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Official GRE(R) Test Preparation Materials Include Two New Success Starter Videos

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New videos feature tips and strategies for the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections

PRINCETON, New Jersey, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The GRE® program has expanded its official test preparation materials to include two new GRE® Success Starter videos designed to help prospective graduate and business school students do their best on test day.

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“These videos are ideal for prospective test takers looking to jump-start their test preparation by familiarizing themselves with the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections of the test,” says Dawn Piacentino, Director of Communications and Services for the GRE Program at ETS. “In less than 20 minutes each, these videos walk test takers through examples of the different question types in the test, provide strategies for answering each question type, and share useful tips and strategies.”

The two new videos, GRE® Success Starter: Tips & Strategies for the Quantitative Reasoning Section and GRE® Success Starter: Tips & Strategies for the Verbal Reasoning Section appearedon U.S. News.com as part of a free one-week world premiere sponsored by the GRE Program. The videos were also shared for free with fans on the GRE revised General Test page on Facebook®. Prospective test takers who missed the free showings can now download the videos at the ETS store for US$7 each.

To help students get ready for test day, ETS has developed a variety of official GRE test preparation materials in print, video and electronic formats. In addition, the new ScoreSelect(SM) option, available only with GRE tests, helps individuals approach test day with confidence because it allows them to put their best scores forward. With the ScoreSelect(SM) option, individuals can take a GRE test once or retake it again – and still send only the scores they want schools to see.

For additional information about the GRE tests visit www.ets.org/gre. To learn more about the official GRE test preparation tools, visit www.ets.org/gre/prepare

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 theTOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments – in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org

Source: Educational Testing Service

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August 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm

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JNA Awards 2013 Honourees Announced

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HONG KONG, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — 39 Honourees representing 24 companies have been shortlisted across 14 categories in the second edition of JNA Awards, the most prestigious awards programme in the jewellery and gemstone industry, JNA (Jewellery News Asia)main organiser of the JNA Awards, announced today.

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This year the JNA Awards is also honouring two industry pillars – Leung Sik Wah, the Recipient of “Lifetime Achievement Award”; and Wallace Chan, the Recipient of “Outstanding Contribution Award.”

The Honourees include industry leaders Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Co Ltd of Hong Kong (Employer of the Year, E-Tailer of the Year and Retailer of the Year), Jewelmer International Corporation of the Philippines (Brand of the Year – Retail and Employer of the Year), Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt Ltd of India (Employer of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year – Diamond Cutting & Polishing, and Sustainability Initiative of the Year), and Pranda Group of Thailand (Sustainability Initiative of the Year).

This year, close to 90 highly qualified entries were received from 13 countries and regions, namely mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, the Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tahiti, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

The JNA Awards 2013 is led by Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook as Headline Partners, with Gubelin, Israel Diamond Institute, KARP Group, Robert Wan Tahiti and the Shanghai Diamond Exchange as Honoured Partners.

The judging panel consists of five industry experts namely Albert Cheng, Managing Director of the World Gold Council – Far East (WGC); James Courage, Chief Executive of Platinum Guild International (PGI); Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE); Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of GIA in India and the Middle East; and Vichian Veerasaksri, Director of the World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) and Advisor to the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association (TGJTA).

For details on the Honourees list and ticket information, please visit www.JNAawards.com

The JNA Awards is an industry-wide event that honours and recognises excellence and achievements in the global jewellery trade with an Asian focus. The Awards ceremony and gala dinner is scheduled for 12 September 2013 at The Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong.

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Source: UBM Asia

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August 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm

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Big Data Think Tank: Encapsulating the Phenomenon

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-Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan to help organizations accelerate Big Data understanding and opportunities at Growth, Innovation & Leadership 2013: Silicon Valley

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan recently assessed the global market for Big Data at approximately $22 billion. While the sheer volume of Big Data is enough to overwhelm several existing data infrastructures, the bigger challenge lies in dealing with ‘many data,’ which includes types of data that traditional databases were never designed to manage. It is becoming increasingly important to not only capture and organize relevant data but truly leverage it by making actionable, real-time information available through analytics.

To help organizations develop powerful strategies for Big Data management, and to enable providers to create optimal solutions that meet the market need, Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan are hosting the Big Data Think Tank at GIL 2013: Silicon Valley, The Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership (http://bit.ly/18Eo0fz), on Sept. 10 at The Fairmont in San Jose, California. Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan Global Program Director, Big Data & Analytics, Jeff Cotrupe, will lead the Think Tank with a session titled “The World Moves Fast, and Data Is Driving: Big Data and Analytics.” This session is designed to demonstrate how companies can change the game by transforming analytical insights into business results.

For more information on GIL 2013: Silicon Valley or Frost & Sullivan’s Big Data research, please contact Mireya Espinoza, Corporate Communications, at mireya.espinoza@frost.com with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country. You can also join the conversation on Twitter at #GILSV.

The opening session of the Think Tank will be followed by a talk titled “Using Big Data to Make a Powerful Impact” by GE Global Research CMO, John Magee, who will explore the market forces driving Big Data and how it can be converted into business value. This session will provide a framework for aligning business and technology stakeholders around a Big Data initiative.

“Stratecast has identified nearly 40 sources of data that enterprises must contend with, and more than a dozen additional sources that telecommunications providers must also manage,” said Cotrupe. “Ironically, even as businesses strive to keep pace with the growth of data from external sources, the emergence of new models — such as a multi-device, always-connected, and knowledge-based workforce — means that organizations are themselves creating data at a higher pace than ever before.”

While Big Data does present sizable challenges, harnessing it can make an organization data-driven and encourage the creation of policies and practices to transform information into action. It also forces business to decide on key performance indicators (KPIs) and areas of data on which to focus.

“Effectively managing Big Data means the organization has truly learned to collect, assimilate, normalize, analyze and act on intelligence from all sources to empower employees with the data they need to do their jobs better,” said Cotrupe. “It represents the culmination of the dream that a company’s most important data need not be locked away or be available exclusively to the Data Scientist, but instead can be readily available to virtually everyone in the organization.”

The final Big Data Think Tank session, “Ask the Experts! Panel Discussion — Driving Big Data: Real-World Big Data Issues & Answers,” will offer examples of results that can be achieved by deploying Big Data solutions, as well as critical issues and best practices in implementing a Big Data solution. The discussion, led by Cotrupe and scheduled to feature Magee as well as other panelists from Birst, Comptel, comScore, Huawei, SAS, and Seattle Children’s Hospital, will also explore whether all organizations need Big Data solutions, and which solution is best suited to your business.

GIL 2013: Silicon Valley presents a number of other industry-specific Think Tanks throughout the congress between September 8th and 11th. GIL 2013: Silicon Valley participants include presidents, directors, C-level staff and others interested in the long-term growth of their organization. GIL 2013: Silicon Valley includes ice breaking workshops, interactive sessions, networking activities and luncheons, event kickoffs, exhibitions, demonstrations, executive insights and more.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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E: mireya.espinoza@frost.com

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Source: Frost & Sullivan

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August 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm

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PW Power Systems Secures First Contract for the Sale of an FT4000(TM) SWIFTPAC(R) Unit – Next-Generation Aero-Derivative Gas Turbine

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GLASTONBURY, Connecticut/PRNewswire/ — PW Power Systems, Inc. (PWPS), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., announced today the sale of its latest aero-derivative power solution, the FT4000™ gas turbine, to a unit of Exelon Generation. Exelon purchased a 120 MW simple-cycle FT4000™ SWIFTPAC® power generation unit.
Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s leading energy providers with approximately 35,000 MW of owned capacity comprising one of the cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets in the United States.
PWPS has a long legacy of delivering extremely reliable and efficient gas turbine engines. With a modular design that includes proven features of the successful FT8® SWIFTPAC® power plants, the FT4000™ engine powered by a Pratt & Whitney® PW4000™ derivative gas generator offers a nominal 60 to 120 MW package of reliable peaking and base-load power in a compact footprint. The FT4000™ engine is designed for simple cycle, combined cycle or cogeneration applications. The FT4000™ SWIFTPAC® unit provides the highest power output of any aero-derivative gas turbine generator package available in the market.
As a next generation product, the FT4000™ SWIFTPAC® unit builds on over 50 years of aero-derivative packaging experience and more than 2000 industrial gas turbines installed worldwide. “Exelon is an existing customer of PWPS with extensive industry experience and we look forward to a successful introduction of the FT4000™ product to the Exelon generation portfolio,” said Peter Christman, president of PWPS. The scope of the contract consists of the turnkey supply of the FT4000™ SWIFTPAC® unit for a power plant in Harford County, Md., including balance of plant equipment, installation and commissioning services.
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world’s leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated sales of about $34 billion in fiscal 2012, the year ended March 31, 2013. MHI’s diverse lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding, power plants, chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures, industrial and general machinery, aircraft, space systems and air-conditioning systems.
For more information, please visit MHI’s website.
Source: PW Power Systems, Inc.

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August 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

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Prolexic DDoS Protection Service Stops Attackers from Bringing Down 1ink.com e-Commerce Sites

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Prolexic, the global leader in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services, announced today that 1ink.com has selected Prolexic’s DDoS mitigation service to protect its network of e-Commerce sites. 1ink.com is a leading online retailer of high-quality replacement inkjet and laser toner cartridges.
The 1ink.com network was hit with the first of three DDoS distributed denial of service attacks that grew in size and complexity. The first DDoS attack brought down http://www.101inks.com, one of the smaller 1ink.com e-Commerce sites, for more than a day. During that time, they routed traffic from 101inks.com to their other domains in an attempt to mitigate the attack.
To stop the DDoS attack, Roland Davoudikia, chief executive officer of 1ink.com, selected Prolexic from among several DDoS mitigation services he had researched. Prolexic mitigated the attack within 5 minutes, as outlined in Prolexic’s industry-leading service level agreement (SLA).
“We concluded from our post-attack forensic analysis that it is likely the 1ink.com websites were mistakenly targeted,” said Stuart Scholly, president of Prolexic. “This illustrates that even random events can have significant financial impact on a business if some level of DDoS mitigation is not in place.”
Later in the year, the company’s main e-Commerce site at http://www.1ink.com was hit with another attack – a combination SYN and DNS flood that peaked at 70 Gbps. As expected, this denial of service attack did not bring down the site, because Prolexic’s PLXproxy DDoS protection service was already in place. Five days later, the DDoS attackers struck again, and once again Prolexic was able to quickly detect and mitigate the attack without any action from 1ink.com.
“Having Prolexic’s DDoS mitigation service is like having insurance against DDoS attacks, and as a result, these last two attacks did not have any effect on our business,” said Davoudikia. “There was the potential to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in online sales each day, along with collateral damage to our partner relationships. Fortunately, none of that happened. I can’t imagine running my business without DDoS attack protection from Prolexic.”
To learn more, download the 1ink.com DDoS case study at http://www.prolexic.com/1ink.
About Prolexic
Prolexic is the world’s largest, most trusted Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation provider. Able to absorb the largest and most complex attacks ever launched, Prolexic restores mission-critical Internet-facing infrastructures for global enterprises and government agencies within minutes. Ten of the world’s largest banks and the leading companies in e-Commerce, SaaS, payment processing, energy, travel/hospitality, gaming and other at-risk industries rely on Prolexic to protect their businesses. Founded in 2003 as the world’s first in-the-cloud DDoS mitigation platform, Prolexic is headquartered in Hollywood, Florida and has scrubbing centers located in the Americas, Europe and Asia. To learn more about how Prolexic can stop DDoS attacks and protect your business, please visit http://www.prolexic.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, and @Prolexic on Twitter.
Contact:
Michael E. Donner
SVP, Chief Marketing Officer
Prolexic
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+1 (954) 620 6017
Source: Prolexic Technologies

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August 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Analyzes Medical Imaging Equipment Preferences among US Radiology Directors

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— Survey reveals most healthcare institutions are loyal to a few select manufacturers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Among the U.S. medical imaging equipment surveyed by Frost & Sullivan, including general radiography, ultrasound and capital imaging; picture archiving and communications; and imaging IT hardware/middleware, the research shows these markets are fairly homogenous as primarily dominated by single brands. The gap between the leading manufacturer and runner-up’s market share, on average, is 15 percentage points. Established medical imaging equipment brands account for at least 25 percent of the market in their respective segments, and leading capital imaging equipment manufacturers top the list with as much as 55 percent of the market share.

The 2012 United States Radiology Directors’ Choice: Medical Imaging Equipment research from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/svcg.pag/HCAM) features a detailed description of these figures. The analysis surveyed 152 North American radiology directors, executives and managers working for hospital-based radiology departments to assess preferences regarding department use of medical imaging equipment and services.

For more information on this research, please email Jennifer Carson, Corporate Communications, at jennifer.carson@frost.com, with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country.

A majority of the survey respondents noted their institutions followed the preferred vendor model, where the bulk of the equipment is purchased from two or three select manufacturers.

“Given that 76 percent of those surveyed represent hospitals that are affiliated with other hospital groups, it is not surprising that more structured purchase processes are established,” said Frost & Sullivan Customer Research Director Tonya Fowler. “Furthermore, the vendor selection process is primarily shared by leading members within radiology departments and possibly beyond the walls of a single hospital. Yet, it is those in the role of radiology director that have the most authority, as 39 percent are sole decision makers.”

To a large degree, across the spectrum of facility, bed size or imaging volume, respondents’ responses did not indicate any stark variations in brand perception or utilization. Top brands used in various market segments were often reflective of general industry market share trends.

In terms of specific brands, GE Healthcare was identified as having a strong competitive advantage with high levels of usage. In most cases, customers across categories had a more robust perception of the GE brand than its competitors.

“Overall, the top brands used within radiology departments are widespread,” concluded Fowler. “Therefore, vendors looking to displace entrenched market leaders need to clearly identify who the true decision makers are and approach those with the most authority, armed with focused messages to showcase their differentiated factors from the incumbent brands.”

The 2012 United States Radiology Directors’ Choice: Medical Imaging Equipment Customer Research analysis is part of the Advanced Medical Technologies Growth Partnership Service program. The research assesses North American radiology directors’ preferences regarding the use of medical imaging equipment and services, the titles of medical equipment purchasers with the highest levels of purchasing influence within radiology departments, and the primary and secondary brands of medical imaging equipment and services.

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About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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Join Us: Join our community
Subscribe: Newsletter on “the next big thing”
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Contact:
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Corporate Communications — North America
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F: +1-210-348-1003
E: jennifer.carson@frost.com

Twitter: @frost_sullivan
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Source: Frost & Sullivan

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August 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm

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