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New MT4 WebTrader Platform Available with FxPro

LONDON, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — FxPro Group Ltd (FxPro) has just launched its own proprietary browser-based trading platform that allows clients to trade using their MT4 accounts. By logging into FxPro WebTrader with only their FxPro Direct login details, clients can access all their MT4 accounts, real and demo and easily switch between them without re-authenticating or reloading the page.

Built in the latest HTML5 technology, the new FxPro WebTrader is easier to use and faster than most other browser-based platforms. This means that latency is exceptionally low, affording clients the best possible trading experience from anywhere in the world.

In terms of functionality, an all-new charting platform has been built with powerful drawing tools and an abundance of indicators. The expansive charting package also allows clients the ability to trade and manage orders directly from the chart.

“By listening to our clients and using their feedback we have delivered a product that offers all the benefits of the MT4 platform, but with extra added functionality and the fast execution you would expect from a desktop platform. With the majority of our clients using MT4 for forex trading, this new browser-based platform gives them the ability to trade as securely and reliably as they would do normally from any device enabled with a web browser.” Charalambos Psimolophitis, CEO at FxPro.

Notes to Media

About FxPro

FxPro is an award-winning, 100% FX Agency Model broker that has its interests totally aligned with its clients. FxPro serves clients in over 150 countries with advanced trading tools and aims to be the leading provider of FX solutions for algorithmic trading.

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

http://www.fxpro.co.uk

Risk Warning
Trading CFDs involves a high risk of loss.

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FxPro
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Hyatt Regency Suzhou Opens in Eastern China

SUZHOU, China, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hyatt Regency Suzhou today announced the opening in Suzhou, one of the most important economic, cultural and historic cities of Eastern China, neighboring Shanghai.

VIPs at the Grand Opening of Hyatt Regency Suzhou

VIPs at the Grand Opening of Hyatt Regency Suzhou

 

Charity Donation from Hyatt Regency Suzhou and Jinghope, the owning company of the hotel

Charity Donation from Hyatt Regency Suzhou and Jinghope, the owning company of the hotel

 

29-floor high atrium at Hyatt Regency Suzhou, the highest in the city

29-floor high atrium at Hyatt Regency Suzhou, the highest in the city

The city of Suzhou, known as “the Venice of China,” is renowned for its ancient canals, stone bridges and UNESCO-listed classic gardens. Hyatt Regency Suzhou provides contemporary comfort and high-tech amenities to business and leisure guests in the thriving heart of this historic city.

“We are thrilled that Hyatt Regency Suzhou is now part of this vibrant community. The opening of Hyatt Regency Suzhou is a strategic step for Hyatt as we grow our brand presence in China,” said Christopher Koehler, vice president of operations – China, Hyatt. “We believe that the authentic hospitality and care delivered by our colleagues will be well received by the hotel’s guests and the community. We look forward to fostering meaningful connections among business and leisure travelers around the world.”

Strategically nestled in the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) with a subway station at its doorstep, Hyatt Regency Suzhou is part of Jinghope Plaza, a new complex project that includes a luxury shopping mall, entertainment venues and two Grade-A office buildings.

Hyatt Regency Suzhou is a key connecting point between Suzhou and Shanghai, offering easy accessibility to visiting guests. It takes just 25 minutes by train to reach Shanghai, one hour by car to reach Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, and 10 minutes by car to reach Suzhou SIP Railway Station, the transportation hub of Yangtze River Delta region. Neighboring the picturesque Jinji Lake, Suzhou Culture and Arts Center, Suzhou International Expo Center and the Ferris Wheel Park, Hyatt Regency Suzhou will also provide a convenient blend between the ancient Suzhou city and new district.

The hotel offers 355 spacious guestrooms and suites plus a Regency Club. There are five restaurants and lounges, more than 15,000 square feet of innovative meeting, event and wedding venues, and spa and wellness facilities.

The refreshing, contemporary design by LTW Designworks features a breathtaking 29-story triangular atrium topped with a glass roof. The interior design is inspired by Suzhou’s classic gardens offset by large-scale contemporary artworks and abstract patterns that reference the modern face of Suzhou.

“We are delighted to introduce the Hyatt Regency brand’s signature world-class dining, hospitality and amenities to one of China’s most historic cities,” said Gary Chan, general manager of Hyatt Regency Suzhou. “As the first Hyatt hotel in Jiangsu province, Hyatt Regency Suzhou will be an inspiring place to connect, dine, meet, celebrate and relax in the city. With an energetic team of expert planners and passionate hoteliers, we are ready to welcome our guests from the neighborhood and around the world.”

Contemporary Accommodation

Hyatt Regency Suzhou’s 355 contemporary guestrooms encircle an eye-catching 29-story atrium, offering impressive city views from every room. The bright, modern design incorporates Suzhou stylistic influences – from a large black-and-white mural featuring snapshots of classical architecture and garden images to woven cane lanterns and an abundance of natural woods and textures.

Starting at a spacious 430 square feet, all guestrooms offer premium amenities, including: a large-screen LED TV with satellite channels and free on-demand movies; coffee and tea sets; individually controlled air conditioning; and complimentary high-speed broadband/Wi-Fi Internet access. An oversized table is equally comfortable as a work desk and dining table. Bathrooms feature a deep-soaking tub, spacious shower and separate toilet, plus all-natural bath products.

Regency Suites, starting at 968 square feet, feature a separate living/dining area, a coffee machine and freestanding window bathtub. The Regency Club provides the highest level of personalized services, including exclusive access to the 28th floor’s Regency Club lounge, serving complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening cocktails. Guests can also enjoy the Regency Club boardroom, express check-in/out and dedicated receptionist and concierge services.

Destination Dining

Hyatt Regency Suzhou brings Hyatt-renowned dining experiences to Suzhou with five destination restaurants and lounges. The hotel offers both international flavors and authentic local dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients.

Ascending the grand staircase from the lobby, the second floor’s Hua Chi 88 is a vibrant Chinese dining restaurant serving authentic Suzhou and Huaiyang cuisines, Taihu Boat cuisine from nearby Tai Lake, and the city’s finest Peking Duck roasted over fruitwood in the traditional duck oven. Live show kitchens throughout the dining room add to the theatrical atmosphere. Six private dining rooms feature large windows and private bathrooms.  

The Fireplace on the third floor is an international grill restaurant with a sophisticated European bistro-style ambience. The open kitchen serves up Italian pizzas and grilled specialties. Wood-paneled walls, mounted animal heads and peacock blue, semi-circular booths make it a destination to impress. The Fireplace also features a mosaic and marble bar with a Manhattan vibe, ideal for relaxing before or after dinner with an artisanal cocktail, such as the signature Whisky Sour.

Tea House on the ground floor combines the conviviality of a traditional Chinese teahouse with a modern style, and it serves light snacks, beverages and cocktails. By day, it’s a great place to work, meet and socialize with free Wi-Fi. By night, Tea House transforms into a relaxed bar.   

Beneath the magnificent 29-story atrium, The Atrium is an elegant spot for informal meetings and gatherings. Market Café occupies a second-floor space with double-height windows where guests can eat out of the pan, off the grill and out of the wok. The freshest ingredients are used to create a la minute dishes from across China, Asia and the world, plus a delicious dessert selection.

Innovative Events and Weddings

Hyatt Regency Suzhou is the place for every occasion with more than 15,000 square feet of innovative meetings and events space.

The Residence is a new-concept events venue comprised of four multifunctional rooms with large French windows, hosting up to 360 guests. The rooms feature versatile sliding screens that open onto a large foyer, and a dedicated Loft Kitchen is fully equipped for creative dining experiences. The Residence is ideal for conferences, meetings and cocktail events. It is also a great choice for wedding parties and family gatherings.

Designed in contemporary style, the 6,240-square-foot Regency Ballroom can host up to 450 people for a cocktail event and 340 for a private dining event. The ballroom can also be divided into two rooms for smaller gatherings. A large VIP/Bridal Dressing Room and lounge are available. All venues are appointed with advanced technology and communications systems as well as complimentary wireless Internet connectivity. A private street-front entrance provides exclusivity.

Spa and Wellness Facilities

Yue Spa at Hyatt Regency Suzhou is designed to restore and maintain the natural equilibrium, or “yin yang,” which is critical to human wellbeing. Six private spa suites plus two reflexology areas provide a full range of body and facial treatments. Spa guests can enjoy the hydrotherapy facilities featuring Roman-style baths and an oversized steam room.

Signature treatment combines traditional Chinese techniques with using a choice of aromatherapy or therapeutic oils. Authentic Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments are also available in Yue Spa, together with a certified TCM doctor and Tai Qi master ready for consultations and movement practice.

The hotel also features a 25-meter indoor swimming pool on the third floor with floor-to-ceiling city views. As an added artistic touch, the pool is framed by intricate mosaic artworks featuring scenes of old Suzhou canal. The 24-hour fitness center offers the latest cardio and strength equipment, which enables guests to share their workout stats via social media apps.

About Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency brand is an energizing hotel brand that connects travelers to who and what matters most to them. More than 140 conveniently located Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in over 30 countries around the world serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion – from efficient business meetings to memorable family vacations. The brand offers a one-stop experience that puts everything guests need right at their fingertips. Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts offer a full range of services and amenities, including notable culinary experiences; technology-enabled ways to collaborate; the space to work, engage or relax; and expert planners who take care of every detail. For more information, visit hyattregency.com

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company’s subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva brand names and have locations on six continents. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club®. As of June 30, 2014, the Company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 563 properties in 48 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

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CAIDE Looks into the Future: New App from Merz Pharmaceuticals Assesses the Risk of Getting Dementia Within the Next 20 Years

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The CAIDE Dementia Risk App from Merz Pharmaceuticals is available free of charge for people from 40 to 65 to calculate their individual risk for getting dementia within the next two decades. Using a traffic light color scheme, the App can also help physicians discuss preventive measures with patients at risk.

The new “CAIDE Dementia Risk App (Cardiovascular risk factors, Aging and Incidence of DEmentia) has been developed in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and is available in the App Store for a free download. The CAIDE App may be used on an iPhone or iPad and comes in two versions: one for physicians and one for individuals. It is available in five languages: German, French, Spanish, Russian, and English as default.

CAIDE supports prevention of dementia 

After entering gender, date of birth, height and weight, cholesterol level, blood pressure, physical activity and years of education the App calculates the risk of getting dementia within the next 20 years. If the risk is in the normal range an orange bar appears. The bar is green if the risk is lower and red if it is higher than average. Then the physician should discuss preventive lifestyle interventions.

Professor Miia Kivipelto who has done the research (1,2) on which the App is based says: “The biggest risk factor for developing dementia is advanced age. Large epidemiological studies have demonstrated that what is good for the heart is good for the brain – in other words, a healthy lifestyle with physical activity, low blood cholesterol levels, not being obese, and having normal blood pressure at midlife protects not only against cardiac disease, but also against dementia.”

More information about Merz on http://www.merz.com.

  1. Kivipelto M et al.; Lancet Neurol 2006;5:735-41
  2. Sindi et al. Poster presented at the 13th Geneva /Springfield Symposium, March 2014

Pressekontakt:
Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH
Dr. Elisabeth Calov
Tel: +49-(0)69-1503-8428
E-mail: elisabeth.calov@merz.de

When Cars Start to Feel the Road

LINKOPING, Sweden, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
NIRA Dynamics AB has now developed algorithms that can estimate the friction value between the road and the tires.
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SCMP Group Launches EsquireHK.com

First and Only International Men’s Fashion & Lifestyle Media Brand to Kick-start Multimedia Website in HK

HONG KONG, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SCMP Group Ltd (SEHK: 583), Asia’s leading media holding company, today announced that it will launch EsquireHK.com on 1 September, establishing Esquire as the first and only international men’s fashion & lifestyle media brand with a localized multimedia online presence in Hong Kong. This follows the publication of Esquire’s Chinese version in January after SCMP Hearst Magazines Limited, a joint venture between SCMP Group and Hearst Magazines International, acquired its publication rights in Hong Kong.

Leveraging the resonance of the print edition’s lifestyle and fashion content, EsquireHK.com will enrich readers’ experience with a host of multimedia daily-refreshed channels on Style, Lifestyle, Watches, Food & Drinks, Machines, People and Esquire TV. The new website shares the signature brand essence and motif of its US counterpart esquire.com, while infusing Hong Kong and international editorial directions with local flair.  EsquireHK.com is powered by multi-talented online editorial specialists that create daily lifestyle & fashion news, reviews, tips, how-to guides and interviews using lively language, videos, photos, infographics and images.

SCMP Group announced that EsquireHK.com will be launched on 1 Sep, establishing Esquire as the first and only international men’s fashion & lifestyle media brand with a localized multimedia online presence in Hong Kong.

SCMP Group announced that EsquireHK.com will be launched on 1 Sep, establishing Esquire as the first and only international men’s fashion & lifestyle media brand with a localized multimedia online presence in Hong Kong.

Ms. Josephine Chan, Managing Director, SCMP Magazines Publishing Ltd said, “Through research and focus groups, we confirmed our belief that there is a dearth of men’s fashion and lifestyle websites with quality and original content in sync with what Hong Kong readers are looking for. EsquireHK.com helps us bridge this important market void, while strengthening our connection with readers, and importantly, building on the success that Esquire print has attained since the January launch.”

Ms. Chan added, “With daily updated content, EsquireHK.com will become indispensable to marketers and advertisers looking for an integrated men-focused advertising and promotion platform. In Esquire magazine and Esquirehk.com, they will be able to direct their promotional efforts to a high-value group of target audience that cares about style and substance.”

An online campaign titled “Are you THE MAN?” has preempted the website launch and introduced readers to Esquire HK’s brand essence – modern, sophisticated, confident and detailed.  Created by the EsquireHK.com team, the campaign is making a splash with visitors, some of whom heard about it from Esquire’s HK Facebook page. The campaign challenges site visitors to test their understanding of “Lifestyle, Style, Workplace and Party”. Registered participants who submit outstanding answers will win special prizes. The campaign www.esquireHK.com/areyoutheman will end on September 7.

About SCMP Group Ltd and South China Morning Post

SCMP Group Limited (SEHK: 583) is a leading newspaper and magazine publisher in Asia. Its flagship publication, South China Morning Post, is Hong Kong’s internationally recognised English language newspaper and has the city’s most affluent and influential readership.

First published in 1903, the newspaper has developed an enviable reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting on Hong Kong, Mainland China and the rest of Asia. Available in print, mobile, tablets and online through scmp.com and e-reader editions, South China Morning Post reaches a global audience with daily breaking news, analysis and opinion, multimedia articles and interactive forums. The South China Morning Post received over 160 awards in 2013-14 for excellence in editorial, marketing and technical capability.  Other titles in the Group include the Sunday Morning Post, Nanzao.com, Nanzaozhinan.com, STYLE, Destination Macau, The PEAK, HK Magazine, The List, Where Hong Kong, and Where Chinese.

Through the joint venture partnership with Hearst, SCMP Hearst publishes the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan, CosmoBride, Harper’s BAZAAR, Harper’s BAZAAR Art, Harper’s BAZAAR Bride, Esquire, ELLE, ELLE Men, ELLE Wedding, ELLE Decoration, and ELLE Accessories; and operates Cosmopolitan.com.hk, Cosmogirl.com.hk, Harpersbazaar.com.hk, ELLE.com and EsquireHK.com in Hong Kong.

For further information please contact:              

+852-2680-8888
communications@scmp.com

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Pure Search Launches Financial Services Division, Completes Integration and Re-branding of Correlate Search UK, Acquired in April 2013

LONDON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Pure Search, a leading global search firm, today announced the launch of Pure Search Financial Services. This newly created division is a merger of Correlate Search UK (acquired by Pure Search in April 2013) and the existing financial services sector teams at Pure.  

Pure Search Financial Services will be led by the former Managing Directors of Correlate Search UK, Simon Head and Gavin Bonnet, and will work closely with Pure’s global offices in Asia (Hong Kong and Singapore), headed by Liam Richardson, and North America (New York) led by Barrie Sanderson

The new Financial Services division has recently been strengthened by senior hires John Newstead from Redgrave Partners, Colleen Quilty from Quilty Group, and Adam Scarr from Hays. This now equips the new division to cover senior Sales, Trading & Structuring mandates across Equities, FX, Fixed Income & Commodities, alongside Pure Search’s existing strong practice areas in Compliance, Risk Management, Finance/Treasury, Legal and Tax.

“This is another exciting development for Pure Search, bringing together our existing global strength across Infrastructure with the Global Markets presence brought by our acquisition of Correlate. It gives us a strong strategic position in Financial Services across front and back office at a time when the markets are beginning to grow again. Our global senior management team of Simon, Gavin, Liam and Barrie are first class and we have every confidence they can dynamically grow our market share”, said Chris Nelson, co-founder of Pure Search.

Simon Head commented, “this sends the market a strong signal of our intent to build a world class global financial institutions business. Combining the best of Correlate Search UK with the existing global financial services presence of Pure will enable us to offer a complete cross asset, multi-function search capability to our clients throughout Europe, Asia and the US, and we are very excited about the future.”

World-Premiere: The All-New Volvo XC90

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Months of speculation ended today after Volvo Cars unveiled its all-new Volvo XC90, delivering on its promise to introduce a visually striking, premium quality seven seat SUV with world leading safety features, new powertrain technologies, an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior finish.

The all-new XC90 on display at the world premiere launch event Artipelag in Stockholm, August 26-29.

The all-new XC90 on display at the world premiere launch event Artipelag in Stockholm, August 26-29.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:
http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7276259-volvo-XC90-world-premiere/

Three years in the making and part of a USD 11bn investment programme, the new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilising its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology.

“This is one of the most important days in our history. We are not just launching a car but re-launching our brand. This day marks a new era for our company. The XC90 paves the way for a portfolio of exciting new cars to come in the following years,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car Group.

The limited First Edition of XC90 includes 1,927 individually numbered cars that celebrate the year Volvo was founded and, for the first time in history, they will only be available for sale via digital commerce at http://www.volvocars.com from September 3rd at 16.00 CET.

“Those who want to be among the first ones to own the best SUV in the world have to act fast. The huge interest in the all-new XC90 indicates that the First Edition will sell out quickly,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Car Group.

Fully equipped  

The First Edition cars, which have uniquely numbered tread plates and a distinctive badge on the tailgate, are powered by a high-performance petrol or diesel engine from Volvo Cars’ new four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain family. The supercharged and turbocharged T6 has an output of 320 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm, while the D5 twin turbo diesel engine has 225 hp and 470 Nm. The engines are teamed with a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Onyx Black exterior and 8-spoke, 21-inch Inscription wheels are combined with an interior featuring nappa leather seats in Amber, a Charcoal leather dashboard and Linear Walnut inlays.

Volvo’s new face 

The new XC90 will be the first of its cars to carry the company’s new more prominent iron mark, which has the iconic arrow elegantly aligned with the diagonal slash across the grille.  Together with the T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” DRL lights, the iron mark introduces an entirely new, distinctive and confident face for Volvo’s forthcoming generation of cars.

The XC90’s larger bonnet with its new topography, the beltline and the sharpened shoulders connecting with the tattoo-like, new rear lights are other important design signatures that will be mirrored across the range.

“The overall impression, both exterior and interior, has a strong connection to the key elements of the Swedish lifestyle: the generous space, the celebration of light and the focus on wellbeing,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Car Group.

Note to Editors:

A picture/s accompanying this release is available through the PA Photowire. It can be downloaded from http://www.pa-mediapoint.press.net or viewed at http://www.mediapoint.press.net or http://www.prnewswire.co.uk.

Contact:

Stefan Elfstrom
Media Relations Manager
Corporate Communications
Volvo Car Corporation
Dept. 50250/PVH50
Goteborg
Sweden
Telephone +46-31-3251878

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Leading Architectural Design Firm NBBJ Launches Healthcare Practice in China

SHANGHAI, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Global design and architecture firm NBBJ announced today the expansion of its healthcare planning and design services into China. Principal Rudy Widjaja will lead planning and design teams from NBBJ’s Shanghai office, where he will draw on his experience with healthcare clients in mainland China, Taiwan, Korea and the United States, as well as the firm’s global network of healthcare experts.  

The launch of NBBJ’s China healthcare practice comes at a time when the scope of the firm’s healthcare practice in Asia is increasing, with work for Shanghai Children’s Medical Center in mainland China; the Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center in Taipei, Taiwan; and the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, Korea, among other projects.

Joan Saba, AIA, FACHA, Partner at NBBJ and the leader of its global healthcare practice, said: “We’ve successfully extended our innovative healthcare facilities concepts across the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. While we have long been serving select healthcare clients in China, we are very excited to deepen our practice by building a strong China team for future clients.”

“By formalizing our healthcare practice, we are now able to bring NBBJ’s renowned healthcare design expertise to our Chinese clients more readily. We can adapt best and future practices to the specific technical and cultural needs in China as new private healthcare models emerge,” added Principal Rudy Widjaja.  

For seventy years, NBBJ’s vision and compassion have helped shape many of the world’s most progressive academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, specialty hospitals, community hospitals, ambulatory care centers, medical office buildings and specialty facilities. NBBJ has worked with 11 of the top 17 U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll Hospitals. Clients include American University of Beirut Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School), Cambridge University, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, the Kuwait Ministry of Health, Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Virginia Mason.

The firm successfully blends healing environments with efficient, evidence-based design and research. This approach has earned NBBJ notable accolades, including being named “Firm of the Year” and “Healthcare Architect of the Year” (for Joan Saba) by Healthcare Design and “Most Admired Healthcare Firm” by Interior Design for seven consecutive years. NBBJ is ranked as the second-largest healthcare architect in the world, according to BD World Architecture, and by Engineering News-Record as the “#1 Green Architecture Firm.” The firm has been the recipient of more than 300 healthcare design awards.

In the late 1990s, NBBJ formed a team to meet clients’ demand for services in a rapidly growing Asia market, which led to the opening of the Shanghai office in 2005. In China, NBBJ is currently designing corporate offices for Alipay in Hangzhou, Suning in Nanjing, Tencent in Shenzhen and WeChat in Guangzhou. Commercial mixed-use developments include Yanlord Landmark in Chengdu and Eton Place in Xiamen. Recent sports and convention centers include the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center in Hangzhou, the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong and the Qingdao Aoshan Bay International Exhibition Center. The firm’s master planning work spans the country, from the waterfront redevelopment of the Shanghai Bund to the 25,000-hectare city master plan for Karamay. NBBJ is the recipient of multiple MIPIM Asia, Cityscape and ASLA awards for its work in China.

To celebrate the expansion of the Chinese healthcare practice, NBBJ Partners Joan Saba and Timothy Johnson as well as Principal Rudy Widjaja are hosting a salon event, “Healthy China: What’s Next for Healthcare and Cities,” which will take place at The Langham, Xintiandi Shanghai, September 15, 2014, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

The invitation-only salon is a platform for discussion and knowledge sharing among leaders, thinkers and builders of health practice and health facilities. The format for the evening will be a panel discussion moderated by the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes (China) magazine, Jiangong Zhou. Panelists include John Cai, Director, Centre for Healthcare Management and Policy, and Adjunct Professor of Economics, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS); Hongyang Wang, Professor, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Nanjing University; Joseph D. Tucker, Director, UNC Project-China; and Joan Saba, Healthcare Design Partner, NBBJ.

For more information:
US: Helen Dimoff, Director of Communications, NBBJ, hdimoff@nbbj.com
China: Stella Ye, stella.ye@motto-consulting.com.cn

For more information on the event:
http://www.nbbj.com/news/2014/8/11/healthy-china-whats-next-for-healthcare-and-cities/

To request an invitation to the event:
Cindy Wu, cwu@nbbj.com

About NBBJ
NBBJ creates innovative places and experiences for organizations worldwide, and designs environments, communities and buildings that enhance people’s lives. Founded in 1943, NBBJ is an industry leader in healthcare and corporate facilities and has a strong presence in the commercial, civic, science, education and sports markets. The firm has won numerous awards and has been recognized as one of the world’s “Top Ten Most Innovative Architecture Firms” by Fast Company magazine. NBBJ has more than 750 employees in ten offices worldwide, including Beijing, Boston, Columbus, London, Los Angeles, New York, Pune, San Francisco, Seattle and Shanghai. Clients include Alibaba, Amazon, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, Cambridge University, Cleveland Clinic, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Massachusetts General Hospital, Microsoft, Reebok, Salk Institute, Samsung, Stanford University, Starbucks, Telenor, Tencent and the Wellcome Trust.

http://www.nbbj.com

Cole Haan Unveils Exclusive ZeroGrand shoes with award-winning global retailer MR PORTER.COM

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle footwear and accessories brand and retailer, today announces an exclusive release with MR PORTER.COM, the award-winning global retail destination for men’s style. The assortment of six styles consists of the ZeroGrand Wing Ox and two silhouettes designed exclusively for the retailer, the new ZeroGrand Chukka and ZeroGrand Tassel Loafer.

“MR PORTER is the most innovative online men’s shop in the world. It only made sense to bring our most innovative product to them. Upon seeing ZeroGrand, we immediately set to work with them to tailor ZeroGrand to the discerning MR PORTER customer,” remarked David Maddocks, Chief Marketing Officer at Cole Haan.

Cole Haan partnered with MR PORTER to determine all details in this new iteration of dress and casual footwear. The result is a masculine palette that easily coordinates with every man’s wardrobe. The styles all feature an Ivory outsole, which is a main characteristic within the collection.

Expanding on ZeroGrand’s collision of innovation and craft, the unlined shoes use reverse full-grain uppers, a luxurious suede from the long-standing British tannery Charles F. Stead. Each lightweight pair in the collection makes for a perfect Pre-Fall choice, that easily transitions into cooler seasons. Originally launched in July 2014, ZeroGrand features Cole Haan’s new “operating system,” Grand.OS, which delivers greater flexibility, reduced weight and increased cushioning in products that move easily from work to weekend with ease.

“Cole Haan is an exciting new addition to MR PORTER, and we’ve worked with them to produce some exclusive styles on the new ZeroGrand sole unit. Our customer is always looking for something new, and this will be our first offering of a classic shoe x sneaker hybrid,” says Sam Lobban, Senior Buyer at MR PORTER.

Available from mrporter.com starting August 26, the ZeroGrand Chukka ($278) will come in Ivy and Mushroom, the ZeroGrand Tassel Loafer ($268) will come in Mushroom and India Ink ($268), and the ZeroGrand Wing Ox ($268) will come in Ironstone and Black.

For more information, contact:

Kimry Blackwelder, Cole Haan

Nick Troedson, MR PORTER

+1 (212) 763-3060

+1 (852) 3018-6076

kimry.blackwelder@colehaan.com

nick.troedson@mrporter.com

About Cole Haan:

Cole Haan LLC, with its Global Creative Center in New York City, is an iconic American lifestyle accessories brand and retailer of premium men’s and women’s footwear and bags, outerwear, eyewear and accessories with a commitment to craftsmanship, timeless style and design innovation. For more information, visit ColeHaan.com and follow @ColeHaan.

About MR PORTER:

MR PORTER is the award-winning global retail destination for men’s style, combining the best international menswear with editorial content.  The site sells over 200 leading international brands, with content and new products added weekly.  MR PORTER offers express worldwide shipping to 170 countries (including same day delivery to London and New York), and a free collection service for returns and exchanges.  For more information, visit mrporter.com.

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GREĀ® Program Unveils Brand New Official Test Preparation Guides

— Never-before-published real test questions provide more in-depth practice to help prospective graduate and business school students

PRINCETON, New Jersey, Aug. 25, 2014  /PRNewswire/ — In response to requests from test takers, educators, and advisors for additional GRE® test preparation materials, the GRE Program has unveiled new practice questions for the GRE ® revised General Test to help students do their best on test day.

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The “Official GRE® Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions, Volume One” and the “Official GRE® Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions, Volume One” provide more in-depth practice for test takers and perfectly complement “The Official Guide to the GRE® revised General Test, Second Edition.”

Each guide provides 150 never-before-published questions with complete explanations, and valuable hints and tips. The verbal guide also includes brand new sample tasks for the GRE Analytical Writing Measure while the quantitative guide includes a review of the math topics that may appear on the test.

“One out of three test takers use our official study guide, but test takers in a recent survey indicated that they wanted more practice questions,” says Dawn Piacentino, Director of Communication and Services for the GRE Program at ETS. “In response to that feedback, we are introducing these new verbal and quantitative preparation books.”

These new guides, co-published with McGraw-Hill Education, are available in print and eBook formats through the ETS store and through bookstores worldwide.

The expansion of GRE test preparation materials is designed according to ETS officials to help test takers feel more confident on test day. Similarly, the ScoreSelect® option, available only with the GRE tests, was introduced so that students could show their best. With the ScoreSelect option, GRE test takers can decide on test day – or anytime up to 5 years after test day – which of their sets of scores to send to graduate or business schools worldwide. “It’s about success and achieving their dreams”, says Piacentino.

These new GRE test preparation materials join a growing assortment of print, video and online formats including the free POWERPREP ®II software which includes two full-length practice tests. Other official test preparation tools include the GRE® Success Starter video series, The Official Guide to the GRE® revised General Test, Second Edition”, a mobile app, and ScoreItNow! TM Online Writing Practice.

To learn more about all the official GRE test preparation tools, visit www.takethegre.com/prep.

About ETS
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC ® tests, the GRE ® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org

Yongda Auto Announced the Grand Opening of Yongda Morgan

The First Dealership Company of Morgan Motor in Eastern China

HONG KONG, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — China Yongda Automobiles Services Holdings Limited (“Yongda Auto” or the “Company” and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”, stock code: 03669.HK), a leading passenger vehicle retailer and comprehensive service provider in China, is pleased to announce the grand opening of Yongda Morgan. Yongda is the first automobile dealership store in Shanghai and Eastern China authorized by Morgan, meanwhile, it symbolizes the extension of network of Morgan in Eastern China.

Yongda is China’s leading professional luxury and ultra-luxury automobile dealership group. The Company is the first in the industry to form a complete car sales chain of “driving learning, car buying, car selling, car rental, car repair and car maintenance”. It has become the largest domestic dealership group in the industry with the largest number of agency brands, the most complete services, and the most extensive operating network.

The Britain Morgan Motor Company is a motor brand with more than 100 years of history. Designed with personality and style in mind, the Morgan sports car is made from light-weight materials matched with modern high performance engines for a truly exhilarating driving experience. In the past 100 years, Morgan has been striving to produce the first-class sports cars, in order to provide customers with sheer driving pleasure, as well as high investment value. As the general agent in Eastern region, Yongda Morgan has launched the first showroom and service center in Shanghai, providing the unique classic sports car experience and choice for collection to high-end car owners. The person in charge of Yongda Morgan remarked, “Morgan, a car brand with profound British cultural heritage, will show its charm in this prosperous city — Shanghai, and Morgan’s products will be loved by the consumers in Shanghai and surrounding areas.” The opening of Yongda Morgan this time, not only provides the vast of car consumers with much convenience in choosing the top-class Morgan models, but also offers world-renowned excellent services and meticulous care for customers to the existing car owners.

About China Yongda Automobiles Services Holdings Limited

Yongda Auto is a leading passenger vehicle retailer and comprehensive service provider in China focused on luxury and ultra-luxury brands. Yongda Auto has a strong brand portfolio of luxury and ultra-luxury brands including Bentley, Porsche, BMW, Audi, Jaguar Land Rover, Audi, Volvo, Cadillac, Lincoln, Infiniti and Morgan. As of June 30, 2014, it has obtained manufacturers’ authorizations to open and operate more a total of 152 outlets. Its network has a strong presence in East China, including Shanghai, and has expanded into other regions in China. In addition to new passenger vehicle sales business, Yongda Auto also provides customers with a comprehensive range of automobile-related services through its “one-stop shop” approach. These include after-sales services, automobile rental services, as well as a wide array of services that it offers in connection with pre-owned vehicles, automobile insurance products, credit products and automobile financing and leasing.

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