Press Releases: Launch of AEIF 2.0: Accelerating Social Impact Through Crowdfunding


The Department of State and RocketHub, an online crowdfunding platform, are pleased to announce the launch of Alumni Engagement and Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2.0. This initiative supports innovative solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges by accelerating public service projects created by past participants of U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs based on the skills and knowledge gained through their exchange experiences. Both exchange program alumni from abroad who were past winners of AEIF from 2011-2013 and exchange program alumni from the United States will participate in AEIF 2.0.

Alumni teams will be able to find alternative funding and investment options beyond the U.S. Government to maximize their projects’ potential to tell their stories, build the capacity of their organizations, engage local communities, and develop sustainable solutions through RocketHub’s crowdfunding platform, a space where large numbers of people donate small amounts of money to projects that are promoted online. Examples of the alumni projects now posted include:

  • Women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship in rural Tanzania
  • Access to education for indigenous children in Malaysia
  • Women’s empowerment and civic engagement in Pakistan
  • Youth empowerment in Bolivia
  • Social entrepreneurship for youth in Detroit, Michigan
  • Crowdfunding platform in local languages in Macedonia
  • Youth entrepreneurship program in Morocco

The full list of projects can be found here. Projects will continue to be posted online until September 14, 2014.

AEIF awards up to $25,000 to winning teams of exchange program alumni to fund projects on issues such as education, gender, the environment, development, women’s training, entrepreneurship, and interfaith understanding, among others. Through the annual AEIF competition, the U.S. Department of State has supported more than 150 alumni initiatives in more than 80 countries.

Potential funders, industry leaders, and other supporters can follow the initiative at #impactideas. For more information on AEIF 2.0, please visit http://eca.state.gov/highlight/innovative-support-innovative-solutions. For further information, please contact ECA Press at ECA-Press@state.gov or 202-632-6552.

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OneAsia Launches Business Continuity Services and New Data Centre in Chai Wan, Hong Kong

HONG KONG, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — OneAsia, the leading cloud solution and data center services provider in Asia today announced the launch of business continuity services as well as the opening of its fifth data centre in Chai Wan of Hong Kong.

The Chai Wan facility is the newest addition to OneAsia’s data centre services, it is designed for the business continuity of mission critical operations, and to cope with the rising demand for data centre as well as cloud services.  OneAsia currently operates five world-class data centres in the Greater China region. 

Charles Lee, Founder & CEO of OneAsia said, “We conducted extensive site research to identify an existing building that is conveniently located in the city centre, allowing us to deliver professional business continuity services as well as data centre services.  Leveraging the best-in-class facilities and a strong professional team of OneAsia, our customers can achieve their goals without having to invest in equipment and resources dedicated for business continuity plan.”  OneAsia’s business continuity solution addresses all essential aspects of business continuity services including data centre, IT infrastructure, connectivity, business users working space, business continuity consultancy, tape vaulting to backup and recovery solutions. 

The Chai Wan Data Centre offers customers the highest levels of security, protection and reliability:

  • N+1 redundancy on most of the infrastructure
  • Multiple levels of security
  • Carrier neutral connectivity
  • Shared conference rooms and working area
  • 24×7 monitoring and operational support

Charles added, “Not only equipped with the state-of-art infrastructure, but also our many years of owner-operator experience give us a winning combination of quality service and unmatched technical expertise that we provide to our customers.”

The first phase of Chai Wan facility can provide a total floor space of over 16,000 sq.ft. and the second phase of next year will expand to another 8,000 sq.ft.  It is located off the exit of Island Eastern Corridor Expressway and 3 minutes walk from Chai Wan MTR station.

Mobile Media Revenue to Approach $380 Billion by 2018 says Strategy Analytics

BOSTON, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Strategy Analytics’ forecast, Global Mobile Media Forecast: 2001-2018, predicts spending on consumer mobile media services consumed via the handset (which excludes tablet spend) including handset browsing, mobile applications, mobile games, mobile music, mobile video, mobile TV, ringtones, wallpapers and alerts – will rise from just above $236 Billion in 2013 to approach $380 Billion by 2018. Mobile operators will remain the main beneficiaries with spending on mobile data accounting for over $254 Billion, or 67.3 percent, of total mobile media revenue by 2018. Strong mobile advertising revenue growth will eclipse consumer spend on premium content, rising at just below 20% CAGR over the next five years.

Mobile Media Users by Application

Mobile Media Users by Application

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In advanced mobile media regions, like North America and Western Europe, demand for web browsing, games, apps and social media services will continue to drive mobile data adoption, enabled by the growing installed base of media-centric smartphones.  Nitesh Patel, Director of the Wireless Media Strategies (WMS) research program noted, “Across all regions consumer appetite for browsing the internet, social media, apps, games and consuming rich media content like video and music on their mobile phones shows no sign of abating. However, we expect less mature mobile markets, where a large portion of users have basic or feature phones and remain served by 2G networks, to exhibit the strongest growth in mobile media revenue. Therefore, in these markets the challenge remains driving mobile media growth through casual data tariffs or service orientated pricing, particularly as low priced smartphones become increasingly available. “

Overall, mobile advertising will become an increasingly important revenue stream, more than doubling to approach $41 Billion by 2018, and accounting for nearly 11% percent of mobile media revenue.  

David MacQueen, Executive Director of Apps and Media at Strategy Analytics added, “Mobile is becoming a core part of the digital advertising mix, accounting for around 14% of digital ad revenue in 2013. Advertiser spending on mobile phones, mainly smartphones, will continue to catch up with consumer mobile media usage as the growing momentum behind programmatic buying simplifies ad-buying within mobile media. Importantly, as more brands and retailers optimize the mobile commerce experience an increasing proportion of mobile users will use their phone to make purchases, enhancing the benefit of mobile advertising.”

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com 

European Contact: Nitesh Patel, +44(0) 1908 423 621, npatel@strategyanalytics.com
US Contact: David Kerr, +1 617 614 0720, dkerr@strategyanalytics.com

Anton Awarded Service Contract with Two Rigs for Drilling Project in Southern Iraq

HONG KONG, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Anton Oilfield Services Group (“Anton” or the “Group”, HKEx stock code: 3337), the leading independent oilfield services provider in China, is pleased to announce that the Group is today awarded the contract for a drilling project in southern Iraq, providing services with two rigs on a day-rate basis with the mobilization cost covered by the client. The contract, with a value of about US$50 million, is effective for a period of three years and also includes an option for an additional period of one year.

The contract of this project signifies that Anton’s Rig Service has gained recognition in the international market and expanded overseas. Its successful operation will enhance profitability for the product line of Rig Service. The Group is of the view that Rig Service has good growth prospects in Iraq. Anton will witness more market opportunities abroad as its Rig Service operates smoothly in overseas projects.

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About Anton Oilfield Services Group

Anton Oilfield Services Group (HKEx stock code: 3337) is a leading independent integrated oilfield services provider. The Group provides products and services for the entire process of oil and gas development and production, including reservoir management, drilling technology, well completion, down-hole operations, oil production as well as tubular service. With its comprehensive product lines and integrated service capacity, the Group is empowered to help oil companies solve their challenges of increasing production, improving drilling efficiency, lowering costs and optimizing waste management. Its fast growth benefits from the accelerating development of natural gas in China and the Group’s increased presence in the overseas markets. The Group’s strategic objective is to become a leading global oilfield services provider with a solid foothold in China.

The Group is headquartered in Beijing and has established an international network across China and overseas markets. In China, the markets cover the Tarim area, Erdos area, Southwest area and other areas of China, whereas, the overseas markets include Iraq and other Middle East market, Central Asia and Africa market and the Americas market. Antonoil is the best independent Chinese oilfield services partner, the best Chinese partner worldwide.

For enquiries, please contact:- 

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Eric Song
Direct: (852) 2894 6264
Email: eric.song@hkstrategies.com

Ka Wai Li
Direct: (852) 2894 6252
Email: kawai.li@hkstrategies.com

Darling Ingredients Inc. Reports On Diamond Green Diesel Incident

IRVING, Texas, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE: DAR) today reports that at approximately 9:35 pm on August 3, 2014, there was a fire at the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) facility in Norco, LA, the Company’s joint venture with Valero Energy Corporation. Emergency response (ERT) members provided an immediate response and the source of the fire has been isolated, contained and extinguished. All personnel have been accounted for and there are no reported injuries and no known impact to the community. The facility has been shut down, and DGD’s investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. Further details will be released as they are determined. 

About Darling

Darling Ingredients Inc. is the world’s largest publicly-traded developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a wide range of ingredients and customized specialty solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, technical, fuel, bioenergy and fertilizer industries.  With operations on five continents, the Company collects and transforms all aspects of animal by-product streams into useable and specialty ingredients, such as gelatin, edible fats, feed-grade fats, animal proteins and meals, plasma, pet food ingredients, organic fertilizers, yellow grease, fuel feedstocks, green energy, natural casings and hides.  The Company also recovers and converts used cooking oil and commercial bakery residuals into valuable feed and fuel ingredients.  In addition, the Company provides grease trap services to food service establishments, environmental services to food processors and sells restaurant cooking oil delivery and collection equipment. For additional information, visit the Company’s website at http://ir.darlingii.com.

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Melissa A. Gaither, Director Investor Relations

251 O’Connor Ridge Blvd., Suite 300

Irving, Texas 75038

Phone: +1-972-717-0300

Leviton Acquires ClickOn Technology

MELVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Leviton today announced the acquisition of all shares of ClickOn Technology, a South African manufacturer of automation technology for residential and commercial applications. Leviton has a successful history with ClickOn, using a number of the company’s automation solutions to enhance Leviton’s Security and Automation product offerings.

As part of the acquisition, Leviton will bring ClickOn’s entire product line into the Leviton family of solutions, including ClickOn’s revolutionary remote control system that provides convenient, secure and reliable control of any electrical system and appliance from a single remote control.

“As home automation continues as a growth opportunity for Leviton, we are excited to add ClickOn’s DIN rail lighting control solutions to our extensive product offering,” said Bruno Filio, Vice President of Sales and International Business Development at Leviton. “This acquisition demonstrates Leviton’s commitment and understanding of the latest trends. It also provides our worldwide customers with the best technologies and affordable easy-to-use control solutions to meet their needs.”

The acquisition of ClickOn Technology continues Leviton’s commitment to strategic growth and innovation through acquisitions. Leviton has evolved its business into a global provider of electrical wiring devices, data connectivity solutions and lighting and energy management systems for a variety of end-use markets.

About Leviton 
Leviton is the smart choice, providing the most comprehensive range of solutions to meet the needs of today’s residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Leveraging more than a century of experience, Leviton helps customers create sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, and lighting energy management systems. From switches and receptacles, to daylight harvesting controls, networking systems, and equipment for charging electric vehicles, Leviton solutions help customers achieve savings in energy, time and cost, all while enhancing safety. For more information, visit www.leviton.com, http://www.facebook.com/leviton, http://twitter.com/leviton or http://www.youtube.com/Levitonmfg.

About ClickOn Technology 
ClickOn Technology designs, manufactures and distributes a complete range of SABS approved home and building automation products that caters to any automation needs, from the simplest remote control switching requirement to a fully integrated automation system. In-house development, final assembly and testing facilities ensure that high quality is maintained throughout the production process. All ClickOn products are developed and manufactured in Pretoria, South Africa. For more information, visit: http://www.clickon.co.za

Ausnutria’s Shares Resumed Trading Today: Price Soared 47.26 % to HKD2.15 Compared to Shares before Suspension

Benefit from Outstanding Annual Results and Overseas Factories Being Approved as the First Batch of Registered Overseas Dairy Products Producers in the PRC

HONG KONG, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Ausnutria Dairy Corporation Ltd (“Ausnutria” or the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”; stock code: 1717), a paediatric milk formula company with its production facilities principally based in the Netherlands and engaged in the dairy industry with activities ranging from the research and development, milk collection, processing, production, packaging in the Netherlands and marketing and sales of dairy products to the PRC, Europe, North America, Middle East and other overseas countries, has fulfilled all the resumption conditions. The shares resumed trading from 9:00 a.m. today and the share price reached the highest at HKD2.4, up 64.38%. The stock closed at HKD2.15, up 47.26% or HKD0.69.

The share price of Ausnutria performing well is in part attributable to management‘s efforts in the past two years to fulfill the resumption requirements. Ausnutria also achieved outstanding performance in 2013 with significant turnover and net profit growth at 24.9% and 81.5%, respectively, when compared with 2012. Meanwhile, Ausnutria’s factory in the PRC was among one of the first batch of factories in the PRC that succeeded in obtaining the renewed production license and the three factories in the Netherlands were among one of the 41 worldwide manufacturers that succeeded in being approved as the first batch of registered overseas dairy products producers that were granted the registrations for exporting their products to the PRC under the New Policies. Furthermore, all the brands of the Group (including the series of Allnutria, Best Choice, Hyproca 1897, Kabrita, Puredo, Mygood, Lacfor, Eurlate, Neolac, etc.) are listed as the first batch of brands to be granted the approval for exporting the paediatric formula milk into the PRC. The Company has excellent development prospects.

The Company considers that under the leadership of the recent Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bartle van der Meer who has ample international experience in banking, investment and paediatric nutritional products, together with the overseeing role of the independent non-executive Directors, the Group is now managed by a team of professional executives who have a strong background and diversified experience in paediatric nutritional products, consummating the internal governance of the Group. 

Mr. Yan Weibin, Chairman of the Company, said, “I am pleased to inform the Shareholders that the Company’s shares have resumed trading on 4 August 2014 after fulfilling the resumption conditions set out by the Exchange. This is attributable to the support and efforts by our management and the patience and understanding by the Shareholders of the Company. The past two years were complicated and challenging to the Group.  While it is the Board’s priority to deal with the issues leading to the Suspension, the Company has taken strategic move to comply with New Policies launched by the PRC government and at the same time to build the Group’s upstream production and procurement capability in order to capture the growing momentum in the PRC and other overseas markets.  We believe that the New Policies launched by the PRC government will improve the national standard for the safety of dairy products and accelerate the consolidation of the paediatric milk powder industry and would eventually lead to the elimination of small and medium enterprises in this industry. We believe that the Group is the only Chinese corporation which possesses a comprehensive production chain in the industry from milk collection, production and packaging to marketing and sales. Looking ahead, we will further strengthen the relationships with our customers and distributors in the PRC; continue the strategy of upward integration; increase the production capacity in the Netherlands; launch goat milk and cow milk based infant formula to other overseas countries; continue to work with Beijing University for the joint research and development on products and utilizing the production and distribution tracking systems, in order to cater for the long term growth and demand of paediatric nutritional products as well as to fulfill the requirements of government policies and regulations. Last but not the least, the Group will continuously and proactively strengthen its corporate governance so as to establish a solid foundation for future growth and enhance the confidence of shareholders and potential investors. The Group will continue to strive for the highest returns and value to the Shareholders in the long run.”

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About Ausnutria Dairy Corporation Ltd

Ausnutria Dairy Corporation Ltd is a leading paediatric milk formula company with its production facilities principally based in the Netherlands and engaged in the dairy industry with activities ranging from the research and development, milk collection, processing, production, packaging in the Netherlands and marketing and sales of dairy products to the PRC, Europe, North America, Middle East and other overseas countries. For the year ended 31 December 2013, revenue of Ausnutria amounted to approximately RMB1,688 million, representing an increase of approximately RMB337 million from approximately RMB1,351 million for 2012. Despite of the share suspension since April 2012 and the New Policies as implemented by the PRC government, the Group was able to maintain a steady growth in both its turnover and operating results for the past two years.

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+852 3150 6765

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Scoot selects UTC Aerospace Systems C.A.R.E. program for Boeing 787 maintenance

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Scoot Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, has selected UTC Aerospace Systems to provide asset management and repair services for components on its Boeing 787 aircraft through a Comprehensive Accessory Repair and Exchange (C.A.R.E.) program agreement. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

As part of the C.A.R.E. program agreement, UTC Aerospace Systems will provide inventory support and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for 10 Boeing 787-9 and 10 787-8 aircraft to be operated by Scoot. Products supported under the agreement include air management systems, electric power generator and start systems, emergency power systems, fire suppression, sensors and lighting systems. The first of the 787-9 aircraft will be delivered to Scoot in November 2014.

“C.A.R.E. is a customized UTC Aerospace Systems service program that provides Scoot with comprehensive and proactive service they can count on,” said Brian Costa, vice president and general manager of Customer Service for UTC Aerospace Systems’ Aircraft Systems segment. “As Scoot transitions its fleet to the 787, we look forward to providing them with entry-into-service and maintenance support to keep their aircraft flying and performing optimally.”

UTC Aerospace Systems has had C.A.R.E. programs in place with Singapore Airlines to support multiple components on the airline’s Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 fleet since 2008.

Scoot Pte. Ltd., is a Singapore-based long-haul budget airline. It operates medium- and long-haul flights between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Qingdao, Nanjing, Seoul, Hong Kong and Perth.

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries.

www.utcaerospacesystems.com