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ETS Expands Test-taker Friendly GRE(R) revised General Test with New ScoreSelect(SM) Option

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Test takers can now select which test scores to send to graduate and business schools

PRINCETON, N.J., April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Following the successful introduction of the GRE(R) revised General Test, the GRE Program is now introducing the ScoreSelect(SM) option as one more enhancement to its more test-taker friendly platform. With the ScoreSelect option, GRE test takers can decide which test scores to send to the institutions they designate, so they can send the scores they feel reflect their personal best.

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The ScoreSelect option, available starting in July 2012, builds on the momentum that started with the 2011 launch of the test-taker friendly GRE revised General Test, which test takers worldwide responded to with great enthusiasm. “The ScoreSelect option focuses on helping test takers succeed on the road to an advanced degree because they can approach test day with more confidence,” says James Wimbush, Dean of the University Graduate School and Professor of Business Administration, Indiana University, and 2011-2012 GRE Board Chair.

“Adding enhancements, like the new ScoreSelect option, to our test-taker friendly platform helps people feel good about making a move toward graduate and business school, and that is what’s most exciting about this announcement,” says David Payne, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Higher Education Division at ETS. “Anytime we can make changes that improve test takers’ testing experience and confidence to succeed, we create more opportunity for all students.”

Test takers can now select from several options.

On test day, when viewing their scores at the test center*, they can select the:

— ScoreSelect Most Recentoption 〞 Send their scores from their
current test administration (FREE).
— ScoreSelect Alloption 〞 Send their scores from all administrations
in the last 5 years (FREE).

Test takers can decide which option to use for each of their 4 FREE score reports.

After test day, test takers can send Additional Score Reports for a fee and select:

— ScoreSelect Most Recent option 〞 Send their scores from their
most recent test administration.
— ScoreSelect All option 〞 Send their scores from all
administrations in the last 5 years.
— ScoreSelect Any option 〞 Send their scores from one OR many test
administrations in the last 5 years.

Scores for a test administration must be reported in their entirety.

“The ScoreSelect option for the GRE tests is an extension of ETS’s long-standing strong commitment to enabling ever more individuals to take the next step towards graduate or business school, giving them invaluable additional opportunities for their future,” says Michael Sullivan, Executive Director, STEM, Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University.

The new ScoreSelect option will be available for both the GRE revised General Test and GRE Subject Tests, and can be used by anyone with reportable scores from the last five years. For more information on this new option and other GRE program offerings, including free test prep, visit http://www.ets.org/gre.

* Individuals taking the paper-based GRE revised General Test or a Subject Test will select their options prior to test day.

About ETS

At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually 〞 including the TOEFL(R) and TOEIC(R) tests, the GRE(R) tests and The Praxis Series(TM) assessments 〞 in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.
http://www.ets.org

SOURCE﹛Educational Testing Service

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April 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm

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Navnit Singh Named Chairman And Country Head, India For Korn/Ferry International

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NEW DELHI, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY), a premier global provider of talent management solutions, has announced that Navnit Singh will be joining the Firm on May 3rd as Chairman and Country Head of India. He will also function as the Firm’s Global Technology Market Leader for India.

Based in New Delhi, Mr. Singh brings nearly three decades of market experience to service clients in the Talent Management space. He has built a successful practice, advising companies on CEO appointments and C-level team composition across multiple functional disciplines of both established and emerging technology companies in the software, hardware, Information Technology Enables Services (ITES) and professional services sectors.

“Navnit is a business builder and leader who has built a strong reputation, and has a deep and unique understanding of the talent landscape in India. His wealth of knowledge and deep relationships in the industry will strengthen the Firm’s client service capabilities and spur our multi-service practice and enterprise teams in our three India offices to higher levels of client service,” said Charles Tseng, President of Korn/Ferry Asia Pacific. “We are looking to expand our position and brand as the pre-eminent talent management provider in one of the world’s fastest growing markets.”

Mr. Singh joins Korn/Ferry from another global executive recruiting firm, where he was managing partner of the Global Technology & Services Practice for Asia Pacific and a member of the Global Chief Human Resources Officer practice.

Prior to executive search, Mr. Singh worked in India and New York in senior executive positions in human resources for companies such as HSBC Investment Banking, Ranbaxy, Modi Olivetti, Modi Corp and Punj Lloyd. He also started his own company in the HR consulting and search industry.

About Korn/Ferry International Asia Pacific

Korn/Ferry International, with a presence throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is a premier global provider of talent management solutions. Korn/Ferry, based in Los Angeles, was the first major global executive search firm to operate in Asia Pacific when it opened its doors in Tokyo in 1973. Today it has eighteen offices in key business centers throughout the region. Korn/Ferry delivers an array of solutions that help clients to attract, engage, develop, and retain their talent.

Visit http://www.kornferry.com for more information on the Korn/Ferry International family of companies, and http://www.kornferryinstitute.com for thought leadership, intellectual property and research.

SOURCE﹛Korn/Ferry International

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April 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

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Navnit Singh Named Chairman And Country Head, India For Korn/Ferry International

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NEW DELHI, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY), a premier global provider of talent management solutions, has announced that Navnit Singh will be joining the Firm on May 3rd as Chairman and Country Head of India. He will also function as the Firm’s Global Technology Market Leader for India.

Based in New Delhi, Mr. Singh brings nearly three decades of market experience to service clients in the Talent Management space. He has built a successful practice, advising companies on CEO appointments and C-level team composition across multiple functional disciplines of both established and emerging technology companies in the software, hardware, Information Technology Enables Services (ITES) and professional services sectors.

“Navnit is a business builder and leader who has built a strong reputation, and has a deep and unique understanding of the talent landscape in India. His wealth of knowledge and deep relationships in the industry will strengthen the Firm’s client service capabilities and spur our multi-service practice and enterprise teams in our three India offices to higher levels of client service,” said Charles Tseng, President of Korn/Ferry Asia Pacific. “We are looking to expand our position and brand as the pre-eminent talent management provider in one of the world’s fastest growing markets.”

Mr. Singh joins Korn/Ferry from another global executive recruiting firm, where he was managing partner of the Global Technology & Services Practice for Asia Pacific and a member of the Global Chief Human Resources Officer practice.

Prior to executive search, Mr. Singh worked in India and New York in senior executive positions in human resources for companies such as HSBC Investment Banking, Ranbaxy, Modi Olivetti, Modi Corp and Punj Lloyd. He also started his own company in the HR consulting and search industry.

About Korn/Ferry International Asia Pacific

Korn/Ferry International, with a presence throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is a premier global provider of talent management solutions. Korn/Ferry, based in Los Angeles, was the first major global executive search firm to operate in Asia Pacific when it opened its doors in Tokyo in 1973. Today it has eighteen offices in key business centers throughout the region. Korn/Ferry delivers an array of solutions that help clients to attract, engage, develop, and retain their talent.

Visit http://www.kornferry.com for more information on the Korn/Ferry International family of companies, and http://www.kornferryinstitute.com for thought leadership, intellectual property and research.

SOURCE﹛Korn/Ferry International

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April 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

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Entry Deadline Extended for Asia’s Richest Jazz & Blues Competition

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Entries close Friday, May 4, 2012, 6 pm (HK time)

HONG KONG, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The Venetian Carnival has extended the entry date for performers looking to participate in the inaugural International Jazz & Blues Band Competition.

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This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will see a set of finalists flown to Macao to perform as part of the three-day Venetian Carnival from May 25 – 27, with flights and accommodation sponsored by The Venetian Macao. The hopefuls will also be competing for an impressive cash prize from a pool of HK$500,000 (approx. US$64,000).

“Entries to date have exceeded expectations with the sheer number of high-calibre talent,” said Brendon Elliott, Vice President of Sales and Resort Marketing, Venetian Macau Limited. “We received a flood of interest from not just Hong Kong and Asia, but from as far away as Australia and Europe.

“Extending the entry closing date to May 4 seemed an obvious decision to allow more talented artists the opportunity to enter, elevating the competition even higher and further shining a spotlight on this wealth of creative musical talent.”

For more information on the competition, including entry requirements, please visit www.venetianmacao.com/carnival, or to stay up to date on the latest news, visit http://www.facebook.com/venetianmacao or http://weibo.com/venetianmacao.

Entry Details

Reviewed by a panel of industry-leading music veterans, 12 successful entrants will enjoy a package of flights, ferry tickets, accommodation and food & beverage. The competition is open to individual artists, vocalists and instrumentalists alike as well as groups of up to six musicians.

First Place: HK$250,000 (approx. US$32,000) Second Place: HK$150,000 (approx. US$19,000) Third Place: HK$100,000 (approx. US$13,000) Entry is easy, with participants asked to share a web link to a live performance via online channels such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

About The Venetian Carnival

With avid support from the Macau Government Tourist Office, The Venetian Carnival takes centre stage as Asia’s definitive event of 2012.

Famous for its unrivalled display of glamour, live entertainment and energy, this year’s carnival will be no exception. A reflection on the New Orleans jazz and blues scene, entertainers from all corners of the globe will be flown in; from New Orleans, the Michael Foster Project brass band and four-time Emmy awards nominee Pine Leaf Boys, to ten-time Grammy award-winning American musician George Benson.

The event will culminate with the Mardi Gras Costume “Charity Ball”, headlined by acclaimed New Orleans soul group, The Neville Brothers. A premier black-tie event for the who’s who of Macao and Asia, the ball will offer free-flowing wine, five-star cuisine and charity auction.

Carnival Admission: Free Mardi Gras Costume “Charity Ball” tickets: HK$1,200, on sale NOW

SOURCE The Venetian Macao

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April 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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PRA Announces Strategic Relationship with Amgen

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Biosimilar Development Program

RALEIGH, N.C., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — PRA, a leading Clinical Research Organization, announces a new agreement with Amgen for a series of Phase III studies to develop several biosimilar drugs on a worldwide basis. It is intended that PRA will serve as the sole provider of CRO services for these studies. A global leader in the biotechnology space, Amgen conducted a thorough search process to identify a CRO for Amgen’s biosimilar development program and selected PRA. Amgen and PRA signed the agreement in April 2012.

Under the new agreement, Amgen and PRA will work together to execute Phase III studies related to Amgen’s current biosimilar portfolio. The agreement is intended to govern the entire anticipated scope of Amgen’s global biosimilar portfolio.

“This agreement reflects and confirms PRA’s commitment to providing full service support to our clients’ development pipelines,” said Kent Thoelke, PRA’s Executive Vice President of Scientific and Medical Affairs. “Our mission is to assist our clients across all phases of biotech drug development by combining therapeutic and operational expertise with local knowledge to help them meet their development goals. As such, this relationship represents a key milestone in PRA’s commitment to supporting our clients’ biosimilar development programs. Amgen is a blue chip company and a world leader with a global reputation for excellence in bringing biologic therapies to patients with grievous illnesses. PRA has a strong track record in executing our clients’ global registration trials and helping to bring new drugs to market. We are delighted to announce this strategic relationship with Amgen.”

About PRA
PRA is transforming clinical trials through our people, innovation and transparency. PRA provides personalized service customized to the unique requirements of each study. We support our global reach and innovative approach through flexible and reliable service, delivered by skilled employees dedicated to ensuring that sponsors achieve their long-term goals.

We serve our clients across all phases of pharmaceutical and biotech drug development by combining therapeutic and operational expertise with local knowledge. Offering services in 80+ countries and serving sponsors for 30+ years, we have amassed a level of expertise that has enabled us to work on a variety of compounds, ranging from niche treatments and therapies to blockbuster drugs. But at PRA, we are looking to the future, not the past. Our increasingly forward-thinking approach to transforming the clinical trial landscape will continue to make a difference to healthcare patients around the world.

To learn more about PRA, please visit praintl.com, email endpoints@praintl.com or call our Global Headquarters.

SOURCE﹛PRA

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April 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm

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