HONG KONG and WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Noble Group Limited (SGX: N21) (“Noble”) and EIG Global Energy Partners (“EIG”) today announced the formation and commitment to capitalize Harbour Energy, Ltd (“Harbour Energy”), a company that will own and operate upstream and midstream energy assets globally. Harbour Energy will seek to own high quality assets that provide exposure to key supply trends while capturing value up-lift associated with control of offtake, logistics and supply chain management. Noble will be preferred offtake and marketing partner of Harbour Energy, while EIG, together with the company’s internal management team, will serve as manager of the company and oversee the acquisition of assets. Harbour Energy’s capitalization will be funded solely through balance sheet capital of each of Noble and EIG.

EIG also announced today that Linda Z. Cook has been appointed a Managing Director of EIG, a member of EIG’s Executive Committee and CEO of Harbour Energy.

“The creation of Harbour Energy gives us the exciting opportunity of joining with an industry leader such as EIG to exploit the tremendous opportunities that the changing global energy markets are presenting,” said Yusuf Alireza, Chief Executive Officer of Noble. “This transaction represents a significant milestone in the continued implementation of Noble’s ‘asset light’ strategy, exploiting our best in class expertise in logistics and supply chain management, while partnering with market leading asset managers and owners.”

R. Blair Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of EIG, said, “New sources of supply, together with demand growth in Asia, are driving fundamental changes in the energy sector and related trade flows. By partnering with Noble, we believe Harbour Energy will be uniquely positioned to benefit from the established global platforms of each of our firms and capture value both through the ownership and operational improvement of assets and the flow business those assets generate. We couldn’t be more pleased that someone of the caliber of Linda Cook has agreed to join EIG and serve as CEO of Harbour Energy. She is an extraordinarily accomplished senior executive with deep operating and management expertise across all facets of the global energy industry.”

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RIO DE JANEIRO, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The FIFA™ World Cup Final. This evening, the FIFA™ World Cup Trophy arrived on the pitch of the Maracana Stadium in Brazil protected by a specially commissioned Louis Vuitton trunk. It was escorted by two world-class celebrities: Carles Puyol, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion and Brazilian-born top model Gisele Bundchen, who wore a Louis Vuitton outfit from the 2015 Cruise Collection.

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Carles Puyol carried the precious Trophy onto the pitch of the Maracana Stadium in the minutes before the Final match began. He transported it in a tailored Louis Vuitton trunk, specially created for the event, placing it on the podium under the watchful gaze of 78,000 spectators. He was accompanied by the top model and Louis Vuitton ambassador, Gisele Bundchen.

It was a great honor to represent my country and the people of Brazil in this celebration carrying the LV FIFA Trophy Case. It’s beautiful to see how sport has the power to bring the world together. I am so grateful to be part of this moment. Thank you all Brazilians who have welcomed the world with all their joy and loving spirit,” declared Gisele Bundchen.

In keeping with tradition, the FIFA World Cup Trophy was returned to the pitch by a representative of the defending champions. Thus Spain, 2010 winners and represented by Carles Puyol, was able to share a final triumphal moment with the Trophy before the kick-off of the 2014 final match between Germany and Argentina.

In just a few days, the FIFA World Cup Trophy and its official Louis Vuitton trunk will leave Brazil for the home country of the new World Champions.

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TOKYO, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — “Beer Arch”, Tokyo’s beer-centric gourmet festival, is being held at mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi again this year. The inaugural festival was a huge success last year and this year’s long-awaited event kicked off on June 16, two weeks ahead of schedule, in a move to cater to the demand of the event’s fans. This year’s event will continue until September 15 for three months when the summer is over.

Let's enjoy beer along the red-brick viaduct arcade.
Let’s enjoy beer along the red-brick viaduct arcade.

“mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi”, a commercial complex which is the result of the renovation of a red brick viaduct during the early Taisho Period, is home to stylish, posh stores as well as a cafe where customers can watch trains whizz by. “mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi” conveniently located between Akihabara and Kanda stations on the Yamanote line, and Ochanomizu Station on the Sobu Line, is no more than 5-6 minutes walking distance to each station. The complex is adjacent to Akihabara, a world-famous area for home appliances, Source of Japanese animation culture and the base for idol group AKB. Akihabara’s busy environment stands in contrast to the tranquility and sophistication of “mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi”. Visitors are encouraged to indulge in a refreshing pint at the vintage-style “mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi” following a shopping spree in Akihabara.

The Kanda Beer Festival 2014 will be held in and around “mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi” between July 14 and August 31. The 20 participating distinct restaurants will serve Japanese and western-style food and, it goes without saying, most importantly, beer. Visitors are encouraged to indulge in a second glass of beer so they can sample the ample variety including draft beer, locally-made beers and some of the rarer beers around the world. Visitors who gather stamped receipts from three restaurants will be entitled to a free gift.

Mr. Uchida, director of “mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi”, offers the following incentive to readers of this news release:

“Visitors are encouraged to enjoy beer along the red-brick viaduct arcade nearby Manseibashi Station, a busy traffic hub which was put into operation in 1912. The first 100 visitors who bring a printed copy of this news release will each be entitled to a complementary glass of beer at the beer stand in section S8. Enjoy beer with fellow Japanese beer lovers now.”

In addition, the issuer of the news release, JR East Group, will hold a tourism promotion event “Visit Japan FIT Travel Fair” targeting anyone who is visiting Bangkok between July 24 (Thursday) and 27 (Sunday) where pointers about getting around Tokyo by public transport and tips about shopping in Tokyo will be the theme. Please keep a lookout for further information.

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CHENGDU, China, July 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The arrival of some elites raised the temperature in the summer of Chengdu. Mr. Robert Wennekes, founder and chairman of the world’s finest private service training institute, The International Butler Academy, together with 10 of his best royal butlers were in Chengdu for the official opening of The International Butler Academy China. This is the academy’s first ever overseas institute in the world. During the opening ceremony, The International Butler Academy shared a piece of good news with their guests the high-end service industry in China, even Asia, will experience a revolutionary change, due to its presence. In the near future, there will be more butlers of royal standard graduating from The International Butler Academy, permeating and infecting Asia with unparalleled service philosophy and quality. The International Butler Academy founder and chairman, Mr. Robert Wennekes, The International Butler Academy China CEO, Mr. Thomas Kaufmann, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Guido Tielmann, The International Butler Academy China partner, Langji Real Estate CEO, Ms. Cai Lingyu, together with over 200 guests (consulate generals, CEOs, local and overseas media) witnessed this historic opening ceremony at InterContinental Hotel, Chengdu Global Center.

Butlers of The International Butler Academy
Butlers of The International Butler Academy

During the ceremony, butlers of royal appointment demonstrated the use of Laurastar, a high-tech ironing system, how to decant a bottle of wine, letting it breathe and develop its real flavors. They also ironed creases out of newspaper for a smudge-free read. And made packing suitcase an art a very thin anti-crease paper was used to protect the clothes, once the employer reached his destination, he could wear it straightaway. The climax was the opening of a champagne bottle. They didn’t do it the usual way, but with a sabre, and a technique called Sabrage. Elegant and full of showmanship, it was introduced by officers of the Napoleon army in the 19th century.

In recent years, due to the huge increase of the rich, the demand of such high caliber butler service went up as well. The International Butler Academy specialized in producing butlers of royal standard. Therefore, The International

Butler Academy’s branding influence and curriculum could totally satisfy the increasing demands of Asian enterprises and private employers. Their students came from various countries US, England, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary, Australia, China, Russia, Israel, Iceland, etc. World’s wealthiest families, international enterprises, and five-star hotels sent their staff there for training, or employed their students. The academy founder, Mr. Wennekes, served 5 US presidents (Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton), and various members of the royal families in Asia and Europe. Whilst he was the head butler at the US embassy in Germany, he received the “Exemplary Service” award from the White House. Mr. Wennekes introduced in the opening ceremony, in 1999 he established the International Butler Academy in The Netherlands. Since then he has trained and placed hundreds of butlers with wealthy and many times famous clients from around the world. Today, graduates from their school serve in private and royal households around the world. They also serve in super deluxe five-star hotels and resorts, on mega yachts and world-class cruise ships. They also run a number of property management companies where tenants rely on them for the safety and wellbeing of their family.  When China is mentioned, Mr. Wennekes excitedly expressed, “To me, China cuisine is second to none in the world. Unfortunately, the level of service is not on par with it. So it is my desire to introduce high-end service standard to China, and teach the students the fine art of service.” Mr. Wennekes also said, “I am honored and privileged to be able to bring world-class butler service into China. Our training is very strict and intensive. Our students need to have ability, passion and determination to succeed. With our rigorous training, I wish to provide the service industry with professionals of excellent service skills and stature. Hopefully, this will pave the way for a high level of exquisite etiquette and protocol in China, thus promoting mutual respect which our Chinese customers most value.”

The International Butler Academy China’s inaugural cohort this July was already full with 24 students. It had the same curriculum as the one in Holland. They would learn from teachers of various nationalities, with years of experience as professional butlers, who would assess their skills and knowledge. During the course, besides learning basic service skills like how to serve tea, coffee or soup without spilling, open door for guests, ensure cutlery retain its luster, students would also learn important skills such as how to manage a wardrobe, wash, iron, draw up an inventory list; how to store wine, open wine bottle and serve guests.

When asked “Why Chengdu?” The International Butler Academy China CEO, Mr. Thomas Kaufmann, replied at the opening ceremony, “Chengdu’s rapid development in the past 10 years caught the attention of many countries. I heard there’s even a direct flight from Chengdu to San Francisco. Compared to Beijing and Shanghai, Chengdu is developing very fast, and that makes the people here very open to foreign ideas. And to be a world-class professional butler, you need to break rules and give up old habits. We come to China and begin a journey interacting with this great country, rich in history and mystery. It is my desire that through our service and training, we can integrate the finest western service with the most exquisite oriental cuisine. And let China and Asia truly experience the royal butler service.

If you want to know more about The International Butler Academy, please visit: http://www.butlerschool.com

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RIO DE JANEIRO, July 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The world’s first entertainment centre dedicated to football will be built in Rio de Janeiro. It will be constructed in the form of a huge football and be in continuous motion, changing shape constantly.

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This spherical-shaped building will be 50 meters high with 9 floors, each rotating separately in both directions and at changing speeds to bring life to the building.

The Dynamic Football Experience Company and the Navalmare Group unveiled the project today, announcing that they intend to begin construction of this unique building in the world’s capital city of football after the FIFA World Cup.

This is the football version of the proposed Dynamic Tower, designed by Florentine architect Dr. David Fisher, who is considered to be the “Father of Dynamic Architecture,” published today for the first time.

A real temple, a dream for all football fans

The building includes a fully interactive football museum and a floor dedicated to virtual and augmented reality football games, where through a hologram system originally developed with NASA technology, visitors will be able to play alongside Pele and Neymar and score goals.

Another floor will offer a virtual stadium, where visitors will sit facing a giant 360 degree screen and feel as if they are at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, watching a game against Barcelona in real time.

Other floors will include restaurants and shops, all dedicated to football, a special gym, and an educational space.


A scale model of the building produced by DTM of Modena, Italy, Ferrari’s space engineering company, will be presented at the end of the month in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

Among the engineering and technology suppliers involved are WSP of New York, the German giants Bosch and Siemens, Exergia Brasil, SGM (the LED lighting company of Denmark), and Navalmare, an Italian builder of ships and offshore stations already active in Brazil.

Beyond Brazil

Following the Rio de Janeiro project, the Dynamic Group, which holds the international rights for rotating buildings, and Navalmare intends to build these dynamic football-shaped buildings in Italy and supply them to many cities around the world. More of these giant footballs in motion, offering fans a “24/7” football experience, will be built in London, New York, Madrid, Milan, Barcelona, Jakarta and many other cities.

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SINGAPORE, July 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Asia Plantation Capital has been developing sustainable, organic, Patchouli oil production on its plantations for the last year. Patchouli oil is extracted from the leaves of the perennial patchouli bush (which regrows) allowing the leaves to be harvested, sustainably, every 3 to 4 months.

The recent harvest and production of Patchouli oil, by Asia Plantation Capital, on its plantations in Sri Lanka has been certified as premium grade by independent analysts at the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI), Colombo.

When analysed via mass spectrometry by the ITI, samples of our oil tested positive for the major compounds of Patchouli oil.

Of these compounds, Patchouli alcohol is the main constituent which determines the quality of the oil. Consequently, the price of the Patchouli oil strongly depends on the ratio of Patchouli alcohol present in the oil.

Spectrometry results clearly indicate the high content of patchouli oil (0.53%) and patchouli alcohol (54.56%) in the oil sample which was taken after the distillation process. A patchouli alcohol content of over 30% is considered excellent quality.

These results show that the cultivation of patchouli for commercial oil extraction in Sri Lanka is a viable proposition.

This is a significant breakthrough for Asia Plantation Capital in Sri Lanka. We already cultivate Patchouli in Thailand and are now gearing up to follow our success in the production of high quality Oud oil with large scale production of Patchouli; for Sri Lanka, this can be particularly beneficial as it can create a new, high quality crop to boost exports and the rural economy.

Lalith Ganlath, Attorney for Asia Plantation Capital in Colombo, says, “It’s a pleasure to see the hard work of the Sri Lankan, Asia Plantation Capital team paying off in Sri Lanka, on the back of plantation projects which the Company operates in other parts of South East Asia, and helping to contribute research and innovation to the country’s agricultural export markets. I am very keen to help promote this project and encourage out-growers to cultivate the Patchouli, which can become part of their existing agroforestry incomes. It will also help maximise land use and returns for rural farmers, with Asia Plantation Capital agreeing to buy back the dry leaves which can be harvested every 3 months.”

Asia Plantation Capital already has its own distribution offices, retail shops and warehouses in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the USA, supplying the industry. It is well set to become a major supplier of sustainable Patchouli oil, traceable to the source of production Patchouli oil is one of the most widely used oils in the international Fragrance industry and has a forecast industry value of over $46 billion in 2018 (Source: Industry Analyst’s Inc.). Interestingly, Patchouli oil is one of the few natural essential oils which cannot be reproduced in any high quality, synthetically, for use in perfumes; making the demand for this excellent oil relatively assured.

Over the next year, the Company aims to establish over 5,000 acres of Patchouli fields using a combination of their own lands in South East Asia and out grower schemes in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia. All production for the plantations will be supplied with Certificate of Origin, Certificate of Analysis (CofA), Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for exports and Flow of Processing and Product Specification. In addition, the oil will be packaged under the Group’s perfume brand, “Fragrance Du Bois” and branded, “Patchouli Du Bois” as a further stamp of guaranteed quality which has been a key to the success in globally marketing the Company’s other essential oils such as Oud (agarwood) and also infected wood chips.

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