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First in Asia LEGO® Star Wars(TM) Miniland Model Display Launched at LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort

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SINGAPORE, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In conjunction with its upcoming second anniversary, LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort announced the opening of LEGO® Star WarsTM Miniland Model Display at the Resort. This is the first attraction of its kind in Asia and the latest LEGO® model display to open at a LEGOLAND® around the world.

The attraction features seven scenes from the six Star WarsTM films and The Clone WarsTM animated series in great detail. In total, the attraction features more than 2,000 LEGO® models built to a 1:20 scale using 1.5 million LEGO® bricks. The attraction officially opens its doors to the public on 6 September 2014.

“We are confident that guests to LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort will find their visit here more exciting than ever for the whole family. Being fully indoors and air-conditioned, families can easily spend more than an hour exploring this new model display alone in addition to the over 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows and attractions at the Resort,” saidMark Germyn, General Manager LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort.

“With RM6 million invested in this new attraction, the Resort is continuously looking to grow stronger tourism value and attract more international visitors. The key strategy we are using is adding a new element annually to ensure guests have exciting reasons to visit and come back for more,” he added.

The LEGO® Star WarsTM Miniland Model Display is housed in an octagon building with a floor size of 900m2 that has been divided into eight areas. Six areas house one iconic scene each from the six Star WarsTM films, while the seventh area features a scene from the animated film Star Wars: The Clone WarsTM. The eighth area offers a dedicated retail section for LEGO® Star WarsTM products. The merchandise includes hard-to-find LEGO® building sets for sale such as the Death Star, R2-D2, Millennium Falcon, Super Star Destroyer, Ewok Village and much more. The shop will also have the full line of LEGO® Star WarsTM play materials in addition to LEGO® Star WarsTM keychains, magnets and a variety of caps and T-shirts.

The seven featured scenes depict planets such as Naboo, Geonosis, Kashyyyk, Mustafar, Tatooine, Hoth, Endor and Christophsis. Visitors can take a chronological walk through the Star WarsTM timeline to marvel at the models, including the 2.65m tall Crystal City, the largest of all the LEGO® Star WarsTM models, and the iconic Millennium Falcon made up of 19,200 LEGO® bricks – reaching 1.8m long and 1.3m wide. Meanwhile, interactive buttons will allow visitors to activate the animatronics within each scene.

Fans will also be able to commemorate their visit by taking photos with their favourite characters, built entirely of LEGO® bricks. There will be 85cm tall models of Anakin Skywalker, Boba Fett, C-3PO, Commander Rex, Darth Maul, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Wicket the Ewok and Yoda, in addition to life-sized models of C-3PO, R2-D2 and a 2.7m tall Darth Vader wielding a lightsaber.

Fifty percent of the over 2,000 models at the LEGO® Star WarsTM Miniland Model Display were built in Malaysiaand the rest were shipped from Germany and the Czech Republic. The Master Model Builders team took a total of approximately 8,000 man hours to complete the LEGO® models. The installation process was supported by a team of technicians and landscapers who developed the special layout for optimum realism. For the finishing touch, authentic Star WarsTM sounds, animatronics and lighting effects were added to make the models even more lifelike.

Throughout the month of September, various LEGO® Star WarsTM activities have been lined up to commemorate the anniversary celebrations, including a free entry promotion for children dressed up as their favourite Star WarsTMcharacters. The promotion will be from 6 – 30 Sept 2014. Additionally, Annual Pass holders will enjoy preview periods from 1 – 5 Sept before the attraction opens to the public. All valid Annual Pass holders will be required to sign up online for the preview. There will also be special birthday fireworks on September 15 at the Resort starting at 8pm.

For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.my or call the reservation office at +607-597-8888. You can also keep up-to-date with our exciting activities on Twitter at https://twitter.com/legoland_my and Instagram athttp://instagram.com/legolandmy.

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About LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort

The LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort brings together a LEGOLAND Theme Park, Water Park and Hotel in one LEGO® themed location. It is a family holiday destination with more than 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows and attractions, designed for families with children aged 2-12. It is the first of its kind in Asia and will offer adventure, education and fun for action-packed day trips or as a short break destination.

About Merlin Entertainments

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates more than 100 attractions, 10 hotels and 3 holiday villages in 22 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 20,000+ employees.

Merlin currently has eleven attractions in Asia including Madame Tussauds in Bangkok, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing and Wuhan, China; the fantastic LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort with its theme park, hotel and water park; world leading aquaria in Busan, Bangkok and Shanghai, – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator; and a LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Tokyo. Attractions are also in development in Shanghai, Chongqing and Singapore.

Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

About Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd

Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Malaysian Government’s investment arm, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, was incorporated in June 2009 to develop, manage and operate theme parks and attractions in Malaysia, serving as a catalyst for the leisure and tourism industry and bringing premier international theme parks and attractions to the region. The theme parks include KidZania Kuala Lumpur, an indoor family education and entertainment centre, which offers an interactive learning and entertainment experience; LEGOLAND Malaysia – the sixth LEGOLAND in the world and the very first in Asia, operated by the Merlin Entertainment Group; SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN, the first of its kind outside of Japan; The Little Big Club, a single themed attraction that is home to five popular global characters; and LAT’s Place, a themed restaurant with live animation based on the popular Kampung Boy (Village Boy) character by famous local cartoonist, LAT. Themed Attractions will also develop, manage and operate KidZania Singapore.

For further information, please contact:

Deviga Doreraja
PR Manager
LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
Tel: +607- 597-8819
Email: deviga.doreraja@legoland.my

Source: LEGOLAND(R) Malaysia Resort

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September 4, 2014 at 6:29 pm

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DHL Adds China to the DHL Thermonet Network

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— DHL Global Forwarding extends service quality for Life Sciences and Healthcare customers in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen
— The new Certified Life Sciences Stations provide more than 6,200 square meters of -20 degrees Celsius to +25 degrees Celsius cold storage space as well as local expertise to ensure compliant handling of life sciences products

SHANGHAI and HONG KONG, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, expands its service offerings for the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry in China and added Beijing,Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen to the company’s worldwide DHL Thermonet network of Certified Life Sciences Stations as of 1 July 2014. The 2,000-square meter facilities in Shanghai and Beijing are owned by DHL Global Forwarding while the airport facilities are located in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen with specific operational arrangements. All the facilities in China are in close proximity to airports and together, they offer more than 6,200 square meters of -15 degrees Celsius to +25 degrees Celsius cold storage space to serve DHL’s global customer base in the Life Sciences & Healthcare sector with temperature-controlled airfreight shipment needs.

“Our customers in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector are looking for better ways to manage the risk of product damage and loss from temperature deviations in their supply chain. DHL Thermonet tackles these requirements and offers China consignors and consignees access to a reliable end-to-end cold chain,” says Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding China.

DHL is constantly expanding its DHL Thermonet network of Certified Life Sciences Stations and plans to reach 65 by end of 2014 and 80 by end of 2015. The DHL facilities in Shanghai and Beijing are audited against globally defined Good Distribution Practices (GDP) to ensure conformity across the network. All the facilities in China offer customers temperature monitoring, refrigerated truck delivery and pick-up, active container handling and passive packaging handling to ensure product quality at all times. The facilities in China also offer different temperature warning systems from visual and audible alarms to multiple warning alerts via text messages and emails if temperature is exceeded. Backup power in the case of power outage as well as onsite security and CCTV footage are additional available features. The life sciences commodities which are expected to transit through these cold room facilities include pharmaceutical products, reagents, API active ingredients and vaccines. Within Q4 of 2014, DHL plans to further expand the station’s capabilities in Shanghai with additional 1,609 square meters of -15degrees Celsius to +25 degrees Celsius cold storage space.

In recent years, temperature controlled products for the pharmaceutical industry have gained significantly in importance. The driving force is biotechnology products, which generally must be kept within a strict temperature range during transportation. The worldwide sales volume of this product category tripled from USD 56 bn in 2004 to an estimated USD 167 bn in 2013.[1] For the future, further growth is expected.

DHL Thermonet provides seamless temperature visibility along the supply chain, 24/7 proactive monitoring and intervention based on pre-determined touch points and DHL’s RFID SmartSensor technology, that is also GDP certified. Temperature data and logistics events can be accessed via the proprietary LifeTrack IT platform that also houses all product-specific SOPs, facilitating early intervention and simplifying document control.

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 revenue of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.

For more information: www.dpdhl.com

[1] Source: EvaluatePharma World Preview 2013

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Source: DHL

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September 4, 2014 at 6:22 pm

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Regional Heads of Customs, Trade Compliance, Supply Chain and Sourcing Gather in Singapore to Discuss on Emerging Customs and Trade Compliance Practices

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SINGAPORE, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Legal IQ confirmed that Donald Pearce, Regional Export Control Officer, US Embassy, Singapore will be the keynote speaker at the Customs and Trade Compliance Asia Summit inOctober 2014 in Singapore.

Customs and trade regulations have been rapidly evolving and with new FTA agreements; the key is to maximize these regulations to ensure maximum cost savings quickly and efficiently. As companies are increasingly importing and exporting across different geographies, how to navigate ambiguous customs and trade compliance practices is a big challenge for most companies.

Against a backdrop of heightened revenue targets and limited resources, Customs authorities in Asia Pacific are increasingly moving toward a risk-based profiling approach while continuing to take aggressive stances on perceived non-compliance,” says Daniel ZumBrunnen, Customs Director – APAC, Schneider Electric.

Most organizations used to handle the complexities of their customs and trade through their supply chain/sourcing department. However with increasing complexities of trade compliance like customs valuation and documentation, import licensing regulations amongst others, most companies have dedicated customs and trade compliance managers to handle this. With several Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) being signed between countries, how to utilize them to ensure maximum cost-savings is a big challenge for companies. Adding on to this, Asta Nie, Head of Customs and Trade Compliance, Bayer China says, China Customs, just like SE Asia customs’ is initiating a new round of reform and a lot of changes will be coming soon.”

The regional heads of Customs, Trade Compliance, Supply Chain and Sourcing, amongst others, will come together this October to discuss effective strategies to navigate complex regulations to propel cost-effective trade and commerce.

Leading customs and trade officials participating at the summit include the US Embassy, Dell, Schneider Electric,Robert Bosch, Bayer China, Honeywell Automation, HP and BMW Group, amongst others. Amber Road – a leading customs and trade compliance solution provider will also join in this intimate gathering this October.

Registration for Customs and Trade Compliance Asia 2014 is now open at www.customcomplianceasia.com.

For further information, please contact:

Susy Angryany
+65-6722-9465

Source: Legal IQ

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September 4, 2014 at 6:11 pm

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SSON and NASSCOM Forge Strategic Partnership on Shared Service & Outsourcing

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GURGAON, India, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON), a global leader in shared services and outsourcing content and events, and the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), India’s leading body on IT and BPO today announced a solid step towards providing world-class programmes and up-to-date trusted information on the shared services and outsourcing industry inIndia through a newly cemented strategic partnership.

The increasing challenge from regional markets has not hampered the growth of the Indian IT- BPM revenue which is expected to hit USD118 million in FY2014 which represents an 8% increase year-on-year. Moving away from a purely cost-centre approach, companies like Telstra, Best Buy and Aegis BPO have been enticed to relocate toIndia which provides a strong ‘sales’ talent pool, and the industry’s ability to deliver value-added services. The drive for technology is growing to be a key component for companies to set-up their hubs in India. With more sophisticated and flexible delivery models, India stands out among its competitors as the premium location for companies looking to move their SSO to become a value-add centre.

The massive growth of domestic businesses in scale and revenue could well be the saving grace for BPO companies who have faced slower growth in international markets. The strong mandate of the Indian government has spread positive vibes across Tier II and Tier III cities which could see an increase in the set-up of delivery centres in these locations.

Sally Fletcher, Director Asia, SSON mentioned, “In our challenging business environment, India’s position as a BPO leader needs to continue to strengthen to keep ahead of competition from other regional markets. The SSON and NASSCOM partnership aims to combine the market knowledge of two leading authorities on shared services and outsourcing and deliver ground-breaking studies and events to help leaders in India do just that.”

This dynamic changing environment puts the spotlight on the upcoming 6th Annual Shared Services and Outsourcing Week India on 18-19 November in Gurgaon where preeminent leaders in India will gather for ground-breaking discussions aimed at keeping India as the number one location of choice for shared services and outsourcing.

About SSON

The Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON) is the largest and most established community of shared services and outsourcing professionals in the world. Today, we have over 70,000 members around the world, who engage with us on every level, and whom we support in their day-to-day jobs through a variety of online and on-site resources.

CONTACT: Susy Angryany, +65-6722-9465

Source: Shared Services and Outsourcing Network (SSON)

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September 4, 2014 at 5:55 pm

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TAXIBOX Mobile Self-storage Expands Into Brisbane

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BRISBANE, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — TaxiBox mobile self-storage, a Melbourne based company that has exploded onto the scene by offering a unique self-storage solution has today launched operations into intoBrisbane, less than two years after opening up their Sydney base.

Having initially commenced operations in August 2010, TAXIBOX has been growing at speed off the back of a fantastic and unique offering coupled with a bright and colourful marketing campaign that demands attention. This has caught the eye of the nation’s largest media outlets including the Herald Sun, 3AW and The Australian. The company’s extensive fleet now has the capacity to do over 100 movements a day across Sydney and Melbourne.

TaxiBox’s revolutionary offering will provide Queenslanders with a secure, convenient and cost-effective self-storage solution that wheels right up to their door-step, eliminating the hassle and many of the add on expenses associated with traditional storage (e.g. truck or van hire).

Co-Founder, Jeremy Rosen commented “We are very excited to be coming to Brisbane – we think our colourful TAXIBOXES are just the right colour for the Sunshine state but more than that, we know based on our experience in Melbourne and Sydney that customers will love this revolutionary product offering in the self-storage space”.

Co-Founder Ben Cohn added “Another fantastic opportunity for us is in Queensland will be the expansion of our interstate service offering where someone in Melbourne or Sydney can now have their TAXIBOX stored and then moved to Brisbane or vice versa. It’s a very unique offering in the market.”

Armed with creative, fresh marketing, and a product that is not only more convenient but also more cost-effective, TaxiBox is taking another step on a National roll-out that will no doubt see the company secure a long-lasting reign as the leading mobile self-storage provider in Australia.

TAXIBOX is revolutionising the self-storage industry through the provision of a service called mobile self-storage. Mobile self-storage is just like regular self-storage, except it’s mobile. This means that the storage is delivered conveniently to the door. The process is simple:

1. The TAXIBOX is delivered to the home or office.
2. The customer takes their time to pack and lock their TAXIBOX
3. The TAXIBOX is collected and stored in our storage facility.

Media Contacts

Ben Cohn (Co-Founder)
Direct: +61-3-9012-0155
benc@taxibox.com.au

Jeremy Rosen (Co-Founder)
Direct: +61-2-8090-0340
jeremyr@taxibox.com.au

For more information, or to hail a TAXIBOX, visit http://www.taxiboxmobileselfstorage.com.au.

Source: TAXIBOX

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September 4, 2014 at 5:28 pm

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D2L Announces Local Cloud Solution to Support Singapore Clients and Grow Regional Momentum

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-Recent US$85 million Series B financing to accelerate D2L’s international expansion

SINGAPORE, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — D2L (Desire2Learn Incorporated), the EdTech company that createdBrightspace, the world’s first truly integrated learning platform (ILP), today announced that it is planning to install a local cloud solution in early 2015 to support deployments for a growing list of customers in Singapore. The company has been building steady momentum over the past 18 months with clients such as Singapore Management University, who are leveraging Brightspace to personalize learning and implement innovative education models at their institutions.

A reflection of D2L’s commitment in the region, the cloud solution will be locally staffed and serve as the company’s launching point into the broader Asia region. Existing D2L customers will have the opportunity to migrate once the local cloud operation is established. The plans to establish a local solution further demonstrates the company’s focus on Singapore as its regional hub in Asia. D2L already has a business entity and personnel in Singapore to service local clients.

Singapore Management University (SMU) implemented the Brightspace platform and D2L Insights™ Student Success System™ in 2013 as part of a strategic initiative to leverage student data to increase and improve student engagement. By giving teachers insight into students’ learning behavior through predictive analytics, D2L has helped SMU increase engagement rates from 70 percent to 85 percent.

“To serve the growing demand for personalized learning solutions in Singapore and the surrounding region, D2L will continue to establish deep roots in the community to service our growing list of clients,” said John Baker,  President and CEO, D2L. “Schools like Singapore Management University have already realized great benefits from the Brightspace platform. We look forward to helping learners in Singapore achieve greater success by making education personalized and perceptive.”

D2L’s growth in Singapore will be supported by the company’s recent US$85M round of strategic financing. The company plans to use portions of the investment to continue supporting its growing list of clients in Singapore and across Asia.

ABOUT D2L

A global leader in learning technology, D2L is the creator of Brightspace, the world’s first integrated learning platform. The company partners with thought-leading organizations to improve learning through data-driven technology that helps deliver a personalized experience to every learner, regardless of geography or ability. D2L’s open and extensible platform is used by more than 1,100 clients and almost 15 million individual learners in higher education, K-12, healthcare, government, and the enterprise sector including Fortune 1000 companies. The company has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore.
www.brightspace.com | www.D2L.com

The D2L family of companies includes Desire2Learn Incorporated, D2L Ltd, Desire2Learn Australia Pty Ltd, D2L Europe Ltd, Desire2Learn Singapore Pte Ltd, and D2L Brasil Solucoes de Tecnologia para Educacao Ltda.

Source: Desire2Learn Incorporated (D2L)

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September 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm

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Launch of the Cyberjaya Graduate Employability Enabler 2 (CGEE2) Program by Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Y.A.B Tan Sri Dato’ Hj Muhyiddin bin Hj Mohd Yassin

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CYBERJAYA, Malaysia, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Y.A.B Tan Sri Dato’ Hj Muhyiddin bin Hj Mohd Yassin, today launched The Cyberjaya Graduate Employability Enabler 2014 (CGEE2014) Program.
From left: Mohd.Ikmal Hisham Mohamad Nein, Ms.Joyce Ding, Kartina Abdullah, Y.A.B Tan Sri Dato’ Hj Muhyiddin bin Hj Mohd Yassin, YBhg Tan Sri Datuk (Dr) Hj Mustapha Kamal, Norman Zakaria, Vanitha Paliah & Muhamad Firdaus Abd Halim
From left: Mohd.Ikmal Hisham Mohamad Nein, Ms.Joyce Ding, Kartina Abdullah, Y.A.B Tan Sri Dato’ Hj Muhyiddin bin Hj Mohd Yassin, YBhg Tan Sri Datuk (Dr) Hj Mustapha Kamal, Norman Zakaria, Vanitha Paliah & Muhamad Firdaus Abd Halim

The project, spearheaded and initiated by Setia Haruman Sdn Bhd, is a talent development program that empowers, trains and prepares local graduates with the right skills set in making them employable with high impact companies in Cyberjaya.

The CGEE 2014 Program also aims to improve the mismatch between graduates from local institutions of higher learning (IHL) and the multinationals (MNC) in Cyberjaya, but not limited to only such companies, that have set up operations in Cyberjaya, but also for MNCs in the country.

Prior to the launch ceremony, DPM was given a briefing on the current development of Cyberjaya, and expressed his satisfaction on the progress made, that had exceeded expectations and was impressed that Cyberjaya was on the right track in achieving the government’s vision to become an intelligent city with world-class standards and a global technology hub that supports and drives the nation’s economic prosperity.

Present at the launch of the program was CGEE promoter, YBhg Tan Sri Datuk (Dr) Hj Mustapha Kamal, who is the Chairman of Setia Haruman. The launch event also saw 4 representatives from the current batch of CGEE trainees and 2 of the 2013 CGEE trainees’ representatives, who are currently employed with IBM and HSBC, take to the stage to illustrate the “buddy system” between the old and new trainees via large jigsaw puzzle pieces held together. CGEE 2014 sees the involvement of 139 graduates from 6 universities, Yayasan Sime Darby and 6 industry partners

It is projected that over the span of 3 years (2015, 2016, 2017), approximately 10,000 job opportunities will be made available by companies in Cyberjaya. After witnessing the launch, the Deputy Prime Minister endorsed his full support for the program and expressed confidence that more local and international high impact companies and brands will set up their base in Cyberjaya with the availability of more local graduates with the right skills set to meet the demand of these companies.

ABOUT SETIA HARUMAN SDN BHD

Setia Haruman Sdn Bhd is the Master Developer of Cyberjaya entrusted with designing, planning and developing the 7,000-acre land bank in Cyberjaya. 75% of Setia Haruman is owned by the EMKAY Group with the remaining 25% held by UEM Sunrise Berhad.

Website: http://www.cyberjaya-msc.com

Contact:
Sudhev Sreetharan
+603-8312-8000
sudhev@cyberjaya-msc.com

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Source: Setia Haruman

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September 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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Novian Health Wins Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan for Novilase Interstitial Laser Ablation Therapy for Early-Stage Malignant Breast Tumors

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— Novilase minimizes the loss of surrounding breast tissues and reduces retreatment rates

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the early-stage breast tumor treatment device market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Novian Health, Inc. with the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation Leadership. Novian Health has greatly improved the treatment of breast fibroadenoma and malignant tumors with its proprietary technology, Novilase® Laser Therapy. This innovative tool is a reliable, accurate, and easy-to-control ultrasound-guided thermo ablation device that performs minimally invasive surgery on breast tumors.

The procedure performed using Novilase leaves only two nicks, measuring approximately 0.3 cm in length and, unlike lumpectomies that result in substantial cosmetic damage, causes minimal scarring. Novilase is FDA 510(k) cleared and can ablate multiple fibroadenomas in a 30-minute outpatient procedure, allowing patients to return to their normal routine immediately. By eliminating the need for general anesthesia y, Novilase can potentially help patients save up to 30 percent of the costs they would have otherwise incurred during a traditional lumpectomy process.

“The major components of the Novilase system are the image-guided probes that enable the physician to target the exact location of the fibroadenoma or malignant tumor,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Madhumitha Rangesa. “The temperature and laser delivery can be monitored in real time for optimal treatment results. The entire system is on a mobile cart that houses a Class IV laser source, in addition to disposable laser and thermal probes.”

The probes are connected to a probe guide that varies the ablation radius if a smaller ablation zone is required. Once the probe is inserted into the malignant breast tumor or fibroadenoma, a fiber thread from the laser source is placed into the probe. A parallel temperature probe allows the physician to observe and control the temperature from the monitor. The tumor undergoes instantaneous cell death when the temperature at the periphery of the ablation zone reaches 60 degrees C; the cells will also die if the temperature is maintained over 51 degrees C for several minutes.

Over the course of several months following the procedure, the body’s natural tissue healing process rebuilds the region where the tumor had been present. The technique results in minimal scarring, with no tissue loss since the breast tissue grows in uniformly covering the entire region that was ablated.

The laser ablation system is sized comparably to present-day ultrasound equipment and is portable to a large extent. This mobility encourages usage in rural areas, and can even be used by technicians with little training.

Significantly, Novian Health has proactively fostered strong relationships with regulatory bodies for its practice of documenting and validating its technology through multiple clinical trials. Additionally, its multicenter studies in the United States, France, and Great Britain will further validate the product, as having diverse populations undergo the Novilase Laser Therapy will result in a robust database of patient responses.

Novian Health has followed a strict patent application process and currently has 10 United States patents, 57 European patents (of which 27 are designs), and multiple international patents.

“In the future, once the Novilase procedure receives approval for treating malignant tumors, the company will have multiple collaborative options. The product can be released along with imaging products since imaging companies already have a strong foothold in the same sphere of diseases,” noted Madhumitha. “Additionally, the company can collaborate with breast centers and clinics where breast tumor removal procedures are not commonly practiced.”

Following the success of Novilase treatment for breast cancer, Novian Health is striving to extend its application to other types of cancers such as liver, skin, and prostate cancers. Overall, pursuing the necessary regulatory approvals and having established a strong IP portfolio, the company is now firmly entrenched as a technology leader in the breast cancer therapy market.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated uniqueness in developing and leveraging new technologies, which significantly impacts both the functionality and customer value of new products and applications. The award lauds the high R&D spend on innovation, relevance to the industry, and positive impact on brand perception.

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

About Novian Health, Inc.

Novian Health Inc., based in Chicago with a subsidiary in Evry, France, is a privately held medical device company with proprietary technology for the treatment of tumors using Interstitial Laser Therapy. Developed as an alternative to surgery, the company’s technology uses parametrically controlled heating for the ablation of tumors. Image-guided treatment of breast tumors is the first application of the technology, with the potential for Novilase to treat tumors elsewhere in the body. Novian Health has received U.S. FDA 510(k) clearance for the treatment of benign breast tumors. For more information, call (312) 266-7200 or access http://www.novianhealth.com.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

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Source: Frost & Sullivan

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September 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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Pembina Chooses Portland, Oregon for New West Coast Propane Export Terminal

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-Pembina enters into agreement with the Port of Portland, Oregon to enable the development of Pembina’s planned West Coast propane export terminal project

CALGARY, Alberta, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Pembina Pipeline Corporation (“Pembina” or “the Company”) (TSX: PPL; NYSE: PBA) is pleased to announce that it has selected the site for the Company’s planned West Coast propane export terminal project (the “West Coast Terminal” or the “Project”). On August 28, 2014, Pembina entered into an agreement (the “Terminal Agreement”) with the Port of Portland, Oregon (the “Port”) that sets forth the terminal site, which includes an existing marine berth, located within the city of Portland for the development of the Project. The Terminal Agreement also outlines the material commercial lease terms for the West Coast Terminal.

Most importantly, the Terminal Agreement now enables Pembina to begin the process of engaging and consulting with the neighbours of the Project and other stakeholders within the city of Portland, municipal, state and federal governments, and all applicable environmental and regulatory authorities.

Under the Terminal Agreement, Pembina will continue to progress detailed engineering work, undertake extensive environmental and regulatory reviews and assessments and, together with the Port, begin the process to obtain all the required permits and approvals for the development of the West Coast Terminal.

“Signing the Terminal Agreement is a tremendous milestone for the Project,” said Mick Dilger, Pembina’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It marks the beginning of consulting and engaging with stakeholders, governments and the environmental and regulatory authorities. Building trust with the communities where we operate is a top priority for Pembina and over the last 60 years, we have developed a reputation for honesty, transparency and treating our stakeholders with respect. Ongoing dialogue with our stakeholders is an integral part of what we do and is the most important step in any development process. We are looking forward to our conversations with the neighbours of the Project.”

Pembina intends to initially develop a 37,000 barrel per day propane export facility for an expected capital investment of approximately US$500 million and with an anticipated in-service date of early-2018. The Company expects that the West Coast Terminal will provide growing Canadian propane supply (that is derived from natural gas produced in Western Canada) with access to large, international markets while complementing Pembina’s expanding integrated service offering for products that are derived from natural gas.

“Working with the Port toward development of Pembina’s West Coast Terminal has been very positive,” saidAndrew Gruszecki, Pembina’s Vice President of Business Development. “We are pleased by the Port’s sophistication, work ethic and excellent facilities and operations. Pembina is eager to progress the Project under the terms of the Terminal Agreement to bring our plans for a significant investment in the Portland area to fruition, allowing us to provide an exciting opportunity for our shareholders and a market solution for our customers. We are excited to work with the people of Portland on investment and employment opportunities for the near and long-term.”

The Port is located in the city of Portland along the Columbia and Willamette rivers. The Columbia River provides deep water access to the Pacific Ocean, which is approximately 180 kilometers downstream. The Port has lands available for the installation of storage, piping and rail facilities and marine infrastructure associated with Pembina’s Project.

“Our Port is already a proven gateway for Canadian exports and imports, and I am impressed by the level of experience, expertise and commitment to safety that Pembina brings to the table,” says Bill Wyatt, Executive Director of the Port of Portland. “This will be an excellent fit, and we are fully committed to make the Project a reality in Portland.”

Pembina believes being a responsible operator means being committed to protecting the health and safety of people and the environment. The Company’s Safety, Environment and Security (“SES”) management system is a cornerstone of Pembina’s success and is deeply embedded in its corporate culture. Pembina reinforces its dedication to excellence in SES in its daily operations through regular safety meetings, extensive contractor screening, rigorous project inspection, review of potential hazards, and ensuring the Company’s assets and practices meet or exceed industry best practices. Pembina will work with the Port of Portland and all other stakeholders to ensure the Project is constructed and operated safely and in accordance with all municipal, state and federal regulations.

Under the terms of the Terminal Agreement, the Project is subject to Pembina and the Port entering into definitive agreements, and the receipt of all environmental and regulatory permits and approvals necessary for the development of the Project.

About Pembina

Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corporation is a leading transportation and midstream service provider that has been serving North America’s energy industry for 60 years. Pembina owns and operates infrastructure that transport various products derived from natural gas and hydrocarbon liquids produced in western Canada. The Company also owns and operates gas gathering and processing facilities and an oil and natural gas liquids infrastructure and logistics business. With facilities strategically located in western Canada and in natural gas liquids markets in eastern Canada and the U.S., Pembina also offers a full spectrum of midstream and marketing services that spans across its operations. Pembina’s integrated assets and commercial operations enable it to offer services needed by the energy sector along the hydrocarbon value chain.

Forward-Looking Statements & Information

This document contains certain forward-looking statements and information (collectively, “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of applicable securities legislation that are based on Pembina’s current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “enables”, “begin”, “will”, “intends”, “anticipates”, progress” and similar expressions suggesting future events or future performance.

In particular, this document contains forward-looking statements, pertaining to, without limitation, the following: the Project; the expected commencement and timing of stakeholder engagement; Pembina’s intentions to continue to progress detailed engineering work, undertake regulatory and environmental reviews and assessments, proceed with permitting and seek approvals for the Project; the planned capacity of the proposed West Coast Terminal; the anticipated capital expenditures related to the Project; the expected in-service date of the West Coast Terminal; Pembina’s expectations around access to international markets and supply sources; expected integration of the Project with Pembina’s existing and future infrastructure and Company strategy; the anticipated conclusion of commercial agreements; the ongoing utilization and expansions of and additions to Pembina’s business and asset base, growth and growth potential. These forward-looking statements and information are being made by Pembina based on certain assumptions that Pembina has made in respect thereof as at the date of this document including those discussed below.

With respect to forward-looking statements contained in this document, Pembina has made assumptions regarding, among other things: the ability of the parties to effectively engage with stakeholders; that the Project will continue to be economically and strategically beneficial to the Company; that Pembina’s due diligence will not reveal anything that renders the Project not feasible; that the Port will obtain all required third-party approvals and agreements for the Project; that Pembina will obtain all required regulatory, environmental, governmental and other third-party approvals; that third-parties will provide any required support; that counterparties will comply with contracts in a timely manner; the ability of the parties to satisfy the conditions of the Terminal Agreement and conclude definitive agreements within the time required under the Terminal Agreement; cost of engineering, environmental, regulatory, construction and other Project-related expenses; that there are no unforeseen events preventing the completion of the Project or the performance of obligations under the Terminal Agreement or commercial agreements; that Pembina and the Port will obtain Project sanctioning on a timely basis; the competitive landscape and timing of potential similar projects; ongoing utilization and future expansion, development, growth and performance of Pembina’s business and asset base; future demand for fractionation and transportation services; future international supply of and demand for propane; future levels of oil and natural gas development; and potential revenue and cash flow enhancement; future cash flows.

Although Pembina believes the expectations and material factors and assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date hereof, there can be no assurance that these expectations, factors and assumptions will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned that events or circumstances could cause results to differ materially from those predicted, forecasted or projected. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur, which may cause actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and information. Risks and uncertainties inherent in the nature of the Project include the failure of the parties to satisfy the conditions to the Terminal Agreement, the failure of the parties to negotiate and conclude definitive agreements, the inability of Pembina or the Port to obtain Project sanctioning, Pembina’s due diligence revealing the Project to be not economically or commercially feasible, the inability to secure third-party, regulatory, environmental or governmental approvals in a timely manner, or at all, changes to the market for propane or supply sources. Failure to so obtain such approvals, or the failure to otherwise satisfy the conditions to the Project, may result in the Project not being completed on the proposed terms, or at all.

None of the forward-looking statements described above are guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: the failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the Project following completion due to integration issues or otherwise; the impact of competitive entities and pricing; reliance on key industry partners, alliances and agreements; the strength and operations of the oil and natural gas production industry and related commodity prices; the continuation or completion of third- party projects; regulatory environment and inability to obtain required regulatory approvals; tax laws and treatment; fluctuations in operating results; lower than anticipated results of operations and accretion from Pembina’s business initiatives; reduced amounts of cash available for dividends to shareholders; the ability of Pembina to raise sufficient capital (or to raise capital on favourable terms) to complete future projects and satisfy future commitments.

The forward-looking statements contained in this document speak only as of the date of this document. Pembina does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or information contained herein, except as required by applicable laws. The forward-looking statements contained in this document are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Pembina Pipeline® is a registered trademark of Pembina Pipeline Corporation.

For further information:

Investor Inquiries:
Scott Burrows
Vice President, Capital Markets
(403) 231-3156
1-855-880-7404
e-mail: investor-relations@pembina.com

Media Inquiries:
Laura Lunt
Senior Manager, Regulatory, Environment & External Relations
(403) 231-7500

(PPL. PPL.DB.C. PBA)

Source: Pembina Pipeline Corporation

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September 4, 2014 at 3:44 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Commends Accedian Networks for Developing Advanced Performance Assurance Solutions that Provide End-to-End Network Visibility

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— High levels of automation in Accedian solutions lower the OPEX barrier to small-cell deployment

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the market for small-cell deployment acceleration and performance assurance, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Accedian Networks with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. Accedian offers superior performance assurance solutions for mobile backhaul, small cells, business services, as well as service provider (SP) software-defined networks (SDN). It introduced one of the first solutions to use network function virtualization (NFV) and virtualized instrumentation to accelerate small-cell deployment and lower operational expenditures (OPEX).

“The company takes pride in its interoperable, open, and easily programmable solutions that provide greater visibility into networks and extend their capabilities beyond standard-based performance assurance,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Olga Yashkova-Shapiro. “These tools enable SPs to automatically benchmark backhaul links while small cells are deployed, and monitor ongoing network performance in real time. Precise, one-way metrics and ubiquitous, per-second visibility distinguish Accedian’s solutions from other vendors’ offerings.”

Accedian Networks’ Nano Performance Module, a smart SFP (optical transponder) for small cells’ performance assurance, aids the provision of standards-based performance monitoring (PM) and connectivity fault management to deployed network elements. By augmenting the feature set of existing legacy network elements instead of completely replacing them, this solution also offers significant savings to SPs aiming to deploy full network PM coverage.

Another key benefit of the Nano Module is its ability to perform NFV-augmented tests for remote troubleshooting, performance measurement, and capacity planning. Additionally, it can replace expensive test sets and centralized probe-based solutions for service activation testing (SAT) when backhaul links are deployed. RFC-2544 and Y.1564 turn-up tests can be triggered upon small-cell installation or can be scheduled to execute during maintenance windows.

Accedian’s V-NID Performance Platform works seamlessly with standards-based network elements and Nano Modules to provide advanced troubleshooting and diagnostic capabilities that reduce truck rolls for SPs, facilitate integration with existing management systems, and provide complete multi-vendor and multi-technology service assurance spanning small cells, macro-cells, the radio access network (RAN) and mobile switching center (MSC) sites, effectually eliminating network blind spots.

As the Accedian Network platform is highly automated, it enables the end users (e.g., enterprise IT department) or untrained technicians to install devices, thereby lowering the OPEX barrier to small-cell deployment. This feature also eliminates the high costs associated with technician visits, manual configuration and provisioning, interpretation of results, and other hurdles in the path of faster small-cell deployment.

“Accedian Networks’ solutions significantly extends the precision, granularity and depth of metrics offered by industry standards, including IEEE 802.1ag, ITU-Y.1731, and IETF TWAMP to assure Layer 2 and Layer 3 backhaul transport of VoLTE & 3G voice, data, and other services such as carrier Wi-Fi,” noted Yashkova-Shapiro. “Consequently, this solution helps SPs deliver a positive quality of experience (QoE) to their end users and monitors backhaul performance and service-level objectives for frame delay (FD), frame delay variation (FDV), packet loss, and QoS metrics like VoLTE mean opinion score (MOS).”

The Company’s solutions are adopted by numerous leading global operators and spread across the entire mobile and small-cell backhaul networks, all the way from core to edge. Since 2005, Accedian Networks has delivered more than 250,000 platforms and 150,000 assured cell sites worldwide. Overall, it has exhibited considerable potential to increase its growth rates and footprint in the small cells performance assurance market.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognizes the company’s inordinate focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and, ultimately, customer base expansion.

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

About Accedian Networks

Accedian Networks is the Performance Assurance Solution Specialist for mobile backhaul and small cells, business services and service provider SDN.

Open, multi-vendor interoperable and programmable solutions go beyond standard-based performance assurance to deliver Network State+™, the most complete view of network health.  Automated service activation testing and real-time performance monitoring feature unrivalled precision and granularity, while H-QoS traffic conditioning optimizes service performance.

Since 2005 Accedian has delivered 250,000+ globally installed platforms, including 150,000+ assured cell sites.

Media Contact:

Scott Sumner
VP Solution Marketing
ssumner@accedian.com

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