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News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.newscientist.com

A form of life that uses a fresh genetic “language” could be just a few years away. This comes after geneticists used a new technique to recode 5 per cent of the Salmonella bacterium’s genome, introducing a record number of engineered changes into a single organism. Now the race is on to recode the entire genome and put the microbes to work. Genome recoding is seen by many as the next big thing in genetic engineering. Among other things, it offers geneticists a way to engineer the proteins produced by organisms and give them new properties – allowing the creation of proteins that don’t exist in nature, and potential uses in new types of drugs and vaccines. Standard proteins are built from 20 amino acids, which are in turn coded for by “codons” – runs of three DNA “letters” in the genetic code (TTT, TTC, and so on). It’s possible to produce 64 distinct codons, meaning there is a lot of redundancy in the system because amino acids are usually coded for by more than one codon. The amino acid leucine, for example, is produced by six different codons. That redundancy could be used to our advantage. For instance, if an entire genome was recoded so that leucine was produced by just one codon, it would free up five others that could be reassigned to produce brand new amino acids beyond the 20 natural ones, potentially leading to new commercially useful proteins. The novel amino acids are important for another reason: they are fundamentally alien to life on Earth. An organism with a fully recoded genome would, in effect, use a subtly different genetic “language” to everything else on the planet. Its DNA would be unable to function properly in other organisms, because they would be unable to read it. This is a particularly useful trait in the microbial realm, in which cells are only too willing to “talk” to one another and share genetic information. That process of DNA sharing is a problem for researchers who want to use genetically engineered bacteria in real-world applications, because society demands that any genetically modified organism doesn’t transfer those modifications to other organisms in the environment. “Ideally, you would have a firewall between your bacterium and the other bacteria,” says Jeffrey Way at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute. Recoding the genome provides that firewall because the new code would be meaningless to natural life forms. It’s a mammoth task to recode one or more codons across an entire genome. However, a team led by Way and his colleague Yu Heng Lau – both members of Pamela Silver’s laboratory at the Wyss Institute – thinks it might be no more than a few years away from achieving the feat. Working with a strain of Salmonella, the team has already made more than 1550 codon changes in 176 genes. The researchers decided to free up two codons that code for leucine, TTA and TTG, by replacing them with CTA and CTG codons, which also code for leucine. They designed the new Salmonella DNA on a computer and paid a commercial supplier to build it. Such suppliers typically provide DNA in short strands, 1-4 kilobases long. To build longer stretches, the geneticists inserted the DNA fragments into yeast cells, which can naturally assemble them into strands 20 kb long. Then came the crucial step – one that the team thinks might be key to making genome recoding much quicker. The researchers used a new technique to replicate each modified 20-kb DNA strand inside the yeast and produce large quantities at the level of micrograms. Then they inserted modified DNA into the Salmonella. The hope was that the bacteria would then do some of the geneticists’ work for them. When bacterial cells divide and replicate their DNA, they may incorporate a new strand of DNA if it happens to be present in the cell. What’s more, if that new strand of DNA has a near-identical sequence to a particular region of the bacterial genome, some of the bacteria should even incorporate the new DNA in that region. This process is known as recombineering, which is a form of “crossing over” between similar DNA strands that occurs naturally in all organisms. Geneticists have used recombineering to insert new DNA sequences in the past, but those were typically only about 3-4 kb rather than 20 kb long. “We were initially unsure if this was feasible,” says Lau. “But it actually worked well enough for our purposes.” It took roughly two days to insert a particular 20 kb section. After that, the team could give the Salmonella engineered DNA corresponding to the next 20 kb of the genome’s DNA sequence and wait for the bacteria to incorporate it, and so on. The approach offers an efficient way to design and assemble recoded genomes, says Marc Lajoie at the University of Washington in Seattle, a member of a team using a different method to recode E. coli. “I think their method will provide a complementary tool for existing efforts to synthesise radically recoded organisms,” he says. Way says it might be no more than a couple of years before the team has applied the technique across the entire Salmonella genome, which will involve changing more than 33,000 codons in total. At that point, the microbe could find uses in vaccine development, he says. Many bacterial vaccines are made using dead microbes because of the risk that living ones would swap genetic material with others in the human body. Because recoded bacteria would be unable to communicate with other microbes, it should be possible to use them to create “live” vaccines – which can be far more effective. “That’s an example of a real-world use of this technology,” says Way. “Salmonella would be a perfect bacterium to work with.” Read more: Synthetic supermicrobe will be resistant to all known viruses; Reprogrammed bacterium speaks new language of life


A new study co-authored by U of T Engineering professor Greg Evans shows that subways increase our personal exposure to certain pollutants, even as they decrease overall emissions -- and that Toronto has the highest levels in Canada. The findings come from data collected on TTC platforms and in trains over three weeks in the summer of 2010 and the winter of 2011. In collaboration with researchers from Health Canada and McGill University, Evans and his students used portable detectors for particulate matter -- tiny particles suspended in air -- and found them to be much higher than in the ambient air outside. The team evaluated air quality using a metric called PM2.5, which measures the mass of airborne particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres per cubic metre of air. "While larger particles get caught in your nose or throat, these ones can make the twists and turns to be able to get deep down into the lungs," says Evans. For comparison, a typical human hair is 50 to 100 micrometres wide. Evans says that a typical outdoor PM2.5 value for Toronto would be on the order of 10 micrograms of particles per cubic metre of air. On a poor air quality day in Toronto, that value might rise as high as 30 micrograms per cubic metre, and the particles would be visible in the air as haze. But on Toronto subway platforms and trains, the team measured an average value of 100 micrograms per cubic metre. "That's comparable with a typical day in Beijing," says Evans. The results are published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. On the street, combustion sources such as cars and trucks are the dominant contributors to PM2.5 levels. But subway trains are electric, so the particles in subway stations must be coming from a different source. "We know from analyzing the composition of the particles that it's not just everyday grime," says Evans. "The metal concentrations are very high, and the ratios of manganese to iron are similar to what you see in steel." This composition suggests that abrasion between the wheels and track of the train is grinding off tiny steel particles. As each train comes into the station, it pushes a column of air in front of it, which stirs up these particles along with any other dust settled at track level. In aboveground stations, such as Rosedale and Davisville, the team found that PM2.5 measurements were about half what they were underground. Vancouver's Skytrain system, which is primarily aboveground, also had much lower average PM2.5 values at, 17 micrograms per cubic metre. Montreal's system, while entirely below ground, averaged 36 micrograms per cubic metre, which Evans says may be because its rubber wheels, concrete rails, and wood-based braking system leads to less abrasion than steel-on-steel. Long-term exposure to PM2.5 pollution has been associated with negative effects on the respiratory and cardiac systems, and short-term exposures to high levels can aggravate asthma or trigger heart attacks. Current Health Canada guidelines recommend that indoor PM2.5 levels be kept "as low as possible," and at minimum, lower than the outside air. Evans points out that these findings must be taken in context. Most commuters only spend about an hour or so on the subway each day, which means that its impact on overall daily exposure is limited. "Taking transit only increases a given daily overall exposure by 20 per cent," says Evans. By contrast, the outdoor PM2.5 level can vary day today by much more than 20 per cent simply due to the weather. "The comparison between the three subway systems shows that this is a preventable exposure and we should take steps to reduce it," says Evans. "These particles may also be more toxic than typical outdoor particles due to their high metal content." "The findings are similar to previously published studies conducted in metro systems across the world," says Keith Van Ryswyk, Scientific Project Coordinator at Health Canada's Air Health Science Division and lead author of the study. "The results from the study can be used to help guide transportation planners in Canada to improve air quality for commuters." Evans says exposure could be reduced by upgrading ventilation systems and cleaning up the dust that may be the source of the particles. He points out that his measurements were taken before the introduction of new train cars on Toronto's Line 1, the Yonge-University-Spadina line, in 2011. These new cars may already be reducing exposure through better braking systems and improved air filters, although those studies have not yet been done. In the meantime, Evans says he will continue using subways for his daily commute, at least when biking is not an option. "Public transit offers the advantage of better air quality overall across the city," he says. "This isn't enough for me to stop taking the subway, but at the same time, we should try to reduce our exposure."


News Article | April 25, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Principaux éléments d'activité commerciale (T1 2017 vs T1 2016) Réservations Logement Volume : 1 800 logements (+19,0 %) Valeur : 336,6  M€ TTC (+18,5 %)    Principaux éléments financiers (T1 2017 vs T1 2016) Chiffre d'affaires  : 287,7 M€ (+25,2  %) Dont Logement : 247,0 M€ (+19,4 %) -  Marge brute : 54,7 M€ (+25 ,1 %) - EBIT ajusté : 20,7 M€ (+7,9 %) -  Résultat net - part du groupe : 7,4M€ (+14,9 %) -  Dette financière nette : 85,0 M€ à fin fév. 2017 vs 85,1 M€ à fin 2016   Principaux indicateurs de développement Backlog global : 1 592,0 M€ (+23,9 % vs T1 2016) Dont Logement : 1 400,4 M€ (+24,3  % vs T1 2016) Portefeuille foncier Logement : 27 580 lots (+25,9  % vs T1 2016) Kaufman & Broad SA a pris connaissance des résultats, non audités, du 1er trimestre de l'exercice 2017 (du 1er décembre 2016 au 28 février 2017).   Commentant ces résultats, Nordine Hachemi, Président-Directeur Général de Kaufman & Broad, a notamment déclaré :   « Les résultats du 1er trimestre 2017 s'inscrivent dans la dynamique de développement engagée il y a trois ans.   Les réservations de logements ont augmenté en volume comme en valeur de près de 20 %. Leur progression en volume a notamment tiré parti de la forte croissance des primo-accédants (+45 %) et des blocs (+53 %). Toutefois, s'agissant d'un premier trimestre, cette croissance notable ne saurait être projetée sur l'ensemble de l'exercice.   Les hausses d'environ 26 % de la réserve foncière et de 24 % du backlog confirment la solidité de notre dévelopement ainsi que notre capacité à le transformer en activité économique.   Dans le pôle Tertiaire, Kaufman & Broad a maintenu une bonne activité. En Logistique, trois BEFA ont été signés et en Bureaux, deux consultations ont été gagnées : l'une organisée par l'EPA Bordeaux Euratlantique pour la réalisation d'un immeuble de 26 000 m² de bureaux au pied de la future gare TGV, l'autre à Lille pour un projet de 7 000 m2 sur l'ensemble Eurasanté.   Le marché du Logement neuf reste très dynamique,  porté par des dispositifs équilibrés ainsi que par des niveaux de taux d'intérêt toujours bas. Dans cet environnement, Kaufman & Broad reste très attentif à garder des prix de vente stables afin de rester au plus près du pouvoir d'achat de ses clients.   Dans un contexte de maintien des dispositifs fiscaux en vigueur et d'une hausse modérée des taux d'intérêt, nous anticipons pour 2017 un marché au moins équivalent à celui de 2016.   Les perspectives de Kaufman & Broad pour 2017 restent bien orientées. La croissance du chiffre d'affaires devrait s'établir entre 8 et 10 %, les taux de marge brute et d'EBIT ajusté se maintenir respectivement autour de 19 % et de 8,5 % et la dette financière nette rester proche de 100 M€. »


Top Thought Leaders Will Discuss the Most Pressing Issues of the Moment Including Climate Change, Refugee Crisis, Criminal Justice Reform and Mental Illness -- and How Private Philanthropists Can Make the Most Impact; #TandCPhilanthropy NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 03, 2017) - Town & Country announced Michael Bloomberg, John Legend, Glenn Close and more will participate in its fourth annual Philanthropy Summit on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Taking place at Hearst Tower, this invitation-only event will tackle hot-topic issues such as climate change, criminal justice reform, mental health, the global refugee crisis and the importance of philanthropy as a family value. The 2017 Summit coincides with the magazine's June/July T&C 50 Philanthropy issue (on sale nationwide May 16), which will feature Michael Bloomberg, John Legend and Cate Blanchett on three separate covers. The issue highlights a venerable group of 50 academics, business tycoons, entertainers, political leaders and tech giants who are currently shifting the philanthropic landscape. "Now in its fourth year, this is our most ambitious and exciting Philanthropy Summit to date," said Stellene Volandes, editor in chief of Town & Country. "I can't think of a better time in our nation's history to highlight a group of individuals dedicated to helping others, and we hope that both the Summit audience and our readers can be moved to realize that we all can make a difference." Michael Bloomberg will kick off the day with a keynote address on climate change and the responsibility to improve the world around us. NBC News correspondent Cynthia McFadden will moderate a discussion on The Case for Arts Philanthropy with Sarah Jones, Oskar Eustis and Elaine Wynn, followed by a live interview with the grandchildren of Elizabeth Taylor, together for a rare public appearance, to share how they are continuing their grandmother's philanthropic legacy. Jerry Storch, chief executive officer of Hudson's Bay Company, and president of HBC Foundation, will introduce a panel on mental illness featuring Glenn Close. ABC News Anchor David Muir will lead a panel discussion on the global refugee crisis that includes David Miliband and Zosia Mamet. Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, a champion of Wellness in the Schools, is catering the lunch, which will feature John Legend in conversation on criminal justice reform with former White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett. The T&C Philanthropy Summit is presented by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management (Title Sponsor), HBC Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Frédérique Constant and The TreadRight Foundation. "Town & Country's Philanthropy Summit celebrates thoughtful leaders across varied fields upholding a deep commitment to giving back," said Jennifer Levene Bruno, Town & Country VP/publisher and chief revenue officer. "We are grateful to our sponsors who help underscore our annual event highlighting the importance of philanthropy in our world today." Attendees of the Philanthropy Summit will also have the opportunity to experience the Tribeca Film Festival's Virtual Reality (VR) Arcade with a special viewing of The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger's Shoes, a new virtual reality short film from director Kathryn Bigelow and VR creator Imraan Ismail. The eight-minute film highlights the African elephants' race toward extinction at the hands of ivory-seeking poachers. For more information on the summit, visit TownandCountrymag.com and follow along at #TandCPhilanthropy Town & Country (www.townandcountrymag.com) has chronicled American life since 1846, always putting an emphasis on people of style and accomplishment who give something back to the world, whether in service, philanthropy or creative endeavor. Combining the highest level of reporting with the very best photography, Town & Country is an acute observer of the broader social landscape, documenting notable weddings and parties, chronicling the pastimes and passions of leading figures and families everywhere, and casting an anthropological eye on the lives of the rich and powerful. The magazine is a trusted source of privileged information, taste and unpretentious fun -- in short, an irreplaceable guide to the very best that the world has to offer. Follow Town & Country on Twitter at @TandCMag. Hearst Magazines is a unit of Hearst (www.hearst.com), one of the nation's largest diversified media and information companies. With 21 titles in the U.S., Hearst is the leading publisher of monthly magazines in terms of total paid circulation, reaching 78 million readers and 80 million site visitors each month (comScore), with a social media following of 88 million. In addition, the company publishes close to 300 editions and 200 websites around the world. Hearst Magazines Digital Media includes 21 websites for brands such as Cosmopolitan, ELLE, ELLE DECOR, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire and Seventeen and Delish.com. The company also includes iCrossing, a global, full-service digital marketing agency. ABOUT U.S. TRUST, BANK OF AMERICA PRIVATE WEALTH MANAGEMENT U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management is a leading private wealth management organization providing vast resources and customized solutions to help meet clients' wealth structuring, investment management, banking and credit needs. Clients are served by teams of experienced advisors offering a range of financial services, including investment management, financial and succession planning, philanthropic and specialty asset management, family office services, custom credit solutions, financial administration and family trust stewardship. U.S. Trust is part of the Global Wealth and Investment Management unit of Bank of America, N.A., which is a global leader in wealth management, private banking and retail brokerage. U.S. Trust employs more than 4,000 professionals and maintains 93 offices in 31 states. As part of Bank of America, U.S. Trust can provide access to a broad range of banking solutions for individuals and businesses, and an extensive retail banking platform. Established in Canada in 2005 and in the U.S. in 2017, the HBC Foundation is the North American charitable arm of Hudson's Bay Company, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. The foundation is a Canadian registered charity and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the U.S. dedicated to improving lives by enhancing physical and mental health through education, access, research, and empowerment. By channeling the collective power of HBC's banners in North America, including Hudson's Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5TH and Gilt.com, the foundation helps to transform the mental health landscape. The Pew Charitable Trusts works with philanthropists to make long-lasting, powerful, positive change -- always based on solid research and tangible goals. As a global nonprofit, we find the facts and use them to inform the public, improve public policy, and invigorate civic life. For nearly seven decades, we have produced measurable results addressing the most pressing challenges of the day across the United States and around the world. If you are interested in exploring how facts can drive innovation and improve people's lives in tangible ways around the globe, we invite you to learn more at www.pewtrusts.org/invest. Frédérique Constant is a watch manufacturer based in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland. The company is involved in all stages of watch production, from initial design, to final assembly and quality control. Frédérique Constant develops, manufactures, and assembles in-house calibers, 21 different versions since 2004. In 2015 Frédérique Constant introduced the first Swiss made Horological Smartwatch, powered by MMT SwissConnect and entirely displayed with an analog dial, thereby creating an entirely new watch category in the Swiss watch industry. Frédérique Constant watches are defined by their high quality and differentiation and precision in design and manufacturing. Their perceived value, through quality of design, materials, and manufacture, is a key component of their success. Each watch is assembled by hand, with the latest equipment and extensive controls, to ensure maximum quality and durability. The company embraces innovation to offer creativity and exceptional value. Its 32,000 square foot facility in Geneva is ultra-modern and offers the best environment for its passionate watchmakers. For more information, please visit www.frederiqueconstant.com. Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation's (TTC) family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain for generations to come. Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive Officer, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. As an official Diamond Sponsor of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, TTC is dedicated to bringing the industry together with a shared goal of benefitting local communities and the environment. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at www.treadright.org.


LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TAITRA, along with Taiwanese hand tool manufacturers, will continue showcasing their innovation and competitiveness in a challenging industry during the 2017 National Hardware Show. The show will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Visitors to the exhibition can gain a firsthand look at the diversity of Taiwan’s industry at the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion (booth number 1420) from May 9th to 11th. Taiwan’s hand tools are still growing exports in an economically challenging environment. In 2016, Taiwanese hand-tool makers saw exports of US$3.06 billion, which represents a 8.51% growth over 2015. The USA is still the largest destination for Taiwanese hand tools, taking in 29.6% of overall exports, followed by China, Germany, Japan, and the UK, respectively. In regards to the largest sources of the USA's imports, Taiwan is the fourth largest importer into the USA. In 2015, the value of imports reached US$0.7 billion (7.8% of all tools imported into America). Despite the economically challenging environment, the value at which the USA imported from Taiwan still grew by US$0.07 billion (9.8%) in 2015. These figures point to Taiwan’s sustained development in recent years. Taiwan can meet demands in the connected hardware market with its IT credentials and the ability for customization. Taiwan is especially good at creating multifunctional, all-in-one products, with the ability to make small-volume productions for a wide range of items. Today, Taiwanese companies are fusing together products with digitalization, meeting ever-changing trends with innovation. Around 80% of Taiwan’s 600 hand-tool manufacturers are gathered in Central Taiwan, providing a collaborative and fast responding supply chain for the whole industry. All this activity falls within a 10 km radius. It includes a comprehensive supply chain and seamless integration between central and satellite factories. The flexibility of its supply chain allows Taiwanese hand-tool companies to meet any demand in manufacturing, such as molds, heat treatments, surface treatments, plating, and packaging. Most importantly, Taiwan’s exceptional IT infrastructure makes it easy for the local industry to rapidly adapt to any new technologies in the market. Taiwanese hand-tool manufacturers take advantage of the strength of this integration and its IT credentials, ranking Taiwan 1st in sockets and associated components, 6th in hand-tool exports and 3rd in unit price worldwide. Ching Yuang Since its inception in 2002, Ching Yuang has been in the light industry for over 15 years. Ching Yuang engages in developing lighting that helps people improve their workplaces and lives. Brightening your nights through warm, glare-free lighting. LED Balloon Light Mini: The exclusive LED energy saving light provides warm and glare-free lighting. Offers a quick response to any urgent needs and has a waterproof battery power supply. It’s compact and easy to transport. Comlink Comlink Electronic Co., Ltd. was founded in 1983. The founder was inspired by jetfighters and has been dedicated to replacing gas engines with BLDC motors in industrial applications. Today, a series of new products, such as their brushless DC leaf blowers, BLDC grass trimmers, BLDC hedgers, and BLDC chain saws, are ready for a better tomorrow. Comlink is striving for making the best products while also being environmentally friendly. Comlink BLDC Grass Cutter: It is small and lightweight (2 kg). It emits no air pollution, it’s quiet and has little vibration. One important feature is that it has almost the same cutting power as a 43 c.c. gas engine cutter. Dofair As a leading aluminum folding ladder manufacture since 1990, Dofair is fully capable in assisting customers with developing new concepts into practical products. In additional to GST/TUV approval, Dofair’s ladders also comply with American, Australian, and Japanese regulations, including ANSI, AN-ZS, and JIS. Each year, Dofair continues developing safer and better products for their customers. Telescopic Folding Ladder with Extending Feet: It can be used as stairway, a 90° ladder, an A-frame ladder, and as an extension ladder. It has 4 independent extending legs. Product has passed GS Approval (150 kg loading rate). Sheng Tai Brassware Sheng Tai Brassware Corporation (ST) was established in 1976. ST is dedicated towards designing bathroom products, and has established its own brand in the market, Justime. The brand has gained many global awards, such as the Red Dot Design Award, iF Design Award, Chicago Good Design Award, Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, and IDEA Award. Lucky 7 Shower Mixer: Its geometric shape and inner aerator make it succinct and well balanced. The handle is easily grasped when wet and the spout can be adjusted to fit different sized washing basins. The Taiwan Hand Tool Manufacturers’ Association was founded in 1977. The association has established itself as the cornerstone of the world’s hand-tool supply chain. Through forging strategic alliances, the association has not only harnessed the individual prowess of small- and mid-sized Taiwanese enterprises, but has also reaped synergistic benefits from improved manufacturing efficiency, research, innovation, and market position. Information about Taiwan Excellence, the Bureau of Foreign Trade, and TAITRA: TAIWAN EXCELLENCE The symbol of Taiwan Excellence was established in 1992 by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and subsequently the Taiwan Excellence Selection was launched the following year. The selection is based on the distinct criteria of R&D, quality, design, and marketing. Taiwan Excellence awarded products are chosen for their cutting-edge innovation, and are used to represent Taiwan on the international stage to reinforce the buyer’s confidence and continue building a favorable impression for Taiwanese products worldwide. This year marks the 25th selection, making the symbol of Taiwan Excellence, highly reputed throughout the world, a prestigious brand for enterprises in Taiwan striving for worldwide recognition. For more information, please visit: www.taiwanexcellence.org. Organized by: Bureau of Foreign Trade, MOEA The Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), under The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of Taiwan, is responsible for implementing policies and regulations governing foreign trade, economic cooperation, and foreign investments. Established in January 1969, the BOFT's role and position have undergone continual adjustments to meet the needs of the shifting international economic and trade environment. The BOFT has been guiding and working with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in numerous trade promotion projects and activities both internationally and domestically. Having worked closely with TAITRA for many decades, the BOFT continues to entrust TAITRA with various critical government projects relating to trade and investments, promoting Taiwan on every international aspect. Implemented by: Taiwan External Trade Development Council Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit, semi-governmental trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwanese businesses with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets. TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network consisting of over 1,200 trained specialists stationed throughout its Taipei headquarters and 60 branches worldwide. Together with its sister organizations, the Taiwan Trade Center (TTC) and Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), TAITRA has created a wealth of trade opportunities through effective promotion strategies.


News Article | April 20, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

This is the latest in a series of topical feature packages PRN will carry as part of its regular Feature News Service.  Coming up in 2017 are features on: 1. Yowie Celebrates Earth Day Early With Easter Egg Hunts Across The U.S. NEW YORK, April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Yowie Group LTD announced today that they will be traveling across the U.S. this April to celebrate Earth Day with Easter egg hunts for children. The popular chocolate brand from Australia will be participating in Easter egg hunts in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Providence, and Denver markets. Yowie aims to "save the natural world" by making animal and environmental education both fun and tasty, creating the perfect link between Easter chocolate celebrations on Sunday April 16th and Earth Day on Saturday April 22nd. 2. Earth Day March for Science Rally and Teach-Ins to Take Place April 22 on National Mall in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first Earth Day was established as a result of the warnings scientists had been making for years about our environment. And on this April 22nd, which also marks the first anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement, Earth Day Network will continue to recognize the concerns and the work of dedicated scientists by co-organizing the March for Science Rally and Teach-Ins on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. 3. Ohio's EarthFest Hosts EV Ride and Drive as Part of Midwest EVOLVE Program CLEVELAND, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Earth Day Coalition will give consumers a chance to test drive some of the newest electric vehicles (EVs) at EarthFest, taking place on Earth Day (April 22) at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Ohio. 4. The Travel Corporation and TreadRight Foundation Support Wildlife SOS – India on Earth Day DELRAY BEACH, Fla., April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit joint initiative between The Travel Corporation's (TTC) family of brands, has announced that it will support TreadRight Heritage Initiative partner Wildlife SOS – India this coming Earth Day. If you would like a copy of the complete schedule, or if you would care to comment, please email featuredesk@prnewswire.com.  We welcome suggestions.  Copies of previous packages are available for the media.  Feature packages and feature photos are also available on the PR Newswire Web site, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/feature-news-latest-news. Photos that accompany releases are available via the PRN Multimedia Desk, 800-317-7677, or via the PR Newswire Photo Archive.  Select photos are available via AP PhotoExpress and AP Images. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/earth-day-feature-package-300442271.html


News Article | May 4, 2017
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Conference launched to promote engagement and adoption of IoT standards Taipei, Taiwan. 04 May 2017: oneM2M, the global standards initiative for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced it will continue to accelerate IoT growth through the adoption of its standards with Interop 4 to take place in Taipei, Taiwan. The event is being held as the Asian Silicon Valley Development Agency (ASVDA) aims to have a five percent stake in the global IoT market by 2025. The ASVDA is working to create an Asian Silicon Valley in Taiwan by transforming and upgrading the country’s industrial infrastructure with IoT technology. Hosted by two of oneM2M’s founding partners TTA and ETSI, along with the Taiwan-based Institute for Information Industry (III), Interop 4 will give organisations implementing oneM2M standards the opportunity to validate interoperability and check end-to-end functionality via oneM2M interfaces. In addition, an international conference hosted by III will be held, featuring presentations from leading companies and oneM2M’s leadership team to promote oneM2M to Taiwanese businesses in the IoT sector. “Taiwan is striving to become a major IoT player and Interop 4 will enhance its progression towards this, significantly benefiting vendors in the country,” said Steven Liu from III “By bringing this event to Taiwan, local companies are able to participate as well as have the chance to listen to insights from some of oneM2M’s members to hear how oneM2M standards can boost IoT deployments.” During Interop 4, participants will be able to take part in interoperability scenarios from TS-0013 – oneM2M’s Interoperability Testing Technical Specification. The testing will be based on oneM2M’s updated Release 1 and Release 2 standards, covering functional architecture, service layer core protocol and CoAP, HTTP, MQTT and WebSocket protocol binding. The event will offer test sessions where companies can check the interoperability levels of their implementations and verify the correct interpretation of the oneM2M standards. It will also invite participants to run Conformance Testing to help them debug their products, as specified in oneM2M TS-0018, TS-0019, TS-0028 and TS-0029. Interop 4 will take place at the Bellezza hotel, in Taipei City, from Tuesday, May 16 to Friday, May 19 and is supported by the European Commission, ETSI, TTA and III. The event is open to both members and non-members of oneM2M and is free of charge. The international conference featuring oneM2M technologies will take place at the same place (the Bellezza hotel) one day before Interop 4 on Monday, May 15 and is supported by III. To register to attend Interop 4, please visit: http://www.etsi.org/news-events/events/1178-onem2m-interop-4 About oneM2M oneM2M is the global standards initiative that covers requirements, architecture, API specifications, security solutions and interoperability for Machine-to-Machine and IoT technologies. oneM2M was formed in 2012 and consists of eight of the world's preeminent standards development organizations: ARIB (Japan), ATIS (U.S.), CCSA (China), ETSI (Europe), TIA (U.S.), TSDSI (India), TTA (Korea), and TTC (Japan), together with six industry fora or consortia (Broadband Forum, CEN, CENELEC, GlobalPlatform, Next Generation M2M Consortium, OMA) and over 200 member organizations. oneM2M specifications provide a framework to support applications and services such as the smart grid, connected car, home automation, public safety, and health. oneM2M actively encourages industry associations and forums with specific application requirements to participate in oneM2M, in order to ensure that the solutions developed support their specific needs. For more information, including how to join and participate in oneM2M, see: www.onem2m.org.

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