Philippines’ First Typhoon of Season Raises Concerns over Evacuation Centres

Philippines – IOM teams are conducting assessments of the areas affected by Typhoon Rammasun (known locally as Glenda), a Category 3 storm that made landfall in the Philippines three times earlier this week, prompting the evacuation of over 500,000 people and claiming at least 40 lives.

The assessments are being conducted in close coordination with local government units, at the request of the Philippines’ Department for Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Initial findings from the worst affected province, Albay in Bicol, found that 42,000 houses are heavily damaged or destroyed.  IOM is ready to support the Government in the construction of stronger houses once needs are confirmed.

In Laguna, close to Metro Manila, 13,000 houses were destroyed or in need of repair and in Northern Samar, where around 14,000 families were affected, distributions of tarpaulins and essential relief items are underway.

Rammasun is the first typhoon to hit the country since the devastating super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda last November. 

Although the Haiyan-affected regions of the Visayas were spared a direct hit by Rammasun, heavy wind and rain caused widespread flooding.  In Tacloban, over 1,000 families, the majority of whom are still living in tents, were pre-emptively evacuated by the city government with the support of IOM and other humanitarian partners.  Days before Rammasun struck, an evacuation drill, organized by IOM and the city government, was undertaken.

Despite the success of the pre-emptive measures, the lack of safe evacuation centres – initially reported by IOM in April – remains a key concern, especially in the Haiyan affected region. 

“The primary evacuation centre in Tacloban [the Tacloban City Convention Centre, or Astrodome] has a damaged roof which leaks, and is located right by the coast.  What is available in Guiuan is even bleaker – a half-finished building with open sides, and three small classrooms in a school,” explained Brad Mellicker, head of IOM’s sub-office in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, where only eight per cent of designated evacuation centres are still standing.

IOM’s Chief of Mission in the Philippines Marco Boasso commented: “Our teams worked flat out to get vulnerable people to safety ahead of typhoon Rammasun.  But this is just the start of the typhoon season and there may be much stronger storms to come.  Our disaster preparedness precautions will be fruitless, without more efforts focused on building durable, safe evacuation centres.”

For more information, please contact

Marco Boasso
IOM Philippines
Email: mboasso@iom.int

15th International Furniture Fair Chengdu Closing Ceremony

CHENGDU, China, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — 15th International Furniture Fair Chengdu, known as ‘one exhibition for two periods’ for the first time, successfully wrapped up in Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center on 15th Jul. During the 8 day exhibition, the number of professional attendees and consumers numbered more than 260,000. As the deepening impact of international financial risk has not been eliminated, China’s domestic market, with its huge development potential, has become the focus of many enterprises.

In accordance with the introduction of Jiang Dan, the general manager of Chengdu New East Exhibition Co., Ltd – permanent organization of the committee, 15th International Furniture Fair Chengdu was divided into two periods. The furniture exhibition (1st period) was held from 3-6 Jul, and the exhibition of production equipment and raw materials (2nd period) was held from 12-15 Jul. The total exhibition space of both periods exceeded 170,000 square metres, with more than 10,000 booths. More than 1,100 enterprises participated in the exhibition. Total trade value reached RMB 13 billion.

Chengdu Furniture Exhibition is known as the “Preferred Platform in Internal Trade of Furniture in China’s Furniture Industry”. In the 2nd period of the exhibition, Germany HOMAQ, Power, Altendorf, Italian SCM, Korean KUKDONG and other top 10 global furniture equipment manufacturers exhibited at Chengdu Furniture Exhibition. Guan Jianhua, the general manager of Asian district of HOMAQ, said Chengdu is a strategic market which cannot be abandoned. Meanwhile, Chengdu has become one of the biggest furniture production places in China, which should be seized firmly. American Hardwood Export Council participated in the exhibition for the second time, and guided more than 10 enterprises to join in the exhibition, helping to garner a larger share of China’s domestic trade market.

Due to the prominent effect of the exhibition, more than 90% of the exhibition enterprises contacted the committee after the exhibition ended. Chengdu Furniture Exhibition will continue to adjust the district structure of the exhibition enterprises even further next year, and help increase the number of famous national furniture brands and enterprises participating in the exhibition. It will also work to improve the participation of international furniture brands and implement its ‘Chinese platform shared by the world’ exhibition plan.

Mobile Monitoring Giant StealthGenie Has Opened Its Avenues in Chinese Market

HONG KONG, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

StealthGenie, the exclusive monitoring software has set another hallmark by launching the full support for the Chinese language. It has now moved to another step of introducing its brand to a wider market globally. 

With the successful launch of compatibility of StealthGenie with iOS 7.1.2 a week back, this is going to be another benchmark in constituting their brand at the next premium level. While speaking to our team Amanda Wade, the head of Marketing at StealthGenie said “We are intending to flourish our product on an international level by widening the user experience globally.”

“Introducing the product in Chinese language is just another step to get better and to attain international recognition, but there is a lot more to come,” she further added.

Now Chinese speaking users would be able to access the website and control panel in Chinese language. Though Chinese market is promising is terms of its business jets, but has been facing multiple social issues. Whether it’s the installation guides, testimonials, in-app dialogs and blogs they are going to get all in their own local language.

In addition, the newest release of its compatibility with iOS 7.1.2 has already thrilled the iPhone users. The exclusive facebook monitoring is also assisting parents to monitor chats of one of the frequently used messengers.

“With our application in 8 languages, we have been frequently asked about the launch in Chinese, so here we are to offer the unique monitoring experience to our users,” said Nelson Soans, the Brand Manager at StealthGenie.

StealthGenie with its more than 100,000 satisfied customers has revolutionized the exclusive and undetectable monitoring experience. The team of StealthGenie is dedicated and promised to bring the user friendly experience in the most innovative way. The swift installation procedure and its compatibility with mobile phones of Android, iPhone and BlackBerry along with tablets and iPads is what set it apart from rest of the apps. StealthGenie undoubtedly is the leading monitoring app in the market with its exclusivity.

POSCO E&C Begins Construction of Nam Lik1 Hydroelectric Power Plant in Laos

SEOUL, South Korea, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — POSCO Engineering & Construction (CEO: Tae-Hyun Hwang) announced on July 9 that it held a groundbreaking ceremony to build a hydroelectric power plant in the Phonhong District, 90 kilometers north of Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

POSCO E&C Begins Construction of Nam Lik1 Hydroelectric Power Plant in Laos
POSCO E&C Begins Construction of Nam Lik1 Hydroelectric Power Plant in Laos

This project is a product of joint investment among Krungthai Bank PCL (KTB), Export-Import Bank of Thailand, and NL1PC. It will be operated in the form of a BOT (build, operate, transfer) project for 30 years. With the capacity of 65MW, the power plant is expected to contribute to the economic development of Laos.

NL1PC is a joint venture established by Thailand’s state-operated investor PTT, hydroelectric power generation company HEC (Hydro Engineering Company), Laos’s state-operated EDL (Electricite du Laos), and the constructor POSCO Engineering & Construction. With a 10% stake in NL1PC, POSCO E&C will act as the prime contractor after commencement for the next 39 months.

Over 170 people attended the event that day, including Laos Vice Minister of Energy and Mines Sinnava Souphanouvong, Vientiane Governor Khammeug Thongthady, central government officials, councilors from the Korean embassy in Laos, NL1PC(Nam Lik1 Power Company) CEO Kowit Chuengsatiansup, HEC CEO Chinda Hongkajorn, and POSCO E&C Southeast Asia Business Unit Director Shi-Sung Park.

This is POSCO E&C’s first instance to participate as both investor and constructor, and the company will be in charge of design, procurement and construction in the form of EPC turnkey. POSCO E&C has received good reputation from the Laotian government, clients and local partners for its transparent operating practices based on outstanding quality and ethical management in South Korea as well as overseas markets, especially Southeast Asia.

Laos is one of the countries with the biggest potential for economic growth in Southeast Asia, with particularly active business in hydroelectric power generation. POSCO E&C will use this project to further develop its technological skills in hydroelectric power in Southeast Asia. It expects that this project will be helpful for the company to win contracts for hydroelectric power generation projects in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam as well.

“We’re pleased to be able to participate in the important hydroelectric power plant project of the Laotian government as the constructor,” said POSCO E&C Southeast Asia Business Unit Director Shi-Sung Park. “We expect the Nam Lik1 Hydroelectric Power Plant to contribute greatly to the economic development of Laos.”

Since establishing a local corporation and main office in Vietnam in 1995, POSCO E&C has expanded its scope of business to neighboring Southeast Asian countries such as Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. The company is securing its place as a renowned constructor in Indochina based on its cost competitiveness and excellent quality acquired from many years of experience.

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WH Group Subsidiaries Achieve FORTUNE 500 Rankings in China and U.S.

HONG KONG, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Subsidiaries of WH Group Limited (“WH Group”), the world’s largest pork company, have been placed among the 500 largest corporations in China and the U.S. respectively in the latest rankings by FORTUNE magazine. WH Group subsidiary, Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co.,Ltd. (“Shuanghui Development”), was placed 125th in China based on its total annual revenue of approximately RMB44.9 billion in 2013, while its U.S. subsidiary, Smithfield Foods, Inc. (“Smithfield Foods”) ranked 214th with a total annual revenue of approximately US$13.2 billion in the same year.

This marks the 5th and 17th consecutive year that Shuanghui Development and Smithfield Foods have appeared on the Fortune 500 list respectively.  

“Our FORTUNE 500 rankings in the U.S. and China underscore our leading presence in both markets,” said WH Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Wan Long. “WH Group will continue to drive synergies by connecting our operations in China and the U.S., which are the world’s largest pork consumption market and pork exporter respectively.” 

As the largest pork companies in China and the U.S. with combined pro forma 2013 revenue of approximately US$21.2 billion, WH Group is also the world’s largest pork and packaged meat company.

Since the acquisition of Smithfield Foods in 2013, WH Group has been opportunistically increasing exports from the U.S. to China, and working closely with Smithfield Foods to introduce premium fresh pork and Western style packaged meat products to Chinese consumers to meet growing demand.

Founded in 1998, Shenzhen-listed Shuanghui Development is the largest animal protein company in Asia. It provides customers with quality food products including fresh pork and packaged meat products.

Smithfield Foods was founded in 1936 and has grown from a pork processing company located on the banks of the historic Pagan River in Smithfield, Virginia, to its status today as the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer.

According to FORTUNE, its top 500 companies are ranked by total revenues for their respective fiscal years. Included in the survey are companies that are incorporated and operate in the country, which file financial statements with a government agency.

Japan Jewellery Fair 2014 Continues to Grow

TOKYO, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Japan is one of the largest, most affluent and — importantly — consistently strong jewelery markets in the world. To put it in perspective, Japanese consumers have accumulated savings of a staggering USD 14 trillion, and Tokyo has the largest GDP of any city in the world, exceeding even that of New York.

Ms Moeka Numata, the 2014 winner of the Miss Nippon Grand Prize beauty contest, will make an appearance on stage as the special guest of the event.
Ms Moeka Numata, the 2014 winner of the Miss Nippon Grand Prize beauty contest, will make an appearance on stage as the special guest of the event.
Ms. Moeka Numata, the 2014 winner of the Miss Nippon Grand Prize beauty contest, will make an appearance on stage as the special guest of the event.
Ms. Moeka Numata, the 2014 winner of the Miss Nippon Grand Prize beauty contest, will make an appearance on stage as the special guest of the event.
Ms. Hiromi Nagasaku, a famous Japanese actress, has been chosen as the “Woman of the Year 2014”.
Ms. Hiromi Nagasaku, a famous Japanese actress, has been chosen as the “Woman of the Year 2014”.

The Japan Jewelery Fair (JJF), co-organised by UBM and the Japan Jewelery Association, has played a prominent role for over 20 years for both local and international jewelery buyers as a place for stock purchasing ahead of the autumn, Christmas and New Year retail seasons. Even though the fair experienced a negative impact from the economic downturn precipitated by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in terms of the number of exhibitors in 2008, since then the number of exhibitors has been on an upward trend. JJF 2014 will comprise of over 420 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions and is expected to attract more than 15,000 Jewelery professionals.

Japan Jewelery Designers Association celebrates 50-year anniversary

The Japan Jewelery Designers Association (JJDA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a members’ pavilion in JJF 2014 for the first time. Leading members of the association, including Mr. Tomoyuki Suganuma, the Chairman of JJDA, will be exhibiting at the fair for the first time and showcase their originally-designed jewelery, rich with uniqueness and ingenuity. In addition to the JJDA pavilion there will be four other designer pavilions at JJF 2014.

Competitive Prices, Top Quality and High Level of Trust: Japan is a great place to buy jewelery!

It is a well-known fact that the Japan pavilion is the most crowded pavilion at the Hong Kong jewelery fairs. Japanese pearls are always one of the leading attractions that capture international buyers’ attention. Recently, Japanese jewelery exhibitors have also been very popular at overseas exhibitions because of their competitive prices and superior product quality. The weakening of the Yen has improved profit margins on Jewelery by 25% compared with just three years ago. So it is time to throw away the stereotype idea that everything in Japan is expensive. Actually, Japan is a great place to buy jewelery.

New Pavilion: Re-Styled Jewelery Pavilion — The splendor of fine jewelery lasts forever!

Re-styled Jewelery, a thriving business trend in Japan, has become a significant market segment. Jewelery companies are purchasing back jewelery items from consumers and remodelling or remaking them for resale. This year for the first time there will be a Re-Styled Jewelery Pavilion at JJF where buyers can meet many of the leading companies in this field and source high quality products at extremely competitive prices.

Bridal Jewelery Zone

Because of their strong tradition of working with platinum jewelery, Japanese jewelery manufacturers have played a leading role in processing techniques for platinum and have been at the forefront of producing high-quality bridal jewelery. The Bridal Jewelery Zone is a showcase of exclusive collections of advanced designs which reflect the latest market trends not only in Japan but also in other Asian countries.

JJA Jewelery Design Award 2014 — Miss Nippon Grand Prize winner to present the award

The JJA Jewelery Design Award, which is hosted annually by the Japan Jewelery Association, is the most prestigious jewelery design contest in Japan. The award is aimed at recognising and celebrating the very best in jewelery designs and designers, and encouraging excellence in creativity, technique and skills.

The winners of this year’s JJA Jewelery Design Awards will be announced and presented with prizes at the fair ground on the first day of the fair. The presentation ceremony on stage will introduce the top eight award winning jewelery items through a fashion show that will bring alive the full creative spirit of the winning designs. Ms Moeka Numata, the 2014 winner of the Miss Nippon Grand Prize beauty contest, will make an appearance on stage as the special guest of the event.

Inaugural Jeweler’s Choice “Woman of the Year” Award

The presentation of the “Jeweller’s Choice: Woman of the Year” award will be held on the stage in the morning of the second day. The values that define women’s lives today are becoming more and more diversified. Enigmatic women enjoy life in multifaceted ways with a variety of senses of worth. To receive the award, the organisers of JJF selected a woman from the worlds of show business, sports and society who are representative of fully enjoying and challenging life in a beautiful manner. This year, Ms. Hiromi Nagasaku, a famous Japanese actress, has been chosen as the “Woman of the Year 2014”. The award presentation ceremony will be held on stage on the second day of the show.

Hiromi Nagasaku is a highly popular and successfully actress in both big-screen films and in television dramas. She is one of the most famous actresses in Japan and is in high demand for film and TV appearances. She is a role model for contemporary Japanese women as someone who is able to effortlessly balance her life as a celebrity, a wife and a mother.

Event Summary

Name:

Japan Jewelery Fair 2014

Dates:

26-28 August 2014

Venue:

Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center, East Halls 2 & 3

Organisers:

UBM Japan Co Ltd

Japan Jewelery Association

Supported by:

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Chamber of Commerce of Japan

Japan Pearl Promotion Society

Japan Gold Metal Association

Japan Watch Importers Association

All Japan Watch Retailers Association

Japan Jewelery Designers Association

The Japan Direct Marketing Association

In cooperation with:

Platinum Guild International K.K.

For further information contact:

UBM Japan Co Ltd, JJF Secretariat
Kanda 91 Bldg. 1-8-3 Kajicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0044
TEL: +81-3-5296-1020
FAX: +81-3-5296-1018
Email: info@japanJeweleryfair.com

Website: http://www.japanJeweleryfair.com

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