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DotAsia to Support Asian New gTLDs

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Launch of Chinese, Japanese and Korean “.Asia” IDN Continues

Priority Sunrise Registration Period Closes: July 25 2011

Open Landrush Registration Begins: August 2, 2011

PRNewswire-Asia/ — Following the approval from ICANN for the implementation of the new gTLD (Generic Top-Level Domain) program, DotAsia today announces its plans to support new gTLDs from Asia, including its own IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) TLDs and applications from other Asian new gTLD applicants.

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“As one of the latest new gTLDs, and as a not-for-profit organization with a core mandate to promote Internet development and adoption, DotAsia is well equipped to provide support to new gTLD aspirants from Asia. We believe our experience and understanding in the ICANN process, policies, technology and market will help Asian new gTLDs become successful,” says Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia. “Domain names are analogous to Internet real-estate, and this opening of new gTLDs is like a watershed deregulation. We are prepared to lend our expertise to assist Asian initiatives so Asia does not lose out on this ‘land grab’. Domains is also an important Internet resource supporting development, especially considering the introduction of Asian language IDN gTLDs.”

DotAsia is planning to offer support to new gTLD applicants from Asia, assisting in the application process, policy and community development, finance and other aspects of creating and operating a for-profit or a community gTLD. Interested parties are welcome to inquire further at:

Meanwhile, building on the successful launch of alphanumeric (ASCII) “.Asia” registrations, Sunrise (i.e. Priority Registration) for Chinese, Japanese and Korean Internationalized Domain Name (IDN — web address represented in local languages) continues with a similar phased approach to ensure orderly introduction of IDN “.Asia” domains. Sunrise ( and the Pioneer Domains Program (, opened on May 11, will close on July 25, 2011.

“IDNs will change the perceived value of domain names in Asia as businesses discover the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) value of domains. Hundreds of millions of Chinese, Japanese and Korean users are actively searching online in their native language. IDN realizes the SEO value by making it possible to have a domain name matching what users are searching for, thereby improving the ranking of your website,” added Chung.

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July 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm

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KKR’s Steven R. Okun Becomes Chairman of PublicAffairsAsia Gold Standard Awards 2011

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PRNewswire-Asia/ — Steven R Okun, the Director of Public Affairs at leading global investment firm KKR in Asia Pacific, is today named as Chairman of The PublicAffairsAsia Gold Standard Awards 2011 programme. Okun, a leading member of the global public affairs community and Chairman of APCAC, which comprises 25 member American Chambers of Commerce across Asia Pacific, will head the PAA judging panel and lead the 2011 promotion for the awards.

Commenting on the role, Steven R. Okun said: “Today, companies face a host of new challenges which result from a combination of megatrends connected to globalisation, the environment and the proliferation of news and information. The best public affairs and communications professionals are on the cutting-edge, taking all these factors into account – and at the same time making business more profitable, sustainable and socially responsible. The PublicAffairsAsia Gold Standard Awards identify excellence and achievement in these important areas.”

Okun will lead a panel of judges which includes over 40 senior practitioners from public affairs and corporate communications across business, government and the NGO community. They will judge categories including public affairs and public relations consultancy of the year, in-house public affairs team, diplomatic and NGO engagement, government and stakeholder relations and social media innovation.

Commenting on Okun’s selection as Chairman, PublicAffairsAsia’s, Executive Director, Craig Hoy, said: “Steve Okun is one of the most respected senior public affairs practitioners in the region. Selecting Steve as chairman for the 2011 awards programme underlines that these unique awards are both practitioner-led and industry focused. Led by Steve, the Gold Standard Awards are distinctive because of the quality and quantity of our judging team and this year nearly 50 leading global public affairs and communications professionals will determine who secures the Gold Standard accolade.”

The categories and sponsors for the 2011 awards programme are set to be announced on August 1, with nominations for the 2011 contest invited in September and October ahead of the presentation of the awards at The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore in January 2012.

Encouraging entries for the awards programme, Steven R. Okun added: “By nominating, or being nominated, you can promote the important work carried out by professional communicators, business, diplomats, governments and NGOs across Asia Pacific. Whether for your work in government relations, issues management, social media, trade promotion or good governance, we encourage you to become involved.”

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The Gold Standard Awards, operated by PublicAffairsAsia, the magazine and network for senior communications and corporate public affairs professionals, operate across the Asia Pacific region. Nominations are invited from consultancies, corporations, government agencies, the diplomatic and trade communities and NGOs across a wide range of categories. Confirmed sponsors and partners for the 2011 programme include Weber Shandwick, News Corporation, eBay, Eon, Prospect, Henry Hale Maguire, The American Chamber of Commerce in China, The Hong Kong Council for Public Relations Firms and the US ASEAN Business Council.


Steven R. Okun joined KKR in February 2011 as Director of Asia Pacific Public Affairs. Mr. Okun oversees public affairs, corporate citizenship and external communications and assists in those efforts for KKR’s portfolio companies in the region. In addition, he serves as the Chairman of the Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce, which comprises 25 member Chambers from across the entire Asia Pacific region. Mr. Okun served as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore from 2008-2011, a position for which he won three consecutive elections. From 2003 – 2010, he was Vice President for Public Affairs for UPS in Asia Pacific. Mr. Okun served in the Administration of President Bill Clinton as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Transportation.

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July 13, 2011 at 11:56 am

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Overseas Union Enterprise Donates S$2 Million Grant to Singapore Institute of Technology for Hospitality Scholarships

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2011-07-11 18:25 


SINGAPORE, July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Overseas Union Enterprise Limited (OUE) announced a landmark partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to provide SIT hospitality students with scholarships worth a total of S$2 million. The official signing ceremony for the scholarship deal was held at Mandarin Orchard Singapore.

From left: Mr Thio Gim Hock, Chief Executive Officer, Overseas Union Enterprise Ltd; Mr Michael Sengol, Chief Executive Officer, Meritus Hotels & Resorts; Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister of State, Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Education; Mr Ng Cher Pong, Deputy Chairman, Singapore Institute of Technology; and Professor Tan Chin Tiong, President, Singapore Institute of Technology.

The scholarships aim to reward outstanding SIT hospitality students, in keeping with the institution’s commitment to remain strongly industry-relevant. OUE will grant SIT S$200,000 per annum over a period of 10 years with committed scholarship grants totalling S$2 million.

Professor Tan Chin Tiong, President, SIT said, “OUE’s commitment to sponsor deserving SIT hospitality students is a great encouragement to us. We have consistently said that being with SIT promises an industry-relevant education and we reinforce this by actively seeking industry support for our students. The SIT-Overseas Union Enterprise Limited Scholarship is testament to the belief that our industry partners have in the quality of our students.”

OUE is a key prime property developer in strategic locations in Singapore’s commercial, hospitality, retail and residential sectors. Recent projects by OUE include an extensive makeover of Mandarin Gallery, the launch of Twin Peaks — Singapore’s first luxury residential development that is fully furnished with designer pieces, and the redevelopment of iconic One Raffles Place and OUE Bayfront (including auxiliary properties — OUE Tower and OUE Link) on historic Collyer Quay. Landmark acquisitions include DBS Building Towers One and Two, and Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel.

“We are privileged to partner with an esteemed institution such as SIT in elevating Singapore’s hospitality and culinary excellence through this long-running scholarship programme,” said Dr Stephen Riady, Executive Chairman of OUE. “Travel and tourism continue to be an integral part of Singapore’s economy, and we at OUE are committed to nurturing this exciting growth by equipping deserving hospitality students with the educational development they need to become tomorrow’s industry leaders.”

Meritus Hotels & Resorts, whose portfolio includes the flagship property Mandarin Orchard Singapore where the signing ceremony was held, is the hospitality division of OUE. Key executives from the iconic hospitality brand will take part in the screening and selection of scholars, and also pledge to provide training and employment opportunities to graduates under the scholarship programme as the group expands globally. Meritus’ current portfolio also includes Marina Mandarin Singapore, Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi in Malaysia, and in China-Shanghai JC Mandarin, Meritus Mandarin Haikou, and Meritus Shantou China.

New developments being eyed by the hospitality group span fast-growing business and tourism hubs in Southeast Asia, China, and Europe.

Meritus Hotels & Resorts CEO, Mr Michael Sengol said, “Raising the bar higher for industry standards in Singapore would require that we address the shortage of high-calibre talent in the local arena. It is only then that Singapore can optimise opportunities from what continues to be amongst the world’s largest, most dynamic, fastest-growing industries. It is a responsibility that we at Meritus Hotels & Resorts are proud to share, being the forerunners of world-class Asian hospitality in Singapore.”

The SIT-Overseas Union Enterprise Limited Scholarship is open to all of SIT’s current and future hospitality degree programmes. To date, SIT offers two hospitality degree programmes: the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration, and The Culinary Institute of America’s (CIA) Bachelor of Professional Studies in Culinary Arts Management. Future hospitality degrees are in the pipeline as SIT continues discussions with potential overseas university partners.

UNLV Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Nicholas J. Thomas said, “UNLV would like to acknowledge and thank Overseas Union Enterprise Limited for their commitment to educating future leaders of Singapore’s hospitality and tourism industry. Through UNLV Singapore’s partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology, we look forward to having the best and brightest apply to our undergraduate program as part of this new scholarship framework.”

Looking forward to the availability of the hospitality scholarship, CIA Managing Director Chef, Eve Felder said, “The support offered by our industry partners, through scholarships, provides a valuable conduit for qualified and passionate students to realize their career goals as well as for the industry to ultimately have educated professionals as employees. The Culinary Institute of America is thrilled to be the college of choice for students who will be the leaders in the food and beverage industry. We appreciate OUE’s support of the students in fulfilling their dreams.”

Applications for SIT-OUE Hospitality Scholarships are open to Citizens and Permanent Residents of Singapore who are pursuing a full-time hospitality degree programme with SIT. To apply or for more information, visit

Notes to Editors

About Singapore Institute of Technology

SIT was established by the Ministry of Education in 2009 to provide upgrading opportunities primarily for polytechnic graduates. In consultation with various government agencies, SIT has brought to Singapore some of the best degree programmes in the world by partnering reputable overseas universities. These programmes are highly industry-focused and targeted at key growth sectors of the economy.

SIT is committed to a unique tri-partite collaborative model with the overseas university partners and the five local polytechnics to offer polytechnic graduates more opportunities for learning at tertiary level. Additionally, SIT’s unique ‘distributed campus’ model means that programmes are conducted at SIT facilities within each polytechnic, allowing for greater synergy and efficiency with regards to infrastructure and facilities.

SIT students are assessed holistically for both academic excellence and passion. All students are conferred the exact same degree as their counterparts at the home universities and are required to undergo an overseas immersion programme at their respective overseas university’s home campus.

At steady state, SIT aims to take in at least 2000 full-time students per academic year. There are plans to eventually offer part-time degree programmes to cater to full-time working professionals.

About Overseas Union Enterprise Limited

Overseas Union Enterprise Limited (SGX-ST: “OUE”) is a diversified real estate owner, developer, and operator with a portfolio of prime assets in strategic locations in Singapore, and hotels in Singapore, Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China. As a fully integrated developer, OUE focuses its business across the commercial, hospitality, retail, and residential sectors — primarily in Singapore as a key city for asset growth.

With its core strategy of investing in and enhancing a distinctive stable of versatile developments, OUE continues to build a portfolio with a strong recurrent income base, balanced with development profits to enhance long-term shareholder value.

For more information and the latest news from OUE, visit


SOURCE Overseas Union Enterprise Limited

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July 13, 2011 at 11:01 am

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