1400 Associations have become a member of BusinessVibes!

The number of association partners in our global B2B networking site has reached 1400! So far we successfully manage the database of 55 industries, which will grow month by month.

London, UK - September 16, 2011 -- The number of association partners in our global B2B networking site has reached 1400! We are constantly trying to connect businesses and help organizations to expand activity in their industries. So far we successfully manage the database of 55 industries, which will grow month by month.

Taking last 6 months into consideration, the number of industries available on the website has increased by 175%. The number of associations from our 3 major markets (India, China and EU), being a member of website has increased by 149%. Here are some highlights proving the immense growth of BusinessVibes website.

Number of associations being a member of top 3 industries on BusinessVibes:

Textiles - 134 associations comparing to 55 six months ago
Plastics and packaging - 127 associations comparing to 55 six months ago
Chemicals - 94 associations comparing to 47 six months ago

Number of associations being a member of 3 major markets for BusinessVibes:

India - 176 associations vs. 117 six months ago
China - 239 associations vs. 65 six months ago
European Union - 275 associations vs. 95 six months ago

The more and more associations appreciate the benefits of being a member of BusinessVibes website. Not only is it a place when new contacts can be established, but also it is a great possibility to promote association itself, promote events, manage its members and collect membership fees. Don't wait any longer. Join http://www.businessvibes.com!

Media Contact:
Marta Munia
Marketing Executive - Europe
Infiniti Research Limited
8 Wimpole Street
London W1G 9SP
Tel: +44 20 7291 0883

Ghana's tree planting project supported by FRA

The Ghanaian Forestry Commission’s announcement that it will establish 10,000 hectares of forest plantations has attracted praise from Forestry Research Associates (FRA).

Seattle, United States, September 16, 2011 -- The Ghanaian Forestry Commission’s announcement that it will establish 10,000 hectares of forest plantations has attracted praise from Forestry Research Associates (FRA).

FRA supports sustainable forestry and the proliferation of managed forestry through investment in the industry, particularly in emerging economies that are densely forested. The Forestry Commission’s CEO, Samuel Afari Dartey, made the announcement of the plan to encourage landowners to release land to facilitate the plantation projects.

Speaking on Greening Ghana Day, Mr Dartey said that the initiative is intended to help increase the amount of vegetation in the country that has been lost in recent years. The Greening Ghana event was launched by the ministry of Lands and Natural resources. The theme of the event was, ‘Greening Ghana for present and future generations’.

FRA’s analysis partner, Peter Collins explained, “News that countries like Ghana are becoming increasingly aware of the gains to be made from increasing forested land is a step in the right direction.”

An increasing number of developing countries with vulnerable eco-systems are coming round to the idea that trees can be worth more, both financially and ecologically, if they remain standing, claimed FRA.

Some local groups, such as education institutions, district assemblies and religious bodies, are being encouraged to join in with the tree planting process.

FRA supports projects that try to attract foreign investment into establishing plantations in emerging economies, such as Brazil. Firms like Greenwood Management are helping to establish non-native tree plantations, which offer alternatives to using endangered native species for timber and charcoal. They enable people to buy their own section of forested land, in order to sell the sustainably produced timber at a profit later on.

These types of projects are vital to the future of the forestry industry in these developing countries, but also to the world as a whole, which benefits hugely from the expansion of forests, which absorb CO2,” added Mr Collins.

About Forestry Research Associates

Forestry Research Associates is a research and advisory consultancy that focuses on forestry management, sustainability issues and forestry investment around the globe.

Peter Collins
Forestry Research Associates
620 Vineyard Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Tel: (206) 316 8394

Movea Launches MoveTV™ Platform

First Ecosystem Solution to Enable a Complete Motion-Driven Entertainment Experience for PayTV Market.

Grenoble, France - September 16, 2011 -- Movea, the pioneer in motion-sensing and motion-control technologies, today launched MoveTV™, a new SmartMotion® solution for the PayTV market that provides entertainment ecosystem players a single platform on which to create a complete motion-enabled end user experience. MoveTV is a unique platform that advances and simplifies the integration of motion powered entertainment for TV consumers. For the first time, service providers, game and application developers, remote control and STB manufacturers, TV OEMs and system integrators, can all leverage a unifying platform and easily incorporate motion technology in their products using Movea’s SmartMotion technologies.

Motion powered entertainment in the living room is quickly growing beyond console-based gaming to encompass the television viewing experience as PayTV service providers adopt motion control to improve the User Experience and pave the way for valuable new interactive TV services,” said Sam Guilaumé, CEO of Movea. “MoveTV is the first platform that takes an ecosystem approach, offering an integrated suite of SmartMotion technology components tailored to the needs of service providers, application developers and the different PayTV ecosystem partners. MoveTV platform components work together seamlessly on the backend and are designed to be modular, giving ecosystem partners the flexibility to adopt different levels of motion-driven functionality and capabilities. Movea’s MoveTV is in the integration phase with major service providers and STB manufacturers, and is in the deployment phase with ODM’s and systems integrators, demonstrating the market enthusiasm for motion-enabled home entertainment products. We've already seen very good traction in the marketplace for MoveTV and we're looking forward to some exciting customer announcements in the near future.”

Key components of MoveTV platform include Air MotionIC® firmware, GestureBuilder, and SmartMotion Server. Air MotionIC firmware is an optimized embedded solution that brings motion intelligence to handheld devices like remote controls. GestureBuilder creates and manages databases of 2D and 3D gestures. SmartMotion Server forms the bridge between the remote control device and the applications running on the STB or DTV. White label Smartphone and Tablet apps are also part of the MoveTV platform and are offered to service providers as an alternative to traditional remote controls for delivering an enhanced user experience.

Paul O’Donovan, Principal Analyst for Consumer Electronics Research at Gartner, concluded, “Motion-enabled entertainment in the home has been largely limited to game consoles where the console OEM’s control the entire solution. By comparison, TV OEM’s, service providers and application developers only own pieces of the entertainment experience and, as a result, they have been individually challenged to create large enough value proposition around motion for the end user. A platform solution like MoveTV is what’s needed to enable the PayTV ecosystem to work together in a unifying environment to deliver more excitement, fun and value to the consumer.”

SmartMotion by Movea
Movea is a leading provider of motion processing software, firmware, and IP for the Consumer Electronics industry. Movea's unique motion processing capabilities enable customers and partners to quickly add motion intelligence to their products, meaning reduced risk, cost, and Time-to-Market for delivering compelling new motion-based features that create more end-user value. Movea has a global reach with headquarters in Grenoble, France, a U.S. subsidiary in Silicon Valley, California, as well as technology partners, manufacturing partners and distributors around the world. Further information about Movea can be found at http://www.movea.com.

Movea contact:
UK/EMEA: Nigel Robson, Vortex PR, Tel: +44 (0) 1481 233080, E-Mail: nigel@vortexpr.com
North America: Pam Njissang, Stearns Johnson, Tel: +1 415 3977600, E-Mail: movea@stearnsjohnson.com

SmartMotion, MotionIC and MoveTV are trademarks of Movea SA.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

New Ways for Purging the HIV Reservoir

A number of different methods are being looked at to deal with the HIV reservoirs, and the majority of the most recent clinical trials are studying the effectiveness of HDAC inhibitors.

Toulon, France, September 16, 2011 -- Normally, after antiretroviral therapy (ART) is stopped, the suppressed HIV dwelling inside HIV-positive people reemerge from their dormant state and come alive, quickly replicating new copies of itself and running amok within the body. HIV lies dormant in places in the body called HIV reservoirs, and the virus itself can last for a long time in there. The reservoirs have a half-life of 6 to 44 months according to different studies. These reservoirs are considered by many scientists to be the final hiding place for HIV in the body, and it's become the main goal to find ways to purge these reservoirs and fully eradicate HIV from each HIV-infected patient.

Even with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), it would take more than 70 years to completely decay the HIV reservoirs, making full eradication practically impossible. Therefore, eliminating the reservoirs has to be done without spreading the infection to unharmed cells. The most ideal situation is to somehow purge the HIV reservoirs without activating T-cells, which could leave them susceptible to infection. Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors have interesting effects, and current studies have hypothesized that HDAC inhibitors may target the dormant HIV reservoirs, possibly getting rid of the virus without the entire body's supply of T-cells activating.

But which HDAC inhibitor can we use in order to achieve this effect? There are three general types of HDAC: Class I, Class II, and Class-111. Studies have suggested that Class I HDAC inhibitors might be the best choice, but other avenues are currently being explored. Trials with valproic acid (VPA), an HDAC inhibitor that is often prescribed to epileptic patients, showed a significant reduction in HIV reservoir size in 3 out of four patients when VPA was added to the HAART regimen. Vorinostat, Givinostat, Belinostat, three prominent HDAC inhibitors, even produced better results in vitro.

A number of different methods are being looked at to deal with the HIV reservoirs, and the majority of the most recent clinical trials are studying the effectiveness of HDAC inhibitors. The goal is to significantly reduce or eliminate the HIV reservoir. Time will tell if researchers ultimately come up with the right combination of drugs and treatment to build a cure, and whether that cure winds up being a functional one or a sterilizing one, it's worth mentioning that important progress has already been made.

Media Contact:
Alain Lafeuillade
1208 Avenue Colonel Picot
83056 Toulon France