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HORIBA, World Leader in Automotive Excellence, Acquires MIRA in Historic Sale

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NUNEATON, England, July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Midlands-based MIRA becomes a member of HORIBA

HORIBA – a world-leader in automotive test systems – is expanding its operation through the purchase of the global advanced vehicle engineering, research and product testing business operated by MIRA.

The investment, which was completed today (July 14 2015), will see HORIBA expand its current portfolio, with a move into vehicle engineering and testing consultancy.

Both HORIBA and MIRA – now known as HORIBA MIRA Ltd. – are set to benefit from the sale, which enables HORIBA to address the emerging areas of next generation mobility including electrified powertrain, intelligent vehicles and vehicle attributes technologies. By this integration, HORIBA can provide a comprehensive solution underpinned by a suite of test systems and advanced vehicle engineering capabilities. Collectively, the two companies have 140 years of experience in their respective fields, with both celebrating 70 years of operation in 2015/16.

The sale will allow MIRA to continue with its ambitious plans for growth by building on its unparalleled reputation in vehicle R&D, engineering and testing. The sale will also allow MIRA to invest in its current facilities and enhance its capabilities on a global scale.

Atsushi Horiba, Chairman, President and CEO of HORIBA, comments: “We are pleased that MIRA – a hugely successful business within the automotive sector – has become a member of HORIBA Group.

“MIRA has developed a niche offer within the automotive sector and has an exceptional pool of engineering capabilities, solving complex challenges with customers across the UK, China, Brazil and Korea. We are looking forward to building on this success and investing in MIRA’s long-term vision, working together to build on our collective research and development capabilities. Together, we aim to be shaping journeys for another 140 years.”

Dr George Gillespie OBE, CEO at HORIBA MIRA Ltd., said: “Our vision for MIRA and MIRA Technology Park is to grow significantly, and by working together with HORIBA, we have created an exciting plan that will allow us to accelerate that vision. The planned investments into MIRA will allow us to continue to realise our ambitions and has also helped identify a number of additional areas of opportunity and investment in both facilities and technical capabilities.

“In the immediate future, it’s business as usual. Our customers continue to access our engineering and testing services as well as our full Technology Park offering and our employees continue to be part of an internationally acclaimed test and engineering consultancy, unrivalled in its global expertise and facilities.”

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HORIBA MIRA Ltd is a world-leader in advanced engineering, research and product testing. Over 70 years it has grown into a truly international organisation with facilities located around the world. MIRA’s work spans the Automotive, Aerospace, Rail and Defence industries and includes the development of ground-breaking low carbon and autonomous vehicle technologies.

Company Name 



Watling Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 0TU, United Kingdom


1st January 1946

Business domain 

Engineering Consultancy, Test Consultancy, Transport Technology Park


Dr George Gillespie OBE

Web address


Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, the HORIBA Group is a global leading supplier of measurement technology and systems for various fields from automotive testing, process and environmental monitoring, in-vitro medical diagnostics, semiconductor manufacturing and metrology to scientific R&D and QC measurements.

Company name 



2, Miyanohigashi-cho, Kisshoin, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Japan

Web address


October 17, 1945


January 26, 1953

Net sales 

153,065 million Japanese yen (Consolidated, Fiscal 2014)

Paid in capital 

12,011 million Japanese yen (As of December 31, 2014)

Business domain 

Manufacture and sale of analytical measurement equipment

Fiscal closing date 

December 31, annually

Annual meeting of

Held in March

Number of employees 

5,965 (Consolidated, as of December 31, 2014)


Atsushi Horiba – Chairman, President & CEO

Stock listings 

Tokyo Stock Exchange, First Section Securities Code: 6856

About HORIBA Automotive Test Systems

Business segment of the HORIBA Group, Automotive Test Systems (ATS) has developed global leadership in the fields of engine test systems, driveline test systems, brake test systems, wind tunnel balances and emissions test systems. HORIBA ATS is able to offer its customers complete solutions with full turnkey capability for all industries using electric motors, internal combustion engines and turbines. These include the automotive, heavy-duty, off-road, consumer goods, marine, aerospace and locomotive sectors.


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July 19, 2015 at 5:48 pm

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KPMG To Acquire Towers Watson’s Human Resources Service Delivery Practice

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-Transaction Deepens Firm’s Global HR Transformation Capabilities

NEW YORK, July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — KPMG today announced it has entered into an agreement with Towers Watson, a leading talent and human capital professional services organization, to acquire the company’s Human Resources Service Delivery (HRSD) practice.

Towers Watson’s HRSD practice is a recognized leader in HR transformation with deep expertise in HR service delivery. As technology dynamics shifted around the globe, Towers Watson’s HRSD practice has understood the importance of cloud-based solutions and developed leading-edge technology skills to keep pace.

“We are excited to have this experienced group of industry-leading HR consultants join the KPMG team. With talent and culture change topping company board agendas, business leaders are looking for providers who understand the linkage between HR management and broader business goals,” said Stephen N. Chase, U.S. Management Consulting leader of KPMG’s Advisory practice.

Through this transaction, KPMG, together with other member firms of KPMG International, will be acquiring Towers Watson’s HRSD practice resources in the United States, United Kingdom, mainland China, Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore, and the Philippines.

“Globally we are making tremendous progress in HR transformation and this is being recognized by clients and analysts alike. This acquisition significantly increases our capacity and ability to serve our global clients in all geographies,” said Mark Spears, KPMG’s global head of People and Change and leader of the Global HR Centre of Excellence.

The acquisition marks KPMG’s sixth transaction in the HR transformation space in the past four years. In addition to Towers Watson’s HRSD practice, the firm has acquired EquaTerra, Optimum Solutions, The Hackett Group’s Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning practice, Zanett Consulting Solutions, and the Workday practice of Axia Consulting.

KPMG has been recognized by the analyst community as a leader in HR transformation. It was cited as the only “Kennedy Vanguard Leader” that was “advancing” in the breadth and depth of Human Resources transformation capabilities in the 2013 HR Transformation report from Kennedy Research, an ALM Media, LLC business.

Towers Watson’s HRSD practice has supported a substantial number of Workday implementations during the past seven years. The practice was also named a Workday Consultant of the Year in 2009 and 2010, and recently was named to the Winners Circle in the inaugural HfS Blueprint Report for Workday Services.

“Our practice helps clients create the optimal HR function by aligning their people, processes and technology. We’re a team that’s passionate about our clients’ success,” said Mike DiClaudio, global leader of Towers Watson’s HRSD practice. “Our capabilities and experience fit very well into KPMG’s strategy and organization. We are excited to continue helping HR leaders improve the quality and efficiency of the services they provide to their organization.”

As part of the acquisition, KPMG will continue to invest in Towers Watson’s HR Service Delivery and Technology Survey, a powerful platform that has helped guide HR leaders on issues and opportunities for the last 18 years. The survey is delivered to human resource and technology leaders worldwide via the Towers Watson HR Service Delivery and Technology Forum, in which the firm will also continue to invest.

“Towers Watson has built a strong capability in the HR service delivery and Workday deployment area,” said Max Caldwell, managing director of the company’s Data, Surveys & Technology line of business. “As our focus in this business shifts to growth of Towers Watson’s proprietary HR software solutions, we are pleased the HRSD practice will continue to thrive at KPMG.”

The transaction was signed on July 9 and is expected to close in the coming weeks. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About Towers Watson
Towers Watson (NASDAQ: TW) is a leading global professional services company that helps organizations improve performance through effective people, risk and financial management. With 16,000 associates around the world, the company offers consulting, technology and solutions in the areas of benefits, talent management, rewards, and risk and capital management. Learn more at

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (, is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s member firms have 162,000 professionals, including more than 9,000 partners, in 155 countries.


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July 19, 2015 at 5:38 pm

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FxPro Maintains Transparency Initiative

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LONDON, July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Award-winning FX broker FxPro maintains its commitment to transparency and is pleased to announce its execution and slippage statistics for Q2 2015. The publication of the following trading metrics constitutes part of FxPro’s ongoing effort to be forthcoming about its operations and standards of service, in a bid to encourage fair trading practices throughout the FX industry.

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FxPro’s slippage statistics for the months of April, May and June, 2015:

  • Positive = 44.9%
  • At Quote = 34.4%
  • Negative = 20.7%

FxPro operates as a Hybrid Agency Model broker, enabling clients to access top-tier liquidity and benefit from its No Dealing Desk intervention policy and Negative Balance Protection guarantee. A trusted broker known for providing clients with innovative solutions and ongoing support, FxPro also owes its reputation for being a most reliable firm to the superior order-matching and execution technologies it offers.

Together with its slippage statistics, FxPro is announcing its quarterly re-quote percentages:

  • Re-quotes = 5.3%
  • Positive = 2.4%
  • Negative = 2.9%

FxPro CEO, Charalambos Psimolophitis, comments:

Our decision to publish our slippage statistics and re-quote percentages has been very well received by FX industry participants. It is our aim to provide the industry with meaningful and transparent information that can be used to assess the credibility and the trustworthiness of FxPro. This notion of transparency is misused by many companies that, in an effort to impress industry participants, publish numbers that are divorced from reality. This is evident by comparing the Pillar III disclosures of many companies to the volumes and other key metrics that they regularly publicise.”

About FxPro

FxPro is an award-winning FX broker that has its interests aligned with its clients by helping them to become more profitable.  Via its exceptionally deep pool of liquidity aims to be the leading provider of online CFD trading solutions for both institutional and retail clients, which it currently serves in over 150 countries with advanced trading platforms and algorithmic tools.

FxPro UK Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (registration no. 509956).  FxPro Financial Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (licence no. 078/07).

Risk Warning

Trading CFDs involves a high risk of loss.

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July 19, 2015 at 3:15 pm

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Pumps Manufacturers Overcome Unstable Global Conditions by Adapting to Technology

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— IoT will shape the pumps landscape in the coming year, finds Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — By the end of 2015, the global pumps market will tide over several waves of uncertainty to register substantial growth. The decline in oil prices, in the beginning of 2015, in particular, forced consolidation and a shift to innovative operational procedures as end users focused on value-buying and energy efficiency. The state of global oil prices at the end of 2015 is still uncertain and is expected to have a significant impact on the end-user industries across the globe. This, along with developments in subsea and shale gas around the world, is opening up immense opportunities for pumps companies.


Recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, 2015 Outlook of the Global Pumps Industry (, finds that the market is expected to earn revenues of $40.09 billion in 2015. The study covers the oil and gas, water and wastewater, chemicals, power, food and beverages, and pharmaceutical end-user industries.

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“The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) is shaking things up in the global pumps industry,” said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation and Process Control Research Analyst Shilpa Mathur Ramachandran. “The deployment of IoT and Industry 4.0 will increase operational efficiency by nearly 45 percent, escalate return on investment for manufacturers and widen application scope.”

While turbulent global economic conditions are likely to cause price wars and dampen sales, the demand for cost-effective, easy-to-install centrifugal pumps will balance out any fall in overall uptake.

Moreover, opportunities are ripe in Asia and Africa. Asia-Pacific is the next hotspot for greenfield and brownfield investments in the pumps industry. The improving manufacturing competitiveness in Asian countries is spurring replacement opportunities for advanced pumps. Meanwhile, rising investments in the oil and gas, petrochemical, and food and beverage sectors are strengthening market prospects in emerging Latin American countries as well.

“As pump manufacturers look to tap this potential through sustained focus on innovation, the era of remote monitoring and proactive maintenance will unfold,” stated Ramachandran. “With changes in the end-user landscape causing a shift from transactional relationships to partnerships, suppliers will employ new business models such as analytics-as-a-service and pump-as-a-service to remain relevant in the global pumps market.”

2015 Outlook of the Global Pumps Industry is part of the Industrial Automation & Process Control ( Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Southeast Asian Pump Services Market, Global PD Pumps Factbook, North American PD Pumps Factbook, and Global Pump Trends—The Chemical Industry. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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July 19, 2015 at 2:18 pm

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Small Animal Imaging Crucial for Drug Development and Non-Invasive Identification of Diseases in Humans

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— Animal models are an efficient and cost-effective way to understand underlying mechanisms of several human conditions, says Frost & Sullivan

LONDON, July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The use of small animal models in basic and preclinical research is now an integral part of developing and testing new pharmaceutical drugs prior to commercialisation. Small animal imaging is an efficient and cost-effective research platform for the timely validation and commercialisation of novel drug agents. Moreover, it is a highly essential technology to understand underlying mechanisms of conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular, immunological and neurodegenerative diseases.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Breakthroughs in Small Animal Imaging, explores the importance of medical imaging as a tool in research applications focused towards drug discovery/development and the understanding of basic pathological physiology, wherein changes at the cellular or molecular level in animal models are closely monitored over time.

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Miniaturised versions of clinical diagnostic modalities such as micro single-photon-emission tomography, micro positron-emission tomography, micro-computed tomography, micro magnetic resonance tomography, optical imaging, and micro ultrasound have greatly improved researchers’ ability to longitudinally study various experimental models of human disease through animal models. These modalities essentially increase efficacy and decrease the number of animals used in clinical research studies.

“For researchers, the unique advantage of in vivo small animal imaging is its ability to noninvasively screen, analyse and monitor animal models before, during and after experimental intervention or drug administration, and thereby produce quantitative measurements of study outcomes,” noted Technical Insights Industry Analyst Darshana De. “Importantly, small animal imaging allows more data to be collected from a single clinical imaging study.”

Many modalities are available for small animal imaging for different clinical applications. Since animal imaging enables image outputs from different modalities to be combined in a single study or even in a single modality, it can be leveraged to obtain multiple physiological or functional parameters and endpoints, in addition to anatomical or other traditional endpoints.

While the expanding applications of functional imaging and the increasing number of research institutions and pharmaceutical companies involved in the drug development process are driving small animal imaging, the purchase and operational costs of the equipment can be a challenge. The cost situation is adversely affecting product uptake among academia, which comprises nearly 80 percent of end users in the small animal imaging market.

“Most end users are non-industry institutions that depend on federal and private research grant funding for small animal imaging equipment purchases,” explained De. “The low approval rate for funds and grants — which are usually given to established investigators with a high rate of achievement due to the duration of their work — thus represents a major obstacle to market growth.”

For now, the acquisition of smaller preclinical imaging manufacturers with viable operations and patent-protected products by larger original equipment manufacturers will be a key means to gain market share.

Breakthroughs in Small Animal Imaging, a part of the Technical Insights subscription, details R&D, technology and application trends in the small animal imaging market. The study also sheds light on animal imaging technology capabilities, adoption rates, emerging opportunities, and technology management strategies. Further, this research service includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants. Technical Insights is an international technology analysis business that produces a variety of technical news alerts, newsletters, and research services.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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July 19, 2015 at 1:41 pm

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Make Memories Last – The New THOMAS SABO Love Bridge Collection

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LAUF A. D. PEGNITZ, Germany, June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Love, friendship, life mottoes – with its ‘Make Memories Last’ slogan, the new THOMAS SABO LOVE BRIDGE range captures special moments for all eternity. A filigree bar made of 925 Sterling silver joins the two ends of the bracelet and is the creative stage for deep emotions and feelings and provides space for a personal free-of-charge engraving. The custom of attaching a personalised love lock to the most famous bridges in the world is the inspiration for the new LOVE BRIDGE range of bracelets.

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Every form of love finds its unique proof in the THOMAS SABO LOVE BRIDGE range – the customisable bracelets manifest the bond between two soul mates, be they lovers, friends or family members. Adorned with declarations of love, tokens of friendship or life mottoes, these delicate bracelets become very personal items of jewellery, whose significance can be determined by the wearer themselves by means of an engraving. The wide range of styles and colours is not only perfect for combining with existing THOMAS SABO looks, it also offers everybody the opportunity to capture their heart-felt emotions for all eternity – regardless of whether a rebel or a glam girl.

Star photographer Ellen von Unwerth presents the new collection perfectly in emotive campaign pictures, with top models Georgia May Jagger and Marlon Teixeira taking centre stage.

The new THOMAS SABO Love Bridge range is available in selected shops since June 24 and from the online shop at from July 1.


THOMAS SABO is one of the globally-leading jewellery, watches and beauty companies, designing, selling and distributing lifestyle products for women and men. The company, established in 1984 by Thomas Sabo in Lauf an der Pegnitz/southern Germany, operates almost 250 of its own shops across all five continents with a total of around 1,750 employees. At its headquarters, THOMAS SABO employs a staff of around 460. THOMAS SABO also collaborates globally with approximately 2,600 trade partners as well as leading airlines.

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July 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm

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Music, a Romantic Atmosphere and a Michelin-starred Chef Promise an Outstanding June at Fidenza Village, Italy

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MILAN, June 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Fidenza Village, just outside Milan is hosting a calendar of unmissable events with additional savings of up to 40% on the outlet price, musical performances, ‘Shopping Nights’ and show cooking from Michelin-starred chef Davide Oldani

The summer months promise to be an exciting time at Fidenza Village. During Expo Milano 2015, the Village will be a showcase for the very best of Made in Italy in various fields of Italian excellence, including fashion, food and music.


Visits to Fidenza Village will be even more special thanks to the performances by the famous La Verdi orchestra, a string quartet which will perform chamber music and famous arias from the operas of Rossini and Verdi.

The fantastic events continue with the renowned Michelin-starred chef Davide Oldani, the creator of POP (popular and accessible) cuisine, who will be at Fidenza Village with a show cooking demonstration of his recipe created for Expo 2015, the ‘Expo 2015 risotto‘. The chef will also be promoting his latest book, Pop Food and will be available to sign copies for guests.

Shopping Nights‘ at Fidenza Village will be every Thursday and Friday until 11pm so guests can fully enjoy the summer nights. To launch the first Shopping Night, special guests the Dolce Vita Orchestra will be providing the perfect soundtrack with tracks from Italian composers Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone and other great artists. So that guests can relax and enjoy the evening with transport all taken care of, there will be an ad hoc Shopping Express® service leaving Milan at 5pm and returning at 11pm.

Finally, the month will end with another great event on Saturday 27 June from 4pm to 7pm with the celebrated violist Lena Yokoyama, who will perform accompanied by a master luthier who will be demonstrating the various stages in making a violin.

In addition, the Village is launching a special promotion: in participating boutiques, guests can enjoy additional savings of up to 40% on the outlet price.

Fidenza Village marries the best international brands in fashion and luxuries for the home with fantastic exhibitions and events. A visit to the Village also offers a chance to discover the best of the beautiful Emilia-Romagna region where the Village is located, which offers gastronomy, art-filled cities, wonderful scenery and music. Exclusive Shopping Packages allow guests to combine shopping at Fidenza Village with excursions in the local region, including the wonderful area of the Castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza in the heart of the Food Valley, with its local food and wine, artistic and cultural locations and fun events in the castles for all the family. Events that take place in the castles combine children’s entertainment with unique panoramic views and tastings of local products.

Fidenza Village’s Shopping Packages are easily accessible through the Chic Travel portal and include travel on the Shopping Express®, VIP services with savings of up to 70% on the recommended retail price, excursions and food and wine experiences from all over Italy.

About Fidenza Village

Fidenza Village, one of the Collection of Villages by Value Retail, is located just 60 minutes from both Milan and Bologna, and offers Italy’s leading luxury outlet shopping experience. At Fidenza Village you can find the world finest luxury boutiques of fashion and homewares all in one place with a unique selection of Italian and international brands, offering savings of up to 70% on the recommended retail price, seven days a week and all year round. Missoni, Class Roberto Cavalli and Vivienne Westwood are just a few of the international brands present, as well as boutiques of Italian designers including Furla, Simonetta and Diesel. Services offered by the Village include the Shopping Express® coach service from Milan, a Tourist Information Centre, hands free shopping, left luggage, luxury transfer and personal shopper on reservation. With a selection of restaurants, delicatessen and café, the Village has become a destination for visitors seeking a superior shopping experience and an enjoyable day out. To find out more, please visit

Source: Fidenza Village

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July 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm

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La Roca Village Combines the Best of Fashion and Food This Summer

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BARCELONA, Spain, June 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

#FASHIONMEETSFOOD: A Dialogue between Fashion and Food

In an initiative led by the Michelin-star Torres Twins Chefs, International Art Director Tamu McPherson and the Cluster Gourmet de Catalunya

Fashion and food require a creative process based in inspiration. Throughout this summer, La Roca Village is combining these two worlds to create a sophisticated confluence of inspirations,capable of inspiring the senses. The best selection of fashion brands will combine with the highest quality gourmet Catalan food, providing the visitor with a unique shopping experience and a perfect day’s excursion this summer.


The new campaign was presented by the award-winning chefs the Torres Twins Javier and Sergio Torres – who have been a fundamental part of the discovery of a dialogue between fashion and food, through a creative exchange with photographer and ArtDirector Tamu McPherson.

The textures, colours and shapes of 10 recipes created by the Torres Twins have served to inspire Tamu, who has created a series of photographs of 10 fashion looks that will remain on La Roca Village’s digital platforms during the coming months. This collaboration was presented yesterday before our guests and ended with a challenge: the Torres Twins created live a Royal with milk, almonds and fig leaves, a dish made exclusively for La Roca Village and inspired by McPherson’s style during the event. Javier and Sergio Torres talked about how interesting it was getting involved in this project, joining together these two similar worlds which both find in inspiration their union bond.

La Roca Village will continue this fashion-food dialogue until 30th August, before transforming itself into a showcase of the best of made in Catalonia, focussing on food and putting the best in class of Catalan gourmet in the reach of a highly sophisticated international public constantly in search of the exquisite and the exclusive. During the coming months, visitors to the village will be able to experience the authentic taste of Catalonia through the Catalonia Gourmet Market, a unique space located in the plaza of the Lobby Cafe, catered by the Cluster Gourmet de Catalunya. The gourmet market will feature a selection of exclusive gastronomic souvenirs of the best gourmet Catalan products, which the thousands of visitors to La Roca Village we expect this summer, of which it is estimated 60% are international, can purchase and enjoy at home.

Amongst the more than 130 boutiques of both the best national and international brands, the best of Catalan gourmet will be presented: from the mythical nougats of Torrons Vicens, to the yogurts of El Pastoret de la Segarra, Juve i Camps cava, the cocas of Perafita, oils from Dama de Elaia and Serra Ferran, cheeses from Betara and sausages from Mas Gourmets and Embotits Salgot. The eight restaurants that comprise La Roca Village’s gastronomic offering also join the gastro experience, which the visitors will experience through drink kiosks that will serve organic juices, ice creams and cocktails, creating an authentic gastronomic route throughout the length of the village

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Hashtag: #WhereFashionMeetsFood

About the Torres Twins The calling to cook for Javier and Sergio Torres came when they were eight years old, from the hand of their grandmother, Catalina. Born in Barcelona in 1970, they began studying and practicing cooking early in the restaurants Reno in Barcelona and el Girasol in Alicante, two icons of high Spanish cuisine. The Torres Twins became capable of demanding the very best from their teachers and their curriculum placed them amongst the best chefs in the world. In 2008, the Torres Twins were able to realise a dream they had pursued since they were little. After demonstrating that their individual experiences complemented each other’s, they joined forces with the hotel chain Melia to open, on the 24th floor of the ME hotel in Barcelona (actually Melia Barcelona Sky), their own restaurant in the city of their birth. Its name, Doscielos (two skies), refers to what their grandmother called them as children. With work and love, and as a kitchen of intensely high taste and in constant evolution due to its magisterial command of new techniques, applied with special sensitivity to exceptional raw ingredients with an abundance of seasonal products and vegetables of all kinds, Doscielos has created great excitement, winning the award for Best Restaurant of the Year in the National Gastronomy Awards of la Academia Catalana, and above all, a Michelin Star, which the twins accepted with pride in December of 2010.

About Tamu McPherson.- Photographer, digital influencer, Creative Director and content creator of All the Pretty Birds, a web project that the Jamaican fashion expert put into place in 2008. She lives in Milan and actually works as the Creative Director of Out There, a creative agency with international reach. In 2006 she began to take photographs of street style for and has worked for Vogue, Elle Italia, in addition to collaborating in publications like Glamour US, Harpers Bazaar, Metro and Refiner29.

Aboutthe Cluster Gourmet de Catalunya.- El Cluster Gourmet de Catalunya brings together businesses, institutions, and other agents of the gourmet food sector of Catalonia and works to promote competition and growth in this area. Through its brand Catalonia Gourmet, it has positioned itself as a leader in its sector. Catalonia Gourmet is a selection of the best gourmet products from Catalonia: dairy products, oils, wines, cavas, meats, chocolates, biscuits and sweets. A selected range of products with strong values of tradition, craftsmanship, quality, innovation and exclusivity.

About La Roca Village.- La Roca Village is one of the new European villages in The Village Collection by Value Retail. The Village offers an exclusive experience of luxury outlet shopping, with 140 boutiques of the best and highest quality European and International brands, with an interesting selection of fashion and objects for the home. Its boutiques, scattered along a luxurious open-air boulevard, create a unique shopping experience. Missoni, Aristocrazy, Liu Jo, Pinko, Twin-Set, Castaner, Bow-Tie, Carolina Herrera Company Store, Vilebrequin, Purificación Garcia or G-Star RAW footwear, Burberry, Coach, Hackett, Loewe, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Swarovski, Zegna are only some of the most prestigious stores that have transformed the village into an essential shopping destination for lovers of fashion and style. In addition to discounts of up to 60% of original prices, La Roca Village hosts a number of restaurants and cafes, and offers a careful selection of services. With personal shoppers, hands free shopping, La Roca Village Lounge, Tourist Information Centres and the practical Shopping Express®, a luxury bus that operates from Barcelona to the Village daily, the Village has converted itself into an essential shopping destination for visitors searching for a unique shopping experience and a nice day out.

About The Village Collection by Value Retail   The Village Collection is a unique outlet shopping concept created by Value Retail, the only company specialising exclusively in the development and management of luxury outlet shopping destinations. The Villages host the biggest and best luxury fashion and lifestyle brands, offering discounts of up to 60%, and sometimes even more, of the original sale price throughout the entire year. Situated very close to some of the most interesting and exciting European cities – London, Dublin, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Bologna, Milan, Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, and in China, Suzhou – the villages are defined by their exceptional style and service, impeccable hospitality, a calendar of events of interest and excellent value for money. Value Retail China, a subsidiary of Value Retail, opened its first Village in May 2014, Suzhou Village, located in the historic Suzhou. The second village, Shanghai Village, will be located in the Shanghai International Tourism and Resort Zone (SITRZ), which includes the Shanghai Disneyland Resort – it will open in Spring 2016.  –   #fashionmeetsfood  –  @larocavillage

Source: La Roca Village

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July 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm

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Interush Launches iRush Help(TM) “Taipei 2015” After Disastrous Explosion

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HONG KONG, July 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — An accidental explosion of colored, cornstarch-based powder during a “Color Play Asia” celebration caused fire to rip through crowds at the Formosa Fun Coast Water Park outside of Taipei on June 27th. In response to the tragedy, Interush has launched the iRush Help™ “Taipei 2015″ program to address the devastating catastrophe and provide aid to the survivors. The program also aspires to raise awareness and motivate others to get involved.

The tragedy took the lives of three spectators, and left hundreds of people in critical condition and injured almost 500 others. The powder on the ground also caught fire, engulfing the crowd of around 1,000 teenagers and young adults in the audience and sending a massive fireball into the performance stage. Being referred to as the “worst incident of mass injury in New Taipei,” the tragedy has led to hundreds of survivors being treated for massive burns and respiratory issues in approximately 54 hospitals and intensive care units throughout the region.

“The overwhelming destruction that has resulted from the Taipei explosion is extremely upsetting, and we are striving to do what we can to help the affected individuals,” said Chris Simonian, Vice President of Marketing at Interush. “We encourage others to join us in lending a supportive hand, to enable us to work together in making a significant effect on the situation.”

Interush Affiliates and all other concerned parties are encouraged to start sending in their donations. To boost the effects of the financial assistance provided, Interush will match donations from Interush Affiliates until August 31, 2015.

Taipei 2015″ proceeds will go to Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps burn survivors with physical, psychological and social rehabilitation. The Taipei-based establishment has been providing professional recovery services for their clients for over 30 years.

To further increase awareness, Interush will also give away iRush Help t-shirts to the first 1,000 worldwide Affiliates who send in their donations by August 31, 2015.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit: iRushHelp™ is a program established by Interush International, LLC and its Affiliates to provide financial support to survivors of devastating tragedies. Interush International, LLC 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.

Source: Interush

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July 19, 2015 at 12:14 pm

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