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KMC MAG GROUP Wins in Three Categories at the International Property Awards 2014-2015

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MANILA, Philippines, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — KMC MAG GROUP, INC. an International Associate of Savills [SVS:LN], took home three prestigious awards at the recently concluded International Property Awards Gala, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 9, 2014.
Yves Luethi and Melo Porciuncula receive 3 awards on behalf of KMC MAG Group: 5-Star Best Real Estate Website, Highly Commended Real Estate Agency, and Highly Commended Property Consultancy.
Yves Luethi and Melo Porciuncula receive 3 awards on behalf of KMC MAG Group: 5-Star Best Real Estate Website, Highly Commended Real Estate Agency, and Highly Commended Property Consultancy.

The award-winning real estate firm was recognized for having the Best Real Estate Website in the Philippines. It was rated 5 stars in this category, making it the best in its class. KMC was also recognized in the Property Consultancy category for the first time while retaining the distinction of being named a Highly Commended Real Estate Agency in the Philippines for 2014-2015.

Savills associates in Singapore, Australia, Vietnam, Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia also reaped several awards, including other categories such as Best Property Consultancy Marketing and Lettings Agency.

“On behalf of KMC MAG Group and our associates in Savills, I would like to say that we are truly honored to be recognized by the IPA, showcasing our company’s commitment to providing world-class real estate services and its impact to our clients’ success,” said KMC MAG Group Managing Director Michael McCullough. “We are also happy to contribute to the Philippines’ growth by helping drive more real estate investments into the country.”

Yves Luethi, Vice President, and Melo Porciuncula, Head of Investments, who attended the awards ceremony agreed.

“These awards are a testimony to how much KMC MAG Group has grown over the last 5 years,” said Luethi. “We are proud to say that this year we have not only expanded our business lines, but also further improved the quality of our services, particularly in research and consultancy.”

Porciuncula believes that this is the direct result of the hard work of KMC MAG Group team. “The IPA recognition is really for all KMC MAG Group employees, who have worked behind the scenes to help us gather and organize data, generate leads, and basically complete the processes necessary for us to close deals and cater to the various needs of our clients.”

Real estate properties in the Philippines were also cited in the highly esteemed regional competition. Arthaland’s Arya Residences was named the Best Residential High-Rise Development while Zuellig Building was a Highly Commended Office Development.

KMC wins the IPA three years in a row

A consistent contender in the Asia Pacific Property Awards, KMC MAG Group has achieved top recognitions three years in a row. For 2013-2014, the company received the Philippines’ Best Real Estate Agency award and had been cited as a Highly Commended Real Estate Agency Website. For 2012-2013, it was touted as a Highly Commended Real Estate Agency in the Philippines. These awards have placed KMC MAG Group among the top real estate service providers in the country.

Highly acclaimed International Property Awards are given to the best real estate professionals and companies as a mark of excellence in the industry. The judging panel includes revered industry leaders and experts from around the globe. Residential and commercial property professionals and firms can participate in various award categories per region. Regional 5-star winners from Africa, Asia Pacific, Arabia, Canada, Caribbean, Central & South America, Europe, UK, and the USA get the chance to complete at international level.

Asia Pacific to aim for the ‘World’s Best’

Asia Pacific holds the best record among regions competing in the World’s Best Property Awards. It has won a total of 13 World’s Best in 2012 and has managed to break its record with 18 international awards in 2013. The region is aiming for the same level of success in the International Property Awards this year, aspiring for the most number of wins.

Asia Pacific representatives have been selected from its 5-star winners for each of the 47 categories. They will be pitted against top regional contenders in Africa, Arabia, Canada, Caribbean, Central & South America, Europe, UK, and the USA. Winners of the World’s Best Property Awards will be formally announced in an illustrious awarding ceremony in Dubai this December.

About KMC MAG Group

KMC MAG Group, Inc. is an award winning real estate services firm headquartered in Bonifacio Global City, the fastest growing business district in Metro Manila. It is an international associate of Savills, one of the leading real estate firms in the world.

With over 100 employees involved directly in transactions for office, investments, retail, industrial & hotel locators, as well as residential properties, KMC is a full-service real estate firm and is widely recognized as a Best in Class Real Estate Agency in the Philippines. With services ranging from tenant representation, investments to property management, KMC MAG Group has successfully become the top local firm in the Philippine real estate services industry. For more information on the company, please visit kmcmaggroup.com.

About Savills

Savills is a leading global real estate service provider listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company, established in 1855, has a rich heritage with unrivaled growth, with over 500 offices and associates throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. Savills’ unique combination of sector knowledge and entrepreneurial flair gives clients access to real estate expertise of the highest caliber. Savills is synonymous with high-quality service and premium brand, as it takes a long-term approach in real estate and invests in strategic relationships. For more information on the company, please visit savills.com.

For more information about this release, please contact:

Yves Luethi, Vice President
KMC MAG Group, Inc.
Tel: +63-2-403-5519
Email: yves.luethi@kmcmaggroup.com
Source: KMC MAG Group, Inc.

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May 31, 2014 at 11:34 pm

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Long Term Palm Oil Yield Sustainability from Best Regulation Implementation

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PETALING JAYA and SELANGOR, Malaysia, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A long-term economic sustainability of any crop yield system relies on simple and best developed practices or regulation implementation.

As such, an efficient regulation system continues to be an increasing challenge for the local palm oil industry while protecting the environment, as unnecessary and duplicate regulatory burden imposes superfluous costs to business and industry.

Malaysia, the world’s second-largest palm oil producer and leading exporter, has an important role to play as it provides well for the growing demand for food and energy, while promoting economic and social development.

The local palm oil sector, being the fourth major contributor to national revenue has a total of 5.1 million hectares planted with oil palm, with 75 per cent of the plantations is privately owned, growing and harvesting oil palm is labour intensive.

However, the commodity being traded in the global oils and fats market, faces pressure exerted by many quarters over the environmental and social impacts arising from business operations.

Thus, the local industry being the world’s second largest producer, faces sustainable practice challenges in palm oil production.

Meanwhile, growers face unnecessary regulatory burden as the upstream industry is highly regulated at the federal, state and local government levels, on matters such as environment, land access, occupational safety and health, labour, as well as local government planning, construction, property taxes and licensing.

Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), recognising the unnecessary regulatory burdens faced by the local upstream segment players and potential solutions to reduce the unnecessary practices, has recently released a report titled “Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Growing Oil Palm”, drawn on the expertise and perspectives of public and private sector stakeholders.

The report concluded overlapping regulations and poor administration are the main source of unnecessary regulatory burdens in the local palm oil industry, mainly the upstream.

Among highlighted unnecessary burdens in the report were related to workforce, taxation, foreign worker recruitment, workers housing and amenities, estate hospital attendants, and goods driving licences for foreign employees, as well as costs due to delays in obtaining approvals.

“We seek feedback from all interested parties on the accuracy of the report and the recommendations, as well as commitment from the public and private sectors, to create a strong basis to achieve consensus on removing unnecessary compliance costs and enhance regulatory consistency in the upstream segment of the palm oil industry,” MPC Director General Dato’ Mohd Razali Hussain said.

MPC is mandated to spearhead a comprehensive review of all regulations affecting the business conduct in Malaysia.

Kindly provide comment/feedback on Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business (RURB) at http://www.mpc.gov.my. For further enquiries, please contact Mr. Zahid Ismail at +603-79557266 / +603-79600173 or email zahid@mpc.gov.my

About the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC)

Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), a statutory body under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to promote productivity, quality and competitiveness to the local industries, aspires to be the leading organisation in productivity enhancement for global competitiveness and innovation.
Source: Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC)

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May 31, 2014 at 11:12 pm

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Thomson Reuters Report Identifies BRIC Nations as Emerging Leaders in Global Clinical Trials Landscape

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— Despite challenges, increasing healthcare budgets and advancing markets in BRIC nations create significant opportunities for clinical trials

PHILADELPHIA, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world leader in providing intelligent information to businesses and professionals, today announced the release of Overcoming Clinical Challenges in BRIC Markets, a report exploring the benefits and challenges of conducting clinical trials in the pharmaceutical markets of the BRIC nations: Brazil, Russia, India and China.

The recent study utilized Cortellis™ Clinical Trials Intelligence, a unique platform that integrates content from multiple sources to assess the clinical trial landscape. It found that while increased regulations, evolving clinical standards, and complex pipelines have driven some sponsors out of the BRIC nations, a rise in rank for each country is expected over the next four years, indicating blossoming healthcare budgets and markets that are ripe with opportunities for development.

“Each BRIC nation faces its own challenges as an attractive market for clinical trials, but each also has its own unique landscape and reward,” said Jon Brett-Harris, managing director, Thomson Reuters Life Sciences.

In Brazil, the rapidly changing clinical landscape and complexity and lengthiness of approval and import processes have been cited as the biggest drawbacks. The multiple reviews required for placebo trials and the associated timelines and cost have also discouraged global sponsors. Meanwhile, Russia and India face similar challenges. Regulations in both countries are being enacted faster than foreign pharmaceutical companies can keep up. The upheaval of the healthcare system and tumultuous landscape in Russia are seen as additional barriers.

China is the only BRIC country that has experienced an increase in the number of clinical trials initiated each year. Nevertheless, foreign sponsors continue to face challenges that limit their cost savings in the drug development process.

Despite these issues, the benefits of performing clinical trials in BRIC countries are numerous. A pool of almost three billion patients in research-rich centers across major cities leads to fast recruitment and cost-effective trials. Additionally, increased spending on healthcare and R&D fostered a growing number of educated and trained health professionals as well as investigational-medicine product manufacturers and central laboratories.

“Industry leaders need to be fully informed of market trends and insights when making strategic decisions,” Brett-Harris said. “This comprehensive report provides a greater understanding of the global landscape, particularly in nations that continue to emerge as players in the field.”

Learn more about Cortellis Clinical Trials Intelligence.

Thomson Reuters
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. For more information, go to http://thomsonreuters.com/.

CONTACT

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Jennifer.breen@thomsonreuters.com
+1-215-823-1791

Molly Malone
molly.malone@thomsonreuters.com
+1-215-823-3702
Source: Thomson Reuters

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May 31, 2014 at 11:04 pm

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Strontium Launches Ultra-high Speed NITRO PLUS Series of MicroSD and SD Cards

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SINGAPORE, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Strontium, a leading digital storage brand from Singapore, today launched its finest and fastest range — the Ultra-High Speed NITRO PLUS, in Singapore. The much awaited range of products by Strontium consists of UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) SD and MicroSD cards, which enable consumers to capture and watch 4K2K Ultra HD pictures and videos on their high performance cameras, tablets and smartphones.

STRONTIUM NITRO PLUS CARDS: http://www.strontium.biz/nitro-plus

Strontium NITRO PLUS cards guarantee performance of up to 80MB/s read and 60 MB/s write, enough bandwidth to allow users to capture cinema quality Full HD (1080p), Ultra HD (2160p), 4K2K and 3D videos on their DSLRs and camcorders and then play them on their UHD TVs, laptops and smartphones with stunning colors and clarity. Users can capture up to 2 hours of 4K2K HD video on a 128GB SD card. In addition to 4K2K video capture, NITRO PLUS cards can also be used for burst or continuous mode photograph capture and television recording. The faster transfer speeds also reduce the time needed to download large movie and music files to smart phones and tablets. Moreover, all NITRO PLUS cards are waterproof and shockproof, and come with Strontium Lifetime Warranty. The MicroSD version also comes with the Android Backup Application — MyBackup Pro Full Version worth 6.33 SGD.

Strontium NITRO PLUS cards are compatible with all devices with 4K2K support — Smartphones like LG G Pro 2 and Samsung Galaxy S5; Professional cameras like Canon EOS C500; DSLRs and consumer cameras like Canon EOS-1D C DSLR and GoPro HERO3 Black Edition; UHD TVs, monitors and projectors.

NITRO PLUS MicroSD 3-in-1 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, which are priced at 32.90 SGD, 60.90 SGD and 120.90 SGD respectively. The NITRO PLUS SD card is available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities, which are priced at 32.90 SGD, 60.90 SGD, 120.90 SGD and 210.90 SGD respectively.

About Strontium Technology:
Strontium Technology Pte Ltd is a digital storage manufacturing company with headquarters in Singapore. Its operations span to varied territories across Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, India, Africa, Middle East, US, Canada and Latin America. In total, the company maintains a strong market presence in over 35 countries.
CONTACT:
James Ng
+65-6848-7963 / +65-9187-5237
james@strontium.biz
http://www.facebook.com/StrontiumSgp
Source: Strontium Technology

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May 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm

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Hong Bao Media Launches First Integrated Content Marketing Production Centre In Southeast Asia

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hong Bao Media (HBM) is proud to launch Malaysia’s first conversation engine, dedicated to the production of content marketing videos for marketers in Southeast Asia.

Strategically located near the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre in YTL’s Sentul East development, the content marketing production center consists of a U-shaped 15 x 15 ft floor-to-ceiling green screen television recording studio (photo), high definition cameras, a high-speed fiber optic line for high-resolution webcasting, and full editing and graphic design facilities.

Hong Bao Media’s experienced writers and producers help clients conceptualise, script, produce and distribute content.

“Successful content marketing relies on frequently-updated, compelling content, so we want organisations to consider us as their own bolt-on television news station,” said Mark Laudi, Managing Director of Hong Bao Media, at the launch.

The US-based Content Marketing Institute says marketers frequently cite a lack of time, a lack of content and a lack of variety of compelling content as key challenges.

HBM resolves these by conceptualizing, writing and producing compelling business content, such as news bulletins, case studies, panel discussions, interviews and vignettes.

Content marketing has been adopted rapidly across the world, as consumers expect to engage continuously with brands via social media, rather than being “sold to” in finite campaigns.

Unlike traditional advertising, the aim is to generate valuable, relevant conversations which help organisations generate brand awareness, engagement and leads.

According to statistics published by the Content Marketing Institute, 92% of US marketers now use content marketing to raise awareness, engage and build trust with consumers.

They are dedicating on average 30% of their marketing budgets to content marketing, with video being one of the most popular mediums (73%).

Online video viewing has become popular in Asia, too, with around 4 in 5 Malaysian internet users watching videos online, according to statistics released by comScore. Numerous conferences dedicated to content marketing have also sprung up.

ABOUT HONG BAO MEDIA
Hong Bao Media is an award-winning producer of video news content for a variety of clients – all with a business focus.
More than a production company, HBM’s award-winning team has unique strengths in:
Editorial – our producers conceptualise, script and provide editorial guidance
Presentation – our team of experienced, multilingual television presenters add credibility and authority
Syndication – we go far beyond producing content, to ensuring it reaches your desired target audience via online, mobile, out-of-home and traditional media channels.
HBM is the bolt-on television news station for your organisation that keeps the conversation going with your prospects and customers.
We produce content marketing and internal communications, and events coverage through our eventv™ service.
HBM already has one conversation engine, in Singapore’s Central Business District.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Shreya Shetty
Marketing Manager
Hong Bao Media
(+603) 4065 0228 or (+65) 6223 2249
Source: Hong Bao Media

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May 30, 2014 at 6:23 pm

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DHL Express Unites Regions Under Senior Vice President

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SINGAPORE, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

South East Asia chief Yasmin Aladad Khan adds management of South Asia region in portfolio expansion
Appointment underscores DHL commitment to increasing women in leadership roles
DHL Express, the world’s leading cross-border express services provider, has united the management of two of its fastest growing regions with the appointment of Yasmin Aladad Khan as Senior Vice President for DHL Express South East Asia and South Asia. In her newly expanded role, Yasmin will take charge of the South Asia region, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, and will retain responsibility for South East Asia excluding Singapore. This latest appointment by DHL Express is in line with Deutsche Post DHL’s global commitment to increasing the share of women in executive leadership positions.

Yasmin Aladad Khan, Senior Vice President, DHL Express South East Asia and South Asia.
Yasmin Aladad Khan, Senior Vice President,
DHL Express South East Asia and South Asia.

Jerry Hsu, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific said: “Yasmin first joined DHL Express in 2001 as Country Manager for Malaysia and since then she has been instrumental in strengthening our market-leading position in the South East Asia region. Her wealth of experience benefits our clients and our operations as we continue to build our business in South Asia expanding services that are increasingly sought after by domestic and international clients in this region.”

Yasmin, who was promoted to her first regional role as SVP South East Asia in 2007, will continue to report to Mr. Hsu and will remain as a member of the DHL Express Asia Pacific Management Board. Previously, the country management of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal all reported to Malcolm Monteiro, who has been appointed the new CEO of DHL Global Mail Asia Pacific.

Yasmin said: “It is very exciting to be able to bring my experience in South East Asia to bear on the newly created region. As trade between South Asia and Southeast Asia continues to grow[1], there are several intra-regional opportunities that DHL can take advantage of. One such opportunity is in the financial services sector in Bangladesh, where we recently inked agreements with several banks. As I look to the other markets of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal, I see even more opportunities and am keen to grow the business there.”

Mr. Hsu added: “We are very proud of Yasmin as she continues her growth with DHL. According to an article I read recently, less than a fifth of management positions within the logistics industry are currently held by women[2]. While this figure might not be true for DHL in the Asia Pacific, where we have a number of women leading our country offices, Yasmin’s leadership role in our organization is one that is truly inspirational to our female employees.”

[1] South and Southeast Asian cross-subregional trade has been remarkable — increasing nearly 22 times from $4 billion to $86 billion from 1990 to 2011. “Connecting South Asia and Southeast Asia” (Interim Report), by the Asian Development Bank and The Asian Development Bank Institute.
[2] Logistics: Breaking Down the Brotherhood; http://www.ebnonline.com/author.asp?section_id=3219&doc_id=272730&_mc=4&_mc=sem_otb_edt_ppcm.
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DHL – The Logistics company for the world
DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics Company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 285,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion Euros in 2013.
Source: DHL

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May 30, 2014 at 6:15 pm

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Australia Presents Lucrative New Market for International Companies

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MELBOURNE, Australia, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A new service by Melbourne-based Allied Business Accountants is making it easier than ever for international companies to expand into the lucrative Australian market.

Australia: The Lucky Country for Foreign Companies. Australia has experienced 22 years of uninterrupted growth and are forecasting future growth of 3.2 per annum.We boast an average household disposable income exceeding 31,000 US dollars per annum ($31,197) and we are experiencing over 12 per cent growth in online retail sales.
Australia: The Lucky Country for Foreign Companies.
Australia has experienced 22 years of uninterrupted growth and are forecasting future growth of 3.2 per annum.
We boast an average household disposable income
exceeding 31,000 US dollars per annum ($31,197) and
we are experiencing over 12 per cent growth
in online retail sales.
With Australia’s 22 years of uninterrupted annual growth and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasting 3.2 per cent average annual growth to 2017*, there are plenty of new market opportunities in the robust Australian economy.

Combined with Australia’s extensive Asia-Pacific trade links, an average household net-adjusted disposable income of US $31,197+ and 12 per cent growth in online retail#, Australia presents a lucrative new market for international companies.

The network of top accountants, lawyers and advisors at Allied Business Accountants is helping foreign companies leap the barriers to entering the Australian market with a new service that makes doing business in Australia easy.

“Establishing your foreign company and beginning trade in Australia need not be a restrictive objective if you have the right advice on board,” says David McKellar, chartered accountant and director of Allied Business Accountants.

“We manage all Australian taxation compliance obligations, act as your local agent and registered office, and provide access to a network of quality Australian suppliers to ensure your business operates effectively in Australia.”

Allied Business Accountants will also help you register your company in Australia with ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission); structure your Australian branch to maximise profits; consult on tax planning and minimisation; provide management and accounting advice; prepare cash flow projections; and advise on local salary packaging, payroll and superannuation requirements.

ABOUT ALLIED BUSINESS ACCOUNTANTS
Allied Business Accountants is a Melbourne based accounting firm specialising in providing strategic advice and taxation services to business owners, investors and Self-Managed Superannuation Funds. We offer year-round support, advice and consultation to help our clients grow with a diverse range of services including taxation and compliance, business analysis, profit improvement, and tax minimisation. For more information, please visit http://www.alliedaccountants.com.au
MEDIA CONTACT
David McKellar is available for interview. Please contact David McKellar on +61 3 9097 4050 or at david@alliedaccountants.com.au
SOURCES: * Australian Trade Commission / + OECD Better Life Index / # Roy Morgan Research
Source: Allied Business Accountants

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May 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm

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