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OAG Launches Next Generation Of Airline Schedules Analysis

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OAG Launches Next Generation Of Airline Schedules Analysis

LONDON, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — OAG( http://www.oag.com ), the global flight information provider, is today launching an airline schedules tool that sets new standards in accessible, sophisticated aviation data analysis.

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‘OAG Analyser'( http://www.oagaviation.com/OAG-SA/OAG-Analyser ) provides the entire aviation industry with an easy-to-use online tool for extracting real meaning and insight from airline schedules data. By interrogating OAG’s industry-leading databases, the new tool brings an unprecedented level of advanced data analysis functionality, offering users rapid access to detailed reports ranging from airline and airport route development trends to aircraft usage patterns.

Airlines, airports, tourism authorities and aircraft manufacturers will be able to use OAG Analyser to help identify new service opportunities, forecast future demand, monitor competitor activity and keep internal audiences up-to-date with market developments. Consultants can use OAG Analyser to build strategies for developments in the air transport industry, financial institutions will interrogate the tool to help plan profitable investments, and government agencies will look to the tool for support on tasks such as allocating resources at airports and traffic flow management. Even educational establishments and journalists will be able to use OAG Analyser to improve their understanding of the aviation industry.

OAG Analyser is available in three versions – ‘Select’, ‘Advanced’ and ‘Pro’. The many product features range from pre-formatted reports and automatic report generation through to the use of aviation network mapping tool OAG Mapper.

Rob Shaw, OAG’s director of analytics, says: “Data is essential in any industry, especially aviation, but only through intelligent analysis of that data can you build meaningful and viable plans for growth and development, or accurately assess the impact of past decisions. OAG Analyser is a perfect combination – powerful and comprehensive but fast and user-friendly. As always, we have listened to our customers to provide another tool the industry needs. OAG Analyser is the latest example of our commitment to continual progress.”

Notes to Editors:
OAG( http://www.oag.com ), a UBM Aviation ( http://www.ubmaviation.com )brand, is the trusted source for aviation information and analytical services. OAG’s leading aviation databases are unrivalled in their scale, accuracy and comprehensiveness and are integral to the world’s aviation industry operations. For more information, visit: http://www.oag.com.

SOURCE﹛OAG

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July 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm

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Shell Launches Breakthrough Engine Oil for Shipping Industry

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LONDON, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Shell (NYSE:RDS.A)(NYSE:RDS.B) today launched Shell Alexia S4, its most innovative marine engine oil in a generation. Unlike conventional cylinder oils, it can be used across a wide range of vessel and engine types, fuel specifications, loads and climates – from the Antarctic to the Amazon to the Suez Canal. This means vessels no longer need to carry multiple oils. Shell Alexia S4 also works effectively at any vessel speed, including slow and ultra slow – especially important to modern ships that have to vary speeds to reduce fuel consumption and meet strict timetables.

“Shell Marine Products has a proud heritage of working with our customers for over 100 years. We have developed a smarter engine oil to meet the evolving needs of the modern shipping industry,” said Surinderdeep Singh, General Manager of Shell Marine Products. “Shell Alexia S4 offers operational simplicity, cost reduction potential and proven performance under tough conditions.”

The new formulation better protects engines, which can reduce maintenance and oil use, and reduces the need to shut down engines for repair. All this can deliver simpler operations and lower costs to today’s vessel operators, facing a competitive market and increasingly tougher emissions regulations.

Shell scientists developed Shell Alexia S4 based on their unique 20 year understanding of oil stress- the factors which degrade lubricants and stop them working. The new formulation, with an innovative combination of additives, went through rigorous testing at Shell’s Marine and Power Innovation Centre in Hamburg, Germany. Tests in laboratory engines under simulated slow steaming conditions demonstrated that Shell Alexia S4 provided up to a 20% improvement in overall engine wear, compared to Shell’s existing cylinder oil and out-performed all other oils tested. It was also extensively tested during more than 25, 000 hours of field trials, by customers and the original engine manufacturers MAN and Wartsila. Here it proved its ability to protect engines running on distillates* and residual fuels containing 0.2% to 3.75% sulphur content in a range of locations and climates, including the Antarctic, the Middle East and South America. With technical support and a switch to Alexia S4, one specific trial showed a 33% reduction in oil feedrate. Alexia S4 will be available to customers from 1 August 2012.

*For up to 1000 hours in certain engines

For an animation explaining the benefits of Shell Alexia S4 please go to: http://www.shell.com/home/content/marine_products/alexia/animation

For further information on Shell Alexia S4 please go to:

http://www.shell.com/home/content/marine_products/alexia/about

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Notes to Editors

Shell Marine Products

Shell provides lubricants for the marine industry through its Shell Marine Products business. It serves more than 15,000 customer vessels, ranging from large ocean-going tankers to small fishing boats at around 500 ports in some 47 countries. The advice and technical services we provide help our customers achieve maximum value from using our lubricant products across all types of machinery and equipment on a ship. http://www.shell.com/home/content/marine_products

Royal Dutch Shell plc

Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 80 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects. For further information, visit http://www.shell.com.

Cautionary note

The companies in which Royal Dutch Shell plc directly and indirectly owns investments are separate entities. In this release “Shell”, “Shell group” and “Royal Dutch Shell” are sometimes used for convenience where references are made to Royal Dutch Shell plc and its subsidiaries in general. Likewise, the words “we”, “us” and “our” are also used to refer to subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies. “Subsidiaries”, “Shell subsidiaries” and “Shell companies” as used in this release refer to companies in which Royal Dutch Shell either directly or indirectly has control, by having either a majority of the voting rights or the right to exercise a controlling influence. The companies in which Shell has significant influence but not control are referred to as “associated companies” or “associates” and companies in which Shell has joint control are referred to as “jointly controlled entities”. In this release, associates and jointly controlled entities are also referred to as “equity-accounted investments”. The term “Shell interest” is used for convenience to indicate the direct and/or indirect (for example, through our 23% shareholding in Woodside Petroleum Ltd.) ownership interest held by Shell in a venture, partnership or company, after exclusion of all third-party interest.

This release contains forward-looking statements concerning the financial condition, results of operations and businesses of Royal Dutch Shell. All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements of future expectations that are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements concerning the potential exposure of Royal Dutch Shell to market risks and statements expressing management’s expectations, beliefs, estimates, forecasts, projections and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “may”, “plan”, “objectives”, “outlook”, “probably”, “project”, “will”, “seek”, “target”, “risks”, “goals”, “should” and similar terms and phrases. There are a number of factors that could affect the future operations of Royal Dutch Shell and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements included in this release, including (without limitation): (a) price fluctuations in crude oil and natural gas; (b) changes in demand for Shell’s products; (c) currency fluctuations; (d) drilling and production results; (e) reserves estimates; (f) loss of market share and industry competition; (g) environmental and physical risks; (h) risks associated with the identification of suitable potential acquisition properties and targets, and successful negotiation and completion of such transactions; (i) the risk of doing business in developing countries and countries subject to international sanctions; (j) legislative, fiscal and regulatory developments including potential litigation and regulatory measures as a result of climate changes; (k) economic and financial market conditions in various countries and regions; (l) political risks, including the risks of expropriation and renegotiation of the terms of contracts with governmental entities, delays or advancements in the approval of projects and delays in the reimbursement for shared costs; and (m) changes in trading conditions. All forward-looking statements contained in this release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this section. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Additional factors that may affect future results are contained in Royal Dutch Shell’s 20-F for the year ended 31 December, 2011 (available at http://www.shell.com/investor and http://www.sec.gov – opens in new window( http://www.shell.com/home/ExternalLink?SourcesiteId=media&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sec.gov%2F )). These factors also should be considered by the reader. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this release, 30 July 2012. Neither Royal Dutch Shell nor any of its subsidiaries undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or other information. In light of these risks, results could differ materially from those stated, implied or inferred from the forward-looking statements contained in this release. There can be no assurance that dividend payments will match or exceed those set out in this release in the future, or that they will be made at all.

We use certain terms in this release, such as resources, that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) guidelines strictly prohibit us from including in filings with the SEC. U.S. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 20-F, File No 1-32575, available on the SEC website http://www.sec.gov – opens in new window( http://www.shell.com/home/ExternalLink?SourcesiteId=media&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sec.gov%2F ). You can also obtain these forms from the SEC by calling 1-800-SEC-0330

ENQUIRIES:

Shell International Media Relations, +44(0)20-7934-5550

SOURCE﹛Royal Dutch Shell plc

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July 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm

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Avis Australia Wins Prestigious Award for Excellence

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SINGAPORE, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Avis Car Rental was selected as Best Car/Campervan Rental Operator by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) at AFTA’s recent annual awards event celebrating “the best of the best” in the Australian travel industry.
This recognition closely follows the Company’s achievement of the top ranking in the recent Canstar Blue consumer awards, where Avis Australia earned a five-star rating in six of the seven categories.

George Proos, Senior Vice President & Managing Director Avis Australia, accepted the AFTA award and thanked the industry for recognising the contributions of all Avis Australia staff toward this honour.

“This award recognises the assistance and level of service that Avis provides to the industry and customers alike at every contact point throughout the country, including our sales team, call centre and rental location team members,” said Mr. Proos. “Receiving this award, as well as achieving the number one ranking from Canstar, is a testimony to the ‘We try harder’ spirit that underpins everything we do at Avis.”

This year also marks the 55th year since AFTA was established and, during the awards ceremony, Avis was also honoured for being a founding member and only one of two members, along with Kempsey Travel, a retail travel agent, as continual members of AFTA for its entire 55 years. A plaque was presented to Mr. Proos to mark this achievement.

About Avis

Avis Car Rental operates one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,200 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world’s top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.avis.com.

SOURCE﹛Avis Asia

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July 31, 2012 at 11:01 am

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Understanding Cultural Differences in Personality: The Route to a Global Mindset

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SINGAPORE, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Global corporations nowadays report talent shortages despite growing unemployment. Talents become one of the major challenges Human Resources (HR) professionals face. With increasing globalisation and pan-geographical operations by many of today’s companies, assessment has become increasingly international. To have a truly global workforce, it becomes vital to understand cultural differences and their impact on behaviour. Consequently, SHL looked at the personality profile of candidates from different countries and recommended some best practices for conducting global assessments.

The findings were derived from reviewing the personality profiles of our Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) of over 337,000 individuals across 19 countries and 15 different languages. Owing to the growing dominance of Asian economies, the focus is on Asia-Pacific (ASP) countries.

There are some unique personality traits reported by candidates from different countries, thus highlighting the importance of acknowledging cultural differences in global assessments. Key findings are listed below:

Key finding 1: Asian countries share 3 common traits with consistent deviations from the international benchmark

Asian candidates tend to prefer a more steady pace of work rather than thrive on activity.
They tend to feel less comfortable with building initial rapport and need more time to establish a relationship with people.
They are likely to focus more on the longer term than the immediate situation.
Key finding 2: Thailand, Japan and Korean candidates have a similar profile with 3 common traits, which distinguish them from other ASP countries

They tend to get more nervous before important events and worry about things going wrong.
They prefer a more flexible working environment and tend to change their behaviours to suit the situation.
They also tend to follow their own approach rather than go with the majority.
Key finding 3: Chinese typically show large deviations from the international benchmark

Chinese candidates tend to take a distinctly longer term view and focus more on the future.
They are also more likely to dislike bureaucracy and excessive work demands.
Although they tend to hold strong views and be independent minded, they are less likely than most to express those views or openly criticise.
Key finding 4: Chinese and Indians report a higher competitive nature than others, which is not commonly seen in other ASP countries

Chinese and Indian candidates enjoy more competitive activities, dislike losing and have a stronger need to win.
Best practices SHL recommends:

Be aware of cultural differences and the impact on behaviours of others
Reduce biased decisions by using objective assessments
Consider the behaviour observed and what it means rather than making immediate evaluation
Sense check and calibrate with fellow assessors
Note to editors

About Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ)

Designed to provide businesses with information on the aspects of an individual’s behavioural style that will impact on their performance of competencies at work. Underpinning performance on job competencies are 32 specific personality characteristics.

About SHL

SHL is the global leader in talent measurement solutions, driving better business results for clients through superior people intelligence and decisions – from hiring and recruiting, to employee development and succession planning. With a presence in over 50 countries, SHL delivers more than 25 million assessments annually in over 30 languages – allowing over 10,000 business customers to benefit from both global expertise and local insight. Along with its world-class consulting practices and 24-hour support centre, SHL clients can access over 1,000 assessments through an easy-to-use technology platform. Headquartered in London, UK, the company has offices in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. For more information, please visit http://www.shl.com.

SOURCE SHL

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July 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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Netcomm Wireless Wins the 2012 ACOMMS Award for Innovation

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SYDNEY, July 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC),a leading developer of wireless broadband products, has won the award for innovation in the SME category at the 6th Annual Communications Day and Communications Alliance (ACOMMS) Awards last night in Sydney.

The prestigious award was presented to NetComm Wireless for its advanced NTC-6000 Series 3G M2M (Machine-to-Machine) routers. Designed to increase efficiency and significantly reduce costs, the NTC-6000 series can operate in a virtually limitless range of applications such as smart metering, transport, surveillance, health, mining and enable live monitoring and control of remote equipment, assets and complex site processes from any computer, at any location, using the speed and coverage of 3G networks.

“Companies worldwide are positioning themselves for the mass-scale adoption of wireless M2M communications as the extraordinary benefits are realised. We are pleased to have been recognised as a pioneer of product innovation in a market that is advancing at a phenomenal pace,” said David Stewart, CEO and Managing Director, NetComm Wireless.

Attended by industry leaders, the ACOMMS Awards recognise outstanding achievement across eleven categories representing the industry’s transformation from traditional fixed communications to advanced available-anywhere services and applications. Finalists for the Innovation – SME category included Symbio Networks and Vertel.

“This acknowledgement is a testament to our team’s solid committed to delivering innovative market leading wireless technologies designed to optimise M2M communications across countless industries and applications,” said Mr Stewart.

NTC-6000 – M2M Router

For more information on NetComm Wireless’ NTC-6000 Series, please visit http://www.netcommwireless.com/product/m2m/ntc-6000

About NetComm Wireless

NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) is a leading developer of innovative broadband products sold globally to major telecommunications carriers, core network providers and system integrators. For 30 years, NetComm has developed a portfolio of world first data communication products, and is arespected global providerof 3G and 4G wireless devices servicing the major telecommunications carrier, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Rural Broadband markets. NetComm’s products are designed to meet the growing needs of today’s data-intensive home, business and industrial broadband applications and customized to optimize performance in line with global network advancements. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, NetComm has offices in New Zealand, North America and the Middle East. For more information about NetComm, visit: www.netcommwireless.com

Media Enquiries:

Stephanie Wilson NetComm Wireless Communications Manager Phone: +61-2-9424-2045 Email: stephanie.wilson@netcommwireless.com

Source: NetComm Wireless

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July 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

mig33 Focuses on Being a Top Social Gaming Choice Outside of East Asia

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SHANGHAI and SINGAPORE, July 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The co-founder and CEOof mig33 — the world’s largest mobile-first community – is elaborating on the company’s progress and plans at this week’s ChinaJoy 2012, one of Asia’s top game expos.

“For Social Game developers, the choice of Social Networking Platforms outside of East Asia is limited,” said mig33’s Steven Goh. “We’re out to provide a great and engaging alternative in South and South East Asia.”

mig33 – which has launched over three dozen social games in the past 12 months – has delivered up to several hundred thousand daily unique users to each game. It plans to increasingly tie its games more closely into its ecosystem and monetisation engines.

“Everyday, we learn more about engagement and the finite details that really matter,” continued Goh. “We launched a miniblog product earlier this year to improve the mig33 experience, and we’re currently rewiring mig33 based on the feedback we’re getting.”

That miniblog has centered the mig33 community on a fast, fun and highly social experience. The miniblog is gradually being integrated with mig33’s third-party games, chat, profiles and avatars, making mig33 a unique proposition compared with the emerging market-offerings of other social internet services such as Facebook, Twitter, Sina’s Weibo, and Tumblr. Unlike the others, mig33 is focused on delivering a fun, fast and social service and includes features such as levels, badges, labels, virtual gifts, avatars, emoticons, games and more, directly within the miniblog itself.

Later this quarter, mig33 plans updates to its user identity and reputation systems.

mig33 has successfully modeled itself on popular East Asian social networking services such as China’s multi-billion Tencent QQ (QQ). In 2011, mig33 delivered over 300 billion messages and over 185 million virtual gifts. Aside from a robust developer program, mig33 holds partnerships with handset manufacturers, telcos, mobile content providers and a vast network of mig33 merchants.

About mig33 mig33 is one of the world’s largest mobile-first social entertainment services, connecting over 65 million registered members around the world with chat and entertainment everyday, and hosting a fast-growing virtual economy. Launched in late 2005, mig33 is headquartered in Singapore with strong consumer presence in Indonesia, South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. For more information, visit http://www.mig33.com.

SOURCE﹛mig33

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July 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

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NYSE Euronext Appoints Hiroshi Nomoto as Chief Representative of the Tokyo Office

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TOKYO, July 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — NYSE Euronext (NYX) today announced the appointment of Hiroshi Nomoto as its Chief Representative of the Tokyo office. Mr. Nomoto will be responsible for leading NYSE Euronext’s sales and client coverage teams for Japan and the wider Japanese financial community in the Asia-Pacific region.

Lee Hodgkinson, Head of Sales and Client Coverage – EMEA and APAC, NYSE Euronext, said: “We are delighted to welcome Hiroshi to our senior team. He is a respected market veteran and his wealth of experience will play a pivotal role in growing our regional footprint. With responsibility across all of our markets and services, Hiroshi will be well positioned to address the holistic needs of our Japanese customers and deepen their connections with the capital markets community through our global offerings.”

Mr. Nomoto added: “I am delighted to join NYSE Euronext at such an exciting time. The Exchange has an impressive presence worldwide; and I look forward to leveraging NYSE Euronext’s global solutions, across different asset classes and functions, to better serve the Japanese financial community.”

Mr. Nomoto has more than 20 years experience within the derivatives industry and has previously worked for Societe Generale (FIMAT), Mizuho Securities and Barclays. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from Meijigakuin University.

About NYSE Euronext

NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company’s exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext’s equities markets – the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE MKT, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca – represent one-third of the world’s equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world’s second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index. For more information, please visit: http://www.nyx.com.

CONTACT – Media:

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Source: NYSE Euronext

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July 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

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