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.

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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.

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Stefan Elfstrom
Media Relations Manager
Corporate Communications
Volvo Car Corporation
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Goteborg
Sweden
Telephone +46-31-3251878

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GENIVI To Host “Connected Car Track” During Super Mobility Week

– A Key Track as Part of CTIA 2014™ Mobility Week’s “Money Event”

SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The GENIVI® Alliance, an automotive and consumer electronics industry association driving the development and adoption of an open In-vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform announced today that it will host the “Connected Car- Open Automotive Track” as part of CTIA’s Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas, Sept. 8-11, 2014, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

In conjunction with Mobility Week’s “The Money Event” which features panel discussions and demonstrations from some of the most successful experts in the mobile banking and commerce world, the Connected Car – Open Automotive Track will cover the latest innovations and enablers to provide commerce in the car, which itself is now increasingly connected, and in fact a mobile “device” in its own right.

As part its Open Automotive Series, GENIVI will host three sessions on Sept. 11: Collaborate or Die (United We Stand) focusing on the partnerships, alliances and other collaborative efforts that are facilitating major developments in the sector; Cars are Connected – Where are the Applications which will discuss how automotive applications are still missing from the digital devices passengers carry into their vehicles, and Inside Your Car, Your Mind and Your Wallet that will delve into the costs vs. consumer and key stakeholder benefits to bring loT into the vehicle.

“The Connected Car – Open Automotive Track will serve as an ideal venue for GENIVI, as an open source thought leader, to showcase current and future mobile innovations happening in the money and commerce ecosystems,” said Joel Hoffmann, director of Marketing for GENIVI Alliance. “This unique event will bring automotive industry leaders from across the globe to discuss how the connected car is literally becoming a vehicle for payments and commerce.”

GENIVI’s Open Automotive events are a series of one-day conferences that explore – with automakers, suppliers, automotive consortia and leading industry analysts – the relationship between automotive connectivity and the so-called “Internet of Things (IoT)”.  Later in the year, Open Automotive will appear in Detroit as well as live webinars hosted by Automotive World.  For future GENIVI events, visit http://genivi.org/events.

To register for The Money Event in conjunction with CTIA Super Mobility Week and receive a 30% discount on the price of registration, visit www.themoneyevent.com and enter discount code “ADITYA30.”

About GENIVI Alliance
The GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association whose mission is to drive the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source development platform. GENIVI will accomplish this by aligning requirements, delivering reference implementations, offering certification programs and fostering a vibrant open source IVI community. GENIVI’s work will result in shortened development cycles, quicker time-to-market, and reduced costs for companies developing IVI equipment and software. Comprised of more than 170 member companies, GENIVI is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif.  Please visit www.genivi.org for more information.

About The Money Event
The Money Event (www.themoneyevent.com) where the Mobile and Money ecosystems meet, make deals and create partnerships. The Money Event will offer an unprecedented experience to 40,000 attendees from 100 countries at CTIA 2014, with a combination of visionary presentations, thought-provoking panel discussions and company-specific demonstrations in 3 parallel tracks over 2.5 days of rich programming, all against the backdrop of mobile’s premier industry event, Super Mobility Week.

THE MONEY EVENT will run from September 9 -11, 2014 in Las Vegas.

About CITA
CTIA-The Wireless Association® is an international nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.

Media Contact- GENIVI Alliance:
Craig Miner
248.840.8368
cminer@gelia.com

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

Minister Fast Continues Sustained Engagement with ASEAN

Four-day trade and development mission to Laos and Burma to strengthen commercial and economic ties

August 26, 2014 – Vientiane, Laos – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today kicked off a trade and development mission to Laos and Burma from August 26 to 29, 2014, to continue to build stronger economic ties with the region and with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Minister Fast’s first official visit to Laos also represents a milestone in the bilateral relationship; it will be the first time in history that a Canadian trade minister has visited the country. Through meetings with government officials and representatives of Canadian companies operating in Laos, Minister Fast will also highlight opportunities to deepen trade and bilateral relations between our countries.

In Burma, Minister Fast will participate in the third ASEAN Economic Ministers-Canada Consultations and will continue Canada’s sustained engagement with the 10 ASEAN member nations on trade, investment and economic ties.

Including his visit to Laos, Minister Fast will have led trade missions to all 10 members of ASEAN, a priority objective under the Global Markets Action Plan. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has also visited every ASEAN member nation. Together, Ministers Fast and Baird are engaging comprehensively with ASEAN in supporting human rights, improving regional security, reducing transnational crime, and increasing trade and investment opportunities.

The four-day, two-country trade and development mission will be Minister Fast’s fourth visit to Asia this year and his 16th visit to Asia in total.

Quick Facts

  • The 10-member ASEAN bloc consists of Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • In 2013, Canada-ASEAN merchandise trade grew by 7.3 percent, amounting to almost $17 billion. It has increased by 30.3 percent over the last five years.
  • In August 2012, Minister Fast announced the creation of the Canada-ASEAN Business Council, which focuses on increasing private sector cooperation between Canadian and ASEAN businesses.
  • In September 2013, Minister Fast led a trade mission to Burma, following his announcement of a permanent, full-time Canadian trade commissioner at Canada’s embassy in Burma.
  • In August 2014, during the ASEAN-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference, Minister Baird announced the expansion of Canada’s diplomatic footprint in the region to include resident representation in Laos, bringing a Canadian presence to all 10 ASEAN member states. Baird had earlier announced a new, dedicated Canadian ambassador to ASEAN.

Quotes

“Our government made a point of engaging with ASEAN, a group of countries that represent important markets for Canadian business. We will continue to advance Canada’s interests throughout the dynamic and fast-growing Asia-Pacific region in order to support job creation and economic growth back home.”

– Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade

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Cash Balance of EVERGRANDE GROUP Reaches 64.03 Billion Yuan, Ranks No.1 in China; HuiKa Yan Announces Multiple Business Strategies

BEIJING, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On August 26th, The 2014 Midyear Achievement Announcement of EVERGRANDE GROUP was held at the Shangri La Hotel on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The Group Chairman HuiKa Yan made a public announcement to the world: the EVERGRANDE GROUP will stand firmly to implement its multiple businesses strategies. An original report by Sina Leju follows:

He said that EVERGRANDE GROUP will stand firm to implement its multiple business strategies, which are announced to the public for the first time after long term and prudent investigation and survey. “After special research, we found that most of the World Top 500 Giant Enterprises would select multiple businesses strategies after they have developed to a certain size. As far as the size, team and brand of the Group are concerned, we will lose lots of development opportunities if we fail to implement multiple business strategies. Now, the Group has formally entered the strategic stage of “Multi + Size + Brand.”

What are the new industries which the Group will enter? When will the Group enter these industries? HuiKa Yan said that that depends on market potentials. They may be modern agriculture, dairy industry and stockbreeding, or maybe new products like EVERGRANDE grain and oil product, and EVERGRANDE baby milk powder will appear soon. For the first time, He revealed to the public, “the Group will take a seat in the World Top 500 Giant Enterprises next year. In terms of the main indexes such as sales amount (which are essential for appraisal of the World Top 500 Giant Enterprises), we are confident to reach that.”

Behind the new strategies, the achievement of multiple businesses had a big growth when compared with the same period of the last year, taking a lead in the industry. The mid-year data shows that, in the upper half of 2014, sales amount of the Group reached 69.32 billion yuan, a growth of 55.4 percent when compared with the same period of last year; with a net profit of 9.49 billion yuan, nearly double that of 4.81 billion yuan of WANKE Group; its total assets reached 421.65 billion yuan, a growth of 53.6 percent when compared with the same period of last year; as of June 30, the cash balance reached 64.03 billion yuan, a growth of 52.6 percent when compared with the same period of last year.

In addition, the other core indexes of the Group also witnessed a big growth when compared with the same period of 2013. By the end of June, the Group has completed 110 billion yuan, i.e. 63 percent of the annual goal, ranking top among real estate enterprises in China. The industry generally predicted that the last half year will see a warmer market. The Group may become the first real estate enterprise which fulfills the annual goal.

The fair achievement of the Group is due a lot to its size. As of June 30, the Group has 303 large projects in 147 cities in China, boasting a giant taking a lead in the industry in China. With the rapid growth of city expansion in China, there are growing demands for houses, and the Group has strived to provide houses of high quality and moderate prices to meet such demands, thus winning a return of increasingly growing achievement.

In addition, the cash balance of the Group is more than 64 billion yuan; the accumulated paid-in land payment has reached 175.26 billion yuan, showing strong financial strength. Steady and prudent financial policies have laid a solid foundation for the Group’s further development in the real estate industry, and give guarantee for expanding its multiple strategies.

Frost & Sullivan: Multi-Modality Breast Imaging Systems Spur Innovations in Europe

– Vendors focus on multi-modality equipment that improves the efficiency, specificity and sensitivity of breast cancer screening

LONDON, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — National population-based screening programs for asymptomatic women aged 40 and above have been established in many European countries for early detection of breast cancer. With every passing year, this population cohort is expanding, spurring breast cancer screening rates and fuelling the need for breast imaging systems. With the number of women being diagnosed with breast cancer also bound to increase, the adoption of equipment for procedures such as biopsy and image guidance too will grow.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the European Breast Imaging Systems Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $988.3 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $1,384.2 million in 2020. The study covers x-ray mammography, breast ultrasound, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), molecular breast imaging (MBI), and breast computer-aided detection (CAD).

While mammography has been considered the ‘gold standard’ for breast screening, adjunct technologies such as breast ultrasound, breast MRI and MBI too are gaining traction as they improve the standards of diagnosis and treatment of breast cancers.

“The European market will continue to evolve as breast imaging systems vendors look for innovative technologies to battle the increasing rate of false positives and overcome limitations while scanning women with dense breast tissue,” said Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Research Analyst Raghuraman Madanagopal. “3-D tomosynthesis, automated breast ultrasound and MBI are the results of such technological innovations that ensure maximum efficiency and minimum error rates.”

However, sporadic reimbursement trends across countries may lead to equally sporadic uptake of these advanced modalities for breast imaging. While the more commonly performed mammography and the less expensive ultrasound procedures are reimbursed sufficiently, the trend changes for costly procedures such as MRI and MBI.

To overcome this restraint, many breast imaging facilities in Europe are employing multi-modality screening. This, in turn, is expected to drive the use of supplementary modalities such as breast ultrasound.

“Research studies in recent years have validated the benefits that multi-modality screening provides over regular mammography screening, since one modality can overcome the limitations of another,” noted Madanagopal. “In accordance with this validation that a multi-modality approach improves the efficiency, specificity and sensitivity of breast cancer screening procedures, a wide product portfolio will be a core competitive factor in the European breast imaging systems market.”

If you are interested in more information on this study, please email Anna Zanchi, Corporate Communications, at anna.zanchi@frost.com

Analysis of the European Breast Imaging Systems Market is part of the Advanced Medical Technologies Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: US Nuclear Medicine and PET Imaging Systems Market, and European Ultrasound Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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