Daily Archives: December 15, 2015

Saudi-Moroccan Business Council Discusses promotion of agricultural and food cooperation

Rabat, Rabi’I 04, 1437,December 15, 2015,SPA –President of Saudi-Moroccan Business Council and Chairman of Agriculture and Food Security Committee of Riyadh Chamber Mohammed bin Fahd Al-Hammadi stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation and investment between the business sectors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Morocco in the areas of agriculture and food security, emphasizing the importance of activating King Abdullah initiative for foreign agricultural investment.
He said during the meetings of Saudi-Moroccan Business Council in Moroccan capital Rabat yesterday that due to climatic conditions surrounding the region, it is difficult for Arab countries to be able to bridge over the food deficit and rely on themselves in the provision of food, pointing out that directing investments to countries rich in water and agricultural areas can reduce Arab food shortages.
–SPA
13:59 LOCAL TIME 10:59 GMT

King Abdulaziz Center Championship for Pageant Horses to be sponsored by Saudi Press Agency in information field

Riyadh, Rabi’I 04, 1437, December 15, 2015, SPA — King Abdulaziz Center for International Championship of Arabian Pageant Horses, Class A, will start tomorrow for three days at the headquarters of the Center in Dirab to be sponsored by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) in information field.
The Director General of the Championship Engineer Abdulaziz Al-Ghamlas said all the organizing committees have completed technical and organizational preparations with regard to the arbitration committees for the success of the tournament.
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13:27 LOCAL TIME 10:27 GMT

Fragrance Du Bois Opens New Counter at Robinsons, Kuala Lumpur in Time for Christmas

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec. 15, 2015 / PRNewswire — Niche, luxury perfume brand, Fragrance Du Bois, is proud to announce the opening of its first fragrance counter in Robinsons at The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur. As part of the brand’s recent collaboration with Robinsons, the new counter, located on the Ground Floor of Kuala Lumpur’s premier department store, will be operational from the 12th of December 2015 onwards.

Fragrance Du Bois is fast gaining popularity among fragrance aficionados around the world. With its unique range of products – all of which contain the mystical ingredient, Oud – Fragrance Du Bois has established its presence, particularly in Southeast Asia, in a remarkably short space of time. The opening of the Fragrance Du Bois counter at Robinsons is a wonderful opportunity to offer a first-hand experience of niche perfumery, and showcase Fragrance Du Bois’ luxurious, sustainably sourced, 100% pure and natural Oud-based fragrances.

Fragrance Du Bois’ signature cloches on display at Robinsons’ Christmas Atrium at the Gardens Mall for shoppers and perfume lovers to enjoy the allure of Oud-based fragrances.

“We are extremely happy to be able to work with retail giants such as Robinsons,” said Brand Director of Fragrance Du Bois, Nicola Parker, expressing her excitement. “They are already known for their excellent taste and levels of sophistication, which just happens to be what Fragrance Du Bois is also all about. We believe that we have managed to find a wonderful combination of luxury, exclusivity and sophistication, to go along with one of our core values; eco-friendliness. Having a presence at Robinsons,” she concluded, “gives us another great opportunity to increase brand recognition and to educate our customers on our philosophy, and, in particular, what sets us apart from the mainstream fragrance brands.”

Renowned for its natural, Oud-based scents that are certified by CITES, Fragrance Du Bois is already making waves on international markets, garnering a legion of followers, particularly among those with an environmental conscience. Fragrance Du Bois uses only 100% pure, sustainable, high quality Oud in its creations, all of which is ethically sourced and of a known provenance. Asia Plantation Capital, an award-winning sustainable plantation company with operations on four continents and a global leader in producing the magical substance in an ethical and sustainable manner, is the trusted source for all the Oud used in Fragrance Du Bois’ products, and has proven itself to be a company that respects the environment and is committed to improving the lives of the communities in and around its plantations.

A bird’s eye view: Fragrance Du Bois at Robinsons’ Christmas Atrium from 11th to 17th December.

With aspirations to establish a platform for other beguiling scents, Fragrance Du Bois will also feature six new-to-market, high-end fragrances at Robinsons, showcasing the very best creations from established global brands. These include UK label Illuminum, Italy’s renowned Xerjoff, USA’s House of Sillage and Sue Wong, as well as Parisian perfume houses Parfums de Marly, Isabey and Jovoy. These eminent brands are making their debuts in Southeast Asia, and are being sold exclusively at Fragrance Du Bois’ outlets.

Celebrate this Christmas at Fragrance Du Bois with seven days of festivities at the Robinsons’ Christmas Atrium, at Robinsons North Court, from the 11th to the 17th of December 2015, with special giveaways for lucky shoppers. Check out the pure Oud collection, and revel in the blessings of the present with Du Bois’ luxury fragrances.

For further information, please contact:

Zureina Maidin
PR & Marketing Director, Malaysia
Email: zureina@fragrancedubois.com
Mobile: +60-137-741-009

Zaahira Muhammad
Senior PR & Marketing Executive, Malaysia
Email: zaahira@fragrancedubois.com
Mobile: +60-122-035-344

About Fragrance Du Bois

Fragrance Du Bois is a niche, luxury perfume house working closely with sustainable plantations in Asia, bringing exciting new 100% organic Oud oil-based fragrances to exclusive markets worldwide. Sustainably sourcing the finest raw materials across the globe, working with French perfumers to create a full range of products, and also providing bespoke fragrance services, Fragrance Du Bois is personal luxury with a conscience. With exclusive fragrance lounges around the world, in Dubai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, Fragrance Du Bois creates only the finest experience in bespoke perfumery.

Fragrance Du Bois is known as Parfums Du Bois in France and in non-French speaking markets, as Fragrance Du Bois.

About Asia Plantation Capital

Asia Plantation Capital is the owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and is part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies. Its focus is on multicultural and diverse plantation projects geared to the domestic and commercial demands of the countries in which it operates. Working closely with, and supporting local communities, is an underlying core principle of the Asia Plantation Capital business, providing social and cultural support, as well as investment, to move these communities away from deforestation and illegal logging activities, previously seen as a main source of income in some regions of Asia.

Established officially in 2008 (although operating privately since 2002) the group now has plantation and agricultural projects on four continents, with operational projects at various stages in Thailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, North America and Europe.

Promoting the use of sustainable and certified wood is the best way of preventing deforestation, protecting biodiversity, and combatting poverty in the tropical rainforest regions. For the yachting sector (a major user of teak) which strives for excellence and which is already involved in environmental efforts, this is also a way of ensuring that no wood from illegal logging is used.

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Committee to Protect Journalists’ 2015 Annual Report Highlights the Ongoing Iranian Detention of Washington Post Journalist Jason Rezaian

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire — Today, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released their Annual Report, which documents the crisis of imprisoned journalists across the globe. The 2015 Report highlights the case of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist who has been held illegally in Iran’s infamous Evin Prison for more than 500 days. Jason’s brother, Ali Rezaian, had this to say:

“I want to thank the Committee to Protect Journalists for their work and advocacy in promoting the freedom and liberty of journalists around the world and their ongoing support for my brother Jason. No one should be punished for his or her work as a journalist. Yet talented journalists are being harassed and imprisoned for simply doing their job. Unfortunately, too often, journalists like Jason have been jailed and had their lives disrupted despite no wrongdoing. This is an injustice by any standard, and should not be tolerated. I commend the CPJ for its relentless efforts to draw attention to these cases and for their critical role in helping to hold governments and judicial systems accountable for their baseless actions against journalists. We must do all we can to make sure that innocent journalists, like Jason, are set free.”

The CPJ reports that 199 journalists worldwide are currently imprisoned because of their work. Iran currently detains more journalists than any country other than China and Egypt.

The CPJ Report highlights the severity of Jason’s imprisonment, even among other tragic cases:

“The Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian, who has been held longer than any U.S. correspondent by any foreign government since CPJ began tracking imprisonments in 1990, is accused of espionage, among other charges. State media has reported that he has been convicted and sentenced, but has not said on which charges or provided any other detail.

To read the full report, please follow: https://cpj.org/imprisoned/2015.php

To find out more about Jason’s case, please visit: www.FreeJason.net

Governor of Communications and Information Technology Commission calls for protection of subscribers' rights

Riyadh, Rabi’I 04, 1437, December 15, 2015, SPA — The Governor of Communications and Information Technology Commission Dr. Abdulaziz bin Salem Al-Ruwais confirmed the need to work as one team with all the employees of the Commission to achieve their objectives, including the aspirations of the wise leadership that provides all support to the telecommunications and information technology sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide the best services in all parts of the Kingdom with high quality and favorable prices, and working to stimulate competition to the highest fair regulatory standards based on clarity and transparency.
This came during a meeting with employees of the Commission on the occasion of his appointment as governor of the Communications and Information Technology.
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12:27 LOCAL TIME 09:27 GMT

Governor of Communications and Information Technology Commission calls for protection of subscribers' rights 2 Riyadh

Dr. Al-Ruwais said, “It is the duty of everyone to serve citizens and residents up to achieve the satisfaction of telecommunications services and information technology and the protection of their rights within the limits of the responsibilities of the Commission and its terms of reference, to overcome the difficulties that may face providers of telecommunication services in the performance of their businesses, thus contributing to the development process, and the development of telecommunications and information technology sector, and to improve the quality of their services to achieve satisfaction of subscribers.
He stressed that he will work to draw a new strategy for the telecommunications and information technology sector emanating from the jurisdiction of the Commission within the limits of its responsibilities so that the sector can achieve the aspirations of the wise leadership and thus contributing to the economic development and achieving the satisfaction of beneficiaries of sector services.
— SPA
12:27 LOCAL TIME 09:27 GMT

Saudi-Indian Business Council discusses investment opportunities

New Delhi, Rabi’I 04, 1437,December 15, 2015,SPA — A delegation from Joint Saudi-Indian Business Council, headed by President of the Council Engineer Kamel Al-Munajd discussed with representatives of Indian companies working in various industrial and commercial areas a number of investment opportunities and ways to enhance cooperation between the two sides.
The Saudi side addressed during the meeting held yesterday the available investment opportunities as well as the joint business council plans on the most important sectors characterized by the two countries including agriculture, renewable energy, information technology, health, construction, contracting and manufacturing industries.
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12:01 LOCAL TIME 09:01 GMT