SINGAPORE, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IO, a worldwide leader in software-defined data centre technology and solutions, and StarHub, Singapore’s fully integrated info-communications provider, today announced a strategic partnership.
Through this partnership, IO will provide StarHub with its pioneering data centre modules that allow the latter to drive higher efficiency, manage costs and increase speed to market, to meet customer requirements. Using IO’s data centre platform as one of the key building blocks in its enterprise offerings, StarHub can now offer a full suite of end-to-end enterprise network solutions integrated with “StarHub Data Centre Powered by IO”.
The additional level of security that IO is able to deliver will also benefit StarHub’s new and existing customers — such as those in the Financial Services Industry (FSI), media and IT — to which security is paramount. The data centre forms a pivotal part of StarHub’s comprehensive suite of next-generation network solutions, from connectivity, high-speed Internet, enterprise-grade security, media/video management solutions and managed network services that meet customers’ critical needs on security, scalability and speed.
IO has developed data centre modules that are integrated with the IO.OS® data centre operating system. The powerful combination, known as Intelligent Control®, enables companies to deploy a data centre at any location and analyse performance metrics across the IT equipment and support infrastructure.
This, coupled with StarHub’s enterprise solutions will offer customers superior visibility to remotely monitor and manage their network solutions via IO.OS. Customers also have access to a wide range of StarHub service dashboards, such as Low Latency Network, Managed Services, Distributed Denial of Service Protect, Content Delivery Network and Web Application Firewall.
“StarHub is one of Singapore’s most innovative info-communications providers. We are very pleased that StarHub trusts IO Singapore to deliver the most technologically advanced data centre services and solutions to their customers. We are excited to have an industry leader like StarHub as a partner and look forward to expanding the relationship,” said Mr George D. Slessman, IO chief executive officer and product architect.
“Companies today require a non-traditional data centre solution that is able to easily scale, to rapidly support their business growth. StarHub is pleased to partner with IO to deliver a state-of-the-art, software-defined data centre solution that is highly scalable and secure, and can be deployed just-in-time to help our clients to reduce costs and operate more efficiently,” said Mr Tan Tong Hai, CEO of StarHub.
To-date, several companies in the financial, media and IT sectors are using the “StarHub Data Centre powered by IO” solution.
Founded in 2007, IO is a worldwide leader in software defined data centre technology, services and solutions that enable businesses and governments to intelligently control their information.
StarHub is Singapore’s fully-integrated info-communications company, offering a full range of information, communications and entertainment services for both consumer and corporate markets. StarHub operates a mobile network that provides 4G, 3G and 2G services. It also manages an islandwide HFC network that delivers multi-channel pay TV services (including HDTV, Internet TV and on-demand services) as well as ultra-high speed residential broadband services. StarHub operates an extensive fixed business network that provides a wide range of data, voice and wholesale services. Over Singapore’s fibre-based Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network, StarHub offers a broad range of home and business broadband plans along with a host of advanced media-rich value-added services, such as IPTV for commercial entities.
Launched in 2000, StarHub has become one of Singapore’s most innovative info-communications providers, and the pioneer in ‘hubbing’ – the ability to deliver unique integrated and converged services to all its customers. StarHub, listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange since October 2004, is a component stock of the Straits Times Index and the MSCI Singapore Free Index.
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HONG KONG, Sept.17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia, a business region of Avnet, Inc.(NYSE: AVT), has announced that registration for X-Fest 2014 in Asia will open on September 9. The biennial X-fest technical workshops, which have become an important education resource for the design engineering community, will be held in 15 cities across Asia this year with seminars that offer practical, how-to training for FPGA, SoC, DSP, and embedded systems designers.
The X-fest seminar series offers free, full day, how-to training for system designers targeting Xilinx® All Programmable products. X-fest will run from September 2014 through January 2015 in 37 cities around the globe. Registration for workshops in Asia, held from Nov 4 to Dec 16 across 15 cities, will be available from Sept 9 viahttp://em.avnetasia.com/xfest. This year, the workshops will take place in 6 markets across the Asia, including Mainland China (9 cities), Taiwan (2 cities), Korea, India, Australia and Singapore. Avnet has created a short video to give engineers a preview of the event. The video can be viewed here: http://188.8.131.52/xfest/eng/index.php.
This year’s X-fest program features twelve technical courses based on Xilinx’s All Programmable devices, including the newly introduced UltraScale™ product family. Participants can choose up to four courses from any of the three educational tracks: Zynq and the Internet of Things (IoT), Design Essentials, and Techniques and Applications. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with industry experts and view hands-on product demonstrations featuring real-world solutions from top suppliers including Analog Devices Inc., STMicroelectronics, TE Connectivity and Texas Instruments.
“As we open registration for our 2014/2015 global X-fest seminar series, I think back to our very first X-fest program 20 years ago,” said Tim Barber, Senior Vice President, Design Chain Business Development, Avnet Electronics Marketing. “At the time, social media mogul Mark Zuckerberg was just 10 years old and the world hadn’t even heard of a smartphone. So much has changed, but one thing that has remained constant is Avnet’s commitment to harnessing the power of our broad ecosystem of suppliers to provide engineers with the state-of-the-art products, tools and training they need to bring groundbreaking new devices to market,” he explained. “We are excited to start a new X-fest season, bringing a fresh slate of instructional programs and innovative product introductions to our customers.”
“As a lead sponsor for X-fest 2014, Xilinx is working closely with Avnet to deploy yet another successful X-fest program in the fall,” said Chris Henry, Vice President of Sales Operations at Xilinx. “X-fest is a great vehicle for thousands of design engineers to expand their knowledge of Xilinx’s All Programmable products and best in class application design.”
Due to ever-increasing demand for these practical training programs, the event has been expanded to cover more cities worldwide. To view full course descriptions, locations and registration information, visit the X-fest 2014 website.
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About Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia
Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), is the leading electronics component distributor in Asia. With its regional headquarters in Singapore, the company has offices in more than 50 locations in Asia. Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia distributes semiconductors, interconnects, passive and electromechanical components to serve a wide range of customers including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers, and small- to medium-sized businesses, and provides associated design-chain and supply-chain services. More information is available at http://www.em.avnetasia.com.
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 28, 2014, Avnet generated revenue of $27.5 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.
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SYDNEY, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — en world (President: Craig Saphin) recruits specialist and managerial talent for globally minded companies from 15 offices in 8 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It has announced the rebranding of Calibrate Recruitment, which joined en world in June 2012, to “en world Australia,” effective October 1, 2014.
Headquartered in Sydney, Calibrate Recruitment has a history of more than 20 years in executive, permanent and contract recruitment services in engineering, IT and technical domains. Since joining en world, it has broadened its services to encompass sales & marketing, supply chain and Accounting and Finance recruitment.
The rebrand to “en world Australia,” demonstrates the commitment to the en world mission of “bringing the best people together” to both employers and customers in Australia. Customers will benefit from heightened services and coordinated teamwork from offices in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam(Navigos Search), and India (New Era Consultancy). en world Australia is also developing executive search services utilising shared APAC databases to facilitate the introduction of senior executives to regional level management roles
Tony Horrocks, General Manager of en world Australia, commented: “The rebranding to ‘en world Australia,’ will allow us to enhance our strong reputation, built over the last 20 years, as a preferred recruitment services firm with current loyal customers, as well as supporting customers and candidates who are interested in expanding their global reach.”
Geoff Cooper, Managing Director of en world Australia, added: “Local databases are no longer sufficient to source the best talent for regional roles. In addition to sending a unified message to our customers, the rebranding will allow us to offer more choices of services based on using the shared resources across eight countries as a single platform. We will also be expanding our successful Australian executive search offering across APAC, strengthening our ability to support our customer’s critical senior hiring needs.”
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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — Global demand for diamond jewellery reached a record high ofUS$79 billion in 2013 according to the inaugural Diamond Insight Report, published today by The De Beers Group of Companies.
Demand is expected to continue to grow over the long-term, driven by the ongoing economic recovery in the US (the world’s largest diamond jewellery market) and the growth of the middle classes in developing markets such asChina and India. Sales of polished diamonds in the US increased seven per cent in 2013, while both India andChina have seen their domestic diamond jewellery markets grow by a compound annual growth rate of 12 per cent in local currency terms between 2008 and 2013.
The report cautions that while diamonds retain their special allure with consumers around the world, future demand levels cannot be taken for granted. The overall category is facing increasingly strong and sophisticated competition from other luxury categories, with diamonds’ share of advertising voice in the US market having reduced within its competitive set.
Global rough diamond production in 2013 increased by seven per cent in carat terms over 2012 levels to a total of around 145 million carats. However, this remains well below the 2005 peak of around 175 million carats. The report further highlights that a forecast reduction in supply from existing sources will likely not be matched by new production coming on-stream in the years ahead and diamond supply is expected to plateau in the second half of the decade before declining from 2020 onwards.
Meanwhile, as mining moves deeper into the earth and towards more remote locations, the extraction process is becoming increasingly complex and costly. The three principal input costs — labour, electricity and diesel — have all seen increases well above local inflation levels in the main diamond producing countries over the last decade and this trend is set to continue.
Substantial investment will be required in diamond production, technology and branding, marketing and retail standards if the industry is to sustain its recent levels of success into the future, the report says.
The report also reveals that:
- China is the world’s fastest growing market for diamond jewellery sales, with the number of diamond jewellery retail doors in the country increasing by almost 30 per cent between 2010 and 2013.
- Online has become an increasingly important channel for the diamond industry. Over one in six diamond jewellery purchases in the US was made online in 2013 and in China the internet is already used by a quarter of acquirers for research purposes before purchase.
- Diamonds were a major contributor to the economic performance of producing nations in 2013. In Botswana, diamonds represented more than 25 per cent of GDP and over 75 per cent of overall exports, whereas inNamibia they represented eight per cent of GDP and almost 20 per cent of all exports.
Philippe Mellier, Chief Executive, De Beers Group, said: “Consumer demand remains the one true source of value for the diamond industry. With demand forecast to increase further from 2013’s record levels, the opportunity for growth is clear. But this must not be seen as cause for complacency. The industry will continue to lose ground to other categories if it does not invest significantly in production, marketing and technology.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Diamond Insight Report 2014 is available for download at: www.debeersgroup.com/insightreport
Video and audio footage of De Beers Group Chief Executive, Philippe Mellier, discussing the Insight Report is downloadable here: www.debeersgroup.com
ABOUT THE DE BEERS GROUP OF COMPANIES
De Beers is a member of the Anglo American plc group. Established in 1888, De Beers is the world’s leading diamond company with unrivalled expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. Together with its joint venture partners, De Beers employs more than 20,000 people (directly and as contractors) across the diamond pipeline, and is the world’s largest diamond producer by value, with mining operations in Botswana, Canada,Namibia and South Africa. As part of the company’s operating philosophy, the people of De Beers are committed to Living up to Diamonds by making a lasting contribution to the communities in which they live and work, and transforming natural resources into shared national wealth. For further information about De Beers, visitwww.debeersgroup.com.
Global Pacific & Partners, Hosts the 21st Africa Oil Week in Cape Town, South Africa, from 3rd-7th November 2014
CAPE TOWN, South Africa /PRNewswire/ — Join industry colleagues for the most prominent annual Conference held in Africa’s oil and gas-LNG and energy industry. Since 1994 this event remains the widely recognised for forging and enhancing relationships between both companies and governments.
Meet with state oil officials plus private and public companies seeking to execute acreage deals, along with institutional investors and a wide range of growing service and supply industry operators found across the oil and gas-LNG value chain
Hear from: Ministry of Minas, Industria y Energia, Equatorial Guinea, Empresa de Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos de Mocambique, Ministry of Mines & Energy, Namibia, Ministere du Petrole de L’Energie et des Mines, Mauritania, Ministry of Mines, Ethiopia, Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation, Ministry of Energy, Kenya, Petroleum Exploration & Production Department, Uganda, Ministry of Petroleum & Mining, South Sudan, Department of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria, Ministere des Hydrocarbures, DRC, Geological Survey Department, Malawi, Ministry of Hydrocarbons, Madagascar, Ecopetrol, Ministry of Hydrocarbons, Congo, National Petroleum Agency, Sao Tome & Principe, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (Nigeria), Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, Ghana Oil and Gas Service Providers, ONGC-Videsh, PetroSA, JOGMEC, PetroSeychelles, Government of Canada, ONHYM, South African Oil & Gas Alliance, Agence de Gestion et de Cooperation Entre la Guinea-Bissau et le Senegal, Gabon Oil Company, Petroleum Agency SA, Total, Tullow Oil, Chevron, ENI, Oando Energy Services, Addax Petroleum, Anadarko, CNOOC Africa, Atlantic Energy, ExxonMobil, Africa Oil Kenya, Genel Energy, Global Pacific & Partners, Salama Fikira, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, Fastnet Oil & Gas, FBN Capital, Africa Oil & Gas, BP plc, OMV, African Petroleum Corporation, BG Group, Mitsubishi, Spectrum,Sasol Petroleum International, Shell, Noble Energy, Ophir Energy, Afren, Pluspetrol, HRT Petroleum, Svenska Petroleum Exploration, Statoil, Petroceltic, Mitsui, Marathon Oil, Impact Oil & Gas Limited, TransGlobe Energy, Discover Exploration, World Bank, CAMAC Energy, PGS, CGG, Schlumberger, Compass Energy Services, Vaalco Energy, Mart Resources, TGS, Galp Energia, Fugro, Petronas, Royal African Society, Cairn India
Numerous executives in the global industry have remarked that the annual Africa Oil Week stands apart as a leading meeting in the global oil-gas calendar.
Opening Guest Speaker is Paolo Scaroni, Deputy Chairman, Rothschild London
Their 16th Scramble for Africa: Strategy Briefing held on the Monday, provides unrivalled insights into the Continent’s fast-changing upstream oil and gas game, with presentations by Dr Duncan Clarke (Chairman of the Board, Global Pacific & Partners).
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BOMBAY SAPPHIRE(R) Returns Historic Laverstoke Mill to its Former Glory; Opens State-of-the-art Gin Distillery & World Class Visitor Experience
LAVERSTOKE, England /PRNewswire/ –
Sneak peek into the new global brand home prior to public opening on 1 October
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, the world’s number one premium gin by value and the fastest-growing premium gin, is proud to announce the doors to Laverstoke Mill – its gin distillery, visitor experience and brand home – will open to the public on 1 October, 2014.
With less than two weeks to the historic grand opening, celebrations started early yesterday with more than 200 invite-only guests experiencing an exclusive first showing of the renovated site and a spectacular unveiling of the unique glasshouses where the 10 botanicals – juniper, lemon peel, grains of paradise, coriander, cubeb berries, orris root, almonds, cassia bark, liquorice, angelica – chosen for the unique taste of Bombay Sapphire are grown on display.
The newly restored site provides an opportunity for the public to explore Laverstoke Mill as a state-of-the-art gin distillery and world-class visitor experience that marries the site’s history and beauty with the highest standards in design, functionality and sustainability.
For more than 200 years, the mill produced high quality paper for the bank notes of England. The mill expanded with the growth of the British Empire. During Queen Victoria’s reign, it rose prominently and Laverstoke Mill began making bank notes for England’s newly acquired lands, including India. This deep-rooted heritage connects the story of England, Laverstoke Mill, India and the 1761 British recipe for Bombay Sapphire.
The two hectare former brown-field site, just 60 miles from London, is an impressive collection of 40 buildings – showcasing many fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian architectural styles. The utmost care was taken to retain as much of the original buildings as possible balanced with the modernity of the British-made spirits brand.
Reflecting on the restoration project, Global Category Director for Bombay Sapphire Ben Farlow says, “We fully respect the importance of heritage and have made every effort over the last four years to ensure Laverstoke Mill is a place that is reflective of its past, and holds the fundamental principles of creativity, integrity and beauty at its centre. It is fantastic to witness the opening of Laverstoke Mill and show-off the incredible design and splendor of the site which we are proud to call our home as it provides the perfect setting to showcase an elegant brand asBombay Sapphire.”
Laverstoke Mill has been recognised as the first distillery and first refurbishment to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ design-stage Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) accreditation for its distillery process buildings.
“This marks the start of a new legacy for Bombay Sapphire gin. For the first time, we are opening our doors to the public and inviting them to explore the story of Bombay Sapphire,” says Nik Fordham, Master Distiller of Bombay Sapphire. “We are very proud of how we craft each and every bottle of Bombay Sapphire on site and look forward to sharing that passion and enthusiasm with the public.”
Hosted by Bombay Sapphire Global Brand Ambassador Raj Nagra, guests at last night’s event were treated to an evening of entertainment with live music from Britten Sinfonia – Britain’s most pioneering Chamber Orchestra. The celebration culminated in a spectacular and contemporary show of lights, unveiling the two intertwining botanical glasshouses – one tropical and one temperate – which were designed in collaboration with acclaimed Londondesigner Thomas Heatherwick and his team at Heatherwick Studio to complement the natural beauty and functionality of the site.
In a journey of self-discovery of the modern and immersive distillery experience, invited guests were encouraged to use interactive maps to explore the distillery and learn the craftsmanship and heritage behind Bombay Sapphire. Guests wandered through the botanical glasshouses and Botanical Dry Room, saw the historic Dakin Stills, uncovered the rich history of Laverstoke Mill in the Heritage Room, and ended the experience with a classicBombay Sapphire cocktail in the beautifully designed Mill Bar alongside the River Test.
Those closest to the project served as hosts to explain the different experiences of the site including Master of Botanicals Ivano Tonutti, Master Distiller at Laverstoke Mill Nik Fordham, Estate Manager Will Brix, and designerThomas Heatherwick. Guests learned about the gin’s unique Vapour Infusion method – the delicate distillation process which captures the natural flavours of the botanicals to produce a smooth and complex-tasting gin.
“It’s amazing to finally see the vision come to life. This project consumed my attention ever since Bombay Sapphireapproached me with the prospect in 2010, and my team and I feel honoured to have been part of such an incredible journey,” adds Heatherwick. “The unique distillation process, alongside the sheer wealth of heritage associated with the site, fascinated me and provided the perfect inspiration to create a centerpiece worthy of such an incredible project.”
The Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill also features the Empire Room, a new advocacy and training centre to educate the world’s top bartenders. Tailored brand education master classes will be hosted here for trade and media guests from all over the world, offering an incredible learning experience and opportunity to understand and share in the core values at the heart of Bombay Sapphire.
For more information about the Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill and to book tickets, visithttp://www.distillery.bombaysapphire.com.
 Data sourced by IWSR (International Wine and Spirit Research*), for the 12 months to the end of December 2013.
 Rating granted in accordance with 2008 BREEAM criteria.
- Laverstoke Mill was recorded as a corn mill in the famous Doomsday book of 1086 – the grand survey by William the Conqueror to assess all his newly claimed land.
- Between 1719 and the 1950’s, Laverstoke Mill was owned by a single family, the Portal family.
- Laverstoke Mill expanded with the growth of the British Empire. During Queen Victoria’s reign, it rose prominently and Laverstoke Mill began making the paper for the bank notes for England and then its newly acquired lands.
- As Queen Victoria pushed farther to include exotic and far away India, the mill created paper for India’s bank notes as well. At this time history connects England, Laverstoke Mill and gin.
- English gin gained notoriety when the classic gin and tonic was created in British Colonial India. Tonic contained the quinine believed to fend off malaria and its bitter taste was smoothed by the flavourful gin.
- To evoke this period of significant gin history, BOMBAY® Original and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® were given their names and Queen Victoria, Empress of India, was emboldened on the label.
- Laverstoke Mill reaped the bounty and hired the most prominent architects of the era to build a showcase for fine bank note paper production.
- Bombay Sapphire has been a success story since it was acquired by family-owned Bacardi. The strategic focus on respecting brand heritage, authenticity and superior quality enabled the brand to grow faster than all other major international premium gins – making Bombay Sapphire the top-valued premium gin in the world.
- Bacardi owns a portfolio of world-class brands and has a well-known track record of maintaining the unique heritage of the origin of its brands through various visitor centres.
About BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®
Bombay Sapphire is the fastest growing of the major premium gin brands and the world’s number one premium gin by value. Based on a secret 1761 recipe, Bombay Sapphire gin is created by perfectly balancing a unique combination of 10 hand-selected exotic botanicals from around the world. The natural flavours of the botanicals are captured through a delicate distillation process called Vapour Infusion which results in the tantalising, smooth and complex taste that is Bombay Sapphire.
The Bombay Sapphire brand is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.
Enjoy Bombay Sapphire responsibly.
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE IS A TRADEMARK.
SHANGHAI /PRNewswire/ — Antai College of Economics and Management (ACEM), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) recently announced its 2014 brand new EMBA curriculum system. Over the past 12 years of development, SJTU’s EMBA program has always been giving top priority to and making continuous improvement upon curriculum development.
In addition to optimization of the existing curriculum, the new system reinforces three programs on profitability model, performance of improvement and review on leadership by adding “innovation+, finance+, Internet+” modules and introducing “SJTU Features” module based on our strength as a comprehensive university for consolidation and innovation of technology, engineering, medicine and management disciplines, thus helping students better understand SJTU’s other colleges and subjects, and aligning business, science with industry. Currently, this program is oriented to general management, innovation and entrepreneurship management, as well as the international program in partnership with KEDGE Business School (open this autumn).
Prof. Zhou Lin, Dean of ACEM, SJTU, said, “China’s business school growth is propelled by China’s powerful economy as well as Chinese entrepreneurs’ strong desire for systematic business education. The newly developed system pushes China’s local EMBA curriculum forward profoundly to make ongoing innovation and renovation, a pivotal milestone for EMBA curriculum reform among China’s public business schools.”
For more information, please visit our website: http://emba.sjtu.edu.cn/en