Sunday, October 31, 2010

Boehringer Ingelheim Oral Hepatitis C Protease Inhibitor and Polymerase Inhibitor Combination Shows Rapid Viral Response without Use of Pegylated

New, phase Ib trial data evaluating investigational oral hepatitis C compounds presented at AASLD 2010 Annual Meeting

BOSTON & INGELHEIM, Germany, Saturday, October 30th 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Boehringer Ingelheim announced results from a Phase Ib study, SOUND-C1, that showed the combination of two oral hepatitis C virus (HCV) compounds, the protease inhibitor BI 201335 and the polymerase inhibitor BI 207127, with ribavirin reduced viral load to the lower limit of quantifiable levels in HCV treatment-naïve patients. The regimen did not include interferon through the first 28 days of treatment. These data are being presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) 2010 Liver Meeting in Boston, MA.

(Poster LB-7) New protease-polymerase inhibitor combination resulted in 73-100% rapid virological responses without pegylated interferon

In this randomised open-label trial, 32 treatment-naïve genotype-1 HCV patients received a combination of BI 207127 in either 400mg or 600mg doses three times a day (TID) with BI 201335 120mg once daily (QD) together with ribavirin (RBV) (1000/1200mg daily in two doses) for 28 days. All patients had a rapid and sharp decline in HCV viral load during the first two days, followed by a slower second phase decline. In the lower and higher dose groups, 73 and 100% of patients achieved a rapid virological response (i.e. had a HCV RNA below thelower limit of quantification after 4 weeks of treatment). One patient experienced a viral breakthrough (increase by >1 LOG10 from nadir during treatment) and one other experienced a 0.7 LOG10 increase in viral load. Both patients were in the lower dose group of BI 207127 and were patients with a high baseline viral load. On day 29, all patients were switched to treatment with BI 201335 and PegIFN/RBV for an additional 44 weeks per the defined study protocol, and will be followed to evaluate sustained virological response.

“These early data suggest that there is the potential for the combination of oral anti-HCV therapies to reduce the viral load in a more tolerable, interferon-sparing regimen. The current standard-of-care, PegIFN/RBV, is challenging for HCV patients due to side effects that impact treatment adherence and has suboptimal response rates,” said Stefan Zeuzem, MD, Chief of the Department of Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany and lead investigator of the study. “An interferon-sparing regimen could provide an important treatment option for patients with chronic hepatitis C.”

Proportion of patients with viral load <25 IU/ml

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The PegIFN sparing treatment was well tolerated. Investigators reported that the most common adverse events observed in the study were mild gastro-intestinal effects (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting), rash or photosensitivity. Laboratory parameters did not indicate any relevant changes from baseline, except for a continuous drop in amino alanine transferase (ALT) in all patients, a decrease of hemoglobin (median -1.7 and -2.6 g/dL) and an increase of unconjugated bilirubin (median +9.8 and +11.5 umol/L) similar to reported results from earlier BI 201335 trials. There were no serious or severe adverse events and no discontinuations due to adverse events reported in the study during treatment with BI 207127 and BI 201335. A phase IIb trial testing different dose regimens of this combination with longer durations is planned to evaluate sustained virological response rates.

Additional studies to be presented at AASLD

* Virological response and safety of 4 weeks treatment with the protease inhibitor BI 201335 combined with 48 weeks of peginterferon alpha 2a and ribavirin for treatment of HCV GT-1 patients who failed peginterferon / ribavirin
(Poster 804. T. Berg, et al. Sun, October 31 - 8:00 AM. Hynes: Exhibit Hall C)
* Genotypic and phenotypic analysis of the NS5B polymerase region from viral isolates of HCV chronically infected patients treated with BI 207127 for 5-days monotherapy.
(Poster 1862. L. Lagace, et al. Tue, November 2 - 7:00 AM. Hynes: Exhibit Hall C)
* The Liver Kp Corrected Inhibitory Quotient (LCIQ): A pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic model for direct-acting HCV antivirals
(Poster 1866. J. Duan, et al. Tue, 2 November 2 – 7:00 AM. Hynes: Exhibit Hall C)

About Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)
HCV is an infectious disease of the liver and is a leading cause of chronic liver disease and liver transplant. The number of individuals chronically infected with HCV globally has been estimated at 170 million, with 3–4 million new infections occurring each year. Only about 20–45% of patients clear the virus in the acute phase. Of the remaining chronically infected patients, 20% will develop cirrhosis within a mean of 20 years. The mortality rate after cirrhosis has developed is 2-5% per year. End-stage liver disease due to HCV infection currently represents the major indication for liver transplantation in the Western world.

About Boehringer Ingelheim in Virology
Boehringer Ingelheim has more than 6,900 scientists working in cross disciplinary teams within our global R&D network in six large therapeutic areas, including virology. In addition to its ongoing research program for HCV, Boehringer Ingelheim has a long-standing history in virology drug development, including compounds for the treatment of HIV (VIRAMUNE® (nevirapine) tablets/oral solution, the first approved HIV non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) and Aptivus®, an HIV protease inhibitor). The company has a well established research centre in Laval, Canada, dedicated to virology research since the early 1990’s, and is committed to developing new therapies for virological diseases with a high unmet medical need.

Boehringer Ingelheim in Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)
BI 201335 is an investigational oral HCV NS3/4A protease inhibitor, discovered from Boehringer Ingelheim’s own research and development, which has completed clinical trials through Phase IIb (SILEN-C studies). This Phase II program supports the investigation of BI 201335 in Phase III trials. BI 207127 is an NS5B RNA-dependent polymerase inhibitor that has completed Phase I clinical trials. Planning is currently underway to begin Phase II trials of BI 207127 with BI 201335 in interferon-sparing regimens both with and without ribavirin.

Boehringer Ingelheim
The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 142 affiliates in 50 countries and more than 41,500 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel products of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.

In 2009, Boehringer Ingelheim posted net sales of 12.7 billion euro (US $17.7 billion) while spending 21% of net sales in its largest business segment, Prescription Medicines, on research and development.

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Shocking Technologies Obtains UL Certification

SAN JOSE, Calif., Saturday, October 30th 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Shocking Technologies, Inc. has received notification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) that it has been awarded 94V-0 certification for its XStaticTM100 product, a voltage switchable dielectric (VSD™) material.

“The UL certification is an important milestone that opens the market for us and gives our customers the added confidence to quickly implement our solution. This is well aligned with our high volume manufacturing roll-out in Q1, 2011,” said Lex Kosowsky, President and CEO of Shocking Technologies.

About Shocking Technologies, Inc.

Shocking Technologies, Inc. is a privately held company developing Voltage Switchable Dielectric™ (VSD™) materials for electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection in consumer electronic devices. A VSD™ material is a polymer nano-composite that behaves as an insulator (dielectric) during normal operation, and becomes conductive in the presence of ESD events. This unique capability enables comprehensive ESD protection at a fraction of the cost of competing, less effective methods. The company is currently delivering embedded ESD protection within printed circuit boards (PCBs) and semiconductor packages. Subsequent applications will enable new manufacturing processes and novel product designs. More information is available at

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ExxonMobil Highlights Innovative Technology Solutions at the 2010 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, October 30th 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ExxonMobil will demonstrate its leadership in technology innovation at the 2010 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC). Now in its 14th year, the 2010 conference will focus on “Delivering Energy in the Low Carbon Era: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Monday, November 1, 2010 1 p.m.

* Andy Swiger, Exxon Mobil Corporation senior vice president, will speak at the opening executive plenary session in Conference Hall A.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 11 a.m.

* Mark Nolan, ExxonMobil Production Company vice president for the Middle East and Russia, will discuss technologies used in developing unconventional resources as part of the “New Frontier Challenges” panel in Conference Hall A.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11 a.m.

* Sam Conner, regional manager of Asia Pacific and the Middle East for ExxonMobil Exploration Company, will address a panel session on “Sustainability and Development of Human Capital” in Conference Hall A.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:10 p.m.

* Bruce Ference, project executive for Iraq for ExxonMobil Development Company, will speak at a panel on “Delivering Mega-Projects in a Changing / Challenging Environment” in Conference Hall A.

As part of the conference’s technical program, ExxonMobil scientists and engineers will present six papers and display two posters on topics including seismic imaging, offshore development in the United Arab Emirates, reservoir modeling and enhanced oil recovery.

“As one of the largest energy events in the world, ADIPEC will showcase the latest advances in industry technology,” said Morten Mauritzen, Lead Country Manager for the ExxonMobil companies in Abu Dhabi. “In addition to our participation in the technical program and exhibition, ExxonMobil is proud to sponsor ADIPEC’s first Graduate Fair, which will help introduce students from the UAE to careers in the oil and gas industry.”

ExxonMobil participates in two oil concessions in Abu Dhabi. The company holds a 28 percent interest in the Upper Zakum offshore field, one of the world’s largest oil fields, which is operated by the ZADCO joint venture company. ExxonMobil also participates with a 9.5 percent interest in the onshore concession, which is operated by the ADCO joint venture company. In 2007, the ExxonMobil Technology Center opened in Abu Dhabi to provide ZADCO staff working on Upper Zakum access to ExxonMobil’s most advanced technology in the areas of reservoir management, drilling technologies and production operations. ExxonMobil downstream affiliates or joint ventures in the UAE market lubricants, and chemical products to customers throughout the Middle East.

The full range of ExxonMobil’s technology portfolio will be on display at ExxonMobil’s exhibit at Stand 0905 in Hall 9. Interactive touch screens and video content will highlight the company’s large-scale integrated projects and advancements such as ExxonMobil’s new Controlled Freeze Zone technology (CFZ), a single-step separation process for removing carbon dioxide and other elements from raw natural gas.

ExxonMobil is sponsoring the first ADIPEC Graduate Fair, a two-day networking event that will allow students to gain insights and information about energy careers and employment opportunities with national and international oil and gas companies. The company is also the signature sponsor for ADIPEC’s inaugural Excellence in Energy Awards.

About ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products, and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world. For more information, visit

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Roundtable Concepts Expands Line of KISS HDTV’s and Announces KISS Chopper Motorcycle Giveaway

LAKE MARY, Fla., Friday, October 29th 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Roundtable Concepts announced today that they are expanding their line of KISS branded LED HDTV’s to include two new designs. In conjunction with this announcement Roundtable Concepts has launched a KISS themed Chopper Motorcycle giveaway at Bike Week 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

With design direction from KISS, the two newly designed KISS LED HDTV’s will be available in 32, 42 and 46-inch sizes. One has a traditional chassis and a KISS logo that appears on the TV screen at start up. The other will include the KISS logo at the bottom of the chassis and will feature a close-up image of the members of KISS at start up. You can check out these new designs at The KISS HDTV program was brokered by Live Nation.

In conjunction with this new line of KISS LED HDTV’s, Roundtable Concepts has also launched a KISS themed Chopper Motorcycle giveaway, which will conclude at Bike Week 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The KISS KUSTOM CHOPPER will be signed by all current members of the band. Entries will be accepted either through or through postal mail. To commemorate this contest, Roundtable Concepts is launching a Special Edition line of 1/18th scale die cast collectible replicas of the KISS KUSTOM CHOPPER available exclusively through

“KISS is on the cutting edge of technology with these two new modern and elegant KISS LED HDTV designs. The KISS KUSTOM CHOPPER giveaway is the ultimate prize for the KISS fans. Another industry first - KISS does it again!” Says Janet Dwoskin, Executive Director of Licensing for Live Nation Merchandise.

“RTC is excited to continue and grow this relationship with KISS. These new lines of HDTV’s will appeal to a broader base of fans and we are excited to be launching this giveaway as we continue to grow and diversify our KISS product offerings. KISS has one of the most die-hard fan bases in the world and we enjoy bringing them first-of-a-kind products,” says Frank Weir of Roundtable Concepts.“

About Roundtable Concepts, Inc.

Roundtable Concepts is a privately held Company that currently has under license the rights to produce HDTV’s under certain NCAA, Marvel, Capcom and Live Nation properties. Roundtable Concepts, Inc. also holds the worldwide exclusive rights to produce HDTV’s under the Paramount Pictures brand.

About KISS

KISS, the legendary American rock band formed in New York City in 1972, is one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll. Their career milestones are staggering. KISS is one of America's top gold-record champions who recorded 37 albums over 36 years and has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide. Over thirty years of record-breaking tours around the globe include high-profile appearances at Super Bowl XXXIII, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the 2005 Rockin' The Corps concert dedicated to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, most recently, the 2009 finale of American Idol that boasted 30 million viewers.

The KISS legacy continues to grow, generation after generation. The unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the "Hottest Band in the World" is a striking testament to the band's unbreakable bond with its fans. In 2009, KISS was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sonic Boom, KISS’ first album in 11 years and produced by Paul Stanley, is available exclusively at Wal-Mart, and Sam’s Club. For additional information on KISS, visit


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Nike and Cristiano Ronaldo Introduce Safari Print Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II

CR Signature Boot Fuses Performance Engineering and Iconic Style

MADRID, Friday, October 29th 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Global football star Cristiano Ronaldo today with Nike (NYSE:NKE) launched the CR Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II boot. Inspired by Ronaldo’s lightning speed and effortless style off the pitch, the CR Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II combines high-performance innovation and heritage of the Nike Safari print.

Nike originally introduced the print on the Air Safari running shoe in 1987, and the unexpected aesthetic transformed performance footwear design. At the time, trailblazing Nike designer and father of the Air Jordan series Tinker Hatfield began exploring non-traditional materials, patterns and colors to use in athletic footwear and conceived the now legendary ostrich-skin print.

The limited-run Air Safari quickly sold out and gained an ardent following for its striking design. Now the iconic print is back — this time on the feet of one of the best players in the world. The updated print has a stylized look, wrapping the entire boot and laces for a bold effect. Ronaldo’s signature CR Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II represents the first time the print has been applied to performance football footwear.

“The Air Safari showed that you can create an athletic shoe that is beautiful and different without forgoing high-performance utility,” said Hatfield, VP of Creative Design at Nike. “It helped individuals make a personal style statement whether they wore it on a run or out at night.”

Built for speed

The game’s fastest player demands a boot that not only reflects his personal style but also delivers superb traction and responsiveness. The CR Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II features the unique NIKE SENSE adaptive traction system where designers created a pair of adaptive studs in the forefoot that can extend and retract by up to 3mm, based on ground conditions and pressure exerted by the player.

Directionally positioned blades maximize cutting and allow for quick changes of direction, while secondary toe traction provides added toe-off power for those first critical steps. The result is a boot that enables greater speed in all directions.

Nike Flywire, a lightweight composite that forms the upper, increases range of motion while locking the foot to the sole plate, ensuring maximum transfer of energy from the foot to the ground. The carbon composite chassis keeps the player close to the ground for improved stability and responsiveness.

“The CR Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II makes a statement on pitch and the Safari print expresses my style,” said Cristiano Ronaldo. “Combined with incredibly light and responsive performance the boot gives me everything I need to elevate my game.”

In another nod to speed, the boot’s arresting Safari print is overlaid with a tonal chevron pattern that is illuminated in certain light. Designed to appear as a flash in a player’s peripheral vision, the reflective graphic can improve player awareness on pitch.

The CR Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II also gives consumers exclusive access to training insights from top players and coaches through Nike Football+. Each pair of boots comes with a unique user code to unlock insider tips and Master Speed training content.

Cristiano Ronaldo will debut the CR Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II on pitch November 7 during “El Derbi” which features Madrid’s premier football teams. The boot will be available at retail globally and online at beginning November 15. Nike Football+ can be accessed at

About Nike

NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Cole Haan, which designs, markets and distributes luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Umbro Ltd., a leading United Kingdom-based global football (soccer) brand; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit

About Nike Football+

Nike Football+ gives footballers insider access to the world’s best coaches, players and teams for total game improvement. People who purchase a new pair of Nike boots receive a unique user code that unlocks the full Nike Football+ program at They will receive all the benefits of Nike Football+ access at no added cost. The code will also provide access to future Nike Football+ programs that help players improve their game and win. Nike Football+ is available as an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch on iTunes and via the mobile web on all WAP enabled handsets.

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New Therapeutic Surface from KCI Enhances Skin Integrity for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers

Skin IQ Microclimate Manager Helps Reduce Skin Moisture, Temperature, Friction and Shear

SAN ANTONIO, Friday, October 29th 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE: KCI) announced today the U.S. launch of Skin IQ™ Microclimate Manager (Skin IQ™ MCM) through KCI’s Therapeutic Support Systems business. Skin IQ™ MCM is a for-sale, powered coverlet offering clinicians one of the most effective and intuitive products available for the prevention and management of pressure ulcers.

An estimated 10-18 percent of patients in hospitals and other acute care facilities suffer from pressure ulcers, and hospitalizations due to pressure ulcers rose 80 percent between 1993 and 2006.1 The estimated cost of treating a stage III or IV pressure ulcer can approach $40,000, which places a serious financial burden on health care institutions.2 3

“Pressure ulcers continue to present serious challenges for health care professionals across all settings, resulting in compromised quality of life for many patients and significantly increasing cost of care,” said Stephen Seidel, president, KCI Therapeutic Support Systems. “As its name implies, Skin IQ™ MCM features a highly intelligent design that meets facility, clinician and patient needs as we work to further reduce the incidence and prevalence of pressure ulcers around the world.”

Skin IQ™ MCM is a waterproof, vapor-permeable coverlet with bacterial barrier that uses KCI’s proprietary Negative Airflow Technology to actively reduce excess moisture and the temperature of the skin’s surface. This reduction in moisture and temperature is intended to help reduce the risk of maceration and the coefficient of friction, further reducing the shear forces that twist and tear the underlying blood vessels. Used in combination with a pressure redistribution mattress, such as the AtmosAir™ 9000 MRS, Skin IQ™ MCM provides an excellent alternative to conventional Low-Air-Loss therapy. Skin IQ™ MCM is also designed to be compatible with many of the pressure redistribution mattresses on the market today.

“Controlling microclimate is an important and often overlooked area of pressure ulcer prevention,” stated Joyce Black, Ph.D., RN of the University of Nebraska, a leading expert and former president of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). “It may be the missing link in providing the best skin care for patients. When heat and humidity rise in the skin, more blood and oxygen are needed, and with skin under pressure these nutrients cannot be supplied.”

Both acute and long-term care facilities can benefit from Skin IQ™ MCM in the management of patients’ skin integrity. When used with a facility-owned pressure redistribution mattress, the single-patient-use design of Skin IQ™ MCM:

* Enables facilities to stock product on-site
* Offers considerable workflow benefits and fewer steps to initiate therapy
* Allows nurses to spend more time in the direct treatment of their patients
* Provides streamlined surface and protocol selection
* May help to reduce nosocomial risk as the result of earlier therapy initiation

About KCI

Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE:KCI) is a leading global medical technology company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of innovative, high-technology therapies and products for the wound care, tissue regeneration and therapeutic support system markets. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, KCI's success spans more than three decades and can be traced to a history deeply rooted in innovation and a passion for significantly improving the healing and the lives of patients around the world.

The company employs 6,800 people and markets its products in 20 countries. For more information about KCI, and how its products are changing the practice of medicine, visit

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1 The Role of Nutrition in Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment: National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel White Paper, 2009. Authors; Dorner, B., Posthauer, M.E., Thomas, D.

2 Lyder CH. Pressure ulcer prevention and management. JAMA. 2003;289(2):223-226.

3 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS Proposes Additions to List of Hospital-acquired Conditions for Fiscal Year 2009. Baltimore, MD; US Department of Health & Human Services. 2008.

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GEM - Global Emerging Markets, and United Arab Investors closed a Convertible Bond agreement of JD 25 million

AMMAN, Jordan, Friday, October 29th 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- United Arab Investors Company (UAIC), Jordan's leading investment company, and Global Emerging Markets Limited (GEM) a Swiss-based, international alternative investment group, announced the closure and execution of a convertible bond agreement for JD 25 million. Both signed parties agreed on the repayment method of this bond to be cash and/or equity shares over 3 years.

Following the approval on the agreement of the United Arab Investors Irregular General Assembly held on the 20th of September, and completion of all prerequisites, United Arab Investors (UAIC) received today the first tranche of the bond.

Khalifeh & Partners of Amman, Jordan, acted as legal advisor to UAIC on contractual and local governance regulations and the investments under Jordanian law. Hogan Lovells, an international law firm based in London, acted as legal advisor to GEM.

Engineer Haitham Dahleh, CEO of UAIC commented: “We are proud of signing this agreement which is considered our second venture with GEM, as we believe that together both with this international renowned investment institution and this deal will boost our financing structure. GEM is a strong international investor that conducts careful due diligence before entering new investments, and signing this convertible bond agreement of JD 25 million shows the real strategic partnership and mutual trust, especially right after GEM became a Strategic Shareholder In UAIC and Taameer Jordan in the previous deal.”

About GEM Group

Global Emerging Markets Limited,, was founded in 1991. GEM is a USD 3.4 billion investment group having completed 285 transactions in 60 countries. The firm is an alternative investment group that manages a diverse set of investment vehicles across the world. GEM’s funds include: CITIC/GEM Fund; VC Bank/GEM Mena Fund; Kinderhook; GEM Global Yield Fund; GEM India and Banco Pine/GEM Funds.

About United Arab Investors Corporation (UAIC)

United Arab Investors Corporation (UAIC) is a public shareholding company listed within the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE). Established in 1994, the company has grown to become one of the largest market players shaping the Jordanian investment field. With its diversified investment portfolio, the company’s scope of operations includes investments in the real estate, financial, insurance as well as many other sectors. UAIC's investments include but are not limited to TAAMEER Jordan Holdings, Aman Securities Company, Investors & Eastern Arab Industrial & Real Estate Investments, Kingdom Electricity Company, in addition to Union Bank and others. UAIC plans to expand regionally and vary its investment base to further solidify the company's portfolio and status as the leading Jordanian investment company.

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PCI Security Standards Council Releases Version 2.0 of the PCI Data Security Standard and Payment Application Data Security Standard

—Feedback from global stakeholders shapes revisions; new standards and website ease implementation for merchants—

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Friday, October 29th 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), a global, open industry standards body providing management of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), PIN Transaction Security (PTS) requirements and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS), today released version 2.0 of the PCI DSS and PA-DSS. Reflecting input from the Council’s global stakeholders, this latest version is designed to provide greater clarity and flexibility to facilitate improved understanding of the requirements and eased implementation for merchants. Version 2.0 becomes effective on January 1, 2011.

The updated standards were the main topic of discussion at the Council’s Annual Community Meetings in Orlando, Florida and Barcelona, Spain where, in the last stage of the lifecycle process, stakeholders had the opportunity for final review of the standards. More than 1,500 people from 600 organizations around the world participated in these gatherings, adding to the thousands of pieces of feedback the Council received from merchants, banks, processors and the PCI community throughout the development process.

A summary of changes to the standards was shared with the market prior to the release, highlighting the main types of revisions that include clarifications, additional guidance and evolving requirements.

Version 2.0 does not introduce any new major requirements. The majority of changes are modifications to the language, which clarify the meaning of the requirements and make understanding and adoption easier for merchants. Key revisions serve to reinforce the need for a thorough scoping exercise prior to assessment in order to understand where cardholder data resides; promote more effective log management in securing cardholder data; allow organizations to adopt a risk-based approach when assessing and prioritizing vulnerabilities that is based on their specific business circumstances; and accommodate the unique environments of small merchants to simplify their compliance efforts.

The standards, detailed summary of changes and supporting documentation can be found at

“The nature of the changes is a testament to the strength and growing global maturity of the standards as a framework for securing cardholder data,” said Bob Russo, general manager of the Council. “I want to thank each and every individual and organization who contributed to the development of these standards. It’s their input that’s critical in making the PCI Security Standards an excellent baseline for protecting payment card data.”

In addition to the standards documents, the Council has also launched a new website with updated materials and navigational tools aimed at providing its diverse stakeholders with the targeted information they need to understand the standards and how to apply them in their organizations. As part of a broader initiative to help small merchants develop their PCI security programs, it also includes a dedicated site for this key group with resources to address their unique environments.

The release of version 2.0 begins the new three year lifecycle for standards development, which streamlines the development process by aligning DSS, PA-DSS and PTS on a similar three year schedule. The lifecycle also allows for minor revisions or errata to be issued throughout the cycle as necessary.

The new standards are effective January 1, 2011, but validation against the previous version of the standard (1.2.1) will be allowed until December 31, 2011. This gives stakeholders more time to understand and implement the new versions of the standards as well as provide feedback throughout the process. However, the Council encourages organizations to transition to the updated version as soon as possible. From January 1, 2012 and moving forward, all assessments must be under version 2.0 of the standards.

The Council also invites Participating Organizations and the public to a webinar that covers the updated standards in greater depth, followed by a Q&A session with representatives from the Council’s Technical Working Group. Registration details can be found here:

November 9, 3:00 p.m. ET / noon PT (Participating Organizations only)

November 11, 11:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. PT (Participating Organizations only)

November 16, 3:00 p.m. ET / noon PT

November 18, 11:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. PT

For More Information:

For more information on the PCI Security Standards Council and how to become a Participating Organization, please visit or contact the PCI SSC Secretariat at

About the PCI Security Standards Council

The mission of the PCI Security Standards Council is to enhance payment account security by driving education and awareness of the PCI Data Security Standard and other standards that increase payment data security.

The PCI Security Standards Council was formed by the major payment card brands American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc. to provide a transparent forum in which all stakeholders can provide input into the ongoing development, enhancement and dissemination of the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS), PIN Transaction Security (PTS) requirements and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS). Merchants, banks, processors and other vendors are encouraged to join as participating organizations.

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Octapharma Clinical Trial Begins in the US and Germany Treating Hemophilia A Patients with First Recombinant Factor VIII Derived from a Human Cell-Lin

Multi-Center Study Investigates Prospects of Improved Safety, Immunogenicity

LACHEN, Switzerland, Thursday, October 28th 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Octapharma, one of the largest human protein products manufacturers in the world, today announced that patients diagnosed with severe hemophilia A have started treatment with the first recombinant Factor VIII derived from a human cell line (Human-cl rhFVIII). Researchers are investigating pharmacokinetics, efficacy, safety and immunogenicity of Human-cl rhFVIII for previously treated patients with severe hemophilia A.

The prospective, randomized, actively controlled, open label, multicenter Phase 2 trial is being conducted at research centers in the US and Germany under the title “Clinical Study to Investigate the Pharmacokinetics, Efficacy, Safety and Immunogenicity of Human-cl rhFVIII, a Newly Developed Human Cell-Line Derived Recombinant FVIII Concentrate in Previously Treated Patients with Severe Hemophilia A.” The study started in spring 2010 and patient enrollment is well underway. Please visit for details.

Human-cl rhFVIII is a fourth-generation recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) concentrate developed by Octapharma for the control and prevention of bleeding episodes and for surgical prophylaxis in patients with hemophilia A. Human-cl rhFVIII is produced in genetically modified Human Embryonic Kidney (HEK) 293F cells. Human-cl rhFVIII is currently the only rFVIII, which has a human glycosylation pattern. Today, the development of antibodies against infused FVIII represents the most devastating complication in modern Hemophilia A replacement therapy. The human glycosylation pattern in Human-cl rhFVIII should make it possible to avoid potentially immunogenic epitopes as expressed by hamster cells. This may result in improved safety and long-term reduced immunogenicity of Human-cl rhFVIII. During a previous first single-center clinical study, Human-cl rhFVIII demonstrated its safety and efficacy in 22 PTPs without causing any inhibitors or non-inhibitory antibodies against Human-cl rhFVIII.

Human-cl rhFVIII is concentrated and purified for virus inactivation/removal by solvent detergent and nanofiltration although the cell bank and end of production cells have been extensively tested to ensure they are free of any endogenous or infectious viruses. The process ensures that any theoretical virus contamination is safely inactivated and/or removed. The manufacturing of Human-cl rhFVIII is completely free of animal or human derived added materials. The clinical development plan for Human-cl rhFVIII follows the requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European guidelines.

About the Octapharma Group

Headquartered in Lachen, Switzerland, Octapharma is one of the largest plasma products manufacturers in the world and has been committed to patient care and medical innovation for over 27 years. Octapharma’s core business is the development, production and sale of high quality human protein therapies from both human plasma and human cell lines. Octapharma is currently developing the first commercial recombinant coagulation FVIII from a human cell line (Human-cl rhFVIII), which is designed to reduce the overall immunogenic challenge (and resulting inhibitor formation) to the haemophilia A patient.

At the present time, Octapharma has 37 subsidiaries and representative offices. The company employs over 4,000 people and is making sales in 80 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit

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Momentive Offers New Thermal Management Solutions to Enhance Performance and Service Life of LEDs and LED Lighting Assemblies

ALBANY, N.Y., Thursday, October 28th 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- To help increase the performance and service life of LEDs (light emitting diodes) and LED assemblies, Momentive Performance Materials has introduced a new line of thermally conductive silicones to be considered for use in LED manufacturing and assembly. Available as the TIA series of curable thermal gels and adhesives and TIS series of curable thermal compounds, the new products may help LED lighting manufacturers solve the ongoing challenges of heat transfer and dissipation in LED lighting assemblies.

Momentive’s TIA thermal gels are liquid-dispensed materials for heat dissipation, available in a variety of thermal conductivity levels, viscosities and curing profiles to meet a wide range of design needs. Easy to use, the new gels, which include TIA221G and TIA216G, may extend the service life of LED light bulbs by helping manage the heat generated by drivers used to regulate voltage. Since drivers are three-dimensional and typically housed inside a light bulb fixture, a liquid-dispensed thermal material that can conform to the assembly’s design and flow into the cavity, creating a heat path from the driver to the fixture, is generally required. The TIA series is an excellent candidate to consider for use in this type of application, as the liquid-dispensed gels can fill gaps between the driver and surrounding fixture and cure at either room temperature or by accelerated heat cure to create a soft elastomer. This creates a thermal path while providing the added benefit of absorbing thermal stress due to its softness.

For designs requiring mechanical adhesion, the TIA thermal adhesives are excellent candidates to consider. This line, which includes the TIA250R and TIA600R products, is available in room-temperature and heat-accelerated cure formulations that adhere well to a wide variety of substrates. Thermal adhesive TIA0220, for example, offers corrosion-free adhesion to most metals (including copper), plastics, ceramics, glass and other surfaces without the use of primers.

The TIS series of thermal compounds, which includes TIS380C, cures at room temperature and can be considered for use in minimizing thermal resistance in LED lighting assemblies. As soft Thermal Interface Materials (TIMs), these thermally conductive compounds can help provide stress relief for delicate components as well as extremely low oil bleed and volatile contents - attributes which contribute to stability in high temperature environments.

Momentive’s TIA thermal gels, adhesives and compounds can be considered for use to create a thermal path between the LED board and heat sink, which helps protect the LED from heat emission. The TIA products are all liquid-dispensed, allowing for an exact amount of material to be applied to precise locations and assembled to create a thin bond line. This contributes to overall efficiency in heat transfer. The new products are available in thermal conductivities ranging from 1 ̴ 6 Watt/m.K, and depending on the grade, they can be applied by dispensing or screen/stencil printing.

Mr. Craig Borkowski, Global Marketing Director of Micro-electronics at Momentive, said, “We are pleased with how quickly our thermal management solutions are gaining acceptance among manufacturers. These products, along with our U.S. Department of Energy-funded research in advanced LED technology, demonstrate the depth and breadth of our commitment to supporting innovative products and markets such as LED lighting that contribute to the sustainability of everyday life.”

In addition to the TIA family of thermal gels, adhesives and curable compounds for LED assemblies, Momentive provides a comprehensive line of InvisiSil* LED silicone materials that are excellent candidates to consider for use in helping address performance and reliability challenges in LED packaging. InvisiSil materials are available either as dispensable encapsulants or as moldable grades for injection, compression, or transfer molding systems.

The encapsulants offer high transmittance (>98%) even after 1,000 hours of heat exposure (150°C) and UV exposure (400nm, 800nm) coupled with refractive indices from 1.4-1.5 to extract the maximum amount of light. Momentive also provides silicone adhesives that can be used to bond lighting components, such as globe caps. These adhesives resist heat and yellowing over a wide range of operating conditions.

For more information about Momentive’s specialized solutions for the global LED market, please contact Kristy Bagan at +518 233-3773 in the Americas, Mark Fraser in Europe at +49 214-30-43729, or Keiji Kabeta in Asia at +81-3-5544-3006.

About Momentive Performance Materials Inc.

Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is a global leader in silicones and advanced materials, with a 70-year heritage of being first to market with performance applications for major industries that support and improve everyday life. The Company delivers science-based solutions, by linking custom technology platforms to opportunities for customers. Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC. Additional information is available at

About the New Momentive

Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC is the ultimate parent company of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (collectively, the “new Momentive”). The new Momentive is a global leader in specialty chemicals and materials, with a broad range of advanced specialty products that help industrial and consumer companies support and improve everyday life. The company uses its technology portfolio to deliver tailored solutions to meet the diverse needs of its customers around the world. The new Momentive was formed in 2010 through the combination of entities that indirectly owned Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc. The company is controlled by investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC. Additional information about the new Momentive and its products is available at and at

* InvisiSil is a trademark of Momentive Performance Materials Inc.

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Albaddad International takes part in the Opening of the 29th session of Sharjah International Book Fair

Sharjah, UAE, Thursday, October 28th 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

Al-Baddad International, the UAE-based leading provider of innovative mobile halls and pre-fabricated buildings, announced that it will take part for the second year in the opening of the 29th session of Sharjah International Book Fair.

Al Baddad will be responsible for building and equipping special halls that suit the cultural significance of this event and the reputation of Sharjah as one of the Arab cultural capitals.

The prestigious smart hall will be the main one characterized by its wide distance and height, and its sidewalls made of Aluminum and PVC materials that resist heat, wind, and rain and insulate sound. The internal section of the hall will be equipped by deluxe decorations appropriate with the importance of this event.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad bin Sultan Al-Qassimi, Crown Prince and Ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Salem Al-Qassimi Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, other Ministers and Directors of various Government Departments in addition to the Country's notables and those interested in Culture.

Around 789 publishing houses will participate in the Fair including 117 local, 387 Arab publishing houses and 285 foreign ones displaying more than 200 thousand books of Arabic and foreign languages from 53 countries. The Fair will be held in the exposition room in Sharjah Expo Center from October, 26 to November 10. This Fair is considered one of Sharjah Cultural Program's pillars focusing on the Cultural development process core in the society, aiming at enhancing cultural communication with all the people around the world and building a strong base that helps shaping our youth minds and knowledge.

Mr. Zayed Al Baddad, CEO and Chairman of Al-Baddad International said: “We are proud to be part of all cultural, sports, social and religious events in an Emirate considered a platform for culture, development and education”.

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SEE Virtual Worlds™ Secures Deal to Publish Themed Virtual World Based on the Universal Monsters™ and Van Helsing

New MMOG Planet Will Reinvigorate Iconic Monsters from Classic Universal Films

LOS ANGELES, Thursday, October 28th 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- SEE Virtual Worlds™, an entertainment company publishing a virtual reality universe of connected planets tied to licensed franchises, today announced a collaborative deal with Universal Partnerships & Licensing to publish a virtual world based on the classic Universal Monsters™. The massively multiplayer online game will allow players to emulate the infamous monster hunter Van Helsing as they track down the monsters in celebrated scenes based on the series of horror films distributed by Universal Pictures.

Slated to launch in late 2011, the new world will combine the classic survival horror genre with the interactive elements of a true virtual world. As monster hunters, players will experience the legacy of the battle between Van Helsing and a variety of the original Universal Monsters including Frankenstein, The Mummy, Dracula, The Wolf Man and more. Gamers will also have the chance to travel to different lands based on the licensed characters including the Vatican, Dracula’s Castle and The Lagoon, to compete in various missions and battles against each nemesis.

The new Universal Monsters virtual world will be the second themed planet published by SEE Virtual Worlds in the Entropia Universe, a vast dynamic 3D environment created and provided to end users by MindArk PE AB. The Entropia Universe features several existing planets and combines a revolutionary cash economy with cutting-edge graphics. Earlier this year SEE Virtual Worlds announced a collaborative deal with the Michael Jackson Estate to publish Planet Michael, SEE Virtual Worlds’ first planet in the Entropia Universe, also set to launch in 2011.

“Partnering with Universal allows us to revive the horror genre for the 21st century by introducing timeless film franchise characters into an interactive platform,” said Martin Biallas, CEO of SEE Virtual Worlds. “Fans of Van Helsing and the classic Universal Monsters will be delighted with the extent to which they can interact in the deep, immersive social gameplay of the Universal Monsters virtual world when it launches next year.”

“Given the vision offered by SEE Virtual Worlds for an online world featuring our iconic Universal Monsters, we can’t wait to bring fans the first opportunity to interact with their favorite characters in a real-time evolving social game,” said Bill Kispert, VP and GM, Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. “At Universal we are constantly striving to be at the forefront of digital media and with support from the advanced Entropia Universe platform, we are thrilled to bring the Universal Monsters to both fans and gamers alike via a dynamic and exciting all-new virtual world.”

About the Universal Monsters

Starting more than 80 years ago, Universal Pictures created some of the most iconic characters in cinematic history. These monsters introduced visions of terror that created indelible impressions, and their legacy continues to haunt our collective nightmares. Beginning in 1923 with The Hunchback of Notre Dame and continuing with the horror classics The Phantom of The Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Mummy, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Van Helsing, the Universal Studios Monsters have stood the test of time, appealing to countless generations and living on in popular culture today.

About Universal Partnerships & Licensing

UP&L oversees Universal’s consumer product licensing, film and home entertainment promotions, and all corporate alliances for Universal’s theatrical, home entertainment, theme parks and stage productions. This dedicated division is also responsible for monetizing the studio’s vast library of films and characters through licensing, branding and marketing opportunities. UP&L is part of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

About SEE Virtual Worlds

Special Entertainment Events or SEE has been in the business of themed entertainment for over a decade. For SEE this is a process of utilizing known entertainment titles and franchises in new and innovative ways to increase brand awareness and create lucrative additional revenue streams for Licensors and project investors. SEE has worked with some of the most iconic names in show business, including Star Trek, Pokémon and Titanic. SEE has received numerous awards for excellence in touring attractions and other themed entertainment projects.

SEE Virtual Worlds, LLC is the newest division of the Los Angeles-based SEE corporate group. A natural extension of the company’s core licensing business, SEE VW brings the world of themed entertainment online. Through a virtual reality universe of connected planets, participants interact with their favorite motion picture, television, sports, and music properties. Universal Monsters is the second such themed-planet and more will be announced in the months ahead. Using the state-of-the-art Entropia Universe platform, the real cash economy is incorporated in the planet, enabling participants to earn money through gameplay. For more information on the company and its products, please visit SEE VW at

SEE Virtual Worlds is a trademark and copyright of SEE Virtual Worlds, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Planet Michael is a trademark and copyright of SEE Virtual World MJ, LLC. All Rights Reserved

About MindArk PE AB

MindArk develops, operates, markets and provides Entropia Universe. MindArk is based in Gotenborg, Sweden and has 80 employees.

About Entropia Universe

Entropia Universe launched in January 2003 and has grown to more than 950,000 registered accounts from over 200 countries. It is the only virtual universe with a real money trading (RMT) economy whose currency, the PED, has a fixed exchange rate of 10:1 with the U.S. Dollar. Its business model is unique as it is based on micropayments, meaning that the client software is free to download from the Internet, and there are no monthly subscription fees, thus Entropia Universe provides a way for new players to immediately start exploring without having to deposit money. Virtual funds acquired in Entropia Universe can easily be exchanged and then withdrawn into real-world funds. The RMT business model has been very successful; The 2009 turnover of Entropia Universe topped $422,000,000 U.S. For more information, visit Additional information about MindArk PE AB, developer of the Entropia Universe is avail-able at

ENTROPIA UNIVERSE® and MINDARK® are registered trademark of MindArk PE AB. MindArk supports and monitors the services and maintenance of the Entropia Universe platform.

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Gemalto Ezio Strong Authentication Solution Provides Multi-Platform eBanking Security for CI Banco’s Customers in Mexico

AMSTERDAM, Thursday, October 28th 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, and Consultoría International Banco (CI Banco) announced the rollout of Gemalto’s Ezio strong authentication server and One-time Password (OTP) tokens to enhance eBanking security for CI Banco’s customers. This complete, future-proof solution provides CI Banco with the possibility to deploy multiple authentication devices and complies with the latest regulatory standards set by Mexico’s CNBV (“Comision Nacional Bancaria y de Valores”).

The Gemalto strong authentication solution combines OTP tokens customized for CI Banco with the software platform to create a time-based challenge-response mechanism. This added layer of security ensures the authenticity of the Internet banking session and provides an enhanced level of protection for users when accessing their accounts or performing online transactions.

The solution is based on Gemalto’s Ezio Strong Authentication server, a platform supporting multiple authentication methods (EMV-CAP*, OATH) and devices. The Ezio server also allows CI Banco to strengthen its customer offer with options to expand to other types of authentication devices, including EMV payment cards, connected readers or mobile phones.

“It was very important to partner with a global company which has a proven track record of success, and a strong local presence in Mexico,” commented Ernesto Sandoval Rebollo, Systems Director at CI Banco. “By deploying Gemalto’s complete strong authentication solution, we are reinforcing our leadership in secure internet banking services, on top of our already recognized leadership in the financial exchange market.”

“Gemalto’s solutions have always been designed with our customers and their end-users in mind, so our offer for CI Banco is not only secure and easy to manage, but it’s also very scalable for future expansion,” added Samuel Hourdin, sales manager eBanking, Gemalto Latin America. “By creating a more secure environment for eBanking, Gemalto will enable CI Banco to develop its offering and make more services available to its online customers.”

* MasterCard Chip Authentication Program

About Gemalto
Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2009 annual revenues of €1.65 billion, and over 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, with research and service centers in 41 countries.

Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work—anytime, anywhere—has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.

Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM), Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, smart card access badges, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. Moreover Gemalto delivers on emerging applications related to the ‘Internet of things’ by supplying wireless modules and machine identification modules (MIM) for machine-to-machine communication. To complete these solutions we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.

As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.

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CommScope Enters Into Merger Agreement With The Carlyle Group

CommScope Stockholders to Receive $31.50 per Share in Cash in $3.9 Billion Transaction

HICKORY, N.C, Thursday, October 28th 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CommScope, Inc. (NYSE: CTV), a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has entered into a definitive merger agreement with global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group in a transaction valued at approximately $3.9 billion that will result in CommScope becoming a private company. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Carlyle will acquire all of the outstanding shares of CommScope common stock for $31.50 per share in cash. This represents a premium of approximately 36% over CommScope’s closing stock price on Friday, October 22, 2010, the last trading day prior to CommScope’s Monday, October 25, 2010 press release announcing a potential transaction between the parties, and a premium of approximately 39% over the average closing share price of CommScope’s common stock for the 30 days ended October 22, 2010.

“We are proud to enter into this agreement with Carlyle and believe this transaction is in the best interest of CommScope and our stockholders,” said Frank Drendel, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, CommScope. “After careful and thorough analysis, together with our independent advisors, our board of directors unanimously approved this transaction with Carlyle, which has a strong reputation and global network, and a proven record of success in acquiring and guiding companies like CommScope. Further, we are pleased that this transaction appropriately recognizes the value of CommScope’s customer relationships, technology and solutions, financial management and global market position, while providing our stockholders with a significant cash premium for their investment.

“CommScope’s success is driven by our talented global workforce and I thank them for their tireless efforts to make CommScope the company it is today. Carlyle shares our confidence in CommScope’s future and will support our people in achieving our long-term goals.”

Eddie Edwards, CommScope’s president and chief operating officer, said, “This transaction with Carlyle is a great outcome for CommScope’s employees, customers and partners. As a private company, we believe CommScope will have greater flexibility to focus on our long-term strategic direction as a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. Carlyle understands our industry and our business well, and will be a tremendous asset as we build upon our leadership position and continue to implement our strategic plan to deliver enhanced value to our customers around the world.”

Bud Watts, managing director and head of Carlyle’s Technology Group, said, “We’ve known Frank, Eddie and other senior leaders at CommScope for many years. We have the greatest respect for them, CommScope’s many talented employees and the business they have built together. CommScope has a clear strategy, a culture of operational excellence and strong commitments to its employees, customers and partners around the world. We look forward to working with the ‘One CommScope’ team as it pursues the next phase of the company’s growth.”

Cam Dyer, a Carlyle principal, said, “With strong leadership and clear secular growth drivers, CommScope’s long-term prospects are excellent. Carlyle will support CommScope’s continued investment in next generation solutions, more integrated product and service offerings, and superior customer service levels.”

It is anticipated that upon completion of the transaction, Mr. Drendel and Mr. Edwards, along with other members of CommScope’s executive management team, will continue to lead the company.

CommScope’s board of directors has unanimously approved the agreement with Carlyle and recommends that CommScope stockholders approve the proposed merger and merger agreement. CommScope expects to hold a Special Meeting of Stockholders to consider and vote on the proposed merger and merger agreement as soon as practicable after the mailing of the proxy statement to its stockholders.

The transaction is subject to the approval of CommScope’s stockholders, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The transaction has fully committed financing and is not subject to any condition with regard to the financing. Equity financing will be provided by Carlyle Partners V, a $13.7 billion U.S. buyout fund, and Carlyle Europe Partners III, a €5.4 billion European buyout fund; debt financing will be provided by J.P. Morgan.

Under the merger agreement, CommScope may solicit superior proposals from third parties for a period of 40 calendar days continuing through December 5, 2010. In accordance with the agreement, CommScope’s board of directors, with the assistance of its advisors, intends to solicit superior proposals during this period. In addition, CommScope may, at any time, subject to the provisions of the merger agreement, respond to unsolicited proposals. CommScope advises that there can be no assurance that the solicitation process will result in an alternative transaction. To the extent that a superior proposal received prior to December 5, 2010 leads to the execution of a definitive agreement, CommScope would be obligated to pay a $43.3 million break-up fee to Carlyle. CommScope does not intend to disclose developments with respect to this solicitation process unless and until it determines it is appropriate to do so.

Allen & Company LLC is serving as financial advisor and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is serving as legal advisor to CommScope in connection with the transaction. J.P. Morgan is serving as financial advisor to Carlyle, and Alston & Bird LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP are serving as Carlyle’s legal advisors.

About CommScope

CommScope, Inc. (NYSE: CTV; provides essential infrastructure that makes communication possible. We empower people to connect and communicate seamlessly where, when, and how they choose. Our solutions and services for wired and wireless networks enable high-bandwidth data, video, and voice applications everywhere – at home, at work, and on the go. Through every wave of technology, CommScope helps the world connect and evolve. Backed by numerous respected brands such as Andrew®, SYSTIMAX® and Uniprise®, CommScope supports customers in more than 100 countries around the world through its focus on integrity, ethics, quality and technical innovation.

About The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset manager with $90.9 billion of assets under management committed to 66 funds as of June 30, 2010. Carlyle invests across three asset classes – private equity, real estate and credit alternatives – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America focusing on aerospace & defense, automotive & transportation, consumer & retail, energy & power, financial services, healthcare, industrial, infrastructure, technology & business services and telecommunications & media. Since 1987, the firm has invested $61.2 billion of equity in 983 transactions. The Carlyle Group employs more than 880 people in 19 countries. In the aggregate, Carlyle portfolio companies have more than $84 billion in revenue and employ more than 398,000 people around the world. More information is available at,, and

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements that are based on information currently available to management, management’s beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could cause the actual results to differ materially from those currently expected. For a more detailed description of the factors that could cause such a difference, please see CommScope’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In providing forward-looking statements, the company does not intend, and is not undertaking any obligation or duty, to update these statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed merger, CommScope, Inc. (the “Company”) will prepare a proxy statement to be filed with the SEC. When completed, a definitive proxy statement and a form of proxy will be mailed to the stockholders of the Company. THE COMPANY’S SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER BECAUSE IT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. The Company’s stockholders will be able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the proxy statement (when available) and other relevant documents filed with the SEC from the SEC’s website at The Company’s stockholders will also be able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the proxy statement and other relevant documents (when available) by directing a request by mail or telephone to CommScope, Inc., Attn: Secretary, 1100 CommScope Place SE, Hickory, North Carolina 28602, telephone: (828) 324-2200, or from the Company’s website,

The Company and its directors and officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders with respect to the proposed merger. Information about the Company’s directors and executive officers and their ownership of the Company’s common stock is set forth in the proxy statement for the Company’s 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 19, 2010. Stockholders may obtain additional information regarding the interests of the Company and its directors and executive officers in the proposed merger, which may be different than those of the Company’s stockholders generally, by reading the proxy statement and other relevant documents regarding the proposed merger, when filed with the SEC.

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"بنك أوف أمريكا" يقدم تقارير النتائج المالية للربع الثالث

شارلوت، نورث كارولاينا ، 28 أكتوبر 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

خسارة صافية قدرها 7.3 مليار دولار، أو 0.77 دولار للسهم المخفف الواحد، وتشمل كلفة الإضرار بالشهرة بقيمة 10.4 مليار دولار

باستثناء تهمة الإضرار بالشهرة، فقد بلغ صافي الدخل 3.1 مليار دولار، أو 0.27 دولار للسهم المخفف الواحد1
تراجع تكلفة الائتمان المالية للربع الخامس على التوالي

مواصلة تعزيز نسب رأس المال في المستوى 1

رسوم قوية لإدارة الأصول في مجال إدارة الثروات

ويظل بنك الاستثمار في المركز الثاني في رسوم الخدمات المصرفية الاستثمارية العالمية

(بزنيس واير) - قدمت شركة "بنك أوف أمريكا" اليوم تقريراً بخسارة صافية قدرها 7.3 مليار دولار، أو 0.77 دولار للسهم المخفف الواحد، في الربع الثالث من عام 2010، بما في ذلك كلفة الإضرار بالشهرة غير النقدية ولا تقتطع من القيمة الضريبية بقيمة 10.4 مليار دولار. باستثناء هذه الكلفة، فقد بلغ صافي الدخل 3.1 مليار دولار، أو 0.27 دولار للسهم المخفف الواحد، مقارنة مع خسارة صافية قدرها 1.0 مليار دولار، أو 0,26 دولار للسهم المخفف الواحد، في الربع الثالث من عام 2009.

حول كلفة الإضرار بالشهرة
وكما أعلن سابقاً، إن كلفة الإضرار بالنوايا الحسنة هي غير نقدية ولا تقتطع من القيمة الضريبية المطبقة على قسم خدمات البطاقات العالمية. ولا تؤثر هذه التكاليف على رأس المال التنظيمي أو نسب الأسهم الملموسة أو السيولة النقدية، وليس لها أي تأثير على قدرة الشركة على خدمة عملائها وزبائنها في جميع أنحاء العالم. تنتج التكاليف من القيود المفروضة على رسوم تبادل الدين وفقاً لتشريع الإصلاح المالي الذي صدر في يوليو 2010، والذي سيقلص العائدات المستقبلية في قطاع خدمات البطاقات العالمية.

1يمثل استثناء تكاليف الإضرار بالشهرة من تدابير مالية معينة، تدبيراً مخالفاً لمبادئ المحاسبة المقبولة عموماً. من أجل الإلتزام بمبادئ المحاسبة المقبولة عموماً، راجع الصفحة 21 من هذا البيان الصحفي.

الاستراتيجية الجديدة لخدمات المستهلكين في البنك
ونتيجة لذلك التشريع وغيره من التغيرات في بيئة الأعمال، تقوم الشركة بتغيير طريقة قيام المصرف بالتعامل مع المستهلكين، مع التركيز على علاقة استراتيجية تهدف إلى تحفيز العملاء على تحقيق المزيد من الأعمال التجارية، وتقديم الأسعار بسرعة وشفافية. يبعد هذا التغيير عن الاعتماد على رسوم العقوبات، والتي اعتمدتها هذه الصناعة عبر السنين، ويوفر للعميل تجربة أفضل في مجال الخدمات المصرفية. ومن المتوقع أن تؤدي هذه التغييرات إلى إحراز إيرادات إضافية.

وقد بدأ "بنك أوف أمريكا" بتقديم حلول جديدة للزبائن مصممة لتلبية هذه الأهداف. بدأت الشركة في أغسطس بتقديم الخدمات المصرفية الإلكترونية، التي تسمح للعملاء الذين يستخدمون في المقام الأول القنوات البديلة مثل الخدمات المصرفية عبر الإنترنت وأجهزة الصراف الآلي، بالحصول على أسعار أفضل. ويخطط البنك لبدء اختبار العروض الجديدة في ديسمبر التي من شأنها أن توفر للعملاء خيارات بشأن كيفية دفع تكاليف خدماتهم المصرفية، ومكافأتهم لاستخدام منتجات معينة أو جلب المزيد من الأرصدة. تدرس الشركة أيضاً منتجات جديدة أخرى في مجال المدفوعات التي من شأنها تلبية الإحتياجات المتطورة لمجموعات محددة من العملاء حيث قرر البدء بالاختبار في العام المقبل.

النتائج التشغيلية
مقارنة مع نتائج العام الماضي، استفادت نتائج الربع الثالث من العام 2010 من انخفاض تكاليف الائتمان وارتفاع صافي الدخل من الفائدة ويرجع ذلك جزئياً إلى اعتماد توجيهات التوحيد الجديدة الصادرة في1 يناير 2010 والزيادات في الإيرادات الأخرى والدخل المصرفي من الرهن العقاري ودخل خدمات البطاقات. وتعزى هذه التحسينات بشكل جزئي تكاليف أقل للخدمة وانخفاض الأرباح من حساب التداول وانخفاض في دخل التأمين.
قال الرئيس والمدير التنفيذي بريان موينيهان: "تظهر نتائجنا هذا الربع قوة البنك مع كل فئة من العملاء التي تشمل المستهلكين والشركات والمستثمرين من المؤسسات. وتقضي استراتيجيتنا بعدم ترك شيء للصدف في هدفنا المتمثل في بذل كل ما بوسعنا من أجل كل من عملائنا.
وأضاف قائلاً "نحن نتكيف مع البيئة التنظيمية ونوعية الائتمان مستمرة في التحسن، كما نهتم بإدارة المخاطر ونزيد من رأس المال. ونحن واقعيون بشأن التحديات على المدى القريب، ومتفائلون بشأن الفرص على المدى الطويل".

أبرز نتائج الأعمال في الربع الثالث
• واصل "بنك أوف أمريكا" الاستفادة من إمتيازاته على المستوى العالمي. خلال الربع الثالث من عام 2010، تم بيع ما يقرب من 200 ألف قرض ومنتجات الودائع قد تم بيعها لزبائن "بنك اوف أمريكا ميريل لينتش". وبالإضافة إلى ذلك، بلغ مجموع الإحالات بين إدارة الثروة العالمية والاستثمار والشركة العالمية للبنك التجاري والخدمات والأسواق المصرفية العالمية حوالي 3,500 في الربع الثالث، وحوالي 10,700 خلال السنة حتى الآن. تستمر أعمال الشركة في مجال التقاعد بكسب المزيد من الأعمال.

• وذكرت إدارة الثروات والاستثمار العالمية نمواً قوياً في أصول العملاء بسبب ارتفاع أسعار السوق وزيادة التدفقات إلى المنتجات ذات العوائد المرتفعة. وتشمل هذه الزيادة 14 مليار دولار في الودائع وزيادة بنسبة 6 مليار دولار في أصول طويلة الأجل في إطار الإدارة. وزادت إدارة الثروات والاستثمار العالمية عدد من موظفيها الذين يتعاملون مباشرة مع الزبائن للربع الخامس على التوالي.

• حل "بنك أوف أمريكا ميريل لينتش" في المرتبة الثانية في إيرادات الخدمات المصرفية الاستثمارية العالمية مع نسبة 7 في المئة من حصة السوق، وفقا لجداول "ديالوجيك" الدورية للربع الثالث من عام 2010. وتحتل الشركة المرتبة الأولى على المستوى العالمي والولايات المتحدة في كل فئات قروض الاستدانة والقروض المشتركة والرهن العقاري والأوراق المالية المدعومة بالأصول وديون الشركات ذات العائدات المرتفعة.

• شارك "بنك أوف أمريكا ميريل لينتش" في خمس من أكبر 10 عمليات اندماج واستحواذ في الربع الثالث. وتمتعت الشركة بدور قيادي في أكبر صفقة أسهم أمريكية هذا العام (ميتلايف) وكانت المنسق العالمي لأكبر صفقة أسهم في التاريخ (بتروبراس).

• واصل "بنك أوف أمريكا" دعمه للانتعاش الاقتصادي من خلال ما يقرب من 173 مليار دولار في ملحقات الائتمانات في الربع الثالث من 2010، وفقا لبيانات أولية. وشملت ملحقات الائتمانات 72 مليار دولار في الرهون العقارية الأولى و80 مليار دولار في الأملاك التجارية غير العقارية و11 مليار دولار في العقارات التجارية و3 مليار دولار بطاقات المستهلك المحلي والأعمال الصغيرة و2 مليار دولار في منتجات أسهم البيوت و5 مليار دولار في شكل قروض استهلاكية أخرى. وتشمل ملحقات الائتمان التجاري عددا كبيرا من تجديدات الائتمان.

• ساعد مبلغ 72 مليار دولار في الرهون العقارية الأولى ما يقرب من 322 ألف شخص إما في شراء المنازل أو إعادة تمويل الرهون العقارية الحالية. وشمل ذلك ما يقرب من 17 ألف مشتري للمنازل بالرهون العقارية المؤهلة للائتمان وأكثر من 103 ألف رهن عقاري للمقترضين ذوي الدخل المنخفض والمتوسط. وكان نحو 36 في المئة من قروض الرهن العقاري الممولة الأولى موجهاً لشراء المنازل و64 في المئة منها كان موجهاً لإعادة التمويل.

• ومنذ بداية 2008، أكمل "بنك أوف أمريكا" وما كان يعرف سابقاً بـِ "كانتري وايد" ما يقرب من 700 ألف تعديل للقروض مع العملاء. وخلال الربع الثالث، تم الانتهاء من حوالي 50 ألف من تعديلات القروض، بما في ذلك 13 ألف مستهلك الذين تم تحويلهم من التعديلات التجريبية وفقا لبرنامج حكومة الولايات المتحدة لتسهيل شراء البيوت "مايكنج هوم أفّوردبل".

• إدراكا بأن الشركات الصغيرة تمثل محركاً هاماً للنشاط الاقتصادي، أعلن "بنك أوف أمريكا" مؤخرا عن خطط لتوظيف أكثر من ألف مصرفي في الأعمال الصغيرة في أوائل العام 2012 لتوفير حلول الودائع الشخصية والائتمان وإدارة النقد لأصحاب الأعمال الصغيرة.

• استمرت عملية إرضاء العميل والمستهلك بالتقدم في "بنك أوف أمريكا" في الربع الثالث من عام 2010 نتيجة لاستمرار التركيز على خدمة العملاء، بما في ذلك عدة برامج جديدة تهدف إلى تعزيز القدرة على الاستجابة لأسئلة العملاء واهتماماتهم.

• ارتفع متوسط أرصدة ودائع التجزئة 2 في المئة عن الفترة نفسها من العام الماضي ليبلغ 633 مليار دولار، باستثناء الاقتطاع المرتبط بإتمام عملية بيع "فرست ريبابليك بنك" خلال هذا الربع. قاد هذا النمو القوي "بنك أوف أمريكا ميريل لينتش" لإدارة الثروات العالمية.

يمكنك الضغط هنا للنشرة الصحافية الكاملة بما في ذلك الجداول

لاستفسارات الإعلام، الرجاء الاتصال بـِ:

يمكن للمستثمرين التواصل مع:
كيفن سيت،
"بنك أوف أمريكا"،

لي ماكنتاير،
"بنك أوف أمريكا"،

يمكن للإعلاميين التواصل مع:
جيري دبروسكي، "بنك أوف أمريكا"،

البداد العالمية تشارك في فعاليات افتتاح الدورة التاسعة والعشرين لمعرض الشارقة الدولي للكتاب

الشارقة,الامارات العربية المتحدة، 28 أكتوبر 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

أعلنت "البداد العالمية"، الشركة الرائدة في مجال ابتكار تكنولوجيا القاعات المتنقلة والمباني الجاهزة ومقرها الرئيسي في الامارات العربية المتحدة، عن مشاركتها للسنة الثانية في فعاليات افتتاح الدورة التاسعة والعشرين لمعرض الشارقة الدولي للكتاب من خلال تشييد وتجهيز مجموعة من القاعات المميزة التي تتناسب مع الاهمية الثقافية لهذا الحدث ولمكانة امارة الشارقة كاحدى عواصم الثقافة العربية. تعتبر القاعة الذكية الفاخرة هي الرئيسية وتتميز بمساحتها الواسعة وارتفعاتها العالية وجوانبها المصنوعة من الألمنيوم و ال PVC المقاوم للحرارة والرياح والأمطار والعازل للصوت. وتم تجهيز القاعة من الداخل بالديكورات الفخمة التي تتلائم واهمية هذا الحدث.

وحضر افتتاح المعرض سمو الشيخ سلطان بن محمد بن سلطان القاسمي ولي عهد ونائب حاكم الشارقة, وسمو الشيخ عبدالله بن سالم القاسمي نائب حاكم الشارقة, وعدد من الشيوخ بحضور حشد من الوزراء ومديري الدوائر الحكومية واعيان البلاد والمهتمين بالشأن الثقافي.

يشارك في المعرض 789 دار نشر منها 117 محلية و387 عربية و285 أجنبية تعرض اكثر من 200 ألف عنوان من 53 دولة باللغة العربية ولغات اخرى وتمتد فعالياته من السادس والعشرون من اكتوبر وحتى العاشر من شهر نوفمبر القادم على ارض المعارض بمركز اكسبو الشارقة ويعتبر هذا المعرض كاحدى ركائز مشروع الشارقة الثقافي الذي يعنى بجوهر عملية التنمية الثقافية في المجتمع وسعيه الى التواصل الثقافي مع الاخرين في مشارق الارض ومغاربها ويؤسس لقاعدة ثابتة تسهم في تشكيل شبابنا وتكوين عقولهم ووعيهم بالعالم.

وفي هذا النطاق صرح السيد زايد البداد رئيس مجلس الإدارة والرئيس التنفيذي للبداد العالمية: "يشرف شركتنا ان تكون جزئا في جميع الفعاليات الثقافية والرياضية والإجتماعية والدينية في امارة تعتبر منبر للثقافة والنهضة والتعليم ."

لاستفسارات الإعلام، الرجاء الاتصال بـِ:

ديانا موالا
مسؤول علاقات عامة وتسويق

"كوم سكوب" تدخل في اتفاقية دمج مع مجموعة "كارلايل"

هيكوري، نورث كارولاينا،، 28 أكتوبر 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(بزنيس واير)- دخلت شركة "كوم سكوب" (رمزها في بورصة نيويورك: CTV)، وهي شركة رائدة عالمياً في حلول البنية التحتية لشبكات الاتصالات، في اتفاق نهائي للاندماج مع مجموعة "كارلايل"، وهي شركة عالمية لإدارة الأصول البديلة، في صفقة قيمتها 3.9 مليار دولار من شأنها أن تحول "كوم سكوب" إلى شركة خاصة. ومن المتوقع أن تتم الصفقة في الربع الأول من عام 2011.

بموجب شروط اتفاق الاندماج، ستستحوذ "كارلايل" على كل الأسهم المتبقية من "كوم سكوب" العادية مقابل 31.50 دولار نقداً للسهم الواحد. ما يمثل زيادة تقدر بحوالي 36 ٪ أعلى من سعر إغلاق سهم "كوم سكوب" في يوم الجمعة 22 أكتوبر 2010، وهو يوم التداول الأخير قبل البيان الصحفي الذي أصدرته الشركة يوم الاثنين 25 أكتوبر 2010 معلنة فيه عن الصفقة المحتملة بين الطرفين، ويعتبر هذا السعر 39 ٪ أكثر من متوسط سعر الإغلاق لسعر السهم العادي في "كوم سكوب" لمدة 30 يوما انتهت في 22 أكتوبر 2010.

وقال فرانك دريندل، رئيس مجلس الإدارة والرئيس التنفيذي في "كوم سكوب": "نحن فخورون بالدخول في هذا الاتفاق مع ’كارلايل‘ ونعتقد أن هذه الصفقة ستصب في مصلحة المساهمين لدينا و’كوم سكوب‘. بعد إجراء تحليل دقيق وشامل، جنباً إلى جنب مع مستشارينا المستقلين، وافق مجلس إدارتنا بالإجماع على هذه الصفقة مع مجموعة ’كارلايل‘، التي تتمتع بسمعة كبيرة وشبكة عالمية وسجل حافل من النجاح في الحصول على وتوجيه شركات مثل ’كوم سكوب‘. كذلك، ويسرنا أن تعترف هذه الصفقة بشكل مناسب بقيمة العلاقات مع العملاء والتكنولوجيا والحلول والإدارة المالية والموقع في السوق العالمية ل’كوم سكوب‘، في الوقت الذي توفر للمساهمين لدينا زيادة نقدية كبيرة لاستثماراتهم.

"يعود نجاح ’كوم سكوب‘ للقوى العاملة الموهوبة لدينا وأشكرهم على جهودهم المستمرة لجعل الشركة في هذه المكانة. تشاركنا ’كارلايل‘ ثقتنا في مستقبل ’كوم سكوب‘ ما سيدعم العملين لدينا وحملة الأسهم في تحقيق أهدافنا على المدى الطويل".

وقال إدي إدواردز، رئيس "كوم سكوب" والمدير التنفيذي للعمليات: "تمثل هذه الصفقة مع ’كارلايل‘ نتيجة كبيرة لموظفي وعملاء وشركاء ’كوم سكوب‘. نعتقد أن ’كوم سكوب‘، كشركة خاصة، سيكون لديه مرونة أكبر في التركيز على الاتجاه الاستراتيجي على المدى الطويل كشركة رائدة عالمياً في مجال حلول البنية التحتية لشبكات الاتصالات. تفهم ’كارلايل‘ صناعتنا وأعمالنا بشكل جيد، وسيكون الدمج مكسباً كبيراً يعزز موقعنا كرواد ويساعدنا على الاستمرار في تنفيذ خطتنا الإستراتيجية لتوفير قيمة أكبر لعملائنا في جميع أنحاء العالم".

وقال باد واتس، المدير العام ورئيس مجموعة التكنولوجيا في "كارلايل": "لقد عرفنا فرانك وإدي وكبار الموظفين الآخرين في ’كوم سكوب‘ لسنوات عديدة. نكن لهم ولموظفيهم الموهوبين كل احترام الكثيرين ونقدر الأعمال التي بنوها معاً. تتبع ’كوم سكوب‘ إستراتيجية واضحة تعتمد على ثقافة التميز في العمليات والالتزام القوي تجاه زبائنها وموظفيها وشركائها حول العالم. ونحن نتطلع إلى العمل مع فريق 'وان كوم سكوب' في سعيه نحو تحقيق المرحلة التالية من نمو الشركة ".

وقال كام داير، مدير في "كارليل": "مع قيادة قوية وتوفير أسباب النمو، تبدو آفاق ’كوم سكوب‘ ممتازة على المدى الطويل. ستدعم ’كارليل‘ استثمار ’كوم سكوب‘ المستمر في الجيل المقبل من الحلول والمنتجات الأكثر تكاملاً والخدمات التي تقدمها والمستويات المتفوقة في خدمة العملاء".
ومن المتوقع أنه عند الانتهاء من هذه الصفقة، سيستمر السيد دريندل والسيد إدواردز في قيادة الشركة ، جنباً إلى جنب مع غيرهما من أعضاء فريق الإدارة التنفيذية في "كوم سكوب".

وقد وافق مجلس إدارة "كوم سكوب" بالإجماع على الاتفاق مع "كارلايل" وتم توصية المساهمين بالموافقة على الدمج المقترح، واتفاقية الاندماج. تتوقع الشركة عقد اجتماع خاص بالمساهمين للنظر والتصويت على الدمج المقترح واتفاقية الاندماج في أقرب وقت ممكن بعد إرسال بيان التوكيل للمساهمين.

وتحتاج الصفقة لموافقة المساهمين في "كوم سكوب" والموافقات التنظيمية وشروط الإغلاق الأخرى المتعارف عليها. وتتمتع هذه الصفقة بالتزام بالتمويل الكامل ولا تخضع لأي شرط فيما يتعلق بالتمويل. وسيتم تمويل الأسهم من قبل "كارليل بارتنرز V"، بقيمة 13.7 مليار دولار من صندوق الاستحواذ في الولايات المتحدة، و"كارلايل يوروب بارتنرز الثالث"، بقيمة 5.4 مليار يورو من صندوق الاستحواذ الأوروبي، كما سيتم تمويل الدين من قبل "جي بي مورجان".

بموجب اتفاق الاندماج ، قد تجتذب "كوم سكوب" عروض متفوقة من أطراف ثالثة لمدة 40 يوماً تقويمياً التي تستمر حتى 5 ديسمبر 2010. وبحسب الاتفاقية، يعتزم مجلس إدارة الشركة، بمساعدة مستشاريها، جذب العروض المتفوقة خلال هذه الفترة. وبالإضافة إلى ذلك، قد تستجيب الشركة، في أي وقت، وذلك رهناً لأحكام اتفاق الاندماج، لمقترحات غير مرغوب فيها. كما تنصح الشركة أنه يمكن ألا يوجد أي ضمان بأن عملية الالتماس ستؤدي إلى معاملة بديلة. وإذا ورد عرضاً أفضل قبل 5 ديسمبر 2010 ستكون "كوم سكوب" ملزمة بموجبه بدفع 43.3 مليون دولار كرسوم تفكك إلى مجموعة "كارلايل". لا تنوي "كوم سكوب" الكشف عن التطورات فيما يتعلق بهذه العملية حتى تحدد الوقت المناسب للقيام بذلك.

"ألن أند كومباني" المحدودة المسؤولية هي بمثابة المستشار المالي و"جيبسون دان أند كراتشر" المحدودة المسؤولية تقوم بدور المستشار القانوني ل"كوم سكوب" فيما يتعلق بهذه الصفقة. تقوم "جي بي مورجان" بدور المستشار المالي لمجموعة "كارلايل" وتعمل "ألستون أند بيرد" و"لاثام أند واتكنز" للمحاماة كالمستشارين القانونيين ل"كارليل".

حول "كوم سكوب" CommScope
توفر شركة "كوم سكوب"، (رمزها في بورصة نيويورك: CTV؛ ) البنية التحتية الأساسية للاتصالات. نحن نمكن العملاء من الاتصال والتواصل بسلاسة أين ومتى وكيف يختارون. تمكن حلولنا وخدماتنا للشبكات السلكية واللاسلكية بيانات لعرض النطاق الترددي الواسع والفيديو والتطبيقات الصوتية في كل مكان - في المنزل وفي العمل وغيرها. من خلال كل موجة تكنولوجيا، تساعد "كوم سكوب" العالم على التواصل والتطور. بدعم من ماركات عديدة محترمة مثل "أندرو" و"سيستماكس" و"يوني برايز"، تدعم "كوم سكوب" العملاء في أكثر من 100 بلدا في جميع أنحاء العالم من خلال التركيز على النزاهة والأخلاق والجودة والابتكار التقني.

حول مجموعة "كارلايل" Carlyle Group

مجموعة "كارلايل" تختص في إدارة الأصول البديلة وتدير أصول بقيمة 90.9 مليار دولار وذلك عبر 66 صندوقاً استثمارياً بحلول 30 يونيو 2010. تستثمر "كارلايل" في جميع فئات الأصول الثلاثة - الأسهم الخاصة والعقارات وبدائل الائتمان - في أفريقيا وآسيا وأستراليا وأوروبا وأمريكا الشمالية وأمريكا الجنوبية مع التركيز على خدمات الطيران والدفاع والسيارات والنقل والعملاء والتجزئة والطاقة والكهرباء والخدمات المالية والرعاية الصحية والخدمات الصناعية وخدمات البنية التحتية والتكنولوجيا والخدمات التجارية والاتصالات السلكية واللاسلكية ووسائل الإعلام. منذ عام 1987، استثمرت الشركة 61.2 مليار دولار من الأسهم عبر 983 صفقة تداول. ويعمل في مجموعة كارلايل أكثر من 880 شخصاً في 19 بلداً. وتملك الشركات المدرجة في محفظة "كارلايل" أكثر من 84 مليار دولار كعائدات ويعمل فيها أكثر من 398 ألف موظفاً حول العالم. تتوفر المزيد من المعلومات على المواقع التالية: و و

البيانات التطلعية
يتضمن هذا البيان الصحفي بيانات تطلعية تستند إلى المعلومات المتاحة حالياً للإدارة، وتستند هذه التطلعات على عدد من الافتراضات المتعلقة بالأحداث المستقبلية. لا تشكل البيانات التطلعية ضماناً للأداء وتخضع لعدد من الشكوك وغيرها من العوامل التي يمكن أن تسبب اختلاف النتائج الفعلية عن تلك المتوقعة حالياً. للحصول على وصف أكثر تفصيلاً للعوامل التي يمكن أن تسبب مثل هذا الفارق، الرجاء راجع إيداعات "كوم سكوب" لدى لجنة الأوراق المالية والبورصات. في توفير البيانات الاستشرافية لا تنوي الشركة ولا تلتزم بأي واجب لتحديث هذه البيانات نتيجة لمعلومات جديدة أو أحداث مستقبلية أو غير ذلك.

معلومات إضافية وأين يمكن العثور عليه
فيما يتعلق بالدمج المقترح، ستعد شركة "كوم سكوب" ("الشركة") بيان توكيل ليتم إيداعه لدى لجنة الأوراق المالية والبورصات. عند الانتهاء من ذلك، سيتم إرسال بيان توكيل نهائي وسيتم إرسال نموذج توكيل إلى المساهمين في "الشركة". وينصح حاملي سندات الشركة بقراءة بيان التوكيل بخصوص الدمج المقترح لأنها ستحتوي على معلومات هامة. سيتمكن المساهمين في الشركة من الحصول على نسخة مجانية من بيان التوكيل (عندما تكون متاحة) والوثائق الأخرى ذات الصلة المودعة لدى لجنة الأوراق المالية والبورصات على موقعها على الإنترنت سيتمكن المساهمين في الشركة من الحصول على نسخة مجانية من بيان التوكيل (عندما تكون متاحة) والوثائق الأخرى ذات الصلة من خلال توجيه طلب عن طريق البريد أو الهاتف إلى شركة "كوم سكوب"

عناية السكرتارية، 1100 كوم سكوب (سي إي) هيكوري، نورث كارولينا 28602. هاتف رقم:

: (828) 324-2200 أو من موقع الشركة على الإنترنت: .

يمكن اعتبار الشركة ومديريها والمسئولين فيها في التماس الوكلاء من حملة أسهم الشركة فيما يتعلق بالدمج المقترح. تتوفر معلومات عن مديري الشركة والمسئولين التنفيذيين وملكيتهم لأسهم الشركة العادية وترد في بيان توكيل للاجتماع السنوي للمساهمين في الشركة لعام 2010، الذي أودع لدى لجنة الأوراق المالية والبورصات يوم 19 مارس 2010. قد يحصل أصحاب الأسهم على معلومات إضافية بشأن مصالح الشركة ومديريها وأعضاء المكتب التنفيذي في الدمج المقترح، والتي قد تكون مختلفة عن بيانات المساهمين في الشركة عموما، من خلال قراءة بيان التوكيل والوثائق الأخرى ذات الصلة بشأن الدمج المقترح، عندما يتم إيداعها لدى لجنة الأوراق المالية والبورصات.

لاستفسارات الإعلام، الرجاء الاتصال بـِ:
"كوم سكوب"
إتصالات المستثمرين:
فيليب ارمسترونج، 4848 323 828 1+
مارك هوجيريخ، +1 828-431-2540

الأخبار ووسائل الإعلام:
ريك أسبان
6568 236 708 1+

ماثيو شيرمان أو جيمس جولدن
جويل فرانك وبريمر ويلكنسون كاتشر
4449 355 212 1+

لمجموعة كارلايل
الأخبار ووسائل الإعلام:
كريس أولمان
5399 729 202 1+

تعرّفوا على موقع "ماي سبايس" الجديد

بيفيرلي هيلز، كاليفورنيا ، 28 أكتوبر 2010 [ME NewsWire]:

(بزنيس واير) – أعلنت شركة "ماي سبايس" Myspace عن علامة جديدة وكذلك موقع إلكتروني ومجموعة منتجات جديدة التي تؤكد على مكانة الشركة كوجهة للتسلية الاجتماعية لجيل الألفية. وتقدم "ماي سبايس" تجربة خاصة جداً وغنية للناس ليكتشفوا المحتوى ويتواصلوا مع غيرهم من المعجبين الذين يشاركونهم نفس الاهتمامات. وتشمل تجربة التسلية الموسيقى والمشاهير والأفلام والتلفاز والألعاب وستتوفر عبر منصات عدة منها على الإنترنت وعلى الهواتف الجوالة بالإضافة إلى أحداث خارج إطار الإنترنت.

وفي هذا الصدد، قال مايك جونز، المدير التنفيذي لشركة "ماي سبايس": "تمثل هذه الانطلاقة نقطة تحول مشوقة لـ "ماي سبايس". فتتوسع استراتيجيتنا الجديدة بناء على نقاط قوة "ماي سبايس" السائدة وهي الفهم العميق للتواصل الاجتاعي وغنى محتوى التسلية والقدرة على إظهار الاتجاهات الثقافية الناشئة فوراً عبر المستخدمين. فتتميز الشركة بأنها تعمل بحسب شغف المستخدمين الذين يبرمجون الموقع من خلال التعبير عن اهتماماتهم وتبادل الآراء والمعرفة حول مواضيع محدّدة واكتشاف ثقافات ثانوية ناشئة. هذه ليست سوى الخطوة الأولى وتوقّعوا المزيد من المزايا والبرامج والتحسينات".

وتحديداً، يقدّم موقع "ماي سبايس" للناس ما يلي:

* الاكتشاف والانخراط في مجموعة "ماي سبايس" الواسعة من البرامج وتشمل برامج أصلية وحصرية ومحتوى على شبكة الانترنت.
* التعبير وجمع وعرض ابتكاراتهم واهتماماتهم على صفحاتهم الشخصية ومن خلال أدوات التبادل.
* الاتصال بأشخاص يشاركونهم ذات الاهتمامات.

وستركّز شركة "ماي سبايس" على ترويج "الأمناء" – وهم مجموعة من الناس من أصحاب النفوذ الفريد بفضل سمعتهم ومعرفتهم ببعض مواضيع التسلية واتجاهات الثقافة الناشئة– وذلك عبر دعمهم بالموارد والأدوات ومنصة لتوسيع نفوذهم في مجتمع "ماي سبايس".

موقع تجريبي بتصميم جديد

أعادت شركة "ماي سبايس" بناء موقعها الإلكتروني بشكل جذري مع هوية بصرية جديدة ومزايا منتجات تسلّط الضوء على المحتوى. وقد أعيد تصميم كل ناحية، من الألوان إلى طريقة ترتيب الموقع والتصفح بشكل أفضل، لمساعدة الناس على إيجاد المحتوى المناسب بسهولة.

تعرض صفحة الترحيب من "ماي سبايس"، بتصميمها الجديد، محتوى جديد وهي تظهر على موقع التجربة بشكل فوري. وفوق ذلك، عندما يدخل المستخدم إلى موقع "ماي سبايس"، ستعرض الصفحة فوراً المحتوى الذي يناسب اهتمامات الفرد فتوفر تجربة اكتشاف فريدة بحسب المواضيع.

وأصبح بإمكان المستخدمين المسجّلين أن يتنقلوا بين ثلاثة عروض مختلفة للصفحة الرئيسية، وصُمّم كل منها بشكل خاص لعرض المحتوى بالطريقة الأفضل. وهي:

* عرض اللائحة: العرض التقليدي
* عرض الشبكة: شكل يشبه المجلة
* عرض التشغيل: صيغة فيديو تسمح للمستخدم بمشاهدة تحديثاتهم ونشرها وإعادة تحديد حجمها لتملأ الشاشة

ولإكمال هذه التجربة على الإنترنت، ستطلق "ماي سبايس" قريباً نسخة للهواتف الجوالة من الموقع التجريبي، يمكن الدخول إليها عبر أي متصفّح إنترنت. وسيتبعها لاحقاً خلال هذا العام تطبيق "ماي سبايس" جديد خاص بهواتف "آي فون" iPhone و"آندرويد" Android.

منتجات جديدة

أطلقت شركة "ماي سبايس" مجموعة من المزايا الأولية التي تسمح للناس أن يستكشفوا ويجمعوا ويعرضوا محتوى التسلية وتقدّم أيضاً مصممة بشكل خاص، وتشمل هذه المزايا:

* المواضيع – يشمل موقع "ماي سبايس" أكثر من 20 ألف صفحة ديناميكية تركز على التسلية ومقسمة بحسب المواضيع. وتقدم صفحات المواضيع موقع مركز لرؤية مجموع المحتوى حول مواضيع معينة من مجموعة متنوعة من مواقع الأخبار والمدونات ومنها "أم تي في" و"لوس أنجيليس تايمز" و"آكسيس هوليوود" Access Hollywood و"نيويورك تايمز" و"فيليدج فويس" Village Voice و"جاست جيرد" Just Jared.
* مراكز المحتوى – هذه الوجهات الشاملة للتسلية هي مخصّصة للأفلام والتلفاز المشاهير. وتجمع الصفحات افتتاحيات مبرمجة مع مقالات تشمل أخبار وصور وفيديو من العديد من الشركاء. وعلاوة على ذلك، تنفرد كل مقالة في المراكز بمحتويات ومواضيع تتعلق بالموضوع. وسيتم الكشف عن مراكز تُعنى بالألعاب والكوميديا والرياضة والموضة في الأشهر المقبلة.
* بث بتصميم خاص – يدرك البث الجديد تلقائيا ما يجب عرضه استناداً على خيارات المستخدم وعاداته فيرون أخبار أكثر حول مواضيع التي يفضّلونها ولن يتم عرض المواضيع التي لا يزورونها ولا يفضلونها.
* توصيات – تنصح هذه الميزة بمواضيع مناسبة ومستخدمين آخرين وفقًا لحاسبات تتعلم نوع المحتوى الذي يشاهده المستخدم أو يستمع إليه أو يشاهده ومن من وأين اكتشفه.
* "رايت ناو ماي سبايس" (الآن على ماي سبايس) – تظهر هذه الميزة محتوى حسب التوجه فوراً على "ماي سبايس" وتساعد المستخدمين على العثور على الموسيقى والفيديو المضافة حديثّا وتساعدهم على الاستماع إليها ومشاهدتها مباشرة من جدول التفاعل. ويستخدم موقع "ماي سبايس" هذه الاتجاهات لإعطاء توصيات تشجع على الاكتشاف والانخراط.
* لوح الاكتشاف – يجمع هذا اللوح الذي يسهل الوصول إليه بشكل دائم الأفلام المصورة التي يشاهدها الأصدقاء مع أكثر الأفلام مشاهدة على "ماي سبايس". اذهبوا إلى أعلى أي صفحة فينزل لوح الاكتشاف مثل شريط فيلم أفقي.
* لوح "ماي ستاف/أغراضي" – إنّ لوح "ماي ستاف" هو طريقة سهلة للاطلاع على جميع المعلومات الشخصية المتعلقة بالمستخدمين – لمحة عنهم وصور وأفلام فيديو ومحتوى محمّل إلى الإنترنت، ويأخذ هذا اللوح شكل قائمة تتفرع عبر نواحي محتوى مختلفة.
* شارات - تكرّم هذه الميزة الأمناء والمستخدمين وتكافئهم على نشاطهم الاجتماعي حول مواضيع التسلية على الموقع التجريبي وتعزز موقعهم مع شارات مميزة – وهي عبارة عن صور تظهر على صفحة المستخدم.

هوية جديدة للعلامة

قدّمت "ماي سبايس" أيضاً شعارها الجديد الذي يجسد هوية وقيم علامتها المجدَّدة. ويمثّل القوس في الشعار مساحة يستطيع الناس من خلالها أن يعبروا عن أنفسهم وهكذا يستطيع المستخدمين تعديل الشعار لإضفاء لمستهم الخاصة – كما يمكنهم إضفاء تلك اللمسة على موقع "ماي سبايس".

يشار إلى أنّ موقع "ماي سبايس" بتصميمه الجديد سيبدأ نشره اليوم بنسخة تجريبية وسيصبح في متناول جميع المستخدمين حول العالم مع حلول نهاية شهر نوفمبر. ويستطيع المستخدمون الجدد أن يدخلوا بشكل فوري إلى الموقع التجريبي. للاطلاع على البيان الصحفي الكامل والحقائق وصور الشاشة والفيديو يرجى زيارة الموقع التالي:

نبذة عن "ماي سبايس" MySpace

تُعد شركة "ماي سبايس" وجهة تسلية اجتماعية رائدة تشغّلها اهتمامات المستخدمين. تستهدف الشركة جيل الألفية وهي تدفع التفاعل الاجتماعي عبر تقديم تجربة شخصية تدور حول التسلية واتصال الناس مع الموسيقى والمشاهير والمسلسلات والأفلام والألعاب التي يحبّونها. ويمكن اختبار تجارب التسلية هذه عبر عدة منصات على الانترنت وعبر الهواتف الجوالة بالإضافة إلى الأحداث خارج إطار الشبكة. تضم الشركة أيضاً "ماي سبايس ميوزيك" Myspace Music التي تقدم مجموعة محدثة بشكل دائم من الفيديو والأغاني التي يمكن مشاهدتها والاستماع إليها مجّاناً، كما توفّر للفنانين المستقلين وغير المتعاملين مع شركات فنية أدوات للوصول إلى جماهير جديدة. وتتخذ الشركة من "بيفيرلي هيلز" في كاليفورنيا مقراً لها وهي جزء من شركة "نيوز كوربورايشن" المدرجة في بورصة ناسداك تحت الرمز: NWS و NWSA وفي البورصة الأسترالية تحت الرمز: NWS و NWSLV)

يمكنكم الإطلاع على الصور ومعرض الوسائط المتعددة على:

إن نص اللغة الأصلية لهذا البيان هو النسخة الرسمية المعتمدة. أما الترجمة فقد قدمت للمساعدة فقط، ويجب الرجوع لنص اللغة الأصلية الذي يمثل النسخة الوحيدة ذات التأثير القانوني.
لاستفسارات الإعلام، الرجاء الاتصال بـِ:

"ماي سبايس"
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هاتف: 9130-293-415

بريد إلكتروني:

"ويبر شاندويك" Weber Shandwick بالنيابة عن "ماي سبايس"

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هاتف: 5531-576-206

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