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Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair 2014 presents a dazzling and dizzying selection with more than 60,000 pieces of jewellery worth S$2 billion

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-Curtains go up at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre this year with record-breaking worth of jewellery to give visitors more choices

SINGAPORE, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair 2014 officially opens its doors today, and is glittering up the halls of the Sands Expo and Convention Centre for the second year, until 26 October 2014. Having gathered around 200 international exhibitors from 21 countries under one roof over 10,000 square metres of exhibition space, this fair is the biggest and most significant fine jewellery marketplace in Singapore and the region.


The main fair comprises country pavilions featuring a wide array of fine jewellery as well as loose gems, diamonds and pearls, worth a total of S$2 billion, showcased by acclaimed jewellery suppliers from Belgium, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy,Japan, Switzerland, Thailand, USA and the world over.

Boasting a massive selection of more than 60,000 pieces of uniquely and excellently crafted fine jewellery adorned with beautiful gemstones, pearls, gold, silver and platinum, and prices that range between S$100 and S$30 million, visitors will be spoilt for choices. Open to both traders and the public, there is definitely something for everyone’s price range and taste.

To show appreciation to visitors for their support, UBM, the organiser, will also hold daily lucky draws, with up to SGD$10,000 worth of cash vouchers to be won.

Download the Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair 2014 app to navigate with ease
The Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair app is now available for download on the iTunes Store and Google Play. With so many pavilions, exhibitors and activities taking place at a large venue, the interactive app will help one traverse the fair so as not to miss a thing.

Besides essential trade show information, users can get real-time updates about the fair in the palm of their hands, from browsing the days’ agenda, to finding out about the speakers and topics of the various jewellery workshops and locating specific exhibitors. Most importantly, the app features a smart live tracking GPRS map that is able to locate users’ current locale, and subsequently direct them to the various exhibitors and pavilions of their choice to view the large assortment of fine jewellery available.


Highlights: 4 stunning beauties at the Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair 2014

Jeweller: Glajz, Singapore, Booth EP111
Jeweller: Glajz, Singapore, Booth EP111

The most costly piece of jewellery at the fair, this ring is an exquisite masterpiece made to charm, and bears a 20.07 carat fancy purplish pink diamond nestled within 5.21 carats worth of white diamonds in 18k platinum.

Jeweller: Glajz, Singapore, Booth EP111  Price: $30,000,000

Jeweller: Revival Jewels, Singapore, Booth D105
Jeweller: Revival Jewels, Singapore, Booth D105

One of the oldest pieces at the fair, this antique Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Double Clip Brooch by Ostertag hails from 1930s. Ostertag was one of the pioneers of the ‘Tutti Frutti’ style, an intricate assemblage of carved rubies, sapphires and emeralds of berries, fruit, flowers and leaves that intermingled with diamonds into an elegant piece of jewellery, and was famous for its exquisite jewellery and objets d’art that were inspired of Mughal decorative arts in its heyday.

Jeweller: Revival Jewels, Singapore, Booth D105  Price: Price on asking

Jeweller: Essex Global Trading; Bijan & Co., USA, Booth EP119
Jeweller: Essex Global Trading; Bijan & Co., USA, Booth EP119

A bold and beautiful piece, this necklace’s centrepiece is an 80 carat fancy deep brown diamond — also one of the biggest diamonds at the fair – accompanied by colourless diamonds. Brown diamonds vary in shades, ranging from chocolate to cognac and champagne, and are warm, natural, and versatile, thus fast becoming prized gemstones, although still comparably affordable.

Jeweller: Essex Global Trading; Bijan & Co., USA, Booth EP119  Price: Price on asking

Jeweller: Afghan Malaya Trading Co. (AMTC), Singapore, Booth EP211
Jeweller: Afghan Malaya Trading Co. (AMTC), Singapore, Booth EP211

This 52-carat loose diamond will steal your heart. The gem of gems, and stone of stones, this fair beauty is one of the largest precious stones available at the fair. In addition to this, are other smaller, loose gems of exceptional quality and provenance shining as brilliantly at the fair for one’s choosing.

Jeweller: Afghan Malaya Trading Co. (AMTC), Singapore, Booth EP211  Price: Price on asking

Singapore Jewellery Design Award
On the opening day (Thursday, 23 October 2014), the Singapore Jewellery Design Award (SJDA) will also be presented at the fair, to recognise young jewellery designers for their talent, to provide a public platform for them to display their designs and skills and to open up pathways to the jewellery retail market.

Themed “The Most Important Day of Life”, the competition required design students to create a piece of jewellery for the most important day of his or her life in three different periods — the past, the present and the future.

The winners are:

  • Cat A (Past) — Winner: Ms Anastasia Antonovich, Russia, Moscow State University of Design and Technology
  • Cat B (Present) — Winner: Mr Kevin Koh, Singapore, Nanyang Polytechnic
  • Cat C (Future) — Winner: Ms Carla Hesita, Philippines, University of The Philippines Diliman

In support of young, new talent in the jewellery industry, the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair, in partnership with local design schools including Raffles Design Institute, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and Jewellery Design and Management International School (JDMIS), will also provide an opportunity for these students to showcase their jewellery creations at the fair.

Those interested in pursuing a future in jewellery design can attend several introductory three-hour workshops to gain insight into the diploma programmes offered by Gemological Institute of America (GIA), The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT), and JDMIS. The workshops will cover topics like Diamonds Quality Grading,Ruby and Sapphire Quality Grading, and Fine Jewellery Design.

“Talent is important to the sustenance of the jewellery industry, and we are committed to providing young and aspiring designers with avenues that allow them to realise their potential. Young designers play an important role in bringing the industry to the next level by contributing fresh perspectives to jewellery design, expanding the use of materials, developing creative techniques and pushing the boundaries of creativity,” said Paul Wan, Managing Director, UBM Media (Singapore) Pte Ltd.

Know your jewellery in 30 minutes
The Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair is partnering with notable education partners, namely GIA Laboratory Bangkok, GIT and JDMIS, to host a series of 30-minute seminars between 23 October and 26 October. The seminars feature several reputable experts who will share their knowledge and insights on pertinent topics related to jewellery, including, “How to Buy Gemstones for Investment“, “The 4Cs of Diamonds“, and “The Jewellery Atelier: Discover how fine jewellery is designed and made“, to allow participants to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of fine jewellery.

Visitor Registration
Free admission for all registered visitors. Visitors can come down to Marina Bay Sands on the event dates and register onsite. Visitors under 16 years old are not admitted. Singapore Identification Card/National Passport must be presented upon registration.

The Milan Image & Design Art Fair (MIA&D)
Visitors to the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair can also attend and enjoy a 50% discount on admission tickets to the inaugural Milan Image & Design Art (MIA&D) Fair, making its debut in the South Pacific. The fair will be staged at the same venue and during the same period.

Notes to Editors:

About Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair
Exclusively endorsed by the Singapore Jewellers Association and the Diamond Exchange of Singapore, the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair is the largest fine jewellery event in Singapore and the region, and will see more than 200 exhibitors from 21 countries, targeting the region’s fastest growing high-net-worth population. The event is organised by UBM Media (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a member of UBM Asia, organiser of the most professional international jewellery fairs globally including the world’s number one fine jewellery event, the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

About UBM Asia (
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters inHong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and over 1,400 staff in 25 major cities. We operate in 21 market sectors with 160 exhibitions, 75 conferences, 28 trade publications, 18 vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

About MIA&D Fair
MIA&D Fair, the photography, video and design art fair, is set to attract art lovers from all over the world.  MIA&D Fair invites visitors to enjoy a lively and innovative event, where they can find established and emerging talents and a wide-ranging cultural programme. The fair features 120 artists, 50 galleries, spanning 30 countries and will be held at Marina Bay Sands from 24 to 26 October 2014.

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October 24, 2014 at 5:06 pm

OANDA Hits Trading Volume and New Client Milestones

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SINGAPORE, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — OANDA, a global provider of innovative foreign exchange and CFD trading services, reports that it has closed the books on September with a record-breaking month in both trading volume and new client accounts since it launched the award-winning fxTrade platform in 2001. Further, October is poised to give September a run for its money: the first day of the month saw a record-breaking single day of trading volume, only to be broken on October 2nd and again on October 3rd.

“Traders have been waiting for volatility to return to the forex market, and September didn’t disappoint, as we saw record trading volume across the industry last month. Several factors contributed to that volatility including geopolitical events like the Scottish referendum and soft Chinese economic growth data that’s a concern to investors,” said Dean Popplewell, Vice President of Currency Analysis and Research, OANDA Corporation. “As major central bank monetary policies diverge, more opportunities to trade will become prevalent. Investors will continue to keep a watchful eye on the Federal Reserve for any sign of an impending interest rate hike.”

Based on OANDA’s fxTrends data, the top traded currency pairs in September amongst OANDA’s Singaporean clients were the EUR/USD (24%), the USD/JPY (22%) and the GBP/USD (11%).

“We’re excited that volatility is returning to the forex market. The third quarter ended with the highest trading volume OANDA has ever seen, and the fourth quarter is off to a promising start following the strong nonfarm payrolls numbers that were released this month,” said Ed Eger, President and CEO, OANDA Corporation. “I’m most thrilled about the record-breaking new client registrations our company has seen in the third quarter: we hit a new milestone in our company’s history. It shows that our reputation as a broker with superior execution, competitive spreads, award-winning technology and customer service is spreading.”

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OANDA transformed the business of foreign exchange through an innovative approach to forex trading. The company’s industry leading online trading platform, fxTrade, introduced a number of firsts to the marketplace, including immediate execution; instant settlement on trades; trades of any size between one unit and 10 million units; and interest calculated by the second. The company’s many awards attest to the power and flexibility of its trading platform. In 2013, OANDA was honoured with nearly a dozen awards, including Best Trade Execution Provider, Best Retail Trading Platform and Best Mobile Trading Platform by International Finance Magazine; as well as Best Value for Money by Investment Trends in each of the U.S., UK, and Asia Pacific markets.

OANDA was also amongst the first online providers of comprehensive currency exchange information, and today the company’s OANDA Rate® data provides benchmark rates for corporations, auditing firms, and global banks.

OANDA has eight offices worldwide, in Toronto, Chicago, New York, Boston, London, Singapore, Tokyo, andSydney. OANDA is fully regulated by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the U.S. National Futures Association (NFA), the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA), and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

About OANDA Asia Pacific

This information is made available to you by OANDA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. OANDA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd holds a Capital Markets Services Licence issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and is also licensed by the International Enterprise Singapore. Co Reg No. 200704926K. Trading in leveraged over-the-counter contracts for foreign currency, precious metals, and CFDs carries a high level of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. You should never put at risk any amount that you cannot afford to lose. More details under:

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The information on this material is not directed at residents of the United States, nor is it intended for distribution to, or use by, any person in any jurisdiction, where such distribution or use is contrary to local laws or regulations.

For more information, please contact:
The Hoffman Agency for OANDA Asia Pacific
Adele Soh
Direct: +65-6361-0250

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October 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm

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CREALOGIX Congratulates Coutts & Co on Being Awarded “Most Innovative Digital Offering”

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ZURICH, October 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Private Banker International (PBI), a leading journal for the global wealth management industry, has awarded Coutts in the category of “Most Innovative Digital Offering” as the winner. When taking a closer look at the finalists in this group, this award becomes even more prestigious as all finalists are known to be investing heavily into innovating their digital offering.

Coutts & Co has since 2010 been an exemplary leader in continuously establishing and implementing an ambitious digital roadmap to achieve a competitive advantage on the digital frontier. CREALOGIX is proud to support Coutts & Co with its Digital Banking Suite on this digital journey.

Coutts was announced as one of the finalists together with BMO Private Banking, BNP Paribas Wealth Management, Citi Private Bank and DBS Private Banking in the category “Most Innovative Digital Offering” at the 2014 Private Banker International Global Wealth Awards, which was held in conjunction with the 24th Global Wealth Summit. The winners were announced at the Global Wealth Awards Gala Dinner on 17 October 2014 at The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore. The awards have been created to identify leading institutions that are setting new standards in the industry.


The CREALOGIX Group is an independent Swiss software house and the market leader for Digital Banking inSwitzerland, ranked in the global FinTech Top 100 list. CREALOGIX develops and implements innovative fintech solutions for the digital bank of tomorrow. The focus is placed on changed customer needs for mobility, security, personalised advice and education within a comprehensive user experience. Established in 1996, the Group has 280 employees worldwide and generates CHF 50 million in revenue. The shares of CREALOGIX Holding AG (CLXN) are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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CH-8048 Zurich

Manuela Knecht, Corporate Communications & Marketing Manager
Tel. +41-5840480 97


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October 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm

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New Digitally Enhanced Power Analog Controllers from Microchip Offer Digital Power Supply Flexibility with Easy Analog Control Loops

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-MCP19118/9 provide simple analog PWM control and configurable MCU in compact circuit solution; industry’s first PMBus™ compatible controllers with up to 40V operation

BANGKOK  /PRNewswire/ — Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, has announced its latest Digitally Enhanced Power Analog (DEPA) controllers  the MCP19118 and MCP19119 (MCP19118/9). They provide simple yet effective analog PWM control for DC-DC synchronous buck converters up to 40V, with the configurability of a digital MCU. And they are the industry’s first devices to combine 40V operation and PMBus™ communication interfaces. These features enable quick power-conversion circuit development with an analog control loop that is programmable in the integrated 8-bit PIC® MCU core’s firmware. This integration and flexibility is ideal for power-conversion applications, such as battery-charging, LED-driving, USB Power Delivery, point-of-load and automotive power supplies.

Microchip Digitally Enhanced Power Analog PWM Controllers
Microchip Digitally Enhanced Power Analog PWM Controllers

Along with the rapidly growing popularity of digitally controlled power supplies, due to their configurability for a variety of operating conditions and topologies, power system designers also have an increasing need for the ability to report telemetry and conduct two-way communication (typically for monitoring and fault reporting), via standard communication interfaces such as PMBus. Additionally, the recently released USB charging specifications (USB Power Delivery and the USB type C connector) include variable charging voltages, which allow for rapid device charging, but add potentially difficult hardware requirements.

By integrating a supervisory microcontroller, the MCP19118/9 devices can create programmable power supplies. Key system settings  such as switching frequency (100 kHz to 1.6 MHz), current limits and voltage setpoints  can be adjusted on the fly during operation by issuing write commands to the registers in the device. One design can then be reused for additional applications, using firmware updates to change the configuration, which minimises design, production and inventory requirements across multiple platforms. Additionally, the integrated MCU core can be used to monitor other parts of the application to sequence startup operations; intelligently manage faults, under-voltage or brown-out conditions; perform housekeeping functions; adjust power outputs in response to load requirements (such as battery charging or USB port power); and assist with the module’s external interfaces (monitoring or delivering signals to the user or system). With integrated linear regulators, PWM generators, ADCs, MOSFET drivers, analog error amplifiers and control-loop compensation, the MCP19118/9 devices provide a very compact circuit solution. Properly implemented, this system is capable of high conversion efficiency and excellent transient response for reduced system power losses, smaller heatsinks and longer battery life in portable applications. These DEPA devices can also provide data over the I2C™ interface, using customised SMBus or PMBus compatible commands.

“This is another example of the award-winning innovation found in Microchip’s Digitally Enhanced Power Analog product family,” said Bryan J. Liddiard, marketing vice president of Microchip’s Analog and Interface Products Division. “No other semiconductor company offers this level of flexibility and configurability in its DC-DC controllers, and no other product solution provides this level of functionality for power-conversion, battery-charging or LED-drive applications.”

Development support

MCP19118/9 programming assistance is available via the MCP19111 Design Analyzer and the MCP19111 Graphical User Interface Plug-in for MPLAB® X IDE. Both of these software tools are available today, via a free download from the “Documentation & Software” section of the above links. Additionally, Application Note AN1541 describes how to use these tools.

Microchip’s full suite of standard development tools also support these MCP19118/9 DEPA controllers, including the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE), PICkit™ 3 (part # PG164130), PICkit Serial Analyzer (part #DV164122), and the MPLAB XC8 Compiler.


The MCP19118 and MCP19119 are both available now for sampling and volume production, each in 5,000-unit quantities. The MCP19118 is offered in a 4×4 mm, 24-pin QFN package, while the MCP19119 is available in a 5×5 mm, 28-pin QFN package.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorised worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s website at To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorised distribution partners.


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Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at

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October 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm

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NetDimensions to Showcase Talent Management Solutions for High Consequence Industries at Two Key Industry Events in Australia

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-NetDimensions is a sponsor at Learning@Work and will exhibit at GRC Conference

SYDNEY  /PRNewswire/ — NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY), a global provider ofperformance, knowledge, and learning management systems, will be showcasing its talent management solutions for high consequence industries at Learning@Work 2014 and at the 18th Annual GRCI Conference (GRC2014) in Sydney next week.

Learning@Work Seminar Sponsor

NetDimensions is participating as a Seminar Sponsor of Learning@Work 2014. Steve Young, NetDimensions’ General Manager for Asia Pacific, will hold three interactive seminar sessions on October 27th titled “Effectively using your Learning Management System to avoid a Learning Crisis.”

Learning@Work brings together international visionaries and thought leaders with nationally recognised industry experts to present on the latest topics, trends, and challenges affecting the workplace learning environment.

“We invite all attendees at the event to visit us at booth #43 to see how our solutions enable organisations to deploy either L&D or compliance training programs to their employees across the continent and anywhere in the world,” stated Young.

Solutions for Compliance, Governance and Risk

NetDimensions will also be exhibiting at GRC2014 at booth #23. Organised by the GRC Institute – a 7,000-member organisation for compliance, governance and risk professionals across the Asia Pacific – GRC2014 focuses on taking control of risk and compliance by learning to deal with challenges faced by professionals on a daily basis.

“Handling compliance management initiatives electronically within a Learning Management System (LMS) enables better risk management, decreased costs, increased public disclosure, and improved productivity,” explained Young.

“We are excited to show delegates at GRC2014 how NetDimensions’ talent management solutions provide our clients with a more effective way to ensure employee compliance with corporate policies and regulatory requirements.”

The 2014 Learning@Work conference and exhibition will be open from October 27th- 29th at Australia Technology Park. The event is co-located with HR Tech, Australia’s National Human Resources Technology Show, that takes place on October 28th. For more information, visit

GRC2014 runs from October 29th to 31st at Hilton Sydney. For more information, visit

About NetDimensions

Established in 1999, NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY) is a global provider of performance, knowledge and learning solutions.

NetDimensions provides companies, government agencies and other organizations with talent management solutions to personalize learning, share knowledge, enhance performance, foster collaboration, and manage compliance programs for employees, customers, partners and suppliers.

Recognized as one of the talent management industry’s top-rated technology suppliers, NetDimensions has been chosen by leading organizations worldwide including ING, Cathay Pacific, Hunter Douglas, Chicago Police Department, Geely Automotive, Fugro Group, and Fresenius Medical Care.

NetDimensions is ISO 9001 certified and NetDimensions hosted services are ISO 27001 certified.

For more information, visit or follow @netdimensions on Twitter.

Media Contact

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Marketing Manager
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October 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm

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Deloitte named a leader in Global Risk Management Consulting services by Gartner

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NEW YORK, October 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte Global) is pleased to announce that Deloitte has been named a “leader” in Global Risk Management Consulting services by Gartner in its recently released report entitled, Magic Quadrant for Global Risk Management Consulting Services.

The Gartner report evaluated seven global firms and networks on three dimensions of risk management ———— framework, metrics, and systems. Within the quadrant graphic included in the report, Deloitte member firms’ risk management consulting services were positioned highest on the “ability to execute” axis and furthest on the “completeness of vision” axis.

“Of the industry recognition Deloitte has earned over the years, this placement from Gartner ranks among the top,” said Adel Melek, Managing Director, Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte Global. “We believe Deloitte’s unwavering commitment to clients and the significant investments we have made in our people and technologies are all reflected in this assessment.”

Gartner defines risk management as “the strategic discipline of assessing, prioritizing, monitoring and controlling the impact of uncertainty on objectives.”

“Deloitte considers this positioning as a ‘Leader’ as a reflection of its member firms’ commitment to helping clients integrate risk management into the business,” said Henry Ristuccia, Global Leader, Governance, Regulatory & Risk Strategies, Deloitte Global. “Deloitte’s Risk Transformation framework is a prime example, addressing strategic and operational risks as well as risks related to governance, culture, technology and infrastructure, helping organizations regardless of industry and geography get ahead of risk.”

Cyber Risk Services and Crisis Management round out broad portfolio

Deloitte considers cyber risk services to rank among its most important offerings in the marketplace.

“The terms ‘cyber’ and ‘risk’ appear together with increasing frequency in the news,” said Ted DeZabala, Global Leader, Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte Global. “We believe the inclusion of cyber services in this report reinforces the point that cyber has rapidly become an essential component of comprehensive risk management programs, as companies strive to become secure, vigilant, and resilient.”

Another new service that gained mention in the report was crisis management.

“Member firm professionals always listen to clients and evolve solutions to meet their clients’ needs,” said Jeremy Smith, Global Leader, Crisis Management services, Deloitte Global. “To that end, we’ve added new services within crisis management that integrate Deloitte’s existing capabilities————forensic, restructuring, financial crime, cyber, and resilience services————to provide an end-end crisis management solution.”

To request a copy of the Gartner report, visit

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October 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm

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Technology Revolutionary Appier Disrupts Industry with Release of First Asia-Focused Report on Cross-Screen User Behaviour

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-Contrary to popular belief, engagement rate is higher on smaller screens across both smartphones and tablets in Asia

TAIPEI, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Appier, a leading marketing technology company, published Asia’s first cross-screen research report today, providing insights into how users interact on multiple devices. This is the first report of its kind as it is based on actual user behaviour data from Appier campaigns in H1 2014.

“The report reveals how incredibly complex the modern marketing environment is, as well as the growing importance of cross-screen targeting in the marketing mix as consumers spend more time on multiple devices. Appier’s technology allows marketers to deliver highly personalized, relevant and well-timed content to people on the right device. At the end of the day, ensuring that great user experience is what adds value,” said Chih-Han Yu, co-founder and CEO at Appier.

The report is based on data from Appier campaigns run in 10 markets[1] across Asia in the first half of 2014. Based on real user behaviours and patterns across different devices, the report includes the following findings:

Cross-screen is becoming increasingly important given the diverse user behaviours and patterns across devices.
Consumer preference for screen size is shifting towards the middle; there is a growing number of larger mobile phones and smaller tablets.
Rich media ads perform better than other ad formats in Asia in general.
Driven by an All-Star team specialized in artificial intelligence, data mining and digital marketing, Appier has revolutionized marketing by offering Asia’s first proprietary cross-screen targeting solutions that can deliver the right content to the right audience at the right time on the right screen which can help marketers make most accurate and real time decisions to achieve their ROI. Global brands and agencies have used Appier’s solution to successfully reach their audiences, including Heineken, IKEA, Nike and renowned game publishers.

Headquartered in Taipei, with offices in San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo, Appier recently opened new office in Sydney in September as well as announced the completion of a US$6 million Series A round of funding from Sequoia Capital this June. Appier’s cross-screen targeting solutions are now available in Australia.


[1] Research data covers the following 10 Asian markets including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

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October 24, 2014 at 3:17 pm

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Getac Upgrades S400 Semi-Rugged Laptop Computer

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-Processor and Platform Updates Give Military, Police, Fire and Field Service Professionals Improved Performance in Harsh Environments in Australia and New Zealand
MELBOURNE, Australia, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Getac, a leading manufacturer of rugged computers, continues to incorporate the most advanced technologies into its line of rugged and semi-rugged notebooks and announced it has upgraded its popular S400 semi-rugged laptop. A powerful new processor, improved mobile computing platform and high performance graphics, along with the ruggedness needed to perform in harsh and demanding environments, makes the new Getac S400 an ideal computing solution for professionals working in demanding environments including military, police, fire, and other field service industries. The new Getac S400 will be distributed exclusively by Synnex Australia Pty Ltd. in the Australia and New Zealand.

The increased performance of the upgraded Getac S400 begins with the next generation Intel® Core processor, offered in two options including Intel® Core i5-4210M or i3-4110M Processor. Clocking in at 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz, the i5-4210M S400 semi-rugged laptop improves overall performance by 53 percent over its predecessor, resulting in improved efficiencies with even the toughest tasks such as intricate mapping and live video processing using the Intel® HD Graphics 4600 VGA controller.

The large 14″ display is available with a brilliant 800 NITS QuadraClear™ upgrade that features glove-friendly multi-touch touch for easy viewing in direct sunlight. The S400 is also equipped with the Intel HD Graphics card which is now integrated directly into the processor to provide increased performance over the previous model.

“Getac is committed to producing the most advanced ultra-rugged, rugged and semi-rugged laptops in the industry and upgrading our popular S400 model represents that commitment,” explains Rowina Lee, Vice president, Global Sales and Business Development Center of Getac. “By installing a faster processor, improved graphics and faster wireless, the S400 is fully equipped to provide law enforcement, emergency services and utilities professionals the power they need to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently.”

The S400 has surpassed the most rigid tests for semi-rugged performance and incorporates several features essential for unwavering functionality and protection in the field. For starters, the S400 semi-rugged laptop’s rugged features include a water-resistant keyboard with optional backlit keys, IP5X, and MIL-STD 810G compliance for temperature, shock, and vibration and is able to boot in temperatures as cold as -21 degrees Celsius. The integrated Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260; 802.11ac connection technology allows remote workers to stay connected everywhere they go and the unit’s memory can be expanded to 16GB for large capacity storage needs.

Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, three USB 3.0 ports, a standard 500GB hard drive or optional 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive and a higher capacity 8700mAh battery. Additionally, programmable hot keys can be custom set to trigger common actions or act as emergency keys for safety applications. For more information on these products, please dial 1300 100 104 and consult a Synnex Account Manager or visit Getac’s official website at

About Getac

Getac is a key subsidiary of MiTAC-Synnex Business Group (2013 consolidated revenue $26.4 billion USD). Getac was established in 1989 as a joint venture with GE Aerospace to supply defense electronic products. Today, Getac’s business includes rugged notebooks, rugged tablets, rugged handheld and mobile video system devices for military, police, fire, utility, insurance and field-service customers. For more information, visit

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Getac Technology Corporation

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October 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm

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Rio Tinto Diamonds, Chow Tai Fook Renew Their Support for JNA Awards 2015

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HONG KONG, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The JNA Awards continues to inspire the trust and confidence of the industry as it welcomes back Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook as Headline Partners for the fourth consecutive year.

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Key partners reaffirm support for JNA Awards 2015. (Pictured from left) Ye XuQuang, CEO of Guangdong Land Holdings Limited; Nissim Palomo, Chief Marketing Officer of Israel Diamond Institute; Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group; Letitia Chow, founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group, UBM Asia; Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice-President of UBM Asia; Rita Maltez, Head of Rio Tinto Diamonds, Greater China and Nishit Parikh, director of Diarough Group

The JNA Awards honours gemstone and jewellery industry leaders who represent excellence, innovation and success


JNA Awards shows appreciation to Headline Partners Rio Tinto & Chow Tai Fook

JNA Awards 2014 Ceremony & Dinner Gala


Diarough Group, Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND) have also renewed their sponsorship of the Awards. IDI has been championing the JNA Awards since its launch, while Diarough and GDLAND have come on board as Honoured Partners starting from its 2014 edition.

The JNA Awards honours companies and individuals that have demonstrated excellence and made positive contributions to their businesses and communities, with a focus on achievements made in Asia. Nominees are selected through an independent, transparent and rigorous judging process. The programme culminates with a gala dinner and awards ceremony held on the sidelines of the world’s No. 1 fine jewellery B2B show, the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

Letitia Chow, founder of JNA and Director of Business Development — Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, said, “It is extremely encouraging to see the continuous support from both our Headline and Honoured Partners, especially Chow Tai Fook and Rio Tinto Diamonds, who have been supporting the Awards since 2012. These partnerships demonstrate their commitment to excellence, innovation and success in the gemstone and jewellery industry.”

Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice President at UBM Asia, added, “We are grateful to have the support from these industry leaders who recognise the value of such a platform to encourage and motivate good practices within the industry. Their involvement has not only raised the profile of the jewellery sector, but has also driven the industry towards sustainable growth.”

Rita Maltez, Head of Rio Tinto Diamonds for Greater China, said, “Rio Tinto looks forward to another successful year in 2015 as a Headline Partner of the JNA Awards. We believe the Awards will continue to grow from strength to strength as an important platform to encourage the best of our industry: the innovation, the partnerships and the passion.”

Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, said, “Although the remarkable moments of the third edition of the JNA Awards are still fresh in our minds, we can hardly wait to welcome the Awards’ 2015 edition. As a Headline Partner of the JNA Awards for four years in a row, Chow Tai Fook is delighted to join hands with new partners who are also committed to upholding best business practices by recognising excellence and achievement.”

“We were pleased to be associated with the JNA Awards in 2014 as an Honoured Partner, and are honoured to be a partner again in 2015. We are also very proud to join hands with other partners in helping the jewellery industry grow in the region through the JNA Awards by encouraging innovation and recognising talent and excellence. The endeavours and commitments of everyone involved will go a long way to grow the industry, and to create an environment of professionalism and excellence for the future,” commented Nishit Parikh, Director of Diarough Group.

“The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies is proud to announce our support for JNA Awards 2015 as an Honoured Partner. Once again, we join a group of industry leaders in support of this exceptional occasion, which celebrates excellence and achievement in the global jewellery industry. Having partnered with UBM in this endeavour from its inception, we are proud that the Awards has proven to be such a prestigious and sought-after event,” said Moti Ganz, Chairman of IDI.

“Guangdong Land Holdings Limited is proud to announce its support for the JNA Awards in 2015. It is an honour to support this meaningful event, to share the vision and to encourage growth and development in the industry. We look forward to a continuous and successful partnership with the JNA Awards,” said Ye Xuquan, CEO of GDLAND.

The 2014 JNA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner was held on 16 September at the InterContinental Hong Kong. One of the must-attend events in the jewellery calendar, the awards gala dinner drew more than 600 jewellery and gemstone industry leaders and VIPs, who celebrated the achievements of 27 JNA Awards Recipients and Honourees.

For more information on the event, please visit or contact:

JNA Awards Marketing
UBM Asia (Hong Kong)
+852 2516-1683

Notes for Editors:

1. About JNA (

JNA is the flagship magazine of UBM Asia’s Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.

2. About the Headline Partners

2.1 Rio Tinto Diamonds (

Rio Tinto operates a fully integrated diamonds business from exploration through to sales and marketing. It is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 percent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 percent interest in Diavik mine in Canada, 78 percent interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe and 100 percent interest in the Bunder project in India.

Rio Tinto’s share of the production from its three operating diamond mines is sold through its sales and marketing office in Antwerp, with representative offices in Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York. It also operates a niche cutting and polishing factory in Perth for the rare pink diamonds from its Argyle mine. Rio Tinto is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

2.2 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, a leading jeweller in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011 and has become the world’s largest pure-play jeweller by market capitalisation. Chow Tai Fook is now a constituent stock of the Hang Seng China 50 Index and the Hang Seng Mainland 100 Index. Its principal products are mass luxury jewellery and high-end luxury jewellery products including gem-set jewellery, gold products, platinum and karat gold product, and watches.

The Group’s iconic brand “Chow Tai Fook” and 85 years of operations represent key competitive advantages of its business. The Chow Tai Fook brand is recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for its product design, quality and value.

The Group has an extensive retail network, with over 2,100 points of sale in more than 470 cities in Greater China, Singapore and Malaysia. It also has a growing presence in e-commerce. The Group’s vertically integrated business model provides an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw material procurement, design, production, to marketing and sales through its extensive retail network.

3. About the Honoured Partners

3.1 Diarough Group (

Diarough Group was established in Antwerp in 1975 and owns diamond polishing factories in China, India, Thailand and Botswana, with a network of sales offices around the world. Diarough is known among the most professional and respected names in the international diamond industry.

Diarough believes in building and nurturing long-term business relationships based on mutual trust, finding solutions to business and marketing problems, creating marketable opportunities through innovative products and providing excellent client services.

Its jewellery manufacturing unit Uni-Design has produced many award-winning jewellery pieces, which have been proudly worn by celebrities on the red carpet over the years.

The Group employs over 3,500 people and is engaged in a wide range of diamond business activities like rough trading, cutting, polishing, jewellery manufacturing and marketing to retailers, chain stores, global brands and private labels worldwide. Diarough employs advanced technology and modern work speed with traditional ethical business practices upon which the Company was founded.

3.2 Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (

The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) is a non-profit, public interest company representing all institutions involved in the Israeli Diamond Industry. Israel is one of the world’s leading diamond centres, and the Israeli diamond industry has an illustrious history dating back to the late 1930s.

IDI works for the benefit of Israel’s diamond industry in the areas of marketing and business promotion, international communications, R&D, rough sourcing, professional training, publishing and security consultancy. IDI is responsible for industry participation in major trade fairs around the world, organising Israeli Diamond Pavilions, receptions, press conferences and other events at these fairs.

IDI operates a representative office in Hong Kong, which fosters trade relations with Asian markets.

3.3 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (

The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province’s largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China.

The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as the projects of urban and industrial complex.

GDLAND’s flagship project, namely the “Buxin Project”, is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and the construction scale (floor area) is expected to be more than 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world.

4. About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 30 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 23 targeted trade publications, 20 round-the-clock online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 40 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise 40 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.

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October 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

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Daimler Financial Services is One of the World’s 25 Best Employers

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— Great Place to Work Institute names Daimler Financial Services one of World’s Best 25 Multinational Workplaces
— Nine of ten employees rate the company as a “great place to work” in an independent survey

STUTTGART, Germany, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — It’s a great day for the more than 8,000 employees of Daimler Financial Services worldwide — the company is ranked as one of the world’s best 25 employers. That was confirmed today by the independent Great Place to Work Institute at the award ceremony for the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces 2014 in San Francisco. This makes Daimler Financial Services the first company with German origins to win a place in this fiercely contested ranking of the world’s most attractive employers.

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More than 6,200 companies participated in the survey in 2014. Of these, 2,800 qualified for the competition “World’s Best Multinational Companies”. 429 companies won a place on one of the national lists of the best employers in individual countries. In order to qualify for the global list, a company must be one of the top employers in at least five countries, it must have at least 5,000 employees, and at least 40 percent of its employees must work outside the company’s home country.

“Becoming a great place to work is a mindset”, says Klaus Entenmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Financial Services. “Our corporate culture is based on a clear set of core values. Every employee has both the opportunity and responsibility to make our company a great place to work. And they do. Our highly motivated employees and our strong culture are reasons why we’re able to deliver outstanding service and strong results year for year.”

Daimler’s financial and mobility services division, like the whole Group, is clearly committed to its corporate values. Amongst others, Daimler Financial Financial Services wants to foster a culture of trust, individual responsibility, openness to innovation and, last but not least, a love of one’s work. The Great Place to Work Institute has been investigating these and similar attitudes at Daimler Financial Services since 2007 by conducting anonymous employee surveys. In the most recent survey, about nine out of ten employees of Daimler Financial Services agreed that their company is a great place to work.

“This achievement shows that we are on the right track in our journey as an employer. Our focus on creating a great place to work will continue to be unwavering across all markets”, commented Peter Henn, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Financial Services responsible for the Africa & Asia Pacific region.

Daimler Financial Services supports sales of Daimler’s vehicles by offering financing, leasing and insurance contracts, fleet management, banking services and innovative mobility services. At the end of the third quarter of 2014, well over three million cars and commercial vehicles worth almost Euro94 billion were recorded in the company’s accounts.


Andreas Spannbauer, +49 711-25 74 40 78,

Michael Braun, +65 6849 5632,

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About Daimler
Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services. The company’s founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group’s focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. For many years now, Daimler has been investing continually in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now has the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world’s most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2013, the Group sold 2.35 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 274,616 people; revenue totaled Euro118.0 billion and EBIT amounted to Euro10.8 billion.

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October 24, 2014 at 10:21 am