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Huaneng Power International receives approval for transfer agreement

07 Jan 2008
Huaneng Power International said that it had paid the consideration of the acquisition to Huaneng International Power Development Corporation (HIPDC) in full, in accordance with the transfer agreement.
Upon completion of the acquisition, the company’s total generation capacity on an equity basis will be increased by 468MW.The company said that its total generation capacity on an equity basis has increased from 32,107MW to 32,575MW.

Oculus completes patient treatment in Phase II diabetic foot ulcer trial

04 Jan 2008
The Phase II randomized, controlled open-label study enrolled a total of 67 patients with mildly infected diabetic foot ulcers at 15 US sites.Three treatment arms were evaluated: 1) topical Microcyn alone 2) topical Microcyn in combination with oral levofloxacin and 3) topical saline in combination with oral levofloxacin. The company expects to provide preliminary top line Phase II clinical trial results in first quarter of 2008.
Hoji Alimi, chairman and CEO of Oculus Innovative Sciences, said: “Our intent is to use the various data points in the Phase II trial as the foundation for moving the company’s clinical program forward.”

Global Resource collaborates with C6 Energy
04 Jan 2008
C6 Energy develops systems which convert waste materials and bituminous coal to energy and other usable products.
Under the terms of the agreement, C6 Energy will combine its engineering and design expertise in the area of electricity with Global Resource’s technology for an undisclosed client with global operations. The customer will initially use the technology to extract energy from old tires.
Frank Pringle, chairman of Global Resource, said: “C6 Energy’s international footprint in Asia, Africa and Europe will help Global Resource to demonstrate to companies and governments all over the world the value of our revolutionary system for extracting energy from waste materials in an environmentally friendly way.”

DSP launches XpandR
04 Jan 2008
XpandR platform is equally ideal for multimedia web devices (PC free), such as wireless picture frames, internet radios, portable multimedia players with video, wireless security cameras, Wi-Fi/DECT video phones, fixed video phones with DECT handsets and Wi-Fi video phones.
XpandR uses open LINUX code for seamless software portability and application availability.
Ofer Elyakim, vice president of business development of DSP Group, said: “Our all-in-one solution for multimedia terminals is powered by an extensive software suite that positions DSP Group at the center stage of the residential multimedia and communications market.We are delivering high quality in-house wireless coverage for sensitive and real-time multimedia applications. Furthermore, our XpandR is an ideal platform for developers to expand their imagination.”

Vixs unveils companion IC
04 Jan 2008
The company said that it has launched the XCode 3106, 3108 and 3111 integrated circuits (IC), which feature MPEG2 to AVC transcoding, AVC to MPEG2 reverse transcoding, AVC/MPEG2 decoding and encoding.The company claims that XCode IC is only single chip hardware transcoder for the consumer electronics and PC markets.
“The XCode companion chips are the right choice for customers who need a cost-efficient solution for their small form factor, low power or standalone products,” said Sally Daub, president and chief executive at Vixs. “Building the XCode companion chip into their designs allows them to do multiple transcoding operations and save on other components that are usually necessary, while still maintaining high video quality and security.”
According to the company, the ICs feature integrated cable card, CAM/CI and smart card interfaces as well as multiple encryption and decryption engines. It supports different digital rights management (DRM) schemes, including Windows Media DRM 10 and DTCP-IP.
The company said that it plans to demonstrate the new chips at CES 2008 in January 2008.
In July 2007, National Semiconductor launched LM8322 and LM8333 companion ICs that feature embedded key-scan functions, I/O expansion and LED control capability.
Vixs first introduced the XCode family in April 2006 with MPEG encoding, transcoding and transrating. The 2121 and 2111 were the first models with conditional access and support for different DRM schemes.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates

Merryvale Vineyards names new president
04 Jan 2008
Ms Schlatter previously served as executive vice president, with the primary responsibility of overseeing national sales. Mr Huwiler served as president of Merryvale Vineyards for over 11 years.
Mr Huwiler said: “It has been a pleasure to lead Merryvale over the past 11 years. Much was accomplished, and now it is time for the next generation to take over the helm.”

Mesa Air Group announces management changes
04 Jan 2008
Mr Jorn has joined Mesa Air Group in January 2007 as vice president of east coast operations and later as president of Freedom Airlines. Prior to joining Mesa, Mr Jorn was at Delta Air Lines for 15 years in a variety of management roles including general manager of operations and performance for Delta Connection.
The company also announced that Joe Serratelli joins Mesa as COO of Freedom Airlines, Mickey Moman is appointed vice president safety and regulatory compliance, Mesa Air Group, Eric Gust is appointed vice president flight operations, Mesa Airlines and Zaka Khogyani is appointed director of operations at Mesa Airlines.
Jonathan Ornstein, chairman and CEO of Mesa Air Group, said: “This restructuring will ensure Mesa continues to have an experienced team providing the very best in professional services to our people, passengers and valued airline partners. I am confident they will each make a significant contribution to Mesa as we continue to explore new opportunities to grow and develop our business and delighted Joe has joined our team.”

Hudson Valley Bank opens two new branches
04 Jan 2008
The bank has opened its first full service branch in Connecticut at 1055 Summer Street, in Stamford to serve the deposit, lending and investment needs of individuals, businesses, professional service firms and not-for-profit organizations in lower Fairfield, Connecticut.
Hudson Valley has also opened a temporary full service branch in the former Weiner Building at 875 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck, while renovations for the existing branch in the same building are completed. The bank anticipates completing the new Mamaroneck branch in April 2008.
Mr Landy said: “We look forward to providing quality banking products and exceptional personal service to the people who live and work in both the Mamaroneck and Stamford areas. We have 35
years of experience in local communities and we successfully recruited knowledgeable local bankers familiar with the marketplace to serve Stamford and Mamaroneck.”

American Honda Motor annual sales up
04 Jan 2008
American Honda’s December 2007 sales totaled 131,792 vehicles, a slight increase versus December, 2006. Honda Division has posted its 14th consecutive year-over-year sales increase, up 4.5% in 2007 to 1.37 million vehicles. Annual Accord sales increased 10.3% to 392,231. CR-V annual sales of 219,160 increased 28.5% and set a fourth consecutive yearly record. Fit sales of 56,432 increased 101.4%.
Civic Hybrid sales set an annual record for the sixth consecutive year with an increase of 3.9% to 32,575. Setting December monthly sales records were the CR-V, with sales of 18,659, up 7.6%; Civic with sales of 27,190, up 15.2%; Civic Hybrid, with sales of 3,223, up 33.8%; and Fit, with sales of 5,118, up 129.3%.
Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda, said: “This was definitely a challenging year to be in the car business, and 2008 isn’t likely to be a piece of cake. Honda continues to benefit from its position as the most fuel-efficient car company in America, and we have some great new products coming in the new year that will keep our momentum going.”

Dominion announces retirement of executive vice president
04 Jan 2008
Mr Radtke joined Dominion as president and CEO of its exploration and production operations in 2001. He previously worked at the Santa Fe Snyder Corporation of Houston, which merged into Devon Energy in 2000.
He is a native of Wausau, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering.
Thomas Farrell II, chairman and CEO, said: “Dominion is extremely grateful for Duane’s outstanding leadership and business counsel. We wish him an enjoyable retirement.”