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Australian Government Struggles to Hide Failure of Tobacco Branding Ban

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-Delayed Report Prompts Concern Over Compliance

GENEVA /PRNewswire/ — On the third anniversary of Australia’s controversial ‘plain’ packaging legislation for tobacco products, the Government is still refusing to admit its failure. This would explain why the Department of Health (DoH) is pushing back the publication of its Post-Implementation Review (PIR).

Since the introduction of the branding ban in December 2012, the Government’s own data has shown no change to the pre-existing decline in smoking rates[1]. Minutes of a Senate debate held in October[2] highlight the uneasiness surrounding the PIR and the difficulty that the DoH is having in producing a report which complies with government guidelines. It illustrates fears that the review may be sub-standard by not measuring the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act against its original objectives.

“Anti-tobacco lobbyists have misrepresented the data to hide the fact that the ban on brands has failed”, saysMichiel Reerink, JTI’s Regulatory Strategy Vice President. “Australia – the only country where the measure has been introduced – cannot be held up as a model for other countries to follow”, he adds.

Official guidelines[3] state that PIRs on major policies such as the plain packaging law should be conducted within two years of the policy being introduced, and completed within six months. They require PIRs to measure the success of the policy against the original objectives of the legislation.

“The DoH is desperate to prove the success of this policy but all of the evidence – their own evidence – points to failure. The government should own up to this failure, and the PIR is an opportunity to do that. If this review is not completed and published soon, and if it is not compliant with the Government’s own standards, other countries will be misled”, concludes Mr. Reerink.

Notes to editors

  • The Australian Government’s Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) states that “Australian Government agencies must undertake a post-implementation review (PIR) for all regulatory changes that have major impacts on the economy. PIRs must also be prepared when regulation has been introduced, removed, or significantly changed without a regulation impact statement (RIS)… A PIR’s conclusion should provide an assessment,based on the available evidence, of whether the regulation remains appropriate and of how effective and efficient it has been in meeting its original objectives.”
  • “The PIR should commence within one to two years of the regulations being implemented.”
  • “As a guide, agencies should not need more than three months to complete a PIR. If the regulation is particularly large in scope or impacts, then six months may be more adequate.” [3]
  • The original objectives of Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act are the following:
    • discouraging people from taking up smoking, or using tobacco products;
    • encouraging people to give up smoking, and to stop using tobacco products;
    • discouraging people who have given up smoking, or who have stopped using tobacco products, from relapsing; and
    • reducing people’s exposure to smoke from tobacco products


JTI, a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies, is a leading international tobacco manufacturer. It markets world-renowned brands such as Winston, Camel, Mevius and LD. Other global brands include Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut, Sobranie and Glamour. With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and about 26,000 employees worldwide, JTI has operations in more than 120 countries. Its core revenue in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, was USD 11.9 billion. For more information, visit


National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2013: tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs.


Proof Committee Hansard (Senate), Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee, Estimates, Monday, October 19, 2015, Canberra, p. 93-95


Guidance note, Australian Government, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Office of Best Practice Regulations, July 2014, p.1.

For further information, please contact:
Marie-Hélène Dubé
JTI Press Office
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December 4, 2015 at 6:03 pm

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San Marco Capital Partners Provides Second Notice Of The Sale Process For The Purchase Of The Savan Vegas Hotel & Entertainment Complex

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SAVANNAKHET, Lao PDR /PRNewswire/ — As the exclusive sales agent working on behalf of the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, on October 19, 2015 San Marco Capital Partners (SMC) issued a Solicitation of Interest inviting interested parties to participate in a competitive sales process for the purchase of the Savan Vegas Hotel and Entertainment Complex located in Nongdeune Village, Kaisonphomvihanh District, Savannakhet Province of Lao PDR. The Complex includes a full-service casino, a hotel and numerous entertainment and leisure offerings. The sale process is undertaken pursuant to the Law on Investment Promotion No. 02/NA dated July 8, 2009 and other applicable laws, regulations and decrees of Lao PDR.

A copy of the Solicitation of Interest is available at Persons interested in receiving additional information or participating in the sales process should complete and execute both the Expression of Interest and Non-Disclosure Agreement annexed to the Solicitation of Interest and submit them toenquiries@savanvegaslaolimite­

About San Marco Capital Partners LLC
San Marco Capital Partners provides corporate financial, advisory and transaction services. With extensive expertise in operational, transaction and financial matters, the firm provides services in both established and emerging gaming markets including liaising and advising governmental and regulatory authorities in numerous jurisdictions worldwide. For additional information on San Marco Capital Partners LLC, contact Kelly Gass, President, at or +1 (305) 297-5940.

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December 4, 2015 at 5:45 pm

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Breakthrough Energy Coalition to Invest in Zero-Carbon Energy Technologies

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-Bill Gates-led private sector effort to collaborate with public sector’s Mission Innovation initiative

PARIS /PRNewswire/ — The Breakthrough Energy Coalition, which launched today in Paris, is a global group of private investors that will take the risks that allow early-stage energy companies to get innovation out of the lab and into the marketplace. The group will invest in companies that have the best chance to make reliable zero-carbon energy available to everyone at an affordable price. The Breakthrough Energy Coalition is made up of more than 25 investors from 10 countries. It is launching in conjunction with Mission Innovation, an international effort of more than 15 governments to double their commitments to early-stage energy research and development in order to discover and invent the technologies that these investors can develop into scalable, marketable solutions for our future global energy mix. To learn more, visit

Source: Breakthrough Energy Coalition

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December 4, 2015 at 5:21 pm

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UBM Asia’s Jewellery Publishing Group Launches New Publication, the Jewellery & Gemstone Directory 2016 — Southeast Asia Edition

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — The Jewellery Publishing Group of UBM Asia is pleased to announce the launch of the Jewellery & Gemstone Directory 2016 —Southeast Asia edition, the first comprehensive sourcing guide for jewellery trade buyers seeking business opportunities in the region’s manufacturing and distribution sectors.

Cover image of the Jewellery & Gemstone Directory 2016 - Southeast Asia edition
Cover image of the Jewellery & Gemstone Directory 2016 – Southeast Asia edition


Published for the first time in November 2015, the new directory features over 1,300 listings of manufacturers and retailers in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

The Manufacturers section presents suppliers of jewellery, gemstones, diamonds, pearls and synthetics in easy-to-navigate sections. Also included are gemmological laboratories, trade organisations and training establishments. Companies are sorted by Product and Service, by Alphabetical Order and by Country. Details include telephone number, website, person-in-charge, product specialisation and number of workers, allowing directory users to readily identify and contact potential business partners.

Meanwhile, the Retailers section lists jewellery shops, chain stores and wholesalers. The directory provides valuable information on these companies, including the type of jewellery they sell and the source of their products.

“Recognising that the eyes of the world are on Southeast Asia as it grows in importance as a manufacturing hub and a consumer market, we have come up with an annual, dedicated directory to help facilitate business transactions with and within the region’s jewellery and gemstone industry. Our company already produces theJewellery & Gemstone Directory — Hong Kong edition, the Equipment & Supplies Directory, and the Silver Jewellery Suppliers Directory,” says Dennis Li, Group Publisher, Jewellery Publishing Group of UBM Asia.

The Jewellery & Gemstone Directory 2016 — Southeast Asia edition is available at a special introductory rate ofUSD 60 per copy until March 11, 2016. Regular rate is USD 100. To order a copy, please, fax +852 3749 7433 or call +852 2516 1613.

The directory can also be purchased at major international jewellery trade fairs, including the Hong Kong Gem,Diamond and Pearl Show; the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show; the June and September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair; the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair; Jewellery & Gem Fair — Europe; and China International Gold Jewellery & Gem Fair.

Sample pages of the much-awaited publication can be viewed at

For more information, email or

Media Contact:
+852 2516 1683

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1. About Jewellery Publishing Group

JNA (Jewellery News Asia), first published in 1983, is the flagship publication of UBM Asia’s ( Jewellery Group. This industry pioneer is recognised as Asia’s most authoritative information resource for the gemstone and jewellery sector, providing reliable and accurate coverage through its print and online platforms.

Following the success of JNA, Jewellery News Asia — Chinese Edition (CJNA) was launched in 1992. In 2006,SILVERSTYLES, the ultimate business resource on the latest silver jewellery trends, was introduced. JNAlaunched its online edition in 2011,, followed by

2. 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 Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 31 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, 21 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 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, 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 70 events in this region. UBM India teams organise 20 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.

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December 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm

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RWE Holds Live Demo of Lemonbeat for International Experts

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DORTMUND, Germany /PRNewswire/ —

RWE successfully demonstrates its new Lemonbeat communication protocol as a universal language for IoT devices – at the annual W3C meeting in Japan

  • 100 experts from around the world watch the live demo of Lemonbeat
  • Lemonbeat impresses experts with error-free operation and arouses great interest
  • Live demo at W3C meeting an important step towards standardisation

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The new communication protocol, Lemonbeat, has proven its strengths in a live demonstration. The presentation in front of around 100 IT experts from all over the world was a great success. It was held at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee Meeting (TPAC 2015) in Sapporo, Japan. This is an important step for RWE towards the standardisation of the “Lemonbeat smart Device Language” (LsDL). The new universal language for IoT devices has been available to the W3S for examination and commentary since September.

“We were able to demonstrate Lemonbeat in a functional context to present it to the experts. We visually displayed the command signals exchanged by the devices,” explains the managing director of Lemonbeat, Holger Wellner. The core of the presentation was the fully automatic integration of an additional device into an active device network. The network was reconfigured several times and performed the required functions each time without a single error. This showed that Lemonbeat is a product that is already capable of error-free operation in practice.

With around 100 experts watching, the live demonstration was well attended. It also met with strong support from the audience. Soumya Kanti Datta, Research Engineer at Eurocom/France Telecom and IoT expert commented: “Lemonbeat is very, very interesting.” Ari Keranen, Senior Researcher at Ericsson felt the same, saying: “Lemonbeat live demo was very interesting. We want to see more!” After the presentation, RWE took advantage of the opportunity to establish important follow-up contact with several internationally renowned technology companies. “Currently, as far as we know, there is no communication protocol anywhere in the world that is comparable to Lemonbeat,” says Wellner.

In November, RWE made Lemonbeat available for developers and manufacturers in North America. At the same time, the company Lemonbeat GmbH was established in Dortmund, Germany. The company is to promote standardisation, acquire new business partners and develop solutions for the application of the new language. So far, the protocol has only been available as preconfigured chips or software licences, which can be used in various devices.

Lemonbeat is a new model for communication protocols that enable different devices to form a network very easily. It is very compact, yet flexible enough to allow it to be adapted to complex applications. This makes Lemonbeat ideal for meeting the challenges of the IoT. As the provider of the home control system, RWE SmartHome, RWE is in familiar territory when it comes to intelligent device communication. Several B2B customers have already started using Lemonbeat.

RWE Effizienz GmbH helps customers to use energy in as efficient and safe a manner as possible. With innovative new products such as the RWE SmartHome, solutions for electromobility or cutting-edge electricity storage solutions, RWE Effizienz is setting standards. More facts on , ,,

Contact for journalists:

RWE Effizienz GmbH

Harald Fletcher
Head of communication
T +49-231-4-38-4840
M +49-173-2904149

Julika Gang
T +49-231-438-2248
M +49-172-2361312

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December 4, 2015 at 4:39 pm

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New Area at Marintec China 2015 Dedicated for the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road

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-“Exhibition of 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road” focused on development of the Belt and Road Initiative

SHANGHAI/PRNewswire/ — Marintec China 2015 — the largest andmost authoritative maritime trade fair in Asia — will introduce a new exhibition area to its event, the “21st-Century Maritime Silk Road“, which is hosted by the promotion panel office of the Construction of Shanghai International Shipping Center.


The 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road is an initiative unveiled by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 to connect China with Asia, Africa and Europe. It aims to promote trade cooperation and cultural exchange among the peoples, hence creating an unparalleled maritime Silk Road across the continents. The new exhibition area will showcase pictures of the Silk Road, so visitors are given a chance to gain more insights into the initiative at the fair.

Along with the One Belt One Road initiative, Marintec China, one of the most important global events of the maritime sector, serves as the bridge between China andthe international maritime industry to facilitate all-round and multilayer cooperation. It is a significant gateway for the international maritime industry to the China market and its sub-sectors such as shipbuilding, ocean engineering equipment, shipping and ports.

Shanghai International Forum on the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road — Shipping and Ports

Held concurrently with Marintec China 2015, the Shanghai International Forum on the 21stCentury Maritime Silk Road — Shipping and Ports in the Senior Maritime Forum will take place from Dec 1-3 in the Kerry Hotel Pudong. Renowned speakers including Mr. Dostain Khan Jamaldini, Chairman of Gwadar Port Authority in Pakistan willshare their views on latest development and trends in the ports sector. Mr. Joseph J. Angelo, Deputy Managing Director, International Association of Independent Tanker Owners and Dr. Patrick Verhoeven, Secretary General of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) will deliver speeches on tanker issues and EU Shipping Policy respectively.

Marintec China 2015 is delighted to have notable speakers from the maritime industry in different regions present at the Senior Maritime Forum. Mr Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, one of the keynote speakers, President of BIMCO and Chairman of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, will deliver his keynote address titled “Hot topics on the shipowners’ agenda: BIMCO perspective”. Captain Charles H. Piersall, IMO Maritime Ambassador and Chairman of ISO/TC 8 Ships and Marine Technology will be presenting with insights during the Shipbuilding & Ocean Engineering session on “The 3 Part Foundation for a sustainable maritime – the essential linkage”.

The Senior Maritime Forum consists of four different sessions, which are Keynote Speeches, Shipbuilding and Ocean Engineering, Shanghai International Forum on the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road — Shipping and Ports, and Marine Finance.

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 Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 31 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. We operate in 20 market sectors with 230 exhibitions and conferences, 21 trade publications, 18 online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.


Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Ocean Engineers (SSNAOE) originally was Shanghai Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SSNAME) founded on 25 February 1951, which has its name changed to SSNAOE in March 2011. The society is now retaining more than 5,000 individual members and 73 corporate members with the work emphasis on technical exchanging and presenting of marine and offshore engineering and equipment, popularization of science, publication and technical consultancy.

The society has established friendly relationship with 14 famous maritime engineering societies over the world. It is the sponsor of Pan Asian Association of Maritime Engineering Societies (PAAMES) and was elected the first Chairman society of PAAMES. Besides, the society will be the organizer of the 18th World Maritime Technology Conference (WMTC18) and Marintech China organized by the society has turned out to be an outstanding International event.

Notes to Editor:

For media enquiries, please contact:

Carmen Choy
Senior Marketing Communications Executive
UBM Asia Ltd
Tel: (852) 2827 6211
Fax: (852) 3749 7347


Fan Cheng Yang
Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Ocean Engineers
Tel: (86) 21 5466 0311
Fax: (86) 21 6258 1223


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December 4, 2015 at 4:19 pm

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18th Marintec China Opens on December 1st in Shanghai

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-“China Heart” Embraces the World with Radiance Featuring an Array of China-made Ship Engines

SHANGHAI /PRNewswire/ — The world’s most influential and largest international maritime event in 2015, Marintec China opens tomorrow at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, and will run from 1-4 December 2015. Over 2,000 exhibiting companies across the globe will showcase their most advanced technologies and products at Marintec China. One of the special features is the debut of an array of China-made ship engines by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). “China Heart”  the heart of a ship, China-made ship engines will embrace the Maritime’s stage with radiance and sharing the spotlight with Wartsila, Rolls Royce, MAN Diesel, and other major worldwide ship engine manufacturers. Alongside, industry renewed leaders and experts will share their insights on the sustainable development of the maritime industry at Senior Maritime Forum. Topics including the “21st-Century Maritime Silk Road” and the “First-ever China-made luxury cruise ship” will be the highlights of the forum.


Marintec China is a large-scale international maritime platform integrating knowledge, exhibits and business for exchanges in the maritime industry. Since 1981, Marintec China has been held biennially in every odd-year inShanghai and with great success in every edition. This year is the 18th edition in which Marintec China is staged, with more than 30 years of experiences, Marintec China has long become among the world’s largest and most influential maritime exhibitions. As an integral member of the global maritime community, Marintec China is proud of its dedication in serving as the “LEADING” platform “CONNECTING” the community and “STRENGTHENING” the maritime industry.

Marintec China 2015 is another record-breaking edition. It has attracted more than 2,000 exhibiting companies from 34 countries and regions, occupying 80,000 square meters and is set to welcome over 60,000 visitors from 90 countries and regions. There will be 17 national and regional pavilions this year, hailing from the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the United States, China and other countries or regions. For the first time in Marintec China, the two big shipping nations of Greece and Panama will have their own pavilions at Marintec China. Furthermore, an additional Korean Pavilion organised by the Busan Marine Equipment Association will also be presenting at the fair.

In the China maritime scene, CSSC, CSIC, Jiangsu Nantong and Zhejiang Zhoushan will have their grouped pavilions. With the goal of promoting collaboration and innovation between the maritime industry and academia, this year’s fair will have a special exhibition space for tertiary educational institutions and university students. Among the universities exhibiting their offerings will be Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Harbin Engineering University, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, and Zhejiang Ocean University, etc.

Innovation, green shipping, transformation and upgrading are the main themes engaging the global maritime industry. The Chinese government’s 13th Five-Year Plan sets the direction for economic development by aiming to promote five major concepts, namely innovation, coordinated growth, green development, opening-up, and a win-win approach for all, including the rest of the world.

Ships and marine equipment are growing sectors, and have become important pillars for accelerating the development of the maritime economy and for making headway in the strategy of becoming a strong maritime nation. This edition of Marintec China is responsive to and aligned with the trends in the maritime industry, many exhibitors will tap the opportunity offered by Marintec China to launch their new important products and offerings. It is reported that CSSC will unveil for the first time a low-speed diesel engine and a medium-speed diesel engine developed with its very own technology. CSIC will introduce a high-pressure common-rail diesel engine and a liquid cargo loading and unloading system. Domestic mainstream marine equipment and ship engine manufacturers will also jointly announce for the first time a range of high, medium and low-speed China-made engines. These new developments will definitely share the spotlight with Wartsila, Rolls Royce, MAN, Hyundai, GE, and other internationally well-known manufacturers.

In addition, Winterthur Gas Diesel (WinGD) which is the joint venture between CSSC and Wartsila that is engaged in two-stroke engine technology will be showing its low-pressure dual-fuel engine. ABB will for the first time promote its second-generation integrated intelligent bridge control system and its latest Azipod marine propulsion line. Alfa Laval will showcase its cleaning solutions that comply with environmental regulations, including PureSOx for flue gas desulphurisation, PureBallast for ballast water treatment and PureNOx Prime for water treatment in the exhaust gas recirculation process.

During Marintec China, several well-known companies will be staging new product launches or technology seminars to promote their new offerings and solutions to the global market.

Held concurrently with the exhibition is the Senior Maritime Forum 2015, the theme of which is “Innovation Drives Development, the Green Agenda Guides the Future”. Senior government officials, high-level corporate executives and renowned experts will gather together at the Forum to keep a finger on the pulse of the market, share views on market opportunities and discuss prospects for the maritime industry.

The main Forum will cover several special themes including shipbuilding and marine engineering; the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road Shipping and Ports; marine finance; and marine equipment technology.

At the same time, several technology forums will be held with the topics covering: marine engineering equipment and ship development and design; marine engineering equipment and marine equipment; anti-corrosion coating technology in the Chinese shipping and offshore sectors, and international ballast water management.

Another feature topic at Marintec China 2015 will be China’s first locally built luxury cruise ship which has attracted considerable attention. During Chinese president’s visit in October, a joint venture agreement was signed by CSSC, Chinese sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp and the world’s largest cruise operator, Carnival Corporation, to develop a world-class cruise market in China. In this connection, the organising committee of Marintec has invited senior executives of CSSC and one of the world’s leading cruise ship builders, Fincantieri of Italy, to speak at the Senior Maritime Forum on the subject of China constructing its own cruise liners.

To ensure that full play is given to the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” initiative on the important international exchange platform which Marintec China offers, the Senior Maritime Forum has extended a special invitation to the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works of Cyprus to deliver a major speech. Other speakers in this special session, which is called the “Shanghai International Forum on the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road Shipping and Ports”, include top executives of the Shanghai International Port Group, Gwadar Port Authority, and Venice Port Authority to discuss the topic “The 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road Strategy Lends New Opportunities and a New Driving Force to the Global Maritime Industry”. In addition, this edition of Marintec China is dedicating a special area for a “21st-Century Maritime Silk Road Pictorial Exhibition”.

Other feature topics to be discussed by Forum guests will include “Achieving Made-In-China 2025” and “Internet Plus Maritime Industry”.


For media enquiries, please contact:

Carmen Choy
Senior Marketing Communications Executive
UBM Asia Ltd
Tel: +85228276211 Fax: +85237497347

Fan Cheng Yang
Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Ocean Engineers
21/F Bo Hong Tower 495 Jiangning Road Shanghai 200041 China
Tel: +862154661236  Fax: +862162581187

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December 4, 2015 at 4:15 pm

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Breakthrough Strategy for Aggressive Cancer

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UTRECHT, Netherlands /PRNewswire/ —

A new combination approach blends immunotherapy with Bremachlorin-photodynamic therapy for advanced cancer.

A laboratory study conducted at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in the Netherlands has found that immunotherapy can be efficiently combined with photodynamic therapy (PDT) to eradicate established tumors. The approach results in strong local tumor destruction and a robust systemic immune response against the disease. The study’s findings are reported online ahead-of-print in the 6 November 2015 issue of the medical journal, Clinical Cancer Research.

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“This study is the first step,” states Professor Ferry Ossendorp, the study’s principal investigator. “We are now preparing further preclinical studies with a goal toward achieving clinical acceptance in Western Europe.” Dr. Ossendorp spearheaded the study together with doctoral candidate Jan Willem Kleinovink of LUMC’s Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion, in close collaboration with Dr. Clemens Lowik, now based at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam.

The researchers focused on a combination of two established therapies, PDT and immunotherapy, in order to eradicate aggressive tumors. PDT entails the use of a special agent, or photosensitizer, along with oxygen and light, to trigger reactions that selectively destroy tumors and render tumors more vulnerable to the immune system. Immunotherapy actually includes a number of strategies aimed at further exploiting various parts and mechanisms of the immune system.

“This combination leads to a broad and effective immune response against established tumors,” says Ossendorp. “We have even observed that distant tumors disappeared in some of the animals.”

The photosensitizing agent used in this study was Bremachlorin, a non-toxic, chlorophyll-derived agent that captures and then transmits light energy for therapeutic purposes. The immunotherapy strategy they chose focused on a peptide-based vaccine that specifically activates the T-cell system against cancer.

The Leiden study used tumor models of two kinds: aggressive lymphoma and aggressive cervical cancer. The study found that Bremachlorin-PDT by itself resulted in a significant slowing of tumor growth in all the test animals. When PDT was combined with a peptide-based vaccine strategy, one third of the mice were completely cured of cancer, meaning that the disease totally disappeared.

Moreover, all of these cured test subjects were fully protected against the subsequent development of the same type of cancer. And finally, the combination treatment of primary tumors led to the eradication of distant secondary tumors, or metastases. This exceptional finding will require further study, Ossendorp notes. Metastatic disease is the number one cause of cancer-related death.

The researchers concluded that Bremachlorin-PDT, together with the long peptide vaccine strategy, produced a potent whole-body immune response against the aggressive malignancies. In their report for Clinical Cancer Research, they note that the photoimmune strategy of blending immunotherapy with Bremachlorin-PDT offers “a feasible novel treatment strategy for advanced cancer.”

Since 2006, Bremachlorin® has been approved for clinical use in Russia (under the name Radachlorin®) and has conditional approval in South Korea. Preclinical studies are under way in the Netherlands with a goal toward achieving clinical acceptance in Europe. “After completion of our preclinical studies, we hope to coordinate clinical studies of cancer patients in the EU and hopefully get approval for using this combined treatment strategy here in the EU,” Ossendorp states.

Source: Photoimmune Discoveries

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December 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm

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Asia Plantation Capital Welcomes New Director to the Board

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Asia Plantation Capital Berhad, one of the world’s fastest growing plantation management companies, today announced the appointment of Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Laxamana Tunku Dato’ Seri Utama Naquiyuddin Tuanku Ja’afar DK, DKYR, SPNS, SPMP, PPT, as new member of Asia Plantation Capital’s Board of Directors.

Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Naquiyuddin at Fragrance Du Bois’ boutique opening in Malaysia last September.
Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Naquiyuddin at Fragrance Du Bois’ boutique opening in Malaysia last September.

“We at Asia Plantation Capital are delighted to welcome Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Naquiyuddin on board,” said Asia Plantation Capital Malaysia’s CEO, Steve Watts. “He is truly a respected leader and a businessman of great vision and focus. He has led companies to strong and sustained business growth, and we believe that Tunku Naquiyuddin will bring experience, expertise, talent and energy to the table.”

Tunku Naquiyuddin joins the Board of Directors as a former high-level diplomat and an established businessman with a wide and varied range of interests. He currently serves as Executive Chairman of Antah HealthCare Group, and sits on the Board of four public companies — Orix Leasing (M) Bhd., Kian Joo Can Factory Berhad, Sino Hua-An International Berhad, as well as Ann Joo Resources Bhd.

He served as the Second Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was posted with the Malaysian Embassy in Paris, France. Tunku Naquiyuddin later headed Antah Holdings Berhad as its Chairman (a position he held until 2007), which was vacated for a five-year period during his tenure as the Regent of Negeri Sembilan from 1994 to 1999.

Moreover, being a passionate and committed advocate of environmental sustainability, Tunku Naquiyuddin was a Committee Member of the World Wide Fund for Nature (Malaysia) and a Council Member of the Business Council for Sustainable Development — a Geneva-based organisation. He is also the Founder and Head of the Federation of Public Listed Companies, Council Member of the Canada-ASEAN Center, and a Committee Member of the Bursa Malaysia.

Tunku Naquiyuddin founded Yayasan Tunku Naquiyuddin (YTN), a charitable foundation that provides assistance to young students from poor families. YTN has previously been involved in the community in fighting malaria and dengue (the most common vector-borne diseases worldwide that can lead to serious illness). Tunku Naquiyuddin is also a living and proud example of adherence to a healthy, active lifestyle, and is the founder and patron of the annual Seremban Half Marathon, the proceeds of which are used to supplement the financial needs of the state’s prospective athletes.

Notes for Editors:

For further information, please contact:-

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

Zaahira Muhammad
Senior PR & Marketing Executive, Malaysia
Office: +6012 203 5344

About Asia Plantation Capital

Asia Plantation Capital Berhad in Malaysia is now investing heavily in the Malaysian plantation sector, developing new plantations and factories for the production of agarwood (gaharu) and other associated products for the international export markets. Early this year, Asia Plantation Capital opened Southeast Asia‘a biggest Agarwood processing factory and distillery in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

The Asia Plantation Capital Group is a multi-award-winning sustainable plantation operator and management company, with projects across four continents, and a global workforce in excess of 2,000. A market leader in the industry, our Scientific Advisory Board is comprised of leading academics from various countries (China, Thailand,Malaysia, India, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates), who have, between them, developed and patented industry-leading technologies and systems.

With a focus on commercial plantation projects and vertically integrated businesses that offer a combination of commercial, environmental and community benefits, Asia Plantation Capital has created a successful and dynamic ‘triple bottom line’ company.

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MediaTek Labs Announces MediaTek LinkIt(TM) Smart 7688 – an Open-Source Development Platform for a More Connected World

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-The new platform, which runs OpenWrt Linux, enables developers and device makers to create advanced Wi-Fi enabled products for the smart home or office

HSINCHU, Taiwan, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek Labs today announced the MediaTek LinkIt Smart 7688 development platform, the latest addition to the LinkIt portfolio of development platforms. This new platform offers a variety of programming options and enables rapid development of advanced Wi-Fi based devices such as IP cameras, surveillance devices, smart appliances and Wi-Fi gateways that make use of cloud services.

Two versions of the platform’s Hardware Development Kit (HDK) are available: the LinkIt Smart 7688, which includes a microprocessor unit (MPU) based on the MediaTek MT7688AN system-on-chip (SOC), and the LinkIt Smart 7688 Duo, which in addition to the MPU includes a microcontroller unit (MCU) and is Arduino compatible. Both development boards feature built-in Wi-Fi, generous 128MB RAM and 32MB Flash, and a wide variety of options for connecting peripherals.

“MediaTek Labs is focused on stimulating innovation in IoT and is pleased to extend its LinkIt family of development platforms to the open-source and web developer communities, enabling broader product development for a more connected world,” said Marc Naddell, VP of MediaTek Labs. “The new LinkIt Smart 7688 development platform will appeal to a wide range of developers because of its open-source software compatibility, support for several popular programming languages and use of Linux.”

The LinkIt Smart 7688 will benefit three developer communities:

  • OpenWrt: Developers can use the standard OpenWrt SDK to create native C applications for their IoT device, taking advantage of over 2000 software packages offering additional functionality. Web and mobile app developers: With support for Node.js and Python, the platform offers an easy route into IoT development.
  • Arduino: (LinkIt Smart 7688 Duo only) Makers can use the popular Arduino IDE to develop applications for the MCU and have realtime control of peripherals.

LinkIt Smart 7688 is able to take advantage of the MediaTek Cloud Sandbox for data collection, visualization and analytics during development. Learn more about the platform by visiting

Availability and Cost

The MediaTek LinkIt Smart 7688 and 7688 Duo development boards are available to ship globally from Seeed Studio today. The LinkIt Smart 7688 costs $12.90, while the LinkIt Smart 7688 Duo costs $15.90. Both boards can be purchased from

A fully open-source version of the Wi-Fi driver is in development and expected to be made available by MediaTek Labs in the coming months.

MediaTek Labs launched in September 2014 and continues to provide developers, makers and service providers with SDKs, HDKs and documentation, as well as technical and business support. To learn more about MediaTek Labs, visit

About MediaTek

Since 1997, MediaTek has been a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices, wireless networking, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. Our tightly-integrated, innovative chip designs help manufacturers optimize supply chains, reduce the development time of new products, and extend a competitive edge in crowded markets. Through MediaTek Labs, the company is also building a developer hub that will support device creation, application development, and services for the Internet of Things era. By building technologies that help connect individuals to the world around them, MediaTek is enabling people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals. We believe anyone can achieve something amazing. And we believe they can do it every single day. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visit for more information.

MediaTek Press Office:

Kevin Keating, MediaTek
2840 Junction Ave, San Jose, CA 95134, USA

Joey Lee, MediaTek
+886 3-567-0766 # 31602
No. 1, Dusing 1st Rd., Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu City 30078, Taiwan


Source: MediaTek Inc.

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