Asia Pacific Real Estate Investment Boom revealed by AAA

The real estate market in the Asia Pacific region is expected to continue to see a strong performance for the remainder of the year, Jones Lang LaSalle and Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA) have claimed.

Boston, MA, USA - August 23, 2011 -- The real estate market in the Asia Pacific region is expected to continue to see a strong performance for the remainder of the year, Jones Lang LaSalle and Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA) have claimed.

Internal research by AAA, an alternative investment advocacy group, supports the Jones Lang LaSalle findings which show that investment volumes have increased by 11.1 per cent in August 2011, compared with August last year. Targets for the year as a whole are for some $100 billion of deals to be completed in the Asia-Pacific region, the report explained.

Jones Lang LaSalle’s head of capital markets for the region, John Talbot, said, “Investors who are interested in diversification of their portfolios are likely to be attracted to real estate in the region, based on cash flow from rent with the potential to keep pace with inflation. We have seen a series of institutional investors increase their allocations to real estate, sustaining market volumes.”

AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson, said, “It’s the same story we are hearing from those involved in several different alternative asset classes at the moment.

Investors are eager to put their money into safer funds and investment opportunities to make sure their cash is not tied too closely to the equity markets.”

There were a large number of deals in Australia, where buyers from markets including Canada, the US and Switzerland looked to buy up property because of its strong links to Asia. Domestically, China was the largest dealmaker in the real estate market, with over $5 billion of deals so far.

AAA claims that investment in alternative asset classes that make the most of the growing Asian economies are a strong option for those looking to diversify. Mr Johnson said, “There are several investment opportunities that are well placed to make the most of China’s and India’s booming economies.

Real estate is one, but forestry is another. Investment through firms like Greenwood Management, which runs plantations in Brazil, help to provide Asia with the raw materials they need for growth, while helping protect the world’s resources for generations to come.”

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Ten International Authors Deliver Diverse Anthology

Authors from the US, UK, Canada and Australia pool their talents to create’s Anthology 2.

Sarasota, Florida, August 23, 2011 -- Under the direction of Quiet Fury Book’s Darcia Helle, ten authors from the US, UK, Canada and Australia have delivered short stories to create Best Seller Bound’s Anthology 2.

The ten featured authors are: What Was Lost by James Sophi, The Art of Breathing by Jaime McDougall, Soul Windows by Jaleta Clegg, I Didn't Know His Name by Darcia Helle, Red Route by James Everington, Make A Wish by Susan Helene Gottfried, The Last Chance Motel and Mausoleum by Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick, Isolation by Maria Savva, Beyond The Green Hills by Tom Gahan, From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return by Ami Blackwelder.

London based book critic and resident author at said, “The BSB ( Short Story Anthology - Volume 2, is a wonderful collection of short stories by members of Having had success on Amazon with Volume 1, Darcia (BsB’s creator) decided to make this an ongoing project. On BSB we are dedicated to finding ways to promote our members’ work. Independent writers often struggle to get their books noticed. The short story anthologies are our way of bringing some of the great talent we have on our board into the public eye. The collections are available free to download, and we hope readers will find new authors to enjoy by checking out their short stories. Most of the contributors also have novels and other short story collections available, so the anthologies are a way of introducing unknown authors to the reading public. I continue to be amazed by the quality of writing being produced by self-published and independent writers. At BSB, we don't want to keep it secret... there's a whole world of books that readers are missing out on by only buying the bestsellers. In Volume 2 alone, there are at least three stories that stood out to me as masterpieces.”

The 27,300 word BestSellerBound Short Story Anthology 2, edited by Darcia Helle, is available as a free download in various formats at, and currently as a 99 cent download at’s Kindle Store

Darcia Helle said, “I am honored to be part of a community of authors who are not only immensely talented but are also overwhelmingly generous and truly nice people. Our hope is that our words will entertain you, move you, make you smile, give you a shiver and maybe make you cry.”

Tom Gahan, author of Harmony Bay, a contributor to the anthology and marketing director at First Edition Design eBook Publishing (http://www.firsteditiondesignpublishing) stated, “eBooks have opened doors for writers that were never possible before. With a few mouse clicks a writer can put their work on the road to a worldwide audience. This anthology is providing another vehicle for these authors to ride in on the cyber-highway.”

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FPL Offers Education Funding for Back to School

Enrichment opportunities available for teachers and classrooms throughout FPL’s service territory for the 2011-12 school year.

JUNO BEACH, Fla. - August 23, 2011 -- As students and teachers return to their classrooms for the school year, Florida Power & Light Company offers new opportunities for classroom funding to support STEM subjects -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

For the 2011-2012 school year, FPL has expanded its annual FPL Renewable Energy Teacher Grants program, which offer teachers $500 or $1,000 awards for educational classroom projects relating to energy. All teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, in FPL’s service territory are eligible to apply for the grants.

In February, Mollie Mukhamedov of Floresta Elementary in Port St. Lucie was one of 43 teachers throughout FPL’s service territory to receive funding from FPL for a classroom project focused on renewable education.

We are very grateful to FPL for providing such a wonderful opportunity,” said Mukhamedov. “Our students designed blades for a wind turbine, constructed anemometers and conducted experiments to learn how energy changes forms. The projects were so successful that we were recognized for our achievements by the National Energy Education Development Project and traveled to Washington D.C. to accept an award.”

We want to empower teachers to create exciting educational opportunities in the classroom,” said Pam Rauch, FPL Vice President of External Affairs. “FPL strives to support dynamic, inspiring programs based on science and math which will help to prepare students for the high-paying jobs of the future.”

Teacher Grant Programs
All public, private and charter school teachers in FPL’s service territory are eligible to apply for grants to create classroom projects focused on any form of energy
Grants are awarded in increments of $500 or $1,000
Applications are available at
Deadline to apply is Oct. 15, 2011, and winners will be announced by Dec. 1, 2011
In the past two years, 90 classroom projects in FPL’s service territory have received a total of $83,500 in grants

To help support teachers, FPL has partnered with Adopt-A-Classroom to give an additional $50 gift to 500 classrooms in FPL’s 35-county service territory. To qualify for the additional donation, classrooms must receive at least $25 in donations through

Adopt-A-Classroom Matching Donation
FPL will offer 500 classrooms a $50 donation through Adopt-A-Classroom
Classrooms in FPL’s 35-county service territory that receive at least $25 in donations through are eligible for an additional donation of $50 from FPL

These funding programs complement FPL’s comprehensive education initiatives supporting STEM subjects throughout the 35-county service territory including renewable energy curriculum and in-school science presentations. FPL’s Teacher Workshops offer educators an opportunity for enrichment through a series of full-day seminars on renewable energy technology curriculum. Schools can also submit requests for free FCAT-based science assembly presentations by FPL’s popular education characters, Captain Conservation and Professor Whys.

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Clues to HIV Persistence on ART

Recent research has found that while antiretroviral therapy (ART) is effective at significantly reducing the number of plasma-to-T-cell transmissions of HIV, it’s not as effective against T-cell-to-T-cell. The remaining virus hides in infected T-cells, which allows it to easily be passed on to non-infected ones; this, in fact, is one of the reasons why HIV persists through ART.

Toulon, France, August 23, 2011 – HIV has a built-in backup plan when it comes to its survival. While scientific technology has progressed to the point where antiretroviral drugs can effectively kill HIV viruses in the body that are out in the open, HIV persists in places where the drugs can't get to them. These places are called HIV reservoirs, and these reservoirs ensure that small batches of virus remain in the body, ready to replicate when necessary. This is part of what makes HIV a chronic infection-the remaining virus finds ways to remain dormant in the body until activated. Research is now focusing on cracking the case of HIV persistence.

The goal of researchers now is to remove the “chronic” term from the chronic illness that is HIV and come up with a cure for the disease. A better understanding of HIV and how it infects people to begin with might be the key to discovering ways to enter the reservoirs within the body and eliminate the virus. As we already know, HIV infects cells in two ways: through blood plasma contact with T-cells, and from infected T-cells to non-infected T-cells. Antiretroviral drugs, while effective, don't remove the entire virus quantity, and all it takes is for one HIV virus to remain behind for the replication to continue.

Recent research has found that while antiretroviral therapy (ART) is effective at significantly reducing the number of plasma-to-T-cell transmissions of HIV, it’s not as effective against T-cell-to-T-cell. The remaining virus hides in infected T-cells, which allows it to easily be passed on to non-infected ones; this, in fact, is one of the reasons why HIV persists through ART. To use a football analogy, ART is able to intercept passes through the air (plasma) from one cell to another, but it can't stop direct handoffs. A strategy is needed to defend against each separately, because the same defense can't be used against both.

Even with antiretroviral drugs present, infected T-cells can still infect other T-cells in close quarters instead of through the bloodstream; this often happens in the lymph nodes. Therefore, in order to find an actual cure for HIV, researchers need to find a way to deal with HIV reservoirs filled with both latent HIV virus and active virus that is transmitted from cell-to-cell. The clues to HIV persistence are clear, but this is one of those situations where the answer seems obvious but the path toward deriving the answer is extremely difficult.

Alain Lafeuillade
1208 avenue Colonel Picot
Toulon 83100 France