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Toy State acquires Nikko and Nikko Entertainment BV

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Acquisition makes bold R/C statement, strengthens Toy State’s growing global footprint

NORWOOD, Mass., May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Toy State, a growing global toy company celebrating its 30th anniversary, today announced the first acquisitions in its corporate history. In multiple transactions, Toy State has secured the worldwide rights to Nikko by acquiring the consolidated operations of its Japan and Hong Kong offices. Toy State has also acquired Nikko Entertainment BV, the European arm of this global leader in the radio-controlled (R/C) toy category.

Founded in 1958, Nikko manufactures a robust portfolio of high-quality R/C toys, from custom vehicles, boats and flying items to its strong array of pre-school R/C toys. Nikko’s toys are marketed through licensing partnerships with leading global automakers and such brands as Transformers™, Hello Kitty®, Fast & Furious™ and Angry Birds™.

The acquisition will significantly enhance Toy State’s global footprint, creating new offices in Amsterdam and Japan, as well as an expansion of its current Hong Kong headquarters. The company’s U.S. office is located in Boston, Massachusetts.

“Over the last 30 years, we have grown Toy State into a global player through a relentless focus on quality and innovation,” said Simon Cheng, Toy State’s CEO and founder. “Nikko’s own long history of quality and innovation make it a compelling fit to join the Toy State family.

“This acquisition is a powerful move for Toy State, because it gives us more critical mass in the key global R/C category, and strengthens our already strong retail position.”

The strength of the Nikko brand and its distribution network internationally were major factors in Toy State’s pursuit of the company. The acquisition will serve as a platform for Toy State’s continued expansion into Europe.

In addition to building on Nikko’s strong international presence, Cheng said Toy State will utilize its marketing and sales expertise to restore Nikko’s U.S. popularity. U.S. R/C toy lovers still fondly recall popular Nikko legacy items such as Turbo Panther and Hercules, as well as current successes including VaporizR.

“The Nikko line of products will significantly enhance our retail offering and footprint, and supercharge Toy State’s profile in R/C vehicles,” said Andy Friess, Senior VP of Marketing and General Manager of the company’s U.S. Operations. “And we couldn’t be more thrilled to add Nikko’s current licensing relationships to our portfolio. We’ve enjoyed the benefits of high-impact licensed properties in our current programs, and we’re excited to begin developing product with Nikko’s roster of iconic brand partners.”

Terms of the transaction between the two privately-held companies were not disclosed.

Toy State was surging even prior to the Nikko acquisition. Toy State secured licensing programs with Hot Wheels® and James Bond 007™, to complement its longstanding partnership with Caterpillar®. And, earlier this year, Toy State launched to popular acclaim in Europe a new infant toy line, under the Papillon™ brand.

About Toy State:

For 30 years, Toy State has been an innovator and industry leader in the manufacture of licensed and highly stylized lights & sound and radio controlled vehicles. Founded in 1984, Toy State’s core portfolio includes Road Rippers®, Hot Wheels® and James Bond 007™ lights & sound and radio controlled vehicles, as well as Cat® and Cat® Preschool construction toys. Working with the world’s leading automakers, and Caterpillar, the leading manufacturer of construction equipment, Toy State products provide hours of enjoyment for kids of all ages. For more information, visit http://www.toystate.com.

Media Contact:

Ian Meropol
allen & gerritsen
imeropol@a-g.com
+1-781-608-2958

Company Contact:

Andy Friess
Toy State
Senior Vice President of Marketing & General Manager of US Operations
afriess@toystate.com
+1-781-349-1000 x15
Source: Toy State

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May 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm

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ADL Poll Of Over 100 Countries Finds More Than One-Quarter Of Those Surveyed Infected With Anti-Semitic Attitudes

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— Only 54 Percent Of Respondents Have Heard Of The Holocaust

NEW YORK, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today released the results of an unprecedented worldwide survey of anti-Semitic attitudes. The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism surveyed 53,100 adults in 102 countries in an effort to establish, for the first time, a comprehensive data-based research survey of the level and intensity of anti-Jewish sentiment across the world.

The survey found that anti-Semitic attitudes are pervasive around the world. More than one-in-four adults, 26 percent of those surveyed, are deeply infected with anti-Semitic attitudes. This figure represents an estimated 1.09 billion people. The poll found that only 54 percent of those polled globally have ever heard of the Holocaust. Two out of three people surveyed have either never heard of the Holocaust, or do not believe historical accounts to be accurate.

The overall ADL Global 100 Index score represents the percentage of respondents who answered “probably true” to six or more of 11 negative stereotypes about Jews. An 11-question index has been used by ADL as a key metric in measuring anti-Semitic attitudes in the U.S. for the last 50 years.

In China, the survey found 20 percent of the adult population, about 210 million people, holds strong anti-Semitic attitudes.

“For the first time we have a real sense of how pervasive and persistent anti-Semitism is today around the world,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “The data enables us to look beyond anti-Semitic incidents and rhetoric and quantify the prevalence of anti-Semitic attitudes across the globe. We can now identify hotspots, as well as countries and regions of the world where hatred of Jews is essentially non-existent.”

Available through an interactive web site at http://global100.adl.org, the ADL Global 100 Index will give researchers, students, governments and members of the public direct access to a treasure trove of current data about anti-Semitic attitudes. The survey ranks countries and territories from the least anti-Semitic (Laos, at 0.2 percent) to the most (West Bank and Gaza, at 93 percent).

There are also some highly encouraging notes. In majority English-speaking countries, the percentage of those with anti-Semitic attitudes is 13 percent, far lower than the overall average. Protestant majority countries have the lowest ratings of anti-Semitic attitudes, as compared to any other majority religious country. And 28 percent of respondents around the world do not believe that any of the 11 anti-Semitic stereotypes tested are “probably true.”

ADL commissioned the polling firms First International Resources and Anzalone Liszt Grove Research to conduct the poll of attitudes toward Jews. Data was gathered from interviews conducted between July 2013 and February 2014 in 96 languages and dialects via landline telephones, mobile phones and face-to-face discussions.

Respondents were asked a series of 11 questions based on age-old stereotypes about Jews, including stereotypes about Jewish power, loyalty, money and behavior. Those who responded affirmatively to six or more negative statements about Jews are considered to hold anti-Semitic attitudes. The margin of error for most countries, where 500 respondents were selected, is +/- 4.4 percent. In various larger countries, where 1,000 interviews were conducted, the margin of error is +/- 3.2 percent.

ADL Global Index: Anti-Semitism by Region
The highest concentration of respondents holding anti-Semitic attitudes was found in Middle East and North African countries (“MENA”), where nearly three-quarters of respondents, 74 percent of those polled, agreed with a majority of the anti-Semitic stereotypes. Non-MENA countries have an average index score of 23 percent.

Outside MENA, the index scores by region were as follows:

Eastern Europe: 34 percent
Western Europe: 24 percent
Sub-Saharan Africa: 23 percent
Asia: 22 percent
The Americas: 19 percent
Oceania: 14 percent

More information on the ADL Global 100, including country-by-country comparisons, is available online at http://global100.adl.org

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.
Source: Anti-Defamation League

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May 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm

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Tax Risks Accelerating Worldwide, With Companies Concerned About The Potential For Uncoordinated BEPS “Tax Chaos”

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LONDON, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — More than four out of five (81%) companies surveyed expect already heightened tax risks to accelerate in the next two years. This is according to a new global report by EY, Bridging the Divide, which also finds companies view the potential lack of coordination by national governments around the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development’s (OECD) Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project as a major risk.

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The EY survey of 830 tax and finance executives (including 120 chief financial officers) in 25 countries offers the first quantifiable global sample of how companies around the world view the OECD BEPS project.

Nearly one-third (31%) of all companies surveyed predict the BEPS roll-out will be characterized by relatively limited coordinated action and by increased unilateral action by countries. Three-quarters (74%) of the largest companies surveyed (those with annual revenues in excess of US$5 billion) say they believe some countries already see the very existence of the OECD’s BEPS project as a reason to change their enforcement approach before any recommendations have passed into national law. The majority of these largest companies (61%) as a result fear that double taxation will increase in the next three years.

“International companies share the OECD’s concern that coordinated action by national governments is necessary to ensure any BEPS-related recommendations are productive,” says EY’s Global Tax Vice Chair, Dave Holtze. “The OECD can play an invaluable role in preventing what it has called a “global tax chaos” that results in double taxation and increased controversy by pressing for common approaches and consistent standards.”

As well as risks relating to BEPS, the survey reveals other sources of tax risks that companies say they are currently experiencing and anticipate facing in years to come:

The majority of the largest companies (68%) report that they feel tax audits have become more aggressive in the last two years, up from 57% in 2011 when the survey was last conducted.
Companies are experiencing a harsher enforcement environment from tax authorities, particularly around transfer pricing, which they identify as the top tax risk. Companies ranked indirect tax and permanent establishment challenges as their second and third biggest sources of risk.
The news media has been an even bigger driver of tax-related reputation risk. Eighty-nine percent of the largest companies are concerned about news media coverage of taxes, up from 60% in 2011.
Eighty-four percent of the largest companies agree that entering into or operating in an emerging market significantly increases levels of tax risk and controversy risk, up from 67% in 2011.
For all companies responding, China, India, and Brazil (in that order) are the top three emerging market countries identified as having the most significant potential for risk related to tax.
As a result of these increased risks, 78% of the largest companies agree or strongly agree that tax risk and controversy management will become more important in the next two years. Yet three-quarters of these companies feel they have insufficient resources to cover tax function activities, up from 57% in 2011. Forty-three percent of all companies use no technology or rely on local personnel to manage tax audits and incoming data requests from the tax authorities.

Holtze continues: “Today’s global business environment presents a complex assortment of tax risks for multinationals, particularly when operating in markets that may be less familiar. Companies need to get actively engaged on this issue, from ensuring that they have open lines of communication within their own enterprises to making their views known and understood on issues such as BEPS.”

Report can be downloaded, with high resolution infographics, here: http://www.ey.com/taxriskseries

About EY
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.
EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.
This news release has been issued by EYGM Limited, a member of the global EY organization that also does not provide any services to clients.
Source: EY

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May 14, 2014 at 11:57 am

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Stars of Singapore’s Media Publishing Industry Crowned at MPAS Awards 2014

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SINGAPORE, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Close to 200 guests, including judges, sponsors and members of the Singapore’s magazine industry attended the Media Publishers Association Singapore (MPAS) Awards 2014 held on Thursday 8 May 2014 at Rendezvous Hotel Singapore. The awards recognise best practices and top talents within Singapore’s magazine publishing industry.

Said Raymond Wong, President, Media Publishers Association Singapore, “This year we have increased the number of award categories from 17 to 30, with the majority of new categories being digital focused. This highlights the current realities of the industry, whereby the online medium is an integral part of magazine content distribution.”

Patsy Tan, Deputy General Manager, Times Printers Pte Ltd, one of the sponsors for the event added, “Times Printers has always viewed publishers as invaluable partners in our business. The MPAS Awards is aligned with our brand values, as it serves as an excellent platform for us, as printers, to show our support to Singapore’s Magazine Publishing Industry, network with publishers and share the joy with winning publishers.”

More than 170 award submissions were received for this year’s MPAS Awards. According to Victor Wong, Area & Development Director (Asia Pacific), Small Luxury Hotels of the World, one of the judges for the awards, “The quality of the submissions reflect the generally high standards of magazine media in Singapore.” This observation was reiterated by Budi Putra, Chief Executive Officer, The Jakarta Post Digital and Royce Shih, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Asia-Pacific PR Newswire Asia, who found the judging process was very challenging, due to the large number of quality entries received for this year’s event.

One of the winners of the night was Olivier Burlot, CEO & Publisher, Heart Media Group, who had picked up the Publisher of the Year award. He said, “I am deeply honoured to be receiving this Award. It means a lot to the team at Heart Media as well as for myself. With this affirmation, I am even more passionate and confident about the great work that we are producing.”

Mongoose Asia won the Media Company Publishing Company of the Year award, which was presented to the publishing company with the most number of wins at the MPAS Awards 2014. The company publishes magazines such as Esquire Singapore, Time Out Singapore. Said Russell Channon, Managing Director of Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd, “We are extremely honoured to receive this prestigious award. At Mongoose, we believe magazines create an environment, in print and online, that no other media can replicate. Making brilliant magazines drives us and we are humbled that our hardworking and creative team has been recognised. This award will inspire us to aim higher, as we seek to demand even more from ourselves.”

Other winners at MPAS Awards 2014 include SilverKris and The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel, which picked up the Travel Media of the Year award and Food Media of the Year awards respectively. Both magazines are published by SPH Magazines Pte Ltd. Not to be outdone, MediaCorp Pte Ltd come away with the Marketing Campaign of the Year award for its 8 DAYS Eat Mobile App Launch Campaign and User experience of the Year for Style: Jan 2013 iPad App.

Meanwhile, Marina Bay Sands’ Sands Style magazine, produced by Edipresse Asia Ltd won the Closed Circulation Media of the Year, while Luxury Magazine PRIORITY, won in the Luxury media of the Year category.

The complete list of winners is in APPENDIX A.

APPENDIX A Winners’ List

1. Designer of the year

Winner
Eng Chun Pang
Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd

Merit
Junlong Loh
Regent Media Pte Ltd

2. Advertising Sales Professional of the year

No Winner

3. journalist of the year

Winner
Wayne Cheong
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

Merit
Muriel Amable
Regent Media Pte Ltd

4. Editor of the year

Winner
Lunita S.V. Mendoza
Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd

Merit
Rachael Wheeler
Expat Living Publications Pte Ltd

5. Publisher of the year

Winner
Oliver Burlot
Heart Media

Merit
John Thet
Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd

6. Social Media Campaign of the year

Winner
Time Out Singapore
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

Merit
Best Dressed Real Man 2013
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

7. Marketing Campaign of the year

Winner
Mediacorp Pte Ltd
8 DAYS Eat Mobile App Launch Campaign

Merit
Hot Soup Challenge Event/Campaign
Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd

8. Feature article of the year (Trade)

Winner
FuturArc – A New Era of Green Building: Health & Productivity in the indoor environment
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd

Merit
FuturArc – Small Project, Big Impacts
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd

9. Feature article of the year (Consumer)

Winner
Flash Trade (September 2013)
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

Merit
Asian Geographic (No.95 Issue 2/2013) – The Scar
Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd

10. Front Cover of the year (Trade)

Winner
FuturArc – Green Awards 2013
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd

Merit

Is Chartered Accountant October 2013
Mediacorp Pte Ltd

11. Front Cover of the year (Consumer)

Winner
Esquire Singapore August Issue 2013
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

Merit
Art Republik
Heart Media

12. Single article design of the year

Winner
FuturArc – Showcase: 30 Jalan Rukam & CIC Zero Carbon building
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd

Merit
FuturArc – Small Project, Big Impacts
BCI Asia Construction Information Pte Ltd

13. Photography/illustration of the year (Print)

Winner
Esquire Singapore July Issue 2013 – Common Threads
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

Merit
Esquire Singapore February Issue 2013 – Happy Together
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

14. Video/Photography/illustration of the year (online)

Winner
Yam Seng Video September 2013
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

Merit
All Dressed Up (Behind The Scenes)
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

15. User experience of the year

Winner
Style: Jan 2013 Ipad App
MediaCorp Pte Ltd

Merit
LifestyleAsia
Lifestyle Marketing Pte Ltd

16. Mobile app of the year

Winner
I-S Magazine App
Asia City Publishing Pte Ltd

Merit
8 Days Eat Mobile App Launch Campaign
Mediacorp Pte Ltd

17. Website of the year

Winner
http://www.expatliving.sg
Expat Living Publications Pte Ltd

Merit
http://www.timeoutsingapore.com
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

18. Special Edition of the year

Winner
Esquire Singapore – The Birthright issue
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

Merit
Asian Geographic (No.95 Issue 2/2013) – Surviving Deterioration
Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd

19. Trade Media of the year

Winner
Cuisine & Wine Asia
Food2Print Asia Pte Ltd

20. Closed Circulation Media of the year

Winner
Sands Style
Edipresse Asia Limited

Merit
Hey! It’s NTU
Nanyang Technological University

21. News/ Business/ Tech media of the year

Merit
Singapore Business Review
Charlton Media Group

22. Travel Media of the year

Winner
SilverKris
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd

Merit
Silkwinds
Publicitas Publishing Pte Ltd

23. Food Media of the year

Winner
The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd

Merit
Cuisine & Wine Asia
Food2Print Asia Pte Ltd

24. lifestyle/ Fashion/ entertainment media of the year

Winner
Esquire Singapore
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

Merit
Female
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd

25. Men’s Media of the year

Winner
Esquire Singapore
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

Merit
EX Magazine
Expat Living Publications Pte Ltd

26. Women’s media of the year

Winner
Her World
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd

Merit
Style: Magazine
Mediacorp Pte Ltd
&
L’OFFICIEL Singapore
Heart Media

27. Luxury media of the year

Winner
PRIORITY
Publicitas Publishing Pte Ltd

Merit
Designare
Beaumont Publishing Pte Ltd

28. special Interest media of the year

Winner
Torque
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd
&
Asian Diver
Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd

Merit
WOW World of Watches
Heart Media

29. Integrated Media brand of the year

Winner
Time Out Singapore
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

Merit
Her World/ herworldplus.com
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd

30. Media Publishing Company of the year

Winner
Mongoose Publishing Pte Ltd

Merit
SPH Magazines Pte Ltd

Media Contact

James Chen
Executive Director,
Media Publishers Association Singapore
Mobile: +65-9695-2637
Email: james.chen@mpas.org.sg

Source: Media Publishers Association Singapore

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May 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

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Allscripts Sunrise Surgical Care 14.2 now generally available

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– New version includes augmented scheduling, supply chain and workflow management features

CHICAGO, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) has announced Allscripts Sunrise Surgical Care™ 14.2, with advanced workflow, billing and supply chain features to aid proactive management of the perioperative environment, is now generally available.

Allscripts Sunrise Surgical Care is an enterprise-wide solution developed on the Allscripts Sunrise™ electronic health record platform. It provides a continuous, patient-level record specialized to meet the distinct IT needs of surgery and perioperative care, including pre-operative, orders, and documentation.

“Combining acute, surgical, emergency and ambulatory systems into a single patient record with advanced clinical guidance is extremely complex,” said Dr. Diane Bradley, General Manager, Sunrise business unit for Allscripts. “In today’s global, high acuity health care environment, we architected and built a surgical solution relevant for the entire care continuum, unified with the continuous patient record of Allscripts Sunrise and our comprehensive revenue cycle solution. We believe our latest version of Allscripts Sunrise Surgical Care adds even greater levels of functionality to an already robust surgical solution.”

“Bronx-Lebanon is getting tremendous value from Allscripts Sunrise Surgical Care,” said Ivan Durbak, Chief Information Officer, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. “Built natively as part of the Sunrise platform of clinical and financial solutions, the exceptional functionality of Allscripts Sunrise Surgical Care has helped Bronx-Lebanon achieve greater operational efficiencies along with better financial and clinical outcomes.”

New or augmented features of Allscripts Sunrise Surgical Care 14.2 include:

Surgery charger with billing interface
An easy to configure and maintain charge module specific to hospital policies to help increase revenue and decrease lost charges.
Health issues updates
Allscripts Sunrise health issue records can be automatically updated with the surgical procedure(s) performed after the case record is closed, streamlining documentation and helping hospitals meet Meaningful Use 2 requirements.
Visual case list
An enhanced visual case list with color-code entries highlights the current status of a case based on key milestones, improving team coordination and communication across the care team.
Personal health information can be hidden on status boards in public areas and waiting rooms.
Vendor-agnostic supply management
Allscripts Sunrise Surgical Care is vendor-agnostic and works with almost all hospital materials systems.
Populates the system supply catalog with details associated with surgery items.
Keeps both systems in sync for accurate preference card management, supply usage and charge capture.
Dynamic scheduling
Allscripts Sunrise Surgical Care features accurate scheduling based on historical averages for increased efficiency of scheduling of clinicians and resources.

Allscripts Sunrise Surgical Care 14.2 reflects a new Sunrise release-numbering convention that reflects the year and quarter of each release.

Allscripts Sunrise is an integral component in of a successful population health EHR solution, offering a single database that brings together clinical and revenue cycle management across the campus, the enterprise and the community in one unified database. Allscripts Sunrise solutions include a single EHR for emergency, inpatient and ambulatory care settings as well as platforms for patient engagement and consent management. Used by many of the leading hospitals and health systems in the world, it offers clinician-specific workflows that help drive adoption of clinical decision support that can lead to improved outcomes.

About Allscripts
Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) is a leader in healthcare information technology solutions that advance clinical, financial and operational results. Our innovative solutions connect people, places and data across an Open, Connected Community of Health™. Connectivity empowers caregivers to make better decisions and deliver better care for healthier populations. To learn more, visit http://www.allscripts.com, Twitter, YouTube and It Takes A Community: The Allscripts Blog.

© 2014 Allscripts Healthcare, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Allscripts, the Allscripts logo, and other Allscripts marks are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Allscripts Healthcare, LLC in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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May 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

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“Spring Professional, a Subsidiary of Adecco, Launches in Tokyo to Meet Increasing Demand for IT and Engineering Talent In Japan”

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Government forecast that the Japanese economy will expand by 1.3% in 2014.
Rapid expansion of the IT and electronics sectors expected to persist over the next five years, as local and international organizations grow.
Spring Professional Japan’s recruitment specializations in IT and engineering provide an expert-to-expert approach that is key in supporting companies seeking talent to fulfill managerial roles in these critical sectors.
Spring Professional now fully operational in Tokyo, to meet the increasing demand for IT and engineering professionals in Japan.
TOKYO, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Spring Professional, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Adecco Group, the world’s largest human resources organization, today opened its first office in Japan, becoming the first company in Japan to specialize exclusively in professional recruitment in the expanding information technology and engineering sectors. The first office is located in Granpark Tower, Tokyo.

Under the brand names of Spring Information Technology and Spring Engineering, the company has an exclusive focus on the recruitment of middle to senior level management and specialists in IT and engineering. Its affiliation with the Adecco Group will allow Spring Professional to be well connected to group offices across Europe, North America and other geographies, including Spring Technology in the UK.

In view of the rapid pace of progress and developments in IT technology in Japan, as well as the country’s positive economic recovery, many companies are now focusing on domestic as well as international growth. Given this trend, there is a growing need in the IT and engineering sectors for talented individuals with the requisite technical high-level skills and expertise.

Specific growth is expected in the areas of electronic components, mobile communications, automobiles and medical equipment — with overall production in Japan’s electronics industry expected to rise 3% in 2014 to JPY11.8 trillion[1].

“Spring Professional’s entry into the Japanese market has come at a time when economic optimism is high in Japan, and is supported by our team of newly established specialist recruiters able to leverage on their experience and networks to address the challenges of specialized talent attraction in the areas of IT & engineering. To maintain our expert-to-expert approach, Spring Professional recruiters often transition directly from the sectors that they specialize in, where they gain valuable insights and experience which proves highly advantageous in a competitive recruitment environment,” said Lanis Yarzab, Managing Director for Spring Professional Japan, who joined the organization this month.

The opening in Japan expands the Spring Professional Asia network to eight countries and nine cities and comes just one month after the company commenced operations in China (Beijing and Shanghai). Over the past year, Spring Professional has moved strategically to establish teams of recruiters in the key markets of mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. The launch in Japan provides a network offering that is truly regional in scope and that supports the fact that IT and engineering specialists are currently among the most sought-after talent in Asia’s growth markets.

As an important part of its candidate attraction strategy, Spring Professional has recognized the need for more professional females to enter the workforce in Japan over the coming years. Not only to provide greater gender balance in the workplace, but also to act as one solution to support the situation whereby Japan’s population is estimated to decrease by approximately 32% by the year 2060 compared to 2010[2]. To support in education around this important topic, which could have significant ramifications on available talent in the market, the company has released the leadership paper “Gender Balance In The Workforce – Attracting Female Professionals To Japan’s Workplace” — a detailed analysis that incorporates comment and opinion from various thought leaders in Japan. A copy of the leadership paper is available from marketing@springjapan.com.

Notes:
Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), “2014 Production Forecasts For The Global Electronics And Information Technology Industries”, December 24, 2013.
National Institute of Population and Social Security Research [Japanese population projection issued on January 31, 2013, http://www.ipss.go.jp/publication/j/shiryou/jinkokenshiryou.html%5D
Company Information:
Company Name Spring Professional Japan
Managing Director Lanis Yarzab
Address Granpark Tower 3F, 3-4-1 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Telephone +81 3-5439-5833
Website springjapan.com
Group affiliation The Adecco Group
About Spring Professional Japan
Spring Professional is an international firm specialising in information technology, engineering and property & construction recruitment across the Asia region, with offices in mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
Spring Professional is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Adecco Group. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, the group is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With over 31,000 FTE employees and more than 5,000 branches, in over 60 countries and territories around the world, the Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting more than 650,000 associates with over 100,000 clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company.
Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN).
springjapan.com
adecco.com
Source: Spring Professional Asia

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May 14, 2014 at 11:12 am

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CenturyLink announces mitigation appliance option for DDoS Mitigation Service

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Integrates on-site DDoS mitigation with global, network-based system

MONROE, La., May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the launch of a mitigation appliance option for CenturyLink Technology Solutions’ DDoS Mitigation Service that protects businesses’ IT infrastructure against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

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A DDoS attack occurs when a large number of compromised systems attack a target, such as a website, and overwhelm it with activity that causes the target to become unresponsive and thereby denies legitimate users with access to the system. DDoS attacks have grown more frequent, with nearly 50 percent of enterprise IT leaders reporting that their organizations experienced one or more DDoS attack in the last three years, according to independent research commissioned by CenturyLink Technology Solutions in 2013.

CenturyLink’s DDoS Mitigation Service detects attack traffic – at the network level and through a mitigation appliance – before it impacts an organization’s infrastructure. A team of security experts monitor CenturyLink’s global mitigation system, which analyzes traffic 24/7 and diverts and scrubs potentially malicious packets. The solution protects environments whether they are accessed via CenturyLink’s network, one of CenturyLink’s more than 55 data centers, customer premises or a third-party data center or network.

“DDoS attacks continue to evolve, becoming more sophisticated in scale and complexity and resulting in greater downtime for organizations,” said Chris Richter, vice president, managed security products and services, at CenturyLink Technology Solutions. “We designed our DDoS service to enable global protection through multiple cleansing centers around the world and flexible commercial terms. With the integration of a network-based solution with an on-site appliance, we can further serve businesses that require always-on mitigation and deliver protection for multiple third-party networks while providing full visibility and reporting across all of their networks.”

CenturyLink’s DDoS Mitigation Service with the new mitigation appliance option employs advanced layers of defense, improving availability of customer’s infrastructure and reducing the likelihood of future DDoS attacks. It also keeps security costs manageable, with a pricing model based on usage and no required hardware or software.

“Businesses need to be proactive and vigilant when it comes to protecting their assets from potential DDoS attacks,” said Christina Richmond, program director, security services, at IDC. “With CenturyLink’s new mitigation appliance option, the company moves to a higher echelon of DDoS mitigation providers that offer true defense-in-depth designed to mitigate DDoS attacks at multiple layers and further extends its already-strong security portfolio.”

CenturyLink Technology Solutions has delivered a broad range of IT security solutions for more than 15 years. The organization’s security experts provide businesses with the tools needed to meet security compliance requirements, lower capital costs and mitigate the risk of potential attacks. Visit http://www.centurylinktechnology.com/security for more information.

About CenturyLink Technology Solutions
CenturyLink Technology Solutions delivers innovative managed services for global businesses on virtual, dedicated and colocation platforms. For more information, visit http://www.centurylink.com/technology.

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit http://www.centurylink.com.
Source: CenturyLink, Inc.

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May 14, 2014 at 10:53 am

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SYSPRO and Pactera Enter Asia Pacific Strategic Alliance

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Partnership brings together SYSPRO’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) software with Pactera’s cloud and on-premise hosting and delivery for the Asia Pacific manufacturing and distribution market

SYDNEY, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SYSPRO, a global vendor of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services, today announced a strategic alliance with Pactera, China’s largest global IT services and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provider to deliver end-to-end ERP solutions to the Asia Pacific market.

The partnership brings together SYSPRO’s highly configurable ERP software with Pactera’s consulting and outsourcing services for manufacturing and distribution companies in the region. As a result, companies will be able to deploy SYSPRO’s ERP solution for the planning and management of all facets of business including accounting, operations, manufacturing and distribution — fully-hosted and managed either on premise or in the cloud by Pactera. Training and enablement on SYSPRO ERP software has commenced for Pactera’s technical consultants in China and SE Asia to prepare and assist customers to reduce the cost of their IT operations while protecting the value of their IT investment.

“SYSPRO is committed to helping customers maximize their IT investments through alliances with leading partner like Pactera,” said Shaun Butler, General Manager, SYSPRO Asia Pacific. “I’m excited with this partnership as it formalizes an alliance with Pactera that is built on an established existing relationship in Australia and throughout this region.”

“With this alliance, we aim to provide customers with added industry expertise, enabling us to collaborate on strategic plans that help our customers improve operational efficiency and strengthen their competitive position in the market,” Shaun adds, “Asia Pacific’s economy today is by far the most robust and fastest growing region, and SYSPRO is well placed to bring with us over 30 years of experiences in manufacturing and distribution to business owners.”

Bob Hennessy, who heads Pactera across Australia and New Zealand said, “The uniqueness of our strategic partnership with SYSPRO is around our joint specialisation. SYSPRO’s award-winning software is designed specifically for the manufacturing and distribution market, while Pactera offers the market and industry expertise, scale and full IT lifecycle capability as China’s largest IT outsourcer. Together, we can provide customers with a turn-key solution that brings a fast and efficient return on investment.”

About Pactera
Pactera Technology International Limited is the world’s largest China-based global IT services and BPO provider with operations in Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, UK, and the USA. Since 1995, Pactera has delivered world-class Business / IT consulting, solutions, and outsourcing services to our global clients. We have a strong track record of developing advanced technologies, process innovations and business models for a wide range of Fortune 500 clients spanning many industries including the Financial Services, Technology, Telecommunications, Travel and Transportation, Energy, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Retail & Distribution sectors. http://www.pactera.com
About SYSPRO
Established in 1978, SYSPRO delivers both on-premises and cloud-based business software to customers in over 60 countries. SYSPRO and its network of solution providers have earned the trust of companies across a variety of industry sectors by creating enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services that combine simplicity of use with rich information visibility and business processes. For more information about SYSPRO and its proven track record of increasing operational efficiency in all facets of accounting, manufacturing and distribution, visit http://www.syspro.com
Press Contact:
SYSPRO
Anne Teng
Marketing Manager
+65-6256-1921
Anne.teng@sg.syspro.com
Source: SYSPRO Software Pty Ltd

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May 14, 2014 at 10:47 am

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