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Cebu Pacific Takes Off with Rackspace’s Managed Hosting and Services for SharePoint

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HONG KONG and MANILA, Philippines/PRNewswire/ — Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company, today announced Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, is using Rackspace’s managed hosting for its website and its deployment of SharePoint solutions.
With Rackspace, Cebu Pacific was able to increase its capacity significantly to handle demanding traffic loads on its website (www.cebupacificair.com), which regularly serves 250,000 online customers on a daily basis. Rackspace provisioned an infrastructure designed for passenger spikes, with a goal of accommodating up to 900,000 concurrent users while maintaining a a smooth and uninterrupted online experience. With Rackspace, CEB was able to accommodate 40% more traffic load.
“Cebu Pacific receives 55% of its bookings online, so the website is a fundamental part of our business. With Rackspace as our hosting partner, we are provided with a 100% network uptime guarantee. This gives us great comfort, especially during seat sales when we experience peak website traffic,” said CEB VP for People and Administration Michael Shau.
Cebu Pacific will deploy and fully leverage the functionality of Rackspace’s managed hosting and its industry leading SLAs. The airline will also position itself for new advanced operations underpinned by Rackspace’s technical consultancy and infrastructure support for SharePoint, plus its round-the-clock Fanatical Support®.
The Philippines’ low fare airline pioneer, Cebu Pacific offers its trademark lowest fares and seat sales to 32 domestic and 20 Asian destinations on over 90 routes. Since its inception in 1996, it has flown over 70 million passengers.
Cebu Pacific is also deploying an internal SharePoint environment for a more efficient content-management process, and Rackspace’s global reputation and track record for Sharepoint hosting services made it an apt fit.
“Rackspace’s hosting support for SharePoint has enabled us to make the right investment in the SharePoint infrastructure, free up our IT resources to focus on solutions customization, and deploy the SharePoint environment successfully,” Shau said.
“Now, different departments can apply up-to-date changes such as promos or banners to the website directly. This gives our passengers the latest deals and news of the day, making our online audience much more engaged and eager to return to our website,” he added.
“Rackspace understands the paramount importance of a fully-functioning, quickly updated website to an online business. We are very pleased that our hosting support for its website and SharePoint solutions has helped Cebu Pacific optimize its IT infrastructure and website to capture vibrant growth opportunities,” said Mark Randall, interim managing director Asia Pacific, Rackspace.
About Rackspace
Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX) is the open cloud company, delivering open technologies and powering more than 197,000 customers worldwide. Rackspace provides its renowned Fanatical Support® across a broad portfolio of IT products, including Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Hosting and Dedicated Hosting. The company offers choice, flexibility and freedom from vendor lock in. Rackspace has been recognized by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as a Top 100 Performing Technology Company and is featured on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. Rackspace was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant by Gartner Inc. in the “2011 Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting.” Rackspace is headquartered in San Antonio with offices and data centers around the world. For more information, visit http://www.rackspace.com.hk.
About Cebu Pacific
Cebu Pacific Air is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline. It offers over 2,000 weekly flights to 32 domestic and 20 international destinations, from six Philippine hubs.
CEB currently operates 10 Airbus A319, 23 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft — one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2013 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take an additional 19 Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft. It is slated to begin long-haul services in the 3rd quarter of 2013, with the arrival of 2 Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Rackspace could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements concerning expected development, performance or operational results related to any particular customer or customers of our customers associated with our hosting solutions or other products and services; any other statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include issues relating to the performance of a customer’s configuration caused by forces outside of the control of Rackspace; changes in the economy, technological and competitive factors, regulatory factors, and and other risks that are described in Rackspace Hosting’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, filed with the SEC on November 7, 2012. Except as required by law, Rackspace Hosting assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.
Source: Rackspace
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January 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Clinical Results for the Supera(R) Peripheral Stent System Highlighted At Leading Global Peripheral Intervention Course

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Clinical studies covering over 1,000 patients treated with Supera stent demonstrate 1-year patency results ranging from 84 to 88%; Data was presented at the 2013 Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC)

WEBSTER, Texas and LEIPZIG, Germany, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — At the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC) in Leipzig, Germany, physicians from the United States and Europe presented data on their clinical experience with the IDEV Technologies Supera® stent. LINC is a meeting forum of global interdisciplinary physicians focusing on endovascular peripheral interventional treatments.

Results on over 1,000 treated patients were compiled and presented, including findings from these four new studies: Supera Interwoven Nitinol Stent Outcomes in Above-Knee interventions (SAKE) study from the Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Brown Hills, NJ; Antwerp Supera in Popliteal & Superficial Femoral Artery (AURORAA) study from Vascular Clinik ZNA, Antwerp, Belgium; Real World experience with the Supera stent in the SFA and Popliteal arteries from Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, AZ; and IDEV Supera Stenting to Preserve Dialysis Access from Lawrenceville, GA.

“All data presented at LINC represents a broad range of patients affected by peripheral vascular disease in the popliteal and SFA arteries, and dialysis fistulas,” noted Dennis Donohoe, MD, Chief Medical Officer for IDEV Technologies, Inc., manufacturer of the Supera stent. “These are real-world patients with advanced complex disease, the type that confronts physicians on a daily basis.”

The primary clinical outcome of two of these 4 new studies was primary patency demonstrating independent, consistent and impressive 1-year primary patency results of 86% (AURORAA) and 88% (Real World, Tucson) with the third study SAKE, producing a 92% Freedom from Target Lesion Revascularization (TLR). These individual study results are consistent with the results reported last October at VIVA on IDEV’s SUPERB IDE trial of 264 patients (86% patency at one year by duplex ultrasound, the highest reported patency in an SFA IDE trial) and the Supera 500, a 495 patient study presented by Professor Dierk Scheinert, MD (84% patency rate at 1 year with duplex ultrasound). In addition, the Supera stent was implanted in a number of live cases during LINC.

“These new findings provide additional evidence to suggest the vascular mimetic properties of the Supera stent provide an excellent therapeutic option for physicians treating peripheral vascular disease,” said Christopher Owens, president and CEO of IDEV. “In addition, we are encouraged to see our platform technology being utilized in new clinical applications showing promising results for dialysis access patients.”

Details on the specific LINC sessions featuring information on the Supera Peripheral Stent System can be found on the company website. The company is also participating in the technical exhibit portion at LINC from January 23-26, 2013.

About the SUPERA Stent
The Supera stent is engineered with proprietary interwoven wire technology that mimics vascular anatomy. It is currently indicated in the United States for the palliative treatment of biliary strictures produced by malignant neoplasms and in multiple other countries for the treatment of biliary strictures produced by malignant neoplasms and for peripheral vascular use following failed percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA).

The SUPERB Trial (Comparison of the SUperaPERipheral System to a Performance Goal Derived from Balloon Angioplasty Clinical Trials in the Superficial Femoral Artery) is an IDE trial to evaluate Supera in treating patients with obstructive superficial femoral artery (SFA) and proximal popliteal artery disease.

About IDEV Technologies, Inc.
IDEV is a developer of endovascular technologies designed to protect and restore anatomical function. The Company is focused on redefining the endovascular treatment paradigm by providing physicians and patients with a new standard of technologies that deliver clinical excellence. For more information, please visit http://www.idevmd.com.

Contact: Trent Reutiman
Global Vice President of Commercial Operations
IDEV Technologies, Incorporated
(281) 525-2000

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January 28, 2013 at 11:59 am

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Women At Davos Forum Increase Their Influence Through Social Media, According To KPMG

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DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — New data from KPMG International shows that women delegates are playing an increasingly prominent role in the public discussion from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. While about 17% of WEF delegates in Davos are women, they have accounted for more than a third of Davos delegate social media activity.

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Analysis of delegates’ Twitter activity, presented by KPMG website http://www.weflive.com shows that, on day one of the Davos meeting, delegates sent 2,376 tweets, of which 784 were from female attendees (excludes media, who accounted for 1,958 tweets, 45% of total).

KPMG’s research also highlighted the growing involvement of the general public in the online debate with Davos delegates with a 31% increase in retweets, showing greater engagement with the discussions emanating from Davos:

2012 – day one

2013 – day one

Delegates with Twitter accounts

459

810 (580 excl. media)

Tweets

4,436

4,368

Replies

8,021

8,205

Retweets

18,718

27,114

Top trending topics

‘Angela Merkel’, ‘Europe’ and ‘People’

Europe (#eu, #europe, #euspeech), ‘David Cameron’

Isabelle Allen, KPMG’s Global Head of Sales & Markets said, “our analysis shows that Davos is changing and becoming more diverse, and that there is an appetite among the public to take part in these debates. Delegates are paying attention to this social media activity, and I see a great opportunity for a better informed dialogue at the Meeting.”

Women at this year’s annual summit actively using social media to communicate their messages to a wider audience beyond Davos include Christine Lagarde (Managing Director, IMF, Twitter: @Lagarde), Helen Clark (former Prime Minister New Zealand, @HelenClarkUNDP) and Dalia Ziada (award-winning Egyptian women’s rights advocate – @daliaziada).

While the media delegation to Davos averaged three retweets for every tweet they posted (1,936 tweets to 5,629 retweets), ‘Public figures’ averaged 17.5 retweets for every tweet they posted (433 tweets to 7,591 retweets), including Mario Monti (78 retweets, 16 replies), Christine Lagarde (89 retweets, 95 replies) and David Cameron (79 retweets, 47 replies) — demonstrating the power of social media to enable the public and political leaders to engage more directly.

About World Economic Forum Live

World Economic Forum Live (www.weflive.com), presented by KPMG International (Twitter @KPMG), distills in real-time the conversations from delegates to Davos who are using Twitter to share their views. Users can filter tweets based on the type of content (articles, images, video) and delegate type (from media and journalists, to technology leaders, public figures, social entrepreneurs and official WEF tweets) and even search for specific trends, hashtags and keywords. The site features a real-time infographic that presents trending topics from Davos alongside the broader conversation from Twitter users around the globe using #WEF or #Davos in their tweets.

For further information, contact:

David Green
Head of Global Digital Marketing, KPMG International
dcgreen@kpmg.ca
+1-416-777-8061
+1-416-315-6609 (mobile)

Kent Miller
Communications, KPMG International
ktmiller@kpmg.com
+1-201-307-8632
+1-908-313-5037 (mobile, at Davos)

Weflive.com
kpmg.com/socialmedia
Twitter: @kpmg

About KPMG
KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 156 countries and have 152,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

Source: KPMG LLP

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January 28, 2013 at 11:46 am

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Cha-Ching Launches Its First Mobile Game App “Cha-Ching Band Manager”

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Free game challenges children’s money and music know-how to become Asia’s next digital rock star
HONG KONG,PRNewswire/ — Prudential Corporation Asia has released its newest mobile game, Cha-Ching Band Manager, for iOS and Android in English to help children build money-smart skills. Cha-Ching is a key financial literacy programme of the Prudence Foundation, the charitable platform of Prudential Corporation Asia. Riding on the popularity of the Cha-Ching Saver game series, Cha-Ching Band Manager blends elements from the popular music-based and simulation games that children love to create a fun and interactive game that enables them to make smart money decisions through play.
Jam to Cha-Ching’s Greatest Hits and Player-created Singles
The Cha-Ching band needs the help of musically-savvy children to take them to new heights of stardom. Players will get to rock out to the band’s popular hits by tapping in time with the music and the coloured balls that travel down the screen. When the band plays well, players will earn more to work their way up the showbiz ladder.
But, players will not just be grooving to Cha-Ching’s beats. Inside the band’s studio, they will get access to a range of instruments and soundtracks to allow them to create their very own songs. They will then get to perform their original tracks for fans in different venues across town, share their creations with other players around the region and have the chance to perform other band’s songs to see how they compare.
Money-smart Skills to Take Cha-Ching to Global Mega-Stardom
Cha-Ching’s success is not only determined by their music. The game puts control of their destiny in the band manager’s hands. Has the band played enough gigs to earn sufficient fame points to unlock the bigger and better venues in town? Should Cha-Ching’s game coins be spent on instrument upgrades and song samples from the music store or power-ups in the training facility? Perhaps the money should be left in the bank for an extra day to earn interest? Money-smart decisions and forward planning have never been more critical to Cha-Ching’s progress!
Building Financial Know-how Among Children in Asia
Cha-Ching Band Manager is Prudential’s latest effort in its commitment to financial literacy in Asia. The programme, a key initiative of the Prudence Foundation, was launched in an effort to address one of the key takeaways from the global financial crisis: consumers’ need for stronger financial literacy. And with the rising affluence in Asia, healthy financial habits are even more crucial for families in the region.
“We are delighted to have the chance to offer kids, parents and educators in Asia another tool to help build sound money skills from an early age. Cha-Ching Band Manager, along with our other digital games, leverages the concept that children learn through play and gives them a fun and engaging way to practise making money-smart decisions,” said Sean Rach, Regional Director of Brand & Corporate Affairs at Prudential Corporation Asia.
Cha-Ching is currently aired in seven Asian countries on Cartoon Network, the number one children’s channel in Asia. The programme targets children aged seven to 12 using a unique edutainment approach and consists of a series of animated musical episodes and is supported by an interactive website and digital applications. To-date, thousands of children have challenged their money-smart skills while playing the Cha-Ching games, including Cha-Ching Saver, Cha-Ching Saver World Tour and Entrepreneur. They have also benefitted from Cha-Ching’s first mobile application, Pocket Money Manager, which provides a handy tool to help children track their weekly money cycle.
For more about Cha-Ching and the online games (Cha-Ching Saver, Cha-Ching Saver World Tour and Entrepreneur), visit: http://www.cha-ching.com, or download Cha-Ching Band Manager for free from iTunes and Google Store. Cha-Ching videos are also available on http://www.youtube.com/chachingvideos and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chachingfan .
To download game images, please click on the below hyperlink:
Available until: 08 February 2013
Download File: Cha-Ching Band Manager Game Images.zip (1,411.93 KB)
Image 1: Children will get the chance to be the Cha-Ching Band Manager and help take the band to new heights of stardom. Get ready for a musical journey from the small stage to the bright lights of the arena and help the Cha-Ching band become global mega-stars!
Image 2: Turn up the volume and jam to Cha-Ching’s biggest hits! The coloured balls travelling down the screen will indicate when the little rock-and-rollers should jam to the beats. When they play well, they will earn more to work their way up the showbiz ladder.
Images 3 and 4: The game is more than just performing the Cha-Ching songs that children know and love. Players will get to create their very own songs in the studio and then perform them for fans in different venues across town. They will also get to share their creations with other Cha-Ching fans from around the world by connecting to the Network and have the chance to perform other bands’ songs to see how they compare.
Images 5 and 6: The game puts control of the Cha-Ching band’s success in children’s hands. As the band manager, players will have to manage the band’s game money in the bank and help improve their performances by purchasing instrument upgrades from the Music Store and Power-Ups in the Training Facility and Sweet Shop.
Image 7: As the Cha-Ching band becomes better, players will get to unlock bigger and better venues.
About Prudential Corporation Asia
Prudential Corporation Asia is a business unit of Prudential plc**, comprising its life insurance operations, and its asset management business, Eastspring Investments. Prudential is a leading life insurer that spans 13 markets in Asia, covering Cambodia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. With more than 400,000 agents across the region, Prudential has a robust multi-channel distribution platform providing a comprehensive range of savings, investment and protection products.
Under the auspices of the Prudence Foundation, Prudential facilitates numerous corporate responsibility initiatives in Asia that build value and contribute to the communities across the region. Most notably, it facilitates financial literacy workshops in China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam for young, working-age women. Since 2004, over 34,000 women have participated in the programme. In addition, Prudential also partners with Government and regulators in China to facilitate an insurance education curriculum for public high schools in target cities across the country. Over 43,000 students have participated in the programme since 2007.
**Prudential plc is listed on the stock exchanges of London (PRU.L), Hong Kong (2378.HK), Singapore (K6S.SG) and New York (PUK.N). Prudential plc is not affiliated or related in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc. a company whose principal place of business is in the United States.
For more information: http://www.prudentialcorporation-asia.com and http://www.prudencefoundation.com
About Cha-Ching
Cha-Ching is one of the key initiatives of the Prudence Foundation, the charitable platform of Prudential Corporation Asia. Produced in cooperation with the Cartoon Network, the leading children’s channel in the Asia Pacific, and with the expertise of Dr. Alice Wilder, an expert in educational and child psychology, Cha-Ching takes an engaging and age-appropriate musical narrative approach to teach children about four key fundamental money management concepts — Earn, Save, Spend and Donate.
Cha-Ching addresses findings from its June 2011 survey, which showed that parents want to educate their children on money management using fun, interesting and catchy tools. It was rolled-out in seven Prudential markets across Asia: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines in September 2011.
Cha-Ching is a series of three-minute animated television musical episodes for children aged seven to 12 years old that were produced by and aired over the Cartoon Network. Other elements of the programme include a website (www.cha-ching.com) with games and applications featuring real-life money management scenarios, online resources and activity plans which parents and teachers alike can work through with children and a mobile application for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad users that helps children track their money cycle. To date, the website has received more than 40 million page views, with visitors spending an average of 15 minutes on the site. In 2012, local language versions of the first 10 episodes were made available online in Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese and Vietnamese and will be produced in Thai within the year.
Cha-Ching has gained international recognition as an exemplary programme for promoting effective financial literacy in the communities it serves. It was named Education Program of the Year in the Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Awards in Orlando (April 2012), and was honoured as the Best Interstitial Series (Educational) in the Cynopsis: Kids!magination Awards in New York (June 2012). In Asia, Cha-Ching received the Certificate of Excellence (Corporate Social Responsibility) in the Campaign PR Awards 2011 (March 2012) and the Award for the Most Innovative Financial Education Programme by the Institute of Financial Planners Hong Kong (September 2012).
Source: Prudential Corporation Asia

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January 28, 2013 at 10:21 am

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Presenting the First Ever Hands on Skills Assessment Examination for Endoscopy Certification

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CLEVELAND/PRNewswire/ —
Traditionally, the only way to assess technical skills in the medical field has been through unstructured, subjective observation. Therefore, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Fundamentals of Endoscopic SurgeryTM (FESTM) program has taken a giant step toward more reliable and valid measures of surgical performance to improve patient safety. As part of this initiative, SAGES together with Simbionix™, a leader in surgical simulation, have developed the first ever virtual reality system that can objectively assess surgical endoscopic skills.
(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120502/529202-a )
The FES program is a comprehensive educational module and assessment tool designed to teach and test the fundamental knowledge, clinical judgment and technical skills required in the performance of basic gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopic surgery (endoscopy). FES intends to set a validated benchmark of understanding and necessary skills in basic endoscopy in order to improve the quality of patient care.
The Simbionix GI Mentor™ is a top-of-the-line endoscopic medical simulator for the training of gastrointestinal upper and lower endoscopic procedures. The simulator provides multiple training opportunities with true-to-life patient cases offering realistic scenarios of clinical situations using customized actual tools. The GI Mentor provides a comprehensive environment for practicing clinical procedures in a safe and realistic manner.
The FES test measures cognitive knowledge and judgment, and uses the GI Mentor virtual reality platform to evaluate fundamental technical skills. The educational module consists of a web-based multimedia presentation of didactic content. Those who successfully complete both the educational and assessment components will have demonstrated the basic knowledge, judgment and technical skills fundamental to the performance of endoscopic surgery.
After long development and validation of the module using the Simbionix GI Mentor, the SAGES FES exams will be officially up and running in Spring 2013. Medical professionals taking this test will be objectively assessed, with tests sites being restricted to general surgery residency programs in the US and Canada. Among the first test center sites are University Hospitals- Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio; The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas; and McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec.
To experience the realistic virtual reality hands-on training available on the GI Mentor, visit Simbionix booth #609 at IMSH, January 27-29 in Orlando, FL.
SAGES is a not-for-profit professional membership organization which represents a worldwide community of surgeons that bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy and emerging techniques to patients in every country. Representing over 6,000 surgeons and allied health professionals, their mission is to provide leadership in surgery, particularly gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery, in order to optimize patient care through education, research and innovation.
Simbionix USA Corporation is the world’s leading provider of simulation, training and education products for medical professionals and the healthcare industry. The company is committed to delivering high quality products, advancing clinical performance and optimizing procedural outcomes.
Visit: http://www.simbionix.com Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Simbionix Contact: Rebecca Levy, Manager of Marketing Communications, at rebecca@simbionix.com, +1-216-2292040
FES Contact: Jessica Mischna, Manager of Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery, at Jessica@fesprogram.org
Source: Simbionix Ltd.

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January 28, 2013 at 10:02 am

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