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SANS Institute Brings In-Depth Offensive and Defensive Cyber Security Training to Singapore

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SINGAPORE, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — To provide cyber security professionals with the advanced skills needed to sharpen their abilities, SANS today announced it is returning to the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel campus for SANS Secure Singapore 2014. Taking place 10 – 15 March, SANS’ cutting-edge training courses will provide students with real-world offensive and defensive cyber security skills they can use the day they return to their jobs.

The brand new SANS FOR585: Advanced Smartphone Forensics course will debut in the APAC region at Secure Singapore 2014. Forensics expert and SANS Senior Instructor Paul Henry explains, “In FOR585 students are given a detailed understanding of what happens behind the ‘mouse click’ and ‘find evidence button’ with popular mobile forensics analysis tools. An analytical – platform based approach to analysis is used and key evidence locations / areas are also addressed. Armed with this knowledge students are better prepared to address the many challenges in performing a sound forensic analysis posed by today’s rapidly evolving mobile devices.”

SANS SEC660: Advanced Penetration Testing, Exploits, and Ethical Hacking will arm students with the skills required to test a wide variety of products. Students will test network routers and switches, cryptographic implementations and restricted environments, as well as fuzzing and zero-day bug hunting. “This is one of the most in-depth training courses of its kind,” says security expert and SANS Senior Instructor, Stephen Sims.

SANS Secure Singapore 2014 provides attendees the opportunity to advance their IT security and computer forensics skills, work toward their GIAC security certification, and network with other top information security professionals. For complete details regarding the SANS Secure Singapore 2014 training event and to register, please visit:

About SANS Institute
The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest source for world-class information security training and security certification in the world, offering over 50 training courses each year. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, is a certification body featuring over 27 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet’s early warning system — the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (
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February 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm

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Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group Enters Brazilian Market Through Acquisition of Tubexpress

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ZWIJNDRECHT, The Netherlands, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
The Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group has acquired Tubexpress, a Brazilian distribution company supplying pipes and tubes to the (petro)chemical and oil and gas industry. The acquisition is effective from the 1st of January, 2014.
Van Leeuwen’s strategy is aimed at expanding and strengthening its market positions in several countries and industrial segments through acquisitions and autonomous growth. Acquisitions are aimed at expanding specialisms, and enlarging the company’s geographical footprint. The acquisition in Brazil is in line with this growth strategy.
Tubexpress, founded in 1990 and located in Brazil, is a stock holding distributor offering high quality products according to ISO 9000 standards, and has extensive product knowledge and expertise in the oil and gas market. The company has two branches in Brazil, in Osasco and Sao Carlos, both in the state of Sao Paulo, and employs around 65 people.
The founder and present Managing Director, Mr. Mario Zupo, will transfer his day to day responsibilities but will remain closely involved for the next two years, to ensure a smooth transition and to further expand the business. With Tubexpress the focus of Van Leeuwen in Brazil will primarily be on the international energy market, specifically the oil and gas segment.
Peter Rietberg, Chairman of the Board of the Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group:
“With the takeover of Tubexpress, Van Leeuwen expands yet again its global footprint, following the recent expansion of activities in for instance Africa, Asia, and the USA. The acquisition provides us a platform for growth particularly in the oil and gas segment in Brazil. Local customers will profit from Van Leeuwen’s worldwide network and expertise, and we can serve our international customers in Brazil.”
Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group
The Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group is an international trading company specializing in steel pipes, and pipe and tube applications. The company is active in virtually all industrial sectors. The company was founded in 1924. The Group has fifty branches spread throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, North and South America.
Source: Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group

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February 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

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SATTE 2014 Calls for Synergies in the Travel & Tourism Industry

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NEW DELHI, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
Aviation, hospitality and travel industry heads discuss issues of regulatory framework and policy
VisitBritain announces Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UK and Indian Trade Associations
The second day of SATTE 2014, (scheduled till January 31st at Pragati Maidan) reflected the primary focus of UBM India for SATTE – to establish India as one of the most sought after tourism destinations on the global tourism map by bringing all the stakeholders across the globe under one roof. The enhanced buyer programme for SATTE 2014 offered an incentivised Pre-Scheduled Appointments (PSAs) system that allowed buyers to schedule appointments ensuring opportunities for international and regional senior level buyers to source new destinations, travel products and services on the show floor.
In accordance with the UK Government’s agenda for India as a priority market, VisitBritain today announced at SATTE 2014 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UK and Indian Trade Associations (ETOA, TAAI, TAFI, OTOA, UKinbound, OTOAI). This is the first MoU between UK and Indian trade associations to enable a positive business environment for mutual national travel industries and establish a framework to create programmes and address issues.
The SATTE India Conference featured industry leaders from the sector address critical issues of regulatory framework and policy in focused discussions, with themes including ‘Tourism for National Development’ and ‘Inventing new approaches to forge a stronger partnership within the industry’. Destination briefings on Maharashtra and West Bengal were held along with discussions on ‘Developing Innovative Partnership Model for Tourism in 2020’ and ‘Evaluating India as an emerging MICE destination and factors driving the corporate to host events in India’. Industry experts voiced opinions on the need to evolve the industry ecosystem for increased profitability. Trends emphasised included the proliferation of technological advances, the rise of India and China as the biggest tourist source markets globally, popularity of low cost carriers, and growing awareness and demand for responsible and sustainable tourism. The event also served as a platform to beseech policymakers to address industry issues that require government participation.
During his address, as part of the Buyer Briefing, Dr. Edward P. Dramberger, Destination Dr Consulting, New York spoke of the buyer-seller dynamic, including aspects and factors of business interactions that govern sales. He also presented important marketing models for both buyers and sellers to understand and amplify sales and market reach, and concluded with role-playing exercises between buyers and sellers.
During his Opening Remarks, Dilip Puri, MD, India and Regional VP South Asia, Starwood Asia Pacific addressed the need for better technology in the industry, and technology’s role in upgrading India’s undersupplied and underutilised MICE sector. He also spoke about the government’s need to address the strategic importance of the tourism industry in creating jobs and overall economic development. In the panel discussion that followed, Ajay Bakaya, Executive Director, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts echoed the common industry sentiment for the government to acknowledge and work towards showcasing national beauty through better infrastructure and long-term tourism development. Rahul Pandit, CEO, Lemon Tree Hotels spoke about the need to promoting inclusive growth among stakeholders.
Interested buyers made their way to vibrant stalls to browse destination offerings. Colourful booths of Tourism Malaysia, Visit Britain, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Turkish Tourism and Culture, States such as Odisha, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, among others, showcased the essence of their offerings, coupled with their rich culture and heritage.
About UBM India
UBM India is India’s #1 and South Asia’s leading live media and events company that engages people and enriches businesses. We provide the industry, a platform that brings the world’s buyers and sellers together through a portfolio of exhibitions, content led conferences, seminars, tech media, live events, data services and powerful media brands. Enabling trade across multiple industry verticals, we host over 20 large scale exhibitions and over 60 conferences every year, across the country. UBM India, a UBM Asia Company, has teams across Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. Owned by UBM plc, listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organizer and the biggest commercial organizer in mainland China, India and Malaysia. For further details, please visit the UBM India website at
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Source: SATTE 2014 and UBM India Pvt Ltd

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February 5, 2014 at 5:51 pm

JEANRICHARD Kicks off Partnership with Arsenal FC

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LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, Switzerland, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Swiss watchmaker JEANRICHARD becomes Global Partner as well as “Official Watch” of the emblematic London football club Arsenal FC of the English Premier League. This long-term partnership marks a major step forward for the newest oldest Swiss watch brand that is now going to play in the “Premier League” and for Arsenal that has a very strong global following.
Football, just like watchmaking, is a Philosophy of Life. Team spirit, dedication and passion are common values; joining fans, players, collectors, watchmakers and everyone involved in the history and pioneering spirit of both JEANRICHARD and Arsenal on one common ground. It was therefore a natural decision that both organisations now embark on a new journey together.
What started off in 1886 in Woolwich when a group of factory workers got together to build the “Arsenal”, has gone on to form one of the most successful football teams in English and European history.
Now, over 125 years later, the “Gunners” are not only known for their numerous achievements or their heritage. Arsene Wenger’s philosophy to find the best young talent and develop them into the stars of tomorrow is known the world over.
Just as Arsenal is known to recruit and develop young talents, Daniel Jeanrichard, founder of the watch industry in the late seventeenth century, embarked on a journey to educate the next generation, promoting values nurturing his Philosophy of Life – passion for hard work, authenticity, fair play, team spirit, and loyalty amongst each other. Jeanrichard was careful to hand down the knowledge and the spirit of excellence to future generations, and played an important role in setting up an apprenticeship system that is active to this day.
“A strong heritage combined with young team spirit and style: Arsenal and JEANRICHARD share the same Philosophy of Life,” said Bruno Grande, CEO of the Swiss watchmaker. “Both are considered forward thinkers in their fields and ‘passing on the ball’ is our common approach. The Gunners just as the JEANRICHARD people are out ‘on the field’ to make the most of every moment and strive to accomplish extraordinary things day in and day out with passion and respect.”
“Timing, tempo, style and elegance are key attributes of the way Arsenal play its football and of the JEANRICHARD brand,” said Vinai Venkatesham, Sales and Marketing Director of Arsenal Football Club. “With such a strong fit between our two companies we are delighted to have agreed a long-term partnership with JEANRICHARD.”
JEANRICHARD has been one of the first luxury watchmakers to support football on an international level starting with its Italian venture in 2003. As a Global Partner as well as “Official Watch” of Arsenal, it will now support the Gunners on the impressive home-turf of Emirates Stadium and on the road.
Alongside significant presence within the stadium on match days, the Swiss watchmaker will unveil a limited edition “Arsenal” watch in the near future, to drive the success of this partnership on all levels.
JEANRICHARD watches have been conceived for all those who enjoy challenges, revel in the unknown, and would like to live their lives to the fullest, savouring the best of each moment. These are the everyday adventurers, who enjoy authenticity and will make no compromises, be that on quality or on design. These are independent spirits who scorn conventions and play by their own rules, travelling off the beaten paths.
The art of life JEANRICHARD timepieces come in four different collections that each pay tribute to the elements of our universe: Terrascope, Aquascope, Aeroscope and 1681. Earth, water, air, plus the fire of passion that has inspired our brand for over three centuries and has excited sophisticated globetrotters every day anew.
JEANRICHARD is part of the Kering Group, a world leader in apparel and accessories which develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands.
Arsenal is one of the leading clubs in world football with a strong heritage of success, progressive thinking and financial stability.
Arsenal Football Club was founded in 1886 in Woolwich, south London, before moving to Highbury in north London in 1913. Arsenal has an impressive roll of honour: English League Champions 13 times, FA Cup winners 10 times, League Cup winners twice and European Cup Winners’ Cup (1994) and European Fairs Cup (1970) winners once.
In addition, Arsenal Ladies are the most successful English club in women’s football.
Arsenal’s Manager since 1996 has been Frenchman Arsene Wenger. Wenger is Arsenal Football Club’s most successful manager. His honours include three League titles, four FA Cups and four Charity/Community Shields, including two League and Cup ‘doubles’ in 1998 and 2002.
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Technical specifications
Polished and vertically satin-finished
stainless steel case
44 mm
Height: 12.60 mm
Antireflective sapphire crystal
Case-back screw-down, engraved
Water-resistant to 100 m
Movement JR60,
Calibre: 11 o”’
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/ hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: 26
Power reserve: minimum 38 hours
Functions: hour, minute, second, date
Black vertically satin-finished dial
Applied rhodium-coated indexes
with additional luminescent dot
Rhodium-coated hands
with luminescent material
Black Rubber strap
Official Watch Stainless steel folding buckle
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February 5, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Renault and Nissan Launch Projects to Accelerate Alliance Synergies

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AMSTERDAM, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
To achieve at least EUR 4.3B annualized synergy target, the Alliance will focus on closer integration in four key areas: R&D, Manufacturing & Logistics, Purchasing, and Human Resources.
Projects in each function focused on improving operational performance of the Alliance and fully leverage economies of scale.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is launching convergence projects in four key functions to enhance performance and achieve at least a EUR 4.3 billion annualized synergy goal by 2016.
The Alliance announced today that it will study increased convergence in Research & Development, Manufacturing & Logistics, Purchasing, and Human Resources to be jointly managed by Renault and Nissan.
“Renault and Nissan’s partnership is fundamentally based on mutual respect and an attitude where all ‘win-win’ projects move forward on the fast track,” said Renault-Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “With the new convergence projects, we will continue on the same path and with the same principles of respect and transparency — at an accelerated pace.” (Watch our video news release here:
Four Areas of Focus
Four operations are launching convergence projects, including:
Purchasing: Renault and Nissan have had a significantly combined purchasing organization for more than a decade. The additional convergence projects in R&D and Manufacturing will be designed to drive more synergies and deliver more economies of scale for the companies and their suppliers globally – including France, Japan and key growth markets. Christian Vandenhende, Managing Director of Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization, will be the Purchasing convergence project leader.
R&D: Renault and Nissan will study how to allocate research on next-generation technologies to spread resources further. The R&D study will also focus on the acceleration of common platforms, define and deploy a common powertrain strategy, and optimize test facilities globally. Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Director of Common Platforms and Parts for the Renault-Nissan Alliance, will be the R&D convergence project leader.
Manufacturing & Logistics: Projects will focus on how to improve plant performance through more rigorous benchmarking. The teams will also review how to optimize capital expenditures through standardization, better capacity utilization and logistics efficiency. Shouhei Kimura, Corporate Vice President for Vehicle Production Engineering at Nissan, will be the Manufacturing & Logistics convergence project leader.
Human Resources: Renault and Nissan teams will study the development of common HR processes throughout the Alliance. The companies will launch a project to create a unified “talent management” policy from the home countries and across global operations. Marie-Francoise Damesin, Executive Vice President for Human Resources at Renault, will be the HR convergence project leader.
Full press release available here:
Mia Nielsen
Renault-Nissan Alliance
Source: Renault-Nissan Alliance

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February 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm

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IBM Named an Innovation Leader in Big Data in Sub-Saharan Africa, Notes Frost & Sullivan

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— Innovative, integrated solutions and emphasis on market education helps IBM expand its market share in the region

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent research on the big data solutions market, Frost & Sullivan has presented IBM (NYSE:IBM) with the 2014 Sub-Saharan African Frost & Sullivan Award for Competitive Strategy Leadership. While most companies in Sub-Saharan Africa already undertake various forms of data analytics, one of the key challenges facing big data solutions providers is convincing companies of the longer-term pay-offs resulting from effective big data implementation. Uneven market maturity and a shortage of skilled personnel are other issues specific to the region. IBM has employed a Big Data and Analytics strategy that effectively addresses these challenges, making it a leading local market player.

IBM is already a dominant player in the emerging global big data market and the uptake of its solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa has followed a similar vein across a broad range of industries. To meet growing client demands, IBM has established the world’s deepest portfolio of Big Data and Analytics research and development, solutions and software, and assembled a strong team of researchers, mathematicians, data scientists, as well as strategy, analytics and design services consultants. In addition, the company continues to secure numerous patents related to Big Data and Analytics and engage a broad range of university partnerships.

“Competition amongst IT integrators is intense, but one of IBM’s key advantages is its ability to provide the full spectrum of big data services – from the infrastructure and hardware aspects through to analytics and visualisation,” noted Frost & Sullivan Senior Industry Analyst Gareth Mellon. “This is something that most competitors do not have the capability to offer, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

IBM’s ability to partner with specific industry providers at different points in the big data value chain has further entrenched the broad scope of its portfolio and allowed it to offer customisable solutions throughout the market.

Recognising that a viable cost-benefit analysis is critical to achieving big data solution buy-in, IBM has also been purposeful in its efforts to educate the market of the value it can derive from effective big data solutions. This awareness is created through the provision of training materials and online resources, the publication of numerous reports and case studies, and committed involvement with high-profile projects.

“IBM’s ability to facilitate integration between the various threads of a business has been critical to its big data solutions offering,” added Mellon. “As such, it has both leveraged and reinforced existing market perceptions of it as a leading ICT integrator.”

The company’s Big Data and Analytics solutions strategy maintains its emphasis on innovation. For instance, IBM is a leading player in the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project which has significant and highly advanced “big data” requirements. The SKA is an international effort to build the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope, to help better understand the history of the universe. IBM also continues to build on its renowned Watson cognitive computing system, which is able to draw on big data techniques to provide evidence-based responses.

On the skills side, IBM has gone to considerable lengths to ensure an ongoing supply of skilled personnel in Africa through its establishment of Innovation Centres – it now has three on the continent, with plans to open two more during 2014 – and the provision of online platforms such as ‘big data bootcamps’ and

Numerous case studies testify to the uptake of IBM’s solutions by a vast range of companies including banks, insurance providers, petroleum suppliers, healthcare providers, telecommunications operators, research bodies, and various government-related entities. Most recently, IBM announced a partnership with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) through which it will establish a comprehensive database of cancer patients in Africa and use big data tools to effectively utilise this information.

An additional opportunity stemming from the rise of big data solutions is the link with smart cities, an emerging field in which IBM has already developed strong competency and is recognised as a ‘leading game changer.’ See Frost & Sullivan’s ”

Strategic Opportunity Analysis of the Global Smart City Market( )” (August 2013). Smart cities are characterised by the integration of millions of smart devices and the coordination of businesses, the public sector, knowledge institutions, and a city’s inhabitants to produce real-time solutions and services. Effective big data solutions underpin such developments and, while smart cities are not yet a feature of the African landscape, IBM is well-positioned to play a leading role in their establishment on the continent.

Frost & Sullivan’s research confirms that IBM has established a compelling case for the adoption of its solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. In recognition, Frost & Sullivan is pleased to present IBM with the 2014 Competitive Strategy Leadership Award within the Sub-Saharan African big data solutions market.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has leveraged competitive intelligence to successfully execute a competitive strategy that results in stronger market share, competitive brand positioning and customer satisfaction.

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

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February 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm

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Japanese Olympic Gold Medallist Ryota Murata to be Featured at Venetian Macao’s Ring of Gold

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Saturday, February 22 — tickets on sale now
MACAO /PRNewswire/ — Japan’s 2012 Olympic gold medallist Ryota Murata will be featured as one of three Olympic champions on the Ring of Gold world championship boxing card, Saturday, February 22 at The Venetian® Macao’s Cotai Arena, with tickets on sale now via Cotai Ticketing.
Japan’s Ryota Murata will face Brazil’s Carlos Nascimento at Ring of Gold, one of three headline fights in the latest multi-bout boxing spectacular coming to The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. Tickets for the Feb. 22 showdown are on sale now through Cotai Ticketing.
Japan’s Ryota Murata will face Brazil’s Carlos Nascimento at Ring of Gold, one of three headline fights in the latest multi-bout boxing spectacular coming to The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. Tickets for the Feb. 22 showdown are on sale now through Cotai Ticketing.
“I am honoured to be fighting in Macao as part of this eagerly anticipated event,” Murata said. “I have been working hard in training camp, developing different variations of my offensive attacks. I know my opponent, Carlos Nascimento, has fought for a world championship and has more professional experience than I. It is because of that I consider myself the challenger in our upcoming fight.”
Murata (2-0, 2 KOs), of Nara, Japan, captured the Olympic gold medal in the middleweight division at the 2012 Summer Games in London. It was the first gold medal won by a Japanese boxer since Takao Sakurai in 1964, and also the first-ever boxing medal in a weight class other than bantamweight or flyweight. Murata also became the 100th gold medallist in Japanese Olympic history. The six-foot-tall middleweight, who has won both his fights by knockout, will be fighting outside Japan as a professional for the first time.
The vastly more experienced pro Nascimento (28-3, 22 KOs), from Sao Paulo, Brazil, enters this fight having won 12 of his last 14 bouts, with none of those victories coming by way of knockout. A former Brazilian national junior middleweight champion, he challenged undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight world champion Sergii Dzinziruk in 2007, going 11 rounds before getting stopped.
Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., Ring of Gold will also feature Chinese favourites Zou Shiming (3-0), Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso (11-0, 7 KOs), Ik Yang (Yang Lianhui) (13-0, 8 KOs), and “The Macao Kid” Ng Kuok Kun (2-0). In addition, Russia’s Egor Mekhontsev (1-0, 1 KO) joins fellow gold medallists Murata and Zou as one of the headlining matchups. The event kicks off at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 22, with tickets to the multi-bout boxing extravaganza on sale now at all Cotai Ticketing box offices *, ranging in price from HKD/MOP 80 to 4,680. Hotel packages and ferry packages are also available. Tickets can be booked online at, or by phone at +853-2882-8818 (Macao) / +852-6333-6660 (HK) / +86-4001-206-618 (China). Tickets are also available through Hong Kong Ticketing (customer service fee applies), online at or by phone at +852-3128-8288; and through Macao Kong Seng Ticketing Network, online at, by phone at +853-2855-5555, or in person at selected retail outlets (for locations, visit
For more information about Ring of Gold, visit
* The Venetian Macao — Cotai Arena and Main Lobby box offices; Four Seasons Hotel Macao — The Plaza™ box office; Sands® Macao — L1 box office; Sands® Cotai Central — Sheraton Main Lobby and Holiday Inn Main Lobby box offices
Bouts and times subject to change
Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Properties
Sands China Ltd. has as a clear vision to establish Macao as Asia’s top entertainment destination.
The 15,000-seat Cotai Arena is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment destination in southern China, hosting the world’s and the region’s biggest names in music, sports and awards shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their Asian tours.
The 1800-seat, multi-purpose Venetian Theatre is one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greater China. Featuring ushers in black-tie, champagne service, gourmet food and beverage items and other unique, premium amenities, it offers an intimate, luxurious and exclusive venue experience. The Venetian Theatre is playing a key role in bringing the best in international and Chinese entertainment to Macao, with a luxury theatre experience like no other in the region.
The 650-seat Sands Theatre regularly features internationally-renowned singers, performers and artists of the highest calibre. From traditional Chinese-costumed dancers to modern performances, and from singing troupes to contemporary bands, everything from Western rock to Cantonese pop is covered.
With an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands China Ltd. is ushering in a new era of entertainment in Macao.
About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel
Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao’s first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 330 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.
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About Cotai Strip Resorts Macao – Macao’s Integrated Resort City
Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Cotai Strip Resorts Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao has transformed a gaming-centric day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.
Pulsating with life, both night and day, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, gaming excitement, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including international restaurants, bars and lounges. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is a must-see destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.
Comprised of The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach.
Cotai Strip Resorts Macao….Macao Starts Here. For more information, please visit
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February 5, 2014 at 11:53 am

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Heavy Reading Sees Strong Demand for Converged Microwave Routers, But Uncertainty on Deployment Timing

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New class of equipment integrates an IP/MPLS router with a high-capacity Ethernet microwave radio to reduce complexity, simplify management, and reduce costs in mobile backhaul networks

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mobile operators are intrigued by the promise of Converged Microwave Routers (CMRs) to simplify and reduce costs for their backhaul networks, but are uncertain when they will be able to deploy such products, according to a major new report from Heavy Reading (, the research division of Light Reading (

Converged Microwave Routers: A Heavy Reading Survey Analysis assesses demand among mobile operators for CMRs – a new class of equipment that integrates an IP/MPLS router with a high-capacity Ethernet microwave radio. Consistent with the reevaluation of requirements that operators throughout the world are undertaking, this report leverages an exclusive survey of mobile operators to gain insight into their thinking about the role of microwave backhaul networks and the case for CMRs.

This report is based on Heavy Reading’s 2013 Microwave Networking Survey, which was conducted in the spring of 2013. In addition to the 85 qualified respondents to our online survey, this report also takes account of the feedback provided by eight telephone interviews conducted with senior individuals with responsibility for mobile backhaul planning in mobile operators in different regions of the world.

“About one third of mobile operators that use microwave backhaul consider it ‘very likely’ that their company will deploy a CMR in the backhaul network in the next three years,” says Patrick Donegan, Senior Analyst with Heavy Reading and author of the report. “Easier management is the single most important value proposition of a CMR, followed by lower cost. Both of these value propositions speak to the singular importance of bearing down on total cost of ownership, which is the single most important challenge mobile operators say they face in evolving their microwave backhaul networks.”

Where a mobile operator uses microwave backhaul, the most important determinants of its propensity to deploy a CMR are largely business-oriented, Donegan explains. “These include where the operator is in the investment cycle in deploying L2 switching in the backhaul; its outlook on L3/MPLS in the backhaul and how far advanced it is in deploying that; and where the operator is with its LTE deployments. No one technical barrier figures prominently in operators’ considerations of deploying a CMR.”

Key findings of Converged Microwave Routers: A Heavy Reading Survey Analysis include the following:

In our survey, roughly half of mobile operator respondents are uncertain about their company’s propensity to deploy a CMR in the next three years. Many mobile operators are undertaking a “root and branch” review of their backhaul requirements, including the balance between fiber and microwave and between L2 and L3 protocols in their backhaul network.

Market uncertainty reflects a variety of circumstances. Operators in emerging markets have only begun rolling out Carrier Ethernet switching in the last couple of years, and some of them can’t upgrade to L3. So even if they do buy into the theoretical case for L3 in the backhaul, these operators have no choice but to wait and show an ROI on these L2 investments for the next several years.

Only a fifth of the total survey sample considers their companies “unlikely” to deploy a CMR within three years. One of the rationales among this minority can be found in operators that have already started rolling out standalone L3 cell-site routers, and are intent on seeing those investment programs through over the next several years.

Converged Microwave Routers: A Heavy Reading Survey Analysis costs $3,995 and is published in PDF format. The price includes an enterprise license covering all of the employees at the purchaser’s company.

For additional information, or to request a free executive summary of this report, please contact:

David Williams
Global Director of Sales, Research
Heavy Reading

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Heavy Reading is an independent research organization offering deep analysis of emerging telecom trends to network operators, technology suppliers, and investors. Its product portfolio includes in-depth reports that address critical next-generation technology and service issues, market trackers that focus on the telecom industry’s most critical technology sectors, exclusive worldwide surveys of network operator decision-makers that identify future purchasing and deployment plans, and a rich array of custom and consulting services that give clients the market intelligence needed to compete successfully in the global telecom industry. As a division of UBM Tech (, Heavy Reading contributes to the only integrated business information platform serving the global communications industry.
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February 5, 2014 at 11:44 am

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IDG Ventures India and Ascent Capital Invest in Newgen Software

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NEW DELHI/PRNewswire/ — Newgen Software, a leading global provider of Business Process Management (BPM), Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Customer Communication Management (CCM) solutions has raised equity capital from IDG Ventures India and Ascent Capital. Avendus Capital was the financial advisor to the transaction. The investment will be used to strengthen presence in USA and other major developed markets, as well as in new product development.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Diwakar Nigam, the Managing Director of Newgen Software and a founder member of NASSCOM, said, “I am pleased that IDG Ventures India and Ascent Capital have placed their confidence in us. The investment will be used to drive global expansion particularly in the USA and other major developed markets. Another significant area of focus would be product development and we would like to continue delighting our customers through product innovations.”
“We are extremely excited to partner with Newgen, which is a global software product leader and a role model for budding Indian product startups. Enterprise software is a key area of focus for IDG Ventures India, and Diwakar has been a pioneer in the space. We look forward to Newgen’s continued rapid growth across areas such as cloud and mobility,” said Mr. Sudhir Sethi, Founder, Chairman and Managing Director, IDG Ventures India.
Mr. Raja Kumar, Founder, MD and CEO at Ascent Capital, said, “Newgen’s founding team has immense domain expertise and the company has marquee global customers. We are excited to partner with the company during their next phase of growth across products and geographies.”
Commenting on the transaction, Mr. Aashish Bhinde, Executive Director at Avendus Capital, said, “Newgen is one of the few software product companies from India that has built a strong competitive position in the global technology market (in the BPM/ECM segments). They have been delivering best-in-class solutions to clients the world over and growing aggressively. We are excited to have facilitated the induction of IDG Ventures & Ascent Capital to partner with Newgen on its next phase of growth.”
Newgen has been recognised consistently in world’s leading analyst reports like Gartner Magic Quadrants and Forrester Waves as well as reports by IDC, Ovum and so on.
About Newgen Software:
Newgen Software Technologies Limited is a leading global provider of Business Process Management (BPM), Enterprise Content management (ECM) and Customer Communication Management (CCM).
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February 5, 2014 at 11:25 am

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Ergomed and Ferrer to Develop Lorediplon for Insomnia

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ — Ergomed Clinical Research Ltd, a leading clinical development company working with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, today announces that it has entered into an agreement with Ferrer, a privately-held Spanish pharmaceutical company, to support further clinical studies of Lorediplon in patients with insomnia. Ferrer also announced it is collaborating with Ildong Pharmaceuticals Co Ltd, Korea.
Ergomed is working with Ferrer as the clinical development organization to conduct the multicenter, multinational, randomized Phase IIa Lorediplon trial in insomnia. Under the terms of the agreement, Ergomed will assume a proportion of the clinical and regulatory costs of the Phase IIa trial in return for a share of future revenues received by Ferrer for Lorediplon in this indication.
“We are very pleased to co-invest with Ferrer in the development of Lorediplon, which has shown promising results in clinical trials to date,” said Miroslav Reljanovic, M.D., CEO of Ergomed. “Our seventh co-development agreement establishes us as one of the leading worldwide companies completing deals under this innovative model.”
“We look forward to working with our partners Ergomed and Ildong on the development of Lorediplon as a treatment for patients with underserved needs in insomnia and continue to seek additional partners to further the clinical development and commercialisation of Lorediplon in other territories,” said Ferrer COO, Antoni Villaro Martin.
“Insomnia remains a common sleep disorder that has both a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life and a broader impact on society, in terms of reduced productivity and associated healthcare costs” says Fernando Garcia Alonso, CSO at Ferrer. “Lorediplon is the first product to enter clinical trials from our CNS discovery program, the aim of which is to deliver differentiated products targeting underserved needs in insomnia and related sleep disorders.”
Under the terms of the Ildong agreement, Ferrer will be eligible to receive payments from the Co-operation and License Agreement covering countries within East Asia, including South Korea, China and Japan. Ildong will be responsible for the costs and activities related to development and regulatory approvals in their territory.
“We are delighted to announce this collaboration with Ferrer,” said Ildong chairman and CEO, Jung-chi Lee, Ph.D. “We are ready to fully cooperate in order to improve quality of life for patients.”
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February 5, 2014 at 11:18 am

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