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Mountain Dew(R) Joins X-MEN: Days of Future Past Universe With Official Partnership

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— Mountain Dew brings fans closer to the action of the blockbuster franchise

PURCHASE, N.Y, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — #DEWXMENDOFP — Mountain Dew® today announced an official international-wide partnership with 20th Century Fox’s X-MEN: Days of Future Past, this summer’s most eagerly awaited blockbuster, signaling the start of a robust campaign that will see Mountain Dew bring fans around the world closer to the film.

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With a star-studded international cast including Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart led by Director Bryan Singer, the seventh film in the X-MEN franchise unites stars from across the X-MEN generations for an epic cinematic journey of good versus evil.

Building on more than a decade of successful entertainment partnerships, Mountain Dew is launching its largest-ever international entertainment promotion. A powerful team, the Mountain Dew and X-MEN: Days of Future Past partnership sparks an immersive, fan-focused campaign by Mountain Dew, reaching the “Dew Nation” in nearly 30 countries.

Kurt Frenier, Vice President, Global Brand Development, Beverages, PepsiCo comments: “Mountain Dew is a global brand fueled by self-expression, confidence and authenticity, qualities that are also anchored in the iconic X-MEN film franchise. To celebrate these shared passions, we’re excited to bring our fans and customers around the world an immersive program of engaging content, money-can’t-buy experiences and exclusive promotions, all designed to bring them closer to what is expected to be this summer’s biggest blockbuster.”

The promotional campaign engages consumers across virtually every imaginable touchpoint — from in-store and special commemorative packaging featuring X-MEN: Days of Future Past characters and exciting prizes, to custom cinema programs, a global television commercial and digital and social platforms sharing exclusive behind the scenes content.

Anna Roca, SVP of International Promotions at 20th Century Fox adds: “We are thrilled to welcome Mountain Dew into the X-MEN: Days of Future Past world. The adventurous, energetic attitude of their fan base mirrors the franchise’s own — and their international reach helps bring our beloved mutants to more corners of the world than ever before.”

Notes to Editors:

About PepsiCo:
PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses — Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola — make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo’s promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit http://www.pepsico.com.
Source: PepsiCo

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March 19, 2014 at 7:24 pm

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Broadway Malyan-Designed National Heart Centre Completes in Singapore

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SINGAPORE, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The landmark National Heart Centre in the centre of Singapore, designed by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, has completed onsite and is set to provide a new centre of excellence for patients.

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Broadway Malyan acted as lead design consultant on the 48,000 sq m 12 Storey building, with support from local consultancy Ong & Ong, and the design philosophy based on the principle of putting patients, staff and visitors first.

The patient-focused environment builds on traditional hospital design, emphasises light and features open spaces with a mixture of green courtyards, sky-gardens and landscape views to create a welcoming and calming environment conducive to patient wellbeing and the healing process.

This sense of openness carries through to the external finish, with the façade appearing to be stripped back to reveal the gardens and courtyards and better connect people to the wider environment.

To improve the patient experience, the design team organised the complex and diverse range of clinical functions in a way that satisfies vital clinical needs, while minimising travel distances and creating efficient circulation around the building.

Ed Baker, Singapore-based Director at Broadway Malyan, said: “Our expert design team wanted to challenge people’s perceptions of healthcare and taking the patient experience as our starting point, working in close partnership with the Ministry of Health, we have incorporated the complex, specialist medical needs within an exciting and dramatic space. The resulting environment is better for patients, staff and visitors and stands as a vision for the future of healthcare facilities in Singapore and beyond.”

Broadway Malyan was selected through an open competition for the GBP 175m million project and has provided a wide range of services, including architectural, landscape architectural and interior design services, with the project winning the MIPIM Asia Futura Project Award in 2010.

The project forms part of Singapore’s general hospital redevelopment masterplan – the largest of its kind in the country – with the Broadway Malyan-designed 17-hectare mega healthcare city recently launched in Singapore.

When complete in 2030 it will serve 30,000 patients, visitors, staff, students and residents a day, double the current 15,000 who visit Tan Tock Seng Hospital. The floor space will be increased from 250,000 to 600,000 sq m, the number of beds will be increased by 25 per cent to 2,200 and ten buildings will be physically connected, including Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

The practice’s Singapore-based team of design experts is also delivering high-profile healthcare projects in India, including a 110,000 sq m and 500-bed high-level Cancer Institute in Lucknow, the capital city of the state of Uttar Pradesh, and the 30,000 sq m and 300-bed Fortis Children Hospital in Delhi.

Distinguished by our global reach with 16 studios across world centres, unrivalled diversity with 500+ design experts and distinctive client focus with over 75% income from repeat business, we create world-class and fully-integrated cities, places and buildings to unlock lasting value and deliver a ‘return on design’.

For more information / images please contact Chris White, Group Head of PR, by phone +44(0)7557-161146 or email c.white@broadwaymalyan.com
Source: Broadway Malyan

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March 19, 2014 at 7:12 pm

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Moving from Windows XP and Office 2003 to Windows 8.1 and Office 365: Top tips for a smooth transition

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REDMOND, Wash., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — With Microsoft Corp. ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014, small businesses and consumers are upgrading to newer devices with updated technology. For people still using technology from more than a decade ago, Microsoft’s new operating system and productivity software – Windows 8.1 and Office 365, respectively – will look and feel a little different. But knowing a few simple tips will make for an easy transition.

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“Windows 8.1 and Office 365 have been designed for how we work today. These new technologies provide people with a consistent and personalized experience no matter which device they’re using or where they’re working, enabling them to collaborate with colleagues and get business done efficiently,” said Thomas Hansen, vice president of Worldwide Small and Medium Business, Microsoft. “For small businesses, solutions like Windows 8.1 and Office 365 boost productivity from day one, allowing them to carry their office in their pocket.”

To help new Windows 8.1 and Office 365 users get up and running, here is a list of tips and tricks.

Top tips for Windows 8.1

Meet the Start screen. Start is where Windows 8.1 displays apps, contacts and more in an easy-to-navigate tile format, which can be organized by dragging and dropping the tiles into labeled groups. It’s easy to navigate back to Start from anywhere in Windows by swiping inward from the right edge of the touchscreen and tapping Start – or by pressing the Windows key on the keyboard. Moving the mouse to the lower-left corner of the screen also brings up a direct shortcut to the Start screen.

Get to know the five charms. The five “charms” – Search, Share, Start, Devices and Settings – are shortcuts to frequently used actions such as searching the Web and the hard drive, printing documents, and emailing photos and links. They’re always available on the right side of the screen no matter where you are in Windows – just swipe inward from the right edge or move the mouse to one of the right-hand corners or press the Windows key + C.

The familiar desktop is still there. The desktop is where you find programs such as Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Access the desktop from anywhere in Windows 8 by tapping or clicking on the Desktop tile on the Start screen, or pressing the Windows key + D on the keyboard.

Go to the desktop at sign-in.

Open Taskbar and Navigation properties by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or, if using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down and then clicking on Search), entering Taskbar in the search box and then tapping or clicking on Taskbar and Navigation in the results.
Tap or click on the Navigation tab, then tap or click on the When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start check box. Then tap or click on OK.

Top tips for Office 365

Explore Office 365 on the Web. All of the familiar Office apps that people already know and use – such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint – are accessible online through the Office Web Apps for no extra cost. In addition, employees can access their email, calendars and contacts, and use their team site to share and collaborate on documents from anywhere and on nearly any device.

Connect Office 365 to mobile devices. People can access Office 365 on any mobile device via Office Web Apps, but Windows Phone and iPhone users can download specific apps that make accessing your email and files even easier.

Learn more about Windows 8.1 and Office 365

For more helpful resources for making the jump from outdated technology to Windows 8.1 and Office 365, visit the XP end of support page.
Source: Microsoft Corp.

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March 19, 2014 at 6:26 pm

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RS Components Announces First PCB Quote Service Partners in Asia Pacific for DesignSpark PCB Tool

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New partnerships with Huaqiang and P-Ban will help design engineers in Asia shorten concept-to-prototype cycle from months to weeks
BEIJING, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has unveiled Huaqiang PCB (Huaqiang) and P-Ban.Com Corporation Japan (P-Ban) as its first partners in Asia Pacific (APAC) to offer the instant online Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Quote service via the DesignSpark PCB software. The partnerships will benefit design engineers in Asia with access to quick turnaround PCB manufacturing in prototype-volume, reducing the concept-to-prototype cycle from months to weeks.
“RS Components’ partnership with Huaqiang and P-Ban to provide the PCB Quote service reinforces the importance of the APAC market to our business. The combination of our partners’ strong reputation, wide delivery networks and deep connection with engineers means low prototype quantity for PCB manufacturing is now available at a more competitive cost with quicker turnaround time for DesignSpark PCB users in Asia,” said Eric Lee, Head of Regional Technical Marketing, Asia Pacific, RS Components.
With Huaqiang and P-Ban onboard as RS Components’ Asian PCB Quote service partners, engineers in APAC now enjoy greater support for PCB manufacturing. Both companies do not impose minimum order quantities for PCB manufacturing, making them ideal for supporting the design engineer’s requirement for prototyping and all the way up to batch productions.
As a major PCB manufacturer in the Greater China area, Huaqiang is capable of turning around very low quantities from quote to delivery within days.
In 2012, RS Components introduced the PCB Quote service as an industry-pioneering feature of the DesignSpark PCB software. With a simple click of the “PCB Quote” button in the software, engineers can send manufacturing files of the PCB instantly to a list of PCB manufacturer partners for a quote. This allows engineers to select their desired PCB manufacturer and place the order immediately.
In addition, with the BOM (Bill of Material) Quote functionality in the DesignSpark PCB software, a user can, at a click of a mouse, populate the BOM immediately with the latest prices and stock availability from the local RS Components’ website. The user can then seamlessly place an order to RS Components for the entire assembly. With RS Components’ quick same-day dispatch, the entire design and production cycle is now fully integrated, enabling engineers to spend their precious time on engineering a better product rather than chasing down deliveries for the various components and the PCB itself.
“We are pleased to announce the partnership with RS Components today, as it aligns with our reputation of service excellence through easy and fast delivery to customers. Through this alliance, we are able to provide faster PCB manufacturing for engineers worldwide, shortening the concept-to-production time for DesignSpark users,” said Carl Zhang, General Manager of Huaqiang. “We are committed to working with RS Components to shorten the product development cycle, reduce research and development costs, and doing our part to support innovation in the global electronics industry.”
Due to its advanced project design and instant online quotation capabilities, DesignSpark PCB has gained an extraordinarily high adoption with more than 200,000 users globally and has become the ‘open-source software’ tool of choice for sharing and collaborating on designs and projects.
“Our business is centred on supporting engineers throughout the entire process from concept-to-production. We are always innovating to help engineers easily find, design and buy on our website. The PCB Quote and BOM Quote functions are tools we’ve built to simplify engineers’ design process, helping them meet challenges for faster prototype turnaround and shorter time-to-market demands,” Eric concluded.
About Huaqiang PCB
Huaqiang PCB was founded in 2011, under the Shenzhen Huaqiang Group. It is a high-tech enterprise that provides the sample, allegro and batch production of circuit board professionally.
The company is committed to manufacturing the high-precision single-sided/ double-sided and multi-layers circuit board to provide high quality products and services for the high-tech enterprises, scientific research units and electronic products enterprises in domestic and foreign markets.
We focus on customer value and offer high efficiency delivery speed and five-star after-sales service, to be one of the most trusted brand suppliers in the industry of PCB.
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 GBP1.24bn.
For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-components.com.
Further information is available via these links:
@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components
RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0
Relevant Links:
Electrocomponents plc
http://www.electrocomponents.com
RS Components
http://www.rs-components.com
DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com
RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745
Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65- 6347-2355
Source: RS Components
Related stocks: LSE:ECM

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March 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm

RS Components Signs Exclusive Global Deal with Red Pitaya to Distribute Revolutionary New Open-source Test and Measurement Instrument

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Agreement with RS will enable the test and measurement start-up company to deliver affordable open-source measurement instruments to the mass market; unique Red Pitaya technology provides simple user interface, accessible to all
SINGAPORE, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — 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 an exclusive agreement with Red Pitaya, an important new contender in the test and measurement arena, to distribute the fledgling company’s first ground-breaking product: a single board, open instrumentation and control platform which replaces many expensive laboratory instruments at a price tag of less than USD$500.
Red Pitaya has seen incredible support from the wider engineering community following a Kickstarter funding campaign, where the target was achieved five-fold. The early interest in Red Pitaya can be attributed to the unique ecosystem approach, combining an Xilinx-based hardware platform with an open-source online repository of applications such as a waveform generator, oscilloscope and spectrum analyser.
The Red Pitaya Ecosystem consists of:
A credit card-sized, reconfigurable instrument that performs signal processing on an onboard Xilinx Zynq™ system-on-chip (SoC) that combines the software programmability of a dual ARM Cortex™-A9 MPCore with the hardware programmability of an FPGA, to provide unrivalled system performance. The instrument features two RF analogue I/O, four lower-bandwidth analogue I/O, as well as 16 general-purpose digital I/O ports. It supports Ethernet and includes a Micro SD slot;
The Bazaar cloud marketplace, a set of open-source test and measurement applications whose initial out-of-the-box instruments include an oscilloscope, a spectrum analyser, and arbitrary waveform generator, that can be accessed in most Web browsers from a tablet or personal computer;
The Backyard – a repository of corresponding open-source code, instructions for use, and tools for further development, enabling the engineering community to share and collaborate on new applications.
Red Pitaya aims to stimulate independence and creativity, and make instrumentation open and accessible to a much wider cross-section of users spanning enthusiasts, ham radio operators, education and start-ups, in addition to established research and industry users.
The first commercial production of the Red Pitaya instrument and applications will be available exclusively from RS later this year. Red Pitaya is based on the GNU/Linux operating system and can be programmed at different levels using a variety of software interfaces, including: HDL, C/C++, scripting languages, and HTML-based web interfaces.
“Red Pitaya is a truly innovative idea that is set to transform the test and measurement space,” said Philip Dock, Global Head of Product & Supplier Management at RS Components. “It is a compact and powerful building block for T&M applications, yet with a price tag of less than USD$500 it will be the first instrumentation product to hit the market that is accessible to the masses. It is exciting to be involved in the inaugural product launch, as sole distributor, and we really cannot emphasise enough the impact it is going to have on the lives of anyone interested in this field, whether as a low-cost replacement for use by experienced professionals, or as a teaching tool for budding engineers.”
“Partnering with RS Components will allow Red Pitaya to focus on what it does best, developing innovative instruments and supporting ecosystem to replace many expensive laboratory instruments. We believe that this will enable a community of developers, whose unleashed creativity will result in original and better instruments,” said Borut Baricevic, Red Pitaya Co-founder and Product Manager.
Red Pitaya was founded, in June 2013, by four engineers with a background in robotics and high-performance diagnostics and instrumentation for particle accelerators. The start-up secured more than USD$255,000 of funding from the Kickstarter project last year, corroborating strong industry support for the company’s innovative approach to product development in the test and measurement sector. For more information, visit http://www.redpitaya.com.
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 GBP1.24bn.
For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-components.com.
RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745
Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355
Further information is available via these links:
@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components
RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0
Relevant Links:
Electrocomponents plc
http://www.electrocomponents.com
RS Components
http://www.rs-components.com
DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com
Source: RS Components

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March 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Renault and Nissan to Converge Four Major Alliance Functions

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AMSTERDAM, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

To achieve a minimum EUR 4.3 billion annual synergy goal, the Alliance is implementing convergence plans in four key areas: Engineering, Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management, Purchasing, and Human Resources.
Converged business functions become official 1 April and are expected to have an immediate positive effect on operational performance.
Newly appointed Alliance Executive Vice Presidents will take charge of increasing integration in each function.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance today announced it will begin implementing convergence initiatives in four key operational areas starting 1 April, with the goal of achieving at least EUR 4.3 billion in annualized synergies by 2016.

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Management teams and the boards of Renault and Nissan finalized the convergence plans following consultations with employee representatives. The Alliance initially launched convergence study projects in late January in four key areas: Engineering, Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management, Purchasing, and Human Resources.

Under the plan, these functions will be jointly managed by Renault and Nissan, with a newly appointed Alliance Executive Vice President leading each function, and a new management committee to oversee implementation.

“Convergence within these four key business functions will result in an immediate increase in efficiency and leverage our size to achieve competitive economies of scale,” said Renault-Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “The synergies will then enable us to deliver higher-value vehicles to customers and stay at the leading edge of innovation.”

Four Converged Alliance Functions with New Leaders

Engineering: Renault and Nissan will combine Common Module Family engineering, advanced research, powertrain development (including electric vehicles), systems engineering and testing facilities and services. Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Alliance Director of Platforms and Parts, is appointed Alliance Executive Vice President, Alliance Technology Development, for the new converged Alliance function.

Manufacturing Engineering & Supply Chain Management: The new Alliance converged manufacturing function will cover global industrial strategy (including sourcing), production process engineering, production control and supply chain management. Shohei Kimura, Nissan Corporate Vice President for Vehicle Production Engineering, is appointed Alliance Executive Vice President, Manufacturing Engineering and Supply Chain Management.

Purchasing: Renault and Nissan have enjoyed an integrated purchasing organization for more than a decade. But convergence of major engineering and manufacturing activities will drive greater purchasing synergies and more economies of scale. Christian Vandenhende, Managing Director of the Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization, is appointed Alliance Executive Vice President, Alliance Purchasing.

Full release available here: http://www.media.blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com/news/4928

Bios available here: http://blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com/users/all

MEDIA CONTACT:

Mia Nielsen
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Source: Renault-Nissan Alliance

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March 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Announces Thorsten Kirschke to Assume Role of President of its Asia Pacific Region

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MINNEAPOLIS and SINGAPORE, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, today announced that Thorsten Kirschke will assume the role of President of the group’s Asia Pacific region effective immediately. For the past four years, Kirschke has led Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as President of the Americas. Kirschke will replace Simon Barlow, who resigned from his position to pursue other opportunities. He will report to David P. Berg, Chief Operating Officer, Carlson.
Thorsten Kirschke, President, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Thorsten Kirschke, President, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
“The Asia Pacific region is a key growth market for Carlson Rezidor where we continue to expand our leadership position across emerging markets,” explained Berg. “Thorsten brings an exceptional background of leadership and management success in the hotel industry to this role. His extensive global experience includes management roles in Central Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, China and the Middle East.”
During his tenure in the Americas, Kirschke’s many achievements include the articulation and successful execution of the long-term turnaround strategy under the group’s Ambition 2015 strategy. This has included brand positioning, improved operational delivery, accelerated development, creation of an effective Commercial organization as well as the formation of an executive leadership team. Some of the highlights include the revitalization and repositioning of the Radisson® brand, the introduction of Radisson Blu® to the U.S., the launch of the Generation 4 Country Inns & Suites By Carlson(SM); substantial positive momentum in our J.D. Power and Associates guest satisfaction rankings; and the re-launch of our Club Carlson(SM) loyalty program.
Prior to joining Carlson in 2009, Kirschke was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Rezidor Hotel Group based in Brussels, Belgium. Carlson is the main shareholder of Rezidor, which is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world.
In the Americas, Javier Rosenberg will continue to lead Radisson® and Radisson Blu® as Chief Operating Officer, Radisson, Americas and Executive Vice President, Owned and Managed Hotels. Scott Meyer will continue to lead Country Inns & Suites By Carlson(SM) and Park Inn® by Radisson as Senior Vice President, Midscale Hotel Brands, Americas. Phil Silberstein, Executive Vice President, will lead development in the Americas. Rosenberg, Meyer and Silberstein will now report to Berg.
About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes more than 1,340 hotels in operation and under development with a footprint spanning more than 105 countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands including Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson(SM). Carlson Rezidor plans to grow its portfolio to nearly 1,500 hotels in operation and under development by 2015. In most hotels, guests can benefit from Club Carlson(SM), one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor and its brands employ 88,000 people.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.
http://www.carlsonrezidor.com
Media Contacts:
Ben Gardeen, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group | +1 (763) 212-8129 | bgardeen@carlsonrezidor.com
Joanna Ong, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group I +65 9172 3008 I jong@carlsonrezidor.com
Source: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

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March 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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Chinese Master Yuan Ye — Whose Paintings Adorn China’s National Stamps — Appears for the First Time ever in Singapore

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SINGAPORE, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Chinese painter Yuan Ye — whose paintings were chosen for a set of Chinese national stamps in 2013 — will showcase his art for the first time ever in Singapore. The exhibition will be on view from March, 27 until April, 11 at South East Asia’s premier urban art gallery 28th Fevrier.
Showing the influences of both European and Asian painters, the artist combines ancient Chinese symbols with light-hearted, vibrant Western colours. Traditional blue-and-white porcelain, bamboo curtains and Chinese calligraphy merge in full harmony with the lightness and liveliness of Western painting.
Gallery director Dominic Khoo was eager to bring the one-of-a kind artist to Singapore and exclusively owns the Asia distribution rights: “He is the Vincent van Gogh of our time — and the first Chinese artist who combines Western and Chinese art with such natural results. Many works have rarely, if ever, been shown in public.”After a selection of his paintings was chosen for a set of Chinese national stamps — to celebrate his unique ability to represent the growth of modern China’s art culture — art collectors were willing to buy Yuan Ye’s paintings even before the paints dried.
“His artwork is special and flawless — this is the developing Chinese painting,” says the renowned Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong about the flower vases series. Yuan Ye’s unique usage of form, structure, texture and colour is a reminiscence of post-impressionism. The artist creatively interprets, reconstructs and deforms his flower vases that epitomize the wisdom of old dynasties. Although the play of brushstroke and colour seems casual, his techniques are carefully arranged and vary from expressive dabs to fine and meaningful lines. Yuan Ye: “An artist must never stop challenging himself to change and improve. The day contentment sets in is the day that artist is done!”
The viewer’s familiarity and immediate appreciation are a result of Yuan Ye’s outstanding artistic conception. “His art dissipates all negative emotions,” says gallery director Khoo about the flower vase series. Yuan Ye creates artpieces that are easy to access and have a calming effect on the viewer.
After a private opening event on March 27, the exhibition will be on view from March 28 until April 11. Curated in five linked rooms, the visitors can see the flower vase series alongside well-established international artists at Dominic Khoo’s 28th Fevrier. The gallery of former celebrity photographer Dominic Khoo regularly attracts a vibrant crowd and is located in the OOZI Clubhouse, a historical British officer’s mansion with a black-and-white facade behind Orchard Road.
Yuan Ye, March 27 – April 11 (by appointment only)
Dominic Khoo’s 28th Fevrier at OOZI, 6 Kay Siang Road, Singapore 248924
More information on http://www.whereisthesite.com and via +65-6366-4642
Media Enquiries
Andrea Bruchwitz
Public Relations Manager
OOZI Inc. Pte. Ltd., 6 Kay Siang Road, Singapore 248924
Phone: +65-6366-4642
Mobile: +65-9361-9376
Email: pr@oo-zi.com
Source: Dominic Khoo’s 28th Fevrier

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March 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Reed Business Information Acquires Innovata LLC, a Leading Provider of World Schedules Data for the Air Travel and Transportation Markets

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Reed Business Information Acquires Innovata LLC, a Leading Provider of World Schedules Data for the Air Travel and Transportation Markets

LONDON, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Reed Business Information (RBI), a division of Reed Elsevier, announced today it has acquired the entire issued share capital of Innovata LLC, a leading provider of airline schedules data, maps and tools for the global air travel market. Innovata will join RBI’s aerospace information and data services business, Flightglobal.

Innovata’s schedules data powers systems and online services for clients across the air travel and transportation sectors.

Flightglobal is among the longest established players in world aerospace and aviation, with a leading position in fleets data, aircraft values and now airline schedules. Its news, analysis and insights are used by professionals across the industry to identify new opportunities and make sound investment decisions.

Melanie Robson, Head of Flightglobal said: “Innovata and Flightglobal are two extremely strong and well-established brands in the aviation information sector. The bringing together of our highly complementary data assets will accelerate the growth of Flightglobal’s data businesses and enable us to find new solutions for customers by combining both companies’ data and analytical properties. Flightglobal brings huge audience reach, marketing power and multi-media expertise to the Innovata business.”

Paul Chrestensen, Innovata Chief Executive Officer, said: “This is a win-win agreement for Flightglobal and Innovata. As part of the Flightglobal family, we will bring together our innovative product portfolios and incredibly talented teams. We are confident that our companies will maintain their leading positions in the marketplace and continue building a strong foundation for the future.” Ponterra Business Advisors were exclusive financial advisors to Innovata.

About Innovata

Innovata is a leading source of airline schedules data covering more than 800 carriers worldwide and is a strategic partner of IATA, the trade association for the world’s airlines. Innovata licenses its schedules to clients across the air travel and transportation sectors; builds, hosts and maintains a wide range of electronic timetable and route network mapping solutions; feeds a range of third party aviation schedules analysis tools; and offers an affiliate partnership program through http://www.quicktrip.com to airports and other travel players.

About Flightglobal

Flightglobal is part of Reed Business Information, a division of the world leading information solutions group Reed Elsevier. With over 200 employees across the globe, Flightglobal is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Washington DC, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo. Its brands include the ACAS, Ascend Online and Flightglobal Dashboard premium services, as well as the flightglobal.com website, Airline Business and Flight International magazines.

About Reed Business Information

Reed Business Information brings market leading brands to an audience of millions of decision makers worldwide through its multi-platform media of data services, online lead generation services, community websites, magazines and events. Reed Business Information is part of Reed Elsevier, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the science, medical, legal, risk management and business to business sectors.
Source: Reed Business Information

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March 19, 2014 at 3:02 pm

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OANDA Launches Seconds-to-Trade in Canada

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Award-winning retail forex broker introduces new account registration process to provide clients with near instant access to the most liquid market in the world
SINGAPORE, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — OANDA, a global provider of innovative foreign exchange trading services, is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Seconds-to-Trade,’ providing its Canadian clients with one of the fastest retail forex account registration processes in the world. Starting today, those looking to start trading on OANDA’s world-class fxTrade platform, or experienced traders looking to switch forex brokers, can do so in less than two minutes.
Due to legal and regulatory requirements, it could take as long as 15 days for OANDA to approve and verify a new client’s registration application – an industry-wide dilemma. Always looking to disrupt via technology, OANDA created the ‘Seconds-to-Trade’ program after conducting an end-to-end analysis of its registration process. None of OANDA’s forex competitors offer a streamlined registration process for new clients quite like this.
“OANDA is an innovator – from day one, we have been focused on upending the forex market using technology. We were one of the first to offer online trading and we introduced several other firsts to the marketplace, including immediate execution, instant settlement on trades, and trades of any size between one unit and 10 million units,” said Natasha Lala, Vice-President of Engineering, OANDA Corporation. “In addition to innovation, one of our core strengths is customer service. Our clients asked for a simplified account registration in order to act quickly on market movements, and we are proud to deliver that today.”
New OANDA clients based in Canada can now begin trading in less than two minutes and for a limited time, and upon opening a new fxTrade account, they will receive $50 to get started. However, they must additionally fund the account and verify their identity within 30 days of opening said account.
“We live in a digital world and customers online, rightfully, demand speed and quality from brands regardless of industry. OANDA has, and will continue to, use technology as a forex disruptor to help ensure we are delivering on customer expectations before they even exist,” said Ed Eger, President and CEO, OANDA Corporation. “Today, we’ve enabled our Canadian clients to start trading as fast as the market moves and then execute their trades in near single-digit millisecond speeds. And we won’t rest there. This is only the beginning.”
OANDA’s ‘Seconds-to-Trade’ program is approved and currently available for Canadian investors. The broker is working with additional regulatory bodies in an effort to roll out the initiative globally throughout the remainder of the year.
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About OANDA
OANDA transformed the business of foreign exchange through an innovative approach to forex trading. The company’s industry leading 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. The company’s many awards attest to the power and flexibility of its trading platform. In 2013, OANDA was honoured with nearly a dozen awards, including Best Trade Execution Provider, Best Retail Trading Platform and Best Mobile Trading Platform by International Finance Magazine; as well as Best Value for Money by Investment Trends in each of the U.S., UK, and Asia Pacific markets.
OANDA was also the first online provider of comprehensive currency exchange information, and today the company’s OANDA Rate® data provides benchmark rates for corporations, auditing firms, and global banks.
OANDA has seven offices worldwide, in Toronto, Chicago, New York, Boston, London, Singapore and Tokyo. OANDA is fully regulated by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the U.S. National Futures Association (NFA), the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA).
About OANDA Asia Pacific
This information is made available to you by OANDA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. OANDA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd holds a Capital Markets Services Licence issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and is also licensed by the International Enterprise Singapore. Co Reg No. 200704926K. Trading in leveraged over-the-counter contracts for foreign currency, precious metals, and CFDs carries a high level of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. You should never put at risk any amount that you cannot afford to lose. More details under: http://www.oanda.sg/legal/risk-warning.
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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.
For more information, please contact:
The Hoffman Agency for OANDA Asia Pacific
Jacintha Ng
Direct: +65-6361-0250
OANDASG@hoffman.com
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Source: OANDA

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March 19, 2014 at 3:01 pm