Friday, June 1, 2012
FRA a US-based forestry investment research and analysis consultancy, has welcomed news that the Church of England has increased its exposure to timberland investments over the past 18 months.
Bainbridge Island, WA, June 01, 2012 - Forestry Research Associates (FRA) a US-based forestry investment research and analysis consultancy, has welcomed news that the Church of England has increased its exposure to timberland investments over the past 18 months.
The Church of England is one of the UK’s largest non-profit organizations in terms of money invested and it has been restructuring its investment portfolio, worth £5.2 billion, over the past year-and-a-half. It has moved much of its allocation into uncrowded, unconventional assets such has timberland.
FRA claims that the example is the most powerful demonstration of a general move towards alternative investments in the charity sector in the UK and abroad and a general move away from stocks and bonds and into tangible, ethical asset classes.
“It seems to sit much better with charities to invest in something tangible and ideally something socially and environmentally responsible,” claimed FRA’s analysis partner, Peter Collins. He added, “The equity markets are a volatile place at the moment and when money is as precious as it is to the charities sector, a low risk approach is vital."
That's not to say that good returns can’t be made from alternative investments, added FRA.
FRA is a keen promoter of timberland investments as an option that is not closely aligned with general economic trends and indicators.
Firms like Greenwood Management, which operate plantations in Brazil, offer individuals and group investors, such as pension funds and charities, the chance to invest as little as EUR 10,000 in timberland that is managed sustainably.
These kinds of projects are popular at the moment as timber demand is rising off the back of the growth of emerging economies that need timber to help expand their infrastructures. As well as providing timber as a raw material for construction the plantations also provide the booming steel industry within Brazil itself with sustainable charcoal.
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Beauchamp Foot Care offers a toenail fungus laser treatment that kills toenail fungus safely and quickly. The new patented technology is one of the best in London for eliminating toenail fungus. Results show that the majority of patients who have received the toenail fungus laser treatment experience visible improvement within the first three months.
Knightsbridge, London, UK, May 31, 2012 (Straight Line PR) -- Beauchamp Foot Care is pleased to offer patients a simple toenail fungus laser treatment using state-of-the-art laser technology. The laser is fast, effective and patients are able to immediately return to their daily activities. The foot specialists at Beauchamp Foot Care are experienced and dedicated to continued professional development in order to insure patients receive the best care and service.
"We most often see frustrated patients who have tried topical treatments and oral medications to treat their toenail fungus and nothing worked," explained Fiona Patterson, Podiatrist at Beauchamp Foot Care ( http://www.beauchampfootcare.com/ ). "Being able to offer the toenail fungus laser treatment is also offering a new opportunity for our patients."
Beauchamp Foot Care uses the PinPointe Foot Laser for the toenail fungus laser treatment ( http://www.beauchampfootcare.com/treatment ). The treatment is fast, usually consisting of two 60 minute procedures given about four to six months apart. The toenail fungus laser treatment requires no oral or systematic drugs and has no unpleasant side effects. It's also suitable for all ages, and doesn't damage healthy nail or skin.
The laser works by killing the fungus in the nail by shining a laser light beam through the toenail, eliminating the pathogens that cause the infection. There is no analgesia required. This toenail fungus laser treatment is effective for toenails and fingernails and has been approved for use in Europe and the United States.
"For more than 10 years I've been battling with a horrible toenail fungus. I've tried prescriptive drugs, tea tree oil, paint on liquids, you name it, I've tried it," said Carol from Surrey, a patient at Beauchamp Foot Care. "I've had two laser treatments and am so excited to see healthy nail appearing and the hideous fungal infection finally growing out."
Beauchamp Foot Care offers a free consultation for the toenail fungus laser treatment. All procedures are done by registered podiatrists and there is no extra charge for preparatory work on nails. Beauchamp Foot Care offers free consultations, and is featuring a spring offer of 20 percent off, valid through the end of May. The clinic can be contacted by phone on 0800 907 0093 or by visiting http://www.beauchampfootcare.com/contact
About Beauchamp Foot Care
Beauchamp Foot Care is a clinic of four experienced, dedicated foot specialists with an emphasis on podiatry and chiropody that was founded in 1990. The clinic uses state-of-the-art equipment to treat clients for a variety of conditions related to fungal nail infections and general chiropody. Beauchamp Foot Care is located in central London close to Harrods. The clinic's podiatrists/chiropodists are members of The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and registered with the Health Professions Council. The podiatrists have over 20 years of qualified experience in all aspects of podiatric care. For more information visit: http://www.beauchampfootcare.com/
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Luxury Travel Ltd Selects Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa in the Lux’s Hot List in its Brochure for Travel Professionals 2012-2013
Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) Selects Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa in the Lux’s Hot List in its Brochure for Travel Professionals 2012-2013.
Hanoi, Vietnam, May 31, 2012 - Vietnam based Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) is a long established Asian specialist the art of travel, serves today’s most sophisticated travelers, in luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.
The Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) picks up the newest hotels and resorts in Vietnam and highly recommends Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa for the most discerning travelers to Vietnam.
The resort is easily accessible from major international destinations, and is located less than 20 minutes from Danang International Airport. Situated on an immaculate stretch of white-sand beach, the resort offers an idyllic oceanfront setting, with sweeping views of the East Sea.
Bordered by the iconic Marble Mountains, this exclusive beachfront resort and residential complex, comprises 200 hotel rooms, 182 residences (from one to three bedrooms) and 27 ocean view villas. The resort features contemporary design, using Vietnamese craftsmanship and decor, setting a new standard in Asian hospitality and style. Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa has a broad range of dining outlets serving Vietnamese and Western food, including the Beach House, Green House, Pool House, Terrace Bar and Baguette.
“Combined with family-friendly leisure facilities and a spa offering traditional and innovative therapies and grooming treatments, the resort has everything you need for the perfect vacation. Hyatt Regency Danang also features dedicated meeting and event spaces, which can be configured to host conferences, board meetings, themed events and weddings.” Hung Nguyen, Sales and Marketing Manager of Luxury Travel Ltd Vietnam.
For many travel advisors of Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravels.asia ), Danang is more appealing than Bali or Phu Ket and its beach has been voted as one of the world’s best by Forbes Magazine. Danang is currently the second most popular destination for domestic wealthy tourists and international vacationers. The destination can be accessed easily by road and new air links via Danang International Airport.
The resort’s pristine beaches and the trio of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (a short day trip away) have made Danang an attractive proposition. Da Nang has a growing range of tourist facilities, including challenging golf courses (including the Montgomerie Link Danang) and hotels from international designers and operators.
The new terminal at Danang International Airport with a capacity of four million passengers per year opened last December and is set to rival Hanoi’s and Ho Chi Minh City’s (HCMC) airports. Further, the past two years have seen the completion of many luxurious resorts along the coastline, with names such as Hyatt Regency, Nam Hai, Vinpearl, Accor, InterContinental, and Fusion Maia entering the market and offering more choices for leisure and M.I.C.E travelers.
“We promote our luxury travel products at ITE Hong Kong MICE, Top Resa Paris, ITB Asia, ATF Laos, ITB Berlin, Salon Mondial du Tourisme Paris, Luxury Travel Fair, WTM London, FITUR, AIME, ILTM. We do hope that our newest Luxury Travel’s brochure 2012 - 2013 and luxury travel guide book to help our travel professionals to generate sales. Interested travel colleagues can make an appointment with us and further discussion about this profitable market share in the emerging luxury travel destinations in Southeast Asia” said Pham Ha, Founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd.
Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) is a long established specialist in luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel is excellent in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences to fulfill the most sophisticated traveler’s expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd won numerous travel awards for excellent performance including the most recent award: Best Luxury Tour Operator.
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Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
GoingOn’s Expanded Network Provides Colleges & Universities With an Innovative Platform For Building a Modern, Connected Campus
San Francisco, CA, May 31, 2012 - GoingOn Networks, Inc. today announced the latest release of the GO Platform, a modern, socially powered campus communications and collaboration environment that allows faculty, students and administrators to more effectively connect, converse and engage across all aspects of their academic life experience. With this release, GoingOn has significantly enhanced its Virtual Commons, providing users with easier ways to search, share and manage their Facebook-like activity streams, and expanded its powerful Community-building environment with two new modules, GO Conversation and GO Channels. These new additions to the GoingOn academic social network enable users to dynamically create collaborative spaces to connect with fellow students, cohorts and faculty members within minutes, as they extend the academic experience beyond the course and the confines of a classroom.
CEO Jon Corshen will showcase the platform’s new functionality as he discusses current social technology trends in higher education and best practices implemented by several client-schools, including Arizona State University and the University of Pennsylvania, during a web presentation being hosted on June 12 and again on June 19.
“When it comes to sharing resources and collaborating, campus portals are dying a slow death and using email to deliver ‘institutionalized SPAM’ is not a viable alternative,” said Corshen. “To see where it is all going, you need only to look at the modalities used by Facebook, Twitter and others, such as push, share, like, follow, comment and recommend. GoingOn provides the fastest and easiest way to build an engaging environment that supports these modalities and, more importantly, lays the foundation for a more engaged and connected campus.”
The GoingOn academic social network was launched in 2009 as a social classroom platform at the University of Pennsylvania and has evolved to become a much broader, socially powered campus communication network. It is being deployed at more than 30 of today’s top academic institutions.
Features of the latest release include:
Conversations are easy-to-create web spaces that facilitate highly engaging and efficient information sharing and collaboration between as few as two users or as many people as desired. Conversations may be created around school programs, student organizations, study groups, research projects, informal courses or event discourse and debate. GO Conversation spaces combine the power of Facebook-like activity streams with rich content capabilities.
Enhanced Personal Commons
The Personal Commons uses intelligent Facebook-like activity streams to provide users with a private home page and hub for all communication relevant to his/her interests and group memberships. In this release, the Personal Commons has been enhanced with a new UI design, real-time status updates, sharing and advanced search and filtering.
Notifications provide a critical engagement functionality in which users are alerted to ongoing network activity pertaining to their group memberships, content and connections. Users may set their preferences for the frequency of notifications, as well as the types of updates that would trigger a notification.
Enhanced Task Management
Enhanced Task Management provides group owners with the ability to create and share tasks with any/all users in the group and to track completion of tasks.
Updates to Site Roles
New site-level roles are being introduced, including Advanced Content Creator, Channel Builder and Community Builder. The new roles will expand the options available to Site Owners for delegating specific permission sets to any user across the network.
Categorizing communities, conversations and channels (feeds) will make it easier for users to discover new groups by interest category, or even for filtering their existing membership groups. Site and Group Administrators will have the ability to create and manage the categories, while Group Managers will have access to choose from the available categories when building or managing their communities.
New Group Status Settings: Active and Inactive
Community Builders, Channel Builders and Group Managers may now control the Active/Inactive state of their groups. In doing so, access to the group and its content will be blocked to all visitors, including its general members. Only Administrators and Managers will continue to have access until the 'Active' status is reinstated.
Enhancements to Search
The site Search now has a filter for "Everywhere" and "Here" to provide the user with a way of targeting their search to the local group or the entire site network. If the user chooses to limit their search to their current group space (Community, Channel or Personal Commons), they simply choose the "Here" filter.
Bulk User Enrollment
Site and Group Administrators can now mass enroll all or any filtered lists of users into one or many groups using the Bulk User Enrollment workflow. This workflow adds to the other user enrollment options previously available to Administrators and Managers, including the Invitation workflow or the Sub-community member transfers.
Content Management & Administration Updates
Various content management and administration updates have been added to further improve administration efficiency and expand content management options for managers.
For more information about GoingOn Networks or to register for one of the web presentations on June 12 or June 19, visit www.GoingOn.com.
About GoingOn Networks, Inc.
GoingOn provides colleges and universities with an innovative, On-Demand communications and collaboration environment where students, faculty and administrators can more effectively connect, converse and engage across all aspect of their academic life experience. As the reliance on social and mobile technologies continues to accelerate, institutions are being challenged to create a more modern connected campus, where students and faculty can more easily communicate, share resources and connect with each other, from anywhere and at any time.
The GO Platform allows institutions to build a privately branded academic social network where users can more easily access school-wide information and resources and come together to converse, share ideas and expand their knowledge base. The GoingOn solution can be easily and quickly deployed without requiring development or technical resources and will grow organically across the campus. The platform combines an intuitive Personal Virtual Commons with Facebook-like activity streams, self-service tools for building collaborative spaces and integrated academic networking features. For more information or to learn more about GoingOn, visit www.GoingOn.com.
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