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Giga Maritime Group Expands to Hone Competitive Edge

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-Group of companies invests in new RoRo vessels; IT infrastructure and car terminals

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Automotive shipping and logistics provider Giga Maritime Group (GMG) has announced plans to invest in new IT infrastructure, the expansion and replacement of fleets, assets and vehicles as well as developing new car terminals, in an effort to hone the group’s competitive edge and meet the demands of Malaysia’s growing automotive industry.

Datuk Kumar Prabakaran, the managing director of GMG companies Giga Shipping Sdn Bhd and Nexus Mega Carriers Sdn Bhd, said these investments are vital in order for the group to meet growth demands following the The National Automotive Policy (NAP) announcement earlier this year. Malaysia aims to increase its total production of 1.25 million vehicles and boost annual exports to 250,000 units by the year 2020.

“The automotive shipping and logistics sector is a growing and competitive market for us. These investments are absolutely vital for us to optimise the management of the supply chain and hone our value-added services for our customers. Giga Maritime Group provides end-to-end solutions, including land transportation, ocean going vessels, freight forwarding services, car terminal services, from the factory floor to the dealership door,” said Datuk Kumar.

As part of the group’s expansion plans, GFG Logistics Sdn Bhd will launch the MV Grand Vision, a Roll-on Roll-off Pure Car Truck Carrier (RoRo PCTC) vessel with a capacity of 5,040 Car Equivalent Units (CEU). The vessel will operate in the Malaysian domestic route as well as intra-Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. With the arrival of the MV Grand Vision in mid-September, GMG will see a 30 percent growth in capacity when compared to 2013. Additionally, the group will replace 66 trucks and prime movers in their fleet of 224 car and motorcycle motor vehicle carriers.

Further to that, the group will replace 66 trucks and prime movers in their fleet of 224 car and motorcycle carriers. Last year, Nexus lifted a total of 45,600 loads nationwide, compared with 43,998 in 2012. The company is expected to lift some 48,000 loads by year-end.

To further streamline the group’s supply chain and provide more value-added services to customers, the group will invest in a web-based IT infrastructure that will allow customers to place bookings, request and view quotations and invoices, submit documents and track shipments online. The system, which will be running in the first quarter of 2015, will also allow for senior management to monitor the supply chain in real time.

“Our new IT system is expected to minimise employee workload, reduce usage of paper by 80 percent and streamline the flow of task from one business unit to the next,” Datuk Kumar added.

In a bid to meet the demand for car sales in East Malaysia, GMG acquired land in East Malaysia – 14 acres in Kota Kinabalu and is operated by Kota Kinabalu Car Terminal Sdn Bhd and 10 acres in Kuching is operated by Kuching Car Terminal Sdn Bhd, for storage and maintenance, import, export and transhipment of vehicles.


Founded in 2001, Giga Maritime Group (GMG) is a Malaysian group of companies that comprises Giga Shipping Sdn Bhd, Straits Auto Logistics Sdn Bhd, Nexus Mega Carriers Sdn Bhd, Giga Car Terminal Sdn Bhd, Kuching Car Terminal Sdn Bhd, Kota Kinabalu Car Terminal Sdn Bhd and GFG Logistics Sdn Bhd. The group employs some 400 employees, 98% of whom are Malaysians.

As a group, GMG offers end-to-end automotive logistic solutions for customers, including domestic car and motorcycle manufacturers and assemblers; and their dealers. GMG operates in all segments of the automotive logistics supply chain, which allows the group to provide customer-centric, end-to-end solutions and value-added services for the complete delivery of vehicles between West and East Malaysia and the ASEAN region.

Giga Shipping Sdn Bhd is a booking agent and space charterer for RoRo vessels. Giga Car Terminal Sdn Bhd (GCT) operates port terminal in West Port for storage, import, export and transhipment of vehicles of all types. GCT is the only car terminal in the region which uses a highly sophisticated IT system for barcode tagging, scanning and tracking of vehicles from car terminal to its loading into vessels. Nexus Mega Carriers Sdn Bhd is a transfer car-carrier provider which also provides customs clearance and brokerage services. Straits Auto Logistics Sdn Bhd is the provider in sea transport vessels to and from ports in East and West Malaysia as well as Thailand, Jakarta and Singapore.

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September 2, 2014 at 6:57 pm

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Synergising Creative Content Through Digital Convergence

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sept. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The evolving convergence of the entertainment networks, the Internet, and telecommunications now provides revitalizing opportunities for end-users, content providers, application developers, and technology aggregators.

Sharil Tarmizi, Chairman, MCMC
Sharil Tarmizi, Chairman, MCMC

In aiming to raise awareness for a potential propulsion in the new world of Imagination Economy, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is organising KL CONVERGE, a three-day event, from 17 – 19 September,at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

The event is also poised to position Malaysia as ASEAN’s leading digital media and communications hub in fortifying creative content synergies through digital integration.

“Creative content is facing a new and exciting growth in digital distribution,” says MCMC Chairman Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi. “We need to innovate using these distribution platforms to scale sales operations, fashion operational efficiencies, and progress marketing effectiveness to deliver digital assets, programming, and creative content to global audiences.”

The inaugural KL CONVERGE event also serves as an arena for local and international visitors to network and explore investment and trade opportunities, to share experiences and fresh ideas, and explore areas of cooperation between local investors and global creative leaders.

“In today’s technology-driven economy, the ubiquitous Internet and mobile distribution channels are generating new opportunities to deliver content to the public with refreshed levels of customer satisfaction, measurable results, and accuracy,” believes Sharil.

KL CONVERGE brings marketing, information technology and other media and entertainment industry executives, who are advancing new technologies to enhance business for film, TV, and home entertainment across a multitude of distribution platforms. Other participants include venture capitalists, telecommunications executives, music publishers, producers, and content creators.

Among the planned activities include conferences, exhibitions, master classes, workshops and seminars. Key speakers for the event are Oscar-winning film production designer and director Roger Christian, LucasFilm Executive Editor J.W. Rinzler, composer, arranger and conductor Steve Sidwell, Industrial Light and Magic’s Chief Creative Officer Jonathan Knolls, Pixar’s Visual Effects Editor David Tanaka, and Prime Focus Animation VFX’s founder and CEO Namit Malhotra.

Sharil recounts, “It was impossible to imagine a few short years ago that a Malaysian film, The Journey, could beat international blockbusters to emerge as the nation’s highest grossing movie ever with RM17.16 million. It certainly demonstrates that we have the talent, the resources, and the imagination to turn Malaysia into a multi-billion ringgit creative content industry.”

The statistics speak volumes for closing the gap between the East and the West. The international box-office currently accounts for 70% of worldwide earnings. Variety magazine estimates that China could yield US$5 billion in value potential for Hollywood studios within the next three years.

“In simplistic terms, convergence comprises three phases,” Sharil asserts. “Digitization is the technology, integration is the strategy, and globalisation is the business necessity. In the near future, the map of cross-sector alliances will provide access to new markets, minimise financial risks, and reduce competition.”

Entrance to KL CONVERGE events is free for everyone. For the full programme of activities, please visit

About MCMC

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is a statutory body established under the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998 (MCMCA) which implements and promotes the Government’s national policy objectives for the communications and multimedia sector. MCMC regulates and promotes the development of the communications and multimedia industry which includes telecommunications, broadcasting, and online activities, postal services and digital certification. The Communication and Multimedia Act provides that MCMC undertakes a policy implementation role, while policy decision-making is vested with the Minister. The Minister may also give policy directions to the Commission. For more news and information, contact: Tel: +603 8688 8000 Fax: +603 8688 1007, email:

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September 2, 2014 at 6:21 pm

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-David Blaine in His First Asia Tour!
-David Blaine “Real or Magic” Asia Tour 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sept. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — LOL Events & Livescape Asia is proud to present the world’s most enigmatic magician, David Blaine, live in Malaysia on 5th Sept 2014 in Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur. David Blaine is conventionally a street magician who is known for his mind blowing endurance stunts such as “Frozen in Time” in which he was frozen into a block of ice for 72 hours. Other stunts include “Above the Below”, in which he went without food for 44 days and “Vertigo”, where he stood for 44 hours on a 22 inch platform. “Human Aquarium” involved submersion in a water-filled sphere for seven days, receiving air and food through tubes. In a dramatic finale, he failed in his attempt to break the world record for holding breath under water, while simultaneously escaping heavy chains. His television specials have had huge ratings worldwide, his first David Blaine: Street Magic and David Blaine: Magic Man. His recent celebrity packed special David Blaine: Real or Magic had Katy Perry, Will Smith & family, Harrison Ford, Breaking Bad duo Aaron Paul & Bryan Cranston, Ricky Gervais and many more marvel at his tricks. David will now embark on his first Asia tour and will stage illusions and endurance stunts. He will take the audience on a journey in the 90 minutes performance where the audience will be left guessing if his act is REAL or MAGIC.

“We’d like to thank Malaysia Major Events and Tourism Malaysia for helping us make another world class event happen in Malaysia“,

Jack Jeganesan, Chief Entertainment Officer- LOL Events

“The collaboration between LOL Events and Livescape Asia would be very interesting as both parties will bring a wealth of ideas to make the show a memorable experience for our audience”

Rizal Kamal, CEO – LOL Events

“We are excited to be partnering with LOL Events for this highly anticipated marquee show. It’s the first time Malaysia will be able to see David Blaine perform some of his iconic illusions live in person so we urge everyone to go out there and grab their tickets soon as we are expecting a sold-out show”

Iqbal Ameer, Group CEO – The Livescape Group

Modern Day Houdini: Catch David Blaine LIVE in KL

“Most believe that the greatest trick that a magician can do, is to convince the world that the impossible is real. But when the magic is real, yet seems impossible, that, is the greatest trick of all.”

Tense. Mysterious. Inquisitive. Even more tense. In every video you watch involving this one man, these are the raw elements you’re guaranteed to experience. He speaks with an impeccable characteristic air as he approaches any group of unsuspecting people. He is one that keeps a steady and undisturbed aura when astonished and amazed chaos dances around him as he blows minds one by one as if he thrives on it secretly. This mystifying man has successfully grasped the world’s attention by the very core in a matter of seconds. This inscrutable gent that we speak of, is none other than celebrated American illusionist David Blaine.

Going Against The Current

“As a magician I think everything is possible. And I think if one person can do it, so can others.”

With a slew of monikers and recognitions under his name, David Blaine blurs the lines between reality and illusion, with the ability to defy the laws of gravity and human logic and levitate himself before baffled onlookers. David is also an endurance artist, and is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, which have broken several world records. One of them includes a Guinness World Record for “Longest Breath Holding”, by holding his breath underwater for a staggering 17 minutes and 4 seconds feat. Other incredible achievements that challenge the impossible and the human brain includes being buried alive for a week in a see-through coffin, spending more than a month suspended in a box by the River Thames in London and being encased in a block of ice for 63 hours.

Real Or Magic?

“As you get older, your odds drop down. But I’m betting against it.”

Blaine’s thirst for betting against all odds to go to the extreme and his unrivalled skills to trick the mind has become his primary tools of the trade, and come this 5th September

2014, David Blaine will employ both with spellbinding flair. Producing scorching fire from within his physical body, confounding the minds of the audience encased in a world without the simple need to breathe without oxygen underwater, Real Or Magic will leave you perplexed and stunned as Blaine transforms society’s views on magic and illusion in the show. There was only one man in history who was able to perform this act, and he, however, died doing it. That man was Hungarian-American illusionist and household name within the magician community, Harry Houdini. In a show about illusion and misdirection, who can believe anything? Stabbed, starved, pierced, burned, electrocuted, nearly drowned, levitated, and fallen from great heights, watching David Blaine perform magic up close and personal will leave you questioning what’s real, and what’s magic. 5th September 2014 will surely make for an intriguing and fascinating night, inspiring people to understand the impossible, and the magic from within.


Venue: Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date: 5th September 2014

Show time: 9.00 pm (1 hour 30 mins)

Ticket prices: 

VIP – RM648 (Limited, Meet & Greet)
Platinum – RM518
Gold – RM418
Silver – RM318
Bronze – RM248
Cat 5 – RM188 (Free Seating)
Cat 6 – RM138 (Free Seating)

Tickets are available at / +60 3 7880 7999

About Malaysia Major Events

Malaysia Major Events (MME) is a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia (MoTAC). MME was established under the Government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) to identify, promote, facilitate as well as support viable international events to be staged in Malaysia. With its main objective to enhance Malaysia’s economic growth and profile, MME is also tasked to identify and support major event bids for sports, arts, lifestyles and entertainment events and provide assistance to home-grown and home-hosted events in order to further strengthen Malaysia’s global appeal as the venue of choice for major events in the region. MME also acts as a conduit between the public and private sectors in ensuring seamless processes are achieved through synergistic relationships with diverse event stakeholders in staging successful events in Malaysia.

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About LOL Events

LOL Events began its foray into the comedy scene in 2009 with the highly successful The Comedy Club KL shows. The show, in partnership with The Comedy Club Asia, is set to uplift the status of comedy in Asia by bringing world class acts from around the world to perform here. International stand-up comedy in Kuala Lumpur and other Asian cities is a gesture that the city has a modern urban crowd and has the capacity to indulge in intelligent humour. Shows with The Comedy Club Asia expanded their shows to Singapore, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Saigon, Bali and cities aroundMalaysia. LOL Events extended their range of comedy shows by producing the LOL Comedy Stars Series, Laugh Off Asia, Comedy Kao Kao and Kings & Queen of Comedy Asia. In over 5 years, they have brought big comedy names such as Maz Jobrani, Ahmed Ahmed, Danny Bhoy, Kumar, Sugar Sammy and more than 100 other comedians. In May 2012, LOL Events organised Russell Peters Notorious World Tour selling 16,000 tickets in less than 5 hours for a 2 day show. Their latest mega show was the highly successful Jeff Dunham’s Disorderly Conduct Tour done in both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The collaboration with Livescape Asia for David Blaine is their first venture outside comedy and into the realm of magic.

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About Livescape Asia

2 music obsessed directors, 20 highly creative and passionate team members, and countless crazy, wacky ideas. This is Livescape Asia. We don’t do the ordinary. We dare to be different and we thrive on great, bold ideas. This very belief is what has driven us to be one of the key players in the Malaysian and Southeast Asian live events market in just 4 short years. At Livescape, we believe in a 360-degree approach to conceiving, marketing and executing events. This means we have an in-house marketing, execution, creative, production, logistics, and artist liaison team to ensure that we put on a show people will not only remember but also talk about. From intimate 100 capacity shows to a full-on 2-day music festival with crowds of over 55,000, we have over the years established ourselves as the go-to people for unique and buzz-generating events. To date, we’ve chalked up over 150 shows and client events. Here are some of those: Livescape is first and foremost a music and creative events agency, yet equally, a formidable creative and activation agency for some of the best known brands on the planet such as Red Bull, Asahi Beer, and Fred Perry.

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Contact: +60-3-7772-6272

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September 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

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International Council of Shopping Center’s Asia Pacific Conference and Exhibition Returns to Singapore

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SINGAPORE, Sept. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Global retail real estate leaders will examine investment opportunities at ICSC RECon Asia – International Council of Shopping Center’s annual meeting from November 10-12 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, bringing the retail property marketplace to the South East Asia’s retail hub.

Tan Guan Heng, ICSC’s Asia Pacific Director, speaks of the global association’s choice of venue for RECon Asia 2014, “The region’s growth of aspirational shoppers is one attraction to international retailers.” According to a report cited by the Wall Street Journal, roughly 100 million people from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand will earn more than USD20,000 annually by 2019.

Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at Singapore National University, will deliver the keynote. With an impressive line-up of retail property experts, the industry will re-examine shopping center strategies in play.

Tara Prabhakar, Regional MD, Retail and Shopper, Asia Pacific of TNS will discuss 5 mega trends that will shape consumption globally.

Can a diverse and multi-faceted workforce enhance a business’s competitive position? Shanthi Flynn, VP at Walmart Asia, looks at diversity goals and attracting the right people with the right talents to harness their unique qualities.

The annual Asia get-together of ICSC, a two-day conference and exhibition, will draw together the world’s top executives in retail, retail property development, leasing, management and finance.

Retailers will highlight RECon Asia, showcasing their new concepts and formats both at the conference and on the exhibits floor, where an array of exhibitors and sponsors will present their upcoming portfolios.

For ICSC RECon Asia news, exhibitor and sponsor list, please visit

About International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 66,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world. For more information, visit

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Tel: +852 25406872

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September 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm

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Ministry of Education Malaysia Wins Global Innovation Award at VMworld 2014

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-Largest virtualized desktop deployment in Malaysia recognized for IT transformation

SINGAPORE, Sept. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced that the deployment of the largest virtualized desktop environment inMalaysia by the Ministry of Education (MOE) has won the 2014 VMware Innovation Awards in the category ofTransforming IT by Defying Convention. One of the five global winners, the award celebrates its achievement in leveraging technology to change the way education is provided across the country. The implementation of VMware’s virtual desktop infrastructure technology, possibly one of the largest across Asia Pacific to-date, transformed the way MOE provides education, enabling access of technology, Internet and online learning resources to over 300,000 students in rural areas across Malaysia.

Globally Recognized for Bridging Urban-rural Digital Divide  

“The recognition of the Ministry of Education among the numerous entries is testament of the significance of the deployment that promises to help Malaysia achieve its ambitious education goals. We are proud to have played a part in helping the MOE transform the access and quality of education across Malaysia, extending education to teachers and students in remote areas of the country,” said Laurence Si, Country Manager of Malaysia andBrunei, VMware.

With over 10,000 schools located in rural areas, transporting engineers for system maintenance presented logistical challenges, resulting in inconsistent and sporadic service. By modernizing the desktop infrastructure, not only did system maintenance became more cost-effective and efficient, the MOE was then able to centralize its management, enabling the schools to receive latest software updates and applications in a timely manner.

This rollout covers some 1,250 schools and 25,000 desktops that have been equipped with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology, allowing schools to concentrate on a holistic learning environment without having to worry about IT maintenance and other costs.

Virtual Desktops for Educational Excellence and Compliance

Aligned with the vision to bridge the urban-rural digital divide as outlined in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013 – 2025, the MOE implemented VDI technology to achieve the country’s vision. PCs were replaced to include VMware Horizon®, transforming physical PCs into centralized managed IT services, delivering elastic desktop services as a virtual workspace for easy management and rich user experience. This provided the MOE with a simple and easy to manage way of provisioning PCs to these schools without the heavy expense of purchasing new units after each life cycle.

As of March 2014, the VDI deployment of client desktops and VMware Horizon, not only was compliant to the high auditing standards required by MOE, but was also well accepted by headmasters and teachers. The deployment model enabled desktops, applications and data to be consolidated into a simple, centralized virtualized infrastructure that serves 1,250 schools.

“The most important part (of the deployment) is that it can help reduce the digital gap for students who live in the rural and urban areas. VMware is the most reliable and effective virtualization platform provider in the world. Within three months, we installed the technology across over 700 schools allowing them to use the VDI client, with both students and teachers loving the application,” said Encik Noorhisham Bin Shahabudin, Senior IT Officer, MOE.

The 2014 VMware Innovation Awards honor deployments that have driven business innovation through the adoption of hybrid cloud, software-defined data center, end-user computing, and workforce transformation strategies. All award nominations were reviewed and rated by a panel of experts from Computerworld and VMworld®, using the criteria outlined for each category. The winners were honored on-stage at VMworld 2014 inSan Francisco from 24-28 August 2014.

Additional Resources:

VMware: Enhance Education While Reducing IT Costs
Malaysia Ministry of Education Video – VMware
Malaysian Ministry of Education

Malaysian Administrative Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU)

Media Contacts:
Mark Koh
ASEAN Communications, VMware
Phone: + 65 9022 3938

Chan Shu Ling
FleishmanHillard Singapore
Phone: + 65 6424 6379

About VMware

VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2013 revenues of $5.21 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at

VMware, VMware Horizon, and VMworld are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

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September 2, 2014 at 12:19 pm

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group to Ban Shark Fin in Asia Pacific Hotels

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SINGAPORE, Sept. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group  today announced that the company has joined the fight in reversing the rapid decline in the shark population and signaling its commitment towards sustainable seafood sourcing. Reaffirming its commitment to operate as a responsible business, the company will stop serving shark fin at its leased and managed hotels and Food & Beverage establishments across Asia Pacific beginning September 1, 2014. This initiative marks the 11th anniversary of Carlson Rezidor’s Responsible Business Month, where its hotels are encouraged to take action by championing activities that benefit the local community and the environment.

An estimated 100 million sharks are killed each year to feed consumer demands, and they are particularly vulnerable because of their relatively low reproduction rates. In 2010, over 180 species of sharks were considered threatened, being listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

“The hotel industry has a responsibility to conserve the environment and play an active role in its sustainable future. By making this stance, Carlson Rezidor hopes to encourage others to join this ban, influence consumer behavior and more importantly, to contribute to the preservation of marine biodiversity for the benefit of future generations. This ban on shark fin at our leased and managed hotels and Food & Beverage outlets and moving towards sustainable seafood is our commitment to operating as a responsible business,” said Thorsten Kirschke, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

Carlson Rezidor has a rich history of responsible business practices, being one of the first global hospitality and travel companies to sign up to the United Nations Global Compact in 2010, aligning to the company’s environmental policy to minimize its impact on the environment. Carlson Rezidor’s responsible business practice centres on the three pillars including People, which takes responsibility for diversity and inclusion, as well as the health and safety of employees and customers. The second pillar Community promotes social and ethical leadership within the company and the community while Environment aims to reduce our negative impact on the earth.

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 1,350 hotels in operation and under development with a footprint spanning over 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. In most hotels, guests can benefit from Club Carlson, 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,

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September 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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City of London Police and Kaspersky Lab Lead the Way in Combatting Fraud

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— Kaspersky Lab joins forces with City of London Police to educate police forces and businesses across Britain on ways to tackle cybercrime

LONDON, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cybercrime plays a huge part in fraud offence numbers today, with seven out of ten scams now internet-related, according to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. The complex and alien nature of such crimes, however, means that they are not only difficult to combat, but also to detect and understand. To help tackle the rise in cybercrime, City of London Police has enlisted internet security experts, Kaspersky Lab, to train its police officers at all levels on these ever-growing threats. This innovative training program, the first of its kind with UK law enforcement, will provide them with the skills and knowledge to identify and resolve these crimes  from an individual victim encountering fraud during an online shopping-spree to a business losing thousands of pounds from a targeted attack.

The scheme will extend into further services and large enterprises across the UK, aiming to upskill UK industry on ways to protect themselves against cyber-attacks. Coupled with theoretical knowledge, the week-long training program allows for a real hands-on experience, teaching vital skills such as inspecting network traffic, analysing hard-drive images and decompiling malicious software using specialised training tools and methodology developed by Kaspersky Lab. The training will also address the need for businesses to improve fraud reporting, to ensure police services and security agencies have a clear view of the issue.

The first of these programs was attended and successfully completed by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau in February this year. While the course places emphasis on threats that are aimed at financial organisations and government bodies, which are the top targets for online fraud in the UK, the skills learnt by attendees will also be applicable when combatting the cyber threats the general public face.

“As the complexity of cybercrime constantly increases, it’s imperative that the service’s knowledge of such threats increases at the same pace,” comments David Clark, Det Chief Supt Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police. “With over 21,000 computer misuse crimes in the UK in the first quarter of 2014[1], it’s clear that people and businesses are at risk and need protecting. The UK police service needs to be ready to identify these crimes and have the knowledge to tackle them head on. This partnership with Kaspersky Lab further underlines our role as the national policing lead for economic crime and will enhance our capability for combating fraud and cybercrime nationwide,” adds David.

“It’s an honor for Kaspersky Lab to use this opportunity to equip City of London Police with our extensive and predictive security intelligence,” commented Veniamin Levtsov, Vice-President, Corporate Sales and Business Development. “We have already spent 17 years developing a set of powerful techniques for data acquisition and investigation of cyber-crimes, and it should become a valuable tool for the law enforcement authorities in the United Kingdom.”

About City of London Police / Action Fraud

Since April 2013, Action Fraud has been responsible for recording all non-emergency fraud crime reports for police forces in England and Wales. One year on, Action Fraud now collects and transfers to the NFIB approximately 18,000 reports of fraud, 15,000 information reports and 2,000 computer misuse reports each month coming from members of the public as well as small, medium and large businesses.

The City of London Police already runs the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). The NFIB is the central repository for fraud and cybercrime intelligence, analysing millions of reports (including those from Action Fraud) to identify serial fraudsters, organised crime gangs and emerging and established crime threats. This intelligence is used to provide law enforcement agencies across England and Wales with the information they need to launch criminal investigations and to raise awareness across the country and in the public and private sector of the latest threats. The City of London Police is now responsible for the entire end-to-end Action Fraud and NFIB service — with all staff located in the same office in the Square Mile.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its more than 17-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the United Kingdom, currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at

* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2012. The rating was published in the IDC report “Worldwide Endpoint Security 20132017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares (IDC #242618, August 2013). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2012.

[1] Office of National Statistics, 2014

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September 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

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iiNet Deploys Integrated Voice and Video Communications Service Microsoft Lync on Parallels Automation Cloud Platform

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-Parallels Automation makes possible affordable business-class voice and video service

SINGAPORE, Sept. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Parallels, the platform provider for cloud service delivery, announced the successful deployment of Microsoft Lync via Parallels Automation at iiNet Limited, the leading challenger inAustralia’s telecommunications market. The new offering will finally make enterprise-grade voice, telephony and video calling services affordable for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) nationwide.

For more than 20 years, iiNet has been providing Australian SMEs with innovative connectivity solutions to suit the changing dynamics of this market. With almost 40 percent of SME* employees now working away from the office, there is an urgent need to make available business-class collaboration solutions at economical prices.

iiNet Microsoft Lync lets businesses make lifelike voice and video calls over their broadband connection, share their desktop with others and instant message in a familiar Microsoft environment. What’s more, they can access all these features and make free local and national landline calls from a personalised number directly from their desk phone. They can also enjoy advanced features like voicemail to email, call forwarding and automated receptionist.

“We’re excited to announce this is the first time an Australian ISP has combined Lync with a ground-breaking voice solution to help our small business customers cut costs and transform the way they work,” said Greg Bader, Chief Business Officer at iiNet.

“What we offer with Lync is a great step up, a professional communications tool that’s designed to work well with your desk phone as well as on your desktop. Additionally, it’s backed by our reliable broadband network and award-winning support team with priority business lines,” said Bader.

iiNet’s latest offering builds on its popular Hosted Microsoft Exchange email service, equipping SMEs with fully integrated corporate tools to communicate and collaborate where they want, when they want and how they want.

Parallels Automation is the platform of choice for iiNet as it serves over tens of thousands of SMEs in Australia.  Parallels’ automation platform was previously used for iiNet’s Hosted Microsoft Exchange offering to handle the provisioning and customer control panel, resulting in a seamless process with 15,000 Hosted Exchange customers added over the past 15 months.

“We’re pleased to partner with Parallels Automation, a global leader in hosting and cloud services enablement solutions,” added Bader.

According to the most recent Parallels SMB Cloud Insights™, the global market for Communications and Collaboration solutions is projected to triple in the next three years, from US$6.5 billion in 2013 to US$20 billionby 2016. Customers are seeing significant benefits by combining unified communications services like Microsoft Lync with their other cloud-based collaboration and communications solutions such as Hosted Exchange.

“The most recent report by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) validates our observation that SMEs are ready and willing to integrate technology into their business process provided the solutions are affordable, easy to use and don’t take much effort to maintain,” said Pavel Ershov, Vice President for Service Provider, Parallels Asia Pacific and Japan. “Over the years, we have invested in helping partners like iiNet to build systems that will enable them to go to market faster with integrated solutions tailored to the specific needs of their customers.”

Parallels Automation is the only platform to automate and simplify cloud service delivery for the largest telcos, hosters and IT distributors. It accelerates creation and delivery of unique cloud services bundles through multiple sales channels, streamlines service provider operations, and delights channel partners and customers with a unified service experience. It is supported by the largest ecosystem of over 250 ISVs and Parallels fourteen years of industry experience, giving hosting companies like iiNet a solid foundation to build their cloud-based product and service offering.

iiNet Microsoft Lync is available in three plans starting from just $1.95 per month per user, no contract required. For more information, visit

*”Home is where the work is — the digital worker” study, ACMA, October 2013

About iiNet

iiNet is Australia’s second largest DSL Internet Service Provider and the leading challenger in the telecommunications market. Publicly listed on the ASX 200, this billion-dollar company has been recognised as a global leader in customer service, winning the Large Business award at the 2013 International Service Excellence Awards. We employ more than 2500 inquisitive staff across three countries — 80 per cent of whom are employed to directly service over 900,000 customers. We maintain our own broadband network and support over 1.7 million broadband, telephony and Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) services nationwide.

We’re committed to making it simple for all Australians to connect across both our own network and on the NBN.

Our vision is to lead the market with services that harness the potential of the Internet and then differentiate with award-winning customer service.

About Parallels

Parallels® provides the platform for service providers to sell and deliver great cloud services to businesses worldwide and cross-platform solutions. Parallels began operations in 2000 and has developed into a fast-growing software company with more than 900 employees across offices in North America, Europe, Africa,Australia and Asia.

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September 2, 2014 at 11:35 am

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DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific Makes Senior Appointments

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— Charles Kaufmann is appointed Regional Head of Operations and Value Added Services
— Li Wenjun takes up role as Head of Air Freight, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific

SINGAPORE, Sept. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, has appointed Charles Kaufmannas Senior Vice President, Operations and Value Added Services Asia Pacific. Li Wenjun has been promoted to take his place as Head of Air Freight, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific. Both Charles and Wenjun will report directly to Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.

Charles Kaufmann, Senior Vice President, Operations and Value Added Services, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific
Charles Kaufmann, Senior Vice President, Operations and Value Added Services, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific
Li Wenjun, Head, Air Freight, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific
Li Wenjun, Head, Air Freight, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific

Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific, said, “We are very fortunate to have senior logistics experts like Charles and Wenjun who have spent many years with DHL. Their performance has been outstanding in their respective areas of expertise and I look forward to their continued success in their new roles.”

Based in Singapore, Charles will continue to drive the development of Value Added Services across the region and DHL Global Forwarding’s business in Mongolia and the Korean Peninsula in addition to his new role while Wenjun takes on the responsibility of driving the development of the air freight business for the region out ofChina. Wenjun also joins the Asia Pacific Management Board for the first time.

Value Added Services remain a key focus for DHL Global Forwarding and cover customized road transport network services under Road Freight; Multimodal Solutions which offer the most efficient combination of multiple transport modes with optimized lead times; value added services to air and ocean freight shipments through Logistics Management Services; International Supply Chain Management across different transport modes and international borders; a carrier-neutral Lead Logistics Provider service which offers end-to-end supply chain management; Customs services to ensure uniform, consistent and compliant trade activities; Control Tower services for freight operations and supply chain visibility; and Security which offers freight security management, business continuity management and state-of-the-art risk assessment.

Charles said, “Being part of the operations team is a very exciting challenge as it is the heart of every product and service that we offer across the whole region. In my previous role, our air freight and value added services productivity and volumes achieved good profitability and productivity. With my new role, we’ll be able to look at the products and services we offer with a more holistic approach and provide our customers with even more customized forwarding solutions.” Wenjun said, “This is a challenging new role as I am tasked with driving the development of the air freight business across Asia Pacific with a strong focus on volume growth and cost optimization.”

Charles joined Deutsche Post DHL in 1973 and became CEO, DHL Global Forwarding North Asia for Japan and Korea in 2006 before being appointed as COO for North Asia Pacific in 2011. He has held responsibility for operations in 21 countries in the region, managing air freight operations, implementing cost-efficient purchasing and pricing policies to achieve strong year-on-year revenue growth and set new standards of operational excellence. He became Head of Air Freight and Value Added Services in DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific in 2012, helping to build the freight forwarding activities and multi-modal network in Asia Pacific.

Wenjun joined DHL Global Forwarding in 2004 as China’s Air Freight Gateway Manager before being appointed as Head of Air Freight China in 2009, positioning the company as a leading solution provider for customers in terms of developing new routing and cost effective solutions. In 2012, his team was awarded the internal Global CEO Award for Best Air Freight Team.

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DHL The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics and CEP industry and “The logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, national and international parcel delivery, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation as well as contract and e-commerce related solutions along the entire supply chain. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and around 315,000 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 revenues of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.

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September 2, 2014 at 11:29 am

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2015 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey of American Companies Shows Optimism amid Challenges

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NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar  /PRNewswire/ — U.S. companies remain optimistic about business prospects in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), according to new survey results released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham Singapore).  In a poll of 588 senior executives representing U.S. companies in all ten ASEAN countries, 74% reported that their company’s level of trade and investment in ASEAN has increased over the past two years, and an overwhelming 89% of respondents expect it to increase over the next five years. The profit outlook is solid, with 63% of executives expecting profit increases this year, and 81% next year. Slightly over half (53%) of the respondents expect their companies’ workforce to expand this year, while only 5% expect decreases.

“This survey underscores the confidence that U.S. businesses have about ASEAN, particularly as it integrates economies, deepens its trade and investment relations with major trading partners, and makes the region an important, attractive destination for U.S. investment,” said Tami Overby, the U.S. Chamber’s senior vice president for Asia. “The ASEAN countries that are participating in the TPP will enjoy the greatest benefits from this trend toward regional integration, and we continue to encourage those countries that are not yet in the TPP to consider participation.”

AmCham Singapore Executive Director Judith Fergin added, “These positive findings point to positive outcomes for ASEAN — more jobs, more exports, more commerce, and more rapid economic growth. U.S. companies are happy to be contributing to this good news story.”

However, the survey also found substantial concerns and impediments to companies’ growth in the region.  As in previous years’ surveys, corruption was the top issue across ASEAN, cited by a majority of respondents in all countries except Brunei and Singapore. American companies also pointed to burdensome laws and regulations, lack of transparency, poor quality of infrastructure, and the difficulty in moving products through customs in some countries as obstacles to greater investment.

“U.S. investors express serious concerns over many policy and operational areas, ranging from rapidly escalating costs, to corruption, inadequate infrastructure, and the need for more engagement with the private sector as laws and regulations are developed,” said Overby. “The survey results point clearly to a number of areas that ASEAN countries can address in order to maintain and enhance their competitiveness and attractiveness to foreign investment.”

The survey also revealed that U.S. companies take advantage of regional economic integration efforts, including ASEAN’s free trade agreements (FTAs) with Australia and New Zealand, China, India, Japan, and Korea. Nearly half (49%) of respondents report that they use the FTA to export goods from ASEAN to China. American companies’ use of the other FTAs ranges between 43-47%.

ASEAN’s efforts to more closely integrate the economies of its ten member nations are also important to U.S. companies’ investment plans in the region. 53% of respondents said that their company has a strategy based on the goals of the ASEAN Economic Community, which aims to integrate the region by 2015.

“This survey substantiates what ASEAN-based executives of U.S. companies witness every day — that ASEAN is a dynamic and forward-looking region with enormous growth potential, energetic populations, and exciting prospects for regional integration,” stated AmCham Singapore Chairman James Andrade. “This survey illuminates where opportunities are great and suggests areas where increased resources and fresh approaches will further strengthen the business climate for foreign and domestic investors alike. We welcome the opportunity for policy dialogue with public officials and private sector representatives to follow up on the survey’s findings.”

Of the 588 executives representing U.S. companies in all ten ASEAN countries, 55% are in services industries, 31% are in manufacturing, and the remainder are in extractive and other industries. The companies surveyed had turnover ranging from below $50 million to more than $1 billion.

The complete survey is available here.

Highlights of findings from respondents from each country


Brunei is one of two countries in ASEAN where the majority (56%) of respondents indicate satisfaction with a lack of corruption. Respondents in the country are also highly satisfied with personal security, sentiment towards the U.S., and the stability of the government and political system. Business leaders do indicate challenges in finding trained personnel in the country.


Major strengths cited by respondents in Cambodia include availability of low cost labor and positive sentiment towards the U.S. Corruption remains a problem, as 82% of respondents expressed concern, up from 65% last year.


Indonesia was rated as the top destination in ASEAN for expansion, despite the many challenges companies cite in doing business there. Overwhelmingly, insufficient infrastructure was identified as the greatest drawback in Indonesia. Other significant challenges include corruption, finding trained personnel, moving products through customs, and problematic laws and regulations. Satisfaction with personal security in Indonesia has increased by 24 percentage points since 2009.


The availability of low cost labor and personal security are strengths in Laos, as they are across much of ASEAN. Challenges for U.S. companies in Laos include corruption, insufficient infrastructure, lack of trained personnel, and problematic laws and regulations. In addition, U.S. companies are viewed less favorably in Laos than in any other country in ASEAN.


Sentiment towards the U.S., the quality of infrastructure, and reasonable office lease costs are significant strengths for Malaysia and the country enjoys moderate strengths across many business factors. In contrast, corruption and personal security remain challenges.  Additionally, Malaysia continues to battle with the pitfalls of the middle income trap relative to the rapid growth potential of its ASEAN neighbors. As Malaysia moves up the value chain, the satisfaction level with the availability of trained personnel, infrastructure, and office lease costs have significantly decreased.


Myanmar is one of the most popular countries for business expansion in ASEAN, offering a ready supply of affordable labor, personal security, and positive sentiments toward the U.S.  In addition, U.S. companies are viewed more favorably in Myanmar than in any other country in ASEAN.  However, the U.S. business leaders currently operating in Myanmar cite eleven out of the sixteen business factors in the survey as challenges. The highest levels of dissatisfaction are with the cost of housing, infrastructure, lack of trained labor, and office lease costs.


Satisfaction in the Philippines increased across nine of the sixteen business factors over the last five years, led by a 23 percentage point increase in satisfaction with the stability of the government and political system. Today, 86% of respondents are satisfied with the positive sentiments toward the U.S. and 78% with the availability of trained personnel in the Philippines, each representing the highest percentage in ASEAN. Insufficient infrastructure, corruption, the difficulty of moving products through customs, and the tax structure remain challenges in the country.


Singapore-based respondents cite greater satisfaction across polled business factors than any other ASEAN country. Major strengths in Singapore include personal security, a stable government and political system, infrastructure, and a lack of corruption. Challenges for businesses in Singapore, as in recent years, include high housing costs, high office lease costs, and a lack of low cost labor.


Respondents see personal security, positive sentiments towards the U.S., housing costs, and infrastructure as major strengths in Thailand. The lack of a stable government and political system and corruption are cited as the biggest challenges with 80% and 71% of respondents, respectively, indicating dissatisfaction. Increasing labor costs have also led to a 26 percentage point decrease in satisfaction with the availability of low cost labor since 2009.


Vietnam is the second most listed location for business expansion in ASEAN. Its strengths include positive sentiments toward the U.S., the availability of low cost labor, and the level of personal security. Respondents indicate that corruption is one of the biggest problems in Vietnam with 69% of respondents indicating dissatisfaction. Over the past five years, cost pressures have eased, as levels of satisfaction with the availability of low cost labor, housing costs, and office lease costs have all increased significantly. In contrast, respondents have noted a decrease in satisfaction with the business incentives offered by the government and personal security, among other factors.

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization, and represents the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions.  Chamber members range in size from small enterprises and local chambers to leading industry associations and large corporations.

About AmCham Singapore

The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore is the leading international business association inSingapore, with over 5,000 members representing more than 750 companies.  American companies’ direct investment in Singapore exceeds an estimated an estimated S$170 billion.

Thomas McNutt, AmCham Singapore, +65-6597-5732,
Lisa Belot, US Chamber of Commerce,


The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore
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September 2, 2014 at 10:52 am

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