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Workplace transformation is key to driving business success

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— Jones Lang LaSalle highlights how companies can create value by redefining workplace productivity
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — As workplace experts convene at WORKTECH 13 Asia in Singapore this week, Jones Lang LaSalle shows that companies need to refocus their workplace initiatives in order to support the activities that create business value.
According to a review of workplace initiatives within multinational companies in Asia Pacific, employees spend most of their time with emails, phone calls and formal meetings; all of which are facilitated by the traditional workplace. Conversely, in order to create organizational value, businesses must focus on enabling creative collaboration, concentrated solo work, and informal interactions, all of which require changes to the traditional workplace.
Su Lim, Head of Workplace Strategy for Jones Lang LaSalle in Asia Pacific, said “Product development is becoming more complex, with a combination of individual work and collaborative activity required in order to get new products and services to market quickly. People are also moving back and forth between activities more frequently. In this environment, value is created when a business can balance different types of work in the right way – it’s important not to drive collaboration at the expense of concentration.”
Effective workplaces are a necessity as businesses face mounting pressure to increase productivity while still maintaining costs. Jones Lang LaSalle’s Global Corporate Real Estate Trends 2013 reveals that 72 percent of companies globally hold high expectations for real estate to deliver workplace productivity outcomes.
Quantifying results is critical for the success of workplace transformation. However, productivity is often miscalculated in cost-per-square-foot, as it’s easier to measure, instead of by contribution to business performance.
“Achieving greater density is not the same as improving productivity. Companies must start to look at ways to measure results based on business value, such as how the workplace can enable more efficient and effective workstyles; position employees and the business for growth; improve talent attraction and retention; enhance customer experience; or reinforce the company’s culture and brand,” said Ms Lim. “There is no one-size-fits-all solution, companies must align initiatives and metrics with what productivity means for the business and how the workplace can best enable that.”
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Download our infographic on measuring workplace productivity:http://www.joneslanglasalle.com/Pages/Workplace-strategy-infographic.aspx
About Jones Lang LaSalle Corporate Solutions:
A leader in the real estate outsourcing field, Jones Lang LaSalle’s Corporate Solutions business helps corporations improve productivity in the cost, efficiency and performance of their national, regional or global real estate portfolios by creating outsourcing partnerships to manage and execute a range of corporate real estate services. This service delivery capability helps corporations improve business performance, particularly as companies turn to the outsourcing of their real estate activity as a way to manage expenses and enhance profitability.
About Jones Lang LaSalle Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual revenue of $3.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle operates in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services to a property portfolio of 2.6 billion square feet and completed $63 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2012. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $47.7 billion of real estate assets under management.
Jones Lang LaSalle has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with over 26, 100 employees operating in 79 offices in 14 countries across the region. The firm was named ‘Best Property Consultancy’ in three Asia Pacific countries at the International Property Awards Asia Pacific 2013, and won nine Asia Pacific awards in the Euromoney Real Estate Awards 2013. http://www.ap.joneslanglasalle.com/
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September 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm

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PSUAD Organises The Golden Age of Arab Sciences Exhibition for the First Time in the UAE

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ABU DHABI, UAE, Sept. 25, 2013/PRNewswire/ — HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development, opened The Golden Age of Arab Sciences exhibition in Paris – Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. The exhibition will run from 24 September 2013 until 14 January 2014.

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The Golden Age of the Arab civilization, from the beginning of the eighth century until the fifteenth century, saw the discovery and production of major scientific and intellectual feats that became a catalyst for the development of European culture and knowledge towards a highly developed world. The exhibition brings the accomplishments of the Arab and Islamic world to the fore, giving the youth and the public a deeper understanding of their importance.

HE Jack Lang, former French Minister of Education and President of the Institut du monde arabe, highlighted the importance of this exhibition in reminding us of a period of phenomenal prosperity during with the Arab world carried intellectual growth forward at an astronomical rate, stating: “We in Europe are fully aware of the importance of Arab and Muslim civilisation because we, at a certain point, built on and benefited immensely from the surge of thought and invention that this great culture produced during its golden age, bringing us into a period of Renaissance and growth in the arts and sciences.”

Commenting on the role of the Paris – Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in organising this exhibition, HE Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Vice President of PSUAD, said: “This exhibition will encourage younger generations in the UAE to innovate and contribute towards creating a better future, and ensuring that the UAE is prepared to take on a leadership role in technology and the sciences.”

Professor Eric Fouache, Chancellor of Paris – Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, describes his university as the epitome of cultural exchange, with its vision as a “Bridge between civilizations” being vividly represented by the 65 nationalities that interact, bringing Abu Dhabi to the world and the world to Abu Dhabi.

The exhibit will be equipped with audio visual guides, short films, and digital screens that further elaborate the various elements of the history of the Arab golden age, alongside the curated artefacts and scripts by their different eras. There will also be several talks, schedules of which can be found on the website soon.

Contact: Mourad Tlili, +971-50-6167652, mourad.tlili@psuad.ac.ae

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September 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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Data Show Sanofi’s Lyxumia(R) Added to Basal Insulin Lowered Blood Sugar Especially when Fasting Plasma Glucose was Controlled

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PARIS, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

– Findings Consistent with Known Post-Prandial Effect of Lyxumia Supporting Combination with Basal Insulin –

Sanofi (EURONEXT : SAN and NYSE : SNY) announced today new GetGoal-L sub-analysis results showing that reductions in HbA1c with Lyxumia® (lixisenatide), when added to basal insulin, were greatest in patients with type 2 diabetes who had well-controlled baseline fasting plasma glucose (FPG). These findings are consistent with the efficacy profile of Lyxumia, which shows a clinical and statistically significant reduction in HbA1c across different patient populations.

The results also showed that reductions in body weight with Lyxumia, when added to basal insulin, were greatest in this group. The GetGoal-L sub-analysis was shared during an oral presentation at the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, in Barcelona, Spain.

“The study showed that Lyxumia is an effective post-prandial glucose lowering option that improves HbA1c levels when added to basal insulin,” said Professor Josep Vidal, Endocrinology and Nutrition, University of Barcelona. “We analyzed data from patients who were not at their target HbA1c level, despite controlled fasting plasmaglucose, and we found that a treatment regimen that targets post-prandial glucose, as well as fasting plasmaglucose, could be an effective choice for these patients.”

As type 2 diabetes progresses over time, patients treated with basal insulin may no longer maintain their target HbA1c level (average blood sugar levels over the past 2 to 3 months), despite typically sustaining good control of FPG with basal insulin. For these patients, Lyxumia can significantly reduce HbA1c by primarily reducing post-prandial (after-meal) glucose levels through its complementary action with basal insulin. Targeting both FPG and post-prandial glucose could be an effective way to lower HbA1c in certain patients with type 2 diabetes.

Results of Analysis

This sub-analysis examined 496 patients with type 2 diabetes and inadequate glucose control. Results showed that the addition of lixisenatide to basal insulin treatment, with or without metformin (oral anti-diabetic therapy), reduced overall HbA1c, body weight and post-breakfast self-monitored post-prandial glucose in all groups. These effects were greater in patients with relatively well-controlled baseline FPG levels (below or equal to 6.7 mmol/L; FPG in people without diabetes is ~5.5 mmol/L(Note 1)) compared to those with higher baseline FPG levels (between 6.7 and 8.9 mmol/L, and over 8.9 mmol/L, respectively).

The GetGoal-L sub-analysis abstract is entitled: ‘Therapeutic efficacy of lixisenatide added to basal insulin is greater when FPG is well-controlled’ (Vidal J, et al. [Abstract no. oral presentation 6]).

About Lyxumia® (lixisenatide)

Lyxumia® (lixisenatide) is a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA) for the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. GLP-1 is a naturally-occurring peptide hormone that is released within minutes after eating a meal. It is known to suppress glucagon secretion from pancreatic alpha cells and stimulate glucose-dependent insulin secretion by pancreatic beta cells.

Lyxumia was in-licensed from Zealand Pharma A/S (NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen: ZEAL),www.zealandpharma.com, and is approved in Europe for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus to achieve glycemic control in combination with oral glucose-lowering medicinal products and/or basal insulin when these, together with diet and exercise, do not provide adequate glycemic control. Lyxumia is also approved in Mexico, Australia, Japan and Brazil for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes. Sanofi plans to resubmit the New Drug Application for lixisenatide in the United States in 2015, after completion of the ELIXA cardiovascular outcomes study. Lyxumia is the proprietary name approved by the European Medicines Agency and other health authorities for the GLP-1 RA lixisenatide.

The Lyxumia pen is the winner of a number of innovative design awards, including the Red Dot Award, the Good Design Award, and the iF Product Design Award.

About Sanofi Diabetes

Sanofi strives to help people manage the complex challenge of diabetes by delivering innovative, integrated and personalized solutions. Driven by valuable insights that come from listening to and engaging with people living with diabetes, the Company is forming partnerships to offer diagnostics, therapies, services, and devices including blood glucose monitoring systems. Sanofi markets both injectable and oral medications for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

About Sanofi

Sanofi, a global and diversified healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients’ needs. Sanofi has core strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and the new Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

Reference

1. International Diabetes Federation. Global Guideline for Type 2 Diabetes (2012). Available at:www.idf.org/sites/default/files/IDF-Guideline-for-Type-2-Diabetes.pdf. Date accessed: September 2013.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements include projections and estimates and their underlying assumptions, statements regarding plans, objectives, intentions and expectations with respect to future financial results, events, operations, services, product development and potential, and statements regarding future performance. Forward-looking statements are generally identified by the words “expects”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “plans” and similar expressions. Although Sanofi’s management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors are cautioned that forward-looking information and statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of Sanofi, that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. These risks and uncertainties include among other things, the uncertainties inherent in research and development, future clinical data and analysis, including post marketing, decisions by regulatory authorities, such as the FDA or the EMA, regarding whether and when to approve any drug, device or biological application that may be filed for any such product candidates as well as their decisions regarding labelling and other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of such product candidates, the absence of guarantee that the product candidates if approved will be commercially successful, the future approval and commercial success of therapeutic alternatives, the Group’s ability to benefit from external growth opportunities, trends in exchange rates and prevailing interest rates, the impact of cost containment policies and subsequent changes thereto, the average number of shares outstanding as well as those discussed or identified in the public filings with the SEC and the AMF made by Sanofi, including those listed under “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in Sanofi’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2012. Other than as required by applicable law, Sanofi does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information or statements.

Source: Sanofi Diabetes

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September 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Renowned Celebrity Makeup & Hair Stylists Klaus Peter Ochs of Intercoiffure and Tadashi Harada of SHEISEDO PROFESSIONAL Headlines Hairs Shows at Cosmoprof Asia 2013

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HONG KONG, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Cosmoprof Asia, Asia’s leading professional beauty exhibition, announces an industry star gathering within the hair sector of the event’s 18th edition. Organised by Cosmoprof Asia Ltd, a joint venture company between UBM Asia Ltd and BolognaFiere Group, Cosmoprof Asia 2013 will host a performance by Intercoiffure China (ICD) president and hairstyling superstar Klaus Peter Ochs at the Intercoiffure, Vision of the Elite show as well as famed celebrity stylist and SHISEDO Beauty Top Specialist Tadashi Harada at an onstage hair show titled SHISEIDO PROFESSIONAL’s Beauty Odyssey.  Both events take place during Cosmoprof Asia 2013 held 13 -15 November at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

 

Intercoiffure, Vision of the Elite
Intercoiffure, Vision of the Elite
SHISEIDO PROFESSIONAL's Beauty Odyssey
SHISEIDO PROFESSIONAL’s Beauty Odyssey

 

Intercoiffure (ICD) is the world’s top hair designers association with branches in more than 60 countries. The group will organise the Intercoiffure, Vision of the Elite styling and creativity hair show to deliver over 1,000 hairstyles in a nearly 3-hour non-stop performance. Klaus Peter Ochs, President of Intercoiffure Mondial, Joakim Ross, Art Director of ICD, Yasunori Shichijoh from Japan and the best artists from Hong Kong and mainland China will give a special performance at the event. Taking place 13 November at the HKCEC Convention Hall, the Intercoiffure, Vision of the Elite will share with audience the best of hair art, design and vogue.

Led by Tadashi Harada, the SHISEIDO PROFESSIONAL Creative Team is responsible for hairstyling and makeup services for product launches of global fashion brands across print, television commercials, and live fashion shows.  Harada, a consecutive two time Hairdresser of the Year winner of the Japan Hairdressing Awards, has styled celebrities such as Orlando Bloom, Miki Imai, Kenichi Matsuyama, Naoto Kazuyoshi Miura and Sakurai Sho (Arashi)as well as fashion projects for the likes of Thom Brown, Yohji Yamamoto, Mugler, Paul Smith, Neil Barrett, Ann Demeulemeester and Issey Miyake Men. Alongside the creative teams from Beijing Hair Culture and Hair Corner of Hong Kong, the Beauty Odyssey Hair Show sets to reveal the next trends in creative hairstyling and expects to attract over 1,000 hairstylists and salon owners worldwide. This event takes place 14 November in the HKCEC Convention Hall.

These two events are just a few examples of the professional and exciting activities to take place at Cosmoprof Asia 2013. In addition to the Hair Salon and Beauty Salon sectors, the exhibition will also host several seminars, demonstrations, highly anticipated events and of course a range of products across Cosmetics & Toiletries,Natural HealthPackaging & OEM, and the newly added Nail and Accessories sector. With an exposition floor of 76,200 sqm hosting 2,000+ exhibitors and brands, Cosmoprof Asia 2013 expects to again demonstrate its reputation and exceed expectations as Asia’s premiere beauty exhibition.

Online pre-registration is open from now until 18 October 2013 for qualified professionals.  For more information visit: www.cosmoprof-asia.com

About BolognaFiere Group

www.bolognafiere.it

BolognaFiere Group, the world’s leading trade show organizer in the cosmetics, fashion, architecture and building, art and culture sectors, features in its portoflio more than 80 exhibitions, both domestic and international events. SoGeCos S.p.A., as organizer of Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna (established 1967), the most important beauty meeting point in the world that will take place in Bologna next April 4 – 7, 2014 (Cosmopack: April 2 – 5, 2014), has the privilege to work with the beauty industry in the five continents and to monitor new emerging markets where there is a demand for cosmetics products. The international platform offered by Cosmoprof, with its events in Hong Kong (established 1996) and Las Vegas (established 2002), provides a truly global marketplace for the beauty industry where brands can find success.

About UBM Asia Ltd

www.ubmasia.com

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 network of 30 offices and over 1,400 staff in 25 major cities. We operate in 21 market sectors with 160 exhibitions, 75 conferences, 28 trade publications, 18 vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

Asia
Amy Ng
+852-2516-1659
amy.ng@ubm.com

Janice Poon
+852-2516-2117
janice.poon@ubm.com

Worldwide
SoGeCos s.p.a — BolognaFiere Group
Mr Paolo Landi
+39-0245-4708-320
paolo.landi@cosmoprof.it

Source: Cosmoprof Asia

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September 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Hakkasan Limited To Open Its First Luxury Resort On Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Island

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Global restaurant and nightlife group Hakkasan Ltd. has announced plans to open its first luxury resort on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Island. The property, which is being conceptualized and developed by HKK Hospitality, is scheduled to begin construction in 2014. The project will establish a state of the art beach-front hotel on the exclusive crescent of The Palm Jumeriah.  The property will feature a diverse array of opulent amenities, all of which will embody the core elements of Hakkasan’s signature DNA – world-class cuisine, elite entertainment and outstanding yet unobtrusive service set in its signature contemporary ‘Chinois Chic’ environment.

(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130514/LA13003LOGO)

aabar Properties has been appointed to oversee construction for Hakkasan’s resort project and has requested tenders from a select group of designers and architects, with the goal of creating a truly unique destination.

“We are thrilled to continue the strategic development of Hakkasan into a multifaceted global lifestyle brand. In addition to our hotel project, the growth of Hakkasan will include new restaurants and elite nightlife venues, day clubs, spas, boutique hotels and other hospitality and lifestyle offerings at key locations around the world,” said Khadem Al Qubaisi, Chairman of Hakkasan Ltd.

“This is a significant time for the Hakkasan brand as we embark on our first venture into the hotel industry. We are excited at the opportunity to create such a luxurious resort in one of the world’s most important business and leisure destinations. As we move forward with our plans for expansion, this project serves as a strategic step towards developing our brand across the globe,” said Neil Moffitt, CEO of Hakkasan Ltd. and HKK Hospitality.

The distinguished global dining and nightlife company last week celebrated the debut of Hakkasan Beverly Hills, and looks forward to the launch of Hakkasan Shanghai in early 2014. HKK Hospitality, engaged by Hakkasan to oversee the strategic direction and expansion of the portfolio, also has plans to expand Hakkasan’s other brands, which include Yauatcha, Sake no Hana and HKK.

About Hakkasan Ltd.
Founded in London in 2001, Hakkasan quickly established itself as the most successful modern Cantonese restaurant concept, achieving a Michelin star in 2003. It has since expanded globally to Miami, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Dubai, New York, Doha, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills, with an offering in Shanghai to open soon.  Hakkasan is owned by Tasameem, an Abu Dhabi-based investment company. For more information, visit www.hakkasan.com.

Source: Hakkasan Ltd.

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September 26, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Landmark Baccarat App Launched On Google Play, Contains Validated Solution To Biggest Game In History

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LAS VEGAS /PRNewswire/ — Zuan Xin Lucky Dragon Chinese Mobile Phone Entertainment Enterprises has officially launched its landmark Android mobile app “Zuan Xin Lucky Dragon Baccarat” that contains the validated solution to Baccarat the biggest game in history.
Launch of “Zuan Xin Lucky Dragon Baccarat” is highlighted by company Baccarat expert David Sofer appearing today at 1145 am on the Baccarat panel “Betting on Baccarat: From Las Vegas to Macau” at the annual G2E Conference at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.
http://g2e2013.mapyourshow.com/5_0/sessions/sessiondetails.cfm?ScheduledSessionID=18AAC7
http://g2e2013.mapyourshow.com/5_0/sessions/speaker.cfm?speakerid=18ABCEC0
Baccarat Master Zuan Xin and his group of Harvard graduates discovered and transmitted the solution to Baccarat called the “Xuxu Siyou Four Vivid Ritual Bonfires” that was subsequently validated by David Sofer’s successful presentation at the International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking at Caesars Palace in May.
http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/gaming_institute/2013/may30/8/
“I am very excited to highlight our launch by participating in the Baccarat panel at G2E and explaining our work to the global gaming industry,” observed David Sofer, “and we expect our landmark Baccarat app to quickly ascend the ranks of Baccarat apps on Google Play.”
“Zuan Xin Lucky Dragon Baccarat” is available at Google Play, according to its description, “The famous Baccarat solution of the Zuan Xin group is integrated into the app as well as the Chinese themes and metaphors used to bring that famous solution to life and make it easy to understand. There are seven levels, four freemium, three purchasable in-app apps. Freemium includes three unique Baccarat training methods and one Baccarat game all of which contain the Zuan Xin group’s solution, two very special Baccarat games and ‘Zuan Xin’s Ultra High Speed Simulator’ that runs at more than five hands per second are available as purchasable in-app apps.”
To install “Zuan Xin Lucky Dragon Baccarat” just go to Google Play and search with the English words “Baccarat Solved”.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zuanxin.baccarat
Position of Zuan Xin Lucky Dragon Chinese Mobile Phone Entertainment Enterprises as the world’s foremost authority on Baccarat was cemented at Noon on May 23rd when company director Quan Shi delivered his invited featured presentation “Mining the Baccarat Bonanza: A Baccarat Master Speaks” to the annual G2E Asia Conference at the Venetian Macau.
http://www.g2easia.com/en/Conference/3-Day-Conference-Program/
For more information please contact:
David Sofer, Zuan Xin Lucky Dragon Gaming Pte Ltd
Email david@zuanxinluckydragon.com
Mobile +1.702.858.7558
Source: Zuan Xin Lucky Dragon Gaming Pte Ltd

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September 26, 2013 at 11:57 am

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GSMA Announces Collaboration With Philippines Mobile Operators And Government Agencies To Bring New Education Opportunities To Out-of-School Filipino Youths

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Ground-Breaking Initiative Could Extend Education Access to More than 6 Million Individuals Across the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The GSMA has today announced a ground-breaking cooperation between government partners including the Philippines Department of Education (DepEd) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), along with Digitel Mobile Philippines Inc. (DMPI), Globe Telecom, and Smart Communications.

In a joint collaboration for mEducation, the GSMA will be working with the Philippines government agencies and all mobile network operators across the K-12 spectrum to provide up to one million Filipino out-of-school youths (OSYs) with additional opportunities to access education, including technical vocational (tech-voc) education, via mobile media. The operators are co-operating to complement the efforts of multiple government agencies by extending knowledge to OSYs, especially those in underserved areas and geographically isolated communities, with the support and reach of mobile technology. The National Statistics Office of the Philippines reports that in 2011, there were at least 6.24 million out-of-school youths in the country[1].

“We are excited to be acting as advisor for this mEducation initiative, providing support to include best practice and business model expertise to the project,” said Irene Ng, Head of Asia, GSMA. “Never before has such an ambitious mEducation collaboration taken place in the Philippines, involving all three mobile network operators and two key government agencies. The Asian mEducation market is projected to reach $6.8 billion by 2017[2]. Initiatives such as this, especially involving multi-stakeholder partnership, will drive even greater growth and help to accelerate achievement of the desired objectives for such programmes.”

Mobile technology is uniquely positioned to help bring education solutions to learners, including OSYs, in the Philippines. The country has a very high adoption of mobile technology and is known as the ‘SMS capital of the world’, with Filipinos sending over two billion messages every day. The mobile penetration rate in the country was 105 per cent by the end of 2012 and the smartphone penetration rate nearly tripled between 2010 and 2011, growing from nine per cent to 24 per cent[3].

The GSMA’s global mEducation project aims to accelerate the adoption of mobile education solutions, particularly mobile-enabled portable devices, such as e-Readers and tablets. It forms part of the GSMA vision of a ‘Connected Life’, a world where everything intelligently connects via mobile networks, delivering rich services to businesses and consumers in every aspect of their lives.

“I’m happy about the level of collaboration happening in the mEducation market in the Philippines,” commented Mario A. Deriquito, DepEd Undersecretary for Partnerships and External Linkages. “From a government perspective, supporting out-of-school youths is a priority for 2014 and beyond. We welcome the support that can be facilitated by mobile education because we believe it’s a flexible medium that can help us tackle a lot of the challenges we face in the education and training sector in our country. Given that many of the efforts to assist OSYs will be localised, mobile technology provides us with a tool that can help unify and coordinate this work even from a distance.”

“The Philippines has the potential to become a world leader in service provision of mobile-based tech-voc training,” said Secretary Joel Villanueva, Director General, TESDA. “Mobile is an ideal vehicle to provide opportunities for learning and training that would otherwise be inaccessible in a country with numerous islands, particularly to those young people for whom the cost of attending classes or training in person is prohibitive. With this collaboration, we believe that more OSYs will be able to be reintegrated into their communities through innovative programmes and services designed to support them, helping to address the issue of young people leaving school early.”

“Through our brand Sun Cellular, we have been supporting pervasive, appropriate and affordable mobile technologies as tools in enabling people and communities,” said Orlando B. Vea, President and CEO of DMPI. “Through this collaboration, we hope to see many opportunities opening up for mobile in Education as well as social development in general.”

“This collaboration on Mobile Education spearheaded by the GSMA with the government and Filipino telco providers is a great opportunity for industry stakeholders to use the enabling capabilities of ICT for a worthy cause,” said Ernest L. Cu, Globe President and CEO. “Globe Telecom has long been committed to using ICT solutions to help the education sector through mobile and broadband connectivity, ICT-enabled content, promoting 21st century teaching methodologies, and even building classrooms. We have a long history of successful collaboration with various private and public institution-partners. The mEducation project of the GSMA is an important initiative that would allow Globe to promote youth development in the country and help them towards a better future.”

“Smart is cognizant of the crucial role that mobile plays in democratizing access of both young and adult learners to formal education, something that is in line with the Department of Education’s thrust of providing education for all,” commented Napoleon L. Nazareno, Smart President and CEO. “With our learning from years of experience with our community partnership programmes in education, we are excited about this initiative. Mobile solutions have come a long way in enhancing the learning process.”

The GSMA will be showcasing the mEducation project at the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week and the GSMA Mobile World Congress, both of which will take place in February 2014.

Notes

[1]http://thefilipinoconnection.net/osys-to-get-second-chance-under-abot-alam-program/
[2] Ambient Insight, 2013
[3] Ambient Insight, 2013

About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

Source: GSMA

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September 26, 2013 at 11:54 am

Texas Instruments names new managing director in the Philippines

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Bing Viera to retire after 16 years of leadership

CLARK FREEPORT, Philippines, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today announced Mohammad Yunus as the company’s new managing director of TI’s operations in the Philippines.

Yunus joined the Philippines team in Clark in 2012 and has been leading Clark Assembly, Test, Bump, Probe and Packaging operations. He joined TI in 2001 and has served in a variety of key manufacturing roles, most recently as the quality director for TI’s worldwide manufacturing operations.

Bing Viera, who led TI’s operations in the Philippines since 1997, will retire from TI at the end of this year.

“Bing was instrumental in TI’s expansion into the Philippines and has created a world-class A/T team over the last 16 years,” said Kevin Ritchie, senior vice president of TI’s Technology & Manufacturing Group. “We genuinely appreciate his numerous contributions to TI’s operations in this important region.”

TI has been operating in the Philippines for more than 30 years and operates two of the company’s assembly/test (A/T) facilities in Baguio and the Clark Freeport Zone.

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through design, sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. For more information, go to www.ti.com.

Source: Texas Instruments

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September 26, 2013 at 11:48 am

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Explore the Immeasurable Business Opportunities at Hong Kong International Bakery Expo

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HONG KONG, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Hong Kong International Bakery Expo (HKIBE) will return at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from Dec 5-7, 2013. The organizer, Vertical Expo Services Co., Ltd. (VE) announces today the show has an impressive expansion from last year.

Accordingly to Global Industry Analytics (2012), the global bakery products market volume terms will reach USD447 billion by 2017 and Asia-Pacific has the highest annual growth rate of 6% through 2017. Mr. Kenny Lo, CEO of VE said, “The blooming market attracted many exhibitors to return and more industry players to join HKIBE.”

Wilton Enterprises, a global brand, will expand their presence in Asia-Pacific, supporting its Hong Kong partner, Complete Deelite Ltd. in organizing a Sugar Arts Zone, bringing 5 International Master Cake Artists from England and USA for their sugar arts workshop. While Dolce Vita has committed for at least 2 years marketing plan at HKIBE, trying to bring the world best cake and pastry decorating and ingredients into Asia, the fastest expanding region in the world.

HKIBE profile is getting more international with American Egg Board and Korea Bakery Association being our supporters. Visitors from different countries and regions have already registered, e.g. Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, USA, etc.

Over 90% of pre-registered visitors are looking for new suppliers and potential partners of bakery, coffee and confectionery products, ingredients, flavorings & addictive, equipment & packaging areas. Dunkin Donuts from the Philippines said “We are looking for equipment such as sheeters, proofers, fryers, ovens, mixers, etc.” Maxim’s Caterers Ltd., one of the Hong Kong largest bakery chain-stores, is sourcing food ingredients, packaging, filling, chocolate coating, and packaging machines. A renowned cafe chain in China, Mingtien International Holding (H.K.) Co., Ltd., owning over 400 branches, is coming to HKIBE to search for high quality ingredients suppliers, professionals for their expanding business.

Concurrent activities such as the “Make-up Your Cake”, “Season’s Cake Pageant”, “Trendy Dessert Competition with US Eggs”, etc., would inspire audience on future cake and dessert development. Besides, “International Masters’ Demonstrations”, “Coffee Tasting”, etc. would provide a sharing occasion for the industry.

Join us and capture the market share with the growing bakery hit now! Free online pre-registration is now opened for trade professionals.

Ms. Wing-Yin Ho
+852-3904-3830
info@HKBakeryExpo.com
Website: www.HKBakeryExpo.com

Source: Hong Kong International Bakery Expo

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September 26, 2013 at 11:37 am

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Cutting-edge security solutions undermined by failure to patch vulnerabilities

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SINGAPORE, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –Experts from Kaspersky Lab and Outpost24 recently carried out a security audit at a number of European organizations and studied the prevalence of unpatched vulnerabilities globally to get a better understanding of the IT (in) security landscape.

Their joint report illustrates that even unsophisticated attacks on corporate networks can succeed without expensive zero-day exploits. Though the number of zero-day attacks is on the rise, cybercriminals still make extensive use of known vulnerabilities. This is hardly surprising considering it takes the average company 60-70 days to fix a vulnerability – enough time for attackers to gain access to a corporate network. The expert team’s security audit also revealed there is no need for cybercriminals to hack a corporate system; they simply need to ‘hack’ the people that manage the system.

A common baseline is for all critical vulnerabilities to be resolved within three months. But 77% of the threats that passed this three-month deadline were still present a full year after being discovered. The Kaspersky Lab and Outpost24 joint research team collected data on vulnerabilities dating back to 2010, and found systems that had been vulnerable for the past three years. These unpatched vulnerabilities are considered critical due to the ease with which they can be exploited and the impact they can have. Interestingly, there were even some corporate systems that had remained unpatched for a decade despite the fact that the companies were paying for a special service to monitor their security.

After collecting the data with the Outpost24 team, Kaspersky Lab’s senior security researcher David Jacoby decided to carry out a social engineering experiment to see how easy it was to insert a USB drive into computers at government institutions, hotels and privately owned companies. Dressed in a smart suit and armed with a USB stick containing only a PDF of his resume, David asked front desk staff at 11 organizations if they could help him print out a document for an appointment at a completely unrelated venue.

The sample group in this security audit included three hotels from different chains, six government organizations and two large privately owned companies. Computers at government bodies typically store sensitive information about citizens, while those at major private companies most likely contain network connections to other companies, and five-star hotels are places where diplomats, politicians and C-level executives stay when traveling.

Only one hotel agreed to connect David’s stick to their computer; the other two refused. The privately owned companies also declined his request. Out of the six government organizations visited, four actually did help David by inserting the USB stick into a computer. In two cases the USB port was disabled, so the staff asked him to send the file via email instead, providing ample scope to exploit vulnerabilities in PDF software.

“What is really surprising is that the hotels and privately owned companies had greater awareness and security than the government organizations. From this firsthand experience it is fair to conclude that there is a real problem. The security audit we performed is relevant for any country because that gap between the moment a vulnerability is detected and the moment it’s patched exists everywhere, in every country. The result of my USB stick experiment is also a wake-up call for those searching for tailored security solutions that cover the ‘threats of tomorrow’ – it highlighted that training your staff to be prudent is just as important!,” commented David Jacoby, Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab.

“It is a shame to see companies wasting valuable resources on potential threats of tomorrow, when they are still failing to solve the threats of today and yesterday,” says Martin Jartelius, Chief Security Officer of Outpost24. “Whether it’s exploiting poor security practices, misconfigured security devices or staff that lacks security training, companies should understand that it is possible to gain control of most parts of the organization, even though no new attacks or methods are used. It is therefore essential to shift the approach to security from stand-alone tools to integrated solutions as part of business processes.”

To read the full report, please visit securelist.com.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its more than 16-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the United Kingdom, currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at http://www.kaspersky.com.

* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2012. The rating was published in the IDC report “Worldwide Endpoint Security 2013–2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares” (IDC #242618, August 2013). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2012.

Jesmond Chang
Corporate Communications Manager, SEA
+603-7962-5913
pr@kaspersky-sea.com or jesmond.chang@kaspersky.com
Source: Kaspersky Lab

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September 26, 2013 at 11:36 am

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