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Fundraising campaign announced for Cayman Islands reef restoration project

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Cayman Islands, January 20, 2015 – A fundraising campaign has been launched in Grand Cayman to help finance and sustain a major reef restoration project currently being done by volunteer divers supported by local dive operators, and overseen by the Cayman Islands Department of Environment. During the past five months volunteers have donated hundreds of man-hours to repair the devastating damage caused when a cruise ship dragged its anchor across a dive site in August. Diving from shore and on weekend boat trips donated Red Sail Sports, Divetech and other operators, the volunteers have removed tons of rubble and salvaged pieces of live coral to be replanted in the restoration process. Now they’re fanning out into the community to help raise money to keep going.

“Everyone’s been giving of themselves to the project, so we have decided to have a fundraiser to recoup some expenses, buy supplies and go forward,” said Keith Sahm, General Manager for Sunset House and co-coordinator of the project. “The goal is to raise $10,000 and we’ve got the Cayman government’s full backing.”

Sahm says marine science experts have suggested capping the scarred area on the reef base with concrete to keep the particles and silt from floating around and affecting nearby live corals, so bags of cement are needed for that phase of the project. A special marine epoxy to reattach live corals to the base must also be ordered. Some live corals have already been reattached in surrounding reef and they are doing well according to project co-coordinator Lois Hatcher of Ocean Frontiers, who is experienced with this coral restoration technique.

“Its amazing! The ones we replanted look really good,” she says, giving credit to the whole team of volunteer divers who are a part of this daunting project, expected to take a year to complete. “We’re lucky to have a good strong core of volunteers who care deeply and are dedicated to the effort. Everyone is working well together.”

“We are headed there slowly,” added Keith Sahm.

The volunteers are now knocking on doors in Cayman’s business community soliciting donations for the cause. A fundraising event is also planned for Friday, February 27 at the Royal Watler Cruise Terminal on the waterfront in George Town. The fundraising festivities will be held in late afternoon after the cruise ship traffic has cleared. Organizers are lining up music, sponsors and prizes for a silent auction and drawings. T-shirts are also being printed for the cause and will be available for purchase.

Donations for the Cayman Magic Reef Restoration Project can also be made online with the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. Online contributions must be designated for the Environmental Programs listed on the giving page.

www.nationaltrust.org.ky

Response so far from Cayman’s community is generous says Hatcher, adding that some people have come forward to donate supplies without being asked. Renowned sculptor Simon Morris who created “Amphitrite” the mermaid at Sunset House, “The Guardian of the Reef” at Divetech Lighthouse Point dive site, and “Tradition” the sculpture of the man and boy in Heroes Square in Georgetown is also pitching in to help the cause. He’s donating 40% of the proceeds from the sale of any bronze sculpture in current inventory to the restoration project.

“The tireless and generous efforts of all the volunteer divers and companies donating support in cash and kind to restore the terrible reef damage prove once again that Grand Cayman has true spirit and many heroes,” he said. “Every time I visit I am overwhelmed at the treatment I receive. My art is all about our need to love and protect our marine environment and if it can be used to help in anyway to assist in the efforts to repair the reef, I’ll be grateful for the opportunity.”

Divers planning to visit Cayman on vacation are also offering to get involved with the project during their stay. Organizers say they can use all the help they can get. As they reach out to the community, the volunteers are spreading the message that keeps them going and working for a successful fundraising campaign.

“We’re working to save Cayman’s marine environment for the future so we can’t afford for it not to be a success,” she said.

For more information on the fundraising campaign for the Magic Reef Restoration Project contact Keith Sahm at keith.sahm@sunsethouse.com or Lois Hatcher at lohatcher@gmail.com. You can also visit the Cayman Magic Reef Restoration Project Facebook Page: Cayman Magic Reef Restoration Project

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The Cayman Bottom Times is news collaboration by five leading dive operators to promote the superb diving of the Cayman Islands, and keep the diving public informed of important developments and events. Divetech, Ocean Frontiers, Red Sail Sports and Sunset House in Grand Cayman, and the Southern Cross Club in Little Cayman, all members of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, represent more than 100 years of solid experience in a destination that is recognized as the birthplace of recreational diving. With a unique combination of deep wall and shallow reef diving, several wrecks, and world-famous Stingray City, the Cayman Islands has cemented its place as the top diving destination in the Caribbean.

Offering diverse and wide-ranging dive programs on both Grand Cayman and Little Cayman, the members of this dive group represent the best Cayman has to offer; Divetech, Ocean Frontiers, Red Sail Sports Grand Cayman, Sunset House and the Southern Cross Club.

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HBO announces exclusive movie premieres in February

THE_FAMILY_2013Miami, FL – January 21, 2015 – HBO brings viewers in the Caribbean an exclusive movie premiere each Saturday at 21:00 AST* during the month of February, including The Family, Grudge Match, Need for Speed and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The Family (Saturday, February 7th) is a crime comedy directed by Luc Besson, based on Tonino Benacquista’s novel “Badfellas.” After moving to France under an FBI witness protection program, an American mafia family goes through a rough time adapting to their new lifestyle. Unfortunately, forgetting old habits proves to be more difficult than they thought. The films stars Robert De Niro (Fred Blake/Giovanni Manzoni), Michelle Pfeiffer (Maggie Blake/Manzoni), Dianna Agron (Belle Blake/Manzoni), John D’Leo (Warren Blake/Manzoni) and Tommy Lee Jones (Robert Stansfield).

grudge-match-blu-ray-cover-46Directed by Peter Segal, Grudge Match (Saturday, February 14th) is a sports comedy about two Pittsburgh boxers, Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (Robert De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Sylvester Stallone), who shared a fierce rivalry during the 1980s. Each had two victorious matches, but on the night before their final round, Henry suddenly announced his retirement, ending both boxers’ careers. Now, thirty years later, Billy and Henry return to the ring to settle their final score once and for all. The film also stars Kevin Hart (Dante Slate, Jr.), Alan Arkin (Louis “Lightning” Conlon), Kim Basinger (Sally), John Bernthal (B.J) and Camden Gray (Trey).

Based on the video game of the same name, Need for Speed (Saturday, February 21st) is an action film directed by Scott Waugh. Tobey MV5BMTY3NjMyMjc3MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTE1MzcwMjE@._V1_SX640_SY720_Marshall (Aaron Paul), a drag racer and mechanic struggling to make ends meet, is approached by former rival Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper) to build a Ford Mustang Shelby, and he reluctantly agrees in exchange for a cut of the sale price. Soon after, a tragic accident lands Tobey in prison after Dino frames him; when Tobey is released two years later, he seeks to avenge his friend Pete’s death. The film also features performances by Imogen Poots (Julia Maddon), Scott Mescudi (Benny Maverick), Rami Malek (Finn) and Ramon Rodriguez (Joe Peck), among others.

Marvel® superhero Captain America returns in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Saturday, February 28th), directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Two years after the battle in New York with his fellow Avengers, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) – better known as Captain America – lives Captain-America-The-Winter-Soldier-Poster-HD-High-Definitionquietly in Washington, DC, working for espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. Now sent on a mission with agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), also known as Black Widow, and new ally Falcon (Anthony Mackie), to free hostages aboard one of their vessels, the team struggles to expose a complex conspiracy and unexpectedly stumbles upon an unexpected enemy: the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

*Atlantic Standard Time. For more information and the program schedule by country, consult your local provider or visit www.hbomax.tv.

About HBO Latin America
HBO Latin America is the premium television network leader that, in addition to being recognized for the quality and diversity of its original programming, films and documentaries, also provides services with the highest technology in SD and HD formats in more than 24 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean through its channels HBO, HBO2, HBO Signature, HBO Plus, HBO Family, HBO Caribbean, HBO On Demand, HBO GO, MAX, MAX Prime, MAX UP, MAX Caribbean, Cinemax and Cinemax GO.

Barbados PM announces $7 million initiative to deal with Barbados natural gas shortage

18c001c4a44dc2c45e4753474e16b165From The Barbados Government Information Service
Ministerial Statement On The Natural Gas Shortage
Published on January 20, 2015 by Prime Minister’s Office
Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart. (FP)Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart. (FP)

Mr. Speaker, in mid-December 2014, commercial customers of the National Petroleum Corporation on the West Coast of Barbados started to experience low natural gas pressure and in some instances, no gas at all.

Barbados National Oil Company Limited (BNOCL) and National Petroleum Corporation (NPC) responded immediately to this situation by the BNOCL bringing all of its gas wells, including the “reserved gas wells” on production to ensure maximum line pressure and the NPC checking the entire transmission and distribution lines for leaks and repairing minor leaks that were identified.

These measures did not however resolve the shortage which resulted from increased consumption by commercial entities, on the one hand, and gradual decline in supply of gas by the BNOCL wells, on the other hand.

Representatives from the technical sub Committee and Boards of both BNOCL and NPC met in a Special Joint meeting on Monday, January 19, 2015 to discuss the natural gas shortage and to approve ways to address the situation in as short a time as possible. In an effort to mitigate the problem in the short-term BNOCL and NPC have agreed on and are executing actions as follows:

1. The NPC has agreed with a number of large industrial users of natural gas for these users to switch immediately to alternative fuels for the short term.

The recovery of natural gas from two outpost wells:

2. The Company revisited a number of wells whose production had fallen below the economic threshold in the past, and identified two wells with possible potential for gas recovery.

3. The work would entail the connection of these wells to BNOCL’s existing gas-gathering system.

4. It is estimated that this work will be completed within two (2) weeks, with two and three shift per day operations. Permissions for approval from the Landowners and the Ministry of Transport and Works to lay the necessary pipelines have already been or are in the process of being sought.

5. It is estimated that four small Air Mix Plants could be ready for shipping towards the end of January 2015

6. One large air mix plant with built-in redundancy will be installed at Woodbourne, after NPC has ensured the integrity of the pipeline to cope with such an installation.

Transportation of compressed natural gas by trailer mounted vessels:

The work would entail the following:

7. Retrofitting the Gas Plant Facility to receive product by truck.

8. The purchase of trailer trucks and associated equipment to transport product from the well head to the gas plant facility.

9. It is estimated that the work on the infrastructure at the gas plant facility and the importation of equipment would be completed within 3 – 4 weeks.

This suite of measures is estimated to cost $7 million. Further, in an effort to increase gas production and reserves BNOCL will finalise the relevant contracts and other arrangements in order to resume its expanded drilling programme early in the third quarter of 2015.

From as far back as 2004, both BNOCL and NPC started a process of identifying a mechanism for the importation of natural gas since it was recognised that the local supply of the product would become depleted reasonably early. This process has not yet been successful for reasons beyond the control of both entities. BNOCL and NPC will however continue to seek sources of supply of imported natural gas.

BNOCL was incorporated in 1983 to produce crude oil and associated natural gas onshore Barbados. Its operations are primarily conducted in the Woodbourne, Lower Greys and Hampton areas. Since inception, it has produced over 13 million barrels of oil and 30 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

NPC is the statutory corporation empowered to distribute the natural gas produced by BNOCL. Over the years, it has carried out this service to its 20,000 customers without major interruption. Both BNOCL and NPC regret the occurrence of this shortage and the impacts that it has caused on the customers of the NPC and the public.

The boards and managements of both corporations are treating the resolution of this problem with the utmost sense of urgency and will continue to devote whatever effort is necessary to overcome this difficulty. In the meantime, both corporations will do all they can to minimize any further possible disruption to customers and the public, and are of the view that the measures outlined earlier will be implemented quickly and efficiently to provide a lasting solution to this shortage.

Cayman Finance hosts second annual New York event

lcayman-finance logoCayman Finance hosted its second annual New York Breakfast Briefing on 21 January at the Harvard Club of New York City with a guest list including senior industry representatives from Cayman’s financial services firms and their New York based key clients and contacts.

Featured speakers at the event included the Hon. Wayne Panton, Minister of Financial Services, Commerce and Environment and Cayman Finance CEO Mr Jude Scott. Minister Panton provided an update on enhancements to Cayman’s regulatory, immigration and policy environments that are designed to create efficiencies and make it more attractive and easier to do business in the Cayman Islands.

Jackie Doak, Chief Operating Officer of Dart Realty, also highlighted the organisation’s inward investment into the Cayman Islands and future investment in infrastructure, covering both the tourism and financial services sectors of the Cayman economy.

“The Cayman Islands Government is constantly striving to improve its business environment to ensure that Cayman remains a premier international financial centre,” said Minister Panton before the event. “Meeting key industry stakeholders in New York and hearing their views face-to-face is an important and vital part of our strategy to ensure that Cayman remains at the forefront of financial services developments,” he added.

The event has strong support from the Cayman Islands Government with the Ministry’s Chief Officer, Dr Dax Basdeo, Councillor Roy McTaggart, and Senior Legislative Policy Advisor Mr Andre Ebanks also attended.

The Breakfast Briefing is part of a week-long schedule of meetings with leading law and accounting firms, top financial institutions and US media.

The New York event was Mr Scott’s first as the new CEO of Cayman Finance who said before arriving he was looking forward to the event which would strengthen relationships with key industry contacts.

“Events like this are key in showcasing, both locally and overseas, the close working relationship between the private sector and Government,” he said. “In addition, the benefit of providing a quality networking opportunity with senior industry representatives from Cayman and New York-based clients is tremendous, enabling us to continue to provide the services and industry products our clients require.”

“Recognising Cayman’s important role in the global financial market, it is imperative we remain accessible to our key stakeholders and proactive in promoting the advancements within Cayman – both at a government and private sector level – that keep us at the forefront of the global financial services industry.”

Guyana President announces date for general election

d_ramotarADDRESS TO THE NATION BY

HIS EXCELLENCY DONALD RAMOTAR

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GUYANA

AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES

TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015

My fellow Guyanese, as you will recall I prorogued Parliament on November 10, 2014. In doing so, I indicated that I was opting to preserve rather than end the life of the 10th Parliament. I was also attempting to avoid further political conflict and seek avenues of political accommodation between my government and the parliamentary opposition parties.

I had hoped that the period of prorogation would have allowed for extant tensions to ease and for all of the parliamentary parties to constructively engage the government. At all times I have acted in accordance with the Constitution of Guyana.

I also did it to enfranchise those persons, though no fault of their own, who could not get on the Voters Roll at the last election because of lack of source documents, mainly residents living in the hinterland.

Unfortunately, the opportunities that prorogation provided for continued dialogue and engagements with the parliamentary opposition parties have not materialized. The parliamentary opposition adopted an inflexible position that they will not engage with me until parliament is reconvened. I had hoped that they would have reconsidered this unproductive posture and meet with me so that we can discuss our differences and find solutions to advance the development of Guyana.

During this current period, my government paid strict adherence to the Constitution in administering the welfare of our nation. Further there were regular interactions with national and international stakeholders to keep them abreast with developments and my efforts to reach some level of political consensus.

Meetings were also held with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to emphasize the need for their readiness for holding free, fair, transparent and efficient elections. This was consistent with my intention to call general elections should there be failure to find accommodation with the parliamentary opposition parties. You will recall that in December 2014, I had alerted international observers to the possibility of elections in 2015. Also, at a Press Conference I assured the nation that I was going to announce a date for General and Regional Elections early in the New Year as not to disrupt the holiday season. My commitment to preserving and strengthening our democracy is unquestionable.

I made it clear then that I remained open to dialogue with the opposition parties. It is a door that I did not nor do not intend to shut, now or ever. In light of the opposition’s sustained refusal to engage my Government in the dialogue we anticipated and in light of the commitment I made to you, the people of Guyana, I now move towards general elections.

In the circumstances, I hereby announce that General and Regional Elections shall be held on Monday, 11th May, 2015.

I am advised that GECOM would be in a state of readiness for these polls on that date.

As usual, I intent to invite international observers to be part of the elections process and I will expect the political parties, the security services and the people of Guyana to conduct themselves in a manner that would ensure continued peace and stability before, during and after the elections. We have a collective obligation to ensure the protection of the democratic gains we have made and for which we have endured so much as a nation to secure.
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GE CEO visits West Kendall Baptist Hospital to unveil highly advanced CT Scanner

436A1318Celebrating the first U.S. installation of GE Healthcare’s new Revolution™ Computed Tomography (CT) scanner, GE Chair and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey R. Immelt visited West Kendall Baptist Hospital today for a hospital tour and reception with local business leaders and Baptist Health executives.

The Revolution CT has been in operation at the hospital since September 2014. West Kendall Baptist Hospital purchased the highly advanced equipment, developed by GE Healthcare, after conducting a six-month on-site clinical trial – the first such trial in the world.

“We are grateful to West Kendall Baptist Hospital’s physicians for their collaboration and rigorous testing during the trial,” said Mr. Immelt. “A core component of GE Healthcare’s strategy is partnering with customers to understand their clinical and operational needs, and in turn develop next-generation technology that delivers the outcomes they’re looking for. The Revolution CT was designed to be a game changer and is one of the most significant CT advancements in the last decade, providing uncompromised image quality at a very low dose.”

CT gives physicians a look inside the body at organs, soft tissues, vascular structures and bones using X-rays to generate very high-resolution images. Other than a simple X-ray for a bone fracture, CT is likely to be the first imaging exam many patients will encounter when they are suspected of having serious disease or injury. CT is used in the emergency department and general inpatient and outpatient environments. It is also used in guiding less invasive interventional procedures such as biopsies and ablations.

With the convergence of whole-organ coverage, image quality and speed found in the Revolution CT scanner, West Kendall Baptist Hospital physicians are now able to diagnose even the most challenging patients. This innovative technology can enable clinicians to diagnose more cardiac patients with erratic or high heartbeats and provide pediatric patients with sedation-free and low-dose scanning capabilities, among other clinical advances.

“According to our physicians, patient feedback about their experience with the Revolution CT has been uniformly positive,” said West Kendall Baptist Hospital CEO Javier Hernández-Lichtl. “The advanced design definitely makes for a less intimidating, more comfortable patient experience, while yielding amazingly accurate and detailed images. The Revolution CT is truly revolutionary, and we are pleased to have had early access to this technology.”

 

Miami Heart Study Announced

Baptist Health South Florida’s Chief Operating Officer, Wayne Brackin, also announced the hospital’s participation in the Miami Heart Study, an important medical research project recently launched by Baptist Health South Florida. The study is designed to learn more about prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease – still the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.

“Through the Miami Heart Study, our physicians will look for new connections between factors such as genetics and lifestyle behaviors, discover new risk factors and validate information about the risk factors we already know,” said Mr. Hernández-Lichtl.

The study seeks 4,000 volunteer participants in South Florida. Participation requires a commitment of one day (four to six hours) of testing and examinations at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, as well as responses to periodic follow-up surveys over the next five years. Volunteer qualifications and other details are available at MiamiHeartStudy.com.

 

“Healthy Hub” Introduced

Mr. Hernández-Lichtl invited the public to experience a new preventive healthcare tool, the Healthy Hub, now available in the hospital’s main lobby. This high-tech, walk-up healthcare station offers a fast, free assessment of blood pressure, blood glucose, blood cholesterol, body fat percentage, body fat index and heart score from the American Heart Association’s MyLifeCheckTM. Users receive a printed report, a referral for any necessary follow-up care and information from Healthy West Kendall about community resources.

The Healthy Hub is sponsored by Healthy West Kendall, a community-wide initiative developed by West Kendall Baptist Hospital and supported by the hospital’s community partners. “Getting and staying healthy is easier when you can track your progress,” said Mr. Hernández-Lichtl. “The Healthy Hub is an easy, free way to check your vital statistics, and the whole process takes only about 15 minutes.”

MyLifeCheck is a trademark of the American Heart Association

About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with seven hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital) and more than 30 outpatient and urgent care facilities spanning three counties. The not-for-profit, faith-based Baptist Health has more than 15,000 employees and 2,200 affiliated physicians, and also includes Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Outpatient Services and internationally renowned centers of excellence. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities. Baptist Health was just listed by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America (#19 in the nation and #1 in Florida) and has remained on the list for 14 years. It was also recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the third year in a row by the Ethisphere Institute. Visit BaptistHealth.net.

 

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software and IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

Cayman Finance to host second annual New York event

Jude Scott headshotCayman Finance will host its second annual New York Breakfast Briefing on 21 January at the Harvard Club of New York City with an anticipated guest list including senior industry representatives from Cayman’s financial services firms and their New York based key clients and contacts.

Featured speakers at the event include the Hon. Wayne Panton, Minister of Financial Services, Commerce and Environment and Cayman Finance CEO Mr Jude Scott. Minister Panton will provide an update on enhancements to Cayman’s regulatory, immigration and policy environments that are designed to create efficiencies and make it more attractive and easier to do business in the Cayman Islands.

Jackie Doak, Chief Operating Officer of Dart Realty, will also be highlighting the organisation’s inward investment into the Cayman Islands and future investment in infrastructure, covering both the tourism and financial services sectors of the Cayman economy.

“The Cayman Islands Government is constantly striving to improve its business environment to ensure that Cayman remains a premier international financial centre,” said Minister Panton. “Meeting key industry stakeholders in New York and hearing their views face-to-face is an important and vital part of our strategy to ensure that Cayman remains at the forefront of financial services developments,” he added.

The event has strong support from the Cayman Islands Government with the Ministry’s Chief Officer, Dr Dax Basdeo, Councillor Roy McTaggart, and Senior Legislative Policy Advisor Mr Andre Ebanks also attending.

The Breakfast Briefing is part of a week-long schedule of meetings with leading law and accounting firms, top financial institutions and US media.

The New York event will be Mr Scott’s first as the new CEO of Cayman Finance who said he was looking forward to the event which would strengthen relationships with key industry contacts.

“Events like this are key in showcasing, both locally and overseas, the close working relationship between the private sector and Government,” he said. “In addition, the benefit of providing a quality networking opportunity with senior industry representatives from Cayman and New York-based clients is tremendous, enabling us to continue to provide the services and industry products our clients require.”

“Recognising Cayman’s important role in the global financial market, it is imperative we remain accessible to our key stakeholders and proactive in promoting the advancements within Cayman – both at a government and private sector level – that keep us at the forefront of the global financial services industry.”

Those interested in attending the event can find information and registration details on the Cayman Finance website at www.caymanfinance.ky

Qunar to hold Annual General Meeting on February 12, 2015

2011-07-28-03-535x535BEIJING, Jan. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Qunar Cayman Islands Limited (Nasdaq:QUNR) (“Qunar” or the “Company”), China’s leading search-based travel commerce platform, today announced that it will hold an annual general meeting of shareholders (“AGM”) at its headquarters on the 17th Floor of Viva Plaza, Building 18, Yard 29, Suzhou Street, Haidian District, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, at 2:00pm on February 12, 2015 (Beijing Time).

Holders of record of ordinary shares of the Company at the close of business on January 12, 2015 are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the AGM or any adjournment or postponement thereof. Holders of the Company’s American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) who wish to exercise their voting rights for their underlying ordinary shares must act through the depository of the Company’s ADS program, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas.

The notice of the annual general meeting of shareholders is available from the “Annual General Meeting” section of the Company’s website at ir.qunar.com. The Company has filed its annual report on Form 20-F, including its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Shareholders and ADS holders may obtain a copy of the Company’s annual report on Form 20-F, free of charge, from the Company’s website at http://ir.qunar.com as well as the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov, or by writing to Jenna Qian, Investor Relations, Qunar Cayman Islands Limited, 17th Floor, Viva Plaza, Building 18, Yard 29, Suzhou Street, Haidian District, Beijing, 100080, The People’s Republic of China, or by sending an email to ir@qunar.com.

About Qunar

Qunar Cayman Islands Limited is the leading search-based commerce platform for the travel industry in China. Qunar’s goal is to empower Chinese travelers to define their travel experience. Founded in May 2005 and headquartered in Beijing, Qunar is committed to providing travelers with a one-stop travel information source on both PC and mobile devices. The Company enables travelers to find the best-value deals by aggregating and processing highly fragmented travel product information from tens of thousands of travel service providers into an organized and user-friendly display through its proprietary technology. According to research firm iResearch, Qunar has ranked No. 1 among all non-state-owned online travel companies in China in terms of monthly unique visitors since November 2010. Qunar’s mobile application “Qunar Travel” was ranked the most frequently used mobile travel application in China by China Internet Network Information Center in September 2012.

Leveraging its large user base and advanced technologies, the Company provides an attractive value proposition to its customers, which include travel service providers and display advertisers.

Qunar means “where to go” in Mandarin Chinese.

GE CEO visits West Kendall Baptist Hospital to unveil highly advanced CT scanner

west-kendal-baptist-585x480Celebrating the first U.S. installation of GE Healthcare’s new Revolution™ Computed Tomography (CT) scanner, GE Chair and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey R. Immelt visited West Kendall Baptist Hospital today for a hospital tour and reception with local business leaders and Baptist Health executives.

The Revolution CT has been in operation at the hospital since September 2014. West Kendall Baptist Hospital purchased the highly advanced equipment, developed by GE Healthcare, after conducting a six-month on-site clinical trial – the first such trial in the world.

“We are grateful to West Kendall Baptist Hospital’s physicians for their collaboration and rigorous testing during the trial,” said Mr. Immelt. “A core component of GE Healthcare’s strategy is partnering with customers to understand their clinical and operational needs, and in turn develop next-generation technology that delivers the outcomes they’re looking for. The Revolution CT was designed to be a game changer and is one of the most significant CT advancements in the last decade, providing uncompromised image quality at a very low dose.”

CT gives physicians a look inside the body at organs, soft tissues, vascular structures and bones using X-rays to generate very high-resolution images. Other than a simple X-ray for a bone fracture, CT is likely to be the first imaging exam many patients will encounter when they are suspected of having serious disease or injury. CT is used in the emergency department and general inpatient and outpatient environments. It is also used in guiding less invasive interventional procedures such as biopsies and ablations.

With the convergence of whole-organ coverage, image quality and speed found in the Revolution CT scanner, West Kendall Baptist Hospital physicians are now able to diagnose even the most challenging patients. This innovative technology can enable clinicians to diagnose more cardiac patients with erratic or high heartbeats and provide pediatric patients with sedation-free and low-dose scanning capabilities, among other clinical advances.

“According to our physicians, patient feedback about their experience with the Revolution CT has been uniformly positive,” said West Kendall Baptist Hospital CEO Javier Hernández-Lichtl. “The advanced design definitely makes for a less intimidating, more comfortable patient experience, while yielding amazingly accurate and detailed images. The Revolution CT is truly revolutionary, and we are pleased to have had early access to this technology.”

Miami Heart Study Announced

Baptist Health South Florida’s Chief Operating Officer, Wayne Brackin, also announced the hospital’s participation in the Miami Heart Study, an important medical research project recently launched by Baptist Health South Florida. The study is designed to learn more about prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease – still the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.

“Through the Miami Heart Study, our physicians will look for new connections between factors such as genetics and lifestyle behaviors, discover new risk factors and validate information about the risk factors we already know,” said Mr. Hernández-Lichtl.

The study seeks 4,000 volunteer participants in South Florida. Participation requires a commitment of one day (four to six hours) of testing and examinations at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, as well as responses to periodic follow-up surveys over the next five years. Volunteer qualifications and other details are available at MiamiHeartStudy.com.

“Healthy Hub” Introduced

Mr. Hernández-Lichtl invited the public to experience a new preventive healthcare tool, the Healthy Hub, now available in the hospital’s main lobby. This high-tech, walk-up healthcare station offers a fast, free assessment of blood pressure, blood glucose, blood cholesterol, body fat percentage, body fat index and heart score from the American Heart Association’s MyLifeCheckTM. Users receive a printed report, a referral for any necessary follow-up care and information from Healthy West Kendall about community resources.

The Healthy Hub is sponsored by Healthy West Kendall, a community-wide initiative developed by West Kendall Baptist Hospital and supported by the hospital’s community partners. “Getting and staying healthy is easier when you can track your progress,” said Mr. Hernández-Lichtl. “The Healthy Hub is an easy, free way to check your vital statistics, and the whole process takes only about 15 minutes.”

MyLifeCheck is a trademark of the American Heart Association

About Baptist Health South Florida

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Financial Planner Carl Richards: Beware of ‘Risk Creep’

financialplanningBy Dan Weil From moneynews

It’s easy for investors to fall into positions that are too dangerous without even realizing it, says Carl Richards, a financial planner in Park City, Utah, and director of investor education at the BAM Alliance.

The problem is “risk creep,” he writes in The New York Times.

“We start with a plan that offers a clear margin of safety. Then, slowly, we allow ourselves to take just a bit more risk. . . . Most of the time we don’t even recognize we’re doing it.”

What’s happening?

“As things go well, our perception of risk goes down,” Richards explains. “We start to feel safe and as a result we take one small step into territory that we previously labeled out of bounds.” The process gets repeated until things blow up.

The six-year bull market in stocks offers an example of the process. “As the stock market does well, we start to believe that it will always do well,” he writes. “We start shifting more of our 401(k) money into stocks and say to ourselves, Risk? What risk?”

The solution is memory, he says. “Just remember what it was like to watch a retirement account go down by 50 percent (or more) in 2008. Or what it was like to miss a mortgage payment. Then we need to take a close look at where we are in terms of risk creep and remember: things change.”

Meanwhile, investment icon Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, offered colorful imagery to emphasize the importance of buying low and selling high in an interview last month with Quicken Loans executives.

“This imaginary person out there — Mr. Market — he’s kind of a drunken psycho,” Buffett said, according to Benzinga news service.

“Some days he gets very enthused, some days he gets very depressed. And when he gets really enthused, you sell to him, and if he gets depressed you buy from him. There’s no moral taint attached to that.”

And how should we small fry approach investing?

“Pay no attention to headlines in the paper or people on television or anything, but put aside a little money each month,” Buffett said.

For more on this story go to:

http://www.Newsmax.com/Finance/Richards-risk-investors-remember/2015/01/08/id/617331/#ixzz3Of0VgiKL

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