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Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Scholarships in the Humanities Announced at Oxford

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Major new graduate scholarship programme at Oxford made possible by the most generous gift for Humanities students in the University’s 900-year history

LONDON, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The University of Oxford has established The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities, which will be launched immediately with 15 scholarships a year and will eventually be endowed in perpetuity to award at least 35 graduate humanities scholarships annually.

Leading humanities students from throughout the world will compete for full graduate scholarships in fields as diverse as literature, history, music, archaeology, art history, Asian studies, and Middle Eastern studies.

The recipients of the prestigious award will have the exclusive use of The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun House for the Study of the Humanities, a five-storey Georgian building in the heart of Oxford, which will be fitted out with state-of-the-art technological capability and serve as the base for study and research by the Ertegun Scholars.

The gift will ultimately amount to more than GBP26 million. In addition to funding the scholarships themselves in perpetuity, the gift will also endow in perpetuity the salary of a full-time Ertegun Senior Scholar in Residence who will provide mentorship for the Ertegun Scholars, and a Programme of lectures, seminars, concerts and other activities at Ertegun House.

The Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten, said: “Through the generosity of Mica Ertegun, the best Humanities graduate students in the world will have the opportunity, in perpetuity, to undertake high-quality research, to interact with other fine minds, and to increase the sum of human knowledge and understanding. This kind of support for postgraduates is vital for the future of research and human understanding, and vital for the future of great universities like Oxford. It allows us to ensure that the very best minds are supporting the University’s research endeavour now and will be the cutting edge researchers of the future.”

Mica Ertegun, the Romanian-born widow of famed Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, lives in New York City and is one of the world’s foremost interior designers.

“For Ahmet and for me, one of the great joys of life has been the study of history, music, languages, literature, art and archaeology,” Mrs. Ertegun said. “In these times, when there is so much strife in the world, I believe it is tremendously important to support those things that endure across time, that bind people together from every culture, and that enrich the capacity of human beings to understand one another and make the world a more humane place. I am very proud of the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme at Oxford, and I intend that it provide an enduring inspiration for brilliant and enthusiastic students from all over the world to devote themselves to the study of the Humanities. My dream is that, one day, Ertegun Scholars will be leaders in every field – as historians and philosophers, as archaeologists and literary scholars, as writers and composers, as statesmen and theologians.”

Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor, Andrew Hamilton, said of the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme: “This is a significant moment for the study of the Humanities and the largest donation specifically for the Humanities in the 900-year history of Oxford. At a time when, in the UK, government support for the Humanities is under intense pressure, vision and generosity like this is going to be what saves the field for future generations. We are immensely grateful to Mrs Ertegun and Americans for Oxford, Inc. for making the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme possible.”

Ertegun House will be ready for the first group of Ertegun Scholars in the Michaelmas term, commencing in September 2012.


SOURCE﹛The University of Oxford

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March 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm

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Darren Webb Named Managing Director – Asia Pacific at Cable&Wireless Worldwide

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SINGAPORE, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Cable&Wireless Worldwide (C&W Worldwide) has appointed Darren Webb as the company’s managing director for Asia Pacific to oversee the expansion of its business in the region. Darren has been with the company for more than a decade. In his new role, Darren will have overall responsibility for enterprise and carrier sales, service delivery, marketing, finance and people functions.

Darren has relocated from the UK to C&W Worldwide’s Singapore office, and will retain his current responsibilities as the Director of Global Enterprise Sales. He will report to Nick Lambert, Managing Director – Wholesale, Mid-market and Global Markets.

Darren has successfully demonstrated his ability to drive growth for the business in each of his previous assignments at C&W Worldwide. He joined the company in 1996 and has held various sales and management positions, such as managing the International Voice business and leading the EMEA enterprise sales function. Between 2008 and 2009, Darren worked with the team that managed the successful integration of the Thus business into C&W Worldwide.

“Darren’s promotion to this strategic management role is richly deserved. In his 16 years at the company, he has excelled in every role he has undertaken and has consistently delivered results for our customers and the business. The company’s business prospects in Asia Pacific are growing and with Darren at the helm, I am confident that we will be able to expand our footprint in the region and do even better in servicing our customers,” said Nick Lambert, Managing Director — Wholesale, Mid-market and Global Markets.

About Cable&Wireless Worldwide

Cable&Wireless Worldwide (LSE: CW.) is a leading global telecoms company providing a wide range of high-quality managed voice, data, hosting and IP-based services and applications to large multinational companies, governments, carrier customers and resellers across the UK, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East & Africa, Continental Europe and North America. Established in the 1860s, Cable&Wireless Worldwide helps more than 6,000 organisations deliver their goals. The Group’s vision is to be the first choice for mission critical communications.

Reaching 20,500km in length, Cable&Wireless Worldwide owns the UK’s largest fibre network dedicated to business users of telecoms, and provides ubiquitous nationwide access through a combination of fibre, digital, microwave, radio and leased circuits. The network has presence in over 400 towns and cities in the UK, with 861 unbundled exchanges covering 56% of the population.

Internationally, Cable&Wireless Worldwide’s global next-generation network (NGN) stretches to more than 425,000km, including interests in 60 global cable systems, enabling connectivity to more than 150 countries. The Group’s IP-based Multi-Service Platform operates at the core of our NGN, offering a single environment on which voice and data applications can be converged to drive business efficiencies. Cable&Wireless Worldwide’s network is uniquely designed with inbuilt resilience.

With more than 6,000 colleagues globally, Cable&Wireless Worldwide is committed to delivering exceptional customer service and developing long term partnerships with its customers

To find out more, visit


Michele Soon
Corporate Affairs Manager – Asia Pacific
+65 9321 3191

Timothy Weller
Pelham Bell Pottinger Asia
Senior Associate
+65 6333 3449

SOURCE﹛Cable&Wireless Worldwide

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March 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm

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RS Components Announces Launch of Raspberry Pi US$35 Computer

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New low cost credit card sized computer now available to pre-order from RS websites

SINGAPORE, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — RS Components( ), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc( ) (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, today announced that the revolutionary credit card sized single-board computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation is now available to pre-order from RS websites around the world. Created for educators, programmers, developers and IT enthusiasts, the kits can be pre-ordered at

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity established to promote the development of computer development skills in education across the globe. Its vision is for Raspberry Pi to provide budding IT developers and programmers with a base platform to exploit the full power and potential of computing within the Linux environment, at a remarkably low cost. As such, Raspberry Pi computers act as an enabler for the next generation of programmers to enter the IT industry.

RS Components was selected as a distribution partner for Raspberry Pi because, in the eyes of the Foundation, it connects with engineers across the globe throughout their careers. As such, the company is well positioned to provide Raspberry Pi adopters with support, advice and access to additional resources as they embark on new development activities. It was particularly impressed with the DesignSpark community and resources provided for new developers working on Open Source designs.

“RS Components has always been a trusted and reliable partner for engineers across the globe. The RS Components DesignSpark community and their free PCB design software connects with engineers throughout their career, and is being adopted by many universities around the world,” said Eben Upton, Founder and Trustee of Raspberry Pi. “This ethos of providing resources for engineers, along with the company’s support for open source design, makes RS Components the ideal distribution partner for Raspberry Pi.”

Glenn Jarrett, Head of Marketing, Electronics, at RS Components, added, “Raspberry Pi provides a revolutionary low cost platform, which opens up programming to a whole new audience. We are very honoured to have been chosen to work with the Foundation as a distribution partner at the launch of this exciting new tool.”

Further information on the Raspberry Pi Foundation can be found at For more details on the RS Components DesignSpark community please visit Raspberry Pi can be pre-ordered from the RS website at ).

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. Through operations in 32 countries and 17 warehouses, the Group serves 1.6 million customers worldwide and distributes 550,000 products ranging from semiconductors and optoelectronics to power tools and protective clothing. The product and service portfolio supports the entire product lifecycle from R&D through pre-production to maintenance and repair. The Group ships more than 46,000 parcels on the same day the orders are received.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year to 31 March 2011 had revenues of GBP1.18bn.

For more information, please visit the website at

Further information is available via these links:

Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
Tweet: RS Components
Hashtags: #ecommerce #electronics
RS Components on Linkedin

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Editorial Contact:

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Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Tel: +65-6391-5745

The Hoffman Agency
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SOURCE﹛RS Components

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March 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm

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Brightstar Announces Master Reseller Agreement with StarHub in Singapore

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Brightstar Singapore to Bundle StarHub Services to Simplify Mobility for SMB Customers

MIAMI and SINGAPORE, Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Brightstar Corp., the world’s largest specialized wireless distributor and a global leader in services and solutions for the wireless industry, today announced it has been awarded a premier master reseller agreement with StarHub, Singapore’s fully-integrated info-communications service provider. As part of the agreement Brightstar will bundle mobility products and services with StarHub’s mobile and fixed broadband services to support the needs of Small and Medium-size Business (SMB) customers.

In addition to StarHub’s mobile and fixed broadband services, Brightstar will offer a suite of business solutions including BlackBerry(R) enterprise solutions, customer relationship management (CRM), secure multi-platforms mobile device management (MDM), business intelligence dashboards, operations workflow management, premium corporate account management, training, and support services.

A wide range of the latest smart phone and tablet brands on multiple platforms such as Apple(R) iOS, Android(TM), BlackBerry(R), and Windows Phone will be available from Brightstar with StarHub. Brightstar can also bundle the mobility solutions with accessories including blue-tooth headsets, speakers, device cases and covers.

“Brightstar’s role as the premier master reseller for StarHub services will allow us to help corporate customers both large and small to focus on their core business strategies and improve productivity,” said Arturo Osorio, president of Brightstar Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa. “We’re excited to bring these customers a combination of business solutions that will lead to more savings and higher return on investment.”

“Brightstar has the relationships and complimentary services that make our StarHub agreement a strong alliance,” said Mr. Teh Chong Mien, Vice President Sales, Enterprise Business Group, StarHub. “Brightstar’s innovative suite of business solutions is attractive to the growing base of customers in Singapore and will provide additional exposure for our solutions as well.”

The StarHub products and services offered in the agreement include mobile voice plans, mobile datapacks, business broadband plans, ASDL, enterprise web/voice, Internet broadband, Microsoft Office 365, and International Direct Dial (IDD) services.

About Brightstar Corp.

Brightstar is the world’s largest specialized wireless distributor and a leading global services company focused on enhancing the performance and profitability of the key participants in the wireless device value chain. The company supports over 80,000 points of sale worldwide with operations in 51 countries and territories and provides a comprehensive range of more than 100 customized services for value-added distribution, supply chain optimization, retail, government and VARs, and consumer services. Brightstar’s services help customers manage the growing complexity of the wireless device value chain and enable them to increase product availability, expand their channel reach and drive supply chain efficiencies by getting the right products to the right place at the right time for the best value.

SOURCE﹛Brightstar Corp.

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March 1, 2012 at 9:34 am

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