BrainMaps China Doubles Number of English Language Centers for Third Consecutive Year; All Incorporate Neuroscience-Based Learning Programs in Innovative Online-to-Offline (O2O) Model

Using a blended O2O learning model with the online Fast ForWord® and Reading Assistant™ programs from Scientific Learning Corp., BrainMaps helps children ages 5-16 quickly achieve English proficiency

OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#China--With growth in 2017 expected to reach 80 English language learning centers in operation or under construction — and with dozens more in the pipeline — BrainMaps is expected to double its learning center presence for the third year in a row, once again illustrating why it was chosen as a Star Franchise in China by Entrepreneur magazine. A key factor driving this growth is the success of BrainMaps’ O2O blended learning approach, which includes the online Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant programs from Scientific Learning Corp. (OTC PINK:SCIL), instruction from local Chinese teachers who speak English, and live performance and public speaking activities.


Since January, BrainMaps Learning Centers have expanded from 13 to 24 cities across China. At the core of this learning center model are the online neuroscience-based Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant programs, which address three critical steps for English language proficiency. The programs prepare the brain to “hear” the sounds of English, provide intensive practice on English language and reading skills, and use speech verification technology to support and listen to students as they read aloud. To further develop their skills, BrainMaps students also work offline with local English-speaking teachers in the centers, which provides a cost-effective alternative to hiring native English speakers from other countries.

Using the Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant programs in conjunction with project-based learning, guided reading, storytelling and public speaking experiences, and performance recitals, BrainMaps students are able to achieve high levels of English proficiency in as little as three years. This approach, which also includes learning experiences outside of the centers, helps students build their confidence and motivates them to broaden and deepen their English usage in a variety of real-life settings.

Among the outside learning experiences that BrainMaps has sponsored this year are events in Beijing, Shenzhen, and Changshu. Students from the BrainMaps Sanlitun Center presented an adaptation of “Swan Lake” at the National Conference Centre of Beijing. The Tianli Center in Shenzhen invited children and their parents to shop and bargain for goods “sold” by their English teachers in an English-only environment. Children could also deliver speeches to earn extra money and take part in a live auction. To celebrate the Spring Festival of China, children from the Changshu Center performed a play in English during the Lunar New Year Show on TV. In the summer, the center also cooperated with the Poly Theatre to present several local performances.

“These events help BrainMaps centers distinguish themselves as places where students build English skills, but more importantly, build the confidence to use those skills daily,” said Rick Lee, CEO of BrainMaps. “Combining Scientific Learning’s online programs with BrainMaps’ classroom activities and performance opportunities gives students an edge in gaining English skills fast — and in a highly motivating and enduring way.”

For more information, visit www.scientificlearning.com.

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Contacts

Scientific Learning Corp.
Hallie Smith, 619-888-0887
hsmith@scilearn.com

New Tourico Data Indicates Strong Year for Hotel Bookings in India

Tourico Holidays Reports 97 Percent Year-Over-Year Increase in Hotel Bookings to India

ORLANDO, Fla. & GURGAON, India--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tourico Holidays, one of the world’s fastest growing wholesale travel brokerage companies, today shared 2017 hotel booking data that shows a 97 percent increase in hotel bookings in India compared to the same time last year.

According to Tourico’s data, the European Union was a driving force behind the increase with EU travelers booking 109 percent more rooms in 2017 compared to this time last year. The Asia-Pacific region also increased its hotel bookings in India by 53 percent year-over-year, while North America increased its bookings by 32 percent year-over-year. Specifically, China (+115% YoY), the United Arab Emirates (+113% YoY), Canada (+105% YoY), the United Kingdom (+57% YoY), and the United States (+20% YoY) were amongst the countries with the largest hotel booking influxes in India.

“India is currently experiencing a boom in travel demand – and with a diversity of source markets increasing their bookings, it’s a safe bet that the country’s tourism industry will experience healthy growth throughout the next decade,” said Madhuri Khanna, Regional Director of Product Development in Southeast Asia for Tourico Holidays. “A relaxed e-visa regime and an emphasis on bolstering tourism has India primed to become a major global destination in the years to come. To ensure suppliers are prepared to capitalize on the current and future influx, Tourico is working closely with its Indian hotel suppliers and offering industry-leading business intelligence tools.”

Travel distribution clients in India are also noticing an uptick in international travel from a changing Indian population. Tourico Holidays is reporting a 28 percent year-over-year growth in outbound hotel bookings from India. Asia-Pacific bookings have largely contributed to the growth, with a 58 percent increase from APAC in 2017 – including significant growth from China (+127% YoY), Malaysia (+101% YoY), Thailand (27% YoY), and Australia (+24% YoY).

Hotel bookings from India to the EU increased by 20 percent year-over-year, led by Turkey (+90% YoY), Spain (+33% YoY), and the United Kingdom (+28% YoY), while hotel bookings to North America increased by 10 percent year-over-year.

“Encouraged by India’s leading GDP global growth rate, a growing middle class, and a millennial age block that is increasingly enjoying more disposable income, the country is rapidly becoming an outbound travel force,” said Khanna. “Our local Indian office will ensure that all of our distribution clients have the professional support and industry expertise necessary to take advantage of the influx.”

Tourico Holidays currently has an office in the Executive Center in Gurgaon, Haryana. For more information on Tourico’s hotel business in India, or to contact a local representative, please call +91- 124- 4981 330.

About Tourico Holidays
Tourico Holidays, a business unit within Hotelbeds Group, is a leading global travel distributor that contracts directly with travel providers, such as hotels, flights, cruise lines, attractions, car rentals, vacation homes and more. Tourico works on a high-volume, wholesale model to broker this inventory to over 2,500 clients in 95 countries using proprietary technology. For more information please visit: www.TouricoHolidays.com.


Contacts

Tailwind PR
Pete Bahrenburg, 802-497-1932
pete@tailwindpr.com

JJ Urology Clinic in Korea Succeeds in Penis Enlargement Surgery of 200 Men Using Third Generation Hyaluronic Filler a Year

SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#JJUrologyClinic--Representative professional penis enlargement clinic in Korea, JJ Urology Clinic (http://jj-man.co.kr) announced that non-surgical penis enlargement procedure using third-generation hyaluronic acid filler was done successfully to 200 men last year.



According to data from International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), the number of patients undergoing penis enlargement surgery in South Korea is second largest followed by India. Unlike medical diagnosis, South Korean men often consider their penis small. As a result, the number of people considering penis enlargement surgery to overcome their complex about the small penis is increasing.

JJ Urology Clinic performs penis enlargement surgery using third generation hyaluronic acid within 15 minutes. As it is practiced in consideration of individual characteristics, different penis enlargement surgery was done 200 times in a year. In order to increase safety and minimize the side effects, penis block anesthesia and injection gun surgical techniques are used.

Also, the maintenance period of surgery using third generation hyaluronic acid filler is more than three times longer compared to conventional hyaluronic acid filler.

"Penis enlargement surgery using third generation hyaluronic acid filler requires excellent technical skills and excellent competence of the doctor. Additional enlargement surgery using the third-generation hyaluronic acid filler is possible even after other conventional surgery or method," said Taejin Kang, director of JJ Urology Clinic.

JJ Urology Clinic was favorably commented upon using powder form of third generation hyaluronic acid and dermal tissue mixed with optimum ratio, which kept advantages of both materials and further increased the maintenance period, and practicing surgery which shows excellent enlargement effects at the same time.

Penis enlargement surgery is not a one-dimensional surgery to enlarge the size of the penis. It is a high-level medical service which has to consider both cosmetic and functional aspects of the individuals.

JJ Urology Clinic practices penis enlargement surgery which improves men's sexual function such as enlarging penis and glands and ameliorating premature ejaculation. In addition, the clinic is continuously putting effort to solve men's sexual complex by conducting research on diverse materials and surgical methods.


Contacts

JJ Urology Clinic
Juhan Jeon, +82 2-1599-5952

Exusia, Inc. Celebrates Its 5 Year Anniversary by Giving Back to Communities Across the Globe!

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#Exusia5YR5Ks--Exusia, Inc. has chosen to celebrate its 5 years of extraordinary achievement by giving back to the communities around the globe where the company operates. Beginning in July, which marks the month the company was founded, and continuing through the end of 2017, Exusia is honored to be participating in charity runs for causes that are important to Exusians and important to their local communities.


Exusia kicked off the 5 year anniversary celebration in Chicago on July 15th by participating in the 5K RUN! To End Homelessness charity run. Other charity runs continue as follows:

August 13th – Pune, India: Mile Runners 3K / 5K Run

Cause: Raise funds for the NAAM Foundation which helps Farmers of Maharashtra State.

September 10th – Tri-State New York: Komen Race for the Cure

Cause: Raising funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation - finding a cure for breast cancer.

October 15th – Bangalore: Mile Runners 5K / 10K Run

Cause: Raise funds for Bharat Ke Veer, an organization dedicated to paying homage to surviving families of India’s military brave hearts.

November 19th – Hyderabad: Mile Runners 5K / 10K Run

Cause: Raise funds for Khalsa Aid, an international NGO led by the Sikh Community that provides humanitarian aid to disaster areas and civil conflict zones.

“Engaging and giving back to communities in which our employees and clients live is very important to us,” said Trevor Silver, CEO and co-founder. “We greatly appreciate the loyalty and continued trust our clients have given us these past 5 years. It has been a privilege to serve them and have them be part of our growth journey.”

Amy Silver, CFO and co-founder, added, “Exusia’s 5 year milestone of global achievement is attributed to the immense contributions and unwavering dedication of our extraordinarily talented people. We are honored to celebrate our anniversary by contributing to causes that are important to our colleagues and our local communities worldwide.”

When asked how Exusia has fueled its exponential growth in these past 5 years, Rajen Patel, Partner, said, “Staying true to Exusia’s corporate culture and values that we created when the company was founded has been a key driving force of our success. Our corporate values remain the foundation for how we define our company strategy and guide how we operate as a team. Another driving force for our growth is our relentless commitment to delivering the highest quality service to our clients and exceeding their expectations every time.”

About Exusia, Inc.

Exusia is a global technology consulting company that empowers its clients to gain a competitive edge by accelerating business objectives and providing strategy and solutions in data management and analytics. The company has established its leadership position by solving some of the world's largest and most complex data problems in the financial, healthcare, telecommunications and high technology industries.

Exusia’s mission is to transform the world through the innovative use of information.

In 2016 and 2017, Exusia was recognized by Inc. 5000 and in 2016 by Crain’s New York Business as one of the fastest growing privately held companies. The company is headquartered in New York City and currently serves clients in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa.

For more information, visit us at exusia.com.


Contacts

Exusia, Inc.
Fernando Molinar
PR@exusia.com

UMC Selected as a DJSI Global Component for 10th Consecutive Year

HSINCHU, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE:UMC; TWSE:2303) ("UMC"), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today announced that Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) has selected UMC as a global component for the 10th consecutive year. DJSI awarded UMC with the industry’s highest scores for “Environmental Policy & Management System” and “Environmental Report,” with the foundry earning perfect scores in multiple other categories. UMC’s overall scores have continued to increase in recent years, illustrating the company's continued excellence in sustainable operations. This accomplishment sets a standard for leading global companies and is recognized by international investors. DJSI-World 2017 evaluated approximately 2,500 global enterprises, with only five semiconductor companies selected worldwide.


SC Chien, president at UMC, said, "Being listed as a DJSI global component for the 10th consecutive year highlights UMC’s success in integrating sustainable development practices into our core foundry business. Our company’s vision is based on being people-oriented, co-existence with the environment and societal co-prosperity. We use this foundation as the basis to develop risk and opportunity plans for sustainable development and implement them into practical action to increase our competitiveness. UMC also follows the United Nations set of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to continue advancing our wafer processing solutions to play a critical role in enhancing today’s digital world. With the help of all UMC employees, we successfully reached our ‘Green 2020’ goal for energy saving, water and waste reduction within the first year of setting the target. In addition, UMC created the industry’s first ‘Green Award’ to bring together outstanding programs and ideas through the selection of eco-conservation proposals for award consideration. This award facilitates society’s involvement in contributing positive ideas to help better the environment. We have also set up an ‘energy saving volunteer team’ to provide energy-saving and carbon reduction services for the underprivileged and maximize enterprise resource productivity in order to actively address the problem of global warming. In the future, we hope partner with all stakeholders to work together for a sustainable future.”

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices was launched jointly by Dow Jones Index, STOXX and Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) in 1999. DJSI is the first index that traces social responsibility performance of leading-edge enterprises, and is also one of the most creditable evaluation tools for reviewing sustainability worldwide. The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and respective subsets track the performance of the top 10% of the 2500 largest companies in the S&P Global Broad Market IndexSM that lead the field in terms of sustainability. In addition to the DJSI honors, UMC also won 2017’s corporate social responsibility award from Global Views Magazine and corporate citizenship award from CommonWealth Magazine.

About UMC

UMC (NYSE: UMC, TWSE: 2303) is a leading global semiconductor foundry that provides advanced IC production for applications spanning every major sector of the electronics industry. UMC’s comprehensive foundry solutions enable chip designers to leverage the company’s sophisticated technology and manufacturing, which include high volume 28nm High-K/Metal Gate technology, 14nm FinFET mass production, ultra-low power platform processes specifically developed for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and the automotive industry’s highest-rated AEC-Q100 Grade-0 manufacturing capabilities for the production of ICs found in vehicles. UMC’s 11 wafer fabs are strategically located throughout Asia and are able to produce nearly 600,000 wafers per month. The company employs over 19,000 people worldwide, with offices in Taiwan, China, Europe, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the United States. UMC can be found on the web at http://www.umc.com.

Note from UMC Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in the foregoing announcement are forward-looking within the meaning of the U.S. Federal Securities laws, including statements about introduction of new services and technologies, future outsourcing, competition, wafer capacity, business relationships and market conditions. Investors are cautioned that actual events and results could differ materially from these statements as a result of a variety of factors, including conditions in the overall semiconductor market and economy; acceptance and demand for products from UMC; and technological and development risks. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in UMC’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. UMC does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable law.


Contacts

Editorial:
UMC
Richard Yu
(886) 2-2658-9168 ext. 16951
richard_yu@umc.com

MacXDVD Sparks off Back2School Season with MacX Video Converter Pro Giveaway – Color Video Life for New School Year

CHENGDU, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MacXDVD Software has always led the way to bring the cutting-edge programs to teens, and this Back-to-School season is no different. Today the company launches 2017 Back-to-School Giveaway, packed unlimited free copies of the company's award-winning video converter, downloader and editor - MacX Video Converter Pro, to deliver students the latest digital, social and mobile experiences for the coming new semester.

As schools reconvene this fall, MacXDVD Software, a leading provider of multimedia solutions, today starts the Back-to-School Giveaway for 2017, featuring its best-selling video converter MacX Video Converter Pro, to help educators and students to share summer vacation videos & pictures on social sites, get the hottest online learning videos and audio, pack iPhone iPad with movies and music etc to kick off the new school year.

Teens and young adults continue to be the heaviest users of social media: a staggering 93% of students today share personal life, learn friends' latest updates and get new trends via social videos, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center study. With Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter maintaining the lead in the popularity contest, there accordingly outbursts a genuine hunger among students for a program that facilitates the features to save social videos offline to watch them on mobiles effortlessly, edit and create personalized clips to share with their followers, compress the recorded holiday memories and upload the HD recordings on any social sites, etc. That's where MacX Video Converter Pro excels.

Excitingly, students, families and educators can all get a free copy of the video toolbox during the Back-to-School season with a valid Email at https://www.macxdvd.com/giveaway/back-to-school.htm

MacX Video Converter Pro is an overall solution for all video-related tasks for both classroom and entertainment. It will:

1. Say goodbye to video incompatibility issues. The video converter can easily turn videos from 4K recorders, HD cameras, editors, any other sources into any target video in a 5x-faster-than-others speed. Movies, TV shows and HD videos can be converted with equivalent quality and smaller size for mobiles covering iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6S/6/SE, iPod, Apple TV, Android phones & tablets.

2. Get online videos in pocket. MacX can download online videos, e.g. tutorials, funny kid's clips, science programs, family movies, animations, songs etc directly to kids' and teens' fingertips from 300+ popular sites. School life goes to be more colorful. For example, by capturing the abundance of 360-degree videos from websites to Galaxy S phones, teachers can take students to virtual reality adventures.

3. Create personalized videos to stay cool. A full-featured video editor is available both for home and professional usage. A handful of advanced editing tools, including video merging, splitting, watermark or subtitles adding etc get the best quality and eye-catching outputs. Students can also convert the videos into format supported by social sites like FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube or other webs to upload their customized videos online or save in cloud services.

4. Share photos in a new way. The giveaway gift will offer an innovative way to share the pictures that students took of their holiday outing, gifts or funny vocation moments by making photo slideshows. They can share the wonderful memories with the class, or email to families or friends.

The "Back-to-School Giveaway" program will offer the following options:

* MacX Video Converter Pro, normally priced at $59.95, is totally free now. Everyone can go to MacXDVD 2017 Back-to-School Giveaway Page to get a free copy.

* The giveaway version is fully functional that only sees the absence of the free lifetime upgrade option compared to the full version. To win the full version, share the giveaway page to FaceBook or Twitter and invite 5 friends to share your post.

* A 3-in-1 MacX Family Video Pack, which contains the No.1 fast DVD ripper, a full-functional video converter and a one-click iPhone manager, totaling $169.95, is 70% off at $49.95 now.

About MacXDVD Software, Inc.

MacXDVD Software is a multimedia software developer dedicated to providing a range of trusted and innovative products across Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, including MacX Video Converter, MacX DVD Ripper, MacX MediaTrans, DVD Author, DVD backup tools, etc, series of apps for Apple video player, iPad iPhone manager, and iOS-based 2D and 3D video games. More information, please visit http://www.macxdvd.com.


Contacts

MacXDVD Software, Inc.
Sarah Wang, +86-28-85134884
media@macxdvd.com
http://www.macxdvd.com