilization (IVF), geographic barriers, reproductive rights and over-population and limited resources arguments. A particular emphasis will be put on prevention programs, as infertility is caused by infections in over 85% of women in the Sub-Saharan region, compared to 33% worldwide.

Hon. Joyce Lay, Member of the Kenyan Parliament, emphasized: “In order to improve access to safe and effective fertility care, a discussion with the relevant authorities will be needed to discuss the strengthening of infertility services, education, auditing, regulation, community awareness and the need to integrate them in programs which already exist in the local health infrastructure.”

About the Merck Capacity Advancement Program (CAP)

The Merck CAP is a 5-year program aiming to expand the professional capacity in developing countries in the areas of research and development, advocacy building, supply-chain integrity and efficiency, pharmacovigilance, medical education, and community awareness.

As part of the CAP, by end of 2015, more than 5,000 medical students in partnership with African universities such as University of Nairobi, Makerere University, Namibia University and University of Ghana, in addition to Asian universities such as Maharashtra university, India and University of Indonesia will benefit from European-accredited clinical chronic diseases management training, which is seeking to equip them with skills to better manage and prevent these diseases.

Merck is planning to target more than 19,000 students by the end of 2018 expanding to more African, Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern countries with special focus on non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and fertility management. The program will also kick off initiatives on building research capacity and improving supply chain in order to improve patient safety in Africa.

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Merck is a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials. The company comprises six businesses – Merck Serono, Consumer Health, Allergopharma, Biosimilars, Merck Millipore and Performance Materials – and generated sales of € 11.3 billion in 2014. Around 39,000 Merck employees work in 66 countries to improve the quality of life for patients, to foster the success of 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 holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are Canada and the United States, where the company operates under EMD Serono, EMD Millipore and EMD Performance Materials.

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June 30, 2015 at 4:09 pm

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Interush and Aston Martin Racing Fans Look Forward to the Second Race of the GT Asia Series in Okayama, Japan

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HONG KONG, June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The start of the race season is well underway, with the second race of the GT Asia Series coming up in Okayama, Japan this weekend, and international racing fans across the globe are getting ready for this exciting event.

Veteran drivers Frank Yu and Richard Lyons will both race the Interush-sponsored #88 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, with many Interush and Aston Martin race enthusiasts in attendance cheering them on. The talented drivers from the Craft-Bamboo Aston Martin Race team are very eager to get back into the #88 after the last GT Asia race in South Korea, where they won 3rd place in the first one-hour race, after claiming the pole position for the first round.

Interush will be sponsoring a hospitality tent at the event, where their Affiliates can meet up with one another throughout the race weekend. The race will be an especially fun one to watch, due to the challenging track of the Okayama International Circuit built within the surrounding mountainous terrain. The circuit also has an interesting history of being built in the early 90s by golf course magnate Hajime Tanaka as a membership-only track for the wealthy. Today the venue provides high-end facilities within a secluded location for all race fans to enjoy.

“It was excellent to see a podium win from our drivers at the first race and I anticipate another successful turnout this weekend,” said Martin J. Matthews, who will be attending the Okayama race in person. “We’re honored to have partnered with the Craft-Bamboo Aston Martin Race team again this season and are happy to help provide these exciting experiences to race fans and Affiliates.”

The GT Asia Series is part of the Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS), which includes two other events: the Audi R8 LMS Cup and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. The GT Asia series involves 11 races across five countries, with the series’ next race to be held at Japan’s Fuji International Speedway on July 18-19.

For more information on Interush-sponsored racing events, visit Fans can follow the Interush Racing Facebook page at for highlights from this and upcoming races in the series.

Interush® Racing is a website where all Interush Affiliates can discover the latest news about company-sponsored race information. Interush Racing is powered by Interush Media, LLC of Irvine, California, which markets within the rapidly expanding information technology sector in Asia. For more information, visit Interush and the Interush logo are registered trademarks of Interush Technology, Ltd., a member of the Interush group of companies, registered in the United States and other countries. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.

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June 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm

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BenQ launches the world’s first curved gaming monitor XR3501 with 35″, 2000R ultra high curvature, and 144 Hz for ultimate immersive gaming experience

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PETALING JAYA, Malaysia, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — BenQ, a world-leading human technology and solutions provider and professional gaming monitor pioneer, has launched XR350I, a revolutionary gaming monitor tailor-made for gaming enthusiasts interested in hardcore gaming genres like “Project CARS,”, “Witcher III”, “Battlefield 4”, “Grand Theft Auto V” which offering a phenomenal gaming experience, XR3501 is the world’s first 35″ curved gaming monitor with 2000R ultra high curvature and 144 Hz. With the highest curvature available in the market and the fastest refresh rate, BenQ brings an all new experience to gamers looking for the ultimate in-depth immersive gaming experience.

According to Mr Chaw FH, General Manager, BenQ Service & Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd, “BenQ innovation is well known to gamers and it is the global leader in this segment. We cater to the requirements of gamers through innovative monitors which has made us the preferred monitor of choice among gamers worldwide. With the latest XR3501, we are targeting hardcore gamers looking for the ultimate immersive gaming experience.”

Chaw added that the PC over console game market will be next big thing for BenQ gaming monitors. Product expansion of the gaming monitor XL series (competitive gaming) to XR series (Hardcore gaming) has BenQ confident that its gaming monitors will reach a new success milestone.

XR3501 sports a 2560×1080 VA panel with high contrast ratio and 21:9 aspect ratio, providing the gamer an ability to better differentiate objects during gameplay. With high performance hardware support, you can link multiple monitors to truly feel like you are part of the game. With its 35″ curved display and high resolution, XR350I brings the ultimate immersive gaming experience to hardcore gamers. XR3501 also has standard gaming features like BlackeQualizer, Color Vibrance and Game Mode.

XR3501 Highlights
35″ Curved Gaming Monitor
Being the first 35″ curved display, the XR3501 features a resolution of 2560 x 1080, making sure every precise detail is perceived flawlessly through the gamer’s peripheral vision.

2000R Ultra High Curvature
The XR3501 has the most extreme curvature currently available in the market, flawlessly crafted to completely consume your field of vision during the action and eliminating any distractions, it creates a true real-world gaming experience.

144Hz Refresh Rate
Making sure the monitor is able to keep up with your actions throughout any game genre; the XR3501 is packed with 144Hz refresh rate, allowing a consistently flawless view of all the details within the fast-moving action. This ensures fluid transitions which allows for the smoothest gameplay at all times.

VA Panel with High Contrast Ratio
VA panel can provide the highest contrast ratio when compared to TN or IPS panel, which produces an even more realistic color for gamers to enjoy during game play.

21:9 Ultra Wide and High Resolution
XR3501 delivers a stunning picture with a 21:9 aspect ratio and offers a crisp 2560×1080 resolution, enabling you to see what is coming on the track, from the decals on your opponents’ cars to the roadside grass and leaves on the trees you speed by.

20-Level Color Vibrance
Optimize Gaming Precision with 20-Level Color Vibrance Setting. The XR3501 gives you the flexibility you need to get the color performance you seek. There are 20 levels of Color Vibrance settings built into the monitor to meet gamers’ specific viewing requirements and preferences for those difficult times during gameplay.

Black eQualizer For Total Visibility
The XR3501comes with built in- Black eQualizer color engine technology to brighten dark scenes without over exposing the bright areas. With maximized visual clarity you will also experience more eye comfort and less eye fatigue through a long day of intense gaming.

Exclusive Game Modes
Special gaming presets used by professional players are included with the XR3501 so you can see what the pros see. Each mode is fine-tuned so you can leverage these exclusive presets used by pro-gamers to your own advantage.

XR3501 curved gaming monitor will be available from July 2015, retailing at MYR 3,999 in Malaysia.

  • About BenQ Corporation
    Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life”, BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today – lifestyle, business, healthcare and education – with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.
  • About BenQ Group
    The BenQ Group is a $22+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.


Source: BenQ

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June 30, 2015 at 3:44 pm

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US Medical Imaging Industry Leaps Firmly into the Big Data Realm

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— Next-generation data management and analytics tools anchor medical imaging’s transition to value-based business models, finds Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Medical imaging is a notoriously data intensive field with its volume, variety and speed of data generation multiplying every day. Conventional tools are incapable of efficiently managing such large and complex datasets; posing limits on scalability, sustainability and usability. As the U.S. medical imaging field evolves from being not only data-intensive but also data-driven, big data tools are expected to better handle medical imaging, patient records, and improve workflow efficiency, diagnostic accuracy, treatment decisions and health management.

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Analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Big Data Opportunities in the US Medical Imaging Market(, finds the market earned revenues of $39 million in 2014 and estimates this to reach$82 million by 2019 at a compound annual growth rate of 16 percent.

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The U.S. medical imaging industry is experimenting with big data analytics solutions to measure, demonstrate and improve its value proposition. The next frontier will enhance data interoperability and data liquidity in order to translate static data into a dynamic database that gains actionable analytics and delivers care more efficiently.

“While current big data analytics applications for medical imaging are limited to descriptive analytics, such as operational performance monitoring, there are clear signs of the advent of advanced comparative benchmarking and predictive capabilities,” said Frost & Sullivan Connected Health Industry Manager Natasha Gulati. “Imaging data management will also be a major area for investment as vendors design enterprise-wide solutions that allow a comprehensive view of all the data available to an organization.”

Currently, there is no clear-cut definition for the right set of big data analytic solutions in the marketplace. Healthcare providers generally begin their Big Data journey with a goal or a particular use case in mind. Expanding the analytic solution in scope and functionality will be needed as both vendor and customer move along the learning curve.

The market is currently fragmented with disparate large-scale projects. Nevertheless, the standardization of best practices will gather momentum in the next few years, strengthening the functional framework.

“The future lies in the convergence of big data management and big data analytics,” said Frost & Sullivan Advanced Medical Technology Health Principal Analyst Nadim Daher. “As the techniques for big data management, analytics in healthcare and medical imaging mature, their integration will spur a wave of partnerships and collaborations among different types of imaging IT vendors. This will pave the way for holistic solutions in the U.S. market.”

Big Data Opportunities in the US Medical Imaging Market is part of the Connected Health( Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Opportunities in Healthcare Cloud in US and Europe, Next Generation Healthcare: Global Advanced Medical Technologies and Pulse of Telehealth. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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June 30, 2015 at 12:35 pm

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SunEdison and TerraForm Power Announce Closing of 521-MW Atlantic Power Acquisition and Concurrent Formation of Operating Asset Warehouse Facility

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— 521-MW operating asset acquisition, with expected annual average CAFD of $44 million over the next 10 years, increases TerraForm Power’s drop down inventory to more than 4 GW
— $525 million operating asset warehouse facility, named TerraForm Private Warehouse, funds acquisition and will be operated by SunEdison
— Macquarie Capital and John Hancock lead equity investment in TerraForm Private Warehouse
— TerraForm Power has exclusive call right to drop down operating assets from warehouse facility

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. and BETHESDA, Md. /PRNewswire/ — SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the world’s largest renewable energy development company, and TerraForm Power, Inc. (Nasdaq: TERP), an owner and operator of clean energy power plants, today announced the closing of the acquisition of Atlantic Power’s 521-megawatt (MW) portfolio of operating wind power plants.

Concurrent with the closing, SunEdison has formed its second warehouse facility, named TerraForm Private Warehouse, to hold the acquired operating assets from Atlantic Power for a maximum period of 7 years. TerraForm Power has an exclusive call right over the warehoused operating assets, and expects to add them to the company’s portfolio over time beginning with drop downs in the second half of 2016.

TerraForm Private Warehouse is $525 million in aggregate size, with equity provided by leading infrastructure investors Macquarie Capital, John Hancock, and SunEdison. Morgan Stanley, Citi, and Goldman Sachs led the structuring of TerraForm Private Warehouse and provided debt in the form of a 7-year term loan.

The acquired wind power plants are located in Idaho and Oklahoma, and are contracted under long term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with investment grade utilities with a weighted-average credit rating of A3. The PPAs have a weighted-average remaining life of approximately 18 years. The portfolio is expected to generate average annual adjusted EBITDA of approximately $56 million and average annual cash available for distribution (“CAFD”) of $44 million over the next 10 years.

“We’re pleased to complete the closing of Atlantic Power’s operating assets utilizing TerraForm Private Warehouse, our new operating asset warehouse facility,” stated Brian Wuebbels, SunEdison chief financial officer. “This warehouse is integral to securing the future growth of the SunEdison-TerraForm platform, and provides repeatable and scalable funding. Based on the success of our first and second warehouses, we anticipate adding additional warehouse vehicles to address future acquisition opportunities.”

“SunEdison’s creation of the TerraForm Private Warehouse gives TerraForm Power additional flexibility to drive growth while enhancing visibility of our growth trajectory,” said Carlos Domenech, TerraForm Power chief executive officer. “TerraForm Private Warehouse creates a storage tank of growth supported by long-term, contracted operating assets which are expected to generate $44 million of annual cash flow. TerraForm Power’s ability to exclusively call these operating assets for drop down will support our intention to provide predictable CAFD and dividend growth for our shareholders for years to come.”

SunEdison Services will perform operation and maintenance for three of the five wind power plants in this transaction. SunEdison Services provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services.

About SunEdison

SunEdison is the world’s largest renewable energy development company and is transforming the way energy is generated, distributed, and owned around the globe. The company develops, finances, installs, owns and operates renewable power plants, delivering predictably priced electricity to its residential, commercial, government and utility customers. SunEdison is one of the world’s largest renewable energy asset managers and provides customers with asset management, operations and maintenance, monitoring and reporting services. Corporate headquarters are in the United States with additional offices and technology manufacturing around the world. SunEdison’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SUNE.” To learn more visit

About TerraForm Power

TerraForm Power is a renewable energy leader that is changing how energy is generated, distributed and owned. TerraForm Power creates value for its investors by owning and operating clean energy power plants. For more information about TerraForm Power, please visit:

Safe Harbor Disclosure

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including with respect to expected Adjusted EBITDA, cash available for distribution, earnings, future growth and financial performance, and typically can be identified by the use of words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “forecast,” “intend,” “project,” “target,” “plan,” “believe” and similar terms and expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions. Although SunEdison and TerraForm Power believe that their expectations and assumptions are reasonable, they can give no assurance that these expectations and assumptions will prove to have been correct, and actual results may vary materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements include, among others: the failure by TerraForm Power to acquire assets from TerraForm Private Warehouse at reasonable prices, or at all, the failure of counterparties to fulfill their obligations under offtake agreements; price fluctuations, termination provisions and buyout provisions in offtake agreements; delays or unexpected costs during the completion of projects under construction; the company’s ability to successfully identify, evaluate and consummate acquisitions from SunEdison or third parties or changes in expected timing of any acquisitions; government regulation; operating and financial restrictions under agreements governing indebtedness; the company’s ability to borrow additional funds and access capital markets; the company’s ability to compete against traditional and renewable energy companies; the company’s ability to integrate acquired power plants, including the First Wind assets; and hazards customary to the power production industry and power generation operations, such as unusual weather conditions and outages. Furthermore, any dividends are subject to available capital, market conditions and compliance with associated laws and regulations.

SunEdison and TerraForm Power undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distribution are estimates as of today’s date and are based on assumptions believed to be reasonable as of this date. SunEdison and TerraForm Power expressly disclaims any current intention to update such estimates. The foregoing review of factors that could cause SunEdison or TerraForm Power’s actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in the forward-looking statements included in this news release should be considered in connection with information regarding risks and uncertainties that may affect future results included in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) at In addition, TerraForm Power makes available free of charge at copies of materials it files with, or furnishes to, the SEC.

Cash Available for Distribution (CAFD)

CAFD is a supplemental non-GAAP measure of TerraForm Power’s ability to earn and distribute cash to investors. This measurement is not recognized in accordance with GAAP and should not be viewed as an alternative to GAAP measures of performance, including net income, net cash provided by (used in) operating activities or any other liquidity measure determined in accordance with GAAP, nor is it indicative of funds available to fund our cash needs.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure which eliminates the impact on net income of certain unusual or non-recurring items and other factors that we do not consider indicative of future operating performance. This measurement is not recognized in accordance with GAAP and should not be viewed as an alternative to GAAP measures of performance, including net income. The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

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June 30, 2015 at 12:23 pm

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Asia Plantation Capital Announce a Joint Venture to Sustainably Cultivate the Endangered Aquilaria Sinensis Trees in Malaysia

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Asia Plantation Capital Sdn Bhd announced a joint venture to cultivate the endangered Aquilaria Sinensis tree with an existing Malaysia plantation owner.  Asia Plantation Capital will take over management, inoculation and harvesting of the Malacca plantation’s Aquilaria Sinensis trees.  This joint venture is part of a S$50 million Asia Plantation Capital strategy to invest and expand operations in Malaysiaover the next few years.

Aquilaria Sinensis trees at the plantation in Malacca to be managed by Asia Plantation Capital
Aquilaria Sinesis trees at the plantation in Malacca to be managed by Asia Plantation Capital

Endangered but in high demand, the Aquilaria species of tree is used for many purposes, including Traditional Chinese Medicines, high end incense sticks and even as a base ingredient in some of the latest luxury artisan fragrance from high end perfume brands around the world.  Asia Plantation Capital brings its expertise in sustainable cultivation, knowledge of trading within stringent international regulations and best-in-class inoculation techniques that is recognized as being one of the best in the industry for the Aquilaria tree.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with Asia Plantation Capital to cultivate the Aquilaria Sinensis trees on our plantations.  Asia Plantation Capital’s research into the inoculation and management of the Aquilaria species by their Global Scientific Advisory Board is very impressive.  Their inoculation process delivers 100% success with every tree,” said the Malacca plantation’s spokesperson.  “Asia Plantation Capital’s success together with its recent attainment of Sharia compliance for one of their products awarded by IBFIM, convinced us that they were the partners of choice for us in Malaysia.”

Asia Plantation Capital has been actively expanding its operations in Malaysia as part of its strategic growth plan in Asia.  Recently opening a factory and distillery in Johor, the harvested trees from this joint venture will be processed at the new Johor facilities and marketed both locally and internationally.  Asia Plantation Capital will also look to partner with other local plantation owners and provide them with Asia Plantation Capital’s systems, techniques and sustainable approach.

Asia Plantation Capital plans to continue its expansion in Malaysia through joint ventures and acquisitions
Asia Plantation Capital plans to continue its expansion in Malaysia through joint ventures and acquisitions

“At Asia Plantation Capital, we have been and continue to propagate the Aquilaria species of trees through sustainable cultivation and reintroducing it back to its native lands,” said Mr Steve Watts, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Plantation Capital Asia Pacific. “We are very excited about this opportunity to expand our operations inMalaysia through this joint venture.  Through this partnership, we intend to develop a showcase plantation of Aquilaria Sinensis trees here in Malaysia.  This will include the building of a nursery to grow saplings for the plantation.”

Notes for Editors:

For further information, please contact:-

Adrian Heng
Group Marketing Director
Office: +65 6222 3386
Mobile: +65 9750 7440

Zureina Maidin
PR & Marketing Director, Malaysia
Mobile: +6013 774 1009

About Asia Plantation Capital

Quick facts:

  • US$ 600 million – combined value of assets owned and under management
  • US$ 53.5 million – turnover in the last financial year
  • US$ 100 million – turnover forecast for current financial year
  • 2,000,000 – Aquilaria trees today, on Agarwood plantations.

Asia Plantation Capital (APC) is the owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and is part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies. Its focus is on multicultural and diverse plantation projects geared to the domestic and commercial demands of the countries in which it operates. Working closely with, and supporting local communities, is an underlying core principle of the APC business, providing social and cultural support, as well as investment, to move these communities away from deforestation and illegal logging activities, previously seen as a main source of income in some regions of Asia. Established officially in 2008 (although operating privately since 2002) the group now has plantation and agricultural projects on four continents, with operational projects at various stages inThailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, North America and Europe.

Promoting the use of sustainable and certified wood is the best way of preventing deforestation, protecting biodiversity, and combatting poverty in the tropical rainforest regions. For the yachting sector (a major user of teak) which strives for excellence and which is already involved in environmental efforts, this is also a way of ensuring that no wood from illegal logging is used.

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Source: Asia Plantation Capital

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June 30, 2015 at 12:09 pm

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