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The Kingdom of Thailand to Stage Royal Barge Procession on 22 October 2011

The water-borne royal kathin procession on 22 October will consist of a flotilla of 52 traditional-style barges arranged in five columns, based on a battle formation from ancient times. This is made up of four major royal barges — Suphannahongse, Narai Song Suban H.M. King Rama IX, Anantanagaraj and Anekchatbhuchongse, ten barges with animal figureheads and 38 smaller vessels. The five-column flotilla stretches 1,280 metres in length and 110 across. A total of 2,200 sailors from various units within the Royal Thai Navy will serve as oarsmen.

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The Royal Kathin Barge Procession to Present Monastic Robes

Thailand Proceeds on Efforts to Become RHVAC and Electric and Electronics Hub a Showcase of Products

From 12 to 16 October 2011, the Department of Export Promotion (DEP) -- Ministry of Commerce of Thailand will be organizing Bangkok RHVAC 2011, one of Asia's most important technology and innovation showcases for the refrigeration, heating, cooling, and ventilation products. The two exhibitions will be held at the IMPACT Arena, Exhibition and Convention Center, Muang Thong Thani.

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Department of Export Promotion to Hold the 24th Made in Thailand 2011

The Department of Export Promotion (DEP), Ministry of Commerce, recently announced details of the 24th Made in Thailand 2011: Export Opportunity for SMEs, which will be held during July 13-17, 2011 at Hall 5-8, Impact Muangthong Thani. Mrs. Nuntawan Sakuntanaga, the Director General of the Department of Export Promotion (DEP) said that this trade fair is expected to attract both Thai and international visitors, especially from the ASEAN, in line with the Ministry of Commerce’s policy to boost Thailand’s trade and economic growth among the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) from 20 per cent at present to 30 per cent by the end of 2015

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Made in Thailand’ trade fair will focus on creating opportunities for Thai SMEs to develop their product quality and enhance their competitiveness

Two Melbourne Libraries Adopt 'World First' Technology System

Celebration of an historic milestone - the world’s first RFID self-service solution with EFTPOS was implemented in the Melbourne City and East Melbourne libraries on August 28th 2010, by Geelong based company FE Technologies. Further details can be provided by contacting Barry McGuren on +61 400 926 480

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One of the self-service EFTPOS machines in operation.

Amateur and Professional Photographers are Invited to Compete on a Global Stage

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to compete on a global stage for over US$80,000 in cash and prizes.

Entries are now open for The International Aperture Awards, one of the world’s richest online photography competitions. This is the 3rd year of the competition, which is open to professional and amateur photographers worldwide.

With a total prize pool of over US$80,000, including a first prize in the Open competition of US$20,000 in cash, the competition attracts some of the best international professional and amateur photography. Enter online at

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The 2010 International Aperture Awards is proudly supported by Pentax, Pixel Purity, Kayell Australia, Sigma, Better Photography Magazine and Polaroid.

Australia's Largest Water Photography Competition Goes International

The 2010 savewater! awards® has opened its photographic category internationally for the first time, giving budding photographers and conservation enthusiasts around the world a chance to enter the prestigious competition.

With water conservation imagery as the key focus, the savewater! awards® photographic competition provides a unique platform for photographers to creatively demonstrate the importance of water and its impact on our future.

Entries for the 2010 savewater! awards® photographic competition are now open.

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‘The drought has broken’ by Annette Blattman. Open category winning photo of the 2009 savewater! awards® photographic competition.

Toughest Worldwide Bridge Construction Demands Met by Australian Company

Building 8 bridges around the world proves Australian based company can meet the toughest project demands and competition for formwork design, scaffolding and engineering.

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Iron Cove Bridge Project New South Wales, Australia.

European Cities Leading U.S.A. in Innovation Race

Innovation Analysts 2thinknow released today a 4 year global study of which cities were winning the global innovation race and why, in an in-depth report. The centrepiece of the Innovation Cities Analysis Report was a 162-indicator framework to build innovation cities globally.

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Christopher Hire, Executive Director of 2thinknow, presenting the Innovation Cities Analysis Report

RMIT University - Partnership Boosts Chinese Medicine Research

Professor Margaret Gardner on behalf of RMIT researchers and Professor Yubo Lu from Guangdong, one of the region’s leading Chinese Medicine research facilities, will collaborate on an Australian-first clinical study comparing the effectiveness of two herbal formulations for treating the symptoms of chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

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Professor Margaret Gardner (RMIT) and Professor Yubo Lu (Guangdong)