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Marc Charron Appointed President of TripAdvisor for Business

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SINGAPORE, Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor™, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the appointment of Marc Charron as President of TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division of TripAdvisor that provides the tourism industry access to millions of TripAdvisor’s monthly site visitors. Charron reports to CEO and co-founder, Stephen Kaufer.

Charron, who will be based in London, will be responsible for the continued growth and innovation of TripAdvisor for Business as it expands its services for the hospitality sector and travel industry. Since the division launched in 2010, it has seen rapid growth in the adoption rate of Business Listings and Partnerships services for hospitality businesses around the world. There are currently over 50,000 Business Listings subscribers and review collection services like Review Express have proved tremendously popular with business owners.

“Marc is taking on the role of President of TripAdvisor for Business with a wealth of global experience and fantastic leadership abilities,” said Kaufer. “TripAdvisor for Business is a critical part of our business model, and with Marc at the helm, I have no doubt it will continue to thrive and provide resources and tools to businesses wanting to leverage their presence on TripAdvisor.”

Charron joined TripAdvisor in 2006 as Managing Director for TripAdvisor Europe. As the company’s first international employee, he led the rollout and growth of TripAdvisor Europe including local language sites, operations and expanding the team to more than 100 employees in his first four years. In 2010, Charron moved to Singapore where he set up the regional TripAdvisor headquarters for Asia Pacific, consistently growing revenue and driving traffic, before heading to Beijing to accelerate TripAdvisor’s growth in China.

“I’m delighted to be joining the TripAdvisor for Business team, especially at such an exciting time for the industry,” said Charron. “TripAdvisor for Business has been instrumental in helping property owners transform inspiration into reservations. In my new role, I look forward to continuing to move TripAdvisor for Business forward and innovating to bring positive change to the industry with ideas such as our upcoming TripConnect platform, which connects independent hotels and B&Bs with the world’s largest online travel community.

Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Marc served as Vice President of product marketing at SquareTrade in San Francisco and before that, as Managing Director of, Getz International Travel and Danube Travel, all based in London.

For more information about TripAdvisor for Business, visit

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor™ 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 260 million unique monthly visitors**, and over 100 million reviews and opinions covering more than 2.7 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 20 other travel media,,,,,, and

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, June 2013

**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, July 2013

©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

Source: TripAdvisor

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August 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm

20th Anniversary MIFF Draws Strong Exhibitor Response

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — After another record setting 2013, the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) is drawing strong exhibitor response for its 20th anniversary from March 4 to 8 next year.

20th Anniversary MIFF (4-8 Mar 2014) draws strong exhibitor response
20th Anniversary MIFF (4-8 Mar 2014) draws strong exhibitor response
MIFF 2014 Exhibitor – FURNCREST
MIFF 2014 Exhibitor – FURNCREST

With still six months left to before the show, exhibitors have snapped up 80 per cent of the expanded 80,000 sq metres floor space at the downtown Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) and nearby Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre (MECC).

“This is extremely positive for MIFF as we celebrate 20 successful years in the furniture tradeshow industry. The fact that MIFF has maintained its position as Southeast Asia’s No.1 furniture destination year after year speaks of the strength of our trade show and our track record,” said MIFF Chairman, Dato’ Tan Chin Huat.

Dato’ Tan said exhibitors and visitors can look forward to an international showcase of high quality and a wide variety of products at great value.

MIFF 2013 ended on a high note, generating a high of US$854 million in sales and a turnout of over 6,000 global buyers from 140 countries. It was 25 per cent bigger and enlarged to 80,000 sq metres to accommodate more exhibitors from Muar, the furniture capital of Malaysia.

Following the resounding debut of the MFA Hall, the Muar Furniture Association (MFA) has indicated the number of exhibitors will increase next year in its specially designated area.

Office and household furniture were again the strongest segments at MIFF 2013, buoyed by the attendance of more influential buyers and demand from emerging markets.

MIFF has consistently delivered quality buyers from neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, East Asia, North America, Europe and Australia. In recent years, visitorship from emerging economies in South Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America has risen.

The highlights of MIFF 2014 will include the highly popular Buyers’ Night, an evening of colourful entertainment and dining slated on March 5, as well as the MIFF Furniture Design Competition for young talent.

Also a big draw is the Prize Presentation Ceremony on March 6 when the winners of the MIFF Furniture Design Competition as well as furniture excellence and best booth display awards are honoured.

Buyers can take advantage of free admission by registering online ( by Jan 31, 2014, and special rates by MIFF hotel partners by booking on the website.

Quotes from registered attendees to MIFF 2014:

“I extend my heartiest congratulations to MIFF on its 20th anniversary. We are proud to have a business association with MIFF since 2000. MIFF has the best potential is Asia in terms of scale of visitors and exhibition. The organising and planning have been very professionally done and the services have been very excellent. Many Taiwanese companies have reaped success and will continue to participate in MIFF. I wish MIFF many more successful years of prosperity.”

— Mr Ruca Chien, President of Taiwan Furniture Manufacturers’ Association (TFMA)

Congratulations to MIFF in its 20th anniversary. I trust that this is the result of painstaking efforts of the organisers. I am always impressed to meet people from all over the world at MIFF. Based on the fair’s successful track record, I expect more wonderful work and development in the future.”

— Mr Tonegawa Hiroe, President of Tokyo Interior Corporation

“MIFF’s strongest asset is that it understands what real business is and delivers it to exhibitors and buyers. That’s why we keep coming back every year. We really appreciate the professionalism of its staff in giving the best show every time. Happy anniversary!”

— Mr Lew Fatt Sin, Group Managing Director of Euro Chairs Manufacturer (M) Sdn Bhd

For MIFF 2013 official show report and more information, visit

Notes to Editors

1. About MIFF (

Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) is an export-oriented furniture trade

show held annually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is also a global leading trade show approved by UFI, The Global Association for Exhibition Industry. Since 1995, MIFF has nurtured invaluable partnerships between thousands of buyers and furniture makers across the globe.

2. About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 21 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 60 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 50 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.

Source: UBM Asia (Malaysia)

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August 30, 2013 at 11:39 am

Nominations Open for The Yahoo! Internet for Good Gold Standard Award

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HONG KONG, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –Nominations are now open for The Yahoo! Internet for Good Gold Standard Award, which recognises excellence in the use of the Internet in promoting charitable causes and community engagement.

Now in its second year, the award is conducted in partnership between Yahoo! and PublicAffairsAsia, the network for senior professionals involved in public affairs, corporate communications, policy-making and regulation.

Entries should be lodged by September 27 (or by October 5 subject to prior notification) and entry packs can be downloaded from

Last year the award was secured by Sonokids Australia which was honoured in recognition of the All Abilities ePlayground project which is directed at increasing internet access to young children with disabilities.

Among the other organisations shortlisted were, which seeks to use the power of social media to revitalise critical participation in Australian democracy. Also nominated were the People of Fukushima for their use of social media to extend access to the Fukushima conference.

The Yahoo! Gold Standard “Internet For Good” Award is open to community groups, employees, charities, consultancies, trade groups, embassies, government and non-government organizations as well as the general public who have illustrated excellence in the innovative use of the Internet for good causes. There is no entry fee to nominate your organisation in this category.

Commenting, Nick O’Donnell, Yahoo’s Regional Manager of Public Policy for Asia Pacific, said: “We are delighted to once again support The Gold Standard Award. Our Yahoo! For Good initiative encourages all of our employees around the world to ‘Make Good a Daily Habit’. We are excited to see so many of this year’s entrants harnessing the power of the Internet to achieve this same goal.”

Mark O’Brien, PublicAffairsAsia’s Vice President, added:  “This exciting category demonstrates that the internet is more than just a business tool or a source of personal entertainment.  It can play a key role in advancing good causes and community engagement and we look forward again to receiving entries from across the Asia Pacific region.”

Over the past years, Yahoo! has embraced a number of social causes globally including Earth Day, Breast Cancer Day and World Aids Day. During the two weeks following Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan Yahoo! helped raise more than US$7 million through donate buttons placed across its network.

The Yahoo! Employee Foundation collects donations from employees (often matched by the company) and awards grants to causes championed by individual Yahoo! Employees. An average of US$2M per year has been donated to non-profit organizations over the past four years.

As a trusted Internet destination that attracts more than half a billion users across the world every month, Yahoo! believes that the Internet is more than just a medium that brings down communication barriers; it can also foster positive change.

The 2013 Gold Standard Awards will be judged by a panel of senior government affairs practitioners, corporate communications professionals, business leaders and government figures led by Elizabeth Hernandez, Vice President of Government Affairs for HP.

Award Criteria:

This award is designed to recognise excellence in the use of the internet as an interactive engagement tool by the public, employees, community groups, charities or NGOs in promoting charitable, community or volunteer initiatives. It is open to the nomination of non-corporate bodies in Asia Pacific who can illustrate excellence in the innovative use of the internet for good causes. There is no entry fee for this category.

  • Entries should NOT EXCEED 1000 words and should address planning, execution and outcomes [where appropriate] on an equal 33%, 33%, 33% basis.
  • Nominated programmes must have been launched, or have shown significant activity or progress, in the 18 month period prior to the opening of nominations.
  • Please note that supporting materials are NOT PERMITTED. Any reference to supporting evidence should be included as hyperlinks in the external links section of the entry form. Entrants can include photos or links to videos in the main body of the entry form.

About the PublicAffairsAsia Gold Standard Awards

The Gold Standard Awards are operated by PublicAffairsAsia magazine and network and are the industry-leading programme for corporate communications, public affairs and government relations professionals operating Asia Pacific. Founded in 2008, the awards have attracted over 600 entries from a wide range of corporations, NGOs, industry group, specialist consultancies and governmental agencies. For more visit

About Yahoo!

Yahoo! is focused on making the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining. By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. In turn, we create value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has offices located throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. For more information, visit the pressroom ( or the company’s blog (

Contact: For further information contact:
Mark O’Brien

Source: Public Affairs Asia Ltd

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August 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

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Global Payments and Dialog Launch the First Mobile Point-of-Sale (mPOS) Solution in Sri Lanka

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Powering merchants to accept card payments on smartphones and tablets
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka /PRNewswire/ — Global Payments Asia-Pacific Limited (Global Payments), a leading pan-regional card payment processor in Asia Pacific, and Dialog Axiata PLC (Dialog), a premier telecommunications service provider in Sri Lanka, today announced the launch of an innovative mobile payment solution that turns a smartphone or tablet into a mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) terminal — the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. This award-winning mobile payment solution* enables merchants to accept card payments beyond a counter-top sales environment and wherever business takes them within Sri Lanka.
This mobile payment solution helps small and medium enterprises (SMEs) quickly and easily establish a means to accept MasterCard® and Visa® card payments through a smartphone or tablet. The business can download a free app provided by Global Payments on their mobile device and connect it to a secure card reader to start accepting card payments instantly. It is compatible with both iOS and Android devices and comes with multi-level security measures to protect customer data from being stored on the card reader or the phone. Dialog now offers mobile phone devices at an affordable price and special data packages with attractive rates for this new mPOS solution.
This hassle-free and cost-effective mobile card acceptance service helps merchants on the go – such as businesses with mobile sales force, home delivery services and outdoor sales operations – capture instant purchases. Customers can also enjoy added payment convenience as they can now make card payments easily and quickly anywhere cards were previously not accepted.
Dialog will be the first telecommunications provider in the country to adopt this new technology for their mobile sales team. Other businesses can also sign up for this new service through Dialog or Global Payments.
“New payment solutions such as this mPOS solution launched by Dialog and Global Payments help small merchants run their businesses more cost-effectively and efficiently using the latest payments technology. We believe this is the latest step in a series of progressive developments for the mobile payments market, and has the potential to open up an entirely new customer base for SME businesses,” said Fariq Cader, Senior General Manager, Mobile Money and Payments at Dialog Axiata PLC.
“The launch of this new mPOS solution jointly by Global Payments and Dialog brings a new level of innovation to the way businesses are paid and we are pleased to work with Dialog to introduce this innovative payment technology to Sri Lanka,” says Nazeem Mohamed, Director of Sales, Sri Lanka and Maldives, Global Payments Asia-Pacific Limited. “Combining Global Payments’ world-class card processing expertise and Dialog’s leading mobile telecommunications network, this latest mobile payment service expands merchants’ ability to accept card payments at many more locations, helping them capture every sale opportunity beyond the conventional retail store environment.”
To learn more about this new mobile payment service, please call Global Payments Merchant Services Hotline at (011) 237 7666 or Dialog Customer Hotline at 1777. Visit for more information about this new product.
*Global Payments won the “Innovation mPOS Acceptance Award” from Visa International in Hong Kong in March 2013.
About Global Payments
Global Payments Asia-Pacific Limited (Global Payments), currently serving merchants in 11 countries and territories across Asia, is one of the largest pan-Asian card processing companies in the region. The company is a division of Global Payments Inc. [NYSE:GPN], a Fortune 1000 company and a leading provider of electronic transaction processing services for merchants, Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs), financial institutions, government agencies and multi-national corporations located throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. Global Payments brings a new level of innovation to card payment processing in the Asia Pacific region with a full range of innovative payment solutions, industry-leading merchant reporting tools, and unparalleled merchant services. The company has a strong Asia Pacific footprint and now operates in Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Malaysia, the Maldives, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. Visit for more information about the company and its services.
About Dialog
Dialog Axiata PLC, a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata), operates Sri Lanka’s largest and fastest growing mobile telecommunications network. The Company is also one of the largest listed companies on the Colombo Stock Exchange in terms of market capitalization. Dialog is also Sri Lanka’s largest Foreign Direct Investor (FDI) with investments totalling over USD 1.35 billion.
Dialog has been at the forefront of innovation in the mobile industry in Sri Lanka since the late 90’s, propelling the nation’s mobile telephony infrastructure to a level of advancement on par with the developed world. The company delivers advanced mobile telephony and high speed mobile broadband services to a subscriber base in excess of 7.8 Million Sri Lankans, via 2.5G and 3G/3.5G and 4G networks. In April 2013, the company secured the distinction of becoming the first service provider in South Asia to launch mobile 4G FD-LTE services. The company was also the first service provider in South Asia to launch 3G services in 2006. Dialog also provides a comprehensive suite of International Roaming Services across a global footprint comprising of more than 200 countries, and operates a wide portfolio of international telecommunication services, including but not limited to retail and wholesale international voice and data services.
Dialog Axiata supplements its market leading position in the Mobile Telecommunications sector with a robust footprint and market presence in Sri Lanka’s Fixed Telecommunications and Digital Television markets through its fully owned subsidiaries Dialog Broadband Networks (Private) Ltd (DBN) and Dialog Television (Private) Ltd., (DTV).
Dialog is an ISO 9001 certified company and has received numerous local and international awards including the National Quality Award, Sri Lanka Business Excellence Award, and 3 successive GSM World Awards. At the SLIM-Nielsen People’s Choice Awards 2013, Dialog was voted by Sri Lankan consumers as the Telecom Service Provider of the Year in addition to being named the Internet Service Provider of the Year.
Source: Global Payments Asia Pacific
Related stocks: NYSE:GPN

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August 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm

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KPMG Collaborates With Appway – Creating Digital Country Manuals to Improve Cross-border Compliance

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ZURICH, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — KPMG partners with Appway, the global leader in client onboarding solutions, to enhance its Country Manuals – one of the key services KPMGprovides its banking clients as part of its cross-border service.

Due to increasing regulatory demand for transparency, many banks are being forced to adjust their business models and seek expert specialist advice in order to remain compliant. KPMG, who has a presence in over 140 countries, has developed a package of services and tools for its clients to support them in the area of cross-border suitability. The service includes specific Country Manuals that assist Relationship Managers in ensuring the legality of their interactions with foreign clients and prospects, to guarantee compliance with specific cross-border banking regulations.

According to Micha Bitterli, Director at KPMG Financial Services “Looking at the increasing pressure to comply with existing regulations, and the pipeline of upcoming ones, the next few years will see a lot of changes in the regulatory environment. Being close to our clients and delivering information and expertise to enable compliant business activities is therefore of paramount importance to KPMG. Now, thanks to the capabilities of Appway’s client onboarding solution, we have a joint offering that enhances the access to our Country Manuals and highlights new revisions and information for our clients. This solution brings us one step closer to our clients and ensures that they have the latest guidelines at their fingertips.”

Appway’s cross-border suitability solution has transformed KPMG’s Country Manuals from static business policies into a highly interactive application. Relationship Managers, Market Heads, or the Marketing Department can quickly search the relevant manual to determine which client interaction is legal outside of their countries. KPMG can also easily revise and update the Country Manuals in the Appway Cross-Border Suitability Solution, ensuring compliance with foreign law at all times. The KPMG Country Manuals are currently available for 54 countries through KPMG’s cross-border services electronic platform.

About Appway

Appway is the global leader in client onboarding solutions for the finance industry. Established in 2003, the Swiss company is headquartered in Zurich with offices in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore Lugano, and Geneva.

Press Contact
Fiola Foley
Communications Manager
Appway Numcom Software AG
Hardturmstrasse 66
CH-8005 Zurich

Press Contact
Fiola Foley
Communications Manager
Source: Appway

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August 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm

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Swedish Steel Producer Selects Quintiq’s Platform to Optimize its Supply Chain Planning

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S’-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O), announced today that SSAB has chosen its platform to optimize supply chain processes across its production plants.

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Headquartered in Sweden, SSAB is a leading producer of high-strength steel and has a 6-million-tonne capacity for crude steel. Quintiq’s platform will assist the company in increasing delivery performance and will help reduce manufacturing lead times across its EMEA network.

“We are thrilled to deliver SSAB the transparency and functionality that is only possible through a single, 100%-fit SCP&O platform,” said Markus Malinen, business unit director at Quintiq. “Our extensive work in steel planning and optimization makes us the perfect candidate to help SSAB meet current and future business goals.”

About SSAB

SSAB is a global leader in value added, high strength steel. SSAB offers products developed in close cooperation with its customers to create a stronger, lighter and more sustainable world. SSAB has employees in over 45 countries and operates production facilities in Sweden and the US. SSAB is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange, Stockholm.

About Quintiq

Every business has its supply chain planning puzzles. Some of those puzzles are large. Some are complex. Some seem impossible to solve. Since 1997, Quintiq has been solving each of those puzzles using a single supply chain planning & optimization software platform. Today, approximately 12,000 users in over 80 countries rely on Quintiq software to plan and optimize workforces, logistics and production. Quintiq has headquarters in the Netherlands and the USA, and offices around the world. Find out more at

For more information, visit or follow Quintiq on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and YouTube.

Press contacts:

North America enquiries
Jon Temerlies
Racepoint Group
Tel: +1-202-349-0859

EMEA enquiries
Charlotte Poh
Global Marketing Communication Manager
Tel: +31(0)736910739

Source: Quintiq

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August 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

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TOEIC(R) Program Releases 2012 TOEIC(R) Listening and Reading Worldwide Data

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TOEIC® tests are used more than any other English assessment to measure the workforce’s proficiency
PRINCETON, N.J./PRNewswire/ — Educational Testing Service (ETS) is for the first time in several years releasing publicly the expanded results of its report on TOEIC® test takers worldwide for the TOEIC ® Listening and Reading (L&R) assessment.
The TOEIC® Listening and Reading Report on Test Takers Worldwide presents information about TOEIC test-takers’ average Listening and Reading scores, educational background, work experience, English language study and use, and the TOEIC test-taking experience. Responses to the questionnaire, on which the report is based, enable users to learn more about the backgrounds of people who took the test and some of the factors that affected their TOEIC scores and related improvement in English proficiency. ETS is making this data available for reference as organizations look to set score benchmarks and goals, however, the response rates varied across different background questions and care should be taken in making inferences based on this data.
“With English being used by nearly two billion people from different geographic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds around the world, it is vital that score users understand more about the individuals who take the test and have insight into the factors that affect their scores,” says David Hunt, ETS Vice President and COO of ETS’s Global division.
Hunt further explains that because the TOEIC Background Questionnaire is in-depth and the testing process is standardized, test takers of any background and location can be compared fairly by score users. As the most widely taken and used workforce English language assessment, organizations can build a more diverse and qualified workforce by using TOEIC scores and survey information to make informed decisions around placing, developing and promoting employees from and within any country or region. In addition, the growing acceptance of the TOEIC tests means that test takers can use their test scores for career advancement at a wider range of organizations around the world.
Report highlights include:
Description of TOEIC L&R test-takers in 2012
Average TOEIC scores across native countries, industries, etc.
Relationship among L&R scores
Test-taker demographics
TOEIC assessments are fair, reliable, and valid measures of a test taker’s ability to use English common in the workplace. Used by nearly 14,000 organizations in 150 countries, the TOEIC tests are the international standard for assessing an individual’s English-language proficiency level for the workforce, measuring how well a potential employee can apply their English-language skills in a practical working environment. While organizations use TOEIC scores and surveys to build a stronger workforce, job seekers trust the TOEIC Program to differentiate themselves in a competitive job market. TOEIC assessments measure all four language skills and provide descriptions of test takers’ strengths and weaknesses that can be used to inform critical hiring, placement, and training decisions.
Download the report at to For more information about the TOEIC program, please visit

About the TOEIC Tests
For more than 30 years the TOEIC test has been the global standard for measuring workplace English-language communication skills. The TOEIC assessment family, including the TOEIC Listening and Reading test, the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests and the TOEIC Bridge™ test are used by nearly 14,000 businesses, organizations, and government agencies in 150 countries. In 2012, almost seven million TOEIC tests were administered worldwide, solidifying the TOEIC Program as the largest and most widely used English-language assessment for the workplace. For more information on the TOEIC tests and other services provided by the TOEIC Program visit
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® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE ® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.
Source: Educational Testing Service

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August 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

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Big Fish’s “Dark Manor: A Hidden Object Mystery” Now Free to Play on PC

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A Mysterious and Captivating Adventure Through The Roaring 1920s New Orleans Can be Played on iOS and PC

SEATTLE, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Big Fish, the world’s largest producer of casual games and the #1 publisher of Hidden Object adventures, is excited to release “Dark Manor: A Hidden Object Mystery” for the PC. Entertaining players on iOS since June, this critically acclaimed game fuses Hidden Object challenges with strategic simulated world creation. Set in ghostly New Orleans in the 1920’s, players will inherit a ghostly manor from their long lost uncle Sterling, setting off on a ghost-hunting, mystery-solving adventure.


“Dark Manor” is the most beautifully crafted Hidden Object game to hit casual gamers to date. It fuses Hidden Object challenges with strategic simulated world creation, encouraging players to beautify their manor in order to get access to more Hidden Object gameplay. Designed for any level of player, anyone can instantly jump into the action for free, with no unlock required, for endless hours of Hidden Object fun. For those looking for a more social experience, “Dark Manor’s” social features encourage players to connect with friends and help each other advance in the game by visiting each other’s manors and exchanging gifts.

For the first time ever, “Dark Manor” introduces zoomable Hi-Depth™ Hidden Object scenes, designed to simulate an unprecedented level of immersion. The manor grounds transform completely between Day and Night modes with different looks, animations, and mode-specific quests, adding to the mystifying adventure and heightening the fun. Players can also pick up at the same spot in “Dark Manor” on their mobile device where they left off on their PC by simply logging into “Dark Manor” via Facebook.

“Dark Manor: A Hidden Object Mystery” is available for free download on the Apple Appstore and now on

“Dark Manor: A Hidden Object Mystery” is the FIRST Big Fish game ever to:

  • Introduce zoomable Hi-Depth™ Hidden Object Scenes with parallax scrolling for an unparalleled immersive HO experience.
  • Include fully transformative Day and Night modes, with different looks, animations, and mode-specific quests.
  • Allow players to connect with their friends and help each other advance by visiting and exchanging gifts.
  • Allow persistent save state across iOS and PC
  • Exceptionally high production values combined with best in class Free-to-Play features
  • Fuse Hidden Object challenges with strategic simulated world creation
Source: Big Fish

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August 29, 2013 at 11:01 am

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Galigeo Acquires Location Intelligence Division of APOS Systems Inc.

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TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Galigeo and APOS Systems Inc. today announce that Galigeo has acquired the assets, staff and activities of the Location Intelligence division of APOS Systems Inc., and is including them in its portfolio of Location Intelligence Solutions under the name “Galigeo-APOS LIS”. For APOS clients and partners this will be a seamless transition because Galigeo will integrate the LIS software to its offerings, while continuing to provide and expand worldwide technical support, maintenance and specialized consulting services.

With this acquisition Galigeo continues its leadership in Location Intelligence and Location Analytics software,” says Galigeo CEO Christian Tapia-Stocker. “Galigeo’s focus on modern, standards-based applications and services solidifies our leadership position of combining Location with business data in applications to improve business outcomes. The acquisition of the Location Intelligence division of APOS Systems Inc. accelerates that move.”

APOS’ Location Intelligence software, when integrated with Galigeo’s expertise with industry vertical and horizontal business applications, will serve as the centerpiece of Galigeo’s innovative and forward-moving Location Intelligence (LI) solutions strategy. Galigeo’s LI solutions will now include BI*Where, Retail*Where, Sell*Where, Galigeo Dashboard, and Galigeo-APOS LIS (for SAP® BusinessObjects™ BI solutions). This robust suite of industry-leading software (with more than 200 installations in 18 countries), when connected to BI, CRM and mapping platforms such as SAP BusinessObjects solutions, IBM Cognos,, Microsoft, Esri and others, provides more than ample solutions to our current customers, protecting their LI investments today and providing a growth path for their future.

This acquisition improves Galigeo’s market-facing capabilities to deliver enterprise-level location intelligence solutions in geo-marketing, sales optimization, law-enforcement, infrastructures and compliance. This investment supports our strategic agenda: continued expansion and growth, especially in the US, and commitment to our strategic partners, such as SAP and Esri,” says Christian Tapia-Stocker.

“APOS has known Galigeo as a strong business competitor in the Location Intelligence market during the 8 years we have been involved in this space,” says Allan Pym, COO of APOS. “This acquisition takes Galigeo to a new Location Intelligence market leadership position, helping them take current and future customer organizations to new levels of success in their location intelligence and location analysis initiatives. APOS is now able to return to a pure focus on platform management solutions for SAP BusinessObjects, where we have been market leaders for almost 15 years.”

Location Intelligence adds the spatial dimension to standard BI and CRM systems to solve optimization, analysis, prediction and reporting problems. While all major business sectors can benefit, Galigeo focuses on retail, consumer goods, communications services, energy, pharma/life-sciences, manufacturing, government and homeland security.

Galigeo software products and consulting services guide its clients through technical, organizational and integration alternatives, which encompass:

  • Location Analytics to find and enable the “where factor” in existing data sources, such as BI and CRM systems, and provide more customer and market insight, visualizing and analyzing the outcome, and developing actionable recommendations.
  • Location Discovery using the geographic identifiers (Geocodes), to enrich and exploit heterogeneous data from any Data Source (i.e. Data Warehouse, Data Marts) thereby increasing the amount of business data that can be included in location analysis efforts.
  • Location Operations to optimize the deployment of a large sales force or distribution channels; obtain an insightful understanding of clients across geographies and the corresponding impact on the enterprise’s profitability.

About Galigeo

Galigeo has been paving the way in Location Intelligence since 2001. By combining geographic mapping, location related data with key business information, Galigeo enables organizations to gain critical insights, make better decisions and optimize business processes and applications. Galigeo is trusted by some of the world’s largest businesses and organizations who want to implement Location Intelligence solutions: Autodesk, Arcelor-Mittal, Heineken, Vinci, Carrefour, Orange, Total, Sodexo, European Commission, State of Geneva, Swiss Federal Roads Office, French Police department, State of Massachusetts, to name but a few. Galigeo is headquartered in Paris with offices in New York City, and Limburg (Germany).

About APOS Systems Inc

Since its beginning in 1992, APOS Systems Inc. has evolved from a custom business application development shop to a global provider of solutions promoting well managed business intelligence (BI). APOS improves customer return on BI investment through BI platform management solutions that enable high-efficiency system administration, auditing, storage, publishing, migration acceleration and mobile connectivity. (

SAP and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies. Business Objects, BusinessObjects, and the Business Objects logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Business Objects in the United States and/or other countries. Business Objects is an SAP company.

Galigeo Contact:
Christian Tapia, CEO
116w, 23rd Street, suite 500
New York City, 10011, USA

Thomas Lejars, Sales Director
87 Avenue d’Italie
75013 Paris, France

APOS Contact:
Allan Pym, COO
1118-100 Conestoga College Blvd.
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Jay Murdoch, Sales Manager
1118-100 Conestoga College Blvd.
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Source: Galigeo

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August 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

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Latin Markets & EY Host The Real Estate Brazil Forum in Rio de Janeiro, 400 LPs & GPs

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SAO PAULO /PRNewswire/ — Latin Markets and EY, formerly Ernst & Young, will host the 2013 Real Estate Brazil Forum, expected to bring together 400+ industry leaders in Rio de Janeiro on September 16th and 17th for a discussion on the future of real estate in Brazil. View the event agenda here.
Latin Markets’ publication, Latin Private Equity Journal, sat down with key event speaker, Viktor Andrade, Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for EY in Brazil, to talk about what he’s seeing on the ground.
“When you talk about the real estate sector, Brazil has a gigantic amount of repressed demand that comes from two decades of recession,” Mr. Andrade explains. “Now housing is much more affordable because more adequate financing is in place and there is a mass of people that are only starting to gain real income and buy homes.”
Looking ahead to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Mr. Andrade spoke on the need for improvement in the quality of hotels, noting that “We’re going to get a better stock of hotels in Rio and this will lead to the older hotels being shut down or retrofitted. We’ll be more prone to have an adjustment in hotel room rate prices rather than vacancies in the future.” (View the full interview here)
The Real Estate Brazil Forum will include speakers from EY, the Health Industry Plan of Australia, Eastman Corporation Pension Plan, Koch Equity Investments, Utah Retirement Systems, FUNCEF, Valia Pension, Fundacao CESP Pension, Courtland Partners and Waverly Advisors, in addition to a keynote presentation by Henrique Meirelles, Former President of the Brazilian Central Bank.
This forum will be a vital platform providing international investors access to opportunities in Brazil, as well as local investors access to international opportunities.
Date: September 16-17, 2013
Event: The Real Estate Brazil Forum
Location: Copacabana Palace Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
Event Contact:
Amir Ouki
About Latin Markets:
Latin Markets provides access to new investments, business opportunities and partnerships for the global investment community. We produce event platforms that include a wide range of business development and educational vehicles enabling Latin America’s most active investors and fund managers to more adeptly navigate socio-economic, regulatory and financial considerations within the market. Visit us online at
Source: Latin Markets

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August 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

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