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OANDA Welcomes Kuno Kennel to its Board of Directors

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Former Managing Director of Barclays Wealth and RBS Global Banking & Markets joins OANDA’s advisory team of accomplished global business leaders

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — OANDA, a pioneering global provider of innovative foreign exchange trading services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kuno Kennel to its Board of Directors. A veteran of the European financial industry, Mr. Kennel’s addition to the Board serves to further build on OANDA’s world-class leadership and market expertise.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Kuno Kennel to OANDA’s Board of Directors. With more than 22 years in the financial sector, his experience and industry tenure will be an asset to the company,” said Kittu Kolluri, Chairman of the OANDA Board of Directors. “His wealth of knowledge, including emerging markets, FX options and trading, will help bolster OANDA as a trusted broker and leading innovator in the retail market.”

A former Managing Director for both Barclays Capital and RBS Global Banking & Markets in Switzerland, Mr. Kennel is also currently the Chairman of a leading Swiss retail bank.

“OANDA has an excellent reputation globally and I’m excited to be joining its Board,” Mr. Kennel said. “I look forward to parlaying my experience in capital and financial markets into the next generation technology of trading FX and other financial instruments.”

With his appointment to the OANDA board, Mr. Kennel joins a dynamic team led by Mr. Kolluri who is a General Partner at NEA, a leading venture capital firm that supports innovative entrepreneurship in technology markets. Other OANDA Board members include Danny Rimer, a partner at venture capital firm Index Ventures and an investor in Internet infrastructure software and services companies; Renato Fassbind, an independent senior advisor and board member of several prestigious financial companies, including Vice-Chairman of Swiss Re Holding AG; Michael Stumm, co-founder of OANDA and a computer engineering professor at the University of Toronto; and Mich Mathews, a former Chief Marketing Officer of Microsoft Corporation.

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OANDA has transformed the business of foreign exchange through an innovative approach to forex trading. The company’s award-winning online trading platform, fxTrade, introduced a number of firsts to the marketplace, including immediate execution; instant settlement on trades; trades of any size between one unit and 10 million units; and interest calculated by the second. OANDA’s powerful, flexible fxTrade platform is also accessible via mobile applications for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

In 2012, OANDA was named “Best Forex Provider” by the Financial Times and by Investors Chronicle; “Best FX Broker” by Forex Magnates; and was recognized by Investment Trends Singapore as providing “Best Value for Money” and “Highest Overall Client Satisfaction”. OANDA was also the first online provider of comprehensivecurrency exchange information. Today, the company’s OANDA Rate® data are the benchmark rates for corporations, auditing firms, and global banks.

OANDA has five offices worldwide, in Chicago, London, Singapore, Tokyo, and Toronto. The company is regulated by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the U.S. National Futures Association (NFA), the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the International Enterprise Singapore (IES), the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA).

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September 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

TripAdvisor Study Shows Asian Consumers Most Willing to Make Lifestyle Sacrifices for Holidays; Domestic and Intraregional Travel to Remain Steady

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SINGAPORE, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor™, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the results of the world’s largest traveller and accommodation survey — the TripBarometer by TripAdvisor. The survey reveals the leading travel and hospitality industry trends, according to over 19,000 travellers and over 10,000 accommodation business owners around the world. The study is conducted twice a year, and the results are analysed independently by research firm Edelman Berland.

Lewis Ng, Commercial Director APAC, TripAdvisor for Business, says: “The key findings of TripBarometer have provided a unique and fascinating insight into the current state of global travel. With consumers around the world happy to make sacrifices in pursuit of a break, hospitality businesses are poised to benefit from this trend. With plans to increase their travel budget and the number of holidays they take, Asian consumers will remain an important driver for global travel demand in the coming year.”

Sacrifices help make trips possible

Asian consumers believe that holidays are too important to spend less on and view them as a reward that they and their families deserve. The study shows that consumers from Asia are most willing in the world to make sacrifices in other areas in order to ensure they go on a holiday. Eighty-six per cent of Asians have indicated that they are happy to cut back on other areas in order to save up for a trip.

Factor Percentage of respondents who will make sacrifices on the factor in order to save money for travel 
Nights out 41%
Meals out 37%
Shopping (Clothes, etc.) 37%
Cigarettes 25%
Groceries 18%

Travellers in emerging markets to spend more

The study shows that less than half (41%) of Asian consumers are optimistic about the economy in 2014, compared to a third of global travellers (32%). It also reveals that travellers in emerging markets are more likely to loosen their purse strings with 42% of travellers from Asia planning to increase their travel budget in the coming year.

Region Percentage of respondents who plan to spend more on travel in 2014
Africa 59%
South America 48%
Central America 47%
Middle East 46%
Asia 42%
Australasia 38%
Europe 36%
North America 35%

Asian domestic and intraregional travel remain steady

With 85% of global travellers planning to travel in their own country in 2014, domestic travel looks to remain dominant. According to Asian respondents, the main reason for domestic travel is to discover their own country.

Reason Percentage of respondents giving the reason as to why they plan to travel in their home market this year
Discover their own country 42%
Save money 31%
Save time 23%

Intraregional travel will likely remain a top priority for Asian consumers in both the near and long-term with 65% of them planning to travel within their region in the next six months and 36% with similar plans in the next 2 years.

The study shows that Asian consumers are planning more trips in 2014, with plans for short vacations up 19% and those for long vacations up 8%.

Long-distance travel remains a pipe dream for now

While consumers in Asia show a strong preference for travelling within their region in the near-term, Europe is the dream destination for many with 33% of travellers globally citing it as their top choice for holiday in 2015. In line with those findings, 27% of Asian travellers are planning a trip to Europe in the next two years.

This decrease in intraregional travel by the Asian consumers will be offset by an increase in guests from abroad. A number of Asian hoteliers have already noted an increase in the number of guests from Europe and the Middle East and around half of the North American consumers surveyed have indicated they plan to travel to Asia in the coming year.

Hoteliers optimistic about future profitability

Asian hoteliers are amongst the most optimistic in the world with 74% of them feeling positive about their business’ profitability in the year ahead — higher than the global average of 67%.

Region Percentage of hoteliers worldwide who feel optimistic about making a profit in 2014
Central America 79%
North America 74%
Asia 74%
South America 72%
Middle East 72%
Africa 70%
Australasia 67%
Europe 56%

Consistent with the high levels of business optimism, 58% of Asian hoteliers are planning to raise room rates in 2014, compared to 51% of global hoteliers. Key reasons behind the price hikes, according to Asian hoteliers, are to cope with increased overheads (54%) and increased demand (38%).

Fueled by steady intraregional travel, as well as an increase in international guests, a third of Asian hoteliers (34%) are planning to open new properties in the coming year — twice the global average of 17%. Of those who are planning to open new properties, majority (86%) said they would be opening them within Asia.

The study also shows that Asian hoteliers are looking to invest in their existing properties to attract more guests through the door. Over half (54%) of Asian hoteliers polled are planning to spend more on marketing and advertising in 2014, 52% in staff training and 51% in small scale renovations.

For the full TripBarometer report and infographic, please visit:


  1. Methodology: The research was commissioned by TripAdvisor and conducted by Edelman Berland, an independent market research firm, conducted via online survey in June and July 2013. Survey respondents were 10,469 accommodation business owners and 19,692 18+ adults who have booked travel online and taken at least one trip in the past year. Respondents were from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK and USA. A total of 3,372 travellers and 1,247 accommodation business owners from Asia participated in the study.

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 more than 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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September 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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Sean Combs Announces Global Casting Call For REVOLT TV

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— Video Submissions Accepted for the “We Want You” Global Open Casting Call via Social Media Now Through September 30
— The New #1 Name in Music to Launch in October on Time Warner Cable and Comcast
LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — Sean Combs, founder and chairman of REVOLT TV, announced an open casting call today for on-air talent. The new multi-platform television channel launching in October is looking for music fans between the ages of thirteen and twenty-five to join the network. In an Instagram video posted today, Combs asked candidates to submit 15-second audition tapes explaining why they are REVOLT.
“I need individuals that are fearless and speak the truth. Young talent. Fresh faces. Attitude,” said Combs. “I want to empower the creators of this generation and show artists this is their channel.”
Submissions can be uploaded to Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Vimeo, Facebook or YouTube but will not be accepted via email. In the video description, participants must use both #iamrevolt and another hashtag to describe their musical style, for example #alternative, #EDM, #hiphop. They can also use the description or comment section to describe their personal style and any musical inspirations. The video must end by saying “I Am REVOLT.”
The open casting call will close on September 30 with submissions being whittled down through the month of October. One of the top participants could be offered the chance of a lifetime to join REVOLT as an on-air host. This announcement falls on the heels of the recent news that Amrit Singh has been named as music and culture editor and host as well as Sibley Scoles joining as host on the new music network. Through curated music videos, performances, interviews, and news, the on-air talent team will deliver the best of the best in music to the first multi-platform network for artists and fans – live, on-air, and at the speed of social media.
For more information on REVOLT TV’s “We Want You” global casting call, please visit:
REVOLT,, is the new #1 name in music. Launching in October 2013 in major cities including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago on Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the multi-platform network will amplify the influence of music on art, culture and society, representing news that matters most to the millennial generation.
Presented by multifaceted, entertainment powerhouse Sean “Diddy” Combs, REVOLT is led by an executive team of award-winning, media veterans that include Keith Clinkscales (ESPN, VIBE Magazine), Andy Schuon (Ticketmaster, Warner Brothers, MTV) as well as Val Boreland (Comedy Central, Lifetime Television).
Connect with REVOLT now through social media: Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Tumblr.
Kai D. Wright
VP/Director of Communications
Sarah Rothman (42 West)
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September 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm

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Innovative Endovascular Basic Skills Training Module

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CLEVELAND /PRNewswire/ — Simbionix USA Corporation, the world’s leading provider of medical education and simulation training, is proud to announce the release of the innovative Endovascular Basic Skills training module for the ANGIO Mentor™ simulator.
The Simbionix ANGIO Mentor is an innovative virtual reality training simulator, which provides hands-on practice in a simulated environment for endovascular procedures. This multidisciplinary system provides a training solution for a variety of endovascular procedures. An ever-expanding library of modules supports the acquisition and honing of procedural skills to build confidence and proficiency in various endovascular techniques and procedures.
Nowadays, endovascular basic skills and techniques can be practiced using flow models, animals, or on a real patient.
The Endovascular Basic Skills module is intended for residents or fellows who wish to acquire essential wire-catheter and imaging skills. It is set in a game-like environment and will allow training in a user friendly, enjoyable and safe setting. This is the first time that physicians will have the opportunity to learn and practice on both a non-anatomical and on an anatomical vascular model, in an interactive and challenging setting. This module is relevant for the following disciplines: Vascular Surgery, Interventional Radiology, Interventional Cardiology, Interventional Neuroradiology, Neuro Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Trauma.
“The basic skills module allows us to teach the essential technical skills required across all endovascular intervention practice without compromising patient safety. It enables the resident or fellow to train independently in his free time, repeating the task as necessary to improve his assessment results. The teaching physician can then use the data provided by the system to assess the trainee and generate his learning curve over time, as well as compare him to a cohort of his peers,” stated Jean Bismuth, M.D., Assistant Professor and a leading vascular surgeon at the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas.
Visit us at CIRSE in Barcelona, Spain, September 14-18, to experience this exciting new module first hand.
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.
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Contact: Rebecca Levy, Manager of Marketing Communications, at
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September 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm

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Senior Flag Officers From Royal Malaysian Navy and Newly-Commissioned Vietnam Coast Guard to Participate at the 10th Annual Coastal Surveillance Conference in Singapore

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SINGAPORE, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Following the latest high-profile maritime operations off the East coast of Sabah, Rear Admiral Dato’ Pahlawan Mohammad Rosland Omar, Commander, Naval Region Two, Royal Malaysian Navy, will be providing a keynote address at the 10th Annual Coastal Surveillance Conference in Singapore from 11-13 November. Dato’ Rosland Omar joins Senior Colonel Tran Van Nam, Deputy regional Commander from the newly-commissioned Vietnam Coast Guard in being the latest high-profile senior naval officers in attending the event.

Inter-agency cooperation, maritime security, and non-traditional threats are among the key discussion points at the conference, with participation and attendance from over 250 delegates. The conference will also bring together leading flag officer presentations from key organisations including MMEA, Royal Thai Navy, Indonesian Navy, Philippines Navy, Philippines Coast Guard, Bakorkamla, EU Naval Forces and the US Navy.

The Coastal Surveillance conference will also allow leading industry players to showcase their solutions this year to the growing maritime security and surveillance market in the Asia Pacific region. Commenting on the event, “[Coastal Surveillance] has improved year on year…[It is] good to know the increasingly sophisticated equipment and technology to achieve MDA,” says Rear Admiral Kruoch Kim Thon, Deputy Chief of Staff, Royal Cambodian Navy. Leading industry players speaking and exhibiting this year already include Cassidian, Kevin Hughes, SSC, SAAB, RUAG, Kongsberg, Thales, IAI, Damen, Esri, Navantia and more.

As part of the show this year, Coastal Surveillance will also be launching its Maritime Search and Rescue One-Day event on the 11th November, bringing together over 300 delegates in total over the three days.

For more information on how you can be part of this landmark event, please email or

Susy Angryany
IQPC Worldwide Pte Ltd
61 Robinson Road #14-01
Robinson Centre Singapore 068893
Tel: +65-6722-9388

Source: Defence IQ

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September 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Inaugural World Engineers Summit 2013 to Open Today

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Largest gathering of engineers in the history of Singapore to take place this week

SINGAPORE, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –The World Engineers Summit 2013 (WES 2013) opened its doors today at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.  Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Mr Teo Chee Hean officiated the opening ceremony by sharing remarks on the key role engineers play towards mitigating the effects of climate change, as well as the importance of engineering as a course of study where skills learnt can be applied towards the development of solutions to many future day-to-day problems.

Over the three days of the conference, leading thinkers and advocates of sustainability from governments, non-profits, private corporations and academia will be discussing issues pertaining to environmental policies, food and water security, innovative technologies, corporate social responsibility, education, natural disaster management and more.

The event will see over 30 distinguished speakers from around the world with attendees gathering to participate in keynotes, technical presentations, exhibitions as well as networking events.

Summit Highlights

Keynote speakers on the opening day included Dr Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary‐General of the United Nations, and Dr Bindu Lohani,Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank, among other international heavyweights.  In the coming days, the programme will feature keynote speakers such as Prof Asit K Biswas, Founder and President, Third World Centre for Water Management, Prof Armin Aberle, CEO, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), National University of Singapore, Mr Chee Hong Tat, Chief Executive, Energy Market Authority, Singapore, Mr Chew Men Long, Chief Executive and Board Member, PUB Singapore, and Prof Janie Fouke, College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and many others.

WES 2013 also included a Sustainability Leadership Forum on the first day, chaired by Prof Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large and Special Advisor, Singapore Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore.

“It is a privilege for Singapore to host the inaugural World Engineers Summit.  I am confident that it will prove to be a great platform for all climate change stakeholders and I look forward to a rich exchange of ideas on how engineers and technologists can contribute innovative solutions to mitigate the threat of climate change,” said Prof Koh.

Other speakers at the Sustainability Leadership Forum were Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore, Mr Francois Guibert, Executive Vice President & President, Greater China & South Asia Region, STMicroelectronics and Dr Selda Gunsel, Vice President, Global Commercial Technology, Shell.

IES Chartered Engineer Accreditation Programme

The opening ceremony also saw the official launch of the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) Chartered Engineer Accreditation Programme.  As an official endorsement of an engineer’s experience, expertise and practising competence, the Chartered Engineer title will be a quality mark for engineers in their respective engineering disciplines, and will serve as validation by IES and peers of the individual’s professional standing.  The title also serves as a benchmark of professional competence to potential employers.  More than ten heads of leading companies and government agencies, such as Rolls Royce, ExxonMobil, ST Aerospace, LTA and PUB, signed a memorandum with IES in support of the programme during the ceremony.

Young Engineers Competition

WES 2013 will also see young aspiring engineers, from secondary to tertiary level, compete for up to S$8,000 in prize money at the Young Engineers Competition.

Themed “Trust Us, We’re Engineers”, organisers hope that the competition will help promote engineering as a course of study, raise awareness of energy sustainability and climate change issues, and encourage young minds to propose innovative answers to issues at the Energy-Water-Waste nexus.  Students from all around the world were invited to submit their ideas for sustainable solutions addressing the impacts of climate change.

Shortlisted teams will be presenting their prototypes at the finals to be held on 12th September at Connexis, Fusionopolis@one-north; where it is hoped that the venue’s integrated work-live-play-learn environment will inspire students to take up an education in engineering. Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information will be the Guest of Honour at the occasion.

WFEO General Assembly

The World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) is an international, non-governmental organisation representing the engineering profession worldwide.  It brings together national engineering organisations from over 90 nations and represents some 20 million engineers around the world.

This year, the WFEO General Assembly will convene in Singapore alongside the World Engineers Summit.

The biennial gathering will culminate in a leadership transition where current President Eng. Adel al-Kharafi from Kuwait, will hand over the federation’s presidency to President-elect Eng. Marwan Abdelhamid from Palestine.

“Engineers have a responsibility as originators of ideas and facilitators of change to foster collaboration through multidisciplinary partnerships, so that we can build a liveable environment for our future,” said Er. Tan Seng Chuan, Vice President, WFEO and Chairman, WES 2013 Steering Committee.

“By launching the World Engineers Summit in Singapore this year, we hope to drive home the message that engineers have an important role to play in building a more sustainable future by coming up with the visionary creations and innovative solutions for our next generation,” added Er. Tan.

For more information on the World Engineers Summit, visit

About WES 2013

The World Engineers Summit (WES) 2013 brings together engineers from different disciplines and from around the world to discuss, explore and share ideas on “Innovative and Sustainable Solutions to Climate Change”. The inaugural Summit will be held from 9th to 15th September at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore, in conjunction with the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) General Assembly and committee meetings, and alongside industry events, Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia 2013, International Green Building Conference (IGBC) 2013 and the new World Engineering Expo 2013. For more information,

About The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES)

The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) was formally established in July 1966 as the national society of engineers in Singapore. IES is the premier engineering institution in Singapore and is called upon by the Government to provide feedback on professional engineering matters.

IES is well represented among the faculty members of the major engineering institutions of higher learning in Singapore. Through close collaboration with the local universities and polytechnics, IES organises courses, seminars and talks for engineers and IES members to advance the continuous development of engineers.

The Institution maintains close links with professional organisations of engineers regionally and throughout the world. These include organisations in Australia, China, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States. The Institution also represents Singapore in the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) and the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) in promoting goodwill and fellowship among all engineers in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region.

Through its Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB), IES obtained full signatory status in the Washington Accord (WA) in June 2006. The entry grants IES the authority to represent Singapore, the first country within the ASEAN region, which has obtained full signatory status in the WA, to vet education systems under the WA mutual recognition framework.

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading event organiser, with over 500 events in 41 countries. In 2012 Reed brought together seven million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today, Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 34 fully-staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 44 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider.

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September 12, 2013 at 11:55 am

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Microsoft launches worldwide Office 365 donation program for nonprofits

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— Cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools enable nonprofits to streamline IT and focus on social impact.

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Corp. today announced the global availability of Office 365 for Nonprofits for qualifying nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) through its software donation program. The donation is available today in 41 countries around the world and up to 90 countries by July 2014.


“Today we are donating to nonprofits and NGOs access to Microsoft’s best-in-class cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools, enabling them to spend fewer resources and time on IT and focus on their missions addressing global issues, such as disease eradication, education and literacy, and environmental sustainability,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft International. “Nonprofits operate in the same way as any other organization or business; however, many lack the resources to implement the latest technology. The donation of Office 365 allows them to be more effective and efficient in the work they do.”

In a study by Microsoft’s software donation partner TechSoup Global, nonprofits reported that the top four advantages of cloud computing are easier IT administration (79 percent), cost savings (62 percent), improved collaboration (61 percent) and data security (54 percent).

“In many of the countries served by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), connectivity can be unreliable and equipment disproportionately expensive. Our Digital Divide Initiative aims to build professional capacity across our global network and help Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies that work in challenging environments to introduce technologies, such as cloud-based email servers, that are suited to their needs,” said Edward Happ, global chief information officer, IFRC. “Building on this, we’ve made available Office 365 as our cloud-based solution. The technology just works; it helps people do what they need to do. This means that the time and energy of the National Society is devoted to helping the vulnerable, not to managing its IT systems. It makes a real difference to humanitarian delivery at minimum cost.”

Office 365 for Nonprofits provides nonprofits and NGOs with access to Microsoft’s always up-to-date Office cloud service, tailored to the needs of nonprofits through the following benefits:

Ability to access information from virtually anywhere. Office 365 for Nonprofits increases an organization’s ability to work from virtually anywhere with access to documents and files from Office applications optimized for use across PCs, smartphones and tablets.
Easy collaboration. Nonprofits are able to work together easily across an organization by using familiar Office applications with email, shared calendar, document sharing and videoconferencing.
Easy IT implementation. Office 365 for Nonprofits includes access to easy-to-use administrative controls and the ability to install Office without uninstalling previous versions.
Reliability and up-to-date technology. Office 365 for Nonprofits allows organizations to spend less time on IT maintenance, while providing access to always up-to-date technology that is simple and easy to use. And Office 365 for Nonprofits is backed by industry-leading security features and a 99.9 percent financially backed uptime guarantee.

“Microsoft has a long-standing history of philanthropy, providing nonprofits with software donations and cash grants for the past 30 years,” said Lori Harnick, general manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft. “Office 365 for Nonprofits is a new, critical investment Microsoft is making in the global nonprofit community so nonprofits can streamline their IT and focus on doing more good.”

Microsoft’s donation of Office 365 for Nonprofits is part of the company’s 30-year history of community support. In fiscal year 2013 alone, Microsoft donated $795 million (fair market value) in cash, software and services to 70,286 nonprofits in more than 115 countries around the world.

Nonprofits and NGOs interested in implementing Microsoft Office 365 can check eligibility and order donations at Migration information and resources can be found at

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Source: Microsoft Corp.

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September 12, 2013 at 11:52 am

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Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa Launches ‘Stay Just A Little Bit Longer’ Promotion

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Stay two nights or more and get the third night for free

DANANG, Vietnam, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Hyatt Regency Danang offers immaculate white-sand beach, sweeping oceanfront views and proximity to no less than three Unesco World Heritage sites. As if you needed another reason to visit, Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa has launched a ‘Stay just a little bit longer’ promotion.  Until 19 December 2013, guests can book a stay of two or more nights and enjoy one more night for free.

Opened in October 2011, Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa is situated on Vietnam’s picturesque central coast, on an immaculate stretch of white sand with sweeping views of the East Vietnam Sea.  Flanked by the iconic Marble Mountains, the exclusive resort is only 15 minutes from the international airport and close to a host of cultural attractions including three Unesco World Heritage sites: the Complex of Hue Monuments; Hoi An Ancient Town; and My Son Sanctuary.  A stylish combination of contemporary design and Vietnamese craftsmanship, Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa has won multiple travel and hospitality awards and houses five drinking and dining options, five swimming pools and VIE Spa.

“It’s been a fantastic two years since opening and we’ve been bowled over by the positive feedback from our guests,” says General Manager Zulki Othman.  “With this new promotion, we’re excited to be able to incentivise more people to come and experience Danang and our beautiful resort.”

For more information and reservations, please visit our Special Offer or contact our reservation on phone +84-511-398-1288 or email to

About Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency offers a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travellers and leisure guests.  Properties generally range in size from 200 to over 2,000 rooms and are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world.  Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a productive environment. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying a vacation together and corporate groups seeking a relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings. For more information, please visit

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Marketing & Communication Manager

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September 12, 2013 at 11:48 am

Trub and Sequent Partner to Provide Over-the-Air Card Provisioning to Swisscom NFC Mobile Devices

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— Trub Launches its Service Provider TSM Service for Swiss Card Issuers

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept.10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Sequent Software ( and Trub AG ( today announced to have entered a technology partnership in which Trub will use Sequent’s mobile payments platform to provide over-the-air provisioning and lifecycle-management services for EMV-compliant bank cards, customer loyalty cards, access cards and transit cards on secure elements used in NFC mobile devices. For example, using the Trub SP-TSM service, bank card issuers and other service providers can instantly provision their cards into customers’ NFC mobile devices like Samsung Galaxy S4 operating on the Swisscom network.

“Using the Trub service, Swisscom subscribers will soon be able to download their credit or prepaid cards into their SIM cards and together with NFC smartphones use them to make purchases from NFC-enabled merchants,” said Sachin Mittal, Group Product Manager Mobile Payment at Swisscom. “Trub and Sequent delivered a full set of capabilities while requiring the shortest time to integrate and complete user acceptance testing of their SP-TSM solution with Swisscom’s MNO-TSM, part of NFC service platform, making them an easy choice for our future mobile payment programs.”

Using Sequent’s platform, the Trub SP-TSM service offers a secure, over-the-air (OTA) channel for a broad set of card issuers to provision and manage the lifecycle of credit, prepaid, loyalty, reward, access, transit and other cards on the secure elements of mobile devices.

“Trub has chosen the Sequent SP-TSM suite of products over five other technology vendors after a thorough evaluation process,” said Fernando Dal Zotto, CEO of Trub. “We found Sequent’s solution to be complete, configurable and expandable, and over the past year we have established strong working relationships with Sequent’s technical and management teams.”

Trub’s provisioning service enables OTA card management on multiple mobile devices from Swisscom today, and other Mobile Network Operators in future. It works with multiple form factors, including secure element embedded in mobile devices, UICC/USIM-based NFC-enabled devices and microSD-based NFC devices. Trub’s SP-TSM is located in its High Security Area and currently undergoing certification approvals from Visa and MasterCard.

“We are delighted to partner with Trub to deliver a compelling, capable solution for its client bank card issuers and for Swisscom,” said Robb Duffield, CEO of Sequent. “Our partnership demonstrates how existing ecosystem players can easily and securely add powerful mobile channels that generate new, significant revenue streams.”

About Sequent Software

Sequent provides a leading Trusted Service Manager (TSM) software and services platform. Sequent’s comprehensive SE-TSM Secure Element Management service supports diverse contactless security technologies while rapidly onboarding issuers and application providers. Sequent’s SP-TSM software enables banks and other service providers to provision and manage their own credentials on the secure elements of mobile phones. Sequent’s Wallet Enablement Platform makes it easy to add Near Field Communication (NFC) payments and other credentials into rich, branded consumer mobile apps. For more information, see

About Trub AG

Trub AG is an international leader in the production and personalization of secure and high quality identity solutions. Trub supplies national identity documents such as identity cards, datapages for passports and drivers’ licenses, as well as EMV compliant banking cards. Solutions from Trub are in use in more than 70 countries. For more information, see

About Swisscom Group

Swisscom is Switzerland’s leading telecoms provider, with 6.3 million mobile customers, 902,000 Swisscom TV customers and around 1.7 million broadband connections (retail). In the first half-year 2013, the company’s 19,859 employees (full-time equivalents) generated revenues of CHF 5,6 billion. Swisscom has a presence throughout Switzerland and offers a full range of products and services for mobile, landline and IP-based voice and data communication. Massive investments in network infrastructure ensure that this will remain the case in the future.

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Supermicro(R) Introduces New Technologies for Server and Storage Solutions Supporting Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor E5-2600 v2/1600 v2 Families

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New Computing Architectures Increase Performance, Density, I/O Bandwidth and Energy Efficiency to Maximize Infrastructure Savings
SAN FRANCISCO /PRNewswire/ — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, introduces new Server and Storage technologies ready to support the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600/1600 v2 families (formerly codenamed Ivy Bridge) at Intel Developer Forum, IDF13 this week in San Francisco. New products taking full advantage of Intel’s latest processor technologies include FatTwin™, new TwinPro²™ systems, 12Gb/s SAS3 solutions, SuperBlade®, Xeon Phi™ coprocessor solutions, SuperStorage, SuperWorkstations and Embedded products. In addition, Supermicro’s dual-processor (DP), uni-processor (UP) motherboards and optimized chassis server Building Block Solutions® offer increased choice and flexibility for architecting perfectly optimized computing solutions. Supermicro’s new higher efficiency system architectures combined with Intel’s latest processors deliver performance gains of up to 40% over prior generation solutions and existing solutions support an easy upgrade path to the new processors with a simple Supermicro BIOS 3.0 flash update.
“Once again, Supermicro leads the industry with the best and most innovative green computing solutions supporting Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “Our architecture advancements in FatTwin, TwinPro² and SAS3 12Gb/s solutions deliver the highest computing performance and energy efficiency with maximized PCI-E, memory and storage I/O bandwidth for unrivaled performance per watt, per dollar, per square foot. Our new server, storage and workstation solutions, combined with full integration and support services worldwide, help organizations minimize TCO and maximize ROI as they scale their business.”
“Intel’s Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 v2 families push performance and efficiency to new levels with greater density and feature integration thanks to Intel’s 22nm Tri-gate transistor technology,” said Shannon Poulin, vice president and general manager of Intel Datacenter Marketing Group. “Intel works closely with partners such as Supermicro to ensure their latest computing solutions offer increased performance with higher frequency and core counts, lower power consumption and more features such as security and PCI-E acceleration. With Supermicro’s rapidly expanding product lines and worldwide presence, our combined technology innovations can get to market quickly and contribute to a greener, more secure computing environment.”
Supermicro will exhibit its new server and storage solutions at IDF13, including the recently announced extreme-density 6U, 112 node MicroBlade featuring the ultra low power 8-Core Intel® Atom™ Processor C2000 (formerly codenamed Avoton). This innovative new microserver architecture enables cost-effective, environment friendly scalability.
IDF13 Exhibits Include
Power saving 4U FatTwin™ (SYS-F617R3-FT) optimized to reduce cooling power requirements and 4U 4-node FatTwin with 8x 3.5″ hot-swap HDD bay per 1U.
4U 4x hot-swap node HPC FatTwin™ (SYS-F627G3-FT+) supporting up to 12x Intel® Xeon Phi™ 7120P Coprocessors.
2U TwinPro2 – 4x hot-plug nodes, each node supporting 2x Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors, up to 1TB memory in 16x DIMMs, 1x PCI-E 3.0 (x16) slot, 2x 10GBase-T or GbE ports, onboard QDR/FDR InfiniBand and 6x 12Gb/s hot-swap 2.5″ SAS3 HDD/SSDs
12Gb/s SAS3 storage solutions in 1U (SYS-1027R-WC1R/WC1RT) supporting 10x 2.5″ hot-swap HDD/SSD bays, 2U (SSG-2027R-AR24NV) supporting 24x 2.5″ hot-swap HDD/SSD bays, Xeon E5-2600 v2 optimized DP motherboard (MBD-X9DRW-CF31/-CTF31) with 8-port 12Gb/s mezzanine module (AOM-S3108-H8) and PCI-E 3.0 Add-on Cards (AOC-S3108L-H8iR, AOC-S3008L-L8i, HBA/AOC-S3008L-L8e) that provide an immediate migration path to 12Gb/s with SAS3 benefits of up to 30% increased performance for existing 6Gb/s HDD/SSDs.
3U MicroCloud in 12-node (SYS-5038ML-H12TRF), 8-node (SYS-5038ML-H8TRF) and coming 24-node (SYS-5038ML-H24TRF) configurations supporting independent hot-swappable nodes, Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 v3, 32GB memory, up to 2x 3.5″ or optional 4x 2.5″ HDDs and MicroLP expansion
7U SuperBlade® all-in-one solutions featuring 20x blade support, redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies, high speed connectivity through switch modules, including 56Gb/s FDR IB (SBM-IBS-F3616M), FC/FCoE (SBM-XEM-F8X4SM), 10GbE (SBM-XEM-X10SM) and 1/10GbE (SBM-GEM-X3S+) and centralized remote management software.
SBI-7127RG-E Blade supporting 2x Intel® Xeon Phi™, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v2 processors, up to 256GB memory, 1x SSD or 1x SATA-DOM, and onboard BMC for IPMI 2.0 support. 10x blades offer high density (120x Xeon Phi and 120x CPUs) and performance (170 TFLOPS theoretical) per 42U rack.
Dual-node DP TwinBlade® (SBI-7227R-T2) offering the highest compute density with up to 120 dual Xeon E5-2600 v2 processor servers per 42U rack achieving an unrivaled 0.35U per DP node
4U high capacity Double-Sided Storage® (SSG-6047R-E1R72L) featuring 72x 3.5″ SAS2 or SATA3 HDDs and dual Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 (up to 130W)
Embedded 1U compact server Building Block Solutions® (SYS-5018A-TN4, SYS-5018A-FTN4) optimized for Intel® Atom™ processor C2000 product family (formerly codenamed Avoton and Rangeley) designed for low power (sub 20W), compact storage and server appliances and entry level communication devices taking advantage of Intel’s QuickAssist Technology.
Dual Processor (DP) motherboards feature Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 family support and a variety of design optimizations including support for CPUs up to 150W TDP, up to 1866MHz memory (single channel DIMM), additional PCI-E 3.0 acceleration, 10% increased virtualization performance, and additional security features with OS Guard and Secure Key technologies.
X9DRL-EF – Small Form Factor ATX, Embedded
X9DRX+-F – 11x PCI-E slots
X9DAX-7F – Hyper-Speed Hardware Acceleration, Workstation
X9DRD-EF – Data Center Optimized
X9DR7-TF+ – 24x DIMM, application optimized, storage, Big Data
X9DRG-QF – Quad Xeon Phi Workstation
X9DRG-HF+II – 16x DIMM, additional Xeon Phi density
Uni Processor (UP) motherboards feature Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600/1600 v2, E3-1200 v3, 4th Generation Intel® Core™ and Intel Atom™ processor C2000 support in a variety of design optimized solutions.
A1SAi-2750F – Mini-ITX Intel® Atom™ “Avoton” 8-Core compact short-depth server appliance
A1SRi-2758F – Mini-ITX Intel® Atom™ “Rangeley” 8-Core communication server
X9SR series supports Intel® Xeon® E5-2600/1600 v2 processors for faster memory speeds (1866MHz) and improved virtualization performance
X10SLV – Mini-ITX for Embedded
X10SL7-F – MicroATX “Haswell” with 8x SAS 6Gb/s ports for high-performance storage
X10SLA-F – ATX with 5x Legacy PCI 5V slots for A/V applications
X10SLM+-LN4F – MicroATX with 4x LAN controllers and virtualization optimized for Networking/Firewall Appliances and Data Center
X10SLH-F – MicroATX with VHD (Virtual Hosted Desktop) support and 7 years long life
C7Z87-OCE – ATX supporting Intel® 4th Generation Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors and overclocking
High bandwidth 10-Gigabit Ethernet top-of-rack switches: 24-port SSE-X24S and new 48-port SSE-X3348T/TR 10GBASE-T switch. Plus the popular and versatile 52-port SSE-G2252P with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) capability.
Supermicro’s System Management Software Suite provides sophisticated power management (SPM) down to clusters, servers or processors, system health monitoring (SuperDoctor® 5) and additional out-of-band management utilities that provide batch BIOS updates and provision BIOS system settings (SUM) through baseboard management controller (BMC) without interrupting application performance.
Visit Supermicro at IDF 2013 in San Francisco, September 10-12, Booths #500 & #826 in the Moscone West Convention Center to see their latest Intel® Xeon® E5-2600/1600 v2 solutions. For more information on Supermicro’s complete line of high performance server and storage solutions, visit
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About Super Micro Computer, Inc.
Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market.
Supermicro, FatTwin, TwinPro², SuperServer, SuperBlade, TwinBlade, Double-Sided Storage, Building Block Solutions and We Keep IT Green are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc.
All other brands, names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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