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Jun 20 2013

Gain Market Insight with Webinars from Euromonitor International

Euromonitor International’s webinar series aims to provide you with the latest industry trends and market insight. Take a look below at our upcoming webinars – register today to secure your space:


Alcoholic Drinks in 2013: The Recovery and the Macroeconomic Balancing Act
Date: June 19, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM CST, 15:00 BST
Note: Hong Kong Time – June 19, 2013 (Wednesday) 10:00 PM

East Africa’s Tourism Industry Poised for Growth
Date: June 25, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM CST, 15:00 BST
Note: Hong Kong Time – June 25, 2013 (Tuesday) 10:00 PM


Harnessing the Power of the Ageing Global Population
Date: June 27, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM CST, 15:00 BST
Note: Hong Kong Time – June 27, 2013 (Thursday) 10:00 PM


Consumer Health as a Prevention and Solution to the Chronic Disease Epidemic
Date: July 17, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM CST, 15:00 BST
Note: Hong Kong Time – July 17, 2013 (Monday) 10:00 PM


The Sportswear Revolution: Global Market Trends and Future Growth Outlook
Date: July 24, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM CST, 15:00 BST
Note: Hong Kong Time – July 24, 2013 (Wednesday) 10:00PM

The Tobacco Industry at a Crossroads: Cigarettes Growth Falters as Focus Falls on Alternatives
Date: July 25, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM CST, 15:00 BST
Note: Hong Kong Time – July 25, 2013 (Tuesday) 10:00 PM


Euromonitor International provides you more insight via their GMID database:

Global Market Information Database (GMID)


This database contains over a million demographic, economic and marketing statistics for more than 200 countries worldwide. It is restricted to current HKU staff and students only.

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Jun 20 2013

What is the New Normal for Natural Resources?


The world’s supply of natural resources is depleting, but the global population is growing. Consumer demand for green products is higher than ever before, but creating sustainable products can be expensive. Is your company at the forefront of this new normal for natural resources?

Understanding patterns of supply and demand is crucial for the future of every business. Our white paper Sustainability and The New Normal for Natural Resources outlines ways your organization can cut costs, build your reputation and decrease long-term dependency on natural resources, leading to a more efficient business model.

  • Review our checklist of questions to see how your organization can improve its sustainability model
  • Understand risks impacting the supply of natural resources and why sustainability is important for your organization and customers
  • Read about new opportunities and business models available to ensure security of natural resources, build reputation and lower costs

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Sarah Boumphrey
Head of Countries and Consumers         

Sarah heads up the Countries & Consumers team, managing a team of economic and consumer trends analysts around the world. In her role, Sarah focuses on translating economic and consumer trends information into useful insight; and advises client companies on how these trends have a real-life impact on their business.

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Jun 20 2013

MSCI ESG News: Barclays MSCI ESG Fixed Income Indices Launch

On June 11, 2013, Barclays and MSCI Inc. launched a global family of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Fixed Income Indices, the first fixed income benchmark indices based primarily on ESG factors. The indices are co-branded ‘Barclays MSCI’ and are independently marketed by both firms.
The Barclays MSCI ESG Fixed Income Indices comprise more than 500 standard and bespoke indices representing the most widely used ESG strategies and investment objectives across three categories:

  • Barclays MSCI Socially Responsible (SRI) Indices exclude issuers that engaged in particular businesses activities that may be restricted for certain investors and are intended for those whose investment selections are governed by values-based policies.


  • Barclays MSCI Sustainability Indices apply a best-in-class methodology to select issuers (sovereign, corporate, and quasi-sovereign) with high ESG ratings relative to their peers. These indices are intended for investors who place a premium on companies’ sustainability strategies and believe ESG criteria can be applied to identify companies that are more effective in managing the ESG risks unique to their industry.


  • Barclays MSCI Weighted Indices use ESG ratings to systematically over- and under-weight issuers within a bond index using an objective rules-based approach. These indices are targeted toward universal owners whose investment strategies express a view on the financial impact that ESG factors will have on their investments.

The indices fill a critical gap in the market by providing asset owners and managers with ESG commitments, such as UN PRI (United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing) signatories, with a comprehensive series of performance benchmarks. Additionally, institutional investors are able to leverage the indices to create index-linked investment products, such as Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), separately managed accounts, and structured products, based on ESG investment themes. Read more…




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Jun 20 2013

Webinar: MSCI ESG Research – Thematic Research Reports Launch – June 20, 2013

Thematic Research Reports Launch

Date: THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013

Time:  10:00PM HKT/ 7:00AM PDT/ 10:00AM EDT/ 3:00PM BST/

           4:00PM CEST/ 6:00 PM GST 


Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) macro trends are shaping our future and may become material issues for companies and investors alike.


ESG research and analysis across sectors remains fragmented and limited to a company or industry level. This makes it difficult to assess ESG risks and opportunities across the investment universe and / or across asset classes, and to answer thematic research questions such as: What are the key sectors most impacted by climate change, resource scarcity, human capital, demographic changes, financial market instability and corporate governance issues? Which companies are better at responding to these ESG issues or seizing opportunities, and which ones are lagging behind?


Based on our combination of global expertise and coverage, MSCI ESG Research is now able to provide its clients with thematic research and analysis across sectors. This allows us to draw ESG macro- and micro-thematic research conclusions and to explore ESG / financial returns, as well as the broader ESG footprint.


Please join us for the MSCI ESG Thematic Research Reports launch webinar where we will discuss the recent expansion of our ESG research to cover a series of issues across the MSCI World and MSCI ACWI universe.


During the session, we will discuss a broad variety of topics such as:

  • What’s a ‘Thematic Research Report’, what kind of information will investors typically find in these reports and what is MSCI ESG Research upcoming schedule for thematic reports release?
  • How is MSCI ESG Research meeting the challenge to analyze key ESG risks and opportunities across a broad investment universe?
  • What are the key findings of our latest Thematic Research Reports?


Host: Linda-Eling Lee, Global Head of ESG Ratings Research, MSCI ESG Research



  • Veronique Menou, Senior Analyst, MSCI ESG Research
  • Drew Fryer, Senior Analyst, MSCI ESG Research
  • Wolfgang Pinner, Head of Sustainable Investments, Erste Asset Management


Agenda Topics

  • Thematic Research Reports – A Synopsis
  • ESG Risks and Opportunities across Sectors – MSCI ESG Research Analysis
  • The Use Case Examples for ESG Research Themes


Please use a valid e-mail address which you check regularly.






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Jun 20 2013

Free topical journal articles from Policy Press

Free topical journal articles of the month of June are:

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Jun 20 2013

Access the latest Health and Social Care Research

  • Key Articles and Books on Sleep
  • The June Theme on the Routledge Health and Social Care Arena is Sleep. Journals and free access articles related to Sleep and Children, Sleep Medicine and Disorders, Sleep and Performance, and Sleep and Health are showcased. You can also browse the latest books. Visit the Arena today to find out more.

  • Virtual Special Issue on ME/CFS
  • You will find recent research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome from across the journals into this free virtual special issue.

  • Get Free Online Access to Editor’s Choice Articles from Sexual and Relationship Therapy
  • The Editor of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, Dr Alex Iantaffi, provided a selection of high-quality articles for you to read for free online. View the free articles and get access here.

  • Read the inaugural issue from Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine: An Open Access Journal
  • The first editorial from Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine: An Open Access Journal is available to read online. Read ‘The new open access journal on health psychology and behavioral medicine: why do we need it?’ by Editors Xiaoming Li & Frank Doyle here.

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Jun 20 2013

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

  • Resident-Centered Community Building: What Makes It Different?
  • How do we build community? How can we learn from each other? What does it mean to create a community responsive to the needs of its occupants? The Aspen Institute recently took on the challenge of thinking about such matters. In 2012, the Institute, along with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, sponsored a conference on community building. The participants in this exercise included resident activists, community organizers, and additional parties. This 25-page document presents some great findings from their work, along with some basic information on how other organizations might work to include a diverse set of participants in community-building activities. Some of these basic building blocks include “Meet people where they are” and “Be flexible about how people participate.”

  • Immigrant Assimilation into US Prisons, 1900-1930
  • The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) conducts research on a wide range of topics and its work is frequently cited by scholars around the world. This intriguing piece was authored by Carolyn M. Moehling and Anne Morrison Piehl and released in May 2013. The 39-page paper looks into the statistical patterns behind immigrant assimilation into US prisons from 1900-1930 by drawing on newly released data. Some of the initial findings from this work note that immigrants “rapidly assimilated to native incarceration patterns.” The introduction offers a bit of research literature overview which is quite helpful. Also, the report contains helpful figures, along with information on the authors’ methodology and statistical analysis.

    [Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 24, June 14, 2013]

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Jun 20 2013

Latest Resources from Migration Informatio​n Source

The Growing Linkages Between Migration and Microfinance
The expansion of access to credit through microfinance — now a multibillion-dollar sector — has resulted in profound shifts across the developing world. This article, using Cambodia as its example, discusses the ways in which households are using microcredit in coordination with migration, and addresses critical questions about who benefits from these linkages — and what vulnerabilities they might create for migrants.

Filipino Immigrants in the United States
Immigrants from the Philippines made up 4.5 percent of the 40.4 million immigrants in the United States in 2011. Although this population — 1.8 million strong in 2011 — has grown 17 times its size since 1960, its share among Asian immigrants overall has decreased since that year. This article examines the latest data on Filipino immigrants in the United States, including population size, geographic distribution, admission categories, and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.

[Source: Migration Information Source]

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Jun 18 2013

Dental Research Seminar

Published by under Dentistry

Date: June 25, 2013 (Tuesday)

Time: 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Venue: Lecture Theatre II, G/F, The Prince Philip Dental Hospital


Presenter: Mr. Lu Bingtai, PhD Candidate


Title: Polyphosphate metabolism and its role in bacterial physiology and infection


Abstract: A ubiquitous inorganic biopolymer known as polyphosphate (poly-P) plays a number of important roles that enable bacterial cells to form virulent and persistent infections. Consequently, bacteria encode various different types of protein that regulate intracellular poly-P levels. In my talk, I will describe and discuss ongoing efforts to identify and characterize various protein families proposed to play a role in regulating bacterial poly-P levels. I will discuss how these proteins function at the molecular level, and how their biological roles affect overall bacterial physiology.


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Jun 17 2013


Published by under Dentistry

1 – 15 June 2013



1. 養生口腔操  [信報財經新聞] 2013-06-15 C02 醫情醫說 健談養生 姚怡

2. 控「糖」 護齒  [都市日報] 2013-06-13 P18 健康 健康答客問 吳鼎芳

3. 壓力下牙痛  [信報財經新聞] 2013-06-13 C02 健康生活 牙科 邵致勉牙科醫生

4. 醫健:美研究指芝士可預防蛀牙  [東方日報] 2013-06-09 A11 港聞

5. 有齒人生  [信報財經新聞] 2013-06-06 C02 健康生活 牙科 邵致勉牙科醫生

6. 定時洗牙擊退牙石  [太陽報] 2013-06-05 E29 副刊 David L

7. 700萬英人 並非日日刷牙  [蘋果日報] 2013-06-05 A24 環球Pop-up


 [Source: Wisenews]

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