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Annual CGAP Photo Contest Open for Entries

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WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ — The 11th Annual CGAP Photo Contest is now open for entries; the deadline for submissions is September 7, 2016. Amateur and professional photographers are invited to share original and powerful images that capture the importance of access to basic financial services for people around the world.

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Digital innovations, including the growing use of smartphones, and new financial products that better meet the needs of customers are making it easier for poor and rural customers to manage their daily finances, grow a business and respond to an emergency. However, 2 billion people still lack access to basic financial services such as savings accounts and credit. Closing this gap can help to reduce extreme poverty and increase prosperity.

Against this background, this year’s Photo Contest calls for photographs that reflect the following four themes:

Mobile money and innovations in digital finance
Women’s economic empowerment
Small businesses
Submissions may represent a range of products, institutions and approaches within these themes and touch on a broad variety of social, economic, developmental and technological issues. Entries are welcome from all regions, in both rural and urban settings.

Photographers of the winning images will receive prizes and recognition of their entries in several categories including regional, people’s choice and special mentions in the four thematic areas. The 2015 contest received more than 3,300 entries from photographers in 77 countries. Winners were showcased by top global media outlets and viewed tens of thousands of times online.

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View the winners of the 2015 CGAP Photo Contest here.

CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) is a global partnership of 34 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. CGAP develops innovative solutions through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders to enable approaches at scale. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP combines a pragmatic approach to responsible market development with an evidence-based advocacy platform to increase access to the financial services the poor need to improve their lives. More at

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July 5, 2016 at 5:10 pm

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DAMAC Properties Introduces AKOYA Imagine Targeting Millennials

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-AED 1.2 million for a three-bedroom villa, payable over three years with free service charges for five years
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates/PRNewswire/ — DAMAC Properties today unveiled AKOYA Imagine, a cluster of homes surrounded by the lush greens and fairways of the international golf course. Set at the heart of the AKOYA Oxygen master development, AKOYA Imagine presents a collection of colourful villas aimed at young couples and families, representing the perfect permanent residence or vacation home.

In Phase 1, three-bedroom villas will be released with starting prices of AED 1.2 million, spread across an attractive three-year payment plan. Homes will also benefit from free service charges for five years. The units will go on sale on Saturday, 9th July in Dubai at DAMAC Maison Canal Views, Al Abraj Street from 11am to 11pm.

As a vibrant community nestled within a wonderful green backdrop, AKOYA Imagine is a neighbourhood for those who are contemporary and relaxed in their style of living. Indoor and outdoor spaces are carefully arranged to offer a casual way of life that blends function with social, family living and an artful palette of colours. Interiors are open, airy and splashed with zesty hues, which balance warmth with cooling tones, energy with serenity and space with intimacy.

Ziad El Chaar, Managing Director, DAMAC Properties, said: “AKOYA Imagine is targeted towards a new type of buyer – young, professional and savvy to the lifestyle and financial benefits of buying in an international golf course community. This type of community is proven to consistently yield higher returns than a purely residential one and there is a limited supply in Dubai. Combined with the Tiger Woods Design element, a villa in AKOYA Imagine presents a very lucrative investment, not to mention an extremely attractive home.”

Supporting El Chaar’s statement, advisory firm KPMG stated in a recent report that golf courses typically increase the valuation of adjacent real estate by up to 20% when compared to similar real estate in a neighbourhood without the golf course component.

AKOYA Oxygen is a 55-million-square-foot master development that will showcase the greenest living spaces in Dubai. Home to the 18-hole championship golf course by Tiger Woods Design, the eagerly anticipated development boasts easy access to Dubai’s major highways; yet is far enough away from the bustle of the city to offer a tranquil pace of life in a beautiful green setting.

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Notes to editor: DAMAC Properties has been at the forefront of the Middle East’s luxury real estate market since 2002 – bringing luxury living experiences to residents from all over the world. Making its mark at the highest end of stylish living, DAMAC Properties has cemented its place as the leading luxury developer in the region, offering iconic design and the upmost quality. The company’s footprint now extends across the Middle East with projects in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon.

As of 31st March 2016, DAMAC Properties has delivered over 15,800 homes, including approximately 2,000 hotel units. The Company has a development portfolio of over 44,000 units at various stages of planning and progress, comprising more than 13,000 hotel rooms, serviced apartments and hotel villas, which will be managed by its hospitality arm, DAMAC Hotels & Resorts. With vision and momentum, DAMAC Properties is building the next generation of Middle East luxury living.

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July 5, 2016 at 4:56 pm

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Results of Pivotal TAILOR Study Confirm Addition of Erbitux to FOLFOX Significantly Improves Outcomes in RAS Wild-Type Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

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WCGC Abstract #
0–025; poster presentation, July 1, 2016, 10:35 am CEST

  • Phase III study shows response rate of 61.1% for patients treated with Erbitux plus FOLFOX
  • 31% decrease in risk of disease progression and 24% decrease in risk of death was achieved withaddition of Erbitux to FOLFOX
  • First prospective study to evaluate Erbitux in RAS wild-type patients

Merck, a leading science and technology company, will present data at the ESMO 18th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer (WCGC) from the pivotal Phase III TAILOR study in patients from China, the first prospective trial to evaluate an anti-EGFR antibody in the first-line therapy of patients with RAS wild-type metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). The results demonstrate that Erbitux® (cetuximab) plus FOLFOX statistically significantly improves outcomes, including progression-free survival (PFS; primary endpoint), overall survival (OS) and best overall response rate (bORR), compared with FOLFOX alone.[1]

Notably, compared with those receiving FOLFOX alone, patients in the study receiving Erbitux plus FOLFOX experienced:[1]

  • a bORR of 61.1% (versus 39.5%; odds ratio [OR]: 2.41; p<0.001), which is in line with international studies
  • a 31% decrease in the risk of disease progression (hazard ratio [HR]: 0.69; p=0.004); and,
  • a 24% reduction in the risk of death (HR: 0.76; p=0.02).

“As a standard-of-care treatment, Erbitux is a strategic priority product for Merck and our aspiration is that patients have optimal access to this drug worldwide,” said Luciano Rossetti, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Research & Development in the biopharma business of Merck. “We are confident the TAILOR results form a good basis upon which approval could be extended to first-line metastatic colorectal cancer treatment in China.”

The TAILOR study randomized 393 patients from China with RAS wild-type mCRC, and the results demonstrate that adding Erbitux to FOLFOX, as a first-line treatment, significantly improves PFS (median PFS: 9.2 vs 7.4 months) and OS (median OS: 20.7 vs 17.8 months). The safety profile of Erbitux observed in TAILOR is similar to that seen in prior randomized clinical trials, with no unexpected safety findings.[1]

“The results of the TAILOR study further reaffirm that Erbitux plus FOLFOX as chemotherapy backbone is an effective treatment regimen for patients with RAS wild-type mCRC, as we have seen in previous international pivotal studies, such as OPUS,” said Prof. Carsten Bokemeyer, University Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf,Germany and primary investigator of the OPUS study. “As the first prospective trial evaluating Erbitux in RAS wild-type patients, the TAILOR results reinforce the value and importance of RAS biomarker testing in order to determine the appropriate targeted therapy for individual patients, based on their tumor’s genetic make-up.”

Both the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (U.S.) and the European Society for Medical Oncology clinical guidelines recommend first-line treatment with Erbitux plus either FOLFOX or FOLFIRI for patients with RAS wild-type mCRC.[3],[4]

“There are currently limited first-line options available in China for patients with RAS wild-type metastatic colorectal cancer,” said Professor Shukui Qin from Nanjing Bayi Hospital, China, Coordinating Investigator in the TAILOR study. “The results of the TAILOR study strongly support the benefit of Erbitux in the treatment of these patients, and we are hopeful it will soon be approved so that patients in this country will be able to access treatment options that they so desperately need.”

Erbitux has obtained marketing authorization in over 90 countries worldwide. In Europe, Erbitux is indicated as first-line therapy for patients with RAS wild-type mCRC tumors, together with the oxaliplatin-containing regimen FOLFOX in treatment-naïve patients or together with regimens containing irinotecan (e.g. FOLFIRI).[35] More than 442,000 patients with mCRC have been treated with Erbitux.

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  5. Erbitux® (cetuximab) SmPC, Last updated June 2014. Available at: Accessed June 2016.
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  10. Ferlay J, et al. Int J Cancer 2015;136:E359-86.

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About the TAILOR study

The TAILOR study is a prospective, Phase III, open-label, randomized, controlled, multicenter trial designed to compare Erbitux in combination with FOLFOX-4 versus FOLFOX-4 alone in the first-line treatment of patients inChina with RAS wild-type mCRC. All randomized subjects were planned to receive treatment until the occurrence of progressive disease (PD) or unacceptable toxicity. The study enrolled 397 patients with RAS wild-type mCRC. The primary endpoint of the trial is PFS. Secondary endpoints include: OS, best ORR, time to treatment failure and rate of curative surgery for liver metastases.

About mCRC

Approximately half of patients with mCRC have RAS wild-type tumors and half have RAS mutant tumors.[6]Results from studies assessing RAS mutation status in patients with mCRC have shown that anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) monoclonal antibody therapies, such as Erbitux® (cetuximab), can improve outcomes in patients with RAS wild-type mCRC.[2],[7][9] Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer worldwide, with an estimated incidence of more than 1.36 million new cases annually.[10] An estimated 694,000 deaths from CRC occur worldwide every year, accounting for 8.5% of all cancer deaths and making it the fourth most common cause of death from cancer.[10] Almost 55% of CRC cases are diagnosed in developed regions of the world, and incidence and mortality rates are substantially higher in men than in women.[10]

About Erbitux

Erbitux® is a highly active IgG1 monoclonal antibody targeting EGFR. As a monoclonal antibody, the mode of action of Erbitux is distinct from standard non-selective chemotherapy treatments in that it specifically targets and binds to the EGFR. This binding inhibits the activation of the receptor and the subsequent signal-transduction pathway, which results in reducing both the invasion of normal tissues by tumor cells and the spread of tumors to new sites. It is also believed to inhibit the ability of tumor cells to repair the damage caused by chemotherapy and radiotherapy and to inhibit the formation of new blood vessels inside tumors, which appears to lead to an overall suppression of tumor growth.

The most commonly reported side effect with Erbitux is an acne-like skin rash that seems to be correlated with a good response to therapy. In approximately 5% of patients, hypersensitivity reactions may occur during treatment with Erbitux; about half of these reactions are severe.

Erbitux has already obtained market authorization in over 90 countries world-wide for the treatment of colorectal cancer and for the treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). Merck licensed the right to market Erbitux outside the US and Canada from ImClone LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, in 1998. Merck has an ongoing commitment to the advancement of oncology treatment and is currently investigating novel therapies in highly targeted areas.

About Merck

Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. In 2015, Merck generated sales of EUR12.85 billion in 66 countries.

Founded in 1668, Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.

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July 5, 2016 at 4:54 pm

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DLL Sharpens Focus on Global Vendor Finance Business

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— Sale of Athlon to Daimler Financial Services Announced

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands/PRNewswire/ — DLL, a Rabobank subsidiary and global provider of asset-based financial solutions, has reached an agreement to sell its mobility solutions entity Athlon Car Lease International B.V. including all its subsidiaries to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Nederland B.V., a part of the Daimler Financial Services global network. A Sale and Purchase Agreement has been signed by both parties as of June 30, 2016.

The sale transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, once all required approvals and consents have been obtained from the necessary regulatory authorities, and other relevant bodies. The consideration for the shares amounts to €1.1 billion. As a result of the transaction, the Rabobank CET1 ratio is estimated to improve with approximately 40 basis-points. BofA Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisor to Rabobank Group on this sale.

The sale of Athlon

A part of DLL since 2006, Athlon is an international provider of vehicle leasing and mobility solutions, active in eleven countries throughout Europe, and managing a fleet of more than 250,000 vehicles. Mercedes Benz Financial Services, Nederland BV is part of Daimler Financial Services, a worldwide provider of financial services in over 40 countries, and managing a fleet of more than 3.7 million vehicles. The future business of the consolidated fleet operations between Daimler Fleet Management and Athlon will operate under the Athlon brand.

“For over 10 years, Athlon has been an important and profitable business line for DLL. However, as the mobility/car leasing industry continues to evolve, it became clear that future success would be based on expanded international coverage and a wider range of products and online propositions. With that in mind, we have found a shareholder in Daimler Financial Services that possesses the aspiration and drive to fuel Athlon’s future growth and success. This is the right step for Athlon and the right step for DLL, who can now wholly focus all of its resources, investments and innovation toward our core business of vendor finance, and create greater synergies with our parent, Rabobank”, said Bill Stephenson, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of DLL.

Frans Janssen, CEO of Athlon International adds: “Our ten years with DLL brought tremendous growth and expansion to our brand. To get to the next level, both parties spent significant time considering the future prospects for Athlon and of course the best interests of our customers, suppliers and employees. As such, we are very satisfied about our future direction with Daimler Financial Services. They are a renowned international organization and clearly aiming for growth.”

Rabobank has reaffirmed its strong commitment to DLL

Rabobank has reaffirmed its strong commitment to their market leading global vendor finance company DLL as an important contributor to the strategy of Rabobank. DLL is the world’s largest vendor finance company, delivering global financial services programs and sales and marketing tools to Fortune 500 manufacturers and distribution partners in 36 countries.

Wiebe Draijer, CEO of Rabobank commented: “DLL will continue to fulfill an important role in our overall product portfolio and also to service key international customers of the bank, particularly in the Food and Agricultural sector. They are guided by a strong leadership team and continue to be an impressive and significant contributor to Rabobank. We are proud of their contributions to the Rabobank Group, and we are committed to creating further synergies between DLL and Rabobank, particularly if this creates more value for our customers.”

Bill Stephenson, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of DLL, added: “With a mandate to grow our market leading vendor finance business, we look forward to enhancing our many long-standing relationships with top manufacturers, distributors and dealers across all of our key industries sectors. Our global value proposition remains unchanged. We will continue to focus on the business of our partners, specializing in their markets and helping them sell more products and services with finance and leasing. That has been the key to our success for over 40 years and will continue to be for decades to come.”

Merrill Lynch International (“BofA Merrill Lynch”), a subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation, is acting exclusively for Rabobank Group in connection with the sale of Athlon and for no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than Rabobank Group for providing the protections afforded to its clients or for providing advice in relation to the sale of Athlon.

DLL. See what counts.

DLL is a global provider of asset-based financial solutions in the Agriculture, Food, Healthcare, Clean Technology, Transportation, Construction, Industrial and Office technology industries. We collaborate with equipment manufacturers, dealers and distributors in more than 35 countries to enable businesses to obtain and use the assets they need to contribute meaningfully to the world.

Our team of 5,500 members is committed to delivering original, integrated financial solutions that support the complete asset life cycle. Our offerings include vendor finance, commercial finance, life cycle asset management, mobility solutions, consumer finance, leasing and factoring. DLL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rabobank Group.

Athlon – Getting you there

Athlon is market leader in vehicle leasing in the Netherlands. What’s more, Athlon has developed innovative, sustainable and cost-efficient mobility solutions for many years. Its mission: to supply the very best vehicle leasing and mobility solutions to meet its customers’ continuously changing needs. Athlon is active in 11 countries. More information about Athlon can be found on:

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July 5, 2016 at 4:51 pm

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LEO Pharma Enters Biologics Through Strategic Partnership With AstraZeneca

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BALLERUP, Denmark/PRNewswire/ — LEO Pharma is a significant step closer to realising its vision of becoming the preferred dermatology care partner following a strategic partnership with AstraZeneca announced today.

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The partnership covers potential new medicines for atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, two of the world’s major skin diseases where a significant unmet medical need remains. With the partnership, LEO Pharma enters into biological medicines within dermatology and expects to significantly expand the company’s future treatment offering. The deal is expected to secure an entirely new foothold in the dermatology market for LEO Pharma, a global healthcare company dedicated to helping people achieve healthy skin.

“LEO Pharma has secured a unique position to help people with skin diseases as a result of our strategic partnership with AstraZeneca, a global healthcare company at the forefront of science-led innovation. By expanding our portfolio to include both biologics and topicals, LEO Pharma is set to become the world dermatology leader – offering the most diverse range of treatment solutions to meet the individual needs of people with skin diseases,” says Gitte Aabo, President and CEO, LEO Pharma.

In the partnership with AstraZeneca, LEO Pharma acquires the global licence to tralokinumab in skin diseases and the exclusive licence to brodalumab in Europe. Tralokinumab is a potential new medicine, an anti-IL-13 monoclonal antibody, that has completed a Phase IIb study for the treatment of patients with atopic dermatitis. Brodalumab is an IL-17 receptor monoclonal antibody under regulatory review for patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.

Under the terms of the agreement, LEO Pharma will make an upfront payment to AstraZeneca of $115 million for the exclusive, global rights to tralokinumab in atopic dermatitis and any future additional dermatology indications. LEO Pharma will also pay AstraZeneca up to $1 billion in commercially-related milestones and up to mid-teen tiered percentage royalties on Product Sales. AstraZeneca will manufacture and supply tralokinumab to LEO Pharma. AstraZeneca will retain all rights to tralokinumab in respiratory disease and any other indications outside of dermatology.

Luke Miels, Executive Vice President, Global Product and Portfolio Strategy, AstraZeneca, said: “This agreement allows us to concentrate our efforts on tralokinumab’s potential for patients with severe asthma, a priority area for AstraZeneca, while benefitting from LEO Pharma’s expertise in dermatology for the continued development and commercialisation of tralokinumab in atopic dermatitis and other dermatology conditions.”

Tralokinumab completed a Phase IIb trial in atopic dermatitis in Q1 2016. Top-line results from the trial showed that at week 12, a statistically significant improvement from baseline in EASI score (Eczema Area and Severity Index) was observed in the two highest tralokinumab dosage arms tested compared to the placebo arm.[1]Significant improvements in DLQI (Dermatology Life Quality Index) were also observed.[1]

Brodalumab is supported by data from the three AMAGINE Phase III pivotal studies. The results highlight that brodalumab’s mechanism of action delivers clinical benefit and could help a significant number of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis patients achieve total clearance of their skin disease.[2] Brodalumab has been submitted for regulatory approval in moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in Europe and an EMA decision is anticipated no later than Q1 2017.

The agreement with LEO Pharma for tralokinumab is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to complete in the third quarter of 2016. The agreement for brodalumab became effective at signing and LEO Pharma’s payments to AstraZeneca are not disclosed and are in line with the arrangement with the previous licence holder for Europe. Additionally, Amgen will continue to receive a low single-digit inventor royalty in relation to brodalumab.

LEO Pharma is currently the world leader in topical psoriasis treatment and has significantly expanded its portfolio over recent years to cover several dermatology indications.


About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of diseases in three main therapy areas – oncology; respiratory and autoimmunity; and cardiovascular and metabolic disease. We are also active in infection, neuroscience and inflammatory diseases through collaborations with others. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. For more information please visit:

About LEO Pharma
LEO Pharma helps people achieve healthy skin. By offering care solutions to patients in more than 100 countries globally, LEO Pharma supports people in managing their skin conditions. Founded in 1908 and owned by the LEO Foundation, the healthcare company has devoted decades of research and development to delivering products and solutions to people with skin conditions. LEO Pharma is headquartered in Denmark and employs around 5,000 people worldwide.

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[2] Lebwohl M. et al. N Engl J Med. 2015 Oct;373(14):1318-28

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July 5, 2016 at 4:47 pm

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RS Components Introduces New Additions to the ISO-TECH Range of High-quality Hand-held Digital Storage Oscilloscopes

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-Portable IDS-200 and IDS-300 two-channel hand-held digital storage oscilloscopes — exclusive to RS Components — are ideal for electrical installation engineers and site maintainers

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has extended the ISO-TECH range of test and measurement equipment with high-tech hand-held two-channel Digital Storage Oscilloscopes (DSOs). Exclusive to RS Components, the latest additions to the range include the IDS-200 and IDS-300 hand-held DSOs, which are perfect for electrical installation engineers and site maintainers and are available at highly accessible prices.

RS Components introduces ISO-TECH high-quality hand-held digital storage oscilloscopes
RS Components introduces ISO-TECH high-quality hand-held digital storage oscilloscopes


RS is significantly expanding its ISO-TECH test and measurement range, which now comprises more than 500 devices suitable for the full range of electronic and electrical applications. The new IDS-200 and IDS-300 series feature touchscreen capacitive-LCD technology, which enables fingertip control of the device. Using only one finger, a waveform can be moved and a line position can be triggered; and using two fingers allows the adjustment of voltage levels and time-division scales. The touchscreen technology also offers an intuitive menu that enables operations such as fingertip control over the location of measurement functions and anytime-anywhere saving and retrieving both diagrams and data.

The ISO-TECH IDS-200 and IDS-300 hand-held two-channel DSOs offer a maximum sample rate of 1-Gsample/s and are available in entry-level models  the IDS-207 70MHz, IDS-210 100MHz and IDS-220 200MHz, and advanced models  the IDS-307 70MHz, IDS-310 100MHz and IDS-320 200MHz. In addition, the IDS-200 models offer memory depth of 1Mpts per channel and a DMM count of 5000, whereas the IDS-300 models provide a memory depth of 5Mpts per channel, a DMM count of 50,000 and temperature measurement.

These lightweight high-functionality devices weigh only 1.5kg and are robust and easily portable around any worksite, providing easy measurement and fast data analysis. They are supplied with everything needed to get up and running as soon as possible, including: a 150MHz probe for use with IDS-207/307/210/310 or a 250MHz probe (for use with IDS-220/320); test lead; power cord; soft carrying case; soft carrying bag; AC-DC adapter; wrist strap, Quick Start guide; and CD user manual.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2016had revenues of GBP1.29bn.

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July 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm

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Seafood Expo Asia 2016 to Explore Key Trends Driving Growth of the Industry in Asia

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-The region’s growing population, rising middle class, increasing per capita spending and well established eating out culture is fueling demand for higher value fish and seafood.

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Seafood Expo Asia will return to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 6-8 September 2016, providing buyers from major supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, airlines, wholesale and foodservice sectors with an opportunity to source the world’s finest seafood products and learn about the top trends set to impact the region’s fish and shellfish market in the future.

The outlook for Asia’s seafood industry will be a central theme at this year’s event which runs alongside the fine dining and beverage exhibition, Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong. With the region’s palate for premium seafood evolving, Asia is expected to dominate global aquaculture trade and import growth with the World Bank predicting that by 2030 Asian countries will account for around 70% of global fish consumption.

A 2014 Global Industry Analysts report suggests that in terms of demand, the Asia Pacific is not only the largest and fastest growing market in the world, but is projected to increase at an average compound growth rate of 5% between now and 2020. Growth is being driven by a rising middle class population that according to 2013 data from Ernst & Young and SKOLKOVO stands at around 525 million people but which over the next 20 years could potentially expand to more than 3 billion.

Asia has become increasingly important to the global seafood market as with the growth of the region’s middle class population, consumers in this income bracket are able to afford higher value goods and products, one of them being premium fish and shellfish,” says Ms. Liz Plizga, Seafood Group Vice President of Diversified Communications, organizers of Seafood Expo Asia.

“Improving living standards and rising incomes, coupled with an already well established dining out culture, are driving market expansion as individuals become more conscious of taste and quality particularly in China andSouth East Asia, where economic growth is positively impacting seafood imports making these countries especially attractive to producers and exporters of premium produce.”

At Seafood Expo Asia, industry buyers will be able to meet with over 240 suppliers of fish and shellfish from more than 30 countries, and find the products they are looking for to satisfy their customers’ growing appetite, including abalone, clams, bass, crab, shrimp, salmon, prawns, scallops, lobster, cod, and oysters among many other species.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to hear from seafood experts who will offer business advice, support and insight during the three-day event. The presentation theatre will stage culinary demonstrations, master classes, networking events and educational seminars covering a broad range of issues and trends affecting the industry that are designed to equip delegates with new ideas to grow their businesses.

Through Seafood Expo Asia’s Key Buyer Program, high volume trade customers will also be able to enjoy special privileges that range from access to an exclusive lounge for meetings and networking opportunities, to participation in the exposition’s Business Matchmaking Program. Another popular destination is the event’s New Product Showcase which over the last three years has introduced more than 220 new packaged seafood products, condiments and culinary dishes to the Asia market.

“With lifestyles becoming busier, Asian consumers are turning to ready meal solutions that are quick and easier to prepare,” says Ms. Plizga, while noting that this trend along with rising demand for higher value seafood is creating unique opportunities for food manufacturers to create new culinary combinations from fish and seafood being paired with more decadent sauces, to dine-at-home options inspired by local flavors.

To learn more about opportunities in the Asian market, interested parties are invited to visit to sign up for a free webinar hosted by Seafood Expo Asia’s official media partner, which will take place on the 23 June 2016 at 9.00am US Eastern time. The webinar will analyze latest trends and offer predictions for the future of the region’s seafood industry. Visit this website for more information, to view a video of 2015 highlights, or to register for a free trade pass to the 2016 event.

About Seafood Expo Asia

Seafood Expo Asia is a trade event where buyers and suppliers of seafood from around the world come together to network and conduct business in the lucrative Hong Kong and Asia Pacific markets.  The event’s seventh edition takes place from the 6-8 September 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in Wanchai,Hong Kong. is the exposition’s official media covering industry news year-round. The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications and is co-located with Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong.

About Diversified Communications

Diversified Communications is a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, digital products, publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine and business management. The company’s global seafood portfolio of expositions and media includes Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, Seafood Expo Asia and Diversified Communications, in partnership with SeaWeb, also produces SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier seafood conference on sustainability. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified has divisions in the Eastern United States, Australia,Canada, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit:


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“GATSBY Student CM Awards,” Commercial Video Contest for Students, to Develop into “GATSBY CREATIVE AWARDS,” More Creative Venue, Closer to Consumers!

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OSAKA, Japan  /PRNewswire/ — Osaka-based Mandom Corp. will hold “GATSBY CREATIVE AWARDS,” a TV commercial video contest featuring the GATSBY brand of men’s grooming products. The contest has been held as “GATSBY Student CM Awards” 10 times, and will be upgraded as “GATSBY CREATIVE AWARDS” in 2016.

The competition will provide not only Japanese students but also those from nine other countries and regions —Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States — with an opportunity to interact with one another through their production of commercial videos, thereby supporting young people’s creative activities. Not only students who are aspiring to be professional video creators but also beginners who are interested in video creation can participate in the contest with a light heart.


Official contest website:

Organized by Mandom Corp.
Produced by CrEa, Inc.
Period of accepting entries: Friday, July 1, to Monday, October 31, 2016
– Screening committee meeting & award ceremony: Saturday, January 28, 2017
(in Tokyo’s Harajuku district)
– Those qualified to participate: Students enrolled in high schools, vocational
schools, junior colleges, universities and post-graduate schools in areas
covered by the contest. (Those who meet these qualifications can participate
regardless of their nationalities.)
– Areas covered by the contest: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of
Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States
– The work winning the grand prix will be broadcast by a terrestrial television
station  in a country or area where its creator studies and submitted to the
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The winner of the grand
prix will receive 500,000 yen in prize money, among other extra prizes.

GATSBY Student CM Awards, a video contest for students held for 10 years from 2006 ahead of the current video boom, will develop into one of Asia’s largest CM contests for students thanks to entries by numerous students. At a final screening committee meeting, judges evaluate submitted works, and gently and enthusiastically give advice to students who submitted their works. The event ends with an award ceremony that is quite moving.

Those who attended the award ceremony have given the organizer such comments as “It was a dreamy event,” “It was a good opportunity for participants to inspire each other,” “I was able to have many hopes toward my future,” “I’m really glad that I made friends with many participants from overseas” and “I’d like you to continue the event.” A total of 1,559 works were submitted to the 10th contest held last year.

The contest will develop into “GATSBY CREATIVE AWARDS” in 2016 with the aim of making the event, which had focused on product commercials, a diverse creative venue.

“GATSBY CREATIVE AWARDS” to develop into a more inspiring contest easier for young people to participate in

– The work that wins the grand prix (only in the Standard CM Category) will be broadcast by a terrestrial television station in a country where its author studies so that the winner can share their joy with their fellow students and other friends, and submitted to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

– The submission of the work that won the grand prix in last year’s contest to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity as an extra prize was highly appreciated by its author. Therefore, the organizer will continue to do so this year. The organizer is determined to provide students who are aspiring to be professionals with opportunities to have their works appreciated at higher levels so that they will be further inspired.

– The time limit on works in the No-Editing CM Category to be lifted
By lifting the time limit on works to be submitted to the No-Editing CM Category, the organizer will ease restrictions on the production of works so that applicants will submit more expressive works.

– Prize money to be increased
The prize money for the grand-prize winner will be increased from 300,000 yen to 500,000 yen.

For details, visit the contest’s official website, “GATSBY CREATIVE AWARDS”:

About Mandom Corp. President & Executive Officer: Motonobu Nishimura
Headquarters: Osaka City

Source: Mandom Corp.

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July 5, 2016 at 2:26 pm

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MEDION Brings Trend-setting Consumer Electronics Products to European Consumers with DHL’s New Multimodal Service

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-Inaugural shipment from Taiwan to Lodz spanned 10,000 km in 21 days — at up to half the time of sea freight and a third of the cost of air freight

TAIPEI, Taiwan  /PRNewswire/ — DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, today announced the successful on-time completion of German consumer electronics manufacturer MEDION’s first multimodal rail delivery from Taiwan to Europe. MEDION, a Lenovo company, has been the first to trial DHL’s new multimodal service via Xiamen, China which cuts its shipping time and costs by up to half and two-thirds respectively compared to its previous ocean and air freight options.

A leading manufacturer of consumer electronic products such as smartphones, laptops, personal computers and video cameras in Germany, MEDION offers innovative, functional and high-quality products direct to consumers as well as through some of the world’s largest international retailers. MEDION’s products are distributed acrossEurope, Scandinavia, UK, US, Canada and Asia.

“The success of our business lies in being able to provide consumers direct and timely access to our products and also managing and controlling the entire value chain for our retail partners,” said a spokesperson of MEDION AG. “With DHL’s expertise in shipping for the consumer electronics sector, our products are delivered on time in a cost-efficient way  an important element as we continue to grow and sustain our market share throughoutEurope and other regions.”

An extension of DHL’s multimodal network, the company’s new service for MEDION saw their electronics goods and components transported from Taichung, Taiwan to Xiamen via sea; before embarking on a rail journey through Chengdu, China to Lodz, Poland. From there, shipments are routed to MEDION’s main operations inGermany.

“Our multimodal solutions offer MEDION additional freight options and complement the existing DHL air, ocean and road freight services that they are already using. The successful inaugural shipment shows the service’s capabilities in supporting MEDION in its Europe-wide growth strategy,” said Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding China. “As ‘Belt and Road’ comes into force, we expect rail to undergo a renaissance for European and Chinese enterprises, particularly those working with electronics and manufacturing hubs along our routes like Taichung and Xiamen.”

“Fast, efficient trade routes are critical for businesses looking to take advantage of both China and Europe’sconsumer markets and production capabilities,” said Charles Kaufmann, CEO, North Asia and Head of Value Added Services, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific. “Early adopters to multimodal services like MEDION gain not only greater efficiency, but a competitive edge in speed-to-market and responsiveness to demand that less nimble enterprises will find it hard to catch up with.”

The new multimodal service sees DHL build on its existing multimodal network which connects Taiwan, Japanand China to continental Europe via Russia and Central Asia. DHL’s multimodal routes are closely mapped toChina’s “Belt and Road” initiative with the Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road.

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DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 340,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 59 billion euros in 2015.

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July 5, 2016 at 2:14 pm

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Customer Experience Is Measured by Seconds. Is Your E-commerce Infrastructure Ready for the Test?

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — With rampant growth of e-Commerce in countries such as China,India, Japan and South Korea, the Asia-Pacific region is set to become the leading region for e-Commerce globally. By 2018, this region is expected to generate sales of US$1,892 billion regionally and US$3,015 globally. Countries such as Malaysia and Philippines are witnessing the strongest growth while China and Korea will command the highest sales through e-Commerce as found in a recent Frost & Sullivan study.

However, this rapidly evolving landscape is beset with its own set of challenges, the major one being IT infrastructure. Research by Frost & Sullivan shows that the slow loading time of Web pages is one of the main reasons why customers move from one e-Commerce company to another. Even a delay of a single second creates customer dissatisfaction and pushes the customer to choose another e-Commerce player to meet their needs. To maintain high Web performance at all times, e-Commerce players should invest in efficient and reliable infrastructure.

Top e-Commerce companies globally use various technologies and solutions to provide a fast and reliable shopping experience for their customers, irrespective of the device used. One of the most successful solutions in the market today is Content Delivery Network or CDN. A CDN solution improves user experience with efficient network resource utilisation ensuring faster Web page loading time with every customer click from anywhere in the world.

Through the implementation of CDN, e-Commerce merchants are able to boost their Web performance tremendously. For instance, one second of speed boost will increase sales by 3% per customer.

“e-Commerce is a fast growing industry in Asia Pacific with merchants across the world looking to expand in the region. With the growing spending power of middle class consumers, more and more consumers are willing to make online purchases due to an increase in technology adoption. At Qoo10, we sell merchandise across fashion, beauty, healthcare, baby care, household, digital and mobile, food, and entertainment categories. Our customers order products not just from APAC but also from other global markets. We believe that CDN is an essential technology for our business to provide customers across the world with a superior online shopping experience,” shared Mr HyunWook Cho, Country Manager, Qoo10 Indonesia.

“Online consumer loyalty is much lower than that of traditional brick-and-mortar consumers. In the digital world, consumers have little patience for poor e-Commerce and will abandon e-Commerce sites and un-bought shopping carts for better e-Commerce destinations with a more optimal user experience. Today, online consumers are demanding superior UI/UX and at speeds that keep them engaged,” noted Mr Jerry Chung, Country Manager/Head of Sales for SEA & Pacific, CDNetworks Singapore.

In the White Paper, e-Commerce Retailers – The Next Billion $ Opportunity – Are We Ready?, topics discussed include core issues and challenges faced by e-Commerce customers and how they can identify the appropriate CDN solution to provide seamless customer experience that is cost-effective, fast, reliable and efficient.

Through platforms or devices such as desktops, mobile phones or tablets, customers are able to engage in an ‘always-open online shopping experience’ from anywhere and at anytime. Hence, to stay relevant and retain their competitive edge, it is essential that e-Commerce retailers consider both flexibility and reliability when developing their platforms.

In addition to changing consumer preferences, the usage of Smartphones and Tablets remains pivotal for the growth of the e-Commerce industry. The impact of such devices should not be overlooked. It is estimated that up to 30% of e-Commerce sales globally is attributed to mobile and smartphone devices alone.

There are already more than 1 million online retailers in ASEAN, with the top 20% of e-Commerce retailers providing 63% of the total revenue. Increased competition within the e-Commerce provider space is expected as the industry grows.

The key drivers for e-Commerce growth include the expanding middle class population, changing consumption and purchasing patterns. In addition, one other emerging area will be mobile payments, which will account for more than 10% of total payment transactions in Asia-Pacific by 2020 with emerging countries showing higher growth.

“With factors such as growing Internet penetration, faster Internet services, home/commercial Wi-Fi networks, availability of hotspots and mobile 4G, customers will value convenience and the ability to make faster purchase over the discounts and deals offered by e-Commerce players,” noted Ajay Sunder, Vice President, ICT, Frost & Sullivan, Asia Pacific.

The rapidly evolving business landscape has also proved conducive for cross-border e-Commerce especially in the Asia Pacific region, which is one of the key drivers for regional growth. However, cross-border complexities have also become one of the biggest challenges facing the industry.

In a recent study, 47% of consumers surveyed mentioned that they expected the Web site to load within 2 seconds and 40% stated that they would leave if it did not load within 3 seconds. Another study inferred that close to 60% of ASEAN consumers would look for an alternative place to purchase a product if the Web site failed to load on time. This translates to tremendous loss in revenues for e-Commerce retailers.

The most suitable choice to address the issue of latency with regard to Web performance at low operational costs is the use of global CDN. CDN provides an unparalleled end-user experience by accelerating the Web performance, which includes dynamic content.

This White Paper identifies the key issues in the industry that can be addressed by enlisting a CDN provider. It also provides guidance on the criteria that should be considered in the selection of a CDN provider.

The complimentary White Paper can be downloaded here.

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