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Have a Fiery Start to 2014 with Carlson Rezidor’s Sizzling Hot Deals

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Stay at Carlson Rezidor hotels in Asia Pacific to enjoy 20% off Best Available Rates
SINGAPORE, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Ring in a sizzling New Year with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s biggest Hot Deals promotion yet. Plan your 2014 holidays now and choose to stay at Carlson Rezidor hotels in Asia Pacific, across all brands – Radisson Blu, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites by CarlsonSM – to enjoy 20% off the best available room rates. Simply make a reservation from now to February 21, 2014 for a minimum two-night stay between December 16, 2013 and December 30, 2014. In addition to discounted rooms, you will also enjoy complimentary Internet access at all Carlson Rezidor hotels, allowing you to always stay connected and share your holiday experiences with your loved ones. There’s no better way to kick start the new year with great holiday experiences to look forward to throughout the year.
If you are a Club Carlson member, you will receive 1,000 Club Carlson bonus Gold Points® for booking a Hot Deals stay through For each three-night stay during January 6, 2014, to April 13, 2014, you will be further rewarded with 38,000 bonus points, equivalent to a free room night, when you register for this Club Carlson promotion. Visit today to be a Club Carlson member and sign up for this exclusive promotion on 6 January 2014!
To soak up the spirit of the festive season, you can head to bustling Shanghai and stay at Radisson Blu Shanghai New World or explore Chongqing when you stay at Radisson Blu Hotel Chongqing Shapingba. Alternatively, you can be among the first to ring in the New Year in Australia at Radisson Hotels & Suites Sydney which has easy access to major attractions like The Sydney Aquarium and the beautiful Darling Harbour. Or you can just pack your bags and head to Phuket and enjoy the sun, beach and delicious cuisine whilst staying at Radisson Blu Plaza Resort Phuket Panwa Beach. For a long weekend getaway to mark Valentine’s Day, there are always the exotic resorts like Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island where you can expect a quintessential romantic getaway. Or choose to experience the rich culture and heritage of India and stay at Park Plaza Gurgaon or Country Inns and Suites by Carlson Jaipur.
“With our sizzling Hot Deals promotion, planning vacations has never been easier. Book your holidays in advance, and spend the rest of the year exploring stunning sights, charming cities and savoring delectable cuisines in new destinations. With nearly 100 hotels in Asia Pacific to choose from, Hot Deals provides the perfect opportunity to create memories with friends and family in some of the Asia Pacific’s most exciting destinations. Hot Deals can translate into extensive savings for business travelers when they plan now for business trips in 2014. They can enjoy further savings with our offer of free Internet access to all guests in all our hotels,” commented, Lucinda Semark, executive vice president, Revenue Generation, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.
This enticing Hot Deals offer is available across 13 countries in the Asia Pacific, offering an array of unique experiences, from urban breaks in bustling cities such as Shanghai and Sydney, to idyllic and romantic resort escapades in Fiji, Phuket and Goa. Regardless of your preferred getaway or for a business stay, you can be assured of a 100% guest satisfaction guarantee in Carlson Rezidor hotels with complimentary Internet access and an unforgettable stay experience.
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About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels in operation and under development, a global footprint spanning 100 countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Hotel Missoni). The group plans to grow the portfolio to nearly 1,500 hotels in operation and under development by 2015. In most of the group’s hotels, guests can benefit from the loyalty program Club CarlsonSM, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ more than 85,000 people.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.
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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Kate O’Shea
AKA Asia
Ben Gardeen
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
+1-763-212-1418 or +1-763-212-8129
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December 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm

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New Company HighBitCoin(TM) Announces Launch of Highest Performance Bitcoin Mining Solutions and eCommerce Site

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— Emerges from Stealth, aims to bring Highest Performance ASIC Mining Technology to Bitcoin Mining

CAMPBELL, SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — HighBitCoin™ announced the formal launch of the company and the eCommerce site


“Bitcoin is a revolutionary innovation that has the potential to remake several impactful industries and markets. Our vision is to provide long-term solutions that enable the adoption of Bitcoins widely. We have assembled a world-class team of technologists, innovators and leaders to bring state-of-the art technologies to the bitcoin mining market,” said Jalil Sheikh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of HighBitCoin™.

“We are excited to announce the public launch of HighBitCoin. To date, bitcoin mining has remained the domain of cryptographers, technology hobbyists and people with sophisticated domain-specific software knowledge. We aim to introduce solutions that enable everyone to participate in bitcoin mining in an affordable manner. Our world-class ASIC, Cloud and System Design expertise will enable us to provide highly scalable and reliable mining solutions at the lowest power consumption. The more people that participate in bitcoin mining, the safer the bitcoin market becomes for everyone,” said Gangesh Ganesan, CEO of HighBitCoin™.

“Our unique CoolTegula™ technology allows us to create systems that scale to petahash per second of bitcoin hashing rate and beyond. There are unique challenges to attaining this class of performance in an appropriate cost and power budget. The CoolTegula technology allows us to have 2x-4x greater power efficiency at the same hash rate than anyone else in the market,” added Mr. Ganesan.

Bitcoin is a crypto-currency based on advanced mathematical techniques that provides high security and low cost for any type of financial and commercial transaction by using a fully distributed peer-to-peer network. Bitcoin mining is the process by which new bitcoins are created in the bitcoin marketplace. Bitcoin mining performance is typically rated in the number of hashes per second, with higher numbers referring to a higher performance and more secure bitcoin network.

About HighBitCoin™
HighBitCoin™ was founded with a long term vision of transforming the Bitcoin mining market by enabling the widest adoption of bitcoin mining services in the world. Founded by a group of leading professionals in the Semiconductor, High Performance Computing (HPC), Mobile and Networking Systems markets, HighBitCoin™ brings the most advanced technology to bitcoin mining. Our ASIC based solutions provide the highest performance at the lowest cost and power in the bitcoin mining industry. HighBitCoin is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, USA with development teams distributed worldwide.

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December 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm

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Far East Energy Announces Extension of Exploration Period for Shouyang Block Area B and Increased Gas Production

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HOUSTON /PRNewswire/ — Far East Energy Corporation (OTCBB:FEEC), the U.S. listed company that operates the Shouyang Block Coalbed Methane (CBM) Production Sharing Contract (PSC) in Shanxi Province, People’s Republic of China, today announced that as a result of negotiations concluded December 6, 2013 with its Chinese partner, China United Coalbed Methane Corp. (CUCBM), the parties have extended the exploration period of the portion of the Shouyang Block identified as “Area B” until June 30, 2016, and have agreed that Far East will drill at least 39 additional wells in Area B by June 30, 2016. The Company also announced that there has been a large increase in gas production, with gas production now exceeding 1 million cubic feet per day.
The parties have agreed to revise certain related terms of the PSC to reflect this agreement and intend to do so within 90 days. Area B is significantly larger, at 1103.1 square kilometre (272,581.95 acres), than the Company’s 1H core production area which contains 64.7 square kilometre (15,987 acres). The Company has posted an updated map of the Shouyang Block outlining Area B on its website at:, (select “Operations” at the top of the home page, then select “Map of Operations”).
Commenting, CEO Mike McElwrath said, “CUCBM has exceptionally capable new senior leadership, and, building upon our historically good relations, Far East and CUCBM were able to quickly reach this accord. We could not be more pleased with our partnership with CUCBM, and look forward to the continued exploration and analysis of Area B through June 30, 2016. The primary impact of this extension is to allow additional time to establish Chinese resources, thereby providing further assurances of our ability to retain the acreage to the PSC’s expiration in 2032.”
The Company also announced that there has been a significant increase in gas production in recent weeks. As of December 12, 2013, gas production has risen to over 1 million cubic feet per day, and now stands at 1,034,038 cubic feet per day (1,034Mcf/pd). Average production for the 7 days ending December 12, 2013 was 957.65 Mcf per day, representing a 30% increase over production for the week ended November 12, 2013, during which production averaged 738 Mcf/pd.
Far East Energy Corporation
Based in Houston, Texas, with offices in Beijing, and Taiyuan City, China, Far East Energy Corporation is focused on coalbed methane exploration and development in China.
Statements contained in this press release that state the intentions, hopes, estimates, beliefs, anticipations, expectations or predictions of the future of Far East Energy Corporation and its management are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. It is important to note that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including that the amendment to the PSC may not be entered into or if entered into may not be on the same terms as originally agreed upon by the parties. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements include: the preliminary nature of well data, including permeability and gas content; there can be no assurance as to the volume of gas that is ultimately produced or sold from our wells; the fracture stimulation and drilling programs may not be successful in increasing gas volumes; due to limitations under Chinese law, we may have only limited rights to enforce the gas sales agreement between Shanxi Province Guoxin Energy Development Group Limited and China United Coalbed Methane Corporation, to which we are an express beneficiary; additional wells may not be drilled, or if drilled may not be timely; additional pipelines and gathering systems needed to transport our gas may not be constructed, or if constructed may not be timely, or their routes may differ from those anticipated; the pipeline and local distribution/compressed natural gas companies may decline to purchase or take our gas, or we may not be able to enforce our rights under definitive agreements with pipelines; conflicts with coal mining operations or coordination of our exploration and production activities with mining activities could adversely impact or add significant costs to our operations; our lack of operating history; limited and potentially inadequate management of our cash resources; risk and uncertainties associated with exploration, development and production of coalbed methane; our inability to extract or sell all or a substantial portion of our reserves and other resources; we may not satisfy requirements for listing our securities on a securities exchange; expropriation and other risks associated with foreign operations; disruptions in capital markets affecting fundraising; matters affecting the energy industry generally; lack of availability of oil and gas field goods and services; environmental risks; drilling and production risks; changes in laws or regulations affecting our operations, as well as other risks described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Source: Far East Energy Corporation
Related stocks: OTC-PINK:FEEC

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December 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm

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Thomson Reuters Collaborates with Tohoku University Tohoku Medical Megabank to Rebuild Tohoku and Further its Scientific Research Efforts

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— Thomson Reuters provides Gene Variant Database and other solutions to support the organization’s large-scale genome research project and advance personalized medicine

TOHOKU, Japan, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced a collaboration with Tohoku University Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization (ToMMo) to help restore Tohoku’s medical system to its pre-earthquake state and help its medical community further develop its research efforts. Thomson Reuters is providing the organization with a suite of solutions including its Cortellis™ for Informatics Gene Variant Database to support the organization’s unique, large-scale genetic research study to further personalized medicine.

ToMMo was established in February 2012 to help rebuild Tohoku, after the devastating earthquake in 2011, with a state-of-art research platform and a study designed to record the changing health of families over a ten-year period, examining the relationships between genetic traits and lifestyle and the future incidence of certain diseases. The three-generational study is the largest project of its kind designed to understand the causal relationships between disease, environment and genetics. ToMMo expects that the results of the study will help build higher-quality medical services that are better adapted to a patient’s genetic traits (genome information). The large-scale study is helping to rebuild the community by training local healthcare professionals and experts, and by constructing a biobank to store health information, medical records, clinical test data, blood samples and other data.

Thomson Reuters is supporting ToMMo’s study and biobank by providing an array of its research solutions, including its Gene Variant Database, which offers gene variant information related to diseases and treatment responsiveness, efficacy and toxicity, as well as information on the drugs used in treatment. This will effectively support the project’s risk analysis and drug efficacy screening by genotype, and will contribute to the organization’s overall aim in realizing personalized medicine and disease prevention.

“We are delighted to be working with Thomson Reuters,” said Professor Yamamoto, executive director of ToMMo. “The data within the Thomson Reuters Gene Variant Database is critical in supporting our efforts to study a family’s genetic profile in order to advance personalized medicine and disease prevention.”

Cortellis for Informatics is a series of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that access data from Thomson Reuters Cortellis, the premier source of Life Science information, to be integrated into an organization’s internal systems. The Gene Variant Database within the platform is the industry’s leading gene variant index, with data from journals, scientific papers, proceedings, patents, clinical trial registrations to clinical guidelines and FDA approval documents. It is manually curated by Life Science experts and also includes pathway and clinical trial information.

“We are honored to be collaborating with ToMMo on this critical project that will not only help rebuild Tohoku, but it will also advance the path of personalized medicine,” said Joseph Donahue, senior vice president, Thomson Reuters Life Sciences. “Our Gene Variant Database will help identify key relationships between an individual’s genetic composition and lifestyle, to help assess their risk factors for specific diseases and conditions.”

Learn more about the Thomson Reuters Cortellis for Informatics Gene Variant Database.

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Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minn., Thomson Reuters employs approximately 60,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. For more information, go to


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December 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm

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G8 Countries Collectively Agree To Goals Including Mirroring The U.S. National Alzheimer’s Plan To Find A Cure And Treat Dementia By 2025

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Alzheimer’s Association President and CEO Presented to Global Leaders About Accelerating Research, Advancing Collaboration and Improving Care

CHICAGO, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Alzheimer’s Association® President and CEO Harry Johns presented and participated in the first-ever G8 Dementia Summit hosted by the United Kingdom, where world leaders acknowledged that the Alzheimer’s and dementia crisis cannot be ignored. All of the G8 countries committed to the goal of identifying disease-modifying therapies or a cure for dementia by 2025, similar to the goal laid out in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s in the United States. The Summit participants also agreed to “increase collectively and significantly the amount of funding for dementia research to reach that goal.”

It was clear that all nations must collectively confront the human and economic costs, and take advantage of the scientific opportunities that hold promise for better diagnosis, treatment and prevention. “The G8 Dementia Summit was an unprecedented opportunity to advance progress internationally – to make Alzheimer’s and dementia research a global priority and to promote increased global collaboration. Now we must capitalize on the new connections and increased attention fostered at this landmark event to rid the world of the devastating scourge of Alzheimer’s and other dementias,” said Johns.

In his remarks during the first panel of the Summit, Johns listed three ways to improve the lives of those with dementia – direct care and support, research investment and collaboration. He argued that while the Alzheimer’s Association and its counterparts in the other G8 organizations are on the front lines of this epidemic, they cannot do it alone. Governments and industry must be actively engaged and all those affected must raise their voices.

Johns also raised the theme of data sharing, including the Global Alzheimer’s Association Interactive Network (GAAIN™), an open access big-data resource that allows researchers worldwide to accelerate their efforts by sharing information. He also mentioned the International Alzheimer’s Disease Research Portfolio (IADRP), a database of global research developed through a partnership between the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer’s Association. This theme was echoed throughout the day as participants broadly agreed that, in addition to the need for a significant increase in research funding by the G8 governments, information sharing and collaboration are critical to success.

The G8 Dementia Summit was the start of a process aimed at putting dementia at the top of the global health agenda and the top of the agendas of health leaders from around the world. Additional international meetings to examine the progress of research will be held in the coming years, said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. The next gathering will be held on Feb. 10, 2015, in the United States. “We appreciate the continued commitment of Dr. Collins to address the Alzheimer’s epidemic,” Johns said. “The Alzheimer’s Association looks forward to participating in this meeting hosted by the U.S. and additional G8 meetings to accelerate progress and collaborative action. The Alzheimer’s Association will also lead a group of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) member organizations that will work to accelerate research efforts.”

According to a policy brief released last week by ADI, 44 million people worldwide have dementia in 2013. With the aging of the global population, dementia prevalence will continue to rise to an estimated 135 million by 2050. The combination of longer lives and aging baby boomers will magnify the Alzheimer’s and dementia epidemic in coming decades.

“This is a global epidemic. The impact on families, governments and national health care systems is immense and it will grow significantly. Governments, industry, associations and all others with a stake in this issue must address this significant global public health threat,” said Johns. “Collaboration is critical. Countries, companies, advocacy groups, people with dementia and their families, and the general public must join together to discover answers to this monumental problem.”

To support the effort discussed today, the first-ever U.S. National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease must be effectively implemented. It has an ambitious goal of effectively treating and preventing Alzheimer’s by 2025. An additional $100 million is needed now (in fiscal year 2014) for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and community support.

“We must remain focused on appropriate additional investment to achieve what the U.S. Alzheimer’s Plan — and everyone affected by this disease — seeks: effective treatment and prevention. The cost of waiting is far too high,” said Johns. “While its impact — human and economic — is staggering, Alzheimer’s is also our biggest health opportunity to positively affect millions of lives and total health costs.”

About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit or call 800.272.3900.
Source: Alzheimer’s Association

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December 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm

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Versatyle Introduces Codeless I2C and CAN-Bus Test Automation Technology

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The Versatyle Testr3 Studio incorporates I2C and CAN communication bus to automate embedded system testing.

MONTREAL, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Versatyle Test Corporation introduces embedded system testing using I2C and CAN-Bus technology to rapidly acquire and test large amount of data in an automated test sequence. The Versatyle Testr3 Studio software is empowered by the ability to automate the testing process of embedded systems using the new revolutionized codeless modules. These new features remove the complexity of real-time system testing, provide a user friendly test automation environment and significantly reduce the time to develop test cases and test trees.

Testr3 Studio is capable of sending commands to devices, read and compare multiple values originating from various registers in an embedded system. The powerfulness of the test suite allows users to significantly reduce costs by accelerating their test development cycles.

Versatyle Test Corporation enables the automation of real-time system testing via its innovative codeless module technology. Test engineers can prepare complex test plans and intuitively create test cases with parameter-based modules that do not require programming skills and require very little training.

To understand better and learn more please registers to our free webinars for a complete demonstration of different S/W package we provide.

Webinar 1: I2C and CAN-Bus based test automation

Webinar 2: Product and Test Process Management

Webinar 3: Introduction of Codeless Test Automation

Webinar 4: LabView and MATLAB Integration to Versatyle Testr3 Studio

About Versatyle Test Corporation

Versatyle Test Corporation is committed to providing the codeless test platforms to the electronic industry, allowing manufacturing, test & measurement and/or R&D personnel to fully achieve their objectives. Whether it is faster time to market, improved product quality or higher revenue, Versatyle helps you in achieving your goals by providing you a complete test automation life cycle. Versatyle is aware of what is required to simplify and deliver quicker test development, implementation and management. At Versatyle, we are committed to continuously enhance our products and services to address current and future requirements of the electronic testing market.

Media Contact:

Mr. Mehrdad Aghakhani
Phone: +1-888-468-8953 Ext. 247
Source: Versatyle Test Corporation

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December 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm

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KPMG achieves record global revenues for FY13

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Growth across Audit, Tax and Advisory functions as well as key industries
Over 45,000 new hires and net 3,000 partners and staff added to the network to take total number of people to a record high of 155,000
Significant investment in new services such as Data & Analytics and a focus on high-growth markets delivering strong growth
Investment commitment across key geographies
Sustained US$450 million investment program to continuously improve the KPMG audit
Winner of the prestigious International Accounting Bulletin “2013 Sustainable Firm of the Year” award
HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — KPMG International (KPMG) today announced record-high aggregated revenues of US$23.42 billion for the fiscal year ended 30 September 2013, representing a 3.7% increase in local currency terms over the previous year.
Michael J. Andrew, Chairman, KPMG International, commented:
“Over the past year we have seen the first widespread signs of economic confidence returning to clients and this has led to improving demand for services around the world, accelerating growth in the second half of the year. Continuing to make significant investments in a difficult economic period while delivering operating efficiencies has ensured we are well-placed to meet this upturn in demand, and will drive stronger growth in the future. We are delighted to report record revenues in target high-growth markets. KPMG has a longstanding commitment to supporting clients in the world’s fastest growing economies and this focus drove 16.3% annual growth in revenues in India, 14.3% in Mexico, 13.1% in Africa and 10% in China.”
The Americas delivered strong growth over the year, with revenues rising by 6.7% driven by a 16.4% growth in Advisory revenues, 7.4% increase in Tax and a 0.3% increase in Audit revenues. EMA revenues grew by 2.6% with strongest growth in Germany, Ireland and Switzerland as many of the region’s leading economies returned to growth. The Asia Pacific region reported revenue growth of 1.1%, reflecting the difficult economic situation affecting some of the largest economies in the region and the slow IPO market, a traditional strength of KPMG.
Strong growth in Audit, Tax and Advisory
While the global audit market remains challenging, and competition for audit engagements intense, KPMG’s global Audit function performed strongly with member firm revenue increasing by 1.2% to $10.21 billion.
“The number of significant audit appointments during the last year includes: Downer EDI, ICBC, Lend Lease, Panasonic, PetroChina, Syngenta, and Unilever. We maintain a vigorous commitment to continuous improvement in audit quality. We have invested over $225 million in audit over the past five years and plan to invest at least as much again in the next five years,” said Michael Andrew.
Tax revenues rose by 4.2% to $4.97 billion driven by an increased demand for tax compliance and tax advisory services in the Americas and EMA. KPMG also led the way in responding to the global debate on tax morality, with the publication of Global Tax Principles, setting out the standards which KPMG tax professionals follow in their work for tax clients.
Total Advisory revenues for the year were up by 6.5% to $8.24 billion, buoyed by strengthening demand for KPMG’s Management Consulting services, which delivered 14.2% growth on the prior year. Client demand for KPMG’s Risk Consulting services also continued to grow strongly, up by 6.8% from FY12.
Data and Analytics services saw a sharp increase in demand. As just one example, KPMG professionals helped one of China’s largest insurance firms transform their business, enriching data to better understand and meet their customers’ changing needs.
Investing for future growth
KPMG continues to make significant investments targeted at long term, sustainable growth and is almost half way through a five year global investment program totalling around $1 billion focused on our core global audit platform, high-growth markets and developing new services such as Data and Analytics.
A leading choice for talent
KPMG maintained its long-standing focus on recruiting top talent in FY13, recruiting over 45,000 graduates and experienced hires. KPMG’s global workforce grew almost 3,000 to more than 155,000 partners and staff, the highest number of individuals ever employed across the network.
With its strong focus on training and career development, KPMG remains a leading choice for graduate talent, and was once again voted in the Top 10 Global Employers in the Universum poll of around 200,000 degree students.
Other FY13 highlights:
KPMG’s member firms now serve more than 80% of the Global Fortune 500 list of companies.
KPMG advised on China’s largest foreign merger and acquisition deal of 2013, the US$15billion acquisition of a Canadian oil company by CNOOC, China’s largest producer of offshore oil and natural gas.
KPMG has again led the sector by simultaneously publishing its International Annual Review, Transparency Report and Communication on Progress towards the UN Global Compact goals along with the network’s financial results.
KPMG continued to invest in global Centers of Excellence including the Financial Services, Government & Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources, and Healthcare sectors, and competencies around Shared Services and Outsourcing, Strategic Procurement, Human Resource Advisory, and Climate Change and Sustainability. These Centers bring together KPMG experts from around the world with specialized skills and market experience to develop practical solutions to help clients deal with the pace and complexity of their global business environment.
About KPMG International
KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 155 countries and have more than 155,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.
The financial information set forth represents combined information of the separate KPMG member firms that perform professional services for clients. The information is combined here solely for presentation purposes. KPMG International performs no services for clients nor, concomitantly, generates any client revenue.
Notes to editors:
Combined revenues of KPMG member firms by region (U.S. $ billion)
KPMG regions 2012 2013 Comparison in
local currency Comparison in
US dollars (%)
Americas 7.45 7.88 6.7% 5.8%
Asia Pacific 4.07 3.90 1.1% (4.2%)
Europe, Middle East, Africa* 11.51 11.64 2.6% 1.1%
Total 23.03 23.42 3.7% 1.7%
Combined revenues of KPMG member firms by service line (U.S. $ billion)
KPMG services 2012 2013 Comparison in
local currency Comparison in
US dollars (%)
Audit 10.31 10.21 1.2% (1.0%)
Tax 4.86 4.97 4.2% 2.3%
Advisory 7.86 8.24 6.5% 4.8%
Total 23.03 23.42 3.7% 1.7%
Combined average headcount (FTE) of KPMG member firms
2012 2013 Change
Partners 8,624 8,664 0.5%
Professionals 117,190 119,675 2.1%
Administration 26,576 26,841 1.0%
Total 152,390 155,180 1.8%
*Includes India
The following global reports have also been issued by KPMG International today:
KPMG International Annual Review:
The International Annual Review reflects on our record of achievement over the past fiscal year, demonstrating the insights and expertise of KPMG professionals and the unrelenting focus on acting with integrity and quality in everything we do.
KPMG International Transparency Report:
This report provides insights and details on how we continually strive to enhance audit quality, which is a direct reflection of our network’s unwavering commitment to audit quality, an integral element of our business and culture.
UN Global Compact – 2013 Communication on Progress:
KPMG International has been a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact since 2002. The ‘Communication on Progress’ report describes the ways in which we are implementing the ten principles of the Compact and supporting broader development objectives.
Source: KPMG

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December 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

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BIOSAFE Targets Latin American Expansion

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EYSINS, Switzerland /PRNewswire/ — Following the set-up of a Shanghai-based Chinese subsidiary and its recent expansion in India, Biosafe is demonstrating its firm commitment to emerging markets with the creation of a new subsidiary and the opening today of a new office covering the Latin American area.
The new company, Biosafe do Brasil Participacoes e Representacoes Ltda., based in the Vila Olímpia quarter of Sao Paulo Brazil, will provide support to Biosafe’s existing distributors in the region, covering the markets of Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia. The office is also tasked with expanding the business into other promising Latin American countries.
A formal event to commemorate the opening of the new office will be held today at the Hotel Gran Estanplaza Sao Paulo, with a conference on cord blood and transplantation that will include a keynote presentation from Dr. Joanne Kurzberg (Director, Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program Duke University and Director, Carolinas Cord Blood Bank).
Commenting on the opening of the new Latin American office, Claude Fell, Biosafe’s Founder and Chairman of the Board, remarked: “The opening of this new office is an integral part of our expansion in emerging economies and demonstrates our belief in the development potential of Latin America. We look forward to working closely with our clients and scientific partners and to expanding our activities in the region.”
About the Biosafe Group
Founded in 1997 the Biosafe Group is active in the design, manufacture and marketing of automated cell processing systems. Headquartered in Switzerland and privately-owned, the Biosafe Group operates through regional subsidiaries (Geneva, Houston, Hong-Kong, Shanghai and Sao Paulo) and is present in more than 45 countries, either directly or through distributors.
For further information:
Christopher Bolton
Biosafe Group SA
Source: Biosafe Group

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December 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm

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$25,000 Video Contest for Rags to Rick

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“Behind every wingman is an even better wingman.”

AURORA, Ontario, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Grand Prize Winners (2):
– Trip to UFC 171 in Dallas, Texas March 17th with flight and accommodations
– $5,000 spending money each
– Meet-and-greet with Johny Hendricks
– An opportunity to audition to be a wingman in an upcoming episode

Top 5 Runner-ups:
– Up to $10,000 worth of giveaways

Contest: Rick has two great wingmen known as Boss Hogg (Lars) and Mild Ricky. In appreciation of our fellow wingmen/wingettes we would like to invite you to enter our “Wingmen” contest with the two finalists winning a trip to UFC 171 in Dallas, Texas March 17th with flight and accommodations, $5,000 spending money, a meet-and-greet with Johny Hendricks, and a chance to audition to be in an upcoming episode.

Here’s the deal: We want to see a video of you telling us why you would make the best wingman in under 30 seconds! Like our Facebook page, post your video, and have your friends and family like it at The top 5 runner ups will be chosen based on number of “likes” received. The two grand prize winners will be chosen by Boss Hogg (Lars) and Mild Ricky. Get creative, get wild and have fun while telling us why you would make the best wingman/wingette ever. Ladies don’t be shy…angels have wings too!!!

Rules and Regulations

To enter this contest you must be at least 21 years of age
Contest open to all Countries
All video entries must be submitted before 11:59pm on the 9th day of March, 2014.
All video entries must be submitted on the Rags to Rick Facebook page and shared with your fellow wingmen/wingettes
All video entries must be no longer than 30 seconds
Only one video per contest participant is allowed. Any attempts to submit multiple videos by the same contest participant will render that participant disqualified
The top 5 runner up videos will be chosen based on number of Facebook likes and receive giveaways worth up to $10,000
The final 2 winners will be chosen by Mild Ricky and Boss Hogg (Lars) and will each receive a Trip to UFC 171 in Dallas, Texas March 17th with flight and accommodations, $5,000 cash spending money, a Johny Hendricks meet-and-greet, and a chance to audition to be in an upcoming episode
Contest winners will be announced at 5pm on March 10th, 2014

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Ultimate Wing-Man Contest
Ultimate Wing-Man Contest

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Sabrina Goodman – Media Relations:

Passionplay Media
Aurora, Ontario
Source: Passionplay Media

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December 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

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GMC Software Technology included in 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Customer Communications Management Software

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APPENZELL, Switzerland, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —
First Magic Quadrant of its kind positions GMC in the leaders quadrant GMC Software Technology (GMC), the award-winning leader in customer communications management (CCM) and output management, announces that it has been included by Gartner Inc. in the first Magic Quadrant for Customer Communication Management[1]. This report evaluated 15 vendors that met the inclusion criteria.
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CCM software enables organizations to create, personalize and deliver communications to customers more effectively via any output channel. A customer communications management (CCM) strategy aims to improve an organization’s creation, delivery, storage, and retrieval of outbound and interactive communications with its customers.
According to Gartner, the decision to “publish a Magic Quadrant on this topic reflects the CCM software market’s growth and crucial role in the creation of highly personalized multimedia communications. We [Gartner] estimate that this market represents approximately $800 million worldwide, as measured in total software provider revenue in 2013. We [Gartner] forecast that this figure will grow to more than $1 billion by 2016, with a compound annual growth rate of 11%.”
“We are very proud to be included in Gartner’s first ever Magic Quadrant on Customer Communications Management Software,” said Henri Dura, CEO, GMC Software Technology. “GMC’s solutions have been developed based on a solid foundation of 20 years’ experience and will enable us to execute on our vision for the future communication output.”
“Neopost understands the recipe for success when onboarding new companies and has a very clear strategy for GMC – let passionate and customer committed people continue delivering with autonomy,” continues Dura. “As a proof of it, our revenues in CCM were up 20% organically over the first 9 months of 2013.”
“Our aim is to continue to bring innovation to and continue to ‘shake up’ the CCM market to enable our clients to deliver the best customer experience,” concludes Dura.
Read the Gartner Magic Quadrant here.
Notes to editor
Chairman Dr Rene Muller’s early vision 20 years ago with the print-only solution PrintNet™ provided the foundation for the future vision of dynamic communication that GMC Software Technology embraces today. In 2012 GMC was acquired by Neopost.
GMC Inspire™, its flagship platform, is an enterprise communication platform that enables an organization to consistently deliver relevant personalized messages, at the right time through the preferred channel. By offering the end customer the choice, it encourages loyalty born out of a good customer experience. This intelligent use of communications has enabled GMC clients to build loyalty that lasts, while driving down costs and reaching new markets and customers. GMC helps thousands of clients worldwide across the banking, insurance, retail, business services, telco/utilities and healthcare industries gain customer insight to improve the customer experience by getting communications to market 70% faster, improves operational efficiencies by more than 50%, and expands business services for more lucrative opportunities.
Gartner does not endorse any vendor product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
[1] Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Customer Communication Management” by Karen M. Shegda, Kenneth Chin, Pete Basiliere, 26 November, 2013
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December 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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