UK University and ACCA Offer Free Business Course to People of Hong Kong

Innovative study concept means anyone can study business without leaving Hong Kong

HONG KONG, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A new initiative, due to launch in September, will allow anyone in Hong Kong or anywhere in the world to study business for free at a renowned UK university, thanks to a collaboration between global accountancy body ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the University of Exeter Business School and online learning platform FutureLearn.

Together, they are launching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) — Discovering Business in Society — which is free to study and open to anyone in the world with access to the internet. The aim of the eightweek course is to give anyone interested in learning the principles of business, including prospective undergraduate students, working professionals without a background in business, people looking to return to work after an absence, or anyone seeking to further educate themselves. And for those interested in entering the finance profession and seeking a route to ACCA membership, the MOOC can be a starting point.

Jane Cheng, head of ACCA Hong Kong, said: “The whole point of this MOOC is that it is all encompassing. Yes, it can be a way for someone looking to begin their journey into the finance profession with ACCA, but equally it could be useful to anyone in Hong Kong or any other country seeking to start a business to get a better understanding of what’s involved, or a parent looking to return to work with a new set of skills. It’s not unusual today for those people already in work to look to change career, and this gives them a taster of what it might be like in a business environment. It’s open to anyone, anywhere, of any age who wants to do it. 

“Because it is entirely online, anyone in the world with access to the internet can study it, even though it is delivered by a prestigious UK university. Even if those who study it choose not to use it to further their careers or become entrepreneurs they will have a deeper understanding of how business is relevant in society.”

The Discovering Business in Society MOOC will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Purpose and types of business organisation
  • The changing world of business
  • Environmental and regulatory factors
  • Economic factors
  • Internal organisation and governance

First steps to accountancy

For those who complete the course and choose to take the optional assessment at the end of the course, which does have a fee attached to it, it could be the first step on the ladder to becoming a qualified ACCA accountant.

Those who are successful in completing the optional examinations can claim exemption from the ACCA F1 paper, Accountant in Business.

Clare Minchington, ACCA Executive Director, said: “The option is there to get that first part of the ACCA qualification under your belt should you decide a career in accountancy is for you. However, we didn’t launch the MOOC just to give people the opportunity to study our globally recognised qualification. Those who study it are under no obligation to take the examination at the end. When we say it is open to all, we don’t just mean those looking to become ACCA accountants. Our ethos has always been open access and this MOOC is testament to that thinking.”

Register for the ACCA-sponsored MOOC at Discovering Business in Society

Notes to Editors

  1. ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
  2. We support our 170,000 members and 436,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of 91 offices and centres and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.  
  3. As the first global accountancy body entering into China, ACCA now has over 23,000 members and 48,000 students, with 8 offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Hong Kong SAR, and Macau SAR.
  4. Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accounting professionals bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We seek to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating our qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.
  5. For more information, please visit:
    www.accaglobal.com | www.facebook.com/ACCA.HongKong

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UGG® Launches First Global Brand Campaign

— “THIS IS UGG” Expresses the Emotional Power of the Brand by Celebrating Life’s Biggest, Small Moments

NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Lifestyle brand UGG Australia announced today the launch of its first global brand marketing campaign called “THIS IS UGG.” The campaign debuts on August 18th around the world. “THIS IS UGG” is designed to connect with consumers on emotional levels that transcend any product, with the goal of further strengthening UGG as a global, premium lifestyle brand, year round. The campaign explores the theme that life’s biggest moments are actually the small ones – a place where the brand lives in consumers’ lives. Whether personal or intimate, reflective or celebratory, it’s often the smaller moments where life’s most important interactions and connections occur. The campaign will use this storytelling platform to showcase such moments and illustrate the fact that UGG ‘Feels Like Nothing Else.’

To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7299751-ugg-australia-launches-first-global-brand-campaign-this-is-ugg/

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“In launching this brand campaign, we challenged ourselves to communicate the unique physical and emotional experience that occurs when you own UGG products,” said Connie Rishwain, President of UGG Australia. “We are showcasing the personal moments where UGG exists in our consumers’ lives. We know how our product enhances any experience, but this is the first time we’ve tried to capture that magic.”

“THIS IS UGG” is a multi-media, cross-channel campaign presented primarily in black-and-white that features real moments with real people captured in personal settings that celebrate the small moments that mean the most to them.  For example, sketch-artist Langley Fox, Ernest Hemingway’s great-great-granddaughter, is featured in her own Los Angeles home working on an illustration project, and later spending time with her best friends; Tom Brady, who typically appears in UGG campaigns crafted specifically for him, will be integrated into “THIS IS UGG,” in moments together with his mother and father; and California architect Harry Gesner with his son and grandsons who share a lifelong love of the ocean, surf the Malibu coast in a nod to UGG’s surfing roots.

“The stories with Langley, Tom and Harry and his family are both personal and authentic,” said Vice President of Marketing Nancy Mamann.  “Because each of our moments highlights real people, we’re able to dive deeply into who they are and what moment they’re experiencing—whether it’s on our blog, on our website, even our social channels—and bring to life the environment in which people from all walks of life, doing very different things in their private lives, live with UGG.”

CREATIVE AGENCIES:

  • THIS IS UGG:
    • AGENCY: HOUSE DESIGN AND FILM, LOS ANGELES
    • PHOTOGRAPHER: CRISTINA TRAYFORS
  • THIS IS UGG –TOM BRADY:
    • AGENCY: M+C SAATCHI, LOS ANGELES
    • PRODUCTION COMPANY: HSI, LOS ANGELES
    • DIRECTOR: BRENDAN MALLOY
    • PHOTOGRAPHER: CARTER SMITH

LINK TO ANTHEM VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV8t7wSe52s&feature=youtu.be

LINK TO IMAGES: https://drop.deckers.com/THISISUGGIMAGES2

UGG Australia has built a reputation on luxury and comfort by using only the finest materials in the world, employing the highest standards of craftsmanship and delivering new and innovative styles well beyond the original sheepskin boots and slippers.  UGG Australia is recognized as a premium lifestyle brand that offers footwear, apparel, outerwear, accessories and handbags and has grown to over $1 billion in sales.  UGG Australia concept stores offer the ultimate brand experience with over 70 stores worldwide including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and Moscow.  UGG Australia operates on several social media platforms including Twitter, Vine, Pinterest, in addition to a branded blog entitled Plush Hour. In 2012 the brand exceeded two million fans on Facebook.  Every genuine UGG product is linked together by the unforgettable sheepskin experience, and a feeling that is truly like nothing else. 

About Deckers Outdoor Corporation
Deckers Outdoor Corporation is a global leader in designing, marketing and distributing innovative footwear, apparel and accessories developed for both everyday casual lifestyle use and high performance activities.  The Company’s portfolio of brands includes UGG®, I HEART UGG®, Teva®, Sanuk®, TSUBO®, Ahnu®, MOZO®, and HOKA ONE ONE®.  Deckers Outdoor products are sold in more than 50 countries and territories through select department and specialty stores, 126 Company-owned and operated retail stores, and select online stores, including Company-owned websites.  Deckers Outdoor has a 40-year history of building niche footwear brands into lifestyle market leaders attracting millions of loyal consumers globally.  For more information, please visit www.deckers.com.

Contact: Emma Oldenkamp
UGG Australia
Emma.Oldenkamp@deckers.com 
+1-212-247-8552

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EBEL Wave: The Evolution of an Icon Continues

BIEL/BIENNE, Switzerland, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

EBEL Introduces The New Wave Lady With Pink Dial

EBEL is proud to introduce an exciting new style within its freshly reimagined Wave collection. Merging seamlessly into the modern women’s wardrobe, the collection’s newest addition features an universally feminine shade of pink that will dominate international runways this fall.

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“Since 1911 EBEL has dedicated their talents, passion and creativity to create distinctive and enduring watch designs,” said Mary Leach, Chief Marketing Officer, Movado Group, Inc. “The new EBEL Wave Lady perfectly reflects the brand’s ability to blend technical precision with an unmistakable sense of modern sophistication.”  

Featured in the image above is the new EBEL Wave Pink Dial. Find out more by following this link: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7276253-ebel-wave-pink-dial/

Available fall 2014, the new Wave Lady artfully combines EBEL’s rich heritage of fine watchmaking with contemporary trends. Featuring fluid lines, sensuous curves and on-trend pink dial, this chic new watch is designed for women desiring to make a fashion statement.

About EBEL 

A passion for innovation and excellence in watch design has always been at the heart of the EBEL brand.

EBEL was founded by Eugene Blum and Alice Levy, in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1911. Since its inception, EBEL has remained true to their core values, manufacturing fine Swiss watches that marry technical expertise and distinctive style.  

Renowned today for its iconic bracelet design with signature wave-shaped links, EBEL continues to create timepieces that embody luxury and contemporary elegance with subtle, yet exquisite detail.  

Contact
Cliona HUGI
EBEL Communication Dept.
MGI Luxury Group S.A.
Silver Tower
Place de la Gare 2B
2501 Bienne
Switzerland
chugi@ebel.ch
+41(0)32-329-36-92

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INDOMOG Brings Facebook Game Card to Indonesia

INDOMOG, a leading voucher distribution network of digital content, brings the Facebook Game Card to Indonesia through thousands of outlets spread all over Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Facebook has become the most popular social media site for users to not only establish relationships with relatives online, but also to enjoy digital content. Indonesia is one of the countries in which playing games is one of the most popular activities.

INDOMOG Facebook Game Card

INDOMOG Facebook Game Card

Facebook Games has been attracting Facebook users from all around the world. Currently, Facebook has thousands of popular games including names such as Clash of the Three Kingdoms, Wartune, Top Eleven, League of Angels, Hello Hero, and thousands of other popular games.

Today, INDOMOG announced that the Facebook Game Card is available for purchase in Indonesia via INDOMOG’s distribution channels. This answers the growing demand from Indonesians for digital lifestyle content through INDOMOG’s leading distribution network of digital content across Indonesia.

Facebook Game Cards are the fastest and easiest way to buy items to be used inside your favorite games on Facebook.

The Facebook Game Card is available in four denominations; IDR30,000, IDR50,000, IDR100,000, and IDR300,000, in both physical and digital vouchers, and are available at all distribution channels of INDOMOG, including: 7-Eleven, Alfamart, Family Mart, Lawson, MINISTOP, thousands of cyber cafes all over Indonesia, Circle K, Hypermart, Indomaret and PT. POS Indonesia in short time.

INDOMOG CEO Iwan Tjam hopes that this is a sign of positive thrust for digital market in Indonesia. “By having the Facebook Game Card in Indonesia, this is the answer to all digital market needs and we will be able to facilitate Facebook users who do not have bank accounts to do purchase and enjoy content,” he explained.

About INDOMOG

INDOMOG is an Online Payment Solution company which offers various payment methods that cater to Indonesians’ buying habits and trends, emphasizing ease of access for all levels of society with the widest distribution channel in Indonesia. They include modern channel outlets, mobile agents and thousands of cyber cafes all over Indonesia.

About Facebook

Facebook is an online social networking service was founded on February 2004. Facebook is owned and operated by Facebook, Inc where users can create profiles with photos, lists of personal interests, contact information, and other personal information. Users can communicate with friends and other users through private or public messages, as well as a chat feature. Users can also create and join interest groups and favorite Fan Pages.

For further information, please contact:

INDOMOG
+6221-2932-6161
marketing@indomog.com

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Seafood Expo Asia Set to Showcase Exciting New Products from Around the World

New Product Showcase to present a first-hand look at the latest seafood products, culinary dishes and condiments that are about to hit the region.

HONG KONG, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Seafood Expo Asia today announced that it will showcase over 70 new innovative brands and product lines when the annual exposition returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for its fifth edition from 2-4 September 2014.

Serving as one of the highlights of the show, the items will be displayed as part of the event’s popular New Product Showcase, a dedicated area on the exhibit floor featuring the latest seafood innovations, culinary dishes and condiments that are soon to be introduced to the market in Asia.

With many launches timed specifically to coincide with the event, Seafood Expo Asia’s Show Director, Ms. Terri Tsang expresses that the New Product Showcase is a must-see fixture where decision makers and buyers can enjoy an exclusive preview of ‘what is hot’ and ‘what is new,’ whilst gaining a valuable insight into international product introductions.

“The New Product Showcase provides an excellent opportunity for companies from around the world to effectively present and market their new seafood products,” states Ms. Tsang whilst remarking that the exhibition has over the years launched and promoted hundreds of new international seafood items to the industry.

Ms. Tsang reiterates that for 2014, there will continue to be a special spotlight on premium species which is a reflection of the region’s healthy appetite for higher value seafood. The following is an exclusive preview of some of the new seafood products being introduced this year.

Live Southern Rock Lobster   (Ferguson Australia)
The Southern Rock Lobster is regarded as one of the highest quality and premium lobsters available in the world today. Its high percentage of meat recovery (meat to shell ratio) and longer growing period in the cold waters of the Southern Ocean ensures a firm texture and an exquisite sweet flavour.

Live Pacific Oysters   (Ferguson Australia)
The Pacific Oysters from South Australia are grown in some of the most pristine and unpolluted waters in the world delivering a natural product of the highest quality.

Sashimi Grade Japanese Sea Scallops   (Kanbe Company Limited)
These fresh, sashimi grade scallops are harvested from the northern seas surrounding Hokkaido, Japan. Shucked and frozen, these succulent, sweet scallops are extremely versatile and ideally suited to a variety of different cooking styles.

Frozen South Africa Wild Abalone   (Seafoodpex Limited)
Harvested in the waters off South Africa, these wild abalone are immediately processed, frozen and packaged to preserve their freshness and quality.

Prime-Cut Hokkigai   (Lian Ruey Enterprise Company Limited)
Praised for its natural sweetness, these wild-caught, frozen-at-sea hokkigai originating from Canada but processed in Taiwan, makes for a perfect sushi-top, cold dish or shabu-shabu.

Raw Shrimp, Peeled with Tail   (Schooner Company Limited Japan)
Originating from the clean waters of the North Atlantic around Greenland and Canada, these tail-on shrimps are great as a sushi-topping or sashimi, as well as for appetizers, hot meals, salads and prawn cocktails.

Frozen Prepared Eel   (Ping Roun Products Company Limited)
Tender and tasty, these pre-cooked, frozen Japanese eels are steamed, marinated and roasted to deliver a truly delicious delicacy.

Premium Sandfish Sea Cucumber
(William Koo Sea Product Processing Factory)
The ‘ginseng of the sea’, the sea cucumber has been used in cooking for over 1,000 years. It is a delicacy known to yield many medicinal qualities and health benefits.

To view a complete listing of the seafood products that will be featured in this year’s New Product Showcase, please visit http://www.seafoodexpo.com/asia/en/expo-highlights/new-product-showcase.

About Seafood Expo Asia

Formerly called the Asian Seafood Exposition, 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 fifth edition is scheduled to take place from September 2-4, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in Wanchai, Hong Kong. SeafoodSource.com is the exposition’s official media. The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications and is co-located with Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong.  http://www.seafoodexpo.com/asia

About Diversified Communications

Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified Communications provides information and market access through face-to-face events, publications, and eMedia. Diversified Communications serves several industries, including seafood, food service, natural and organic, commercial marine, healthcare, 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, Seafood Expo Southern Europe, and SeafoodSource.com. Diversified Communications, in partnership with SeaWeb, also produces the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier seafood conference on sustainability. The company operates divisions in Australia, Hong Kong, India, the UK, and Canada. http://www.divcom.com

 

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Air China introduces “Sky Chef”

BEIJING, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-French diplomatic relations. Now, Air China and French star chefs in the field of air catering based in Paris have jointly introduced a number of French gourmet dishes onboard the carrier’s flights.

ChinaFrance route is an important part of Air China’s European route network. Air China has always been committed to improving its culinary offerings on the route and different healthy meals are offered in each of the four seasons. Now, with the cooperation between Air China and Paris-based “Sky Chefs Studio”, an international team of renowned chefs led by its lead chef has designed a selection of gourmet dishes that combine classical and modern culinary trends. In the First Class and Business Class on the route, famous French dishes offered include “Steak with Sliced Duck”, “Columbus Chicken Roll”, “Garlic-flavored Prawns” and “Foie Gras Pine Nuts”.  “Columbus Chicken Roll”, one of the creations highly recommended by the lead chef, is a classic dish born in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute. The chicken is tender and mellow, with lingering aromas. It was also a dish chosen by the British Queen when she ascended the throne.

Snacks include “Cake with Haagen-Dazs” – warm chocolate cake and silky cold Haagen-Dazs ice cream served in the afternoon tea time promises a flavorful contrast.  Bread with olive oil, which does justice to international healthy diet trends, invites grunts of joy.

Air China has also upgraded the Economy Class meals on the route. Locally sourced French ingredients like steak and fish guarantee that the quality foods served onboard reflect the local culinary features.

Currently, Air China operates routes BeijingParis and ShanghaiParis between the two countries. By June 2014, the number of flights operated per week had reached 24, which makes Air China the largest domestic operator on the market. With its pleasant cabin interior and attentive services, Air China is the preferred choice for passengers traveling between China and Europe.

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TOEIC® Program Releases 2013 TOEIC® Listening and Reading Worldwide Data

– Second annual report highlights widespread use of TOEIC® test to measure English proficiency in the workplace

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Educational Testing Service (ETS) is releasing the second annual report on TOEIC® test takers worldwide for the TOEIC® Listening and Reading (L&R) assessment.

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The TOEIC®Listening and Reading Report on Test Takers Worldwide is based on the information gathered from all test takers who completed the TOEIC® Background Questionnaire administered in 2013. The report presents information about TOEIC test-takers’ average Listening and Reading scores, educational background, work experience, English language study and use, and the TOEIC test-taking experience.

ETS is making this data available to enable users to learn more about the backgrounds of people who took the test and some of the factors that impacted their TOEIC scores and related improvement in English proficiency. Organizations can look at the data to set score benchmarks and goals; however, because the response rates varied across different background questions, special care should be taken in making inferences based on this data.

“As the English language continues to grow globally, it is critical that score users understand more about who takes the TOEIC test,” says Feng Yu, Executive Director of the TOEIC Program. “And because the questionnaire is so in-depth and the testing process is standardized, test takers of any background and location can be compared fairly by score users.”

Relying on this data and TOEIC scores, organizations can build a more diverse and qualified labor pool to make informed decisions around placing, developing and promoting employees from and within any country or region. Additionally, the growing acceptance of the TOEIC tests around the world means test takers can advance their careers at a wider range of organizations.

Report highlights include:

  • Description of TOEIC L&R test-takers in 2013
  • Average TOEIC scores across native countries, industries, etc.
  • Relationships among L&R scores
  • Test-taker demographics

TOEIC assessments are fair, reliable and valid measures of a test-taker’s ability to use English in the workplace. Used by nearly 14,000 organizations in 150 countries, the TOEIC tests are the international standard for assessing an individual’s English-language proficiency level and measuring how well potential employees can apply their English-language skills in a work environment.

While organizations use TOEIC scores and surveys to build a stronger employee base, job seekers trust the TOEIC Program to differentiate themselves in a competitive job market. TOEIC assessments measure all four language skills and provide descriptions of test-takers’ strengths and weaknesses that can be used to inform critical hiring, placement and training decisions.

To download the report, visit www.ets.org/toeic/publications. For more information about the TOEIC program, please visit www.ets.org/toeic.

About the TOEIC Test
For more than 30 years, the TOEIC test has been the global standard for measuring workplace English-language communication skills. The TOEIC assessment family, including the TOEIC Listening and Reading test, the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests and the TOEIC Bridge™ test are used by nearly 14,000 businesses, organizations, and government agencies in 150 countries. In 2012, almost seven million TOEIC tests were administered worldwide, solidifying the TOEIC Program as the largest and most widely used English-language assessment for the workplace. For more information on the TOEIC tests and other services provided by the TOEIC Program, visit www.ets.org/toeic.

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 theTOEFL® 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.

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Formica Group Launches Protec+(TM) Antimicrobial High Pressure laminates in Asia — Available for Customization in 400 Varieties

A Cleaner and Safer Environment Built to Last

SHANGHAI, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —  Formica Group, the global leader in decorative surfaces, today announced the launch of Protec+TM by Formica Group, a high performance antimicrobial laminate product.

Formica Group, the global leader in decorative surfaces, today announced the launch of Protec+(TM) by Formica Group, a high performance antimicrobial laminate product.

Formica Group, the global leader in decorative surfaces, today announced the launch of Protec+(TM) by Formica Group, a high performance antimicrobial laminate product.

While health hazards continue to threaten public health, an increased awareness of the problems associated with microbes has led Formica Group to introduce this high performance and more hygienic product* to its range.

This new product has been tested against a number of leading standards including ISO22196:2011, JIS Z2801, ASTM G21 and it is capable of reducing microbe count on a surface by up to 99.5%. Working closely with the world’s leading antimicrobial Technology Company, BioCote®, Formica Group has harnessed the power of silver and introduced it into the manufacturing process, providing the surface with enhanced protection. Effective against a broad spectrum of microbes, Protec+TM by Formica Group reduces the growth of bacteria and fungi, providing a more hygienic surface* and protecting consumers against their potentially negative effects. When properly maintained, the protection will last for the expected life of the treated[*] product and will help to reduce cross-contamination.

Protec+TM by Formica Group is ideally suited for a variety of applications including furniture, transportation, education, residential blocks, construction, and healthcare. The product provides greater protection for public places* as well as residential spaces* and constructs a cleaner environment* for consumers. Formica Group has promoted over 400 varieties of decors which are capable of antimicrobial customization to satisfy unique decoration requirements from designers and architects.

Peter Wilson, President of Formica Asia said: “Formica Asia strives to adhere to the highest environmental standards as we advance in our efforts to design and manufacture fashion products. As public awareness on health issues grows, Formica Asia is delighted to announce the Protec+TM by Formica Group line of antimicrobial laminates, helping reduce microbe counts and provide added protection for consumers from microbial contamination.”

With sustainability a concern for the global community, Formica Group makes it a priority to offer architects, designers and consumers a full range of environmentally friendly surfacing products. Formica Group continually strives to create innovative products that promote a healthier environment. Complementing current and new design trends, the launch of Protec+TM by Formica Group will provide consumers with a safer*, cleaner* and visually pleasant environment.

About Formica Group

Formica Group globally leads the industry in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative surfacing products for commercial and residential applications. Formica® laminate is the ‘original’ and contains more than one hundred years of invention, innovation and design leadership. For more information about Formica Group, its products, special programs and promotions, visit www.formica.com.

Formica Group is a global group of companies consisting of Formica Canada, Inc., Formica Corporation, Formica de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Formica IKI Oy, Formica Limited, Formica S.A., Formica S.A.S., Formica Taiwan Corporation, Formica (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Formica (Asia) Ltd., and Formica Decorative Materials (China) Co., Ltd. among others.

Please Note: Formica® and the Formica® Anvil Logo are registered trademarks of The Diller Corporation. Protec+ TM is a trademark of The Diller Corporation

©2014 The Diller Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

A Fletcher Building Company

Media Contact:

Birdie Chao
Regional Marketing Manager, China, Formica
Tel: +86-21-6010-2688
E-mail: Birdie.Chao@formica.com

Cui Zhe
Newell Public Relations
Tel: +86-21-5403-6180
E-mail: zhec@newell.com

Notes:

*  than untreated surfaces.

[*] The anti-microbial effect of surface is maintained in accordance with Formica’s maintenance and care guidelines and the surface is not subject to harsh environments, damage, scratches and excessive wear & tear.

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All-new XC90 will be the First Volvo Built on the Company’s new Scalable Product Architecture

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Volvo’s all-new XC90 — which will be launched in two weeks’ time in Stockholm — will be the first car in its range to be built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular chassis technology developed in-house.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:
http://www.multivu.com/mnr/7276252-volvo-XC90-first-scalable-product-architecture 

XC90 Front view: Volvo XC90 Front view - Front view of the all-new XC90, including the distinctive new T-shaped running lights.

XC90 Front view: Volvo XC90 Front view – Front view of the all-new XC90, including the distinctive new T-shaped running lights.

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SPA has been under in-house development at Volvo for the past four years and is the cornerstone of the company’s ongoing USD 11bn transformation plan. It will be introduced with the all-new XC90 and then rolled out across the product range in future.

The benefits of SPA are twofold.

First, the flexibility of SPA liberates Volvo’s engineers and designers, allowing them to devise and introduce a wide range of new and alluring design features at the same time as improving driveability, introducing world-first safety features, offering the latest connected car technologies and creating more interior space.

“SPA and the XC90 are firm evidence of our Volvo-by-Volvo strategy. The XC90’s outstanding combination of luxury, space, versatility, efficiency and safety will bring the SUV segment into a new dimension, just as the original XC90 did in 2002,” says Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research and Development of Volvo Car Group.

Secondly, SPA will change the way Volvo builds cars in future by allowing a wide range of cars, powertrains, electrical systems and technologies — all of differing complexity — to be fitted on the same architecture, generating significant economies of scale.

The new SPA chassis technology reduces weight and improves weight distribution, improving driving pleasure without compromising on ride comfort.

“SPA gives us a fresh technological start. Around 90 per cent of the components in the all-new XC90 and upcoming models are new and unique. We are raising the bar to the very top of the premium league when it comes to quality and technology level in every vital area,” says Dr Mertens.

With SPA, previous design limitations in areas such as wheelbase, overhang, vehicle height and the height of the front are removed.

“This has created greater freedom for us to design cars with a confident stance, dynamic proportions and a number of distinctive design signatures. Our three recent concept cars have demonstrated this capability. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognise the connection instantly when it is revealed in two weeks,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Car Group.

The new face of Volvo: ‘Thor’s Hammer’ running lights 

Today, for the first time, Volvo is revealing images of the front end or ‘face’ of the new XC90 SUV, which is distinguished by its T-shaped running lights, christened ‘Thor’s Hammer’ by the design team after the shape of the hammer used by the famous Norse god of thunder Thor.

“Anyone who looks in their rear-view mirror is going to know immediately that there is a new XC90 behind them,” says Mr Ingenlath. “The XC90 is a car that has presence on the road.”

Note to Editors:

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Stefan Elfstrom
Media Relations Manager
Corporate Communications
Volvo Car Corporation
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Goteborg
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MoveIt4: Your Key to Getting and Staying in Shape this Summer

IRVINE, California, Aug.12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — With the summer season in full swing, now is the perfect time to get in shape for all of those fun upcoming beach and pool parties. Keeping yourself fit and healthy can seem like a daunting task, but with a solid plan in place and MoveIt4 on your side, you’ll be rocking your new fit self with confidence before you know it!

The best way to reach your fitness goals is to come up with a solid plan and stay focused on your achievements. Once you begin to see your progress, continuing to follow your plan will become easier and you will gain the confidence you need to keep moving forward. If you’re not sure how to come up with a fitness plan, visit MoveIt4 for great tips and nutrition advice. You can also follow their Facebook and Twitter feeds for daily help on how to stick to your fitness plan.

As the first part of your plan, focus on making your diet as healthy as possible: cut back on processed foods, fill up on all of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are now in season, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Experts say that you should drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. Also, studies show that making your water ice cold will force your body to work harder and burn calories by maintaining its core temperature.

After ensuring your nutritional goals are set, it’s time to work out that body! Your first step should be to include plenty of cardio into your daily routine, and with the warm days the best place to do that is outdoors. If you are stuck in class all day, use your lunch break to incorporate a brisk half-hour walk into your day. Instead of driving to the grocery store this weekend, bike there and strap on a backpack to carry your food home. After work, go for a jog in your neighborhood while watching the sun set. Get creative: think of all the fun and different ways you can incorporate cardio into your schedule.

Next you will want to tone all of those muscles that you have been working out, which might sound difficult at first. However, the good news is that summertime provides plenty of ways to incorporate water sports into your fitness plan, which helps you tone quickly. Swimming, kayaking, bicycling, beach volleyball and tennis are all excellent ways to build muscle.Whatever toning exercises you choose, you’ll want to pay special attention to your abs and glutes, as those are the areas most prevalent during swimsuit season.

Now that you’re well on your way to achieving your summer fitness goals, you will want make sure to continue to stay motivated throughout the rest of the year. Consider planning ways to remain active when the seasons change by participating in a fall event, such as a charity run or group hiking trip. Check the MoveIt4 website for daily inspiration and don’t forget to reward yourself for all of your hard work, you deserve it!

“Just about everyone can get in shape and stay that way with the right motivation,” said Martin Matthews, Chairman and CEO of Interush. “MoveIt4 does an fantastic job of helping people stay on track with their fitness goals.”

The MoveIt4 website strives to turn information into inspiration for healthy living, and shows people how to take fitness and endurance and turn it into fun. People interested in staying fit and healthy can visit the MoveIt4 website for a variety of articles, tips, expert advice and celebrity mentor stories, all designed to increase wellbeing and quality of life.

MoveIt4 is powered by Interush, Inc. of Irvine, California. Interush, Inc. markets within the rapidly expanding information technology sector in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.Interush.com.

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