Archive for November, 2008

Christmas Tree of Bradesco Seguros e Previdencia, The Biggest Floating Christmas Tree in the World, is Inaugurated in Rio De Janeiro

November 29, 2008

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ — The inaugural event of the
13th consecutive edition of the Christmas Tree of Bradesco Seguros e
Previdencia, the biggest floating Christmas tree in the world according to the
Guinness Book of Records, brought together thousands of people this Saturday
(November 29, 2008). Considered the third greatest event in the city of Rio de
Janeiro, after Carnaval and New Year’s Eve, the Tree brings something new for
2008 in the form of “A melody of peace for the Brazilian family.” The
spectacle of lights and colors has taken on a musical touch. An electronic
carillon, imported from Italy and similar to the one used in St. Peter’s
Basilica at the Vatican, has been installed within its structure to reproduce
Christmas carols with bells played manually by professional bell-ringers.
There are also fireworks scheduled for every Saturday.

The programming of the inaugural event, with a live television broadcast
in real time by the Tree’s hot site included a concert given by popular
Brazilian artists such as singers Elba Ramalho, Joao Bosco, Roberta Sa and
guitarist Turibio Santos, as well as the Choir of the Bradesco Foundation,
made up of 112 young students. The American soprano Carol McDavit, who has
been settled in Brazil for the past 20 years, also made an appearance.

The project has become the largest event sponsored by a single private
company in Brazil. This is the 13th edition of the Christmas Tree of Bradesco
Seguros e Previdencia, which for the first time will have thirteen flashing
sequences of different images to dazzle the public. At the top of the 85-
meter Tree, the star is now accompanied by two angels representing peace. The
52 kilometers of lighted strands are to evoke the Christmas theme, and 1,600
flashing lights are to evoke twinkling stars.

Certification in the Guinness Book

The second certification in the Guinness Book of Records, as the “largest
floating Christmas tree in the world,” was obtained because of the height of
85 meters in 2007 and recorded in the recently published 2009 edition. With
its launching in 1996, the Tree was 48 meters high and up until the 2006
edition, 82 meters. The first certification in the Guinness book was awarded
in 1999, when this symbol of Christmas measured 76 meters.

Technology and the Environment

For the past three years, the Christmas Tree of Bradesco Seguros e
Previdencia has had generators fueled by biodiesel to reduce carbon emissions
into the atmosphere. For the third year, to ensure rationality in the
consumption of fuel, the generators will be controlled by a computerized

Neutralization of Carbon

Emissions of carbon gas into the atmosphere produced by the assembly,
display and dismantling of the Tree will be neutralized by the planting of
trees in regions of the Mata Atlantica rainforest.

    More information:
    Bradesco de Seguros e Previdencia           Textual Communication Services
    Neide Fujioka                               Adriana Moreira
    Manager of Press Relations                  Coordinator
    Phone: 2503-1706                            Phone: 3206-6209

    Vera Soares
    Superintendant of Communication
    Phone: 2503-1808



America’s Shame

November 28, 2008

MALIBU, Calif., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Leon Cooper’s plane
will arrive at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC on December 7,
2008. The World War II combat veteran is making the trip to meet with members
of Congress, following up on his efforts for the past three years to have the
US Government remove the garbage that litters Red Beach in Tarawa, the
hallowed ground where hundreds of Americans died in the battle that came to be
known as “Bloody Tarawa” — three days of savagery where more than a thousand
Americans died and more than two thousand were wounded. The Tarawa battle was
the first major amphibious assault in the Central Pacific on a Japanese
stronghold during the Pacific War.

Cooper is making the trip because he has been appalled by the lack of
interest from US Government officials. His more than 100 letters, faxes and
emails to various high officials have simply been ignored. A personal visit,
he feels, is the only way to get action.

Leon Cooper’s job, as a Naval landing craft officer, was to land Marines
of the 2nd Division on Red Beach. He made several landings, each time watching
scores of his countrymen being cut to pieces by Japanese gunfire. His sad duty
later was to transport the wounded back to his ship for medical treatment.
Unlike later invasions, there was no Navy hospital ship in attendance to
render expert medical care.

Far more disturbing than the garbage on Red Beach: hundreds of Americans
still lie where they fell during the battle sixty-five years ago, including a
Congressional Medal of Honor winner, Marine Lt. Alexander Bonnyman. Backed by
veterans groups, History Flight (Marathon, FL) and WFI Research Group (Fall
River, MA) have now completed an exhaustive survey of battle sites in Tarawa
using radar and a surveyor-quality Trimble GPS system, and have located the
remains of 139 Marines.

The last organized effort by the Government to identify and repatriate the
remains of Americans killed in Tarawa, and located in various sites on the
island, was a six-month study completed on May 20, 1946. A report by the Army
Quartermaster Section, Memorial Branch, dated July 3, 1946, states that,
“About fifty per cent of the bodies previously reported buried on Tarawa were
found, and of that number, only 58% were identified.” There has been no effort
by the Government to follow up on the 1946 investigation.

Live ammunition, mainly ours, lies everywhere on this tiny island.
Australia has sent a bomb demolition group which is now at work removing these
dangerous devices. America is not participating.

Cooper says, “It is a sad commentary about our nation that private
organizations have assumed the responsibility of locating the remains of
American dead in Tarawa. They are doing this because our nation has failed to
do so. These private organizations feel that those who died in defense of our
country deserve to be repatriated and to be remembered with dignity and
respect. Their relatives are entitled to closure. It is our nation’s shame
that we have allowed these honored dead to lie in unmarked graves in that far
off land all these years.”

According to the Department of Defense, 72,766 American Armed Forces
personnel of WWII are still listed as MIA. At least fifty percent lie where
they fell in various Pacific islands, including Tarawa.

Cooper made a trip to Tarawa this past February, returning with still
painful memories of his battle experiences, taking a camera crew with him to
film the garbage on Red Beach and to find out more about the American dead on
the island.

The record of his visit is captured in a documentary, “Return to Tarawa-
The Leon Cooper Story.” Narration is by movie great, Ed Harris. It will soon
be released. Mark Noah, of History Flight, made significant contributions in
the making of the film. Major television channels have expressed interest. A
major national magazine wants to review the film.

Leon Cooper is available for interview. Call 310-325-2089. Copies of his
books are available for review: “90 Day Wonder-Darkness Remembered,” and “The
War in the Pacific-A Retrospective.” Both books are on sale at all major
bookstores. He is currently at work writing another book, based on his recent
trip to Tarawa, “Remembering Private Somes.” For further information visit his
Web sites: or Or his
blogs: or He can
also be reached at PO Box 6030, Malibu, CA 90265. Call (310) 457-2832; fax:
(310) 457-2866; E-mail


Semcan Inc. Announces Divestiture of Nucleus Distribution Inc.

November 28, 2008

TORONTO, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Semcan Inc. (TSX VENTURE:STT)
(the “Company”) announces it has entered into a Letter of Intent to sell its
Distribution and Product Development subsidiary, Nucleus Distribution Inc.

The terms of the Letter of Intent provide for the sale of all of the
Company’s interest in Nucleus for total proceeds of $6,500,000, comprised of
cash and assumption of existing debt, subject to agreement by Nucleus’ current
lenders. The parties have agreed to work toward the completion of a formal
Agreement of Purchase and Sale by January 31, 2009 and a closing on or before
March 31, 2009.

The purchase price of $6,500,000 represents an approximate multiple of 5.0
times EBITDA based on the estimated EBITDA of Nucleus for fiscal year 2008.

Commenting on the transaction, Philip Jamieson, the Company’s Chairman &
CEO said, “While Nucleus has been a solid business for us to date, the
divestiture will allow the Company to reduce debt and focus on its core
Environmental Engineering business.”

    The transaction is subject to Exchange approval.

    About Semcan Inc.

Semcan is a worldwide supplier of industrial processes and environmental
solutions with specific emphasis on water remediation and emission control
systems. Semcan provides the central finance and administrative functions,
allowing operational management to remain focused on bottom line profitability
thereby increasing shareholder value.

Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are subject
to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements including
the risks associated with operations and sales and risks associated with
margins, suppliers and customers and risks associated with foreign exchange
fluctuations, among others. These forward-looking statements represent
Semcan’s judgment as of the date of this press release. Semcan disclaims any
intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities
Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States
absent registration or exemption from the registration requirements. This
press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an
offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any State in
which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

The TSX Venture Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the

contents of this press release.


Babson College MBAs Show Off Innovative Products at Design Fair

November 28, 2008

WELLESLEY, Mass., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Thirty-two Babson College MBA
students in Babson’s Product Design and Development (PDD) course will showcase
their seven new product concepts at this year’s Babson Design Fair.

The MBA students formed seven teams in Assistant Professor Sebastian
Fixson’s course to develop their product designs during the single-semester
PDD course. Neighboring Olin College of Engineering provided prototyping
support and engineering advice. Rhode Island School of Design adjunct
professor Matt Kressy was consulted on industrial design.

This year’s new product designs include the following:

— CampCRANE, a modular system that provides experienced or inexperienced
outdoorsmen with the tools necessary to quickly and effectively protect food
and other “smellables” from wildlife.

— A ladies shoe that’s stylish, comfortable, foldable, and small enough
to fit in a purse. It will provide relief to high-heeled hurting feet after a
night in the city.

— A multifunctional and aesthetically pleasing workstation intended to
enhance the academic and social community of the Olin Graduate School.

— A new solution to facilitate the transportation of organic waste,
supporting the conversion of bio-mass into clean energy and mitigating the
economic risk of future waste management state legislation.

— An artistically inspired and customizable computer data storage system
for the creative professional that will protect the user’s data and manage
their collection of flash drives.

— A multi-functional bike attachment for quick shopping trips, engineered
to promote biking for ease of use, convenience, and a more “green” lifestyle.

— An easy to use, multifunctional ride-on toy for children ages 2 to 4
that is modern and playful.

The design fair will take place on Tuesday, December 2nd from 9:00 a.m.–
1:00 p.m. in the Needham-Wellesley Room of Olin Hall at Babson College.

Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a
leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees
through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and
MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson
College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to
experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit

This news release was issued on behalf of Newswise(TM). For more
information, visit


Commercial Permit to Treat Radioactive PCBs in the U.S. Issued to Perma-Fix Environmental Services

November 28, 2008

ATLANTA, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Perma-Fix Environmental
Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: PESI) today announced it has received its commercial
permit in the U.S. from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region
4 to commercially store and dispose of radioactive Polychlorinated Biphenyls
(PCB’s) at the Company’s Diversified Scientific Services, Inc. (DSSI)
subsidiary facility located in Tennessee.

Perma-Fix’s DSSI facility uses an EPA-authorized waste fuel boiler unit
for the thermal destruction of radioactive and mixed (radioactive and
hazardous) liquids and semi-solid wastes. In 2004, Perma-Fix DSSI began the
permitting process to add TSCA-regulated wastes, namely PCBs, to its
authorization in order to meet the demand for the treatment of government and
commercially generated radioactive PCB wastes. Currently, there are no
authorized, commercial facilities treating radioactive PCB wastes. The
Department of Energy (DOE) operates a TSCA Incinerator authorized to treat
only DOE generated wastes, which is scheduled to begin closure activities in
2009. The DSSI authorization will provide DOE with an alternative option for
radioactive PCB wastes as well as provide an outlet for disposition of
commercially generated radioactive PCBs.

Dr. Louis F. Centofanti, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated,
“Perma-Fix strives to stay at the forefront of new technology development in
the radioactive and mixed waste treatment market, and we are gratified that
after four years of working with EPA and the State of Tennessee, we have
received our long-awaited permit authorization. I have personally worked in
the area of PCB treatment for the past two decades, and recognize the
important contribution that this new alternative treatment technology will
provide to our customers’ waste management programs. This permit will allow
for PCB-contaminated wastes that have been in storage for a number of years to
be safely and effectively treated and disposed.”

About Perma-Fix Environmental Services

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc., a national environmental services
company, provides unique mixed waste and industrial waste management services.
The company’s increased focus on nuclear services includes radioactive and
mixed waste treatment services for hospitals, research labs and institutions,
federal agencies, including DOE, DOD, and nuclear utilities. The company’s
industrial services treat hazardous and non-hazardous waste for a variety of
customers including, Fortune 500 companies, federal, state and local agencies
and thousands of other clients. Nationwide, the company operates nine major
waste treatment facilities.

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” which are based
largely on the company’s expectations and are subject to various business
risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the company’s control.
Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to that this permit
will allow for PCB-contaminated wastes that have been in storage for a number
of years to be safely and effectively treated and disposed. These forward-
looking statements are intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability
established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While the
company believes the expectations reflected in this news release are
reasonable, it can give no assurance such expectations will prove to be
correct. There are a variety of factors which could cause future outcomes to
differ materially from those described in this release, including, without
limitation, future economic conditions; industry conditions; competitive
pressures; our ability to apply and market our technologies; that neither the
federal government nor any other party to a subcontract involving the federal
government terminates or renegotiates any material contract granted to us
prior to expiration of the term of the contract, as such contracts are
generally terminable or renegotiable on 30 day notice, at the government’s
option; or the government or such other party to a contract granted to us
fails to abide by or comply with the contract or to deliver waste as
anticipated under the contract; that Congress provides funding for the new
remediation projects; receipt of a final permit from the EPA relative to
treatment of radioactive PCBs; community reaction to our permit application to
treat PCB radioactive waste; and the additional factors referred to under
“Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” of our 2007 Form 10-K/A
and the Forward-Looking Statements discussed in our Form 10-Q for the quarters
ending March 31, 2008 and June 30, 2008. The company makes no commitment to
disclose any revisions to forward- looking statements, or any facts, events or
circumstances after the date hereof that bear upon forward-looking statements.

Please visit us on the World Wide Web at


Green Experiment Empowers Students to Help Save the Environment One Snack at a Time

November 28, 2008

Green Education Foundation kicks off Green School Experiment & Educates Students and Families on how to Reduce Waste at School and Home

WEYMOUTH, Mass., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Green Education Foundation and IXG are launching Green Week at William Seach Elementary Schoolin Weymouth, MA. The entire school community, including teachers, parents and town officials, has pledged to bring in waste-free snacks, drinks, and lunches during the week of Dec. 8-12, 2008. This effort will demonstrate how a school community can measurably address challenging global problems by adopting simple eco-friendly behaviors. In one week, the school plans to reduce the amount of classroom trash by 50%. Teachers will augment the waste-reduction program with environmental activities, projects, and exercises for class-based study and take-home assignments.

This hands-on program is a precursor to National Green Week, scheduled for Feb. 2-8, 2009. National Green Week will replicate the success of the William Seach School with over one million children and 2000 schools participating across the nation. The goal of National Green Week is to eliminate over 1000 tons of waste, the equivalent weight of 76 school busses.

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that the amount of waste produced annually in the U.S. has tripled since 1960 to 256,000 tons per year,” commented Weymouth Mayor Susan Kay. “The Town of Weymouth is committed to addressing this monumental issue by empowering our youth to become lifelong environmental stewards. The Town of Weymouth will support our students by encouraging all town employees and as many Weymouth citizens as possible to bring in waste-free lunches and snacks on December 10, 2008. It is critical for our children to understand that their efforts will make Weymouth a healthy place to live in the years to come.”

Deborah St. Ives, principal of the William Seach Primary School commented, “The William Seach School is pleased to have been selected by the Green Education Foundation to participate in this exciting green educational opportunity. We’d also like to thank Covanta, a company that provides safe waste removal systems and clean energy solutions, for sponsoring the William Seach Green Week.”

Through Covanta’s generous support, Weymouth students will receive IXG Green Packs, the green tools that will ensure the success of this program. IXG Green Packs include: a National Green Week organic tee-shirt, a reusable water bottle, two snack containers, and a reusable shopping bag.

“By participating in William Seach Green Week, students will learn that simple decisions such as the selection of waste-free snacks and drinks can combat monumental environmental problems,” says Victoria Waters, president and founder, Green Education Foundation.”

“National Green Week is free. We encourage schools from across the nation to sign up for National Green Week at as soon as possible to take advantage of free environmental programs and activities leading up to the event,” adds Waters.

About Green Education Foundation

The Green Education Foundation provides educational resources that promote sustainable, impactful pro-green behaviors in children, families and communities. We believe that children are in the best position to change the future with consistent and learned green behaviors. Green Education Foundation guides this younger generation through its programs and tools by effectively linking hands-on activities with academics. For more information, please visit

About IXG

IXG’s mission is to ignite a passion in people to work, play and live green. IXG has developed fun and practical eco-friendly products and programs for environmental enthusiasts of all ages. IXG provides promotional opportunities for companies to align their green marketing objectives with environmental sustainability campaigns like National Green Week and I Play Green. The IXG online store,, provides awide variety of organic apparel, eco-friendly gifts, sponsorship opportunities, co-branding options and suggestions for becoming green in all you do. IXG stands for: I Work Green, I Play Green, I Live Green, I X Green, IXG.

    Victoria Waters


Green Cross International’s Chairman Dr Jan Kulczyk to Host UN Poznan Panel Discussion on Business and Climate Change, Calls for a Global Solar Fund to Help Generate New ‘Clean Energy’ Investment and ‘Green’ Jobs

November 28, 2008

POZNAN, Poland, November 28 /PRNewswire/ — Dr Jan Kulczyk, the Chairman
of Green Cross International, will host an important panel discussion at the
Poznan UN Conference on Climate Change on 2nd December.

The panel will focus on the economic opportunity of climate change for
the business community. In particular, the Green Cross International
initiative of creating a Global Solar Fund to make solar power a viable,
affordable energy source will be addressed.

The panel discussion will take place at 6pm local time in the ‘Fox’ room
at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan. Panellists will

    - Dr Kulczyk, who is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of
      Kulczyk Investment House, as well as Chairman of Green Cross

    - Prof Alexander Likhotal, who has worked with President
      Gorbachev for more than 20 years and is the President of Green Cross

    - William Becker, an American active in the environmental
      movement and executive director of the Presidential Climate Action
      Project, a non-partisan initiative to transform energy and climate
      policy under President-Elect Obama

    - Giulietto Chiesa, a member of the European Parliament,
      serves on several environmental commissions and is active
      internationally on climate change issues

    - Micheal Leibreich, is the Chairman and Chief Executive of New Energy
      Finance, the leading independent provider of investor information
      on clean energy and carbon markets

Speaking ahead of the panel discussion, Dr Kulczyk said: “This discussion
is an important opportunity to highlight the contribution the business
community can make in tackling one of the main challenges of our time –
climate change. The business community is realising that being “green” is no
longer an option but a fundamental part of the way we do business. For Green
Cross International, the way forward involves a Global Solar Fund, aimed at
lowering the price of photovoltaic electricity over ten years from 25-30
cents per kWh to below 10 cents per kWh. Our fund is an example of how
governments, civil society and industry can work together to achieve a
clean-energy future while promoting sustainable economic growth.”

Green Cross International was founded in 1993 by Mikhail Gorbachev to
shape environmental policy at the highest level. The founder’s vision was to
create an organisation to tackle environmental issues in full recognition of
their relationship to international security and poverty.

For further information on the panel discussion, please contact Adam
Koniuszewski of Green Cross International or


Frost & Sullivan Recognises Best-in-Class Innovators

November 27, 2008

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ — 20 top international
and local companies were honoured at Frost & Sullivan’s first annual African
Excellence Awards Banquet held tonight at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton.
The awards were made to companies showcasing leading ideas and innovation
across a variety of sectors.

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The awards were made to companies demonstrating leadership in markets from
Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria and South Africa to the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.
The sectors covered were energy, healthcare, industrial automation and ICT.

“The companies that received awards have shown innovation, competitiveness
and leadership in meeting the particular demands of doing business in Africa,”
said Frost & Sullivan Partner and Director of African Operations Phil Howarth.
“The products and services that we recognised should be applauded as examples
of how to manage business in the current economic climate.”

The keynote address for the evening was delivered by Johan Dekker,
Divisional Director of Barloworld Logistics. Dekker emphasised that companies
that embrace Supply Chain Management as a competitive weapon perform better
than others.

“I suspect this is true in good times and in bad,” he said. “Supply chains
can respond effectively in times like these. For instance, supply chain
management offers the unique advantage that ‘going green’ often equates to
saving money and addressing the end-consumer’s growing need to be
environmentally sensitive.”

The event culminated in awards being presented to the following
organisations demonstrating best practices in their respective disciplines:

Netcare: 2007 South African Private Hospital Growth Strategy Leadership

MOBILITRIX: 2008 South African Mobile Content Product Innovation Award

Medika SA: 2008 South African Advanced Wound Care Product Line Strategy

Global Biofuels Limited: 2008 Sub-Saharan Africa Biofuel Emerging Company

TECMED Africa: 2008 South African Ultrasound Market Leadership Award

Copperbelt Energy Corporation: 2008 Zambian Electricity Industry Business
Development Strategy Leadership Award

SSEM Mthembu: 2007 South African Market Penetration Leadership Award

Energem Biofuels: 2008 South African Biofuel Feedstock Competitive
Strategy Leadership Award

Philips: 2007 Kenyan Medical Devices Market Leadership Award

Wyeth South Africa: 2007 South African Paediatric Vaccines Growth Strategy
Leadership Award

Honeywell Process Solutions: 2007 African Product Life Cycle Price
Competitiveness Customer Satisfaction Leadership Award

Alcon Laboratories: 2008 South African Ophthalmology Pharmaceuticals
Market Leadership Award

SSEM Mthembu: 2008 South African Patient Monitoring Growth Strategy
Leadership Award

Rainbow Nation Renewable Fuels: 2008 South African Biofuel Feedstock Share
Advancement Award

GE Healthcare: 2007 South African Patient Monitoring Industry Innovation
and Advancement Award

Draeger Medical South Africa: 2007 South African Hospital Customer Service
Leadership Award

The CK Scientific Group: 2008 Zambian Hospital Medical Equipment Customer
Service Leadership Award

Intel Corporation: 2008 Nigerian Telemedicine Entrepreneurial Company

Accenture: 2008 Sub-Saharan Africa Software Outsourcing Market Leadership

Elekta Southern Africa: 2008 Nigerian Oncology Market Penetration
Leadership Award

“Our long-established awards programme honours companies that have
demonstrated a unique approach to doing business in their markets,” said
Howarth. “Frost & Sullivan celebrates these ideas and strategies that drive
corporate growth.”

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognise companies in a variety
of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievements and
superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation,
customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare
market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews,
analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the

About Frost & Sullivan

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accelerate their growth. The company’s TEAM Research, Growth Consulting and
Growth Team Membership(TM) empower clients to create a growth-focused culture
that generates, evaluates and implements effective growth strategies. Frost &
Sullivan employs over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000
companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 30
offices on six continents. For more information about Frost & Sullivan’s
Growth Partnerships, visit

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Camping World to Sell Lightweight Environmentally Friendly Teardrop Camper Trailers

November 27, 2008

CANTON, Ohio, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Little Guy Teardrop Camper Trailers,
the world’s best selling brand of teardrop camper trailers, recently announced
a retail distribution agreement with Camping World that launches lightweight
teardrop camper trailers into the recreational vehicle (RV) mainstream.
Little Guy Worldwide is headquartered in Canton, Ohio and has a worldwide
dealer network that spans the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa,
Australia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Teardrop camper trailers were popularized after World War II, and the
proliferation of small, fuel-efficient cars on America’s highways has prompted
a need for lightweight campers that can be pulled by virtually any vehicle
with a hitch. With models available at around 500 pounds and ranging from 4
to 6 feet in width, teardrop camper trailers enable small car owners to get
out and go camping while maintaining many of the benefits of owning a
recreational vehicle.

According to Chris Baum, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer for Little Guy, “The U.S. may be in a recession, but we just aren’t
seeing it. Sales of our teardrops counter-trend current economic conditions.
Teardrop camper trailers have a minimal impact on the fuel economy of the tow

John Sirpilla, Camping World President of Retail Operations said, “The
Little Guy product is a natural extension into our expanding base of products
to serve the outdoor enthusiast. We are impressed by the growing number of
outdoor enthusiasts who have found the Little Guy to be the solution to their
camping and travel needs and are excited to serve them in this capacity.”

Little Guy Teardrop Camper Trailers will roll out through the end of the
year at nine Camping World Locations throughout the U.S. Joe Kicos, owner of
Little Guy Worldwide, commented, “Our entry into this retail channel
represents an opportunity for a formerly niche product to gain wider exposure
to the camping public while offering Camping World’s customers a high-quality,
affordable product that is environmentally friendly and which recognizes that
not everyone owns a vehicle capable of towing a larger travel trailer.”

For more information about Little Guy Worldwide, log onto


Industrial Water and Wastewater Treatment: Brazil is One of the Fastest Growing Markets

November 27, 2008

LONDON, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ — The Brazilian Industrial Water &
Wastewater Treatment market is by far one of the most dynamic and the fastest
growing regional markets. The rapid industrial growth has fuelled demand for
high purity water and driven the growth of the process water treatment market
including advanced systems based on membrane solutions.


On this topic Frost & Sullivan will host a free telephone and web briefing
on Thursday, 4 December 2008 at 3.00 p.m. GMT to provide industry participants
with an overview of the Brazilian Industrial Water & Wastewater Treatment

To have access to our complimentary web briefing, please email Chiara
Carella at with the following information: your full
name, company name, title, telephone number, e-mail, address, city, state and
country. Upon receipt of the above information, a registration link will be
e-mailed to you. You may also register to receive a recorded version of the
briefing at anytime by submitting the aforementioned contact details.

The diversity of the industrial sector in Brazil has also been a key
factor in the broad based growth story of the industrial water treatment
market with opportunities being widespread for both conventional and advanced
systems. The strong petrochemical sector has been one of the driving forces of
the industrial market in Brazil and together with other key sectors such as
mining & mineral processing and pulp & paper is beginning to define the growth
pattern for both process water & wastewater treatment systems in the region.

The two key trends in the Brazilian industrial water & wastewater
treatment market at present relate to water reuse and recycling as well as
energy generation from wastewater treatment. This has prompted an increasing
interest and growth of wastewater treatment for energy generation systems such
as Up-flow Anaerobic Sludge Blank (UASB) systems and advanced wastewater
treatment solutions such as membrane bioreactors and stand alone membrane
systems for tertiary treatment.

“The Brazilian industrial water and wastewater treatment market is
witnessing double digit growth in 2008 driven strongly by key equipment
segments such as membrane separation in process water treatment and in the
wastewater treatment. The rapid industrial growth is fuelling the demand for
high purity process water and related treatment systems. On the wastewater
treatment segment, legislation remains the over-riding driver. However, with
the increasing presence of multinational companies in Brazil, there is a
sweeping trend of applying and attaining the much sought after sustainability
with regards to water management. This in turn has driven the demand for water
reuse and recycling solutions as well as UASB systems that consume less energy
and actually generate energy from wastewater,” observes Fredrick Royan,
Research Manager of Environment (Water) Markets.

The briefing will benefit engineering procurement and construction (EPC)
companies, manufacturers and distributors of water & wastewater treatment
technology such as filtration, clarification, disinfection (UV, ozone,
chlorination, etc), pre-treatment, primary treatment, secondary treatment
(Membrane Bioreactors, Moving Bed Bio-reactors, Upflow Anaerobic Sludge
Blanket, etc), tertiary treatment, sludge treatment, etc. The briefing could
also be useful for original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s), project
management consulting, equity and analyst firms interested in the global water
market in general and the Brazilian market in particular.

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     Chiara Carella
     European Corporate Communications
     P: 0044 (0) 207 3438314