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Tennis great Serena Williams aces Auckland visit

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AUCKLAND /PRNewswire/ — Tennis great and current world number 2 Serena Williams has welcomed in the New Year in the first global city to see the sun come up on 2017.

Tennis great Serena Williams aces Auckland visit
Tennis great Serena Williams aces Auckland visit

Williams is in Auckland, New Zealand, to compete at the ASB Classic tennis tournament but took some time out of her training schedule to explore the region’s stunning natural playground on New Year’s Eve.

Williams and her new fiancé, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, helicoptered to Waiheke Island in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, to explore a private beach. Waiheke Island was named one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 regions in the world in 2016, and Williams clearly enjoyed her short break.

“Waiheke is just so beautiful. To have a gorgeous island like this so close to the city is special, Auckland takes your breath away” says Serena Williams.

Williams has enjoyed plenty of Auckland’s highlights since arriving Friday and encourages fans to make sure they visit the city.

“The scenery is beautiful, but there is also a great city vibe. The food has been so awesome, and I hear the shopping is really good too!”

Auckland is playing host to some of the sport’s biggest names with Venus Williams also returning to compete in the first event on the global tennis calendar before they head off to the Australian Open.

The announcement of Serena Williams competing in Auckland led to tickets selling out for both women’s sessions, the first time in the tournament’s 61-year history that the women’s weekend has sold out before the men’s, proving that Williams is in fact one of the greatest athletes alive.


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“I love exploring new places and New Zealand has always been somewhere I have wanted to visit. To be in the first city to welcome in the New Year is very special.”

Auckland harbour is gorgeous and there are so many beaches right in the city. And Waiheke Island — this is amazing.”

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January 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm

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Singapore’s Restalyst Develops More Effective Test Kit for Liver Cancer

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Singapore biomedical firm Restalyst, known for its fuss-free test kits for stomach and nasopharyngeal carcinoma, has come up with a similar product to detect liver carcinoma. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver carcinoma, causes up to one million deaths globally every year. It typically occurs in people infected with the Hepatitis B and C viruses, but can also come about when the liver is damaged by too much alcohol. Experts are seeing rapidly increasing number of cases in Europe and the United States.

To address this, Restalyst has developed a patented screening kit to detect if a person has liver carcinoma. The test, called the Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recombinant Antigen-Antibody Detection kit (HCC-REAAD™), works by employing an ELISA[1] test that uses antibodies to target a specific biomarker. When a person has HCC, the concentration of this biomarker in their blood elevates[2]. By being able to detect this biomarker, which is known as IGFBP2, the HCC-REAAD™ test can detect whether a person has liver carcinoma. The HCC-REAAD kit was developed based on a patented technology by Professor Hsieh Sen Yung from Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan.

“The conventional method of detecting liver carcinoma is not good enough and many cases are picked up too late. By developing in-vitro diagnostics like HCC-REAAD™, which has a high sensitivity and specificity, we hope that more cases will be found at an earlier stage. At Restalyst, we believe in developing diagnostics to improve the efficacy of diagnosis so as to allow for earlier detection, treatment and indirectly saving lives,” said Mr Zaccheus Peh, CEO of Restalyst.

Restalyst’s HCC-REAAD™ can identify those with liver carcinoma to a high degree of accuracy because it makes use of the unique IGFBP2 biomarker. Studies have shown that the HCC-REAAD™ test has sensitivity and specificity of 82 and 91 per cent respectively. The kit has received CE Mark certification for use as an in vitro diagnostic device. Restalyst will be launching HCC-REAAD™ at MEDICA 2016, Hall 3 Booth 74.

[1] Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. This is a technique used to measure the concentration of a specific substance in a blood sample.

[2] Patent; Protein markers for detecting liver cancer and method for identifying the markers thereof

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January 6, 2017 at 12:14 pm

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Electrocomponents Appoints New President of RS Components

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/PRNewswire/ — Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced the appointment of Marianne Culver as President RS Components. She will join the business immediately as a member of the Executive Management Team, reporting directly to CEO Lindsley Ruth.

As President, Marianne will be responsible for driving profitable growth across the regions, developing the RS brand and delivering an improved experience for electronics and industrial customers.

Marianne has 25 years’ experience as a senior international executive with a track record of delivering strong business performance and leading global business transformation, supplier/product marketing, multi-channel and M&A. She has worked in four continents in online and offline customer-facing environments.

Before joining Electrocomponents, Marianne was UK Managing Director at TNT, the B2B express carrier, where she played a leading role in the company’s UK turnaround and transformation. Prior to TNT, Marianne spent 10 years at Premier Farnell plc, latterly as Executive Director of Transformation and Supply Chain/Supplier Management. Marianne is a Board member of the British Quality Foundation and was a member of the Board of Directors of Rexel SA until her appointment to Electrocomponents.

Lindsley Ruth, CEO of Electrocomponents, stated: “I am thrilled to welcome Marianne to the team. Her wealth of global distribution experience means she is extremely well positioned to take RS forward. Her energy, commitment and strong customer focus will be invaluable to our organisation as we progress on our journey to deliver best-in-class results for suppliers, customers and shareholders.”

Commenting on her appointment, Marianne said: “I am delighted to be joining Electrocomponents at this exciting time. RS is a strong brand with great recognition in the industry. I am excited by the opportunity that we have to put the customer back at the heart of this business and drive faster growth and an improved performance.”

About Electrocomponents plc

Electrocomponents plc is the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 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 electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents. The Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2016 had revenues of GBP1.29bn.

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January 6, 2017 at 11:23 am

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