Grand Fiesta 2012 – Christmas in Resorts World Manila

Pasay City (PRWEB) November 28, 2012

Bigger, brighter and better than ever, Resorts World Manila welcomes the holiday season with Grand Fiesta 2012, a month-long Christmas celebration inspired by the country’s legendary passion for revelry and good cheer. Grand Fiesta 2012 aims to give guests a glimpse of world renowned Filipino culture and warmth, and encourage them to discover more of what the Philippines has to offer.

Event highlights include Miss Resorts World Manila 2012 on November 23, where Resorts World Manila focuses the spotlight on Filipina beauty and world-class fashion. Say hello to joyful nights as Resorts World Manila lights up for the holidays with a Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 24. Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha performs at the Newport Performing Arts Theater on November 28 and will treat audiences to an evening of soulful music. Foodies can look forward to the Christmas Cake-Off on December 1, where select bakers and confectioners face off to find out which team can make the grandest holiday cake.

The walls of Resorts World Manila will transform into one virtual storybook with Jessie’s Gift, a touching yuletide tale told via 3D projection mapping.

Daily shows at The Plaza, Newport Mall, will feature a different entertainment experience, from mesmerizing magicians to soulful artists and heart-pumping dance performances.

World renowned trumpeter Chris Botti jazzes up the halls of the Newport Performing Arts Theater on December 6 while the Von Trapp Family, the family of singers who inspired The Sound of Music, takes the centerstage on December 5. Artists from all over the country will gather at Resorts World Manila to pay tribute to the King of Philippine roads, the jeepney, with the Pinoy Ultimate Jeepney Design Competition, which runs throughout December.

It will be a fight fiesta with knockout deals on various venues across Resorts World Manila with the much-awaited bout between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Miguel Marquez on December 9. The country’s most blessed voices meet and compete for the ultimate Chorale Finale at the Newport Performing Arts Theater on December 11. To be held on December 13, Grand Fashion Manila features creations of local designers and what the world will be wearing next year.

Say farewell to 2012 and welcome the New Year with 3 simultaneous celebrations happening at Bar 360, Genting Club and The Plaza for Resorts World Manila’s New Year’s Countdown on December 31.

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Resorts World Manila (RWM) is the first integrated tourism destination in the Philippines. Conveniently located across Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3, RWM is an instant gateway to Philippine hospitality. This lifestyle hub is home to three international lodging brands: Maxims Hotel, the first all-luxury suite hotel in the country; Marriott Hotel Manila, a five-star brand known all over the world; and Remington Hotel, for the value-conscious traveler.

RWM’s Newport Mall features luxury retail brands from all over the world. It offers a unique viewing experience at The Newport Cinemas with its stadium seating and state-of-the-art cinema technology, and plays and performances at The Newport Performing Arts Theater, the metros newest venue for the hottest concerts and events.

RWM is also home to the biggest gaming facility in the Philippines. RWM offers free membership that gives guests access to rewards, discounts, freebies, and exclusive invites to RWM events.

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VFA to Present on Facility Self-Assessments at IFMA World Workplace

Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be presenting at the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace, October 31 to November 2, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. VFA will also be exhibiting in Booth 510 and featuring VFA.auditor

London Sets the World Alight as Global Superstars Rihanna and JAY Z Join Coldplay to Close London 2012 Paralympic Games

(PRWEB) September 11, 2012

The London 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony saw Coldplay, one of Britains best selling music acts, joined by global superstars Rihanna and Jay-Z in a spectacular celebration of achievements of the Paralympic athletes and an amazing summer of sport.

Ceremony of fire takes audience through circle of seasons honouring the spirit of Festivals.

Flame extinguished on an amazing summer of sport and celebration.

The Ceremony, called Festival of the Flame started at 8.30pm on Sunday 9 September, paid tribute to the UK as a nation famous for hosting festivals and the exuberance of festivals which is felt the world over. Lead by Closing Ceremonies Artistic Director Kim Gavin, Music Director David Arnold and Designer Misty Buckley, the Ceremony was overseen by the same team of Executive Producers who have been in charge of all four Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies including Oscar winning film director Stephen Daldry.

In a dramatic opening section a storm created by Wind Gremlins on motorbikes attempted to blow away the Agitos the symbol of the Paralympic Games whilst a motorcade made its way through London to the Olympic Stadium.

The Ceremony then honoured servicemen and women, particularly through the work of charity Help for Heroes, in a section that saw Captain Luke Sinnott, a double amputee, climb to the top of the flag pole to fly the Union flag to the accompaniment of the National Anthem performed by Lissa Hermans, who is blind and autistic. During a moving speech by Rory Mackenzie, who lost his leg on a patrol due to a roadside bomb, flags from the competing nations formed a heart shape on the field of play before the shape was burnt into the ground.

The motorcade of weird and wonderful vehicles then stormed the Olympic Stadium, including a Clamposaurus, Hellcopter, Beast from the East, Bug, Time Machine and The Car that had to be Toad. The large tricks were built by a team led by Joe Rosh who specialise in taking old battered vehicles and turning them into amazing mechanical floats and machines, and the smaller vehicles were built by Mike Patterson and a team at Kinetika, an outdoor arts design company. The noisy, chaotic and vibrant possession burnt an intricate pattern of crop circles into the field of play before forming the centre stage.

Following the presentation of awards to Michael McKillop (Athletics, Ireland) and

Mary Zakayo (Athletics, Kenya) from Dr Whang Youn Dai for sporting excellence, recognition of six newly elected members of the IPCs Athletes Council, and recognition of the 70,000 Olympic and Paralympic Games Maker volunteers, Coldplay were revealed on the central Sundial Stage to lead the celebrations with Us Against The World.

The band then celebrated the seasonal cycle of ancient and modern festivals that take place throughout the year taking the audience on a journey of their most iconic songs set to cycle through Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer. In a story of fire and flame the band were accompanied by spectacular performances by Candoco Dance Company, disabled ariel performers trained at Circus Space thanks to funding from Arts Council England, and The British Paraorchestra founded by Charles Hazlewood as part of a 200 strong professional cast, 1,300 volunteers, 120 child volunteers from schools in the east London Host Boroughs.

Autumn continued with a performance of Yellow accompanied by Candoco and 12 flame dancers, Up In Flames accompanied by a display by ariel artists Denis Remnev and Lyndsay Care, then Paradise with 19 fireflies descending from the roof.

Coldplays performance of 42 signalled the start of Winter with snow-like confetti explain from cannons on the Stadium roof and was accompanied by a performance by crews on stilts, blue painted Iceni warriors and a Snow Queen played by Vikoria Modesta, a lower-leg amputee, model and singer/songwriter. Finally God Put A Smile On Your Face saw motorcycle aerialists Lyndsay Adams and Laszlo Simet ride to the top of the Stadium by motorbike to ignite a ball of energy to signify the beginning of Spring.

In Spring Coldplay performed Clocks whilst a giant laser spread across the Stadium, and Charlie Brown accompanied by 120 children, before Rihanna, who has sold more than 25 million albums and 60 million singles worldwide, was revealed on a Steamship truck travelling around the track for the performance of a Princess of China as a duet with Coldplay.

Summer opened with Strawberry Swing accompanied by the British Paraorchestra, before Rihanna performed We Found Love from a swing raised above the stage, and Coldplay finished the season with a performance of Viva La Vida, the song which was performed by musicians simultaneously around the UK earlier at 2.00pm as part of Bandstand Marathon the final event of the London 2012 Festival.

Then came the handover of the Paralympic Flag from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to the President of the International Paralympic Committee Sir Philip Craven who entrusted it to Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes. This was followed by a joyful and colourful artistic segment by Rio 2016 of musical performances by Brazilian pop stars and playful dance battles with wheelchair dancers and visually impaired ballerinas.

Speeches by Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, and Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee were followed by The Final Flame a section to mark the Closing of the Paralympic Games and the last night of London 2012.

Thomas Heatherwicks Cauldron opened and as the Flame began to fade Paralympic gold medallists Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock arrived to transfer the final flame to a London Paralympic Torch. They then proceeded to light hundreds of torches held by members of the cast throughout the field of play, whilst fourteen-time Grammy award winner JAY Z arrived on stage with Rihanna to perform Run This Town followed by a reprise of Paradise by Coldplay with JAY Z.

Coldplay then made an emotional performance of The Scientist as sporting highlights of the past 11 days played on the big screens in the Stadium, before being joined by all the cast to perform Every Teardrop is a Waterfall whilst the circular stages released fountains of water to finally extinguish the Paralympic Flame.

The Ceremony ended with a spectacular firework display over the Olympic Stadium and Park, as the worldwide broadcast left the Olympic Park to showcase a firework display along the River Thames as part of the Mayors Thames Festival, a stunning display lighting up the Paralympic logo, the Agitos, on Tower Bridge and finally a projection on the Houses of Parliament of the words Thank you London, thank you UK.

Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair, said: ‘The Paralympic Games has set new records every day, sporting records, records for crowds for television audiences, for unbridled spirit. In this country we will never think of sport the same way and we will never think of disability the same way. The Paralympians have lifted the cloud of limitation.

In the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games I said that we would ignite a flame that would ignite the world. I am proud tonight to say we have done this.

There are some famous words you can find stamped on the bottom of a product. Words, that when you read them, you know mean high quality, mean skill, mean creativity. We have stamped those words on the Olympic and Paralympic Games of London 2012: London 2012. Made in Britain..

Kim Gavin, Closing Ceremonies Artistic Director, said: ‘What better way to demonstrate our respect and commitment to these athletes than by celebrating with Britains most internationally renowned band, two global superstars and a fantastic cast of professionals and volunteers.

Coldplays Chris Martin said; ‘Being asked to play at the closing celebrations for the Paralympic athl

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Bridgetown, Barbados & Garrison Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Bridgetown Barbados (PRWEB) July 14, 2012

The World Heritage Committee has inscribed Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison on the list of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites.

The World Heritage Center says it is an an outstanding example of British colonial architecture consisting of a well-preserved old town built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, which testifies to the spread of Great Britains Atlantic colonial empire. The property also includes a nearby military garrison which consists of numerous historic buildings. With its serpentine urban lay-out, the property testifies to a different approach to colonial town-planning compared to the Spanish and Dutch colonial cities of the region which were built along a grid plan

Bridgetown, named after the bridge that was constructed in the area by the original Amerindian settlers, was referred to by the English settlers of the 17th century as The Indian Bridge and The Indian Bridgetown. Although it was not the original capital, Bridgetown became the center of trade and commerce. Its harbour (or Careenage) was often filled with trading vessels and was also often the first port of call for ships making the trans-Atlantic crossing from Africa.

In the early history of colonial settlement of the Caribbean, England, France, Spain and Holland were at war over the prosperous islands, which were strategic for trade routes to the new world of silver and gold. The islands also became important for sugar and rum. Protecting the colonies was vital and the British maintained possession of the island throughout its history.

They built fortifications along the western coast of the Island and established a main garrison close to Bridgetown. It was the largest Garrison in the British Colonies in the 18th and 19th centuries. It began with the construction of St. Ann’s Fort in 1705 and grew to include soldiers’ barracks, a parade ground and commissariat.

Barbados has a rich African and British historic heritage, with relics of the Carib and Amerindian past. Much is preserved in museums in the Savannah area, in the old buildings that date back 300 years, the two Jacobean homes, Georgian and Pavilion architecture and stately plantations.

It has the world’s rarest collection of 17th century English iron cannons.

“The island is littered with old cannons”, said Major Michael Hartland, who is the driving force behind this collection’s acquisition. “We have found them in gardens, cellars, on beaches, embedded in the sides of buildings and buried under fortifications”, he says, sitting in his office in the historic Main Guard House in the elegant Georgian building in Garrison Savannah (Circa 1802). The building is one of the many reasons for the UNESCO designations. You will notice it as the red brick building with a graceful clock tower.

The Garrison Savannah continues to be a hive of social and commercial activity where historic buildings blend with modern amenities. There are many hotels, villas, restaurants, boutique shops, sports, horse racing, diving and beaches in the area, making it a popular travel destination.

It is the first heritage site of Barbados to enter the World Heritage List. Other areas are also possible entries as the island is a treasure trove of history and heritage; from sugar and rum to stately homes and cannons.

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Okuma Announces World Debut of New, 5-Axis High-Speed Horizontal Machining Center at IMTS 2012

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) August 14, 2012

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tools, today announced the world debut of the MU-10000H, a new 5-axis, high-speed, horizontal machining center, to be shown for the first time at IMTS 2012 (Okuma Booth S-8500). The MU-10000H is Okumas largest and most agile CNC machine designed for ultra-challenging applications for aerospace machining, heavy equipment and other large parts.

This workhorse 5-axis CNC machine delivers high torque and high-speed machining along with Okumas renowned high standards of design stability and accuracy. It provides users with a high-performance, long-lasting, and efficient horizontal machining center. Built on Okumas exclusive Thermo-Friendly Concept, the machine can run from a cold start because it resists thermal deformation, minimizing thermal growth.

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World EV Traction Battery Market Research Study by IDTechEx Now Available at

London, UK (PRWEB) August 20, 2012

The growing market for traction batteries is predicted to exceed USD 55 billion in only ten years, making it a hot market to develop. This includes high performance batteries of up to USD 500,000 for military, marine and solar aircraft use. Interestingly enough, a growing number of low cost batteries are happily used for e-bikes even though several new technologies will appear and should disrupt the scenery. While its not easy deciphering expert calls and prognostics, this trend shows it will only grow and become an everyday reality in the world of automobiles.

New market research study Electric Vehicle Traction Batteries 2012-2022 prepared by IDTechEx has been recently published by Market Publishers Ltd.

Report Details:

Title: Electric Vehicle Traction Batteries 2012-2022

Published: August, 2012

Pages: 325

Price: US$ 3,995.00

The market research study features detailed assessments and forecasts for all the sectors using and likely to use traction batteries.

The report shows a glimpse of the future ten years from now, with unit sales, prices and total market value forecast for each sector for 2012-2022. The replacement market is quantified and ten year technology trends by sector are also looked at, with a view on winning and losing technologies and companies.

Report Contents:

1. Executive Summary and Conclusions

1.1. The decade of hybrid vehicles

1.2. Market 2012-2022

1.2.1. Strong numbers growth

1.3. Replacement business

1.3.1. China

1.3.2. Replacement market

1.3.3. Lithium polymer electrolyte now important

1.3.4. Winning chemistry

1.3.5. Winning lithium traction battery manufacturers

1.3.6. Making lithium batteries safe

1.4. Price war

1.4.1. $ 30 billion industry – two thirds vehicle traction

1.5. Massive investments

1.5.1. Government support

1.5.2. Stronger value growth, hybrids pull ahead

1.5.3. Mark ups through the value chain

1.6. Largest sectors

1.6.1. Trends

1.6.2. Battery chemistry

1.6.3. Battery shape and photovoltaics

1.6.4. Ribbon and conformal batteries

1.6.5. Heavy industrial sector

1.6.6. The light industrial and commercial sector

1.6.7. Mobility for the disabled

1.6.8. Two wheel and allied vehicles

1.6.9. Cars

1.6.10. Golf

1.6.11. Military

1.6.12. Marine

1.6.13. Other

1.7. Market for EV components

1.7.1. Timelines

1.7.2. Watch Japan, China and Korea

1.7.3. Full circle back to pure EVs

1.7.4. Range extenders

1.7.5. Envia breakthrough in 2012

1.7.6. Winning strategies

1.8. Who is winning in lithium-ion traction batteries – and why

1.8.1. The needs have radically changed

1.8.2. It started with cobalt

1.8.3. Great variety of recipes

1.8.4. Other factors

1.8.5. Check with reality

1.8.6. Lithium winners today and soon

1.8.7. Reasons for winning

1.8.8. Winner will be Toyota?

1.8.9. Lithium polymer electrolyte now important

1.8.10. Genuinely Solid State Traction Batteries

1.8.11. Winning chemistry

1.8.12. Titanate establishes a place for Li-ion anodes

1.8.13. Laminar structure

2. Introduction

2.1. Definitions, scope, history

2.2. The EV value chain

2.3. Pure electric vs hybrid vehicles

2.4. Battery cells, modules, packs

2.5. Construction of battery packs

2.5.1. Changing factors

2.5.2. NiMH vs lithium

2.5.3. Replacement traction battery pack market 2011-2021

2.5.4. Plug in hybrids take over from mild hybrids

2.6. Pure electric and hybrid converge

2.6.1. Two options converge

2.7. Fuel cells

2.8. The ideal car traction battery pack

2.9. Traction batteries today

2.10. First generation lithium traction batteries

2.11. Second generation lithium traction batteries

2.12. The future

2.12.1. Third generation lithium traction batteries

2.12.2. Trends in energy storage vs battery pack voltage

2.12.3. Companies wishing to make the new batteries

2.13. How to improve lithium traction batteries

2.13.1. Basic needs

2.13.2. Life

2.13.3. Energy density

2.13.4. Safety

2.14. USA and Europe play catch up

2.15. Technological leapfrog

2.16. Academic research and small companies

2.17. Industrial leverage

2.17.1. Major funding can have strange impacts

2.17.2. Rapid profits for some

2.17.3. Impediments

2.18. Benefits of EVs

2.19. Traction battery design considerations

2.20. Future evolution of hybrids and pure electric cars

2.20.1. Specification changes

2.20.2. Move to high voltage

2.20.3. Battery performance over time – battery life

2.20.4. Battery state of charge

2.20.5. Depth of discharge affects life

2.20.6. Capacity rating

2.20.7. Daily depth of discharge

2.20.8. Charging and discharging rates

More new market research studies by the publisher can be found at IDTechEx page.

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Casewise Global Summit secures world class speakers

(PRWEB UK) 5 July 2012

Aimed at senior level Business and IT leaders, Optimize 2012 on September 26th and 27th is designed to enable improved insights, better decision making and optimized performance for organisations.

Keynote speakers announced so far include Julie Short, leading Gartner Analyst, Michael Portillo, Broadcaster and former UK Cabinet Minister and Ollie Phillips, England Rugby Sevens Captain and IRB World Sevens Player of the Year. A full line up will be announced shortly.

Alexandre Wentzo, Casewise CEO, commented: What were doing with Casewises Global Summit Optimize 2012 is bringing together business leaders and senior executives from across the globe to share invaluable insights. Well learn how these individuals are adapting to change to become more agile. Itll be fascinating to see how such a diverse group of professionals are leveraging their technology to save their businesses both time and money.

Optimize 2012 has an inspirational lineup of keynote speakers and offers a unique opportunity to bring together subject matter experts, leading independent analysts and industry experts.

Detailing the latest industry insights into the current challenges facing businesses, including IT innovation and team culture, as well as shedding light on emerging trends, Optimize 2012 will allow for best practice sharing while providing an opportunity for networking with other leading professionals.

Michael Portillo, keynote speaker at the Casewise Global Summit Optimize 2012, commented: I was delighted to accept Casewises invitation to speak at such a prestigious event. I am excited to see how Casewise is trying to bring people together to improve their processes and promote efficiencies within their businesses.

Key topics covered throughout the two day summit will include:

Improving business processes to remove inefficiencies and enhance the customer experience
Identifying how to rationalize non-essential or redundant technologies to potentially save

Accenture and the World Economic Forum Outline New Energy Architecture, Reports

(PRWEB) June 15, 2012, the premier social networking forum for professionals and alumni of Accenture, Andersen, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC, notes a new joint report that states continued increase in energy consumption, which is expected to grow by approximately 40 percent by 2035, will require significant changes in countries energy architectures as they try to meet the demands of economic growth, environmental sustainability and energy security. reports joint effort by Accenture and World Economic Forum states the path countries take to transform their energy architecture will have some common features efficient, low-carbon and increasingly electrified systems — but will vary according to their stage of economic development and their resource endowment.

New Energy Architecture: Enabling an Effective Transition, notes the shift to new energy architecture to secure sustainable and affordable energy will entail trade-offs and difficult choices for society. To help decision-makers in planning and driving an effective transition and to assess their progress, Accenture and the World Economic Forum have developed an Energy Architecture Performance Index.

The assessment shows while almost all of the countries have improved the efficiency of their energy sector, the share of non-carbon energy in the total primary energy supply is still less than 5 percent for 69 of the 124 countries assessed.

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UpSync Joins Launch International for Discussion of Mobile Content Strategies in a BYOD World

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) June 18, 2012

On June 19th, UpSync will join global content strategy firm, Launch International to present a free webinar entitled, Content Strategies for the New Mobile Frontier. The focus of the webinar is to help marketers and sales support teams understand the unique opportunities and best practices associated with mobile content planning, development and distribution.

The selling process is changing. Customers expect more. In a large part this is driven by the advances in mobile technology and expectations based upon personalized services, messages and content delivered through consumer apps and Web services. UpSync will be featured in this Launch International webinar hosted by Jim Moliski, Senior Vice President of Strategic Services. It is scheduled for this Tuesday June 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm mountain time. There is still time to register and learn about the best ways to align corporate content strategies with the realities of todays mobile selling landscape.

Forrester Research predicts that mobile devices and tablets will surpass PCs to become the majority of devices used for work by 2016. In todays “bring your own device” (BYOD) and budget-strapped world, determining how best to optimize corporate assets for multiple platforms and uses can be challenging. What impacts will that have on sales enablement strategy? What must organizations know in order to integrate sales enablement best practices within evolving mobile content strategies?

Content Strategies for the New Mobile Frontier is being offered to help sales and marketing organizations better understand mobility and how to upgrade their content roadmap to support any device their field teams may employ. Key topics include: