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The 3 Dos of Crisis Communication for Small Businesses

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Unplanned events can have a devastating effect on small businesses and communicating a key message to your staff, clients and business partners in a timely and accurate manner is essential when a disaster strikes. Every organization needs a plan to enable it to handle a crisis quickly and effectively and if handled improperly, crisis communication can permanently damage customer relationships.

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PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit contributing author, Humbert Luna, believes that preparation is critical for effective crisis management, and in his latest post offers three ways that small businesses can develop an effective crisis communications strategy.

Scenarios: Identify potential scenarios that your business may encounter and communicate those scenarios to your team. Determine your team’s role during the crisis and provide timelines and guidelines to each employee.

Messages: When brainstorming on possible scenarios, craft the messages you’ll want communicated during this time. Ensure your messaging is consistent and use your media relationships, social networks and website when ready to disseminate your statement.

Sorry, not sorry. Not every situation will require a public apology, but it is important to be attentive, responsive and show consideration. Awareness of the public’s and media’s perception of your business can help when writing your messages.

To read more on developing your company’s crisis communications plan, read Luna’s article, “Finesse Your Way Out of a Crisis” here:

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

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August 31, 2015 at 7:16 pm

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The Conclusions & Recommendations of SPIL’s Review Committee and Board of Directors Regarding the Tender Offer Conditions Offered by ASE

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TAICHUNG /PRNewswire/ — Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. (“SPIL” or the “Company”) (Taiwan Stock Exchange: 2325.TT, NASDAQ:SPIL) held both a Review Committee meeting and a Board of Directors meeting today in accordance with the Regulations Governing Public Tender Offers for Securities of Public Companies to discuss and review the tender offer by Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. (“ASE”) (TaiwanStock Exchange: 2311.TT, NASDAQ:ASX) to purchase the Company’s common shares and/or American depositary receipts (“ADRs”).

The conclusions of the Review Committee and the Board of Directors are consistent. They both recommend shareholders not to tender their shares and/or ADRs. The reasons are as followings:

1. ASE proposed to offer NTD 45 cash per common share (US dollar equivalent of NTD 225 cash per ADR (each representing 5 of the Company’s common shares), collectively the “Proposed Cash Considerations”) to acquire the common shares and ADRs of the Company, with a maximum number of 779,000,000 shares (including common shares represented by ADRs) and a minimum number of 155,818,056 shares (not including common shares represented by ADRs). If using the average closing price of NTD 44.87 within the last 90 trading days prior toAugust 21, 2015 as the calculation basis, the tender offer price premium is only 0.29%. Considering the Company’s operations, market price of shares, earning per share, book value per share, future development, distributed earnings in recent years and an independent expert’s opinion to the reasonableness of the tender offer price, the reasonableness of the tender offer price is questionable.

2. The Company has retained J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Taipei Branch (“J.P. Morgan Taipei“) as its exclusive financial advisor in connection with the Tender Offer and to render an opinion by J.P. Morgan Taipei or its affiliate to the Company as to whether the Proposed Cash Considerations are adequate, from a financial point of view, to the holders of the Company’s common shares and the Company’s ADSs, respectively. The Company has received a copy of such opinion from JPMorgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited, an affiliate of J.P. Morgan Taipei, to the effect that, as of the date of the opinion and subject to the limitations and other matters stated therein, such Proposed Cash Considerations are inadequate, from a financial point of view, to the holders of the Company’s common shares and the Company’s ADSs.

3. Pursuant to an opinion provided by the certified public accountant Fu-Jie Hsu from Ding Shuo Certified Accountants, the reasonable transaction price range is from NTD 48.91 to NTD 60.58 per common share, equivalent to a reasonable transaction price range of NTD 244.55 to NT 302.90 per ADR. ASE’s tender offer price is NTD 45 (US dollar equivalent of NTD 225 cash per ADR (each representing 5 of the Company’s common shares)), which is below the reasonable transaction price range suggested by the certified public accountant. As such, the tender offer price offered by ASE is not reasonably adequate.

4. ASE has stated in relevant announcements and filing documents that the current public tender offer is purely a financial investment and that it has no plans to interfere with the business operations of the Company. However, ASE has also stated publicly that, facing intense global competition and the accelerating trend towards consolidation in the semiconductor industry, the purpose of the public tender offer for SPIL’s shares is to seek to build a foundation and opportunity for cooperation between ASE and SPIL. These two statements of ASE are contradictory. The Review Committee and the Board of Directors are not able to understand the real purpose of ASE’s public tender offer and is concerned that ASE’s actions will not be beneficial to the interests of the Company and its shareholders.

5. The Company constantly has cooperation opportunities with other companies and is open to strategic partnerships with others. However, when cooperating with others, the Company has always held discussions with its partners in advance in order to find a consensus and achieve the goal of mutual benefit. ASE did not communicate with the Company prior to its tender offer, which has resulted in the Company being caught unaware. Such raid on a fellow industry competitor by taking advantage of the recent volatility in the domestic securities markets is a rare seen approach among domestic corporations and differs from the Company’s enterprise culture. Moreover, the purpose behind ASE’s tender offer is contradictory and unclear, and the contents of its tender offer prospectus is also quite vague and general, which leaves issues such as the competitive relationship between the Company and ASE, client relationships, or impacts the Company’s business and employment arrangements withgreat uncertainty.

In sum of the above, with respect to the fairness and reasonableness of the conditions and pricing of this public tender offer, besides the fact that the tender offer price is low and may not be fair and reasonable to the shareholders of the Company, the Review Committee and the Board of Directors also continue to have certain concerns with the public tender offer after discussing the relevant issues. As such, the Company recommends all shareholders of the Company to refrain from entertaining the offer to participate in this public tender offer. The Company would like to call upon all shareholders to take the above reasons into due consideration and assess prudently whether to participate in this tender offer together with its relevant risks so as to maintain their rights and interests.


Janet Chen, IR Director

Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd.

No.45, Jieh Show Rd.


Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu

Byron Chiang, Spokesperson

Taiwan, 30056


Source: Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd.
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August 31, 2015 at 6:22 pm

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SPIL and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. Entered into a Letter of Intent Whereby the Parties will Form a Strategic Alliance Through the Exchange of Shares

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TAICHUNG /PRNewswire/ — Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (Taiwan Stock Exchange:2317.TT) (“Hon Hai“) and Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. (“SPIL” or the “Company”) (TaiwanStock Exchange: 2325.TT, NASDAQ:SPIL) signed a Letter of Intent today, whereby the parties will form a strategicalliance through the exchange of shares in accordance with Article 156.8 of the Company Act. The alliance will provide customers with the best integrated service program through future collaboration on technology and business.

Hon Hai has always committed itself to providing a high technology one-stop service provider to system brand customers through vertical integration. Hon Hai stands as a world leader in precision tooling, components, equipment process design, manufacturing, assembly, sales and other vertical integration technologies. The development of microchip related integration services is also one of Hon Hai conglomerate’s direction for development. SPIL is the world’s third largest IC assembly and testing house, with wire bonding, flip-chip, wafer level packaging, bumping, multichip package and high-level assembly and testing technology. ShunSin, the subsidiary of Hon Hai, also owns the world-leading System-in-Package (SiP) technology.

The trend of consumer electronics development has seen an increase in demand for smaller form factor, energy saving, and high performance for products such as smart phones, wearables which all require minimizing size, weight, and better thermal dissipation. In order to achieve the above, SiP and high level IC assembly technology must be adopted and through chip to system vertical integration, actual synergy will be achieved.

Upon the formation of the strategic alliance, the parties will work together on the following items:

  1. Substrate design integration to manufacture competitive products, such as Embedded Substrate, Panel Size Fan-Out WLCSP, etc.
  2. SPIL will provide IC wire bonding and wafer level packaging technology combined with Hon Hai’s SMT and module assembly technology in order to develop the next generation of system level assembly products to meet with future demands in smart phones, internet of things, wearables, etc.
  3. Jointly develop ASIC chip, assembly, modules, etc. from the design approach, in order to accelerate the time-to-market, increase product performance and lower costs.
  4. Closely collaborate on SiP related technology to fully explore its inherent commercial opportunities.

In order to maximize the synergy of the strategic alliance, the parties will also work together on the following:

  1. Hon Hai’s precision mold, machinery manufacturing, and automation technology will enhance SPIL’s industry competitiveness.
  2. Hon Hai’s unique thermal dissipation technology can improve SPIL’s thermal dissipation process in IC packaging.
  3. As future mobile devices will be equipped with more functional modules such as fingerprint recognition, MEMS application, and high resolution camera, the miniaturization of SiP will become the major trend of the next generation IC packaging. Hon Hai and SPIL will closely cooperate and seek for a win-win partnership.

After the exchange of Hon Hai and SPIL shares, Hon Hai will hold 840,600,000 SPIL shares, accounting for 21.24% shares of SPIL, post capital increase; and SPIL will hold 359,230,769 Hon Hai shares, accounting for 2.20% shares of Hon Hai, post capital increase.

Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd.  

No.45, Jieh Show Rd.


Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu

Byron Chiang, Spokesperson

Taiwan, 30056


Source: Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd.

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August 31, 2015 at 3:34 pm

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honor 7 Offers Smarts and Styling for Digital Natives in Europe

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-Handy Fully-Metallic Device from honor Unleashes Your Inner Creative on the Go

LONDON /PRNewswire/ — honor today introduced the European version of its flagship honor 7 smartphone. The fully-metallic device, which is aimed at digital natives, is purpose-built for single-handed use and includes a host of innovate smart functions and multimedia capabilities operated through its dedicated smart button and gesture-enabled fingerprint reader.


Speaking at the product’s launch event in London this afternoon, George Zhao, president of honor, said: “The honor 7 embodies our philosophy and mission to enable superior mobile internet experiences for the internet generation and era. The device’s precise dimensions and metallic finish offer an optimal form-factor and premium feel, while its smart and multimedia capabilities inspire action and creativity.”

Zhao also spoke to honor’s first-half results for 2015 at the event, citing a revenue figure of US$2.63 billion. He attributed the successes to honor’s steady technological investments, specific targeting of digital natives, and use of strategic partnerships to enhance mobile internet experiences. As a pioneer brand, honor will continue to invest in key markets such as India, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and France and the United States etc.

Among the success factors Zhao cited, he deems partnership as the most important. The partners honor strive to forge alliances with, he said, are not restricted to sales channels, but rather cover all the interests of digital natives, including entertainment and on-demand services.

Through these far-reaching partnerships, honor remains committed to strengthening its ecosystem and reaffirming its position as a global pioneer committed to providing users with seamless mobile-internet experiences that enable them to unleash their creativity.

“The honor 7 clearly showcases our commitment and capability,” Zhao said. “It’s now up to us to take the mobile internet experiences it enables to new heights with partners in Europe that share in our vision.”

In line with this pursuit, honor will also continue to seek feedback from its customers, which it will factor in the development of future products.

The launch of the European version of the honor 7 coincides with that of a new honor wearable device for the wrist. Complete with a 1.06-inch circular full-screen display and an industry-leading G-sensor powered by advanced algorithms, the device is the ultimate fitness tracking tool, providing users with the ability to easily and accurately monitor themselves when engaged in exercise or sporting activities. The name of the product will be chosen by way of a global competition, where the person who submits the winning name receives all honor products for the next five years. The yet-to-be-named wearable will compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

honor 7 features

Solid metallic build with ergonomic single-handed design

The honor 7’s fully metallic body is air-brushed with a ceramic coating, offering an unmistakably premium finish. The device’s ergonomic 5.2-inch encasing and carefully positioned buttons and sensors meanwhile enables for ergonomic single-handed operation like never before.

Smarter fingerprint technology that speaks to users’ needs

The honor 7’s frame-free metallic fingerprint reader allows for rapid 360-degree fingerprint authentication from various angles and even boasts a self-learning capability that enhances scanning accuracy through the subtle re-recording of registered fingerprints during use. The reader also supports intuitive gesture controls that enables users to do everything from answer calls to take photos.

Performance capabilities and tuning for the constantly connected

Powered by the ever-intelligent HiSilicon octa-core Kirin 935 processor with its A53 and punchy 3GB RAM and 16GB ROM offering, the honor 7 has the muscle to offer consistently smooth performance. Its L-shaped circuit board meanwhile eliminates the possibility of overheating.

And when it comes to connectivity, Huawei’s Signal+ technology and smart dual-antenna design automatically locates networks with stronger signals to be found at 80-times the average speed of similar devices.

Coupled with a long-lasting 3,100mAh battery, which offers exceptional standby and use times as well as reverse and quick-charging[1] capabilities, the honor 7 is the ideal companion for the always-on and -active.

Multimedia might to unleash your inner creative

The honor 7’s superior multimedia capabilities are facilitated in part by its 20 MP rear-facing camera, which is powered by a Sony IMX 230 sensor and honor’s PDAF fast-focusing technology that allows its f/2.0-aperture lens to capture strikingly vivid low-light-condition images in as little as 0.1 seconds. The 8MP front-facing camera meanwhile offers a wide-angle f/2.4 aperture lens and built-in LED flash. Complimented by the honor 7’s image enhancement capabilities and panorama feature, it’s the perfect selfie or groufie tool.

For the creatively inclined the honor 7 offers a host of personalized filters, while its Good Food mode makes taking professional-grade meal shots a breeze. The device is also equipped with a revolutionary light-painting capability through which users can construct vibrant artistic images.

Intuitive design and smart functionality

Built to redefine mobile internet experiences, the honor 7 offers exceptional smart capabilities aided in part by its smart key, an additional button placed on the left-side of the device that can be used for snappy Google searches on-the-go. The equally well placed fingerprint reader on the back of the device meanwhile also functions as a camera trigger, enabling users to take selfies without having to reorient the honor 7.

For added convenience, the honor offers intuitive voice features, such as the ability to be woken up with a designated command, like “Dear honor”. Follow the command with a “where are you” and the device will call out to you to indicate its location.

The honor 7 also makes taking screenshots easier with its knuckle-tap feature, through which users need only tap on the screen twice with their knuckles for an instant full-screen capture.

Availability and Accessories

The honor 7 will be available in two colors, Mystery Gray and Fantasy Silver, and sold in the United Kingdom,France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and Finland, with other markets to follow soon at a recommended retail price of honor of 349.99 euros.

About honor

honor is a leading mobile device e-brand of Huawei group. In line with its slogan, “honor, for the brave”, the brand was created to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products that offer superior user experiences, inspire action, foster creativity and empower the young to achieve their dreams. In doing this, honor has set itself apart by showcasing its own bravery to do things differently and to take the steps needed to usher in the latest technologies and innovations for its customers.

[1] Quick-charging charger sold separately.

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August 31, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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SIWI Urges Negotiators to Hydrate the Climate Agreement

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STOCKHOLM /PRNewswire/ —

World Water Week closed on Friday, with SIWI urging climate negotiators to ensure that water is thoroughly integrated in the global 2015 climate agreement.

World Water Week – themed Water for Development – had 3,300 participants from 125 countries, representing governments, academia, civil society, international organizations, the private sector, and many others. Both World Water Week and Stockholm Water Prize celebrated its 25th jubilee.

SIWI’s Executive Director Torgny Holmgren summarized the voices of the Week when he said: “water is what binds together all the aspects of climate change. Climate change is water change.”

The impact of climate change is felt through water, with flooding, erratic rain patterns, pro-longed droughts, and other extreme weather events.

Sweden’s Minister for Climate and Environment and Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Asa Romson, echoed SIWI’s message: “If waters are not managed properly and water resources management is not well integrated in climate efforts, climate impacts will have a significant effect on our societies – it is a challenge for all countries.”

Dr Benedito Braga, Secretary of State for Sanitation and Water Resources for the state of Sao Paulo in Brazil and President of the World Water Council, said that “Water security is probably the greatest human challenge of this century.”

In a passionate plea to negotiators in Paris, the President of Marshall Islands, Christopher J Loeak, said he was not sure if he dared hope for the strongest possible wording in the climate agreement, but said he expected the world to make a historic pledge that would not only save his country, but also the world.

“It is of utmost importance to integrate and address water in the global climate discourse and this World Water Week has been an important platform for such collaborative discussions towards Paris,” Minister Asa Romsonconcluded.

During the Week, three prizes were awarded. The Stockholm Industry Water Award was given to the Colorado-based company CH2M. The Stockholm Junior Water Prize was awarded to Perry Alagappan from USA, by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. The Stockholm Water Prize was given to Rajendra Singh by H.M. Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden.

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August 31, 2015 at 2:24 pm

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BARC India and TAM India Form a Meter Management Company to Supply Raw Data to BARC India

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MUMBAI, India /PRNewswire/ — BARC India, the television rating company formed by broadcasters, advertising agencies and advertisers and TAM India, the television audience measurement joint venture between Nielsen and Kantar, today announced the formation of a new Meter management company. This will run the meter operations and will supply raw data to BARC India. Meters will be deployed based on BARC’s sample design and the ratings will be computed and disseminated through BARC India’s software. This ratings data will be the sole trading currency for the country, giving advertisers, broadcasters and agencies accurate and quality measurement.

The meter company will have the meter assets and panel management operations of the present BARC India and TAM India panels, which will be jointly owned by BARC India, Nielsen and Kantar with management control resting with BARC India. To start with, the company will have 34,000 meters covering all of India, and will supply raw data to BARC, which will use its own statistical processes and sampling design. The details of the formation and roll out of this new company will be shared in the coming weeks.

TAM India will continue to provide its non-TV ratings services to the market, notably AdEx – Advertising Expenditure for TV, Print, Radio, RAM – Radio Audience Measurement, Eikona – PR Audit, TAM Sports Measurement and S-Group Consulting.

Commenting on the development, Punit Goenka, Chairman of BARC India, said, “This partnership is a big step forward and in this era of cooperation, we welcome this move forward as a joint industry body. The technology and methodological prowess of BARC, combined with the extra meters and the field force will definitely help the industry progress.”

“This new venture represents our organization’s commitment to providing precise and stable data around the world, and draws strengths from both BARC India and TAM India,” commented Steve Hasker, Global President, Nielsen. “We look forward to the great coverage and representation this new partnership will deliver.”

Eric Salama, CEO of Kantar, said: “We are happy to cooperate with BARC India to be able to provide clarity and a large single sample for the industry and to keep India as a key market for us.”

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August 31, 2015 at 2:21 pm

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The Lombard Odier Group Reports Results for the First Half of 2015

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GENEVA /PRNewswire/ —

  • Total client assets on 30 June 2015 amounted to CHF 209 billion, of which assets under managementwere CHF 155 billion
  • Net inflows were positive across all business lines
  • Consolidated net profit amounted to CHF 70 million, up 12% vs half year 2014
  • Fully-loaded Basel III CET1 ratio stood at 22.7%

Client assets evolution

The de-pegging of the Swiss franc in January 2015 and the subsequent changes in the relative values of the euro and US dollar led to a decrease in total client assets, which was partially offset by the positive contributions of market performance and net inflows from each of our three business lines during the first six months of the year.

As a result total client assets stood at CHF 209 billion at the end of June 2015. Client assets in the private clientsbusiness amounted to CHF 112 billion, while asset management clients invested CHF 47 billion with Lombard Odier Investment Managers and technology & banking services clients entrusted the Group with an additional CHF 50 billion.

Rise in net profit

Despite the impact of foreign exchange and negative interest rates on our businesses, the Group’s consolidated operating income grew 6% from the first half of 2014 to CHF 558 million, benefiting from robust client activity. The operating cost-income ratio for the Group was stable at 80% reflecting ongoing strategic investments and a very prudent use of the balance sheet.

“We achieved a strong financial performance in the first half of 2015 despite a difficult market environment, with net profit up 12% compared with the first half of 2014,” said Patrick Odier, Senior Managing Partner. “Our solid financial position allows us to maintain investments in our growth initiatives. We continue to focus on the expansion of our private clients business in Europe, Switzerland and the emerging economies, and continue to sharpen our asset management capabilities. Our technology & banking services business will further develop its platform for the benefit of our own and third party clients.”

A solid balance sheet

The balance sheet is highly liquid and was not impacted by the de-pegging of the Swiss franc. Total assets amounted to CHF 17 billion as of 30 June 2015. The Group has no external debt and is one of the best capitalised globally with a fully-loaded Basel III CET1 ratio of 22.7%.

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Tel.: +41(22)709-21-21

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Source: Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA

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August 31, 2015 at 12:49 pm

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Philips Showcases New Integrated Cardiology Solutions to Advance Minimally Invasive Procedures at ESC Congress 2015

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ANDOVER, Mass. and LONDON /PRNewswire/ —

Insights-driven approach seamlessly connects people, technologies and care protocols across the health continuum improving outcomes and the cost of healthcare delivery

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG AEX: PHIA) today announced its presence at ESC Congress 2015, where the company is showcasing its latest cardiology solutions, including Heart ModelA.I., EchoNavigator and IntelliSpace Cardiovascular, that connect people and technology with care protocols to assist diagnosis, guide treatment and enable home care.


Visitors to the Philips booth (#G200) will experience Philips’ holistic approach to cardiovascular care, featuring its best in class digital tools and capabilities for image guided therapy and ultrasound, intravascular imaging and sensing, treatment, patient monitoring, healthcare IT and advanced software applications driving advancements in predictive and precision medicine in cardiovascular care.

“Holistic cardiovascular care looks beyond the disease to understand what really matters for all involved along the patient journey,” said Bert van Meurs, General Manager, Image Guided Therapy for Philips. “Our patient-centric solutions enable novel and effective minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease. These solutions also support physicians when assessing disease states, help decide and guide the right treatment and confirm whether interventions were successful. In addition, our recent acquisition of Volcano will increase our capabilities to deliver this support to both physicians and patients.”

ESC Congress 2015 is the largest and most influential cardiology event in the world, and will showcase the industry’s most promising research and leading innovations. Throughout the event, Philips and their physician partners will participate in several Satellite Symposia and hands-on tutorials on topics including anatomical intelligence and peri-interventional imaging, discussing the latest advances in diagnostic and interventional echo.

Philips’ newest ultrasound technology cardiac tool, HeartModelA.I., which brings automated 3D views, robust reproducibility and advanced quantification to cardiac ultrasound imaging, will make its European debut at the Philips Booth (#G200). Philips will also offer demonstrations at the booth of its advanced imaging and ultrasound solutions designed for every step of the patient journey, including:

Delivering More Confident Decision-Making

  • HeartModel – part of a suite of new tools and technologies available on Philips’ EPIQ Ultrasound system designed to enhance automation and reproducibility, and helps to address some of the most critical strains on overburdened hospitals and healthcare systems challenged to provide higher quality care at lower costs
  • IntelliSpace Cardiovascular – this workspace gives access to the full range of images and includes a cardiac history timeline to provide a comprehensive overview of the patients’ care along the health continuum
  • Minicare 1-20 Acute* – A user-friendly handheld point-of-care blood testing platform that speeds up clinical diagnosis by providing results within minutes

Guiding the Optimal Treatment Path

  • EchoNavigator – Fuses live 3D TEE and X-ray in real time to provide image guidance in the 3D space, supporting physicians in complex structural heart procedures to decide, guide and confirm the optimal treatment path, enabling better patient outcomes and more cost effective care
  • AlluraClarity – simplifies procedures and improves workflow, while delivering excellent image quality at a lower dose
  • Volcano IVUS (intravascular ultrasound) – provides detailed and accurate measurements of the vessel and over a wide range of clinical studies has been shown to help ensure accurate stent expansion and apposition and a reduced need for x-ray imaging
  • Volcano iFR Scout™ – pullback technology that reveals the physiologic profile of the entire vessel and is optimized to assess serial lesions and diffuse coronary disease enabling physicians to make informed treatment decisions

For more information on Philips presence at ESC Congress 2015, please visit and follow #ESCCongress conversation @PhilipsLiveFrom to continue the conversation.

*Minicare is still under development and not yet available for sale

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2014 sales of EUR 21.4 billion and employs approximately 108,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at

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August 31, 2015 at 12:29 pm

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Asian Education Officials to Explore School Dropout at International Summit

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WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ — Education officials from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Tajikistanand Timor-Leste will join approximately 200 experts and government representatives at a two-day summit here to explore drivers of school dropout and strategies to keep children in classrooms, the U.S. Agency for International Development ( and Creative Associates International announced. (

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The “School Dropout Prevention Summit: Understanding the Causes, Sharing the Solutions” will be held at theWashington (D.C.) Hilton on Sept. 9 and 10. Registration is open to education professionals—as well as the media—at no cost. Space is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Sept. 9 and 10 Summit, which will examine factors that affect dropout in developing and developed countries, has the following scheduled sessions:

  • Overview of Strategies to Address Dropout
  • Early Warning Systems: A Foundation for Action
  • Crime and Dropout Prevention Strategies
  • Dropout Prevention in Conflict Settings, for Girls, and Youth Livelihoods
  • Did It Work? School Dropout Prevention Pilot Research Findings on Dropout Intervention Impacts

An interview-style session called “Tackling Dropout: Ministries of Education Reflect” will be held at the end of the two-day session.

Results from 4-country School Dropout Prevention Pilot Program

With support from USAID, Creative led a consortium of partners working on a five-year, four-country applied research project called the “School Dropout Prevention Pilot Program,” which explored the drivers of dropout and then engaged government ministries, educators, communities, parents and students in sustainable solutions. The target countries in the program are Cambodia, India, Tajikistan and Timor-Leste.

Findings from the pilot will be shared by the country teams and Ministries of Education during the conference, along with other program strategies and research. The pilot was carried out by CARE International, Kampuchean Action for Primary Education, QUEST Alliance and Creative.

In addition to representatives from the four countries in the pilot, delegates from Egypt, Nigeria, Tanzania,Bangladesh and elsewhere will attend.

“There is not a single, simple solution to preventing dropout,” says Charito Kruvant, Creative’s CEO. “Different approaches to address dropout have been tried, with varying degrees of success. This is an opportunity to review and discuss these efforts and what countries are planning in order to ensure that children successfully complete their education.”

About USAID & Creative Associates International

The U.S. Agency for International Development is the lead U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. (

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August 28, 2015 at 12:34 pm

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Markets Group: 500+ Wealth Management Leaders Gather for the Largest Regional Private Wealth Meeting

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Markets Group will host the 3rd Annual Private Wealth Latin America & The Caribbean Forum, the largest conference of the wealth management space. This event is a two day series of presentations, panels, roundtables and interviews on October 20th and 21st at the JW Marriott in Miami, Florida.

Attendees will meet and hear from three different keynote addresses and interviews, in addition to over 120 wealth managers, asset managers, and private bankers. The two-day forum will provide education on asset allocation, protection, private client management, offshore structuring, tax, trust, and estate planning. More than 500 executives are expected to attend, including experts on the private client landscape from around Latin America and the Caribbean, with over 30 countries represented.

2015 Speakers:

Vicente Fox, President of Mexico (2000-2006)
Bob Browne, Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, Northern Trust
Dan Mitchell
, Senior Fellow, The Cato Institute
Maria Elena Lagomasino
, Chief Executive Officer, WE Family Offices (US)
Alfredo Monge, President, Grupo Monge (Costa Rica)
Patricia Sierra, Executive Director, Fundacion Pies Descalzos (Colombia)
Humberto Garcia de Alba, Chief Investment Strategist Private Banking, BBVA Bancomer (Mexico)
Chris Battifarano, Director of Research, GenSpring Family Offices (US)
Maria Awilda Quintana, Head of Wealth Management, Banco Popular (Puerto Rico)
Cara Williams, Global Head of Wealth Management, Mercer (UK)

To register, view a full list of speakers and the event agenda visit:

Latin America hosts one of the highest concentrations of HNWIs in the world. There are at least 50 billionaires inBrazil, and more than 200 individuals who are worth more than USD 500 million. Latin American economic growth will be faster than the world as a whole, expanding to account for 9% of the global economy by 2030. International banks are investing heavily in Brazil and wealth management groups increasing their yearly revenue.

Event Sponsors: ALPS. Avior Executive Search, BVI Finance, Carmignac Gestion, Columbus Frontiers, Foment Economico de Puerto Rico, DoubleLine, Giovanini F Advogados, Henley & Partners, HSBC, International Wealth protection, Lombard International Assurance, The Lucidity Fund, Marcus & Millichap, Miami DDA, Natixis, Paulson & Co. Inc., PinBridge Investment, Pioneer Investments, Private Wealth Systems, ProShares, Schroders, SGG Corporate & Fund Administration Services

Timbervest, Vanguard, Vistra, Vivanco & Vivanco.

If your firm is interested in attending or joining the speaker faculty, contact Maria Tatis at 1.646.202.9436

Source: Markets Group

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August 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

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