AsiaNet Daily Summary - Press Releases for Friday, October 27, 2006

General Press Releases Friday October 27, 2006 17:35
SYDNEY: Centrebet punters are betting that Indira Moala will
be crowned the new NZ Idol on Sunday night.
SYDNEY: Emerging Australian nickel producer, Allegiance
Mining NL, is pleased to release its September quarterly.
RIO DE JANEIRO: Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) made the
payment of US$13.3 billion to the depositary agent,
Computershare Investor Services Inc., for the acquisition of
174,623,019 shares of Inco Limited (Inco), representing 75.66
per cent of its outstanding shares on a fully-diluted basis.
CLEVELAND, Ohio: American Greetings Corporation has
announced the resignation of Chief Financial Officer, Michael
J. Merriman, Jr., effective November 14, 2006.
AUCKLAND: At the 9th International Business Rules Forum in
Washington, DC, executives from PowerHealth Solutions and Idiom
Software will present the advantages of employing business
rules to develop flexible applications for markets with
continually changing requirements and complex workflows.
SAN FRANCISCO, California: Bank of America and China
Construction Bank have announced a joint pilot program to offer
free consumer account wire transfer service to and from China
by eliminating all fees on transfers.
RICHARDSON, Texas and ESKILSTUNA: SB Broadband AB has
announced the launch of high-speed wireless broadband service
in Sweden using pre-WiMAX 802.16e equipment from Navini
Networks, the global leader in providing plug-n-play broadband
wireless access solutions with the most experience in
commercial deployments.
HAMILTON: W.P. Stewart & Co., Ltd. has reported net income
of US$3.5 million, or US$0.08 per share (diluted) and US$0.08
per share (basic), for the third quarter ended 30 September
2006. This compares with net income in the third quarter of
2005 of US$12.2 million, or US$0.27 per share (diluted) and
US$0.27 per share (basic).
NIESTETAL: In the illustrious Alte Oper in Frankfurt,
Germany, SMA Technologie AG received the renowned "Entrepreneur
of the Year" prize.
BRUSSELS: Preliminary results from the world's most
comprehensive global stroke survey were announced by the Stroke
Alliance for Europe and AstraZeneca. The initial survey results
point to a widespread lack of awareness of stroke.
LONDON: British American Tobacco's reported Group profit
from operations was 2 per cent higher. However, profit from
operations would have been 8 per cent higher, or 6 per cent at
comparable rates of exchange, if exceptional items and the
impact arising from the change in terms of trade following the
sale of Etinera are excluded, with all regions except Europe
contributing to this good growth.
AMSTERDAM: Gemalto has reported third quarter revenue of 390
million euros (US$495.5 million), down 8 per cent at constant
exchange rates, as market environment remains difficult in
mobile communication.
ESPOO: KONE has developed the world's flattest autowalk
technology, which makes designing locations for and installing
autowalks considerably easier.
SINGAPORE and FRANKFURT: AirPlus International, a leading
provider of global business travel payment solutions, has
entered into a partnership with Singapore Airlines in the field
of business travel management.
BEIJING, AMSTERDAM and SHANNON: China Aviation Supplies
Import & Export Group Corporation, AerCap, and Calyon
Airfinance, are pleased to announce that they have agreed to
jointly invest in a new aircraft operating lease venture
initially dedicated to the China market.
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