Malaysian jetliner shot down by pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists

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AviationMalaysian jetliner shot down by pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists

Published 18 July 2014

Nine Britons, 23 U.S. citizens, and 80 children are reported to be among the 283 passengers and fifteen crew members killed when an anti-aircraft missile launched by pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine brought down a Malaysian Airline Boeing 777-200 on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The plane fell to Earth near the town of Grabovo, about fifty kilometers from the Russia-Ukraine border. The Ukrainian government said the plane was shot down by the Russian Buk missile system as the liner was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet).

Nine Britons, 23 U.S. citizens, and 80 children are reported to be among the 283 passengers and fifteen crew members killed when an anti-aircraft missile launched by pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine brought down a Malaysian Airline Boeing 777-200 on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

The plane fell to Earth near the town of Grabovo, about fifty kilometers from the Russia-Ukraine border.

The BBC reports that the passengers also included 154 Dutch, 27 Australians, 38 Malaysians — including 15 crew — 11 people from Indonesia, four Germans, four Belgians, three from the Philippines, and one Canadian.

The nationalities of the remaining passengers were still being confirmed.

The aircraft departed from Amsterdam at 12.14 a.m. local time, fifteen minutes later than scheduled. It should have arrived in Malaysia at 06:10 local time, and according to Reuters, did not enter Russian airspace when it was expected to.

The Independent reports that the Eurocontrol organization, which co-ordinates European air traffic control, closed air routes in eastern Ukraine on Thursday evening.

Virgin Airlines, Lufthansa, and British Airways have confirmed that they are diverting most of their flights away from Ukrainian airspace.

A spokesman from BA said: “The safety and security of our customers is always our top priority. Our flights are not using Ukrainian airspace, with the exception of our once a day service between Heathrow and Kiev.”

Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak said today (Friday) that the jetliner did not make any distress call, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. He added investigators “will leave no stone unturned.”

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko called the crash a “terrorist” attack which posed a challenge to the whole world. “Today’s tragedy showed again that terrorism is not localized, but a world problem. And the external aggression against Ukraine is not just our problem, but a threat to European and global security,” he said.

The Ukrainian government said the plane was shot down by the Russian Buk missile system as the liner was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters.

Ukraine has no long-range air defense missile systems in this area.

The plane was shot down, because the Russian air defense systems was affording protection to Russian mercenaries and terrorists in this area.

Ukraine will present the evidence of Russian military involvement into the Boeing crash.

The leader of the terrorists Igor Girkin (Strelkov) immediately commented on the catastrophe, believing that it was the Ukrainian jet that crashed: ‘In Torez An-26 was shot down, its crashes are lying somewhere near the coal mine ‘Progress.’ We have warned everyone: do not fly in our skies,’” the statement of the Ukrainian government read.

Russian president Vladmir Putin blamed Ukraine for the crash. Putin opened a meeting with his economic advisers by calling for a moment of silence over the crash, but added: “This tragedy would not have happened if there were peace on this land, if the military actions had not been renewed in southeast Ukraine. And, certainly, the state over whose territory this occurred bears responsibility for this awful tragedy.”

The Russia’s military said that none of its military planes had been flying close to the Russia-Ukraine border on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported.

The leader of the pro-Russian separatists, Alexander Borodai, told the RIA-Novosti news agency that discussions were under way with Ukrainian authorities on a three-day cease fire for humanitarian reasons.

Borodai denied that the pro-Russian separatists were responsible for shooting down the jetliner. “Self-defense forces have no air-defense, which could target transport aircraft at that height,” he told Interfax.

Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) warned that there will be “hell to pay” if the Russia military or Ukrainian separatists are deemed to have had any involvement in the “incident.”

“If the Malaysian plane was shot down, this is obviously a game changer and has horrific consequences,” he warned.

“It has the earmarks of a tragic mistake made by someone who had the capability to just shoot down an aircraft, and we know at least from the last couple of weeks that that could be Russian or separatist Russian capability.”

But if it is the result of either separatist or Russian actions mistakenly believing this was a Ukrainian war plane, I think there’s going to be hell to pay and there should be,” he said in an interview on MSNBC, citing previous reports of separatists shooting down Ukrainian fighter planes.

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Cool Kids Fashion 2014 Opens its Doors to World’s Fashion Industry on 22-24 July in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cool Kids Fashion, China’s first trade event for kids’ fashion, will open its doors to fashion industry players from 22-24 July 2014 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China. It will feature 45 kids fashion brands from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, mainland China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States and more.

Participating brands include ALASKA KIDS, Attipas, Baby bubbles, Babygro, baby touch, BARBARAS, barefoot dreams, Bibi, Boboli, coccodrillo, deloras, Dr. Apple, DORDOR & GORGOR, ecoBibi, Ewenique Merino, Felt So Sweet, fiona’s prince, green box, Harajuku Lovers, Harmont & Blaine Junior, Katie Baby, LelliKelly, Merino Baby, M.Latin, NANONAN, Paul Frank, Sesame Street, SmileyWorld, TICKET OUTDOOR, tutto piccolo, Uncle bill and more. They will showcase a complete overview of children fashion and accessories (ages 0-16 years).

Other activities at Cool Kids Fashion include:

  • Kids Fashion Shows: Eight sessions across three days showcasing the latest collections from Barbie, Bubblegummers, Disney, Hello Kitty, Hush Puppies Kids, Los Mosquitos, NANONAN, New Balance, SmileyWorld, stride rite and more.
  • Fashion Designers Gallery: Three Chinese top fashion designers, Davidson Tsui of Constance Kids, Lorelei Liu of Kelkel and Ying of LittleMee, will unveil their autumn/winter collections at Cool Kids Fashion. These collections will be showcased at the runway and also displayed at the Fashion Designers Gallery.
  • Kids Fashion Design Contest Awards/Gallery: Launched in April 2014, the Kids Fashion Design Contest have received over 800 aspiring designers and students of China’s top fashion institutes. Twenty designers have been short-listed. Their collections will be on display and be featured in the Kids Fashion Show. Final judging will happen on 23 July. The distinguished panel of judges is made up of famous fashion designers and heads of fashion associations from China, France, Italy, Singapore and Spain.
  • Trend Forums: Mr. Massimo Carminati, Project Director for Trend and Fashion of Peclers Paris, will share his insight on 2015/2016 autumn/winter children fashion. Mr. Shaun Armstrong, Visual Director of M&S Department Store, will conduct a session on “Visual Design on Children Wear Store”. He is expert in window display. He was in charge of visual merchandising for top fashion designers like Patrick Cox, Jean Paul Gaultier, Emporio Armani, Liberty of London.
    MODA-MBA’s Fashion Buyer Advisor Mr. Steve Shi will host a session on the “Do’s and Don’ts for Fashion Buyers”. Mr. Shi is one of Asia’s most notable fashion buyers and is the Chief Director of Hong Kong Fashion Buyers Association.
  • Kids Fashion Museum: A display of collection of baby and children’s apparel from China’s ethnic minorities.
  • Private Networking Event: Cool Kids Fashion suppliers and guests will meet with key representatives from China’s leading department stores, shopping centers, chain stores and property development agents.
  • Cool Kids Fashion Cocktails. A networking event to welcome all Cool Kids Fashion exhibitors, visitors, press and guests.

Cool Kids Fashion is open to trade buyers and key players in kids fashion industry. Expected visitors include sales agents and distributors who have successful experience in distributing other brands, media, franchise investors, franchisees, fashion buyers, key decision makers from shopping centers and department stores, commercial property developers, and designers from China.

“Cool Kids Fashion provides fashion brands, designers and China’s kids fashion key movers a trendy children fashion trade event in China to showcase their collections and network with their peers in the fashion industry. This is where the trends for kids fashion are set. Cool Kids Fashion is the gateway for any brand looking to reach China’s kids trendy fashion apparel market. Here, they will meet with the key players of kids fashion in China, not just the buyers, but the designers and media as well. Cool Kids Fashion is an extraordinary platform for presenting new lifestyle and fashion trends for kids. We will continuously support China’s children fashion industry, pushing it to greater heights,” said Ms. Margaret Ma, Managing Director, UBM China.

Don’t miss Cool Kids Fashion 2014 on July 22-24. For more information, visit www.coolkidsfashion.com

BMC to Actively Defend against Curative in Patent Fight

BEIJING, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On June 24th, 2014, BMC Medical Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “BMC”) received a complaint submitted to the Suzhou Intermediate People’s Court by Curative Medical Technology (Suzhou) Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “Curative”). Curative accused BMC of violating its patent ZL200610080596.6. (sound-absorbing mechanism and the Positive Airway Pressure device that adopts this mechanism).

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After receiving the complaint, BMC took active measures to deal with Curative’s lawsuit and consulted YUHONG Intellectual Property Law Firm (hereinafter referred to as “YUHONG”) on the patent in dispute. After carrying out comprehensive research and analysis, YUHONG concludes that the stability of the patent right of No. ZL200610080596.6 has serious problems. According to Article 47 of the Patent Law of the PRC, “any patent right that has been declared invalid shall be deemed to be non-existent from the beginning.” At present, the Chinese Patent Re-examination Board has accepted BMC’s invalidity application against the patent at issue. Meanwhile, BMC has hired a professional team of patent lawyers to respond to, and cope with, this lawsuit so as to protect the company’s legitimate rights.

As China’s leading provider of home-use sleep therapy devices and services, BMC adheres to the mission of efficient product research and development as well as constant technology innovation, quality improvement, and cost reduction. It now possesses a large number of independently developed intellectual property rights, and its products have been sold to more than 80 countries across the world. BMC aims to become the world’s leader of home-use sleep therapy devices and services. For more information about BMC, please visit http://www.bmc-medical.com.

 

Hisense Becomes Premium Partner of FC Schalke 04

DUSSELDORF, Germany, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In order to strengthen its brand awareness in Europe even further, Hisense has entered into a 3-year premium partnership with the German Bundesliga football club and Champions League participant, FC Schalke 04. The technology specialist will receive a strong presence on the LED advertising boards in the stadium, as well as on all TV interview background walls. Two of the players in FC Schalke 04, Benedikt Howedes and Julian Draxler took part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and played to contribute to the Championship of Germany.

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Apart from TVs, Hisense also offers several other product categories such as innovative fridges and freezers. Thanks to this partnership, Hisense will now receive the same level of presence as other Schalke premium partners such as Coca-Cola and Volkswagen.

Hisense has utilized sports marketing to promote its brand awareness in global markets, such as purchasing the naming rights for an Australia Open arena and being the sponsor of many amazing games in South Africa, Europe, Middle-East and other regions. Sports marketing plays a vital role in Hisense’s global development. According to the Display Search data for Q1 2014, Hisense maintained a strong growth momentum, ranking No.4 in the global markets. FC Schalke 04, a world-renowned German football club with a rich history, has had tremendous success on the football pitch for its seven German championships, five German knockout football cup competitions (DFB-Pokal, formerly Tschammer-Pokal) and one UEFA Cup.

Henry Liu, Vice General Manager at Hisense International Co. Ltd., who is responsible for Hisense Europe, sees great potential in this partnership: “In FC Schalke 04, we have found a partner that will support us in strengthening our brand in the strategically important and growing European market.” Alexander Jobst, Marketing Director at Schalke, is also convinced that both parties will benefit greatly from the partnership: “For Schalke 04, this collaboration with Hisense is another important landmark on our journey to internationalisation. As you know, we have had an increased focus on the Asian market for some time.” Both parties will profit enormously from one another.

In the upcoming Bundesliga season, Hisense is looking forward to working with FC Schalke 04 and a joint press conference will be held on Sep. 4th in Berlin, in which Schalke players will be present at the Hisense IFA booth.