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Coty Inc. Announce Partnership With National Geographic for Support of Pristine Seas Ocean Protection Program

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PARIS, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —

Coty Inc., a leading global beauty company, has announced a partnership agreement with the National Geographic Society, identifying Davidoff Cool Water as a partner for the Pristine Seas program.

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The ocean covers 72% of the surface of the Earth, but only 1% is protected. National Geographic, through the Pristine Seas Expeditions, seeks to protect some of the last pristine spots of the oceans and to create marine protected areas. The partnership kicks off with an expedition to the Pitcairn Islands (UK territory) in the Pacific Ocean. Dr. Enric Sala, a marine ecologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who has dedicated his career to finding ways to mitigate human impacts on marine life, will lead the expedition.

“I am thrilled to have Davidoff Cool Water on board for our Pristine Seas ocean protection program,” said Sala. “No one organization is going to save the ocean alone.”

“The Pristine Seas program is an important effort to explore and document the last pristine places in our oceans. Coty and Davidoff Cool Water’s support of this project will help us achieve our ultimate goal of protecting the world’s oceans,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s Executive Vice President for Mission Programs.

“It is an honour to partner with National Geographic, one of the most respected, renowned and powerful organizations protecting the ocean and the environment. We are happy to have our bestseller, Davidoff Cool Water, a fragrance that initiated the olfactive territory of oceanic freshness, active in ocean protection,” said Michele Scannavini, President of Coty Prestige.

As the new face of Davidoff Cool Water, American actor Paul Walker strongly supports the initiative. “My first love, my first passion was the ocean, so I completely relate to the cause of the ocean protection. I am proud to be the face of a legendary fragrance that is willing to be active in the protection of the ocean,” said Walker.

This Pristine Seas Expedition to Pitcairn will start in March 2012. From summer 2012, consumers will have the opportunity to join Davidoff Cool Water in supporting the National Geographic Pristine Seas to help protect the world’s oceans.

Contact : Isabelle Mical, Vice President Public Relations, Tel : +33-1-58-71-75-80, Email : isabelle_mical@cotyinc.com

http://www.multivu.com/mnr/53777-davidoff-nationalgeographic

SOURCE﹛Coty Prestige

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March 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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New Study Shows that Only 6% of Chinese Employees are Highly Engaged due to the Predominance of Hierarchical Corporate Cultures

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SHANGHAI, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Despite outperforming the US in 75% of Talent Management & Development benchmarks, only 6% of China’s employees are highly engaged, as compared to 19% in the US, based on studies conducted by LeadershipIQ( http://www.leadershipiq.com ) in China and USA in 2011. That’s less than one-third by comparison.

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In the study, it is found that between only 22% – 31% of Chinese employees believe that their colleagues give 100% effort at work, and as little as 3% – 4% of Chinese employees recommend their companies as a great organization to work for.

This is despite companies in China outperforming the US in 75% of the surveyed talent management benchmarks such as building employee buy-in and support for change initiatives, helping employees grow and develop in their careers, effectively motivating employees etc.

The study shows that the key driver of employee engagement is corporate culture.

As high as 52% of the highly engaged employees in China come from an Enterprising Corporate Culture. Enterprising cultures are a meritocracy where achievement and talent drive success and where internal contests of creativity and intelligence are very much in evidence. Leaders in an enterprising culture tend to be driven by a sense of adventure and they value employee creativity.

In contrast, as much as 40% of China’s disengaged employees come from hierarchical corporate cultures. Hierarchical cultures are built on tradition and are supported by formal structure and a typically unwavering adherence to titular command. Leaders within Hierarchal cultures gravitate towards power, order and structure as they closely organize and monitor those below them.

Initially, LeadershipIQ had expected to find that employees would be most excited about being in a Social environment where everyone gets along with one another, says Mark Murphy, the firm’s chief executive. Not so.

“Employees wanted meritocracy and competition more than they were concerned with everything being very collaborative and harmonious,” says Mr. Murphy.

The lesson is quite clear for companies operating in China. Enterprising cultures have higher levels of employee engagement than other types of corporate cultures in China. Employers in China should think less about ensuring employee obedience or making sure everyone has a great friend at work, and more about creating an adventurous meritocracy.

Directions Management Consulting

Directions Management Consulting is the partner of LeadershipIQ in China and Asia. LeadershipIQ helps more than 125,000 leaders every year through the facts drawn from one of the largest ongoing leadership studies ever conducted is used to help companies apply resources where the best possible results be achieved. In addition, Directions Management Consulting is a leading provider of sales performance, innovation and experiential learning solutions in China and many parts of Asia.

SOURCE﹛Directions Management Consulting

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March 2, 2012 at 2:49 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( http://www.rs-components.com ), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc( http://www.electrocomponents.com ) (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 http://www.rswww.com.

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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 http://www.raspberrypi.org. For more details on the RS Components DesignSpark community please visit http://www.designspark.com. Raspberry Pi can be pre-ordered from the RS website at rswww.com( http://www.rswww.com ).

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 http://www.rs-components.com.

Further information is available via these links:

Twitter: @RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
Tweet: RS Components
Hashtags: #ecommerce #electronics
RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc
http://www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
http://www.rs-components.com

DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com

Editorial Contact:

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Tel: +65-6391-5745
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com

The Hoffman Agency
Rasheed Abu Bakar / Ian Lee
Tel: +65-6361-0250
Email: rscomponentsteam@hoffman.com

SOURCE﹛RS Components

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March 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

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The Audi Group in the Fiscal Year 2011: New Records for Deliveries, Revenue and Profit

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INGOLSTADT, Germany, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —

— 2011: Largest volume increase in the history of the Company
— Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG:
“We want to grow faster than the market as a whole again in 2012.”
— CFO Strotbek confirms qualitative growth strategy: “With its rate
of return ratios, the Audi Group is one of the most profitable
companies in the automotive industry.”

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The Audi Group once again set records for deliveries, revenue and key earnings data in the fiscal year 2011. The brand with the four rings sold more than 1.3 million cars in the past year, at the same time increasing revenue to EUR44.1 billion. Operating profit for the Audi Group rose to over EUR5.3 billion in the past fiscal year. The operating return on sales climbed from 9.4 to 12.1 percent.

Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG: “Never before have we had such a large increase in deliveries in a single year. 2011 was the most successful year in the history of our company. We want to continue on this path in 2012 and grow more strongly than the market as a whole.” Experts expect the overall car market worldwide to grow by around 4 percent this year.

2011 was a record year for Audi with regard to all key performance indicators. For example, the number of Audi vehicles delivered increased by 19.2 percent or approximately 210,000 to 1,302,659 (2010: 1,092,411). Company revenue increased at a much higher rate than sales, by 24.4 percent to EUR44.1 (35.4) billion.

The Audi Group improved its operating profit by a little over 60 percent to more than EUR5.3 (3.3) billion. Operating return on sales rose from 9.4 percent in 2010 to 12.1 percent in 2011. Axel Strotbek, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Finance and Organization, confirms the qualitative growth strategy: “With these rate of return ratios, the Audi Group is one of the most profitable companies in the automotive industry.”

In addition to the increase in volume, the higher-quality model mix also had a very positive impact on revenue and profit development. For example, the share of revenue generated by the A6, A7, A8 and Q7 model series, also known as the C- and D-segments (full-size and luxury segments), rose from 25 to 38 percent between 2009 and 2011. At the same time, Audi has successfully continued expanding its model range in the lower segments since last year with the A1.

Cost of sales, distribution costs and administration expenses rose at a lower rate than revenue development in the past fiscal year thanks to ongoing process and cost optimizations. In addition to higher revenue quality, the significant increase in operating profit is attributable in particular to overall improvement in cost structures.

As the result of an increase in the financial result to EUR692 (2010: 293) million, the Audi Group’s profit before tax reached a new record level of over EUR6.0 (3.6) billion – an increase of 66 percent.

Return on sales before tax climbed to 13.7 percent following 10.3 percent in the prior year. The Audi Group improved the return on investment – in other words, the return on the average capital invested – to 35.4 (24.7) percent.

The Board of Management expresses its thanks to all employees for their passion and commitment. The Company’s financial success pays off for Audi employees as well. The Audi profit sharing agreement yields an average of EUR8,251 for each employee in Germany.

Assuming that there are no major changes in the underlying economic situation, the Company plans to generate an operating profit for 2012 in line with the level attained in the record-breaking year 2011. In particular, the attractive, young product range will have a positive impact on earnings performance here.

“We have been following a strategy of sustainable and qualitative growth for several years, and this is reflected once again in the key financial indicators for the 2011 fiscal year,” says CFO Strotbek. The brand with the four rings wants to continue on this path with successfully launched new models such as the Audi Q3 and A6.

In addition, the Company is introducing 18 models on the market this year, ranging from the A1 Sportback to the latest generation of the high-volume model Audi A3.

The Company plans on investing some EUR13 billion between 2012 and 2016. For example, Audi is expanding the site in Gyor (Hungary) into a full-scale car plant which will build a new member of the A3 family from 2013. Audi is also investing heavily in Germany, planning to spend just under EUR8 billion at the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm sites in the coming five years. The investment program is focusing in particular on new products and technical innovations.

Audi is also expanding its production capacity in China within the framework of the joint venture FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company, Ltd. In addition to the site in Changchun in northern China, the Company is currently building a new facility in the south of the country. Production at the plant in Foshan is scheduled to begin in 2013.

The Company will also be hiring new employees in Germany in 2012: An additional 1,200 experts will join the team, in particular in the future-oriented fields of lightweight construction and electric mobility.

Contact:
Corporate Communications
Julio Schuback
Press Spokesman Finance and Organization
Tel: +49-841-89-38455
e-mail: julio.schuback@audi.de
http://www.audi-mediaservices.com/apc

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SOURCE﹛Audi AG

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March 2, 2012 at 11:32 am

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TripAdvisor Launches New Review Collection Solution Enabling Travel Companies to Collect Reviews in Partnership with the World’s Largest Travel Site*

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Easytobook.com announced as first partner to launch with the new platform and will display TripAdvisor collected reviews and opinions across all of its websites

SINGAPORE, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — TripAdvisor( http://www.tripadvisor.com )(R), the world’s largest travel site*, today announced that it is launching a brand new review collection solution with Easytobook.com( http://www.easytobook.com ) on board as the first partner to use the customisable tool. The review collection platform will allow partners to collect reviews directly from guests following their stays, which will then be displayed across TripAdvisor and the partners’ websites.

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The newly launched review collection solution has rolled out worldwide on Easytobook.com, which operates in eleven languages. Easytobook.com has replaced their own review collection system with the cost-effective TripAdvisor platform, leaving review collection to the specialists in order to focus on their core business: making hotel reservations easy.

Through the platform, guests receive co-branded emails from Easytobook.com following their stay asking for customer feedback. Guests are led to a TripAdvisor review form, which is integrated on to the Easytobook.com website. The form is customised and adaptable to fit in with the overall look and feel of the partner site. This approach means that TripAdvisor processes and moderates all jointly collected reviews, assisting partners to deliver a better experience to their customers.

Reviews collected in this way will be featured both on Easytobook.com websites as well as on TripAdvisor, which receives more than 50 million unique visitors each month*. Jointly collected reviews are attributed to ‘Easytobook.com travellers’ on TripAdvisor websites. This initiative allows guests to make more informed decision based on fellow travellers’ feedbacks.

TripAdvisor expects to launch similar Review Collection partnerships with a number of partners in the next few months.

Wouter Blok, CMO Easytobook.com, said: “We are delighted to be the first partner to launch on TripAdvisor’s new Review Collection Platform. We decided to replace our old review collection system because we wanted to work with the online review experts and TripAdvisor’s platform is a customisable, cost-effective solution. The reviews we collect through the new platform will also provide great branding for Easytobook.com in front of TripAdvisor’s vast community of travellers. This initiative will allow us to focus on our core business and enable us to deliver an all-together better service to customers.”

Severine Philardeau, Vice-President of Partnerships at TripAdvisor, said: “We are proud to be launching our new Review Collection Solution, which allows our partners to leverage TripAdvisor’s expertise. We’re delighted that Easytobook.com is the first to launch with our platform. This move marks a shift in the way that Easytobook.com collects reviews following guest stays and will enable potential customers to make better informed decisions based on the insights and ratings of TripAdvisor’s entire community of travellers. We believe this will be a pioneering initiative for the rest of the hospitality industry.”

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor(R) is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 60 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor’s millions of monthly visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 18 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 65 million unique monthly visitors**. TripAdvisor’s travel media brands include: http://www.airfarewatchdog.com, http://www.bookingbuddy.com, http://www.cruisecritic.com, http://www.familyvacationcritic.com, http://www.flipkey.com, http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk, http://www.independenttraveler.com, http://www.onetime.com, http://www.seatguru.com, http://www.sniqueaway.com, http://www.smartertravel.com, http://www.travelpod.com, http://www.virtualtourist.com, and http://www.kuxun.cn.

* Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, August 2011
** Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, August 2011
*** Source: TripAdvisor 2012 Travel Trends Survey, November 2011( http://www.tripadvisor.com/PressCenter-i4894-c1-Press_Releases.html )

(C)2012 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

About Easytobook.com

Easytobook.com( http://www.easytobook.com ) is a pure player in the travel industry, focusing on making hotel reservations( http://www.easytobook.com ) as easy as possible. Entering the competitive market in 2004, we are proud to have grown so fast (listed in the Deloitte Fast500 for 3 consecutive years) by delivering a great product. Our site is recognized as one of the best in the industry, it contains 120.000 hotels around the globe. Since August 2011, Easytobook.com is part of Travix (a BCD company). As a group we are one of the largest travel companies in the world, offering flights, cars and accommodations. Travix is planning to have an IPO in the coming years.

For more information, please contact:

Jean Ow-Yeong
jow-yeong@tripadvisor.com

SOURCE﹛TripAdvisor, Inc.

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March 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

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Earth Hour 2012 — One Month to Go

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SYDNEY, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — From Times Square to the Sydney Opera House, Brunei to Lithuania, the tallest building on the planet to an Inuit igloo, the world will once again celebrate the largest voluntary action for the environment as the lights switch off for Earth Hour( http://www.earthhour.org ), on 31 March.

Earth Hour has grown from a one-city initiative in 2007, to a 5,251 city strong global movement, last year reaching 1.8 billion people in 135 countries across all seven continents.

“In its sixth year, with hundreds of millions of people taking part in Earth Hour, we want to go beyond the hour to encourage positive action for the environment,” said Earth Hour Co-Founder and Executive Director, Andy Ridley.

“We have created a new element, ‘I Will If You Will’ to offer the incentive to share the dream amongst us all. The power of social media enables us to unite the global community in the endeavour to protect the planet,” he said.

The “I Will If You Will” digital platform created in partnership with Leo Burnett, is the result of a collaboration with YouTube, therefore bringing together the world’s biggest social video platform with the world’s largest action for the environment.

Earth Hour’s new “I Will If You Will” campaign uses the YouTube video platform www( http://www.youtube.com/earthhour ).( http://www.youtube.com/earthhour )youtube( http://www.youtube.com/earthhour ).( http://www.youtube.com/earthhour )com( http://www.youtube.com/earthhour )( http://www.youtube.com/earthhour )earthhour( http://www.youtube.com/earthhour ) to encourage people to share a personal dare with the world, by asking “What are you willing to do to save the planet?”

“‘I Will If You Will’ gives every individual the opportunity to inspire their friends, colleagues and neighbours to take sustainability actions not just on the hour but beyond the hour. The challenges we are seeing from all walks of life are truly inspiring,” said Ridley.

Earth Hour Kids’ ambassador Pocoyo has doubled his “I Will If You Will” challenge after reaching its target of 10,000 within days. Pocoyo will now plant 20,000 trees if 20,000 people play his recycling game on Earthhour.org.

The President of Fiji, 70 year old Epeli Nailatikau, announced he will walk 30 kilometres to raise awareness of climate issues if businesses, non-government organisations and government departments in Fiji take clear-cut actions that will benefit our environment.

A diverse range of supporters including Stephen Fry and Yoko Ono have already engaged with Earth Hour and “I Will If You Will” on Twitter.

The concept of “I Will If You Will” centres around providing a social contract for two parties — connecting one person, business or organisation to a promise and their friends, family, customers or members to a challenge.

The YouTube platform hosts a global library of “I Will If You Will” challenges, and encourages people to share their “dare” publicly through Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and email. Friends can be invited to participate and accept each challenge using these popular social networks.

Earth Hour 2012 will take place at 8.30pm – 9.30pm on Saturday 31 March

**Interviews are available with Andy Ridley, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Earth Hour**

Watch the 2012 Earth Hour video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FovYv8vf5_E

Images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/earthhour_global/sets Facebook: facebook.com/earthhour Twitter: twitter.com/earthhour

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative in partnership with WWF and Leo Burnett. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday March 31, 2012 at 8:30 PM to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. In 2012, Earth Hour’s I Will If You Will concept invites individuals and organisations to challenge others to an ongoing environmental commitment beyond the hour. Earth Hour began in one city in 2007 and by 2011 reached over 1.8 billion people in 135 countries across every continent, receiving reports as ‘the World’s largest campaign for the planet’.

About WWF

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations, with almost five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

SOURCE Earth Hour

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March 2, 2012 at 10:19 am