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OANDA Partners with FinGraphs to Deliver “Markets in 3D” Technical Analysis

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FinGraphs for OANDA application provides retail forex traders live streaming analysis of multiple financial instruments and quick access to trading with the embedded fxTradeNOW bookmarklet
SINGAPORE, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — OANDA, a global provider of innovative foreign exchange trading services, has partnered with FinGraphs to provide currency traders who use technical analysis in their trading strategies an automated application that provides real-time analysis of multiple financial instruments including forex, precious metals, and contracts for difference (CFDs).
The FinGraphs for OANDA technical analysis tool spans investment horizons ranging from several years to intraday or intra-hours. The web-based application provides automated price trend identification viewable in three time frequencies (“Markets in 3D”: short-, medium-, and long-term) with a focus on defining investment horizons, identifying possible trends, price targets, and potential market stress.
Designed specifically for OANDA’s retail forex traders, FinGraphs for OANDA is available to all fxTrade clients worldwide for a free seven-day trial. Thereafter, OANDA’s clients will be offered the service on a monthly subscription basis. Moreover, OANDA’s clients can trade directly from the FinGraphs analysis screen without navigating away from the page by using the innovative fxTradeNOW bookmarklet.
“Trading forex is difficult and there are many risks. An automated technical analysis solution such as FinGraphs for OANDA assists investors by providing them with a tool that will help them identify emerging trends,” said George Nassar, Product Management, OANDA Corporation. “This solution offers OANDA’s trading clients an integrated, scalable, and adaptable way to manage the risks of trading in a volatile forex market.”
The FinGraphs for OANDA solution is part of OANDA’s burgeoning industry partnership program.
“We are proud and excited to partner with an award-winning forex broker like OANDA and to see our FinGraphs instrument offered to OANDA’s clients,” said Jean-Francois Owczarczak, Director of Management Joint Trust SA, the Switzerland-based firm that launched FinGraphs. “The FinGraphs for OANDA solution deploys an automated methodology that will provide investors with a unique decision-making tool.”
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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 comprehensive currency 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).
This information is made available to you by OANDA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. The information on this material is not directed at residents of the United States, nor is it intended for distribution to, or use by, any person in any jurisdiction, where such distribution or use is contrary to local laws or regulations.
The technical analysis tool discussed herein is not to be construed as a means to facilitate specific advisory or investment recommendations. No representation or implication is being made that using the FinGraphs for OANDA will generate profits or prevent losses.
About Management Joint Trust SA
Founded in 1969 in Geneva, Switzerland, Management Joint Trust SA provides proprietary technical analysis, asset allocation, and stock picking consultancy services to financial institutions. In September 2012, the firm launched FinGraphs, a didactic financial graphs platform aimed at investment professionals worldwide.
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The Hoffman Agency for OANDA Asia Pacific
Jacintha Ng
Direct: +65-6361-0250
Bernice Couto
Global PR Manager, OANDA Corporation
Direct: + 1-416-593-9436, ext. 386
Source: OANDA

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December 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm

en world Launches Business in Thailand

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– APAC specialist recruiters placing leaders in Thailand’s Leading Companies
BANGKOK, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The en world group (President: Craig Saphin), a recruiting agency serving mid-career professionals in six countries with 10 offices in the Asia-Pacific region, announced that Top Talent Asia, an executive search firm based in Thailand, has officially joined en world group.
This alignment brings many benefits for both employers and candidates in Thailand. Employers will receive en world group’s impeccable service and product quality seamlessly across all their Asia Pacific operations, and profit from the knowledge and experience that comes with 12,000 successful placements with 3,000 clients. This is important because, for multinational companies that operate businesses in Thailand, securing excellent talent is an urgent matter. From the candidates’ point of view, they now are able to use en world’s APAC networks to compare job opportunities across the region and not just Thailand, enhancing their career potential significantly.
Top Talent Asia, established in Bangkok in 2003, has a similar business model to that of en world, specializing in helping mid-career professionals make career moves into multinational companies. By joining the en world group, Top Talent Asia will expand on its existing strengths to encompass multinational companies. In addition, it will allow them to offer services to Japan-affiliated global companies by working with other en world offices that support recruiting projects in the Asia Pacific.
“Thailand, infrastructure is well in place. In fact, direct investment from overseas approximately doubled in 2012 compared with 2011. However, we anticipate even more investment from global companies in the future, thanks to unemployment that is low by global standards, and solid GDP growth.” Craig Saphin, President of en world group, said, “We also expect that the country will continue its transition from a labor-dependent economy that relies on a low cost workforce, to one based on knowledge and technology. Based on this situation, we believe that demand for mid- and high-level professionals will increase further.”
Carl Denny, Founder of Top Talent Asia, said, “We have grown our business for many years based on our strength in introducing mid- and high-level personnel to multinational companies. By joining en world, we will build on these successes and further expand services for more companies, including Japan-affiliated businesses.”
About en world:
en world is an international recruiting agency, focusing on managerial and senior-level career solutions. en world was established in Japan in 1999 and has expanded to Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia and Vietnam. With 270 staff representing 15 nationalities in 10 offices, we are supporting over 12,000 placements with 2,400 clients across the Asia Pacific Region. en world is a subsidiary of en-japan inc, Japan’s leading internet-based recruitment solutions provider.
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Source: en world

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December 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm

B.BAM is Back: All New Styles From Stef ‘Bambi’ Northwood-Blyth for General Pants Co.

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Global trend hunter General Pants Co. is pleased to announce a new range of items from B.BAM, Stef ‘Bambi’ Northwood-Blyth’s exclusive line for General Pants Co.
B.BAM is back: All new styles from Stef ‘Bambi’ Northwood-Blyth for General Pants Co.
B.BAM is back: All new styles from Stef ‘Bambi’ Northwood-Blyth for General Pants Co.
When designing the second drop of B.BAM, Bambi was inspired by her love of fashion, international travel and her own unique personal style. She created an eclectic mix of individual pieces that can be worn on their own or styled back together to create a fun fashion-forward looks.
The graffiti print that can be seen through the BAMBINA (a name created by her fans for fans) items in the collection was inspired by a unique gift from her fiance Dan Single. Dan presented Stef with a wall in Paris covered with graffiti art created especially for her birthday by a notorious street artist. This spurred Bambi’s love of artistic spray painting, which is reflected in this one-of-a-kind print featured throughout the collection.
Shot by Mark ‘The Cobrasnake’ Hunter in Texas, the second drop of B.BAM features a mix of styles to suit both the young and the young-at-heart. The drop includes the BAM crochet dress, limited edition BBALL sequin shorts, embellished beaded neck tops, BAMBINA graffiti separates, BAM pleated skirt and the BAM denim trackie.
The second drop of B.BAM is available now exclusively through General Pants Co. both online at and throughout their 47 stores nationally.
About General Pants Group
General Pants Co is an effervescent place where the young, rebellious and restless dress. Or at least recognise our striving ambition to comb the world looking for the finest edit of youth fashion brands to bring back to a store environment that combines basic and diverse influences from fashion, music, art and various urban subcultures and to create truly unique shopping experience.
Since our humble beginnings as a specialty denim store in Sydney over 30 years ago, we’ve always made it our mission to be anchored in denim. Today General Pants Co proudly stocks the best in denim sourced both locally and globally, including Ksubi (Australia), Nudie Jeans Co (Sweden), Lee (USA), ST&ARD (Australia), Dr Denim (Sweden), Wrangler (USA), Cheap Monday (Sweden), Insight (Australia) and PRPS (USA) and many more. Add to this our complete fashion offering, from brands like Stussy, Vision Street Wear, One Teaspoon, BBAM, We Rob Banks, Vans, Westbourne Rovers, Insight, Arvust, Subtitled, Vanishing Elephant, Zoo York, Converse, Don’t Ask Amanda, Alice in the Eve, Agent Ninetynine and more.
This year has also seen General Pants Co. collaborate with high profile Australian identities and designers, including Dan Single, ‘Bambi’ Northwood-Blyth, Lil and Anna from Anna and Boy and Candice Lake. General Pants has 47 stores nationally and an online business that ships globally.
For samples, images and interview requests please contact:
Sam Howie
Lisa Clark
Source: General Pants Group

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December 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

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Top International Hospitals to Hold Summit in Asia to Address Efficiency, Patient Safety Issues

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World-renowned physicians, hospital managers and health ministries will join forces at the highly anticipated, Hospital Efficiency and Quality Asia Summit 2014 in Malaysia.
SINGAPORE, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Growing concern over patient safety is at the heart of every serious discussion among healthcare providers across Asia. According to World Health Organisation, “nearly one in ten patients is harmed while receiving health care in well-funded and technologically advanced hospital settings”. In less sophisticated hospital settings, the rate could even be higher. Juxtapose this with the fact that hospitals are also mired in issues such as rising costs, inefficiencies and wastage and it’s clear how big the problem is.
Meeting the challenges head on, top hospital managers, clinicians and health ministries will gather for the 3rd Annual Hospital Efficiency & Quality Asia Summit 2014 on 19-20 March in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Produced in collaboration with Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia, and supported by Association of Pvt. Hospitals (Malaysia) the gathering aims to identify ways to improve efficiency, minimise wastage and manage costs while improving patient safety and healthcare outcomes.
Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, Director General, MOH Malaysia will kick off the event with a keynote address on Achieving Vision 2020: Key MOH Priorities and Drivers to Improve Efficiency and Quality in Healthcare. Other notable international speakers include Mr. Steven Thompson, CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine International, USA; Mr. Miles Scott, CEO, St. George’s Hospital and Apollo Hospital Group’s Regional CEO Dr. Umapathy Panyala.
One of the major themes that will likely dominate the discussion in this year’s forum is how can hospitals expand their service offerings without compromising efficiency — and most importantly — safety. Answering that important question is the ‘Holy Grail’ in hospital administration and for this, a C-level panel discussion has been calendared to shed light on the issue. Sitting on this panel are top executives from Apollo Hospitals Group, Fortis Healthcare and Gleneagles Hospital.
The conference agenda will be complemented with content-rich and timely workshops on: Reducing Hospital Re-Admissions; Improving Processes to Shorten Treatment Times and Improving Bedside Care through Nurse Management. An exclusive site tour at Putrajaya Hospital has been arranged by conference organisers for delegates who will book early.
The 3rd Annual Hospital Efficiency & Quality Asia Summit 2014 is organized by IQPC. To know more, visit or call +65-6722-9388. You can also email
Source: IQPC Worldwide

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December 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm

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RS Components and RepRapPro Distribution Deal Brings Affordable 3D Printing Technology to Engineers Worldwide

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SINGAPORE, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —
RS first to supply new RepRap Ormerod complete 3D printing kit
Availability of low cost self-replicating 3D printer from RS combined with free DesignSpark Mechanical 3D design software provides further boost to rapid prototyping for all engineers
500 limited edition printers available while stocks last
RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has signed a landmark distribution agreement with RepRapPro Ltd that will deliver affordable, open-source, self-replicating 3D printing technology to engineers worldwide. The completion of the deal coincides with the launch of the RepRapPro Ormerod low cost 3D printer, which is available first from RS.
3D printing is fast becoming an essential part of the electronic and mechanical design process. Increasing numbers of companies are beginning to see the benefits of using this technology to create quick-turn-around prototypes and save months in the design cycle. Barriers to adoption in the past have been the cost of hardware and a lack of easy-to-use design software for non-CAD specialists.
When used in conjunction with the free DesignSpark Mechanical 3D modelling software co-developed by RS and SpaceClaim, the Ormerod complete 3D printing kit will enable design engineers around the world to develop sophisticated concepts and products very quickly and inexpensively. The Ormerod is one of the most versatile 3D printers available: it is easy to expand in functionality, fast to replicate and fast to assemble.
The Ormerod uses the FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) process to build 3D objects in a range of plastics and in a variety of colours. This process enables the user to create almost any shape that can be modelled on a computer, including some that cannot be produced by traditional manufacturing techniques at all. While the Ormerod is a monochrome 3D printer that has been configured to work with one type of plastic at a time, the device is fundamentally designed to work with three-colour deposition; an upgrade kit is to be made available soon.
In addition, the Ormerod’s electronics have been redesigned and now enable connectivity via a web browser. Its construction is also far simpler compared to its predecessor, the RepRapPro Mendel, which took two days to put together, on average; whereas the Ormerod only takes two hours, making it significantly more accessible to non-engineers. All RepRapPro printers are capable of self-replicating their own plastic components. Hardware-only Ormerod kits, without the 3D printed parts, will be available soon for those wanting to use their Ormerod to make Ormerod printers for other people.
The RepRapPro Ormerod is shipped as a kit of parts containing all the required components, ready for assembly. The complete kit includes: all printed parts; all hardware, including threaded and smooth rods, screws, nuts, washers, belts and bearings; pre-soldered and programmed electronics; MicroSD card and adapter; heated PCB build surface; motors; nozzle assembly and extruder drive mechanism; 100m of 1.75mm-diameter PLA (polylactic acid) filament material (approximately 300g); power supply (for EU, UK, US and Australia); and finally, the open-source software to run the machine, including firmware for the electronics. Other specifications of the Ormerod include accuracy of 0.1mm, resolution of 0.0125mm, build speed of 1.8mm per minute and deposition rate of 33 cubic cm3 per hour.
“The availability of low cost 3D printing technology with the RepRapPro Ormerod, combined with the free and intuitive DesignSpark Mechanical and library of 3D component models from RS, is the dawn of a new era of 3D design and rapid prototyping that will see it move from a niche group of CAD specialists to a much wider spectrum of users,” said Mark Cundle, Head of Technical Marketing at RS Components. “It is no overstatement to say these are revolutionary times for engineers, which will massively increase the scope for innovation and faster time-to-market.”
“When I started the whole RepRap project I thought that it stood a chance of working,” said Adrian Bowyer, one of RepRapPro’s directors. “By working, I mean that if you were to put the machine together it would print its own plastic parts. But I didn’t expect there to be scores of RepRap-based companies all over the world just a few years later, and to be helping to run one myself. So RepRap also works as a global social and economic phenomenon, as well as an engineering success. And, of course, we are delighted that a major distributor like RS sees it the same way.”
RepRapPro Ormerod 3D printer available on RS Components website
RepRapPro Ormerod 3D printer available on RS Components website
500 limited edition RS branded Ormerod printers, complete with certificate of authenticity numbered one to 500, are available to buy on the RS website while stocks last. Standard Ormerod printers will be available to purchase from RS in January direct from stock.
About RepRapPro
The ‘Replicating Rapid Prototyper’ project, also known as ‘RepRap’, was founded in 2004 by Adrian Bowyer, a former Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Bath University in the UK, as an attempt to put 3D printing into the hands of everyone at low or at least reasonable cost. The RepRap project is an initiative to develop a low-cost open-source 3D printer that can print most of its own components. RepRap printers employ Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) based 3D printing methods: using a computer-controlled plastic-glue gun with a very fine nozzle and a spool of plastic fed into a heated chamber. RepRapPro Ltd is a company directed by Adrian, Jean-Marc Giacalone, who designed Ormerod, and Adrian’s daughter Sally. RepRapPro makes and sells RepRaps to the World.
About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2013 had revenues of GBP 1.24bn.
For more information, please visit the website at
Further information is available via these links:
@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on Linkedin
RS Components on Weibo
Relevant Links:
Electrocomponents plc
RS Components
RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Telephone: +65-6391-5745
Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Telephone: +65-6347-2355
Source: RS Components
Related stocks: LSE:ECM

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December 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

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Videology Solves Global Data Challenge through AddThis Partnership

Unique capacity to build profiles in markets without traditional data

LONDON, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Videology – one of the world’s largest video advertising platforms – today announced a partnership with AddThis that allows Videology to find specific audiences at scale, even in markets where conventional data is scarce or unavailable.

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The agreement provides Videology with the capacity to create profiles based on consumer interest and inferred demographics. AddThis tools are found on over 14 million sites worldwide, driving a massive pool of behavioral data that provides consumer insights for individual publishers and advertisers, and allows advertising platforms to deliver against these segments.

Propriety insights, merged with AddThis data, give Videology the unique ability to create consumer segments for both standard target groups and bespoke audiences for advertisers, then activate and optimize against these segments. Moreover, Videology has the capacity to provide this level of granular targeting in virtually any market thanks to AddThis’s worldwide behavioral data which includes view, search, URL and inferred metadata based on more than 100 billion page loads a month.

The data is currently live in US, Canada, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, and is being introduced in Russia, Australia, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the UK. Other markets will follow as Videology’s global presence continues to expand.

Videology has already begun using the information to create specific segments for campaigns and also to identify consumers who might be in the market for specific products, such as a new TV, or car. For instance, in the US and Canada, AddThis’s extensive standard taxonomy is fully integrated into the Videology Campaign Engine(SM), allowing platform users to plan and execute campaigns against AddThis audiences, such as Small Business, Auto and Gaming segments.

In Spain, as another example, Videology has been using the data to create wider audience segments such as female luxury, male luxury, and female by age range and education, an incredibly valuable tool in a market where finding enough data to maximise the opportunity of targeted video can be a challenge.

“In many countries there aren’t established data providers and sourcing the data required to enable precise targeting at scale is all but impossible. This agreement gives us the ability to instantly create segments and categories around the world,” said Catherine Hallam, Director, Product, Data Strategy & Analytics at Videology. “As a result, we’re helping to solve a perennial problem in programmatic buying and helping marketers across the globe make smarter decisions.”

“AddThis data reflects consumer interest across the open Web around the world,” said Mike McGowan, Senior Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel for AddThis. “Our partnership with Videology is a great example of the value created when AddThis data is integrated with today’s leading advertising platforms.”

About Videology
Videology ( is one of the world’s largest video advertising platforms. By simplifying big data, we empower marketers and media companies to make smarter advertising decisions to fully harness the value of their audience across screens. Our math and science-based technology enables our customers to manage, measure and optimize digital video and TV advertising to achieve the best results in the converging media landscape.

Videology, Inc., is a privately-held, venture-backed company, whose investors include Catalyst Investors, Comcast Ventures, NEA, Pinnacle Ventures, and Valhalla Partners. Videology is headquartered in Baltimore, MD, with key offices in New York, Austin, Toronto, London, Paris, Madrid, Singapore, Sydney and sales teams across North America.

About AddThis
AddThis personalizes the web with powerful, easy-to-use content engagement tools, APIs and services. Ranked #1 by comScore in distributed content and reaching over 1.6 billion monthly uniques, AddThis’ tools are used on over 14 million sites worldwide to power social sharing, increase engagement, boost traffic and provide behavioral insights. Our proprietary technology processes more than 300 terabytes of data daily allowing AddThis to provide brands with sophisticated audience models and web-wide consumer insights that enhance paid, earned and owned media strategies.

For more information, contact Michele Skettino at or +1-917-653-0073.
Source: Videology

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December 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm

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Fusionex Wins Coveted Award at Asia Pacific’s Premier ICT Event

HONG KONG, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Fusionex (LSE:FXI) dazzled its audience as it fought its way to the top to be crowned overall winner at the prestigious Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards for the highly coveted Best Application Tools / Platform category, at the 13th APICTA summit which took place recently between the 24th to the 27th of November 2013 in Hong Kong.

Ivan Teh, Fusionex Managing Director, receiving the APICTA Award for Best Application Tools at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

APICTA is arguably the largest ICT alliance in Asia Pacific, currently comprising of more than 15 key member economies including Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, etc. This year’s APICTA summit received more than 220 nominations for the awards from across Asia Pacific; it also saw 2 new economies, namely mainland China and Taiwan joining the fray.

The 2013 APICTA Awards consisted of 13 categories from which winners were announced, including Best E-Learning, Industrial Applications, Sustainability & Environmental Technology (Green IT), etc. The Best Application Tools and Platforms category, which Fusionex was nominated for and won, was a hotly contested category, not least because it was a category which the top Analytics and Big Data players would be eligible to be nominated for and compete in. Its emphasis is on the provision of the means to enhance the operation of IT systems, and productivity improvement of users using the software. In order to win, Fusionex was required to prove that its software is capable of satisfying the following non-exhaustive criteria over and above other nominated products:

The retrieval, organization, management and manipulation of data and databases, including large unstructured (i.e. complex) data sets
Increase in the efficiency of systems or personnel through system performance measurement
Decision support and executive information
Virtualization facilities

When approached on their latest win, Fusionex Managing Director Ivan Teh commented,”Fusionex was nominated in an extremely competitive category where the most innovative solutions were presented, but through it all, we believe that the sheer comprehensiveness and unique capabilities of our software to deal with Analytics and Big Data coupled with its ease-of-use resulted in our software winning the day.”

Continued Teh, “It has been a grueling 2 months leading to the APICTA summit, where our software was demonstrated and scrutinized on many occasions and at different levels before we appeared for the final judging. This win not only recognizes our product pedigree but the creative caliber and commitment of the Fusionex team as well, without which winning this award would not have been possible.”

The main objectives of the APICTA awards are to recognize the leading ICT innovators, entrepreneurs and companies within the Asia Pacific region, providing a platform for regional ICT players to benchmark their products and solutions. Now in its’ 13th year, the APICTA Awards participants boast of high quality products of exceptional standards, where only the best and most innovative products are chosen as winning products. It is the most prestigious and highly rated ICT awards in Asia Pacific.

Teh also added, “Winning this award is indeed timely as it has opened the door to numerous opportunities and possible collaborations because there is a significant demand in this region where Analytics and Big Data are concerned. We are indeed honored to win this award and look forward to working with organizations on their Analytics and Big Data initiatives.”

The winners of the APICTA Awards 2013 were announced at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre during the prestigious Awards Presentation Ceremony cum Gala Dinner held on 27 November 2013.

About Fusionex

Fusionex is a multi-award winning IT company listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Group provides enterprise business software through its core transactional engine and business intelligence & analytics products, notably in relation to addressing the Big Data challenge. Committed to its clients’ success, Fusionex helps its clients manage and derive value from their data.

Fusionex’s products and solutions are ideal for companies seeking superior level yet user-friendly solutions including business intelligence (BI) and analytics, data management & large databases (Big Data & Cloud based solutions), enterprise mobile solutions, CPM as well as CTE solutions.

To learn more about Fusionex, visit
Source: Fusionex
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December 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

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Vietnam’s Leading Digital Content Provider VTC Intecom Partners with CyberSource to Grow Internationally

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– VTC Intecom, a digital content and payment platform provider, adopts CyberSource global payment gateway and payment tokenization services
– This partnership will support VTC Intecom’s drive towards market leadership and cross-border expansion
HANOI, Vietnam, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — CyberSource, a Visa company (NYSE: V), and one of the world’s largest providers of eCommerce payment management services, today announced a partnership with one of Vietnam’s leading digital content providers, VTC Intecom, a subsidiary of the Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC). This partnership with CyberSource supports VTC Intecom’s strategy to gain leadership in the Vietnamese eCommerce market and expand its international business by enabling secure and effective payment management capabilities for its online platform.
Through CyberSource’s global payment gateway, VTC Intecom will be able to offer its merchants the option of accepting a wider spectrum of payment methods; and its customers a secure online payment platform. Using the same payment connection, VTC Intecom is also adopting CyberSource’s payment tokenization service to enhance payment security during the authentication process of all online transactions, including transactions via eWallets. By operating with payment tokens, instead of managing payment data, the company minimizes the risks of having to handle or store the customer’s card information.
At the recent Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Summit 2013 in Vietnam, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung highlighted ICT as one of the country’s primary driving forces of growth, representing nearly seven percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)[1]. There is also an increasing emphasis on ICT infrastructure developments to enhance Vietnam’s economic competitiveness.
[1] The Voice of Vietnam, Vietnam prioritises ICT development, June 20, 2013
“The digital content sector plays a crucial role in supporting the growth of Vietnam’s ICT industry. In view of this, VTC Intecom required a world-class payment solution as we strive to be the top digital content provider in the country. With CyberSource’s global payment gateway and tokenization services, we are now able to securely accept a wider range of international cards, which will in turn open up more business opportunities for us to further expand our customer reach,” said Tran Quang Viet, Director of VTC Pay, VTC Intecom.
In the process of market and cross-border expansion, VTC Intecom became aware of the probability of a higher exposure to fraud while accepting more online transactions. To supplement its payment security and management strategies with a scalable fraud solution, the company will also adopt CyberSource’s fraud management tool, Decision Manager, through its acquiring bank to support its growth strategy. With a robust and comprehensive payment management strategy, VTC Intecom can now confidently extend its eWallet offering to other sites and allow online customers to pay with ease without having to re-enter card information for every new transaction.
“Vietnam is one of the key emerging markets in Southeast Asia, and we are extremely pleased to be able to contribute to the nation’s eCommerce growth by working with VTC Intecom. By providing VTC Intecom with the payment management solutions its business requires, we can help extend its market reach, while improving its customers’ experience of purchasing online,” said Chew Ann Wee, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, CyberSource.
About CyberSource
CyberSource, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Visa Inc., is a payment management company. Over 400,000 businesses worldwide use CyberSource and Authorize.Net brand solutions to process online payments, streamline fraud management, and simplify payment security. The company is headquartered in Foster City, CA and maintains offices throughout the world, with regional headquarters in Singapore, Tokyo, Miami/Sao Paulo and Reading, U.K. CyberSource operates in Europe under agreement with Visa Europe. For more information, please visit
About VTC Intecom
Founded in 2006, VTC Intecom is a subsidiary of Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC) — one of the largest corporations in Vietnam. VTC Intecom provides digital content products and services which include diverse offerings of online payment methods, online games, integrated portal solutions for e-government and more. VTC Intecom has over 16 million active accounts for digital content services and its annual income is over USD100 million. Customers can use VTC Pay — Payment Gateway and eWallet to make online transactions quickly, easily and securely via their eWallet accounts, domestic ATM cards, international cards, telecommunications prepaid cards, Vcoin prepaid cards, or hundreds of partnering merchant websites that integrate with VTC Pay. For more information, please visit
For media queries, please contact:
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Ying Communications
+65-9622-7065 / +65-9113-9636 /
Source: CyberSource
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December 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

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Policy Makers and Advocates Appeal for European Governments to Adopt a National Focus on Stroke Prevention

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BRUSSELS, Belgium /PRNewswire/ — Coinciding with the World Health Organization (WHO) European Ministerial Conference on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in Turkmenistan, MEPs, patient and physician representatives are today meeting at the European Parliament to highlight that urgent national action is required to prevent stroke.
“Stroke is a growing burden on our healthcare services but more importantly has a devastating impact on survivors and their families,” said MEP Nessa Childers. “Atrial fibrillation is not a well recognised risk factor for stroke and yet it causes some of the most debilitating and costly strokes. This is why it is so important that stroke prevention and the risk factors for stroke are strongly addressed in EU and national health plans.”
Why Action is Needed
15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke each year[1], leaving 5 million people disabled. In Europe alone, the annual cost of stroke is estimated to be 64 billion Euros[2]. Atrial fibrillation (AF), a condition characterised by an irregular heartbeat, is a major contributor to this.
AF increases stroke risk by 500%.[3] People who have a stroke caused by AF are more likely to remain in hospital for longer, less likely to be discharged to their home and 50% more likely to remain disabled, relying on long-term care from their families or nursing homes[4], yet the majority of AF-related strokes are preventable.
“Given the debilitating and costly nature of atrial fibrillation related strokes, it is vital that EU and national health policy addresses the gaps that allow patients to go undiagnosed and to receive sub-optimal management,” said MEP Oreste Rossi.
By uniting, MEPs and advocates have shown their support for policies which deliver better recognition and management of AF and prevention of stroke.
“The Stroke Alliance For Europe, along with over a hundred other organisations around the world, is working to ensure that stroke prevention and atrial fibrillation are addressed in national health plans,” said SAFE President, Jelka Jansa. “Over half a million people have already supported our cause and the Sign Against Stroke Campaign. Together we hope to ensure fewer families experience the life changing effects of a stroke.”
Sign Against Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation
People can learn about AF and stroke and support the Sign Against Stroke Campaign by visiting All signatures contribute to driving action to prevent AF-related strokes and putting stroke prevention on EU and national policy agendas.
Bayer HealthCare has proudly supported the Sign Against Stroke Campaign since its creation by 39 non-governmental organisations in 2011 and remains committed to working together with all key stakeholders involved to help improve AF-related stroke prevention.
1. The Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke. World Health Organization. Last accessed 28 October 2013.
2. Gustavsson A, Svensson M, Jacobi F et al. Cost of disorders of the brain in Europe 2010. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 2011;21:718-7.
3. Fuster V et al. 2011 ACCF/AHA/HRS focused updates incorporated into the ACC/AHA/ESC 2006 guidelines for the management of patients with atrial fibrillation: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on practice guidelines. Circulation 2011;123(10):e269-367.
4. Lin HJ et al. Stroke severity in atrial fibrillation. The Framingham Study. Stroke 1996;27(10):1760-4.
Date of preparation: November 2013
Source: Bayer HealthCare

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December 4, 2013 at 10:38 am

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Shell Removes Lead From Light Aircraft Fuel

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LONDON, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Shell today became the first major oil company to develop a lead-free replacement for Aviation Gasoline (Avgas 100 and 100LL), which will now begin a strict regulatory approvals process. Avgas is one of the last common transportation fuels to contain lead and is used by light aircraft and helicopters. Shell’s new lead-free formulation comes after 10 years of exhaustive R&D, as well as successful initial testing, carried out in the last two months by two original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Xinsheng (Sheng) Zhang, Vice-President of Shell Aviation, said: “We are proud of this first for Shell Aviation. This advanced product is the latest milestone in our long history of innovation. We believe that with industry support, a stringent approvals process can be completed for this new lead-free product within a short time-frame. We look forward to working alongside our technical partners and authorities to progress the necessary approvals needed to make this product a reality for use in light aircraft engines of all types.”
Avgas currently includes lead in its formulation to meet fuel specifications and boost combustion performance (known as Motor Octane rating). Shell has developed an unleaded Avgas that meets all key Avgas properties and that has a Motor Octane rating of over 100, an industry standard. The development of a technically and commercially-viable unleaded Avgas that meets these criteria has been seen by the aviation industry as a significant challenge, due to the tight specifications and strict flight safety standards that it has to adhere to.
To get to this stage, Shell Aviation technologists carried out an intensive internal laboratory programme, including in-house altitude rig and engine testing. Working alliances were then formed with aviation engine manufacturer Lycoming Engines (Lycoming) and the light aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Inc. (Piper). As a result, the formulation was successfully evaluated in industry laboratory engine (bench) tests by Lycoming and in a flight test by Piper.
“Lycoming Engines commends Shell on launching its unleaded Avgas initiative,” states Michael Kraft, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Lycoming Engines. “They engaged Lycoming to test their fuel on our highest octane demand engine and we can confirm that it’s remarkably close to Avgas 100LL from a performance perspective. This initiative is a major step in the right direction for general aviation.”
“Piper Aircraft is pleased to participate with Shell and Lycoming in this feasibility flight test programme,” said Piper Vice-President of Engineering Jack Mill. “Recently, we successfully flew an experimental non-production Piper Saratoga with Shell’s new formulation for about an hour. We appreciate the opportunity to work with Shell and Lycoming in this preliminary investigation of the technologies, which could in several years lead to flying unleaded fuel in our production airplanes.”
Shell will now engage the aviation industry, regulators and authorities, including the US Federal Aviation Administration, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to achieve approvals for the unleaded Avgas. Shell expects to also work with other OEMs to continue the testing and refinement program as the approvals process progresses.
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The two main types of aviation fuel are aviation turbine fuel (jet fuel) and aviation gasoline (Avgas). Jet fuel is used by larger, gas-turbine-engine powered aircraft, while Avgas is used in smaller, piston-engine powered aircraft. Both are produced to very stringent specifications.
There are two main Avgas grades, 100 and 100LL (low lead). 100 is a measurement of octane rating.
Avgas is gasoline type fuel. The global volume for Avgas is much lower than jet fuel, as although Avgas-fuelled aircraft outnumber jet-fuelled aircraft, they are generally much smaller.
About Shell Aviation
Shell Aviation is a leading global supplier of aviation fuels and lubricants with a heritage of over 100 years. We produce aviation fuels and lubricants (across a range of grades); market, sell and distribute them – as well as offer further related services to customers. We supply fuel at around 800 airports in approximately 40 countries. We refuel a plane every 12 seconds.
Our customers are airports and airlines, big and small, plus private customers such as corporate jet operators and flying clubs. We have one of the world’s most extensive fuelling networks and have a strong supply chain. Used worldwide, our AeroShell aviation lubricants range is one of the world’s most comprehensive with proven performance.
We have a portfolio of world-class brands and products and continue to invest in technical innovation. We have strong working relationships with OEMs, put the customer at the heart of what we do and respond to industry opportunities and challenges.
Royal Dutch Shell plc
Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A)(NYSE:RDS.B) is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 70 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects. For further information, visit
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December 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

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